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May 31, 2017

"Oh what do you know. Haven't you heard of suspension of disbelief?" Edward D. Wood Jr. (Johnny Depp) thinks he knows what the true craft of movie making is. Released in 1994, Tim Burton's Ed Wood tells the story of a true underdog. A young man looking to carve out his place as a Hollywood filmmaker. Trouble is... he's terrible at it. His scripts are incoherent. The sets are made of cardboard. And he can't construct a shot to save his life. But he's got one thing that all the other cheap guys don't have: heart. And doesn't that makeup for a complete lack of talent?

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 16 – Ed Wood (1994)

Despite winning two Oscars, Ed Wood didn't set the world on fire in 1994. Coming after Tim Burton's controversial Batman ReturnsEd Wood felt like a major departure for the director. After making big splashes with genre-driven films like Edward Scissorhands or Batman, a dramedy biopic about the man responsible for Plan 9 from Outer Space seemed like a sudden turn. Yet, there's a lot of Burton's usual subject matter here. Ed Wood is a very much the misunderstood loner protagonist Burton relates to, finding solace in a weird group of friends. There's socialite actor Bunny Breckinridge (Bill Murray), TV psychic showman Criswell (Jeffrey Jones) and barely intelligible wrestler Tor Johnson (George "The Animal" Steele). However, the strongest connection is with washed up monster icon Bela Lugosi (Martin Landau). Lugosi becomes a mentor of sorts for Ed, as Ed helps him cope with addiction and depression. A beautiful friendship that resulted in gloriously bad cinema.

To delve into all of this, Thomas Mariani enlists the help of Kaycee Jarrard. A fellow podcaster and writer, Kaycee shares a love for the old school Universal Monsters with Thomas. Naturally, Ed Wood became the must-cover topic. Sure, it isn't a horror film, but it's tied to centrally to both horror history and the nature of horror fandom. The group of misfits Ed Wood buddies up with are reminiscent of the type of lovable oddballs you find in the horror fan community. Kaycee and Thomas also discuss the lack of need for factual basis in a biopic, how much they miss Johnny Depp trying and how true this is to Tim Burton's directorial spirit. Well, at least more than a live action Dumbo probably will.

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The intro and outro is "Suck City" by Black Math. Look for more of their music via Free Music Archive.

Next Episode

The Mummy (1999)

May 29, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, Episode 5 "Lemon Scented You". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Five dives back into the story following Shadow Moon (Ricky Wittle) and Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) after Shadow's "dead wife" Laura (Emily Browning) reappears in his hotel room. Before all that can be explain, Mr. Wednesday and Shadow get arrested for robbing the bank a few episodes back. While in lockup, the duo is visited by Media (Gillian Anderson), Technical Boy (Bruce Langley), and Mr. World (Crispin Glover). A few secrets are revealed and the war of the gods is properly seeded. Meanwhile, Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) bursts into the hotel room to confront Laura about getting his coin back. Sweeney's bad luck is in full swing.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 5 – Lemon Scented You
Aired May 28, 2017, on Starz

The Grue-Crew explore each element of the show in an extended episode needed to cover how stuffed this particular week is. A lot happens in "Lemon Scented You" with a plethora of favorite scenes and fun bits. The biggest of which - at least for Doc Rotten - is the introduction of Mr. World played by fan favorite Crispin Glover who all but steals the show. The confrontation between Mr. World, Media, & Technical Boy and Mr. Wednesday & Shadow Moon is spectacular with revealing moments, foreshadowing, and character building. The war of the gods is set in motion. The dialog is also a delight especially when spoken by Laura Moon - although Mad Sweeney gets a few good lines as well. Director Vincenzo Natali captures the stunning beauty buried in the horror of the week. Great stuff, fun discussion ... and some listener feedback as well.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which richly flavored storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods 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 Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro.

May 26, 2017

"Now you're being rude, and I hate rude people." Surprise, Fannibals! The Hannibal Fan Podcast has been mostly dormant since the series Hannibal ended in 2015. The Grue Crew hasn't been totally silent about the titular cannibal in some form or another. After doing Manhunter on the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast and Silence of the Lambs on the 90s, we just couldn't stay away. Unfortunately, maybe we should have. Our topic for this special bonus episode - in honor of Alien Covenant being recently released -  is Ridley Scott's Hannibal (2001). Featuring the return of Anthony Hopkins to the role that won him an Oscar, Hannibal came out to be a major box office success. But how well does it hold up? Listen as Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Christopher G. Moore and Thomas Mariani discuss!

