Greetings, and welcome back to Horror Business. We have one awesome episode in store for you guys. On this episode we’re discussing Canadian horror films with Society & Return Of The Living Dead 3 with fellow horror hound and long time Cinepunk Jen Rodgers!.
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We start by talking about what we’ve seen or done lately in the field of horror. Jenny begins by talking about some of the films she’s seen at Fantastic Fest, including the film School’s Out. We talk about David Gordon Green’s recent Halloween, Luca Guadagnino’s Suspiria, and Justin and Liam attending the Brooklyn Horror Film Festival and seeing Knife + Heart, Welcome To Memory, The House Of Sweat And Tears, Luz, and Starfish. (Justin’s review of Starfish can be read here, and more reviews from Cinepunx of films that played at the festival here, here, here and here) We briefly talk about the Netflix series The House On Haunted Hill, and the Chilean horror film Aterrados.
Up first is 1989’s Society. We briefly discuss the arc of Brian Yuzna’s career, including his work with director Stuart Gordon.
Next we discuss our initial exposure to the film, such as seeing the poster in video stores when we were young or various stills from the film on the Internet.
We dissect Yuzna’s portrayal of the wealthy upper class as inherently sinister and freakish, even without the body horror elements of the film being included.
We touch upon the special effects of the film and briefly talk about the work of effects artist Screaming Mad George and his influence on the body horror genre.
Up next we talk about 1993’s Return Of The Living Dead 3. Justin tells a brief anecdote of why he was stupidly afraid of this movie as a kid.
Next we talk about the mythos of the ‘suffering zombie’ that ROTLD introduced with the first film, and how that helps us invest in the characters of this film even if they are otherwise uninteresting.
We delve into the films shortcoming in portraying Julie as a character with actual agency and how instead it portrays her as just a tool to reflect the suffering of the lead male character.
The look and feel of the film in how it is very “90s” and “post-Hellraiser” is briefly touched upon, as is the film reaching beyond what it’s capable of as compared to the first two ROTLD films which knew their place.
Finally, we talk about how the look of the zombies is very “Yuzna” in the sense that instead of regular human zombies they are malformed creatures who are barely human.
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