The scaredy cat is back! And this time in comes in the form of our friends (and patron) Dan Bradbury and Mike Halstead. These two gentlemen are what you would call horror movie averse. So, we decided to challenge them to watch nine horror movies, and to see if they could handle it! Heh… heh… heh…
lightninliBy 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!
Trailer Alert: Candyman (2020)
Candyman… Candyman… Candyman… Candyman…. no, I can’t do it! One of the great villains in all of horror is getting a reboot. Yahya Abdul Mateen stars as a man returning to Cabrini Green, and the famed killing grounds of the Candyman. Check out the trailer here!
Horror Short: Nose Nose Nose Eyes! (South Korea)
South Korean film is having a moment, isn’t it? This film took its cues from the Takashi Miike school of horror. Five bucks suggest that you can’t watch this without wincing or having your toes curl.
Horror Tourism: The Dearly Departed Homicide True Crime Tour : Hollywood
Just when I was beginning to think Los Angeles was actually rather quaint and endearing, I went on a journey to La La Land’s dark side. The Dearly Departed Tours: Homicide True Crime Tour. I just may need to sleep with the lights on tonight!
Eric’s Review: Harpoon (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
It’s all fun and games until you have to draw straws to determine who becomes the sacrifice in a lifeboat dilemma. Harpoon is a savage look at a love triangle gone completely haywire and lost at sea.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode XC: Black History Horror : Our Favorite Characters
In the sophisticated current age of genre fare, black characters are getting meatier and more significant roles in horror feature films. It hasn’t always been that way though. In Episode 90, The Scariest Things discusses the pioneers of black horror cinema, as well as some of the new faces looking to move the genre forward.
Eric’s Review: The Lighthouse (2019)
★★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
Isolation, misery, toil, secrets, and madness. Just another day for Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe in the Robert Eggers brilliantly bleak seascape The Lighthouse.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXVIII: Celebrating Women Horror Directors
Happy Women in Horror Month! In celebration of the contributions of women creators and directors, The Scariest Things invited Gwen Callahan from The Portland Horror Film Festival to discuss some of the great contributions from women behind the camera.
Trailer Alert: Spiral (2020)
The Saw franchise is getting a new twist as it is being produced, written, and starring Chris Rock. Yes, THAT Chris Rock. Oh, and some guy named Samuel L. Jackson. Him too. A potentially great career move for Rock, in a series that suggests that still has some legs left. (Though given that it’s Saw, those legs may be gone by the end.)
Trailer Alert: Locke and Key (Netflix)
A long-awaited graphic novel adaptation is hitting Netflix next week. The trailer captures a lot of the magic of the book, but will it go as dark as the comic was willing to go?
Eric’s Review: VFW (2020)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
Chalk one up for the old dudes! Drugged out mutant crazies siege the local veteran’s watering hole in the latest offering from FANGORIA, featuring some fan-favorite genre actors getting a chance to step out of the supporting role shadows.
Scary Toys: The VVitch Playmobil Set
“Woulds’t thou like to live deliciously?” Of course you would, and that’s why you’re going to get the Playmobil set of Robert Egger’s The VVitch, courtesy of the very clever folks at Millionaire Playboy!
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXVIII: Our Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2020
We’ve got some films for you to look forward to in 2020. Once again, we’re faced with an onslaught of remakes and sequels, but you know what? There are some really interesting films that are coming out, and we’re here to slap you some horror wisdom!
Creepy Doll Video from Our Friends at Unsettling Toys
Oh, these dollies are the give me the creepies! Our Patron and friend of the Podcast, Brian Jillson has some slightly (OK sometimes REALLY) disturbing toys that need homes. Are you brave enough to get one?
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXVII: The Worst Horror Films of 2019
What’s that smell? That, friends of the podcast, is the stench of the worst horror movies of 2019! It’s a smell that lingers and we’d like to move past, but we have to acknowledge the stinkers of last year.
Eric’s Review: Underwater (2020)
★★★1/2 out of ★★★★★.
