HMPod.com Podcast 164 — Xmas Special 2014: Silent Night, Zombie Night; Krampus: Xmas Devil; Dead End; Don’t Open Till Xmas; Elves; Nightmare Before Xmas

860573_222583661213055_675121897_oWishing you a very scary Xmas!

Top o’ the season to you, darling listener. As sugar plums turn to ash in your mouth, let us present The Horror Movie Show, hosted by those jolly elves Jerry & Mark. Pour yourself a large bucket of eggnog (with something extra added, perhaps a splash of brandy, perhaps 50cc of spinal fluid).

The Hosts of Xmas Past first regale us with their tales of the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, followed with a brief summary of the season ender for Z Nation. Nothing says Xmas quite like the shambling undead, which naturally leads us to the first holiday movie review.

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009) is a modest effort written & directed by Sean Cain. Shot on a shoestring budget, it ranks right around the 2013 flick Krampus: The Christmas Devil, our second movie review. At least the latter has a worthwhile guest appearance by HMPod favourite Bill Oberst Jr.

Next up is the pretty good Dead End (2003), featuring the popular Lin Shaye (Insidious) & Ray Wise (Twin Peaks). As well as being a fine little Xmas Eve horror, it’s a holly-jolly road picture!

Don’t Open Till Christmas (1984) is a good old-fashioned British video nasty, complete with about a dozen Santas being butchered in suitably gruesome style. The equally mundane Elves (1989) follows. It stars Grizzly Adams himself, Dan Haggerty, as a down-on-his-luck drunken Santa caught up in a supernatural mix of Nazis, evil elves & incestuous grandfathers. Ho ho ho!

Finally, to add a bit of sweetness to this heaping platter of turkeys, is a bit of chitchat about holiday fave-rave The Nightmare Before Christmas. Masterminded by Tim Burton, the adventure of Jack Skellington & his pals from Halloween Town is fun for the whole family.

Merriest of Christmases from your pals at HMPod.com!

HMPod.com Podcast 163 — Ouija, Lucy, Noah, Chrysalis, The Bunnyman Massacre, Martyrs

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Hello again, dear listeners! As we approach Christmas & the vaunted holiday season, we here at The Horror Movie Show hope you are not over-stressed by the commercial pressures to “buy yourself a good time” & “spend more so you are loved.” We have the perfect antidote to holiday blues: Mark & Jerry chatting about a half-dozen movies & mayhem.

First up is Ouija, directed by Stiles White. Based on the board game of the same name, this story of devilish haunting features a young cast who are fairly competent & a pretty good script. Do our quivering hosts like this modern take on Mediumship? You’d need to consult the spirits to find out — or listen to this podcast.

Lucy stars the ultra-attractive Scarlett Johansson as a young woman forced to be a drug mule. When the hefty sack of weird designer drug splits inside her tummy, it has interesting effects on the poor gal: she becomes super-intelligent & develops god-like powers. Sounds… realistic. Morgan Freeman also stars in this commercial release.

Another big-name actor, Russell Crowe, portrays Biblical giant Noah in what is essentially an adventure-fantasy. Jerry gets to rant against religion (that’s what he believes), but don’t hold it against him. Yahweh will sort him out eventually.

A significantly smaller budget was spent to make Chrysalis, a post-apocalyptic zombie flick directed by John Klein. Same with The Bunnyman Massacre, written & directed by Carl Lindbergh.

Last but certainly not least, the guys leave 2014 & travel back in time to discuss 2008′s Martyrs. Written & directed by Pascal Laugier, this is an intense & terrifying tale of revenge, betrayal, mind control & torture. Well thought of in the horror community, this French flick is one of those movies that is hard to take simply because it keeps the viewer guessing, while thickly layering on the blood & guts. Happy holidays indeed.

HMPod.com Podcast 162 — VHS Viral, Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead, Dracula Untold, The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014), Alien Abduction, Sin City: A Dame to Kill For

vhs-viral-5Only new movies this week, folks!

Top of the day to you, our dear friends. For your listening pleasure, another episode of The Horror Movie Show hosted by sons of fun Jerry & Mark. Put away your dust cloths & cleaning supplies. This special podcast features only brand-new movies.

First up is the third flick in the V/H/S series & contains some pretty wild sequences. As with the majority of anthology movies, VHS Viral does not win each time, but the guys believe it scores a solid 50 per cent, so not bad. Listen in for all the details.

