Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 102: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 2 — 1982-1983

hmp-102-1980s-slashers-artHappy Halloween from HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies! To celebrate Halloween with you this year, HMP is examining the 1980s Slasher Film Movement. This is Episode 102, and it is Part 2 of a multiple-part series. Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are joined by the original Creepture himself, from Wilmington, North Carolina, slasher expert GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast.

We’re back again with a three plus-hour episode where we discuss many films from 1982 and 1983, with four Feature Reviews of Visiting Hours (1982) and Girls Nite Out (1982) and Curtains (1983) and Sleepaway Camp (1983).

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I. Introduction
— Happy Halloween!
— Welcome GregaMortis from Land of the Creeps horror podcast
— Our plans for Halloween

[ 0:11:12 ] II. Theme Discussion: The Anatomy of the Slasher Film

[ 0:34:47 ] III. A Sampling of Slasher Films From 1982 (Not necessarily an exhaustive list of slashers from 1982.)

Humongous (1982)
Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
The Dorm That Dripped Blood (1982) (aka Pranks, aka Death Dorm)
The New York Ripper (1982)
Pieces (1982)
Hospital Massacre (1982) (aka X-Ray)
Slumber Party Massacre (1982)
The Last Horror Film (1982) (aka Fanatic)
Alone in the Dark (1982)
Death Valley (1982)
Silent Rage (1982)
Trick or Treats (1982)
The Forest (1982)
Unhinged (1982)
Basket Case (1982)
Visiting Hours (1982)
Honeymoon Horror (1982)
Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)
Deadly Games (1982)
The Ice Box Murders (1982)
Night Warning (1982) (aka Butcher Baker, Nightmare Maker)
Girls Nite Out (1982)
Death Screams (1982)
Madman (1982)
The Slayer (1982)
Tenebre (1982)
Blood Link (1982)
The Clairvoyant (1982)
Blood Song (1982) (aka Dream Slayer)
Boarding House (1982)
Midnight (1982)
Till Death Do Us Part (1982) ???
Superstition (1982)
Killer’s Moon (1982)
The Scorpion With Two Tails (1982)
Island of Blood (1982) (aka Whodunit)
Don’t Go to Sleep (1982) – TV Movie
Dark Sanity (1982)
Next of Kin (1982)
National Lampoon’s Class Reunion (1982)
The Sender (1982)
Nightbeast (1982)

[ 1:33:05 ] IV. Feature Review: VISITING HOURS (1982)
Wolfman Josh = 7.5 ( Buy it! )

[ 1:52:49 ] V. Feature Review: GIRLS NITE OUT (1982)
GregaMortis = 7.5 ( Buy it! )

[ 2:06:09 ] VI. A Sampling of Slasher Films From 1983 (Not necessarily an exhaustive list of slashers from 1983.)

Microwave Massacre (1983)
Psycho II (1983)
The House on Sorority Row (1983)
Mortuary (1983) (aka Embalmed)
Sledgehammer (1983)
Sweet 16 (1983)
A Night to Dismember (1983)
Frightmare (1983)
Curtains (1983)
The Final Terror (1983)
Sleepaway Camp (1983)
Night of the Demon (1983)
Scalps (1983)
A Blade in the Dark (1983)
American Nightmare (1983)
10 to Midnight (1983)
Revenge of the Boogeyman (1983) (aka Boogeyman II)
Blodaren (1983)
Deadly Lessons (1983) – TV movie
Disconnected (1983) (aka High School Killer)
Double Exposure (1983)
The Last Night (1983)
Panic Beats (1983)
Skullduggery (1983)
Ghost Dance (1983)
Hanging Heart (1983)
Innocent Prey (1983)
Mad Mutilator (1983) (aka Blood Zone)
Nightmare at Shadow Woods (1983)
Terror on Tour (1983)
Sole Survivor (1983)
City of Blood (1983)
Nightmares (1983)

[ 2:23:21 ] VII. Feature Review: CURTAINS (1983)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 7 ( Buy it! )
GregaMortis = 8.5 ( Buy it! )

[ 2:35:41 ] VIII. Feature Review: SLEEPAWAY CAMP (1983)
Jay of the Dead = 7 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 6.5 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 7 ( Buy it! )
GregaMortis = 7.5 ( Buy it! )

IX. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Goodnight to GregaMortis and Dr. Shock
— Jay revisits The Shining (1980) on the big screen!
— Quick note about Ouija: Origin of Evil
— Slasher Madness ROUND 2 results (thanks to Kagan!)
— Many contest winners TBA (almost definitely next time)

JOIN US IN TWO WEEKS FOR: Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 103: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement – 1984-1989, with returning special guest, GregaMortis, of Land of the Creeps horror podcast!

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Your Horror Movie Podcast hosts appeared on the 2016 Spooky Flix Fest with the guys at Retro Movie Geek. Please check out Jay of the Dead’s guest appearance (where he recommends 5 films for Halloween), Wolfman Josh’s guest appearance (where he helps review Peter Jackson’s The Frighteners) and Dr. Shock’s guest appearance (where he helps review Salem’s Lot! All on Retro Movie Geek‘s 2016 Spooky Flix Fest!

—Jay of the Dead says to listen to him help review Halloween II (1981) on Episode 215 of The Resurrection of Zombie 7 horror podcast.

—Wolfman Josh says to listen to him help review Phantasm Ravager (2016) on Episode 28 of The Sci Fi Podcast.

—Wolfman Josh says listen to The Sci-Fi Podcast’s review of THE VOID‘s Ghostbusters Dimensions virtual reality experience!

—Check out HMP’s SLASHER MADNESS (courtesy of Kagan Breitenbach)

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GregaMortis recommends that you come and see him at the Myers House NC’s 8th Annual Halloween Bash on Oct. 29, 2016!

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80 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 102: The 1980s Slasher Film Movement Part 2 — 1982-1983

  1. Listener Chris’s Top 10 Slashers for 1982-1983 (as written by Chris):

    1.) Chris: “Friday the 13th Part III” (1982) – The birth of the iconic Jason Voorhees as we now know him and a fun, if unnecessary, use of 3-D graphics. Remind me never to practice my handstands around an inventive serial killer…

    2.) Chris: “Alone in the Dark” (1982) – Part slasher, part siege narrative – this one boasts a handful of A-list actors, multiple memorable villains, and an unexpected detour to a punk show. This one has real replay value.

