It’s that time of year again! Each year at the 7 Golden Vampire Awards, we take a look at all the films we’ve reviewed this year on Channel 83 and hand out some awards for the best and worst ones in different categories. Once again we are joined by a special guest to help us put a stake in the heart of 2020!
This week we’re joined yet again by George, host of The Best Little Horror House in Philly! We’re wrapping up our month of Halloween Hangover with a non-horror movie that terrified George as a child, 1968’s car-come-to-life fantasy musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
The Halloween season has passed and just like last year we’re switching things up a bit this week and taking a look at a movie that is decidedly non-horror to help you get over your Halloween Hangover. After 31 days straight of horror we could all do with a bit of a palate cleanser, I think. Our movie this week is Big Wave from 1984.
Hello, videodrones! Thanks for sticking with us through our 31 in 31 marathon! Today we’re bringing you a quick episode wrapping up the month of October before taking a short break!
We did it videodrones, 31 episodes in 31 days! There have been many ups and downs this month but we rose to the occasion and bested the Hooptober challenge. We close out the month with yet another film directed by Tobe Hooper. Much like The Mangler and Djinn, Night Terrors is yet another Hooper film with a troubled production that fails to deliver.
If the Pumpkinhead franchise has taught us anything, it’s that sometimes it’s better to let sleeping demons lie. I only wish that Jeff Burr and co. had heeded that advice before deciding to make Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings.
Tonight we’re reviewing The Mangler 2 from 2002. You may remember that the original Mangler was one of the films that was submitted to us for Shitty September. If there’s one thing that horror fandom has taught me over the years it’s that horror franchise sequels follow the law of diminishing returns, so when your starting point is something as shitty as the original Mangler well… let’s just say I didn’t have high hopes for this one.
Rather than using the Hooptober marathon’s requirement of watching one invisible man film as an opportunity to finally watch Universal’s classic 1933 film The Invisible Man, we at Channel 83 instead decided to do what we always do: go with a much more obscure film that probably no one cares about. Tonight we’re reviewing the 1954 Japanese film, Invisible Man aka The Invisible Avenger.
The original Candyman is one of only two films that I’ve reviewed on this cast that I’ve given a 5-star rating on Letterboxd. I love that movie, I believe it is one of the best, if not the best horror movie of the 1990s. I’ve always considered myself a fan of the sequel as well, although it had been quite some time since I’d seen it. Let’s see if my feelings have changed!
It’s day 26 of our Hooptober marathon we’re getting so damn close to finishing this and tonight’s film, 1979’s Giallo in Venice, is a corker. Released on December 31st, 1979, Giallo in Venice marks the end of the giallo’s heyday in the 1970s both literally and figuratively. By this point the artistry that had become a hallmark of the genre had given way to movies like Giallo in Venice whose main goal is to be the sleaziest, most vile and repugnantly violent film possible.
Anak Ambar is an Indonesian short film directed by Melvin Giovanie and written by Fanny Gunawan. It’s a pretty straightforward film and, like The Oily Maniac, is an adaptation of traditional Malay mythology. Does this low-budget short deliver the horror goods?
Bride of Re-Animator sees the return of Jeffrey Combs and Bruce Abbott to Miskatonic University in Brian Yuzna’s follow-up to the 1985 Lovecraftian classic. With effects from Buechler, Nicotero, and Screaming Mad George, Bride of Re-Animator is everything you want in a goofy horror gorefest. But does it live up to the legacy of the original?
Tonight we’re reviewing our 3rd and final disease-based film for the Hooptober marathon. This one, 1993’s Dark Universe, is brought to us by the same dynamic writer/director duo that gave us 1995’s Jack-O. Throw Joe Estevez and Steve Barkett into the mix and we’ve got ourselves a stew going!
A little over a month ago, we reviewed the first Violent Shit film for our Shitty September marathon. In fact, the first Violent Shit was so bad that it ended up being crowned the winner of Shitty September. Obviously I wasn’t too stoked to watch the sequel being that the first is one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen. Unfortunately, reviewing the first one means that reviewing the rest of the franchise is an inevitability because that’s just how we roll here at Channel 83.
Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight was directed by Ernest Dickerson, the same man that graced us with Surviving the Game! Featuring appearances from William Sadler and a very young, very delicious Billy Zane, is Demon Knight the best TFTC movie?
Basket Case 2 is a follow-up to writer/director Frank Henenlotter’s 1982 debut film about the brothers Bradley. Duane and Belial are back and better than ever and although this sequel is a much more polished film than the first, there’s still plenty of gonzo, Henenlotter charm to be found in Basket Case 2.
