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.

The History of Horror Movie Podcast
In about 2006 or 2007, I was a film critic for my college newspaper located in Orem, Utah. Two filmmakers were shooting an intriguing documentary called “Cleanflix” (2009). One of the co-directors was Josh Ligairi.

That’s when I first met Josh. My interview footage didn’t make the final cut of his film, but even so, I highly recommend “Cleanflix” to anybody who loves movies.

As a Utah cinephile, I found myself in an unofficial community of fellow film-lovers. But after graduating from college in 2008, I moved back to West Virginia to work as the film critic (among other roles) at my hometown newspaper.

To maintain my association with my Utah film friends, I started a movie review / discussion blog called Considering the Cinema. Two of my fellow contributors on that site were Josh Ligairi and Andy Howell. It was late in 2008 that Josh asked me if I listened to any movie podcasts. He recommended a couple to me, one of which was The /Filmcast, which is still my all-time favorite podcast.

I became obsessed with movie podcasting because of Josh and The /Filmcast. I listened to it every single time I drove somewhere alone.

By the end of 2009, the newspaper business was a very shaky career — especially for a movie critic, so I moved back to Utah. It was devastating to me to no longer have my job as a film critic, where I saw every new movie release for free and had a circulation (at that time) of somewhere around 30,000. So, I started very seriously considering starting a movie review podcast.

In June 2010, I launched the Considering the Sequels Podcast, where Andy Howell, Karl Huddleston and I reviewed entire movie franchises once a month. We were earnest, but the show’s quality was poor, so we only gathered around 25 listeners after two years. (Josh Ligairi made guest appearances on a couple of those episodes.)

It was late in 2010 that I noticed that the CTS Podcast was being followed on Twitter by an impressive man named Dave Becker of DVD Infatuation.com. I think he may have even sent me a message, kindly complimenting my show. I was very impressed by his daily movie review blog, so we had a sort of mutual admiration society.

Dave told me that he was also part of a movie podcast that just recently launched — a horror podcast called Planet Macabre, hosted by BillChete, GregaMortis, Hell Hunter, Lady Phantom and my new friend, Dave Becker, who went by “Dr. Shock.” That show still remains my all-time favorite horror podcast. Planet Macabre was my /Filmcast of horror podcasting.

Admittedly, at the time, as a bit of a latent horror fan, my new obsession with Planet Macabre awoke something monstrous inside of me.

Through Dr. Shock, I got to know the infamous BillChete, and I had the distinct honor of being invited to be one of the very few guests in its short, 16-episode run of Planet Macabre. I got to be a guest on Episode 010 — a bonus episode — when we reviewed my all-time favorite horror film, “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre” (1974). My “horror-ized” name for that show was “Jason X,” but for all intents and purposes, that’s when my alter ego, horror-podcasting persona was born.

As podcasts always do, Planet Macabre folded in June 2011, due to BillChete’s demanding schedule, if I recall correctly. But you can’t keep a podcaster out of the game for very long! Later that same month, BillChete contacted me with “an offer.” He invited me to be one of the official hosts on Horror Jungle, his new horror podcasting venture. A true honor for me. Even though Horror Jungle only ran for a total of three episodes before BillChete had to drop it, too, it is still one of my life’s biggest regrets that I had to decline his invitation. My wife and I just had our second child in February, and she wasn’t fond of the idea of me having another podcast, since I was still beating dead horses with the CTS Podcast.

TWHMP

That decision to turn down Horror Jungle haunted me. By September 2011, I was planning to start my own horror podcast in October — just in time for Halloween. I named it The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast. I reached out to BillChete to invite him to be one of the hosts. He accepted. Coincidentally, BillChete said he was planning to build Horror Palace — a horror podcasting network, and he invited TWHMP to be a part of it. I accepted. BillChete planned to launch his own video horror podcast called Grisly Zone, and he had also asked Boss Butcher’s Terror Troop to join.

