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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!

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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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!

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

ANNOUNCEMENT
Decades of Horror The Classic Era is partnering with THE CLASSIC SCI-FI MOVIE CHANNEL which will now include video episodes of The Classic Era!
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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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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!
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Across All OTT platforms, as well as mobile, tablet, and desktop.
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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

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

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)!

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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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Jan 14, 2022

On episode 482 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew present their… THE MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR FILMS OF 2022.

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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

MOST ANTICIPATED HORROR MOVIES OF 2022

  • DOC ROTTEN
    • 1 Evil Dead Rise
    • 2 Nope
    • 3 The Black Phone
    • 4 Scream 2022
    • 5 Wyrmwood Apocolypse
    • 6 Prey
    • 7 Salem's Lot
    • 8 Halloween Ends
    • 9 Studio 666
    • 10 Terrifier 2
  • CHRISTOPHER G MOORE
    • 1 Evil Dead Rise
    • 2 The Black Phone
    • 3 Scream 2022
    • 4 Nope
    • 5 Hellraiser 2022
    • 6 Dark Harvest
    • 7 Salem's Lot 2022
    • 8 Prey
    • 9 Halloween Ends
    • 10 Insidious The Dark Realm
  • BRIAN W SMITH
    • 1 Scream 2022
    • 2 Nope
    • 3 Salem's Lot
    • 4 Halloween Ends
    • 5 Jurassic World: Dominion
    • 6 Morbius
    • 7 Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2022
    • 8 The Black Phone
    • 9 Terrifier 2
    • 10 Firestarter

Jan 10, 2022

“All we need is a little order around here.” And Jerry Blake is just the guy to make that happen! Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr along with Vanessa Thompson -  as they revel in Terry O’Quinn’s stellar performance in The Stepfather (1987).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 197 – The Stepfather (1987)

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After murdering his entire family, a man marries a widow with a teenage daughter in another town and prepares to do it all over again.

 

The Stepfather is Bill’s pick and he is still super impressed by Terry O’Quinn’s performance in the title role, a character who is one step ahead of every other character in the film. What makes it even more chilling for Bill is that the story could really happen and indeed, it did. Chad is also wowed by O’Quinn’s performance which includes everything from subtle touches to all-out, over-the-top insanity. Crystal wasn’t available for this episode but Decades of Horror 1980s alumnus, Vanessa, stepped up to participate. She loves the opening scene and recognizes O’Quinn’s fantastic, unhinged performance as the driving force in The Stepfather, a film that is very uncomfortable to watch and puts the viewer on edge in a subtle way. Much to Jeff’s liking, The Stepfather puts its big reveal in the opening scene, leaving the audience in suspense while the other characters are unsuspecting of the potential violence and evil they are facing. Of course, he, too, loves the nuances and outright insanity of O’Quinn’s performance.

The Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew are universally impressed with The Stepfather and highly recommend a watch, whether for the first time or a rewatch. As of this writing, The Stepfather is available for streaming from Shudder, Kanopy, and Peacock as well as other streaming services, and on physical media as a 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 Halloween III: Season of the Witch (1982).  

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Jan 6, 2022

On episode 481 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew share their favorites … THE BEST HORROR MOVIES OF 2021.

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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.
  • Gruesome Magazine Lead News Writer, Dave Dreher

THE BEST HORROR MOVIES OF 2021

  • Doc
    • 10 Malignant
    • 09 Shadows in the Cloud
    • 08 Godzilla vs Kong
    • 07 Ghostbusters Afterlife
    • 06 Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin
    • 05 Jakob's Wife
    • 04 VHS94
    • 03 Chucky (TV)
    • 02 Psycho Goreman
    • 01 Last Night in Soho
      • Honorable Mentions
        • Blood Red Sky
        • The Night House
        • Antlers
        • The Advent Calendar
        • Fear Street Trilogy
        • No One Gets Out Alive
  • Christopher
    • 10 Censor | Possessor
    • 9 Jakob's Wife
    • 8 Werewolves Within
    • 7 No On Gets Out Alive
    • 6 Antlers
    • 5 Psycho Goreman
    • 4 Spontaneous | Ghostbusters Afterlife
    • 3 The Night House
    • 2 The Advent Calendar
    • 1 Last Night in Soho
  • Dave
    • 10 Malignant
    • 9 Jakob's Wife
    • 8 VHS 94
    • 7 Slumber Party Massacre 2021
    • 6 Paranormal Activity: Next of Kin
    • 5 Spontaneous
    • 4 Freaky
    • 3 Werewolves Within
    • 2 Chucky (TV)
    • 1 Psycho Goreman
 

