Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 024: As Above, So Below (2014) and Sacrament (2014) and Animal (2014)

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Welcome to Episode 024 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In this Frankensteinian episode, your hosts Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock kick things off with a Feature Review of a new indie horror film called Sacrament, by writer-director Shawn Ewert. Next Jay of the Dead brings you a Beastly Freaks segment for Animal. And we wrap up the show with a Feature Review of this week’s brand new theater release As Above, So Below, with guest host One Sick Puppy from the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast. Join us!

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I. Introduction
— E-mail from Allyson

II. Feature Review: SACRAMENT (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 4.5 ( Low-priority Rental )
Wolfman Josh = n/a
Dr. Shock = 5.5 ( Rental )

III. Coming Soon
— Dr. Shock’s 31 Days of Newer Horror in October
— Jay of the Dead’s new 1970s Horror segment on Movie Podcast Weekly

IV. Jay of the Dead’s Beastly Freaks: ANIMAL (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 8 ( Strong Rental )

V. Feature Review: AS ABOVE, SO BELOW (2014)
Jay of the Dead = 2.5 ( Avoid )
Wolfman Josh = 8 ( Theater / Buy it! )
One Sick Puppy = 9 ( Theater / Buy it! )

X. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending
— Thanks to Dino for his generous donation to HMP
— Check out The Dude‘s movie reviews in the comments of HMP

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Wolfman Josh recommends:
Man Gets Lost in the Catacombs of Paris – Part 1
Man Gets Lost in the Catacombs of Paris – Part 2

One Sick Puppy’s Dead as Hell Horror Podcast

For more info on “Sacrament” (2014):
Right Left Turn Productions

Wolfman Josh’s links:
Wolfman on Twitter: @IcarusArts
Wolfman Josh covers new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly
Wolfman covers movies streaming online on: Movie Stream Cast

Dr. Shock’s links:
Dr. Shock’s daily movie review Web site: DVD Infatuation.com
Dr. Shock on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation
Dr. Shock’s other horror podcast: Land of the Creeps

Jay of the Dead’s links:
Jay of the Dead and Horror Movie Podcast Official Twitter: @HorrorMovieCast
Jay of the Dead covers new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly
And if you’d like to e-mail Jay of the Dead with a good Beastly Freaks recommendation: BeastlyFreaks@gmail.com

Dr. Walking Dead on Twitter: @DrWalkingDead
Dr. Walking Dead’s books American Zombie Gothic and Triumph of The Walking Dead

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Jay of the Dead

21 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 024: As Above, So Below (2014) and Sacrament (2014) and Animal (2014)

  1. I’m sorry Jay but One Sick Puppy and Wolfman have won me over. Indiana Jones style action/adventure + horror = my dream movie.

    Too bad it’s found footage.

    Also Josh mentioned really liking “The Goonies” and it made me wonder what his take is on some of those super fun Goonies-esque horror flicks from the 80’s like “The Gate” and “Monster Squad”.

    I have more stuff to comment on but I’ve gotta go. “Ghost” is on TV!

    – David

    • I haven’t seen The Gate for years. I always get a little nervous revisiting some of my childhood favourites because more times than not, the don’t live up to my fond memories.

      The Monster Squad is a regular one in my rotation though and I love this flick.

      • As far as I’m concerned “The Gate” holds up pretty well. It’s no terrifying masterpiece that’s for sure, but it’s a lot of fun, has some great moments for those fond of 80’s nostalgia and has some really fantastic practical effects. I’d give it a high 6.5/10, almost a 7 and I recommend revisiting it, especially around the Halloween season as it’s one of those movies with that particular fun-but-spooky kind of vibes.

        • I saw The Gate earlier this year and it does hold up pretty well. I’m not sure if nostalgia has something to do with it, but I enjoyed it quite a bit. It’s an 8 for me and as high as that sounds, I truly think it deserves it. Not only are the special effects fantastic, but the story struck a chord with me. What happened to the kids in The Gate is what I always wished happened to me during my childhood: a dark and dangerous adventure full of terrifying creatures and black magic. I was a weird kid :/

          • By the way, if you’re looking for something similar to The Gate, I recommend The Hole (2009). It is directed by Joe Dante and if you’re familiar with his work then you know what to expect. It’s a 9 for me and I say it’s an underrated modern gem that shouldn’t be overlooked.

