Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 169: Women in Horror Month 2019 + Gillman Joel’s Top 10

HMP 169 WiHM ArtThis February is the 10th Annual Women in Horror Month, so HORROR MOVIE PODCAST is honoring the ladies of our favorite genre who work in front and behind the camera. Episode 169 is another Frankensteinian show, where we bring you a variety of movie reviews and Horror-related discussion, including four WiHM inspired Feature Reviews of Near Dark (1987)Mirror Mirror (1990)Honeymoon (2014), Prevenge (2017) with special guest Natasha Pascetta, the writer/director/star of short horror film “Road Trash” and the Director of Digital Production & Social Media Engagement fro Cinestate and Fangoria Magazine. In addition, Jay returns from the dead for a very special segment and Gillman Joel brings you his “Top 10 Horror Movies of All Time” list!

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31 Days of Halloween — Day 24: The Legend of Halloween Jack (2018) — by Jody Horror Guy

31HalloweenJackEditor’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 longtime listener and friend of the show Jody Branham, who you can follow on Twitter @jodyhorrorguy and on Letterboxd @jodyhorrorguy.


Title: The Legend of Halloween Jack
Country: Wales, United Kingdom
Year: 2018
Director/Screenwriter: Andrew Jones

On Halloween night in a sleepy seaside town, serial killer Jack Cain returns from the dead to take revenge on the vigilantes who tortured and killed him and buried him in a local corn field. Unfortunately, The Legend of Halloween Jack is yet another movie that helps prove my theory that one can count the number of good scarecrow movies on one hand. And yet, my theory never stops me from trying or hoping for that to change.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 19: Popcorn (1991) — by Dr. Shock

31HalloweenPopcornDave “Dr. Shock” Becker is a host on Horror Movie PodcastUniversal Monsters Cast and Land of the Creeps horror podcasts. He is also the mastermind behind DVDInfatuation.com. Follow Doc on Twitter @DVDinfatuation and on Letterboxd @DcoShockHMP


Title: Popcorn
Country: United States
Year: 1991
Director: Mark Herrier
Screenwriter: Alan Ormsby

As a film fan, I can’t help but love 1991’s Popcorn. A late addition to the slasher genre that also dips its toes into supernatural waters, Popcorn pays tribute to the great William Castle, and even has a few familiar faces among its supporting cast. Throw in a rollicking reggae soundtrack (the entire film was shot in Jamaica) and you have a movie that, even when it isn’t perfect, is always a hell of a lot of fun.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 16: The Changeling (1980) — by Eric Gilliland

31HalloweenChangelingEditor’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 Eric Gilliland, who you can follow on Eric on Twitter @E_Patrick909 and on Letterboxd @Eg1979.


Title: The Chageling
Country: The United States
Year: 1980
Director: Peter Medak
Screenwriters: William Gray and Diana Maddox (story by Russell Hunter)

The Changeling begins with an idyllic family having car trouble on a wintry road. Then tragedy strikes without warning. Noted composer John Russell (George C. Scott) witnesses an out of control truck take away his wife and daughter. A few months later, still deep in grief over his loss, John decides to take a teaching job at a Seattle college. He buys a lease to one of the city’s oldest houses, one with a dark history with deep connections to a prominent family. Once moved in John hears strange noises and discovers a hidden room with some dark secrets.
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31 Days of Halloween — Day 9: Verónica (2018) — by Timo Kosonen

31HalloweenVeronicaEditor’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 Timo Kosonen, who you can follow on Letterboxd @S5C2H and Twitter @RunningTimoK.

*THE FOLLOWING REVIEW MAY CONTAIN PLOT SPOILERS


Title: Verónica
Country: Spain
Year: 2018
Director: Paco Plaza
Screenwriters: Fernando Navarro, Paco Plaza

Verónica is the newest film from the director Paco Plaza, known from the highly acclaimed REC, which took the world by surprise. This time Plaza tackles the classic possession genre and the result is an interesting film with a sinister—and simultaneously sad—atmosphere. Although the film’s backbone is generic, it is still a well-made possession movie that utilizes the “based on a true story” trope quite effectively.
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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

The Last Exorcism Part II (2013)

The Last Exorcism Part II DVD coverVerdict: 1 ( Avoid )

Premise: Immediately following the events of “The Last Exorcism” (2010), this sequel picks up with Nell disoriented and on-the-run. She is placed in a girls’ home, where she tries to believe that her seemingly absent demonic possession was never real.

