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May 21, 2022

“That’s the darndest thing I ever saw. The way that thing’s unscrewing.” It sounds just like a metal lid on a mason jar. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and special guest host Dave Dreher – as they discuss another science fiction horror classic of the 1950s, H.G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds (1953).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 125 – The War of the Worlds (1953)

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all 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.
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A small town in California is attacked by Martians, beginning a worldwide invasion.

This early-50s gem from producer George Pal features excellent special effects and unique plot elements for the time. Jeff has been an H.G. Wells fan since he was a tyke so it’s no surprise that The War of the Worlds is his pick. Even so, he was a bit put off the first time he saw it, wondering where the Martians’ tripods were. Once he got over that change in Wells’ story, he fell in love with the film, observing that many of the cast and crew tackled this endeavor early in their careers. He is especially impressed with Gene Barry’s performance.

Dave recounts his grandfather telling him about the Orson Welles adaptation of this story for radio and how this film version blew him away. The effects in The War of the Worlds are outstanding for the time and still amaze him. It looks so good when the Martian ships are destroying the city. Daphne also really loves The War of the Worlds and is really impressed with the color. She is also surprised when the darkness of society surfaces with the mob attacking the trucks. When he was a kid, The War of the Worlds was pretty creepy, scary stuff to Chad and kept him on the edge of his seat. The idea of a story with no superhero-type leading man and no hope in sight fascinated him.

If you’re as impressed with The War of the Worlds as your Grue-Crew, it’s high time you checked it out again. If you’ve managed to miss this true classic, it’s high time you filled that gap. At the time of this writing, The War of the Worlds is available to stream from Amazon Prime, Paramount+, and multiple other subscription or PPV streaming services. If physical media is your thing, a Blu-ray is available from Criterion.

If you’re an H.G. Wells fan, check out these other Decades of Horror podcast episodes:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968), a unique take on vampires!

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

May 17, 2022

On episode 495 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… FIRESTARTER (2022).

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. For this episode, the HNR Grue-Crew are teaming up with the HEROES AND DROIDS hosts to bring you this crossover review.

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, BRIAN W. SMITH

FIRESTARTER (2022)

A young girl tries to understand how she mysteriously gained the power to set things on fire with her mind.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning in Theaters and on Peacock Beginning May 13, 2022
  • Directed by Keith Thomas
  • Written by Scott Teems
  • Based on the Novel by: Stephen King
  • Cast: Zac Efron, Ryan Kiera Armstrong, Sydney Lemmon, Michael Greyeyes, Gloria Reuben, Kurtwood Smith

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May 16, 2022

“I mean, in a sense, we’re all vampires.” Everyone is draining the life out of everyone else in one way or another? Hmmm, that’s a dark take, but a fair point. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they drain everything possible from Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 206 – Lifeforce (1985) Join the Crew on the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel!
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A race of space vampires arrives in London and infects the populace, beginning an apocalyptic descent into chaos.

Lifeforce is the first of three films Tobe Hooper made with Cannon, followed by Invaders From Mars (1986) and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 (1986). As Bill’s pick, it’s a film he frequently revisits trying to understand the choices made during its making. He’s always liked the film, even while feeling a bit baffled. Chad first read about Lifeforce in Fangoria. He loved how crazy and wild it was when he first saw it and he still does. Chad’s never quite sure what he thinks of Steve Railsback’s performance because to him, he’ll always be the Charles Manson he portrayed in Helter Skelter (1976). The excellent practical and visual effects are what pull Jeff into this movie. 

All three of this episode’s Grue-Crew compare Lifeforce to the feel of Hammer’s Quatermass and the Pit (1967) and indeed, may have been a better picture if Hooper had gone full-Quatermass. And of course, they all agree that Mathilda May is phenomenal at portraying the female vampire with style and grace while spending nearly the entire film unabashedly nude.

For other Decades of Horror discussions of Tobe Hooper films (and Quatermass and the Pit to boot), checkout the following episodes:

If you so desire, at the time of this writing, you can stream Lifeforce from Tubi and PlutoTV with ads, or from various PPV streaming services. If physical media is what trips your trigger, Lifeforce (Collector’s Edition) (4K UHD) is scheduled for release May 24, 2022 from Scream Factory. And let’s face it, it’s always time to revisit Tobe Hooper’s films.

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 Vamp (1986), featuring a speechless Grace Jones. 

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

May 11, 2022

“I’m going to bypass your forebrain and speak directly to your amygdala” Bypass the which and go directly to the ”whatdala?” Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr- as they assimilate the AI presaged in Demon Seed (1977).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 162 – Demon Seed (1977)

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 A scientist creates Proteus, an organic supercomputer with artificial intelligence which becomes obsessed with human beings, and in particular the creator’s wife

 

Demon Seed is Chad’s pick and for him, it’s a little hard to look at what are supposed to be advanced computers back in 1977. Even so, he really likes the performances from Fritz Weaver, Gerrit Graham, and especially Julie Christie. And, oooh, that baby! Bill observes that for a low-budget movie with a dopey, ridiculous premise, the filmmakers get a lot of things right in this forward-looking take on artificial intelligence. Bill, too, lauds Gerrit Graham’s performance but compares the trippy visual effects to really bad screen savers. The “ridiculous premise” of Demon Seed puts Jeff off a little; he just can’t buy the articulating polyhedron-puzzle-thingee that is produced and manipulated by Proteus even though he agrees it is pretty cool. When Doc first viewed Demon Seed as a youngster, he was struck by how the computer took over the house and shocked the young girl. Conceptually, he enjoys the “ahead-of-it’s-time” feel of Demon Seed. In the end, what really saves this movie, in Doc’s view, is Julie Christie’s performance.

