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Sep 30, 2016

Rob Zombie returns with another grind house exercise in excess with 31. The film features Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Meg Foster, Kevin Jackson, and Malcolm McDowell. The grue-crew tackle the film, available now on VOD, with a combination of eager curiosity and unshakable dread. His past film, Lords of Salem, was praised by The Black Saint but panned by Doc and Thomas. How will their reaction to 31 match up to the other films in Zombie's filmography. Oh, dear...

Thomas reviews the third season premiere of Star Wars Rebels with the hour-long episode "Steps into Shadow." The 3D CG animation series from Lucasfilm Animation is currently available on Disney XD and features characters such as Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Sbaine Wren, and Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios along with, according to Thomas, a few fan-favorite surprises. If you're eagerly waiting on Rogue One to debut in December, perhaps Star Wars Rebels is your fix.

Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the word on the passing of another horror icon, the Godfather of Gore, Herschell Gordon Lewis. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 - 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

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

Horror News Radio
Episode 182 – Rob Zombie's 31 (2016)
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Feature Review: Rob Zombie's 31 (2016)

The madman musician behind House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, Halloween (2007), Halloween II (2009), and Lords of Salem (2012) returns with 31. And...wow...Thomas is pissed, while The Black Saint and Dave are rather unimpressed and Doc Rotten is...apologetic. The film follows a small band of carnies making their way across country when they are kidnapped by a band of maniacs pitting them against their will against a clan of murderous clowns. They go by the names Sick-Head, Psycho-Head, Schizo-Head, Death-Head and Sex-Head. But none of them compare to the worst of the worst, Doom-Head played with zeal and charisma by the film-stealing Richard Brake. Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Kevin Jackson and Meg Foster must survive 12 hours trapped in Malcolm McDowell's murderworld known as 31.

What Have You Been Watching: Star Wars Rebels (2016)

Turning to the lighter side of the genre, Thomas takes a loving look at the Star Wars animated property Rebels, now in its third season. While The Force Awakens gets all the hype and Rogue One is stealing the spotlight, this Lucasfilm Animation series, according to young Thomas, is far closer to the spirit of Star Wars than the live action offerings Disney is producing thus far. The stories take place fourteen years after Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith and five years before the opening of Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:44] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:52] Announcements
    • [00:03:58] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:51] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:33] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:11:38] Feature Review: Rob Zombie's 31 (2016)
  • [00:59:16] What Have You Been Watching: Star Wars Rebels
  • [01:07:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [01:08:46] Thanks to Patreon HNR is going to Spooky Empire Oct 7-9, 2016, Orlando, FL
  • [01:12:18] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:12:18] RIP Herschell Gordon Lewis
    • [01:21:08] Classic Blood Fest I Drink Your Blood coming to blu-ray with all the bells and whistles
    • [01:26:00] John Carpenter rips Rob Zombie a new one
    • [01:34:02] Indie Filmmakers rejoice - The People's Network debuts with a John Carpenter helmed premiere
  • [01:39:32] Stump the Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

I Am Not a Serial Killer

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Sep 28, 2016

This week Chad Hunt and Joey Fittos join Doc Rotten to look at two horror TV show premiering on FOX the week of September 25. The first is the return of SCREAM QUEENS for its second season. The horror comedy is from Ryan Murphy and features Jamie Lee Curtis. The second is the series debut of THE EXORCIST adapting the popular horror film to the small screen. Chad and Joey chime in with their thoughts on the horror happenings this week.

Next up is an interview with director Todd Nunes whose film ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE lands on DVD/Blu-Ray October 11, 2016. Doc first met the director at the recent Genre Blast Film Festival where Todd presented Doc with the most interesting marketing swag. You'll have to listen to hear what that may be. Next up on Todd's plate is the remake of Don't Look in the Basement going by the often used alternate title for that film DEATH WARD 13.

Horror News Radio Extra
Episode 008 – The Exorcist (FOX 2016) – Scream Queens (FOX 2016) – Interview w/ Todd Nunes (All Through the House 2016)
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REVIEW: The Exorcist / Scream Queens (FOX 2016)

The fall season is upon us and with it a treasure trove of horror content. It is amazing the amount of genre content available for horror fans on TV in 2016. Doc is joined by Gruesome Magazine writers Chad Hunt and Joey Fittos to discuss two shows that debuted on FOX this past week. Scream Queens is more of a comedy than horror but it contains ample amounts of blood and shocking content. And it also stars Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Keke Palmer, Abigail Breslin, Billie Lourd, Niecy Nash, Kirstie Alley, Taylor Lautner and John Stamos. And that's just the beginning. On Friday night, FOX debuted its straight up horror offering, The Exorcist. The first episode is directed by Ruport Wyatt and features Alfonso Herrera, Ben Daniels, Alan Ruck and Geena Davis. And, believe us, FOX gets its scary on. Whew...

