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Jul 20, 2017

First up for the Grue-Crew is the unsurprisingly dull and quietly undemanding Wish Upon featuring The Conjuring's Joey King and Ryan Phillippe. The Grue-Crew rave about War for the Planet of the Apes praising the Matt Reeves, Andy Serkis, and the incredible achievements of Weta Digital. Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week with the devastating loss of the legendary George A. Romero and Academy Award winner Martin Landau.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 224 – Wish Upon (2017) – War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
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SHOW NOTES

INTRO [00:00:41]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:06:31]

  1. RIP George A. Romero
  2. RIP Martin Landau (Mission Impossible TV, Without Warning, Alone in the Dark, Ed Wood)
  3. Female Dr. Who - Jodie Whittaker is Doctor #13!
  4. Red band trailer debut for TCM prequel LEATHERFACE impresses some - pisses off others 
  5. Tarantino set to direct a Manson flick

SUPPORT HNR [00:47:21]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:48:46]

  • Wish Upon (2017)
  • director: John R. Leonetti w/ script by Barbara Marshall
  • cast: Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:13:25]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:14:18]

  • War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)
  • director: Matt Reeves w/ Mark Bomback
  • cast: Andy Serkis, Woody Harrelson, Steve Zahn

STUMP THE SAINT [01:57:00]

FEEDBACK [02:03:44]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Killing Ground and Valerian & the City of a Thousand Planets
Jul 19, 2017

“Du mußt Caligari werden! You must become Caligari!" Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - as we attempt the cinematic version of Volkswagen stuffing, climbing into The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari together and locking the door behind us. We are a rather close group.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 13 – The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920)

Sometimes referred to as the first horror film, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is also a crown jewel of German expressionism. Producer Erich Pommer (Metropolis, Faust) put together a crew that included production designer Walter Reimann, who gave the film its unique and unsettling look. Directed by Robert Wiene (The Hands of Orlac), the film tells the story of Dr. Caligari (Werner Krauss), a sideshow mesmerist, and his somnambulist Cesare (Conrad Veidt). Dr. Caligari uses his power over Cesare not only for sideshow performances, but to commit murders. Alan (Hans Heinrich von Twardowski), one of their early victims, is close friends with Francis (Friedrich Fehér) and Jane (Lil Dagover). After Alan’s murder, Francis becomes obsessed with exposing Caligari’s evil deeds while Jane begins to fall under Caligari’s spell.

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari is not, however, simply a slasher film.  The writers, Carl Mayer (The Haunted Castle, The Last Laugh) and Hans Janowitz (Der Januskopf), use personal experiences as the story’s foundation while interweaving several layers, leaving interpretation to the viewer.

Listen as we discuss the answers to these questions: What is German expressionism? How did this moment in German history influence the film? Who faked insanity to get out of military service in WWI? Who was known as a Nazi sympathizer in later years? Who was strongly anti-Nazi? Who was one of Hitler’s favorite actors? To whch famous director was the film first offered? How does the framing story change the film’s message? What should you do if you don’t like the score? How does The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari relate to the Batman TV-series of the 1960s (as all films must)?  What does the Babadook have to do with Dr. Caligari?

As always, if you’re paying attention, you’ll also hear which of us makes these comments:

  • “Or it could just be like a family sitting together at dinner and the father says to the mother, ‘So, we must become Caligari. When will we become Caligari?’ ‘It’s up to you. You’re the head of the house.’”
  • “We love everybody here at decades of Horror: The Classic Era.”
  • “My first time was on a family trip to Lake Tahoe, Nevada.”
  • “Chances are it would just be me, like screeching in this little high-pitched squeal that would attract ardent chihuahuas.”
  • “He is one creepy looking dude!”

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming and very flexible schedule includes Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Jû jin yuki otoko (the original 1955 Japanese version, aka Half Human), and House on Haunted Hill (1959).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about the films we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you for listening."

Jul 17, 2017

"I'd buy that for a dollar!" Despite 30 years of time passing, Robocop has satire that's pretty on point. The innocuous entertainment. Tonally disproportionate news items. Commercials that hawk consumer products that do nothing for their customers. All of it speaks to the world we currently live in. Luckily, Paul Verhoeven manages to slip in some ultra violence, amazing special effects and strong character work in between to make us a bit less depressed. Robocop may not be a horror film, but it speaks to many of the modern horrors we face today. Plus, that weird sewage mutant monster scene.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 112 – Robocop (1987)

Our titular Robocop is Alex Murphy (Peter Weller), a good cop stuck in the decaying streets of Detroit. He loves his family and is a cop of extreme dutiful spirit. Even after the police force becomes controlled by the corporation Omni Consumer Products, Murphy still goes by the book to help people. Even at the cost of his life at the hands of Clarence Boddecker (Kurtwood Smith). Little does Murphy know that Clarence also works for OCP's Dick Jones (Ronny Cox), a man who lives up to his name. Trying to spearhead his initiative on ED-209, a faulty robot defense system that he wants to ship out for the millions it will bring. Luckily, Murphy is reborn as a cyborg cop thanks to young OCP executive Bob Morton. Yet, our heroic cop is haunted by dreams of his former life and struggles to rekindle his humanity with the help a young cop he met on his death day Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen).

To discuss Robocop, Thomas Mariani and Christopher G. Moore are in need of help. Doc Rotten is out and Adam Thomas & Mike Imboden are in to pick up the slack. The four discuss what makes this work for a horror show like ours. Sure, there's plenty of science fiction and action. But the gore and psychologically disturbing nature of Murphy is pretty terrifying in general. They all praise the performances of this incredible cast, namely Peter Weller in that suit. There's even a fair amount of talk about the Robocop franchise... and how it shouldn't have been a franchise. The sequels, cartoons, TV shows and remake couldn't capture an ounce of what made Robocop what it was. A horrific yet incredibly smart genre exercise.

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Special thanks to Neon Devils for their awesome song Bone Chillin!

