Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 170: St. Patrick’s Day Horror – Blood Runs Green – Leprechaun (1993) and Leprechaun Returns (2018)

HMP_170_Leprechaun_ReturnsWelcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where your luck has just run out! In Episode 170, we dive into St. Patrick’s Day Horror with our “Blood Runs Green” episode. That’s right, Gillman Joel, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock will be bringing you a pot of tarnished gold with Feature Reviews of Leprechaun (1993) and Leprechaun Returns (2018). Dr. Shock also offers up mini-reviews of Leprechaun 2 (1994) and Leprechaun 3 (1995) for Lent. Plus, we have a special segment from Mattroid and Station of The Sci-Fi Podcast with their review of Leprechaun 4: Leprechaun in Space! We also try out a segment from our Universal Monsters Cast over here on HMP with “Gillman Joel’s Retro Reviews” and we have giveaways for the first 6 Leprechaun films, as well as a Buffy the Vampire Slayer giveaway, in memory of Luke Perry (Rest in Peace, Pike).

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 161: Suspiria (1977) vs. Suspiria (2018) plus Overlord (2018) and Terrified (2018) and Slice (2018)

HMP 161 Suspiria Shudder OverlordWhat are you gonna do now, huh? Now death is coming for you! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies … Episode 161 is another of our VERSUS episodes in which Jay of the Dead and Wolfman Josh are joined by Allyson “The Horror Unicorn” Clark (from The Haunted Davenport podcast), to pit Dario Argento’s original Suspiria from 1977 against Luca Guadagnino’s new Suspiria remake from 2018. Do you dare join us? Hell is behind that door!

This episode also includes mini-reviews for new releases Overlord (2018) and Slice (2018) and a special Shudder-sponsored Screaming Online segment in which Dr. Shock joins us to bring you 3 “Shudder Original” horror film recommendations: Satan’s Slaves (2018), The Witch in the Window (2018) and Terrified (2018).

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 30: Murder Party (2007) — by Sal Roma

31HalloweenMurderPartyEditor’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. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review* was submitted by listener Sal Roma, who you can follow on Twitter @JTalley986 and Letterboxd @Sal_Roma.

*THE FOLLOWING CONTAINS MAJOR PLOT SPOILERS


Title: Murder Party
Country: United States
Year: 2007
Director/Screenwriter: Jeremy Saulnier

‘Fango Seal of Approval’. That little red, black, and white graphic that could sometimes be found on the first page of a Fangoria Magazine article discussing a new movie was the easiest way to tempt me into checking out a horror movie that I would have otherwise been unaware of back in the 2000s. This trust in Fangoria’s seal of approval dated back to my very first issue, issue #205, where Session 9 was the first movie that I saw received that graphic and what did I do? Soon after, I went out and rented the DVD and the movie ended up delivering for me. Granted, I haven’t seen Session 9 in so long that I couldn’t give a fair opinion over it. Looking back, a jaded part of myself does wonder how legitimate that seal of approval was or if it was just a piece of marketing worked out between Fangoria and the various film studios. Regardless, Murder Party was just one of the many films I watched because of that graphic and ultimately ended up loving.
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Edit 31 Days of Halloween — Day 29: The Toxic Avenger (1984) — by Dr. Shock

31HalloweenToxieDave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie PodcastUniversal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com. Follow Doc on Twitter @DVDinfatuation and on Letterboxd @DcoShockHMP


Title: The Toxic Avenger
Country: United States
Year: 1984
Directors: Michael Herz, Lloyd Kaufman
Screenwriter: Joe Ritter

Though founded by Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz in 1974, it wasn’t until 10 years later that New York-based Troma Entertainment had their first smash hit. A horror/comedy produced on a shoestring budget, The Toxic Avenger wowed audiences during its run on the midnight circuit, and has since become a cult classic.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 27: Bad Taste (1987) — by Sal Roma

31HalloweenBadTasteEditor’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. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review* was submitted by listener Sal Roma, who you can follow on Twitter @JTalley986 and Letterboxd @Sal_Roma.

*THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS


Title: Bad Taste
Country: New Zealand
Year: 1987
Director/Screenwriter: Peter Jackson

Long before Peter Jackson became known throughout the world as the man responsible for bringing J. R. R. Tolkien’s words to life in live action on the big screen, he belonged to the world of horror. Through such cult classics as Bad Taste and Dead Alive, Jackson brought attention to the little island of New Zealand, creating quite a name for himself amongst horror fans. For those who are only familiar with Jackson due to his big budget epics, going back and watching his early horror works has to be quite the trip, as if you’re watching an entirely different filmmaker. With Bad Taste being Jackson’s first feature length film, it’s the one that highlights the changes in his career the most. Before he had hundreds of millions of dollars to spend on an epic, Jackson was forced to create something without any money.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 4: Hocus Pocus (1993) – 25 Years Later — by Kagan Breitenbach