    3.) Chris: “Tenebre” (1982) – Maybe not Dario Argento’s most famous or well-constructed giallo film, but certainly the most stylish, inventive, and fun example of the genre. You can’t go wrong when you put John Saxon in your movie.

    4.) Chris: “Psycho II” (1983) – A horror/slasher sequel done right. While some may feel it’s sacrilege (or as Gregamortis might say “Blasphemer!”) to try and follow-up Hitchcock’s classic, this movie adds real emotional depth to its characters and keeps us guessing throughout. Psycho II really needs more love.

    5.) Chris: “The House on Sorority Row” (1983) – Possibly the best of the 1980s college slashers. It’s been a while since I watched this one but I remember really liking the characters and experiencing genuine suspense after initially expecting a dose of slasher cheese.

    6.) Chris: “Slumber Party Massacre” (1982) – A great dose of zany slasher exploitation with enough unnecessary (though appreciated) nudity and obvious phallic imagery to pave the way for a handful of sequels. Also, apparently a feminist statement of sorts (?).

    7.) Chris: “Sleepaway Camp” (1983) – Not as good as Friday the 13th or The Burning, but it still manages to break the rules in more ways than you would expect. Stick around for the ending…

    8.) Chris: “Pieces” (1982) – Possibly one of the stranger, less coherent slashers of 1982. With undercover tennis pro cops, student suspects being recruited by the police as deputies, and a Bruce Lee imitator, this one will keep you guessing. BASTARD!!!!!!!

    9.) Chris: “Visiting Hours” (1982) – William Shatner in a slasher flick. What more can I say?

    10.) Chris: “Sweet Sixteen” (1983) – Though it’s more of a police procedural than a slasher, this one is a fun ride that gives us another early appearance of Friday the 13th III’s Dana Kimmel.

    Honorable Mention: The New York Ripper (1982)

      • Hi Bill,
        I talk about “Humongous” a little in this episode. I thought it was a little boring and uneventful, and I wish the filmmakers had depicted the killer’s size better and more often.

        What do you think of it, Bill?

        • about the same…I was underwhelmed…for some reason was really dark a lot of the time…the killer could have been cool but was not shown enough, perhaps inpiration for the Wrong Turn killers…this could be redone/expanded with a better director/bigger budget and do well.

    • I’ve been listening for I think about 2 years now. I have subscribed to Horror Movie Podcast, Movie Podcast Weekly, Movie Stream Cast, and Retro Movie Geek. I love them all.

      I just wanted to say I agree with Jay of the Dead on The Village. I remember seeing that and being shocked by all the backlash. I love that movie. Adrian Brody was amazing! If there’s one or two of M. Nights movies make that deserve the backlash it’s Lady in the water and The Happening, not The Village!!

      I also wanted to mention that one of my favorite horror movies is Burnt Offerings. I remember seeing that when I was in Junior High. Anyway, take care. I love all of your podcasts. I love how you respect each other’s opinions and don’t fight and argue with each other. Just intelligent discussion.

      Gene, from Logan, Utah

      • You know, Gene, I’ve never seen Burt Offerings. Adding that to my list.

        Thanks for listening to all of our shows. I think you’d maybe like The Sci Fi Podcast too, if you like all of those.

        I also love The Village. Great film, IMO. The “modern” aspect is a little weak, but the rest is perfect for my tastes.

        • Burnt Offerings may be nostalgia for me back t I remember seeing it atThe Fashion place mall when I was about 15 and I probably saw it 4 times in 2 days. Another is The little girl who lives down the lane with a young Jodie Foster and Martin Sheen. Funny the resemblance with his son Emilio Esteves.

    • Thanks Jay! I’m looking forward to listening to those.

      I’m late getting this out there to you guys and it’s been on the back of my mind for the past 2 weeks, but wanted to congratulate you guys for hitting 100 episodes(and now 102)! About a year and a half ago I also did a search for horror movie podcasts on itunes and yours came right up. I have listened to a couple others but they don’t compare to HMP! I have seen so many Horror movies based off your recommendations and it really has brought to the forefront my love and appreciation of the genre more than before. Love the commentary and reviews on your show and the listener feedback.

      Thanks again for the personal invitation to see Don’t Breathe a bit ago with you. It was awesome to meet you guys(except Andy, he was weird haha) and I wanted to thank Kagan for the invite to meet some of the other listeners on Twitter who share the same love I do for Horror movies. When you say you’re dead serious about Horror movies I believe it. You are and now I feel I am too! Lets meet up again soon!


  2. Regarding Jay’s comment that Minority Report might have been influenced by The Clairvoyant, I just want to note that the former was based on a Philip K. Dick story from the 1950’s. Not that that necessarily means it couldn’t have been influenced by the cinematic narrative of previous movies.

  3. I’m only about 40 minutes in to the episode, so I haven’t heard any remarks about the inclusion of so many Friday the 13th films in slasher madness. I’m just bring it up now because of the talk surrounding Friday the 13th pt. 3 at this point in the episode.

    Along with Gregamortis, Jay, and Doc, I really enjoy part 3 and I include it in the awesome quadrilogy of parts 1-4. However, like Josh I rate it considerably lower than parts 1, 2 and 4. There is so much about part 3 that I love, but there’s so much about it that is problematic.

    I just wanted to justify my exclusion of part 3 from slasher madness. I excluded mainly because “conventional wisdom” surrounding the Friday the 13th franchise often groups part 3 among some of the weaker entries as well as the listeners of HMP, myself included, that didn’t rank it as one of the best in the series. I have several horror die hard friends that have ever told me they can’t even stand to watch part 3.

    Again, I’ll say that I enjoy part 3 both in that it is a crucial part of the development of the series with it’s place in the original quadrilogy as well as just the nostalgia factor. However, it ultimately feels like a guilty pleasure for me similar to Jason Takes Manhattan. Fairly poor in the execution, but still extremely enjoyable. It’s in 5th place for me in the franchise.

