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Sep 16, 2021

HALLOWEEN KILLS Is Now Theatrical Day and Date on PEACOCK

https://deadline.com/2021/09/halloween-kills-going-theatrical-day-date-on-peacock-1234829826/

Available in Theaters and on Peacock on October 15, 2021
Director: David Gordon Green
Writers: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems
Based on Characters Created By: John Carpenter and Debra Hill
Cast: Judy Greer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Andy Matichak, Anthony Michael Hall, Will Patton, Kyle Richards, Nick Castle

Disney's HAUNTED MANSION Reboot Expands Its Cast

Owen Wilson and Rosario Dawson join LaKeith Stanfield and Tiffany Haddish

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/owen-wilson-to-star-in-disneys-haunted-mansion-movie-tiffany-haddish-lakeith-stanfield-1235009953/

Director: Justin Simien (Bad Hair)
Writer: Katie Dippold (Ghostbusters 2016, The Heat, Snatched)... (and D.V. DeVincetis & Guillermo del Toro)

Ovidio G. Assonitis and Juliet Mills reunite for BEYOND THE DOOR: EMBRYO, a sequel to the 1974 Cult Classic, Beyond the Door

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/ovidio-g-assonitis-beyond-the-door-sequel-drama-on-george-floyd-murder-1235008939/

Focus Features Latest Trailer for LAST NIGHT IN SOHO Provides a Larger Glimpse Into the Story

Available in Theaters on October 29, 2021
Director: Edgar Wright
Writers: Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin MacKenzie, Diana Rigg, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp

Warner Brothers Release the First Trailer for THE MATRIX RESURRECTIONS

Available in Theaters and on HBOMax on December 22, 2021
Director: Lana Wachowski
Writers: Lana Wachowski, David Mitchell, and Aleksander Hemon
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jessica Henwick, Jonathan Groff, Neil Patrick Harris, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Christina Ricci, Telma Hopkins, and Jada Pinkett Smith

Sep 14, 2021

On episode 466 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… MALIGNANT (2021, Warner Brothers).

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.

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

REVIEW: MALIGNANT (2021, Warner Brothers)

Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

  • Available in Available in Theaters and on HBOMax Beginning September 10, 2021
  • Directed by: James Wan
  • Written by: James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper
  • Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jean Louisa Kelly, Jacqueline McKenzie, Christian Clemenson, Amir AboulEla, Zoe Bell

ANNOUNCEMENT
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Sep 13, 2021

“They will dissect you! And they will kill you! In that order!” Well, that doesn’t sound good. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they do their best not to get dissected or killed on their journey Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 147 – Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)

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The sole survivor of an interplanetary rescue mission searches for the only survivor of the previous expedition. He discovers a planet ruled by apes and an underground city run by telepathic humans.

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This one is Doc’s pick. Surprise! As you probably know, he’s a huge Planet of the Apes fan with all the gear and memorabilia to prove it. Having said that, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is not one of his franchise favorites, especially because Roddy McDowell isn’t in it. Even though Jeff loves Planet of the Apes (1968), he didn’t care for Beneath the Planet of the Apes, especially the “beneath” parts. On the other hand, Bill loved the pulpiness of the “beneath” parts but didn’t care as much for the setup. Chad is also a huge Planet of the Apes fan but he has no affection for Beneath the Planet of the Apes. He is turned off by some of the ape effects, cheapened by budget cuts, and the film completely lost him when it went to mutants living underground. The 70s Grue Crew also waxes nostalgic about family-watching in the pre-cable, pre-recording devices era.

At the time of this writing, Beneath the Planet of the Apes is available for streaming from HBOmax and various other VOD services. 

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 a folk horror classic, The Blood of Satan’s Claw (1971), chosen by Jeff! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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.

Sep 11, 2021

"Do you still believe it impossible we exist? You didn't actually think you were the only inhabited planet in the universe. How can any race be so stupid?" Stupid is as stupid does? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they fall in love with the audacity of Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 107 – Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957)

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which will now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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Evil aliens attack Earth and set their terrible "Plan 9" into action. As the aliens resurrect the dead of the Earth, the lives of the living are in danger.

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In case you didn’t guess, Plan 9 from Outer Space is Whitney’s pick. (Remember, her first pick was The Killer Shrews (1959) for episode 45.) She watched this as a teenager and was rendered speechless by how many things Wood did that are filmmaker no-nos. Even though she was astounded in a bad way, she still thinks the film is a riot. Plan 9 from Outer Space was recommended to Chad by friends. He was originally dumbfounded wondering how the film got made and with Bela Lugosi, no less. Now he has fun watching its magic. Daphne encountered Plan 9 from Outer Space in the 99-cent VHS bin at her local thrift store and immediately loved it for its unintentional camp. Jeff doesn’t get the film’s “the worst movie ever made” label because he’s seen a lot of movies that were worse than Plan 9 from Outer Space. He was amazed by the persistence and the audacity (or was it cluelessness?) of those involved in making a film that in spite of its many faults, or maybe because of them, is so much fun.

