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Sep 26, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • Every Corpse Tells a Story in THE MORTUARY COLLECTION
  • NETFLIX adapts Stephen King and Joe Hill's IN THE TALL GRASS
  • …and the genre cries over the loss of the legendary SID HAIG

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Sep 25, 2019

“I summon the vampires! I summon the werewolves!... I summon Viy!” You’d think spending three nights with a witch's corpse would be enough of a trial. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, and Jeff Mohr along with special guest Doc Rotten - for a trip to Ukraine to take in Viy (1967), the Russian, folk-horror classic based on a Nikolai Gogol tale.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 64 – Viy (1967)

A young priest is ordered to preside over the wake of witch in a small old wooden church of a remote village. This means spending three nights alone with the corpse with only his faith to protect him.

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Your Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue-Crew has been trying to cover Viy for 2 years. When it finally showed up on the Shudder streaming service and a new Blu-ray was issued by Severin, they knew the time had come. The Blu-ray and Shudder streaming picture quality far exceed that previously available. Their general recommendation is you should see this film!

Doc tipped off the Grue-Crew to this film so it seems only natural that he join them to discuss Viy and he goes into detail about his love for the film. From beginning to end, he is fascinated by the culture, the Gogol-created folklore, the cinematography, the special effects, and the unique visuals present in Viy. Whitney is entranced by the magical quality of the film and admits she sometimes gets sucked-in by stories built around witches and folk tales. Chad really, really, really, really loves this film and his interest was aroused by the framework of the lead character having to spend 3 days locked in a church with a witches’ corpse. He also dives into Gogol’s source story and its genesis. Viy is a must-own for Jeff, having stayed up late into the night on the release date to be sure to get a copy of Severin’s new Blu-ray edition. The entire Grue-Crew discusses the escalation of the witch’s efforts over the three days and what they liked about each day. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be The Body Snatcher (1945), a Val Lewton production directed by Robert Wise and starring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, and Henry Daniell. 

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Sep 20, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… One Cut of the Dead.

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

FEATURE TOPIC: One Cut of the Dead

Things go badly for a hack director and film crew shooting a low budget zombie movie in an abandoned WWII Japanese facility, when they are attacked by real zombies.

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Director: Shin'ichirô Ueda
Stars: Takayuki Hamatsu, Yuzuki Akiyama, Harumi Shuhama

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  • Next Review on HNR: Ad Astra

Sep 20, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • Paul Feig wants to resurrect the Universal Monsters with his DARK ARMY
  • …The Hangman hopes to improve his haunting skills with THE GALLOWS ACT II
  • …and a Death App accurately predict your death to the very last second in COUNTDOWN!

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Guest host: Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl

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Sep 18, 2019

“Herbert West Has A Very Good Head On His Shoulders... And Another One In A Dish On His Desk.” You just never know when you’re going to need a spare, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - on another trip to the Land of Lovecraft. The last episode was a trip to Dunwich with Lucio Fulci, but this time, they’re headed to Miskatonic University for Re-Animator (1985), Stuart Gordon’s whacked-out take on Lovecraft.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 146 – Re-Animator (1985)

After an odd new medical student arrives on campus, a dedicated local and his girlfriend become involved in bizarre experiments centering around the re-animation of dead tissue.

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Crystal picked Re-Animator (1985) as the film for this episode because, “it’s awesome,” and is one of her favorite films of all time. She also admits to a big fan-crush on Jeffrey Combs and thinks the ever-youthful Barbara Crampton must be bathing in the blood of children. According to Chad, who saw Re-Animator in a theater, Combs was made for the role of Herbert West. Bill identifies Mac Ahlberg as the film’s cinematographer and as a force in creating the look of horror movies of the 1980s. Even Jeff loves this film, especially Barbara Crampton, and he thinks Combs’ portrayal of Herbert West was more over the top than Colin Clive’s portrayal of Dr. Frankenstein. All-in-all, the 1980s Grue-Crew thinks Re-Animator is a film worthy of inclusion in the collection of every horror fan.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the new Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In three weeks, the Grue-Crew’s next film will be John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982).

