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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.png
    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 VanDerWerff 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
SF111 Someone's Watching Me! 🔊 NA 1:23 9/11/21
SF112 Someone's Listening to Me! 3D Edition 🔊 1:26 9/21/21
SF115 Elvis 🔊 Layne Montgomery
Aidan Shepard
NA 1:31 10/11/21
SF116 They Live! (Sunglasses Edition) 🔊 Mike Mitchell
Nick Wiger
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2:19 10/17/2021
SF119 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 compiled from a voting thread found on the r/Blankies sub-reddit. [5]

Rank Griffin David Blankies
1 The Thing The Thing
2 Halloween Halloween
3 In the Mouth of Madness In the Mouth of Madness
4 They Live Escape from New York
5 Escape from New York Prince of Darkness
6 Big Trouble in Little China They Live
7 The Fog Big Trouble in Little China
8 Starman The Fog
9 Christine Assault on Precinct 13
10 Prince of Darkness Starman
11 Assault on Precinct 13 Christine
12 Escape from L.A. Vampires
13 Dark Star Dark Star
14 Ghosts of Mars Escape from L.A.
15 Memoirs of an Invisible Man Ghosts of Mars
16 Vampires Memoirs of an Invisible Man
17 Village of the Damned Village of the Damned
18 The Ward The Ward

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. mi-16evil, What is your John Carpenter rankings?, reddit. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
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