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Become a Paid Subscriber and get bonus podcasts: https://anchor.fm/nowplayingpodcast/subscribe Three playful movie reviewers break down a variety of film franchises by dedicating a podcast to every single sequel, reboot, and spin-off in a series. In-depth conversations cover production history, literary sources, gossip, merchandising, and personal opinion with humor and critical insight. No cinematic universe is too obscure or sacred! Over 1,200 reviews at http://nowplayingpodcast.com
 
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The Big Slurp Lon Chaney Jr. knew the pressures of living up to an iconic father’s legacy even before he agreed to be the Son of Dracula in 1943. Can the second generation horror star pioneer another classic Universal Monster without donning the extensive movie make-up that made him such a convincing Wolf Man? And did his Count Alucard overestimate…
 
Daddy’s Little Ghoul Bela Lugosi is dead, but Countess Marya Zeleska is ready to don her father’s cape and step into the spotlight as the next Universal Monster, Dracula’s Daughter. Will her habit of leaving holes in the necks of women wandering alone in the London fog ring as familiar to incarcerated vampire hunter Professor Von Helsing? And can a…
 
The Original Pain in the Neck Dracula became the premier Universal Monster in 1931 when he leapt from the Broadway stage onto film screens for the first official adaptation of Bram Stoker’s novel. Can star Bela Lugosi still mesmerize with that piercing stare of his? Or is hearing that thick Hungarian accent what gave the shivers to folks new to tal…
 
Where’s the beef? Charlton Heston got his damned dirty paws on the 1966 sci-fi novel Make Room! Make Room! and turned it into Soylent Green, his third foray into cinematic dystopia. Is it easier to swallow a future where New York City is overrun by talking monkeys or albino vampires rather than believe it could survive without a decent restaurant? …
 
Somehow I didn’t imagine the children of the night making such New Age music Director Werner Herzog revives the uniquely German take on the Dracula myth with his 1979 remake of Nosferatu The Vampyre. Klaus Kinski emerges from the shadow of Max Schreck’s silent era performance to put his own morose spin on the Transylvanian Count who longs to spend …
 
The oldest movie we will ever review! (Probably) A decade before Universal Studios made Dracula the centerpiece of their stable of movie monsters, German visionary FW Murnau put his own spin on Bram Stoker’s literary creation with the 1922 silent classic Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror. Is Max Schreck’s iconic portrayal of Count Orlock the vampire …
 
Daniel Craig is back as the famed Knives Out detective Benoit Blanc, crashing the private Greek isle of billionaire Edward Norton (Fight Club) to see which of his “disruptor” friends is planning to put him in a glass coffin. Will the killer turn out to be canceled starlet Kate Hudson with the crossbow at the Infinity Pool? Maybe Men’s Rights influe…
 
'Tis the Season to experience your favorite Marvel a-holes clumsily learning that meaning of gift giving, and experiencing the fellowship of kidnapping, in the Disney+ event The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special. Can Mantis and Drax cheer up Star-Lord Chris Pratt about his recent box office slump by decreasing his degrees of separation from a…
 
If you collect Marvel Legends 2022 has been a big year! There have been over 130 figures released, many of which were deluxe or box sets. Plenty of retro carded Legends figures right next to waves from the Marvel Cinematic Universe--Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Thor: Love and Thunder plus What If... …
 
If you collect Marvel Legends 2022 has been a big year! There have been over 130 figures released, many of which were deluxe or box sets. Plenty of retro carded Legends figures right next to waves from the Marvel Cinematic Universe--Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, Thor: Love and Thunder plus What If... …
 
James Cameron takes audiences back to Pandora by Way of Water with his long-anticipated sequel to Avatar. Are the domestic dreams of Na’vi couple Sam Worthington and Zoe Saldana torpedoed now that nemesis Stephen Lang and his military outfit are brought back to life in new, blue bodies? And can the Sully children adapt to an ocean teeming with aqua…
 
Crime! Inflation! Oppression! Yes, today’s headlines look bad, but not as bleak as the Metropolis that director Fritz Lang envisioned all the way back in 1927. Will the skyscrapers of the future fall like the Tower of Babel after a sexy fem-bot incites factory workers to tear down the machines that run their city? And should a mama’s boy who defies…
 
Quantum of Malice Star Wars fanboys had their Knives Out for Rian Johnson in 2019, but the writer/director survives their harsh verdicts of The Last Jedi by following it up with a hit murder mystery. Daniel “007” Craig stars as a celebrated Cajun investigator summoned to the mansion of a dead crime novelist to determine if he was murdered. Could th…
 
Jon Hamm is urged to “Confess, Fletch” after a coed is found murdered in his Boston rental apartment. But the real mystery is whether movie fans will accept someone new in the title role. Is the Mad Men star too suave to wear the disguises, and make the jokes Chevy Chase did, as the intrepid reporter infiltrates a snooty yacht club to recover missi…
 
