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Sep 11, 2019

"In the past 500 years, Professor, those who have crossed my path have all died, and some not pleasantly." Then again, some who have crossed his path have watched him turn into a cloak-kite and flap away. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out the 1979 version of Dracula, featuring Frank Langella, Kate Nelligan, Laurence Olivier, and Donald Pleasence, four decades after its release.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 103 – Dracula (1979)

In 1913, the charming, seductive and sinister vampire Count Dracula travels to England in search of an immortal bride.

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1979 saw the release of a veritable colony of vampire movies. John Badham’s Dracula most certainly comes in as number one in terms of budget though maybe not in terms of a timeless treasure. This one holds a special place for Doc as does Frank Langella’s portrayal of the legendary count. Jeff labored to stay focused during the first half of the film but gives high marks to the final half. As a youngster watching this, Chad was duly frightened but admits parts of it do not hold up forty years later. Bill is irritated Dracula omits nearly everything taking place prior to the Demeter landing in England and bemoans the very weird, “vampire kite” conclusion. 

Where does Dracula (1979) fit amongst other films based on Bram Stoker’s novel or even amongst vampire films in general? The 1970s Grue Crew is just foolhardy enough to take a shot at a general ranking. At any rate, they all recommend Dracula as a worthwhile watch and Doc is considering acquiring the Scream Factory Blu-ray due out in November 2019.

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.

Sep 10, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… READY OR NOT.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

FEATURE TOPIC: Ready or Not

A bride's wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.

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Director: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
Stars: Samara Weaving, Adam Brody, Andie MacDowell, Mark O'Brien, Nicky Guadagni

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Sep 9, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Sony/Disney dispute leads to SPIDER-MAN exiting the MCU…
  • Disney+ debuts the trailer for THE MANDALORIAN
  • And, DC gets the last laugh with the trailer for JOKER

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Sep 5, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE FANATIC.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Guest host - Jeff Mohr, co-host of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era

FEATURE TOPIC: The Fanatic (aka Moose)

A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star's life.

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Director: Fred Durst (Limp Bizkit / director of The Education of Charlie Banks, The Longshots)
Writers: Dave Bekerman, Fred Durst
Stars: John Travolta, Devon Sawa (Final Destination, Idle Hands), Ana Golja

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Sep 4, 2019

“I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks. I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do believe in spooks, I do believe in spooks, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do, I do!” He also believes in wicked witches, flying monkeys, anthropomorphic trees, and wizards! Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip to the land of Oz by way of Kansas to make a request of The Wizard of Oz (1939).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 63 – The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Transported to a surreal landscape, a young girl kills the first person she meets and then teams up with three strangers to kill again.

- Rick Polito for TCM

 

You might not think The Wizard of Oz is a horror movie, but you will never convince Jeff. Let him count the ways it scares the crap out of him. He also considers the film to be his favorite film of any genre. Whitney is the one that recognizes that strong female characters run the worlds depicted in The Wizard of Oz. She is also astounded by how the makeup needs of over 100 munchkins were handled on a daily basis. Bert Lahr’s portrayal of the Cowardly Lion is one of Chad’s favorites, so much so, that as a child, he used to run around the house imitating him. The whole Grue Crew can’t stop gushing over The Wizard of Oz and its iconic characters and the actors that so ably performed as those icons, even though it has been 80 years since its original release.

Be sure to tune in for the next episode when the Classic Era Grue Crew travels to Russia for some folk-horror and discuss Viy (1967).

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

Aug 28, 2019

“All I know is the air in Dunwich is getting awful thick. Soon as I can find somebody to buy my shop and my house, I’m vamoosin’. You can bet your ass.” Much to Crystal Clevelenad’s delight, some of that “thick air” in Dunwich is created by fog machines. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a viscera-filled trip to Lucio Fulci’s City of the Living Dead!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 145 – City of the Living Dead (1980)

In the small New England town of Dunwich, a priest commits suicide by hanging himself in the church cemetery which somehow opens the gates of hell allowing the dead to rise. Peter, a New York City reporter, teams up with a young psychic, named Mary, to travel to the town where they team up with another couple, psychiatrist Jerry and patient Sandra, to find a way to close the gates before All Saints Day or the dead all over the world will rise up and kill the living.

