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Johnny Has the Keys

100 EpisodesProduced by Tim Smith & David HortonWebsite

Johnny Has the Keys is a Horror and Science Fiction podcast, deciphering inspirations, influences, and parallels within the genre. It is the indulgence of life-long friends, David Horton and Tim Smith, and it presented via the magic of podcasting with their enthusiastic –albeit sometimes, sarcastic … read more

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Ep. 04-40: A Clockwork Orange (1971)

June 20th, 2022


In future England, Alex (Malcolm McDowell) and his “Droogs” spend their nights getting high at the Korova Milkbar before embarking on “a little of …

Ep. 04-39: Avatar (2009)

June 13th, 2022


On Pandora, the fifth moon of Polyphemus, live the Na’vi—a species that appear primitive but are highly evolved. Because the moon’s environment is …

Ep. 04-38: Scream (1996)

June 6th, 2022


Woodsboro, California, turns into a bloodbath when a masked killer arrives. High schooler, Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), whose mother was killed a …

Ep. 04-37: Mad Max – Fury Road (2015)

May 30th, 2022


Years after the collapse of civilization, the tyrannical Immortan Joe enslaves apocalypse survivors inside a fortress called the Citadel. When the …

Ep. 04-36: The Witch (2015)

May 23rd, 2022


In 1630 New England, panic and despair envelop a farmer, his wife, and their children when youngest son Samuel suddenly vanishes. The family blames …

Ep. 04-35: A.I. Artificial Intelligence (2001)

May 20th, 2022


A robotic boy, the first programmed to love, David (Haley Joel Osment) is adopted as a test case by a Cybertronics employee (Sam Robards) and his wife (Frances O’Connor). Though he gradually becomes their child, a …

Ep. 04-34: The Haunting (1963)

May 9th, 2022


Dr. John Markway, an anthropologist with an interest in psychic phenomena, takes two specially selected women to Hill House, a reportedly haunted …

Ep. 04-33: The Hunger Games (2012)

May 2nd, 2022


In what was once North America, the Capitol of Panem maintains its hold on its 12 districts by forcing them each to select a boy and a girl, called …

Ep. 04-32: House of the Devil (2009)

April 25th, 2022


Desperate for cash to afford a new apartment, college student Samantha Hughes (Jocelin Donahue) takes a mysterious babysitting job. At the home, Mr. …

Ep. 04-31: Barbarella (1968)

April 18th, 2022


In the year 40,000, peace and love have reigned for centuries, but the president of Earth has a problem. He needs Barbarella, a five-star, double-rated astronavigatrix who can save the universe. Her mission is to find …

Ep. 04-30: Contact (1997)

April 11th, 2022


Dr. Ellie Arroway (Jodie Foster) races to interpret a possible audible message originating from the Vega star system. Once first contact with extraterrestrial intelligence is proven, Arroway contends with various …

Ep. 04-29: Dracula (1979 & 1992)

April 4th, 2022


Dracula (1979): Transylvanian Count Dracula (Frank Langella) washes ashore in England after a shipwreck. Discovered by Mina Van Helsing (Jan …

Ep. 04-28: Dracula (1931 & 1958)

March 28th, 2022


Dracula (1931): Mysterious Count Dracula (Bela Lugosi), a vampire, travels to London and takes up residence. Soon, he sets his sights on Mina (Helen …

Ep. 04-27: Lucy (2014)

March 21st, 2022


When Lucy (Scarlett Johansson) is forced into delivering a briefcase, the once-carefree student is abducted by thugs who turn her into a drug mule. …

Ep. 04-26: Pan’s Labyrinth (2006)

March 14th, 2022


It’s 1944 and the Allies have invaded Nazi-held Europe. In Spain, soldiers are stationed in a remote forest to flush out the rebels. Capitan Vidal …

Ep. 04-25: Quatermass and the Pit (1967)