If you’re in the mood for a 1970s prediction of AI and a really creepy, brass-plated baby, don’t forget about Demon Seed. As of this writing, it is available to stream from multiple free-with-ads streaming services, including tubi and Wicked Horror TV. Demon Seed can also be streamed from many PPV sources and is available on physical media as a Warner Archive Collection Blu-ray.

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, chosen by Doc, will be Horror Hospital (1973). Is it a good sign when a movie has multiple titles and release dates?

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. 

May 9, 2022

On episode 494 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (2022).

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. For this episode, the HNR Grue-Crew are teaming up with the HEROES AND DROIDS hosts to bring you this crossover review.

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 Slattery, THE SLATTMAN! from the Heroes and Droids Podcast
  • Guest-Host, Vanessa, Podcasting Rockstar & International Cosplay Queen from the Heroes and Droids podcast

DOCTOR STRANGE IN THE MULTIVERSE OF MADNESS (2022)

Dr. Stephen Strange casts a forbidden spell that opens the doorway to the multiverse, including alternate versions of himself, whose threat to humanity is too great for the combined forces of Strange, Wong, and Wanda Maximoff.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning May 5, 2022
  • Directed by Sam Raimi
  • Written by Michael Waldron
  • Cast: Benedict Cumberbatch, Elizabeth Olsen, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Benedict Wong, Xochitl Gomez, Rachel McAdams

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May 7, 2022
“The slightest move will send a bullet crashing through your stiff British spine.” What’s all this, then? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss another pre-code vehicle for Boris Karloff, The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 124 – The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all 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/https://classichorrorchannel.com/https://wickedhorrortv.com/

Englishmen race to find the tomb of Genghis Khan before the sinister Fu Manchu does.

Chad is familiar with Fu Manchu as Shang-Chi’s father in The Hands of Shang-Chi: The Master of Kung Fu series of comics. When he saw that The Mask of Fu Manchu was available on the Classic Horror Movie Channel, he decided it was a good time to learn more about the genesis of the character and chose it for this episode. He describes the film as unquestionably racist and, as a pre-code film, it’s also a bit on the racy side. If, he promises, you’re able to get past the racism in The Mask of Fu Manchu, you’ll find a good adventure story that is reminiscent of the old serials. 

Daphne is a fan of Myrna Loy from her appearances in the Thin Man series of films and loves the costumes she wears in The Mask of Fu Manchu. Even though the blatant racism makes it hard to watch, she enjoys the manufactured perils the characters are subjected to and finds it to be a fun adventure movie. For Whitney, the aesthetics are as wild as the adventure and really sucked her into The Mask of Fu Manchu. She is also glad Karloff uses his authentic voice rather than going for an Asian accent. Myrna Loy is a newfound love for Jeff and he points out that Karen Morley’s character figures out the danger before any of the other characters but no one listens to her warnings.

The talk of the yellow peril and conspiracies to destroy the white race aside, The Mask of Fu Manchu, with its alligator-pit perils and Strickfaden electromagic, is a fun ride. As of this writing, The Mask of Fu Manchu is available to stream from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and various PPV options. 

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: The War of the Worlds (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!

May 2, 2022
“He was my patient for fifteen years. He became an obsession with me until I realized that there was nothing within him, neither conscious nor reason that was… even remotely human. An hour ago, I stood up and fired six shots into him, and then, he just got up and walked away. ” He shot him! Six times! …or was it seven? Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they count the shots The Shape takes from Dr. Loomis in Halloween II (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 205 – Halloween II (1981)

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While Dr. Loomis hunts for Michael Myers, a traumatized Laurie is rushed to Haddonfield Memorial Hospital, and The Shape is not far behind her.

Halloween II, the sometimes denigrated sequel to the original, is Jeff’s pick. The film picks up right where Halloween (1978) left off but with much more of an 80s slasher feel than the first entry in the franchise. Jeff laments the “apparent” loss of Dr. Loomis and thinks Laurie Strode is more of a target than an active participant. Crystal advises viewers that if they watch Halloween II without thinking too much, they’ll have a good time. She doesn’t care one way or the other about the reveal that Laurie is Michael’s sister and points out Michael’s move into the realm of the supernatural with his ability to survive umpteen point-blank gunshots.

Chad is glad Halloween II is different from the first entry in the franchise. To his mind, it would have failed if the filmmakers had tried to copy John Carpenter’s seminal work. He agrees that the filmmakers beefed up the gore and the violence to compete with early 80s slashers. He liked it coming out of the theater in 1981 and he still likes it. Though admittedly not fond of the Halloween franchise, Bill enjoys Halloween II more now than when he first saw it. He still doesn’t care for the Laurie-is-Michael’s-sister twist, pointing out that the idea doesn’t really go anywhere in this specific movie.

