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Dec 29, 2016

The Grue-Crew are at again, counting down the best horror films of the year. 2016 was a bastard of a year stealing the most talented from us way too soon and shaking up politics and popular opinion. Yet, horror films ruled supreme winning at the box office and surprising horror fans on Blu-ray and VOD. The Black Saint, Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Doc Rotten gather one last time for the year to reveal their top ten films which include high profile theatrical releases, hit foreign films, and challenging low-budget independent films. The lists are full of curiosities and expected hits alike with Train to Busan and The Conjuring 2 racking up the most notices.

And still 2016 has one last terrific entry for horror fans with the December release of The Autopsy of Jane Doe from director Andre Ovredal featuring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox in the lead roles. The film manages to do what many films cannot - provide a thrilling mystery and a rewarding twist. The direction, the acting, and the cinematography combine to bring one last atmospheric, scary horror film to fans. The only disappointing thing about the film is that is was denied a theatrical release.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with a trio of trailers. First up is the Alien: Covenant trailer released on Christmas day, for some reason. Next is a clip from the upcoming film Beyond Skyline, and who cares. Last up is the awkward IMAX trailer for The Mummy missing much of its audio track, and it's is so much better for it, for all the wrong reasons.

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 195 – The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) – The Best Horror Films of 2016
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Feature Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

2016 ends on a great note with the film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which ends up on many of the best of the year lists. The film is from the director of Trollhunters, Andre Ovredal, following a mortician and his son as the perform an autopsy on an unknown victim of a horrific crime scene. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox are fantastic, and convincing, as the father and son, providing horror some of the best performances of the year. The story behind the death of "Jane Doe" is enthralling, capturing the audience's attention and never letting go. Gruesome and frightening, the Grue-Crew have a great time recapping and reviewing this late addition to the horror films of 2016.

 

Special Feature: The Best Horror Films of 2016

The Grue-Crew dive into their best of lists for 2016 with fandom delight and enthusiastic glee. 2016 is a great year for horror films. The only drawback is how difficult to keep the top list to only ten films. Dave, The Black Saint, Thomas and Doc all get their opportunity to plead their cases for their top 10 list, some films repeat in nearly each list, while others a small surprises and, perhaps, questionable inclusions. So, here it is, the Best Horror Films of 2016.

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10) Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories
    • 09) Fender Bender
    • 08) Hush
    • 07) 10 Cloverfield Lane
    • 06) The Monster
    • 05) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 04) Beyond the Gates
    • 03) Night of Something Strange
    • 02) Nina Forever
    • 01) Train to Busan
  • Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint)
    • 10) Found Footage 3D
    • 09) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 08) The Similars
    • 07) Lights Out
    • 06) Don't Breathe
    • 05) Ouija: Origin of Evil
    • 04) Night of Something Strange
    • 03) The Conjuring 2
    • 02) Train to Busan
    • 01) The Monster
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10) Trash Fire
    • 09) Demon
    • 08) The Invitation
    • 07) Don't Breathe
    • 06) I Am Not a Serial Killer
    • 05) 10 Cloverfield Lane
    • 04) The Witch
    • 03) The Conjuring 2
    • 02) Green Room
    • 01) Train to Busan
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 09) Sadako vs Kayako
    • 08) The Shallows
    • 07) Lights Out
    • 06) Ouija: Origin of Evil
    • 05) Night of Something Strange
    • 04) Dry Blood
    • 03) The Wailing
    • 02) Train to Busan
    • 01) The Conjuring 2

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Intro
  • [00:05:25]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:41]: Alien: Covenant Trailer
    • [00:11:41]: Beyond Skyline Trailer
    • [00:16:28]: The Mummy Trailer: Sound Effects Cut
  • [00:21:27]: Support HNR
  • [00:22:12]: Feature Review - The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • [01:01:56]: Special Feature - Top Ten Horror Films of 2016
    • [01:02:29]: Dave's List
    • [01:09:31]: Santos' List
    • [01:16:36]: Thomas' List
    • [01:34:00]: Doc's List
  • [01:47:54]: StumpTheSaint

 

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7The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017

 

