The WAYNE GALE VARIETY HOUR ep 14: “Guillermo’s Puppy Party!!!”


DANNO KLONOWSKI is a cartoonist and podcaster. MATT  RISNES is a noted film blogger and podcast guest. They have been friends for nearly 20 years and like talking about stuff at length and in-depth.  In the fourteenth episode, we delve into a discussion of The films of GUILLERMO Del TORO!!!

But first, we open with some special announcements: Including Matt’s week long dissection of the films of and an interview with ROB ZOMBIE on his  ROPES OF SILICON feature ”FORAGING FOR SUBTEXTDanno’s new comic, and of course a reminder about next episodes DANNO’s HORROR HOMEWORK in which Danno watches 5 horror films he’s never seen, then Matt (who knows all the film intimately) and Danno will discuss the films at length–AND WE’D LOVE YOU THE VIEWER TO PLAY ALONG! So if you are a fan of, or have never seen but will watch in time, any of the 5 following films, please write in and leave us your thoughts about them and we will read your commentary on the show: GRAVEYARD SHIFT, FROM BEYOND, PHANTASM II, and Rob Zombie’s HALLOWEEN and HALLOWEEN II. We hope to hear from lots of you on WGVH ep 15: DANNO’s HORROR HOMEWORK.

Then it’s on to Viewer Mail, including a dissection of KILLING THEM SOFTLY by unofficial 3rd host @RafeGuttmanfollowed by some One-Hitters including: BEAUTY IS EMBARRASSING. DOUBLE TAKE, THE CAMPAIGN, Louis CK‘s latest stand-up special, THE PLACE BEYOND THE PINES, UNFORGIVEN, and Danno’s refusal to watch any of the JAMES BOND films. There’s a musical break, followed by a short discussion of the Boston bombing and American psychos in general.

Finally it’s into the meat of the episode: The films of  GUILLERMO DEL TORO!!! A director we’ve been meaning to discuss at length since the inception of the show. So enjoy!

This episodes break music “BOB DYLAN’s 119th DREAM” is by THE FREEDOM FIGHTERS, who we discuss will be reuniting with ARM and GROTTO this May 31st at the TURF CLUB in St Paul. If you live in MN, you must NOT MISS this show.



  1. Rafe Guttman says:

    My exhaustive ramblings on Graveyard Shift. Edit as you deem fit.

    Stalin believed quantity has its own quality. The prolific Stephen King agrees. To spite his work’s ubiquity, I have never read a single King novel, novella or novelette. Thinking the worst of others, I have always suspected people read King simply to tell their friends they were reading something better than Dean Koontz or less tawdry than Jack Ketchum. But after listening to the Graveyard Shift audio book, I know now what I’ve been missing: not that much. The short story, upon which the superior film is based, tells the tale of one working man’s impudence precipitating his downfall. Sadly, King could not state it in as many words. He needs more. Much more.

    The film on the other hand, despite the shallow source material, manages to melt a blue-collar version of the dragon slayer monomyth with Freudian and biblical elements into a phantasmagorical melange. Proving that the book isn’t always better.

    I liken our hero, John Hall, to those Arthurian knights of medieval lore; chaste and chivalrous, Hall is an anachronism. He exists in a world where workers and women are objectified and commodified. A widower instead of the naive virgin of yore, Hall seems to have hoisted the yoke of chastity upon himself. This is a much more virtuous act than having circumstance foist it on you. We see him defending ladies and cooking for women but there are no love scenes. A solitary kiss in the third act hints that he may be ready to end this abnegation, though.

    Warwick, played superbly by Stephen Macht, provides the contrast. He abuses his position of power to procure sex from his female workers and discards them on a whim. He treats people as things, women as objects. There is no room for anyone but him on his pedestal. All is beneath. To him, we all are rats.

    Brad Dourif’s exterminator character provides the mythical role of mentor to our hero. His rat homily echoes in Hall’s head as he slays the rat/bat/dragon beast. Regardless of how well one thinks this story meshes with Joseph Campbell’s archetypal monomyth, the film is worth a viewing simply for Dourif and Macht. They are phenomenal in this.

    | Reply Posted April 21, 2013, 3:23 pm
  2. Andy Lunn says:

    From Beyond was a movie that as a kid, I always wanted to see because of the great cover that the Video box had. – The odd bloke with his face melting away to the side. I even managed to snag the poster from somewhere or other. But I never saw the movie. Even in my teens and the whole of my twenties, the movie passed me by.

    It wasn’t until last year at the ripe old age of 35 that I finally saw the bastard. And my, oh my, was it worth the wait. There is so much strange shit going on it that movie that I don’t know where to start. The probosis stuff if damn freaky, Ken Forree is legendary as always. You’ve got some chick in a leather suspender get-up. And to top it all, I finally got to see the freaky head bloke from the poster, in all his glory.

    A masterpiece of madness, a hundred times better than a lot of the shit that breaks box office records these days.

    | Reply Posted April 23, 2013, 5:39 pm
  3. Andy Lunn says:

    I’ve seen all the Phantasm movies, but can’t remember number two specifically. I’m guessing that at some point the Tall Man holders “Boooooyyyyyy!! – And that its pretty great.

    | Reply Posted April 24, 2013, 1:58 am
  4. Captain Ringfinger says:

    32 T-cells!! LOL thanks for the reminder of that whole mess and the 201 episode referenced.

    “Puck is always burping and farting at the table”

    Good start to the show about people just mimicking others. People will since it’s easier and more efficient for them. It’s like accepting a welfare check, on some level they may think it’s wrong but they’re still going to do it. Silence is golden but unfortunately the world assumes that “if you ain’t with us, yer against us!” and forces us to offer up platitudes as to NOT be thought of as some sort of non-feeling robotic a-hole when tragedy strikes.

    I liked your discussion about giving movies second chances, leaning more towards Danno’s position.

    I loved Danno’s comment about the finical crisis “submarine creaks of the pressure” ex-ELL-ent metaphor.

    Otherwise I appreciate your passion (as always) about a subject even if I don’t share it. I’ve seen most of the later GDT movies you listed but they were just pretty much movies to me. I enjoyed them, but once again I don’t have anything to add to the conversation much like the 90’s music episode.

    | Reply Posted August 6, 2013, 2:31 pm

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