Horror Palace Network began in mid-October, and I launched The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast on the network on October 30, 2011. My new horror moniker was Jay of the Dead, and it has been ever since. Along with BillChete, I also invited Dr. Shock, Midnight Corey and newcomer Craig “Terror” Tovey to be my co-hosts.

TWHMP was an incredible show, but it was also very grueling for me. Long story short, by Episode 014, sometime in January 2012, I needed to reassess my work situation and return to college for a different degree, so I handed the reins of TWHMP to my co-host, Midnight Corey, who kept the show going with the other hosts until Episode 026, when it ended in April 2012.

By that time I decided not to pursue my new college degree and did professional podcast production, instead. And even though everything wasn’t quite kosher with my schedule or employment, by April 2012, I wanted to return to horror podcasting again, much to my wife’s chagrin.

Horror Metro

I talked to BillChete about coming back to the now-thriving Horror Palace Network. As TWHMP ended, Midnight Corey created a new, solo-cast show called The Electric Chair. On April 29, 2012, I launched my second horror podcast, which I named Horror Metropolis. My co-hosts were Dr. Shock, BillChete, Terror Tovey and a new addition, Wolfman Josh Ligairi! Due to my busy schedule, Horror Metropolis was a bi-weekly show. Unfortunately, I had a lot of resistance from my wife, and after only 10 episodes, I felt I should abruptly drop Horror Metropolis in July 2012. And like The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast, I’m still sad about losing Horror Metropolis, too.

New HMP Logo

By October 2012, I started thinking about returning to horror podcasting yet again! And by January 2013, I began planning the triumphant launch of Horror Movie Podcast, the third incarnation of a Jay of the Dead horror podcast.

I’m happy to report, exactly two years to the day, that on October 25, 2013, we launched Episode 001 of Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies…

And have been ever since, two years and counting. Happy two years, HMP!

—Jay of the Dead


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

  1. I love hearing the history behind HMP. I have since gone back and am catching up on the first episodes. I hope there are many more years of HMP…you make my weekends!

  2. I didn’t realize October 25th was the anniversary of HMP’s creation.

    As luck will have it, I was wearing my Horror Movie Podcast t-shirt to the movies today as I went to see TCM Presents Dracula/Drácula double billing.

    • This made my smile, Sal. Thanks for making my day. I’m jealous. I wanted to take my boy to see those Dracula movies on the big screen. We record on last Nightmare on Elm Street wrap-up on the 28th, so it’s probably not going to happen. But what a unique opportunity to see Dracula on the big screen. : )
      Jay

      • Chances are that if you bring your son to Dracula, he’d easily be the youngest person there. At my theater, it was a predominantly older audience (60+) than I’m used to being with for movies. There were a couple of teens in front of me on a date, but they bailed during the intermission before Drácula. The next oldest was a teen with who I believe was his mother. I talked with them a little bit after the movie and it seems as if they regularly go to these older movies whenever they come across.

        Shortly before the first movie began, a mother with four or five young children came in and joined me in my usual row (Back row, middle seat). Those brats wouldn’t stop talking and I couldn’t hear the introduction by the TCM guy too well. Luckily, once Dracula began, one of the kids mentioned how he didn’t think this was the right movie and they left. It was after leaving the theater that I noticed the next door screen was showing Hotel Transylvania 2. Ha. It would have been great to have some kids there, but if they’re going to be talking, I’m going to wish Dracula to enter their lives.

    • Shannon,
      I’m so excited about watching “Bone Tomahawk” now, that I’m tempted to be irresponsible and disregard the 10 other important things I should be doing tonight… You’re such a rabble-rouser… : )
      J

    • I’m really interested in BONE TOMAHAWK. I hadn’t heard anything about it until this past weekend, when I saw it pop up on iTunes. Glad to hear you liked it. It’s going on my list.