Hannibal Fan Podcast
Bonus Episode 1 – Hannibal (2001)

After a decade's worth of varying production attempts to get a Lambs sequel off the ground, Hannibal had a lot going against it on the way in. Lambs director Jonathan Demme and Hopkins' co-star Jodie Foster both declined to be involved due to their issues with the Thomas Harris novel. One can't really blame them, given the story of Hannibal centers on Clarice Starling (now played by Julianne Moore) sulking around dwelling on her past with the genius cannibal. She's offered a chance to find Hannibal - now in exile abroad - thanks to an investigation sparked by Mason Verger (Gary Oldman). He's a wealthy handicapped man with a grudge against the man who severely scarred his face. That man (Anthony Hopkins) is in Italy trying to lay low, impersonating a librarian and eating where he can. That is until a corrupt Italian detective (Giancarlo Giannini) attempts to spoil his peaceful life to bring him to Verger. Nothing a game of "bowels in, bowels out" can't fix.

The Hannibal Fan Podcast crew is happy to be back together discussing another product of Thomas Harris' universe. Unfortunately, they wished it was under better circumstances. No, the Crew isn't the hugest fan of Hannibal. Especially with how well Bryan Fuller integrated many of these elements into the TV show they mutually loved. There's a lot of comparing and contrasting of the Mason Vergers, the Clarice/Will Graham role and of course Hopkins vs. Mads in similar scenarios. One can guess which one wins out. There's also much discussion of Ridley Scott's style, the prosthetics used to show us Ray Liotta's inner workings and how much Anthony Hopkins actually cared. Mileage may vary, but one thing is for certain; Hannibal made this group appreciate their beloved departed TV show even more.

As always we want your feedback so drop us a line at docrotten@horrornewstv.com and we’ll talk next time as we continue to bring you our recipe for fear with HORROR NEWS TV HANNIBAL FAN PODCAST. Tell us if you want to see us cover Red Dragon (2002), Hannibal Rising (2007) or even the first season of the show! Send in your impressions today at http://horrornewstv.com/feedback/ or send an email to hannibal@horrornewstv.com!

May 26, 2017

The Alien franchise returns to theaters this past weekend with Ridley Scott's Alien: Covenant. While it is a direct sequel to Prometheus, featuring fan-favorite David (Michael Fassbender), the film suggests a new origin for the xenomorph species....and a plethora of gory, gruesome special effects! For the What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas visits David Lynch's Twin Peaks The Return on Showtime. Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the Sony announcement that Tom Hardy is Venom, George Romero is shopping Road of the Dead, and Universal has relabeled its upcoming monster franchise Dark Universe.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 216 – Alien: Covenant (2017) – Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:42]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:04:15]

SUPPORT HNR [00:40:09]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:40:52]

  • Alien: Covenant (2017)
  • Director: Ridley Scott / w. Jack Paglen & Michael Green and John Logan & Dante Harper
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, w/ Javier Botet, James Franco, Guy Pearce, & Noomi Rapace

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:31:24]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:35:58]

  • Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
  • Creator: Mark Frost & David Lynch
  • Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Everette McGill, Amy Shiels

STUMP THE SAINT [01:47:27]

FEEDBACK [01:55:21]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Hounds of Love and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales

 

May 24, 2017

“This is a very rare book. I wouldn’t recommend it to everyone. … Who knows what you may learn from it. You might end up by gaining a fortune or losing your precious soul.” So said a wizened, antique bookseller (Ivor Barnard) to Captain Herman Suvorin (Anton Walbrook) as he sold him a tome of supernatural secrets. Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - as they journey back to 1949 and take a gamble on The Queen of Spades.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 7 – The Queen of Spades (1949)

Is The Queen of Spades the best horror film of 1949? It is according to Bloody Disgusting and Rotten Tomatoes. The film was thought to be lost until 2009 and when Jeff noticed it was now available for streaming, he excitedly added the film to the schedule as his next pick. The Queen of Spades tells the story of a young countess who strikes a Faustian bargain with the devil and exchanges her soul for the ability to gamble and win at Faro. Years later, a lower class, army officer, who resents the aristocracy and is obsessed with gaining comparable status in society, stalks Lizaveta Ivanova (Yvonne Mitchell), the ward of the now elderly Countess, to gain access to the secret of the cards. In the process, he causes the death of the Countess and finds himself haunted by the woman's spirit.

After viewing The Queen of Spades, your intrepid Classic Era Grue Crew couldn’t agree on whether it was a horror movie or not. Erin, Joseph, and Chad questioned its horror bonafides while Jeff stuck with the hand he dealt himself and played his “deal with the devil” and “evil haunting” cards. After all, it was the best horror film of 1949, right? However, Joseph is quick to point out the competition in 1949 was as thin as a playing card, causing us all to question the value of it being referred to as the “year’s best.”

