Hot take on a current movie I really dug, cuz why not? Trying to dig up the article about watching movies alone I mentioned in the episode, will post when/if I find it. CHEDDAR GOBLIN RULES!! And so do The Carpenters.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Monday, November 26, 2018
Ah, Ed Gein, that perpetual paradigm of perversion spawned myriad torrid tales of terror, including, but not limited to, Psycho, The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, and Silence of the Lambs. His horrific happenings may have been presented in their truest and most disturbing form in this wicked number from 1974 helmed by Alan Ormsby, starring Roberts Blossom, and produced in part by Bob Clark. I think this one looked just a bit too on the nose for young Markie back in the '80s. [Scheduled to expire 12/10/18.]
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
If I ever start a band (which, to be honest, will never happen) I already have a name for it: The Regular Rentals. Back in the '80s my sister and I would watch the same movies again and again and rarely tire of them. If we liked something we really liked something. One of the movies that made it into heavy rotation was Dead & Buried, which remains a favorite of mine to this day. Atmospheric yet violent, confusing as all get-out, with an amazing cast including Grandpa Joe, Dale Arden, a future Horror Icon, and possibly more people that have appeared on Murder, She Wrote than any other movie.* Listen and witness the moment my brain implodes with questions. Oh so many questions.
*This is most likely not true.--MB
Tuesday, October 9, 2018
October is always a special time for Horror Enthusiasts and it is no different for this guy. I watch horror movies all year long, but once October hits the juices really start flowing. Something about the change in weather--the shorter, colder, drearier days--makes warming up to a good spooky flick all the more enjoyable. I had planned to talk about Dead & Buried for October, but left it up to listeners and Halloween III won out hands down. I had fun doing this one because heck, it's a fun movie and there's a lot to talk about. Listen to find out where I rank this among the Halloween franchise, what I think about Tom Atkins as a leading man, and some thoughts on filmmaker Tommy Lee Wallace. And if you count how many times I say "clunky" or one of its derivatives you can win some stickers! Post the number on any platform for your chance to win. Thanks for stopping by, and don't forget to Wake Up Heavy! (I made an error when I called Jamie Lloyd Laurie Strode's niece, she's her daughter, and therefore Michael Myers' niece.--MB)
Friday, September 14, 2018
It's time for a new, full episode of Wake Up Heavy. This time I tackle David Schmoeller's classic freakfest Tourist Trap. Starring pre-The Beastmaster Tanya Roberts and post-The Rifleman Chuck Connors. Do mannequins creep you out? Then you're in for a bumpy ride with this one!
Pseudo-slasher? A wax museum? Telekinesis? Nominal aphasia? An episode in under an hour? What exactly is going on here? One thing I know for sure, there is no nude scene in this movie.
Monday, September 3, 2018
In which Mark, your Horror Host, rattles off another list of movies that are good and that you should watch. If your mom will let you! This time though it's the newer stuff, and it's the shortest episode yet. 😀
There's also some techie talk, pleas for donations, suggestions, ratings, and comments, and a coughing attack. What more could you ask for in a Horror Movie Podcast?! Nothing, that's what!
Also: A story about a comic book I read over 35 years ago. And coming soon, another full episode by the middle of September on Tourist Trap. Holy poop, the year is three-fourths over already!
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(Garage Cast™ by Mark Begley)
If you have come looking for the entry on my search for an old comic book, I have moved it to its on page. You can read it here: Something Different: The Pull of Nostalgia, Ghosts (1976).
Thursday, August 23, 2018
I like lists! In this mini-sode I list my favorite horror sub-genres, and I list examples of each. It's List-o-mania! I mention the book House of Psychotic Women: An Autobiographical Topography of Female Neurosis in Horror and Exploitation Films by Kier-La Janisse. The description from Amazon relates to my self-created sub-genre, "Hysterical Women."
Cinema is full of neurotic personalities, but few things are more transfixing than a woman losing her mind onscreen. Horror as a genre provides the most welcoming platform for these histrionics: crippling paranoia, desperate loneliness, masochistic death-wishes, dangerous obsessiveness, apocalyptic hysteria. Unlike her male counterpart - 'the eccentric' - the female neurotic lives a shamed existence, making these films those rare places where her destructive emotions get to play...I think I should read this book! And credit where credit is due, thanks to the Faculty of Horror for mentioning the book in one of their early episodes.
A couple other movies that were left out that I would like to mention here are Alice, Sweet Alice for the, "Killer Kids," sub-genre, and The Nesting for, "Hysterical Women." I'm sure I will have to do another list at some point to catch all the ones I will think of later!
Wednesday, August 15, 2018
Happy listening! --Mark
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Sunday, August 12, 2018
Hello and welcome to Wake Up Heavy: Recollections of Horror. My name is Mark and I will be your Horror Host! Please join me as I muse about treasured memories of watching strangely curious horror films from my past that I still love to this day.
In this introductory episode my daughter helps me tackle some questions about the podcast and offer some insight into why horror movies intrigued me when I was young and why I still love them now.
Please scroll down for important links mentioned in the podcast. Thanks! --Mark
And enjoy this creepfest, one of the scariest things a 9-year-old could possibly see!