Visionary director Gore Verbinksi returns to the genre with A Cure For Wellness, a trippy, psychological horror tale about a Wall Street stockbroker (Dane DeHaan) who is sent to retrieve his company’s CEO Roland Pembroke from a wellness center tucked away in the Swiss Alps. The Grue-Crew eagerly dive into the world of cinematographer Bojan Bazelli but fight the boredom of the repetitive, meandering story from screenwriter Justin Haythe.
From the Swiss Alps to the Great Wall of China, the Grue-Crew continue circling the globe with Zhang Yimou’s The Great Wall. Taking place during the Song dynasty and the reign of the Renzong Emperor, a pair of European mercenaries (Matt Damon, Pedro Pascal) team up with a group of Chinese soldiers known as the Nameless Order to defeat an attacking army of monsters. The Chinese-US co-production is a huge hit in China, but how with the film fare with the Grue-Crew?
Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with the surprise announcement that Hulu, Stephen King, and J.J. Abrams are teaming up to bring horror fans tales from Castle Rock. As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24 – 26, 2017.
Co-hosts Doc Rotten, 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)
Feature Review: A Cure For Wellness (2017)
Gore Verbinski’s return to horror — since his j-horror remake The Ring (2002) — is a promising concept, but one meet with reservation. While Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl and Rango are favorites of the Grue-Crew (as is MouseHunt, to some), The Weather Man and The Lone Ranger are not so much. The trailers for A Cure For Wellness look amazing with interesting visuals and an intriguing plot. However, the film itself is a bit of a bore even with its Stanley Kubrick and Ken Russell influences and captivating visual flourishes. The Grue-Crew discuss the film’s high points and troubles for their review of this week’s theatrical opening.
What Have You Been Watching: The Great Wall (2017)
Touted as the most expensive film made in China, The Great Wall finally makes its way to U.S. shores after making over $200 million overseas. The Chinese-US co-production features Matt Damon and Pedro Pascal in the leads with Jing Tian, Andly Lau, Zhang Hanyu, Eddie Peng, Lu Han, Lin Gengxin, Chen Xuedong, and Huang Xuan leading the Chinese army station atop the Great Wall of China. The film features a massive mystical (or, perhaps, alien) army of creatures attacking the wall in an effort to get to the densely populated cities on the other side. While a great deal of fun, the film is a bit drab and Damon is horribly miscast. The Grue-Crew review the film a bit more favorably than Verbinski’s snooze-fest.
OUTLINE OF THIS EPISODE
- [00:00:41]: Intro
- [00:03:14]: Horror News of the Week
- [00:03:30]: J.J. Abrams announces Stephen King’s Castle Rock coming to Hulu
- [00:09:45]: The trailer for The Void catches the Crew’s attention
- [00:13:08]: The Black Saint is primed to purchase the Brain Damage Blu Ray
- [00:17:17]: DC Courts David Sandberg for Shazam and Mel Gibson for Suicide Squad 2
- [00:24:09]: The Creepshow comic Reprint is coming
- [00:27:43]: Support HNR
- [00:28:14]: Feature Review – A Cure for Wellness
- [00:56:55]: Announcements
- [00:57:01]: Gruesome Magazine
- [00:57:44]: Nevermore
- [00:58:14]: Other Appearances
- [01:00:13]: What Have You Been Watching – The Great Wall
- [01:32:28]: StumpTheSaint w/ prizes supplied by Horror Pack
NEXT WEEK ON HNR
- Dragon Con
- Gruesome Tees
- Horror Pack
- Days of the Dead (Atlanta, GA – February 3-5, 2017)
- Nevermore Film Festival (Durham, NC – February 24-26, 2017)
- Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival (Charleston, SC – May 19-22, 2017)
- Nightmares Horror Films Festival (Columbus, OH – October 19-22, 2017)
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.