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  1. Let's face it: Dread Media is the reason for the season. It's our annual Yuletide Special here at Dread Media, and this week we aren't messing around. We've got a Christmas slasher sandwiched between what seems to be two horror fan's reimaginations of popular modern Christmas classics tied to 1989. First, did 2015's Krampus start off as a remake of 1989's National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation? It sure seems like it. Then, Rich the Monster Movie Kid can't help but tear into this year's present early in his review of Don't Open 'til Christmas. Then, I know Home Alone didn't come out until 1990, but 1989's obscure French film 3615 code Père Noël sure seems a hell of a lot like it. Of course, there's your requisite selection of Christmas Scare-ols: "Santa's Gonna Kick Your Ass" by The Arrogant Worms, "No Present for Christmas" by King Diamond, "Mistress for Christmas" by AC/DC, "Night of the Kris Kringle Killer" by Murkbox, and "Silent Night, Deadly Night (acoustic)" by The Browns. [ 1:22:34 || 39.9 MB ]

     


  2. To round off this awful year, and in the spirit of festive tradition, The Brothers Wilson sit down by their respective fireplaces to discuss someone who, while an actor in his own right, is more renowned as a composer and musician. That is the genius Paul Williams! To explore his mark on cinema, Ian and Pandy discuss Bugsy Malone, a film where children kill each other, and Phantom of the Paradise, a film where musicians kill people. Notice a theme? Find out how Ian feels about the questionable taste of Bugsy Malone, and what an extremely tired Pandy makes of the cult classic musical horror. There's also the timely fun of outtakes from HAA's Year of Grey, and the annual spectacular of The Tomlinson awards! So many reasons to be merry this Christmas. You're welcome! [ 2:36:36 || 75.6 MB ]

     


  3. An idiot scientist compresses sleep into five-minute cycles, thus turning eye-boogers into roaring beasties ("Sleep No More"). Rigsy finds himself under the shadow of a death sentence, but a bad play on Clara's part has fatal consequences ("Face the Raven"). Then, in the wake of Clara's death, The Doctor finds himself trapped in a puzzle / prison created exclusively for him, resulting in a return to Gallifrey and the start of a new adventure ("Heaven Sent" / "Hell Bent"). Also: The guys bid farewell to Jenna Coleman, rank season nine, have a theory about how to consume one of the episodes, and leave a Christmas present for Ian in the form of an outtake. [ 2:18:05 || 66.6 MB ]

     


  4. Will takes a trip to Bloom County for A Wish for Wings That Work. Then, Donovan Morgan Grant returns with his friend Harrison Chute to discuss the iconic anime and manga franchise Ghost in the Shell. Leading up to the 2017 American movie, the guys discuss the kinky, esoteric tendencies of the original manga; the philosophical ponderings and relentless nudity of the transcendent 1995 animated film; the complex television series, Stand Alone Complex, and its sequel, 2nd GIG; the bleakness of the movie sequel, Innocence; the betrayal of the series reboot, Arise; and the potential hopes and trepidation of the controversially cast Scarlett Johansson US adaptation! [ 2:32:10 || 75.5 MB ]

     


  5. Today's special is The Leprechauns' Christmas Gold, and Will cannot figure out what it has to do with Christmas. Then Mike spreads more Punisher-themed seasonal joy by discussing Punisher: Red X-Mas, Punisher: Silent Night, Punisher: X-Mas Special, and Punisher MAX X-Mas Special. [ 48:45 || 26.4 MB ]

     


  6. After three long days of talking about The Smurfs, Will finds something actually decent in The Town that Santa Forgot. Then, in a team-up some thought would never happen, and others thought probably shouldn't, Dave Probert and Pandy Wilson join forces in what is supposed to be a review of their media consumption of 2016. Yet, somehow, they also end up talking about darts-themed game shows from the 1980s, wrestling from the 1990s (particularly how Vince McMahon would have booked Emmeline Pankhurst), nitpick the film Nativity, and recommend a variety of Hammer films. It's the review of the year you didn't realize you needed. [ 1:47:10 || 53.4 MB ]

     


