Grizzly, The Prophecy, The Ninth Gate, & The Girl Next Door

In this episode, I talk about 4 movies I’ve watched recently.

Movies From My New House

Some existential, rambling thoughts from me then previews of This is Spinal Tap, Fighting With My Family, The Cabin in the Woods, & The Hamiltons. Spinal Tap got a 7.9/11 on IMDB ;)

Blaze, Hitsville, and 2 more Reviews

I review Blaze, The Amityville Horror, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Hitsville: The Making of Motown

The Village (2004)

This is my audio review of The Village (2004). Directed by M. Night Shyamalan. With Sigourney Weaver, William Hurt, Joaquin Phoenix, Bryce Dallas Howard. A series of events tests the beliefs of a small isolated countryside village.

It is a much loved film by me and select few others. It didn’t do amazingly at the box office but I find this spooky film mesmerizing and profound. Have a listen and find out why. I welcome your comments here on the site or on my twitter @thedrpodcast NOTE: This is film #24 in my current podcast series I call “Damien’s Top 20 Spooky Horror Films.” Tune in next week when I cover #23 “Head Count (2018).”

Films Reviewed: Husk, Touch of Evil, Long Weekend + 7 More

Touch of Evil, Husk, Skin, Long Weekend, The Abandoned, Avenged, Rust Creek, Lake Mungo, Dolores Claiborne, & The House That Dripped Blood. In this episode I preview these 10 films.

Touch of Evil

1. Touch of Evil (1958)

PG-13 | 95 min | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir 8  9 99 Metascore

A stark, perverse story of murder, kidnapping, and police corruption in a Mexican border town.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Charlton HestonOrson WellesJanet Leigh,Joseph Calleia

Votes: 93,196 | Gross: $2.24MWatch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video


2. Husk (2011)

R | 83 min | Horror, Thriller 5.2  6

A group of friends stranded near a desolate cornfield find shelter in an old farmhouse, though they soon discover the dwelling is the center of a supernatural ritual.

Director: Brett Simmons | Stars: Devon GrayeWes ChathamC.J. ThomasonTammin Sursok

Votes: 9,020Watch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video


3. Skin (V) (2018)

R | 120 min | Biography, Crime, Drama 7  9 58 Metascore

A destitute young man, raised by racist skinheads and notorious among white supremacists, turns his back on hatred and violence to transform his life, with the help of a black activist and the woman he loves.

Director: Guy Nattiv | Stars: Jamie BellDanielle MacdonaldDaniel HenshallBill Camp

Votes: 5,117

Long Weekend

4. Long Weekend (1978)

Not Rated | 97 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 6.7  9

When a suburban couple go camping for the weekend at a remote beach, they discover that nature isn’t in an accommodating mood.

Director: Colin Eggleston | Stars: John HargreavesBriony BehetsMike McEwenRoy Day

Votes: 3,512


The Abandoned

5. The Abandoned (2006)

R | 99 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 5.6  10 42 Metascore

An adopted woman returns to her home country and the family home that she never knew and must face the mystery that lies there.

Director: Nacho Cerdà | Stars: Anastasia HilleKarel RodenValentin GoshevValentin Ganev

Votes: 12,059 | Gross: $1.26M


6. Avenged (2013)

95 min | Action, Fantasy, Horror 5.5  10

A deaf girl is brutalized by a murderous gang who are then hunted by her when the bloodthirsty spirit of an Apache warrior inhabits her lifeless body.

Director: Michael S. Ojeda | Stars: Amanda Adrienne SmithMarc Anthony SamuelRodney RowlandTom Ardavany

Votes: 3,105

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Rust Creek

7. Rust Creek (2018)

R | 108 min | Drama, Horror, Thriller 5.7  10 59 Metascore

An overachieving college student gets lost on her way to a job interview. A wrong turn leaves her stranded deep in the Kentucky forest.

Director: Jen McGowan | Stars: Hermione CorfieldDenise Dal VeraJeremy GlazerLaura Guzman

Votes: 3,128Watch Now 
From $12.99 on Prime Video

Lake Mungo

8. Lake Mungo (2008)

R | 87 min | Drama, Horror, Mystery 6.2  6

Strange things start happening after a girl is found drowned in a lake.

Director: Joel Anderson | Stars: Rosie TraynorDavid PledgerMartin Sharpe,Talia Zucker

Votes: 13,470Watch Now 
With Prime Video + 1 more


Dolores Claiborne

9. Dolores Claiborne (1995)

R | 132 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery 7.4  9 62 Metascore

A big-city reporter travels to the small town where her mother has been arrested for the murder of an elderly woman that she works for as a maid.