    • Honestly, it’s okay to exclude any films you wanted to… We’re horror fans and we’ll argue and debate about it till the sun comes up and then start all over again when the sun goes down. Personally? I like part 3 much more than I do part 2. That’s my personal opinion and may have quite a bit to do with the fact that Part 3 was my first Friday the 13th that I rented. (On a side note, there is nudity in the film- shower scene while the handstand murder is going on. It’s not focused upon, but she is nude and we do see the details. Just a side note)

      But, more importantly, I think this poll has been really fun and enjoyable. I especially love those moments where two of my favorites are pitched against one another- one on one, film against film, and I have to decide which one I want to see dead and buried and which one I want to keep watching week after week. It’s brutal, mang.

  4. Regarding “Dead Kids” this one is being claimed by both Australia and New Zealand with some very heated panel discussions over the years as to which Country can claim it. Definitely filmed in New Zealand with a lot of unknown Kiwi actors, but also finance and Actors from Australia. I tend to view it as a joint effort, with U.S financial backing.

    Next of Kin is definitely an Australian movie, unless there’s more than one with the same title, the Australia one is more a supernatural mystery and less a slasher imho.

    Jay might like to check out the upcoming Red Billabong, looks to be right up his alley, beastly freaks and all.

    I wouldn’t put too much stock in the writings of Ms Carol J Clover, she had a fixed agenda and sprung on any movie that supported that Feminist agenda, while discarding a whole bunch that didn’t. A number of horror commentators are starting to question her research methods, which definitely do not follow the scientific method of theory proof.

    There’s a very good article over at cinema de merde where the Writer completely debunks some of Clover’s findings, based around more than “200 movies over six months”.

    P.S Thanks for the heads up on Cargo, that one slipped under my radar.

    • I will check out the article over at Cinema de Merde,and thank you for the heads-up, but I’m already a fan of the little Carol J. Clover that I’ve read. Yes, you could say she has an agenda, but you could also call it a thesis. I don’t expect theoretical essays to be scientific. I mean, listen, we all like Roger Ebert and like discussing his points of view, despite him having almost no clue about horror.

  5. Not as high on Girl’s Night Out Myself. As Gregamortis says, it’s shy on any explicit content. Not a lot going on for kills in here as he said. I will give it kudos for the mascot costume being pretty creepy though.

    WARNING: the DVD of this movie reveals who the killer is on the freakin’ menu!!! Just close your eyes and have a friend press play for you haha.

  6. I have to say that these last two episodes make me really happy! They’ve been so much fun to listen too! Glad that we’re getting at least one 1!!!

    • Personally, I think we should do two more. Honestly, you could do an episode just for 1984. But even if we stuck with the format and did 84-85 and then the rest, I think the content could carry it. On one hand, it’s A LOT about slashers. On the other hand, it’s our most requested topic to review and we’re basically going to be done with it after this. We’ll see how it plays out! I’m not sure that we know any more than you.

      • Totally agree, there’s a lot of slasher in the late 80s.

        On subject, and this one came up on panel discussion last night, anyone remember the name of the slasher that featured of all things a final dog!

        Has me completely stomped to be honest, there was muffy, buffy, duffy or whatever the dogs name was in F13th Part 2 and am vaguely thinking of a rare movie called something Valley Massacre. Other than that drawing a complete blank as is everyone else.

        On the subject surprisingly New Zealand has never done an actual slasher movie! Strange but true, but then the industry only really kicked off in the 80s in that country and guess no one was funding gore at the time.

        Full hats off to the podcast, we are working on a first episode, and holy hell there’s a massive involvement of time and materials. Thank you for this episode got me through a two hour delay at an airport listening to it.

        • I second David and everyone else. More episodes like these please! I haven’t even finished the first one, but I’m loving it. It’s bringing me back to the days of the your first episode and that’s always a good thing.

      • Just a small piece of unsolicited feedback… I enjoy it more when you guys discuss more in depth on just a few titles, and like it less when things just get name dropped grocery list style.

        I get that at this point things have been pretty exhaustive in trying to name every title, but my personal preference would be that each host just says like 4 movies that he can talk about in detail and then Jay just puts the remaining titles in to the show notes for reference and completeness.

        Basically what I’m saying, and this is such trivial feedback I know, is that I don’t get as much enjoyment as a listener from hearing name drops without discussion. Again, these episodes are so damn fun to listen to, and I’m being nitpicky. I’m only bringing it up because the same was happening on the Australian horror episode and thought I’d voice my opinion moving forward.

        • I both agree and disagree with Kagan… but here’s some further thought. I think these episodes have been a great PRIMER for talk about some of these slashers and maybe determining some future discussions on the types of slasher films that have come out over the years. It’s great to have a list to work off of, and maybe some discussion on a few of the titles- but really? This is just scraping the tip of the iceberg and that iceberg is pretty freakin’ large and deep.

          I think one of the things that’s really become apparent is the kneejerk reaction to sort of dismiss “supernatural slashers” as being something different- IE, Freddy Krueger, the later Friday the 13th films, maybe Child’s Play, Candyman, and a number of later titles where the killers were supernatural in origin but the slasher pattern still played out. (The Gallows is much more slasher than “ghost” film). I think that merits a conversation all it’s own.

          • I replied to this below as part of my response to Kagan. I’d just add that I can imagine going further into individual films if we cover the films of Carpenter or De Palma or Zitto, etc. I’d love to do an episode just focused on practical gore effects and get some legit make-up people on the show. And who doesn’t want an April Fool’s Day special? I think that some of the films can be covered again in different combinations.

        • I mostly agree with you, Kagan, BUT …

          I think these slasher episodes strike a nice balance that we have been struggling with for the past few months. I really love the round-robin style selection of films. I think it’s a fun format. It’s a lot more fun to record as well.

          I personally really dislike the reading of random titles that follows, BUT … we always get complaints if we leave one off, so it’s an easy enough thing to do for the people who like it. And this is a better version of that.

          I don’t agree with “the tip of the iceberg” comment because we are hitting almost every movie, theme and trope, but I somewhat agree with Red Cap Jack that maybe we should look at this as a primer for more in-depth discussion of deeper sub-genres.

