Monday, November 20, 2017
Sunday, November 5, 2017
In our final installment of the painful Mini Monster Month, we check out blatant Leprechaun rip-off Rumpelstiltskin (1995)! Plus, best and worst movies out this week, Songs on Trial: Halloween Edition, Fun Film Fact, In Search of the Perfect Podcast, voicemails, and our undoubtedly our most intimate show ever! whistle whistle. Listen here.
Join us in our mostest smartest show ever as we check out Ghoulies III: Ghoulies Go To College (1991)! Plus: Catch and Release, PG Boobs, Dr. Snuggles "Fun" Film Fact, Songs On Trial, What Movie Is This?, James Best, and higher education abounding! Enroll here.
Mini-Monster Month continues with Skippy from 'Family Ties' fighting little gargoyles with flame throwers in 1993s direct to video classic(?) -- Little Devils: The Birth! Plus: Catch and Release, a BEEFY edition of Songs On Trial, What Movie is This?, James Best, and scatological low-brow shenanigans abound on this one. Phew! Crazy episode. Listen in here.
It's officially Mini Monster Month here at Companeros! For our first choice, we take a look at the shot-on-8mm, limited to only 200 VHS copies, piece-of-trash known as 'Beasties' from 1989! Plus, Catch and Release, Songs on Trial, PG Boobs, Fun Film Fact, What Movie is This?, James Best, and much much more! Check it out here.
The Companeros like our vanity projects (movies produced, written, directed, and starring the same person), and Empire of the Dark (1990) is no exception! Don't be fooled, Director/Star Steve Barkett may look like he's full of hot dogs, but he's also full of surprises and talent. Also: Songs On Trial, What Movie Is This?, James Best's Best Movies Ever, Listener Feedback, and fast times at Companeros high! SOT: Bigod 20 - Like a prayer Modern-Soul-Band –Heut' Spielt Hier 'Ne Soul-Band "Macho Man" Randy Savage - Tear It Up Denise LaSalle - Lick It Before You Stick It The Frogs - These Are The Finest Queen Boys (I've Ever Seen) Crispin Hellion Glover - Auto-Manipulator and more! Check it out here.
Sunday, October 1, 2017
Bad Manners (1984) is a serious contender for the most inappropriate kids movie ever captured on film. We do our very best (FOR YOU, Dear Listener) to wrap our heads around this amazingly entertaining miscreation. LEAVE US AN ITUNES REVIEW/VOICEMAL AND WE'LL READ/PLAY IT ON THE SHOW!! Check out the mayhem here.
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
Here at the Companeros Compound, shot on video movies are nothing new. In fact they're highly sought after. Some are amazing(Blonde Death comes to mind), some are just fun(Zombie Army) and then there's the handful that are so full of charm that they shoot right up the list. One of those happens to be Canadian filmmaker Erika Benedikty's 1995 SOV classic, Phobe: The Xenophobic Experiments.
With crappy computer graphics, light sabers, real pyrotechnics and some unreal attempts at acting, this Predator rip-off is quite fun and highly recommended.
But wait there's more! This very special episode includes Catch and Release, Fun Film Facts, Songs on Trial, In Search of the Perfect Podcast and the return of our very good friend, James Best!
Have a listen here.
So you know those movies where "black things" infect people and then the town has to wrap themselves in plastic and start bartering over cats so they can test walls and furniture to determine if they are "red objects" or safe? No? You don't know those movies? Makes perfect sense because they don't exist. Except for one. 1988's The Carrier. Part 1950's public scare movie. Part David Lynch weirdness played totally straight, there's just nothing else like it.
Our very own Zoey does the break down. But in case stop-motion spiders melting in frying pans, killer books and shrubs or suicide by touching a tree isn't your thing, we've also got our usual bag of tricks for you: Catch and Release, Fun Film Facts, PG Boobs, Songs on Trial, songs about cats, What Movie is This and so much more.
So get your plastic outfit out, grab a cat and check it out here.
