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Jul 1, 2020

"I swear to God, Snake, I thought you were dead." Didn’t everybody? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they once again travel to the world according to John Carpenter, this time partnering up with Snake Plissken as he tries to Escape from New York (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 157 – Escape from New York (1981)

In 1997, when the U.S. president crashes into Manhattan, now a giant maximum-security prison, a convicted bank robber is sent in to rescue him.

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Everybody loves Snake Plissken and the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew is no exception. Chad Hunt calls Escape from New York John Carpenter’s western. There are a lot of flaws in the film’s story and its science fiction dressing and even as Bill identifies some of them, he is also professing his love for the film. Crystal proposes Zac Efron to play Snake if there is ever a remake and one of her crewmates even agrees with her. Escape from New York will forever be one of Jeff’s favorites if only for Ernest Borgnine’s performance as Cabbie and the inclusion of the theme song from American Bandstand.

Escape from New York is highly recommended by your loyal Grue-Crew and is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and as a Scream Factory Blu ray.  

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 158, the 80s Grue-Crew will visit director John Carpenter’s work again in Frank Hennenlotter’s Brain Damage (1988). 

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

Jun 30, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SCOOB! (2020).

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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 REVIEW: SCOOB!

Scooby and the gang face their most challenging mystery ever: a plot to unleash the ghost dog Cerberus upon the world. As they race to stop this dogpocalypse, the gang discovers that Scooby has an epic destiny greater than anyone imagined.

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  • Director: Tony Cervone
  • Writers: Matt Lieberman & Adam Sztykiel and Jack Donaldson & Derek Elliot
  • Based on characters created by: William Hanna and Joseph Barbera (Hanna-Barbera)
  • Cast:
    • Frank Welker - Scooby-Doo
    • Will Forte - Shaggy Rogers
    • Gina Rodriguez - Velma Dinkley
    • Amanda Seyfried - Daphne Blake
    • Zac Efron - Fred Jones
    • Jason Isaacs - Dick Dastardly
    • Ken Jeong - Dynomutt
    • Kiersey Clemons - Dee Dee Skyes
    • Mark Wahlberg - Blue Falcon
    • Tracy Morgan - Captain Caveman
    • w/ Christina Hendricks (Officer Jaffe), Henry Winkler (Keith), and Simon Cowell

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Jun 29, 2020

"Who is this irresistible creature who has an insatiable love for the dead?" Wait. Do you have to be dead for the insatiable love part? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they meet the insatiable creature with the insatiable love for the dead known as Lady Frankenstein (1971).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 115 – Lady Frankenstein (1971)

When Dr. Frankenstein is killed by a monster he created, his daughter and his lab assistant Marshall continue his experiments. The two fall in love and attempt to transplant Marshall's brain into the muscular body of the servant Stephen in order to prolong the aging Marshall's life. Meanwhile, the first monster seeks revenge on the grave robbers who sold the body parts used in its creation to Dr. Frankenstein. Soon it comes after Marshall and the doctor's daughter.

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The first thing the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew discovered is the plethora of different cuts of Lady Frankenstein that exist in the stream-o-verse. The second thing they discovered is they had no idea who the “Stephen” in the synopsis is. Oh well. Forging ahead, Lady Frankenstein is Doc’s pick; he loves him some Frankenstein flicks. Chad favors Karloff’s monster to the one depicted in this film but thinks Joseph Cotten performs admirably in this low-budget Italian fare. Bill marvels at Cotten’s career and the number of highly regarded films in which he played. The ending seems abrupt to Jeff and, of course, they all get in on a discussion about Lady Frankenstein’s director, Mel Welles.

The Grue-Crew’s general consensus is that Lady Frankenstein is a bad film but can be a bad-film fun-watch. Various cuts are currently available for streaming from several sources. There is also a region B, Blu ray out there that includes a diverse set of extras.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be From Beyond the Grave (1974), the last of the seven Amicus portmanteau horror films.
We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Jun 25, 2020

“I don't like to see anybody buried naked. ... I don't ... I just don't.”  Did that really need to be said? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they take in The Comedy of Terrors (1963), an AIP production filled with horror icons.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 75 – The Comedy of Terrors (1963)

Dishonest undertaker Waldo Trumbull and his sidekick Felix Gillie are creating their own customers when they cannot find willing ones

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Wow! A film directed by Jacques Tourneur, written by Richard Matheson, and starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson, Boris Karloff, Basil Rathbone, and Joe E. Brown! What could possibly go wrong? About that …

Jeff absolutely loves The Comedy of Terrors revealing it’s like an old friend from his childhood. Whitney, Chad, and Joseph, however, are not so enamored of the film. They still recommend The Comedy of Terrors, explaining that it’s not a bad film; it just doesn’t live up to the expectations they had considering its star-studded cast and crew.

