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Nov 29, 2021

“Oh, good! So you've taken to our local specialty. Pickled earthworms in aspic is not to everyone's taste, I can tell you.” By the way, aspic is a savory jelly made with meat stock, set in a mold, and used to contain pieces of meat, seafood, eggs, or, apparently, earthworms. Sound better now? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a trip into the bizarre world of Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 194 – The Lair of the White Worm (1988)

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When an archaeologist uncovers a strange skull in a foreign land, the residents of a nearby town begin to disappear, leading to further inexplicable occurrences.

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The Lair of the White Worm is Crystal’s pick, but alas, she was unavailable and we had to go ahead without her. Chad’s first impression is along the lines of, “It’s a Ken Russell movie alright.” It starts with finding a skull in the field and just keeps getting weirder and weirder and more phallic and weirder and more phallic and... Bill is a big fan of Russell’s Altered States (1980) and loves this weird, 1980s slice of Ken Russell with its neat, little take on the legend of the Lampton Worm (D’Ampton Worm, get it?). In his view, the best thing about The Lair of the White Worm is Amanda Donahoe. Sammi Davis’s performance was an unexpected treat for Jeff and he loved the commonsense approach to fighting the “snake people.” Rather than a high priest reading an incantation from a volume of forgotten lore, the film’s heroes resort to snake-charming with a bagpipe, followed by releasing a mongoose and throwing a hand grenade, both having been hidden in Angus’s (Peter Capaldi) sporran.

If you’re in the mood for some Ken Russell bizarre hallucinations/dream sequences, gratuitous nudity, and what-the-f***ery, The Lair of the White Worm should be just the ticket. At the time of this writing, The Lair of the White Worm is available to stream on Amazon Prime and a variety of other free-with-ads or PPV services, as well as on physical media as a Blu-ray from Vestron Video and Lionsgate.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Chad, will be Neon Maniacs (1986). Here on Decades of Horror 1980s, we do love films with “maniac” in the title. 

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Nov 23, 2021

On episode 477 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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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.

  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa.
  • Special Guest-Host, Chad Hunt!

GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE (2021, SONY/Columbia Pictures)

When a single mom and her two kids arrive in a small town, they begin to discover their connection to the original Ghostbusters and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.

  • Available Exclusively in Theaters on November 19, 2021
  • Directed by Jason Reitman
  • Written by Jason Reitman, Gil Kenan
  • Based on Ghostbusters (1984) written by Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis
  • Cast: McKenna Grace, Finn Wolfhard, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd, Logan Kim, Celeste O’Connor, Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts, J.K. Simmons, Olivia Wilde

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Nov 22, 2021

“Weird, man. Way out. I mean, spooks, hobgoblins, black magic. All that jazz.” Groovy, man. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they go tripping back to the faux, mod world of 1972 London in Hammer’s Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 152 – Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)

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Johnny Alucard raises Count Dracula from the dead in London in 1972. The Count goes after the descendants of Van Helsing.

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Jeff has been watching a lot of Hammer films and reading “Little Shoppe of Horrors” (The Journal of Classic British Horror Films), but Dracula A.D. 1972 (with the exception of Stephanie Beacham, Caroline Munro, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee), though fun to watch, does not trip his trigger. He couldn’t get past what for him was an off-putting portrayal of the hip youth culture of early 1970s London. On the other hand, Bill likes Dracula A.D. 1972 despite its problems and even thinks it’s a great film in some ways. Dracula A.D. 1972 telegraphed too much of the plot for Chad’s liking and he too is bored to death with the young ‘uns. He does, however, find it far more interesting once Van Helsing and Dracula enter the scene and likes the cool way used to bring back the Count. Doc always loves Peter Cushing and Hammer and Dracula A.D. 1972 is no exception, especially the pre-title card scene. Despite the negative aspects pointed out by his crewmates, he loves every corny, zany minute of it.

As with all Hammer films, this is a must-see. As of this writing, Dracula A.D. 1972 is available to stream on HBO Max and various PPV services, and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc from Warner Archives.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Alfred Hitchcock’s Frenzy (1972), chosen by Jeff.

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Nov 20, 2021

"We got us some good 'uns! Dogged if we don't!" And whatever you do, don’t yuck on Sammie’s yum! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and guest host Sammie Cassell - as they take in one of the "Godfather-of-Gore’s" early horror efforts, Herschell Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 112 – Two Thousand Maniacs! (1964)

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Six people are lured into a small Deep South town for a Centennial celebration where the residents proceed to kill them one by one as revenge for the town's destruction during the Civil War.