Next Episode

Brain Damage (1988)

 

Jul 12, 2017

First up for the Grue-Crew is the surprising bloody and entertaining Castlevania animated original series found on Netflix. Doc and Thomas cannot let the Spider-Man: Homecoming film swing by without spinning a wondrous web around the latest Marvel film. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with Scream Factory's release of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a short horror film contest run by James Wan, and a scary discussion on "Post-Horror".  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 223 – Castlevania (Netflix 2017) – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:39]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:02:16]

  1. John Carpenter signs TV deal with Universal - Tales For A Halloween Night heading to SYFY
  2. After nearly a decade - The Poughkeepsie Tapes finally to see the light of day
  3. James Wan want to include your short film in his Conjuring vision - Details!!!
  4. Scream Factory orders up a double dose of Collector's Edition Dead
  5. Article exploring new wave of horror brings the term "Post-Horror" to the world

SUPPORT HNR [00:37:37]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:40:49]

  • Castlevania (Netflix 2017)
  • director: Sam Deats w/ script by Warren Ellis
  • cast: Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont), Graham McTavish (Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (Sypha), James Callis (Alucard), Tony Amendola (The Elder), Matt Frewer (The Bishop), Emily Swallow (Lisa Tepes)

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:03:15]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:04:44]

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • director: Jon Watts w/ Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
  • cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Kenneth Choi, Martin Starr, Michael Chernus, Michael Mando, Logan Marshall-Green, Jennifer Connelly, and Chris Evans

STUMP THE SAINT [01:46:02]

FEEDBACK [01:53:15]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Wish Upon and War on the Planet of the Apes

 

Jul 12, 2017

"What about protection?" Dr. Stephen Arden (Alfred Molina) tries to practice safe sex, but Sil (Natasha Henstridge) wants to get it on. She's not in it for pleasure. No, she wants to keep the Species going. Specifically, her weird human/alien DNA hybrid. Luckily, she's attractive enough and is in a world with enough contrivances to find the perfect male specimen. Will us human manage to save our Species from extinction? Or will Sil sex us into submission? Given how attractive she is, the latter may be more likely.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 19 – Species (1995)

Species is a classic example of a good idea with a pretty underwhelming execution. Featuring designs from Xenomorph creator HR Giger and an intriguing plot about an alien/human hybrid on the hunt for a male to have sex with, Species stills had plenty of stumbling blocks. All the contrivances that get young Sil (future Academy Award nominee Michelle Williams) onto the train. The group of people sent to track her that includes an empath who states the obvious (Forest Whitaker) and a second rate John McClane as a mercenary (Michael Madsen). Even the totally butchering of the amazing design work during the dream sequences. Yet, there's never a point where Species disappoints as a total B-Movie... until that third act.

Here to talk about all the successes and failures with Thomas Mariani are Bill Mulligan, Adam Thomas, and Sam Brutuxan. This quartet talks about all the misfires and hilarious oddities in Species. How do none of these people recognize Sil after a mere wig change? Was Whitaker's character meant to be a joke? Is this truly the first paycheck role for Ben Kingsley? There are many laughs had and moments of admiration as well. Mainly with HR Giger's alluringly horrific designs, the performance from Michelle Williams that disappears far too soon and Alfred Molina just being the Alfred Molina we all know and love. There's even talk of Species 2 and how it's essentially Terminator 2 Judgement Day, only instead of fighting, they're... well, you know. All this and more will make you stop and ask: "Want some candy?"

Contact Us

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 1990s podcast hosts at thomasmariani@decadesofhorror.com or tweet Thomas @NotTheWhosTommy. Also, make sure to give us some love via iTunes reviews and ratings. Helps us get more notice along the way.

The intro and outro is “Suck City” by Black Math. Look for more of their music via Free Music Archive.

Next Episode

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)

Jul 10, 2017

"To Stop This Mutha Takes One Bad Brutha" - The tagline from William A. Levey's Blackenstein (1973) promises a smashing blacksploitation classic that fails to materialize. However, that does not mean the film doesn't have its own merits. Woot! Let the fun begin! The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor and the host of Decades of Horror The Classic Era Jeff Mohr.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 54 – Blackenstein (1973)

Blackenstein was released on August 3, 1973. It made serious bank for its paltry $80K budget. The film itself is something to be seen. It is a disaster but yet somehow it is incredibly entertaining. The Grue-Crew dive into what makes Black Frankenstein enjoyable despite its many flaws. The cast ranges from the experienced - John Hart, who once played The Lone Ranger on TV - to the novice - Joe De Sue, who plays the titular monster. The plot mixes standard Frankenstein nonsense with imaginary science about DNA. Actress Ivory Stone stars as a doctor who reaches out to Dr. Frankenstein to save her boyfriend who returned from Viet Nam seriously maimed. The result is a creature that would make Karloff blush. On, my!

The Black Saint, Doc, and Jeff spend a bit of time - partially due to all the terrific extra content on the Severin Blackenstein Blu-ray - discussing the career and tragic death of the film's writer, Frank R. Saletri. If he had been able, he would have produced films such as Sherlock Holmes in the Adventures of the Golden Vampire, The Fall of the House of Blackenstein, and Black Frankenstein Meets the White Werewolf. Of course, rumor has it that his script for Black the Ripper was actually filmed. We may never know. Mr. Salertri was murdered in 1982 and his death remains unsolved. His story is as larger-than-life as the film on the Blu-ray.

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.

Jul 6, 2017

Award-winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the Grue-Crew this week for a look at forest demons and fast cars. First up is Patrick Rea's second feature film Arbor Demon, currently playing on Hulu. Patrick is interviewed by The Black Saint in the first issue of the Gruesome Magazine quarterly print edition. Later, the Grue-Crew take spin with Christopher G. Moore's favorite movie of the year, Baby Driver from director Edgar Wright. Perhaps it is a stretch for a horror podcast, but it is fine movie making. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with the release of the trailer for The Cult of Chucky, the surprise that Deep Blue Sea 2 is a thing, and a Grue-Crew fave is hitting VOD. Are you ready to finally see Night of Something Strange?  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 222 – Arbor Demon (2017) – Baby Driver (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:39]

  • Special Guests Christopher G. Moore
  • Christopher updates the Grue-Crew on his short horror film GUT PUNCHED

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:06:00]