The Classic Era Grue Crew highly recommends Plan 9 from Outer Space. Seriously! It is currently available to stream on the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel and a variety of other streaming services.

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 Chad, Mario Bava’s classic anthology, Black Sabbath (1963), starring Boris Karloff!

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!

Sep 7, 2021

On episode 465 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew discuss Horror News of the Week for September 6, 2021… SALEM'S LOT casting, TCM and PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 7 head directly to streaming, and trailers for MOONFALL and THE POSSESSION.

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.

New Line's SALEM'S LOT Rounds Out Its Cast


Lewis Pullman as Ben Mears
Makenzie Leigh as Susan Norton
Bill Camp as Matt Burke
Spencer Treat Clark as Mike Ryerson
Alfre Woodard as Dr. Cody

https://deadline.com/2021/08/salems-lot-cast-makenzie-leigh-bill-camp-spencer-treat-clark-1234824426/
https://deadline.com/2021/09/stephen-king-salems-lot-alfre-woodard-dr-cody-1234826447/

New Line frequent collaborator Gary Dauberman (Annabelle Comes Home) wrote the screenplay and is directing.
Producers are James Wan and Michael Clear for Atomic Monster and Roy Lee for Vertigo alongside Mark Wolper.

Legendary's TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2021) is heading to NETFLIX

Elsie Fisher, Sarah Yarkin, Jacob Latimore and Moe Dunford star
Directed by David Blue Garcia
Chris Thomas Devlin wrote the script
Produced by filmmaker Fede Alvarez and Rodolfo Sayagues via their Bad Hombre banner, as well as Kim Henkel, Ian Henkel and Pat Cassidy of Exurbia Films, and Legendary Pictures

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/netflix-picks-up-texas-chainsaw-massacre-from-legendary-exclusive-1235005228/

Blumhouse's PARANORMAL ACTIVITY 7 is heading Paramount+ in October

https://deadline.com/2021/08/paranormal-activity-documentary-paramount-halloween-1234824992/

Directed by Underwater director William Eubank
Written by Christopher Landon
Cast includes Emily Bader, Roland Buck III, Dan Lippert and Henry Ayres-Brown
ALSO arriving with PA7, "We’ll also be launching a documentary on the making of the Paranormal Activity feature. Both of which will be coming to the service in time for Halloween"

Lionsgate drops the MOONFALL (2022) trailer

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QRbsmbr4HFM

In Theaters, February 4, 2021
Cast includes Halle Berry, Patrick Wilson, John Bradley, Michael Peña, Charlie Plummer, Kelly Yu, Eme Ikwuakor, Carolina Bartczak, and Donald Sutherland
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Written by Roland Emmerich & Harald Kloser & Spenser Cohen

Chris Sun's THE POSSESSED scares up its first trailer

"When he asks whose body this is, you better pray you tell him it’s yours"

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

Directed by - Chris Sun
Written by - Chris Sun and Kirsty Dallas
Story by - Mark Gardener and Chris Sun
Cast - John Jarratt, Lincoln Lewis, Angie Kent, Lauren Grimson, Jade Kevin Foster, Melissa Tkautz, Romy Poulier, Sean Lynch and Simone Buchanan.

Sep 7, 2021

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is the GRUESOME GUIDE to Horror Movies for SEPTEMBER 2021. Back with me again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net. Joining Doc is Dave Dreher, lead news writer for Gruesome Magazine.

WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS Season 3 - 9/02/2021 - FX/HULU

Synopsis: Guillermo's fate hangs in the balance as the vampires receive a promotion.

Creator: Jemaine Clement - 10 Episodes
Director: Kyle Newacheck
Writer: Paul Simms
Cast: Kayvan Novak, Matt Berry, Natasia Demetriou, Harvey Guillen, Mark Proksch

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-bl2gDoDRbI

WE NEED TO DO SOMETHING - 9/3/2021 - IFC

Synopsis: After Melissa and her family seek shelter from a storm, they become trapped. With no sign of rescue, hours turn to days and Melissa comes to realize that she and her girlfriend Amy might have something to do with the horrors that threaten to tear her family - and the entire world, apart.

Director: Sean King O'Grady
Writer: Max Booth III
Cast: Lisette Alexis, John James Cronin, Pat Healy

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

MARTYRS LANE - 9/9/2021 - SHUDDER

Synopsis: Leah, 10, lives in a large vicarage, full of lost souls and the needy. In the day the house is bustling with people; at night it is dark, empty, a space for Leah's nightmares to creep into. A small, nightly visitor brings Leah comfort, but soon she will realize that her little visitor offers knowledge that might be very, very dangerous.

Director: Ruth Platt
Writer: Ruth Platt
Cast: Denise Gough, Steven Cree, Anastasia Hille

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4W_QVV2NrM&t=13s

MALIGNANT - 9/10/2021 - Warner Brothers

Synopsis: Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

Director: James Wan
Writer: James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper
Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gczt0fhawDs

SHELTER IN PLACE - 09/14/2021 - 1091 Pictures

Synopsis: A honeymooning couple gets stranded at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel and learns that there is more to fear than just cabin fever.

