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Jun 30, 2022

On episode 498 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE BLACK PHONE (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
  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • Guest-host, Brian W. Smith

THE BLACK PHONE (2022, Blumhouse)

After being abducted by a child killer and locked in a soundproof basement, a 13-year-old boy starts receiving calls on a disconnected phone from the killer's previous victims.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning June 24, 2022
  • Directed by Scott Derrickson
  • Written by Scott Derrickson, C. Robert Cargill
  • Based on characters created by: Joe Hill
  • Cast: Mason Thames, Madeleine McGraw, Ethan Hawke, Jeremy Davies, E. Roger Mitchell, Troy Rudeseal, James Ransone

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Jun 27, 2022

“Why do you keep telling me to go on with those pills? I feel fine. I never felt better! My nerves are fine the way they are!” If you moved into a house in the middle of a cemetery with an actual tomb inside the house, and it was the site of a murder-suicide, your nerves might be shot too. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out the final entry in Lucio Fulci’s Gates of Hell Trilogy, The House by the Cemetery (1981).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 209 – The House by the Cemetery (1981)

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A New England home is terrorized by a series of murders, unbeknownst to the guests that a gruesome secret is hiding in the basement.

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The House by the Cemetery, aka Quella villa accanto al cimitero (original title), is Jeff’s pick and he loves it. Despite the weird voice dubbed for Bob, the young boy in the story, he digs the atmospheric music, the long-drawn-out kill scenes, and what turns out to be a fairly coherent story, at least for a Fulci film. Crystal also loves The House by the Cemetery. Besides having maggots, gruesome kills, a weird story, and a creepy kid, it’s very well shot. 

The little boy is not cute, according to Bill, and he too describes the horrible voice dubbing of said boy. Though The House by the Cemetery is not his favorite of the trilogy, he still thinks it’s pretty cool. Despite the frequent scenes of characters walking around the house calling out names, it is pretty to look at and really well made.

The Decades of Horror Grue Crews always have something to say about Lucio Fulci’s work. Here are the Decades of Horror episodes discussing Fulci’s work:

As of this writing, The House by the Cemetery is available to stream from Shudder. In terms of physical media, Blu-ray and 4K Ultra HD discs from Blue Underground are available.

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 Clash of the Titans (1981) with a stellar cast and, of course, the magic of Ray Harryhausen!

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

Jun 21, 2022

“They had their chance to learn about my ideas 15 years ago. *evil chuckle* Now they’ll pay for their scorn! I’ll exact vengeance upon those fools who treated me like a madman and drove me into the shadows! *maniacal laugh*” And with the help of his robotic daughter! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they go to Toho-land for Ishirô Honda’s Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 165 – Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975)

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Attempts to salvage Mechagodzilla are thwarted, causing an INTERPOL investigation that uncovers the work of a shunned biologist and his daughter, whose life becomes entwined with the resurrected machine.

Terror of Mechagodzilla, aka Mekagojira no gyakushu, is Bill’s pick and even he is a bit surprised how little Godzilla is in the film. Even though Titanosaurus isn’t normally held in high regard, Bill thinks he’s a cool kaiju. Jeff is a relative newcomer to the world of Toho kaiju and he feels lucky to be shepherded through his introduction by the other members of the Grue-Crew. He gets into the campiness of Terror of Mechagodzilla, especially the fight scenes which seemed to him like a mashup of pro wrestling, boxing, and the Three Stooges. Chad loves all Godzilla films and sees him as emblematic of a good character that can be dropped into any situation – whether it be a comedy, child-oriented, or serious – and still tell a good story. He loves Terror of Mechagodzilla even though Godzilla does show up rather later in the story. Wacky aliens, a scientist that looks like Colonel Sanders, a robot daughter, and Godzilla appearing out of nowhere are all elements that pulled Doc into Terror of Mechagodzilla. He notes that even though this movie has a darker tone than recent Godzilla fare, it is still a lot of fun.

