Trojan Horses at the Gates of Horror

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Author’s note: 
The views of this blog and its corresponding podcast segment are strictly the views of Jay of the Dead. The sentiments contained herein do not necessarily (or probably don’t) reflect the feelings of Wolfman Josh, Dr. Shock, Dr. Walking Dead or Horror Movie Podcast and its community. 
 
But if you love the Horror genre, I hope you will read this article, or at least, listen to its accompanying audio podcast segment here in Episode 121, starting at
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By Jay of the Dead  |  Horror Movie Podcast
 
You’re not going to read this entire article, so you might as well stop now, unless you’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies. Otherwise, settle in and prove your allegiance to the genre here and now. Below are three topics tackled within one article, because they are all related.
 
I. Yes, We Keep Fighting but for Good Reason
 
In classic Horror movie siege-narrative fashion, there are monsters at the gates, trying to get in to reach the Horror genre and its fans. That may sound dramatic, but “guard duty,” as with any regular duty, can be equally as tedious as it is important.
 
Recently, my friend Jeff Hammer, in essence, said that Horror film critics and podcasters do their audiences a disservice by constantly rehashing the arguments over whether a film is Horror or not. 
 
Alas, this article technically isn’t about judging whether a film is horror. It is, in part, about the crucial importance of always trying to make such assessments. We Horror fans tend to instinctively make these value judgments for the genre, and like any other inherent survival trait, our tendency to revisit this same old discussion, again and again, is for a good purpose: We are merely being Guardians At The Gate. Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 111: HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A Celebration of the Finest Achievements in 2016 Horror Films

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In Episode 111, HORROR MOVIE PODCAST Presents the very first HORROR CINEMA AWARDS — A Celebration of the Finest Filmic Achievements in Horror for 2016!

We’ve assembled a wonderful jury from every corner of the horror community, including filmmaker, critics, writers, podcasters, artists, and academics. The nominees are drawn from the HMP host and listener Top 10 lists of 2016 and the jury has voted on those nominees in traditional awards show categories from “Best Actress” to “Best Picture.”

After that, your HMP hosts give away their own special “Dead Serious” awards where we get a little more out of the box and award films for their best “Beastly Freaks” or use of “Horror in the Daylight.”

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies.

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Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 108: The Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016

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HAPPY NEW YEAR, horror fans! You’ve survived 2016! Welcome to Episode 108 of HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, our very first show of 2017 where Jay of the Dead, Wolfman Josh and Dr. Shock will be looking back on an awful year for our culture, but a tremendous year for horror. The hosts each bring you their Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016, but more importantly, reveal the results of the calculated Top 10 Horror Movies of 2016 from the collective HMP listenership!

We also bring you a few prize giveaways courtesy of Doctor Shock, Jay of the Dead and amazing artist, illustrator, and loyal HMP listener, Bonnie Bozell!

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast, where we’re DEAD SERIOUS ABOUT HORROR MOVIES, damn it! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 082: The Witch (2016) and The Sci-Fi Podcast Crossover Reviews of the Phantasm Franchise

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Boy(s and girls)! Welcome to HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… In this show, Jay of the Dead brings you a solocast Feature Review of The Witch (2016). And we welcome special guest Mattroid of The Sci-Fi Podcast for the first half of our Crossover Franchise Review of the Phantasm films. Here we discuss Phantasm (1979) and Phantasm II (1988). Join us!

Horror Movie Podcast is a bi-weekly show that’s released every other Friday. If you’d like to support our show, please subscribe to our podcast free in iTunes, and leave us a review! And remember, we love getting your voicemails, so call in with more recommendations and comments at this number: (801) 382-8789 Thanks for listening to Horror Movie Podcast! Continue reading

Horror Movie Podcast Ep. 080: Three Dudes Talk About Horror and the Upcoming Horror Movies of 2016

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This is HORROR MOVIE PODCAST, where we’re Dead Serious About Horror Movies… Welcome to Episode 080. Longtime listeners may find this particular episode to be a little unusual for HMP because we spend much of the time simply talking about horror, rather than reviewing movies. Naturally, we discuss a few horror flicks, but you can think of this show as a few friends just hanging out, talking about the genre they love as the new year gets rolling. To this end, we chat about the Upcoming Horror Films of 2016, which leads to a couple of predictions and some discussion of our most anticipated picks. Join us! Continue reading