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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)

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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

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Eps 180 – The Neighbor

The Grue-crew follow director Marcus Dunstan and writer Patrick Melton across the yard to visit The Neighbor, the latest feature from the team behind The Collector and The Collection. This go around Josh Stewart faces the horrors of Bill Engvall as the evil next door. Alex Essoe co-stars as Stewart’s love interest and Luke Edwards is one of Engvall’s disturbed offspring. The film is currently available on DVD and VOD.

After a summer of huge horror hits, The Disappointments Room sneaks into theaters this past weekend. By Sunday it pulled a “Morgan” flopping at the box office in a major way. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the Kate Beckinsale vehicle discussing what works and everything that sinks…and stinks. And just what did happen to Lucas Till? Who knows.

Dave begin the show with the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about Creepshow 2 getting a Blu-ray release, Carrie celebrates 40 years with a killer prom and TIFF gets some serious press. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 – 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

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 180 – The Neighbor (2016) – The Disappointments Room (2016)
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Feature Review: The Neighbor (2016)

Not long ago  director Marcus Dunstan and writer Patrick Melton were set to do the reboot of the Friday the 13th franchise until suddenly the entire project changed hands. This left fans of the demented pair wondering what they would do next. What we didn’t know was that they had ALREADY completed their next project. Woot! That project is The Neighbor with Josh Stewart,Bill Engvall, and  Alex Essoe. The grue-crew dive into the tale of terror and horror…and neighbors with secrets best left uncovered.

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What Have You Been Watching: The Disappointments Room (2016)

The grue-crew knew things were not going to go well with The Disappointments Room when we began texted each other on a Friday stating “Hey, guess what came out in the theaters today!” With little promotion and even less fan fair, C.J. Caruso’s film starring Kate Beckinsale landing in cineplexes across the country failing to make a dent in the weekend box office. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the film with some indication that we may be discussing again toward the end of the year on a not-so-favorable list. Uh, oh…

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OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:41] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:26] Announcements
    • [00:02:51] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:09] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
  • [00:04:40] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:10] Arrow Video announced Blu-ray release of Creepshow 2
    • [00:08:19] The Toxic Avenger remake lands a director, Conrad Vernon
    • [00:14:15] Scream Factory plans a massive Carrie Prom for its 40th Anniversary
    • [00:17:00] TIFF buzz includes The Belko Experiment, Colossal and A Monster Calls
    • [00:22:07] Tales Of Poe gets a release date and new trailer
  • [00:24:39] Feature Review: The Neighbor (2016)
  • [00:51:50] What Have You Been Watching: The Disappointments Room (2016)
  • [01:14:54] Support HNR w/ Patreon
    • [01:15:30] HNR is Heading to Spooky Empire
  • [01:17:32] Stump the Saint

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