Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 011: Feral Vampires

HMP Sidebar FeralGrab your Hawthorn, holy water and wooden stakes because we’re talking about Feral Vampires in Episode 011 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… To help us explore feral vampires, your hosts Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock discuss “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” (1922), “Salem’s Lot” (1979), “30 Days of Night” (2007) and “Stake Land” (2010). Also in this episode, Dr. Shock launches a contest where you could win an excellent film package by leaving us a certain type of voice mail by March 12 by calling (801) 382-8789.

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I. Introduction
— Freaky background sound: Host being killed on air
— Ep. 010’s poll question results thus far…

II. Theme: Feral Vampires
— Discussion

III. Miscellaneous Side Notes
— iTunes reviews from Jeff and Zienet
— Check out this new show: Dead as Hell Horror Podcast hosted by One Sick Puppy

Twilight (2008) = 1.5 ( Avoid )

V. Feature Review: “Nosferatu: A Symphony of Horror” (1922)
Jay of the Dead = 6.5 ( Rental )
Wolfman Josh = 10 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 10 ( Buy it! )

VI. Feature Review: “Salem’s Lot” (1979)
Jay of the Dead = 7.5 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 7 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 7 ( Buy it! )

Way of the Vampire (2005) = 1.5 ( Avoid )

VIII. Feature Review: “30 Days of Night” (2007)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 8.5 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 7 ( Buy it! )

IX. Feature Review: “Stake Land” (2010)
Jay of the Dead = 9 ( Buy it! )
Wolfman Josh = 8 ( Buy it! )
Dr. Shock = 8 ( Buy it! )

X. Jay of the Dead’s BEASTLY FREAKS – as suggested by Mangloid
The Burrowers (2008) = 7 ( Rental )

XI. Brief interview with Keith ( @RockGodBMF1 ), a horror fan who’s watching 365 Movies in 365 Days

XII. Doc Shock’s Film Collection Give-Away
1. Call (801) 382-8789
2. Leave a voice mail, one minute or less
3. Give us a horror movie mini review
4. Don’t forget your rating!

XIII. Wrap-Up:

NEXT ON HMP — IN TWO WEEKS: Releasing on Friday, March 14, 2014 — Episode 012:
Top 5 Scariest Horror Movies of All Time
All Hallow’s Eve (2013)
Jay of the Dead: Turistas (2006), Train (2008), Inside (2007)
Dr. Shock: Cat People (1942), Cat People (1982)
Wolfman Josh: Horror Express (1972), Terror Train (1980)
Definitely don’t miss it!

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Listen to Horror Metropolis Episode 003: Silent Horror

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Jay of the Dead and Wolfman cover new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly

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Thanks for listening.
Jay of the Dead

38 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 011: Feral Vampires

  1. Running water as a vampire foil was actually used in Hammer films- I think it was Dracula: Prince of Darkness, but maybe not. Mustard seeds were tied to a counting compulsion, and I believe I remember knots being a possible distraction as well.

    When I was a young fellow, I devoured every bit of vampire lore I could find. There were things like the 7th son of the 7th son in a family would become a vampire, as well as the aforementioned bits. I wish I could find that book again, but its title is lost to the follies of youth. I think I got a jostle from the wild rose, but Hawthorne doesn’t ring a bell.

    Somehow I’ve never seen Nosferatu all the way through. Whenever I’m in the mood for a silent film I put on Metropolis or Chaplin (and I’ve seen a few of Hitchcock’s, too). I do enjoy silent films, more so in the last decade, though I have not seen The Artist yet.

    • I’m way overdue on revisiting my Hammer horror collection. THE ABOMINABLE SNOWMAN is the only one I seem to put into rotation every single year. This episode and your comment has renewed my interest in checking out the Hammer vampire flicks once again, and I suppose I’ll start with DRACULA: PRINCE OF DARKNESS

  2. Ugh….you guys are killing me here. I’m sitting back and enjoying the podcast right up until you spent 20 minutes talking about Twilight. Am I wrong are did Doc fall asleep at one point during that conversation.

    And Jay…again you’re hating on the classics. It started with The Haunting and now its Nosferatu. This is a classic in my books and I just upgraded to the 2 disc Kino Blu-Ray which has got to be the definitive edition available right now. At least this movie is getting the love it deserves on your poll!

