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Oct 31, 2016

"It takes all kinds of critters to make Farmer Vincent fritters." - Rory Calhoun's in Motel Hell dialog is to die for. The design of the killer in a pig mask holding a chainsaw - as seen on the cover of an early issue of Fangoria - is as memorable as any feature from 1980. Yet, the film itself never gets the love and respect it deserves - or, does it? 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 95 – Motel Hell (1980)

Kevin Conner, the director behind The Land That Time Forgot, Warlords of the Deep, and Arabian Adventure, steps behind the camera once again to deliver a horror film called Motel Hell. Starring Rory Calhoun, Nancy Parsons, Paul Linke, and Nina Axlrod, the slasher flick with a meal plan featuring victims buried up to their heads in a garden of evil, a couple making beef jerky that will make the Sawyer family jealous, and a killer who wears a pig head while doing dangerous battles with a chainsaw. Good times! Recently available on Blu-ray from Scream Factory, the 1980 classic is now available for a new generation of horror fans. The grue-crew dive into the deep end to see if there is anything in the recipe worth devouring. Maybe. Maybe not.

Thomas Mariani is joined by Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore to take a look at the fourth selection for this month's special look at the top horror films of the decade. For this selection it is up the listeners to decide what we review for episode 95. The choices were mostly iconic horror films of the decade: The Shining, A Nightmare on Elm Street, and Fright Night to name a few. The winner was the dark horse of the list, Motel Hell. To champion the film, Gruesome Magazine contributor Jeff Mohr steps in to share the positives for a film the the rest of the grue-crew have a difficult time appreciating. "Meat's meat, a man's gotta eat."

Oct 29, 2016

Agnes Mary Winstead (Kathy Bates), the actress who played The Butcher, turns out to be the craziest of them all, attacking the producers and stars of Return to Roanoke: Three Days of Hell. However, it is Dominic Banks (Cuba Gooding jr.) who rings in the favorite quote for this week, "Now, let me ask you something else, judgmental M*therf*ckers, what's more important than screen time, huh?" Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Seven. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow as the story shifts gears into Return to Roanoke: Three Days of Hell.

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 seventh 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. Krista Berutti from Horror Pack joins the Grue-crew this week to explore the horrors of Chapter 7!

The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: My Roanoke Nightmare
Season 6 Episode 7– "Chapter Seven"

As the body count rises, the bloodshed deepens and the mayhem doubles three times over. The "stars" of Return to Roanoke: Three Days of Hell have little hope for survival. Between Agnes roaming the countryside with her bloodied meat cleaver, the ghosts of the Miller house and the Polk family serving up their special recipe for beef jerky, the cast is doomed. They're all doomed. Well, except one! But who will that be. The choices narrow down quickly this week as Matt, Sidney and a few others meet their end this week.

The "real" ghosts begin to come out of the woodwork while the "real" terror of the Polk family sinks their teeth into Lee (Adina Porter), Audrey (Sarah Paulson) and Monet (Angela Bassett). Edward Mott rears his ugly head in the tunnels beneath the house, the Piggy-Man chases Dominic and Shelby, and the Butcher (Susan Berger) makes a sudden, gruesome appearance. But it may the shocking turn of events when Shelby catches Matt hunkering down with the witch in the basement that takes the cake. American Horror Story rocks!

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc, Derek, Dave and Christopher your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

Oct 28, 2016

"It can't rain all the time." Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) assures young Sarah that the chaos of the world won't last forever. This declaration is one of many examples of Eric Draven taking on the heroic mantle of trying to protect the decaying city around him in The Crow (1994). Time to turn on that The Cure track and fly with a crow as Thomas Mariani brings you the second dive into the horror filled decade that is the 1990s.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 02 – The Crow (1994)

Despite the tragic events of the production that took Brandon Lee from this world, THE CROW still remains one of the more memorable and stylish turns in the horror action subgenre. In the wake of Tim Burton's Batman, The Crow took the burgeoning comic book film adaptation concept and gave it an R-rated edge. The massive coats and gun toting action here influenced everything from The Matrix to Underworld. Director Alex Proyas even gave a sense of scale to this city that Christopher Nolan owes a bit of a debt to. Hell, even the late Heath Ledger owes a debt to Brandon Lee's visceral yet manic performance The Crow for his Joker. Oh, and Ernie Hudson is there too.