  7. There's less than a week until Christmas and what more is Christmas about than coming back from the dead? What? That's Easter? Oh shit. Well, zombies are the reason for the season this week on Dread Media. First up, Desmond and Jeff review a quiet and contemplative Arnold Schwarzenegger film (apparently they exist) about a parent's love for their child in Maggie. Then, Rich the Monster Movie Kid helps us decide if the Christmas slasher To All a Goodnight is worth asking Santa for. And if sober reflections on the nature of human life in a zombie film isn't your bag, how about Desmond and Duane's review of Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (AKA Scouts vs. Zombies). There are, of course, some tunes as well: "Zombie" by Michale Graves, "Maggie's Farm" by Rage Against the Machine, "Oh Come All Ye Faithful" by Twister Sister, "Haunt You" by The Pack AD, and "Silent Nite" by Brantley Family Band. [ 1:30:15 || 43.5 MB ]


  8. Ian and Dave close out the year by beginning a new show: Steven Moffat's Jekyll. In episode one, Doctor Tom Jackman has left his family, quit his job, and has gone into seclusion. He hires Katherine Reimer to act as a go-between for himself and his dark side. Things grow more complex when Jackman discovers he is being followed by several parties, and Mr. Hyde finds out his name from Benjamin Lennox who claims to represent the company that owns him. In episode two, Katherine drugs Dr. Jackman to find a secret, accidentally unleashing Mr. Hyde in the process. Plus, Benjamin conducts an experiment putting Dr. Jackman's son in danger, and Dr. Jackman meets his mother. They also discuss similarities between this and Moffat's later work, come up with their own episode titles, and make references to British sitcoms of the 1990s. [ 2:22:53 || 66.2 MB ]

     


  9. Will watches Bluetoes, the Christmas Elf and wonders why Santa has to be a jerk. Then Wendee, Dan, and Mike complete their Ewok adventure by discussing Ewoks: The Battle for Endor, which stars an oatmeal salesman, an assistant principal, and a Dame. [ 1:32:48 || 46.7 MB ]

     


  10. First, Will heads to Canada to look at A Cosmic Christmas. Then, in spirit of The Twelve Days of Christmas, and the 50th anniversary of his passing, Christian, Pandy, and Kelly discuss each of their 12 favorite Walt Disney songs. (Followed by a swift kicking of the songs and movies they have less-than-fond feelings for.) Which song does Pandy insist has gay undertones? Which of Christian's picks briefly traumatizes both Wilsons? And which classic Disney number is actually about Alan Turing? Before presenting the main course, however, Pandy and Christian serve an appetizer of outtakes from year two of List and Shout! [ 2:20:35 || 69.5 MB ]

     


  11. Mike dives into the Earth-2.net: The Show archives one more time and pulls out the final installment of The Fantasticast, in which Des and Mike (from 2008) discuss Amazing Spider-Man #1, Fantastic Four Annual #1, and What If? #1. First up, though, Will was happy. Then he watched Noel. [ 1:12:04 || 37.1 MB ]

     


  12. On the 12th day of the Earth-2.net: The Show Advent Calendar, Will has for you The 12 Days of Christmas. And Mike brings three Indiana Jones Read-Along Adventures: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. [ 47:55 || 26.4 MB ]

     


  13. This week we have a jam-packed show. First, a conversation with Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera and the Saw sequels) about his brand new movie, Abattoir. Then, Devil Dinosaur Jr. gives us a Stay Scary on the time travel film Counter Clockwise. Then, Darryll and Desmond return almost eight years after discussing this film to talk about the brand new director's cut of The Exorcist III. There are tunes as well: "Let the Monster Rise" by Anthony Stewart Head and Alexa Vega, "Abattoir Blues" by Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, "The Chronomancer II - Nemesis" by The Sword, "Legion" by Grand Magus, and "Sexy Santa" by Steel Panther. Enjoy! [ 1:48:12 || 52.2 MB ]

     


  14. Will tries to figure out why Inspector Gadget Saves Christmas is a thing that happened. Following that, Dan and Mike compare two versions of Captain Marvel: the 1941 serial Adventures of Captain Marvel and Shazam! from 1974. Also, tune in to learn The Lesson of the Day. [ 1:18:10 || 39.2 MB ]

     


  15. Nestor, the Long-Eared Christmas Donkey is the first Rankin / Bass production Will talks about this year, and it might be one of the stranger ones at that. Then: It's Christmas morning, 1980-something, and Will and Dan are anxious to unwrap animated specials based on toys and games! Will they be as excited once they actually see what Santa left in their stockings? (Spoiler: No.) [ 1:26:30 || 43.1 MB ]