HMPod.com Podcast 166 — Predestination, Automata, Apocalyptic, Left Behind, Mercy, Irreversible (2002), The Town of the Living Dead

143389-7d677446-275d-11e4-8345-5834e4b1ef5cTime travel to 2015 with Predestination

Happy new year, gentle listeners. Jerry & Mark, your hosts of The Horror Movie Show, hope 2015 is starting out well for you. Unlike the debacle that was 1968. Whew, what a stinker that was.

The guys have a plethora of wild & crazy movies this episode, beginning with the excellent Predestination. Sarah Snook & Ethan Hawke are mesmerizing as time travellers in a complex web of unreality, then & now. Without giving anything away, this is the best time-travel movie since 12 Monkeys.

Another sciency-fictional flick comes next: Automata. Self-aware robots in the near future are a problem for insurance agent Antonio Banderas in this entertaining & thoughtful movie that calls to mind Blade Runner.

The low-budget Apocalyptic, written & directed by Glenn Triggs, is a worthwhile variant on the zombie theme. And the over-budgeted Left Behind takes as its premise the nonsense of the Book of Revelation & people being “taken up” to heaven, leaving semi-hero Nicolas Cage without a co-pilot or navigator to help him land his plane. Quite possibly the stupidest movie Cage has ever made — even taking into account National Treasure 2.

Based on a Stephen King story, Mercy is a nice little spooky flick starring Chandler Riggs (young Carl Grimes on The Walking Dead). Much wilder & significantly harder to watch is the 2002 French movie Irreversible. Showing us its horrific events in reverse, this is essentially a three-person story — Monica Bellucci, Vincent Cassel & Albert Dupontel — that will break your heart & turn your stomach.

And to round thing off, Jerry talks briefly about the U.S. TV series The Town of the Living Dead. Seems there’s a little town in Alabama in which several nutjobs have been trying to make a tawdry little zombie movie for six whole years. If that sounds kind of sad to you, you’re not alone.

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