But who does Thomas Mariani recruit to help examine the artifice of The Crow? A new voice outside of The Grue Crew for everyone to hear. His name is Ryan Corderman, a fellow young film fan who shares his thoughts with excited exuberance. Together, they talk about the excellent set design, "edge lord" costumes and the grandiose mishmash of 90s hits that was the original soundtrack. Nothin says "90s" like The Cure and Stone Temple Pilots, am I right? If you're curious to hear more from Mr. Corderman, you can check out his twitter @StuffITextAidan for all the hilarious and unfiltered thoughts.

We want to hear from you – the coolest, most gruesome fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1990s podcast hosts at thomasmariani@decadesofhorror.com or tweet Thomas @NotTheWhosTommy.

Oct 27, 2016

For Halloween 2016, horror fans are treated to Ouija: Origin of Evil. That's right, the sequel no one wanted. No one. But, to everyone's surprise, including The Black Saint perhaps most of all, the film from director Mike Flanagan is actually pretty damn sweet. It is full of atmosphere, it has characters worth following and the direction is tight. It is far better than it has any right to be. The grue-crew recap and review the film as Santos hates himself for liking a Mike Flanagan film. Ha!

Thomas steps in with a review of the number one film of the weekend, Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween. It is two hours of pure comedy gold...or not. Thomas dives into what works and what fails in a major way as he struggles with the film's quality, the poorly times jokes and the overlong run time.

Dave returns to guide the Horror News of the Week with a loss to the horror comic industry, R.I.P. Steve Dillon, the co-creator of Preacher. Doc and Gruesome Magazine contributor Chad Hunt are back from the Knoxville Horror Film Festival and Doc has a Festival Report. And The Black Saint is all set for the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival extravaganza November 10-13, 2016. And don't forget the Sick Chicks Flicks Horror Film Festival Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina. What a great fall season for horror flicks!

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 186 – Ouija Origin of Evil (2016) – Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
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Feature Review: Ouija Origin of Evil (2016)

A few years back Doc warned the grue-crew about the pure "awfulness" of Ouija, the horror film based on the board game. The film today has a 7% at Rotten Tomatoes. Now horror fans are treated to a sequel to that film, a prequel really, as the story looks back to Ouija: Origin of  Evil. Mike Flanagan, the director behind Oculus, Hush, and Before I Wake, steps behind the camera with Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, and Henry Thomas leading the cast.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

Tyler Perry is an industry unto himself with finacial box office hits one after another and a fan base that will not quit. With his latest film though he may be steering far too close to Earnest Scared Stupid territory with Boo! A Madea Halloween. Or does he? Thomas Mariani steps in to recap and review the horror comedy that landed at number one for the weekend box office. Along with Tyler Perry in multiple roles, the film features Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, and Bella Thorne. That's right, it's "The Night She Came Home!" Oh, dear.

Film Festival Report: Knoxville Horror Film Festival (2016)

The dedicated team behind the Knoxville Horror Film Festival invited Horror News Radio to attend, enjoy and cover their 8th annual film festival in Tennessee. Gruesome Magazine contributor and talented artist, Chad Hunt, joined Doc Rotten for a weekend of horror films and great friends, new and old. On tonight's show, Doc chimes in on a few films that made a distinct impression. First up are the feature films The Greasy Strangler and Trash Fire. Up next are the short films The Call of Charlie and Deathly. Look to upcoming episodes of HNR Extra for full coverage.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:42] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:16] Announcements
    • [00:03:27] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:24] NYC Horror Film Festival
    • [00:08:32] The Black Saint appears on The Horrorcast
    • [00:10:40] Doc Rotten appears on Needless Things podcast
  • [00:12:38] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:13:02] R.I.P. Steve Dillon, co-creator of Preacher
    • [00:17:20] Donald Glover has been cast as Lando in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
    • [00:20:16] Godzilla 2 finds a new writer in  Michael Dougherty
    • [00:26:32] A trilogy of terror: A Cure for Wellness, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
    • [00:37:08] Horror TV updates with the brutal The Walking Dead Season 7 reveal and the surprising Exorcist twist
  • [00:55:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:56:08] Horror Pack
  • [00:56:47] Feature Review: Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • [01:24:23] What Have You Been Watching: Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • [01:40:40] Festival Report: Knoxville Horror Film Festival
  • [01:50:50] Stump the Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

