31 Days of Halloween — Day 18: Fear, Inc. (2016) — 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.


Directed by Vincent Masciale, Fear, Inc. is an entertaining motion picture with a likable cast of characters and some nifty nods to the classic splatter films of yore. But with its ever-twisting story and preference for laughs over chills, there’s a good chance horror aficionados will walk away from this one disappointed.

Joe (Lucas Neff), an unemployed slacker who spends his days hanging out at the beautiful L.A. mansion owned by his Aussie girlfriend Lindsey (Caitlin Stasey), is a big-time fan of horror movies, and with the Halloween season in full swing he visits a number of haunted attractions in the hopes of finding one that will scare the living hell out of him. Unfortunately, they all fall short of his expectations. Then, one night, he’s handed a card by a random stranger (played by Patrick Renna) advertising a company called “Fear, Inc.,” which guarantees its customers the most terrifying experience of their lives. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 11: Ava’s Possessions (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.


This 2015 movie begins where most other possession-themed horror films end: with an exorcism.

A priest (John Ventimiglia), standing at the foot of a bed, is grasping his prayer book, ordering a demon to leave its host while the relatives of the possessed girl, whose name is Ava (Louisa Krause), stand in the background, watching silently. Ava, strapped to her bed, is growling and thrashing about as she drifts in and out of consciousness. The entire scene is shot POV, from Ava’s perspective, and moments before the priest finally banishes the evil entity back to hell, Ava (still under demonic control) turns toward a mirror, smiles at her reflection, and says “Hello, gorgeous!”

Along with setting up the story, this opening lets us know that writer / director Jordan Ballard’s “Ava’s Possessions” is going to be as much a comedy as it is a horror film. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 10: A Dark Song (2017) — 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.


“A Dark Song,” the 2017 horror / drama by writer / director Liam Gavin, is in no particular hurry to get around to its more horrific elements, yet I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “slow burn.” That term suggests a movie that is gradually building toward something, which, in a way, this film is; a woman, unable to deal with a tragic event from her past, enlists the help of an occultist to bridge the gap between the living and the dead, all to ask a favor that only Gods or demons could possibly grant her. As you can imagine, the ritual to accomplish this amazing feat is quite involved, and takes months (as well as a decent portion of the movie) to complete.

But from its very first scene, director Gavin infuses the movie with a sense of dread that remains constant throughout. So, even as we’re waiting for its supernatural elements to come into play, “A Dark Song” still manages to keep us on the edge of our seats. 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).

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 3: Killbillies (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.


There are certain preconceptions that cannot be avoided when you hear a title like “Killbillies.” I know, because I had them myself. But take everything that popped into your head when you first read that title and throw it out the window.

For one, Killbillies is not a comedy. It is a deadly serious horror film.

Second, it is not set in Wrong Turn country, nor does it feature anyone who lives in the same neighborhood as the yokels from Deliverance. Killbillies is set in Slovenia. That’s right — Slovenia.

And if some sources on the Internet are to be believed, it is the very first feature-length horror film ever to emerge from that Central European Republic.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 2: The Hallow (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.


Steeped in Irish folklore, “The Hallow” is an intensely engrossing creature feature. But more than anything, this 2015 movie is proof-positive that, even in the computer age, there’s still plenty of room for practical effects.

Hired by a logging company to survey a lush Irish forest, Adam (Joseph Mawle), along with his wife Clare (Bojana Novakovic) and their infant son, Finn (Wren Hardy), takes up residence in a remote cottage on the edge of the woods. Despite some local opposition, as well as a cryptic warning from their nearest neighbor Colm Donnelly (Michael McElhatton) to stay out of the forest, Adam carries on with his work, and while doing so discovers the woods are home to an unusual fungal-based parasite, one so strong it can control the mind of anyone it infects. Continue reading

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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Horror Movie Podcast BONUS Ep. 123: Remembering George Romero

HMP George RomeroIn this special bonus episode of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, we say goodbye to horror legend George A. Romero, who passed away on July 16, 2017. Your regular hosts, Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh are joined by our fourth official co-host, Dr. Walking Dead, and by special guest Gillman Joel of Universal Monsters Cast and Retro Movie Geek to share their thoughts on the man who created the modern zombie monster and some of the best zombie movies of all time.

“The Horror directors really do kind of change the world, but they do it from behind the scenes. They do it in the late-night theater, in the drive-in, in the VHS tapes. They’re not the ones winning the Academy Awards. They’re not the ones on the red carpet. They’re not the ones who get noticed.” — Kyle Bishop (aka Dr. Walking Dead) Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 121: The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) and My Little Eye (2002) and Audition (1999) and Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror

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HORROR MOVIE PODCAST releases two types of episodes: Themed and Frankensteinian. Episode 121 is the latter. During this show you’ll hear reviews of The Girl With All the Gifts (2017) and My Little Eye (2002) and Audition (1999). You will also hear us discuss two films that we expected to be horror that actually aren’t: Colossal (2017) and The Beguiled (2017). And buckle up for Jay of the Dead’s latest Horror manifesto, “Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror, which is the audio podcast adaptation of Jay’s blog article of the same name. Has Jay of the Dead lost his mind, or is he actually the Paul Revere of Horror cinema? Join us! We dare you…

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

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 120: It Comes at Night (2017) and 47 Meters Down (2017) and 12 Feet Deep: Trapped Sisters (2017) and The Mummy (2017)

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 120, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead and Dr. Shock (along with guest Mattroid, from The Sci-Fi Podcast) bring you a random assortment of horror movie reviews, including Jay’s reviews of underwater “Trapped Sisters” movies 47 Meters Down (2017) and 12 Feet Deep (2017). As a hold-over from our “Horror Pets” episode, you’ll hear a mountain of listener feedback as well as reviews of two more killer cat movies: Uninvited (1988) from Jay and Dave and Cat’s Eye (1985) from Matt. You’ll also get an in-depth review of action-horror spectacle The Mummy (2017) from Jay and Matt. For more complete coverage, hear Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh dig in much deeper at our sister show, Universal Monsters Cast. We also have the return of our “Campfire Tales” segment from both Dr. Shock and our HMP listeners. And the main event is Jay of the Dead’s Feature Review of one of the most polarizing horror movies of the year, It Comes At Night (2017)!

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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