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The Death of Superman Lives, What Happened? | The Cage Corner Podcast #4

Ah, what could have been. Did you know that we were close to a 1990s Superman movie? Did you know that it would have saw Nicolas Cage, of all people, taking on the cape of the Man of Steel? The movie would have brought the famous story line of The Death of Superman to life. It would have given us our first live action version of Brainac and Doomsday respectively. To make it even crazier, it would have been directed by Batman director, himself, Mr. Tim Burton. In this episode of The Cage...


#337 | Candyman (1992)

Say his name five times...we dare you! No, we double-dog dare you to. While Jason, Michael, Freddy, Pinhead & Leatherface were miles deep into their sequels; Tony Todd's hook-wielding, bee-stinging myth of a man was stepping into arguably one of the genre's most important films. 1992's Candyman dared to discuss racism, slavery and even how the horror genre treated people of color and women alike. While we've reached the conclusion that the film still is home to problematic aspects. It's not...


#336 | Brainscan (1994)

What would you do to get the ultimate video game experience? How about the ultimate horror experience? Edward Furlong would apparently go fairly far. School of Schlock, hosts Tom & Ryan, join us to talk about the 1994 cult classic, Brainscan. Through understanding this cult classic, we're talking about own beginnings within the genre of horror, the genre's problematic portrayal of women, the importance of community and so much more. This episode is brought you by All the Horror; a twitter...


#335 | The Mandalorian (Season One)

On this episode, we discuss the first season of The Mandalorian. I have spoken. Joshua Howell and Josh "Captain Nostalgia" Burkey discuss their favorite moments of the season of the Disney Plus series, the cultural phenomenon of The Child (or Baby Yoda, which ever you prefer), where the series fits into the larger narrative of the Star Wars Universe and more. If you or someone you know is reading this right now and you are struggling with suicide, depression, addiction, or self-harm -...


#334: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

1,2…Freddy’s coming for you. 3,4…Better lock your door and grab your headphones. We’re talking about the original nightmare maker in the Wes Craven classic, A Nightmare on Elm Street. Twitch Streamer, Jagger Jaw ( joins us to discuss the great Robert Englund, the wondrous practical effects, film trivia and so much more. If you want more Freddy madness, and want to help us get mental health resources into schools and conventions, pick up a Freddy hat from our Etsy...


#333: The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw

We’re conjuring up something spooky for this episode to talk about the coming of age, witch movie, The Curse of Audrey Earnshaw. The movie is now available on VOD and all digital platforms. Though before we get to some spells, we’re talking with Rosa Parra, LatinX Lens podcast ( Rosa opens up about the need for diversity in film critique & podcasting alike and film recommendations to better understate the Latin cultural experience. Rosa joins Captain Nostalgia and...


Invincible Dragon | Minisode #6

Have you ever wondered what a Martial Arts movie would be like under the direction of Tommy Wiseau? Yes, the director of The Room. Look no further than Invincible Dragon. This movie is a camp classic silently waiting in the wings. It’s not only campy but equally nostalgic. Serving as a love letter to the Kung Fu films of the 1960s. Captain Nostalgia and our editor-in-chief, Cam Smith, break down the craziest moments, weird theories and more of the movie. You can pick up your copy wherever...


Lin Shaye Interview & The Babadook | Episode 332

Horror legend, Lin Shaye, is sitting down with us to talk about her new movie, The Call. Which you can get your tickets for right now, right here: You’ll find that Ms. Shaye has a lot in common with Fred Rogers. Plus, we’re giving away five digital copies of Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time for the Play Station 4. To find out how, simply listen to the episode ;) For our main attraction, we are sitting down with Ivotres Littles host behind the YouTube page, Horror...


Running With the Devil | The Cage Corner Podcast #3

Ready. Set. Go. Prepare yourself to run with the devil on this episode of the Cage Corner Podcast as Laurence Fishburne and Nicolas Cage are in a race against the clock to find the weak link in this drug cartel. That's right, we're talking about the 2019 movie, Running with the Devil. We're breaking down everything from Nicolas Cage's subtle performance, the pseudo-documentary nature of the film and more. Grab your backpack and join Captain Nostalgia and Matthew Basile as they chronicle the...


The Devil All the Time | Episode 331

Religion is a hard thing. It is a saving grace for some, while it is harmful for others. Throughout the film, The Devil All the Time, actors, Tom Holland and Robert Pattinson, among others explore the deadlier side of religion. This Netflix film embodies religion, PTSD, the weight of war, loss, grief and so much more. Devil brings out many things within us, in this episode. Captain Nostalgia and BlackNerdMagic are joined by Donna A. Black, the artist behind Heart of the Sea & The Cricket...


