Devour the Podcast 62: The Midnight Meat Train

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Welcome to episode 62 of Devour the Podcast

 

This Week:

 

-Jamie goes to war with the electric company….no really…..for like 10 minutes.

-Bo watched Chernobyl Diaries for some reason

-CHIMPS!

-We make fun of M Night Shamalamadingdong

-David bitches about Star Trek Into Darkness, raves about Wrath of Khan

 

Check out listener Ian’s site: http://ianthecomicartist.com/

 

 

NEWS:

-Jason returns to Paramount

-Blumhouse preparing The Purge 2

The Walking Dead seaons 3 DVD/Blu-ray details

Stoker coming to DVD and Blu-Ray

-Shocktillyoudrop gives us the 10 most influential horror films of the last 15 years

 

It Came from the Instant Queue:

House (1986)

Bo- 4.25/5

David-4/5

Jamie-5/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

The Midnight Meat Train (2008)

Bo- C-

David- B

Jamie- B-

 

Next Episode:

We’re taking a trip back to the house for House 2 for our Instant Queue selection and we tackle Dread for our Feature Presentation

 

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Devour the Podcast 61: Book of Blood

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The dead have stories to tell…………..

 

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

 

This week:

We kick off our Clive Barker retrospective with a lengthy discussion of Clive Barker the author, horror novels in general, and why Hollywood is dumb.

Plus, news and reviews!

 

News

AMC thinks Walking Dead will never end

Human Centipede 3 is finally shooting….

Emma Roberts joins American Horror Story: Coven

Aja tackling A Perfect World, folks join Vampire Academy adaptation and David Pinner has a sequel to Wicker Man written.

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Paranorman (2012)

 

Bo: 4/5

David: 4/5

Jamie: 4/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Book of Blood (2009)

Bo: C-

David: C+

Jamie: D+

 

Next Episode:

We go wandering through House (1986) for our Instant Queue selection and Midnight Corey joins us to discuss The Midnight Meat Train

 

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Devour The Podcast Episode 60: The Lords of The Dead

 

It’s gonna be a fight!

 

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

 

News:

Ben Wheatley’s new film picked up by Drafthouse Pictures

Dominic Cooper to play Dracula

Luke Evans also in Dracula and now The Crow

Apparently we’ve got 3 Cabin Fever sequels coming

Three more coming to The Town that Dreaded Sundown

I Spit on Your Grave 2: Spit Harder coming this fall

RIP Ray Harryhausen

 

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Hold Your Breath

Bo- Fuck this Movie

David-1/5

Jamie-1/5

 

Bonus Review:

The Lords of Salem

Bo- B

David- C+

Jamie- A

 

Our Feature Presentation:

The Dead

Bo-A-

David- F

Jamie- A+

 

Next Week:

We’re taking on Paranorman for our Instant Queue selection and kicking off our series on Clive Barker with Book of Blood.

 

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Devour the Podcast 54: Abby

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Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

This week we’re still Jamie-less, but Bo and David manage to soldier on without her, and Bo fills us in on his feelings about Blackenstein, the Black Frankenstein.

Feel better Jamie!

 

News:

Velvet Vengeance being expanded into feature

-Universal considering Mama sequels

-Dark Sky films brings Stitches in April

-Whatever happened to the Lobo movie?

Hannibal gets it’s debut date for NBC

 

It Came from the Instant Queue:

Tales from the Hood (1995)

Bo-3.5/5

David-4/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Abby (1974)

Bo- D

David- C-

 

Next Week:

We’re wrapping up our  Blaxsploitation month with Scream, Blacula Scream for our Instant Queue selection, and Dr Black and Mr Hyde for our feature.

 

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Devour the Podcast 53: Blackenstein

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Welcome to one of the stranger episodes of Devour the Podcast in a while.

Jamie is out this week because she’s performing in The Vagina Monologues, and so David and Bo are left to their own devices….only Bo didn’t watch Blackenstein……Yeah it’s one of those weeks.

News:

My Amityville Horror and Antiviral get release dates

The Mummy remake has a new writer, is on track for it’s 2014 release

Cold Prey 2 hitting US thanks to Shout Factory

AMC is developing a series based on the Dan Simmons novel The Terror

Paranormal Activity 2 director to helm Stephen King’s Cell
It Came from the Instant Queue:

Sugar Hill (1974)

Bo-3/5

David-4/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Blackenstein, The Black Frankenstein

Bo-

David- Incomplete

Next week:

Jamie returns, Bo will give us his thoughts and hopefully an explanation of the ending of Blackenstein and we’ll be discussing Tales from the Hood for our Instant Queue selection along with Abby for Our Feature Presentation.

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Welcome to one of the stranger episodes of Devour the Podcast in a while.

Jamie is out this week because she’s performing in The Vagina Monologues, and so David and Bo are left to their own devices….only Bo didn’t watch Blackenstein……Yeah it’s one of those weeks.

News:

My Amityville Horror and Antiviral get release dates

The Mummy remake has a new writer, is on track for it’s 2014 release

Cold Prey 2 hitting US thanks to Shout Factory

AMC is developing a series based on the Dan Simmons novel The Terror

Paranormal Activity 2 director to helm Stephen King’s Cell

It Came from the Instant Queue:

Sugar Hill (1974)

Bo-3/5

David-4/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Blackenstein, The Black Frankenstein

Bo-

David- Incomplete

Next week:

Jamie returns, Bo will give us his thoughts and hopefully an explanation of the ending of Blackenstein and we’ll be discussing Tales from the Hood for our Instant Queue selection along with Abby for Our Feature Presentation.

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Devour the Podcast 52: Blacula

52I Curse You….Blacula!

 

Welcome everyone to THE FINAL EPISODE of Season 1 of Devour the Podcast.

It’s official, Devour the Podcast has passed it’s one year anniversary and we’re still here to talk about it.