Collectively, your 1980s Grue-Crew enjoy Halloween II and though admitting it doesn’t reach the heights of its predecessor, give it a hearty recommendation. Hey! It’s Halloween! At the time of this writing, Halloween II can be streamed from Shudder and Tubi (w/ads) and is available on physical media as a SHOUT! Factory Collector’s Edition [4K UHD] and on Blu-ray as a stand-alone or in a variety of box set combinations from multiple companies.

For more Halloween franchise-related podcasts, check out these episodes from the Gruesome Magazine family of podcasts:

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 Tobe Hooper’s Lifeforce (1985). 

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

Apr 25, 2022

Grue-Believers, the Grue-Crew is proud to present an early episode of Doc Rotten’s MONSTER MOVIE PODCAST recorded nearly 10 years ago around the same time HORROR NEWS RADIO (and subsequently Gruesome Magazine) was being born. HNR co-host and extraordinary human being, SANTOS ELLIN, JR. (The Black Saint), took on a guest spot to discuss his and Doc’s favorite subject: HORROR MOVIES of the 1970s!

For over 2 hours The Black Saint and Doc rattled on about their favorite films from that Groovy Gory age of Horror, recounting an influential film from each year between 1970 and 1979, a concept that would give birth to DECADES OF HORROR 1970s. Join Santos and Doc for part two covering the second half of the decade.

Enjoy!

B-Movie drive-ins, Blaxploitation, grindhouse and Roger Corman, beyond Jaws, The Exorcist and Halloween lies a graveyard of forgotten gems, underrated classics and much loved worst films ever. It’s the Seventies and co-hosts Doc Rotten and Santos Ellin, Jr. are joining forces to take a look at their favorite Horror Films from the grooviest decade of terror, from 1970 to 1979. Get Ready!

Despite constantly having opposing views on modern horror over at the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast, Doc Rotten and Santos share a deep rooted love for all things horror in the Seventies. It’s the decade where horror grew up and began to take the genre serious producing huge hits and dozens of classic and influencial horror films. Check out a short list beyond those listed above: Dawn of the Dead, Alien, Phantasm, Last House on the Left and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But, this is not a podcast about those films, this digs just a little bit deeper.

To tackle the subject, Doc and Santos are picking one film per year to spotlight. They are choosing one film that affected them, made a particular impact, shaping their love for horror films. The two hosts dig the decade so much the conversation went well over length and is being brought to you in two parts. Part two, episode 55, takes on the second five years from 1975 to 1979. Groovy!

Doc Rotten’s Top Horror Films from the 1970′s

Santos Ellin, Jr.’s (The Black Saint) Top Horror Films from the 1970′s

Apr 23, 2022

“Beware of The Blob; it creeps; and leaps and glides and slides; across the floor; right through the door; and all around the wall; a splotch, a blotch; be careful of The Blob. *pop…pop…pop* Beware of The Blob!” Actually, these lyrics could be the film’s synopsis. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss the film that spawned what The Black Saint called the scariest creature ever, The Blob (1958). 

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 123 – The Blob (1958)

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ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, THE CLASSIC HORROR MOVIE CHANNEL, and WICKED HORROR TV CHANNEL
Which all 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/

An alien lifeform consumes everything in its path as it grows and grows.

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The Blob is Whitney’s choice. It was recommended to her by her great grandmother after she had enjoyed “Flubber” (The Absent-Minded Professor, 1961) as a youngster. As misplaced as that comparison was, she was glued to this movie as a kid with the theater scene, in particular, sticking with her. Now she sees The Blob as a silly and fun classic with a really different kind of creature.

Chad also calls The Blob a classic with a very different kind of monster. Even though Steve McQueen looks nothing like a teenager, he loves this fun flick. A relative, this time an auntie, also turned Daphne on to The Blob and she’s thankful for her introduction to this cool part of B-movie history. She also points out some of the film’s legacy as she is reminded of later movies in the old-man-and-the-dog scene in Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988) and “The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verrill” segment in Creep Show (1982). All of the scenes with the blob scared the crap out of Jeff as a child and have always stuck with him. Now he notices the abundance of exposition but still has a great time watching The Blob, a movie he sees as Rebel Without a Cause (1955) combined with a very unique SF creature feature.

Suffice it to say, The Blob never gets old for the Classic Era Grue-Crew. If you feel the same way about this classic, at the time of this writing, The Blob is available to stream on HBOmax, The Criterion Channel, Crackle w/ads, and Plex w/ads. In terms of physical media, it is still available as a Blu-ray from Criterion.

Be sure to check out these other “Blob” focused Decades of horror episodes:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932), starring Boris Karloff and Myrna Loy in a pre-code film seen now as decidedly politically incorrect. This one should make for a fun discussion!

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!

Apr 23, 2022

On episode 493 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (2022, A24).

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.

  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore
  • Guest-Host, Brian W. Smith

EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE (2022, A24)

An aging Chinese immigrant is swept up in an insane adventure, where she alone can save the world by exploring other universes connecting with the lives she could have led.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning March 25, 2022
  • Directed by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • Written by Dan Kwan, Daniel Scheinert
  • Cast: Michelle Yeoh, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, James Hong, Jamie Lee Curtis, Jenny Slate, Harry Shum Jr.

