Fun Box Monster Podcast #41 Deadly Spawn (1983)
August 28, 2019
Holy cow, guys. The Alien's deadly spawn sure does return in this one. When a meteor crashes on earth, a toothy phallus monster is unleashed. He kills 2 campers, then climbs into the basement window of suburban New Jersey home, where (she?) proceeds to spawn a whole bunch of little wiggly, toothy, wang monsters. It proceeds to eat all of the residents one by one, until it's finally stopped by our resident Tommy Jarvis / monster kid character, who probably has a name, but I'll be damned if I can remember it. Or pretty much any other character name from this thing. Either way, this monster is cool and there's some really fun special effects stuff. So sit back, stuff your monster head full of flash powder, and enjoy the delicious hen-egg breakfast that is, Deadly Spawn.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #40 The Dead Pit (1989)
August 21, 2019
After spending 20 years buried in a pit with his victims, a murderous, undead brain doctor is set loose. When an earthquake powerful enough to break the joint compound holding him prisoner sets off a chain of events including: Murder. Mayhem. Pantslessness. Occult sacrifices, and crop tops. All this and a hole in the ground full of dead mental patients who love to take people's brains out and play with them for reasons we are not privy to. So, put on your rubber gloves, your biggest ring, and your best bikini underwear and join Matt and Tristan as they dig deep into the touching family reunion story that is, The Dead Pit.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #39 Stephen King’s Silver Bullet (1985)
August 14, 2019
Silver Bullet is a harrowing tale of child neglect and endangerment in a town full of drunken gun-toting hicks, werewolves, and Gary Busey. It all starts when a dangerous alcoholic named, "Red" builds a deadly motorized contraption for his nephew and then hands him a sack of illegal fireworks and no helmet. Then some stuff with a werewolf priest happens. Join Matt and Tristan as they shoot the eye out of the meddling little shit that is... Stephen King's Silver Bullet.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #38 The Horror Show AKA House 3 (1989)
August 7, 2019
After the 110th murder committed by Meat Cleaver Max the police are finally ready to send him a stern warning. They send their bravest police officer, Detective Lucas McCarthy, and his disposable partner to the combination steel mill and diner where Max is holed up. Lucas arrests Max, but not before Max kills Lucas' partner and 3 other people, scarring Lucas for life. Looking for closure, Lucas goes to watch Max being executed in what looks like a racquetball court. As it happens, Max was prepared for this eventuality, and uses some sort of evil electricity to come back from the dead. Once he's back, he uses his evil powers to dress up as Lucas' wife, impersonate his lawyer, and become a turkey. Join Matt and Tristan as they grab their 2x4's and beat on the possessed furnace that is, The Horror Show.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #37 Class of 1999 (1990)
July 10, 2019
If memory serves, this is film was a perfect time capsule of the way the world was in 1999. Like Stacy Keach, I too was wearing Halloween store novelty contact lenses and a white Rat-Tail/Mullet mashup haircut. Kids were going nuts for milk and bananas, and nearly my entire graduating class was murdered by malfunctioning robot teachers. So, put on your Pam Grier wig, take a hit of Edge, and join Matt, Tristan and returning guest Damian Maffei for the starkly realistic look at the Seattle educational system of twenty years ago that is Class of 1999.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #36 Hello Mary Lou : Prom Night 2 (1987)
July 3, 2019
If you put Carrie, The Exorcist, Nightmare on Elm Street, and Degrassi Jr. High into a blender, the film smoothie that you'd pour out would look suspiciously like Prom Night 2. When Michael Ironsides accidentally kills his horrid, abusive girlfriend with a stink bomb, her soul gets trapped in a piece of luggage. Twenty-fiveish years later, a plain-Jane blonde girl named Vicky, with an abusive uptight religious mother (and father who is only there to repel any copyright claims from Stephen King), finds said soul-trunk and opens it, freeing fifties bad-girl/burn victim, Mary Lou. Mary Lou's ghost keeps swiping at poor Vicky and missing, like a monster in an Abbot and Costello film, until she finally drowns her in a chalkboard, taking over her body. Once she's in there, it's nothing but fifties style heavy-petting and prom preparations. Oh, also, murder. Will Vicky be spared? Will she get to keep her prom sash? Will the principal of this school face any consequences for shooting one of the children in front of an entire auditorium full of witnesses? Join Matt and Tristan as they walk nude through the Canadian locker room of 1987's Canuxploitation classic, Hello Mary Lou : Prom Night 2.
Fun Box Monster Podcast #35 C.H.U.D. (1984)
June 19, 2019
When the sewers of New York start overflowing with nuclear mutant monsters, you can count on Kevin's dad from Home Alone and one of the Wet Bandits to beat them back. Is CHUD a ham-fisted environmental allegory? A throwback fifties sci-fi homage? Is it perhaps not the best movie to talk about on a podcast because it's all just super theatrical dialog? Maybe it's all of these!
You'll scream as a photographer turns down any opportunity to make money, and whines like a five year old when he's forced to do a couple of hours of actual photography. You'll despair when you hear the subplot about the girlfriend's pregnancy go nowhere! You'll cry when you hear the tight 45 seconds of CHUD jokes that Matt has prepared for the end of the episode! Be prepared for a rough journey, as Matt and Tristan embark on the late night poodle-walk that is, CHUD.
fun Box Monster Podcast #34 Trick or Treat (1986)
June 12, 2019
Knock, knock, knocking for a sweet surprise...it's a Trick or Treat. Hell, yeah it is. Shock-Rocker Sammy Curr died in a hotel fire. Now, with the help of Ragman AKA Skippy from Family Ties and Ragman's gross disregard for the operator manual that came with his turntable, he's coming back for revenge on everybody that (file not found). You've got possessed cars, possessed stereos, and possessed headphones. You've got Ozzy as a preacher, Gene Simmons as Wolfman Jack, and a very talented gymnast/ballet dancer as the avatar of true metal. This is probably my top contender for best metal-horror hybrid of the eighties. So put on your most ridiculous bandanna and strap on your haunted headphones as we kick out the jams on a very special episode of The Fun Box Monster Podcast!
Fun Box Monster Podcast #33 C.H.U.D. II : Bud The Chud (1989)
June 5, 2019
Here it is. The sequel to the gritty New York City monster movie, known for it's incredible iconic locations and unforgettable monster design. In a move that may seem odd, they decide to ditch NYC and go to the suburbs. Then ditch the cool glowing-eyed slime monster costumes in favor of some light cheek shading and some shark teeth. And finally, ditch the concept of plot and dialogue in favor of something that can only be referred to as, CHUD 2. Chud 2 is the answer to the question, "What if Nick at Night made a horror movie?" Matt Loves this one unapologetically. While I...remain mildly skeptical. Join us as we bite into the genetically mutated toy poodle that is, CHUD 2 : Bud the CHUD.