Mini Review: I can’t remember the last time I saw a major, theatrical horror release that was this terrible. “The Last Exorcism Part II” may very well be the most boring horror movie I have ever seen — and that’s saying a lot, because I’ve seen “Suspiria” (1977)! Honestly, this movie is more of a drama than anything else. One problem is that this sequel has absolutely no story. And what little semblance of a story it tries to muster doesn’t make one bit of sense. Another problem is that this horror film is rated PG-13, so kills are either non-existent or shown off-screen. (It’s rare that a PG-13-rated horror film can be effective; “The Uninvited” is one exception.) Ashley Bell is a talented actress whose contortionist abilities made the first film creepy. Inexplicably, they barely use those talents at all in this sequel! Anyone could have played this role. “The Last Exorcism Part II” has five or six cheap jump scares, which didn’t even make my friend jump in the theater (and he doesn’t do well at horror movies). We were the only people in the theater, and we actually started laughing out loud at this movie. At one point, my friends decided this movie should be titled “An EKG and a Chicken,” because yes, it features an EKG and a chicken… I like the first film. It has a great premise. I rated it a 5 out of 10 and called it a Rental. This sequel falls into the “Let’s Pretend This Doesn’t Even Exist” category. It’s a 1 out of 10. Avoid — even if it’s free.

Directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly. Starring Ashley Bell, Louis Herthum, Spencer Treat Clark. Sub-genre: Possession / Supernatural. Runtime: 88 min. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for horror violence, terror and brief language). U.S. theater release: March 1, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0008.

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The Hounds (2013)

The Hounds DVD coverVerdict: 4 ( Avoid )

Premise: Four friends (three guys and one girl) retreat deep into the wilderness for some camping, but after finding a dead body buried near their campsite, they are preyed upon by a shape-shifting, organ-stealing killer.

Mini Review: “The Hounds” rewards those who are patient … very patient. It is a textbook example of a film that has a great concept that is completely undermined by its poor execution. I’ve rated this movie a 4 out of 10: Two points are for its concept (or ultimately, its twist) and two points are for an especially sickening scene where a character’s kidney is ripped out. “The Hounds” reminded me of a Canadian horror film called “Dark Reprieve” (2008), another good idea that was executed terribly. In both movies, the screenplay fails to carry the story to its horrifying conclusion. One brief example: You know your script is weak if you have a character who is alone and has to talk to himself for the benefit of the viewers. The cinema should show, not tell. Plus, this is what good actors are for: conveying emotion without needing to speak. I have to give “The Hounds” credit, though: It is about one of the worst things that could ever happen to a human being (in real life). But you’ve got three characters, a tent and nothing but forest. That could be incredible, but it’s very boring. There’s a secondary story that seems completely unrelated to the primary plot. Naturally, we later learn the correlation, but until we arrive at the end of the movie, it’s very frustrating to watch. And unfortunately, “The Hounds” follows a trend in horror that I really hate, which is, casting multiple actors and only one actress, especially in a one-against-many scenario, where one killer is individually picking off a group of young men and women.

Directed by Maurizio del Piccolo and Roberto del Piccolo. Starring Maddie Moate, Paul Tonkin, David Drew. Sub-genre: Supernatural / Slasher / Mystery. Runtime: 87 min. MPAA rating: Not rated (but would be R). U.S. theater release: January 20, 2013. DVD release: February 26, 2013. Country: UK. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0007.

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Mama (2013)

Mama DVD coverVerdict: 6.5 ( Rental )

Premise: When their criminal-on-the-run father strands them at a cabin in the woods, two little girls spend years holed up inside with only a supernatural and malevolent being attending to them. But when the feral girls are discovered five years later and adopted by their aunt and uncle, their new “mama” is jealous and doesn’t want to share her guardianship.

Mini Review: “Mama” is another rare case of a PG-13-rated horror movie that’s actually scary — not horrifyingly scary — but it has its moments. There’s a scene early in the film where a distraught father prepares to kill his daughters before committing suicide, and this bleak moment is more upsetting than any monster-related aspect of the film. The “Mama” character is largely a CGI creation and though passably creepy during the film, she seems rather cartoonish as I reflect on her in retrospect. The young actresses that play the daughters give exceptional performances — especially Isabelle Nélisse as Lilly. There is a tug-of-war scene in this movie that will chill your spine, but the best part of “Mama” is its sound design: “Mama” makes terrifying noises. Unfortunately, the script is overly convoluted (particularly Mama’s back story), so the scenes don’t flow into one another. And as far as horror movies go, “Mama” is a little too long and too slow for my tastes.

Directed by Andres Muschietti. Starring Jessica Chastain, Megan Charpentier, Isabelle Nélisse. Sub-genre: Supernatural / Ghost. Runtime: 100 min. MPAA rating: PG-13 (for violence and terror, some disturbing images and thematic elements). U.S. theater release: January 18, 2013. DVD release: n/a. Country: U.S. Language: English. Mini Review by Jay of the Dead. 0002.

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