  3. Who knows what would have happened if you had accepted my initial offer to podcast with me, Jay. I probably wouldn’t have done my documentary podcast and you may have never teamed up with BillChete. Perhaps HMP would have never existed, even though we were podcasting together.

    Obviously, I’m biased, but I think Horror Movie Podcast is ten times what any of those other shows were. I enjoyed our short time on Horror Metropolis, but I never felt quite at ease the way I do here. HMP is home.

    I’m actually really sad that Grisly Zone and The Electric Chair podcasts aren’t around anymore. Those were two of the best examples of solo-casting I’ve ever heard.

    Oh, and I remember the three film podcasts I recommended. If I were going to rank them, Film Junk > Filmspotting > /Filmcast.

    • Josh,
      I probably didn’t really realize what a podcast was, Josh! : ) I mean, I didn’t even discover IMDb.com until 2004! ha ha. That cracks me up. Plus, Josh, I think I thought you only wanted me as a podcasting co-host at that time just to beat up on me and my opinions. ha ha.

      Seriously, this is going to sound crazy, but it’s the truth. I am the person I am today (namely, an obsessed movie podcaster) because of these four reasons in this sequence of events:

      1. My pal, Bill Barnes, who introduced me to—
      2. The Internet Movie Database, which led me to read—
      3. Roger Ebert’s online movie reviews, which led to my becoming a film critic—
      4. And Josh Ligairi, who led me to podcasting.

      Bill Barnes, IMDb.com, Roger Ebert and Josh Ligairi. It’s that simple. Changed my life. Literally changed the course of my life.

      Yes, I agree that HMP is home. And I’m very proud of it. This community and my co-hosts make it great.

      And yes, Grisly Zone and The Electric Chair were fabulous shows. (By the way, Grisly Zone fans: On his Horror On The Go audio broadcast, BillChete just released a “Grisly Zone Reunion” episode: http://bit.ly/1NuZDWd )

      And yes, Josh, I recall all three film podcasts that you recommended. The other two are certainly great movie podcasts in their own ways, but there are elements of each (which I won’t mention in this public forum) that I simply can’t stomach. Sorry. Personal preferences…

      But The /Filmcast is the greatest podcast ever made — period.

      Thanks for everything, Wolfman.
      J

      • I think you’re too hard on “spotting” and “junk” and too easy on “slash.”

        What I can say is that David Chen is one of the best movie podcast moderators ever, period. You and Sean from Film Junk are in that conversation.

        /Filmcast is good, but they just don’t know movies as well as the a Film Junk and Filmspotting guys.

        I know you dislike the looseness of Film Junk and some of the personalities, but it’s the vibe us very similar to MPW and the personalities are matched by bits of Ry, Andy and myself.

        I know you specifically dislike one of the Filmspotting segments, but that analysis on that show is the closest to what we do on HMP that I can think of.

        But, hey, you’re a fan … and sometimes fandom is blinding. In a good way.

        Best podcast ever has to go to a public radio show because they are so well-funded and heavily produced. Serial and RadioLab are in the conversation. This American Life is probably the best audio broadcast ever produced across all platforms.

        But we digress.

        Happy #2, HMP. I love a good sequel. Shall we shoot for a trilogy?

      • “Josh, I think I thought you only wanted me as a podcasting co-host at that time just to beat up on me and my opinions. ha ha.”

        It sure is fortunate that things never panned out that way!

        Right?

      • That’s a sweet story. You two should get THE ROOM.

        I think I can understand where you’re coming from regarding junk/spotting/slashfilm, J. To me, the /Filmcast is a perfect blend of intelligent conversation and whimsy, which makes it more accessible than the others.

        The MPN shows are the best, though.

  4. I wanted to thank Jay for spending the extra money to keep TWHMP and HM available to download. It was a nice way to keep the “New” content going after I finished catching up on the back episodes of HMP.

