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. 109: Split (2017) and The Bye Bye Man (2017) and The Best Damn 2017 Horror Preview on the Internet

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Happy 2017! We usually at least feign humility on HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, but this four-hour and thirty minute episode has to be The Best Damn 2017 Horror Preview on the Internet. Or at least the most thorough. Damn right!

New listeners may find this particular episode to be quite unusual because we spend much of the time simply talking about release titles and dates, rather than reviewing movies, but there is also plenty of discussion about our most anticipated upcoming films when Jay of the Dead, Dr. Shock, and Wolfman Josh begin with the first Friday in January and discuss just about every known horror release, week by week, for 2017.

Afterward, Jay and Wolfman bring you one of their famous two-handers with a review of M. Night Shyamalan’s Split (2017), including a separate spoiler-section. Wolfman Josh also brings you a feature review of Stacy Title’s The Bye Bye Man (2017) and reports on whether Ti West’s In the Valley of Violence (2016) is a horror movie. And it wouldn’t be HMP if Jay of the Dead didn’t do a little rabble-rousing… Prepare to be up in arms! Continue reading

31 Days of Halloween — Day 6: The New York Ripper (1982) — 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.


The Video Nasties craze that hit Britain in the early to mid-1980s wasn’t particularly kind to Lucio Fulci. The “official” list of 72 films released by the Director of Public Prosecutions, which identified movies on video that, due to their violence and sexual content, could be subject to prosecution, featured three of the director’s titles: “Zombie,” “The House by the Cemetery,” and “The Beyond.” Continue reading

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

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