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May 4, 2021

On episode 444 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SEPARATION (2021).

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

REVIEW: SEPARATION (2021)

Sam and Mattie, two badass best friends with Down syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence RI to help them A young girl finds solace in her artist father and the ghost of her dead mother.

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  • Available in theaters on April 30, 2021
  • Directed by: William Brent Bell
  • Written by: Nick Amadeus, Josh Braun
  • Cast: Madeline Brewer, Rupert Friend, Brian Cox, Mamie Gummer, Chelsea Debo, Violet McGraw, Eric T. Miller, Troy James, and Simon Quarterman

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May 3, 2021

On episode 443 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE (2021).

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

REVIEW: SAM & MATTIE MAKE A ZOMBIE MOVIE (2021)

Sam and Mattie, two badass best friends with Down syndrome, rally the entire town of Providence RI to help them storyboard, script, produce, cast, and star in their own dream movie: 'Spring Break Zombie Massacre.'

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  • Available Nationwide on Cable VOD and Digital HD Beginning in April 2021
  • Directed by: Jesse Suchmann, Robert Carnevale
  • Cast: Sam Suchmann, Mattie Zufelt, Peter Farrelly, Jesse Suchmann, Robert Carnevale, Conan O'BrienCONTACT

Apr 30, 2021

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is the GRUESOME GUIDE to Horror Movies for Month 2021. Back with me again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the ‘Net. Joining Doc is Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen.

05/07 - Benny Loves You
Jack, a man desperate to improve his life throws away his beloved childhood plush, Benny. It's a move that has disastrous consequences when Benny springs to life with deadly intentions.
Director: Karl Holt
Writer: Karl Holt
Stars: Karl Holt, Claire Cartwright, George Collie

05/14 - Spiral: From the Book of Saw
A criminal mastermind unleashes a twisted form of justice in Spiral, the terrifying new chapter from the book of Saw.
Director: Darren Lynn Bousman
Writers: Josh Stolberg, Pete Goldfinger
Stars: Chris Rock, Samuel L. Jackson, Morgan David Jones

05/14 - The Djinn
A mute boy is trapped in his apartment with a sinister monster when he makes a wish to fulfill his heart's greatest desire.
Directors: David Charbonier, Justin Powell
Writers: David Charbonier, Justin Powell
Stars: Ezra Dewey, Rob Brownstein, Tevy Poe

05/21 - Army of the Dead (NETFLIX)
Following a zombie outbreak in Las Vegas, a group of mercenaries takes the ultimate gamble, venturing into the quarantine zone to pull off the greatest heist ever attempted.
Director: Zack Snyder
Writers: Zack Snyder (screenplay by), Shay Hatten (screenplay by)
Stars: Dave Bautista, Ella Purnell, Ana de la Reguera

05/21 - Seance
Camille, a young woman who arrives at the Fairfield Academy following one of the student's untimely and violent death.
Director: Simon Barrett
Writer: Simon Barrett
Stars: Suki Waterhouse, Madisen Beaty, Inanna Sarkis

05/27 - Skull: The Mask (SHUDDER)
The feature film is an action-packed horror flick depicting a supernatural serial killer based on pre-Colombian mythology in a hunt for revenge in the metropolis of São Paulo.
Directors: Armando Fonseca, Kapel Furman
Writers: Armando Fonseca, Kapel Furman
Stars: Tristan Aronovich, Natallia Rodrigues, David Wendefilm

05/28 - A Quiet Place Part II
Following the events at home, the Abbott family now face the terrors of the outside world. Forced to venture into the unknown, they realize the creatures that hunt by sound are not the only threats lurking beyond the sand path.
Director: John Krasinski
Writers: Scott Beck (characters), John Krasinski
Stars: Emily Blunt, Millicent Simmonds, Cillian Murphy

05/28 - Endangered Species
ENDANGERED SPECIES is an intense, action-packed survival adventure about a wealthy American family who travels to the vast African wilderness of Kenya hoping for a dream vacation filled with excitement, bonding, and a chance to fix the growing rifts within their family. But when their safari vehicle is attacked by a rhino protecting her calf, the family is left stranded miles from help and their dream vacation turns into a nightmarish struggle for survival in a world where they are at the bottom of the food chain.
Director: M.J. Bassett
Writers: Isabel Bassett, M.J. Bassett
Stars: Rebecca Romijn, Philip Winchester, Isabel Bassett

Apr 28, 2021

On episode 442 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… MORTAL KOMBAT (2021, HBOMAX).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Special Guest-Host CHAD HUNT, from Decades of Horror The Classic Era.

