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Eps 199 – Split

M. Night Shyamalan surprises us once again with a twist no one saw coming with his latest Blumhouse Production collaboration, Split. Featuring Anya Taylor-Joy and James McAvoy along with Carrie (1976) actress Betty Buckley, the horror-thriller follows a man with 23 personalities who kidnaps three girls for some nefarious purpose. Most of the film is unraveling the mystery behind what the disturbed young man has in store for his captives, but the ending unwraps the experience and dresses it in an entirely new lights. Gasp, wow, what! The HNR Grue-Crew chime in with their thoughts.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of genre character actor Miguel Ferrer (Night Flier, Robocop). Also up for discussion is the teaser for Colossal and the upcoming Netflix show The Discovery. As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24 – 26, 2017.

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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 199 – Split (2017)
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Feature Review: Split (2017)

Wow! Okay, did not see that coming. Split may be one of the more engaging and surprising horror films to come out in January in quite some time. At least, in a good way. M. Night Shyamalan continues his successful relationship with Blumhouse Productions releasing his latest film cementing his return to form. With Split, he provides star James McAvoy a wide variety of roles to dive into as Kevin, a man with 23 personalities. Anya Taylor-Joy balances the broad extremes of McAvoy’s character with a quiet, reserved, dedicated performance as Casey Cook, Kevin’s captive. But, when you think Shyamalan, you think “twist” – and the talented mad man pulls a good one with Split with a surprise ending that ages well as more thought is given to the implications of that twist. Inspired and exhilarating, Split is the topic this week.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
    • [00:03:19]: Days of the Dead
    • [00:04:12]: Nevermore Film Festival
  • [00:05:27]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:49]: RIP Miguel Ferrer
    • [00:10:50]: Netflix to share The Discovery
    • [00:13:29]: A Phantasm Box Set is coming our way
    • [00:17:23]: Cameron Says “I’ll Be Back” for Terminator
    • [00:20:49]: Colossal dances its way into our hearts
  • [00:24:50]: Support HNR
  • [00:25:35]: Split
  • [01:21:11]: Stump The Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 

GRUESOME LINKS

Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.

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Eps 198 – The Bye Bye Man

Another week in January 2017 and another genre release. Woot! This week, the film landing in theaters across the States is The Bye Bye Man from director Stacy Title. The PG-13 horror feature sets its sights on establishing a new icon with the titular character. “Don’t Think It. Don’t Say It.” urges the tag line. While the Black Saint finds some fun with his audience for the movie, Doc and Thomas share no love for the early contender for worst picture of 2017. Uh, oh…

A horror film festival favorite, The Barn is up for discussion on the What Have You Been Watching segment. The low budget film lives and breathes its Eighties VHS classic influences with a fun romp, full of gore and mayhem. The film also introduces three new horror creatures to enjoy, The Boogeyman, Hallowed Jack, and The Candycorn Scarecrow. The film is written and directed by Justin M. Seaman.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of William Peter Blatty, the man who wrote The Exorcist and directed the best Exorcist sequel, The Exorcist III. As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24 – 26, 2017.

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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 197 – The Bye Bye Man (2017) – The Barn (2016)
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Feature Review: The Bye Bye Man (2017)

Let’s just get this out of the way: the Grue-crew slaughter this film. Even Doc labels it “a blemish on the face of horror.” Thomas just laughs at the damn thing. However, the Black Saint finds some fun in the film siting the jubilant, teen-age crowd as raising the fun factor for the film. Regardless, he still calls The Bye Bye Man a “bad” film. Head-scratching ensures as the Grue-Crew try to figure out how – and why – Carrie-Anne Moss and Faye Dunaway are in the picture. What?

What Have You Been Watching: The Barn (2016)

If you have not yet made your way to a Horror Film Festival in the past few years, you may not realize what treasures can be unearthed within their schedules. We’ve mentioned a number of them over the past nearly 200 episodes – such as recently championed gore-fest Night of Something Strange. This week, we introduce another such future classic, Justin M. Seaman’s The Barn. The film caters heavily to fans of the VHS horror boom in the 1980s, features enthusiastic performances and contains terrific creature designs & gore effects.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
    • [00:02:32]: Nevermore Film Festival
  • [00:03:41]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:03:59]: RIP William Peter Blatty
    • [00:09:08]: The trailer for The XX debuts
    • [00:12:47]: The cannibal film Raw gets a release date
    • [00:16:23]: Jason Harry Pagan & Andrew Deutschman are writing House on Haunted Hill
    • [00:23:56}: The Mist is coming to Spike TV
  • [00:29:49]: Support HNR
  • [00:30:19]: Feature Review – The Bye Bye Man
  • [01:14:08]: What Have You Been Watching – The Barn
  • [01:36:48]: Stump The Saint
  • [01:43:01]: Listener Feedback

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split 

GRUESOME LINKS

Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.

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Eps 197 – Underworld: Blood Wars

The first theatrical release of 2017 is Underworld: Blood Wars – the fifth film in the Underworld franchise – with Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene, the vampire death dealer. Anna Foerster steps into the director’s chair to charge the end of the war between the last of the vampire clans and the Lycans. Fans of the series get what they come for while the general public – and most horror fans – will likely get bored out of their ever-lovin’ minds. Stupid fun, but … oh, so stupid.

