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DIABOLICAL: Evil Schemes Done Better

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The comedy podcast where four long suffering friends dissect film’s most dastardly schemes, and then compete to improve those diabolical plans.

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United Kingdom

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The comedy podcast where four long suffering friends dissect film’s most dastardly schemes, and then compete to improve those diabolical plans.

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English


Episodes

Episode 87: The Naked Gun

2/26/2024
“I know you think of yourself as a Mark Wahlberg-type character” The panel of peril wipe the unsightly chunk of banana off the side of their mouth and slip into something more comfortable to watch this week’s film The Naked Gun (David Zucker, 1988). Police Squad’s finest, Lt. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen), is tasked with investigating an attack on Det. Nordberg (OJ Simpson) just as the city is expecting a huge visit from Queen Elizabeth II (Jeannette Charles). Questioning local property magnate Vincent Ludwig (Ricardo Montalban) leads Drebin down a path that sees both events intertwine and begin a relationship with his assistant, the delightful Jane Spencer (Priscilla Presley). Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S476PqNJkPM ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Jane digs up some startling info on her boss. Not only is he trafficking illegal goods through the city docks, but he has cut a sweet deal to have the Queen assassinated. His method? Mind control. His hitman? A baseball player, during a game that her Maj will be in attendance for! Can our incredible investigator find which player has their sights set on Queenie, or will Ludwig succeed and become slightly richer than he is already is? Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie? How can they improve upon Ludwig’s regicidal plan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Here’s that bit from Police Squad that Ben mentioned: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i8PZFQz-qmo And Gaz and Craig's appearance on the Fandomentals podcast: https://open.spotify.com/episode/2Mno0arNicnZmgVGaMLz8c?si=fXd6t0bTRTOSVWJh0LY28Q

Duration:00:52:04

Episode 86: Beverly Hills Cop

2/19/2024
“Where are The Beverly Hillbillies during this?” The panel of peril just about make it home, despite the banana up their tailpipe (fnar, fnar), in their battered old automobile. Just in time to check out this week’s film Beverly Hills Cop (Martin Brest, 1984). Detroit cop Axel Foley (Eddie Murphy) is a streetwise, proverbial good cop who knows how to collar a perp. Unfortunately, his friend Mikey falls foul of Beverly Hills bad sod Victor Maitland (Steven Berkoff) and tastes hot lead at the hands of scary henchman Zack (Jonathan Banks). Looks like a trip to sunny B Hills is on the itinerary for Axel F! Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oc3sPICXZLs ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** At first falling foul of Detective Rosewood (Judge Reinhold) and Sergeant Taggart (John Ashton), Axel slowly makes inroads to finding out what Victor’s beef with Mikey was. Cocaine and bearer bonds are being smuggled through his high-class art dealership, more than enough to nail his British bottom to the wall. Can Axel convince the Beverly Hills PD to help him do so, though? Did this week’s film fill the panel with nostalgic cheer? Could they find a way to improve Victor’s money-grubbing plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))?

Duration:01:05:00

Episode 85: Seven

2/12/2024
“You can only have one muppet in it – that’s a dealbreaker” The panel of peril put away their copy of Gun Owners Weekly, clean up, and settle down in the soft neon light of their oversized crucifix to watch this week’s film Se7en (David Fincher, 1995). Detectives Somerset (Morgan Freeman) and Mills (Brad Pitt) are the original chalk and cheese: one is a jaded, cynical veteran, the other a cocky, optimistic newcomer to the nameless city they operate in. But when a deranged person themes a series of murders around the seven deadly sins, can Mills and Somerset come together to crack the case and both become cheese (or chalk, I suppose)? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=znmZoVkCjpI ********PLOT 5POILER AL3RT******** Shockingly handing himself in to the police and revealing himself to be John Doe (Kevin Spacey), the killer’s true purpose will only revealed during an explosive conclusion that pushes the detectives to the very edge of their sanity. What the actual flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon John Doe’s criminally insane scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition? A short comic by Craig and Gaz wherein John Cena plays Brad PItt's role in Se7en: https://gorillapress123.wordpress.com/2016/05/08/gorilla-press-presents-one-shot-se7en-starring-john-cena/ss.com)

