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High and Low (Brow) – Episode 2.8 – Lurid Loincloths

Posted on Jan 14, 2011 by | 6 comments

And we’re back! It’s been some time since James and I have been able to sit down and record a High and Low (Brow) podcast, the holidays, illness and family interactions helped bring about this problem, but now that things have finally calmed down we hope to be able to get back into our regular schedule of putting out a new episode every month. I’ve also decided that we will continue to number the episodes based on 12 episodes for each season of the podcast, to keep everything simple in case we get sidetracked in the future.

As for this episode I’d like to thank Jay Cheel (Film Junk and The Documentary Blog) who recorded our last episode with us and who supplied the theme and the films for this episode, which was 1980’s barbarian fantasy films. And being that that theme doesn’t exactly roll off the tongue I came up with the much more flowery title for what is an admittedly great theme.

What is arguably great is the quality of the two films we did end up watching, the somewhat infamous Yor, The Hunter from the Future and Deathstalker. Both are considered rip-offs of Conan the Barbarian and both were released in 1983. But only one involves Darth Vader. Which one is that? You’ll just have to listen and find out for yourself.

If you have any recommendations for films we could watch for the podcast, or want to suggest a potential theme for us to use, or simply want to tell James how awesome he is, feel free to email us and tell us your ideas. If you enjoy the show make sure to subscribe through iTunes or our RSS feed so you can catch every new episode. Also, please friend James on Facebook. Because it will frighten and confuse him. And while you’re there be sure to join our relatively new Facebook group devoted to Where the Long Tail Ends.

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As always, thanks for listening!

Opening Theme – Adonai by Ennio Morricone
Closing Music – Yor’s World by Guido and Maurizio De Angelis (Yor, the Hunter from the Future Soundtrack) | Buy Here

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Matt Gamble
I review movies. I run a movie theatre. I annoy people. I let my dogs lick my face whenever they want. Sometimes I'm even a halfway decent human.
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  1. Good job as always. Hopefully we won’t have to wait so long for the next one. You two were doing so well there for awhile.

    • Don’t want to make too many promises but we want to try and get to the next episode pretty quickly. I also have something in mind for a Spoiler Alert as well.

  2. Really enjoyed this episode, despite not being a big fan of the Sword/Sandal genre personally. I do have two theme ideas for future episodes –

    Cults of Personality (The Believers w/Martin Sheen, The Skulls, Devil’s Rain, Helter Skelter, Holy Smoke, Ticket To Heaven)

    Did This Really Happen? (Jacob’s Ladder, Identity, Memento)

    I’m a big fan of horror and psychological horror in general so those are my suggestions. Thanks again for another excellent cast. I think the hardest I laughed at the cast was listening to James talk about almost peeing in the sink. CLASSIC stuff, man. Keep it up!

  3. If you do a DID THIS REALLY HAPPEN? Episode, I want to join in. This is my bag. It’s all a dream, Gumble!

  4. I don’t know if you guys even get notifications on ancient posts, but I felt compelled to comment since this episode stuck in my mind since I heard it.

    Obviously I’m a couple years behind on this post, but I remember loving this episode and looking for Deathstalker especially but couldn’t find it. Then a month or so ago I noticed it was added to Netflix streaming and I put it on my queue instantly. When I got around to finally watching it I thought it was great. Lot’s of fun. I understand the theory of Barbarian films where the women are treated like shit, but the writer must hate women. LOLI think every woman in the films gets either raped or molested in some fashion.

    Still hoping they put Yor on Netflix, but maybe I’ll look elsewhere for it.

    Later guys

    • Glad to hear you liked this episode, I think this is one of my favorites as well. It was a fun theme and I think this was one of our better discussions on the films. Plus, it helps that Deathstalker is a pretty solid flick. I really do need to get around to watching the rest of the films in the series.

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