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Episode 89 – Worst Horror Movies of 2014

It’s time to discuss the worst horror films of the year, the most dreadful crap of 2014. The HNR grue-crew have no problems coming up  with 10 films each that failed to ignite the imagination, compassion, conflict or excitement that cinema has to offer. What films dropped the ball, meandered in their narrative or, worse, were simply dull to the bone? Let’s take a look back at 2014 to call out some of the films that should have done better…

Dave returns to shares the horror news of the week with news about Stephen King’s It, The Rock’s San Andreas and Sony’s rumored ideas behind Men in Black/22 Jump Street, Spider-Man and Ghostbusters.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas 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! It’s a perfect world.


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Episode 89– The Worst Horror Films of 2014
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With just a few weeks left in the year, the HNR co-hosts take a moment to remember with malice the worst of 2014. Each host chimes in with their top 10 – or is that bottom 10 – of the most dreadful horror films of the past 12 months.

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10. Sharknado 2 
    • 09. Willow Creek 
    • 08. I, Frankenstein 
    • 07. Life After Beth 
    • 06. Maleficent 
    • 05. VHS: Viral 
    • 04. The Sacrament 
    • 03. The Dead 2 
    • 02. The Purge: Anarchy 
    • 01. Dracula Untold 
  • The Black Saint
    • 10 The Pyramid 
    • 09 As Above, So Below 
    • 08 Life After Beth 
    • 07 I, Frankenstein 
    • 06 Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 
    • 05 Oculus 
    • 04 The Devil Incarnate 
    • 03 Devil’s Due 
    • 02 20ft Below 
    • 01 Jessabelle 
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10 Divergent 
    • 09 Lucy 
    • 08 Maleficent 
    • 07 Life After Beth 
    • 06 Winter’s Tale 
    • 05 Sin City: A Dame To Kill For 
    • 04 Devil’s Due 
    • 03 Vampire Academy 
    • 02 The Human Race 
    • 01 I, Frankenstein 
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10 Maleficent 
    • 09 The Amazing Spider-Man 2 
    • 08 Bunnyman Massacre 
    • 07 Sharknado 2 
    • 06 Mutantis 
    • 05 I, Frankenstein 
    • 04 Exorcist Chronicles 
    • 03 Tusk 
    • 02 Legend of Hercules 
    • 01 Ouija 

Even though she is unable to join for the show, Vixen shares her bottom 5: AfflictedVHS: ViralLucySharknado 2 and Tusk.

Horror News of the Week for 12/08/2014 

Dave returns to bring you the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that Stephen King’s It will be heading into production the summer of 2015. That’s right, Pennywise returns! The Rock makes the closest thing to Earthquake (1974) 2.0 with the disaster extravaganza of 2015, San Andreas. The King Kong related film, Kong: Skull Island moves its release date to 2016 and cast the terrific characters actor J.K. Simmons. Rumors from Sony suggest they may cross the 22 Jump Street property with their Men in Black franchise. Just in time for the holidays, take solace in the horror short Something Under the Christmas Tree.

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Episode 77 – Tusk – The Maze Runners

Tusk (2014) is Kevin’s Smith second horror comedy with the script germinating from the SModcast podcast: episode 259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. The film may be a bit uneven and controversial but the performance by Michael Parks as Howard Howe has a number of the grue-crew saying he should be considered for an Academy Award…but realize, sadly, it never will.

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Universal hiring Noah Hawley (Fargo) to script a Classic Monster flick and Camille Keaton returns for a sequel to I Spit On Your Grave. Doc, Thomas and Santos have all seen The Maze Runner…and they like it. What?

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas 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!  This week we announce that it is time to enter for a chance to win Lionsgate Home Entertainments’s Hannibal Season 2 DVD giveaway prize pack.


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Tusk (2014) 
Kevin Smith turns a dare on his popular podcast into a full length feature, Tusk. The film stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment where Parks’ Howard Howe eyes Justin Long’s Wallace Bryton for his horrifying experiments in turning a man into a walrus, a new Mr. Tusk. The reviews are mixed among the grue-crew, Santos loves the films while Vixen shares she was prepared to walk out of the theater. It’s a lively conversation with a personal call to action for Kevin Smith from Thomas.

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What Have You Been Watching: The Maze Runner
Yes, The Maze Runner is an adaptation of a Young Adult novel, but it is well done, thrilling and features creepy creature effects with the Grievers. Doc Rotten, The Black Saint and Thomas Mariani each saw the film over the weekend and recap the highlights of the film, including some crafty eyebrow acting. Woot!

