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Eps 64 – The Human Race – Game of Thrones

The Human Race (2013) from director Paul Hough spins a combination of Battle Royale and Saw on its ears creating a terrifying tale that has Santos Ellin Jr. and Vixen singing its praises while Doc and Thomas are far less impressed. Kudos to Eddie McGee for portraying a complex heroic character. “Run or Die!”

Doc steps in for Dave this week to bring the news of the week with Robert Englund (returning as Freddy Kruger for one night only) , Paranormal Activity 5 and Z Nation while Thomas revisits season four of  Game of Thrones in this week’s What  Have  You Been Watching segment. Doc and Santos also recap the highlights from the season seven premiere of True Blood.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the Voice of Reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Be on the lookout for the HNR crew at the MonsterCon toy and comic convention in Greenville, South Carolina July 18-20, 2014.


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Episode 64 – The Human Race – Game of Thrones
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The Human Race (2014)
“If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. If you touch the grass, you will die!” The tag line sets up the story at its base, 80 strangers from a single city block are transported to a mysterious track where they must keep running to survive. The Human Race thrills Santos and Vixen with its gory thrills (exploding heads!) and interesting characters while Thomas is frustrated by the script, the redundant kills and the overplayed soundtrack. The HNR grue-crew go at, love it or hate it, the discussion is lively.

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Horror News of the Week for 06/23/2014
Dave Dreher may be out this week but Doc steps in to  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of  Robert Englund appearing in full Freddy Kruger make-up for one weekend only for the Flashback Weekend this fall (Oct 2014). Silent Night, Deadly Night gets a 30th anniversary BluRay from Anchor Bay this September. The director behind the upcoming Dr. Strange from Marvel, Scott Derrickson, is set to direct a feature length version of Outer Limits. Doc is devastated the Paranormal Activity 5 is being pushed back to 2016 but is thrilled that the upcoming Friday the 13th film will be in 3D. The grue-crew take another look at the Z Nation TV show from SyFy and Asylum.

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What Have You Been Watching: Game of Thrones & True Blood
Thomas is all about season 4 of Game of Thrones as he and Doc revisit the highlights of the year. Doc is all about “The Mountain and the Viper” as Santos watches the scene in the background for the very first time. OMG! Oh, the bloody gore of it all. While Game of Thrones gets high praises, the season 7 premiere of True Blood gets a far less enthusiastic review from Doc.

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Stump the Saint for 06/23/2014
Santos faces three horror movie trivia questions from the Horror News Radio listeners again this week in the Stump the Saint segment. Mick St. John, Jason Hawkins and Joseph Perry supplies this week’s challenging trivia with nods towards Scooby Doo, Ruth Gordon and a mysterious Satan film from the late 70’s/early 80’s.

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Eps 63 – Willow Creek

Willow Creek (2013) is a found footage Bigfoot movie from Bobcat Goldthwait and the HNR crew are all over it. Alexie Gilmore and Bryce Johnson star in the film as a couple who travel into the woods near Willow Creek in search of Bigfoot…and find much, much more.

Dave ramps up the news of the week with American Horror Story: Freak ShowDracula Untold and The Following while Thomas and Santos sit back to enjoy the animated critters found in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in this week’s What  Have  You Been Watching segment. Doc and Santos also recap the highlights from Bizarre AC horror convention.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the Voice of Reason, are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Be on the lookout for the HNR crew at the MonsterCon toy and comic convention in Greenville, South Carolina July 18-20, 2014.


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Bobcat Goldthwait. Bigfoot. Found Footage. It’s a recipe for the bizarre from a unique visionary tackling his first horror film with Willow Creek. The film follows the trails blazed by Blair Witch Project to capture your breath in a brilliant extended scene where the lead characters are trapped in their tent as the sounds of terror surround them. Terrifying film.

Horror News of the Week for 06/16/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of  American Horror Story: Freak Show. Next up is a new anthology collection of horror shorts called The Mortuary Collection. The poster and first stills from Dracula Untold finally make their way online. Good mascots gone bad litter the trailer for Varsity Blood. And Kevin Williamson is leaving The Following in capable hands as he moves on to other projects.

What Have You Been Watching: How to Train Your Dragon 2
Tomas and Santos have seen this weekend’s hit animated film and  have glorious things to say about How to Train Your Dragon 2. Both highly recommend this family film for all genre fans as well while suggesting that 3D is the way to see it.

HNR On The Road: Bizarre AC June 13 -15, 2014 – Atlantic City, New Jersey
Santos and Doc along with HorrorNews.Net editor and screenwriter Michael Joy converged upon Atlantic City for Bizarre AC. Highlight of the weekend is being able to meet the fans of the show, such as Joseph Frittos and his wife Mary. News about the Chiodo Brothers of Killer Clowns from Outer Space fame as well as Team America: World Police.

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Eps 62 – Edge of Tomorrow

Edge of Tomorrow (2014) may have flopped at the weekend box office but the HNR crew are generally enthusiastic about the film, its humor and Emily Blunt. Doug Liman directs and Tom Cruise stars along with Bill Paxton and Brendan Gleeson.

