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Podcast Episode Seven: Incidental Actions of Assault. Better Known As: Random Acts of Violence

https://open.spotify.com/episode/4UgJ3mqNYhrR8qdeqSkIw2?si=hzz6N3GcSuiXKMUPDtzhJw

Spoiler free HorrorGirl Quickie review- Random Acts of Violence now streaming on Shudder

 

Check out last week’s episode for Jay Baruchel in the flesh. Errr.. audio.

Podcast Episode Four: Pigtails and Bunny Slippers, C’est La Vie! w/ Emma Louise Webb

 

The lockdown Zoom found footage horror film HOST is taking Shudder by storm! Host’s very own Emma Louise Webb joins us to talk real life seances, vanishing mediums, smashing glasses and hiding coughs with farts. Glassta-la-vista, baby.

**WATCH THE MOVIE BEFORE LISTENING! SPOILER ALERT!**

HOST: Found Footage Zoom Horror Isn’t Gimmicky- It’s Call Your Mom Crying Scary

My heart rate hasn’t quite settled back to normal after watching HOST. I thought I would be brave and create an ambiance by shutting all the lights off, and instantly regretted it the second the movie was over. It’s official… HOST is too-scared-to-go-to-the-bathroom scary. It’s kind of want-to-call-your-Mom-crying scary. It’s tiptoe around the house, peeking around corners and turning on all the lights knowing damn well that won’t save you scary.

If you’re thinking… ok, a quarantine Zoom found footage flick- gimmicky. I get it. But you are wrong wrong wrong. There is nothing gimmicky about this. It’s all charm and horror and peeking through your fingers and racing heartbeats. Really, I was leaning forward to see the details I could not bring myself to fully look away from, and covering my mouth and my eyes (I know, I know… don’t touch your face! But I was home with freshly washed hands) gawking in terror, along with the characters on screen. Watching this really does feel like you are one of the friends on the Zoom call, it’s like a nightmarish LARP from the netherest nether regions of hell.

The tiny cast was so damn charming and endearing. Emma with her pigtails and pink bunny slippers especially won my heart. Probably because she’s that friend we all have that we collectively feel the need to protect. These women are smart and funny and their chemistry is so great that it really and truly feels like participatory/voyeuristic. This film would never work if not for that. This is a shining example of cast and crew doing so much with so little. To truly throw the audience into the feel of a Zoom call, there’s no beautiful cinematography or score to build beauty and tension. It’s all direction, acting, editing and all elements come together in perfect alchemy to quite frankly… scare the shit out of the audience. The core cast of Radina Drandova, Jemma Moore, Emma Louise Webb, Haley Bishop, Caroline Ward is the heart and soul of the film. Just look at the agony in their faces in that thumbnail! A mere modicum of what’s in store for you.

The limitations of quarantine and Zoom are used to full advantage here. Rather than weaknesses, they become strengths and I won’t say any more for fear of spoiling. Creative from beginning to end, first frame to last- it’s a ride, an experience. Rob Savage, Gemma Hurley, Jed Shepherd and team created the unique, creative quarantine brilliance we all hoped to achieve in our most ideal lockdown scenario. And they did it BIG. Turn off all the lights (maybe even watch on a computer for truly maximum immersiveness), light a candle if you really want to fuck yourself up, and dive into this horrifically good time.

 

Some extra fun Host related stuff coming up on the Podcast,
so stay tuned for that ya creeps!

Host is exclusively streaming on Shudder, Thursday July 29th

Podcast Episode Two: Lake of Death

July 16th, 2020 – New Norwegian horror hits Shudder! Lake of Death, the name alone makes you want to run barefoot along the wooden dock, launch yourself off the edge into a front flip and splash into the murky waters, doesn’t it? Summerrrr *falsetto* Dive into this quickie and then splash on over to Shudder to stream Lake Of Death.

https://open.spotify.com/embed-podcast/episode/7nMo6bjpGU2kPGFecbKREf

The Beach House Delivers Sleepy Seaside Body and Environmental Horrors

There’s something creepy afoot in Cape Cod! In The Beach House, body horror meets environmental horror in this smart sci-fi horror thriller reminiscent of 1950’s sci-fi classics. What was intended as a romantic getaway for college sweethearts begins to unravel into something sinister.

Director Jeffrey A Brown’s feature directorial/ writing debut drips with dread and old fashioned suspense. Of the four characters under one roof, I didn’t trust anyone, though I wasn’t exactly sure why (Ok, Rosemary’s Baby has left me with some lifelong deeply engrained trust issues). Without any real reason to distrust the Turners or the young duo, the suspicion is there all the same pretty early on. So there’s this feeling of instability which personally always shakes me to the core and builds up this sense of dread. For me, much of the movie played out with elements of a psychological thriller because of this. Which characters were reliable, which were not, what was the actual reality of what was happening? Those are beautiful little anxiety builders, when the storytellers are intentionally crafting a shaky foundation, we can’t quite get our footing and it is unsettling to say the least.

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At first glance everything seems peachy keen ideal. Then there is this feeling that something lies beneath for every member of this beachside party. The cracks begin to reveal themselves, as they are wont to do. This college co-ed couple has problems, the dude with the Dad who owns a coastal getaway home- problems. The sweet older couple vacationing seaside- you guessed it, problems. It’s realistically human to have layers and issues, but it’s unclear if these problems will lend themselves to nefarious acts. We are working with a shaky foundation, though exact details may not be totally revealed just yet, there is this art of slowly undressing it, making the audience aware that not all is as it may seem, and keeps the guessing going. Which is honestly so fun!

The shift from the serene idyllic seaside cottage color scheme of the first act is in stark contrast with the moody dark world we find ourselves in as the film progresses. Mega juicy highlight – there is definitely a special effects gross out factor that made me shudder, cringe, involuntarily let out some audible disgust, and turn away, hiding my eyes and peeking through squinted eyelids and laced fingers because it was too cool not to watch. Much like staring into the sun… it was too much to view straight on with no protection to shield me from the horrors I was witnessing. Kudos on the wildly fun disgusting factor.

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The cast of four beautifully carries the story onward, with nuanced performances that leave the viewer apprehensive. Veteran actors Jake Weber and Maryann Nagel are both endearing as the Turners, but not without raising suspicion. It’s a fine line to walk, and they do so masterfully. Liana Liberato as the super smart and driven Emily and Noah Le Gros as the soul searching, idealist “isn’t there more to life” Randall play off each other in a way that keeps the energy interesting. There is clearly love present, but with a lot of conflict, and they portray the duality well. Emily is a brilliant badass, and of course I’m here for it.

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The Beach House has something to say. It isn’t preachy, it just is. Naturally unfolding through the storyline and the knowledge dropped by budding astrobiology student Emily. While it is reminiscent of 50’s sci-fi, it never feels as though it is actually trying to emulate those films. It is fresh enough and original enough that it conjures up feelings of those classics for fans of those films, freshly nostalgic. In COVID times it carries an extra element of chills, mirroring elements of reality, which for me always makes for the best and most horrific horror.

The Beach House hits the Shudder streaming service July 9th.
Dive in and find out what seaside horrors await!

Check out the HorrorGirlProblems Podcast
to hear an interview with writer/director Jeff Brown

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