A Kamloops-based horror podcast that has listeners around the world is hosting a showing next week of a new Nicolas Cage thriller that has garnered praise online and on the festival circuit.
Mandy, showing Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Paramount Theatre, is described as an action horror film set in the 1980s — and it ticked a lot of boxes for Robin, one of three hosts of the Drunk in a Graveyard podcast.
“It’s very much an homage to the 1980s heavy metal culture, Dungeons and Dragons and the old-school heavy metal magazines,” she told KTW.
Drunk in a Graveyard is a podcast that offers comedic reviews of scary movies and TV shows, but also has one foot in the heavy metal scene.
“We started the Drunk in a Graveyard website in 2012,” Robin said. “It was originally created as humorous reviews of horror movies. We started developing our characters and our writing. Like we say, we like to put the laughter back in slaughter.”
The weekly podcast — three hosts in Kamloops joined by five contributors from elsewhere in Canada, the United States and Germany — launched in January 2016 and has proven popular, Robin said.
“Typically, each week we will get together and watch one or two movies or a movie and a TV show, and we will review it,” Robin said. “Over the span of our lifetime, we’ve got over half a million unique page views to the website and thousands and thousands of downloads of our podcasts.”
Robin said the Mandy showing was a perfect fit.
“We partnered with the Kamloops Film Society,” she said. “They approached us and asked if we wanted to team up and do something.”
The Drunk in a Graveyard crew will host Wednesday’s event — including giveaways and a short talk prior to the film.
“Before the event, we’re going to give away prizes,” Robin said. “In order to win first prize, someone has to do their best Nicolas Cage impression.”
Robin said she is hoping to see a diverse crowd.
“We’re kind of just expecting anyone because it’s October — it’s spooky,” she said.
“We’re hoping to get a wide variety of people. We’re hoping for anyone to show up who wants a good scare for Halloween.”
The movie wil lbe screened on Thursday, Oct. 25, at the Paramount, at Victoria Street and Fifth Avenue downtown. Tickets are available online at kamloopsfilmseries.ca or in-person at Movie Martt, which is at St. Paul Street and Fourth Avenue. Prices, which include KFS membership, are $11 for adults, $10 for seniors and $5 for students.