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Horror Business is an ongoing conversation about Horror Films. Lifelong horror fans Justin Lore and Liam O’Donnell gather monthly to discuss and dissect horror films in a sophisticated yet accessible manner. Academic yet easily digestible. High art washed down with a healthy dose of camp. Pinkies in the air whilst sipping our root beer. You get the picture. On Horror Business Justin and Liam will watch a double feature and go in depth about the films, and each show they will invite you, the listener, to be a part of the conversation.
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This episode we are talking about two films that take place within the entertainment industry of Los Angeles: 2014’s Starry Eyes and 2016 The Neon Demon.
We begin by talking about what we’ve seen recently. We were fortunate enough to catch a screening of A Nightmare On Elm St 3: Dream Warriors in Philadelphia as part of the Wizard World/Bloody Disgusting horror festival. What made the screening extra special was that there was live commentary by director Chuck Russell and the one and only Heather Langenkampf. To make it even MORE extra special was that the event was MC’d by Ryan Lamber and Andre Gower of the classic ‘80s horror movie The Monster Squad. We briefly discuss Justin seeing The Mummy and The Bye Bye Man, and then we spend a goodish amount of time talking about a film we both loved called It Comes At Night.
First up is 2014’s Starry Eyes. We begin by giving a brief summation of the plot and discuss the film’s influences from some other classic horror films, including the works of David Lynch, as well as Rosemary’s Baby and Possession.
The film as a metaphor for what it’s like to struggle in the film industry of Los Angeles is discussed at length.
The performances of the actors, the special effects, and some of the imagery of the film is also examined, as is the concept of willing sacrifice in traditional witchcraft and how that relates to the film.
Up next is 2016’s The Neon Demon. We briefly talk about Nicholas Refn Winding’s prior work, as well as his inspiration for this film.
The ‘on the nose’ tendency of the film in portraying various metaphors is discussed. The performances of the actors, the motivations