Castlevania – Spider-Man: Homecoming – Episode 223 – Horror News Radio

First up for the Grue-Crew is the surprising bloody and entertaining Castlevania animated original series found on Netflix. Doc and Thomas cannot let the Spider-Man: Homecoming film swing by without spinning a wondrous web around the latest Marvel film. Dave drops into the Horror News of the Week with Scream Factory’s release of The Poughkeepsie Tapes, a short horror film contest run by James Wan, and a scary discussion on “Post-Horror”.  Closing out the show Thomas and Santos participate in a battle of wits with this week’s Stump the Saint!

As always, the HNR Grue-Crew would love to hear from you, the listeners, the fans. You can always reach out via email at feedback(AT)horrornewsradio(DOT)com or find us on Twitter: Doc Rotten | Dave Dreher | The Black Saint | Thomas Mariani. Also, like us on Facebook and join the Horror News Radio Facebook Group.

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Episode 223 – Castlevania (Netflix 2017) – Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
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INTRO [00:00:39]


  1. John Carpenter signs TV deal with Universal – Tales For A Halloween Night heading to SYFY
  2. After nearly a decade – The Poughkeepsie Tapes finally to see the light of day
  3. James Wan want to include your short film in his Conjuring vision – Details!!!
  4. Scream Factory orders up a double dose of Collector’s Edition Dead
  5. Article exploring new wave of horror brings the term “Post-Horror” to the world

SUPPORT HNR [00:37:37]


  • Castlevania (Netflix 2017)
  • director: Sam Deats w/ script by Warren Ellis
  • cast: Richard Armitage (Trevor Belmont), Graham McTavish (Dracula), Alejandra Reynoso (Sypha), James Callis (Alucard), Tony Amendola (The Elder), Matt Frewer (The Bishop), Emily Swallow (Lisa Tepes)



  • Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)
  • director: Jon Watts w/ Jonathan Goldstein & John Francis Daley and Jon Watts & Christopher Ford and Chris McKenna & Erik Sommers
  • cast: Tom Holland, Michael Keaton, Robert Downey Jr., Marisa Tomei, Jon Favreau, Gwyneth Paltrow, Zendaya, Donald Glover, Jacob Batalon, Laura Harrier, Tony Revolori, Bokeem Woodbine, Tyne Daly, Kenneth Choi, Martin Starr, Michael Chernus, Michael Mando, Logan Marshall-Green, Jennifer Connelly, and Chris Evans

STUMP THE SAINT [01:46:02]

FEEDBACK [01:53:15]

  • 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


  • Wish Upon and War for the Planet of the Apes


Eps 193 – The Worst Horror Films of 2016

It’s that time of year again, time to take a look back at the past twelve months of horror films in theaters, VOD or film festivals. The “best of” will garner some attention later this month, but for episode 193, the Grue-crew are going to get the unpleasantaries out of the way, taking a long look at The Worst Horror Films of 2016. This year Kevin Smith earns the unique distinction of being on all four lists, entering the top tens for Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten. While a few candidates make a multiple hits this year (Shin Godzilla, Viral, Cell, Rob Zombie’s 31), The Black Saint would be content with filling the entire list with films from Blumhouse. Sigh.

The feature review this week is Abattoir, a low budget film from Darren Lynn Bousman with a rough history getting the film in the can. The film has terrific cinematography and a creative concept behind the story. Any film featuring Lin Shaye is worth a look see. Jessica Lowndes and Joe Anderson lead the cast while Dayton Callie stars as the film’s villain Jebediah Crone. The Grue-Crew chime in with their reaction to the film debating what worked and what fell short.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with a reaction to the Spider-Man: Homecoming trailer, the Deadpool Golden Globe nomination, and the new Marvel comic from RL Stein, Man-Thing. 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 193 – Abattoir (2016) – The Worst Horror Films of 2016
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Feature Review: Abattoir (2016)

Fan favorite director Darren Lynn Bousman (Repo! The Genetic Opera, Saw II, Saw III, Saw IV) returns with Abattoir where he takes a unique stab at the haunted house genre. Bousman enlists a terrific cast including Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Michael Pare, and Bryan Batt. Callie is especially terrific as Jebediah Crone, a mysterious man who buys houses – houses that are reportedly haunted – and rips out the rooms where the haunting originates. What he ends up doing with those rooms is quite extraordinary.

Special Feature: The Worst Horror Films of 2016

While 2016 was a crappy year in general, it was a fairly decent year for Horror Films. They struck gold at the box office and some true gems went straight to VOD. The Grue-crew will be getting to the best horror films in a few weeks, for tonight, their heading down the lonesome road to The Worst Horror Films of 2016. Dave Dreher, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, and Doc Rotten each provide their top 10 (or is that their bottom 10?). One film made it onto each list, Yoga Hosers, while Rob Zombie’s 31, Cell, and Shin Godzilla made it on three. Here they are in all their…glory.

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10) Shin Godzilla
    • 09) Phantasm Ravager
    • 08) Viral
    • 07) Zoombies
    • 06) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 05) Yoga Hosers
    • 04) Hardcore Henry
    • 03) Jeruzalem
    • 02) Cell
    • 01) Bite
  • Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint)
    • 10) Terror Toons 3
    • 09) Cell
    • 08) Baskin
    • 07) Viral
    • 06) Phantasm: Ravager
    • 05) The Greasy Strangler
    • 04) Blair Witch
    • 03) Incarnate
    • 02) Yoga Hosers
    • 01) The Darkness
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10) Zoombies
    • 09) Shin Godzilla
    • 08) Jeruzalem
    • 07) The Disappointments Room
    • 06) Pride + Prejudice + Zombies
    • 05) Martyrs
    • 04) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 03) Night of Something Strange
    • 02) Tyler Perry’s Boo! A Madea Halloween
    • 01) Yoga Hosers
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10) Incarnate
    • 09) The Veil
    • 08) Rob Zombie’s 31
    • 07) Shin Godzilla
    • 06) Satanic
    • 05) Shelley
    • 04) Yoga Hosers
    • 03) Getting Schooled
    • 02) Ghost Team
    • 01) Cell


  • [00:00:38]: Intro
    • [00:02:33]: Walker Stalker
    • [00:03:08]: Gruesome Magazine 2017!
  • [00:04:07]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:04:23]: Deadpool & Genre Golden Globe Nominations
    • [00:09:08]: War for the Planet of the Apes Trailer
    • [00:13:16]: Man-Thing by RL Stine
    • [00:16:32]: James Franco in Alien: Covenant
    • [00:19:58]: Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer
  • [00:29:36]: Support HNR
  • [00:30:13]: Featire Review: Abattoir
  • [00:54:03]: Special Feature: Worst Horror Films Of The Year 2016
    • [00:56:30]: Dave’s List
    • [01:01:29]: Santos’ List
    • [01:11:04]: Thomas’ List
    • [01:26:22]: Doc’s List
    • [01:43:13]: Dishonorable Mentions
  • [01:48:36]: Stump The Saint


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