  1. Chucky's back. Trailer and release details
  2. Deep Blue Sea 2 is apparently a thing
  3. Trailer for Polaroid tries to develop a new franchise
  4. Dracula show coming from creatives behind Sherlock
  5. Night of Something Strange hits VOD on Friday

SUPPORT HNR [00:25:24]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:27:04]

  • Arbor Demon (2017)
  • director: Patrick Rea
  • cast: Fiona Dourif, Kevin Ryan, Jake Busey

ANNOUNCEMENTS [00:49:53]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [00:51:47]

  • Baby Driver (2017)
  • director: Edgar Wright
  • cast: Ansel Elgort, Lily James, Kevin Spacey, Jon Bernthal, Jon Hamm, Eiza Gonzalez, Jamie Foxx

STUMP THE SAINT [01:34:04]

FEEDBACK [01:42:26]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Spider-Man: Homecoming

 

Jul 5, 2017

“People, especially children, aren't measured by their IQ. What's important about them is whether they're good or bad, and these children are bad.” Whether they’re bad children or the misunderstood vanguard of an alien race, the children of Midwich serve as the antagonists in Village of the Damned, a chilling tale of science fiction and horror. Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - as we take a closer look at these odd children, their freakishly high foreheads, and their funky eyes.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 12 – Village of the Damned (1960)

Based on John Wyndham’s novel, The Midwich Cuckoos (1957), Village of the Damned tells the story of the village of Midwich as it is beset by a series of strange, connected events. As these events unfold, every woman of a child-bearing age in Midwich gives birth to strangely similar children. As the children age at an accelerated rate, they develop strange powers and foster a growing sense of fear and foreboding within the village residents.

Directed by Wolf Rilla, who also co-authored the screenplay with Stirling Silliphant and Ronald Kinnoch (as George Barclay), Village of the Damned stars Barbara Shelley and George Sanders as Mrs. and Professor Zellaby, the lead couple. Their son David is played by Martin Stephens while all the children as toddlers are played by an uncredited Kim Clarke Champniss. Michael Gwynn as Major Alan Bernard, and Laurence Naismith as Doctor Willers, provide able support. There is also a brief appearance by Richard Vernon that holds special significance for Jeff.

Listen as we discuss the answers to these questions: Why do these odd-looking children elicit such horror from adults? What does A Hard Day’s Night (1964) or Fawlty Towers (1975) have to do with Village of the Damned? How does the film differ from John Wyndham’s book? What’s the connection between Village of the Damned and The Death Wheelers (1973) aka Psychomania (Decades of Horror 1970s - Episode 49)? How did the filmmakers find kids with such high foreheads? Once again, our film has a connection to the Batman and I Love Lucy TV-series. What are those connections this time? What are the two connections Ronald Colman has to Village of the Damned? Originally planned as a U.S. production, why was production switched to MGM British Studios? How does this 1960 production compare with the 1994 production directed by John Carpenter?

We also read some feedback on Episode 8: Freaks (1932) from Saltyessentials (check out his blog, Dead Man’s Brain) and Mike Hatfield. Thanks so much to both of you for taking the time to comment!

As always, if you’re paying attention, you’ll also hear which of us makes these comments:

  • “De monical? Is that the thing Mr. Peanut wears on his eye?”
  • “Hey, I’ve watched wrestling enough to tell the difference between natural blondes and unnatural blondes.”
  • Maneater of Hydra screams, ‘Leeroy Jenkins!’ and goes dashing into battle when it comes to that particular crown (as strangest science fiction story ever told).”
  • “Creepy children are infinitely creepier when they’re in packs and when they have British accents.”
  • “They all look the same to me. They’re all blonde children with similar haircuts.”
  • “Wigmaster 2: The Weaving!”

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming and very flexible schedule includes The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and Jû jin yuki otoko (original 1955 Japanese version, aka Half Human).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about thefilms we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you for listening!

Jul 3, 2017

"Every nightmare has a beginning... This one never ends." The dream logic of Dressed to Kill is ever present. Director Brian De Palma isn't nearly as interested in a coherent story as he is the visuals. So many elaborate split diopter shots. More than a few split screens. That weird soft focus that was a thing in the 1970s. But none of this answers the question. Is Dressed to Kill more than just a technical exercise? Tune in to find out!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 111 – Dressed to Kill (1980)

Dressed to Kill has a pretty familiar story. Stop me if you've heard this one before. Kate Miller (Angie Dickinson) is distant from her partner. While in an enclosed space, she is killed by a person dressed as a woman very early in the movie. Thus, our protagonist is gone and the rest of the film follows the investigation into her death. Yup, that's pretty much the structure of Psycho. Shocking that De Palma would ape Alfred Hitchcock, I know. Yet, there are a few details that are different. Our protagonist isn't committing a crime, but cheating on her distant husband. That enclosed space is an elevator, not a shower. And that killer is explicitly transsexual, but who could be the one Dressed to Kill? How can our new protagonist (Nancy Allen) live with seeing that murder? Is she going pork Kate's teenage son Pete (Keith Gordon)? And what does the other most prominent character Dr. Elliott (Michael Caine) have to do with this?

To uncover the mystery, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Thomas Mariani debate the effectiveness of Dressed to Kill. Christopher admires the style over substance that made De Palma famous. Doc is conflicted about the film as a whole once Dickinson exits. Thomas just wants to know how the hell Dennis Franz lost all that hair! The trio bicker, but definitely agree that De Palma shoots Dressed to Kill with his usual expert visual eye. One that gives us plenty to examine... even if the story doesn't really try. Nor does Nancy Allen.

