Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 026: Tusk (2014) and Honeymoon (2014) and The Dead 2 (2014) and Killer Mermaid (2014) and Crawl or Die (2014)

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A killer mermaid. A walrus-man hybrid. A bewitched bride and Southeast Asian zombies … These are just a few of the horrific delights that you’ll hear about in Episode 026 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… This Frankensteinian episode begins with Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and special guest Kill Bill Kill (William Rowan Jr.) bringing you an epic, 65-minute Feature Review of Kevin Smith’s new comedy-horror flick Tusk (2014).

Then Dr. Shock and Jay move into Feature Reviews of Honeymoon (2014), Crawl or Die (2014), Beastly Freaks recommendation Killer Mermaid (2014), the documentary Horror Business (2005), The Dead (2011) and The Dead 2 (2014), as well as some other tidbits. Thanks for listening.

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I. Introduction

II. Feature Review: TUSK (2014) with guest Kill Bill Kill
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Theater / Rental ) – Movie first, then podcast
Wolfman Josh = 7 ( Theater / Rental ) – Podcast first, then movie
Kill Bill Kill = 5 ( Avoid ) – Podcast first, then movie

Hear the origin podcast behind Tusk: SModcast Ep. 259: The Walrus and the Carpenter

III. Feature Review: HONEYMOON (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 6.5 ( Rental )

IV. Feature Review: CRAWL OR DIE (2014)
Dr. Shock = 7.5 ( Rental )

V. Jay of the Dead’s Beastly Freaks: KILLER MERMAID (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 6.5 ( Must-See Rental )

VI. Feature Review: HORROR BUSINESS (2014)
Dr. Shock = 8.5 ( Buy it! )

(Jay and Doc also recommend the documentary “American Movie” (1999) by Chris Smith.)

VII. Feature Review: THE DEAD (2011)
Jay of the Dead = 7 ( Rental )

VIII. Feature Review: THE DEAD 2 (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Rental )

Midnight Corey’s The Electric Chair: Episode 011

Game of Werewolves - Japan

IX. Miscellany and Listener Feedback
— Voicemail from His Dinner’s in the Oven (Call us at 801.382.8789 and leave us a message.)
— “Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension” (aka “Paranormal Activity 5”) has been pushed back to March 2015
— David and the “WNUF Halloween Special”
— Ep. 025 poll question results and comments from Susan, Juan and David
— Ideas for HMP’s Halloween 2015 special
— Our plan for covering October 2014’s new horror releases in theaters
— A brief chat about “A Bay of Blood” (1971) and the Slasher sub-genre
— E-mail from Terry about “Arbor Day”
— Thanks to Steve from Wheeling, WV, for his donation. Check out Steve’s horror blog: Horror After Bath Time
— Randy’s iTunes review
— Check out Juan’s friend’s kickstarter campaign to help Mexican-American children gain bilingual literacy skills:
Lei Lei Kickstarter page
Lei Lei on Facebook

XI. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

JOIN US NEXT TIME ON HMP: Friday, October 3, 2014 — Ep. 027 – Halloween Extravaganza – Part 1 of 5

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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
And if you’d like to e-mail Jay of the Dead with a good Beastly Freaks recommendation: BeastlyFreaks@gmail.com

Dr. Walking Dead on Twitter: @DrWalkingDead
Dr. Walking Dead’s books American Zombie Gothic and Triumph of The Walking Dead

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Jay of the Dead

40 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 026: Tusk (2014) and Honeymoon (2014) and The Dead 2 (2014) and Killer Mermaid (2014) and Crawl or Die (2014)

    • Nice! I’m actually just back from the theater and guess what I just watched? Tusk!

      You know, my brain is still processing what I just witnessed, so it’s too early to give a score, but I think I liked the movie. I feel like the only way to cohesively express my feelings and thoughts on Tusk is to go on a free writing session to purge my body of the strangeness that is that movie. I will say this, even though there is most definitely a comedic twist, I was actually pretty terrified. I still feel uneasy thinking about the walrus.