          • I don’t know, Juan. The Hole is a little shaky. I prefer The Burbs.

            But, I love all of those movies, guys.

            In descending order:

            The Lost Boys
            Monster Squad
            The Gate

            The Gate is the only one of these not in my regular rotation, but I do own it on DVD.

          • Josh: I’m a big fan of “The Burbs”. Bruce Dern is hilarious in that movie.

            Juan: I grew up on vintage Joe Dante movies. I distinctly remember watching “Innerspace” with my dad on a Saturday afternoon and getting a real cheap VHS of “Explorers” from a bargain bin at Toys R Us so I’m definitely willing to give “The Hole” a shot.

            How many movies are called “The Hole” anyway? There’s a Japanese movie from the ’50’s and then there’s also that one starring Thora Birch and pre-fame Keira Knightleys chest.

  2. Thanks for the nod Jay, I appreciate your comments. I will not pretend that I am a film critic or a writer but I do enjoy putting my thoughts in writing and hopefully introducing some fans to new films. My goal will be to release 1 full length review for each episode. Ideally I will hit upon some lesser known titles, but from time to time there will be familiar films.

    And without further ado…

    The Dude’s Scream Gems

    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974)
    (AKA: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue or Don’t Open The Window)
    Director: Jorge Grau
    Starring: Ray Lovelock, Cristina Galbo, Arthur Kennedy
    Run Time: 93 Minutes (Unrated) 85 Minutes (Cut)

    Basic Plot:

    George (Ray Lovelock) is on his way out of London for the weekend and meets Edna (Cristina Galbo) after an unfortunate accident at a country gas station. Edna backs up over George’s motorcycle and because of this blunder George demands that she drive him to his destination. The drive is tense and the pair get lost along the way. George stops at a local farm for directions and stumbles across a group of scientists who are experimenting with ultrasonic radiation as a chemical free way of destroying pests.

    While George is out speaking with the farmer, Edna observes a strange man wandering towards her car. There is something odd about this man’s appearance and Edna is immediately on edge. The man attacks Edna but she is able to escape and reunite with George. Neither the farmer nor George believe her story of the attack, but the farmer does mention a homeless man in the area who goes by the name Guthrie but it couldn’t be him because he died a week prior.

    Edna is shaken up by the encounter and George agrees to driver her first to her destination, her sister Katie’s house. Moments before their arrival Edna’s sister and brother-in-law are attacked by the same mysterious man and her brother-in-law is killed. The police are contacted and The Inspector (Arthur Kennedy) immediately suspects that George, Edna and Katie are more involved in this case then they let on. Friction between George and The Inspector force the pair to try and solve the murder on their own to clear their names. Before long they realize that the dead are returning from the grave and seeking the flesh of the living. The cause seems to point towards the scientists and their ultrasonic radiation and George and Edna fight to avoid the police and to survive the night at all cost.

    The Dude’s Thoughts:

    In 1968 George A. Romero reset the standard for zombie movies. Perhaps it isn’t fair to refer to them as zombies (they are after all ‘living dead’ or ‘ghouls’ in the movie), but he did shape the image for our modern day zombies. Most North American film goer’s experienced a 10 year dry spell of zombie movies until 1978’s release of Romero’s Dawn of the Dead; however in between there are a number of great international zombie movies. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (1974) is one such release.

    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie (AKA: The Living Dead At Manchester Morgue or Don’t Open The Window and 12 other titles) was released in 1974 and is an Italian / Spanish, English language production. This film is not to be missed. Director Jorge Grau admittedly relies on the archetypes set forth by Night of the Living Dead but makes just enough adjustments to captivate the audience.
    Our main character George is a very trendy, anti-establishment Londoner. He is clearly out of place in the country and he has an air of superiority. He refuses to let Edna driver her own car, he clashes with the farmer, the scientists and most notably with The Inspector and his police officers. This turns out to be his biggest (and most costly) flaw. In an arrogant effort to solve the mystery before him, he drags Edna into increasingly dangerous situations that just seems to get worse and worse.