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Next Episode

Robocop (1987)

Jun 30, 2017

Award-winning director Christopher G. Moore and Joey Fittos join the Grue-Crew this week for a bloody bucket of gory reviews and previews. First up is a look at a number of genre-related TV shows landing on the small screen. Later, the Grue-Crew forecast the Most Anticipated Horror Films of Fall 2017. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that the Kevin Bacon led Tremors TV show will head to SyFy, Jane Levy & Glenn Close star in the zombie series Sea Oak, and Ron Howard inherits the mess that is the Han Solo standalone Star Wars film.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 220 – Horror on TV (Summer 2017) – Most Anticipated Horror Films (Fall 2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:41]

  • Special Guests Christopher G. Moore & Joey Fittos
  • Christopher announces his next project, the short horror film GUT PUNCHED

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:08:01]

  1. Blumhouse backs Tremors TV series, sending it to SYFY
  2. Adam Green releases a trailer for a must attend Christmas Party
  3. Jane Levy & Glenn Close are on a 'Sea Oak'
  4. Han Solo movie turmoil
  5. Relive the War of the Worlds broadcast in Jody Lambert's 'Brave New Jersey'

SUPPORT HNR [00:35:06]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:35:48]

  • Horror TV Shows (Summer 2017)
    • PRIMAL SCREEN
    • THE MIST
    • FEAR THE WALKING DEAD (Season 3)
    • BLOOD DRIVE
    • PREACHER (Season 2)

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:09:50]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:11:38]

  • Most Anticipated Horror Films (Fall 2017)
    • THE DARK TOWER (8/4)
      The last Gunslinger, Roland Deschain (Idris Elba), has been locked in an eternal battle with Walter O'Dim, also known as the Man in Black (Matthew McConaughey), determined to prevent him from toppling the Dark Tower, which holds the universe together. With the fate of the worlds at stake, good and evil will collide in the ultimate battle as only Roland can defend the Tower from the Man in Black
      • d. Nikolaj Arcel
      • c. Idris Elba (as Roland Deschain, the Gunslinger)
      • c. Matthew McConaughey (as Walter O'Dim, the Man in Black)
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GjwfqXTebIY
    • ANNABELLE: CREATION (8/11)
      Several years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, soon becoming the target of the dollmaker’s possessed creation, Annabelle.
      • d. David F. Sandberg
      • c. Stephanie Sigman, Miranda Otto, Anthony LaPaglia
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjZkJa6Z-SY
    • DEATH NOTE (Netflix 8/25)
      Light Turner, a bright student who stumbles across a mystical notebook that has the power to kill any person whose name he writes in it. Light decides to launch a secret crusade to rid the streets of criminals. Soon, the student-turned-vigilante finds himself pursued by a famous detective known only by the alias L.
      • d. Adam Wingard
      • c. Margaret Qualley, Lakeith Stanfield, Willem Dafoe
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zS9UW2xjdqE
    • IT (9/8)
      When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.
      • d. Andres Muschietti
      • c. Bill Skarsgård, Chosen Jacobs, Finn Wolfhard, Jaeden Lieberher, Sophia Lillis
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FnCdOQsX5kc&t=3s
    • FLATLINERS (9/29)
      Five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience - giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.
      • d. Niels Arden Oplev
      • c. Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Kiersey Clemons
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gUDV0CUzG0k
    • HAPPY DEATH DAY (10/13)
      A college student (Jessica Rothe) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.
      • d. Christopher B. Landon
      • c. Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine
      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ntxS1bBg5o0
    • MOTHER! (10/13)
      Centers on a couple whose relationship is tested when uninvited guests arrive at their home, disrupting their tranquil existence.
      • d. Darren Aronofsky
      • c. Ed Harris, Javier Bardem, Jennifer Lawrence, Michelle Pfeiffer
    • GOD PARTICLE (10/27)
      A shocking discovery forces a team of astronauts aboard a space station to fight for survival while their reality has been altered.
      • d. Julius Onah
      • c. Elizabeth Debicki, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Daniel Brühl 
    • JIGSAW (Saw sequel 10/27)
      Bodies are turning up around the city, each having met a uniquely gruesome demise. As the investigation proceeds, evidence points to one man: John Kramer. But how can this be? The man known as Jigsaw has been dead for over a decade.
      • d. Michael Spierig, Peter Spierig
      • c. Laura Vandervoort, Tobin Bell, Matt Passmore 
    • KILLING OF A SACRED DEER (11/3 - A24)
      A surgeon forms a familial bond with a sinister teenage boy, with disastrous results.
      • d. Yorgos Lanthimos
      • c. Colin Farrell, Nicole Kidman,Raffey Cassidy, Alicia Silverstone, Bill Camp
      • At Cannes, Lanthimos and Filippou won the Best Screenplay award.

STUMP THE SAINT [01:40:56]

FEEDBACK [01:50:26]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Arbor Demon and Baby Driver

 

Jun 28, 2017

"Some motherfuckers always trying to ice skate uphill." Blade (Wesley Snipes) always has something awesome to say. The type of badassery that runs deep within his Daywalker veins. As he slices vampires left and right, there's a total lack of hesitation in every motion. Blade served as an early indicator for what would follow in terms of Marvel adaptations. A true understanding of the character. The type of conviction that showed this wasn't kiddie fodder. Hip styles of the era that showed just how modern both the superhero and horror genre can be. It helps that the film just kicks all sorts of ass, quite frankly.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 18 – Blade (1998)

In 1998, comic book movies were in a pretty rough spot. Batman & Robin made the entire genre a flashy joke. A series of flops like The Phantom or The Shadow had sunk the box office potential to nothing. Things were looking bleak... until the Daywalker himself Blade made his presence known and kicked all sorts of ass. The film creaked the door open, allowing X-Men to walk right in and Spider-Man to flip the table into massive success. Still, Blade has plenty to love on its own. Heroin chic reinventions of vampire lore. Wesley Snipes at his absolute peak as an action star. Some kick ass choreography that's supported by surprisingly emotional pathos. The supporting cast along is pretty killer fanged as well. Such as Kris Kristofferson as his tough as nails mentor and villainous vampires like Donal Logue ringing in some comedic brilliance. Looking back, Blade is honestly a refreshing reminder of the compact yet gloriously entertaining potential of a self contained superhero film.

To talk about all of this, Thomas Mariani welcomes returning guests Adam Thomas and Santos Ellin Jr, but also brings on a new voice Shakyl Lambert. All four discuss Blade and its various components. There's plenty of praise for the martial arts choreography. Each cast member gets a bit of praise thrown at them... except maybe Stephen Dorff. The direction from Stephen Norrington gets a fair amount of love and even a bit of sadness given his career came to an abrupt halt after The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen. Tough break, dude. The group even dives into how Blade opened the door for modern superhero films and what the future of the character could be. It's a blood suckin' good time!