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Dec 28, 2016

"Creeping!...Crawling!...Crushing!" - Bill Rebane, the director who gave us Bigfoot Terror, presents to starving horror fans a horror film featuring a giant spider attacking a small town in Wisconsin. And, by giant spider, we mean a Volkswagon Bug dressed with a million eyes and eight furry legs. And it is bloody brilliant...in all the wrong ways. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor Jeff Mohr and North Carolina film maker Bill Mulligan.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 44 – The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)

A film that many modern horror fans know as a MST3K favorite is a drive-in classic from 1975, The Giant Spider Invasion is a marvel of low budget film making. Despite some of the films many flaws, the film is inexplicably entertaining...for all the wrong reasons. So deliciously bad it is a wonder mess of a fun movie and the Grue-Crew are here to share their memories, their impressions, and their favorite scenes. The fun begins with Alan Hale Jr.'s first line of dialog, fondly remembering his run as The Skipper on Gilligan's Island - "Hi, little buddy!". But it is the spider effects - made for a whopping 10K - that make the film so memorable, earning its spot among the 100 Most Enjoyably Bad Movies Ever Made honestly.

The film also features Steve Brodie, Barbara Hale, Robert Easton, Leslie Parrish, Bill Williams, Kevin Brodie, Diane Lee Hart,  and Tain Bodkin. The plot is full of soap opera relationships spoiled by a dropping meteor that carries geodes full of crawling, deadly spiders and opening a black hole in the Wisconsin fields. Crawling out of that black hole is a hungry, murderous giant spider over 15 feet wide. Made for $300,000.00, the film reportedly made $22 Million. No small feat. Listen to Doc, The Black Saint, Jeff and Bill revisit The Giant Spider Invasion and then see it for yourself...if you dare.

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 theblacksaint@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Dec 21, 2016

The Grue-Crew welcome award-winning director and co-host of Decades of Horror 1980s - and Star Wars uber-fan - Christopher G. Moore to join them in discussing the latest film in the franchise ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY. Taking place prior to Star Wars IV: A New Hope, the film from director Gareth (Monsters, Godzilla) Edwards surprises everyone with how successful it is as a Star Wars film and in expanding the Star Wars cinematic universe, proving what fans have always known, there is far more to explore than just those pesky Skywalkers.

In a surprise announcement, Doc shares that Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That's right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line "Horror Festival Hits - Independent Films - The Future of Horror" reflects the focus of the magazine on the up'n'coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.

Doc guides the Horror News of the Week with the teaser trailer for the much anticipated Blade Runner 2049, the Vestron Blu-ray release of the Eighties' classic The Gate, and the insanity of the Fate of the Furious trailer . The year is quickly coming to a close and the Grue-Crew want to wish you a Happy Holidays and Happy New Year. Wow! It's time to prepare to kick 2017's butt!

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 194 – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)
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Feature Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (2016)

The outcome is predictable, they will steal the plans to the Death Star. So where is the conflict and suspense in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story? We all know the ending. But, Disney, Lucas Films and director Gareth Edwards all have a huge surprise for us as we get to know the new cast of misfits banding together to accomplish this well-known goal. And, boy, do we ever give a shit. Felicity Jones is Jyn Erso, the film's new hero. Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk are her new sidekicks - of sorts - as Cassian Andor and K-2S0. Donnie Yen and Wen Jiang make us believe in the force unlike any other Star Wars character as Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus. Riz Ahmed rounds out the cast as Bodhi Rook, an imperial deserter out to right many wrongs. The rest of the Star Wars universe is not far behind with the Death Star, Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin not far behind as Ben Mendelsohn tries to outwit our merry band of thieves and assassins as Orson Krennic. Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is far darker than any other Star Wars film and is all the better for it. May the Force be with you.