Director: Christopher Beyrooty, Connor Martin
Writer: Christopher Beyrooty, Connor Martin
Cast: Brendan Hines, Tatjana Marjanovic, Ola Kaminska, Kevin Daniels, Jey Reynolds

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

NIGHTBOOKS - 9/15/2021 - NETFLIX

Synopsis: Follows Alex, a boy obsessed with scary stories who is imprisoned by an evil young witch in her contemporary New York City apartment.

Director: David Yarovesky
Writer: Mikki Daughtry, Tobias Iaconis
Based on a Book By: J.A. White
Cast: Krysten Ritter, Lidya Jewett, Winslow Fegley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aQO16k5Vdow

PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND - 9/17/2021 - RLJE Films

Synopsis: A notorious criminal must break an evil curse in order to rescue an abducted girl who has mysteriously disappeared.

Director: Sion Sono
Writer: Aaron Hendry, Reza Sixo Safai
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Nick Cassavetes, Bill Moseley

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1I6p1yxZ_LE

MIDNIGHT MASS - 9/24/2021 - NETFLIX

Synopsis: An isolated island community experiences miraculous events - and frightening omens - after the arrival of a charismatic, mysterious young priest.

Creator: Mike Flanagan - 7 episodes
Director: Mike Flanagan
Writer: Mike Flanagan, James Flanagan, Elan Gale
Cast: Zach Gilford, Henry Thomas, Annabeth Gish, Kate Siegel, Hamish Linklater, Alex Essoe, Kristin Lehman

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=89UV8vmWXlY

Sep 7, 2021

"Do you like washing me?" Knowing this is a 12-year-old boy talking to his adult babysitter definitely ramps of the cringe quotient. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they brave the cringe found in The Pit(1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 188 – The Pit (1981)

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A solitary and strange preteen boy wreaks revenge on his harassers when he makes a disturbing discovery in the depth of a forest.

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The Pit is Bill’s pick and he describes it as a fascinating mess of a movie that epitomizes that certain something indicative of low-budget, Canadian horror movies of the time. Crystal loves The Pit because it is so cringy and gross, adding that the hypersexual kid is disgusting yet compelling. The Pit would’ve been loved by 15-year-old Chad but it is a tough watch for him now, especially with the annoying kid as the main character. Jeff agrees that The Pit is a bit of a mess and doesn’t seem to know what it wants to be, citing how the music often doesn’t fit the scene.

If you’re a fan of low-budget 80s trash, check out The Pit. As of this writing, The Pit is available for streaming on Shudder and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from KL Studio Classics.

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 Basket Case  (1982).  You won’t want to miss that one!

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

Sep 1, 2021

On episode 463 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… CANDYMAN (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.

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

REVIEW: CANDYMAN (2021)

A sequel to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

  • Available in theaters on August 27, 2021
  • Directed by: Nia DaCosta
  • Written by: Nia DaCosta, Win Rosenfeld, Jordan Peele - Based on Characters by: Clive Barker, Bernard Rose
  • Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, Vanessa Williams, Brian King, Miriam Moss, Michael Hargrove

ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL which will now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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Aug 30, 2021

“Don't be afraid. I'm an ugly old man, but I'm harmless.” Yeah, right. A likely story. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to figure out exactly what is going on in Messiah of Evil (1973).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 146 – Messiah of Evil (1973)

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A young woman goes searching for her missing artist father. Her journey takes her to a strange Californian seaside town governed by a mysterious undead cult.

 

Messiah of Evil is Chad’s pick and he likes some of the ideas behind it, calling it interesting but weird. In particular, he liked the concept of the Dark Stranger but he wanted more. Bill points out that Messiah of Evil has a lot of supporters, describing it as an art film with some cool set pieces and backgrounds. In the end, however, it fits into the category of the whole not being equal to the sum of its parts. Messiah of Evil has an appealing plotline but the story leaves out too much detail for Jeff. On the other hand, he always loves a dose of Elisha Cook Jr. and Royal Dano. Doc thinks Messiah of Evil to be an absolute mess, calling it the longest 90 minutes of his life. Once in a while, you get a really cool shot that is visually interesting, but in the end, it feels like a student film to him.

If you are one of the film’s supporters or just want to check it out, Messiah of Evil is currently available to stream on Shudder and Paramount Plus

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 Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970), chosen by Doc! Be sure to join us for that one. 

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel, the website or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com.

Aug 29, 2021

"When I go to confession I don't offer God small sins, petty squabbles, jealousies... I offer him sins worth forgiving!" Sin big to make your confessions worthwhile. It’s a thing. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they journey back to the world of early 20th-century Russia in Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966), featuring the incomparable Christopher Lee in the title role.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 106 – Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966)

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Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL
which will now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
Available on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV, Online Website.
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Thrown out of his monastery for licentious and drunken behavior, Rasputin travels to St Petersburg to try his luck. Through a dalliance with one of the czarina's ladies in waiting he soon gains influence at court with his powers of healing and of hypnotism. But he also makes enemies who wish to see him dead.

