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Eps 175 – Suicide Squad (2016)

This week on HNR, the Grue-crew fan through Amanda Waller’s files on “the worst of the worst” with their review of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe delivers its third film which follows the events in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where many of DC’s villains are gathered together to defeat a new threat out to destroy the Earth. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn lead the cast while Jared Leto’s version of The Joker dances around the edges. Award winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the crew to determine why “Gozer” is involved in the film – dwerp!

Doc launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news where Breck Eisner may guide Jason’s return, Peter Block is reviving Pumpkinhead and Willem Dafoe joins Adam Wingard’s Death Note. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 – 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani, 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 175 – Suicide Squad (2016)
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Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

DC returns to the big screen with Suicide Squad in another desperate attempt to match Marvel’s success with its cinematic universe. The results are decidedly mixed as the film breaks box office records for August (beating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and the cast make up for a super-flawed script. Margot Robbie and Will Smith succeed in making Harley Quinn and Deadshot fun characters to watch while Viola Davis is ice-cold as Amanda Waller, proving her character is the true villain of the film. Jared Leto’s controversial interpretation of The Joker, while unique and electric, divides fan opinion of his version of the Crown Prince of Crime. Jai Courtney has fun as Captain Cold while Jay Hernandez nearly steals the film as El Diablo. Oh, and yes, Batman is in the film capturing Deadshot and chasing Joker & Harley during the introduction scenes. Fun, frustrating and flawed, Suicide Squad proves to be a heated discussion for the Grue-crew.
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OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE

  • [00:00:38] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:14] Announcements
    • [00:02:32] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:03:05] Dragon*Con
    • [00:04:43] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:58] Write a Review on iTunes for a Chance to Win Fandango Gift Card
  • [00:05:53] Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)
  • [01:18:21] CONTEST: The Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [01:20:16] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:20:28] Friday the 13th rumors are heating up as Breck Eisner may join as director
    • [01:26:11] Peter Block (Saw) is ramping up a return to Pumpkinhead
    • [01:29:26] Adam Wingard casts his Shinigami in Death Note with Willem Dafoe
  • [01:34:35] Stump the Saint
  • [01:42:00] Listener Feedback
  • [01:58:32] What’s Next: The Mind’s Eye

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Eps 158 – The Invitation – Hardcore Henry

Director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) returns with a surprisingly effective and engrossing horror thriller titled THE INVITATION. Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi star as a couple drawn into a mysterious series of events at a dinner party with old friends — and some new ones. Fan favorite character actor John Carroll Lynch is on hand to keep things exciting…and bloody. The Grue-crew share their thoughts and make recommendations.

Dave drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about a variety of trailers set loose on the genre community: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Suicide Squad and The Bye Bye Man. In addition, the Grue-Crew tackle two more films with the return of What Have You Been Watching segment covering Hardcore Henry and Midnight Special.

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 158 – The Invitation – Hardcore Henry – Midnight Special
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  • Featured Review: The Invitation (2016)
    While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

    • d. Karyn Kusama
    • w. Phil Hay, Matt Mandredi
    • c. Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Hulsman
    • Thomas Mariani (4 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (4 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (4 / 5)

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  • What Have You Been Watching: Hardcore Henry (2016)
    Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan; he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

    • d. Ilya Naishuller
    • w. Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart
    • c. Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
    • Doc Rotten (2.5 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (2.5 / 5)

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Eps 147 – The Boy

This week on Horror News Radio we try to follow Brahms’ rules as we babysit The Boy. Lauren Cohan steps out of the dangerous world of The Walking Dead to become a nanny in England looking after an 8 year old boy, except that boy turns out to be a life-sizes porcelain doll. The grue-crew are initially delighted as she begins to suspect there is more to the doll, to Brahms, fearing a spirit may actually reside within the creepy bastard. Things really perk up when she successfully convinces Malcolm (Rupert Evans) of her suspicions. Then…well…then…the third act arrives and the grue-crew are livid. Found out why!

