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Maximum Overdrive (1986) – Episode 140 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“Stephen King’s masterpiece of terror directed by the master himself.” the tagline for Maximum Overdrive promises the masterpiece horror film of 1986. Hell, the trailer amped up that pledge with Mr. King proclaiming he would “scare the hell out you!” However, when the machines take over the world, shit gets real. Christopher G. Moore is joined by Stephen King aficionado, Dave Dreher.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 140 – Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Filmed in Wilmington, North Carolina, Maximum Overdrive brought not only the Stephen King short story Trucks to the big screen but also had the maestro himself behind the wheel providing the screenplay and sitting in the director’s chair. While the film tanked at the box office upon its 1986 release, it has garnered a cult following over the years with the “Green Goblin” truck becoming iconic, the bombastic AC/DC soundtrack, and the legendary rumors of on-set turmoil & chaos. The cast includes Emilio Estevez, Pat Hingle, and Laura Harrington.

Christopher G. Moore and Dave Dreher revisit the classic/no-so-classic monster-piece recounting the time they saw the film for the first time and how it holds up today. They discuss its path to becoming a cult classic and the troubles and rumors along the way. The cast and the effects are examined along with the conflicting internal logic the film sometimes follows. It’s all here for a special episode demanded by the DoH listeners: Maximum Overdrive.

When Earth passes through the tail of Rea-M rogue comet, the machines come to life and start to kill mankind. A group of survivors is under siege from fierce trucks at the Dixie Boy truck stop gas station and they have to fight to survive.

 

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Mausoleum (1983) – Episode 139 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“What Evil Lives In The… Mausoleum” the tagline for Mausoleum sets us up for a bizarre, zany, gory, and often super-silly overlooked horror classic from 1983! The film features Bobbie Bresee in – and out – of full monster make-up complete with… monster boobs. Practical effects for the win! Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore are joined by Lunchmeat VHS madman Josh Schafer.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 139 – Mausoleum (1983)

One of the few, if not only, films from director Michael Dugan and writers Robert Barich, Robert Maderon, and Katherine Rosenwink, Mausoleum represents a group of filmmakers desperately crafting their epic horror film. The movie is an often overlook early VHS horror classic with Bobbie Bresee in the lead staring opposite Marjoe Gortner. Norman Burton, Maurice Sherbanee, and LeWanda Page round out the cast. Given this film’s history tied more to its VHS release than its lukewarm DVD release, the Grue-Crew have invited Josh Schafer to return to the podcast. Josh is the man behind Lunchmeat VHS and set up Video Vortex at the Alamo Draft House in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Josh shares how Mausoleum was a VHS staple for him growing up, watching the film over and over from the local video store. Doc shares that he caught the film first at a drive-in double feature paired with Lucio Fulci’s The Gates of Hell. The film is perhaps best remembered for its better than expected, if not spectacular, monster designs and effects. If nothing else, the demon monster in Mausoleum is a memorable creation with its glowing green eyes, snarling mouth, and… yeah… monster-faced boobs. What else can you say? Sigh.

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Predator (1987) – Episode 138 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“If it bleeds, we can kill it!” One of the many famous lines in Predator (1987) spoken by the film’s iconic star Arnold Schwarzenegger. The design of the alien hunter from FX maestro Stan Winston is one of the most recognizable creatures in cinematic history! Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore revisit the classic sci-fi/action/horror fils from director John McTiernan, the genius behind Die Hard.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 138 – Predator (1987)

Released in 1987, Predator introduced horror fans to a brand new alien threat. No E.T. friendly, extraterrestrial love here, folks. This alien is out to hunt and kill its prey: humans. A gigantic hit when released due to its star-studded macho cast, the film registered with audiences and solidified Schwarzenegger’s rising star power status. Alongside Schwarzenegger, the film cast Carl Weathers, Bill Duke, Jesse Ventura, Sonny Landham, Richard Chaves, and Shane Black as a group of mercenaries on a mission in Central America when they encounter a creature bigger and more powerful than they are. The Predator is played by Kevin Peter Hall who also played Bigfoot in Harry and the Hendersons and the alien in Without Warning.

Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten revisit Predator in time for the upcoming blockbuster film The Predator (2018) directed by Shane Black, who is featured in the 1987 original. The Grue-Crew find the film holding up remarkably well due to Schwarzenegger (and his co-stars) and the fantastic creature design by Stan Winston. Winston, interestingly, came into the feature late after the first designs didn’t live up — those designs were to be worn by Jean-Claude Van Damme who quit the film after only two days. “Get to the chopper!”

