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Halloween (1978) – Episode 82 – Decades of Horror 1970s

“I met this… six-year-old child with this blank, pale, emotionless face, and… the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes.” There’s absolutely no doubt you know who says that and who he is talking about. Join your faithful Grue Crew – Doc Rotten, Chad Hunt, Bill Mulligan, and Jeff Mohr – as they prepare for 2018’s neo-sequel by taking a nostalgic, but fear-filled trip back to Haddonfield and the first time he came back. Yup, it’s the big one. They’re talking Halloween (1978).

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Episode 82 – Halloween (1978)

Whether or not you knew about John Carpenter before the release of Halloween, you certainly knew about him after its release. There have been a total of 10 Halloween films, 9 of which include the fellow with the “blank, pale, emotionless face, and … the blackest eyes – the Devil’s eyes,” but the first one is by far the best.

Carpenter’s and Debra Hill’s script takes its time developing a place in time and space and with people that feel familiar and even comfortable, making the presence of The Shape all the more menacing. Establishing the characters and relationships of the three girls – Jamie Lee CurtisP.J. Soles, and Nancy Kyes – adds to the familiarity and comfortableness of the world the filmmakers have created. Donald Pleasence’s performance as Dr. Loomis exponentially ramps up the feelings of dread and Nick Castle’s performance as The Shape reinforces the idea of the presence of pure evil. Combine the script and the acting with Carpenter’s direction, his landmark, chill-inducing score, and Dean Cundey’s cinematography, and Halloween becomes one of the top horror films of the 1970s.

Of course, the members of the Decades of Horror 1970s Grue Crew shout their praises for Halloween. Chad is impressed by Jamie Lee Curtis’ portrayal of Laurie Strode as the somewhat shy, good hearted girl without a boyfriend who obviously isn’t very experienced at smoking pot, but is a formidable opponent for The Shape. Jeff points out the time the filmmakers take to create suspense and dread, for example, Laurie’s 90-second walk across the street to come to her girlfriends’ aid. Cundey’s and Carpenter’s shot construction and camera movement earn Bill’s admiration. For Doc, it’s also about the time taken for each kill, building tension to the breaking point.

Yes, the lot of them slobbered and drooled their appreciation and love all over Halloween throughout the podcast. What did you expect? Frankly, this classic deserves a few more viewings in preparation for its new sequel, Halloween (2018).

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) – Episode 32 – Decades of Horror 1990s And Beyond

“EUREKA! This year, Christmas will be OURS!” Jack Skellington (Chris Sarandon/Danny Elfman) makes his proclamation to the citizens of Halloweentown. The holiday he just discovered will be his to mold and reshape into something spooky. The Nightmare Before Christmas is a holiday classic for every horror fan. Director Tim Bur-er, I mean Henry Selick gives this stop-motion world a chance to breathe and live for the limited run time. It was a movie Disney didn’t believe in upon initial release, yet it’s become a massive merchandising bonanza. How? Well, Decades of Horror 1990s and Beyond is gonna do the best it can to explain that.

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Episode 32 – The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

Nightmare Before Christmas – based on the poem written by Tim Burton during his days as a Disney animator – follows Jack, The Pumpkin King. Leader of Halloweentown and the symbol all others judge themselves against, Jack feels empty inside. The annual Halloween celebration has turned him into a depressed skeleton man who wanders into the alternate world of Christmas Town. Inspired by the unique holiday qualities, Jack decides to take Santa’s place for Christmas. All while the patchwork girl Sally (Catherine O’Hara) tries to stop him. It’s all done in a musical stop-motion animation style so gorgeous it got the film a Best Special Effects Oscar nomination.

All this is discussed 24 audio frames at a time by Thomas Mariani and his guests Christopher G. Moore, Caitlin Turner and Scott Johnson. All are here to discuss Nightmare Before Christmas as a highly influential watermark for animation in general. Henry Selick’s visuals would bring us the films of LAIKA. Pixar is credited for the computer effects. Tim Burton has ripped this off with Corpse Bride. There’s also plenty of big questions asked. Is this a Halloween or Christmas movie? What is the relationship between Sally and Dr. Finkelstein (William Hickey)? Would Hot Topic survive without Nightmare Before Christmas? Listen to find out!

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The intro and outro is “Suck City” by Black Math. Look for more of their music via Free Music Archive.

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Dog Soldiers (2002)

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Westworld (1973) – Episode 13 – Decades of Horror 1970s

Novelist, screen writer, director Michael Crichton brings the iconic Westworld to cinema screens in 1973 set in an Disneyland-inspired amusement park where robots interact with guests enabling them to live out fantasies in environments long gone, Medieval World, Roman World and West World. A computer virus sends the robots on an uncontrolled path of death, destruction and mayhem. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s.

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Episode 13 – Westworld (1973)

For Westworld, and in preparation for the forthcoming HBO series coming spring/summer 2015, The Black Saint and Doc Rotten revisit the classic science goes wrong cautionary tale that has since inspired Halloween, Terminator and Crichton’s own Jurassic Park. While Richard Benjamin and James Brolin are the leads in the film, Yul Brynner steals the entire film as the rogue robot “The Gunslinger” – which is a homage to his classic “Chris” character in The Magnificent Seven.

We want to hear from you – the coolest, grooviest fans:  leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Decades of Horror 1970s podcast hosts at theblacksaint@decadesofhorror.com or docrotten@decadesofhorror.com.