  1. When walking out of Tusk, I also thought some of the same things that you guys did. The inconsistent tone of the film really bothered me and I was disappointed in the fact that there’s so little horror in it, especially after the watching the Michael Parks scenes. I suppose I should’ve expected this from the director of Clerks, Mallrats, and Dogma but I thought Smith would take this in a different direction, especially after Red State. Kevin Smith can actually do horror well and I wish he had stuck to it throughout the course of the film. Ultimately, I still don’t know whether or not I even like the movie, though I will definitely watch it again.
    However, I vehemently disagree with you guys about Justin Long’s performance. I was very impressed with the way he could shift from playing an irritating, self-centered asshole to the terrified victim of a kidnapper once he realizes what’s occurring. The look on his face when he’s on the wheelchair and sees what happened to him, then later during the dinner scene, the tears in his eyes, and his desperate screams all sold the fear that his character must have felt; he was a totally different person and very convincing in the role, so I couldn’t believe you guys didn’t like him. I thought he did a phenomenal job and that he gave one of the best performances in the movie.
    About the cameo (that’s what I’ll call it even though he pretty much becomes a main character), it was funny what WRJ said he didn’t recognize him at first. I didn’t either! It took me a while to realize who I was watching and when I did, it hit me like a lightning bolt. It was a pleasant surprise but I agree that the porch scene was unnecessary; I actually think the actor was wasted in the movie. All in all, I’ll watch this movie again soon just so I can wrap my head around what I saw. It’s definitely a WTF movie and certainly one of a kind.

  2. Jay, thank you so much for plugging my friend’s kickstarter. I really appreciate it. Thank you also for reading my comment. It always gets me all giddy whenever you mention me on your podcast. Sorry I can’t comment on the movies reviewed because I haven’t seen any of them, but I’ll be checking out Tusk tomorrow, so I’ll post my thoughts on that later. I’m really looking forward to it. You guys did an excellent job reviewing it and getting me excited about it.

  3. Another great show! I just watched a documentary on YouTube entitled “Halloween: The Inside Story” and one of the talking heads (while discussing the holiday themed horror phenomenon) wondered why there isn’t an Arbor Day horror movie. I thought you guys might appreciate that. I am really looking forward to hearing the October podcasts once I return from my honeymoon in Ireland (where I sincerely hope I can avoid Rawhead Rex or any other supernatural phenomena).

    • This made me think about other Holidays that should become the basis of horror movies and I was suddenly hit by the fact that November 5th over here in the UK is almost too perfect to be true.

      I’m not sure how much you guys in the states know about our November 5th traditions but it basically celebrates the anniversary of the arrest of Guy Fawkes in 1605 and the foiling of his “gunpowder plot” to blow up the House of Lords and King James I along with it.

      This is a holiday that every kid over here is incredibly familiar with and I enjoyed it when I was little (though it was always kind of overshadowed by Halloween for me) but as I’ve gotten older I’ve realised how truly unsettling it is. The holiday is also commonly referred to as “bonfire night” because, along with setting off lots of fireworks, the tradition is to build a big bonfire on which an effigy of Guy Fawkes (commonly referred to simply as a “guy”) is burned.

      Call me cynical, but the fact that almost every young British kid is brought up with this kind of symbolism is actually really strange to me now. The psychological implication strikes me as really sinister. It’s like “speak out against the Royal Family or those in power and this is what we’ll do to you!”. It’s like a bizarro-world Independence Day.

      Anyway, just imagine how much of a cool horror movie this could make. A holiday celebrating a thwarted violent crime and the grisly execution of its perpetrators. A creepy scarecrow-esque Guy Fawkes effigy thrown onto the bonfire. Did it just twitch? Did it’s eyes move? A cold, dark November night. Fireworks drowning out a distant scream. So much potential.

        • Totally! We don’t get near enough firework kills in movies.

          Also in real life Guy Fawkes was hanged and quartered (as opposed to the burning at the stake suggested by the tradition) so that could be another rather twisted kill.

          Yay for Holidays that celebrate awful deaths!

          • My favorite fireworks kill (that I can think of at the moment) is in Disney’s Mulan when Shan Yu gets it at the end. It’s not graphic, but it’s a fitting end to the fiend.