          Now, I don’t actually see us ever doing a supernatural slasher episode. I don’t really see the point. The tropes are mostly the same and we’ve already done the Nightmare franchise. We’ll probably eventually do the Child’s Play franchise as well. And I have no interest in hearing Jay talk about The Gallows ever again,

          But we will definitely be doing a Giallos episode or two. We’ll be doing a post-modern slashers episode as well. So, there is still room for some slasher talk that goes in some different directions.

    • Personally I don’t give a sh*t about the audio so long as the content is this good. Keep being awesome and you can record on MC-60’s for all I could care.

    • It’s so funny. I’m an audiophile all day for work, but for some reason it doesn’t bug me when I listen to HMP.

      I get where you’re coming from though. When I was on episode 98, you guys called me a good hour earlier than we had originally planned so I hadn’t set my mic levels. I was talking in to an AKG 414 (which is like a $1k mic) in my studio, but with a wifi connection and the levels were so low, Skype was applying auto gain in real time, which made it sounded like I was recording on an old flip phone.

    • You could always do my suggestion of having everyone simultaneously record on their own system and then upload to Jay. You’re audio would be solid, but it would add to Jay’s post production time significantly.

  7. Just got back from trick-or-treating with my little monsters. I live in an ultra conservative community, but I heard one dude saying he was going to “shut it down and throw on some horror movies.” Then I heard the same guy quizzing some kids on whose face Michael Myers’s mask was made from. I had to chat with him for a sec, and he said he was an ’80s Horror fan all the way! There were also a couple of Jason V’s with chainsaws… We’re counting our loot, each kid cleared more than 200 pieces. (They’re little, so… not bad.) We’ve got “Monster House” playing in the background as we count and sort. Then when they go to bed, I’m revisiting “The Descent,” of course… Man, I love Halloween. Happy Halloween to the HMP community, and yes, we can definitely bring you at least two more ’80s slashers episodes! Thanks for asking.
    Much love, y’all! Keep being Dead Serious About Horror Movies!
    Jay of the Dead

    • After applying the Frankenstein Monster makeup to my son and securing the tail for the black cat costume my daughter was wearing. I rapidly applied my Dracula costume and face paint. Ready for trick or treating.
      My wife, dressed as Michael Myers, roams our yard as the theme plays in the background. Our house is lit. She’s ready to pass out candy. (Photos were shared on Facebook&Twitter)
      My son, daughter, a few neighbors & I roam the streets procuring sugary sweet treats. Filling up their plastic pumpkins to the brim, it was so heavy for my daughter, father Drac had to assist her in quest. As we weave through our neighborhood I can hear the Halloween theme in the distance and I chuckle.
      Passing this costumed child and that, waving/thanking those passing out candy and I relish in the magic of Halloween, soaking it all up.
      Once arriving back to the castle(our house), the kids exhausted, begin to take account of their haul. Pleased with what they see, begin sorting. Candy they like and that which mommy or daddy is allowed to have.
      Having consumed a multitude of horror films for the month (57 in all), I decided to enjoy the remainder of the evening discussing Halloween with the kids, playing some themed music for them and cleaning the house. After they fell asleep, my wife exhausted and I put the decorations in order.
      As I peered out the window at the orange glow of my porch, I hope to see little Sam causing mischief. Haha. It was a Happy Halloween and a great Shocktober.

    • Took my kid trick or treating- probably the last year he’ll want me to as he’ll be 12 next year. So sad! Anyway- I’m dressed as Jason Voorhees and we come to a house where a Michael Myers is handing out candy. His kids start getting super excited that there’s a “Jason” coming and the two of us simultaneously stare across the yard at one another, do the head cock, and then raise our arms for a slow wave. The kids all loved it! =)

    • Happy Halloween, Jay! I’ve been slammed hard lately and didn’t have time to put together a costume for me (but I made sure to wear my black tie covered with skulls to work), but I took my trio of beastly freaks out trick-or-treating (we had a fireman, a ninja, and Wonder Woman) and afterward fed them pizza and threw on Nightmare Before Christmas. Yeah, I know, we can argue about which holiday it best fits, but the kids had never seen it before and I’m still trying to figure out what “level” of horror works for kids who are 3, 5, and 7. They loved it! So happy. I was a bit worried that a few of the characters would be too scary (the “Hanging Tree” always freaked me out back in the day), but it was a hit and there were no nightmares that night. Success all around. I was in the mood for comedy, so after I put them to bed I watched Young Frankenstein (I’m surprised Gene Wilder didn’t burst a blood vessel performing some of those scenes).

      Congratulations on five years! I love your podcast.

      • I was Harambe for Halloween. I dressed in a gorilla suit and dragged this baby-doll around by the arm. I kid you not… people were shouting at me in the streets! Ha ha. They were like, “Harambe has returned!” And “We love you, Harambe!”

        Best Halloween ever. Although, JOTD, you win.

  8. As of late, I’ve begun to wonder if I’m even a fan of 80’s slashers anymore. It’s the sub-genre that got me into horror in general and I seem to recall that in the first year or so of trying to watch all of the major horror films, I stuck with mostly slashers. Although I still really enjoy watching 80’s slashers, it’s as if I need to have a history with the film in order to still enjoy it. In the past year or so, I’ve watched The Prowler, Madman, and Curtains all for the first time and each one disappointed me to the point where I either think they’re garbage or just a massive disappointed. Even Pieces, a movie I had a lot of fun with, I would claim it’s actually really bad, it’s just that it’s so bad it becomes entertaining.

    I would think the problem I have with 80’s slashers is that because I’ve now watched such a variety of horror movies, there isn’t much interest in seeing an overly cliche 80’s slasher where the only thing I can care about are the unique death scenes. Perhaps I’m just wanting something more?

    At the same time, I watched the first two Cold Preys this October and found myself loving them. I really appreciated how there was a greater emphasis on trying to cause the audience to actually care about the characters rather than just hitting that one death per ten minutes that seemed common in the 80’s.