Tonight we’re joined by friend of the cast Mike Ward. Mike is an all-around cool guy and former writer for Mondo Exploito, so we called upon him to help us dissect 1991’s The Guyver! Mark Hamill, Michael Berryman, David Gale, Jeffrey Combs, Jimmie “JJ” Walker, and Linnea Quigley star in this is great American tokusatsu film directed by effects legends Steve Wang and Screaming Mad George.
It’s day 18 of our Hooptober horror marathon and I stand before you a broken man. We’re a little more than halfway through the month and for the first time so far, I feel like I’m having a rough go of it. Tonight’s film, 1988’s Rejuvenatrix, is the first movie I’ve reviewed where I’ve really had to question my decision to review a film per day.
It creeps and leaps and glides and slides across the floor! It’s the friggin’ Blob! Today we take a quick look at Irvin S. Yeaworth Jr.’s 1958 classic. Steve McQueen stars opposite a squishy mass of silicone in this landmark of B-cinema.
Now, if you’re like me, you hear the name Primal Rage and your mind immediately thinks of the 1994 video game about dinosaurs fighting each other but tonight’s film isn’t anything like that. Again, this one goes towards fulfilling the Hooptober requirement of watching 3 disease-based films and this one was a doozy.
Mati Diop’s Atlantics is a beautifully-shot, languid mystery/romance set in Dakar, Senegal. The film received high praise upon its release in 2019, even making then-U.S. President Barack Obama’s list of his favorite movies of 2019. But is it a horror movie?
I had really considered going rogue and skipping the Hooptober “disease-based films” category. I mean, do we really need another reminder of how shitty things are in the world today? But ultimately, I decided that I may as well just play along with the rules and The Carrier made me glad that I did. This one has to be seen to be believed.
Continuing on with our Hooptober marathon, today we take a quick look at the Austrian home invasion film, Funny Games from 1997. Michael Haneke’s polarizing film was famously called “a complete piece of shit” by French filmmaker, Jacques Rivette. Let’s see if he was right.
We’re forging ahead in our 31 in 31 Hooptober challenge with 2015’s Unnatural. James Remar and Sherilyn Fenn battle a genetically enhanced polar bear in this low budget natural horror film directed by Hank Braxtan.
Tonight we continue on with day 11 of our Hooptober marathon with 2018’s animated body-horror film, Violence Voyager. Written and directed by mysterious Japanese artist, Ujicha, Violence Voyager feels like a Golden Books videotape from hell, complete with child murder, cybernetic enhancements, and plenty of bodily fluids.
Continuing our October extravaganza, we bring you a very brief review of the very obscure 1994 German horror short, Verfolger.
If you’re a long-time listener of Channel 83, you’ll remember that we reviewed the first Unnamable way back in episode 16. It is one of the most boring movies that we’ve reviewed so far on this cast and, in fact, it made my wife’s list as one of the Most Forgettable films we watched for the cast last year on our Year in Review Awards back in episode 57. Despite my feelings about the first Unnamable, I was still curious to check this one out.
Tonight we continue on with day 8 of our Hooptober marathon with 1988’s Half Past Midnight. This wasn’t the movie I originally planned on reviewing today but I’m glad I did! Half Past Midnight is a dazy, hazy, slashery, synthy, same-y, hypnotic, piece of weirdness from Dutch auteur, Wim Vink.
It’s our 100th episode! Fittingly enough, today we’re reviewing a horror film that’s over 100 years old. Edison Studios’ Frankenstein from 1910 is the first adaptation of Mary Shelley’s classic gothic horror to grace the silver screen. Listen to find out if it still holds up 110 years later!
The tagline for The Snorkel proclaims, “teenage girl vs. killer with a gimmick”. Going solely off the poster, you’d think that The Snorkel is some sort of proto-slasher about a deranged diver stalking women on the beach and drowning them. The reality is quite different and truth be told, much more interesting than that.
More Hooptober movie marathon madness! Today’s film, In Fabric, comes courtesy of up-and-comer Peter Strickland. Cursed dresses, washing machine repairmen, mannequins with merkins!
Tonight’s film came to us in the form of a suggestion from Dan over at TYTD Reviews! Fear. Infidelity. Velvet worms. LSD. Percepto! Vincent Price. These are but a few of the wonder’s to be found in this 1959 film from schlock-slinger extraordinaire, William Castle!
As our Hooptober marathon continues we review what may possibly be the most obscure film reviewed so far on Channel 83 – bold claim, I know. Join us as we take a look at 1997’s Garden Tool Massacre! Ever wonder what a late 90’s British SOV horror film shot by a group of 15-year-olds would be like? Listen and find out!
