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Jul 29, 2018

Joe Bob Briggs returns to Shudder this fall, rejoice. From a Buick gets a director, Puppet Master: The Littlest Reich gets a trailer, and Audrey II gets a Pop! Vinyl toy. Woot! And, Christopher, Vanessa, and Doc discuss Anime sequel Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you! Reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com. Also, please like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 279 – Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle
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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Godzilla: City on the Edge of Battle

Humanity's desperate battle to reclaim the Earth from Godzilla continues. The key to defeating the King of the Monsters may be Mechagodzilla, a robotic weapon thought to have been lost nearly 20,000 years ago.

  • Director: Hiroyuki Seshita, Kôbun Shizuno
  • Cast: Lucien Dodge, Kana Hanazawa, Ken'yû Horiuchi

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Jul 27, 2018

J.J. Abrams and HULU join forces to build upon the themes and characters created by Stephen King in the 10 episode TV series CASTLE ROCK. For this episode of HNR, the Grue-Crew take a look at the first two hours of the show, "Severance" and "Habeas Corpus," introducing "an epic saga of darkness and light" in the small town of Castle Rock, Maine. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss the first episodes of HULU'S CASTLE ROCK created by Sam Shaw and Dustin Thomason.

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Episode 278 – Castle Rock S01E01 and S01E02
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SEVERANCE

Henry Deaver, a death-row attorney, confronts his dark past when an anonymous call lures him back to his hometown of Castle Rock, Maine.

HABEAS CORPUS

Henry gets a new client at Shawshank Prison.

CAST

  • André Holland as Henry Matthews Deaver
  • Melanie Lynskey as Molly Strand
  • Bill Skarsgård as "The Kid"
  • Jane Levy as Jackie Torrance
  • Sissy Spacek as Ruth Deaver
  • Scott Glenn as Alan Pangborn
  • Noel Fisher as Dennis Zalewski
  • Ann Cusack as Warden T. Porter
  • Chris Coy as Boyd
  • Terry O'Quinn as Dale Lacy
  • Frances Conroy as Martha Lacy.
  • Josh Cooke as Reeves
  • Charlie Tahan as Dean Merrill
  • Adam Rothenberg as Reverend Matthew Deaver
  • Chosen Jacobs as Wendell Deaver
  • Allison Tolman as Molly Strand's sister
Jul 25, 2018

“It looks like a zoo in Hell!” Indeed it does! In fact, the whole film is a bit of a zoo. Join Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Mike Imboden, as they visit the zoo in question, or in other words, discuss AIP's Die, Monster, Die!, a film that tied for first place in our latest Patreon poll. In the process, maybe they can figure out why the monster has to die twice.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 38 – Die, Monster, Die! (1965)

Die, Monster, Die!, also known as Monster of Terror, is helmed by first time director Daniel Haller. Loosely based on the H.P. Lovecraft story, “The Colour Out of Space,” the screenplay is written by Jerry Sohl. In this version, the story depicts Nahum Witley (Boris Karloff) as the head of the Witley family. Some years ago, the family property was hit by a radioactive meteorite that caused mutations, followed by decay, in all living things. Of course, Nahum thought it a good idea to bring the meteorite into the house for experiments there and in the greenhouse.

Not surprisingly, the radiation causes the physical deterioration of Nahum’s wife (Freda Jackson), her maid, and his butler (Terence de Marney). Nahum’s wife summons their daughter’s boyfriend (Nick Adams) from America to come save their daughter (Suzan Farmer) from the same fate. However, Nahum’s not having it. The cast is rounded out nicely with supporting roles from Patrick Magee as Dr. Henderson and Sheila Raynor as the Dr.’s housekeeper.

This episode’s Grue Crew have a mixed reaction to Die, Monster, Die! They all agree Boris Karloff is the main attraction and does a fine job and that the film looks great. Jeff appreciated the set design and furnishings in the English mansion. The opening scenes of the Nick Adams character’s attempts to find a ride to “the Witley place” tripped Mike’s trigger, but more importantly, he wants more Merwyn! Joseph, Chad, and Mike are fans of Nick Adams from his appearances in a few Toho productions while Jeff favors his output in westerns, purely from a nostalgia viewpoint. Though this film has a lot of issues, the script being the major one despite Jerry Sohl’s other credits, the Grue Crew think it’s worth a watch, especially if you’re looking for something different. After all, they don’t make them like Die, Monster, Die! anymore.

We plan to release a new episode every other week. On the next episode in our very flexible schedule, we‘ll be covering Universal’s The Wolf Man (1941), the other film that tied for first place in our latest Patreon Poll.

