It’s time to turn the Thanksgiving tables on the colonizers, practice your tango, and think about Debbie’s needs as we get all together ooky with Barry Sonnenfeld’s Addams Family Values (1993). Should we give the incomparable Joan Cusack most of the credit for making this sequel better than the original? Or does it go to the incredibly precocious Christina Ricci, who might be the best child star of her generation? Are Angelica Huston and Raul Julia the ultimate relationship goals on-screen couple? And is Uncle Fester’s O face in this movie even creepier than Dan Ackroyd’s in Ghostbusters? All we know it that we want to find the kind of loving acceptance the Addams Family bestows so easily.
Reach for your 80s hair goals and get that voodoo doll ready as we embrace our dream of joining an all-powerful coven in The Witches of Eastwick (1987, yet again). Who had more fun playing the devil, Jack Nicholson or Al Pacino? (And yes, we will cover The Devil’s Advocate soon, don’t you worry.) Is this film feminist or not? Should Helen let go of her grudge against Susan Sarandon, after nearly being run down by her on a scooter? Does Veronica Cartwright deserve an Oscar for her incredibly unhinged performance? We’re too busy enjoying our gorgeous mansion and giant butler to worry about the contractual details.
Fluff up your hair, grease up your closest saxophone player and run away with Jason Patric and Kiefer Sutherland in The Lost Boys (1987). How do you tell someone you’re 40 without saying you’re 40? Is this the horniest vampire movie ever made? And if so, why did they cast such a baby-faced Corey Haim? And why is Corey Feldman doing a Rambo voice? We’d tell you if we weren’t succumbing to peer pressure to become a creature of the night.
Sharpen your fangs and get horny cuz it’s time to sink our teeth into 1994’s Interview with the Vampire. Is the blood-drinking SFX in this film a little too “juicy”. Would it have been better if it just embraced its gay side? (Obviously yes.) Does its over-the-top cheesy goth angst make it that much more enjoyable? (We’re split on that.) And is Kirsten Dunst carrying this movie on her tiny little shoulders? We’ll get back to you after we seductively pass our hands through this candle flame.
YNFA is kicking off a month of our favorite pop culture vampires! We’re down a few podcast hosts for this one, but up a lot of fan-girling with a very special episode about the GOAT of vampire television show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Randall, Bryce and Dayna take a long trip down the hellmouth to revisit some of their favorite episodes from both the WB and CW years, and ask some important questions along the way. Is the Xander factor just too much for a show to overcome in 2022? Why was Alyson Hannigan so good at crying? Why is it always up to the teenage girl to help old British dudes save the world? And to quote Sarah Michelle Gellar: Is it okay to love Buffy even if we no longer love the man who created her? Put on your best leather duster, throw some stakes in your pocket and pull out your best Buffy-speak for this one.