Episode 056 - Phenomena
What is the titular “phenomena” to which our favorite Italian director Dario Argento is referring in this week’s film? Your guess is as good as ours, but one thing is for sure: Ryan and Tim get right to the point in discussing the true power of “Phenomena:” chimpanzee acting. Could the extraordinary work of a primate and her relationship with both Donald Pleasence and Jennifer Connelly save the day? Listen in and find out why Ryan and Tim both rated it a “stream,” despite (for Ryan) and in spite of (for Tim) the film’s simian antics.
Where we watched: Shudder
RecommenDEADtions: Plus One / Rust Valley Restorers (TV show)
Directed by Dario Argento
Written by Dario Argento and Franco Ferrini
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For those times when there may not be a fellow horror fiend to watch and discuss a new horror film with, you’ll always have Ryan and Tim.
The two self-proclaimed “Horror Hounds of Hollywood” started this podcast as a way to capitalize on the particular excitement after watching a horror film for the first time. It doesn’t matter how good or bad the movie might be— it’s always fascinating to explore how and why the filmmakers did the things they did, and for whatever reasons, that’s especially true when the subject matter is macabre.
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Born and bred in the San Francisco Bay Area, Ryan has been passionate about films and filmmaking since spending most weekends as a child watching his favorite film, Pee-wee's Big Adventure. Since graduating from UC Santa Cruz, he's written and directed seven short films, including the much-acclaimed horror short Forest Falls. He has also produced nine other short films, the streamy-nominated web-series Anamnesis, and is currently working on a new short film, as well as developing multiple feature-length genre films.
A life-long horror fan, Tim got his start watching scary movies introduced to him by his older brother at, more than likely, too early an age (thanks The Shining and Alien at 10). Thus began his love affair with being scared. Originally from Indiana, and raised in Rochester NY, he grew an appreciation for the eeriness of forests and bleak Autumn landscapes. Particularly fond of isolation themes, he turned to writing horror scripts informed by them. Now with an eye behind the camera, he hopes to bring those stories to the screen and test his expertise in the art of the scare.