Whitney says you should see the film because it’s one of the few times she has seen Peter Lorre end up with the girl. Joseph keeps trying to understand how the film went wrong but plans a rewatch when he learns the score is composed by Les Baxter. While he did get a few chuckles, Chad finds the humor dated. Jeff doesn’t argue with any of them but his affection for the film is unwavering.

The Grue-Crew also read listener feedback regarding Episode 73 - Curse of the Undead (1959) from Jerry Chandler and Alistair Hughes. Jerry helps clarify Romanian vampire legends and provides a link to one of his blogposts, Know Your Monsters - The Romanian Vampire.

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 White Zombie (1932), starring Bela Lugosi.

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!

Jun 23, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… FOLLOWED (2020).

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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 REVIEW: FOLLOWED

Got a few minutes? That’s all you need to be entertained, informed, and inspired. Quibi presents fresh content from today’s biggest stars — one quick bite at a time. Make any moment extraordinary with incredible storytelling delivered right to your phone. From all-new original shows to must-see movies told in chapters, the next story will always be waiting.

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  • Director: Antoine Le
  • Writer: Todd Klick
  • Cast:
    • Matthew Solomon … Mike
    • Tim Drier … Chris
    • Kelsey Griswold … Jess
    • Sam Valentine … Danni
    • Caitlin Grace … Nic (as Caitlin Utting)
    • Mark Oby Brown … Cop
    • John Savage … Wallace
  • Release Date: 06/19/2020

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Jun 9, 2020

"This could kick you off into becoming an absolute pervert." Been there, done that. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - along with guest host and effects artist Ralph Miller as they partake in some heavy metal dead-resurrecting and demon-summoning with Trick or Treat (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 156 – Trick or Treat (1986)

A bullied teenage boy is devastated after the death of his heavy metal idol, Sammi Curr. But as Hallowe'en night approaches, he discovers that he may be the only one who can stop Sammi from making a Satanic comeback from beyond the grave.

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Your Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew is joined on this episode by special effects artist Ralph Miller whom Grue-Believers will remember from his interview in episode 155. Ralph worked on the creation of the backseat demon that makes its appearance on lover’s lane in Trick or Treat. It seemed only natural to invite him back for this episode and he was so kind as to accept our invitation.

Trick or Treat is Chad’s pick and you can probably guess why. In fact, he saw it several times in a theater. Bill wonders where the heck the teachers are in the high school featured in this film. The demon’s tongue grabs Crystal’s attention while Jeff gets stuck in pointing out that The Beatles created what might be the most well-known instance of backmasking. The members of the 80s Grue-Crew unanimously think the demon Ralph helped create was the best part of the film and should’ve received far more screen time!

It bears mentioning that Gruesome Magazine’s own Paul Cardullo (Yes, Patreon members, those weekly updates are coming from Paul!) is a high school extra in Trick or Treat. The film was shot in North Carolina and John T. Hoggard High School in Wilmington was used to depict Sammi Curr’s high school. You should be able to see Paul lurking in the stacks during a chase scene through the school library.  

The 80s Grue-Crew recommends Trick or Treat but it’s a tough watch to find. As of this writing, it is available on YouTube. Keep your fingers crossed for a future US release on Blu ray.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 157, the 80s Grue-Crew will visit director John Carpenter’s work again in Escape from New York (1981). A-Number-One!

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

May 31, 2020

"If you and daddy die in a plane crash, could I have a cat then?" It seems like a fair trade, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they get a dose of feline terror in The Uncanny (1977), an anthology film starring Peter Cushing.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 114 – The Uncanny (1977)

Wilbur Gray has stumbled upon a terrible secret, that cats are supernatural creatures who really call the shots. In a desperate attempt to get others to believe him, Wilbur spews three tales of feline horror.