Duration:01:05:33

Episode 84: Gladiator

2/5/2024
“I know you're being light-hearted, but baguettes are way stronger than a sausage roll” ‘Are you not entertained!’ scream the panel of peril at their slack-jawed neighbours, wearing just a comical pair of white y-fronts. They are entertained; very much so. With that, they pick up their bottle of milk and head inside to watch this week’s film Gladiator (Ridley Scott, 2000). General Maximus (Russell Crowe) has it all – sweet fur cape, legion of dudes fighting at his side, and a family waiting for his safe return from war. He too has the favour of Roman Caesar Marcus Aurelias (Richard Harris) which may prove to be his undoing, as Commodus (Joaquin Phoenix) has a serious case of the green-eyed monster for his father’s position. Will the cowardly and jealous Commodus accede to Caesar’s will and allow Maximus to lead Rome, or does he have something altogether more diabolical planned? ((Yes) to the second bit)) Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0BLZbrLogTo ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Commodus decides the simplest course of action is to simply kill his own father, assume the role of Caesar, have Maximus and his entire family killed – Bob’s your Uncle, Fanny’s your Aunt. There’s just one problem: Maximus does not take kindly to his attempted murder, and kills his would-be killers instead! A series of unfortunate events sees the Spaniard enslaved, eventually arriving back in Rome as a gladiator of some renown. Are Commodus’ days numbered, or can he finish off his nemesis for good? ((Yes) to the first bit)) Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon Commodus’ campaign of murderous intent? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical?

Duration:01:03:25

Episode 83: Dungeons & Dragons - Honor Among Thieves

1/29/2024
“Magic Michael is my father. You can call me Magic Mike” The panel of peril roll 2 D20s, snake eyes. They roll again: snake eyes. They roll for a third time – snake eyes. The hell with this, they collectively groan and instead switch on this week’s film Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (Jonathan Goldstein and John Francis Daley, 2023). A merry band of thieves comprising bard Edgin (Chris Pine), barbarian Holga (Michelle Rodriguez) and mage Simon (Justice Smith) set course for Neverwinter in order to retrieve Edgin's daughter and head off for some precious loot. But, in a shocking twist, former gang members Forge (Hugh Grant) and Sofina (Daisy Head) block their progress at every turn. What ever shall they do? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IiMinixSXII ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Forge may think that he is the one in charge as the ruler of Neverwinter, but it is actually Sofina whose scheme is truly diabolical. She plans to utilise the High Sun Games to create an army of undead in order to rule with an iron fist over all races. Oh my bloody God! If there’s anyone ill-equipped to fight such a scourge, then it’s surely a ragtag gang of losers. Or is iiiiiiiiiiiiiiit? Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon the Sofina’s duplicitous masterplan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Sound Effect from Pixabay

Duration:00:57:15

Episode 82: Ghostbusters

1/22/2024
“A heavy rain of chow mein” Does busting, as the old saying goes, make you feel good? The panel of peril are here to answer this question and much more besides as they take on this week’s film, Ghostbusters (Ivan Reitman, 1984). Peter (Bill Murray), Ray (Dan Aykroyd) and Egon (Harold Ramis) are three down on their luck university researchers of the paranormal. Just as all manner of ghostly activities begins to kick off, they get canned from their residency at Columbia! When life gives you lemons you gotta set up a business to capture ghosts to earn a bit of bunce. But just why is New York being overrun with ghouls, ghosts, spirits and goblins? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6hDkhw5Wkas ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** It might have something to do with the return of demi-god Gozer the Gozerian (Slavitza Joven), hellbent on the destruction of mankind. In fact it does. That’s the reason. Joined by Winston (Ernie Hudson) and special clients Dana (Sigourney Weaver) and Louis (Rick Moranis), they face the fight of their lives in the form of the destructor: the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man. Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie? How can they improve upon a demi-god’s destructive plan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Music: Vintage Movie - Pixabay Music: Spooky And Funny - Pixabay

