Friday, October 10, 2014

Needless Things Podcast Episode 35: 31 Days of Halloween – Mike Gordon

In this week’s episode Phantom Troublemaker sits down with “Howdy” Mike Gordon, host of the Earth Station One Podcast and creator of Tiki Zombie.


Phantom and Mike discuss the creator’s history, his views on the art of creating comics, and which franchise he'd galdy take over given the opportunity. It's a great conversation that gives a great insight into the mind of a great creator and a talented podcaster.

Listen now or check the podcast out on iTunes and Stitcher!


Procrastibate” by LeSexoflex.com

A Fistfull of Terror” by The Bomboras

Needless Things V. 31 Days of Halloween

Every October for the last few years Needless Things has provided commentary on SyFy’s – the television channel devoted to science fiction (sort of) – schedule. Not because the channel provides the best Halloween content, but because they provide the most. Aside from some paid programming in the wee hours of the morning (because somebody has to pay for Sharknado 3: Again With This?), SyFy makes an effort to program content that is at least Halloween-ish every hour of the month.

It is for this that we thank them and devote far more effort than we should into dissecting what they have to offer.

Before I get to the schedule I want to give SyFy credit – they have a great weekend planned this time. Lots of stuff that I believe is new to them and slightly less repeating than they tend to have.

Oct 10 10:00 AM Syfy Original Movie American Horror House

Oct 10 12:00 PM Syfy Original Movie Ghost Voyage

This is a film with a fantastic story that was somewhat hampered by being a SyFy production. I suppose “hampered” isn’t; the right word considering that so many of the scripts SyFy produces would never see the light of day otherwise, but sometimes the budgetary constraints show. This isn’t bad by any means, but it’s one that you can just tell with a different cast and different people in charge could have been so much more. 
 
Oct 10 02:00 PM Syfy Original Movie Ghost Town

Regardless of the quality, this one gets points for not being the one that stars Ricky Gervais.

Oct 10 04:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Uninvited, The

Oct 10 06:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

In my opinion this is a huge addition to SyFy’s schedule. There are a lot of haters that poo-poo 31 Days of Halloween and SyFy in general, but not even the most jaded genre fan can deny that showing this movie is a cool move. I’m a little surprised that it’s on at this time. If I were running things I would’ve programmed it for a Saturday night with no new Original movie.

Oct 10 08:00 PM WWE Smackdown 101014

Oct 10 10:00 PM Z Nation Home Sweet Zombie

Oct 10 11:00 PM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 10 11:30 PM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion

Oct 10 12:00 AM Z Nation Home Sweet Zombie

Oct 10 01:00 AM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 10 01:30 AM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion

Oct 10 02:00 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

Oct 10 04:00 AM Syfy Original Movie American Horror House

Oct 11 06:00 AM Paid Programming 

Oct 11 09:00 AM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 11 09:30 AM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion
Oct 11 10:00 AM Scare Tactics Barnacle Boy


Oct 11 10:30 AM Syfy Original Movie Ghost Voyage

Oct 11 12:30 PM Syfy Original Movie Ghost Town

Oct 11 02:30 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Chernobyl Diaries

I haven’t seen this yet and I’ve heard it isn’t any good, but I’d still like to watch it. And I think it’s not a bad get for SyFy. This is television, so anything more recent than five years ago feels new.

Oct 11 04:30 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Halloween II (2009)

Oct 11 07:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Freddy Vs. Jason

Oct 11 09:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

I love this remake. And not just because Jessica Biel is so hot she seems almost like a different species. It’s a solid, respectful retelling of the original Chainsaw that uses different pacing to create a new experience.

Oct 11 11:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Hostel: Part II

This is a very successful sequel that plays on what we know from the original and ups the stakes with a different variety of victims and a MASSIVE turning of the table late in the narrative. I love Eli Roth and I feel like even his “torture porn” movies stand in a category all their own.

Side Note: I want whatever problems are delaying the release of Green Inferno to stop NOW. Lions Gate or somebody else need to pick that film up immediately because I cannot wait to see it.

Oct 11 01:00 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Chernobyl Diaries

Oct 11 03:00 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Bleeding, The

Oct 11 05:00 AM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 11 05:30 AM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion

Oct 12 06:00 AM Paid Programming 

Oct 12 09:00 AM Scare Tactics Touched By An E.T.

This is the worst name for anything, ever.

Oct 12 09:30 AM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 12 10:00 AM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion

Oct 12 10:30 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Night Of The Demons

If I didn’t own this I would be watching it. This is another great get for SyFy and to me is proof that they’re trying to dig a little deeper than their own Original archives. If they could bust out four or five genre classics every year I think that would be great.

Oct 12 12:30 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Halloween II (2009)

Oct 12 03:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Hostel: Part II

Oct 12 05:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Freddy Vs. Jason

Oct 12 07:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Oct 12 09:00 PM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Fog, The

I don’t have any use for this one, regardless of whether it’s the remake or the John Carpenter original. I don’t know what the problem is, but neither one does anything for me.

Oct 12 11:00 PM Syfy Original Movie Ghost Storm

I don’t think this is likely to be very good, but I probably wouldn’t turn it off if I was lying in bed and it came on. Unless I could reach the remote and put on Tales From the Crypt, which is pretty much all I’ve been watching this month.

Oct 12 01:00 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Haunting In Connecticut, The

A very solid possession flick. The sequel was terrible, but I enjoyed this one a lot.

Oct 12 03:00 AM 31 Days Of Halloween Movie Dead Like Me (2008)

I can’t get into this franchise. It’s all me, though. I recognize that it’s good. I just don’t enjoy it for some reason.

Oct 12 05:00 AM The Twilight Zone The Fear

Oct 12 05:30 AM Tz: Cable In The Classroom The Invaders

Oct 13 06:00 AM Paid Programming 

Oct 13 08:00 AM Town Of The Living Dead Jasper Needs Zombies

Oct 13 08:30 AM Town Of The Living Dead Premature Explosion

Oct 13 09:00 AM Syfy Original Movie Vampyre Nation


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