Eps 188 – Doctor Strange (2016)

Horror director Scott Derrickson (Sinister, The Exorcism of Emily Rose) tackles Marvel’s first supernatural property with Doctor Strange (2016). Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Dr. Stephen Strange, a successful but arrogant surgeon who suffers crippling injuries in a car accident and turns to the mystic arts to heal. Instead, he finds himself facing demons from the Dark Dimension. Light on the scares, heavy on the sci-fi, superhero thrills, Doctor Strange amazes with its incredible special effects and stunning visuals. Gruesome Magazine contributor Chad Hunt joins the grue-crew to review the latest from the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Dave returns to guide the Horror News of the Week with casting news for Stranger Things Season 2 and information about Max Landis directing the remake of An American Werewolf in London. The Black Saint is all set for the upcoming New York City Horror Film Festival extravaganza November 10-13, 2016. And Doc shares his visit to the Sick Chicks Flicks Horror Film Festival on Saturday, November 5, 2016 in Cary, North Carolina. What a great fall season for horror flicks!

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 188 – Doctor Strange (2016)
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Feature Review: Doctor Strange (2016)

Marvel strikes gold once again with its 14th Marvel Cinematic Universe feature Doctor Strange. The film, directed by Scott Derrickson, owned the box office its opening weekend taking in $85 million. The Marvel super hero formula proves it remains strong and popular. At least this time around, horror fans, the film does deal with supernatural elements of alternate dimensions and otherworldly demons. The film benefits from a great cast, led by Benedict Cumberbatch, and amazing special effects. The grue-crew reveal how much they loved the film – well, all except one.



  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:40] Announcements
    • [00:03:50] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:07:20] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:07:49] Sean Astin and Paul Reiser join the cast of Stranger Things Season 2
    • [00:11:11] Scream Factory announces two treats: Black Christmas and Dreamscape
    • [00:16:00] Comic conventions hit the high seas with the Fan2Sea Comic Con Cruise
    • [00:18:58] Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jackie Chan, & Rutger Hauer join the Russian film Viy 2
    • [00:23:45] Max Landis is set to direct the remake of An American Werewolf in London
  • [00:32:04] Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:33:11] Horror Pack
  • [00:33:45] Feature Review: Doctor Strange
  • [01:47:19] Film Festival Report: Sick Chick Flicks Horror Film Festival
  • [01:48:28] Stump the Saint


Arrival, Shut In, and the Netflix TV show Black Mirror Season 3




Eps 159 – Hush – Holidays

The Grue-crew dive into a pair of horror films on VOD and streaming on Netflix. First up is the Blumhouse feature HUSH from director Mike Flanagan. The film features Kate Siegel and John Gallagher Jr. starring opposite each other as victim and predator in a tense, home-invasion thriller. Next is an anthology film centered around a years worth of holidays from Vertical Entertainment and XYZ Films called, you guessed it, HOLIDAYS. The eight segments feature directors Dennis Widmyer, Kevin Kolsch, Gary Shore, Nicholas McCarthy, Sarah Adina Smith, Anthony Scott Burns, Scott Stewart, Adam Egypt Mortimer and Kevin Smith.

Dave drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about a variety of news from the previous week: ToHo releases a Godzilla trailer, Marvel shares the first teaser for Doctor Strange and Juan Antonio Bayona lands the job directing Jurassic World 2. In addition, the Grue-Crew announce the first HNR convention appearance for 2016: DragonCon (September 2 – 5, Atlanta, GA)!

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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Episode 159 – Hush (2016) – Holidays (2016)
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  • Featured Review: Hush (2016)
    A deaf woman is stalked by a psychotic killer in her secluded home.

    • d. Mike Flanagan
    • w. Mike Flanagan and Kate Siegel
    • c. Kate Siegel, John Gallagher Jr
    • Thomas Mariani (4 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (4 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (3.5 / 5)
    • Vixen (4.3 / 5)


  • What Have You Been Watching: Holidays (2016)
    An anthology feature film that puts a uniquely dark and original spin on some of the most iconic and beloved holidays of all time by challenging our folklore, traditions and assumptions.