    Even though the name didn’t exactly make sense, HM was mostly great. It had a pretty similar feel to HMP particularly with Josh popping up more and more. To me, the biggest downside to HM was the poor timing of the busy lives of the co-hosts. It just seemed like the you guys couldn’t sync up time wise to have everyone on the shows. This is where I feel HMP got it right. I mentioned this before, but when you guys realized that Dr. Walking Dead’s schedule was going to make his appearances difficult, you guys immediately signed Dr. Shock to a multi-million dollar a year contract to be the official third host with Dr. Walking Dead having an open invention to appear whenever he pleased. That move allowed HMP not to fall into the same traps as HM with a lot of shows where you never knew if everyone would be on the show or not. Although, I guess the timing of this compliment is ironic since Wolfman Josh missed this most recent show and Dr. Shock the week before. Ha.

    I thought the original idea for TWHMP was brilliant. A rotating cast with the co-hosts assigning movies to each other kept things interesting. Jay being kidnapped and taken to Mexico (That’s the real reason why you left TWHMP, right?) changed the feel of the show to me. It was still okay, but the show structure changed with Midnight Corey bringing on guest to be interviewed. The fun of the show in the post-Jay days wasn’t as high as prior to Jay’s kidnapping. The legacy of TWHMP? One word…Frozen.

    If I had to rank the shows, I’d go with HMP > Jay’s TWHMP > HM > Corey’s TWHMP

    And Jay, I have some advice on how to get Mrs. Jay to be more favorable towards HMP. What you need to do is age your kids like…really quickly. That way they’d be old enough to be on the show and like any mother, Mrs. Jay would have to love HMP then, right? HMP would be akin to a mother putting a drawing her kid made on the fridge.

    • Sal, I think I agree with your ranking of the shows, and I like your distinction of a post-J TWHMP. The tone of the show definitely changed after his departure, some of the change was good and some not so much.

    • Also, there are many things that combine to make HMP the quality show that it is – the hosts, the themed episodes, the franchise reviews, etc – but I’d wager to say the Frankensteinian episodes have been a saving grace for the podcast. Like you mentioned, one of the failings of HM (and possibly also TWHMP) was just timing and not being able to sync up schedules. J mentioned early in HMP’s life that Frankensteinian episodes would be a necessary evil to ensure the show moves forward – they afford the hosts flexibility to “appear” at different times, according to their schedule, while still enabling 3+ hosts to be on each episode.

      Luckily for us, they typically turn out to be fantastic shows.

  5. 31 Days of Halloween day 25
    58. The Devil’s Business (***) – An hour and 10 minutes. No fat here. Just great acting and an interesting premise.

  6. Yay, happy birthday, HMP! This is one of my favorite podcasts, just so you know. I’ve only been listening since around March or April of this year, but I love the format, I love you guys…and I love my HMP t-shirts that just came in a few days ago. I’ve been wearing them to work and making people ask a lot of questions, which is a good thing.

    Here’s to many more years!

  7. JOTD, Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock, and Dr. Walking Dead –

    First off, thank you very much for putting together this fine show. It is definitely one of my greatest sources of entertainment and intellectual stimulation. And, in some ways, has changed my life.

    That may sound hokey to say, but it’s sort of true. I listen to more podcasts now because of HMP. I watch and discuss more movies now than I did before HMP. I’m a more attentive movie watcher now, and actually think about the content as I watch rather than just being a passive viewer. I even exercise more now just to have an excuse to listen to the shows: it began by taking longer walks through the city and, since moving from NY, has evolved into me spending hours at the gym. I’ve also “met” some interesting folks in the HMP community, many of whom I consider a friend.

    Perhaps most importantly, though, I’ve found a safe, comfortable place where I can discuss the genre I love most. I’m sure many of us have had similar experiences as horror fans – it’s difficult to find others who share this interest, and most people are shocked when they find out I’m a horror nut (probably because I don’t carry around a giant machete or wear a mask made of human skin). Here, there’s always someone to discuss horror with, and never a judgmental reaction. That is no small thing.