REVIEW: MORTAL KOMBAT (2021, HBOMAX)

MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high stakes battle for the universe.

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  • Available in Theaters and on HBOMAX April 23, 2021
  • Directed by: Simon McQuoid
  • Writers: Greg Russo and Dave Callaham
  • Cast: Lewis Tan, Jessica McNamee, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Mahcad Brooks, Tadanobu Asano, Hiroyuki Sanada, Chin Han, Ludi Lin, Max HuanCONTACT

Apr 26, 2021

"Death is the keeper of secrets.” In other words, three can keep a secret if two are dead? Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they check out exactly how many secrets are kept in Torso (1973), Sergio Martino’s giallo all’italiana.

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 137 – Torso (1973)

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A string of appalling lust murders shocks the University of Perugia as a sadistic serial killer strangles to death beautiful college girls with a red and black scarf.

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Jeff sees several giallo tropes present in Torso and thinks the first hour seemed a bit pedestrian. During the last half-hour, however, the tension really ramped up. Though not a big giallo fan in general, Chad also thinks the first hour is a tough slog, but the third act more than makes up for it. The trailer for Torso is one of Bill’s favorites and he agrees the film’s tone flips about an hour into it. He also gives it credit for being pretty stylistic, especially for the time in which it is released. Doc, however, found himself rather surprised that he likes Torso as much as he does, citing its brutality, the switch in the main character, and the abundance of suspects as reasons why.

The Decades of Horror 1970s Grue-Crew appreciate Torso, some more than others, but they all agree it is worth a watch, especially if you're a fan of giallo films. As of this writing, Torso is available to stream from Shudder and on physical media as a Special Edition Blu-ray from Arrow Video.

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 Patrick (1978), chosen by Chad! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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. 

Apr 24, 2021

"I run to death, and death meets me as fast, and all my pleasures are like yesterday."  Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Joseph Perry, and Jeff Mohr - as they journey once more to the dark world of Val Lewton with The Seventh Victim (1943).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 97 – The Seventh Victim (1943)

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A woman in search of her missing sister uncovers a Satanic cult in New York's Greenwich Village, and finds that they may have something to do with her sibling's random disappearance.

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The fourth of nine budget “horror” films produced by Val Lewton for RKO Radio Pictures, The Seventh Victim falls squarely in the atmospheric subgenre of horror film noir. Joseph expresses his love for Val Lewton, film noir, and horror, calling The Seventh Victim a great combination of the three. Whitney appreciates stories with multiple relationships between characters who have more to offer than what is on the surface, and finds such a story in The Seventh Victim. The stunning visuals filled with shadow and unusual camera angles are what captured Daphne’s attention, and, of course, she loved seeing a younger version of the Beav’s dad (Hugh Beaumont). “Pure Lewton” is what Chad calls this amazing example of noir filmmaking, with it’s great mixture of horror and film noir style. Jeff loves how the story puts a naive and innocent main character in a world where everything seems cryptic and no one seems to say what they really mean.

Of course, the Classic Era Grue-Crew gives The Seventh Victim a hearty recommendation. As of this writing, The Seventh Victim can be streamed from Shudder. Other Lewton-RKO films currently on Shudder are Cat People (1942), I Walked with a Zombie (1943), The Leopard Man (1943), Curse of the Cat People (1944), The Body Snatcher (1945), and Isle of the Dead (1945). 

If you’re interested, the Classic Era Grue Crew has covered two other Lewton produced films:

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. In the next episode, they will discuss a movie chosen by Chad, Island of Lost Souls (1932), based on H.G. Wells’ The Island of Dr. Moreau (1896). “Are we not men?”

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

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

Apr 21, 2021

On episode 441 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE NEWS MUTANTS (2020, HBOMAX).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Special Guest-Host CHAD HUNT, from Decades of Horror The Classic Era.

REVIEW: THE NEW MUTANTS (2020, HBOMAX)

Five young mutants, just discovering their abilities while held in a secret facility against their will, fight to escape their past sins and save themselves.

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  • Available on HBOMAX April 16, 2021
  • Directed by: Josh Boone
  • Writers: Josh Boone, Knate Lee
  • Cast: Maisie Williams, Anya Taylor-Joy, Charlie Heaton, Alice Braga, Blue Hunt, Henry Zaga

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Apr 19, 2021

"God will pardon me. That's His job." Somehow, that seems unlikely. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they look for the good in Jim Wynorski’s The Return of Swamp Thing (1989).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 178 – The Return of Swamp Thing (1989)

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In this tongue-in-cheek sequel, the benevolent bog creature falls for the vegetarian, plant-loving daughter of the evil scientist who created him.

