You've heard of found footage horror, but is the world ready for a found commentary horror? In this week's episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts are joined by writer-director Michael Varrati (@MichaelVarrati) to discuss Director's Cut, Adam Rifkin's movie-within-a-movie collaboration with actor-magician Penn Jillette. There's a lot going on in this film, but let us leave with this: if you've ever wanted to hear hear silent magician Teller speak, well, be careful what you wish for.
It is the movie that shook the nation - and no, we're not talking about Hell House LLC, but the in-world documentary that serves as the basis for Hell House LLC 2: The Abaddon Hotel. And if that sounds confusing to you, then leave it to the Matts and special guest Alice Collins (@vampaly) to unpack the film. In this episode of Certified Forgotten, we'll discuss found footage, horror franchises, and what it takes to open up your world with a horror sequel.
If the house is a-rockin', it's monsters! This week the Matts are joined by DeVaughn Taylor (@_daddydisco) from the Bloody Blunts Cinema Club to talk about a hidden "found footage" gem that says it all in the title: The Monster Project.
What would life be like without the occasional yakuza film to keep us company? In this special two-guest episode of Certified Forgotten, The Matts are joined by Leigh Monson (@LeighMonsonPBF) and Amelia Emberwing (@ThatWitchMia) to discuss Blood of Wolves, a Japanese gangster epic from 2018. How do films about corrupt cops play after two years of police "accountability"? And does Blood of Wolves provide enough gore to live up to its Shudder distribution? All signs point to yes.
Stop dancing and you'll die - that's the challenge faced by Zano, the Greek vampire at the center of Yannis Veslemes's debut horror feature Norway. For this very special episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts speak with Terror Vision's Brad Henderson (@BradFHenderson) about how he came to fall in love with this disco-fueled vampire nightmare. If you've ever wanted to know how independent film distribution and the home video market works, this is the episode for you.
What would you give up to make the perfect horror film? If you are the main character in Kim Jin-won's Warning: Do Not Play, the answer is everything - and more. In this episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts are joined by Richard Whittaker (@YorkshireTX), Culture Editor at the Austin Chronicle, to discuss the growing Austin film industry and the enduring power of films about films.
How far would you go to protect humankind? In this episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts are joined by Heather Wixson (@thehorrorchick) to discuss Alien Raiders, Ben Rock's sci-fi indie that offers a 2000s spin on The Thing. Don't be fooled by the title: the world is a better place with this single-location monster movie in it.
With a new year - and new listeners - upon us, the Matts decide to take a moment and remind the Certified Forgotten faithful what this beautiful podcast is all about. This mini-episode serves as a re-introduction to the Certified Forgotten series and highlights a few key changes to both the podcast and the website in 2022.
Are you ready to go... all the way? In this episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts are joined by Fangoria Managing Editor Ariel Fisher (@Afis8) to discuss the rock-and-roll greatness of Deborah Navarra-Brock's Slumber Party Massacre 2. Is this film deserving of a place in the all-time cult canon? And does its handling of both glitter and trauma make it the rare film that Monagle and Donato both love? Guess you'll just have to listen to find out.
Ready to greet the end of the world with a smile? In this episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts are joined by veteran film festival programmer Luke Mullen (@ldmullen) to discuss There Are Monsters, writer-director Jay Dahl's feature adaptation of his award-winning short. Did this movie have the best jump scare both Monagle and Donato have ever seen? And what about that killer ending? Listen to the full episode to enjoy Canadian horror at its finest.