Eps 142 – Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Award winning director, Christopher G. Moore, joins the Grue-crew to discuss the box-office record breaking film from J.J. Abrams, Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Doc and Christopher share their love for the films while Dave, Thomas and the Black Saint are less impressed siting it as being too similar to A New Hope. They still call the film a hit, however, being more engaged with the new characters of Finn (John Boyega), Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). The practical effects get a huge thumbs up as well – with BB8 getting much love – and the CGI space battles are highlights for the crew. It should be noted that this episode is HEAVY on the spoilers, so be warned.

Before the excitement starts, Christopher shares his weekend experience with the film which includes being interviewed by a local new team and seeing the film a whopping Eleven times from Thursday through Saturday. For those who are less enthusiastic about HNR covering Non-Horror films, be sure to return next week for the Best Horror Films of 2015.

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 Diabolique Magazine)

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SDCC 2015 Special Edition

SDCC (2015) descends upon Southern California once again this year with four days (or more) of big announcements, huge events and Hollywood stars. Horror News Radio takes some time to examine some of the super hero and Star Wars news coming from the world’s largest convention. This year has some crazy heroic highlights: a caped crusader, a Merc with a mouth, a Killing Joke and a Starkiller.

The force continues to be strong for the HNR crew. And to everyone’s surprise, Deadpool steps up to steal the weekend – almost, Jedi aside. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and award winning director Christopher G. Moore to recap and react to the various super hero and Star Wars related news coming out of San Diego Comic-Con 2015.

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The extended geektastic weekend starts off with an incredible new Batman v Superman trailer that provided more tone and characters, including the first look at Wonder Woman in action. WB continues to amaze its captive audience with a trailer for Suicide Squad giving hungry fans a look at Deadshot, Amanda Waller, Harley Quinn and more. Oh, yeah, let’s not forget Jared Leto as The Joker! On the Marvel side of the street, Ryan Reynolds teases and thrills audiences with a crazy red-band trailer for Deadpool. Win!

And, to no one’s surprise, the weekend belongs to Star Wars VII. The main cast are all there including Mark Hamill, Carrie Fisher and Harrison Ford. While a new trailer is not in the cards just yet, director J.J. Abrams amazes with a behind the scene featurette that hits all the right notes. Excellent!

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Eps 31 – Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is finally here, 28 years in the making. Gavin Hood directs Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in the teen friendly Sci-Fi adventure.

Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen have mixed feelings on the results. Some of it works for most all the grue-crew while many have issues with the pacing, the characters and, in Dave’s case, the film altogether. Doc tries to defend Ender’s Game with only moderate success.

Dave continues with the Horror News of the Week and shares his visit to Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Studio for a Halloween party where the guest of honor was none other than Freddy Kruger himself, Robert Englund.

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00:04:00 – Review of Ender’s Game (2013)
The grue-crew venture into Sci-Fi territory this week as they review Ender’s Game from Gavin Hood. It does have aliens – well, almost. It does have bloodshed – uh, no, not really. Gasp, the horror in Ender’s Game is the realization of the effects of Harrison Ford’s character’s manipulation of the young cast. It is devastating, an emotional hit to the gut. While Dave zoned out pretty quickly, Doc and Vixen generally liked it while both Santos and Thomas had stronger issues.

00:47:56 – What Have You Been Watching: Dave meets Robert Englund
Dave was fortunate to attend a special Halloween event at Robert Kurtzman’s Mad FX Studio to support his school the Kurtzman Institute of Art. The guest of honor was Robert Englund the talented madman who plays Freddy Kruger – and is featured in over 140 films. Dave shares the event and his meeting of the modern horror icon.

00:52.31– Horror News of the Week for 11/04/2013
Dave rocks the horror news of the week beginning with news that Samuel L. Jackson has joined fellow 1408 co-star John Cusack for the screen adaptation of Stephen King’s Cell to be directed by Paranormal Activity 2’s Tod Williams. A pair of directors are up next with George Romero commenting about the lack of zombies in The Walking Dead and David Cronenberg cutting Stanley Kubrick below the knees for the lack of horror in The Shining. Thomas is not terribly interested in hearing about Eli Roth’s The Green Inferno which had footage premiere this week. Michael Biehn finally released a trailer for his film Hidden in the Woods that is truly disturbing. And the Archie comics are going un-dead with Afterlife with Archie.

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