Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Alien Abduction sub-genre in Horror cinema? Episode 116 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST was Part 1 in a crossover with our friends at The Sci-Fi Podcast. On that ep, the HMP hosts and special guest Mattroid, from TSFP, spent some time exploring the theme and reviewed Alien Abduction (2014) as well as Altered (2006). We capped off Part 1 with another excellent interview with filmmaker friend of the show Eduardo Sanchez.
Part 2 of that series is now here! In this episode, Dr. Shock (known as Dave Bowman on TSFP) and Wolfman Josh (known as SpaceWolf) join the crew of The Sci-Fi Podcast to review the creepy Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993). TSFP utilizes their resident scientist–The Brain–as a sounding board for hypotheses regarding the probability and plausibility of life OUT THERE and that life coming here. You also won’t want to miss Station!’s hilarious review of Communion or the great discussion about Fire in the Sky.
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It’s HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… Episode 069 is another of our Frankensteinian episodes where we bring you a mad mix of reviews, including Sinister 2 (2015) and Jay’s survival horror recommendation, No Escape (2015). One Sick Puppy of the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast joins Jay for those reviews.
Dr. Shock also brings us a review of the found footage flick, Alien Abduction (2014).
And we have a great surprise with a very special guest — The Wolfman’s wife, Rachel (aka Rach-Hell, aka The She-Wolf) of Movie Stream Cast — who helps us review M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit (2015).
Premise: A suburban family of four is terrorized at night by otherworldly visitors with malevolent intentions.
Mini Review: “Dark Skies” is an alien abduction movie, something like “Communion” (1989), “Fire in the Sky” (1993) and “The Fourth Kind” (2009), but it’s inferior to those. In fact, it’s more of a Thriller than a Horror film, and all the creepiest parts of the movie are given away in the trailer. And it has to be said: The appearance of the aliens is weak, both literally and figuratively. But the performances are good, particularly Keri Russell and J.K. Simmons. Only about half the film’s scares work; the other half are duds. “Dark Skies” actually borrows quite a bit from “Signs” (2002) and the screenwriting of M. Night Shyamalan. But aside from a few creepy moments, “Dark Skies” is ultimately underwhelming with an hour and 45 minutes of set-up and not enough pay-off.
Directed by Scott Stewart. Starring Keri Russell, J.K. Simmons, Josh Hamilton. Sub-genre: Alien Abduction / Thriller. Runtime: 105 min. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for violence, terror throughout, sexual material, drug content and language – all involving teens). U.S. theater release: February 22, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0006.