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Jan 30, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE TURNING (2020).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

[TRAILERS]

[REBOOTS]

[PROMISES, PROMISES]

FEATURE REVIEW: THE TURNING (2020)

A young governess is hired by a man who has become responsible for his young nephew and niece after their parents' deaths. A modern take on Henry James' novella "The Turn of the Screw."

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Director: Floria Sigismondi
Writers: Carey W. Hayes (as Carey Hayes), Henry James

Stars: Mackenzie Davis, Finn Wolfhard, Brooklynn Prince

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rl33gU2APIs

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Jan 28, 2020

It's time to prepare for a month of horror with the Gruesome Guide for February 2020. Doc Rotten and Vanessa Thompson walk you through the top 10 Horror Films to see this month. Woot!

Editor's Note: VFW's release date is now 2/14/2020!

THE LODGE
(FilmNation Entertainment, Hammer Films - 2/7/2020)

A soon-to-be stepmom is snowed in with her fiancé's two children at a remote holiday village. Just as relations begin to thaw between the trio, some strange and frightening events take place.

Directors: Severin Fiala | Veronika Franz
Stars: Riley Keough, Richard Armitage, Alicia Silverstone, Jaeden Martell

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYUI97qAa_k

COME TO DADDY
(Saban Films, Firefly Films - 2/7/2020)

A man in his thirties travels to a remote cabin to reconnect with his estranged father.

Director: Ant Timpson
Writers: Toby Harvard (story), Toby Harvard
Stars: Elijah Wood, Stephen McHattie, Garfield Wilson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3D05YjZmVSI

Blumhouse's FANTASY ISLAND
(Columbia Pictures, Blumhouse Productions - 2/14/2020)

A horror adaptation of the popular '70s TV show about a magical island resort.

Director: Jeff Wadlow (Blumhouse's Truth or Dare)
Stars: Maggie Q, Michael Peña, Lucy Hale, Portia Doubleday

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a6O30nJ02PU

AFTER MIDNIGHT
(Cranked Up Films - 2/14/2020)

When his long-suffering girlfriend disappears suddenly, leaving a cryptic note as her only explanation, Hank's comfortable life and his sanity begin to crack. Then, from the woods surrounding his house, something terrible starts trying to break in.

Directors: Jeremy Gardner, Christian Stella
Writer: Jeremy Gardner
Stars: Jeremy Gardner, Brea Grant, Justin Benson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEpHRkC-ZyM

BRAHMS: THE BOY II
(STX Entertainment - 2/21/2020)

After a family moves into the Heelshire Mansion, their young son soon makes friends with a life-like doll called Brahms.

Director: William Brent Bell
Stars: Katie Holmes, Owain Yeoman, Ralph Ineson, Christopher Convery

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DPYO6Rj_0k

THE NIGHT CLERK
(Saban Films - 2/21/2020)

Voyeuristic hotel clerk becomes the subject of a murder investigation.

Director: Michael Cristofer
Writer: Michael Cristofer
Stars: Ana de Armas, Helen Hunt, Tye Sheridan

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flDC7Ar2Deg

GREENLIGHT
(Entertainment Squad - 2/25/2020)

A director's dream job quickly descends into a nightmare when he is forced to film a real-life murder.

Director: Graham Denman
Writers: Graham Denman (story by), Patrick Robert Young
Stars: Danielle Bisutti, Chris Browning, Caroline Williams

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8tsJoSsIhA

VFW
(RLJE Films, Fangoria - 2/14/2020)

A group of war veterans must defend their local VFW post and an innocent teen against a deranged drug dealer and his relentless army of punk mutants.

Director: Joe Begos (Bliss)
Writers: Max Brallier (co-writer), Matthew McArdle (co-writer)
Stars: Martin Kove, Stephen Lang, William Sadler

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7yYN2-crPCI

THE INVISIBLE MAN
(Universal Pictures, Blumhouse Productions - 2/28/2020)

When Cecilia's abusive ex takes his own life and leaves her his fortune, she suspects his death was a hoax. As a series of coincidences turn lethal, Cecilia works to prove that she is being hunted by someone nobody can see.

