Primal Rage – Episode 257 – Horror News Radio

Bigfoot just got a Predator-style makeover! Primal Rage breathes new life into The Missing Link as he hunts down a young couple lost in the woods with his hunting skills. Bows and arrows. Tactful stealth. The ability to just tear people in half. All service his… Primal Rage. The Grue Crew are joined by Vanessa Thompson to discuss Bigfoot but that’s not all! Dave Dreher has witnessed sightings of Horror News of the Week, detailing horror winning big at the Academy Awards, a potential new season of Dexter and a House Shark may be swimming in close waters! Plus, Phantom Factor gets pretty hairy!

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 | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

Horror News Radio
Episode 257 – Primal Rage
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INTRO [00:00:39]


FEATURE REVIEW: Primal Rage [00:25:37]

  • Primal Rage (2018)
  • director: Patrick Magee
  • cast: Casey Gagliardi, Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Eloy Casados


  • Look for Grue Crew members at the FantasticRealm screening of Jaws 3D… in 3D!
    • In September, we are looking to return to the Carolina for Friday the 13th 3-D and Amityville 3-D both in glorious 3D. More on this in the coming weeks.
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  • This week’s topic: Hairiest of Horrors
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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)

Horror News Radio
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)

Horror News Radio
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 184 – Phantasm: Ravager

The final chapter of Don Coscarelli’s Phantasm series is now available on VOD. The Grue-crew don their best ice-cream suits to do battle with Angus Scrimm’s Tall Man one last time as they review Phantasm Ravager from director David Hartman. Reggie Bannister, A. Michael Baldwin, and Bill Thornbury are all back as well. The story is a nightmarish and dreamlike as the previous four as Reggie continues to search for his friends Mike and Jody.

Doc shares his adventure to the Monsterama horror convention in Atlanta, Georgia. The Grue-crew were supposed to go to Spooky Empire this past weekend but Mother Nature had other plans. Thanks to Andrew and Derek at Monsterama, Doc and award winning director Christopher G. Moore were able to set up at the Atlanta convention instead giving away tons of promos from our friends at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

Dave dives into the Horror News of the Week with the trailer for Get Out, the next found footage sensation RWD, and the orchestra concert during the showing of Jaws. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo attended Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. The Knoxville Horror Film Festival is coming October 21-23, 2016 in Knoxville, TN.

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 184 – Phantasm Ravager (2016)
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Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager (2016)

For the first time without Don Coscarelli behind the camera, the Phantasm series returns with Phantasm Ravager. The film is episodic and disjointed but has a familiar charm to it as the story follows Reggie searching for Mike and Jody. There are plenty of balls chasing after him and the 1971 Plymout Barracuda is not too far behind either. A few other faces from the franchise appear as well along with the final appearance of Angus Scrimm as the Tall Man. Boooooy!

Convention Report: Monsterama (2016 – Atlanta, GA)

Gruesome Magazine and Horror News Radio wish to extend a huge “Thank You” to the kind folks behind Monsterma Con in Atlanta. Due to Hurricane Matthew, the Grue-crew were unable to attend the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, Florida. Without hesitation, the Monsterama gang opened their doors to any Spooky Empire ticket holders and to Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore. The guest list included Caroline Munro, Susanna Leigh, Trina Parks, and Zach Galligan among many others. It was great to see old friends and meet new fans of the show. Thank you, Monsterama.



  • [00:00:40] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:33] Announcements
    • [00:03:27] Knoxville Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:17] Sick Chicks Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:47] NYC Horror Film Festival
  • [00:08:08] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:08:42] The trailer for Jordan Peele’s Get Out is creepy as hell
    • [00:13:44] The podcast Lore gets a greenlight as an Amazon series
    • [00:17:23] RWD looks to be taking found footage into a new direction
    • [00:21:50] Who is ready for Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
    • [00:25:35] The Boston Pops will play John William’s score during a showing of Jaws
  • [00:28:58] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [00:30:31] Horror Pack
  • [00:31:05] Feature Review: Phantasm Ravager
  • [01:08:28] Convention Report: Monsterama Con
  • [01:14:33] Stump the Saint (Thump The Thaint)
  • [01:21:43] Next Week: Shin Godzilla


Shin Godzilla



Eps 129 – Cooties

Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson, Alison Pill, Jack McBrayer and Leigh Whannell lead the cast for the horror comedy Cooties from directors Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion. The Grue-crew gleefully watch as the film follows a group of teachers trapped inside their school as their students turn into flesh-eating zombies out to kill them all. Is it funny? Is it scary? Guest-host, Christopher G. Moore is on hand to share his thoughts as well.

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with news about a potential Mist TV show, a possible Jordon Peel horror film (Get Out) from Blumhouse and the Kickstarter future of the horror game Allison Road. Joseph Perry returns with three more reviews from the BiFan Internation Film Festival: The Stranger (Chile), American Burger (Sweden) and I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (New Zealand).

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!

Horror News Radio
Episode 129 – Cooties
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 Review: Cooties (2015) 

In a curious turn, the thoughts from the Grue-crew – and special guest-host Christopher G. Moore – about the new horror comedy Cooties are all across the board from loving it to absolutely hating it. Arguably more so than horror, comedy is extremely subjective with the Jonathan Milott and Cary Murnion directed film appealing to Christopher who gives it a 4.0. On the other end lies Thomas Mariani, giving the film a 0.5. Insane. This is the review you want to listen to.

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Festival Report: BiFan (2015) w/ The Stranger (Chile), American Burger (Sweden) and I Survived a Zombie Holocaust (New Zealand)

International HNR Reported Joseph Perry returns with another BiFan International Film Festival update featuring reviews of three more extraordinary horror movies. This week he digs into The Stranger from Chile, American Burger from Sweden and I Survived a Zombie Holocaust from New Zealand.

Horror News of the Week for 09/21/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with of birthday boy Stephen King’s novella The Mist getting a potential TV treatment. Christopher steps in to share news about the kickstarter for the horror game Allison Road. Comedian Jordon Peele is teaming up with Blumhouse to direct the genre film Get Out! Jack the Ripper and H. G. Wells face off again as Time After Time heads to television. The real-life alien-abduction story of Betty and Barney Hill comes to life in the feature film based on their lives called Captured.

HNR T-SHIRTS: “Are you ill, Sir?” & “Is it a phantom, a demon or the devil himself?”

HNR is proud to announce the HNR HORROR T-SHIRT collection featuring Dracula’s Soul Brother with a killer design from HNR uber-fan Chad Hunt and the Devil’s Dastardly Drive in “Is It A Phantom” design from a groovy 1977 flick. Check them out! And there’s also the uber-cool Horror News Radio t-shirt as well.

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Thanks to the sponsors who are providing kick-ass giveaways for the Mad Monster Party and Scares that Care Weekend II. Be sure to join us at the Scares that Care Weekend II horror convention in July and the Martisville Horrorfest in October!