Duration:01:05:23

Episode 81: Dr. Who And The Daleks

1/15/2024
“It’s the Caesar’s Palace of that particular planet” The panel of peril knit themselves a multi-coloured scarf, put on the scarf and watch this week’s film, Dr. Who And The Daleks (Gordon Flemyng, 1965), whilst being uncomfortably hot in the scarf. Eccentric inventor Dr. Who (Peter Cushing) has just invented a contabulous fabtraption named TARDIS. A jolly complicated machine that can travel through time and space. But when granddaughter Susan (Roberta Tovey), Ian (Roy Castle), and Barbara (Jennie Linden) alight the dashing blue police box they are whisked away to the Dalek home planet of Skaro! Oooooops. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lFM2xAkD1y8 ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** A war between the Daleks and the Thal has left their planet barren, and the Daleks themselves confined to their famous metal casings. Concocting a plan to lure the Thal into their city to steal their anti-radiation formula, the Daleks believe they have quite the devilish plan. But they didn’t bargain on Dr. Who and the gang rallying the golden skinned Thal into fighting back against their would-be fascist overlords! Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon the Dalek’s final solution? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Sound Effect from Pixabay Music by Sergio Prosvirini from Pixabay An article on Panera Lemonade for your information: https://news.sky.com/story/panera-breads-caffeinated-charged-lemonade-drinks-blamed-for-two-deaths-in-us-13023351

Duration:00:57:42

Episode 80: Enter The Dragon

1/8/2024
“If it makes sense like I think it makes sense in my head, then we’re onto a winner” The panel of peril place their bets on their praying mantis of choice, watch it get roundly battered by its mantis opponent, and then stick on this week’s film Enter The Dragon (Robert Clouse, 1973). Lee (Bruce Lee) is a highly proficient martial artist and disciple of Shaolin. He is yet to encounter a man he can not defeat or school. So who better to task with bringing down secretive drug lord Han (Kien Shih) than our man in Hong Kong? Entering Han’s martial arts tournament on his private island in order to gain intel, Lee is joined by Vietnam vets Roper (John Saxon) and Williams (Jim Kelly), as they all join the fight for their own reasons. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81jCPIag4KA ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Further fuelling Lee’s quest is the revelation that Han has a habit of getting the sex workers on his island hooked on opium, and Lee’s own sister took her own life following a brutal battle with Han’s henchmen. Needless to say, somebody needs to have the last laugh – but will that person be the honourable Lee or the brass-handed drug lord Han? What the actual (back)flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon the Han’s dastardly scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition?

Duration:01:11:53

Episode 79: So I Married An Axe Murderer

1/1/2024
“Why don't you poke your little noodle through 'em then?” The panel of peril take a glug from a spectacularly large cup of coffee, admire an oversized map of Atlantic City, and focus their gigantic heads on a screen showing this week’s film So I Married An Axe Murderer (Thomas Schlamme, 1993). Charlie (Mike Myers) is a footloose/fancy-free young chap who has a serious problem with making romantic commitments. But he’s hopeful that his latest beau Harriet (Nancy Travis) will be different. Hopefully she won’t be a member of the Cosa Nostra. Hopefully she won’t smell of soup. He’s at least hopeful enough to introduce her to his loudmouth father Stuart (also played by Myers) and mother May (Brenda Fricker). So there’s that… Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nGlyUmq9wE4 ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Oh dear, it isn’t long before Charlie finds fault as he suspects that Harriet is actually a black widow who murders her husbands before moving onto her next victim. That’s quite the predicament to be in once the pair are married and honeymooning in a secluded Cluedo-esque hotel. Will Charlie be chopped up into chicken feed, or is there more to this mystery than meets the eye? Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon the axe murderer’s masterplan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Music by Julius H. from Pixabay Music by Keyframe Audio from Pixabay

