Special Features 001: 15 Film Gems That Even You Cinephiles Probably Haven’t Seen (But Should)

CurtainsATTN: HORROR FANS — On behalf of our MOVIE PODCAST NETWORK, Horror Movie Podcast would like to present our first ever SPECIAL FEATURES bonus episode for your listening pleasure. Here are the only four things you need to know:

1. Horror Movie Podcast will continue to be a FREE podcast (and it always will be).

2. You can also subscribe FREE to our Movie Podcast Network feed, which provides short audio teasers of every new episode released across the Network.

3. If you like this Special Features episode, then you can subscribe for a small fee to our MONTHLY Special Features BONUS releases through our Patreon page. (Although this first episode is censored for content, the Special Features feed will be explicit.)

4. Not ALL of these Special Features BONUS episodes will be strictly Horror. Many shows will probably have no Horror at all. This first episode, however, keeps it real and includes a couple of obscure Horror flicks that we think you’ll enjoy. And not to worry, Horror Movie Podcast and Universal Monsters Cast will definitely provide Horror-centric BONUS episodes, and from time to time, you may even get some Horror from The Sci-Fi Podcast, Movie Stream Cast and Retro Movie Geek Podcast.

To promote Movie Podcast Network and our new Special Features feed, we have released this first episode for free across the entire Network. But rest assured, all your favorite MPN podcasts will resume their regular releases of their episodes immediately. Thanks for listening.


— Meet your hosts
— Random stats about Movie Podcast Network
— Agenda for this episode
— Determining the relative “obscurity” of our film picks
— IMDb closes its message boards


[ 0:11:10 ] Jay of the Dead: The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015)
Number of IMDb ratings: 2,005

[ 0:19:12 ] Joel Robertson: The Making of “And God Spoke” (1993)
Number of IMDb ratings: 775

[ 0:28:19 ] Joshua Ligairi: Moana With Sound (1926)
Number of IMDb ratings: 328
— and —
Tabu: A Story of the South Seas (1931)
Number of IMDb ratings: 3,560

[ 0:41:21 ] Mattroid: Robinson Crusoe on Mars (1964)
Number of IMDb ratings: 4,852

[ 0:48:39 ] Geek Cast Ry: I Melt With You (2011)
Number of IMDb ratings: 5,158

Network show descriptions for the uninitiated:
Movie Podcast.Network
Geek Cast Live Podcast
The Sci-Fi Podcast


[ 1:00:17 ] Jason: Jackson County Jail (1976)
Number of IMDb ratings: 656

[ 1:10:48 ] Joel Robertson: LolliLove (2004)
Number of IMDb ratings: 1,225

[ 1:18:46 ] Joshua Ligairi: Raiders of the Lost Ark: The Adaptation (1989)
Number of IMDb ratings: 474
— and —
Raiders!: The Story of the Greatest Fan Film Ever Made (2015)
Number of IMDb ratings: 1,095

[ 1:24:31 ] Mattroid: Timer (2009)
Number of IMDb ratings: 10,778

[ 1:34:14 ] Geek Cast Ry: The Aristocrats (2005)
Number of IMDb ratings: 15,164

Network show descriptions for the uninitiated:
Movie Podcast Weekly
Movie Stream Cast
Retro Movie Geek


[ 1:47:43 ] Jason: Felidae (1994)
Number of IMDb ratings: 2,744

[ 1:56:20 ] Joel Robertson: The Stepfather (1987)
Number of IMDb ratings: 9,457

[ 2:12:45 ] Joshua Ligairi: The Beaver Trilogy (2000)
Number of IMDb ratings: 404
— and —
Beaver Trilogy Part IV (2015)
Number of IMDb ratings: 88

[ 2:38:44 ] Mattroid: Deep Star Six (1989)
Number of IMDb ratings: 7,337

[ 2:51:01 ] Geek Cast Ry: 44-Inch Chest (2009)
Number of IMDb ratings: 5,977

Network show descriptions for the uninitiated:
Universal Monsters Cast
Horror Movie Podcast

IV. Wrap-Up / Ending


Don’t forget to subscribe to our FREE Movie Podcast Network feed, which gives you short promos of every new episode released across the Network!

