123 | Pet Sematary

PET SEMATARY

Directors: Kevin Kolsch & Dennis Widmyer

Writers: Matt Greenberg & Jeff Buhler

Synopsis:The Creed family moves to the town of Ludlow Maine so that father Louis can take a cushy job as a doctor at the nearby university & spend more time with his wife & two children. Behind their new house is a place where the local children bury their dead pets. And beyond that is another burial ground, this one an ancient & sinister place where the dead don’t stay buried…


It’s been a while since we’ve watched & reviewed an anthology but next we’ll be reviewing The Field Guide to Evil. With segments directed by Can Evrenol (Baskin), Severin Flala & Veronika Franz (Goodnight Mommy), and Agnieszka Smoczynska (The Lure), we should be in for a treat.

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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122 | Us

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Director/Writer: Jordan Peele

Synopsis: The Wilson family travels to their vacation home in Santa Cruz for a relaxing getaway, but a trip to the boardwalk brings back painful memories for matriarch Adelaide, who encountered her own doppelganger in the funhouse there when she was a child. Adelaide has been harboring a secret fear that her double is searching for her, & when a group of four strangely familiar people show up in their driveway one evening, she fears that she’s finally been found.


We poopoo remakes but we’re a pretty interested in this one. Next episode, we’ll be reviewing and discussing the remake of Pet Sematary.

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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121 | The Hole in the Ground

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Director: Lee Cronin

Writer: Lee Cronin and Stephen Shields

Synopsis: Sarah is a young mother who flees a bad marriage with her elementary school aged son, Chris, to a new town & a house at the end of a creepy forest. Chris is upset & confused about why his dad didn’t move with them, & one day he runs from a fight with his mother into the forest. While Sarah is searching for him she runs across the titular hole in the ground, which turns out to be quite the understatement, as it’s fricking enormous. After this discovery, & a run-in with the town crazy lady who “accidentally” ran her son down with her car after claiming he wasn’t really her son, Sarah begins to suspect that Chris has been replaced by a look-alike who came out of the hole.


Next up, Jordan Peele’s much anticipated horror offering, Us. With the huge blowup of Get Out, we have very high expectations for this next one and so far, it sounds like it’s a hit. Join us next time!

Theme music: "Secret of Tiki Island" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
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120 | Piercing

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Writer/Director: Nicholas Pesce

Synopsis: A fancy young businessman named Reed leaves his wife & their infant at home one day, ostensibly off to a work trip. His real destination is to a hotel in town, where he’s preparing to enact a long-held fantasy of murdering a woman. He has ordered an escort, & as he waits for her to arrive he runs through his game plan. It seems he’s thought of everything, but he couldn’t have accounted for Jackie, the escort who arrives, & who seems to have some interesting fantasies of her own.


Next up, a new A24 joint that has been drawing comparisons to Hereditary. Join us in two weeks to discuss The Hole in the Ground.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

119 | Braid

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Writer/Director: Mitzi Peirone

Synopsis: Two women, Petula & Tilda, are on the run from the police after being busted with $80k worth of drugs. They flee to the country, where their childhood friend Daphne still lives alone in an enormous mansion. Daphne’s isolated estate would be the perfect place to hide out for a couple days. What’s even better, there’s a safe chock full of money somewhere in the house, just waiting to be found. The only catch? Daphne is cuckoo bananas, & insists on still playing their old games of make believe & never ever breaking character. Can Petula & Tilda find the safe before Daphne’s games end up killing them?


Next up, we’re hoping Mr. Nicholas The Eyes of My Mother Pesce has given us another winner with his new film, Piercing.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

118 | Possum

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Writer/Director: Matthew Holness

Synopsis: Possum is the name of a puppet, a horrible, abomination of a puppet, who this poor guy named Philip is always trying to lose. Philip arrives back in his home town with Possum in tow, & they return to his childhood home & his uncle(?) Maurice, who has been living there. Philip throws Possum in the trash, leaves him in the woods, etc. etc., but he wakes up in the morning & there he is again, good as new. Is Philip psychotic? Is the puppet an evil monster? And what the hell is up with Maurice?


