PODCAST:

S3E9M – The Man in the High Castle (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

On this week’s super serious episode of “No Deodorant in Outer Space” one of the hosts forgot we were talking about a movie/TV series, and another proclaimed his distaste for movies and television. In other words, it was arguably the best episode ever.

With no guests, spouse, or beer, the three hosts discussed the adaptation of “The Man in the High Castle.” Wilk instantly regretted, upon writing this, that he did not make any jokes about a “Little Man in the Boat”. None of the hosts were in love with the series, but two of them (Ryan and Wilk) concluded that it was very well done and likely had a target audience.

Wilk felt that Amazon was the key to it being made, a network not dependent on sponsors or large ratings, to stay afloat. Ryan spoke to the abstract themes from the novel making their way into the TV series, and said that this factor made the show a success. He seemed to focus on the strength of the literary translation being transposed as the most compelling point. Rick thought it was more or less boring and too long—but admitted he had to watch the TV series (ten hours) in a rather limited time.

All agreed that it was dense material, and the overall consensus was that it was pretty good, but might appeal to some people way more than others. Rick gave it one star, Wilk three stars, and Ryan, in “classic dick” style, gave it four and a half stars.

So, until next time, cover your pores in oil-based paint, because there is no Deodorant in Outer Space!

-Wilk

MOVIE REVIEWS:

Amazon Series: “The Man in the High Castle (2015) – Season One” by Frank Spotnitz (creator) (Alexa Davalos)

Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “…Faithful liberties make this series another perfect adaptation in the Philip K. Dick cannon…”

Wilk: 3 Stars “…A horrifying reality where Indiana Jones is probably a dick…”

Rick: 1 Star “…it was a f**king waste of time…”

 

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FUN FACTOIDS:

On the show the website Schmoop was mentioned regarding a breakdown of point of view characters. The website can be found here: http://www.shmoop.com/man-in-the-high-castle/.

Here are some links to podcast interviews with the show’s creator Frank Spotnitz:

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E9B – The Man in the High Castle (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

If you got a hankering for some discussion on PK Dick and his “Man in the High Castle” in the month of November, this is your podcast. When you are finished you could very likely be more confused than when you started. Good luck.

– Rick

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Book: “The Man in the High Castle (1962)” by Philip K. Dick

Ryan: 4 1/2 Stars “A story of subtle nuances containing picturesque fables that compound reality in philosophic deep strokes

Wilk: 4 Stars “A chilling look of what could’ve been told through the eyes of people looking at things as they could have been which in fact is what it was

Rick: 3 Stars “…If you are a big fan of PK Dick you should read this book- not the greatest but good…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

FUN FACTOIDS:

divine-invasionsOn the episode Ryan made reference to a biography written about the author. That book is called “Divine Invasions: A Life of Philip K. Dick.”

We also talked about the ancient Chinese oracle known as the “I Ching,” which the author consulted to write this book (and indeed the characters in this book also consulted). An online translation by Gregory C. Richter for Truman State University of this work can be found bring-the-jubileehere: http://grichter.sites.truman.edu/files/2012/01/yjnew.pdf. You can find video demonstrations and explanations of how to use the I Ching on YouTube.

Rick mentioned that Philip K. Dick also took some inspiration for writing this book from a previous work of alternate history in which the South won the American Civil War instead of the North. This was written by Ward Moore in a book called “Bring the Jubilee.”

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E9P – Preview Episode (The Man in the High Castle)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “The Man in the High Castle (1962)” by Philip K. Dick

““The single most resonant and carefully imagined book of Dick’s career.” – New York Times

It’s America in 1962. Slavery is legal once again. The few Jews who still survive hide under assumed names. In San Francisco, the I Ching is as common as the Yellow Pages. All because some twenty years earlier the United States lost a war—and is now occupied by Nazi Germany and Japan.

This harrowing, Hugo Award-winning novel is the work that established Philip K. Dick as an innovator in science fiction while breaking the barrier between science fiction and the serious novel of ideas. In it Dick offers a haunting vision of history as a nightmare from which it may just be possible to wake.