    • I kind of get where you’re coming from- and this also has a lot to do with “Over hype” on a film. I had the same feeling when I first saw “It Follows”, but it had so much hype behind it that I found myself disappointed even though it was exactly what it should have been and was very effective. I find myself having the same reaction to the occasional slasher or classic film from the 80’s… but when I remove the hype from it, I find myself loving the film more.

    • Sal, I’ve been feeling the same thing lately, my friend. 80s slashers were my introduction into the genre. I cut my teeth on these films! Still… I’ll admit that for me, nostalgia doesn’t come easily, and so, since I’m only 32 and didn’t see these films during that sensitive period in my formative years… I find myself stranded just barely outside the 80s (and 90s) slasher paradigm. I love many of them, but… there is a key disconnect here for me that is VERY important.

      The result of this has everything to do with what we will and won’t accept when we regard films that fall within our own paradigm. It’s not about hype. Hype does not affect my psychological disposition toward a film. Rather, it has to do with the fact that when we view cinema from our native paradigm (nostalgia), we have this innate understanding of the limitations and possibly, that causes us to have more respect for those limitations, while simultaneously shelling out our get-out-of-jail-free cards that films like The Cabin In the Woods (2012) wouldn’t get. Well… unless THAT’S your paradigm.

      I’m aware that I’m sounding drunk right about now. I won’t deny this. My bloodstream is literally WHISKEY right now… BUT… I will say that the Cold Prey films are awesome, and I understand you, man. Many of the classics hit me in the feels HARD, but some of these mid-tier 80s slashers don’t cut it for me in the figurative sense as much as they used to. I’m glad I’m not the only one.

      Still… I love a ton of them, and HMP has ONCE AGAIN knocked it out of the damn park with these episodes!

  9. All of the movies I watched in october listed in chronological order

    40. Holidays
    39. The Eye (2002)
    38. Phantasm
    37. Demon (2016)
    36 ABCs of Death 2.5
    35. Phantasm Ravager
    34. Uncaged
    33. Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter
    32. Darling (2015)
    31. Greasy Strangler
    30. Shin Godzilla
    29. House on Pine Street
    28. Cherry Tree
    27. Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    26. Lights Out
    25. Nina Forever
    24. Angst
    23. Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2
    22. 31
    21. Don’t Breathe
    20. Yoga Hosers
    19. Ava’s Possessions
    18. They’re Watching
    17. Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park
    16. The Demolisher
    15. Treehouse
    14. Observance
    13. Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
    12. They Look Like People
    11. Dude Bro Party Massacre 3
    10. Mexico Barbaro
    9. Antibirth
    8. Green Room
    7. Frankenstein Unbound
    6. The Hallow (2015)
    5. Southbound
    4. Ghostbusters (2016)
    3. Freaks of Nature
    2. Extraordinary Tales (2014)
    1. Eat (2013)

    • Nice! You’ve inspired me to share all the movies I watched for my 31 Days of Halloween.

      31. Fright Night (1985)
      30. Creepshow (1982)
      29. Prince of Darkness (1987)
      28. Bleed: Reap the Flesh (2016)
      27. An American Werewolf in London (1981)
      26. Short: Teddy Bears Are For Lovers (2015)
      25. The Corpse Vanishes (1942)
      24. Hocus Pocus (1993)
      23. Shorts: Alma (2009) & Behind Closed Doors (2009)
      22. Final Destination (2000)
      21. The Final Girls (2015)
      20. The Lords of Salem (2012)
      19. The Possession (2012)
      18. Let the Right One In (2008)
      17. Scream (1996)
      16. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
      15. Session 9 (2001)
      14. Ghostbusters 2 (1989)
      13. V/H/S (2012)
      12. Ouija, Origin of Evil (2016)
      11. The Exorcist (1973)
      10. The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)
      9. Patient Seven (2016)
      8. Alice, Sweet Alice (1976)
      7. Firestarter (1984)
      6. Shorts: Lights Out (2013) & Mamá (2008) & Saw (2003) & Monster (2005)
      5. The Frighteners (1996)
      4. The Thing (1982) & Alien (1979)
      3. House on Haunted Hill (1999) & The Descent (2005)
      2. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
      1. Ghostbusters (2016)

      November 1st Encore:
      4. Halloween (1978)
      3. Halloween 2 (1981)
      2. I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)
      1. The Terminator (1984)

      • Great run, Buffy Slay’her. A lot of my all-time Halloween favorites and a seriously fun month of movie watching. Having said that, I have never even heard of Bleed: Reap the Flesh (2016), Teddy Bears Are For Lovers (2015), Behind Closed Doors (2009), or Patient Seven (2016). Any worth searching out? And would you recommend I Am The Pretty Thing That Lives in the House (2016)?

        • Wolfman Josh –
          I did not enjoy “Bleed.” I wanted to watch something modern and it had pretty high ratings and reviews on RottenTomatoes.com so I took a chance on it. In my opinion it follows too many typical horror plotlines (pregnant woman/demon baby, messianic cult, ghost hunters, haunted abandoned prison, child killer-turned evil spirit, scary hillbillies, adults who were attacked by ghosts as children and now have special abilities etc.) and attempts to tie them all together but what we get is just a mess. The visuals were nice and the movie was shot well but twice I laughed out loud at the absurdity of what I was watching. IMO Avoid.
          “Teddy Bears are for Lovers” is a fun short film. It uses the known concept of toys coming to life but their motivation is new to me. Also, it uses tangible effects in that the homicidal Teddy bears are part puppet and part animatronic, so I loved it. IMO Watch it. I found it here:

          “Behind Closed Doors” is another short horror film; this time it’s an animated film which somehow creeps me out so much more. I really enjoyed it. The monster was creepy and there’s a great metaphor about what we keep hidden inside ourselves. IMO Watch it. I found it here: http://youtu.be/H9InaUJm0A8
          “Patient Seven” is actually the short film anthology that Nicholas Peterson talked about in his interview that features his short film “The Visitant” except he kept calling it “Patient Nine.” It stars Michael Ironside as a hardened psychiatrist at a mental institution who’s interviewing six patients in the wrap around story. The rest of the movie consists of short films that tell the patients’ stories. It’s definitely worth a watch and I think my favourite segment is “The Body” which stars Alfie Allen of Game of Thrones fame and features a lot of tongue-in-cheek humour.
          “I am the pretty thing that lives in the house” is a slow burn that weaves three stories from three different time periods together to present a very atmospheric telling of a ghost story. There’s very little dialogue as a lot of the movie is told through inner monologue which creates a strong feeling of isolation and quiet throughout. The scares are few and I’m a bit on the fence about whether I would actually classify this as a horror film but I would certainly recommend watching it. That being said, be warned that is a quiet, slow moving film and you should be in the proper mindset because I could see how it would be easy to get distracted if you weren’t fully engaged.