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The Uncanny, a lesser-known Canadian anthology film, is not an Amicus production, even though it is produced by Amicus co-founder Milton Subotsky. The Decades of Horror Grue-Crews love portmanteaus and this one is no exception. Driven by Peter Cushing’s powerful performance opposite Ray Milland in the connecting story, The Uncanny is a worthy, if flawed, addition. Three fairly strong stories of feline mayhem are topped off with the final tale starring Donald Pleasance, Samantha Eggar, and John Vernon obviously having great fun with their roles.

The 1970s Grue-Crew wander through this episode’s discussion like cats looking for something to push off the table. Doc tries to keep them on track but you know what they say about herding cats. The discussion frequently strays off-topic and inevitably goes to the familiar “cats vs. dogs” argument. In case you’re interested, Doc and Bill are cat-people while Chad and Jeff are dog-men.

At any rate, The Uncanny is currently streaming on Amazon Prime and is recommended by your faithful Grue-Crew. Peter After all, with Cushing, Ray Milland, Donald Pleasance, Samantha Eggar, John Vernon, conspiratorial cats, an incredible shrinking girl, and consumption of human flesh, what’s not to like? 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Lady Frankenstein (1971), an Italian film starring Joseph Cotten.

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 23, 2020

“I shall not be back... but something will.”  These are portentous words indeed uttered by the antagonist in this episode’s featured film. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a deep dive into Hammer-land and discuss The Devil Rides Out (1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 74 – The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

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How can you go wrong with The Devil Rides Out? With Terence Fisher, Richard Matheson, Dennis Wheatley, Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Sarah Lawson, and David Eddington all involved in creating a film for Hammer, it was bound to be memorable.

Whitney is taken with Christopher Lee’s turn as a protagonist while Chad has always been appreciative of director Terence Fisher’s work. You can always count on Richard Matheson to deliver a quality screenplay according to Joseph and The Devil Rides Out is no exception. Jeff, on the other hand, takes a deep, deep dive into the details surrounding this film and drones on way, way, way too much. The other members of the Classic Era Grue-Crew may want to get a mute button.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue-Crew gives this film the highest recommendation and they all plan to watch The Devil Rides Out again and again. At this writing, the film is available as a Scream Factory Blu ray with a multitude of added features.

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 Comedy of Terrors (1963), directed by Jacques Tourneur, written by Richard Matheson, and starring Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson, and Basil Rathbone.

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!

May 21, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… QUIBI'S 50 STATES OF FRIGHT and THE STRANGER.

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 REVIEW: QUIBI

Got a few minutes? That’s all you need to be entertained, informed, and inspired. Quibi presents fresh content from today’s biggest stars — one quick bite at a time. Make any moment extraordinary with incredible storytelling delivered right to your phone. From all-new original shows to must-see movies told in chapters, the next story will always be waiting.

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  • 50 STATES OF FRIGHT

    Season 1: A horror anthology featuring the scariest stories from every state in the country. Executive Producer Sam Raimi brings each terrifying tale to life.

    • The Golden Arm (Michigan) - Sam Raimi
    • America's Largest Ball of Twine (Kansas) - Yoko Okumara
    • Scared Stiff (Oregon) - Ryan Spindell
    • Grey Cloud Island (Minnesota) - Adam Schindler & Brian Netto
    • Destino (Florida) - Alejandro Brugués

  • THE STRANGER

    Clare picks up her rideshare passenger, Carl E. It’s a story of boy meets girl, but in this case he relentlessly stalks and tries to murder her. All episodes streaming now.
    • Director: Veena Sud
    • Cast: Maika Monroe, Dane DeHaan

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May 7, 2020

The 1980s Grue-Crew has a special treat for listeners in this episode. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Whitney Collazo from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era - as they interview Ralph Miller III, a fellow Grue-Believer and special effects artist who worked on crews for some memorable horror films of the 1980s.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 155 – Interview with Special Effects Artist Ralph Miller III

During a career spanning 1984 to 1993 as depicted in IMDb, Ralph Miller worked with John Carl Buechler's special effects studio Mechanical and Makeup Imageries (MMI), Chiodo Brothers Productions, and Kevin Yagher Special Effects on films from Joe Dante, Stuart Gordon, and Fred Olen Ray to name a few. In this episode, Miller discusses his experiences as a member of the special effects crews with your Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew on the following films:

  • The Blob (1988), blob mechanic: blob effects crew
  • Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), fabricator: Klowns - as Ralph Miller
  • Evil Spawn (1987), creature designer
  • Dolls (1987), special effects makeup assistant: MMI
  • From Beyond (1986), animatronics: MMI
  • Gremlins (1984), creature crew - as Ralph Miller

Miller recounts the path he follows leading to his first professional effects gig working with the large crew of special effects artists on Gremlins, led by legendary filmmakers Stephen Spielberg and Joe Dante. He talks freely about the mistakes he made on films, giving Grue-Believers an inside look into the process of filmmaking, and is quick to point out that he was one of many and to give credit to his supervisors and his colleagues. Finally, Miller is very open about his reason for leaving the industry and ways in which he still exercises his creativity.

