We realize early on in “The Blackcoat’s Daughter” that something terrible is going to happen. From the word “go,” writer / director Osgood Perkins (son of Psycho’s Anthony Perkins) fills us with a sense of dread, yet somehow manages to also pique our curiosity; a tragedy is about to rock the girls’ school at the center of this 2015 horror movie, and we are more than willing to sit patiently and watch it play out.
It’s the end of February, which means it is break time for the students at Bramford Academy, an all-girls Catholic boarding school situated in Upstate New York. During the course of the day, most of the young ladies are picked up by their parents and head home to enjoy their week-long vacation. But when the last car pulls away, it’s discovered that Rose (Lucy Boynton) and Kat (Kiernan Shipka) have been left behind. Continue reading →
“Asmodexia” is a movie I happened upon by chance; the trailer for this Spanish horror film is one of several featured on the DVD for “Inner Demons” and played just before that 2014 movie started. Based on this preview alone, “Asmodexia” looked like it might offer a different spin on the possession subgenre, and I figured it was worth a watch.
Yet not even the trailer could prepare me for how unique this film truly is, and while I was definitely drawn into the movie and even blown away a little by the various twists and turns its story took, I ultimately admired “Asmodexia” more than I actually liked it. Continue reading →
To call director Ana Lily Amirpour’s 2014 film “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” unique is an understatement. Though shot in Northern California, the movie is set in Iran (all the characters speak Farsi), and tells the story of a female vampire (decked out in an Iranian chador) who feeds on the male “undesirables” of Bad Town, an industrial community that, despite being a prime area for oil drilling, is home to some very poor people (the setting gives the film a western vibe, which makes sense considering it has been described by some as an “Iranian Vampire Spaghetti Western”). What’s more, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” was shot in stunning black-and-white, and even features a romantic subplot (involving the vampire).
Oh, and there’s a scene where the chador-dressed vampire rides a skateboard… can’t forget that.
Its unusual qualities aside, however, “A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night” is an engaging, often moving, and sometimes spooky film about two very lonely people who, though quite different from one another (he is alive; she is undead), fall deeply in love. Continue reading →
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 →
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. This year we’ve asked several of our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This, the first such 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: The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Director: Emilio Miraglia
It’s said that one family, the Wildenbrücks, is eternally cursed with a sister killing the other once every hundred years as represented by a painting that has been in the family for generations. In the painting, the Black Queen kills her sister, the Red Queen. In death, the Red Queen returns to kill six innocent people, the seventh victim being the Black Queen. It is now 1972, one hundred years since the last killing. After a series of murders begins with the killer resembling the Red Queen, everyone begins to suspect Kitty Wildenbrück’s sister, Evelyn, to be behind the killings. What no one knows is that after a fight between the sisters, Kitty accidentally caused the death of Evelyn. Could Evelyn be committing the kills from beyond the grave or is it someone else in Kitty’s life? Kitty must learn the truth before the six innocent people are killed and the Red Queen turns her attention onto Kitty…
There are certain preconceptions that cannot be avoided when you hear a title like “Killbillies.” I know, because I had them myself. But take everything that popped into your head when you first read that title and throw it out the window.
For one, Killbillies is not a comedy. It is a deadly serious horror film.
Second, it is not set in Wrong Turn country, nor does it feature anyone who lives in the same neighborhood as the yokels from Deliverance. Killbillies is set in Slovenia. That’s right — Slovenia.
And if some sources on the Internet are to be believed, it is the very first feature-length horror film ever to emerge from that Central European Republic. Continue reading →
Steeped in Irish folklore, “The Hallow” is an intensely engrossing creature feature. But more than anything, this 2015 movie is proof-positive that, even in the computer age, there’s still plenty of room for practical effects.
Hired by a logging company to survey a lush Irish forest, Adam (Joseph Mawle), along with his wife Clare (Bojana Novakovic) and their infant son, Finn (Wren Hardy), takes up residence in a remote cottage on the edge of the woods. Despite some local opposition, as well as a cryptic warning from their nearest neighbor Colm Donnelly (Michael McElhatton) to stay out of the forest, Adam carries on with his work, and while doing so discovers the woods are home to an unusual fungal-based parasite, one so strong it can control the mind of anyone it infects. Continue reading →
The state of modern horror is such that when I first heard about 2015’s “The Vatican Tapes,” I assumed it was going to be yet another found footage-style exorcism film. Well, I was wrong.
Aside from a handful of CCTV shots and the occasional webcam, “The Vatican Tapes” offers a straightforward narrative and is not “found footage” in the least. And while the movie does feature a few standard clichés (jumpy video, demon faces that pop up out of the blue, out-of-body experiences, etc.), director Mark Neveldine and screenwriters Christopher Borrelli and Michael C. Martin also mix things up a bit on their way to a climax that, quite frankly, was much bolder than I was expecting. But are its unique qualities enough to make “The Vatican Tapes” a film I’d happily recommend to horror fans?
Hi — this is Jay of the Dead, the host of Horror Movie Podcast bringing you a 5 Minutes of Horror presentation.
I have a good friend at work named Sarah, who recently asked me for some good Horror movie recommendations for Halloween. While asking her about her tastes, I quickly realized that Sarah appreciates Horror but really isn’t what you would call a die-hard Horror fan. I discovered that she hadn’t even seen most of the essential classics…
So, I’m recording this episode for Sarah to make her a Must-See short-list of what I would consider the 10 Most Essential American Horror Movies That Best Represent the Genre. You could also think of this list as the 10 movies I would select for a time capsule to show future people what Horror is… Not all of these are necessarily my personal all-time favorites, but I feel these 10 best represent the American Horror Cinema. Assuming the person is new to Horror, I start milder and move toward more severe. Continue reading →
Author’s note: The views of this blog and its corresponding podcast segment are strictly the views of Jay of the Dead. The sentiments contained herein do not necessarily (or probably don’t) reflect the feelings of Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock, Dr. Walking Dead or Horror Movie Podcast and its community.
But if you love the Horror genre, I hope you will read this article, or at least, listen to its accompanying audio podcast segment here in Episode 121, starting at [ 00:57:14 ].
By Jay of the Dead | Horror Movie Podcast
You’re not going to read this entire article, so you might as well stop now, unless you’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies. Otherwise, settle in and prove your allegiance to the genre here and now. Below are three topics tackled within one article, because they are all related.
I. Yes, We Keep Fighting but for Good Reason
In classic Horror movie siege-narrative fashion, there are monsters at the gates, trying to get in to reach the Horror genre and its fans. That may sound dramatic, but “guard duty,” as with any regular duty, can be equally as tedious as it is important.
Recently, my friend Jeff Hammer, in essence, said that Horror film critics and podcasters do their audiences a disservice by constantly rehashing the arguments over whether a film is Horror or not.
Alas, this article technically isn’t about judging whether a film is horror. It is, in part, about the crucial importance of always trying to make such assessments. We Horror fans tend to instinctively make these value judgments for the genre, and like any other inherent survival trait, our tendency to revisit this same old discussion, again and again, is for a good purpose: We are merely being Guardians At The Gate. Continue reading →