Friday, March 11, 2011

THE NIGHT CREW Introduction

Greetings victims. Welcome to the birthing of The Night Crew, a new multi-genre podcast centered around cinema culture. Staffed by some of the most knowledgeable film journalists in the business, TNC (The Night Crew) has contributors literally all over the world. Los Angeles. San Francisco. Seattle. New York City. Toronto. Hong Kong. London. We hope to be adding contributors from Tokyo and Spain as well very soon. We are also lucky to be joined by people such as writer and film producer Philip Nutman, and Fangoria editor-in-chief Chris Alexander, who will both ave ongoing "columns" here on TNC. Philip, The Unlikely Cowboy will doing a westerns film primer every episode, and Chris will be phoning in a capsule review of a film each week. Both add a special dash of magic and luncy to an already insane parade of professional movie geeks already half off their rockers. From assorted caves, dungeons, and undersea hideouts, we have Sean "The Butcher" Smithson (Fangoria/Twitch/Dread Central), Thom Carnell (Fangoria/Dread Central) James Marsh and Andrew Mack (Twitch), Heather Buckley (Fangoria/Dread Central), and Mars Homeworld (Dead House Music/Fangoria),  as core staff. Rounding out the proceeding will be the aforementioned sirs Nutman and Alexander, as well as Gareth Jones (Dread Central) and Sean Decker (Dread Central). As you see, there is no lack here of consummate pro's deeply immersed in the industry.

Given the nature of independent film distribution, and film festivals being the new "market" for our demographic, we here at TNC feel it is extremely important to have global staff, so we can bring you the latest and greatest as close to "real time" as we can get. Things to look forward to include coverage from the upcoming HKIFF (Hong Kong International Film Festival), exclusive interviews with some of the greatest in genre film-making, breaking news, in depth analysis of three films with some kind of connective tissue each episode, trailers, music mash-ups, and pretty much any other nutty stuff we can think up to entice, torment, and tickle you listeners with.

Please remember we are writers, not audio engineers, as well. We are learning as we go as far as the technical end of things, so bare with us, we promise it's going to only get better. Figuring out the site, server, RSS feed, converting files, editing...it's all been quite a task. regardless, our dedication to the art of cinema and the film going/watching experience is unequaled. The writers mantra is "Content content content", and one promise we can make to you now is that we indeed adhere to that.

Keep an eye open for updates. We will soon be announcing our roster of first round guests, and boy oh boy is it a doozy. Trust me. Directors, actors, make up FX artists, other renowned film jourono's and programmers. In a word, it's gonne be THE SHIT. Prepare yourselves.

As the show airs, please also feel free to email us your comments and suggestions at thenightcrewpodcast@gmail.com because we want your voice to be a part of the proceedings as well. TNC is taped and edited beforehand for the time being, and will drop on a weekly basis starting this coming Wednesday, March 16, 2011. Episode 0 is an extended introduction to our staff and contributors. After that, please check in weekly for new episodes. Again, we promise something very special. We are all very excited here at TNC. Please read the sites and contributors posts and articles, support the film going experience by getting out and putting ass-in-seat when there is something you feel is worth seeing, and keep your eyes peeled for anything you think may be good on the show. We are you. You are us.

So, at that, please enter freely and of your own will, and leave some of the happiness you bring behind. Come join us on The Night Crew.

~ The Butcher


  1. I loved hearing the varying views here.
    I myself really appreciated ‘The Walking Dead’. Women viewers? I am a woman who has read the books. Don’t bring women into it! That’s just shitty! Bring uneducated America into it! Huge character development only has to happen for those who have no imagination. This isn’t something that “women viewers” need. You need to remember, it is Americans on a whole that aren’t that bright (sorry guys, but its true).
    I love Kung-Fu, and I look forward to watching the films that have been brought up. I like all genera’s when it comes to cinema. I can’t wait to hear your new broadcasts. As a comic nerd, I can’t wait for ‘Sucker Punch’. Call me main stream, call me whatever you want, but there is something about a girl with a sword.

  2. My comment directed toward the idea that a female demographic was surprising (not only to critics but to the series' creators themselves) due to the fact that this is - or was supposed to be - a zombie story. The general consensus is that most zombie films (or books or whatever…) pull a pretty solid 12-24 year old male demographic and very little else (yes, there are exceptions, but…). I don’t make those figures… I’m just quoting them. I was in no way impugning women or even insinuating they were less intelligent (American or not) than men. So my “bringing women into it” was valid since it is of interest that they are a portion of the audience that was not anticipated.
    I assure you… there was no malice meant.

    I agree. SUCKERPUNCH does indeed LOOK good.
    Whether it will be anything more than a feast for the eyes remains to be seen.

    And finally… If you like “women with a sword” flicks… check out Fumihiko Sori’s ICHI, Toshiya Fujihita’s LADY SNOWBLOOD & LADY SNOWBLOOD: LOVE SONG OF VENGEANCE, Teruo Ishii’s BLIND WOMAN’S CURSE, or even Takanori Tsujimoto’s HARD REVENGE MILLY (silly, but fun).

  3. SUCKER PUNCH looks like a raging piece of shitcake supreme. I find the Lolita-esque-cum-porno-cum-fanboy spank bank look of the ad campaign to be completely fucking offensive too.

    No. I am not joking. Talk about setting sexual politics back a zillion years. This is like a Brittney Spears video made by the producers of UROTSUKIDOJI. Factor in Zach Snyder can't tell a story, then factor in there's pretty much literally NO story to tell, then factor in our correspondent ANdrew Mack saw it last night (Wed March 23, 2011) and yep...Magic 8 Ball says "Fuck this flick, SUCKER PUNCH is shit."