    Anyway I’m sure that I’ll have more comments as I listen to more of the cast.


    The Dude

    • Sorry about all the TWILIGHT talk, Dude, but I couldn’t think of a better vampire movie to recommend avoiding–and that’s with DRACULA 3D fresh on my mind. I think we covered some interesting ground in there, however, even if the jumping-off point for the discussion was Stephanie Meyer’s mindless drivel.

    • Hey Dude,
      For the record, Wolfman Josh is the brave soul who chose to review “Twilight” on a horror podcast. However, I will say this… I think it was necessary (at some point) to examine exactly why that franchise betrays what is, perhaps, the most classic of all monsters — the vampire. So, I think it was important to identify our “lines in the sand” and to make a declaration, formally “calling them out.” But yes, I’m finished talking about “Twilight” on Horror Movie Podcast.

      And I agree that “Nosferatu” is a classic horror film, but I wouldn’t necessarily call a 6.5 ( Rental ) “hating.” The 10-point scale can be deceiving, I think, because people think of a 6.5 as a 65%, which is not a good grade in school… (One time I had a director upset with me over a 6.5, but that’s a pretty great rating to me.) So, to clarify, 4.5 or below is bad; 5 to 5.5 is mediocre; 6 to 10 is good. So, Nosferatu makes the cut.
      Jay of the Dead

      • I have to say, Jay, I was confused at the time, and was still confused when I read your comment, about what exactly you mean by “drawing lines in the sand.” It sounds like you are saying that the line you want to draw excludes the sparkling TWILIGHT vamps from belonging to the nosferatic family, but then you talk about drawing lines with zombies as your example. The obvious parallel to draw (in the sand, if you like) is that “the infected” are not truly zombies because they don’t adhere to the basic tenants of the living dead. That parallel makes sense to me, but then you also tell us in the same episode that “fast zombies” are you favorite brain eaters–and we all know that fast zombies are usually of the infected variety. So, I’ve just concluded that I’d personally like to be on the side of inclusivity, accept the infected as zombies, and similarly, once and for all, proclaim the Cullens vampires. I retract my previous apology, Dude, and I hope to talk about Twilight on Horror Movie Podcast once again, as soon as I finish watching the series (which task is a recent entry on my to-do list).

        • Feel free to include more stimulating talk about Twilight in future episodes if you wish. Just warn us serious horror fans :) in the show notes that we should skip certain parts!

          JOTD I’m more or less busting your chops about your obvious (and disappointing) biased towards older movies. The rating of a movie can be so subjective and lets face it, not everyone likes the same things. I would however like to point out a few things to you:

          Frozen 8 out of 10
          Mother of Tears 8 out of 10
          Home Movie 7 out of 10
          The Horde 7 out of 10
          Monster Man 5.5 out of ten (seriously 1 point below Nosferatu).
          Rogue 8 out of 10
          Pig Hunt 8 out of 10
          Let Me In 7 out of 10

          I rest my case :)

          On a slight side note I love how you have increased your web presence for this episode. Regarding listen feedback etc., I think that a stronger web presence will ultimately be the answer to how you handle feedback. Yes it is certainly time consuming, but this is the forum for handling on-line comments, not necessarily the show.

          Keep up the great work gentlemen.


          • And as far as the 10 rating scale goes Jay, I’d like to think that if you divide the number in half on any rating, then that would equal how many stars you would give a film on a five star rating system?

            That’s how I like to look at it anyways, and it’s made me rethink the way I was rating movies on my Netflix queue (as if that ever really mattered…).

  3. Dear Jay of the Dead,

    Do you need designs for a podcast t-shirt? I would love to draw the 3 of you as monsters.

    Also, I’m calling in because I just finished the podcast and maaaan…I have some things to say to you.


    • I know from experience that Jay is very particular about his artwork, Levi. It’s not that he has a high standard, just a specific one. So, I’d hate for you to go through the trouble, just to see it rejected, which is why I’ve suggested that we start a fan art section on the website. We’ve received some great stuff that should see the light of day, and I for one, would love to see a Jay-faced zombie, a Josh-faced werewolf, and a mad doctor that looks strikingly similar to Cecil B. Demented. What I’m saying is, don’t expect even the greatest of work to end up on a t-shirt, but know that it will be cherished.