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Rasputin: The Mad Monk is Daphne’s pick; it seems she wanted more Barbara Shelley after the Classic Era Grue Crew discussed Quatermass and the Pit (1965) in episode 93. She loves Shelley’s and Lee’s performances and she revels in the total “Hammer-ness” of the film which showcases Bernard Robinson’s production design and Rosemary Burrows’ costumes. Chad points out some of the historical discrepancies between Rasputin: The Mad Monk and the actual life of Grigori Rasputin. He also describes Lee’s performance as commanding the movie with a power that draws you in, labeling Rasputin one of his favorite Lee characters. Lee’s performance is also what captures Whitney’s attention. She’s especially impressed with his versatility in playing this hypnotic and malevolent character. Jeff’s on board with the Lee fanatics saying he can’t take his eyes off Lee’s forceful, hypnotic portrayal and adding that he loved the rest of the cast, the sets, and the wardrobe.

As of this writing, Rasputin: The Mad Monk is available to stream on the Classic Horror Movie Channel and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc from Shout! Factory.

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 Whitney, Ed Wood’s Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957). Oh yeah!

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans! Please subscribe and comment on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel, 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!

Aug 25, 2021

On episode 462 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE NIGHT HOUSE (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.

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

REVIEW: THE NIGHT HOUSE (2021)

A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets.

  • Available in theaters on August 20, 2021
  • Directed by: David Bruckner
  • Written by: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
  • Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin

ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL which will now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
Available on Roku, AppleTV, Amazon FireTV, AndroidTV, Online Website.
Across All OTT platforms, as well as mobile, tablet, and desktop.
https://classicscifichannel.com/

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Aug 23, 2021

"Do it now, or your punishment shall be a thousand deaths, each more horrible than the last!" Seems like once would be enough. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they walk behind the rows in search of “He Who” in Stephen King’s Children of the Corn (1984).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 187 – Children of the Corn (1984)

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A young couple is trapped in a remote town where a dangerous religious cult of children believes that everyone over age 18 must be killed.

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Jeff picked Children of the Corn thinking he might have missed something in his original viewing, which was not favorable. He is, however, disappointed to find his assessment hasn’t changed. He calls Isaac (John Franklin) and Malachi (Courtney Gains) the best things about the film but laments the filmmakers didn’t stick with the original script or something closer to King’s short story. Crystal saw Children of the Corn when she was a little kid, probably too little she admits, and she loved the idea of kids ruling the world. She still loves the film but goes so far as to say it does suffer a bit now. Hating it then and still not thinking too much of it, Chad felt cheated by the ending. He did find the character of Isaac mesmerizing but he still doesn’t understand why Children of the Corn is sometimes referred to as a classic. Bill loves King’s original story and is irritated with the film when almost immediately he realizes it doesn’t follow the story’s plot. He likes the film's title, the poster, and the great folk horror mythology of “He Who Walks Behind The Rows,” but, in his view, the filmmakers made too many bad choices.

If you are so inclined, Children of the Corn is currently available for streaming on Hulu and Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Special Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video. 

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 The Pit (1981)..  You won’t want to miss that one!

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

Aug 16, 2021

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is the GRUESOME GUIDE to Horror Movies for MAY 2021. Back with me again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net. Joining Doc is Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Dave Dreher, and Award-winning Film-maker Christopher G. Moore.

DON'T BREATHE 2 - 08/13/2021

Synopsis: The sequel is set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.

Director: Rodo Sayagues
Writer: Fede Alverez, Rodo Sayagues
Cast: Stephen Lang, Madelyn Grace, Brendan Sexton III, Rocci Williams, Stephanie Arcila, Bobby Schofield

 

HOWLING VILLAGE - 08/13/2021

Synopsis: After her brother goes missing, a young psychologist visits an infamous haunted and cursed location known as 'Howling Village' to investigate his disappearance and uncover her family's dark history.

Director: Takashi Shimizu
Writer: Daisuke Hosaka, Takashi Shimizu
Cast: Ayaka Miyoshi, Ryôta Bandô, Tsuyoshi Furukawa, Renji Ishibashi

 

THE NIGHT HOUSE - 08/20/2021

Synopsis: A widow begins to uncover her recently deceased husband's disturbing secrets.

Director: David Bruckner
Writer: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski
Cast: Rebecca Hall, Sarah Goldberg, Vondie Curtis-Hall, Evan Jonigkeit, Stacy Martin

 

DEMONIC - 08/20/2021

Synopsis: A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.

Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Andrea Agur, Nathalie Boltt, Terry Chen, Chris William Martin, Carly Pope, Michael J Rogers

 

CANDYMAN - 08/27/2021

Synopsis: A "spiritual sequel" to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.

Director: Nia DaCosta
Writer: Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld, Nia DaCosta
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd

 

Aug 16, 2021

“I think I should warn you that the police are watching our house right this very minute, Mr. Hallet.” You know, keeping an eye out for creepy dudes like you, Mr. Hallett.  Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they wonder at Jodie Foster’s performance in The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 145 – The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976)

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13-year-old Rynn Jacobs lives alone in a high-class Quebec small town, but unknown to the neighbors, she is leading a secret and dangerous life.

