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Doc Rotten, film critic for HorrorNews.Net, is also the host of the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast, the Monster Movie Podcast and Shock Treatment: The American Horror Story Fan Podcast. Read more from Doc Rotten at DocRotten.com, Facebook and Twitter.

Film Review: Elysium (2013)

SYNOPSIS: The Earth is a hive of poverty in 2154 where the wealthy and powerful live in an orbiting space station called Elysium, free from disease and hunger. Where the majority of humanity lives in crowded cities struggling to keep low paying jobs and finding their next meal on the ruined planet below, the population above live a life of …

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Film Review: Dark Souls (Mørke Sjeler – 2010)

SYNOPSIS: When Morten Ravn’s (Morten Ruda) daughter, Johanna (Johanna Gustavsson), is savagely attacked and seemingly murdered, he is shocked when she appears on his doorstep soon after receiving word of her death. Keeping her safe in their small apartment, she begins to display zombie-like symptoms and vomits a black tar-like bile. Soon, there are 30 similar attacks by a mysterious …

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Film Review: Lizzie (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Lizzie Allen (Amanda Baker) suffers from amnesia set on by a traumatic event during her formative years. Working with psychiatrist Dr. Fredricks (Corbin Bernsen), she struggles to uncover the mysteries of her youth and memories of her parents who dies when she was very young. When she returns to her childhood home and decides to stop taking her medication, …

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Film Review: Dig Two Graves (2014)

SYNOPSIS: A girl’s obsession with her brother’s disappearance leads her on a nightmarish journey through a small town’s Gothic landscape where she is faced with a deadly proposition. How far will she go to save the people she loves? REVIEW: Making a big impression at the 16th Annual Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, North Carolina in 2105, Dig Two Graves …

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Film Review: Eddie The Sleepwalking Cannibal (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Lars (Thure Lindhardt), a struggling painter, resorts to getting a full time teaching position when he suffers from a mental block prohibiting his creative side from producing his next masterpiece. He ends up taking residence is a secluded countryside at a small school. There he meets Eddie (Dylan Smith), a mute that is under the school’s care but without …

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Film Review: Robocop (2014)

SYNOPSIS: When Detroit police officer, Alex Murphy, is critically wounded by a criminal mastermind his only hope of survival is the experimental robo-program at OmniCorp led by Dr. Dennett Norton. CEO Raymond Sellars sees Murphy as an opportunity to introduce his “robot soldier” technology to U.S. soil by putting a man into the suit making him a RoboCop.

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Film Review: Absentia (2011)

SYNOPSIS: After living with the reality that her husband Daniel has been missing for seven years, Tricia Riley is finally ready to declare him “Dead in Absentia.” With her sister Callie by her side for support, she is prepared to set the legal actions in motion. However, she is unprepared for the psychological challenges that lie ahead as she begins …

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Film Review: BreadCrumbs (2010)

SYNOPSIS: A small group of adult filmmakers travel to a cabin deep in the woods. Along the way, they encounter a pair of troubled, mysterious siblings, Patti and Henry, who live in the nearby woodlands. Soon they find themselves the target of the pair’s violent revenge as they begin to be picked off one by one. They struggle to survive …

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Film Review: Salvage (2010)

SYNOPSIS: A holiday reunion for a dysfunctional mother and daughter turns into a nightmare when their neighborhood is quarantined by a band of heavily armed military personnel. Separated from her daughter Jodie (Linzey Cocker) during the initial scuffle, mother Beth (Neve McIntosh) and her lover Kieran (Shaun Dooley) struggle to find their way through the chaos to locate and reunite …

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Film Review: Billy Club (2014)

SYNOPSIS: Fifteen years after a gruesome triple homicide devastated their Little League baseball team, four friends reunite to commemorate their dead coach and fallen teammates. A mystery unfolds as the secrets from their past return to haunt them and a vengeful killer, hidden by an antique umpire’s mask, returns to even the score. REVIEW: Baseball finally gets its horror love …

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Film Review: Lucy (2014)

SYNOPSIS: An unwilling participant in a drug trafficking scheme involving an experimental new drug, Lucy is inadvertently exposed to the drug’s unusual characteristics. Lucy begins to utilize more and more of her brain capacity to the point where she can not only control her own body, but others around her and things such as phones, computers and gravity. Now she must enlist the help of strangers …

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Top 10 Must See Horror Movies from Film Festivals 2014

Throughout the year, dozens of horror films – possibly hundreds – are introduced to movie audiences within the confines of Horror Film Festivals both domestic and abroad. Many highly regarded and positively reviewed films grab mega buzz on horror sites and in fright film circles but never get a wide theatrical release or much press surrounding their DVD, VOD and …

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Film Review: Four Boxes (2009)

SYNOPSIS: Partners in crime, Trevor (Justin Kirk) and Rob (Sam Rosen), begin work on their next job: liquidating the possessions of a recently deceased suburbanite. Things get complicated when Amber, Rob’s current girlfriend and Trevor’s ex, a young redhead named Amber (Terryn Westbrook), enters into the fray. The love triangle is further twisted when they become obsessed with an web-cam …

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Film Review: Under the Bed (2012)

SYNOPSIS: Troubled teen, Neal Hausman (Jonny Weston) returns home after spending two years away from his family after his mother’s fatal accident. Reunited with his younger brother Paulie (Gattlin Griffith), Neal discovers that the demons he thought were just dreams are not only real but still haunting his home and terrorizing his brother from the shadows in their room, from …

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Film Review: Spirit Hunters (2012)

SYNOPSIS: When spirited cinematographer, Morgan, and his sidekick sound-man, Cricket, head off to a remote ranch in Idaho to film a reality TV show about investigating paranormal activity, the duo find themselves entangled in a mystery involving corruption, murder and – maybe, just maybe – a few ghosts. REVIEW: Spirit Hunters (a.k.a. End of the Road on IMDB) has some …

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70’s Frankenstein’s Monster

One of the most recognizable movie monsters in horror cinema is the Frankenstein Monster. Beginning with Frankenstein (1910) and, more famously, Frankenstein (1931) from Universal, Mary Shelley’s man-made monster has taken many forms. In 1957, Hammer Films jettisoned the creature into the Technicolor age with Curse of Frankenstein. Throughout the Sixties, Hammer Films would produce a variety of Monsters created …

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