Dave ramps up the news of the week with Harbinger DownThe Stand and Rob Zombie while Santos continues with HNR’s newest segment of the show, Stump the Saint, featuring horror trivia questions provided by you, the Horror News Radio listener!

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Be on the lookout for the HNR crew at the Bizarre AC horror convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 13-15, 2014 and MonsterCon toy and comic convention in Greenville, South Carolina July 18-20, 2014.


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Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Tom Cruise and Emily Blunt headline the sci-fi epic from director Doug Liman, Edge of Tomorrow, fascinating and thrilling the HNR crew in the process. Well, except Dave who did not get to see it and Santos who was not satisfied with the ending in the slightest. Live. Die. Repeat.

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Horror News of the Week for 06/09/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of The Fault in Our Stars director Josh Boone tackling the 3hr feature film adaptation of Stephen King’s The Stand. The sequel that will not go away, this week brings more rumblings about Ghostbusters 3. Dave is far more interested in the news of Pacific Rim 2 even if Santos is not amused. The trailer for Harbinger Down promises some awesome practical effects ala Carpenter’s The Thing. Rob Zombie continues to makes the news with the announcement of bringing his nightmare road show to Phoenix.

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Stump the Saint for 06/02/2014
Santos Ellin Jr. is a horror historian, leading the country in horror trivia on the Quiz Up online game. He steps up to challenge you, the HNR listener to stump with trivia. Thus, Stump the Saint is born. The segment continues with three challenging questions from Peter V., TJ Fowler and Christopher G. Moore. Now it is  your turn, go to http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia to submit your question to Stump the Saint.

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Film Review: “Witching & Bitching” (2014)

Synopsis: A gang of escaping jewelry thieves get trapped by a coven of witches.

Imagine if you will, a film that opens with a jewelry heist and the robbers are: Jesus Christ, A 6 ft tall green toy soldier, The invisible Man, Minnie Mouse & Spongebob Squarepants. Then imagine that Jesus brings along his 10 yr old son (Who’s pretty handy with a pistol) along with him to the heist. Imagine a bit further and have the heist go badly with only Jesus, his son & the big green soldier escaping in a hijacked cab. Then have yourself a couple of shots of Bacardi 151 and imagine that the trio end up in a town populated by witches, and they have plans to sacrifice the little boy to some unnamed deity in order to conquer the world. And imagine that all of them, from the robbers to the witches, are absolutely batshit crazy.

Imagine no more. Allow me to welcome to director Alex De La Iglesias’ latest film: Witching & Bitching.

Jose AKA Jesus (Hugo Silva) is just about done with his shrewish, haranguing wife, Silvia (Macarena Gomez). So his bright idea is to gather a group together and rob a jewelry store. His best friend, Antonio AKA Green Toy Soldier (Mario Casas) is his right hand man and accompanies him into the store to perpetrate the robbery. Sadly, Jose has to bring his 10 yr old son, Sergio (Gabriel Delgado) along with him since he has him on Tuesdays/Thursdays and he’s not about to miss any time with him, no matter what the circumstances. The other participants (Invisible Man, Minnie Mouse & Spongebob Squarepants) all acted as lookouts and are either apprehended or shot by police (Spongebob really gets the short end of the stick here) as Jose, Sergio & Antonio make a hasty escape in a hijacked taxi driven by Calvo (Pepon Nieto), who ends up getting dragged into the mess that his passengers have created.

As they escape the police and argue as to where they want to be taken (Disneyland France seems to be the consensus), they find themselves entering a small, nondescript town called Zugarramurdi and it’s here where they end up battling not only for their lives, but for the fate of the earth. Because the town of Zugarramurdi is populated entirely by witches and lead witch, Graciana (Carmen Maura), along with her assistants Maritxu (Terele Pavez) & Eva (Caroline Bang), look at the unexpected arrival of the guys as a sign – a sign that they’ve been waiting for a long time. And now that everything is in place, they plan on sacrificing Sergio to something horribly profane with really big boobs called “The Great Mother Beast”. Did I mention that Silvia has tracked her wayward husband down and she’s gonna get her son back, apocalypse minded witches be damned & their mother beast be damned?

What happens from then on is a deliriously manic battle of the sexes that just happens to feature hundreds of angry, man hating witches hunting down a couple of men who find themselves in the wrong place at the absolutely worst time possible. That’s right, I said “Battle Of The Sexes”, because what De La Iglesias has done here is create a film illustrating the (Supposed) differences between men & women. It’s a visual take of sorts on author John Grey’s “Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus. Except the men are hapless thieves – and the women are ruthless witches bent on world domination. To recount all of the wackiness that you’re gonna witness here in Witching & Bitching would be folly. Suffice it to say that the title is extremely apt and that De La Iglesias had a lot of different films that he wanted to pay homage to in mind when he began production on this film because there are nods to films as varied as: The Wild Bunch (1969), The Fearless Vampire Killers (1967), The Wizard Of Gore (1970), King Kong (Not the original 1933 or 2005 versions. The 1976 version), Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon (2000), both The Addams Family & The Munsters TV series (1964-66), The Sugarland Express (1974), Invasion Of The Body Snatchers (1978) & Dead Alive (1992) among others. In other words, it’s a really, really wacky movie.

