Horror Movie Survival Guide

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Horror Movie Survival Guide is a weekly podcast where two unlikely gorehounds and long time chums, one a hardcore horror fan with a notebook to prove it, and the other finally coming out of the creepy horror fandom closet - watch and talk about horror…


HMSG Interview with Daniel Kraus
Oct 19 • 62 min
DANIEL KRAUS is a New York Times bestselling author. With Guillermo del Toro, he co-authored The Shape of Water, based on the same idea the two created for the Oscar-winning film. Also with del Toro, Kraus co-authored Trollhunters, which was adapted…
Knife + Heart - Homocidal
Oct 12 • 33 min
This super stylish film takes place in the gay porno scene in Paris in 1979 when an unexpectedly kinky killer is on the loose and looking for young, handsome victims. Unpredictable, artsy and sexy, this film gets bonus points for being centered around…
Doctor Sleep (Director’s Cut) - Shining like fire
Oct 5 • 57 min
Finishing our round of Stephen King films is 2019’s Doctor Sleep (Director’s Cut). Mike Flanagan took on not only the sequel to one of Stephen King’s most famous books, but also Stanley Kubrick’s legendary film, and the weight of that is not lost in…
The Mist - Window to the other world
Sep 28 • 47 min
2007’s The Mist, the third in our round of Stephen King films and a first time watch for both Teri and Julia, was adapted and directed by Frank Darabont. When a mysterious deadly mist rolls into a small town, a group of people stuck in a supermarket…
Cell - Devil’s Intercom
Sep 21 • 43 min
The second in our round of Stephen King films is 2016’s Cell - a first time watch for both Julia and Teri - starring John Cusack and Samuel L. Jackson as strangers who meet during a cell phone induced apocalypse and must now fight to get home against…
Cujo - Nope, nothing wrong here.
Sep 14 • 38 min
Starting a round of Stephen King films is Cujo, which surprisingly neither Julia nor Teri had seen before! This 1983 classic doesn’t disappoint with the tension or gore and both Dee Wallace and Danny Pintauro give mind blowingly amazing performances. A…
The Deeper You Dig - Now I’m in your head
Sep 7 • 37 min
A father, mother and daughter team wrote, shot, starred, produced, composed and directed this film, and they certainly know what they are doing! An intimate thriller, with gorgeous lighting and cinematography, awesome performances and a cool premise,…
Gretel & Hansel - Charmingly unchaperoned
Aug 31 • 41 min
If you took a Jodorowsky film, an Argento film & a Polanski film, mashed them up and added a bit of feminism to the cauldron, you’d come away with this movie. Unexpectedly art house, with gorgeous cinematography and a refreshingly monochromatic take…
Underwater - Take the bunny
Aug 24 • 35 min
So if you took Alien and set it underwater, and swapped out Sigourney Weaver in her underwear for Kristen Stewart in her underwear (but also wet) you’d basically have this film. ALSO there is a twist ending to this film that will delight nerds…
Ready or Not - We have to protect the family
Aug 17 • 38 min
Samara Weaving KILLS as a naive newlywed who discovers that her in-laws are evil in more ways than one. A fun, gory, silly romp, this film keeps you guessing and the pacing never slows. We’d watch anything Samara Weaving is in, but her portrayal of…
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight - Evening, motel people
Aug 10 • 39 min
Who other than The Crypt Keeper could insure blood and boobs within the first five minutes of a film? Come for the nudity and gore, stay for the fun FX and joyous performances by Jada Pinkett, Billy Zane, William Sadler, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church…
The Tokoloshe - I need the job
Aug 3 • 37 min
A fantastic horror film that comes out of South African folklore, the Tokoloshe is a monster that feeds on children and those left alone. When Busi comes to Johannesburg to find work, she didn’t bargain on finding a supernatural beast as well. Great…
Crazy As Hell - My name is Satan
Jul 27 • 38 min
When an ego driven doctor agrees to participate in a documentary where he is under constant surveillance 24/7 for 30 days and promises to cure the patients, not with medication, but with “reconstructive societal adjustment”, he didn’t wager he’d be up…
Thriller - Hoochie Love
Jul 20 • 40 min
When a childhood prank goes wrong, a group of friends must live with the guilt of what they’ve done - and pay for their sins! A fun take on the teen slasher genre, this film keeps you guessing and has fun with an eclectic bunch of characters. PLUS you…
Da Sweet Blood of Jesus - I’m addicted to blood
Jul 13 • 43 min
Spike Lee’s 2014 film Da Sweet Blood of Jesus is a remake of the 1973 film Ganja & Hess and updates the story to modern day. When an reserved, rich, gorgeous anthropologist meets a bold, brave, gorgeous gold digger who is willing to overlook a lot…
Mayhem - It’s the virus talking
Jul 6 • 36 min
When a contagious virus sweeps a large corporate office building and causes the victims to lose all inhibitions, you bet it’s gonna be Mayhem! Joe Lynch’s 2017 film is a bloody, gory ball of fun, and Samara Weaving and Steven Yeun chew every bit of…
Eyes Without A Face - Human guinea pig
Jun 29 • 36 min
If you haven’t seen the 1960 black and white amazingness that is Eyes Without A Face, get on it right away! An incredibly stark and beautiful film with one of the goriest scenes we’ve ever seen in that time period - we were shocked and delighted! An…
The Void - No, you’re going to die
Jun 22 • 34 min
2016’s The Void teams up an unlikely rag tag bunch of small town folks and traps them in a half shut down hospital, up against ominous white robed figures, unhinged outsiders and, oh, maybe a Lovecraftian monster or two. You’ll recognize the influences,…
Frozen - Bond as a threesome
Jun 15 • 34 min
Adam Green’s 2010 film (not to be confused with the Disney flick) is a hardcore, not for the weak intense ride. When three friends get stuck on a ski lift, they must push themselves to the limit in order to try and survive. If you haven’t seen this…
The Rage: Carrie 2 - Sex and Suicide
Jun 8 • 47 min
This 1999 film is the sequel to Carrie and even has Sue Snell as a bridge character between the two films, but definitely pales in comparison to Brian De Palma’s dynamite 1976 film. Rachel is misunderstood at home and at school, and when a serious of…
Cat People - I love loneliness
Jun 1 • 44 min
Jacques Toueneur’s 1942 film is a starkly beautiful film full of crisp black and white shadows. When a man falls in love with a woman who believes she is from a cursed village, he must decide whether she is supernatural or super crazy. A beautifully…
The Crazies - The army ain’t nobodies friend, man.
