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Sep 24, 2016

This week Joseph Perry chimes in from across the globe, South Korea to be exact. Mr. Perry is excited to share his thoughts with the HNR Extra listeners on a number of films he caught at the recent Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. This week dives into another brilliant Sci-Fi/Horror film THE SIMILARS from director Isaac Ezban. Check out this HNR Extra to get the behind the scenes info on BiFan along with Joseph's review of this terrific film.

Sammie Cassell returns to HNR Extra to discuss the films appearing at the second annual WREAK HAVOC HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sammie shares the history of the event and dives into a number of the feature films and short films presented on September 30, 2016 and October 1, 2016. Films such as COFFIN BABY, GETTING SCHOOLED, and PEELERS.

Horror News Radio Extra
Episode 007 – The Similars (BiFan 2016) – Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival (2016)
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REVIEW: The Similars (BiFan 2016)

Joseph Perry joins HNR Extra to review the Mexican Sci-Fi / Horror film The Similars, comparing it to a twisted version of The Twilight Zone. Not a bad idea. The film, AKA Los Parecidos, follows eight people on October 2, 1968 who find themselves stranded at a remote bus station in Mexico. Soon, something unknown is out to change their lives forever. Joseph provides his spoiler free thoughts on this film that is likely top 10 material. Check it out!

 

HORROR TV: Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival (2016)

Stepping in for festival director Dan Sellers, Sammie Cassell provides the skinny on the upcoming Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival. Taking place at the Carolina Theater in Greensboro, North Carolina, the festival features 3 feature length films and dozens of horror shorts. While the festival spotlights a number of local North Carolina film makers, it also features films from across the globe. Check out the line up presented on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, 2016.

Friday, September 30th, 2016

6:00 pm - Opening of Festival

15 minutes for Introduction and Welcome

6:15 pm - 7:45 pm - 1st Block of Short Films

Cauchemar Capitonne (Canada) 9:20

Gingerbread (US) 10:45

Bill's Landscape and Exorcism Service (Canada) 5:00

Nasty (UK) 15:09

Scary Little Fuckers (A Christmas Movie) (US) 23:30

The Marshalls (UK) 3:15

Don't Let the Light In (US) 9:05

Grace (Canada) 9:35

The Watcher (US) 2:51

7:45 pm - 20 minute break

8:05 pm - 9:40 pm - Feature Film: Coffin Baby

95 minutes of Screening

9:40 pm - 20 minute break

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm - 2nd Block of Short Films

Hada (Spain) 9:00

I Love You So Much It's Killing Them (Canada) 14:30

Silently Within Your Shadow (UK) 14:02

The Tell-Tale Heart Sisters (US) 20:00

Tetras (France) 5:41

11:00 pm - Conclusion of the 1st Night of Festival

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

5:00 pm - Opening of 2nd Day

15 minutes for Introduction and Welcome

5:15 pm - 6:40 pm - Feature Film: Getting Schooled

83 minutes of Screening

6:40 pm - 7:00 pm - 20 minute break

7:00 pm - 3rd Block of Short Films:

They Will All Die In Space (Spain) 14:47

Blurred Vision (US) 7:25

Lab Rats (UK) 14:59

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (US) 13:10

Knob Goblins (US) 7:35

8:00 pm - 20 minute break

8:20 pm - 9:55 pm - Feature Film: Peelers

95 minutes of Screening

10:00 pm - 11:00 pm - Award Ceremony and Closing of Festival

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Sep 24, 2016

Matt struggles with reality while discovering "Oh, I feel sick to my stomach. I didn't think it could get any worse. Then it did." The Millers, along with Sister-in-Law Lee, face horror after horror this episode as burning pig effigies and little girl ghosties plague their nightmares. And that's not the worst they have to face. Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Two. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow. And where in the world is missing co-host Christopher G. Moore?

Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: My Roanoke Nightmare. This the unofficial podcast about the hit FX Horror Television show American Horror Story by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. Now in its sixth highly anticipated season, the award-winning genre show is set to push even more boundaries and break even more unimaginable fears and horror with a found-footage inspired nightmare. Returning to co-host the fan podcast is Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Dave Dreher. For this season, the role of co-host Thomas Mariani will be played by Derek Tatum.

The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: My Roanoke Nightmare
Season 6 Episode 2– "Chapter Two"

This week American Horror Story gives its feverish fans glimpses of the roles fan-favorites are going to play this season with Kathy Bates, Wes Bentley and Lady Gaga appearing as a group of pagans firing up their pit of horror in the woods. But before we can ask "Is that Lady Gaga?" their gone and we're back at the mansion. We do get introduced to a lovely pair of murderous maidens in the form of sister nurses Miranda (Maya Rose Berkos) and Bridget (Kristen Rakes). Lee's daughter Flora (Saniyya Sidney) also stops by for a visit and discovers a lonely ghost named Priscilla hiding in the closet. But its the introduction of Dr. Elias Cunningham (Denis O'Hare) that has Shelby and Matt worried the most as his found footage tape reveal some of the house's most violent secrets.

The Grue-crew give their thoughts on all the major plot points, scares and surprises. They dive into some interesting news from the past week, including Ryan Murphy revealing something interesting about episode 6. And, it's time for some listener feedback, featuring a special message from past co-host Thomas Mariani.

Sep 22, 2016

The surprise sequel of the year, Blair Witch, landed in theaters this weekend taking the second spot at the box office. The  film from Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett, originally announced as The Woods, was revealed at Comic Con this past Spring to be a direct follow up to the granddaddy of all found footage films, The Blair Witch Project. While the initial buzz was extremely positive, the reaction from most of the grue-crew is decidedly less so. One review is powerfully negative, the reviewer gives the film a whopping zero out of five. Oh, man, the heat is on.

Thomas delivers a special installment of Stump the Saint this week as the game-show-esque segment of Horror News Radio celebrates its one year anniversary in its current format. Thomas gathers topics from you, the avid listener on Facebook and Twitter, to generate three trivia questions to toss at The Black Saint in hope to stump him soundly. Be careful, you may get "banned"!

Dave begin the show with the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about the new Re-Animator remake, the upcoming Annabelle 2, and the Netflix original film Little Evil. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 - 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 180 – Blair Witch (2016)
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Feature Review: Blair Witch (2016)

Fan favorite director Adam Wingard and his writing partner Simon Barrett tackle the Blair Witch franchise with the first returning installment in nearly 15 years with the matter-of-fact-ly titled BLAIR WITCH. The found footage film is a direct sequel to The Blair Witch Project (1999) following Heather's young brother, all grown up, looking for the truth behind what happened to his sibling lost in the woods all those years ago. While he and his friends are mega-prepared with modern technology for a trip into the Burkittsville Maryland forest, he manages to get hopeless lost and subsequently hunted by something hidded in...the woods. But, what will the HNR Grue-crew think of the film?

