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Eps 139 – Victor Frankenstein

Daniel Radcliffe is the hunchback Igor and James McAvoy is the mad scientist in Victor Frankenstein (2015) from director Paul McGuigan. Writer Max Landis takes a “bromance” approach to re-imagining the Mary Shelley classic. While Igor and Victor decide monster needs two sets of lungs and two hearts, the film makers should have kept with a singular focus – the relationship between the title character and Radcliffe’s misshapen sad but optimistic Igor. The Grue-crew share their reaction to the latest theatrical horror film.

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with news about Kevin Bacon returning to Tremors, Leonardo DiCaprio grossing out Academy members with The Revenant and Patton Oswalt joins the MST3K reboot. In the What Have You Been Watching segment, the Grue-crew head back to Alexandria to discuss the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead season 6.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas 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! Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Diabolique Magazine)

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Review: Victor Frankenstein (2015) 

On one hand the chemistry between James McAvoy and Daniel Radcliffe is extraordinary and worth watching but on the other the film itself, Victor Frankenstein (2015), is as misguided as the monster Frankenstein sets out to create. A terrific first act promises a great movie while the disastrous third act throws all the potential away. And the film pays for this at the box office with an embarrassing 12 place opening. The Grue-crew look at what works and what falls apart in the latest attempt to recapture the monster films of old.

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What Have You Been Watching: The Walking Dead Season 6 Mid-Season Finale

Season six of The Walking Dead has had the Grue-crew discussing it on the podcast far more often than previous seasons for certain. However, the mid-season finale – a typical notable high-point for the show – leaves the Grue-crew a little flat and unimpressed. (Editor’s note: Gruesome Magazine writer Joey Fittos has a different, far more positive, opinion of this episode of TWD – check it out)

Horror News of the Week for 11/30/2015 

Thomas steps in for Dave to share the Horror News of the Week. This week starts off with the release of the first trailer for Captain America: Civil War. We get our first glimpses of The Black Panther but where is Spider-Man. Kevin Bacon is teaming up with Blumhouse to produce and star in a new Tremors TV show. Joel Hodgson is resurrecting Mystery Science Theater 3000 with a successful Kickstarter campaign and a new cast. Academy Voters leave the high-profile screening of Leonardo DiCaprio’s next film early grossed out by blood and gore in The Revenant.

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Eps 126 – Final Girl – Cub

Abigail Breslin and Wes Bentley star in FINAL GIRL from director Tyler Shields as a pair of mysterious outlaws who focus their attention on a band of murderous maniacs preying on helpless young women. It is one bad ass chick against four insane psychopaths as Breslin proves you don’t want to mess with the … final girl.

Dave begins the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment with a heavy heart as he – and the rest of the Grue-Crew – share their memories of the late Wes Craven, the meistro behind Last House on the Left, The Hills Have Eyes, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream and many more. R.I.P. In the What Have You Been Watching block the Norwegian film Cub grabs the everyone’s attention while Joseph Perry returns with two reviews from the BiFan Internation Film Festival: Turbo Kid and Deathgasm.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas 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! Wait, is that Stump the Saint?!

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Review: Final Girl (2015) 

Dave Dreher says it best during the podcast review, “Somewhere in this mess is a great story.” Final Girl featuring Abigail Breslin, Wes Bentley, Alexander Ludwig and Logan Huffman attempts to build something uniquely interesting, but – to quote Dave once again – “fails miserably.” The Grue-Crew hack and slash away at the film questioning the dialog, the lighting, the logic and – with all due apologies – Wes Bentley. Check out the review, we will give you a five minute head start.

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What Have You Been Watching: Cub (2015)

Originally titled Welp, the Norwegian film dubbed Cub in the States follows the story of young Sam, a troubled cub scout on a camping trip with his troupe. Once at the camp ground, Sam discovers the legend of Kai may very well be true when he encounters a feral young boy hiding – and killing – in the woods. The Grue-Crew recommend the film for its imagination, ballsy attitude, creative traps and its young star, Maurice Luijten.

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Festival Report: BiFan (2015) w/ Turbo Kid & Deathgasm

International HNR Reported Joseph Perry returns with another BiFan International Film Festival update featuring reviews of two more extraordinary horror movies. This week he digs into the Canadian gore-fest, Turbo Kid, and the heavy-metal horror comedy from New Zealand, Deathgasm.

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Horror News of the Week for 08/31/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of another horror legend, Wes Craven. The Grue-Crew share their favorite Wes Craven films and memories of first seeing a Wes Craven movie.  In TV news, AMC announces a stand alone Fear the Walking Dead episode, but all is not exactly as it seems. Bill Murray goes on the record about his Ghostbusters cameo supporting the film, its director Paul Fieg and its all-female cast. Rounding out the news, the Grue-Crew share their reaction to the upcoming Thanksgiving 2015 genre release Victor Frankenstein.

