Kong: Skull Island (2017) – Episode 206 – Horror News Radio

Legendary continues their MonsterVerse with the release of Kong: Skull Island, following up the American version of Godzilla (2014). With director Jordan Vogt-Roberts at the helm, the film is a B-movie picture with an A-movie cast and budget, including increasing Kong’s size to become over 100 feet tall. It may be the best big dumb monster movie ever. The Grue-crew hunker down in the podcast jungle to share their thoughts on the furry Kaiju beast and his battles with helicopters, a giant octopus, some deadly “skull crawlers”, and one mean looking Samuel L. Jackson. While the film is a gas, it may be the stinger that has the crew all giddy.

Dave is back with another edition of Horror News of the Week with talk of Behind the Mask getting a comic book, another Friday the 13th game trailer, and Netflix picking up the Godzilla anime feature. HNR and Gruesome Magazine are heading to a number of horror conventions and film festival in the coming months with Joey Fittos covering Monster-Mania this past weekend and Doc Rotten and John Black heading to Mad Monster Party Carolina, March 24-26, 2017.

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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Feature Review: Kong: Skull Island (2017)

Check out this killer A movie cast: Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman, Corey Hawkins, John Ortiz, Tian Jing, Toby Kebbell, Jason Mitchell, Shea Wingham, Thomas Mann, Eugene Cordero, and Richard Jenkins. Too bad most of them are nothing more than fodder for Kong and his monster mates on Skull Island to stomp, eat, and squish in glorious monster movie mayhem. Kong is truly King! He is amazing in the film, wonderfully rendered and perfectly integrated in the world of Kong. The film also sets up the eventual Godzilla vs Kong MonsterVerse confrontation due in 2020 with a fun little stinger at the very end of the credits. With a simple Godzilla roar, imaginations soar. But, first, what do the Grue-Crew thing of Kong: Skull Island.

Outline of the Episode

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:03:35]: Announcements
  • [00:06:08]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:06:23]: Leslie Vernon returns with Behind the Mask Comic Book Sequel
    • [00:10:42]: Godzilla Anime is heading to Netflix
    • [00:15:44]: All fear the Friday the 13th: The Game PAX trailer
    • [00:19:58]: A four minute Ghostbusters: Cleaning Up the Town trailer revisits the classic horror comedy
    • [00:25:44]: Shock and awe with the blood-drenched Game of Death Trailer
  • [00:28:54]: Announcements
    • [00:28:59]: Check out the Gruesome Magazine Indiegogo Campaign!
    • [00:30:36]: Joey Fittos’s Monster Mania Coverage
    • [00:31:07]: HNR is heading to Mad Monster Party Carolina!
    • [00:31:17]: HNR shares a busy Convention and Festival schedule
  • [00:32:50]: Support HNR
  • [00:33:11]: Feature Review – Kong: Skull Island
  • [01:21:36]: Decades of Horror Plug
  • [01:25:50]: Stump The Saint!


The Belko Experiment


Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.


Eps 53 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier

“Captain, in Order to build a better world, sometimes means tearing the old one down… And that makes enemies.” – Alexander Pierce. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) from directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo is destroying the box office with is theatrical release, making it yet another successful super hero film in Marvel Studio’s cinematic universeThe grue-crew finally seduce brother Dave over to the dark side of comic book fantasy films with this perfect blend of action and spy genres.

Dave Dreher provides this week’s Horror News of the Week as well with stories about GodzillaBates Motel and Stage Fright. In the spirit of Marvel films and Captain America, Thomas lines up his Top 5 nontraditional super hero films includingSuper and Chronicle.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., and Dave Dreher are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week! Starting this week is a new segment, The Black Saint’s Horror Trivia Contest where one lucky listener will receive the eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway:Knights of Badassdom.

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Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)
Santos gives Doc holy hell for spoiling a major reveal from Captain America: The Winter Soldier in his review for HorrorNews.Net, but it still did not detract him from enjoying the film emmensely. In fact, the Marvel film earns high praise from every HNR host this week with a few (Doc and Thomas) debating if it tops The Avengers as the best film from Marvel thus far. Everything in the film gets its chance to be discussed from Chris Evans as Steve Rogers to Robert Redford to Nick Fury and his awesome car chase to The Winter Soldier himself. It is a great film and a great discussion.

Horror News of the Week for 04/07/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with much love for the extended full trailer for this summer’s sure fire hit, Godzilla. Genre legend Joe Dante gets a shout out with news of his next filmBurying the Ex. The teaming of SyFy and Asylum on a zombie TV show called Z Nation garner much love, hate and humor from the grue-crew this week. Dave and Santos both sing praises for Stage Fright which has its first 10 minutes available online. Doc is ecstatic to learn that Bates Motel has been renewed for a third season.

Top 10 Nontraditional Super Hero Films
Thomas steps in to collect his top 5 super hero films that represent comic books in an unlikely, unconventional light:

  • Super (2010 – dir. James Gunn)
  • Unbreakable (2000 – dir. M. Night Shyamalan)
  • Darkman (1990 – dir. Sam Raimi)
  • Mystery Men (1999 – dir. Kinka Usher)
  • Chronicle (2012 – dir. Josh Trank)

eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway – Knights of Badassdom
Horror News Radio is teaming up with eOne Films to provide an awesome Blu-Ray Prize Pack featuring the film Knights of Badassdom, currently out on VOD and DVD (as of April 2, 2014). The film is from director Joe Lynch and it features Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Dead Silence), Steve Zahn (Joy Ride) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past). If you live in the U.S. (sorry U.S. only), you have until Midnight April 13, 2014 to get your name in the hat. Please check out the details here:



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Eps 46 – Robocop 2014 | Top 5 Horror Remakes

Robocop (2014) revisits the territory blazed by Paul Verhoeven in the 1987 original film, except watered down for a PG-13 audience. To be fair, the remake is geared more as a straight-laced action flick with heavy sci-fi overtones and one singularly frightening scene of extraordinary body-horror. What will the grue-crew think?

Thomas continues the theme with the Top 5 of the Week bringing his Top 5 Under Appreciated Remakes featuring films like Little Shop of HorrorsDawn of the Dead and 12 Monkeys. Wait. What? Yup, it’s a remake.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher and Thomas Mariani also tackle the “What You Have Been Watching” segment for this week discussing the hit HBO show, True Detective. Dave closes the show with the Horror News of the Week with updates on Penny DreadfulThe Purge: Anarchy and Beetlejuice 2.