And remember, if you want to subscribe to our Special Features episode (like this one), you can pay a small fee and get at least one new release each month through our Patreon page! (Note: This feed is explicit.)

As discussed during Josh’s “Beaver Trilogy” reviews, you can find filmmaker Trent Harris’s website here at EchoCave.net.

And as we mention in this episode, every cinephile should be sure to check out Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker’s incredible DVD Infatuation.com movie blog.

Be sure to check out all the Movie Podcast Network offerings:

Geek Cast Live Podcast – where they geek harder than anyone else on geek movies and all things pertaining to geekdom.

Movie Stream Cast – where they help you manage your queues by reviewing films that are streaming online.

The Sci-Fi Podcast – the ultimate movie podcast for science fiction fans.

Retro Movie Geek – where they overdose on nostalgia by reviewing movies that are 20 years old or older.

Horror Movie Podcast – where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies.

Universal Monsters Cast – where we review Universal monsters films, classic and current.

Movie Podcast Weekly – where we review at least one new movie that’s in theaters each week.

Thank you for supporting and listening to Movie Podcast Network.

14 thoughts on “Special Features 001: 15 Film Gems That Even You Cinephiles Probably Haven’t Seen (But Should)

  1. Loved this episode. I actually started listening to Movie Podcast Weekly because of this episode. If I have time I also might start listening to Movie Stream Cast but, Horror Movie Podcast is still my favorite.

    Also, are you guys going to put your heavy metal horror episode under themed episodes?

  2. Guys, this might be the funniest podcast episode I’ve ever heard. Such an entertaining dynamic from this iteration of hosts. And maybe it’s just that obscure hidden gems tend to be my bread and butter but every single pick was fascinating to hear about and a good bulk of them are going straight on my list. There’s nothing cooler to me than finding out about weird cinematic artefacts that are completely outside of the mainstream. Often that’s where the most interesting stuff is happening.

    And in that spirit I decided to throw together my own short list of obscure cinematic gems. I might have recommended some, if not all of these before but this is the perfect context to do so again and spread the word:

    Spookies (1986)

    With 1,345 IMDB votes.

    This is one of the ultimate movies to put on in the background at a Halloween party. It’s pretty bad by conventional standards; essentially stitched together from two separate directorial visions it ends up having a near nonsensical plot and some of the additional footage is particularly goofy and lame but the stuff from the original shoot (intended for an unfinished project called Twisted Souls) is totally awesome. Basically a slasher format with a bunch of partying “teens” getting picked off one by one in an old house. But what sets it apart is that the creatures doing the killing vary from farting mud zombies to the grim reaper himself to an Asian lady who transforms into a giant spider and sucks out your insides so you deflate like a balloon. It’s trashy B-movie practical effect mayhem full of weird imagery and memorably ridiculous moments. A true cinematic oddity but well worth checking out for any fan of cheap, cheesy 80’s horror. On a similar level to stuff like The Video Dead and The Deadly Spawn (maybe with a little bit of Phantasm thrown in there too) but more disjointed and incoherent. Absolutely never boring though.

    The Mascot (1933)

    With 1,252 IMDB votes.

    A stop motion animation by the incredible Ladislas Starevich about the toys of a bed ridden child coming to life and embarking on a series of misadventures. It’s beautifully realised with a lively and atmospheric score and the feel of a dark, slightly melancholic old fairy tale. The best scene features a bizarre party attended by all manner of anthropomorphic litter, living crockery, reanimated chicken skeletons, and goblins and root vegetables flying around in ladles and saucepans, all presided over by some spindly devil guy. It’s overflowing with creativity and enchanting little details, a long with a little bit of slapstick and an antique eeriness. Worth checking out for anyone interested in the history of stop motion and it’s running time comes in at under half an hour.

