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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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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.

    The Strangers Review

    The Strangers Review

    People are strange when you're a stranger. This week we review The Strangers. Why? Because we were home.























    Synopsis







    A young couple comes home late after a friend’s wedding. Kristen, played by Liv Tyler, and James, played by Scott Speedman, appear distraught despite the obvious preparations for a romantic evening at home. We learn that their evening has been ruined by a failed proposal, and they awkwardly work their way through the fallout.







    In the midst of their relationship turmoil in the middle of the night, they receive a strange visitor looking for “Tamara”. They turn the teen girl away, but she soon returns.







    Eventually more Strangers in masks show up and torment the young couple with increasingly strange behavior.







    Review of The Strangers







    The Strangers is in a group of super nihilistic horror films that use lack of motive, message, and pretense to their advantage. The dread felt in this movie is strong, and is caused by the confusion and hopelessness of the protagonists’ situation.







    The other feature of this story is that it is believable. The opening credits state that it is based on true events. Mainly that murderers exist and sometimes they target complete strangers for no reason.







    The film reminds me of original Last House on The Left, and Funny Games, mostly because they will all completely ruin your night.







    The film is well crafted and the suspense and tension is expertly increased over time. It’s a very simple and uncomplicated premise delivered in a tight hour and 30 minutes. The ending is a gut punch and will stick with you.







    Score







    8/10

    Dashcam Review

    Dashcam Review

    We watched Dashcam on Hulu and got treated to the best 67 minutes of comedy laced terror wrapped in found footage goodness since Creep.























    @dgoebel00 on Instagram provided this amazing artwork. Follow him and check out his website.









    https://youtu.be/uOqHr1bC7iw









    Synopsis







    Annie Hardy is the talented host of her own stream called Band Car. Band Car is the internet's #1 live improvised music show broadcast from a moving vehicle. 







    Annie raps to a beat while spouting what lots of Americans today would consider risque truths mixed with conspiracy theories. 







    In an effort to escape the insanity of a divided America, Annie heads across the pond to visit her former band mate, Stretch.







    Unfortunately, Annie and Stretch get into a fight because his girlfriend is a stuck up prude, and Annie takes Band Car on the road in Stretch’s stolen car.







    Things start to get weird when Annie picks up a sick woman named Angela. 







    Everyone get’s more mask mandates than they bargained for.















    Review







    Dashcam is the second found footage horror movie by Rob Savage, who in 2020 brought us Host.







    Fortunately, this time Rob had the foresight to cast Annie Hardy to play the role of his main character, Annie Hardy.







    Annie is probably the most entertaining actress I’ve ever seen. She is clever, talented, complicated, a little crazy, and totally hilarious. Dashcam is carried almost entirely by Annie and her improvised streamer banter and b******t.











    Watch DashcamBuy or Rent on AmazonClick here to Watch































    What Annie doesn’t shoulder, is the completely insane pacing and action of this movie. Every five minutes we find ourselves in someplace new fighting off an escalating array of horror and insanity.







    As we delve deeper into the terror, we find ourselves asking, “How can it get more crazy than this?” A word to the wise, you should probably buckle up, because it gets crazier!







    This year we’ve been blessed with tons of great horror movies, and Dashcam is one of the best. 







    Score







    9/10

    Bonus Voicemail Episode – Whores Only 3

    Bonus Voicemail Episode – Whores Only 3

    You called. We answered again.

    • 58 min
    Smile Review

    Smile Review

    When you're smiling the whole world smiles at you. Maybe not in this case, but most of the resto of the time.































    Synopsis







    Dr. Rose Cotter, a workaholic psychiatrist at a busy hospital, sees a troubled patient that complains of hallucinations of people with creepy smiles terrifying her every waking moment. Initially Dr. Cotter doesn’t believe the young woman, but when the same phenomenon begins happening to her, she must investigate the origins of the mysterious curse before it is too late.







    Review of Smile (2022)







    Smile is the first feature length film from writer/director Parker Finn and is a retelling and expansion of his short Laura hasn’t slept. I haven’t been this excited about a new director since Ari Aster.







    I loved this movie.







    It has depth, it’s well crafted, and it features excellent performances from its cast.







