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The MFF Podcast #318: Candyman, Bees, and the Excellence of Tony Todd

October 26, 2020

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Mark and Zanandi Botes (Follow her on Twitter – @ZaNandi) discuss the 1992 cult classic Candyman. Directed by Bernard Rose, and starring Virginia Madsen, Tony Todd and many bees, this excellent horror film focuses on what happens when you say “Candyman” into a mirror five times (horrible things happen). In this episode, they discuss practical effects, blood puddles, and the excellence of Tony Todd. Enjoy!

Tony Todd is the best.

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Deep Blue Sea – The Podcast – Episode 16: Helsinki Hollandaise, Chunky Metal, and Quivering Lips

October 22, 2020

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Jay and Mark are joined by Jessica Manzo and Lindsay Street (of the French Toast Sunday podcast) to discuss “Close Call,” the 16th chapter of the Deep Blue Sea DVD. In this episode, they talk about baggy fencing, speed seduction, chunky metal, and solid lip quivers. Enjoy!

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The MFF Podcast #317: The All-Horror Basketball Squad

October 22, 2020

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The MFF podcast is back, and this week we put together basketball squads with characters from horror movies. We’ve long been fans of inserting horror characters into sports squads, and we had a great time discussing what would happen if a 250-foot troll was forced to play basketball in an arena. We also discuss the logistics of murderous ghosts on basketball courts, and whether spectators should be allowed in the very volatile atmosphere. In this episode, we talk about troll destruction, bee attacks, and killer hook shots. Enjoy!

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John’s Horror Corner: From Beyond (1986), gazing across dimensions into the delightfully gory, spiritual sequel to Re-Animator (1985).

October 21, 2020

MY CALL: Essentially, if Dr. Herbert West (Re-Animator) had a twin brother who became a physicist—this is that movie. Fast-paced, spectacularly gruesome creature effects, gross chunky gore, and an interesting story. This is one of the 80s greats that is discussed far too little. MORE MOVIES LIKE From Beyond: If this level of gore completes you, I’d recommend any of Brian Yuzna’s other gory fair (e.g., Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, Necronomicon: Book of the Dead, Faust, Return of the Living Dead III) or the work of Stuart Gordon (e.g., Dolls, Dagon, Re-Animator). Also please strongly consider Color Out of Space (2019) and In the Mouth of Madness (1994) to be top priority recommendations if you’re a fan of Lovecraftian films.

MORE LOVECRAFTIAN HORROR MOVIES:  For more Lovecraftian adaptations, try Screamers (1979; aka Island of the Fishmen, Something Waits in the Dark and L’isola degli uomini pesce), Re-Animator (1985), Bride of Re-Animator (1990), Beyond Re-Animator (2003), From Beyond (1986), The Unnamable (1988), The Unnamable 2: The Statement of Randolph Carter (1992), The Resurrected (1991), Necronomicon: Book of the Dead (1993), Lurking Fear (1994), Dagon (2001), Dreams in the Witch-House (2005), Color Out of Space (2019) and The Dunwich Horror (1970). And although not specifically of Lovecraftian origins, his influence is most palpable in Prince of Darkness (1987), In the Mouth of Madness (1994), The Void (2016), The Shrine (2010), Baskin (2015) and Cold Skin (2017)—most of which are on the more gruesome side to varying degrees.

This movie wastes no time at all. We open to find Miskatonic University-reared physicist Dr. Crawford Tillinghast (Jeffrey Combs; Necronomicon: Book of the Dead, Re-Animator, Would You RatherThe FrightenersLurking FearCellar Dweller) in a room filled wall-to-wall with computers and switch panels and large mechanical devices you’d find in a physics laboratory. He is preparing to conduct some kind of experiment to which end he observes a floating spectral eel of sorts until, well, the pink slimy veiny little thing bites his face! Like any scientist faced with a breakthrough, Crawford completely ignores the fact that his face was almost eaten by an interdimensional fish monster and awakens his boss Dr. Pretorius (Ted Sorel; Basket Case 2) so they can run the simulation again… and then even weirder crap happens and I’m pretty sure Pretorius is stricken with a sort of ego-driven Lovecraftian madness which he perceives from beyond. Essentially, if Dr. Herbert West (Re-Animator) had a twin brother who became a physicist—this is that movie.

Arrested and placed in a psychiatric ward after the death of his mentor during their experiment, Crawford is examined by psychiatrist Dr. Katherine McMichaels (Barbara Crampton; Re-Animator, Beyond the GatesYou’re NextLords of SalemChopping MallWe Are Still Here). Believing that Crawford is actually not crazy, she has him released into her custody to recreate the experiment at the Pretorius house in order to prove his innocence. Police Sgt Bubba (Ken Foree; Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III, Dawn of the Dead, Death Spa) accompanies and assists to keep an eye on Crawford, and his presence brings some levity.

As the experiments progress, Crawford, Bubba and Katherine all are clearly affected; two fearful, but one drawn to the allure of the resonator device like a rat to a Skinner Box as Pretorius manipulates them from another dimension.