 

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:43] Intro
  • [00:03:44] Announcements
    • [00:04:32] Coming Soon: Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017
  • [00:07:46] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:52] Blade Runner 2049 Teaser
    • [00:16:19] The Gate Blu Ray
    • [00:18:37] Bruce Campbell's Haunted House Show
    • [00:24:53] Fate of the Furious Trailer
    • [00:30:14] Ashy Slashy Puppet from NECA
  • [00:33:09] Stump The Saint
  • [00:40:03] Support HNR
  • [00:40:30] Feature Review: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

 

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

The Autopsy of Jane Doe and The Best Horror Films of 2016

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Dec 17, 2016

"My Mom and Dad are gonna be so mad at me!" The squeals of Stuart (Matthew Lillard) sounded the sirens of satire and scares inherent in Wes Craven's Scream. Celebrating it's 20th anniversary this month, this tale of teenagers who are aware of horror film tropes changed the dwindling landscape of mainstream horror at the time of release. It also signaled more than a few flimsy copycats that tried and failed to bring that same spirit of satiric anarchy to the world of the slasher. Was Scream a good or bad thing for horror? Thomas Mariani and his special guest have a lot to say on that matter.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 05 – Scream (1996)

Featuring a solid roster of young talent for the time and an awareness of the tropes everyone became all too familiar with in the post-80s boom of the slasher genre, Scream spoke to the Blockbuster generation that became too aware to be scared. Now, with a killer who was just as ahead of the game as those he was trying to kill, all bets were off. Right from the moment Drew Barrymore gets slashed in the prologue, no one was safe. Everyone's a suspect. Everyone's a potential victim. All of this is unveiled in a story that features the young and capable Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), lovable oaf of a police officer Dewey (David Arquette) and the opportunistic Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) at the center. Throw in a few familiar faces to the decade and the longest party scene in cinematic history and you've got yourself a recipe for mayhem and references to classic horror.

Joining Thomas on this post-modern journey is his Decades of Horror 1980s co-host and award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore. Together, this pair discuss the unique stamp Scream brought to a genre that seemed to be dying with the final traditional breaths of the 80s slashers. There's talk of how negative the impact Scream had on the genre, what the line is between a reference & smugness and just how many of these cast members peaked here. What? Everyone knows Jamie Kennedy didn't peak until Son of the Mask, right? It's a tantalizing discussion that can't be missed!

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.

Dec 17, 2016

"Excuse me, I couldn't help noticing that strange and interesting plant. What is it?" The question on the minds of every patron that walks into Mushnik's Flower Shop. The Audrey II is all the rage thanks to Seymour Krelborn (Rick Moranis) and his secret gardening tips. Those tips just so happen to involve blood coming from the tips of his fingers. Pricked from the tips, to be exact. It's all blood, puppetry and high musical notes as Doc, Thomas and Christopher come together to discuss Little Shop of Horrors in honor of the film's 30th anniversary.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 98 – Little Shop of Horrors (1986)

Based on the Off-Broadway musical that was itself based on the 1960 Roger Corman B-Feature, Little Shop of Horrors (1960) takes the Mean Green Mother from Outer Space into the stratosphere. Directed by Muppeteer and Yoda himself Frank Oz, Little Shop of Horrors manages to balance the heavy musical heft of songs written by Alan Menken and Howard Ashman (known for their early 1990s era Disney work on Beauty & the Beast and The Little Mermaid) and the demanding special effects needs of the Audrey II puppet seamlessly. This Faustian tale of poor schmuck Seymour trying to impress the gorgeous girl he works with and respects Audrey (Ellen Greene) by feeding this plant (voiced by Levi Stubbs of the Four Tops) human blood is oddly relatable. Sure, there's a raving mad dentist (Steve Martin) and a Greek chorus of Mo-Town back up singers, but that doesn't stop this rousing story of love, death and foliage from making even the most cynical heart melt as it's fed to a giant plant monster.

Doc, Christopher and Thomas are here to talk the laughs, the horror and the music on this one. It's a mutual lovefest. Doc admits his initial shame from enjoying it among his circle of friends. Christopher regals us with tales of how he played the dentist role in his days as an actor. Thomas in particular is excited because Little Shop of Horrors is his most admitted favorite film of all time. That's right. Favorite. Film. Of. All. Time. Naturally, Thomas takes the reins to guide Doc & Christopher through Skid Row. The discussion ranges from the origin point of the original Roger Corman film to the special effects wizardry that got Frank Oz, Lyle Conway and his team to bring Audrey II to life, creating what Thomas argues is the best special effects creation of all time.

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.