May 25 • 39 min
George A. Romero is a filmmaker who was perpetually ahead of this time, and never has there been a more appropriate time to watch The Crazies than right now. A small town is forcibly put under quarantine by the army when a virus spreads that turns its…
HMSG Interview with Suzanne Desrocher-Romero
May 18 • 64 min
Suzanne Desrocher-Romero is the founder and president of the George A. Romero Foundation and was married to George Romero from 2011 until his passing in 2017. Suzanne is working hard to preserve George’s legacy by archiving his work, and opening an…
The Bride of Frankenstein - She hate me
May 11 • 33 min
James Whale’s 1935 film The Bride of Frankenstein is a cult classic for a reason - a beautifully shot film with stunning imagery, stupendous sets and great performances, this film continues where the first film left off and follows the tragic figure of…
Color out of Space - Everything’s under control
May 4 • 39 min
Richard Stanley wrote and directed Color out of Space, based on a short story by HP Lovecraft and brought to us by the wonderful folks at Spectrevision. The film stars Nicolas Cage and Joely Richardson as a mother and father recently moved to the…
HMSG Interview with Dennis Christopher
Apr 27 • 79 min
Dennis Christopher is a BAFTA award winning actor whose career has spanned decades, from his breakout role in Breaking Away and dozens of films and television shows including Fellini’s Roma, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Profiler, FreakyLinks, Deadwood,…
The Eyes of my Mother - You’re my only friend
Apr 20 • 29 min
Nicolas Pesce’s 2016 film The Eyes of my Mother is a gorgeous black and white nightmarescape of a film, starting our brutal and only ramping up from there. While the influence of early horror films like Night of the Living Dead and Psycho is apparent,…
Misery - Making you feel all oogy
Apr 13 • 43 min
Stephen King’s bestseller Misery is up at the top as one of the best adaptations of his work, with incredible performances by James Caan and Kathy Bates (who won both the Golden Globe and the Oscar for best actress for her turn as psychotic Annie…
HMSG Interview with Graham Skipper
Apr 6 • 57 min
Graham Skipper is an actor, writer and director, who came to horror hounds’ attention with his bloody, brilliant performance as Herbert West in Stuart Gordon’s stage production of Re-Animator: The Musical. He’s starred in dozens of films, including…
When a Stranger Calls - Have you checked the children?
Mar 30 • 31 min
Based on an urban legend about a babysitter getting some disturbing phone calls (and clearly the inspiration for the beginning of Scream) this film goes for a real, gritty cat and mouse chase for an escaped lunatic killer - with great performances and…
Dracula - Nice and fat and juicy
Mar 23 • 34 min
Dracula has been portrayed countless times on screen, but never with the unflappable raw sexuality that Frank Langella brings to his Count D. With Donald Pleasance as Dr. Seward and Laurence Olivier as Van Helsing, you know this film is going to bring…
Tourist Trap - Feels like Flesh
Mar 16 • 35 min
Everyone’s been drawn into a run down roadside tourist trap while travelling, and this film proves they are great settings for a horror film too! Lots of loving homages to horror, creepy mannequins and masked figures takes this…
Phantasm - Fear is the killer
Mar 9 • 37 min
Don Coscarelli’s 1979 film Phantasm is a fever dream of strange creatures, devices, people and powers that never quite get explained, but that all come together beautifully. With fun characters and a great final boy, not to mention the iconic Tall Man…
Anna & the Apocalypse - Withdraw your tongues!
Mar 2 • 31 min
Anna & the Apocalypse is the fourth film in our horror musical round and is not only a horror musical, but a *Christmas* horror musical! The film takes place around a Scottish school doing their Christmas show, where a group of students, parents and…
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street - You shall drip rubies
Feb 24 • 44 min
Tim Burton’s 2007 film version of Stephen Sondheim’s genius musical Sweeney Todd is a filthy, bloody Victorian London delight, with Johnny Depp and Helena Bonham-Carter singing their hearts out as Sweeney Todd, an ex-con barber with murder & revenge…
Repo the Genetic Opera - Post plague Italian renaissance
Feb 17 • 35 min
The 2008 film Repo the Genetic Opera is based on a stage musical. Set in the not too distant future, an evil corporation does organ transplants to those in need, but then repossesses those organs if a payment is missed - straight out of the debtors body…
Phantom of the Paradise - Tasty, Winslow, Tasty
Feb 10 • 42 min
If swooping/split-screen/colorful/hand-held/mind boggling camera/editing work is your scene, and/or you’re super into updated Faustian tales turned rock musicals scored by Paul Williams, Phantom of the Paradise is for you! Written and directed by Brian…
Cooties - Oh, look. Carnage.
Feb 3 • 32 min
2014 Cooties is a film unafraid to cut apart a chicken on screen before the title even rolls, so you know it ain’t afraid to bring the gore! Evil children infected by that very same chicken start hunting down a band of very un-hero like (but adorable!)…
The Innocents - I do sense things
Jan 27 • 43 min
Jack Clayton’s 1961 film adaptation of The Innocents is based on the play by William Archibald (with a screenplay punched up by none other than Truman Capote) which is, in turn, based on Henry James’ novel The Turn of the Screw. Shot in lush black and…
Green Room - I got a dumb idea
Jan 20 • 30 min
Jeremy Saulnier’s 2015 film Green Room is punk AF. When an out of state punk band suddenly become trapped in a club full of violent skinheads, they have to use their wits and everything within their grasp to try and survive. The cast is top drawer, and…
Mom and Dad - Sawzall
Jan 13 • 33 min
This bonkers film from 2017 written and directed by Brian Taylor features Nicolas Cage and Selma Blair as a mom and dad who wake up on a day where all parents inexplicably start murdering their own children. The darkest of dark comedies, this film has…
The Fly - Cheeseburger!
Jan 6 • 36 min
David Cronenberg’s 1986 film The Fly is a body-horror-machine vs. man- mad-scientist’s delight with Jeff Goldblum tearing up the scenery in the best way as Seth Brundle, whose inventions & ambitions will drive him mad, and Geena Davis as the…
Happy New Year 2020!