Chevy Chase finds a dead woman in his bed, the Ku Klux Klan on his lawn, and televangelists on his TV praying for his inheritance, now that Fletch Lives in a bequeathed Louisiana plantation. Will the investigative reporter clear his name of murder charges, or be forced to spend retirement concealing his identity in a series of extravagant disguises…
 
Shopping for Marvel fans can be a challenge. What do they have? What do they want? How could someone know what's new that someone would be shocked by? To the rescue comes Marvelicious Toys' 13th Annual SWEET CHRISTMAS Holiday Gift Guide! From Advent Calendars to Prop Replicas, $5 stocking stuffers to $500 Hot Toys, we run down the super items that …
 
Shopping for Marvel fans can be a challenge. What do they have? What do they want? How could someone know what's new that someone would be shocked by? To the rescue comes Marvelicious Toys' 13th Annual SWEET CHRISTMAS Holiday Gift Guide! From Advent Calendars to Prop Replicas, $5 stocking stuffers to $500 Hot Toys, we run down the super items that …
 
Welcome to the 18th Annual Star Wars Action News Thanksgiving Day Holiday Gift Guide episode. This year the entire Star Wars Action News team pitched in with their suggestions on what to buy the Star Wars lover in your life. From advent calendars to action figures, games and gaming chairs, home decor, PJs, and more -- all of that and more is in thi…
 
Beverly Hills Copycat Chevy Chase takes a vacation from Saturday Night Live and National Lampoon movies to star as investigative reporter Fletch in this beloved 1985 mystery. Can the comedic chameleon unmask the real reasons why shady yuppie Tim Matheson (Animal House) hires a beach bum to break into his mansion and murder him? And will the jocular…
 
With no sales booth at SDCC Hasbro's Marvel Legends exclusive went online. It was the Mojoworld box set with Mojo (sporting a deluxe paint job), Longshot, Dazzler, and....a chibi Wolverine? These exclusive sets are arriving now from Hasbro Pulse, and Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin have theirs in-hand. Join them on this episode for an in-depth review o…
 
With no sales booth at SDCC Hasbro's Marvel Legends exclusive went online. It was the Mojoworld box set with Mojo (sporting a deluxe paint job), Longshot, Dazzler, and....a chibi Wolverine? These exclusive sets are arriving now from Hasbro Pulse, and Arnie, Marjorie, and Justin have theirs in-hand. Join them on this episode for an in-depth review o…
 
Price hikes. Repaint after repaint. Store exclusives that are impossible to find, and if you do order them they arrive mailed crushed into a too-small box. Yes, Hasbro Star Wars collecting right now is struggling as it adapts to a shifting marketplace and worsening global economic climate. But hey, it's still fun! And here to talk about that fun is…
 
Waiting To Impale Wakanda Forever mourns the loss of King T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman), but that doesn’t mean a worthy successor can’t slip into the cat suit and become the next Black Panther. But can anyone stop the advanced African nation from being sunk by an underwater South American society also armed with an arsenal of Vibranium? Or is new riv…
 
Edward Woodward (TV’s original Equalizer) travels to a remote Scottish island in search of a missing schoolgirl and finds The Wicker Man instead. Does the original 1973 cult film live up to its legacy as one of the greatest British horror films of all time? And what scares the hosts more: that Christopher “Dracula” Lee might have murdered this chil…
 
He’ll be back…. in inferior Terminator sequels and straight-to-streaming crap. Arnold Schwarzenegger’s movie star reputation took a big hit when Collateral Damage was released in the shadow of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Can today’s audiences better appreciate his tough guy approach to a South American cartel leader (Cliff Curtis) who inadvertently…
 
Jack Russell: The Furred Avenger Gael Garcia Bernal (Coco) might look like a typical Marvel superhero in the daylight, but he becomes a Werewolf By Night in order to protect the other monsters of the MCU. Can he outsmart six skilled hunters as they descend upon a labyrinth to slay a mythical beast and collect the powerful Bloodstone? And can Stuart…
 
The S stands for Hurt Dwayne Johnson cooks up a different kind of Shazam for the DC Cinematic Universe as the homicidal metahuman Black Adam explodes onto the big screen. Is he the hero that an ancient Middle Eastern country needs after a tyrant seizes their crown and threatens Hell on Earth? Or is Amanda Waller (Viola Davis), Hawkman (Aldis Hodge)…
 
Out of Shape Jamie Lee Curtis tried to move on from the curse of Michael Myers, but another Haddonfield Halloween Ends in blood and screams after granddaughter Allyson goes trick-or-treating with psycho babysitter Corey. Can the franchise’s original boogeyman teach this wannabe anything about being an old school slasher icon, or is Michael wise to …
 
Hulu tries to rescue the Hellraiser franchise from a purgatory of underwhelming sequels by re-configuring the original 1987 Clive Barker gorefest into an elevated 2022 reboot. Will a recovering drug addict become the pin-up girl for a Just Say No campaign against soul-tearing Cenobites after she gets high and accidentally opens their infamous puzzl…
 
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