Winner of the Hugo Award” (from Amazon.com)

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Amazon Series: “The Man in the High Castle (2015) – Season One” by Frank Spotnitz (creator) (Alexa Davalos)

“Based on Philip K. Dick’s award-winning novel, and executive produced by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), and Frank Spotnitz (The X-Files), The Man in the High Castle explores what it would be like if the Allied Powers had lost WWII, and Japan and Germany ruled the United States. Starring Rufus Sewell (John Adams), Luke Kleintank (Pretty Little Liars), and Alexa Davalos (Mob City).” (from Amazon.com)

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E8M – Hellraiser (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

Four men and one brave women gathered to discuss the film “Hellraiser” (and possibly play Hungry Hungry Hippos). In a freakish act of pleasantness everyone more or less agreed that the movie was enjoyable and worth watching.

The group discussed how the major flaw with the movie was that it did not explain the motivations of the central characters. However, it did bring forth vivid imagery that created one of the most everlasting horror icons, “Pinhead.” Overall, the differences, strengths and weaknesses of the movie compared to the book were discussed. Of particular interest was the production and effects of the movie, which the entire group found worthy of admiration.

While there was some trademark filibustering and ignoring the discussion remained oddly civil. We look forward to seeing you next time, in whatever dimension you summon us to. So remember, when you open your puzzle box, sprinkle some baby powder over it—because there is no deodorant in outer space (and there is even less in Hell)!

-Wilk

WRITTEN MOVIE REVIEWS:

Movie: “Hellraiser (1987)” by Clive Barker (Ashley Laurence)

Ryan: 4 Stars “…I don’t think it’s perfect, but I do think it’s better than the book…”

Wilk:  4 1/2 Stars “…it’s not Jaws, but its a very good movie…”

Rick: 5 Stars “…just because it’s one of a kind and nothing like this has ever been done before in the history of movie making…”

Laura (guest): 4 3/4 Stars “…it could have been better, but at the same time it’s just such a classic it’s hard to not give it 5 stars…”

Beam (guest): 5 Stars “…I f***ing love Clive Barker, I always have…”

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FUN FACTOIDS:

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The hosts on this episode metioned an old interview with Clive Barker from 1987 which took place after the Hungerford Massacre in the UK. During this TV program called “Open to Question,” the author is put to questions by college kids grilling him about violence in horror films: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZOqaKgrbjfQ.

The real stars of this film were the Cenobites. We discussed this gruesome group to great length during the episode and even mentioned that one the monsters has a freeze framer error where wheels can be seen during the video. This website article by Jack Incongruente has the pictures and animated gifs of that error here: http://www.jackincongruente.com/en/23-fun-facts-about-hellraiser-1987-movie/.

We also discussed the book art that Clive Barker painted to go with the standalone version of this novella. The artwork can be viewed two ways:

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* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E8B – The Hellbound Heart (book)*

SHOW NOTES:

Prior to this recording, Ryan, Beam, and I danced and frolicked in a pentagram of fire deep in the Illinois woods with aching hopes to summon the Cenobite priests from the netherworld.

Ryan, Beam, Wilk & Rick

With eyes rolled back, Ryan drooled on our sacrifice as he mumbled sacred text from ancient alien scripts. At the conclusion of Ryan’s prayer, Beam pulled a lever actuating tension to the hooks surgically fastened deep within the creature.

Laura & Wilk

The moment the animal was devoured, we felt the presence of Wilk and Laura and commenced to record a podcast about Clive Barker’s “Hellbound Heart” that transformed and enhanced our Earthly senses and perspectives.

-Rick

WRITTEN BOOK REVIEWS:

Book: “The Hellbound Heart (1986)” by Clive Barker

Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “… A carnal visage of thrill-based plotting that is both fast and to the point…that being the tip of a meat hook…

Wilk:  4 Stars “…There is really no reason not to read this book. It’s very accessible, it’s a quick read, and it’s overall enjoyable…

Rick: 2 Stars “…Not a real horror tale because it is corrupted with righteous vindictive retribution…

Laura (guest): 4 Stars “…The characters…they don’t go into a lot of detail, but it’s scary, it’s haunting, it gives me the heebie jeebies…”

Beam (guest): 4 Stars “…I think he was still learning how to write at that time and he kept it really short, but there is a lot of depth there…

(Click the links to read full written reviews on Goodreads.com)

