31 Days of Halloween — Day 1: The Vatican Tapes (2015) — by Dr. Shock

31 Days of Halloween - The Vatican Tapes 2015

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?

No, I don’t believe they are. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 069: Sinister 2 (2015) and No Escape (2015) and Alien Abduction (2014) and The Visit (2015)

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It’s HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… Episode 069 is another of our Frankensteinian episodes where we bring you a mad mix of reviews, including Sinister 2 (2015) and Jay’s survival horror recommendation, No Escape (2015). One Sick Puppy of the Dead as Hell Horror Podcast joins Jay for those reviews.

Dr. Shock also brings us a review of the found footage flick, Alien Abduction (2014).

And we have a great surprise with a very special guest — The Wolfman’s wife, Rachel (aka Rach-Hell, aka The She-Wolf) of Movie Stream Cast — who helps us review M. Night Shyamalan’s The Visit (2015).

We also bring you the remaining portion of an interview with the Found Footage Critic, Michael Steinberg. Join us! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 002: Haunted Houses

HMP Sidebar HauntedWelcome to Episode 002 of Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re exploring Wolfman Josh’s theme of HAUNTED HOUSES. This is another 4-hour and 40-minute horror Monstercast! And though Dr. Walking Dead had to step down from his full-time hosting position, we have acquired the hosting talents of the legendary Dr. Shock. Continue reading