Review Scores: 

The Dead Don't Die: 5/5

Hi-Death 1/5

Here are Russ's notes from Hi-Death, as mentioned in the episode: 

Opening shot of Romero’s star. Yeah, we get plenty of others — but the OPENING SHOT.

Titles looked amateur — budget or choice? And I love the music that sounds like just a 2-minute version of an old direct-to-VHS studio fanfare.

Zero budget in an endearing way. The acting is WOOF but little things like not having.a filter so the phone shows up properly onscreen feels properly guerrilla.

Cut from the opening scene of bright, musical, cheerful LA to the silent (for like 5 seconds, TOTALLY silent) train station at night felt jarring at first but was actually a great choice.  They hold the show JUST long enough so it feels like maybe your computer froze.

Diminishing returns when they did the same thing again from the nightclub to the alley. It feels like Chuck Palahniuk’s writing in Fight Club, where ehe found a couple of cool stylistic choices and just repeated them till they weren’t cool anymore.

The girl who is tripping in the first segment is actually great when she’s doing dialogue but her actual physical acting is really hit or miss.

This feels like a shot-on-shitty-o movie from the ‘80s and if it was shot in low resolution on VHS, it would probably look better. The HD doesn’t do many favors for effects like the Reaper.

The guy in “Night Drop” is the worst burglar ever. He takes off his mask AND takes the time to open the briefcase? Just steal the briefcase!

Why the surreptitious hand-off of the money/goods when they’re the ONLY ONESon the bleachers with no sporting event going on? That’s so much sketchier than just meeting anywhere else.

The “Switchblade Bandit” segment is full of cheap and lazy iMovie effects.

Rockoff doesn’t know how to smoke.

“Night Drop” was shot in a Family Video. The actors are pretty solid, especially by comparison to “Dealers of Death,” as are the filmmaking choices.

His hand trauma reminds me of the time I stabbed myself in the thumb with a pair of scissors while working at Blockbuster. I still have a scar and nerve damage to this day.

“Fantastic Flicks” is the fake name for the video store in spite of being able to clearly see Family Video logos in several shots.

Red DVD cases pretty much are always porn

The DVD from Night Drop is creepy on a David Lynch level and it really should not have been put right after the dreadful Night Drop.

All those copies of The Peanuts Movie on the new release wall pretty much dates this segment.

So it’s The Ring on steroids. Right.

“The only reason I’m seeing you for this audition is that my friend Michelle said that you were good” is a hell of a piece of expository dialogue.

The girl in the actress one (Fabiana Formica) is probably the best actress in the movie, which is fortunate. I’m not sure what that one has to do with the whole horror/supernatural thing though. And it feels incredibly indulgent.

She’s joined in that one by Julia Vally, who recently appeared in an episode of What They Do In The Shadows

Once the POV girl is lost, why not use her phone’s GPS? It’s obviously working.

Why is the painter rocking back and forth? And is that Gatorade in the water bottle supposed to be pee? It’s ORANGE.

The VFX people on this movie don’t really get how anything looks or works on the inside.

The devil guy talking over the guy’s shoulder in “The Muse” was actually not bad when he was bathed in shadow, or even when he was killing the hooker. But once you get clear shots of him in (relative) light it’s a mess.

The gratuitous mix of sex and violence feels the most like the ‘80s slasher movies the anthology is meant (I guess) to pay tribute to. The whole thing feels like a love letter to Creepshow and Tales From the Crypt, but done with 2% of the budget and 1% of the talent.

Creepy guy in the beanie has those weird sex backing his voice that sounds like they are doing the backwards talking thing from Twin Peaks, but without actually doing git. It’s weird. Also, this whole thing went from killing people in back rooms to a Cthulu ruling the world.

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In today's installment of the New Release Wall, Russ and Zach talk about Dark Phoenix, the latest X-Men movie, and...well, we talked a lot, so I'll shut up now and let the episode do the heavy lifting.

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Russ and Zach break down Godzilla: King of the Monsters and tee up the next NRW episode, X-Men: Dark Phoenix.

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In the latest installment of the new release wall, Russ and Zach talk about the new indie horror movie Winterskin. And while we are all about most of our indie horror movies, no matter how schlocky, this one just did not connect with us at all. You can hear why in the podcast.

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May 20, 2019

Class of 1999: Payback

I know, I know -- I still haven't finished the ECV 100 installments yet. But the Class of 1999 series, which will run irregularly for the rest of the year, is something that fits in nicely with the idea of "legacy," so we're going to put those on Mondays too, at least on weeks that we don't already have an ECV 100 thing.

Here, we talk about Payback, which is a great movie with a terrible director's cut that we did NOT rewatch.

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Russ and Zach talk this week's biggest movie, John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.

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In this episode, Russ Burlingame talks with Ted Sikora about his new comic, Tap Dance Killer. He is currently crowdfunding the first trade paperback on Kickstarter, which you can check out here and pre-order a copy.

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Russ and Zach talk about the indie dramedy The Browsing Effect.

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The latest episode of Archie Digest: A Riverdale Podcast ran a little long — actually about another 15 minutes over what you hear here, since Russ ended up trimming quite a bit of comic book talk that wandered off into the esoteric and absurd.
 
We’ve got quite a bit going on this week. Obviously the biggest piece is talking about “Chapter Five: Heart of Darkness,” the episode of Riverdale that just finished airing minutes ago as of when this episode posted.
 
Other areas we touched on included the Riverdale comic book, which launches next Wednesday, March 1, from Archie Comics. We took a little time out to look at the sales pitch for the first three issues, including May’s issue of Riverdale which feels very much like a wink and a nod to a classic film starring upcoming Riverdale guest star Molly Ringwald!
 
Let us know in the comments whether you enjoyed the comics talk. It certainly seems germane to the podcast, and Russ writing for a comic book website it seemed to make sense to at least address it, but obviously if we’re going to add a few minutes to the show every month or so to look at solicitations and/or the comics themselves, we want to make sure the listeners are finding it enjoyable and worthwhile.
 
There’s also the matter of Beaverdale, a porn parody of Archie Comics recently released to capitalize on the increased awareness of the characters thanks to Riverdale’s success. You can check out the official trailer for this incredibly bizarre abomination below. If it’s your kind of thing, you can see it at PornHub Premium — although, no, we aren’t going to do an episode of the podcast for this one. Sorry.
HOLDING ON — When Jughead (Cole Sprouse) learns that an anonymous buyer has plans to tear down the local drive-in, he fights desperately to keep it open. Betty (Lili Reinhart) finds her friendship with Archie on the line after stumbling upon some startling information she’s uncovered about Miss Grundy’s (guest star Sarah Habel) past.
 
Elsewhere, Veronica (Camila Mendes) confronts her mother Hermoine (Marisol Nichols) about a suspicious meeting she witnessed between her mother and a shady Southside Serpent. Finally, after uncovering Betty’s diary, Alice (Madchen Amick) finds the perfect opportunity to destroy Archie’s golden boy image.
 

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