Director: Leigh Whannell (Upgrade)
Stars: Elisabeth Moss, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Aldis Hodge, Storm Reid

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dSBsNeYqh-k&

GUNS AKIMBO
(Saban Films - 2/28/2020)

Miles is stuck in a dead-end job, still in love with his ex-girlfriend Nova. Unbeknownst to him, a gang called Skizm is running a deadly competition within his city in which complete strangers fight to the death for the entertainment of an online audience of millions. Miles soon finds himself caught up in the game and forced to fight in a battle to the death. Initially, Miles' lifetime of running from his problems pays off as he manages to elude his first opponent but when Nova is kidnapped, he must finally stop running and overcome his fears to fight for the girl he loves.

Director: Jason Lei Howden (Deathgasm)
Writer: Jason Lei Howden
Stars: Daniel Radcliffe, Samara Weaving, Rhys Darby

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZSVxobsJz8

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Jan 25, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew present...The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2020.

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

THE TOP 10 MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR FILMS OF 2020

10 (11) Antebellum (d. Gerard Bush & Christopher Renz - 4/24/2020) TIE
10 Lodge, The (d. Severin Fiala & Veronika Franz - 2/7/2020) TIE
08 (09) Malignant (d. James Wan - 8/14/2020) TIE
08 Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It, The (d. Michael Chaves - 9/11/2020) TIE
07 Last Night in Soho (d. Edgar Wright - 9/25/2020)
06 Invisible Man, The (d. Leigh Whannell - 2/28/2020)
04 (05) A Quiet Place Part II (d. John Krasinski - 3/20/2020) TIE
04 Antlers (d. Scott Cooper - 4/17/2020) TIE
03 Ghostbusters: Afterlife (d. Jason Reitman - 7/10/2020)
02 Godzilla vs Kong (d. Adam Wingard - 11/20/2020)
01 Halloween Kills (d. David Gordon Green - 10/16/2020)

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Jan 22, 2020

“From Marquette, Canada today comes word of a second ship destroyed by an enormous beast according to her Captain, George LeMay. He really ought to stop smoking that stuff and try Virginia Golds.” Well, as you might have guessed, it wasn’t the stuff he’d been smoking. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they leapfrog from the arctic to New York City to join the battle to stop The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 69 – The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953)

A ferocious dinosaur awakened by an Arctic atomic test terrorizes the North Atlantic and, ultimately, New York City.

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The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms is a landmark film for many reasons. Inspired by the success of a re-release of King Kong (1933) in 1952, it’s success, in turn, inspired Toho to move forward with the production of Godzilla (1954). It also gave Ray Harryhausen his first shot as head of special effects on a feature film and provided one of Ray Bradbury’s first paychecks for a feature film. The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms was also the first film featuring a giant creature that exists as the result of an atomic explosion. Put Eugène Lourié in the director’s chair, John L. Russell behind the camera, and enlist a supporting cast of topnotch character actors and you have a recipe for success.

All members of your Classic Era Grue-Crew love this film and appreciate its place in film history. They gush over Harryhausen’s stop-motion animation skills and dedication, the direction, cinematography, script, and cast. If you haven’t seen this film for a while, it might be time to revisit The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms. It’s a gem of a film. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Abbott and Costello Meet the Mummy (1953).

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: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jan 18, 2020

"I'm supposed to read you your rights. But you're in *Mooney's* jail, and in Mooney's jail, you ain't *got* no rights!" I wonder what the Mooney ventriloquist dummy thinks about that? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they go on an outing to the big top for some cotton candy and Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 150 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)

Aliens who look like clowns come from outer space and terrorize a small town.

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You’re faithful Grue-Crew are a little scattered in this episode. You see, due to a technical glitch, everyone sounded like Killer Klowns on the first go-around so they had to record this episode a second time. They got a little slap-happy in the process and, well, they now know whether or not Crystal likes ice cream. 

