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A Cure For Wellness (2017) – The Great Wall (2017) – Episode 203 – Horror News Radio

Visionary director Gore Verbinksi returns to the genre with A Cure For Wellness, a trippy, psychological horror tale about a Wall Street stockbroker (Dane DeHaan) who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO Roland Pembroke from a wellness center tucked away in the Swiss Alps. The Grue-Crew eagerly dive into the world of cinematographer Bojan Bazelli but fight the boredom of the repetitive, meandering story from screenwriter Justin Haythe.

From the Swiss Alps to the Great Wall of China, the Grue-Crew continue circling the globe with Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall. Taking place during the Song dynasty and the reign of the Renzong Emperor, a pair of European mercenaries (Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal) team up with a group of Chinese soldiers known as the Nameless Order to defeat an attacking army of monsters. The Chinese-US co-production is a huge hit in China, but how with the film fare with the Grue-Crew?

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the surprise announcement that Hulu, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams are teaming up to bring horror fans tales from Castle Rock. 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 203 – A Cure For Wellness (2017) – The Great Wall (2017)
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Feature Review: A Cure For Wellness (2017)

Gore Verbinski’s return to horror — since his j-horror remake The Ring (2002) —  is a promising concept, but one meet with reservation. While Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Rango are favorites of the Grue-Crew (as is MouseHunt, to some), The Weather Man and The Lone Ranger are not so much. The trailers for A Cure For Wellness look amazing with interesting visuals and an intriguing plot. However, the film itself is a bit of a bore even with its Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell influences and captivating visual flourishes. The Grue-Crew discuss the film’s high points and troubles for their review of this week’s theatrical opening.

What Have You Been Watching: The Great Wall (2017)

Touted as the most expensive film made in China, The Great Wall finally makes its way to U.S. shores after making over $200 million overseas. The Chinese-US co-production features Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal in the leads with Jing Tian, Andly Lau, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Chen Xuedong, and Huang Xuan leading the Chinese army station atop the Great Wall of China. The film features a massive mystical (or, perhaps, alien) army of creatures attacking the wall in an effort to get to the densely populated cities on the other side. While a great deal of fun, the film is a bit drab and Damon is horribly miscast. The Grue-Crew review the film a bit more favorably than Verbinski’s snooze-fest.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41]: Intro
  • [00:03:14]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:03:30]: J.J. Abrams announces Stephen King’s Castle Rock coming to Hulu
    • [00:09:45]: The trailer for The Void catches the Crew’s attention
    • [00:13:08]: The Black Saint is primed to purchase the Brain Damage Blu Ray
    • [00:17:17]: DC Courts David Sandberg for Shazam and Mel Gibson for Suicide Squad 2
    • [00:24:09]: The Creepshow comic Reprint is coming
  • [00:27:43]: Support HNR
  • [00:28:14]: Feature Review – A Cure for Wellness
  • [00:56:55]: Announcements
    • [00:57:01]: Gruesome Magazine
    • [00:57:44]: Nevermore
    • [00:58:14]: Other Appearances
  • [01:00:13]: What Have You Been Watching – The Great Wall
  • [01:32:28]: StumpTheSaint w/ prizes supplied by Horror Pack

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Get Out! 

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 202 – Don’t Knock Twice

Katee Sackhoff and Lucy Boynton go up against Javier Botet in Caradog W. James’ Don’t Knock Twice, a film that cements the trend of witch films hitting theaters and VOD over the past year. It provides an interesting series of scares and a healthy dose of atmosphere along with great performances from its leads for a satisfying and creepy tale worth seeking out. The Grue-Crew review the film and reveal their favorite scenes as they struggle with some of the film’s missteps along the way.

Keanu Reeves doesn’t get enough love. His films, while some are iconic, often get dumped upon mightily. However, John Wick (2014) surprised most everyone with an exceptional action film. This week, the Grue-Crew creep outside the horror box to take a look at the extraordinarily violent – and often gory – sequel John Wick Chapter 2. Reeves cements John Wick as a character that rivals Neo and Johnny Utah as one of his best onscreen characters. And the rest of the film lives up to his lead. Awesome!

