Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 079: The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015 With BillChete of Horror On The Go

Top 10 Horror of 2015

Happy New Year’s Eve, horror fans, and welcome to Episode 079 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… This show is a special cooperative production with Horror On The Go, an Internet audio broadcast hosted by horror podcasting legend, BillChete, who is a longtime veteran horror movie critic, connoisseur, personality, DJ and host. In this fateful, year-in-review episode, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and BillChete each bring you their Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015. But more importantly, we have also calculated the Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015 from the collective HMP listenership! So, you’re getting four great Top 10 lists, as well as some other various 2015 lists!

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Jay and Wolfman also bring you an HMP 2015: Year in Review, in which they discuss the many highlights of this podcast during 2015. And finally, Dr. Walking Dead Kyle Bishop returns to hear Jay’s theory about a real-life zombie plague that Jay believes is upon us. This is a must-listen episode. (And by the way, if you love counting down these end-of-the-year lists, then please join Jay over on his sister show, Movie Podcast Weekly, for The Top 10 Movies of 2015 for all genres! Join us!

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I. Introduction
— Welcome BillChete
Horror On The Go’s 2015 Year in Review:
Oct. 1, 2015 — Grisly Zone Reunion
Sept. 1, 2015 — Lady Phantom Questions BillChete
Aug. 1, 2015 — The Human Centipede trilogy reviewed with ChrisiFix
July 1, 2015 — Independent Horror With Max Cerchi
*** –June 1, 2015 — Horror Genre Classification With Jay of the Dead (a must-listen)
May 1, 2015 — Horror Remakes With Little Miss Horror Nerd
April 1, 2015 — Why Dolls Are Scary With Lady Phantom
( Hear more at: Horror On The Go.com )

— 2015 Horror Trends

[ 0:26:10 ] II. TOP 10 HORROR MOVIES OF 2015

Jay of the Dead’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015
1. No Escape
2. Bone Tomahawk
3. It Follows
4. Preservation
5. Insidious: Chapter 3
6. The Green Inferno
7. Into the Grizzly Maze
8. Backcountry
9. Goodnight Mommy
10. Landmine Goes Click -tie- The Visit

Wolfman Josh’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015
1. It Follows
2. Crimson Peak
3. The Final Girls
4. The Hallow
5. The Visit
6. What We Do in the Shadows
7. A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
8. Goodnight Mommy
9. The Editor
10. Turbo Kid

BillChete’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015
1. Charlie’s Farm
2. Some Kind of Hate
3. Tales of Halloween
4. Landmine Goes Click
5. Muck
6. It Follows
7. Kristy
8. The Diabolical
9. Old 37
10. Digging Up the Marrow

The HMP Listenership’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015
1. It Follows
2. The Final Girls
3. The Visit
4. Bone Tomahawk
5. We Are Still Here
6. Insidious: Chapter 3
7. Krampus
8. What We Do in the Shadows
9. Crimson Peak
10. Tales of Halloween

— BillChete’s Honorable Mentions for 2015 Horror
— JOTD and Wolfman’s other lists: Honorable Mentions, Biggest Disappointments, Dishonorable Mentions, Worst Horror Movie of 2015, etc.

[ 2:17:23 ] III. HMP 2015: Year in Review
— by Jay of the Dead and Wolfman Josh
— As promised, here’s the link to our infamous HMP Ep. 061 Grizzly Zone – Blood in the Air and Killer Bears episode.

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[ 3:03:31 ] IV. Jay of the Dead’s Real-Life Zombie Plague Called “vii” Featuring Dr. Walking Dead Kyle Bishop

Note: The photo at right is HMP Superfan Jason Dragon (huge supporter of this podcast) wearing his Horror Movie Podcast T-shirt — representin’ — at Days of the Dead-Chicago 2015, standing beside David Naughton from “An American Werewolf in London” (1981). Thanks, Jason! Love the pic!

V. Wrap-Up / Plugs / Ending

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BillChete’s links:
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E-mail: BillChete (AT) Gmail (DOT) com
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Check out Wolfman Josh’s Movie Stream Cast Ep. 61 to hear his discussion of “Coherence” (2013) and “Survivor: Cambodia ‘Second Chance'”

Jay of the Dead would love it if you check out the Top 10 Movies of 2015 (for all genres) for our sister show, Movie Podcast Weekly.

Jay of the Dead’s links:
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Jay of the Dead covers new releases in theaters on: Movie Podcast Weekly
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Follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts
Josh covers streaming online movies on: Movie Stream Cast
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Dr. Shock’s links:
Dave’s daily movie review website: DVD Infatuation.com
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Like Dave’s DVD Infatuation, now on: Facebook
Dr. Shock also appears on this horror podcast: Land of the Creeps

Dr. Walking Dead’s links:
Pre-order Kyle’s new book! How Zombies Conquered Popular Culture: The Multifarious Walking Dead in the 21st Century
Order Kyle’s previous books American Zombie Gothic and Triumph of The Walking Dead
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375 thoughts on “Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 079: The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2015 With BillChete of Horror On The Go

  1. Jay here…

    Forgive the shameless repetition, but my reason for quoting these two commentators from the MPW message boards in Ep. 170 is strictly so people might be more persuaded to give “No Escape” a try, as these two have:

    Sal wrote: The scariest movie of 2015 wasn’t a horror movie. It was No Escape.

    Jonathan wrote: I agree with Sal that this was the scariest movie of the year…

    To Sal’s point, it’s not a conventional horror movie with a monster. It’s a survival horror film set in a very real-world circumstance that actually could (and has) happened.

    Yes, I’ve posted these two gentlemen’s comments a lot, but everybody please give “No Escape” a try — even if you’re just watching it as a “Thriller.” If you have kids, you will be scared and upset.


    P.S. Wolfman Josh — I’m beggin’! Watch this damn movie!

          • To be honest, I would be interested in hearing your thoughts on the movie. I think you could have an easier time putting yourself in the characters’ shoes even more than Jay since not only do you have kids that age, but you do a ton of traveling including outside of the US.

            So I would be curious for how someone in your situation would feel about the movie. Might be a good movie for Movie Stream Cast to watch the next time you’re working outside of the US.

    • Jay, I will definitely watch No Escape. A movie that I will view with my wife for that matter!
      My jaw dropped when you named it your first pick, making my mind up that I must see this film asap.

        • I will not be playing into Jay’s hand. I know this for the trickery that it is… there isn’t a possibility that Owen Wilson will make me feel anything other than annoyance and confusion at his having been cast in anything, much less a suspenseful thriller that might just border on Horror. It’s just not possible. I’ve seen him play the same part in every single film he has ever been in and I can’t fathom THAT character being interesting in any way. I will not fall for these shenanigans…. though I did buy Bone Tomahawk, so there’s that.

          • Josh will hate No Escape. There is no doubt. The film is relentless and exhausting, no doubt and terrifying, yes, but it has major problems in the logic department and is certainly way to scared of killing its darlings so to speak.

  2. Just wanted to get in my Top Ten of what I’ve seen so far. I still need to see The Final Girls, Bone Tomahawk, Tales of Halloween, Deathgasm, and Scouts Guide to the Apocalypse, so it might change a little after I watch those.
    1. It Follows
    2. Goodnight Mommy
    3. Krampus
    4. Creep
    5. Green Inferno
    6. Kristy
    7. What We Do in the Shadows
    8. Crimson Peak
    9. The Visit
    10. Wyrmwood – Road of the Dead

  3. First, a few general comments on the year in horror…

    I know JOTD has lamented over the state of horror throughout the year, but I feel 2015 was an undeniably great year for the genre. Big studio films, ambitious indies, stellar showings by newcomers, fantastic foreign films, and a hidden gem or two – this year had it all. If you had told me back in March that SPRING wouldn’t even make my top 10, I’d think you were crazy.

    Well, it didn’t.

    I think a legitimate argument could be made for 7 of the films on my top 10 to be the best of the year, and there’s another one or two that I didn’t get to see that will probably appear at or near the top of some lists. In the end, though, I feel there were two films in particular that stood head and shoulders above the rest.

    TOP 10 HORROR OF 2015:
    1. It Follows
    2. Goodnight Mommy
    3. Insidious: Chapter 3
    4. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
    5. Bone Tomahawk
    6. What We Do In the Shadows
    7. Girl House
    8. The Visit
    9. We Are Still Here
    10. Crimson Peak

    1. It Follows (10/10)
    A simple, yet genuinely terrifying and relentless film with a unique concept. The film has smart social commentary that is deftly handled, a killer original soundtrack and an artful presentation. The performances are very believable and the characters are likable – we enjoy going along for the ride with them and are rooting for them to survive. Most importantly, though, this movie scared the bejesus out of me.

    2. Goodnight Mommy (9.5/10)
    This was the most devastating and disturbing horror film of 2015. It’s the epitome of subtle horror (with a few not-so-subtle moments sprinkled in), is wonderfully ambiguous and is incredibly effective in creating a pervasive sense of unease from beginning to end. Would easily be the top horror film most years.

    3. Insidious: Chapter 3 (9/10)
    I’m a fan of the Insidious franchise overall, and I think CHAPTER 3 is the best and most effective entry in the franchise from beginning to end. I felt on edge for the entire film, but it was still a “fun” horror movie. I think this movie handles The Further much better than the previous two films, and I was fine with the cheesy paranormal investigator scenes. The representation of the Man Who Can’t Breathe, both visually and behaviorally, is terrifying. Visually, he’s a representation of humans’ mortality – he appears frail, wears a hospital gown and requires an oxygen mask to breath, and his m.o. appears to be to prey on the souls of the weak and the wounded. In all, it makes for an incredibly affecting horror element. His ability to physically interact with the real world, combined with Quinn’s helpless condition, creates a completely terrifying and hopeless situation. We feel her terror throughout the movie and how it’s leading to her ultimate despair. There’s one scene, in particular, where she’s laying prone on the floor, immobilized and hopeless, and we see the feet of the Man Who Can’t Breathe in the background with Quinn’s tear-streaked face in the foreground as he approaches. I don’t know how anyone can say that’s anything other than real terror. That is an example of the kind of real horror present throughout CHAPTER 3. The movie is exceptional in every way, and is chock full of true horror and real scares.

    4. A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night (8.5/10)
    This is very much an arthouse film – it’s cerebral and speaks to a very particular sensibility. The social commentary is apparent, but not shoved down our throats; the filmmakers certainly don’t spell everything out for the audience. There’s some real tension throughout the movie, even if it isn’t overtly scary, and the story takes an interesting twist to a classic horror trope. And the sound, music and overall style of the film is unlike anything else ever put to celluloid.

    5. Bone Tomahawk (8.5/10)
    This is a solid western with a few horrific moments, but those moments are quite extreme. There are long stretches of slow pacing, but those stretches help build up to a crazy final act.

    6. What We Do In the Shadows (8.5/10)
    This movie plays on several classic horror monster tropes in a fun, inventive and clever way. A great one to watch with other horror fans.

    7. Girl House (8/10)
    A small-budget slasher flick centered around a house with college-aged web cam girls. The movie has shades of HALLOWEEN, SLEEPAWAY CAMP and THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW, but with a modern twist. A big thing the movie gets right is the killer. He’s sort of a mix between Leatherface and Jason Voorhees – a big, imposing force who is emotionally damaged, a man of few words, attacks relentlessly and brutally, and wears a really creepy mask – but he’s also smart and technically inclined. The killer gets bonus points for a tight backstory and fantastic name. The movie is well-paced; it takes the time to develop the two main characters (protagonist and killer) and establish the story, while always being engaging and never feeling boring. It also sets up many little things early on that pay off later in the film. And, importantly for a slasher, the practical effects and gore are pulled off relatively well. Overall, GIRL HOUSE is a satisfyingly fun ride, and one of the best original slashers I’ve seen in awhile. A definite hidden gem from 2015.

    8. The Visit (8/10)
    Creepy and scary at times, crazy and silly at others. This was a fun watch that manages to make you uneasy from time to time.

    9. We Are Still Here (7.5/10)
    A new, suspenseful take on the haunted house tale that gets pretty crazy toward the end, but is marred by some acting and story missteps.

    10. Crimson Peak (7.5/10)
    A pretty standard story, but one of the most beautiful films I’ve ever seen.

    – The Green Inferno (7.5/10)
    – Spring (7.5/10)
    – Sinister 2 (7.5/10)
    – The Atticus Institute (7/10)
    – Preservation (7/10)

    The Vatican Tapes (3.5/10)
    Pure shit.

    – The Final Girls
    – Magi
    – Hidden
    – The Hallow
    – Krampus
    – Before I Wake
    – Tales of Halloween
    – Harbinger Down

    • I still need to see Crimson Peak. At the beginning of the year this was on my Must See list but for whatever reason I wasn’t able to get to it in the theater. Life happens sometimes.

      Hope you enjoy Final Girls whenever you get around to it Dino.

    • Great list, Dino! And well done with the written mini-reviews. I dig it, good sir. I need to write up my own list here pretty soon. Only in listening to this episode did I realize that KRISTY and DARK SUMMER were 2015 films. I had thought they were from 2014. Still haven’t seen GIRL HOUSE. I’ll give that a watch tonight. I actually had the house all to myself today and watched THE HALLOW and LANDMINE GOES CLICK. I could go for a third flick! Thanks, Dino!

  4. I’m not backing away from my comment of “No Escape” being the scariest movie I saw this year, but it’s not a horror movie for me. But genre classification is subjective and I completely see Jay’s point. Stick to your guns, Jay (not that we have to fear you won’t).

    Top Ten Favorite Horror Movies of 2015:

    1. The Final Girls
    2. Creep
    3. The Visit
    4. What We Do in the Shadows
    5. Dark Was the Night
    6. The Atticus Institute
    7. Tales of Halloween
    8. Last Shift
    9. Spring
    10. Circle

    The Worst of 2015:

    1. Muck (and there is nothing even close to this – just awful)
    2. Area 51
    3. Burying the Ex
    4. Into the Grizzly Maze
    5. The Gallows


    Unfriended – doesn’t exactly nail the landing (wish it had been more of a whodunit instead of the supernatural aspect that was introduced) but still thought this was a unique enough take on the found footage sub-genre to make it worthwhile


    It Follows – I didn’t hate it but I definitely didn’t feel the love that most everyone else did and I found the comparisons to Carpenter a little insulting to JC. I’m sure I’ll give it another look at some point but my first impression was pretty MEH…

    Better Than It Had Any Right to Be:


    And for the record, I was born in 1976 and grew up during the 80’s slasher cycle and saw many of them in the theater thanks to the coolest Mom ever. “The Final Girls” is very much a love letter to fans of these films. If you don’t find it funny that’s your opinion but to compare it to the likes of “Saturday the 14th,” “Student Bodies,” “Scary Movie,” etc. is ludicrous; give it a little more credit than that. This is not a parody. If you want to talk about dumb horror movies of 2015, look no further than “Muck.” (But please don’t actually watch it because I couldn’t live with myself if you did)

    Jay, I hope you enjoy “Circle.” If you haven’t seen it (and I don’t remember you saying you did) I highly recommend “Dark Was the Night” as well. It’s a beastly freak movie with probably some of the best acting in a 2015 horror movie.

    • I’m glad to see Dark Was the Night, Last Shift, The Atticus Institute, and Spring in your top 10. They were contenders at one point, but eventually they all had to make their way to my honorable mentions. I felt really bad because they’re lesser known movies that I think deserve to be seen.

      • Thanks. I think most people know about Spring at least.

        I actually watched “Dark Was the Night” for a second time after I made the list and honestly I might put it in the three spot now. I really hope it’s a film more people check out. Kevin Durand’s character is one my favorite main characters in a horror film in quite awhile; reminiscent of a Kurt Russell character in a John Carpenter movie. Lukas Haas is a lot of fun as well.

        • Jonathan,

          Great list, man! I whole-heartedly agree with your take on Muck being the worst film of the year. Hearing it on Billchete’s list broke my heart, but hey… to each their own. I also agree with you on IT FOLLOWS. I loved that movie… don’t get me wrong… but you’re still spot on about it being overrated.

          Most of all, Jonathan, I LOVE your take on Kevin Durand’s character in DARK WAS THE NIGHT. My girlfriend and I watched that quite some time ago, and Durand’s portrayal of a grieving sheriff was just amazingly done. Out of curiosity, what didn’t you like about BURYING THE EX. I’ve been meaning to catch that film but haven’t gotten around to it. Should I avoid it?