I first heard about tonight’s film, Rent-A-Pal, a few weeks ago now from a review by Mike at Rotted Reviews. Mike had some really great things to say about this movie so I decided to check it out, and I’m glad that I did because this is one you won’t want to miss!
Tonight we are kicking off Hooptober! One rule that is constant each Hooptober is that there must always be a Tobe Hooper film, so why not begin the month with one? Tonight we’ll be talking about the much-maligned 2013 supernatural horror, Djinn.
On letterboxd.com, there is a yearly challenge that is in its 7th year this year called the Hooptober Challenge. It’s hosted by a fellow named Cinemonster and it’s called Hooptober in honor of horror director Tobe Hooper, whose films are always part of the Hooptober Challenge. This week we kick off the Hooptober Challenge and today we’re going to go through this year’s list to give you guys a preview of what’s in store this month. If you’d rather just read the list, you can find it here.
We’re wrapping up Shitty September by taking a look back at all the movies we’ve watched this month, crowning a winner for the shittiest movie, and giving the person who suggested it to me a special prize. Will it be Hell Fest, Sharknado, Ring of Terror, Violent Shit, or The Mangler? Listen to find out!
You don’t get to be a horror nerd and host of a podcast that nobody listens to without stumbling upon your fair share of stinkers and tonight our Shitty September marathon comes to a close with the worst horror movie I’ve ever seen, 2000’s Da Hip Hop Witch starring Eminem, Ja Rule, Rah Digga, and Vitamin C.
Our Shitty September marathon nears its end. Today’s shitty horror movie suggestion comes from friend of the cast Jim. So here we are, videodrones, giving you the low-down on The Mangler. Is it as bad as Jim remembers it? Is it a “miserable piece of dog fuck”? Well, you’ll just have to listen to find out.
Shitty September continues this week with another stinker, the aptly-titled 1989 SOV horror, Violent Shit. Tonight’s shitty movie was suggested by Mike Ward, friend of the cast, former writer for Mondo Exploito, and all-around cool guy. Will Violent Shit be the film that finally breaks me? Listen and find out!
We’re gonna need a bigger chopper! This shitty horror movie suggestion comes from friend of the cast, G.G. Graham, writer for various genre sites who also runs their own site, Shock, Schlock & Leftover Film Stock. For a long time, I’ve been afraid to watch this one. Let’s find out if my fears were warranted!
You may have noticed that each time we’ve had a guest on this show so far, there has been one question that I’ve been sure to ask our guests each time and that is “what is the worst horror movie you’ve ever seen and why?” Misery loves company and it’s in that spirit that we’re kicking off Shitty September, wherein I watch the horror films that our guests and listeners have identified as “the worst”. Today’s pick comes from George, host of The Best Little Horror House in Philly Podcast, who was a guest on our show last season on episode 81.
Hello videodrones and thanks for tuning back into Channel 83. We are the TV guide for weirdos, the video word made flesh, evangelists of the obscure, and welcome to our second season! We’ve got a lot of great stuff in the works this season for all you videodrones out there. Tomorrow we’ll be kicking of a month of terrible cinema that I like to call Shitty September, where we review the worst horror movies of all time according to our listeners. After that we’ll be hitting our Halloween stride pretty hard right at the beginning of October in an attempt to review 31 movies in 31 days. Then we’ll be switching gears a bit and the theme we’re going to focus on for the remainder of the season is the horror cinema of East and Southeast Asia. Of course, in between all this stuff we’ll be releasing episodes like we always have, random rants, horror oddities, Werewolf Wednesdays, and a few guest appearances along the way. If you’re a new listener of the show, follow us on twitter at @channel83pod, send us some emails at email@example.com or hop on our discord server to chat with us about anything you have on your mind. Thanks for listening and as always LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH.
Hello videodrones and thanks for tuning in to Channel 83 during our first season. We’re taking a break for a few months but I just wanted to leave you with a quick message to let all you guys know that we’re not just disappearing. We’re looking to launch season 2 sometime in late August or early September so you can expect us back around then! In the meantime, follow us on twitter at @channel83pod, send us some emails at firstname.lastname@example.org or hop on our discord server to chat with us about anything you have on your mind. If you’re looking for another show to scratch that horror itch for you in the interim, check out The Best Little Horror House in Philly podcast, check out TYTD Reviews and ROTD Reviews on YouTube, or you can even go into our back catalog and listen to old episodes of Channel83. If the written word is more your speed, check out Shock, Schlock & Leftover Film Stock. Thanks for listening and as always long live the new flesh.