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Bill chose this film and recounts how Fulci’s work has risen in his estimation over the years. He also emphasizes the importance of the production design by Massimo Antonello Geleng in creating the look of City of the Living Dead. Fog machines are Crystal’s thing so she’s all about the look of this movie as Fulci went for the “fog-everywhere-all-the-time” look. She also talks about the importance of the filmmakers having worked on several pictures together, building their mutual understanding of each others’ methods. Chad surprises the rest of the Grue-Crew by revealing that he saw City of the Living Dead first run, younger than he should’ve been to see the movie, by sneaking into the theater with his buddies. He is also enthralled by the idea that a priest committing suicide could open a gate of hell and cause the dead to rise. Jeff gets into Christopher George’s filmography and is thrilled at the opportunity to explore more Fulci films.

Originally titled Paura nella città dei morti viventi in Italy and first released in the U.S. as The Gates of Hell, City of the Living Dead is the first chapter in what is referred to as Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy. The Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew are universally impressed with City of the Living Dead!

As you might have noticed, the Gruesome Magazine Decades of Horror 1980s is back from its hiatus with a completely new Grue-Crew. They plan to fit into the new Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s and hope they can live up to the standards set by the previous Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crews. 

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Aug 27, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… 47 METERS DOWN: UNCAGED.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

FEATURE TOPIC: 47 Meters Down: Uncaged

Four teen girls diving in a ruined underwater city quickly learn they've entered the territory of the deadliest shark species in the claustrophobic labyrinth of submerged caves.

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Director: Johannes Roberts
Writers: Ernest Riera, Johannes Roberts
Cast:

  • Sophie Nélisse … Mia
  • Corinne Foxx … Sasha
  • Brianne Tju … Alexa
  • Sistine Rose Stallone … Nicole (as Sistine Stallone)
  • Brec Bassinger … Catherine
  • John Corbett … Grant
  • Nia Long … Jennifer
  • Axel Mansilla … Chum Man
  • Khylin Rhambo … Carl
  • Davi Santos … Ben

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Aug 24, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • Freaks Run Amok in CANDY CORN
  • Neo returns in MATRIX 4
  • And, Movie Fans Bid Farewell to a Counter-Culture Legend…

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Aug 21, 2019

"My brother always makes me wear this stupid mask. Do you know why? Because I'm prettier than him." There is no doubt, he is far prettier than his brother! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they visit Mr. Slausen’s Lost Oasis in Tourist Trap, the film which Stephen King says, “wields an eerie, spooky power.”

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 102 – Tourist Trap (1979)

Teenagers come across a shut-in psychopath with telekinetic powers. He proceeds to use these powers to slay them one by one as well as animate the various mannequins he uses to keep himself company.

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Your Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew all agree Tourist Trap is an underrated film. In fact, they all admit to paying it little heed in passing until they took a closer look for this podcast. Bill brings up Pino Donaggio’s quirky score and Robert Burns’ art direction and mask designs as contributing factors to the film’s creepiness. The first kill scene really got to Chad as Woody meets his demise in a seemingly abandoned gas station and don’t even mention the hands! Jeff gives some background on Chuck Connors’ athletic exploits prior to becoming an actor and points out an early uncredited role for scream queen Linnea Quigly.

The Grue Crew give Tourist Trap a solid recommendation with the following caveat: be prepared to watch a very odd film. Despite its oddness, you will be watching a very creepy and powerful take on slasher films in this hidden gem from 1979.

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.

