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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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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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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

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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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!
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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!

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

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!

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!” 

Feb 22, 2022

On episode 487 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2022, NETFLIX).

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

TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE (2022, NETFLIX)

After nearly 50 years of hiding, Leatherface returns to terrorize a group of idealistic young friends who accidentally disrupt his carefully shielded world in a remote Texas town.

  • Available Streaming on NETFLIX beginning February 18, 2022
  • Directed by David Blue Garcia
  • Written by Chris Thomas Devlin, Fede Alvarez, Rodo Sayagues
  • Cast: Sarah Yarkin, Elsie Fisher, Mark Burnham, Jacob Latimore, Moe Dunford, Olwen Fouéré, Jessica Allain, Nell Hudson, Alice Krige, William Hope

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Feb 21, 2022

“See, this is the problem with these things. Daddy would have gotten us Uzis.” Yeah, those darn MAC-10s are always jamming. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  - as they lovingly review Night of the Comet (1984), the feel-good horror movie of the 1980s. Episode 200 is upon us and our viewers have spoken! Be sure to check out Doc Rotten’s short history of the podcast at the end of this blog entry!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 200 – Night of the Comet (1984)

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A comet wipes out most of life on Earth, leaving two Valley Girls fighting against cannibal zombies and a sinister group of scientists.

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The topic for Decades of Horror 1980s Episode 200 was chosen by Grue-Believers through a poll placed on YouTube, Facebook, and Patreon. When we came up with the list of films to be included in the poll -- Altered States, Cat People, Night of the Comet, Scanners, and Sleepaway Camp -- Crystal boldly predicted the winner would be Night of the Comet and indeed it was.

As usual, Crystal has a crush on one of the actors, and this time it’s Robert Beltran. She loves the story concept of Night of the Comet and the concise way that story is told populated by likable characters. And how awesome would it be to go on that shopping spree? 

Chad sought out the VHS after learning that the makeup effects were provided by David Miller (A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984). For him, Night of the Comet is quintessential 1980s – dumb, but straight-up fun with likable characters – and it takes him right back to that time. 

Bill agrees, calling Night of the Comet one of the most 80s movies we’ve ever done, literally screaming, “1980s!” No one gets too broken up about the deaths of the entire population, but, hey, the shopping! Bill also chimes in on the likable characters, and, of course, Mary Woronov is incredible.

Following the principle of “condemnation prior to investigation,” Jeff had never seen Night of the Comet until now and he is so glad the viewers chose it. He is amazed by how likable the characters are and is impressed that the filmmakers stayed away from the annoying teenager trope. He loves where it goes and admits there is really no reason to dislike this movie.

Bearing witness to the 1980s-ness of Night of the Comet, your Grue-Crew digress in a nostalgic way about a crush on Sharon Farrell, Art Bell’s radio show, and bicycles with colored tires and “mag” wheels.

The 1980s Grue-Crew would like to thank the Grue-Believers for viewing and/or listening and making this wonderful choice for their 200th episode. As of this writing,  Night of the Comet is available to stream on Tubi, PlutoTV, and PPV from Amazon. It is also available on physical media as a Collector's Edition [BluRay/DVD Combo] 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 Jeff, will be Chopping Mall (1986), with Kelli Maroney, Mary Woronov, Barbara Crampton, and the Sherman Oaks Galleria. It’s déjà vu all over again.

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

A NOTE ON PODCAST HISTORY FROM DOC ROTTEN
A quick history about Decades of Horror 1980s podcast for those who may be wondering where some of the "early" episodes are. Decades of Horror 1980s is actually our longest-running podcast, predating the start of HORROR NEWS RADIO. A podcast that has changed names many times as well as its format.

Starting off as DOC ROTTEN'S HORROR DRIVE-IN PODCAST in the summer of 2011, the show was solo-hosted by Doc with occasional guest-hosts. As guest-hosts became co-hosts - thank you, Thomas Mariani - the show was renamed THE MONSTER MOVIE PODCAST in May of 2012. At this point, it was basically the model for HORROR NEWS RADIO when it launched in April of 2013 when The Black Saint and Dave Dreher joined Doc and Thomas.