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This “sequel” to Wes Craven’s original doesn’t measure up to that film or the comic source material. Even though he’s a big Swamp Thing fan and likes the Swamp Thing and creature designs by Carl Fullerton in this one, Chad says The Return of Swamp Thing suffers from superhero-itis, when everyone wants to do a superhero movie but not to good effect, especially when Swampie is not a superhero. According to Bill, once you accept The Return of Swamp Thing is an atrocity, you can enjoy it for its goofy 80s shenanigans. Crystal agrees it’s a horrible, awful movie but it can be entertaining if you just have fun with it and the creatures in Dr. Arkane’s menagerie. Based on the poster, Jeff assumed he was in for camp, good or bad, and he loved the Creedence Clearwater Revival music with the comic graphics in the intro.

Your Decades of Horror 1980s Grue-Crew finds this one to be tough to recommend, but if you’re a Swamp Thing fan, you’ll want to check this one out. As of this writing, The Return of Swamp Thing is available for streaming on Amazon Prime and on a 2-disc Special Edition Blu-ray from Lightyear Video.

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 From a Whisper to a Scream (1987), a horror anthology from Jeff Burr, featuring Vincent Price in the framing story.  You won’t 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 gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Apr 14, 2021

On episode 440 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… JAKOB'S WIFE (2021, RLJE Films).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

REVIEW: JAKOB'S WIFE (2021, RLJE Films)

Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering "The Master" brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.

  • Available in Theaters, On Demand, and Digital April 16, 2021
  • Directed by: Travis Stevens
  • Writers: Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland, Travis Stevens
  • Cast: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons, Nyisha Bell

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Apr 12, 2021

"Welcome to Starlight Hotel. Your room is reserved...Check-in...But never check out!” Well, they better have free breakfast and wi-fi. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - and as they check out the dwindling number of lodgers at the cut-rate hotel in Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1976).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 136 – Eaten Alive (1976)

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A psychotic redneck, who owns a dilapidated hotel in rural East Texas, kills various people who upset him or his business, and he feeds their bodies to a large crocodile that he keeps as a pet in the swamp beside his hotel.

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Eaten Alive is not one of Tobe Hooper’s better films. Even so, the cast is filled with horror-cred: Marilyn Burns, William Finley, Robert Englund, Carolyn Jones, and Kyle Richards. Jeff loved the cast and is a big fan of Neville Brand’s work, but the crocodile was, at best, suspect. Chad really hated the film. Eaten Alive should be a good film but he wonders if big ideas and available resources were confined by the budget leaving the film with characters being weird for the sake of being weird. Bill reminds us that Tobe Hooper left before production ended and goes on to describe the story as having no narrative, William Finley as being off the wall, and the crocodile as terrible. Having said that, however, he also describes Eaten Alive as interesting in that some of the scenes are beautifully shot. Doc agrees with Chad that there seems to be a vision buried in this movie that doesn’t materialize, making it hard to watch as ideas fail to gel and in the end, it doesn’t work.

Check this puppy out if you are a Tobe Hooper completist or if you want to see Neville Brand chew some scenery and see William Finley chew even more scenery. Eaten Alive is currently available to stream VOD and as physical media on Blu-ray discs from Arrow Video (2-disc Special Edition).

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 Torso (1973), chosen by Bill! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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.

Apr 10, 2021

"Swallow me a frog, but she's smart!" If you’re swallowing frogs, she’s definitely the smarter one. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, and Jeff Mohr - as they try to stay off the radar of The Bad Seed (1956).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 96 – The Bad Seed (1956)

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A housewife suspects that her seemingly perfect eight-year-old daughter is a heartless killer.

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The Bad Seed is Whitney’s pick. She remembers watching it as a child and being shocked at Rhoda’s, the title character’s, behavior. Now, however, she is intrigued by the conflict between the ideas of being born evil and learned behavior. Chad also saw The Bad Seed at a young age and recalls wondering why Rhoda was never disciplined. He has also come to love the movie and its nature vs. nurture concept. In Daphne’s view, The Bad Seed has a very creepy vibe and is populated with some super creepy characters. In particular, she gives praise to Henry Jones for his performance as Leroy. Jeff is impressed by the group of people involved in making The Bad Seed, including the lead actors, director, writers, cinematographer, and an excellent cast of supporting actors.  

The Bad Seed is unanimously recommended by the members of the Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue-Crew. At present, The Bad Seed is available to stream from several VOD services and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc from Warner Brothers.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. In the next episode, they will discuss a movie chosen by Jeff: Val Lewton’s The Seventh Victim (1943).

