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Horror Movie Talk is an opinionated and accidentally funny horror movie review show. Your panel of expert hosts each week are Dr. Bryce Hanson who holds a PHD in Spookology and, and Prof. David Day, the foremost expert in Scare-no-no’s. New theatrical releases always get priority, but we also review older horror movies both good and horror-ble.

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    • 4.6 • 346 Ratings

Horror Movie Talk is an opinionated and accidentally funny horror movie review show. Your panel of expert hosts each week are Dr. Bryce Hanson who holds a PHD in Spookology and, and Prof. David Day, the foremost expert in Scare-no-no’s. New theatrical releases always get priority, but we also review older horror movies both good and horror-ble.

    Anna and the Apocalypse Review

    Anna and the Apocalypse Review

    Anna and the Apocalypse is a mix of Shaun of the Dead and High School Musical, except less funny and with worse music.















    * (1:19) - Intro* (8:51) - Trailer* (10:24) - Synopsis* (10:52) - Review* (17:33) - Score* (32:14) - Spoilers* (1:02:41) - Rotten Tomatoes Game* (1:28:12) - Make It Better* (1:26:18) - Horror Movie Whoooores* (1:58:33) - Outro







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    Synopsis







    Anna and the Apocalypse takes place in a little town in England during Christmas. Anna and her friends are finishing up their last year at high school, or as the English call it, Chumbumbly School. During the Christmas show, a zombie apocalypse breaks out and the next morning, all the people have to go from one place to another, and they sing about it. 















    Review of Anna and the Apocalypse







    This film is touted as “Shaun of the Dead meets La La Land”, but it’s really Shaun of the Dead meets high school musical, except not as funny and with less memorable songs. It takes almost a third of the runtime to get to the actual zombie apocalypse, which is way too long. I was expecting more, because it had a relatively high rotten tomatoes score, but for me, it fell flat. It has super generic characters along with super generic songs executing a super generic zombie apocalypse plot. 









    https://www.horrormovietalk.com/2019/06/19/the-dead-dont-die-review/









    It wasn’t all bad. They don’t skimp on the gore and dread, even though the latter is kind of undermined by the cast singing poppy songs after losing loved ones. There are some stand out songs that did work “soldier at war”, that sounded like an eighties pump up song, and  “the fish wrap”, a throwaway song from the Christmas show.







    The petty and ruthless headmaster was a fun villain, but he was relegated to the B story line of the film.







    I wish that they had gone all in on the humor and the music. The music is only 38 mins of the 1:33:00 runtime. This is comparable to a lot of recent musicals, but feels sparse here. The humor was even more sparse, but mostly because they painted themselves into a corner by killing off a lot of characters in tragic ways.







    Overall, it’s ok, but I’m not going to watch it again.







    Score







    5/10











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    • 2 hr 6 min
    Creep (2014) Review

    Creep (2014) Review

    We watched Creep on Netflix for the tenth time, and I have to say, this movie is just pure genius. Mark Duplass turns into the most playfully nefarious creep you’ve ever seen, and it’s one of the best performances I’ve ever seen anyone achieve.















    * (1:15) - Intro* (8:21) - Trailer* (10:40) - Synopsis* (14:20) - Review* (19:30) - Score* (1:02:15) - HMT WHOORES* (1:25:00) - Horror or Porno







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    Synopsis







    Creep is a found footage film where Aaron answers a classified ad to film Josef for one day. The money being offered seems incredible, but not over-the-top unbelievable.







    Aaron arrives and is immediately put-off by the insane, jump-scare greeting that Josef gives him. Josef shares that he has been diagnosed with terminal cancer and only has a few months to live. He wants Aaron to film this day so that his unborn son, Buddy, will have something to know his father by.







    Josef starts the day of filming off with Aaron filming him in the tub while pretending to bathe his son - the day gets infinitely more weird from there.









    https://www.horrormovietalk.com/2018/12/05/the-house-that-jack-built-review/









    As we follow Aaron and Josef, we keep learning that Josef is not above lying to Aaron, and is very into making him feel uneasy and upset, without ever crossing the line of outright mania.







