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