Horror Movie Survival Guide

Horror Movie Survival Guide

Horror Movie Survival Guide is a weekly podcast where two long time chums (and unlikely gorehounds) watch and talk about horror films from a survival point of view. We ask the question - how can *we* end up as the final girl? Join Julia Marchese and Teri Gamble as we take a deep dive into everything from OG horror to newly released films (but preferably classics on VHS). We'll talk about obscure details that no one else notices, spin off into alternate casting universes, crush on some foxy, dodgy fellows (and creepy uncles), and arm ourselves with the knowledge necessary to become The Final Girl!


February 26, 2024 40 mins

THE NUN 2 - "It's Okay to Be Scared" 

We're going to the chapel and it's gonna be scaaarrry - as we discuss one of the "scariest villains" in the CONJURING universe in  THE NUN 2 (2023). Another great script penned by the amazing AKELA COOPER. We loved seeing our friend BONNIE AARONS as Valek - the NUN & we agree that we wish we had more moments with her in the film! 

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M3GAN - "She Looks Demented"

We continue our journey into the Wan-Verse with another brilliant script penned by Wan & Akela Cooper - the instant camp classic M3GAN (2022). A modern AI twist on a Child's Play story that unleashes one of the most fun lil villains to come out of the pandemic era. 

We hope you enjoy this fresh episode!

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February 12, 2024 41 mins

Malignant - "You Don't Deserve Your Body"

We venture deeper into the Wan-Verse with with a mystery/thriller MALIGNANT (2021). This is a favorite of Teri's - you'll have to listen to the episode to hear what Julia thinks...

If you haven't seen this film - please watch it before you listen! We were lucky enough to not have the twist spoiled before going into it! So we were free to enjoy this brilliant scre...

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February 5, 2024 28 mins

Indidious - "The Universe is Deathless"

It's our 350th Episode of Horror Movie Survival Guide! As a treat we are tackling one of our most requested films. This week we venture back into the Wan-Verse with Poltergeist for Gen Z - INSIDIOUS (2010). A little boy makes contact with the other world and is left in what seems like a coma. With the help of a medium his father makes his way to the other side to help him defeat...

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January 29, 2024 33 mins

Maniac - "I Know What You Need" 

One of our favorite cute boys, ELIJAH WOOD,  steps into the killer role in this update of the iconic slasher film -  MANIAC (2012). Set in the seedy parts of the newly gentrified downtown Los Angeles & playing on the fears of online dating this update is a bloody good time!

We hope you enjoy digging into this fresh new episode! 

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The Strangler (l'etrangleur) 1970 - "I'm Obsessed with Happiness"

We are in love with another "Cute Boy Killer"  in this French Giallo masterpiece THE STRANGLER (1970). Emile (Jacques Perrin) is obsessed with happiness and uses murder to relieve women of their sadness. Writer/Director Paul Vecchiali delivers a sumptuous feast for the eyes in this under-seen thriller. 

Special Thank you to Altered Innocen...

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January 15, 2024 36 mins

Peeping Tom - "Take Me to Your Cinema"

We continue our "Cute Boy Killer" round with a  boy who grew up under the microscope of a camera that eventually becomes his weapon of choice in PEEPING TOM (1960). We follow Mark (Karlheinz Böhm) as he navigates falling in love vs. his insatiable need to capture authentic fear on camera. A cinematic masterpiece from the team that brought us THE RED SHOES (1948) lead by dire...

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January 8, 2024 36 mins

Kill Your Friends - "Middley"

We get to see another side of our "Cute Boy Killer" star Nicholas Hoult (Renfield) in KILL YOUR FRIENDS (2015). This time he plays a cut-throat  music executive in a 90's period piece based on a novel by John Niven. Dubbed the British version of AMERICAN PSYCHO - it plays as another cautionary tale about men behaving very badly! 

We hope you enjoy this freshly cut episode! 

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January 1, 2024 45 mins

RENFIELD - "Snickerdoodle"

One of our favorite characters finally gets wonderfully rewarded with his very own movie - and a full length episode from us - RENFIELD (2023)! Our adorable sidekick is trying to break free from the shackles of his toxic relationship with his master, Dracula & ends up entangled with a police officer, a mafia family & victim support group. This film is a delightfully joyous film - that wou...

