Editor’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 The Gray Man, whom you can follow on Twitter @Qua419
IMDB Summary:Deep in the Northern California woods, in the heart of the notorious Emerald Triangle, lies a remote cabin. The residents struggle to fight off the repeated attacks and abductions by mysterious creatures that have plagued them for years. When a local pot farmer is caught up with a wayward group of campers, the situation quickly escalates into total chaos.
With that summary Welcome to Willits (2017) caught my attention. I felt like, this is my kind of a film. Dolph Lundgren, alien on the poster, pot farmer caught up into chaos… I’ll give it a whirl. As the movie started, I thought, this might be comedic. Instantly… no. This is going to be played serious with interludes of humor, none of which is funny.
The acting is sub-par. Dolph Lundgren is the best part of the film and his role is a cop on a television show. The main problem I had with this film, it had zero direction. The story was all over the place, with no good starting point. The summary covers what the film should have been about. Continue reading →
In an effort to help their teenage daughter Carson (Lara Vosburgh), a former straight-A student whose recent heroin addiction is destroying their family, Steve and Beth Morris (Christopher Parker and Colleen McGrann) contact the producers of Step Inside Recovery, a reality-based TV program that, if all goes well, will convince Carson to enter rehab and get her life back on track.
The show’s host / producer, Suzanne (Kate Whitney), makes a bet with her two cameramen Tim (Brian Flaherty) and newcomer Jason (Morgan McClellan) that Carson’s drug problem is a direct result of her father’s alcoholism. But as they spend time with the Morrises and witness Carson’s occasionally-violent outbursts, the trio becomes increasingly convinced that the teenager’s issues run much deeper than disharmony at home. In fact, if Carson herself is to be believed, she needs the heroin to keep an evil spirit that lives inside of her at bay! Continue reading →
Editor’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 Frank the Fiend, whom you can follow on Twitter @FrankTheFiend
I was in college when I experimented with Eraserhead (1977) for the first time. My buddy, who was a fellow philosophy major, told me I had to watch it. He was the pretentious sort and couldn’t offer any real substantive discussion about the plot prior to the showing. He said it was a masterpiece, and I gave him the benefit of the doubt. I watched the film with an open mind and was genuinely disturbed by the horrific atmosphere and creepy body horror. I wrote it off as weird at first, but have revisited the film many times as a beloved showpiece to disturb my more conventional friends.
The film’s director and writer, David Lynch, has gone on to become a famous director with some mainstream success. (Cough, Twin Peaks, Cough). Eraserhead seems to be formed from the psychological zeitgeist of Lynch’s anxieties as he struggled with his surroundings and adulthood in his mid-to-late twenties. The film is personal and steeped in the horrors of everyday existence. The mundane is scary; the common is suspicious; and unlike heaven, on earth everything is not fine. Continue reading →
Writer / director Mickey Keating’s Carnage Park is a throwback in more ways than one, fusing the flashy cinematic techniques of the Tarantino-esque ‘90s with a very ‘70s tale of terror. It’s an unusual combination, to be sure, but Keating somehow makes it work to the film’s advantage.
The year is 1978. Scorpion Joe Clay (James Landry Hebert) and his partner Larry (Michael Villar), both of whom recently escaped from prison, rob a bank in a small California town. But the heist goes very wrong; Larry is shot in the gut, and to help them get away, the duo take a hostage, Vivian Fontaine (Ashley Bell), who they toss in the trunk of their car before speeding off. In an effort to lose the pursuing cops, Scorpion Joe veers off the main road. Unfortunately, his little detour cuts straight through some land owned by Wyatt Moss (Pat Healy), a reclusive Vietnam veteran who, to put it mildly, doesn’t take kindly to trespassers. Continue reading →
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 →
Well over a hundred years ago, a ruthless Brazilian landowner / amateur beekeeper known as The Honey Baron (Ivo Müller) mistreated (and occasionally murdered) the slaves who worked on his estate. He was so cruel, in fact, that he even forced himself on the mother of his most trusted slave, Bento (Sidney Santiago), who soon after became pregnant with his child.
