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Sep 27, 2022

Tonight, on Gruesome Magazine episode 359, the Grue-Crew review DON'T WORRY DARLING (2022, WB). Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore, Screen-writer Brian W. Smith, and Doc Rotten share their thoughts about this week's frightening addition to theatrical horror films.

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

DON'T WORRY DARLING (2022, WB)

A 1950s housewife living with her husband in a utopian experimental community begins to worry that his glamorous company could be hiding disturbing secrets.

  • Available in Theaters beginning September 23, 2022
  • Directed by: Olivia Wilde
  • Written by: Katie Silberman, Carey Van Dyke, Shane Van Dyke
  • Cast: Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Olivia Wilde, KiKi Layne, Gemma Chan, Nick Kroll, Sydney Chandler, Douglas Smith

FOLLOW:

Sep 27, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for September 26, 2022. JOIN US FOR horror news for CLOVERFIELD 2 and SCANNERS on HBO, along with trailer news for HELLRAISER 2022 and KNOCK AT THE CABIN. All this, and more, coming up next…

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is HNR, the official GRUESOME MAGAZINE HORROR NEWS podcast. Back with me again this week is Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl.

UPCOMING FILMS

Director Babak Anvari boards Bad Robot's CLOVERFIELD 2 as it officially goes into development
Babak Anvari ("Wounds") is set to direct. J.J. Abrams is producing. Previous films in the series: Cloverfield (2008), 10 Cloverfield Lane (2016), The Cloverfield Paradox (2018).
Source: Variety

David Cronenberg's SCANNERS returns with an HBO Series. William Bridges (Black Mirror "USS Callister") is the writer and showrunner. Yann Demange (Lovecraft Country) is set to direct.

Synopsis: Two women living on the fringes of modern society are pursued by relentless agents with unimaginable powers and thus must learn to work together to topple a vast conspiracy determined to bring them to heel.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter

NETFLIX finally drops the WEDNESDAY premiere date and we're "thankful" - WEDNESDAY debuts on NETFLIX on November 23, 2022. The series is directed by Tim Burton and features Jenna Ortega in the title role.
Source: Deadline

CASTING NEWS

Lena Headey teams up with Nick Frost for the comedy/thriller SVALTA for XYZ Films, directed by Steffen Haars and Flip van der Kuil and written by Nick Frost.

Synopsis: a family begin their summer vacation to a remote island with a dark past. There, they discover that a serial killer is on the loose and that unfortunately for them, the hostile locals have no interest in helping them.
Source: Deadline

Storm Reid joins Bonnie Aarons in THE NUN 2 with Taissa Farmiga in talks to return. Michael Chaves (The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It) is set to direct. Ian Goldberg and Richard Naing are currently adapting the script from a screenplay penned by writer Akela Cooper (Malignant). THE NUN 2 is currently set to debut on September 8, 2023.
Source: Collider

Michael Beihn heads to Australia to film THE RED along with Tess Haubrich (Alien: Covenant) and Angie Milliken (Elvis). The director is Ryan Coonan and the creature effects come from Toby Barron (Thor: Ragnorok).

Synopsis: A young sheriff (Haubrich) obsessed with living up to her dead father’s legacy finds her mettle tested when locals are found ripped to shreds. She must finally face up to her past and work with her eccentric Vietnam veteran uncle (Biehn) to defeat the beast responsible for the murders before it kills everyone in town.
Source: Deadline

TRAILERS

HELLRAISER reboot drops on HULU October 7, 2022
Director: David Bruckner
Writers: Ben Collins, Luke Piotrowski, David S. Goyer
Based on the book by Clive Barker
Cast: Jamie Clayton, Odessa A'zion, Goran Visnjic

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUlgwJNdu2I

Universal teases M. Night Shyamalan's KNOCK AT THE CABIN coming February 3, 2023
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Writers: M. Night Shyamalan, Steve Desmond, Michael Sherman
Based on the novel by: Paul Tremblay
Cast: Dave Bautista, Jonathan Groff, Ben Aldridge, Rubert Grint, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Abby Quinn, Kristen Cui

