Alien 3 (1992) – Episode 14 – Decades of Horror 1990s

“In an insane world, a sane man must appear insane.” Gorlic (Paul McGann) babbles true words to Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) and Clemens (Charles Dance) just before”The Dragon” attacks. Alien 3 was to many a rather insane proposition. After the incredibly beloved AliensAlien 3 decides to throw out many of the beloved characters introduced there and leave its audience wallowing in a nihilistic pit. Where the main journey of Ripley is centered around a desire to die. Perhaps that’s why it wasn’t too popular 25 years ago. However, does that impeded it from finding a modern audience now?

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 14 – Alien 3

Alien 3 – or as it’s often stylized Alien3 – is often considered the black sheep of the Xenomorph ladened franchise. Not as beloved as Alien or Aliens, yet not quite as controversial as Alien vs Predator or Prometheus. While often dismissed by many – including its own director David Fincher – Alien 3 offers a unique perspective that sets itself apart from others in the franchise. Abandoning crowd pleasing nature of Aliens and doubling down on the thriller angles of AlienAlien 3 seeks no light at the end of the tunnel. The prison planet of Fiorina 161 is a desolate pit covered in lice and bald angry prisoners. The only hope for Ripley, Dillon or any of the few remaining people on the planet is merely killing the Xenomorph as it’s killing them. It’s bleak, unrelenting and oppressive… meaning it really wouldn’t be for everyone.

To examine this, Thomas Mariani not only welcomes back Adam Thomas from last week, but also recruits his Horror News Radio co-host Santos “The Black Saint” Ellin Jr. The Black Saint has been a heavy defender of Alien 3 since it was originally released, hailing it as his favorite film of the franchise. He praises the nihilism, the bleak outlook of the characters and Fincher’s grimy atmosphere. Adam praises much of the same, though still considers Alien his favorite. Thomas has a few more issues, but respects the consistent dark tone and risky choices. Together, these three discuss the differences between the Alien 3 theatrical and Assembly Cut, the troubled production David Fincher went through and the controversy over killing off Newt, Hicks and Bishop. It’s a spirited discussion that shows Alien 3 has far more depth than people give it credit for.

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Annabelle (2014) scares up some solid box office but struggles to gain ample praise from the HNR grue-crew. The film dives into the back story of the creepy-as-all-get-out doll from The Conjuring. Watch your basements!

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Twin Peaks, ABC’s of Death 2 and Adam Green’s Happy Halloween. Did we mention, Twin Peaks? Thomas discusses Gone Girl from director David Fincher.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas 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 we announce that it is time to remind you about the contest to win a fantastic Halloween mask from Ghoulish Productions.

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Episode 79 – Annabelle – Gone Girl
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Annabelle (2014) 
Expanding the story behind the possessed doll introduced in the intro to The ConjuringAnnabelle tries hard to scare and entertain audiences across the globe. Gauging from the week end box office, the film seems to have struck a chord with horror and film fans. The blandest of bland main characters lumber along until a demon enters into the picture to spice things up. A few good, well orchestrated scenes a great horror film does not make. The grue-crew discuss the successes and failures found in Annabelle.


What Have You Been Watching: Gone Girl
Thomas Mariani jumps in with a review of David Fincher’s latest film, Gone Girl. The film receives high praise from Thomas who dances around all the plot twists and surprises in the film. He cautiously discusses deserved Oscar nods and shares it is NOT a date movie!

Horror News of the Week for 10/06/2014
Dave returns to bring you the Horror News of the Week with news of the return of Twin Peaks from David Lynch coming to Showtime in 2016. Annabelle has drawn out Don Mancini to proclaim he wants to make Chuck vs Annabelle. Yeah, right. Vampires and Werewolves attack in Joe Dante’s Ombre Amore and no one really cares. The marketing behind ABC’s of Death 2 are stirring up a stink with 26 NSFW pictures from the film, one for each segment. Director Adam Green return with another Happy Halloween short.


Contest: Ghoulish Productions presents the mask, Blurp Charlie
Horror News Radio is teaming up with Ghoulish Productions out of Atlanta, GA to give away an awesome and gruesome MASK just in time for Halloween! Check out the visual for BLURP CHARLIE! Oh, my! Fantastic! The contest is open until Midnight, Sunday October 19, 2014 (EST) to enter. Just head over to for the change to win this incredible prize. The contest is open to US addresses only. But! Ghoulish Production is also offering an exclusivecoupon for all HNR listeners to save 10% off your entire order, just type in the coupon code HNR to get your discount! Just head over to to check out all the kick ass masks.

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