New episode of hidden Horrors you must hear! episode 6…favorites of 2016

Hey there Horrorfiends! instead of the usual episode, this time it is going to be episode 6 of the Hidden Horrors you must HEAR podcast with Sterling Anno and yours truly with pictures.
In this episode We discuss our top 13 favorite horror films of 2016 with LOTS of obscure ones and batshit crazy horror films you probably didnt hear about last year.
we also discuss the 2016 horror films that disappointed us, the 2017 horror movies we are looking forward to and finally show some much needed love and fond memories of the horror website Dreadcentral.
so hit play, listen and have fun with the first video upload of the Hidden Horrors you must hear podcast!


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HIDDEN HORROR-Shocking Asia

MV5BMTM0MTgxNTM1Ml5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwMDMxNTMzMQ@@__V1_SY317_CR5,0,214,317_If you are in the mood for a non-traditional horror film, I would recommend Rolf Olsen’s 1974 Mondo film ”Shocking Asia.”  This is a film so hidden that very little information on it can be found online. If you are a fan of “Cannibal Holocaust,” shockumentries, or you just want to be shocked, watch this film.  While not as brutal as ”Cannibal Holocaust””, or other Mondo films, it still has the same gritty exploitation vibe to it. Also, this film serves as a great introduction to the Mondo genre.

The film is about Asian culture. From the snake meat markets to religious ceremonies this film showcases it all, the shocking rituals and practices that, while normal to Asian culture are shocking to Americans.

On the National Geographic channel there is a television show called “Taboo,” which shows you how different cultures live. Imagine an uncut version of that show and you have “Shocking Asia.” In the ’70s these films provided audiences a glimpse into other countries and were quite shocking for the time. Some of the stuff from this film is still shocking, I can’t imagine how this would play to an audience in the 1970’s.

While some of the stuff featured in this film may be exaggerated, this film is enjoyable and a  fun watch. It is especially great if you want to take a break from horror films but watch something extreme. Don’t watch this film if you are easily offended. If you are a veteran viewer of ”Cannibal Holocaust” this will be a cake walk for you .

Bonus Music Review: Pantera’s “The Great Southern Trendkill

The_Great_Southern_TrendkillPerhaps one of the heaviest and brutal albums in heavy metal history is Pantera’s 1996 release “The Great Southern Trendkill.” It’s Pantera’s darkest and most experimental album as well. It was also around this time that Metallica disappointed metal fans with ”Load” because it wasn’t a very heavy album. Fortunately  Pantera were prepared with an album that was so heavy some of the songs did not even sound like Pantera.  Pantera only made one more album after this and disbanded, and guitarist Dimebag Darrel was murdered a few years later.

If you want a great heavy metal album that is very heavy and extreme this is for you. On a personal level, it is one of my favorites. This album has been around for 18 years plus, it does not sound old or outdated either- it is still heavier then most metal bands today, and that alone makes it unique and worth its reputation. A lot of classic metal albums out there you can say are not heavy by today’s standards, but this one is an exception. The guitar work from Dimebag Darrel is extremely heavy. As a matter of fact Dimebag’s guitar solo on ”Floods” is considered to be his greatest guitar solo ever! Drummer Vinnie Paul and bass player Rex Brown create a brutal rhythm section to go along with it Dimebag Darrel’s heavy guitar work. The production on this album sounds so good that it sounds as if it were recorded yesterday.

