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).

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 106: Considering 20 New Release Horror Films of 2016

hmp-106-artBoasting 16 brand new reviews of 2016 horror movies (plus 4 more post-mortem discussions of 2016 films we’ve already covered), Episode 106 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST may be the most monstrous of any Frankenstenian episodes to date!

This week Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock welcome artist, cinephile, and long-time HMP listener Allyson Clark (that’s Allyson with a “Y”) of Little Wing Faerie Art to the show to review The Wailing (2016), The Neon Demon (2016)The Love Witch (2016), and Yoga Hosers (2016). Jay and Josh also review The Eyes of My Mother (2016), The Monster (2016), Under the Shadow (2016), Train to Busan (2016), Beyond the Gates (2016), Baskin (2016), Pet (2016), Ouija: Origin of Evil (2016), Shut In (2016), The Girl in the Photographs (2016), The Good Neighbor (2016) and 13 Cameras (2016). Plus, Dr. Shock brings his take on The Conjuring 2 (2016)The Boy (2016), The Shallows (2016) and Don’t Breathe (2016).

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 Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (kind of). Thank you for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies!
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 12: Crimson Peak (2015) — by Dr. Shock

crimsonpeakEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. 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 a recent interview with Wired, Guillermo Del Toro listed his five favorite horror films, the first two of which, The Haunting and The Innocents, are ghost stories (for the record, the other 3 were Alien, Jaws, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). That’s not to say his 2015 offering Crimson Peak is, as some have stated, a haunted house movie; in fact, Del Toro himself has resisted calling it a horror film at all (“You have to fear the living more than the dead”, he said during this same interview, and the movie itself was designed to support this theory). But with its gothic sensibilities and gorgeous production values, as well as a handful of intensely creepy scenes, the director has, indeed, delivered a beautiful, if somewhat trite, ghost story that’s sure to give you at least a few shivers.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 27: Haunter (2013) — by Wolfman Josh

haunter_posterEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts


Haunter is a 2013 film (with a terrible title) directed by Vincenzo Natali that stars Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge and Stephen McHattie. The film premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was distributed by IFC Midnight later that year for the Halloween season.

The movie opens in the ’80s with Abigail Breslin playing a suburban teen I’d have loved to hang out with, what with her Bowie, Joy Division and Cure posters on the wall and draped in a kind of haunting Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirt. We soon realize that Breslin’s character, Lisa Johnson, is stuck in some sort of time loop that only she seems to be aware of. As she goes through her daily routine (on the eve of her sweet sixteen) of practicing her clarinet to Peter and the Wolf (I had this exact same recording as a kid), eating her mom’s homemade mac & cheese for lunch and watching Murder She Wrote each evening with her family (this is my kind of family), I started feeling like this was a world in which I wouldn’t mind being trapped. But Lisa Johnson is, of course, less enthused as there is clearly something eerie going on here.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 17: The Awakening (2012) — by Wolfman Josh

HMP AwakeningEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts This review contains some carefully approached spoilers.


The Awakening starts out with one of the coolest séance scenes I’ve ever seen on film and it gets even cooler when, in somewhat Scooby Doo fashion (and I say that as a compliment), the movie’s heroin unmasks the supposed spiritualists to reveal them as charlatans and the séance as an elaborate fiction, concocted to relieve the desperate and grieving of their money.

The film stars Rebecca Hall (The Gift, The Town) as Florence Cathart, an author, a skeptic and a debunker of the paranormal. We get an extremely economic and effective introduction to Florence who, despite being a strong woman ahead of her time, is dealing with her own personal pain and tragedy. We learn that she is good at what she does and is both admired and reviled for it. And we learn all of this in a matter of minutes through the opening séance and the following scene at her home when Robert Mallory, played by Dominic West (McNulty from The Wire), shows up at her door asking for help with his ghost problem. It is clear from the start that The Awakening is strong technical filmmaking, that maintains an organic feel, and it has my undivided attention.

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 064: The Found Footage Convention in Horror and an Interview With Eduardo Sánchez, Co-Director of The Blair Witch Project

Found Footage FinalHave you ever wanted to hear the HMP hosts analyze the found footage format for hours, and then interview the co-director of “The Blair Witch Project,” Eduardo Sánchez? Good. Otherwise, Episode 064 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST will be disappointing for you, because that’s exactly our agenda!

This is a special themed episode where we explore The Found Footage Convention in Horror. You’ll get in-depth discussion of the filmmaking convention with special guest Michael Steinberg of FoundFootageCritic.com, feature reviews of two recent found footage films “The Taking of Deborah Logan” (2014) and “Evidence” (2013), and even some Top 5 Found Footage Films lists from your hosts!

And our main event is an interview with Filmmaker Eduardo Sánchez. Sánchez is best known for co-directing the found footage trailblazer “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) and directing the more recent found footage Bigfoot landmark “Exists” (2014), the paranormal found footage potboiler “Seventh Moon” (2008), and the short found footage zombie segment of “V/H/S 2” (2013), titled “A Ride in the Park.”

Sánchez has also directed more traditionally shot and structured films such as the criminally underrated alien invasion nail-biter “Altered” (2006) and the paranormal horror thriller “Lovely Molly” (2011).

This episode is 3 hours and 45 minutes! Join us!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 063: A Horror Fan’s Plea to Jason Blum and Blumhouse Productions or: “Jay of the Dead’s 13 Principles for Making an Effective Horror Film”

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This episode is dedicated to Producer Jason Blum.

In this unusual edition of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies, Jay of the Dead attempts to save the future of horror cinema by delivering an open letter-style address to Producer Jason Blum of Blumhouse Productions, arguably the most important Producer in horror today, in hopes that he will listen to this episode and consider implementing these good-natured suggestions to improve the overall quality of his future productions.

The Background: Last weekend, Jay saw the latest paranormal, found-footage Blumhouse flick called “The Gallows,” and its utter failure as a quality horror film inspired Jay to finally openly express his concerns with the direction of contemporary horror cinema and to publicly provide a list of foundational filmmaking tips that he calls, “Jay of the Dead’s 13 Principles for Making an Effective Horror Film.”

Jay and Josh conclude the show with Feature Reviews of two of the most recent Blumhouse Productions, “The Gallows” and “Creep.” If you’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies,” this is a must-listen! Join us! Continue reading