This week we’re joined by Dan, host of TYTD Reviews, to talk about Lance Lindsay’s 1986 Alien rip-off sci-fi “epic”, Star Crystal. We also touch on various other topics including William Castle, Guinea Pig, Poverty Row, video nasties, and more!
It’s our paper anniversary at Channel 83! In this episode, we reflect on some of the hard lessons we’ve learned over the course of our first year and discover that maybe the real hidden gems were the friends we made along the way. Also included are some announcements regarding the future of the ‘cast and some listener email!
It is our 83rd episode of Channel 83 and if I’d had any sort of foresight, now would have been the perfect episode to review Videodrome but I didn’t, so we’re not. Instead, we’re talking about a film that isn’t likely to inspire anyone to do anything other than possibly question what they’re doing with their life. We’re talking Xtro 3: Watch the Skies.
It’s time to Micheal down your Vincents! In this episode of Channel 83, we continue Xploring the Xcellently Xhilarating Xample of cinematic Xcrement that is the Xtro franchise. Prepare to engage duo tangents as we try to Xplain the 1990 Aliens ripoff, Xtro II: The Second Encounter.
This week we’re joined by George, host of The Best Little Horror House in Philly, to talk about Harry Bromley-Davenport’s supremely bizarre 1982 alien flick, Xtro. We also discuss Friday the 13th Part 2, the Star Wars prequels, and Hellfest.
This week we’re covering the “lost” 1989 Jennifer Connelly film, Ballet. We discuss whether or not this movie is actually a horror and we also discuss the strange connection between Ballet, Satoshi Kon’s Perfect Blue, and Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan.
This week we bring you our second installment of Werewolf Wednesday, in which we cover the forgotten TV series Werewolf that aired from July of 1987 to August of 1988. In this episode we cover the episodes “Nightwatch”, “The Boy Who Cried Werewolf”, and “Black Ship”.
In our first installment of Werewolf Wednesday, we begin our coverage of the forgotten TV series Werewolf that aired from July of 1987 to August of 1988. We’ll be covering some of the production history of the show as well as giving a review of the pilot episode.
This week we talk franchises, the new Hellraiser movie, and we bring you a quick one-off review of 1992’s Star Time. If you’ve ever wondered what Taxi Driver directed by David Lynch and featuring John P. Ryan quoting Karl Marx would be like, Star Time is just the film for you!
In this episode, we’re playing a game of “horror movie tag” in which we answer 11 questions about our relationship with the horror genre and invite our listeners to give their answers as well! This was inspired by a video from Mike at Rotted Reviews so be sure to show him some love and check that out too.
This week we begin a new series on Channel 83. In each episode of Tubi Tuesday, we’ll be going over some movies to help you sift through the free streaming service’s extensive catalog. This week we’re talking Sudden Fury (1993), DNA (1997), Stalking Laura (1993), and Curse of Demon Mountain (1977).
Yet another topical rant this week on Channel 83. Gatekeeping is most definitely an issue in the horror community but is there a difference between gatekeeping and simply having a difference of opinion? Is criticizing a film inherently exclusionary?
We’re being lazy this week and releasing an episode that has been buried in the Channel 83 vault. The original concept of the show was to have 2 hosts, one an avid horror fan and the other a complete horror noob. Scheduling conflicts prevented this first iteration from getting off the ground but here’s a glimpse into the beginnings of Channel 83, our very first episode ever recorded!
Channel 83 joins George Heftler on The Best Little Horror House in Philly to discuss why Larry Cohen’s 1974 film, It’s Alive, is the best horror movie ever made – according to us at least!
We’re still putting our new studio together at Channel 83, so this week we’re taking a quick look at the short films of Irish filmmaker Ruairi Robinson. We’ll be discussing The House on Dame Street (1999), Fifty Percent Grey (2001), The Silent City (2006), Blinky (2011), The Leviathan (2015), and Corporate Monster (2019).
This week, we bring you another topical rant on a niche subject that you probably don’t care about. This episode we ask the questions, to what extent are collectors of rare media responsible for their preservation? What can the average person do to help ensure that rare, obscure, and out-of-print films don’t disappear entirely?
A Channel 83 double feature, 1967’s Wait Until Dark and 2020’s The Invisible Man. Two movies featuring “invisible” villains, but the way in which they achieve invisibility is completely different. How do the different mechanisms of invisibility affect the films’ narratives and what does this mean for us, the audience?
This week we take a look at four horror oddities – Boo! (1932), La Cabina (1972), Fisheye (1980), and Michael Jackson’s Ghosts (1996).
This week, we get super pedantic and go full ACKSHUALLY as we answer a question that no one asked and likely no one else cares about: what makes a horror movie a “hidden gem”?
