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Go on the run with this Lifechanger clip

Some clips show too much, others show too little . . . and then there's this clip for the new body-horror flick Lifechanger.

The clip is titled Rachel on the Run, and if ever there was an appropriate title for a clip, this is it. Literally, we see someone named Rachel on the run from some cops. Why? No damn idea, but I guess that's the point. Now I want to see Lifechanger so I can figure out what the flip is going on!

Repent before Darren Lynn Bousman's St. Agatha

Darren Lynn Bousman made quite a name for himself in the horror community directing Saws II through IV and Repo! The Genetic Opera. Since then he's kept busy with several more genre offerings, and his latest hits theatres and digital in February. Rejoice!

St. Agatha looks like it'll be a female-driver horror tale, one peeps are calling nunspoitation . . . which definitely peaks our interest in The Basement. What have we got here, you ask?

Us trailer a Christmas gift to horror fans

Sure, it's Christmas Day, and the time is supposed to be spent basking in the joy of family and friends. But . . . the trailer for Jordan Peele's new horror movie Us dropped this morning . . . and it's a thing to be shared!

You see, this looks like it's going to be a downright interesting -- and terrifying -- motion picture, one that begs to be seen in a crowded theatre with other horror fans. And, given it's written and directed by the man who brought us Get Out, there's gonna be a social message too.

H2O Bro - AKA Aquaman Review

That's right.  Christmas Eve and our family voted on seeing a movie. Which movie? "H2O Bro", or "Aquaman".

Being the night of the fat, red, comet that crashes into your chimneys and takes all the credit for the magic you created, I'll be brief.

All Star cast - Jason Momoa, Amber Heard, Willem Dafoe, Patrick Wilson, Nicole Kidman and basement favourite: Dolph Lungren!

The Leah Cairns interview, plus Aquaman and a bunch of movies open for Christmas

The headline pretty much sums it up for this, the last extended cut podcast of 2018.

Jason and Shawn ARE BACK one more time before the Christmas chaos begins, and they've brought the full 17-minute interview with Travelers co-star Leah Cairns with them. She stars opposite Eric McCormack in the Canadian sci-fi series, which just had seasons two and three drop on Netflix.

The Hitcher and Body Parts creator directs Bigfoot thriller No Man's Ridge

If you're a genre fan -- a TRUE genre fan -- then the name Eric Red means something to you. He wrote the genre classics The Hitcher, Blue Steel and Near Dark, and directed horror faves Body Parts, Bad Moon and 100 Feet.

Now he's back with a new action/horror flick, one that tackles the most infamous monsters of all time: Bigfoot.

Kamloops actor Leah Cairns talks Travelers; a bunch of movies open for Christmas

The last weekend before Christmas has arrived, and that means it's a huge one at the box office. Why? Because when folks aren't unwrapping presents and enjoying holiday cheer, they go to the movies.

So this morning's Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show segment is full of movie-releated conversation. But there's also an interview with a Kamloops actor who has done really well for herself in Hollywood.

Review: Beyond White Space

This new sci-fi flick from special-effects guru Ken Locsmandi has been called Jaws in space and Moby Dick in space. Although fitting, the allusion does give one false hope for something fun and special.

Beyond White Space is one part Moby Dick in space, a little bit of a slasher movie, and even includes nods to Alien. And it sports some kick ass special effects and a decent cast, including a trio of the hottest ladies put on screen.

The Predator vs Santa Claus in a new holiday short

It wouldn't be Christmas without a little carnage now, would it? Done in the style of those old stop-motion cartoons that came on TV every Christmas?

That's exactly what we've got with this new Christmas short film featuring The Predator. Only this time the sci-fi beast isn't up against Arnold Schwarzenegger or Danny Glover; he's taking on Santa Claus!

New Hellboy trailer teases a monster of a time

I dug -- up to a point -- Guillermo del Toro's two Hellboy movies. They were fun, and offered a spirited turn by Ron Perlman as the hero of the title.

