Let’s Play – Until Dawn

Lucard Dragomir plays through “Until Dawn” on the PS4 console.

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We’re Not Dead… Yet!

Dear UNH listeners:

We wanted to let all of you know that the podcast isn’t dead, far from it in fact! However, due to some technical issues that were beyond our control and some much-needed vacation time this week, we’ve had some delays. But the good news is that we’ll be returning you to your regularly scheduled horror podcast next week. In the meantime, please check out our archives to listen to any episodes you may have missed.

Next week, we’ll be talking about the Netflix hit that’s taken the world by storm: Stranger Things. We’d love to hear your thoughts on this or any other horror-related topic. Please send us your thoughts via MP3 audio at unitednationsofhorror@gmail.com or call us at (404) 480-2545 to leave a voicemail. Until next week, horror friends!

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UNH 40: Spanish Horror – [The Devil’s Backbone]

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In this episode, UNH packs our bags and heads to the sunnier climes of Spain with special guest Erin Miskell. As we discuss ghostly children in The Devil’s Backbone (2001), we ask the question: what is a ghost? An emotion suspended in time – like a blurred photograph, like an insect trapped in amber…?

Santi

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UNH 39: Strange Days

Forget the Olympics, team UNH head back to the future in this episode on Kathryn Bigelow’s underrated gem Strange Days (1996), looking at the film as a unique genre hybrid: a neo-noir, cyber-techno dark thriller.

Anthony Rotolo brings us a new segment of his TV Terror series, on the VR 5, an old Fox show from 1995 with a virtual reality / science fiction / thriller premise.

UNH is your main connection to the switchboard of the soul – the magic man… Santa Claus of the subconscious. You say it, you think it, you can have it… You know you want it.

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Bed Time

Hi UNH family, please be sure to check out our friend James Hogan’s amazing short film, Bed Time. Fans of horror, you’re going to delight in this:

Bed Time from James Hogan on Vimeo.

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UNH 38: Universal series [Frankenstein]

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“If I cannot inspire love, I will cause fear!”

For our July special, UNH resurrects the first four instalments in the Universal series to feature the Frankenstein family and the infamous monster: Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Son of Frankenstein (1939), and Ghost of Frankenstein (1942).

Anthony fills us in on Dan Curtis’ rendition of Frankenstein (1973) in another TV Terror segment, and Horror Librarian Talicia provides a history lesson on the events that inspired Mary Shelley’s original novel.

Hope you enjoy, ‘friends’ and find this episode, ‘gooooood’! 🙂

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UNH 37: Folk Horror (The Witch / The Shrine)

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If you go down to the woods today… you’ll find the UNH team hunting for monsters (unfortunately, we keep happening across Pokemon…) Joined by special guest Ray Nichols, Editor-in-Chief at SQ Magazine, we’re looking at the occult / pagan European sub-genre of horror that is the folk tale, travelling from Poland to New England as we investigate the supernatural worlds of The Shrine (2010) and The Witch (2015).

Anthony provides us with another TV Terror segment, discussing the BBC’s Ghost Story for Christmas: Stigma (1977), and Horror Librarian Talicia provides some great book suggestions, The Witches and The Burning of Bridget Cleary, that you’re going to want to check out after viewing The Witch…

Grab your broomstick and butter and prepare to live deliciously… 🙂

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UNH 36: Early Horror Memories

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This week, the United Nations of Horror takes a trip down memory lane to childhood. A time of toys, books, comics, video games and of course movies. But how does this involve horror? Some might be surprised by just how much horror influences us as children and how we often times return to it for those childhood memories as adults. Mark, Becky, Kieran, LunaMyst and Lucard discuss everything from Ghostbusters to Dracula. Anthony Rotolo joins us to discuss Children of the Stones, a British television drama serial for children. We have lots of great feedback from you, our listeners, as well as audio feedback from Dan and Malcolm! Plus, Becky interviews Mark about his new book The Boy Who Got Lost in Dreams!

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UNH 35: Hellraiser Special [Part 3]


In the first edition of our Author’s Studio series, and part 3 of our Hellraiser special episodes, Mark opens the Lemarchand box and summons best-selling and award winning author Paul Kane for an in-depth interview.  Long associated with the Hellraiser franchise, Paul’s latest book, Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell, weaves the weird and wonderful worlds of Hellraiser and Holmes together, pitting the wily detective against the cenobites in the Hellraiser universe…

In addition to covering Paul’s extensive bibliography, the interview also delves into Paul’s:

  • relationship with Clive Barker and Doug Bradley, and his work on the non-fiction work Hellraiser and Its Legacy
  • co-edited collection of short stories, Hellhound Hearts
  • upcoming Hellraisers book, containing extensive interviews with the cast and crew of the Hellraiser franchise, as well as much more…

Sherlock Holmes and the Servants of Hell can be found on Amazon and in all good book stores from 14 July 2016.