At any rate, they do get to Killer Klowns from Outer Space and reach a quick, unanimous consensus: they love it! They discuss the Chiodo Brothers, John Vernon’s turn as Officer Mooney, and the splendid and colorful look and feel of the film. Jeff was the Killer Klowns virgin of the crew, but he got so excited after their first attempt at recording the episode, he purchased the Blu ray and took a dive into the extras. This was indeed a great pick by Crystal and she recounts exactly why she loves it so much. Bill is impressed with the practical effects and sympathizes with the problems that had to be dealt with while filming something like Killer Klowns from Outer Space that seems to be a creation like no other. From Chad, we learn about yet another childhood fear of his.

If you haven’t seen this cult classic, you owe yourself a favor. At this writing, it is available to stream and on a fine Arrow Video Blu ray.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1970s. In episode 151, the 80s Grue-Crew will take a broom to Street Trash (1987). Oh yes, they will.

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

Jan 16, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… UNDERWATER (2020).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: UNDERWATER (2020)

(20th Century Fox)

After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.

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Director: William Eubank
Writers: Brian Duffield (screenplay by), Adam Cozad (screenplay by)

Stars:

Kristen Stewart … Norah Price
T.J. Miller … Paul Abel
Jessica Henwick … Emily Haversham
Vincent Cassel … Captain Lucien
John Gallagher Jr. … Liam Smith
Mamoudou Athie … Rodrigo Nagenda
Gunner Wright … Lee Miller

 

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Jan 10, 2020

On this episode of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE GRUDGE (2020).

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.

HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK

FEATURE REVIEW: THE GRUDGE (2020)

(Screen Gems, Ghost House Pictures)

After a young mother murders her family in her own house, a single mother and young detective tries to investigate and solve the case. Later, she discovers the house is cursed by a vengeful ghost that dooms those who enter it with a violent death. Now, she runs to save herself and her son from demonic spirits from the cursed house in her neighborhood.

IMDb

Director: Nicolas Pesce
Stars:

Tara Westwood … Fiona Landers
Junko Bailey … Kayako Ghost
David Lawrence Brown … Sam Landers
Zoe Fish … Melinda Landers
Andrea Riseborough … Detective Muldoon
John J. Hansen … Burke
Demián Bichir … Goodman
Joel Marsh Garland … Detective Greco
Bradley Sawatzky … Officer Michaels
Lin Shaye … Faith Matheson
John Cho … Peter Spencer
Betty Gilpin … Nina Spencer

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Jan 10, 2020

"-- Zuni doll gibberish --" You might not know what he’s saying, but you’re definitely not hanging around to find out! Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they relive the impact they experienced when they first watched Trilogy of Terror (1975) from Dan Curtis.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 108 – Trilogy of Terror (1975)

Three bizarre horror stories all of which star Karen Black in four different roles playing tormented women.

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  • Director: Dan Curtis
  • Writers: William F. Nolan, Richard Matheson
  • Music: Bob Cobert
  • Film Editing: Les Green
  • Special Effects:
  • Segments
    • "Julie" - Julie Eldridge is a sexually-repressed college teacher who is blackmailed by one of her students for a past indiscretion in which she played an unwilling part.
      • Teleplay by William F. Nolan, based on a Richard Matheson story, “The Likeness of Julie.” as by Logan Swanson in the anthology Alone by Night (1962) ed. Don Congdon, Michael Congdon, Ballantine Books; then in Shock II (1964), Dell.
      • Karen Black as Julie
      • Robert Burton as Chad Rogers
      • Jim Storm as Eddie Nells
      • Gregory Harrison as the New Student
      • Kathryn Reynolds as Anne Richards
      • Orin Cannon as Motel Clerk
    • "Millicent and Therese" - Millicent Larimore is a plain-looking, almost reclusive woman who lives with her amoral twin sister Therese who delights in tormenting her.
      • Teleplay by William F. Nolan from the Richard Matheson story “Therese” (aka “Needle in the Heart”) (1969), Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine, October 1969, Shock Waves - Oct 1970
      • Karen Black as Millicent / Therese
      • John Karlen as Thomas Amman
      • George Gaynes as Dr. Chester Ramsey
      • Tracy Curtis as Tracy
    • "Amelia"  - Amelia, in a solo horror story monologue, is a mother-dominated woman who buys a Zuni fetish doll for her latest boyfriend.
      • Written by Richard Matheson based on his own story, "Prey" (1969), Playboy, April 1969, Shock Waves - Oct 1970
      • Karen Black as Amelia
      • Frank Welker and Walker Edmiston (uncredited) as the voice of the Zuni doll