National Treasure | The Cage Corner Podcast #2

Steal this episode! Kidnap this episode! As our love of Nicolas Cage grows to discuss some of his most famous, and arguably quintessential, movies of his career: National Treasure & National Treasure: Book of Secrets. Captain Nostalgia sits down with writer, Dan Rockwood, and Victims alumni, Micah Kimber, to discuss these swash-buckling adventures. In this episode, we’re talking about Treasure’s ties to The Italian Job & Dora & the Lost City of Gold, what could be in store for chapter three,...


Dean Kapsalis (Writer-Director, The Swerve) | Press Junket

Interview with Dean Kapsalis. Dean is the writer-director of the independent horror movie, The Swerve. Check out our review right here: You can now watch, The Swerve, on all digital platforms and VOD. If you or someone you know is reading this right now and you are struggling with suicide, depression, addiction, or self-harm - please reach out. Comment, message or tweet to us. Go to for more resources. Call the suicide lifeline at...


The Legacy of Nomi Malone | Episode 330

She was a controversial box office bomb. She was a young girl with a dream to be the biggest name in Las Vegas. Through 25 years of infamy, Nomi Malone has evolved into cult classic and LGBTQ sensation. Showgirls is unlike any other movie to ever gaze the big screen. It is the highest grossing NC-17 movie of all time and one of the most infamous films to ever be set to reel. Kelly Reynolds, from Boobies and Noobies Podcast (, joins us to share our own memories, the...


Bass Reeves, Part One | Episode 328

A young boy gazes upon the big screen as his mother provides the soundtrack to the silent film right in front of him. A sepia tone blazes across every inch of the screen to reveal the film's hero: Bass Reeves. Bass Reeves is more than the subject of the movie in question. He is more than the central figure in the opening prologue to HBO's Watchmen. He is the unsung American hero that redefines what Justice means. In part one, we're addressing the not so pleasant beginnings of Bass as a...


Bass Reeves, Part Two | Episode 329

In our last episode, we discussed Bass' beginnings as a slave and eventual free man, finding refuge in Native American territory. Here in part two, Bass will transform from whispered myth into incredible lawman. Reeves was able to boast a career of more than 20 years with over 3,000 arrests and more. Journey with us to discover who Bass Reeves was at his heart from father, lawman, and justice dispenser. If you or someone you know is reading this right now and you are struggling with...


I'm Thinking of Ending Things | Episode 327

Charlie Kaufman is perhaps one of the most articulate filmmakers making movies today. From his debut with Being John Malkovich to Adaption and the fan-favorite Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind - Kaufman knows how to tell stories. A common theme in all of his films are his depictions of mental health. In his new movie, I’m Thinking of Ending Things, Kaufman brings Iain Reid’s 2016 book to life in a story about a girlfriend meeting her boyfriend’s parents. Kaufman tackles themes of the...


Bill and Ted Face the Music | Episode 326

First, they went back in time to save the future. Then they had a bogus journey and now it’s time for them to face the music. Bill and Ted are up against the clock in their long-awaited threequel, Bill and Ted Face the Music. Geek Devotions and The Dapper Man are taking over for this ride to discuss the much anticipated third chapter in the Bill & Ted saga. Did they write the song that united all of humanity? Only one way to find out, click the play button and let the conversation flow. If...


Interview: Brandon Christensen, Co-Writer/Director, Z

We love introducing you guys to new movies that can sometimes fly under the radar. Perhaps one of my, Captain Nostalgia, favorites have been the horror movie, Z. Z is coming to Blu-Ray, DVD and digital on September 1st, 2020 and will be hitting Shudder soon as well. I had a chance to sit down with the director and co-writer, Brandon Christensen, to discuss making the film from page to screen. Check out what he had to say and remember you never know what could be hiding in your closet. If...


Intro & Grand Isle | The Cage Corner Podcast #1

Welcome to the Cage Corner Podcast, a brand new podcast spinning out of Victims and Villains. Unaware with Victims and Villains? It is a podcast, nonprofit and entertainment website dedicated to bringing the conversation about mental health through the lens of pop culture. For this podcast, we're gonna be working our way through the entire filmography of Nicolas Cage. In our pilot episode, we're talking about the man and myth's audition tape for Joe Exotic. I mean his new movie, Grand Isle,...


Robin's Wish | Episode 325

Robin Williams was a man who was beloved by millions. He was an entertainer who had an impact on a generation of children from his roles in movies like Aladdin, Jack, Flubber, Jumanji and Ms. Doubtfire. On August 11th, 2014, Williams killed himself...or at least that's what we've been lead to believe. In the new documentary, Robin's Wish, Williams' widow, Susan Schneider, debunks the media's narrative on Robin's last few years. Throughout the film, filmmakers sit down with those who knew him...