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Ep. 434: iPhone filmmaking and fashion with Jennie Cain of Viva Wild

We rely on smartphones for everything and can't seem to keep our hands off of them until it comes time to create "professional" videos and photography, but attitudes about what is truly needed to make valid art is changing. Athens, Georgia artist Jennie Cain is one of those leading the charge, and in this conversation she discusses finding power and how to be original in today's cultural landscape. Photo by @_alexarivera :: Explore @viva_wild


Ep. 433 - One minute they're perfectly normal: "Rabid" (1977)

As the first images from the Soska Sisters' remake of fellow Canadian horror master David Cronenberg's landmark 1977 cult classic "Rabid" make the social media rounds, we take a look back at the original film with a leading lady almost as shocking as where they decided to put her fangs.


Ep. 432 - Don't have an Oscars. Just give everything to "Widows."

The easy way to describe how good "Widows" is would be to say director Steve McQueen proves he can be better at Scorsese than Scorsese is now, or that he gave us a look at what Hitchcock would've done with "Set It Off." But there's way more to it. Also on the podcast: why it's ok that Filmstruck is going away and a look at Stan Lee's contribution to the future of movies.


Ep. 431 - "Suspiria" exists in defiance of horror gatekeepers

In what may be a first in the history of horror film, Luca Guadagnino's remake of the 1977 Italian shocker "Suspiria" has absolutely no interest in the male fan base of the original. Instead, it forges its own unique path and emerges as a modern classic (and one of the year's grestest movies) in its own right.


Ep. 430: Does art belong in horror? Just ask "Ganja & Hess"

Bill Gunn's groundbreaking 1973 art-horror film "Ganja & Hess" tells the story of an anthropologist (Duane Jones, "Night of the Living Dead") who becomes a vampire shortly before meeting a complex and elegant woman (Marlene Clark, "Switchblade Sisters") who challenges his existence. With gorgeous cinematography by James E. Hinton and experimental music by Sam Waymon, "Ganja" is a unique experience in the world of horror that transcends genre and time period. Andrew, Kate and Amy relate their...


Ep. 429 - Forward slash: "Halloween"-style comeback plans for 5 horror icons

If history is any indication, the success of the new "Halloween" movie means our franchise-driven entertainment culture will likely see comebacks for at least one other slasher movie icon. In this episode, I take 5 over-sequelized movie maniacs and outline plans for their original survivors to return to finish what they started. Follow Andrew on IG/Twitter @cinemandrew


Ep. 428 - You Can Learn a Lot From a (Haunted) Dummy

Why is Jack Black the new king of kiddie horror? Why does Drew Goddard need 2 1/2 hours to ape '90s Tarantino? And what Netflix series is entirely about feces? Find out as former video clerks Andrew and Sam review their most recently-watched movies! Included: Goosebumps 2, Bad TImes at the El Royal, Smallfoot, Hal, The House With a Clock in its Walls, American Vandals, Beast, and more.


Ep. 427 - Being a Horror Fan is Getting Old

Do horror movies get under your skin as you get older, or do you not scare quite as easily? This episdode covers Atlanta's Monsterama convention, reaction to the new "Pet Sematary" trailer, Nicolas Cage's "Mandy" and more. Follow Andrew on Insta @cinemandrew


Ep. 426 - An Expert's Guide to Kickstarting a 'Massacre'

After a successful series of crowdfunding campaigns for family films and romantic comedies, Ohio-based director Henrique Couto started off October 2018 by raising half of his $13,000 goal in 24 hours for two slasher movie sequels. In this interview, Couto details his approach to using Kickstarter and some of the things indie filmmakers should (and should not) do when running their campaigns.


Ep. 425 - "Savage Beach": So nice, we went there twice

If you ever saw an Andy Sidaris movie, you knew his style instantly. Heroic women, explosions, wailing guitar, and usually a ninja or two. In this episode, Andrew and Kate check out 2 of the 12 films in the LETHAL Ladies series: 1989's "Savage Beach" and its 1998 sequel, "Return to Savage Beach" starring cult film legend Julie Strain.


