Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 016: The Sacrament (2014) and Contracted (2013) and We Are What We Are (2013) and Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

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Jay of the Dead considers Episode 016 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST to be one of his favorites so far! During this Frankensteinian episode, we bring you Feature Reviews of Ti West’s brand new film, “The Sacrament” (2014), as well as in-depth reviews of “Contracted” (2013), “We Are What We Are” (2013) and “Lizzie Borden Took an Ax” (2014). Dr. Shock could not make it for this episode, so it’s just a two-hander between Wolfman Josh and Jay of the Dead, but we still think you’ll dig it. Thanks for joining us!

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SHOW NOTES:
I. Introduction

II. Feature Review: “THE SACRAMENT” (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 6 ( Definite Rental )

(Jay of the Dead also recommends: Jonestown: The Life and Death of Peoples Temple (2006)

III. Feature Review: “CONTRACTED” (2013)
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Must-see Rental )

IV. Feature Review: “WE ARE WHAT WE ARE” (2013)
Jay of the Dead = 8.5 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 8 ( High-priority Rental )

V. Feature Review: “LIZZIE BORDEN TOOK AN AX” (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 7 ( Rental )

VI. Listener Feedback and Announcements
— iTunes review from Kay Tee L (Thank you!)
— iTunes review from TonyIsOnFire (Thank you!)
— iTunes review from The Great Mike D. Welch (Thank you!)
— iTunes review from Jan-Gel winner Cazcpa (Thank you!)
— iTunes review from Jarrett “The Chief” (Thank you!)
— Levi “The Unknown Murderer” voicemail
— Changes (for the better) to HMP

VII. Wrap-Up:

NEXT ON HMP — IN TWO WEEKS: Releasing on Friday, May 23, 2014 — Episode 017. Definitely don’t miss it!

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40 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 016: The Sacrament (2014) and Contracted (2013) and We Are What We Are (2013) and Lizzie Borden Took an Ax (2014)

  1. Hey guys this was posted just in the nick of time to be the soundtrack to my evening of drinking beer and eating pizza. I can’t pretend that I’m not a little disappointed by the absence of Doc though and maybe if he was there he would have brought up Guyana: Cult of the Damned in your discussion of The Sacrament. I was surprised that neither of you brought up that movie actually as your description of Ti West’s most recent film makes it sound almost like a remake of Cult of the Damned (albeit with a found footage gimmick).

    Anyway, time to open another beer and continue listening!

  2. Psyched! Saw two of these movies last weekend and LOVED THEM BOTH (Contracted and We Are What We Are). Can’t wait to hear what you guys have to say about them (although I cheated and already saw the ratings in your show notes). Have a great weekend.

  3. Okay so I’ve just finished the episode and as always it was a great listen, even without Doc (but I do hope he’ll be back next time, I love that guy).

    To be honest I’m generally kind of lazy and out of touch when it comes to contemporary horror but it’s always fun to hear you guys talk about these new movies and it often piques my interest in them.

    Now I feel like maybe, as a relatively new listener to this show, I should reserve my opinions on the inner workings of the podcast and if that’s the case tell me to shut my damn mouth but here are a few thoughts:

    As far as my views on your decision to trim back the listener feedback, I can totally understand why this is necessary, there’s only so far a podcast can go as it grows in popularity before such an obligation becomes totally unmanageable. When you’re getting close to a hundred (often lengthy) comments per episode it’s going to be impossible to be anywhere even approaching totally inclusive with them and as much as I love the really long episodes, if it’s costing you guys more money to host that material then it’d be totally unfair for us to expect such insane durations.

    That said I do think that losing the listener feedback commentary totally might be kind of a shame. Listening back on episodes it becomes apparent that a lot of interesting (and sometimes hilarious) discussions have been incited by you fellows reading out excerpts from the comment boards and I also think that level of interaction with the listeners really helps this podcast standout from the crowd. This is just a flimsy suggestion but how about maybe doing a monthly, or even quarterly bonus episode devoted to cherry picking comments from previous episodes and discussing them? Not only would this approach allow listeners who aren’t interesting in the feedback to just skip over such an episode but it would also allow a period of time for debates to develop in the comments section that might add an extra dimension to your analysis. As I said this is just a humble suggestion though. I don’t want it seem that I don’t appreciate how much time and energy you guys already put into producing such a great show so I totally understand if this idea would just be too much work but I just thought I’d put it out there.

