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The Trista Robinson interview, She Will Return, and comic-book crossovers

The Basement Boys are back with a new interview that's perfect for this, the spookiest time of the year. What did you expect with Halloween two weeks away? Christmas movies? We're not Wal-Mart, you know!

Jay sits down with Trista Robinson, the talented star of Echoes of Fear, which Jason and Shawn reviewed just last week. Trista is hands down one of the coolest people who's ever appeared on this show, and she and Jay talk in detail about her spooky thriller, the horror genre, and how to play scared in a movie. This is one of the best conversations in the show's nine-year history.

Keeping the Halloween train rolling, Jason sets his sites on She Will Return: The Pale-Faced Lady 2. This is Jeff Payne's follow up to his celebrated horror short, which the boys tackled earlier this year. How does this creepy sequel stack up? Stick with us!

And stick around for this morning's segment from the mighty Radio NL 610 AM Morning News with Howie Reimer, a new review from Mi…
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Halloween Day by Day: "Get Out" (2017)

Chris is meeting his girlfriend's family for the first time.  Strange comments by her parents, combined with odd behavior of the black staff causes Chris to begin investigating the family's history a bit more.

What he discovers is a conspiracy that threatens himself and thousands of blacks with enslavement and destruction...

The story is really good in Jordan Peele's "Get Out."  It takes the touchy subject of slavery, and talks about it in a frank, open way via the use of horror.  As someone that has a real fear of losing my ability to think and control my body, the concept of "the sunken place," and having my body hijacked really struck a chord.

The characters aren't too bad.  They aren't really all that fleshed out, beyond "good" and "bad", but you're able to at least root for Chris.  I didn't mind the character of Rod, but felt that his comedic turn was a bit much.  His scenes are funny as fuck, but I felt they were…

Review: Creepshow Season 1, Ep. 4

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Zombieland double taps Maleficent

It's sequel weekend at the movies this... well, weekend. And Jason and Howie are gonna tell you all about it when From The Basement takes to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning News at 7:20.

Jay's also got a new interview for fans. This time he talks with scream queen Trista Robinson about her new horror flick Echoes of Fear, which is making the theatrical rounds as well speak.

As always, you'll hear a few minutes of their conversation this morning, then the whole thing appears when the extended cut podcast drops later today.

As for those movies; there's the much-anticipated Zombieland: Double Tap with Woody Harrelson and Emma Stone, and Angelina Jolie brings her bad self back for Maleficent: Mistress of Evil. One of those has to appeal to someone!

So grab your morning coffee, tune in via the AM dial or the streaming link to your right, and settle yourself in, we're waiting for you... in The Basement!

Stick with us!

Halloween Day by Day: "The Raven" (2012)

One of the icons of the horror literature genre is none other that Edgar Allan Poe.  Pretty much every short story he's written has been adapted onto the big and small screens.

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The film's storied history, which is almost as storied as that house in Amityville, is a black mark against an otherwise harmless film; one that is better than of most The Amityville Horror's sequels and remakes.

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Halloween Day by Day: "The Omen" (1976) Theme

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Echoes of Trista Robinson in The Basement

One of the pleasant surprises of the fall movie season has been the creepy supernatural flick Echoes of Fear, which Shawn and I reviewed just last week. If you have a chance, please seek it out as it makes the theatrical circuit. It's worth your time, and dollar.

And one of the best parts of the movie is star Trista Robinson, who is well on her way to becoming the next big scream queen.

Trista and I sat down today for a chat about Echoes of Fear, her role in it, and what it's like earning the scream-queen title. Trista knows her stuff, is super talented, and probably the nicest person we've ever talked to in our nine years in this business. We had a great conversation I think fans will enjoy.

As always, you'll hear a portion of it when From The Basement storms the Radio NL 610 AM Morning News at 8:20 Friday morning. The full interview appears on our extended cut podcast later in the day.

Stick with us!

Retro Review: Scared Stiff (1987)

One of the highlights of our last year in The Basement was interviewing veteran director Richard Friedman. The man has done everything from horror movies to TV series, and he is a perfect gentleman and class act.

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I'm not actually sure. But the story is nothing more than a riff on The Amityville Horror, with the lead actor being taken over by the spirit of someone who previously went mad in an old home. And yes, he tries to kill his girlfriend and her child.

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