The Monster and The Unspoken

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Oct 25, 2016

"You're a regular barnyard exhibit. Sheep's eyes, chicken guts, piggy friends... and SHIT for BRAINS!" - who doesn't enjoy Adrienne Barbeau as Wilma Northrup giving Hal Holbrook as her husband Henry some shit in the delicious anthology entry The Crate? It's classic, really. It also leads to the rewarding comeuppance coming her way. Inspired by EC comics, creating by the decades hottest writing and directing talents, and designed by the Godfather of Gore,  Creepshow (1982) is as good today as it was the day it was first released. 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 94 – Creepshow (1982)

The third official selection in Decades of Horror 2016 October Selection, CREEPSHOW (1982) is one of the best examples of anthology films. It also features the historic pairing of George Romero and Stephen King. It also has Tom Savini creating the special effects. It is the horror film fan's dream team, especially for the early Eighties. Hell, even today, it's hard to deny this stellar, killer combination of talent. The cast is equally astonishing. Alongside the aforementioned Barbeau and Holbrook, the film stars Leslie Nielsen, E.G. Marshall, Viveca Lindfors, Ed Harris, Ted Danson, Gaylen Ross, Fritz Weaver and John Amplas. Hell, even Stephen King and Tom Savini have roles in the film. Each segments is crafted with an appreciation for the source material and inspirations as well as the fans of the horror genre. The definition of a classic.

Thomas Mariani is joined by Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore to take a look at the third selection for this month's special look at the top horror films of the decade. The grue-crew go from segment to segment sharing their love for the film and the stories. The film begins with Father's Day, setting the tone of the film. It continues with Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill, giving King the chance to chew the scenery. Something to Tide You Over solidifies the EC comics inspiration while The Crate has fun with the material. They're Creeping Up On You buries its unsuspecting audience under 250,000 cockroaches. Yuck! The prologue/epilogue story reminds the crew why Tom Atkins is a fan favorite. And, C'mon, "Meteor shit!" Does it get any better?

Oct 21, 2016

The more producer Sidney reveals the secrets behind those involved in making My Roanoke Nightmare, the more characters on top of characters we get. Hot, damn! And Kathy Bates  playing Agnes Mary Winstead, the actress who played The Butcher, turns out to be the craziest of them all. She goes off the deep end uttering "I shall smite thee, limb from limb, the way a falcon tears a rabbit!" Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Six. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow as the story shifts gears into Return to Roanoke: Three Days of Hell.

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 6– "Chapter Six"

We were told they were going to turn things upside down on episode 6 and that they damn well did. It may not be as "surprising" as everyone on the podcast was looking for but the show has certainly gone down a new and exciting road. Seven of the cast from the first 5 episodes join Cheyenne Jackson as he begins filming season two of his hit television show. This go around it is more like Big Brother with scares, to quote the show itself. The format is a combination of reality TV and found footage making Doc Rotten one happen camper!

While Lily Rabe, Andre Holland, and Adina Porter return as Shelby, Matt and Lee, the rest of the cast return playing the actors who played their roles in the reenactments. Sarah Paulson, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Angela Peters return as Audrey Tindall, Dominic Banks, and Monet Tumusiime who played Shelby, Matt, and Lee during the reenactments. To spice things up, they throw in Evan Peters as Rory Monahan who portrayed Edward Phillipe Mott. Now, he is married to Audrey to give everything a color of soap opera. Before we know it, a number of the ghost characters appear: the nurses, the pig man, the little girl, the Butcher (maybe) and a jarring burnt gentleman that is most likely Lee's husband. A couple of great scares, lots of fun thrills and a few laughs. American Horror Story rocks!

Oct 20, 2016

ToHo returns with another entry in their most popular franchise ever, Shin Godzilla (2016). The film dominated the box office in Japan earning a limited run in US theaters. The big green monster is heading back to the big screen, baby, yeah! The Grue-crew follow the big guy's roar and are here to share their thoughts and reactions. Godzilla Resurgence is on the block.