THE MONSTER MOVIE PODCAST shifted its format to lists and special episodes, featuring Top 10 Haunted House Movies, "Let's Remake Everything", the history of Godzilla movies and Top 10 Horror Films of the 1970s AND 1980s. The latter two being two-part episodes each.

With the advent of GRUESOME MAGAZINE, Santos and Doc launched DECADES OF HORROR 1970s and over time Thomas and Doc transformed THE MONSTER MOVIE PODCAST into DECADES OF HORROR 1980s. This name change roughly coincided with the launch of DECADES OF HORROR 1990s lead by Thomas and DECADES OF HORROR The Classic Era lead by Jeff Mohr and Chad Hunt.

It is a joy to know that we have so many fans of each of these podcast adventures diving into the horror films we all love and enjoy with a passion. 10 Years and going strong, ups and downs, losses and rewards. And you! We hope you enjoy episode 200 of DECADES OF HORROR 1980s… and many more episodes to come.

Thank you all so very much and with love,
Doc Rotten, Jeff Mohr, and the Grue-Crew
Dave Dreher, Christopher G. Moore, Vanessa Thompson, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, Chris Slattery, Whitney Collazo, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Brian W. Smith, and many previous cohosts and guest-hosts.

The Black Saint, Santos Ellin Jr., we miss you always…


Feb 14, 2022

“The blood of these whores is killing me.” Why don’t you have a salad instead? If only they have the right vegetables. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they finally fulfill their dream of seeing Blood for Dracula (1974), aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 158 – Blood for Dracula (1974)

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An ailing vampire count travels to Italy with his servant to find a bride.

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Having never seen Blood for Dracula, you can’t really blame Jeff for picking it as this episode’s topic, right? He found the film to be boring, the nude scenes to be unerotic, the humor to be unfunny, and the dialogue to be just plain dumb. He is, however, reminded of the “Sprockets” sketches on Saturday Night Live and the Black Knight scene in Month Python and the Holy Grail (1975). Doc had always wanted to see Blood for Dracula and thought it would be awesome, … but it’s not. The dialogue is atrocious and features what may be the worst hero ever seen on film. At the same time, he loves it in a weird sort of way because it is so stupid and so dumb. The version of a vampire portrayed by Udo Kier in Blood for Dracula is Bill’s favorite! His manservant bosses him around and Dracula just takes it. He’s absolutely pathetic. Chad found no redeeming qualities whatsoever in Blood for Dracula. Terrible dialogue. No campiness. No comedy. Just no!

If, like the 1970s Grue-Crew, you have always wanted to see Blood for Dracula (Andy Warhol’s Dracula), you’re in luck! At the time of this writing, it is available to stream from Shudder and on physical media as a  3-Disc Special Edition [4K Ultra HD + Blu-ray + CD] from Severin, just released on January 25, 2022.

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 Boy and His Dog (1975), chosen by Bill. Harlan Ellison and Don Johnson everyone!

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Feb 12, 2022

"You promised that night you'd never tell anybody. You finally broke the promise. It was a pledge for life for both of us. I told you if you broke it, I would kill you. You betrayed me!" Isn’t that always the way it goes? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they are mesmerized by the legendary Kwaidan (1968)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 118 – Kwaidan (1964)

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This film contains four distinct, separate stories: 1) "Black Hair": A poor samurai who divorces his true love to marry for money, but finds the marriage disastrous and returns to his old wife, only to discover something eerie about her; 2) "The Woman in the Snow": Stranded in a snowstorm, a woodcutter meets an icy spirit in the form of a woman who spares his life on the condition that he never tells anyone about her. A decade later he forgets his promise; 3) "Hoichi the Earless": Hoichi is a blind musician, living in a monastery who sings so well that a ghostly imperial court commands him to perform the epic ballad of their death battle for them. But the ghosts are draining away his life, and the monks set out to protect him by writing a holy mantra over his body to make him invisible to the ghosts. But they've forgotten something; 4) "In a Cup of Tea": a writer tells the story of a man who keeps seeing a mysterious face reflected in his cup of tea.

