Philip Laird returns to Tapeheads with his sister Liz in tow to discuss the 1977 TV holiday special Emmet Otter’s Jug-Band Christmas, a Jim Henson tale that depicts a cute but dystopian world in which talented Muppet animals distract themselves from their extreme economic hardships with a little bit of washtub bass. Topics of discussion include the Laird siblings’ history with the tape, the Riverbottom Nightmare Band, and the baffling economic structure of Frogtown Hollow, which may in fact be a post-apocalyptic wasteland populated by mutant creatures.
Actor Ben Bellamy visits the podcast to revisit his beloved VHS copy of the 1997 Jim Carrey film Liar Liar in which an unethical lawyer cannot tell a lie for 24 hours after his son Max's birthday wish comes true. Topics include the tape's opening advertisements, Carrey's filmography, and the horrific implications of Max's powers.
Filmmaker Alrik Bursell drops by the podcast to watch the 1984 sci-fi classic The Terminator on VHS. Topics include: Alrik's experience watching the movie on a CED video disc; the films of James Cameron; the original Terminator as a horror movie; the sequels; the performances of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, and Lance Henriksen. Be sure to check out Alrik's podcast Making Movies is Hard at www.makingmoviesishard.com and watch his award-winning short films Strange Thing and Brother at www.bursellproductions.com
Methode Sauvage winemaker Chad Hinds returns to Tapeheads with his VHS copy of 1999's found footage phenomenon The Blair Witch Project, starring Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard, and Michael C. Williams. To learn more about Chad's wines, visit www.methodesauvage.com!
Comedian Chloe Kiester offers up a VHS copy of Don Bluth's unhinged canine musical All Dogs Go to Heaven, starring Burt Reynolds, Dom DeLuise, and the late Judith Barsi.
Cinematographer Gavin Murray stops by with his VHS copy of Sam Raimi's immortal horror comedy classic Evil Dead II: Dead by Dawn, starring Bruce Campbell in his signature role of Ash Williams.
You can check out some of Gavin's work at www.gavinvmurray.com!
Talking points: The death a 25¢ videotape. A psychedelic religious experience. Box art. Army of Darkness. Bruce Campbell gives an incredible physical performance. Ted Raimi as the horror hag. Spider-Man 2. Headless muppet. Lights and colors. The sun and the looking glass. A nonstop powerhouse. Continuity. A manual horror film. Crabs! Ranking the Evil Dead trilogy. Buy it/rent it/tape over it. Brunch. Batman and Robin. Man of the House as a horror film.
UPROXX writer and freelance journalist Chloe Schildhause selects the Olsen Twins classic It Takes Two, starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Kirstie Alley, and Steve Guttenberg. Be sure to check out Chloe's writing at www.schildhause.com, including a very special Vanity Fair article about a certain set of identical strangers.
Talking points: A special guest. The epic tale of the Mary-Kate and Ashley Cruise. Meeting the Olsen Twins. Trailer talk. How the West Was Fun. Long Dualstar sales pitch. The Amazing Panda Adventure. The book series. Doris Day. A supernatural Parent Trap. Identical strangers. Orphan tomboy Amanda and rich girl Alyssa. Steve Guttenberg as cell phone wizard Roger Calloway. The horseback meet cute. Buff Guttenberg in a wet shirt. Escaping an evil adopted family and an evil stepmother. Vincenzo, the Jersey mobster butler. Conspiracy theories. The current whereabouts of the Alyssa Calloway painting. Food fight. The lake scene. The Butkis family. Ranking the Mary Kate and Ashley films. The wedding. Buy it/rent it/tape over it. Chloe's new projects. An oral history of Blossom. A scary children's movie. The Gate. The Witches.