If you’re interested in learning more about the films discussed this episode, check out these past podcast episodes:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 156, the 80s Grue-Crew will cover Trick or Treat (1986) starring Marc Price, Tony Fields, and Lisa Orgolini, and directed by Charles Martin Smith. The 80s Grue-Crew had so much fun with Special Effects Artist Ralph Miller III on this episode that they invited him to join them again in the next episode because - surprise, surprise - he served as a special makeup assistant on Trick or Treat.

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

May 2, 2020

"If the devil is to exist in this world, it cannot look like a devil." I don’t know. How will we recognize it? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they polish off the Bloodthirsty Trilogy with Toho’s Evil of Dracula(1974).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 113 – Evil of Dracula (1974)

A teacher assumes a position at a school that's run by a vampire.

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After covering The Vampire Doll (1970) and Lake of Dracula (1971), it is only natural that the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew would complete the hat trick with Evil of Dracula, the final film in the Bloodthirsty Trilogy.  The Grue-Crewmates have differing opinions on where Evil of Dracula fits in the hierarchy within the loosely connected trilogy, but they universally appreciate the film.

Bill points out that the setting in the girl’s school bears a certain resemblance to Lust for a Vampire (1971), while Doc was fired up to finally complete the trilogy, loving it all the way. Chad always loves a good vampire dissolve and melt and Jeff goes for the hand deflation that’s used in all three of the films. 

What used to be a holy grail for horror fans, nearly impossible to find, is now readily available. Your loyal 70s Grue-Crew all say check these out! At this writing, The Vampire Doll (1970), Lake of Dracula (1971), and Evil of Dracula (1974) are all available streaming on Amazon Prime and are available on Blu ray in Arrow’s The Bloodthirsty Trilogy. And don’t forget to check out their podcasts on the first two of the trilogy:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Lady Frankenstein (1971), an Italian film starring Joseph Cotten.

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

Apr 29, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (FX, TV - S02E1 - 02).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS (FX, TV S02E01-02)

World domination. Round 2. Watch the OFFICIAL SEASON 2 TRAILER for What We Do In The Shadows. Premieres Wednesday, 4/15 on FX.

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  • EPISODE 1: THE RESURRECTION

    Laszlo and Nadja are elated with their latest familiar, Topher, who appears to be the most dedicated servant when they are around; however, he is just a slacker who has no desire to become a vampire. Topher's attitude annoys Guillermo, who has been busy secretly killing vampires who invade the house. Topher is accidentally electrocuted and dies, causing Nadja and the others to visit Wallace, a necromancer. Laszlo believes Wallace is just a shyster as he demands $350 for the job. Wallace revives Topher, but he comes back as a ravenous zombie who continually attacks Guillermo. The vampires bring Topher back to Wallace, where Wallace agrees to take him back, placing Topher in his basement alongside other zombies making miniature license plate key chains.

  • EPISODE 2: GHOSTS

    The vampires deduce that a ghost has invaded their home and Nadja performs a seance to summon the ghost. Nadja discovers the ghost is the spirit of her former lover Jeff/Gregor, who has unfinished business. The vampires, since they are dead themselves, wonder if they have their own ghosts with unfinished business, so they perform a second seance. Their spirit doppelgangers appear and each of them tries to help them finish whatever unfinished business they have. Nadja's ghost ends up inhabiting a doll, and Colin Robinson conjures his dead grandmother just to try to tell his "updog" joke.

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Apr 26, 2020

“Oh, the dead don’t bother me. It’s the living that give me trouble.”  Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip to an American west populated by a vampire gunslinger and a passel of excellent character actors to experience Curse of the Undead (1959).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 73 – Curse of the Undead (1959)

A mysterious gunslinger-for-hire, Drake Robey, is really a vampire, and it's up to Preacher Dan to save the town and girlfriend Dolores Carter.

