This week, the Grue-Crew follow director Steve Mitchell into the filmography and live of Larry Cohen, head to Norway to interview a vampire named Vidar, and expose an ecological conspiracy in a near future gone mad. First up is the sci-fi feature Hover from director Matt Osterman featuring fascinating script from the film’s lead, Cleopatra Coleman. The second film, Vidar the Vampire from directors Thomas Aske Berg and Fredrik Waldeland, provides insight into the life of a Norwegian vampire. Rounding out the show is the documentary film King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen diving into what made the unique director tick and strive to make films the only way Larry Cohen can. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era are joined by Rafe Telsch and Vanessa Thompson.
Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 025
King Cohen – Vidar the Vampire – Hover
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HOVER takes place in the near future, where environmental strain has caused food shortages around the world. Technology provides a narrow path forward, with agricultural drones maximizing the yield from what land remains. Two compassionate care providers, Claudia (Coleman) and her mentor John (Craig muMs Grant), work to assist sick farmland inhabitants in ending their lives. After John dies under mysterious circumstances, a group of locals helps Claudia to uncover a deadly connection between the health of her clients and the technology they are using.
“I think it has some good performances. I liked Cleopatra Coleman. She wrote Hover and she stars in the lead. … And you can never go wrong with Beth Grant. … I enjoyed it.” – Rafe
“There’s more depth to the characters … and I thought the effects were pretty decent. … Nice effort. … it’s worth a watch.” – Jeff
“It’s a solid effort.”- Doc
Director: Matt Osterman
Cast: Cleopatra Coleman, Shane Coffey, Craig muMs Grant
Vidar the Vampire
A Christian farmer searching for a higher purpose to life falls into sin and wakes up as the Prince of Darkness in the city of Stavanger, Norway.
“I’ve enjoyed several of the Norwegian horror movies that have come out in the last few years. The humor hits me right and Vidar the Vampire did the same thing … and it starts pretty much right off the bat. … There are a lot of really hilarious scenes, both visually and in the dialogue. … I enjoyed it.” – Jeff
“It’s tragic and sad and funny all at the same time.” – Doc
Director: Thomas Aske Berg, Fredrik Waldeland
Cast: Thomas Aske Berg, Brigt Skrettingland, Kim Sønderholm
King Cohen: The Wild World of Filmmaker Larry Cohen
A feature-length documentary on the acclaimed work and eclectic career of maverick filmmaker Larry Cohen (BLACK CAESAR, GOD TOLD ME TO, Q THE WINGED SERPENT, THE STUFF, PHONE BOOTH)
“I think there’s a lot to like here. Even if you just barely know Cohen’s work, King Cohen will pull back that veil and I wouldn’t be surprised if it makes you want to see more of what he’s done.” – Rafe
“King Cohen is just the most beautiful story about a guy who has had such a positive and sometimes weird effect on a myriad of actors and producers and writers and has nurtured so many people’s careers. … You come out feeling so good after watching this.” – Vanessa
“Anybody that’s into horror needs to see King Cohen!” – Jeff
“Amazing, just the drive and the ambition that Larry Cohen had. He knew what he wanted and just ran out and got it.” – Doc
Director: Steve Mitchell
Cast: J.J. Abrams, Rick Baker, Eric Bogosian