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Jan 3, 2022

“He sought the ultimate in HUMAN AGONY... with instruments of TORTURE ghastly beyond belief!” Is he talking about Hellraiser? Wait. Wrong decade. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out yet another visual treat from the imagination of Mario Bava: Baron Blood (1972).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 155 – Baron Blood (1972)

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A young man, visiting the castle of a murderous ancestor in Austria, accidentally brings his dead relative back to life - searching for new victims.

 

Maybe surprisingly, Baron Blood was chosen not by Bill, our resident Bava maven, but by Chad. The story appeals to him and there were plenty of beautifully shot Bavaesque scenes to enjoy. Jeff also enjoys Baron Blood though he thought some of the execution was a bit clunky. Of course, Bava’s talent is apparent and he loves the castle setting. Bill didn’t care for Bava’s overuse of the zoom-in technique in Baron Blood and it feels to him a little like Bava is redoing some of his earlier films. On the other hand, he appreciates the usual Bava touches in shot setup and composition and he’d love to see more of the witch. Some shots in Baron Blood reminded Doc of House of Wax and The Haunting. He also would like to know, what’s up with the strange little girl in all these films?

Though not Bava’s best film, Baron Blood has plenty going for it. At the time of this writing, Baron Blood is available to stream from Tubi and Kanopy and on a Blu-ray disc from Kino Lorber.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Girly (aka Mumsy, Nanny, Sonny & Girl, 1970), chosen by Daphne. Time for bickies and tea!

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Jan 1, 2022

"When we’re born, we’re carrying our death hidden in the liver… or in the stomach… or in the heart, that will one day beat no more." Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they learn about dia de muertas in Macario (1960), a wonderful fable from Roberto Gavaldón, starring Ignacio López Tarso, Pina Pellicer, and Enrique Lucero.

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Episode 115 – Macario (1960)

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Poor, hungry peasant Macario longs for just one good meal on the Day of the Dead. After his wife cooks a turkey for him, he meets three apparitions, the Devil, God, and Death. Each asks him to share his turkey, but he refuses all except Death. In return, Death gives him a bottle of water which will heal any illness. Soon, Macario is more wealthy than the village doctor, which draws the attention of the feared Inquisition.

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Whitney gives a special treat to the Classic Era Grue-Crew with Macario as her pick for this episode. She tells of watching Macario with her father and her emotional response to the film. For her, it’s a beautiful movie about a character taking care of people, who must decide who to trust, and the consequences his choice brings. Chad identifies Macario as a fable, one of his favorite types of movie. In the case of Macario, the story of a good and honest man who is trying to care for his family but still desires something just for himself captures his heart. The importance of celebrating death in this culture appeals to Daphne. She loves the openness and honesty of the title character and his intriguing interactions with death as a character. Jeff also loves Macario. In particular, he is fascinated with the constant presence of hunger, Macario’s relationship with his wife, his interactions with Dios, el Diablo, and la Muerte. 

The Decades of Horror Classic Era Grue-Crew highly recommends Macario, a film with a great look and visuals in the telling of an emotional, supernatural fable. As of this writing, the only streaming available can be found on YouTube: Macario (1960) Roberto Gavaldón - English subtitles.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. Up next on their very flexible schedule is one chosen by Chad: The Valley of Gwangi (1968). Ray Harryhausen, James Franciscus, Richard Carlson, Gustavo Rojo, Freda Jackson, and Gila Golan for the win! You will not want to miss that one!

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

Dec 28, 2021

“I think this place is possessed by demonic demons.” “Your head's going to be possessed by the butt of this gun if you don't shut up.” Sounds like a typical conversation while hunting demonic scarecrows in the dark. Join your faithful Grue-Crew – Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they check out Scarecrows (1988), a movie that saw a limited theatrical release in one theater… in Des Moines, Iowa.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 196 – Scarecrows (1988)

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Criminals hijack a plane and force the pilot and his daughter to fly them to Mexico. However, an unexpected landing finds them in a cemetery inhabited by killer scarecrows.

