Darren’s Wednesday Trip into World Cinema – Iceland – Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre (2009)

In my own feature on Talking Stars, I have decided to go around the world and search for the films people are missing, I will be trying to cover as many different country with this feature, so let’s fasten our seat belts, board the plane and set sail to worlds unknown.

Well I set sail once again leaving Norway behind I headed North to Iceland, I joined another group of tourists from all over the world as we looked to see whales but man did this trip go wrong, when our ship broke down and a fishing vessel offers to help only to chase us around trying to kill us.

Reykjavik Whale Watching Massacre



Short SaleThis is a horror comedy that has a cameo performance from the great Gunnar Hansen (Leatherface) which does follow a group people being picked off by psychopaths, this is fun and enjoyable in place and is the most likely the only Icelandic film I have seen.

Where will I head next, come back next week to see?


An American Werewolf in London – Tuesday’s Netflix Title

This is where I give you a quick recommendation of a movie I liked that is now streaming on Netflix. Director John Landis weaves straight-up horror and some jump scares in with dark comedy. Two men go on a walking tour of England and wind up being attached by a werewolf. The turning scene is one of the most talked-about in horror criticism. For a laugh and a scare (like the ingenious Tusk dare I say) I recommend this one as a MUST see for horror, monster movie, and/or comedy fans, and it’s streaming now on Netflix. All the relevant info is listed below.

An American Werewolf in London

An American Werewolf in London

“Two American college students on a walking tour of Britain are attacked by a werewolf that none of the locals will admit exists.” -IMDB


David Naughton David Kessler
Jenny Agutter Nurse Alex Price
Joe Belcher Truck Driver
Griffin Dunne Jack Goodman

Directed by

John Landis

Written by

John Landis

Other Info

Comedy, Horror
Fri 21 Aug 1981 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.6

Ep 55 ‘The Thing’ / ‘The Void’

In this episode Darren and Damien discuss two sci fi horror films: The Thing and The Void. They have similarities and differences. Both have a horror element. Which one is a better film? If you have an opinion we entreat you to leave a comment. Those are the lifeblood of what we do 🙂 We would love to start a dialog with you on these films.

The Thing

The Thing

“A research facility in Antarctica comes across an alien force that can become anything it touches with 100% accuracy. The members must now find out who’s human and who’s not before it’s too late.” -IMDB


Kurt Russell R.J. MacReady
Wilford Brimley (as A. Wilford Brimley) Dr. Blair
Keith David Childs
Richard Masur Clark

Directed by

John Carpenter

Written by

Bill Lancaster, John W. Campbell Jr.

Other Info

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Fri 25 Jun 1982 UTC
IMDB Rating: 8.2
The Void

The Void

“Shortly after delivering a patient to an understaffed hospital, a police officer experiences strange and violent occurrences seemingly linked to a group of mysterious hooded figures.” -IMDB


Aaron Poole Daniel Carter
Kenneth Welsh Dr. Richard Powell
Daniel Fathers The Father
Kathleen Munroe Allison Fraser

Directed by

Jeremy Gillespie, Steven Kostanski

Written by

Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie

Other Info

Horror, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Not Rated
Fri 07 Apr 2017 UTC
IMDB Rating: 5.8

A-Z Thriller Challenge ‘B’ Bringing Out The Dead

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You’ve heard of revenge pieces, this film works quite well as a regret piece. As a teacher, I have plenty of these. The kids I hear about who slipped through the cracks, got into crack or other drugs and somehow never made it in life. Nick Cage’s character wonders what more he could have done. The truth is, in any human endeavor or job you lose some.

Director Martin Scorcese has done more for film than most living directors of our time. Who can forget his Taxi Driver or more recently, Hugo. His work spans the human spectrum and always brings us men who have a vision of themselves they try to live up to, with mixed results.
Nicholas Cage and Ving Rhames are in this film. They make a great duo in the parts they do together. Rhames is the tough free-spirit who tries to get Cage’s character to cope and adapt. They never go away, the ones you lose.

This film is like a dream. It consists of a simple premise: a medic is haunted by the patients he couldn’t save. You might argue it was the first protagonist who could say, “I see dead people.” In the end, we are left with more questions than answers. I like that sort of film, it makes you work. Finally the conclusions are yours and the film helped you get there on your own.

This is not a feel god film but it weaves a web of somber moods that present a point of view. The mystery of death is approached but never addressed. It’s more about those left behind and how we can get stuck in depression and regret when people die, robbing us of our own happiness.

This film is one that makes you think. Due to the nature of its premise there are sections that drag on a little. There are also things that are not explained which can be frustrating. I recommend it for its content but also simply because it is a Scorcese piece.


A-Z Horror Challenge Idea


I went to the County Fair here in Victorville last week. There was a cool funhouse there, a house of horrors. Darren and I talked yesterday about starting a new series where we talk horror! I’m super excited about the plan!