 

Aug 21, 2019

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SCARY STORIES TO TELL IN THE DARK.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

FEATURE TOPIC: Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark

It's 1968 in America. Change is blowing in the wind...but seemingly far removed from the unrest in the cities is the small town of Mill Valley where for generations, the shadow of the Bellows family has loomed large. It is in their mansion on the edge of town that Sarah, a young girl with horrible secrets, turned her tortured life into a series of scary stories, written in a book that has transcended time-stories that have a way of becoming all too real for a group of teenagers who discover Sarah's terrifying tome.

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Director: André Øvredal
Cast:

  • Zoe Margaret Colletti … Stella Nicholls
  • Michael Garza … Ramón Morales
  • Gabriel Rush … Auggie Hilderbrandt
  • Dean Norris … Roy Nicholls
  • Gil Bellows … Chief Turner
  • Lorraine Toussaint … Lou Lou
  • Austin Zajur … Chuck Steinberg
  • Natalie Ganzhorn … Ruth
  • Austin Abrams … Tommy
  • Kathleen Pollard … Sarah Bellows

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Aug 17, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • Amblin is developing an interactive haunted house movie…
  • Universal Studios adds Rob Zombie and Zombieland to Halloween Horror Nights…
  • PARASITE may be Bong Joon-Ho's best film yet..

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Aug 15, 2019

“Hand down the Shark-repellent Batspray!” Let’s hope the Boy Wonder doesn’t get it confused with the Barracuda-repellent Batspray. That could create a toothy problem for the Caped Crusader. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Joseph Perry, Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - as they join Batman and Robin in their fight against the United Underworld in Batman: The Movie (1966).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 62 – Batman: The Movie (1966)

The Dynamic Duo faces four supervillains who plan to hold the world for ransom with the help of a secret invention that instantly dehydrates people.

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Of course, the Classic Era Grue Crew knows Batman: The Movie is not a horror movie, but they just couldn’t help themselves. From the beginning of the podcast, they’ve been making connections between the film they discussed and Batman (TV-Series. 1966-1968) and even some of the Batman films. It was inevitable that they would eventually pull the Bat-trigger and feature this 1966 film. Joseph was the one who finally put it on the schedule and everyone had beaucoup Bat-fun covering this Batman: The Movie.

Chad points out Adam West wasn’t a shoo-in for the role of Batman and encourages us to check out Lyle Waggoner’s screentest on YouTube. Other works in horror by the cast and crew are identified by Joseph while Jeff focuses on other screenplays written by Lorenzo Semple Jr. Whitney notices Adam West’s version of Batman is more nurturing toward Robin than most later depictions. If you haven’t seen this campy and fun film, your Grue Crew highly recommends you watch Batman: The Movie in the near future!

If you’re unaware of the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era’s many connections to the Batman TV-series, you might want to check out these episodes: Frank Gorshin (The Riddler) in  48. Invasion Of The Saucer Men (1957), Vincent Price (Egghead) and Elish Cook Jr. (Prof. Isaacson in 17. House On Haunted Hill (1959), Carolyn Jones (Queen of Diamonds) in 24. Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1956) and 25. House Of Wax (1953), and Alan Napier (Alfred) in 18. The Uninvited (1944) and 37. Cat People (1942). There are a lot more so go to it! 

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every three weeks. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be The Wizard of Oz (1939), the first experience many children have with being scared to death by a movie.

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

Aug 14, 2019

On This Episode of Horror News Radio:

  • HAUNT gets an extreme Trailer…
  • Universal pulls THE HUNT from release…
  • And… Tom Savini pens a new BIO book called… SAVINI

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Aug 3, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Ruben Fleischer reunites the crew for ZOMBIELAND: DOUBLE TAP,
  • James Wan lines up a new Horror Film as his next directorial effort,
  • and Universal Studios announces Orlando's EPIC UNIVERSE...

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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Jul 24, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • IT: CHAPTER 2 sends us back to Derry…
  • SHUDDER frightens us with a trailer for CREEPSHOW
  • … and the Grue-Crew review… STRANGER THINGS SEASON 3.