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Scarecrows is Jeff’s pick. He just couldn’t resist a movie released only in Des Moines and, as it turns out, he kind of likes it, especially the effects and the nighttime camera work. It’s better than Bill thought it was going to be even though there’s no real explanation for the supernatural occurrences except… occult! He describes Scarecrows as fairly well made and technically sound with good effects work. Chad, too, is pleasantly surprised with Scarecrows. He felt like he was transported back to a theater in the 80s watching a cheesy movie with outstanding makeup effects.

If you’re up for a trip out to the country for an encounter with a supernatural pickup and possessed scarecrows, as of this writing, Scarecrows is available to stream on Amazon Prime. Unfortunately, the 2015 Shout Factory Blu-ray is out-of-print.

Every two weeks, Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1980s podcast will cover another horror film from the 1980s. The next episode’s film, chosen by Bill, will be The Stepfather (1987) starring Terry O’Quinn. Nothing says psychotic family member like the holidays.

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Dec 23, 2021

On episode 480 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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

NIGHTMARE ALLEY (2021, Fox Searchlight)

An ambitious carny with a talent for manipulating people with a few well-chosen words hooks up with a female psychiatrist who is even more dangerous than he is.

  • Available in Theaters on December 17, 2021
  • Directed by Guillermo del Toro
  • Written by Guillermo del Toro and Kim Morgan
  • Cast: Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett, Toni Collette, Willem Dafoe, Richard Jenkins, Rooney Mara, Ron Perlman, Mary Steenburgen, David Strathairn, Jim Beaver, Clifton Collins Jr., Tim Blake Nelson

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Dec 20, 2021

“Yeah! We're alive and we're safe... and we're shipwrecked. Two outta three ain't bad.” Yeah, that’s not a line from the hit Meatloaf song. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out some stop motion animation and a lot of walking in  Planet of Dinosaurs (1977).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 154 – Planet of Dinosaurs (1977)

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A spaceship gets lost and is forced to make an emergency landing on an unknown planet. The planet looks much like Earth, only with no trace of civilization. Soon the crew discovers that there are dinosaurs on the planet and blood-thirsty buggers at that. The crew hopes to be found and rescued, but they have to struggle to survive until then.

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Being the lover of stop motion animation that he is, it’s not surprising that Bill picked Planet of Dinosaurs for this episode. For Bill, it’s immediately apparent that most of this film’s low budget is used to fund the stop motion animation. Bill enjoyed the effects and despite all the walking the characters do in Planet of Dinosaurs, he has a certain amount of affection for this film. Chad is a big fan of Doug Beswick’s and Jim Danforth’s work so he loves the stop motion animation in Planet of Dinosaurs. Outside of the dinosaurs, however, he calls it a horrible movie, stating that if you’re going to watch it, you should watch the RiffTrax version. Jeff, too, loves what he calls the amazingly smooth stop motion animation but laments that there is just too much not-dinosaur in the film. Doc went into Planet of the Dinosaurs with low expectations and those low expectations were met. He finds the movie to be charming, in a weird and cheesy sort of way, and even ambitious. In the end, though, Planet of Dinosaurs is just kind of awful.  

If you’re a fan of stop motion animation, you should definitely check out Planet of Dinosaurs. At the time of this writing, the movie and RiffTrax: Planet of the Dinosaurs can be streamed from Amazon Prime and a variety of other streaming services.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror 1970s is part of the Decades of Horror two-week rotation with The Classic Era and the 1980s. In two weeks, the next episode in their very flexible schedule will be Baron Blood (1972), chosen by Chad. Time for some more Mario Bava!

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Dec 18, 2021

"Ah, little lad, you're staring at my fingers. Would you like me to tell you the little story of right-hand/left-hand? The story of good and evil?" Do tell! Do tell! Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr, along with guest host Bill Gabriel - as they geek out on Lillian Gish’s, Shelley Winters’s, and Robert Mitchum’s performances in the only film directed by Charles Laughton, The Night of the Hunter (1955).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 114 – The Night of the Hunter (1955)

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A religious fanatic marries a gullible widow whose young children are reluctant to tell him where their real daddy hid the $10,000 he'd stolen in a robbery.

