Scares That Care 2021: Felissa Rose, Bigfoot and Bourbon – Monster Men Ep. 173

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If you missed Scares That Care Weekend 2021 in Williamsburg, VA, then we’ve got you covered. Pull up a chair (and a drink) and check out the highlights. We meet the amazing Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp and sit in on Hunters Bigfoot in the Bronx presentation, featuring the big guy himself. Plus, we make our rounds and talk to some of the best authors in the horror community. We also have a special episode of Jack’s Tasting Club with our pal, Laurel Hightower. Plus, a couple of the cutest costumes from the famous costume contest.

Here’s a list of the people in this video. You should follow these folks on Twitter and if they’re an author, buy their books.

FelissaRose – @Felissa_Rose
Adam Cesare – @Adam_Cesare
Laurel Hightower – @HightowerLaurel
Red Lagoe – @RedLagoe
V. Castro – @vlatinalondon
Brian Moreland – @BrianMoreland
Ben Long – @readsvicarious
Jason Brant @jason_brant
Scares That Care! – @ScaresThatCare
Jack Campisi – @BackinJack
Hunter Shea – @huntershea1

About Scares That Care
http://www.scaresthatcare.org
Scares That Care is a Non-profit organization dedicated to uniting horror fans to help sick kids, and women fighting Breast Cancer.

Each year, they will raise and donate $30,000 to help families who have a sick child, a severely burned child or a woman fighting Breast Cancer. They are a 100% volunteer organization and all net proceeds to directly to the families they support.

Please consider donating.
Thanks.

The Fly Remake vs Original w/ the PaleoCheeze Podcast- Monster Men Ep: 172

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The time on Monster Men, we welcome our pals Chad Lutzke and Jeremiah Bannister from the PaleoCheeze Podcast. Chad, like us, is a crusty horror veteran and he often watches horror movies with Jeremiah, who has hardly seen anything scary on the silver screen. It’s always a lot of fun.

We’ve invited them to watch and compare two legendary horror movies; The Fly, starring Vincent Price from 1958 and the remake with from 1986, directed by David Cronenberg and starring Jeff Goldblum and Geena Davis.

You should follow these guys and subscribe to their podcast. Twitter: https://twitter.com/paleocheeze

Chad Lutzke is also one hell of a writer.
Check out his books on Amazon or his site: http://www.chadlutzke.com

Remember, Monster Men is now also available as an audio podcast. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app. And get Monster Men gear too. Links on our homepage.

Janine Pipe: Badass Woman of Horror – Monster Men Ep. 171

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Talk about a whirlwind! We welcome Janine Pipe, horror reviewer, author, editor, blogger, podcaster and everything in between. In just one year, Janine has been a force of nature in the horror genre, and this is only the beginning. We talk about how she came to be a reviewer, her past life as a copper, upcoming writing projects and so much more. If you dream of breaking into the world of horror, you need to listen to Janine’s story. Aside from her reviews in Scream Magazine and Night Worms and editing for Kandisha Press, you can find her at :

Blog – https://janinesghoststories.wordpress…
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC32B…
Crytids, Crypts and Coffee podcast – https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCiIsIodtIZ29WE1rlL9o3Vw
Twitter – @JaninePipe28
Instagram – mrsdisney_28

Rock Songs in Horror Movies with Mike Carlon – Monster Men Ep: 169

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Are you ready to rock? This week we welcome our buddy Mike Carlon on the show to reminisce about some of our favorite songs featured in horror movies. It’s a fun and nostalgic ride down the Highway to Hell. Mike is an author, podcaster and stand-up comic. He also knows a lot about 80s hair metal. Don’t mess with him when it comes to Dokken. He also has a funny story about the time he saw the Warrens.

So bust your hair spray out and get ready to bang your head, it’s time to rock out.

Some of Mike’s books include: All the F*cks I Cannot Give, The Ruin of Souls, Return to Casa Grande and Uncorking a Murder. You can find Mike’s books and podcast, Uncorking a Story, at https://uncorkingastory.com​ and he’s on Twitter at https://twitter.com/uncorkingastory

Remember, Monster Men is now also available as an audio podcast. Subscribe on your favorite podcast app. And get Monster Men gear too.