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

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

Apr 5, 2021

"Tell me about my uterus." It is a movie about twin gynecologists so that line is not near as weird as it sounds. … Okay, it’s still pretty weird. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they encounter more Cronenberg-induced oddballery in Dead Ringers (1988).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 177 – Dead Ringers (1988)

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Twin gynecologists take full advantage of the fact that nobody can tell them apart until their relationship begins to deteriorate over a woman.

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Dead Ringers is Crystal’s pick so it should come as no surprise that she loves the film. She thinks it’s beautifully shot, loves Jeremy Irons, and of course, don’t forget … Cronenberg! Bill also loves Jeremy Irons’ performance, going so far as to say he was robbed for not being at least nominated for an Academy Award. Appreciating Dead Ringers more every time he sees it, Chad identifies it as a squirm-inducing, psychological thriller and character study of twins. Jeff is also on the Jeremy Irons bandwagon, lauding his nuanced performance of the twins, but also appreciates Genevieve Bujold’s critical role as the catalyst to the twins’ downfalls. Of course, everyone else agrees with Crystal on how beautiful the cinematography and the production design are. 

Dead Ringers is worth a watch and even several rewatches. As of this writing, it is available for streaming on Amazon Prime and as physical media on a Blu-ray disc 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 The Return of Swamp Thing (1989). You won’t 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 gruesome Magazine Youtube channel, on the website or email the Decades of Horror 1980s podcast hosts at feedback@gruesomemagazine.com

Apr 2, 2021

The Horror News Radio GrueCrew discusses the new trailer for the upcoming David Bruckner film THE NIGHT HOUSE. Rebecca Hall (Godzilla vs Kong) leads the cast. The Searchlight Picture film arrives July 16, 2021, and also features Sarah Goldberg (Barry, Elementary), Vondie Curtis Hall (DIE HARD 2, EVE’S BAYOU), Evan Jonigkeit (Togetherish, Sweetbitter), and Stacy Martin (VOX LUX, NYMPHOMANIAC).

The plot follows Beth (Hall) after the sudden, tragic loss of her husband left alone to reside in the house he built for them. Soon she begins to discover the many secrets the house hides within its walls. What was her husband up to?

THE SUICIDE SQUAD (2021) trailer is here! Hurray! James Gunn delivers the goods: Gore, Humor, and Giant Freakin' Kaiju Starfish!!! What's not to love? Seriously! This trailer looks incredible, and the GrueCrew are here to give you their impression of the fun to be had.

The Suicide Squad is back, this time in the hands of gifted director James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy) with familiar faces and new ones as well. Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Rick Flagg (Joel Kinnaman), Boomerang (Jai Courtney), and Amanda Waller (Viola Davis) are now teaming up with Peacemaker (John Cena), Bloodsport (Idris Elba), King Shark (Sylvester Stallone), and more. And, ladies and gentlemen, presenting STARRO. Just you wait.

The GrueCrew are excited to share the news that the New Zealand series WELLINGTON PARANORMAL from Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement is heading to the States to air on both the CW and HBOMAX. The show is a spin-off of WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS following two paranormal investigating cops seen in that film. Look for the previous two seasons and the upcoming third season to air on HBOMAX soon.

Christopher and Vanessa step in to share the skinny on the series and what to expect. Look for HNR and the GrueCrew to cover the series once it comes available Stateside.

Apr 1, 2021

On episode 438 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… GODZILLA VS KONG (2021, HBOMAX).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

Joining the regular HNR Grue-Crew are some very special guest-hosts

  • Guest-host from the Gruesome Magazine podcast and Decades of Horror, JEFF MOHR
  • Guest-host from the Gruesome Magazine podcast, CRYSTAL CLEVELAND, THE LIVIN6DEAD6IRL
  • Guest-host from Decades of Horror 1970s, BILL MULLIGAN

REVIEW: GODZILLA VS KONG (2021, HBOMAX)

The epic next chapter in the cinematic Monsterverse pits two of the greatest icons in motion picture history against one another - the fearsome Godzilla and the mighty Kong - with humanity caught in the balance.

  • Available In Theaters & HBOMAX March 31, 20211
  • Directed by: Adam Wingard
  • Writers: Eric Pearson and Max Borenstein, Terry Rossio, Michael Dougherty & Zach Shields
  • Cast: Alexander Skarsgard, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Bryan Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Elza Gonzales, Julian Dennison, Lance Reddick, Kyle Chandler, Demian Bichir, Kaylee Hottle

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Mar 29, 2021

I am your host Doc Rotten and this is the GRUESOME GUIDE to Horror Movies for Month 2021. Back with me again are the scariest, goriest, bloodiest co-hosts on the 'Net. Joining Doc is Vanessa, Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen.