Please let us know what you think of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era! We want to hear from you! After all, without you, we’re just four nutjobs talking about the films we love. Send us an email or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Podcast, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

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

Jul 25, 2018

SDCC 2018 has come and gone leaving behind dozens of genre news for the Grue-Crew to devour and scour for details. Trailers include GODZILLA: KING OF THE MONSTERS, GLASS, SHAZAM, and AQUAMAN. TV news includes THE WALKING DEAD, BLACK SUMMER, THE PURGE, and BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Chad Hunt, and Chad Lab as we discuss Horror News coming out of San Diego Comic Con 2018.

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Episode 277 – SDCC 2018
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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK (SDCC 2018)

Jul 22, 2018

Shudder announces the return of Creepshow led by Greg Nicotero. Hell Fest, Overlord, Patient Zero, and Assassination Nation get new trailers. And, Christopher and Doc discuss Blumhouse sequel Unfriended: Dark Web. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you! Reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com. Also, please like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 276 – Unfriended: Dark Web
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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Unfriended: The Dark Web

A teen comes into possession of a new laptop and soon discovers that the previous owner is not only watching him but will also do anything to get it back.
Director: Stephen Susco
Cast: Rebecca Rittenhouse, Betty Gabriel, Chelsea Alden

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Jul 19, 2018

"I can feel death in this room! I feel a presence, a twisted mind sending me thoughts! Perverted, murderous thoughts... Go away! You have killed! And you will kill again!" Are you talking to me? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Chad Lab - as they follow the clues delivered by Dario Argento in his giallo tour de force, Deep Red (1975).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 77 – Deep Red (1975)

Originally titled Profondo Rosso in Italy, also known as The Hatchet Murders in the U.S., Deep Red is written by Bernardino Zapponi and director Dario Argento. Gialli commonly feature a female lead, but in Deep Red, Argento went with a male lead, casting British actor David Hemmings in the role of Marcus Daly, who,from the square below, witnesses a murder taking place in a building window. Daly is drawn into the investigation and as the body count rises, he is aided by Daria Nicolodi as a reporter on the case. Other players include Daly’s friend Carlo (Gabriele Lavia), Carlo’s mother (Clara Calamai), and a very disturbing little girl (Nicoletta Elmi).

This episode’s Grue Crew was split on which version they watched: Bill and Chad Lab saw the American version with over twenty minutes edited from the run time, while Doc and Jeff viewed the full length Italian version. It should go without saying, but here it is anyway: they are all very impressed with Argento’s Deep Red! Some of the giallo tropes present, such as a black-gloved killer, are pointed out by Bill, while Doc highlights Argento trademarks, for instance, the protagonist recalling clues from memory to unveil the killer’s identity. Chad Lab points out the tantalising red herring Argento serves up and on which he then feasted. Jeff loved the way the clues are doled out and how some of the early clues aren’t even recognized as such. Of course, they all love the Goblin soundtrack!

If you haven’t seen Deep Red, see it now! If you have seen it, watch it again! Doc and Jeff recommend the uncut version, but both versions are fine movies!

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Jul 18, 2018

"There's a thing... out here. It took my little girl. I wasn't prepared to stop it then but I'm gonna stop it now." George Kennedy as Bill Crafton warns David Michael O'Neill, Pamela Gilbert, and Billy Jacoby about a demon Bigfoot creature roaming the woods. Little do they know that director Emmett Alston has far more in store for them than a furry Wendigo beast - hidden in a cave are zombies, spaceships, aliens, and a cult leader sacrificing nubile young women. What the what? Thankfully George has his awesome yellow hat. Woot!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 136 – Demonwarp (1988)

Released in 1988, Demonwarp originated from the twisted mind of John Carl Beuchler - who was originally set to direct but left production to tackle Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood. Who can blame him? Acadamy Award winner George Kennedy spends 3 days on set to give the film some pedigree. The film promises Bigfoot vs George Kennedy and it delivers that regardless of how good - or bad - the Bigfoot looks. Thankfully we also have Michelle Bauer on hand to liven up the scenery.

Christopher G. Moore, Doc Rotten, and Dave Dreher gather to take a look at Demonwarp perhaps one of the stranges monster movies of the Eighties. Christopher and Doc share watching the film on the big screen recently at the Raleigh Alamo Drafthouse theater in all its VHS glory - a perfect way to experience this goofy wonky classic. Dave remembers grabbing this one off the rental shelves in 1988 and was thrilled to revisit this schlockfest. Settle in and listen to the Grue-Crew recap and review a rare, hard-to-find Mom-and-Pop VHS shop staple.

A vengeance-crazed hunter searching for his daughter...Five youths stalking an inhuman mutation...They have just stepped into the alien-spawned realm of Demonwarp...and a wave of unearthly terror is about to begin

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Special thanks to Neon Devils for their awesome song Bone Chillin!

