Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 013: The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984) and Discovering “Grade Z” Horror Movies

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Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In Episode 013, we’re joined by special guest One Sick Puppy of the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast for another Frankensteinian show. He helps us review “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977) and its sequel, “The Hills Have Eyes Part II” (1984). Also notable in this episode: Dr. Shock and Jay of the Dead fall into a crazy rabbit hole of talking about a few Grade Z horror movies. Remember, we love getting your voice mails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789

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I. Introduction
— Wolfman Josh’s fiery airplane, real-life horror story
— Congratulations to the WINNER of our Alfred Hitchcock box set: Jermie!

II. Answering BillChete’s voice mail
— All Hallow’s Eve (2013)

III. An Impromptu Discussion of Some Grade Z Horror Movies
— Dr. Shock: Bloodbath in the House of Knives (2010)
— IMDb rabbit hole: Jan-Gel: The Beast From the East (1999)
— Jan-Gel 2: The Beast Returns (2001)

IV. The Precariousness of Rating Films
— Jay’s rating for “Twilight” (2008)
— Revisiting our ratings and thoughts on “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2” (1986)
— Poll Results: Listener ratings on Nosferatu (1922)

V. Recognition of a Fallen Sister in Horror
— R.I.P. – Joan the Movie Maven @Writer1976
Joan’s Web site: The Movie Maven

VI. One Sick Puppy
— Welcome special guest: One Sick Puppy of the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast

VII. Discussion of some HORROR NEWS

VIII. Feature Review: “The Hills Have Eyes” (1977)
Jay of the Dead = 8.5 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 8 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 6.5 ( Must-See Rental )
One Sick Puppy = 6 ( Rental )

IX. Feature Review: “The Hills Have Eyes Part II” (1984)
Jay of the Dead = 3.5 ( Avoid )
Dr. Shock = 5 ( Rental )
Wolfman Josh = 6.5 ( Rental )
One Sick Puppy = 7.5 ( Buy it! )

X. Mini Review: “Bug” (1975)
One Sick Puppy = 7 ( Rental )

XI. Mini Review: “Sennentuntschi: Curse of the Alps” (2010)
One Sick Puppy = 8 ( Buy it! )

XII. Mini Review: Victor Salva’s “Dark House” (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 5 ( Low-priority Rental )

XIII. Mini Review: “In Fear” (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 5 ( Low-priority Thriller Rental )

XIV. HMP Miscellany
— HMP logo artwork: Gary
— HMP logo artwork: Levi (The Unknown Murderer)
— Planning for the HMP T-shirts (and begging for iTunes reviews)

XV. Wrap-Up:
— Voice mail from Evil Bill recommending “WNUF Halloween Special” (2013)
— iTunes review from Very Bad Thing
— iTunes review from Galapogosian

NEXT ON HMP — IN TWO WEEKS: Releasing on Friday, April 11, 2014 — Episode 014. Definitely don’t miss it!

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One Sick Puppy’s Dead as Hell Horror Podcast
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“Night of the Ghouls” seance scene

Jay recommends: Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon

Wolfman Josh’s links:
Wolfman on Twitter: @IcarusArts
Wolfman Josh covers new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly
Wolfman covers movies streaming online on: Movie Stream Cast

Dr. Shock’s links:
Dr. Shock’s daily movie review Web site: DVD Infatuation.com
Dr. Shock on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation
Dr. Shock’s other horror podcast: Land of the Creeps

Jay of the Dead’s links:
Jay of the Dead and Horror Movie Podcast Official Twitter: @HorrorMovieCast
Jay of the Dead covers new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly
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Thanks for listening.
Jay of the Dead

21 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 013: The Hills Have Eyes (1977) and The Hills Have Eyes Part II (1984) and Discovering “Grade Z” Horror Movies

  1. Hi Everybody,
    Sorry it took so long to get this episode posted. I’m two days late! Now that’s scary… I was buried this weekend, but I assure you, I did my very best to get it to you ASAP. Thanks for your patience.
    Jay of the Dead

      • I was starting to sweat at first, but I was okay when I got my episode downloaded.

        As far as Bloodbath in the House of Knives goes, I don’t want it. I have an aversion to Lloyd Kauffman. But you know, I would watch it for you. I really would.

        What’s better, though, is I watched the Jan-Gel clip on YouTube. That…was something. I laughed until I cried. However, the clip is only 3:08. Can a whole film be endured? I can’t wait to find out.

        • Yeah Jay, thanks for everything you do. I was getting worried for a minute there, but thankfully all is right in the world… for now…

  2. Hi Jay, Julian from London. So as you can see from the iTunes review I went with a more apt horror username. Love the idea of the city names on the back of the shirt and would proudly wear mine bearing the podcast name and my home, London of coarse. Well I’ve got to go, got a 3 1/2 hour date with some great Horror guys.

  3. OK so it’s 1am here in England and I took that journey down the rabbit hole with you. Perhaps you should of gone a little further down and watched the clip of Jan-gel that’s on YouTube before making your impulse buy. Maybe it’s late and I’m tired but I think my mind is playing tricks on me, I’m pretty sure I just watched an overwieht bald guy in fake leopard print screaming at a rubber snake for 3 minutes. What a shame you guys bought the last (and possibly only) copies. Looking forward to hearing your reviews for that one, enjoy

  4. I just bought my copy of JanGel. Out of stock?

    You guys bought ’em! Hahaha.