TRAIN TO BUSAN PRESENTS: PENINSULA - 04/01/2021

Synopsis: A zombie virus has in the last 4 years spread to all of South Korea. 4 Koreans in HK sail thru the blockade to Incheon for USD20,000,000 on a truck.
Director: Sang-ho Yeon
Writer: Sang-ho Yeon, Ryu Yong-jae
Cast: Dong-won Gang, Lee Jung-hyun, Re Lee

THE UNHOLY - 04/02/2021

Synopsis: A hearing-impaired girl is visited by the Virgin Mary and can suddenly hear, speak, and heal the sick. As people flock to witness her miracles, terrifying events unfold. Are they the work of the Virgin Mary or something much more sinister?
Director: Evan Spiliotopoulos
Writer: Evan Spiliotopoulos, based on a book by James Herbert
Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Cary Elwes, Katie Aselton

THE BELIEVER - 04/02/2021

Synopsis: THE BELIEVERis the story of an out-of-work scientist facing mental deterioration who finds he may be battling his wife’s obsession with demonic activity. Lucas is an out-of-work nuclear scientist, struggles with tension in his marriage after his wife Violet mysteriously terminates her pregnancy without his consent.
Director: Shan Serafin
Writer: Shan Serafin
Cast: Sophie Kargman (‘Violet’), Aidan Bristow (‘Lucas’), Billy Zane (‘Dr. Benedict’), Susan Wilder (‘Charlotte’), Lindsey Ginter (‘Gus’), and Robbie Goldstein (‘Old Man’).

THEM - 04/09/2021

Synopsis: THEM is a limited anthology series that explores terror in America. The first season, 1950s-set COVENANT centers around a Black family who move from North Carolina to an all-white Los Angeles neighborhood during the period known as The Great Migration. The family’s idyllic home becomes ground zero where malevolent forces, next door and otherworldly, threaten to taunt, ravage and destroy them
Creator: Little Marvin w/ Lena Waithe
Writer: Little Marvin
Cast: Alison Pill, Deborah Ayorinde, Ryan Kwanten, Shahadi Wright Joseph, Dale Dickey

HELD - 04/09/2021

Synopsis: A couple's failing marriage is put to the test when they are held hostage in an isolated vacation rental by an unseen Voice that commands their every move.
Director: Travis Cluff, Chris Lofing
Writer: Jill Awbrey
Cast: Jill Awbrey, Bart Johnson, Rez Kempton

THE BANISHING - 04/15/2021

Synopsis: The Banishing tells the story of the most haunted house in England. In the 1930s, a young reverend, his wife, and daughter move into a manor with a horrifying secret.
Director: Christopher Smith
Writer: David Beton, Ray Bogdanovich, Dean Lines
Cast: Jessica Brown Findlay, John Lynch, Sean Harris

MORTAL KOMBAT - 04/16/2021

Synopsis: MMA fighter Cole Young seeks out Earth's greatest champions in order to stand against the enemies of Outworld in a high-stakes battle for the universe.
Director: Simon McQuoid
Writer: Greg Russo, Dave Callaham, Oren Uziel
Based on: The Video Game by Ed Boon and John Tobias
Cast: Jessica McNamee, Hiroyuki Sanada, Josh Lawson, Joe Taslim, Lewis Tan, Tadanobu Asano, Ludi Lin, Mechad Brooks

JAKOB'S WIFE - 04/16/2021

Synopsis: Anne, married to a small-town Minister, feels her life has been shrinking over the past 30 years. Encountering "The Master" brings her a new sense of power and an appetite to live bolder. However, the change comes with a heavy body count.
Director: Travis Stevens
Writer: Kathy Charles, Mark Steensland, Travis Stevens
Cast: Barbara Crampton, Larry Fessenden, Bonnie Aarons

Mar 29, 2021

"No! The Beast has no brother! Don't call me your brother!” What a mean thing to say to your brother! … er, cousin. … er, the antichrist? On second thought, maybe it’s not that mean. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they catch up with The Omen's Damien and find out what the incorrigible teen has been up to in Damien: Omen II (1978).

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Episode 135 – Damien: Omen II (1978)

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Damien, the Antichrist, now about to turn thirteen years old, finally learns of his destiny under the guidance of an unholy disciple of Satan. Meanwhile, dark forces begin to eliminate all those who suspect the child's true identity.

