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Horror News Radio Episode 54 – Oculus – Top 5 Horror Films about Inanimate Objects

Mike Flanagan is scaring the masses with his latest horror flick, Oculus, featuring Karen Gillan, Branton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff. The Horror News Radio grue-crew review the film with a heated discussion agreeing on tone, atmosphere and casting while disagreeing on effect, scares and … that ending.

Dave Dreher provides this week’s Horror News of the Week about Kaiju, Walrus suits, Eli Roth and Freddy Krueger while Thomas counts down his top 5 killer inanimate objects in horror films.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  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! Starting this week is a new segment, The Black Saint’s Horror Trivia Contest where one lucky listener will receive the  eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway:Knights of Badassdom.

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Episode 54— Oculus
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Oculus (2014)
While Doc and Dave agree that Mike Flanagan’s chiller  Oculus  works as a great introductory horror film for non-horror fans, or a great “date movie,” Santos and Thomas are not as supportive. The review heats up as the two sides discuss the film’s successes and failures. An irritated Santos wants nothing to do with it; however, Dave shares he and his wife enjoyed the film greatly – his wife, who rarely likes horror films, wants to see it again. The film is creepy, full of atmosphere with terrific performances from its cast providing the film with a captivating set up but a divisive conclusion. The film is garnering strong reviews outside of HNR as it comes in at number 3 in the weekend box office, grossing $12 million in the U.S.

Top 5 Killer Inanimate Objects in Horror Films
Jumping off the haunted mirror in  Oculus, Thomas leaps in to collect his top 5 killer inanimate objects in horror films:

  • House  (1977)
  • Rubber  (2010)
  • Christine  (1983)
  • Death Bed: The Bed That Eats People  (1977)
  • Maximum Overdrive  (1986)

Horror News of the Week for 04/14/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with Doc’s request to check out the “Muto” roar of the opposing kaiju from  Godzilla  (2014). Thomas is curious about the rumors that Johnny Depp may be secretly starring in Kevin Smith’s horror opus,  Tusk  (2015). Dave is horrified with the sudden and maddening closure of  FearNet  by Comcast. Boo. Hiss. The documentary  Never Sleep Again  is getting a book treatment. And Netflix announces the second season of Eli Roth’s  Hemlock Grove.

Anchor Bay Entertainment DVD Giveaway – Death Do Us Part (2014)
Horror News Radio is teaming up with  Anchor Bay Entertainment  to provide a killer DVD giveaway for their film  Death Do Us Part  (2014) from director Nicholas Humphries featuring Kennedy Jamieson and Ryan Harris. The film launches April 15, 2014 on VOD and DVD.  Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time), April 27, 2014. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this address:  http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-deathdouspart. The DVD giveaway is open to US addresses only.

eOne Films Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway – Knights of Badassdom
Horror News Radio is teaming up with  eOne Films  to provide an awesome Blu-Ray Prize Pack featuring the film  Knights of Badassdom, currently out on VOD and DVD (as of April 2, 2014). The film is from director Joe Lynch and it features Ryan Kwanten (True Blood, Dead Silence), Steve Zahn (Joy Ride) and Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones, X-Men: Days of Future Past). We have a winner selected: Jayme Isaacs. Congrats!


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