    JOTD, thanks for putting together this retrospective of how HMP came to be. I “discovered” you before HMP launched, back in early 2013. I was waiting for the subway one day, and decided to check out these podcast thingys. I had recently seen SINISTER and wanted to hear some discussion of the film so, naturally, thought I’d see if I could find a horror movie podcast. I fired up iTunes on my phone and searched for “Horror Movie Podcast.” Lo and behold, there you were (the benefit of on-the-nose naming; well done, J). At first, I was a little confused why there was content for a show that had “beginning October 25, 2013” in its description, but I went with it.

    The first episode I listened to was TWHMP: Ep. 003 (“Scary as Hell”), which had just dropped in the feed. Needless to say, I loved it, so I spent some time later that day looking into this Horror Movie Podcast thing. That’s when I first came to the site and read *this post* (http://horrormoviepodcast.com/intro/), which explained it all. There were also several written movie review blog posts on the site back then, which helped to occupy some of my time.

    I was immediately hooked. All of the TWHMP co-hosts were great, but there was something about that JOTD that just made me want to keep listening (I agree with what Josh said above, about J being in the conversation of best movie podcast moderators). I thought the idea to release these past episodes of TWHMP and HM leading up to the launch of HMP was brilliant. So, I went back and listened to TWHMP episodes 1 and 2, and have been along for the ride ever since.

    Bringing it back to HMP, the time commitment required to prepare for, record and produce this show is obviously immense. It requires a huge sacrifice – time that could have been spent with your family, exploring some other professional or creative endeavor or, simply, sleeping. And it’s done primarily out of the simple love of doing it. For that, I say thank you. Know that your sacrifice does not go unnoticed, nor is it unappreciated.

    Congratulations for two absolutely unrivaled years of horror movie podcasting. Hopefully you’re just getting started!

    • The benefit of on-the-nose naming is right one. Literally the only reason why I began listening to HMP was because I was bored one night and I decided to see if there were any horror movie podcasts. Never listened to one before, so I just Googled it. Had something else been the first result, I would have probably listened to one show of that podcast and never gotten around to listening to any other show.

      As much fun as it is to knock Jay (And he makes it SO easy), he is a really likable guy in his role as host. First time listening to the show, I thought Jay was a real putz with his “heh heh heh” and the cheesy tagline of “…where we’re DEAD serious about horror”. But then he revealed that before they got to their feature reviews, he has this tape review he did in his car at midnight, immediately after coming out of the theater. It was like…oh…he IS dead serious about horror movies. Before I knew it, I began enjoying all of Jay’s Jayisms. The lack of Jay from Corey’s TWHMP kept it from feeling familiar to me like all of Jay’s shows. Things rarely go according to plan for Jay on his various shows, but the dude puts in some serious effort in trying to make everything work and flow.

      • I came across the show in exactly the same way, Sal. I remember thinking “with this name these guys must be THE major horror movie podcast, but this weird white website design looks a bit simplistic…” and then I listened and was almost instantly hooked like no other podcast has managed.

        And I concur with all the nice things people are saying about Jay. I have a history of disagreeing with him and calling out his crazy opinions but at the end of the day I know he has a sincere and dedicated love for this genre (and movies in general) in his heart, pacemaker or no. And I agree that as a podcast moderator he’s the best. He has such an amiable, curious and pleasant quality that allows him to draw conversations into directions of potential conflict without it ever becoming uncomfortable or not-fun. Since he recently mentioned editing while stood up at his kitchen table, I can’t shake that image of sheer, beautiful dedication.

        And then we have Josh who brings a level of sophistication and critical capacity that might otherwise be unknown to the world of horror, Doc whose historian-like tendencies inform the conversations wonderfully and Kyle whose analytical approach makes us think about these films in entirely different ways. Such a brilliant combination of minds!