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Damien: Omen II followed its predecessor, The Omen, by only two years but did not perform near as well at the box office. For Chad, the tone was completely different from The Omen, not having near the dangerous vibe, but it was still a fun watch with great kills. Bill found it to be better than he remembered and though it certainly doesn’t have the memorable imagery from the first one, it does have a great cast and some interesting political manipulations. Jeff also thinks Damien: Omen II is missing something found in The Omen and thought the music, though still by Jerry Goldsmith, fell short of setting the necessary mood.  Damien: Omen II is Doc’s pick and he loves this movie! For him, the joy is in the preposterous kills and the excellent cast but he laments that you do not feel the presence of the Antichrist.

As of this writing, Damien: Omen II is available to stream on Hulu and on Blu-ray as part of various packagings of The Omen Collection.

The 1970s Grue-Crew (The Black Saint, Doc, and Jeff) covered The Omen (1976) in May 2017 on episode 50. You can check it out here: The Omen (1976) — Episode 50 — Decades Of Horror 1970s

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 Tobe Hooper’s Eaten Alive (1976), chosen by Jeff! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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Mar 27, 2021

"My face frightens me. My mask frightens me even more." Sometimes, someone else’s face frightens us the most. Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and guest host Bill Mulligan - as they go transatlantic for Georges Franju’s stunning Eyes Without a Face (1960).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 95 – Eyes Without a Face (1960)

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An accident leaves a plastic surgeon’s daughter disfigured, and he goes to extremes to give her a new face.

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Eyes Without a Face is Daphne’s pick and though she had seen what has become an iconic image of Christiane’s face in the past, she had not viewed the film. Upon viewing, she found the film to be very graphic and unsettling and admits it will take more watches to fully digest. Whitney also had seen the artwork time and time again and finds it interesting that we discussed this film about a traumatized young woman on International Women’s Day. Eyes Without a Face contains one of the most shocking moments in films of the time, but according to Chad, it’s much more than that. He was completely drawn in by Scob’s captivating and heartbreaking performance. Bill announces that Eyes Without a Face is his favorite movie, describing it as one of the saddest and most poetic of films. The ending has always blown him away and he describes the last ten minutes as incredibly beautiful. Its the cinematography that wows Jeff with every scene showcasing meticulous shot construction, creating an almost otherworldly feel.

Suffice it to say, your Decades of Horror: The Classic Era Grue-Crew have each vowed several rewatches of this film in their near and distant futures. Currently, Eyes Without a Face is available to stream on HBOmax and The Criterion Channel and on a Blu-ray disc from the Criterion Collection.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. In the next episode, they will discuss a movie chosen by Whitney, The Bad Seed (1956).

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

Mar 22, 2021

"I wonder who the real cannibals are." Are there faux cannibals? Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they, maybe not so wisely, take on Cannibal Holocaust (1980), the film often referred to as the most controversial movie ever made.

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 176 – Cannibal Holocaust (1980)

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Harold Monroe, an anthropologist from New York University, leads a rescue team into the Amazon rainforest to locate a crew of filmmakers. The crew had gone missing while filming a documentary on local cannibal tribes. When the rescue team is only able to recover the crew's lost cans of film, an American television station wishes to broadcast the footage as a sensationalized television special. Upon viewing the reels, Monroe is appalled by the team's actions and objects to the station's intent to air the documentary.

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Bill chose Cannibal Holocaust as the 1970s Grue-Crew’s viewing “pleasure” for this episode even though he doesn’t like the film. In fact, there’s a lot he despises about the movie, but he also thinks it’s a brilliant masterpiece and there are parts of him that love it, it’s so manipulative. It frightened the hell out of Chad, and not in a good way. He knew the animal deaths were real which made him question whether or not the violence to humans was real. It’s a very difficult watch for him, although he understands its importance and influence on other filmmakers. Crystal is not bothered by the gore in Cannibal Holocaust. She adds that although no one can justify the making of Cannibal Holocaust, it can be put into context. The music was very unsettling for Jeff, making the film that much more disturbing. What bothered him the most was the relish with which the characters slaughter animals and assault the indigenous people.

Cannibal Holocaust is not for everyone, or even, not for most people. It is, however, very influential and is one of the earliest movies to incorporate a found footage concept. If you insist on seeing Cannibal Holocaust, it is currently streaming on Shudder and is available on Blu-ray from Grindhouse Releasing.

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 David Cronenberg’s Dead Ringers (1988). You won’t want to miss that one!

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Mar 17, 2021

On episode 433 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE STYLIST (2021, Arrow).

