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They Podcast is a miniseries covering the films of John Carpenter beginning in August 2021.

Summary[]

The ultimate Ben's Choice! The March Madness 2021 champion miniseries on the films of John Carpenter has finally arrived. This year's March Madness was totally normal, and Carpenter was the champion of the Ben Bracket and defeated Karen Han's pick Gore Verbinski.

The series was preceded by Podz n the Cast on the films of John Singleton and succeeded by The Podcastiano on Jane Campion.

Milestones and Ephemera[]

  • The tentative schedule was announced in early August, ushering in the start of Carpenter Spooky Season. [1]
  • WHAT
    On October 12, 2021, @blankcheckpod tweeted "WHAT" in response to twitter user @AleLogIMDb reporting that when he told Carpenter about the series, he said “Wow, that’s nice.” [2][3] If true, Carpenter would be the third director to be cognizant of/acknowledge their miniseries, after Nancy Meyers and Gina Prince-Bythewood.
  • Ben nickname for the series: Benscape from New Hoz!
  • Budget is an oft-discussed topic on the series, and a blankie on reddit made a comparison of all his film's ratings (letterboxd and rotten tomatoes) compared to the budget. [4]

Episodes[]

# Title Audio Guest(s) Blank Check? Length Date
336 Dark Star 🔊 Emily Yoshida No 2:08 8/8/2021
337 Assault on Precinct 13 🔊 April Wolfe No 2:00 8/15/2021
338 Halloween 🔊 Alex Ross Perry The Guarantor 3:16 8/22/2021
339 The Fog 🔊 Nia DaCosta Sure? 1:48 8/29/2021
340 Escape from New York 🔊 Karen Han 2:18 9/5/2021
341 The Thing 🔊 Emily St. James Yeah (Bounce) 2:46 9/12/2021
342 Christine 🔊 Scott Wampler
Eric Vespe
The Rebound 2:11 9/19/2021
343 Starman 🔊 Katey Rich 2:35 9/26/2021
344 Big Trouble in Little China 🔊 Jason Mantzoukas
Paul Scheer
3:06 10/3/2021
345 Prince of Darkness 🔊 Keith Phipps 2:27 10/10/2021
346 They Live 🔊 Mike Mitchell
Nick Wiger
2:30 10/17/2021
347 Memoirs of an Invisible Man 🔊 Alan Sepinwall Chevy Chase's, and a bounce. 2:27 10/24/2021
348 In the Mouth of Madness 🔊 Angelica Jade Bastién 2:20 10/31/2021 🎃
349 Village of the Damned 🔊 Amy Nicholson 2:19 11/7/2021
350 Escape from L.A. 🔊 Matt Gourley
Paul Rust
Yes (Bounce) 2:43 11/14/2021
351 Vampires 🔊 David Ehrlich 2:16 11/21/2021
352 Ghosts of Mars 🔊 Dave Schilling
Jonah Ray
1:40 11/28/2021
353 The Ward 🔊 Drew McWeeny 2:21 12/5/2021
Special Features
SF109 Someone's Watching Me! 🔊 NA 1:23 9/11/21
--- Someone's Listening to Me! 3D Edition 🔊 1:26 9/21/21
SF112 Elvis 🔊 Layne Montgomery
Aidan Shepard
NA 1:31 10/11/21
--- They Live! (Sunglasses Edition) 🔊 Mike Mitchell
Nick Wiger
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2:19 10/17/2021
SF115 The Scorpion King (and NOT Body Bags) 🔊 1:16 11/11/2021

Ranking His Filmography[]

At the conclusion of the miniseries, the Blankies rankings will be compiled from a voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit. [5] [6]

Rank Griffin David Ben [7] Blankies
1 The Thing The Thing The Thing The Thing
2 Halloween Halloween Escape from New York Halloween
3 In the Mouth of Madness In the Mouth of Madness Halloween They Live
4 They Live Escape from New York Big Trouble in Little China In the Mouth of Madness
5 Escape from New York Prince of Darkness They Live Big Trouble in Little China
6 Big Trouble in Little China They Live Prince of Darkness Assault on Precinct 13
7 The Fog Big Trouble in Little China Assault on Precinct 13 Escape from New York
8 Starman The Fog Starman Starman
9 Christine Assault on Precinct 13 Christine Prince of Darkness
10 Prince of Darkness Starman In the Mouth of Madness Christine
11 Assault on Precinct 13 Christine Dark Star The Fog
12 Escape from L.A. Vampires The Fog Someone's Watching Me
13 Dark Star Dark Star Escape from L.A. Escape from L.A.
14 Ghosts of Mars Escape from L.A. Vampires Body Bags
15 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Ghosts of Mars Memoirs of an Invisible Man Dark Star
16 Vampires Memoirs of an Invisible Man Ghosts of Mars Vampires
17 Village of the Damned Village of the Damned Village of the Damned Ghosts of Mars
18 The Ward The Ward The Ward Village of the Damned
19 Memoirs of an Invisible Man
20 Elvis
21 The Ward
22 Cigarette Burns
23 Pro-Life

References[]

  1. @blankcheckpod, Blank Check Presents THEY PODCAST : The Films of John Carpenter 🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃🎃 Spooky Season Starts this Sunday. Retrieved August 13, 2021.
  2. @blankcheckpod, "WHAT". Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  3. @AleLogIMDb, "I told John Carpenter about @blankcheckpod covering his films & his response of “Wow, that’s nice” sounded mostly sincere." Retrieved October 14, 2021.
  4. u/ToastedPenguin, Carpenter by the Numbers: Ratings vs Budget, reddit. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  5. u/mi-16evil. What is your John Carpenter rankings?. Reddit. Retrieved on December 5, 2021.
  6. u/dm_your_thesis. John Carpenter aggregated ranking?. Reddit. Retrieved on June 30, 2022.
  7. u/NOT_prof_krispy. alrighty here we goo. Reddit. Retrieved on February 1, 2023.
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