We’re wrapping up Travel Month this week with a cross-country road trip to California! Film critic Alonso Duralde joins us to discuss the 1985 teen sex comedy The Sure Thing, starring John Cusack and Daphne Zuniga! Duralde is the author of Have Yourself a Movie Little Christmas, a compendium of holiday cinema goodness, so we trust him when he says Rob Reiner’s sophomore feature is definitely a Christmas movie.
Also, Johnny-5 somehow finds a way to compare this film to The Bourne Identity. So you got that to look forward to!
Welcome to part one of a new investigative series we’re calling “Finding Creepy Santa”.
Libby Cudmore swears there is a deleted scene from Tim Burton’s The Nightmare Before Christmas which has been lost to the sands of time. It first appeared on the film’s original DVD release and has since apparently been left out of all subsequent editions. She has turned to us to help unearth this lost piece of holiday cinema history. In this episode, Libby and Joe discuss the scene and it’s last known whereabouts.
August is Travel Month here on Christmas Creeps, and this month we’ve got two travel-themed episodes lined up just for you! This week, we’re jetting off to Europe to discuss Martin McDonagh’s 2008 murder comedy In Bruges. Join us as we follow hitmen Colin Farrell and Brendan Gleeson on a trip to a sleepy little town in Belgium, where we discuss the works of Hieronymus Bosch, consider Post-Tarantino crime films, and read negative Yelp reviews of Belgian bowling alleys!
CONTENT WARNING: Lots of talk about the film and its depiction of violence against minors in this episode. It’s kind of hard to talk about the film without it. Listener discretion is advised.
Season’s Greetings, friends! (The season is summer, and the greeting is “We’re melting, dear lord send help!”)
This week we’re bringing you a double-wide Stocking Stuffer so we can discuss “A Very Sunny Christmas”, the Christmas episode from season 6 of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia! We got your Radio Shack robots, claymation raisins, and more depraved insanity than you can shake a stick at! It’s terrible and gross, but kind of lovely all the same.
Happy July, gang! The only thing that can save us from that oppressive summer heat is the frosty air way up in the jet stream. But as we all know, penguins can’t fly, and neither can your favorite holiday podcasters. This week Joe and Bradford tackle the 1991 Opus & Bill Christmas special A Wish For Wings That Work. And to help us discuss this holiday oddity, we’ve enlisted comic strip connoisseur and host of the Andy Griffith Show podcast Breaking Mayberry, Martin Schneider!
Arnold’s after that toy again! We’re halfway to Christmas, folks, and this week we’re pulling out one of the big guns. It’s Jingle All The Way! Arnold Schwarzenegger races Sinbad around Minneapolis for the last Turbo Man toy in the city. Meanwhile, the gang reminisce about some of the hottest must-have toys of yesteryear, how grimy cities look after a month of holiday celebration, and how this movie is ground zero for our modern consumerist hellscape.
Believe it or not, we have a perfectly valid reason for discussing Jurassic World this week, and it’s not just to piggyback on the arrival of the sequel! Anywho, on this episode the whole gang gets in on the action, picking apart the many questions this film raises and never bothers answering. For example: Why breed thousands of pterodactyls? Why genetically engineer a dinosaur with tree frog DNA if you aren’t going to have it shoot giant poison darts? And finally, why rebuild Jurassic Park in the first place?
Also in this week’s episode, Joe ponders the fate of one Mr. James Buffett, Johnny-5 subjects himself to the pop rocks and coke challenge, and Karyn and Bradford try their hardest to keep it together.