Duration:00:54:53

Episode 78: Black Christmas

12/25/2023
“Greggs sausage roll, that's the British donut isn't it” Venturing up into the attic to retrieve some Christmas decorations, the panel of peril get quite the fright: a television that is showing this week’s film Black Christmas (Bob Clark, 1974). In an unnamed sorority house, Jess (Olivia Hussey), Barb (Margot Kidder), Mrs. Mac (Marian Waldman) et al have a Christmas they will never forget. They receive sinister phone calls and see ominous omens courtesy of the deranged ‘Billy’ who seeks to pick them off one by one. Will any of them survive the (silent) night (holy night), and how does the killer know so much about them all? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k6JuJHmVsh4&t=40s ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** The calls are coming from inside the house! Taking up residence in the sorority’s attic, Billy ventures down when it’s safe to pick off the girls one by one, beginning with Clare (Lynne Griffin). Surely it can be just a matter of time until the police, led by Lt. Fuller (John Saxon), trace the call and lead the madman out in cuffs? Just in time for a succulent turducken dinner with lashings of roast potatoes and veg? Yes… surely. Did this week’s film fill the panel with festive cheer? Could they find a way to improve Billy’s villainous plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))?

Duration:00:57:34

Episode 77: Die Hard 2

12/18/2023
“$60 million on quiche?!” The panel of peril complete their naked tai chi session, have a quick wash around the key areas, and watch this week’s film Die Hard 2 (Renny Harlin, 1990). How can the same stuff happen to the same panel two years in a row? John McClane (Bruce Willis) just wants a quiet Christmas with his wife Holly (Bonnie Bedelia), but a bunch of criminal types have other ideas. Led by Thornberg (William Atherton), a group of mercs seek to rescue General Esperanza (Franco Nero) during the course of his extradition flight, after which he is due to stand trial. Can our comfy jumper-wearing hero save the day again? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CvHp7xJZ4_U ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Little do McClane and the crew know that Esperanza also has Major Grant (John Amos) and an elite US Army squadron onside, aiding his escape. Once that first flight is grounded, they’re getting on another flight – destination? Paradise, baby. Paradise. With the odds stacked against him, this is surely the end of the top gun cop. Yes siree, no more sequels for McClane, sadly ;) What the actual flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon the villain’s dastardly scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition? Sound Effect by Kamil Kopowski from Pixabay Sound Effect from Pixabay Sound Effect by Julius H. from Pixabay Sound Effect by UNIVERSFIELD from Pixabay

Duration:00:57:06

Episode 76: Guest House Paradiso

12/11/2023
“Is Vienetta Italian?” The panel of peril take a break from slamming each other’s heads inside the fridge door over and over and over again to watch this week’s film: Guest House Paradiso (Adrian Edmondson, 1999). Richie Twat (Rik Mayall) and Eddie Elizabeth Ndingombaba (Edmondson) run perhaps the worst guest house on our fair isle. It’s dark, dingy, they’ll steal your belongings, insult you, feed you slop, and are situated adjacent to a nuclear facility. An unexpected guest arrives in Italian starlet Gina Carbonara (Helene Mahieu) bringing not only prestige with her, but troublesome jilted fiancé Gino Bolognese (Vincent Cassel). Two words for you: uh ohhhhhhhhhh! Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rNsP8SIRGIs&t=15s ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Arriving on the scene to TAKE the hand of his lover, Gino won’t have any guff from Richie and Eddie, and isn’t shy about letting them know that. Featuring an all-star cast including Simon Pegg, Bill Nighy and Kate Ashfield, Guest House Paradiso is the Bottom spin-off that shows us the true meaning of the phrase ‘don’t eat irradiated fish, because it will make you violently ill’. Did the panel enjoy this week’s cinematic serving? Could they find a way to improve the villainous plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))? Music: Upbeat Quirky Background Jazz - Pixabay Music: The Show Intro - Pixabay Watch the making of the film here: Guest House Paradiso - Behind The Scenes (youtube.com) Read all about The Little Mermaid’s phallic castle turret here: https://reelrundown.com/animation/What-You-Didnt-See-HIdden-Disney-Images-The-Little-Mermaid