Jan 1 • 6 min
Can you believe it’s 2020? We’re living in the future! (Except we still cling to our vinyl/VHS analogue past!) Hope you have a great New Year’s Eve and we’re excited for another year of talking about scary films!
Happy Holidays 2019!
Dec 23, 2019 • 8 min
Hope whatever you celebrate this holiday season is full of laughter, mirth, horror movies and wise final girl decisions.
Hour of the Wolf - A minute is an immense amount of time
Dec 16, 2019 • 40 min
Ingmar Bergman’s 1968 film Hour of the Wolf is his brilliant delve into horror, starring Max Von Sydow as an artist losing his mind and Liv Ullman as his long suffering wife, living together on a remote island that seems to be aiming to drive them apart…
Carnival of Souls - Our imaginations play tricks on us
Dec 9, 2019 • 26 min
Herk Harvey’s 1962 cult classic Carnival of Souls was a first watch for both Teri and Julia, and it blew them both away. Dreamlike, beautiful and haunting, this film is a clear inspiration for countless horror films that came after it, and is worth…
The Invitation - They’re a little Mansony
Dec 2, 2019 • 37 min
Karyn Kusama’s 2015 film The Invitation focuses on Will, a troubled man who has suddenly been invited to a gathering at the house he shared with his ex-wife after 2 years of silence. It starts out uncomfortable and just goes downhill from there. A sharp…
HMSG Michael Varrati Interview
Nov 25, 2019 • 54 min
We are so incredibly excited to have another special guest interview this week - with writer/director Michael Varrati! Julia and Michael have been friends for years, so of course she and Teri were so thrilled to speak with him! Michael has his own…
Dreamcatcher - Peanut butter calms me down
Nov 18, 2019 • 43 min
This star studded 2003 film has all the makings of success - based on a novel by Stephen King, written by William Goldman, directed by Lawrence Kasdan - starring Morgan Freeman, Tom Sizemore, Timothy Olyphant, Thomas Jane, Damian Lewis and Jason Lee….
Puppetmaster - I’m the Master
Nov 11, 2019 • 28 min
This 1989 video store classic hinges on a cool premise - what if puppets could murder you? A group of psychics come together to get revenge on their evil nemesis that has crossed them, but they discover their colleague had more tricks up his sleeve than…
Absentia - You can see me?
Nov 4, 2019 • 34 min
In 2011, just before Mike Flanagan directed HMSG favorite Oculus, he directed this low budget film that he kickstarted and shot in his own apartment. The film uses its limited locations to the fullest and Flanagan creates a super spooky film, fraught…
HMSG John Amplas Interview
Oct 28, 2019 • 49 min
Just in time for Halloween Teri and Julia interviewed Martin himself, Mr. John Amplas! In addition to starring as the title role in Romero’s 1978 film, Martin, he also worked with the maestro on Dawn of the Dead, Day of the Dead, Creepshow and…
Don’t Look Now - Fetch him back!
Oct 21, 2019 • 40 min
Nicolas Roeg’s 1973 film Don’t Look Now is a masterful film with outstanding performances that pinpoints a grief stricken Venetian gloomy atmosphere with fantastic precision. Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland shine as a a married couple living abroad…
Season of the Witch - Because I dig sex
Oct 14, 2019 • 29 min
George Romero is best remembered for his Night/Dawn/Day of the Dead trilogy (and rightly so because they’re masterpieces) but we’d like to take you deeper into his catalogue, to 1973’s Season of the Witch. Romero’s eye for cinema is always so keen, even…
Shaun of the Dead - We’re coming to get you, Barbara
Oct 7, 2019 • 35 min
Edgar Wright’ 2004 film is one of the most endearing love letters to horror cinema ever put to film. Simon Pegg’s Shaun is the unlikely hero waging war against cannibalistic zombie hordes with his friends and family, and every line, every song, every…
It Follows - Pass it Along
Sep 30, 2019 • 32 min
David Robert Mitchell’s break out 2015 smash It Follows feels like a quirky indie film, while delivering some serious scares and introducing a new kind of monster - one that’s sexually transmitted and laser focused on finding you, wherever you are….
TerrorVision - Survival Oriented
Sep 23, 2019 • 27 min
After interviewing the incredible Diane Franklin, we knew we needed to talk about one of her horror films, and TerrorVision (1986) is so much fun, we couldn’t resist. A psychosexual -monster-movie-live-action-cartoon of sorts, with all of the actors…
HMSG Interview with Diane Franklin
Sep 16, 2019 • 73 min
Diane Franklin is an actress, known for such cult classics as The Last American Virgin, Better Off Dead and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, as well as for her work in the horror films Amityville 2, The Amityville Murders and Terrorvision. Teri and…
The Stuff-I’ve been through a lot
Sep 9, 2019 • 35 min
Larry Cohen’s 1985 creamsploitation film The Stuff wins for the most unlikely of killers in a horror film - delicious creamy dessert product! Artwork by Pizza Party Printing
Annihilation-Now Beacon, Now Sea
Sep 2, 2019 • 43 min
2018’s Annihilation is smart, scary, beautiful, groundbreaking and criminally under seen. Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Oscar Isaac, Tessa Thompson and Gina Rodriguez star in this incredible sci-fi horror thriller.
The Devil’s Rain-My Faith Against Yours
Aug 26, 2019 • 30 min
“The Ultimate Cult Movie” stars William Shatner, Ernest Borgnine, Tom Skerritt, Ida Lupino and a pre-Carrie John Travolta and features the ultimate battle against good and evil taking place in a Western ghost town. Intrigued? Artwork by Lou Rusconi
Right At Your Door-It was instinct
Aug 19, 2019 • 37 min
Rory Cochrane stars in this little seen but excellent indie thriller about a man trapped in Los Angeles when a dirty bomb strikes the city and chaos begins to break out. This film is so realistic and intense Julia almost left the theater upon first…
April Fools Day - Your fly’s open
Aug 12, 2019 • 32 min
1986 had it’s fair share of teenage slasher flicks, and April Fool’s Day has a little bit of fun with the whole genre. The film has a great cast (who are clearly having fun) playing a group of friends heading over to their wealthy friend Muffy St….