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Stranger Things Season 3

In the summer of 1985 in Hawkins, the new Starcourt Mall has become the focal point of the town, driving other stores out of business. Sheriff Jim Hopper is conflicted over Eleven and Mike's budding relationship, while Joyce considers moving out of Hawkins for better prospects, leaving the state of the children's friendships and her own relationship with Hopper in the air. However, strange power fluctuations trigger Will's awareness of something otherworldly, and Eleven and Max sense something is off about the town's residents, and despite having closed the portal to the Upside Down, fears that they are all in danger from it still.

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  • Winona Ryder as Joyce Byers
  • David Harbour as Jim Hopper
  • Finn Wolfhard as Mike Wheeler
  • Millie Bobby Brown as Eleven / Jane Hopper
  • Gaten Matarazzo as Dustin Henderson
  • Caleb McLaughlin as Lucas Sinclair
  • Noah Schnapp as Will Byers
  • Sadie Sink as Maxine "Max" Mayfield
  • Natalia Dyer as Nancy Wheeler
  • Charlie Heaton as Jonathan Byers
  • Joe Keery as Steve Harrington
  • Dacre Montgomery as Billy Hargrove / Mind Flayer
  • Maya Hawke as Robin Buckley
  • Priah Ferguson as Erica Sinclair
  • Cara Buono as Karen Wheeler

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Jul 23, 2019

"Let it be known, sons and daughters, that Satan was an acid-head. Drink from his cup. Pledge yourselves. And together, we'll aaaalll freak out!" And indeed, your Grue-Crew did freak out. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they kick off their next one-hundred episodes with this truly wondrous, groovy, and gory film from 1970, I Drink Your Blood!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 101 – I Drink Your Blood (1970)

A band of satanist hippies roll into a town and begin terrorizing the local folk. They rape a local girl and her grandpa goes after them. He fails and is given LSD. This bothers his grandson and he gets back at the hippies by feeding them meat pies infected with blood from a rabid dog. They turn into crazed lunatics and begin killing and/or infecting everything in their path.

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Not surprisingly, there is a lot to say about I Drink Your Blood and the 70s Grue-Crew is up to the task. Bill proclaims that with the right distribution and marketing, this film might have been as influential as Night of the Living Dead. The memory of The Black Saint is invoked by Chad as he recounts how Santos talked of the giant syringe that came with a special edition of I Drink Your Blood, just in case you needed to inject someone’s food (meat pies work the best) with the blood of some rabid animal. Doc has an unusual interpretation of the “foaming-at-the-mouth” effect used by the filmmakers but the rest of the Grue-Crew really don’t want to go there. The opening scene, including the strategically placed sword hilt, was all Jeff needed to see to go all-in on I Drink Your Blood. They universally proclaim the boy as the best character in the film as he unintentionally wreaks havoc on the local citizenry while seeking revenge on the satanist hippies.

Your Grue-Crew highly recommends I Drink Your Blood, but cautions that there are a lot of different versions out there. Even the version on Shudder is missing a couple of key scenes. Doc and Chad viewed a version on Youtube that seems to be the most complete and includes a final scene that is much truer to the decade’s vibe.

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 18, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Blumhouse and Universal sign their INVISIBLE MAN…,
  • Rob Zombie and the Firefly Family return in 3 FROM HELL…,
  • … and the Grue-Crew review… CRAWL!

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Crawl

A young woman, while attempting to save her father during a Category 5 hurricane, finds herself trapped in a flooding house and must fight for her life against alligators.

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  • Director: Alexandre Aja
  • Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Morfydd Clark

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Jul 16, 2019

“Doctor, you’ll perform an autopsy!” “On a body that’s turned to stone?” Wait a minute! Isn’t that a Joe Walsh song? Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they struggle to avert their eyes from the horrors of The Gorgon (1964).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 61 – The Gorgon (1964)

In the early twentieth century, a Gorgon takes human form and terrorizes a small European village by turning its citizens to stone.

