Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 043: Red 2 (2013) and The Conjuring (2013)

Episode 043 is a huge, three-hour, double-header episode for you, where we first cover “Red 2” with Crime Writer ANTHONY BRUNO whose Web site is Anthony And then later in this show, we review “The Conjuring” with artist and horror movie cinephile CHRIS EXCESS and podcaster and professional Ghost Hunter RON MARTIN of The Resurrection of Zombie 7 horror movie podcast. In addition to these two epic feature reviews, we also bring you our Mini Reviews and Specialty Recommendation Segments. Don’t miss it!

I. Intro

II. Review of “Red 2” with Anthony Bruno
Ratings and Recommendations for RED 2
Jason = 6.5 ( Theater / Rental )
Karl = 7.5 ( Theater / Rental )
Anthony Bruno = 8.5 ( Theater / Rental )
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… Andy’s “anticipatory rating” = 8 ( Theater / Rental )

III. Review of “The Conjuring” with Ron Martin
Ratings and Recommendations for THE CONJURING
Jason = 5.5 ( Rental )
Andy = 5 ( Rental )
Ron Martin = 6 ( Rental )

IV. Mini Reviews:
Ron Martin: The Devil’s Carnival, Absentia
Karl: Murder by Death, Valkyrie
Jason: Stoker, Stand Off
ChrisExcess: The Shawshank Redemption, Eyes Wide Shut
Josh: Mother, Thirst
Andy: n/a

V. Specialty Recommendation Segments

We have no idea what to write here…

Documentary: Knuckle (2011)

Horror: The Uninvited (2009)

Romantic Comedy: Valley Girl (1983)

V. Wrap-Up

NEXT WEEK’S MOVIE: The Wolverine with special guests Willis Wheeler and Keith Stein

Links for this episode:


Anthony Bruno on Twitter: @AnthonyBruno505

Book recommendation: The Iceman: The True Story of a Cold-Blooded Killer by Anthony Bruno

Bruno’s school:

Hear more of ChrisExcess on the Terror Troop Horror Movie Podcast:
Terror Troop 058: Horror From the Hood
Terror Troop 061: Voodoo Zombies

Ron Martin’s The Resurrection of Zombie 7 horror movie podcast

Follow The Resurrection of Zombie 7 on Twitter: @ResZombie7

Follow Movie Podcast Weekly on Twitter: @MovieCastWeekly

Follow Joshua Ligairi on Twitter: @IcarusArts

Listen to Jason’s review of “God Bless America” here: Movie Stream

Especially for HORROR FANS: Horror Movie

Special thanks goes out to our special guests, Anthony Bruno, Chris Excess, and Ron Martin, for joining us. And we’d also like to thank all those who have written to us! We also want to thank singer-songwriter Frederick Ingram and the voice talents of Midnight Corey Graham from The Electric Chair Podcast, Willis Wheeler from the Terror Troop Podcast and Mr. Ron Baird for their help with our recommendation segment intros.

We’d also like to thank The Dave Eaton Element and Dave Eaton himself for the use of his music for our theme song.

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14 thoughts on “Movie Podcast Weekly Ep. 043: Red 2 (2013) and The Conjuring (2013)

  1. Oh my god, I loved Stoker! I, myself, was trying to figure out whether it was or wasn’t horror. I’m totally buying this film!
    Love your shows as always! I had great hopes for the Conjuring, ah well…

  2. Saw a pretty interesting/lame example of the in-show advertising this week. Let me set the stage: Pretty Little Liars is 90210 meets mild slasher (sort of) in which 4 lovely young ladies are terrorized by a person known only as -A, who may or may not be a former friend who is thought to be dead. Pretty Little Liars is my dirty little secret as Ron could attest to. I think it’s pretty good stuff, and it’s the closest thing to horror my wife will watch so it has that going for it. Anyway… one girl named Aria was upset about her brother being late to get home and was worried for his safety. A former martial arts instructor stops by to check on her and decides to stay after he sees she is upset. He asks, “what do you want to watch?” She looks up at the tv and sort of nods. A brief flash of the title for Insidious 2 pops on the tv and the guy says. “Insidious 2? Have you seen the first?” and she responds, “Like 3 times, I love that movie.” I might be paraphrasing a bit but the gist of it is there. Now I don’t doubt that it was an effective use of Insidious’ marketing money, if they convince girls in this demographic to see the film they’ll make a ton. But I am very skeptical that considering people have died from dealing with this -A that any of these girls would consider horror movies high on their to-do list, particularly when they are already upset. What say you guys? Going to see more of this? Pretty Little Liars is ahead of the curve with social media, is this technique going to take off?

  3. Toby Emerich of New Line Cinema announced the sequel to The Conjuring and also called it “as good as any horror movie we’ve done.” I understand the need to make the newest the best. But considering they did Nightmare on Elm Street, Final Destination and I think even Evil Dead… isn’t that going too far?

  4. Really interesting example with Pretty Little Liars, Hammer. Are we sure that’s not just to make the characters look cool, though. Like Mischa Barton talking about punk bands on The O.C. or a joke like Jaws 19 in Back to the Future 2? I personally love integrated advertising if done well. They handled Milky Way pretty well in This is the End. 30 Rock as always done an amazing job of it. And I always go back to the example of Jerry Seinfeld demanding to have real cereal boxes in his apartment on Seinfeld because he wanted the realism. as a former props master myself, I’d always go out of my way to get real products cleared (even if they were giving no money to the production) because I’d rather see someone drinking a Coke than a generic “Cola” which completely takes me out of a movie. Sounds like the pizza commercial in this one was pretty bad, though. It has to be done well.

  5. Generic colas take you out of a film? That seems strange. I mean I’ve drank generic colas Josh, they do exist :) I think the Liars thing was definitely paid advertising. It was pretty bad.

  6. Haha. It is the generic colas that say “cola” with the Coca Cola logo. Come on, you know what I’m talking about. Obviously, they CAN be done well with a little creativity and budget: but most are bad. And again, I worked in props, so it sticks out to me.

  7. Oh.. yeah those are stupid. I think we need to make a generic brand of products that exist only in movies but then actually have them created and sell them… people would eat it up. Think about it… if there were real Acme products, you’d buy it right?

  8. Jason, I can’t believe that you gave The Conjuring the same score as All the Boys Love Mandy Lane. They aren’t even in the same ballpark of quality. Makes me want to go back and re-score Mandy Lane.

    • Joshua,
      Howard Hawks (“His Girl Friday,” “Rio Bravo”) is often quote for saying something to the effect, “A good movie is three good scenes and no bad scenes…”

      “The Conjuring” (heartbreakingly) has a couple of bad scenes… Upside-down chairs and girls dragged around by their hair were supposed to be scary, but were instead unintentionally funny. Again, heartbreaking. “The Conjuring” could have been a 10. A 10!

      Conversely, “All the Boys Love Mandy Lane” has no good scenes or bad scenes… It’s just vanilla.

      • I know who Howard Hawks is, thanks.

        The Conjuring is an ambitious film that comes up a bit short. All the Boys Love Mandy Lane is an unambitious film that comes up a lot short.

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