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Eps 190 – The Monster (2016)

Not long ago, The Black Saint enthusiastically recommended Bryan Bertino’s latest horror film, THE MONSTERCatching the Grue-crew’s attention, Santo’s sanction became HNR’s schedule. And the world is better for it. The movie, featuring Zoe Kazan and Ella Ballentine in the lead roles, deserves a theatrical release denied it as the film is available on DirectTV and on VOD with a quick release to DVD and Blu-ray. While the film is economic in scope, it is grand in its characterizations and emotional impact. And it also just happens to have a terrific monster. Recommended.

The weekend box office was dominated by the return of the Harry Potter universe to cinemas with FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM, bringing in a cool $75M in the States alone. Add in the world box and, whew, amazing. Author J.K. Rowlingtakes the writing reins handling the screenplay for the first time with terrific – but familiar – results. David Yates lends his considerable directorial skill to the thrills once again. The large cast, lead by Eddie Redmayne, is fantastic, but it may be two supporting characters that steal the film – along with all the beasts!

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with news of Kong: Skull Island, Channel Zero Season 2 and The Last of Us. The team behind Horror Pack provides their support and a chance to take a complimentary Horror Pack home. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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)

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Episode 190 – The Monster (2016) – Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)
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Feature Review: The Monster (2016)

At the core of The Monster from director Bryan Bertino is the dysfunctional relationship between the lead characters. Zoe Kazan stars as Kathy, a mother who struggles with addiction and motherhood, facing loosing the only she loves in life, whether she wants to admit it or not. Ella Ballentine stars as Kathy’s daughter Lizzy who finds herself trapped in a world she cannot escape, alternating between loving and hating the woman she often calls “mom”. On a long trip to return Lizzy to her father, Kathy resigns to the fact she may never see her daughter again. Then, an animal darts in front of their car on a lonely stretch of road. Stranded and alone, Kathy and Lizzy must depend on each other to survive the night. The Monster is a must-see horror film of 2016, one that Santos promises will be at the top of his year-end list of favorites.

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What Have You Been Watching: The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (2016)

For Harry Potter fans, hearing of another excursion into the world of wizards and magic is a thrilling proposition. Add that the return is personally guided by J.K. Rowling as she writes the script herself and the film is directed by David Yates who helmed the last 4 Harry Potter films, the promise is near giddy. But, for those, who are outside that – rather large – bubble, does the film hold any intrigue or attraction? The successful box office suggests a healthy “yes”. Eddie Redmayne stars a Newt Scamander, a wizard traveling to the US from Great Britain with a suit case full of fantastic beasts. He quickly runs into troubles, many of his own making. He turns to an unlikely trio of Americans to assist in re-capturing the creatures mistakenly set loose on 1020s New York City. Katherine Waterston stars opposite as Porpentina Goldstein while Dan Folger and Alison Sudol steal the film as Jacob, a muggle called no-mag here, and Tina’s sister Queenie. Thomas and Doc marvel at much of the film but expose many of the film’s flaws and failings. And, they dive into spoilers as well. Good times!

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:38] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:40] Announcements
    • [00:03:48] Walker Stalker Charlotte
  • [00:05:05] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:22] The trailer for Kong: Skull Island exceeded expectations
    • [00:11:18] SyFy’s Channel Zero teases season two focusing on No End House
    • [00:14:42] M. Night Shyamalan reveals his Tales from the Crypt series will stick close to the comics
    • [00:17:44] Sam Raimi sadly announces that The Last of Us adaptation is in development hell
    • [00:22:05] Will Doctor Tongue be the final tribute for The Walking Dead season 7
  • [00:26:37] Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:28:13] Horror Pack
  • [00:29:42] Feature Review: The Monster
  • [01:01:39] What Have You Been Watching: Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
  • [01:40:24] Stump the Saint
  • [01:45:56]: Listener Feedback/Happy Thanksgiving

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

SiREN and Night of Something Strange

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Eps 185 – Shin Godzilla – Luke Cage

ToHo returns with another entry in their most popular franchise ever, Shin Godzilla (2016). The film dominated the box office in Japan earning a limited run in US theaters. The big green monster is heading back to the big screen, baby, yeah! The Grue-crew follow the big guy’s roar and are here to share their thoughts and reactions. Godzilla Resurgence is on the block.

Back home, on the small screen, Marvel unleashes another 13 episodes of superhero fantasy in its string of shows heading to The Defenders. The show is Luke Cage. Mike Colter stars as Carl Lucas the man who has been transformed to a bullet proof super hero known as Luke Cage. Misty Knight, Cottonmouth, and Diamondback are not far behind. Marvel lives and breathes in the New York City streets with gritty realistic adventures. The Grue-crew share what they loved…and hated…about the show.

Doc steps in for an overworked Dave to guide the Horror News of the Week with another loss to the horror industry, R.I.P. Ted Mikels (The Corpse Grinders, The Astro-Zombies). Doc and Gruesome Magazine contributor Chad Hunt are heading to the Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN. And The Black Saint is all set for the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival extravaganza November 10-13, 2016. And don’t forget the Sick Chicks Flicks Horror Film Festival Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina. What a great fall season for horror flicks!

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)

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Feature Review: Shin Godzilla (2016)

It has been 12 years since the last ToHo Godzilla film, Godzilla: Final Wars (2004), and two years since the Gareth Edwards US Version. Shin Godzilla has arrived and is ready to tear up Tokyo one more time. The film follows Japanese politicians as they struggle to deal with the destruction caused by the rampaging monster. They move from boardroom to boardroom as the decide on how to defeat Godzilla as he transforms from a sluggish creature to the monster Kaiju fan recognize. The Grue-crew are across the board in their reaction to the film. Oh, noes.

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What Have You Been Watching: Luke Cage (2016 – Netflix)

Marvel and Netflix return with another superhero TV series, Luke Cage. Mike Colter first appeared as Cage in Jessica Jones and returns to his own series diving into Harlem. Trying to create a new life for himself, Cage ends up confronting a series of gangsters, Cottonmouth, Diamondback, and Shades with only Misty Knight at his side. The cast is phenomenal but the Grue-crew struggle with the overall story line. Mahershala Ali delivers a fantastic villain in Cornell Stokes while Rosario Dawson returns as Claire Temple. Luke Cage is set to be followed by Iron Fist and the first round of Netflix heroes concludes with The Defenders.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:25] Announcements
    • [00:02:45] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:57] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:32] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:09:48] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:10:09] R.I.P. Ted V. Mikles
    • [00:16:31] Thomas reviews SyFy’s Channel Zero
    • [00:24:15] Netflix’s Gerald’s Game to star Carla Guigino and Bruce Greenwood
    • [00:27:42] Discussion about the Autopsy of Jane Doe trailer
    • [00:30:31] And the trailer for Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories
  • [00:35:35] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:36:16] Horror Pack
  • [00:37:01] Feature Review: Shin Godzilla
  • [01:22:57] What Have You Been Watching: Luke Cage
  • [01:52:10] Stump the Saint

NEXT WEEK ON HNR

Ouija: Origin of Evil

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