If you have not heard of the 1834 Alexander Pushkin story on which the film is based, you will find yourself in the same boat as we did when we were surprised to learn there had been over twenty adaptations of the story over the years. It’s also likely you have not heard of the film’s director, Thorold Dickinson. You will be shocked to learn what Martin Scorsese has to say about Dickinson in general and The Queen of Spades specifically. Even Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) has something interesting to say about this film.

We also discuss the answers to these burning questions. Does the performance of Dame Edith Evans, as the elderly Countess Ranevskaya, live up to her reputation as the greatest actress on the English stage in the 20th century? Why did Anton Walbrook flee Germany? Where have I seen Ronald Howard, who plays Suvorin’s aristocratic friend Andrei, before? Which of these actors played Sherlock Holmes in the 1950s? What does Mary Poppins have to do with The Queen of Spades? Which of the film’s actors also appeared in a Hammer film? What was used for the snow to depict the Russian winter?

If you’re paying attention, you’ll also hear which of us makes these memorable comments:

  • “I am down with the young people!”
  • “There are many old bitty horror films ... you know, that’s a subgenre, I’m not being mean.”
  • “The higher the hair, the closer to God.”
  • “At first I thought it was film grain, but I think there were actual bees flying in and out of that thing.”
  • “Because I’m anal.”

If you’d like to listen to the “The Queen of Spades” radio episode of Mystery in the Air, starring Peter Lorre and first aired in 1947, you can check it out here.

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming schedule includes The Last Man on Earth (1964), Village of the Damned (1960), Viy (1967), and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about the movies we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

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

May 23, 2017

"See you in the movies!" Eric Binford (Dennis Christopher) loves movies. The classic black and white films of old. Gangsters. Dashing cowboys. Universal Monsters. All are welcome in his escapist fantasies of the theater or his own memorability filled room to hide from reality. Sound a bit familiar? Yes, the protagonist of Fade to Black is a bit too close to home in certain ways to the average movie buff. But there's one line of his we haven't crossed yet... hopefully: Murder! But at least he has some cosplay appropriate attire to do it in.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 108 – Fade to Black (1980)

Fade to Black is a rather obscure footnote in horror film history. Released in 1980 to little fanfare, Fade to Black hasn't had a home video release since 1999, due to the endless licenses that would have to be approved. Showing clips from Creature from the Black LagoonWhite Heat and The Public Enemy, the legalities are pretty tied up. Not to mention some of the likenesses involved, like Marilyn Monroe look-alike Marilyn O'Conner (Linda Kerridge). She's the object of Eric's desires. The only non-movie related thought that gets him through being harassed by his Aunt Stella (Eve Brent), his boss Marty Berger (Norman Burton) and his beefy co-worker Richie (a fresh-faced Mickey Rourke). Eric is on edge and ready to snap at any moment. Luckily, he has plenty of elaborate costumes to show off his metaphorical Fade to Black.

Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani and Christopher G. Moore managed to see this diamond in the rough thanks to Amazon Prime. While Doc enjoyed revisiting it, Thomas and Christopher viewed it for the first time. One found Fade to Black to be a tragically fascinating gem ahead of its time in predicting the type of obsession culture of the Internet age. One... wasn't as impressed. The results may shock you. The trio discusses the film references, Dennis Christopher's tragic performance, and that weird cop subplot. Yeah, they're not even sure why it's there. Still, Fade to Black is one to check out... while you still can!

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.

May 22, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, episode 4 "Git Gone". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Four follows the life and death and life of Laura Moon (Emily Browning) as she meets Shadow, falls in love with him, marries him, and betrays him. Only to be resurrected by him. Her story takes place during the first three episodes of American Gods season one, ending on the very note presented in the previous episode. And, it is remarkable.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 4 – Git Gone
Aired May 28, 2017, on Starz

For many in the Grue-Crew, this episode starts off troubling most of the hosts - all, except Thomas. At least, initially. By the midway point, however, the entire Crew is fully on board. The hosts discuss what it all means. Doc ponders does she now have the "sun coin" within her and what happens when Mad Sweeney insists on retrieving it. What will Shadow do now that he has been hurt so badly by Laura and finds her sitting across from him - apparently alive once again? Will she continue to color the show blood red with crimson splatter? The show continues to impress, proving worthy of the early second season renewal. Thank you, Starz!

