The Belko Experiment (2017) – Episode 207 – Horror News Radio

James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) returns to the horror genre as the screenwriter and producer of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. Remember, the popular Marvel director once wrote the screenplays for the Scooby Doo films and Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead. With The Belko Experiment from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue), Gunn swipes heavily from Battle Royale working double time to shove in a healthy dash of Office Space. So, what exactly does the Horror News Radio Grue-Crew think of his efforts. What you hear may surprise you…be warned.

Thomas is leading this week’s edition of Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of comic horror legend Berni Wrightson who co-created DC’s the Swamp Thing and illustrated the Creepshow adaptation along with a beautiful rendition of the classic Frankenstein novel. He will be missed. HNR and Gruesome Magazine are heading to a number of horror conventions and film festival in the coming months with Joey Fittos covering New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival March 31 – April 2, 2017 and Doc Rotten and John Black heading to Mad Monster Party Carolina, March 24-26, 2017.

Co-hosts Santos (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 207 – The Belko Experiment (2017)
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Feature Review: The Belko Experiment (2017)

The cast for THE BELKO EXPERIMENT is an impressive collection of fine actors for a modestly budgeted horror entry: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, and Gregg Henry. The gore is splattered throughout and the surprises pile up as the body count rises. But the film steers clear of anything heavy with its social commentary and inventive kills. The pacing, the music, and the editing prevent the film from escaping the bland execution of a promising premise. Stick with the trailer…or check out the review from the Grue-Crew. The movie is D.O.A.

Outline of the Episode

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:05:03]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:19]: RIP Bernie Wrightson
    • [00:09:25]: The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent gears up for The Nightingale
    • [00:12:35]: Atomic Blonde Trailer
    • [00:17:40]: Akira Kurosawa’s Masque of the Red Death Lives!
    • [00:22:02]: American Gods Trailer
  • [00:28:16]: Support HNR
  • [00:29:01]: Feature Review – The Belko Experiment
  • [01:12:08]: What Have You Been Watching – Beauty and the Beast
  • [01:30:51]: Announcements
    • [01:30:54]: Gruesome Magazine Indiegogo!
    • [01:31:46]: Mad Monster Party
    • [01:32:00]: Other Appearances
  • [01:33:49]: Stump The Saint




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 192 – Incarnate – Westworld

Crawling into theaters this past weekend, the latest horror film from Blumhouse fails to make a dent in the box office. The possession fueled “exorcise” in futility, INCARNATE, features a decent cast — Aaron Eckhart, David Mazouz (Gotham), Emjay Anthony (Krampus), Catalina Sandino Moreno — and is directed by Brad Peyton. The film starts off with an interesting idea of “evicting” demons from the minds of their hosts instead of exorcising them. Interesting. But it takes more than that to impress the Grue-crew.

A far more impressive endeavor comes from HBO in the form of the WESTWORLD which wrapped its first season. Taking the conventions proposed in the 1973 film and the novel from Michael Crichton, show creators Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy expand on the themes and implication in spectacular fashion. The cast is amazing and the twists and turns are sensational and surprising. Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright provide award worthy, gripping performances that outstage the likes of Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris – each of whom are more invested here than in recent roles. Thomas and Doc share their thoughts on the season and all the shocking developments.

Doc guides the Horror News of the Week with sad news of the passing of Don Calfa who played Ernie in Return of the Living Dead.  The crew also discuss trailers, trailers and more trailers from The Mummy to Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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 192 – Incarnate (2016) – Westworld (2016)
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Feature Review: Incarnate (2016)

Typically a champion of the films from Blumhouse, even Doc has trouble praising and recommended the uninspiring mess that is INCARNATE. At the core, the film from director Brad Payton, has a fascinating concept but the story from Ronnie Christensen struggles to do much interesting with the plot. Aaron Eckhart blunders through the film with a performance that suggest he may hope that the audience thinks it is actually Thomas Jane in the role, forgetting that he himself is involved at all. The age difference of the young stars, David Mazouz amd Emjay Anthony, from their recent roles in Gotham and Krampus expose that the film has been sitting on a shelf somewhere. The Grue-crew suggest you may hear about this film again next week when they recount their worst horror films of 2016. Uh, oh.


What Have You Been Watching: Westworld Season 1 (2016)

HBO proves that some material can be improved upon. Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy mold the concepts from the Westworld film into a cerebral and visceral exercise in excitement and ingenuity. WESTWORLD explore the weighty theme of creation and consciousness as the hosts struggle to understand their own purpose in the world around them. What is real, what is imagined. What is freedom and what is spirit. What is the definition of “alive.” Jeffrey Wright stars as Benard a programmer in charge of managing the “mental” state of the hosts of the park known as Westworld. A park where guests interact with lifelike robots with unique AI and participate in complicated storylines full of sex, murder and mayhem. Thandie Newton is Maeve, a host who becomes self aware and begins a quest to escape the park. Anthony Hopkins comes to life as Robert Ford, the man behind the park, the man who creates the stories, creates the hosts, and pulls all the strings. Ed Harris is the “man in black” looking for the maze, hoping to learn the secrets of Westworld. Doc and Thomas heap a mountain of praise on the show, looking forward to season two.



  • [00:00:39] Intro
    • [00:02:33] Decades of Horror Podcast Family
    • [00:06:32] Walker Stalker
  • [00:07:34] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:39] RIP Don Calfa and Alice Drummond
    • [00:11:51] The Belko Experiment Trailer
    • [00:15:40] Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2 Trailer
    • [00:19:22] The Mummy Trailer
    • [00:26:45] Last of Us II Trailer
    • [00:31:27] Death Stranding Trailer
    • [00:34:57] Resident Evil 7
  • [00:38:32] Support HNR
  • [00:39:23] Horror Pack
  • [00:41:12] Feature Review: Incarnate
  • [01:12:28] What Have You Been Watching: Westworld Season 1
  • [01:44:04] Stump The Saint
  • [01:50:15] Listener Feedback


Abattior and The Worst Horror Films of 2016




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.


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…



  • [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