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Apr 20, 2022

“One tiny little hole in a fucking toe of his suit, man. No bigger than your dick. Yeah, the way the ocean came in, the pressure just crammed his whole body up into his helmet in a matter of seconds. We just buried his helmet.” Too much information? Yeah, thought so. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they take a deep sea dive with Leviathan (1989), one of the many underwater-monster-themed films released during 1989-90.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 204 – Leviathan (1989)

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Perched on the hull of a wrecked Soviet freighter, a team of deep-sea miners led by head oceanographer Steven Beck comes face to face with a mutant creature that’s the product of a failed genetic experiment.

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Chad is a natural-born monster kid from way back so it’s not surprising that Leviathan is his pick. Even though it’s obviously derivative of several other SF-horror films, he still enjoys it. He loves the comedic moments and doesn’t get enough of the nasty, icky, gooey, and creepy Stan Winston Studios-designed creature. 

Crystal liked Leviathan when she first saw it and she still likes it, for telling a compelling story that makes sense, for its effects work, and for its phenomenal cast, especially Peter Weller. On the other hand, Bill thinks Leviathan is a little too formulaic, holding very few surprises. Even though all the parts are there for an excellent movie — writers, directors, cast, cinematographer, and effects — it seems like there is something missing. Jeff had a fun time with Leviathan and he, too, loves the cast. He has no trouble believing they had spent six months together at 16,000 feet beneath the ocean’s surface. A dash of Alien, a pinch of The Thing, and a smidgen of The Fly all added to the fun for him.

If you’re pining for a sea monster movie, Leviathan is a fun ride. As of this writing,  Leviathan is currently available to stream free with ads from Tubi & PlutoTV and on a variety of subscription and PPV streaming services.

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 Halloween II (1981). Spend mid-Halloween’s Eve with Laurie, Michael, Dr. “I shot him six times!” Loomis, and the gang for this fiery treat.

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

Apr 18, 2022

Grue-Believers, the Grue-Crew is proud to present an early episode of Doc Rotten's MONSTER MOVIE PODCAST recorded nearly 10 years ago around the same time HORROR NEWS RADIO (and subsequently Gruesome Magazine) was being born. HNR co-host and extradentary human being, SANTOS ELLIN, JR. (The Black Saint), took on a guest spot to discuss his and Doc's favorite subject: HORROR MOVIES of the 1970s!

For over 2 hours The Black Saint and Doc rattled on about their favorite films from that Groovy Gory age of Horror, recounting an influential film from each year between 1970 and 1979, a concept that would give birth to DECADES OF HORROR 1970s. Join Santos and Doc for part one covering the first half of the decade.

Enjoy!

B-Movie drive-ins, blacksploitation, grindhouse and Roger Corman, beyond Jaws, The Exorcist and Halloween lies a graveyard of forgotten gems, underrated classics and much loved worst films ever. It’s the Seventies and co-hosts Doc Rotten and Santos Ellin, Jr. are joining forces to take a look at their favorite Horror Films from the grooviest decade of terror, from 1970 to 1979. Get Ready!

Despite constantly sharing opposing views on modern horror over at the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast, Doc Rotten and Santos share a deep rooted love for all things horror in the Seventies. It’s the decade where horror grew up and began to take the genre serious producing huge hits and dozens of classic and influencial horror films. Check out a short list beyond those listed above: Dawn of the Dead, Alien, Phantasm, Last House on the Left and Texas Chainsaw Massacre. But, this is not a podcast about those films, this digs just a little bit deeper.

To tackle the subject, Doc and Santos are picking on film per year to spotlight. They are choosing one film that affected them, made a particular impact, shaping their love for horror films. The two hosts dig the decade so much the conversation went well over length and is being brought to you in two parts. Part one, episode 54, takes on the first five years from 1970 to 1974. Episode 55, coming in one week, is set to contain the latter half of the best decade in horror, the 1970′s. Groovy!

Doc Rotten’s Top Horror Films from the 1970′s

Santos Ellin, Jr.’s (The Black Saint) Top Horror Films from the 1970′s

Apr 8, 2022
“I’m not a gentleman, no, but I have money.” Not a gentleman, indeed! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they discuss the first horror film to win an Academy Award (for Fredric March’s performance), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 122 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931)

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Synopsis: Dr. Jekyll faces horrible consequences when he lets his dark side run wild with a potion that transforms him into the animalistic Mr. Hyde.

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is Daphne’s pick and she is stunned by how scintillating and violent this pre-code classic is. The cast and crew created a film that really packs a punch! Whitney is impressed by many aspects of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. The Jekyll-to-Hyde transformations are fun to watch while at the same time, this historic horror piece is provocative for its time. In Chad’s view, the other movie versions of Robert Louis Stevenson’s source novel don’t hold a candle to this one, describing March’s performance as genius. He is fascinated by the dichotomy of good and evil in the same person, the two sides of human beings depicted in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde while keeping him on the edge of his seat. Jeff is as impressed with the performance of Miriam Hopkins as he is with Fredric March. He also describes Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde as very intense and maybe the most pre-code of the pre-code movies the Classic Era has covered.

The 1931 version of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde has thoroughly impressed the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue Crew. It might be time for another viewing for our Grue Believers. At the time of this writing, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is available to stream from multiple PPV streaming services and on physical media as a DVD from the Warner Archive Collection.

