Episode 72: Fatsploitation

 
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Today we take on a big, fat topic. Whether they’re sad people, loveless people, farting people, food loving people, farting people, unhealthy people, farting people or just farting people, the overweight have been the targets of screenwriters for many years. So sit back, grab some pizza and chips and cake as we talk about the horrible treatment of large people with Fatsploitation.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

Fatty Arbuckle Highlights (free on Youtube)

Disorderlies (free on this shitty site)

What’s Eating Gilbert Grape (free on TUBI)

The Nutty Professor ($2.99 on Amazon)

Shallow Hal ($2.99 on Amazon)

Norbit ($0.99 on Amazon)

Precious ($2.99 on Amazon)

Dumplin’ (free on Netflix)

Episode 71: Maniacal Moms

 
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Today we present the second part of our two part series on bad parents that started with Despicable Dads and is now turning its gaze to those malicious matriarchs. If you think dads cornered the market on psychosis, murder, and inacest, well think again. Cuz as they say, hell hath no fury like a woman, or mother scorned, and there's plenty of scorned mothers in this episode. Join us as we discuss Maniacal Moms.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

The Manchurian Candidate ($3.99 on Amazon)

Carrie (Free with Amazon Prime)

The Brood ($3.99 on Amazon)

Mommie Dearest ($2.99 on Amazon)

The Grifters ($3.99 on Amazon)

Spanking the Monkey (Free on Youtube)

Serial Mom ($3.99 on Amazon)

Precious ($3.99 on Amazon)

Episode 70: Despicable Dads

 
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“Only a dad, but he gives his all - To smooth the way for his children small - Doing, with courage stern and grim - The deeds that his father did for him - This is the line that for him I pen - Only a dad, but the best of men.” That’s a poem by Edgar Albert Guest about the duties of being a good, respectable and honest father - none of which we’ll talk about today. Today we talk about mean fathers that are murderers, psychopaths, and incestuous assholes from hell. We laugh at some of them, fear others and learn some lessons, albeit not in the way that Ward Cleaver would have intended. Today we talk about Despicable Dads.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

Night of the Hunter ($2.99 on Amazon)

Chinatown (free on Tubi)

The Shining ($2.99 on Amazon)

The Stepfather (free on Youtube)

Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me ($2.99 on Youtube)

Natural Born Killers ($2.99 on Amazon)

Happiness (free on this site)

mother! (free on Hulu)

Episode 69: Killer Cars

 
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Automobiles have long been symbols for personal freedom. They took us places where we couldn’t otherwise travel. It’s this freedom to go anywhere and do anything that made us feel that behind the wheel we were in complete control of our own destiny. But what happens when we lose that control? What if someone or something takes that symbol of American individualism and transforms it into a harbinger of death and mayhem? Today we’ll look at the films where vehicles get a mind of their own and go on a path of destruction and discuss how those movies subvert and exploit America's love affair with the automobile. Come ride shotgun with us today as we take a joyride in some Killer Cars!

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

Get Out and Get Under (free on Youtube)

Killdozer (free on Youtube)

Duel (Free On Archive)

The Car ($3.99 on Youtube)

Christine ($3.99 on Youtube)

Nightmares (Free on Vimeo)

Maximum Overdrive ($3.99 on Youtube)

The Love Bug 97 (free on Youtube)

Episode 68: Amputees

 
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Amputations are a serious medical procedure and amputees are usually victims of an accident, health issue or a casualty of war. But you wouldn’t know that from watching the majority of the movies we talk about today with topics like psychotic surgeons, circus freaks, amputee kung fu masters, prosthetic chicken feet and Bruce Campbell with a chainsaw attached to his bloody stump arm. And all that happens before we even get to the 90s! Today is all about a topic that some say should be sacred but doesn’t even come close in today’s nutso episode on Amputees.

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

The Penalty (free on Youtube)

Freaks (free on Youtube)

The Best Years of Our Lives (free on Archive)

Mr No Legs (free on Youtube)

The Crippled Masters (free on Youtube)

Evil Dead 2 ($3.99 on Youtube)

Boxing Helena (free on this shady site)

127 Hours ($2.99 on Amazon)

Episode 67: Little People

 
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Show business is notorious for being a demeaning, cruel and humiliating industry, even under the best of circumstances. But for someone affected by various forms of dwarfism, the situation can be especially grim. While admittedly, there have been inroads within the last few decades for little people to achieve success in film and tv, the public image of them has scarcely improved since and neither have the roles. Why is that? Today we have a big discussion on Little People.