FUN FACTOIDS:

abaratOn the show Rick talked about Clive Barker’s brief foray into the world of Disney. The two entered into an option agreement for a young adult fantasy series titled “Abarat.” Check out this article by Witney Seibold, “Clive Barker’s ABARAT: The Epic Disney Movie that Never Was” found here: http://www.blumhouse.com/2016/01/07/clive-barkers-abarat-the-epic-disney-movie-that-never-was/. We also mentioned a recent podcast interview with Clive Barker where he discussed going into a coma after contracting Toxic Shock Syndrome. That interview was conducted by Chris Hardwick for the Nerdist Podcast and can be found here: http://nerdist.com/nerdist-podcast-clive-barker/. Another great recent podcast interview with the author was conducted by David Barr Kirtley for Geek’s Guide to the Galaxy here: https://geeksguideshow.com/2015/05/10/ggg151-clive-barker/.

leo-valentinClive Barker cites the death of famous skydiver, Leo Valentin, as having an affect on his life. Valentin was a modern “birdman” who fashioned wings for himself in an effort to create human flight, which ultimately ended in his own demise. Barker has stated that when he was very young he watched the performance which led to Valentin’s death. Later in Barker’s life, Valentin inspired some of the author’s stories.

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The infamous stars of this book (and later the movie “Hellraiser”) might be the actual villains, the Cenobites. Much discussion was had on this episode about the motivations of these other-worldly beings and their motivations. The hosts and guests compared the seemingly savage disinterest of these unique baddies to that of wild animals (sharks and bears). During the podcast Ryan recalled an interview of director Werner Herzog who discussed the bears that were the real-life subjects of his documentary film “The Grizzly Man“. That interview was by Marc Maron for his podcast WTF:  http://www.wtfpod.com/podcast/episode-733-werner-herzog-godfrey.

Lastly, Wilk mentioned Clive Barker answered questions on Goodreads.com (like the scariest book he ever read) which can be found here: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/10366.Clive_Barker?from_search=true.

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E8P – Preview Episode (Hellbound Heart)*

SUBJECT MATTER:

Book: “The Hellbound Heart (1986)” by Clive Barker

“Frank Cotton’s insatiable appetite for the dark pleasures of pain led him to the puzzle of Lemarchand’s box, and from there, to a death only a sick-minded soul could invent. But his brother’s love-crazed wife, Julia, has discovered a way to bring Frank back—though the price will be bloody and terrible . . . and there will certainly be hell to pay.” (from Amazon.com)

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Film: “Hellraiser (1987)” by Clive Barker (Ashley Laurence)

“From horror master Clive Barker comes this chilling nightmare featuring the first appearance of the hideous, demonic Pinhead. When Kirsty Cotton’s family moves into their ancestral home, they are terrorized by the resurrected corpse of her uncle, who requires the flesh of murdered innocent victims in order to become whole and alive again.” (from Amazon.com)

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.

PODCAST:

S3E7M – Lathe of Heaven (movie)*

SHOW NOTES:

This was a vintage NDIOS episode, complete with accusations, stone denials and diatribes most likely ending in demonic night sweats with at least one host. We all agreed the old movie was great but none of us really cared to extrapolate on it. It was a late night recording that tested our stamina and sober concentration on the task at hand but we all pulled through.

Bravo boys.

-Rick

MOVIE REVIEWS:

PBS: “The Lathe of Heaven (1980)” by David Loxton and Fred Barzyk (Bruce Davison)

Ryan: 3 1/2 Stars “…I would recommend people [sic] search it out and watch it…”

Wilk: 3 1/2 Stars “…It’s better than the sum of its part…”

Rick: 4 Stars “…Great production…”

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A&E: “Lathe of Heaven (2002)” by Philip Haas (James Caan)

Ryan: 2 Stars “…Not worth it..”

Wilk: 2 Stars “…It wasn’t personally offensive, I guess…”

Rick: 2 Stars “…I wonder why they took the trouble to do it …”

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FUN FACTOIDS:

On the show we mentioned that when the original film version by PBS was remastered and re-released for DVD it was accompanied by an interview of the author by Bill Moyers titled “A Conversation with Bill Moyers and Ursula K. Le Guin.” During the interview the author discussed the acclaimed PBS version of the film. The interview can be found on YouTube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O1bZe7bdXMw&feature=youtu.be.

If you want to know more about some of the directors talked about on this episode you can check out these articles:

 

* DISCLAIMER: Please be advised that the views and opinions of the hosts and guests of NDIOS are completely their own and do not necessarily reflect the views and beliefs of the other hosts and guests or that of NDIOS.