“[Podcast] — The Belko Experiment (2017) — Episode 207 — Horror News Radio

James Gunn (Slither, Guardians of the Galaxy) returns to the horror genre as the screenwriter and producer of THE BELKO EXPERIMENT. Remember, the popular Marvel director once wrote the screenplays for the Scooby Doo films and Zack Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead. With The Belko Experiment from director Greg McLean (Wolf Creek, Rogue), Gunn swipes heavily from Battle Royale working double time to shove in a healthy dash of Office Space. So, what exactly does the Horror News Radio Grue-Crew think of his efforts. What you hear may surprise you…be warned.

Thomas  is leading this week’s edition of Horror News of the Week with the sad news of the passing of comic horror legend Berni Wrightson who co-created DC’s the Swamp Thing and illustrated the Creepshow adaptation along with a beautiful rendition of the classic Frankenstein novel. He will be missed. HNR and Gruesome Magazine are heading to a number of horror conventions and film festival in the coming months with Joey Fittos covering New Jersey Horror Con and Film Festival  March 31 – April 2, 2017 and Doc Rotten and John Black heading to Mad Monster Party Carolina, March 24-26, 2017.

Co-hosts  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 207 — The Belko Experiment  (2017)
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Feature Review: The Belko Experiment  (2017)

The cast for THE BELKO EXPERIMENT is an impressive collection of fine actors for a modestly budgeted horror entry: John Gallagher Jr., Tony Goldwyn, Adria Arjona, John C. McGinley, Melonie Diaz, Michael Rooker, Sean Gunn, and Gregg Henry. The gore is splattered throughout and the surprises pile up as the body count rises. But the film steers clear of anything heavy with its social commentary and inventive kills. The pacing, the music, and the editing prevent the film from escaping the bland execution of a promising premise. Stick with the trailer…or check out the review from the Grue-Crew. The movie is D.O.A.

Outline of the Episode

  • [00:00:40]: Intro
  • [00:05:03]: Horror News of the Week
    • [00:05:19]: RIP Bernie Wrightson
    • [00:09:25]: The Babadook’s Jennifer Kent gears up for The Nightingale
    • [00:12:35]: Atomic Blonde Trailer
    • [00:17:40]: Akira Kurosawa’s Masque of the Red Death Lives!
    • [00:22:02]: American Gods Trailer
  • [00:28:16]: Support HNR
  • [00:29:01]: Feature Review – The Belko Experiment
  • [01:12:08]: What Have You Been Watching – Beauty and the Beast
  • [01:30:51]: Announcements
    • [01:30:54]: Gruesome Magazine Indiegogo!
    • [01:31:46]: Mad Monster Party
    • [01:32:00]: Other Appearances
  • [01:33:49]: Stump The Saint




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.