      • Sounds like a great idea. I think most Americans only know Guy Fawkes from V FOR VENDETTA–and that would be very hard to overcome, especially with the proliferation of that mask during “Occupy Wall Street” and with Anonymous. Damn, that mask is the perfect slasher killer mask too, but there has got to be a way into this story …

        • Man, I didn’t even consider the “V for Vendetta” connection. That mask would make for a great Slasher disguise. Maybe if it was all melted like it had been on a Bonfire it would seem more unique?

          The Guy Fawkes costume wouldn’t be entirely necessary anyway though. Most of the time the guy effigies don’t actually resemble the real chap but are instead simply abstract representations. It’s normally just cloth and stuffing in a human shape dressed in old clothes/left-over halloween costumes.

          There’s also the tradition of “penny for the Guy” which has kids taking their homespun “guys” out onto the street in the days leading up to November 5th and calling “penny for the Guy” in an attempt to get small change from passersby. Sometimes you look closely and realise that the “Guy” is a real kid dressed up to look like a dummy in rags and you’re all “Don’t fall asleep kid or you might wake up on a Bonfire!”

          Anyway, the killer wouldn’t necessarily have to model himself after Guy Fawkes. In fact you could turn the tables and have him target people that he considers representational of Fawkes due to a percieved conspiratorial/treasonous nature. Or maybe it wouldn’t need to be a slasher movie at all. It could be a creepy Wickerman-esque cult or something. Or supernatural. Or all of the above.

          I think I’ve drunk too much coffee again.

    • By the way, Dude,
      I’ve listened to a few of One Sick Puppy’s casts. They’re very plot specific (at least the few I’ve listen to). Just curious do you recall if that particular cast gives spoilers to the movie? I really don’t know (and don’t want to know) more than what’s in the trailer.

      Thanks again for the tip!

      • It was a while ago so I don’t recall if there is much in the way of spoilers. I find that One Sick Puppy does a pretty good job of cutting himself off at a certain point before letting any big secrets out of the bag. And its a movie called Game of Werewolves so how clever can the plot get :)

  4. Love the show, guys. In regards to Argento’s post 80’s work, I agree that the majority of it is junk. However, if you have not checked out Sleepless from 2001 you should do so immediately. Very reminiscent of his earlier great Giallos and highly underrated.

    And Deep Red is 100% a Giallo. Would be curious to hear further discussion of why you think it is not.

    And Jay if you have not watched Argento’s “Tenebre;” I think that would be right up your alley.

    Love the show. Looking very forward to the Halloween podcasts. Just purchased the complete collection release on Blu so hopefully will be able to watch along with you.

      • Yep, Josh — that was Doc Shock… I still haven’t seen “Deep Red,” myself, but I think I recall Midnight Corey calling it a Giallo film in Episode 024 of The Weekly Horror Movie Podcast — an epic and legendary battle. He even spent a little time discussing Giallos. Here’s that show:


        … If only we had someone to do a regular Giallo film segment on HMP, then maybe we could receive some continuing education…


        • In Doc’s defence I don’t think that he ever said that it wasn’t a giallo. He was just questioing (and unsure) whether or not it was one.

          • Thanks, Dude! I appreciate your clarification (because that’s how I remember it as well). I figured Jay would “conveniently forget” this tidbit of information (if, for no other reason, than to temporarily remove the bulls-eye permanently affixed to his own back and place it on mine), so I’m glad you stepped forward!

            Admittedly (and I’m pretty sure I said this before), Giallos aren’t my strong suit. I remember, years ago, another site I was following (the URL escapes me now) featured a debate in the Comments board about whether or not SUSPIRIA was a Giallo. I really didn’t think it was, even after reading this admittedly-excellent review from another site (for the record, THAT REVIEW is located at http://www.onemetal.com/2010/03/15/suspiria-2/). Still, it left me wondering whether or not I actually knew what a “Giallo” movie was.

            And I’ve seen DEEP RED (I watched it a while back for Weekly Horror), but wasn’t 100% sure if it was a true-blue Giallo (mostly because I MYSELF am not 100% sure what constitutes a “true-blue” Giallo. Black gloved killer? Beautiful victims? Perplexing mystery? Any combination of the above?)