There was a lot of tension going on within the band at the time, and it was around this time that vocalist Phil Anselmo became addicted to heroin. As a matter of fact he overdosed and died touring for this album, but was revived with a shot of adrenaline. That would probably explain the dark mood that this album has, even the album booklet has a mysterious, dark vibe to it. There are also a lot of mysterious elements to this album as well. Such as that it was not well documented like the band’s other albums such as ”Far Beyond Driven” or ”Vulgar Display of Power”. Not much information can be found about this album online. Also, Pantera did not do very many interviews with the press in the era of this album. Also not many songs from this album were played live. The only songs Pantera played live in the 96/97 era from this album were ‘Suicide Note Pt. 2’, ‘War Nerve’, ”Sandblasted Skin’ and occasionally ’13 Steps to Nowhere’. They also only made one music video for this whole album. However just because they did not play very much material from this album live does not mean the songs were not good. The songs on this album are incredible, such as ”Drag the Waters”, ”Floods”, and ”Suicide Note Part 1” is a haunting acoustic ballad. Pantera had a reputation of never selling out and being the heaviest band around, and this album serves as a testament of that.

-Dakota Bailey

31 Hidden Horrors For Halloween – Oct. 12th – HIDDEN HORROR – Noroi: The Curse

As fitting a phrase it may be for a website dealing with such subject matter as this, “done to death” may be the first and foremost reaction some horror aficionados may have toward the found footage sub-genre(up to this point at least). Well, even the darkest and dingiest caverns sometimes have a light at the end of their menacing tunnels, and in this case, that light happens to shine brighter than any beacon I’ve ever had the pleasure of being drawn towards. In the fall of 2005, a Japanese director known as Koji Shiraishi contributed to the world of found footage mockumentaries something very seldom seen. A horror themed faux doc that succeeds on every level of its genre’s definition. What? It can be done? Yes it can be, as I stand before the blogging template, assuring all that I am a witness to this miracle.

Filmed in a distinct style to replicate the workings of a low budget investigative camera crew, you will follow ever so closely as lead investigator, documentarian and paranormal enthusiast, Masafumi Kobayashi, is currently on the field collecting the required interviews and evidence needed for his latest documentary, “The Curse“. Sounds pretty found footage-ish, yes. However, the film hooks you in by adding one small plot point that will drop anchor on your attention span for the rest of the film. The movie opens up to a spoiler which explains to you that by the end of the this film, Kobayashi will be missing, his house is burned down and his wife will be dead. An amazing time is now bestowed upon the viewer as you get to sift through interesting leads from subject interviews, stock footage from old daytime TV shows unintentionally providing further details to the story, and best of all, clips of Kobayashi’s sound specialist as he reviews strange anomalies captured in the background of his on location shoots. You be able to help solve the mystery as the film progresses, as each loose end is slowly resolved up until its very well executed payoff.

Of course, none of this would matter too such a great length if it were not for every aspect being executed in the fashion more films of its kind should be based on. As expected, the footage is represented in a beautiful, worn, “meh” quality, giving that oh so effective Texan slaughterhouse look that just adds to the tingle felt on the nerves. The acting is so seamlessly nonchalant, you will need to Google the film just to make sure it’s not an actual work of non-fiction. The eerie silence you hear in the background of interview segments is wonderfully matched with “instant replay” shots, as the film rewinds to reveal what you just missed in the background of the last scene. Accompanied by one of the most effective use of sounds in these excerpts, viewers watching this film with headphones on will find that every sense in their body has gone numb.

Other than this, the story propelled by a collection of eccentric characters is complex, compelling and interesting even to those who don’t care much for the paranormal in media. The visuals and sound design will have you shocked at how satisfied you are in a never ending sea of mediocre found footage attempts lining the walls at F.Y.E. And most importantly, it all somehow works to the very end, as not a single scene will have you saying, “well, that was fucking lame…”. After all, isn’t this the reaction we’re far too used to having with this genre? If that is not enough to convince you to view this, I don’t know what will do. Well, there is one other reason; Sadly, this movie is currently not available in region 1 format and must be either viewed on an all region or region 3 player(if one is lucky enough to find a copy for sale), viewed online, or purchased on bootleg. Don’t let this stop you from searching though. There’s this one website you may have heard of called Youtube. I’m no super psychic, but you should copy and paste the title into its search bar and see what comes up. I’ll just be waiting for your own review until then.

– The Spork Guy