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that David Gordon Green and Danny McBride will handle the next Halloween movie – with John Carpenter’s blessing – and B-movie nonsense has never been as bizarre as Zombie Cats from Mars. Oh, my! 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 202 – Don’t Knock Twice (2017) – John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)
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Feature Review: Don’t Knock Twice (2017)

Witches: cant’ live with ’em; can’t live without ’em. Or, well, maybe you can, but the horror genre is, as of late, far better with them in its cinematic arsenal. Don’t Knock Twice is another film in that sub-genre and another film that deserves a far better release than straight to VOD. While not entirely successful (for most of the HNR Grue-Crew), the film does provide terrific atmospher and thrilling chills and scares. To the film’s credit, it ends on a terrific shocker that elevates the film above many of the films of similar tone and story. Full of surprises, great performances, and creepy tone, Don’t Knock Twice is a solid entry for 2017.

What Have You Been Watching: John Wick Chapter 2 (2017)

“Somebody, please, get this man…a gun!” Laurence Fishburne as the Bowery King decides to aid Keanu Reeve’s John Wick as he faces every hit-man in New York. The action is incredible, the violence is poetic, and the film is never shy to splatter blood about, liberally. While not technically a horror film in any sense of the word, John Wick Chapter 2 certainly appeals to horror film aficionado’s sense of cinematic joy. This film delivers straight up action and mayhem and should not be missed.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41]: Intro
  • [00:03:31]: Horror News of the week
    • [00:03:49]: Halloween by David Gordon Green and Danny McBride
    • [00:11:44]: It Comes At Night debuts a tricky trailer
    • [00:15:33]: Darren Lynn Bousman’s new movie is St. Agatha
    • [00:17:39]: The Quake is going to rock your world
    • [00:20:39]: Zombie Cats from Mars, too insane for words
  • [00:25:03]: Support HNR
  • [00:25:33]: Feature Review – Don’t Knock Twice
  • [00:59:14]: Announcements
    • [00:59:18]: Gruesome Magazine is coming
    • [00:59:45]: Gruesome Magazine Yearbook is coming, too
    • [01:00:13]: HNR is heading to Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, NC
    • [01:01:11]: Other Convention Appearances throughout 2017
      • Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival – 5/19-22, Chareston, SC
      • Genre Blast – 9/8-10, Winchester, VA
      • Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival – 9/22-23, Greensboro, NC
      • Monsterama – 9/29-10/1, Atlanta, GA
      • Nightmares Horror Film Festival – 10/19-22, Columbus, OH
      • New York City Horror Film Festival – 10/26-29, NYC, NY
      • DRAGON CON – 9/1-4, Atlanta, GA
  • [01:04:03]: What Have You Been Watching – John Wick Chapter 2
  • [01:41:21]: Stump The Saint (w/ Prize from Horror Pack)
  • [01:49:39]: Listener Feedback

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

A Cure for Wellness – The Great Wall 

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 201 – Rings

J-Horror returns this week with RINGS (2017) heading to theaters, the third film in The Ring franchise, the U.S. version of Ringu. While the film did challenge Split for the top spot at the box office, Rings horribly under performed and scored poorly at Rotten Tomatoes. Thomas and The Black Saint chime in with there thoughts…and disgust for this boring entry into 2017 horror fare. The Black Saints gives it props for its lead and begrudgingly agrees the beginning is fun. Thomas is just unimpressed with the entire thing. Oh, noes.

Continuing the J-Horror vibe, the Grue-Crew also review the Japanese entry SADAKO VS KAYAKO currently playing on Shudder. The film, which was inspired by an April Fool’s joke, pits Sadako from the Ringu franchise against Kayako from the the Ju-On (or Grudge in the US) franchise. Move over Freddy vs Jason, step aside King Kong vs Godzilla, out of the way Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Sadako vs Kayako sets up the fight of the century. Or, does it? The Grue-Crew are here to let you know.

Thoam guides the Horror News of the Week with a rundown of the kick-ass trailer that debuted during Super Bowl 51. 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 201 – Rings (2017) – Sadako vs Kayako (2016)
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Feature Review: Rings (2017)

Gore Verbinksi surprised everyone introducing US audiences to J-Horror with The Ring (2002). The Ring Two followed three years later. Now, 12 years after the first sequel, F. Javier Gutiérrez directs the third in the franchise with Rings. The Grue-Crew are not impressed with the results of such a long wait. It is the film no one want and no body went to see. For The Black Saint and Thomas Mariani, it is an early contender for worst of the year.