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which rich storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods 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 Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro

May 18, 2017

The Grue-Crew catch a pair of VOD horror offerings this week with Mike Mendez' Don't Kill It as the feature review and Dan Berk & Robert Olsen's Stake Land 2: The Stakelander in the What Have You Been Watching segment. What they find, despite both being written by the Berk & Olsen team, is that mileage varies. One of the films lands on the positive side of the draw while the other dips into a less favorable reaction. At least there's plenty of Dolph Lundgren! Dave sadly shares the Horror News of the Week with the passing of two legendary character actors: RIP Michael Parks and Power Booth. Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 215 – Don't Kill It (2017) – Stake Land II (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:41]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:03:06]

SUPPORT HNR [00:23:15]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:23:40]

  • Don't Kill It (2017)
  • Director: Mike Mendez / w. Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
  • Cast: Dolph Lundgren (as Jebediah Woodley), Kristina Klebe (as Agent Evelyn Pierce), James Chalke (as Pastor Erikson)

ANNOUNCEMENTS [00:47:59]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [00:52:13]

  • Stake Land II: The Stakelander (2017)
  • Director: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen / w. Nick Damici
  • Cast: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Laura Abramsen

STUMP THE SAINT [01:11:53]

FEEDBACK [01:18:24]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Alien: Covenant
May 17, 2017

"Through the darkness of futures past. The magician longs to see. One chants out between two worlds. 'Fire walk with me.'" The world of David Lynch and Mark Frost's Twin Peaks was one of the more inventive examples of television in the early 90s. The titular Washington town had rich characters, surreal horrors and some damn fine coffee. However, in the 25 years since Special Agent Dale Cooper (Kyle MacLachlan) first visited that sleepy town, has Twin Peaks stood the test of time? Or has it disappeared into The Black Lodge?

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 15 – Twin Peaks Retrospective

Twin Peaks was the surprise hit of the spring 1990 TV season. With a cast chock full of quirky characters and the major mystery of the death of Laura Palmer (Sheryl Lee) at the heart of it's premise, it helped revolutionize what serialized television could be. Part over the top soap opera, part crime procedural, part surrealist horror. Twin Peaks wasn't like anything seen on television. Unfortunately, creators David Lynch and Mark Frost were forced by ABC to reveal their mystery early into the second season. Thus, we got a directionless tangent of episodes and an eventual cancellation on a cliffhanger. Lynch would return to the town of Twin Peaks with the feature film prequel Fire Walk With Me in 1992, which was met with diresion from critics and fans alike.

In celebration of Twin Peaks getting a mini-series revival for Showtime, Thomas Mariani and guest Christopher G. Moore are taking a look back at the influential series. Christopher describes his early love of the show during its heyday while Thomas came to the series much later. The two share mutual adoration for the balance of season one. And a mutual frustration over the wacky meandering of season two. Yet, there are plenty of clashing opinions, mainly over the resolve of Laura Palmer's murder and Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Journey with them into The Black Lodge to discuss the gum that will come back in style over some damn fine coffee, won't you?

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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. Also make sure to give us some love via iTunes reviews and ratings. Helps us get more notice along the way.

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Ed Wood

May 17, 2017

"Unfortunately, in the state of society, as it exists today, we are not permitted to experiment on human beings. Normal human beings." - Christopher Lee's line in The Creeping Flesh (1973) sets up the odd tone of the film. Let the fun begin! The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Joining the grue-crew is Gruesome Magazine contributor and the host of Decades of Horror The Classic Era Jeff Mohr. Rounding out the co-hosts this episode is Chad Hunt, Jeff's frequent co-conspirator on the Classic Era, joining the usual crew to discuss another awesome collaboration between horror icons Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 51 – The Creeping Flesh (1973)

Anytime we get to cover a Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee film, Doc is happy as a clam. The Creeping Flesh, despite its many flaws, lands in the win column for the good doctor. Jeff is equally delighted with the film, as is Chad regardless of his reservations. The Black Saint, however, is not thrilled with The Creeping Flesh one bit. He often challenges the group to back up their love for this oddball film. It isn't easy. The film has wonky pacing, illogical character decisions, bizarre side storylines that distract from the main tale, and not nearly enough of the title character. The Grew-Crew fear that many horror fans will side with The Black Saint on this one unless they are a Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee completist.

From time to time The Creeping Flesh scores with great acting from the two horror icons and typical high standards with costuming and set design. The creature's skeleton is quite marvelous as well, large and fascinating. The creeping flesh element of the film - however brief - is a highlight. And while actress Lorna Heilbron scores with Jeff Mohr her character's motivations for the final act come under question from the Grue-Crew. And, as often stated, whenever Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee share the screen, the film becomes immediately more entertaining. And, for those who love their Hammer Films, The Creeping Flesh comes complete with a brief, but welcomed, appearance from the one-and-only Michael Ripper. There's always that!

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.

