Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 131: Curse of Chucky (2013) and Cult of Chucky (2017) – Franchise Review Part 4 of 4

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Happy Halloween! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies … and Chucky movies. In Episode 131, we wrap up with Part 4 of our CHILD’S PLAY FRANCHISE REVIEW.

As we’ve done with the Halloween films back in October 2014, the Friday the 13th films back in February of 2015, and the Scream films and the Nightmare on Elm Street films back in the Fall of 2015, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Chucky franchise, all seven films, concluding with this episode. So, in this show, Jay of the Dead, Dave “Dr.Shock” Becker and Wolfman Josh play with the Curse of Chucky (2013) and Cult of Chucky (2017).

Horror Movie Podcast is typically a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support the podcast, 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! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 130: Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004) – Franchise Review Part 3 of 4

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Hi! This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST. Wanna play? Chucky gets lucky this week when the good guys at HMP return from the 2017 Movie Podcast Network Meetup Event to bring you Part 3 of our CHILD’S PLAY FRANCHISE REVIEW.

Just as we’ve done with the Halloween films back in October 2014, the Friday the 13th films back in February of 2015, and the Scream films and the Nightmare on Elm Street films back in the Fall of 2015, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Chucky franchise, all seven films, including the new release Cult of Chucky (2017). This time, Jay of the Dead, Dave “Dr.Shock” Becker and Wolfman Josh play with the Bride of Chucky (1998) and Seed of Chucky (2004).

Horror Movie Podcast is typically a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support the podcast, 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! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 129: Child’s Play 2 (1990) and Child’s Play 3 (1991) – Franchise Review Part 2 of 4

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Sorry, Jack. Josh isn’t back. At least for this episode of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST. But HMP good guys Jay of the Dead and Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker are here to continue our Halloween season with Part 2 of our CHILD’S PLAY FRANCHISE REVIEW.

Just as we’ve done with the Halloween films back in October 2014, the Friday the 13th films back in February of 2015, and the Scream films and the Nightmare on Elm Street films back in the Fall of 2015, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Chucky franchise, all seven films, including the new release Cult of Chucky (2017). This time, Jay and Dave take on Child’s Play 2 (1990) and Child’s Play 3 (1991).

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! Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 1: The Vatican Tapes (2015) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast, Universal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. 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 state of modern horror is such that when I first heard about 2015’s “The Vatican Tapes,” I assumed it was going to be yet another found footage-style exorcism film. Well, I was wrong.

Aside from a handful of CCTV shots and the occasional webcam, “The Vatican Tapes” offers a straightforward narrative and is not “found footage” in the least. And while the movie does feature a few standard clichés (jumpy video, demon faces that pop up out of the blue, out-of-body experiences, etc.), director Mark Neveldine and screenwriters Christopher Borrelli and Michael C. Martin also mix things up a bit on their way to a climax that, quite frankly, was much bolder than I was expecting. But are its unique qualities enough to make “The Vatican Tapes” a film I’d happily recommend to horror fans?

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 128: Child’s Play (1988) – Franchise Review Part 1 of 4

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Hi! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST – WANNA PLAY?! It’s the Halloween season again and the good guys at HMP are bringing you another epic franchise review! This time we are bringing you the long-awaited four-part CHILD’S PLAY FRANCHISE REVIEW. Just as we’ve done with the Halloween films back in October 2014, the Friday the 13th films back in February of 2015, and the Scream films and the Nightmare on Elm Street films back in the Fall of 2015, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Chucky franchise, all seven films, including the new release Cult of Chucky (2017). First up, we wrestle with Tom Holland’s original Child’s Play (1988).

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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“Deliver Us From Evil” (2014) Movie Review

Preface from Jay of the Dead: Where is Episode 020?
Horror Movie Podcast, Episode 020 was due to release on July 4, 2014. But on my birthday, July 2, my computer died just two hours before we were going to record the show. Long story short: You will still get Episode 020 in all its glory, but unfortunately, it will release a week late: next Friday, July 11, 2014. The good news? Episode 021 will release the following Friday, July 18, and it’s another themed episode! Our apologies for the week-long delay, but we’ll be back on schedule soon. It’s especially frustrating because Episode 020 is a “Horror on the Fourth of July”-themed episode that was intended to be released on July 4. So, in order to cover the newest horror films in theaters, Jay of the Dead has gone “old school” and provided you a written movie review of “Deliver Us From Evil” below.

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Deliver Us From Evil (2014) Movie Review

Review by Jay of the Dead
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The Premise:
In real life, New York City police officer Ralph Sarchie spent most of his career dividing his time between typical police work for the department and his other work as a demonologist who investigated cases of possession and helped perform exorcisms — again, in real life — I’m not making this stuff up. In 2001, he co-wrote a book with Lisa Collier Cool called “Beware the Night” about his experiences with true crimes associated directly with demonic influences. Some of Sarchie’s chronicles described in this book have been adapted to film by horror director Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman. And that film, “Deliver Us From Evil,” was released in theaters on July 2, 2014. Continue reading

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

The Last Exorcism Part II DVD coverVerdict: 1 ( Avoid )

Premise: Immediately following the events of “The Last Exorcism” (2010), this sequel picks up with Nell disoriented and on-the-run. She is placed in a girls’ home, where she tries to believe that her seemingly absent demonic possession was never real.

Mini Review: I can’t remember the last time I saw a major, theatrical horror release that was this terrible. “The Last Exorcism Part II” may very well be the most boring horror movie I have ever seen — and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve seen “Suspiria” (1977)! Honestly, this movie is more of a drama than anything else. One problem is that this sequel has absolutely no story. And what little semblance of a story it tries to muster doesn’t make one bit of sense. Another problem is that this horror film is rated PG-13, so kills are either non-existent or shown off-screen. (It’s rare that a PG-13-rated horror film can be effective; “The Uninvited” is one exception.) Ashley Bell is a talented actress whose contortionist abilities made the first film creepy. Inexplicably, they barely use those talents at all in this sequel! Anyone could have played this role. “The Last Exorcism Part II” has five or six cheap jump scares, which didn’t even make my friend jump in the theater (and he doesn’t do well at horror movies). We were the only people in the theater, and we actually started laughing out loud at this movie. At one point, my friends decided this movie should be titled “An EKG and a Chicken,” because yes, it features an EKG and a chicken… I like the first film. It has a great premise. I rated it a 5 out of 10 and called it a Rental. This sequel falls into the “Let’s Pretend This Doesn’t Even Exist” category. It’s a 1 out of 10. Avoid — even if it’s free.

Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. Starring Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Spencer Treat Clark. Sub-genre: Possession / Supernatural. Runtime: 88 min. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for horror violence, terror and brief language). U.S. theater release: March 1, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0008.

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