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with information about The Exorcist coming to FOX as an episode television show, Universal’s The Mummy gaining a star in Tom Cruise and The Joker making an impression (as does Harley Quinn) with the latest Suicide Squad trailer. Also announced this week is 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 Nightmare Code)

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Episode 147 – The Boy
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Check out this amazing prize pack from the film makers behind the found footage horror film, NIGHTMARE CODE. The giveaway includes a shirt, a dvd, a thumb drive with soundtrack and a signed script.

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SDCC 2015 Special Edition

SDCC (2015) descends upon Southern California once again this year with four days (or more) of big announcements, huge events and Hollywood stars. Horror News Radio takes some time to examine some of the super hero and Star Wars news coming from the world’s largest convention. This year has some crazy heroic highlights: a caped crusader, a Merc with a mouth, a Killing Joke and a Starkiller.

The force continues to be strong for the HNR crew. And to everyone’s surprise, Deadpool steps up to steal the weekend – almost, Jedi aside. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and award winning director Christopher G. Moore to recap and react to the various super hero and Star Wars related news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

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The extended geektastic weekend starts off with an incredible new Batman v Superman trailer that provided more tone and characters, including the first look at Wonder Woman in action. WB continues to amaze its captive audience with a trailer for Suicide Squad giving hungry fans a look at Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and more. Oh, yeah, let’s not forget Jared Leto as The Joker! On the Marvel side of the street, Ryan Reynolds teases and thrills audiences with a crazy red-band trailer for Deadpool. Win!

And, to no one’s surprise, the weekend belongs to Star Wars VII. The main cast are all there including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. While a new trailer is not in the cards just yet, director J.J. Abrams amazes with a behind the scene featurette that hits all the right notes. Excellent!

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Eps 109 – Avengers: Age of Ultron

The Black Saint’s most anticipated film of 2015 is here, AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON. Director Christopher G. Moore joins the Grue-crew to review the second gathering of the heroes of the Marvel cinematic universe. The Black Widow. Captain America. Hawkeye. The Hulk. Iron Man. Thor. The gather again to face the villainy of Ultron and his robot army who threatens the extinction of mankind. While the film is a box office hit, the film is examined exposing its flaws and celebrating its successes.

Dave dishes a new plate of HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK with information about who is playing Pennywise in the It remake, the cast of the upcoming DC film Suicide Squad and Nazi Zombies ride flying sharks in Sky Sharks. Yes, flying sharks! Piloted by Nazi Zombies. Also, Doc announces the winner of the contest from the cool cats at Ghoulish Productions featuring a kick-ass Vampire mask giveaway.

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! Also, the fun continues with the latest HNR REACHT Horror Poll! 


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Episode 109 – Avengers: Age of Ultron
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Review: Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015) 

The cast is incredible, packed full of heroes, villains and guest stars. The action is exhausting filling nearly every frame of the latest Marvel film. Avengers: Age of Ultron is king of the box office as Iron Man, Captain America and the gang battle Ultron as played by James Spader. The film also introduces Scarlett Witch, Quicksilver and the Vision and features guest segments with War Machine, the Falcon and Nick Fury. Nothing is left out and the Grue-crew sift through it all ending with the Infinity Gauntlet and Thanos. Woot!

HNR Contest: Ghoulish Productions Viper the Vampire Mask Giveaway 

Horror News Radio teams up with Ghoulish Productions to give away a kick-ass Viper the Vampire mask. It is time to prepare for Halloween 2015 by entering to win this extraodinary full face mask, scare your friends and neighbors. Woot! The winner of this awesome mask from Ghoulish Productions is Scott Dodson. Congratulations!

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Horror News of the Week for 05/04/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week with some more trailer news with the release of THE NIGHTMARE documentary. Frightening! For the upcoming remake of Stephen King’s IT, the film makers have cast Will Poulter from Maze Runner as Pennywise. DC has release a promo image finally revealing the cast for the upcoming 2016 film SUICIDE SQUAD. Mix Nazi Zombies and flying sharks gives audiences SKY SHARKS. Yes, that is a thing. Join the cause to save the small bridge from the mall in DAWN OF THE DEAD.

