Evil Begets Evil in ‘Apt Pupil’ [Horror Queers Podcast]

Nazi is as Nazi does.

After kicking off spooky season with a look at Tim Burton’s ode to Hammer Horror in Sleepy Hollow and tackling another Friday the 13th with one of its best entries in Friday the 13th Part 2, we’re getting serious for a minute with a discussion of Bryan Singer‘s 1998 Stephen King adaptation Apt Pupil.

Apt Pupil sees high school student Todd Bowden (Brad Renfro) discover a fugitive Nazi war criminal, Kurt Dussander (Ian McKellen), living in his neighborhood under a pseudonym. Bowden, obsessed with Nazism and the Holocaust, blackmails Dussander into sharing his horror stories, and their relationship stirs malice in each of them.

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Episode 252: Apt Pupil (1998)

Keep the cat away from that Nazi and get ready to separate the art from the artist because we’re discussing Bryan Singer’s 1998 Stephen King adaptation Apt Pupil! Joining us for the discussion is The Losers’ Club podcast co-host Jenn Adams!

Join us as we discuss the long road to getting this adaptation made before delving into the Bryan Singer of it all in an admittedly difficult and heavy conversation. Plus: the tragedy of Brad Renfro, David Schwimmer and his mustache wig, Ann Dowd(?!?!) and the always excellent Ian McKellen marching in an SS uniform.

We are also offering a content warning for this episode because we do discuss the sexual assault allegations against Bryan Singer in detail, so proceed with caution.

Cross out Apt Pupil!

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