These experiments bring about strange horrors that harken The Thing (1982) in terms of transcending conventionally understood biological forms and utterly disgusting, gore-flinging grossness. We witness visions of Pretorius from beyond except he’s not quite himself… more melty and malformed with every subsequent appearance. Slimy tentacles abound. There’s even a monster that looks like a Dune (1984) sandworm and a LOT of attempted head-eating by monsters! These special effects are awesome. Like, REALLY AWESOME!

Bubba’s death scene is a great gag complete with trembling, chunky, flesh-stripped limbs after he is decimated by an other-worldly swarm of pestilence. And all the special effects build to something truly gross, totally unexpected and visually spectacular.

It should come as no surprise that this film was the product of an 80s horror dream team. This is among director Stuart Gordon’s (Dolls, The Pit and the Pendulum, Dagon, King of the Ants, Re-Animator) 80s triumphs. Adapting Lovecraft’s story was screenplay co-writer and producer Brian Yuzna (Society, Bride of Re-Animator, Beyond Re-Animator, Necronomicon: Book of the Dead, Faust, Return of the Living Dead III), another champion of 80s gore and Lovecraftian fare. Also behind this classic were producer Charles Band (Prison, Dolls, Parasite, Meridian, Doctor Mordrid, Head of the Family) and music composer Richard Band (Parasite, Mutant, Ghoulies, Puppet Master, Re-Animator, Bride of Re-Animator).

Fast-paced, spectacularly gruesome creature effects and gross gore, and an interesting story, this film is one of the 80s greats that is discussed far too little. This movie is awesome! If you haven’t seen it, go remedy that. Better yet, just buy it. You’re welcome.

The MFF Podcast #316: Fallen, Catching Demons, and Time Being On Your Side

October 20, 2020

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The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re continuing our “Elias Koteas” trilogy by discussing the 1998 film Fallen. Directed by Gregory Hoblit, and starring Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Elias Koteas, Embeth Davidtz and James Gandolfini, this underappreciated thriller tells the story of an ancient demonic spirit meeting its match (don’t mess with Denzel). In this episode, we discuss trapping demons, beer, and the singing of Elias Koteas.

Time is on my side!

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John’s Horror Corner: Scare Package (2019), a feisty, silly, gory meta-movie horror anthology.

October 20, 2020

MY CALL: From segment to segment and filmmaker to filmmaker, this is every bit as much a mixed bag as most horror anthologies. However, the adherence to the playful meta-movie theme really works well as its better qualities make the overall experience much more enjoyable than I expected. Recommended! MOVIES LIKE Scare Package: Also lower budget and very silly, Chillerama (2011) and Stan Against Evil (2016-2018) seem to capture the same feistiness as this anthology, whereas Tucker and Dale versus Evil (2010) feels closest in spirit but with higher production value.

DisclaimerA screener was provided by a PR/Media group/company. However, I was not paid or compensated to write this nor were there any conditions to my receiving the screener other than my solicited review and the timing of its posting.

Short Summary from IMDB: “Chad, the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, recounts a series of bone-chilling, blood-splattered tales to illustrate the rules of the horror genre to his newest employee.”

Where can WATCH NOW? RLJE Films will release SCARE PACKAGE On Demand, Digital, DVD and Blu-ray October 20th 2020. To watch on Shudder just CLICK HERE.

SOLICITED REVIEWS: On occasion I accept requests for solicited reviews. But make no mistake, I have a day job, limited time and I’m not a professional. My favoritism to accept solicitations leans towards those who offer a physical screener, but that favoritism does not de facto earn a favorable review—but a “fair” review. Examples of my solicited reviews include Belzebuth (2017; US release 2020), Iron Sky: The Coming Race (2019), The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019), The Unseen (2017; aka Amourosis), The Belko Experiment (2016) and The Barn (2016).

From shady realtors to abandoned insane asylums, our opening sequence briefly paws at a ball of tangled horror tropes like a curious kitten; kind of cute, funny, feisty and unsubtle. We enjoy accidental murders, blood-spurting stabbings, and other Tucker and Dale versus Evil-esque tropey misunderstandings. In fact, this meta discussion of tropes becomes thematic. A green and red-striped convertible car roof, a character named Mike Myers, warnings about picking up hitchhikers, and the sudden advent of morning when the horrors have passed all give nods to the very nods we see in our favorite horror classic.

Organized like many horror anthologies, a wraparound story ties it all together. But not before the film has clearly introduced its tone with writer and director Emily Hagins’ (My Sucky Teen Romance) Cold Open. This opening sequence observes a man wander into a major misunderstanding while haphazardly terrifying two girls on Halloween. It’s very cheeky and there is not a scary moment to be found—and deliberately so.