Sunday, September 17, 2017
This week the gang takes a look at the horror VHS hunter's dream tape, Tales from the QuaDead Zone. A 1987 shot on video no budget icon that needs little introduction around these parts.
And in case impossible to find hardcore rare VHS isn't your thing, we also have Catch and Release where we take a look at the latest and not so greatest movies newly released, Songs on Trial where we listen to music that may or may not be guilty! The gang takes on another round of What Movie is This with surprising results! All that plus a special guest named Nasty, and Listener Feedback! Check it out here.
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Shea and Heather team-up to chat with the Godfather of Shot-On-Video Gore - Tim Ritter! This is a sister episode to our feature presentation on #32 Killing Spree.Check it out here.
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
They don't make 'em like they used to! This week, our very own Drew Buzzy takes us on a tour back to that wonderful alternate movie universe where friendship wins the day! You've been there before; Rock-n-Roll High School, Beach Blanket Bingo, even Stunt Rock and Vice Academy. A place where happy, half naked friends save..whatever is is that needs saving...from the crabby mean bad guys who want ..whatever it is the kids have.
And 1979's Gas Pump Girls is quite possibly the quintessential example of that beautiful world. It's like the Annette beach movies, but with tits. It's like a live action Scooby Doo minus the ghosts plus tits. It's like every 80's teen sex comedy ever, but happier.. and with even more tits! This universe is so nice, even the rebel biker gang turn out to be the good guys!
And if that's not enough to make you happy, we've also got Catch and Release where we take a look at which new releases are streaming...and which one's are steaming, Songs on Trial where we listen to songs that might or might not sound like music, PG Boobs where Zoey tells us how to sneak some video action past Mom and Dad, Dr. Snuggles drops another Fun Film Fact, and the gang plays another round of What Movie is This?
All this and more! Check it out here.
Monday, August 7, 2017
33 episodes down and summer is in full effect, so we decided to take it easy on this one and skip the feature presentation. However, we still got tons of shit for your enjoyment -- including TWO mini-movie reviews requested from our listeners! Also on the agenda: Catch and Release, Songs On Trial, Fun Film Fact, What Movie Is This?, and so much more!
Wednesday, July 19, 2017
Well folks, we've finally crossed the gore line. While it's true we've touched on gore at least once or twice in our illustrious podcasting career, we've never really focused on it entirely as a subject. And so yes, gore fans, your dream has come true. This time around, our very own superstar and resident horror film aficionado, Shea takes us on a fast ride to hell with Tim Ritter's 1987 straight to video masterpiece Killing Spree.
But don't worry, if your like Drew Buzzy and aren't naturally drawn to low budget death scenes, we still have a plethora of totally unrelated funnies for you. We take a look at the newest and 'ewwinst' DVD, Blu-Ray and streaming releases out there now for our viewing pleasures with Catch and Release, we check out Angelina Jolie's PG Boobs in 1995's Hackers, listen to another great Fun Film Fact with Dr. Snuggles, which this time concerns the original Wednesday Addams' future make-up artist career...in porn...hmmm.
Next we listen to another batch of controversial music from our popular Songs on Trial segment...which starts yet another fight between Heather and Zoey...so thanks for that, Jarred.
And back by popular demand, another round of everyone's favorite new game What Movie is This? So sit down, strap in and get ready for our gore filled, laugh fortified episode of your favorite podcast, Companeros!
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Wednesday, July 5, 2017
So let's face it. When covering a ton of exploitation films, as we clearly do, we often end up having to deal with sexism. A little. Okay, a lot. And incest apparently. So when our very own Zoey picked 2016's The Love Witch as our next film it was like a breathe of fresh air. An exploitation movie directed by a woman. Finally. Or is it? I mean, yes, it's written, directed, set and edited by the soon to be legendary Anna Biller, but frankly, no it isn't an exploitation film at all. A feminist take of the genre then? Hmmm. No, no really. Art film? Okay, getting closer. But no matter what it is, you'd be flat wrong if you didn't acknowledge the fact that it's fucking amazing.
