The First Family of Paranormal Investigation – The Warrens

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On this episode of Monster Men we discuss the first family of paranormal investigation, Connecticut’s own Ed and Lorraine Warren. The couple that is at the center of The Conjuring cinematic universe, including the Annabelle movies.

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Before they were a sensation on the silver stream, these two were blazing a trail as ghost hunters, before ghost hunting was even a thing. We’ve actually attended seminars hosted by the Warrens, and watch countless hours of their content on TV and online.

Join us as we tell stories about our encounters and our thoughts of their legacy in the field of paranormal investigation.

31 Horror Movies for Horrortober

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Jack here with a little extra Halloween goodness for y’all. 

Let’s face it, October is the best month because it’s officiallymovies-6 Halloween season. We here at Monster Men like to call it Horrortober and that means it’s time to get serious about watching horror movies. Each year we try to watch as many we possibly can. We also invite our friends to join us in our Halloween horror marathon by tweeting about the movies they watch with the hashtag #Horrortober.

This year I was finally able to watch 31 movies for the 31 days of Horrortober… although I must confess I did not watch one movie a day. There were times where I had to double-up to keep pace. It’s harder than it sounds to watch that many movies. It takes commitment and a little creativity, like knowing when to watch the long movies and when to pop in a short one.

For you, I am happy to present the 31 tweets I posted this month from my @BackinJack Twitter account, with my comments on each film.

