Annihilation – The Lodgers – Episode 256 – Horror News Radio

The Grue Crew are joined by Paul Cardullo and Yonathan Habtemichael on a mission into The Shimmer to unravel Annihilation. Ex-Machina writer/director Alex Garland unleashes a heavy sci-fi premise that has bursts of horror… sometimes quite literally. Natalie Portman leads this expedition into a comet caused environmental abnormality that defies the laws of nature and humanity in ways we can’t quite fathom. Also, it’s rather pretty. Afterward, Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani, and Paul talk about the adventures at the Nevermore Film Festival. Not only the What Have You Been Watching gothic ghost story The Lodgers, but also of the 40th-anniversary screening for The Manitou in honor of Santos Ellin Jr. Dave Dreher regales us with Horror News of the Week about the premiere of Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a Stephen King poem being adapted for TV and another surprise film from Netflix. Capping it off, Thomas unleashes another round of Phantom Factor. Get ready to be ANNIHILATED… or at least entertained.

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Episode 256 – Annihilation – The Lodgers
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Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

INTRO [00:00:38]


FEATURE REVIEW: Annihilation [00:30:32]

  • Annihilation (2018)
  • director: Alex Garland
  • cast: Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong


  • The Nevermore Film Festival Screening
    • The Manitou 40th Anniversary Screening
    • Huge thank you to Jim Carl of the Carolina Theater
    • Interviews w/ Dan Kiely & Tiffany Arnold from Bong of the Living Dead and Ben DeLoose, director of Escape the Dark as well as a breakdown of all the films seen on upcoming episodes of the Gruesome Magazine Podcast
  • Look for Grue Crew members at the FantasticRealm screening of Jaws 3D… in 3D!
    • In September, we are looking to return to the Carolina for Friday the 13th 3-D and Amityville 3-D both in glorious 3D. More on this in the coming weeks.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING: The Lodgers [01:24:07]

  • The Lodgers (2018)
  • director: Brian O’Malley
  • cast: Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon

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Eps 108 – Ex Machina

The HNR Grue-crew try to replicate the greatness of the under-the-knee clap featured in Oscar Isaac’s dance scene from this week’s featured review EX MACHINA. Alex Garland’s sci-fi thriller is stirring up tons of positive reviews from critics nationwide but finds the hosts of Horror News Radio surprisingly divided. Doc tries to convince the crew that the film is nothing more than a retelling of Frankenstein.

Dave dishes a new plate of HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK with information about the Joker in Suicide Squad, Adam Wingard helming Death Note and Evan Peter’s role in American Horror Story: Hotel. Also, Doc announces a new contest from the cool cats at Ghoulish Productions featuring a kick-ass Vampire mask giveaway. And STUMP THE SAINT makes a triumphant return.

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! Also, the fun continues with the HNR REACHT Horror Poll! 

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Review: Ex Machina (2015) 

Screenwriter Alex Garland steps behind the camera to direct Ex Machina pitting Oscar Isaac against Domhnall Gleeson with the fate of Alicia Vikander’s Ava. The film challenges the nature of humanity running a stunning parallel to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. The movie also successfully pits The Black Saint against Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani and Vixen in whether the film is one of the year’s best films or a dull waste of time.


HNR Contest: Ghoulish Productions Viper the Vampire Mask Giveaway 

Horror News Radio teams up with Ghoulish Productions to give away a kick-ass Viper the Vampire mask. It is time to prepare for Halloween 2015 by entering to win this extraodinary full face mask, scare your friends and neighbors. Woot! The deadline to enter is Midnight (EST) Sunday, May 3, 2015. All you need to do is complete the RaffleCopter entry form at The Ghoulish Productions Viper Mask giveaway is open to US addresses only.


Horror News of the Week for 04/27/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week with our first look at Jared Leto as The Joker in the upcoming Suicide Squad to mixed and volatile reactions. HNR favorite film marker Adam Wingard is officially attached to direct a US live action version of Death Note. Guillermo del Toro announces that the Silent Hills game is toast and Thomas knows why. M. Night Shyamalan returns with a trailer for his September release, The Visit. An unverified cast list for the upcoming American Horror Story: Hotel lights up the internet.

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