It (2017) – Episode 232 – Horror News Radio

Director Andy Mushietti and star Bill Skarsgard have done the impossible – they’ve have delivered a kick-ass, box-office juggernaut with their remake of Stephen King’s It bringing Pennywise back to the forefront of horror fans’ collective nightmares. The Grue-Crew are joined by award-winning director Christopher G. Moore and welcome back The Black Saint to discuss the film. Christopher and Doc also share their experiences at the recent GenreBlast Film Festival. Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week a pair of trailers for Insidious: The Last Key and Gerald’s Game.  Closing out the show Thomas has a few announcements about Stump the Saint.

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Horror News Radio
Episode 232 – It ( 2017)
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INTRO [00:00:40]


  1. “IT” has the highest grossing opening weekend ever for a genre film
  2. Trailer and Key art reveal for Insidious – The Last Key
  3. Kinky turns deadly in trailer debut for Gerald’s Game


  • It (2017)
  • director: Andy Muschietti w/ Chase Palmer & Cary Fukunaga and Gary Dauberman
  • cast: Jaeden Lieberher (Bill), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Ben), Sophia Lillis (Beverly), Finn Wolfhard (Richie), Chosen Jacobs ( Mike), Jack Dylan Grazer (Eddie), Wyatt Oleff (Stanley), Nicolas Hamilton (Henry Bowers), and … Bill Skarsgard as Pennywise



  • GenreBlast Film Festival
  • Feature Films: Camino, Dead Bullet, Future, Family Possessions, Guardians, Happy Hunting, Hot, Indiana, Lilith’s Awakening, and She’s Allergic to Cats

STUMP THE SAINT [01:35:02]

FEEDBACK [01:35:44]

  • 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

SUPPORT HNR [01:35:55]


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Eps 177 – Train to Busan (2016)

The Grue-crew board the horror express known as Train to Busan. The South Korean horror film is an incredible new entry into the zombie sub-genre that gets the HNR gang very excited to discuss how successful it is on this episode. If only Joseph Perry were here. Ha! Also, this episode, Thomas settles in to recap and review the animated extravaganza Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s Asian zombies in one film and a Japanese samuri beetle, a Moon King and a wooden monkey on the other. Bizarre!

Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news about a Lost Boys TV series on the CW, the reveal of the new Pennywise from Stephen King’s It and the announcement of a new Godzilla anime adventure. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 – 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

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)

Horror News Radio
Episode 177 – Train to Busan (2016)
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Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)

The trailer for Train to Busan looked to promise an exciting Asian look at zombies as a group of heroes look to escape the apocalypse aboard a bullet train from Seoul to Busan. The film delivers with exciting zombie action with roots in Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and World War Z but something far more unique. As the Black Saint points out, Train to Busan follows the structure of a classic disaster film. Think Poseidon Adventure or Earthquake. On top of that, the film has a heart with its core characters battling emotional and moral dilemmas as well. The film ranks high with the grue-crew.


What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in with his review of the animated highlight of the Summer Kubo and the Two Strings. While the film struggles to attract an audience in the theaters over its opening weekend, the reviews are strong for this film from Laika, the animation house behind such films like Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.
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  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:19] Announcements
    • [00:03:52] Dragon*Con
    • [00:05:03] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:26] iTunes Feedback
    • [00:08:07] GenreBlast Film Festival
  • [00:10:47] Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)
  • [00:54:47] What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
  • [01:07:55] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:08:29] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:08:55] The CW is bringing horror fans a Lost Boys TV show
    • [01:13:44] Stephen King’s It reveals its updated Pennywise
    • [01:20:03] Now that Shin Godzilla is breaking records in Japan, it’s time for a Godzilla animated film
  • [01:24:26] Stump the Saint
  • [01:31:55] What’s Next: Don’t Breathe