Dec 16, 2016

It's that time of year again, time to take a look back at the past twelve months of horror films in theaters, VOD or film festivals. The "best of" will garner some attention later this month, but for episode 193, the Grue-crew are going to get the unpleasantaries out of the way, taking a long look at The Worst Horror Films of 2016. This year Kevin Smith earns the unique distinction of being on all four lists, entering the top tens for Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten. While a few candidates make a multiple hits this year (Shin Godzilla, Viral, Cell, Rob Zombie's 31), The Black Saint would be content with filling the entire list with films from Blumhouse. Sigh.

The feature review this week is Abattoir, a low budget film from Darren Lynn Bousman with a rough history getting the film in the can. The film has terrific cinematography and a creative concept behind the story. Any film featuring Lin Shaye is worth a look see. Jessica Lowndes and Joe Anderson lead the cast while Dayton Callie stars as the film's villain Jebediah Crone. The Grue-Crew chime in with their reaction to the film debating what worked and what fell short.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with a reaction to the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, the Deadpool Golden Globe nomination, and the new Marvel comic from RL Stein, Man-Thing. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 193 – Abattoir (2016) – The Worst Horror Films of 2016
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Feature Review: Abattoir (2016)

Fan favorite director Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) returns with Abattoir where he takes a unique stab at the haunted house genre. Bousman enlists a terrific cast including Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Michael Pare, and Bryan Batt. Callie is especially terrific as Jebediah Crone, a mysterious man who buys houses - houses that are reportedly haunted - and rips out the rooms where the haunting originates. What he ends up doing with those rooms is quite extraordinary.

 

Special Feature: The Worst Horror Films of 2016

While 2016 was a crappy year in general, it was a fairly decent year for Horror Films. They struck gold at the box office and some true gems went straight to VOD. The Grue-crew will be getting to the best horror films in a few weeks, for tonight, their heading down the lonesome road to The Worst Horror Films of 2016. Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten each provide their top 10 (or is that their bottom 10?). One film made it onto each list, Yoga Hosers, while Rob Zombie's 31, Cell, and Shin Godzilla made it on three. Here they are in all their...glory.

 

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10) Shin Godzilla
    • 09) Phantasm Ravager
    • 08) Viral
    • 07) Zoombies
    • 06) Rob Zombie's 31
    • 05) Yoga Hosers
    • 04) Hardcore Henry
    • 03) Jeruzalem
    • 02) Cell
    • 01) Bite
  • Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint)
    • 10) Terror Toons 3
    • 09) Cell
    • 08) Baskin
    • 07) Viral
    • 06) Phantasm: Ravager
    • 05) The Greasy Strangler
    • 04) Blair Witch
    • 03) Incarnate
    • 02) Yoga Hosers
    • 01) The Darkness
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10) Zoombies
    • 09) Shin Godzilla
    • 08) Jeruzalem
    • 07) The Disappointments Room
    • 06) Pride + Prejudice + Zombies
    • 05) Martyrs
    • 04) Rob Zombie's 31
    • 03) Night of Something Strange
    • 02) Tyler Perry's Boo! A Madea Halloween
    • 01) Yoga Hosers
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10) Incarnate
    • 09) The Veil
    • 08) Rob Zombie's 31
    • 07) Shin Godzilla
    • 06) Satanic
    • 05) Shelley
    • 04) Yoga Hosers
    • 03) Getting Schooled
    • 02) Ghost Team
    • 01) Cell

 

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OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:38]: Intro
    • [00:02:33]: Walker Stalker
    • [00:03:08]: Gruesome Magazine 2017!
  • [00:04:07]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:04:23]: Deadpool & Genre Golden Globe Nominations
    • [00:09:08]: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
    • [00:13:16]: Man-Thing by RL Stine
    • [00:16:32]: James Franco in Alien: Covenant
    • [00:19:58]: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer
  • [00:29:36]: Support HNR
  • [00:30:13]: Featire Review: Abattoir
  • [00:54:03]: Special Feature: Worst Horror Films Of The Year 2016
    • [00:56:30]: Dave's List
    • [01:01:29]: Santos' List
    • [01:11:04]: Thomas' List
    • [01:26:22]: Doc's List
    • [01:43:13]: Dishonorable Mentions
  • [01:48:36]: Stump The Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

