Episode 21: Most Dangerous Game Shows, feat. Luana Saitta of Monster Island Commentaries
THE REVOLUTION WILL BE TELEVISED AND IT WILL BE BROUGHT TO YOU EXCLUSIVELY BY MING TEA! TURN ON, TUNE IN, DROP DEAD!
Psychotic games and sadistic reality television are on the docket this month. Gabe and returning guest Luana Saitta of Monster Island & Movie Lobby Commentaries check out three politically-charged classics about televised death sport, including Elio Petri’s The 10th Victim (Italian: La decima vittima, 1965), Paul Bartel’s Death Race 2000 (1975), and Paul Michael Glaser’s The Running Man (1987). Come for the wacky costumes and violence, stay for the endless puns and surprisingly prescient social satire.
00:00 – Intro
06:23 – The 10th Victim
27:29 – Death Race 2000
1:05:43 – The Running Man
1:43:47 – Deathrow Gameshow (1987), Absolute Aggression (1996), and final thoughts
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This month’s charity links include one of Luana’s preferred charities, a listener request, and Palestinian relief resources. Please consider donating if you have any spare cash:
UNRWA (United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East) Gaza Crisis Appeal (critical healthcare, construction, food, and education)
George Floyd Memorial Foundation
Support Black-Owned Businesses: 181 Places to Start Online
Mercy Housing (US affordable housing and support program)