          • Mister Watson,

            Thanks! “Burying the Ex” just feels like a bad episode of a sitcom stretched out to an hour and a half. It’s by no means a terrible film but with the talent involved (namely Joe Dante) it’s just very disappointing.

            I would say that Ashley Greene is a positive in the film; she gives a very valiant effort at least. The main conflict, however, could be remedied so quickly that it just makes the remainder of the film a chore to sit through (much like a bad sitcom scenario).

            For me it’s an avoid but if you have really wanted to check it out or you are a Dante completest, give it a shot. I know it has its fans; I’m just not one of them.

    • Oh man, I completely forgot about Poltergeist. I too am a 76 baby and loved the original. I thought the remake was pretty decent and I’ve actually watched it a handful of times.

  5. And here we go:

    1. It Follows (10/10)
    Head and shoulders above the rest, this was new and fresh, scary, tense, suspenseful, and iconic. Great visuals and sound combined with a great story and likeable characters resulted in one of the best horror movies to come out in a long time. A modern horror masterpiece that’s already a classic in my book.

    2. The Visit (9.5/10)
    Described as “light horror” by some, this is anything but. A modern horror found footage film with comedic elements by M. Night. Who would’ve thought this could ever work, let alone be this great? Kudos to him for making such a strong comeback, and in the process, giving us one of best horror movies this year and probably the best found footage film since The Blair Witch Project.

    3. The Final Girls (9.5/10)
    A horror movie heavy on the comedy that pokes fun at the horror genre and its conventions, particularly those of the slasher sub-genre. It parodies, but unlike Scary Movie (its ugly cousin), it’s done with just enough taste, respect for, and knowledge of the genre, that it works as both a comedy and a homage to ’80s slashers.

    4. What We Do in the Shadows (9.5/10)
    A horror comedy that cleverly pokes fun at the vampire sub-genre in a mockumentary style reminiscent of This is Spinal Tap. Like in The Final Girls, this is way beyond anything the Scary Movies could ever hope to accomplish.

    5. Krampus (9/10)
    I had very high expectations for this and it delivered in a big way. A blend of horror, comedy, and Christmas. Nothing since Gremlins has captured that very delicate balance and Krampus does it with ease. That it chooses to end on a grim note just solidifies its horror status that much more.

    6. Insidious: Chapter 3 (9/10)
    A horror franchise that had a very strong first entry that stumbled to really low levels with its sequel that then comes back to reclaim its glory with yet another sequel that matches and sometimes even surpasses the original. Who would’ve thought? This is tense and intense horror of very high quality.

    7. We Are Still Here (9/10)
    A homage to ’70s horror that very successfully captures the spirit of that era. Though it did everything right, I wish the filmmakers would’ve stuck to the look of those movies a lot closer like in The House of the Devil. I think that would’ve taken things to the new level.

    8. Crimson Peak (8/10)
    I had very mixed feelings about this movie the first time I saw it. My plan was to see it once more to figure out exactly how I felt about it. I never did see it again, but the movie stayed with me for a long time and after listening to your review of it, it helped me clear a few thoughts up. Still, I have a feeling that with this will be a grower.

    9. Bone Tomahawk (9/10)
    There was a lot of hype surrounding this movie and for the most part, it delivered. It’s not often when you see a horror western and now that I’ve seen one done well, I would like to see more of this but taken further.

    10. The Green Inferno (7.5/10)
    There are various movies that I scored higher and deserve to be on this list just as much, if not more than Eli Roth’s latest effort, but The Green Inferno is such a visceral and graphic experience that it needs to be seen on the big screen and that it’s something it has that the others don’t.

    Top 15 Honorable Mentions
    1. Spring (8.5/10)
    2. The Boy (8.5/10)
    3. Hidden (8.5/10)
    4. Extinction (8/10)
    5. Deathgasm (8/10)
    6. Bloodsucking Bastards (8/10)
    7. Dark Was the Night (7.5/10)
    8. Digging Up the Marrow (7.5)
    9. The Sand (7.5/10)
    10. Harbinger Down (7.5/10)
    11. Last Shift (7/10)
    12. Girl House (7/10)
    13. Stung (7/10)
    14. Cub (7/10)
    15. Let Us Prey (7/10)

  6. Also, I asked my four year old daughter what her favorite movie was she saw in the theater this year and she said “Goosebumps” so I might have a little horror fan on my hands.

    This was with stiff competition too such as “Inside Out,” “Jurassic World” (I’m way too lax of a father), “Star Wars,” and Dino’s favorite movie, “Minions; Ha!

    I’m just happy she enjoys going to the theater this much; of course I wish it still cost the same as when I was a kid.

    • Very cool! Dad pro tip: Try 2nd run theaters for the movies you don’t want to see yourself. I spared no expense, so to speak, for Jurassic World and Star Wars, but they didn’t get to see Inside Out or The Peanuts Movie until it hit our second-run theater, costing just $1.50 and my precious time.

      • Unfortunately there was an incident at the only 2nd run theater we have close by. A very disturbed individual with a hatchet threatened a theater full of people at a Mad Max screening. No one was hurt and the guy was arrested thankfully but there is no way in hell my wife would ever let me take our child to that theater.

        We do have a drive in close to us so in the spring and summer we frequent it a lot. Two movies for five bucks and much better food than you get at theaters (at least ones here in Middle Tennessee).

          • Yeah. It was not too long after the shooting incident during the Trainwreck showing and then this happened so close to where we live. I didn’t think my wife was ever going to be okay with me going to the movie theater again.

  7. My Top 10 horror list e-mail

    9. The Boy
    8. The Visit
    7. Hidden
    6. Krampus
    5. We Are Still Here
    4. The Final Girls
    3. Girl House
    2. Cub
    1. It Follows

    Honorable mentions include Insidious 3, Gravy, and What We Do in Shadows. There’s also The Gift, but I’m not sure if I’d count that as horror.

    Just for fun, some other random awards:

    -Worst horror of 2015-

    -Most underrated horror of 2015-
    The Gallows

    -Most overrated horror of 2015-
    Bone Tomahawk
    (Not a big fan of westerns and you hyped this up SO much that it just couldn’t live up to the expectations I had)

    -Best five horror movies of 2015 that I had never seen before-
    (In no order)

    Inside (2007)
    Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)
    Orphan (2009)
    Blue Velvet (1986)
    Secuestrados (2010)

    -Best theater experience I had in 2015-
    TCM presents Dracula/Drácula for only $8

    • Notable horror movies I hadn’t had a chance to see at the time of sending in my list:

      – Crimson Peak
      – A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
      – The Hallow
      – Goodnight Mommy
      – The Editor
      – Paranormal Activity: Ghost Dimension

          • Man, I really like this movie. The soundtrack is dynamite and the black and white worked so well with the vibe. It was more of a love story with a modern day vampire twist. Each character was great, from the junkie father to the drug dealer with the most cliche tatoos. I gotta give it a 9.
            The only cat in a horror movie that is tolerable too btw.

    • I REALLY agree with your opinion on Bone Tomahawk. While the kills and gore were great, the movie was essentially an extremely slow build up for that one payoff.

      I can’t call this film horror; it’s a western with cannibalistic Native Americans.

      Still an alright movie, but I can’t understand the hype after watching it.

  8. As far as the poll for who had the best top ten, I ended up voting for Wolfman Josh’s. However, I’d rank the listener’s top ten list as being the absolute best.

      • I do plan on changing that in the next few days. The Hallow was on the bubble for me. Had I had the time to get in one more horror movie before sending in my list, it would have been that. I should have skipped over watching Circle.

        Crimson Peak is one that looked bad, so I’m pretty surprised to see that it’s apparently good at least in your eyes.

        The Editor’s plot reminds me a bit of the Swedish film, Evil Ed.

        A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night is one that’s been on my queue for awhile now. I was under the impression it came out in 2014, so it wasn’t on my “To Watch” list for the countdown.

        As for my excuse for not watching Goodnight Mommy, is the fact that Jay gave it a high rating over at MPW a good enough excuse to be skeptical that it’s actually good? Ha

        • I’m actually a little surprised Jason liked it. It’s squarely in that indie-arthouse world of a Dogtooth or Vic + Flo Saw a Bear, but with both thriller and horror on the brain. It’s worth seeing, for sure. If you want to wait for a 2nd opinion (or maybe 8th at this point), I know Dr. Shock bought it for himself for Christmas, so a review should be coming soon.

          • I haven’t seen Dogtooth, but thanks to MSC, I did see Vic + Flo Saw a Bear. That’s not the sort of movie that I’d expect Jay to like. That peaks my interest some.

    • I voted Josh as well. The fact he even mentioned The Editor practically made his list my pic. No joke, I thought it was amazing- cheese aside.

      I almost voted for Jay because I felt bad and his list was soo unhorrory.;) Jay is still the man though.

      • I also voted Joshie, and I see that he’s winning by a landslide. My list is actually really close to the listener’s list with 9 out of 10 movies being the same but in different order. I think I should get the prize 😉

        In all seriousness though, this was an EXCELLENT year for horror. Much stronger than last year and just as strong, if not stronger, than 2013(another extraordinary year for horror).

    • I agree with Sal that the best list was the listener’s top 10. As for the three co-host lists…

      – JOTD’s list gets disqualified by default given that his #1 film is not a horror movie.
      – I can’t vote for BillChete’s list by virtue of the fact that I have not seen about half of the movies listed; that said, I’m perhaps most excited for his list because it gives me a bunch of new titles to check out.
      – Wolfman Josh’s list is pretty solid overall, and gets major bonus points for being the only one to list IT FOLLOWS at #1.

      So, it’s Wolfman Josh for me in a landslide.

      I’m a little sad that BillChete hadn’t seen GIRL HOUSE. I’m willing to bet it would have topped his list had he seen it, which would lead to more people seeing that hidden gem. Hopefully he’ll check it out soon.

      I am glad that GIRL HOUSE had some mentions on the show, though. Big thanks to JOTD for checking it out, and I’m glad you liked it. Wolfman, I’m glad you said it’s on your queue, but I’m not quite sure it’s your kind of movie. We’ll see.

        • For the record I said “shades of HALLOWEEN, SLEEPAWAY CAMP and THE HOUSE ON SORORITY ROW…”

          I do think you’ll enjoy it on a base level, but I’m not sure it will strike a chord with you. We’ll see.

          • I’d say the HALLOWEEN and SLEEPAWAY CAMP shades are more like reaaaaally light shading… with a white crayon on white paper. Not to poop on your top ten pick, of course, Dino. You know I liked the movie. I’m just saying that your comment is perhaps giving the movie a little too much credit. But just a little 😉

  9. I’m trying to think if I’ve seen 10 horror movies from 15…..yes I am ashamed. Does Goosebumps count?? Obviously I’m kidding. Don’t look down too much on me though, I did watch “Eat” in its entirety and that alone should count for something after what it did to my appetite and my overall sense of joy that day lol. I’ll have to try and post a list later, been a little busy lately and, well I’ll be honest tomorrow my Volunteers play the Outback Bowl so hopefully I can listen to this episode after that. Sound good? Agreed? Ok now that that’s settled, happy New Years everyone!!!

    • Jay’s #1 horror movie of the year was a non-horror. So I’d say you can include practically any 2015 movie in your top ten for horror. Ha

      • In all honesty, “Goosebumps” was not far off my list; might have been 12 or 13. A lot of my love for it revolves around the great theatrical experience I had watching it with my daughter but it was a lot of fun regardless and I’m glad I watched it and will probably be watching it many more times once the DVD comes out in a couple of weeks.

        But look at it this way, if it was 1984 a lot of us would probably have “Gremlins” on our list and if it was 1987 a lot of us might have “Monster Squad” on our list. Both of those films are considered by many to be geared more toward kids so I think “Goosebumps” works.

        I realize you weren’t honestly making a case for it, but I was just thinking about it and thought I would share.

        • Oh they have got to review Monster Squad!!! I’m still waiting on that kids horror episode!!! Do NOT forget The Halloween Tree when y’all get around to it

        • I honestly don’t have any problem with someone putting Goosebumps on their list. It might be geared towards the whole family, but it is still a horror movie. I haven’t seen it yet, but if someone was a big fan, might as well put it on the top ten rather than adding a lesser horror.

          For the record, I would probably put Gremlins and Monster Squad on my best of 1984 and 1987 top ten lists.

          • Oh I cannot wait for that episode. Trick r Treat and Hocus Pocus are up there when it comes to best Halloween movies but NOTHING puts me in a fall/Halloween time of year state of mind better than The Halloween Tree. The music, the atmosphere, it’s just impeccable arms honestly had some moments that scared me to death as a kid. Even to this day it’s got some pretty disturbing imagery. I’ve yet to see Something Wicked This Way Comes but I loveRay Bradbury and would love to see it. Also we can’t forget about Anjelica Houston’s The Witches

  10. Here is my top 10 y’all

    10- Honeyspider
    9- The Devils Candy
    8- The Visit
    7- Deathgasm
    6- Goodnight Mommy
    5- Krampus
    4- It Follows
    3- Insidious Chapter 3
    2- The Editor
    1- We Are Still Here

    I kept Bone Tomahawk out but I absolutely loved it. Just kept it off my Horror list.

    • I have got to watch “The Editor.” I’m a huge giallo fan and can’t believe I haven’t seen it yet.

      “We are Still Here” and “Honeyspider” are high on my must see list as well.

      • THE DEVIL’S CANDY is another one I’m waiting on edge for, but is THE DEVIL’S CANDY a 2015 film? I didn’t even know it had a US release date. I’d be inclined to call it a 2016 film.

        RyanW, I mean no offense by pointing out the above, sir. In fact, your list is legit my favorite anyone has posted so far, and that includes the listener list and the hosts’ lists. Well done!

        • Also, you might not even be from the US, in which case that is a DEFINITE 2015 film. Once again, RyanW, your list is top-notch. WE ARE STILL HERE is a great number 1 pick!

        • Jay of the Dead and Wolfman Josh,

          Stellar freakin’ job on this episode, fellas! I’m so bummed that Dr. Shock wasn’t on this episode, though. He’s a cinephile badass, and I always LOVE his lists over on dvdinfatuation. (His written reviews are always so exquisitely done! What a straight up G!)

          Jay and Josh, your lists were very well put together. Thanks for compiling those for us! I see more films than the average bear, but all y’all pulled out some interesting films that I somehow missed. I will certainly need to see TURBO KID and NO ESCAPE, so thanks for those recommendations, homies.

          Alright now… I swear to God that I’m not being a hater, but Billchete’s list broke my heart with the inclusion of MUCK. Yikes! That said, his list included KRISTY, which is a CRIMINALLY underrated slasher and is on my top 10, so he’s great. Also, he had the most films on his list that I hadn’t seen, so MUCK aside, well done.

          I don’t know if it’s the Gentlemen Jack or the whiskey sours talking here, guys, but I want to very sincerely THANK YOU hosts for the time and effort you put into this show. I know I’ve only been a listener since October 2015, and I’m yet to become one of the top-tier commenters like Dino, Juan, or Sal (among others), but I want it to be known that the blood, sweat, and tears that are required to keep a show of this caliber going… none of that is lost on me.

          There’s a reason I blew through these episodes in such a short amount of time like I did, and that’s because I feel like you hosts have created a home for us horror fans here that is full of people we can admire, converse with, and appreciate. You four hosts are all so interesting and dynamic, and I just can’t wait for the next episode! Much love from the Pacific Northwest!

          PS: I left an iTunes review recently that you all might dig and got a couple other people interested in the podcast, one of which is now a diehard fan. Hell yeah!

          • Very kind of you to say Watson. I will check out your iTunes review. Thanks for doing that.

            I’d have been able to Kristy and Girl House and some of these other films if we’d recorded the show the first week of January rather than mid-December, but that’s how it goes. We’ll still cover all of these films that we missed.

            Sadly, Dave just doesn’t watch many new movies until they come out on DVD or BluRay because of his intense blogging schedule. The man is a machine.

