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Less Than Silent Hills

Brock Wilbur and Rachel Jane Andelman

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Rachel Jane Andelman (@rajandelman) and Brock Wilbur (@brockwilbur) plow through the Silent Hill games and extended universe so you don't have to. Also, there are jokes and friendship and yeah, of course, the dark corrosion of past sins that are inescapable. But in a fun way! [Produced by Terence Wiggins @theblacknerd]
 
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“They brought you into this world. They can take you out.” In 2017’s Mom and Dad, Nic Cage and Selma Blair (watch out for our spinoff podcast “The Blair, Which? Project”) are parents who are struck by a worldwide psychosis that makes them want to literally murder their children. It’s a very stylized horror comedy and dare we say… a bit fun? From a …
 
Nic Cage is the captain of a sinking ship, which is a great metaphor for this 2016 movie that is a disgrace to the true story it tells. Instead of watching this movie, watch the infinitely more compelling monologue about the USS Indianapolis from Jaws. But also listen to this episode, because it’s a fun one. Our guests this week are the cohosts of …
 
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Screenwriter Brendon Bouzard joins us to chat about the this David Lynch / Nic Cage collab from 1990. It’s just as quirky, sexy, and cartoonishly violent as you’d expect, filled with fatal car accidents, a thin Wizard of Oz allegory, and Nic Cage indulging in his Elvis obsession. Also, we answer the question on everyone’s mind: is this movie the pr…
 
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Brock Wilbur and Rachel Jane Andelman, two comedians plowing through the history of Silent Hill video games, finally hit upon the mobile/handheld adventure that is wildly better than one might expect. Silent Hill Zero is a long-haul trucker line-in to why a child gave birth to another child while a different person's entire family committed suicide…
 
As Rachel and Brock worked through the first four Silent Hill games, there were a few episodes where time ran out and the ability to dive into the deeper stuff got cut. That's where Whitney Chavis (Chemi_Ro) comes in. Whitney runs the Silent Hill Historical Society and live-streams the games for charity and just generally has a doctorate in this ha…
 
Taking a brief jump from the games and their order, Rachel and Brock take a bit of a celebratory lap to talk about the Christophe Gans film adaptation of our favorite damn thing. Is this the episode where they hit their stride? abso-goddamned-lutely. Tune in for a better informed discussion of what percentage of good ideas and terrible nonsense mak…
 
Against all odds, Rachel and Brock have reached the fourth installment in the Silent Hill series. First there was a city and then there was a more personal city and then there was the sexual awakening of a mall but now.... oh now... now stuff is complicated in the laundry room! The final Team Silent game is a bizarre mish-mash of good ideas and uh …
 
We're into the third game of the Silent Hill series, where Rachel and Brock learn why you don't enter a haunted mall after hours and why you never leave your dad home alone when you're hunting the ghosts of his past. Our exploration of the series hits a fascinating point here where there's just SO MUCH to unpack, we know that this has to be the fir…
 
It's a bit tricky to ramp up into processing one of the Most Important Games Of All Time, but that's we try to do here. Basically, Rachel and Brock do a good introduction episode to the story, themes, and spooky stuff from Silent Hill 2. We're really going to have to dig into SH2 more in the future, and we're hoping to have some Real Silent Hill Sp…
 
We start at the very beginning, which is a very good place to start. Rachel Jane Andelman and Brock Wilbur begin a journey through all the different Silent Hill games with the very first title on the Playstation. This 1999 adventure proves to be a difficult replay for Brock and a less interesting story than everyone was hoping for. Still, you have …
 
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