Paul’s other works can be found on both his Amazon profile page and on his own website.

But, for now, enjoy listening to the man himself as he talks about his work and the world of Hellraiser. As usual, we have such sights to show you…

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UNH 34: Near Dark

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Howdy, y’all! This week, UNH wants to show you the night; the blinding, deafening night… Yes, we’re donning the cowboy/girl hats and saddling up to talk about the horror western wonder that is Kathryn Bigelow’s NEAR DARK (1987). Along the way we’ll stop for a spell and talk about what we’ve been watching. Titles include Continue reading

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UNH 33: Eyes Without a Face

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A little later than usual due to technical issues, but here it is: UNH’s discussion of Georges Franju’s French/Italian dark fairy tale, EYES WITHOUT A FACE (1960). We touch on Jean Redon’s original book and the differences between this and the film adaptation, Franju’s career and other face-swapping films inspired by this work. We have fantastic segments from Anthony Rotolo and Talicia Tarver in this week’s TV TERROR and HORROR LIBRARIAN segments too.

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Action Zone: vol. 2: Predator

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Get to da chopper you son of a bitch and listen to UNH Action Zone! This time around we head deep into the jungle only to encounter the ultimate extraterrestrial hunter. Yeah, that’s right: we’re talking about Predator, starring the one and only Govenator, Arnold Schwarzenegger. Mark takes point and is joined by Becky and Lucard as we take an up-close and personal look at this action classic. We also look at the franchise as a whole.

This month’s Action Zone TV TERROR segment from Anthony Rotolo looks at THE CHALLENGE (1970), which is on YouTube in full. Have you seen it?

We also talk about Mike Annerino’s awesome Big Comic Page review of the latest issue of the new LIFE AND DEATH comic series from Dark Horse, which dedicates a four issue story to each of the different species in the Alien/Predator/Prometheus universe.

Until next time, keep chewing bubblegum and kicking ass. We’ll be back!

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UNH 32: I Saw The Devil

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This week, UNH travels to South Korea with Kieran, Becky, Lucard and special guest, Editor in Chief of SQ Magazine, Ray Nichols. We delve into the world of the extreme Asian cinema with I SAW THE DEVIL (악마를 보았다), a psychological horror / thriller that finds NIS agent Kim Soo-hyu seeking revenge against a psychopathic killer who murdered his fiancée. Along the way we discuss extreme South Korean cinema and some additional films you may also want to add to your watch list. As always, we talk What We’ve Been Watching and much more!

Don’t forget to enter our first ever contest!

We’re trying very hard to build the United Nations of Horror into the best horror movie podcast on the Internet. What that means for listeners is more content, better audio quality and video specials. In order to do this we would really appreciate your support – by downloading episodes, spreading the word, and leaving awesome feedback.

As you know, UNH has branched out with two new monthly sister podcasts; we’re covering action films in the Action Zone and horror films so bad they’re good in the upcoming B(ad) Side podcast. The UNH team does this for the love, not the money. We’re horror fans first and foremost. But in order to help with new equipment and hosting fees, the B(ad) Side podcast will be pay-per-download. Listeners can purchase this additional content for as little as $1 per episode. The very first B(ad) Side episode at the end of June – on which we’ll be discussing Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, as chosen by listeners – will be free.

In order to thank listeners for the great support thus far, we have organised a little competition. All you need to do is email unitednationsofhorror@gmail.com with your name and you’ll be in the running to win:

  • $30.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • A custom painting of your favourite horror movie icon (to be chosen by you, the winner) from our very own, wonderful artist, LunaMyst Dragomir

The contest will run throughout June. All contestants’ names will be entered into a leather fedora hat and shuffled. We will then draw a name – on the June special episode at the end of the month – to decide the winner! Good luck, and thank you for all of your support!

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Movie Review: WARCRAFT (2016)

Video game movies are a tricky thing. Video games and movies have story structures that are so vastly different from one another that to merge the two would take someone with special understanding of both mediums. By “understanding” I don’t mean that it takes a gamer, because being a fan of something doesn’t make you an auteur. You have to have someone with a true vision and true understanding of how to translate the video game structure correctly, plus all of the lore that comes with it. Not only that, you have to face down the path of all of the failed video game movies. To claim that title of the great video game movie, you have to walk over the corpses of Resident Evil and Hitman, Max Payne and Dead or Alive, which you’d think would be an easy task but it’s easier said than done. Warcraft seems like the prime suspect for a shitty film adaptation, getting so lost in it’s geekdom and lore instead of telling a true story. Out of all of them, Warcraft is the adaptation that needs that great auteur that I was talking about, someone who understands both cinema and video game storytelling. Is Duncan Jones that man? Let’s take a look.

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Horror Fan Art Grab Bag Contest

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We’re trying very hard to build the United Nations of Horror into the best horror movie podcast on the Internet. What that means for listeners is more content, better audio quality and video specials. In order to do this we would really appreciate your support – by downloading episodes, spreading the word, and leaving awesome feedback.