For this week’s What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas Mariani shares his thoughts on the J.A. Boyona feature A Monster Calls. The films features Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Signourney Weaver, Tobey Kebbell, and Liam Neeson (voicing the monster). What we learn this week is that Thomas does not like to manipulated, his tears must be earned. Shame on you, A Monster Calls, shame on you.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with  the trailer for Don’t Knock Twice, the announcement that The Cult of Chucky is on its way, and Drew Barrymore leads the cast for Santa Clarita Diet. As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24 – 26, 2017.

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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 197 – Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) – A Monster Calls (2017)
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Feature Review: Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)

Thomas Mariani reviews Underworld: Blood Wars on Gruesome Magazine, the home of Horror News Radio, mirroring what Doc thinks of the film but giving it far more praise than either The Black Saint or Dave Dreher are willing to grant the werewolf vs vampire flick. While Kate Beckinsale still looks fabulous in the Selene outfit, she seems to be over the role while her co-star Theo James seems lost. Charles Dance, like much of the cast, collects a check but Lara Pulver seems to be having a grand time in her villainous turn. If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the film well enough…maybe.

What Have You Been Watching: A Monster Calls (2016)

Thomas Mariani earns his “busiest man in podasting” as he leads the What Have You Been Watching review once again discussing the J.A. Boyona film, A Monster Calls. The director of The Orphanage stops offs to hang with Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver long enough to crank out A Monster Calls before moving on to tackle Jurassic World 2. While Thomas likes much of the film, he lets the film provoke his darker side as A Monster Calls manipulates him into shedding a tear. Bah, humbug.


OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:39]: Intro
  • [00:03:00]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:03:16]: Don’t Knock Twice Trailer
    • [00:05:52]: Predator casting
    • [00:10:27]: The Cult of Chucky Announcement
    • [00:15:00]: Santa Clarita Diet Commercials
    • [00:18:37]: The Lure horror musical
  • [00:21:36]: Support HNR
  • [00:22:15]: Feature Review – Underworld: Blood Wars
  • [00:54:54]: What Have You Been Watching – A Monster Calls
  • [01:08:37]: Stump The Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

The Bye Bye Man / The Barn

GRUESOME LINKS

Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.

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Eps 196 – The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017

The Grue-Crew start off the new year by taking a look at the upcoming twelves month to countdown the Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017 as voted on by the entire Grue-Crew and the Grue-Believers alike. 2016 was a great year for horror with a great number of films that fought for the best of lists just one episodes ago, 2017 looks to be chock full of films looking to shock, frighten, and disgust audiences each and every month.

For the What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas goes solo with his review of the December release Nocturnal Animals.

Horror News of the Week weeps as the Force trembles with the passing of Carrie Fisher, known most famously for portraying Princess/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars films but was also known for being an incredible writer, a script doctor, and a insanely funny wit. She will be greatly missed. In addition R.I.P. to Debbie Reynolds and George Kosana from Night of the Living Dead.

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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

Horror News Radio
Episode 196 – Nocturnal Animals (2016) – The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017
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What Have You Been Watching: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in to talk about the surprisingly violent and occasionally scary Tom Ford film Nocturnal Animals. The film has an Oscar-bait cast featuring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Michael Sheen, and Laura Linney. The script which contains a “story inside a story” mechanism, fields a story where a family vacation turns violent and deadly. Thomas shares his thoughts and recommendations.

Special Feature: The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017

For the Special Feature this week, the Grue-crew turn their third eye to the future, discussing the upcoming horror films of 2017. After placing a poll up on Gruesome Magazine, Patreon, and Facebook, the Grue-Crew and the Grue-Believers voted on over two dozen films headed to theatrical release in the coming months. Doc, Thomas, the Black Saint count down the top 10 from that list, revealing their forecasts and predictions on The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017.

  • 10) Split – 02/20/2017 – d. M. Night Shyamalan
  • 09) The Belko Experiment – 03/10/2017 – d. Greg McLean
  • 08) A Cure for Wellness – 02/17/2017 – d. Gore Verbinski
  • 07) Get Out – 02/24/2017 – d. Jordan Peele
  • 06) Stephen King’s It – 09/08/2017 – d. Andres Muschietti
  • 05) Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – 07/28/2017 – d. Nicolaj Arcel
  • 04) Alien: Covenant – 05/19/2017 – d. Ridley Scott
  • 03) Cloverfield 3: God Particle – 10/27/2017 – d. Julius Onah
  • 02) War for the Planet of the Apes – 07/14/2017 – d. Matt Reeves
  • 01) Kong: Skull Island – 03/10/2017 – d. Jordan Vogt-Roberts

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41]: Intro
    • [00:04:30]: Gruesome Magazine 2016 Yearbook
  • [00:05:08]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:28]: RIP Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
    • [00:11:24]: RIP George Kosana
  • [00:13:34]: Support HNR
  • [00:14:41]: What Have You Been Watching: Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • [00:26:30]: Special Feature: Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017
  • [01:21:06]: StumpTheSaint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Underworld: Blood Wars

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