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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31 Days of Halloween — Day 25: The Cabin in the Woods (2012) — by Dr. Shock

hmp-cabininwoodsEditor’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.


There are those who believe that 2012’s The Cabin the Woods is a straight-up spoof of the horror genre, and I have no doubt that, at least to some degree, that’s what writer Joss Whedon and director Drew Goddard were going for when they made it. But, in my opinion, it’s also a loving tribute to the horror movies of old, taking the clichés that have been well-established over the decades and turning them on their heads, resulting in a very original, highly entertaining motion picture.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 24: Contracted (2013) — by Dr. Shock

hmp-contractedEditor’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.


When done right, Body Horror can be one of horror’s more disturbing sub genres. Over the years, directors such as David Cronenberg (Videodrome, The Brood, The Fly) and Stuart Gordon (Re-Animator, From Beyond) have proven themselves masters of this particular subgenre, while movies like Altered States, Street Trash, Body Melt, and The Human Centipede have taken Body Horror in some stylish, and occasionally quite disgusting, new directions. With 2013’s Contracted, writer / director Eric England throws his hat into the Body Horror ring by relating the unique story of a young woman who, after contracting a disease during unprotected sex with a stranger, must deal with the terrifying fact that her body is disintegrating at a rapid pace.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 23: Gnome Alone (2015) — by The Gray Man

Gnome Alone 2015Editor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. This year we’ve asked several of our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by listener and friend of the show “The Gray Man” (aka Greg from Toledo, Ohio). This review was his Day No. 10 entry for what he calls “Shocktober.” Thanks, Greg!


This awful piece of film is a direct ripoff of the “Leprechaun” series. Then again, those films had humor, “Gnome Alone” is just dreadful. Lousy special effects, poor direction and even worse writing.

The film starts out with a tale of a Leprechaun marking the witch with the symbol of the beast. The witch is owned by the Leprechaun, so the witch with two of her sister, mucky, dark-dancing witches conjure up a protector, a gnome (Verne Troyer, of Austin Powers “Mini-Me” fame). Yep, those protectors of gardens can also protect women. As long as they’re alive, the gnome will protect you by granting wishes. Continue reading