As you know, UNH has branched out with two new monthly sister podcasts; we’re covering action films in the Action Zone and horror films so bad they’re good in the upcoming B(ad) Side podcast. The UNH team does this for the love, not the money. We’re horror fans first and foremost. But in order to help with new equipment and hosting fees, the B(ad) Side podcast will be pay-per-download. Listeners can purchase this additional content for as little as $1 per episode. The very first B(ad) Side episode at the end of June – on which we’ll be discussing Blair Witch 2: Book of Shadows, as chosen by listeners – will be free.

In order to thank listeners for the great support thus far, we have organised a little competition. All you need to do is email unitednationsofhorror@gmail.com with your name and you’ll be in the running to win:

  • $30.00 Amazon.com gift card
  • A custom painting of your favourite horror movie icon (to be chosen by you, the winner) from our very own, wonderful artist, LunaMyst Dragomir

The contest will run throughout June. All contestants’ names will be entered into a leather fedora hat and shuffled. We will then draw a name – on the June special episode at the end of the month – to decide the winner! Good luck, and thank you for all of your support!

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UNH 31: Hellsing Ultimate

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Greetings mortals and welcome to the United Nations of Horror’s first in a new series we’re going to call “Anime Dark”. It is from the depths of the deepest darkest dungeon of our Castle that we come to you this week. Trapped in the coffin of unrest, forever waiting to be unleashed to serve our master. Hurry! Hurry! Hurry! Remove these angelic chains that bind us and give us an order! Lucard and LunaMyst are joined by Erin Miskell of The Backseat Driver Reviews  conveniens to discuss “Hellsing Ultimate” (ヘルシング), a 10 episode Original Video Animation series based on Kouta Hirano’s (平野 耕太) manga. We also discuss anime fandom and a bit of its history. Our Horror Librarian Talicia sheds even more light on the anomaly that is anime with her book recommendation. It’s time to release our control level to zero. Welcome to the dark, Anime Dark!

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UNH 30: Frailty

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UNH heads down to the deep South in the United States to take a look at at FRAILTY (2001), the psychological / supernatural thriller directed by and starring Bill Paxton, and also starring Matthew McConnaughey and Powers Boothe. Becky, Mike, Talicia, LunaMyst and Lucard talk in-depth about Gothic and Southern Gothic fiction, religion and the history in the South. Our very own Horror Librarian Talicia tells us about Child of God, a Southern Gothic tale by Cormac McCarthy about Lester Ballard–a violent, dispossessed man falsely accused of rape–haunts the hill country of East Tennessee when he is released from jail. All this and of course oh so much more!  Ya’ll come on back now, ya hear?  Continue reading

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UNH 29: Hellraiser Special [Part 2]

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Oh the suffering…! Back in episode 12 we took a detailed look at Hellraiser. But this time around Mark, Matt and Mike were the only ones willing to delve even deeper into the utter dark depths of hell. In this episode, we will be covering the remaining five films and the comic books. Our Horror Librarian Talicia Tarver joins the suffering to discuss Clive Barker’s Hellbound Heart and The Scarlet Gospels. Kieran calls in to leave give his two cents on the Hellraiser franchise and much more as we wrap up the Hellraiser series. Will we make it out of hell alive… you’ll have to listen to find out!

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Action Zone Vol. 1: Captain America Civil War

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Here at UNH, even though the team don’t got time to bleed, we’re obsessed with talking about film; you’d be right in saying that it makes our day. So much, in fact, that we’ve decided our discussion can’t be contained with the boundaries of horror… welcome, friends, to the ACTION ZONE. In the first episode of this new series, in which we’ll be tackling action favourites, old and new, as well the comedic, the unknown and the bizarre, Mark and Mike sit down to discuss new offering Captain America: Civil War. Yeah, we know we’re good to you. Gotta be asking yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’. Well, do ya, punk(s)?

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UNH 28: The Entity [Female Hysteria]

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UNH is back and better than ever with Becky, Mike and Lucard. We’re joined by not one but two very special guests this week,  Kieran and Anthony!  Female hysteria: such a dark, loaded phrase. Female hysteria: it ain’t no passing craze… It means no worries, for the rest of men’s days… A phallic, problem-free philosophy… Female hysteriaaaaaaa.

Apologies for the above appalling attempt to lighten this week’s subject matter. In this episode UNH will be talking about THE ENTITY (1981), Sidney J Furie’s wonderful study in female neurosis, gender politics, and the science vs supernatural debate. In addition to discussing female hysteria as a medical diagnosis throughout history, and female neurosis in the horror film more broadly, we’ll also be touching on the book by Frank De Felitta that inspired this adaptation, recounting the alleged true haunting of Doris Bithers by an unseen, distinctly male entity in and around 1974.

Welcome back, chaps!