      • What a great thread! Love seeing this dead serious commitment. I wanted to shoot for 31 movies in October as well, but I let life get the way lol.

        Here’s my brief list:
        Rosemary’s Baby (1968) —> my favorite
        Evil Dead (1981)
        Evil Dead (2013)
        Army of Darkness (1992)
        The Book of Life 😛 (2014)
        The Blair Witch Project (1999)
        Blair Witch (2016)
        Lights Out (2016)
        Don’t Breathe (2016)
        A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night (2014)

          • Thanks all for sharing their lists. I like knowing I am not the only one who loves horror as much as I do (it drives my wife crazy, lol). I also did a 31 horrors of October, and actually got more than 31 in. All of mine were movies I had never seen before. I gave each a rating out of 10 (I am a tough critic). let me know what you think.
            Blood and Black Lace 6
            Lady Frankenstein 6
            Old 37 6
            Zombie Holocaust aka Dr. Butcher MD 5.5
            31 5.5
            Silent Night, Bloody Night 5.5
            The Screaming Skull 4
            The Gorilla 1939 3.5
            The Hamiltons 5.5
            The Dungeon of Harrow 3.5
            Jaws 2 6
            The Devil Times Five 6
            Evil Dead Trap 6.5
            The Keep 5
            Pulse 2006 5.5
            Don’t Look In the Basement 4
            Dead of Night 1945 6.5
            The Spiral Staircase 6.5
            Witchboard 5.5
            Watchers 5.5
            Silver Bullet 6.5
            The Last Shift 2014 6
            Hatchet For The Honeymoon 5
            Axeman 4.5
            Nosferatu 1922 7.5
            The Four Skulls of Jonathan Drake 5
            And Now The Screaming Starts 6.5
            The Bird With The Crystal Plumage 7.5
            A Bay of Blood 6.5
            Mondo Cane 5
            Color Me Blood Red 5.5
            The Canal 2014 5.5
            Tombs of the Blind Dead 5.5

          • Bill! I love that you watched all new movies that you hadn’t seen before. I haven’t seen the majority of these.

            I’m glad you enjoyed Nosferatu and The Bird With The Crystal Plumage as much as you did. Last Shift is a fun one. Silver Bullet is one I need to revisit as well. What year Dead of Night did you watch?

            Judging by your ratings, it looks like I’d better search out Blood and Black Lace, Evil Dead Trap, The Spiral Staircase, And Now The Screaming Starts.

            Thanks for sharing.

        • Emily! Not a bad film among them. Sounds like a great month of movie watching, even if you didn’t hit 31. I’m actually really happy that The Book of Life exists. I’d like to see a more serious or adult film with a similar take on Day of the Dead.

          • Hey Wolfman, thanks for going over my list…I watched the 1945 Dead of Night. An impressive fun film with perhaps the first creepy talking dummy. The Evil Dead Trap is definitely worth watching. A Japanese film that is totally unique, part supernatural/part Saw/part Alienesque, and a twist. Well worth a watch. Blood and Black Lace is an early Giallo by Bava. It has its slow moments but one of the better of that genre. The Spiral Staircase is less of a classic horror but more of a “whodunnit” but it an archetype of that genre (is from 1945) and has some horrific elements. Ethel Barrymore gives a strong performance and the lead actress was nice on the eyes. And now the screaming starts is an Amicus period piece with the beloved Peter Cushing in a good role. I love the gothic archetecture/setting. let me know if you ever watch any of them and/or review them. Rock on!

    • Joe! How did you do it?! That’s a lot of movies.

      Great selection of films. Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of my all time favorite films. I really enjoyed Lights Out, Don’t Breathe, They’re Watching, Green Room, The Hallow, Southbound, and Ghostbusters.

      I’m curious about Greasy Strangler, House on Pine Street, Cherry Tree, 31, Yoga Hosers, Treehouse, They Look Like People, Dude Bro Party Massacre III, Mexico Barbaro, and Eat.

      I also thought Holidays, Darling, Holidays, The Eye, Phantasm Ravager, Shin Godzilla, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, and Freaks of Nature were at least worth checking out.

      Haven’t heard anything about Demon, Jesus Christ Vampire Hunter, Nina Forever, The Demolisher, Antibirth, or Frankenstein Unbound.

      Do you think Kiss Meets the Phantom of the Park is worth including in our upcoming “Heavy Metal Horror” episode ( I know, KISS is more like hard rock, but still). I’m sure Dave has seen this one.

