[Podcast] The Invitation — Hardcore Henry — Midnight Special — Episode 158 — Horror News Radio

Director Karyn Kusama (Jennifer’s Body) returns with a surprisingly effective and engrossing horror thriller titled THE INVITATION.  Logan Marshall-Green and Emayatzy Corinealdi star as a couple drawn into a mysterious series of events at a dinner party with old friends — and some new ones. Fan favorite character actor John Carroll Lynch is on hand to keep things exciting…and bloody. The Grue-crew share their thoughts and make recommendations.

Dave drives  the  HORROR NEWS OF THE WEEK segment sharing  information  about a variety of trailers set loose on the genre community: Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Suicide Squad and The Bye Bye Man. In addition, the Grue-Crew tackle two more films with the return of What Have You Been Watching segment covering Hardcore Henry and Midnight Special.

Co-hosts  Doc Rotten,  Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,  Dave Dreher,  Thomas Mariani  and  Vixen, 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 158 — The Invitation — Hardcore Henry — Midnight Special
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  • Featured Review: The Invitation  (2016)
    While attending a dinner party at his former home, a man thinks his ex-wife and her new husband have sinister intentions for their guests.

    • d.  Karyn Kusama
    • w.  Phil Hay, Matt Mandredi
    • c. Logan Marshall-Green, Emayatzy Corinealdi, Michiel Hulsman
    • Thomas Mariani 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
    • Doc Rotten 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
    • The Black Saint 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
    • Dave Dreher 4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)


  • What Have You Been Watching: Hardcore Henry (2016)
    Hardcore Henry is an action film told from a first person perspective: You remember nothing. Mainly because you’ve just been brought back from the dead by your wife (Haley Bennett). She tells you that your name is Henry. Five minutes later, you are being shot at, your wife has been kidnapped, and you should probably go get her back. Who’s got her? His name’s Akan; he’s a powerful warlord with an army of mercenaries, and a plan for world domination. You’re also in an unfamiliar city of Moscow, and everyone wants you dead. Everyone except for a mysterious British fellow called Jimmy. He may be on your side, but you aren’t sure. If you can survive the insanity, and solve the mystery, you might just discover your purpose and the truth behind your identity. Good luck, Henry. You’re likely going to need it…

    • d.  Ilya Naishuller
    • w.  Ilya Naishuller,  Will Stewart
    • c.  Sharlto Copley, Tim Roth, Haley Bennett
    • Doc Rotten 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
    • Thomas Mariani 2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)


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.