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Kwaidan is Daphne’s pick and she loves every single second of the 183-minute runtime. In fact, she watched it three times! The beauty of the film, the amazing storytelling, and both the sound and set design blew her away. Chad agrees that it is a beautiful film with wonderful sets and music and appreciates how the four segments are based on supernatural folk tales. For the record, his favorite of the four is “The Woman of the Snow.” As a big lover of world folklore and ghost stories, Whitney is also on the Kwaidan bandwagon, granting it everything anyone could want in finely detailed sets, makeup, and folklore. The middle two stories, “The Woman of the Snow” and “Hoichi the Earless,” grabbed her the most. Jeff is gobsmacked by Kwaiden, calling it a stunningly beautiful film. He loved all the stories but “Hoichi the Earless” is his favorite with its historical prologue.

If you haven’t seen Kwaidan, the Classic Era Grue-Crew strongly recommends it. Yes, three hours is a long slog, but the individual stories are completely separate, so you can digest it a piece at a time. So if you haven’t seen it, do it know. If you have seen it, watch it again! Don’t make them break their feet off in your ass! At the time of this writing, Kwaidan is available to stream on The Criterion Channel and HBOmax, and on physical media as a Blu-ray disc from Criterion.

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: Dos Monjes (1934, Two Monks) directed by Juan Bustillo Oro. Dos Monjes is available to stream on YouTube and on physical media in “Martin Scorsese's World Cinema Project No. 3” (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]. And the world folklore just keeps on coming!!

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!

Feb 9, 2022

On episode 486 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE DEEP HOUSE (2021, 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

THE DEEP HOUSE (2022, HULU)

While searching for the parents she’s never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping grounds with her boyfriend (Nolan Gerard Funk) to investigate a promising lead on her family’s whereabouts. Upon arrival, the couple’s weekend takes a bizarre, terrifying turn as a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader terrorize the pair en route to fulfilling a twisted ancient apocalyptic prophecy.

  • Available In Theaters and Digitally Available Streaming on HULU beginning February 3, 2022
  • Directed by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury
  • Written by Alexandre Bustillo, Julien Maury, Rachel Parker
  • Cast: Camille Rowe, James Jagger, Eric Savin, Alexis Servaes, Anne Claessens, Carolina Massey

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Feb 7, 2022

“Well, how about the hard-on I got? Is there a statistical correlation for that too?” Will you calculate the standard deviation while you’re at it? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr, along with special guest Ralph Miller - as they take a goo-filled trip to From Beyond (1986)!

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 199 – From Beyond (1986)

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A group of scientists have developed the Resonator, a machine which allows whoever is within range to see beyond normal perceptible reality. But when the experiment succeeds, they are immediately attacked by terrible life forms.

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From Beyond is Chad’s pick and the first time he saw it, he was flabbergasted by the special effects, the gore, and the goo! He still loves it today, adding that the pacing delivers one flabbergast right after another and the acting - Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, and Ken Foree - is great. Bill loves the great cast and the practical effects of From Beyond but laments how the color scheme hid some of the details of the monsters. In case you haven’t realized it by now, Crystal has a definite thing for Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton. She also loves From Beyond’s memorable effects and the way the body horror progresses throughout the movie, becoming more and more gruesome. Jeff loves From Beyond too, agreeing with everyone on the excellence of the effects and the cast. Ralph, who worked on the “shrimp monster’s” animatronics for John Buechler’s MMI, loves Barabara Crampton’s impressive performance portraying her character’s arc. Ralph admits he’s a creature person and loves the creature designs as the special effects units do their best to materialize Lovecraft’s imaginings in From Beyond.  

Stuart Gordon, H.P. Lovecraft, Dennis Paoli, Brian Yuzna, Barbara Crampton, Jeffrey Combs, Ken Foree, Ted Sorel, and some of the best effects this side of The Thing! So what are you waiting for? As of this writing, From Beyond is available to stream from Tubi and PlutoTV and as PPV on Amazon and Vudu. 

This episode is a “double-tap” for From Beyond. Check out a previous 1980s Grue-Crew discussion on the film at Episode 129 of Decades Of Horror 1980s, 28 January 2018.

You can also check out our partial career overview of Ralph Miller’s special effects work in Episode 155 – Decades Of Horror 1980s, 7 May 2020

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. Next up is the podcast's landmark 200th episode. The subject film has been chosen by our listeners and viewers in polls on Patreon, YouTube, and Facebook, and will be Night of the Comet (1984)! You won’t want to miss the Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew’s discussion of the film whose working title was Teenage Mutant Horror Comet Zombies. What else could you ask for from an 80s horror flick?