But despite being so clearly comedy-forward and horror only in theme, One Time in the Woods absolutely delivers what Fangoria fans crave. Writer and director Chris McInroy’s segment features a… were-blob? Yes, a very gooey were-blob, in fact, that interrupts a camping trip. The transformation scene is truly a gore-slathered delight of melting flesh, green slime, and squirting abscesses as his skin sloughs off and he is reduced to a gooey pile of bloody fleshy folds and arterial sprays. A head explodes, legs are torn off, someone is bear-hugged to death and their intestines are squeezed from their… you know. All the while this film delights in spouting blood all over its cast. Like, a LOT. And after all this, the melty were-blob flesh monster bites someone who then also grossly melts into a pile as well. This segment had an entire movie’s worth of chummy sloppy gore and it was delightful for this horror hound!

Between titled anthology segments the owner of Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium lectures a new hire, discussing horror movie motifs and patterns from the aisles of his brick and mortar video store. The video store scenes are charmingly packed with askew humor. Loads of socially awkward metachat transpires between surprisingly likable and very quirky characters.

Written, production-designed and directed by Courtney and Hillary Andujar, Girls’ Night Out of Body is a technically weaker segment with silly execution. Some girls get cursed with candy corn demon-skull faces after shoplifting and become briefly murderous. No gore to speak of nor any effects worth discussing, this segment may have suffered the lowest budget. Likewise of simpler execution, writer, cinematographer and director Anthony Cousins’ The Night He Came Back Again! Part IV: The Final Kill plays on a familiar slasher franchise concept. Some would-be victims capture their unkillable killer and try again and again to kill him… but to no avail. It’s a funny idea, but the delivery truly begs for more production. However, the gory finale is good. I quite loved the split-down-the-middle exploding head. Least entertaining of the anthology was Baron Vaughn’s (Mystery Science Theater 3000) So Much to Do, which features a terrible possession fight over a remote control. Not as funny as it desires and no good gore.

A man attends a support group for men who feel neutered in their relationships in writer/director Noah Segan’s (Deadgirl, Cabin Fever 2, Starry Eyes) segment M.I.S.T.E.R.. They complain about womansplaining and our protagonists ends up facing a pack of werewolves. The special effects are weak, but the tone vibes well with things like Chillerama (2011).

Closing out the wraparound story, Aaron B. Koontz’ (Camera Obscure, The Pale Door) Rad Chad’s Horror Emporium, Horror Hypothesis finds his victims waking up in a horror experiment facility. Victims are killed and cut in half with a treadmill (yes, the treadmill is the sundering implement), someone has his arm broken and ripped off and he is then stabbed with the bone shard of the severed limb, a punch through a skull (always a pleaser), lots of intestines, a body is split in half from the crotch, and they even pull a positively zany Final Chapter Tommy Jarvis haircut fakeout. Some really great death scenes in this one and there’s a cameo by Joe Bob Briggs as himself. The budget advertises itself with every blood spurt. But it succeeds at being deliberately funny in the execution and timing of the gore.

This is every bit as much a mixed bag as most horror anthologies. However, the adherence to the playful meta-movie theme really works well as its better qualities (and better segments) make the overall experience much more enjoyable than I expected and a worthy recommendation!

The MFF Podcast #315: Session 9, Asbestos Removal, and Horrifying Villains

October 18, 2020

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The MFF Podcast is back, and this week we’re talking about the 2001 horror cult-classic Session 9. it’s one of my favorite horror films, and I think Simon might be one of the most memorable and horrifying villains of the 21st century. Directed by Brad Anderson, and starring David Caruso, Peter Mullan and Josh Lucas, Session 9 tells the story of an asbestos removal crew working a deadly and terrible job at an abandoned psychiatric facility. In this episode, we discuss evil horror movie antagonists, oppressive tension, and excellent horror cinema. Enjoy!

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Deep Blue Sea – The Podcast – Episode 15: Shark Riddles, Melancholy Ballads, and Movie Steam

October 15, 2020

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Jay and Mark are joined by the wild and crazy guy Nick de Semlyen (@NickdeSemlyen on Twitter) to discuss “Bottom of the Food Chain,” the 15th chapter on the Deep Blue Sea DVD. In this episode, they discuss melancholic ballads, excessive steam, and movie sweat. Enjoy!

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The MFF Podcast #314: Gremlins, Chimney Death, and PG-Rated Mayhem

October 14, 2020

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The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re discussing the 1984 horror-comedy Gremlins. Directed by Joe Dante, and starring Zach Galligan and Phoebe Cates, this insane movie focuses on a small town being attacked by murderous gremlins. We love this film, and appreciate the insane amount of work it took to make the beautifully-violent gremlins come to life. In this episode, we discuss Mogwai rules, chimney death, and insane PG-rated movies. Enjoy!

The kitchen fight is epic.

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The MFF Podcast #313: Green Room, Hard-Hitting Violence, and Desert Island Bands

October 11, 2020

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Mark and Jonny Numb (of the Last Knock Podcast – @JonnyNumb on Twitter) discuss the beautifully violent 2015 film Green Room. Directed by Jeremy Saulnier (watch Blue Ruin), and starring Imogen Poots, Anton Yelchin, and Patrick Stewart, Green Room is one of the best “horror” films of recent memory, and you won’t find a more exhilarating or tense film. In this episode, we discuss hard-hitting violence, intelligent horror, and face desert island bands. Enjoy!

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