31HalloweenHocusPocusEditor’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. Once again, we’ve asked our listeners to participate in our 31 Days of Halloween by contributing written reviews. This review was submitted by listener Kagan Breitenbach, whose musical arrangement you can hear at the beginning of every episode of Horror Movie Podcast since Episode 100. You can follow Kagan on Twitter @KRBreitenbach and check out his work as a composer at kaganbreitenbach.com


Title: Hocus Pocus – 25 Years Later
Country: United States
Year: 1993
Director: Kenny Ortega
Screenwriters: Mick Garris, Neil Cuthbert

On All Hallow’s Eve, when the moon is round, a virgin, will summon us from under the ground” Bette Midler’s Winnifred Sanderson promises the colonial torch-and-pitch-fork-wielding citizens of Salem, Massachusetts on Halloween 1693. Midler, who had recently starred in the films For the Boys and Beaches, wanted to continue her acting career by starring in a family film, so she approached Disney about their upcoming productions. Prior to that meeting, producer David Kirschner had come up with an idea for a Halloween film based on a story he made up to tell his young daughter about their neighborhood black cat. Kirschner’s bedtime yarn described a boy who had been transformed into a cat by witches three hundred years ago. Midler was immediately interested in Kirschner’s idea, and took an extremely active role in developing the character of Winifred Sanderson including all aspects of her physical appearance.
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 134: Thanksgiving Horror – Or a Lack Thereof – and Blood Rage (1987)

HMP 134 Thanksgiving Horror

This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST … it’s not cranberry sauce! Episode 134 is an honest attempt by Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh to bring you a Thanksgiving Horror episode, without much luck. We do manage to have a fun conversation about why there aren’t a lot of Thanksgiving Horror films; we give you a semi-recent update on Eli Roth’s rumored Thanksgiving grindhouse film; and we bring out the only Thanksgiving big gun there is: cult classic Blood Rage (1987)!

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Horror Movie Podcast BONUS Ep. 132: Happy Death Day (2017) – LIVE!

HMP Happy Death Day

Greetings from the 2017 Movie Podcast Network Meetup Event in Salt Lake City, Utah! It was an incredible event, and we wish you all could have joined us. The weekend included multiple meals with hosts and listeners, trivia games, live podcasting, live music, hiking, a birthday party, group screenings of Better Watch Out (2017)—with a Filmmaker Q&A—and Tremors (1990), plus a double feature of Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1988) on the actual Friday the 13th of October 2017. Whew! Quite a weekend! You’re going to hear great live recordings from all these events in the days to come, but first … a special treat, only for our beloved Horror Movie Podcast listeners!

Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh all met—in the flesh—for the very first time and sneaked away to a screening of Happy Death Day (2017). What you’re about to hear is a LIVE! recording from the MegaPlex Theatre at Jordan Commons in Sandy, Utah, following the screening. This BONUS episode also features William “Rowan the Destroyer” (aka “Solo” from The Sci-Fi Podcast) who captured a great, in-the-field, live recording of this episode for us. Thanks, William! Continue reading

Movie Podcast Network BONUS 008: 2017 Meetup Event – Better Watch Out with Director Chris Peckover

MPN Better Watch Out

Christmas comes early from the 2017 Movie Podcast Network Meetup Event in the safe neighborhood of Salt Lake City, Utah! It was an incredible event and we wish you all could have joined us. The weekend included multiple meals with hosts and listeners, trivia games, live podcasting, live music, hiking, a birthday party, group screenings of Better Watch Out (2017)—with a Filmmaker Q&A—and Tremors (1990), plus a double feature of Friday the 13th (1980) and Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1988) on the actual Friday the 13th of October 2017. Whew! Quite a weekend! You’re going to hear great live recordings from all these events in the days to come.

Here, HMP’s own Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh podcast with their MPN co-horts from Movie Podcast Weekly, Retro Movie Geek, Universal Monsters Cast and Movie Stream Cast in front of a live audience after a screening of Better Watch Out (2017). The panel is also joined by the film’s writer/director, Chris Peckover for a Q&A with the MPN listeners. If you’re jealous of all the fun we had at the 2017 MPN Meetup Event, you’d better watch out for the next one!
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 20: Digging Up the Marrow (2014) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days of Halloween - Digging Up the Marrow 2014

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.


Digging Up the Marrow may feature Adam Green (the creative mind behind Frozen and the Hatchet series) in the lead role, but it is only superficially about the writer / director making his next movie. At its heart, this 2014 faux documentary is about a lifelong fan of monsters (Green) trying to prove they actually exist, that the creatures he fell in love with as a child aren’t just figments of his imagination, and watching this particular quest unfold was enough to keep me on the edge of my seat.

Adam Green has received his share of fan mail over the years, but a package sent to him by a Mr. William Dekker (Ray Wise) contained something quite extraordinary. Dekker, a former private investigator from Boston, forwarded Green a notebook filled with drawings of strange creatures, all of which he claims are real and living in an underground society he calls “The Marrow.” Intrigued by the prospect of coming face-to-face with an honest-to-goodness monster, Green and his creative partner Will Barratt interview Dekker, believing that, even if his story doesn’t check out, he’ll at least be a great addition to their upcoming documentary. Continue reading