Episode070

We’re back, and we’re wrapping up our discussion of H P Lovecraft’s eerie mix of the Gothic and the cosmic, The Colour Out of Space. This time we’re looking at various adaptations, as well as deciding what we would steal for our games (the answer is almost everything — we’re shameless).

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Leaving little more than a spent husk behind…

In particular, we talk about the various film versions:

We also discuss a few related films and TV programmes:

And we mention the H P Lovecraft Historical Society‘s Dark Adventure Radio Theatre performance of The Colour Out of Space. Unfortunately none of us have listened to it yet, but if it’s up to the standards of their other adaptations, it should be something special!

We round things off with an interview with Huan Vu, director of Die Farbe. His is the most faithful adaptation of The Colour Out of Space so far, and certainly the one we all enjoyed most. Huan tells us a little about the making of the film, his background in gaming, the popularity of Call of Cthulhu in Germany, and his current project, a Lovecraftian feature film called The Dreamlands. This latest production is largely crowdfunded, and Huan is still looking for backers. If you are interested, or simply want to learn more about the film, take a look at the production website.

This is the final episode recorded on our trusty old Yeti microphone (although there are two older episodes in the can, waiting for the release of Call of Cthulhu 7th edition).  It has served us well, but we have new microphones now, thanks to our generous Patreon backers, and the sound improvement next week should be marked. We conducted the interview in this episode over Skype, however, and it sounds like I’m sitting in a wind tunnel. Apologies for that!

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Fare ye well, old friend!

Oh, and we make passing mention of a short and bitter RPG that I wrote a few years ago, titled We Call the Police. I’ve been threatening to turn this into something more substantial for a while, possible using shouting, whining and pouting as resolution mechanics. Perhaps one day, when I hate the world enough…

Episode068

We’re back, and we’re looking at the two Clive Barker feature films that aren’t Hellraiser. We have nothing against Pinhead and his cruel crew of sadomasochistic sybarites (just trying to say that is a torture that would no doubt arouse them), but Nightbreed and Lord of Illusions deserve some unwholesome love too.

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And it won’t be any less painful.

Since coming to widespread attention in 1984 with his Books of Blood, Barker’s lasting careers have been as a novelist, short story writer and artist. For several years in the late eighties and early nineties, however, he was also a Hollywood film director, adapting his own work for the screen. He had directed a couple of shorts in the UK in the early eighties (Salomé and The Forbidden), but his later features were of a grander scale. Unfortunately, he only made three such films before bringing his directorial career to an end.

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Not quite as spectacularly as this, though.

This is another long episode, and we’re beginning to doubt the wisdom of talking about two films at once. Discussing one would certainly keep things shorter and more focused. We also wondered if it might make the conversation easier to follow, as the spoiler break means that we cut back-and-forth a bit. If you have any opinions on this, please let us know!

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Muttering answers in your sleep will be fine. We’ll be there to hear them.

We’ve had another surge of Patreon backers since the last episode, allowing us to buy the fancy new recording gear we’ve been talking about for a while. We’re expecting delivery just before Christmas, and will post pictures as soon as possible. Thank you to everyone who made this possible! We have recorded a bunch of shout-outs for this episode, including another attempt at singing. This one may have crossed a line. Please don’t judge us! Shane made us do it.

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“Make it stop!”

Episode066

We’re back, and we’re mulling over a topic suggested to us by good friend of the Good Friends, Tore Nielsen: what is the appeal of horror? Apparently this is a huge subject, and even pinning down what exactly we mean by horror took as long as some of our shorter episodes. Paul has worked tirelessly to edit all this rambling down to a reasonable length, but I fear this may be the episode that finally breaks him.

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Eight hours of cutting out “ums” takes its toll on a man.

Our discussion veers all over the place, like a teenage camper trying to escape an axe-wielding maniac. We take in films, television, books and games in our attempt to try to work out what appeals to us about horror, as well as looking at our own personal reactions to fear, violence and the uncanny. As usual, we come to three entirely different conclusions, but unlike other episodes, none of us are wrong in our opinions. Not that I hold grudges. Oh no.

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It’s all right, Carole. We’ll make them pay one day.

Episode061

We’re back, and we’re watching horror films about books. We don’t mean films based on books (although one is, just to confuse things), but films where a book plays a central role. In fact, you could argue that the books in question are characters and not mere plot devices. Wooden performances are easier to forgive when you’re largely made of wood pulp.

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If you flick the pages just right, you can hear a distinct “Whoa”.

Our two choices are The Ninth Gate  (1999) and Maléfique (2002). We didn’t mean to review another Polanski film so soon after our dust-up over Repulsion in episode 51, but the Devil made us do it. Predictably, we disagree completely about the film’s merits once again, although this time the tables are turned.

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“That got a bit heated!”

Our discussion takes in some other French horror films that followed in the wake of Maléfique, including High Tension/Switchblade Romance, InsideFrontière(s), Martyrs and Livid. We end, as ever, with a look at what elements we can steal for use in our games.

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“Attract Fish? Should be safe enough…”

In the introduction, we discuss getting ready for the Concrete Cow convention in Milton Keynes. True to form, we weren’t organised enough to do this in an episode that would come out before the convention. The good news is that you don’t have long to wait until the next one. Concrete Cow 16 takes place on the 12th of March 2016, and it will be the convention’s 10th birthday celebration. There will be cake. And games. And cows. Well, maybe not cows.

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Not pictured: Scott or Matt doing rude things.