May 15, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, episode 3 "Head Full of Snow". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Three begins with the introduction of Mr. Jacquel / Anubis (Chris Obi), guiding the recently departed to the afterlife to be judged by the weight of their heart. Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) wakes up in the middle of the night to find Zorya Polunochnaya (Erika Kaar) watching the stars. Shadow Moon challenges Czernobog (Peter Stormare) to another Checkers match and a new wager. Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane) visits Zorya Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman) for a discussion about the coming ... war. Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) runs into a string of crazy bad luck. A down on his luck salesman (Salim - Omid Abtahi) encounters a Jinn (Mousa Kraish) driving a taxi. Shadow and Mr. Wednesday visit the bank they're going to rob... has Shadow thinking of snow. Mad Sweeney corners Shadow and Mr. Wednesday at a diner looking for his lucky coin. The show ends with the words "Hello, puppy."

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 3 – Head Full of Snow
Aired May 14, 2017, on Starz

For many in the Grue-Crew, this episode is a bit all over the place, bouncing between Shadow & Mr. Wednesday, Anubis, Salim & Jinn, and Mad Sweeney. However, that does not mean the show is off the rails just yet. The crew agree the show continues to be exquisite in its cinematography and direction and, when it is on point, the show is riveting. Dave thinks a few scenes went on for too long. Doc loved the show but wants to know what is up with Mr. Nancy and some of the other characters introduced thus far. Christopher shares some of the episode's best-filmed sequences while Thomas elaborates on the show's themes and character moments. "Head Full of Snow" leaves the hosts with plenty to discuss, ponder, and reflect. Check out what they have to say and leave  your feedback. 

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which rich storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods 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 Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro of this show.

May 11, 2017

A bunch of a-holes gathers to discuss Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. The Grue-Crew are joined by American Gods Fan Podcast host Christopher G. Moore and Decades of Horror The Classic Era host Chad Hunt to share their love for the continuing adventures of Starlord, Gamora, Drax, Rocket Raccoon, and Baby Groot. "I'm Mary Poppins, y'all!" Yondu steals the movie. There is no doubt Marvel has another huge hit on their hands. Dave grabs the Horror News of the Week reigns with a trio of movie trailers including It, The Dark Tower, and Blade Runner 2049. Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 214 – Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:40]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:03:54]

SUPPORT HNR [00:44:10]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:44:29]

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
  • Director: James Gunn. Cast: Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Bradley Cooper, Vin Diesel, Kurt Russell, Michael Rooker, Karen Gillan, Pom Klementieff, Sylvester Stallone, Elizabeth Debicki, Sean Gunn, Chris Sullivan

STUMP THE SAINT [01:43:37]

FEEDBACK [01:49:46]

  • Sean Mahaffrey declares HNR one of his favorite podcasts!
  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK

  • Don't Kill It and Stakeland II

ANNOUNCEMENTS

May 10, 2017

“Gooba gobble, gooba gobble, one of us, one of us. We accept her, we accept her, one of us, one of us…” Easy for them to say! Join the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Erin Miskell, Jeff Mohr, and Joseph Perry - as we make a trip to the circus and take in Tod Browning’s legendary film, Freaks (1932).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

Episode 7 – Freaks (1932)

Loosely based on “Spurs,” a short story by Clarence Aaron 'Tod' Robbins, Freaks is the embodiment of the adage, “You can’t judge a book by its cover,” all the way from its advertising taglines to the appearance of the film’s actors. Throughout the filming, Browning leans heavily on his experiences working in a carnival and exhibits a genuine affection for the title characters of Freaks.

The blatantly exploitative taglines - “The Love Story of a SIREN, a GIANT, and a DWARF!” and “Can a full grown woman truly love a MIDGET?” -  are so misleading as to constitute outright lies. Yet another tagline - “‘We'll Make Her One of Us!’ from the gibbering mouths of these weird creatures came this frenzied cry... no wonder she cringed in horror... this beautiful woman who dared toy with the love of one of them!” - has nearly nothing to do with the film and only works to entice the audience with the supposed luridness of a freak show using phrases like “gibbering mouths,” “weird creatures,” “frenzied cry,” and “cringed in horror.”

Despite their abnormal bodies, the title characters of Freaks are the beautiful ones, exuding love and caring for one another in this traveling community. On the other hand, Cleopatra (Olga Baclanova), the beautiful siren; and Hercules (Henry Victor), the handsome strongman; turn out to be ugly beyond redemption, as they conspire to destroy Hans’ (Harry Earles) relationship with Frieda (Daisy Earles) and murder him in order to steal his inheritance. Throughout Freaks, these two villains pepper the sideshow community with derisive and disparaging insults, treating them as if they are less than human.

