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Episode 158 - Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction

It's been a heck of a ride so far this month. We have discovered some classic horror anthologies and even revisited a childhood favorite. However, this week our luck runs out as we tackle Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction. 

Each episode covers five stories, some fictional, others "inspired by real events." Whether a segment is "fact" or not, the one thing you can be sure of is that it's going to be pretty lame. Not even having Jonathan Frakes host the segments is enough to save this show

But hey, it's fun to laugh at, so that's something. 

Join us as we wrap up our horror anthology month with this not so classic series. 

Direct download: Episode_158_-_Beyond_Belief_Fact_or_Fiction.mp3
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Episode 157 - Hammer House of Horror

Week 3 of our horror anthology month keeps us in the 1980s but relocates across the pond as we take a look at Hammer House of Horror. 

Sticking with our normal format, we picked episodes of the series at random, watched them and gave our thoughts. 

We ended up going on quite an adventure. First there was a man who seemed stuck in some sort of bizarre dream cycle, then there a was a demon cult and lastly a cursed African idol leading to a Final Destination-type scenario.

It's definitely an intriguing series and one worthy of being discussed. 

Oh, and then we also talk about our experiences with seeing the new Left Behind movie. 

Direct download: Episode_157_-_Hammer_House_of_Horror.mp3
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Our horror anthology month continues with another 80s horror anthology show. This time around, we are taking a look at The Hitchhiker. The Hitchhiker started its life on HBO before eventually making the move to USA network. We take a look at episodes from both before and after the switch. 

In this episode, you will find tales of mental asylums, track meets and old friends coming to visit (since this is the Hitchhiker you can bet all 3 will take a rather dark turn by the end of the episode, so don't worry). 

Is this a Hitchhiker you should pick up? You will have to listen to this week's episode to find out.

Want to follow along at home? Thankfully all 3 episodes we discuss this week are available on YouTube.

Shadow Puppets: 

Remembering Melody:

Coach:

 

If you are pressed for time, both Gabbie and Trevor agree that Remembering Meoldy is the one to watch. 

Direct download: Episode_156_-_The_Hitchhiker.mp3
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Episode 155 - Tales from the Darkside

It's Halloween month so we figured we should change things up a bit and spend the month talking about some horror-themed TV anthologies. 

This week, we tackle George A. Romero's Tales from the Darkside. This half-hour anthology series was mainly horror focused but with some sci-fi and fantasy elements at times as well. 

As with just about any anthology series, it's hard to get a good sense of the series (and its quality) from a single episode so we have picked three random episodes to discuss. 

So join us to hear all about a life-saving medical cocoon, a little girl who may have power over life and death and even a talking banana! You won't want to miss it.

Want to watch the episodes along with us? Well, it just so happens that two of the episodes are available in full on YouTube. 

Check out Lifebomb

Though the one you really want to watch is the super-dark, I Can't Help Saying Goodbye:

Love Hungry was pretty great too but sadly YouTube only has part of the episode (though there are other ways to see it, obviously).

Direct download: Episode_155_-_Tales_from_the_Darkside.mp3
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Episode 154 - Magic Magic and Deadly Blessing

This week we kick things off with Magic Magic. The trailer promises one thing, but the actual movie delivers something else entirely. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is left as an exercise for the listener to decide. 

Then we take a look at Wes Craven's Deadly Blessing from 1981. This movie features Ernest Borgnine as a hardcore Amish preacher as well as the first role of any significance for a young Sharon Stone. When Martha's new husband Jim is killed as the result of apparent accident, Martha decides to continue to run their farm with the help of her friends. But in addition to getting hassled by the Amish, Martha also has to contend with something far more sinister!

Direct download: Episode_154_-_Magic_Magic_and_Deadly_Blessing.mp3
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Episode 153 - Dark Dungeons and Super Mario Brothers

We like to have a lot of fun on Failing Grade but this week we decide to tackle a serious issue that has been plaguing our society for far too long, RPGs. For the first time in decades, we finally have a new film that is willing to call out this foul menace for what it is, a tool for Satan! Dark Dungeons just may be responsible for saving all our souls! Spoiler alert: Both Trevor and Gabbie really love this movie, you should totally buy it. It's so much fun. 

Then we take things in a more controversial direction as we discuss the live-action Super Mario Brothers film. It's got all the Super Mario Brothers elements you know and love such as greedy capitalist corporations, corrupt police states and, of course, Luigi hooking up with a dinosaur. There was much more disagreement on whether this one is worth watching or not.  You can probably figure it out yourself, but if you aren't sure, we have you covered in this week's episode. 

Direct download: Episode_153_-_Dark_Dungeons_and_Super_Mario_Brothers.mp3
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Episode 152 - FanExpo 2014 Part 2

It's week two of our FanExpo coverage as Trevor and Gabbie recount their experiences from Saturday and Sunday, the two busiest days FanExpo has to offer. There is discussion of a very entertaining Bruce Campbell and Ted Raimi panel, a Lost Girl panel, a Walking Dead panel, a screening of Star Trek Continues, some show floor experiences and someone even gets a tattoo!

Hear all about it on this week's episode!

Direct download: Episode_152_-_FanExpo_2014_Part_2.mp3
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Episode 151 - FanExpo 2014 Part 1

It's time for our yearly FanExpo wrap-up show. However, this year Trevor and Gabbie both managed to go for all 4 days of the event which meant we had a whole lot of stuff to talk about. As such, we are dividing our coverage up in two parts. This week will be covering the first 2 days of the event and next week we will cover the last 2 days.

In this week's show, you will find coverage of random stuff we found, as well as discussions of panels for Edward James Olmos, Adam West and Burt Ward and a Nightmare on Elm Street panel with Robert Englund and Heather Lankenkamp. 

If you weren't able to make it to FanExpo 2014, hopefully our recap will give you a good sense of the fun that was had. Enjoy!

Direct download: Episode_151_-_FanExpo_2014_Part_1.mp3
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Episode 150 - Sharknado and Rise of the Zombies

This week we wrap up our Asylum month with a couple of Syfy original movies made by Asylum. First up, it's the movie that Asylum is perhaps best known for, Sharknado. When a hurricane causes major flooding in Los Angeles,sharks end up washed ashore by the storm. To make things even worse, tornadoes start picking up sharks! Does this movie live up to the hype? We find out.

Then we tackle Rise of the Zombies. A generic sounding title for a zombie movie, no doubt, but this movie stars both Danny Trejo and LeVar Burton so that alone should be enough for you to give the movie a chance. Does the movie end up deserving that chance? We find that out as well!

Direct download: Episode_150_-_Sharknado_and_Rise_of_the_Zombies.mp3
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Episode 149 - Sunday School Musical and Alone for Christmas

Our Asylum journey takes us into some very different territory this week as we look at a couple offerings for Asylum's meager Faith Films line.

First up, do you enjoy musicals set in school environments but find that High School Musical is a little too racy for your tastes? Well, then you will be pleased to know Asylum has you covered with Sunday School Musical. It's really more like Private Religious School Musical but that makes for a less catchy title. 

Next, remember Home Alone? Kid gets left behind while the family goes away on a vacation and is forced to fend of wacky robbers who have picked his house as their next target? In Alone for Christmas, we get to find out what happens if you replace the kid with a talking dog. Shockingly, the results are actually pretty watchable. 

Pro-tip: With its religious content, you can totally use listening to this week's episode as a replacement for going to church! What could be better? 

Direct download: Episode_149_-_Sunday_School_Musical_and_Alone_for_Christmas.mp3
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