Ep. 424: I Was A Teenage Blockbuster Manager

Andrew got a job at Blockbuster Video in 1995 right after graduating high school. By age 19, he was a manager with 6 Employee of the Month awards. This is where he and Sam met, and they share some of their VHS adventures in this episode (as well as some new movie recommendations, because old clerks never die; they just get PVT'd).


Ep. 423: We need to talk about "Sadie"

Producer Lacey Leavitt ("Safety Not Guaranteed," "Laggies") is on tour with the new film "Sadie" as part of the Southern Circuit Tour of Independent Filmmakers, which stopped in Athens on Sept. 16th for a screening at the Morton Theatre. Lacey spoke to Andrew in the lobby about the serious topics the film addresses and the response it has received from audiences on the tour. Visit to find out when "Sadie" will be playing near you.


Ep. 422 - The creepy ballet of "Suspiria" and "Black Swan"

With the trailers for the upcoming "Suspiria" remake getting creepier and more mysterious, CultCore podcast hosts Kate Owens and Andrew Shearer take a look back at the 1977 Dario Argento original as well as Darren Aronofsky's 2010 spiritual sister film, "Black Swan."


Ep. 421 - A lifelong Muppet fan's reaction to "Happytime Murders"

There's no question that Brian Henson's "Happytime Murders" is for an adult audience. But is the art of puppetry - especially when it comes to feature films - somehow reserved for kids only? OnlineAthens film columnist (and lifelong Muppet fan) Andrew Shearer had a few ranty thoughts after seeing the film.


Ep. 420 - Moviepass, I'm breaking up with you

After almost one full year of membership, Moviepass reached an all-time low in its once mighty but now rapidly deteriorating service. Are they actively encouraging customers to cancel in an effort to make subscription numbers more manageable, or are members jumping ship prematurely? OnlineAthens movie critic Andrew Shearer finally cut his card, but Ohio filmmaker Henrique Couto is still hanging on.


Ep. 419 - "BlacKkKlansman" shows age hasn't mellowed Spike Lee

Saying "BlacKkKlansman" is a comeback for Spike Lee would be ignorant, as he has proven a master in nearly every genre over multiple decades, but it's very much a sample of everything the director has learned and achieved as an artist. Take a trip back to 1979 for a true story that speaks truth to power in today's world.


Ep. 418 - I started crying 90 seconds into "Christopher Robin"

Former video clerks Andrew and Sam may not be sligning VHS tapes anymore, but they're still here to tell you about the best movies they've seen lately. Included in this episode are reviews for "Christopher Robin," "Night Comes On," "Game Night," "Wonder," "Teen Titans Go! To The Movies," "Eighth Grade" and more. Follow Andrew on IG/Twitter @cinemandrew


Ep. 417 - "Eighth Grade" will take you back, zits and all

With "Eighth Grade," first time director Bo Burnham has crafted a light drama full of awkwardness, bravery, fear and triumph that is guaranteed to bring back memories of middle school whether you want it to or not. Think of it as a class reunion that only costs the price of a movie ticket (and a few squirms here and there).


Ep. 416 - CultCore: "Night of the Lepus" a hare-ifying '70s wonder

A staple of sleepy weekend afternoon television, 1972's mutant bunny flick "Night of the Lepus" might seem like something out of a childhood nightmare instead of a film that actually exists. Except it does, and it's out on blu ray now from Scream Factory. Feast your ears on Andrew and Kate's hare-raising discussion.


Ep. 415 - "Sorry To Bother You": Is it cool to like really weird movies?

Boots Riley's debut feature "Sorry To Bother You" is an increasingly bizarre and powerful ride that recalls some of the best experimental comedies of decades past such as "Repo Man" and "Being John Malkovich," but is it still cool to like weird movies? Will it be dismissed in today's "what did I just watch" culture, or will audiences identify with and embrace its creativity and relevance?