As promised, here’s the little video Eddie made while watching the movie:

Next up, the gang just remembered it’s Women in Horror month, because fuck is it February already?! Luckily, there’s a new film out that’s made by a woman, has three female leads, & looks VERY interesting. It’s called Braid, & hopefully you’re as intrigued as we are to watch it. It’s available on streaming platforms right meow.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

Other music from https://filmmusic.io by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

117 | Glass

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Writer/Director: M Night Shyamalan

Synopsis: Kevin Wendell Crumb’s monstrous personality The Beast is still on the loose, terrorizing Philadelphia. Luckily the city has a hero looking out for them, one who has been dubbed The Overseer. We know him as David Dunne, who has been working in conjunction with his now grown son to keep the streets safe. Of course, the powers that be do not condone vigilante justice, so when The Overseer finally tracks down The Beast their tussle attracts the attention of the authorities, who promptly toss both of them in a mental hospital. Enter Sarah Paulson, a doctor who specializes in the delusion that one is a superhero. She has been given the opportunity to treat her new patients for three days with the goal of getting them to realize they are just ordinary men. But wait! There’s a third party in the mix. Namely, Elijah Price has been a resident of this hospital since we left him at the end of Unbreakable, living in a drug-induced stupor. Now that we have all the ingredients we just mix & serve.


Next up, the gang checks out one of Amy’s favorite films of 2018, the exceedingly weird Possum. Rent it on demand & we’ll see you back here in two weeks to discuss.

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

Other music from https://filmmusic.io by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

116 | Bird Box

Writer: Eric Heisserer

Director: Susanne Bier

Synopsis: It’s mass chaos when a strange epidemic begins causing people to commit suicide. A very pregnant woman named Mallory (Sandra Bullock) seeks shelter in a house where a group of others are already holed up. Together they attempt to understand what they’re up against - entities so strange & monstrous that one look at them is enough to drive a person insane.

As promised, here’s a glimpse of Mallory’s monster, mercifully cut from the film

As promised, here’s a glimpse of Mallory’s monster, mercifully cut from the film


Next up, the eagerly awaited Glass. Fingers crossed Shyamalan keeps up his hot streak!

Intro/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

Other music from https://filmmusic.io by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com) Licence: CC BY (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/)

115 | Black Christmas (1974)

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Director: Bob Clark

Writer: A. Roy Moore

Synopsis: A group of sorority girls alone in their sorority house during winter break start receiving creepy, obscene phone calls from some anonymous weirdo. The sorority sisters eventually realize they’re not dealing with some prankster when the calls take a very threatening turn and two women, including one of the sisters, go missing/turn up dead. With a suspected serial killer on the loose and no suspects, will Barb and her sisters live to see Spring Break?!?


Next up, for our first episode of the new year, we’ll be reviewing and discussing the very recent Netflix release, Bird Box. We’ve mentioned the book a few times and Amy even joined our pal Sandra in a discussion of it on Sandra’s podcast, Genre Junkies. The book’s a great (and quick) read so be an overachiever and check out the book and movie before our next episode.


Music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

114 | Annihilation

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Director: Alex Garland

Writer(s): Alex Garland (screenplay), Jeff VanderMeer (novel)

Synopsis: Lena (Natalie Portman) is a cell biologist & former soldier who is struggling to move on after the year-long disappearance of her husband (Oscar Isaac), a current soldier on a top secret mission. When he walks into their bedroom suddenly with no memory of how he got there & then just as suddenly starts to violently convulse, Lena is swept up into the secret mission. She & her dying husband are taken to a base overlooking an ecological anomaly that defies characterization, & soon a shocked but determined Lena has joined a team on an expedition into the dangerous zone from which her husband is the only one out of dozens to have returned.


It’s the (alleged) most wonderful time of the year, so our last episode of 2018 is going to be holiday-themed. Hopefully you’ve seen this slasher gem already, but if not, get thyself a copy of the original Black Christmas post haste. We’ll meet you back here in two weeks to talk about it.


Into/outro music courtesy of Peter Perfect. Check him out on Instagram | Soundcloud 

Other music this episode by Blank & Kytt, Mid-Air Machine, Bodysurfer and Asura. Check them out on the Free Music Archive