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Something sinister is happening in the Nevada desert. Is the government losing control of an experiment, or are conspiracy theorists creating hysteria? And what happened to Luke!? Listen to DJ Nick Charles as the story unfolds to the night owls of Springwell, NV. New Episodes every Monday Season 1 14 Episodes Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/transmissionunknown/support
 
We all remember the also-ran movies from the 80's and 90's that filled our rainy days, and shaped our childhoods in profound yet subtle ways. Or do we? Welcome to You Deserve Medals, where Jay and Benny spend every episode biting down hard on the pop-culture pillow, to watch the has-been and might've-been movies from our childhoods, and talk about what made them great - or what made them disturbingly and aggressively less than great. Some of them are far better than we remember, and are defi ...
 
Once upon a time, Kyle West hid his love for sci-fi and superheroes, but not now! He has embraced his inner nerd, and is here to sprinkle a dose of positivity over multiple geek fandoms, as he seeks to silence internet haters. Subscribe to his YouTube channel here: http://bit.ly/ns86ytpod Facebook: http://bit.ly/ns86fbpod Twitter: http://bit.ly/ns86twitterpod Instagram: http://bit.ly/ns86instapod Become a Patreon subscriber, giving you access to lots of exclusive Nerd Since '86 content, here ...
 
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Shahid Mahmud On the ‘Cast is one of the more interesting people we have had on in a very long while. So interesting, in fact, that we began talking in the pre-show and quite frankly, once the show began, I forgot to introduce him. Shahid Mahmud is the creator of the SF/Fantasy imprint Phoenix Pick. The catalog now includes reprints by Heinlein, Ni…
 
Sean talks to birds, tigers, bears and ferrets and calls himself The Beastmaster (1982), Phantasm director Don Coscarelli's insanely popular sword and sorcery epic about a warrior born with the ability to communicate with animals, who vows revenge on those who burned down his village. Listen as we become suspect of George R.R. Martin, encounter fle…
 
Normally, the terms “campy 80’s horror” and “heartwarming solid story telling” go together about as well as “Jay” and “healthy gastro-intestinal operation” or “Benny” and “underwear devoid of faint brown streaks”. However, this is one of those rare and beautiful exceptions to the rule, and also serves as a fantastic palate cleanser after we had to …
 
Colin watches as a movie loses its grip on reality and become an over the top Cannon Films extravaganza, Death Wish 3 (1985) in which architect-turned-vigilante Paul Kersey returns to New York and incites war between a gang of punks and the geriatric residents of a seedy tenement building. Listen as we throw bazookas, pipe guns, booby traps, explos…
 
Ariel Diaz In this episode, the Commander and I get the chance to speak with an up and coming artist from Texas who is about to burst on the national convention scene. Ariel Diaz had her opening cut short by the pandemic and was forced to sit patiently for a year, honing her craft and working (as we all did) doing sketching, drawings and covers and…
 
Michaela unloads 10,000 bullets in defense of Shoot 'Em Up (2007), a movie with a title that promises exactly what you get, as a robotic Clive Owen plays a purveyor of hot lead trying to protect a lactating prostitute and a baby from an army of gunsmiths led by Paul Giamati. Listen as we encounter Clive Owen worship, slippery black leather trenchco…
 
The term “cult classic” is one that we run into quite often on this show, as well as in our personal lives. It’s a term that means something - it’s used sparingly, and often elicits images of forever memorable moments and characters that will outlive time itself. A cult classic is a film that, despite some flaws and quirks, defines the very soul of…
 
To Kill A King In this episode Commander Cam and I get the chance to speak with W.L.Hawkin about her Hollystone Mystery series. I have to admit speaking with Wendy was a quite unique experience and was one of one of the few times I was truly tongue tied. a situation which amused the hell out of Cam as well as myself. We got the chance to explore wi…
 
Holly says we can't live on junkfood alone and serves up the classic ghost story The Others (2001), which finds Nicole Kidman and her two children, who suffer from sunlight photosensitivity, living in a post-WWII English mansion where things go bump in the night. Listen as the Freak Show is reunited live in the dank dark basement to talk about scar…
 