The Quiet Ones - Scientific evidence
Aug 5, 2019 • 40 min
This 2014 film is one of Hammer’s releases, and is set in Oxford 1974 where Sam Claflin’s shy cameraman Brian gets roped into documenting a science experiment that’s way over his head. Led by Jared Harris’ sinister professor, who is very dubiously…
The Perfection - You pay the price
Jul 29, 2019 • 30 min
Brand spanking new, the is the most recent film we have ever spoken about on the podcast, and it’s certainly a humdinger! This film twists and turns and keeps you on your toes until the very last second, and it’s a wild ride! Allison Williams and Logan…
The Descent - Don’t leave me
Jul 22, 2019 • 36 min
Julia had avoided this film since it’s release because she is terrified of caves, and this film sure did it’s job of reaffirming Julia’s fears! Intense, gory, surprising and brutal, this film is so incredibly well made, with terrific performances all…
Sister, Sister - Why’d you stop us playing?
Jul 15, 2019 • 33 min
This 1987 film is Bill Condon’s directorial debut, which takes place deep in the Louisiana bayou and stars Eric Stolz and Jennifer Jason Leigh. Steamy romances, fragile broken women, gators, revenge, voyeurism and lots and lots of secrets are involved!…
Jennifer’s Body - Hell is a teenage girl
Jul 8, 2019 • 36 min
When you see the name Diablo Cody on a script, you know you’re in for a whip smart, crackerjack, pop culture referencing good time, and Jennifer’s Body is no exception! It’s hard to convince people that your best friend is actually evil, and not just…
Slither-Marriage is a sacred bond
Jul 1, 2019 • 38 min
James Gunn’s 2006 film is like a half dozen sci-fi/horror classics all rolled into one - if you mashed up The Blob, The Fly, The Thing, Night of the Living Dead and Invasion of the Body Snatchers, and then ramped up the gore to 11, you’d get this madcap…
They Look Like People-I don’t think I’m schizophrenic
Jun 24, 2019 • 36 min
This 2015 low budget film uses what it has - a enigmatic storyline, good actors and a minimal script to tell the story of childhood friends brought back together in a way neither one of them expected. This film continues our round of movies neither Teri…
The Ritual-You will kneel before it
Jun 17, 2019 • 39 min
This film is like a punch in the face, in the most glorious way. Intense, relentless, gory and honest, with one of the most creative monster designs we have ever seen, not to mention some mind blowingly amazing performances, this film delivers! This…
The Woman-Boys will Be boys
Jun 10, 2019 • 36 min
Lucky McKee’s 2011 film isn’t for the faint of heart - guaranteed there’s something in this film to make you uncomfortable - but isn’t that what horror is really all about? Enjoying uncomfortable feelings! Pollyanna McIntosh is incredible as the title…
The Kiss “I Want some Fritos!”
Jun 3, 2019 • 34 min
Meredith Salenger stars in this little seen 1988 film about a family curse that involves sucking the life force out of young girls - when Amy’s mysterious Aunt Felice shows up and begins to turn her world upside down, she must fight for survival - while…
28 Days Later “The chimps are infected.”
May 27, 2019 • 56 min
Danny Boyle’s 2002 film 28 Days Later exploded the zombie film into the millieumnum - by turning the slow, shambling undead into sprinting, blood spraying infected with rage. Cillian Murphy and Naomie Harris are electric. This films is incredible and…
The Love Witch “I give the rainbow to you.”
May 20, 2019 • 36 min
Anna Biller’s 2016 film The Love Witch is psychedelic occult frivolous yet meaningful eye candy with the stunning Samantha Robinson as Elaine, a hapless witch caught out of time with a deep obsession for making men fall in love with her. Colorful and…
The Omen “It’s all for you.”
May 14, 2019 • 36 min
The Omen “It’s All for you.”
Event Horizon “This place is a tomb.”
May 6, 2019 • 31 min
Event Horizon has got a commendable cast (Sam Neill AND Laurence Fishburne!), fabulous set design, a fun high concept and incredible gory special effects to make it a sci-fi/horror classic.
The Thing “Chariots of the gods.”
Apr 29, 2019 • 36 min
John Carpenter’s remake of Howard Hawks’ 1951 film The Thing From Another World didn’t do well initially on release, but now is thought of as an absolute sci-fi/horror classic. With a solid cast and some of the best horror special effects ever put on…
Fire in the Sky “You left me there?”
Apr 22, 2019 • 40 min
Based on the “true story” of Travis Walton, who was abducted by aliens for 5 days in 1975 in Arizona. The film boasts an impressive cast including James Garner, Robert Patrick and DB Sweeney, and one of the most truly terrifying alien abduction scenes…
Alien “Space Kitty”
Apr 15, 2019 • 35 min
Ridley Scott’s 1979 is considered a classic for a reason - the camerawork and design is awe inspiring, the special effects still look incredible, and the acting is top notch. A perfect blend of science fiction and horror that plays just as well today as…
Let the Right One In “Squeal Piggy”
Apr 8, 2019 • 38 min
This Swedish vampire film blew horror fans away upon it’s release - it dreary Scandnavian setting is so unique, and it features angel faced psychotic boy for a hero and a vampire who’s been 12 for a very long time for our heroine, this film is marching to…
Sleepwalkers “Cop Kabob”
Apr 2, 2019 • 35 min
Stephen King wrote this flick especially for the big screen, and his good buddy Mick Garris directs. It follows a pair of supernatural, immortal, incestuous sleepwalkers as they search for a female virgin to suck the life force out of - and find such a…
Ju-On “The Three of Them Look In.”
Mar 25, 2019 • 45 min
Coming in the wave of J-Horror, this film is scary as all get out and is even scarier because it is based on actual Japanese legends. Both Julia and Teri are terrified of this one - which is saying a lot. Gore, ghosts, grudges ahoy!
Martin “I am Always Careful with Needles.”
Mar 18, 2019 • 32 min
This week Julia corrupts Teri by watching George A. Romero’s Martin. They gush over how into Martin they are. What’s your verdict, hot or not?