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The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is Bill’s pick and for him, the film is worth a watch just for Jody Foster’s and Martin Sheen’s performances, describing the then 13-year-old Foster as having a presence and confidence achieved by few and Sheen as displaying his considerable talent for playing creepy. Chad agrees that The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is creepy, disturbing, and very well-acted, and he loves the ending even though it’s cringeworthy. The nude scene is unnecessary in Jeff's view, but he is impressed with the number of taboos included in the story. The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane made a huge impression on Doc at a young age, especially the whole almond thing. He’s also impressed by the pacing and loves Jodie Foster’s performance, calling the last scene a classic. Maybe it is redundant to reiterate (see what I did there?) that your 70s Grue-Crew is unanimously gah-gah over this film. 

The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane is currently available to stream from Shudder and Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from Kino Lorber. 

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 a film chosen by Chad, Messiah of Evil (1973). 

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Aug 14, 2021

"Is it just something in your head? Will you believe it when you’re dead? Green sli-ii-ime!" Oh, it’s something in your head alright. It’s something known as an earworm. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Jeff Mohr, and special guest Doc Rotten - as they savor the cheesy goodness known as The Green Slime(1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 105 – The Green Slime (1968)

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After destroying a giant asteroid heading towards Earth, a group of scientists unknowingly bring back a strange green substance that soon mutates into a monster.

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Special guest Doc Rotten instantly fell in love with The Green Slime the first time he heard the theme song, so much so that he yearns for a remake. He’s also a big fan of Richard Jaeckel’s work, pointing to his performances in William Girdler’s Grizzly (1976) and Day of the Animals (1977), and of director Kinji Fukasaku (Battle Royale, 2000). For Whitney, doing the podcast is like treasure hunting and this episode’s treasure is the cheesy fun of The Green Slime. She also singles out the work of special effects artists Yukio Monoda and Yokura Watanabe. Loving it from the first time he saw it, Chad still finds something new each time he watches The Green Slime. He also appreciates the cool science concepts and how much fun the monsters are. Jeff joins the lovefest, commenting on his affection for the terrible dialogue and admitting to a boyhood bromance with Robert Horton’s portrayal of Flint McCullough in Wagon Train (1957-1962).

Regular followers of Decades of Horror: The Classic Era know the Grue-Crew are always looking for a Batman connection and for The Green Slime, Chad and Doc point out maybe the biggest Batman connection possible. Screenplay co-writer Bill Finger was officially and legally recognized as the co-creator of Batman in 2015, the righting of a wrong that was long overdue. In the conversation, Chad also recommends Batman and Bill (2017), a documentary about Bill Finger and the fight to gain him the recognition he was due, currently streaming on Hulu.

Lastly, as promised by Doc, here are links to the theme song of The Green Slime as heard in the trailer and a longer version with a kickass guitar solo released as a single from MGM Records.

Currently, The Green Slime is still available on Blu-ray from Warner Brothers and can be streamed from a variety of VOD sources.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule chosen by Daphne, is Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) starring Christopher Lee.

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Aug 9, 2021

"I hate 'em when they ain't been shaved."  Take that however you want. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they check out Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow’s Near Dark (1987), a western-tinged vampire film starring Bill Paxton and Lance Henrickson.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 186 – Near Dark (1987)

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A small-town farmer's son reluctantly joins a traveling group of vampires after he is bitten by a beautiful drifter.

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Near Dark is Chad’s pick and he loves the dirty, gritty, and nasty version of vampires depicted in this modernized western, calling it one of his favorite vampire movies. Tangerine Dream’s soundtrack is also a big plus in Chad’s book. Crystal loves a good vampire movie and ranks Near Dark alongside Fright Night (1985) and The Lost Boys (1987). For her, Bill Paxton’s performance is a big part of what makes this movie so good and, of course, Adrian Pasdar’s presence in the cast doesn’t hurt either. Bill loves how Near Dark nails the kind of miserable, addictive, grimy existence vampires would have instead of glorifying them. He also thinks the film is perfectly cast, especially the Aliens (1986) alumni. Jeff also loves Bill Paxton’s performance and points out this is the last film produced by DEG before it went bankrupt, severely hampering the film’s marketing.

The 80s Grue-Crew also recommends the first Decades of Horror 1980s podcast on Near Dark, recorded live from DragonCon 2017 and featuring Thomas Mariani, Christopher G. Moore, Doc Rotten, Bill Mulligan, and special guest C. Robert Cargill. You can check it out at Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 116.

If you haven’t seen it for a while or maybe if it just slipped through the cracks for you, Near Dark is currently streaming on Shudder. Check it out! 

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 Jeff, will be Children of the Corn (1984). You won’t want to miss that one!