            As the consensus is that DEEP RED is DEFINITELY a Giallo, I’m perfectly willing to admit that my initial doubts were unfounded, and I gladly retract them.

            In the meantime, I’ve lined up a dozen films, all listed as Giallos, to watch over the course of the next several months. It’s time I finally familiarize myself with this sub-genre!

            To ensure I’m on the right path, those movies are:

            1. TORSO (I know we covered it on the podcast, but I want to watch it again, to review for the blog)
            2. BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE (I’ve seen it before, but, as with TORSO, I want to see it again for the blog)
            3. 5 DOLLS FOR AN AUGUST MOON
            4. AUTOPSY
            8. THE CAT ‘O NINE TAILS

            and now, I’ll add a 13th:

            13. DEEP RED (again, I’ve seen it, but have yet to review it for the blog)

            Hope this clears it up! And thanks again, Dude!

  5. Another great cast, gentlemen! Not sure if you’re taking votes– but PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE do an in-depth review of 80’s horror movies! I too am a child of the eighties (well, 70’s, but you know what I mean)– and worked in video stores all through high school and would love to hear your take on this decade!

    • I second that notion! There’s just such a wealth of crazy horror movies from the 80’s that I’d love to see given some coverage.

      And I bet you have some fun memories of your time working in video stores. Maybe they could have you as a guest on the show to give us some context!

      P.S. I’m also with you when it comes to the Frankensteinian podcasts. While my favourite format is the themed episode I still really love the nice variety we get on these shows.

      • I rather enjoy the Frankenstein podcasts as well. They have evolved to have the feel of a conversation with friends. There are moments of ‘oh yeah…well have you seen this movie’ which is neat.
        And I would certainly take these episodes over no episode!!


    • Crap I meant to post this on MPW. Feel free to delete it guys. Although the image of nonagenarians popping shapes may well be a subgenre of horror.

  6. Jay I am THRILLED to hear that you’ve finally taken the time to watch A Bay of Blood. This is a movie that I have recommended to as many people as I can over the years. I even used it as my review / recommendation when Doc was giving away his Hitchcock boxset. It is light on plot, sometimes challenging to follow, but like any good slasher the fans aren’t there for the plot, they are there for the kills. And A Bay of Blood delivers on the kills.

    That being said there are always ‘classics’ that fans have never gotten to. I just watched Carrie for the first time last month. A lot of times I’m envious of people who get to watch these movies anew.

    The Dude

  7. I have to agree with your assessment of Winnipeg. My brother lives there and I can’t stand visiting. Also, there are stores in the northern part of Ontario called The Great Canadian Trading Post that are a cross between convenience stores and Canadian souvenir shops that have giant selections of maple syrup.

  8. One more great show guys and so happy that you have covered Nymph but I am wondering when you will talk about other Serbian horror jewel from 2010 know as Serbian Film 😉

    cheers and great show
    Marko from Serbia

  9. Hello Guys,

    Great episode again!. First, I second the motion about a 80’s horror flicks special because it is in fact my favorite decade for horror. Although I love the list that Juan made from the 70’s, with addition of other movies like Dont’Look Now, Lo strano vizio della Signora Wardh (also a lot of other Giallos), Reazione a catena , Il profumo della signora in nero, etc

    Regarding Argento. I couldn’t keep quiet now. I can not undertand how Jay doesn’t recognize Dario Argento as a Master of Horror. I agree that his last pictures are pure and simple garbage, such as Dracula 3D for example, but the man gave us Suspiria, Deep Red, Tenebre, Phenomena, the early Giallo trilogy, Inferno, Opera…so come on! Argento earned the title of Master already. And anyway, I am always looking forward for his next film with my heart full of hope even that is very possible to be torn apart later on.

    Sorry for the late comment, I am actually keeping up with the podcast, I am currently in episode 27. I want to say thanks to the previous comment of Josh but I am that type o men that need to finish in order several things including this great show.

    Greetings from Colombia,


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