IT FOLLOWS Horror Debate with JG Faherty – Monster Men Ep: 164

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IT FOLLOWS. It’s just one of those movies, either you love it, or you hate it. Some considered a modern horror masterpiece and others want their 1h and 40 minutes back. On this episode of Monster Men we welcome author JG Faherty for a good, old fashioned throw-down on this polarizing film. JG is not shy and he knows his stuff, so this is sure to be a great debate.

You can fiind JG Faherty at https://www.jgfaherty.com
Twitter: @jgfaherty

JG Faherty is a Multiple Bram Stoker Award and Thriller Award Nominated Author of THE CURE, CARNIVAL OF FEAR, CASTLE BY THE SEA, WINTERWOOD, LEGACY, GHOSTS OF CORONADO BAY, THE BURNING TIME, THE COLD SPOT, CEMETERY CLUB, SINS OF THE FATHER, HELLRIDER, HOUSES OF THE UNHOLY, THE CURE and THE BURNING TIME.

Halloween in Quarantine & 1978 Horror Movies – Monster Men Ep: 161

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It’s Halloween time again, but times have changed and so must we. Thanks to the pandemic, Halloween will look a little different this year, and so does our Halloween episode. We have done it remotely, as is the case with most things in 2020… but that does not stop us from having fun. This time we discuss and celebrate the horror movies 1978, the year the John Carpenter’s Halloween came out. It was quite a year for the genre. Plus, throughout the conversation we talk about some of the ways you can enjoy Halloween while still staying safe.

So, pull up some candy corn and join us as we celebrate our favorite holiday. And don’t forget to get yourself a Monster Men shirt, hoodie or mug at our TeePublic store. Go to http://tee.pub/lic/S9-0-iRSDP8 and don’t forget to post a pic and tag us once you have your swag.

How to Write Horror with Tim Waggoner – Monster Men Ep: 158

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So, you wanna be a horror writer? Perfect timing. Prolific, award winning author Tim Waggoner has penned the essential guide to writing horror. Tim sits down with the Monster Men to discuss his latest book, WRITING IN THE DARK. When a Bram Stoker award winner and acclaimed creative writing professor gives you all the tools you need, you listen and get ready to fill your toolbox!

Tim’s also written many movie and television tie-in novels and we dig deeper into that unique world. His articles on writing have appeared in Writer’s Digest, Writer’s Journal, and Writer’s Workshop of Horror. Oh, and we naturally talk about horror movies and what makes us all children of the night. You can check out his books from Flame Tree Press (THE FOREVER HOUSE and THEY KILL), his tie-in novels and explorations into horror and fantasy over at that little start-up company, Amazon. Follow him on Twitter at @timwaggoner and Instagram at @tim.waggoner.scribe

Werewolves with Michelle Garza – Monster Men Ep: 157

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Beware the moon! This week we welcome Michelle Garza to the podcast. Michelle alongside her twin sister, Melissa Lason, are better known as The Sisters of Slaughter, authors of some great horror, science fiction and dark fantasy. This week we discuss a subject that’s near and dear to Michelle; werewolves. Naturally we cover many of the staples of the genre including The Wolfman, An American Werewolf in London, The Howling, Dog Soldiers, Ginger Snaps and more. You’ll be howling at the moon by the end of this one.

Be sure to check out the books by the Sisters of Slaughter. Their novel, MAYAN BLUE, was nominated for a Bram Stoker Award and their work has been featured in anthologies such as FRESH MEAT by Sinister Grin Press, WISHFUL THINKING by Fireside Press and WIDOWMAKERS a benefit anthology of dark fiction.

You can find The Sisters of Slaughter at https://www.facebook.com/sistersofhorror Twitter – @fiendbooks

Monster Men is now available as a video podcast on YouTube and as an audio podcast. Follow the links to hear it.

