Skip to content

The MFF Podcast #242: Tremors, Gooey Practical Effects and Original Monsters

January 5, 2020

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker. (or wherever you listen to podcasts…..we’re everywhere)

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

We love Tremors.

The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re joined by Todd Liebenow of The Forgotten Filmcast to discuss the creature feature classic Tremors. Released in 1990, Tremors has aged beautifully with its fantastic practical effects, likable characters, and unique/mysterious monsters. In this episode, we discuss the Tremors franchise, gooey practical effects, and the origins of the “graboids.” Enjoy!

If you are a fan of the podcast make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the episode!

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsTune In,  Podbean,or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

Bacon and Ward make for a fun duo.

The MFF Podcast #241: Tusk and Walrus Yes: The Making of Tusk

January 1, 2020

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

I love Tusk

The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re talking about the weird and wonderful Tusk. Directed by Kevin Smith (Clerks, Mallrats, Dogma), this weird little movie focuses on a man turning another man into a walrus. It’s a simple setup, that features gnarly body modification, “walrus” fights and some oddball performances. In this episode, we discuss podcasting, Michael Parks and the documentary Walrus Yes: The Making of Tusk.

If you are a fan of the podcast make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the episode!

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean,or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

The 12 Best Horror Films of 2019

December 31, 2019

2019 has been a fantastic year for horror as movies like Crawl, Ready or Not, Us, Climax, Perfection and Doctor Sleep have blown away expectations and given the world some excellent horror films. Since, the list I put together with MFF contributor Zachary Beckler was so popular last year, we teamed up again to form a list of 12 horror movies that we consider to be the best (if you disagree with anything on the list….it’s Zach’s fault).

Make sure to check out the 2018, 2019, and 2010-2019 horror podcast episodes we recorded (you will love them)!

Enjoy!

12. The Perfection

The Perfection is a fun horror movie that goes for broke with its gore and twists that are simultaneously unpredictable and predictable (trust me). Director/writer Richard Shepard (GirlsThe Matador – watch it now, it’s fun) recruited Allison Williams (Get Out), whom he directed in HBO’s Girls, and together they went for broke, and made a film that is getting lots of buzz for making people vomit. What I like most about The Perfection is how you never really care about where it’s going, because the journey is so bonkers. Writers Nicole Snyder and Eric C. Charmelo (both have written episodes for Supernatural and Ringer), should be appaluded for devsing this weird story, and juggling twists-and-turns featuring femme fatales, sex, vomit, flashbacks and horrible bus rides.

11. Bliss

Bliss is a gnarly film about a painter who gets involved in some truly bloody shenanigans. Once you watch Bliss, you will never be able to forget Bliss. Why? It’s filled to the brim with excellent gore, memorable visuals, and fantastic cinematography that showcases the excellent gore. Did I mention how gnarly it is?

10. The Dead Don’t Die

I love The Dead Don’t Die. It’s weird, very funny and features the greatest pronunciation of the word “ghouls” ever. It’s a shame that audiences and critics weren’t able to get on board with director Jim Jarmusch’s eclectic zombie movie – that is in no way a zombie movie. Watch it, embrace the weird, and appreciate Tilda Swinton with a samurai sword.

9. Us

Jordan Peele’s follow-up to Get Out is a wonderfully original horror film that features some of the best performances of the year and made a ton of money at the box office ($225 million worldwide). If you are looking for a beautiful looking film that features villains who eat rabbits and use scissors as weapons, you will love Us. Also, It’s a big reason why 2019 is one of the best horror years in recent memory.

We’d love to Lupita receive some acting nominations.

8. Ready or Not

Ready or Not is an incredibly fun film to watch, and I can’t think of the last time I smiled so much during a horror film that features body explosions, decapitations and crossbow death. Samara Weaving (The Babysitter) is the best, and it makes me happy that this film was critically adored, and somewhat successful at the box office. If you are looking for laughs and blood, you need to watch Ready or Not.

Best 2019 wedding dress.

7. Crawl

Crawl is the best angry alligator/crocodile film since Rogue, and I love how Florida alligators have finally become cinematic villains. On a recent MFF Facebook poll (follow our page!), the alligators were voted the best villains of 2019. The people who voted were right, the alligators are badass.

6. In Fabric

In Fabric is a beautifully weird horror film that tells the story of consumerism, washing machine repair and a killer dress. Director Peter Strickland (Berberian Sound Studio, The Duke of Burgundy) has created an almost dream-like experience that features visuals you will never forget (seriously, it gets weird). If you are looking for a truly different and occasionally hilarious horror film, you need to watch In Fabric.

5. Midsommar

Zach Beckler (who helped put this list together) summed up the movie perfectly on Letterboxd (follow him).