Horror News of the Week for 09/22/2014
Dave begins the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that Noah Hawley from the Fargo TV series has been hired to write the next film for the revamped Universal Monsters film series. Which monster he is writing has not yet been revealed. It appears that infamous director Ed Woods was also a writer of prose…and his 32 stories have been collected into a single volume. Camille Keaton returns for a sequel to I Spit On Your Grave. Hulu lands J.J. Abrams adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. And Spirit stores spread Halloween cheer to children.

Contest: Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD giveaway of Hannibal Season 2.
The Black Saint provides the trivia question for Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s DVD giveaway of Hannibal Season 2 out now. Thank to The Black Saint, Horror News Radio as a copy to give away. Check out http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-hannibal for details. Contest ends midnight, September 28, 2014 and is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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Eps 69: Bonus – SDCC 2014

SDCC  (2014) reigns supreme over the weekend of 7-17 through 7-20 where the stars, creators, writers and directors of every active and future project known to nerd was on hand to promote, announce and market their films, TV shows and comics. Comic-con is THE place to be every summer, while the HNR crew could not attend the procedings this year, they are on hand to keep up and report on the news and excitement with this special bonus episode of Horror News Radio.

Co-hosts Doc Rotten and Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr. are joined by award winning director Christopher G. Moore to recap and react to the various horror related news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2014.


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 The news this year arrives fast and furious, primarily wrapped around superhero films such as Avengers: Age of Ultron and Batman vs Superman; however, the show manages to contain ample amount of news and tidbits from a wide variety of horror related projects, movies and television programming coming our way in the next few months to the next few years.

  • EVIL DEAD TV: Bruce Campbell and Sam Raimi announce intention to do an Evil Dead television show
  • HANNIBAL: All the tasty details on Season 3
  • WALKING DEAD: The trailer and anticipation for Season 5
  • GODZILLA 2: Gareth Edwards officially announced to return for the sequel along with a few well known monsters
  • SKULL ISLAND: King Kong will return to the big screen on November 4, 2016
  • HORNS: Trailer spills the details
  • TUSK: Finally, Kevin Smith fans are rewarded with a trailer for his upcoming horror film

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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 33 – Macabre

Macabre bathes its audience in blood. Buckets and buckets of blood. Shareefa Daanish creates a frightening new monster in Dara, the stone-faced, ice-queen of terror: The Mother of all Horror.

Chainsaws, decapitations, astonishing gore and bloodied baby skulls are just the beginning. Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (co-director of the Save Haven segment of VHS2) direct this 2009 Indonesian gore-fest getting its US release in 2013.

Co-hosts Doc RottenDave Dreher and Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr. recap and review Macabre while Dave brings the Horror News of the Week in this episode of Horror News Radio. It’s news about Lizzie Borden, Hammer on Blu-Ray and Kevin Smith’s Tusk.

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00:03:00 – What Have You Been Watching – New York Horror Film Festival
Santos shares his incredible weekend as a featured judge for 2013’s New York Horror Film Festival. He has Doc and Dave in stitches with his description of his favorite horror short, Fist of Jesus. He also recommends Found and Contracted. And he reveals that the highlight of the weekend was meeting co-host Vixen, the voice of reason, for the first time who joined Santos at the Festival.

00:15:26 – Review of Macabre (2013)
Macabre leaves the grue-crew amazed, astonished at the gore and terrified by Dara, the mother of all horror. Dave reveals he knew he was in for something incredible the moment Adjie slips in a floor full of bloody baby skulls. Doc brings a gory, blood-drenched foreign film to the grue-crew that has a horrific family who terrorize a young couple and their three friends. Santos compares the gore level to that of Peter Jackson’s Dead Alive while Dave and Doc are reminded of Texas Chainsaw Massacre and other gore favorites. If you love your horror with ample amounts of red, Macabre is a film that should not be missed.

00:52:03 – Horror News of the Week for 11/118/2013
Dave brings you the Horror News of the Week beginning with the announcement that Joe Hill is bringing Tales from the Darkside back to the small screen on the CW network. Does the idea of Christina Ricci swinging a sharpened ax excite you? If so, then, Lifetime’s Lizzie Border Took An Ax may be the film for you. Kevin Smith reveals some of the details for his upcoming horror film, Tusk. Scream Factory announces the upcoming releases of the popular werewolf films, Ginger Snaps and Dog Soldiers. Millennium Entertainment is releasing the Blu-ray for Hammer’s Frankenstein Created Woman.

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