But I cried me no tears when a reboot was announced, as I've nothing invested in the character beyond those movies. My interest peaked when Neil Marshall, who directed my favourite werewolf movie of all time, Dog Soldiers, signed on to direct.

Review: Dementia 13 (2017)

One of Mike S's all-time favourite movies is Dementia 13, a cheaply made 1960s Roger Corman Psycho cash in written and directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Say that five times fast. Can't do it, can yah.

The S and I discovered Dementia 13 by accident many moons ago. It was included in one of those DVD packs with something like 50 horror movies in one set, all of them older flicks in the public domain. The movie itself is a decent ghost story/slasher tale that begged for a remake to flesh out the ideas and add a bit of gore.

Review: Travelers

OK, before I get too deep into this review, I must admit I haven't made it through all three seasons of Netflix's Travelers. However, I'm pretty sure Shawn has almost taken down the entire 34-episode run.

But I'm well into this great sci-fi show, which debuted here in Canada as a Showcase and Netflix co-production back in 2016. Netflix picked the series up for a third season, and seasons two and three dropped on Friday.

Steve Blum reads A Die Hard Christmas

Last Christmas my lovely wife bought me A Die Hard Christmas, which is exactly what you think it is -- the Die Hard story retold as a delightful, illustrated Christmas book.

Doogie Horner wrote the damn thing, JJ Harrison provided the artwork, and it's a hoot. And yes, yippee-ki-yay motherfucker makes it into the narrative.

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, The Mule and Mortal Engines

'Twas the second to last weekend before Christmas, and all through The Basement, Jason and Shawn are stirring, and . . . nothing rhymes with basement . . .

But the Basement Boys ARE here to pleasure your earholes with reviews of movies traditional to the season and otherwise, including the new Christmas classic The Christmas Chronicles starring the most bad ass Santa of all time -- Kurt Russell!

The Mortal Engines take a Mule into the Spiderverse

Last weekend, there was nothing. This weekend more than makes up for it, though, with no less than four wide releases with their sites on your hard-earned cash.

And Jason and Shawn join Howie Reimer this morning on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show to tell you all about it!

The week's two big releases are the tween-focused sci-fi tale Mortal Engines and the animated superhero flick Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse. But there's also a new Clint Eastwood movie, The Mule, to attract a more mature audience, especially fans of the iconic movie star.

Retro Review: Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn

A space ranger and his guide fight a wizard who rules with a giant crystal.

That's the premise behind Metalstorm: The Destruction of Jared-Syn, a would-be sci-fi "epic" that road the wave of early 80s 3D movies. I remembered it fondly from my youth . . . Then I recently revisited it.

Review: You Might Be the Killer

What's more fun than a movie about a killer hacking and slashing his way through a group of camp counsellors? How about one where one of said counsellors might be the killer, but he doesn't know for sure?

That's the premise behind You Might Be the Killer, a razor sharp, and often comedic, spin on the old killer-in-the-woods trope. Apparently inspired by a Twitter thread that deconstructed the slasher genre, this is a fun way to kill a Friday night, if you'll excuse the pun.

True Detective heads back to its roots for Season 3

The latest trailer for the new season of True Detective dropped today, and it's a doozy. 
I say this as a die-hard fan of the first season, which is one of the finest eight hours of TV ever assembled. Like many, I didn't care much for the second season, although its only real crime is it had to follow the first.

New Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer promises a true monster mash

I love Gareth Edwards' 2014 Godzilla movie. Many complainers complained there wasn't enough monster action, but I liked it fine.

Judging from this latest trailer for the upcoming follow up, there will be no room for complaints in that department when Michael Dougherty delivers the sequel next May.

John Fallon, Marc Natoli and the Baby It's Cold Outside debacle

We Came from the Basement wouldn't be what it is today if it wasn't for repeat guest John Fallon. The actor/writer/director/producer/stuntman/Arrow in the Head founder was Jason and Shawn's first guest, and he's become a friend and frequent collaborator. Heck, he even helped come up with the show's title.