    Gary, that artwork. That’s a GREAT idea!

      • Thanks! I had fun drawing Jay as a dead guy. I think he got the head wound from his wife for spending $6.00 on Jan-Gel: the Beast from the East.

        • Haha, he’s lucky he’s not over here in England. Its selling on Amazon for the equivalent of $30, god only knows what he’d look like after spending that amount on it. i watched a free clip on YouTube and felt robbed

  5. Hey guys, another great episode! Now I have a few things to comment on:

    Firstly, I love Billchete’s straight talkin’, all-guns-blazin’ approach but I have to disagree with him on “All Hallows’ Eve”. I can certainly understand being a little disappointed going in expecting a whole anthology of new material and finding that you’ve seen one of the segments already but I honestly thought the rest of the movie, for the most part, worked equally as well as “Terrifier”.

    My favourite segment was actually the first one; it was like Rosemary’s Baby reinterpreted by Clive Barker. I loved the old school practical effects and the whole thing just had this really crazy dream-logic thing going for it, making it about as close a cinematic depiction of an actual nightmare as you can get.

    Admittedly the second segment was the weakest of the bunch but I still found it sufficiently eerie. And with regards to the costuming, I interpreted the dopey Alien mask as being suggestive that that’s what people who claim to have seen aliens have been describing while in actual fact there’s something much more horrifying underneath, A concept which I find pretty creepy.

    Of course “Terrifier” was fantastic and very effective but to me it didn’t feel quite as unique as the first segment. Also I thought the wrap-around story worked really well, so overall I loved the movie and look forward to more of Mr Leone’s work. As previously mentioned I was especially impressed by the practical effects and it made me wonder if a low budget movie like this can use practicals then why are we still suffering through so many bigger budgeted horror films that insist on using awful CGI, particularly for the gore?

    Now, on to “The Hills Have Eyes”.

    When I was a kid my parents were pretty strict about what movies I could watch and to be honest I was pretty wimpy but I was also very curious about horror cinema and I distinctly remember asking my mum “What’s the scariest film you’ve ever seen?” and her replying “The Hills Have Eyes”. I’m pretty sure she went on to very roughly outline the plot of the movie for me and I kind of expanded on that in my head and it became this really, really terrifying movie that existed solely in my imagination. Needless to say, a decade or so later when I finally got around to watching it, I was a little disappointed. I guess by that point I was aware of movies like “Hellraiser” and “The Fly” so, on a gore level, “The Hills Have Eyes” seemed comparatively tame and also very much entrenched in the decade of its creation.

    All that said, I’ve certainly come to appreciate it as not only an interesting product of it’s time but also as a pretty influential film in genre. It’s not a movie I’ve watched many times and I don’t know that I’ve ever seen the sequel, but it deserves it’s (albeit fairly humble) place in horror history.

  6. Hi guys.

    I don’t have much to say since I haven’t seen any of the movies reviewed recently. Well, that’s not true, I have seen The Hills Have Eyes 2 fairly recently, but I wanted to post my reviews for all four movies, so I think I’ll catch up over the weekend. I’ve never seen the original or the remake of the second one, so this is a good excuse to see them.

    Jay, I have not yet seen In Fear, but judging from the amazing trailer and the stellar reviews it’s been getting, I can honestly say that I’m sure this movie will be at least a 9. Has anyone else seen this?

  7. Another great episode, guys! Thanks again for putting all that you do in to this podcast! I hope billchete is wrong about “All Hallow’s” because I bought it blind and am excited to watch.

    I may or may not have asked you guys before but I was wondering if you’ve ever considered discussing monster rallies on the cast. I know most of them aren’t scary, mostly just for fun, but I’d love to hear your guys’ thoughts on the subgenre!

    Keep up the great work, and put me down for a t-shirt! I shall wear it with pride… And pants, of course.

  8. Hey Jay, Doc and Wolfman, I’ve got a recommendation for you, possibly a beastly freak. It’s a Spanish made werewolf movie called Lobos De Arga or attack of the werewolves (Or even game of werewolves in some regions). The movie is subtitled and is more suited to the horror/comedy banner but think of it more as the the werewolves version of dead snow rather than teen wolf, it has a very similar feel to dead snow in terms of story and the one liners. Happily as well it only has maybe a slight hint of CGI as the transformations and Wolfman make up is all practical.
    My score for it is a 7 and is a definat rental although I’ve ordered myself a copy on Blu-ray as Id watch this more than once

    • Hey VBT,
      I’ve been dying to see this movie for like a year… I think I may have even posted on here about it recently. How were you able to see this? I could only find non-U.S. regions online… is that how you caught it?
      I’m glad to hear the comparison to Dead Snow and that you give it a seven!

      his dinner.

      • Hi, it was on the UK Sky TV satellite “Horror channel” over the weekend and then the Blu Ray I picked up on Amazon UK for the equivalent of $5. It does say region abc on the blu ray but region 2 for the DVD in the item description but I wouldn’t trust that, once I’ve recieved my copy I will see if there’s anything on the case and let you know.

        • That would be much appreciated! Thank you, friend! Always on the lookout for a good werewolf movie… which is a super rarity.

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