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UNH 27: What We Do in the Shadows

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Continuing with the comedy vein of late, UNH is going all out HORRODY COMMA this week as Becky, Mike, Lucard and our very special guest Kieran Fisher go for a look that we like to call “dead but delicious”… Yes, we’re going to be talking about Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi’s glorious vampire mockumentary, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (New Zealand, 2014). Anthony joins us for a groovy TV. Terror segment to discuss The Groovy Ghoulies and feedback from Mark plus What We’ve Been Watching! Titles include: Continue reading

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UNH 26: A Chinese Ghost Story

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Today’s a good day in hell: UNH is back! Yes, this week Becky, Mike, Mark and Lucard will be getting down and dirty with evil tree spirits, giant tongues of death and kung fu as we discuss Siu-Tung Ching’s A CHINESE GHOST STORY (1987). Talicia joins returns with the Library of Horror to tell us more about Chinese folklore. We’ll also talk about what we’ve been watching, including:

  • Walking Dead finale
  • He Never Died
  • Hell and Back (2015)
  • The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh
  • The Witches (1966)
  • Dawn of the Dead 2004
  • Batman vs Superman
  • Daredevil season 2

 

Scholar(s), it seems we’ve to storm hell!

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UNH – Episode 25: You’re Next

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We’re back in the saddle again for another episode of United Nations of Horror! Mike, Becky and Lucard return to look at 2011’s You’re Next. Final Girl anyone…? Anthony Rotolo returns with another epic edition of TV. TERROR featuring Cabin by the Lake. For our podcast recommendation, we suggest checking out The Hysteria Continues, a podcast dedicated to the slasher film. The show looks at slashers and gialli – as well as the relationship between the two sub-genres – from 1950 onwards. Plus, your feedback! As always, we’ll also talk about what we’ve been watching, including: Continue reading

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UNH Podcast – Episode 24: Found Footage Vol. 2

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Who will make it through the entire podcast… ALIVE?!

In the latest special edition of the United Nations of Horror, Mike, Lucard and Becky take a stroll through the haunted woods of found-footage horror… The second of our three-part special in this series, we tackle what is considered to be the first example of the contemporary found-footage film, THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT (1999) and several key films released afterwards: REC (2007); THE POUGHKEEPSIE TAPES (2007); and CLOVERFIELD (2008).  Continue reading

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UNH Podcast – Episode 23 Children of the Old Dark House: Spider Baby & X-Files: Home

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This week on the United Nations of Horror, Mark from The Good, The Bad and the Odd joins Becky and Lucard. We welcome our Librarian of Horror, Talicia as she makes her co-hosting debut! Previously back in Episode 7 we discussed The Old Dark House and how it has birthed many horror children such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other notoriously dysfunctional families. We discuss two Children of Old Dark House this week. First up is 1964’s Spider Baby. The film starred Lon Chaney, Jr. in the twilight of his career caring for three orphaned siblings who suffer from “Merrye Syndrome”. The genetic disorder (most likely caused by inbreeding) causes the children to mentally, socially, and physically regress backwards down the evolutionary ladder starting in early puberty. We follow the dysfunction up with one of the most haunting episodes of X-Files ever aired called “Home”. In this episode, Moulder and Skully are called to a rural Pennsylvanian town to investigate the murder of a baby who was buried alive. But what they find in the seemingly perfect Mayberry-like town is anything but ordinary. After the inbreeding has ceased, we have some great feedback from Wallaby Jones and Luna Myst Dragomir.

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REVIEW: My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2

Zoolander 2. Dumb and Dumber To. Anchorman 2. It seems that in the past few years, we’ve gotten this huge influx of comedy sequels, a decade or so too late, that no one was asking for. Fresh off the heels of the abysmal Zoolander 2, we have MY BIG FAT GREEK WEDDING 2. “Maybe this one will be different. Maybe this will work.” I kept saying to myself in the days leading up to this screening. I tried, I tried so hard to keep my mind open and my heart ready for a comedy that finally brought back beloved characters and gave me the further adventures that (according to the studios) I’ve been asking for. Did my hopes pan out? Well….let’s break it down from the top

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UNH Podcast – Episode 22: Resolution

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This week, Anthony and Matt join Becky and Lucard to discuss Resolution (2012), an indie meta horror film. When Michael gets a video of his crack-addicted friend Chris, he goes to try and help him get clean. But Michael truly has no clue what awaits him in a vast, strange landscape. Plus UNH now has an official librarian! In her first segment, Talicia discusses Stephen King’s classic novel, The Shining! Our Podcast of the Week is The Faculty of Horror; a podcast tackling all things horror with a slash of analysis and research, horror journalists and occasional academics Andrea Subissati and Alexandra West are your hosts for brain plumping discussions on all things that go bump in the night. We apologize for some audio glitches in this episode and continue to seek a UFO cult ritual to eliminate such issues. We’ll also discuss what we’ve been watching including: Continue reading

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REVIEW: 10 Cloverfield Lane

8 years. That’s how long I’ve been waiting for a CLOVERFIELD sequel. It’s one of my all time favorite movies, one that I could watch over and over again and never get bored of. I know I’m in a minority on that, but I just adore that film. It’s a film that is just as satisfying each time I watch it. So, when 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE was announced just a mere two months ago, I fan-girled so hard. SO HARD. There have been so many different theories as to how this particular film relates to CLOVERFIELD and how it carries on that mythos. Let me tell you guys right now, this is one of the most satisfying experiences you’ll ever have, CLOVERFIELD fan or not.

