Self sacrifice may be noble, but so is knowing what you are getting out of the deal. This week, we review the horror flick Absentia, which is available on Netflix. It's a pretty damn grim movie, so the weak of heart should beware.

 

Also, we pimp several other podcasts, such as noted horror podcast The Drabblecast and Nightmare Magazine. Both of which can be found on iTunes and so on.

 

After that, Al and Tony drop into the distant past and talk about historical arson. We learn why you never kill one of Ghengis Khan's messengers, and what Julius Ceasar used to conquer the known world and finish off the waning republic.

 

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This week, Tony and Al dig into The Innkeepers, a character-driven scare-filled horror film with deep echoes of missed connections and unrequited love. Then, the guys geek out about some of their favourite books, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy to the oeuvre of Chuck Wendig with a minor detour through the world of Harry Potter. Finally Al tries to explain why he enjoyed The Lair of White Worm more than Dracula, and wonders which of the books of our day will be best remembered by history.

 

A few links:

The SCP Foundation

Danny Brophy's twitter

 

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This week Tony and Al tackle David Wong's most recent venture into hilarious horror, This Book is Full of Spiders. How well does it stand up to its predecessor John Dies at the End? Whatever happened to Monster Dave? Is giving this book two thumbs up too chairitable? Is a chair really the secret weapon?

 

Then, in the second half of the podcast, Albert gripes about missed opportunities in John Hornor Jacob's debut novel Southern Gods, and the guys discuss the finer points of the C'thulhu mythos.

 

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Relevant Links:

 

John Dies at the End

This Book is Full of Spiders

Southern Gods

The Call of C'thulhu (Free Download!)

 

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In this week's episode we analyze the intellectual insanity that is Pontypool and dig into the deep questions raised by the film. Does language infect the way we perceive reality? Was the Ludovician born in Canada? Are musicals really all that bad?

 

Then, we expound the wonders of the outdoors, and Tony reveals how he escaped a life of being a rocket-wielding, fire-starting, almost-got-charged-with-a-felony supervillain and joined sacred and ancient order of the Cyber Monks. (Or maybe he did some community service IT work for some churches. Eh, close enough.)

 

Finally we slam a magazine into our verbal machine guns and mow down Hollywood's misrepresentation of firearms.

 

One more reminder: Our flash fiction contest for a short story involving a Men in Black style witness protection program is still going. Keep it under 500 words. If you win, we toss you five bucks and read it on the air. Send all entries to hepodcast@gmail.com.

 

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Links for the Nerdy:

Pontypool on Netflix (in the US). Watch it.

The Sapir-Worf Hypothesis. (No not that Whorf.)

Stephen Hall's Raw Shark Texts. It is a book. With pages and also ideas. 

 

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This week in the Human Echoes Podcast, Al and Tony dive into the eviscerated entrails of indie horror flick Yellowbrickroad. Is it a metafictional examination of the medium of film? Is it a horrifying interpretation of The Wizard of Oz? Is it an anti-feminist manifesto? Listen in wonder and amazement as these questions and many more go completely unanswered.

 

In the second half of the podcast we share our (largely spoiler free) love for time travel flick Looper, and Albert explains why Ready Player One may be the best bad book you'll ever read. Then we discuss the basic protips everyone should know to make it through life, and attempt to court the favor of internet liberals by hating on Atlas Shrugged.

 

Also, in this week's episode: Tony turns an offhand remark into the first Human Echoes microfiction competition. Write a hundred word story about the Men in Black witness protection program and win the chance to be featured on the podcast that's been taking the internet by a storm. (And when we say, "storm" we mean, "some guy thought he got hit by a raindrop, but it turned out to be someone spitting out of a helicopter.")

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It is a little known fact that most serial killers can be found at community colleges taking courses in Photoshop. This week Al Berg and Tony Southcotte breakdown Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

 

In keeping with our strict policy of tangents, we also find ourselves fixated on the creations of Joss Whedon, with both The Avengers and Cabin in the Woods.

 

We also talk about what might be the best pure zombie book out there: World War Z by Max Brooks.

 

Next week we will be reviewing YellowBrickRoad, which is available on netflix and on a VHS tapes in your creepy neighbor's outhouse. It really might be easier to stream it.

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In the third episode of the Human Echoes Podcast, you will find our heads scraped to the scalp, and ready to talk about the South Korean thriller I Saw the Devil. Listen in as we detail the struggle between Secret Agent Man and Serial Killer Man.

Hear us well, as we wander between the vagaries of Facebook stalking by employers and bumper sticker philosophy.

Also, check out The Booth at The End on Hulu.com. Mostly because it kicks ass, and a little bit because everything you read on this site is perceived to be true by the hosts.

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Next week's movie will be: Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon.

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Time travel, men in sunglasses, low budgets, and a bizzare variant of other conversations are featured in our second podcast. They review Lunopolis.

 

Listen as Albert and Tony tell you how to man up. On our love - hate relationship with Chuck Palahniuk. We even cover wobbly toilets in this podcast. Is it even possible that you could want more? Hit subscirbe, channel the ancient old gods of the RSS feed, or find us on iTunes, the Zune Marketplace, and well, here.

We discussed a pair of movies that are available for free on YouTube.

 

12 Angry Men (1957)

 

Rope (1948) 

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Listen, as we talk about donkeys in the most profane ways. Stand in awe as we make light of domestic abuse, Breaking Bad, and the smell of basset hounds. Commute with the knowledge that we are with you in your car, explaining how to fix the ills of the world.

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