    No matter what, I’m going to keep listening anyway. You guys each have such unique qualities and insights that combine to create a warm quilt of horrific opinions and ideas unlike any other. Trust me. I’m an expert of horrific quilts.

    • In that second to last paragraph I meant to say “listeners who aren’t interestED” rather than “interestING”.

      As a listener who isn’t very interesting I could’ve been quite offended by that remark!

    • I agree with the inclusion of the comments on a monthly basis. I 100% understand and back you on your decision to omit comments during the podcast, but as David said, they are greatly missed. But then again, maybe we’re in the minority here and everyone else is glad that they’re gone :/

  4. Jay! agree with you competely on the Sacrament. I’ve been in my own little debate over this film, and I take your stand on the film point by point,where as my opposiion is echoeing Josh’s comments word for word. This seems to be taking place ll over the internet. Your one comment “This sounds bad ok- …if you want to have an exploitative type of.. expericence of seeing this eperience happenen in real life…” sums up exactly how I felt about the film and have been trying to express since i saw it….You worded that great and I think that was exctly why Ti West made every decision he did. WELL SAID!!!

  5. I missed Doc on this episode, and I REALLY missed that Sick Puppy guy.

    I believe The Sacrament is not horror, and I see his side of the inclusion, but to me Jonestown is scary. It’s too bad they didn’t take full advantage of the horror, as you both said.

    Your banter over that one was a lot of fun. Glad you could rib each other without fisticuffs.

    • Rosemary’s Baby was a series that I was looking forward to as well, but I’ve been reading very bad things about it, so I might just skip it.

  6. Thanks for another great show gents. Short and sweet, yet it still packs a punch.

    Your conversation regarding Red Box in the latter part of the show was actually well timed. I am one of the lucky individuals who still has a local video store in my area. Or at least I was lucky up until this past week. I found out this week that they will soon be closing their doors because they are unable to compete in the modern video market. The store owner actually cited the soon to arrive Red Box at our local grocery store as a big factor. I was pretty upset when I heard this news. For most of my life (34 years now) I have been drawn to my local video stores wherever I called home. Some of my earliest memories involve heading out to the LVS and trolling the aisles looking at VHS covers and the posters on the walls. The cover art of movies like Demons and Friday the 13th was how I got my horror fix when I was too young to watch the movies themselves. When I was a little older I recall hopping on my bike with my friends and renting those movies that we idolized as kids but could never watch. I still recall renting The Evil Dead, The Thing and Dawn of The Dead for the very first time. There was always the chance of running into that gem of a movie that you had never heard of before and took a chance on renting. I guess in a way this is my obituary to my local video store. I know that its a pretty common story for most of us but this time its personal to me. I guess that I will have to seek out alternative to fill this void, but I will be pretty shocked if this void will ever be completely filled.

    The reason I was going into my LVS was to rent a copy of We Are What We Are to catch before the show. Unfortunately I didn’t get a copy, but after your review I will hunt one down. On the topic of cannibals however, I was reminded of another great film that in my opinion has not garnered the respect that it deserves; Ravenous (1999). Many horror fans lament about the 90s being a terrible decade for horror. This little gem of a movie came to us late in the decade and was lost amidst all of the teen slashers that were being released. I highly recommend it to horror fans. I don’t think that there will be too many disappointed viewers.

    Finally I must apologize Josh if I stole any of your Giallo thunder. It was a slow day at work and I figured I would kill a little time reflecting on Dario Argento. We fans are always happy to hear other fans thoughts on movies so feel free to tackle all the Argento that you want. There are also hundreds of other Giallo titles out there and I’m sure that you’ll uncover some gems for the fans.

    Until next time Gents,

    Abide
    The Dude

  7. You have my genuine sympathies Dude. As I’ve mentioned several times before there was a great indie video store in my town that still kept a wall of old VHS’s you could rent for next to nothing but they unfortunately closed last year and it was genuinely saddening, maybe I’m being melodramatic when I say this but it almost felt like the last nail in the coffin of my youth. I also felt bad because I don’t think I fully appreciated how awesome the place was until it was suddenly gone and it doesn’t help that the guy who owned it was always incredibly helpful and lovely (and he looked kind of like Stephen King). I still have their dog-eared membership card in my wallet.