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

The Terror of Tiny Town (free on Youtube)

Even Dwarfs Started Small ($3.99 on Youtube)

Time Bandits ($2.99 on Youtube)

Under the Rainbow ($2.99 on Youtube)

Station Agent ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

TipToes ($3.99 on Youtube)

Willow (free on Youtube)

Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory ($3.99 on Youtube)

Episode 66: Period Piece

 
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Like my previous episode on Castration, sorry in advance. Actually, double sorry because today two men are going to mansplain periods of which we clearly know nothing about. But only in the movies so hopefully it’s ok? If anyone is still reading, get ready as we discuss some surprising early women’s health films, Grease, Blue Lagoon, My Girl and the mother of all period movies: Carrie. Today’s episode is a listener suggested episode called Period Piece.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

Mom and Dad (free on Youtube)

Molly Grows Up (free on Youtube)

The Story of Menstruation (free on Youtube)

Carrie (free on Netflix)

My Girl ($2.99 on Amazon)

Superbad (free on Hulu)

20th Century Women (free on Netflix)

Period. End of Sentence (free on Netflix)

Episode 65: Critter Vengeance

 
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Just when you thought it was over. Just when you thought there was no more revenge to be taken. Then comes a different form a retribution. These avengers aren't violated women, they aren't war weary vigilantes, they aren't even human….. they are the animals with which we share this planet. Today we resurrect our Revenge Series to look at the terrifying possibility that the animal kingdom might be just a little too human when it comes to revenge. We’ll separate fiction from reality and identify just who amongst our fine feathered, furry and fishy friends we don't want to fuck with. So get ready for Critter Vengeance because this time, it's personal.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

The Birds ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

Birdemic: Shock and Terror (free with Amazon Prime)

Tales From The Darkside: The Movie (free with Starz subscription or $3.99 on Amazon)

The Pack ($3.99 on Amazon)

The Ghost and The Darkness (free with Amazon Prime membership)

Link (free on hdbest.net)

Orca ($3.99 on Amazon )

Episode 64: Castration

 
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Gentlemen, sorry in advance. Because this episode is basically just a chronology of people’s dicks getting cut off. Whether surgical, chemical, vagina dentata, self inflicted or just plain old circumcision, this episode spares no penis. Just remember, if it all becomes too much, just keep repeating IT’S ONLY A MOVIE, IT’S ONLY A MOVIE, IT’S ONLY A MOVIE. But if you’re brave, buckle up and get ready for a swinging detached dick chopping as Slate presents: Castration.

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE TALK ABOUT

Freaks (free on Vimeo)

The Last House on the Left (free on Youtube)

Desperate Living (free on this shady site)

The Holy Mountain (free on Archive)

In the Realm of Senses (free on this porn site)

I Spit On Your Grave (free on this site that will probably give your computer malware)

Killer Condom (free on Youtube)

Teeth (free but this copy is weirrrd)

Episode 63: Bad Computers

 
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Pretty much every aspect of our daily lives involves a computer and it’s hard in this modern age to imagine our lives without them. We love our computers and can't conceive of parting with them, yet ask anyone if they think that one day the computers are going to become sentient, rise up and kill us all and you’ll get a resounding yes. Why is that? Probably the movies. It seems that ever since these thinking machines starting showing up on the silver screen all they want to do is murder us, enslave us, get us pregnant, or steal our girlfriend. On today’s episode we’re going to find out why, so join us as we boot up some bad computers.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE FILMS WE TALK ABOUT

Gog (free on Youtube) 

Invisible Boy (free on Archive)

2001: A Space Odyssey ($3.99 on Amazon)

Demon Seed (free on Videa)

Electric Dreams (free on Youtube)

Eagle Eye ($3.99 on Amazon)

Moon ($3.99 on Amazon)

Her ($2.99 on Amazon)

Episode 62: Gender Benders

 
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Gender is a complicated issue, especially now. But why spend an hour talking about a highbrow topic when we can talk about Julie Andrews playing a woman playing a man playing a woman, Rodney Dangerfield forcing his stepson to dress in drag to win a girls soccer tournament and a bunch of drag queens performing Abba songs? Every movie that didn't qualify for my episode on LGBT Psychopaths is here in a much lighter episode called “Gender Benders.”

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

Some Like it Hot (free with Amazon Prime)

She’s the Man ($3.99 on Amazon)

Tootsie ($3.99 on Amazon)

The Crying Game ($3.99 on Amazon)

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (free on TUBI)

Boys Don’t Cry ($3.99 on Amazon)

Ladybugs ($3.99 on Amazon - worth it if you’re a pedophile)

All of Me ($2.99 on Amazon)

Episode 61: Scourge of the Junkies

 
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One of the most visible and tragic victims of our failed war on drugs are what we commonly refer to as “junkies.” Those poor souls whose addictions to illicit poisons are so strong they'll do anything to feed them. And throughout history these individuals have been treated by our culture as everything from villains to victims or just plain invisible. But what about the movies? How has cinema presented drug addicts in the last century of celluloid? Join us today on the Season 6 premiere of Slums of Film History to find out.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

Pipe Dream (free on Youtube)

The Mystery of the Leaping Fish (free on Youtube)

Easy Street (free on Youtube) 

The Man With The Golden Arm (free on Youtube)

Less Than Zero (streaming on Hulu)

Trainspotting ($3.99 on Youtube)

Gridlock’d (Amazon Prime, Starz subscription)

Requiem For A Dream ($3.99 on Youtube)

Episode 60: Final Vengeance

 
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For four seasons we've talked about the various different types of revenge in movies ranging from prostitutes getting payback to vengeful spirits returning from the dead to kick some serious ass. Yet in all that time we never really talked about why. Why do we love the thought of getting revenge so much? What is it about tales of retribution that gets movie going butts into theater seats time and time again? Today in the series finale of Slums of Film History we’re going to find out why. So join us one last time as we take our Final Vengeance!