Oculus “Hello again. You must be hungry”
Mar 11, 2019 • 39 min
Julia loves this film and is thrilled to be able to talk about it - Mike Flanagan directs and Karen Gillan stars in this little seen, but extremely excellent film surrounding the Lasser Glass, a murderous mirror that distorts reality. Smart, scary and…
The Stay Awake “I am the angel of darkness”
Mar 4, 2019 • 28 min
An official Horror Movie Notebook Selection - this film centers on a group of schoolgirls staying up all night to raise money for their school, but the spirit of a serial killer is stalking them as well. It’s…very…wandery.
Happy Death Day “What is breakfast, Becky?”
Feb 25, 2019 • 31 min
Horror Movie Survival Guide leaps into modern horror with 2017’s Happy Death Day, a super fun horror movie take on Groundhog’s Day - when Tree is murdered, but wakes up again in the same day - she realizes she has unlimited chances to solve her own death.
The Shining “You’ve Always Been the Caretaker.”
Feb 18, 2019 • 37 min
On this episode we welcome a new horror protegé, Teri Gamble, into the Horror Movie Survival Guide fold. Julia and Teri dive into the classic, Stanley Kubrick’s, The Shining. Surprisingly, Teri had never seen this film, and it wasn’t in Julia’s horror…
Freaks “The code of the freaks”
Feb 11, 2019 • 41 min
Tod Browning’s follow up to Dracula is a film that feels as fresh, modern and horrifying today as it did in 1932. Following the loves and losses of circus folk backstage, this movie reels you in and doesn’t let go until the ghastly finale.
The Haunting “Whose hand was I holding?”
Feb 4, 2019 • 39 min
Perhaps the perfect haunted house movie, this black and white stunner from Robert Wise sets the bar for how to film a ghost hunt. Julie Harris, Claire Bloom, Russ Tamblyn and Richard Johnson star as a quartet determined to find out if Hill House is,…
Poltergeist 2: The Other Side “I cahoot with no one”
Jan 28, 2019 • 34 min
The freaky Freeling family is back in this sequel to the smash hit, plagued again by ghosts trapped between dimensions who desperately want the light of that little cutie Carol Anne. Spectacular practical effects ahoy!
C.H.U.D. “It still doesn’t wash, Bosch”
Jan 21, 2019 • 43 min
A low budget horror film that feels like a higher budget film solely on the quality of the actors involved - John Heard, Kim Griest, a bombastic Daniel Stern, and even a cameo by a baby faced John Goodman! This film puts the grit in gritty 80’s New York…
The Dead Zone “The ice is gonna break!”
Jan 14, 2019 • 39 min
It’s a Stephen King/David Cronenberg mash up! Throw a little Christopher Walken in the mix and you are headed towards The Dead Zone! Walken’s Johnny wakes up from a coma with mysterious psychometry powers and must decide how to use them for good. Or…
Fade to Black “Bet you didn’t know that!”
Jan 7, 2019 • 39 min
Marion and Julia are so happy to finally get to cover Fade to Black, one of their very favorite, under seen horror films. Dennis Christopher slays the role of Eric Binford, a lonely film fanatic whose line between reality and fantasy snaps as he begins…
Horror Movie Survival Guide Happy New Year 2019
Dec 31, 2018 • 9 min
Julia, Marion, and producer Teri wish all you horror movie survivalists a happy 2019! Thanks for listening and we will keep bringing you horror movie survival tips and trivia in the new year!
Day of the Dead “Choke on Them”
Dec 24, 2018 • 35 min
George Romero’s final film in his “Dead” trilogy, following Night and Dawn, this film is a perfect continuation of the zombie apocalypse and where humanity winds up. We love that Romero is more concerned with the ramifications of a zombie takeover on the…
Fright Night “Oh, you’re so cool, Brewster!”
Dec 17, 2018 • 42 min
One of Marion and Julia’s VERY favorite vampire films, written and directed by Tom Holland, this films hits all of the right comedy/horror notes - with terrific makeup effects, a great soundtrack and lovable characters, this films has it all. If you…
The Dark Half “The sparrows are flying again”
Dec 10, 2018 • 41 min
George Romero and Stephen King team up again for 1993’s The Dark Half, in which Timothy Hutton plays Thad Beaumont, a writer who has to kill off his author alter ego, George Stark, once his identity has been found out. But George isn’t too happy about it.…
Strange Invaders “The lady said no, fella.”
Dec 3, 2018 • 32 min
1983’s Strange Invaders has an all star cast, including Nancy Allen, Louise Fletcher, Wallace Shawn and Michael Lerner, but never quite hits its mark. Aliens in a small town are involved, as well as some excellent special make up effects. A fun view, but…
The Amityville Horror “Get Out!”
Nov 26, 2018 • 38 min
The infamous Amityville murder house gets it’s big screen due in this 1979 blockbuster, starring Margot Kidder and James Brolin. A wonderful addition to the haunted house genre, and a film full of scares and imaginary pigs named Jody!
The Dorm that Dripped Blood “Gosh That Thing Stinks”
Nov 19, 2018 • 30 min
Julia and Marion discuss The Dorm That Dripped Blood. Don’t you think everything you need to know about this movie is in the title? Listen to find out.
Shocker “Jesus, that chair really kicks ass.”
Nov 13, 2018 • 36 min
1989’s Shocker is a teenage boy pleaser, with its heavy metal soundtrack and bad ass baddie, Horace Pinker. A lot of Wes Craven trademarks in this film, and parallels to A Nightmare on Elm Street, with Peter Berg picking up the lead role as Jonathan…
Deadly Friend “BB!”
Nov 5, 2018 • 27 min
Kristy Swanston stars in Wes Craven’s 1986 film Deadly Friend as Samantha, a teen killed by her father and brought back to life with a microchip in her brain by the kid genius next door - this film is a little all over the place, but if you’ve ever…
Halloween Special Episode - Movie Night with Marion and Julia - New Nightmare
Nov 1, 2018 • 106 min
Happy Halloween everyone! Today we are releasing a special episode. We love horror movies and want to watch them with all our fans. This is the next best thing. We recorded commentary to Wes Craven’s New Nightmare. You can play this episode while watching…
The Hills Have Eyes “Stay on the main road.”
Oct 29, 2018 • 34 min
In the 1970’s, Wes Craven was brutal and this film is no exception. An unflinching look at the lengths a family will go to survive, this film is bleak and primal, only mere cinematic steps away from Last House on the Left. Plus, cannibals!