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Aug 2, 2021

“Jill, this is Sergeant Sacker. Listen to me. We've traced the call... it's coming from inside the house.” You’ve all run into that situation, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they revisit an urban legend as depicted in When a Stranger Calls (1979).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 144 – When a Stranger Calls (1979)

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A psychopathic killer terrorizes a babysitter, then returns seven years later to menace her again.

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When a Stranger Calls is Jeff’s pick and he is surprised and impressed by nearly everything about the film, giving him a much greater appreciation after this viewing.  Bill finds the structure interesting in which Jill Johnson (Carol Kane) is the central character for the first and third acts but disappears during the second act. He also points out that the telephone is almost a character and even though you know the punchline in advance, the first twenty minutes is very effective. This is the film Chad always thinks of when he thinks of Carol Kane and he describes the first twenty minutes as iconic. He goes on to call  When a Stranger Calls incredibly scary and, even though there isn’t much blood, pretty gruesome. Doc, too, only remembered the first twenty minutes and is impressed with how well the entire film holds up. He goes so far as to say When a Stranger Calls is a far more important film than he’d given it credit for, calling it a film most horror fans should reconsider.

As of this writing, When a Stranger Calls is available to stream from Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment.

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 The Little Girl Who Lives Down the Lane (1976) with Martin Sheen and Jody Foster, chosen by Bill! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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Aug 1, 2021

"So you have wounded me. I must grow a new claw. Well, good, for I could do it in a day, but will you grow new legs when I have taken yours from you?" Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to figure out the science of the brain-assimilating, telepathic, voice-transmitting giant crabs in Roger Corman’s Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 104 – Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957)

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Scientists become trapped on a shrinking island with intelligent, murderous giant crabs.

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Attack of the Crab Monsters is Chad’s pick and according to him, there is a lot going on for a movie that is so bad and so corny. In the end, it’s a monster B-movie from Roger Corman with a lot of cool concepts for a giant crab film. Daphne has a lot of fun watching Attack of the Crab Monsters. She loved the strange dialogue and seeing the professor (Russell Johnson) from Gilligan’s Island. Joseph’s mind is blown by how much they tried to shove into a one-hour film, but still, Attack of the Crab Monsters seemed long. Agreeing that the movie is really bad and the crabs are really bad, Jeff still loves Attack of the Crab Monsters. You have to love Russell Johnson trapped on an island and trying to fix the radio long before he takes that fateful three-hour tour.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule, chosen by Daphne, is Hammer’s Rasputin: The Mad Monk (1966) featuring Christopher Lee.

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Jul 23, 2021

"Now what are you dirty hooers doing on my planet?" Hooers. That’s Kiwi for the world’s oldest profession if you know what we mean and we think you do. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they check out the wonder that is Peter Jackson’s first film, Bad Taste (1987).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 185 – Bad Taste (1987)

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The population of a small town disappears and is replaced by aliens that chase human flesh for their intergalactic fast-food chain.

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Bad Taste is Crystal’s pick and for her, it starts off a little slow, but she loves how it ramps up and thinks it is hilarious. She also loves the aliens, commenting, “I love their butts.” Bad Taste has the feeling of a bunch of friends who got together to make a movie and in that way, reminds Bill of Equinox (1970). He’s amazed at how ambitious the filmmakers were and how impressive the special effects are, especially on its low budget. Chad tells how he used to remove the 2nd-finger-sticker from the box art and give it a strategic placement on other VHS boxes. He calls Bad Taste a great combination of gore, splatter, comedy, and absurd scenarios but he still wishes there were more exploding sheep. Jeff is flabbergasted and flummoxed that Jackson et al stuck with it for four years, calling Bad Taste amazing, amazing, amazing!

As of this writing, Bad Taste is available VOD and as a Blu-ray (Region A/B/C) import from Spain. 

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 Oscar-winner Kathryn Bigelow’s first film, Near Dark (1987).  You won’t want to miss that one!

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Jul 20, 2021

“For a few coins I will hypnotize you and I will read your future in your sleepy eyes.” Sleepy eyes? Might there be a translation problem? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they fight off the alien invasion with Count Waldemar Daninsky and the boys in Assignment Terror (1970).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 143 – Assignment Terror (1970)

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An alien scientist and his team are sent to earth from their dying planet to exterminate the human population by unleashing monsters like vampires, werewolves, and mummies in order to inherit the earth.

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Doc selected this return to the world of Paul Naschy’s Count Waldemar Daninsky. Bill describes Assignment Terror as a movie with a strong opening, a strong ending, and a long lag in the middle, although he does appreciate the film’s version of a mummy. Chad has a tough time making any sense out of the film and agrees with Bill that the mummy is great, adding that its versions of Frankenstein’s monster and Dracula are horrible. Assignment Terror can’t decide if it wants to be an alien invasion movie or a monster movie according to Jeff, who found it to be a quirky, crappy movie with interesting tidbits. Doc went for the movie with the poster that had the monsters on it and did not like the experience. Although he liked the monsters, he found the middle of Assignment Terror to be slow, boring, and dull.

