Film Junk Podcast Episode #580: Don’t Breathe


0:00 – Intro
6:00 – Review: Don’t Breathe
29:15 – Headlines: RIP Gene Wilder, The BBC’s Top 100 Films of the 21st Century
41:20 – Other Stuff We Watched: Wiener-Dog, Sabotage (1936)
1:00:45 – Junk Mail: The Jaws Theme is a Rip Off, Female Film Composers, Buying a New TV, Audience Walkouts, Manifesto Question, Jurassic Park T. Rex Scene Confusion
1:52:20 – This Week on DVD and Blu-ray
1:53:55 – Outro
1:55:40 – Spoiler Discussion: Don’t Breathe

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  • Dstrbpx

    Cannot wait to hear Frank´s professional opinion about yet another movie he watched ON FUCKING MUTE.

  • Tim

    Jay could hold it for a respectable 36 min. Not bad, not bad.

  • Colin

    Nearly an hour of Junk Mail? Now that’s what I’m talking about!

  • LordAwesome

    Sounds like a rip off of the Audrey Hepburn movie WAIT UNTIL DARK.

    Also DON’T BREATHE was shot on a crappy 2K digital camera, so a 4K release would be a waste of a disc.

  • traie

    Frank, no comments about the excessive use of dog related jump scares in Don’t Breathe?

  • Nobody

    It seemed like the Dont Breathe trailer gave away the twist. Is that correct?

  • SquidHead#1Fan

    Frank is going to loose his mind when he hears Bernard Herrmann’s score for Journey to the Center of the Earth and Elfman’s “homage” in Batman.

  • devolutionary

    Frank just loves using the term “rip off” real loose!
    Stanley Kubrick’s daughter scored “Full Metal Jacket” under a pseudonym.

    I have no problem with walkouts unless those people are disturbing others. This happened twice recently with the Frank Zappa documentary and Weiner-Dog. Both times the person bordered on Tourette’s with extremely loud cussing and yelling. I think the former might’ve had an illness like schizophrenia but it definitely takes you out of the movie momentarily. Come to think of it, the latter might’ve actually fit in a Todd Solondz film.

  • Sean

    If you’re thinking what I think you’re thinking then yeah, but there are some smaller twists on top of that.

  • Sam

    He’s very loose with the term except when it comes to QT.

  • Frankie Knuckles

    My friend was talking about that movie and I did mean to watch it before this episode. It did sound VERY similar.

  • Jay Cheel
  • Tommy

    If you had a disconnect with Wiener-Dog, I’m wondering if you caught Life During Wartime. That had Philip Seymour Hoffman’s character from Happiness reprized by Omar from The Wire.

  • Sean

    Yeah I think maybe the difference is that with Life During Wartime he was replacing some big name actors who didn’t need the work whereas Wiener-Dog felt like he didn’t want to bring back Heather Matarazzo because he needed a bigger name. But it’s definitely not a deal breaker either way.

  • Solondz has said that he begged Matarazzo to play Dawn again in PALINDROMES and STORYTELLING but she has been very firm that she doesn’t want to play the part again.

  • Tommy

    Sean or Frank checking out the new Final Fantasy movie?

    I’d love to hear your takes next week.

  • Xmnemsim

    Hands down my favorite podcast every week but was sorely disappointed with Jays attitude this time. The getting up 20 mins into the podcast and then was extremely quiet the whole time it seems. Gave me the impression that he didn’t want to be there.

  • Sam

    I haven’t seen Don’t Breathe yet, but I would think Hush would be the far closer comparison to Wait Until Dark rather than Don’t Breathe. Though neither sound too far off

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    My favorite homage/rip off – James Horner “Willow”

  • Sean

    Well I guess that explains it. Thanks!

  • Sean

    Prrrrrrrrrobably not.

  • Tommy


  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Coincidentally, I recently heard the first episode of Cantankerous wherein Jay shares a story of his High School buddy and a couple of thugs breaking into his house. Jay returns home prematurely and catches them in the act.

  • Carlos Gonzalez

    We need a whole episode where you guys are just reading other online forums. The ‘Jurassic Park’ segment was very compelling.

  • Craig

    Sean, even more of a mindfuck is that the Hitchcock film The Secret Agent came out the same year as Sabotage, they were on MUBI UK a few months back so watched them back to back.

    Sabotage is also based on the Joseph Conrad novel. The BBC has just shown their own 3 one hour episode adaptation of it. It Stars Toby Jones and Stephen Graham.

    The Boston Punk band The Unseen have a poster in Superbad but can’t remember exactly where.