Director: Taylor Hackford | Stars: Kathy BatesJennifer Jason Leigh,Christopher PlummerJudy Parfitt

Votes: 35,520 | Gross: $24.36MWatch Now 
From $2.99 on Prime Video

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The House That Dripped Blood

10. The House That Dripped Blood (1971)

GP | 102 min | Horror 6.6  Rate 55 Metascore

An anthology of four horror stories revolving around a mysterious rental house in the U.K.

Director: Peter Duffell | Stars: John BryansJohn BennettJohn Malcolm,Denholm Elliott

Votes: 4,405Watch Now 
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Cat’s Eye, Donnie Darko, and 3 more films

Cat’s Eye is an awesome anthology horror written by Stephen King. It has a star cast of actors as well including James Woods. I also preview Donnie Darko and 3 more films: Wer, Borderland, and Copycat. I present them without spoilers as “previews” so have no fear there.

In The Mouth of Madness, 13 Cameras, Cult of Chucky, The Hidden + 4 More!

  1. The Head Hunter (2018)
  2. In the Mouth of Madness (1994)
  3. 13 Cameras (2015)
  4. Cult of Chucky (2017)
  5. Prince of Darkness (1987)
  6. The Hidden (1987)
  7. To Catch a Thief (1955)
  8. The Clinic (2010)

Dogman and Yesterday

07/14/2019 What I’ve Been Watching – Dogman, Yesterday. Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke. Speaking of coke, what if the drink never existed, nor the Beatles?

I review 2 movies in this episode: Dogman and Yesterday.

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Dog grooming is a tough, thankless job, and so is dealing coke.

Dealing coke wih Daughter there. At least he makes an attept to keep her innocent

He scores for his team players. We never see him takng drugs, their deslings are strictly for economic survival.

He’s a single part time dad.touching scenes with his daughter.

Simone robs mac’s neighbor, The police want marc to turn him in

does the time for Simone.

A good man can be taken fown so easily.

He’s changed after jail

His friends shun him publicly

The bully keeps on keeping on. Is he weak to turn the other cheek?

When must you fight back?

Thid guy spent a year in jail protecting a guy who doesn’t care if he lives or dies

Getsattacked whole taking in dig boarder

Now he’s with his daughter. Scuba diving Is she in danger.

Lovely shot holding his daughter on a boat.

I love how he got Simone to pit himself into the cage.

Lowering bed contraption ingenious

Chokes him to death

Burns the body

Has he gone crazy?

Carries Simone twice his size

Showing the guys in the yard what he’s dome

Miving the body all ariund

In the end, it’s wuiet. Me alone with my hoicrs.


he lead actor in this is definitely boosted by his manager Lily James’ performance. There’s a lot here not to tell about them because it’s fun to see the spoilers come out.

How odd it would be if household names like The Beatles or Coca Cola were suddenly removed in a sort of alternative universe. What if you were the only one who remembered them?

A dead end singer/songwriter find himself in that position. He decides to put the songs out as his ow and it’s quite a ride from there. The Beatles’ songs have the same effect on a 2019 listening public that they did from the 4 lads themselves.

We see a frustrated guy about to go back and be a teacher because he just can’t get people interested in his songs. Lily James plays his manager and lifelong friend. As I said, their chemistry is great and makes this film work at the high level it does.

I had issues with so much Beatles music being played in the film by the cryptic unknown singer. No one will be rushing out to buy his versions as they did with Mamma Mia, Rock of Ages, or Sing Street. Still, it’s not that kind of a movie.

What we have here is a bohemian back-to-my-roots movie where one learns values about fame. In that way, there is a lot of Notting Hill here. Our singer even travels with a childhood friend with verbal diarrhea spouting just as the similar character in Hugh Grant’s flat did.

I guess that’s another gripe I have. It doesn’t try to make any sense. I like Sc-Fi that comes together, this sprawled everywhere, The plot does end well though and it seems the right lesson was learned about love and focus in ones life. I plan to see it again, I recommend it.


Ari Aster has given us a second horror film and he calls it “Midsommar.” Did I like it? Eh, not really. Maybe more than Hereditary, his first horror film. The visuals were brighter and the black comedy more prevalent. I’ll call it part of his formula. Let me explain that, he researches horror from the 70’s and transfers the tropes into his new horror films. Hereditary was heavily influenced by Rosemary’s Baby; Midsommar is a very near kin to The Wicker Man.

