1 horror movie review per week. Some movies are good, some are great, and others are a complete waste of time, but we'll be the first to let you know.
Talk To Me (2023)
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35:38It's hard to wrap our heads around 2 YouTube bros (literal brothers actually) that churned out one of the best horror films of the year. The atmosphere is dense and dark and the writing is intelligent. At no point do the writers think that the audience is too dumb to read between the lines. We appreciate when writers think we're smarter than we are! Hats off to the Australian twosome that made widely accessible horror flick feel cult-like. Do us a favor and don't make a sequel because it's perfect as is. *A sequel is in the works
32:34We love a good movie poster and the Invisible Man look-a-like stopped us dead in our tracks. This Spanish feature film by Nacho Vigalondo is not your typical time loop movie that chases its own tail. It's also not really scary enough to be called a horror, but if you could place yourself in the main character's shoes, you'd probably sh*t your pantalones. High scores all around!
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V/H/S 99 (2022)
37:25There's nothing more American than immediately trying to capitalize off the success of one viral hit and then make 20 more just like it. We're not sure where this falls in the V/H/S cinematic universe but it doesn't really matter. It's crap. Low scores for nearly every episode in this flick.
35:12Joseph and Vanessa Winter, the directing team behind Deadstream and V/H/S 99, successfully pulled off one of the hardest feats for any horror movie...a comedy that was actually funny, clever, and a bit scary. The concept on paper is pretty rock solid and does a good job at poking fun of social media influencer culture. High scores from both TJ and Chris of this Shudder Exclusive.
The Burning (1981)
35:25Chris hadn't even heard of this 80s slasher until TJ recommended it for the podcast. While there are certainly triggering elements to this film involving gratuitous nudity and sexual assault, this can and should be considered a slasher classic. It has all the elements you do love like awkward dialogue, overacting, campy practical effects, and a burn victim turned killer named Cropsy. Also, it's the first film appearance by Jason Alexander (Seinfeld), Holly Hunter (Raising Arizona) and Fisher Stevens (Short Circuit).
35:24Director extraordinaire, Takashi Miike, makes the prototype for what horror movies should be. Like TJ said, "there is no fat to trim on this movie." Every character serves a specific purpose and has a cause and effect for the way this movie progresses. It's deeply disturbing and ahead of its time in some way, including how it addresses misogynistic, incel culture. This is pretty close to a 10 in both of our horror books.
All Jacked Up And Full Of Worms (2022)
21:36Remember that VHS that was hidden in the back of your closet because you were afraid your parents might watch it and think they need to send you to therapy? This is that movie. But, if I'm getting sent to therapy I want it to be for a decent movie, not this garbage pile of Mylar magnetic tape that someone passed off as a film. We couldn't hate this movie more. It definitely took its toll on TJ and Chris' friendship. Will they ever recover from this? Only time will tell.
Knife + Heart (2018)
35:54Artsy fartsy, visually appealing, confusing at times, funny character names like Mouth of Gold...all reasons FOR SOME to watch this film. This was a giant "Meh" from TJ and I. Very graphic sexual violence paired with a boy with a bird claw may be appealing to our listeners, but this sort of fell flat for the sole reason that the most likeable character, Archibald, wasn't in the movie enough and it was placed in actress Vanessa Paradis' lap to carry it across the finish line. Whether she did or did not will be for you to decide.
The Kill List (2011)
36:36You just can't fit this masterpiece into a genre box. It simply won't fit. Writer/director, Ben Wheatley, created a genre bending thriller that will please just about anyone that is remotely into horror, suspense, and psychological thrillers. Just when you think you have this movie all figured out, another curveball comes right at you! TJ absolutely loves this movie and Chris highly recommends. The movie title sucks though. Oh well, nothing is perfect! And please don't compare it to Wicker Man for f*cks sake!
The Devil's Candy (2015)
34:39Hey, everyone! It's John Wayne Gacy in a tracksuit! Except this serial killer doesn't discriminate when it comes to slaughtering children. He's very progressive in that way. In all "seriousness" this 2015 horror brought to you by director Sean Byrne of The Loved Ones fame doesn't hit the bullseye, but it's still on the board. As TJ famously says, "I'm not sure what's worse, giving it 1 star or 5 stars, because at least you'll remember a 1 star movie for how bad it is."