Elevated Horror with Chad Lutzke – Monster Men Ep: 156

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It’s time to elevate the Monster Men show and talk about Elevated Horror. What exactly is elevated horror? What does that term even mean? Is it a good thing or a bad thing? What are some of the best examples of elevated horror?

To help us tackle these questions, we welcome horror author Chad Lutzke to the show. This man has a legit horror resume. He’s written for Famous Monsters of Filmland, Rue Morgue, Cemetery Dance and Scream magazine. His books include: OF FOSTER HOMES & FLIES, STIRRING THE SHEETS, THE PALE WHITE, SKULLFACE BOY and THE NEON OWL.

You can find Chad Lutzke at http://www.chadlutzke.com
Twitter – @chadlutzke

The Top 13 Horror Movies of 2019 – Jack’s Picks

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The Top 13 Horror Movies of 2019
By Jack Campisi

MMTOP2019It’s time again to take a look back at the year in horror movies and pick the cream of the crop. 2019 came out of the gate slowly and only few flicks seemed worthy of a top ten list, let alone a top thirteen list. Luckily, a lot of good stuff arrived later in the year. There’s plenty to like, so let’s get started.

13: Us
Jordan Peele’s second movie was a huge hit and he has quickly risen to the top of the horror genre. US is a doppelganger movie with strong themes, striking visuals and a great cast. While I had a good time watching this movie, I was not as impressed with it as many others. I thought it kind of fell apart at the end. However, it did have some really creepy moments and a lot of well-placed laughs. I do love its originality and the effect it has had on popular culture. It’s great to see so many mainstream people embracing a horror movie. I look forward to more from Mr. Peele.

12: In Fabric
Yes, it’s the story of a haunted dress… and yes, it actually works. I had a hard time deciding if IN FABRIC would make my list, or if it would end up as an honorable mention. I decided to add it because it has stuck with me more than most of the movies I watched in 2019. It’s a throwback to 60s and 70s Italian horror movies but done with a healthy dose of twisted humor. It’s kind of like Suspiria mixed with a little Shawn of the Dead and Tales from the Crypt and a splash of Hammer horror aesthetics. I had super low expectations for this one and I was pleasantly surprised.

11: Zombieland: Double Tap
ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP is like comfort food; it takes me to my happy place. Ten years after the beloved Zombieland gnawed its way into our hearts, comes the sequel we never expected. I was psyched when I heard they got they entire original cast back. They all are in top form, especially Woody Harrelson and Jesse Eisenberg. Newcomer Zoey Deutch practically steals the movie, but that honor goes to Luke Wilson and Thomas Middleditch. Their “doppelganger” scene is one of funniest things I’ve seen this year. Oh, and one last thing, be sure to stick around until after the credits.

10: Crawl
The ultimate popcorn horror flick of the year. This movie crept up on me like a hungry gator in a dark crawlspace. CRAWL is just a good, old fashioned creature feature. It’s tense, fast paced and extremely entertaining. Fasten your seatbelts and enjoy the ride.

9: One Cut of the Dead
This is a movie about a zombie movie, but it’s much more than that. ONE CUT OF THE DEAD was a ton of fun. You won’t know what the heck you are watching at first but stick with it. The payoff in the third act is amazing. I had such a good time watching this movie, and it’s astounding what they were able to pull off with such a tiny budget. If you are a horror fan, or a fan of filmmaking, be sure to check it out.

8: Harpoon
HARPOON was not on a lot on people’s radar this year and I am so happy someone suggested it to me. It’s about three friends stranded on a yacht in the middle of the ocean, caught in some kind of nasty, snarky love triangle. Will the elements kill them, or will they kill each other? This is a tight little thriller with a great sense of humor. Good writing and a sharp cast elevate this movie and comedian Brett Gelman’s narration takes it to the next level.

