HMPod.com Podcast 195 — Fear the Walking Dead, The Witch, Couple in a Hole, Capt. America: Civil War, The Survivalist, Requiem for the American Dream, The Man Who Fell to Earth

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The Witch sees all, hears all, nose all

Hello to all our friends & nosy listeners out there in the big, smelly world. This honking great episode of The Horror Movie Show — hosted, of course, by the nasal Mark & Jerry — is stuffed full of throbbing, unnatural meat that should be excised & cleared away as soon as possible. Let us start.

First a bit of jibber-jabber about the new season of Fear the Walking Dead. It certainly hasn’t been as exciting as its progenitor, plain old The Walking Dead, but our hosts plunge deeply into various hot, moist cavities to see what they can dig up.

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One of the most intriguing movies to cause nosebleeds in recent years, The Witch: A New-England Folktale has a feel of authenticity about it. There is a witch, there is magic, there is even perhaps a devil in the form of a large, black billygoat. But the psychological underpinnings of The Witch are far more interesting than the addlepated nonsense believed by ignorant superstitious primitives. (Sounds like we’re talking about Trump supporters.) Well worth a look, though the old-timey British accents may be tough on a lazy ear or clogged nose.

coupleInaHoleCostarring the same actress as The WitchKate Dickie —writer-director Tom GeensCouple in a Hole is a quirky tale of madness from grief & how atonement can sometimes make things much worse. A little European movie that relies on a great script & fine acting to entertain, it is proof that a big budget isn’t necessary to a good movie.

captAmericaCivilWarOn the other hand, Mark reviews Captain America: Civil War to see just what a quarter of a billion dollars can buy today. A lot of special effects, for one, and special appearances by Spidey & Ant-Man. Those guys don’t come cheap.

survivalistAnother small British movie, The Survivalist does not rely on wandering zombies to make a future almost empty of human beings into a terrifying place. More closely allied with the excellently gloomy The Road (book first, movie second), this is a dark tale of surviving by the skin of the nose.

Mentioned briefly, Noam Chomsky‘s perhaps final interviews before the camera make up the majority of Requiem for the American Dream. If you are a fan of Bernie Sanders, you will likely like this documentary.

The man who fell to earth 4The episode wraps with a review of the excellent & hypnotic The Man Who Fell to Earth. Arguably David Bowie‘s best film role, the story of an alien from a drought-ravaged planet searching for water to take home is both heart-wrenching & more timely today than ever. The supporting cast — most notably Candy Clark, Rip Torn & Buck Henry — are all wonderful. This is a good place to start if you want to know another side of the Thin White Duke, so recently removed from our gigantic sinus of existence. Hope you enjoy!

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Finally, on a personal note, Jerry thanks all those kind folks who have been supportive of his recent nasal surgery trials. After six days, the surgeon says all went very well & many years of better breathing is in store for our loudmouthed, self-centred cohost. Cheers, you guys. You’re the best.

HMPod.com Podcast 194 — Hidden, The 5th Wave, The Veil, Howl, Regression, Dudes & Dragons, Unnatural

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A jolly day to you all! Welcome to a newly opened & well-lubricated episode of The Horror Movie Show, driven by those jocular jerks Jerry & Mark. Plenty of reviews this time around & some of the movies are pretty good.

First up is Hidden, starring Alexander Skarsgard, Andrea Riseborough & Emily Alyn Lind as a family hiding out after what sounds suspiciously like yet another in a long line of zombie apocalypses. But wait! This dark, fascinating film takes the shambling undead & turns them on their heads. Quite a trick.