Last House on the Left “Same old stuff. Murder and Mayhem”
Oct 22, 2018 • 32 min
We start our series of Wes Craven films with the master’s very first film, and his most savage, 1972’ Last House on the Left, a super sleazy sexploitation rape revenge remake of Ingmar Bergman’s 1960 film,The Virgin Spring. Horror at its most extreme.
The Believers “Smoke Attracts the Gods”
Oct 15, 2018 • 43 min
Marion and Julia discuss 1987’s little seen, The Believers. Directed by John Schlesinger and starring Martin Sheen and Helen Shaver.
Christine “God, I hate Rock and Roll”
Oct 8, 2018 • 37 min
John Carpenter and Stephen King team up in 1983’s Christine, all about a car with a very jealous, murderous nature. Fun chills and thrills and the adorable Keith Gordon as a cherry on top!
The Uninvited “They Call Them the Haunted Shores”
Oct 1, 2018 • 29 min
Marion and Julia delve into the 1944 ghost story, The Uninvited.
Dawn of the Dead “Wake Up Sucker!”
Sep 23, 2018 • 43 min
Julia and Marion discuss George A. Romero’s Dawn of the Dead.
The Bride “Nuts and Cake”
Sep 17, 2018 • 33 min
If you have ever fantasized about Sting as Dr. Frankenstein and Jennifer Beals as the Bride, then this movie is for you! And it’s like two movies in one, because we ALSO get Clancy Brown as Viktor “The Monster” Frankenstein and Time Bandit’s David…
He Knows You’re Alone “Want a Goober?”
Sep 10, 2018 • 28 min
Tom Hanks makes his illustrious film debut in this little seen Halloween knock off. Ostensibly about a killer who goes after brides, this flick has some enjoyable characters, a few scares and an adorable mortician - what more do you need?
The Blob “Ribbed”
Sep 3, 2018 • 35 min
Chuck Russell’s super fun remake of The Blob has lots of superb gory effects and rockin’ characters too! Shawnee Smith, Kevin Dillon and - Julia’s favorite- Donovan Leitch star. A rad romp!
Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles “What if all I have is my suffering?”
Aug 27, 2018 • 43 min
Anne Rice’s modern take on the vampire comes to life with Tom Cruise and Brad Pitt tearing up the scenery and each other’s hearts. With a sweeping score, gorgeous cinematography and extraordinary makeup, this is what happens when vampires have a big…
Firestarter “Burn it all down, baby.”
Aug 20, 2018 • 36 min
Finishing up our killer kids round is the awesome film adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter, with an all star cast led by little yet ferocious Drew Barrymore as Charlie, who must go on the lam when the government comes after her and her father to…
It’s Alive “What’s wrong with my baby?”
Aug 13, 2018 • 29 min
With a score by Bernard Herrmann and makeup effects by Rick Baker, this film should knock it out of the park, and yet…It’s Alive is as low budget as it gets (though is spawned 2 sequels!) and takes on the killer kid theme to a new height - killer babies!…
Bloody Birthday “All her brains are in her bra.”
Aug 6, 2018 • 32 min
Our killer kid theme continues with this 1981 film about three psychotic, voyeuristic astrologically linked 10 year olds who go on a killing spree to punish everyone who has done them wrong. A plucky final girl, lots of gratuitous nudity and a bow and…
Children of the Corn “He who walks behind the rows”
Jul 30, 2018 • 33 min
Children of the Corn, based on Stephen King’s short story about a Nebraska town overrun by murderous teen and child religious cult members spawned 8 sequels as of this date and may still be chugging along as a series. Linda Hamilton and Peter Horton star…
The Serpent and the Rainbow “Don’t let them bury me! I’m not dead!”
Jul 23, 2018 • 43 min
Wes Craven travels south to Haiti to join Bill Pullman’s Harvard anthropologist Dennis Alan in his quest for a powder that can kill any human - then bring them back to life as a zombie - because somehow this will be helpful back at Harvard to create a new…
Hell Night “These quaaludes are murder on my skin”
Jul 16, 2018 • 37 min
It starts out as just a good old fashioned sorority & fraternity hazing ritual of spending the night inside the infamous Garth Manor where hideous murders occurred and where some of the “gorked out” survivors maybe still live - and it’s only going…
Dead Calm “Try to stay calm”
Jul 9, 2018 • 37 min
When your film has only three characters, you know that those three actors are going to be giving some intense performances, and Dead Calm doesn’t disappoint. Sam Neill, Nicole Kidman and Billy Zane play to the rafters and do some really impressive stunts…
Hellraiser “Jesus wept”
Jul 3, 2018 • 35 min
Clive Barker’s feature film debut has “Clive Barker” written all over it, and that’s why Hellraiser works so well - it’s one man’s vision to marry gore and sex, repulsion and glamour. The story is fresh and unashamed of its perversity, Ashely Laurence…
Arachnophobia “Not the chateau!”
Jun 25, 2018 • 42 min
Frank Marshall’s directorial debut is a big budget ode to low budget monster movies and is a thrill ride for spider haters everywhere. Terrific performances by Jeff Daniels and John Goodman, plus more spider jump scares than you can shake a stick at, this…
Ghoulies “Toadboy needs sweet meat for his tum”
Jun 18, 2018 • 34 min
Little monsters indeed. This film is a confusing mess, but hey! At least there’s a ghoulie on the VHS cover coming out of a toilet wearing suspenders!* (*no actual ghoulie suspender wearing occurs in this film) Plus - Jack Nance!
The Gate “Demons aren’t going to ring the doorbell”
Jun 11, 2018 • 35 min
This flick boasts the film debut of Stephen Dorff, special effects that are outta site, and a bitchin’ best friend, Terry, who just loves him some satanic Canadian thrash metal. Lucky he does, because that record album might just come in handy when a…
Critters “We’re here for the crites”
Jun 6, 2018 • 37 min
Stephen Herek’s 1986 creature feature is full of silliness, gore, intergalactic bounty hunters and Billy Zane with an earring/ponytail. When the crites hijack a spaceship and hightail it to Earth, they didn’t expect to face off against the plucky Scott…
Exorcist 2: The Heretic “Perverted and Perverting”
May 29, 2018 • 39 min
Linda Blair stars again as Regan, now a teenage girl more interested in tap dancing than demons, gets sucked back into Pazuzu’s world of pain through a hypnotic synchronizer, apoplectic Richard Burton and James Earl Jones in a locust costume. Really!
