Getting to Know Your Hosts and Possum!

The Horror genre is very important us here at The Horror Vision,  but why? Well, this episode we spend a good chunk of time introducing ourselves, briefly summing up why and how we love Horror so much. After that, we watch Matthew Holness’ Possum. In between, topics of discussion include but are not limited to Tori’s obsession with Luca Guadagnino’s 2018 Suspiria remake/reimagining, remakes in general, and Stranger Things 3.

Ari Aster’s Midsommar!

Anthony and Shawn went to the opening night of Midsommar, Ari Aster’s follow-up to 2018’s Hereditary. How was it? Let them tell you. WARNING – we’d recommend not listening to this or anything else about the movie before seeing it; always best to go in blind. That said, the first half of this short reaction episode is spoiler free. The second half – which is clearly delineated by THV’s infamous “Spoiler Klaxon,” is not. Listen to the first half before you see it, and the rest after.

You have been warned, people!

Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil!

Holy smokes! Two episodes in one week. Well, it seems we at The Horror Vision have a lot to talk about this month. Anthony, Chris, and Shawn talk about a ton of good stuff, including but not limited to Godzilla: King of Monsters, The Perfection, Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, and Adam Rifkin’s batshit crazy epic The Dark Backward, all before sitting down and watching Josh Lobo’s I Trapped the Devil and then recording their reaction to it! su nioJ!

Only a Rogue Would Dare Hike Alone w/out a Knife + Heart!

 

Anthony, Ray, and Shawn talk about re-watching last year’s Horror Hallmarks, Yann Gonzalez’s Knife + Heart, Never Hiking Alone, and David Lynch’s Return to Twin Peaks before setting off with Writer/Director Dave McLean on a beautiful river ride in the picturesque Outback. Little do they know, there’s a Rogue Crocodile in the waters waiting to maim and eat them and Patch the Wonder Dog!

Plus… MORE!!!

Mike Mendez’s The Convent + A Whole Lot More!!!

As has become their custom, Tori, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn gather on a Saturday night to talk about all the horror flicks they’ve watched since the last episode, then round the night out with a viewing of and reaction to Mike Mendez’s 2000 film The Convent. Other topics of discussion include The Nest, Pledge, Border, Sam Was Here, The Wind, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Season 1 part 2. Also, Anthony loves the new Mortal Combat game and Shawn is excited as all hell that HULU recently announced optioning author Nathan Ballingrud’s first book of short stories, North American Lake Monsters!

 

 

Jordan Downey’s The Head Hunter!

It’s Saturday night and Anthony, Ray, and Shawn are joined by good friends John* and Tori for a viewing of Jordan Downey’s awesome new film The Head Hunter, an instant low-budget classic that serves as a fantastic example of how a great film doesn’t necessarily need a ton of resources behind it. As usual, we start the show talking about all the great stuff we’ve found over the last few weeks – Anthony’s visit to Grindhouse Video in Tampa, Tori’s love of The Prophecy and Exorcist III, and John & Shawn’s LA excursion to I Like Scary Movies, to name a few. Sit back, close your eyes, and open your mind to… The Horror Vision!

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*Also, check out John, AKA Jonathan Grimm’s unbelievable art HERE.

Pet Sematary! SPOILERS!!!

SPOILERS!!! Anthony, Shawn, Chris, and Suzy take in the first showing of Kevin Kölsch and Dennis Widmyer’s adaptation of Stephen King’s classic horror novel Pet Sematary at their local theatre and have some pretty mixed reactions. Hear them unpack what they saw directly after they saw it, and try to come to terms with the pros and cons.

Book of Monsters!

While Chris is on tour in Europe with Rezurex, Ray, Anthony, and Shawn get together post-Us and watch the recently released Book of Monsters! Writer Paul Butler, Director Stewart Sparke, and Cinematographer Hamish Saks bring a fun, practical effects-laden story about Sophie, a teenage girl whose 18th birthday becomes a bloodbath thanks to an ancient book of, well, Monsters! Plus, we talk about all the great, and not so great flicks we’ve watched since the last episode, including but not limited to Critters: The New Binge and De Palma!

The Horror Vision: Reading Image Comics’ Infidel

Recently, my friend Jesus gifted me a copy of Pornsak Pichetshote and Aaron Campbell’s Infidel trade paperback. I’d heard titterings about this book online; that it was a fantastic new horror comic, and a modern update on the haunted house paradigm. But despite flurries of excitement in my peripheral vision, Infidel somehow escaped my purview on the shelves of my beloved comic book shop.

I say most sincerely then, thank you, Jesus, for sending this book my way. Infidel is, simply put, stunning horror. It is modern, terrifying at times, and downright ugly at others. Ugly, despite the absolute majesty of the art and execution of the concept.

You can find this first volume pretty much anywhere comics are sold. Will there be others? I’m unsure; the first trade ends the story satisfactorily enough, but of course, with a success, there is always room for more. Plus, the thankfully vague explanations for the haunting the characters stumble upon in the back half of this volume are just begging to be fleshed out. There’s dark magick here, and something else you can’t quite put your finger on. Which makes everything all the more frightening.

When you look at Infidel, the first thing that strikes you is the art. It’s gorgeous and strange; beautiful even in its abject ugliness. It carries the story but remains abstract and non-committal. Make no mistake, this is not an easy feat, and everyone involved deserves a tip of the hat for the pacing, tone, and emotional resonance Infidel carries.

Look at that. Bone-chilling, right? Well, that’s just the beginning of the nightmare fuel in this book.

Infidel’s basic plot is this: two Muslim American women and their multi-cultural neighbors find themselves living in a building haunted by Xenophobic ghosts. It’s a great set-up, but the execution even transcends what you can say about it in an elevator pitch. Needless to say, the book landed a film deal after a mere two issues, and if reading this late at night, the dark pressing in against your lamp, doesn’t creep you right the hell out, well, you might want to consider signing up for a night in that haunted mansion.  Infidel is probably the creepiest book I’ve read since Scott Snyder and Jock’s Wytches (and just when the hell is that coming back?)

Infidel hits you in the horror nerve while whittling your defenses away with well-earned empathy for the characters. Bad shit happens in our world, but in Infidel, that’s only the beginning.