In this episode of the show, to somehow mark the 31st of October, we take aim at Rob Zombie’s Halloween and Halloween 2, most likely two of the most controversial entries in the long-running Halloween film franchise. As we sank our teeth into these movies, which in and of themselves are unsettling to watch, we came to a realization that the conversation surrounding these movies ain’t easy either. Therefore, we ended up talking not only about whether it is appropriate to humanize Michael Myers and focus the movie around him as though he was the protagonist, but we also came to question Rob Zombie’s directorial style as a whole, the place of exploitation cinema in the current zeitgeist, Zombie’s gratuitous use of onscreen violence and more. We also spent quite a while taking apart Zombie’s 2009 sequel, its relationship to the series at large, the potent social commentary found beneath the narrative and a whole manner of other things as well.
Be warned, the conversation in this episode contains commentary about violence and sexual violence found in the discussed films, which some listeners may find upsetting. Listener discretion is advised.
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Hosts: Jakub Flasz, Nicolò Grasso, Jak-Luke Sharp, Carson Timar & Maxance Vincent