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The intro and outro is “Suck City” by Black Math. Look for more of their music via Free Music Archive.

Next Episode

Species (1995)

Jun 26, 2017

"Tear Him Up!" - The quote from Willard (1976) signals the beginning of the best scene in the film where Ernest Borgnine is attacked by hundreds of rats. It's a great scene. Meanwhile, Bruce Davidson watches on. Let the fun begin! The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor and the host of Decades of Horror The Classic Era Jeff Mohr.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 53 – Willard (1971)

Willard landed in theaters in the Summer of 1971 and launched the "nature strikes back" sub-genre of horror films. The modest film made a big impression at the box office and became a cult film over the years. Until recently, the film had become increasingly difficult to find and view - at least, a decent copy of it. The film is now available on Blu-ray from Shout Factory in pristine condition looking better than it has in years. Join the Grue-Crew as they look back at the film that frightened them in their youth, and discover how the film plays now 40 plus years later. The film features Bruce Davidson, Sondra Locke, Elsa Lanchester, and Ernest Borgnine in a terrific role. And, of course, all those damned rats!

The film can best be summed up by an experience The Black Saint shares about his son catching the cover for the first time and declaring that, in no shape or form, will he be watching that film. Willard still has what it takes to provide the creepy-crawlies with the rats themselves. But, the tone of the film, the direction, and the music make Willard feel very much like a TV movie of the week. That, however, does not make the film a bad film, it only tempers the memory of it shared by The Black Saint, Doc Rotten, and Jeff Mohr. The film boils down to its great performances and its core story of a man who doesn't fit in, relating to a colony of rats in his basement far more than a building full of co-workers. Everyone he knows from his boss to his mother belittles him at every turn except a pretty tempory clerk who befriends him. Pushed to the limits of his sanity, Davidson's Willard strikes back sending hit fleet of rats to do his bidding. And the Grue-crew goes wild.

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.

Jun 25, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 9 "I Am Odin". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

The first season concluded with Episode Eight "Come to Jesus," now the Grue-Crew gather one last time this year to discuss the past eight episodes, wrapping up season 1. American Gods began with the cold open following a group of Vikings exploring the new world, facing unknown threats, and leaning on their gods for guidance and protection. The series ended with Mr. Wednesday proclaiming that he is Odin, the very god those Vikings were praying to all those years ago. Mr. Wednesday is joined by Ostara (or Easter) as they face down the new gods, Media, Technical Boy, and Mr. World. By the end of the episode, Mr. Wednesday's war has begun. Yet, Laura Moon would still like to have a word with her husband, Shadow Moon. Season 2 cannot get here soon enough!

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 9 – I Am Odin
Wrapping Up Season 1

American Gods is an impressive first season with some of the best writing, direction, cinematography, and acting to be found on television. What else would you expect from Bryan Fuller who gave us the fantastic Hannibal series - which we also did a fan podcast for. Together with Tim Green, they have crafted an exciting, challenging, and often controversial series that "wowed" the Grue-Crew at every turn. Ian McShane and Ricky Whittle lead the cast as Mr. Wednesday and Shadow Moon with Emily Browning and Pablo Schrieber supporting them as Laura Moon and Mad Sweeney. The new gods are represented by Gillian Anderson (Media), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), and Crispin Glover (Mr. World). Their worlds are surrounding by guest stars including but not limited to Yetide Badaki (Bilquis),  Kristin Chenoweth (Easter), Peter Stormare (Czernobog), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), and Omid Abtahi (Salim). The mythology is layered, the tapestry is rich, and the shock & surprises are aplenty. It's an amazing first season for the Grue-Crew to relive as they bid adieu until next year.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

Jun 22, 2017

Award-winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the Grue-Crew to discuss the summer shark movie horror film 47 Meters Down. While the underwater and shark scene thrill everyone, the crew is divided over the film's concluding switcheroo. Doc and Thomas have a difference of opinion on the sci-fi movie Kill Switch featuring Dan Stevens. Good luck with that one. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with a couple of trailers for Happy Death Day and Flatliners remake along with the announcement that Kevin Smith is directing a new horror anthology film called Killroy Was Here.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 220 – 47 Meters Down (2017) – Kill Switch (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:41]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:06:09]

  1. Universal and Blumhouse wish you a Happy Death Day!
  2. Gene Simmons looking to trademark the iconic Devilhorns heavy metal hand gesture
  3. Kurt Russell knows the truth is out there!
  4. Flatliners redo gets a trailer - and it doesn't suck
  5. Kevin Smith horror anthology Killroy Was Here ramps up

SUPPORT HNR [00:34:33]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:35:04]

  • 47 Meters Down (2017)
  • Director: Johannes Roberts
  • Cast: Mandy Moore, Claire Holt, Matthew Modine

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:13:52]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:16:02]

  • Kill Switch (2017)
  • Director: Tim Smit
  • Cast: Dan Stevens, Bérénice Marlohe, Tygo Gernandt

STUMP THE SAINT [01:33:16]

FEEDBACK [01:40:26]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • TV Horror w/ Primal Screen, Blood Drive, and The Mist

 

Jun 22, 2017

"’Death... eternal punishment... for... anyone... who... opens... this... casket. In the name... of Amon-Ra... the king of the gods.’ Good heavens, what a terrible curse!” intones Sir Joseph Whemple as he translates the inscription found within the tomb of Imhotep in The Mummy (1932), one of Universal’s classic monster films. Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - as we conduct our own “dig,” dusting off the artifacts we discover, inspecting them from every angle, and discussing what we find.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 11 – The Mummy (1932)

Directed by famed cinematographer Karl Freund, The Mummy was Universal Studio’s response to the public’s apparent thirst for horror films while simultaneously taking advantage of the free marketing created by the discovery and archeological excavation of King Tutankhamun’s tomb. There had even been a story in the New York Times sensationalizing the tomb’s alleged curse by counting off fourteen associated deaths. Universal’s Carl Laemmle Jr. knew the foundation for a film legend when he saw one and he set writers Richard Shayer, Nina Wilcox Putnam, and John Balderston to work. Laemmle next paired Boris Karloff, fresh off Frankenstein (1931) and The Old Dark House (1932), with legendary Universal Studios makeup artist Jack Pierce; added the talented stage actor Zita Johann as the female lead; and rounded off the cast with supporting regulars Edward Van Sloan, David Manners, Noble Johnson, Arthur Byron, and Bramwell Fletcher. Thus a film icon was born.