  • iammattz

    “This will be a shorter podcast” // podcast still 2hrs10mins

    God bless you fine sirs.

  • iammattz

    Between the extended listening to scores and banter about Jurassic Park forums this is the first anti-entertainment FJ episode in awhile.

    (note: this is a good thing)

  • ProjectGenesis

    I love the idea of a Don’t Breathe parody starring Reed. The set up would be that somehow Star Trek: First Contact chocolate bars become the most lucrative, sought-after collectable item out there. Three disgruntled Cantankerous fans, upset over a lack of new episodes, track Reed down at the mall while he’s playing Wrath of Gems and follow him home to steal them. Expecting an easy score, the three must hide when Reed comes down to his basement to finish his long gestating project of watching the DVD version and his own VHS version of Dawson’s Creek episodes side by side to determine licensing issues with certain songs. As each hour ticks by, the would-be robbers grow more frustrated and tortured as they wait for Reed to complete this process.

  • Jameson

    Don’t Breathe reminded me of Wait Until Dark with a bit of Last House on the Left.

  • Jameson

    Don’t Breathe was probably the most fun I’ve had at the movies all summer. Which says as much about how I liked it as how terrible this summer has been for movies.

  • Jr


  • Oztron Prime

    Frank, in relation to the brachiosaurus, it opened even more issues, we know grant and the kids enter the Rex paddock, but they then come across brachiosaurus and raptor eggs, which can only mean they must have scaled a couple of fences. During thier walk. None is even mentioned thou. When they get to the perimeter fence it’s believed it’s the first fence they’ve come across.

  • frankw35

    Another great show. Guys, I can highly recommend “The Hidden”..very fun action/scifi, I can’t believe none of you had seen it; although it was rated R (I think) and not quite sure where 87 falls on your timeline. Sean, you mentioned Sylvia Sidney in “Mars Attacks, where she didn’t have a lot to do (and I”m guessing one of her last roles)” but its worth noting that she also had a great bit in another Tim Burton movie, playing the chain-smoking case worker for the dead Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis in Beetlejuice. Quite a long career from early British Hitchcock to Tim Burton.

  • frankw35

    Not only did Williams steal Dvorak’s music but Robert Shaw ripped off his mustache.

  • frankw35

    The Hermann score is great…almost blew out my subwoofer. And the movie is a lot of fun.

  • Daniel Lindquist

    Although not a poster, my favorite example is Mark from Home Improvement wearing a Neurosis shirt.

  • Frank, please watch Stir Crazy or relinquish your KOC title.

  • Kenneth Serenyi

    Probably the weakest evidence of a Williams steal.

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  • Matt the Kiwi

    “We walked out of Joe Dante’s Hole” needs to be a movie in it’s own right. Perhaps in the style of Begin John Malkovich.

  • Indianamcclain

    Hidden is very good, been ripped off numerous times.

  • Larry Morgan

    I see “Spotlight” being in there more or less because there are only 16 best picture oscar winners this century, so out of a list of a 100 films I imagine most film critics might make room for them.

  • Reed Farrington

    I hereby give you permission to write my authorized biography.

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ve seen “The Hidden,” Frank. It was highly regarded by critics at the time of its release, I believe.

  • Reed Farrington

    I’ve seen WAIT UNTIL DARK, because I’m a fan of Hepburn. I thought the film was ordinary.

  • frankw35

    It’s a little set-bound (based on a play by Frederick Knott..same writer as Dial M for Murder, Frankie), but I think it’s a pretty good movie if you cut it some slack for being a little dated. And Alan Arkin is very good, as are Jack Weston and Richard Crenna.

  • frankw35

    I would read that. Now would the background go all the way back to the British Farringtons, or just pick up the action with the Canadian migrants and your birth?

  • Liney

    Not being transphobic in any way, but I loved that when you were asked to name a female filmscore composer, all you could think of at first was Wendy Carlos…who was born a man!

    If you like the ‘Under the Skin’ soundtrack, you should check out the first album by Mica Levi’s band. It’s called ‘Jewellery’ by Micachu and the Shapes. The other albums I wouldn’t recommend, though.

  • woo

    Hey you guys misunderstood one of the death scenes in Don’t Breathe! The blind dude stabs the FIRST dead dude with the garden shears repeatedly. That’s why he assumes the second dude is dead. Because he’s stabbing a corpse over and over. Not realizing he totally missed the second dude.

  • Sean

    I’m pretty sure we all got that, we just thought it stretched the limits of believability.