7: Villains
VILLIANS is the story of two small time crooks on the run who break into the wrong home. After they discover a frightening secret in the house they must contend with the crazy and sadistic homeowners. VILLIANS is darkly funny and full of surprises. It was in theaters for a second last summer and I missed it. Luckily, it finally showed up on VOD before the end of the year and immediately made it onto my best-of list. It boasts a killer line-up: Bill Skarsgård, Maika Monroe, Jeffrey Donovan, and Kyra Sedgwick. Each one of these stars crush it.

6: Bliss
In BLISS we meet Dezzy, a struggling artist who’s in a rut and up against deadlines for her paintings. She is introduced to a drug called Bliss and goes on a debaucherous bender in the clubs of LA. Afterwards, she’s invigorated, inspired and oddly enough, finds herself craving human blood. This is a wild, frenetic and grimy movie that features an amazing performance by Dora Madison, who throws everything she’s got into this role. For a low budget movie, they certainly got a lot of bang for their buck. I really enjoyed this one.

5: Midsommar
What a long, strange trip this movie is. Dani and Christian are a couple that should really break-up but won’t for various reasons. Dani invites herself to join Christian and his friends on a trip to a midsummer festival in a remote Swedish village. Things slowly get weirder and scarier as the friendly villagers may be hiding a sinister agenda. MIDSOMMAR is Ari Aster’s follow up to Hereditary and he’s hit another home run.

4: Tigers Are Not Afraid
Wow, what a movie. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a visually stunning film that combines horror and fantasy elements against the backdrop of the Mexican drug wars. It follows a group of homeless, orphaned children on the run from the drug lords and ghosts. The kids in this movie are flat out amazing and the story is heart-wrenching. TIGERS ARE NOT AFRAID is a small and beautiful movie with equal amounts of dread and soul.

3: The Nightingale
Just between you and me, this is probably the best movie on this list. THE NIGHTINGALE is not necessarily a pure horror movie, but a lot of horrific things happen in it. It’s set in a British penal colony in Tasmania in 1825. It follows Clare Carroll, a young convict seeking revenge for violence committed upon her and her family by the British soldiers. She enlists the help of Billy, an Aboriginal tracker, whose people are also at odds with the British. The violence is brutal and graphic, but never gratuitous. It always serves the story. This is a dark and haunting movie, but surprisingly uplifting in the end. Director Jennifer Kent (of The Babadook fame) is brilliant, pure and simple. The entire cast is great, with Aisling Franciosi delivering a powerful performance in the lead role.

2: Ready or Not
READY OR NOT is a freaking a blast. A young bride must partake in her new husband’s family tradition of playing a game on their wedding night. She draws a card and gets Hide and Seek. What follows is a deadly, bloody and often hilarious game of cat and mouse, as the bride is hunted by her pretentious and homicidal in-laws. Can she survive until dawn? Can anyone? This was the most fun I had at the movies this year and READY OR NOT was almost my top pick overall. Once again, Samara Weaving shines bright here. Adam Brody is also a standout. Best of all, they really stick the landing. This movie had the best ending of any film this year.

1: Doctor Sleep
A sequel to The Shining? This movie could have pissed off a lot of people, including me. Young Danny Torrance (Ewan McGregor) may have escaped the Overlook Hotel, but 40 years later, his experience there still haunts him. He meets a girl with a “shine” lot like his. Now Danny must protect her from the evil that pursues her and finally confront the ghosts of his past. Hats off to Mike Flanagan because he pulled off a miracle. The Shining movie is sacred ground to a lot of people and so is the book. Many people love both and many don’t… particularly Stephen King, who is not shy in his disdain for Kubrick’s take on his novel. Somehow, Flanagan delivers an immensely entertaining movie that is satisfying to all parties involved, and even has the blessings of Mr. King himself. Flanagan clearly has a love of the material and it shows in every frame. Poor marketing hurt this movie at the box office, but it is one that should not be missed.

Honorable Mentions:
Brightburn
Satanic Panic
The Perfection
Daniel Isn’t Real
The Lighthouse

But wait, there’s more!
Be sure check out Hunter Shea’s Top 13 list at his blog and listen to the Final Guys podcast to hear Hunter, Jason and I discuss our picks.