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Feb 2, 2022

On episode 485 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE LONG NIGHT (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

THE LONG NIGHT (2022, WellGo USA)

While searching for the parents she’s never known, New York transplant Grace (Scout Taylor-Compton) returns to her childhood southern stomping grounds with her boyfriend (Nolan Gerard Funk) to investigate a promising lead on her family’s whereabouts. Upon arrival, the couple’s weekend takes a bizarre, terrifying turn as a nightmarish cult and their maniacal leader terrorize the pair en route to fulfilling a twisted ancient apocalyptic prophecy.

  • Available In Theaters and Digitally on February 4, 2022
  • Directed by Rich Ragsdale
  • Written by Robert Sheppe, Mark Young
  • Cast: Scout Taylor-Compton, Nolan Gerard Funk, Deborah Kara Unger, Jeff Fahey

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Jan 31, 2022

“No one has come as close as I, understanding the secret of life, intelligently created. My mistakes have been few, but I learned from every one.” It’s always good to learn from your mistakes, right? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out Flesh for Frankenstein (1973), first released in the US in 3D as Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein!

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 157 – Flesh for Frankenstein (1973)

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Baron Frankenstein creates two "zombies" - one male, one female - planning to mate them in order to create a master race.

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This one is Doc’s pick. He had long wanted to watch it so when it dropped onto Shudder, it also dropped immediately into the Decades of Horror 1970s schedule. Doc describes his watch of Flesh for Frankenstein as truly an experience. He goes on to call Udo Kier’s performance something to behold and expresses his appreciation for Carlo Rambaldi’s effects work. Flesh for Frankenstein is so much fun in 3D that Bill enjoyed it at first, despite its bad dialogue. He thinks it has a great beginning and a great last ten minutes, and Udo Kier is amazing but it’s a weird, weird movie in the style of a 1970s European comedy. Jeff saw Flesh for Frankenstein during its initial 3D theatrical release. Even as a nineteen-year-old, it was not the nudity that stuck in his mind. It was a very specific 3D gore shot that took up residence in his memory. Chad hated Flesh for Frankenstein the first time he saw it and he still doesn’t understand the point. It’s one film he just can’t get behind. And is Baroness Katrin Frankenstein the Baron’s sister or his wife or both? It’s so confusing.

If you’ve never seen, as Bill puts it, this weird, weird film or you would like to refresh your memory, now might be the time to do so. As of this writing, Flesh for Frankenstein is available to stream on Shudder, and a 4K UHD disc is forthcoming from Vinegar Syndrome.

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 Blood for Dracula (1974), aka Andy Warhol’s Dracula chosen by Jeff. Let’s just get it over with.

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. 

Jan 29, 2022

"You suck, Buddha"  Now is that any way to talk to Buddha? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with special guest Bryan Clark - as they are introduced to the childlike wonders and imagination of Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 117 – Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968)

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When a Babylonian vampire comes to old Japan, an army of Japanese demons and ghosts gather and battle him.

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Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare, also known as The Great Yokai War, is the middle film of a Yokai trilogy from Daiei Film, the same folks that brought us the Daimijin Trilogy. The first of the Yokai Monsters Trilogy is Yokai Monsters: 100 Monsters (1968) and the third film in the trilogy is Yokai Monsters: Along with Ghosts (1969). Bryan Clark, guest host and a self-proclaimed kaiju and tokusatsu geek, chose Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare as the subject for this episode’s podcast and the Classic Era’s Grue-Crew are delighted with his choice.

Daphne loves Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare and found the Yokai to be charming. She is enchanted with the overall childlike feeling and atmosphere of the film created by the Yokai, the music, and the cinematography. Chad had never heard of Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare and didn’t know what to expect. He finds the same kind of charm he found in H.R. Pufnstuf (1969-1970) as a youth, loving the cool monsters with individual personalities alongside fun with a dangerous edge and a bonkers imagination. Now he vows to watch the entire trilogy. Jeff also loves the weird anthropomorphic creatures and is intrigued by the centuries-old Japanese folklore of the Yokai. Bryan is a sucker for old-fashioned, man-in-suit monsters, and Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare delivers. The Yokai creations are so wild in concept, design, and personality that it’s impossible not to be charmed by them.