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wiBHEACNHs

RLJE wants to party with KIDS VS ALIENS for early 2023
Director: Jason Eisener
Writers: John Davies, Jason Eisener
Cast: Dominic Mariche, Phoebe Rex, Calem MacDonald

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4eW88_ssV6s

NETFLIX provides first look at THE MIDNIGHT CLUB coming October 7
Creators: Mike Flanagan, Leah Fong
Cast: Samantha Sloyen, Zach Gilford, Igby Rigney, Heather Langenkamp

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X3cCROeOQLQ

Lionsgate doesn't want you to forget that PREY FOR THE DEVIL is coming to theaters this Halloween
Director: Damian Stamm
Writers: Robert Zappia, Todd R. Jones, Earl Richey Jones
Cast: Virginia Madsen, Jacqueline Byers, Nicolas Ralph, Colin Salmon, Ben Cross in his final role

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OkEnG6inG4c

Sep 13, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for SEPTEMBER 12, 2022.

JOIN US FOR casting news for SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL and HAUNTED MANSION, along with trailer news for OLD MAN and WEREWOLF BY NIGHT. All this, and more, coming up next…

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

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
  • Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl

OBITS

RIP Peter Straub, novelist, writer of Ghost Story and frequent collaborator with Stephen King

https://www.usatoday.com/story/entertainment/books/2022/09/06/peter-straub-talisman-author-stephen-king-collaborator-dies-79/8004169001/

UPCOMING FILMS

THE LAST BREATH brings more shark-horror
Director Joachim Hedén (Breaking Surface) and Writer Nick Saltrese (Prayer Before Dawn)
Synopsis: The survival thriller follows five college friends who go scuba diving into a recently uncovered WWII shipwreck in the British Virgin Islands, where they find themselves trapped by great white sharks. Above is a first look image from the movie.
Cast: Jack Parr (Peaky Blinders), Kim Spearman (As I Am) and Erin Mullen with Julian Sands (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo)

https://deadline.com/2022/09/shark-great-white-attack-thriller-last-breath-begins-belgium-british-virgin-islands-1235111014/

Vertical Entertainment will bring Brad Anderson's BLOOD to the US
Director: Brad Anderson
Writer: Will Honley
Cast: Michell Monaghan, Skeet Ulrich, Skylar Morgan Jones, Finlay Wojtak-Hissong, June B. Wilde, Rodrigo Beilfuss, Erik Athavale
The film follows Jess, a nurse and mother recently separated from her husband, who moves with her daughter Tyler and young son Owen back into her old farmhouse. Shortly after settling in, Owen’s dog escapes into the woods and returns days later, blood-soaked and rabid. When he attacks and bites Owen, the resulting infection from the bite grows more alarming by the day as Owen’s behavior becomes frightening and deadly. As he spirals deeper into the depths of the illness, Jess discovers a disturbing cure, which makes her question how far she is willing to go to keep her child alive.

https://deadline.com/2022/09/michelle-monaghan-skeet-ulrich-horror-blood-acquired-by-vertical-ent-1235111979/

Marcus Dunstan set to direct ALL MY FRIENDS ARE DEAD
Director: Marcus Dunstan
Written By: Josh Sims and Jessica Sarah Flaum
Jade Pettyjohn whose list of credits includes Destroyer, Little Fires Everywhere, Trial By Fire, School of Rock, United States of Tara, and The Mentalist is in negotiations to star.

https://deadline.com/2022/09/marcus-dunstan-to-direct-all-my-friends-are-dead-1235115444/

CASTING NEWS

Nicolas Cage and Joel Kinnaman join SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL
Director Yuval Adler
Written by Luke Paradise

https://variety.com/2022/film/festivals/nicolas-cage-joel-kinnaman-movie-sympathy-for-the-devil-toronto-film-festival-1235360751/

Samara Weaving top-lines comedy-thriller BORDERLINE
Director: Jimmy Warden
Samara Weaving, Eric Dane and Ray Nicholson

https://variety.com/2022/film/festivals/samara-weaving-eric-dane-ray-nicholson-starring-borderline-cocaine-bear-1235362768/

