Eps 193 – The Worst Horror Films of 2016

It’s that time of year again, time to take a look back at the past twelve months of horror films in theaters, VOD or film festivals. The “best of” will garner some attention later this month, but for episode 193, the Grue-crew are going to get the unpleasantaries out of the way, taking a long look at The Worst Horror Films of 2016. This year Kevin Smith earns the unique distinction of being on all four lists, entering the top tens for Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten. While a few candidates make a multiple hits this year (Shin Godzilla, Viral, Cell, Rob Zombie’s 31), The Black Saint would be content with filling the entire list with films from Blumhouse. Sigh.

The feature review this week is Abattoir, a low budget film from Darren Lynn Bousman with a rough history getting the film in the can. The film has terrific cinematography and a creative concept behind the story. Any film featuring Lin Shaye is worth a look see. Jessica Lowndes and Joe Anderson lead the cast while Dayton Callie stars as the film’s villain Jebediah Crone. The Grue-Crew chime in with their reaction to the film debating what worked and what fell short.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with a reaction to the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, the Deadpool Golden Globe nomination, and the new Marvel comic from RL Stein, Man-Thing. 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 193 – Abattoir (2016) – The Worst Horror Films of 2016
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Feature Review: Abattoir (2016)

Fan favorite director Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) returns with Abattoir where he takes a unique stab at the haunted house genre. Bousman enlists a terrific cast including Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Michael Pare, and Bryan Batt. Callie is especially terrific as Jebediah Crone, a mysterious man who buys houses – houses that are reportedly haunted – and rips out the rooms where the haunting originates. What he ends up doing with those rooms is quite extraordinary.

Special Feature: The Worst Horror Films of 2016

While 2016 was a crappy year in general, it was a fairly decent year for Horror Films. They struck gold at the box office and some true gems went straight to VOD. The Grue-crew will be getting to the best horror films in a few weeks, for tonight, their heading down the lonesome road to The Worst Horror Films of 2016. Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten each provide their top 10 (or is that their bottom 10?). One film made it onto each list, Yoga Hosers, while Rob Zombie’s 31, Cell, and Shin Godzilla made it on three. Here they are in all their…glory.

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10) Shin Godzilla
    • 09) Phantasm Ravager
    • 08) Viral
    • 07) Zoombies
    • 06) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 05) Yoga Hosers
    • 04) Hardcore Henry
    • 03) Jeruzalem
    • 02) Cell
    • 01) Bite
  • Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint)
    • 10) Terror Toons 3
    • 09) Cell
    • 08) Baskin
    • 07) Viral
    • 06) Phantasm: Ravager
    • 05) The Greasy Strangler
    • 04) Blair Witch
    • 03) Incarnate
    • 02) Yoga Hosers
    • 01) The Darkness
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10) Zoombies
    • 09) Shin Godzilla
    • 08) Jeruzalem
    • 07) The Disappointments Room
    • 06) Pride + Prejudice + Zombies
    • 05) Martyrs
    • 04) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 03) Night of Something Strange
    • 02) Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
    • 01) Yoga Hosers
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10) Incarnate
    • 09) The Veil
    • 08) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 07) Shin Godzilla
    • 06) Satanic
    • 05) Shelley
    • 04) Yoga Hosers
    • 03) Getting Schooled
    • 02) Ghost Team
    • 01) Cell


  • [00:00:38]: Intro
    • [00:02:33]: Walker Stalker
    • [00:03:08]: Gruesome Magazine 2017!
  • [00:04:07]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:04:23]: Deadpool & Genre Golden Globe Nominations
    • [00:09:08]: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
    • [00:13:16]: Man-Thing by RL Stine
    • [00:16:32]: James Franco in Alien: Covenant
    • [00:19:58]: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer
  • [00:29:36]: Support HNR
  • [00:30:13]: Featire Review: Abattoir
  • [00:54:03]: Special Feature: Worst Horror Films Of The Year 2016
    • [00:56:30]: Dave’s List
    • [01:01:29]: Santos’ List
    • [01:11:04]: Thomas’ List
    • [01:26:22]: Doc’s List
    • [01:43:13]: Dishonorable Mentions
  • [01:48:36]: Stump The Saint