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge “You are all my children now”
May 21, 2018 • 36 min
Hot on the heels of 1984’s Nightmare on Elm Street, and hot to cash in on this Freddy fellow, Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge follows Jessie, the weirdo boy who just unknowingly moved into Nancy’s house and suddenly finds himself face to face…
Pet Sematary 2 “Why did you dig up my wife?”
May 14, 2018 • 42 min
Mary Lambert, director of the original Pet Sematary, comes back for more Micmac Burial Ground madness in this 1992 sequel, starring Eddie Furlong and Anthony Edwards as son and father who move to the same tiny town of Ludlow, Maine, and get mixed up in…
Halloween 2 “I shot him six times!”
May 7, 2018 • 43 min
Starting our round of sequels is 1981’s Halloween 2, notable for starting the EXACT second the first one ends and finishing up Michael’s long, bloody night of carnage candy in an abandoned hospital, with Dr. Loomis hot on his heels, and newcomer (and…
The Lost Boys “We trashed the one that looks like Twisted Sister”
Apr 30, 2018 • 46 min
Joel Schumacher’s quintessential 80’s vampire movie flipped the script on the undead, turning the villains into heroes, and heroes into…well, weird comic book obsessed vampire hunters. Glamour, glitter, the first team up of the Coreys, Keifer Sutherland…
Altered States “You are a Faust freak”
Apr 24, 2018 • 39 min
Ken Russell directs 1980’s Altered States, based on the novel by Paddy Chayefsky (who also wrote the screenplay - and then took his name off of it). This movie features the film debuts of both William Hurt and Drew Barrymore, and involves hallucinogenic…
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein “Raw Materials”
Apr 16, 2018 • 42 min
1994 saw Kenneth Branagh giving 110% to starring/directing Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein - a thinking man’s version of the classic tale, somewhat faithfully adapted from the famous novel. Everything’s ramped up to a 12, Robert DeNiro is our monster and…
Suspiria “Do you know anything about witches?”
Apr 9, 2018 • 38 min
Dario Argento’s 1977 cinematic sensory assault Suspiria is a giallo classic for a reason - the iconic score, the instantly recognizable color scheme, the bright red gore - this film is a must see! Jessica Harper is a new ballet student, cringing and…
Nightmares “I am the Bishop of Battle”
Apr 3, 2018 • 39 min
Rounding out our horror anthology series, Nightmares is definitely the least seen of the bunch. It features 4 stories, and features not only a juuust pre Repo Man Emilio Estevez as an arcade junkie, and Lance Henriksen as a priest!
Tales from the Darkside “I loathe Zuni aesthetics”
Mar 26, 2018 • 44 min
1990’s Tales from the Darkside is a star studded, gory, ghastly and great anthology horror film, with Stephen King being represented again, as well as Arthur Conan Doyle. Julianne Moore makes her big screen debut, and Steve Buscemi, Christian Slater,…
Cat’s Eye “Play it faster!”
Mar 20, 2018 • 38 min
A triple dose of Stephen King 1985’s Cat’s Eye continues our look into the sub-genre of anthology horror, with three grisly tales for the price of one, united by a hitchhiking cat and “our girl” Drew Barrymore!
Creepshow “Call me Billie, everyone does.”
Mar 12, 2018 • 44 min
When George Romero, Tom Savini and Stephen King team up for a horror anthology film, you know you’re in for a gory good time! 5 mini movies in one, each with a delicious amount of gore and an amazing cast including Stephen King (!), Leslie Nielsen, Ed…
The People Under the Stairs “Run, fool!”
Mar 6, 2018 • 29 min
Written and directed by Wes Craven, this film is an excercise in surface normality hiding a wealth of perversion and violence, brought to you by Everett McGill and Wendy Robie! If you have ever dreamed of seeing Big Ed from Twin Peaks in a gimp suit, this…
Jaws “Amity means friendship”
Feb 26, 2018 • 38 min
Steven Spielberg changed summer movie going (and ocean swimming) forever with his 1975 blockbuster, starring Roy Scheider, Richard Dreyfuss and Robert Shaw. A notoriously horrific shoot somehow was transformed into a perfect film. Maybe this Spielberg kid…
Pumpkinhead (1988) “Nothing can call it off.”
Feb 19, 2018 • 36 min
Stan Winston’s directorial debut is a grim fairy tale involving a bitchin’ vengeance demon (come on, it’s Stan Winston! You KNOW the monster effects will rock) and Lance Henricksen!
Bram Stoker’s Dracula “Canapé Dr. Seward?”
Feb 12, 2018 • 36 min
Francis Ford Coppola uses every camera trick in the director’s book for this lush, opulent, sexy version of Dracula - and if Gary Oldman as Dracula doesn’t lure you in (and it should!), how about a supporting cast including Winona Ryder, Tom Waits, Cary…
In The Mouth of Madness “I am not insane!”
Feb 5, 2018 • 36 min
John Carpenter’s little seen 1994 flick In the Mouth of Madness stars everyone’s favorite Sam Neill as a insurance agent drawn into a mind melting Lovercraftian horror courtesy of the mind of horror novelist Sutter Cane.
Child’s Play “This is the end, friend.”
Feb 1, 2018 • 34 min
Tom Holland’s 1988 film is the beginning of another iconic horror franchise - everyone’s favorite serial killer possessed Good Guy doll - Chucky!
Psycho “Let’s all talk about Marion, shall we?”
Jan 22, 2018 • 40 min
Psycho is known as Hitchcock’s masterpiece for a reason - the film is flawless. From outstanding opening title sequences to brilliant camerawork, from breath taking performances to iconic shower scenes and mind melting twist endings, this film is genius…
Friday the 13th “It’s got a death curse!”
Jan 15, 2018 • 39 min
Sean S. Cunningham’s horror classic Friday the 13th influence on the horror genre cannot be exaggerated. Often imitated but never duplicated (not even by any of its own sequels), the OG Friday the 13th is a Tom Savini fueled blood spurting camp counselor…
House “It’s me! The grocery boy!”