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:46] Announcements
    • [00:03:10] Introducing: Decades of Horror 1990s
    • [00:04:45] The American Horror Story Fan Podcast returns with My Roanoke Nightmare
    • [00:06:17] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:06:39] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
  • [00:07:50] Feature Review: Blair Witch (2016)
  • [00:58:48] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [00:59:52] Thanks to Patreon HNR is going to Spooky Empire Oct 7-9, 2016, Orlando, FL
  • [01:02:36] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:03:01] The announced Re-Animator film is a REBOOT not a sequel
    • [01:07:31] Close your eyes, it's the Annabelle 2 Teaser
    • [01:09:34] Fresh out of Fury Road comes Mad Max: Furiosa
    • [01:14:20] Netflix enlists Adam Scott and Evangeline Lilly for the original film Little Evil
    • [01:17:36] A new director has been announced for Stephen King's Gerald'
  • [01:22:17] Stump the Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Rob Zombie's 31

 

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Sep 20, 2016

This week Joseph Perry chimes in from across the globe, South Korea to be exact. Mr. Perry is excited to share his thoughts with the HNR Extra listeners on a number of films he caught at the recent Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. This week dives into another brilliant Asian modern horror classic with the film CREEPY from acclaimed director Kiyoshi Kurosawa. Check out this HNR Extra to get the behind the scenes info on BiFan along with Joseph's review of this terrific film.

Next up this week is the first in a series of conversations about Horror On TV. Joey Fittos, from Gruesome Magazine, joins Doc to discuss the second half of The Walking Dead companion series FEAR THE WALKING DEAD. He chimes in with how the second season is coming together and how it measures up to its parent show TWD.

Horror News Radio Extra
Episode 006 – Creepy (BiFan 2016) – Fear the Walking Dead (2016)
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REVIEW: Creepy (BiFan 2016)

Kiyoshi Kurosawa, the master behind films such as Kairo (aka Pulse)  and Cure, returns with a new exploration into the depths of horror with Creepy. The Japanese film played at the Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival 2016 and Gruesome Magazine writer Joseph Perry was there to witness the madness. He now joins us to share his review of this upcoming classic that earns its title. The film features Hidetoshi Nishijima, Yûko Takeuchi, and Toru Baba.

 

HORROR TV: Fear the Walking Dead (2016)

The Walking Dead is one of those shows that will go down in the history books and shines the spotlight brightly on horror on TV regardless. The show is nearly critic proof at this point. But is the spin off companion series Fear the Walking Dead worthy of the same respect. Joey Fittos from Gruesome Magazine joins Doc to dive into his love/hate relationship with the show. He shares how Nick has gone from the character he despised the most in Season 1 to the character he loves the most in Season 2. He also dives into his thoughts for the remaining season and how it should line up with its parent show TWD.

 

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Sep 17, 2016

The sixth season of American Horror Story is here! Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk pulled a fast one on AHS fans by refusing to reveal the theme of this season, right up to the very premiere of Season 6 Episode 1. What we found as we tuned in 10:00 PM Wednesday, September 14, 2016 was a brand new format and a slower pace. Murphy and Falchuk introduce a couple who have moved into a potentially haunted house in North Carolina. Matt and Shelby are interviewed talking head style played by Andre Holland and Lily Rabe. Meanwhile, the reenactments feature Cuba Gooding Jr. and Sarah Paulson portraying the lead characters. Before the end of the episode they are joined by Adina Porter and Angela Bassett playing Matt's sister Lee.

Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: My Roanoke Nightmare. This the unofficial podcast about the hit FX Horror Television show American Horror Story by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com and GruesomeMagazine.com. Now in its sixth highly anticipated season, the award winning genre show is set to push even more boundaries and break even more unimaginable fears and horror with a found-footage like nightmare. Returning to co-host the fan podcast are Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Dave Dreher. For this season, the role of co-host Thomas Mariani will be played by Derek Tatum.

The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: My Roanoke Nightmare
Season 6 Episode 1– "Chapter One"

Doc, Derek, Dave and Christopher provide their thoughts about the new format, the talking heads, and the creepier scenes found in the sixth season of American Horror Story. The crew share their love for the "breathing forest" scene and their interest in where this season may -- or may not -- go as they follow the documentary / found-footage style approach. While the show is divisive, it may prove to be most fascinating season of the popular show taking advantage of its own unique season-to-season approach with each episode. Love it or hate it, to opening chapter of My Roanoke Nightmare is full of surprises, intrigue, and promise. Let the speculation begin.

Sep 16, 2016

The Grue-crew follow director Marcus Dunstan and writer Patrick Melton across the yard to visit The Neighbor, the latest feature from the team behind The Collector and The Collection. This go around Josh Stewart faces the horrors of Bill Engvall as the evil next door. Alex Essoe co-stars as Stewart's love interest and Luke Edwards is one of Engvall's disturbed offspring. The film is currently available on DVD and VOD.

After a summer of huge horror hits, The Disappointments Room sneaks into theaters this past weekend. By Sunday it pulled a "Morgan" flopping at the box office in a major way. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the Kate Beckinsale vehicle discussing what works and everything that sinks. And just what did happen to Lucas Till? Who knows.

Dave begin the show with the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about Creepshow 2 getting a Blu-ray release, Carrie celebrates 40 years with a killer prom and TIFF gets some serious press. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 - 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Feature Review: The Neighbor (2016)

Not long ago  director Marcus Dunstan and writer Patrick Melton were set to do the reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise until suddenly the entire project changed hands. This left fans of the demented pair wondering what they would do next. What we didn't know was that they had ALREADY completed their next project. Woot! That project is The Neighbor with Josh Stewart,Bill Engvall, and  Alex Essoe. The grue-crew dive into the tale of terror and horror...and neighbors with secrets best left uncovered.

 

What Have You Been Watching: The Disappointments Room (2016)

The grue-crew knew things were not going to go well with The Disappointments Room when we began texted each other on a Friday stating "Hey, guess what came out in the theaters today!" With little promotion and even less fan fair, C.J. Caruso's film starring Kate Beckinsale landing in cineplexes across the country failing to make a dent in the weekend box office. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the film with some indication that we may be discussing again toward the end of the year on a not-so-favorable list. Uh, oh...

  

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:26] Announcements
    • [00:02:51] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:09] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
  • [00:04:40] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:10] Arrow Video announced Blu-ray release of Creepshow 2
    • [00:08:19] The Toxic Avenger remake lands a director, Conrad Vernon
    • [00:14:15] Scream Factory plans a massive Carrie Prom for its 40th Anniversary
    • [00:17:00] TIFF buzz includes The Belko Experiment, Colossal and A Monster Calls
    • [00:22:07] Tales Of Poe gets a release date and new trailer
  • [00:24:39] Feature Review: The Neighbor (2016)
  • [00:51:50] What Have You Been Watching: The Disappointments Room (2016)
  • [01:14:54] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [01:15:30] HNR is Heading to Spooky Empire
  • [01:17:32] Stump the Saint

 

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Sep 15, 2016

In September of 2016, two podcasters disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland while recording a secret podcast. A week later, their raw recordings were found. That's right! In anticipation of the super secret film Blair Witch, Gruesome Magazine recorded a super secret show for all you loyal Grue Believers. We've already got shows about horror from the 1970s and 1980s, but what about the decade all the kids are talking about on their Buzzfeeds and Twitters: The 1990s?! To kick off a podcast all about this rebellious, curious and underrated decade for horror, host Thomas Mariani decided to bring on found footage fan Doc Rotten to record an episode all about 1999's The Blair Witch Project!

