Eps 189 – Arrival (2016)

As Halloween 2016 sets sail, the Grue-crew turn to a thinking man’s Sci-fi mindbender for this week’s episode of HNR. Acclaimed director Denis Villleneuve brings his film ARRIVAL into theaters this weekend with a thoughtful look at aliens landing on Earth with a little time-traveling mumbo-jumbo for good measure. Amy Adams, Jeremy Renner and Forest Whitaker lead the cast Meanwhile Thomas and Santos share their impression of Netflix’s BLACK MIRROR Season 3. Six episodes of some of the best sci-fi/horror television this side of The Twilight Zone.

Dave returns to guide the Horror News of the Week with casting news for Nosferatu, The Slenderman and…Doctor Stranger Things? The Black Saint reports on the New York City Horror Film Festival extravaganza which ran November 10-13, 2016. And Doc is set to visit the Walker Stalker Charlotte convention December 17 & 18, 2016 in Charlotte, North Carolina.

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)

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Episode 189 – Arrival (2016) – Black Mirror: Season 3
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Feature Review: Arrival (2016)

An alien invasion film far closer to Contact or Close Encounters of the Third Kind than Independence Day, Arrival (2016) from Denis Villeneuve takes an intelligent look at what it may take to communicate with a species not of this Earth. Twelve alien space craft land across the globe and the US turns to Amy Adams to interpret their language. But they are in for more than first meets the eye as the creatures reveal their “weapon” to the world. Dave, Doc and Thomas reflect on the themes and the cinematography of the film while debating whether the “time travel” aspect of the script hamper or propel the overall story. The world may never know.


What Have You Been Watching: Black Mirror Season 3 (2016)

Making its way from London, England to Netflix, USA, Charlie Brooker’s Black Mirror continues with season 3. Expanding the typical season from 3 episodes to 6, the third go around features directors such as Joe Wright (Nose Dive), Dan Trachtenberg (Playtest), James Watkins (Shut Up and Dance), Owen Harris (San Junipero), Jakob Verbruggen (Men Against Fire), and James Hawes (Hated in the Nation). The Black Saint and Thomas Mariani provide thier review of each episode and rank the results.



  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:40] Announcements
    • [00:04:19] Walker Stalker Charlotte
  • [00:05:57] Horror News of the Week
    • [00:06:15] Christopher G. Moore, director of Knob Goblins, goes viral as Doctor Stranger Things
    • [00:09:47] HBO tackles The Slenderman – the creepy trailer debuts
    • [00:12:58] Robert Eggers, the director of The Witch, confirms his next project – Nosferatu
    • [00:17:27] Verese Sarabande set to release a 12 CD limited set of classic horror film scores with Little Box of Horrors
    • [00:21:28] The new Kong: Skull Island trailer is set to drop, the Grue-crew speculate
  • [00:26:49] Support HNR on Patreon
  • [00:28:06] Horror Pack
  • [00:29:49] Feature Review: Arrival
  • [01:10:19] What Have You Been Watching: Black Mirror Season 3
  • [01:34:02] Film Festival Report: New York City Horror Film Festival 2016
  • [01:45:10] Stump the Saint


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Eps 162 – Captain America: Civil War

It’s hero against hero in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR as the star spangled hero, Steve Rogers, goes up against Tony Stark (Iron Man) over the Sokovia Accords as the future of the Avengers hangs in the balance. The Grue-crew welcome artist Chad Hunt and award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore to the show to discuss the runaway block buster hit, the highlights, the action, the suspense and the surprises – and, of course, the big wink to Star Wars and the introduction of a certain web-head to the MCU. It may not be straight up horror this week, but it is still a hell of a lot of fun!

Dave returns to illuminate the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about Russell Crowe joining Tom Cruise in Universal’s The Mummy, Jared Leto leads the short list for the role of Lestat in the Interview with the Vampire remake and Hèctor Hernández Vicens signs on to direct another version of Day of the Dead. Plenty of WTF moments!

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 Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 162 – Captain America: Civil War (2016)
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  • Featured Review: Captain America: Civil War (2016)
    Political interference in the Avengers’ activities causes a rift between former allies Captain America and Iron Man.
  • d. Anthony Russo, Joe Russo
  • w. Christopher Markus, Stephen McFeely
  • c. Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Sebastian Stan, Anthony Mackie, Don Cheadle, Jeremy Renner, Chadwick Boseman, Paul Bettany, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Rudd, Emily VanCamp, Tom Holland, Daniel Bruhl, Frank Grillo, William Hurt, Martin Freeman, Marisa Tomei
  • Thomas Mariani (5 / 5)
  • Doc Rotten (5 / 5)
  • The Black Saint (4.8 / 5)
  • Chad Hunt  (5 / 5)
  • Christopher G. Moore  (5 / 5)


  • Announcements: DragonCon (2016) & Podcast Awards Nominations
    • DragonCon (2016) September 2 – 5, 2016:
      • Look for The Black Saint, Doc Rotten and Bill Mulligan on various panels on the Horror Block
  • Support HNR: Patreon & Horror T-Shirts
  • Horror News of the Week: 05/02/2016
    • Universal’s The Mummy film adds Russell Crowe to the mix as…Dr. Jekyll
    • Another Day of the Day remake is announced with director Hèctor Hernández Vicens at the helm
    • The director of the remake of Interview with the Vampire is looking to cast Jared Leto as Lestat
    • Screen Gems is promising the first studio film featuring Slender Man
    • Arrow Video delivers yet another killer Blu-ray set, “Killer Dames” with The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times
  • Stump the Saint: w/ prizes supplied Gruesome Magazine
    • The winner for April is Yonathan Habtemichael
    • Horror News Radio T-Shirt