  1. The Mummy (1932) – My first horror movie for #Horrortober is the Boris Karloff classic, THE MUMMY. A very Mumorable tale.
  2. Vampyres (1974) – What’s #Horrortober without some sexy 70s vampires who resemble the ABBA chicks. Bloodlust? VAMPYRES has plenty of blood and even more lust.
  3. Night of the Living Deb (2016) – I kept #Horrortober light tonight. NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEB is a silly zombie comedy you can watch with your non-horror friends. Dumb fun.
  4. Don’t Breathe (2016) – Went to the theater today for my #Horrortober DON’T BREATHE will huff & puff & blow your house in. The final 20 minutes are a blast.
  5. Brides of Dracula (1960) – Hammer Time! BRIDES OF DRACULA has Cushing as Van Helsing but no actual Dracula. Still lots of fangs and bats. And a windmill. #Horrortober
  6. Count Dracula (1970) – Watched COUNT DRACULA, Christopher Lee, and his mustache, in his most faithful adaptation of the book. Slow but very amusing. #Horrortobermovies1
  7. Crush the Skull (2016) – CRUSH THE SKULL: A fun indie black comedy about a crew of thieves trapped in a serial killers home. Low budget, tries hard. #Horrortober
  8. House of Frankenstein (1944) – HOUSE OF FRANKENSTEIN, a campy romp with a mad doctor, the monster, Dracula, Wolf Man and a Hunchback. Plus angry villagers! #Horrortober
  9. Ghostbusters (2016) – Watched the new GHOSTBUSTERS. Great cast, lots of charm but ultimately a bit flat. Not as funny or memorable as the original. #Horrortober
  10. The Black Cat (1934) – THE BLACK CAT: Béla Lugosi and Boris Karloff together & quite creepy in this weird movie set in weird house. Lots of fainting. #Horrortobermovies-2
  11. The Hallow (2015) – THE HALLOW: Horrific, mystical woodland creatures terrorize a couple and their baby. A terrific monster movie. Perfect for #Horrortober
  12. The Horde (2016) – THE HORDE is a cheesy action/horror mashup. A John Cena-like SEAL vs cannibal mutants. Plus Bennett from Commando! Dumb fun. #Horrortober
  13. The Wolf Man (1941) – It got hairy for #Horrortober today with THE WOLF MAN. If the wolfsbane is in bloom, I suggest you avoid the foggy woods. Just stay home.
  14. Vampire Circus (1972) – VAMPIRE CIRCUS. Classic 70s vampire goodness. Lots of very big fangs, puffy shirts, sexy ladies and a creepy dwarf clown. #Horrortober
  15. Scars of Dracula (1970) – Next up for #Horrortober was SCARS OF DRACULA. Christopher Lee is back as the red-eyed Count. Featuring awesome fake bats. Hammerrific!movies-3
  16. The Legend of the Seven Golden Vampires (1974) – Van Helsing, 7 Kung Fu fighting brothers and 1 sister take on THE LEGEND OF THE 7 GOLDEN VAMPIRES. It’s vampire bat sh*t crazy! #Horrortober
  17. I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016) – Here’s something different. I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. A teen w/ sociopathic tendencies faces a real killer with a big secret. #Horrortober
  18. The Guest (2014) – Friend or foe? Think twice before you invite THE GUEST in. An entertaining action/horror/thriller with the girl from It Follows #Horrortober
  19. The Children (2008) – Little Kids = Big Trouble in THE CHILDREN. These murderous, infected tikes are not playing around. A nice surprise for #Horrortober
  20. Lights Out (2016) – Lighten up! LIGHTS OUT is an amusement park funhouse of a movie. Fun, quick and plenty of thrills. Dim the lights and enjoy. #Horrortober
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  21. They’re Watching (2016) – A TV crew vs. witch hunting villagers. THEY’RE WATCHING is a hokie found footage horror/comedy. More silly than funny or scary. #Horrortober
  22. The Caretaker (2016) – For a movie with a creepy, sickly grandmother, a girl prone to trances and a clown ghost, THE CARETAKER is pretty uneventful. #Horrortober
  23. Horror of Dracula (1958) – HORROR OF DRACULA: Lee & Cushing at their best. A most terrifying Count and a most heroic Van Helsing. An all-time favorite. #Horrortober
  24. Freaks of Nature (2015) – FREAKS OF NATURE: A human, vampire & zombie battle an alien invasion in this goofy, star-studded horror/comedy/teen drama. #Horrortober
  25. House of Dracula (1945) – HOUSE OF DRACULA: Drac and Wolfie happen to visit the same doctor. They happen to find Frankie in a cave. Not much else happens #Horrortober
  26. The Conjuring 2 (2016) – Nun shall pass! THE CONJURING 2. Over the top. Long. Love or hate these movies, you must admit they know how to set up a scare. #Horrortober
  27. Yoga Hosers (2016) – YOGA HOSERS: A ridiculous comedy/horror flick. Stoned Kevin Smith fans will love it. Featuring Canada jokes & sausage Nazis. #Horrortober
  28. The Devil Bat (1940) – Breaking Bat. THE DEVIL BAT. Bela Lugosi is a bat-sh*t crazy chemist killing people with giant trained bats and fancy cologne. #Horrortobermovies-4
  29. The Invisible Man (1933) – I saw THE INVISIBLE MAN. Well, you can’t see him, but you can see the movie. So entertaining and fun. It’s out of sight! #Horrortober
  30. The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967) – THE FEARLESS VAMPIRE KILLERS: A goofy comedy. 2 bumbling hunters crash a vampire’s ball. Too long, not too funny. Notable cast. #Horrortober
  31. Vampyres (2016) – #Horrortober concludes with the racy remake of VAMPYRES. Two sexy vampires lure folks to their house to shag and bite. Bloody Halloween fun.

Well there it is. What a great month. I hope you like my list and perhaps found a few picks that you might want to track down yourself.

This year I focused on a few things in my movie selection. I wanted to see or revisit some of the older Universal and Hammer films that I hadn’t seen in many years or perhaps had never seen at all. I also wanted to get in a decent number of 2016 horror movies in order to stay current, and I took advantage of the DVR and recorded a number of movies for my queue. Overall I was very happy with the selection and the mix of old and new, as well as the nice scary-to-funny balance I was able to strike.

Even more impressive is my partner, Hunter Shea, who watched an amazing 49 horror movies this year. He’s a machine. You can see his picks at @HunterShea1 on Twitter. (And perhaps we can get him to post his list here as well.)

Now it’s your turn. What did you watch this Horrortober?

Monster Men Halloween Special

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Happy Halloween! It’s the most wonderful time of the year. The Monster Men’s favorite holiday and cause for celebration.

It’s our annual Halloween episode and this time we are discussing our all-time favorite horror movies. The films that we grew up on, the films that we constantly revisit and the films that helped mold us into Monster Men.

The movies discussed include The Thing, Alien, Dawn of the Dead, An American Werewolf in London, Motel Hell, The Funhouse, The Night Stalker, Fright Night, Creature from the Black Lagoon, JAWS, The Descent, It Follows, Horror of Dracula, The Haunting, Nightmare on Elm Street 1 & 3, Friday the 13th, Salem’s Lot, The Silence of the Lambs, and naturally, Halloween.

