Get Out (2017) – Episode 204 – Horror News Radio

Emmy Award-winning comedic actor and first-time writer/director Jordan Peele gets his first bite at feature filmmaking with  Get Out, a racially charged horror/comedy about a young man (Daniel Kaluuya) taking a trip with his girlfriend (Allison Williams) to meet her parents, only for horror to be lurking in their secluded house. The Grue Crew has a spirited conversation about the topic, all without the help of their fearless leader. Yes, for the first time in over 200 episodes, Doc Rotten is out sick and the children will come out and play… or kill each other. Whatever comes first.

The remaining crew also dive into the female-driven horror anthology XX. Five segments from five different female directors, all centered around women dealing with a variety of horror. Children who won’t eat. A secret that could ruin their child’s birthday. Camping with the opposite sex. A son with an absent father who has far darker ties than she has let on. Plus, it’s all wrapped in a package of spooky stop-motion! What’s not to love?

Dave guides the Crew through Horror News of the Week, lead off with the remembering the dearly departed Bill Paxton. HNR continues its trek through film festivals and conventions, the next stop being Mad Monster Party in Rock Hill, SC March 24th – 26, 2017!

Co-hosts Santos (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 204 – Get Out (2017)
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Feature Review: Get Out (2017)

Meeting your girlfriend’s family is tough for anyone. It’s even worse when they’re a bunch of crazy white people. The Grue Crew may be short one Doc, but award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore is there to spread all sort of love for Jordan Peele’s Get Out. The crew commends the clear displays of love for horror, the daring racial themes and masterful balance of horror with humor to both alleviate and strengthen the tension. Yet, there’s still plenty of discourse here, mainly over the extensive praise that’s been lauded on the film and the concept of hype backlash. Santos and Thomas go head to head… even though they both really enjoyed the movie. Must be an HNR episode!

What Have You Been Watching: XX (2017)

XX isn’t just the correct chromosome pattern for the directors of this horror anthology. It’s harbinger of the many deaths that take place over this horror anthology. Directors Karyn Kusama, Roxanne Benjamin, Sofia Carrillo, Jovanka Vuckovic and Annie Clark (or St. Vincent, for indie rock music fans) have crafted five segments all themed around women and horror. Santos and Thomas discuss the foibles and charms of this horror anthology, arguing over which ones work and which ones don’t. There’s an unevenness like most horror anthologies, but the nuggets of pure gold are worth searching for!

photo credit: Mark Mann

Outline of the Episode

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:05:19]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:35]: RIP Bill Paxton
    • [00:13:14]: Alien: Covenant releases a prologue short film “The Last Supper”
    • [00:20:40]: Vera Farmiga and Kyle Chandler Join Godzilla: King of the Monsters
    • [00:25:26]: Netflix’s Bright Releases a Trailer
    • [00:32:48]: Tobe Hooper’s original version of The Thing is revealed
  • [00:41:19]: Support HNR
  • [00:42:28]: Get Out
  • [01:35:20]: Announcements
    • [01:35:23]: Gruesome Magazine! Indiegogo!
    • [01:36:13]: Mad Monster Party!
    • [01:36:33]: Other Convention Appearances!
  • [01:38:10]: XX
  • [01:53:39]: Stump The Saint!




Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.


Eps 158 – The Invitation – Hardcore Henry

Director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) returns with a surprisingly effective and engrossing horror thriller titled THE INVITATION. Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi star as a couple drawn into a mysterious series of events at a dinner party with old friends — and some new ones. Fan favorite character actor John Carroll Lynch is on hand to keep things exciting…and bloody. The Grue-crew share their thoughts and make recommendations.

Dave drives the HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing information about a variety of trailers set loose on the genre community: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Suicide Squad and The Bye Bye Man. In addition, the Grue-Crew tackle two more films with the return of What Have You Been Watching segment covering Hardcore Henry and Midnight Special.

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 Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 158 – The Invitation – Hardcore Henry – Midnight Special
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  • Featured Review: The Invitation (2016)
    While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

    • d. Karyn Kusama
    • w. Phil Hay, Matt Mandredi
    • c. Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Hulsman
    • Thomas Mariani (4 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten (4 / 5)
    • The Black Saint (4 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher (4 / 5)


  • What Have You Been Watching: Hardcore Henry (2016)
    Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan; he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

    • d. Ilya Naishuller
    • w. Ilya Naishuller, Will Stewart
    • c. Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
    • Doc Rotten (2.5 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani (2.5 / 5)