HMPod.com Podcast 197 — Cooties, Hangman, Broken, Anomalisa, Da Sweet Blood of Jesus, Hardcore Henry, Amnesiac

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Greetings, dear listener. We are unbelievably happy to present another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted by sweaty Mark & Jerry. This week features reviews of seven movies, all new excepting one from England. Perhaps the Brexit vote has dragged the Brits back in time.

We start with Cooties (2014), a light-hearted zombie romp featuring undead children attempting to feed on the still-living bodies of their teachers. Not so very different from real life. This horror-comedy features Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson & Saw writer/actor Leigh Whannell.

brokenNext up is a pair of video nasties from the occasionally brilliant Adam Mason & Simon Boyes. Hangman (2016) stars Jeremy Sisto & Kate Ashfield as parents who have an unwanted & ultra-nosy visitor in their home. Following that is the older movie already mentioned, Broken (2006), about a man who kidnaps women, tests them in a thoroughly unpleasant manner & then forces them to live with him in the woods. Match.com was never this bad.

anomalisaWriter & co-director Charlie Kaufman (Being John Malkovich, among others) presents another surreal story — Anomalisa (2015) — about a jaded man in a frustratingly dull world who meets a fascinating gal. The oddest thing is that the characters are puppets. A unique movie.

da-sweet-blood-of-jesusAnother well-known director, Spike Lee, takes the plunge into the horror genre with Da Sweet Blood of Jesus (2014), a vampire tale with a distinctly African feel. Rami Malek (Mr. Robot) has a worthwhile supporting role.

HardcoreHenry_1-WEBMore fun than it has a right to be, Hardcore Henry (2016) is similar to watching a first-person shooter game. With a camera attached to Henry’s head, we watch him from the moment he wakes up on an operating table, a man with no memories at all. Horribly mangled & dead, he has been brought back to life as a super-soldier. A very good sci-fi flick, with the always watchable South African actor Sharlto Copley in multiple, hilarious roles.

amnesiacFinally, Wes Bentley & Kate Bosworth star in Amnesiac (2015). This too is a story about a guy waking up with no memory of his past life & a beautiful woman claiming to be his wife. This film could be compared to Memento, though not as heavy-handed.

Here’s hoping nobody spontaneously combusts while listening to this episode. It is getting hot here & the magnificent Splutt Building has no air conditioning. Excuse me while I join the rest of the staff in the rusty shower cubicle in the basement. Cheers!