Alien: Covenant – Twin Peaks the Return – Episode 216 – Horror News Radio

The Alien franchise returns to theaters this past weekend with Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenant. While it is a direct sequel to Prometheus, featuring fan-favorite David (Michael Fassbender), the film suggests a new origin for the xenomorph species….and a plethora of gory, gruesome special effects! For the What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas visits David Lynch’s Twin Peaks The Return on Showtime. Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the Sony announcement that Tom Hardy is Venom, George Romero is shopping Road of the Dead, and Universal has relabeled its upcoming monster franchise Dark Universe.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week’s Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 216 – Alien: Covenant (2017) – Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
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  • Alien: Covenant (2017)
  • Director: Ridley Scott / w. Jack Paglen & Michael Green and John Logan & Dante Harper
  • Cast: Michael Fassbender, Katherine Waterston, Billy Crudup, Danny McBride, Demian Bichir, Carmen Ejogo, Jussie Smollett, Callie Hernandez, Amy Seimetz, Nathaniel Dean, Alexander England, w/ Javier Botet, James Franco, Guy Pearce, & Noomi Rapace



  • Twin Peaks: The Return (2017)
  • Creator: Mark Frost & David Lynch
  • Cast: Kyle MacLachlan, Sheryl Lee, Kimmy Robertson, Russ Tamblyn, Madchen Amick, Dana Ashbrook, Ray Wise, Grace Zabriskie, Everette McGill, Amy Shiels

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  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast


  • Hounds of Love and Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales



Get Out (2017) – Episode 204 – Horror News Radio

Emmy Award-winning comedic actor and first-time writer/director Jordan Peele gets his first bite at feature filmmaking with  Get Out, a racially charged horror/comedy about a young man (Daniel Kaluuya) taking a trip with his girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her parents, only for horror to be lurking in their secluded house. The Grue Crew has a spirited conversation about the topic, all without the help of their fearless leader. Yes, for the first time in over 200 episodes, Doc Rotten is out sick and the children will come out and play… or kill each other. Whatever comes first.

The remaining crew also dive into the female-driven horror anthology XX. Five segments from five different female directors, all centered around women dealing with a variety of horror. Children who won’t eat. A secret that could ruin their child’s birthday. Camping with the opposite sex. A son with an absent father who has far darker ties than she has let on. Plus, it’s all wrapped in a package of spooky stop-motion! What’s not to love?

Dave guides the Crew through Horror News of the Week, lead off with the remembering the dearly departed Bill Paxton. HNR continues its trek through film festivals and conventions, the next stop being Mad Monster Party in Rock Hill, SC March 24th – 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 204 – Get Out (2017)
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Feature Review: Get Out (2017)

Meeting your girlfriend’s family is tough for anyone. It’s even worse when they’re a bunch of crazy white people. The Grue Crew may be short one Doc, but award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is there to spread all sort of love for Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The crew commends the clear displays of love for horror, the daring racial themes and masterful balance of horror with humor to both alleviate and strengthen the tension. Yet, there’s still plenty of discourse here, mainly over the extensive praise that’s been lauded on the film and the concept of hype backlash. Santos and Thomas go head to head… even though they both really enjoyed the movie. Must be an HNR episode!

What Have You Been Watching: XX (2017)

XX isn’t just the correct chromosome pattern for the directors of this horror anthology. It’s harbinger of the many deaths that take place over this horror anthology. Directors Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Jovanka Vuckovic and Annie Clark (or St. Vincent, for indie rock music fans) have crafted five segments all themed around women and horror. Santos and Thomas discuss the foibles and charms of this horror anthology, arguing over which ones work and which ones don’t. There’s an unevenness like most horror anthologies, but the nuggets of pure gold are worth searching for!

photo credit: Mark Mann

Outline of the Episode

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:05:19]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:35]: RIP Bill Paxton
    • [00:13:14]: Alien: Covenant releases a prologue short film “The Last Supper”
    • [00:20:40]: Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler Join Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    • [00:25:26]: Netflix’s Bright Releases a Trailer
    • [00:32:48]: Tobe Hooper’s original version of The Thing is revealed
  • [00:41:19]: Support HNR
  • [00:42:28]: Get Out
  • [01:35:20]: Announcements
    • [01:35:23]: Gruesome Magazine! Indiegogo!
    • [01:36:13]: Mad Monster Party!
    • [01:36:33]: Other Convention Appearances!
  • [01:38:10]: XX
  • [01:53:39]: 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 196 – The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017

The Grue-Crew start off the new year by taking a look at the upcoming twelves month to countdown the Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017 as voted on by the entire Grue-Crew and the Grue-Believers alike. 2016 was a great year for horror with a great number of films that fought for the best of lists just one episodes ago, 2017 looks to be chock full of films looking to shock, frighten, and disgust audiences each and every month.

For the What Have You Been Watching segment, Thomas goes solo with his review of the December release Nocturnal Animals.

Horror News of the Week weeps as the Force trembles with the passing of Carrie Fisher, known most famously for portraying Princess/General Leia Organa in the Star Wars films but was also known for being an incredible writer, a script doctor, and a insanely funny wit. She will be greatly missed. In addition R.I.P. to Debbie Reynolds and George Kosana from Night of the Living Dead.

