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Friday the 13th Part 5 - No Jasons Allowed

What would happen if they made a Friday the 13th movie and no Jason showed up? Well, you'd get most of the first Friday the 13th, but then you'd also get all of the fifth Friday the 13th.

Today we will be continuing our Friday the 13th discussion with a review of the fifth installment in the franchise. Are some cool kills and a new direction enough to overcome an unfocused story and a not-so-popular direction to take the story in? Listen in to find out!

Direct download: Friday_the_13th_-_No_Jasons_Allowed.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Episode 176 - We Are What We Are Times Two

This week on Failing Grade we are serving up a double-helping of cannibal goodness. First up, we talk about Somos lo que hay (or as its known for the subtitled English release, We are What We Are). In this Mexican film from 2010, a cannibal family is forced to carry on after the unexpected death of their father. 

Then for our second course, we take a look at the 2013 American remake of the film, We Are What We Are. In this film, a cannibal family is forced to carry on after the unexpected death of their mother. From the description, you might think its pretty similar to the Mexican original but the films are actually very different in a lot of ways. 

So put on your bibs and dig in to this week's episode!

Direct download: Episode_176_-_We_Are_What_We_Are_Times_Two.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 175 - Samurai Cop and Replicant

On this week's episode of Failing Grade, we are tackling the cult classic, Samurai Cop. When the deadly Katana gang is taking over, there's only one police officer with luxurious enough hair to stop them! This is one of those movies that has to be seen to be believed but we do our best to explain it. 

Then we move on to the 2001 film, Replicant. In this movie, Jean Claude Van Damme plays a deranged serial killer (are there any other kinds?) and Michael Rooker plays a police officer that has spent the last 3 years failing to catch him. Fortunately a mysterious government agency has a solution; they were able to recover some of the killer's blood so they used that to make a clone! Somehow this clone has genetic memory of the killings plus they re-sequenced his genes to make him partially telepathic somehow (science is not this film's strong point). It's up to Michael Rooker and Clone Van Damme to stop the killer before he strikes again. 

Direct download: Episode_175_-_Samurai_Cop_and_Replicant.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 174 - Mercenaries and Raze

This week on Failing Grade we have a Zoë Bell double-bill! First up, we take a look at 2014's Mercenaries. When the president's daughter is kidnapped by a ruthless warlords the only dudes bad enough to save her are Zoë Bell, Kristanna Loken, Vivica A. Fox and Nicole Bilderback. This one is from Asylum and, perhaps not surprisingly, cheesy fun is the name of the game. 

Rounding out our double-bill is 2013's Raze. This time Zoë Bell and 49 other women have been kidnapped by some weird cult. The women are paired off in brutal unarmed combat and told to fight to the death. Should they refuse to fight, or should they be killed in a fight, their family will also be murdered. Will Zoë Bell stand for those kinds of shenanigans? You'll have to watch to find out!

Direct download: Episode_174_-_Mercenaries_and_Raze.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 173 - Annabelle and Dolls

If creepy dolls are your thing then we have the episode for you! First up, we talk about Annabelle. After a doll is involved in some bad business it just may be possessed by a demon. But that's not going to stop this family from keeping said devil doll in the same room as their newborn. Fair warning, this one is supposedly "based on true events." 

Then we take a look at a movie that doesn't insult our intelligence with Dolls. In this one, Judy is on a trip with her horrible father and even more horrible stepmother when they end up having car troubles and spending the night at a mysterious house belonging to an even more mysterious elderly couple of toymakers. I would say not everything is as it seems, but really it is as it seems. Still a fun movie though!

So gather up your favorite dollies and join us for this week's episode!

Direct download: Episode_173_-_Annabelle_and_Dolls.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Friday the 13th - The Not Even Close to Final Friday

It's another Friday the 13th so that means it's time for another Friday the 13th discussion with Trevor and Gabbie! This time, we discuss the 4th film in the franchise, Friday the 13th: The Final Friday. And while it may not have been the final Friday as promised, it does feature Corey Feldman, sexy twins and Crispin Glover's special dance moves!

So why not join us in this bonus episode as we discuss the fourth film in this beloved franchise? 

Direct download: Friday_the_13th_-_The_Not_Even_Close_to_Final_Friday.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

Episode 172 - Eliminators and Cellar Dweller

This week we went for another double-serving of 80s cheese. First up, it's Eliminators. Eliminators is one of the many films where a time-travelling mandroid teams up with a scientist, a riverboat captain, a martial arts master and a comic relief robot in order to stop a mad scientist from setting himself up as the ruler of ancient Rome. Pretty typical stuff, really. 

Then we take a look at Cellar Dwellers. In this movie we learn that creating comics is great and all, but you probably shouldn't be adding in strange symbols from the ancient evil-looking type books that you find in a musty old basement. It tends to make things a bit more complicated. 

 

Direct download: Episode_172_-_Eliminators_and_Cellar_Dweller.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 171 - Cyclone and Arena

This week we delve into some cheesy 80s sci-fi. First up, it's Cyclone. When her boyfriend is murdered by a nefarious group, it's up to Teri to keep his weaponized motorcycle, and its powerful new energy source from falling into the wrong hands. 

Then, in the future, arena fighting is all the rage. However, it turns out that compared to the many other sentient lifeforms out there, humans are a bit rubbish at it. But there's one human that just might change everyone's opinion on that in Arena

So if goofy sci-fi from the 80s is your idea of a good time, you will definitely want to check out this week's episode. 

Direct download: Episode_171_-_Cyclone_and_Arena.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 170 - Z Nation

This week Gabbie was a bit under the weather. That meant that the movies we were going to cover this week will be covered next week. On the bright side though, it meant that Trevor got a chance to talk about his favorite new show for 2014, Z Nation!

It's been three years since the zombie outbreak and most of civilization is gone, but a plucky group of survivors includes a man who has been injected with an experimental vaccine. If they can get this man across the country to a CDC center in California, they just might be able to vaccinate everyone. 

Of course, there are an awful lot of zombies between them and California, but they just might make it!

So join Trevor for this episode as he tells you all about why you should be watching Z Nation!

Direct download: Episode_170_-_Z_Nation.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT

Episode 169 - A Brony Tale and Birth of the Living Dead

We are in some different territory this week as we take a look at a couple documentaries surrounding pop culture phenomenons. First up, we take a look at the fandom that has grown up surrounding My Little Pony with A Brony Tale

Then we switch gears to look at a documentary on Night of the Living Dead with Birth of the Living Dead. The documentary delves into not only how the film was made but also the societal factors that were in play at the time and the impact the film had. Lots of interesting stuff here. 

So join us as we get our learning on!

Direct download: Episode_169_-_A_Brony_Tale_and_Birth_of_the_Living_Dead.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 10:00am EDT