Many many moons ago on a long forgotten episode of Rue Morgue Radio, I unwisely subjected "Iron" Mike Felsher to an impromptu screening of the 2007 slasher musical disasterpiece Splatter Disco - and he's never forgiven me since.
Until we recorded this episode, I had no idea how deep the resentment ran so when I asked him for his best and worst picks of 2011, I wasn't prepared for some of the cinematic atrocities he would cruelly inflict upon my once innocent retinas.
Just when you thought the award season was done and dusted and it was safe to turn on the radio - think again, my lovalee little droogies, think again. You forgot the only accolades that really matter - the Cinephobia RadioGlazball Awards.
Joining me once again for the second annual edition of this most venerated event is the one and only intrepid Cinephobia correspondent (and the polar extreme opposite of Megan Fox unfortunately), Mr. Scott McLaren.
On this episode, I talk to one of the most adventurous filmmakers currently penetrating the world of cinema, the already legendary Gaspar Noé, director of such unforgettable, cine-traumatic experiences as I Stand Alone (1998) and Irreversible (2002).
On this episode, I talk to both the director and star of Winnebago Man, a documentary about filmmaker Ben Steinbauer's obsessive quest to track down the elusive internet sensation known as Jack Rebney.
If you're in need of a bit of radio mayhem over the holidays, this schizophrenic Christmas collage should suffice.
Sliced and diced by Rue Morgue Radio's very own Tomb Dragomir, it's nothing less than a candy cane-coloured, fruitcake-flavoured musical nervous breakdown. Guaranteed to liven up any of those potentially dreary and/or traumatic family holiday get togethers. It'll warm the cockles of your heart and the testicles of your soul.
So slooshy well my little red nosed reindeers and until next time...
Despite the hype, Claudio Fragasso's 1989 Italian fantasy horror Troll 2 is definitely NOT the worst movie ever made. It's too bonkers, too berzerk, too 'accidentally' entertaining to deserve such peculiar praise. But there can be no debate about it - Troll 2 is a craptacular jaw-dropper of the highest calibre!
It's blood curdling! It's brain-blistering! It's the musical equivalent of a full-blown panic attack! It's The Ludovico Technique Musical Torture Show and Travelling Circus, an unendurable experience we inflict upon the listening public whenever there's a need to coerce them with our unreasonable demands.
The occasion this time was the annual fund-raising drive at CKLN 88.1 FM, Toronto's listener supported campus/community radio station (and the terrestrial home of Cinephobia Radio).
New York City film journalist Josiah Howard author of Blaxploitation Cinema: The Essential Reference Guide joins me for a special Cinephobia Radio tribute to the cinematic wonders of funky 'fros, hundred dollar suits, million dollar ladies, platform boots, pimps, pushers and Pam Grier!
Yes, it's the Baadasssss Blaxploitation genre - as synonymous with the 1970's as Star Wars, Punk Rock, Watergate, White Dog Poop and The Fonz!
Forget the Palme d'Or, the Oscars, the Golden Globes, the Bafta's and even the Razzies! With the exception of the Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Awards, the Dead Pit RadioPitty Awards and possibly the Adult Video News Awards, there's only one cinematic trophy that really matters and this is it - the Cinephobia RadioGlazball Award.
Finally, the conclusion of The Zeroes! And if you're thinking, Hey, wait a minute! I thought the last one was the conclusion!? May I remind you - if the movies have taught us anything, it's when an installment of a series is titled The Final Chapter, it's NEVER the Final Chapter!
But I assure you, this one is. And joining me to bring the dearly departed decade to a close is Toronto filmmaker (and the original host of Cinephobia), Mr. Scott McLaren.
The Zeroes continues as the next generation of brave Cinephobiacs offer up their best and worst film picks of the past decade.
First up, it's the apple of my eye, the love of my life and the bane of my existence: Toronto artist Nicola Miranda Bendrey. You can viddy some of her bile filled balloons and cotton candy inspired carnage at www.nicolabendrey.com.
Welcome to a very special edition of The Zeroes: Best and Worst of the Decade! This time, we celebrate the thriving genre movie scene in Cinephobia Radio's current home base of Toronto, Onterrible, Canada.
In recent years, the city has emerged as a veritable epicentre of cult film culture, due in large part to the work of the contributors featured on this episode. They all represent organisations that, while based in Toronto, Onterrible, have had a far reaching, 'international' impact on the spread of genre film.
Yes, we're back! To once again scale the sublime cinematic heights and plunder the dreck-strewn depths of the decade known as 'The Zeroes.'
And when I say, Attack of the Chones, I'm not necessarily referring to myself or any of the contributors. I just couldn't resist riffing on what was easily one of the worst films of the past decade, if not of all time.
IT WAS THE BEST OF TIMES, IT WAS THE WORST OF TIMES
It was the first decade of the 21st Century and now it's gone, just like a stream of cat atoms flying through space. But like many of you, I'm still not sure what to call it. Was it 'The 2000's,' 'The Noughts' or 'The Noughties?' Personally, I think a more fitting moniker is 'The Zeroes!'
Back in March of 2009, I sat down with Steve 'Lips' Kudlow and Robb Reiner from iconic Canadian thrash metal band Anvil and the subjects of one of the greatest rock documentaries ever made: Anvil! The Story of Anvil, a film that was truly a lifetime in the making.