March 7th, 2022


Prehistoric skeletons are discovered during an expansion of the London Underground. Paleontologist Matthew Roney (James Donald), believes them to be …

Ep. 04-24: Sisters (1972)

February 28th, 2022


A journalist, Grace Collier (Jennifer Salt), witnesses her neighbor, Danielle Breton (Margot Kidder), violently murder a man from her window across …

Ep. 04-23: The Invisible Man (1933)

February 21st, 2022



Episode 4-23 The Invisible Man

Ah, Universal monster movies. For nostalgia’s sake, you can’t beat them… especially in the horror-hardened heart of your co-host, Tim. James Whale is a seasoned director and, …

Ep. 04-22: Pontypool (2008)

February 14th, 2022


When disc jockey Grant Mazzy (Stephen McHattie) reports to his basement radio station in the Canadian town of Pontypool, he thinks it’s just another …

Ep. 04-21: 12 Monkeys (1995)

February 7th, 2022


An unknown virus has wiped out five billion people in 1996. Forced to live underground, only 1% of the population has survived by the year 2035. A …

Ep. 04-20: Seven (1995)

January 31st, 2022


Seven (1995) is the story of two homicide detectives tracking down a sadistic serial killer (Kevin Spacey) who chooses his victims according to the …

Ep. 04-19: Fantastic Planet (1973)

January 24th, 2022


This animated tale follows the relationship between the small human-like Oms and their much larger blue-skinned oppressors, the Draags, who rule the …

Ep. 04-18: Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954)

January 17th, 2022


A fossil of a mysterious animal’s claw is discovered in a remote jungle, and a group of scientists seeks to determine whether it is evidence of an undiscovered beast. To accomplish this task, the scientists (Antonio …

Ep. 04-17: The Avengers (2012)

January 10th, 2022


Thor’s evil brother, Loki (Tom Hiddleston), has gained access to the unlimited power of the Tesseract. As a result, Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson), …

Ep. 04-16: Creepshow (1982)

December 13th, 2021


A classic anthology from two horrors masters, George A. Romero and Stephen King, this film is made up of five stories, held together with 50’s style …

Ep. 03-15: Salem’s Lot (1979)

December 6th, 2021


A writer, Ben Mears (David Soul), returns to his small hometown intending to write a book about the ominous old Marston House which has a reputation …

Ep. 04-14: Carrie (1976)

November 29th, 2021


In this superior adaptation of Stephen King’s classic first horror novel, withdrawn and sensitive teen Carrie White (Sissy Spacek) faces taunting …

Ep. 04-13: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

November 8th, 2021


The saga continues in this sequel to the incredibly popular Star Wars. Imperial forces and its AT-AT walkers attack the rebel alliance, including …

Ep. 04-12: Ready Player One (2018)

November 1st, 2021


In 2045, the earth is in chaos and collapse, but people find salvation in the OASIS: an expansive virtual reality universe created by eccentric James …

Ep. 04-11: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

October 25th, 2021


While investigating the murder of a family, a sheriff is puzzled by the discovery of a body buried in the basement. He brings the preserved corpse of “Jane Doe” to the coroner, Tommy Tilden (Brian Cox), and requests to …

Ep. 04-10: Metropolis (1927) & I Am Mother (2019)

October 18th, 2021


Metropolis (1927) In the future, in a city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in …

Ep. 04-09: Train to Busan (2016)

October 11th, 2021


A father (Gong-Yoo), and his daughter (Soo-An Kim), are boarding the KTX, a high-speed train, that will take them from Seoul to Busan. During their …

Ep. 04-08: Dune (1984)

October 4th, 2021


It is the year 10191, and a spice called melange is the most valuable substance known in the universe. Its only source is the desert planet. Arrakis. When a royal decree awards Arrakis to Duke Leto Atreides and ousts …

Ep. 04-07: The Birds (1963)