    Lets start with the tone and theme of the movie. It’s an on the nose allegory for the long lasting emotional effects of trauma, which specifically uses trauma as a device in the plot. The fact that it is so on the nose and that I didn’t feel like it was ever ham handed in it’s delivery, makes it all the more impressive to me. The tone is dark and helpless, and only sinks deeper throughout.























    The direction and editing was fantastic. It has some of the best jumpscares I have ever witnessed, and somehow they seemed innovative instead of hacky. I jumped and yelled out several times in the theater. In so doing, it reaches the elusive praise of being “scary” by which some viewers judge horror movies. 







    The sound design and music should almost get top billing on the poster. I’ve never been so disorientated and terrorized by ringing phones. The music is deeply unsettling and is composed by Cristobal Tapia de Veer, who did the music for White Lotus on HBOMax







    Sosie Bacon, relative of the famous Travis Bacon, plays Rose, and her devolution into madness was convincing and heart wrenching.







    The characters felt fleshed out, and the relationships felt real. There was one scene between Rose and her fiance played by The Boys’ Jessie T. Usher, that felt false to me, but eventually his character and that relationship was framed in a way that even made that one moment make sense.







    It’s a movie that can be easily compared to It Follows and Th e Babadook, but it doesn’t ever feel derivative.







    I didn’t think I’d find another horror movie this year that I’d love as much as Barbarian, but here we are, just weeks later.







    I can’t stress this enough. I am a jaded, pretentious movie reviewer (see my comments on Terrifier 2’s review for proof). I no longer watch horror movies out of love or desire. I watch them out of obligation. This movie and Barbarian opened my cold heart and gave me childlike joy and terror, much like the critic at the end of Ratatouie. My faith in filmmaking is restored when I see new creative writer/directors that can still shock and delight me in the movie theater.







    Thank you Parker Finn







    Score







    10/10



















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    Terrifier 2 Review

    Terrifier 2 Review

    We watched Terrifier 2 and were treated to a homage to 80’s slashers with a runtime of a Lord of the Rings movie.























    @dgoebel00 on Instagram provided this amazing artwork. Follow him and check out his website.









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    Synopsis







    A year after his original massacre, Art the Clown (David Howard Thornton) returns to terrify Miles County. This time instead of killing random people, he seems to have an agenda and a renewed sense of humor.







    Art targets the friends and family of Sienna (Lauren LaVera). He is twisted, hateful, and worst of all - inappropriately humorous.







    As he mutilates kids and adults alike, he kind of helps to bring Sienna’s family together, which is as weird as it sounds. 















    Review







    This is the third Art the Clown effort by writer/director Damien Leone, who was obviously beaten by his father as a child.







    I think that it’s fair to say that Art the Clown has earned a place among the likes of Michael Myers, Jason, and Freddy, although his brand of slasher is a much more horrifically violent one, with a kind of through the looking glass feel to the whole thing. 







    Terrifier 2 is the longest slasher I’ve ever seen. It’s f*****g long. It’s longer than The Return of the Jedi by 20 minutes!!







    Lots could have been left on the editing room floor. This movie has so much extra dialog and mood scenes that I question whether or not they were just going for some kind of record.











    Watch Terrifier 2Buy or Rent on AmazonClick here to Watch























    Does the runtime make it bad? No, it just makes it less good.







    Terrifier's brand seems to be astonishingly f****d up gore set to slapstick and deadpan comedy. Some of the kill concepts in this are truly gruesome and will never leave your mind. 







    Is this movie good? I don’t know, it’s not my favorite thing to see horrendous gore, but I have to say, if I am going to see horrendous gore, I would choose to see it with Art the Clown. He a pretty funny guy.







    This is not a real movie to me, this is some sort of attempt at a world record. It’s a pretty interesting thing to see. It pays homage to slashers of olde while cramming sex and blood down your gullet in a way that truly sickens me and makes me want to ask, “what is wrong with kids these days?” But that’s the whole point.







    If that sounds like a good time to you, you probably didn’t need to listen to my review.







    Score







    6/10

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Bonus Voicemail Episode – Whores Only 2

    Bonus Voicemail Episode – Whores Only 2

    You called. We came twice.

Customer Reviews

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490 Ratings

490 Ratings

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