Monday, September 18, 2023

Friday Night Double Features Vol. 34

 by Adam Riske and Patrick Bromley

Ten new double features to get you ready for Scary Movie Month!

Double Feature 1:

Adam: #1: Dead Silence (2007)
Patrick: #2: Crimson Peak (2015)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Let Me In, The Nun, The Woman in Black
Patrick: Theme: Nu Hammer

Patrick: I’m not in love with this theme even though I think this would be a good double feature. I wasn’t crazy about Dead Silence when it was James Wan’s follow-up to Saw, but I think it’s aged really well in the larger context of his career. Now that I get what he was up to I appreciate it so much more. I wish more modern horror movies would have Hammer vibes.

Adam: I could easily see myself doing this double feature in October. I’ve only seen Dead Silence and Crimson Peak once each and thought they were ok, but I’m interested in trying them again. I enjoy sleazy Hammer so I should probably be more into Crimson Peak than I am.

Double Feature 2:

Patrick: #1: Doctor Sleep (2019)
Adam: #2: Starry Eyes (2014)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: The Super (2017), Death of Me, The Pope’s Exorcist, Tales of Halloween segment “Grim Grinning Ghost”, The Midnight Club episode “Road to Nowhere”
Adam: Theme: Essoe Terror

Adam: We’re both big fans of Alex Essoe so I thought it would be fun to program a night celebrating her work. This will also finally give me an excuse to watch some of her Netflix Mike Flanagan projects which I’ve never seen because I don’t have Netflix. Hot take: I think I’m at the point now where I prefer Doctor Sleep to The Shining. Maybe it’s just because I’ve gotten all I’ll ever get out of The Shining and I’ve only seen Doctor Sleep twice. The Director’s Cut of that movie blew my mind.

Patrick: I don’t know if I’m with you as far as preferring Doctor Sleep, but I completely get what you mean about getting everything you can from The Shining. Doctor Sleep is such a miracle movie on about three different levels. I love it so much. And I love the theme because every night should be Alex Essoe at the LC.

Double Feature 3:
Adam: #1: The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Patrick: #2: Body Parts (1991)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: The People Under the Stairs, Popcorn, Freddy’s Dead (Just the 3D sequence), Child’s Play 3
Patrick: Theme: The Horrors of ‘91

Patrick: Is it lazy? Maybe. Would it be an amazing night of movies? For sure. Even the trailer package is great. Was ‘91 a great year for horror or am I just nostalgic for the horror movies of my youth?

Adam: It’s a solid year for sure. I’ll also give a shout out to Warlock and Two Evil Eyes which are 1989 and 1990 movies, respectively, but also kind of 1991 movies to me because that’s when they were released in the U.S. Also, thank you for finally giving me one of my holy grail moviegoing experiences of seeing the 3D sequence of Freddy’s Dead on the big screen.

Double Feature 4:

Patrick: #1: Friday the 13th: A New Beginning (1985)
Adam: #2: Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Friday the 13th, Friday the 13th Part 2, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason X, Freddy vs. Jason
Adam: Theme: Friday the 13th Movies Not Released on a Friday the 13th

Adam: If I didn’t look it up and see otherwise, I would’ve sworn nearly all this series was released on a Friday the 13th. It’s bizarre how many haven’t. I’m not the biggest fan of Part VI but it makes sense to watch it right after A New Beginning (which is among my franchise top 3, along with Part 2 and Part IV). This is going to be a fun night at the Lingerground! (Editor’s Note: Every night is a fun night at the Linderground.)

Patrick: I don’t think I’ve ever done 5 and 6 back-to-back so I’m totally down for this double feature. Friday the 13th, as you know, is my favorite franchise so I’ll never complain about having to watch more than one entry in a sitting. It’s nuts that this many entries managed to miss the titular date. Not great, Paramount. Not great, New Line.

Double Feature 5:
Adam: #1: Saw II (2005)
Patrick: #2: The Blob (1988)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Carnival of Souls (1998), The Grudge 3, Summer School Substitute Teacher Scene
Patrick: Theme: Where Are You, Shawnee

Patrick: I know the theme is a very specific joke between us, but a night devoted to the horror movies of Shawnee Smith seems like it would play pretty well. I don’t love Saw II despite being a Saw franchise guy, so I like following it up with one of my favorites. Are you excited for her to come back in Saw X?

Adam: That Shawnee Smith panel at Flashback Weekend was so funny. You’re right -- this theme would play very well. I’m not excited for Saw X in general but I know I’ll see it because it opens right before Scary Movie Month. I haven’t rewatched much of the Saw franchise and revisiting Saw II with the great Blub remake sounds amazing.

