HMPod.com Podcast 156 — The Walking Dead, Under the Dome, In the Flesh, Dead Set, Ghostwatch, Psychoville

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Howdy-do, gentle listeners. Your hosts Mark & Jerry offer something a little different on this episode of The Horror Movie Show: an all-television lineup.

Beginning with some comments & questions about the early days of AMC‘s excellent zombie series The Walking Dead, the guys then try to figure out what the heck is going on Under the Dome. Is the latter series just making it up as it goes along, or is there some method to the madness?

Next is the first of four British made-for-TV shows. In the Flesh is a very good take on a post-Zombie Apocalypse England, complete with Christian religious nuts, reborn-again Undead Messiahs & a very confused family. This BBC series has just wrapped up its second season.

For fans of horror & reality TV, Dead Set is a gross & funny take on the aforementioned Zombie Apocalypse. Can the houseguests on Big Brother survive inside the studio-house-set as the rest of the world falls into ruin? That is a good question.

Ghostwatch is a 1992 production that managed to become a sort of British War of the Worlds, with a scripted & entertaining “live” poltergeist incident that really convinced many naive viewers they were seeing the proof long sought about the existence of actual ghosts. A very entertaining program indeed.

Finally, Jerry & Mark discuss the two seasons of grisly comedy on Psychoville, a series created by two of the dudes who wrote & starred in The League of Gentlemen. Reece Shearsmith & Steve Pemberton have a knack for gruesome horror-comedy along the lines of Charles Addams. This is funny stuff. Hope you enjoy the show.

HMPod.com Podcast 155 — The Purge: Anarchy, Guardians of the Galaxy, Child of God, Afflicted, 2 Bedroom 1 Bath, Lucid, Sharknado 2

purge-2-anarchy-traiperPurging, fish stories & galaxy guardians

Howdy-do folks. After taking a few weeks off, your tanned & rested hosts Jerry & Mark return with a powerhouse episode of The Horror Movie Show — now with 100% more Vitamin C! That should end the rumours the show causes scurvy.

The guys begin by taking a baseball bat to the belaboured brains of The Purge: Anarchy, written & directed by James DeMonaco, the same dude who made the first in this series of fantasy flicks. While some might say this is brutality for the sake of ticket sales, there is more to this look-see into an evening of unadulterated violence than mere nastiness. However, there is indeed plenty of violence & lots of people get killed! Yayyy!

Arguably the best of the summer’s blockbusters, Guardians of the Galaxy has been hailed as a work of immense genius that somehow manages to combine the deep philosophical erudition of Jean-Paul Sartre with the artistic vision of Pablo Picasso…. Oh, wait a second — had my notes mixed up. This is another big movie based on a Marvel comic. Worth seeing? Our reviewers — predictably — are split.

James Franco is a well-regarded young actor who has notions of being a movie director. With Child of God, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, Franco manages to make this tragic tale of unbounded lunacy & harrowing murder well worth watching. To call this flick intense would be gross understatement.

Two small-budget but worthwhile movies are next discussed. Afflicted is an excellent found-footage flick that was written & directed by (as well as starring) Derek Lee & Clif Prowse. Expect more from this talented pair. A haunted condo story, 2 Bedroom 1 Bath was written & directed by Stanley Yung. Keep your eyes peeled for friend of the show Eric Roberts in a small but handsome role.

Lucid is an excellent short film directed by Kevin K. Shah. This story of a young woman very troubled by her nightmares — and increasingly by her waking life — Lucid was co-written & stars Marion Kerr. (Please excuse the incorrect credit information included in the podcast. Jerry was confused by a similar storyline for another movie also titled Lucid, which has not been seen by him or Mark. This is what happens when one relies too closely on IMDb.)

Finally, a review of what may be the most-fun movie of this summer: Sharknado 2: The Second One. While the stars deliver pretty solid performances, it is the plethora of hilarious cameos that makes this sequel a lot more fun than the original. Sharknado 2 not only jumps the shark — it climbs inside & enjoys a fish supper. Tasty!

Disease by M.F. Wahl

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A new zombie-riffic novel by Cryptkeeper M.F. Wahl is now available in serial form. The first part of Disease will thrill any lover of the inevitable Zombie Exctinction Event.

The plot: Humanity’s war against the living dead is lost. In the wake of the apocalypse, the living fight fiercely for what little they still have. 

In this hell on earth, Casey — armed only with a baseball bat & accompanied by a mute boy named Alex — struggles to surviv
e. When the pair cross paths with a man named Danny, it is mistrust at first sight. But times are desperate. Danny leads them to a thriving settlement where danger lurks beneath the guise of kindness.

It’s kill or be killed in a world where power is life and the earth is overrun by walking dead.

The book is available both digitally & in hard copy for traditionalists.

HMPod.com Podcast 154 — X-Men: Days of Future Past, Blade Runner: The Final Cut, Sorcerer (’77), We Are What We Are (’10), Monsters Wanted

Blade-Runner-costumesBlade Runner still sharp as a razor

Hello, good day & welcome to The Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by those madcap zanies Jerry & Mark. This episode features a variety of sci-fi & horror titles, so there is something for everybody. Or at least some body for every thing.

The guys begin the show talking about the newest X-Men movie, the big-budget FX-fest one would expect. Is it better than one might reasonably expect? Is the Pope an agnostic? It’s possible.

A chestnut from the long-ago-and-far-away youth of Mark & Jerry, director Ridley Scott‘s final kick at the Blade Runner can is a beauty. As influential on future science-fiction flicks as his own, earlier Alien had been, Scott’s masterpiece is based on a novel by Philip K. Dick — which suddenly made Dick’s stories a goldmine for filmmakers. The fellas wax rhapsodic over this 2007 edit of the 1982 movie.

Another golden oldie, Sorcerer stars Roy Scheider & an international cast in a suspenseful & deadly trek across Amazonian jungle to bring highly unstable dynamite to a drilling site. Director William Friedkin was coming off a high with 1973′s The Exorcist when he went in another & very interesting direction. This is a wild ride.

The original version of We Are What We Are is a 2010 Mexican movie that is only tangentially related to the U.S. remake. The question with such a situation is, invariably, which is superior? I think the lads should answer.

Finally, a very entertaining documentary about everything that goes into putting on a massive, modern haunted house display — or however one might describe a venue with several different spook-houses & all that entails. In Monsters Wanted we meet the two or three people who have put up the money; we see the talent being hired; we see the headaches & frustrations. Frankly, it looks like a lot of hard work & fun. Listen now, bwa-ha-ha-ha.

Book Review: Heavy Metal Movies

heavyMetalMoviesNew book for fans of wild cinema

The subtitle boldly claims: “Guitar barbarians, mutant bimbos & cult zombies amok in the 666 most ear- and eye-ripping big-scream films ever!” Well… that sounds like fun.

Author Mike “McBeardo” McPadden’s 560-page tome contains hundreds of good, fun-to-read reviews of movies that more or less could be considered heavy or metal or both. Obviously a labour of love, the book also contains a plethora of pix — posters & stills & whatnot — that will both enlighten & entertain.

As well as a useful reference, this is a perfect bathroom book; open to any page & there is fun. And if you are the sort of movie fan who thinks there are no movies worth watching you haven’t already seen, Mike will set you straight. From horror to black comedy to interesting “adult” flicks, Heavy Metal Movies is worth owning.

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