Friday The 13th
Horror Month 2014 continues with this slasher classic. How do we feel about these poor teens getting killed by the Evil Lunch Lady?
These early episodes are not available on Apple Podcasts anymore, so I’ve taken the liberty for anyone who wants to listen of making sure the archive.org links still work. You can listen right here on the website or download the MP3 below.
Original Release Date: October 27th, 2014
00:00:36 Another spooky podcast! Someone’s getting murdered!
00:01:00 More jokes! Sorry, Flubber.
00:01:49 We’re actually discussing Friday the 13th. Reuben details the plot. Spoilers! Obviously.
00:03:19 The unintended twist ending of Friday the 13th.
00:04:10 Patrick (hated it), Basil (liked it more than expected but still didn’t like it), Ilya (also liked it more than he thought he would), Reuben (didn’t love it)
00:09:13 Basil was surprised by how much he liked the look, especially second unit. There was a discreet sense of place. Empty and desolate.
00:09:51 Ilya notes that the movie includes things that most movies don’t. Patrick says it’s called “shoe leather”
00:10:55 Basil thinks there’s a lot of shots you wouldn’t get in a horror movie. Basil and Reuben both describe one.
00:12:10 Goofy guy or racist guy? Patrick doesn’t like the humor, was embarrassed by it.
00:13:50 The cop doesn’t like weird stuff, and Basil is reminded of the cop in Cabin Fever.
00:14:57 Patrick’s biggest problem: a lack of tension because he didn’t care about any of the characters, but Ilya felt involved without caring about the characters.
00:15:45 Basil appreciates that the characters care about each other unlike in a lot of slasher movies. The characters are pretty sex positive too. Strip monopoly!
00:17:23 One of Basil’s favorite parts is that you think Annie is gonna be the protagonist (she isn’t). No clear character that’s special over the others. Patrick still doesn’t care though. Patrick doesn’t enjoy watching people die, and they die in unsurprising ways.
00:19:27 Reuben reads a review from letterboxd.
00:21:20 Basil doesn’t know why he used to hate this movie.
00:21:50 Patrick thinks the ending is really dumb, and on that point, he and Basil agree.
00:23:04 The unrealism of killers in horror movies.
00:23:45 Mrs. Voorhees cast for her big hands? Man pants.
00:24:23 Ilya suggests the movie’s plot was made up on the fly. The non existence of Jason until the end also suggests this.
00:25:27 Or is this a weird call back to Psycho? Reverse Psycho ending! Ripping off Halloween as well.
00:27:39 What’s amusing about this movie isn’t intentionally amusing. Reuben doesn’t worry about intent though.
00:29:08 The acting’s not good, but it all seems to be on a similar wavelength, so it still works.
00:29:50 Patrick didn’t like the music either. Which sounded a lot like Psycho. Angelo Badalamenti ripped this off for Twin Peaks?
00:31:09 Ilya liked the lack of allegory. No creepy country people, no stupid teenagers, really.
00:31:42 People say this movie is anti-sex, but then you’re aligning yourself with the crazy killer woman.
00:31:58 Patrick doesn’t think it’s anti-sex or anti anything really. This is just a movie that panders to audiences in his opinion. Reuben doesn’t disagree, but it doesn’t bother him much.
00:33:50 Patrick didn’t like the rope scene, but Basil and Ilya did.
00:36:00 Ilya liked how things shifted and changed. The Kevin Bacon death was truly gruesome. The setup of the shot doesn’t hint at his end.
00:37:58 Basil also found the girl in the bathroom scene well lit because modern lighting and processing is so lazy.
00:38:40 Kevin Bacon is not special in anyway. Is this the followup to Footloose?
00:38:52 How did they get to Jason though?
00:40:35 Jason with a burlap sack over his head is a super creepy idea.
00:41:28 Gene Siskel intentionally spoiled the movie and said they should send complaints to Betsy Palmer.
00:42:48 Googling portion.
00:43:50 Horror sequels, not intentional back then
00:44:59 Reuben thinks we’re wrapping up, but we’re not.
00:45:20 The ending is deus ex machina for the villain.
00:46:20 What happened to Mr. Voorhees? We get deep into all the possibilities.
00:47:24 Decapitation is cray-ay-zee. Also, every 80s effect in one shot!
00:48:19 The snake scene was cool: over the top scared and then weirdly sad. Reuben is sad about the snake. But it plays into the themes maybe?
00:51:15 Reuben liked the characters’ unawareness of being in a horror movie. Every one continued in a normal way until the last couple people.
00:53:44 Aping Texas Chainsaw Murder too!
00:54:48 Nothing about crazy Southerners though. Ilya likes the lack of a “moral” in a way.
00:55:40 The stupid old people from the 50s did ruin our lives though.
00:56:02 Patrick and Basil had opposite feelings on Texas Chainsaw Massacre as well. Not fucked up enough?
00:57:12 We found one thing Patrick liked. We push back on Patrick for hating it even though no one loved it.
01:00:20 Reuben hates Halloween. Famously.
01:01:20 Start of a downward trend? But Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Halloween that’s true for as well. John Carpenter was real good. And we like Dark Star.
01:03:15 We wonder if Charles Burnett was graded properly.
01:03:40 Dudes without shirts, we approve. Sleepaway Camp. Cabin Fever.
01:04:46 Ilya is up late.
01:06:30 Sign off