        • Hey Watson,
          Nope, I’m from the states. My viewing of it was at a friend’s and I do believe it was a pirated copy/stream. After I saw it I looked it up to snag a copy on blu ray and was dumbfounded when I couldn’t find one. The release explains it though.
          I guess I might have to put No Escape in its place once I see it! :)

  11. Hello, Goodl old HMP!!
    I can only recall nine 2015 movies that I loved and re-watched. No particular order.

    Bone Tomahawk
    Last Shift
    We Are Still Here
    Judas Ghost
    The House with 100 Eyes
    Yakuza Apocalypse

    • So, Scott … I think you are the only person to mention The House with 100 Eyes, Judas Ghost, Pod, Treehouse, Yakuza Apocalypse. Well done and now I have more to add to the list. I haven’t heard of many of these, but I think I noticed Pod on Netflix.

      • Just watched POD. It was pretty great. I loved how aggressive and ambiguous it was. It would’ve made my honorable mentions for sure.

          • Yeah, I think he was great overall, but he did go overboard a few times. He was most definitely channeling his inner Mel Gibson and that’s always a good thing in my book :)

      • Yakuza Apocalypse is sort of my favorite movie right now. There’s a lot of random, surreal, Japanese-horror type things that happen without explanation, but the gist is that being Yakuza becomes transmitted by bite, like vampires and werewolves.

        Treehouse is ultra low budget but amazingly well done and I’ve re-watched it a few times.

        • I’ve read a lot of great things about Yakuza Apocalypse and the trailer looks insane. It’s one I couldn’t get to in time before sending in my list, but it’s been on my queue. I just moved it to the top.

  12. A small correction about The Editor you guys, Conor Sweeney played one of the actors. The editor was played by Adam Brooks.
    Did jay have a number 11 movie of the year? That way we can eliminate No Escape from our opinion of his list.

  13. I now have several movies to add to my watch list for 2016. I have finished this week’s episode and am about to start it again. Highly enjoyed it. I am a listener who found you through a franchise review. I decided one day in April of 2015 that it would be cool to see if there was a podcast dedicated to the Halloween franchise. Like Juan, I Googled it and there was HMP. I listened to the entire Halloween franchise review and immediately fell in love. I have gone back and listened to some of the early episodes and am enjoying what I’ve heard. I’ve said this before, but thank you all for what you do to make this podcast work. I get excited every time an episode comes out and you have turned me on to many movies that I would probably never have watched otherwise. Thanks for a fantastic 2015 and I cannot wait to see what 2016 holds!!!

  14. This was a hell of a fun episode, with some interesting picks to check in the near future. Watched “Kristy” last night based on the inclusion in this show, and I really enjoyed the hell out of it. Cheers.

  15. For anyone interested and with a subscription, Bone Tomahawk is now available on Amazon Prime. Just thought I would throw that out there.

  16. Two quick notes on this episode:

    JOTD – Your zombie ant edit was actually a highlight of the year for me, too. “The Infected Narrative” episode is one of my favorites in the HMP catalog, so I actually revisit it quite often. And, whenever that segment begins, it always brings a smile to my face. Well done, sir, and kudos to Dr. Walking Dead for the chilling story.

    Wolfman Josh – The Jason Blum AMA segment was outstanding. Seriously, one of my favorite things that I’ve heard on HMP, period. More of that, please.

    • Oh, almost forgot to mention, JOTD’s zombie epidemic theory… I thought it was an interesting application of a horror convention to real world events. A good way to deal with what’s going on in the world. Maybe a bit of a stretch, but not nearly as much as calling NO ESCAPE a horror movie.

      I enjoyed that segment and, as always, thanks for all the thought and effort you put into the show.

    • The movie The Hallow actually plays on that zombie ant/agency stealing fungal infection type thing while tying it in to Irish folklore. I don’t know that it fulfils the fascinating potential of such a concept but it’s definitely worth a watch and has some great practical effects.

  17. Random question:

    I know a few people in the community have been using Shudder. Now that it’s been up for several months, I wanted to ask what people think of the service. Is it worth it? Is the service itself stable and solid? And do they seem to bring in (or rotate) new content fairly often?

    I’m wondering if a service like that becomes superfluous for someone who is already a subscriber to Netflix, Amazon Prime and HBO (and possibly Hulu in the near future).

    • I considered it… I’m using the streaming service which is free, but there isn’t anything on the “on demand” service that really makes me feel like it’s worth shelling out extra money because I already have a subscription to Netflix and Amazon.

  18. Here’s the top 10 that I sent to Jay.
    1 Krampus
    2 It Follows
    3 The Visit
    4 We are Still Here
    5 Insidious 3
    6 Final Girls
    7 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
    8 Tales of Halloween
    9 Crimson Peak
    10 Poltergeist

    My list agreed with the listeners first and Wolfman second so that’s where my vote went. After hearing the show, I realized I forgot to include many films that I’ve seen. Here is a revised list of every horror movie I’ve seen in 2015 in order of favorite to least favorite.

    1 Krampus
    2 It Follows
    3 The Visit
    4 We are Still Here
    5 Insidious 3
    6 What We Do in the Shadows
    7 Gravy
    8 Final Girls
    9 Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension
    10 Tales of Halloween
    11 Crimson Peak
    12 Poltergeist
    13 Preservation
    14 Creep
    15 Cooties
    16 A Christmas Horror Story
    17 The Lazarus Effect
    18 Stung
    19 A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night
    20 Dark Summer
    21 Unfriended
    22 The Gallows
    23 Sinister 2
    24 Harbinger Down
    25 Woman in Black 2
    26 Honeyspider

  19. My list…

    10. Sinister 2.

    9. Final Girls

    8. The Gallows

    7. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead (technically a 2014 movie but I only saw it when it came to the U.S. on DVD)

    6. Digging up the Marrow (Again, technically 2014 but only saw it when it was released to DVD)

    5. Jurassic World (It has monsters, I’m throwing it in.)

    4. It Follows

    3. Victor Frankenstein

    2. Green Inferno

    1. Crimson Peak


    With that said… I just watched Kristy based on Bill Chete’s recommendation. I liked it a lot… and let me be a little clear about my own rules for the Top Ten… I usually only put movies that saw a theatrical release or that I had no other way of seeing but it impressed me enough to place on the top ten list. I had totally forgotten some of the films mentioned in the podcast, like “Preservation”.

    I also bought, but have not yet sat down to watch “Bone Tomahawk” as of yet based solely on Jay’s recent reviews and how anticipated this film is. I need to wait for my kid to fall asleep and for me to be awake enough to sit and be absorbed by it because it sounds like it’ll be that kind of a film.

    Now on another note: I really think that Victor Frankenstein may be the most underrated film of the year and probably the most poorly marketed film I’ve ever seen released. Terrible timing, terrible ads, and over all a weak box office that reflected some ad executives inability to understand how to market this sort of throwback to classic “Hammer”-style film-making.

    This is also far different from my “Best of the Year” list that I generally keep track of, which is almost always “genre”-based films in either Horror, sci-fi, Action, Kung-fu, or just plain stranger-type stuff.

    I’m voting for Jay of the Dead’s top ten list because there was more on that list that I could agree with, even if I’m really perplexed with regard to the number on film. It’s hard to even conceive that the movie would be good when I just couldn’t stop laughing during each and ever commercial I saw. I get that it tried to build suspense, but every time I see Owen Wilson I just can’t take the film seriously… he’s so awful in everything I’ve seen him in. I can’t imagine him being good in anything.

    • PS I found this podcast because I typed “Horror Movie Podcasts” into a search engine and, not very surprisingly, this was the first one that popped up. I generally only started to listen to podcasts this year as I found myself in need of new things to listen to while at work… this one really fit the bill, as did the Sci-Fi Podcast, and I’ve even been listening to Movie Podcast Weekly.

      • That’s the EXACT same way I found it. I had gotten into podcast listening because a guy I know from message boards and Facebook is on PodKISSt and I listened to KISStory Science Theater, yes that’s my favorite band. One day I just typed in HMP figuring it would bring up one I would like. I clicked this one first, I believe they had just started because it was the first episode and I don’t remember if the second one was even out yet. Needless to say it hasn’t disappointed me in the slightest!

      • I found it by typing- best horror podcast and it popped up with this annoying ad for the “No Escape” trailer. Damnit Jay.

        • On a semi serious note. I work graveyard shift and started listening to a few different casts. 11’o’clock comics, The GAK, and Guitar Radio Show. All great but none have this cool of a community. I am not on social media and dont typically get into forum type groups, but this place is awesome. Most my friends dont dig horror as much as I do and it can get a bit irritating to have something (hobbyish) I hold dearly, be of no topic with anyone I socialize with. No matter how hard I have tried.
          In the spirit of the new year. Happy New Year In 2015 I had a daughter and found this awesome community of the most Horrific despicable people around. Lucky year in my book.
          This is the only podcast I just cant wait to listen to.
          Late to the game I must say, but I binged like the first time I watched Breaking Bad. Maybe even worse, I brought it to the bathroom at least a dozen times.

  20. Nobody gonna mention Eat? Low budget I know, and honestly I’ve missed the majority of new horror so I can’t really compare. Other than the Babadook and Oculus that movie affected me more than many recent films. If you didn’t see it back when they reviewed it idk what to say other than it will leave you nauseous, and honestly heartbroken. Starry Eyes was pretty good. I loved Goosebumps, but then again I grew up readin those so I got pretty much every reference. Can anyone tell me whose bright idea it was to use “The Blob that Ate Everyone” instead of “Monster Blood”?! But I digress. I’ve seen so many movies this year and rematches a ton of others I’m really gonna have to think to remember which ones from this year I HAVE seen.

      • Haven’t had the chance to sit and really watch it. I tried starting it but then the door opened and in came someone far to young to watch the film. =) But I intend to… but I couldn’t add something I hadn’t seen. I have high hopes for it, though.

  21. So I have to ask: Did any of you see what was going on in Goodnight Mommy in the first five minutes? Cause I honestly did and it wrecked the film for me. Once you “get it” it does absolutely nothing to try and steer you another direction. I wish I could see it the way you all did.

    • I haven’t seen it… and I got what was going on. Friend of mine who was trying to get me to watch the film didn’t believe me when I told him I already knew the twist based on the trailer; then I told him and he said I was right. So I haven’t really been interested in seeing it.

      • Yeah I went in thinking “this can go one of two ways, it is their mom or it isn’t” and quickly you realize which way and why, so after that it gave me almost nothing as it tried to slowly unravel what I already realized, then toward the end it finally gets interesting but it was a long wait if you ask me.

        • I don’t usually look for twists because I like a film to just wash over me as much as possible the first time. I first had an inkling with the cat scene. I thought they did it well though and kept me guessing (I liked the construction of the food delivery scene).

          Looking back, knowing the kid-related twist, I have no idea what was going on with the mom. After the reveals at the end, I can’t understand her actions throughout. The sleeping/eating scene, for example, or her solo scene in the woods. I guess I need to rematch the film with the ending in mind–looking forward to discussing it with Doc’s review–but I found it to be a fun ride as well.

          • Here’s the thing for me- I’m not fond of “clever twists”… the movies that sort of build on the conceit of a “clever twist” at the end where the film isn’t able to be enjoyed again because the audience is aware of it. This also goes in to my personal tastes in movies… I’m not a big M. Night fan as a result of the same technique used over and over again in his films. In fact, the only film of his that I really enjoy is “unbreakable”. I was the only person I knew who hated Sixth Sense because the twist was annoying and obvious to me. “The Village” also felt obvious. Then there are times where the film has to literally cheat in order to perform the twist, like the “My Bloody Valentine” remake and “High Tension” (The latter of which I could ignore). And because there’s this inevitable “twist” coming, it’s hard to enjoy the rest of the ride because I just want them to get past that twist.

            “Goodnight Mommy” looks like it could be a genuinely creepy film without the twist. I would’ve wanted to see the film IF the “twist” hadn’t been obvious in the trailer. Because there’s this inevitable “twist” coming it makes me not want to watch the film as a result.

          • I’m the same way, about wanting to just experience a film on first viewing…

            **********SPOILERS FOR GOODNIGHT MOMMY**********

            I did think something was up early on when the boy is floating on the raft, but tried not to think too much into it.

            As for the mother’s actions, I think Juan’s reading is interesting (child’s delusions). I hadn’t really considered that before, but it makes perfect sense… especially with how they setup the woods scene. My impression after seeing the film was essentially flipped, meaning they were manifestations of the mother’s frustration and mental state. In hindsight, they were obviously included to keep the audience guessing as of the true nature of the “problem,” which I think they accomplish with some success.

            p.s. The more I think about it, the more I agree with Juan’s reading of the crazy mother episodes, especially when we consider that the entire film takes place from the boy’s perspective.

            • Guys, I get it. But come on! The twist is so obvious for the reasons that I already stated. It’s not like I was trying to figure it out. The movie literally spelled it out for me. I mean, it’s just not a hard movie to figure out. And that’s not to say that there’s not a lot there to think about because there is. But understanding the basic plot is fairly easy. Much more so than the movies I mentioned. But I digress.

    • I figured out the twist within the first few minutes. It’s a hard twist to pull off given that it’s been done to death, but I think for the non-horror audience, it was probably a big shock. The movie is strong enough to stand on its own though, so even with a full knowledge of the twist, I still enjoyed the ride and the places it goes.

      • Interesting… I got no ride. I wanted it to at least attempt to try and swerve me back the other way… Like to convince me that wasn’t what was going on.

        • Agreed. It would’ve been more effective had it given us enough evidence to fool us into thinking the twist was the other alternative.

            • *****SPOILERS FOR GOODNIGHT MOMMY*****

              It’s not that it wasn’t handled well, it’s that there are much more effective movies that have done the exact same thing that it’s almost impossible not to see right through it. The Sixth Sense, A Tale of Two Sisters, and The Uninvited all share that character that is present throughout the movie that is acknowledged by one person and ignored by the rest. It’s a technique that just doesn’t work that well anymore, at least in concealing the twist that the person is in reality already dead. But that was my own personal experience with the movie. And like I said, it didn’t detract from the overall experience per se, I just wanted it to surprise me with a big reveal and it didn’t. It’s still a great film on my opinion. And what about that house? It was gorgeous!

              • I’m not sure what you mean by the eating scene Josh. Cause that scene played out perfectly for the end result I think but I was already onto what was going on and I really didn’t get any enjoyment in watching them sprinkle me with more and more obvious events.

          • I guess that’s my point, Juan. It’s not handled as a big twist, it is handled as a gradual reveal. I think you’re supposed to gradually see through it. Plus, all of those movies are a decade old. It’s interesting to see a different story with the same conceit.

            And Hammer, I’m talking about


            The mom doing things like pretending to be asleep (and continuing to eat when he leaves), not letting her son see her face, locking him in his room without food or a bathroom for days, and the CRAZY supernatural-esque nude scene in the woods. What is the motivation?

            • I didn’t see those as actual events, but rather the imaginings of the child feeding his delusion. I’ve only seen the movie once so I might be off about this.

    • I just done finishing Goodnight Mommy and I agree with Hammer. The big twist should be obvious within the first few minutes. From that point on, it became really tough to get into the movie as a result. Especially for the first half, I felt as if it was all just padding to stretch the movie out to the time length until the big reveal.

      I thought it did pick up a bit in the second half when it took it’s sinister turn in the bedroom. At least then something was happening. Ultimately, I feel as if the movie would have been stronger had they skipped over the twist and just presented the movie for what it was for the entire duration. It likely would have been creepier as well had we been able to see how all of this was affecting the mother.

      While I won’t call it a bad movie, it was one I couldn’t get into because the twist was obvious within a couple of minutes and they didn’t properly reveal it until the very end. I’d give it a 5 at best and a recommendation to possibly stream it for free when it pops up on Amazon Prime in a week or so.

      On a much happier note, I watched Turbo Kid the other day and had a blast with it. Admittedly, I can see many people trying to claim that it’s not a horror. There is a ton of gore, but it’s more grindhouse style than full on horror. Regardless, it’s a great way to kill ninety minutes.


      If I had one complaint, I thought they went to the well too many times with the whole teasing of the death of Apple. By the time they finally killed her off for good, it didn’t mean much because we had said “Goodbye” to Apple several times already. The sad part is that Apple was such a lovable character that the first few times she seemingly died, it felt like a big deal to me.


      If you’re a fan of the 80’s style, go out of your way to watch Turbo Kid. I’d probably give it an 8 or so.


  22. Now that Ash vs Evil Dead is finished…I demand a podcast on this stellar amazing show…I know you have the interview…Don’t force me to hound you to death about it…The best horror TV show ever!!!

