31 Days of Halloween — Day 25: Army of Frankensteins (2013) — 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.


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

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 111: HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A Celebration of the Finest Achievements in 2016 Horror Films

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HORROR MOVIE PODCAST PRESENTS the very first HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A celebration of the finest filmic achievements in horror for 2016!

We’ve assembled a wonderful jury from every corner of the horror community, including filmmaker, critics, writers, podcasters, artists, and academics. The nominees are drawn from the HMP host and listener Top 10 lists of 2016 and the jury has voted on those nominees in traditional awards show categories from “Best Actress” to “Best Picture.”

After that, your HMP hosts give away their own special “Dead Serious” awards where we get a little more out of the box and award films for their best “Beastly Freaks” or use of “Horror in the Daylight.”

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 Ep. 108: The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, horror fans! You’ve survived 2016! Welcome to Episode 108 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, our very first show of 2017 where Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock will be looking back on an awful year for our culture, but a tremendous year for horror. The hosts each bring you their Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016, but more importantly, reveal the results of the calculated Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 from the collective HMP listenership!

We also bring you a few prize giveaways courtesy of Doctor Shock, Jay of the Dead and amazing artist, illustrator, and loyal HMP listener, Bonnie Bozell!

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, damn it! Continue reading

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 086: H.P. Lovecraft 101: An Introduction with Re-Animator (1985) and Castle Freak (1995) and Dagon (2001)

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You’re listening to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In Episode 086, our Elder God, Jay of the Dead, is absent while our Outer God, Wolfman Josh, and The Great Old One, Dr. Shock, improvise with an introduction to one of history’s most influential names in horror: H.P. Lovecraft. Nearly Lovecraft-illiterate themselves, Dave and Josh welcome horror scholar Carl Sederholm to the podcast to talk about the influence of H.P. Lovecraft on contemporary horror as well as tease his new book, The Age of Lovecraft. Dave and Josh also review three of the most prominent Lovecraft adaptations, all from Director Stuart Gordon and Writer Dennis Paoli, Re-Animator (1985), Castle Freak (1995) and Dagon (2001).

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!
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 085: The Invitation (2016) and Dracula (1931) vs. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

HMP The Invitation DraculaIn Episode 085 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, we bring you another Frankensteinian episode. First, Wolfman and Dr. Shock bring you another Universal Monsters VERSUS segment, when they Feature Review Dracula (1931) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). Jay of the Dead and Wolfman Josh also bring you a Feature Review of a very effective, must-see Horror Thriller called The Invitation (2016) that hits theaters soon. Don’t miss it!

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. 083: Frankenstein (1931) vs. Frankenstein (2016)

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IT’S ALIVE! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… This is Episode 083. In this ultimate Frankensteinian episode, Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman review the original Frankenstein (1931) and compare and contrast it with the most recent telling of this classic story, this year’s Frankenstein (2016) from Bernard Rose (the director of Candyman). We also discuss Mary Shelley’s original novel and several other adaptations of her work, including Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein. Wolfman also brings you a mini-review of last year’s Victor Frankenstein and Doc brings you a special tribute to Béla Lugosi.

Caution: We reveal major plot spoilers for both “Frankenstein” movies, as well as the original novel and some other versions of this story. If that’s too much for you … well … you’ve been warned! Continue reading

NEXT WEEK: Frankenstein Versus THIS WEEK: Phantasm Continues

Hi Horror fans,

Yes, today (Friday, Feb. 26) was supposed to be the release date for HMP Ep. 083, but I genuinely lost track of which week we were in this month and messed up my calendaring. Totally my fault. Lame, I know, but an honest mistake. Forgive me.

Don’t forget to check out Part 2 of our Crossover Phantasm Franchise Review with our friends at The Sci Fi Podcast. Find the episode on the TSFP iTunes, Stitcher or at their website: thescifipodcast.com. Dave, Josh and I joined the conversation with Mattroid and Station! and it was a lot of fun.

We’ll bring you Ep. 083 next week: Friday, March 4 — A literal Frankensteinian episode, in that the main feature will be a “versus” episode between “Frankenstein” (1931) and “Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein” (1994). And then we hope to get back on schedule with another release the following Friday, March 11.

In the meantime, check out Dr. Shock’s movie review blog DVD Infatuation as well as some of the many great Movie Podcast Network shows, including Forgotten Flix Remembers, Geek Cast Live, Movie Podcast Weekly, Movie Stream Cast, Retro Movie Geek and The Sci Fi Podcast.

And if I may say so, this most recent Movie Podcast Weekly is quite entertaining and memorable, and we discuss a few horror movies, including an MPW review of “The Witch.” I’d be honored if you’d check it out.

Thanks,
Jay of the Dead

31 Days of Halloween — Day 26: Frankenstein 1970 (1958) — by Dr. Shock

Frankenstein1970Editor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. 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.


Frankenstein 1970 marked the first time in 14 years that Boris Karloff appeared in a movie with “Frankenstein” in the title (the last being 1944’s House of Frankenstein, in which he played Doctor Niemann). In fact, it was the last Frankenstein movie he’d ever make, and as I sat watching it, I couldn’t help but wish he had turned the part down.

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 5: Frankenstein’s Army (2013) — by Dr. Shock

 

HMP FrankensteinsArmyEditor’s note: Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and the Land of the Creeps horror podcast. 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.


Frankenstein’s Army, a sci-fi / horror film directed by Richard Raaphorst, is a wildly imaginative, blood-spattered monster movie. Set during the final days of World War II, this 2013 found footage shockfest follows a small squad of Russian soldiers, under the command of Sgt. Novikov (Robert Gwilym), as they make their final push into Germany. Continue reading