Every Thursday, Imported Horror brings you the best of fiendish ghouls, bloodthirsty zombies and creepy ghosts from beyond the shining seas. We explore international horror movies and television shows from around the globe that are readily available on American streaming services. All episodes are spoiler-free.
Vampire, Wake Me Early in the Morning: Boys from County Hell (Ireland & United Kingdom, 2020)
Dracula, Shmacula - meet the Abhartach, the ghoulish OG vampire of Irish folklore. Did it inspire Bram Stoker? Maybe. Can it make you laugh while sucking blood from your eyes? Sure. This week, the gang takes a rocky road to an offbeat horror comedy. Also, which classic horror writer would you rather see inspired by a legend in your hometown?
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 3 (Marcus) / 2 (Grady). Quality: 3. Enjoyment: 3/4
Head, Shoulders, Feet and Needles: Audition (Japan, 1999)
Love is sweet. So what if your friends insist your girlfriend is crazy? They're wrong - she'd never torture you in your own home. This week, the gang straps in for a discussion of legendary J-horror gore porn and consider why it's far from a feminist anthem. They also break down the 2021 Chainsaw Awards.
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 5 (obviously). Quality: 4 (Marcus & Melissa) / 5 (Grady). Enjoyment: 4 (Marcus & Grady) / 3 (Melissa)
Call Her By Your Name: Luciferina (Argentina, 2018)
What if one exorcism just isn't enough? Try, try again - and get creative! This week, the gang heads back to the Southern Cone for an erotic demonic mystery. Also, if you were at a religious summer camp turned 80s horror movie, what spiritual force would you rather hunt you? (Note: This episode is a little spoilery.)
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 3 (Marcus) / 4 (Melissa and Grady). Quality: 4 (Marcus and Melissa) / 3 (Grady). Enjoyment: 4's all around
Sisterhood of the Carnivorous Pants: Slaxx (Canada, 2020)
These jeans literally slay. Murder pants are devouring chic influencers and terrorizing an upscale boutique in the most original creature feature in years. It's also surprisingly poignant for a film about toothy denim. Also, what article of clothing would you rather see terrorize your favorite horror movie star?
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 1. Quality: 5. Enjoyment: 4 (Grady) / 5 (Marcus & Melissa)
Kaiju Fest III: Colossal (Canada, USA, Spain & South Korea, 2016)
You always knew you're a monster, deep down. You just assumed it was a figurative one - not a literal kaiju somehow stomping through Seoul on your way home from the bar. This week, the gang studies a monstrous genre-bender that's among the weirdest and most horrifying non-horror movies out there. Also, what kind of nightmare would you rather include the sass of the late, great Jessica Walter?
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 2 (surprisingly). Quality: 4. Enjoyment: 5 (Marcus) / 4 (Melissa and Grady)
Kaiju Fest II: Shin Godzilla (Japan, 2016)
You know how this story ends - the giant monster stomping through Tokyo becomes a real Hollywood movie star. Do you know how it began, though? Or have countless Godzilla sequels overpowered its haunting origin story? This week, grab some popcorn for a surprisingly poignant throwback Godzilla. Also, if not the Stay Puft Marshmallow Man, what kaiju form would you rather the destroyer take?
Motion Picture Terror Scale: 2 (Marcus) / 1 (Melissa and Grady). Quality: 4 Enjoyment: 5
Very detailed! The breakdowns are great! Loved the detailed analysis of Pan’s Labyrinth and the grapes! Hosts are energetic and have great chemistry! Looking forward to more episodes!