Movie Podcast Network BONUS 008: 2017 Meetup Event – Better Watch Out with Director Chris Peckover

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Christmas comes early from the 2017 Movie Podcast Network Meetup Event in the safe neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah! It was an incredible event and we wish you all could have joined us. The weekend included multiple meals with hosts and listeners, trivia games, live podcasting, live music, hiking, a birthday party, group screenings of Better Watch Out (2017)—with a Filmmaker Q&A—and Tremors (1990), plus a double feature of Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1988) on the actual Friday the 13th of October 2017. Whew! Quite a weekend! You’re going to hear great live recordings from all these events in the days to come.

Here, HMP’s own Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh podcast with their MPN co-horts from Movie Podcast Weekly, Retro Movie Geek, Universal Monsters Cast and Movie Stream Cast in front of a live audience after a screening of Better Watch Out (2017). The panel is also joined by the film’s writer/director, Chris Peckover for a Q&A with the MPN listeners. If you’re jealous of all the fun we had at the 2017 MPN Meetup Event, you’d better watch out for the next one!
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 16: Better Watch Out (2017) — by Sal Roma

HMP Better Watch OutEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986 and on Letterboxd at @Sal_Roma.

 


Title: Better Watch Out
Year: 2017
Country: Australia
Director: Chris Peckover

Warning: Review Contains *Spoilers* – But They Are Clearly Marked.

When it comes to 2017 horror, there’s been a handful of movies I’ve been really excited about at one time or another. At the start of the year, it was Get Out. Later on in the year, it was movies such as It Comes At Night, Cult of Chucky, and even The Ice Cream Truck. However, the movie I’ve been anticipating the longest has been Better Watch Out or, as it was titled last year during it’s festival run, Safe Neighborhood. A horror movie set on Christmas and starring the two siblings from The Visit? Sounds awesome. After such a long wait, there was some fear that perhaps the film would be built up too much in my head and would ultimately become a disappointment. Much to my happiness, not only did Better Watch Out live up to the expectations, it exceeded them.

Despite being psyched for Better Watch Out for a solid year, I knew virtually nothing about it beforehand. I knew that The Visit siblings, Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould, were the two stars (which was slightly wrong since Oxenbould played the role of the best friend of the main male star). It was obviously set around Christmas time with a break-in, of some sorts, creating the main turmoil for the film. The early going is enjoyable, but slightly underwhelming as twelve year old, Luke, is desperately trying to woo his five years older babysitter, Ashley (DeJonge) prior to the break-in disturbance. Luke’s attempts to set the mood are cringey to say the least. With each attempt, it gets more and more awkward to watch while at the same time, it’s very innocent and realistic to some extent. It’s relatable to have that early crush when you have zero chance with her. The break-in with the masked intruder created some effective tension scenes as Ashley and Luke attempt to avoid being caught, but ultimately I felt the film was shaping up to be a bit too repetitive with the duo constantly having to sneak around and Luke trying to prove to Ashley that he can be the man that will save her. Due to the age difference, you know they won’t get together, so I was unsure of where they could possibly go with the story to keep it fresh. Where they went is where the massive spoilers begin. If you haven’t seen the film yet, I greatly recommend you watch it first.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 15: Gerald’s Game (2017) — by RedCapJack

HMP Geralds GameEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show Mark Cunningham, who goes by the screen-name “Red Cap Jack” … You can read “Red Cap Jack’s Ranting Lunacy” blog at redcapjack.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @RedCapJack.


The latest in the current trend in Stephen King revivals, this taut thriller gets itself a first time adaptation from genre director Michael Flanagan (Oculus, Hush) and is a riveting suspense ride. The story begins when a married couple, Jessie (Carla Cugino) and Gerald (Bruce Greenwood), try to add a little spark to their marriage when they visit their house on the lake. Gerald, in an attempt to kink things up, brings in a pair of handcuffs- but Jesse isn’t all that into it. The resulting argument ends with a sudden heart attack on poor Gerald and Jesse is trapped with both hands cuffed to the bed.

Hilarity ensues.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 10: A Dark Song (2017) — 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.


