31 Days of Halloween — Day 22: Eraserhead (1977) — by Frank the Fiend

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Editor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by listener Frank the Fiend, whom you can follow on Twitter @FrankTheFiend


I was in college when I experimented with Eraserhead (1977) for the first time. My buddy, who was a fellow philosophy major, told me I had to watch it. He was the pretentious sort and couldn’t offer any real substantive discussion about the plot prior to the showing. He said it was a masterpiece, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I watched the film with an open mind and was genuinely disturbed by the horrific atmosphere and creepy body horror. I wrote it off as weird at first, but have revisited the film many times as a beloved showpiece to disturb my more conventional friends.

The film’s director and writer, David Lynch, has gone on to become a famous director with some mainstream success. (Cough, Twin Peaks, Cough). Eraserhead seems to be formed from the psychological zeitgeist of Lynch’s anxieties as he struggled with his surroundings and adulthood in his mid-to-late twenties. The film is personal and steeped in the horrors of everyday existence. The mundane is scary; the common is suspicious; and unlike heaven, on earth everything is not fine. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 17: The House That Screamed (1970) — by Trey Whetstone

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Editor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by listener Trey Whetstone, whom you can follow on Twitter @Treyw_73


What secrets does this secluded 19th century boarding school hold? Why are its students disappearing? What fate awaits those who remain? As one of the film’s taglines aptly suggests, “Only the killer knows why and how and who is next.”

Set in the aforementioned boarding school, The House That Screamed (also titled “La Residencia”) opens with the arrival of its newest student, Teresa. The boarding school is a place where young, wayward women are sent when they become too much for their families. The women are taught lessons in subjects such as art, cooking, music and dictation to prepare them for their futures. It’s made clear immediately that Madam Fourneau, the school’s headmistress, does not tolerate any misbehavior and will not hesitate to use physical abuse to discipline the young women who are students of the school. As Teresa becomes acquainted with some of the other students, we learn that recently three women have disappeared, and it is implied that they have run away. Though we do not know whether this has always been the case or if it has been instated due to the recent disappearances, the women are locked in their room at night and the various other doors throughout the school are secured, as well. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 14: Vault of Horror (1973) — by Sal Roma

HMP Vault of HorrorEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986 and on Letterboxd at @Sal_Roma


Title: Vault of Horror
Alternate Title: Tales from the Crypt II
Year: 1973
Director: Roy Ward Baker

Five strangers enter an elevator in an ordinary office building. However, the elevator disregards their intended destinations, instead bringing them down to the sub-basement. There, the men find five chairs waiting for them around a table, it’s only when they step out of the elevator to check the basement out that they realize that there’s not a button to re-open the elevator doors. In order to pass the time, the men decide to share nightmares that each have been having that represent their fears or obsessions.

After enjoying watching the original Tales from the Crypt film from 1972, I became interested in the Amicus Productions follow-up anthology film, Vault of Horror. Like Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror was originally an EC horror comic from the 1950s. In fact, one of my favorite episodes of the Tales from the Crypt television show and segments from the original ‘72 movie, “And All Through the House…” was taken from a Vault of Horror comic. Like Tales from the Crypt, Vault of Horror presents a very simple wraparound story to allow five unwitting guests to share personal stories, or in this case previous nightmares, to each other. It is interesting to note that while Tales from the Crypt did feature one Vault of Horror story, the actual Vault of Horror film does not contain a single story that was originally featured in the Vault of Horror comic series. It’s no wonder why one of the alternate titles for Vault of Horror is simply Tales from the Crypt II. Another oddity is that Vault of Horror is missing a host of any kind. Where’s the Vault-Keeper?

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 13: Horror Rises From the Grave (1973) — by RedCapJack

HMP RedCap 1Editor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show Mark Cunningham, who goes by the screen-name “Red Cap Jack” … You can read “Red Cap Jack’s Ranting Lunacy” blog at redcapjack.blogspot.com and follow him on Twitter @RedCapJack.


Title: Horror Rises From the Tomb
Original Title: El Espanto Surge de la Tumba
Country: Spain
Year: 1973
Writer: Paul Naschy
Director: Carlos Aured

Paul Naschy is the undisputed King of Spanish horror and a favored actor in the extended horror community. The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman is a horror host staple and was my first introduction to the legends of Waldimar Deninsky, Naschy’s signature character. I loved the film, and wanted to see much more. Luckily, Naschy leaves behind a legacy of character performances that include serial killers, hunchbacks, mad scientists, and all sorts of blood thirsty mad men.
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31 Days of Halloween – Day 3: The Red Queen Kills Seven Times (1972) – by Sal Roma

HMP Red Queen Kills Seven TimesEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. This year we’ve asked several of our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This, the first such review, was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986 and on Letterboxd at @Sal_Roma.