Your Classic Era Grue-Crew all intend to watch the complete trilogy of Yokai Monsters movies. If you are also so inclined, Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare is available to stream from various subscription and PPV streaming services, and on Blu-ray physical media in Yokai Monsters Collection (3-Disc Limited Edition) and Yokai Monsters Collection (3-Disc Standard Special Edition) from Arrow Video. The Limited Edition was released October 19, 2021, and the “Standard Special Edition” is to be released February 22, 2022. Both sets include Takashi Miike’s The Great Yokai War (2005) as a fourth movie. The only differences this writer can find between the two offerings are postcards featuring newly commissioned artwork for each film by Jolyon Yates and a foldout ‘yokai guide’ poster illustrated by Jolyon Yates, both included with the Limited Edition.

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 Daphne: Kwaidan (1964), a classic Japanese ghost story of another kind.

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

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

Jan 26, 2022

On episode 484 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… ARCHIVE 81 (2022, NETFLIX).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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

This is HORROR NEWS RADIO, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE podcast. Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

  • Award-winning Film-maker, Christopher G. Moore
  • Special Guest-Host, co-host of Heroes and Droids, THE SLATTMAN, Christopher Slattery

ARCHIVE 81 (2022, NETFLIX)

An archivist hired to restore a collection of tapes finds himself reconstructing the work of a filmmaker and her investigation into a dangerous cult.

  • Available Streaming on January 14, 2022
  • Created by: Rebecca Sonnenshine
  • Directed by Rebecca Thomas, Justin Benson, Aaron Moorhead, Haifaa Al-Mansour
  • Written by Michael Narducci, Helen Leigh, Rebecca Sonnenshine
  • Based on the podcast by: Daniel Powell, Marc Sollinger
  • Cast: Mamoudou Athie, Dina Shihabi, Evan Jonigkeit, Julia Chan, Ariana Neal, Martin Donovan, Charlie Hudson III, Kristin Griffith

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Jan 24, 2022

“It's almost time, kids. The clock is ticking. Be in front of your TV sets for the Horrorthon, followed by the Big Giveaway. Don't miss it. And don't forget to wear your masks. The clock is ticking. It's almost time.” Everybody sing! Three more days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween … Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Crystal Cleveland, and Jeff Mohr  - as they give evidence to their belief that every day is Halloween by covering Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982) in January.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 198 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982)

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Kids all over America want Silver Shamrock masks for Halloween. Doctor Daniel Challis seeks to uncover a plot by Silver Shamrock owner Conal Cochran.

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Halloween III: Season of the Witch is Crystal’s pick and it has always been her favorite of all of the followups to the original Halloween (1978) and loves it just as much today as the first time she saw it. Those who know Crystal know she has a thing for androids and that goes for Tom Atkins and Dan O’Herlihy as well. Chad is really into this “no Michael Myers” concept of Halloween III and an anthology-like series of Halloween movies. He loved H3 the first time he saw it and he loves it still. For Bill, there’s a huge dropoff in the sequels to Halloween (1978). As for H3, he had to get over the “no Michael Myers” hump, and even though the story makes no sense, he now enjoys it more each time he sees it. H3’s 14-time repetition of its famous jingle annoyed Jeff to no end when he first saw the movie. But like Bill, he now enjoys the film and even the jingle.

Halloween III: Season of the Witch gets a universal thumbs-up from your 1980s Grue-Crew! If you haven’t seen it for a while, or if it previously left a bad taste in your mouth, it might be time to check it out again. After all, it’s only 280 days to Halloween, Halloween, Halloween…

At the time of this writing, Halloween III: Season of the Witch is available for streaming on multiple PPV services and on physical media as a 4K UHD Collector’s Edition 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 Chad, will be From Beyond (1986). Lovecraft, Gordon, Crampton, and Combs for episode 199!

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Jan 18, 2022

On episode 483 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SCREAM (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
  • Special Guest-Host and film committee member of the New York City Horror Film Festival, Brian W. Smith

SCREAM (2022, Paramount Pictures)

Twenty-five years after the original series of murders in Woodsboro, a new Ghostface emerges, and Sidney Prescott must return to uncover the truth.