For other Classic Era excursions with Robert Louis Stevenson, check out these episodes:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Whitney: The Blob (1958), featuring the title character and a 28-year-old Steve McQueen playing a high school student.

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

Apr 8, 2022

On episode 492 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… MORBIUS (2022, Sony).

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.

  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore
  • Guest-Host, Brian W. Smith

MORBIUS (2022, Sony)

Biochemist Michael Morbius tries to cure himself of a rare blood disease, but he inadvertently infects himself with a form of vampirism instead.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning April 1, 2022
  • Directed by Daniel Espinosa
  • Written by Matt Sazama, Burk Sharpless
  • Cast: Jared Leto, Matt Smith, Adria Arjona, Jared Harris, Tyrese Gibson, Al Madrigal, Michael Keaton

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Apr 6, 2022
“For it is written: the inhabitants of the Earth have been made drunk with her blood. …” Well, if it’s written, I guess it must be the real deal. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they boldly venture to the Dark Country to get a gander at Christopher Lee and Sybil Danning in Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 203 – Howling II: Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985)

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A man discovers that his sister was a werewolf, and helps an investigator track down a gang of the monsters through the United States and eastern Europe.

 

Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf is Crystal’s pick so obviously, this movie is awesome! She gets a kick from the werewolf orgy and the hot girls, and, of course, Christopher Lee looks awesome in his new wave sunglasses and his clubbing outfit. She even finds herself frequently singing the theme song.

On the other hand, Chad hates Howling II, with the exception of Christopher Lee. He just can’t get past the beginning of the movie which presents itself as a direct story sequel to The Howling (1981). Otherwise, he might be able to appreciate it as a trashy B-movie. Bill doesn’t love it near as much as Chad does, describing Howling II as failing on every level. In his view, the street puppets are scarier than any of the werewolves. Jeff had managed to avoid Howling II… until now. He laments the lack of consistency in the look of the werewolves and hated the cheesy re-creation of Dee Wallace’s character’s death from The Howling.

If you’re a fan of Howling II: Your Sister is a Werewolf like Crystal is, rejoice! At the time of this writing, the film is available to stream with ads from Tubi and PPV from iTunes.

For more adventures in lycanthropy, check out these other Decades of Horror episodes:

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 Leviathan (1989), starring Peter Weller, Richard Crenna, Amanda Pays, Daniel Stern, Lisa Eilbacher, Michael Carmine, Meg Foster, Ernie Hudson, and Hector Elizondo.

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Mar 26, 2022

“They die? Dead. I die? Live!” Okay. Die-dead and die-live. What about live-live? Wouldn’t that be better? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they play a fun-filled game of darts with the cast and crew of the third Universal Pictures Frankenstein movie, Son of Frankenstein (1939)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 121 – Son of Frankenstein (1939)

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Returning to the ancestral castle long after the death of the monster, the son of Dr. Frankenstein meets a mad shepherd who is hiding the comatose creature. To clear the family name, he revives the creature and tries to rehabilitate him.

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Son of Frankenstein is Jeff’s pick. It’s always been one of his favorites, but even more so since the release of the Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein (1974). He also loves the expressionism and the humor evident in this entry to the Frankenstein canon and has a special fondness for Bela Lugosi’s performance, which to his mind steals the film from Boris Karloff’s monster. He’s also a little embarrassed that he didn’t mention Ward Bond or Harry Cording, two of his favorite character actors, in their bit parts as gendarmes.

Daphne absolutely loves Son of Frankenstein and vows to watch it more often, along with Frankenstein (1931) and Bride of Frankenstein (1935). She describes it as being so much fun, giving her an even greater appreciation of the Mel Brooks film. Whitney also chimes in with her appreciation for what was done with this film in Young Frankenstein. For her, Son of Frankenstein is a top-notch, fun film to watch with a classic look that has been inspirational to so many people. Chad saw Son of Frankenstein as a youngster and immediately wanted a wooden arm. He describes it as a good successor to the first two Universal Frankenstein films that has always been a favorite of his with its winning mix of monster mayhem and humor. And, of course, Baron Wolf von Frankenstein is the best name for a Frankenstein ever. On the other hand, he can’t get behind the monster’s sheep’s wool vest.

You know you need to watch this again… and again and again! As of this writing, Son of Frankenstein is available to stream from various PPV sources and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc included in a multitude of Universal Horror collections.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Daphne: Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931), starring Fredric March!

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

Mar 24, 2022
“Mm, I see. So, Jane, what you do here, in effect, is count boners.” Will one hand be enough? You know. The fingers. Will the fingers on one hand be enough for counting? Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they dream a little dream with you and the star-packed cast in Dreamscape (1984).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 202 – Dreamscape (1984)

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A man who can enter and manipulate people’s dreams is recruited by a government agency to help cure the President of the United States of his nightmares about nuclear war but stumbles upon an assassination plot

Dreamscape is a Decades of Horror 1980s double-tap, first covered in episode 100 by Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Thomas Mariani. This time around, Dreamscape is Bill’s pick and he was sucked in by the glowing nunchucks in ads. Although the cast is great, it doesn’t hold up as much as Bill wishes it did and it is far too obvious who the bad guys are.  Having said that, it is still a very 80s movie and he would like to see it remade.