Listen as we discuss the answers to these questions: How did Zita Johann and Karl Freund get along? How did the story morph from Putnam’s and Shayer’s vision of Allesandro Cagliostro to Balderston’s Imhotep? Why take a chance on first time director Karl Freund? What does Dracula (1931) have to do with The Mummy? For that matter, what does The Mummy have to do with 150 episodes of I Love Lucy (1951-56)?  Or Red Planet Mars (1952)? Or the 1961-64 seasons of Mister Ed? How does The Mummy’s classic poster rank historically?

If you’re paying attention, you’ll also hear which of us makes these comments:

  • “The voices and speech patterns of some of the other actors struck me as just this side of the helium tank at times.”
  • "Even without the mummified makeup he’s still a creepy-looking dude.”
  • “I’m not sure what you’re asking.” “Neither am I. You’re just supposed to come up with an answer.”
  • "He gives birth to one of the most unrealistic man-screams in the history of Hollywood."

For What It’s Worth Dept.:

  • Hear our second reference to The Honeymooners and our second reference to Iron Maiden.
  • Hear Chad say Ankh-es-en-amon at least 6 times without stumbling once.

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming and very flexible schedule includes Village of the Damned (1960), The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920), Bride of Frankenstein (1935), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), and Jû jin yuki otoko (original 1955 Japanese version, aka Half Human),

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about thefilms we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you for listening!

Jun 20, 2017

"Whoa, whoa. You better watch what you say about my car. She's real sensitive." Arnie Cunningham (Keith Gordon) is rather protective of his 1957 Plymouth Fury named Christine. He worked hard to restore it, pretty much rebuilding it from the ground up. Arnie doesn't appreciate when people mince words in front of her. Or worse, lay an unprovoked finger on her person. Then again, Arnie doesn't need to do a thing. Christine speaks for herself. And her words are deadly.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 110 – Christine (1983)

After a prologue set in 1957 showing the deadly origins of Christine, we flash forward to our main action set in 1978. Arnie is a stock nerd archetype, to the point of cramping the new found coolness of his best friend Dennis (John Stockwell). He's on the football team while Arnie is playing Scrabble with his parents. After getting beaten up by the school bullies, Arnie finally catches a break when he finds Christine. While initially a junkpile, Arnie manages to restore this junked up car to its former glory. Mainly thanks to the generosity of junk yard owner Will Darnell (Robert Prosky). As Arnie spends more time restoring his new car, he slowly becomes more confident and cool. He even manages to bag the most popular girl in school Leigh (Alexandra Paul). But that confidence grows into aggressiveness, showing that the car might have an influence over Arnie. The charm works both ways however, as the now sentient Christine is hell bent on destroying the bullies that came between her and her man.

Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Thomas Mariani have plenty to weigh on with this early Stephen King adaptation. While not the most popular film from director John Carpenter, the three praise his ability to turn a job-for-hire into an efficient horror film. There's praise for the soundtrack selection that gives the car a personality. A few varying opinions on whether or not Keith Gordon's transformation feels earned. Even a mutual distaste for the rather flat performance by Alexandra Paul. There are also plenty of burning questions about Christine. Does serve as a prequel to Pixar's Cars? How did Carpenter's team pull off those car effects shots? Would a modern day Arnie be explicitly sexually attracted to his car? All of these are answered to the best of these three's knowledge this episode!

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.

Jun 19, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 7 "Prayer for Mad Sweeney". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Eight concludes season one as Mr. Wednesday finally reveals his true name to Shadow Moon. ODIN! But getting to that moment is pure OMG spectacle and delight. First off, the show introduces Easter (Kristin Chenoweth) - also known as Ostara - who is throwing a big party on her special day. Many of the guests include various incarnations of Jesus Christ, one of which is Shadow's Jesus (Jeremy Davies). Before Mr. Wednesday can convince Ostara to join him in his offensive against the new gods, Media shows up for a "date" with Easter. As all this is going down, Mad Sweeney and Laura Moon arrive hoping that Ostara will "resurrect" Laura back to life. Before the show - and the season - is over, Mr. Wednesday makes his stand and strikes another blow leaving Mr. World to proclaim "Congratulations, you have your war."

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 8 – Come to Jesus
Aired June 18, 2017, on Starz

The Grue-Crew rejoice at the dialog and humor along with a killer conclusion that has us anxiously awaiting season 2. Hallelujah! The show plays fast and loose with all the religious jabbing and irony providing the series with some of its best beats and blows at American. Some great stuff. Jeremy Davies embodies Shadow's Jesus with a sly sense of humor and comedic sadness. It's brilliant. Yetide Badaki returns as Bilquis with a back story provided by Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) that is pure OMG! But the show's stand out addition is Kristin Chenoweth who steals every single moment and nearly the entire season. So much fun! She talks to bunnies, curses with flair, and has great power and style. She is amazing. The crew also dive into the big moment where Shadow Moment finally realizes what madness he is involved in and declares he "believes, everything."

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

Jun 18, 2017

"If You Survive This Night... Nothing Will Scare You Again." - The tag line for Alice Sweet Alice (1976) promises an evening of terror and suspense while delivering an early genre film from Brooke Shields. Let the fun begin! The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor and the host of Decades of Horror The Classic Era Jeff Mohr. Joining the usual Grue-Crew for this episode is New Jersey's very own scream queen, actress Genoveva Rossi.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 52 – Alice Sweet Allice (1973)

Also known as Communion and Holy Terror, Alice Sweet Alice is an overlooked classic from 1976 better known for having an early performance from actress Brooke Shields than the tight suspenseful Giallo thriller that it is. The film is a cult hit, especially in New Jersey where it was filmed. The story is better than one might expect with a shocking twist and a slow burn build to a chilling conclusion. Actress Genoveva Rossi joins the  Crew to discuss the film sharing that she grew up not far from where the film was made and recounts visits to many of the locations where the film was shot.