  • Available in TheaAvailable in Theaters on January 14, 2022
  • Directed by Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, Tyler Gillett
  • Written by James Vanderbilt, Guy Busick
  • Cast: Neve Campbell, Courtney Cox, David Arquette, Melissa Barrera, Marley Shelton, Jenna Ortega, Dylan Minnette, Jack Quaid, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Sonia Ammar, Mikey Madison, Mason Gooding, Kyle Gallner

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Jan 17, 2022

“It's elevens. Tens are for booties.” Shouldn’t that go without saying? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they cozy up to a film director Freddie Francis calls his favorite, which was originally released as Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girly (1970) in the UK, but retitled, somewhat salaciously, as Girly in the US.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 156 – Girly (1970)

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A wealthy, fatherless British clan kidnaps bums and hippies and forces them to participate in an elaborate role-playing game in which they are the perfect family; those who refuse or attempt escape are ritualistically murdered.

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Doc Rotten and Bill Mulligan couldn’t make it for this episode but Daphne filled in admirably, even choosing the movie to be discussed. Though Girly is a bit cringy at times, she thinks some of the kills are fun and she enjoys Vanessa Howard’s performance as Girly. Despite some eye-rolling, “oh brother” scenes, Daphne gets a strong dose of nostalgia while watching Girly. On the extreme other hand, Chad is at once bored out of his wits and angered by everything from the title down to the characters. He loves Freddie Francis but Girly does not feel like a Freddie Francis movie to him. Jeff had been looking forward to seeing Girly because of both the Freddie Francis direction and a Joseph Perry recommendation. Describing it as very strange and quirky, he enjoys Girly in a weird sort of way, and he, too, lauds Vanessa Howard’s performance

Girly is most assuredly not for everyone, but Freddie Francis’s direction and his description of it as his favorite of the movies he’s directed will make it worth watching for many. As of this writing, Girly is available to stream PPV from Amazon, but versions on physical media appear to be scarce or out-of-print.
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 Flesh for Frankenstein (1973, aka Andy Warhol’s Frankenstein), chosen by Doc. The Decades of Horror Grue-Crew can’t wait to yak it up about this eclectic 70s flick!

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Jan 15, 2022

"It is as I foretold. Gwangi has killed Carlos, just as he killed his brother Miguel. In a dream, I saw it...the great jaws snapping, the riderless horse. He was doomed and so will you be doomed, ALL OF YOU, unless the evil one is set free!"  Yup. There are definitely great jaws snapping. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with a return visit from Joseph Perry - as they revel in the wonders found in Ray Harryhausen’s The Valley of Gwangi (1969)!

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 116 – The Valley of Gwangi (1969)

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A cowboy named Tuck Kirby seeks fame and fortune by capturing an Allosaurus living in the Forbidden Valley and putting it in a Mexican circus. His victim, called the Gwangi, turns out to have an aversion to being shown in public.

 

The Valley of Gwangi is Chad’s pick. He has a special love for the film, having watched it with his dad, and it’s still one of his favorite monster movies. For him, the stop motion animation sells the whole film and he has a special fondness for the eohippus. Despite the lack of Mexican representation in a film that is supposed to take place in Mexico, Whitney loved the characters of T.J. and Lope, adding that Ray Harryhausen’s work is always fun. Despite having a strong aversion to cowboy movies, The Valley of Gwangi scores on all counts for Joseph. The Valley of Gwangi reminded Daphne of how her Opa got her into watching westerns with him. She loved watching cowboys and cowgirls lassoing dinosaurs and is very impressed with Harryhausen’s work in this movie. Jeff chimes in with the rest, lauding Ray Harryhausen’s stop motion animation, and enjoys seeing some familiar faces in Richard Carlson and James Franciscus.

You know you want to see The Valley of Gwangi again! Cowboys and dinosaurs and Ray Harry hausen! What’s not to like? At the time of this writing, The Valley of Gwangi is available to stream from various PPV services, and on physical media as a Blu-ray from the Warner Archive Collection.

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 an upcoming guest host: Yokai Monsters: Spook Warfare (1968), aka The Great Yokai War. It’s time for some tokusatsu!

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