To All 7 of our Fans - Welcome to Season 2 of You Deserve Medals! The year is 1989. Hollywood, in a sudden and brief burst of fascination with the deep ocean, produces two distinct blockbusters months apart, both dealing with the dark and mysterious depths of our undiscovered seas. One of those movies would be directed by an absolute legend and pio…
 
In the Lovcraftian universe there are very few rules. When I learned a friend of one of my very good Sci Fi writer friends, CT Phipps, (see Talkcasts 380, 425 and 475 ) had written a number of stories in this universe I became intrigued and we talked about it. He then suggested I read the works of Matthew Davenport and so I did and he joins us on t…
 
Sean ponders the effect of horror movies on both their fans and their creators in Wes Craven's New Nightmare (1994) a meta-movie in which Freddy Krueger is set free from the Nightmare on Elm Street series to plague Heather Langenkamp in the "real world," a fictionalized version of Hollywood in which New Line Cinema president Robert Shaye even gets …
 
Just like Benny stopping randomly in a supermarket and pinching his buttcheeks to prevent a pant-crapping, we all have things in our lives that we internalize. Whether we exchange whispers with close friends or shower Twitter with our hot takes, eventually those pent-up thoughts need to erupt and bathe passers by with a gooey dose of personal truth…
 
Sebastien de Castell A remarkable interview begins and ends in the most unexpected places. This begins with Sebastien de Castell, musician, author and our guest on the ‘Cast. Ostensibly here to talk about his latest book, Way Of The Argosi, The Commander and I has way too much fun on a number of other topics before we ever got there, some of which …
 
Colin fears that scientists will develop a parasite as a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease that will turn the world into an endless orgy of Shivers (aka They Came From Within, 1975). Canadian madman David Cronenberg put his stamp on the face of horror cinema forever with his story of a icky sexual revolution taking place at a luxury a…
 
When is a sci-fi movie not a sci-fi movie? In this case, it’s when someone puts a computer brain into a lab-grown 10 year old human body husk, and spends the entire film showing it having human interactions while generating all the excitement of a filling at the dentist. Is the movie you’re left with serviceable? Yes. Is it about as memorable as th…
 
Edward M. Lerner Smart, original and snappy science fiction is a rare commodity today. Rarer still is the author who can converse about it. Meet Edward M, Lerner and get the chance to know a bit about him, who he is and his work as we explore him, his background and his latest novel, Deja Doomed. It’s fun to be able to have a conversation not just …
 
Michaela discovers that roaming bands of L.A. punks are actually Nomads (1985), immortal supernatural entities that have existed since time immemorial, living unnoticed on the fringes of human society. French anthropologist Pierce Brosnan discovers this too, and attracts their ire in future Predator and Die Hard director John McTiernan's metaphysic…
 
Most of the time, we both have memories of the films we choose, no matter how vague and nightmarish they may be. Then there is the odd occasion when one of us takes full blame for a disaster appearing on the wheel of fate. Last time, Benny subjected everyone to the skateboarding/murder mystery/Vietnamese tourism film Gleaming the Cube. This time, J…
 
When we first spoke with the writing team known as OE Tearman in January oof 2020 it was to introduce book one of their Aces High, Jokers Wild Dystopian Science Fiction Series. In this episode , we welcome back Olivia and Nonier to talk about book 2 in the series, Call The Bluff as well as the poignant similarities between what we might see in the …
 
Holly brings an immortal bloodsucker roaring back to life in the new millennium with Dracula 2000 (2000), which finds the suave fiend traveling to Louisiana to hunt down a girl with whom he shares a psychic bond, while the still-kickin' Van Helsing and his protégé race to stop him. Listen as we talk about vampire leeches, Biblical secrets, and the …
 
Sean finds himself trapped on Earth with a space mallard named Howard the Duck (1986), producer George Lucas' big-budget take on the odd Marvel Comics character. Rocker Lea Thompson explores inter-species love with the wisecracking hero as they work to stop a bunch of evil alien creatures from destroying the world. Listen as we talk about traumatic…
 