    • Wow, Dino. Very nice. Thank you, my friend. Sincerely. I’m glad HMP has made some positive ripples. I hope I’m not just perpetuating and sending evil out into the world. That would truly be tragic to me. Thanks for your words.
      J

  8. Happy anniversary HMP, and thank you for sharing the origin story of this podcast! I am now an avid podcast listener since discovering this podcast in the summer of 2014. You consistently put out a high quality show with thoughtful, and intelligent discussion (not to mention all the times you have made my husband and I laugh). I also really appreciate the sound quality, editing, and website for this show. As I branch out and listen to more podcasts, I’ve found that not as many put in the time and care that clearly goes into the making of Horror Movie Podcast. You guys helped get me through my wedding planning stress last year, and I have become aware of so many more good horror movies as a result of listening.
    Thanks!

  9. I got hooked on podcasts because of Kevin Smith and his Smodcast Network…Then I found The Nerdist…Then I went a on a horror podcast hunt and the first one I tried was HMP and the rest is history…I don’t wanna play favorites but because of HMP I discovered Land of The Creeps…Terror Troop…The Resurrection Of Zombie 7…Midnight Movie Cowboys…and of course MPW…MSC…Geekcast Live…and The Sci Fi Podcast…It’s like 6 degrees of HMP….I love all these amazing personalities and have become friends with many of these people…past and present on facebook…And of course all the people I’ve met on these boards…This is a amazing community I’m so proud to be a part of…Hail to the King…Long live HMP!!!

  10. (Contains spoilers)

    Day 25 – The Mummy’s Ghost

    While it can’t compare to the Frankenstein series, I really do love the Universal Mummy series. After a giant misstep in the original Mummy with Boris Karloff, they nailed it eight years later when they re-did their mummy movie and created The Mummy’s Hand, thus beginning Kharis, The Mummy series. Yet, everyone talks about Karloff’s The Mummy and that’s the movie that gains all of the attention, including being released on Blu-Ray. With The Mummy’s Ghost, it’s the third official movie in the series and the quality of the series continues to hold up for me.

    Admittedly, just as it’s true for the Frankenstein series, continuity is not a major concern for the Mummy series. I suppose it’s not really a big deal since home video didn’t exist then, so you didn’t have fans watching these movies whenever they please. As a result, you could change things up without concern that others will notice. Here, there’s some basic mistakes. For one, Kharis was seemingly killed in The Mummy’s Tomb due to a house fire. Here, he’s back walking around without any explanation for how he survived. Andoheb, who died at the start of The Mummy’s Tomb, is back again as he sends Yousef Bey off to America to grab Kharis and Ananka’s mummy. There’s also the whole issue with setting the movie so far into the future. At the time of this movie, it’s supposed to be 1970. There’s absolutely nothing 70’s about this movie.

    Amina’s boyfriend in the movie, Tom, is a total schmuck. There’s one scene in particular where he comes off as such a moron. First of all, it begins in a really stupid situation where Tom is driving Amina in his convertible during the night. He stops to try and get in some “Alone” time. Yet, this is after Kharis has already killed once and the entire town is on high alert. What are you doing stopping in the middle of the night in a convertible?! Over the last few weeks, Amina has been mentally pretty shaken up due to everything she’s been through. She’s having a hard time. What is Tom’s advice? Doing his best Bill Lumbergh from Office Space impression, Tom tells her essentially, “Yeah, if you could stop being upset and start smiling again, that would be great”. As if it’s as simple as stop being upset. What kind of advice is that? Maybe I’m just looking at this with 2015 eyes, but it seems comparable to telling someone with severe depression to just “Be happier”. The fact that Tom ended up being one of the few heroes in an Universal Monster film to fail to save the girl only further points at what a loser he actually was.

