Reel Scares - Sean McClain

Happy Friday the 13th! I hope that everyone is out there watching horror movies all night long. Please enjoy our latest special show. This time we listen to Sean McClain try and justify his weird choice for a #1 horror film. Is it possible that he has been possessed by some weird demon who wants to convince the world to watch really bad horror movies? I think we all know the answer. 



Have you ever seen anything so cute?!

Have you ever seen anything so cute?!

Mother! and Kingsman: The Golden Circle

I will apologize right now if parts of the Mother! conversation seem to make no sense. The movie was actually quite difficult to explain, and it may kind of feel like we are just rambling on and on. In a way that is kind of a motif of the film, so how about we all just pretend that we did it on purpose. We also discuss the good and bad of Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Seriously, why wan't Pedro Pascal on any of the posters for this film? It's a crime. 




Reel Scares: Roy King

So we decided we would do a little something extra for the month of October. In addition to the weekly show, we will also have several horror-centric episodes. These will probably (we're making this up as we go) consist of a list of horror films that we feel like people should watch. Not necessarily our all time favorites, but just whatever strikes us at the time. 

First up, Roy King. His list leans a little more to the nostalgic, light hearted side of horror films, but if you've listened to any of our episodes, this shouldn't surprise you. Please feel free to reach out and let us know what some of your favorite horror movies to watch this time of year. 

Isn't Roy adorable?

Isn't Roy adorable?


Annabelle: Creation & Ouija: Origin of Evil

This week, we examine a couple of sequels that are actually just prequels to other horror films.. How do these films stack up to their predecessors? Does the fact that Annabelle: Creation is actually a prequel to a film that was already a prequel/spinoff to a different horror franchise, make your head hurt? Can you look forward to a month chock full our thoughts on a myriad of horror films and franchises? Is it possible that the answer to all those questions is "yes"? Guess you'll just have to listen to the show.




Brother Stuff

This was one of the most enjoyable episodes to go back and research. There will always be a special place in my heart for movies that I watched with my brothers, or movies that examine the bond between brothers. This episode, like several ones we've done before, relies heavily on letting nostalgia wash over you as you listen. Some of the movies we talk about are great, some of them are not, but there is a perfection in each of them in how they tether us to certain moments in time. 




Planet of the Apes (1968) and Mean Machine

In this hodgepodge of an episode, Sean and Roy each chose a random film that the rest of us had not seen. You read that correctly, many of us were watching the original Planet of the Apes for the first time. Oddly, both of these film have been remade or are remakes several times over. Not so oddly, only one of them really stands the test of time. I think you  can probably guess which one. 




It (2017)

The most frustrating thing about the movie It is trying to talk about it without confusing other people. 

"Hey, you want to go see It this weekend?"

"See what?"



"The movie, It! Can't you see the italics?"

"You're an idiot"

"Who's on first?"


That is pretty much how it always felt. So yeah, listen to the show, write us a review on iTunes, and soon we will have movies with proper names again. 




Rewind: 1978

How do you judge films from 1978? Is it based on how well the film stands the test of time? Maybe by how the film resonated with the viewer the first time they saw it? We tried to land somewhere in the middle, with varying degrees of success. And just to prove that some things never change, we found ourselves arguing over the merits of Man of Steel...again.  I am not sure that particular debate will ever run its course. Do you have a year or theme that you'd like us to visit? Send us a message on Facebook or email us at



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Logan Lucky and Innerspace

This show turned out to be much more polarizing than expected. Thankfully, we were able to remain civil throughout. We also remind you of why we are called Coming Off the Reels, as in addition to the two films this week, we also spoke about John Denver (I apologize for all of this), the Upright Citizens Brigade and, somehow, the condo market in downtown Indy. This was also the first listener request we've done, so a big thanks to Matt for suggesting Innerspace, most of us really liked watching that one.



Sean was right, Mr. Igoe in Innerspace was the same actor who played Bennett in Commando.



Speed Racer/Ain't Them Bodies Saints

This is what happens when you pick two random films that maybe people didn't watch the first time around. It was kind of refreshing, after devoting much of the summer to covering the latest films to hit the theaters, to go back and just choose movies that we want to talk about. We are always open to suggestions, so if there is something that you want to hear us discuss, please feel free to leave us a message on Facebook,  Twitter @offthereels,  or you can always email us at




Atomic Blonde and Sharknado 5

Look, not all of our choices follow a theme, sometimes it just works out that we watch an action/thriller set during the days before the fall of the Berlin Wall and movie about weather systems full of sharks in the same week. Is it possible that some of us here at COTR thought that Sharknado was the better movie? That would be crazy, right? But just like every cop, in every 80's action film, we are a little crazy, and we play by our own rules...and maybe we're too old for this shit. Maybe. 



