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Eps 187 – The Similars

The grue-crew encounter a number of trippy, zonked out horror films each year, but The Similars from director Isaac Ezban may be the most original, Twilight Zone infused masterpiece of the bunch for 2016. The film takes an interesting, deceptively simple premise and presents it in a uniquely fascinating and artistic fashion that manages to mix sci-fi, horror and comedy into a wonderful modern should-be-classic. You may never look at the other people in the train station the same way ever again.

For the What Have You Been Watching segment, the grue-crew dive into The Unspoken from writer-director Sheldon Wilson. The ghost story is a film in search of a second act. The movie begins with an interesting introduction and ends with a creative, surprising twist. But much of the second act involves a number of plot lines that go no where and only distract from the main theme which is too bad. Still, on the strength of the director and star Jodelle Ferland, The Unspoken promises to make a terrific Netflix watch for most listeners.

Doc sits in for Dave to guide the Horror News of the Week with a Cloverfield reveal, a trailer for Life, and a look at SiREN . 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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Episode 187 – The Similars (2016) – The Unspoken (2016)
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Feature Review: The Similars (2016)

One of the biggest surprise films of 2016, The Similars from writer-director Isaac Ezban is an easy contender for the top 10 list of horror film of 2016. Ezban is a true artist. He creatively utilizes his small cast and limited locations to his advantage. The set design is spectacular and the cinematography even better. The story is the true winning element though. The main idea behind The Similars is haunting, sometimes silly, sometimes frightening, and unnerving throughout. A gem of the year, check it out.

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What Have You Been Watching: The Unspoken (2016)

Pascale Hutton, Anthony Konechny, and Neal McDonough join Jodelle Ferland (Silent Hill) in a ghost story with a twist. Sheldon Wilson directs The Unspoken from his own script. To his credit, Sheldon sticks the landing, giving his film a wonder ending that elevates the entire film. He also begins the film with a charged intro. During the second act, however, he spends too much time with a group of drug-dealing knuckleheads that do nothing for the story besides offering a body count. What works the best, Jodelle Ferland and Sunny Suljic (as Adrian), deserve far more attention and are far more interesting. Regardless, the film contains enough highlights and jump scares to make for a terrific watch on VOD or Netflix.

OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:37] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:46] Announcements
    • [00:04:23] Thomas Mariani appears on the Geeks @ Large podcast
    • [00:05:21] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:52] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:07:55] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:08:13] J.J. Abrams reveals The God Particle is part of the Cloverfield franchise
    • [00:12:39] The new trailer for Life looks familiar but no less fascinating
    • [00:16:07] Amateur Night from V/H/S gets a spin off feature film titled SiREN
  • [00:20:16] Scare Campaign Winner
  • [00:21:47] Horror Pack
  • [00:23:07] Feature Review: The Similars
  • [00:47:14] Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:47:57] What Have You Been Watching: The Unspoken
  • [01:04:11] Stump the Saint

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Eps 152 – Southbound

The Grue-Crew are joined by director Andy Mitton who, along with co-director Jesse Holland, directed the supernatural thriller WE GO ON. The film is the followup to their hit film YELLOWBRICKROAD and features the tale of Miles Grissom searching for the answer to the burning question: Is there life after death? Andy shares how the film grew from page to screen, the joys of working with amazing talent such as Annette O’Toole and John Glover and the challenges of working with friends Clark Freeman and family Laura Heisler.

After the interview, the Grue-Crew dive into the latest horror anthology film to hit the big screen (in limited theaters) SOUTHBOUND, from the teams behind the V/H/S series. The movie features five short tales of interconnected Twilight Zone inspired chills and thrills with titles such as The Way Out, Siren, The Accident, Jailbreak and The Way In.

Dave launches the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with information about the new anthology novel Horror of the Living Dead from George Romero, John Russo and others and a slew of new Blu-ray releases from Scream Factory including SSSSSSS and Jeepers Creepers. In addition, the Grue-Crew are saddened by the passing of the king of character actors, George Kennedy. R.I.P., sir.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas 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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Horror Pack)

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Episode 152 – Southbound
Interview w/ Andy Mitton, d. We Go On
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  • Featured Review: Southbound (2016)
    • d. Roxanne Benjamin,David Bruckner,Patrick Horvath,Radio Silence
    • c. Chad Villella as Mitch, Matt Bettinelli-Olpin as Jack, Fabianne Therese as Sadie, Hannah Marks as Ava, Nathalie Love as Kim, Kate Beahan as Cait, Susan Burke as Betty, Tyler Tuione as Warren, Gerald Downey as Daryl, Larry Fessenden as The D.J, Dana Gould as Raymond Kensington, Hassie Harrison as Jem, Davey Johnson as Dale, Tipper Newton as Jesse, Maria Olsen as Sandy, Kristina Pesic as Sutter, Matt Peters as Al
    • The Black Saint (3 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (3 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4 / 5)
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  • Horror News of the Week: 02/29/2016
    • George Kennedy passes at the age of 91
    • Scream Factory unleashes SSSSSSS, The Crush, Raising Cain and Jeepers Creepers I & II
    • George Romero and John Russo contribute to the new anthology novel Horror of the Living Dead
  • Stump the Saint: w/ prizes supplied Horror Pack
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Los Angeles, CA – The chilling WE GO ON, the second feature film from YELLOWBRICKROAD creators Jesse Holland and Andy Mitton, will have its World Premiere at the Cinequest Film Festival in San Jose, California on Saturday March 5th at 9:30pm.  Additional screenings are on Sunday, March 6th at 1:30pm, and Saturday, March 12 at midnight.

Official Cinequest Trailer​ for WE GO ON

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Eps 149 – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

The adaptation of the Seth Grahame-Smith parody hit Pride and Prejudice and Zombies stumbles into theaters this weekend making barely a dent in the box office. While the horror-fied version of the Jane Austin classic was a hit with Vixen and Doc Rotten, it did not impress Thomas Mariani and the Black Saint much at all. With Dave stuck in the middle, the discussion gets lively examining the good, the bad and the ugly.

Dave launches the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with information about 10 Cloverfield Lane, John Carpenter and The Exorcist. Also a reminder this week about the forthcoming book from Gruesome Magazine written by the Grue-crew called Gruesome Magazine presents Horror Films from 1980.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas 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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Horror Pack)

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Episode 149 – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies
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  • Featured Review: Pride and Prejudice and Zombies (2015)
    • d. Burr Steers
    • c. Lily James, Sam Riley, Jack Huston, Bella Heathcote, Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Matt Smith and Lena Headey
    • The Black Saint (1 / 5)
    • Vixen  (4.3 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (1 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (3.8 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (2.5 / 5)
  • Support HNR: Patreon & Horror T-Shirts
  • Horror News of the Week: 02/09/2016
    • As far as the grue-crew are concerned, 10 Cloverfield Lane is the best trailer from Super Bowl 50
    • John Carpenter announces first US tour dates – tickets on sale now
    • Creepy unused Lalo Schifrin score for The Exorcist uncovered
    • Lionsgate announces Saw: Legacy
    • Pages from the rejected Gremlins 3 script reveals some possible plot points
  • Stump the Saint: w/ prizes supplied Horror Pack
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