The Monster Men Pumpkin Ale Tasting Show


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.






Monster Men Shows 91, 92 and 93


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



The Monster Men Halloween Special


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.

Horror Movie Roundup


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.


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!

cheap thrills

So, what have you all been watching?

Hammer Time in #Horrortober


Hammer Time!

Jack here with some more #Horrortober reviews. I’ve been on a bit of an old Hammer Horror kick, which has been a blast. Plus, I tracked down a movie I have been hearing about for a while, THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES. Hunter saw it too. Wow.

Here’s what I have been watching. I provide my tweet and then a quick comment on each movie.

Taste the Blood of Dracula

 @BackinJack Tweet Review
Taste the Blood of Dracula:
Schlocky Christopher Lee fun for #horrortober – one of the funniest climaxes to a #Dracula flick.

Taste the Blood of Dracula: This is one of those classic Christopher Lee Dracula movies where Dracula is not in it as much as you’d like, but when he is, he is one mean dude. It features the typical assortment of beautiful Hammer women and uptight Englishmen. This flick has some great moments and one of the funniest finales ever in a Dracula movie.

Note: I got a DVD with four Christopher Lee Dracula movies for about 8 bucks on Amazon. A great Horrortober investment, if you ask me.

Taste The Blood of Dracula

Taste this, Count!

Twins of Evil

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Two times the fun for #Horrortober w TWINS OF EVIL. Classic Hammer horror. Sexy twins, over the top vampires & crazy puritans.

Twins of Evil: This is one of those racy Hammer vampire flicks with lots of sexuality, cleavage and a little nudity. It’s also got a pack of crazy, witch burning puritan’s lead by Peter Cushing. It was fun to revisit this one after a very long time.

Twins of Evil

May I see the Twins?

Dracula AD 1972

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Funky 70’s #Horrortober action w DRACULA A.D. 1972 – It’s got Cushing, Hammer horror hotties & Christopher Lee for 10 min.

Dracula AD 1972: This is one of the most maligned of the Christopher Lee Dracula movies, mostly because Lee only gets about 10 minutes of screen time. However, I get a kick out of this movie. It plays as a direct sequel to Horror of Dracula and ignores all the other Dracula movies in between. I think it does not drag like some of the other movies can in places. Once again we have Dracula resurrected, but this time it’s in modern times. It’s got Peter Cushing as Van Helsing’s descendent and more sexy Hammer hotties. Not a great movie, but a pretty good Dracula vs. Van Helsing showdown at the end.

Dracula AD 1972 Beacham Lee

1972 and Drac is still scoring with the babes.

The Poughkeepsie Tapes

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Took the #horrortober advice of @huntershea1 and saw THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES. Now that is a horror movie. Whew. Not for the squeamish.

I have been hearing about this found footage movie, The Poughkeepsie Tapes for a few years now. Hunter Shea recently managed to find it and see it and I followed suit immediately. Now I see what all the fuss is about. This is a pretty edgy horror film in the vein of Megan is Missing and Maniac. Not for the squeamish, but a must see for true horror fans.


The Strain

@BackinJack Tweet Review
Finished season 1 of The Strain. Started slow, got better. An ok to show to DVR. Silly fun. Unlikable characters. #Horrortober

I almost bailed on The Strain halfway through the first season. It’s kind of hokey and I did not like a single character on the show. But I stuck with it. I will say, it did get better in the second half. I am still not in love with the show, but I find it a good one to DVR and watch when there is nothing else on.