Happy Halloween!

PETER STRAIN HALLOWEENWell, we actually did it, horror fans. 31 Days of Halloween! Wolfman Josh here, BTW. Thanks mostly to Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker, who does this every single day of his life over on DVDinfatuation.com (so impressive), we brought you a horror review a day for the entire month of October along with our weekly podcasts covering the Nightmare on Elm Street Franchise in its entirety. Huge “thank you” to everyone else who participated! It’s been fun.

Dave wrote another amazing reviewing of another fascinating film today (read it here if you haven’t yet), but I also wanted to post this incredible piece of Halloween artwork from HMP listener Peter Strain. Peter is a talented illustrator from Belfast, U.K. and, as it would happen, is big fan of Horror Movie Podcast.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 31: The Rhoads Opera House Fire: The Legacy of a Tragedy (2008) — by Dr. Shock

Rhoads Opera House

Editor’s note: Happy Halloween! 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.


“Keeping in tune with the Halloween season, I thought I’d take a look at a real-life horror story, one that occurred right in my own backyard.

If I hop into my car, I can be in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, in a matter of minutes. I know because I’ve made the trip many times since we moved to the area a dozen years ago. Both of my sons attended Boyertown Area High School (one still does, in fact), and for the last decade or so, my youngest has been active in Boyertown’s Little League Baseball program. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 074: Freddy vs Jason (2003) and A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010) and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010) and Listener Franchise Overview — Part 5 of 5

ANOES 5 of 5bHappy Halloween! It is the eve of every horror fan’s favorite holiday: October 30, 2015, which also happens to be the anniversary of the launch of The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast, back in 2011. Welcome to our fifth and final episode of our NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET FRANCHISE coverage. You’re listening to the one, the only HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… You’re damn right.

This is Episode 074, and in this show, we bring you brief discussions of Freddy vs. Jason (2003), which we have already covered back in HMP Ep. 046. We also briefly chat about the documentary Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy (2010). And as promised, we bring you an in-depth, Feature Review of the infamous remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010). Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 30: Psycho II (1983) — by Dr. Shock

Psycho II 1983

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.


“Psycho II was one of those movies I used to watch every time it played on cable TV (the month it premiered, I’m betting I saw it six times all the way through, and at least that many more in bits and pieces). Being a Hitchcock fan from an early age, I had already seen Psycho when this 1983 sequel was released, but for a while there, I was a lot more familiar with Psycho II than I was the classic original.

After two decades in a mental institution, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is declared mentally sane by the courts, and despite the protests of Lila Loomis (Vera Miles), sister of Norman’s last victim, Marion Crane, he’s released back into the world. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 29: Deadly Blessing (1981) — by Dr. Shock

Deadly Blessing 1981

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.


“After the visceral brutality of The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, director Wes Craven cooled things down a bit with 1981’s Deadly Blessing, a psychological horror movie in which a recent widow finds herself caught between a religious sect and an unknown evil that’s terrorizing her small community.

Though happy on their farm, Jim (Douglas Barr) and Martha Schmidt (Maren Jensen) occasionally have run-ins with the Hittites, a deeply religious society that owns most of the land in the area. Jim himself was once a Hittite, and his father Isaiah (Ernest Borgnine) is the group’s spiritual leader (Jim was shunned by his family when he married the “outsider” Martha, whom he met in college). Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 28: The Exorcist III (1990) — by Dr. Shock

The Exorcist III (1990)

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.


“Georgetown, 1990. A college rowing team practices in the early morning hours, while miles away, an unseen force breaks through the front door of a church, causing such havoc that the eyes on a Jesus statue, which is hanging from a crucifix, open up wide. Then there’s the dream sequence, in which an unnamed narrator walks a darkened street, then falls down a long flight of stairs. Suddenly, we switch to an ocean view, with several search helicopters flying overhead, a scene enhanced by the inclusion of the now-familiar tune, Tubular Bells.

These are a few of the images that dance across the screen during the opening credits of writer / director William Peter Blatty’s The Exorcist III, and what amazed me was that in less than five minutes, this 1990 film was already more intriguing than the entirety of Exorcist II: The Heretic! Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 27: Haunter (2013) — by Wolfman Josh

haunter_posterEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts


Haunter is a 2013 film (with a terrible title) directed by Vincenzo Natali that stars Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge and Stephen McHattie. The film premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was distributed by IFC Midnight later that year for the Halloween season.

The movie opens in the ’80s with Abigail Breslin playing a suburban teen I’d have loved to hang out with, what with her Bowie, Joy Division and Cure posters on the wall and draped in a kind of haunting Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirt. We soon realize that Breslin’s character, Lisa Johnson, is stuck in some sort of time loop that only she seems to be aware of. As she goes through her daily routine (on the eve of her sweet sixteen) of practicing her clarinet to Peter and the Wolf (I had this exact same recording as a kid), eating her mom’s homemade mac & cheese for lunch and watching Murder She Wrote each evening with her family (this is my kind of family), I started feeling like this was a world in which I wouldn’t mind being trapped. But Lisa Johnson is, of course, less enthused as there is clearly something eerie going on here.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 26: Frankenstein 1970 (1958) — by Dr. Shock

Frankenstein1970Editor’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.


Frankenstein 1970 marked the first time in 14 years that Boris Karloff appeared in a movie with “Frankenstein” in the title (the last being 1944’s House of Frankenstein, in which he played Doctor Niemann). In fact, it was the last Frankenstein movie he’d ever make, and as I sat watching it, I couldn’t help but wish he had turned the part down.

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 25: Celebrating Horror Movie Podcast’s Two-Year Anniversary — by Jay of the Dead

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Jay of the Dead here. Today is October 25, 2015, which is exactly two years since the launch of Horror Movie Podcast. On Friday, October 25, 2013, we released our epic debut episode titled Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 001: The Horror Genre and Our Top 10 Favorite Horror Movies. (It is a must-listen episode, if you haven’t heard it yet.) At that time, HMP only had three hosts: Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Walking Dead Kyle Bishop.

Dr. Shock had not rejoined us yet. I say “rejoined” because HMP is the third (and final) incarnation of a Jay of the Dead horror podcast. Many of our listeners have gathered sometime during the course of the past two years, so if you haven’t heard how Horror Movie Podcast came to be, I will give you the history below. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 24: Fright Night (1985) — by Dr. Shock

Fright Night 1985

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.


“Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) believes in vampires. His favorite television program is the Fright Night movie show hosted by Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall), a former film star whose most popular role was that of a vampire hunter; and when he sees some movers dragging a coffin into the basement of the house next door, the sometimes excitable Charley starts to believe that his new neighbor, handsome bachelor Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon), is a Prince of the Undead. Continue reading