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Universal's Curse of the Undead is unique to American cinema as one of, if not the first vampire western. Nothing else pops up until Billy the Kid vs. Dracula in 1966. The Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue-Crew are impressed with the film even though it has the feel of a TV-western of the era with minimal blood and no gore.

Whitney keys in on the character arc of Dolores Carter (Kathleen Crowley) as she goes from a protective daughter and sister to head honcho of a cattle ranch. This film develops its own vampire mythology, an aspect Chad appreciates. Joseph likes director Edward Dein’s use of light and shadow to increase the impact of some of the scenes and Jeff delves into the background of the male leads Eric Fleming and Michael Pate.

The obvious effort put into this film by the cast and crew leads the Grue-Crew to recommend Curse of the Undead. If you’re into westerns or 1950s to 1970s television, the recommendation is even stronger as you will most definitely recognize most of the cast.

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 Hammer classic The Devil Rides Out (1968), directed by Terence Fischer, written by Richard Matheson from a Dennis Wheatley novel, and starring Christopher Lee.

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!

Apr 24, 2020

"Christophe, I need you to remember what happened before you died." Wait. He already died and you’re talking to him? This must be a Wes Craven movie! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they fly on down to get buried in the world of Haitian voodoo as depicted in The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) directed by Wes Craven.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 154 – The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)

An anthropologist goes to Haiti after hearing rumors about a drug used by black magic practitioners to turn people into zombies.

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For the second time in three episodes, the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew covers a film with major voodoo connections (See Episode 152 - Angel Heart, 1987). Chad somehow compares his reaction while watching The Serpent and the Rainbow to a “drawn-up Crown Royal bag.” Seeing the film at a younger age had an impact on Crystal and Bil points out how being buried alive is a fear shared by most people. And in case you were wondering, you’ll also hear whether each member of the 80s Grue-Crew would rather be trapped with a jaguar, a python, or a tarantula.

The Serpent and the Rainbow is a worthy entry to Wes Craven’s horror canon and even reminds the crew of a walk near Elm Street during the last act.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 155, the 80s Grue-Crew will interview Ralph Miller III, a special effects artist whose work appears in 1980s horror films such as Gremlins (1984), From Beyond (1986), Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988), and The Blob (1988).

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

Apr 18, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… PARASITE (2019).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: PARASITE (2019)

A poor family, the Kims, con their way into becoming the servants of a rich family, the Parks. But their easy life gets complicated when their deception is threatened with exposure.

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  • Director: Bong Joon Ho
  • Stars: Kang-ho Song, Sun-kyun Lee, Yeo-jeong Jo

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Apr 17, 2020

"It was a small Louisiana town where people live and love and die and no one ever thought of locking their doors... except in the Monroe house." Hey, everybody! Let’s buy the Monroe house! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they find out why they have to lock their doors in the Monroe house in Charles B. Pierce’s The Evictors (1979).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 112 – The Evictors (1979)

A young couple, just married, rents a house in a village in Louisiana. But they are not welcome because the inhabitants of the village look upon them with distrust. Meanwhile, in the house they rented, were happening strange things from the past...

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After seeing The Legend of Boggy Creek (1972) and The Town that Dreaded Sundown (1976), Jeff thought it would be fun to check out another film from Charles B. Pierce so he chose The Evictors as the subject of this episode. With a cast that includes Jessica Harper, Vic Morrow, Michael Parks, and Sue Ane Langdon, how could he go wrong? It turns out that fine acting and excellent production design do not offset a lackluster story.

Doc and Jeff love the feel of the 1940s created in this production, especially the abundance of automobiles from the era. Bill once again professes his love for Jessica Harper and Chad goes on about Michael Parks and Vic Morrow. The general consensus is great acting and the feel of the 40s, but the languid pacing makes The Evictors an unexciting horror film. If you haven’t seen this entry from Charles B. Pierce and you’re hankering for some 40s nostalgia and some Vic Morrow, Jessica Harper, Michael Parks, or Sue Ane Langdon, check it out. As of this writing, The Evictors is streaming on Amazon Prime and a Blu ray is available from Scream Factory.

Your 70s Grue-Crew also catches up on listener feedback from several episodes and has a ball doing it! They are even chastised a bit by the lovely and talented Judy Matheson (Twins of Evil, Lust for a Vampire) and they attempt to make amends to her, as well as to Luan Peters (Twins of Evil, Lust for a Vampire) and Kirsten Lindholm (Twins of Evil, Lust for a Vampire, The Vampire Lovers) .

