Victims and Villains

Victims and Villains

The home of Victims and Villains Podcast, That's High Price: A Nicolas Cage Podcast and Abyss Gazing: A Horror Podcast. Each crafted with the intent to break the stigma of mental health and suicide awareness to bring real conversations through a multiverse of fandoms.

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January 20, 2022 75 min
It's always someone you know. Or so that's what the marketing behind the latest entry into the Scream franchise says. For the first time ever, Sydney Prescott and Ghost Face find themselves under the direction of someone other than Wes Craven. Join us as we go back to Woodsboro to see if the new directors capture Craven's legacy, we discuss the film's commentary on the current state of the genre, overcoming trauma a...
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We’re staring into the abyss of 1994's Interview with the Vampire to see what will stare back. We sit down with indie filmmaker Mike Thompson to discuss his short film, Threshold, and the challenges of filmmaking during COVID times. Plus, we remember the late great Anne Rice by looking at the star studded adaptation of her beloved novel. We look at how she broke the mold of vampire novels, the mental health journey of its chara...
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Not every movie can be an Oscar winner. Sometimes you have to sit through the bad in order to get through the good. Captain Nostalgia and Black Nerd Magic are here to shuffle through some of their picks for the worst of the worst. Expect everything from "Family" blockbusters to unnecessary remakes to sequels that just didn't quite hit the mark. Some of them even have their own episodes. Check out our episodes on "Th...
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Happy New Year! It's either gonna be a great or terrible day depending on how you look at it. We sit down with filmmakers Jared Mason and Clark Runciman to discuss their latest offering, The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord. You can hear our spoiler-free thoughts on the movie, hear about the difficulties of making an independent film, the chances of casting, and much more. The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord is now availab...
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Anime is still on the mind as we delve deep into the landmark anime film Ghost in the Shell. This highly recognized and very influential movie was a pioneer not only in anime but also in the cyberpunk genre. Does its legendary status hold up under scrutiny? The Animind group examines the various philosophical themes of this complex story to see. Whether you are just dipping your toes into the anime waters or have been diving into ...
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Just when you thought it was over; Lana Wachowski returns for another chapter in The Matrix saga. Load up the old system for an extremely meta take on the classic groundbreaking series. In this retrospective finale, we’ll navigate our way through the behind the scenes road leading up to the fourth chapter, the mental health of nostalgia, and much more. Catch up on our Matrix Retrospective series now: https://bit.ly/matrixseries.

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We've come to find out if Primal is worthy of high praise. This late 2019 film sees Cage as the closest we will ever see him come to see him taking on the role of Joe Exotic. Journey with us as we recap our favorite Nic Cage movies from this year, favorite episodes and the depths of the jungle that is Primal. All this and more on this episode of That's High Praise!

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December 29, 2021 102 min
Grab your bow, quiver and sidekick because we're talking about the latest Disney+ from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Hawkeye. Up to now, Hawkeye has largely been a fairly underutilized character within the Avengers films. Disney+ is getting ready to cut him loose, bring redemption and bring him into the world of larping all within six magical episodes. Join Josh and Allen as they navigate their way through the journey ...
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We swing into the multiverse for the third film in the Tom Holland trilogy, Spider-Man: No Way Home. How many of our theories were right coming into this movie? How many times did we cry and cheer? What does it mean for the marvel cinematic universe moving forward? Join us as we answer these questions, share our love for our favorite Spider-Man, Doctor Strange theories and more.

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We’re staring into the abyss of 2021's Red Snow to see what will stare back. We sit down with writer/director Sean Lynch to discuss the creative process, deconstructing vampire tropes, the mental health of rejection and much more. Be sure to pre-order (or pick-up) your copy of Red Snow today: https://amzn.to/3Eh7ndo. Music for this episode comes courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (https://bit.ly/agktheme) & Purple Planet (https://bi...
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While we wait for The Matrix Resurrections, we jump back into The Matrix for the original finale to the trilogy with 2003's The Matrix Revolutions. Caless Davis, of Feelin Film Podcast (https://bit.ly/ffilmpod), joins once again for another trip down the rabbit trail. Join us as we discuss our thoughts on the end of character journeys, the power of love, the importance of self-love and much more. Catch up on our Matrix Retrospe...
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Once more anime is on the mind as we discuss what is arguably the hottest current series being put out there, My Hero Academia. Dani, Graham and Matthew discuss not only the elaborate world this series has built up but also deeply examine the people behind the masks and spandex who inhabit it. What makes a hero and how do the challenges of being one relate to everyday people in everyday life? We keep things spoiler-free (for the mo...
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We're animated that our friends over at the Collateral Cinema Podcast (https://bit.ly/352guest) join for us for our annual holiday crossover. Beau and Ash join us to jump back into The Matrix with its 2003 spin-off film, The Animatrix. Join us as we break down each short film, what it means for the mythology as a whole, the importance of validation and much more. Be sure to check us out on their show discussing Last Ounce of Co...
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We've managed to escape the Matrix to sit down with genre legend, Caroline Williams, to discuss her career. Ranging from everything including her iconic role in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 to her recent roles and the mental health of balancing acting and parenthood. Caroline can be found here on Twitter: https://twitter.com/WilliCaroline. On the opposite side of this episode, we sit down with JR and Gypsey. The duo behind the...
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We’re staring into the abyss of 2015's Krampus to see what will stare back. More specifically we are looking at The Naughty Cut of the film; a recent release from Scream Factory (https://bit.ly/krampus4k). 'Tis the season to be merry and jolly...or at least that's what society tells. If you lose hope, Krampus isn't too far behind. Join us as we discuss the mental health pressure of the holidays, the messiness of fam...
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Gear up for another round in The Matrix. We're back for another episode in our Matrix series looking at The Matrix Reloaded. Throughout this journey, we'll stop to address themes of choice, the importance of the past, world-building the mythos to the series and much more! Caless Davis, from Feelin Film Podcast (https://bit.ly/ffilmpod), suits up with us again for another wild ride!

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December 6, 2021 76 min
Keeping anime on the mind we look at one of the most successful and popular anime series of all time, InuYasha. Dani, Graham and Matthew discuss why this anime is so popular and resonates deeply with so many people. Nothing is off the table in this episode as we cover such varied topics as the true meaning of strength, cultural differences, sexual expression, power dynamics, archery, PTSD, and whether those are dog ears or cat ears...
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We've come to find out if Kill Chain is worthy of high praise. This late 2019 film sees Cage as a hotel owner recounting a series of events that might just be as messy as his own line of work. Journey with us as we attempt to decode the Kill Chain of this series of unfortunate events. All this and more on this episode of That's High Praise!

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Will you take the red pill or the blue pill as we kick off our December series looking at The Matrix franchise? Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne lead the cast of this landmark late 1990s. Which remains both timely and a product of its time. In this kick-off episode, Josh and Caless (of Feelin Film Podcast; https://bit.ly/ffilmpod) discuss Y2K fears, the importance of understanding truth, Resurrections predictions and much more!

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We’re staring into the abyss of 2021's Censor to see what will stare back. Todd Densmore, from Fox Paw Productions (https://bit.ly/ag12guest), joins us to talk about his own films. While also addressing the need for personal versus corporate censorship within art, the impact of unresolved trauma and much more. Music for this episode comes courtesy of Kevin MacLeod (https://bit.ly/agktheme) & Purple Planet (https://bit.ly/p...
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