The Big Sick

Once again, we are not quite a full crew, but Sean and Drew try their best to carry on without the sage wisdom and witty puns of Roy and Ryan. This week we take a look at the indie comedy, The Big Sick. Even though this movies is based on a true story, I will tell you that we talk about most of the major plot points, so if you haven't seen it yet, and don't know how it ends, you may want to wait. You can just go back and listen to one of our other hilarious episodes until you get caught up. We also briefly revisit a couple of films we've already done so that Sean can get his opinion on the record. 


War for the Planet of the Apes

When I first heard about Rise of the Planet of the Apes years ago, I never would have imagined that it would be the beginning of one of the strongest franchises around. Can the latest film from Matt Reeves follow in the footsteps of Rise and Dawn? Is this the performance that finally gets Andy Serkis an oscar nomination? Why does a movie like 12 Feet Deep exist, and why did Drew watch it? So many burning questions. I guess you just need to listen to find out the answers. 


We thought we would try something a little different this week and record out in the world. For we basement dwellers, this is kind of a big deal. Luckily, The Casual Pint allowed us to record on their patio, so if the show sounds a little noisier than normal, that is why.  You know those annoying guys at the bar who are speaking too loudly about nerdy things? That was us, and we had microphones. We drank good beers and discussed good movies (and King Arthur: Legend of the Sword). Don't worry, we did spend some time geeking out over the new Ready Player One trailer.



Spider-Man: Homecoming

People may complain about how many comic book movies are out there these days, but in a summer that has given us Transformers, Pirates and more of those $&!*$@ Minions, I think the reliability of the comic book movies is welcomed. How does the 3rd version, 6th film,  of Spider-Man compare to the rest? Can it possibly be better than Spider-Man 3? I'm just going to go ahead and tell you, it is better than Spider-Man 3. If Tom Holland were sitting in front of a camera just playing with Spider-Man toys, it would still be better than Spider-Man 3. We also discuss a few other things we've seen lately, and spend too much time talking about cats.



I'm just saying, why did they need to have that many villains? Why just tack on Venom at the very end of the movie? And what the hell was up with that weird EMO Peter Parker? AND THERE WAS SO MUCH CRYING!!!!

The Blackcoat's Daughter & It Comes at Night

In this throwback to the movies we used to talk about on this show, we discuss a couple of low budget "horror" films, The Blackcoat's Daughter and It Comes at Night. Both movies have good and bad qualities which we use as a way to discuss the condition of modern horror movies, and how we feel about the paradigm shift that is occurring within the genre. Don't worry though, we also make immature jokes like we are a couple of 13 year olds. Just didn't want you to think that we were taking this too seriously. 



Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales & Alien: Covenant

In space, no one can hear you yawn


On this episode, we talk about pirates and aliens. Actually, a movie where pirates have to fight aliens sounds a lot more entertaining than either of these films. Hopefully these mark the end of the bad summer movies, and we can actually return to being happy about going to the theater. 



Movies to pass on to our kids

We wanted to talk about which movies from our childhood should be passed onto the kids today. Some titles will survive with little effort from us, Disney and Pixar are pretty safe bets to still be fan favorites for years to come. The titles we chose all come from different places. Some are bonafide classics, some take complex emotional themes and present them in a way that a child can understand, while others are just so steeped in nostalgia that they had to make the list. This episode was an hour long, but we probably could have spent another four just breaking down this topic. This show is dedicated to our newest listener, who is only 2 hours old at the time of this post!




The Mummy & Transformers: The Last Knight

What happens when you decided to tackle not one, but two of the most poorly reviewed movies of the summer blockbuster season? The same thing that always happens; we drink, we review the movies, and we actually like some of what they have to offer. We're here to take the bullet, and let you know which one of these horribly reviewed films is worth watching. 




Wonder Woman

As a group, we here at COtR have been fairly split on the post Dark Knight films that make up the DC Extended Universe. On the high end of the spectrum we have moderate acceptance of a movie, while the low end as been a visceral hatred that rivals the feelings towards The Phantom Menace. Could Wonder Woman be the beacon of light the DCEU needs to find its way back to a place of respectability? Can Wonder Woman step out of the grim shadows cast by Batman vs. Superman and Suicide Squad? If you have seen anything about this movie, you probably already know the answers to these questions, but here are our opinions on the subject anyway.