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REVIEW: The Brothers Grimsby

The spoof genre is such a hard nut to crack. Everyone has their preference for the approach to spoof films, but me personally? I love when you do it straight faced, but mix it in with pure wackiness and insanity, much like the original AIRPLANE! did. That weird devotion and out-of-place goofiness always slays me, I just find it hysterical. That being said, it never occurred to me that Sacha Baron Cohen should write a spoof film, but when you look at his history of film and TV, he’s a pretty perfect candidate for it. He has finally written a spoof in this week’s THE BROTHERS GRIMSBY. Does it work, like BORAT? Or does it end up a bit more like THE DICTATOR? Well, let’s take a look.

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REVIEW: London Has Fallen

OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN was a bit of a fluke. It seemed to be just another DIE HARD ripoff that would come and go in theaters. Then it opened up with $30 Million Dollars and went on to make damn near $100 Million. Plus, it turned out to actually be a badass action flick that embodied what we love about those awesome machismo action flicks of the 80’s, atleast I thought so. I’m a pretty big fan of that film, so I’ve been looking forward to the sequel. I’ve been worried, but I’ve been hoping that it could carry on the fun of the first film. After hearing all the shitty word of mouth, I got VERY worried. After finally seeing it tonight, I have a few words to say about this one myself…..

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REVIEW: Whiskey Tango Foxtrot

There’s a lot of times that I’ll see a film, in fact I think we all do, where you think to yourself “Man, this feels neutered. It should be rated-R.” It happens all the time, a business move by Hollywood to get a wider audience. Very rarely do we get something like WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT, which is essentially a PG-13 film, with random curse words thrown in there to make an rated-R film where there doesn’t need to be one. But hey, if it’s done intelligently or in a clever way, that’s totally fine. I’m not some prude, as you know from the podcast or my other reviews. But let me put it this way: if you’re wondering whether this film is in fact clever or not, the film is only titled WHISKEY TANGO FOXTROT for the sole purpose of being able to call the movie “WTF”.

Yup, that’s basically the level of intelligence here.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 21: Quatermass

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Welcome to the Sci-Fi Horror Sector here on the United Nations of Horror! This week, Mark joins Becky and Lucard for our big monthly special to take a look at perhaps the Granddaddy of all television Sci-Fi, Quatermass! Anthony Rotolo discusses the Quatermass television series in TV. Terror! From there, we go on to talk in-depth about all 3 Hammer Quatermass films. It’s a great possibility that if it weren’t for Quatermass, there would never have been Hammer Horror. So buckle up and prepare for the rocket ride of a lifetime; and remember, we are the martians!

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REVIEW: Zootopia

Ever since TOY STORY 3 in 2010, Pixar hasn’t been delivering as well as they should be. Thankfully, that same year, Disney used TANGLED to claim the mantle of animation kings. While Pixar was giving us CARS 2, MONSTERS UNIVERSITY, and THE GOOD DINOSAUR, Disney was giving us FROZEN, WRECK-IT RALPH, and BIG HERO 6. While still excited about this Disney animation resurgence, they gave us the first teaser for ZOOTOPIA about a year ago. It was the first time in years that I looked at a Disney animated film and felt myself getting worried. I haven’t exactly been excited about seeing this film, but now I’ve finally seen it and can place it in its rightful place among the other Disney films. Is it higher? Lower? Let’s see.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 20: Candyman

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This week on the United Nations of Horror, Lucard and Becky are left alone to man the UNH ship due to numerous technical issues beyond our control caused by the very evil entity of Candyman! That’s right, we’re going to take a look at the classic 1992 film. This horrible ghost feeds on the suffering and poverty of those in the dilapidated Chicago housing project of Cabrini–Green. But what can be his reason? We’ll discuss and find out. We have call-in feedback from Mark on the film and from Matt to discuss the original Clive Barker short story. Meanwhile, our good friend Anthony from TV. Terror takes a look at another horror tv. classic by the name of Alone in the Dark. As always, we’ll discuss what we’ve been watching.

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Last but certainly not least, we pay homage to our favorite horror movie podcast, Horror Etc. and what they have meant to us throughout the year. From all of us at here at the United Nations of Horror, thank you so much Horror Etc. You will be very missed.

