The Terror Test – EP 27 – The Birds & Birdemic: Shock and Terror

Posted on August 26, 2016 by

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THE TERROR TEST podcast is a conversation between two horror fans to weigh the merits of films and decide whether to admit them  into our sacred horror canon. We want to know what is worth recommending to non-fans and what to watch next.  We review the films on the basis of SCARE FACTOR, MONSTER QUALITY, and PRESENTATION.  A film needs a unanimous vote in all cateGORIES  to receive an induction into the canon.  Those movies that fall short of a unanimous vote will receive an honorable mention.

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*SPOILER ALERT* The recordings contain many spoilers and it is recommended that listeners watch the film BEFORE listening and weigh in their votes in the comments.

Our current canon and upcoming episodes are below:

THE MOVIE CANON

Evil Dead 2: Dead Before Dawn (1987)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Carrie (1976)

[REC] (2007)

Cannibal Holocaust (1979) *Explicit Content*

Black Christmas (1974)

Hellraiser (1987)

The Exorcist (1973)

The Witch (2016)

Goodnight Mommy (2015)

Alien (1979)

Shivers (1975)

Videodrome (1983)

Friday the 13th (1980)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

Psycho (1960)

The Invitation (2016)

Antichrist (2009)

THE LITERARY CANON

Carrie by Stephen King (1974)

“Guts” by Chuck Palahniuk (2005)

The Haunting of Hill House by Shirley Jackson (1959)

The Hellbound Heart (1986) by Clive Barker

The Girl Next Door (1989) by Jack Ketchum

The Exorcist (1971) by William Peter Blatty

HONORABLE MENTION

Crimson Peak (2015)

[REC 2] (2009)

The Haunting (1963)

The Exorcist III (1990)

It Follows (2015)

The Turn of the Screw (1898) by Henry James

The Innocents (1961)

Under the Skin (2013)

Scanners (1981)

Psycho by Robert Bloch (novel) (1959)

Frenzy (1972)

The Purge: Election Year (2016)

Green Room (2016)

“The Birds” (1952) – short story by Daphne du Maurier

The Birds (1963)

Bibliodrome

Men, Women, and Chainsaws: Gender in the Modern Horror Film (1992) by Carol J. Clover

Shock Value  (2011) by Jason Zinoman

Hitchcock by Truffaut (1985) by Francois Truffaut

Upcoming Episodes

September 9th The Firemen by Joe Hill, Baskin (2016), and Southbound (2016)

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