    I remember when their were 4 or 5 video stores in my town and some of my happiest memories from being very young are of my dad taking me round to get cheap fizzy drinks and sweets and rent a movie on a friday night. I remember renting stuff like Dark Crystal and those Ewok Adventure movies but seeing the disturbing yet strangely intriguing cover art of the horror movies on the shelves definitely left a lasting impression on me. Browsing of the video store may be an activity responsible for planting the seed of horror fandom in the hearts and minds of a great many for a few generations. It’s a sad loss to culture in my opinion.

    • I am sure that most movie fans who grew up in the Local Stores during the 80s and 90s have a similar outlook. I don’t think that you’re being melodramatic at all when you mention this sort of thing being the final nail. Video stores were culturally significant and I challenge any fan of horror movies over the age of 30 to tell me that the LVS wasn’t a big part of their up bringing.

      Its certainly a sad time for me. I feel like a good friend of mine has just moved out of town.

      Thanks for your sympathies David :)
      My condolences to others who have lost their LVS.

      Abide

  8. Loved the episode, guys, I didn’t rate Contracted quite as high as you both did, but I still really enjoyed it. Yes, We Are What We Are is a great movie! How moody and textured! Great characters and dialogue. It brings you in. 8 out of 10. (I don’t do halves..). Yes, more themed episodes and I actually appreciated that you found good horror films that are actually streaming on Netflix…I do want longer episodes, but if you could break them up in parts, that would be easier to download….

  9. Hey Jay,
    Feel like a dummy, but your comment about the opening scene in Contracted has got me stumped. Can you give a hint as to what you referring to?

    Also, a buddy of mine sent me this link today. Thought some of you guys out there might appreciate it… If you have two minutes.

    http://mashable.com/2014/03/18/short-horror-film/

    Try to watch w/headphones and lights out!

    • His Dinner’s In The Oven:
      So glad you asked — and even cared to take notice… It makes me feel like my film critic role isn’t in vain.

      In the very opening scene of “Contracted,” a morgue worker (who is the one Samantha hooks it up with in the car and contracts the dreaded STD — I believe his name is BJ), well, he is putting a dead body away, but before doing so, we see the body (specifically the toe) moving … well, um … rhythmically… And then BJ puts the body away.

      So, I believe this is a subtle suggestion of necrophilia, or BJ having sex with the corpse. I think this provides a slight explanation of where or how BJ contracts this disease: from bringin’ on the lovin’ with dead bodies! Great stuff. I love this kind of Easter-egg screenwriting.

      His Dinner: What’s your rating for “Contracted”?

      Jay of the Dead

      • Phew! I’m not going crazy– that’s what I thought you were referring to. I watched Contracted a week before you guys talked about it and when you said that, I thought I missed something and went back. Thanks for clearing that up. I can finally get some sleep. As for a rating, I give this movie a solid 8. I bought it blind (along with Cold Prey I & II) and I’m glad I did. However, on the subject of buying films blind… I bought All Hallow’s Eve a couple of weeks ago… and, well, for what might be the first time, I find myself agreeing with the venerable BillChete 100%. Glad I saw it, but… well that’s an entirely different post 😉

        Thanks for all the great casts, love the show! And if you were curious, I’m Kay Tee L’s nephew.

        • Jay you raise an interesting point about the opening of Contracted. I don’t want to SPOIL it for anyone, but I thought the first time that I watched it I missed the part that you were referring to, but I swear that I noticed the body bag move when it was being stored (as if someone was inside breathing). I might have to watch it again, but I thought that that small and subtle point also helped to contribute to the ending. As for a rating on this movie I would have to say that it is in the 8 range.

          HSIITO I rented All Hallow’s Eve after hearing the review on this podcast. Boy was I happy that I rented it and didn’t buy it. With the exception of the final story I found it a little flat. I think that they would have been better suited to expand that third story into a feature length film (you can still leave the babysitting trope in) instead of those other two stories. Seriously…what was with that second story?

          The Dude

  10. Jay and Josh,

    Excellent show! I enjoyed the discussion about THE SACRAMENT. Being something of a Ti West fan, I look forward to checking this one out. Regarding the debate as to whether it should have been reviewed on HMP, I’ll address that on the next show (while I haven’t seen the movie, I would still like to weigh in with my opinion)

    I have yet to see CONTRACTED, but now I want to!.

    I HAVE seen WE ARE WHAT WE ARE, and I agree with you both. As much as I liked Jim Mickle’s previous efforts, this is easily his best film. And I know what you mean about the ending, Jay; it stayed with me for days afterwards. (BTW, I HAVE seen the original, and was not impressed. As opposed to the superior ending we get in Mickle’s version, the original had an incredibly weak finale. Also, aside from a few basic plot points, the two movies are VERY different from one another).

