HMPod.com Podcast 174 — Insidious Chapter 3, Jurassic World, Ex Machina, Chappie, Star Leaf, Closer to God

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Insidious 3 is the best of the bunch

Greetings & salutations to all the fans of the horrific & scary. This episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted as usual by Jerry & Mark, is weighted toward the science-fictionish sort of nastiness, though the first movie reviewed is as close to an old school ghost story as you can find these days.

Insidious Chapter 3 is a starring vehicle for actress Lin Shaye. And about time, too. The versatile & recognizable Shaye has played the psychic Elise Rainier in each of the Insidious movies. This flick gives us her back story. And it’s safe to say this is the best of the three movies in what has been a weak, if popular, franchise.

Jurassic World is one of those summer blockbusters that looks so good up on the big 3-D screen it seems churlish or just plain bad-tempered to tear it apart for its failure to have either a good script or decent acting. Of course, being bad-tempered has never stopped our hosts who chomp a few holes in this prehistoric mess big enough to drive a herd of triceratops through.

Star Leaf is a cute & occasionally humorous independent movie about the greatest ganja the world has ever smoked — because it came from outer space. A fun, funny little flick.

The next two movies share similarities of story — both are about thinking humanoid robots — but one is far superior to the other. Writer-director Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina is sci-fi at its best. Neill Blomkamp‘s Chappie is less successful. However, the two movies would make a good double-bill.

Finally, Closer to God is a stylish wee movie from writer-director Billy Senese. Sort of a modern take on Frankenstein, it settles a little too quickly for violent horror. A shame it didn’t stick with the more cerebral angle of the promising story.

HMPod.com Podcast 173 — Terminator Genisys, Maggie, Tomorrowland, Enemy, The Guest, Goldberg & Eisenberg, Going Clear: Scientology, Bloody Bloody Bible Camp

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Good day, folks! Here’s hoping our listeners in the northern hemisphere are not cooking & our friends in the south are not freezing. Regardless, Mark & Jerry — your hosts of The Horror Movie Show — have a plethora of reviews to amuse & confuse.

First up is a pair of new flicks starring the Governator himself, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Terminator Genisys is the latest in the up-and-down series. How does it stack up against its predecessors? You will hear here. Then comes some jibber-jabber about Maggie, a zombie movie decidedly gentler than most. Arnie plays a dad having to deal with the impending doom of his teenaged daughter, ably played by Abigail Breslin.

George Clooney acts childishly in Tomorrowland, a science-fiction-fantasy that doesn’t seem to know where it starts or ends up. Enemy is another of the recent fine movies starring Jake Gyllenhaal. Though not as good as Nightcrawler, this one is still worth a watch. The Guest, directed by Adam Wingard (You’re Next), is also an interesting thriller. It costars Maika Monroe, recently seen in the excellent It Follows.

From Israel comes this peculiar & darkly humorous tale, Goldberg & Eisenberg: Till Death Do Us Part. This 2013 feature is the first horror movie in Hebrew reviewed by Jerry & Mark. Next is a bit of chatter about the documentary Going Clear: Scientology & the Prison of Belief. Based on the book by Lawrence Wright, Alex Gibney‘s film reveals many of the dark secrets of this greedy, unaccountable cult.

Finally, Jerry gives a brief review of Vito Trabucco‘s Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (2012), a movie too-quickly dismissed last episode. The Horror Movie Show exists to give you, our faithful listeners, reviews with some depth. This is a chance to rectify the short shrift given to BBBC previously. Cheers everyone & stay cool.

HMPod.com Podcast 172 — Poltergeist (2015), The Man in the High Castle, I Thought I Told You to Shut Up, Remember Me, Clown

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Welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Jerry & Mark. This week’s hour of jibber-jabber is bursting at the seams with horrific goodness, along with some strange comedy. Please, take your shoes off & set a spell. We promise to take down the Confederate battle flag by the end of the show — because we are not monsters.

But enough real-life horror. The show begins with a review of the remake of Poltergeist, starring the usually excellent Sam Rockwell. How does it compare with the much-loved original? That is discussed.

Next up is a look at the pilot of a new series based on the venerable novel by Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle. This is one of the most popular alternate-history stories ever written, with the Axis powers of the Second World War divvying up North America between them. It’s fair to say those Nazis are just not very nice people & have much in common with the GOP legislators of South Carolina.

I Thought I Told You to Shut Up!! is a too-brief documentary about cartoonist David Boswell & the dream of fashioning a feature film about his hilarious Reid Fleming, World’s Toughest Milkman. That is followed by a review of the three-part BBC series, Remember Me. The latter stars Michael Palin & was made in the tradition of BBC Xmastime ghost stories.

This episode ends with an enjoyable look at Clown, a movie that began as a parody horror trailer. With producer Eli Roth taking an interest, director Jon Watts actually made the feature & it is worth watching. So don’t let the Southern Hospitality kill you. Just set down there next to the pickle barrel & let’s talk alternate history. Yee-haw! The South shall lie to itself again!

HMPod.com Podcast 171 — What We Do in the Shadows, The Taking of Deborah Logan, Pernicious, Residue, Seventh Son, The Giver, The Hobbit 3

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Welcome, dear listeners, to The Horror Movie Show hosted by Mark & Jerry, those lovable waifs. This episode features reviews of seven new movies. That’s at least two more reviews than any other horror movie review show would ever dare to include. But that’s why HMPod is the Champagne of Horror Review Podcasts.

The guys begin by discussing the very funny vampire comedy What We Do in the Shadows, co-directed & starring Jemaine Clement, half of the Flight of the Conchords comedy band & sitcom. Doing for bloodsucking freaks what Shaun of the Dead did for zombies, this is a wild & crazy little feature.

The Taking of Deborah Logan is next reviewed, followed by writer-director James Cullen Bressack‘s newest feature, Pernicious. After that is the sort-of-made-for-TV Residue.

Next up is a pair of oddities starring the inconsistent but occasionally brilliant Jeff Bridges: Seventh Son & The Giver. And we wrap this episode with a look at The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. Unless something terrible happens, that should be the last time Peter Jackson gets his mitts on anything to do with J.R.R. Tolkien….

Please note that for the near future, new episodes of The Horror Movie Show will now appear every two weeks, rather than weekly. Enjoy!

HMPod.com Podcast 170 — The ABCs of Death 2, It Follows, Iron Doors, Wyrmwood, Don’t Blink, Big Driver, Woman in Black 2, Dahmer

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A gracious good day to the several listeners of The Horror Movie Show. Hosts Jerry & Mark examine a fine assortment of scary & intriguing movies in this episode.

To “kick off” the show is anthology The ABCs of Death 2. The first in this interesting series had less than 50 per cent success, according to our critics. Is the sequel more successful?

Next is one of the hottest titles of the last year: It Follows. Written & directed by David Robert Mitchell, this worthwhile & extremely spooky horror flick is bound to make Top 10 lists all over the world. Mark & Jerry get down on their knees to keep up with this one.

A handful of smaller movies is next: Iron Doors (2010), Wyrmwood, Don’t Blink & Big Driver (all 2014) each have points good & bad. Note that Big Driver is based on a Stephen King story — for those who enjoy that little-known author.

The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death is the penultimate movie looked over & through this episode. Another sequel, another chance to tell a gothic-style horror story set in the same spooky mansion as in the original.

Finally, the guys politely discuss the 2002 feature Dahmer, starring the likeable Jeremy Renner (Avengers, 28 Weeks Later). More cerebral than shocking, this small movie is a… tasteful peek into the day-to-day life of serial maniac Jeffrey Dahmer. And what a naughty boy he is.