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com.

Sep 15, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • Blumhouse and Imogen Poots celebrate the holidays with BLACK CHRISTMAS
  • … Sophia Lillis takes the lead in GRETEL AND HANSEL
  • … and Danny Torrance returns to the Overlook in Mike Flanagan's DOCTOR SLEEP.

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Guest host: Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl

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Sep 12, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… IT: CHAPTER 2.

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • With Guest Host: Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl

SPECIAL REPORT:

Crystal shares her experience seeing IT: CHAPTER 2 in 4DX. Wind, water, and evil vibrations make seeing the sequel in this format an unforgettable experience. The Livin6Dead6irl tells us why!

FEATURE TOPIC: It: Chapter 2

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

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Director: Andy Muschiette
Stars: Jessica Chastain, James McAvoy, Bill Hader, James Ransone, Jay Ryan, Isaiah Mustafa, Bill Skarsgard

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Sep 11, 2019

"In the past 500 years, Professor, those who have crossed my path have all died, and some not pleasantly." Then again, some who have crossed his path have watched him turn into a cloak-kite and flap away. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out the 1979 version of Dracula, featuring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan, Laurence Olivier, and Donald Pleasence, four decades after its release.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 103 – Dracula (1979)

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

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1979 saw the release of a veritable colony of vampire movies. John Badham’s Dracula most certainly comes in as number one in terms of budget though maybe not in terms of a timeless treasure. This one holds a special place for Doc as does Frank Langella’s portrayal of the legendary count. Jeff labored to stay focused during the first half of the film but gives high marks to the final half. As a youngster watching this, Chad was duly frightened but admits parts of it do not hold up forty years later. Bill is irritated Dracula omits nearly everything taking place prior to the Demeter landing in England and bemoans the very weird, “vampire kite” conclusion. 

Where does Dracula (1979) fit amongst other films based on Bram Stoker’s novel or even amongst vampire films in general? The 1970s Grue Crew is just foolhardy enough to take a shot at a general ranking. At any rate, they all recommend Dracula as a worthwhile watch and Doc is considering acquiring the Scream Factory Blu-ray due out in November 2019.

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.

Sep 10, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… READY OR NOT.

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

FEATURE TOPIC: Ready or Not

A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

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Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O'Brien, Nicky Guadagni

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Sep 9, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Sony/Disney dispute leads to SPIDER-MAN exiting the MCU…
  • Disney+ debuts the trailer for THE MANDALORIAN
  • And, DC gets the last laugh with the trailer for JOKER

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Sep 5, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE FANATIC.

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.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Guest host - Jeff Mohr, co-host of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

FEATURE TOPIC: The Fanatic (aka Moose)

A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.

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Director: Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit / director of The Education of Charlie Banks, The Longshots)
Writers: Dave Bekerman, Fred Durst
Stars: John Travolta, Devon Sawa (Final Destination, Idle Hands), Ana Golja

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Sep 4, 2019

“I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do!” He also believes in wicked witches, flying monkeys, anthropomorphic trees, and wizards! Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip to the land of Oz by way of Kansas to make a request of The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 63 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.

- Rick Polito for TCM

 

You might not think The Wizard of Oz is a horror movie, but you will never convince Jeff. Let him count the ways it scares the crap out of him. He also considers the film to be his favorite film of any genre. Whitney is the one that recognizes that strong female characters run the worlds depicted in The Wizard of Oz. She is also astounded by how the makeup needs of over 100 munchkins were handled on a daily basis. Bert Lahr’s portrayal of the Cowardly Lion is one of Chad’s favorites, so much so, that as a child, he used to run around the house imitating him. The whole Grue Crew can’t stop gushing over The Wizard of Oz and its iconic characters and the actors that so ably performed as those icons, even though it has been 80 years since its original release.

Be sure to tune in for the next episode when the Classic Era Grue Crew travels to Russia for some folk-horror and discuss Viy (1967).

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!

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