Like I said in Part 1, I listen to a lot of podcasts during the week. As you may have gleaned from the title, this batch is mostly about movies.
Why I Listen: Two black women talking about various aspects of the horror genre, what’s not to love? Movie reviews get 2 ratings – 1 for the overall movie; 1 for character diversity.
Fav Episodes: Any of Them
The Scream Squad is a bi-weekly horror podcast hosted by Jamie Righetti and Chico Leo which digs into the deeper issues at play in our favorite scary movies.
Why I Listen: Because I sometimes wonder how gentrification impacts the plot of a haunted house movie.
Len Webb and Vince Williams are on The Micheaux Mission – to watch and review every Black feature film ever released.Frequently include guests.
Why I Listen: Because I like black movies. (Be warned – one of these fellas does not acknowledge the glory of The Last Dragon.)
Fav Episodes: Definition of A Black Film | Love Jones | Eve’s Bayou
Cinemosity – Sharon, Kamille and Martin bring you a potent blend of celebrity gossip and rumor and reviews of b-movies, bad movies, and genre film. Your weekly dose of Starlets, Slashers and Cyborgs!
Why I Listen: To keep up with movie news and lively discussion of (mostly bad) movies.
Fav Episodes: The Fog (horrible remake)
More podcasts to come…
Update – Even though it’s not a podcast, one of my favorite weekly sources for horror/sci fi entertainment news is Collider Nightmares:
What happens: Young adults Kaylie and Tim return home (to the scene of violent, childhood trauma) to prove that an antique mirror was the root of the evil–and destroy it. The mirror has other ideas.
Should You Watch: if you are okay with slow building suspense and psychological horror without lot’s o blood and gore – see it in the theater. If your preference runs to high body count and gore, you might want to wait for Netflix or tv.
Oculus is like a fun, haunted house ride. At a certain point, I had a strong suspicion how it was going to end but it was such an enjoyable movie that I didn’t care. Not to say that it was predictable–there were lots of surprises–but at least one thing was inevitable. (For a non-spoiler example, if you were watching a movie where someone ate a banana and left the peel on the floor, you know eventually someone is going to slip on it.)
This movie is kind of quiet at the beginning-with the mirror giving little hints that it’s not going to go quietly. While they are dealing with the mirror in the present, Kaylie and Tim are also grappling with the past. (Tim has “forgotten” and Kaylie is trying to get him to remember.) Alternating timelines become overlapping timelines. It builds suspense and underscores the idea that, even though 11 years have passed, Kaylie and Tim are not too far removed from the terrified pre-teens who watched their family self-destruct.
More notes from Oculus:
*Do not make large purchase–especially antique mirrors–without consulting your spouse.
*Mirrors know you better than you know yourself.
*Living is winning.
*These 2 need to get together:
Theme party suggestions:
See No Evil: Oculus
Hear No Evil: Lords Of Salem
Speak No Evil: Dead Silent
This movie is horrible and wonderful at the same time. Take a man-eating alien, heavy metal enthusiast, swingers, an elvira wannabe, and the best title song ever throw them in a blender and you get:
It’s not on dvd but you can watch the entire movie for free on Fearnet:TerrorVision.