The Cult of Chucky (2017) – Gerald’s Game (Netflix, 2017) – Episode 236 – Horror News Radio

Special guest Sammie Cassell joins the Grue-Crew this week to review a pair of horror film playing on Netflix this October. The first of the two is the latest film in the Child’s Play series, The Cult of Chucky (2017). The second film is from director Mike Flanagan and legendary author Stephen King, Gerald’s Game (2017). Netflix is killing this season with a gaggle of genre films lining up as the channel gears up for the release of Stranger Things Season 2. Can they knock it out of the park? Dave steps in with a handful of horror news with two new trailers (Castle Rock, Pacific Rim Uprising), details about the third season of Ash vs The Evil Dead, and Joe Lynch tossing aside an R-Rated version of Mayhem for a full-uncut release. Check out more of Sammie Cassell on the Wreak Havoc Film Buffs Podcast.

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Horror News Radio
Episode 236 – The Cult of Chucky ( 2017) – Gerald’s Game (2017)
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INTRO [00:00:40]


  1. Trailer for Castle Rock introduces us to the Stephen King Universe
  2. Bride of Frankenstein Shuts Down, Gal Gadot replaces Jolie?
  3. Pacific Rim Uprising trailer brings the Jaeger goodness
  4. Ash Vs. Evil Dead S3 details emerge from NYCCC
  5. Joe Lynch tells the MPAA to stick their rating and brings MAYHEM unrated


  • The Cult of Chucky (2017)
  • director: Don Mancini
  • cast:  Fiona Dourif, Brad Dourif, Alex Vincent, Michael Therriault, Jennifer Tilly


  • Gerald’s Game (2017)
  • director: Mike Flanagan
  • cast: Carla Gugino, Bruce Greenwood, Henry Thomas, Carel Stuycken, Chiara Aurelia, Kate Siegel

FEEDBACK [02:03:44]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast



  • Happy Death Day / The Babysitter

Pacific Rim Rising (2017)
(L to R, foreground) Jaeger mechs Saber Athena, Bracer Phoenix, Gipsy Avenger and Guardian Bravo i
Photo Credit: Legendary Pictures/Universal Pictures




Eps 186 – Ouija Origin of Evil

For Halloween 2016, horror fans are treated to Ouija: Origin of Evil. That’s right, the sequel no one wanted. No one. But, to everyone’s surprise, including The Black Saint perhaps most of, the film from director Mike Flanagan is actually pretty damn sweet. It is full of atmosphere, it has characters worth following and the direction is tight. It is far better than it has any right to be. The grue-crew recap and review the film as Santos hates himself for liking a Mike Flanagan film. Ha!

Thomas steps in with a review of the number one film of the weekend, Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween. It is two hours of pure comedy gold…or not. Thomas dives into what works and what fails in a major way as he struggles with the film’s quality, the poorly times jokes and the overlong run time.

Dave returns to guide the Horror News of the Week with a loss to the horror comic industry, R.I.P. Steve Dillon, the co-creator of Preacher. Doc and Gruesome Magazine contributor Chad Hunt are back from the Knoxville Horror Film Festival and Doc has a Festival Report. 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)

Horror News Radio
Episode 186 – Ouija Origin of Evil (2016) – Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
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Feature Review: Ouija Origin of Evil (2016)

A few years back Doc warned the grue-crew about the pure “awfulness” of Ouija, the horror film based on the board game. The film today has a 7% at Rotten Tomatoes. Now horror fans are treated to a sequel to that film, a prequel really, as the story looks back to Ouija: Origin of  Evil. Mike Flanagan, the director behind Oculus, Hush, and Before I Wake, steps behind the camera with Elizabeth Reaser, Lulu Wilson, Annalise Basso, and Henry Thomas leading the cast.


What Have You Been Watching: Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)

Tyler Perry is an industry unto himself with finacial box office hits one after another and a fan base that will not quit. With his latest film though he may be steering far too close to Earnest Scared Stupid territory with Boo! A Madea Halloween. Or does he? Thomas Mariani steps in to recap and review the horror comedy that landed at number one for the weekend box office. Along with Tyler Perry in multiple roles, the film features Cassi Davis, Patrice Lovely, Yousef Erakat, and Bella Thorne. That’s right, it’s “The Night She Came Home!” Oh, dear.


Film Festival Report: Knoxville Horror Film Festival (2016)

The dedicated team behind the Knoxville Horror Film Festival invited Horror News Radio to attend, enjoy and cover their 8th annual film festival in Tennessee. Gruesome Magazine contributor and talented artist, Chad Hunt, joined Doc Rotten for a weekend of horror films and great friends, new and old. On tonight’s show, Doc chimes in on a few films that made a distinct impression. First up are the feature films The Greasy Strangler and Trash Fire. Up next are the short films The Call of Charlie and Deathly. Look to upcoming episodes of HNR Extra for full coverage.


  • [00:00:42] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:16] Announcements
    • [00:03:27] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:24] NYC Horror Film Festival
    • [00:08:32] The Black Saint appears on The Horrorcast
    • [00:10:40] Doc Rotten appears on Needless Things podcast
  • [00:12:38] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:13:02] R.I.P. Steve Dillon, co-creator of Preacher
    • [00:17:20] Donald Glover has been cast as Lando in Han Solo: A Star Wars Story
    • [00:20:16] Godzilla 2 finds a new writer in  Michael Dougherty
    • [00:26:32] A trilogy of terror: A Cure for Wellness, Logan, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
    • [00:37:08] Horror TV updates with the brutal The Walking Dead Season 7 reveal and the surprising Exorcist twist
  • [00:55:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:56:08] Horror Pack
  • [00:56:47] Feature Review: Ouija: Origin of Evil
  • [01:24:23] What Have You Been Watching: Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
  • [01:40:40] Festival Report: Knoxville Horror Film Festival
  • [01:50:50] Stump the Saint


The Monster and The Unspoken



Eps 159 – Hush – Holidays

The Grue-crew dive into a pair of horror films on VOD and streaming on Netflix. First up is the Blumhouse feature HUSH from director Mike Flanagan. The film features Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. starring opposite each other as victim and predator in a tense, home-invasion thriller. Next is an anthology film centered around a years worth of holidays from Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films called, you guessed it, HOLIDAYS. The eight segments feature directors Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Gary Shore, Nicholas McCarthy, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Scott Stewart, Adam Egypt Mortimer and Kevin Smith.

Dave drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about a variety of news from the previous week: ToHo releases a Godzilla trailer, Marvel shares the first teaser for Doctor Strange and Juan Antonio Bayona lands the job directing Jurassic World 2. In addition, the Grue-Crew announce the first HNR convention appearance for 2016: DragonCon (September 2 – 5, Atlanta, GA)!

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)

Horror News Radio
Episode 159 – Hush (2016) – Holidays (2016)
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  • Featured Review: Hush (2016)
    A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

    • d. Mike Flanagan
    • w. Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel
    • c. Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr
    • Thomas Mariani (4 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (4 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (3.5 / 5)
    • Vixen (4.3 / 5)


  • What Have You Been Watching: Holidays (2016)
    An anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions.

    • d.w. Anthony Scott Burns, Nicholas McCarthy, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Gary Shore, Kevin Smith, Sarah Adina Smith, Scott Stewart, Kevin Kölsch, and Dennis Widmyer
    • c. Lorenza Izzo, Michael Gross, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ava Acres, Megan Duffy,
    • Doc Rotten (2 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (2.5 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (3 / 5)