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Evil of Dracula (1974), the third film in Toho’s Bloodthirsty Trilogy.

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.

Apr 13, 2020

“You gotta hit 'em right in the puss with the grenades if you wanna stop 'em major!”  Seems like that goes without saying, doesn’t it? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they do there best not to fall into the sand vortex found in Invaders from Mars (1953).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 72 – Invaders from Mars (1953)

Awakened during a thunderstorm, youngster David MacLean witnesses a flying saucer disappear underground in the large sandpit behind his home. When his father investigates, he returns a changed man; soon David's mother, a young neighbor girl, and others begin to act in the same way. Begging the police for help, David's panicked story is heard by Dr. Pat Blake, who takes him to astronomer Dr. Stuart Kelston. David soon convinces Kelston, who comes to believe this is an invading vanguard from Mars.

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Your Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew all prefer the original 1953 version of Invaders from Mars to the Tobe Hooper 1986 remake. Jeff points out the somewhat surreal parts of the score contributed by Mort Glickman, while Joseph describes the kindertrauma he experienced after viewing the “golden head” Martian. Chad seems to be unduly disturbed by the pronunciation of the word “mutants” used in the film.

The 1953 version of Invaders from Mars is definitely worth your time. At this writing, it is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

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 vampire western, Curse of the Undead (1959).

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!

Mar 27, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE HUNT.

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: THE HUNT

Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don't know where they are, or how they got there. They don't know they've been chosen - for a very specific purpose - The Hunt.

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  • Director: Craig Zobel
  • Writers: Nick Cuse, Damon Lindelof
  • Stars: Betty Gilpin, Hilary Swank, Ike Barinholtz

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Mar 22, 2020

"The ICE... is gonna BREAK!" If someone told you they had a vision that the ice would break if you went skating, what would you do? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they checkout the ice in Stephen King’s The Dead Zone (1983) directed by David Cronenberg. Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 153 – The Dead Zone (1983)

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 153 – The Dead Zone (1983)

Johnny Smith wakes from a coma, only to find he has lost five years of his life since his car accident, and yet gained psychic powers. Foreseeing the future appears to be a 'gift' at first, but ends up causing problems...

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According to the 1970s Grue-Crew, David Cronenberg’s vision of The Dead Zone is one of the best, if not the best, film adaptations of a Stephen King novel. Cronenberg’s direction, backed up by a great cast, an excellent script, and a powerful score make this a winner in all aspects.

The Dead Zone is Bill’s pick and he label’s it one of his top ten favorite films. Crystal is all about Christopher Walken and she throws Brooke Adams some praise as well. The score by Michael Kamen is one of Chad’s favorites and he thinks this might be Walken’s best performance. Jeff identifies some scenes that were cut and is impressed with how the complex story in King’s novel is told so well in under two hours. 

If you haven’t seen The Dead Zone for some time, the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew think it’s about time you did!

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 154, the 80s Grue-Crew takes a look at The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988), directed by Wes Craven and starring Bill Pullman.

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

Mar 20, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… EXTRA ORDINARY.

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: EXTRA ORDINARY

Rose, a mostly sweet and lonely Irish driving instructor, must use her supernatural talents to save the daughter of Martin (also mostly sweet and lonely) from a washed-up rock star who is using her in a Satanic pact to reignite his fame.

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  • Director: Mike Ahern, Enda Loughman
  • Cast: Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte

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Mar 12, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE LODGE.

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: THE LODGE (Hammer Films, 2019)

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

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  • Director: Severin Fiala, Veronika Franz
  • Cast:
    • Richard Armitage … Richard
    • Alicia Silverstone … Laura
    • Riley Keough … Grace
    • Jaeden Martell … Aidan (as Jaeden Lieberher)
    • Lia McHugh … Mia
 

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Mar 12, 2020

"Forgive me, but you are an endless source of amusement to me." I amuse you? I make you laugh? I'm here to fuckin' amuse you? … Wait. Wrong movie. Anyway, join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they determine exactly what is so damn endlessly amusing in The Evil (1978) from New World Pictures.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 111 – The Evil (1978)

A doctor buys a Civil War era dilapidated mansion and hires a few friends to fix it up, but the mansion hides a deadly secret.