Fallon updates audiences on his many projects, and he's brought actor/martial artist Marc Natoli with him to discuss their short film collaboration The Proposal, as well as update fans on his second directorial effort, Heretic, and the upcoming The Siege of Robin Hood.

Marc Natoli and John Fallon re-team for Heretic

We just interviewed filmmaking duo John Fallon and Marc Natoli this morning on our Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show segment, where they talked The Proposal and the upcoming Heretic and The Siege of Robin Hood. But it looks like the two collaborators aren't finished yet.

Fallon announced via Twitter that Natoli has signed on to play Davies in Heretic, a medieval action/drama starring Paul Sloan and Mark Lawson. Fallon co-wrote the script and directs.

Avengers: Endgame Trailer

The "Snap" heard through the Marvel Cinematic Universe has occurred.  Earth's mightiest heroes are scattered in defeat.  Guilt... loss... shame fill them with uncertainty about the future.

But there is hope... there is always hope...

John Fallon and Marc Natoli have a Proposal for Radio NL

There are no major releases in theatres this weekend!

That's right. There is nothing of note in cinemas for the next seven days, which means Ralph Breaks the Internet and Creed II are expected to keep cleaning house at the box office. Does that mean there's nothing for Jason and Howie to discuss on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show?

Hardly.

The real reason for Once Upon a Deadpool

There's been much speculation (not really) as to why Deadpool 2 was trimmed to a PG-13 rating and is about to be released on moviegoing audiences once more (next week, I think).

Was it money? Disney acquiring 20th Century Fox and wanting to make the R-rated Marvel product more family friendly? Pure, outright greed?

We here in The Basement could continue this debate (I think Howie and I discussed this a few weeks back), but why Wade (get it) in when we can let Wade Wilson and Fred Savage answer these, and other questions, for us (we're lazy)?

Insomniac Theatre: Queen of the Amazons (1947)

Late night movie viewing is the time when you usually come across obscure little films.  Some of them keep you awake with interest... while others seem to help cure your insomnia...

Seeking to find her missing fiance, Jean assembles a small expedition to the jungles of Africa.  Fear, sabotage, and death follow the group amidst hushed rumours of "white she-devils" that rule the dark jungles.  Is her fiance alive... or has the "White Goddess" gotten him...?

Review: Death Kiss

If you're considering Death Kiss as a weekend watch with a couple of liquor drinks, and you think there's something familiar about its star, Robert Kovacs, you're right. The man looks a hell of a lot like the late, great Charles Bronson.

I'm sure writer/director Rene Perez was counting on that when he cast Kovacs in this flick, which is itself an homage to the kind of movies Bronson made when he'd set up shop at Cannon Films, a company that churned out a lot of this stuff.

Review: Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

Well, this is not "normal" for me: reviewing a second movie that's recently been in the theaters.

Of course, this could be related to what Jay was discussing in his article about Studios closing the "Theatre-to-Digital Gap".  I suggest reading that article by the way.  I rate it in "The Good".

But I'm here to review to "Solo: A Star Wars Story".

New Captain Marvel trailer brings the noble warrior hero

Truth be told, the reality of a Captain Marvel movie had me at Brie Larson. She's a damn fine actress who's already proven her worth in a big-budget blockbuster (Kong: Skull Island) and looks the part of superhero. Period.

Note the lack of anything sexist in the above paragraph . . .

About that Happy Death Day 2U trailer

Sequels, especially horror sequels, and especially especially slasher-movie sequels, are usually the first movie repeated. As much as  I love 'em, the Friday the 13th and Halloween parts two through 20 are pretty much just the first movie done again, and again, and again.

And, on the surface, that's what Happy Death Day 2U appears to be too. Take Happy Death Day and repeat it. It is Happy Death Day 2 after all.

