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A New Year, A Horrific New You

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It's a new year, and with it comes an opportunity to transform yourself--but what if that transformation goes horribly wrong? This month, the KMUW Movie Club discusses their favorite films about gross and twisted physical transformations. 

Speaking of transformation, an organization that is currently going through one is the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Oscar nominations came out a couple of weeks ago, and the KMUW Movie Club is running down the list to give you their thoughts and predictions.



Fletcher's Pick: Re-Animator(1985)

I've heard Re-Animator described as a horror movie "with the courage of its convictions." I really appreciate how it doesn't hold back AT ALL, and how funny it is without too much winking at the audience. Also, it's super disgusting.

Hugo's Pick: The Thing(1982)

John Carpenter's The Thing puts its audience in a claustrophobic expedition site set against a backdrop of a vast and frozen wilderness. With a stellar special effects crew, Carpenter was able to help create a horrifyingly imaginative shape-shifting creature. I could watch Kurt Russell burn gross creatures all day.

Jedd's Pick: The Fly(1985)

Jeff Goldblum is a versatile actor who scares me as often as he makes me laugh. He did some awful movies in the 1980s, but this is not one of them. The Fly has aged remarkably well. It scares me as much today as it did almost 30 years ago.

What are some of your favorite body horror movies? Any thoughts on Oscar Nominations? Let us know on Facebook and Twitter.

Fletcher Powell has worked at KMUW since 2009 as a producer, reporter, and host. He's been the host of All Things Considered since 2012 and KMUW's movie critic since 2016. Fletcher is a member of the Critics Choice Association.
Jedd Beaudoin is host/producer of the nationally syndicated program Strange Currency. He has also served as an arts reporter, a producer of A Musical Life and a founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. As a music journalist, his work has appeared in Pop Matters, Vox, No Depression and Keyboard Magazine.
Hugo Phan is a Digital News Reporter at KMUW, and founding member of the KMUW Movie Club. After years of being a loyal listener, he signed up to be a KMUW volunteer and joined the station's college student group before becoming a digital assistant in 2013.