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Review: Triple 9

Ever since Antoine Fuqua’s TRAINING DAY, the “dark, gritty crime-thriller” is a genre that has found its tropes and cliches and held on to them dearly. Since then, we’ve gotten a surplus of these films that hit a lot of the same beats, but arrive at varying degrees of quality.

For every THE DEPARTED, you get a TAKERS.

For every THE TOWN, you get a BROOKLYN’S FINEST.

I can go on and on with those comparisons, there’s so many. So, walking into TRIPLE 9, I was really hoping to enjoy it, but fully prepared for it to fall on it’s face.

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REVIEW: The Witch

I love a good “classy” horror film. A horror film with some true artistry and brains behind it. That’s what I expected to get from THE WITCH, but is that what I got? On a technical level, yes.

But on any other level? Not exactly….

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REVIEW: Eddie The Eagle

It’s finally happening. I’ve been talking a lot of shit about the wave of films we get in January and the majority of February, because typically they suck BAD. Thankfully, we’re starting to see a turn in quality. With DEADPOOL, WHERE TO INVADE NEXT, and now EDDIE THE EAGLE, we’re getting a string of movies that you should actually spend your time and money on.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 19: Blacula

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In honour of Black History month, UNH takes a look at the 1972 blaxploitation classic, Blacula and the sequel Scream Blacula Scream!  There are lots of Horrody Commas to be found as well as plenty of groovy Blood-Sucking Vampires. As always, we’ll also discuss what we’ve been watching. Titles include: Continue reading

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REVIEW: Where To Invade Next

I’m not a very political person. I’m just in the camp of “There’s shit I find right, and shit I find wrong” and that’s how I live my life. By that, I mean that when I hear political talk, AS HARD AS I TRY TO FOCUS, I just zone out. It’s not that I don’t want to learn, I LOVE to learn, but I’m a fan of being taught in an entertaining way. Lecturing bores me, thanks to the constant lectures I’ve dealt with in my 15 years of school. That’s why THE BIG SHORT was one of my favorite films of last year. I was entertained and I learned some important stuff. Michael Moore, whether you like him or not, is the king of this.

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REVIEW: Deadpool

“We’ll never see an R-rated Deadpool movie from Fox.”

That’s something I actually said once, and have been saying for years. But tonight, a geek fantasy came true. I attended the opening night of that very R-rated Fox Deadpool film that I denied for years. I sat in the Ultrascreen packed full of other geeks, chomping on my popcorn and giddy to finally see this gem of a film, a much overdue apology from Fox for how they have molested so many of our beloved superhero properties.

aaaaand while the audience loved the film, it didn’t QUITE hit the mark for me

But, before I get ahead of myself, let’s jump into the story.

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REVIEW: Batman: Bad Blood

 

Hey all, Mike Annerino from the good ‘ole UN of H here to review the latest animated DC film; BatmanBad Blood. This is my first written review, so bear with me here, but hopefully this will be the first of many written reviews that I’ll be bringing to the site, keeping you up to date on all of the latest films that I possibly can.

I don’t know if I’ve said this on the show before, but I’m a HUGE Batman fan. I’m a huge nerd as it is, but Batman certainly has a special place in my heart. Suffice it to say, I always try to keep up with any incarnation of the caped crusader that I can, the latest video games, latest films, and even the latest animated ventures that DC drops every year. While there are some FANTASTIC DC animated films, particularly starring Batman, they’ve been pretty hit-or-miss lately. That being said, we got lucky last year with Justice League: Throne of Atlantis, which wasn’t great, but it was still very good, followed up by Batman Vs. Robin, which was the best Batman animated film in years. If you ask me, Batman Vs. Robin was the most badass Batman film since Under the Red Hood. Well, it was only a matter of time before our luck ran out, in the form of Batman: Bad Blood.

 

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UNH Podcast – Episode 18: Martyrs

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Quelle Horreur! In the latest episode of UNH, Matt, Mike and Becky welcome back Lucard (hourra indeed!) to talk in-depth about New French Extremity staple, Martyrs (2008).

The team touches on earlier influences of extremism in French cinema and, as this is the first instalment in the UNH extreme cinema series, we “wade in rivers of viscera” and “spumes of sperm” to discuss some of the many films that make up New French Extremity.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 17: Early German Horror

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Du musst Caligari werden — You must become Caligari

Welcome to the United Nations of Eurovision!

For January’s special episode of UNH, Dia, Mark, Mike and Becky journey back in time to the silent era of German horror, awarding douze points to the following films:

DER GOLEM: WIE ER IN DIE WELT KAM / DER GOLEM: HOW HE CAME INTO THE WORLD (1920), DAS CABINET DES DR CALIGARI / THE CABINET OF DR CALIGARI (1920) and, of course, NOSFERATU: EINE SYMPHONIE DES GRAUENS / NOSFERATU: A SYMPHONY OF HORROR (1922).

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UNH Podcast – Episode 16: Demons (1985)

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They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.