    Guthrie is the first zombie that we are introduced to. Actor Fernando Hilbeck does a magnificent job in this performance. I would liken him to Bill Heinzman (the graveyard zombie) from Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. He makes important appearances throughout the movie and his dripping wet cloth, pale complexion, red eyes and rigid body movements add to his eeriness. He deserves a place alongside other famous zombies like Mr. Heinzman’s graveyard zombie and Fulci’s Worm-eye zombie.

    As with any good zombie movie the action start slowly but quickly builds as the number of zombies increases. Our first scene of prolonged action takes place in a local cemetery as George and Edna try to find out what has happened to the body of the recently deceased Guthrie. Experience should warn us that the last place you want to be during a zombie outbreak is in the middle of a graveyard and as you can imagine this scene is no exception to this rule.

    We move from the cemetery to a local hospital and we are treated to some excellent gore effects by Giannetto De Rossi who would later perfect his craft and work with Lucio Fulci on such films as Zombie (1979) and The Beyond (1981). Zombies are seen eviscerating a living body, eating human organs (including an eye), tearing a body in half and an array of other graphic acts of violence against humans and zombies alike. Let Sleeping Corpses Lie does not leave much to the imagination and any gore hound should be satisfied.

    One of the most effective parts of Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is the soundtrack and sound effects. Throughout the entire film there is an uncanny sense of dread built by the soundtrack. It is eerie, haunting and supernatural. Very few films have used a soundtrack or the sound effects to such an end as this film. It is almost beyond description; it must be seen (heard) to fully understand.

    Let Sleeping Corpses Lie is more than just a blood and guts zombie film. Like Romero’s ‘Dead’ Trilogy there is a strong message behind it. George represents the younger, more modern Londoner and The Inspector is an old school authority figure who simple demands respect from the younger generation. These fundamental differences play out tensely between the main characters and the question of who will win is handled in a very poetic nod to Night of the Living Dead.

    Double Feature Recommendations:
    Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    Burial Ground (1981)
    Zombie (1979)

  3. An excellent review as always Dude and a recommendation that I can totally back you up on.

    This was amongst the very first Zombie films that I saw, on my best friends dads betamax player. I recall that we were quite enthralled with a particular element in that opening scene! Of course I’d watched it since then but not for a long time so reading this review actually inspired me to go and give it a rewatch, which I did last night.

    With it fresh in my mind I can safely say that I agree with your thoughts 100%. I especially liked that you brought up the soundtrack because on this most recent viewing that was something that really stood out as extremely ominous and effective.

    I do feel obliged as a Northerner to point out that the city George is leaving at the beginning of the film isn’t in fact London but central Manchester. I’m not sure if it’s supposed to be London in the reality of the film, but I suspect not as several Mancunian landmarks, Greater Manchester buses and place names are focused on quite directly. Either way, I’m being a pedant.

    As always I look forward to your next review good sir!

    – David

  4. Animal 2014 is nice monster flick… not great… and not bad either. It delivers just the right amount of scary entertainment. 6 out of 10 for me.

    Recommendation: Below 2002

  5. I enjoyed As Above So Below. I didn’t really notice the found footage being that bad. Sorry Jay. V/H/S shaky cam was about the worse I’ve watched. I’ve watched most of the horror movies in the theater this year and this was one of the better one, The Purge being my favorite. Better than Oculus, Deliver Us from Evil, and The Quite Ones. I think you mentioned it in the beginning but this reminded me of the National Treasure franchise. Which I love. I was confused by the ending but I think it deserves another watch. Jay did you really give this movie the about same score as Jan-Gel? I still have my copy from One Sick Puppy of Jan-Gel. I give this movie and 8 out of 10. Jan-Gel 3 out of 10.

    The boys and I watched Jan-Gel together and they still talk about it to this day. The best feature on the DVD was the Making of feature. Pretty funny stuff. We tried to watch Jan-Gel II and could not make it through 15 minutes before we shut it off. The snake fight scene is hands down the best part of the movie. Or maybe the old man either being murdered or raped by Jan-Gel, couldn’t tell by the sounds. My boys rated it 2.5, 1.5 and a 2.0. My four year old daughter gave it a unicorn?

    Have you watched Proxy yet? Its currently streaming on Netflix. Of the current crop of Indi movies on Netflix I think its one of the better offerings. Good plot good acting and most of all a decent ending. A lot of the movies I have watched lately have terrible endings, i.e. Mothers Day.