Back home, on the small screen, Marvel unleashes another 13 episodes of superhero fantasy in its string of shows heading to The Defenders. The show is Luke Cage. Mike Colter stars as Carl Lucas the man who has been transformed to a bullet proof super hero known as Luke Cage. Misty Knight, Cottonmouth, and Diamondback are not far behind. Marvel lives and breathes in the New York City streets with gritty realistic adventures. The Grue-crew share what they loved...and hated...about the show.

Doc steps in for an overworked Dave to guide the Horror News of the Week with another loss to the horror industry, R.I.P. Ted Mikels (The Corpse Grinders, The Astro-Zombies). Doc and Gruesome Magazine contributor Chad Hunt are heading to the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN. And The Black Saint is all set for the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival extravaganza November 10-13, 2016. And don't forget the Sick Chicks Flicks Horror Film Festival Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina. What a great fall season for horror flicks!

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 185 – Shin Godzilla (2016) – Luke Cage (2016 - Netflix)
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Feature Review: Shin Godzilla (2016)

It has been 12 years since the last ToHo Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and two years since the Gareth Edwards US Version. Shin Godzilla has arrived and is ready to tear up Tokyo one more time. The film follows Japanese politicians as they struggle to deal with the destruction caused by the rampaging monster. They move from boardroom to boardroom as the decide on how to defeat Godzilla as he transforms from a sluggish creature to the monster Kaiju fan recognize. The Grue-crew are across the board in their reaction to the film. Oh, noes.

What Have You Been Watching: Luke Cage (2016 - Netflix)

Marvel and Netflix return with another superhero TV series, Luke Cage. Mike Colter first appeared as Cage in Jessica Jones and returns to his own series diving into Harlem. Trying to create a new life for himself, Cage ends up confronting a series of gangsters, Cottonmouth, Diamondback, and Shades with only Misty Knight at his side. The cast is phenomenal but the Grue-crew struggle with the overall story line. Mahershala Ali delivers a fantastic villain in Cornell Stokes while Rosario Dawson returns as Claire Temple. Luke Cage is set to be followed by Iron Fist and the first round of Netflix heroes concludes with The Defenders.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:25] Announcements
    • [00:02:45] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:57] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:32] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:09:48] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:10:09] R.I.P. Ted V. Mikles
    • [00:16:31] Thomas reviews SyFy's Channel Zero
    • [00:24:15] Netflix's Gerald's Game to star Carla Guigino and Bruce Greenwood
    • [00:27:42] Discussion about the Autopsy of Jane Doe trailer
    • [00:30:31] And the trailer for Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories
  • [00:35:35] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:36:16] Horror Pack
  • [00:37:01] Feature Review: Shin Godzilla
  • [01:22:57] What Have You Been Watching: Luke Cage
  • [01:52:10] Stump the Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Ouija: Origin of Evil

 

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Oct 18, 2016

The Horror News Radio grue-crew continue their 2016 journey to a series of amazing horror film festivals up and down the East Coast. Next up for Doc Rotten and, for this festival, Chad Hunt is the jam packed Knoxville Horror Film Festival in Tennessee playing October 21 - 23, 2016. Doc sits down with the director of the festival, William Mahaffey. The show has continued to to grow over the past year and the line up is as strong as ever, including showings of Phantasm Remastered and Phantasm Ravager. William shares his journey, the films and a peak into the future for the Festival.

Be sure to catch more of Horror News Radio each week where Doc is joined by regular co-hosts The Black Saint, Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani. And continue to look to HNR Extra for additional reviews of Festival film, Horror on TV and interviews with directors, writers, effects artists and stars of the best horror films the independent market has to offer. Look for Paul Cardullo to return to discuss the films seen at GenreBlast Film Festival and Chad will discuss the films seen this weekend at the Knoxville Horror Film Festival.

Horror News Radio Extra
Episode 009 – Interview w/ William Mahaffey, director Knoxville Horror Film Festival
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 INTERVIEW: William Mahaffey, director Knoxville Horror Film Festival (2016)

For the eighth annual Knoxville Horror Film Festival, the programming crew have gathered an amazing festival full of fantastic horror films. Director William Mahaffey is here to discuss the festival, the films and the future. First he shares the origins of the festival and the passion he and his team have going into the curating and execution of the event each and every year. He shares some of the decisions he faces as he schedules the films. He also goes through each of the feature films and highlights many of the sensational shorts playing at this years festival. He also gives us a peak at the plans for next year including when and how to submit films for 2017.