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Eps 161 – Green Room – Penny Dreadful

The Grue-crew are united in their love and appreciation for Jeremy Saulnier’s intense thriller GREEN ROOM. The must-see film grabs you by the boo-boo and never lets go as Anton Yelchin, Alia Shawkat and Imogen Poots struggle to survive the violent oppression of Patrick Stewart and his neo-Nazi cohorts. This film is brutal.

Thomas drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about the trailer for Stephen King’s Cell, the remake of Puppet Master and the exit of Seth Grahame-Green from The Flash movie. Doc provides his impressions on the first episode of the third season of Penny Dreadful and tears up remembering the host of B-Movie Cast, Vince Rotolo, who recently passed away.

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 Gruesome Magazine)

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  • Featured Review: Green Room (2016)
    A band straying into a secluded part of Oregon stumbles onto a horrific act of violence. Because they are the only witnesses, they become the targets of a terrifying gang of white power skinheads who want to make sure all the evidence is eliminated.

    • d/w. Jeremy Saulnier
    • c. Anton Yelchin (Pat), Joe Cole (Reece), Alia Shawkat (Sam), Callum Turner (Tiger), Imogen Poots (Amber), Macon Blair (Gabe/OfficeMgr), Patrick Stewart (Darcy), Eric Edelstein (Big Justin), Mark Webber (Daniel)
    • Thomas Mariani (4.5 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4.8 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (4.5 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (4.5 / 5)
    • Vixen (4.5 / 5)


  • What Have You Been Watching: Penny Dreadful Season 3 Premiere (2016)
    • Doctor Frankenstein, Vanessa Ives and crew are joined by Dr. Jekyll to face the big bad this year, the one and only Dracula! Exciting!



Eps 31 – Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is finally here, 28 years in the making. Gavin Hood directs Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in the teen friendly Sci-Fi adventure.

Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen have mixed feelings on the results. Some of it works for most all the grue-crew while many have issues with the pacing, the characters and, in Dave’s case, the film altogether. Doc tries to defend Ender’s Game with only moderate success.

Dave continues with the Horror News of the Week and shares his visit to Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Studio for a Halloween party where the guest of honor was none other than Freddy Kruger himself, Robert Englund.

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00:04:00 – Review of Ender’s Game (2013)
The grue-crew venture into Sci-Fi territory this week as they review Ender’s Game from Gavin Hood. It does have aliens – well, almost. It does have bloodshed – uh, no, not really. Gasp, the horror in Ender’s Game is the realization of the effects of Harrison Ford’s character’s manipulation of the young cast. It is devastating, an emotional hit to the gut. While Dave zoned out pretty quickly, Doc and Vixen generally liked it while both Santos and Thomas had stronger issues.

00:47:56 – What Have You Been Watching: Dave meets Robert Englund
Dave was fortunate to attend a special Halloween event at Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Studio to support his school the Kurtzman Institute of Art. The guest of honor was Robert Englund the talented madman who plays Freddy Kruger – and is featured in over 140 films. Dave shares the event and his meeting of the modern horror icon.

00:52.31– Horror News of the Week for 11/04/2013
Dave rocks the horror news of the week beginning with news that Samuel L. Jackson has joined fellow 1408 co-star John Cusack for the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell to be directed by Paranormal Activity 2’s Tod Williams. A pair of directors are up next with George Romero commenting about the lack of zombies in The Walking Dead and David Cronenberg cutting Stanley Kubrick below the knees for the lack of horror in The Shining. Thomas is not terribly interested in hearing about Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno which had footage premiere this week. Michael Biehn finally released a trailer for his film Hidden in the Woods that is truly disturbing. And the Archie comics are going un-dead with Afterlife with Archie.

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