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You’ll find no hate for The Night of the Hunter from the Classic Era Grue-Crew except on Chad’s fingers. This is Daphne’s pick and she loves The Night of the Hunter, calling it a beautiful piece of art. For Bill, the film has been in his DNA as far back as he can remember. He was scared out of his wits by Mitchum’s performance while other scenes were tear-inducing. Whitney sees the bond of siblings amidst the trauma the two children are dealing with in the real-life horror of The Night of the Hunter. This is one of Chad’s favorite films, referring to it as a beautiful, fairy tale of a movie with a dreamlike quality. He also tells a heartfelt story about watching The Night of the Hunter for the first time with his dad. Jeff found The Night of the Hunter to be a bit strange until he learned to view the exaggerations and eccentricities as seen through the eyes of young John. He now believes he must watch the movie much more often.

During the podcast, the Grue-Crew members refer several times to two videos. The first one is a 159-minute documentary, Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter.” In the manner of silent film directors, Laughton almost never called “cut” to a scene, filming continuously through an entire reel while giving repeated direction to the actors to get the performance for which he was looking. IMDb describes the documentary as “an assembled compilation of footage from rushes, outtakes, and behind-the-scenes moments featuring Charles Laughton directing 'The Night of the Hunter.' The second video is a 5-minute video of Guillermo del Toro commenting on the importance to him of The Night of the Hunter. Links to the two videos are included below.

  1. Charles Laughton Directs “The Night of the Hunter” (2002)
  2. Guillermo del Toro on The Night of the Hunter:

At the time of this writing, The Night of the Hunter is available to stream from The Criterion Channel and various PPV services, and on physical media as a Criterion Blu-ray.

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: Macario (1960), an acclaimed, Mexican, supernatural drama directed by Roberto Gavaldón. You will not want to miss that one!

Please let them know how they’re doing! They want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans: leave them a message or leave a comment on the 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!

Dec 13, 2021

“Now let me get this straight. You're telling me that these, these things are inside the Golden Gate Bridge, one. Two, that they only come out at night. And three, that they're responsible for the death of fifteen or more kids and three of my police officers? [breaks down laughing]” What’s so hard to believe about that? It is 80s horror, you know. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr -  as they journey to the Golden Gate Bridge to battle monsters who are inexplicably known as Neon Maniacs (1986).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 195 – Neon Maniacs (1986)

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A group of teenagers in San Francisco discovers a nest of homicidal monsters living in a tower of the Golden Gate Bridge, but when they try to tell authorities, no one believes them.

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Neon Maniacs is Chad’s pick and he thinks it’s pretty cool. He loves the randomness of the story and let making sense be damned. Where do they come from? Why do monsters who can be destroyed by water live underneath a bridge? No one knows. Crystal loves Neon Maniacs, especially the music and the battle-of-the-bands sequence. Calling the story nearly nonexistent, she still thinks it’s awesome. Bill likens monsters vulnerable to water living under a bridge to vampires hiding in a garlic factory over a silver mine where they make crucifixes. According to Bill, Neon Maniacs is typical 80s horror with an ending that seems to be building up to something and then… fade to black and go home. Though the story is filled with huge holes and the police are more clueless than usual, Jeff had fun with Neon Maniacs, watching it with a big smile on his face.

Though Neon Maniacs is not a good movie by any measure, it is a fun watch. If you choose to do so, it is currently available to stream on Tubi and on YouTube, and on Blu-ray as Spanish or German imports.

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 Scarecrows (1988), mostly because its one-theater theatrical release was in Des Moines, Iowa. 

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Dec 9, 2021

On episode 479 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SILENT NIGHT (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

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SILENT NIGHT (2021, RLJE Films)

Nell, Simon, and their son Art are ready to welcome friends and family for what promises to be a perfect Christmas gathering. Perfect except for one thing: everyone is going to die.

  • Available in Theaters and streaming exclusively on AMC+ December 3, 2021
  • Directed by Camille Griffin
  • Written by Camille Griffin
  • Cast: Keira Knightley, Matthew Goode, Roman Griffin Davis, Annabelle Wallis, Lily-Rose Depp, Sope Dirisu, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Lucy Punch, Rufus Jones

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