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

REVIEW: THE STYLIST (2021, Arrow)

A lonely hairstylist becomes obsessed with the lives of her clients and descends into murderous madness.

  • Streaming on ARROW beginning March 1, 2021
  • Director: Jill Gevargizian
  • Writer: Jill Gevargizian
  • Stars: Najarra Townsend, Brea Grant, Sarah McGuire

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Mar 17, 2021

On episode 432 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… THE DEVIL BELOW (2021, Vertical).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.
  • Special Guest-Host, Jeff Mohr

REVIEW: THE DEVIL BELOW (2021, Vertical)

There is an abandoned place nestled deep in the Appalachian countryside where underground coal mines have been ablaze for decades. When a team of researchers tries to find out how the fires started, they soon discover something more startling than the mystery that sent them there: they’re not alone.

  • Available On Digital and On Demand March 5, 2021
  • Director: Bradley Parker
  • Writer: Eric Scherbarth, Stefan Jaworski
  • Stars: Alicia Sanz, Adan Canto, Zach Avery, Chinaza Uche, Jesse Latourette, with Jonathan Sadowski and Will Patton

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Mar 17, 2021

On episode 431 of Horror News Radio:

  • The Grue-Crew review… DREAMCATCHER (2021).

Warning: possible spoilers after the initial impressions!

Be sure to subscribe to the Gruesome Magazine YouTube channel to catch all the HNR episodes. And check out Patreon to see how to watch the recordings live!

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.

  • Dave Dreher, the lead news writer at Gruesome Magazine.
  • Award-winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore.
  • Podcasting Rock Star & International Cosplay Queen, Vanessa Thompson.

REVIEW: DREAMCATCHER (2021)

Dylan, known to his fans as DJ Dreamcatcher, is on the brink of global stardom. Everything changes the night of Cataclysm, an underground music festival, where two estranged sisters and their friends meet Dylan. After a drug fueled gruesome event, things begin to spiral into a 48-hour whirlwind of violence and mayhem.

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  • Available On Digital and On Demand March 5, 2021
  • Director: Jacob Johnston
  • Writer: Jacob Johnston
  • Stars: Niki Koss (My Stepdaughter), Zachary Gordon (Diary of a Wimpy Kid), Travis Burns (Sunrise in Heaven), Blaine Kern III (Happy Death Day), Olivia Sui ( “Smosh”), Emrhys Cooper (Mamma Mia!), Elizabeth Posey (”Euphoria”), Nazanin Mandi (“How to Make a Reality Star”), Adrienne Wilkinson (“Star Trek: Renegades”) and Lou Ferrigno Jr (“S.W.A.T.”). 

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Mar 15, 2021

"When the red moon sets and the sun rises in the West, two monsters will appear to save the people.” But first, you have to listen to the song. Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - and as they try to keep the aliens, monsters, and good guys straight, while learning a few wrestling moves on the side, in the kaiju romp from Toho known as Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974).

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 134 – Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974)

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Ape-like aliens build a robotic Godzilla to destroy Japan, and the true Godzilla may not be powerful enough to destroy it.

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It’s Chad’s pick this episode and he first learned of Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla from a trailer he saw while watching Sanford and Son and he immediately knew he had to see it, even if he had to walk uphill both ways the three miles to the theater. He is a big fan of The Six Million Dollar Man and thought Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla was the best thing he’d ever seen. Even now, he had a blast watching the movie despite its cheese factor. Bill, a huge kaiju fan, has always liked Mechagodzilla and its Swiss Army knife arsenal of weaponry. As always, Jeff is playing catch up with the rest of the 70s Grue-Crew when it comes to kaiju, but he loved the explosions! They “blowed” up stuff real good! Doc is also a lover of kaiju and monster films and was gaga over the four monsters in this one - the title characters, Anguirus, and King Shisa - and the wrestling moves the monsters utilize. 

Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla gets a big thumbs up from the 70s Grue-Crew! (Don’t they all?) The film is currently available for streaming on HBOmax and The Criterion Channel, and on Blu-ray disc in the Godzilla: The Showa-Era Films, 1954–1975 Box Set from Criterion.

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 Damien: Omen II (1978), chosen by Doc! Be sure to join us for that one. 

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. 

Mar 13, 2021

"A captain should not be afraid and I confess now to whoever may hear this, that today, now, I am experiencing fear." Did you hear him? Join this episode’s Grue-Crew - Whitney Collazo, Chad Hunt, Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Jeff Mohr, and guest host Bill Mulligan - as they go interstellar with a trip to Mario Bava’s Planet of the Vampires (1965).