The Possession of Hannah Grace and Anna and the Apocalypse

Not rain nor sleet nor technical difficulties can keep the latest podcast From The Basement from reaching your fine ear holes. Such is the case this week, at least.

Please don't hit us with a Me Too for the fine ear holes comment...

But the Basement Boys did experience some technical glitches during their latest recording session, not that you'll notice, and the show went on. What did Jason and Shawn ramble on about this week? The usual of course: all things entertainment!

The Possession of Anna and the Apocalypse

Sure, December lands tomorrow. But it's all demons and zombies at the multiplexes this weekend as two new movies duke it out for your hard-earned coin.

Which one is worth your dollar? Jason and Howie give their two bits and change today on the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show!

Retro Review: Hell Night (1981)

Given the success of John Carpenter's Halloween and Friday the 13th, the 80s was a hotbed of slasher movies. It can be argued that for a good decade the horror genre was simply made up of crazed/masked killers murdering teens.

Many of these films came and went with little fanfare other than poor reviews by mainstream critics. And, as is often the case, several have earned a cult status among fans.

Hell Night is one such movie, and it's not a bad one by any standard.

The Animated Addict: The Incredibles 2 (2018)

I'm going to say up front that this is one animated film that I was super looking forward to watching and reviewing, since I loved the first one... but you know what they say about getting what you wish for...

After being arrested for a battle with The Underminer, the Parrs face a return to a mundane existence... until Winston Deavor approaches them with a plan to make "supers" legal again.

While Helen returns to duty as Elastigal, Bob adjusts to "normal" life as a father... with superpowered kids...

Charles Bronson look-a-like comes home Dec. 4

The low-budget vigilante flick Death Kiss has been on our radar for some time. Why? Well, it's an action movie for one, and we're all about that in The Basement.

But the main reason is because it stars a dude named Robert Kovacs, and he bares a striking resemblance to one of the most iconic action heroes of all time -- Charles Bronson. Take a look at the above pic and tell me if I'm wrong.

From the Corner: Apollo 18 (2011)

Space is a big, wonderous place.

Unless you're in a horror movie that is...

Unknown to the world, the cancelled Apollo 18 mission of 1974 did occur.  Three astronauts went to the moon on a secret military mission, only for things to go horribly wrong.  This is their footage... and their terrifying story...

Review: Creed II

I don't know where to begin with Creed II. It's a moviegoing experience that, surprisingly, proved as much an emotional ride for me as The Force Awakens was three years ago.

Yup, a movie about boxing hit me in the feels -- both nostalgia wise and on an emotional level -- as much as an entry in my all time favourite film series.

Ralph Breaks the Internet, Creed 2 and Robin Hood

Comin' at yah from the mighty Radio NL via the Internet audio waves to your ear holes; it's this week's extended cut podcast for We Came from the Basement.

Once again, Jason and Shawn not only bring you The Basement's Friday morning segment from the NL Morning Show, they also share the audio from their Facebook Live broadcast that makes up this extended cut, complete with bad language and boob references.

Creed 2 breaks the Internet with Robin Hood

The big Thanksgiving weekend is underway in the good 'ole U.S. of A. What does that mean for us folks up in the frozen north? Movies, dammit! And lots of them!

There are three, count 'em three, big releases out this week. Two of them are sequels and the third, well, is another telling of story everyone knows like the back of their hand. Which means we probably didn't need it.

And Jason and Howie take to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show to tell you all about these movies three, plus discuss some entertainment news and suggest some stuff you can watch at home.

Review: The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell

I need to come right out and say it: shows about baking, crafting and sewing aren't my pint of ale. Anyone who has followed this site and our show over the years should know that. In fact, Shawn and I are pretty much the exact opposite of such things.

So why did I binge all six episodes of Netflix's The Curious Creations of Christine McConnell the other night? Because it's just so ducking good!

Insomniac Theatre: Android Insurrection (2012)

Movie history is filled with great movies about machines turning against humanity.  "Terminator", "The Matrix".... "Maximum Overdrive"...