A team of special force ops, led by a tough but fair soldier, Major “Dutch” Schaefer, are ordered to assist CIA man, Colonel Al Dillon, on a rescue mission for potential survivors of a Helicopter downed over remote South American jungle. Not long after they land, Dutch and his team discover that they have been sent in under false pretenses. This deception turns out to be the least of their worries though, when they find themselves being methodically hunted by something not of this world.

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Demonwarp (1988) – Episode 136 – Decades of Horror 1980s

“There’s a thing… out here. It took my little girl. I wasn’t prepared to stop it then but I’m gonna stop it now.” George Kennedy as Bill Crafton warns David Michael O’Neill, Pamela Gilbert, and Billy Jacoby about a demon Bigfoot creature roaming the woods. Little do they know that director Emmett Alston has far more in store for them than a furry Wendigo beast – hidden in a cave are zombies, spaceships, aliens, and a cult leader sacrificing nubile young women. What the what? Thankfully George has his awesome yellow hat. Woot!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 136 – Demonwarp (1988)

Released in 1988, Demonwarp originated from the twisted mind of John Carl Beuchler – who was originally set to direct but left production to tackle Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Who can blame him? Acadamy Award winner George Kennedy spends 3 days on set to give the film some pedigree. The film promises Bigfoot vs George Kennedy and it delivers that regardless of how good – or bad – the Bigfoot looks. Thankfully we also have Michelle Bauer on hand to liven up the scenery.

Christopher G. Moore, Doc Rotten, and Dave Dreher gather to take a look at Demonwarp perhaps one of the stranges monster movies of the Eighties. Christopher and Doc share watching the film on the big screen recently at the Raleigh Alamo Drafthouse theater in all its VHS glory – a perfect way to experience this goofy wonky classic. Dave remembers grabbing this one off the rental shelves in 1988 and was thrilled to revisit this schlockfest. Settle in and listen to the Grue-Crew recap and review a rare, hard-to-find Mom-and-Pop VHS shop staple.

A vengeance-crazed hunter searching for his daughter…Five youths stalking an inhuman mutation…They have just stepped into the alien-spawned realm of Demonwarp…and a wave of unearthly terror is about to begin

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Top 10 Monsters from the Movies of 2014 – Episode 74 – Monster Movie Podcast

Join us this week as we take a look at ten of the best Monster from the Movie of 2014. Looking back at 2014, the show recounts its favorites of the year: the best Vampire, Werewolf, Bigfoot, Kaiju, Zombie and more. Is your favorite on the list? Is there one you cannot wait to see? Sit back as the Monster Movie Podcast journeys back through the year to look at the best monsters 2014 has to offer.

Horror News Radio co-host and The Horror Channel contributor David Dreher sits down with Doc to list out their top monsters of the year. Dave insists that What We Do in the Shadows is the best Vampire and argues that David from The Guest is not your typical Slasher material. They find themselves amused at the number of Bigfoot films out this year and are thrilled that Exists is the best among the best. The Babadook tops another “best of” list for 2014. If you haven’t seen this film yet, what are you waiting for? And of course, what would 2014 be without Godzilla.


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Episode 74 – Top 10 Monsters from the Movies 2014
w/ guest host Dave Dreher 
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Top 10 Monsters from the Movies 2014.

  • BEST VAMPIRE: Derek from Afflicted 
  • BEST WEREWOLF: Griffin from Late Phases 
  • BEST BIGFOOT: Exists 
  • BEST KAIJU: Godzilla 
  • BEST MUTANT: Caesar from Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
  • BEST EXTRATERRESTRIAL: Alien from Extraterrestrial 
  • BEST WITCH: Eva from Witching and Bitching 
  • BEST SLASHER: David from The Guest 
  • BEST ZOMBIE: General Herzog from Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead 
  • BEST SUPERNATURAL: Mister Babadook from The Babadook
     

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10 Must See Horror Films from Film Festivals 2014 – Episode 73 – Monster Movie Podcast

Join us this week as we take a look at ten of the best films that made their way into horror film festivals around the world in 2014. Films from all over the globe enter into the list from Australia, Norway, Austria and New Zealand. The film’s dive into ghosts, werewolves, vampires, Bigfoot, Babadook and Nazi Zombies. An impressive group of directors from Eduardo (The Blair Witch Project) Sanchez to Jennifer Kent making her feature film debut. Some of the best films of the year in this special episode of the Monster Movie Podcast.

