The long and storied Optimism Vaccine tradition of exposing Shawn Glinis to horror auteurs every October continues with a look at American horror icon and all-around weird dude, Tobe Hooper. Join us for an in-depth discussion of Texas Chainsaws, Texas alligator motels, naked space vampires, and… uhh… killer laundry machines?Read More
After squaring off against Griffin Newman—beloved star of Woody Allen’s A Rainy Day in New York—podcast pariah Shawn Glinis is OFFICIALLY canceled. The Optimism Vaccine editorial staff has decided to keep him on for this episode to talk about the latest Gerard Butler action flick, Angel Has Fallen, and come to terms with the fact that his bad online behavior was directly influenced by the Joker trailer.Read More
Caustic Content returns with a classic animal themed episode. This week, we’re pitting the sub-Disney Channel dancing dog flick, Doggie B, against the surreal monkey assassin mockumentary, Chop Chop Chang: Operation CHIMP.Read More
Steve tries to melt Miros’ brain with a zero budget dark superhero comedy, Land of College Prophets. Miros counters with one of the greatest faith-based films ever: Doug Phillip’s Not Quite Lyin’ Eyes. Well, at the very least, it’s the best faith-based film featuring underage prostitutes and sexy indoor fireworks.Read More
Who needs Boyz n the Hood when you’ve got several boys in The Park? Steve brings this new gang life morality tale from Richard Givens to face off against a classic from everyone’s favorite no-budget sub-genre—People in a small space doing absolutely nothing. This time, it’s Larry Rosen’s horror thriller The Last Apartment.
Optimism Vaccine swims in the murky depths of the BLOCKBUSTER SEASON discourse after seeing Us and the Pet Sematary remake. PLUS: the latest from Harmony Korine and S. Craig Zahler slow burn Mel Gibson crime flick, Dragged Across Concrete.
Blumhouse has their own horror anthology series on Hulu and no one seems to be watching. So, naturally, we just binged the first six episodes and cleansed our palates with the ultimate “Did this really need a sequel?” sequel, Happy Death Day 2 U.Read More
Mountain Devil, a faux-documentary (mockumentary? pseudo-found footage film?) about the Sasquatch scourge of rural Pennsylvania faces off against the (not so) classic shot-on-video haunted house tale, Evan Straw.Read More
Dumpuary: The season that never changes and the one time of year that might drive the OV crew to the brink of insanity. This year, the boys are tasked with watching Liam Neeson’s latest “Like Taken but…” film, a pair of forgettable horror flicks, another M. Night Shyamalan vanity project, and Serenity AKA the greatest film ever made, ever.Read More
Oscar season is upon us, which means THE OFFICIAL Optimism Vaccine Oscar Omnibus™ has made its triumphant return. This year, a decidedly more sober OV crew dissects the best picture and best director noms. Imagine the sheer joy of sitting through films from a no talent alleged sex criminal AND the guy that gave the world Shallow Hal. Truly blessed.Read More
DEATH TO THE ALGORITHM! LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH! The OV Crew talks about our impending doom and the latest wave of direct-to-streaming cinema including Roma, The Other Side of the Wind, Bird Box, Cam, Illang: The Wolf Brigade and more.
PLUS: The latest installment of the OV 9-1-1 recap featuring a brand new theme songRead More
This week on Caustic Content, Miros tries melt Steve’s brain with Kracker Jack’d, a Friday meets Friday the 13th blaxploitation horror comedy. Steve taps into the current political climate by forcing Miros to watch The Remedy—the self proclaimed “smartest indie movie ever made,” and a hodgepodge of banal centrism, stoner humor and moralizing.
BONUS: Miros interviews the director of Blood Dynasty, Chris AlexanderRead More
Caustic Content returns with another episode to test the willpower and mental fortitude of Steve and Miros. This week, it’s Da Pinche Code a manic action comedy up against an insufferably pretentious art film titled Antlers of Reason.Read More
Optimism Vaccine continues the time-honored October tradition of introducing Shawn to great horror auteurs. This year, for really no good reason at all, we chose Joe D’Amato. Yeah, seriously. Join us as Shawn experiences classic like Beyond the Darkness, Anthropophagous, Absurd and… umm… Porno Holocaust.
his week, Jake Tropila joins Steve and Miros as the very first Caustic Content guest. We’re also going big budget (well, by our standards) for the first time. Miros unleashes the Troma-endorsed butthole horror classic, Hellitosis: The Legend of Stankmouth. Steve counters with an art house edge lord slice of extreme horror, Tempus Tormentum.Read More