    Good show.


  6. While I haven’t seen As Above So Below, I do have to agree with Jay that Im tired of all the supernatural films. Im not complaining because I’ll still go see them, but I seem to side with Jay a lot. We have similar interests in horror and Im a total beastly freaks kinda guy and I love just a good slasher film. I don’t mind supernatural films, but in my opinion they are more formulated than say slasher films. I just want to be able to go to the theater and watch a killer in a mask terrorize people again. On the Beastly Freaks wagon, I haven’t seen Animal either but Im so looking forward to this film.
    Again a great show and ive been recommending you guys to several of my friends and hope you guys continue with greatness.

  7. Jay, I’m usually with you on your ratings so I’m hesitant to watch As Above, So Below but after hearing about the video footage that was found in the catacombs I think I’ll give it a try. Probably not going to see it in theaters but I’ll give it a shot.

    I was so excited to hear about Dr. Shock’s horror movie a day during October. The past few years I’ve been doing something similar. I watch a horror or Halloween type movie every day during October and draw a sketch to go along with that movie. This year I decided to do (mostly) black and white movies. I still have a handful that are part of my must see movies but unfortunately I don’t have the time to watch all black and white and those must see ones.

    It sounds like this October is going to be a great month for podcasts and reviews!
    Great show as always,

    • I too am super über excited about this modern horror marathon that Dock Shock has prepared for us. I can’t wait to see what he has in store. I did 31 horror movies in 31 days the last two years and I think I plan on making that a yearly tradition. That’s actually how I found this podcast!

  8. Josh,

    In retrospect, I might have scored The Hole a bit high, but I think it’s still quite good and it’s still a recommend on my end. The only reason why I recommended it to David was because I know he’s probably familiar with the movies that you mentioned because of his preference for older movies. What do you mean by shaky, Josh?

    Now, about The Lost Boys… yeah I’m not a big fan. I know it’s a beloved movie, but I just don’t think it’s that good. I have to admit that I watched it as an adult, so perhaps the sense of adventure wouldn’t have been lost on me had I watched it as a kid or a teenager. Anyway, there is a far superior movie out there called Fright Night that’s a bit similar to The Lost Boys. I would recommend that one instead. The Lost Boys is a 6.5 and Fright Night is a 9.5. Guys, are there any other movies that are similar to the ones that Josh, David, and The Dude listed?

    • With regards to other movies similar to ones we’ve been talking about: I’m not sure I know of any that come close in terms of quality but I’ve always thought “Spookies” (1986) had a similar vibe. Don’t get me wrong, as a movie it’s a colossal mess but it’s got that same sort of fun, slightly goofy, nostalgic vibe and is host to a variety of bizarre, old-school monster effects. A terribly put together film but never boring.

      I think the TV movie/two-parter adaptation of Stephen Kings “It” also has the same sort of feel, the first half in particular.

      Other films that are apparently in a similar vein but that I’ve not actually got around to checking out for myself:
      Gate 2: The Trespassers (1990)
      The Willies (1990)
      Fear of the Dark (2003)

      If anyone had any more suggestions I’d be extremely interested to hear them.

  9. Apologies that this is a little irrelevant to a movie podcast but I’ve recently been reading volumes 1 and 2 of the “Weird N.J.” series of books by Mark Moran and Mark Sceurman and with all the talk of urban exploration and cryptozoology on this episode I thought it apt to recommend them. They’re basically compilations of stories and letters regarding everything from urban legends to abandoned buildings to eccentric locals in the state of New Jersey. It’s some really interesting stuff covering ghost stories, murder cases and lots of interesting urban exploration locations: abandoned theme parks, underground catacombs and caves, dilapidated asylums etc. I think Dr Shock in particular might find them fun as N.J. seems to be his regular holiday destination but I’m pretty sure they’ve expanded the series with books covering lots of other states too.

    • That sounds really appealing to me, David. I’ll have to check it out. Might wait until arround October to have the right atmosphere haha, but I’ll definitely check it out.

  10. Listening to the episode now. One of my favorite subjects was brought up. URBAN EXPLORATION! If the idea of urban exploration is exciting to you then you HAVE to check out the novel Creepers by David Morrell. One of my favorite books. It introduced me to urban exploration and I’ve been exploring ever since.

    “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints.”

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