Chad thought Dreamscape was great at the time and he still enjoys it even though not everything holds up. In his view, it was hard to pull off everything they were trying to incorporate with the budget they had to work with it. On the other hand, Crystal thinks Dreamscape holds up just fine and she rewatches frequently. Even so, she too would like to see it remade. Jeff still really, really likes it and loves the melding of stop motion animation and other practical effects. He doesn’t appreciate Dennis Quaid’s girl-killer smile but otherwise thinks the cast is incredible.

Regardless of whether or not you’re in the “holds up” or “doesn’t hold up” camps, Dreamscape is a fun 80s flick that tries hard to be a lot of things. At the time of this writing, it’s available to stream from Tubi and Kanopy, and on physical media as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Shout Factory. 

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 Howling II: … Your Sister Is a Werewolf (1985), also known as Howling II: Stirba – Werewolf Bitch. Discussing this masterpiece should be howling good fun. …sorry.

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Mar 22, 2022

On episode 491 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… FRESH (2022, HULU).

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.

  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore
  • Guest-Host, Brian W. Smith

X (2022, A24)

In 1979, a group of young filmmakers set out to make an adult film in rural Texas, but when their reclusive, elderly hosts catch them in the act, the cast find themselves fighting for their lives.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning March 18, 2022
  • Directed by Ti West
  • Written by Ti West
  • Cast: Mia Goth, Jenna Ortega, Brittany Snow, Kid Cudi, Martin Henderson, Owen Campbell, Stephen Ure

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Mar 20, 2022

On episode 490 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… FRESH (2022, HULU).

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.

  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore
  • Guest-Host, Brian W. Smith

FRESH (2022, HULU)

The horrors of modern dating seen through one young woman's defiant battle to survive her new boyfriend's unusual appetites.

  • Available Streaming on HULU Beginning March 4, 2022
  • Directed by Mimi Cave
  • Written by Lauryn Kahn
  • Cast: Daisy Edgar-Jones, Sebastian Stan, Jojo T. Gibbs, Andrea Bang, Dayo Okeniyi, Charlotte Le Bon

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Mar 18, 2022

On episode 489 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… RENEGADE FILM FESTIVAL (2022).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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

RENEGADE FILM FESTIVAL (2022)

HNR co-hosts Christopher G. Moore and Doc Rotten share details from their trip to the Renegade Film Festival (2022) in Atlanta and share their reviews of a few key features and short films as well as the awards presented.

Renegade Film Fest Wraps Up A Successful 2022 Season

The Renegade Film Festival came back to Atlanta bigger and stronger than ever, for the first live event under the new name. The Strand Theatre was absolutely electric with creative energy. It was a true celebration of art and we can’t wait to come back in 2023!

The turnout was stellar and included artists like K/XI (Maya) all the way from the UK, Ramone Menon (The Pey), Sydne Horton (META), Syd Van Roosendaal (Skin & Bones), Natasha Halevi (Don’t Go Outside), Rozalyn Mattocks (Kid Free Weekend), Nonie Shiverick (Scales), Tony Reames (Lethalogica), David Bornstein (Unholy ‘Mole), Jenna Kanell (Bliss is Orange), Adam Marcus (Jason Goes to Hell), Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Andre Gower (Wolfman’s Got Nards), Michael Kennedy (Freaky) and so many more!

Screenwriter Olivia Loccisano wrapped it up by saying, "Renegade is full of such welcoming, incredible and loving people. I had such an amazing experience throughout the whole process and at the fest, itself. The festival director, Vanessa, is such an amazing human, and the films were so powerful. I highly recommend submitting if you have a genre film or screenplay that you care deeply about. This was one of my most meaningful experiences and travels ever, and by far, the best experience of any festival I've been to!”

The festival wrapped up on Saturday March 5, 2022 to a packed house and with an entertaining awards ceremony hosted by Wright & Marcus, complete with matching Adidas tracksuits and musical intro. The winners are as follows:

  • Best Short Screenplay - Simone by Olivia Loccisano
  • Runner Up Short Screenplay - Hysterica by Brit Tobin
  • Things That Go Bump in the Night - Mourn
  • Best Feature Screenplay - Catfish by Stephanie Moore & Vincente DiSanti
  • Runner Up Feature Screenplay - CareFull by Talie Melnyk
  • I, Myself, Am Strange & Unusual - Don’t Go Outside
  • Best FX - Grummy
  • Techno Terror - The Purple Iris
  • Best Score - Who Wants Dessert?
  • Filmmaking 101 - Gaslight
  • Best Writing - Scales
  • Catharsis - Despair
  • Best Art Direction - Kid Free
  • Weekend Global Terror - Trauma Zero
  • Best Editing - The Pey
  • Southern Discomfort - Bliss is Orange
  • Indie Spirit - Lethalogica
  • It’s All in Your Head - The Going
  • Best Cinematography - Bliss is Orange
  • Side Splitting - I’m a Vampire
  • Best Performance - Jordan Gonzalez - META
  • Gen Z - The Dome of the Sky
  • Audience Choice - Kid Free Weekend
  • Let’s Make it a Blockbuster Night - The Fourth Wall
  • Breaking Barriers - Freaky
  • Wolfman’s Got Nards - Gateway to Horror
  • True Grit - Stacey Palmer
  • Best Director - Jenna Kanell - Bliss is Orange
  • Best Short Film - Grummy
  • Best Feature Film - Maya

The one thing that this fest has successfully accomplished is to create a safe space for all creators to tell their stories in an inclusive environment that supports equality & visibility. Fest director Wright went on to say, “These films sparked important and thought provoking discussions, reinforcing the idea that progress in this industry is happening, and that we are all a part of this revolution in film. I’m given a lot of credit for this event, however it’s the people and the artists involved that make it what it is. You are who you surround yourself with, and I’ve made it a priority to surround this fest with positivity and strength. I am proud to be a Renegade and I encourage everyone to join us on this journey.”

