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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.

The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.
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The Freak Show takes place in a basement home theatre somewhere in Rockford, IL, USA, where a group of characters gather to share dinner and a movie or two of mostly exploitation, horror, sci-fi and cult cinema.




The Delta Force (1986)

Colin introduces the Freak Show crew to their first proper Chuck Norris movie, The Delta Force (1986). Norris teams up with tough guy Lee Marvin in Cannon Films' "this is how it should have ended" re-staging of the 1985 hijacking of TWA 847, only this time climaxing with America's decisive and explosive victory at the hands of the steely-eyed, quick-footed Chuckster and Co. Listen as we discuss terrorism-themed movies in a post-911 world, try to fathom the cult of personality that surrounds...


Drive Angry (2011)

Michaela finds that spending time watching Nicholas Cage movies makes her want to Drive Angry (2011)! Cage stars as a dead man who breaks out of Hell to pursue the cultists on Earth who have abducted, and plan to sacrifice, his granddaughter to Satan -- and to do that he's gonna need muscle cars, supernatural shotguns and Amber Heard. Listen as we discus improbable hairstyles, battle sex, and 3D eye-poking mayhem on this week's exciting show!


Sphere (1998)

Holly discovers that terror can come in any shape after watching Sphere (1998), an attempt by Hollywood's A-list to imbue geometric shapes with unworldly menace. After discovering an alien craft at the bottom of the ocean, the Navy recruits Dustin Hoffman, Sharon Stone and Samuel Jackson to investigate. Once in the murky depths, paranoia, hallucinations and death take hold. Listen as we try not to lose our own minds as we experience the Sphere-effect of retrograde amnesia while watching the...


Yor: The Hunter from the Future (1983)

Colin discovers that in Yor's world, he's the man, as we grovel before Yor: The Hunter from the Future (1983) in which we follow our musclebound hero (Reb Brown, TV's original Captain America) on a sword and sorcery quest to rescue fair maidens, defeat hideous beasts, and ultimately discover the mysterious origin of his people. Listen as we discover there's no bad movie magic like that of bad Italian movies; discuss the pros and cons of using action figures as your stunt performers; and,...


The Babadook (2014)

Michaela discovers that neither by hook nor by crook can she get rid of The Babadook (2014). A troubled youngster and his widowed mother find themselves pushed to the breaking point when a sinister pop-up storybook appears in their home, heralding the arrival of a malevolent spirit. Listen as we discus the critical vs audience reactions to the movie, what the Sundance hype train means for horror movies, and deep dive into the meaning behind the titular monster on this week's illuminating...


The Wicker Man (2006)

Holly suggests a better sacrifice to The Wicker Man (2006) might be the film itself, as the often-imitated-but-never-duplicated screen icon Nicholas Cage finds himself alone on an island populated by an all-female pagan cult; he thinks he's there to rescue a young girl from becoming a sacrificial victim but, well, you've seen the "not the bees!" memes. Listen as we are denied our moment of ultimate satisfaction by watching the theatrical cut instead of the unrated version; compare the film...


Cathy's Curse (1977)

Sean sends us all to the madhouse after watching Cathy's Curse (1977), a Canadian Exorcist-rip off about a little girl who becomes possessed by the spirit of her dead aunt (we think) or her dead great-uncle (could be), which may have taken control of her doll (possibly) and now wants to kill everyone else in the family (definitely). Listen as we try to deal with a series of anti-climaxes, uncomfortable situations, crazy psychics, creepy neighbors and foul mouthed youngsters on this week's...


The Green Slime (1968)

Colin unwittingly brings back rubber-suited monsters from space after coming in contact with The Green Slime (1968)! After destroying an asteroid on a collision course with Earth, the space station Gamma 3 finds itself host to a green, slimy substance that transforms into a horde of electricity-sucking, tentacled creatures that threaten all life as we know it. Listen as we talk about this slice of 60's sci-fi cheese, swinging martini parties, beehive hairdos, and dish out love for the...


Buried (2010)

Michaela spends time trapped in a box with Ryan Reynolds in the thriller Buried (2010). Reynolds plays an American contractor, taken hostage in Iraq, who awakens to find himself buried alive in a wooden coffin and - armed only with a cigarette lighter and a cell phone - must try to figure a way out. Listen as we talk about the "one man show" movie genre, Holly's fear of snakes, claustrophobia, and more on this week's exciting episode!


Mortal Kombat (1995)

Holly earns a Flawless Victory by accepting a challenge to appear in the Mortal Kombat (1995), a martial arts tournament held on a secret island, the outcome of which will affect the fate of the entire world! In this colorful adaptation of the popular fighting video game, the god of lighting, Lord Rayden, gathers a disparate group of fighters to battle the forces of evil wizard, Shang Tsung. Listen as we talk about puppet performers, EDM, the history of the Mortal Kombat franchise,...