    The Ghost Of Yotsuya (1959)

    With 775 IMDB votes.

    Now this is one of my very favourite Japanese movies of all time. It’s one of the older, more traditional J-Horror’s that I’m so fond of championing. Based on the traditional Japanese ghost story “Yotsuya Kaiden” which has been adapted for the screen a bunch of times this 1959 version is directed beautifully by Nobuo Nakagawa (who also did Jigoku which is most notable for its pre-H.G Lewis gore). The cinematography, the period sets, the use of colour, the framing; everything is artful, evocative and captivating and has more of a theatrical arthouse quality than you might expect from a gruesome 50’s horror flick. It’s definitely a bit of a slow burn and for a good portion of the film it’s more of a noirish Samurai drama, deeply entrenched in Japanese culture and presented as an arc of escalating acts of human horror before eventually it builds up to a fever pitch of supernatural terror. It is tragic, dark, haunting and quite grizzly by 1950’s standards and if it wasn’t so hard to find I imagine it might be considered a classic of the genre. There is a subtitled version floating around out there in the ether of the internet though which is definitely worth searching out if it’s otherwise impossible to find.

  3. Also, I just want to point out how much the dedication to premise paid off here. All too often these “Things you’ve probably never heard of” type lists drive me crazy because they’re usually full of the most obvious entry-level stuff (Is Army of Darkness really a movie most horror fans have never heard of?) but you guys really did your homework and delivered some seriously obscure stuff. The only one of these movies that I’ve seen is Deep Star Six, which tells you more about my predilection for underwater horror than it does the obscurity of the film. And I love that movie anyway! Especially the big pre-historic looking crab monster type thing; the practical effects hold up really well and I always felt that the design might have been influential on the graboids from Tremors.

    And there were lots of casual references to other relatively obscure but great movies throughout this episode too. Now I just want to go and watch Judgement Night.

  4. You guys ripped Josh for using double features but Mattroid went on rants about like 14 movies every time his turn was up. And that’s why The Sci Fi Podcast is my second favourite MPN cast, after HMP of course. I’ll come back in a bit with a few horror deep cuts for you guys.

    • I’m so guilty of that almost every time I open my mouth it’s not even funny. Ha ha ha. This episode was great because I got to listen to the best of the best do their thing; so much to learn from this entire network of talent.

      But thanks, EvAl!

  5. I’m so glad you guys discussed Deep Star Six as I love this film. I take my hat off to you sir! I watched my VHS copy to death. For the record I also hate Avatar with a passion. Or Dances with Giant Smurfs as it should be called. Great episode.

    • It’s a promotional episode for the whole network so I think it’s pretty reasonable for the guys to circulate it as much as possible. It’s showing up on all the associated podcast feeds and the hosts involved are representing each of their relative podcasts to an extent on the show; hence there actually is a fair bit of horror movie discussion throughout and a lot of the HMP audience who don’t listen to the other podcasts might not want to miss out on that.

    • If we wanted to get yelled at about giving people free podcasts we’d go to our wives!

      Never fear, HMP will be back this week (and every other week) and will be free forever. This was just a promotional bonus episode for our most appreciative listeners.

  6. I loved this episode. It was very entertaining and funny. I needed a good laugh today guys so thank you for that. I’m sure the people at my place of work probably thought I was out of my mind laughing. I’ve just discovered you guys so I’m looking forward to listening to all of your episodes. I’ve really liked the Stephen King episodes as well. Thanks guys for all you do.

    • Welcome! Thanks for listening. Glad you enjoyed this episode (and the Stephen King stuff). Hope you’ll stick with us. Look forward to interacting with you more as you get caught up. Thanks for reaching out, Andrew and thanks again for listening!

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