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 01 – The Blair Witch Project (1999)

It's the film that launched a thousand viral marketing campaigns. The film that introduced the idea of found footage as a horror genre. The film that convinced about $250 million worth of audiences that they totally saw something spooky in the woods... even though they didn't. Thomas and Doc dive deep into the mind games directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick played on audiences at the time, creating a mythology and experimental style of horror filmmaking that divides audiences to this very day. There's plenty to say about the build up, the crazy production turn around and how impactful this little indie was on both horror and general filmmaking in the oncoming new millennium. Is Blair Witch Project a truly spooky affair? Does its tricks still send shiver down our spines 16 years later? Or was it all just much ado about nothing? Find out as Thomas Mariani and Doc Rotten dissect every detail... while they can!

Sep 9, 2016

The Grue-crew have been transformed. The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani and Doc Rotten - along with Decades of Horror friends Bill Mulligan and award-winning director Christopher G. Moore made their way to Dragon Con 2016 to participate on a number of the panels scattered throughout the Horror Track. Aside from Christopher G. Moore, a frequent Con goer who covered DragonCon 2015 for HNR and the Hannibal Fan Podcast, it was the first trip for the rest of us. Tonight, the crew share their journey.

Thomas steps in to give his thoughts on the latest genre bending flick from director Kevin Smith, the head-scratching adventure Yoga Hosers. While Thomas has been known to crap on awful films mercilessly, he has never yet given a film a zero. Oh, man! Santos chimes in on the second crap-fest of the week, Morgan which tanked at the box office failing to crack the top ten. Horror is in desperate need of a Blair Witch now!

Dave returns to announce the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about Shin Godzilla's October release date, Amazon getting the TV series based on Tremors featuring Kevin Bacon and the crew react to the trailer for the "expendables of horror," Death House. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 - 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 179 – Dragon Con (2016) – Yoga Hosers (2016) – Morgan (2016)
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Convention Report: Dragon Con (2016)

The Grue-crew have discovered their new home away from home. Dragon Con 2016 was amazing with great panels, fantastic guest, spectacular friend (old and new) and the most incredible Cosplay on the planet. Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and Gruesome Magazine were represented in full as Doc Rotten, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, Bill Mulligan and Christopher G. Moore descended down on to the Horror Track. The track is managed by the tireless and inspiring Derek Tatum, setting up panels on Preacher, The Shining, American Horror Story, Ash vs the Evil Dead, Bates Motel, Lucio Fulci, Modern Horror Classics, Phantom of the Paradise, Hammer Films of the 1970s and the legacy of the Blind Dead. If you are a horror fan, the Dragon Con Horror Track is THE place to be.

 

Feature Review: Yoga Hosers (2016)

Kevin Smith returns continuing his Canadian adventures with Yoga Hosers featuring Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp. Thomas Mariani steps in to warn each and every HNR fan to think twice before stepping into this heaping pile of manure. Yeah, that's right, he did not like it. But, just how much did he not like it. Oh, dear God. It's brutal.

 

Feature Review: Morgan (2016)

While Yoga Hosers is a smaller release by comparison, Morgan landed in 2000 theaters this weekend to a paltry $2 million box office. Thud. The film tanked, hard. The Black Saint is the only crew member to suffer through the film. He is here to share his thoughts - in his usual Black Saint style.

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:22] Announcements
    • [00:03:36] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:46] Spooky Empire
    • [00:05:02] iTunes Feedback Winner - PsykoMyk
  • [00:08:15] Convention Report: DragonCon (2016)
  • [00:54:12] Feature Review: Yoga Hosers (2016)
  • [01:11:49] Feature Review: Morgan (2016)
  • [01:16:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:17:36] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:18:30] Tom Holland and Vinnie Guastini united to bring horror fans Rock Paper Dead
    • [01:22:13] The trailer for Death House has landed - the "Expendables of Horror" is here
    • [01:27:15] PAX West released a trailer for the Friday the 13th game and it slays
    • [01:32:18] Kevin Bacon returns to Tremors for a TV series on ... Amazon
    • [01:34:39] Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence) hits US theaters in October
  • [01:37:56] Stump the Saint Winner for August - M. Hatfield

 

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Sep 1, 2016

"Some folks have a strange idea of entertainment." - For Tom McLoughlin's installment of the F13 franchise, Jason Lives: Friday the 13th Part VI, Bob Larkin takes the role of Martin the Caretaker, replacing Crazy Ralph and providing a series of great lines such as this. The witty script sets the tone for a lively installment in the series that is far more self aware than previous F13 films. Let the fun begin! Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore tackle another gruesome horror film from the 1980s. Let's welcome the biggest Jason fan of the Grue-crew from Horror News Radio, Dave Dreher, to the show to discuss his favorite Friday the 13th flick.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 89 – Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives (1986)

Describe him as you will, but C. J. Graham's and Dan Bradley's Jason in Part VI is part Frankenstein, part Zombie, but all slasher. In the opening scene Tommy Jarvis (Thom Matthews) returns from Part IV: Final Chapter and Part V: A New Beginning to cremate Jason's remains buried in a Crystal Lake cemetery. Instead, he and his buddy Allan Hawkes (Ron Palillo) inadvertently resurrect the killer with lightning. After ripping "Horshack's" heart out, Zombie Jason is on the move chasing Tommy back to Crystal Lake. Ah, movies, such fun. The film is a riot with great action, a murderously inventive Jason and fun characters. Who doesn't love Jennifer Cooke as Tommy's new love interest, Megan Garris. And, ironically, for the first time in the series, there are actual kids at the camp, leading to an interesting scene where Jason shambles into their bunk room.

Grue-crew member David Dreher joins the DoH gang to take a look at one of the films most near and dear to his heart. While, as the curator of Savini.com, he has a strong affection for the first Friday the 13th and Friday the 13th Part IV: The Final Chapter, he admits that he loves Jason Lives just as much. Along with Christopher, Doc and Thomas, he revisits the film going over each shocking kill and all the new mythology added to Jason's motives and stamina. Lightning, who knew? Check out the episode and relive probably the most fun entry into the Friday the 13th franchise. C'monl, it even has an Alice Cooper theme song. What's not to love.

Sep 1, 2016

The number one movie in theaters this weekend (August 28, 2016) is DON'T BREATHE, the horror film from director Fede Alverez (Evil Dead). The Grue-crew are on hand to discuss their reaction to the tense thriller from Ghost House Pictures featuring Stephen Lang, Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette and Daniel Zovatto. They dive into the elements that work, the surprises that shock and the zingers that make Thomas question what the hell is wrong with Doc. Ha! Fun times!