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Dec 13, 2016

"Pretty Sally Mae died a very unnatural death! ... But the worst hasn't happened to her yet! DERANGED ... confessions of a necrophile." - The tag line Jeff Gillen and Alan Ormsby's Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile (1974) is Seventies Drive-In Exploitation at its best. The film, starring Roberts Blossom, is based upon the life of serial killer Ed Gein, considered the most accurate portrayal of his story until Ed Gein released in 2000 The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor Jeff Mohr.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 43 – Deranged (1974)

One of the great things about Decades of Horror 1970s is coming across films not seen in a very long time - or, like Deranged: Confessions of a Necrophile, seen for the very first time. While The Black Saint is a long time fan of the film - fighting for it to be covered on the podcast since the show started, Doc Rotten and guest-host Jeff Mohr are watching the film with a fresh set of eyes each some 42 years after its initial release. Deranged is produced (albeit uncredited) by Bob Clark (Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things, Dead of Night, Black Christmas) written by Alan Ormsby and co-directed by Jeff Gillen. Roberts Blossom stars as Ezra Cobb, modeled after Ed Gein. Blossom may be recognized from his later roles in Christine (George LeBay) and Home Alone (Old Man Marley). Santos gets to share his love for the film and finds Doc and Jeff equally impressed by the low budget shocker.

The story follows Ezra Cobb after his mother passes away. Lost without her, he resorts to digger her up nearly a years after her death. Studying taxidermy, he hatches a plan to restore her and begins robbing graves for "materials." Before long he sets his sights on fresher materials and the body count rises - as his madness grows. Blossom's performance drives the film but the effects - from first time effects artist Tom Savini - display in gruesome detail. One particular scene, long cut from the film restored in recent years, has Cobb peeling back the scalp of one victim so he can scoop out her brains. Later when his affection for a young waitress turns violent, the audience is treated to a dinner scene reminiscent of a later 1974 classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. The film is made for fans of Seventies drive-in horror films. Catch it if you can.

Dec 8, 2016

Crawling into theaters this past weekend, the latest horror film from Blumhouse fails to make a dent in the box office. The possession fueled "exorcise" in futility, INCARNATE, features a decent cast -- Aaron Eckhart, David Mazouz (Gotham), Emjay Anthony (Krampus), Catalina Sandino Moreno -- and is directed by Brad Peyton. The film starts off with an interesting idea of "evicting" demons from the minds of their hosts instead of exorcising them. Interesting. But it takes more than that to impress the Grue-crew.

A far more impressive endeavor comes from HBO in the form of the WESTWORLD which wrapped its first season. Taking the conventions proposed in the 1973 film and the novel from Michael Crichton, show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy expand on the themes and implication in spectacular fashion. The cast is amazing and the twists and turns are sensational and surprising. Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright provide award worthy, gripping performances that outstage the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris - each of whom are more invested here than in recent roles. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the season and all the shocking developments.

Doc guides the Horror News of the Week with sad news of the passing of Don Calfa who played Ernie in Return of the Living Dead.  The crew also discuss trailers, trailers and more trailers from The Mummy to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 192 – Incarnate (2016) – Westworld (2016)
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Feature Review: Incarnate (2016)

Typically a champion of the films from Blumhouse, even Doc has trouble praising and recommended the uninspiring mess that is INCARNATE. At the core, the film from director Brad Payton, has a fascinating concept but the story from Ronnie Christensen struggles to do much interesting with the plot. Aaron Eckhart blunders through the film with a performance that suggest he may hope that the audience thinks it is actually Thomas Jane in the role, forgetting that he himself is involved at all. The age difference of the young stars, David Mazouz amd Emjay Anthony, from their recent roles in Gotham and Krampus expose that the film has been sitting on a shelf somewhere. The Grue-crew suggest you may hear about this film again next week when they recount their worst horror films of 2016. Uh, oh.