Are you ready for a heartwarming story about a young boy, befriending an alien lost and far from home while its relatives wander a frightening new landscape in search of their lost child? How about a lesson in friendship and determination, as two people from different worlds work together to overcome obstacles while discovering the true meaning of …
 
Mark Leslie Once upon a time there was a werewolf, who sometimes wasn’t a very good one. It really wasn’t his fault, because as most of his ilk, he was a victim of circumstance. Meet Michael Andrews, protagonist of The Canadian Werewolf Series written by tonight’s guest the very smart and funny Mark Leslie. We got the chance to pick his brain and t…
 
How does one get lost in their own interview? I have to admit, it was easy in this one. Marie Powell came by to take with us about her personal journey of discovery which began with an ancestral inquiry into her own Welsh background and culminated into this marvelous duology, Watersight (Last Of The Gifted); a project a monumental journey which too…
 
Colin sits ringside for the colossal battle of the swamp monsters alongside Swamp Thing (1982), Wes Craven's adaptation of DC Comic's iconic plant man. When a laboratory incident transforms a scientist into a swamp monster, he finds blossoming love with none other than 80's monster girl Adrienne Barbeau. Listen as we talk helmet hair, bug-eyed rubb…
 
What is a sequel? Is book two in a series a continuation of the story or an expansion of the characters? In this episode we get the chance to talk again with Trevor Fernandes-Lenkiewicz as he brings us book two of his Kickstarter funded series, Area 51: The Helix Project. The fledgling writer has come a long way from his first project and this book…
 
Michaela takes to task Frank Oz' comedic reworking of The Stepford Wives (2004), a big budget all-star misfire which turns a chilling 1970's feminist paranoia thriller into a toothless skit show starring Matthew Broderick and Nicole Kidman. Listen as we talk about square dancing gradeschoolers, mandatory fun days, piggy bank robot wives and more on…
 
Some of our favourite movie memories from the 80’s and 90’s involve creatures that capture the imaginations of children everywhere - Dinosaurs. From the industry-shaking special effect innovations, through compelling stories invoking a sense of wonder and awe, to the wonderfully written characters only matched by their equally brilliant directing, …
 
Holly finds life might be perfect by murdering those who disrupt domestic tranquility along with Serial Mom (1994), director John Waters satirical take on American suburbia and the celebrity culture around serial killers. Kathleen Turner stars as the picture perfect housewife-slash-serial killer. Listen as we talk about Franklin Mint collectibles, …
 
Are you ready to break out the latest issue of Thrasher magazine, kick off your airwalks, and down a Tab? Psyched to blast some Suicidal Tendencies on your tape deck while tightening the trucks on your deck and dreaming about landing that sweet 360 inward heel flip at the local abandoned swimming pool? Does absolutely none of this make sense to you…
 
There are times when you find yourself in the deep end of the swimming pool without your water wings. Welcome to TalkCast 475, in which Dome finds himself uncomfortable ensconsconsed between two friends, co-host Commander Cam and guest C.T. Phipps, far more knowledgeable than he is upon this evening’s subject, i.e., Yog-Sothoth. And… a good time wa…
 
Sean loves slasher sequels just like Urban Legends: Final Cut (2000), a killer-on-the-loose-at-a-college-campus vintage that finds a group of co-ed film students stalked by a demented whacko in a fencing mask. Listen as we wallow in watered down teen horror, try to make sense of nonsensical plots, and then try to make an impassioned-but-illogical d…
 
In this Talkcast, we once again meet up with part-time paranormal instigator and full time interesting guy Bruce Olav Soldheim to talk about his latest work Snarc, the Graphic Novel, not to be confused with Snarc , The Comic, which we talked about in TalkCast 439. This is a whole new and different Snarc…. Well not entirely new and different, instea…
 
Colin thinks weaponized salt battle trucks should be a no brainer in the fight against Slugs (1988), a gory eco-horror flick from the director of Pieces. When mutant, man-eating slugs ooze up from the earth, a band of working class heroes must unite to stop the slimy suckers before they consume an entire town! Listen as we talk about methane pollut…
 
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