 


Title: The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
Country: Italy
Year: 1972
Director: Emilio Miraglia

It’s said that one family, the Wildenbrücks, is eternally cursed with a sister killing the other once every hundred years as represented by a painting that has been in the family for generations. In the painting, the Black Queen kills her sister, the Red Queen. In death, the Red Queen returns to kill six innocent people, the seventh victim being the Black Queen. It is now 1972, one hundred years since the last killing. After a series of murders begins with the killer resembling the Red Queen, everyone begins to suspect Kitty Wildenbrück’s sister, Evelyn, to be behind the killings. What no one knows is that after a fight between the sisters, Kitty accidentally caused the death of Evelyn. Could Evelyn be committing the kills from beyond the grave or is it someone else in Kitty’s life? Kitty must learn the truth before the six innocent people are killed and the Red Queen turns her attention onto Kitty…

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 119: Man’s Best Fiend – Horror Pets

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 119, an interesting themed entry, wherein Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh discuss the concept of Horror Pets to find out what happens when animals attack! We start with a themed discussion before bringing you Feature Reviews of killer cat movie The Corpse Grinders (1971) and murder monkey movie Monkey Shines (1988). Wolfman also brings you a mini review of Australian feral dog film The Pack (2016). And for the main event, Jay of the Dead brings you a Feature Review of the ALPHA of all killer dog movies, Cujo (1983). Sit, stay, and heel or you may just end up playing dead!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 117: The Lure (2017) and Siren (2016) and Stake Land II (2016) and Lady Frankenstein (1971) and Remembering Michael Parks

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 117, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you feature reviews of horror flicks both new and old with The Lure (2017), Lady Frankenstein (1971), and Siren (2016). The Wolf also brings you a review of Stake Land II: The Stakelander (2016) in his specialty segment “Screaming Online,” for anyone looking for a little Netflix and Kill this weekend. And we’d be remiss to let this week go by without remembering legendary character actor Michael Parks, who has recently passed away.

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies!

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 10: What Have You Done to Solange (1972) — by Sal Roma

solange-poster-smallEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. This year we’ve asked several of our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This, the first such review, was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986


Title: What Have You Done to Solange?
Country: Italy/West Germany
Year: 1972
Director: Massimo Dallamano

The film opens up into the idyllic picture of two lovers, Enrico and Elizabeth, wasting the day away in a canoe out in a secluded area of London. Their fun is interrupted by Elizabeth’s brief awareness of a woman possibly running on land and a glimpse of something shiny. Not wanting to share their private spot, this causes Enrico and Elizabeth to leave. The next morning the news breaks that a woman was killed in the woods that Enrico and Elizabeth were in with the only witness to the crime being Elizabeth. The only problem is that Enrico is a married man and he’s a teacher at a Catholic High School to the underage Elizabeth. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 1: Orca (1977) — by Dr. Shock

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HAPPY OCTOBER, HORROR FANS! Just as we did last year, your Horror Movie Podcast hosts, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh, and Dr. Shock (okay, mostly Dr. Shock), are bringing you 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN with daily written reviews right here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com! We’ll also be posting one new podcast per week during the month of October, including our 100th episode of HMP, in which we’ll be asking for your voicemails to play on the show and giving away lots of creepy prizes to thank you for coming on this journey with us. We’d love for you to join us in our 31 Days of Halloween adventure by posting your October watch-lists here in the comments and leaving your reviews and recommendations for the films that you’ve been watching each day.
AND NOW, IT BEGINS…

orcakillerwhaleEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com, a movie review blog where he is watching and posting one review every day until he reaches at least 2,500 movie reviews. Follow Doc on Twitter: @DVDinfatuation.


The opening 10 minutes or so of 1977’s “Orca” are exceptional, and get the movie off to a great start. Following the credits, we meet the title creatures (two of them, to be exact), who seem to be enjoying each other’s company as they swim along. While this is happening, researcher Dr. Rachel Bedford (Charlotte Rampling), in full scuba gear, is underwater collecting samples. Suddenly, a great white shark appears, causing her to hide.

Captain Nolan (Richard Harris) and the crew of his fishing boat: Novak (Keenan Wynn), Annie (Bo Derek) and Paul (Peter Hooten); spot the shark’s dorsal fin jutting out of the water, and rush forward to capture it (an aquarium will pay them top dollar for a live shark). Dr. Bedford’s assistant Ken (Robert Carradine), who was waiting in a raft for her to return, warns Captain Nolan (armed with a spear gun) that there’s a diver down below. Continue reading

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

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

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voice mails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast! Continue reading