If you’re a fan of Godzilla, and we know you are, check out these other Decades of Horror podcasts on films from the Showa Era:

At the time of this writing, Terror of Mechagodzilla is available to stream from HBOmax, the Criterion Channel, tubi, and various other streaming services. In terms of physical media,  it is available in Godzilla: the Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 (the Criterion 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 Chad, will be The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977) from the H.G. Wells novel, starring Burt Lancaster, Micahel York, Barbara Carrera, Nigel Davenport, and Richard Basehart. 

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. 

Jun 18, 2022

“I just would like to warn you. My daughter sometimes acts in… an abnormal way.” Here we go again. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they make another trip south of the border for a horror film from Mexican masters, El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 127 – El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone)

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A governess Julia comes to work in a bourgeois family that lives in an afforested property that they have recently bought. Julia is to take care of a little girl named Silvia, whose unusual demeanor may find its roots in the family garden.

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Once again, Whitney treats her fellow Grue-Crew members to a gem from Mexico. This time, her pick is El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone), a supernatural ghost story made by an award-winning crew and cast. It’s another winning choice suggested to Whitney by her dad. She is intrigued by this gothic horror story that is also a bit of a mystery with a supernatural element. This offering has a fantasy feel and creepy kids to make it even eerier, leading her to question the characters and their surroundings.

Daphne loves creepy kid movies so she’s all about El libro de piedra. She loves the characters in the atmospheric telling of this story, augmented by the music and the colors used. Jeff loves El libro de piedra as well. To him, its haunting feel is reminiscent of an episode of Night Gallery (1969-1973). He’s impressed with the meticulous, well-laid-out story and the actors’ performances. That creepy kid and her “imaginary” friend make everyone uncomfortable.

You won’t want to miss a certain scene that’s a precursor to a legendary shot in Halloween (1978). At the time of this writing, El libro de piedra is available to stream with subtitles on YouTube at EL LIBRO DE PIEDRA PELICULA COMPLETA English subtitles. It’s not a great copy, but it is adequate. Unfortunately, physical media is scarce and pricey. El libro de piedra deserves a quality Blu-ray, as do many good Mexican horror movies.

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: William Castle’s Mr. Sardonicus (1961). Who’s up for some risus sardonicus? Or is it hysterical rictus? Either way, it should put a big grin on your face.

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!

Jun 14, 2022

On episode 497 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION (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
  • Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher
  • The Slattman!, Christopher Slattery
  • Comic Book Artist, Chad Hunt

JURASSIC WORLD: DOMINION (2022, UNIVERSAL)

Four years after the destruction of Isla Nublar, dinosaurs now live--and hunt--alongside humans all over the world. This fragile balance will reshape the future and determine, once and for all, whether human beings are to remain the apex predators on a planet they now share with history's most fearsome creatures in a new Era.

  • Available in Theaters Beginning June 10, 2022
  • Directed by Colin Trevorrow
  • Written by Colin Trevorrow, Derek Connolly, Emily Carmichael
  • Based on characters created by: Michael Crichton
  • Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Laura Dern, Sam Neill, Jeff Goldblum, DeWanda Wise, Mamoudou Athie, Isabell Sermon, Campbell Scott, BD Wong, Omar Sy, Justice Smith, Daniella Pineda

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Jun 13, 2022

“You mustn’t play with dead bodies. You’ve had your fun. Isn’t it enough? Isn’t killing five enough for one day?” Is five enough? You be the judge. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  – as they check out this wild ride from Japan, Evil Dead Trap (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 208 – Evil Dead Trap (1988)

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A late-night TV presenter receives a snuff tape, in which a woman is brutally killed. She decides to take a crew out to a location indicated in the tape, but only death and despair await them

Evil Dead Trap is Chad’s pick and he is pleasantly surprised. What could have been a run-of-the-mill slasher turned out to be a big-time giallo with a generous dose of creepiness at the end. Crystal really, really liked Evil Dead Trap … a lot. She is impressed with the story, the acting, the effects, the clever and creative kills, and even some techniques that were before their time. Evil Dead Trap is a great giallo, one of the best giallo films Bill’s seen in a long time, and from a different culture as told through its own filter. Even though the film lost him at the end, he still calls Evil Dead Trap one of his top ten giallo films. Jeff also loves Evil Dead Trap, making the Grue-Crew’s support unanimous. He specifically points to the music, colors, and the crazy giallo all’italiana story.  

