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Radicast 198X - #12 - Halloween Special 1

Radicast 198X Halloween Special art by Jessica Safron

All right! Our first Radicast Halloween Special--and we totally released it in time for Halloween! Right?! I’ve barely slept these past couple days in order to get this recorded and edited on time, so I can only assume that I totally succeeded. Fuck yeah! So, happy Halloween!

We cover five (FIVE!) ‘80s horror films in this episode, from classics to delightfully terrible trash you’ve probably never heard of. We discuss and review Lifeforce (1985), Dolls (1987), Prince of Darkness (1987), The Lamp (1987), and Elvira: Mistress of the Dark (1988).

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Radicast 198X - #11 - Predator, Adventures In Babysitting (Bob guest)

Radicast 198X Episode 11 Predator Adventures in Babysitting

Probably our funniest episode so far. Certainly our drunkest.

Jessica and I recently did that whole marriage thing, but instead of embarking on a honeymoon we sat down with Bob, one of my longtime best friends (ever since he discovered I had a Game Genie in 5th grade), to watch the 1987 Arnold Schwarzenegger classic, Predator.

We also discuss another 1987 classic Adventures in Babysitting (or, as you wacky Europeans know it, A Night on the Town).

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SN8X Hiatus Ends Oct. 13th! Also, New Radicast Up Now!

Radicast 198X Episode 10 Labyrinth and Legend thumbnail

First the big news: on October, Friday the 13th, the most spooky day possible, we will finally resume updating the Satan Ninja 198X webcomic on a weekly basis. Fuck yeah!

Of course, OF COURSE this hiatus lasted waaay longer than we anticipated. Sorry about that. It kills us to not be pumping more life-blood into our radical ‘80s child. The hiatus was drawn out due to a bunch of factors, not the least of which was us getting married over the summer.

Adam Dravian & Jessica Safron's wedding

So, again, I apologize for any inconvenience caused by our love.

In the meantime, we have a couple episodes of our ‘80s media review podcast, Radicast 198X, which we recorded several weeks ago, but never got around to editing and uploading … until now!

This week’s episode marks Radicast’s exciting journey into the double digits with episode 10 (technically, it’s our eleventh episode if you count the one we did on Supergirl, which is exclusive to Jessica’s Patreon).

This time we discuss two very iconic mid-'80s fantasy films that have a lot in common. They both bombed at the box office only to go on to become cult classics. They both star gorgeous "cold" brunettes. And they both are titled a single word that starts with the letter "L".

I'm speaking, of course, of the 1986 Jim Henson directed Labyrinth and the 1985 Ridley Scott directed Legend.

Other media we discuss in brief: The Dark Crystal [1982], Phenomena [1985], Seven Minutes in Heaven [1985]

Intro and outro songs by Michael Cook.

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Radicast 198X Ep. 9 - Troll, The Golden Child (Caitlin guest)

Radicast 198X episode 9

In this week’s episode, our friend Caitlin joins us as we discuss two more films from 1986: the strange and whimsical horror fantasy Troll (pseudo-predecessor to the infamous “Best Worst Movie” Troll 2), and the Eddie Murphy action-adventure comedy The Golden Child.

Other media we discuss in brief: Golden Boy [1995-1996], Ator l'invincibile [1982], Troll 2 [1990], Just One of the Guys [1985], Big Trouble in Little China [1986], Cobra [1986], Weird Science [1985]

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Updated Comic Pages & Radicast 198X Ep. 9 - Class of Nuke 'Em High, Crocodile Dundee

Radicast 198X

The comic hiatus continues for just a bit longer, but to help you endure the wait, we've resumed our weekly podcast: Radicast 198X.

We kick off our glorious podcast return with this episode where we discuss and review two very different films from 1986: the bizarre high school gross-out comedy Class of Nuke 'Em High (Troma's second best movie), and the chick flick disguised as an action-adventure comedy, Crocodile Dundee.

Other movies we discuss in brief: The Toxic Avenger [1984], Airplane! [1980], Robocop 2 [1990], Romancing the Stone [1984]

We dedicate this episode to Matty (Australian Dude).

In other Satan Ninja news, Jessica went through and made a whole bunch of minor updates and corrections to Satan Ninja pages. Mostly mega minor stuff that you wouldn't notice without directly comparing the updated pages with the old ones, but one of biggest changes is that the van the satan ninjas use in issue 1 is now '80s accurate. When Jessica first drew it, she must've accidentally used a more modern van as a reference, resulting in an anachronism. Whoops! Neither of us are knowledgeable about vehicles, so the mistake slipped past us until a reader recently pointed it out.

If you're really curious to see exactly how the old pages were updated, Jessica posted some before and after examples on her Patreon, which, by the way, is starting to creep close to reaching the first milestone, at which point Jessica will release the flash animated original trailer for Satan Ninja 198X, from way back in 2008 when it was called Shinobi Fist: Legend of the Badass Ninja. Thanks a lot to all you dudes and dudettes who help support this comic—you totally rule!