September 27th, 2021


Socialite, Melanie Daniels (Tippi Hedren), is shopping in a pet store when she meets handsome Mitch Brenner (Rod Taylor), who is looking to buy a pair of Lovebirds for his younger sister’s birthday. He recognizes …

Ep. 04-06: Serenity (2005)

September 20th, 2021


Picking up where the television series Firefly (2002) left off, a group of rebels travels the outskirts of space aboard their ship Serenity, outside …

Ep. 04-05: Hereditary (2018)

September 13th, 2021


When her mother passes away, Annie (Toni Collette), her husband, Steve (Gabriel Byrne), her son, Peter (Alex Wolff), and her daughter, Charlie (Milly …

Ep. 04-04: Aliens (1986)

September 6th, 2021


Ellen Ripley, the sole survivor of an alien attack on the mining ship Nostromo, awakens 57 years later when she is discovered drifting in space by a …

Ep. 04-03: Return of the Living Dead (1985)

August 30th, 2021


When foreman, Frank (James Karen), shows new employee, Freddy (Thom Mathews), a secret military experiment in their supply warehouse, the two accidentally release a gas that reanimates corpses into brain-eating zombies. …

Ep. 04-02: The Martian (2015)

August 23rd, 2021


On a Mars mission, astronaut, Mark Watney, is left behind by his crew and presumed dead after a fierce storm. Watney finds himself stranded and alone on the hostile planet. Now, he must draw upon his ingenuity to …

Ep. 04-01: The Blair Witch Project (1999)

August 16th, 2021


The Blair Witch Project (1999) is the story of three student filmmakers—Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, and Joshua Leonard—who hike into the Black Hills near Burkittsville, Maryland in 1994 to film a documentary …

Ep. 03-40: The Avengers: Infinity War (2018) & Endgame (2019)

June 21st, 2021


The Avengers unite to battle their most powerful enemy yet—Thanos. On a mission to collect all six Infinity Stones, Thanos plans to use the artifacts …

Ep. 03-39: Hellraiser (1987)

June 14th, 2021


Hellraiser is the tale of a married couple, Larry (Andrew Robinson) and Julia (Clare Higgins), who move into an old house belonging to Larry’s …

Ep. 03-38: Shaun of the Dead (2004)

June 7th, 2021


Shaun (Simon Pegg) is a 30-something loser with a lackluster existence, with little motivation for anything. When he’s not working at the electronics store, he lives with his slovenly best friend, Ed (Nick Frost), in a …

Ep. 03-37: Galaxy Quest (1999)

May 31st, 2021


The actors of an old sci-fi TV show—now barely scraping a living through re-runs and sci-fi conventions—suddenly find themselves mistaken by an alien …

Ep. 03-36: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

May 24th, 2021


Sally (Marilyn Burns), suspecting her grandfather’s grave may have been vandalized, sets out with her brother, Franklin (Paul A. Partain), and their …

Ep. 03-35: Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan (1982)

May 17th, 2021


Admiral James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Captain Spock (Leonard Nimoy) are monitoring trainees at Starfleet Academy. The United Federation of Planets is experimenting with the planet-creating Genesis Device. …

Ep. 03-34: The Devil Rides Out (1968)

May 10th, 2021


The Duc de Richleau (Christopher Lee) and Rex Van Ryn (Leon Greene) arrive at a party thrown by de Richleau’s protégé, Simon (Patrick Mower), only to …

Ep. 03-33: Starship Troopers (1997)

May 3rd, 2021


Johnny Rico (Casper Van Dien) joins the military after high-school graduation to become a citizen and for the love of his high school sweetheart, …

Ep. 03-32: The Host (2006)

April 26th, 2021


American military personnel dumps chemicals into South Korea’s Han River. Several years later, an enormous creature emerges from the tainted waters to dine on the local residents. When the creature abducts a young girl …

Ep. 03-31: The Deadly Mantis (1957)