HAUNTED MANSION adds Winona Ryder, Dan Levy
Joining previously announced stars Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, and Owen Wilson are a number of veteran actors, including Dan Levy, Danny DeVito, Winona Ryder, Hasan Minhaj, Jared Leto, and the iconic final girl herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, as Madame Leota.

https://collider.com/haunted-mansion-movie-cast-winona-ryder-dan-levy-hasan-minhaj/

TRAILERS

OLD MAN coming October 14, 2022
Director: Lucky McKee
Writer: Joel Veach
Cast: Stephen Lang, Marc Senter, Patch Darragh, Liana Wright-Mark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bdhxdt6scTU

SPIRIT HALLOWEEN: THE MOVIE second trailer coming September 30, 2022
Director: David Poag
Writer: Billie Bates
Cast: Rachael Leigh Cook, Christopher Lloyd, Marla Gibbs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9yIt_7D1d0

WEREWOLF BY NIGHT arriving on Disney+ on October 7, 2022
Director: Michael Giacchino
Writer: Peter Cameron(teleplay), Heather Quinn(story by)
Cast: Gael García Bernal, Laura Donnelly

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLEFqhS5WmI

Sep 6, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for SEPTEMBER 5, 2022.

JOIN US FOR casting news for THE CROW and FIRST OMEN, along with trailer news for SLAYERS and WINNIE THE POOH: Blood & Honey. All this, and more, coming up next…

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

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
  • Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl

UPCOMING FILMS

NETFLIX confirms an October 5, 2022, debut date for John Lee Hancock's adaptation of Stephen King's MR. HARRIGAN'S PHONE

Mr. Harrigan’s Phone is from the latest collection of novellas “If It Bleeds” from Stephen King, about a young boy living in a small town, who befriends an older, reclusive billionaire. The two form a bond over books and an iPhone, but when the man passes away, the boy discovers that not everything dead is gone, and finds himself able to communicate with his friend from the grave through the iPhone that was buried with him.

DIRECTOR: John Lee Hancock
WRITER: John Lee Hancock
CAST: Donald Sutherland, Jaeden Martell, Joe Tippett

https://deadline.com/2022/08/netflix-fall-release-dates-2022-knives-out-2-1235102815/

Jason (Guns Akimbo) Howden's adaptation of his comic MONSTERS OF METAL is heading to theaters
Frankenstein’s monster (named Frank) and his bandmates Medusa, Jack O’Lantern, Werewolf and the Bride have spent the last few centuries squatting in Dracula’s castle – unbeknown to their slumbering host. But after a band rehearsal gets out of hand and wakes the fearsome vamp, the group gets booted from the castle and are forced to hit the road. As Frank and the band take their act on tour, they find themselves fighting off crazed groupies, monster hunters and fellow crypt creatures in a darkly comic tale that puts the death in “death metal.”

https://deadline.com/2022/09/guns-akimbo-director-jason-howden-prepping-monsters-of-metal-comic-book-pic-1235105385/

Director Patrick Brice and screenwriter Blair Butler are bringing HOME BEFORE DARK to the big screen for SONY

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/sony-home-before-dark-director-writer-1235208160/

CASTING NEWS

Danny Huston and Bill Skarsgard star in Rupert Sanders' reboot of THE CROW.
Rupert Sanders is directing the feature which is now weeks-deep in production in the Czech Republic.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/danny-huston-the-crow-bill-skarsgard-1235203490/

Nell Tiger Free (Servant) attached to FIRST OMEN for 20th Century

https://deadline.com/2022/08/servant-star-nell-tiger-free-omen-prequel-first-omen-20th-century-1235103698/

R.L. Stine's ZOMBIE TOWN adds Dan Aykroyd and Chevy Chase tp the cast
now shooting in Ontario, also stars Henry Czerny and co-teen leads Marlon Kazadi and Madi Monroe. The ensemble cast also includes Scott Thompson and Bruce McCulloch of the Canadian comedy show Kids in the Hall.
Canadian animator Peter Lepeniotis will direct Zombie Town.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/dan-aykroyd-chevy-chase-zombie-town-rl-stine-1235206863/

Rising star Sydney Sweeney will lead and produce - along with Brad Fuller - THE REGISTRATION
The Night House writers Ben Collins and Luke Piotrowski are adapting the script.