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Radicast 198X - The New Kids, Care Bears Movie, Private Resort

Radicast 198X The New Kids The Care Bears Movie Private Resort review

We thought we'd try something a little different this episode and cover three films, but in less depth than we typically do. We figure this would be a good way to feature things that we otherwise wouldn’t talk about since we'd be hard pressed to discuss them for an entire episode. Let us know if you prefer this format, or if you'd rather see us stick to one topic per episode. Currently, I foresee us doing a mix of both, but we'd like to hear your feedback.

The three movies we discuss are all quite different, starting with the teen thriller The New Kids, then things shift from spooky to saccharine as we discuss The Care Bears Movie, and finally, we talk about the sex comedy that Johnny Depp is embarrassed to have starred in: Private Resort. Just about the only thing these three movies have in common is they were all released in 1985.

Trailer for The New Kids:

Trailer for The Care Bears Movie:

Trailer for Private Resort:

Other movies we discuss in brief: Class of 1984 [1982], Zapped! [1982]

Intro and outro songs by Michael Cook.

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Radicast 198X - Episode 6 - Evil Dead 2

Radicast 198X 1980s movie review podcast

We have a mega-special double-length episode of our podcast this week. Not only does it feature our first guest, the awesome Gregg Samsa, but it also features us discussing a movie that's incredibly important to me: Evil Dead 2.

Of course, we also talk a lot about the original Evil Dead and Army of Darkness. We also discuss how horror movies in general evolved over the course of the '80s, and at the end of the episode, we tell the tale of how Gregg and the "vampire killer of Paris" are largely responsible for Jessica and I meeting. I also share a few anecdotes from my days as the singer of the horror-themed rock band The EverDead, including my very intimate encounter with a gay zombie.

Some other movies we talk about in brief: The Last House on the Left [1972], I Spit On Your Grave [1978], Slither [2006], Kung Fury [2015]

Intro and outro songs by Michael Cook.

Click here to check out Gregg's music.

Due to hitting our limit on SoundCloud, we won't be hosting the podcasts there and instead we've moved Radicast over to PodBean. You can now expect Radicast 198X to be a weekly show, possibly released every Wednesday, but we'lll see. Radicast is also now on Google Play and iTunes, so it should be a lot easier for people to subscribe and listen to.

But don't worry, the comic is still our focus. Jessica had to finish up another commission before the holidays, but she's done with that now and is back to working on the next comic page.

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Radicast 198X - The Black Cauldron (1985)

Radicast 198X Black Cauldron review

Radicast 198X finally returns! We have a bunch of new podcast episodes lined up, starting with this one about the forgotten "Disney animated classic" from 1985, The Black Cauldron.

Other media we briefly talk about this episode:

The Chronicles of Prydain (book series) [1964-68], Watership Down [1978], Rock-A-Doodle [1991], Fantasia [1940], The Care Bears Movie [1985], Little Shop (cartoon series) [1991], Labyrinth [1986], The Neverending Story [1984].

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Radicast 198X - 004 - Xtro

Radicast 198X Xtro review

Hell yeah! We feel that this is the episode where we hit our podcasting stride. Definitely the best one yet. We discuss Xtro, a bizarre 1982 British sci-fi horror movie made in the wake of E.T.'s mega success, in which we learn that some extraterrestrials aren't friendly.

Other media we briefly talk about this episode:

E.T. [1982], The Pod People [1983], Joey/Making Contact [1985], The Neverending Story [1984], The Karate Kid [1984],
Quest For Fire [1981], Conan the Destroyer [1984], Starman [1984], Resident Evil (Dual Shock Ver.) [1998], 
The Deadly Spawn [1983], Sorceress [1982]

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Radicast 198X Episodes 2 & 3: Vision Quest & Police Story

Radicast 198X Police Story & Vision Quest Review

In our third podcast episode, we discuss Police Story, a 1985 kung fu action comedy co-written, directed by, and starring Jackie Chan.

You should totally listen to it and learn all about our “Jackie Chan experience.”

Other movies or shows we briefly talk about in episode 3: Jackie Chan Adventures [2000-2005], Rumble in the Bronx [1995], City Hunter [1993], Project A-ko [1986], X-Men: Evolution [2000-2003], First Blood [1982]
 


You might be wondering what happened to episode 2. Well, it’s right here, under this rug, because we sorta fucked up. The program we used to record it detected the webcam we had plugged in (but weren’t using), and, because the program is a total dick, it decided to use the webcam’s shitty microphone instead of the good microphone that we were actually talking into. So the audio quality isn't the best, but we didn’t realize our goof until I went to edit it. Lesson learned.

We decided it just wouldn't be the same if we were to completely re-record the episode. Besides, it’s not unlistenable, it’s just not up to the high standards we strive for.

Check it out, and if you don’t mind the sub-par audio, you get to hear us discuss a rather obscure 1985 teen movie called Vision Quest.

We also talk a bit about ‘80s teen movies in general.

Other movies we briefly talk about in episode 2: Sixteen Candles [1984], Weird Science [1985], Some Kind of Wonderful [1987], Gotcha! [1985], After Hours [1985], Rocky IV [1985], The Quest [1986]

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