Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror

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Author’s note: 
The views of this blog and its corresponding podcast segment are strictly the views of Jay of the Dead. The sentiments contained herein do not necessarily (or probably don’t) reflect the feelings of Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock, Dr. Walking Dead or Horror Movie Podcast and its community. 
 
But if you love the Horror genre, I hope you will read this article, or at least, listen to its accompanying audio podcast segment here in Episode 121, starting at
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By Jay of the Dead  |  Horror Movie Podcast
 
You’re not going to read this entire article, so you might as well stop now, unless you’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies. Otherwise, settle in and prove your allegiance to the genre here and now. Below are three topics tackled within one article, because they are all related.
 
I. Yes, We Keep Fighting but for Good Reason
 
In classic Horror movie siege-narrative fashion, there are monsters at the gates, trying to get in to reach the Horror genre and its fans. That may sound dramatic, but “guard duty,” as with any regular duty, can be equally as tedious as it is important.
 
Recently, my friend Jeff Hammer, in essence, said that Horror film critics and podcasters do their audiences a disservice by constantly rehashing the arguments over whether a film is Horror or not. 
 
Alas, this article technically isn’t about judging whether a film is horror. It is, in part, about the crucial importance of always trying to make such assessments. We Horror fans tend to instinctively make these value judgments for the genre, and like any other inherent survival trait, our tendency to revisit this same old discussion, again and again, is for a good purpose: We are merely being Guardians At The Gate. Continue reading

The Sci-Fi Podcast Ep. 38: Alien Abduction Part 2 – Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993)

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Alien Abduction sub-genre in Horror cinema? Episode 116 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST was Part 1 in a crossover with our friends at The Sci-Fi Podcast. On that ep, the HMP hosts and special guest Mattroid, from TSFP, spent some time exploring the theme and reviewed Alien Abduction (2014) as well as Altered (2006). We capped off Part 1 with another excellent interview with filmmaker friend of the show Eduardo Sanchez.

Part 2 of that series is now here! In this episode, Dr. Shock (known as Dave Bowman on TSFP) and Wolfman Josh (known as SpaceWolf) join the crew of The Sci-Fi Podcast to review the creepy Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993). TSFP utilizes their resident scientist–The Brain–as a sounding board for hypotheses regarding the probability and plausibility of life OUT THERE and that life coming here. You also won’t want to miss Station!’s hilarious review of Communion or the great discussion about Fire in the Sky.

Head over there to listen and leave your comments!

The Sci-Fi Podcast Ep. 38: Alien Abduction Part 2 – Communion (1989) and Fire in the Sky (1993)

 

Special Features 001: 15 Film Gems That Even You Cinephiles Probably Haven’t Seen (But Should)

CurtainsATTN: HORROR FANS — On behalf of our MOVIE PODCAST NETWORK, Horror Movie Podcast would like to present our first ever SPECIAL FEATURES bonus episode for your listening pleasure. Here are the only four things you need to know:

1. Horror Movie Podcast will continue to be a FREE podcast (and it always will be).

2. You can also subscribe FREE to our Movie Podcast Network feed, which provides short audio teasers of every new episode released across the Network.

3. If you like this Special Features episode, then you can subscribe for a small fee to our MONTHLY Special Features BONUS releases through our Patreon page. (Although this first episode is censored for content, the Special Features feed will be explicit.)

4. Not ALL of these Special Features BONUS episodes will be strictly Horror. Many shows will probably have no Horror at all. This first episode, however, keeps it real and includes a couple of obscure Horror flicks that we think you’ll enjoy. And not to worry, Horror Movie Podcast and Universal Monsters Cast will definitely provide Horror-centric BONUS episodes, and from time to time, you may even get some Horror from The Sci-Fi Podcast, Movie Stream Cast and Retro Movie Geek Podcast.

To promote Movie Podcast Network and our new Special Features feed, we have released this first episode for free across the entire Network. But rest assured, all your favorite MPN podcasts will resume their regular releases of their episodes immediately. Thanks for listening. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 116: Alien Abduction Part 1 – With Director Eduardo Sánchez

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Have you ever wondered about the origins of the Alien Abduction sub-genre in Horror cinema? In Episode 116 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, your hosts and special guest MATTROID (of The Sci-Fi Podcast) spend some time exploring this theme in this Part 1 of a 2-part series whose second episode will air on The Sci-Fi Podcast.com. The highlight of this episode is an interview with filmmaker Eduardo Sánchez, who is the director of Altered (2006), which we Feature Review. We also bring you a review of Alien Abduction (2014). So, if you’ve been sculpting your mashed potatoes to look like nearby laccolithic buttes, then this episode is for you. Join us (or we’ll abduct you)!

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! Continue reading

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

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 110: Rings (2017) and Riverdale (2017) and Sundance Film Festival Horror Preview 2017

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In Episode 110 of Horror Movie Podcast, hear our Sundance Film Festival Horror Preview for 2017, courtesy of our HMP Sundance Horror Correspondent, Kagan Breitenbach! During his coverage, Kagan brings you previews of four Sundance Horror offerings: Snatchers and XX and Raw and Killing Ground. Kagan also discusses a few “Horror Adjacent” (but non-Horror) films, such as 78/52 and Thoroughbred and Colossal and I Don’t Feel at Home in This World Anymore.

Also in HMP Ep. 110, Jay of the Dead brings you a 2017 Feature Review of Rings and awakens his Beastly Freaks segment to bring you a review of The Fiancé, while Wolfman Josh shows up for work with his horror segment, Screaming Online, in which he covers I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House and Mercy. The Wolfman also has a potential Horror TV show to discuss, in the new hit series Riverdale, as well as a couple of terrible micro reviews. Lastly, we’ve got a great edition of Campfire Tales from Listener Victor in Seattle. Join us!

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! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 107: Christmas Horror (2016 edition)

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Merry Christmas from HORROR MOVIE PODCAST! Episode 107 features Killer Santas and Santa Killers in our chilling 2016 edition of CHRISTMAS HORROR. Feature Reviews include new-release Christmas slasher Good Tidings (2016), classic ’80s slasher Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984), and Adam Green’s take on the popular Disney musical Frozen (2010). You’ll also get mini reviews of ATM (2012) and Santa’s Slay (2005), prize giveaways from our sponsors at Cryptocurium and Fright Rags, and feedback from the unofficial HMP After Dark screening of A Christmas Horror Story (2015).

Coming up next time: We’re bringing you Horror Movie Podcast’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 as well as the Top 10 horror movies of the HMP community! Make sure you e-mail your Top 10 picks to horrormoviepodcast@gmail.com before Jan. 1, 2017. Don’t miss this episode!

Horror Movie Podcast is typically 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! Leave voicemails with your recommendations and comments at: (801) 382-8789 You can also follow HMP on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook (kind of). Thank you for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies!

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