Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 140: Winchester (2018) and The Ritual (2018) and Before I Wake (2018) and Insidious: The Last Key (2018) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

HMP 140 Winchester The Ritual

February is Women in Horror Month, so HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is honoring the ladies of our favorite genre who work in front and behind the camera. Episode 140 is another Frankensteinian show, where we bring you a variety of movie reviews and Horror-related discussion, including two Feature Reviews of Winchester (2018) and The Ritual (2018). In addition we bring you Mini Reviews of Insidious: The Last Key (2018) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018). And your hosts Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are revisiting their recommendation segments more consistently. In this episode we bring you Jay of the Dead’s Beastly Freaks segment with The Descent (2005). Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you another Classic Horror Movie Minute segment with The Uninvited (1944). And the Wolfman has another Screaming Online recommendation segment with Before I Wake (2018). 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, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 139: Victor Crowley (2018) with Director Adam Green and Mom and Dad (2018) and Devil’s Gate (2018), plus Hereditary (2018) and Summer of ’84 (2018) from the Sundance Film Festival

HMP 139 ArtAll aboard the haunted swamp tour that is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where hundreds of podcasters and old pirates have lost their lives! In Episode 139, another of our Frankensteinian episodes, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock bring you Feature Reviews of new releases Mom and Dad (2018) and Devil’s Gate (2018). You’ll also get mini-reviews for some of the best year-end films of last year like Mayhem (2017), Tragedy Girls (2017), and Kaleidescope (2017). Unfortunately, Jay of the Dead could not be here this week because he was considering the cinema elsewhere, but we make up for it with a legendary visit from filmmaker Adam Green, plus Josh review’s Adam’s latest film, Victor Crowley (2018). We also bring you our new Collector’s Crypt and Classic Horror Movie Minute segments and we have a special Sundance Film Festival report from once and future “HMP Listener of the Year” composer Kagan Breitenbach. Josh and Kagan talk about the Sundance Midnight Movies slate and preview buzzworthy festival horror films Hereditary (2018), Summer of ’84 (2018) and more!

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. 136: Christmas Horror (2017 Edition) – With Director Chris Peckover

Christmas-Horror-2017Merry Christmas and welcome to HO, HO, HORROR MOVIE PODCAST! It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Episode 136 is our fifth annual CHRISTMAS HORROR extravaganza. Feature Reviews include new-releases Once Upon a Time at Christmas (2017), Red Christmas (2017) and Better Watch Out (2017). You’ll also get an extensive interview with Better Watch Out writer/director Chris Pecker and a ton of Christmas present giveaways including HMP t-shirts and stocking stuffers from awesome sponsors like Fright Rags, Ghoulish Gary Pullin, POV Horror and Printed in Blood!

Coming up next time: We’re bringing you Horror Movie Podcast’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2017 as well as the Top 10 horror movies of the HMP community! Make sure you e-mail your Top 10 picks to horrormoviepodcast@gmail.com before December 27, 2017. Please use our HMP Top 10 Horror of 2017 to make your lists. You won’t want to miss this episode!

Horror Movie Podcast is typically 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! Leave voicemails with your recommendations and comments at: (801) 382-8789 You can also follow HMP on TwitterInstagram or Facebook (kind of). Thank you for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 134: Thanksgiving Horror – Or a Lack Thereof – and Blood Rage (1987)

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST … it’s not cranberry sauce! Episode 134 is an honest attempt by Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh to bring you a Thanksgiving Horror episode, without much luck. We do manage to have a fun conversation about why there aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving Horror films; we give you a semi-recent update on Eli Roth’s rumored Thanksgiving grindhouse film; and we bring out the only Thanksgiving big gun there is: cult classic Blood Rage (1987)!

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! Gobble, gobble. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 133: Jigsaw (2017) and Gerald’s Game (2017) and The Bad Batch (2017) and Boys in the Trees (2017) and The Babysitter (2017) and Death Note (2017)

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It’s alive! Another Frankensteinian episode of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In Episode 132, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock bring you Feature Reviews of Jigsaw (2017) and Gerald’s Game (2017). Josh and Dave also bring you a slew of mini-reviews of recent horror films like The Bad Batch (2017), Boys in the Trees (2017), The Babysitter (2017), Death Note (2017), 1922 (2017), Amityville Horror: The Awakening (2017), The Evil Within (2017)Little Evil (2017), We Go On (2016) and more!