Duration:00:56:05

Episode 75: Tomorrow Never Dies

12/4/2023
“The Antiques Roadshow of terrorism” The panel of peril don their sharpest suit, take a swig of a vodka martini (shaken not stirred) and sit nonchalantly to watch this week’s film Tomorrow Never Dies (Roger Spottiswoode, 1997). James Bond (Pierce Brosnan) has got his work cut out for him this time around as he locks horns with weedy media mogul Elliot Carver (Jonathan Pryce). There’s something distinctly shady about this Rupert Murdoch avatar, and M (Judi Dench) wants 007 on the case, pronto! He’ll be joined by Chinese operative Wai Ling (Michelle Yeoh) in trying to take down the delicious villain. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eqrk7-mx2D0 ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Old man Carver is a bit of a naughty boy. He’s trying to manufacture a conflict between the UK and China. To do so he utilises the might of his media empire - including newspaper Tomorrow – and also missiles, goons and that. His prize? Exclusive news peddling rights in China. What an absolute heel. Will Bond and Ling be able to stop Carver and avert war, and how will the panel improve on this diabolical scheme? Did the panel enjoy this week’s cinematic serving? Could they find a way to improve the villainous plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))? Music by Bruno Magic from Pixabay Music by Geoff Harvey from Pixabay Sound Effect from Pixabay Music by Julius H. from Pixabay

Duration:00:59:20

Episode 74: Laputa - Castle In The Sky

11/27/2023
“He is a bit of a patsy. He’s a little b!tch” The panel of peril settle down with a delicious-looking, open topped, fried egg sandwich to watch this week’s cinematic treat Studio Ghibli’s Castle In The Sky (Hayao Miyazaki, 1986). Sheeta (Anna Paquin) and Pazu (James Van Der Beek) are two young rapscallions on the hunt for the adventure, primarily centred around Sheeta’s mysterious crystal necklace. That necklace saves her from certain doom several times over and may well lead her to the lost sky city of Laputa and the titular castle. But with sky pirates, the army and the mysterious Muska (Mark Hamill) on their trail will they make it in one piece? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ykEy-yPBFc ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Not only does the necklace lead Sheeta, her friends, and her enemies to Laputa but it has the ability to harness the power of the floating island. Power that Muska – a long lost relative of Sheeta! – wants to harness for his own nefarious ends. There’s also a bunch of really cool robots who have become one with nature to contend with. But who’s magnificent flying machines will travel fast enough to claim the prize first? What did the heck panel think of this week’s movie? How in all that is holy can they improve upon the villain’s masterplan? And which evil schemer will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Music Inspiring Emotional Uplifting Piano - Pixabay Music Relaxing Birds and piano music - Pixabay Everybody gather ‘round and enjoy a nice cool glass of Laputa juice with this tie-in trailer: https://youtu.be/REUvSmsPzlI?si=FWdkANekdxjO_cqD

