HMPod.com Podcast 185 — Xmas 2015: Krampus, Krampus: The Reckoning, Christmas Icetastrophe, Crimson Peak, The Last Witch Hunter, Bad Boy Bubby, Absolutely Anything

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Don’t eat the mistletoe!

Top o’ the season to all our overstuffed listeners. The Horror Movie Show, hosted by slow-roasted turkeys Mark & Jerry, expects you are enjoying a jolly Xmas, etc. As usual, HMPod is moderately pleased to bring you a special episode to count down the final days of this year.

Beginning with the biggest budget Krampus movie ever made, your gobblin’ hosts are pleased to report that this flick was pretty good — though perhaps a tad overdone. Lots of monsters — including a horrific Jack-in-the-box — make this one too scary for kids who still believe in St. Nick. But it’s certainly better than the low-budget Krampus: The Reckoning. And both surpass the disastrous Christmas Icetastrophe.

As with all of Guillermo del Toro‘s films, Crimson Peaks looks gorgeous. Is it worth the time to watch? That depends on whether you are a Hiddlestoner or not. And director Breck Eisner‘s The Last Witch Hunter gives jolly old elf Vin Diesel a chance to shine as an immortal crusader.

Bad Boy Bubby (1993) is a highly peculiar tale from Australia about a youngish man raised in a tiny room by a psychotic mother, then released into the big bad world to find his way. One of the most successfully odd movies to pass by in some time. Highly recommended.

Finally, Simon Pegg proves that having the power to do Absolutely Anything does not guarantee happiness. In fact, it leads to chaos & a lot of recycled jokes. The movie, directed by Monty Python alumni Terry Jones, does boast what may be the final film gathering of the surviving five Pythons — in fine vocal form at least.

So sit back, slip your feet into a pair of cranberry sauce tins & listen to The Horror Movie Show‘s final episode for 2015. Expect Jerry & Mark’s picks for the Top 10 horror movies of the dying year in the next episode. Cheers!