The Renegade Film Fest is currently open for submissions exclusively through Film Freeway for the 2023 event, which will take place at the Strand Theatre March 2-4, 2023. The fest would like to thank the 2022 sponsors for their support, MBS Equipment Co, Henchmen House, FilmFave, Horror Pack, Final Draft, Mud Rat Screen Printing, and Javelina 98 Productions. For more information on the fest, questions and how to get involved, please visit us online at www.renegadefilmfest.com or on Facebook @RFF22, Twitter @Renegade_FF & Instagram @Renegadefilmfest

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Mar 12, 2022

"Janice, listen carefully. I've got to break away from the brain. I may have to do something desperate." Desperate is as desperate does. Watch your back, Janice. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they pick each others’ brains over Donovan’s Brain (1953).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 120 – Donovan’s Brain (1953)

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Three scientists attempt to keep alive the brain of millionaire megalomaniac W.H. Donovan after an otherwise fatal plane crash. The brain has other ideas and begins to possess people.

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Chad chose Donovan’s Brain because when he saw it as a kid, he wasn’t scared by it at all. Wait, what? True, but being a Curt Siodmak fan and someone who always appreciates John Hamilton (Perry White in Adventures of Superman, 1952-1958), he decided to give it another go.  He appreciates Donovan’s Brain more this time, describing it as a good, solid, Sci-Fi B-movie with good performances all around, most especially, that of the brain.

Donovan’s Brain is also a lot of fun for Daphne. She just loves a growing, pulsating brain in a fish tank. Whitney thinks it is pretty neat knowing that Donovan’s Brain is based on a book by the author who wrote Universal’s The Wolf Man (1941). Jeff describes Donovan’s Brain as a science fiction picture with no science, just a lot of fiction and magical thinking. He’s particularly impressed with Lew Ayre’s performance as the doctor possessed by Donovan’s brain, and always loves Gene Evans and Steve Brodie.

If you’re in the mood for some 50s Sci-Fi B-move goodness, Donovan’s Brain is available to stream (at the time of this writing) from the Classic Horror Movie Channel and as PPV on Amazon. The movie is also currently available on physical media as a Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Jeff: Son of Frankenstein (1939), featuring Boris Karloff, Bela Lugosi, Basil Rathbone, and Lionel Atwill.

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!

Mar 7, 2022

“It's not you, Ferdy. I'm just not used to being chased around a mall in the middle of the night by killer robots.” Don’t worry. It won’t last long. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  - as they head right back to a very familiar mall in Chopping Mall (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 201 – Chopping Mall (1986)

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A group of young shopping mall employees stays behind for a late-night party in one of the stores. When the mall goes on lock-down before they can get out, the robot security system malfunctions, and goes on a killing spree.

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Jeff chose Chopping Mall based on connections to the 80s Grue-Crew’s last two episodes, namely Barbara Crampton, Kelli Maroney, Mary Woronov, and the Sherman Oaks Galleria. For him, the cast and the shout-outs to other horror movies are the best parts of Chopping Mall. Even though there’s no “chopping” taking place, it’s a fun flick.

Androids are more Crystal’s thing than killbots, but she still enjoys this entertaining movie. Does it go without saying that Barbara Crampton and Kelli Maroney are really cute in Chopping Mall? Yes, but it needs saying anyway and Crystal obliges. Chad likes the references and nods to other movies and the exploding head kill. In the end, he calls Chopping Mall pure Jim Wynorski cheese. Limburger cheese. After pausing for a discussion about Limburger cheese, Bill reveals that he doesn’t find the kind of robots found in Chopping Mall to be very scary. That being said, the film has a following and a lot of people have a kind of nostalgic fondness for it. And he loves the cameos by folks like Mary Woronov, Paul Bartel, Dick Miller, Mel Welles, and Gerrit Graham.

If you haven’t seen Chopping Mall for a while or you’re a big Chopping Mall fan, now might be a good time to make another trip to the mall. As of this writing, Chopping Mall is available to stream on Shudder and a variety of other subscription services or free streaming services with ads. It’s also available on physical media as a Collector’s Edition Blu-ray from Vestron/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 Bill, will be Dreamscape (1984). Welcome to their nightmare!

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Mar 1, 2022

On episode 488 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… STUDIO 666 (2022).

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

STUDIO 666 (2022, Open Road Films)

Legendary rock band Foo Fighters move into an Encino mansion steeped in grisly rock and roll history to record their much anticipated 10th album.