On top of this monumental moment(as in covering a movie that is actually current), we of course have our usual smattering of good times and fun gags. We cover the latest and maybe no so greatest new releases with Catch and Release, listen to some witchy Songs on Trial, Do a little Companeros Mini-Movie Review and play our new exciting game What Movie is This?
And...if you love gun violence, you'll love our unfortunate one-off segment Actual Gunshots from Next Door! True story. And hopefully it will be the only time this happens. Stay safe, America. And check out the show here.
Tuesday, June 20, 2017
Well folks, it was bound to happen. Some Companero at some point was invariably going to pick a movie that involves incest. But usually when that happens, the subject shows up as some sort of side story or a one-off incident that informs the main plot in some way. It's not normally thee plot! Leave it to our very own Alistair to find that line and cross right over it. Starring the undeniably hot, yet realistically insane Pia Zadora, 1982's Butterfly definitely pushes us right out of our semi-comfortable 'light incest podcast' status and straight into controversial territory...sort of.
But don't worry, dear listeners, if incest isn't your thing, you still have our usual round up of fun segments to listen to. Squeaky Dave lets us in on the newest Catch and Release movies out there, Zoey reminds us to check out Jame Fonda's outerspace PG Boobs, the cast judges weird music with Songs on Trial, the one and only Dr. Snuggles gives us another dose of Fun Film Facts, and on top off all of that, we play a brand new game called What Movie is This?
So come hang out with us for our 30th episode and join in on the fun! Just don't listen to it with your dad. Check it out here.
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We've been stuck in VHS wasteland for a couple episodes now, but fear not dear listeners, this time we review the near legendary shot on video epic, 1985's Blonde Death! Poor Tammy isn't having a very good life. Her weirdo religious parents drive her crazy and her new one-eyed lesbian friend keeps trying to seduce her. But when her parents leave her alone for a weekend, and she meets a serial killer on the run, her life takes a turn for the better. Maybe. Our very own Heather walks us through the chaos.
We also learn some fun film facts thanks to Dr. Snuggles, check out the latest new releases, Zoey gets some fan feedback about her questionable music taste, and of course we have a listen to the latest batch of songs on trial! All this and so much more. Have a listen here.
Thursday, May 25, 2017
This week the gang celebrates our one year anniversary with an all time classic, Disco Godfather, starring the legendary Rudy Ray Moore! If you've never seen it, the film concerns an ex-cop turned DJ who's nephew get hooked on PCP...whatever that is, and the Disco Godfather goes on a wild manhunt to punish the dealers. Low budget drug effect effects, disco dancing and beat downs ensue.
We also take a look at the latest Catch and Release winners and losers newly released on Blu Ray and DVD, listen to songs about drugs, check out some jungle girls PG Boobs, and Dr. Snuggles tells us about a spanking video that most David Lynch fans will probably be down to see...once.
Have a listen here.
Saturday, May 13, 2017
So this exists. That's right, it's a Philip Michael Thomas movie you've most likely never heard of. Justin pulled this out of obscurity and at least a couple of us wished he'd put it back right where he found it. Yet there is something compelling about the story of a plummer who goes on to be a Grammy-winning musician yet doesn't even quit his full time pluming job and ends up becoming a PCP addict. I hope that's just the way he planned it.
Friday, April 28, 2017
Episode 26 is here! Jake breaks down Martial Law 2 starring Cynthia Rothrock! We also check out the latest releases on Blu Ray and DVD, listen to weird music and hang out with our good friend Jared from Clinton Street Records! Check it out here.
Monday, April 17, 2017
Well folks, we've turned 25! OK, not really but in podcastland 25 episodes is pretty cool. And we owe it all to you, dear listener. Without you we'd have no show. That's why we went through hundreds of fan letters in search of our next feature film to celebrate this joyous moment.