  23. I think you guys did a great job this year and I look forward to your podcasts for 2016. Going off your political discussion on zombies it would be cool to hear some episodes on religious or political fanaticism in the horror genre.

  24. I’m going to post my top 10 picks soon, and I’d LOVE to hear your opinions about my opinions! Ha ha. First, though, I’m going to post my 3 biggest 2015 disappointments, and the film I consider to be the WORST of the year. After that, I’ll post my shortlist of honorable mentions, THEN my top 10, which is pretty different than most of y’all. But yeah, I’ve gotta break it up into a few posts, or it will be the absolute longest post this HMP forum has ever seen. Here we go…


    THE VISIT – This movie was well shot, and I loved the IDEA of it, but sadly, I’m not with the crowd on this one. In fact, if I’m totally honest, I’d rate this as a very very low-priority rental. The “twist” was so average, expected, and just meh that I felt seriously let down that the film all but hinged on it to justify the grandparents’ unusual behavior. I can’t stress to you all just how much I needed more here. Not even the HMP hosts’ clever Little Red Riding Hood analogy could rescue this film for me. The rapping? Nah, dawg. Just don’t. And the mom character… was NOT feelin’ her. The pop-stars-as-curse-words bit was AWESOME, though. Points for that. And the acting was superb all around. Still, this film was a huge, enormous disappointment for me, and to hear people say “Shyamalan is back” just makes me shake my head in sorrow as I file The Visit right next to Lady In the Water as another of his that I’ll never watch again.

    POLTERGEIST – I can only just barely explain how much I wanted to like this film. The original is integral to my childhood, but I still went into the remake with an open mind… and felt cheated. Dr. Walking Dead contends that this film’s major failing has to do with the lack of the original’s feminist narrative, but I’m not so certain it is THAT aspect that makes this a disappointment. Feminism is in a very different place now than it was in the 80s anyway, and I’m not certain a third wave feminist agenda would have fit neatly into this film. If anything, this film contains a decent narrative concerning the parenting practices of those with Millenials for children. All in all, this film feels like a paint-by-numbers exercise with no heart and never caught me. It can and MUST be said, though, that Sam Rockwell is amazing no matter what.

    ALL HALLOW’S EVE 2 – The presence of Art the Clown is the foremost thing that made the original All Hallow’s Eve the terrifying experience it is. He is not only one of the most frightening characters in a horror movie in YEARS, but he serves as the connective tissue that binds each of the three short films… all of which I loved. This poor sequel, on the other hand, has no Art the Clown, and it suffers for it. And I suffered. The antagonist with the piece of a pumpkin on his face didn’t seem fully realized or very threatening until ten seconds before the film ends. A lot of the shorts fell flat, although certainly not all. I dunno, folks… this came nowhere near to the bar the first film set, and I am so bummed that this is the case. Seriously, why no Art the Clown? Why take away the BEST part of this sequel’s predecessor? Oh, hell, at least we get TERRIFIER next year, which stars Art the Clown in all his bloody glory, so…

    2015’s WORST FILM

    MUCK – I honestly try to approach film criticism with a neutral, open mind that pays no mind to public expectations (good or bad), and I do my best to uncover the nature of a film’s underlying and hidden messages. It is always my pleasure to unpack a film in a way that allows for a psychological, sociological, philosophical, or religious reading. Some films don’t leave much room for this, while others abound in deeper meaning and latent content. That said… all I can say about Muck is: F*ck this film. That is all.

    • Here is my list of honorable mentions.

      2015’s HONORABLE MENTIONS (Literally any one of these could have made a spot on the 6th-10th portion of my list)

      SPRING – Richard Linklater and H.P. Lovecraft collaborated on a film! Superb dialogue and dark subtext drive this indie romantic horror story. Also, my favorite rapper, CAGE, has a role!

      LANDMINE GOES CLICK – The first 2 acts of this film build up to a wholly UNEXPECTED 3rd act that blew me the hell away. Lame title, yeah. Lame movie? No way!

      CRIMSON PEAK – One word: Beautiful. Would have loved more scares, but this film is probably the most wonderfully crafted films of the year hands down.

      HORSEHEAD – One of the most beautifully shot films of the year (second only to Crimson Peak)! I’d watch it again for that alone, and so should WOLFMAN JOSH. Unfortunately, this film’s plot was way too opaquely drawn out, and it really suffers for it in the pacing department.

      A CHRISTMAS HORROR STORY – Despite a couple weak storylines, this film delivers the goods. Unlike the HMP hosts, I did NOT like the (reductive) ending to the Santa Claus storyline, but whatevs, it’s all good in the hood.

      KRAMPUS – It hurts me to keep this off the list. This film captures the Christmas spirit better than ANY holiday horror movie before it. Terrific ode to Dickens.

      DARK WAS THE NIGHT – Splendid creature feature with amazing acting from Kevin Durand.

      WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS – Flight of the Conchords’ Jemaine Clement is one of the funniest men alive. Vampires have never been this humorous. Stu rules!

      DIGGING UP THE MARROW – Adam Green brings us a monster-filled found-footage flick that has a lot of heart. Loved it. (This one ALMOST derailed IT FOLLOWS as my number 10 pick)

    • I’m surprised Poltergeist was on your biggest disappointments list. A remake of a beloved classic is the exact sort of movie I would expect to be underwhelming and instantly forgettable.

      Unfortunately, Damien Leone, the director and writer of All Hallows’ Eve, had nothing to do with the sequel. Leone didn’t want anything to do with it, but I believe it was the producer of the original film that had the ability to get the movie filmed regardless. The good news is that Leone is working on a feature length film about Art the Clown called Terrifier (Same name as the Art segment in the original All Hallows’ Eve).

      • Sal, thanks for your reply! Your comments about Poltergeist really are spot on, but I NEVER write off remakes as inferior films by virtue of them simply being remade films. There are just too many great remakes. I had hope, brotha. I really did.

        • While there have been some good (Even great) remakes, they’re not exactly the norm. I try to have an open mind when I go see remakes because there have been times when I’ve been wrong (IE. Dawn of the Dead and The Hills Have Eyes), but I’ve also learned it’s best to go into a remake just hoping to be entertained for ninety minutes. Expecting anything else will often leave you disappointed.

          I thought Poltergeist ended up being okay. I didn’t feel as if I wasted my money by seeing it in the theater. That being said, I don’t see myself going out of my way to watch it again unless I’m in the mood for a Poltergeist marathon. In which case, I’ve already accepted my fate of watching underwhelming movies once I get past the original.

  25. Here’s my list of 2015 movies I’m yet to see. I’m about to watch The Diabolical in a few, but it’s still on the list. Thank you all for great recommendations! Can anyone tell me if they’ve seen any of the first five films I’ve listed? No one seems to be really be talking about them.


    Suburban Gothic
    The Editor
    The Voices
    Bound To Vengeance
    Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
    Bloodsucking Bastards
    The Green Inferno
    No Escape
    The Diabolical
    Charlie’s Farm
    A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night
    Turbo Kid
    Old 37
    Girl House
    Let Us Prey

    • And now, here’s my top 10. I hate to admit that I took a lot of care into making up this list. I see a TON of films, so this killed me to put together. It’s a bit different than most of the lists I’m reading online, but these are the movies that gave me the best viewing pleasure of this year. I love them all. Hope y’all can dig ’em.

      10) IT FOLLOWS
      I saw this at the one and only theater in its limited screening in Washington state. This was before it was announced that it was to get a wide release, and at the time, the film’s fate wasn’t yet certain. That night was a BLAST, and I’ll always look back on it with nostalgia until I can’t look back anymore. Okay, so… this film is a prime example of how important TONE is in creating an effective horror movie. The FEEL of this film warms my heart as only well done indie horror films can. The plot itself is remarkably simple, and that is possibly its greatest strength. In another director’s hands, this film could have appeared thin and boring, and in many ways, I’m convinced that It Follows shouldn’t have worked out as well as it did. Perhaps that is why I like it. Between the superb direction, Maika Monroe’s acting, and that splendid score, this film is a win. Is it perfect? No, not so much. There were a few things that nagged me plot-wise concerning the ghost, and I cannot express how much I HATED that pool scene at the end. It just took me right out of the film (which is why this ALMOST didn’t make my list). Those gripes aside, this is a fine movie with more to say about the nature of sexual fear and insecurity than I’ve yet heard anyone say. Good stuff.

      I LOVE films that take a meta approach. In fact, three of my top five favorite horror movies of all time are meta-themed. There’s just something about the a film being self-aware that intrigues me and draws me in. The Final Girls is no Scream or Cabin In the Woods, but as a story about a film within a film, this movie swings and hits the ball out of the park. The exclusion of gore and nudity in favor of a more general PG-13 rating was unfortunate to me, as I feel those components ought to have been present to truly satirize 80s slashers, but either way, this film really does work. The relationship between two central characters, a mother and daughter, is genuinely touching… tear-inducing even. Adam DeVine and the woman who kept wanting to get naked were two sources of great comedy for me. And lastly, I’ll argue to the death with anyone who tries to assert that The Final Girls is mocking the 80s slashers. (And I’ll provide cultural context to support my argument, so you’d better BRING IT if yo’ ass tryna talk back!)

      The zombie is still very much “alive,” for lack of a better word, in pop-culture, and this film utilizes fresh energy and momentum to come out heads above the crop of clones of The Walking Dead that have come out in recent years. This Australian horror flick takes a slick approach to the zombie narrative, while executing standout kills, interesting plot-points, and stunning visuals all throughout. The characters are all the better for it, too. Dr. Walking Dead simply must see this one if he has not already. Simply put, Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead is the Mad Max of zombie flicks and kicks @$$ on many levels.

      7) DEATHGASM
      Since I literally JUST NOW found out that Dead Snow 2 was technically a 2014 film and can’t make this list (it would’ve made my top 3, by the way)… I can now say that Deathgasm is the most fun I’ve had watching a horror movie this year. This film was hilarious, disgusting, crass, gory, and metal as all get out, so I fell in love with it. Seriously, I’ve been waiting for a film like this for years, and found myself happy as hell after having watched it. BUT… I absolutely could not stand how the writer approached one of the main characters, and I’m certain anyone who’s seen it knows about whom I speak. It made him damn near impossible to like no matter how hard the film pushed his un-redemptive @$$ on us. Seriously, it REALLY bothered me and took me out of the film several times. That aside, I loved pretty much everything else about Deathgasm. Would love to see a punk rock horror movie handled similarly.

      I love horror anthologies to death and was so incredibly delighted to watch this film. In fact, it will make my annual Halloween-week horror watch list for certain. To me, this film succeeds where All Hallow’s Eve 2 did not in delivering solid horror shorts. I enjoyed EVERY last one of the ten tales offered in this anthology. My favorites were probably The Night Billy Raised Hell, Bad Seed, and Friday the 31st (clever Friday the 13th wordplay aside, Friday the 31st was the actual day and date of Halloween in 2015). This is definitely one of the better Halloween-themed horror movies you’re likely to watch. Of note, horror favorite Adrienne Barbeau has a small role in the film that is very similar to William Shatner’s role in 2015’s other holiday-themed horror anthology. Definitely give this fun film a watch every October for the rest of your life.

      Look at any great movie that has sparked a franchise, and you will almost certainly notice in every case diminishment in quality from one film to the next. At the third film in the series, the Insidious franchise still stands strong to those lovers of quality supernatural horror. The scares, score, and imagery are hard at work against any sense of peace you might be trying to find while watching this. The plot is much better done than your typical big budget Hollywood horror mess; the characters are well drawn out and likable; and those jump scares! Like, Dr. Shock, I positively LOATHE bad jump scares, but this film uses suspense and tension as fuel for these moments, and it just works. This is an excellent installment in what I hope is a franchise near its end. I don’t want to see the Insidious franchise drawn and quartered by its own inability to take a knee and quit while it’s ahead. Hopefully, the next one will be the last, and we’ll have on our hands a triumphant horror quadrilogy.

      What I loved instantly about We Are Still Here is that it did NOT feature a “hip, young cast” full of vapid teens doing asinine thing after asinine thing in response to a barely discernible evil spirit. In fact, this film does what few haunted house films dare to do: It lets the ghosts murder the HELL out of people. We Are Still Here features an older cast of characters (including Barbara Crampton who’s also in my number 6 pick on this list), and we watch while they become embroiled in the horrors of their haunted new home. The town’s dark role in all this leads to a bloody final act that is nothing short of splendid. I loved this film’s gore, I loved the look of the ghosts, and I loved Larry Fessenden’s character and his particular story arc. Fulci would surely delight himself in this haunted house film that is ultimately a tribute to his work in the early 80s. This film opts not to go for the retro feel as seen in House of the Devil, and while that would have been AMAZING, it’s no biggie, really. This is how a haunted house movie is done!

      3) KRISTY
      This underrated gem of a Thanksgiving slasher flick (originally called “Satanic”) is about a young woman named Justine who is alone on her college campus over the holidays and has to deal with a band of murderous Satanist cultists led by a positively terrifying, hoodie-clad Ashley Greene in her best role to date. The lovely Haley Bennett literally and figuratively KILLS IT as our final girl. Her transformation from the tired, school-worn student into the badass-who-rises-to-the-occasion is immensely satisfying to watch (think You’re Next). What’s more is that this film is not only an amazing modern slasher flick, but it also serves as a prime example of how female empowerment through horror cinema can best be handled in a 21st century context. It does this through our marvelous final girl, yes. But this film’s REAL triumph in this feminist regard comes through the use of the female ANTAGONIST who is genuinely scary and threatening. She isn’t motivated by revenge or a rape-related backstory as is almost ALWAYS the case with female antagonists. She’s just evil and wants to murder for Satan! It shows a much-needed diversity in female slasher villain roles that dares to defy genre tropes in order to give women the agency to be a perpetrator without first being a victim. I LOVE this film!

      2) HE NEVER DIED
      It is a SHAME that this movie has flown under everyone’s radar. There is little to no hype surrounding it, and that just hurts my heart. Punk rocker Henry Rollins stands at the center of this bloody noir/horror story about a mysterious man named “Jack,” who just wants to be left to himself, despite violence very deliberately finding him. Now, even though I’m a huge Black Flag fan and really dig Rollins, I didn’t have the highest of expectations regarding his acting, but listen everyone… Rollins NAILS IT. His peculiar demeanor and odd interactions with everyone in this film are alone worth the price of admission and many re-watches to come. Go into this film as blindly as possible. Don’t watch a trailer. Don’t read too much about it. Just know that you’ll be getting a wholly interesting take on a very old and familiar tale in this violent, quirky, fun, and often humorous gem of a horror flick that has tons of heart. I’ve never seen a movie like it. LOVED IT.

      Ties are lame. Sorry. But tied for first place on my list is this critically acclaimed western/horror. No film this year had me so scared for the protagonists’ safety. And I mean that! The horror in this film is wrapped up in a western movie package, and it is that departure from convention that makes the third act of this film so much more brutal and frightening… much more so than if this movie played out like a typical horror movie. I have MUCH to say about this, but to keep it short, it surely has much to do with how horror relates to expectation and tone and how a western setting grounds the horror in real life more poignantly than if the horror had been in a “horror” setting. The kills in this movie, especially at the end, are INSANE. And this cast is the best of this year hands down. Kurt Russell, Patrick Wilson, Matthew Fox, and Richard Jenkins are straight up GANGSTAZ!

      1) DARK SUMMER
      For me, Dark Summer was 2015’s best kept secret along with He Never Died and Kristy. While it tied for first place on this list with Bone Tomahawk, Dark Summer is nothing like it. If this movie had gotten one tenth of the hype It Follows or The Babadook enjoyed (as opposed to literally NO HYPE AT ALL!), I think people would have approached this movie as the work of art it really is, rather than some throwaway haunted house story that seems to have disappeared into the ether. If you love high quality supernatural/haunting films, you simply must give this one a watch. It takes many of the things I CANNOT STAND about your typical teen ghost flick and renders them in a deeper, genuinely meaningful manner that results in a wonderfully shot, written, and acted piece of horror cinema. Dark Summer handles the characterization of the teens, the dreadful, claustrophobic atmosphere, the scares, and the violence with great care, and it shows. For me, the BEST part of this film is that it gives us this haunting and then provides for us the answer not only to WHY it’s all happening but also HOW! Haunted house movies almost NEVER deliver on that, and this one absolutely does. Excellent all around. (Also, Grace Phipps stars in this and is in a segment in my number 6 pick, so she’s a G… especially when she’s blonde.)