In this week’s episode of the United Nations of Horror, Mike, Mark, Matt and M(B)ecky have a fun, pustulous time with Lamberto Bava’s Italian gore-fest DEMONS (1985). We also discuss Bava’s sequel, DEMONS 2, briefly. That’s how much we love you.

However, before we crack on with the main feature, we talk about the things we’ve caught this week. This includes an insight from UNH’s very own Grinch, aka the Master of the New Release, Mike, on the contentious Martyrs remake: Continue reading

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UNH Podcast – Episode 15: Onibaba

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In our second podcast of 2016, we cover a Japanese movie often held as a classic horror tale, Onibaba (1964).

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UNH Podcast – Episode 14: Last Shift

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Happy New Year and welcome back to the first episode of the United Nations of Horror. We kick off 2016 with the supernatural / psychological LAST SHIFT (2014), the most recent film from director Anthony di Blasi, who is definitely one to watch.

In addition, we talked about some of the things we’ve watched and received as gifts over the Christmas period, as well as related films and television series, including:

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UNH Podcast – Episode 13: Dracula (1958)

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Happy New Year everyone! We’re going to take you back to earlier this year before the United Nations of Horror existed to the first ever chat between Mark from The Good, The Bad and The Odd and Lucard on a short lived podcast known as Dracula’s Theatre. Here, we discuss Hammer Horror’s Dracula (1958) as well as a variety of related subjects such as the history of Hammer, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and much more.

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UNH Special – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

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Here’s a little Christmas gift from UNH Mansions – A one-off special covering Star Wars: The Force Awakens, with Star Wars fans Mark. Dia and Mike telling you many of the ways they love the new Star Wars movies – and some things they didn’t love.

We know it’s not horror, but Star Wars transcends genre.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 12: Hellraiser Special

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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! So, how do we celebrate the holidays here at Castle UNH? With horror movies of course! For our last show of the year Dia and Matt join us for this very special episode to discuss Hellraiser 1-4, the comic books, the original novel and the general history of Clive Barker’s Hellraiser. Anthony brings us the gift of more Clive Barker in the form of Tales from the Darkside. You can’t get enough Hellraiser you say? Well, fear not for this is a two part special with the second part coming sometime in 2016. Until then, we wish all of you and your loved one’s a very Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year. We’ll see you all next year!

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UNH Podcast – Episode 11: Black Christmas

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All of us here at the United Nations of Horror wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Holiday! It’s the time of year when you break out the egg nog (and perhaps a little something extra to add). Between murderous Black Friday shopping and our third holiday meal with the family, we sit down to discuss 1974’s BLACK CHRISTMAS. The film follows a group of sorority sisters who are receiving threatening phone calls during the holiday season by a deranged murderer hiding in the attic of their sorority house. Surely only good things can happen here, right? Anthony Rotolo stops by to discuss Bob Clark and gives us the gift of TV. Terror with 1972’s HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS. Dia gives us the gift of a Very German Point of View featuring Mario Bava’s A Bay of Blood (Ecologia del delitto). So my friends, sit back with your favourite holiday dessert and join in the festivities. ‘Tis the season!

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UNH Podcast – Episode 10: The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires

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This week on the United Nations of Horror, Mark from The Good, The Bad and the Odd joins us as we venture back to 1974 with a Hammer Horror and Shaw Brothers combination of the The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires. This unique film combines horror and kung fu martial arts and was filmed completely on location in Hong Kong. But before we ever get into the film we discuss what we’ve been watching. Anthony discusses TV. TERROR with a very vampiric episode of Kolchak the Night Stalker and Dia gives us a Very German Point of View discussing Kung Fu films in Germany. It’s an action-packed, hard-hitting, karate chopping, front stretch-kicking, kung fu fighting vampire episode in our very first entry into our very first Blood-Sucking Vampire series that you don’t want to miss.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 9: An introduction to Found-Footage – Influences and Evolution

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Found Footage. It’s a controversial subject for horror fans. Love it or hate it, there can be no doubt that it’s not going anywhere. Even if you aren’t a fan of current FF films, sometimes going back to the past can unearth hidden gems. In this episode, we’ll discuss the in-depth history and films of the Found Footage genre leading up to the mass hit, The Blair Witch Project (we’ll be covering BWP in a later show). We also discuss two important films that pre-date The Blair Witch that no doubt, unknown or not, had an influence on current genre. Those films are: 1992’s Ghostwatch and 1997’s The Last Broadcast. Anthony returns with TV. Terror! This week he discusses The Night that Panicked America, a movie that takes a look at the War of the Worlds (Orson Welles) radio drama. Mark calls in to discuss seeing Ghostwatch live and as it happened. Dia presents A German Point of View about the notorious Cannibal Holocaust and its extreme controversy. As always, you can find us on Facebook or e-mail us at unitednationsofhorror@gmail.com. Please also feel free to comment below and be sure to read our show noes.