      • My girlfriend really likes horror movies and she tends to fall asleep an hour earlier than I do.
        Bram Stoker’s Dracula is easily the best adaptation. One of my top ten horror movies. I picked up a 4k Bluray to upgrade.
        If you like Quentin Dupieux movies like Rubber then you will like The Greasy Strangler.
        House on Pine Street is a much better than average (but not perfect) haunted house movie. Really good performance from the lead, great atmosphere and no jump scares.
        Cherry Tree felt like it was going to be good but goes off the rails at the halfway point.
        Rob Zombie should only do production design. He’s a terrible writer. The whole Malcolm McDowell bit made no sense at all.
        I think Yoga Hosers might be Kevin Smith’s worst movie. It’s made for, and feels like it’s made for, just his daughter.
        Treehouse is awful and should be avoided. Tries to trick you into thinking it’s a horror movie.
        They Look Like People is really impressive for what was apparently a student thesis film. Well shot, well acted, and pretty disturbing.
        Dudebro Party Massacre 3 is from the guys who do 5secondfilms.com, video game high school, and BRITanNICK. If you dig any of those things then it’s a must buy. Lots of cameos from the Cracked.com staff as well.
        Mexico Barbaro was really heavy on cartel violence mixed with horror. There’s a couple of really good short stories in there.
        Eat was good for the gore.
        Shin Godzilla might be in the top 5 of all Godzilla movies ever made.
        Darling was beautiful.
        Ravager didn’t deserve to be made.
        Demon is in the top 10 of all horror this year. It’s a Polish film about a couple that are getting married when the groom gets possessed by Jewish Dibbukk. It doesn’t resort the stupid possession tricks that other new movies do.
        Vampire Hunter is Troma. It’s not a Kaufman film but there’s some pretty funny lines in there.
        Nina Forever is excellent and way better than Joe Dante’s Burying the Ex. It’s a horror movie about baggage.
        Demolisher is a low budget movie about a vigilante. Nothing much to see here but it’s short.
        Antibirth stars Natasha Lyonne, Chloë Sevigny, Meg Tilly, and Mark Webber. It seems like a dirty Rosemary’s Baby ripoff but goes completely crazy at the end. Worth watching.
        Frankenstein Unbound may be one of Corman’s best. A good companion film for Ken Russel’s Gothic.
        Kiss vs the Phantom of the Park is not very good and probably not worth including. Watch Phantom of the Paradise instead. That movie is amazing.

    • Here’s my list. Hit 36 this year!

      1- As Above So Below
      2- Demon (2016)
      2- Cold Prey
      4- Troll Hunter
      5- The Uninvited
      6- Lovely Molly
      7- Night Gallery Pilot
      8- Madman
      9- Return to Horror High
      10- Young Frankenstein
      11- Shin Gojira
      12 – The Ones Below
      13- Soul Mate
      14- Ichabod Crane
      15- I know What you Did List Summer
      16- Clue
      17- Rocky Horror Picture Show
      18- Hello Mary Lou Prom Night 2
      19- Basket Case
      20- Rose Red
      21- Trick R Treat
      22- House on Sorority Row
      23- Carnival of Souls
      24- Ju: On
      25- Sauna
      26- Legend of Boggy Creek
      27- Halloween
      28- Halloween 2
      29- The Tingler
      30- Halloween H20
      31- Halloween 3
      32- Byzantium
      33- Halloween 4
      34- Arsenic and Old Lace
      35- The Conjuring
      36- The Ring

  10. Hi all! ? We took our girls trick or treating and watched Garfield’s Halloween Adventure when we returned. After they hit the sack, I stayed up to watch…what else…Halloween 1978 and Halloween II 1981. It’s my tradition to stay up most of the night to watch the Halloween franchise on AMC FearFest…but with Halloween being on Monday this year, I had to turn it in early. I’ve been super usy at work, so my Halloween decorations are still up. Haha. I can decorate my Christmas tree with Halloween decorations, right?! ?

    • It was a lot of fun seeing your Halloween play out on Twitter and Instagram. Sorry you didn’t get to see as many horror movies as you hoped, but you were a rockstar mom with the Halloween decorations and everything else. Sounds like you and your kids had a good time.

  11. Happy (belated) Halloween you guys! Another great October of stellar podcasts, scary movies, decorations, and autumn spirit. Even though I don’t drastically change up my horror habits after October, I always get a bit melancholic when Halloween ends and the world goes back to being ordinary and a little less appreciative of the horror genre. Thankfully, I have HMP to pull me out of the doldrums and surround me with other like-minded individuals.

    Nevertheless, another great episode and very happy to hear Gregamortis again. Although you guys have a number of great guests on your show, he is definitely one of the top guest contributors. I find him knowledgeable and incredibly respectful and appreciative of other people’s opinions. Although he is not afraid to disagree with others, he never drags it out or makes it as contentious as it could be. Please bring him back whenever you see fit.

    For the next episode, I think it would be interesting to discuss changes in the slasher genre over time and the forces that drove the change. The MPAA certainly had a lot to do with this. Many talk about 1984 being the last great gasp of the slasher genre, despite the fact that a ton of other slashers came out afterward. It is interesting how as the 80s progressed, aspects of the slasher genre got mainstreamed into the “psychological thriller” genre. Unlike most slashers, these thrillers boasted larger budgets and A-list casts. While movies like Pacific Heights, Single White Female, and Fatal Attraction are not necessarily slashers, it is interesting how they share some common elements. Also fascinating how some critics were more forgiving/sympathetic to this genre in comparison to how they treated the slashers.

    I’m sure many of you have already read this, but I’d strongly recommend “The Slasher Movie Book” by J.A. Kerswell. Not only does it provide a lot of great information about the genre, it is also incredibly fun to flip through and enjoy the poster art.


    • Chris, we’ve been reading up on Men, Women and Chainsaws for Part 3, but maybe I’ll have to get my hands on The Slasher Book for Part 4. Thanks for the recommendation. And I agree: Gregamortis is an awesome guest. We usually try to pair the guest with the topic and we could not have found anyone better for slashers.

  12. Great episode guys, I’m a long time listener and really enjoying learning about all of the obscure 80s slasher movies I’ve never even heard of. Not related to the theme of these episodes, but are you guys planning on reviewing Trick r’ Treat (2007) at all? It’s one of my favorites and I’ve really been anxious to hear you guys review it.

