[Podcast] Mon Mon Mon Monsters – Chimera – House on Elm Lake – Gruesome Magazine

This week the Grue-Crew face down Lucifer on Elm Lake, spice things up with some mad scientist horrors, and run for their lives from some mon…mon…mon…monsters. First up is the feature film  House on Elm Lake  from director James Klass has a family facing an awakened dormant evil.  The next film,  Chimera  from director Maurice Haeems, has Henry Ian Cusick (Lost) performing Frankenstein like experiments  to save his children.  Shudder delivers  some  gruesome  Asian  horror with  Mon Mon  Mon Monsters  from director  Giddens Ko proving that the  true monsters are…the human race. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era are joined by Rafe Telsch and Vanessa Thompson.  

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 018
Mon Mon Mon Monsters – Chimera – House on Elm Lake


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House on Elm Lake

A couple and their young daughter move into a lake house that remained unsold due to the brutal, ritualistic murder of a family years ago. Soon, they realize that a dormant evil has awakened, a possessive force that has preyed on unsuspecting families like theirs for centuries.

“I think there’s a framework of a good story there.” – Jeff Mohr
“The house was a cool location. … It has things going for it …” – Vanessa Thompson

Director: James Klass
Cast: Becca Hirani, Andrew Hollingworth, Faye Goodwin


A brilliant but disturbed scientist freezes his children alive, while he races to cure their deadly genetic disease by decoding the DNA of the immortal Turritopsis jellyfish.

“The movie is beautiful. … It deserves a second watch: 1) to get past not understanding the timeline or how things are laid out, and 2) once you’ve rectified that in your head, really digging into the story.” – Vanessa Thompson
“I could go for a second viewing of this to try and catch some of the more subtle details. He’s got so many visions going on and you have to wonder what’s real and what’s not. And that’s one of my favorite things in film…” – Rafe Telsch
“They scienced the heck out of this thing!” – Jeff Mohr

Director: Maurice Haeems
Cast: Henry Ian Cusick, Kathleen Quinlan, Erika Ervin

Mon Mon Mon Monsters

A group of teenagers captures a man-eating monster.

“I was very pleasantly surprised. It is gorgeously shot. I really liked the themes that it explores and I really liked the monsters and I really liked the fact that it was all out horror and unapologetic about it.” – Rafe Telsch
“The whole film is about karma. Every time somebody does something, they have to pay for it, one way or another.” – Jeff Mohr
“The monsters part of this … are represented in a spectacular way!” – Doc Rotten


Director: Giddens Ko
Cast: Eugenie Liu, Kent Tsai, Yu-Kai Teng

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.