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Two Thousand Maniacs is our guest Sammie’s pick and he describes it as delightfully cheesy and gory. The film also carries an air of nostalgia for him. When Sammie first brought it home from the video store, he discovered that Two Thousand Maniacs was one of the few horror movies his dad had seen and he appreciates having shared that experience with him. When he was a young boy, Chad also had a familial experience with Two Thousand Maniacs. His mother came home after seeing it at a drive-in, ranting about how the townspeople were cutting up and eating people. Although now, he agrees it has good gore for the time in which it was made, all he could think the first time he saw it was, “What the hell?” Daphne had very low expectations prior to viewing Two Thousand Maniacs but the reality turned out to be better than she anticipated. She enjoyed it as an exploitation movie and recommends the documentary, Herschell Gordon Lewis: The Godfather of Gore (2010). Jeff will never say he liked Two Thousand Maniacs, but he will admit, any gorefest somehow based on Brigadoon has got to be checked out.

At the time of this writing, Two Thousand Maniacs is available for streaming on the Classic Horror Movie Channel, tubi, Arrow, and various PPV sources. The film is also available as a Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video, both as a stand-alone and as part of The Herschell Gordon Lewis Feast, a fourteen film boxed set. You know you want it.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: Fritz Lang’s M (1931), starring Peter Lorre.

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

Nov 19, 2021

On episode 476 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… BLACK FRIDAY (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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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.

  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa.

BLACK FRIDAY (2021)

IA group of toy store employees must protect each other from a horde of parasite infected shoppers.

  • Available in Theaters, VOD, Digital On-Demand on November 19, 2021
  • Directed by Casey Tebo
  • Written by Andy Greskoviak
  • Cast: Devon Sawa, Bruce Campbell, Michael Jai White, Ivana Baquero, Ryan Lee, Stephen Peck

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Nov 15, 2021

“Wakey, wakey. Hands off snakey!” Wait, what? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a trip down under for Razorback (1984), some genuine, original, Ozploitation.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 193 – Razorback (1984)

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As a vicious wild boar terrorizes the Australian outback, the husband of one of the victims is joined by a hunter and a farmer in a search for the beast.

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Razorback is Bill’s pick and he thinks it might have been the first VHS he rented after he got a player. He was expecting a giant pig running around killing people but what he got was a movie directed by a guy who directed all his favorite music videos. It’s very stylistic, beautiful, desolate, scary, and weird, and he likes it! Crystal didn’t know what to expect but she really enjoys Razorback. The performances are wonderful and she likes the clever way the boar sequences are edited as well as the amazing fog machine! Or was it fifty fog machines? Chad also rented Razorback and the style really grabbed him. It was apparent to him that Russell Mulcahy had done a lot of music videos. There was no reason for all the backlighting and fog but it looked cool as hell. Jeff absolutely loves Razorback, calling it a visual feast and a lot of fun.

Razorback is a must-see in the canon of Ozploitation films. At the time of this writing, it is available to rent from several streaming services and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Umbrella Entertainment.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Crystal, will be Ken Russell’s The Lair of the White Worm (1988), starring Amanda Donohoe and Hugh Grant. Mm-mmm.

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 gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Nov 9, 2021

On episode 475 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… ANTLERS (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes.

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.

  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore.

ANTLERS (2021)

In an isolated Oregon town, a middle-school teacher and her sheriff brother become embroiled with her enigmatic student, whose dark secrets lead to terrifying encounters with an ancestral creature.

  • Available in Theaters on October 29, 2021
  • Directed by Scott Cooper
  • Written by Henry Chaisson & Nick Antosca and Scott Cooper
  • Cast: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane, Amy Madigan, Sawyer Jones

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Nov 8, 2021

“You realize what you're up against, don't you? Evil.” What? A horror movie with evil? Go figure. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they somewhat hesitantly approach Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 151 – Exorcist II: The Heretic (1977)

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A teenage girl once possessed by a demon finds that it still lurks within her. Meanwhile, a priest investigates the death of the girl's exorcist.

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Exorcist II: The Heretic is Chad’s pick and he’s really not sure what to think of it. He sees it as a confusing but intimate story about a man seeking redemption and trying to find his faith again. Even though it tries to be this epic story with a great cast, he is dumbfounded by where they took it. Bill went in with a negative attitude but does find some nuggets of gold. Good vs. evil where evil seeks out exceptional good is a nice idea, but it subverts the theme of The Exorcist (1973), according to Bill. He just plain dislikes this film. After hearing overwhelmingly negative reviews, Jeff managed to avoid it all these years. He tried to go in with an open mind but the filmmakers lost him early on with the weird synchronizing machine concept and never got him back. Exorcist II: The Heretic was very confusing and left a bad taste in Doc’s mouth. It seems to him that this film is the opposite of what The Exorcist is and what audiences wanted in a sequel. This time around, however, it’s not as bad as he remembers.  

