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Eps 54 – Oculus – Top 5 Killer Inanimate Objects in Horror Movies

Mike Flanagan is scaring the masses with his latest horror flick, Oculus, featuring Karen Gillan, Branton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff. The Horror News Radio grue-crew review the film with a heated discussion agreeing on tone, atmosphere and casting while disagreeing on effect, scares and … that ending.

Dave Dreher provides this week’s Horror News of the Week about Kaiju, Walrus suits, Eli Roth and Freddy Krueger while Thomas counts down his top 5 killer inanimate objects in horror films.

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! Starting this week is a new segment, The Black Saint’s Horror Trivia Contest where one lucky listener will receive the eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway:Knights of Badassdom.


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Oculus (2014)
While Doc and Dave agree that Mike Flanagan’s chiller Oculus works as a great introductory horror film for non-horror fans, or a great “date movie,” Santos and Thomas are not as supportive. The review heats up as the two sides discuss the film’s successes and failures. An irritated Santos wants nothing to do with it; however, Dave shares he and his wife enjoyed the film greatly – his wife, who rarely likes horror films, wants to see it again. The film is creepy, full of atmosphere with terrific performances from its cast providing the film with a captivating set up but a divisive conclusion. The film is garnering strong reviews outside of HNR as it comes in at number 3 in the weekend box office, grossing $12 million in the U.S.

Top 5 Killer Inanimate Objects in Horror Films
Jumping off the haunted mirror in Oculus, Thomas leaps in to collect his top 5 killer inanimate objects in horror films:

  • House (1977)
  • Rubber (2010)
  • Christine (1983)
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People (1977)
  • Maximum Overdrive (1986)

Horror News of the Week for 04/14/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with Doc’s request to check out the “Muto” roar of the opposing kaiju from Godzilla (2014). Thomas is curious about the rumors that Johnny Depp may be secretly starring in Kevin Smith’s horror opus, Tusk (2015). Dave is horrified with the sudden and maddening closure of FearNet by Comcast. Boo. Hiss. The documentary Never Sleep Again is getting a book treatment. And Netflix announces the second season of Eli Roth’s Hemlock Grove.

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Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD Giveaway – Death Do Us Part (2014)
Horror News Radio is teaming up with Anchor Bay Entertainment to provide a killer DVD giveaway for their film Death Do Us Part (2014) from director Nicholas Humphries featuring Kennedy Jamieson and Ryan Harris. The film launches April 15, 2014 on VOD and DVD. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time), April 27, 2014. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this address: http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-deathdouspart. The DVD giveaway is open to US addresses only.

eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway – Knights of Badassdom
Horror News Radio is teaming up with eOne Films to provide an awesome Blu-Ray Prize Pack featuring the film Knights of Badassdom, currently out on VOD and DVD (as of April 2, 2014). The film is from director Joe Lynch and it features Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Dead Silence), Steve Zahn (Joy Ride) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past). We have a winner selected: Jayme Isaacs. Congrats!

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Eps 41 – The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014 – Blair Erickson

The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2104 contains a number of high profile horror and genre films. Who isn’t excited about Godzilla? If you loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then the promise of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should have you giddy with glee.  And for the hard core horror fans, Eli Roth’s cannibal epic The Green Inferno is right up your alley. The list also has a few low budget surprises too.

But! Before we get to the list, the grue-crew has a special guest on board, director Blair Erickson is here to discuss his horror film The Banshee Chapter, currently available on VOD and coming in February on DVD/BluRay. He sticks around to discuss Spike Jonze’s Her in this week’s What Have You Been Watching Segment.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen are all astonished at the knowledge Blair Erickson drops on the crew and share his love for Spike Jonze’s celebrated, Golden Globe winning Her – well, most everyone. Woot! The top ten has the crew excited for the coming year, with Godzilla topping the list. Dave brings the Horror News of the Week with word on the Friday the 13th reboot, the Walking Dead spin off and a possible True Blood film.

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00:03:47 – Interview: Blair Erickson, director of The Banshee Chapter 
Horror News Radio covered The Banshee Chapter in episode 36. Now, the director, Blair Erickson joins the crew to discuss the making of the film, the conspiracy theories and influences behind the film and a secret or two about the film. It’s an incredible interview with a bright new name in horror.

00:49:18 – What Have You Been Watching: Spike Jonze’s Her
Blair Erickson sticks around to discuss one of his favorites films with the crew in the What You Have Been Watching segment, Spike Jonze’s Her. It’s a complete love fest for the film as Dave, Thomas, Vixen and Blair go over all the highlights of the film praising its story, message, themes, acting and directing with Dave especially high on the film’s script. Doc, however, is an odd duck and did not like the film as much and gets a mighty trouncing for it. Haha!

01:11:56- The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014
Looking into the schedule for 2014, the grue-crew select the top 10 most anticipated horror films of the year.

  • Oculus
  • The Quiet Ones
  • Godzilla
  • The Sacrament
  • Deliver Us From Evil
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
  • The Green Inferno
  • Poltergeist (NOTE: two days after recording the Nov. 14th date is pushed to Feb 13, 2015)
  • Horns
  • Dead Snow: Red vs Dead

01:45:18- Horror News of the Week – 01/13/2014
Dave caps off the night with the horror news of the week. No one is in favor of a Friday the 13th film without Jason Voorhees, even if Doc is in favor of the found footage angle. Again, the entire crew would prefer to stick to the main Walking Dead story line instead of diluting it with a spin off – at least, at this point. The Clown trailer looks fantastic! There’s a new trailer and artwork for the El Rey TV show based on From Dusk Til Dawn. And what is this rumor of a True Blood film in 2016?

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