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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Eps 179 – Dragon Con (2016)

The Grue-crew have been transformed. The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani and Doc Rotten – along with Decades of Horror friends Bill Mulligan and award-winning director Christopher G. Moore made their way to Dragon Con 2016 to participate on a number of the panels scattered throughout the Horror Track. Aside from Christopher G. Moore, a frequent Con goer who covered DragonCon 2015 for HNR and the Hannibal Fan Podcast, it was the first trip for the rest of us. Tonight, the crew share their journey.

Thomas steps in to give his thoughts on the latest genre bending flick from director Kevin Smith, the head-scratching adventure Yoga Hosers. While Thomas has been known to crap on awful films mercilessly, he has never yet given a film a zero. Oh, man! Santos chimes in on the second crap-fest of the week, Morgan which tanked at the box office failing to crack the top ten. Horror is in desperate need of a Blair Witch now!

Dave returns to announce the Horror News of the Week discussing a variety of items about Shin Godzilla‘s October release date, Amazon getting the TV series based on Tremors featuring Kevin Bacon and the crew react to the trailer for the “expendables of horror,” Death House. Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October. Another announcement for the fall is that Horror News Radio will be at Spooky Empire in Orlando, Florida, October 7 – 9, 2016. Oh, boy! Plan your trip now.

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 179 – Dragon Con (2016) – Yoga Hosers (2016) – Morgan (2016)
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Convention Report: Dragon Con (2016)

The Grue-crew have discovered their new home away from home. Dragon Con 2016 was amazing with great panels, fantastic guest, spectacular friend (old and new) and the most incredible Cosplay on the planet. Horror News Radio, Decades of Horror and Gruesome Magazine were represented in full as Doc Rotten, The Black Saint, Thomas Mariani, Bill Mulligan and Christopher G. Moore descended down on to the Horror Track. The track is managed by the tireless and inspiring Derek Tatum, setting up panels on Preacher, The Shining, American Horror Story, Ash vs the Evil Dead, Bates Motel, Lucio Fulci, Modern Horror Classics, Phantom of the Paradise, Hammer Films of the 1970s and the legacy of the Blind Dead. If you are a horror fan, the Dragon Con Horror Track is THE place to be.


Feature Review: Yoga Hosers (2016)

Kevin Smith returns continuing his Canadian adventures with Yoga Hosers featuring Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith and Johnny Depp. Thomas Mariani steps in to warn each and every HNR fan to think twice before stepping into this heaping pile of manure. Yeah, that’s right, he did not like it. But, just how much did he not like it. Oh, dear God. It’s brutal.


Feature Review: Morgan (2016)

While Yoga Hosers is a smaller release by comparison, Morgan landed in 2000 theaters this weekend to a paltry $2 million box office. Thud. The film tanked, hard. The Black Saint is the only crew member to suffer through the film. He is here to share his thoughts – in his usual Black Saint style.





  • [00:00:41] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:22] Announcements
    • [00:03:36] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:03:46] Spooky Empire
    • [00:05:02] iTunes Feedback Winner – PsykoMyk
  • [00:08:15] Convention Report: DragonCon (2016)
  • [00:54:12] Feature Review: Yoga Hosers (2016)
  • [01:11:49] Feature Review: Morgan (2016)
  • [01:16:00] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:17:36] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:18:30] Tom Holland and Vinnie Guastini united to bring horror fans Rock Paper Dead
    • [01:22:13] The trailer for Death House has landed – the “Expendables of Horror” is here
    • [01:27:15] PAX West released a trailer for the Friday the 13th game and it slays
    • [01:32:18] Kevin Bacon returns to Tremors for a TV series on … Amazon
    • [01:34:39] Shin Godzilla (Godzilla Resurgence) hits US theaters in October
  • [01:37:56] Stump the Saint Winner for August – M. Hatfield



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