 

This week is jam packed with craziness as we celebrate the milestone and prepare ourselves for another season of madness.

By the way, did you have a chance to check out the Devour the Podcast 1 Year Anniversary special?

 

-Gill from Gill and Roscoes Bodacious Horror Podcast drops in for the intro

-Jamie didn’t watch anything

-David and Bo talk about DtP Movie Night and how much fun it was

-The gang discuss their Best and Worst reviewed films of the past year and David get’s raw on “The Other Network”

NEWS:

-DVD and Blu-ray details released for The Burning and The Town that Dreaded Sundown

-Insidious Chapter 2 get’s House of the Devil star added to cast

-Official Poster and Trailer released for Rob Zombie’s Lords of Salem, underwhelms everyone

-Official Trailer for Come Out and Play released, film hits VOD on February 12

-Aisha Hinds joins Under the Dome

-American Horror Story Season 3 News: Lily Rabe to return, confirmed by Murphy

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

JD’s Revenge (1976)

Bo-4/5

David-4/5

Jamie-4/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Blacula (1972)

Bo- C

David- B

Jamie- B+

 

Next Week:

We continue our dive into the world of Blaxsploitation with Sugar Hill for our Instant Queue slection and tackle Blackenstein for our Feature.  As always thank you to everyone who downloads and listens to the show every week, we love and appreciate every one of you.

 

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Devour the Podcast 1 Year Anniversary Special

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DTP Anniversary Special

 

Welcome everyone to the Devour the Podcast Year Anniversary special.

 

As our way of saying Thank You, you’re getting almost 2 and a half hours of content, including:

-Dave’s incredibly long intro

-Outtakes and random shenanigans from the crew

-David and Bo talking about Ghost Watch, Martyrs, why they love the genre, and more.

 

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Devour the Podcast 51: Night of the Creeps

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Devour the Podcast 51

Welcome back to Devour the Podcast for episode 51.

DEVOUR THE PODCAST MOVIE NIGHT:  2/2/2013 AT 8PM PST.

This week we’ve got a ton of stuff to cover and still manage to keep the show relatively tight.

-Jamie plugs her appearance on Moviecopia episode 10

-David talks movies he watched

-David’s got a new column called Flip the Script over on Horrorphilia and Devour the Blog

-The crew discusses the American Horror Story: Asylum finale

-KANGAROO COURT!

News:

Evil Dead is coming to you a week early on 4/15/13

Lords of Salem and Evil Dead have R ratings

-David Hess’s Last House on the Left soundtrack is coming to vinyl and Digi-book CD/Digital

-NBC’s Dracula has two more added to its cast

Frankenstein Theory coming in March

Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters wins the box office because FUCK YOU, IT’S JANUARY!

It Came From The Instant Queue:

The Theatre Bizarre (2011)

Bo-2/5

David-2/5

Jamie-2.5/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Night of the Creeps (1986)

Bo- A+

David- A

Jamie- A+

Next Week:

It’s our 1 year anniversary, and we’re going to be kicking off year 2 of Devour with a Blaxploitation Spectacular!  JD Walker is coming back from the dead in JD’s Revenge in our Instant Queue selection and we tackle arguably the best of the best in Blacula for our Feature Presentation.

Plus we’ll be talking about the 10 best and worst film’s we’ve covered in the past year on the show.

Thanks to everyone for listening and be on the lookout for a special anniversary edition Devour the Leftovers next week.

Devour the Podcast 50!

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Devour the Podcast episode 50

 

IT’S EPISODE 50 OF DEVOUR THE PODCAST! HOORAAAAY!

 

Welcome back ladies and gents to yet another fantastic episode of Devour the Podcast. This week we’ve reached a milestone, we’ve finally hit the big fiftieth episode and we lose our minds with excitement. Seriously folks, this is one episode where all bets are off and some crazy shit happens.

The Prowler spoilers:  1:22:27-1:34:51

Brace yourself.

 

-Bo’s back from the brink of death!

-David saw Django Unchained and loved it

-David also saw Texas Chainsaw 3D and didn’t love it

-Bo weighs in on Freakshow and Frankenhooker

AHS discussion spoilers 13:37-20:00

 

News:

-Alex Koch and Natalie Marinez go Under the Dome

-Darabont talks Godzilla

-Ron Howard might direct adaptation of Gaiman’s Graveyard Book

-Ryan Murphey, Jason Blum and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon to take on The Town That Dreaded Sundown

FrightPIX channel launches on Roku, Screen Media nabs Home Sweet Home

-Kevin Williamson tells us that Scream 3 could have been worse

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Pontypool

Bo-4/5

David-4/5

Jamie-4/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

The Prowler

Bo: B

David: A-

Jamie: B+

 

Next week: we’re taking a trip to The Theater Bizarre for our Instant Queue selection, and the good news is our dates are here….the bad news is their dead. Thrill Me you son of a bitch it’s Night of the Creeps for our feature!

Thank you to everyone who has listened and commented on the show, we appreciate it more than you know and this episode is dedicated to you.

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Devour the Podcast 49: Frankenhooker

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Devour the Podcast 49

 

It’s Saturday and it’s time for another episode of Devour the Podcast!

Well it’s a bit of a short show this week, Bo is out sick and Jamie starts losing her voice halfway through the show.

 

News:

Lionsgate to start producing low budget horror films again

A Thousand Cuts hitting DVD soon

-Blumhouse bringing us Peachfuzz

Gremlins might be getting a remake

-Emma Stone to work with del Toro on Crimson Peak?