https://deadline.com/2022/08/sydney-sweeney-brad-fuller-sony-registration-1235102178/

TRAILERS

WINNIE THE POOH: Blood & Honey

It follows Pooh and Piglet as they go on a rampage after Christopher Robin abandons them for college.
Directed by: Rhys Waterfield
Writing Credits " A.A. Milne
Characters from the book by: Rhys Waterfield
Cast: Natasha Tosini, Amber Doig-Thorne, May Kelly, Maria Taylor, Craig David Dowsett (Pooh Bear), Richard D. Myers, Nikolai Leon, Chris Cordell (Piglet)

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

SLAYERS

A group of superstar influencers are drawn to a reclusive billionaire's mansion only to find themselves trapped in the lair of an evil vampire. The only way out is to be saved by a famous online gamer and an old school vampire hunter.
Directed by: K. Asher Levin
Writing Credits: Zack Imbrogno, K. Asher Levin

Cast: Thomas Jane, Kara Hayward, Jack Donnelly, Lydia Hearst, Malin Akerman, Abigail Breslin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhtKPrQTGP8

DON'T LOOK AT THE DEMON

A team of paranormal investigators head for the highlands of Fraser's Hill, Malaysia, to probe a series of alleged disturbances at a house with a dark past.

Directed by: Brando Lee
Written by: Brando Lee, Alfie Palermo
Cast: Harris Dickinson, Fiona Dourif, Malin Crépin, Randy Wayne, Jordan Belfi

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9Dda63FuCNk

THE VISITOR

After a series of tragedies, Robert moves with his wife back to her childhood home. After he discovers an old portrait of a man who looks like him, he goes down a rabbit hole to discover the identity of this mysterious doppelganger.
Director: Justin P. Lange
Writers: Simon Boyes, Adam Mason
Cast: Finn Jones, Jessica McNamee, Donna Biscoe

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QuNAnj3x4f8

Aug 30, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for August 29, 2022. JOIN US FOR casting news for Kingdom of the Planet of the Apes and The Front Room, along with trailer news for Terrifier 2 and My Best Friend's Exorcism. All this, and more, coming up next…

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

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
  • Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl
  • And Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen

UPCOMING FILMS

Live-Action KING KONG series coming to DISNEY+. Produced by James Wan's Atomic Monster. Written by Paper Girls creator Stephany Folsom. The series will explore the mythology of King Kong’s origin story and the supernatural mysteries of his home based on IP from Merian C. Cooper’s original books and the new King Kong novelizations by Joe DeVito. source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/king-kong-series-disney-plus-stephany-folsom-james-wan-atomic-monster-disney-branded-television-1235098603/

HALLOWEEN ENDS going day-and-date to Theaters AND Peacock on October 14, 2022. Source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/halloween-ends-peacock-theatrical-release-1235098413/

EVIL DEAD RISE dropped from HBOMax, will now release in theaters on April 21, 2023. Source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/aquaman-2-shazam-fury-of-the-gods-hbo-max-house-party-evil-dead-rise-1235099521/

What to watch this weekend (September 2), you ask…

  • THE HARBINGER (Screen Gems)
  • ALL EYES (Gravitas Ventures)
  • JAWS (1975) IMAX (Universal)

CASTING NEWS

Owen Teague cast in Disney's KINGDOM OF THE PLANET OF THE APES. Source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/planet-of-the-apes-owen-teague-20th-century-1235097948/

The Eggar Brothers, Max Eggers (The Lighthouse) and Sam Eggers (Olympia), set to direct THE FRONT ROOM for A24. Cast includes Brandy Norwood (Queens), Kathryn Hunter (The Tragedy of Macbeth), Andrew Burnap (Snow White) and Neal Huff (Waves). Original short story by Susan (The Woman in Black) Hill. Source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/a24-teams-with-eggers-brothers-on-first-feature-the-front-room-1235099583/

CAMP PLEASANT LAKE casts Jonathan Lipnicki (Jerry Maquire, Stuart Little) as the film's…Villain! Source: Deadline

https://deadline.com/2022/08/camp-pleasant-lake-adds-jonathan-lipnicki-exclusive-prime-video-how-to-date-billy-walsh-pinewood-sean-connery-global-briefs-1235100157/

TRAILERS

TERRIFIER 2 is Gruesome-tacular!