Next Episode

The Burning

Jul 14, 2018

What's this about ROBOCOP RETURNS and Neill Blomkamp? It's the first look at GLASS and GODZILLA, KING OF THE MONSTERS.  The Grue-Crew review SKYSCRAPER featuring Dwayne The Rock Johnson and MISFITS & MONSTERS from the twisted mind of Bobcat Goldthwait. And, Doc & Chris discuss Ant-Man & the Wasp. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 275 – Skyscraper - Misfits and Monsters
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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: SKYSCRAPER

A father goes to great lengths to save his family from a burning skyscraper.

Director: Rawson Marshall Thurber
Cast: Dwayne Johnson, Neve Campbell, Pablo Schreiber

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WORTH WATCHING: MISFITS AND MONSTERS

Creator: Bobcat Goldthwait
Episode 1: Bubba the Bear

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Jul 12, 2018

"Oh yes, and this house will be here long, long after you have departed. You'll believe me." These ominous words turn out to be all too true for the summer renters of the Allardyce house. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip for a short summer stay with the Rolf family at the Allardyce house and encounter the horrors of Burnt Offerings (1976).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 76 – Burnt Offerings (1976)

Directed and co-written by Dan Curtis of Dark Shadows, Nightstalker, and Trilogy of Terror fame, Burnt Offerings is co-written by frequent Curtis-collaborator William F. Nolan, adapted from Robert Marasco’s novel of the same title. The film begins with the Rolf family - Marian (Karen Black). Ben (Oliver Reed), their son David (Lee Montgomery), and Aunt Elizabeth (Bette Davis) - arriving at their too-good-to-be-true summer rental. The family is greeted by the property’s brother and sister owners - Roz (Eileen Heckart) and Arnold (Burgess Meredith) Allardyce - and Walker (Dub Taylor), their handyman. The Allardyces explain to the Rolfs that their only duties during their summer stay are to keep up the house and property and to feed Mother Allardyce, who will remain locked away and unseen in an upstairs bedroom. As soon as Roz, Arnold, and Walker leave for the summer, the house begins to have a very disturbing effect on each of the Rolfs.

Given that Curtis made his reputation in television, your Grue Crew marvel at the quality of the cast of this theatrical release.  Doc, Chad, and Jeff unabashedly love Burnt Offerings! On the other hand, Bill opines that haunted house films are not his thing, but even so, admits that Burnt Offerings is a pretty good example within its sub-genre. Doc expresses his appreciation for Karen Black’s performance and we discover that Chad has been a fan of Oliver Reed’s acting ever since Hammer’s The Curse of the Werewolf (1961), despite Reed's legendary antics. The entire Grue Crew were freaked-out by the Hearse Driver/Chauffeur (Anthony James) that appears from Ben’s (and Dan Curtis’) childhood nightmares. As the show winds down, Jeff burns the remaining time to go all fanboy on William F. Nolan to the point that no one else can give their final thoughts.

Doc also reveals a guest appearance he made on Episode 107 of The Horror Returns Podcast on which they covered three films from 1978: The Manitou, Piranha, and Martin. They also give a special shout out to the late Santos Ellin Jr. and all he has done to promote the genre we love so much. You can find The Horror Returns on iTunes or at this link: The Horror Returns

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

Jul 7, 2018

What is up with all the Child's Play news? Scream Factory announces Creepshow, Halloween II & III, and Trick 'r Treat Blu-rays. The Book of Monsters trailer kicks practical-effects ass. The Grue-Crew review The First Purge. And, Doc & Chris discuss Ant-Man & the Wasp. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings. Joining us this week is Chad Lab.

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you! Reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com. Also, please like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 274 – The First Purge - Ant-Man & The Wasp
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INTRO

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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: The First Purge

The film will be a prequel that will focus on the events that lead up to the very first Purge event.
Director: Gerard McMurray w/ James DeMonaco
Cast: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade & Marisa Tomei

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WORTH WATCHING: Ant-Man & The Wasp

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña

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NEXT WEEK: Skyscraper

What is up with all the Child's Play news? Scream Factory announces Creepshow, Halloween II & III, and Trick 'r Treat Blu-rays. The Book of Monsters trailer kicks practical-effects ass. The Grue-Crew review The First Purge. And, Doc & Chris discuss Ant-Man & the Wasp. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings. Joining us this week is Chad Lab.

