Greetings to all & sundry from the wide open road that stretches before us till we hit the final pot-hole of death. Currently residing in a not-quite-ancient recreational vehicle far, far away from the mighty Splutt Building HQ of The Horror Movie Show, we bring you episode #199, a milestone in podcasting history. Packed with horrific goodness, if this one doesn’t convince you to listen nothing will.
Your road-weary hosts, Mark & Jerry, begin their tirade with writer/director Jeremy Saulnier‘s excellent Green Room. The claustrophobic tale of a socially progressive punk rock band trapped in the hell of a backwoods skinhead murder hole will no doubt make this year’s Top 10 list. It is an exciting & satisfying follow-up to Saulnier’s Blue Ruin, another Top 10 pick. Star Anton Yelchin amply demonstrates why we miss him.
A trio of super-hero movies follows, including the sad Suicide Squad, overstuffed Captain America: Civil War & the sadly boring X-Men: Apocalypse. All three represent good reason why big-budget comic book flicks should be sealed in plastic & shelved till a worthwhile story is found. So much talent, so much money, so much dross.
Director Alex Proyas‘s much anticipated Gods of Egypt is next discussed. An absolute treat for the eyes, this tale of men & giant gods recalls the fun of Clash of the Titans. A bit more story depth would be appreciated, but this one is pure movie fun.
Next up is the great & unique late-night thriller After Hours (1985). Directed by arguably the greatest living film director, Martin Scorsese, this story of an ordinary guy trapped in an extraordinary vortex of crazy blondes & Soho nightlife is a comedy of the blackest sort. Cannot recommend it enough.
Seth Rogen & the usual stoner crew depress carnivores & vegetarians alike as all items in a supermarket come to life only to realize the horrors awaiting them if they are chosen to come home with the humans. Often funny, this feature-length cartoon attempts to plumb the depths of philosophical angst. Not suitable for children or those with a hunger for normality.
One of the best episodic scary flicks in recent years, Southbound features an eclectic mix of actors including horror stalwarts Maria Olsen & Larry Fessenden, as well as comedian Dana Gould. Absolutely superb. Another excellent little movie is writer-director Perry Blackshear‘s They Look Like People. A wonderfully paranoid romp inside the mind of a man on the verge of becoming a raging psycho, this little-known movie is very well done. Next is a quick review of another Maria Olsen movie, Mark of the Witch (aka Another). Olsen is having a hell of a year.
Finally, the guys drive over a trio of big-budget blockbusters: Alice Through the Looking Glass, The Jungle Book & The Legend of Tarzan. Can you say overkill?
When next Jerry & Mark chatter like goons, it will be the 200th episode of The Horror Movie Show. Tune in for some wacky special features & a chilling announcement about the future of this here podcast. Cheers all.