But it’s also a terrifically wacky movie! De La Iglesias is a director known to take chances (Try watching El Dia De La Bestia (1995) & see if you don’t agree) and is extremely popular all over the world, save for the U.S.A. where he has a fervent, but small, following. Witching & Bitching (Take that title literally and you’l get an idea of what you’re in for here), is his attempt to reach a wider audience here in the states and he goes all out to entertain us. Witching & Bitching is funny, creepy, thought provoking & gross with some wonderfully self aware performances from its entire cast. Everyone is in on the joke and I can imagine how hard it must’ve been to keep a straight face on during production. But his script also highlights some of the fundamental differences between the sexes and finds new ways to mine both humor & scares from the topic. He manages to entertain his audience with offbeat humor while grossing it out with some gruesome highlights.

But as much as I enjoyed this film, it’s not without its faults. In a frenzied attempt to cram in so many homages from so many films (& I’m positive I missed a few of them) in here, he loses sight of his script for a while. The middle third of the film begins to plod after its wham bam opening third and it nearly runs itself off the rails. As much action as there is here, Witching & Bitching is also dialog heavy and while that’s not a bad thing, the plot does thicken far too quickly and I found myself wondering if I missed something (A bit of dialog perhaps), explaining how the characters had gotten themselves to a certain points in the film a few different times. Luckily, the script sorts itself out in time to answer my questions but I have to wonder why I felt like I missed something in the first place.

Overall, Witching & Bitching will most definitely entertain you. It’s so batshit crazy and fast moving that it will leave you nearly breathless trying to keep up with it. Some of you might look at this as a bad thing, after all we go to the movies to be entertained – not to be left out of breath. But I had so much fun watching it that being left a bit breathless & confused for a few minutes felt pretty damned good for a change.

Witching & Bitching – 4 out of 5 shrouds.

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Horror Tee – Alien Ripley and Hicks – TeeVillain

At Horror News Radio, we love our horror, sci-fi and fantasy themed tee shirts. Today (6/8/2014), teeVillain has an awesome ALIENS inspired shirt available June 8, 2014 ONLY. And the visual from Doodle Dojo has a creative nod to the Aliens film by spotlighting Ripley & Hicks. Check it out!

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Eps 61 – Maleficent

Maleficent (2014), starring Angelina Jolie and Sharlto Copley, cast its Disney shadow over the weekend box-office scoring a huge hit and the larger opening for the beautiful and talented Jolie. Taking a look at the classic Sleeping Beauty from the eyes of its antagonist, the Fairy Queen Maleficent, the film examines what is at the heart of the villain.

Dave ramps up the news of the week with Summer of Fear, Friday the 13th and more Ant-Man while Santos continues with HNR’s newest segment of the show, Stump the Saint, featuring horror trivia questions provided by you, the Horror News Radio listener!

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  Be on the lookout for the HNR crew at the Bizarre AC horror convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey June 13-15, 2014 and MonsterCon toy and comic convention in Greenville, South Carolina July 18-20, 2014.


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The grue-crew drag Dave kicking and screaming (or rather snoring, ha!) into watching the latest high profile live-action fantasy offering from the Disney powerhouse, Maleficent. Angelina Jolie scores big with her incredible performance as the title character. But the entire crew is hard pressed to praise much else, except maybe the cinematography and effects work.

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Horror News of the Week for 06/02/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of Blumhouse locking in three future dates for a mysterious trilogy of films, perhaps co-chaired by Universal Studios. Let the speculation begin. Scream Factory is launching a Summer of Fear celebration this season with a trio of films broadcast online. Rumor mills are buzzing about Edgar Wright moving off of Ant-Man and onto the remake of Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Yeah. Right. Mr. Mercedes has the right stuff with a gaggle of familiar faces from previous Stephen King’s work weighing in. The Friday the 13th re-remake gets pushed back to November 13th, 2015.

Stump the Saint for 06/02/2014
Santos Ellin Jr. is a horror historian, leading the country in horror trivia on the Quiz Up online game. He steps up to challenge you, the HNR listener to stump with trivia. Thus, Stump the Saint is born. The segment continues with three challenging questions from Adam Thomas, Joaquin Espino and Floor Hockey Josh From Canada. Now it is  your turn, go to http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia to submit your question to Stump the Saint.

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Horror Tee – Doctor Who – TeeVillain

At Horror News Radio, we love our horror, sci-fi and fantasy themed tee shirts. Today (6/5/2014), teeVillain has an awesome GLOW-IN-THE-DARK shirt available June 5, 2014 ONLY. And the visual from RebelArt is all about the BBC show Doctor Who. Check it out!

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