Despite the 1970s Grue-Crew’s generally negative take, Exorcist II: The Heretic definitely has its legion of fans. If you’re one of them. Let them know what they got wrong. In the meantime, Exorcist II: The Heretic is currently available to stream from HBOmax and various PPV services as well as on a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray disc from Scream Factory!

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), chosen by Doc. Welcome back Hammer Films, Peter Cushing, and Christopher Lee!

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 feedback@gruesomemagazine.com.

Nov 6, 2021

"Emilio! He killed his wife, his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law with a meat cleaver. Whack! Whack! Whack! You'd better stand over there. ...He doesn't mess up the kitchen often, but when he does, WOW!" No brag, just fact. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they have fun with Margaret Hamilton and another set of William Castle gimmicks in 13 Ghosts (1960).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 111 – 13 Ghosts (1960)

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A family inherits what proves to be a haunted house, but a special pair of goggles allows them to see their ghostly tormentors.

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Whitney has seen Thir13en Ghosts (2001) and wanted to check out the original so she chose 13 Ghosts (1960) for this episode. She loves the family’s chemistry, how nonchalant the family is about the ghosts in their new house, and the inclusion of Margaret Hamilton in the cast. For Daphne, 13 Ghosts was like a 1950s sitcom in a haunted house, adding that Margaret Hamilton is an awesome surprise. She also loves seeing Martin Milner from Adam-12 (1968-1975). Chad is a dyed-in-the-wool fan of William Castle and his marketing gimmicks and loves how fun and even scary 13 Ghosts is. He is not, however, a fan of Ouija boards and seances, which are included in the film, adding to the creep factor for him. Jeff agrees with Daphne on her comparison to a 1950s sitcom family and loves the wonderful cast, especially Margaret Hamilton and Rosemary DeCamp.

“Fun” is the operative word for the Classic Era Grue-Crew when it comes to describing 13 Ghosts but viewers can also expect a spattering of frights. As of this writing, 13 Ghosts is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and various other subscription and VOD streaming services. It is also currently available on physical media as a double feature Blu-ray from Sony paired with another William Castle feature, 13 Frightened Girls (1963).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by guest host Sammie Cassell: Herschel Gordon Lewis’s Two Thousand Maniacs (1964).

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!

Nov 3, 2021

On episode 474 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes.

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.

  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore.
  • Guest Host, Christopher (Heroes & Droids) Slattery, the Slattman!

LAST NIGHT IN SOHO (2021)

An aspiring fashion designer is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters a dazzling wannabe singer. But the glamour is not all it appears to be and the dreams of the past start to crack and splinter into something darker.

  • Available in Theaters on October 29, 2021
  • Directed by Edgar Wright
  • Written by Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
  • Cast: Thomasin McKenzie, Anya Taylor-Joy, Diana Rigg, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Michael Aja

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Nov 1, 2021

Hank: “Look at that hair.” Frank: “You look at the hair.” Hank: “I'm looking at the hair.” Frank: “Yeah, I'm not looking at the hair.” Hank: “She got pretty hair.” Frank: “Mm-hmm.” Would you trust Hank and Frank to protect the citizenry from the children turning everyone into crispy critters? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they take a look at a Grue-Believer recommendation, The Children (1980).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 192 – The Children (1980)

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A nuclear-plant leak turns a bus-load of children into murderous atomic zombies with black fingernails.

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The Children is Jeff’s pick, based on a viewer/listener’s recommendation that the Grue-Crew finally found online. This one had one of Jeff’s phobias from way back (the “what if you weren’t you” trope) which always gives him the heebie-jeebies and to top it off, kid killers, kids killed, and monster kid dismemberment. Chad had a tough time getting into it. He thought The Children had a good concept but didn’t have the budget to see it through. Right off the bat, Crystal knew The Children was going to get weird because it doesn’t make any sense. Even so, she did enjoy parts of it. Bill likes The Children for what it is and suggests it would make a great, weird-kids, 1980s double feature with The Pit (1981).

This one’s for you, Evil! Though not the best film, the 80s Grue-Crew can see how The Children could definitely freak out someone who saw it when they were a kid and it’s worth a watch. At this writing, The Children is available to stream on YouTube and some PPV services and is also available as a Blu-ray from Troma

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be Razorback (1984). Are you ready for some Ozploitation?

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 gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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