Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen rant and trash the remake of the Brian De Palma classic wondering what the hell the studio was really trying to accomplish. Instead of a thrilling retelling of the classic Stephen King story, they deliver a mediocre rehash of the familiar film from 1976.
Afterwards, Dave and Santos both share some horror documentaries they’ve been watching and Dave continues with the Horror News of the Week.
00:03:00 – Review of Carrie (2013)
What the hell happened? Carrie (2013) is not brilliant film Doc was hoping for. Thomas starts off by giving Doc grief about ever being excited for the remake of King’s tale about a troubled teenage girl who discovers she has telekinesis powers. Carrie (1976) is one of the top 20 horror films of all time on many lists, but the remake struggles to come anywhere close to the original – or the grue-crew’s expectations. The biggest complaint is how close to the remake the sticks to the Brian De Palma’s film. Vixen offers a glimmer of hope suggesting Julianne Moore’s performance was stellar and engaging. Santos, however, who reviews the film on HorrorNews.Net has far less positive comments. Sigh.
00:46:10 – What Have You Been Watching: Birth of the Living Dead & Crystal Lake Memories
In this weeks “What have you been watching” segment, Dave starts off with the film, Birth of the Living Dead. The film is a documentary about the making of George Romero’s classic Night of the Living Dead (1968). Santos follows with the review of Crystal Lake Memories. This is a documentary all about the making of the Friday the 13th film series.
00:58:20– Horror News of the Week for 10/21/2013
Once again diligent Dave Dreher brings the Horror News of the Week beginning with a pair of Blu-ray releases, Nosferatu and Slumber Party Massacre. The teaser trailer for the short film adaptation of Stephen King’s Grey Matter is out. Bruce Campbell has suggested, in his usual snarky manner, that Army of Darkness 2 is in pre-production with both Sam Raimi and Bruce involved. Thomas is livid about the news of Tim Burton working on the sequel, Beetleguice 2. Last up, David shares the “Living with Jigsaw” short.
01:26:19 – Sweepstakes for American Horror Story: Asylum Blu-ray
As if all this was not enough, Doc chimes in with a contest to win a copy of the American Horror Story: Asylum Blu-ray (US and Canada ONLY ). The sweepstakes end at Midnight (EST) on October 27, 2013, so get your entries in quickly.
Experience the chilling new incarnation of TV’s most daringly provocative series. The sins of the past haunt the present at the notorious Briarcliff home for the criminally insane, ruled with an iron fist by Sister Jude. Forbidden desire and terrifying evil lurk around every corner…from alien abduction to demonic possession to a skin-wearing psychopath known as “Bloody Face.” Emmy® winner Jessica Lange leads an exceptional ensemble cast, including Zachary Quinto, James Cromwell and Sarah Paulson. “It’s genuinely, unrelentingly horrific and creepy” (Time Magazine) and a “totally addictive” (The Washington Post) show.
Special Features: Deleted Scenes; The Orderly; What is American Horror Story: Asylum?; Welcome to Briarcliff Manor; The Creatures
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