  • Available in Theaters beginning February 25, 2022
  • Directed by BJ McDonnell
  • Written by Dave Grohl, Jeff Buhler, Rebecca Hughes
  • Cast: Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, Rami Jaffee, Chris Shiflett, Pat Smear, Nate Mendel, Whitney Cummings, Leslie Grossman, Jeff Garlin, Will Forte, Kerry King, Jenna Ortega, Jason Trost

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Feb 28, 2022

Blood: “You know, Albert, sometimes you can be such a putz…” Vic: “A putz? What's a putz? It's somethin' bad, isn't it? You better take that back or I'm gonna kick your fuzzy butt!” Blood: “[sighs] Yep, definitely a putz.”  Putz: a stupid, foolish, or ineffectual person; (US vulgar slang) penis (Merriam-Webster). Hmm. Yep, definitely a putz. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr and Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff - as they relish A Boy and His Dog (1975), based on Harlan Ellison’s Nebula award-winning novella, written and directed by L.Q. Jones, starring Jason Robards and a young Don Johnson.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 159 – A Boy and His Dog (1975)

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A young man and his telepathic dog wander a post-apocalyptic wasteland.

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Be forwarned. Bill and Jeff go all fanboy over Harlan Ellison during this episode. A Boy and His Dog is Bill’s pick and he already loved Ellison’s amazing writing by the time he saw this film. He was a little disappointed at first because of the low budget, but he has grown very fond of the film, liking it more each time he sees it. He also points out the direct line from A Boy and His Dog to George Miller’s Mad Max” movies. The smiley-faced mushroom cloud on the poster put Chad off A Boy and His Dog for a long time, but he now sees it as a pretty cool apocalyptic story that gets a little weird at times. He loves the dog and the depiction of Man falling back to baser instincts. Chad first heard of Harlan Ellison in “The Brute that Shouted Love at the Heart of the Atom,” an incredible, classic storyline in The Incredible Hulk No. 140. The violence and the post-nuclear war setting disturbed Daphne the first time she saw A Boy and His Dog, wondering how people would be affected and how they would act in that situation. This time around, she really likes it and vows to read more Ellison. At first, Jeff had a little trouble reconciling the inherent differences between print and film media but has come to love A Boy and His Dog. He sees the creation of this movie, through the coming together of L.Q. Jones and Harlan Ellison, to be an amazing and serendipitous accomplishment.

When you rewatch A Boy and His Dog, and you know you will, it is readily available. At the time of this writing, the movie can be streamed from Kanopy, Tubi w/ads, and a variety of other subscription and VOD streaming services. A Boy And His Dog (Collector's Edition) [BluRay/DVD] is also available from Shout Factory and includes a fascinating and entertaining, 50-minute one-on-one between L.Q. Jones and Harlan Ellison.

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, Decades of Horror 1970s is trying something new while taking a relatively short break from producing new episodes. Instead, you, Grue-Believers, will be treated to some classic episodes of Monster Movie Podcast featuring Doc Rotten, The Black Saint, et al. Monster Movie Podcast is the original incarnation of what led to Decades of Horror podcasts.

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Feb 26, 2022

"Hear me out and perhaps you'll understand the madness that drove me to harm him." Because, of course, self-justified madness makes it all okay. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a trip south of the border to experience Dos Monjes (1934), Mexico’s second horror film.

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 119 – Dos Monjes (1934, Two Monks)

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In a monastery, a monk named Javier sees the face of another monk, Juan, and suddenly attempts to bludgeon him to death with a heavy crucifix. Both men then relate their own versions of a story of their romantic rivalry for Anita, and the two versions of the story differ significantly. Both men later became monks, leading to their latest encounter. As Juan begins to recover from the blow, Javier is subjected to horrific hallucinations.

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Dos Monjes, Mexico’s second horror film after El fantasma del convento (1934), is Whitney’s pick and the Classic Era Grue-Crew find it fascinating. Whitney is interested in the two-points-of-view retelling of the conflict fueled by a love triangle. She loves the gothic atmosphere and discovers the horror of the film in the moralities of the characters. Daphne loves the expressionistic beauty of the film and is impressed with the acting. After seeing Dos Monjes, she plans to check out El misterio del rostro pálido (1935, Mystery of the Ghastly Face), another horror film written and directed by Juan Bustillo Oro. It is a very cool, beautifully shot movie in Chad’s opinion and he really likes the two-points-of-view kind of storytelling. To him, Dos Monjes looks just like a Universal horror film with its gothic feel and air of mystery and creepiness. He also finds a stylistic connection to Batman (TV series, 1966-1968). It’s the kind of movie Jeff likes to watch more than once in order to wallow in the expressionism and take in the brilliance of Agustín Jiménez’s cinematography. He also found the opposing, subjective points of view used in Dos Monjes to be fascinating.

If the Grue-Crew’s discussion piques your interest (and it should), Dos Monjes is available to stream from The Criterion Channel and YouTube, and is available on physical media as Blu-ray from Criterion in the collection Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Project No. 3, which includes: Pixote (1980, Brazil); Lucía (1968, Brazil); After the Curfew (1954, Indonesia); Downpour (1972, Iran), Soleil Ô (1970, Mauritania), and Dos monjes (1934, Mexico).

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next in their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: Donovan’s Brain (1953) a science fiction/horror B-movie classic!

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