Double Feature 6:

Patrick: #1: Mark of the Vampire (1935)
Adam: #2: The Return of the Vampire (1943)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Horror of Dracula, Planet of the Vampires, Blacula, The Lost Boys, Interview with the Vampire
Adam: Theme: Vampires Through the Decades

Adam: Initially I wanted to book something else from the first Music Box of Horrors (which is where I saw Mark of the Vampire for the first and only time) but I couldn’t find that lineup online anywhere, so I went with a more academic double bill that shows the evolution of vampire movies over the 20th century. It worked out well because both features we’re watching are Bela Lugosi movies. Plus, these movies are both short, so you’ll have plenty of time to go out afterwards.

Patrick: We probably don’t show enough classic movies at the LC, so I like that we’re doing a double of Bela Lugosi. I love the trailer block, too. I’m going to revisit Mark of the Vampire during my upcoming 24-hour marathon with Erika, so I’ll let you know how it holds up.

Double Feature 7:
Adam: #1: Videodrome (1983)
Patrick: #2: TerrorVision (1986)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Poltergeist, The Video Dead, Shocker
Patrick: Theme: TV is Bad for You

Patrick: The only thing more obvious than this being a theme for a double feature is this being a theme for a horror movie.

Adam: I like it! Do I need to see TerrorVision or The Video Dead? Also, I agree that TV is bad for you. That’s why I watch DVDs and Blu-rays.

Patrick: TerrorVision is fun if you can dial into its sort of shrill obnoxiousness. I’m not a Video Dead guy.

Double Feature 8:

Patrick: #1: House of 1000 Corpses (2003)
Adam: #2: House (2008)
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: 1408, The Thing (1982), The Nun, Twixt, Amityville: The Awakening, Tales from the Crypt episode “Easel Kill Ya”
Adam: Theme: Horrors of The Hateful Eight

Adam: I’m very proud of this theme. When I saw what you programmed, my mind went immediately to that Walton Goggins scene (you know the one if you’ve seen House of 1000 Corpses) and I took that as inspiration. House (2008) probably isn’t the best thing to show as the second movie but it’s Michael Madsen, co-stars Bill Moseley, and has the word “House” in the title. Plus, we get to watch a Tales episode!

Patrick: I’m so in for this. I’ve never seen House (2008)! How could it possibly disappoint? Plus, this is the second time this month we’re programming The Nun trailer! How long before we’re playing the actual movie?

Double Feature 9:
Adam: #1: Silent Hill (2006)
Patrick: #2: Suspiria (2018)
Patrick: Trailers/Shorts: Eraserhead, Silence of the Lambs, Nina Forever
Patrick: Theme: Rob’s Favorite Horror

Patrick: You and I get so many nights at the Linderground Cinemarink that I thought it would be fun to devote a night to Rob, and you programming Silent Hill gave me the perfect opportunity. I’ve only seen both it and Suspiria 2018 once each and neither was the magic screening, so maybe I’ll like both more this time around. I’d like to try, anyway. I owe it to TV’s Rob.

Adam: We should have a Rob night every quarter at least. I love his love for Silent Hill and I’m glad I was able to meet Radha Mitchell (omg) in person just so I could get her to sign a Silent Hill poster for Rob. I love this double also because it’ll finally get me to revisit Suspiria (2018) which I loved on opening night in theaters but for some reason haven’t revisited.

Double Feature 10:

Patrick: #1: Halloween (1978)
Adam: #2: Thanksgiving (2023) - Sneak Preview
Adam: Trailers/Shorts: Hanukkah, Krampus, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Black Christmas, Christmas Evil, New Year’s Evil
Adam: Theme: Q4 Holiday Frights

Adam: You wouldn't believe what I had to do to score us a special sneak preview of Thanksgiving. That’s why we have a special event ticket fee of $11.23 (because Thanksgiving is on November 23rd this year). Now you just have to sit through Halloween to get to it (sorry, not sorry). I like Halloween but (to borrow a joke from Family Guy…sorry, also sorry) it insists upon itself.

Patrick: I’m so excited for Thanksgiving, if for no other reason than because (and I know it’s not cool to say) I’m excited to have a new Eli Roth movie. I like his stuff. I like pairing it with the OG Halloween even if I agree with you and Family Guy. They're coming for our horror cards.


  1. We should all wear snakeskin jackets on Rob Night.

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  3. I choked on my coffee when I read, "Where are you, Shawnee?" in Adam/Patrick's voice. Would love a full-on episode in this vein in the future.

    Great list and commentary, as always.