Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 064: The Found Footage Convention in Horror and an Interview With Eduardo Sánchez, Co-Director of The Blair Witch Project

Found Footage FinalHave you ever wanted to hear the HMP hosts analyze the found footage format for hours, and then interview the co-director of “The Blair Witch Project,” Eduardo Sánchez? Good. Otherwise, Episode 064 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST will be disappointing for you, because that’s exactly our agenda!

This is a special themed episode where we explore The Found Footage Convention in Horror. You’ll get in-depth discussion of the filmmaking convention with special guest Michael Steinberg of FoundFootageCritic.com, feature reviews of two recent found footage films “The Taking of Deborah Logan” (2014) and “Evidence” (2013), and even some Top 5 Found Footage Films lists from your hosts!

And our main event is an interview with Filmmaker Eduardo Sánchez. Sánchez is best known for co-directing the found footage trailblazer “The Blair Witch Project” (1999) and directing the more recent found footage Bigfoot landmark “Exists” (2014), the paranormal found footage potboiler “Seventh Moon” (2008), and the short found footage zombie segment of “V/H/S 2” (2013), titled “A Ride in the Park.”

Sánchez has also directed more traditionally shot and structured films such as the criminally underrated alien invasion nail-biter “Altered” (2006) and the paranormal horror thriller “Lovely Molly” (2011).

This episode is 3 hours and 45 minutes! Join us!

“Found Footage always gets beat up. It’s like the bastard child of Horror.” — Filmmaker Eduardo Sánchez 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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