Underwater is a furiously paced movie that applies the pressure early (pun intended) and rarely lets you up for air (pun intended again). The familiar setting and lack of character arcs are overcome by a strong cast, great production values, and a simple but well-executed plot.
Horror Shorts: The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds (2018)
Welcome to Camp Nawgnamakit! (get it?)Come sit by the fire and be seranaded with tales of the tragic tale of revenge that is The Bloody Ballad of Squirt Reynolds! One of our favorite short films of last year has finally arrived for view courtesy of Antrum.
Eric’s Review: Ruin Me (2017)
★★1/2 out of ★★★★★
What’s the worst thing somebody just coming out of rehab should do to relax and find peace in the world? Go to a slasher camp re-enactment! This film telegraphs its moves like a brass band marching through the forest.
Trailer Alert: A Quiet Place Part II
Can they pull it off again? The monster hit (both literally and figuratively) from 2018 is back, and pretty much everyone involved before is at it again. The first full trailer has dropped.
Eric’s Review: Nekrotronic (2019)
★★★ out of ★★★★★
This crazy mash-up cyberpunk-comedy-horror really shouldn’t have worked. Surprisingly, it did. A movie that should have felt derivative comes out feeling like it has fresh ideas and has you on board for this Australian comic-bookish Satanic techno ride.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXVI: The Best Horror Movies of 2019
The Golden Era of Horror films shows no signs of letting up if judging by the quality of features offered up in 2019. Now it’s time to talk about our favorites!
Eric’s Review: The Head Hunter (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
A stark and haunting minimalist horror-fantasy, about a vengeful father fulfilling his oath to bring down the monster that killed his daughter.
Eric’s Top 19 Horror Movie Moments from 2019
It’s not just about the movies, it’s about the MOMENTS within the movies that often make the difference between memorable and forgettable. Eric looks back on his favorite scenes from 2019.
Movie Posters We Love: The Voices
How did this get past us? Ryan Reynolds is hearing voices from a good dog, and a bad bad cat. The cat is much more fun. This one came to our attention from appearing in Liz Williams’ top movies of the decade. This was her sleeper film from 2014!
Eric’s Top 10 Horror Movies of 2019
It was a great year for Horror Films, and without an individual film that was head and shoulders above the rest, making this a bit of a challenge to pick a top 10. There was a nice mix of film festival independent darlings, as well as some surprisingly good major studio offerings this year. If you haven’t done so already, go listen to our favorite movies of the decade. I believe we are still in the middle of the golden age of quality horror stories.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXV: Our Favorite Horror Movies of the Decade
There can be little doubt that the past decade has been another wonderful golden era for horror movies. The generational change of horror voices arrived in a big way in the Teens, and horror movies have found serious purchase in both critical and popular appeal. The Scariest Things brings the WHOLE TEAM to the podcast this week, as Robert and Joseph join Mike, Liz, and Eric to promote our favorite genre offerings from the past ten years.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXIV: Horror Comedies!
Two great tastes that go great together: You got your horror in my comedy! You got your comedy in my horror! Something in the brain likes the yin and yang of what scares us and what makes us laugh. The Scariest Things looks for some next level movies to make you howl with laughter as much as fear.
Eric’s Review: The Banana Splits Movie (2019)
★★ out of ★★★★★
Tapping into the hipster zeitgeist, The Banana Splits Movie looked to provide nostalgic psychedelic infused wackiness with ironic ultra-violence layered on top. Instead, it’s a depressing morass filled with unlikable characters.
Eric’s Review: Brightburn (2019)
★★★★ out of ★★★★★
Lex Luthor was right. This alien may look like us, but he is here to destroy us. This VERY dark take on the Superman parable is the very violent flip side of the Man of Steel, right down to the swing set and the waving wheat of Kansas.
The Scariest Things Podcast Episode LXXXIII: Holiday Horror Movies
Now that our American audience is digesting their Thanksgiving harvest feast, it’s time to turn our attention to Holiday Horror. The rule Mike put to the group was that we couldn’t use Carpenter’s Halloween. No problem, plenty of pictures to pick from!