HMPod.com Podcast 190 — The Walking Dead, The Forest, AfterDeath, Nocturna, I Am Alone, Beg, Door to Door

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The Forest is worth exploring

Greetings & salutations, dear listeners, from The Horror Movie Show & yapping windbags Jerry & Mark. This episode begins with chitchat about everyone’s favourite zombie apocalypse TV series, The Walking Dead. After three episodes in the second half of the sixth season (got it?), there is certainly a lot to chatter about. Be warned that there are spoilers aplenty. Starting… now! The death of Rick’s new family, young Corl getting his eye shot out, first indications that some guy named Negan is a most formidable villain, retaking Pleasantville from several hundred thousand walkers (most of ‘em rekilled by a single hatchet), hanging around with Jesus… Our gang has been busy, busy, busy!

Next up is The Forest, starring lovely Natalie Dormer as identical twins lost in the Japanese “suicide forest.” One thing you can say for the Japanese is they sure know how to attract tourists. Unfortunately for this flawed but interesting story, when the movie opened last year it received many negative reviews. Our hosts have a different take.

The excellent AfterDeath is a smarter-than-average chiller out of Britain & well worth watching. With enough twists & turns to satisfy those who like their horror intelligent, this ode to Existentialism is worth a look. Not so for writer-director Buz Alexander‘s Nocturna, a literally dark tale of vampire clans battling in New Orleans. At least the city looks good.

A trio of independent flicks rounds out the show. Robert A. Palmer‘s enjoyable I Am Alone is a zombie movie with a compelling twist. Kevin MacDonald‘s Beg features a plethora of horror stars from classic movies, including Tony Moran (Halloween), Tony Todd (Candyman) & Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes). And Jimmy Wienholz‘s Door to Door is a brave, goofy first attempt by this horror booster. Now you git listenin’ while we look for Corl. Corl!

HMPod.com Podcast 189 — House of Manson, Deathgasm, Contracted: Phase II, Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse, Turbo Kid, Phantasm (1979)

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House of Manson is frightfully accurate

A gloomy day here in the magnificent Splutt Building, headquarters of The Horror Movie Show. Hosted as ever by weeping Mark & Jerry, the entire staff is grieving the loss of Antonin Scalia, heroic champion of women’s reproductive health rights & the little guy vs. corporations. No, wait… he was the opposite. To hell with the fat swine.

This week’s episode begins with House of Manson, Brandon Slagle‘s excellent retelling of the infamous & gruesome Manson Family murder spree. Starring Ryan Kiser, Devanny Pinn, Vancouver’s own Tristan Risk, Reid Warner & Julie Rose — among others in a very good ensemble cast — this true-crime movie had no need to make up story elements. It is riveting.

For something silly, try the New Zealand flick Deathgasm, about some metal-heads & their quest for doom. Following that is Contracted: Phase II, yet another mediocre sequel that is actually a little bit better than its mediocre original.

Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse is also pretty darned silly, though well made. And Turbo Kid is very, very silly — though this Mad Max parody is also very entertaining.

Finally, Jerry & Mark delve into the distant past to review the 1979 sci-fi-horror hit Phantasm. Written & directed by Don Coscarelli, the story of two brothers battling the Tall Man (played by the recently deceased Angus Scrimm) is loads of fun, if obviously dated. Coscarelli has continued the story over the last few decades, with a new sequel on its way.

Jerry would like to apologize to our friend Gina Penman Dearing for mispronouncing her surname as Davis in this episode. Perhaps because Geena Davis & GPD are both tall, willowy model types, their names were mashed together. Thank you, Gina, for letting us know about the very funny British zombie series Dead Town. Cheers!

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!

HMPod.com Podcast 187 — Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Room, Stung, Last Shift, Attack on Titan Part 2, Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials, The Martian, Everest, The 33

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I’ve got a bad feeling about this…

Greetings from a podcast recorded a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away… Yes, it’s another episode of The Horror Movie Show, hosted as ever by those unforceful dudes Mark & Jerry. With the first new Star Wars movie to appear in several parsecs (yes, parsecs), the guys examine this Wookiee deposit & try to decide if it’s worth watching — or just a lightspeed version of the original.

Following that is a review of Room, the excellent adaptation of Emma Donoghue‘s novel about a woman & her young son trapped in a backyard shed by a lunatic kidnaper — who is also father of the boy. It is a harrowing story & one of the best movies of the past year.

Occasionally there is a creature-feature worth watching. Stung is one such movie. Gigantic, mutated hornets invade an upper-crust garden party with hilariously gruesome results. The inimitable Lance Henrikson steals every scene he’s in. Following that is the low-budget but excellent Last Shift from 2014. Starring Juliana Harkavy, this is a night at work that would make anyone want to quit.

A quick discussion of a pair of sequels — Attack on Titan Part 2 & Maze Runner: The Scorch Trials — offer perfect examples of what is wrong with most sequels.

The show ends with some rapid-fire opinions on a few mainstream movies recently seen by our doddering duo, including The Martian, Everest, The 33, The H8ful Eight, The Big Short, Legend, In the Heart of the Sea & Trumbo. Just in time for the Oscars. And the winner is….

The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival

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When in the Big Apple…

One of the mainstays of big-budget science fiction flicks of the last 20 years is the literary work of the uniquely twisted writer Philip K. Dick. From Blade Runner to Minority Report & two big-screen versions of Total Recall, PKD continues to be an important, relevant & interesting voice in science fiction. His books are worth reading, too!
For Dick fans in the New York City area, the fourth annual Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival should be a fun way to spend four days. The staff here at The Horror Movie Show wishes we could hop a transcontinental maglev train & be there, along with other members of the Crypt Family.
Here is the content of a press release from the event organizers. Cheers!
The Philip K. Dick Science Fiction Film Festival returns to New York City for its fourth annual event from January 14–17, 2016. The four-day festival, screening at the magnificent Village East Cinemas (181–189 2nd Ave., New York, NY 10003), has announced its full schedule of events which includes a record 80 films from more than 20 countries, including several film premieres.

Highlights from the exciting lineup include Clones, starring Rutger Hauer (Blade Runner); Genghis Khan Conquers the Moon, starring Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Amazon’s The Man in the High Castle); The Mill at Calder’s End, starring Barbara Steele (Black Sunday); the NYC premiere of Chatter, starring Richard Hatch (Battlestar Galactica); The Art of Human Salvage, starring Edward James Olmos (Blade Runner); The Future Perfect, starring Zachary Quinto (Star Trek); the NYC premiere of The Incident, starring Raúl Méndez (Netflix’s Narcos); the world premiere of Dean Philips‘ short film Tap Tap Tap; the U.S. premiere of The Worlds of Philip K. Dick documentary and the NYC premieres of documentaries Sympathy For The Devil: The True Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment, featuring George Clinton, and Travis: The True Story of Travis Walton.

The festival will also hold the U.S. unveiling of the Philip K. Dick-inspired video game Californium by Darjeeling and Nova Productions, and the panel Philip K. Dick, The Man in the High Castle, Science Fiction and the Politics of Identity with writers Richard Doyle and Adi Tantimedh, writer and media personality Paul Levinson and digital producer Noam Roubah.

The festival is excited for another year in offering the very best of independent science fiction film to celebrate the enduring legacy of Philip K. Dick.