April 19th, 2021


An attack on an arctic weather station and a USAF transport plane has the Air Force puzzled. Their scientists make little headway but Col. Joe …

Ep. 03-30: Basket Case (1982)

April 12th, 2021


Duane Bradley takes a motel room in New York with what looks to be a picnic basket. Soon, we learn the basket contains his surgically removed (and telepathically connected) Siamese twin, Belial. The brothers are on a …

Ep. 03-29: I Married a Monster from Outer Space (1958)

April 5th, 2021


Marge (Gloria Talbott) is worried about her husband, Bill (Tom Tryon). Ever since they got married, he has acted oddly, almost without emotion. When …

Ep. 03-28: The Raven (1935 & 1962)

March 29th, 2021


DOUBLE FEATURE: The Raven (1935) – Dr. Vollin (Bela Lugosi) is a brilliant, unstable surgeon with a questionable obsession for instruments of …

Ep. 03-27: Watchmen (2009)

March 22nd, 2021


In an alternate 1985 America, costumed superheroes are outlawed. When a former comrade is murdered, masked vigilante Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uncovers a plot to murder and discredit all past and present …

Ep. 03-26: Dawn of the Dead (1978)

March 15th, 2021


As the zombie threat (from Night of the Living Dead) grows, people realize things will never be the same and are doing what it takes to survive. In Philadelphia, television-station employees Stephen (David Emge) and his …

Ep. 03-25: 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

March 10th, 2021


An imposing black obelisk connects the past and the future in this beautifully filmed adaptation of a short story by science fiction author Arthur C. …

Ep. 03-24: Nosferatu (1922 & 1979)

March 1st, 2021


The mysterious Count Orlok (Dracula) summons Thomas Hutter (Jonathan Harker) to his remote Transylvanian castle in the mountains. The odd Count seeks …

Ep. 03-23: Battle Royale (2000)

February 22nd, 2021


Forty-two 9th graders are shipped to a deserted island with an explosive collar fitted around their neck. They are given a map, food, and various …

Ep. 03-22: Dr. Sleep (2019)

February 15th, 2021


Struggling with alcoholism, Dan Torrance remains haunted by sinister events he experienced at the Overlook Hotel as a child. While recovering and …

Ep. 03-21: Silent Running (1972)

February 8th, 2021


Following the end of all botanical life on Earth, ecologist Freeman Lowell (Bruce Dern), oversees a greenhouse on a space station, preserving various …

Ep. 03-20: The Sixth Sense (1999)

February 1st, 2021


Young Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) sees dead people—meaning ghosts. He is plagued with visitations from those with unresolved problems who appear …

Ep. 03-19: 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1954)

January 25th, 2021


Professor Aronnax (Paul Lukas) and his assistant, Conseil (Peter Lorre), are stranded in San Francisco by reports of a giant sea monster attacking …

Ep. 03-18: Re-Animator (1985)

January 18th, 2021


Herbert West has a Frankenstein fixation in that he is obsessed with overcoming the obstacle of death. He has developed a serum and convinces his skeptic roommate, Dan Cain, into joining his audacious project by …

Ep. 03-17: Gravity (2013)

January 11th, 2021


Dr. Ryan Stone (Sandra Bullock) is a medical engineer on her first shuttle mission. Her commander, veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (George Clooney), …

Ep. 03-16: Jaws (1975)

December 14th, 2020


A woman is killed by a shark while skinny-dipping off the New England tourist town of Amity Island. Police Chief, Martin Brody (Roy Scheider), wants …

Ep. 03-15: Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

December 7th, 2020


World War II planes reported missing suddenly appear in the Mojave desert. A commercial flight encounters a UFO. While working one night, lineman, Roy Neary, has an otherworldly experience… Officials determine where the …

Ep. 03-14: Rosemary’s Baby (1968)

November 30th, 2020


Rosemary Woodhouse (Mia Farrow) and her struggling actor husband, Guy (John Cassavetes), move to a New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and odd neighbors, Roman and Minnie Castevet (Sidney …

