Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 162: Scary Scarecrows (aka “Straw-Headed Horror”)

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Happy Thanksgiving and Black Friday! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… This themed Episode 162 is (a potential Part 1 of) SCARY SCARECROWS or “Straw-Headed Horror,” a barnyard kissing cousin of Pig-Headed Horror. If this episode candies your yams, then let us know and we’ll bring you a Part 2 in about 40 weeks from now, give or take… But for this episode, your intrepid hosts bring you an in-depth themed discussion on the killer scarecrow as a Horror concept. We also bring you three Feature Reviews of Dark Night of the Scarecrow (1981) and Scarecrows (1988) and Husk (2011).

Episode 162 also includes a special Shudder-sponsored Screaming Online segment where we bring you three recommendations: The Mutilator (1985) and The Corpse of Anna Fritz (2015) and Deadgirl (2008). We also talk about Joe Bob Briggs’ Dinners of Death midnight movie marathon. Join us or die!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 161: Suspiria (1977) vs. Suspiria (2018) plus Overlord (2018) and Terrified (2018) and Slice (2018)

HMP 161 Suspiria Shudder OverlordWhat are you gonna do now, huh? Now death is coming for you! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies … Episode 161 is another of our VERSUS episodes in which Jay of the Dead and Wolfman Josh are joined by Allyson “The Horror Unicorn” Clark (from The Haunted Davenport podcast), to pit Dario Argento’s original Suspiria from 1977 against Luca Guadagnino’s new Suspiria remake from 2018. Do you dare join us? Hell is behind that door!

This episode also includes mini-reviews for new releases Overlord (2018) and Slice (2018) and a special Shudder-sponsored Screaming Online segment in which Dr. Shock joins us to bring you 3 “Shudder Original” horror film recommendations: Satan’s Slaves (2018), The Witch in the Window (2018) and Terrified (2018).

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 28: Venom (2018) — by Wolfman Josh

31HalloweenVenomWolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Wolfman on Twitter @IcarusArts Letterboxd @IcarusArts and Instagram @IcarusArts


Title: Venom
Country: United States
Year: 2018
Director: Ruben Fleischer
Screenwriters: Jeff Pinkner, Scott Rosenberg, Kelly Marcel

Venom
is a (kind of) Marvel movie that focuses on one of the most notorious comic book villains of all time … Venom … who in this iteration, more of an anti-hero. The Venom character is a combination of a self-interested alien symbiote from Klyntar and a brooding heartthrob of a human from Earth. The human, Eddie Brock (played here by Tom Hardy), was given his hard boiled journalist backstory in the 1993 comic mini-series Venom: Lethal Protector, which was a big influence on the film. Also influential here was the 1995 Amazing Spider-Man: Planet of the Symbiotes storyline.

This isn’t the first time we’ve seen Symbiotes, Brock or Venom on the silver screen. Despite being adored by comics fans, Vemon has not translated particularly well to the cinema. In fact, Sony’s previous symbiotic outing all but ended Sam Raimi’s Spidey run. And so, while it’s probably a bad sign that the primary reaction I was having throughout Venom was that of trying to decide whether what I was watching was better or worse than Raimi’s Spider-Man 3, it’s basically unavoidable. And ultimately, I don’t think it’s much of a contest. Venom is better—but that doesn’t mean Venom is good.
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 153: Shark Attack! — Part 2, The Meg (2018) and Deep Blue Sea (1999) and The Reef (2010) and 47 Meters Down (2017)

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We’re gonna need a bigger podcast for Episode 153, a themed show called Shark Attack! – Part 2, only on HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In this episode, we bring you Feature Reviews of action-horror fin flicks Deep Blue Sea (1999) and The Meg (2018), with guest The Mad Cetologist! We also spend some time talking about The Reef (2010) and 47 Meters Down (2017). Join us (or be shark bait)!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 148: Hereditary (2018) and Cargo (2018) and Feral (2018) and Upgrade (2018)

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With family members like these, who needs enemies? Welcome to Episode 148 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies! During this show, we bring you spoiler-free Feature Reviews of Cargo (2018)Feral (2018) and Hereditary (2015). We also talk a little about Upgrade (2018). Dr. Shock brings you a couple of Roger Corman reviews: Up From the Depths (1979) and Demon of Paradise (1987). We also discuss the new “Suspiria” and “Halloween” trailers! 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 voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 060: Wolfman Josh’s State of the Werewolf Address

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Welcome to Episode 060 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In this special werewolf-themed episode, Wolfman Josh goes solo to bring you Feature Reviews of Late Phases (2014), Wer (2014), WolfCop (2015) and “Wolves” (2015). Josh also brings us his State of the Werewolf Address. Werewolf fans, this has been a long time coming!

Horror Movie Podcast is now a weekly show that’s released every 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

Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters (2013)

Verdict: 5 ( Rental )

Premise: A modernized spin on the witch-whipping siblings in the woods, “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is about two orphaned children who grow up to become professional witch-killers for hire.

Mini Review: “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is a tongue-in-cheek action horror flick that’s three times more enjoyable than it has any right to be. Yes, it’s akin to Van Helsing (2004) or “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” (2012), except better. These witches are quite ferocious and fearsome. Famke Janssen (“X-Men”) is cast as the lead, wickedest witch. Jeremy Renner plays his role as Hansel just as straight and dead serious as his bomb expert in “The Hurt Locker.” Gemma Arterton chews the scenery and steals the show as Gretel; I was shocked by her screen presence. And Derek Mears (“Friday the 13th”) is wasted as an unrecognizable troll. (Peter Stormare is also wasted as a dim-witted sheriff.) “Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters” is fairly fast-paced and has a good number of bloody witch battles with a lot of indistinguishable action, but I personally prefer my horror flicks to be set more in reality and much less fantastical.

Directed by Tommy Wirkola. Starring Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton, Peter Stormare. Sub-genre: Action-Horror. Runtime: 88 min. MPAA rating: R (for strong fantasy horror violence and gore, brief sexuality / nudity and language). U.S. theater release: January 25, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0003.

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