In the ‘70s and ‘80s, Disney made several valiant attempts to break free of its “kids only” persona by producing movies that would also appeal to adults (such as The Black Hole, Dragonslayer, and Tron, just to name a few). Based on a story by Ray Bradbury, Something Wicked This Way Comes continued that trend and combined elements of horror and fantasy to weave the fascinating tale of a small town in the early 20th century and the traveling carnival that visited it one October.
Green Town, Illinois, is a quiet place, the kind of community in which nothing interesting ever happens. That is, until the night that Mr. Dark’s Pandemonium Carnival pulls into town. Best friends Will Hathaway (Vidal Peterson) and Jim Nightshade (Shawn Carson) hear the train coming and sneak out of their bedrooms to see what wonders Mr. Dark (Jonathan Pryce) and his associates have brought to their sleepy little town. What they discover instead is that the carnival and its enigmatic owner are not what they appear to be. Continue reading →
It isn’t long after 2015’s Hidden begins that we realize the Duffer Brothers (who wrote and directed the film) are setting us up for a major surprise.
For the last 301 days, Ray (Alexander Skarsgård), his wife Claire (Andrea Riseborough) and the couple’s daughter Zoe (Emily Alyn Lind), have been living in an underground bunker. Despite the tight conditions, Ray and Claire go out of their way to make things comfortable for Zoe, playing games with her and reading her stories, yet at the same time reminding the young girl to be as quiet as possible, so as not to alert “the Breathers” lurking above.
While dealing with an unwanted pest (a rat that had been digging its way into their canned goods), Ray and Claire inadvertently start a fire, then work frantically to hide all evidence of it, hoping that the Breathers took no notice of their unfortunate accident. Continue reading →
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 IANsidious (aka Ian West), whose other work you can follow here: on Twitter @hpmakelovecraft and Ghastly Grinning.com and That’s Not Current.com and on Letterboxd (search “Ian West”).
A Nightmare on Elm Street
1984 d. Wes Craven
-Spoken in a Ray Liotta voice-
As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a monster. I grew up looking like Eddie Munster with my crazy widow’s peak and an insatiable appetite for Universal Horror Movies, Scooby Doo, and The Munsters. I’d go with my parents or grandfather to local Suncoast stores and caress all the Universal VHS tapes and make googly eyes when I saw them on the shelf at Blockbuster or the local Mom ‘n’ Pop video stores. My grandmother’s best friend was a seamstress, and she even made me a Dracula cape that I wore all the time… even in public! Continue reading →
It’s not unusual for a horror movie to have unlikable characters; I didn’t particularly care for the leads in either Welcome to the Jungle or Shredder, and felt that at least a few of those who suffered a grisly fate in these two films got what they deserved.
Well, after the opening scene of 2016’s Don’t Hang Up, in which some college-aged buddies pull a prank on a poor, unsuspecting housewife (played by Sienna Guillory), I can honestly say that I’ve never disliked a group of main characters as much as I did the idiots in this film, and right off the bat I was hoping none of them would make it out of the movie alive.
Best friends Sam (Gregg Sulkin) and Brady (Garrett Clayton) are members of a group that specializes in practical jokes, putting ordinary people in horrific situations (children held hostage, death of a relative, etc.), then posting their victims’ reactions online for the world to see. Their prank show is wildly popular, and Sam and Brady, as well as their partner in crime, Mosley (Jack Brett Anderson), have become minor celebrities as a result. Continue reading →
I was about three-fourths of the way through 2017’s The Evil Within when I received one hell of a surprise.
It happened as two of the film’s characters, John (Sean Patrick Flanery) and Lydia (Dina Meyer), were having lunch in a neighborhood restaurant. For most of the morning, the couple couldn’t shake the feeling that something strange was going on, mostly because they didn’t recognize anyone in town… a town they’d both lived in for years.
Suddenly, John lets out a sigh of relief; he thinks he spots his psychiatrist, Dr. Preston (Francis Guinan), at a nearby table. John walks over, says hello, and pats the doctor on the back. Only it isn’t Dr. Preston; it’s a large man, well over 7 feet tall, who is none too happy that his meal has been interrupted. The moment this man stood up and turned around, I recognized the actor playing him: It was Matthew McGrory, who had portrayed Tiny in Rob Zombie’s House of 1,000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects. Continue reading →
One of the most popular (not to mention best) segments in the 2012 anthology V/H/S is writer / director David Bruckner’s Amateur Night, a creature feature-style horror tale in which a group of guys encounters a very unusual girl. With Siren, director Gregg Bishop has taken the basic premise of Amateur Night and expanded it into a full-length movie, but with Hannah Fierman once again on-hand to play the titular character and a setting that’s as intriguing as its monster, this 2016 horror / fantasy proves to be much more than a short film stretched out to 80 minutes.
In a week’s time, Jonah (Chase Williamson) will be married to the love of his life, Eva (Lindsey Garrett). To give him one final taste of freedom, Jonah’s brother Mac (Michael Aaron Milligan) takes Jonah and his two closest friends, Rand (Hayes Mercure) and Elliott (Randy McDowell), out for what he guarantees will be a wild and crazy bachelor weekend. Continue reading →
Hold onto your seats, because I have absolutely no idea how this review is going to end!
Directed by Ryan Bellgardt (who co-wrote the script), 2013’s Army of Frankensteins (not to be confused with Frankenstein’s Army, also released in 2013) is not a good movie. It just isn’t. The performances are dreadful; the story is laughably complex; and the effects (CGI and otherwise) aren’t the least bit convincing. I might even go so far as to say Army of Frankensteins ranks as one of the worst movies, horror or otherwise, I’ve seen this year.
But there are moments within it that are so hilariously over-the-top — so jaw-droppingly unbelievable — that I can’t get them out of my head. Yes, Army of Frankenstein is a really bad film, but it is also a hell of a lot of fun, and given the chance, I would definitely watch it again. Continue reading →
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 The Gray Man, whom you can follow on Twitter @Qua419
IMDB Summary:Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers, the situation quickly escalates into total chaos.
With that summary Welcome to Willits (2017) caught my attention. I felt like, this is my kind of a film. Dolph Lundgren, alien on the poster, pot farmer caught up into chaos… I’ll give it a whirl. As the movie started, I thought, this might be comedic. Instantly… no. This is going to be played serious with interludes of humor, none of which is funny.
The acting is sub-par. Dolph Lundgren is the best part of the film and his role is a cop on a television show. The main problem I had with this film, it had zero direction. The story was all over the place, with no good starting point. The summary covers what the film should have been about. Continue reading →
In an effort to help their teenage daughter Carson (Lara Vosburgh), a former straight-A student whose recent heroin addiction is destroying their family, Steve and Beth Morris (Christopher Parker and Colleen McGrann) contact the producers of Step Inside Recovery, a reality-based TV program that, if all goes well, will convince Carson to enter rehab and get her life back on track.
The show’s host / producer, Suzanne (Kate Whitney), makes a bet with her two cameramen Tim (Brian Flaherty) and newcomer Jason (Morgan McClellan) that Carson’s drug problem is a direct result of her father’s alcoholism. But as they spend time with the Morrises and witness Carson’s occasionally-violent outbursts, the trio becomes increasingly convinced that the teenager’s issues run much deeper than disharmony at home. In fact, if Carson herself is to be believed, she needs the heroin to keep an evil spirit that lives inside of her at bay! Continue reading →
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 →