We’re testing this exciting (we think) idea for a series on the show. Would you like to hear more like this? Are you a horror fan? Would you be interested in us recording such a challenge? Thanks for your comments in advance.

Actor Focus – Nicole Kidman Number 2

Actor Focus – Nicole Kidman

During this month, we are each pick out a film or television performance from Nicole Kidman to share, this months was Kira’s choice.

This red-haired Australian bombshell made her film debut in 1983 and still is an actress who appears in Oscar nominated movies like Lion, but picking a film to suggest comes off easier for myself than you would imagine.

My Pick

The Others (2001)

The Reason I picked this filmWhen you get an A-List star in horror you often get a complete miss, but with the Others Kidman owns this role. The film follows a mother who lives in darkness because her children are photosensitive, she becomes paranoid the house in haunted but you will be in for a shock when you learn the truth.

This is a horror people will always recommend by horror fans because of the draw of the big name in Kidman and I will always be one to follow the trend on recommending this horror gem.

Come back next week to see what Damien selects from Kidman’s work.

Darren’s Cinema Pick of the Week

Darren’s Cinema Pick of the Week

Each week new movies come out, each week I seem to see at least one film at the cinema thanks to my Odeon Limitless Card (£17.99 a month to see as many as I want a month). Sometimes I do regret my choice but other times I find myself surprised.

Let’s see what the pick of this week will be.

Pirates of the Caribbean: Salazar’s Revenge

Plot – Captain Jack Sparrow finds the winds of ill-fortune blowing even more strongly when deadly ghost pirates led by his old nemesis, the terrifying Captain Salazar, escape from the Devil’s Triangle, determined to kill every pirate at sea…including him. Captain Jack’s only hope of survival lies in seeking out the legendary Trident of Poseidon, a powerful artifact that bestows upon its possessor total control over the seas.

Will I like it?

·         The first one was fun, the 2nd and 3rd were interesting and I need this to make up for the terrible 4th.

·         Bloom and Knightley are back

·         Javier Bardem as a villain, yes please.

Throwback Thursday – ep 27 The “Saw” Franchise

For James Wan, director, in the beginning was Saw. This first grisly, mind-bending thriller/horror film didn’t gross all that much but it spawned many many sequels making the franchise one of the most successful in the horror genre. In this podcast, we discuss the entire Saw franchise in detail, brain crunching traps included. Don’t miss this episode. Below are the stats on the film that started it all.


One of the features of Saw that truly sets it apart is the challenges and traps that are part of the game. It’s no fun, make no mistake, to somehow avoid a bear trap crushing your skull and that’s just one of the grisly inventions in the film. But there is a battle of intellect going on here. Saw says those who do not appreciate life don’t deserve life. Interesting. I wonder how we would fare?

Ready? Do you want to play a game?

We hope you enjoy the podcast.

Darren’s Wednesday Trip into World Cinema – Norway – Troll Hunter (2010)

In my own feature on Talking Stars, I have decided to go around the world and search for the films people are missing, I will be trying to cover as many different country with this feature, so let’s fasten our seat belts, board the plane and set sail to worlds unknown.

After spending my week in Sweden and escaping the hands of the evil Hypnotist, I headed just across the border to Norway, in Norway I got to team up with a documentary film crew that were joining forces with a lone hunter claiming he hunts down Trolls in the countryside. With camera in hand I know this week is going to be very interesting for myself.

Troll Hunter



Short SaleYou want to see a fun found footage film that isn’t just screaming at the camera? Well you need to look no further, as this mockumentary style film explores the unknown threat in the Norwegian countryside. We have a unique look at different types of trolls that you will remember all of the sequences with them. This also comes from director Andre Ovredal who bought us the exceptional Autopsy of Jane Doe this year.

Let me know what you think of Troll Hunter.

I will be setting back out to see next week as I head off to Iceland for my latest adventure.

Damien’s Netflix Pick – Tropic Thunder (2008)

You don’t have to be a fan of war movies to get the humor here, but it helps! You’ve need seen one quite like this. It features a star studded cast including Jack Black and Robert Downey Jr. It’s actors pretending to be in a movie pretending to be about Vietnam. The jokes are funny because they’re taboo. Don’t miss this one. It’s streaming now on Netflix.

Tropic Thunder

Please leave me a comment with your impressions or just to let me know if you want to see it! I’d love to start a dialog in this film with you.

“Through a series of freak occurrences, a group of actors shooting a big-budget war movie are forced to become the soldiers they are portraying.” -IMDB


Ben Stiller Tugg Speedman – Hot LZ
Jack Black Jeff Portnoy – Hot LZ
Robert Downey Jr. Kirk Lazarus
Jeff Kahn Snooty Waiter – Fatties Trailer

Directed by

Ben Stiller

Written by

Justin Theroux, Ben Stiller

Other Info

Action, Comedy
Wed 13 Aug 2008 UTC
IMDB Rating: 7.0