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Episode 94 – Most Anticipated Horror 2015

With the beginning of a new year, the cold weather, icy roads and crappy theatrical offerings signal the annual ritual of examining what is coming in the next 12 months for the horror movie fan. That’s right: The Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2105. Unlike 2014, the sheer variety and breadth of offerings promise an eventful and, dare we say it, promising year in terror films. The Grue-Crew start it off with 10 films to look out for.

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about X-FilesHannibal and Scream Queens. Doc Rotten and The Black Saint take a look at an early 2015 winner, The Atticus Institute.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Dave DreherThomas 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 HNR reveal the winner of the vinyl bank giveaway from Diamond Select Toys and announce a new contest featuring the Blu-Ray of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard.


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The Grue-Crew have sifted through dozens of announced horror films for 2015, deciding on these 10 terror films as the most anticipated horror films of 2015. But that was not enough. No, it was not. Each host is also bringing to the podcast, one spotlight feature that deserves consideration. It is going to be a fantastic year!

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  1. The Lazarus Effect 
    Dir: David Gelb; Cast: Evan Peters, Olivia Wilde, Mark Duplass, Donald  Glover
  2. It Follows 
    Dir: David Robert Mitchell; Cast: Maika Monroe
  3. Insidious: Chapter 3 
    Dir: Leigh Whannell; Cast: Dermot Mulroney, Lin Shaye, Angus Sampson
  4. Jurassic World
    Dir: Colin Trevorrow; Cast: Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Jake Johnson, Ty Simpkins
  5. Poltergeist 
    Dir: Gil Kenan; Cast: Sam Rockwell, Jared Harris, Rosemarie DeWitt
  6. Sinister 2 
    Dir: Ciaran Foy; Cast: Shannyn Sossamon, James Ransone
  7. Victor Frankenstein 
    Dir: Paul McGuigan; Cast: Daniel Radcliffe, James McAvoy
  8. Crimson Peak 
    Dir: Guillermo del Toro; Cast: Jessica Chastain, Charlie Hunnam, Tom Hiddleston
  9. Tales of Halloween 
    Dir: Mike Mendez & Friends; Cast: Adrienne Barbeau, Barry Bostwick, Barbara Crampton
  10. Krampus 
    Dir: Michael Dougherty; Cast: Allison Tolman, Emjay Anthony
  • Doc Rotten: The Nightmare from director Rodney Ascher (Room 237)
  • The Black Saint: Bone Tomahawk from director S. Craig Zahler
  • Dave Dreher: Bloodsucking Bastards from director Brian James  O’Connell
  • Thomas Mariani: Mad Max: Fury Road from director George Miller
  • Vixen: Ex Machina from director Alex Garland

 What Have You Been Watching: The Atticus Institute (2015) 

Seemingly out of nowhere comes a small, independent found footage possession thriller called The Atticus Institute. The film is far better than most of the wretched garbage that gets dumped into the theaters in January and yet it is relegated to VOD and DVD. This film is a rare treat, a movie that treats its subject matter with imagination and respect creating a thrilling and engaging horror tale. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten both join in to champion this early 2015 favorite.

HNR Contest: Diamond Select Toys / Vinyl Bank Giveaway featuring Alien, The Walking Dead or Metaluna Mutant 

Horror News Radio is celebrating the new year 2015 with a kick ass giveaway from Diamond Select Toys. The winner will get to choose one prize from a trio of sensational licensed horror-themes vinyl banks: Michonne from The Walking Dead; the Metaluna Mutant from Universal Monsters; or, the Xenomorph Egg from Alien. The winner has been selected. Congratulations to Dirk Rogers from Hollywood, California who has chosen the Alien Egg as his very own vinyl bank. You rock!

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HNR Contest: Anchor Bay Entertainment Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-Ray Giveaway 

Horror News Radio is once again teaming up with Anchor Bay Entertainment to hand out two Blu-Ray copies of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard. The film from director B. Harrision Smith and stars Billy Zane, Dee Wallace and Mischa Barton. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time),  February 1, 2015. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this link. The Anchor Bay Entertainment Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard Blu-Ray giveaway is open to US addresses only.

Horror News of the Week for 01/19/2015 

Doc steps in to bring you the Horror News of the Week with news of X-Files making a return to Fox. Hannibal is pushed back to Summer but adds kick-ass cast members. Scream Queens also adds a few new names to its cast, a little less kick-ass. A teacher in Ohio is convicted of a felony for showing ABCs of Death to her students. The makers of World War Z II promise a completely different tale.

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