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

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 070: A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) – Franchise Review Part 1 of 5

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One, two, Jay is coming for you.
Three, four, Wolfman’s at your door.
Five, six, the plan for guests was nixed.
Seven, eight, Doc’s gotta stay up late.
Nine, ten, no Walking Dead again.

Wake up, horror fans, because HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is bringing you another epic franchise review! This time we are bringing you the long-awaited five-part A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 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 last month, we’re giving you in-depth analysis of the entire Freddy franchise, including all seven core films as well as a bonus episode featuring discussion of the Platinum Dunes remake and touching on Freddy vs Jason. First up, we tackle Wes Craven’s groundbreaking original A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984). Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween – Day 2: Jack the Ripper (1959) — by Dr. Shock

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Editor’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.

One of history’s most notorious serial killers, Jack the Ripper, murdered five prostitutes in London’s Whitechapel district in the latter half of 1888 (between the months of Aug. and Nov., to be precise). In each instance, the victim’s throats were slashed, yet some of their other wounds (the uteruses of a few had been cut out) suggested that the Ripper was a man of medicine, with at least a working knowledge of human anatomy. It proved a difficult case for the police to crack, and they never did find the killer. Over the years, there have been several movies based on the Ripper killings, some of which presented theories of their own as to who committed these murders (one of the better entries being the Hughes Brothers’ underrated 2001 crime / thriller From Hell). 1959’s Jack the Ripper, a British film directed by Robert S. Baker and Monty Berman, offers its own unique spin on the story, and while it’s certainly not the definitive version of this ghastly tale, it’s isn’t a bad little movie, either. Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween – Day 1: The People Under the Stairs (1991) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days 1Happy Halloween, Horror Fans! Wolfman Josh here. Welcome to our 31 DAYS OF HALLOWEEN! Why not 31 Days of Horror? Well, for one thing, here at Horror Movie Podcast, Horror is happening 365 days a year. Count on that. We’re dead serious about horror movies and don’t you forget it.

Also, speaking for myself, I’ve always seen the entire month of October as Halloween. It’s a time for gathering the harvest from my small garden, enjoying the changing leaves in the mountains near my home, roasting pumpkins seeds, drinking apple cider, brisk Autumn walks, lots of parties with friends and family and A COMPLETE AND TOTAL DEDICATION to scary movies. This is also an especially important time of year for me as a horror fan because it is the only time I can get my significant other to watch anything even close to resembling a horror movie with me. And in my house, the only movies that go in the BluRay player the entire month of October are those suited for the Halloween season. Those are the rules.

And so each day, for the entire month of October, one of your hosts at Horror Movie Podcast will bring you a written review of what we’re watching this Halloween. And that’s really just the beginning …

We want you to return the favor. As those of you who frequent the comment boards already know, we’re all about community here at Horror Movie Podcast and we want to hear what you’re up to too. So, please share your reviews along with us each day in the comments of our posts. Give us your recommendations and tell us what to avoid. Let’s all be here for one another as we navigate one of the best times of the year to be fans of horror cinema by bringing our best picks to the table to share with everyone else.

To kick things off, it’s Dave “Dr. Shock” Becker, our beloved co-host and the insanely prolific film critic behind DVDInfatuation.com, where he’s writing a movie review every day until he reaches at least 2,500. Today you’re the lucky recipient of that writing and if you’ve never checked out DVD Infatuation before, you’ll see what you’ve been missing.

For Day 1 of our 31 Days of Halloween, October 1, 2015, Dr. Shock brings us his review of Wes Craven’s “The People Under the Stairs” (1991). After the jump!

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Horror Movie Podcast BONUS Ep. 047: Friday the 13th Franchise Overview

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Congratulations, horror fans! You’ve made it to our sixth and final installment of the HORROR MOVIE PODCAST FRIDAY THE 13TH FRANCHISE REVIEW, a multi-part series where your hosts—and some special guests—have covered the entire Friday the 13th franchise—Horror Movie Podcast-style—with some in-depth, hardcore Jason Voorhees analysis to prove, once again, that we are DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT HORROR MOVIES!

If you haven’t heard Episodes 042 through 046 yet, please go back and listen to those first! This episode is intended to be heard last. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 046: Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs Jason (2003) and Friday the 13th (2009)

HMP Ep 46 F13th 5Welcome to my nightmare the fifth installment of our epic FRIDAY THE 13th FRANCHISE REVIEW for HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies.

Just as we did for the Halloween films back in October 2014, we’re bringing you a multi-part series of in-depth, hardcore Jason Voorhees analysis! In this episode, we bring you debates and reviews for Jason X (2001) and Freddy vs Jason (2003) and Friday the 13th (2009). This week we welcome back The Wildman himself, Willis Wheeler from the Terror Troop podcast, Mattroid and Kill Bill Kill from The Sci-Fi Podcast, and a horror podcasting veteran making his first appearance on HMP, ChrisRobo from Rotten Rantings. Ahhh. So you are afraid of something after all, huh? Join us or die.

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