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Because listeners demanded it!   To celebrate Now Playing's 10th Anniversary we are releasing our second DVD-ROM set!  This set contains every podcast we've done from 2013-2017. This is all regular feed shows, all bonus shows, all donation shows, all Patron shows...and even the 4 Kickstarter exclusive reviews of Shocker, A Clockwork Orange, Super 8, and Xanadu. Plus there are exclusive bonus features--including: the Unedited review of Star Wars: The Last Jedi.  The full video review of Kingsman: The Golden Circle The full LIVE audio review of Kingsman: The Secret Service A conversation with all 7 Podcast hosts and more! Find details now at http://nowplayingpodcast.com/donate 
By 1983 Stephen King had been christened the "King of Horror", his every book a bestseller, and his three films hits.   John Carpenter was an acclaimed horror director who created the modern slasher with Halloween.  When these two masters of terror joined forces to make 1983's Christine, could the results be anything but frightful fun? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they review the carnage to find out!
A Return to Salem's Lot has a town called Salem's Lot and vampires. Beyond that, this direct-to-video release has no ties to Tobe Hooper's 1979 TV mini-series or Stephen King's original novel. But helmed by the director of The Stuff and It's Alive, is this 80s film a fun time? Listen to Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart's review to find out!
In 1983 King published Pet Sematary - the book he dubbed to scary to print, with a title too difficult to spell.  The book was a smash success.  Six years later the film adaptation was released. Can it possibly be as frightening as the source novel? Join Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob as they dig up this movie and find out!
Ten years after Resident Evil first hit screens it came back for Retribution!  This fifth movie brings back actors, and plot points, from previous installments. Can the return of Michelle Rodriguez, Sienna Guillory, Colin Salmon, and Oded Fehr breathe new life into this zombie series? Join the Now Playing hosts to find out!
A decade after A Nightmare On Elm Street, Freddy was living the dream - he had the souls, the stardom, the house and kids, and most importantly the reputation as one of cinema's most celebrated killers. But what Kruegar really wants to do is direct! So now The Evil Formerly Known As Freddy (TEFKAF) steps out of the movies to meet his makers. Is Craven's post-modern reinvention an inspired new direction for the series, or a trail of breadcrumbs leading nowhere? Listen and find out!
The box office for 2015’s Ant-Man might be considered small in comparison to other Avengers films, but Marvel banks that the second Paul Rudd adventure will make a bigger impact on the big screen thanks to The Wasp.  Are the two pint-sized superheroes simply chasing a Ghost when they shrink to a subatomic level and hunt for long lost scientist Janet Van Dyne (Michelle Pfeiffer)?  Podcasters Stuart, Arnie, and Jakob don’t need truth serum to tell listeners what they really think of the 20th installment in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Listen now!
Apollo Creed was a major part of the Rocky series through the character's death in Rocky IV. Now his son Adonis takes center stage in Creed -- the seventh movie to feature Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa.  Can Michael B. Jordan's Adonis be the new box office boxing champ? Listen to this episode of Now Playing Podcast to find out!
Happy Death Day is a lighthearted whodunit slasher film, equal parts Groundhog Day, Friday the 13th, and Sixteen Candles. We follow college student Tree (Jessica Rothe) as she relives the same day again and again, always ending the same way--her murder. Is this a movie worth watching over and over again, or should it be tossed off like a bad hangover? Join the Now Playing hosts now to find out!
"If I had the time and a sledgehammer, I would track down every copy of that show and smash it."  So said Star Wars creator George Lucas regarding the 1978 Star Wars Holiday Special. The two hour CBS special reunited Harrison Ford, Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher, alongside most of the original Star Wars cast.  It also gave fans their first glimpse at the bounty hunter Boba Fett! So how can it be so hated, shunned, and disavowed? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!
Episode VIII finds General Leia (Carrie Fisher), Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac), Finn (John Boyega), and a dwindling number of Resistance fighters beating a hasty retreat from the rising armies of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis). Their only hope lies with recently located Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) - The Last Jedi in the universe.  But can Master Luke trust feisty apprentice Rey (Daisy Ridley) to learn the ways of The Force without succumbing to the Dark Side like his previous pupil, the murderous tyrant Kylo Ren (Adam Driver)?  Join Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart for a deep dive into the biggest movie of 2017. 
Robin is tired of being Batman’s sidekick, so he and the other Teen Titans are taking their hit Cartoon Network show To The Movies.  Trouble is, Hollywood still doesn’t consider the Boy Wonder, Cyborg, Starfire, Raven, or Beast Boy to be big screen stars.  Does picking a fight with Slade, a "Deadpool rip-off" voiced by Will Arnett, help their box office? And will listeners catch Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart singing along with these goofsters as they crack an egg on the DC Universe?  The answers aren’t on the usual Bat Channel. Go! to Now Playing to find out!
David Lynch was hitting a career peak in 1990. First, his show Twin Peaks became a national obsession.  Then his new film Wild at Heart won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival.  But this movie, combining Barry Gifford's eponymous novel with The Wizard of Oz, did not find universal acclaim.  Can Nicolas Cage win over the hearts of our critics? Listen to find out!   Then head to NowPeakingPodcast.com and hear reviews of every episode of Twin Peaks! It's part of Now Playing's Spring '17 Donation Drive.  Every dollar helps keep Now Playing going!
Unbreakable showed no Signs of derailing M. Night Shyamalan’s plans to reclaim summer box office glory with another story of spiritual crisis, suspense, and unseen supernatural forces. Was it coincidence or an act of God that brings Mel Gibson to the role of a troubled holy man turning the other cheek to mysterious crop circles in his field? And will Stuart, Jakob, and Arnie need tin foil hats to decipher the motivations of hydrophobic aliens showing up to the farm in time for batting practice? Things all make sense when you Donate for Gold Level!