A glorious, epic horror film dealing in the same kind of eerie inexplicability that makes something like The Shining a continually giving gift.

There are things about this narrative that hit so true and personally that I hesitate to delve into its ending, lest I break my own heart again. It’s not the immediate shock of Hereditary (though there are some), but a slow awakening realization. It’s as surprising as a haunted house film: we know what is happening, just not why it’s happening to THESE characters. 

In the end, it would always lead to this, with or without the cult; the horror is merely the amplifier.

You don’t want to know.

4. The Lighthouse

The Lighthouse is the funniest movie of 2019, is that weird? I love how director Robert Eggers took the “misery is hilarious” approach and put Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson through a lot of misery. You need to watch this movie. Also, never drink turpentine.

3. One Cut of the Dead

One Cut of the Dead put a massive smile on my face, and I can’t think of another movie that made me happier. If you are looking for a “zombie” movie that tells the story of how people made a zombie movie, you need to watch One Cut of the Dead.

2. Doctor Sleep

It hurt my soul that Doctor Sleep didn’t do well at the box office. It’s a fantastic film that does an excellent (and very difficult) job of combining Stephen King’s follow-up to The Shining with Stanley Kubrick’s cinematic take on The Shining, which Stephen King hated (long story). Director Mike Flanagan (Gerald’s Game, Oculus, Hush, The Haunting of Hill House) made an epic film that is too good to ignore, and I’m certain it will gain a large and loyal following. Also, Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) is the best villain of 2019.

Rose the Hat = Best 2019 Villain

1. Climax

Climax is a glorious descent into madness and I love every second of it. Both Zach and I put it at #1, and I’ll once again refer to his Letterbox review (seriously follow him).

Great dancing. Bad trip.

Bodies in community destroyed by minds in disunity. The harmony established in the astonishing opening dance number devolves piece by piece as individuals segregate themselves from the group (in two-shot discussions, or singular framing that follows characters moving in and out of hellscapes). After a signature Noe credit sequence 45 min in, the rest of the film is essentially an after-credits scene that may be the worst trip ever committed to film, constructed as an hour-long unbroken shot. The horrors on display may not be the most graphic in his filmography, but they are the most potent, even on repeat viewings.

Climax establishes and shows the disintegration of a culture in seemingly real time. No one on screen is sharing the same perception of reality, lost in the abyss of their own personal hell. The revelatory final shot brings into focus Noe’s intent, as a fade to white illuminates the audience. There is salve, but no salvation.

Always be wary of LSD-laced Sangria.

What 2019 horror movies do you love?

The MFF Podcast #240: The 12 Best Horror Films of 2019

December 28, 2019

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

Here is a preview of the movies featured in the list.

The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re talking about the best horror films of 2019. We brought back award-winning director Zachary Beckler (watch Interior now!), and we put together a strong (and eclectic) list of movies such as Ready or Not, Us, and Climax. In this episode we talk about burning heads, angry alligators and exploding bodies. Enjoy!

We love Climax.

If you are a fan of the podcast make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the episode!

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean,or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

Crawl is so good.

The MFF Podcast #239: The 2019 Random Movie Awards

December 24, 2019

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

The cinematography in Portrait of a Lady on Fire is beautiful.

The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re handing out random awards to the movies of 2019. We’ve been handing out random awards since 2010, and it’s always a highlight of our year (because they’re so random). In this episode, we award Last Christmas, 47 Meters Down: Uncaged, Avengers: Endgame and Portrait of a Lady on Fire with unique awards that are probably more meaningful than Academy Awards. Enjoy!

The best moment in Avengers: Endgame

If you are a fan of the podcast make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the episode!

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean,or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

The 2019 Random Movie Awards: A Celebration of Fermented Cabbage, Whiskey Chugging and Puke

December 21, 2019

The Random Awards are back, and better than ever! 2019 has given us some truly random moments, and I had a great time combing through the 2019 releases to find some unique awards you won’t find anywhere else. Sit back, relax and enjoy the randomness!

Best Errant Rocket Award

Jojo Rabbit is a lot of fun, and I love the errant rocket launcher gag. Yorki (Archie Yates) is one of my favorite 2019 movie characters.

Best John Wick Super Fan Award – I was so happy to see Mark Dacascos in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum. I’ve been a fan of his work for a long time (Viva la Only the Strong!), and it was cool seeing him get a showcase in the film.

Best Led Zeppelin Song Award

I love hearing Peter Parker (Tom Holland) talking about old movies and mixing up AC/DC for Led Zeppelin. Spider-Man: Far From Home is a blast.


Misery Loves Company Award

The Lighthouse is one of my favorite 2019 films and I think Willem Dafoe should win every acting award this year. It makes me happy that director Robert Eggers took the “Misery is funny” concept and ran with it by showcasing the misery that Robert Pattinson and Dafoe endure – it’s hilarious!