Unfortunately none of you suggested anything good. So Matt pulled out one of his all time favorite VHS gems, 1993's America's Deadliest Home Video starring Danny Bonaduce. Depending on who you ask, this shot on video movie is either a cutting edge film that would go on to chance Hollywood forever, or it's one of many examples of attempted cash grabs during the heyday of straight to video releases. Again with the polarized cast. In one corner we have Justin and Matt defending the film to the very end. In the other, strangely Drew Buzzy, Zoey and special guest Jared of Clinton Street Records were nonplussed by the experience.
This episode of Companeros features Zoey as the only girl in the cast so it's her turn to wield the Buzz-Gavel for our Songs on Trail segment. Jared provided us with some truly great bad music to judge and it may or may not have been a little too good. And of course we review the best and worst movies out now on Blu Ray, DVD and streaming services, listen to James Best's attempts to get us to not watch a movie, Dr. Snuggles teaches us an important Fun Film Fact about Julie Strain and so much more kiddies! Check it out here.
For this episode, Drew Buzzy selects Rick Sloane's 1989 low budget alternate universe Police Academy spoof, Vice Academy! And boy does the gang go to work over-analyzing this no brainer film. The result? Another divided cast with both enthusiastic "hated it" votes and a few reluctant members who didn't want to love it but did.
But seriously, what's not to love? It's a Linnea Quigley movie made by the guy who made Hobgoblins! However, Jake and special guest Siobhan(aka Mrs. Dr. Snuggles)seemed to be unaffected by this colossal amount of win/win goodness. Oh well.
But in case you're a weirdo like them, don't worry kids. We've got more than enough entertainment for you within this exciting episode. We review the latest goodies and baddies out now on DVD and Blu Ray, look at a set of very nice PG Boobs, visit with James and Linda Best, and take a listen to our latest batch of Voicemail including not only a call from out biggest fan, Fishtank Steve, but calls from both Droopy Dog and the late great President Obama! Wow! We have hit the bigtime!
Friday, March 24, 2017
Leave it up to Squeaky Dave -The Cinematic Oracle- to bring the very first proper slice of actual cinema to Companeros. We don't go out of our way to make a clear distinction between drive-in gems, cult classics and big budget Hollywood fare anyway, but lets face it, our selections usually lean towards obscurity or at least forgotten gold from the VHS days. Nevertheless, Squeaky dropped a solid gold Italian crime thriller on us and it just might be the best film we've looked at so far.
Clearly required viewing for budding film snobs, The Italian Connection(or any of the other 100 plus names it got released as)also works as a fine example of top notch exploitation. Quentin Tarantino trainspotters will clearly note the Pulp Fiction influence but that's only the beginning. The film has heart which is why it works so well with our, shall we say, more lo-fi selections.
But that's not all folks. The gang gets up the the usual shenanigans with our reviews of the latest goodies released on Blu-Ray, DVD and streaming fares. We listen to some truly awful music and of course we have a no shortage of laughs learning about fun film facts and listening to the secret life of our pal James Best and his computer girlfriend, Linda. Check it out here.
Sunday, March 5, 2017
You can probably bet Robert Hays(you remember him as the star of Airplane)was at a low point in his career when he took the role of bad guy in Cyber Bandits. I bet he was even more disappointed when his name appeared last on the box art(as seen above). Sure, I guess as far as name-dropping is concerned, Grace Jones and yes, even Adam Ant are pretty good choices if you're going to try and sell your movie on star power alone. But seeing as Adam Ant is only in the film for like five minutes and Grace Jones' performance is...well embarrassing to say the least, it's actually almost factual that Robert Hays is the best thing going for this film. I mean, who the fuck is Martin Kemp?
At any rate, what we have here is one of the worst films that the poor Companeros have ever had to sit through. And it's all thanks to Dr. Snuggles, who this time around...did not have great ideas. That is unless you're Zoey who for some strange reason loved it. Go figure.
Nevertheless, as they say, what doesn't kill you makes you stronger. And so most of us must look like the Hulk at this point. But in case you had the pleasure of not having to sit through this obviously straight-to-video attempt to capitalize on the 90's fascination with virtual reality, well lets just say you didn't miss much.
