[Podcast] Annihilation – The Lodgers – Episode 256 – Horror News Radio

The Grue Crew are joined by Paul Cardullo and Yonathan Habtemichael on a mission into The Shimmer to unravel Annihilation. Ex-Machina  writer/director Alex Garland unleashes a heavy sci-fi premise that has bursts of horror… sometimes quite literally. Natalie Portman leads this expedition into a comet caused environmental abnormality that defies the laws of nature and humanity in ways we can’t quite fathom. Also, it’s rather pretty. Afterward, Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani, and Paul talk about the adventures at the Nevermore Film Festival. Not only the What Have You Been Watching gothic ghost story  The Lodgers, but also of the 40th-anniversary screening for  The Manitou in honor of Santos Ellin Jr. Dave Dreher regales us with Horror News of the Week about the premiere of  Ash Vs. Evil Dead, a Stephen King poem being adapted for TV and another surprise film from Netflix. Capping it off, Thomas unleashes another round of Phantom Factor. Get ready to be ANNIHILATED… or at least entertained.

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Episode 256 — Annihilation — The Lodgers
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Left to right: Natalie Portman and Tessa Thompson in ANNIHILATION, from Paramount Pictures and Skydance.

INTRO [00:00:38]


FEATURE REVIEW: Annihilation [00:30:32]

  • Annihilation  (2018)
  • director: Alex Garland
  • cast:  Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, Tuva Novotny, Oscar Isaac, Benedict Wong


  • The Nevermore Film Festival Screening
    • The Manitou 40th Anniversary Screening
    • Huge thank you to Jim Carl of the Carolina Theater
    • Interviews w/ Dan Kiely & Tiffany Arnold from Bong of the Living Dead and Ben DeLoose, director of Escape the Dark  as well as a breakdown of all the films seen on upcoming episodes of the Gruesome Magazine Podcast
  • Look for Grue Crew members at the  FantasticRealm screening of Jaws 3D… in 3D!
    • In September, we are looking to return to the Carolina for Friday the 13th 3-D and Amityville 3-D both in glorious 3D. More on this in the coming weeks.

WHAT HAVE YOU BEEN WATCHING: The Lodgers [01:24:07]

  • The Lodgers  (2018)
  • director:  Brian O’Malley
  • cast:  Charlotte Vega, David Bradley, Bill Milner, Eugene Simon

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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.