The 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Festival Schedule

 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21, 2016 at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8

  • Trash Fire: d. Richard Bates Jr.
    • The Call of Charlie: d. Nick Spooner
    • The Stylist: d. Jill Gevargizian
  • Phantasm Remastered: d. Don Coscarelli
    • Feeding Time: d. Matt Mercer
    • When Susurrus Stirs: d. Anthony Cousins
  • Bad Blood: d. Time Reis
    • Postman Pat's Pet Sematary: d. Lee Hardcastle
    • Death Metal: d. Chris McInroy

 

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2016 at Regal Cinemas Downtown West 8

  • The Master Cleanse: d. Bobby Miller
    • An Eldritch Place: d. Julien Jauniaux
    • Deathly: d. Mike Williamson
  • Fury of the Demon: d. Fabien Delage
    • Black Ring: d. Hasan Can Dagli
    • The Call: d. Alban Ravassard
    • A Knock at the Door: d. Katrina Rennels, Wendie Weldon
    • Polaroid: d. Lars Clevberg
  • Red Christmas: d. Craig Anderson
    • Doll: d. Michael Peer
    • Madre de Dios: d. Gigi Saul Guerrero
    • Ideal: d. Kevan Tucker
  • Phantasm: Ravager: d. David Hartman
    • Curve: d. Tim Egan
    • No Touching: d. Adam Davis, Will Corona Pilgrim
  • The Greasy Strangler: d. Jim Hosking
    • Born Again: d. Jason Tostevin
    • The Procedure: d. Calvin Lee Reeder
  • GG Grindhouse Grind-Out

 

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2016 at Scruffy City Hall

  • Short Block
    • The Sunken Convent: d. Michael Panduro
    • Cauchemar Capitonne: d. Sebastatien Huberdeau, Maude St. Pierre
    • The Plan: d. Ariel Poupart
    • The Sound Of Blue Green & Red: d. Joshua Erkman
    • Laura, Lost: Simon Sanquist
  • Sadako vs Kayako: d. Koji Shiraishi
  • Short Block
    • Wonderful Talking Board: A Misadventure in Belief
    • Bedside Visitors
    • There’s Something Down The Road: d. August Aguilar
    • Hush Little Baby
    • Bobby McGee: Ghost Hunter
  • Beyond the Gates: d. Jackson Stewart
  • Awards Party

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Oct 17, 2016

"I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter tied to this fucking couch!" - Gary (Donald Moffat) protests mightily after MacReady violently completes the blood test on the trapped survivors in the Antarctic Station! This shocking segment is just one of the many gruesome scenes in John Carpenter's classic sci-fi/horror The Thing (1982). 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 93 – John Carpenter's The Thing (1982)

The second official selection in Decades of Horror 2016 October Selection, JOHN CARPENTER'S THE THING (1982) is one of the best examples of practical effects in film...ever. Sadly, the film flopped at the box office when it was released in the States on June 25, 1982 - thanks to, in no small part, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Yet, the film has continued on to become one of the most recognizable and cherished films of the decade. Many claim it is John Carpenter's best film above other horror, genre classics such as Halloween (1978) and Escape from New York (1981). At only 22, effects artist Rob Bottin creates some of the most iconic and enduring effects, holding up today as easily as they amazed horror fans in 1982. The Eighties would not be the same with out this film.

Thomas Mariani is joined by Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore to take a look at the second selection for this month's special look at the top horror films of the decade. Just one year after John Carpenter reinvented Kurt Russell as an action hero as Snake Plissken in Escape from New York (1981), he provides his favorite star with a role that would challenge him ever more than ever before: R.J. MacReady. Set in the Antarctic, John Carpenter's  The Thing follows a group of researches who face the unknown when they are invaded by a creature that can become anything it wants to, including any one of them. Paranoia sets in as the body count rises. No one is safe, everyone is suspect and the audience is treated to sights they've never seen before and will never see again - not even close. The grue-crew look back at the classic horror film from 1982, The Thing.

Oct 16, 2016

Finally, Evan Peters returns as Edward Phillipe Mott who is the originally owner of the house the Millers currently reside, to their horror. "I love them, you know? The Paintings. Even more than I love you. But first let's rouge each other's nipples." he delights as he prefers his cherished paintings over his lover. Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Five. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow.