Smiley coming to DVD……David threatens to set fire to copies in stores

The Walking Dead gets a new show runner

Les Revenants getting a second chance at TV

-Showtime picks up Penny Dreadful

Fright Night 2 still sounds like Fright Night…..in Romania

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Freakshow (2007)

David-1/5

Jamie-1/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Frankenhooker (1990)

David- B+

Jamie- A-

 

Next week:

IT’S EPISODE 50! HOLY SHIT! IT’S A GOD DAMN PARTY! We’re tackling Pontypool for our Instant Queue selection and The Prowler for our feature, along with our thoughts on the last 50 episodes, news and other shenanigans.

 

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Devour the Podcast 48: It’s a Dolly Double Feature

 

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Devour the Podcast 48

We’re back in the saddle and on time for another week of Devour the Podcast!

 

This week we’ve got a jam packed show for you with all kinds of craziness.

 

-Not much to say about the intro, none of us really watched much of anything

-Chatting about AHS:Asylum and how awesome it was

 

NEWS:

Black Forest: Hansel and Gretel and the 420 Witch is now just Hansel and Gretel Get Baked……no seriously….

Dark Feed is finally coming to DVD in March

-Millennium Films plans Texas Chainsaw 4…….despite 3D being the second film in this series……..what?

-Guillermo del Toro is working on Dark Universe for DC Comics

-And del Toro hasn’t given up on At The Mountains of Madness yet!

-Apparently Human Centipede 3 is still going to happen………

Fantasm doc about horror conventions is on the way

Evil Dead remake has NO CGI

-RIP David R Ellis

 

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Dolly Dearest (1991)

Bo-1/5

David-1.5/5

Jamie-2/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Dolls (1987)

Bo- B (Rent)

David- B (Rent)

Jamie- B (Buy)

 

Next Week:

We’re inching closer and closer to episode 50 but first we’re taking a trip to the Freakshow for our Instant Queue selection and can we reanimate some fun with Frankenhooker as Our Feature Presentation?

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Devour The Podcast 47: It’s a Bloody Mess

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Well it’s a bit late but here it is folks, Devour the Podcast episode 47!

This week we ended up recording really late (Friday evening) and the later start date, along with the later time certainly show through as we’re in high spirits and making jokes throughout the show.

Pre Show:

-We discuss how we’re all basically boring, old introverted weirdos who didn’t do anything special for New Years

-David talks about some movies with commentary and how delicious Krispy Kreme maple doughnuts are

-Hot Dog Spaghetti is a thing……….

-General shenanigans and hilarity

NEWS:

Bates Motel has a premier date

-Teaser trailer for Latvian film Hybrid Vigor released

-The Red Band trailer for Evil Dead hits, David goes on the warpath……again

-Ryan Murphy talks about American Horror Story Season 3

Carrie has been bumped to October

Scream 5 not bloody likely, but Neve Campbell apparently has nothing better to talk about

-Wanna see the first 6 minutes of the new Maniac? Well you should!

 

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Bloody Reunion (2006)

Bo-4/5

David-4/5

Jamie-4/5

Our Feature Presentation:

The Bleeding House (2011)

Bo-Rent

David-Rent

Jamie-Rent

Next Week:

We’re doing a dolly double feature with Dolly Dearest for our Instant Queue selection and the Stuart Gordon 1987 film Dolls for Our Feature Presentation. Thank you to everyone who downloads and listens to the show every week, we greatly appreciate it. If you’d like to make a donation to the show, head over to devouthepodcast.blogspot.com and click on the Paypal donate button.

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Devour the Podcast 46: The Best and Worst of 2012

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Devour The Podcast 46: The Best and Worst of 2012

 

Here we go folks, it’s the final episode of Devour the Podcast for 2012! And we’ve jammed packed this episode with content.

 

In our preshow segment:

-David watched some movies which sparks…..

-Impressions of Stallone in Judge Dredd

-The comedy gold of Batman 1966

-All three hosts do impressions of Harvey Keitel and Tim Roth from Reservoir Dogs

 

News:

 

Eli Roth has wrapped The Green Inferno

Slender Man inspired horror film Entity gets a trailer

Glen Mazzara leaves Walking Dead……

Chiller Original film Ghoul coming to DVD in 2013

The Devil’s Carnival Episode 2 has a teaser…..for a teaser…….

RIP Charles Durning

 

It Came from the Instant Queue:

Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader

Bo-1.5/5

David-2.5/5

Jamie-2.5/5

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Graduation Day

Bo-Rent

David-Rent

Jamie-Rent

 

A great big THANK YOU to everyone who sent in either an audio file or a written list of their best and worst for our Best and Worst of 2012 discussion, we appreciate it greatly, and thank you to everyone who has listened and helped make 2012 such a great year for Devour the Podcast.
Next week we kick of 2013 with a Bloody Reunion and take a trip to The Bleeding House.

 

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Devour the Podcast 45: I Spit on Your Grave Double Feature

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Well folks, if you’re downloading this, then you survived the apocalypse too. Good job. Now treat yourself with a nice dose of Devour the Podcast.

Trigger Warning: Due to the explicit nature of our feature discussion, for those sensitive to the subject of sexual assault, to skip over the review- 1:12:40-2:16:24

This week:

Jamie talks about some documentaries she watched

Bo weighs in on Promisedland, Lincoln and Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter

David played a lot of old school video games and Plague Inc

And we talk a bit of American Horror Story: Asylum

News:

Roger Corman returns to Poe with new adaptations

The Twilight Zone might return to TV

Wake in Fright to make its Blu-Ray debut

Alexandra Daddario spoils Texas Chainsaw 3D by telling us she’s willing to do sequels

V/H/S directors Radio Silence are making a film for Fox and Blumhouse productions

Chile’s Hidden in the Woods is coming to the US, getting a needless remake

Paranormal Activity 4 hits DVD and Blu-Ray, fucks DVD fans on features

Season 8 of Dexter may or may not be the end…….

