Podcast 177 — Fear the Walking Dead, Wes Craven retrospective, RIP Rowdy Roddy Piper

wesCravenThere were giants in those days

A loud & boisterous greeting to you, dear listener. Welcome to this special episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by Mark & Jerry. Sadly, our jabbering duo bid a fond farewell to a couple of fan favourites.

Before the retrospective for horror maestro Wes Craven, the guys discuss AMC’s spinoff series Fear the Walking Dead. Starring Kim Dickens, Cliff Curtis, Frank Dillane & a slew of other potential foodstuffs, this prequel to megasuccess The Walking Dead has already shown it is a different sort of shambling monster from the original.

With the death from brain cancer last week of 76-year-old filmmaker Wes Craven, the horror genre has lost a potent & powerful force. His twisted sense of humour was one of his endearing, enduring qualities. He will be missed.

The guys discuss a few of Craven’s directorial efforts, including The Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, Swamp Thing, the iconic A Nightmare on Elm Street, The Serpent & the Rainbow, Shocker, Jerry’s favourite The People Under the Stairs, super-successful Scream & Red Eye.

Last but not least, Jerry & Mark talk fondly of the late Roddy Piper‘s two best & best-known flicks: Hell Comes to Frogtown & John Carpenter‘s They Live. RIP, gentlemen. Podcast 176 — Dragon Blade, Exodus: Gods & Kings, Jupiter Ascending, Maze Runner, Dark Moon Rising, Redwood Massacre, Final Prayer, Monsters: Dark Continent

JA-FP-0005.0An eclectic collection of critiques

Good day to you, dear listener. This episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Jerry & Mark, is a hodgepodge of subjects, including some initial chatter about favourite television comedies. Another Period, Review & Comedy Bang! Bang! are all recommended.

And on to movies… Starting with the mega-hit from Chinese director Daniel Lee, Dragon Blade stars Jackie Chan, John Cusack, Adrien Brody & lovely Sharni Vinson. This is an odd story, to say the least.

Exodus: Gods & Kings is the newest take on the Old Testament story of Moses & the enslavement of the Israelites. Directed by Ridley Scott, the movie stars Christian Bale as tough-guy Moses.

A trio of flicks aimed at juveniles is next. Jupiter Ascending pointlessly stars the stunning Mila Kunis in a Cinderella story with great special effects. The Maze Runner is a soulless Hunger Games-type movie. And writer-director Justin Price‘s Dark Moon Rising features a whispering hero in a confusing story of teenaged werewolves.

The Redwood Massacre is gory fun. Final Prayer (aka The Borderlands) is a decent British chiller. And last (also least) is Monsters: Dark Continent, arguably the worst sequel reviewed in quite a while. Cheers all!

Crypt TV partners with Shriekfest

shriekfest-mastheadG’day folks. Our horrific friends at Eli Roth‘s Crypt TV have sent us this announcement. Should be of interest to writers & fans of scary movies & terrifying screenplay-writing.


Crypt TV is proud to formally announce its partnership with Shriekfest Horror Film Festival.

Eli Roth’s dark and edgy digital network will be sponsoring Shriekfest in its 15th annual iteration this fall. Shriekfest is an international horror/sci-fi film festival and screenplay competition — and the longest running horror festival in Los Angeles!

Shriekfest festival director Denise Gossett says, “I am very excited about teaming up with Crypt TV. Shriekfest has always been huge supporters of indie filmmakers and Crypt TV is only going to add to this philosophy.”

Crypt TV will endorse the winners of each category and feature the winners of the shorts on the Crypt TV platform.

“Shriekfest is a long-time staple for the independent horror community and we are honored to be a part of their program,” says Crypt TV CEO Jack Davis. “We love working with the horror film community because it is one of the most supportive networks of creators and fans in filmmaking.”

The festival begins October 1 and concludes October 4. Follow @CryptTV and @Shriekfest and LIKE CryptTV and Shriekfest Facebook pages for upcoming promotions and news. For more info on the festival, visit: Podcast 175 — Sharknado 3, Ant-man, The Human Centipede III, Monster of Nix, Dark Summer, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Jokesters, Love in the Time of Monsters

humanCentipede3Sharknados & Human Centipedes

A gracious good day to the several listeners of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Mark & Jerry because they work cheaply & don’t complain much. This episode is 60 minutes jam-packed with horrific goodies, including a brief review of Malevolents: Book One, Click Click, the over-titled first chapter in a projected graphic novel.

Next to surface is a bit of chitchat about Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No, the latest utterly ridiculous entry in the utterly ridiculous series. This is followed by a wee review of the enjoyable Ant-man, starring little Paul Rudd & tall Evangeline Lilly.

Then comes the one we’ve all be waiting for, Tom Six‘s The Human Centipede III: Final Sequence. While also a black comedy — even a satiric take on political correctness & American gun/prison culture — this one may not measure up to the earlier entries. But (and this is a big but) actors Dieter Laser & Laurence R. Harvey are fun & funny as they take this flick waaay over the top.

Animated short film The Monster of Nix, created by Rosto AD, is discussed. Thriller Dark Summer, directed by Paul Solet, is next. And Mark drives off the road while raving about Mad Max: Fury Road.

Finally, two independent movies are reviewed. A competent effort, The Jokesters is directed by A.J. Wedding & co-stars its screenwriter Nathan Reid. The show finishes on a high note with Matt Jackson‘s Love in the Time of Monsters, a very strong showing indeed. Podcast 174 — Insidious Chapter 3, Jurassic World, Ex Machina, Chappie, Star Leaf, Closer to God


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.