Duration:00:59:17

Episode 73: Flash Gordon

11/20/2023
“The story of forbidden love between a bee and a human woman” The panel of peril bleach their hair, pump some iron, and get harangued onto a space rocket heading for the distant planet of Mongo! Fortunately, the in-flight movie is Flash Gordon (Mike Hodges, 1980), so there’s that. Flash (Sam Jones) has it all: hair, muscles, tight t-shart – but when he and erstwhile companion Dale (Melody Anderson) are whisked away and confronted by Ming The Merciless (Max Von Sydow), no amount of muscle tees can save him. Deciding to destroy planet Earth on a mere whim, Ming is the kind of tyrant who demands loyalty from all of his subjects, be they bird men (Brian Blessed) or Errol Flynn types (Timothy Dalton). Can Flash do stuff to stop the thing?! Likely so, yes. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6uOHnxf85g ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** All Flash has to do to stop the untimely destruction of our byowtiful home planet is unite the warring tribes of Mongo, and break the hold that Ming has over his populace. Should be easy right? WRONG! It will be very, very DIFFICULT because they DO NOT LIKE EACH OTHER! Ha, ha, just like the wars that happen upon our beyoomtiful home planet, amirite? In all seriousness though, he’s got his work cut out for him, has Flash, bigly. What the actual flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon the villain’s dastardly scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition? Sound Effect by Aleksandr Karabanov from Pixabay Sound Effect from Pixabay Music by Geoff Harvey from Pixabay

Duration:00:55:49

Episode 72: The Room

11/13/2023
“It made me bored of sex” Laughing at nothing in particular, the panel of peril sit down in overly dramatic fashion to watch this week’s cinematic tour de force The Room (Tommy Wiseau, 2003). Johnny (Wiseau) is such a great guy. Such a great, great guy. He’s going to get a promotion for sure, everyone loves him, his lovemaking technique is top class, and he’s superb at football. But ungrateful harpy of a girlfriend Lucy (Juliette Danielle) doesn’t think so. She thinks he’s a real drag and would rather get it on with Mark (Greg Sestero). That’s it. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cG_e8k9PILM ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** And get it on with Mark she does, several times, and then Johnny finds out and, well… That would be a spoiler too far. Infamously incompetent in its scripting, direction, and performances, The Room is a must-see for aficionados of bad cinema and fans of those unafraid to try – not matter their competency level. What did the heck panel think of this week’s movie? How in all that is holy can they improve upon the villain’s masterplan? And which evil schemer will be christened this week’s most diabolical? This episode is dedicated to Sam Steinson.

Duration:01:07:44

Episode 71: The Producers (1967)

11/6/2023
“Your eardrums are going to be sh!tting themselves” The panel of peril take a well-earned break from romancing a wealthy old dear, in order to be gifted a large cheque, naturally, and relax by watching this week’s film The Producers (Mel Brooks, 1967). Max Bialystock (Zero Mostel) is a producer of the stage whose glory days are far behind him. His rent is in arrears and his main source of income comes from swindling wealthy old ladies of their savings. That is until child-like accountant Leo Bloom (Gene Wilder) discovers that they could make more money producing a flop than a hit. Will they be successful in creating the worst show of the season? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pTW2ZSjG5N0 ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Selecting a show written by “former” Nazi Franz Liebkind (Kenneth Mars) named Springtime For Hitler, Max and Leo are confident the show will flop. Little do they know that director and star will conspire to turn the show into a camp comedy that the audience warms to surprisingly quickly. Is this the end of our venerable scoundrels hopes of absconding to Rio? Did the panel enjoy this week’s cinematic serving? Could they find a way to improve the villainous plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))? Music by Sergei Chetvertnykh from Pixabay Music by Geoff Harvey from Pixabay Music by Grand_Project from Pixabay Music by Yevhen Onoychenko from Pixabay Sound Effect from Pixabay Music by Alban_Gogh from Pixabay Sound Effect by Shiden Beats Music from Pixabay Music by Julius H. from Pixabay Music by Broadway Walk from Pixabay