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Although The Gorgon is infamous for its startlingly bad version of a Medusa-like head full of snakes, the Grue-Crew found plenty to like. The film scores first with Terence Fisher as director and again with a Hammer hat-trick in its three stars: Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Barbara Shelley. Whitney points out how ineffective Peter Cushing’s character is at controlling and manipulating the women in his life and how forceful and strong Barbara Shelley is as the lead female character. Joseph loves the almost swashbuckling fight between Peter Cushing’s and Richard Pasco’s characters. Jeff agrees and identifies the strength of the opening scenes as what drew him into The Gorgon.

Your Grue-Crew think this might have been a top-notch Hammer Film if not for the poor snake effects on the title character's head. As is, The Gorgon, though maybe not a must-see film, is most definitely a film you should see.

If you’re a Hammer Horror fan, you might want to check out our episodes on The Curse of Frankenstein (1957) and Nightmare (1964). The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Batman: The Movie (1966)! Yes, you read that right!

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

Jul 10, 2019

“Haven't you found anybody to put in your straight jacket yet?” “No, but I will by the time I leave.” Good luck with that! Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, and Jeff Mohr - when they book a room in an old dark house and try to identify who is the cat and who is the canary in Paul Leni’s silent classic, The Cat and the Canary (1927).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 60 – The Cat and the Canary (1927)

Relatives of an eccentric millionaire gather in his spooky mansion on the 20th anniversary of his death for the reading of his will.

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The Classic Era Grue Crew has a lot of fun with this founding member of the “Old Dark House” subgenre of films. Chad enjoyed viewing The Cat and the Canary with the knowledge that what later become classic tropes, were being viewed in this film for the first time by a lot of people. It is the shadows and lighting that wowed Jeff when he first saw this silent classic, but this time around, it was all about the actors, the characters, and the humor. Joseph points out how Universal’s Carl Laemmle hired Paul Leni, whose roots are in German expressionism, with the purpose of adapting the form for American audiences in The Cat and the Canary. Your Grue Crew highly recommends this movie and don’t get us started on the plastic eye!

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew plan to release a new episode every other week. Hey, where else will you hear podcasts on films ranging from The Old Dark House (1932) to House on Haunted Hill (1959) to It! The Terror from Beyond Space (1958)? The next episode in our very flexible schedule will be Batman: The Movie (1966)! Yup! You read that right!

Please send us feedback on the films we cover, ideas for future films, or the podcast itself. After all, without you, we’re just four horror freaks talking about the films we love. Send us an email at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com or leave us a message, a review, or a comment at GruesomeMagazine.com, iTunes, the Gruesome Magazine Horror News Radio Facebook group or your friendly neighborhood podcast aggregator.

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

Jul 5, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

  • Paul Rudd joins a fan favorite franchise,
  • Pinhead, Mogwai, and Grant Wilson return to TV,
  • ...and the Grue-Crew review... ANNABELLE COMES HOME

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Annabelle Comes Home

While babysitting the daughter of Ed and Lorraine Warren, a teenager and her friend unknowingly awaken an evil spirit trapped in a doll.

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  • Director: Gary Dauberman
  • Cast: Vera Farmiga, Patrick Wilson, Mckenna Grace, Madison Iseman, Katie Sarife

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Jul 2, 2019

"In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream." You can, however, usually hear space ships blowing up. Go figure. On this, their 100th episode, join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they spend the night on the Nostromo, the science fiction version of an old dark house, with Ripley and the gang on the 40th anniversary of Alien (1979).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 100 – Alien (1979)

After a space merchant vessel perceives an unknown transmission as a distress call, its landing on the source moon finds one of the crew attacked by a mysterious lifeform, and they soon realize that its life cycle has merely begun.

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As of June 22, 2019, it has been forty years since the release of Alien, so the Grue Crew thought it would be the perfect choice for the 100th episode of DoH 1970s. The film had a profound impact on each member of the Grue Crew, as it did on society as a whole. Over the course of this extended episode, it’s hard to tell what Doc, Chad, Bill, and Jeff like the most about the film. They unanimously trumpet nearly all aspects of the film: Ridley Scott’s direction, Dan O’Bannon’s script, each of the 9-member cast, H. R. Giger’s designs, and the practical effects.  