Friday the 13th part 5 director Danny Steinmann has passed away

David Cronenberg talks about his dead remake/sequel to The Fly

Len Wiseman talks about The Mummy, sounds kinda dumb

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Waxwork 2: Lost in Time

Bo: 2/5

David:2/5

Jamie:3.5/5

Our Feature Presentation: Double Feature

I Spit on Your Grave 1978

Bo: Rent

David: Avoid

Jamie: Buy

I Spit on Your Grave 2010

Bo: Rent

David: Buy

Jamie: Rent

Next Week:

It’s finally that time, the FINAL EPISODE OF 2012! And as we wrap up the year we take a look back at THE BEST AND WORST of what we saw in 2012, along with what YOU the listener thought was THE BEST AND WORST the year offered.

Didn’t send in your Best and Worst list? You’ve still got time, get them in by December 26th 2012, and we will include them on the show.

But that’s not all, as we’re taking a look up the skirt of the Roger Corman produced Attack of the 50ft Cheerleader for our Instant Queue selection and go back to school for the 1981 slasher Graduation Day

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Devour The Podcast Episode 44: The Last Circus

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Devour The Podcast Episode 44

It’s that time again friends, time for another episode of Devour the Podcast.

REMINDER: Best and Worst of 2012 lists need to be sent in by December 26th to be featured! (Maximum of 15 choices for each list)

This week we cover a little American Horror Story Asylum (relatively spoiler free) along with the news, reviews and listener feedback.

News:

Did Joss Whedon’s S.H.I.E.L.D knock out Weird Desk? Probably not……

Silent Hill: Revelations is coming to 3D DVD and Blu-Ray on February 12 2013

The Haunting in Connecticut 2: Ghosts of Georgia……..No seriously that’s the title…..I know it’s fucking stupid.

Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer Director to bring us the horror version of Bubble Boy with The Harvest

Barbara Hershey is back for Insidious Chapter 2

Lionsgate is bringing The Mooring to DVD, Blu-Ray, Digital Download and VOD  February 19th 2013

Pro-life horror film The Life Zone coming to DVD December 11th 2012

Ben Wheatley’s A Field in England has a poster

Jessica Lange may or may not be returning to American Horror Story season 3

Rob Zombie wants to make sure you get the most out of Lords of Salem so he wrote a novelization.

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Night of the Comet  (1984)

Bo-4

David-2

Jamie-4

Our Feature Presentation:

The Last Circus (Balada Triste de trompeta) 2010

Bo-Skip

David-Rent

Jamie-Rent

Next Week:

We’re taking a trip back to the waxwork with Waxwork 2: Lost in Time and in our first head to head double feature, we tackle I Spit on Your Grave (1978) and I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

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Devour the Podcast 43: Excision

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It’s time for another episode of Devour the Podcast folks!

Walking Dead/American Horror Story Spoilers- 12:04-26:45

If you want to participate in our Best and Worst of 2012 episode, send in your emails/voicemails or MP3’s with your lists. Minimum of 5, maximum of 15 for each list, anything you saw in 2012 counts, but it has to be from 2010-2012 to count.  Lists must be submitted by December 26th 2012 to be included.

News:

-del Toro to direct Crimson Peak for Legendry

Texas Chainsaw 3D viral images hit Facebook and Tobe Hooper has seen TC3D

-Chandler Riggs and Joel Courtney to star in Stephen King’s Mercy

Bad Meat hits DVD in February

-Sarah Butler stars in The Demented

Sinister hits DVD and Blu-Ray in February

S VHS to premier at Sundance, plot synopsis kinda sucks

-Stephen King’s Under the Dome coming to CBS next summer.

It Came from the Instant Queue

Waxwork (1989)
Bo-2/5

David-4/5

Jamie-5/5

Our Feature Presentation

Excision (2012)

Bo-Buy

David-Buy

Jamie-Buy

Next week:

Night of the Comet is our Instant Queue selection, a nice way to ease ourselves into the madness that is The Last Circus.

 

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Devour The Podcast Episode 42: The Crow

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Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

Spoiler Warning: American Horror Story/Walking Dead spoilers from 24:19-39:23

This week is a jam packed episode featuring:

-David discusses Hostel 2’s Eli Roth/Gabe Roth/Quentin Tarantino commentary track as well as Hostel

-Rob Zombie’s Halloween commentary is incredibly boring

August Underground not as bad as David expected

-David and Jamie rip on The Collector

-Recap and discussion of Walking Dead and American Horror Story

 

News:

-Eduardo Sanchez is making a Bigfoot film called Exists

-MGM is talking about remaking The Town That Dreaded Sundown

-Dunstan and Melton are working on the God of War adaptation, claiming it won’t just be another Clash of the Titans or Immortals rip off

-Ethan Hawke and Lena Heady to star in The Purge

All Superheroes Must Die is Kick Ass meets Saw……if you say so…

-More Carrie news!

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-And the award for most obvious statement of the year goes to Corey Feldman, tells Movieweb that Lost Boys 4 is dead……well no shit….

-The Vampire Facelift………I wish I was kidding folks….

<p><a href=”http://vimeo.com/41666906″>Vampire FaceLift</a> from <a href=”http://vimeo.com/vampireprocedures”>Vampire Procedures</a> on <a href=”http://vimeo.com”>Vimeo</a&gt;.</p>

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Midnight Movie (2008)

Bo-2/5

David-2/5

Jamie-2/5

Our Feature Presentation:

The Crow (1994)

Bo-Buy

David-Buy

Jamie-Buy

Coming Up:

We finish off the show with a voicemail from listener James (Er Mah Gersh), emails from Iris and Paula and a heartfelt email from Gary that leads to an introspective conversation to end the show on a somber note.

Next week we’re kicking things off with Waxwork for our Instant Queue selection and for our feature, we tackle the bizarre, bloody and incredibly strange Excision.

While you’re at it, why not swing by moviecopia.blogspot.com and check out DTP superfriends Iris and Jesse’s new podcast where they discuss the 1995 film Fist of the Northstar on their very first episode.