Along with Brooke Shields, Alice Sweet Alice features great performances from many of its stars especially Paula Sheppard who plays Alice and Alphonso DeNoble who plays the squalid landlord. But it may be Mildred Clinton as Mrs. Tredoni who quietly steels the show before the film is over. Both The Black Saitn and Jeff Mohr share the film made them jump and Doc quickly suggests that film is heavily inspired by  Nicolas Roeg's Don't Look Now, raincoats and all. Genoveva is full of interesting little tidbits from the film with her affection for Alice Sweet Alice coming across quite infectious.

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.

Jun 15, 2017

The Dark Universe is upon us and thing ain't looking too bright, sadly. THE MUMMY reboot of the Universal Monster franchise has finally arrived and the Grue-Crew is here to discuss the results. The lukewarm box office and piss-poor reviews are signs enough for what the Crew will share; however, award winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the crew this week to share his ...love... for the film. Oh, dear. For the WHYBW segment, the Grue-Crew explore the A24 independent film release IT COMES AT NIGHT with a careful and critical eye. The film is catching flack for its marketing, Thomas insists to look at it without that issue in mind. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the loss of Adam West, the 1966 Batman himself. Other news includes the new Black Panther trailer and upcoming games from E3 2017 such as Transference from Spectravision.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 219 – The Mummy (2017) – It Comes at Night (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:41]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:05:38]

SUPPORT HNR [00:35:42]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:36:07]

  • The Mummy (2017)
  • Director: Alex Kurtzman / w. David Keopp, Christopher McQuarrie, & Dylan Kussman
  • Cast:
    • Tom Cruise / Nick Morton
    • Russell Crowe / Dr. Henry Jekyll & Mr. Hyde
    • Annabelle Wallis / Jenny Halsey
    • Sofia Boutella / Ahmanet
    • Jake Johnson / Chris Vail
    • Courtney B. Vance / Colonel Greenway
    • Javier Botet / Set

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:23:16]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:25:41]

  • It Comes at Night (2017)
  • Director: Trey Edwards Shults
  • Cast: Joel Edgerton, Christopher Abbott, Carmen Ejogo, Riley Keough, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Griffin Robert Faulkner, David Pendleton

STUMP THE SAINT [01:52:12]

FEEDBACK [01:56:26]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • 47 Meters Down

 

Jun 14, 2017

"You dream about dead guys?" Rick O'Connell (Brendan Fraser) questions the enthusiasm of librarian Evie Carnahan (Rachel Weisz). Of course, they'll be having plenty of nightmares about dead guys once they encounter... The Mummy! Nearly 20 years before Universal had Tom Cruise fight against a bandaged undead Egyptian, they managed to give the runt of their canon a kick ass action reboot. While not quite as horror driven as some would want, The Mummy from 1999 is a rousing action adventure ride that continues the mantle of Indiana Jones better than most imitators. Or even Dr. Jones himself, with Crystal Skull. Yet, there's still plenty of horror imagery to go around as our heroes run away from an army of the undead!

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 17 – The Mummy (1999)

The year is 1999. The world hadn't had an Indiana Jones adventure in ten years. There hadn't been a popular film with a mummy since the final days of Hammer. A young Brendan Fraser was stealing America's hearts in Encino Man and George of the Jungle. All three were just begging to be combined into one glorious package. That vessel was The Mummy, a fun action adventure story with a few pieces of horror imagery thrown in. Before director Stephen Summer disappointed horror purists with Van Helsing, he made them begrudgingly smile at Brendan Fraser shooting a mummy a running in terror. It's a classic example of a breezy summer ride before those got incredibly over convoluted and gray.

Now, with the recent release of Universal's newest bandaged monster movie, Thomas Mariani invites Adam Thomas and Bill Mulligan on to talk about this beloved hit. They praise the mixture of practical and computer visual effects, particularly the early use of motion capture. There's much praise for Brendan Fraser's charms and Rachel Weisz's infectious inquisitive nature. Even a bit of appreciation for playful dabblings in the mythology of The Mummy mythology. Plus, there's some pondering about the prospects of a Dark Universe and why "everyone wants to be Marvel." You can hear all of it by plugging this one into your earholes!

Contact Us

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 1990s podcast hosts at thomasmariani@decadesofhorror.com or tweet Thomas @NotTheWhosTommy. Also, make sure to give us some love via iTunes reviews and ratings. Helps us get more notice along the way.

The intro and outro is “Suck City” by Black Math. Look for more of their music via Free Music Archive.

Next Episode

Blade (1998)

Jun 12, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 7 "Prayer for Mad Sweeney". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Seven follows Mad Sweeney and Laura as their journey continues toward Shadow Moon and Mr.Wednesday. They ditch Salim, who is happy to leave their company; but, soon after, a horrific accident reveals a hidden secret and a mysterious agenda. As that part of the story unfolds, Mad Sweeney's origins are given some light with a back story centuries old revolving around an Irish immigrant with a passion for thievery and a heart for leprechauns.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 7 – Prayer for Mad Sweeney
Aired June 11, 2017, on Starz

The Grue-Crew are divided on how effective this week's episode is in telling the overall American Gods story. While no one dislikes this episode, some favor it more than others praising its storytelling and cinematography while debating its place as the penultimate episode of season one. The lack of Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday is another curious choice for this bold season. Still, the show has some fine moments and features Mad Sweeney prominently along with Laura and her Irish counterpart. It's character over shock this week as American Gods sets us up for the finale next week. Leave some bread out for this one, folks.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

 

Jun 9, 2017

Special guest Caitlin Turner joins the Grue-Crew to tackle the French horror film Raw which caused quite a stir at a recent horror film festival. At TIFF last year, audience members were made ill watching this film. Imagine how excited The Black Saint is to see this film. Find out how it fares with his review. For the WHYBW segment, the Grue-Crew turn their attention to the latest DCEU entry Wonder Woman. Does the box office champion bode well for the future of the DC cinematic heroes? Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with Adam Wingard helming the upcoming Godzilla vs King Kong film, The Mist getting a new bug-filled trailer, and the Dark Universe is set to unleash Dracula, The Phantom of the Opera, and the Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 218 – Raw (2017) – Wonder Woman (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:39]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:04:27]