Cemetery Man (Dellamorte, Dellamore, 1994)

Sean wonders why the dead won't stay dead in Cemetery Man (aka Dellamorte, Dellamore, 1994), an existentialist Italian zombie movie from Dario Argento protege Michele Soavi, which stars Rupert Everett as the beleaguered caretaker of a rural cemetery where the dead return to life. Listen as we talk about zombie boy scouts, severed head romances, odd Italian burial practices, and commit Sean's Last Will and Testament to the permanent record on this week's exciting episode!


Best and Worst Movies of 2017

We wrap up 2017 with our 2nd annual Best and Worst Movies of the year episode. Listen as we go around the table and attempt to distill a very good year in film down to our choices for the 5 best movies and the one we think was the worst. Will your favorite make the cut? Thanks for listening and we hope you enjoy!


Possession (1981)

Colin considers assault and battery charges against Andrzej Zulawski's Possession (1981), which chronicles the apocalyptic implosion of the marriage between Sam Neill and Isabelle Adjani in Cold War-era Germany. While he gets kicked around by her effete German lover and sleeps with her doppelganger on the sly, she has sex with a slimy, tentacled creature that she may have given birth to in the subway. Listen as we break down reality, wonder about pink socks, lost shoes, God, relationships,...


I Know Who Killed Me (2007)

Michaela makes the case for Lindsay Lohan's I Know Who Killed Me (2007), a 8-time Razzie award winning thriller in which Lohan plays dual roles - as a diligent student and a exotic dancer - one, or both, of whom are targeted by a blue-glove wearing serial killer who has a fondness for torture and amputation. Listen as we try to unravel the film's color-coded plot mechanics, debate Lohan's questionable stripper techniques, and determine if the film qualifies as an American giallo, all on...


Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991)

Holly learns the Way of the Samurai for a Showdown in Little Tokyo (1991) which features a potentially epic team up between action superstar Dolph Lundgren and the late Brandon Lee, starring as two renegade cops thrown together to stop the rise of the Japanese Yakuza in Los Angeles' Little Tokyo neighborhood. Their mission escalates into an explosion of bloody mayhem after Lundgren recognizes the head Yakuza as the man responsible for his parents' murder! Listen at we marvel at Brandon...


Sleepwalkers (1992)

Sean breeds an attack cat to take on the soul sucking menace of Stephen King's Sleepwalkers (1992). When his owner is killed by a duo of ancient, incestuous, shape-shifting creatures (Brian Krause and Alice Krige), Clovis (Sparks) rises to become the hero he was always meant to be and must save the Sleepwalker's virginal target (Mädchen Amick) from their clutches, while rallying together the town's house cat population for a fiery raid on their booby-trap laden lair. Listen as we talk...


The Devil's Rain (1975)

Colin hopes to survive the melting Hell on Earth of The Devil's Rain (1975). William Shatner's family guards a Satanic book from the clutches of evil goat-headed cult leader, Ernest Borgnine, who needs it to enslave all mankind. They do battle in an abandoned Western mining town while Tom Skerritt and his wife hope to save the day from Satan's followers. Listen as we talk about the involvement of mobsters and the Church of Satan in the film's making, fantasize about satanic Westerns, and...


Scream 4 (2011)

Michaela has a bone to pick with the black sheep of the Scream movies, Scream 4 (2011). Wes Craven's final film reunites the surviving cast of the hit, self-aware series of horror films with a fresh cast of up and comers, while writer Kevin Williamson throws shade at millennials and the conventions of horror movie remakes and reboots. Listen as we talk about horror movie home design, dump hate on the movie's propmaster, and gush over Hayden Panettiere, all on this week's exciting episode!


Slither (2006)

Holly develops a taste for raw meat and a hunger for world domination after being possessed by the aliens of Slither (2006), James Gunn's affectionate homage to 80's sci-fi/horror films. When Grant Grant (Michael Rooker) is taken over by a malevolent extraterrestrial intelligence, it's up to the small town sheriff (Nathan Fillion) to save his dream girl (Elizabeth Banks) and the townspeople from the gooey, tentacled menace. Listen as we discover the joys of Mr. Pibb, laud the talents of...


Urban Legend (1998)

Sean tells us a story that happened to someone who knows someone he knows, and an Urban Legend (1998) is born. Someone in a winter coat is murdering students at snooty Pendleton University, using the hook of urban legends as his deadly punchline. The late 90's cast of the CW Network has to team up with the Noxema girl to sleuth out the killer's identity before they become his next victim. If you love the 90's then this is the episode for you, as we go on Full-On 90's Throwback Mode to...


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