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Devour The Podcast 41: The Woman

Devour The Podcast 41

 

Welcome back to another episode of Devour the Podcast.

Spoilers for The Woman:

1:42:18-2:19:39

David is back to normal, Jamie and Bo are on top of their games and we have a grand old time discussing news, assorted nonsense and a lengthy (spoiler heavy) discussion of our feature The Woman.

Preshow:

The Walking Dead discussion

The Innkeepers

Hostel and Hostel 2

-Why first dates aren’t always so good for Horror fans

News:

Trailer for alien themed thriller Dark Skies hits the net

Is Silent Night coming to a theater near you?

-LA: Regency Plant 16 and AMC 30 at The Block

-Phoenix: AMC Arizona Center 34

-Chicago: South Barrington AMC 30

-Baltimore: Owings Mills AMC Owings Mills 17

-New York: Manhattan AMC Empire 25

-Philadelphia: Bensalem AMC Neshaminy 24

-Orlando: AMC Downtown Disney 24

-Dallas: Grapevine AMC Grapevine Mills 30

-Houston: AMC Gulf Pointe 30

-Detroit: Sterling Heights AMC Forum 30

Paranormal Activity 5 is coming out October 25th 2013…….god damn it…..

Julian Richards to bring us a sequel to The Last Horror Movie entitled……Murder on Demand

Lucky McKee behind All Cheerleaders Die

Hooray! Insidious Chapter 2 arrives August 30th 2013

Scream Factory announces a slew of awesome upcoming horror blu-rays

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Lisa and The Devil (1974)

Bo-2/5

David3-3.5/5

Jamie-3/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Lucky McKee’s The Woman

Bo-Buy

David-Buy

Jamie-Buy

Next Week:

We tackle another slasher in Midnight Movie for our It Came From The Instant Queue and for our Feature Presentation we take a look at the 1994 classic of dark fantasy/action The Crow.

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Devour The Podcast 40: Drácula

 

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Here it is ladies and gentleman, Episode 40 of Devour the Podcast!

This week, Bo makes it for his 10th episode due to travel plans suddenly changing and David manages to get through the entire episode despite being sick and more or less losing his voice through out.

 

Preshow:

Walking Dead discussion (Contains spoilers)

American Horror Story: Asylum discussion (Contains spoilers for parts 1 and 2 of I am Anne Frank)

Random discussion of Sasquatch and their polite Canadian brethren……No seriously

 

News:

American Horror Story will have a 3rd season

Godzilla begins shooting in March of 2013

Nicholas Brendon and Amber Chaney join The Morningside Monster

Even more viral marketing for Carrie

Barbara Crampton and Nick Principe join the cast of Die, Maniacs, Die

 

It Came From the Instant Queue:

C.H.U.D.

Bo: 3.5/5

David: 3.5/5

Jamie: 3.5/5

 

Our Feature Presentation

Drácula (Spanish Dracula)

Bo: Skip it

David: Conditional Buy

Jamie: Rent

 

Next week we tackle another Bava film in Lisa and the Devil for our It Came From The Instant Queue selection along with a review of the Jack Ketchum/Lucky McKee film The Woman (previously reviewed on episode 2)

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Devour The Podcast 39: Fright Night

 

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Welcome back to another week of Devour The Podcast

 

This week we cover a range of topics including

 

Mockingbird Lane: was it any good?

Walking Dead: Spoiler Heavy

 

News:

Resident Evil Retribution is coming to DVD and Blu Ray….also we make fun the Resident Evil franchise

Creep Van is coming…..Creep Van…..Seriously

-Hey apparently Cabin Fever: Patient Zero is still a thing, and here’s a photo from it

-Daniel Radcliffe shows off his Horns

Maniac remake trailer is out and it looks awesome!

-Teaser for World War Z is out….and it looks like shit

-Red Sea is bringing you Blood Shed and Encounter at NP 9, both vaguely based on true events

-David DeCoteau takes break from 1313 twink series to bring us Hansel  and Gretel: Warriors of Witchcraft……..Don’t ask me I don’t know

Gangsters, Guns and Zombies coming to the US from XLrator

Shout! Factory is bringing us Bettlejuice the animated series to DVD. Awww yeah

Locke and Key is getting the big screen treatment after not making it on the little screen

Silent Night , Deadly Night remake Silent Night has a trailer and a release date

-Joe Dante is going back to the horror well with Air Disturbance. Hopefully it’s better than Red Eye

Skyfall writer/director are working on a vampire hunter TV series

-Details, art and synopsis for iKllr

-Full cast details released for possible Bathory film Beautiful Evil

 

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Tales from the Darkside: The Movie

Bo-3.5

David-3.5

Jamie-4.0

 

Our Feature Presentation:

Fright Night (2011)

Bo-Buy It

David-Buy It

Jamie-Rent It

 

Next Week:

Bo may or may not be with us as we tackle C.H.U.D and our first pre-1960 classic in the Spanish language Dracula (1931)

 

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Devour The Podcast 38: We take a ride on the Terror Train

 

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Welcome back everyone to Devour The Podcast episode 38.

This week Bo returns from being sick and we have a wonderful time losing our minds making bad jokes and making up new films for Asylum pictures.

News:

Sharknado….SHARK MOTHER FUCKING NADO!

Shout Factory picks up Cockneys vs Zombies and Tower Block for US release

-J.T. Petty’s Hellbenders has a poster and Lionsgate is set to release it

Grindstone picks up Dark Feed and Lionsgate picks up the DVD rights

-The Necronomicon has been revealed from the new Evil Dead

V/H/S 2 is coming

SModcast Pictures brings us Miss December

-First details and poster for Hotel De Sade

Ghostbusters 3 shooting is delayed I guess…..whatever

-John Cusack is set to star in Stephen King’s Cell

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Tamara

David-3/5

Bo- 2/5

Jamie-3/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Terror Train

David-Buy it

Bo-Rent it

Jamie-Buy it

Next Week:

We’re taking a walk on the  darkside….as we settle in for Tales from the Darkside: The Movie for our It Came From The Instant Queue and Fright Night (2011) for Our Feature Presentation

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Welcome back everyone to Devour The Podcast episode 38.

