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Mistress Doom.

After hanging out with Jesse Hooker’s team and analyzing the allegory of AIDS in Kathryn Bigelow’s vampire western almost darkwe traveled to Sweden to observe the evolution of the friendship between Eli and Oskar in Leave the one on the right in. Now we’re changing the pace a bit with an offbeat choice: Robert Zemeckis‘ 1988 masterpiece Who Framed Roger Rabbit.

Yes, we are aware that calling the film “horror” is an overstatement, but that is Back to Oz category of “non-horror films that terrified a whole generation of children”, so let us go! Oh, and do you disagree with our odd reading of Judge Doom? That’s fine, but we ask that you listen to the conversation before commenting (it’s at 01:47:00)!

In the film, the unlucky private detective Eddie Valiant (Bob Hoskin) is hired by cartoon producer RK Maroon (Alan Tilvern) to investigate an adultery scandal involving Jessica Rabbit (Kathleen Turner), the sultry wife of Maroon’s biggest star, Roger Rabbit (Charles Fleischer). But when Marvin Acme (Stubby Kstill), Jessica’s alleged lover and owner of Toontown, is found murdered, villainous Judge Doom (Christopher Lloyd) swears to catch and destroy Roger.

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Episode 174: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)

We’re not bad, we’re just drawn that way! And we’re heading to Toontown to discuss Robert Zemeckis’ looney tune-y cinematic masterpiece (and every kid’s nightmare fuel) Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988)!

Join us as we worship at the altar of Jessica Rabbit before applying a queer reading to Judge Doom (Don’t be embittered! He’s a quintessential self-hating queer figure who could falling into the queer killer trope).

Plus: our longest production story yet, discussing the film’s incredibly dark source material, sexy Patty Cake, and oh my, it’s DIIIIIIIIIIIIIP! All that for a highway? You bet! And we will JUST take care of it. TO LIKE. THIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!


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Coming Wednesday: We tackle our first Mexican film in Amat Escalante’s 2016 porn-y tentacle The Untamed (which is currently streaming on Shudder)!

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