5thWaveThe 5th Wave stars the always lovely Chloe Grace Moretz as a teenager who must battle an invading horde of alien creature hell-bent on doing unpleasant things to us poor humans. Not unlike the endless horde of zombie movies, the teen-battles-evil theme is overused & often tired. Did we mention that Chloe is lovely?

theVeilAnother pretty gal stars in The Veil, a gruesome take on a Jonestown-style cult & its self-destruction. The best thing about this movie is Thomas Jane as Jim Jacobs; he’s almost unrecognizable & great fun to watch. Jessica Alba stars as the pretty gal.

howl2015′s Howl is a good British take on werewolves, with a stranded train in the middle of nowhere & a lot of very frightened passengers. Directed by Paul Hyett, this is a fun movie about a short trip gone awry.

RegressionGood ol’ Ethan Hawke stars in yet another in a string of horror movies — Regression — this time as a detective trying to figure out what nastiness happened to a young woman at the hands of a coven of Satanists. Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson is all grown up & troubled by her shady memories of abuse at the hands of the Beëlzebubbas.

And finally a pair of flicks that may or may not suit everyone’s taste. Dudes & Dragons is a humorous take on sword & sorcery stories. Unnatural is a not-funny story of DNA-meddling & polar bears. Oh, those darn scientists!

So please remember, dear listeners, to keep your arms & legs inside the car at all times & enjoy The Horror Movie Show. Are you ready? Then here we go….

HMPod.com Podcast 193 — Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, Deadpool, Hunger Games: Mockingjay 2, Cabin Fever (2016), Frankenstein (2015), Extinction

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The zombies just keep coming!

An overly warm & sweaty greeting to you, dear listener, on this auspicious date of 4/20. Thank you so much for choosing to spend time listening to our groovy hosts Mark & Jerry as they exhale yet another smoky episode of The Horror Movie Show.

Starting with the gorgeous period piece Pride & Prejudice & Zombies, this take-off of the Jane Austen classic sticks close to the original except with lots of shambling, rambling undead corpses. That muffled banging you hear is Miss Austen trying to claw her way out of the casket.

deadpoolThe remarkably funny & violent Deadpool is being touted as the first adult superhero movie. Regardless, Ryan Reynolds does a terrific job as the mercenary who is forced to become an indestructible mutant in one of the most entertaining comic book movies in a while. Compared to Batman v Superman, Deadpool is light, bright & fun to watch.

the-hunger-games-mockingjay-part-2-759The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 finally wraps up this long-winded & over-serious series aimed at a tween audience of would-be revolutionaries. Jennifer Lawrence has proven she’s a good actress, but not in these movies.

cabinfeverThe remake of Eli Roth‘s first big hit — Cabin Fever — could leave you feeling as if you have come down with a mysterious illness that causes the eyes & ears to bleed. Though Roth produced this faithful adaptation of his original script, it seems an exercise in movie-making merely to make money.

frankenstein2015_2-1600x900-c-defaultBernard Rose‘s 2015 version of Frankenstein has some top-grade actors (Danny Huston & Carrie-Anne Moss), some tried & true horror favourites (Tony Todd) & even creates some sympathy for Adam (Xavier Samuel), the unloved monster. But the best parts of the movie are all in the first act & by the end it slips away into a trivial effort.

Extinction (2015) stars Matthew Fox, Jeffrey Donovan & Quinn McCoigan as a trio of survivors of a zombie plague that has morphed into a different kind of apocalypse. This could be called a creature feature, a zombie movie or even a psychologically fraught family flick. One of the better recent efforts in the overused zombie canon.

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And to wrap things up for this episode, Jerry & Mark discuss the first issue of a new comic book series titled We Kill the Dead, the creative team headed by fellow Crypt member & horror supremo John Lepper. The story involves a young woman newly recruited to a sort of Men in Black organization that takes on the likes of Jack the Ripper & other well-known movie bad guys. Lots of famous villains here! And there! Oh no, there’s villains everywhere!

 

HMPod.com Podcast 192 — The Walking Dead (S06), Batman v Superman, 10 Cloverfield Lane, Alienated, Decay, Somebody’s Darling, The Invitation, End of the Road

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Walking Dead ends with a rotten deal

Howdy folks! A jam-packed & extra-long episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted as always by those jabbering superheroes Jerry & Mark. Some mega-budget blockbusters & several low-budget independent films included in this show. Let’s get on with it, shall we? Up, up & away!