  13. Some recommended listening while you’re waiting for the next HMP episode:

    Retro Movie Geek’s 2016 Spooky Flix Fest:

    —Real-life Spooky Tales (JOTD tells one) – http://retromoviegeek.com/sff16bonus08/
    —5 Halloween movies with JOTD – http://retromoviegeek.com/sff16bonus07/
    —The Frighteners with Wolfman Josh – http://retromoviegeek.com/rmg-39/
    —Salem’s Lot with Dr. Shock – http://retromoviegeek.com/rmg-37/

    The Sci Fi Podcast finishes up the Phantasm series:

    —Phantasm: Ravager (2016) with Wolfman Josh – http://thescifipodcast.com/the-sci-fi-podcast-episode-28-phantasm-v-ravager/

    Movie Stream Cast’s Halloween shows with Josh and his kids:

    —Teen Wolf – http://www.moviestreamcast.com/movie-stream-cast-72-teen-wolf-1985-survivor-millennials-vs-gex-x/
    —Beetlejuice – http://www.moviestreamcast.com/1221-2/
    —The Haunted Mansion – http://www.moviestreamcast.com/movie-stream-cast-74-haunted-mansion-2003-survivor-millennials-vs-gex-x/

    And I released the new Movie Podcast Weekly:


  14. Got spoiled during October with an episode a week and all the reviews… Can’t we just agree to make the end of every month end with Halloween :)

  15. Hiya, HMP! I’ve been off-line a lot and just now catching up with ep 102, which is awesome btw. I stopped at the 33 minute mark to add some unsolicited opinion about the breast part of the movies. As an amateur burlesque and cabaret performer, I see A LOT of bewbs to the point that they hardly register as “naughty” anymore, so I consider myself an expert. And Gregamortis, if I’m ever in your area, you get a front row seat on the house, brother!!

    I THINK it’s in Men Women and Chainsaws where Glover mentions that nudity symbolizes vulnerability for the female characters. I haven’t re-watched, but at the end of 2015’s “Final Girls,” Nancy is only able to be a victim after she opens her shirt, displaying a vulnerability as well as sexuality.

  16. I like that you guys often bring up the art and movie posters! I would probably listen to an entire episode dedicated to your top ten posters!

  17. Another great episode guys. Thanks for breaking down the 80s slashers. I especially love that you included “Visiting Hours” which I haven’t seen in years. I was a kid when it was released, so I don’t remember it having much impact at that time, but I do recall watching it on cable (which was relatively new in my neighborhood back in 1982-83) and really enjoying it. I’ll have to revisit it. I’m sure the Shatner quotient alone is worth it.

    Also love and forgot about “Psycho II”. This is one that I saw in the theater with my parents, strictly because I had seen the original. I’m sure they questioned their judgement after the credits rolled. I really think that “Psycho II” was put in an almost untenable position when it was released. I remember hearing many grumblings about never living up to the original. All things considered, I think Richard Franklin did one hell of a job with the sequel. Not sure if anyone remembers that Robert Bloch had also released his novel Psycho II before the film came out. it was a completely different story from the film and ultimately pretty lame. I’m glad Franklin and company didn’t use Bloch’s novel as their blueprint.

  18. Guys I am so late to the party I’m sorry lol! Finally finished listening to this episode, gotta catch up!

    Jay, I am so with you on The VIllage! Even if the plot is basically “Amish people exist” 😛 Loved that movie, I actually did a Creatures costume a couple of years back, I<d need to find those pictures.

    Gregor Mortis: "Campers go to the camp then BOOM killer" is probably the est explanation for a slasher movie ever. Jason Voorhees is my all time favorite, and #3 is the bomb 100%
    And GIRLS NIGHT OUT! YES! I've been using the "you know what turns me on…" line for years with new potentials… got many interesting dates but specially creepy encounters lol. Still an awesome movie.
    (At this point I'm pretty convinced you are my horror soulmate, as I exclaim in agreement or excitement every time you mentioned a movie haha.)

    The movie Pieces is in my list of omg-this-is-so-good. OK it doesn't make any sense whatsoever… but it's so deliciously bad I kinda forgive it.

    Jay officially said 8 times that a poster art was his favorite, so now I<ll be shocked when he says he doesn't like one!

    I don<t know about stopping making Ouija Board movies… maybe just make one that<s actually good for once!

    On that note, I'll be listening to the new episode tonight and hopefully catch up. These slasher episodes warm my dark crooked little heart, please stretch this baby for as long as you guys can, I love it and I love you all for it <3

  19. Long time listener, first time commenter. Jay, you’ve been an inspiration in my personal endeavors, thank you. I’d never heard of Pieces until your high recommendation, since you rarely steer me wrong, I had to watch it. So, here’s my review of Pieces.

    The movie starts out with a young boy putting together a puzzle of a naked woman, which quickly progresses to him violently chopping up his disapproving mother. Immediately I understand that this is a movie about Joan Crawford and her son Norman Bates.

    Pieces is a riot, it’s not the deepest movie you’ll find in the slasher genre, but its wild antics and creative plot will carry you right through to the end, laughing most of the way.


    Though this movie does suffer from some Godzilla-esque dubbing, it only adds to the allure of WTF moments that run rampant throughout. For instance, there’s a scene where the gardener takes on a group of police officers like a pro-wrestler. Amazing. By the way, this gardener was my favorite character in the film, he reminded me of a love child between Popeye and Bluto. Sorry Olive Oyl.


    The cinematography of this film doesn’t suffer from a lack of creativity like some other slasher horror movies which drive their audience toward the same old schlocky deaths. Kills matter in this film and that’s expressed perfectly in scenes such as the brilliant waterbed murder. Director Juan Piquer flexed his brain for each victim, maybe not giving each one much meaning, but surely without argument, giving them all a memorable demise… even though I felt like the actress during the pool murder scene was waiting for a cookie instead of a chainsaw.


    The main problem I had with this movie, which my fellow reviewers all shared, was that the characters in this movie just didn’t matter. Though this didn’t bother me, as the plot, WTF moments and kills were enough to entertain me, I still can’t deny that there was a lack of care perpetuated throughout the scenes of these individuals. Hell, by the end of the movie, none of us even knew any of their names. I dubbed the main protagonist Billy Crystal, because that’s who he looked like. I also named the detectives, Pink Panther and Columbo, because they too resembled icons (granted this is 3 beers in and I’m a lightweight, but whatever). Finally, I labeled the killer, The Phantom Stranger. Seriously, he looked a lot like that DC master of the mystic arts, but instead of slinging spells he just breathed like he was always, ALWAYS masturbating.


    The ending of this movie is a popping success, I loved it so much, I wish more movies made less sense with their final scene like this one. If you liked the ending of Macabre (1980), you’ll go crazy over this. My final thought is… this killer should really meet the killer from the movie May (2002), they’d be a true match made in Hell.

    I highly recommend this movie to any slasher fan who’s looking for something new. The WTF moments are AMAZEBALLZ. Buy this movie.


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