I guess he’s growing on me. If we were talking about oldies music and someone imitating that sound, I might see that as cool and talented thing to do. Harry Connick Junior imitates Frank Sinatra old blue eyes. Daft Punk sometimes imitate old Disco sounds … this can be a good policy for an artist. In Midsommar we have a definite wink at the Wicker Man and layers that feel like Coachella acid trips by wayward college students. The jury is still out on Ari Aster as horror director. He may become something huger than now. My hope is he will try something new but that might not be what he’s interested in doing. As an artist I say: follow your bliss and for these two initial horrors of this, that bliss is using horror movie tropes and themes from the 70’s. Midsommar’s strengths are its wide open colorful spaces, and the ethereal quality of going to a faroff place. As far as the story? Eh, it’s pretty weak but I think the movie is meant to be a vacation for the senses instead of a thought provoking grid for discussion. It is a dreamy hallucination, and at times it’s very relaxing and enjoyable. Other times it seems to not know where it’s going or what it’s doing. One thing is sure though, it looks amazing and the cultic folk music is very good.

What I’ve Been Watching: Child’s Play (2019) + 5 More

Child’s Play (2019), Annabelle Comes Home, Inside, Escape Room, Omnivores, Frontier(s), Mars Attacks, Y Tu Mama Tambien are covered in this episode.

1. Child’s Play (2019)

R | 90 min | Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

Director: Lars Klevberg | Stars: Aubrey PlazaMark HamillGabriel Bateman,Brian Tyree Henry

Votes: 6,621 | Gross: $19.13MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 11 others]

Annabelle Comes Home

2. Annabelle Comes Home (2019)

R | 106 min | Horror, Mystery, Thriller 6.7  6 53 Metascore

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

Director: Gary Dauberman | Stars: Vera FarmigaPatrick WilsonMckenna GraceMadison Iseman

Votes: 3,235 | Gross: $10.83MGet Showtimes & Tickets 
Playing at Cinemark Jess Ranch [and 12 others]


3. Inside (2007)

R | 82 min | Horror 6.8  8

Four months after the death of her husband, a woman on the brink of motherhood is tormented in her home by a strange woman who wants her unborn baby.

Directors: Alexandre BustilloJulien Maury | Stars: Alysson ParadisJean-Baptiste TabourinClaude LuléDominique Frot

Votes: 34,540Watch Now 
From $9.99 on Prime Video

Escape Room

4. Escape Room (I) (2019)

PG-13 | 99 min | Action, Adventure, Horror 6.4  6 48 Metascore

Six strangers find themselves in a maze of deadly mystery rooms and must use their wits to survive.

Director: Adam Robitel | Stars: Taylor RussellLogan MillerJay EllisTyler Labine

Votes: 45,985 | Gross: $57.01MWatch Now 
From $4.99 on Prime Video


5. Omnivores (2013)

87 min | Horror, Thriller 5.7  7

A restaurant critic writing about secret supper clubs gets the chance to join an elitist society of cannibals.

Director: Óscar Rojo | Stars: Ángel AceroFernando AlbizuCarina Björne,Mario de la Rosa

Votes: 786Watch Now 
With Prime Video + 1 more


6. Frontier(s) (2007)

Unrated | 108 min | Horror 6.3  7 44 Metascore

A gang of young thieves flee Paris during the violent aftermath of a political election, only to hole up at an Inn run by neo-Nazis.

Director: Xavier Gens | Stars: Karina TestaAurélien WiikPatrick Ligardes,Samuel Le Bihan

Votes: 23,450Watch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video

Mars Attacks!

7. Mars Attacks! (1996)

PG-13 | 106 min | Comedy, Sci-Fi 6.3  9 52 Metascore

Earth is invaded by Martians with unbeatable weapons and a cruel sense of humor.

Director: Tim Burton | Stars: Jack NicholsonPierce BrosnanSarah Jessica ParkerAnnette Bening

Votes: 197,079 | Gross: $37.77MWatch for Free 
on IMDb TV + 1 more

Y Tu Mamá También

8. Y Tu Mamá También (2001)

R | 106 min | Drama 7.7  10 88 Metascore

In Mexico, two teenage boys and an attractive older woman embark on a road trip and learn a thing or two about life, friendship, sex, and each other.

Director: Alfonso Cuarón | Stars: Maribel VerdúGael García BernalDaniel Giménez CachoAna López Mercado

Votes: 107,477 | Gross: $13.62MWatch Now 
From $3.99 on Prime Video