But moments before giving birth, Bento’s mother, a master of the occult, murdered the Honey Baron and put a curse on his immortal soul. To strengthen this curse, Bento’s mother then sacrificed her newborn (the Honey Baron’s son) by driving a spike into its torso, thereby dooming both father and child to re-experience their own deaths for the rest of eternity. Continue reading →
Directed by Vincent Masciale, Fear, Inc. is an entertaining motion picture with a likable cast of characters and some nifty nods to the classic splatter films of yore. But with its ever-twisting story and preference for laughs over chills, there’s a good chance horror aficionados will walk away from this one disappointed.
Joe (Lucas Neff), an unemployed slacker who spends his days hanging out at the beautiful L.A. mansion owned by his Aussie girlfriend Lindsey (Caitlin Stasey), is a big-time fan of horror movies, and with the Halloween season in full swing he visits a number of haunted attractions in the hopes of finding one that will scare the living hell out of him. Unfortunately, they all fall short of his expectations. Then, one night, he’s handed a card by a random stranger (played by Patrick Renna) advertising a company called “Fear, Inc.,” which guarantees its customers the most terrifying experience of their lives. Continue reading →
Editor’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 Trey Whetstone, whom you can follow on Twitter @Treyw_73
What secrets does this secluded 19th century boarding school hold? Why are its students disappearing? What fate awaits those who remain? As one of the film’s taglines aptly suggests, “Only the killer knows why and how and who is next.”
Set in the aforementioned boarding school, The House That Screamed (also titled “La Residencia”) opens with the arrival of its newest student, Teresa. The boarding school is a place where young, wayward women are sent when they become too much for their families. The women are taught lessons in subjects such as art, cooking, music and dictation to prepare them for their futures. It’s made clear immediately that Madam Fourneau, the school’s headmistress, does not tolerate any misbehavior and will not hesitate to use physical abuse to discipline the young women who are students of the school. As Teresa becomes acquainted with some of the other students, we learn that recently three women have disappeared, and it is implied that they have run away. Though we do not know whether this has always been the case or if it has been instated due to the recent disappearances, the women are locked in their room at night and the various other doors throughout the school are secured, as well. Continue reading →
This 2015 movie begins where most other possession-themed horror films end: with an exorcism.
A priest (John Ventimiglia), standing at the foot of a bed, is grasping his prayer book, ordering a demon to leave its host while the relatives of the possessed girl, whose name is Ava (Louisa Krause), stand in the background, watching silently. Ava, strapped to her bed, is growling and thrashing about as she drifts in and out of consciousness. The entire scene is shot POV, from Ava’s perspective, and moments before the priest finally banishes the evil entity back to hell, Ava (still under demonic control) turns toward a mirror, smiles at her reflection, and says “Hello, gorgeous!”
Along with setting up the story, this opening lets us know that writer / director Jordan Ballard’s “Ava’s Possessions” is going to be as much a comedy as it is a horror film. Continue reading →
“A Dark Song,” the 2017 horror / drama by writer / director Liam Gavin, is in no particular hurry to get around to its more horrific elements, yet I wouldn’t go so far as to call it a “slow burn.” That term suggests a movie that is gradually building toward something, which, in a way, this film is; a woman, unable to deal with a tragic event from her past, enlists the help of an occultist to bridge the gap between the living and the dead, all to ask a favor that only Gods or demons could possibly grant her. As you can imagine, the ritual to accomplish this amazing feat is quite involved, and takes months (as well as a decent portion of the movie) to complete.
But from its very first scene, director Gavin infuses the movie with a sense of dread that remains constant throughout. So, even as we’re waiting for its supernatural elements to come into play, “A Dark Song” still manages to keep us on the edge of our seats. Continue reading →