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Eps 135 — Ash vs the Evil Dead

After years of horror movie fans demanding that Sam Raimi and Bruce Campbell return to the Evil Dead franchise, fan-favorites characters and Deadites return – but this time to the small screen – with the coming of Ash vs the Evil Dead available for 10 weekly episodes on Starz. Can the demented duo recapture lightning in the bottle? What will Ash Williams be like 30 years after Army of Darkness? The Grue-crew are here to share their reviews of the pilot episode, “El Jefe.”

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with news about Nightmare Cinema, Preachers and Halloween Costumes. In the What Have You Been Watching segment Doc Rotten & The Black Saint from the Grue-Crew review Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse.

Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Diabolique Magazine)

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Episode 135 — Ash vs the Evil Dead - Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
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Review: Ash vs the Evil Dead – Episode 1 “El Jefe” (2015) 

It is rare that a film properly translates so marvelously to the small screen – although, of late, the odds are improving – as Ash vs the Evil Dead manages to accomplish. Sam Raimi returns to write and direct the first episode, El Jefe. In the pilot’s 30 minute premiere, Raimi re-introduces Ash Williams, once again played by Bruce Campbell, as the protector of the Book of the Dead. Campbell slides back into the Ash role with relish and charm – only 30 years later. It is amaze-balls. The Grue-crew champion the show but worry slightly if the remaining nine episodes can keep up the pace and tone.

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What Have You Been Watching: Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse (2015) 

In shocking news, the horror film Scouts Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse bombed at the box office with its Halloween release not even cracking the top 10 for the weekend. How does this happen? A lot of it has to do with the release program the distributor set up with a quick lead from theaters to VOD, leading to many theater chains not showing the film. The result is quite unfair to the film as both Doc and The Black Saint praise the film for its comedy and its charming – but insanely gory – coming of age story.

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Horror News of the Week for 11/02/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week starts off a lively discussion about what the hell is up with the poor cinematic showing for horror films this Halloween (2015). Thomas steps in with a recap of his visit to Halloween Horror Nights. The news begins with the Halloween costume make-up master Rick Baker created for his daughter. The Preacher trailer premiered on the fourth episode of The Walking Dead. Mick Garris finally reveals the five directors signed on for his upcoming horror anthology, Nightmare Cinema.

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Stump the Saint (Sponsored by Diabolique Magazine)

Join in as Emcee Thomas Mariani brings this weeks horror trivia questions to The Black Saint – as supplied by you, the HNR fan and listener – in another laugh-fill scream-fest Stump the Saint. Be sure to listen to learn how you too can get involved and enter to win a copy of Diabolique Magazine from our friends and sponsors of Stump the Saint, Diabolique Magazine.

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Doc Rotten
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior. Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.
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