Prime Video presents MY BEST FRIEND'S EXORCISM in October

Directors Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead return with SOMETHING IN THE DIRT

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_SU1dZ5sWYM

FEEDBACK

Chad White: Great show everyone
Adam Burling: Love it, great reveiw. Love all your reviews.. horrors live on!
Shawn Parks: Terrifier 2 trailer incoming? YES, please!

Thank you for hanging out with the Grue-Crew. Be sure to hit the LIKE, SUBSCRIBE buttons, or Share with a Friend. Every click counts. Check out the Patreon link below and we'll see you next week.

Aug 23, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for AUGUST 22, 2022. JOIN THE GRUE-CREW FOR casting news for the MONSTERVERSE TV series heading to Apple+, along with trailer news for Tim Burton's WEDNESDAY series on NETFLIX. All this, and more, coming up next…

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

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
  • Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl
  • And Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen

UPCOMING FILMS

Regal Theaters Brings George A. Romero's DAWN OF THE DEAD back to theaters this Halloween… NOW IN 3-D!

What to watch this weekend (August 26), you ask…

  • THE INVITATION from Screen Gems heads to theaters
    • A young woman is courted and swept off her feet, only to realize a gothic conspiracy is afoot.
    • d. Jessica M. Thompson
    • cast. Nathalie Emmanuel , Thomas Doherty, Stephanie Corneliussen, Sean Pertwee
  • MANEATER from Saban Films heads to VOD
    • After an accident during their vacations on a paradisiac island, a group of friends is stalked by a large shark.
    • d. Justin Lee
    • cast: Nicky Whelan, Trace Adkins, Shane West
  • ALIENOID from Well Go USA heads to limited theaters
    • The door of time opens between the swordsman who wants to seize the legendary divine sword at the end of the Goryeo Dynasty and those who chase after an alien prisoner imprisoned in a human body in 2022.
    • d. Dong-hoon Choi
  • WATCHER streams on SHUDDER beginning August 26
    • A young American woman moves with her husband to Bucharest, and begins to suspect that a stranger who watches her from the apartment building across the street may be a local serial killer decapitating women.
    • cast. Maika Monroe, Karl Glusman, Burn Gorman

CASTING NEWS

  • Mari Yamakoto joins the cast of Legendary's Apple Live-Action MONSTERVERSE series AKA the Untitled Apple/Godzilla and the Titans Project

TRAILERS

  • WEDNESDAY heads to NETFLIX this OCTOBER
  • starring Jenna Ortega in the title role, alongside Catherine Zeta-Jones, Luis Guzman, Gwendoline Christie, Christina Ricci
  •  

FEEDBACK

Don Joe: Doc is going beast mode with the beard! Haha!  I do enjoy this new News segment and wish I'd discovered you guys sooner. Saw 10 - bring it on, I love this series so much.  I'd love a reboot (not happening, I know) to bring John Kramer back. I'm down with any King adaptation, no matter how good or bad it turns out, they're always interesting. All of those new streaming films look good but since I've never seen Orphan and ending got spoiled for me, I'm looking forward to watching them both now. Lisa Frankenstein - love the many takes on this story and how it has become it's own sub-genre of horror. GDT's COC (lol) - amazing, looks so good and makes me extra excited for my fav time of year.

Thank you for hanging out with the Grue-Crew. Be sure to hit the LIKE, SUBSCRIBE buttons, or Share with a Friend. Every click counts.

Aug 9, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for August 8, 2022. Tonight, we have casting news for HAUNTED MANSION and THE EXORCIST, along with trailer news for THE HARBINGER and GLORIOUS.