Doc also tells a story about the first two times - well, maybe it was 1.5 times - he saw Alien.  The craft of setting up a jump scare, even when the audience is expecting it, is discussed by Bill. Let’s face it. Everyone knew something was coming out of that egg, but everyone still jumped! Chad and Jeff first saw the film on HBO. Chad then took note of all future showings and took in as many as he could. Each of them had been lulled into a false sense of security by the films leisurely and uneventful pace, at least until the infamous face-hugger and chest-burster scenes maxed out their anxiety, tension, and fear. Your faithful Grue Crew trust that all of their listeners have seen Alien multiple times, but in this case, excess is never enough. Pull it up and watch it again, and again, and again.

To end the podcast, the Grue Crew look forward to the next 100 episodes and give a special thanks to The Black Saint. “Guard well the pips, and the fruit shall grow without let.”

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.

Jun 27, 2019

This week on Horror News Radio:

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • And award-winning filmmaker and host of Decades of Horror 1980s, Christopher G. Moore.
  • And Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

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HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE TOPIC: Child's Play (2019)

A mother gives her 13-year-old son a toy doll for his birthday, unaware of its more sinister nature.

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  • Director: Lars Klevberg
  • Cast: Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill, Gabriel Bateman

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  • Next Week on HNR: ANNABELLE COMES HOME

Jun 25, 2019

Longtime Horror News Radio listeners are sure to remember that HNR co-host and award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore listed NIGHTMARE CINEMA on his top 10 horror films of 2018, having seen the film at the New York City Horror Film Festival in November. His admiration of the film made a strong impression the rest of the Grue-Crew making them incredibly curious about this new anthology film. Well, this week brings good news!

NIGHTMARE CINEMA is finally arriving on this Friday, June 21, 2019, and to celebrate Gruesome Magazine has declared this week Nightmare Cinema Week. With this special episode of Horror News Radio, the Grue-Crew present a special interview with the creature-actor and FX artist, Dirk Rogers.

Doc Rotten joins Christopher G. Moore to speak with Dirk Rogers who portrays two of the creatures featured in NIGHTMARE CINEMA. In Mick Garris' Dead segment, he is Mr. Stitches. In Ryûhei Kitamura’s short, he portrays the title monster, Mashit. Dirk shares his history with KNB, the effects they created for the film, and some behind the scenes secrets in creating this incredible anthology film. And, to Doc's delight, there's an unexpected discussion about Bruce the shark from Jaws.

Jun 25, 2019

"Last day. Capricorn 15's. Year of the city - 2274. Carousel begins." Normally, everyone loves a carousel, but you definitely don’t want a ride on this one. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to evade renewal (they’re all over 30, you know) while searching for Sanctuary in Logan’s Run.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 99 – Logan’s Run (1976)

An idyllic science fiction future has one major drawback: life must end at the age of thirty

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Logan’s Run is one of Doc’s favorites from his youth. Admitting it can be a bit silly, he still thinks the themes the film deals with make it worth your time. Chad is a lover of Logan’s Run too and just can’t get over the disposal method used for terminated runners. Jenny Agutter is the big draw for Bill (as it is for his crewmates). He also remarks how Star Wars (1977) forever lowered where Logan’s Run fit in the hierarchy of science fiction-fantasy films. Having grown up with the mantra, “Never trust anyone over 30,” it makes sense that Jeff is attracted to the film’s premise and even though he’s not a big Michael York fan, he loved the supporting cast, especially Peter Ustinov and Roscoe Lee Browne. Your Grue Crew recommend Logan’s Run as a must-watch science fiction/fantasy film of the 1970s. Besides, who doesn’t love vine-covered monuments in Washington, D.C. and a whimsical Peter Ustinov on the floor of Congress surrounded by cats?

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.

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