Doc steps in to announce the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about the final reveal of the Rings trailer, the tease of Doug Liman direction DC's Dark Universe and the loss of the endlessly talented Gene Wilder, the man who gave us Willy Wonka and Frederick Frankenstein. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year THIS WEEKEND, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 - 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 178 – Don't Breathe (2016)
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Feature Review: Don't Breathe (2016)

On a special side note, Don't Breathe is the second film from Fede Alverez covered on Horror News Radio by the Grue-crew. The first one was his first film Evil Dead which we covered on the very first episode of the show. It took 178 episodes to get to his second feature. The film is out now in theaters and the question is "Does it deliver?" The answer is what you are wanting to hear. Doc, Santos and Thomas dive into the film, discussing the acting chops of Stephen Lang, the directing slieght of hand of Fede Alverez and the shocking surprises hiding in the dark, frightening basement. Take a deep breath, here we go!

 

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:01:47] Announcements
    • [00:02:19] Dragon*Con
    • [00:04:02] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:25] Spooky Empire
    • [00:06:52] iTunes Feedback
  • [00:09:41] Feature Review: Don't Breathe (2016)
  • [01:14:38] Conteset: Announcing the winners of The Walking Dead The Complete Sixth Season contest from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [01:15:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:15:38] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:16:08] R.I.P. Gene Wilder
    • [01:28:59] TNT orders a Let the Right One In TV series
    • [01:36:24] The Rings trailer is finally here
    • [01:44:04] Doug Liman to direct Dark Universe (DCEU) formally known as "Justice League Dark"
    • [01:50:10] Thor Ragnarok gets the What We Do In The Shadows treatment
  • [01:55:12] Stump the Saint

 

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Aug 29, 2016

This week Joseph Perry chimes in from across the globe, South Korea to be exact. Mr. Perry is excited to share his thoughts with the HNR Extra listeners on a number of films he caught at the recent Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival. This week is dives into the highly regarded Polish dybbuk film DEMON from director Marcin Wrona. Get the behind the scenes info on BiFan along with Joseph's review of this terrific film.

Interviewed this week are Clint Carney and Kelton Jones from DRY BLOOD. The film recently has its East Coast premiere at the GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Va and the duo were on hand to promote their feature film. Doc sits down with Clint and Kelton to discuss what it took to make this incredible look into the fragile mind of Brian Barnes, a recovering drug addict with a fractured mind.

Horror News Radio Extra
Episode 004 – Demon (BiFan 2016) – Interview Clint Carney and Kelton Jones from Dry Blood
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REVIEW: Demon (BiFan 2016)

In Demon, a bridegroom struggles with a powerful spirit called a dybbuk trying to take over his mind and body. Of course this all occurs during the wedding ceremony itself. The powerful and well-received film is reviewed by Horror News Radio foreign correspondent Joseph Perry who caught the film at the 2016 Bucheon International Fantastic Film Festival.

 

INTERVIEW: Clint Carney and Kelton Jones from Dry Blood

The writing/directing team of Clint Carney and Kelton Jones sit down with Doc Rotten to discuss their feature film debut Dry Blood. They discuss their roles in the film, both onscreen and behind the camera. The dive into some of the special effects, sound design and cast. Carney and Jones reveal some of the challenges and rewards of writing, producing, directing and starring in their first horror feature film and what it takes to get the film completed and on the road. It's an interview worthy of fans and film makers alike.

 

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Aug 26, 2016

The Grue-crew board the horror express known as Train to Busan. The South Korean horror film is an incredible new entry into the zombie sub-genre that gets the HNR gang very excited to discuss how successful it is on this episode. If only Joseph Perry were here. Ha! Also, this episode, Thomas settles in to recap and review the animated extravaganza Kubo and the Two Strings. It's Asian zombies in one film and a Japanese samuri beetle, a Moon King and a wooden monkey on the other. Bizarre!

Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news about a Lost Boys TV series on the CW, the reveal of the new Pennywise from Stephen King's It and the announcement of a new Godzilla anime adventure. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 177 – Train to Busan (2016)
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Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)

The trailer for Train to Busan looked to promise an exciting Asian look at zombies as a group of heroes look to escape the apocalypse aboard a bullet train from Seoul to Busan. The film delivers with exciting zombie action with roots in Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and World War Z but something far more unique. As the Black Saint points out, Train to Busan follows the structure of a classic disaster film. Think Poseidon Adventure or Earthquake. On top of that, the film has a heart with its core characters battling emotional and moral dilemmas as well. The film ranks high with the grue-crew.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in with his review of the animated highlight of the Summer Kubo and the Two Strings. While the film struggles to attract an audience in the theaters over its opening weekend, the reviews are strong for this film from Laika, the animation house behind such films like Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:19] Announcements
    • [] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:03:52] Dragon*Con
    • [00:05:03] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:26] iTunes Feedback
    • [00:08:07] GenreBlast Film Festival
  • [00:10:47] Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)
  • [00:54:47] What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
  • [01:07:55] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:08:29] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:08:55] The CW is bringing horror fans a Lost Boys TV show
    • [01:13:44] Stephen King's It reveals its updated Pennywise
    • [01:20:03] Now that Shin Godzilla is breaking records in Japan, it's time for a Godzilla animated film
  • [01:24:26] Stump the Saint
  • [01:31:55] What's Next: Don't Breathe

 

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Aug 25, 2016

"Carburetors man! That's what life is all about." - The opening lyrics of the song Upholstery from the rock opera Phantom of the Paradise sum it all up nicely. Music is the creative juice of life and sometimes to succeed in the music business you have to deal with shady characters. In the Brian De Palma classic, Winslow (William FInley) strikes a bargain with record label exec Swan (Paul Williams). The film mixes Faust, Phantom of the Opera and The Portrait of Dorian Gray into a lively, horror-tinged manic musical. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 40 – Phantom of the Paradise (1974)

The film we've been talking about for 39 episodes and two years finally makes it to the editing room as Doc and The Black Saint discuss Brian De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise. Joining the crew this week are Thomas Mariani, Horror News Radio co-host, and Christopher G. Moore, award winning director. Surprisingly, not everyone loves this often overlooked film. Shot between Sisters and Carrie, Brian De Palma hones his craft with music, murder and mayhem, never missing the opportunity to pay homage to a classic influence be it Alfred HItchcock or Orson Welles. The cast includes William Finley, Paul Williams, Jessica Harper and Garrit Graham with Williams supplying all the original songs.

Resting in the shadows of the cult phenomenon Rocky Horror Picture Show, De Palma's Phantom of the Paradise offers a craftier, more cinematic alternative to Time Warps and Sweet Transvestites from Transylvania. Paul Williams pulls double duty starring as the film's antagonist Swan and penning a dozen new tunes. All the entries are fantastic from "Goodbye, Eddie, Goodbye" from the Juicy Fruits to "Old Souls" performed by star Jessica Harper to Williams' own - and Black Saint fave - "The Hell of It". If the songs aren't your thing, then there's the acting, action and amazing set design. Just check out Swan's record shaped desk as he auditions new talent. Of course, the star of the film is the Phantom himself, a talented but tragic figure played by Finley. Too tame? Then check out Graham's Beef for silly satiric fun. Listen now to catch the crew's take on the musical event of 1974, Phantom of the Paradise.