    Once all of the night time “Experiences” begin for Amina after the soul of Ananka went into her body, Amina began to grow streaks of grey in her hair. By the end of the movie, her entire head of hair was totally grey, but it was the streaks of grey that stood out to me the most. There’s two main comparisons that sprung to mind while watching this. The most obvious is likely the Bride of Frankenstein. Of course, part of The Bride’s signature look are the streaks of grey in her hair. With The Bride being the most iconic female monster at Universal, it seems as if they went out of their way to make it clear that Amina was The Mummy’s Ghost version of The Bride. In fact, in both cases, The Bride and Amina were forced into becoming the main chick for the monster of the movie. Neither wanted to be in that role though. As Amina’s body began to look mummy-like you could say she became a monster of her own. The other comparison was to Nancy in A Nightmare on Elm Street. After Nancy endured another nightmare at the sleep clinic (During the scene where she brings Freddy’s fedora out of the dream world), a lock of her hair turned grey. Again, Amina and Nancy have some connection due to all of their horrors coming from when they’re asleep. Nancy had to fight Freddy any time she fell asleep while Amina lost control of her body and began sleepwalking when she slept.

    As always, I enjoyed the scenes with Kharis as he added to the body count in this slasher-like horror series. The mummy is such a physically imposing figure that seemingly can’t be hurt. To take this one step further, Kharis was not only imposing and did what he wanted, but he was literally never stopped. Kharis killed people with ease, disposed of his master when Yousef Bey opted to give up on his mission to instead keep Amina as a “Very special friend, and even managed to keep the girl away from everyone else. In a rare move for an Universal Monster film, the monster seemingly dies when he goes into the lake while still carrying the girl. The damsel in distress is killed by the dragon before her knight in shining armor manages to save her. This incredibly rare ending to a monster movie makes The Mummy’s Ghost almost worth watching it for that alone.

    There is some debate in relation to the name of the movie. On the surface, there aren’t any actual ghosts in the movie. So why is it called The Mummy’s Ghost? Well, I’d argue Andoheb could be considered a ghost as the filmmakers decided to ignore the fact that he had died in the previous film. With Ananka’s soul being transferred from a normal mummy into the body of the living Amina. So again, you can say Ananka’s soul becomes a living ghost. There is some debate on whether or not Kharis was indeed killed at the end of The Mummy’s Tomb and it’s actually the ghost of Kharis that comes back to life. The title may just be entirely made up, which would fit well with the rest of the series. Personally, I have a difficult time in remembering the names of the Kharis movies. The series goes The Mummy’s Hand, The Mummy’s Tomb, The Mummy’s Ghost, and it wraps up with The Mummy’s Curse. Yet, it’s in The Mummy’s Hand that actually deals with the tomb. If I were to rename them, I’d re-name them as Kharis, The Mummy (The Mummy’s Hand), The Revenge of Kharis, The Mummy (The Mummy’s Tomb), and The Bride of Kharis, The Mummy (The Mummy’s Ghost).

    Overall, on the surface, The Mummy’s Ghost may just be an average mummy movie, but for me, that’s exactly what I wanted to see. The plot may be overly simple and straightforward, but when a movie is only sixty minutes long, it shouldn’t be too complex. The scenes with Kharis killing tend to be the highlight with my favorite being the death in the museum. The ending is rather unique in comparison to other Universal Monster movies. If you’re a big slasher fan, The Mummy series continues to be a great early example of a slasher formula film. With Kharis being silent, slow walking, and an unbeatable monster, you can’t watch him without thinking about Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers.

    I’d give it a 6.5. It works well as a popcorn flick whether you watch it on it’s own or in the context of a marathon with the other Kharis films.

  11. About two years ago I was working at a dead-end job that frustrated me both physically and mentally, sometimes even emotionally. With my spirit broken and my hopes and dreams collecting dust and cobwebs, I decided to lift my spirits by rekindling my love for horror. I’ve always been a horror lover, but I’d never taken the time to properly analyze it. I figured listening to people talk about my favorite genre would at least help time go faster at work. It took one Google search to find the answer to my prayers. There it was right at the top of the search, HORROR MOVIE PODCAST *cue in angelic chorus*. Had I known what I know now, I would’ve clicked faster.