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December 25, 2023 33 mins


Not today Santa! A spelling error sends a letter to Hell instead of the North Pole and changes our protagonist life forever.  LETTERS TO SATAN CLAUS (2020) - is a horror send up of the traditional Hallmark/Lifetime Holiday movie format.  A beautiful city girl heads back to her hometown and is confronted by her past! 

We hope you enjoy this tasty episode &  have a happy ho...

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December 18, 2023 33 mins

HANUKKAH - "Does anybody want any nachos?"

HANUKKAH (2019) is a Jewish horror film with star studded credits! Guided by his own set of rules outside of the Torah - The Hanukiller is coming for you -  if you've been naughty! The final film for both Sid Haig & Dick Miller. Produced by Felissa Rose, Music by Harry Manfredini, stunts by Kane Hodder! 

We hope you enjoy this seasonal treat!

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December 11, 2023 39 mins

VIOLENT NIGHT - "Skullcrusher"

You better watch out, you better not cry, you better not pout - I'm telling you why - DAVID HARBOUR - as the sexiest zaddy - Santa is coming to town! It's the Holiday Season & you've been very good this year...so we are giving you a VIOLENT NIGHT (2022).

We hope you enjoy this holiday delight!

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December 4, 2023 31 mins

Hausu (House) - "You're So Cool, KungFu!"

A kaleidoscope of genres, colors & styles - a true feast for the eyes - HAUSU (1977). One of the most creative & out of the box adventures in cinema! A group of girls go to visit one of their friend's Aunts & discover nothing is what it seems!

We hope you enjoy diving into this fresh episode!

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November 27, 2023 44 mins

THE BLACKENING - "Pick a Card"

So excited to finally cover this Comedy Horror inspired by an award-winning sketch from 3-Peat Comedy that originally aired on Comedy Central - THE BLACKENING (2022). A brilliant premise that was conceived and developed by Dewayne Perkins and fleshed out for a feature-length film with  Tracy Oliver (Girls Trip). What if all the main characters are Black...who will die first? 

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November 20, 2023 42 mins

Barbarian - Why Don't You Come Inside? 

We tackle one of our most requested films this week - BARBARIAN (2022). This film has delicious twists and turns that will stay with you long after it's over. We dig into all the gory details as we wonder..."Who wouldn't pull the rope to a secret door?"

We hope you enjoy slurping up all the fresh goodness of this new episode!

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HMSG Interview Dennis Paoli - "Suitable Flesh"

DENNIS PAOLI achieved his greatest enduring cult popularity by penning the wickedly witty scripts for two superior 80s H.P. Lovecraft adaptations directed by noted horror genre icon Stuart Gordon: the terrific "Re-Animator" and its equally excellent follow-up "From Beyond." Paoli and Gordon first crossed paths working for the experimental Organic Theater in...

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HMSG Interview Joe Lynch

JOE LYNCH  is a filmmaker who has worked in various medias, including feature films, TV, music videos, commercials, short films, podcasts and more.

Lynch's previous feature films include WRONG TURN 2: DEAD END with Henry Rollins, KNIGHTS OF BADASSDOM, EVERLY,  MAYHEM (a HMSG Favorite) & POINT BLANK.

In TV, Lynch has directed episodes of 12 DEADLY DAYS, My DEAD EX and has starred and executive produced...

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October 30, 2023 65 mins

Pearl / X - 'I'm Special"

Happy Halloween! We have a big double feature episode again this week - the beginning of Ti West trilogy PEARL & X (2022). We get multiple brilliant performances from Mia Goth and a stellar cast that takes you on a journey off the beaten path in Texas. A study on what can fester when someone is isolated, but destined to shine...so brightly, like a star!

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October 23, 2023 43 mins

Teen Wolf vs. Teen Witch - "Top That"

To celebrate Halloween we are covering some of our most beloved & requested films from your recommendations! This week we give you one of the ultimate crossover events - TEEN WOLF(1985) vs. TEEN WITCH(1989). Such a joy to visit films that we adored in our childhoods...that are practically the same film beat for beat! But the real question is..."Who can TOP THAT?"

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Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors - "Don't Make Me Sleep"

Tag team back again we got Freddy & Nancy with a whole bunch of friends! Another big 'ol camp fest awaits with NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 3: DREAM WARRIORS (1987). Nancy is all grown up and is enlisted to help some troubled teens who don't want to sleep...and she knows why! 

We hope you are enjoying spooky season and enjoy this fresh episode f...

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