We want to hear from you - the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at theblacksaint@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Aug 24, 2016

Each year the Fantasia International Film Festival descends upon Montreal, Quebec, Canada, providing genre fans with a copious amount of films, feature length and short films alike. This year Gruesome Magazine will be covering a number of the films being presented at the 2016 festival. Tonight, Thomas Mariani joins Doc Rotten to discuss one of those films, the body horror gore-fest from writer/director Danny Perez, ANTIBIRTH.

Interviewed this week is Derek Tatum, the director of Dragon*Con Horror Track. Taking place in Atlanta, Georgia over the holiday weekend of September 2 - 5, 2016, Dragon*Con is one of the largest and longest running conventions on the east coast. The convention which attracts attendance numbers in tens of thousands, is celebrating its 30th anniversary. Derek is championing horror at the fantasy and sci-fi heavy convention by leading the horror track more towards film and TV. He joins Doc and Thomas to share what the convention has planned to thrill horror fans this year.

Horror News Radio
Episode 004 – AntiBirth (2016) – Interview Derek Tatum, Dragon*Con Horror Track
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REVIEW: AntiBirth (Fantasia 2016)

Look out The Brood. Step aside It's Alive. Brundlefly has nothing on Natasha Lyonne as Lou in Danny Perez' phenomenal AntiBirth. The film is seedy, gritty, taking a dark, humorous, gory look into the life of an addict who gets into more trouble than she can handle. She is slipped an experimental drug which affects her in horrific, frightening ways. The ending contains scenes that are difficult to forget. Doc and Thomas dive into a unique offering from this years Fantasia International Film Festival.

 

INTERVIEW: Derek Tatum, Dragon*Con Horror Track

Doc and Thomas sit down with Derek Tatum to discuss the upcoming Dragon*Con Horror Track. Derek provides the skinny on the convention and the history of how the horror track finally grew out of a variety of other tracks, eventually bringing in horror movies to accent the literary tone the convention has promoted for 30 years. Derek is striving to elevate the track by bringing in horror film discussions from modern films to influential films from the past decades of horror.

 

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Aug 18, 2016

Director Joe (Almost Human) Begos returns with an independent horror opus and love letter to all things David Cronenberg. The film is called The Mind's Eye and the influence of Scanners, Firestarter and their ilk is readily apparent. The Grue-crew dive into their thoughts about the film and their appreciation for the practical special effects. Thomas steps in with a surprise What Have You Been Watching segment topic, Pete's Dragon. A childhood Disney favorite gets a modern upgrade, providing Thomas a rare opportunity to praise a remake.

Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news about Brad Pitt and David Fincher dream team on World War Z 2, Darth Vader returns in the latest Rogue One trailer and the loss of Kenny Baker, R2D2 from Star Wars. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 176 – The Mind's Eye (2016)
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Feature Review: The Mind's Eye (2016)

Set in the Nineties, influenced by films from the Eighties the 2016 film The Mind's Eye revisits a familiar premise where psychokinetic powers cause anything from intense nose bleeds to explosive head splatter. The quote on the poster from Film School Rejects says it all, "The best Scanners sequel we never got." The film is passionately directed by Joe Bego and features Graham (Almost Human, Beyond the Gates) Skipper, Lauren Ashley (Jug Face) Carter, John (Darling) Speredakos, Larry Fessenden, Noah (Dead Girl, Some Kind of Hate) Segan and Matt (Contracted) Mercer.

What Have You Been Watching: Pete's Dragon (2016)

What's this? A Disney film? Yup. Thomas drops in with a review of Pete's Dragon, a remake of the 1977 live-action/animated fondly remembered film. It is not often Thomas has positive things to share about a remake of any sort, but here his is praising much of what is to be found in the David Lowery directed family film. And he also praises Wes Bentley - it may be the sign of the apocalypse.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:01:46] Announcements
    • [00:03:30] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:04:20] Dragon*Con
    • [00:07:38] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
  • [00:09:13] Feature Review: The Mind's Eye (2016)
  • [00:36:42] CONTEST: The Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [00:38:04] What Have You Been Watching: Pete's Dragon (2016)
  • [00:49:27] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:49:55] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:50:14] R.I.P. Kenny Baker (R2-D2, Star Wars)
    • [00:53:43] Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Rio Olympics Trailer
    • [01:00:13] Brad Pitt wants David Fincher to direct World War Z 2
    • [01:03:23] Arrow announced a slew of new releases: C.H.U.D., Driller Killer and more
    • [01:06:56] Tales of Halloween to recieve a 4 disc Blu-ray extravaganza
  • [01:10:36] Stump the Saint
  • [01:19:10] What's Next: Train to Busan

 

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Aug 15, 2016

Each year the Fantasia International Film Festival descends upon Montreal, Quebec, Canada, providing genre fans with a copious amount of films, feature length and short films alike. This year Gruesome Magazine will be covering a number of the films being presented at the 2016 festival. Tonight, Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss one of those films, the Canadian horror masterpiece from director Jeff Maher, BED OF THE DEAD.

Interviewed this week is Nathan Ludwig, the festival director of GenreBlast Film Festival. The festival is held in Culpeper, Virginia from August 19 - 21, 2016. This is the festival's first year. Nathan discusses the birth of the festival, the type of films it attracts and the audience they are looking to support. And he gives a preview of some of the films that will play. Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine will be attending the festival to catch the offerings and meet the film makers behind the genre films playing that weekend.

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Episode 003 – Bed of the Dead (2016) – Interview Nathan Ludwig
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REVIEW: Bed of the Dead (Fantasia 2016)

Director Jeff Maher, along with co-writer Cody Calahan, has created a fun, gruesome horror film centering around a killer bed. That's right, a killer bed. Their film, BED OF THE DEAD, is much more than just its gimmick however. The film also weaves in a morality play and teases out its story with a dash of paradoxical time travel. Colin Price plays a copy investigating the deaths of five persons who were killed in a fire within a "sex club." Alysa King, Gwenlyn Cumyn, Dennis Andres and George Krissa play four of the victims of the tragic event. The film reveals their stories, the motivations behind the bed and contains a collection of gory deaths sure to satisfy most horror fans. Doc and Paul recap and review the film viewed in connection with the Fantasia International Film Festival.