    • Hi Levi,
      First and foremost, thank you so much for your kind and generous offer. Sincerely…

      Second, I’m so glad that my friend and colleague, Wolfman Josh, took the liberty to answer for me (and to call me an art snob, in the process)… ha ha. Yeah, if you guys couldn’t tell by now, Josh and I clash frequently over matters of artistic taste and opinion, and this comes up a lot. : )

      But to his credit, Josh was pretty spot-on about me being very specific. And in fact, I’m actually more vanilla and boring than anything else. We have a nice listener named Gary who sent us a cool little design that’s a blend of all our monsters into one creature, but I haven’t created the art gallery yet (I won’t bore you with my complicated reasons), and I haven’t had the right episode theme to display it yet. But I will be unveiling Gary’s artwork one of these days when I find a good opportunity. I hope he hasn’t been offended and stopped listening to the show in the meantime…

      Anyway, if you’re interested in doing some art for the site (and potentially for a shirt), send me an e-mail and let’s chat more about it. I can give you an idea of where I’m coming from…

      Thanks for your gracious offer. Sincerely.
      Jay of the Dead

      • Sounds good to me, and no sweat! If I’m going to wear a horror t-shirt, it has to look sweet. I mean, that art’s gotta be great. I’m picky myself about that kind of thing.

        A spot on the site for fan art would be fantastic, and it would be a lot of fun to contribute. In fact, I have a drawing of Reggie Nalder as Barlow that I made a few years ago.

        Also, don’t watch Return to Salem’s Lot. As much as I love Larry Cohen, that one is complete garbage. Just bad. The remake of the original miniseries is okay, but that’s about it in my opinion.

        And as far as calling you out, Jay? I’m gonna save it. Except to tell you that I’d love to go cow-tipping with you. And push over some of yours in the process.

        P.S. You cannot taint an original film by it’s connection to bad sequels. That’s baloney and I can’t believe you said that.

        • Hold the phone…Regarding A Return to ‘Salem’s Lot; while I agree that it should but put at the top of the ‘to watch list’ it is a film that does have some merit. As the Unknown Murder points out, this is a Larry Cohen film so right there you should know what you are getting. This is not a masterful piece of film and that fact that it follows the original classic doesn’t help its case. I would however recommend this movie for one reason, Samuel Fuller. Most will know Mr. Fuller from his directorial efforts, most noteably his 1980 classic The Big Red One. His performance in this film is simply phenomenal. I can honestly recommend this movie based on his performance along.

  4. Hey guys. Love the podcast.I I’ve been listening since the first episode and am working my way thru HM and the TWHMP now. I know im in a minority as a windows phone user but I would love it if you could make your Podcast available on the windows phone store. Keep up the great work!


  5. I just finished watching The New York Ripper (1982). This movie concludes with one wicked head shot and it got me thinking about the best head shots that I have witnessed in horror movie history. After much thought I have put together my top 5 head shots in Horror Movie History In no particular order (I hope that this doesnt contain any spoilers…reader beware):

    1) The final kill in The New York Ripper. This shot is so quick an unexpected that it startles the viewer.
    2) Wooly head shot in the opening SWAT raid of Dawn of the Dead (1978). Tom Savini is simply a master…spoiler, this isn’t the last time you will see him on this list.
    3) The Beyond (1981). If you have seen this movie you know exactly what I’m talking about. If you haven’t seen this movie…why the hell not?!
    4) Inside (2007). The police office shooting. Such a beautiful effect.
    5) Maniac (1980) This represents Tom Savini’s second entry on this list. The shotgun head shot in Maniac has never been topped (IMHO). The effect is so good that Savini’s own rule is broken; never stay on an effect longer than 3 seconds. This goes down in my books as the greatest head shot effect of all times.

    Honourable Mentions: I can’t help by but mention a couple of other ‘head’ related deaths here. These didn’t make the list because technically they are not head shots, but:
    1) Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2: The Yuppie Decapitation.
    2) Scanner – I think that everyone knows what I’m talking about here.