Dark Horse Comics was once best known for its series based on popular movie properties like Star Wars, Predator, and Alien. That reputation slowly changed as the publisher's original characters gained prominence, with the most popular becoming Mike Mignola's demonic creation Hellboy! In 2004 that comic was adapted to film by fantastical visionary Guillermo del Toro. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they go to hell and back, reviewing the original Hellboy!
It took fifteen years of development, but now the World's Finest heroes are together on screen with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Can the Dark Knight and the Man of Steel share the screen?  The box office was big but the audience divided. Now join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob for this review to find out!
1984's television movie The Ewok Adventure was a smash success for ABC, and soon George Lucas was working on a sequel. The result is Ewoks: The Battle for Endor. A darker continuation of the previous movie, Battle for Endor introduces new baddies, and a new heroic character played by Wilford Brimley. Was the Force with the Ewoks this time? Join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob to find out!
30 years after massacring trees and dominating bookshelf space everywhere, Stephen King’s monster novel It transformed into the biggest horror movie of all-time! Chapter One focuses on The Losers Club - a group of misfit kids investigating the stranger things occurring in their cursed small town. Will stuttering leader Bill (Jaeden Martell) find his missing brother alive in the city’s waterworks? Can new kid on the block Ben (Jeremy Ray Taylor) woo crush Beverly (Sophia Lillis) while fighting off bullies with switchblades? Get down with the clown when you listen now!
Before she battled David Bowie in the Labyrinth, Jennifer Connelly fought off a deformed serial killer at her Swiss boarding school in Dario Argento’s demented fantasy Phenomena.  Better known as Creepers in the States, the movie finds the teenage beauty using paranormal powers to befriend flies, lightning bugs, and swarms of flesh-eating insects (not to mention crippled entomologist Donald Pleasance and a razor-wielding monkey). Donate for Now Playing’s Fall 2018 Silver Level series and help convince Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart they didn’t just dream the whole thing up while sleepwalking.  
U.S. politicians will worry less about hanging chads in the Election Year 2039, and far more about getting hung from a tree, after Purge Night rules are modified to allow government officials to be hunted. The only way Presidential hopeful Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) will evade assassination, and reach the White House, is to let security guard Frank Grillo, and small business owner Mykelti Williamson, run her campaign for all 12 hours of America’s “murder holiday”. Get full coverage of the race from Jakob, Arnie, and Stuart when you Donate Today!
Twin Peaks was far from David Lynch's only television effort. Not only did Mulholland Dr. start as a television pilot, but Lynch also produced On the Air and, in 1993, Hotel Room. That latter series was not picked up by any network, but HBO aired the three recorded episodes as a mini-series. Later it was released on VHS as a film. Now you can join Arnie, Stuart, and Jakob as they look at Lynch's television history and check out Hotel Room!
Time to find out who the real Harley Quinn is! Margot Robbie emancipates herself from that less-than-fantabulous group of metahumans known as Suicide Squad to fly with new crew Birds of Prey. Does a teen pickpocket, salty cop, ass-kicking lounge singer, and crossbow killer offer Harley the same level of protection as Jared Leto’s Joker? Or can Gotham villains like Black Mask (Ewan McGregor) separate this smart-mouthed clown from her face or breakfast sandwich without fear of retaliation? Chillax with some pizza and Cosmos, and take in our tell-all podcast!
This show description is guest written by Deadpool.   You know who's big? I am! Not in that way, get your mind out of the gutter! (Okay, I'm big in that way too.) But my first movie was more popular than Jesus! So take that John Lennon! But even with my healing factor I'm not immune to...performance anxiety. The dreaded sophomore slump can happen to anyone. I've got a second movie out and I pulled out the big guns. (Literally. Cable has a ginormous rifle. How does he hold that with those tiny hands?) But even with Cable and X-Force I'm worried-- will Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart think it's as good as the first one?  I'm scared...why don't you listen now and let me know?
Pinhead is back and ready to turn New York City into a HELL ON EARTH! But first the Cenobite will need to convince a sadistic nightclub owner to free him from the carbonite confines of a modern art sculpture. Meanwhile a leggy TV journalist with daddy issues, partnering with a homeless Goth girl and the ghost of a WWI soldier, search for a way to put Pinhead back inside his box. Donate now to find out if Arnie, Jakob, and Stuart can find room in their hellbound hearts for this third installment of the Hellraiser franchise.   Now Playing is a podcast with no sponsors or advertisements. We rely solely on listener support to keep going. Our Fall 2017 Donation Drive is underway and from now through July 31, 2017, the Hellraiser Retrospective Series is available as a "thank you" to those who support Now Playing. You can listen to this preview of the show for free now using the link above. The full podcast series is available through a Paypal donation to Now Playing, or individual episodes are available on our Podbean page. Details can be found on our Spring 2017 Donation page. Thank you in advance for your support of our show!
After Phantasm II the series' theatrical releases came to an end, but that didn't stop The Tall Man's plot. Here in the third Phantasm the cast has grown, the gore is more graphic, and original star A. Michael Baldwin is back. Is the third time the charm for this sci-fi horror series? Donate to Now Playing to find out!
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Started
Jan 9th, 2009
Latest Episode
Mar 25th, 2020
Release Period
Weekly
No. of Episodes
362
Avg. Episode Length
About 1 hour
Explicit
Yes

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