Duration:01:02:04

Episode 70: John Carpenter’s Halloween

10/30/2023
“He'd be a YouTube prankster now wouldn't he. Instead of a serial killer” Pulling the blank featureless mask over their face, the Panel of Peril breath in deeply and out deeper. They consider picking up a kitchen knife, but instead plump for a DVD of this week’s film, John Carpenter’s Halloween (1978). Laurie Strode (Jamie Lee Curtis) is an outlier among her group of high school friends. She has no date for the school dance and doesn’t drink or smoke. So, when homicidal maniac Michael Myers (Tony Moran) returns to the her hometown of Haddonfield, her position as a bit of a wet blanket will ensure that she can keep a beady eye fixed on The Shape’s movements. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T5ke9IPTIJQ ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Myers rampages through the town, killing anyone who gets in his way – primarily Laurie’s babysitter friends. Fortunately, Dr. Sam Loomis (Donald Pleasance) is on the case, with his trusty little pistol, and dead set on stopping the boiler suit-wearing bruiser. Will Laurie survive All Hallows Eve, or will Myers run through everyone and go unpunished? Did the panel enjoy this week’s cinematic serving? Could they find a way to improve the villainous plan? And who will be named this week’s most diabolical (person/podcast((er)))?

Duration:01:03:16

Episode 69: Green Lantern

10/23/2023
“Everyone likes a comic on the bog” The panel of peril dress entirely in green, mutter something about being afraid of something or something, and strap themselves into the Ludovico chair to watch Green Lantern (Martin Campbell, 2011). Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) is your standard authority-bucking, secretly fearful, movie fighter pilot. His relationship with childhood friends Carol (Blake Lively) and Hector (Peter Sarsgaard) is as strained as his attempts at improvised sass. But when a space alien gives Hal a magic ring that harnesses the power of the colour green… well, you can be sure that a bunch of stuff happens in a serviceable fashion, and no mistake. Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-GO9fo9DtM ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Right, the bad guy is a big cloudy CG fella named Parallax. He can use the power of the colour YELLOW to harness fear, power up and go ham on whoever or whatever he wants! And he wants to go ham on the Green Lantern home planet of Oa and take out the Lantern Corps (all 3600 of them) and the all-knowing Guardians. Will Parallax reign supreme, or will Hal be able to confront his fear, overcome his fear, harness his fear, and defeat the fear that Parallax conjures. For God’s sake, we really, really hope so. Just what did the panel think of this week’s movie, pray tell? How can they improve upon the villain’s masterplan? And who will be christened this week’s most diabolical? Music by Luis Humanoide from Pixabay Music by Grand_Project from Pixabay Sound Effect from Pixabay

Duration:00:59:03

Episode 68: Body Double

10/16/2023
“Although he kills his wife in quite a horrible way, he seems like a nice guy to me” The Panel of Peril take a break from polishing their telescope: they’ve been going at it hard and their forearms are sore. In that downtime they take in the film of the week: Body Double (Brian De Palma, 1984). Jake (Craig Wasson) is a down on his luck actor. His role as a vampire in a B movie is threatened by his crippling claustrophobia and his girlfriend is having an affair. At an acting workshop he meets Sam (Gregg Henry), a fellow actor with a plush spare apartment that overlooks the beautiful Gloria’s (Deborah Shelton) abode. What a stroke of luck for Jake! Or is it? A mysterious black-clad “Indian” appears to be stalking Gloria and taunting Jake. But what is his endgame? Watch the trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vMG8V7Am8zI ********PLOT SPOILER ALERT******** Sam’s motives are very much ulterior. He plans to rob/murder Gloria who is actually his wife (!), and has installed a body double in her apartment for Jake to spy on so that Jake can be his alibi… deep breath. No one’s saying it isn’t a convoluted scheme, but it just might work! Can wet-behind-the-ears Jake decipher Sam’s machinations, or will he take the fall for the murderous master of disguise? What the actual flip did the panel make of this one? How the actual flip can they improve upon the villain’s dastardly scheme? And who the actual flip will be victorious in this week’s competition?

Duration:00:55:52