We kick off the scariest month of the year with the first entry in our Creepy Carnivals series: 1987’s Funland. We might’ve whiffed this one, since it sure doesn’t seem like this is a horror film. Seems more like a comedy, what with the barrage of terrible dick jokes we get. Thank goodness we get a pretty rockin’ opening track to save us from certain death. Only time will tell whether this actually turns into the horror show we desire or is in fact the groan-inducing dark comedy that it seems to be.
It’s still September, but we’re getting into the spooky season a little early by revealing the first film in our creepy carnival theme month. We also discuss deviled eggs. Will it be fun? Will it be scary? Will we die of fright? There’s only one way to find out!
We close out Selleck septembR with the rest of our discussion on Ramblin’ Man, a movie that is enamored of its country music guest stars and expects us to not recognize Morgan Fairchild if she puts on a dark wig and glasses. Topics of discussion include the durability of police station entryways, the field of view of sex cams, and the beauty of Scooby-Doo chase sequences.
We begin our final film of Selleck septembR with this made-for-TV (or made-from-TV) movie Ramblin’ Man! We’ve got a charming Tom Selleck, a braggadocios Jerry Reed, crooked country cops, attempted murder, and a chase sequence complete with a slow-moving train. We also talk A LOT about Ray Stevens’ discography.
We keep chugging along with Selleck CeptembR (that’ll make sense eventually, unless it doesn’t) and talk about music, robots, brothers-separated-at-birth, and develop a new, mostly horrifying concept: boot babies.
We close out our discussion of Runaway with an incredibly long episode! We have so much to say about this incredible movie that a regular episode length couldn’t contain it all. We talk extensively about Gene Simmons’ sneer, Tom Selleck’s robot wife, acid spider robots, magic robot bullets, and what a Runaway film series would look like. This is a good one, friends.
We kick off Selleck septembR with 1984’s Runaway, a movie about cops in a non-specified future who fix malfunctioning robots. We spend time in a cornfield, we speculate on how many different types of robots there are, and we wonder if Selleck’s character’s oft-discussed vertigo will be important to the movie in some way.
We kick off our new, extremely questionable theme month by revealing our next film and talking a lot about Tom Selleck and robots (things that we will not remember talking about on next week’s full episode).
We close out our Summer of Summer series with the second half of our discussion on 1988’s Aloha Summer. In part 1, we predicted samurai swords, maybe ninjas, and maybe ghosts. We don’t quite get everything we expected, but there is more death than there ever should be in this coming-of-age story. We also get grumpy dads, lots of surfing, and an airport that solves all of our characters’ problems.
We’re at the end of our Summer of Summer Series and what better way to say farewell than by watching 1988’s Aloha Summer? Will we get ninja battles? Will there be a ghost? Will there be more casual 50s racism? Is there a better name for a gang of friends than The Salty Six?