Season 6 of The Walking Dead has been a corker, with our core group painted into a very tight corner by the end of the finale. Overall a grim but wild season, the guys discuss some of the larger issues the survivors faced this year, as well as what may be coming at the hands of the ignoble Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in Season 7.

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Giganto-flick Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice had a lot of critics wanting to stab kryptonite-tipped spears into director Zack Snyder. Your speedy & powerful hosts offer up their Bat-opinions on this movie, including the glimpses of other superheroes & the future of the burgeoning DC franchise.

Though Mark did not yet see 10 Cloverfield Lane, Jerry did & he can talk enough for both of ‘em. Find out how this tale of a possibly crazed John Goodman & his captive — or maybe lucky — female companion fares. It’s a fine mixture of suspense & science fiction.

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Four indie flicks are next reviewed. Alienated is a story about a bickering husband & wife whose marriage may be ending at the same time an alien invasion of the planet begins. This was the last movie appearance of the late Taylor Negron, to whom the film is dedicated.

Decay stars Rob Zabrecky as a lonely dude with OCD who misses his mum, but finds a new girlfriend when a lovely young intruder drops dead in his basement. Zabrecky’s solid performance convinces us he is in love with the mouldering corpse.

Somebody’s Darling is a tale of a mysterious fraternity house & the young men who live there, as well as a young woman who is perhaps falling for the leader of the frat pack. An intriguing story.

THE-INVITATION_ArgumentThe Invitation, directed by Karyn Kusama, is an excellent flick, full of twists & turns as members of a strange cult host a dinner party that may have a significant impact on all the guests. Logan Marshall-Green stars as the aptly named Will, a deeply scarred fellow who is either seriously paranoid or simply brighter than the rest. This movie will undoubtedly make HMPod‘s Top 10 list for 2016.

Finally, Jerry gives his opinion on a short film by J. Spencer titled End of the Road. A kindly waitress picks the wrong night to offer succour to a lonely drifter. There will be no tip. Cheers!

HMPod.com Podcast 191 — Victor Frankenstein, Jeruzalem, Martyrs (’15), Unfriended, The Stanford Prison Experiment, The Nightmare

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It’s not alive at the box office

And it seems there is yet another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by Mark & Jerry. In fact, this is it right here. Let’s get going, shall we?

First up is the big-money disappointment Victor Frankenstein. With a winning cast including Daniel Radcliffe & over-the-top James McAvoy, this version has a distinctly goofy, modern feel to it. Unfortunately, it has little else to recommend it.

Israeli-made Jeruzalem has some remarkable, creepy, amazing sets — as one might expect to find in a city that has been a centre of humanity for millennia — but this one also feels thin & a bit forced.

If our hosts have not been whipped into a froth of critical bitterness by this time, the U.S. remake of the ultra-brutal French flick Martyrs should drive Jerry at least to take bites out of nearby load-bearing walls. Is there a point to remaking a quirky & unique movie? Other than a naked money-grab? Didn’t think so.

Unfriended (2014) is a more worthwhile project, offering a found-footage film of a different sort. A group of teen pals commemorate the anniversary of a classmate’s suicide by being terrorized online. Some clever stuff going on here.

Based on the famous experiment by Philip Zimbardo, The Stanford Prison Experiment shows how easily any one of us can be turned into a slavering Nazi guard, willing to brutalize our fellow humans at the slightest whim of a superior. Not a horror movie, but certainly the most frightening film discussed in this episode.

Last & certainly least is The Nightmare, a sort of documentary by director Rodney Ascher in which a bunch of twits discuss their unpleasant dreams & ignore scientific fact. This one is liable to simply irritate, not entertain. So let’s wake up & get listening! Yawn….