Where Were You Hiding the Footage Award?

Kudos to Apollo 11 director/editor Todd Douglas Miller for editing together an insane amount of previously unreleased 70mm archival footage. Apollo 11 is the best thing I’ve watched this year.

They Need a Buddy Cop Movie Award

I love the relationship between Nick Fury (Samuel L. Jackson) and Goose the badass cat in Captain Marvel. They need a spinoff movie involving intergalactic shenanigans.

Best Fermented Cabbage Christmas Tree Award

Last Christmas is an underrated gem and I hope it finds an eventual audience. I love the bit about Santa (Michelle Yeoh) meeting a nice German man who loves cabbage. It’s an oddball subplot, that pays off with Santa receiving an actual fermented cabbage Christmas tree. The GIF has nothing to do with cabbage, I just like it.

Most Versatile Wedding Dress Award

The costume design in Ready or Not is super inventive, and I appreciate how the wedding dress that Grace (Samara Weaving) wears becomes a character. Costume Designer Avery Plewes should be applauded for creating a really cool dress based on the script. Watch the movie, you’ll see.

Best Whiskey Chugging Award

Hattie Shaw (Vanessa Kirby) pours the best glass of whisky (or maybe whiskey) of 2019. I love cinematic chugging because the amount of booze consumed would floor a normal person.

Best Usage of an Actor From Legion Award

Navid Negahbon is the best, and I’m glad he popped up in Aladdin as Jasmine’s father.

Best Sabotage Subplot Award

The Downton Abbey movie is an absolute blast that features low stakes and an insane amount of subplots. My favorite subplot involves a guy sabotaging a furnace because he is annoyed at his girlfriend. It’s awesome.

Best Hat Award

Rose the Hat (Rebecca Ferguson) is the best villain of 2019, and I love how she rocks a large hat with extreme confidence. I really hope Doctor Sleep finds an eventual audience.

Best Puke Award

Many movie characters puked in 2019. However, One Cut of the Dead features the best puking of the year.


Best Money Throwing Award

Triple Frontier is an fantastic film that focuses on greed consuming several soldiers who steal from a South American drug dealer. They steal a lot of money, and then have to transport the bags of cash hundreds of miles through incredibly rocky terrain.


Best Taco Donation Award

The best moment in Avengers: Endgame doesn’t happen during a massive battle or tear-jerking scene. The best moment happens when Banner Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) hands Scott Lang (Paul Rudd) a taco. It’s a weird scene in a $300 million dollar budgeted movie, and I love it.

Best Dog Survival Award

The alligators in Crawl eat a lot of unlucky people. However, the dog lives, and that makes me happy. Watch Crawl now, it’s a lot of fun.

Best Whiskey Sour Award

Hearing Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio – so good) yell at himself for drinking too many whiskey sours the night before he has a guest spot on a TV show – made me happy.  

Best Dental Work Award

Avengement is the most underrated 2019 action film. Check it out on Netflix to see how Cain Burgess (Scott Adkins) gets his crazy looking teeth.

Best Coffee Zombies Award

Zombie movies need more zombies who love coffee. The Dead Don’t Die is a weird little thing. I think Jim Jarmusch needs to direct more “horror” movies.

Best Celebrity Punching Song Award

Always Be My Maybe features Keanu Reeves getting punched by a guy named Marcus (Randall Park). Following the punch, Marcus writes a song about it, and it’s great.

Best Chocolate Made By the Director Award

Director Robert Rodriguez made the chocolate featured in Alita: Battle Angel. The guy is seriously talented.

Best Cave Sharks Award

47 Meters Down: Uncaged is a fun horror flick that features badass sharks. I love the massive sharks that have been living inside a massive cave system for a very long time. They are big, mean and hungry. It makes me happy.

Best Cinematography Award

This award really isn’t random. However, I had to promote the cinematography of Portrait of a Lady on Fire. It’s a beautiful film.

The MFF Podcast #238: Dog Soldiers

December 20, 2019

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean, or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

There are many great lines in Dog Soldiers.

The MFF podcast is back, and this week we’re discussing the 2002 werewolf film Dog Soldiers. We love the Neil Marshall (The Descent, Centurion) directed horror movie, and think it’s an ingenious blend of likable characters, realistic looking werewolves, and lots of excellent macho dialogue. In this episode, we discuss werewolf lore, decapitated heads and weekend excursions.

If you are a fan of the podcast make sure to send in some random listener questions so we can do our best to not answer them correctly. We thank you for listening and hope you enjoy the episode!

You can download the pod on Apple PodcastsStitcherTune In,  Podbean,or Spreaker.

If you get a chance please make sure to review, rate and share. You are awesome!

%d bloggers like this: