Don’t Kill It – Stake Land II: The Stakelander – Episode 215 – Horror News Radio

The Grue-Crew catch a pair of VOD horror offerings this week with Mike Mendez’ Don’t Kill It as the feature review and Dan Berk & Robert Olsen’s Stake Land 2: The Stakelander in the What Have You Been Watching segment. What they find, despite both being written by the Berk & Olsen team, is that mileage varies. One of the films lands on the positive side of the draw while the other dips into a less favorable reaction. At least there’s plenty of Dolph Lundgren! Dave sadly shares the Horror News of the Week with the passing of two legendary character actors: RIP Michael Parks and Power Booth. Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week’s Stump the Saint!

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Episode 215 – Don’t Kill It (2017) – Stake Land II (2017)
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  • Don’t Kill It (2017)
  • Director: Mike Mendez / w. Dan Berk & Robert Olsen
  • Cast: Dolph Lundgren (as Jebediah Woodley), Kristina Klebe (as Agent Evelyn Pierce), James Chalke (as Pastor Erikson)



  • Stake Land II: The Stakelander (2017)
  • Director: Dan Berk & Robert Olsen / w. Nick Damici
  • Cast: Nick Damici, Connor Paolo, Laura Abramsen

STUMP THE SAINT [01:11:53]

FEEDBACK [01:18:24]

  • Thanks to Tear Out the Heart and Victory Records for use of the song Undead Anthem for the intro and outro of the HNR podcast


  • Alien: Covenant


Episode 77 – Tusk – The Maze Runners

Tusk (2014) is Kevin’s Smith second horror comedy with the script germinating from the SModcast podcast: episode 259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. The film may be a bit uneven and controversial but the performance by Michael Parks as Howard Howe has a number of the grue-crew saying he should be considered for an Academy Award…but realize, sadly, it never will.

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Universal hiring Noah Hawley (Fargo) to script a Classic Monster flick and Camille Keaton returns for a sequel to I Spit On Your Grave. Doc, Thomas and Santos have all seen The Maze Runner…and they like it. What?

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas 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!  This week we announce that it is time to enter for a chance to win Lionsgate Home Entertainments’s Hannibal Season 2 DVD giveaway prize pack.

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Episode 77 – Tusk (2014) – The Maze Runner (2014)
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Tusk (2014) 
Kevin Smith turns a dare on his popular podcast into a full length feature, Tusk. The film stars Justin Long, Michael Parks, Genesis Rodriguez and Haley Joel Osment where Parks’ Howard Howe eyes Justin Long’s Wallace Bryton for his horrifying experiments in turning a man into a walrus, a new Mr. Tusk. The reviews are mixed among the grue-crew, Santos loves the films while Vixen shares she was prepared to walk out of the theater. It’s a lively conversation with a personal call to action for Kevin Smith from Thomas.



What Have You Been Watching: The Maze Runner
Yes, The Maze Runner is an adaptation of a Young Adult novel, but it is well done, thrilling and features creepy creature effects with the Grievers. Doc Rotten, The Black Saint and Thomas Mariani each saw the film over the weekend and recap the highlights of the film, including some crafty eyebrow acting. Woot!

Horror News of the Week for 09/22/2014
Dave begins the Horror News of the Week with the announcement that Noah Hawley from the Fargo TV series has been hired to write the next film for the revamped Universal Monsters film series. Which monster he is writing has not yet been revealed. It appears that infamous director Ed Woods was also a writer of prose…and his 32 stories have been collected into a single volume. Camille Keaton returns for a sequel to I Spit On Your Grave. Hulu lands J.J. Abrams adaptation of Stephen King’s 11/22/63. And Spirit stores spread Halloween cheer to children.

Contest: Lionsgate Home Entertainment DVD giveaway of Hannibal Season 2.
The Black Saint provides the trivia question for Lionsgate Home Entertainment’s DVD giveaway of Hannibal Season 2 out now. Thank to The Black Saint, Horror News Radio as a copy to give away. Check out for details. Contest ends midnight, September 28, 2014 and is open to US residents only. Good luck!

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