 

INTERVIEW: Nathan Ludwig, GenreBlast Film Festival

Doc sits down with Nathan Ludwig to discuss the first year of the GenreBlast Film Festival. Ludwig and his team are bringing a large collection ( 19 features and 80+ shorts) to the town of Culpeper, Va on August 19 -21, 2016. Nathan discusses their approach to giving their festival a unique tone and atmosphere as they look to present the best genre based films from independent film makers across the globe. The films include many horror films, fantasy adventures and sci-fi marvels. But it also includes comedy, action and animated features as well. The films showing that weekend include (but are not limited to) All Through the House, Capsule, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Mania, Night of Something Strange, Peelers and...Yeti: A Love Story 2 - Life on the Streets. Look for more reviews and interview from the festival as Doc Rotten and Paul Cardullo attend the festival to report back here on HNR Extra and Gruesome Magazine.

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Aug 13, 2016

"I say we take off and nuke the entire site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure." - Hicks (Michael Biehn) agrees with Ripley (Signourney Weaver) in Aliens as they surviving marines search for the best plan in dealing with the swarming, unstoppable xenomorphs. James Cameron delivers a kick-ass sequel to Ridley Scott's highly successful Alien (1979) in a rare case of where the franchise gets even better the second time around. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore tackle another gruesome horror film from the 1980s. To make sure this episode is a super special event, Chris Rotten "Son of Rotten" is joining as a guest host.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 88 – Aliens (1986)

Following the success of Terminator, director James Cameron heads to outer space, pitting a unit of marines against an army of xenomorphs from Alien (1979). His sequel to the Ridley Scott classic is a critical and financial success propelling the director into the spotlight as one of Hollywood's top directors. Back for another face to face with the alien monster is Sigourney Weaver reprising her role as Ellen Ripley, the lone survivor of the Nostromo. Paul Reiser is on board as Carter J. Burke, a representative of the Wayland-Yutani Corporation. Lance Henriksen portrays Bishop an android far different than the "glitchy" Ash (played by Ian Home in Alien). Carrie Henn makes a strong impression as the young "Newt" who has survived the alien attacks on LV-426 for 14 days. The marines consist of Michael Biehn (Hicks), Bill Paxton (Hudson), William Hope (Lt. Gorman), Ricco Ross (Frost), Al Matthews (Apone), Jenette Goldstein (Vasquez), Mark Rolston (Drake) and more.

The cast is incredible with great lines. Who can forget "Get away from her, you bitch!" and "That's it, man. Game over, man. Game over!" But the film also has impressive special effects. Not only are the aliens themselves better portrayed in Aliens but the film also introduces the Alien Queen. The sheer size and stature of the creature is overwhelming and visual treat. The fight between the queen and Ripley (within an exosuit cargo-loader) is one of the most memorable battles in 80's cinema. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore relive and review the film in all its glory with special guest host Chris Rotten.

We want to hear from you - the coolest, most gruesome fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at thomasmariani@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com. We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track "Bone Chillin'" which we use for the intro and outro of this show.

Aug 10, 2016

This week on HNR, the Grue-crew fan through Amanda Waller's files on "the worst of the worst" with their review of David Ayer's Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe delivers its third film which follows the events in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where many of DC's villains are gathered together to defeat a new threat out to destroy the Earth. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn lead the cast while Jared Leto's version of The Joker dances around the edges. Award winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the crew to determine why "Gozer" is involved in the film - dwerp!

Doc launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news where Breck Eisner may guide Jason's return, Peter Block is reviving Pumpkinhead and Willem Dafoe joins Adam Wingard's Death Note. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 175 – Suicide Squad (2016)
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Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

DC returns to the big screen with Suicide Squad in another desperate attempt to match Marvel's success with its cinematic universe. The results are decidedly mixed as the film breaks box office records for August (beating Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy) and the cast make up for a super-flawed script. Margot Robbie and Will Smith succeed in making Harley Quinn and Deadshot fun characters to watch while Viola Davis is ice-cold as Amanda Waller, proving her character is the true villain of the film. Jared Leto's controversial interpretation of The Joker, while unique and electric, divides fan opinion of his version of the Crown Prince of Crime. Jai Courtney has fun as Captain Cold while Jay Hernandez nearly steals the film as El Diablo. Oh, and yes, Batman is in the film capturing Deadshot and chasing Joker & Harley during the introduction scenes. Fun, frustrating and flawed, Suicide Squad proves to be a heated discussion for the Grue-crew.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:38] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:14] Announcements
    • [00:02:32] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:03:05] Dragon*Con
    • [00:04:43] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:58] Write a Review on iTunes for a Chance to Win Fandango Gift Card
  • [00:05:53] Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)
  • [01:18:21] CONTEST: The Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [01:20:16] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:20:28] Friday the 13th rumors are heating up as Breck Eisner may join as director
    • [01:26:11] Peter Block (Saw) is ramping up a return to Pumpkinhead
    • [01:29:26] Adam Wingard casts his Shinigami in Death Note with Willem Dafoe
  • [01:34:35] Stump the Saint
  • [01:42:00] Listener Feedback
  • [01:58:32] What's Next: The Mind's Eye

 

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Aug 8, 2016

"Nine killed you. Nine shall die. Nine times, nine! Nine killed you! Nine shall die! Nine eternities in DOOM!" - the exposition from Vincent Price in The Abominable Dr. Phibes sets up the revenge plot of the film with usual Price flourish and delivery. Billed as Price's 100th film (it isn't, by the way), Phibes provides Price with another opportunity to create a lasting and frighteningly campy character to be cherished by horror fans for decades. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 39 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971)

Vincent Price is one of those iconic actors who helps define the horror genre. His presence, talent and spirit elevate any film in which he appears from House of Wax & The Fly (1957) to the Corman Poe films to Edward Scissorhands. But with The Abominable Dr. Phibes, from director Robert Fuest, he became synonymous with a new (in 1971) horror character, Dr. Anton Phibes. Prices scarred and delusional character is hellbent on revenge on the nine doctors he holds responsible for the death of his beautiful wife, Victoria (Caroline Munro). After his own untimely accident which leaves him deformed - and thought dead by the world - Phibes hatches an elaborate plan to dispatch his targets using the 10 Plagues of Egypt as his M.O. Gruesome, gory and full of high camp, The Abominable Dr. Phibes is a highlight of Price's later career and a milestone horror film. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten, joined once again by Bill Mulligan, dive into the A.I.P. classic.

The Grue-crew explore the film, its impact and some trivia surrounding its production. The discuss how Vincent Price would tease Joseph Cotton by intentionally making funny faces so the actor, uncomfortable in his role, would break up laughing. They reminisce on what the film would be like if Peter Cushing, who was originally offered the Cotton role of Vesalius, would have been like with the two actors facing off.  The crew marvel at the Art-deco design and the production work throughout. If you gather that the crew love The Abominable Dr. Phibes from this description, you're not far off. The podcast is an affectionate look back at one of Seventies most iconic early films.

We want to hear from you - the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at theblacksaint@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Aug 4, 2016

Blumhouse returns to haunt the Black Saint's nightmares again this week with Viral. The Grue-crew dive into this apocalyptic virus-driven horror-fest from Herny Joost andAriel Schulman. A;sp this week, the Grue-crew has two "What Have You Been Watching" segments for your listening pleasure. Ha! First up is a recap and review of the first season of AMC's Preacher. Next up is a review of DC's animated adaptation of Batman: The Killing Joke.