      • Here’s how my list would read without all the mini-reviews:

        10. It Follows
        09. The Final Girls
        08. Wyrmwood: Road of the Dead
        07. Deathgasm
        06. Tales of Halloween
        05. Insidious: Chapter 3
        04. We Are Still Here
        03. Kristy
        02. He Never Died
        01. Dark Summer & Bone Tomahawk (TIE)

        • I had Dark Summer on my list at #20 for the year. I really enjoyed it but didn’t find it very memorable as I looked back on the year. I thought it was a tight movie with a very cool ending. The main character, Keir Gilchrist, is also in It Follows.

          • Sal, Juan, and Dino… you guys are KILLING me! Ha ha! I know my list seems “backwards,” but I’ll explain…

            First off, my 10th, 9th, 8th, and 7th place picks on this list are pretty fluid. Only my top 6 are SOLID. So, perhaps if I’d put IT FOLLOWS at number 7, 2015’s golden-child of a horror film would have seemed more appropriately placed, eh? Ha ha.

            Seriously, though, all yours lists are great. I’ve enjoyed reading them, and thanks for reading mine and taking time to comment! Sincerely!

            DARK SUMMER and HE NEVER DIED made my top 2 because they took me by surprise. IT FOLLOWS didn’t. I’d heard for months that it was a good film, and it was what everyone said. But DARK SUMMER and HE NEVER DIED were like a dark horse that came out of nowhere to really deliver the goods… from my perspective, of course, so they get extra points. Thanks again, guys!

      • “What I loved instantly about We Are Still Here is that it did NOT feature a “hip, young cast” full of vapid teens doing asinine thing after asinine thing in response to a barely discernible evil spirit.”

        I couldn’t agree with this more. In my opinion old people tend to be way more interesting as characters than generic partying teens. They’re more nuanced, have more experience, and deal with things differently. I want more horror movies with 40+ casts. To me it’s just scarier. Of course dumb asshole teenagers can’t cope with ghosts and murders, they can’t even cope with pimples and no wi-fi. When grown ass, rational old people are freaking out then you know it’s serious stuff.

        No offence to any generic teenagers reading this.

        • I’m pro equal opportunity. Give teenagers a chance, man. Older actors were teenagers once, you know. The results CAN be great with the right teens (or teen-looking 20 year olds). Look no further than IT FOLLOWS for a great example. I do get what you’re saying though. There’s a certain grit that older actors bring to the role that can’t be replicated with younger actors. It comes down to personal preference, I suppose. Anyway, that’s all I’ve got.

          • I’m all for equal opportunities too but the massive lack of equality when it comes to senior protagonists in the genre and the skew towards lazily written younger characters has just worn me down. IfI ever see the plot device of obnoxious teens going to party in a cabin again then it’ll be too soon. Of course teens can be well written and likeable, the 80’s taught us that, but I feel like the cynicism and embracing of vapidity popularised in the 90’s is still with us in regards to young characters. I just want them to mix it up a bit because as it stands we seem to get one horror film featuring older protagonists for every two dozen featuring younger ones. I get that demographics and target audiences come into it but I bet there’s way more older horror fans around these days than ever before.

        • Clint, I really hope you enjoy it. I’ll admit that supernatural horror is my favorite sub-genre, but it’s also the one I’m hardest on, and I really did like Dark Summer a great deal. It sadly just got lost in the mix of this great year of horror we had in 2015.

    • My recommendations based on ones I’ve seen:

      Suburban Gothic – Ugh, avoid. This was on my list for worst movies of the year and I typically love Kat Dennings’ movies.

      The Editor – If you like the old 70’s giallo films of Italy, this is a must watch.

      The Voices – A bit of a twisted horror/comedy that is fun as long as you’re not expecting much horror.

      Cooties – Don’t listen to anything Wolfman Josh says about Cooties. It’s great!

      Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse – Fun for what it is, but it isn’t anything you should rush out to find a copy of. Must be a fan of low brow humor.

      The Green Inferno – If you’re a fan of the hardcore cannibal movies, it’s a must watch film. Otherwise, I don’t think it was worth the hype for it’s anticipation. I prefer Knock Knock as Eli Roth’s better 2015 movie.

      No Escape – An absolutely terrifying film, particularly if you’re a parent, but by no means is it a horror film. Jay’s not going to live down ranking this as his #1 horror movie for a LONG time. Ha

      Hellions – Sounds decent on paper, but it’s pretty awful.

      Turbo Kid – May not technically be horror, but it’s a blast.

      Girl House – If I could channel my inner Dino for a moment…WATCH GIRL HOUSE NOW!!!1!

      • Thank you, Sal, for this thoughtfull reply! My lady and i are almost done with The Diabolical and will watch Girl House tonight! Regarding It Follows… I loved it. I really did, G!

      • SUBURBAN GOTHIC was a strange one. There were things that I liked, but overall, you wouldn’t be missing anything if you chose to skip it.

        COOTIES was actually a pretty big disappointment for me as well. I thought The Wolfman was being really harsh on it at first, but upon viewing it, I was also really let down by how generic and tame the movie is. I was fine with it being so comedic, but the comedy wasn’t even that strong. So, it didn’t go full horror, but it also didn’t go full comedy and it just was kind of forgettable in the end.

        THE GREEN INFERNO. I agree with everything Sal said.

        TURBO KID was awesome. If over-the-top throwback movies are your thing and you’re a fan of movies like MAD MAX and KICK ASS, then this is a must. It’s fun, bloody, emotional, and replete of good ol’ 80s nostalgia.

        GIRL HOUSE was a fine modern slasher. I thought it was done well, the premise was strong, and the leading actress was great. I wasn’t as high on this as Dino or Sal, but definitely worth a watch. It’s solid through and through.

        • You guys, I did not really feel GIRL HOUSE like you all seemed to. I may give it another watch here pretty soon to see which aspects of this I missed that if caught would have made this film better for me.

  26. Sorry I’ve been such a stranger guys.

    As is standard for me I’ve been pretty terrible at keeping up with modern cinema this year but these top ten lists are really what I’ve been waiting for because they provide such a great overview of stuff worth checking out. I’m super glad to see Josh taking the risk of throwing Turbo Kid on his list. I wouldn’t personally class that movie as horror but it’s a film that the horror fan part of my brain absolutely wouldn’t want to miss. It’s worth checking out for extremely inventive gore alone and considering how much Shannon and few more of us were raving about it I’m surprised that Jay didn’t end up checking it out. It’s definitely tongue in cheek and ridiculous but it has the heartbeat of an 80’s movie; likeable good guys, over-the-top bad guys, an irrepressible sense of fun and a sweet soundtrack.

    As for Jay’s inclusion of No Escape*; I’m a bit more conflicted. It’s good to see him being less dogmatic with genre classification but I can’t help but feel like Jay has developed a tendency to base such classifications more on a film satisfying his own personal taste than any actual relation to the roots of the genre. His emphasis on “realism” as an important aspect of horror feels to me like a fundamental misunderstanding of the heart of the genre. In my opinion horror is about the unknown. It’s the depiction of reality exaggerated and deformed by the human imagination so an adherence to utter realism undercuts what’s the most important delineation between something like a disaster movie/crime movie/war movie and a horror movie. So when Jay refuses to classify something like Crimson Peak as horror but throws No Escape on his top ten list it just seems like he’s picking and choosing what to put in the genre based on his personal distaste for the supernatural and preference for the realistic.

    But I love you anyway Jay, in part because you make us think about this kind of stuff so damn much but also just because your our one and only Jay of the Dead.

    And feel free to dismiss my criticisms anyway as I’ve sucked so much as a horror fan this year. The only new movies in the genre I’ve managed to watch were as follows:

    We Are Still Here (8/10)
    Insidious: Chapter 3 (8/10)
    The Hallows (6.5/10)

    And I’d give Turbo Kid a (8.5/10) and say it isn’t technically horror but will appeal to any fans of Henenlotter, Troma, early Peter Jackson etc.

    I hope all you horror fans and your families had an amazing holiday season if you celebrate that stuff and I wish you all the best for the new year. And many thanks to the hosts of this show who continue to produce these amazing, intelligent, entertaining and wonderfully analytical discussions.

    • I’ll back you on WE’RE STILL HERE and INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3, David. Both of those made their way into my top 10 horror movies of the year, so you’re doing a fine job in keeping up with the quality stuff. I haven’t seen THE HALLOW, but I’ve heard great things about it. Josh seemed to be really impressed, so that’s one I’m going to have to check out to see where I fall. TURBO KID is not a horror movie at all. It’s a great throwback movie that horror fans will appreciate, but by no means is it a horror movie. Between that and NO ESCAPE though, I’d pick TURBO KID as the most horror non-horror movie.

      • I think my rating for The Hallow might be a little unfairly low actually. It’s maybe more of a 7/10. I was pretty exhausted when I watched it but my main issue was that it felt really predictable to me. I don’t if that’s more to do with a familiarity with Irish folklore on my part or the actual plot beats being quite by-the-book. But atmosphere wise it was excellent and the crazy practical effect creatures were some of the coolest I’ve seen for a long time. A couple of the main roles feature GIT actors too, which is nice.

  27. How could you Jay!!!! Bone Tomahawk at #2? I could see if it were a Worst Horror Movies of 2015 list (although it would be number one on my worst list). This movie was such a snooze fest and really, the only redeeming part of this movie was the “replacement” deputy. It took forever to get to where it wanted to go and frankly the pay off at the end was so not worth it. I could have used the 2 hours and some odd minutes to watch a better movie (or two). Just know you haven’t lost me as a listener to your awesome podcast. I still think you guys are the best horror movie podcast out there and I find you all so entertaining. I won’t let this one ridiculous mistake sour me HA!

    I don’t really have a Top 10 list as I didn’t see a lot of 2015 releases. The ones I did see that I highly recommend are:

    It Follows:This one took me a second viewing to see just how much I actually enjoyed it. The music set the tone for this one and I thought it was quite creative and creepy.

    Insidious 3: I really enjoy this series of movies, but 3 was by far my favorite.

    The Visit: This was a fun (full of good jump scares) movie. Definitely looking forward to watching this one again.

    A Christmas Horror Story: To many awesome things to mention but I don’t want to spoil it for those who have not seen it yet. Good fun!

    Back Country: I enjoyed this movie for the same reasons you did Jay. This type of horror movie scares me the most because of how real and how terrifying the scenario is.

    Kristy: starts off slow in the beginning, but picks up and really gets good.

    Hidden: a different take on a much loved genre

    I need to keep up with horror movies in 2016. I feel I spent most of 2015 catching up on previous years. Keep up the great job on the podcast and I hope you all have a great 2016!

    • Hey, Lydia the Strange, I was just about to jokingly ream you for calling BONE TOMAHAWK a “snooze fest” (since it made my top 10 ha ha), but I’ll be damned, your top movies for 2015 are pretty damn good.

      • Ha! Thanks Mister Watson for taking it easy on me. I feel like I am in the very teeny tiny minority(welcome to Hated Bone Tomahawk. Population 1) when it comes to this movie. Trust me I really wanted to like it. I love Kurt Russell and enjoy most of his work. This one just..wow…what a bad movie. But hey, we can’t all agree on everything right?

        My goal for 2016 is to watch more foreign horror films. Last year I watched a ton of Korean horror movies (which I absolutely loved) and this year I plan on expanding to other countries.

        • There’s some amazing Korean stuff out there at the moment. Especially leaning towards the crime/thriller side of horror. I’m hoping the HMP guys get around to their Asian Horror episode this year.

          • Agreed David! I discovered Korean films after someone got me into a few Korean dramas. My favorites so far have been Host, Flu and The Tower. I actually find Korean action movies to be so much better than American. I cannot for the life of me remember the name of this particular one I enjoyed…something about cave of secrets or house of secrets…I don’t remember, but it was so good.

      • Kirsty×÷%=\3*=€#_#;×(×_#;
        Just watched it.
        Don’t wait any longer Dino.

        **** minor spoilers ****

        I loved Scream and liked Scream 2.
        That being said, for those that have seen Kristy.
        This movie is pretty damn great. About halfway in I started to think that this is where the Scream franchise should have went. It could have started after scream 2 even. A cult of ghost face killers around the country, going after Sydney type characters who gave motivation for random girls to be hunted. Whether their mother was a whore or if they came up with a different reason to hunt the victim, relating back to Sydney.
        Anyone get that vibe of feeling
        I really respected and liked how their were NO cliche killers, not the boyfriend of campus guards. It didn’t take the usual boring twist. I just loved it. Best badass chic since Your Next!

        • I also watched Kristy and though I liked it a lot, I don’t think it’s as good as You’re Next. I’d say it’s a neat clone that’s well done, but it’s not very original. It pretty much is You’re Next beat for beat with a few changes here and there to make it seem new. Still, I would definitely recommend this. It would’ve made my honorable mentions for sure.

          I really like your take on the Scream sequels, Ryan. I think it could’ve worked really well.

          • I woke up today and watched Kristy. It was fun and I liked it but not enough for my top 10. I think You’re Next is better too.

          • Juan, I see the similarities between KRISTY and YOU’RE NEXT. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if the one didn’t influence the other, but help me out here Juan… would you really reduce KRISTY to mere clone status here? There are some pretty tremendous differences in setting, tonality, and ESPECIALLY in the motivation of the antagonists in both films.

            YOU’RE NEXT plays into the home invasion style of film that features antagonists who are out for money. Our final girl is an already badass survivalist who turns the tables on them. In KRISTY, we have a tired college girl who faces these threats alone with no help. Said threat are Satanic cultists who symbolically kill Christ by murdering these women, which is much darker than killing for pay, don’t you think? I’ll contend that while KRISTY’S and YOU’RE NEXT’S final girls seem similar somehow. You’re right about that. Can’t quite put my finger on it.

            I’m not trying to re-tell you the plot points above, though, man. Sorry if it looks like that. I’m just sort of confirming your point that the movies ARE similar, but maybe if we call one a clone of the other, we might have to admit that all slashers are clones of one another since both movies (KRISTY especially) follow those established story beats.

      • I see what you did there. Did you see what I did there? I think you saw what I did there and that’s why you did what you did which I saw.

        p.s. Seen it.


    Just finished watching this and the more I think about it, the less I like it. I feel like there’s some pretty major problems with the film. Maybe the biggest problem is not understanding Daniel’s motivation. Had when he found out about the cheating, he killed his girlfriend and best friend, I would completely understand that. Likewise, would it be understandable if he beat up the friend and slapped the girl around. Not advisable, but I would understand that motivation. However, he didn’t want to kill them. So how is it that he had time to contact a friend, bring in the fake landmine, and do everything necessary to set his plan up despite only being told about what happened the previous night? That’s completely unrealistic. If you just wanted to punish the friend and girl, why not sneak away during the night and take the car with you? That way the friend and girl are forced to endure a pretty awful trek until they can get some help. Same basic idea as the fake landmine.

    What makes my issues with Daniel’s motivation worse is that he wasn’t even necessary to the plot. From what little I heard about the film, I thought it was a movie about a couple who goes off on a trip only for the boyfriend to step on a real landmine. I didn’t know there was a third person on their trip. Had the movie just been about a couple, would anything have really been different? I’d say no except you wouldn’t have some of the plot holes and you’d be able to shave off some time on the already far too long of a movie.

    The transition into the third act revenge was jarring. I legitimately though Amazon Prime had messed up and was showing me a different movie when it cut to Ilya’s family without any explanation.

    This is less of a negative and more of a personal preference, but I didn’t care about the revenge against Ilya. I was more interested in following up on Daniel when he learns what happened. Instead, we never see Daniel again.

    Acting wise, I thought Sterling Knight couldn’t deliver believable lines for the first two thirds of the movie. It’s only in the final act when he goes off of the deep end with his revenge that he finally shows some talent as a sarcastic jerk. I did like Kote Tolordava though. He was believable, albeit stereotypical, as a perverted and twisted man. Spencer Locke was fine for what she did. Not bad, but not a stand out either.

    While I do like films that are generally set in one location, this one was overly long and desperately needed some fine tuning.

    –End of SPOILERS–

    Overall, I’d say Landmine Goes Click is a typical Redbox horror that you watch once and you shouldn’t have any desire to see it again. I’d give it a 4.5 and a recommendation to only watch if you can see it for free with Amazon Prime.