 

INTERVIEW: Todd Nunes, director All Through the House (2016)

Arriving on Blu-ray and DVD on October 11, 2016 is the holiday horror-comedy All Through the House. Doc Rotten sits down with director Todd Nunes to discuss making the film, getting into horror and his next project Death Ward 13. The film puts a humorous twist on the killer Santa sub-genre with plenty of sex, violence, blood and gore...and laughs. The cast includes Ashley Mary Nunes, Jessica Cameron, Melynda Kiring and Lito Velasco. After all that, you will want to hear about Todd's next project, the remake of Don't Look in the Basement!

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Sep 27, 2016

"Something is alive in the funhouse...something that, tonight, will turn the funhouse into a carnival of terror!" - the tagline for Toby Hooper's THE FUNHOUSE promises a nightmare of horror and delivers, mostly, featuring "Gunther" make-up designed by Rick Baker and executed by Craig Reardon. Let the fun begin! Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore tackle another gruesome horror film from the 1980s.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 90 – The Funhouse (1981)

Tobe Hooper returns to the director's chair for the latest horror classic examined by the Grue-crew for Decades of Horror 1980s. This film leads his career directly into Poltergeist where he would flirt with becoming a "Hollywood" director. The Funhouse is a low budget slasher-esque film that has a group of teens sneaking into the traveling carnival's funhouse for the night. While peaking through the floor boards, they witness the mysterious man in the Frankenstein mask strangle the frisky fortune teller to death with his bare hands. Add in some sticky fingers and a curmudgeon carney with a penchant for violence and a horror film is born. The kids try to escape the funhouse with their lives. This is a Hooper film so we know that doesn't go terribly well for these misfit kids. Eh?

Thomas, Christopher, and Doc debate back and forth on the merits of this particular Toby Hooper entry. Some like the setting, some like the make-up while others despise the kids and have a huge issue with the motivation of "The Monster" and the kids as they witness his inability to make good decisions. Let's just say he has trouble understanding the value of money. The make-up is impressively designed but does not have enough articulation to make its onscreen appearances entirely successful. Yes, Hooper shows off his talent in a number of key scenes, most notably when Lis is trapped in a ventilation shaft with the fan behind her and the monster approaching.

Sep 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

 

HORROR TV: Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival (2016)

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

Friday, September 30th, 2016

6:00 pm - Opening of Festival

15 minutes for Introduction and Welcome

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

Cauchemar Capitonne (Canada) 9:20

Gingerbread (US) 10:45

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

Nasty (UK) 15:09

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

The Marshalls (UK) 3:15

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

Grace (Canada) 9:35

The Watcher (US) 2:51

7:45 pm - 20 minute break

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

95 minutes of Screening

9:40 pm - 20 minute break

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

Hada (Spain) 9:00

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

Silently Within Your Shadow (UK) 14:02

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

Tetras (France) 5:41

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

Saturday, October 1st, 2016

5:00 pm - Opening of 2nd Day

15 minutes for Introduction and Welcome

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

83 minutes of Screening

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

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

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

Blurred Vision (US) 7:25

Lab Rats (UK) 14:59

Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir (US) 13:10

Knob Goblins (US) 7:35

8:00 pm - 20 minute break

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

95 minutes of Screening

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

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Sep 24, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

Sep 22, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

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

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Rob Zombie's 31

 

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Sep 20, 2016

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

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

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

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

 

HORROR TV: Fear the Walking Dead (2016)

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

 

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Sep 17, 2016

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

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

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

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

Sep 16, 2016

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

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

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

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

Feature Review: The Neighbor (2016)

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

 

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

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

  

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

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

 

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Sep 15, 2016

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

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

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

Sep 9, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

Feature Review: Yoga Hosers (2016)

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

 

Feature Review: Morgan (2016)

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

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

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

 

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Sep 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

Sep 1, 2016

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

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

 

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