This week Bo returns from being sick and we have a wonderful time losing our minds making bad jokes and making up new films for Asylum pictures.

News:

-Sharknado….SHARK MOTHER FUCKING NADO!

-Shout Factory picks up Cockneys vs Zombies and Tower Block for US release

-J.T. Petty’s Hellbenders has a poster and Lionsgate is set to release it

-Grindstone picks up Dark Feed and Lionsgate picks up the DVD rights

-The Necronomicon has been revealed from the new Evil Dead

-V/H/S 2 is coming

-SModcast Pictures brings us Miss December

-First details and poster for Hotel De Sade

-Ghostbusters 3 shooting is delayed I guess…..whatever

-John Cusack is set to star in Stephen King’s Cell

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Tamara

David-3/5

Bo- 2/5

Jamie-3/5

Our Feature Presentation:

Terror Train

David-Buy it

Bo-Rent it

Jamie-Buy it

Next Week:

We’re taking a walk on the  darkside….as we settle in for Tales from the Darkside: The Movie for our It Came From The Instant Queue and Fright Night 2011 for Our Feature Presentation

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Devour The Podcast 37: Smiley

Devour The Podcast Episode 37

Welcome back to the final October episode of Devour The Podcast before we unleash our Halloween Special (available midnight on 10/31/12)

Spoilers for Smiley1:19:41-1:26:22

This week Bo is out sick and Jamie and David are left to their own devices….

Intro topics include:

Jamie talks about Paranormal Activity 4

David talks about Halloween 6: The Curse of Michael Myers

American Horror Story: Asylum episodes 1 and 2

The Walking Dead Season 3 episode 2

Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh kinda sucks

Teen Wolf isn’t as bad as we thought

News:

Elvira returns to the world of comics in 2013

Eli Roth’s Green Inferno has casting news and begins shooting November 5th

New artwork for Final Girl plus synopsis

John Fawcett to direct Orphan Black for BBC America

The Official Red Band Trailer for Evil Dead is here!

Warner Bros. Home Video acquires the rights to the Friday the 13th franchise

Cabin Fever: Patient Zero has a tumblr

Remember the remake for I Spit On Your Grave? Well it’s getting a sequel

It Came From The Instant Queue:

Mario Bava’s Bay of Blood

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Jamie-4.5

Our Feature Presentation:

Smiley

David: Fuck This Movie

Jamie: Fuck This Movie

Next week:

We’ll be coming off the sugar high of Halloween with some pranks gone wrong as the nerdy girl gets revenge in Tamara and Jamie Lee Curtis and David Copperfield boogie down in Terror Train.

Thank you to ALL of our listeners, especially everyone who has joined us on the Devour facebook page, we love chatting with all of you, but a special thanks to Mike (of Badasses, Boobs and Bodycounts) Iris and Shawn Gabborin (Angry Gnome Comics) for writing in this week.

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Devour The Podcast 36: Listener’s Choice-High Tension

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Spoilers for High Tension

1:23:03-1:37:30

It’s Saturday and that means it’s time for another episode of Devour The Podcast!

This week we chat about a number of topics including:

The Walking Dead season 3 premier

-David gives American Horror Story a second chance

Prometheus

-We all love Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2

News:

-Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein is rising from the slab to terrorize your TV

American Horror Story: Asylum is coming

-Brian De Palma comments on the upcoming Carrie

-Call Carrie White: 1-207-404-2604

-Synapse is bringing Chiller to US DVD

The Evil Dead remake trailer got bootlegged…and it’s awesome

-We haven’t seen it, but we’ve got a description for the trailer of World War Z

-Garth Ennis plans to bring Crossed to the big screen

It Came From the Instant Queue:

Werewolf: The Beast Among Us

Bo-0/5

David-3/5

Jamie-2.5/5

Our Feature Presentation:

High Tension

Bo-Rent it

David-Buy It

Jamie-Rent it

Next Week:
We take another stab at Bava with Bay of Blood for our It Came From The Instant Queue and thanks to our listener poll, we’ll be reviewing Smiley for Our Feature Presentation.

Thanks to everyone who voted on the poll for Episode 37, and thanks to Gary for calling in this week.

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Review: V/H/S 2

 

 

Let me start off by saying that at its core, I think the V/H/S films have a good idea, which is to take young directors and have them tackle the found footage genre in an anthological format. In theory this is great, however, like every anthology, the outcome ends up being a bit uneven, and while there were elements of the original film that I enjoyed, ultimately I felt like V/H/S was at best an interesting experiment that didn’t quite live up to its full potential, and when the sequel, original titled S-V/H/S (now simply the less interesting V/H/S 2) was announced, I thought this just might be the fruition of what the original concept hadn’t been able to achieve.

 

Boy was I wrong.

 

First, let’s address the elephant in the room, the biggest glaring problem of the original film, and one that gets dragged along into this one. Yes I realize the films are called V/H/S, but when the shorts themselves don’t look at all like they were shot on, or are being viewed on VHS, it raises the question of how the footage we are seeing got onto VHS tapes when clearly it was shot digitally. This problem plagued the original film, and it returns once again for the sequel, only this time we are presented with all new impossible segments, and better put together wrap around story, but one that isn’t much better than the abysmal wraparound of the original.

 

Things start our strong enough with the story of a man with a prosthetic eye that records everything the eye sees. This is easily one of the best segments of the film, although it gets problematic quickly and by the end just sort of falls apart.

