The Suspense is Killing Us

The Suspense is Killing Us
Podcast by Kevlar C

May 20 • 177 min
We examine some of the darker movies from the famously sunny Meg Ryan, and Dennis Quaid comes along for 2/3 of the ride. Same with John Hawkes! And the state of Texas! The other third is In the Cut. D.O.A (1988, Rocky Morton & Annabel Jankel) FLESH AND…
May 6 • 169 min
Inspired by last episode’s BAD COMPANY, we jump into three wildly different thrillers starring the great Ellen Barkin. THE BIG EASY (1986 Jim McBride) SEA OF LOVE (1989 Harold Becker) MERCY (2000 Damian Harris)
Apr 22 • 163 min
We take a look at a very broad spectrum of Larry Fishburne’s work during Hollywood’s Third Golden Age: 1992-1995! DEEP COVER (1992, Bill Duke) BAD COMPANY (1995, Damian Harris) JUST CAUSE (1995, Arne Glimcher)
Apr 8 • 143 min
We examine some John Grisham adaptations and are amazed to discover that—seriously, SPOILER ALERT—they all feature lawyers! In the South! THE CLIENT (1994, Joel Schumacher) THE CHAMBER (1996, James Foley) THE GINGERBREAD MAN (1998, Robert Altman)
Mar 25 • 161 min
We examine the sultry stylings of one of the true gems of the 90’s by viewing some of her most not-particularly-great films! Stay alive, no matter what occurs! BLINK (1993, Michael Apted) CHINA MOON (1994, John Bailey) THE GENERAL’S DAUGHTER (1999, Simon…
Mar 11 • 149 min
Suspense is Killing Us MVPs Rebecca de Mornay and Ashley Judd team up for a crackerjack, legal AF podcast extravaganza. And they’re joined by CHER? The scales of justice have truly tipped in your favor. Sustained! SUSPECT (1987, Peter Yates) GUILTY AS SIN…
30: GIALLO SHOTS (w/ Corey J. Brewer)
Feb 26 • 139 min
Special guest Corey Brewer guides us through the wonderful world of sleazy, flashy Italian thrillers aka Giallo! In Italy, no one can hear you scream! Until the dubbing process is completed in post. A BLADE IN THE DARK (1983, Lamberto Bava) DELIRIUM…
Feb 12 • 170 min
If you like movies about children in peril (and who doesn’t?) have we got a podcast episode for you! Troubled stars Johnny Depp, Bruce Willis and Mel Gibson square off agains the last century’s greatest scourge—kidnappings! NICK OF TIME (1995, John…
Jan 29 • 157 min
We recommend that you listen to this from the safe confines of your own house, because if you venture too far out there into the world, it’s practically inevitable that you’ll be SET UPON BY PSYCHOS! Case in point: DEAD CALM (1989, Phillip NOYCE)…
Jan 15 • 162 min
Things sure are nice and peaceful in the comforting confines of your very own nice house in boring old suburbia, right? Wrong! Two psycho cops and Vince Vaughn are coming for ya! Time to MAN UP. DOMESTIC DISTURBANCE (2001, Harold Becker) UNLAWFUL ENTRY…
Jan 1 • 138 min
Surely we can all agree that there’s no better way to kick off the second season of TSIKU than with a batch of movies that Dennis Miller had small roles in! Also starring (in much larger roles) Sandra Bullock, Rebecca DeMornay and all-star Diane Lane!…
Dec 18, 2019 • 135 min
We celebrate our 25th episode and our ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY (more or less) the only way we know how: by finally discussing the work of our patron saint, the legendary ASHLEY JUDD! KISS THE GIRLS (1997, Gary Fleder) DOUBLE JEOPARDY (1999, Bruce Beresford)…