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Jupiter Ascending – Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard – Episode 97 – Horror News Radio

The HNR Grue-Crew balance the zany sci-fi train-wreck Jupiter Ascending against the rollicking horror film Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on this week’s episode. On one side we have Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne; while on the other, we have Billy Zane, Dee Wallace and Mischa Barton. Who comes out ahead, The Wachowskis or Harrison Smith?

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about The Walking Dead, Poltergeist and MartyrsThe Black Saint fights to survive another round of Stump the Saint. 

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 prizes keep coming: HNR teams up with Anchor Bay Entertainment featuring the Blu-Ray of Fear Clinic and Magnolia Home Entertainment join in to provide a new DVD giveaway for the horror anthology The ABCs of Death 2! 


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Review: Jupiter Ascending (2015) 

Channing Tatum, sporting elf ears and wearing glider boots, falls for Mila Kunis a reincarnation of a long dead queen from outer space who is set to inherit the Earth. Meanwhile Eddie Redmayne will stop at nothing to prevent this from happening. Let the fun begin! It’s the review of Jupiter Ascending from the Wachowskis, the team behind The Matrix.

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Review: Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard (2015) 

Billy Zane leads the cast in a zombie film about a town of survivors dealing not only with the oncoming onslaught of the walking dead, but a corrupt leader who banishes the weak so the strong can survive. The Black Saint, Dave Dreher and Doc Rotten review Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard, the film HNR recently gave away to a pair of Horror News Radio listeners thanks to the kind folks at Anchor Bay Entertainment.

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HNR Contest: Anchor Bay Entertainment Fear Clinic Blu-Ray Giveaway 

Horror News Radio is once again teaming up with Anchor Bay Entertainment to hand out two Blu-Ray copies of Fear Clinic. The film from director Robert G. Hall and stars Robert Englund, Fiona Dourif and Thomas Dekker. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time),  February 15, 2015. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this link. The Anchor Bay Entertainment Fear Clinic Blu-Ray giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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HNR Contest: Magnolia Home Entertainment ABCs of Death 2 DVD Giveaway 

Horror News Radio is teaming up with Magnolia Home Entertainment to hand out a DVD copy of ABCs of Death 2. 26 new directors, 26 new ways to die. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time),  February 22, 2015. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this link. The Anchor Bay Entertainment Fear Clinic Blu-Ray giveaway is open to US addresses only and only to ages 18 and over.

Horror News of the Week for 02/09/2015 

Dave shares the Horror News of the Week with news of the return of The Walking Dead and the shocking death of a beloved character. Stills, poster and trailer for the upcoming remake of Poltergeist finally hit the internet. Adam Wingard returns to horror with The Woods. Leaks from overseas suggest that Blumhouse has already completed work on the remake of Martyrs. And, finally, the next Halloween film finally has its future set with Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan signing on to write the script.

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Horror News Radio Episode 59 – Godzilla (2014)

Godzilla (2014) is the hottest monster film of the summer of 2014 with an epic battle between the King of the Monsters and a pair of kaiju creatures called M.U.T.O. SFX Artist Vincent Guastini (Monsters TV, Dogma, VHS 3: Viral) joins the grue-crew to take a bite out of the mammoth $93 million haul the film earned its opening weekend. Vincent with Dave and Santos at this side roars “I want more Godzilla in my Godzilla movies” as Doc and Vixen try to champion the film. It’s up to young maverick Thomas Mariani to keep things in check. Yeah, it’s trouble. The best kind!

Dave ramps up the news of the week with bits about HalloweenRob Zombie’s 31 and Stephen King’s Gerald’s Game.

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen are back again this week to give you the best in horror as they recap, review and obliterate all that is horror this week!  The Black Saint’s Horror Trivia Contest continues this week with the Insight Editions’ latest book Godzilla: The Art of Destruction.


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Godzilla (2014)
Years in the making from the announcement of Gareth Edwards (Monsters)  taking on the directing chores to hints of Godzilla’s design at Comic Con 2013 to this year’s incredibly effective marketing campaign, Godzilla (2014) is the ultimate example of a roller coaster ride of nervous anticipation. Will a U.S. backed studio get Godzilla right? The film is out and killing it at the box office to cheers and jeers. SFX Artist Vincent Guastini joins the regular crew to review and recap the film tackling the plot, the design of Godzilla, the other kaiju and the epic battle of San Francisco.

Horror News of the Week for 05/19/2014
Dave Dreher  shares the Horror News of the Week beginning with news of the monster sized 15 disc Blu-Ray set of Halloween series of films. Doc is excited to hear that Oculus director Mike Flanagan is pegged to direct the adaptation of the Stephen King novel, Gerald’s Game. Sean Cunningham is creatively letting bits and pieces of his plans for the Friday the 13th TV series out and about. In TV news, CBS is pimping their show Stalker and TNT is jumping into the genre business with The Shop which follows the characters introduced in Firestarter by Stephen King. Rob Zombies is beginning the marketing on his next feature called 31.

Insight Editions Book Giveaway – Godzilla: The Art of Destruction (2014)
Horror News Radio is teaming up with Insight Editions  to provide a monster book giveaway for their film Godzilla: The Art of Destruction. The book launches May 13, 2014. Entries will be accepted until Midnight (Eastern Standard Time), May 25, 2014. All you need to do is complete the The Black Saint’s HNR Horror Trivia Question at this address: http://horrornewsradio.com/trivia-godzilla. The book giveaway is open to US addresses only.

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