Life After BethÂ (2014) proves that a zombie romcom is a difficult proposition regardless of how fantastic the cast may be. Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza, Â John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon andÂ Anna Kendrick cannot save this humorless, lifeless horror comedy from writer/director Jeff Baena. All the pieces are there, they just never assemble into a cohesive whole. Sad.
AfflictedÂ (2013), on the other hand, proves how a well constructed story and a pair of leads with authentic bro-chemistry is capable of reinvigoratingÂ the found footage sub genre. Afflicted is the film no one knows about but everyone should. A terrific little film that has the grue-crew united in singing its praises. Check it out!
DaveÂ sharesÂ the horror news of the week with bits about TV, film, comics, Blu-ray and home made you tube horror homage. Joseph Perry returns this week with more details from PiFan, the extraordinary fantasy film fest from South Korea.
Co-hostsÂ Doc Rotten,Â Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,Â Dave Dreher,Â 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! Â This week we announce that it isÂ time to enter for a chance to win Anchor Bay’sÂ The Walking Dead Season 4 Blu-Ray.
Life After BethÂ (2014)
Thomas sums it up best during the review, “this year’s biggest disappointment.”Â Life After BethÂ is ripe with promise: a great cast, a promising young director, an intriguing premise and a slick spin on horror, romance and comedy. It should be the zombie rom-com to define Â a decade. Instead, the chemistry never gels, the zombies never reach their potential and, the biggest crime, the comedy is never funny. Sigh.
The HNR grue-crew wear their found footage scars as they have endured an onslaught of horror films trying to capture the fire ignited byÂ Paranormal Activity,Â RECÂ andÂ Cloverfield.Â AfflictedÂ is one of the few films that get it right, a remarkable entry into the sub genre that spins a unique and often scary look at vampires and the horrors of the transformation from human to the undead. Derek Lee and Clif Prowse are pair of writers, directors and actors to keep an eye on. Recommended!
What Have You Been Watching:Â PiFan 2014 report from Joseph Perry
TheÂ Puchon International Fantastic Film Festival is a popular annual event in Â South Korea. Joining us from the festival floor is HNR fan turned man-on-the-street reported, Joseph Perry discussing fourÂ more films:Â NymphÂ from Serbia;Â AsmodexiaÂ from Spain;Â Baal’s FlowersÂ from Italy; and,Â Whispers Behind the WallÂ from Germany.
Horror News of the Week for 08/18/2014
Dave Dreher Â shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news across all mediums. On Television, NBC is bringingÂ The Devil’s AdvocateÂ to the small screen. In comics, DC Comics is exploring horror themes in the Batman universe withÂ Gotham by Midnight. Elijah Woods carries the film segment with his latest cinematic effort,Â Open Windows. On Blu-ray, Scream Factory is releasing their second volume of Vincent Price classics:Â House on Haunted Hill,Â The RavenÂ andÂ Dr. Phibes Rises Again. Finally, on the you tube front, Max Landis has recreated the iconic transformation scene from his father’s filmÂ American Werewolf in LondonÂ with a tiny budget and a big imagination. Crazy!
Contest: Anchor Bay Blu-RayÂ giveaway of The Walking Dead Season 4Â
The Black Saint provides the trivia question for Anchor Bay’s Blu-RayÂ giveaway ofÂ The Walking Dead Season 4Â coming out August 26, 2014. Anchor Bay is teaming up with Horror News Radio to give away two copies of the blu-ray release. Check outÂ http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-thewalkingdeadÂ for details. Contest ends midnight, August 24, 2014 and is open to US residents only. Good luck!
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