Friday, June 28, 2013

The end is the beginning

After four years of kick-ass podcasts, radio shows and almost non-stop site updates, Shawn and yours truly are taking a break from The Basement.

Are we finished? No. But there won't be regular episodes and site updates for the time being. Suffice to say, we won't return for a fifth season on 92.5FM CFBX Kamloops come October.

Why? Not because the show has lost popularity. We still knock 'em dead on a weekly basis. This past season was our most popular yet and the last two podcasts, including the June special, have been among our biggest episode debuts ever. You love us. You really love us!

But four years is a long time bust ass the way Shawn and I do. We've got families and day jobs on top of everything Basement related. Plus we're hip deep in a couple of film projects that will come to a head here in the next couple of months.

As awesome as us Basement Dwellers are, something has to give. So we humbly set aside our Basement duties for the time being.

Don't fret, we're not going to ignore the one thing that brought all this awesomeness our way. We promise you a Halloween special, because we just gotta. And, when the spirits move us and we have something to share, we'll fire a podcast your way. Ditto for posts here on the site.

Have something you want us to watch, review or mention? Let us know at

You Basementites are the best, and we promise that you won't be ignored. As Shawn likes to point out, when we have something to say, you damn well know we'll say it. And we've got an open invitation to return to The X when we are able. This makes us smile.

Thanks to everyone who's stood by us the last four years. This is not the end, but a beginning.

Stick with us!
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Jason and Shawn versus The Giant Spider and Doll Boy

The Giant Spider

Jason: See one Mihmverse movie see 'em all? Not hardly. Sure, The Giant Spider is another loving tribute to 1950s drive-in cinema, right down to the bad acting and cheesy effects, but The Giant Spider is something more. This is the biggest Mihmverse yet. The cast is huge and he uses archival military footage to add to the drama. This looks and feels like The Blob or Them. If you dig that kind of thing, it's great. We'll keep watching Mihm's movies as long as he keeps making them. Will I catch The Giant Spider again? I don't know, which means I'm gonna give it a Bad. However, we're adjusting for inflation here in The Basement. Seeing this at the drive-in back in the 50s would have been a blast!

Shawn: This is why we have faith in B movies. I keep saying that one day The Asylum is going to get it right, make that wicked killer flick. I'm NOT adjusting for inflation when I say Christopher R Mihm’s The Giant Spider is that flick, for me. I enjoyed every moment and think that Mihm is on the right track to asskickery. He is in a unique position, where he has some technological advantages over the 50’s films, but uses them in a very subtle way. His movies keep improving and we hope he keeps making them forever . . . Haha. Nostalgic and fun . . . and kudos to the Giant Spider with the movable eyeballs . . . As someone with arachnophobia, this was ridiculously awesome. A Good from me.

Doll Boy

Jason: A dark, twisted, depraved and surreal ride. One I had a hell of good time with despite all the gruesome goings on. My hat's off to Bloody Bill, the mad genius who wrote and directed Doll Boy plus the pair of great grindhouse trailers that opened the flick. Part of what makes Doll Boy so effective is the darkness of it all. We, along with the victims, are tossed into a nightmare world of grisly, fucked up visuals and violence. And Doll Boy is a frightening character who knows how to wield a mean sledgehammer. This sledgehammer causes some brilliant carnage. Doll Boy is an awesome horror debut by a man who's work I look forward to following. I don't know if Doll Boy would be as effective as a feature film, but I'd love to see Bill try. Good!

Shawn: Are you serious? WOW. I watched, in 28 minutes, what some feature length horror movies cannot do in two hours. Lines were crossed, skulls were crushed and all Basement-style enjoyment. I dug the hell out of this short and hope to see much more by Bloody Bill and his folks. Pure entertaining awesomeness! Haha! Another Good and thanks for the coloring boooook!
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Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Giant Spider and Doll Boy: The June Special

Another summer month, another special podcast from The Basement! And the two films on the chopping block couldn't be more diverse.

First up is The Giant Spider, the latest from the Dean of Mihmiversity, writer/director Christopher R. Mihm. Once again it's a loving throwback to the drive-in terror films of the 1950s. And it stars past Basement guest Shannon McDonough!

Then, submitted by writer/director Billy "Bloody Bill" Pon, is the horror short film Doll Boy. Who is Doll Boy? Well, he's got the heart of a child . . . in a jar next to his bed. 'Nuff said.

This episode also includes an important announcement about the future of The Basement. Is it Good, Bad or Ugly? Stick with us!

So be ready, the June Special lands at 8 a.m. pacific tomorrow!

Now for a preview of coming attractions:

The Giant Spider

Doll Boy

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Witness Schwarzenegger and Stallone's Escape Plan

I know summer has just begun, but I'm already looking forward to fall. Oct. 18 to be exact. Why? Because that's when the Arnold Schwarzenegger/Sylvester Stallone macho-fest Escape Plan comes out.

We've pimped this flick since it was called The Tomb, and strictly because it's the first real teaming of these two action icons. But now that The Basement has seen some footage, we're sold. Consider the tickets paid for.

When a structural-security authority finds himself incarcerated in a prison he designed, he has to use his skills to escape and find out who framed him.