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

Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl
And Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen

OBITS

Clu Gulager, beloved actor who most fans remember from RETURN OF THE LIVING DEAD (1985), has passed away at the age of 93.

https://deadline.com/2022/08/clu-gulager-dead-horror-film-actor-was-93-obituary-1235086691/

UPCOMING FILMS

Production is set to start on INSIDIOUS 5, directed by Patrick Wilson. Insidious 5 is scheduled to hit theaters via Sony Pictures’s Screen Gems on July 7, 2023. Patrick Wilson, Rose Byrne and Ty Simpkins return. Sinclair Daniel, Peter Dager, and Hiam Abbass (Hellraiser 2022) join.

https://deadline.com/2022/08/insidious-5-sinclair-daniel-peter-dager-hiam-abbass-1235085898/

CASTING NEWS

Disney's HAUNTED MANSION movie adds Jamie Lee Curtis and Jared Leto. Jamie Lee Curtis will portray Madame Leota, while Leto will play the "Hatbox Ghost." Also starring are Rosario Dawson, LaKeith Stanfield, Owen Wilson, Danny DeVito, and Tiffany Haddish. Director Justin Simien (Bad Hair) helms the film. Haunted Mansion movie opens March 10, 2023

https://ew.com/movies/disney-haunted-mansion-movie-jared-leto-jamie-lee-curtis-characters/

Casting begins on Blumhouse's THE EXORCIST with Ann Dowd (The Handmaid's Tale, Hereditary) joining Leslie Odom Jr. and Ellen Burstyn, who is reprising her role as Chris MacNeil.

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-news/the-exorcist-ann-dowd-joins-blumhouse-and-universal-1235191097/

Josh Monkarsh's nuclear zombie apocalypse feature, AS WE KNOW IT, adds Oliver Cooper, Chris Parnell, and Pam Grier to its cast. You had us at "Pam Grier."

https://variety.com/2022/film/news/pam-grier-chris-parnell-as-we-know-it-movie-1235330712/

TRAILERS

Screen Media Films is set to scare audiences with THE HARBINGER on September 2.

Daniel and Theresa Snyder move their troubled young daughter Rosalie to a quaint Midwestern town. Soon after they arrive, neighbors begin to die. The townspeople suspect Rosalie and shun the Snyder family. Fearing something evil followed them, the tormented parents seek the advice of a Native American seer who tells them that only death can save Rosalie. When more people die and a detective starts looking into the mysterious deaths, the Snyders must do whatever it takes to protect their family.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VMov6M-rQZo

SHUDDER plans on making public restrooms even more frightening than they already are with GLORIOUS, streaming on AUGUST 18.

A heartbroken man finds himself trapped in a bathroom with a strange voice who says he may be the only hope in stopping a terrible event. Starring Ryan Kwanten and J.K. Simmons.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esqxTzc3lgM

Aug 2, 2022

Welcome to HORROR NEWS RADIO for August 1, 2022. Tonight, we have casting news for THE POPE'S EXORCIST, THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP, and DUST, along with trailer news for PEARL, CHUCKY Season 2, and SPIRIT HALLOWEEN... the movie...

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

Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine
Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6dead6irl
And Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star and International Cosplay Queen

CASTING NEWS

Alex Essoe and Daniel Zovatto join Russell Crowe in the upcoming Screen Gems feature, THE POPE'S EXORCIST, directed by Julius Avery (Overlord, Samaritan). The screenplay is based on the Father Gabriele Amorth memoirs, AN EXORCIST TELLS HIS STORY and AN EXORCIST: MORE STORIES.

Source: DEADLINE
https://deadline.com/2022/07/the-popes-exorcist-adds-alex-essoe-daniel-zovatto-1235081217/

Director Joe (Mayhem) Lynch has wrapped his next feature film based on the H.P. Lovecraft short THE THING ON THE DOORSTEP. The cast includes Heather Graham, Judah Lewis, Bruce Davidson, Johnathan Schaech, and Barbara Crampton. Crampton, along with Brian Yuzna, serve as producers. The screenplay is written by Dennis Paoli (Re-Animator, From Beyond).

Source: DEADLINE
https://deadline.com/2022/07/heather-graham-judah-lewis-barbara-crampton-horror-hp-lovecraft-1235079743/

DUST is set to film in late August with Sarah Paulson featured in the starring role. The Searchlight Pictures film is a HULU Original. "The film follows a woman who is trapped by increasingly perilous dust storms and is haunted by her past encounters with a threatening presence and takes extraordinary measures to protect her family."