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

Horror Movie Podcast BONUS Ep. 132: Happy Death Day (2017) – LIVE!

HMP Happy Death Day

Greetings from the 2017 Movie Podcast Network Meetup Event in 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, but first … a special treat, only for our beloved Horror Movie Podcast listeners!

Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh all met—in the flesh—for the very first time and sneaked away to a screening of Happy Death Day (2017). What you’re about to hear is a LIVE! recording from the MegaPlex Theatre at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, following the screening. This BONUS episode also features William “Rowan the Destroyer” (aka “Solo” from The Sci-Fi Podcast) who captured a great, in-the-field, live recording of this episode for us. Thanks, William! Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 31: Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days of Halloween - Something Wicked This Way Comes (1983)

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.


In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Disney made several valiant attempts to break free of its “kids only” persona by producing movies that would also appeal to adults (such as The Black Hole, Dragonslayer, and Tron, just to name a few). Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes continued that trend and combined elements of horror and fantasy to weave the fascinating tale of a small town in the early 20th century and the traveling carnival that visited it one October.

Green Town, Illinois, is a quiet place, the kind of community in which nothing interesting ever happens. That is, until the night that Mr. Dark’s Pandemonium Carnival pulls into town. Best friends Will Hathaway (Vidal Peterson) and Jim Nightshade (Shawn Carson) hear the train coming and sneak out of their bedrooms to see what wonders Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his associates have brought to their sleepy little town. What they discover instead is that the carnival and its enigmatic owner are not what they appear to be. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 30: Hidden (2015) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days of Halloween - Hidden (2015)

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 isn’t long after 2015’s Hidden begins that we realize the Duffer Brothers (who wrote and directed the film) are setting us up for a major surprise.

For the last 301 days, Ray (Alexander Skarsgård), his wife Claire (Andrea Riseborough) and the couple’s daughter Zoe (Emily Alyn Lind), have been living in an underground bunker. Despite the tight conditions, Ray and Claire go out of their way to make things comfortable for Zoe, playing games with her and reading her stories, yet at the same time reminding the young girl to be as quiet as possible, so as not to alert “the Breathers” lurking above.

While dealing with an unwanted pest (a rat that had been digging its way into their canned goods), Ray and Claire inadvertently start a fire, then work frantically to hide all evidence of it, hoping that the Breathers took no notice of their unfortunate accident. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 29: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) — by IANsidious (aka Ian West)

31 Days of Halloween - A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Editor’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 listener IANsidious (aka Ian West), whose other work you can follow here: on Twitter @hpmakelovecraft and Ghastly Grinning.com and That’s Not Current.com and on Letterboxd (search “Ian West”).


A Nightmare on Elm Street
1984 d. Wes Craven

-Spoken in a Ray Liotta voice-
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a monster. I grew up looking like Eddie Munster with my crazy widow’s peak and an insatiable appetite for Universal Horror Movies, Scooby Doo, and The Munsters. I’d go with my parents or grandfather to local Suncoast stores and caress all the Universal VHS tapes and make googly eyes when I saw them on the shelf at Blockbuster or the local Mom ‘n’ Pop video stores. My grandmother’s best friend was a seamstress, and she even made me a Dracula cape that I wore all the time… even in public! Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 28: Don’t Hang Up (2016) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days of Halloween - Don't Hang Up (2016)

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 not unusual for a horror movie to have unlikable characters; I didn’t particularly care for the leads in either Welcome to the Jungle or Shredder, and felt that at least a few of those who suffered a grisly fate in these two films got what they deserved.

Well, after the opening scene of 2016’s Don’t Hang Up, in which some college-aged buddies pull a prank on a poor, unsuspecting housewife (played by Sienna Guillory), I can honestly say that I’ve never disliked a group of main characters as much as I did the idiots in this film, and right off the bat I was hoping none of them would make it out of the movie alive.

Best friends Sam (Gregg Sulkin) and Brady (Garrett Clayton) are members of a group that specializes in practical jokes, putting ordinary people in horrific situations (children held hostage, death of a relative, etc.), then posting their victims’ reactions online for the world to see. Their prank show is wildly popular, and Sam and Brady, as well as their partner in crime, Mosley (Jack Brett Anderson), have become minor celebrities as a result. Continue reading