    Now, I’ll be honest with you, it wasn’t love at first listen. I’m not sure if it was my state of mind at the time, but I had a hard time getting through that first episode—granted, it was a five hour show! It was the second episode that hooked me in with your review of THE CONJURING, which was my favorite horror movie that year. I remember being quite happy with Josh’s and Doc’s reviews, but pretty mad at Jay. I still am to this day haha. After finishing that meaty episode, I went through Jay’s archives like a possessed madman. I couldn’t get enough of these guys and once I was done listening to HM and TWHMP, the then bi-weekly format of HMP was killing me softly. It was then that I jumped on the boards with the hope to get the conversation going. It worked to small effect at first. The boards back then were a far cry to what they are now. I tried getting into a few other podcasts, but none that could match the mighty HMP. Suddenly, it wasn’t just content that I was thirsting for, it was listening to THESE guys in particular—Their personalities, their jokes, their insights, their theories… I even missed their voices. They were already dear friends of mine (at least in my mind) even though we’d never met or talked.

    Suffice it to say, my days at work became a lot less tedious and a lot more fun. Soon after, my life made a 180 and I was out of that hell hole. It was like discovering you was the beginning of a new life and what better ushers to have than you three (sometimes four). HMP has been part of my life for two years now and I hope it continues to be for a very long time. I’ve met people here that I now consider good friends even though we’ve never met. I now have people that I can talk horror to and that is priceless for me. It would honestly be a heavy blow for me the day you decide to call it quits. I’ve said it all along and I’ll continue to say it, you guys are the best. Seriously, your work is top notch. No other horror podcast out there comes even close to what you have here. I love you all like friends and know that I’ll support you until the very end. You have my loyalty, respect, and gratitude forever and ever. Use them wisely.

    -Juan (1/3 of the once mighty and heavily active Juavino)

  12. I echo all of the nice things everyone is saying here. HMP is my favorite podcast! I love all of the hosts but I also want to give a shoutout to the great community on the message boards. I think Jauvino is partially responsible for really getting this community active. There are so many new people and great conversations happening on and off the podcast!

    I’m a little worried that someday JOTDs wife will end this podcast too. Let her know we appreciate her sacrifices and the sacrifices all of the hosts’ families make.

    • Thanks for the mention, Mark. I also think the fact that the hosts reference comments from us listeners on the site during the shows actually had a big role in creating a more active community. At once, it made the show both much more personal and interactive, as if we were a part of or had a role in shaping the content of the show. Also, Wolfman Josh’s (and, occasionally, Doc and JOTD) interaction with the listeners in the comments really helps to amp up that “connection” to the podcast.

      I think these factors were instrumental in creating such a vibrant community.

  13. Jay of the Dead,

    I am so sincerely glad to have stumbled upon such a horror podcast as this! Usually, I listen to The NoSleep Podcast or Tales To Terrify to get my much-needed dose of audio horror, but those podcasts deal in fiction, so they’re quite a bit different. As of now, I’m on HMP’s 15th episode and loving every minute of it. It’s amazing to read all the things that led up to HMP forming. Thanks, Jay, for writing this up! I always wondered what the story was concerning Horror Metropolis, Planet Macabre, and TWHMP. Every time I heard those podcasts mentioned on the show, it got me wanting to know more about what came before HMP.

    Jay, I’ve got to tell you, sir, before I go about my day… you are an intelligent, well-spoken, gracious, hilarious, and well-mannered host, and you surround yourself with like individuals in Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock. I love the in-depth reviews and thought-provoking discussions in which you gentlemen engage. I also absolutely LOVE how you guys respect one another and always remain polite even when you might be in disagreement about something. Lastly, it’s pretty wonderful to hear the lack of crass jokes and swearing. I don’t have a problem with such things at all, but you guys demonstrate that you don’t need those elements to run a successful podcast.

    Anyway, thanks for putting on such a great show. Thanks!

    Sincerely,
    Mister Watson

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