    As for the decision to limit the listener feedback, I was part of that discussion, and I agree with you guys. Thanks to our intelligent, well-informed listeners, the community on the message board has evolved leaps and bounds beyond what we thought it would be, which is a great thing. I agree that the direct e-mails and voice messages should still be part of the show, and like you both, I will try my best to interact more with those who leave comments in the forum, as opposed to discussing them during the show.

    Of course, that doesn’t apply to THIS particular posting of mine, which I expect Jay to read, verbatim, on the next episode.

    Again, excellent show, guys!

    • Jay and Josh carried this episode wonderfully but each of the hosts brings something totally unique to the table, be it the analytical stance of a film critic, the insight and experience of a filmmaker or the knowledge and eclecticism of a film encyclopedia, so the triumvirate wasn’t quite complete without you Dr. Shock.

      As a side note; in the last few weeks I’ve enjoyed navigating the labyrinthine corridors of DVD Infatuation.com. I’ve only scratched the surface so far and in quite a random order, but it’s a great site and I’ve left you a few comments here and there.

      • David,

        Thanks for the kind words. I certainly appreciate them. And thanks also for the wonderful comments you’ve been leaving on the blog. For some reason, I no longer get an e-mail letting me know someone has left one, so I don’t always see them right away (as a result, I’ve been very lax in responding, but please know I appreciate your effort, as well as your excellent comments).

        All the best, and thanks again for everything!

        • No worries at all Doc. You must have enough on your plate, what with your podcasts and daily reviews, without having to worry about responding to every comment. I just like to make sure you know your work is greatly appreciated.

          By the way, are you happy to receive non-horror recommendations from the listeners? Not necessarily for the purposes of review but just movies we think you might appreciate? And if so what would be the best way to make such a recommendation? It’s always interesting to hear your thoughts on all kinds of different movies.

          And thanks for the swift and gracious reply!

      • I agree. Dr. Shock, Josh, and Jay are like the trifecta of movie reviews, the horror triforce, the unholy trinity, the… ok you get it.

  11. Hi guys. I was going to wait until this week’s episode, but I find myself itching to tell you what I thought of some of the movies reviewed on this episode, the reunion episode, and some others that are worth mentioning (and watching).

    Ok first of all, I liked In Fear, Jay. I just didn’t think it was as great as it could have been or as smart as it thought it was. I stand by my 7.5 which is considerably higher than your 5 rating and I say mid-high priority rental or stream it.

    Contracted
    Jay, you are out of your mind bro! This movie is nowhere near as good as you’re hyping it to be, and it was actually a pretty big letdown. This movie had so much going for it. Good premise, check! Thrilling trailer, check! Intriguing poster, check! My problem with this movie is that it has all the right parts, but it doesn’t do anything with them. Contracted could have been a movie that combined familiar topics in horror and real life to create something more intelligent to tell, but it falls short on that end. Now, if only the movie worked as a straightforward tale of body horror, I would have been ok with it. But if falls short on that end too. Bad acting, shallow characters, amateurish camerawork, so-so storytelling, and a love triangle that didn’t have to be there in the first place ruins it for me. I like indie horror and support it because I’m all for the underdog. But it seems that these days, indie is synonym with crap. At least in the horror department the majority of it is crap. And I don’t mean to generalize, but just look at all the Redbox horror titles that are out there and how many of them are honestly good? I mean come one guys, you don’t need a big budget to make something good. Look at Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino, and Robert Rodriguez just to name a few. Super low budgets, great movies that are now classics. Anyway, sorry for the rant. I give Contracted a 4.5 and say low priority rental or skip it.

    We Are What We Are
    Great movie! I loved it. I’m glad both you and Josh are with me on this one. There’s nothing I would like to add to your reviews of it. I mean it’s just a solid piece of filmmaking and a great entry into the library of horror. We need more movies like these. And I agree with Josh about the surge of more intelligent, more sophisticated horror. Horror that is more concerned with atmosphere, characters, stories, and less concerned with how many gallons of blood they use and how many boobs they can get onscreen. Which, don’t get me wrong, I love that stuff, but I think like everything in life, horror needs to mature with the times and I think it’s been happening for a while now. Anyway, I give it an 8.5 and say buy it!

