Remembering the Black Saint – Episode 235 – Horror News Radio

On this special episode of HNR, the extended Grue-Crew share their memories and thoughts of Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint) who we suddenly lost on Thursday, September 21, 2017. For over 4 and a half years Santos joined Doc, Dave, & Thomas on HNR providing his views on horror films, his wit, and his laughter. Through his generosity, his spirit, and his kind heart (hidden under that gruff exterior), Santos had a profound effect on many of the Grue-Crew family, friends, filmmakers, and fans. Tonight we spend some time reflecting on those past years sharing touching moments, bursts of surprise and laughter he provided, and the warm hugs he shared with the horror community. The Grue-Crew include Joseph Perry, Chad Hunt, Joey Fittos, Adam Thomas, Jeff Mohr, Jerry Chandler, Bill Mulligan, and Sammie Cassell; family and filmmakers include Ivan Ellin, Lou Simon, and Patrick Rea.  Fans and listeners include Jeff Larrimore, NJ Horror, Andy L., Daphne Monary-Ernsdorff, Andrew Gillis, Dallas Nostromo, Brian S., Christine Collingwood, EJ Hardin, Carrie Cook, Damian Osoteo, Tim Colley, Carlo Villafuerte, Joshua J. Hardway, Yonathan Habtemichael, Sam Brutuxan, and Martin Avalos.

RIP Santos Ellin, Jr.

You can always reach out via email at media(AT)gruesomemagazine(DOT)com, feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | Christopher G. Moore | Thomas Mariani  or come to the Horror News Radio Facebook Group to help others in this harsh time.

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Episode 235 – Remembering The Black Saint
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The Cult of Chucky and Gerald’s Game


For those who did not know, yes, there was a day when Santos jumped out of a perfectly fine airplane.

Santos and Ernest Borgnine

The Manitou x 2

The Black Saint and HorrorNews.Net

Santos and Adrienne Barbeau

Santos and Wes Craven


RIP Santos Ellin Jr. – Episode 234 – Horror News Radio

It’s a somber mood for The Grue Crew this episode. Our Gruesome family received some devastating news this past week. Our brother in pods Santos “The Black Saint” Ellin Jr. passed on September 21st, 2017. A loyal host of the show since it started back in 2013, Santos was not just a fun voice and a bitter commenter. He was family. For this special episode of Horror News Radio, Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Christopher G. Moore pay tribute to their favorite curmudgeon and try to make sense of all this sadness.

Next week, the entire HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans about this untimely passing. You can always reach out via email at media(AT)gruesomemagazine(DOT)com, feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | Christopher G. Moore | Thomas Mariani  or come to the Horror News Radio Facebook Group to help others in this harsh time.

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Episode 234 – RIP Santos Ellin Jr.
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Santos Ellin, Jr., Chad Hunt, and Doc Rotten at Mad Monster Party Charlotte 2014

Joey Fittos, Doc Rotten, Santos Ellin, Jr., and Christopher G. Moore at Monster-Mania 2017

Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, Santos Ellin, Jr. (center), Joey Fittos, Mary Fittos at Monster-Mania 2017

Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani, and Santos Ellin, Jr. at DragonCon 2016


Death Note (Netflix, 2017) – Defenders (Netflix, 2017) – Episode 230 – Horror News Radio

It’s “Netflix and chill” on HNR this week as the Grue-Crew open the Death Note adaptation from director Adam Wingard and join The Defenders along side Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, and Iron Fist. Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week with the passing of the legendary director Tobe Hooper – a sad day for horror fans.  Closing out the show Thomas challenges Dave, Doc, and guest-host Caitlan Turner to a round of Stump the Schmucks!

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 230 – Death Note (Netflix, 2017) – The Defenders (Netflix, 2017)
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INTRO [00:00:37]


  1. RIP Tobe Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Salem’s Lot, Poltergeist, Lifeforce, and so much more)
  2. The WB announces not one…but TWOJoker movies
  3. The Houses October Built 2 is coming – and we’ve got the trailer to prove it
  4. Vestron Video bringing the 80’s slasher Slaughter High to Blu-ray
  5. Help a horror icon get the Walk of Fame star he deserves – fund raising campaign info for George Romero

SUPPORT HNR [00:31:46]


  • Death Note (Netflix, 2017)
  • director: Adam Wingard w/ Charley Parlapanides, Vlas Parlapanides, & Jeremy Slater
  • cast: Nat Wolff, Lakeith Standfield, Margaret Qualley, Shea Wingham, Jason Liles, Paul Nakauchi, and Willem Dafoe



  • The Defenders (Netflix, 2017)
  • creators: Douglas Petrie, Marco Ramirez
  • cast: Charlie Cox, Krysten Ritter, Mike Colter, Finn Jones, Jessica Henwick, Rosario Dawson, Simone Missick, Scott Glenn, Elodie Yung, Wai Ching Ho, and Sigourney Weaver


FEEDBACK [01:35:00]

  • 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


  • Dragon Con



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)

Horror News Radio
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)