Each of the members of the Grue-Crew for this episode viewed Trilogy of Terror during its television premiere in 1975 and it made an indelible mark on each of their psyches. Of course, that mark, the one that created nightmares and lost sleep, is left by the final segment in which the Zuni doll runs amok. The Grue-Crew also has a heightened appreciation for Karen Black’s acting abilities after rewatching the film and her four performances therein. They also all agree that the terror in the final segment is just as strong and effective as it was in 1975. If you haven’t seen Dan Curtis’ Trilogy of Terror recently, you owe yourself a rewatch. It’s that good. At least, the Zuni-warrior doll piece is that good!

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Frankenstein: The True Story (1973). 

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


Jan 4, 2020

“It is my considered opinion that rat No. 4 is sitting inside that cat.” Ha! The jokes on you, Jennings! It’s actually in your pocket. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Chad Hunt Whitney Collazo, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip to Marineland to see the Gill-Man in his second theatrical outing, Revenge of the Creature (1955).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 68 – Revenge of the Creature (1955)

The Creature from the Black Lagoon has been captured by scientists and transported to an aquarium in south Florida. Once there, he becomes attracted to lovely female scientist Helen Dobson and manages to escape and kidnap her, and heads to Jacksonville, with her real-life love in pursuit.

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Universal International Pictures followed up the success of Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) the following year with Revenge of the Creature, another 3-D entry to the Univeral Horror catalog. Chad Hunt continues his love for the Gill-man, first revealed in episode 3 of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era. Your loyal Grue-Crew note the differences between this film and its predecessor, both in the pacing of the story and in the Florida setting. They are also impressed by the performance turned in by Lori Nelson as scientist Helen Dobson. Of course, Clint Eastwood also comes up in conversation. They all recommend Revenge of the Creature despite its marked departure from the feel and tone of the first film in the series.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be The Beast from 20,000 Fathoms (1953).

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: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jan 3, 2020

As we start 2020, let's take a quick look back at the films that made 2019 with HNR's Top 10 Horror Films of the Year. Each host shares their unique favorites and the Grue-Crew debate each film entered into the best of 2019.

Join regular HNR hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, and Christopher G. Moore along with special guest hosts Jeff Mohr (Decades of Horror and Gruesome Magazine podcasts), Joseph Perry (Decades of Horror), and Crystal Cleveland (Gruesome Magazine). Let us know what you think of the lists and what films we missed. Also, we'll share our Honorable Mentions as well. Enjoy!

TOP 10 HORROR FILMS OF 2019:

Dave Dreher

10 IT: Chapter 2
9 One Cut Of The Dead
8 Daniel Isn't Real
7 Ready or Not
6 Pilgrim
5 The Perfection
4 Nasty Piece Of Work
3 Doctor Sleep
2 Don't Fuck With Cats
1 The Veloci-Pastor

Christopher G. Moore

10 Horror Noire / Wolfman's Got Nards
9 Satanic Panic
8 Atlantics
7 Brightburn
6 Crawl
5 One Cut of the Dead
4 Midsommar
3 The Perfection
2 Ready or Not
1 Daniel Isn't Real

Doc Rotten

10 Escape Room
9 Godzilla, King of the Monsters
8 Annabelle Comes Home
7 It Chapter 2
6 One Cut of the Dead
5 Ready or Not
4 Us
3 Doctor Sleep
2 Crawl
1 Joker

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