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 1: The Vatican Tapes (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.


The state of modern horror is such that when I first heard about 2015’s “The Vatican Tapes,” I assumed it was going to be yet another found footage-style exorcism film. Well, I was wrong.

Aside from a handful of CCTV shots and the occasional webcam, “The Vatican Tapes” offers a straightforward narrative and is not “found footage” in the least. And while the movie does feature a few standard clichés (jumpy video, demon faces that pop up out of the blue, out-of-body experiences, etc.), director Mark Neveldine and screenwriters Christopher Borrelli and Michael C. Martin also mix things up a bit on their way to a climax that, quite frankly, was much bolder than I was expecting. But are its unique qualities enough to make “The Vatican Tapes” a film I’d happily recommend to horror fans?

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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).

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 127: Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and It (1990) vs. It (2017)

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You’ll float, too, when you listen to Episode 127 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… During this themed edition of HMP, Jay of the Dead and Dr. Shock discuss Creepy Killer Clowns in Horror and bring you an hour-long discussion of It (1990) versus It (2017) with the help of returning special guest “Carl of Cthulhu” Sederholm. Wolfman Josh was on location in Alaska working on a film, so he was unable to join us for this episode.

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 125: The Horror Movies of Stephen King – Part 2 (1997 – 2017), including The Dark Tower (2017)

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Continuing on through our tour of terror, Horror Movie Podcast Episode 125 is Part 2 of a two-part series about Stephen King Horror Movie Adaptations. Much like our previous episode, in Part 2 we go through a roll call, where we briefly talk about Stephen King horror adaptations from 1997 to 2017. (If you haven’t heard it yet, our previous episode covers from 1976 through 1996.)

Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock and special guest Gillman Joel Robertson of Universal Monsters Cast and Retro Movie Geek bring you Feature Reviews of “The Night Flier” (1997) and “Secret Window” (2004) and “Riding the Bullet” (2004) and “1408” (2007) and “The Dark Tower” (2017), which doesn’t have a lot of Horror but we discuss it, anyway. Near the end of this show, your HMP hosts also bring you their Top 5 Favorite Stephen King Horror Adaptations. But without a doubt, the two highlights of this episode are Gillman Joel’s passionate rant about the end of “The Mist” (2007) and a great interview with screenwriter Matt Greenberg (“1408,” “Mercy,” “Halloween H2O: 20 Years Later,” et al.). Join us! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 117: The Lure (2017) and Siren (2016) and Stake Land II (2016) and Lady Frankenstein (1971) and Remembering Michael Parks

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Episode 117, another Frankensteinian episode where Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh bring you feature reviews of horror flicks both new and old with The Lure (2017), Lady Frankenstein (1971), and Siren (2016). The Wolf also brings you a review of Stake Land II: The Stakelander (2016) in his specialty segment “Screaming Online,” for anyone looking for a little Netflix and Kill this weekend. And we’d be remiss to let this week go by without remembering legendary character actor Michael Parks, who has recently passed away.

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. 115: “At Your Mercy” Listeners’ Local Library Horror – Ghost Story (1981) and Society (1989) and Cat People (1942)

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Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where Jay of the Dead is back in the saddle again, dammit! In Episode 115, we bring you Volume 3 of our “At Your Mercy” listener picks show, where Jay, Doc, and The Wolf each bring you a feature review chosen by our listeners: Ghost Story (1981), found by Listener Allyson at her local library in Portland, Society (1989), found by Listener Kagan at his local library in Salt Lake City, and Cat People (1942), found by Listener Chantel at her local library in Regina.

This episode is dedicated to Allyson The Horror Unicorn, Kagan Breitenbach, and Channy Dreadful.

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. 114: Personal Shopper (2017) and Dig Two Graves (2017) and Life (2017)

HMP Personal Shopper Life Dig Two GravesThis is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, Episode 114, another Frankensteinian episode where Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh welcome special guest (and former HMP Listener of the Year) Dino Ticinelli for reviews of new release horror films Personal Shopper (2017), Dig Two Graves (2017). We also hear from our fearless leader, Jaywho is NOT dead—when he and Dino bring us a review of Life (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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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 113: The Devil’s Candy (2017) and Deathgasm (2015) and Heavy Metal Horror — With Actor Ethan Embry and Director Sean Byrne

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, Episode 113, a face-melting themed episode wherein your hosts—Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh—summon special guests Chris Robo and “Carl of Cthulhu” Sederholm to discuss Heavy Metal Horror and feature review The Devil’s Candy (2017) and Deathgasm (2015). We also have killer bonus interviews with the director and the star of The Devil’s Candy, Sean Byrne and Ethan Embry!

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! \m/
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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 112: Get Out (2017) and A Cure for Wellness (2017) and Remembering Bill Paxton

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, Episode 112, another Frankensteinian episode where your regular hosts—Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock and Wolfman Josh—welcome special guest “The Wild Man” Willis Wheeler and bring you reviews of new release horror films A Cure for Wellness (2017) and Get Out (2017). We also pay our respects to the late, great Bill Paxton (1955-2017), who unfortunately passed away last week. R.I.P.

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