[Podcast] Lights Out — Star Trek Beyond — Episode 173 — Horror News Radio

On this episode the Grue-crew examine  director  David F. Sandberg’s feature length debut Lights Out. The film, described as Jump Scare: The Movie by Thomas Mariani, is expanded from its short film origins by  Eric Heisserer to tell the tale of Diana and Sophie as they haunt the lives of  Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman. If the dark is too scary a place to venture, then follow the Grue-crew to the deep reaches of outer space with Justin Lin’s Star Trek Beyond. The space opera is perhaps the most “Star Trek” Star Trek film of the recent batch featuring the new versions of Kirk, Spock and Bones.

Dave Dreher launches into the  Horror News of the Week  discussing a variety of news from SDCC 2016: Kong Skull Island, Ash vs the Evil Dead Season 2 and Blair Witch!  Not only are the Grue-crew going to Dragon*Con this year, Doc and Gruesome Magazine writer Paul Cardullo are heading to  GenreBlast Film Festival in Culpepper Virginia this August 19 – 21, 2016.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,  Dave Dreher  and  Thomas Mariani, 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!  Oh, and don’t forget – Stump the Saint! (Brought to you by Gruesome Magazine)

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Episode 173 — Lights Out  (2016)  — Star Trek Beyond (2016)
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Feature Review: Lights Out  (2016)

Actress Maria Bello hides in the shadows along with her murderous alter ego Diana as her children fight to save her from the demon in the dark. They will never succeed Diana  can keep the…lights out! The film makes the most of its jump scare origins to provide a terrific roller coaster Summer horror treat – or at least many of the Grue-crew think so.  Teresa Palmer,  Gabriel Bateman and Billy Burke also star.


What Have You Been Watching: Star Trek Beyond  (2016)

Justin Lin brings a Fast and Furious sensibility to the crew of the Starship Enterprise as James T. Kirk, Spock and Bones head to the fringes of the universe in the latest film to keep Gene Roddenberry’s dream alive, Star Trek Beyond. While the film has terrific action and sci-fi imagination it grounds its story by focusing much of the film on the characters that make these films so special.  Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Karl Urban, Zoe Saldana, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin return as Kirk, Spock, McCoy, Uhura, Scotty, Sulu and Chekov. Idris Elba and Sofia Boutella join in on the fun!


  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:09:15] Feature Review: Lights Out  (2016)
  • [00:39:32] What Have You Been Watching: Star Trek Beyond (2016)
  • [01:11:07] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:11:28]  The Woods is actually…BLAIR WITCH
    • [01:17:39]  Ash vs the Evil Dead 2 Trailer and News
    • [01:21:17]  Kong Skull Island Trailer
    • [01:27:49]  Scream Factory Announces 13 New Titles
    • [01:34:00]  The Walking Dead Season 7 / The Exorcist / Bates Motel / MST3K TV Rapid Fire
  • [01:43:02] Stump the Saint
  • [01:51:32] What’s Next:  Arrival, Preacher Recap, The Killing Joke



Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.