Dave Dreher launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news John Carpenter winning a plagiarism lawsuit against Luc Besson, M. Night Shayamalan's new trailer for Split and the passing of the legendary artist Jack Davis. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpepper Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in late September/early October.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 174 – Viral (2016) – Preacher Season 1 – Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
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Feature Review: Viral (2016)

Blumhouse strikes again with another teen-centric horror tale this time featuring Sofia Black-D-Elia and Analiegh Tipton in the lead roles. Viral is written by Paranormal Activity's Christopher Landon and Barbara Marshal and directed by Herny Joost & Ariel Schulman. The tale follows two sisters fighting to survive when a virus outbreak threatens to end all of humanity. Think more along the lines of 28 Days Later than Dawn of the Dead.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Preacher Season 1 (2016)

Now that the tenth and final episode of Preacher Season 1 has aired, the Grue-crew take a look back at how successful and divergent the film is compared to the popular and influential graphic novels that inspired the AMC series. Dominic Cooper, Joseph Gilgun as Ruth Negga lead the cast as a small town Preacher with the violent and rocky history faces the implications of being handed the "voice of God" known as Genesis. Of course, his sidekick is a vampire, so he has an ace or two up his sleeve.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)

One of the more prominent Batman stories throughout his entire history and catalog is Alan Moore & Brian Bolland's Batman: The Killing Joke. Bruce Timm and Brian Azzarello team up with director Sam Liu to bring the controversial dark tale to life with the animated adaptation. But the Grue-crew are surprised to discover a considerable amount of new material thrown in to the mix. And the results do not make them happy...Uh, oh. Look for Kevin Conroy to voice Batman, Mark Hammill to voice The Joker and Tara Strong to voice Batgirl.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:30] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:01:34] Announcements
    • [00:02:49] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:03:12] Dragon*Con
    • [00:04:27] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:38] Write a Review on iTunes for a Chance to Win Fandango Gift Card
  • [00:05:07] Feature Review: Viral (2016)
  • [00:27:38] What Have You Been Watching: Preacher Season 1 (2016)
  • [00:53:51] What Have You Been Watching: Batman: The Killing Joke (2016)
  • [01:19:05] CONTEST: The Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [01:20:00] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:20:27] R.I.P. Jack Davis
    • [01:27:30] Phantasm 4K Restoration and Phantasm Ravager coming this Fall
    • [01:34:34] John Carpenter wins: Escape from New Plagiarism
    • [01:39:00] M. Night Shamalayan presents the Split Trailer
    • [01:45:00] American Horror Story Season 6 Teasers
  • [01:50:00] Stump the Saint
  • [01:58:32] What's Next: Suicide Squad

 

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Aug 2, 2016

Each year the Fantasia International Film Festival descends upon Montreal, Quebec, Canada, providing genre fans with a copious amount of films, feature length and short films alike. This year Gruesome Magazine will be covering a number of the films being presented at the 2016 festival. Tonight, Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss one of those films, the South Korean horror masterpiece from director Na Hong-jin, THE WAILING.

Interviewed this week is up-and-coming horror actor Sammie Cassell also known as Sammie The Comic Book Man. Sammie is the topic of a documentary from director Dan Sellers about how Mr. Cassell uses his love for comics to teach school kids about the wonders of reading and imagination. Sammie is also beginning to appear in horror films shot across North Carolina and is part of the forthcoming second year of the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival in Greensboro.

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Episode 002 – The Wailing (2016) – Interview Sammie Cassell
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REVIEW: The Wailing (Fantasia 2016)

Hailing from South Korea, The Wailing from director Na Hong-jin is a genre blending masterpiece of suspense and horror. Doc and Paul review the film which is being shown as part of the Fantasia International Film Festival. The film stars Kwak Do-Won, Hwang Jung-Min and Chun Woo-Hee. The film begins as a police thriller before evolving into a mix between a ghost tale, an exorcism and, for good measure, a zombie yarn. Even at 156 minutes, the film keeps its audience guessing right up to the very end.

INTERVIEW: Sammie Cassell, The Comic Book Man

Doc sits down with Sammiee Cassell to discuss his adventures in the film world. They discuss how a chance extra role in a zombie film has led to further roles and a growing acting career. They discuss how his love for comic books and teaching kids about reading has lead to a documentary about his approach to education called the Comic Book Man. He also is part of the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast and is helping launch the Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival in North Carolina.

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Jul 28, 2016

"Do you ever fantasize about being killed? Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying you know, violently, and wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die?" - Trash's quote within Return of the Living Dead sets the tone for the film, exposes what to expect and is the first thing the character does to make Linnea Quigley an instant scream queen. Known for its sense of humor, its many quotable lines and establishing that zombies like to eat "Braiiinnns," Return of the Living Dead is one of the true gems of the decade. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore tackle another gruesome horror film from the 1980s.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 87 – Return of the Living Dead (1985)

When first announced, Return of the Living Dead was to be in 3D and directed by Tobe Hooper. Wow! By the time it came out writer Dan (Alien) O'Bannon took the helm and created an instance classic that has yet to be matched. The cast is incredible. Clue Galager, James Karen, Don Calfa and Thom Matthews lead a group of actors that includes John Philbin, Jewel Shepard, Miquel Nunez and Brian Peck among others. It made a star out of Linnea Quigley as Trash. But the film also took its own look at zombies referencing Night of the Living Dead as if it were a thinly veiled documentary, having its zombies be turned by chemicals, establishing they eat brains to make the pain of being dead go away and allowed the ghouls to run, talk and think. 

The film also boasts some top notch special effects. The tar man zombie that comes out of the canisters is classic. And the lady torso zombie is incredible to watch, twitching away on the table as she spouts exposition. The tone of the film is lighter providing laughs without getting as jokey as the sequel would attempt. But the tone does not sacrifice the horror allowing the gore to shine through when needed. The blood literally sprays on the walls when the zombies attack. Far different than Dawn of the Dead, Zombie and modern contemporary zombie films, Return of the Living Dead is one of a kind, even the sequels failed to capture what makes this film so special.

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Jul 27, 2016

On this episode the Grue-crew examine director David F. Sandberg's feature length debut Lights Out. The film, described as Jump Scare: The Movie by Thomas Mariani, is expanded from its short film origins by Eric Heisserer to tell the tale of Diana and Sophie as they haunt the lives of Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman. If the dark is too scary a place to venture, then follow the Grue-crew to the deep reaches of outer space with Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond. The space opera is perhaps the most "Star Trek" Star Trek film of the recent batch featuring the new versions of Kirk, Spock and Bones.

