Stump the Saint – The Saint Spin-Off Showcase

Annabelle: Creation

Stump The Saint  — Horror News Radio’s weekly game show in which the listeners guide Thomas Mariani  to the trivia questions poised to stump Santos “The Black Saint” Ellin Jr. Despite his love of trivia, Santos is capable of being stumped on a weekly basis! As to where the audience comes in to  Stump The Saint  it’s quite simple:

    1. Look at the individual topic of the week
    2. Comment — either in this post or in the comments of the posting on Facebook or Twitter — with a film title that relates to the topic for that individual week by the specified date
    3. Thomas will take your suggested titles and find three of them that can be spun into trivia questions to  Stump the Saint
    4. Thomas will read three of your names on the air as he attempts to stump Santos
    5. Those who enter a title with US addresses will be entered into a random drawing to win a special prize!

Topic of the Week

Annabelle: Creation  – the fourth film in the overall  Conjuring  franchise – is a bit example of how Hollywood is attempting to build their capital. A low budget horror film based on an intellectual property people recognize and want to get spooked by. Further building upon the foundation James Wan established previously. Naturally, there are plenty of side characters from those films getting spin offs from that series like  The Nun  and  The Crooked Man. But they aren’t the only horror side characters who deserve a spin-off. So, for  Stump the Saint, we want to know  Which Horror Character Deserves a Spin-Off of Their Own. Could be a human or supernatural character. Doesn’t matter.

The Prize

Stump The Saint  loves to giveaway physical media. Even in its dying times, blu rays are pretty damn packed these days. Filled with extras and gorgeous quality, these pieces of media are so wonderful that sometimes Santos Ellin Jr overdoes it. To the point where he has excess copies that can’t fit into his collection. So, he wants to give on away to a lucky HNR fan. The films available are a diverse and interesting array of motion pictures. First, 1984’s  Streets of Fire, a dark musical odyssey with Willem Dafoe in an early creepy role. Then, there’s 1973’s  Blackenstein, a blaxploitation cash grab on  Blacula  that has to be seen in HD to be believed. Finally, we have James Gunn’s  Slither  from 2006. A horrific display of practical effects, gore and Michael Rooker’s face. One lucky US listener who submits to  Stump the Saint  throughout August will be able to pick from one of these three. You have until Monday August 14th at 8:30 pm EST to submit for this particular week, so get cracking!

Thomas Mariani
Thomas Mariani is a born geek, with a bit of nerd mixed in here & there. A native of the (less) swampy parts of Florida, Thomas has always been a fan of films, television & other sources of media ever since he was a child, having been raised on Jim Henson, Star Wars and the basic cable cartoons of the ’90s & ’00s.

Some of his favorite horror films include Evil Dead II, Poltergeist and An American Werewolf in London. He already has experience writing and podcasting about pop culture, which you can read/listen to on sites like, or even on twitter as @NotTheWhosTommy.