Digital Noise Episode 171: Default Halloween Episode | One of Us

Digital Noise Episode 171: Default Halloween Episode

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Oh, what the hell. We’ll just call this episode of our home release review show our Halloween episode this year. Mainly because it ended up having the most amount of horror (or horror adjacent) titles that we’re reviewing this month. But Chris and Marco make the most of it and have quite a few quality ‘must see’ movies to discuss. As usual.

    

    

    

  


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • El Pollo Guerrera

    1) “Don’t Torture A Duckling” has one of the most unsettling deaths I’ve seen in a movie, one that Marco mentioned about a ‘red herring’ being eliminated. It wasn’t because it was gory (it wasn’t), I found it disturbing how the townspeople behaved during the act… with a pop song playing one the radio… I don’t want to mention more on it because it would spoil it but that stayed with me for days after seeing.
    2) “… Duckling” also does a thing I like seeing in movies, where the local police appear dumb but know more about the people they deal with than the ‘big city cops’. When one of the suspects is released from custody, the local police chief is upset, knowing how the locals are going to react to this person being in the public again, leading to the scene in my first point. I like movies where the authorities are treated like real characters and not just idiots (loved Hitchcock’s “Dial M For Murder” for this).
    3) for personal reasons I cannot watch “Children of the Corn” ever again. At the beginning of the movie, when the children kill all the adults, one is killed with a deli meat slicer… I worked in a supermarket deli for about 3 months and accidentally shaved the tip of one finger off with the meat slicer. Even the memory of that is causing my finger to throb…

    • Chris Cox

      Dude, I never cut myself on a meat slicer but I’ve worked with them enough, and in fear of that happening, that just seeing one gets me anxious.

  • birdy the critic

    How DARE you suggest younger people don’t like A Fish Called Wanda?! I LOVE that movie. I got the crappy DVD release days after I first watched it. If the patron saints of putting way too much love and effort into every Blu-ray release Arrow put out a release of it, then I’m up for a re-purchase.
    The cover for this release of “Don’t Torture A Duckling” still disturbs me whenever I see it.

    • Chris Cox

      I didn’t suggest that younger people don’t like A Fish Called Wanda. I suggested that the bulk of younger people have never heard of it. And this is decidedly true.

      • birdy the critic

        Sigh. That really depresses me. It’s one of my favorite comedies ever.