 

The second segment is a zombie affair that I was bored with as soon as it became clear that it was a zombie story. The ending of this segment was saccharine and just plain dumb.

 

The Raid director Gareth Evans gives us easily the best of the lot with his entry into the film, and while it touches on some familiar ground, it uses the found footage elements excellently and has some of the best special effects in the entire film.

 

And then the whole things comes crashing down with an awful closing segment that tries to mine the sci-fi genre the way The Sick thing that happened to Emily when she was Young from the original did, but this time it’s just tedious, poorly shot and frustrating.

Finally we finish off the wrap around story and the whole thing just ends rather unceremoniously.

 

Putting aside my issue of “How did any of these films get onto VHS tapes”, I’m left wondering do any of the events in theses shorts exist in one world? Do these events take place in the same universe as the wrap around story, and if so, what are the repercussions? Do these tapes exist as views into alternate dimensions or something? I’m not asking much here, I just want a little clarity is all.

 

Overall, V/H/S 2 falls into the same trap its predecessor does, keeping a dumb story premise and being a showcase for a couple of really talented directors to shine while the others flounder about with poorly written/directed segments.

 

Grade: D

 

The Good-

Gareth Evans knows what he’s doing.

 

The Bad-

WHY DID YOU KEEP THE GOD DAMN VHS GIMMICK?

Was the dog really necessary? Really?

Review: The Dead (2010)

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Synopsis: When the last evacuation flight out of war-torn Africa crashes off the coast, American Air Force Engineer Lieutenant Brian Murphy (ROB FREEMAN) emerges as the sole survivor in a land where the dead are returning to life and attacking the living.

Fuck You Howard and Jonathan Ford, just Fuck You.

I can’t remember the last time I’ve been as disgusted with a film as I was watching The Dead. On paper, the idea of a zombie film set in Africa sounds interesting and original, but that originality is quickly thrown out the window when the hero of the film is a white American, and not the native African Daniel (Prince David Oseia) who should have been the lead.

First and foremost, the story is derivative and dull. Zombie outbreak has started, we follow a couple of characters as they try to survive and come back to their families, and everything ends badly for everyone.

If that was the film’s only major flaw, I don’t think I would be as angry about it as I am, but the fact that I sat through an hour and forty five minutes of what can best be described as a “White Savior” zombie film is not only infuriating, it’s disgusting.

Why in the hell would you bother to make a zombie film set in Africa and then make the hero of the film A WHITE AMERICAN? I’d be willing to say “Well, you’re making some commentary” if he’d been a white South African, but he’s not, he’s just another White American Male saving minorities, and one scene toward the end of the film, after I was starting to be relieved that I only had about ten more minutes of this tripe to deal with, we’re given the perfect summation of exactly what this film is all about.

The White Man is the savior.

(What you can’t hear is the angelic choir singing on the soundtrack.)

This movie is derivative, racist and painfully long.

F

Pros: None

Cons: Everything.

Press Release: Musician Voltaire to direct adaptation of his comic Oh My Goth!

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Aurelio Voltaire to direct film version of his comic book OH MY GOTH!: an irreverent, comedic trip through horror and science fiction

Monsters, rock and roll, comedy and sex

(May 7th, 2013 – New York City, NY) – On behalf of musician and filmmaker Aurelio Voltaire, we’re excited to announce his upcoming full-length film as director: an adaptation of his comic book OH MY GOTH! featuring his musical talents.

Synopsis:

When the reanimated skeletons of Necronus, a cemetery planet across the dark expanse of space, decide they need Earth paved into a landing strip, they send, possibly the worst of their agents to undertake the task. Arrogant, pompous and not the brightest laser in the arsenal, Heironymous Poshe , takes on human form and travels to Earth aboard his Black Spire, a space ship that could easily pass for a giant, black cathedral. However, Poshe has plans of his own, namely to avoid a desk job on the Necrid home world and live a life of leisure in a fixed orbit above Earth. For centuries, Poshe (along with his robot slave and an imprisoned midget) has avoided his prime directive. Instead he has spent his time abducting Earth women, celebrities and bands for a non-stop, nightly party above the Black Spire.

But Poshe’s days of care-free, hot-babe abduction are coming to an end. Tired of Poshe’s lack or results, Lord Krom Wrath, supreme ruler of the Necrus, launches a full scale invasion of Earth. Poshe bands with the only people on Earth who understand his cause (a group of Goth kids, a cadre of ninja priests and a small army of Hasidic Rabbis- ironically, all of them people who wear all black!) to repel the oncoming armada of Necrid ships. The final space battle is the “Jews in Space” Mel Brooks promised us and never delivered!

After performing worldwide onstage, directing commercially, and following the film festival circuit with his stop-motion animated films, Voltaire will now direct a feature film based on his own comic work. The feature version of OH MY GOTH! will have that strange brand of dark comedy and music that he has been performing at Goth clubs and sci-fi and horror conventions across the land.

“It was time to finally unite my storytelling, my music, my twisted humor and filmmaking sensibilities all into one project,” says Voltaire. “It has all the things I love: monsters, rock and roll, comedy and sex mashed into a giant ball of awesome.”

Producer Keryn Thompson is very excited about the content: “There’s loud music. There’s scantily clad girls. There’s Satan,” she says.

 

James Morgart, also producing, says that he joined the project because “Voltaire’s material stretches across so many genres that he sort of encompasses every bastardized sub-genre to be associated with the Gothic tradition since Walpole’s Castle of Otranto.  His plans for this film are to give his fans all of their favorite aspects of his work: music, animation, and subversively witty humor.”

OH MY GOTH! the film is currently in pre-production and will shoot in the New York City metro area.

Genre: Horror/Musical

Directed by: Aurelio Voltaire

Screenplay by: Aurelio Voltaire, Based on his comic book OH MY GOTH!