    • d.w. Anthony Scott Burns, Nicholas McCarthy, Adam Egypt Mortimer, Gary Shore, Kevin Smith, Sarah Adina Smith, Scott Stewart, Kevin Kölsch, and Dennis Widmyer
    • c. Lorenza Izzo, Michael Gross, Seth Green, Clare Grant, Ava Acres, Megan Duffy,
    • Doc Rotten (2 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (2.5 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (3 / 5)



Eps 157 – The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale

The Walking Dead ends its sixth season with the much anticipated debut of Negan played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan. The 90 minutes finale follows Rick and much of the cast as they race to get Maggie to Hilltop but find themselves in a game of cat and mouse with the Saviors. Negan introduces the crew to Lucille, his trusty baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire. The Grue-crew discuss the show and place their bets on who is on the receiving end of Negan’s mad swings.

Then, the Grue-crew celebrate the third anniversary of Horror News Radio by answering a number of questions provided by fans on the HNR Facebook Group (please join the fun today!) and reveal some details on how they view horror and their favorite films. It’s an extra long episode with tons of background about the Grue-crew.

Dave drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about a gaggle of familiar faces added to the cast of Death House, tons of news from the set of Doctor Strange and a killer new video to promote John Carpenter’s Lost Themes II.

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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Episode 157 – The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale – 3RD Year Anniversary of HNR
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  • Featured Review: The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale
    • Jeffrey Dean Morgan debuts as Negan
  • Third Year Anniversary of HNR: Special Q&A with the Grue-Crew
    • Doc leads the Grue-crew in a revealing series of lists from Favorite Horror Films to Favorite Classic Monsters to Favorite Film of the Past Decade and more.
    • The Grue-crew share a variety of feedback and congratulatory comments about surviving three years.
    • The Fans grill the Grue-crew with a barrage of questions from “Who is your favorite director?” to “If you could make your own horror film, what would it be?” to “Is the horror genre in film making getting better or worse as time goes by?”
  • Support HNR: Patreon & Horror T-Shirts
  • Horror News of the Week: 03/14/2016
    • John Carpenter releases a new video to promote Lost Themes II
    • Tons of Doctor Strange news makes Doc and Thomas happy
    • Warner Brothers picks up the rights to adapt Stephen King’s Doctor Sleep
    • Death House, the “Expendables” of horror, adds more familiar cast members
    • The trailer for Swiss Army Man does not disappoint
  • Stump the Saint: w/ prizes supplied Gruesome Magazine
    • March Winner: Galaxia Siandre

Episode 88 – The Pyramid

The final theatrical horror film of 2014 is The Pyramid from director Gregory Levasseur featuring Ashley Hinshaw and Denis (American Horror Story) O’Hare. The film takes a small band of archaeologists and documentary film makers to the deserts of Egypt where they have discovered a three sided Pyramid on unknown origin. They venture into the apex of the mysterious man made marvel only to encounter the unholy horrors that lie beneath. The HNR grue crew review the film.

Doc shares the horror news of the week with news about Marvel’s Doctor Strange, Toho’s Godzilla and Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens. Doc also desperately tries to champion the season finale of SyFy’s Z Nation.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (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! All this and Stump the Saint too! It’s a perfect world.

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Episode 88 – The Pyramid – Z Nation Season Finale
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Review: The Pyramid (2014) 

Producer Alexandre Aja delivers dangerous mazes, flesh hungry Sphinx creature and Anubis in his latest film The Pyramid. While the film delivers a bevy of gory effects but fails to bring much scares or horror. While Doc and Vixen find enough to entertain them for the 89 minute run time, The Black Saint can’t help but wonder why they remade As Above, So Below. Bwah hah hah.

What Have You Been Watching: Z Nation season finale 

Dave and Doc freely admit they have been following Asylum’s Z Nation airing on SyFy. Despite the low budget and cheesy approach to the show, Z Nation is consistently fun, in their opinion. The Black Saint, Thomas and Vixen refuse to believe them. So sad. Doc shares his thoughts on the finale of the first season of Z Nation.

Horror News of the Week for 12/08/2014 

Doc steps in to bring you the Horror News of the Week with news of who has been cast as Marvel’s Doctor Strange, let’s welcome Benedict Cumberbatch to the fold. Toho announced this week that they will be returning to their hottest property Godzilla in 2016. Jamie Lee Curtis is joining Emma Roberts in Ryan Murphy’s upcoming 2015 horror comedy Scream Queens. It appears that Mrs. Voorhees is returning to the Friday the 13th franchise come November 13, 2015. Tom Holland and Tim Sullivan announce TnT Presents featuring a re-release of Child’s Play.

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