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The Evil is Doc’s pick. He does love his haunted house films and this one has it’s share of violent deaths. The 70s Grue-Crew all love Victor Buono’s gleeful turn as the devil! Chad, of course, points out the Batman TV-series connection and Jeff, equally predictably, links Richard Crenna to The Real McCoys (1959-1963) TV-series. Andrew Prine seemed to be everywhere according to Doc as he reminisces about Prine’s career. Bill warns everyone not to try these fire gags in their own low budget, indie horror flicks. The discussion goes astray more often than usual as the Grue-Crew seems to be easily sidetracked on this episode. Though not a great film, your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew consider this a “good” film … at least in parts, and Victor Buono as the devil is to die for.

At this writing, The Evil is available to stream on Prime and as a Blu-ray from Scream Factory. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be The Evictors (1979), starring Jessica Harper, Michael Parks, and Vic Morrow.

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.

Mar 10, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE INVISIBLE MAN (Blumhouse - Universal, 2020).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: THE INVISIBLE MAN (Blumhouse - Universal, 2020)

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

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  • Director: Leigh Whannell
  • Cast:
    • Elisabeth Moss … Cecilia Kass
    • Oliver Jackson-Cohen … Adrian Griffin
    • Harriet Dyer … Emily Kass
    • Aldis Hodge … James Lanier
    • Storm Reid … Sydney Lanier
    • Michael Dorman … Tom Griffin
 

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Mar 9, 2020

"My God, Henry! What you've done ... it's satanic!"  In this case, the Henry being referred to is Dr. Henry Jekyll as played by Jack Palance. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, Whitney Collazo, and Jeff Mohr - as they get strange with the Dan Curtis version of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 71 – The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1968)

Dr. Henry Jekyll experiments with scientific means of revealing the hidden, dark side of man and releases a murderer from within himself.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is the fifth TV-movie produced by Dan Curtis and covered by a Decades of Horror Grue-Crew, and it doesn’t disappoint. Jeff chose this film because the visage of Jack Palance in Dick Smith’s makeup as Mr. Hyde and his maniacal, cackling laugh, have stuck with him for over fifty years since he first saw it on the small screen. For Chad, this version of Robert Louis Stevenson’s novella leaps into second place behind the 1932 release starring Fredric March. High praise, indeed. Whitney enjoyed the film but, in terms of the makeup for Mr. Hyde, thinks that when viewed through a modern-day lens, it looks like a botched Botox encounter. The 2-hour length gave Joseph pause, but after viewing the film, he marveled at the pacing and even flow of the story.

Your Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue-Crew gives The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde a strong recommendation. As of this writing, it is available to stream on Amazon Prime and on DVD from MPI Home Video.

For more films produced by Dan Curtis and discussed on Decades of Horror, go back and check out these episodes from Decades of Horror 1970s:

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 science fiction-horror classic, Invaders from Mars (1953).

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!

Feb 29, 2020

"I got a thing about chickens." Exactly what does Harry Angel mean by that? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they follow Harry’s investigation from New York to New Orleans in Alan Parker’s  Angel Heart (1987).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 152 – Angel Heart (1987)

Harry Angel, a private investigator, is hired by a man who calls himself Louis Cyphre to track down a singer named Johnny Favorite. But the investigation takes an unexpected and somber turn.

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Alan Parker’s Angel Heart received a lot of publicity but mostly for the wrong reason: then 18-year-old Lisa Bonet’s sex scene with Mickey Rourke. Granted, it is a fantastic scene, but it’s not the only reason to watch Angel Heart. Bill keeps on about the not-so-subtle names of the characters but appreciates the acting and the look of the film. Lisa Bonet is the star attraction for Crystal but she laments the predictability of the story. Chad has a bone to pick with Robert De Niro’s “Special Appearance by” billing but he thoroughly enjoyed Mickey Rourke’s performance. Angel Heart holds a special place in Jeff’s heart for several reasons, including his appreciation of William Hjortsberg’s source material. Your 70s Grue-Crew also gets into the development of the film which includes names like John Frankenheimer and Robert Redford.

Despite their poking some fun at this film, your Grue-Crew recommends it for the setpieces, the acting, and the neo-noir look of the film. If you haven’t seen Angel Heart, now is a good time to check it out. At this writing, it is available VOD and as on Blu-ray from Lionsgate.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 153, the 80s Grue-Crew takes a look at The Dead Zone (1983), based on Stephen King’s novel and directed by David Cronenberg, starring Christopher Walken, Brooke Adams, Tom Skerritt, Martin Sheen, Herbert Lom, Anthony Zerbe, and Colleen Dewhurst.

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

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