Fresh from his stint over at Horror News Radio, foreign correspondent Joseph Perry join Doc Rotten to discuss some of the more frightening, terrifying and special horror features he has seen in 2014. Joseph reports on film festivals such as the Busan International Film Festival and Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival. Together Joseph and Doc dive into films such as favorites Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead and The Babadook and lesser known films like What We Do in the Shadows and It Follows.


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Episode 73 – Top 10 Must See Horror Movies from Film Festivals 2014
w/ guest host Joseph Perry 
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Top 10 Recommended Horror Films from Film Festivals 2014.

  • It Follows 
    Dir: David Robert Mitchell; Cast: Linda Boston, Caitlin Burt, Heather Fairbanks, Maika Monroe
  • Blood Glacier 
    Dir: Marvin Kren; Cast: Gerhard, Edita Malovcic, Brigitte Kren
  • WolfCop 
    Dir: Lowell; Cast: Leo Fafard, Amy Matysio, Sarah Lind, Corinne Conley
  • Exists 
    Dir: Eduardo Sanchez; Cast: Dora Madison Burge, Samual Davis, Roger Edwards
  • What We Do In The Shadows 
    Dir: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Cast: Jemaine Clement, Taiki Waititi, Jonathan Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer
  • Starry Eyes 
    Dir: Kevin Kolsch, Dennis Wildmyer; Cast: Alex Essoe, Amanda Fuller, Noah Segan, Fabianne Therese
  • Dead Snow 2: Red vs Dead 
    Dir: Tommy Wirkola; Cast: Vegar Hoel, Orjan Gamst, Martin Starr, Jocelyn DeBoer
  • The Canal 
    Dir: Ivan Kavanagh; Cast: Rupert Evans, Antonia Campbell-Hughes, Steve Oram
  • Housebound 
    Dir: Gerard Johnstone; Cast: Morgana O’Reilly, Rima Te Wiata, Glen-Paul Waru
  • The Babadook
    Dir: Jennifer Kent; Cast: Essie Davis, Daniel Hanshall, Noah Wiseman

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Top 10 Found Footage Films – Episode 72 – Monster Movie Podcast

Join us this week as we dive into one of the more controversial film techniques in recent years, found footage. Doc is joined by guest co-hosts Boss Butcher and Kelly Killbot to explore the top 10 recommended found footage films including tolls, witches, vampires, aliens, ghosts and giant kaiju monsters. Get ready, take some dramamine, hold on tight and jump into the picture…

Making their way from their hit podcast about found footage films, Boss Butcher and Kelly Killbot work with Doc to derive an eclectic top 10 list of films with enough POV, shaky cam and characters carrying cameras to make heads spin. Along the way, they discuss what makes a great found footage film, what makes horror the home for these films and the future of the genre.


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Episode 72 – Top 10 Recommended Found Footage Films
w/ guest hosts Boss Butcher and Kelly Killbot
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Top 10 Recommended Found Footage Films.

  • The Fourth Kind (2009)
    Dir: Olatunde Osunsanmi; Cast: Milla Jovovich, Elias Koteas
  • Cloverfield (2008)
    Dir: Matt Reeves; Cast: Mike Vogel, Lizzy Chaplan, T.J. Miller
  • Exists (2014)
    Dir; Eduardo Sanchez; Cast: Samuel Davis
  • Alien Abduction (2014)
    Dir: Matty Beckerman; Cast: Katherine Sigismund
  • Troll Hunter (2010)
    Dir: Andre Ovredal; Cast: Otto Jespersen
  • The Blair Witch Project (1999)
    Dir: Daniel Myrick, Eduardo Sanchez; Cast: Heather Donahue, Joshua Leonard
  • Man Bites Dog (1992)
    Dir: Remy Belvaux, Andre Bonzel, Benoit Peolvoore; Cast: Benoit Poelvoorde
  • Upper Footage (2013)
    Dir; Justin Cole
  • Paranormal Activity (2007)
    Dir: Oren Peli, Tod Williams, Henry Joost & Ariel Schulman; Cast: Katie featherston, Sprague Grayden
  • Afflicted (2013)
    Dir: Derek Lee, Clif Prowse;Cast: Derek Lee, Cliff Prowse

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The Entity (1982) – Episode 71 Monster Movie Podcast

Join us this week as we revisit The Entity (1982) from director Sidney J. Furie and writer Frank De Felitta adapting the true tale of Carla Moran who was convinced she was being haunted and abused by a violent, unseen spirit. A shocker in its day, the film lives up to the hype providing scares, thrills and shocking horror. Sure, the ending is bent, but getting there is impressive.