    • I’m listening to this episode for a second time and BillChete said something that I strongly disagree with. He said, and I’m paraphrasing, that throwback movies like The Final Girls aren’t made for the serious horror fan. Who else would they be made for? Who else would get all of the references? You could argue that many horror conventions have made their way into the mainstream, but there are a lot of references in movies like that that only fans of the genre would get. So I don’t think those movies were made with the non-horror fan in mind. I think they’re very aware of who their audience is.

      • Juan, I agree with you COMPLETELY. I love me some Billchete, but I don’t know if there is a horror reviewer out there whose tastes could be further from my own. (I like that about him, though, honestly)

        Still, Juan, you’re spot on with your comments. I love it.

        • Yeah, I like that about Bill too. I’m usually pretty confident in my tastes and opinions when it’s anybody else on the show, but Bill is so different from me that he really challenges me–he has this interesting sort of gravitas–and I like it!

          • Wolfman Josh,

            When Billchete was kinda callin’ you out about horror movie throwback movies, I was thinking, “Love ya, Mr. Chete, but Wolfman, show him what’s up!”

      • I think it goes both ways. For instance, my wife does not like horror. We watched it together and she had a blast. She knew it was kind of a parody but saw that it was an original film as well. She also understood most the references too. Same went for my old man whom thinks horror movies for the most part are ridiculous. He had a blast and laughed his ass off too. With his little to no knowledge of the genre.
        I loved it because I am a horror fan and dug all the references. It was great.
        That being said Chetes comment is pretty spot on, as far as this film in particular. It had a little something for everyone. If it wasn’t for the broadened audience appeal, I think some of the cast wouldn’t have been so.

    • Oops. Sorry I replied to your message, Sal. I didn’t mean to. Not that I was planning on ignore its, just that the comments above is totally unrelated haha.

      I’m glad you reviewed this. I wasn’t interested in it at all and your review is pretty much the nail on the coffin for me to skip it altogether.

      • I think it’s a mistake to skip it. It’s an interesting film. You might hate it but it’s a cool ride unless you’ve already had it spoiled. I don’t recall the boyfriend finding out the night before I thought he’d found out way earlier and I could understand this as revenge tactic compared to stranding them together. That would unite them against him, this could make them turn on each other.

        • Well, just from the trailer alone, it seems like one of those horror movies that tries really hard to be a horror movie. I tend to stay away from those as I generally don’t like them. I usually refer to these as Red Box horror. Now, if enough people start to recommend it, I might change my mind about it.

          • Hmm. If you’re saying it’s just been marketed as horror when it’s not, I can tell you that’s not the case. I’m open to calling Black Rock horror but I could see someone taking that issue with it but not this.

        • I’d need to rewatch the scene to be 100% certain, but I’m fairly sure Chris only told Daniel the night they arrived, but it was off camera. It wouldn’t make much sense for Daniel to know way in advance, only for Chris to keep Alicia in the dark about Daniel knowing. However, if Chris only told Daniel after Alicia fell asleep, Chris never had any one-on-one time to tell Alicia the next morning before all of the craziness began.

          • I don’t think Chris would ever have told her that he told Daniel though but I’d also have to watch again. I think the bigger issue would be how do you know the guy will ever actually step on it? I mean you could say move right, move left, a little forward 15 times and the guy might never step on it. I’m willing to overlook all these things for the irony that this film gives us in the end. You lose the irony if he just leaves them in the woods by themselves. It’s then less Daniel’s fault.

            • Why wouldn’t Chris tell her that he told Daniel? That’s a pretty big thing to keep secret, especially when you know their wedding is that weekend. I don’t see why Chris would still be trying to convince her to tell Daniel if he had already done that.

              There’s a lot of potential plot holes with the setup. How do you ensure Chris steps on it? What about Chris deciding to try and jump off immediately? Chris and Alicia didn’t see that big steel chain on the ground until Daniel grabbed it? It’s a very contrived movie that didn’t do much for me.

          • I think Chris wanted her to tell him. It’s important that she also fess up to it, without him saying “oh it’s cool, I told him.” Also, she might be angry, maybe they had said they wouldn’t tell him. That makes sense to me.

            I do understand the stuff you’re saying but if I just stepped on a Landmine, I don’t think I’d notice a chain in the grass, if I did I doubt I’d know what that meant. If he jumped off immediately it would still be a tense moment and scare the crap out of then both. It is still contrived and the dialogue isn’t great but the cinematography was nice and I think the plot works overall with a few issues. No bigger honestly than some in It Follows but that’s another discussion but I also really liked It Follows.

          • Well they don’t follow their own rules or show them at work. They use the same tired cliche of people hiding when they should be running (this film over all others even says that’s what they should be doing). I just felt I was watching a film that was above all that nonsense. It lost its way a bit in the last half.

    • I just finished watching Landmine Goes Click and I wanted to mention that Spencer Locke was also the voice of Jenny in Monster House (2006). Two of JOTD’s favorite movies.

    • Mangloid, CLOWN would have absolutely made my list! I loved that movie. The only reason I didn’t put it on is because it has no US release date, and I didn’t know how to categorize it.

  29. As I said in last episode’s comments section, I don’t have a lot of free time these days, so my contribution to our look back at 2015 will be to talk about the movies that I saw this past year based on your reviews. After listening to this episode, my to-watch-in-2016 list is now massive. So much good stuff out there, that I only find out about through this podcast! I found y’all only this fall, after doing a google search for “horror movie podcasts,” but I went back to listen to previous episodes.

    Horror Movies That I Watched in 2015 Because of HMP:

    The entire Friday the 13th franchise: I had given up on the franchise after seeing the first two a long time ago, but seeing that you were running the franchise review got me back into it. Now I wish that I had seen Jason Lives back in the 80s! I’m more of a Fred-head, so I saw Freddy vs Jason when it came out, and I still think that it was fun and much better than anything that wad been done since Jason Takes Manhattan. Not too big on the reboot, but I guess I just prefer lumbering revenant Jason.

    The entire Nightmare on Elm Street franchise: Yes, l the jokes are corny, but Robert Englund is just having so much fun making these films that the joy is infectious! The 2009 film suffered from lack of fun, and lack of Englund. Ever since we lost Wes Craven, my computer wallpaper has been Freddy Krueger in honor of Wes’ passing.

    Troll Hunter: I found this online after your found footage episode. Not scary, but I’m not sorry I saw it. I liked the bit about smelling Christian blood, and the hunter not knowing if they could smell Muslim blood.

    Exists: Also due to the found footage episode. Some good parts, but the execution left me wanting more scary. It convinced me that there’s potential in bigfoot for some really scary movies.

    Wer: I’m getting tired of naturalistic explanations for monsters (I like supernatural horror), but this was an outstanding werewolf movie! The bit at the end (I shaved my head because… well… because I’m weird now) was an off note, but overall it was such an effective movie. Brian Scott O’Connor’s physicality as Talan was awesome and frightening. He needs to get more work now.

    The Babadook: Speaking of awesome and effective movies. Wow. Once I got that the babadook (even though I personally think that it was real, not psychosis) represents the destructive power of grief, I could see just how intelligently-written this film was. Brilliant ending. I now have a babadook ringtone on my phone (he screams “ba ba dook DOOK DOOK!” when I need to be reminded of something). Thank you for directing me toward this gem.

    Jack Brooks: Monster Slayer: Worth seeing just for Robert Englund having fun.

    We Are Still Here: My theory on why this was set in 1979 is that half of the movie would have been rendered unnecessary if people had cell phones. Good atmosphere, some decent scares, and the possession scenes were very well done. The twist was not surprising, but it was handled well. Good climax with the townspeople in the house.

    The Shrine: I’m glad I don’t speak Polish, because the twist did surprise me. Creepy statue scene, and I liked the lack of explanation. Most other movies would have had an exposition dump, with a local character saying “A thousand years ago…”, and it would have ruined the mood. I guess it’s all in the execution, because sometimes an explanation scene is good, but I don’t always want to know exactly what we’re dealing with (which is why I don’t want there to be an “It Follows II: The Follower Defined”).

    On my must-buy list: Wer, The Babadook

    Keep up the good work, guys! Assuming I don’t get eaten by a bear, I’ll be listening in 2016.

    • I like your list, Prof. I never would have watched We Are Still Here without HMP. And it was a pretty rad movie. I’m watching Kristy now and it’s great!

  30. Jay of the Dead, I listened to this podcast on New Year’s Eve. It was early afternoon because my wife and I went to a party that evening. I also listened to MPW to warm up to this one. It was the best part of my New Year’s Eve (way better than the party). I loved the year in review of HMP, especially when you and Josh told us listeners to “go to hell.” Thanks for spending so much time bringing us quality podcasts! Also, thanks to all of the hosts for their extensive research for each of these episodes.

  31. I just checked out The Editor last night and thoroughly enjoyed it. Definitely a lot of weird comedic elements/purposeful bad acting and stuff, almost to the extent of reminding me of Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, but it was also a beautifully shot film and a note perfect parody of the giallo sub-genre. Surreal theatrical characters and off-kilter performances abound but it also delivers on some extreme practical effect gore along with an awesome soundtrack. I especially loved the scene-for-scene nods to some Fulci moments. The dog finding the severed hand near the river is straight out of The New York Ripper and the tarantulas in the study has to be a knowing reference to The Beyond. There was definitely a Pieces vibe going on too. I’m sure there are countless other references that, given my fairly limited knowledge of the giallo, flew right over my head. The tone takes a bit of getting used to and this was one of the weirdest films I’ve seen all year, but it was also one of the coolest. 8.5/10.

  32. With regards to the discussion towards the beginning of this episode regarding the nature of the horror genre and these movies that are, according to Jay, incorporating superfluous horror elements to somehow trick the community; I don’t get it. Why are we acting like there’s such a definitive line at the edges of these different genres. Shouldn’t genre’s just be vague tags that help us contextualise and categorise movies after-the-fact. Where’s this magic line in the sand that a film can cross to go from one genre to another and how establishes these rules? It’s all so diaphanous and intangible that I don’t really know where the foundations of Jay’s objections to such “blending” even lay. If we watch a thriller and there’s a super horrific scene that makes us think “wow, that was like something out of a horror movie!” then so what? If we go into a film thinking it’ll be a gorefest but it’s actually a super suspenseful crime film who cares so long as it’s effective and a good movie. Genre’s aren’t black and white and they never have been. Because people make whatever movies they want and then we retroactively look for a place to put them. Sure people who love horror films are likely to set out to make a horror film but the movies that adhere too firmly to established genre conventions and formulas tend to be the less creative and interesting efforts anyway. Why try to constrain creativity by turning putting everything into strict boxes? Let cinema take it’s natural course. Nobodies going to just stop making scary films just because of genre cross-pollination becoming slightly more prevalent.

  33. Man, Dark Was the Night had me right until the end and revealing of the horrible CG monster. It was sooooo good and eerie before the climax.

  34. Horror movie screening club? Do we have a name? Anyway, here are my thoughts on the film we recently did.

    One of the hidden gems of the 80’s “slasher” genre, Madman is a traditional campfire tale brought to life as a group of late season campers prepare for their last night with a couple of ghost stories. The Head Counselor relates the tale of Madman Marz, a maniac responsible for the death of his wife and children who somehow escaped vigilante justice from the local townspeople. Young Richie dares to tempt fate and calls out a dare for the titular character- and mayhem ensues.

    This is one of my personal favorites in the sub-genre as it’s a fairly straightforward flick with little muss or fuss. The counselors are fairly non-descript characters with the noted presence of “Dawn of the Dead” alumni, Gaylen Ross (billed as Alexis Dublin, for some reason that I’ll get into more detail a bit later). Each one serves their purpose as a potential victim for the killer, with Richie getting lost in the wilderness and the others heading out to find him. Marz is a bestial-sort, wielding an axe through much of the film. However, the most impressive kill (in my opinion) comes from the length of a rope. There are some decent special effects in play, though the film stretched credulity at various points here and there- the film ends with a haunting melody that tells the tale of Madman Marz, a song that kind of sets the film apart from the other slashers at the time.

    Discussion about this film should almost always involve a touch on “The Burning”, the film that helped launch Miramax and set the Weinsteins on their path to the box office powerhouse that they inevitably become. Both films were initially intended to tell the tale of the “Cropsey” legend, but Madman producers discovered the plot of the other film and decided to make some quick changes to their script as a result. Both films shot near one another, both were being shot at nearly the same period of time, both were prepping for release in the same year- and both would go on to cult status in the horror community, though “the Burning” would become far more notable for becoming breaking ground for several cinema stand-outs. As a result, Madman often becomes the lesser known or recognized of the two. And maybe it’s that “underdog” classification that sort of warms my heart to this film a little more.

    I give it a 6.5 out of ten and call it a rental.

    And, if I may be so presumptuous as to make a recommendation I would like to put forward “The Keep”. I haven’t seen it since I was in my early twenties or so, but I saw it was streaming on Amazon and i’m just looking for an excuse to watch it.

    • Never did get back to Gaylen Ross… dang. Anyway, the short end of the story is that there were rumors that she wasn’t happy on the production and that she doesn’t like to talk about the film at conventions. Whatever happened or failed to happen is anyone’s guess, but that may be why she’s billed with an alias rather than her real name.

    • Madman

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      I have never seen this movie before and am glad I had a reason. The hot tub scene alone made this movie a 7.5 for me. They were spinning while rotating….. Oh man you couldn’t cut that sexual tension with a axe!
      Madman had a few spotty make up jobs but that’s kind of me looking to close at things. I thought the cast of characters were pretty solid and the head counselor was my kind of dude.
      I dug that song at the end. Having its own theme song, I was wondering why no sequel?

      Cool pick y’all

    • Madman is great! While it suffers from some goofy logic and bad acting. The atmosphere is top notch plus the madman marz theme is amazing.

    • Madman (1982)

      I love campfire tales and the only problem I had with this film is it feels a little boring. Everything takes place the exact night that the campfire tale is told so in theory it should move along a little quicker. Also, Madman Marz is supernatural so I’m not expecting anyone to escape or to beat him in a battle. I thought Marz looked cool even though the makeup was a little bad. In a few shots you can see he’s wearing a mask. Madman Marz’s groans made me laugh and, maybe it’s my own juvenile funny bone, but TP’s name was making me laugh too.

      I really liked the warm lighting around the camp at night, especially how the lanterns looked in the woods. The hot tub scene stands out as a favorite. Who has a hot tub at summer camp? I liked the “sword in the stone” ax but my favorite kill didn’t come from the ax at all. The hanging was my favorite kill. They did such a good job with that scene. Even the reveal looks great.

      Overall, I’m going to say this movie was a 5.5 for me and I’m sure I’ll watch it again in the summer when I’m really in the mood for summer camp horror. Nice pick, Juan!

      Just a note… My numerical ratings are based on the film’s quality but I pretty much like watching all horror movies.

    • Horror Movie Club #3 Madman (1982)


      The good news? Madman is a lot more fun of a movie than Movie Club #2 Bunnyman Massacre. The bad news? The actual quality is just as low. Throughout the movie, I couldn’t figure out if it was supposed to be a serious horror movie that just happened to be bad or a parody of the slasher genre. The refrigerator scene alone makes it feel more like a parody than anything else. As a parody, the movie works. I was laughing throughout the movie and questioning what was going on.

      As far as what they did right if it wasn’t meant to be a parody, I dug the sound effects. You could hear everything well and little creaks were always popping out. Likewise, I liked the Madman song during the end credits. It was a catchy little tune. There was plenty of blood with the death scenes being good for this sort of small budget flick.

      Overall, I’d give Madman a 3, however; it’s the sort of bad movie that’s so bad it’s actually fun.

        • That beautiful scene is the moment where I had to stop the film and really ask myself if this was supposed to be a serious movie or if it’s just some brilliant parody.

          • Hahaha. I was in awe. So cheesy. They exploited the guy to. Zipper tease. Glad it didn’t go full penis. Never go full penis.

            • We did get a booty shot though.

              Were we supposed to like TP? It seemed as if he was going to be the jerk of the group that you just wait to see how they get killed. If we were supposed to hate him, they really pulled back on his poor attitude. By the end, I just didn’t know what to think of him.

