Ep. 34: One day at Horrorland

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Unsurprisingly, Mark loves leaving his life in the hands of teenage ride operators at amusement parks, while CoRri takes a pass on that sort of thrill. This week we’re talking about horrific and haunting things that have happened to unsuspecting riders at parks around the U.K. and U.S.

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[0:00] CoRri calls bullshit on local lore about New Jersey’s Ramapough Lenape people

[13:07] We revisit the Video Man and confirm guys slinging VHS bootlegs from their vans was a thing in the UK in the ’80s and ’90s.

[28:50] We have merch!

[33:00] We talk about what we watched this week and Mark poses a question to the audience about filmmaking

[47:00] We talk about horrific amusement park accidents

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Ep. 33: The Hillsborough Disaster

In April of 1989, 96 football fans were killed in a tragic crush at the FA Cup Final at Hillsborough Stadium in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, England. In this episode, Dan Birtle tells us what happened and about his brother, David, who was among the victims.

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Highlights:

[0:00] AI brings back the creativity of dead musicians in the Lost Tapes of the 27 Club.

[10:23] Mark’s friend and colleague Dan joins us for our main topic, but first, we talk about what we’ve been watching lately.

[25:45] Dan tells us about the Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 football fans were killed, and his personal connection to the tragedy.

[1hr15] We take a sudden turn into a conversation about Twister, Blockbuster, and nostalgia.

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Ep. 32: The f**k this guy spectrum

There are lots of terrible people who make good art. In this week’s episode, we discuss what kinds of terrible we tolerate, the mental gymnastics we do to excuse the artists we love, and where we draw the line.

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Highlights:

[0:00] CoRri tells Mark about the mysterious Lady of the Dunes and her possible connection to the movie Jaws

[13:20] Mark eulogizes Prince Philip in the only way he knows how, we announce The Wicker Man is officially our watch-along movie (Discord link here!)

[20:15] We watched some pretty good remakes this week! We discuss the 2021 version of Wrong Turn and 2003’s Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning.

[33:50] We talk separating the art from the artist and how we determine what we can consume with a clean conscience and what goes in the bin.

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Ep. 31: How to maybe get away with murder

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You watch enough horror and true crime, you can’t help but start to wonder — could I commit the perfect crime? This week we discuss people who almost got away with murder, and how we’d do the dastardly deed. Hypothetically, of course.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark talks about the shady Calico organization

[12:10] We talk Taskmaster, Mark dedicates the episode to Canada, and we tease this week’s main topic

[21:40] We discuss the results of our watch-along poll so far and the movies we’ve watched this week.

[37:52] Could we commit the perfect murder? We outline our plans and leave it up to you to decide.

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Ep. 30: Guns

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America has a gun issue, but Mark and CoRri don’t see it quite the same way. This week we talk about the complicated nature of a heavily armed populace.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark tells CoRri the sordid tale of the most prolific female serial killer in history, Elizabeth Bathory.

[10:50] We announce the winner of our t-shirt contest and remind everyone once more to vote on our next JoAG Watch-Along for April 17th — the hate watch!

[17:45] We discuss our further attempt to break our terrible movie watching streak and recommend a few worthwhile flicks, including the always classic Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

[29:30] Our main event: Guns. This week’s cultural exchange revolves around guns in the U.S. and why Americans just can’t seem to give ’em up.

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Ep. 29: We need to talk about Oscar

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Will the horrors never cease? From the horrors of internet illiteracy, to the horrors of invasive medical procedures, to the horrors of bad CGI, to the horrors of the artistic illegitimacy of horror — we’re just really working through a lot this week.

Highlights:

[0:00] We revisit Momo and talk about critical thinking and the internet

[13:40] Mark describes the horrifying experience of having an endoscopy and CoRri laments every day being exactly the same

[27:00] CoRri breaks down some movies she recommends, and we discuss our cosmic movie rut

[43:00] We pause our ranting for Mark to make a correction about Chuck Russell in the “Shit Mark Has Got Wrong” segment, which leads to a discussion of the proper use of CGI

[49:00] JoAG Watch-Along 4: The Hate Watch will take place Saturday, April 17th! Get your suggestions in on our FB, Twitter, or Instagram!

[51:35] We wonder why horror gets short shrift as a respectable genre

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Ep. 28: How do you solve a problem like men?

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A big ol’ content warning on this episode as we begin with a frank discussion of sexual harassment and the tragic murder of Sarah Everard. If that’s a bit much, skip to 30 minutes in for some lighthearted discussion of the horror movies we’ve watched this week.

[0:00] CoRri recounts several instances of sexual harassment she’s faced in public spaces and asks Mark to reckon with his role in changing things for women

[30:40] We recap the third JoAG watch-along, talk about why The Blob is great, and wonder where the hell Chuck Russell went

[39:00] We take a dive into the horror movies we’ve watched this week

[46:30] We talk Ghost, the invisible orange, “rescue songs” for working out, and CoRri’s vaccine experience

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Ep. 27: Jack of All Watery Graves

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If you’ve listened to the theme tune to any of the first 25 episodes of JoAG, you know CoRri’s favorite genre of horror is spooky boats. But her fear of the ocean doesn’t end there and neither does Mark’s. In this episode, we delve into the many horrors lurking in and upon the deep blue sea.

Highlights:

[0:00] The Fermi Paradox has Mark feeling lonely and searching for alien life

[7:15] We get a plausible explanation for the Manchester drownings we attributed to a serial killer last week, talk about our current t-shirt contest, discuss our facebook poll for our upcoming watch-along, and chat about unhinged Zack Snyder fans.

[35:00] We get into all the things that terrify us about the ocean, from stepping on sea urchins and stingrays to ghost ships and goblin sharks.

[1hr15] We watched Mayhem and probably don’t recommend it, and Murder Among the Mormons and absolutely do. Plus, Mark gets inside CoRri’s theories about Rotten Tomatoes and movie accents.

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Ep. 26 – Bodies

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While we don’t often shy away from the very dark, we’ve hesitated to talk about the topic of this week’s episode: searching out photos and videos of gruesome things. We discuss our experiences seeing violence and death online and try to dissect WHY we can’t help but look.

Highlights:

[0:00] Mark talks about a mysterious serial killer who may or may not be pushing people into the canals of Manchester

[9:20] CoRri grills mark about the definition of “pudding,” we announce our new JoAG t-shirt giveaway contest, and we remind everyone to join us for our next watch-along on March 13th!

[22:30] We talk about the movies we’ve watched lately and the podcast CoRri is addicted to, Paradise.

[40:15] We have a confession to make: We’ve seen a lot of dead bodies on the interwebz. We’re trying to understand why we can’t help but look.

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Ep. 25 – I like my comedy like I like Mark’s soul

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This week CoRri explains to Mark how listening to Christian megastar Carman was a straight line to QAnon, we ponder whether there’s such thing as “going too far” with art, and we question why the dark is sometimes super effing funny.

Highlights:

[0:00] Evangelical megastar Carman has died and CoRri has some thoughts.

[19:29] We get off to a bumpy start, and announce our next watch-along date: March 13th! Hit us up on Twitter/Insta/Facebook to suggest and vote on a remake we’ll all watch together over Discord!

[26:45] We love Kevin Smith, but like, what’s his deal right now?

[31:46] We talk about dark comedy, whether there’s such thing as “going too far,” and what pushes something from funny to too dark and damaged to funny again.

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