    What becomes very apparent is Josef is a total creep, and it’s more unsettling and hilarious than anything I’ve seen since.















    Review







    Creep is low-key one of the best movies I’ve ever seen. It’s directed by Patrick Brice who also plays Aaron, and written by both Patrick Brice and Mark Duplass. It’s clear that Creep is based on a series of conversations around a creepy guy that Mark and Patrick dreamed up and the way Mark brings him to life is unforgettable. 







    The movie lacks a formal script, instead they wrote a barebones outline and improvised most of the scenes and dialog. 











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    The result is something akin to meeting a far-too-kind stranger on the street. They welcome you and are so excited to meet you, but you can’t help but wonder, what are they after? Why are they so excited about this exchange? What are they hiding?







    Mark Duplass keeps the character of Josef playful and fun, with an undercurrent of danger and seriousness just below the surface. Aaron and his actions are very easy to empathize with, which makes it very disturbing when thing go wrong.







    Ultimately Creep is a provocative and hilarious character study that I love to death. 







    Score







    10/10

    • 1 hr 53 min
    The Forever Purge Review

    The Forever Purge Review

    What can I say about The Forever Purge that hasn’t already been said by its title?















    * (0:55) - Intro* (9:48) - Trailer* (12:28) - Synopsis* (13:26) - Review* (20:15) - Score* (31:15) - Spoilers* (1:02:02) - Final Recommendations* (1:02:41) - Patron Call In: Elias* (1:28:12) - Make It Better* (1:43:46) - Horror Movie Whoooores* (2:09:10) - Outro







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    Synopsis of The Forever Purge







    Like the previous movies in The Purge franchise, the government of the United States has set aside each year, 12 hours where all its citizens struggle with bulimia. No wait that’s wrong, for 12 hours, all crime is legal, including murder. In this movie the citizens can’t overcome their urge to purge, and continue on their killing spree in a clumsy analogy of Trump’s America.







    It follows a group of recent Mexican immigrants and several of their white employers as they try to escape the murderous hordes of racists.















    Review of The Forever Purge







    This movie wasn’t good. From the other purge movies that I have seen, it feels like the franchise came up with the concept of the film, and then proceeded to have no creativity after that point. This film is no exception.







    The Forever Purge handles social commentary like The Family Guy handles jokes. It points out that racism, xenophobia, and classism are things. See how clever we are!?







    The writing is bad, to the point where I wonder if there was more than one draft. Every character is there to deliver lines that state what they are going to do next, just so the audience is prepared for what the character is going to do next.







    The action is probably the only good thing about the movie. There was a big enough budget to have plenty of splosions and shootouts.







    Overall, the impression you get from the movie is that it was written by 17 year old drama students attempting their first script inspired by the Handmaid’s Tale.







    Score







    3/10











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    • 2 hr 14 min
    10 Cloverfield Lane Review

    10 Cloverfield Lane Review

    10 Cloverfield Lane is a reminder that horror doesn’t have to be stilted and boring with a total lack of good acting. Sometimes it can feel like a tremendous whodunit, that has layer upon layer of intrigue and terror.







    On today's episode we are joined by Kate from Nightlight Horror Movie Club Podcast. She's a delightful person and runs my favorite horror movie podcast, so check them out!















    * (1:27) – Intro* (11:40) – Synopsis* (14:45) – Review* (21:30) – Score* (34:37) – Spoilers* (1:17:15) – HMT WHOORES* (1:40:55) – Bad Reviews for Good Movies







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    Synopsis







    Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is the victim of a car accident, and wakes up to find herself stuck like a prisoner in a bomb shelter.







    Henry (John Goodman) says he saved Michelle from the accident and explains that some kind of global nuclear event has occurred, forcing them to take shelter in his bomb shelter.