“A Story So Shocking, So Threatening, It Will Frighten You Beyond All Imagination. The ultimate story of supernatural terror! “

The Black Saint (Decades of Horror: 1970s podcast) steps into the Eighties with Doc Rotten and very special guest host, award winning director Christopher G. Moore (Foodie, Disengaged) to discuss the disturbing and controversial film The Entity. Charles Berstein is recognized for his imposing, frightening score and Barbara Hershey delivers an Oscar-worthy performance.


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Episode 71 – The Entity (1982) 
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The Entity is an often overlooked haunted house picture due to a combination of its own subject matter and the arrival of the mega-hit juggernaut, Poltergeist. But this film deserves to be remembered and re-watched. Even after 30 years, the effects and the story remain terrifying and unbelievable. The directions, the cinematography and the acting is above par. But, damn, that ending nearly destroys everything. Check out The Black Saint, Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten’s discussion on this highly volatile film.

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An American Werewolf in London – Episode 70 Monster Movie Podcast

Join us this week as we revisit An American Werewolf in London from director John Landis and effects artist, Academy Award winner, Rick Baker. One of two phenomenal, influential werewolf films of 1981, An American Werewolf in London goes on to win the first Academy Award for Best Make-Up and forever connect the lyrics to Blue Moon to werewolves.

“The undead surround me. Have you ever talked to a corpse? It’s boring! I’m lonely! Kill yourself, David, before you kill others.” – Jack’s corpse to David.

Thomas Mariani returns once again to join Doc Rotten in celebrating classic monster movies from the past. An American Werewolf in London is one of Thomas’ favorite horror films and a must discuss film for Monster Movie Podcast. Thomas and Doc relive the film, it’s highlights, the special effects, the music and John Landis.


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Episode 70 – An American Werewolf in London (1981) 
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An American Werewolf in London is a classic, a must see horror film and one of top examples of horror comedies of all time. Director John Landis is on top of his game with a script he honed for 10 plus years bringing a perfect blend of genres, pacing and timing. Then there is the special effects, the full body transformation of David into the werewolf, brightly lite, all practical and riveting. The film also ties in brilliant use of music, Blue Moon, Bad Moon Rising and Moondance. Despite the music and the laughs, the film is also scary with vicious attacks on the moors and in the London tubes.

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Monster Movie Podcast Eps 69 – Planet of the Apes (1968 – 1973) the original five films

Join us this week as we revisit and remember the original Planet of the Apes franchise, the first five classic sci-fi films. Planet of the Apes (1968), Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1971), Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972) and Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973). Relive the the gripping stories, the incredible make-up and the memorable lines such as “Take your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!” It’s all here along with a healthy dose of love for Roddy McDowall (Cornelius and Caesar).

“Beware the beast Man, for he is the Devil’s pawn. Alone among God’s primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother’s land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” – Cornelius

Thomas Mariani returns once again to join Doc Rotten to celebrate classic monster movies from the past. To examine the Planet of the Apes films, The Black Saint (Santo Ellin Jr.) from HorrorNews.Net steps in to round out the panel of horror and sci-fans examining the original 5 films about George Taylor, Zira, Cornelius, Dr. Zaius and the lovely Nova.


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Episode 69 – The Planet of the Apes Franchise (1968-1973)
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The original Planet of the Apes (1968) represents a remarkable achievement in sci-fi films with its incredible make-up for the apes that populate the desolate future of mankind. Shocking for its time, the film is now a classic with its scenes, characters and lines at the top of the minds of audiences and fans world wide. Before Star Wars and perhaps even more than Star Trek, Planet of the Apes sparks a marketing a machine of sequels and merchandise that would delight kids and adults of the early Seventies. Roddy McDowall is the star of four of the five films and the TV series from 1974 where he would play three distinctly separate simian characters. From Planet of the Apes to Battle for the Planet of the Apes, the original franchise is a must-see collection of films. In preparation for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014), Doc, Thomas and The Black Saint revisit the films and their impact and influence on the Monster Movie Podcast.

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PLANET OF THE APES (1968)

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BENEATH THE PLANET OF THE APES (1970)

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ESCAPE THE PLANET OF THE APES (1971)

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CONQUEST OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (1972)

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BATTLE FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES (1973)

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