31 Days of Halloween — Day 15: The Horde (2009) — by Dr. Shock

hordeEditor’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.


Early on in George Romero’s 1978 film Dawn of the Dead, there’s a scene in which a Philadelphia SWAT team raids an apartment complex, and are immediately fired upon by some of its residents. It isn’t long, though, before the dead come back to life, forcing both the police and the criminals to turn their attention (and their fire power) towards this new, but incredibly lethal, threat.

This is but one of many engaging sequences in this classic film, and runs for approximately 5-10 minutes. In the 2009 French horror movie The Horde, directors Yannick Dahan and Benjamin Rocher stretch this same scenario into a feature length motion picture, and with its wall-to-wall action and bloodshed it proves to be a heck of a wild ride.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 14: The Visit (2015) — by Dr. Shock

visitEditor’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.


Alright, I’m just gonna say it: The Visit scared the hell out of me.

Written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan, this 2015 movie follows brother and sister Rebecca and Tyler Jamison (Olivia DeJonge and Ed Oxenbould) as they journey to a small Pennsylvania town to spend a week with their estranged grandparents. Their mother Paula (Kathryn Hahn) had left home 15 years earlier to marry the kids’ father, a man her parents didn’t approve of, and she hasn’t spoken to either of them since. Even after the marriage fell apart (he left her for another woman, and now lives in California), Paula stubbornly refused to reconcile with her mother and father. Then, out of the blue, they contact her, asking if they could meet their grandchildren. So, after saying their goodbyes, Rebecca and Tyler climb aboard a train and are off to spend time with an elderly couple they’ve never met before.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 13: Onibaba (1964) — by Dr. Shock

onibabaEditor’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.


It’s the mid-14th century, and Japan is in a state of civil war. Two battle-weary Samurais, separated from their compatriots, make their way through a thicket of tall reeds. One Samurai is badly injured, and the other is helping him navigate the difficult terrain. Suddenly, the two are tripped up, and before they can get back on their feet, both are struck by spears and killed. We assume the warriors were done in by the enemy, but that’s not the case. Instead, a middle-aged woman (Nobuko Otowa) and her daughter-in-law (Jitsuko Yoshimura) appear on the scene. With her son Kichi (the daughter-in-law’s husband) off to war, the women, unable to maintain the family farm, now make a living by killing Samurai soldiers and selling their belongings to Ushi (Taiji Tonoyama), a peddler who pays them in rice (Ushi then turns around and sells the gear back to the army for a profit).

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 12: Crimson Peak (2015) — by Dr. Shock

crimsonpeakEditor’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.


In a recent interview with Wired, Guillermo Del Toro listed his five favorite horror films, the first two of which, The Haunting and The Innocents, are ghost stories (for the record, the other 3 were Alien, Jaws, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre). That’s not to say his 2015 offering Crimson Peak is, as some have stated, a haunted house movie; in fact, Del Toro himself has resisted calling it a horror film at all (“You have to fear the living more than the dead”, he said during this same interview, and the movie itself was designed to support this theory). But with its gothic sensibilities and gorgeous production values, as well as a handful of intensely creepy scenes, the director has, indeed, delivered a beautiful, if somewhat trite, ghost story that’s sure to give you at least a few shivers.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 11: Assault of the Sasquatch (2009) — by Dr. Shock

assaultofsasquatchEditor’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.


When it comes to film adaptations of the Bigfoot monster, the pickings are a little slim. The Legend of Boggy Creek is perhaps the most notable of the bunch, and I did enjoy recent entries like Willow Creek and Eduardo Sanchez’s Exists. I would even toss Snowbeast and Abominable into the mix (the Yeti is a distant cousin of Bigfoot’s, right?), but aside from these few there’s not a whole hell of a lot to choose from. A 2009 micro-budget horror film from director Andrew Gernhard, Assault of the Sasquatch probably won’t make its way onto anyone’s “Top 5 favorite Bigfoot Movies” list, but it’s not a total loss, either. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 10: What Have You Done to Solange (1972) — by Sal Roma

solange-poster-smallEditor’s note: The hosts of Horror Movie Podcast are always impressed by the knowledge and insights of our listenership in the emails and voicemails that we receive, as well as in the comments here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com. This year we’ve asked several of our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This, the first such review, was submitted by a long-time listener and friend of the show who goes by the screen-name “Sal Roma” … You can follow Sal on Twitter @JTalley986


Title: What Have You Done to Solange?
Country: Italy/West Germany
Year: 1972
Director: Massimo Dallamano

The film opens up into the idyllic picture of two lovers, Enrico and Elizabeth, wasting the day away in a canoe out in a secluded area of London. Their fun is interrupted by Elizabeth’s brief awareness of a woman possibly running on land and a glimpse of something shiny. Not wanting to share their private spot, this causes Enrico and Elizabeth to leave. The next morning the news breaks that a woman was killed in the woods that Enrico and Elizabeth were in with the only witness to the crime being Elizabeth. The only problem is that Enrico is a married man and he’s a teacher at a Catholic High School to the underage Elizabeth. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 096: Horror Down Under – Australian Horror Cinema

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Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies. This is Episode 096, another of our themed episodes and the first of our “Horror Around the World” series. This time, we bring you some thunder from down under to discuss Australian Horror Cinema. We begin with our usual, in-depth discussion when Jay of the Dead and Dr. Shock talk about the theme and a number of notable films. And then we bring you three Feature Reviews of Aussie horror flicks, each hand-picked by one of your hosts. First, Dr. Shock brings you his review of The Tunnel (2011). Next, Wolfman Josh talks The Loved Ones (2012). And Jay of the Dead wraps up our feature review portion of the show with his review of Wolf Creek (2005). Finally, we conclude with Jay and Dave giving you their Top 5 Favorite Aussie Horror Movies lists. Join us, or we’ll feed you to the dingos!

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