The Monster Men Halloween Special

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It’s here! It’s here! The Monster Men Halloween episode 2015!

Monster Men 89: Halloween Show! Pumpkin Cinema, Horror Movies & Books, Pumpkin Ale

It’s the Halloween episode of the Monster Men. This show is packed with more Halloween goodness than is inhumanly possible.

During the show we enjoy a delicious Ichabod Pumpkin Ale while we discuss our plans for the 2015 Halloween season. First we explore the amazing Halloween book, PUMPKIN CINEMA, a comprehensive guide to Halloween movies and TV shows. It is a fun read and a must read for any Halloween enthusiast. We discuss movies like MONSTER SQUAD, DARK NIGHT OF THE SCARECROW, HUMANOIDS FROM THE DEEP, RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD and TERROR IN THE AISLES. Even Daffy Duck’s Quakbusters!

Then we move on to the #Horrortober Reading List, where we recommend a ton of great horror novels and scary books for the Halloween season. This includes books by Jason Brant, Brian Moreland, Cat Cavendish, Russell James, Kristopher Rufty and Glenn Rolfe.

Monster Men 88: We Are Still Here, The Dover Demon, Horror Movie Picks

On this episode of the Monster Men we review four very different horror movies. They include the ghostly WE ARE STILL HERE, the found footage alien flick, AREA 51, the hard-to-find found footage pioneer THE LAST BROADCAST and the absolutely crazy ALYCE KILLS.

Then we learn about the legend behind Hunter Shea’s new horror novel, THE DOVER DEMON, inspired by a real story out of Dover, Mass.

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Visiting The House of the Devil

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Hunter back on the prowl.

The House of the Devil was my introduction to writer/director Ti West. When I first saw it, I thought, “How the heck did I miss this movie? It must have come out 30 years ago!” Set in the early 80’s, West perfectly captures the look, sound and feel of movies made in that era. Released in 2009, I love this movie so much, I’ve watched it once every year since.

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Uber cutie Samantha needs $300 so she can get an apartment and move out of her dorm. In comes a babysitting opportunity that, although highly strange and very creepy, can get her all that and more. The movie says it’s based on true Satanic cult stories. Oh, and of course she’s babysitting on the night of a full eclipse of the moon. Don’t watch this one alone.

When you’re done with The House of the Devil, check out Ti West’s haunted hotel flick, The Innkeepers. I’ve come to realize that people either love or hate it. I’m in the former category.

I also plan to watch his latest this weekend, The Sacrament. Cult leader goes bad. I’m making Kool Aid and popcorn! I hope it’s as good as the cult vignette from V/H/S2. large_sacrament

 

Cheap Thrills

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Welcome to Hunter’s #Horrortober viewing odyssey. Last night’s much anticipated flick was Cheap Thrills. I’ve been dying to see this ever since I saw a promo for it earlier this year and heard the review on Bloody Good Horror.

My big worry was that I’d built it up so much in my mind, the actual movie would fall far short. I’m happy to say I was dead wrong.

Cheap Thrills is funny, twisted, gross and just plain sick. A rich married couple grab two schmoes into their orbit one night, paying them to do stupid things like slap  a stripper’s ass or piss on one another’s shoes. Things escalate as the night wears on – naturally.

Need a great new movie to watch this Halloween? This is the one.

New and Old School #Horrortober Flicks: Excision and Black Sabbath

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Jack here with a couple of Horrortober movie reviews.

@BackinJack Tweet:
Black Sabbath
, not the band, the 1963 horror anthology w Boris Karloff as host & a vampire. Old school fun for #Horrortober

I watched Black Sabbath today. This 1963 horror anthology film is available on Netflix and is a fun, old school Halloween season movie. It features Boris Karloff as the host/narrator and he also stars in the third and longest segment, a vampire story. A very interesting chapter in this horror legend’s career.

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Boris Karloff gets ahead.

@BackinJack Tweet:
Excision
is a bizarre, bloody drama horror film w an all-star cast led by a stellar AnnaLynne McCord. Weird. 3 out of 5 claws. #Horrortober

The first Horrortober movie for me was Excision. (2012) This movie is about a disturbed high school student with medical aspirations and her bizarre, bloody fantasies. It’s a strange movie that is worth a look for a couple of reasons. First, the gorgeous AnnaLynne McCord is practically unrecognizable as the lead and does a great job carrying the film. Second, there is an all-star cast including Traci Lords, Ariel Winter, Malcolm McDowell, Matthew Gray Gubler, Marlee Matlin, Ray Wise, and John Waters.

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AnnaLynne wants to play doctor.

Kicking #Horrortober Off with Jug Face and Mixed Media

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Jug_Face_Movie_PosterHowdy ghouls. Hunter here. My month long holiday has begun! We here at Monster Men central are going to be posting reviews on movies and books, along with guest reviews by some kick ass authors, all throughout October.

I thought I’d start the party with a very quick review of the indie flick, JUG FACE. I’d heard a lot of good things about this one. Backwards rednecks in the woods worshipping some kind of sludge in a pit. I assume the reviewers who crowed about it were drunk on moonshine. It’s ok if you have Netflix and time to kill. A must see for incest fans.

Now, if you want to read an excellent short story that will tickle your Twilight Zone bone, check out MIXED MEDIA by Aniko Carmean. I loved it and hear she has a lot of new stuff coming out. Stay tuned.

Welcome to Monster Men….Aaaarrrrgggghhhh!

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OK, after 2 years of living without a website, the Monster Men finally have their own dungeon…I mean home. We’re just a few days away from October, or what Jack and Hunter call #Horrortober. That means prepping for Halloween, watching a  horror movie a day, scary reads and saving our sheckles for horror cons.

We’re going to add the Monster Men archives over the next few weeks, which means you’ll be able to watch all 48 episodes right here, in the comfort of our horrid abode.

So, to get you in the proper mood, let’s start things off with a few Halloween themed podcasts. Watch on, if you’ve got the guts.