And then there's "Android Insurrection"...

A group of elite soldiers in the year 2353 are dispatched to eliminate a rogue AI before it creates the ultimate killing machine.

Editorial: studios look to close theatre-to-digital gap

The times they are a changing, as Warner Bros and Universal Studios look to shorten the length of time a film plays in theatres, in favour of a quicker jump to digital and the home market. 
When I was a wee lad, it wasn't unusual for a movie to stick around our local cinema for weeks, even months. I remember Raiders of the Lost Ark playing in town for 30 to 40 weeks - that's seven or eight months!
The last movie I remember getting such a long theatrical run was Titanic, which played for almost a year.

From the Corner: The Others (2001)

Ghost stories are one of the hardest things to do visually without resorting to extensive CGI or gore to bring the scares.  Finding a good, solid, suspenseful ghost movie is a challenge for someone like me.

Living in an isolated manor during World War Two, the Stewarts find themselves alone and depending on each other to survive the threat of invasion.  Adding to their isolation is the affliction that affects the two children.  One day, they hire some servants... only to find that they'd brought "The Others" with them.

Or maybe "The Others" were there all along already...

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, Instant Family and Widows

Jason and Shawn return in this, the first extended cut podcast in three weeks! The event also marks a new milestone for The Basement Boys, as it's the first they've record live on Facebook!!

What does this mean for the future of the show? Not much changes really. Although there's some mugging for the camera that can only be seen when watching the video on We Came from the Basement's Facebook page.

Fantastic Beasts create an Instant Family out of Widows

The wait is over, and so it begins again. It's time for Jason to return to the Radio NL 610 AM Morning Show with the weekend rundown of what to watch in theatres, and at home.

Joining him, as always, is Howie Reimer, and together they cover what is a pretty diverse list of films hitting cinemas today.

Retro Review: The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

It's rare when a remake is better than the original. Only the best remakes, the ones that bring something new to the table, can at the very least live up to the source material.

Back in 2009, Denzel Washington and John Travolta starred in The Taking of Pelham 123, a remake of the 1974 film, which in itself is an adaptation of Morton Freedgood's novel of the same name.

One can argue the Denzel vehicle is just another adaptation but, having seen the two version, it feels like director Tony Scott was trying to outdo the older film, and just couldn't cut it, despite his talented cast.

Top 5: Marvel movies we'd like to take back

The Marvel Cinematic Universe is the envy of rival studios everywhere. This well crafted, and plotted, run of quality films IS the world of Marvel Comics realized on screen, and a true legacy to Marvel creator Stan Lee.

The box-office goldmine comes with a price, as before Iron Man and Robert Downey Jr. there was a long line of failed attempts to bring Marvel characters to the big screen.

Stallone returns to action in Backtrace

Sylvester Stallone is one busy dude, especially for a man of 72. Creed 2 comes out in a few short weeks, he's filming Rambo 5 as I type this, and he's somehow managed to wrap the new thriller Backtrace without anyone knowing it.

What's a Backtrace? Well, the movie details a heist gone wrong, a prison breakout, and Stallone's efforts to track down the bad guys. Much shooting is involved, given what I've seen from the trailer below.

5 Grimm Fairy Tales I'd Like to See as Movies

We were all kids once... or at least I'm assuming we all were.

Anyways, as kids we all heard or read the classic Grimm Fairy Tales, right?

Right.  I'm going to assume you said, "Right".

Marvel legend Stan Lee dead at 95

Word has reached The Basement that Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee has died. He was 95.

Lee passed away in the early hours of this morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. The cause of death has yet to be determined.

Toy Story 4 teaser a delightful mess

This is sure to tickle the fancy of our Animated Addict: Disney and Pixar quietly dropped a teaser trailer for Toy Story 4 online this morning, much to everyone's delight I am sure.

Maybe it's because I'm not all about the cartoons, but I had no idea a new Toy Story movie was coming out, let alone as early as next summer.