  35. I am in love with this podcast. It’s the perfect way to find unheard of horror movies to enjoy. Keep fighting the good fight gentleman.

  36. Very glad to hear Josh liked Turbo Kid too :)

    I also had an idea for the summer : some kind of horror olympics with movies from several countries “battling” each other in multiple categories. I can imagine there’s listeners from several countries here that can propose a movie from their country …

    • That’s a cool idea, Rob. It’s a similar idea to one I sent in to the HMP guys last summer for a themed episode series I called “World Tour of Horror.”

      Essentially, the idea is that each episode in the world tour series would focus on a single country and feature discussion surrounding historical events/trends and cultural influences on horror coming from that country, along with a few feature reviews of movies from the country. I know the boys already have a backlog of themed episode ideas they’re sitting on, but I hope the World Tour of Horror series is something they consider because, personally, my knowledge of foreign horror (foreign to the US, that is) is limited, and I would guess the same could be said for many other listeners. Also, I think it would be nice for the international listenership to get involved in the discussion here when the tour makes a stop in their neck of the woods (so to speak).

      Getting back to your “Olympics” idea, that’s a nice and tidy concept that plays on the “Versus” format. I wouldn’t mind seeing something like that for a future episode.

  37. Such a great episode. Lots of new movies for my must – watch list.

    Happy New Years HMP! I just quickly need to say (because it’s killing me) JAY, NO ESCAPE IS NOT A HORROR MOVIE. That felt good.

    It’s a great movie and definitely kept me on the edge of my seat but not even close to a horror. Take a seat 😉

  38. I had a chance to catch up on Bone Tomahawk tonight… WOW!! Just… just WOW!!! Look, Jay, no matter where we may disagree on some aspects I have got to thank you for this recommendation. I doubt I would’ve even heard about it anywhere else with as little promotion as that gem is getting. It’s AMAZING!! Loved it!

    • Reposting my thoughts from my blog…

      “Bone Tomahawk”

      I want to start with a few thoughts about film distribution.

      The advent of new technology makes it more and more difficult for distributors to actually make any money on the distribution of a film- the costs associated with the production, marketing, and shipping costs alone are problematic but when you throw in the added damage from on-line piracy, some films will just not receive the sort of distribution we once saw for smaller releases. The way things work right now, there are two types of films- the big budget spectacles and the micro-budget “art-house” and exploitation film. The days of a moderately budgeted “working” film are all but dead and we now live in a feast or famine environment in film.

      I mention all of this because “Bone Tomahawk” may be a firm example of how the failures of distribution, marketing, and shipping are a direct reflection of the problems currently haunting cinephiles such as myself. Because my guess is that not too many of my Faceless Readers have ever even heard of the movie I’m going to be reviewing. I barely heard about it myself and all credit goes to the “Horror Movie Podcast” for reviewing and recommending this film as one of the best of 2015. Without this word of mouth, “Bone Tomahawk” finds itself doomed to a Walmart bargain shelf and the vague hope that someone finds a little interest in seeing Kurt Russell in a western. And that’s a damned shame, because it may actually be one of the years best films I had a chance to see- and it missed my “Best of List” by merely a few days.

      Kurt Russell stars as a frontier sheriff. He’s abrupt, quick to decide, and ultimately good hearted man who wants to serve the community and do what’s right. He arrests and wounds a drifter, not knowing the man is being hunted for the desecration of “sacred land” a small distance away. During the night, the drifter, deputy, and an attending Nurse are kidnapped by an obscure tribe of mountain cannibals that the other tribes fear. The Sheriff gathers up a small posse of men to follow after and hopefully rescue the kidnapped townsfolk- a local veteran in fighting Indians(Matthew Fox, “Lost”), an aging deputy grieving over the loss of his own wife(Richard Jenkins, “Cabin in the Woods”, and the nurses’ wounded husband (Patrick Wilson, “Insidious”).

      It’s a straightforward film about four men on a journey. This is about their interaction with one another and why each man feels compelled to make the trek, what they plan to do when they get there, and the obstacles standing in their way. It’s a gritty film and there’s very little joy to be found in the rocky crags and near-desert emptiness of the mountain region- there’s little hope for success and slighter hope in even finding their charges alive. And the film just ramps up the intensity with small squabbles, well-paced dialogue, and moments of sacrifice long before they finally manage to track down and confront the “Troglodyte” tribe responsible.

      You’ll notice earlier in that I said I heard about this film through the “Horror Movie Podcast”, and make no mistake- this film gets downright horrific. It’s a moody, dark, gritty, violent, and horrifying little film but that “horror” classification only accounts for a small tenth of the run-time. This movie is a dramatic western long before it’s a traditional horror, but it definitely deserves it’s spot on the “Horror” wall with one act that is so brutal and monstrous that I nearly turned my head from the gruesomeness.

      5 out of 5. (For HMP, I’ll say that’s a 9.5 out of 10)

  39. Looks as if the horror world has lost it’s first horror icon of 2016. Phantasm’s Angus Scrimm has passed away at age 89. What an amazing presence and voice he had.

  40. My top 10 of 2015:

    10. Spring
    9.Horsehead-not scary, but totally felt like an Argento-esque late 70’s psychological thriller.
    8.Insidious 3- didn’t care for the first one, second one was ok, loved this one! The monster in this is creepy.
    7.The Hallow
    6.Good Night Mommy
    5.Cub-Dog and Children in danger? Yes and yes!
    4.Wyrmwood road of the dead- Mad Max + Carrie+ Day of the Dead
    3.We are Still Here
    2.It Follows

    • Great list, Jan-Gel twin. I haven’t seen POD yet or CUB. I’ll check those out in the next couple days, for certain. Out of curiosity, what is it about POD that made it your number 1 pick? I’m stoked to check it out. (Love your name, by the way!)

        • Honestly I watched it only because Larry Fessenden was in it and I’m not afraid to admit I might have a tiny man crush. Plus Lauren Ashley Carter is in it and I have liked her since “Jug Face” and “The Woman”. I thought it was just gonna be a psychological thriller and the it turns into a monster movie. Totally didn’t expect that. It’s a less is more kinda movie in that it has 4 characters in one location and maximizes everything. It was really different.

  41. Ok Jay, I will admit I was quite upset with your number two pick for your top ten list, however, I have decided to let that go and let it fade into oblivion after watching No Escape (your number one pick). That movie pick and ranking has redeemed you. While I know most people would not agree with you putting it in a top ten horror list, I completely agree with you. That movie scared the (insert expletive here) out of me. It was horrifying!! I thought there could not be a movie more stressful to watch then the Revenant, but this one takes it’s place as the number one most stressful movie. Great movie and one I will gladly sit through again. Good job sir, good job!

  42. I’m sure this has been suggested before, but can we get a Romero zombie film review? Although they’re not necessarily sequels as much as a progression, Night, Dawn, and Day of the Dead would be great to hear reviewed by you guys.

    Part 1: Night of the Living Dead (Romero’s original film and Tom Savini’s 1990 version)

    Part 2: Dawn of the Dead (Romero’s and Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake)

    Part 3: Day of the Dead (I’d hate to suggest the 2008 remake from Steve Miner)

    Part 4: This could be optional as Land, Diary, and Survival were hard to defend :(

    What does everyone else think???

  43. Heard about Angus Scrimm and was super bummed. I LOVE the Phantasm movies, and I can’t wait for the new one, so for me this was hard to hear about. All the buzz about Bowie, no one took the time to mention Angus Scrimm.

    Best in peace, BOOOOOOY.

    • This may not be the most obvious, but I’d have to say the ending of The Mist. Although that movie wasn’t a great, that ending has never left me. I loved it.

      • I love The Mist and yeah that was a haunting wtf moment for sure…I sat there speechless after watching it the first time…

      • The Mist’s ending is devastating. It reminds me of the ending to Night of the Living Dead. Though, I still watch both of these movies often.

        Human Centipede 1 and 2 are hard to watch as well.

        Additionally, anything with rape is hard to watch.

      • I hate the ending to The Mist.


        It’s not so much that I hate that the son was killed, but rather him dying literally seconds before help came. It was too much of a forced attempt at creating some emotion. I think I would have been completely fine with the ending had the father shot his son and then continued on with his journey a little longer before help emerges. It’s the same result, but it comes off as more natural and realistic. Even though I’ve been meaning to give The Mist a re-watch for awhile now, I’ve yet to watch it a second time solely due to my hatred of the ending.

        • Oh man, it’s such a tragic ending, though!

          Btw, if you do get around to re-watching it then try to hunt down the b/w version. It’s better that way, imo.

        • While the ending is one of the most heartbreaking I’ve ever sat through, I’ll always admire the filmmakers for sticking to it. It could have easily been changed to please a broader audience but it wasn’t. I can’t really remember the last time I walked out of a movie thinking, “what the hell just happened?”

  44. Has anyone seen the Belgian film The Treatment from this year?

    It’s based on a series of Mo Hayder books.

    It is hands down THE best film of the year.

    Please check it out if you have the opportunity.

    Very disturbing plot.

    • I thought Josh mentioned this. Someone did cause I watched it after listening. I thought it was good but that’s about it. I wanted it to get crazier at the end.

  45. For those that haven’t seen, Billchete posted his final Best of 2015 list over at Horror On The Go.

    1. Charlie’s Farm
    2. We Are Still Here
    3. Some Kind of Hate
    4. Tales of Halloween
    5. Landmine Goes Click
    6. Muck
    7. It Follows
    8. Kristy
    9. The Diabolical
    10. Digging Up the Marrow

    I imagine a lot of us assumed Bill would love We Are Still Here if he got around to seeing it.

    • It looks like he got around to watching Tales of Halloween as well. This list is closer to the listeners top 10 now. Maybe we should vote again. ?

    • I actually agree with this list more than any other list I’ve seen by Billchete. It Follows, We Are Still Here, Digging Up The Marrow and Tales of Halloween would all by in my top ten. The Diabolical might be an honourable mention and I thought Kristy was just okay, felt more like a crime thriller than horror to me simply because it lacked that classic spooky atmosphere that I want from this genre.

    • UPDATE: BillChete will be publishing an updated top 10 list soon, with a few new titles he finally got around to seeing (*cough*Girl House*cough*).

      Stay tuned.

      • If Billchete does any more updates, he’s going to become George Lucas-like. Ha

        Glad he liked Girl House though. That’s a rare movie that seems like something Bill would like, but the quality is still high enough that others would like it too.

        • Ha! I imagine, for him, it’s about maintaining the integrity of his top 10 list. He typically sees everything and, as he said on the show, he just didn’t get to see as much this year.

          As for Girl House, I think it’ll be on his list, but a lot lower than I expected.

  46. Just realised I’ve finally seen enough 2015 horror to put together a top ten list (thanks in no small part to all the awesome recommendations I’ve followed up from everyone’s top ten lists here):

    1. The Editor
    2. It Follows
    3. We Are Still Here
    4. Insidious: Chapter 3
    5. Tales of Halloween
    6. Bone Tomahawk
    7. Digging Up The Marrow
    8. The Hallow
    9. Extinction
    10. The Diabolical

    The Diabolical ultimately made the cut to fill a hole in my list. It’s an interesting premise and pretty suspenseful with some gruesome looking practical effects. But some of the non-practical stuff is REALLY shaky looking.

    It should be noted that there’s still a lot of stuff I’ve yet to see. Crimson Peak, A Girl Walks Home Alone At Night and Goodnight Mommy are all high on my lists and sound like the kind of movies that could easily fit into my top 10.

    • David, excellent list! I’m so glad you got to see Extinction. It’s a great horror movie and it most certainly made my honorable mentions. If you enjoyed that, I think you’ll really dig Hidden. It’s another err hidden gem that I think you’d appreciate. Ultimately there was so much good horror that some of these movies didn’t make the top ten, but they’re very much worth a watch.

      • Extinction was great and I looked it up specifically because of your list. I just can’t get enough of that desolate, snowy landscape in horror and I loved the restrained pacing and time spent setting up the characters. I thought the creatures were really effective too and refreshingly non-CGI.


        My only issue with the movie was that I felt the wrong guy sacrificed himself at the end. This isn’t so much a criticism because it made sense from a dramatic character arc perspective but I just really disliked the other guy and though I understood his motives being protection but there was a point towards the end of the film where it became apparent that he might not be the more stable and rational one of the two father figures. It’s a great dramatic dynamic they set up though.

        • I completely agree with you. I also don’t fault the movie for having made that choice, but like you, I think the other character was much more interesting and I would’ve preferred him living. Having said that, it made sense within the context of the movie and his character arch. It was the ultimate sacrifice for someone he loved with all of his heart, but was kept apart from because of tragic circumstances. That he didn’t get to see his kid grow up and that he decided to give up his life in order for her to live made his sacrifice that much more touching. Good stuff indeed!

  47. Has anyone here seen Howl (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2393827/?ref_=nv_sr_2)?

    I’m usually not into werewolf movies due to horrible creature design and effects, but this one, I think, executed it very well, using a mix of practical effects and CG.

    In some instances, the monsters looked very similar to the creatures in one of Jay’s favorite films, From Dusk Till Dawn. It’s definitely worth catching if you get a chance (I’m talking to you Wolfman Josh).

    • I’m hoping to catch Howl very soon. I’m probably in the same boat as you, NEIL – not usually a fan of werewolf movies (sorry, Wolfman), but this one looks very interesting. Glad to hear you liked it.

    • Neil and Dino,

      Of course, you’re your own best judge on these types of things, but let me tell you… I just watched HOWL last night, and it was NOT good at all. I mean, it has a good premise n’ all and delves into the siege narrative with werewolves trying to eat people on a broken down train in the middle of a forest, but I’ve already made it sound too good. I would absolutely avoid this flick.

      It just felt like a syfy channel movie with all the poor special effects and writing that implies. But hey, give it a watch if that sort of thing is up your alley. If not… LATE PHASES is what you’ve gotta be watching if you haven’t already.

      • I’ll check out Late Phases, but that’s a little harsh on Howl. Maybe I overstated the effects, but I have to admire anytime people use practical effects for a werewolf. I HATE CG wolves! As for the story, I agree that it’s not the best, but the setting is cool.

        My biggest gripe is the fact that they showed off all those convenient weapons on the train and no one hung on to them. Like, c’mon, I would have a death grip on that axe!

        • Oh, totally. The practical effects they used were fine. You’re right there, man, but there was also the painful looking CGI on the wolves’ faces. Also, you’re spot on about the weaoons. I was thinking the same thing.

  48. I was able to catch Kristy and Pod this past Sunday.

    I really enjoyed Kristy. Overall, it was unexceptional in any real way, but it was well done and I had a lot of fun with it nonetheless. I’d give it a solid 7/10, and can see it becoming a movie a revisit on occasion when I’m looking for some good, dumb fun.

    Pod, on the other hand, I really hated. I know a few people on here have praised it, so I’ll apologize in advance for my (brief) comments. I appreciate that they were going for something different and unpredictable, but I ultimately feel they failed in every way. I thought the story overall was pretty uninteresting, and the “twist” ended up being really stupid. The acting was some of the worst I’ve seen, too, especially the sister. I’d give it a rather generous 3/10, and would recommend you avoid if you value your time.

    Incidentally, had I seen them in 2015 then Kristy would have placed on my honorable mentions list, while Pod would have been my “worst of the year.”

    • I’m glad you cleared up POD for me. I’ve been contemplating whether or not to watch this on Netflix. I’m going wth NOT.

      Also, not sure if you’ve watched it yet, but When Animals Dream was just added to Netflix (US).

    • That’s a harsh score for POD but I admit I was disappointed with it too and the sister’s acting was poor. I’d give it a 5.

      I might watch Kristy again around thanksgiving.

      • I was literally cringing during most of Pod. That movie physically repulsed me for all the wrong reasons. I had somewhat optimistic hopes for it, too, so I was very disappointed.

        • Man, that’s a Jay-of-the-Dead-too-harsh-too-low rating if I’ve ever seen one. A 3?! Seriously, that’s a very unfair rating. POD is easily better than movies like The Gallows, which you gave a huge pass. At the very least, POD deserves points for trying something different. I scored this a 7, and I’ll be the first one to admit that it’s a generous rating, but I really enjoyed this quite a bit. I understand that at the end of the day, all of these ratings and reviews are subjective, but a 3?! That’s just mean spirited, bro. Anyway, it’s a medium priority stream from me.