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 196 – Nocturnal Animals (2016) – The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017
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What Have You Been Watching: Nocturnal Animals (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in to talk about the surprisingly violent and occasionally scary Tom Ford film Nocturnal Animals. The film has an Oscar-bait cast featuring Amy Adams, Jake Gyllenhaal, Michael Shannon, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Isla Fisher, Ellie Bamber, Armie Hammer, Karl Glusman, Michael Sheen, and Laura Linney. The script which contains a “story inside a story” mechanism, fields a story where a family vacation turns violent and deadly. Thomas shares his thoughts and recommendations.

Special Feature: The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017

For the Special Feature this week, the Grue-crew turn their third eye to the future, discussing the upcoming horror films of 2017. After placing a poll up on Gruesome Magazine, Patreon, and Facebook, the Grue-Crew and the Grue-Believers voted on over two dozen films headed to theatrical release in the coming months. Doc, Thomas, the Black Saint count down the top 10 from that list, revealing their forecasts and predictions on The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017.

  • 10) Split – 02/20/2017 – d. M. Night Shyamalan
  • 09) The Belko Experiment – 03/10/2017 – d. Greg McLean
  • 08) A Cure for Wellness – 02/17/2017 – d. Gore Verbinski
  • 07) Get Out – 02/24/2017 – d. Jordan Peele
  • 06) Stephen King’s It – 09/08/2017 – d. Andres Muschietti
  • 05) Stephen King’s The Dark Tower – 07/28/2017 – d. Nicolaj Arcel
  • 04) Alien: Covenant – 05/19/2017 – d. Ridley Scott
  • 03) Cloverfield 3: God Particle – 10/27/2017 – d. Julius Onah
  • 02) War for the Planet of the Apes – 07/14/2017 – d. Matt Reeves
  • 01) Kong: Skull Island – 03/10/2017 – d. Jordan Vogt-Roberts


  • [00:00:41]: Intro
    • [00:04:30]: Gruesome Magazine 2016 Yearbook
  • [00:05:08]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:28]: RIP Carrie Fisher & Debbie Reynolds
    • [00:11:24]: RIP George Kosana
  • [00:13:34]: Support HNR
  • [00:14:41]: What Have You Been Watching: Nocturnal Animals (2016)
  • [00:26:30]: Special Feature: Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017
  • [01:21:06]: StumpTheSaint


Underworld: Blood Wars



Eps 191 – Night of Something Strange

Gross. Disgusting. Sick. Demented. And quite possibly the best horror comedy of the year. Well, at least for most of the Grue-crew. This  week HNR covers the film festival favorite – awarded best horror film at the New York City Horror Film in 2016 – NIGHT OF SOMETHING STRANGE. The cast and crew behind this hilarious abomination deserve props for pushing the envelopes as far as possible and getting the most out of their budget. The film is stuffed full of practical effects and gallons of blood…and other unmentionable liquids. Joining the crew to discuss the film is award winning film maker Christopher G. Moore.

Jumping from the found footage short including in the first V/H/S film to a full length feature film, SiREN lands on Chiller in December 2016. Gregg Bishop takes over the directing reins featuring a new set of characters encountering the Lily character from “Amateur Night.” This time, however, she is a captured beast of the mysterious Mr. Nix. When she is set free all hell breaks loose. Of course, Doc loves the film while the rest of the crew consider it rather…meh. Catch it on Chiller soon and decide for yourself.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with sad news of the passing of Fritz Weaver, Ron Glass, and Florence Henderson. The team behind Horror Pack provides their support and a chance to take a complimentary Horror Pack home. 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 191 – Night of Something Strange (2016) – SiREN (2016)
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Feature Review: Night of Something Strange (2016)

Movies don’t get much more disgusting and deranges as Night of Something Strange from director Jonathan Straiton and his cast and crew. The film is truly the “WTF” movie of the year. Just when you think you’ve seen the worst, it tops itself with something even more…shocking. The Grue-crew debate the comedy, some describing it as the best of the year, while others pledging they’ll put it on their worst of the year list. Christopher G. Moore joins the show to chime in with his thoughts on the film as well.


What Have You Been Watching: SiREN (2016)

Many of the Grue-crew enjoyed the V/H/S films quite a bit – for what they were. With the announcement of taking one of the shorts and stretching it out to be a feature film, the Grue-crew are a bit trepedacious about how successful the results may be. The first short to be turned into a film is SiREN, inspired by the short “Amateur Night” from the first anthology film. Expanding on the concept of the succubus demon, SiREN introduces a slew of new characters and contains whispers of originality and promise. How successful it is on delivering on that promise is much of the conversation tonight.



  • [00:00:39]: Intro
  • [00:04:45] Announcements
    • [00:04:55]: Walker Stalker Charlotte
  • [00:06:39]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:16]: RIP Fritz Weaver, Florence Henderson and Ron Glass
    • [00:11:35]: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story gets a new teaser, advance tickets trip up Fandango
    • [00:20:26]: Official one sheet for Alien: Covenant released
    • [00:25:44]: Anne Rice regains rights to The Vampire Chronicles – taking Lestat to TV
    • [00:29:11]: Apple Presents: Frankie’s Holiday
  • [00:30:42]: Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:31:41]: Horror Pack Presents…
  • [00:33:30]: Feature Review: Night of Something Strange
  • [01:24:48]: What Have You Been Watching: SiREN
  • [01:53:38]: StumpTheSaint


Incarnate and Westworld Season 1 Finale