Eps 175 – Suicide Squad (2016)

This week on HNR, the Grue-crew fan through Amanda Waller’s files on “the worst of the worst” with their review of David Ayer’s Suicide Squad. The DC Extended Universe delivers its third film which follows the events in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice where many of DC’s villains are gathered together to defeat a new threat out to destroy the Earth. Will Smith as Deadshot and Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn lead the cast while Jared Leto’s version of The Joker dances around the edges. Award winning director Christopher G. Moore joins the crew to determine why “Gozer” is involved in the film – dwerp!

Doc launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news where Breck Eisner may guide Jason’s return, Peter Block is reviving Pumpkinhead and Willem Dafoe joins Adam Wingard’s Death Note. 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, 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)

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Episode 175 – Suicide Squad (2016)
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Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)

DC returns to the big screen with Suicide Squad in another desperate attempt to match Marvel’s success with its cinematic universe. The results are decidedly mixed as the film breaks box office records for August (beating Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy) and the cast make up for a super-flawed script. Margot Robbie and Will Smith succeed in making Harley Quinn and Deadshot fun characters to watch while Viola Davis is ice-cold as Amanda Waller, proving her character is the true villain of the film. Jared Leto’s controversial interpretation of The Joker, while unique and electric, divides fan opinion of his version of the Crown Prince of Crime. Jai Courtney has fun as Captain Cold while Jay Hernandez nearly steals the film as El Diablo. Oh, and yes, Batman is in the film capturing Deadshot and chasing Joker & Harley during the introduction scenes. Fun, frustrating and flawed, Suicide Squad proves to be a heated discussion for the Grue-crew.


  • [00:00:38] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:02:14] Announcements
    • [00:02:32] Genre Blast Film Festival
    • [00:03:05] Dragon*Con
    • [00:04:43] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:04:58] Write a Review on iTunes for a Chance to Win Fandango Gift Card
  • [00:05:53] Feature Review: Suicide Squad (2016)
  • [01:18:21] CONTEST: The Walking Dead Season 6 Blu-ray from Anchor Bay Entertainment
  • [01:20:16] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:20:28] Friday the 13th rumors are heating up as Breck Eisner may join as director
    • [01:26:11] Peter Block (Saw) is ramping up a return to Pumpkinhead
    • [01:29:26] Adam Wingard casts his Shinigami in Death Note with Willem Dafoe
  • [01:34:35] Stump the Saint
  • [01:42:00] Listener Feedback
  • [01:58:32] What’s Next: The Mind’s Eye




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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Bonus Edition – SDCC 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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Super Special – Suicide Squad Cast

Marvel and DC have both plotted out the next five years with two or three super hero films coming from each studio every year. Disney has also planned out their Star Wars franchise. The X-Men are still going strong with Bryan Singer returning to the helm. It is difficult to go a few days without some fantastic bit of news about super heroes or space soldiers taking to the big screen in a grand, marvelous way. It’s the dawning of a new era, a new way for fandom to embrace their favorite properties. And now Horror News Radio will help shine the light on what it all means: Thomas Mariani joins Doc Rotten to bring the Horror News Radio Super Specials with special guest hosts. This week they are joined by award winning writer/director Christopher G. Moore and fan-turned-podcaster Joey Fittos.

Horror News Radio Super Special
001 – Suicide Squad Casting Announcement
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The big announcement this week, the first week of December 2014, is the cast for the upcoming 2016 DC film, Suicide Squad, the movie that will follow closely behind Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. For weeks we have been teased with names possibly attached the film and character likely set to appear in the story. The most intriguing of all being the return of The Joker and who may very well play him. Doc and the gang go over the cast announcement and the concept behind Suicide Squad.

  • Jared Leto as The Joker 
  • Will Smith as Deadshot 
  • Tom Hardy as Rick Flag 
  • Margot Robbie as Harley Quinn 
  • Jai Courtney as Boomerang 
  • Cara Delevingne as Enchantress 

Also discussed this episode is the casting of Oscar Isaac as Apocalypse in Bryan Singer’s follow up to his successful X-Men: Days of Future PastX-Men: Apocalypse. Oscar Isaac just happens to be in the the big trailer released over the Holiday weekend as well, Star Wars VII The Force Awakens. Don’t get too excited, the Terminator: Genisys trailer is coming. Dwerp. With the hot announcement of Preacher getting a pilot order from AMC, the gang discuss Gotham, The Flash, Arrow, Constantine and Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD. To wrap things up Thomas recommends the film Birdman.

Check out this episode!