Hans and Frieda are supported throughout Freaks by their loving, understanding, and loyal friends in this big-hearted family - the half woman-half man (Josephine Joseph), the Siamese Twins (Violet and Daisy Hilton), the Armless Girl (Frances O’Connor), the Human Skeleton (Peter Robinson), the Living Torso (Prince Randian), the half-boy (Johnny Eck), Angeleno (Angelo Rossitto), Schlitze and too many others to list. Two normal-bodied members of their freakshow family are Phroso the Clown, played by consummate character actor Wallace Ford, and Venus, played by Leila Hyams.

Freaks is about that age old love-versus-greed conflict and in this case, love triumphs while the characters motivated by greed suffer hideous consequences. It’s unfortunate that the powers that be chose to pitch Freaks as the beautiful Cleopatra and handsome Hercules falling victims to a gibbering gang of weird creatures.

There’s some question as to whether or not Freaks is a horror film, but without a doubt, there are some horrifying scenes, especially in the last ten minutes. However, the horror is not in the appearance of the title characters as implied by the advertising taglines, but in what they do to Cleopatra and Hercules in return for the horrifying treatment the couple inflicts on them, especially Hans..

If you’re paying attention, you’ll hear which of us makes these memorable comments:

  • “... you can just kind of picture us bouncing in our seats right now.”
  • ‘“From the gibbering mouths of these weird creatures came this frenzied cry!” ... Actually our gibbering mouths were probably worse at the beginning of this episode.’
  • “I cry like every five minutes in this movie.”
  • “Tell me what you can do with your eyebrow.”
  • “I would’ve smiled and then just spiked Cleopatra’s drink with as many laxatives as I could get my hands on.”

We plan to release a new episode every other week. Our upcoming schedule includes The Queen of Spades (1949), The Last Man on Earth (1964), Village of the Damned (1960) and The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920).

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era and what films you’d like to hear us cover! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about the movies we love. Send us an email  (chadhunt@gruesomemagazine.com, erinmiskell@gruesomemagazine.com, jeffmohr@gruesomemagazine.com, or josephperry@gruesomemagazine.com) or leave us a message, a review or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Horror News Radio App, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

To each of you, a great big “THANK YOU FOR LISTENING!” from each of us!

May 9, 2017

"Obey me! Or I will return you to the diseased state I found you in... and then I will slay BOTH of you!" Radu Molasar (Michael Carter) warns Dr. Theodore Cuza (Ian McKellan) not to question his judgement. Or else! Why he's suggesting he's going to return him to his earlier state and then kill him instead of just doing the latter is up for debate. One of many things that will make you scratch your head in The Keep. With a troubled production and relative obscurity, The Keep isn't that fondly looked upon. In fact, there's only one true fan of The Keep... and he's on this podcast.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 106 – Poltergeist (1982)

The Keep came out in 1983 to little fanfare. It had a troubled production. This included excessive reshoots, the lead special effects designer dying and director/writer Michael Mann's vision being compromised from a three and a half hour cut to just ninety six minutes. The results are a rather convoluted mess of storylines. At the centered are a group of Nazis (lead by Jürgen Prochnow) overtaking a citadel in Romania known as The Keep. These Nazis take a Jewish historian (McKellan) out of a concentration camp to decipher ancient writings, who discovers a golem-like creature the citadel is keeping at bay. Meanwhile, some dude named Glaeken (Scott Glenn) has laser eyes and wants to destroy the golem... because. That's about as much plot as can be described for The Keep. The choppy editing and awful VHS quality transfer for the only copy available on streaming platforms (and not on DVD or Blu-Ray) can hardly be determined.

So in order to make any sense out of The Keep, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore and Thomas Mariani seek the guidance of Santos Ellin Jr. He's been a fan of Michael Mann's film since he first saw it in a not-so-crowded theater. He describes the mastery of Mann's direction, the unique production design and just how awesome that Tangerine Dream score was. At least, in the original form, since it's not available on the crappy transfer due to music rights. Everyone else isn't quite as impressed. Thomas appreciates the vision, but thinks the only version that's available doesn't do it justice. Christopher thinks it should be imprisoned for all time in a citadel all its own. Doc is just flat out confused. It's an elaborate discussion that makes us wonder about what could have been. Is The Keep a keeper or should it be locked away? Listen to find out for sure!

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.

May 7, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, episode 2 "The Secret of Spoons". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon and Mr. Wednesday.