But don't worry, the show itself isn't as bad as the movie. We brought our usual bag of tricks to the party. Reviews of the latest gold and garbage released on Blu-Ray and DVD, verdicts on some questionable music you've never heard before(brought to us by Jared of Clinton Street Records fame), some fun film facts and some other stuff we're forgetting right now because we're still thinking of shitty scenes from that movie. Doesn't matter. The gang sticks together and has good times. Come hang out with us here!
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Welcome to another very special episode of Companeros! This week we have a special guest. Amanda! That's right Amanda from Movies About Girls and the amazing Made for TV Mayhem!
Plus our very own Shea covers the long forgotten 1991 VHS The Borrower. Depending on your taste, this movie might just be home in VHS wasteland or seriously needs a Blu-Ray re-release. Either way, it's an essential film if your a hardcore Rae Dawn Chong fan.
We also Catch and Release the latest DVD and Blu-Ray releases, look at some PG Boobs, listen to some Songs on Trial, check in with James Best and so much more! Come hangout with the gang here!
Friday, February 3, 2017
This episode marks the 20th episode of Companeros! That's no small potatoes in podcastland. It's like a hundred years in dog years. If the dog lived to nine hundred years or something. OK, we're getting side tracked with podcast physics. At any rate we've had nothing but fun making our show and we're so glad you, dear fans, are along for the ride.
And speaking of rides, boy do we have a humdinger for you today. The gang takes on 1989's Indonesian lo-fi/sci-fi/local superstition mash up, Lady Terminator! Seriously hang on to your hats for this one. It's resemblance to the Terminator movie you're thinking of is minimal at best. But seriously this movie is not without it's charm. As in a an ancient cursed charm! Or something like that at least.
And of course we also take you on our journey through the latest and maybe not so greatest new DVD and Blu-Ray releases of the week with Catch and Release, take a listen to a few of our latest custody cases with Songs on Trial, Zoey tells us all about the six PG Boobs in Logan's Run, James Best watches a movie..more than once, and Dr. Snuggles gives us another amazing Fun Film Fact. And most disappointingly, Matt tries to dethrone Drew Buzzy and Zoey as Friends Trivia champs. Which may or may not have worked. Check it out here.
Wednesday, January 25, 2017
This week Companeros takes on 1981's Dragonslayer. A rather strange collaboration between Disney, Paramount Studios and Industrial Lights and Magic Inc. Although it was considered to be an instant classic upon it's initial release, it has also been considered to be boring.
But there's definitely nothing boring about Jake's unique breakdown of the film, that's for sure. And just in case dragons aren't your thing, don't worry folks. This episode is filled with all the usual suspects; We look at the latest and not so greatest Catch and Releases, PG Boobs, Songs on Trial, Fun Film Fact and so much more.
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Ozsploitation should be a phrase you're very familiar with if you want to hangout with the Companeros. We take exploitation very seriously and so does Australian auteur Brian Trenchard Smith. This 1982 take on The Most Dangerous Game concept is required viewing around the Companeros Compound along with most of BTS's catalog(Leprechaun in Space is still optional, though).
The film concerns the basic Reagan/Thatcher 80's paranoia that by the year 2000, deviants(aka, us)would all be rounded up and placed in re-education camps where we would be tortured and molested until we become good little citizens of... what? Order? Decency? The state? Who knows. We never really got that far with our delusional fears. Turkey Shoot, unlike THX-1138 or any of the Women in Prison films, adds the fun little addition of the rich and powerful hunting us down for sport. Throw in a bad guy werewolf for no reason, and some dope ass cars and you've got a mega 1890's exploitation classic.
But that's only the beginning of the wonderful delights we have in store for you on this episode. Naturally we have the latest and not so greatest Catch and Releases now out on Blu-Ray and DVD, we check out Rosanna Arquette's desperate PG Boobs, once again, Jake tries to convince Matt to like anime, we have James Best's Best List of Movies Ever, and Drew Buzzy sets the Guinness Book of World Records for saying "starfish pussy" more times than any other podcast ever. Get into it here.