Assignment Terror is available to stream from multiple sources but the 70s Grue-Crew is unanimous in their recommendation to make the effort to seek out the best quality source. The film is also available on physical media as a Scorpion Releasing Blu-ray from Ronin Flix.

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 When a Stranger Calls (1979), chosen by Jeff. Be sure to join us for that one. 

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Jul 17, 2021

"I thought tonight you might like to see my trophy room. I'm sure you will find it interesting." Interesting, yes, but “gruesome” or “ghastly” might have been a more accurate description. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they’re shipwrecked and stranded with Joel McCrea and Faye Wray in The Most Dangerous Game (1932).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 103 – The Most Dangerous Game (1932)

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A psychotic big game hunter deliberately strands a luxury yacht on a remote island, where he begins to hunt its passengers for sport.

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Filmed during the production of King Kong (1933) on some of the same sets with many of the same cast and crew, The Most Dangerous Game tells what has become a very familiar story. Joseph describes the film as being lean, mean, and very well-paced with a story that has become entrenched in popular culture, even as an episode of Gilligan’s Island. Whitney read the original story in fifth grade so seeing the tale play out in The Most Dangerous Game is a treat. She also lauds the addition of a female character, played by Faye Wray, to the story. The Most Dangerous Game is reminiscent of a Saturday afternoon matinee for Daphne and she really liked it. Jeff loves the melodramatic flair of Leslie Banks’ performance as Zaroff and has always been a big fan of Joel McCrea, Faye Wray, and Noble Johnson, so The Most Dangerous Game is right up his alley.

The Most Dangerous Game is currently available to stream on Amazon Prime and HBOmax and as physical media on Blu-ray from Flicker Alley. 

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 Chad, Attack of the Crab Monsters (1957).

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!

Jul 12, 2021

"Cats take orders from no one." No comment. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they try to figure out exactly what’s up with the cat in Lucio Fulci’s version of Edgar Allan Poe’s The Black Cat (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 184 – The Black Cat (1981)

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A professor with the psychic ability to communicate with the dead uses his powers on his pet cat in order to take vengeance upon his enemies.

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The Black Cat is Bill’s pick and he admits to being pleasantly surprised. Even so, he points out the film does come amidst some of Fulci’s best work. Chad really enjoyed The Black Cat, identifying the story and Patrick Magee’s performance as high points. It seemed a little rough at first to Crystal, but The Black Cat did grow on her. She identifies the story as being better than those in many of Fulci’s films and you have to love Patrick Magee and, of course, the cat. Not quite as gruesome as many of Fulci’s films, Jeff wonders why The Black Cat’s most graphic shot is scaled back in the film as opposed to what’s shown in the trailer. The exact nature of the cat is left open to interpretation but the crew tries to nail it down anyway.

As of this writing, The Black Cat is available to stream VOD and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from Arrow Video.

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 Peter Jackson’s first film, Bad Taste (1987).  You won’t want to miss that one!

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Jul 11, 2021

“This will go far beyond every STRETCH of the imagination.” What if you don’t want your imagination STRETCHED in that direction? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff from the Classic Era - as they, maybe foolishly, push through the ordeal of watching and discussing Sardu, Ralphus, et al in Joel M. Reed’s Bloodsucking Freaks (1976).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 142 – Bloodsucking Freaks (1976)

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Sardu, master of the Theatre of the Macabre, and his assistant Ralphus run a show in which, under the guise of 'magic', they torture and murder people in front of their audience. But what the spectators see as a trick is actually real.

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Bloodsucking Freaks. What can they say? Well, Chad says it’s full of wanton destruction, gore, and misogyny, and is the epitome of 70s exploitation. On a similar note, Bill describes watching Bloodsucking Freaks as an ordeal consisting of a series of atrocious scenarios with bad special effects, emphasizing that he would not recommend the film to anyone he likes. Jeff agrees Bloodsucking Freaks has no redeeming value whatsoever, recommending that if you must watch it, choose the Last Drive-In with Joe Bob Briggs treatment. At least that way, you’re able to digest it in 15-minute doses interspersed with interesting and humorous stories about the filmmakers. Finally, repugnant, repulsive, and degenerate are the words Doc uses to describe Bloodsucking Freaks, adding that he was thinking at least we didn’t see anyone’s genitalia cut off, … oops, spoke too soon.

As of this writing, Bloodsucking Freaks is available to stream on Shudder and on physical media as a Blu-ray from Troma.

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 Assignment Terror (1970), a Paul Naschy film chosen by Doc! Be sure to join us for that one. 