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

Death Wish  ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

I Spit on Your Grave (free on Putlocker)

Thriller (a Cruel Picture) (free but its a porn site)

The Princess Bride ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

The Crow  ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

In The Bedroom ($2.99 on Amazon Video)

Kill Bill Vol 1  ($2.99 on Amazon Video)

Blue Ruin ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

Episode 59: The End of the World

 
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Slate's last episode of Season 5 is marking the end. The End of the World, that is. But we’re not talking about near death experiences or stories where something almost happened to Earth but we were saved by Bruce Willis on a suicide mission. Today we’re talking about the end of humanity: movies where there isn’t a soul alive at the end. Maybe Jesus came and smote all the non believers, maybe a rogue comet or star blows us all up. Maybe the world gets covered in garbage or maybe it’s just the plain old zombie apocalypse. Either way the Earth’s going down somehow eventually, but at least we’ll have fun talking about it today as we discuss The End of the World.

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

Episode 58: Curses

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In over the last century of film the concept of curses, hexes and jinxes have managed to work their way from the dark lore of mankind's past onto the shiny celluloid of today, where film audiences past and present have been thrilled by stories featuring this mythological phenomenon. But is it a myth? Are the only curses we are likely to experience are those on the silver screen?  Join us for today’s episode of Slums of Film History as we unravel this supernatural mystery. So grab your charms and protective spells because today we're meddling with curses.

 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

The Mummy (free on Twitchtv)

The Devil Within Her (free on Youtube)

Thinner ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

Drag Me To Hell ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

The Ring (US Version) ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

Ju-On (The Grudge) ($3.99 on Amazon Video)

It Follows ($2.99 on Amazon Video)

 

Episode 57: Incest

 
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Slate has been talking about this episode for 5 seasons and listeners have been asking for it for years. Today, he'll finally present his episode on Incest in the movies. So get ready for sex with cousins, sex with parents, sex with siblings, inbreeding, underage Brooke Shields nudity, Flowers in the Attic and that time Michael J Fox’s mother had a crush on him. So put your parents, siblings and cousins to bed early and get ready to feel uncomfortable as Slate presents: Incest.

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE FILMS WE DISCUSS

Vixen (free on Archive)

Caligula (free on shady Potlucker)

Flowers in the Attic (free on shady Potlucker)

The Blue Lagoon (free on DailyMotion)

Murmur of the Heart (free on Potlucker)

Spanking the Monkey (free on Potlucker)

Deliverance (free on Potlucker)

SPIDER BABY!!! 

Episode 56: Human Huntin'

 
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What happens when there isn't anything challenging left to hunt? What do those manly big game hunters do after they've killed just about every animal that has walked the earth? The answer is simple of course, you just start huntin' humans! And for the better part of film history there have been plenty of films that have shown man treating his fellow man as game, a most dangerous game, you might say. But where did this start? How did we get from hunting rhinos with Hemingway to Arnold Schwarzenegger running for his life from American Gladiator style glam hunters on national tv? Mount up, lock and load and ride out with us today as we take up Human Huntin’!

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

The Most Dangerous Game (free on Toutube)

10th Victim (free on Dailymotion)

The Suckers (free on this porn site)

Turkey Shoot (free on Youtube)

Predator ($3.99 on Amazon video or free with HBO)

The Running Man (free with amazon prime)

Hard Target ($3.99 on Amazon video)

Surviving the Game ($3.99 on Amazon video)

Episode 55: John Waters - Prince of Puke (Part 2)

 
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Congrats! You made it through Part 1 and gotten through most of the nasty stuff. No more dog turds, puke eaters or lobster rape. Now we start in the late 70s and focus on botched sex change castration, roaches that live in teenager’s beehive hairdos and a maniacal mother that kills if you don’t rewind your videotapes. Today we talk about race wars, domestic film terrorism and that time Tracey Ullman picked up a water bottle completely hands free, as Slate presents Part 2 of “John Waters: The Prince of Puke.”

 
 
 

LINKS TO SOME OF THE MOVIES WE DISCUSS

Desperate Living (free on this shady site)

Polyester (free on this other shady site)

Hairspray (free but shady)

Cry Baby (free on DailyMotion)

 Serial Mom (free, shady)

Pecker ($2.99 on Amazon)

Cecil B Demented (SHADE)

A Dirty Shame ($2.99 on Amazon)

 

Episode 55: John Waters - Prince of Puke (Part 1)

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Director John Waters made films that simultaneously horrified and delighted audiences with a 300 pound drag queen named Divine, cannibalism, foot fetishes, a party performer with a singing anus, a 15 foot rapist lobster, and a rosary dildo. And that’s just his first 4 films. Slate can't wait to present Part 1 of his two parter on “John Waters: The Prince of Puke.”