    We Need To Talk About Kevin
    So speaking of sophisticated horror, what about this movie? Have you guys seen it? Would you even categorize it as horror? I think ultimately, it is a horror story and a pretty horrific one. I was a bit confused at the beginning of the movie, because I wasn’t certain of what was going on, but soon after we start finding out more of what Kevin’s character is all about, things started to connect easily. And by the end when we find out what really happened with Kevin, his family and at school, it all just delivers one hell of a punch in the gut and takes the wind out of you. The character of Kevin is amazing. I was very impressed with the guy’s acting. Everyone’s acting was amazing. The direction, cinematography, photography, and dialogue was all very good. The way the story was told with flashbacks was a bit bothersome sometimes, but all in all, it was a great movie. I give it a 9 and say buy it! Although it might not be for everyone. It is quite slow.

    Ok my lunch is over, but I’ll be back for more!

    • Juan, I’ve got to say I’ve been quite curious with regards to We Need To Talk About Kevin for quite some time now. I’ve found it difficult to establish if it’s a sort of bleak art house drama or a psychological thriller/horror. I have nothing against either of those generalisations (or indeed a combination of them) but I find I have to be in a certain mood to sit down and watch something with a particularly realistic and serious tone or overly ornate presentation so it’s kind of been in limbo for me for a while. I may take the plunge and check it out after reading this post though.

      • Hi David,

        I had a similar experience. I had been holding on to a copy of the movie for a couple of months and every time I wanted to watch it, I just wouldn’t feel in the mood to watch it. But believe me, once you start, it’s a very engaging film. It is difficult to watch, depressing, and ambiguous, but in a good way, I think. Let me know what you think man.

        • That’s exactly what I’ve done, Juan. I bought the movie two months ago, but have been waiting for the right time –You’ve just inspired me to check it out!

          • Awesome! I’m glad to hear that Hisdinnerisintheoven. Let me know what you think. By the way, I recently re-watched Fright Night and when Evil Ed says “His dinner is in the oven” I cracked up haha. I think it was Jay who had mentioned that that’s where you had gotten your nickname from so I really appreciated that phrase this time around. There was a time when I posted an iTunes review and I nicknamed myself the dead juan, but I kind of felt embarrassed, because I thought it was cheesy and I was like “I’m sure I can come up with something better than that”. And I never used the name again haha.

  12. Jay:
    Like many other people on here I also watched Contracted and We Are What We Are. I liked Contracted a little better. I thought what that girl must have been going through seeing herself change into this decaying being. It does make you think about all the diseases that are out there, and if you aren’t careful, you to can become like her. Glad I have a girlfriend now and not in the dating world anymore. I was getting worried about myself if that was going to happen to me if I kept going the way I was. Good thing everything worked out.
    We Are What We Are is what I call a pay-off movie. Where you have to wait until the very end and then it hits you in the face. The ending alone makes it a movie to watch.
    I also recently saw Under The Shin. It’s more Sci-Fi than Horror, but think it goes well for this site. Let me just say that this is a pretty strange movie. I loved it as much as I hated it. There are too many unanswered questions that you come out of it with. I know that’s part of what they were going for, but I felt there was too much of that. Would of liked a little more answers, but my girlfriend and I did discuss it quite a bit. It is good for conversation. The thing I loved about it was how well the movie was made. It reminded me of something Stanley Kubrick or David Lynch would do. So, for me personally, I’d give it only give it a 5. But, for the way the movie was made, I’d have to give it an 9. I can see how you could love it or hate it.
    You guys wondered if my nickname came from Dexter, and yes it does. “Blood tells. Blood always tells.”

  13. Ok to continue my movie reviews from the last post…

    Mountaintop Motel Massacre
    Recommended by Jay and apparently a cult classic. It was quite a bit of fun I have to say. It’s got that grainy, low budget look from the 80’s, which is a plus for me, it’s got wooden acting, which goes hand in hand with that look that I just mentioned, and other good stuff from 80s slashers. I honestly was expecting more of a massacre, but it was entertaining enough for me to give it a 6 and say check it out on Netflix while it’s still streaming.

    Candyman
    This is a re-watch. I saw this movie over 10 years ago and I remember liking it and thinking that it was very scary stuff. Well, I still like it, and it’s still kind of scary. Candyman is a weird film. It has that 90s feel that is hard to describe. It’s like a feeling of dread, almost, but silly at the same time. I think a lot of 90s films suffer (or benefit depending on your point of view) of the obsession to include the ghetto, the streets, hip hop culture, etc. Oh the 90s! But yeah, it has some interesting stuff happening. I don’t find the character of Candyman interesting per se, but I do like the effect he has on his victims. I love how it was never clear (or maybe it was) if the killings were being made by Candyman himself or the person being haunted by him. I give this a 7 and say check it out while it’s still on Netflix.