Jan 8, 2018 • 35 min
Made by horror movie royalty - story by Fred Dekker, produced by Sean S. Cunningham and directed by Steve Miner, this film is a special effects delight, with lots of practical scares, and more William Katt than you can shake a harpoon gun at!
Happy New Year Mini-Sode
Jan 1, 2018 • 9 min
Marion and Julia list the horror movies they are most excited to revisit in the coming year.
Merry Scary Christmas
Dec 25, 2017 • 7 min
Merry Christmas from Horror Movie Survival Guide.
The Frighteners “My body is a roadmap of pain!”
Dec 18, 2017 • 40 min
Peter Jackson having fun - and who doesn’t love that? Michael J Fox shines as possible con man, definite psychic Frank Bannister, whose talent for seeing dead people gets him in a whole lot of trouble, and he’s bringing Trini Alvarado along for the ride.…
Waxwork “They’ll make a movie about anything these days.”
Dec 11, 2017 • 37 min
A fun romp with a great mid 80’s cast - including Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, David Warner and John Rhys Davies - this film is like several genre films all tucked neatly inside one horror package - with a little something for everybody.
American Werewolf in London (1981) “See you next Wednesday!”
Dec 4, 2017 • 34 min
John Landis’ 1981 rock em sock em balls out werewolf flick is the standard to which all other werewolf films are set
Carrie “Dirty Pillows”
Nov 27, 2017 • 41 min
Where would Stephen King be without Brian De Palma’s 1976 tour de force adaptation of his first novel, Carrie?
Silver Bullet “Part human. Part wolf. Total terror.”
Nov 20, 2017 • 28 min
If watching Corey Haim chase werewolves in a souped up wheelchair named Silver Bullet doesn’t float your boat, how about if we add Gary Busey into the mix as a drunken, Hawaiian shirt wearing, rowdy, good for nothing uncle?
Salem’s Lot “He commands it.”
Nov 13, 2017 • 30 min
Tobe Hooper’s adaptation of Stephen King’s Salem’s Lot was released not in theaters, but on televisions back in 1979. When someone as legendary as James Mason stars as a servant to evil, you know you’re in for a good time.
Pet Sematary “Sometimes dead is better.”
Nov 6, 2017 • 39 min
Stephen King adaptations don’t get much better than Mary Lambert’s 1989 flick, Pet Sematary.
Halloween “It’s Halloween. Everyone is entitled to one good scare.”
Oct 30, 2017 • 34 min
John Carpenter’s 1978 slasher flick introduced killer extraordinaire Michael Myers to the horror world, and made Jamie Lee Curtis into a bonafide scream queen.
Texas Chainsaw Massacre “My family’s always been in meat.”
Oct 23, 2017 • 38 min
This is the scariest movie Julia has ever seen
Rosemary’s Baby “Witches! All of them witches!”
Oct 16, 2017 • 33 min
This is the scariest movie Marion has ever seen.
Night of the Living Dead “They’re Coming To Get You, Barbara”
Oct 9, 2017 • 31 min
Horror legend George Romero single handedly kicked off the zombie genre with his 1968’s tour de force, Night of the Living Dead.
The Changeling “My Medal”
Oct 2, 2017 • 27 min
When your main character is someone as tough as George C. Scott, you know your ghost better be bringing his A game.
Evil Dead “Shut It Off”
Sep 26, 2017 • 34 min
Julia and Marion discuss Sam Raimi’s 1981 goofy, crazy, inventive horror classic, Evil Dead.
Lady in White “Did You Ever See A Dream Walking?”
Sep 18, 2017 • 29 min
Lukas Haas stars in this little seen 1988 ghost story, where a little boy suddenly becomes part of a hunt for a serial killer who only targets children. But who is the mysterious Lady in White who roams the cliffs? Listen to find out!
Poltergeist “Cross Over Children. All Are Welcome.”
Sep 11, 2017 • 36 min
Marion and Julia discuss Tobe Hooper’s 1982 horror classic Poltergeist, in all of its gory, ghostly glory. A PG film in which a man rips his own face off, there’s lots to talk about with this flick!
Cutting Class “To Be Or Not To Be. Eat Me Dwight.”
Sep 4, 2017 • 29 min
Donovan Leitch…and who? Brad Pitt? Nah…Donovan Leitch stars in the little seen teen slasher flick Cutting Class, with Julia and Marion bringing it back into the light.
Candy Man “The Pain will be Exquisite”
Aug 28, 2017 • 28 min
We dare you to listen to this episode on the urban legend fueled flick Candyman, and if you’re a true gorehound like us, we promise sweets to the sweet
Shriek of the Mutilated “White Meat or Dark”
Aug 21, 2017 • 27 min
The superbly titled Shriek of the Mutilated is the subject of this week’s episode, with Marion and Julia squeezing every groovy drop out of this shlockfest.
Jacob’s Ladder “New York is Hell”
Aug 14, 2017 • 28 min
Julia and Marion chat about Adrian Lyne’s 1990 psychological mind buster Jacob’s Ladder. Be prepared for much Tim Robbins and Danny Aiello love….and lots of demons.
Dead Alive “Tu madre se comió mi perro.”
Aug 7, 2017 • 29 min
Marion and Julia talk about Peter Jackson’s insane 1992 splatstick flick, Dead Alive. More gore - and more laughs - than you can shake a (bloody) stick at, this film is a must see, and lots of fun to gab about as well!
The Exorcist “The Power of Christ Compels You”
Jul 31, 2017 • 28 min
The power of Christ compels you…to listen to this episode where Julia and Marion delve into the 1973 extreme horror classic, The Exorcist. Beautifully written, shot and acted, and scary as all get out, this film has earned its place in the horror…
Final Exam “Mmmm…..Shades of Watergate”
Jul 24, 2017 • 28 min
Join Marion and Julia as they discuss the little seen 1981 horror flick, Final Exam, which not only involves one of the greatest horror characters ever written (Radish ROCKS) but also has lots of offbeat surprises up its sleeve. A favorite! Ectoplasm…
Nightmare on Elm Street “I’m into Survival”
Jul 3, 2017 • 31 min
Marion Kerr and Julia Marchese, best friends since college, talk about the origins of their horror movie love, and begin to delve into their Horror Movie Notebook, starting with the first horror film the watched together (and their favorite), Wes…