HMPod.com Podcast 166 — Predestination, Automata, Apocalyptic, Left Behind, Mercy, Irreversible (2002), The Town of the Living Dead

143389-7d677446-275d-11e4-8345-5834e4b1ef5cTime travel to 2015 with Predestination

Happy new year, gentle listeners. Jerry & Mark, your hosts of The Horror Movie Show, hope 2015 is starting out well for you. Unlike the debacle that was 1968. Whew, what a stinker that was.

The guys have a plethora of wild & crazy movies this episode, beginning with the excellent Predestination. Sarah Snook & Ethan Hawke are mesmerizing as time travellers in a complex web of unreality, then & now. Without giving anything away, this is the best time-travel movie since 12 Monkeys.

Another sciency-fictional flick comes next: Automata. Self-aware robots in the near future are a problem for insurance agent Antonio Banderas in this entertaining & thoughtful movie that calls to mind Blade Runner.

The low-budget Apocalyptic, written & directed by Glenn Triggs, is a worthwhile variant on the zombie theme. And the over-budgeted Left Behind takes as its premise the nonsense of the Book of Revelation & people being “taken up” to heaven, leaving semi-hero Nicolas Cage without a co-pilot or navigator to help him land his plane. Quite possibly the stupidest movie Cage has ever made — even taking into account National Treasure 2.

Based on a Stephen King story, Mercy is a nice little spooky flick starring Chandler Riggs (young Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead). Much wilder & significantly harder to watch is the 2002 French movie Irreversible. Showing us its horrific events in reverse, this is essentially a three-person story — Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel & Albert Dupontel — that will break your heart & turn your stomach.

And to round thing off, Jerry talks briefly about the U.S. TV series The Town of the Living Dead. Seems there’s a little town in Alabama in which several nutjobs have been trying to make a tawdry little zombie movie for six whole years. If that sounds kind of sad to you, you’re not alone.

HMPod.com Podcast 165 — The Babadook, Tusk, Starry Eyes, Extra-terrestrial, President Wolfman, Nobody Can Cool, Gone Girl, Theory of Everything

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You’re bound to like The Babadook

Happiest of new years to everyone who believes the Gregorian calendar is the bestest calender ever. If you’re not “with” the Gregorian, you are out of it.

This episode of The Horror Movie Show is a densely packed cluster of reviews, all lovingly discussed & dissected by those jolly holiday elves, Mark & Jerry. And the boys have quite a collection of flicks to round out the year.

Australian filmmaker Jennifer Kent‘s debut feature, The Babadook, is fresh & interesting, occasionally hard to take but ultimately a fine tale of haunting, loss & finally hope. Everyone involved does a great job, including Essie Davis as the mum & young Noah Wiseman as her somewhat hysterical son. This is one for the Top 10 list, for sure.

Next up is Kevin Smith‘s most insane little movie to date: Tusk. Is it really about a madman who lures young fellows to his country home so he can turn them into walruses? Uh, yeah, pretty much. Tusk is funny, outrageous, horrific & great fun.

Four independent flicks are next discussed, including the devil-worshiping Starry Eyes. Co-starring our horror pal Maria Olsen, this one has been getting some good reviews. Extraterrestrial is about a group of friends who run into some hostile ETs; keep your eyes open for veteran actor Michael Ironside, entertaining as ever. President Wolfman is a hilariously goofy found-footage movie made up of bits from out-of-copyright & cutting-room-floor leftovers. Nobody Can Cool, written & directed by Dpyx, is a standard couple-cabin-trouble story, but Nick Principe turns in a strong performance.

Finally, Jerry opines on a couple of mainstream movies: Gone Girl & The Theory of Everything. Both excellent, both recommended. Cheers!

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.