Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 171: Jordan Peele’s Us (2019) and Horror Noire – A History of Black Horror (2019)

171 Jordan Peele Us Horror NoireWelcome to Horror Movie Podcast Episode 169, Part 1 of an exploration of African American Representation in Horror with a massive review of Jordan Peele’s Us (2019), both with and without spoilers, as well as a Shudder-sponsored Screaming Online review of Horror Noire – A History of Black Horror (2019)! Your regular horror hosts—Gillman Joel, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock—are joined by special guests Ash2Ashes of the Kill the Dead podcast and Ashlee Blackwell of GraveyardShiftSisters.com, who is also the writer/producer of Horror Noire.

Apologies for the delay of this episode. We had a massive hard drive failure last week, just as we were about to post the show. Spent the week trying to fix the problem and then ultimately had to edit the episode a second time this past weekend. Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s normally released every other Monday. If you’d like to support our show (we clearly need it), please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes’ Apples Podcasts and leave us a review! Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 169: Women in Horror Month 2019 + Gillman Joel’s Top 10

HMP 169 WiHM ArtThis February is the 10th Annual Women in Horror Month, so HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is honoring the ladies of our favorite genre who work in front and behind the camera. Episode 169 is another Frankensteinian show, where we bring you a variety of movie reviews and Horror-related discussion, including four WiHM inspired Feature Reviews of Near Dark (1987)Mirror Mirror (1990)Honeymoon (2014), Prevenge (2017) with special guest Natasha Pascetta, the writer/director/star of short horror film “Road Trash” and the Director of Digital Production & Social Media Engagement fro Cinestate and Fangoria Magazine. In addition, Jay returns from the dead for a very special segment and Gillman Joel brings you his “Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time” list!

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 150: Killing in the Name of – Part 1: Belief

HMP Killing in the Name OfNo soul is safe on Episode 150 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies. This week we bring you another of our themed episodes, Part 1 in a 2 Part series, Killing in the Name of… with a focus on real life horrors carried out to preserve ideology. Basically, we’re talking religion. We also talk politics, ask your age and weight … and then we make fun of your laugh. Okay, those last few things aren’t true, but we do make it nice and uncomfortable when we challenge our beliefs, the beliefs of others and discuss whether we’d kill someone if God told us to. You wanna get nuts?! Let’s get nuts!!! During this themed edition of HMP, Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh will make a believer out of you when they review Frailty (2001) and Red State (2011).

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. 142: Annihilation (2018) and They Remain (2018) and the Weird

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Hey, weirdo! You’re listening to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In Episode 142, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh, and Dr. Shock welcome back H.P. Lovecraft scholar Carl Sederholm, author of The Age of Lovecraft, to discuss the 19th century literary concept of the “Weird” and how that’s been translated to modern science fiction and horror cinema. We also review the two most recent entries in Weird Cinema, Annihilation (2018) and They Remain (2018), followed by an interview with They Remain writer/director Philip Gelatt. Plus, more from the Collector’s Crypt as Dave and Josh discuss recent Blu-ray releases from Arrow Video and Vinegar Syndrome.

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 140: Winchester (2018) and The Ritual (2018) and Before I Wake (2018) and Insidious: The Last Key (2018) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018)

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February is Women in Horror Month, so HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is honoring the ladies of our favorite genre who work in front and behind the camera. Episode 140 is another Frankensteinian show, where we bring you a variety of movie reviews and Horror-related discussion, including two Feature Reviews of Winchester (2018) and The Ritual (2018). In addition we bring you Mini Reviews of Insidious: The Last Key (2018) and The Cloverfield Paradox (2018). And your hosts Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock are revisiting their recommendation segments more consistently. In this episode we bring you Jay of the Dead’s Beastly Freaks segment with The Descent (2005). Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you another Classic Horror Movie Minute segment with The Uninvited (1944). And the Wolfman has another Screaming Online recommendation segment with Before I Wake (2018). Join us!

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 1: Orca (1977) — by Dr. Shock

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HAPPY OCTOBER, HORROR FANS! Just as we did last year, your Horror Movie Podcast hosts, Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh, and Dr. Shock (okay, mostly Dr. Shock), are bringing you 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN with daily written reviews right here at HorrorMoviePodcast.com! We’ll also be posting one new podcast per week during the month of October, including our 100th episode of HMP, in which we’ll be asking for your voicemails to play on the show and giving away lots of creepy prizes to thank you for coming on this journey with us. We’d love for you to join us in our 31 Days of Halloween adventure by posting your October watch-lists here in the comments and leaving your reviews and recommendations for the films that you’ve been watching each day.
AND NOW, IT BEGINS…

orcakillerwhaleEditor’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.