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UNH Podcast Episode 8: The Cottage

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UNH returns this week to take a look at 2008’s British horror-comedy, “The Cottage”. Dae Dia brings us a new segment to talk about the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in the very first “German Point of View”. Anthony discusses a rare television gem, “The Longest Night”. Plus LOTS more! Continue reading

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UNH Podcast – Episode 7: Children of the Old Dark House: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

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This week we step into The Old Dark House, a somewhat rare film that has birthed many horror children. Perhaps the most notorious of those dysfunctional children (films if you will) is The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Anthony shares another amazing TV. Terror feature with “All The Kind Strangers” from 1974. Join us as we uncover old family secrets and marvel in the crazyness that is Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2.

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UNH Podcast – Episode 6: Halloween vs. Halloween

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Halloween is a film franchise that is as big as it gets. Even non-horror movie fans know the name of Michael Myers, the 6-year old child from Haddonfield who murdered his older sister Judith on Halloween night in 1963 with a kitchen knife and how fifteen years later in 1978, he escaped Warren County Smith’s Grove Sanitarium and came home to kill again. The original franchise, written and directed by legendary John Carpenter, is beloved. So, what happens when rocker turned horror film director Rob Zombie is allowed to take the reigns and completely remake the Halloween franchise? Well, that’s up for debate.

In this episode we discuss both the original Carpenter film and the updated Zombie remake. We also discuss Bone Tomahawk, Ash vs. Evil Dead and TV. TERROR with Anthony Rotolo featuring Someone’s Watching Me. Plus much more!

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UNH Podcast Episode 5: Our Favourite Little Known Halloween Films

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There is no holiday quite like Halloween. Sure, it’s commercial like that other big one but at least it’s honest about it. Even better is the fact that everyone is dressing up in scary costumes, going to parties, trick or treating and best of all, watching horror movies! This week, Lucard, Mike and Becky sit down for a relaxed roundtable to discuss some of our favorite little known horror films (books and video games as well) to watch during this magical season–or any time of year for that matter! Plus, TV. TERROR with Anthony Rotolo featuring Dark Night of the Scarecrow and a suggestion from Mark that you’ll no doubt want to add to your list. Plus, a bit of Halloween History, The Walking Dead and a certain character who may or may not be dead, iZombie, X-Files, The Women in Black 2 and much more. Happy Halloween everyone!

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UNH Podcast: Episode 4 – The Babadook

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Amelia is a single mother plagued by the violent death of her husband. When a disturbing storybook called Mister Babadook turns up at her house, she is forced to battle with her son’s deep-seated fear of a monster. Soon she discovers a sinister presence all around her. A chilling tale of unseen and otherworldly horror in the haunting tradition of The Orphanage, Jennifer Kent’s visceral journey into the heart of fear itself is as terrifying as it is believable. Join us as we take a deep look at what many horror fans are calling one of the scariest horror movies in years. A huge thanks to Mark and Rebecca for joining Mike and Lucard for this thought provoking episode. Plus, what we’ve been watching, Television Terror with Anthony (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark) and much more!

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UNH Podcast: Episode 3 – Swamp Thing

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Based on the DC Comic Book, Wes Craven’s creature feature Swamp Thing manages to be both cheesy and fun at the same time. Mike and Lucard take an in-depth look at the plot and find that there’s a lot more to the thing in the swamp than you might think. Anthony brings us another outstanding segment of TV. TERROR and discusses Wes Craven’s A Stranger in Our House AKA A Summer of Fear; it’s one you’re no doubt going to want to check out. Dan in Ohio calls in to tell us about the Swamp Thing Video Comics that aired on Nickelodeon that we didn’t even realize existed! We’ll also discuss The Return of Swamp Thing, the Swamp Thing television series and the short-lived Swamp Thing animated series. Plus, talk of the Friday the 13th video game announcement, The Walking Dead season 6, Crimson Peak, Cooties, The Final Girls, Konck, Knock, The Gift and much more!

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UNH Podcast: Episode 2 – The Wicker Man

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The Wicker Man has been called the Citizen Kane of horror films and for good reason. It’s a multi-layered film that in many ways defies genre. Lucard, Mike and Mark of The Good, the Bad and the Odd Podcast discuss this timeless classic. Rebecca writes in to discuss the film and how it tackles matriarchy. Anthony tells us about the almost lost American Wicker Man in a segment called TV. TERROR: “The Dark Secret of Harvest Home”. Plus thoughts on The Wicker Tree, and the Nicolas Cage remake.

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United Nations of Horror Podcast – Episode 1: Remembering Wes Craven

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Wes Craven was a college teacher from a religious background who almost seemed destined to direct many of the great horror films we love such as Friday the 13th and Scream. His career spawned over three decades. In this first episode, Lucard and Mike talk about what this podcast is about, introduce ourselves and then move into the wonderful life and legacy of one of the master’s of horror, Wes Craven. Along the way Mark from The Good, The Bad and the Odd calls in to share his thoughts on a particular Craven film.

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