HIDDEN HORRORS YOU MUST HEAR ! the very first Hidden Horrors podcast

11200819_679325005529699_94293480074322722_nHello Horror Fiends, James J. Coker here letting you all know this is the very first podcast for the hidden horrors you must see blog. Sterling Anno and mysefl discuss a wide range of topics within the horror genre including what makes a horror movie a “Hidden Gem”. Two hidden horror films that we both love to death one being a super scary Japanese found footage film and the other being a batshit crazy Bigfoot film. Two other films we both find very underrated and cant understand why fans shit all over them. Then we spew nothing but love for a little indie film called IT FOLLOWS and finish it off with some new horror directors who we have started to follow there work and the Horror films coming out here most excited for. So have the time fly by with Sterling “the SporkGuy” and myself talking passionately about the Hidden Gems we love. Link down below. you can either listen or Download by clicking the downward pointing arrow icon on the corner of the link.

HIDDEN HORROR FOR CHRISTMAS – SHORT FILM – A Very Zombie Holiday

A Very Zombie Holiday 1In the tradition of informational videos shown across American elementary school classrooms nation-wide in the 1950s, comes Team Unicorn’s take on the over-parodied subject. Not only is the 8mm survival guide an over-done topic, but this film also contains the “rare” pop culture antagonist known as the zombie. Sarcasm and excessiveness aside, A Very Zombie Holiday scores as fresh and inventive short film, full of hilarity and violence. It’s plays like a missing segment from 2006’s cult phenomenon, Fido. The production values are high (minus the modern kitchen appliances), and that is something that goes a long way with low-budget short films. So if you want to survive a zombie apocalypse this Christmas, read no further, and click “play” on the embedded video below.

~ Matthew McPhee

HIDDEN HORROR FOR HALLOWEEN – Monster Brawl

Monster-BrawlFor most horror fans looking for a monster ball this Halloween season, some will host their own classic Universal monster marathons, some will get nostalgic and revisit their childhood with the Rankin and Bass Mad Monster Party, and some may discover something else new entirely.

And this season, viewers who are looking for something new should dig up the monster mash (and I stress the word “mash”) horror-comedy Monster Brawl.

Set in the atmospheric Hillside Necropolis cemetery (it’s a graveyard smash!), eight of the world’s most feared monsters, including Cyclops, Witch Bitch, The Mummy, Lady Vampire, Werewolf, Swamp Gut, Zombie Man, and Frankenstein, square of in a battle for monster supremacy (fortunate for the Werewolf the event happens upon a full moon!).

With not much of a plot to begin with, the film mainly consists of no-holds-barred one-on-one death matches between each creature, supported by color commentary from alcoholic Buzz Chambers (Kids in the Hall alumnus Dave Foley) and former wrestling champ “Sasquatch” Sid Tucker (Art Hindle, The Brood), introductions from special guest ring announcer, “the Mouth of the South” Jimmy Heart, and framed by flashbacks of how each monster happened upon the event

Monster Brawl will have viewers howling at the moon from the over-the-top acting, excessive comic violence, and ludicrous monikers and make-up (Swamp Gut is a double-whammy). But no matter what bad things anybody has to say about this film, co-writer and director Jesse Thomas Cook respects the genre and is paying homage, making it the perfect monster party to get you in the Halloween spirit.

~ Matthew “the Mork from Ork” McPhee

TERROR TV: Tales from the Crypt – ‘Til Death

04 'Till Death.avi_001502968Back when Tales from the Crypt was airing on television, its second season took the ghoulishness, rotting zombies, gore and makeup effects to the tenth degree, compared to the first season. One second season episode that really took advantage of the Crypt‘s signature brand of darkly comic yet ghoulish and gruesome tone was the episode “Til Death.”

Logan, a real estate developer looking to build a hotel on a Caribbean island, is an unscrupulous gold digger who would do anything to catch the right woman with lots of money, including dabbling in voodoo. When he meets Margaret, a beautiful and prudish rich widow on vacation, he immediately asks his partner, a voodoo priestess, to conjure up a love potion for him. He secretly slips Margaret the potion and she falls in love with him, but finds out too late that he gave her too much love potion and now she will love him even after death.