24: TICKLE ME ELMORE (w/ Spenser Hoyt)
Dec 4, 2019 • 155 min
The Right Reverend Spencer Hoyt joins us to talk about some 80’s Elmore Leonard adaptations of WILDLY differing quality. And considerable sleaze! STICK (1985, Burt Reynolds) 52 PICK UP (1986, John Frankenheimer) CAT CHASER (1989, Abel Ferrara)
Nov 20, 2019 • 124 min
We cover three Alec Baldwin thrillers in depth, tell some jokes, do some Baldwin impressions and are never sick at sea. You ask us if we have a God complex? Let me tell you something: WE ARE GOD. MALICE (1993, Harold Becker) THE JUROR (1996, Brian Gibson)…
Nov 6, 2019 • 121 min
The boys discuss three “edgy” independent crime movies that were basically targeted directly at them as curse-word loving movie nerd teens in the 90’s. ROMEO IS BLEEDING (1993, Peter Medak) KILLING ZOE (1993, Roger Avary) THE USUAL SUSPECTS (1995, Bryan…
Oct 23, 2019 • 137 min
We take a dark and twisted look inside the dark and twisted minds of some of cinema’s most second rate psychopaths! KALIFORNIA (1993, Dominic Sena) COPYCAT (1995, Jon Ameil) PRIMAL FEAR (1996, The Hoblit)
Oct 9, 2019 • 132 min
To celebrate our 20th episode (!) we pay tribute to our Patron Saint of Cinematic Sleaze, Michael Douglas. Sleaze, for lack of a better word, is good. DISCLOSURE (1994, Barry Levinson) A PERFECT MURDER (1998, Andrew Davis) DON’T SAY A WORD (2001, Gary…
Sep 25, 2019 • 125 min
We discuss three movies that were clearly inspired by Chinatown. They all take place in mid-20th century LA, deal with morally ambiguous men exploring vast, evil conspiracies, and feature classic cartoon characters. Well, only one has cartoons. WHO FRAMED…
Sep 10, 2019 • 144 min
We’ve had ENOUGH with movies that aren’t about husbands who DECEIVED their brides into not realizing they were SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY. So we discuss a handful of movies about that particular subject matter. SLEEPING WITH THE ENEMY (1991, Joseph Ruben)…
17: DAHL PARTS (with Amie Simon)
Aug 29, 2019 • 169 min
The fabulous Amie Simon joins the gang for a JUST AS LONG AS IT SHOULD BE discussion of the early provincial noirs of John Dahl. KILL ME AGAIN (1989) RED ROCK WEST (1993) THE LAST SEDUCTION (1994)
Aug 14, 2019 • 120 min
The boys examine three movies beginning with the prefix “UN” and manage to score a 66.6% on the Diane Lane meter! UNFORGETTABLE (John Dahl, 1996) UNFAITHFUL (Adrian Lyne, 2002) UNTRACEABLE (Gregory Hoblit, 2008)
Aug 1, 2019 • 140 min
We come out to the coast and have a few laughs discussing the work of the often lazy and always smirking Sir Bruce Willis. STRIKING DISTANCE (1993, Rowdy Herrington) COLOR OF NIGHT (1994, Dick Rush) PERFECT STRANGER (2007, James Foley)
Jul 17, 2019 • 116 min
The peculiar charms of MICHAEL KEATON are examined in this whirlwind episode. Specifically in the 1990’s, when he was arguably at the peak of his charming peculiarity. PACIFIC HEIGHTS (1990, John Schlesinger) ONE GOOD COP (1991, Heywood Gould) DESPERTE…
13: SPADER NEUTERED (New Kids, Watcher, Jack’s Back)
Jul 3, 2019 • 126 min
The gang does a deep dive into the work of dreamy/creepy legend James Spader, finding one masterpiece, one complete disaster and one somewhere in between. NEW KIDS: (1985, Sean S. Cunningham) JACK’S BACK (1988, Rowdy Herrington) THE WATCHER (2000, Joe…
