Annihilation – The Lodgers – Episode 256 – Horror News Radio

The Grue Crew are joined by Paul Cardullo and Yonathan Habtemichael on a mission into The Shimmer to unravel Annihilation. Ex-Machina writer/director Alex Garland unleashes a heavy sci-fi premise that has bursts of horror… sometimes quite literally. Natalie Portman leads this expedition into a comet caused environmental abnormality that defies the laws of nature and humanity in ways we can’t quite fathom. Also, it’s rather pretty. Afterward, Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani, and Paul talk about the adventures at the Nevermore Film Festival. Not only the What Have You Been Watching gothic ghost story The Lodgers, but also of the 40th-anniversary screening for The Manitou in honor of Santos Ellin Jr. Dave Dreher regales us with Horror News of the Week about the premiere of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a Stephen King poem being adapted for TV and another surprise film from Netflix. Capping it off, Thomas unleashes another round of Phantom Factor. Get ready to be ANNIHILATED… or at least entertained.

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Episode 256 – Annihilation – The Lodgers
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Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

INTRO [00:00:38]


FEATURE REVIEW: Annihilation [00:30:32]

  • Annihilation (2018)
  • director: Alex Garland
  • cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong


  • The Nevermore Film Festival Screening
    • The Manitou 40th Anniversary Screening
    • Huge thank you to Jim Carl of the Carolina Theater
    • Interviews w/ Dan Kiely & Tiffany Arnold from Bong of the Living Dead and Ben DeLoose, director of Escape the Dark as well as a breakdown of all the films seen on upcoming episodes of the Gruesome Magazine Podcast
  • Look for Grue Crew members at the FantasticRealm screening of Jaws 3D… in 3D!
    • In September, we are looking to return to the Carolina for Friday the 13th 3-D and Amityville 3-D both in glorious 3D. More on this in the coming weeks.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING: The Lodgers [01:24:07]

  • The Lodgers (2018)
  • director: Brian O’Malley
  • cast: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon

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Eps 32 – Thor The Dark World

Thor The Dark World lights up the box office taking in over 86 million in the U.S alone – over 300 million globally in its first two weeks.

Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman return as Thor and Jane Foster while Tom Hiddleston steals the film and all of the Marvel Universe as the ever-popular Loki. All of Asgard may fall to Malekith while the god of thunder tries to win the heart of a beautiful woman from Midgard.

Co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and review Thor The Dark World while Dave brings the Horror News of the Week in this episode of Horror News Radio. It’s news about Bigfoot, all-female directed horror and Annabelle, the devil doll from Hell.

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00:02:37 – Review of The the Dark World (2013)
The grue-crew dramatically leap right into the review of the latest Marvel Studios megaplex monster, Thor the Dark World. While everyone blasts the villain of the film, the dark elf Malekith, as a weak excuse for a cinematic bad guy with a confusing, convoluted and unmotivated drive to return the universe to the darkness, they love the relationship between Thor and Loki. Director Alan Taylor strikes superhero gold with the Thunder God’s latest adventure in Asgard.

00:45:56– Horror News of the Week for 11/11/2013
“You gotta eat lightning and crap thunder, Dreher,” Thomas belts as Santos wakes up Dave in order to bring you the Horror News of the Week beginning with the found-footage bigfoot film Willow Creek. Another Dark Sky film is up next with the anthology horror film, XX, featuring a collection of female directors. Marvel Studios and Netflix sign a deal to bring four 13 episode series to the online outlet include DaredevilJessica JonesLuke Cage and Iron Fist. Next, Dave shares that Warner Brothers will be producing a variety of properties off their hit The Conjuring film, including a film about Annabelle. Up last is news about a film called The Neighbor by Marcus Dunstsn and Patrick Melton.

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