Dave Dreher launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news from SDCC 2016: Kong Skull Island, Ash vs the Evil Dead Season 2 and Blair Witch! Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpepper Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 173 – Lights Out (2016) – Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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Feature Review: Lights Out (2016)

Actress Maria Bello hides in the shadows along with her murderous alter ego Diana as her children fight to save her from the demon in the dark. They will never succeed Diana can keep the...lights out! The film makes the most of its jump scare origins to provide a terrific roller coaster Summer horror treat - or at least many of the Grue-crew think so. Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman and Billy Burke also star.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Star Trek Beyond (2016)

Justin Lin brings a Fast and Furious sensibility to the crew of the Starship Enterprise as James T. Kirk, Spock and Bones head to the fringes of the universe in the latest film to keep Gene Roddenberry's dream alive, Star Trek Beyond. While the film has terrific action and sci-fi imagination it grounds its story by focusing much of the film on the characters that make these films so special. Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin return as Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella join in on the fun!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:09:15] Feature Review: Lights Out (2016)
  • [00:39:32] What Have You Been Watching: Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • [01:11:07] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:11:28] The Woods is actually...BLAIR WITCH
    • [01:17:39] Ash vs the Evil Dead 2 Trailer and News
    • [01:21:17] Kong Skull Island Trailer
    • [01:27:49] Scream Factory Announces 13 New Titles
    • [01:34:00] The Walking Dead Season 7 / The Exorcist / Bates Motel / MST3K TV Rapid Fire
  • [01:43:02] Stump the Saint
  • [01:51:32] What's Next: Arrival, Preacher Recap, The Killing Joke

 

 

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Jul 25, 2016

Welcome to Horror News Radio Extra, a second HNR podcast each with with festival reviews and convention news. The first episode is our annual recapping of the biggest news from the San Diego International Comic Con held July 21-24, 2016. Originally a comic book convention, the event grew to include and spotlight media from all over. In the past decade or so it has exploded to become THE geek event of the year. The biggest news, trailers and announcement are thrown at the audience and fandom in an overwhelming rate. For those who cannot make it into Hall H, this podcast is for you. Here is our reaction to the news that you've been catching all weekend.

While the Grue-crew will be covering the more horror news on episode 173 of Horror News Radio (which will be out in just a few days), award winning director Christopher G. Moore and artist Chad Hunt join Dave, Doc and Thomas to look at what made a big impression. We take a look at the news from DC's cinematic universe with Wonder Woman and Justice League trailers and with the Marvel cinematic universe with a Doctor Strange trailer and big Guardians of the Galaxy 2 news. We also cover some TV news include American Gods.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!

Horror News Radio
Episode 172 – Ghostbusters (2016) – Stranger Things (Netflix 2016)
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SDCC - Genre News (2016)

Marvel and DC battle all weekend to present the biggest news and show the best trailer. Everything is on display from toys to set walk through events to costumes from the films. The film makers, actors and creators own Hall H as they present teases and hints at the year - years! - to come. This year, they dominate as much as they ever have as other genre related material struggled to get noticed. The big winners are Justice League, Wonder Woman and Doctor Strange news while Guardians of the Galaxy 2 held the biggest surprises. Marvel finally revealed who will be playing Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel, and how much of Planet Hulk will make it into the currently filming Thor: Ragnorok. Exciting!

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • DC Comics Movies (Warner Brothers)
    • Suicide Squad additional footage
    • Wonder Woman trailer
    • Justice League trailer
    • LEGO Batman trailer
    • King Arthur: Legend of the Sword
    • Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • Marvel Comics Movies
    • Doctor Strange trailer
    • Guardians of the Galaxy 2 news and reveals: Kurt Russell is Ego, the Living Planet (Wha? What?)
    • Spider-Man: Homecoming confirms Vulture as villain
    • Thor: Ragnorok displays Hulk's Gladiator armor
    • Black Panther confirms casting and roles including Michael B. Jordan is playing Killmonger
    • The big casting news is Brie Larson as Carol Danvers, Captain Marvel
  • DC Comics TV
    • Flash Season 3 - Flashpointe
    • Gotham Season 3 - Heroes Will Fall
    • Legends of Tomorrow Season 2 - Introducing JSA
    • Arrow Season 5 - Is that Ragman?
    • Supergirl Season 2 - Superman will appear
  • Marvel Comics TV
    • Ghost Rider joins S.H.I.E.L.D.
    • X-Men come to TV with Legion
  • Others
    • American Gods
    • Star Trek: Discovery

 

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Jul 21, 2016

On this episode of Horror News Radio, the Grue Crew try not to cross the streams as they review Ghostbusters (2016). The latest film from director Paul Feig brings back the beloved property in a reboot fashion with females donning the proton packs and jumpsuits this time. Then, they discuss the Stephen King/Steven Spielberg/John Carpenter/Generally 80s Inspired thrills of Netflix's new series Stranger Things. Could it be any better?

This week's Horror News of the Week is present by Dave and discusses new set photos from new Stephen King productions The Dark Tower and It, Ripley finally getting her ending and the scariest cinematic creature known to man... TYLER PERRY'S MADEA! Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpepper Virginia this August 19 - 21, 2016.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas Mariani and Vixen, the voice of reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Oh, and don't forget - Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 172 – Ghostbusters (2016) – Stranger Things (Netflix 2016)
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Feature Review: Ghostbusters

Ghostbusters has had a tough road paved for itself in the last few months. Terrible trailers, internet commenters and the pressure of revisiting a classic have all the benchmarks of something worrisome. But The Grue Crew still rages on as they talk about the comedy, the cast and the spooky effects work on the ghosts? Did "Bustin Make Them Feel Good" or was Ghostbusters "Too Hot To Handle and Too Cold To Hold?" The film, directed by Paul Feig, features Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones in the lead roles.

What Have You Been Watching: Stranger Things

The latest genre entry from Netflix has become a major hit over its initial weekend of release. Winona Ryder and David Harbor lead a group of child actors through an Amblin inspired 8 episode season, full of government conspiracies, time portals and 80s nostalgia. The Grue Crew is at various stages of watching, but there's still plenty to dive into as they discuss the characters, the emotions and the thrills of seeing young kids ride their bikes looking for Stranger Things in the neighborhood. The show is created by Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:36] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:42] Gruesome Announcements
    • [00:04:30] Dragon*Con
    • [00:05:55] GenreBlast Film Festival
    • [00:06:22] Wreak Havoc Film Festival
  • [00:07:00] Feature Review: Ghostbusters (2016)
  • [00:57:43] What Have You Been Watching: Stranger Things (Netflix 2016)
  • [01:23:15] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:24:00] Set Photos of Stephen Kings' The Dark Tower & IT
    • [01:29:30] The Sperig Brothers Directing Saw: Legacy
    • [01:35:04] Sigourney Weaver says Neill Blompkamp's Potential Alien Sequel Will Give Ripley an Ending
    • [01:42:13] Marcus Dunston's The Neighbor gets a trailer starring... Bill Engvall
    • [01:44:58] Tyler Perry Fights Ghosts, Zombies and Clowns in Drag for Boo: A Madea Halloween trailer
  • [01:51:48] Stump the Saint
  • [02:01:28] Listener Feedback
  • [02:03:44] What's Next

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