12: STEAMY NOIR (Body Heat, Hot Spot, Wild Things)
Jun 19, 2019 • 123 min
It’s getting hot and southern in here, because the gang is talking about SEXY, SEXY neo-noirs that take place in HOT locations in the American south! Hope you don’t mind being TURNED ON a whole bunch! BODY HEAT (1981, Lawrence Kasdan) THE HOT SPOT (1990,…
11: TEEN SCREAMS (Crush, Poison Ivy, Fear)
Jun 5, 2019 • 130 min
Special guest EMALIE SODERBACK joins Matt, Kevin and Travis to discuss some occasionally problematic teen-oriented thrillers. WARNING: LOTS of Mark Wahlberg impressions. Poison Ivy (1992, dir. Katt Shea) The Crush (1993, dir. Alan Shapiro) Fear (1996,…
May 22, 2019 • 80 min
Hitchcock’s Psycho is one of the most influential thrillers of all time, but we can’t cover it because this podcast is about thrillers from the 80’s and 90’s. Fortunately, they made three more of these things—of VARYING degrees of quality—all starring the…
9: Curtis Hanson
May 9, 2019 • 95 min
Inspired by the awesomeness of The Hand that Rocks the Cradle, the guys dedicate a full episode to the (pre-LA Confidential) films of Curtis Hanson. Bedroom Window (1987) Bad Influence (1990) The River Wild (1994)
8: Killer Ladies (Fatal, SWF, Hand that Rocks)
Apr 24, 2019 • 129 min
Matt, Kevin and Travis assess three classic lady stalker films and find them all to be very sympathetic and tasteful portraits of mental illness sufferers. FATAL ATTRACTION (1987, Adrian Lyne) SINGLE WHITE FEMALE (1992, Barbet Schroeder) THE HAND THAT…
7: RICOCHET (& Two Other Denzel Movies)
Apr 10, 2019 • 101 min
The legendary VERN stops by to discuss one of the greatest/craziest/most underrated movies of all time—RICOCHET. Also, we talk about two far less magnificent films. Featuring Matt Lynch, Kevin Clarke and Travis Vogt. RICOCHET (1991) dir. Russell Mulcahy…
#6: DePalma-Rama pt. 2
Mar 27, 2019 • 84 min
Our masterfully macabre exploration of the Master of the Macabre concludes with some of his later offerings. Raising Cain (1992) Snake Eyes (1998) Femme Fatale (2002)
5: Brian De Palma, part 1
Mar 13, 2019 • 105 min
Matt, Kevin and Travis try watching three good movies for a change—De Palma’s masterfully smutty output from the early 80s! Dressed to Kill (1980) Blow Out (1981) Body Double (1984)
4: Joe Eszterhouse (Jagged Edge, Betrayed, Jade)
Feb 27, 2019 • 98 min
Matt, Kevin and Travis wade deep into the muck of legendary sleazeball writer Joe Eszterhas’ work…again…and find some predictably icky stuff. Jagged Edge (Richard Marquand, 1985) Betrayed (Costa-Gavras, 1988) Jade (William Friedkin, 1995)
Ep #3: Basic Instinct & Lesser Ripoffs
Feb 12, 2019 • 100 min
Kevin, Matt and Travis finally jump in the deep end of the pool as they discuss the near-perfect sleaze-fest BASIC INSTINCT, and the much farther from perfect wannabes SLIVER and BODY OF EVIDENCE. It’s hot, hot stuff.
Ep 2: Presumed Innocent, Consenting Adults, The Pelican Brief
Jan 28, 2019 • 70 min
Matt, Kevin and Travis discuss the later work of Alan J Pakula: Presumed Innocent, Consenting Adults and The Pelican Brief. WITH MIXED RESULTS.
Ep 1: Star Chamber, Presidio, Narrow Margin
Jan 15, 2019 • 73 min
Kevin, Matt and Travis discuss the 80’s output of director Peter Hyams.