[Podcast] Train to Busan (2016) — Episode 177 — Horror News Radio

The Grue-crew board the horror express known as Train to Busan. The South Korean horror film is an incredible new entry into the zombie sub-genre that gets the HNR gang very excited to discuss how successful it is on this episode. If only Joseph Perry were here. Ha! Also, on this episode, Thomas settles in to recap and review the animated extravaganza  Kubo and the Two Strings. It’s Asian zombies in one film and a Japanese samuri beetle, a Moon King and a wooden monkey in the other. Bizarre!

Dave  launches into the  Horror News of the Week  discussing a variety of news  about a Lost Boys TV series on the CW, the reveal of the new Pennywise from Stephen King’s It and the announcement of a new Godzilla anime adventure.  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 Culpeper, Virginia this August 19 – 21, 2016 and to Wreak Havoc Film Festival in Greensboro, North Carolina this late September/early October.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,  Dave Dreher  and  Thomas Mariani  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 177  — Train to Busan  (2016)
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Feature Review: Train to Busan  (2016)

The trailer for Train to Busan looked to promise an exciting Asian look at zombies as a group of heroes look to escape the apocalypse aboard a bullet train from Seoul to Busan. The film delivers with exciting zombie action with roots in Dawn of the Dead, 28 Days Later and World War Z but something far more unique. As Thomas  points out, Train to Busan follows the structure of a classic disaster film. Think Poseidon Adventure or Earthquake. On top of that, the film has a heart with its core characters battling emotional and moral dilemmas as well. The film ranks high with the grue-crew.


What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings  (2016)

Thomas Mariani steps in with his review of the animated highlight of the Summer  Kubo and the Two Strings. While the film struggles to attract an audience in the theaters over its opening weekend, the reviews are strong for this film from Laika, the animation house behind such films like Coraline, ParaNorman and Boxtrolls. The voice cast includes Art Parkinson, Charlize Theron, Matthew McConaughey, Ralph Fiennes, Rooney Mara and George Takei.



  • [00:00:39] Introduction of the Grue-crew
  • [00:03:19] Announcements
    • [00:03:52] Dragon*Con
    • [00:05:03] Wreak Havoc Horror Film Festival
    • [00:05:26] iTunes Feedback
    • [00:08:07] GenreBlast Film Festival
  • [00:10:47] Feature Review: Train to Busan  (2016)
  • [00:54:47] What Have You Been Watching: Kubo and the Two Strings  (2016)
  • [01:07:55] Support HNR w/ Patreon
  • [01:08:29] Horror News of the Week
    • [01:08:55]  The CW is bringing horror fans a Lost Boys TV show
    • [01:13:44]  Stephen King’s It reveals its updated Pennywise
    • [01:20:03]  Now that Shin Godzilla is breaking records in Japan, it’s time for a Godzilla animated film
  • [01:24:26] Stump the Saint
  • [01:31:55] What’s Next:  Don’t Breathe



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.