Episode Two begins with the introduction of Mr. Nancy (Orlando Jones) on a slave ship sailing from Africa to America in the 1600s. "Angry is good. Angry gets shit done!" He implores to the slaves as he sets them free to burn the ship at sea. The show then follows up with Shadow Moon contemplating how he survived Technical Boy's lynching, returning to the hotel room to confront Mr. Wednesday about what exactly is going on. Instead of a straightforward answer, Mr. Wednesday leads Shadow to Chicago. Along the way, Shadow encounters Media (Gillian Anderson) on a store's TV screen posing as Lucy from I Love Lucy. But the show gets interesting once they arrive at the Zoryas' household in the windy city - Vechernyaya (Cloris Leachman) and Utrennyaya (Martha Kelly). It is not long before Czernobog (Peter Stormare) returns home raising the stakes.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 2 – The Secret of Spoons
Aired May 7, 2017, on Starz

Dave quickly describes this week as "the best second episode you could possibly hope for." The rest of the Grue-Crew wholeheartedly agree. "The Secret of Spoons" offered riveting dialog, spectacular cinematography, and a delicious series of new characters to cheer for and ponder about. Add to that, where else are you going to hear Gillian Anderson inquire "Hey, you ever want to see Lucy's tits?" Truly brilliant! But it must be said that Peter Stormare stole the episode in a role he was born to play, Czernobog. Seriously, has a game of checkers ever been this tense? It is another great week for American Gods that immediately grabs you by the boo-boo with the spectacular performance from Orlando Jones glorious chewing the scenery with the Mr. Nancy dialog. Still it isn't all love fest for the Grue-Crew, there's still plenty to discuss and debate and enjoy with their dicussion about the second episode.

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The second episode of American Gods offers more fantasy oriented choices, far less bloody than last week. Which shocking twist will the hosts decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Discover which rich storyline peaked the hosts' interest this week.

May 5, 2017

The Grue-Crew clash over the Nacho Vigalondo film Colossal, a killer Kaiju film with a kick-ass twist. It is also one of the most original films you will see this year. Thomas surprises everyone else on the podcast with a positive review of the Blumhouse film that snuck into theaters this weekend, Sleight from writer/director J.D. Dillard. Dave grabs the Horror News of the Week reigns with the sad news of the passing of legendary director Jonathan Demme, the man who gave horror fans Silence of the Lambs. He also shares news of M. Night Shyamalan's next film, the sequel to Unbreakable and Split titled Glass, coming our way January 2019 and the announcement that David Fincher is all but signed on the dotted line to direct Brad Pitt in World War Z 2. Who knew that would be a thing? Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week's Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 213 – Colossal (2017)
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SHOWNOTES

INTRO [00:00:37]

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK [00:02:53]

SUPPORT HNR [00:38:32]

FEATURE REVIEW [00:39:55]

  • Colossal (2017)
  • Director: Nacho Vigalondo. Cast: Anne Hathaway, Jason Sudeikis, Tim Blake Nelson, Austin Stowell, Dan Stevens

ANNOUNCEMENTS [01:23:51]

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING [01:26:27]

  • Sleight (2017)
  • Director/Writer: J.D. Dillard w/ co-writer Alex Theurer. Cast: Jacob Latimore, Sychelle Gabriel, Dule Hill

STUMP THE SAINT [01:38:48]

FEEDBACK [01:48:16]

  • MMkmmkrt drops some love on iTunes!
  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast

NEXT WEEK [01:50:20]

  • Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
May 4, 2017

"In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane." Gorlic (Paul McGann) babbles true words to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Clemens (Charles Dance) just before"The Dragon" attacks. Alien 3 was to many a rather insane proposition. After the incredibly beloved AliensAlien 3 decides to throw out many of the beloved characters introduced there and leave its audience wallowing in a nihilistic pit. Where the main journey of Ripley is centered around a desire to die. Perhaps that's why it wasn't too popular 25 years ago. However, does that impeded it from finding a modern audience now?

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 14 – Alien 3

Alien 3 or as it's often stylized Alien3 - is often considered the black sheep of the Xenomorph ladened franchise. Not as beloved as Alien or Aliens, yet not quite as controversial as Alien vs Predator or Prometheus. While often dismissed by many - including its own director David Fincher - Alien 3 offers a unique perspective that sets itself apart from others in the franchise. Abandoning crowd pleasing nature of Aliens and doubling down on the thriller angles of AlienAlien 3 seeks no light at the end of the tunnel. The prison planet of Fiorina 161 is a desolate pit covered in lice and bald angry prisoners. The only hope for Ripley, Dillon or any of the few remaining people on the planet is merely killing the Xenomorph as it's killing them. It's bleak, unrelenting and oppressive... meaning it really wouldn't be for everyone.