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Eps 108 – Ex Machina

The HNR Grue-crew try to replicate the greatness of the under-the-knee clap featured in Oscar Isaac’s dance scene from this week’s featured review EX MACHINA. Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller is stirring up tons of positive reviews from critics nationwide but finds the hosts of Horror News Radio surprisingly divided. Doc tries to convince the crew that the film is nothing more than a retelling of Frankenstein.

Dave dishes a new plate of HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK with information about the Joker in Suicide Squad, Adam Wingard helming Death Note and Evan Peter’s role in American Horror Story: Hotel. Also, Doc announces a new contest from the cool cats at Ghoulish Productions featuring a kick-ass Vampire mask giveaway. And STUMP THE SAINT makes a triumphant return.

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! Also, the fun continues with the HNR REACHT Horror Poll! 


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Review: Ex Machina (2015) 

Screenwriter Alex Garland steps behind the camera to direct Ex Machina pitting Oscar Isaac against Domhnall Gleeson with the fate of Alicia Vikander’s Ava. The film challenges the nature of humanity running a stunning parallel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The movie also successfully pits The Black Saint against Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani and Vixen in whether the film is one of the year’s best films or a dull waste of time.

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HNR Contest: Ghoulish Productions Viper the Vampire Mask Giveaway 

Horror News Radio teams up with Ghoulish Productions to give away a kick-ass Viper the Vampire mask. It is time to prepare for Halloween 2015 by entering to win this extraodinary full face mask, scare your friends and neighbors. Woot! The deadline to enter is Midnight (EST) Sunday, May 3, 2015. All you need to do is complete the RaffleCopter entry form at http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-viper. The Ghoulish Productions Viper Mask giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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Horror News of the Week for 04/27/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week with our first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad to mixed and volatile reactions. HNR favorite film marker Adam Wingard is officially attached to direct a US live action version of Death Note. Guillermo del Toro announces that the Silent Hills game is toast and Thomas knows why. M. Night Shyamalan returns with a trailer for his September release, The Visit. An unverified cast list for the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel lights up the internet.

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Thanks to the sponsors who are providing kick-ass giveaways for the Mad Monster Party.

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Super Special – Suicide Squad Cast

Marvel and DC have both plotted out the next five years with two or three super hero films coming from each studio every year. Disney has also planned out their Star Wars franchise. The X-Men are still going strong with Bryan Singer returning to the helm. It is difficult to go a few days without some fantastic bit of news about super heroes or space soldiers taking to the big screen in a grand, marvelous way. It’s the dawning of a new era, a new way for fandom to embrace their favorite properties. And now Horror News Radio will help shine the light on what it all means: Thomas Mariani joins Doc Rotten to bring the Horror News Radio Super Specials with special guest hosts. This week they are joined by award winning writer/director Christopher G. Moore and fan-turned-podcaster Joey Fittos.


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001 – Suicide Squad Casting Announcement
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The big announcement this week, the first week of December 2014, is the cast for the upcoming 2016 DC film, Suicide Squad, the movie that will follow closely behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For weeks we have been teased with names possibly attached the film and character likely set to appear in the story. The most intriguing of all being the return of The Joker and who may very well play him. Doc and the gang go over the cast announcement and the concept behind Suicide Squad.

  • Jared Leto as The Joker 
  • Will Smith as Deadshot 
  • Tom Hardy as Rick Flag 
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn 
  • Jai Courtney as Boomerang 
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress 

Also discussed this episode is the casting of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse in Bryan Singer’s follow up to his successful X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac just happens to be in the the big trailer released over the Holiday weekend as well, Star Wars VII The Force Awakens. Don’t get too excited, the Terminator: Genisys trailer is coming. Dwerp. With the hot announcement of Preacher getting a pilot order from AMC, the gang discuss Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. To wrap things up Thomas recommends the film Birdman.

Check out this episode!