If you see only one typical “rotting corpse” episode of Tales from the Crypt, then it should be “Til Death.” Not only does the episode showcase the show’s typically dark comic, macabre, and ghoulish sense of style, but there’s also some fun to be had with the episode’s Voodoo atmosphere with it and seeing poor Logan run from Margaret who gets progressively more rotten with each shot thanks to the director Chris Wallace’s superb makeup effects. Finally in Crypt fashion our poor Logan gets what is coming to him, but this time it’s not death, but much worse. So if you’re in the mood to watch an episode of Tales from the Crypt that has that “rotting corpse that wont go away” trope, there’s no better one then the second season episode “Til Death.”

– James J. Coker

HIDDEN HORROR- Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things

slideshow_1001767362_children-play-dead-thingsIn the horror community Bob Clark, the same guy who made “A Christmas Story,” is best known for “Black Christmas.” However Clark made other horror films that are very interesting and tend to get overlooked. For this entry I’m going to discuss his 1972 film “Children Shouldn’t Play with Dead Things,” a dark, gory and very disturbing entry in the zombie genre.

A group of actors are brought to a creepy island by their jerk of a director Alan. On the island is an abandoned house and cemetery, where several criminals have been buried. Alan has a corpse dug up and performs a satanic ritual to make the dead rise from their graves. It doesn’t work, so the disappointed Alan uses the corpse for sick, disturbing jokes. An actress tries the ritual again and this time it works. The dead do rise from their graves, however they are hungry for flesh so the actors take refuge in the house. Unfortunately the zombies overpower them.

It may sound like a typical zombie movie but it isn’t. One aspect that separates this film from others is there is no hero. In addition things just get worse and worse for our characters, to the point where there is no silver lining for them. Also the way Alan interacts with the corpse he digs up is very disturbing, it reminds very much of “Nekromantik.” It was a disturbing film for time and is quite frankly still disturbing today.  In addition the foggy, mysterious island and cemetery make for a perfect for horror movie atmosphere. There is not a modern horror movie I have seen that can match the vibe of this film. Composer Carl Zitter’s score deserves mention as well.

The most impressive aspect about this film though is that it was made for only $70,000 and shot in two weeks. Watching the film you wouldn’t think that it was made for that relatively low amount of money. Just goes to show creativity will beat budget any day.

I highly recommend this film, especially if you are a fan of zombie movies. Sleazy, dark and a perfect representation of ‘70s horror.

PS: If anyone wants a recommendation for a really cool and hardcore heavy metal band check out Superjoint Ritual, they were a bad ass band. While no longer together they put two fantastic albums, which kill modern rock and generic fake metal bands,”Use Once and Destroy” in 2002 and “A Lethal Dose of American Hatred in 2003.” If you love ass-kicking heavy metal these guys are worth your time. RIP Superjoint Ritual.

-Dakota Bailey

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TERROR TV – MONSTERS – the Hole

The Hole.avi_000791124It’s been a while since I reviewed an episode of the anthology series “Monsters.” For this entry I’ll be taking a look at one of the best episodes from the final season, one that really stands out from the typical low budget, two sets limit of the show. I am talking about the Viet Cong zombies episode The Hole.

A group of American soldiers fighting in the Vietnam War retreat into an underground bunker. While they think they are safe they will soon encounter a threat far more sinister than the Viet Cong.

There are multiple aspects that make this episode worth watching. First, the story line is great. How can you go wrong with Viet Cong zombies? Second, the make-up effects on the zombies is fantastic. Third, the setting of the bunker provides a creepy and claustrophobic atmosphere. Fourth, there is a great build-up throughout. It starts out slow but as our panicked soldiers discover what they are up against, and more and more of the dead start popping out of the walls, the pace builds faster and faster.

The Hole is an excellent, stand out episode of the series and one that horror fans should check out once the DVD collection of “Monsters” comes out later this year.

 -James J. Coker