HMPOD.com Podcast 134 — Carrie (2013), Big Ass Spider, All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, How I Live Now, Angst, Her

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Hello & welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted inevitably by Mark & Jerry. Lots of new movies for the dudes to discuss, as well as a nasty German chestnut. Ach, ze fun ve haff.

The new remake of Carrie starts the festivities. Starring several talented actresses, including Chloë Grace Moretz in the title role & Julianne Moore as her Bible-thumping mother-loon, this version of Stephen King‘s novel is the third iteration. Does it bring anything new to the tiny punishment-prayer room? We won’t give that away here.

Big Ass Spider is a surprisingly entertaining take on the oft-repeated tale of gigantic arachnids. With cameos by some of the horror industry’s most-loved veterans, Big Ass Spider is loads of fun. Jerry & Mark are obviously caught in this movie’s sticky delights.

Following that is a discussion of the much-delayed 2006 feature All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. Starring the ultra-attractive Amber Heard, this is an interesting take on teen slasher flicks. And another girl-centric movie from last year, How I Live Now, features another worthy performance by Irish-American actress Saoirse Ronan in a tale of life in apocalyptic days.

German movie Angst (1983) follows a psychotic maniac newly released from prison as he tortures & murders a small family. Though definitely disturbing, Angst has a wickedly dark sense of humour.

Finally, your hosts discuss writer-director Spike Jonze‘s newest offering, Her. Starring Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams & the mellifluous voice of Scarlett Johansson, this movie touches on a number of themes — including modern alienation & the agonies of heartbreak. Great performances by all involved in this vaguely science-fictiony film.

So put on your PJs, start doing each other’s makeup & listen to the gabfest. The Horror Movie Show is guaranteed not to slaughter the people next door, but may have a bit of a tantrum if it doesn’t get its way.