Scream (1996) – Episode 5 – Decades of Horror 1990s

“My Mom and Dad are gonna be so mad at me!” The squeals of Stuart (Matthew Lillard) sounded the sirens of satire and scares inherent in Wes Craven’s Scream. Celebrating it’s 20th anniversary this month, this tale of teenagers who are aware of horror film tropes changed the dwindling landscape of mainstream horror at the time of release. It also signaled more than a few flimsy copycats that tried and failed to bring that same spirit of satiric anarchy to the world of the slasher. Was Scream a good or bad thing for horror? Thomas Mariani and his special guest have a lot to say on that matter.

Decades of Horror 1990s
Episode 05 – Scream (1996)

Featuring a solid roster of young talent for the time and an awareness of the tropes everyone became all too familiar with in the post-80s boom of the slasher genre, Scream spoke to the Blockbuster generation that became too aware to be scared. Now, with a killer who was just as ahead of the game as those he was trying to kill, all bets were off. Right from the moment Drew Barrymore gets slashed in the prologue, no one was safe. Everyone’s a suspect. Everyone’s a potential victim. All of this is unveiled in a story that features the young and capable Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), lovable oaf of a police officer Dewey (David Arquette) and the opportunistic Gale Weathers (Courtney Cox) at the center. Throw in a few familiar faces to the decade and the longest party scene in cinematic history and you’ve got yourself a recipe for mayhem and references to classic horror.

Joining Thomas on this post-modern journey is his Decades of Horror 1980s co-host and award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore. Together, this pair discuss the unique stamp Scream brought to a genre that seemed to be dying with the final traditional breaths of the 80s slashers. There’s talk of how negative the impact Scream had on the genre, what the line is between a reference & smugness and just how many of these cast members peaked here. What? Everyone knows Jamie Kennedy didn’t peak until Son of the Mask, right? It’s a tantalizing discussion that can’t be missed!

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The ABCs of Death 2 – Episode 85 – Horror News Radio

It is back once again, The ABCs of Death 2, 26 directors in one film each tackling one letter in the alphabet creating an entertaining, challenging or humorous short about…death. The film delivers everything that can be imagined and then some sometimes with shocking, horrifying results. Will The ABCs of Death 2 surpass the original or begin a downward spiral?

Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Universal Monsters and Jurassic World. Between the two monster bits is news of Raimi and Alvarez returning for A Man in the Dark and announcements about Scream and Jack the Ripper on TV.

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! All this and Stump the Saint too! It’s a perfect world.

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Episode 85 – The ABCs of Death
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Review: The ABCs of Death 2 (2014)

The HNR grue-crew step in to recap and review each of the 26 episode found in The ABCs of Death 2 diving into what they loved, hated, enjoyed and despised. The second whirlwind trip through the alphabet of death comes across far more cohesive and success than the first outing with a few strong winners and fewer losers. Aharon Keshales and Navot Papushado (F is for Falling) ,Larry Fessenden (N is for Nexus) , Jen and Sylvia Soska (T is for Torture Porn) ,Steven Kostanski (W is for Wish) and Chris Nash (Z is for Zygote) are only a few of the directors involved with this fascinating experiment in horror cinema.

Horror News of the Week for 11/17/2014

Dave returns to bring you the Horror News of the Week with news of Universal executives announcing that their upcoming Universal Monster revival films will be leaving the horror behind. Boos and hisses ensue. Sam Raimi and Fede Alvarez reunite to develop and release A Man in the Dark. Jack the Ripper is coming to TV with the small screen adaptation of From Hell. MTV’s Scream series continues to struggle with how they will bring Ghostface to the music channel. Jurassic World begins its marketing campaign with the launch of a site describing the background for the 2015 film.

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Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

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