HMPod.com Podcast 188 — Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, Sinister 2, The Gift, Self/less, Childhood’s End, The H8ful Eight

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Ghosts, gifts & gruesome guffaws

A gracious good day to everyone in the entire universe. Welcome to another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted yet again by the inestimable Jerry & Mark. Join our bleary-eyed hosts as they discuss puppies, politics & poltergeists.

First movie discussed is Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension, yet another instalment in the ridiculously popular series. If you have enjoyed previous efforts in this slog of sequels, then this one will satisfy. At least the moviemakers added some actual special effects to this one.

More likeable is Sinister 2 which follows on from the Ethan Hawke flick of a couple years back. Starring the character Ex-Deputy So & So (James Ransome), this is a solid & enjoyable ghost story.

Joel Edgerton wrote, directed & co-stars in The Gift, an excellent thriller from last year. Along with Jason Bateman & Rebecca Hall, this is a slow-burning story of what happens when hatred & resentment are buried for a couple of decades & then let loose. Worth sticking with it, though there’s not a ghost in sight.

Self/less is director Tarsem Singh‘s (The Cell, Mirror Mirror) remake of the 1966 chestnut Seconds. Though not as striking as that movie, Self/less offers Ryan Reynolds another opportunity to be ridden with angst. Can’t be bad.

Three-part mini-series Childhood’s End, based on the novel by Arthur C. Clarke, is an entertaining bit of science fiction. Starring Mike Vogel, Daisy Betts & a heavily made-up Charles Dance (as alien Karellen), updating this much-loved story is tricky, but definitely worth a watch.

Finally, Mark catches up with Jerry & the two discuss Quentin Tarantino‘s latest black comedy, The Hateful Eight. With a hell of a cast — Samuel L. Jackson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kurt Russell, Tim Roth & Bruce Dern, among others — this is a gory, grisly take on the Wild West. So let’s move ‘em on out! Yip-yip-yahoo!