If you haven’t seen Evil Dead Trap, you really need to correct that oversight. Maybe you saw gray-market versions in years past and if that’s the case, it’s time you experienced it again. At the time of this writing, Evil Dead Trap is available to stream from Amazon Prime and other subscription and PPV services. If physical media is your thing, there is an Unearthed Classic Blu-ray of the film available. Be ready for a wild ride!

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 Lucio Fulci’s The House by the Cemetery (1981). Oh boy!

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

Jun 8, 2022

“We’re uptight. You’re uptight. I’m uptight. We’re all uptight. … They’re dropping like flies, Agar. They’re dropping like flies.” It’s no wonder everyone’s uptight! Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they sample the visual delights of Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973), the film Roger Ebert called, “the best schlock soft-core science fiction movie since The Vengeance of She (1968).”

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 164 – Invasion of the Bee Girls (1973)

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A powerful cosmic force is turning Earth women into queen bees who kill men by wearing them out sexually.

 

Invasion of the Bee Girls is Jeff’s pick, mainly because he’s a William Smith fan. After watching it, he confirms that it does star William Smith, along with a surprising number of good character actors, and though it is not a good movie, but it is certainly a crazy movie. Chad says Invasion of the Bee Girls fits into the “not so classic” category of each episode’s introduction. He doesn’t have any idea if the filmmakers are intentionally trying to be funny, but he laughed all the way through the movie. Of course, he loves William Smith and anything he’s in but he is also dumbfounded by the storyline. Bill sees it as one of those softcore sex flicks from the 70s with enough science fiction elements to entice viewers to stick with it through the constant flow of boobs and butts. He never did get the ultimate goal of the bee girls in Invasion of the Bee Girls. Doc did not realize Invasion of the Bee Girls is as “skinemax” as it is and even though it’s silly, it has a kind of stupid charm to it. It’s a bizarre film with a weird science fiction thing going on and a strange level of innocence despite the topic.

If you’re in the mood for some William Smith, or some of that other stuff, Invasion of the Bee Girls might be just the ticket. As of this writing, the movie is available to stream from Amazon Prime, and with ads from Tubi/ Unfortunately, the Scream Factory Blu-ray is sold out.

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 Bill, will be Terror of Mechagodzilla (1975). 

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. 

Jun 4, 2022
“Such a deep wound and no bloodstains. I have a bad feeling about this.” And well you should! The insanity has just begun. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew – Chad Hunt, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr – as they each express their “what-the-hell-am-I-watching” reactions to Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 126 – Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (1968)

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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/

The survivors of a plane crash in a remote area are attacked by blob-like alien creatures that turn their victims into blood-thirsty vampires

Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell (aka, Kyuketsuki Gokemidoro) is Daphne’s pick and she loves the cool visuals and crazy colors and has fun with the film’s all-out wackiness. The look of Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell reminded Whitney of Planet of the Vampires, identifying director Hajime Satô as a fan of Mario Bava’s work. This movie has everything according to Chad. Birds committing suicide, vampires, aliens, blobs, space ships, and an end-of-the-world scenario, to name just a few of the insane plot points in Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell that keep you guessing. Jeff is so gobsmacked once the first vampire shows up that he completely loses track of the story. He loves everything about Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, including the music.

If you haven’t seen Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell, it’s time you did! As of this writing, the movie is available to stream from the Classic Sci-Fi Movie Channel, The Criterion Channel, and Flix Fling. In terms of physical media, Goke, Body Snatcher from Hell is available on a Criterion DVD as part of its When Horror Came to Shochiku collection along with The X from Outer Space (1967), The Living Skeleton (1968), and Genocide (1968).

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: El libro de piedra (1969, The Book of Stone), another fine entry to the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era files from Mexico.

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!

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