The sequel to director Tommy Wirkola‘s first zombie movie gets full marks from our hapless hosts. Dead Snow 2: Red Vs. Dead is funny, fast-paced & furious as survivor Martin (Vegar Hoel) continues to battle undead Nazi soldiers in the snowy wilds of Norway. As an extra feature, you can read Jerry’s recent interview with Tommy here: http://www.hmpod.com/?p=3365.

A big Hollywood budget means Dracula Untold looks good, but is the story & acting worth digging up? It can be difficult to take on such a well-known character & make the character live again. The guys discuss the merits of Drac’s latest outing.

Sort of a remake, sort of a sequel, The Town that Dreaded Sundown is an interesting exercise. Likewise for Alien Abduction, about a family menaced by maniacal Martians.

Finally, another sequel — Sin City: A Dame to Kill For — divides the guys as to its watchability. Is it still new & original, or simply more of the same? Frank Miller strikes again.

HMPod.com Podcast 161 — The Walking Dead, Z Nation, Interstellar, Open Grave, Horns, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes

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Hello to our loyal listeners close by & around the planet. Your hapless hosts Mark & Jerry are pleased to bring you another episode of The Horror Movie Show, complete with badinage, quips, ridiculous opinions & hearsay. Nothing actionable, we hope.

The guys begin with a verbal wander around their favourite American zombie series, The Walking Dead, then shamble on to discuss the oddly likeable Z Nation.

Next up is a lively discussion of Christopher Nolan‘s latest blockbuster, Interstellar. Starring Matthew McConaughey, this lengthy mission is visually stunning — as one might expect from the director of Inception & the most recent Batman movies. But does Interstellar live up to the mega-hype surrounding its recent release?

One of Jerry’s favourite actors, South Africa-born Sharlto Copley, stars in the chilling Open Grave. He plays one of several amnesiacs struggling to discover what has precipitated a massive slaughter of human beings & the horrific monsters who threaten those yet living.

Young Daniel Radcliffe grows himself a large pair of devilish forehead decorations in the aptly named Horns. A surprisingly sweet & entertaining movie, this 2013 feature failed at the box office, but deserved better.

Lastly comes Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, a rambling continuation of the enjoyable second Ape movie. Always fun to watch Gary Oldman chew on the scenery, but the best thing about this movie is undoubtedly the CGI effects. Andy Serkis proves once again he is the master of inhuman behaviour.

HMPod.com Podcast 160 — The Zero Theorem, Transformers: Age of Extinction, Little Monsters, Infliction, Godzilla, Willow Creek, The Cottage

zeroTheorem1The Zero Theorem absurd & beautiful

Greetings & welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Jerry & Mark. This week it’s a mixed bag of movies, from the very big to the rather small.

Director Terry Gilliam knows his movie Brazil will be mentioned on his tombstone. But along the way the Monty Python animator & hambone has made a few other great movies, including 12 Monkeys, The Fisher KingThe Adventures of Baron Munchausen. His latest, The Zero Theorem, stars Austrian superstar Christoph Waltz, as well as the lovely Mélanie Thierry, hilarious David Thewlis, Matt Damon & Tilda Swinton. While Mark & Jerry are obviously fans, does this latest visual spectacular from Gilliam add up to his other accomplishments?

A huge budget & amazing visual effects can contribute to an entertaining movie. But considering all the hype & criticism surrounding Transformers: Age of Extinction, money & effects may not be enough to save this loud feature starring an over-the-top Mark Wahlberg. Less lifelike than the oversized robots in this silly story, Wahlberg has done better — as have the oversized robots.

A couple of low-budget but worthwhile flicks are next: Little Monsters (aka 2 Little Monsters) is a chiller based loosely on the true story of a pair of tween boys who stole away & murdered a toddler. Writer-director Jack Thomas Smith‘s Infliction is a found-footage film that is an excellent example of how effective this popular subgenre can be.

Jerry rampages briefly about the newest remake of old chestnut Godzilla. This time the rather large lizard is on the side of goodness & nicety as he battles a mating pair of second-rate monsters. Hoo-boy.

Bobcat Goldthwait, a dude who started in showbiz as a wild & crazy-eyed standup comedian, has morphed into a writer & director. His newest movie, Willow Creek, is reminiscent of The Blair Witch Project. It’s another in the recent spate of Sasquatch stories.

Finally, our hosts lighten the mood with Paul Andrew Williams‘ 2008 movie The Cottage, starring hilarious Reece Shearsmith (The League of Gentlemen) & blue-screen wiz Andy Serkis (Gollum from The Lord of the Rings, among other characters). A movie that begins as a funny crime caper, The Cottage turns into something more along the lines of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. A black British horror-comedy — just the thing for a cold, dark winter evening & a hot toddy. Cheers!