“A Dark Song,” the 2017 horror / drama by writer / director Liam Gavin, is in no particular hurry to get around to its more horrific elements, yet I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “slow burn.” That term suggests a movie that is gradually building toward something, which, in a way, this film is; a woman, unable to deal with a tragic event from her past, enlists the help of an occultist to bridge the gap between the living and the dead, all to ask a favor that only Gods or demons could possibly grant her. As you can imagine, the ritual to accomplish this amazing feat is quite involved, and takes months (as well as a decent portion of the movie) to complete.

But from its very first scene, director Gavin infuses the movie with a sense of dread that remains constant throughout. So, even as we’re waiting for its supernatural elements to come into play, “A Dark Song” still manages to keep us on the edge of our seats. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 121: The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) and My Little Eye (2002) and Audition (1999) and Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror

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HORROR MOVIE PODCAST releases two types of episodes: Themed and Frankensteinian. Episode 121 is the latter. During this show you’ll hear reviews of The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) and My Little Eye (2002) and Audition (1999). You will also hear us discuss two films that we expected to be horror that actually aren’t: Colossal (2017) and The Beguiled (2017). And buckle up for Jay of the Dead’s latest Horror manifesto, “Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror, which is the audio podcast adaptation of Jay’s blog article of the same name. Has Jay of the Dead lost his mind, or is he actually the Paul Revere of Horror cinema? Join us! We dare you…

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! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 120: It Comes at Night (2017) and 47 Meters Down (2017) and 12 Feet Deep: Trapped Sisters (2017) and The Mummy (2017)

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 120, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead and Dr. Shock (along with guest Mattroid, from The Sci-Fi Podcast) bring you a random assortment of horror movie reviews, including Jay’s reviews of underwater “Trapped Sisters” movies 47 Meters Down (2017) and 12 Feet Deep (2017). As a hold-over from our “Horror Pets” episode, you’ll hear a mountain of listener feedback as well as reviews of two more killer cat movies: Uninvited (1988) from Jay and Dave and Cat’s Eye (1985) from Matt. You’ll also get an in-depth review of action-horror spectacle The Mummy (2017) from Jay and Matt. For more complete coverage, hear Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh dig in much deeper at our sister show, Universal Monsters Cast. We also have the return of our “Campfire Tales” segment from both Dr. Shock and our HMP listeners. And the main event is Jay of the Dead’s Feature Review of one of the most polarizing horror movies of the year, It Comes At Night (2017)!

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. 118: Alien: Covenant (2017) and Raw (2017) and Zombie Holocaust (1980) and The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017)

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 118, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you horror reviews of films both old and new like Raw (2017) and Zombie Holocaust (1980). The Wolf also brings you a review of the long-awaited The Blackcoat’s Daughter (2017) in his specialty segment “Screaming Online,” about horror films that are free to stream. And the main event is Jay’s feature review of the much-anticipated Ridley Scott sci-fi/horror prequel, Alien: Covenant (2017). Join us or be chest-bursted…

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! 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. 114: Personal Shopper (2017) and Dig Two Graves (2017) and Life (2017)

HMP Personal Shopper Life Dig Two GravesThis is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, Episode 114, another Frankensteinian episode where Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh welcome special guest (and former HMP Listener of the Year) Dino Ticinelli for reviews of new release horror films Personal Shopper (2017), Dig Two Graves (2017). We also hear from our fearless leader, Jaywho is NOT dead—when he and Dino bring us a review of Life (2017).

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. 110: Rings (2017) and Riverdale (2017) and Sundance Film Festival Horror Preview 2017

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In Episode 110 of Horror Movie Podcast, hear our Sundance Film Festival Horror Preview for 2017, courtesy of our HMP Sundance Horror Correspondent, Kagan Breitenbach! During his coverage, Kagan brings you previews of four Sundance Horror offerings: Snatchers and XX and Raw and Killing Ground. Kagan also discusses a few “Horror Adjacent” (but non-Horror) films, such as 78/52 and Thoroughbred and Colossal and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.

Also in HMP Ep. 110, Jay of the Dead brings you a 2017 Feature Review of Rings and awakens his Beastly Freaks segment to bring you a review of The Fiancé, while Wolfman Josh shows up for work with his horror segment, Screaming Online, in which he covers I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Mercy. The Wolfman also has a potential Horror TV show to discuss, in the new hit series Riverdale, as well as a couple of terrible micro reviews. Lastly, we’ve got a great edition of Campfire Tales from Listener Victor in Seattle. Join us!

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! Continue reading