 

What Have You Been Watching: Westworld Season 1 (2016)

HBO proves that some material can be improved upon. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy mold the concepts from the Westworld film into a cerebral and visceral exercise in excitement and ingenuity. WESTWORLD explore the weighty theme of creation and consciousness as the hosts struggle to understand their own purpose in the world around them. What is real, what is imagined. What is freedom and what is spirit. What is the definition of "alive." Jeffrey Wright stars as Benard a programmer in charge of managing the "mental" state of the hosts of the park known as Westworld. A park where guests interact with lifelike robots with unique AI and participate in complicated storylines full of sex, murder and mayhem. Thandie Newton is Maeve, a host who becomes self aware and begins a quest to escape the park. Anthony Hopkins comes to life as Robert Ford, the man behind the park, the man who creates the stories, creates the hosts, and pulls all the strings. Ed Harris is the "man in black" looking for the maze, hoping to learn the secrets of Westworld. Doc and Thomas heap a mountain of praise on the show, looking forward to season two.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39] Intro
    • [00:02:33] Decades of Horror Podcast Family
    • [00:06:32] Walker Stalker
  • [00:07:34] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:39] RIP Don Calfa and Alice Drummond
    • [00:11:51] The Belko Experiment Trailer
    • [00:15:40] Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Trailer
    • [00:19:22] The Mummy Trailer
    • [00:26:45] Last of Us II Trailer
    • [00:31:27] Death Stranding Trailer
    • [00:34:57] Resident Evil 7
  • [00:38:32] Support HNR
  • [00:39:23] Horror Pack
  • [00:41:12] Feature Review: Incarnate
  • [01:12:28] What Have You Been Watching: Westworld Season 1
  • [01:44:04] Stump The Saint
  • [01:50:15] Listener Feedback

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Abattior and The Worst Horror Films of 2016

 

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Dec 1, 2016

Gross. Disgusting. Sick. Demented. And quite possibly the best horror comedy of the year. Well, at least for most of the Grue-crew. This  week HNR covers the film festival favorite - awarded best horror film at the New York City Horror Film in 2016 - NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. The cast and crew behind this hilarious abomination deserve props for pushing the envelopes as far as possible and getting the most out of their budget. The film is stuffed full of practical effects and gallons of blood...and other unmentionable liquids. Joining the crew to discuss the film is award winning film maker Christopher G. Moore.

Jumping from the found footage short including in the first V/H/S film to a full length feature film, SiREN lands on Chiller in December 2016. Gregg Bishop takes over the directing reins featuring a new set of characters encountering the Lily character from "Amateur Night." This time, however, she is a captured beast of the mysterious Mr. Nix. When she is set free all hell breaks loose. Of course, Doc loves the film while the rest of the crew consider it rather...meh. Catch it on Chiller soon and decide for yourself.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with sad news of the passing of Fritz Weaver, Ron Glass, and Florence Henderson. The team behind Horror Pack provides their support and a chance to take a complimentary Horror Pack home. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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: Night of Something Strange (2016)

Movies don't get much more disgusting and deranges as Night of Something Strange from director Jonathan Straiton and his cast and crew. The film is truly the "WTF" movie of the year. Just when you think you've seen the worst, it tops itself with something even more...shocking. The Grue-crew debate the comedy, some describing it as the best of the year, while others pledging they'll put it on their worst of the year list. Christopher G. Moore joins the show to chime in with his thoughts on the film as well.

 

What Have You Been Watching: SiREN (2016)

Many of the Grue-crew enjoyed the V/H/S films quite a bit - for what they were. With the announcement of taking one of the shorts and stretching it out to be a feature film, the Grue-crew are a bit trepedacious about how successful the results may be. The first short to be turned into a film is SiREN, inspired by the short "Amateur Night" from the first anthology film. Expanding on the concept of the succubus demon, SiREN introduces a slew of new characters and contains whispers of originality and promise. How successful it is on delivering on that promise is much of the conversation tonight.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39]: Intro
  • [00:04:45] Announcements
    • [00:04:55]: Walker Stalker Charlotte
  • [00:06:39]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:16]: RIP Fritz Weaver, Florence Henderson and Ron Glass
    • [00:11:35]: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets a new teaser, advance tickets trip up Fandango
    • [00:20:26]: Official one sheet for Alien: Covenant released
    • [00:25:44]: Ann Rice regains rights to The Vampire Chronicles - taking Lestat to TV
    • [00:29:11]: Apple Presents: Frankie's Holiday
  • [00:30:42]: Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:31:41]: Horror Pack Presents...
  • [00:33:30]: Feature Review: Night of Something Strange
  • [01:24:48]: What Have You Been Watching: SiREN
  • [01:53:38]: StumpTheSaint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Incarnate and Westworld Season 1 Finale

 

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