Ep. 03-13: Altered States (1980)

November 9th, 2020


Respected scientist and psychology professor Edward Jessup (William Hurt) combines his experiments in sensory deprivation tanks with powerful …

Ep. 03-12: Curse of the Demon (1957)

November 2nd, 2020


American professor, John Holden (Dana Andrews), arrives in London for a conference on parapsychology. His colleague died in a freak accident the …

Ep. 03-11: The Fly (1958 & 1986)

October 26th, 2020


Both the 1956 and 1986 versions of The Fly tell the story of a scientist transformed into a grotesque creature after a common housefly enters unseen …

Ep. 03-10: The Brood (1978)

October 19th, 2020


A disturbed woman is being treated with a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care …

Ep. 03-09: Children of Men (2006)

October 12th, 2020

Season Three, Episode 9 “Children of Men”

When infertility threatens mankind with extinction and the last child born has perished, a disillusioned bureaucrat (Clive Owen) becomes the unlikely champion in the fight …

Ep. 03-08: Interview With the Vampire (1994)

October 5th, 2020

Season Three, Episode 8 “Interview With The Vampire”

Louis (Brad Pitt) tells his story to an eager, modern-day biographer, Daniel (Christian Slater)… In the 18th century, suicidal after the death of his family, Louis …

Ep. 03-07: This Island Earth (1955)

September 28th, 2020

Season Three, Episode 7 “This Island Earth”

Scientist, Cal Meacham (Rex Reason), solves a complicated puzzle that allows him access to a highly …

Ep. 03-06: Cat People (1942 & 1982)

September 21st, 2020

Season Three, Episode 6 “cat People”

Cat People (1942) and Cat People (1982) are two movies distinctly represented by their respective decades.

Ep. 03-05: Looper (2012)

September 14th, 2020


Time-travel exists, but only on the black market for those with money. When the mob wants to eliminate someone, they send the target into the past where a hitman known as a looper waits to finish the job. Joe …

Ep. 03-04: Bubba Ho-Tep (2002)

September 7th, 2020


An aged Elvis Presley (Bruce Campbell) is a resident in an East Texas nursing home where he befriends Jack (Ossie Davis), who claims to be President John F. Kennedy. After co-residents of their quiet retirement …

Ep. 03-03: E.T. (1982)

August 31st, 2020


A gentle alien becomes stranded on Earth and is discovered and befriended by a young boy named Elliott (Henry Thomas). Elliott introduces the alien (dubbed E.T.) to his little sister, Gertie (Drew Barrymore), and …

Ep. 03-02: Candyman (1992)

August 24th, 2020


Skeptical graduate student Helen Lyle (Virginia Madsen) befriends Anne-Marie McCoy (Vanessa Williams) while researching superstitions in a housing project in Chicago’s infamous Cabrini Green. Via Anne-Marie, Helen …

Ep. 03-01: Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

August 17th, 2020

Episode 1 – “Rise of the Planet of the Apes”

A scientist, Will Rodman (James Franco), is experimenting with a drug to cure his father’s (John Lithgow) Alzheimer’s disease. When his work is deemed a failure, Will …

Ep. 02-28: The Terminator (1984) & T2: Judgement Day (1991)

May 18th, 2020

Season Finale – The Terminator(s)

A Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) travels from 2029 to 1984 to kill Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Kyle Reese …

Ep. 02-27: Friday the 13th (1980) & Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)

May 11th, 2020

Episode 27 Friday the 13th

Camp Crystal Lake’s history of murder doesn’t deter counselors from reopening summer camps there. Even though superstitious locals warn against it, young people show up and pay little heed. …

Ep. 02-26: Mad Max (1979) & Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior (1981)

May 4th, 2020

Episode 26 – Mad Max & Road Warrior

After Max (Mel Gibson) avenges the death of his wife and young son at the hands of the vicious gang leader, Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne), he drives the post-apocalyptic …

