Episode Seventy Four. If the 1980s can’t be summarised by two slasher films set inside yuppie gymnasiums, it can’t be summarised at all. It’s Killer Workout from 1987 versus Death Spa from 1989. While you’re here, check out these boulders.
Episode Seventy Three. Robert Redford versus Jonny Lee Miller. Ben Kingsley versus Fisher Stevens. Mary McDonnell versus Angelina Jolie. Cut through the nostalgia, and which of these paranoid 90s techno thrillers has the upper hand? It’s Phil Alden Robinson’s Sneakers versus Iain Softley’s Hackers.
Episode Seventy Two. Before he ever set foot in the US, maestro John Woo had redefined the action film with two utterly distinctive thrillers released just three years apart. But which film has the upper hand today? It’s 1989’s The Killer versus Hard Boiled from 1992.
Episode Seventy One. Two of the most successful Saturday Night Live spinoffs of all time. One victor. GAME ON.
Episode Seventy. After history was rewritten by two guys who couldn't spell, it was time for a few games of Twister in hell. Who’s in charge here, royal ugly dudes?
Episode Sixty Nine. This episode, two extremely strange low-budget martial arts thrillers are on the slate; one passionately beloved, the other almost completely forgotten. Have Florida’s illustrious Dragon Sound got what it takes to smoke the incomparable MC Kung Fu?
Episode Sixty Eight. THE quintessential cult film of 1979 squares up to the surprisingly similar movie that trounced it critically and commercially that very same year. It’s Walter Hill versus Philip Kaufman. Can you dig it?
Episode Sixty Seven. Then: Two of the most memorable and recognisable sights at your local VHS emporium. Now: Two of the most widely forgotten horror hits of that era. Which of them, if any, truly deserves that fate?
Episode Sixty Six. John Woo, Jean-Claude Van Damme and a sucker-punched rattle snake. Ernest Dickerson, Ice-T and Gary Busey’s canine soliloquy. How’s it feel to be hunted?
Episode Sixty Five. In times of tyrants, sorcery and swordplay, one must hold decisiveness in high regard. This chariot is headed straight for Decision Town. Get on, or get out of the way, peck!
Episode Sixty Four. Were we foolish to retrieve these two yuletide horror cheapies from the bargain bin of history, or are they actually a pair of deeply underrated mini classics? Or did this episode make us want to blow chunks and then kill ourselves? MERRY CHRISTMAS.
Episode Sixty Three. Two directorial debuts, two financial disasters, two bona fide cult films. One champ.
Episode Sixty Two. Place your bets: It’s Tony Scott and Tom Cruise versus Nicholas Cage and the director of Phil Collins’ Buster. You may not like who's flying with you, but whose side are you on?
Episode Sixty One. Roman Polanski gives knockabout comedy a rare shot, while Werner Herzog remakes a seminal German classic. Are they both pains in the neck, or does one suck more than the other?
Episode Sixty. Tom Selleck in pursuit of malfunctioning droids. Rutger Hauer in pursuit of a brutal serial killer. Who’s the daddy?
Episode Fifty Nine. Two Roger Corman produced sci-fi thrillers from the early 80s. One verdict. Let’s have it.
Episode Fifty Eight. Eccentric 1981 oddity The Ice Pirates somehow wasn’t a financial flop, but does that mean it’s better than Stuart Gordon’s oven-ready uber turkey Space Truckers? It’s time to find out.
Episode Fifty Seven. Lucio Fulci’s two best-known films (outside of Italy, at least) come in the shape of an unofficial Romero sequel and the second in the director’s “Gates of Hell” trilogy. It’s Zombie Flesh Eaters (aka Zombi 2, aka Zombie) versus The Beyond.
Episode Fifty Six. Forever in the shadow of a certain Joe Dante blockbuster, Ghoulies and Critters both made considerable bank at the box office. But is either a Gremlins beater?