    Emmett (John Gallagher Jr.), is also in the shelter and soon explains that he helped Henry build it. 







    The shelter is almost as impressive as Henry’s temper and paranoia. In the end everyone gets more John Goodman than they bargained for.















    Review







    10 Cloverfield Lane is a freshman masterpiece for director Dan Trachtenberg, who has only this film to his name but has started production on the new Predator movie.









    https://www.horrormovietalk.com/2018/09/19/the-predator-review/









    We follow Michelle’s point of view and are given a glimpse into what it would be like to live through a global disaster of epic magnitudes. 







    The script unfolds in layers of mystery and discovery, always leaving the next question around a corner, or outside the doors of the bomb shelter we inhabit with our lonesome trio.







    Henry is a profoundly interesting character, and is John Goodman makes him come to life the same way Ted Levine and Anthony Hopkins brought Buffalo Bill and Hannibal Lecter to life in The Silence of the Lambs.







    I love the way the Cloverfield series switches between storytelling mechanics, genres, and scripts. 10 Cloverfield Lane is, by far, the best of the trilogy which includes Cloverfield, 10 Cloverfield Lane, and The Cloverfield Paradox.











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    • 1 hr 54 min
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge Review

    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge Review

    In honor of pride month, we watched Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge, and it brings a whole new meaning to scream queen. Freddy’s back for revenge, and he doesn’t give a f**k if you’re dreaming or not.















    * (1:21) - Intro* (8:46) - Trailer* (10:27) - Synopsis* (12:08) - Review* (16:46) - Score* (23:00) - Spoilers* (1:00:08} - Final Recommendations* (1:01:37) - F**k, Marry, Kill Horror Edition* (1:16:03) - Outro







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    Synopsis







    A totally straight young man named Jessie, with the scream of Ned Flanders, is haunted by nightmares of a scarred and razor clawed monster-man named Freddy Krueger. He finds out from his gym bro that the house he lives in was once inhabited by a young girl named Nancy driven crazy by the death of her boyfriend across the street. Jess discovers Nancy’s journal while cleaning his room and finds out that she was tormented by the same nightmares.







    Freddy Krueger in this film isn’t out to kill the protagonist, he seeks to possess his body and carry out his murders in reality









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    Review of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2







    This film has a reputation as a huge disappointment to fans of the original, and has a long history of getting shit on. I don’t see the drop in quality as being that big. The reason for the dislike of this film is probably because it strays so far from the premise of the first movie. Freddy’s unique selling point is that he can kill you in your dreams and that sleep is unavoidable. In this film, that is barely touched on. The terror in this film is very personal to the protagonist, as he witnesses Freddy take over his body in harm his friends around him.







    A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy's Revenge Poster







    Homosexual Subtext







    The homoerotic subtext might have been lost on a majority of general audiences in the 80’s. Many of the scenes must have felt random if you didn’t understand that Jessie’s experience was an allegory for being a closetted gay teen. Now 40 years later, it adds a new layer of interest, especially when you view it in the context that it was released right at the beginning of the AIDs epidemic.







    Special Effects and Acting







    All of that aside, this movie has some great special effects. The scene with Jessie’s were-Freddy transformation is going to stick in my mind.







    It’s definitely not as tight as the original. At some points it looks like Freddy runs out of ideas of how to supernaturally and psychologically torture his victims, and just resorts to chasing them around.







    The acting ranges from kind of bad to very good. Mark Patton does a really convincing job at conveying his torment and his performance keeps getting better and better throughout the film.







    I think it deserves more love. It’s not fantastic, but is a very good followup to the first film in my opinion.







    Score







    7/10











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    • 1 hr 20 min
    Army of the Dead Patreon Sneak Peak Review

    Army of the Dead Patreon Sneak Peak Review

    What a great time we had bashing this train wreck of a Zack Snyder movie. We go on and on with this one, head on over to our patreon and consider supporting us to gain access to the full review!

    • 5 min

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