This week is all about monstrous metaphors and how horror can speak to us.
Firstly we review A Monster Calls, starring Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Liam Neeson and impressive young actor Lewis MacDougall.
Adapting Patrick Ness's illustrated novel to the big screen, director J.A. Bayona realizes the allegorical theme of grief for the loss of a loved one with judicious CGI and animated 'fairy tale' sequences.
In this fashion Bayona's film follows in the tradition of horror as metaphor defined by the work of George Romero, who died on 16 July 2017.
Known principally as a zombie movie icon, the Pittsburgh native was also a film-maker committed to the principles of independence. His investment in the locality of Evans City gave an economic burst to the depressed blue-collar region, and it's this ethos of DIY film-making for which Romero deserves more recognition.
From the inevitability of death represented by his zombies, to the deromanticised vampire Martin ("There's no magic") and Ed Harris's modern-day King Arthur in Knight Riders reduced to a Renaissance Fair performer, Romero raised up the ordinary instead of escaping to fantasy.
Neevon reviews this film adaptation of a 19th century Russian novella, that draws loosely on the Scottish play.
This episode discusses the application of Shakespeare's themes outside of the plays and the exploration of feminist and class themes in the film.
This is a shorter episode in advance of a bumper show next week - including our tribute to George Romero, and a review of A Monster Calls.
This week Emmet interviews writer Christian Read on his new book Nil-Pray, available from Gestalt Publishing.
Nil-Pray is the titular city of the dead, where tensions between restless spirits and different species of undead are mounting. Into the middle of this politically fraught situation comes Edmund Carver, a disgraced Waughvian necromancer with a shameful past.
Read discusses how the story fits within the weird fiction canon, the traps of fantasy novel 'worldbuilding', and gives a guided tour to this strange city inhabited by cowboy vampires, zombie slaves, and werewolf berserkers.
This week we have the return of Edgar Wright with his feature-length adaptation of a music video concept Baby Driver, and the arrival of Spider-Man in the Marvel Universe.
First cab off the rank has Stevie and Emmet discuss whether Wright's technically stunning car heist movie succeeds.
Is this a genuinely original film, or simply a parody of 1970s B-movies?
Next Spider-Man returns to high school with a younger cast and a passing of the torch from Robert Downey Junior's franchise leader Iron Man.
Does the Marvel Studios endorsed webslinger enliven the prospect of an IP relaunched for the third time in fifteen years?
And in next week's episode we will definitely not be talking about superheroes!
We discuss Girl Boss from Netflix, Preacher, iZombie and American Gods as adaptations to television - and the return of Twin Peaks.
Is this the advent of a second 'Golden Age' of television?
Or are we looking at the diversifying of media to cater to all tastes.
Shows discussed in this episode include -
* Girl Boss
* Designated Survivor
* American Gods
* Twin Peaks seasons 1/2
* Twin Peaks: The Return