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Jul 8, 2021

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with me again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

TONIGHT WE SHARE OUR
MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR FILMS OF 2021
July thru Dec, of course…

Joining me tonight are:

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

MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR FILMS OF 2021

07/23 - OLD

Synopsis: A thriller about a family on a tropical holiday who discover that the secluded beach where they are relaxing for a few hours is somehow causing them to age rapidly reducing their entire lives into a single day.
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writer: M. Night Shyamalan, Pierre-Oscar Levy, Frederick Peeters
Cast: Rufus Sewell, Alex Wolff, Abbey Lee, Eliza Scanlen, Embeth Davidtz, Vicky Krieps

 

08/13 - DON'T BREATHE 2

Synopsis: The sequel is set in the years following the initial deadly home invasion, where Norman Nordstrom (Stephen Lang) lives in quiet solace until his past sins catch up to him.
Director: Rodo Sayagues
Writer: Fede Alverez, Rodo Sayagues
Cast: Stephen Lang, Bobby Schofield, Rocci Williams, Stephanie Arcila

08/20 - DEMONIC

Synopsis: A young woman unleashes terrifying demons when supernatural forces at the root of a decades-old rift between mother and daughter are ruthlessly revealed.
Director: Neill Blomkamp
Writer: Neill Blomkamp
Cast: Carly Pope, Terry Chen, Chris William Martin, Nathalie Boltt, Michael J. Rogers

 

08/27 - CANDYMAN

Synopsis: A "spiritual sequel" to the horror film Candyman (1992) that returns to the now-gentrified Chicago neighborhood where the legend began.
Director: Nia DaCosta
Writer: Nia DaCosta, Jordan Peele, Win Rosenfeld
Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Teyonah Parris, Nathan Stewart-Jarrett, Colman Domingo, Kyle Kaminsky, Vanessa Williams, Tony Todd (?)

 

09/10 - MALIGNANT

Synopsis: Original horror thriller from director James Wan.
Director: James Wan
Writer: Jam Wan, Ingrid Bisu, Akela Cooper
Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young,

10/15 - HALLOWEEN KILLS

Synopsis: The saga of Michael Myers and Laurie Strode continues in the next thrilling chapter of the Halloween series.

Director: David Gordon Green
Writer: David Gordon Green, Danny McBride, Scott Teems
Cast: Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, Andi Matichak, Kyle Richards, Anthony Michael Hall, Dylan Arnold, Nick Castle

 

10/22 - LAST NIGHT IN SOHO

Synopsis: A young girl, passionate about fashion design, is mysteriously able to enter the 1960s where she encounters her idol, a dazzling wannabe singer. But 1960s London is not what it seems, and time seems to fall apart with shady consequences.
Director: Edgar Wright
Writer: Edgar Wright, Krysty Wilson-Cairns
Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Thomasin McKensie, Jessie Mei Li, Diana Rigg, Matt Smith, Terence Stamp, Rita Tushingham, James & Oliver Phelps

10/29 - ANTLERS

Synopsis: 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 a legendary ancestral creature who came before them.
Director: Scott Cooper
Writer: Henry Chaisson, Nick Antosca, Scoot Cooper
Cast: Keri Russell, Jesse Plemons, Jeremy T. Thomas, Graham Greene, Amy Madigan, Scott Haze, Rory Cochrane

11/12 - GHOSTBUSTERS: AFTERLIFE

Synopsis: 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.
Director: Jason Reitman
Writer: Gil Kenan, Jason Reitman
Cast: Finn Wolfhard, Mckenna Grace, Carrie Coon, Paul Rudd
Featuring: Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Dan Akroyd, Ernie Hudson, Annie Potts

11/26 - RESIDENT EVIL: Welcome to Raccoon City

Synopsis: Set in 1998, this 'Resident Evil' origin story explains the secrets of the Spencer Mansion and Raccoon City.
Director: Johannes Roberts
Writer: Johannes Roberts
Cast: Kaya Scodelario, Robbie Amell, Hannah John-Kamen, Neal McDonough, Tom Hopper, Avan Jogia, Donal Logue, Lily Gao

 

Jul 7, 2021

"My folks were tough. When I was born, they took one look at this puss of mine and told me to get lost." You might have asked, “How tough were they?” But he didn’t wait for the question before giving his answer. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they discuss this terrifying, and dare we say, “horror-adjacent” film noir directed by Ida Lupino, The Hitch-Hiker (1953).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 102 – The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

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The Hitch-Hiker is Whitney’s pick and a great pick it is. Her reasoning? She wanted to explore the relationship between film noir and horror, it is based on true events (really!), and she wanted to learn more about Ida Lupino. She also loves the aesthetic of the landscape and the characters. Daphne loves the look and feel of The Hitch-Hiker calling it a great, beautiful movie. A videotape from Sinister Cinema was Joseph’s introduction to the film as he made a side trip into films noir during the early 1990s, and he likes The Hitch-Hiker quite a bit. Jeff is a big fan of noir films and loves The Hitch-Hiker for the tension built by the filmmakers. His personal find in this movie is character actor José Torvay. You may want to check this episode out on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel.

Your Classic Era Grue-Crew is universally impressed with Ida Lupino’s direction, Nicholas Musuraca’s cinematography, the script, and the cast’s performances. Whether or not you think The Hitch-Hiker is horror (or at least horror-adjacent), its nail-biting tension can’t be denied. As of this writing, The Hitch-Hiker is available to stream on Amazon Prime and on physical media as a Blu-ray from KL Studio Classics.

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, The Most Dangerous Game (1932).

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