Check out the trailer now!

Source: IGN
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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Three more enter John Fallon's The Shelter

Who's excited for John Fallon's directorial debut The Shelter? I know everyone here in The Basement is, for a variety of reasons. We eagerly await the start of production in January, 2014.

The horror flick is rocketing through pre-production and recently added three peeps behind and in front of the camera. They join legendary leading man Michael Pare.

First up is director of photography Bobby Holbrook, a second generation director, producer, cinematographer and production manager and part owner of Holbrook Multi Media, which has been in the business for 36 years. Sounds like the man knows what he's doing.

On the casting front, John has hired a pair of lovely ladies. Gayle James, who recently wrapped Bad Country with Willem DaFoe, Amy Smart, Tom Berenger and Mat Dillon, will play Pare's wife Maryam.

Rachel Whittle, who's appeared in high-profile flicks like G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Beautiful Creatures and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter plays Annie.

That's some high-powered talent right there, believe you me!
a second generation director, producer and cinematographer, and is production manager & part owner of Holbrook Multi Media, a 36 year major production house. - See more at:
a second generation director, producer and cinematographer, and is production manager & part owner of Holbrook Multi Media, a 36 year major production house. - See more at:
a second generation director, producer and cinematographer, and is production manager & part owner of Holbrook Multi Media, a 36 year major production house. - See more at:

The Shelter will launch a crowd funding campaign to beef up its budget. Head on over to The Shelter's Facebook page to learn more about that and keep tabs on the film as it heads into production.

Here's the plot, in a crunch: On a star filled night, widower and homeless man Thomas finds shelter for the night when he falls upon a vast two story house with the lights on and an inviting open front door. He strolls on in thinking he just caught a lucky break and for a while, it would appear that he did. Inside, there’s nobody in sight and he finds all of the comforts that he used to have. After taking a bath, feasting whole heartily on some food and relishing the silliness on the tube, he gets some well earned shut eye. All is well until a restless Thomas wakes up in a panic and finds a loaded revolver resting on his lap. Baffled, he picks up the weapon, checks the barrel, it is fully loaded. A visceral sense of unease invades him immediately. Something is very wrong and he decides that it is time to leave. Alas he finds out swiftly that the premises won’t let him depart. The doors are all locked, and the windows puzzlingly cannot be opened or broken. Destiny has brought Thomas to this place. Will he survive the ordeal?  

Source: The Shelter
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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Jason versus I Come In Peace

A long, long time ago in a Basement far, far away, I loved the hell out of this Dolph Lundgren movie. Come on, cops versus alien drug dealers!?! It was so 1990s! Does the flick hold up today? Stick with me!

OK, OK. It does. Yes, the movie shows its age. Lundgren still had the black hair he adopted for The Punisher, Brian Benben looked all of about five, and Betsy Brantley was mighty fine . . . and spunky. And the whole drug angle. Drugs just aren't good villains in Y2K plus 13.

Fortunately most of the one liners haven't aged a day and director Craig R. Baxley's flair for style and action haven't diminished with time. More things blow up in I Come In Peace, AKA Dark Angel, than in the first 30 minutes of an average action flick. If you like to watch shit explode, this is the movie for you!

I can't add much more. I've watched I Come In Peace a bazillion times now and I don't get tired of it, even after a 20-year break. It's a Good, no matter how you slice it.
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Monday, June 24, 2013

Jason versus Man of Steel

Normally I start spewing thoughts on a movie onto this site before the credits stop rolling, but I waited with Man of Steel. Not because I didn't dig the shit out of it -- I did -- but the flick got out after midnight and I'm old, so I went home and got some sleep. You know how it goes ;)

Everyone knows the story of Superman, so there's no point regurgitating it here. This take, although true to the character's origin, makes a few changes as to how it plays out, especially if you, like Shawn and I, are most familiar with the Richard Donner version.

Director Zack Snyder and producer/co-writer Christopher Nolan took the classic character and, much as Nolan did with Batman, made him grittier and easier to relate to. He's still a beacon of hope for the human race, but I didn't cringe writing that (I usually find beacon-of-hope stuff gay). Instead, I dug Superman's story and found much truth in it. This is a Superman I can relate too and root for. I've never been able to say that about previous incarnations.

There's a lot of humanity and heart to the Snyder/Nolan version. Pretty much every scene with Ma and Pa Kent made me weepy (laugh at me and I'll kick your ass) and I dug that Clark Kent/Superman battled internal demons and doubt as well as invaders from his home planet of Krypton.

About those invaders: Michael Shannon's Zod almost made me forget that Terrance Stamp took a stab at the character. The wrath he brings to Earth and against Kent/Superman is awesome and frightening to behold. The fact he believes his actions are justified makes him even scarier. Every great action movie needs a great villain, and Zod is a great villain.

Finally, Man of Steel gives us the Superman combat we've been waiting for. The fight scenes are big and breathtaking. Whole city blocks are destroyed. And it looks great. THIS is what Hollywood is good at -- spectacle. And when spectacle has a heart, as it does with Man of Steel, us film geeks get a slam dunk!

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