HMPod.com Podcast 198 — The Purge: Election Year, The Fog (1980), The Duel, Act of Killing, Star Trek Beyond, Independence Day 2, Midnight Special, Sharknado 4

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Glad to be back! Did you miss us?

Greetings & salutations to all our lovely listeners. It has been a while since our intrepid hosts Jerry & Mark yapped it up for a new episode of The Horror Movie Show. But here they are. Some of the cobwebs & general filth has been sponged away & the dauntless duo is ready to fill a solid hour of your life with jibber-jabber.

Beginning with The Purge: Election Year, Jerry can’t help himself & relentlessly denigrates the ridiculous TV game-show host & presidential candidate Trump. What a surprise. That is followed with a retro look at John Carpenter‘s 1980 classic The Fog, much more politically correct than the GOP tool.the-fog-preacher

The Duel is a Western with an odd twist; Woody Harrelson plays a cult leader in a small, lawless town. Yeehaw! And then a most serious documentary about the true-life genocide in Indonesia: Act of Killing. Co-director Joshua Openheimer seems to have easily convinced several of the actual death-squad leaders to re-enact their ghastly crimes. Absolutely chilling & strange.2013-review-the-act-of-killing

A couple of big-budget movies are next discussed. Star Trek Beyond seems to be little more than a fanboy tribute to the entire Trek universe, with all the new crew members as well as a sexy alien babe & an over-the-top alien villain. Independence Day: Resurgence features even more aliens in a pale shadow of the fun original.

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Midnight Special does not harken back to the song or the TV concert series. Instead it is a touching tale of a boy with extraordinary powers & the struggle of his father to protect the lad from those who would use him for their own ends.lead_960

 

So as not to end on a high note, the guys discuss Sharknado 4: The 4th Awakens. Featuring a plethora of D-list celebrities, the silliness continues unabated.

Finally, Mark & Jerry chat about three spooky television series: Fear the Walking Dead, Preacher & Netflix’s Stranger Things. All in all, that should be enough to hold our dear listeners for a fortnight. Cheers!