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)

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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.


  • [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


Resident Evil: The Final Chapter 


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.


Eps 165 – X-Men: Apocalypse

Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr return for another spin in Marvel’s X-Universe with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Bryan Singer directs another sequel featuring all your favorite merry mutants: Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Havok (Lucas Till), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), Angel (Ben Hardy), Storm (Alexandra Shipp) and Psylocke (Olivia Munn). If you’re exhausted reading that list, wait until you see this stuffed to the max super hero flick. The Grue-crew along with guest host Chad Hunt share their opinions, listen if you dare!

Dave shares more updates and rumors for the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment discussing Halloween returning via Blumhouse and John Carpenter, Carpenter’s The Thing returns once again from Scream Factory and Dan Aykroyd praises the return of Ghostbusters. For the What Have You Been Watching segment, the Grue-crew dive deep into the Chiller/Netflix series, Slasher.

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 Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 165 – X-Men: Apocalypse (2016) – Slasher (2016)
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  • Featured Review: X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)
    With the emergence of the world’s first mutant, Apocalypse, the X-Men must unite to defeat his extinction level plan.

    • d. Bryan Singer
    • w. Simon Kinberg, Dan Harris and Michael Dougherty w/ Singer
    • c. James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult, Oscar Isaac, Rose Byrne, Evan Peters, Josh Helmen, Sophie Turner, Tye Sheridan, Lucas Till, Kodi Smith-McPhee, Ben Hardy, Alexandra Shipp, Lana Condor, Olivia Munn and … Hugh Jackman
    • Thomas Mariani (2 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (3.5 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (2.5 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (1 / 5)
    • Chad Hunt  (2 / 5)



  • What Have You Been Watching: Slasher (2016) s01e01 “Pilot”
    An Eye for an Eye. A woman is plunged into a bloody murder mystery when she returns to the small town where she was born and her parents were killed.
    • created by Aaron Martin
    • c. Katie McGrath, Brandon Jay McLaren, Steve Byers, Christopher Jacot, Jessica Sipos and Dean McDermott



Eps 139 – Victor Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe is the hunchback Igor and James McAvoy is the mad scientist in Victor Frankenstein (2015) from director Paul McGuigan. Writer Max Landis takes a “bromance” approach to re-imagining the Mary Shelley classic. While Igor and Victor decide monster needs two sets of lungs and two hearts, the film makers should have kept with a singular focus – the relationship between the title character and Radcliffe’s misshapen sad but optimistic Igor. The Grue-crew share their reaction to the latest theatrical horror film.

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with news about Kevin Bacon returning to Tremors, Leonardo DiCaprio grossing out Academy members with The Revenant and Patton Oswalt joins the MST3K reboot. In the What Have You Been Watching segment, the Grue-crew head back to Alexandria to discuss the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead season 6.

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 Diabolique Magazine)

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Episode 139 – Victor Frankenstein – The Walking Dead Mid-Season Finale
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Review: Victor Frankenstein (2015) 

On one hand the chemistry between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe is extraordinary and worth watching but on the other the film itself, Victor Frankenstein (2015), is as misguided as the monster Frankenstein sets out to create. A terrific first act promises a great movie while the disastrous third act throws all the potential away. And the film pays for this at the box office with an embarrassing 12 place opening. The Grue-crew look at what works and what falls apart in the latest attempt to recapture the monster films of old.


What Have You Been Watching: The Walking Dead Season 6 Mid-Season Finale

Season six of The Walking Dead has had the Grue-crew discussing it on the podcast far more often than previous seasons for certain. However, the mid-season finale – a typical notable high-point for the show – leaves the Grue-crew a little flat and unimpressed. (Editor’s note: Gruesome Magazine writer Joey Fittos has a different, far more positive, opinion of this episode of TWD – check it out)

Horror News of the Week for 11/30/2015 

Thomas steps in for Dave to share the Horror News of the Week. This week starts off with the release of the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. We get our first glimpses of The Black Panther but where is Spider-Man. Kevin Bacon is teaming up with Blumhouse to produce and star in a new Tremors TV show. Joel Hodgson is resurrecting Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a successful Kickstarter campaign and a new cast. Academy Voters leave the high-profile screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s next film early grossed out by blood and gore in The Revenant.

Stump the Saint (Sponsored by Diabolique Magazine)

Join in as Emcee Thomas Mariani brings this weeks horror trivia questions to The Black Saint – as supplied by you, the HNR fan and listener – in another laugh-fill scream-fest Stump the Saint. Be sure to listen to learn how you too can get involved and enter to win a copy of Diabolique Magazine from our friends and sponsors of Stump the Saint, Diabolique Magazine.

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