Also check out of friends at DARK DOSSIER magazine at http://www.darkdossier.com

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Horror Movie Reviews for #Horrortober

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Monster Men Ep. 111: Reviews- Hush, Don’t Breathe, Green Room, Neon Demon

It’s October and Halloween season is in full gear. We like to call it #Horrortober. On this episode of Monster Men, we review and recommend a selection of recent movies that are perfect for the season of the witch.

Our reviews include Hush, Don’t Breathe, Green Room and Neon Demon. Plus, we give away another episode of DARK DOSSIER magazine and we unveil our newest bobble-head doll.

It’s a big episode, packed with a lot of laughs and just what you need to get you into the Halloween spirit.

You can check out DARK DOSSIER magazine at http://www.darkdossier.com

The Monster Men Pumpkin Ale Tasting Show

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Beers for Fears.

What beer pairs best with a horror movie? It’s the third annual Spooky Spirits episode of Monster Men, where we sample horror and Halloween themed beverages. (Beers, wines, whiskies, etc.)

This year we picked four very interesting assortment of pumpkin ales including Half Full Brewery Pumpkin Ale, Coney Island, Dogfish Head and Two Roads Brewery Roadsmary’s Baby. The good news is that all of these seasonal beers are delicious in their own way, but which one’s did we like best and why? You’ll find out.

 

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Monster Men Shows 91, 92 and 93

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Time to catch up on Monster Men shows. Here’s the latest shows. I’m telling you, you really are gonna want to read the works of Brian Moreland and Russell James. Great stuff.

Monster Men Ep. 93: Russell James, Q Island – Quarantine, Outbreak and Horror
It’s a new MONSTER MEN with horror author Russell James. His book Q ISLAND tells the terrifying tale of an epidemic that ravages Long island and turns the infected into rage-fueled killers. Just another day on the Island.

 

Monster Men Ep. 92: Brian Moreland, Horror Author. Darkness Rising & Dead of Winter
Horror author Brian Moreland is the guest on the latest Monster Men show. Good guy. Great writer. Big horror fan. Check out his books including Darkness Rising, Dead of Winter, The Vagrants and The Witching House.

 

Monster Men Ep. 91: Blood Sucking Bastards: Vampire Movies & Wes Craven Tribute
This time on the Monster Men video podcast we review of several of the more recent vampire movies and discuss the bloodsucker genre in general. The films we cover include: A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night, Blood Sucking Bastards, Summer of Blood and Byzantium. Since several of these are horror/comedies, we also discuss What We Do in the Shadows.

 

Russell James joins the Monster Men

 

 

Monster Men 90: Horror Author Adam Cesare and a Green Inferno Review

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Cannibals, ghosts, scary old folks and Hunters new ink… this new Monster Men has it all. We welcome horror author Adam Cesare to the show to discuss his books Mercy House, Tribesmen and Video Night. Featuring a review of THE GREEN INFERNO and the unveiling of Hunter Shea’s new tattoo!

You can find the works of Adam Cersar at https://adamcesare.wordpress.com

Horror Movie Roundup

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Hunter here. As promised, I’ve been watching at least 1 horror flick a day all October long. I’m a little over 40 movies coming into the home stretch. Big shout out to James Herbert, Jason Brant, Anthony Rivas, Spence Dunnings, Ben C. Smith and so many others who have participated in the Horrortober madness!

With just a few days to go, I’m going to wrap myself around Halloween, The Funhouse, The Haunting and Friday the 13th. I thought I’d share some of the quick recaps and ratings (my bizarre 1 of 9 tana leaves, for you Mummy fans) of some of the movie’s I’ve watched so far. Maybe you’ll sneak one in before Halloween.

TRICK R TREAT. The gateway drug for horror nubies. Creepshow’s red headed stepchild. 7 of 9 tana leaves.

Got my monster on last night. CLOVERFIELD. Lovecraft devours NY. Love it. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

THE TAKING OF DEBORAH LOGAN – possession but on a WTF scale. 7 of 9 tana leaves.