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you! Reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com. Also, please like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 274 – The First Purge - Ant-Man & The Wasp
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INTRO

ANNOUNCEMENTS

  • HNR Is brought to you by the generous contributions to our Patreon account
    Thank you to our patrons. This week Monster Talk joins the fun.
  • SHUDDER 30 DAY FREE TRIAL - use promo code GRUESOME for the first month free
  • SCARES THAT CARES WEEKEND: August 3 - 5, 2018
  • WREAK HAVOC HORROR FILM FESTIVAL: September 21 - 22, 2018 - Greensboro NC
  • SPLATTERFLIX FILM SERIES: October 12 - 14, 2018
  • REVIEWS ON HNR WILL BE SPOILER FREE
  • CASTLE ROCK Recap and Review Coming on HNR

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: The First Purge

The film will be a prequel that will focus on the events that lead up to the very first Purge event.
Director: Gerard McMurray w/ James DeMonaco
Cast: Y'lan Noel, Lex Scott Davis, Joivan Wade & Marisa Tomei

SUPPORT HNR:

  • THIS MONTH ON PATREON
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    The June poll: Us and Them, Mohawk, Luke Cage Season 2, Tau, Prevenge, and Die Hard
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WORTH WATCHING: Ant-Man & The Wasp

As Scott Lang balances being both a Super Hero and a father, Hope van Dyne and Dr. Hank Pym present an urgent new mission that finds the Ant-Man fighting alongside The Wasp to uncover secrets from their past.
Director: Peyton Reed
Cast: Paul Rudd, Evangeline Lilly, Michael Peña

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  • Susan Jessup
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  • Daphne ME
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NEXT WEEK: Skyscraper

Jul 5, 2018

“They torment me. I wake in the night and the trail of their feet whispers in my brain. I have no peace. For they are in me.” Irena Dubrovna apparently has an icky feeling inside? Join Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Whitney Modesta Collazo as they come on little cat feet and sit looking over Cat People on silent haunches. Wait. Does that sound familiar? Anyway, listen to the Grue Crew scratch below the surface of this unmitigated classic!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 37 – Cat People (1942)

Cat People is the first film in RKO’s plan to release low budget horror films intended to compete with Universal’s output. The studio handed their new effort to first time producer Val Lewton, who had been recommended by David O. Selznick. Lewton enlisted first time screenwriter DeWitt Bodean to write the script and then surrounded himself with an excellent crew led by director Jacques Tourneur and cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca.

Cast as Irena Dubrovna, the film’s central character, Simone Simon’s mysterious and exotic look was key to the success of Cat People. Kent Smith took the role of her soon-to-be husband, Oliver Reed, with Jane Randolph rounding out the love triangle as Alice Moore, ostensibly Reed’s work colleague. The four main characters are rounded out by Tom Conway as Dr. Judd, a psychiatrist brought in to treat Irena’s obsession with the legend of her family’s curse and her accompnaying fears of intimacy. An able supporting cast, led by Alan Napier as another of Reed’s work colleagues and Jack Holt as Reed’s boss, make solid contributions to the feel and atmosphere of Cat People.

This episode’s Grue Crew all marvel at Tourneur’s and Musuraca’s use of shadows and fog to foster the eerie atmosphere present throughout Cat People and how truly terrifying the film is despite most of the action being hidden in shadows and not explicitly shown. Whitney is impressed by the stress and vulnerability she felt during the swimming pool scene and points out the impact the set design has on creating the film’s mood. Chad emphasizes the sophistication of the film, its tight script, and the existence of the storytelling technique known as the “Lewton Bus.” He also points out three - count ‘em, three - more connections to the Batman TV series. We learn of Joseph’s unrequited love for Jane Randolph (Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, 1948). Jeff and Joseph remark on some of the similarities that Cat People has with film noir and Jeff gets lost in the supporting cast. Of course he did. Needless to say, they all pronounce Cat People to be a must see film!

We plan to release a new episode every other week. On the next episode in our very flexible schedule, we ‘ll be covering Die, Monster, Die! (1965), the film that tied for first place in our latest Patreon Poll.

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 films we love. Send us an email or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, Stitcher, Google Play, or the Horror News Radio Facebook group.

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

Jul 1, 2018

We get a glimpse as "Crazy Evil" with the Nicolas Cage film Mandy. Vanessa squeals with glee as Shudder announces Joe Bob Briggs is returning to TV with The Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs on Friday, July 13. The world bids a fond farewell to a prolific, influential, and often controversial genre writer Harlan Ellison. And, the Grue-Crew discuss 8 directors that have directed genre films within the last 18 month and have impressed us to include them in the top up and coming genre directors.  Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Horror News Radio
Episode 272 – Hereditary
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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Top 8 Up and Coming Genre Directors

  • Ari Aster - Hereditary
  • Coralie Fargeat - Revenge
  • Ryan Prows - Lowlife
  • David Bruckner - The Ritual
  • Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead - The Endless
  • Jordan Peele - Get Out
  • S. Craig Zahler - Brawl in Cell Block 99
  • John Krasinski - A Quiet Place

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