Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 104: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 4 — 1986-1989

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THANKSGIVING and BLACK FRIDAY have come and gone and we’re just now reaching the end of our special HALLOWEEN coverage here on HORROR MOVIE PODCAST. How’s that for dedication to our craft and our listeners? This is HMP Episode 104, and it is Part 4 of our multiple-part examination of the 1980s Slasher Film Movement. Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are joined by the original Creepture himself, slasher expert GregaMortis from the Land of the Creeps horror podcast, to review the hell out of ’80s slashers!

We’re serving up another three plus-hour episode where we discuss many films from 1986, 1987, 1988, and 1989 along with four Feature Reviews of Mountaintop Motel Massacre (1986) and Blood Rage (1987) and StageFright (1987), and Intruder (1989). We also shower our loyal listeners with mountains of gifts from killer giveaway sponsors Cryptocurium, Monsters by DesignThe Sci-Fi Podcast, and the kindness of our hearts. Continue reading

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 103: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 3 — 1984-1985

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Halloween is over, but HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is still reviewing the hell out of horror movies — Slasher movies, to be exact! This week we continue our examination of the 1980s Slasher Film Movement. This is Episode 103, and it is Part 3 of a multiple-part series. Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are joined by the original Creepture himself, from Wilmington, North Carolina, slasher expert GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast.

We’re back again with a three plus-hour episode where we discuss many films from 1984 and 1985 with four Feature Reviews of The Initiation (1984) and The Mutilator (1985) and The Nail Gun Massacre (1985), and what slasher discussion would be complete without a feature review of … The Terminator (1984)? You’ll see. Jay of the Dead makes a controversial if not compelling case for considering this movie among the ’80s Slashers. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 31: Dog Soldiers (2002) — by Dr. Shock

dogsoldiersEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Years before he faced off against underground creatures in The Descent and brought on the apocalypse in Doomsday, writer / director Neil Marshall sent a crack military unit up against some pretty nasty werewolves in 2002’s Dog Soldiers. Packed with wild action sequences and a few scenes of over-the-top gore, Dog Soldiers is a thrill-a-minute monster film, and one hell of a directorial debut.

A team of British soldiers travels deep into the Scottish Highlands to take part in what they believe will be a military exercise. But after discovering the bloody remains of a Special Forces unit the next morning, the squad, led by Sgt. Harry Wells (Sean Pertwee) and his second-in-command Pvt. Cooper (Kevin McKidd), realizes they’re suddenly facing an enemy that’s all too real. After rescuing Capt. Ryan (Liam Cunningham), the Special Forces commander and the only one to survive the attack, Wells and his men take off running, one step ahead of what appears to be a pack of enormous wolves.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 30: Let’s Scare Jessica to Death (2015) — by Dr. Shock

letsscarejessicatodeathEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


I sit here and I can’t believe that it happened. And yet I have to believe it. Dreams or nightmares… Madness or sanity… I don’t know which is which

These are the opening lines of 1971’s Let’s Scare Jessica to Death, a low-budget horror film directed by John Hancock that is either about a woman slowly losing her mind, or a vampire that has taken control of a small Connecticut town.

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 29: Scanners (2015) — by Dr. Shock


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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Blending a spy story with his own unique brand of body horror, writer / director David Cronenberg has, with his 1981 film Scanners, concocted an intriguing motion picture that those with a weak stomach may want to avoid.

After being identified as a “scanner” (a person with advanced telepathy, who is able to both read and control people’s minds), Cameron Vale (Stephen Lack) is taken into custody and delivered to Dr. Paul Ruth (Patrick McGoohan), who has dedicated his life to studying this unusual phenomenon. An employee of ConSec, a firm that specializes in high-tech security, Dr. Ruth believes that Scanners, if properly trained, would make formidable weapons. Not everyone agrees; the company’s new director, Braedon Keller (Lawrence Dane), feels Dr. Ruth’s research has failed to produce any results, and should therefore be shut down. So, to prove his theories are correct, the good doctor sends his star pupil, Stephen Vale, to infiltrate a group of rogue scanners, which, led by the volatile Darryl Revok (Michael Ironside), intends to use telekinesis to take over the world.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 28: It Follows (2015) — by Dr. Shock

hmp-it-followsEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


 

It’s out there, trying to get you. It moves slowly… methodically… but it knows exactly where you are. And it’s coming… it’s always coming. If you drive a hundred miles away, you can buy yourself a little time, but it will eventually find you. You can send it after someone else, but once it catches that person (whoever it may be), it will chase you again. This is the basic concept behind writer / director David Robert Mitchell’s It Follows, as well as the reason it’s such an incredibly unnerving horror film.
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 102: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 2 — 1982-1983

hmp-102-1980s-slashers-artHappy Halloween from HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies! To celebrate Halloween with you this year, HMP is examining the 1980s Slasher Film Movement. This is Episode 102, and it is Part 2 of a multiple-part series. Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are joined by the original Creepture himself, from Wilmington, North Carolina, slasher expert GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast.

We’re back again with a three plus-hour episode where we discuss many films from 1982 and 1983, with four Feature Reviews of Visiting Hours (1982) and Girls Nite Out (1982) and Curtains (1983) and Sleepaway Camp (1983). Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 27: Lights Out (2016) — by Dr. Shock

hmp-lightsoutEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Like many kids, I was once afraid of the dark, and to alleviate my fears plenty of well-meaning adults would tell me that there was nothing in the dark that wasn’t also there during the day. I always knew that was BS, and Lights Out, a 2016 horror movie produced by James Wan, proves I was right.

It’s been some time since the tragic death of his father (Billy Burke), yet the family turmoil continues for young Martin (Gabriel Bateman), who hears his mother Sophie (Maria Bello) talking to herself for hours on end in the middle of the night. But upon investigation, Martin realizes his mom is not alone after all: a shadowy creature, which can only be seen when the lights are out, is with her. Sophie insists this entity is her friend, and refers to it as “Diana”, but Martin is so petrified that he can’t even sleep at night.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 26: Prince of Darkness (1987) — by Dr. Shock

hmp-princeofdarknessEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


John Carpenter is no stranger to horror aficionados, and some of his films (specifically Halloween and The Thing) continue to appear on many fans’ Top-10 lists (mine included). Released in 1987, Prince of Darkness sees Carpenter operating on an entirely different level, combining religion and science to relate an ominous tale of the apocalypse and, in so doing, creating a motion picture as thought-provoking as it is frightening.
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