          • Man, you guys… I dig all your tastes in horror flicks, but y’all are confusing the hell out of me with POD. I don’t know who to trust!

          • I hear you, bro. Not trying to be mean-spirited in my rating. It’s just how I felt (that’s why I apologized beforehand!).

            I’ll be honest, though… I’m not so sure I agree that Pod was trying something different.

          • Mister Watson say “Man, you guys… I dig all your tastes in horror flicks, but y’all are confusing the hell out of me with POD. I don’t know who to trust!”

            The only solution is to watch the film for yourself. Once it’s finished, you know who to ridicule for their wrong opinion.

          • Sal writes, “The only solution is to watch the film for yourself. Once it’s finished, you know who to ridicule for their wrong opinion.”

            HA HA!!!!

            This was a film I passed over on Netflix but really only heard about from you guys. I may give it a try in a couple weeks or so. You guys kick ass!

        • They’re not 2015 movies, but if you have Netflix (US) and want to see some decent alien-related films from 2014, there’s Alien Abduction and Extraterrestrial. I think both were pretty good. But to be honest, my favorite recent take on aliens was the segment in V/H/S/ 2, which is also on Netflix [ ;

  49. Sup guys. I just saw Unfriended last night. It didn’t seem to make anyone’s top 10 list, and it wouldn’t make mine. BUT does anyone else think it was a pretty cool idea? The whole watching-a-computer-screen idea drove my wife crazy, but there was something voyeuristic that I enjoyed about it. So I’m wondering, COULD someone do a good movie using the same premise or was Unfriended lacking simply because of it’s unconventional presentation? I don’t know if that makes sense…. Does anyone know of another movie that does the same thing only better?

    • There’s been two other recent computer browsers horror movies recently besides Unfriended. There’s The Den and Open Windows. I wouldn’t call either great, but I enjoyed them both far more than Unfriended.

      It’s a pretty decent concept though. It looks different from more traditional movies and you can do a lot of different techniques as far as editing.

      Both movies I listed are currently on Netflix streaming.

      • Sal, you’re a good man*, but would you really put The Den and Open Windows above Unfriended? I think both of those movies are a lot more experimental with their approach to the “desktop movie” but they also fail a lot more miserably in my opinion. After reading Dino’s comments on it and having watched the movie myself, I have to say that people in general were criminally dismissive of it. It’s quite an effective little film.

        *Sal, you’re using italics!

        • Juan, you’re a decent man*, but not only would I put The Den and Open Windows above Unfriended, but I would also rank a Skype video cast of the HMP guys recording the next episode above Unfriended. The only thing Unfriended accomplished is making my laugh hysterically due to how bad it was. I wasn’t even drinking when watching the movie either!

          *Where have you been? I’ve been using italics on the various boards for a little while now. According to my internet history, I looked up the html code for italics on January 13th. Come on, Juan, you’re slipping!

        • Juan, I’m gonna have to side with you. I didn’t hate Unfriended. I don’t know why. It wasn’t scary. It might be that since I’m older and unfamiliar with the mode of communication represented it’s exciting to see a window into a different world. Do any of you get in on video chats (not at work)? Oh, also, the cast of Unfriended was hot, so there’s that….

          • Yeah, I would have hated Unfriended if I saw it in theaters, but I didn’t so I thought it was ok. Not the worst way to spend my time.

          • I’m glad to finally see some support for Unfriended. As Juan alluded to, I have commented in support of the movie on this site before. It’s not that I think it’s the greatest movie or one of my favorites, but I do think it’s a clever little flick that’s been unfairly criticized. That said, I also agree that this movie probably wouldn’t play too well on a big screen. I watched it on my computer (intentionally), and the effect was pretty great.

            For the record, Unfriended is a 6.5/10 for me. I haven’t seen Open Windows, but I have seen The Den. I was not a huge fan of The Den, but give it a 5.5/10 (I believe it made my “biggest disappointments” list for 2014).

            Going back to Unfriended, I think it’s interesting to note that it actually has been relatively well-received among movie critics. Anecdotally, I’ve read and heard many favorable reviews of the film among general film critics (read: not horror-specific reviewers), and it currently has a respectable 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and 59% on Metacritic. I bring these points up because I can’t think of another horror movie that has been reasonably well-received by the general movie-going world, but critically panned by the horror community. Just thought that was interesting.

            • What do you think that ultimately means for a horror movie to be panned by horror fans, but generally well received from the non-horror outlets?

              For me, the first thing that enters my mind is that the non-horror outlets had so little expectations that Unfriended comes off as a creative little flick due to it’s Skype video screens. I would give the movie this credit, it’s different from the norm compared to most teen horrors.

              • I honestly have no thoughts on what that might mean or why that may be. I don’t really agree with your “little expectations” theory, though. I don’t think a professional movie critic would go into any movie with pre-conceived opinions or thoughts, and I especially don’t think they would allow any potential such thoughts to influence their rating scale. That would essentially discredit their ratings and opinions moving forward.

                If I had to wager a guess, I would say it’s possibly because the framework of Unfriended is so unconventional**. Maybe that’s something a non-horror crowd would be more receptive to.

                **While the framework of the film is unconventional, I would say the core of the film is a very basic supernatural tale that we’ve seen many times before (which I think is the film’s main downfall).

                • Perhaps “Little expectations” isn’t the best way to word it. Instead, the critics that have a disinclination to disliking most horror movies. Someone like Jay’s boy, Roger Ebert, who wasn’t horror’s biggest supporter. If you’re someone who isn’t a fan of the genre, seeing something, even just slightly, different from the norm may be enough to present a more favorable experience for the viewer.

                  • Yep, that’s exactly the point I was making with the unconventional framework of the movie.

                    On the flip side, it might also have more to do with the narrowness of how a horror fan wants his/her horror.

                    • The thing is, I don’t believe the style is what was the problem. I don’t see how horror fans wouldn’t enjoy the framework either. The problem with Unfriended at it’s core is all of the problems of the very basic elements. Unlikable characters, silly revelations, and a story that just doesn’t scream “Quality”.

                    • Well clearly 35% of those critics are wrong.

                      26% of those critics loathe the horror genre so much that a movie with computer screens is different just enough that they liked it slightly more than other horrors.

                      Lastly, 1% of them just happened to click the wrong button and gave the review a fresh rating instead of rotten rating.

                    • Nope. You’re wrong and so are 62% of those Rotten Tomato critics.

                      Chances are all of those positive reviews were left by alters of billie227.

                    • Sal, you are missing the point.

                      I know you are trying to be funny, but the facts of the matter are…

                      – “…62% of movie critics on Rotten Tomatoes [disagree with your opinion of Unfriended]” is a factual statement

                      – “Well clearly 35% of those critics are wrong[…] 26% of those critics loathe the horror genre so much that a movie with computer screens is different just enough that they liked it slightly more than other horrors[…] Lastly, 1% of them just happened to click the wrong button and gave the review a fresh rating instead of rotten rating” is a fictional statement

                      Whether or not Unfriended is a good or bad film is a subjective matter. I simply pointed out that the general critical reception of the film has been positive, which is backed up by both anecdotal and factual evidence (i.e. 62% on Rotten Tomatoes and 59% on Metacritic**).

                      **Further breaking down the Metacritic rating, 14 critics reviewed it positively, 12 were mixed, and only 4 were negative.

          • Dino wrote:

            “I don’t think a professional movie critic would go into any movie with pre-conceived opinions or thoughts, and I especially don’t think they would allow any potential such thoughts to influence their rating scale.”

            I totally disagree with you here, buddy. I think a lot of professional, main stream critics dismiss the majority of horror out of hand. Oddly, I think documentary gets a similar treatment. They just aren’t trained to understand the nuances of those genres. It’s a shame, but I think it happens all the time. Even though you are correct that it should …

            “essentially discredit their ratings and opinions moving forward.”

            • Movie critics are (mostly) humans, too, so I’m sure it happens. However, I would also suggest that your perspective on the topic may carry some baggage. 😉

              Either way, even if a critic goes into a movie with an anti-horror attitude, I don’t think that would make them more likely to publish a favorable review of a horror film. In fact, I would argue that it does the opposite, and they would be more careful about giving a positive review of one.

          • Well, you can call it baggage or experience, but having done both horror and documentary podcasts and heard/read other mainstream critics cover many of the same films, I’ve seen just how reductive they can be and how they really don’t even know how to approach the genres. The recent backlash to Making a Murderer is a perfect example, with regard to documentary. The premise they are starting with is completely flawed and just shows an ignorance when reviewing non-fiction. And any horror fan knows how dismissive mainstream critics/awards shows/etc are of the genre.

            But, I didn’t have an opinion on your discussion, just that many critics are have a negative bias when it comes to horror. Whether that supports or detracts from your greater point … I didn’t notice :) I was just responding to that one comment.

            • Totally baggage, bro.

              All joking aside, I don’t think any possible pre-bias would be more likely to influence a critic to give a positive review of a horror or documentary. Logically, it seems the reverse would be true.

          • I agree.

            Again, I wasn’t following the conversation, just responding to you saying “I don’t think a professional movie critic would go into any movie with pre-conceived opinions or thoughts, and I especially don’t think they would allow any potential such thoughts to influence their rating scale.”

            Cause that’s incorrect, as I’ve observed it.

      • I really should have been aware of both of the movies you mentioned. Thanks for listing them, Sal. I’m gonna check them out!

    • Oh boy, Unfriended, HMP’s favorite movie to love/hate.
      First off, I liked that it took place in real time.
      Yes, the characters were unlikeable but they also bullied a girl to suicide so I think the characters being unlikeable works. This is also a cautionary tale for teens about cheating on their bf/gf, telling lies or secrets, and most of all bullying.
      They all love sitting around on Skype so a vengeful peer ghost that comes back through their computers to kill them works for me.
      That being said, I really have no interest to revisit this film.

      • I’m pretty much with you, Dark Mark. I know I end up on the supporting side, but it’s not like I’m bonkers for Unfriended. It’s a 6.5 for me, so just slightly better than average. I would watch it again if it’s on or someone else wanted to see it, but I’m not likely to seek it out for a repeat viewing.

  50. Open Windows is garbage BUT I would put that & The Den far above Unfriended. Unfriended felt like we had to sit through each corner of the screen at separate times, equaling a six hour disaster of a film.

  51. Here was my top ten I sent to Jay:

    I thoroughly enjoyed Crimson Peak, Deathgasm, The Editor, Final Girls, Final Prayer, Insidious: Chapter III, Maggie, Paranormal Activity: TGD, Scout’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (until the zombie reacted to a Britney Spears song), Sinister II, Tales of Halloween (3 – 4 segments), The Visit, & Wyrmwood. These all had their moments but they are on the outside looking in for what constitutes the best of the year.

    The top then are as follows:

    Okay, I lied. How about listing five films, in no particular order, that JUST missed the mark.

    Bound to Vengeance (6/10): the surprise film I came across on Netflix. Girl gets kidnapped, girl takes revenge on abductor, girl wants help finding anyone else he kidnapped.
    Cub (7/10): Belgium film about a weekend camping trip that takes a bad turn when the unexpected shows up to terrorize some scouts.
    Goodnight Mommy (7/10): art-house horror with an interesting twist. Not sure how much belief the horror community will invest in it though.
    Kristy (6/10): got the UK DVD a while back, now streaming on Netflix. Fun Thanksgiving horror about a lonesome girl in a dorm.
    We Are Still Here (7/10): this would be #11 or could easily take the #10 spot. Eighties New England horror at its best.

    10. Krampus (7/10): I kind of feel this one is on here because mainstream horror has to be represented. Or it could be that I just love Christmas horror (Black Christmas in my all-time top 10) & this one came out at the right time.
    9. The Green Inferno (7/10): the continuous delays made it feel like this would never come out, possibly damaging how I truly felt about it. Eli Roth put together some gross out fun. Knock, Knock, though not horror, made him a double threat this year.
    8. Digging Up the Marrow (7/10): I continue to enjoy every film Adam Green has directed. This keeps getting better with subsequent viewings. Love Hatchet but this might be his 2nd best directed film behind Frozen. Ray Wise steals the show here.
    7. From the Dark (7/10): simple setup for a top recent vampire movie. Great use of light to enhance the scares. This one has future cult status written all over it. In Fear from two years ago, could’ve been a special road trip film cut short, like this. It wasn’t.
    6. Backcountry (7/10): great bear attack film. There have been lots of “Lost in the Woods” sub-genres as of late. This one tops them all. Wish this one had more love out there. Eric Balfour has a fun cameo. Maybe it will find a bigger audience eventually.
    5. Spring (8/10): people will probably attack this pick as not being horror & I disagree entirely. Son loses his mother to cancer, takes a trip to Italy, & meets a creature. That’s enough to justify this. Loved Resolution & cannot wait to see what they do next.
    4. It Follows (8/10): I truly thought this would be number one after my first viewing. The only film I saw twice in the theatre in 2015. After multiple showings, the scares & score are solid. The main issue is that the rules cease to be followed. Still, a fun film.
    3. Bone Tomahawk (9/10): most likely another movie that people would classify under another genre. Not for me. Intelligent script, impeccable acting, & veteran direction from a rookie. This is the best western in over a decade. Thank God Kurt is back.
    2. What We Do in the Shadows (10/10): when listing the best horror comedies, this one beats Shaun of the Dead. Sorry guys, but I can take the hate. It’s a flawless film that will stand the test of time. I have never laughed this much in a horror film.
    1. The Treatment (10/10): a challenging & demanding film to stomach. Regardless of genre, this is the best film of the year. I’ve only seen it twice & won’t want to go through the experience again for a while. It’s a dark disturbing masterpiece. With this, Cub, & Alleluia, Belgium really produced some great films this year.

    There were some real snooze fests this year. The Last Witch Hunter, Victor Frankenstein, & The Woman in Black II were borderline unwatchable. I will not knock Poltergeist the way people have done so in a group bandwagon. The film is bad but had some surprises along the way to rescue it.

    Here are the bottom five of the year:

    5. Cooties (4/10): people will not like this choice at all. I was just bored by it. The zombie sub-genre irritates me to levels I cannot put into words. The original three Romero classics raised the bar to all time heights. These contemporary ones sink it.
    4. REC IV (4/10): not a bad film as a standalone. The first two are masterpieces of horror. The third has a different spin. The series should’ve gone out with REC II. I cannot recommend for a fan of the series. Hopefully the series is dead.
    3. Area 51 (3/10): if this was just another found footage film, I wouldn’t be so hard on it. Oren Peli’s Paranormal Activity is terrifying & one of the greatest of the genre. To wait five years to get this mess was truly a letdown. Should’ve stayed classified.
    2. Unfriended (2/10): this is complete unwatchable garbage. It felt like I had to sit through everyone’s screen time separately, adding up to a six hour film. Maybe I’m just a cranky 38 year old. This should’ve been the worst of the year. Instead we got….
    1. The Human Centipede III (1/10): if you want to torture someone, put this on for them. Incoherent, horrible, & horrendous filmmaking. I like the first one. It’s a great way to start a diet. You want to eat something unhealthy, & you know you shouldn’t, watch The Human Centipede. Who funds this garbage? Or should I say crap.

  52. I’m late to the party, but here’s my Top 10 of 2015:

    1 It Follows (9/10)
    2 Final Girls, The (9/10)
    3 What We Do In the Shadows (8/10)
    4 Turbo Kid (8/10)
    5 Bone Tomahawk (8/10)
    6 Crimson Peak (8/10)
    7 Gift, The (8/10)
    8 Nightmare, The (8/10)
    9 Goodnight Mommy (8/10)
    10 Creep (8/10)

    If “The Gift” doesn’t count as horror (I debate that even with myself), then bump up #8-#10 and tack on “Spring”

    My Bottom 10 (10 being least bad):

    10 Pod
    9 Kill Game
    8 Lost After Dark
    7 Dark Summer
    6 Woman in Black 2
    5 Old 37
    4 Area 51
    3 Gore Orphanage
    2 Muck
    1 Lumberjack Man

  53. Billchete the dude, Aussie movie number 1. I’m actually a little bit happy though to be honest I had “It Follows” down as my top movie of the year. Note also some love for our Kiwi cousins with a couple of movies making lists.

    The Wild Colonial boys are coming people, be afraid be very afraid.

    I believe Downunder found footage could make Billchete a fan, check out “Belief” and “Apocalypto” (may have got the title wrong there).

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