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 5– "Chapter Five"

Out of the frying pan and into the fire, the more Matt, Shelby, and Flora try to escape The Butcher's grasp the more trouble they find themselves buried under. Edward Phillipe Mott guides them out of the house - but not before being terrorized from the creepiest of spider women creatures ever - into the nearby woods only to drop them into the lap of the Polk family. Frances Conroy returns to AHS as Mama Polk and she has never been more frightening than in this episode as the beef jerky making hillbilly. "Rancid!" Look out Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Then, once the Polks make their trade with The Butcher, things continue to escalate. The show is gory, scary and paced to race to the end of the first story arc, wrapping up the story - or so we think - of the Millers.

Even though award winning director is on the road to Fear Fete where his film Knob Goblins is showing, Christopher shares his love for this particular episode. Doc agrees with him saying it may be his favorite episode of the entire show, every season, with only the Pepper episode from Freak Show challenging its title. Dave and Derek are not too far behind either as the Grue-crew discuss the highlights of the episode. Elias' poor demise, the exit of one Polk family member, the entirety of Evan Peters' performance, the return of Fances Conroy and the fiery death - maybe - of The Butcher. Check it out!

Oct 14, 2016

The final chapter of Don Coscarelli's Phantasm series is now available on VOD. The Grue-crew don their best ice-cream suits to do battle with Angus Scrimm's Tall Man one last time as they review Phantasm Ravager from director David Hartman. Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, and Bill Thornbury are all back as well. The story is a nightmarish and dreamlike as the previous four as Reggie continues to search for his friends Mike and Jody.

Doc shares his adventure to the Monsterama horror convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Grue-crew were supposed to go to Spooky Empire this past weekend but Mother Nature had other plans. Thanks to Andrew and Derek at Monsterama, Doc and award winning director Christopher G. Moore were able to set up at the Atlanta convention instead giving away tons of promos from our friends at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the trailer for Get Out, the next found footage sensation RWD, and the orchestra concert during the showing of Jaws. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo attended 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.

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 184 – Phantasm Ravager (2016)
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Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager (2016)

For the first time without Don Coscarelli behind the camera, the Phantasm series returns with Phantasm Ravager. The film is episodic and disjointed but has a familiar charm to it as the story follows Reggie searching for Mike and Jody. There are plenty of balls chasing after him and the 1971 Plymout Barracuda is not too far behind either. A few other faces from the franchise appear as well along with the final appearance of Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man. Boooooy!

Convention Report: Monsterama (2016 - Atlanta, GA)

Gruesome Magazine and Horror News Radio wish to extend a huge "Thank You" to the kind folks behind Monsterma Con in Atlanta. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Grue-crew were unable to attend the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. Without hesitation, the Monsterama gang opened their doors to any Spooky Empire ticket holders and to Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore. The guest list included Caroline Munro, Susanna Leigh, Trina Parks, and Zach Galligan among many others. It was great to see old friends and meet new fans of the show. Thank you, Monsterama.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:33] Announcements
    • [00:03:27] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:17] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:47] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:08:08] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:08:42] The trailer for Jordan Peele's Get Out is creepy as hell
    • [00:13:44] The podcast Lore gets a greenlight as an Amazon series
    • [00:17:23] RWD looks to be taking found footage into a new direction
    • [00:21:50] Who is ready for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    • [00:25:35] The Boston Pops will play John William's score during a showing of Jaws
  • [00:28:58] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:30:31] Horror Pack
  • [00:31:05] Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager
  • [01:08:28] Convention Report: Monsterama Con
  • [01:14:33] Stump the Saint (Thump The Thaint)
  • [01:21:43] Next Week: Shin Godzilla
 

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Shin Godzilla

 

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Oct 10, 2016

The manic Dr. Elias Cunningham (Denis O'Hare) reappears to warn the Millers about the house, pleading they follow his advise "So. Now you understand the danger. The first quarter moon rises tonight. We have to leave, right now." Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Four. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow. And why, Cricket, why!?!?

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 4– "Chapter Four"

American Horror Story: Roanoke continues to get better and better with each episode. This episode brings back a splatterific orgy of gore and shocks as the Pig-man Monster returns, the Jane Sisters are torn apart (literally), and see far more of our beloved Cricket than we ever expected. Kathy Bates is killing it as The Butcher carving up the cast left and right. The images are scary and frightening. And the performances are incredible: Cuba Gooding Jr. reaches for the Emmy as his character struggles to deal with the aftermath of last episode's reveal.

Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Derek Tatum drop everything to bring this episode together at the last minute. Previously scheduled to appear at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, the crew were prepared to skip this episode and double up next week. But, then, Mother Nature stepped in and surprised the entire East Coast. Plans changed. Christopher and Doc shifted from going to Spooky Empire (which had to cancel the event due to the life threatening weather) and headed to Monsterama in Atlanta, Georgia instead. A huge thank you to the crew at Monsterama for hosting American Horror Story Fan podcast (along with Horror News Radio). Derek (who was also at Monsterama!) joins Christopher and Doc to discuss what they call  the best show of the season yet! Dave Dreher will return next week to provide his thoughts.

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc, Derek, Dave and Christopher your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

Oct 10, 2016

"We are the things that were and shall be again! Ahahahaha! Spirits of the book! We want what is yours! LIFE! Dead by dawn! Dead by dawn!" - The Deadites are back to terrorize Ash Williams once again with Sam Raimi's super sick sequel EVIL DEAD II. Groovy! 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 92 – Evil Dead II (1987)

The first official selection in Decades of Horror 2016 October Selection, EVIL DEAD II is one of the fiercest, funniest classics of the age cementing director Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell and the lead character Ash as horror icons. The film is full of practical effects lead by Mark Shostrom and supported by the beginnings of KNB, Robert Kurtzman, Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger. The effects are phenomenon, the direction is revolutionary and chaotic, and Bruce Campbell is brilliant as poor, abused Ash. The Eighties would not be the same with out this film.

Thomas Mariani is joined by Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore to take a look at Christopher's selection for this month's special look at the top horror films of the decade. Christopher reveals what the film means to him and how it influenced his love for horror film and his directorial career. Doc shares catching the film when it was released and the reaction it garnered in its NC17 theatrical run. Thomas round out the affection for this film sharing how he caught the film at a young age. Evil Dead II is one of the most influential and magical horror films of the decade. "Then let's head on down into that cellar and carve ourselves a witch." - Ash Williams.

Oct 5, 2016

IFC is distributing one of the most surprising and rewarding independent horror features of the year with I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER. The thoroughly engrossing small but effective film is from director Billy O'Brien featuring Christopher Lloyd, Max Records, and Laura Fraser. The Grue-crew are generally united in their opinion of the film of a young high school kid who may be showing signs of character traits commonly associated with serial killers. When a series of murders plague his small town, the young man investigates who may be behind the killings. And, then, it goes off the rails!

Thomas reviews Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children, the latest film from Tim Burton for this week's edition of What Have You Been Watching. Thomas dives into the complexities of the overwrought story and the lack of originality to all the overactive imagination. Eva Green highlights the cast along with Asa Butterfield and Samual L. Jackson and a large supporting cast of familiar and famous faces.

Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the blah blah blah. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo attended 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 183 – I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
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Feature Review: I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)

The surprisingly genre ingrained low budget thriller I Am Not a Serial Killer sneaks into VOD outlets from IFC. The film from director Billy O'Brien is phenomenal, smart film well worth seeking out and devouring at the earliest convenience. Max Records stars as John Wayne Cleaver, a young man who is diagnosed as a potential sociopath. While battling his own demons, John follows the trail of a killer that has descended on his small town only to discover surprises that are both fascinating and horrifying. Oh, boy!

What Have You Been Watching: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (2016)

Tim Burton returns with a book adaptation Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children from author Ransom Riggs. In the film, Asa Butterfield discovers a home for gifted youngsters run by Miss Peregrine (Eva Green). He sides with them to save them from Mr. Barron, the leader of the Wights played by Samuel L. Jackson. While the film did respectable at this weekend's box office, it failed to register with HNR's very own Thomas Mariani who shares his suffering and dwindling admiration for director Tim Burton. Oh, man... 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:31] Announcements
    • [00:03:23] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:20] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:05] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:08:37] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:09:39] Ash vs. The Evil Dead season 2 premieres
    • [00:15:59] The trailer for Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales debuts
    • [00:20:41] What We Do In the Shadows gets a TV show titled Paranormal Event Response Unit
    • [00:23:30] Universal working on a Hitchcock TV Series
    • [00:27:19] Queer Ghost Hunters makes its web debut
  • [00:32:47] Festival Report: Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
  • [00:35:17] Feature Review: I Am Not a Serial Killer (2016)
  • [01:05:51] Contest: Winners announced for Purge: Election Year from Universal Home Entertainment
  • [01:08:26] What Have You Been Watching: Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children
  • [01:20:01] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [01:23:12] Thanks to Patreon HNR is going to Spooky Empire Oct 7-9, 2016, Orlando, FL
  • [01:34:01] Stump the Saint (Thump The Thaint)

