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By day, Eric is a mild-mannered Architect, bringing great buildings to the good boys and girls of his hometown of Portland, Oregon. By night, he is a disreputable podcaster looking to promote the best and worst of horror movies!
Eric’s Review: Prey (2022)

Eric’s Review: Prey (2022)

★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★

Prey is a remarkable refresh of the old Predator franchise. For my money, this is the best action horror movie since The Descent, the best horror western since Ravenous, and could arguably be better than the original Predator. The movie has the best protagonist yet (Including Dutch), and the monster is better than ever. The movie is a transportive adventure, and who would have thought that this previously moribund series could find such fresh legs?

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 150: The Mayor’s Choice! (And a Portland Horror FF Recap)

The Mayor of Trope Town has spoken! As the current serving mayor, three thrilling Euro-Horror selections were made to discuss, with a deeper dive than the typical Podcast discussion. Raw, The Ringmaster, and Tailgate are being served up for discussion this week. Also, a Portland Horror Film Festival recap. Does the mayor know how to please his constituents, or what? YES! Long may the mayor reign!

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 147: The Overlook Film Festival Recap

After a two-year span in which we had to attend the Overlook Film Festival remotely, the standout New Orleans-based industry insider festival was back screening the festival live and in person. Twenty-Four feature films showed along with three short film blocks, which amounted to a whole lot of movies for four days of viewing! Eric, Liz, and Mike break down our impressions of the recently completed festival.

Eric’s Review: Who Invited Them? (Overlook Film Festival 2022)

Eric’s Review: Who Invited Them? (Overlook Film Festival 2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A posh housewarming party fizzles out, due to a host who tries just a little too hard to impress. A couple of glamorous strangers stick around after everyone else clears out and the remainder of the evening becomes far more exciting than the hosts were ready for. Cringe-inducingly funny and immediately accessible, Who Invited Them had its world premiere at the Overlook Film Festival.

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 146: Frankenstein Movies

The Scariest Things Podcast Episode 146: Frankenstein Movies

It’s Alive. It’s ALIVE! IT’s ALIIIIIVE!

At long last, The Scariest Things goes to the bedrock of horror movies. Frankenstein. So important, and yet, much like the Monster himself, much-maligned. Though new versions of the Mad Scientist messing with life and death have been produced, the central idea has been passed by other, more immediately terrifying themes. How does the story of Frankenstein stay relevant? Listen to the Scariest Things Episode 146 and find out!

Eric’s Review: Zero Budget Heroes: (2022) – Warped Dimension Film Festival

Eric’s Review: Zero Budget Heroes: (2022) – Warped Dimension Film Festival

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

What comes to mind when you think of raunchy lowest-common-denominator B-Movies? Full Moon? Not even close. The Asylum (Sharknado)? Nope. Keep going. Troma? Think lower. Have you ever heard of Low-Budget Pictures? No? Well, they may be the most productive, if not the most recognizable film companies peddling schlock. Zero Budget Heroes: The Legend of Chris Seaver and Low-Budget Pictures is a loving retrospective of making DIY fun sleazy and cheap films. Given the tawdry source material, this is a thought-provoking and sentimental documentary worth watching, particularly for those with an interest in the film making process.

Eric’s Review: The Essex Serpent (2022)

Eric’s Review: The Essex Serpent (2022)

★★★★ out of ★★★★★

The Essex Serpent is a cryptid tale that explores a time and place at a time of great crossroads in society and in the lives of all the characters involved in the tale. It is a parable of faith, science, and the collision of the advances in society running headlong into long-held folkloric superstitions. Claire Danes and Tom Hiddleston headline an impressive cast, in a period piece production that finds beauty in all the bleakness in Essex marshes.

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)

The Scariest Things Podcast Extra: An Interview With the Cast and Crew of When the Screaming Starts (Panic Fest 2022)

At Panic Fest in Kansas City, a wicked slice of horror-comedy has been ordered up in the form of an indie UK feature, When the Screaming Starts. The Scariest Things podcast crew immediately fell for this mockumentary about a Manson Family-style murder cult setting its roots in London. We were joined by the Director and Actor/Producers of the film to discuss the story of the “family” that slays together and doesn’t stay together (ahem!).

Eric’s Review: Sissy (SXSW 2022 World Premiere)

Eric’s Review: Sissy (SXSW 2022 World Premiere)

★★★ out of ★★★★★
Cecilia has become a successful influencer, using self-help meditation rituals of her own creation. Unfortunately, she has yet to truly conquer her own insecurities, and when she gets invited to spend some quality time with a long-lost childhood bestie, her childhood bully is there too, bringing up long-dormant fears and is forced to take a more aggressive approach to deal with her problems. At times admirable, at others frustrating, the movie is a bit of a mixed bag of bullying tropes.