MOTEL HELL – best damned smoked meats in the county! Love this flick. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

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Ah, THE AMITYVILLE HORROR – the real deal may have been phony, but the flick still scares. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Well, finally saw ANNABELLE. Not as bad as some folks say. Had some genuine scares. Creepy ass demon!  7 of 9 tana leaves.

Ti West’s latest, THE SACRAMENT. There’s a new Jim Jones in town. Well done. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Watched MAY..excellent flick by Lucky McKee. Watch it…now. 8 of 9 tana leaves.

Revisted CANDYMAN for . Sweets for the sweet. 8 of 9 tana leaves. V Madsen burned up the screen.

I finally got to watch CHEAP THRILLS last night. Worth the wait. 8 of 9 tana leaves!

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So, what have you all been watching?

Horrortober Movie Reviews By Real Horror Fans

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Jack here with some more Horrortober reviews for you.

@BackinJack
BLACK SUNDAY
(1960) A nice melodramatic Netflix #Horrortober pick for old school horror fans & students of the vampire genre.

My Review
I have not seen Black Sunday since I was a kid, a million years ago. It was fun to revisit it on Netfilx. One of the most striking visuals in horror is the wide-eyed, hauntingly beautiful image of Barbara Steele’s face as the vampire witch who returns from the grave for revenge. This movie is an atmospheric classic and a must see for vampire fans that want to discover the roots of the genre. Not the best movie in the world, but an important part of horror cinema history.

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@BackinJack
Just rewatched that freaking awesome season premiere of The Walking Dead. Perfect #Horrortober TV. What a kick ass episode.

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If you are a fan of The Walking Dead, like me, you probably love the show but get frustrated at times at the pace of some of the stretches. Then an episode like the season premier comes along and reminds you just why you adore this program. This episode was one of the best ever.

This one had it all. Action packed. Dramatic and tense moments. Heart warming reunions. Blood and gore. Eugene’s mullet. Bad-ass Carol.

 Let me repeat that last one. Bad-ass Carol.

MORE #HORRORTOBER REVIEWS FROM THE MONSTER FAMILY

Here are some tweets from our Monster Friends who have joined in on the Horrortober Madness on Twitter. What a great variety of horror movies to choose from.

Please follow these guys on Twitter and check out their web sites and join in by using hashtag #Horrortober. And don’t forget to retweet and favorite as you go.

@jason_brant
Frankenstein’s Army.
Cool creatures. That’s it. Shouldn’t have anything to do with Frankenstein. Shouldn’t be found footage. #horrortober

@jimherbert1
THE LAST WAVE
1977 – Atmospheric, understated, and enigmatic. A moody, PRE-Apocalyptic masterpiece. #horrortober

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CASTLE OF BLOOD
1964 – even dubbed from the original Italian it still delivers. Plus BARBARA STEEL! #Horrortober

@RivasAnthony13
The Innkeepers
. Hotels are always the best setting for a ghost story. 8 out of 9 skeletons #horrortober #monstermen #horror #horrormovie

@spencedunnings
going to continue the #horrortober goodness with a Vincent Price classic, The House on Haunted Hill!

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going to watch the @hammerfilms classic, Horror of Dracula #horrortober

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going to watch one of my favorite films ever, The Nightmare Before Christmas. A must watch during the Halloween season! #Horrortober

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going to watch Birth of the Living Dead, a documentary on George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. The doc is on @netflix #horrortober

The Bleeding House & The Vagrants – #Horrortober Reviews

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Bleeding House

Aaaarrrrgggghhh! Hunter checking in. So far, I’ve watched 14 horror flicks this month and have read half the books on my #Horrortober reading list. Well, well, well, I found this little gem from 2011 on Netflix last night. A very well-crafted indie horror flick about a family with a strange past who takes in a kind gentlemanly stranger. What ensues may be a bit predictable, but it’s so well acted and lovingly shot, you’ll fall in love with this murderous little tale.

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It’s no secret that I think Brian Moreland is one of the best new horror writers on the planet. And he’s an ultra cool dude. It was so hard holding myself back from reading his lastest novella, THE VAGRANTS, until this month. When a writer stumbles upon a charismatic cult leader amassing the homeless across the country, very bad things are bound to follow. THE VAGRANTS is gripping reading that will make you fear subway tunnels and abandoned houses! A must read for the Halloween season!