Podcast 152 — Captain America 1 & 2, The Avengers, Cellular, The Iceman, Sunshine, Snowpiercer

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Howdy-do, listeners. Welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by those wide-bodied watchers Jerry & Mark. This week the guys are discussing several movies by well-known actor & pretty boy Chris Evans.

Beginning with Captain America: The First Avenger, our hosts naturally progress to the newer Captain America: The Winter Soldier. From there it’s an easy segue to a discussion of 2012′s The Avengers. These huge-budget special-effect spectacles can be good fun. But are they good movies?

The 2004 thriller Cellular is next, starring a very young Evans & the not-quite-so-young Kim Basinger. (Ignore Jerry’s mumbling comments about writer Larry Cohen; he meant Lloyd Kaufman.) That is followed with a discussion about the B vehicle The Iceman, with Evans taking a supporting but still interesting role.

Director Danny Boyle‘s 2007 feature Sunshine sparks a heated argument between our hosts which is only doused when someone dumps a bucket of ice-water on the dopes. This gentle reminder to stay “on track” leads to the final movie in this episode, 2013′s Snowpiercer. This last is an allegorical locomotive journey through a class system that is only becoming closer to reality every day. Please keep your arms & legs inside the train at all times.

New biography of William Castle

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Fans of the late, great William Castle — horror movie director extraordinaire, including The Tingler, 13 Ghosts, The Old Dark House, House on Haunted Hill & Mr. Sardonicus — can find a worthy biography of the legendary filmmaker in a new book by Joe Jordan titled Showmanship: The Cinema of William Castle.

Includes a foreword by Bela Lugosi Jr. and introduction by Thomas Page. Podcast 151 — Transcendence, Wolf Creek, Wolf Creek 2, Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim, Star Trek: Of Gods and Men

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Welcome to yet another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by madcap zanies Mark & Jerry. The show kicks off immediately with a review of Johnny Depp‘s latest science-fiction epic, Transcendence. This story of a scientist who injects his dead self into the World Wide Web is a mishmash of several other SF flicks — the Matrix movies, Brainstorm, The Terminator & many others. Is Transcendence worth watching? Listen & learn.

A pair of true knock-down-drag-out psycho-horror movies — Wolf Creek (2005) and new Wolf Creek 2 — are up next. Both star John Jarratt as Mick Taylor, the baddest Aussie Outback maniac since Paul Hogan poked crocodile teeth in the brim of his sunhat. Always fun to compare originals & sequels.

The very cinematic & beautiful Hungarian movie Final Cut: Hölgyeim és uraim (2012) next gets the HMPod treatment. This simple love story about a man & a woman is composed entirely of brief clips from hundreds, perhaps thousands, of others movies: films from Hollywood, French movies, German flicks, everywhere & everything. It makes for a truly dream-like feature, well worth seeing.

Finally, the boys discuss the super-low-budget Star Trek: Of Gods & Men (2007). More a labour of love than a truly professional product, the main characters in this spinoff from the original series & movies are Chekhov & Uhura, so that gives you some idea. However, true Trekkies or Trekkers are going to love this sincere love-letter to the iconic series. Beam us up! Commentary 03 — The Cabin in the Woods (2012)

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Welcome to the third audio commentary from your pals at The Horror Movie Show, Jerry & Mark. Grab a bowl of popcorn or other suitably salty snack, a bucket of something bubbly & watch one of the most entertaining movies ever to deconstruct a much-loved horror subgenre, The Cabin in the Woods. Teen slasher movies have never made more sense or been so much fun.

Directed by Drew Goddard & co-written with the prolific Joss Whedon, the movie stars Kristen Connolly, Fran Kranz, Chris Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison & Jesse Williams. Also on board are hilarious duo Richard Jenkins & Bradley Whitford, with Tim De Zarn outstanding as the spooky Mordecai.

Truth be told, the teen-slasher movies have always left Mark & Jerry a bit cold (not unlike all those attractive, bleeding corpses). But The Cabin in the Woods manages to inject such a large amount of humour that this one quickly became a favourite. Some believe it’s a cheap shot at the subgenre, but the correct opinion is that these movies needed a rude shakeup.

As usual, the guys give a quick count-in at the start of the movie for syncing purposes & another later in the movie. There are a couple of special guests — including colour commentator Ted “Alcatraz” Becker, back for his third appearance. So cue up the movie, start the audio & hopefully enjoy. Podcast 150 — Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones, All Cheerleaders Die, Vamp U, Superman 2 (Donner version), Theatre of Blood

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Yes, this is the 150th episode of The Horror Movie Show with Jerry & Mark, those two sons of fun who both weigh a tonne. Be sure to watch the evening news to see whether we managed to get this celebratory building fire under control. Never a good idea to use fireworks indoors.

In any case, the guys begin this very special episode with a review of the Los Angelino-stylin’ Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. This latest outing ditches, for the most part, all the nasty nitwits from the earlier movies in this overbaked series & instead focuses on some nice young people who enjoy spying on their fat neighbour lady. They must be very bored, as viewers will be.

Next up is a pair of video nasties aimed at the high school kids. All Cheerleaders Die is the 2013 remake of Lucky McKee & Chris Sivertson‘s original feature about good-looking flesh-munching teenaged girls. Vamp U, also from 2013, is about good-looking bloodsucker teenaged girls. A fine double-bill.

From 1980 — more or less — comes this peculiarity: Superman 2, but just the bits directed by original boss Richard Donner. While the erstwhile director had to make do with footage shot & not used or footage from the first Supes movie, this version is sort of interesting & a must-see for fans of the much-loved Christopher Reeve.

Finally, as is customary, Mark & Jerry come not to bury a classic horror flick, but to praise it. In this case, the guys discuss the surprisingly gory Vincent Price classic from 1973, Theatre of Blood. Jam-packed with a plethora of aged British character actors (including Michael Hordern, Jack Hawkins, Arthur Lowe, Robert Morley, Dennis Price and Coral Browne), Theatre of Blood is bloody good fun.

So please listen up & enjoy this landmark episode. Only 100 more till we mark #250! Aarrrrghhh……