Source: DEADLINE
https://deadline.com/2022/07/sarah-paulson-searchlight-horror-thriller-dust-1235075101/

TRAILERS

SPIRIT HALLOWEEN The Movie (2022)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GTF9ltgkRIQ

PEARL (2022, A24)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L5PW5r3pEOg

CHUCKY SEASON 2 (October 5 - SYFY)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B44ik8o0mDA

HOUSE OF DARKNESS (2022, Saban Films)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8mnuvcWZglY

Jul 26, 2022

On episode 500 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… NOPE (2022, Universal Pictures).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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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
  • Special Guest-host, Brian W. Smith

NOPE (2022, Universal Pictures)

The residents of a lonely gulch in inland California bear witness to an uncanny and chilling discovery.

  • Available in Theaters on July 22, 20222
  • Directed by Jordan Peele
  • Written by Jordan Peele
  • Cast: Daniel Kaluuya, Keke Palmer, Brandon Perea, Michael Wincott,, Steven Yeun, Wrenn Schmidt, Keith David, Devon Graye, Terry Notary, Barbie Ferreira, Donna Mills

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Jul 20, 2022

On episode 499 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… STRANGER THINGS (2022, NETFLIX).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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Back with Doc Rotten once again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net.

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

STRANGER THINGS SEASON 4 (2022, NETFLIX)

Set in March 1986, eight months after the events of the third season, the fourth season is split between different plotlines. Eleven is reunited with Dr. Martin Brenner to recover her powers. Joyce Byers and Murray Bauman head to Russia to rescue Jim Hopper. In Hawkens, Dustin, Lucas, Max and crew face the evil of Vecna.

  • Part I Available on NETFLIX beginning May 27, 2022
  • Part II Available on NETFLIX beginning July 1, 2022
  • Directed by The Duffer Brothers, Shawn Levy, Nimrod Antal
  • Written by The Duffer Brothers, Caitlin Schneiderhan, Paul Dichter, Kate Trefry, Curtis Gwinn
  • Cast: Winona Ryder, David Harbour, Millie Bobby Brown, Finn Wolfhard, Gaten Matarazzo, Caleb McLaughlin, Noah Schnapp, Sadie Sink, Natalia Dyer, Charlie Heaton, Joe Keery, Maya Hawke, Brett Gelman, Priah Ferguson, Matthew Modine, Paul Reiser, Joseph Quinn, Jamie Campbell Bower

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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!

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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 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!

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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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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!

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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 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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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)!

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

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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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!

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 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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  • 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 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!

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.

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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ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with PlayNow Media's 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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Across All OTT platforms, as well as mobile, tablet, and desktop.
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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!

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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ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with the CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL, 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/

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!

May 23, 2020

“I shall not be back... but something will.”  These are portentous words indeed uttered by the antagonist in this episode’s featured film. Join this episode’s Grue Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they take a deep dive into Hammer-land and discuss The Devil Rides Out (1968).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 74 – The Devil Rides Out (1968)

Devil worshipers plan to convert two new victims.

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How can you go wrong with The Devil Rides Out? With Terence Fisher, Richard Matheson, Dennis Wheatley, Christopher Lee, Charles Gray, Sarah Lawson, and David Eddington all involved in creating a film for Hammer, it was bound to be memorable.

Whitney is taken with Christopher Lee’s turn as a protagonist while Chad has always been appreciative of director Terence Fisher’s work. You can always count on Richard Matheson to deliver a quality screenplay according to Joseph and The Devil Rides Out is no exception. Jeff, on the other hand, takes a deep, deep dive into the details surrounding this film and drones on way, way, way too much. The other members of the Classic Era Grue-Crew may want to get a mute button.

The Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue-Crew gives this film the highest recommendation and they all plan to watch The Devil Rides Out again and again. At this writing, the film is available as a Scream Factory Blu ray with a multitude of added features.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era is part of the Decades of Horror 3-week rotation with the 1970s and 1980s. In three weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be The Comedy of Terrors (1963), directed by Jacques Tourneur, written by Richard Matheson, and starring Boris Karloff, Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Joyce Jameson, and Basil Rathbone.

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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