    Nightmare Factory
    This is a documentary on the story of practical effects masters KNB EFX Group. It was insightful for me, because I never bothered to Google them and read about them. As a horror fan I’m obviously aware of who they are and what they’ve done, so it was nice to find out how they started and how far they’ve come. Another thing that is very worth your time, is the look at behind the scenes and seeing tons of practical effects being made or used throughout the film. It was such eye candy. Nightmare Factory is entertaining, it has a solid cast that includes John Carpenter, George Romero, Tom Savini, Elija Wood, Quentin Tarantino, and of course the guys at KNB. I give this an 8 and say stream it, it’s on Netflix!

    I have more you guys, but I think I’ll just wait until the episode drops. I feel like if I post too late into the week, no one will see my posts. Not that I want attention or anything, I just want to interact with the community that you have created here :) Speaking of, are you guys planning some sort of reunion, like going to a horror convention together as a group or something like that? I’d love to be part of that!

    • I always enjoy these bite-sized reviews of yours Juan.

      As for me I’ve yet to see “Mountain Motel Massacre” but it’s on my list and I definitely intend to get to it eventually.

      “Candyman” is a 7/10 for me too. I definitely get that grim 90’s vibe from it that you mentioned. I think it’s illustrative of a time when horror movies were trying to exist in a grittier more realistic realm and while I sometimes find that approach detrimental to the escapist nature of the genre I think it worked well here. Consequentially the whole 90’s Ghetto shtick (which is definitely annoying and exploitative in some movies) didn’t bother me here; it just felt like a viable alternative setting for a horror movie. Similar to “A Nightmare on Elm Street”, “Candyman” is an interesting blend of the Slasher and Supernatural sub-genres and with more than a touch of the psychological thrown in.

      Finally “Nightmare Factory” is something I don’t think I’d heard of before and I’m really glad you mentioned it because it sounds fascinating to me. Yet another one to add to the list! Much appreciated good sir.

      • Hey thanks David! I’m glad you enjoy my “reviews”. I really enjoy your reviews and your comments in general. I think our taste in movies is quite compatible.

      • Ah this is killing me. The boxset is available to pre-order through Amazon.com (but not to Canadians) however Amazon.ca doesn’t have it listed yet. Amazon.ca get your S%^$ together!

        • Well, that sucks bro. But hey, as long as you can get it in time for Halloween you should be fine. Let’s all get this set and do a Halloween “Halloween” special where everyone reviews all “Halloween” movies! Wait, you haven’t done that already have you Jay?

  14. Hi, guys! Can you check this movie out? http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2063008/

    It’s a 2011 Filipino horror film, and I’m just curious about your thoughts on this movie. It was released in North America, but I guess it wasn’t given much attention it deserves. I liked this movie for being original and unconventional.

    So, yeah, hope you’ll get the chance to watch it.

    Keep on!

  15. Re-listening to old podcast. ‘The Sacrament’ is undoubtedly a horror movie IMO. I think having a restricted view of what ‘horror’ is ultimately hurts the genre because it keeps people from taking it seriously.

    • First of all, I totally agree with your point about the restriction of the genre. What is so confusing about this episode is that I was second-guessing Jay’s response as he is the one who is usually more exclusive about what he’ll label horror or not and I am usually more inclusive. And Jason is the type of critic that will harshly judge a film based on the advertising campaigns and his expectations. So, we had previously had a row over the film Black Rock (2012), I think on our sister show Movie Podcast Weekly, where he was giving it a really harsh review a “weak horror movie” and I was trying to explain that it wasn’t really intended to be a horror movie, but rather more of a “survival-thriller.” That drove me crazy. So, again, I was trying to second-guess him because I thought he was going to again say that this was a bad horror film rather than a good thriller. I wanted him to judge the film on it’s merit, not on his subject, perceived genre placement. Having said all that, while I do this the situation is more than horrific, I’d ultimately disagree with you and Jason and say that this is a thriller first with some horror elements. Most importantly, I don’t say this to restrict the horror genre, but to straight-forwardly classify the film in my own subjective way.

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