Produced by: James Morgart, Keryn Thompson

About Voltaire

Aurelio Voltaire is a media personality and respected authority on all things Gothic, Horror, Sci-fi, Steampunk and involving “geek” culture. He is often referred to as a modern day renaissance man having achieved success in the fields of animation, music, comics, books and toys.

Voltaire’s career began in the 1980s as a stop-motion animator and director, creating some of the award-winning, classic MTV and SyFy channel station IDs. He worked in television, animating and directing commercials for nearly twenty years when he realized it was time for him to tell his own stories. Finding comic books to be a vastly more economical tool than feature films Voltaire told his first epic tale, “Chi-chian” in comic book form. This dark, Cinderella story set in Manhattan’s future, was published and led to a 14-episode animated web series directed by Voltaire for the SyFy channel’s website. His success in comic books also led to several underground hits including the comic book series Oh My Goth!, Human Suck! and most recently Deady. The latter featured collaborations with some of the biggest names in horror and comics including Neil Gaiman, Clive Barker, James O’Barr, Roman Dirge, Gris Grimly and many others. It also spawned a long list of toys including plush toys for Six Flags, Hot Wheels cars for the Japanese market and over a dozen vinyl toy releases including collaborations with Disney and Skelanimals.

In yet another career swerve, 1995 saw Voltaire took the stage at a New York City club where he launched his music career. His songs are a strange brew of murder ballads, tongue-in-cheek exercises in the macabre with just enough bawdy Star Trek and Star Wars songs to keep convention audiences rolling in the aisles. Many in the mainstream know Voltaire as the writer and performer of the songs Brains! and Land of the Dead from the Cartoon Network show, The Grim Adventures of Billy And Mandy. Almost constantly on tour, he has played his music around the world and released eleven full length CDs to date.

Voltaire also wrote the popular books What is Goth? and Paint it Black: a Guide to Gothic Homemaking (Weiser Books) and has appeared on numerous television shows and documentaries as an authority on Goth, Horror and Steampunk. Appearances include Fox News, Biography, MTV News, Fearnet, IFC, PBS and others.

When not touring, writing books or designing toys, Voltaire teaches stop-motion animation at the School of Visual arts and continues to make short films. His “Chimerascope” series of stop-motion shorts are perennial film festival favorites. The five shorts have won a combined 31 awards and feature the voice talents of Deborah Harry, Richard Butler, Gerard Way, Gary Numan and Danny Elfman.

More on Aurelio Voltaire can be found on his official website: http://www.voltaire.net

Review: Maniac (2012)

 

Synopsis: The owner of a mannequin shop develops a dangerous obsession with a young artist.

 

If you’ve never seen the 1980 William Lustig film Maniac, you’re missing out on some of Tom Savini’s best early 80’s effects work.

 

But I’m not here to talk about that Maniac, I’m here to talk about the Franck Khalfoun directed, Alexander Aja/Gregory Levasseur penned remake.

 

First and foremost I’m an fan of Alexander Aja and Gregory Levasseur, and have been since seeing High Tension in 2004. I loved The Hills Have Eyes remake, and I loved Piranha 3D more than I probably should have, however when I first heard that Maniac was up to be remade with Aja and Levasseur writing I was giddy. Don’t get me wrong, I like the original Maniac, but there are some serious problems with it on a story level that I’m willing to forgive because the rest of the movie is good.

 

This Maniac is the kind of remake I love to see, one that takes into account all the good things about the original, while patching up and fixing the problems as well as adding its own new twists and spins on the subject.

The story is very similar to the original, Frank (Elijah Wood) is a man with severe mental problems with a decidedly homicidal bent, but when the right woman comes into his life, it seems like everything could change for the better……

 

The first thing that stands out about Maniac is that it’s shot all from Frank’s perspective, and while this at first can be a bit jarring and almost annoying, it actually ends up working in the films favor as we are forced, as the audience, to see the world as Frank sees it, to experience things through his eyes and his twisted mind. There are a few scenes where the camera does give us a more traditional third person perspective, but they are very few and far between, and when they happen, I felt as if they were meant to be a sort of out of body experience for Frank.

 

Elijah Wood’s performance is perfection, as he’s just handsome enough to be non-threating, but it’s those same good looks that hide the…Maniac within, and while we tend to only get glimpses of Wood on screen through mirrors and reflective surfaces, as well as the couple of third person shots, his delivery of lines and the reactions of the actors he’s talking to help to pull every scene together.

 

Without getting too deep into spoilers of this film, or the original, I will say that I appreciated what Aja and Levasseur did in clarifying Frank’s past, which in turn, leads to some fantastically unsettling flashback sequences and one of the single most disturbing murder sequences in the entire film near the end.

 

And what an ending! With all due respect to Lustig’s original film, the ending of Maniac (1980) doesn’t make a hell of a lot of sense. It’s a fantastic bit of special effects work, but it doesn’t make a lot of sense in the context of the film, and thankfully Aja and Levasseur kept most of that ending, while making things more clear.

 

Franck Khalfoun deserves just as much credit as Aja and Levasseur do because he directed the hell out of this film, from the opening with the two women coming out of the club and the tiny details of our first victim being harassed by random stranger on the street, to the vicious brutality of the ending, every scene was gorgeous to look at and the visual nod to the original film’s poster in one scene was excellent.

 

The score by the artist simply listed as Rob is exquisite, a throwback to 80’s synth driven scores that still feels contemporary and has been in heavy rotation for months even before I had a chance to see the film. Easily one of the best modern horror film scores of the past ten years.

 

Maniac is everything I hoped it would be and more, delivering a genuinely uncomfortable, beautiful remake that improves upon the original.

 

A+

 

Pros:

The Score

Elijah Wood’s performance

Aja and Levasseur’s script

Khalfoun’s direction

Special Effects

 

Cons: