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May 31, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Sarah Connor returns fin TERMINATOR: DARK FATE,
  • Christopher shares his adventures to the CRIMSON SCREEN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL,
  • And the Grue-Crew review… BRIGHTBURN

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Joining us this week, Chad Hunt, co-host of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and 1970s.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Brightburn

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

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  • Directors: David Yarovesky
  • Cast: Elizabeth Banks, David Denman, Jackson A. Dunn

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May 29, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Ari Aster returns with MIDSOMMAR,
  • SAW is getting an unexpected reboot,
  • and the Grue-Crew review… JOHN WICK CHAPTER 3: PARABELLUM.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Christopher G. Moore heads to the CRIMSON SCREEN HORROR FILM FESTIVAL in Charleston, South Carolina

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum

Super-assassin John Wick is on the run after killing a member of the international assassin's guild, and with a $14 million price tag on his head - he is the target of hit men and women everywhere.

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/

  • Directors: Chad Stahelski
  • Cast: Keanu Reeves, Halle Berry, Ian McShane, Mark Dacascos

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May 24, 2019

“I can't believe that Godzilla was the only surviving member of its species... But if we continue conducting nuclear tests, it's possible that another Godzilla might appear somewhere in the world again.” Of course, Godzilla appeared in the world again, many, many times! Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, and Jeff Mohr - as they go back to 1954 when it all started with Godzilla (original title: Gojira).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 58 – Godzilla (1954)

American nuclear weapons testing results in the creation of a seemingly unstoppable, dinosaur-like beast.

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With the 31 May 2019 release date of Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019) looming large on the horizon, the Grue Crew decided it was time to cover the original classic from Toho, Godzilla (Gojira, 1954), one of the all-time greats! They also dip a bit into the American version, Godzilla, King of the Monsters! (1956).

Chad loves all the Godzilla films but this one is special and has a much darker, almost nightmarish, tone than 1960s Godzilla fare. He also talks about how Akira Ifukube created Godzilla’s roar. As a youngster, Whitney was introduced to Godzilla films by her brothers and she found the monster itself to be intimidating and movies to be entertaining. This time around, she spots Honda’s artistic training in his filmmaking. Of course, Jeff dives into the historical relevance and discovers some of the reasons behind the decisions made in the American version. Joseph finds the drama and weight given to the human characters to be extraordinary, giving the military versus the scientist conflict more depth.

The Grue Crew all agree that Godzilla is much more than a monster movie and deserves its place as a genuine cinema classic.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from King Kong (1933) to Half Human (Jû jin yuki otoko, 1955) to The War of the Gargqantuas (1966)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be the first Amicus portmanteau, Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors (1965).

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

May 19, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Pennywise returns with IT: CHAPTER 2,
  • Surprise Guests aplenty in the season finale of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS,
  • and the Grue-Crew review… DETECTIVE PIKACHU.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Joining us this week: Paul Cardullo

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • NIGHT RANGER report: Vanessa shares her first Concert reporting gig for Gruesome Music

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

  • [TRAILER] Grandma chills our shit in the first look at IT: CHAPTER 2.
    • https://www.slashfilm.com/it-chapter-two-trailer/
  • [TRAILER] You're not welcome in THE LODGE
    • https://birthmoviesdeath.com/2019/05/10/were-ready-to-get-trapped-in-the-lodge
  • [TRAILER] A Russian fear fest with BABA YAGA
    • https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3559905/slavic-demon-baba-yaga-brought-life-mermaid-bride-director-trailer/
  • [CASTING] The plot for THE INVISIBLE MAN shines new light on the film
    • https://www.dreadcentral.com/news/293998/latest-casting-news-plot-details-reveal-blumhouses-invisible-man-will-be-something-of-a-ghost-story/
  • [TV] Holy Hell, check out the cameos in the finale of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS
    • http://collider.com/what-we-do-in-the-shadows-cameos-explained/
  • [WTF] Wait…there's an R-Rate Gore version of TAMMY AND THE T-REX?
    • https://news.avclub.com/cinepocalypse-to-screen-r-rated-gore-cut-of-90s-era-d-1834592455
  • [SEQUEL] DEATHGASM 2 finally gets financing
    • https://bloody-disgusting.com/movie/3560435/jason-lei-howdens-gory-horror-comedy-getting-sequel-deathgasm-part-2/

FEATURE TOPIC: Detective Pikachu

In a world where people collect Pokémon to do battle, a boy comes across an intelligent talking Pikachu who seeks to be a detective.

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/

  • Directors: Rob Letterman
  • Cast: Ryan Reynolds, Justice Smith, Kathryn Newton

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May 17, 2019

"Don't ask who I am or how I know, but there's going to be another of those killings today." Yes, another of those killings. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they pay tribute to the late Larry Cohen and discuss what is possibly his most underrated film, God Told Me To.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 96 – God Told Me To (1976)

A New York detective investigates a series of murders committed by random New Yorkers who claim that "God told them to."

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Larry Cohen, a legitimate genre legend, passed away on March 23, 2019. With Decades of Horror having already covered three Larry Cohen films - It’s Alive, The Stuff, and Q: The Winged Serpent -  the 1970s’ Grue Crew decided to remember him by delving into God Told Me To (1976).

Bill calls God Told Me To the “Larry Cohen-est” of all the Larry Cohen films and commends Cohen’s all-or-nothing philosophy of filmmaking while tackling the ideas included in this film on a low budget. To Doc, God Told Me To delivers Cohen’s best representation of the New York of the 1970s and delights in his use of stock footage from Space 1999. Andy Kaufman’s role in the film. Jeff reminds everyone of another Mike Kellen role in a legendary 1980s horror film and is again stunned by the “vagina-thing” that makes multiple appearances. Chad’s history with God Told Me To began with a lot of false starts until he eventually discovered the twist within the story and how it parallelled the public interest in Erich Von Daniken’s Chariots of the God.

As you’ve probably noticed, the Grue Crew loves Larry Cohen and loves God Told Me To more every time they watch it. God Told Me To is currently available on Shudder so check it out!

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 docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

May 14, 2019

“Where does the dream finish, and reality begin?” At times, we’ve all had trouble distinguishing a nightmare from reality. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they struggle to discover exactly what is real in Nightmare from Hammer.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 56 – Nightmare (1964)

Janet is a young student at a private school; her nights are troubled by horrible dreams in which she sees her mother, who is in fact locked in an insane asylum, haunting her. Expelled because of her persistent nightmares, Janet is sent home, where the nightmares continue.

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Hammer Films didn’t only focus on classic Frankenstein, Dracula, or Mummy films. They also produced a number of very good, psychological horror features and Nightmare is an excellent example. With Hammer regulars, Freddie Francis and Jimmy Sangster at the helm, how could they go wrong?

Whitney identifies “betrayal” as the dominant theme in Nightmare and she really appreciated Jennie Linden’s portrayal of Janet as a vulnerable and traumatized woman questioning her own sanity. Even though he’s more of a creature feature guy, Chad found Nightmare to be an entertaining film and felt it almost seemed like two different movies. Jeff enjoyed trying to figure out what was really happening but even then, the twists surprised him. The members of your Grue Crew recommend Nightmare to fans of psychological horror or to anyone that wants to see a good example of filmmaking.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from Bride of Frankenstein (1935) to The Curse Of Frankenstein (1957) to Abbott And Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Toho’s The War of the Gargantuas (1966), the kind-of-a-sequel to Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965).

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four somnambulistic horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

May 12, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Star Wars Fans Worldwide remember Chewbacca actor Peter Mayhew,
  • Hungry Gators CRAWL out of the bayou this July 12th,
  • And the Grue Crew review… HIGH MOON

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Joining us this week: Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • Texas Frightmare 2019 report: Crystal heads home for the weekend

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: High Moon

A gunfighter from the old west returns from the grave to stop a bloodthirsty werewolf motorcycle gang from terrorizing a small town.

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/

  • Directors: Josh Ridgeway
  • Cast: Sean Patrick Flanery, Chad Michael Collins, Chelsea Edmundson

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May 10, 2019

For this special episode of Horror News Radio (in partnership with Gruesome Music), join Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten as they discuss the music behind BRIGHTBURN with the film's composer Tim Williams. In this not to be missed interview, Tim shares the behind the scenes challenges and rewards of composing the music for a very special, unique horror film. The processes in deciding what instruments to use, what tones to captures, and what emotions to explore are fascinating, exposing a different side of making the horror films we love. He also shares about working with producer James Gunn and director David Yarovesky.

We hope you enjoy this enlightening interview with Tim Willaims and get a thrill out of discovering what it takes to make a horror soundtrack that inspires, entertains, and…frightens... its audience. It is a fantastic behind-the-scenes discussion about the music for one of this summers most anticipated films. BRIGHTBURN flies into theaters May 24, 2019.

What if a child from another world crash-landed on Earth, but instead of becoming a hero to mankind, he proved to be something far more sinister?

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https://www.imdb.com/title/tt7752126/

Director: David Yarovesky
Writers: Brian Gunn, Mark Gunn
Music By: Tim Williams
Cast: Elizabeth Banks, Jackson A. Dunn, David Denman, Jennifer Holland, Matt Jones

May 9, 2019

"There's something in the water at Lost River Lake. Something you can't see...something you can't feel...until it's too late!" Hey! That sounds like a great place to put a kids’ camp and an Aquarena vacation resort! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they maneuver their log raft through the perilous waters inhabited by Piranha!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 95 – Piranha (1978)

When flesh-eating piranhas are accidentally released into a summer resort's rivers, the guests become their next meal.


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Piranha sailed unabashedly in the wake of the success of Jaws (1975), mimicking its story structure and several of its scenes. Joe Dante was glad to have the chance to direct his first feature and did his best to satisfy producer Rober Corman's repeated demands for, “More blood! More blood!”

It’s no surprise that Bill brings up the stop motion animated critter, assuming any coherent plot involvement and follow through was lost in budget cuts. Doc digs the after kill practical effects created by Rob Bottin in his first credited effort and recounts the two scenes that scared him the most in his youth. Chad professes his infatuation for water-creature-based horror movies and relates an experience from his youth that might explain his feelings.  He also loves Dick Miller’s portrayal of a Texan shouting, “Schmuck!” Jeff points out the score by Pino Donaggio, whose first film credit is for Don’t Look Now (1973) and who later became a favorite of Brian de Palma. He also extolls the virtues of the Scream Factory Blu-ray and its extras. In case you’re interested, Scream Factory is releasing a Limited Edition Steelbook with new content on June 11, 2019.

Your Grue Crew highly recommend this Roger Corman - Joe Dante collaboration. Though it's relatively low budget, Piranha is a funfilled gorefest. If for no other reason, tune in to hear Doc practice his piranha sound effect throughout the podcast.

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 docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

May 6, 2019

“Why does the doctor always come at night?” It’s just a guess, but maybe he’s one of the children of the night? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they visit the somnambulistic world of Carl Theodor Dreyer in his underrated classic, Vampyr (1932).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 55 – Vampyr(1932)

A mysterious, somnambulistic young man wanders into a village where a castle owner's daughters are endangered by an elderly vampire and her associates.

- TCM.com

 

  • Director: Carl Theodor Dreyer (as Carl Th. Dreyer)
  • Writers: Sheridan Le Fanu (based on a book by) (as J. Sheridan Le Fanu), Christen Jul (screenplay), Carl Theodor Dreyer
  • Featured Cast:
    • Julian West (Nicolas de Gunzburg) as Allan Grey
    • Maurice Schutz as Der Schlossherr (The Lord of the Manor)
    • Rena Mandel as Gisèle
    • Sybille Schmitz as Léone
    • Jan Hieronimko as Der Dorfartz (The Village Doctor)
    • Henriette Gérard as Die alte Frau von Friedhof (The Old Woman from the Cemetery, Marguerite Chopin)
    • Albert Bras as Der alte Diener (The Old Servant)
    • N. Babanini as Seine Frau (His Wife)
    • Jane Mora as Die Krankenschwester (The Nurse)
    • Georges Boidin as Limping Man

Vampyr is as enigmatic a film as Dreyer is a filmmaker and despite the negative reviews at its release, has become somewhat of an underrated classic. Dreyer expects a lot from the audience so the plot is not an easy story to follow.

Whitney loves the visuals and wants to see it again to gain a better understanding. A film class was Joseph’s first experience with Vampyr and the most memorable scene for him is the death of the village doctor under an ever-growing mound of milled flour. Chad is seriously creeped out by the shadow people along with many other scenes and believes Vampyr is a bonafide horror classic. The extras included on the Criterion Blu-ray of the film gave Jeff a better understanding and Vampyr has rapidly become one of his favorite films. The Grue Crew gives Vampyr an enthusiastic recommendation! Be ready for a relatively opaque story accompanied by a visual feast!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from Nosferatu (1922) to Psycho (1960) to Strangler of the Swamp (1946)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Nightmare (1964), a journey into mystery and psychological horror from Hammer Films.

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four somnambulistic horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

May 5, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • GODZILLA KING OF THE MONSTERS releases one more trailer to win us over,
  • Michael Biehn unexpectedly returns as Hicks for a new ALIEN 3,
  • And the GrueCrew review…AVENGERS: END GAME.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Joining us this week: Chad Hunt

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Avengers: End Game

After the devastating events of Avengers: Infinity War (2018), the universe is in ruins. With the help of remaining allies, the Avengers assemble once more in order to undo Thanos' actions and restore order to the universe.

IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4154796/

  • Directors: Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • Cast:
    • Robert Downey Jr. … Tony Stark / Iron Man
    • Chris Evans … Steve Rogers / Captain America
    • Mark Ruffalo … Bruce Banner / Hulk
    • Chris Hemsworth … Thor
    • Scarlett Johansson … Natasha Romanoff / Black Widow
    • Jeremy Renner … Clint Barton / Hawkeye
    • Paul Rudd … Scott Lang / Ant-Man
    • Chadwick Boseman … T'Challa / Black Panther
    • Brie Larson … Carol Danvers / Captain Marvel
    • Tom Holland … Peter Parker / Spider-Man
    • Karen Gillan … Nebula
    • Zoe Saldana … Gamora
    • Evangeline Lilly … Hope van Dyne / The Wasp
    • Tessa Thompson … Valkyrie
    • Rene Russo … Frigga
    • Elizabeth Olsen … Wanda Maximoff / Scarlet Witch
    • Sebastian Stan … Bucky Barnes / Winter Soldier
    • Tom Hiddleston … Loki
    • Danai Gurira … Okoye
    • Benedict Wong … Wong
    • Pom Klementieff … Mantis
    • Dave Bautista … Drax
    • Letitia Wright … Shuri
    • Tilda Swinton … The Ancient One
    • Jon Favreau … Happy Hogan
    • Hayley Atwell … Peggy Carter
    • Natalie Portman … Jane Foster
    • Marisa Tomei … Aunt May
    • Taika Waititi … Korg (voice)
    • Michelle Pfeiffer … Janet Van Dyne
    • Cobie Smulders … Maria Hill
    • Linda Cardellini … Laura Barton
    • Frank Grillo … Brock Rumlow
    • Hiroyuki Sanada … Akihiko
    • Vin Diesel … Groot (voice)
    • Bradley Cooper … Rocket (voice)
    • Gwyneth Paltrow … Pepper Potts
    • Josh Brolin … Thanos
    • Chris Pratt … Peter Quill / Star-Lord
    • Samuel L. Jackson … Nick Fury

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