    Feel free to offer up some other options for best Head Shots in cinema History


    The Dude

  6. Great show, guys! I love vampire movies you reviewed some of the best…I liked Josh’s take on the Twilight werewolves, at least the idea of them…Josh, you’re killing me….Nosferatu a 6.5?!?!?!? It’s at least a 9! Great discussion, guys..I hope to call in with a movie review before next week. So, my top scariest films:
    1- Exorcist, 2 – Jaws, 3 – Aliens, 4 – Silence of the Lambs, 5 – In the Mouth of Madness

  7. Sorry, I meant Jay! How can you rate Nosferatu so low? It may not be one of the scariest, but definitely one of the best….love Stakeland and 30 Days of Night!
    What do you guys think of Interview with the Vampire? Sort of straddles the line between humanistic and animalistic, don’t you think?

  8. Another great show gentlemen. Unfortunately these 4 hours go by way too fast. I can’t even imagine how long it would take to put something like this together.

    I have said my peace above regarding Jay’s hatred of old movies :) so I’ll skip that (until he starts hating on the classics again)!

    Jay you mentioned that you are tackling the theme of organ harvesting for the next episode. If you haven’t seen the German movie Anatomy (2000) I would recommend that you check it out. Although it’s not exactly organ harvesting, there are a number of similar themes.

    Josh I am excited about your Giallo themes in the episodes to come. You have choosen a fitting topic. Just last night and today I was Argento’s animal trilogy (Bird With The Crystal Plumage (1970), Cat O’ Nine Tails (1971) and Four Flies on Grey Velvet (1972). I am anxiously awaiting your recommendations. I hope that you will be steering us fans towards the good and not the bad or ugly. And please promise us that you won’t review Dario Argento’s Giallo (2009).

    • It will be an exploration for me as well. I’m a huge fan of the Giallo, but no expert, so I’m going to start with the classics and work my way through until I have satisfied my craving. I can’t promise they’ll be good because I haven’t seen them all, but I’m so excited to revisit and review these films!

  9. Just a quick (don’t need to read in the podcast) suggestion. In your Frankenstein episodes…could you play some bumper music between sections. If I am not interested in this part, I can fast forward till I hear the music, then back to normal.


  10. Guys great episode! I’ll try to comment later. Right now I just wanted to let you all know about this movie that I’m very excited about. It looks so promising and the trailer is gorgeous. The movie is called In Fear and it releases today. I believe it’s limited release but it’s available in one theater in Houston! :) It’s a sucky one, but I have to check it out. Anyway, that’s all for now. Is anyone else excited for this movie?

  11. My top 5 Scariest Movies:

    1. The Exorcist
    2. The Shining
    3. Pet Sematary
    4. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    5. Jaws

  12. Hi guys,

    thanks for this amazing episode! I really enjoyed it a lot – even including the Twilight talk. :-)

    The “cellar full of vampire chicks” mentioned by Jay reminded me of “The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973)” – I remember a couple of (probably scarcely dressed) vampire women in the cellar of D.D. Denhams (Dracula’s) mansion. I will definitely try to rewatch the original version of Salem’s Lot. I am a serious fan of the book, which is one of Kings great earlier works. I recently heard the unabridged audio book. As far as I can say, there are two other King short stories that are placed in Jerusalem’s Lot – one is basically a kind of prequel explaining the magical background of the area (with some heavy Lovecraft influence) and a sequel placed in the area of the burnt down city. Both are quite good.
    I have to say I also liked the more recent Salem’s Lot version, maybe not for Rob Lowe, but for the Hauer’s vampire portrayal and the great James Cromwell as doubtful priest. I think it also follows the story a bit closer. I am already looking forward to listen to your next episode – probably while walking my dog in the early morning (but I always have my stake handy). Keep up the great work!

    warm regards


  13. Haven’t read all the comments or listened to the whole show, so if we’ve settled on something, just ignore me, but I suggest we call Josh’s real and Jason’s suave vampires “Classic Vampires.”

  14. Stake Land, to me, is The Walking Dead with vampires. Jay, I know you haven’t watched the series yet, so I promise no spoilers or specifics. I’ll just say this — it’s about the journey, not the destination.

  15. Just got through about half this episode. Love the podcast. By the way, in the original novel Dracula, vampires do not have their powers during the day. That is why they have to kill Dracula during the day before he gained all his powers at night as his powers are tied to the darkness.

  16. Great episode guys. Just wanted to say that vampires don’t originate from Romania (Transylvania) but from Serbia. Even the word “vampire” is Serbian. There is also a Serbian horror novel about a vampire written before Stoker’s Dracula.

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