090 – Horror Express

Telly Savalas in Horror Express (1972)
Bringing the train, and the movie, to a screeching halt, and god bless him for it

Tim and Jen (mostly Tim) describe a beloved ersatz-Hammer sci-fi thriller starring the venerable team of Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing (plus a sensational appearance by Telly “Kojak” Savalas). Throughout, Tim is like: games games games tabletop Cthulhu saving throw Traveller roll up a character -2 sanity

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Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing in Horror Express (1972)


In the movie, Peter Cushing discovers the image of a murderer preserved on a victim’s eye. This was a real turn-of the century theory! Smithsonian Magazine has an article about it.

The Internet Archive has preserved a number of wonderful pop-culture artifacts, including issues of Fangoria. Read their 1999 article in which Horror Express director Eugenio Martín reflects on the film and his career up to that point.

You can also get the Horror Express blu-ray from Arrow Films!

089 – Zen Filmmaking

Would you like to make a movie and just don’t know how? Why let that stop you? Try concocting a pseudo-spiritual method called Zen Filmmaking out of your own failings and refusing to pay your cast and crew! On this episode, don’t miss Jen slipping into mania about Hollywood sex criminals and Tim getting confessional about his own indie filmmaking sins!

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We highly recommend perusing Scott Shaw’s website, where many of his books are available for purchase. Scroll down for about seventeen hours to find the book we discuss in this episode, Zen Filmmaking!

“If you have too many crew people, they all want silly things like story boards, shot lists, and stuff.” -Scott Shaw