What Have You Been Watching: Sadako vs Kayako (2016)

Meanwhile, over at Shudder, the Japanese entry fares far better with the Grue-Crew. Sadako vs Kayako turns out to be a fun, campy romp worth watching on the Shudder streaming service, providing a few chills, tons of thrills, and more laughs – of the intentional kind – than expected. Sadako curses one group of teens while Kayako sets her eye on a third, enter a professor, a mystic, and his sidekick to save the girls from certain doom. Their idea – pit the curses against each other, it’s Ringu vs Ju-On — to the death.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:04:13]: Days of the Dead
  • [00:12:59]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:13:15]: Super Bowl Trailers!
    • [00:14:02]: Stranger Things Season 2
    • [00:19:28]: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
    • [00:21:35]: Cure for Wellness
    • [00:23:58]: Life
    • [00:28:17]: Logan
    • [00:33:03]: John Wick Chapter 2
    • [00:35:00]: Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales
    • [00:37:40]: Ghost in the Shell
    • [00:41:15]: Fate of the Furious
  • [00:44:20]: Support HNR
  • [00:44:51]: Feature Review – Rings
  • [01:03:09]: Announcements
    • [01:03:17]: Gruesome Magazine Quarterly
    • [01:04:28]: Nevermore Film Festival
    • [01:05:04]: Lightning Round Convention appearances
  • [01:08:36]: What Have You Been Watching – Sadako vs Kayako
  • [01:32:43]: StumpTheSaint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Don’t Knock Twice – John Wick Chapter 2 

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 200 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter

It’s zombie vs zombie this week with the theatrical release first in the hot seat. Milla Jovovich returns as Alice for another entry into the Resident Evil franchise, Resident Evil: The Final Chapter. After five years since the last entry,  director Paul. W.S. Anderson double downs on the apocalypse giving Alice three days to stop the Umbrella Corporation or all of humanity dies. Or some nonsense like that. The Grue-crew bury the film but praise the scene chewing performance from Game of Thrones star Iain Glen.

The What Have You Been Watching contains the far superior zombie film with Colm McCarthy and Mike Carey’s The Girl with All the Gifts. Gemma Arterton, Glenn Close, and Paddy Considine all have different reasons to harbinger or exterminate young Melanie. Some think she’s humankind’s last hope, others view her as a threat to their very existence, while her teacher only sees her as a young girl facing unthinkable adversity in a world gone mad. This is a zombie film done right.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of John Hurt, the character actor who gave birth to Alien (1979), sold Harry his wand in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, and became the War Doctor in Doctor Who – and so much more. 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 200 – Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017) – The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)
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Feature Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter (2017)

After a pair of inferior but entertaining schlock filled entries into the Resident Evil series (Afterlife and Retribution), Paul W.S. Anderson steers Alice, Clair, Wesker, and the cast into the abyss. Or is that “the abysmal” – woof. Resident Evil: The Final Chapter is excruciating, too dark, and terribly edited. The only thing the Grue-crew can pluck out of the mud as a positive for this film is Iain Glen as Dr. Isaacs who plays the role with infectious relish. If only the subtitle “The Final Chapter” actually meant just that.

What Have You Been Watching: The Girl with All the Gifts (2016)

Making its way onto VOD and digital download, The Girl with All the Gifts is a refreshing and fascinating approach to zombie films. Based on a novel by Mike Carey, director Colm McCarthy crafts an exception film that promises to make a few top ten lists come next December. And, c’mon, seriously, how awesome is it that Glenn Close is fighting zombies…and kicking ass? Great characters, impressive twists on the zombie genre, and a top-notch directorial effort make The Girl with All the Gifts the first must-see film of the year.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:03:54]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:04:12]: RIP John Hurt
    • [00:11:45]: Millie Bobbie Brown cast in Godzilla 2
    • [00:14:15]: Robert Hall set to direct Nail Gun Massacre remake
    • [00:17:22]: Mr. Mercedes adds Mary Louise Parker to its cast
    • [00:21:05]: Ben Affleck leaves The Batman director’s chair
  • [00:27:09]: Support HNR
  • [00:29:08]: Feature Review: Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
  • [00:57:45]: Announcements
    • [00:57:51]: Gruesome Magazines are coming soon!
    • [00:58:34]: Days of the Dead (Atlanta, GA – February 3-5, 2017)
    • [00:59:13]: Nevermore Film Festival (Durham, NC – February 24-26, 2017)
  • [01:00:50]: What Have You Been Watching: The Girl with All The Gifts
  • [01:32:52]: Stump The Saint
  • [01:41:20]: Decades of Horror podcast discussion

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Rings – Sadako vs Kayako 

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.