31 Days of Halloween — Day 21: Carnage Park (2016) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Writer / director Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park is a throwback in more ways than one, fusing the flashy cinematic techniques of the Tarantino-esque ‘90s with a very ‘70s tale of terror. It’s an unusual combination, to be sure, but Keating somehow makes it work to the film’s advantage.

The year is 1978. Scorpion Joe Clay (James Landry Hebert) and his partner Larry (Michael Villar), both of whom recently escaped from prison, rob a bank in a small California town. But the heist goes very wrong; Larry is shot in the gut, and to help them get away, the duo take a hostage, Vivian Fontaine (Ashley Bell), who they toss in the trunk of their car before speeding off. In an effort to lose the pursuing cops, Scorpion Joe veers off the main road. Unfortunately, his little detour cuts straight through some land owned by Wyatt Moss (Pat Healy), a reclusive Vietnam veteran who, to put it mildly, doesn’t take kindly to trespassers. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 19: The Devil Lives Here (2016) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Well over a hundred years ago, a ruthless Brazilian landowner / amateur beekeeper known as The Honey Baron (Ivo Müller) mistreated (and occasionally murdered) the slaves who worked on his estate. He was so cruel, in fact, that he even forced himself on the mother of his most trusted slave, Bento (Sidney Santiago), who soon after became pregnant with his child.

But moments before giving birth, Bento’s mother, a master of the occult, murdered the Honey Baron and put a curse on his immortal soul. To strengthen this curse, Bento’s mother then sacrificed her newborn (the Honey Baron’s son) by driving a spike into its torso, thereby dooming both father and child to re-experience their own deaths for the rest of eternity. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 8: Raw (2016) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


It’s been 10 years since the release of “Inside,” and nine since “Martyrs” hit the scene, but with 2016’s “Raw,” writer / director Julia Ducournau has proven the French still have an “appetite” for the extreme (pun intended… and my apologies).

Justine (Garance Marillier), a lifelong vegetarian, is one of many new students at a prestigious veterinary school, the very institution her older sister Alexia (Ella Rumpf) now attends. At first, Justine, who is incredibly smart and a little shy, has a hard time fitting in; aside from her gay roommate Adrien (Rabah Nait Oufella), she hasn’t been able to make any friends.

Then, during a freshman hazing ritual, Justine is forced to eat a raw rabbit liver. Having never consumed meat before, she has an allergic reaction and breaks out in a nasty rash. But this tiny piece of liver does more than make her itch; it changes her life. All at once, Justine develops a yearning for meat (mostly raw), and it isn’t long before her newfound appetite takes a disturbing turn. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 4: We Go On (2016) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


Most phobias and fears that we humans suffer from can be traced back to the exact same thing: We are all afraid to die. And in “We Go On,” a 2016 horror / thriller co-directed by Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, we meet a man who is willing to pay top dollar to anyone who can prove that there is, in fact, life after death.

Miles (Clark Freeman) is afraid of many things: cars, airplanes, trains, and most of all, dying. The thought of his own mortality haunts Miles day and night, so much so that he places a classified ad in the newspaper offering a reward of $30,000 to the first person who convinces him, beyond a shadow of a doubt, that the afterlife is real.

Receiving dozens of replies, Miles, joined by his skeptical mother Charlotte (Annette O’Toole), visits the select few who he believes have the best chance of proving there’s more to life than what we experience while we’re alive. But it isn’t until he hooks up with Nelson (Jay Dunn), a Los Angeles-based janitor, that Miles finds the answers he’s looking for. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 117: The Lure (2017) and Siren (2016) and Stake Land II (2016) and Lady Frankenstein (1971) and Remembering Michael Parks

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 117, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you feature reviews of horror flicks both new and old with The Lure (2017), Lady Frankenstein (1971), and Siren (2016). The Wolf also brings you a review of Stake Land II: The Stakelander (2016) in his specialty segment “Screaming Online,” for anyone looking for a little Netflix and Kill this weekend. And we’d be remiss to let this week go by without remembering legendary character actor Michael Parks, who has recently passed away.

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 111: HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A Celebration of the Finest Achievements in 2016 Horror Films

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In Episode 111, HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Presents the very first HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A Celebration of the Finest Filmic Achievements in Horror for 2016!

We’ve assembled a wonderful jury from every corner of the horror community, including filmmaker, critics, writers, podcasters, artists, and academics. The nominees are drawn from the HMP host and listener Top 10 lists of 2016 and the jury has voted on those nominees in traditional awards show categories from “Best Actress” to “Best Picture.”

After that, your HMP hosts give away their own special “Dead Serious” awards where we get a little more out of the box and award films for their best “Beastly Freaks” or use of “Horror in the Daylight.”

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies.

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 108: The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, horror fans! You’ve survived 2016! Welcome to Episode 108 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, our very first show of 2017 where Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock will be looking back on an awful year for our culture, but a tremendous year for horror. The hosts each bring you their Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016, but more importantly, reveal the results of the calculated Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 from the collective HMP listenership!

We also bring you a few prize giveaways courtesy of Doctor Shock, Jay of the Dead and amazing artist, illustrator, and loyal HMP listener, Bonnie Bozell!

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT HORROR MOVIES, damn it! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 093: Clown (2016) and Carnage Park (2016) and The Vast Pokémon Go Conspiracy

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Shhhh… They’re listening. (Not you guys, but “Them.”) Beware, this is not a secure connection … Therefore, these show notes are written in code … Plus, I can’t type as well with this Pikachu standing on my arm… Welcome to Episode 093 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In this wacky, paranoid Frankensteinian episode, you’ll hear Feature Reviews of Clown (2016) and Carnage Park (2016).

In this episode you’ll also hear Jay of the Dead have a paranoid meltdown about so-called “conspiracies,” such as Pokémon Go, chemtrails and creepy Google Maps images. To help us clown around with these discussions, we introduce a first-time appearance from special guest Riva the Ripper! Poor Wolfman Josh is along for the whole ride, but Dr. Shock was lucky is only implicated in a short segment in this episode. We also bring you a sneak peek review of Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016), courtesy of Kagan Breitenbach, HMP listener from SLC who saw the film at Sundance back in January. And it if that was enough creepy clown talk, we also talk some trash about the upcoming adaptation of Stephen King’s It. Join us (unless you’re already with Them)! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 080: Three Dudes Talk About Horror and the Upcoming Horror Movies of 2016

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… Welcome to Episode 080. Longtime listeners may find this particular episode to be a little unusual for HMP because we spend much of the time simply talking about horror, rather than reviewing movies. Naturally, we discuss a few horror flicks, but you can think of this show as a few friends just hanging out, talking about the genre they love as the new year gets rolling. To this end, we chat about the Upcoming Horror Films of 2016, which leads to a couple of predictions and some discussion of our most anticipated picks. Join us! Continue reading