Hell Fest – Episode 292 – Horror News Radio

James Wan has a big week in horror news with the announcement that he will produce the U.S. version of TRAIN TO BUSAN, that THE NUN is the highest grossing Conjuring Universe film, and that ANNABELLE 3 has found its lead. The Grue-Crew review HELL FEST, the new slasher film that launches the Halloween season for 2018. Join Dave Dreher, Doc Rotten, Christopher G. Moore, and Vanessa Thompson as we discuss Horror News of the Week and review the latest horror offerings.

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Episode 292 – Hell Fest
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A masked serial killer turns a horror-themed amusement park into his own personal playground, terrorizing a group of friends while the rest of the patrons believe that it is all part of the show.

Director: Gregory Plotkin
Cast: Bex Taylor-Klaus, Reign Edwards, Amy Forsyth





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Eps 195 – The Best Horror Films of 2016

The Grue-Crew are at again, counting down the best horror films of the year. 2016 was a bastard of a year stealing the most talented from us way too soon and shaking up politics and popular opinion. Yet, horror films ruled supreme winning at the box office and surprising horror fans on Blu-ray and VOD. The Black Saint, Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Doc Rotten gather one last time for the year to reveal their top ten films which include high profile theatrical releases, hit foreign films, and challenging low-budget independent films. The lists are full of curiosities and expected hits alike with Train to Busan and The Conjuring 2 racking up the most notices.

And still 2016 has one last terrific entry for horror fans with the December release of The Autopsy of Jane Doe from director Andre Ovredal featuring Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox in the lead roles. The film manages to do what many films cannot – provide a thrilling mystery and a rewarding twist. The direction, the acting, and the cinematography combine to bring one last atmospheric, scary horror film to fans. The only disappointing thing about the film is that is was denied a theatrical release.

Dave guides the Horror News of the Week with a trio of trailers. First up is the Alien: Covenant trailer released on Christmas day, for some reason. Next is a clip from the upcoming film Beyond Skyline, and who cares. Last up is the awkward IMAX trailer for The Mummy missing much of its audio track, and it’s is so much better for it, for all the wrong reasons.

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 195 – The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016) – The Best Horror Films of 2016
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Feature Review: The Autopsy of Jane Doe (2016)

2016 ends on a great note with the film The Autopsy of Jane Doe, which ends up on many of the best of the year lists. The film is from the director of Trollhunters, Andre Ovredal, following a mortician and his son as the perform an autopsy on an unknown victim of a horrific crime scene. Emile Hirsch and Brian Cox are fantastic, and convincing, as the father and son, providing horror some of the best performances of the year. The story behind the death of “Jane Doe” is enthralling, capturing the audience’s attention and never letting go. Gruesome and frightening, the Grue-Crew have a great time recapping and reviewing this late addition to the horror films of 2016.

Special Feature: The Best Horror Films of 2016

The Grue-Crew dive into their best of lists for 2016 with fandom delight and enthusiastic glee. 2016 is a great year for horror films. The only drawback is how difficult to keep the top list to only ten films. Dave, The Black Saint, Thomas and Doc all get their opportunity to plead their cases for their top 10 list, some films repeat in nearly each list, while others a small surprises and, perhaps, questionable inclusions. So, here it is, the Best Horror Films of 2016.

  • Dave Dreher
    • 10) Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories
    • 09) Fender Bender
    • 08) Hush
    • 07) 10 Cloverfield Lane
    • 06) The Monster
    • 05) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 04) Beyond the Gates
    • 03) Night of Something Strange
    • 02) Nina Forever
    • 01) Train to Busan
  • Santos Ellin, Jr. (The Black Saint)
    • 10) Found Footage 3D
    • 09) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 08) The Similars
    • 07) Lights Out
    • 06) Don’t Breathe
    • 05) Ouija: Origin of Evil
    • 04) Night of Something Strange
    • 03) The Conjuring 2
    • 02) Train to Busan
    • 01) The Monster
  • Thomas Mariani
    • 10) Trash Fire
    • 09) Demon
    • 08) The Invitation
    • 07) Don’t Breathe
    • 06) I Am Not a Serial Killer
    • 05) 10 Cloverfield Lane
    • 04) The Witch
    • 03) The Conjuring 2
    • 02) Green Room
    • 01) Train to Busan
  • Doc Rotten
    • 10) The Autopsy of Jane Doe
    • 09) Sadako vs Kayako
    • 08) The Shallows
    • 07) Lights Out
    • 06) Ouija: Origin of Evil
    • 05) Night of Something Strange
    • 04) Dry Blood
    • 03) The Wailing
    • 02) Train to Busan
    • 01) The Conjuring 2


  • [00:00:40] Intro
  • [00:05:25]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:41]: Alien: Covenant Trailer
    • [00:11:41]: Beyond Skyline Trailer
    • [00:16:28]: The Mummy Trailer: Sound Effects Cut
  • [00:21:27]: Support HNR
  • [00:22:12]: Feature Review – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • [01:01:56]: Special Feature – Top Ten Horror Films of 2016
    • [01:02:29]: Dave’s List
    • [01:09:31]: Santos’ List
    • [01:16:36]: Thomas’ List
    • [01:34:00]: Doc’s List
  • [01:47:54]: StumpTheSaint


The Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2017



Eps 177 – Train to Busan (2016)

The Grue-crew board the horror express known as Train to Busan. The South Korean horror film is an incredible new entry into the zombie sub-genre that gets the HNR gang very excited to discuss how successful it is on this episode. If only Joseph Perry were here. Ha! Also, this episode, Thomas settles in to recap and review the animated extravaganza Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s Asian zombies in one film and a Japanese samuri beetle, a Moon King and a wooden monkey on the other. Bizarre!

Dave launches into the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of news about a Lost Boys TV series on the CW, the reveal of the new Pennywise from Stephen King’s It and the announcement of a new Godzilla anime adventure. Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 – 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

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 177 – Train to Busan (2016)
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Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)

The trailer for Train to Busan looked to promise an exciting Asian look at zombies as a group of heroes look to escape the apocalypse aboard a bullet train from Seoul to Busan. The film delivers with exciting zombie action with roots in Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and World War Z but something far more unique. As the Black Saint points out, Train to Busan follows the structure of a classic disaster film. Think Poseidon Adventure or Earthquake. On top of that, the film has a heart with its core characters battling emotional and moral dilemmas as well. The film ranks high with the grue-crew.


What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in with his review of the animated highlight of the Summer Kubo and the Two Strings. While the film struggles to attract an audience in the theaters over its opening weekend, the reviews are strong for this film from Laika, the animation house behind such films like Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.
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  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:19] Announcements
    • [00:03:52] Dragon*Con
    • [00:05:03] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:26] iTunes Feedback
    • [00:08:07] GenreBlast Film Festival
  • [00:10:47] Feature Review: Train to Busan (2016)
  • [00:54:47] What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings (2016)
  • [01:07:55] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:08:29] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:08:55] The CW is bringing horror fans a Lost Boys TV show
    • [01:13:44] Stephen King’s It reveals its updated Pennywise
    • [01:20:03] Now that Shin Godzilla is breaking records in Japan, it’s time for a Godzilla animated film
  • [01:24:26] Stump the Saint
  • [01:31:55] What’s Next: Don’t Breathe