SUPPORT HNR [00:27:12]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:27:53]

  • Raw (2017)
  • Director: Julia Ducournau
  • Cast: Garance Marillier, Ella Rumpf, Rabah Nait Oufella

ANNOUNCEMENTS [00:49:36]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [00:52:45]

  • Wonder Woman (2017)
  • Director: Patty Jenkins w/ s. Allan Heinberg
  • Cast: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Robin Wright, Connie Neilsen, Danny Huston, David Thewlis, Said Taghmaoui, Ewen Bremner, Elena Anaya (Dr. Poison)

STUMP THE SAINT [01:40:49]

  • May Winner: Adrian Cardenas

FEEDBACK [01:50:26]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • The Mummy & It Comes at Night

 

Jun 8, 2017

“You’re freaks! I’m a man! The last man…” Thus screams Dr. Robert Morgan at the vampires of the post-pandemic world depicted in The Last Man on Earth (1964). Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - for our somewhat historic 10th episode as we suit up alongside Morgan to do battle against the vampiric horde. Unfortunately, Erin Miskell, the glue that holds The Classic Era’s Grue Crew together, is on special assignment investigating Dr. Caligari’s cabinet … from the inside, and was not able to join us in this battle.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

Episode 10 – The Last Man on Earth (1964)

Based on Richard Matheson’s classic, dark, science fiction novel, I Am Legend (1954), The Last Man on Earth is a joint Italian-U.S. production, filmed in Italy and distributed by American International Pictures. Directed by Sidney Salkow on a shoestring budget, The Last Man on Earth follows Dr. Robert Morgan (Vincent Price) as he goes about his daily life as the titular character. By day, his time is spent scrounging for supplies and searching out, killing, and burning the infected vampires. By night, he fends off the still shambling remnants of the population or listens to jazz records backed with the weak cries from his infected, former colleague to “Come out Morgan … come out Morgan.”

Listen as we discuss the answers to these questions: Did the filmmakers construct a believable post-pandemic world? Since the story takes place in Los Angeles, how did they manage to create a piece of California in Italy? How does Price’s performance as Morgan in this low budget, Italian collaboration compare to his other roles? Exactly who the the heck is co-writer Logan Swanson? What did Richard Matheson think of The Last Man on Earth? How closely does this adaptation follow the plot of Matheson’s novel? How does The Last Man on Earth rank The Omega Man (1971) and I Am Legend (2007), the other adaptations of Matheson’s novel, I Am Legend? What happened to the script Matheson wrote for Hammer Films in the late 1950s? Why does The Last Man on Earth (1964) remind us so much of George Romero’s Night of the LIving Dead (1968)?

If you’re paying attention, you’ll also hear which of us makes these memorable comments:

  • “I never turn down a stake.”
  • “It’s not the garlic keeping them away; it’s the dirty underwear.”
  • “We’re coming to get you Morgan.”
  • “Everybody knows Vincent Price has Tyrannosaurus Rex hands.”

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming schedule includes Village of the Damned (1960), Viy (1967), and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about the movies we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you from each of us, “Thank you for listening!"

Jun 7, 2017

"Welcome to Fright Night. For Real!" Jerry Dandridge (Chris Sarandon) welcomes a few guests into his home. Shame they welcomed him into their own. Fright Night is one of the more beloved examples of vampire films in the 1980s. Respecting the older examples while adding more than a few hallmarks that entered vampire lexicon in the years that followed. Fright Night was an auspicious debut for director/writer Tom Holland. How does this film-of-its-era hold up to modern scrutiny? There's only one way to find out... via your ear-holes!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 109 – Fright Night (1985)

Fright Night has a love for the classics. Then again, that's a given with it's lead Charley Brewster (William Ragsdale) being such a fan of old school horror. He loves watching Peter Vincent (Roddy McDowall) hosting the nighly edition of Fright Night. To the point of ignoring his girlfriend Amy's (Amanda Bearse) advances. However, it may seem like Charley's love for the macabre may be getting the best of him when he sees his new neight Jerry feasting on young flesh. The entire neighborhood doesn't believe him, except for his clingy overexcited friend Evil Ed (Stephen Geoffreys). Things become abundantly more clear as Peter Vincent becomes involved, realizing that Jerry doesn't even have a reflection! What a Fright Night indeed.

Joining Doc Rotten, Christopher and Thomas this time is Gruesome Magazine writer Joey Fittos, who puts Fright Night in his own top 10 films of all time. The four discuss the various aspects that keep Fright Night relevant to this day. The effects work lives up to modern scrutiny. Any moment of dated 80s cheese works to the thematics at play. Even the subtextual queer elements are up for grabs, given this is a story of people trying to belong. It's a packed discussion that shows just how varied and wonderful Fright Night truly is as a film! After all, no matter how annoying Evil Ed may get, he still thinks Brewster is "so cool!"

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.

 

Jun 4, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 6 "A Murder of Gods". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Six follows Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday to Vulcan, Virginia where they meet the one and only Vulcan (Corbin Bernsen). Mr. Wednesday convinces Vulcan to craft him a sword worthy of a god before learning of Vulcan's betrayal. "Off with his head," so they say. Meanwhile, Laura teams up with Mad Sweeney and Salim as they return to the Crocodile Bar. Sweeney wants to get "Dead Wife" to Mr. Wednesday to help get his magic coin back. Salim is along for the ride as Sweeney has promised to rejoin Salim with the Jinn of his dreams.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 5 – Lemon Scented You
Aired May 28, 2017, on Starz

The Grue-Crew dive into the not-so-subtle context of this week's episode, some of which is controversial indeed. The show begins with layered political comments buried in the cold opener that has a group of Mexican immigrants illegally crossing the border, getting saved by "Jesus", and, then, slaughtered by a squad of redneck border patrols armed with rifles. If that wasn't enough, Vulcan himself dives into the "religion" of guns. Thankfully Mad Sweeney's constant use of "Dead Wife" lightens the tone and Salim's delightfully innocent face softens the blow. Great stuff, fun discussion ... and some listener feedback as well.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

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