The opening 10 minutes or so of 1977’s “Orca” are exceptional, and get the movie off to a great start. Following the credits, we meet the title creatures (two of them, to be exact), who seem to be enjoying each other’s company as they swim along. While this is happening, researcher Dr. Rachel Bedford (Charlotte Rampling), in full scuba gear, is underwater collecting samples. Suddenly, a great white shark appears, causing her to hide.

Captain Nolan (Richard Harris) and the crew of his fishing boat: Novak (Keenan Wynn), Annie (Bo Derek) and Paul (Peter Hooten); spot the shark’s dorsal fin jutting out of the water, and rush forward to capture it (an aquarium will pay them top dollar for a live shark). Dr. Bedford’s assistant Ken (Robert Carradine), who was waiting in a raft for her to return, warns Captain Nolan (armed with a spear gun) that there’s a diver down below. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 27: Haunter (2013) — by Wolfman Josh

haunter_posterEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts


Haunter is a 2013 film (with a terrible title) directed by Vincenzo Natali that stars Abigail Breslin, Peter Outerbridge and Stephen McHattie. The film premiered at SXSW in 2013 and was distributed by IFC Midnight later that year for the Halloween season.

The movie opens in the ’80s with Abigail Breslin playing a suburban teen I’d have loved to hang out with, what with her Bowie, Joy Division and Cure posters on the wall and draped in a kind of haunting Siouxsie and the Banshees t-shirt. We soon realize that Breslin’s character, Lisa Johnson, is stuck in some sort of time loop that only she seems to be aware of. As she goes through her daily routine (on the eve of her sweet sixteen) of practicing her clarinet to Peter and the Wolf (I had this exact same recording as a kid), eating her mom’s homemade mac & cheese for lunch and watching Murder She Wrote each evening with her family (this is my kind of family), I started feeling like this was a world in which I wouldn’t mind being trapped. But Lisa Johnson is, of course, less enthused as there is clearly something eerie going on here.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 17: The Awakening (2012) — by Wolfman Josh

HMP AwakeningEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts This review contains some carefully approached spoilers.


The Awakening starts out with one of the coolest séance scenes I’ve ever seen on film and it gets even cooler when, in somewhat Scooby Doo fashion (and I say that as a compliment), the movie’s heroin unmasks the supposed spiritualists to reveal them as charlatans and the séance as an elaborate fiction, concocted to relieve the desperate and grieving of their money.

The film stars Rebecca Hall (The Gift, The Town) as Florence Cathart, an author, a skeptic and a debunker of the paranormal. We get an extremely economic and effective introduction to Florence who, despite being a strong woman ahead of her time, is dealing with her own personal pain and tragedy. We learn that she is good at what she does and is both admired and reviled for it. And we learn all of this in a matter of minutes through the opening séance and the following scene at her home when Robert Mallory, played by Dominic West (McNulty from The Wire), shows up at her door asking for help with his ghost problem. It is clear from the start that The Awakening is strong technical filmmaking, that maintains an organic feel, and it has my undivided attention.

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31 Days of Halloween – Day 10: Mine Games (2014) – by Wolfman Josh

Mine GamesEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts This review contains some carefully approached spoilers.


At the very least, Mine Games is a movie that lives up to its punny title—because Mine Games is a total mind … you know what.

We start out with the most contrived of standard set-ups. A group of friends—replete with plenty of doucehy guys and plenty of the hot chicks that they want to hook-up with—drive to a secluded cabin in the woods for a wild weekend. On the way there Michael, the driver played by Joseph Cross (former child actor all grown up), gets lost and then, in his frustration, almost runs over a person standing in the middle of the street, waving for assistance. Michael swerves off the road, crashes his van, the figure mysteriously disappears—strange—and the group decides they’d better carry on to the cabin by foot and return for the van in the morning.

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31 Days of Halloween – Day 3: Lost After Dark (2015) – by Wolfman Josh

Lost After DarkEditor’s note: Wolfman Josh is a host on Horror Movie Podcast and Movie Stream Cast. He is also a television producer and an award-winning documentary filmmaker. You can follow Josh on Twitter: @IcarusArts


Lost After Dark starts out strong with a virginal “Survivor Girl,” played by Kendra Timmins, primping for her high school ball at what I swear is the same bedroom vanity as the one Jae uses in It Follows (and is probably the same one from Nancy’s bedroom in A Nightmare on Elm Street and Sideny’s bedroom in Scream as well). This is Adrienne and the year is 1984. Adrienne’s father comes in briefly to give us some backstory about her deadbeat mom and let us know what a protective parent he is before she’s off for the big dance–at least for awhile. Continue reading