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Spooky Empire and Halloween Horror Nights

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Oct 3, 2016

"Be afraid! Be very afraid!" - one of horror's most famous lines, imitated many times over, originated from tonight's film, David Cronenberg's classic body horror exercise in terror The Fly (1986). A very different film than the original 1956 Vincent Price classic, the terrifying fate of Seth Brundle is a much more horrific and groteque look at what happens when a man is spliced with the DNA of a common house fly. Look out for...Brundlefly. 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 91 – The Fly (1986)

Coming off his classics Scanners, Videodrome and The Dead Zone, director David Cronenberg crafts his most accessible and more disgusting masterpieces with The Fly (1986). With Seth Brundle, he takes his obsession with body horror to new heights as Brundle's body slowly rejects his human body and becomes half-man, half-fly. The man becomes Brundlefly! Jeff Goldblum stars as Brundle giving the character a lonely, driven pathos that starkly contrasts to the personality - and vitality - the fly-infused version exhibits. The result is fascinating...to the audience. To his love interest reporter Veronica Quaife (Geena Davis), it is terrifying! John Getz rounds out the cast as Stathis Borans, the editor of the magazine Veronica works for, his character is obsessed with exposing Brundle until he fears for Veronica's life and steps into Brundle's path of horror. Oh, and did we say the film was gory. Yeah, it is gory.

Thomas Mariani is joined by Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore to take a look on of the best remakes of a horror film ever made. The grue-crew examine the performances, the direction and the effects as they discuss Seth's journey from Brundle to Brundlefly. They marvel at Jeff Goldblum's terrific performance in the lead role, wondering how did he get overlooked at the Oscars that year. Geena Davis makes an impressive debut providing the line of warning from this article's introduction. But it's the effects that astonish, amaze and nauseate the crew as they look at the transformation and the methods of dissolving Brudlefly's food. Then the discussion turns to whether The Fly is Cronenberg's best film of his entire career.

We want to hear from you - the coolest, most gruesome fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at thomasmariani@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com. We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track "Bone Chillin'" which we use for the intro and outro of this show.

Oct 2, 2016

The enigmatic psychic Cricket (Leslie Jordan) drops in on Matt and Shelby, slapping Thomasin (Kathy Bates) with his proclamation "Oh, honey, this land does not belong to the dead. You're the trespasser!" Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum recap and review the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke with Chapter Three. The format continues to impress and the speculation begins to grow. Among the feral children and crispy burnt bodies, is the veil beginning to crack to the talking heads format?

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 3– "Chapter Three"

American Horror Story: Roanoke continues to impress as a new character is introduced to tie everything together. Who saw Cricket coming? What a pleasant surprise. The diminutive actor channels Zelda Rubinstein's Tangina from Poltergeist to do battle with The Butcher, once known as Thomasin White (Kathy Bates) and steals the episode from Cuba Gooding Jr, Sarah Paulson and Angela Bassett. The mystery behind the house, the pigs and the disappearance of young Flora deepens as the Millers continue to explore their land and those that inhabit it.

Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher and Derek Tatum welcome back Christopher G. Moore to look at the latest episode of American Horror Story: Roanoke as a number of interesting events begin to shape this season. One in particular catches Derek's attention as the camera pulls back from the talking head version of Lee (Adina Porter). For the first time, AHS reveals the film team behind the show, proving glimpses of the set, the crew and the voice behind the interviews. Is that Cheyenne Jackson we hear? Could be. Also, Lady Gaga takes a more mysterious role this season as a tree spirit of some sort, creating The Butcher out of a dying Thomasin White. And, yeah, those feral children...what the heck?!

 

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