Decades of Horror: The Classic Era
Episode 94 – Planet of the Vampires (1965)

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After landing on a mysterious planet, a team of astronauts begin to turn on each other, swayed by the uncertain influence of the planet and its strange inhabitants.

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Planet of the Vampires, directed by Mario Bava, is a creative science fiction/horror movie made on a shoestring budget. Chad chose this one for our viewing pleasure and he is really taken by Bava’s use of color and at how influential Planet of the Vampires is on later films. When the skeletal creatures were found in the crashed ship, Whitney was disappointed she didn’t see more of them later in the film but found Planet of the Vampires to be very beautiful. Daphne loved the suit designs and lush atmosphere, finding it to be a more complicated story than most 1960s science fiction. Bill, whose favorite director is Mario Bava, loved the old-school tricks Bava uses to create an alien world out of smoke, mirrors, colored lights, and forced perspective.

This episode’s Grue-Crew definitely think Grue-Believers should check this one out! At the time of this writing, Planet of the Vampires is available for streaming on Amazon Prime.

Gruesome Magazine’s Decades of Horror: The Classic Era records a new episode every two weeks. In the next episode, they will discuss a movie chosen by Daphne which will be Eyes Without a Face  (1960).

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

Mar 8, 2021

"Gah! I hate that kind of talking and you know it. Why can't you grow old gracefully you old cow.!" Don’t worry. Heinrich’s wife soon finds a better use for his head than coming up with lines like that. Join your faithful Grue-Crew - Crystal Cleveland, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they go to church, only to find the oversexed goat demon in Michele Soavi’s The Church (1989).

Decades of Horror 1980s
Episode 175 – The Church (1989)

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An old Gothic cathedral, built over a mass grave, develops strange powers which trap a number of people inside with ghosts from a 12th Century massacre seeking to resurrect an ancient demon from the bowels of the Earth.

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The Church, directed by Michele Soavi and produced by Dario Argento, is Jeff’s pick. The first time he watched The Church, the opening scenes gave him a definite Monty Python and the Holy Grail vibe. Once he got that connection out of his head, he was impressed with the detailed sets, inventive and gruesome kills, and could see the Argento influence in the colored light bathing and radiating up from the underground tomb. Chad loved the effects and adds that The Church is a creepy-ass, satanic/demonic-type, Italian horror film that still holds up and one that he can keep watching. Crystal is a bit sad that this is the first time she’s seen The Church. She loves some of the shots and thinks the music is fantastic. Predicting subsequent viewings will elevate the film in his estimation, Bil loves the imagery of the goat demon and the angel wrapping a woman in its wings. For him, The Church fits somewhere on a scale between Fulci on one end and Argento on the other. 

Your loyal Decades of Horror 1980s Grue Crew deems The Church a worthwhile watch! Sometimes referred to as Demons 3 (don’t let Soavi hear you call it that), is an ambitious film that hits on some levels and not on others. And please! Don’t think too hard about the plot. At the time of this writing, the film is available for streaming on Amazon Prime and as a Blu-ray disc from Doppelganger Releasing.

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 infamous Cannibal Holocaust (1980). You won’t want to miss that one!

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Mar 1, 2021

"Marco!” How many of you responded with, “Polo?” Join your faithful Grue Crew - Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr - as they have a nice visit with Mario Bava and Daria Nicolodi in Shock (1977), where nobody says, “Polo.”

Decades of Horror 1970s
Episode 133 – Shock (1977)

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A couple is terrorized in their new house haunted by the vengeful ghost of the woman's former husband, who possesses their young son.

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This one is Bill’s pick and even though he is a super Bava-fan, it slipped by him for a while due to the title change from Shock to Beyond the Door II. When he eventually viewed it, he realized it was missing Bava’s bold use of colors but still contained impressive small touches that identified the film as his, even with a minuscule budget and a small cast. Chad enjoyed Shock, especially the Bava moments, but laments it being his last film, wishing the director had gone out on a higher note. For Jeff, this is definitely Daria Nicolodi’s film and the last 15-20 minutes of bizarreness made it all worthwhile. Doc, while pointing out its unevenness, goes on to say Shock is definitely for Bava fans and fans of drive-in movies with the film playing like the third movie on a drive-in bill. 

You Bava completists and 70s drive-in movie fans out there need to check out Shock. At the time of this writing, the film is available for streaming from Shudder and Amazon Prime.

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 Godzilla vs. Mechagodzilla (1974), chosen by Chad! Be sure to join us for some Kaiju fun. 

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.

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