[Podcast] Rings (2017) — Sadako vs Kayako (2016) — Episode 201 — Horror News Radio

J-Horror returns this week with RINGS (2017) heading to theaters, the third film in The Ring franchise, the U.S. version of Ringu. While the film did challenge Split for the top spot at the box office, Rings horribly under performed and scored poorly at Rotten Tomatoes. Thomas and The Black Saint chime in with there thoughts…and disgust for this boring entry into 2017 horror fare. The Black Saints gives it props for its lead and begrudgingly agrees the beginning is fun. Thomas is just unimpressed with the entire thing. Oh, noes.

Continuing the J-Horror vibe, the Grue-Crew also review the Japanese entry SADAKO VS KAYAKO currently playing on Shudder. The film, which was inspired by an April Fool’s joke, pits Sadako from the Ringu franchise against Kayako from the the Ju-On (or Grudge in the US) franchise. Move over Freddy vs Jason, step aside King Kong vs Godzilla, out of the way Frankenstein meets the Wolfman, Sadako vs Kayako sets up the fight of the century. Or, does it? The Grue-Crew are here to let you know.

Thoam guides the  Horror News of the Week with a rundown of the kick-ass trailer that debuted during Super Bowl 51.  As the year begins, HNR sets its eyes on a number of horror film festivals to attend throughout the year. Up first is Nevermore Horror Film Festival in Durham, NC on February 24  – 26, 2017.

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 201 — Rings  (2017)  — Sadako vs Kayako  (2016)
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Feature Review: Rings  (2017)

Gore Verbinksi surprised everyone introducing US audiences to J-Horror with The Ring (2002). The Ring Two followed three years later. Now, 12 years after the first sequel,  F. Javier Gutiérrez directs the third in the franchise with Rings. The Grue-Crew are not impressed with the results of such a long wait. It is the film no one want and no body went to see. For The Black Saint and Thomas Mariani, it is an early contender for worst of the year.

What Have You Been Watching: Sadako vs Kayako  (2016)

Meanwhile, over at Shudder, the Japanese entry fares far better with the Grue-Crew. Sadako vs Kayako turns out to be a fun, campy romp worth watching on the Shudder streaming service, providing a few chills, tons of thrills, and more laughs – of the intentional kind – than expected. Sadako curses one group of teens while Kayako sets her eye on a third, enter a professor, a mystic, and his sidekick to save the girls from certain doom. Their idea – pit the curses against each other, it’s Ringu vs Ju-On —  to the death.



  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:04:13]: Days of the Dead
  • [00:12:59]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:13:15]: Super Bowl Trailers!
    • [00:14:02]: Stranger Things Season 2
    • [00:19:28]: Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2
    • [00:21:35]: Cure for Wellness
    • [00:23:58]: Life
    • [00:28:17]: Logan
    • [00:33:03]: John Wick Chapter 2
    • [00:35:00]:  Pirates of the Caribbean Dead Men Tell No Tales
    • [00:37:40]: Ghost in the Shell
    • [00:41:15]: Fate of the Furious
  • [00:44:20]: Support HNR
  • [00:44:51]: Feature Review – Rings
  • [01:03:09]: Announcements
    • [01:03:17]: Gruesome Magazine Quarterly
    • [01:04:28]: Nevermore Film Festival
    • [01:05:04]: Lightning Round Convention appearances
  • [01:08:36]: What Have You Been Watching – Sadako vs Kayako
  • [01:32:43]: StumpTheSaint


Don’t Knock Twice – John Wick Chapter 2  


Gruesome Magazine Spring 2017 is coming! That’s right, the very first issue of an all-new horror magazine from the Grue-Crew behind Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine website will land late February 2017. The tag line “Horror Festival Hits – Independent Films – The Future of Horror” reflects the focus of the magazine on the up’n’coming horror film makers and their films in Horror Film Festivals across the globe. Check out the GM page for more details.

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.