Ep. 02-25: The Omen (1976)

April 27th, 2020


American diplomat Robert Thorn (Gregory Peck) adopts Damien (Harvey Stephens) unbeknownst to his wife, Katherine (Lee Remick), who delivers a stillborn child. After Damien’s first nanny hangs herself, Father …

Ep. 02-24: Fantastic Voyage (1966)

April 20th, 2020


In order to save a brilliant scientist, Jan Benes, a diverse team is shrunk in a nuclear submarine and injected into Benes’ body in hopes remove a blood clot in his brain. The crew has a finite period of time to fix …

Ep. 02-23: Deep Red (1975)

April 13th, 2020


A psychic (Macha Méril) is murdered, and musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) is compelled to solve the case because he discovered the body. He …

Ep. 02-22: Ex Machina (2014)

April 6th, 2020


Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) a programmer at a huge Internet search engine company, wins a contest to spend a week at the private estate of Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), his employer’s brilliant CEO. Upon arrival, …

Ep. 02-21: The Wicker Man (1973)

March 30th, 2020

Episode 02-21 The Wicker Man

Sergeant Howie (Edward Woodward) goes to the small Scottish island of Summerisle to investigate the report of a …

Ep. 02-20: The Fifth Element (1997)

March 23rd, 2020


In the 23rd century, a New York City cab driver, Korben Dallas (Bruce Willis), finds the fate of the planet in his hands when Leeloo (Milla Jovovich) literally falls into his cab. As the embodiment of the fifth …

Ep. 02-19: The Wolf Man (1941)

March 16th, 2020


After his brother’s death, Larry Talbot (Lon Chaney Jr.) returns to Wales to reconcile with his father (Claude Rains). While there, he visits an antique shop where he meets Gwen (Evelyn Ankers), the attractive …

Ep. 02-18: The Abyss (1989)

March 9th, 2020

Episode 02-18 THE ABYSS

The navy enlists help from a nearby underwater oil rig to search for a lost nuclear submarine. Once the mission begins, …

Ep. 02-17: Get Out (2017)

March 2nd, 2020


Chris and his girlfriend, Rose, go upstate to visit her parents for the weekend. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s being in an …

Ep. 02-16: The Prestige (2006)

February 24th, 2020


After a tragic accident where an assistant is killed, rival magicians strive to create the ultimate illusion while sacrificing everything they …

Ep. 02-15: Misery (1990)

February 17th, 2020

Episode 02-15 MISERY

After a car crash in the snowy mountains, romance novelist Paul Sheldon (James Caan) is rescued by former nurse Annie Wilkes …

Ep. 02-14: The War of the Worlds (1953)

February 10th, 2020


The residents of a small California town are excited and curious when a flaming meteor shoots from the sky and lands in the hills. But upon investigation, their joy quickly turns to despair when they discover that …

Ep. 02-13: House of Wax (1953)

February 3rd, 2020


Wax sculptor, Henry (Vincent Price), discovers that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans to burn down their wax museum to collect …

Ep. 02-12: Minority Report

January 27th, 2020

Episode 12 Minority Report

Based on the short story by Philip K. Dick, Minority Report is a science fiction thriller set in near-future …

Ep. 02-11: The Shining (1980)

January 20th, 2020

Episode 2-11 THE SHINING

Jack Torrence and his wife and son, Wendy and Danny, are isolated caretakers of the Overlook Hotel in the snowy Colorado …

Ep. 02-10: The Andromeda Strain (1971)

January 13th, 2020


Following the return of a satellite from space, all but two of the residents of a small New Mexico town are …

Ep. 02-09: 28 Days Later (2002)

January 6th, 2020


A little known virus called RAGE is released from the confines of a test laboratory and, twenty-eight days later, Jim awakens from a coma to find himself in an abandoned London. But it’s not completely empty… fast,

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