Eps 197 – Underworld: Blood Wars

The first theatrical release of 2017 is Underworld: Blood Wars – the fifth film in the Underworld franchise – with Kate Beckinsale returning as Selene, the vampire death dealer. Anna Foerster steps into the director’s chair to charge the end of the war between the last of the vampire clans and the Lycans. Fans of the series get what they come for while the general public – and most horror fans – will likely get bored out of their ever-lovin’ minds. Stupid fun, but … oh, so stupid.

For this week’s What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas Mariani shares his thoughts on the J.A. Boyona feature A Monster Calls. The films features Lewis MacDougall, Felicity Jones, Signourney Weaver, Tobey Kebbell, and Liam Neeson (voicing the monster). What we learn this week is that Thomas does not like to manipulated, his tears must be earned. Shame on you, A Monster Calls, shame on you.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with  the trailer for Don’t Knock Twice, the announcement that The Cult of Chucky is on its way, and Drew Barrymore leads the cast for Santa Clarita Diet. As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24 – 26, 2017.

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 197 – Underworld: Blood Wars (2017) – A Monster Calls (2017)
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Feature Review: Underworld: Blood Wars (2017)

Thomas Mariani reviews Underworld: Blood Wars on Gruesome Magazine, the home of Horror News Radio, mirroring what Doc thinks of the film but giving it far more praise than either The Black Saint or Dave Dreher are willing to grant the werewolf vs vampire flick. While Kate Beckinsale still looks fabulous in the Selene outfit, she seems to be over the role while her co-star Theo James seems lost. Charles Dance, like much of the cast, collects a check but Lara Pulver seems to be having a grand time in her villainous turn. If you’re a fan, you’ll enjoy the film well enough…maybe.

What Have You Been Watching: A Monster Calls (2016)

Thomas Mariani earns his “busiest man in podasting” as he leads the What Have You Been Watching review once again discussing the J.A. Boyona film, A Monster Calls. The director of The Orphanage stops offs to hang with Liam Neeson and Sigourney Weaver long enough to crank out A Monster Calls before moving on to tackle Jurassic World 2. While Thomas likes much of the film, he lets the film provoke his darker side as A Monster Calls manipulates him into shedding a tear. Bah, humbug.


  • [00:00:39]: Intro
  • [00:03:00]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:03:16]: Don’t Knock Twice Trailer
    • [00:05:52]: Predator casting
    • [00:10:27]: The Cult of Chucky Announcement
    • [00:15:00]: Santa Clarita Diet Commercials
    • [00:18:37]: The Lure horror musical
  • [00:21:36]: Support HNR
  • [00:22:15]: Feature Review – Underworld: Blood Wars
  • [00:54:54]: What Have You Been Watching – A Monster Calls
  • [01:08:37]: Stump The Saint


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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 144 – Anticipated Horror Films of 2016

Things are about to get cozy in Minnie’s Haberdashery as we talk The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2016 and Quentin Tarantino’s gory western The Hateful Eight. First up the Grue-crew, with Vixen returning, take a look at 10 of the most anticipated horror films of the next 12 months, including The Conjuring 2, The Witch, Godzilla: Resurgence and Ghostbusters. The ecclectic collection includes lighter fare such as A Monster Calls to gonzo, balls-deep gore of Bite and Baskin. And what about that Rob Zombie film 31?

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with news about Walmart censoring their release of Deathgasm, the Mo Brothers teasing Macabre 2 and Dustan and Melton wrap The Neighbor. In the What Have You Been Watching segment, the grue-crew reviews the bloody Quentin Tarantino film The Hateful Eight.

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 Diabolique Magazine and Nightmare Code)

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Episode 144 – The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2016 – The Hateful Eight
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  • Featured Top 10: The The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2015
    • 10) BITE (TBD)
      • Director: Chad Archibald
      • Writer: Jayme Laforest
      • Cast: Elma Begovic, Annette Wozniak, Jordan Gray, Denise Yuen
    • 09) THE OTHER SIDE OF THE DOOR (3/11/2016)
      • Director: Johannes Roberts
      • Producer: Ajexandre Aja
      • Cast: Sarah Wayne Callies, Jeremy Sisto, Javier Botet
    • 08) ROB ZOMBIE’S 31 (TBD)
      • Director: Rob Zombie
      • Cast: Malcolm McDowell, Meg Foster, Sheri Moon Zombie, Judy Geeson, Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs, Ginger Lynn, and many many many more
      • Director: Burr Steers
      • Story: Seth Grahame-Smith
      • Cast: Lily James, Lena Headey, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Sam Riley
    • 06) A MONSTER CALLS (10/14/2016)
      • Director: Juan Antonio Bayona
      • Cast: Liam Neeson, Felicity Jones, Sigourney Weaver, Toby Kebbell
    • 05) BASKIN (TBD)
      • Directors: Can Evrenol
      • Cast: Muharrem Bayrak, Mehmet Akif Budak, Fadik Bülbül
      • Directors: Hideaki Anno, Shinji Higuchi
    • 03) GHOSTBUSTERS (7/15/2016)
      • Director: Paul Fieg
      • Cast: Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones
      • Director: James Wan
      • Writers: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, David Johnson
      • Cast: Patrick Wilson, Vera Famriga, Frances O.Connor
    • 01) THE WITCH (2/26/2016)
      • Director: Robert Eggers
      • Cast: Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson, Kate Dickie
    • Worth a mention: The Forest, The Boy, Jeruzalem, Southbound, 6 Miranda Drive, Lights Out, When the Bough Breaks, A Man in the Dark, Rings, Amityville: The Awakening, Before I Wake, The BFG, The Purge 3, Patient Zero, A Cure for Wellness, Underworld: Next Generation, Ouija 2, The Strangers 2, Get Out, Don’t Kill It, Viral, Doctor Strange
  • What Have You Been Watching: The Hateful Eight (2015)
    • Director/Writer: Quentin Tarantino
    • Cast: Samuel L. Jackson – Major Marquis Warren, Kurt Russell – John Ruth (The Hangman), Jennifer Jason Leigh – Daisy Domergue, Walton Goggins – Sheriff Chris Mannix, Damian Bichir – Bob, the Mexican, Tim Roth – Oswoldo Mobray, Michael Madsen – Joe Gage,Bruce Dern – General Sandy Smithers, James Parks – O.B. Jackson
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  • Horror News of the Week: 01/04/2016
    • Deathgasm gets censored by Walmart, released as Heavy Metal Apocalypse
    • First look at the “new” Godzilla as images leak from Godzilla: Resurgence
    • The Mo Brothers tease their next feature, Macabre 2
    • While the Halloween sequel may be a bust, Dunstan and Melton wrap work on their next horror feature, The Neighbor
  • Stump the Saint: w/ prizes supplied by Nightmare Code

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