To examine this, Thomas Mariani not only welcomes back Adam Thomas from last week, but also recruits his Horror News Radio co-host Santos "The Black Saint" Ellin Jr. The Black Saint has been a heavy defender of Alien 3 since it was originally released, hailing it as his favorite film of the franchise. He praises the nihilism, the bleak outlook of the characters and Fincher's grimy atmosphere. Adam praises much of the same, though still considers Alien his favorite. Thomas has a few more issues, but respects the consistent dark tone and risky choices. Together, these three discuss the differences between the Alien 3 theatrical and Assembly Cut, the troubled production David Fincher went through and the controversy over killing off Newt, Hicks and Bishop. It's a spirited discussion that shows Alien 3 has far more depth than people give it credit for.

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Twin Peaks: The Series and Fire Walk With Me

May 3, 2017

"Good morning. You are one day closer to the end of the world. You have been warned." - the tag line for The Omen (1976) goes a long way in frightening audiences, then and now. Following cinema's fascination with possession and satanism since Rosemary's Baby and The Exorcist changed the face of horror, Director Richard Donner brings the threat of Revelations to the forefront without resorting to full-on supernatural, grounding the terror in reality as much as possible. This results in one of the biggest hits of the year. Let the fun begin! 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 50 – The Omen (1976)

The Black Saint, Doc, and Jeff reflect on The Omen, remarking on how well the Richard Donner approached and manipulated the script. They examine a number of keys scenes pointing out how well they work in the genre, from the decapitation of David Warner's character to Lee Remick's character tumbling from the banister to the iconic scene where Patrick Troughton's priest is skewered by a severed lightning rod. Above all that is the incredible music provided by Jerry Goldsmith for which he won an Academy Award that year. The presence of esteemed actor Gregory Peck goes a long way in grounding the film and its terrifying themes. And actress Billie Whitelaw is absolutely frightening in the role of Mrs. Baylock.

For the fiftieth episode of Decades of Horror 1970s, we decided to tackle one of the big releases of the decade, also one featuring subject matter that is particularly unsettling for host The Black Saint. He has vowed to never watch The Exorcist again. Yes, for this show, he sets aside his reservations to view the film once again, share his thoughts and appreciation for the film, and comment on seeing the film back when it was first released. Jeff too saw the film in the theaters at that time and both he and the Black Saint remember the marketing that supported the film and the generally terrified reaction the audience gave during those screenings. C'mon Donner was dead set on scaring his audience, the editing and varied angels of Jenning's death scene alone illustrate how The Omen scared audiences then...and should still now.

May 1, 2017

Welcome to American Gods Fan Podcast, episode 1 "The Bone Orchard". This is the unofficial podcast about the hit Starz television program American Gods by fans for fans as brought to you by HorrorNewsTV.com, DocRotten.com, and GruesomeMagazine.com. The Grue-Crew behind the Hannibal Fan Podcast reunites to dive into the latest blood-soaked effort of Bryan Fuller as he brings to life the acclaimed novel from Neil Gaiman! Let's set on a cross-country trip across America with Shadow Moon.

Episode One introduces Shadow Moon (Ricky Whittle) as he is released from prison early to attend the funeral of this recently deceased wife and best friend. His journey takes a strange turn once he encounters Mr. Wednesday (Ian McShane). As Shadow Moon's world is turned upside down and he reluctantly accepts Mr. Wednesday's job offer, he encounters a number of unusual characters including Mad Sweeney (Pablo Schreiber) and Technical Boy (Bruce Langley). Meanwhile, Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) enters the fray as she consumes one of her worshipers.

American Gods Fan Podcast: Season One
Episode 1 – The Bone Orchard
Aired April 30, 2017, on Starz

Much like he did for Hannibal, Bryan Fuller wraps American Gods with visual flair and spectacular character revelations. David Spade directs the show as if it were a summer blockbuster with imagination and brilliant cinematography. Join Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Christopher G. Moore, and Thomas Mariani as they recap and review the first episode, "The Bone Orchard." They explore each character introduction and each major event in the first episode from the Vikings landing on American shores to the bloody finale as Technical Boy's gang is brutally dispatched by a mysterious ally. And, what exactly is up with Bilquis?

Each week, the Grue-Crew will present some of their favorite scenes in two spotlight segments. The first segment is The OMG Moment of the Week where they choose the bloodiest, goriest, most bizarre, most outrageous moment of the week's episode. The first episode of American Gods offers a variety of these moments to choose from. Which will the decide upon? The second segment is The Folklore Feature of the Week where they look back at the Americana moment of the week or the historical moment dealing with the American Gods themselves. As their story unfolds and their journey across America continues what riches will they present to the audience. Find out the first one this week.

We also want to hear from you! American Gods 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 Dave, Christopher, Doc and Thomas your thoughts. The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

We also want to be sure to thank Neon Devils for their killer track “American Godcast’” which we use for the intro and outro of this show.

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