This week I begin to make good on one of my New Year’s resolutions for Channel 83 by reviewing an older horror film, 1941’s Invisible Ghost. One of the many slapdash productions Lugosi appeared in during his career’s decline, Invisible Ghost is a tale of murder, jilted lovers, police incompetence, and unknown identical relatives from South America.
This week we are joined once again by our frequent guest, Hana, to review the 1991 made-for-TV film about “killer” house cats, Strays. We also talk a little bit about Spiral: From the Book of Saw, why the Oscars can go fuck themselves, arthouse horror, and more.
This week we review Oz Perkins arthouse take on a fairy tale classic, 2020’s Gretel & Hansel. This episode is contains a long segment of email answering as well as a rambling, ill-prepared for and poorly-conceived review. Cheers!
This week we review Tunisia’s first horror film, 2018’s Dachra written and directed by Abdelhamid Bouchnak. It was screened at Frightfest London 2019 and it’s the first Tunisian film to turn a profit in over 20 years.
I decided to just do a one-off episode this week. The movie we’ll be reviewing is 1979’s The Brood.
Just a quick one-off episode where we review our second horror film of 2020, William Eubank’s Underwater.
It’s a new year and I wanted to take this episode to kind of talk about sort of the state of cast. Where have we been? Where are we going? What kind of content can you look forward to from Channel 83 in the upcoming year?
Channel 83 joins George Heftler of The Best Little Horror House in Philly, filmmaker Elliot Slade, and horror YouTuber Mike Stone of RotD Entertainment for a round-table discussion on arthouse horror. We tackle a variety of topics related to the new wave of horror films such as The Witch, Midsommar, In Fabric, The Lighthouse and others.
Just a quick one-off episode where we review our first horror film of 2020, Nicholas Pesce’s The Grudge.
We’re taking a look at all the films we’ve reviewed this year on Channel 83 and we’re handing out some awards for the best and worst ones in different categories. This ended up being a really long episode, and we’re not really set up to record two people so the audio quality isn’t what it usually is and the editing could be better but hopefully you can still enjoy it. If you don’t care to hear all this and just want to hear our picks for the best and worst of 2019, just skip ahead to the last 30 minutes or so. Next week, we’ll be doing another special cast discussing the future of Channel 83 and what we have planned for 2020.
Alright, it’s New Year’s Eve and I figured since we just did a Christmas horror marathon, why not continue the festivities with an episode focused on horror films that take place on or around New Year’s Eve? Our three films for this week are The Fifth Cord from 1971, New Year’s Evil from 1980 and Ghostkeeper from 1981.
We have reached the end of our Christmas horror marathon. It’s been an interesting experiment I suppose, I’ve been introduced to some really great new stuff as well as some absolute crap. Let’s wrap it up here on Christmas eve with 1983’s Blood Beat.
Oh man, the Christmas horror marathon has taken a serious nose-dive since Uncle Cyril. Tonight we take a look at 1996’s Santa Claws. Let’s just try to get through this.
We’re nearing the end of our Christmas horror marathon and thank god because some of these movies are really trying my patience. Tonight we review the 1980 Italian cannibal exploitation film, Eaten Alive.
Today we review what is probably the second worst of the season with 2013’s The Lady Bruins Christmas Slumber Party.
The Christmas horror hits just keep on coming. Tonight we take a look at Uncle Cyril, a 1989 film out of Czechoslovakia that goes by the alternate titles The Damned House of Hajn, Invisible, The Invisible Man, and Prokletí domu Hajnù.
We are continuing our Christmas horror marathon with another episode of Tales From the Darkside. Tonight we’re reviewing The Yattering and Jack, the seventh episode of season 4.
Alright, so yesterday we hit an absolute low in our Christmas horror marathon with the first movie of the season that I absolutely did not like, 2017’s Sugarplum. Today we try to redeem ourselves with 1980’s Christmas Evil, a film I hadn’t seen before that seems to have been getting more and more praise over the past few years.
The Christmas marathon has finally broken me. Tonight we review Sugarplum, a short film from 2017.
Tonight we’re taking a look at And All Through the House, the 2nd episode of season 1 of Tales From the Crypt.
After waiting so long to see this, can 1989’s Elves live up to my expectations?
Tonight we’re taking a look at Monsters in My Room, the 12th episode of season 2 of Tales From the Darkside.
We are 4 episodes into our Christmas marathon and so far it has been pretty good. I’ve liked everything I’ve reviewed so far to some extent and I’m actually really surprised by that. I thought that this whole Christmas horror thing was going to end up being torturous but so far I’m feeling pretty good about it. Let’s continue with the 1985 Hong Kong horror, Night Caller.