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Film Review: See No Evil 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage complete with hooks, surgical knives and power saws.

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 80

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Dracula Untold (2014), Extraterrestrial (2014) and The Walking Dead season 5 premiere are all lined up for discussion tonight as the grue-crew review both films and the hit AMC television program. Dave and Doc also provide the weekly Z Nation update. Dave shares the horror news of the week with a barrage of television updates about American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Following, Resident Evil and The Other Dead on Animal Planet. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the voice of reason, are back again this … Continue reading

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Film Review: Book of Life (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. REVIEW: Book of Life, a supernatural-tinged animated feature from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, is pure imagination on a stick, colorful, inventive, touching and funny. The minds behind this film, written by Gutierrez and Douglas Langdale, weave … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hollows Grove (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A young filmmaker documents his ghost-hunting, reality show friends as their routine investigation of an abandoned orphanage turns into a nightmare from which they can’t escape. REVIEW: “Found Footage,” words that are beginning to draw mixed reactions from many horror fans these days, often more negative than anything else. With so many film makers taking a stab at the sub genre, it seems each week two or three features are newly available on VOD, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Dracula Untold (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The prince of Transylvania, Vlad Tepes, must choose between his duty and his people when the Turks demand 1000 of his boys for their army. Facing unbeatable odds, Vlad takes a dark path that will change his life forever. REVIEW: Universal is ready to create their own franchise driven cinematic universe targeting the Universal Monsters as a supernatural “Avengers” with Wolf Man, Mummy, Frankenstein and Creature from the Black Lagoon waiting in the wings. … Continue reading

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Film Review: Horns (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Ig Perrish is suspected of murdering his girlfriend. To make matters worse, he sprouts a pair of horns, the demonic kind. When the effects of the horns leads to people around him revealing their deepest, darkest secrets, Ig begins to unravel the mysteries behind the tragic events that have changed his life forever.

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 79

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Annabelle (2014) scares up some solid box office but struggles to gain ample praise from the HNR grue-crew. The film dives into the back story of the creepy-as-all-get-out doll from The Conjuring. Watch your basements! Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Twin Peaks, ABC’s of Death 2 and Adam Green’s Happy Halloween. Did we mention, Twin Peaks? Thomas discusses Gone Girl from director David Fincher. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 78

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The Sacrament (2013) has its roots firming grounding in the true story surrounding the Jonestown tragedy from 1978. The similarities have many of the HNR grue-crew scratching their heads wondering what the film’s director Ti West is really up to. The discussion gets heated beginning with an explanation of what happened to covering The Guest. Doc shares the horror news of the week with news of The Walking Dead companion series, American Horror Story Freak Show and Five Nights at Freddy’s. Doc and Santos discuss Mutantis. … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 77

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Tusk (2014) is Kevin’s Smith second horror comedy with the script germinating from the SModcast podcast: episode 259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. The film may be a bit uneven and controversial but the performance by Michael Parks as Howard Howe has a number of the grue-crew saying he should be considered for an Academy Award…but realize, sadly, it never will. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Universal hiring Noah Hawley (Fargo) to script a Classic … Continue reading

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Film Review: Exorcist Chronicles (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When a rash of possessions spring up across the globe, the Vatican sends a specialized team into the heart of the epidemic to determine the cause. Father Jan and scientist Daryl Lux follow their investigation to a mysterious remote lake where the possessed are being drawn. The two fear there is something in the water that is far more dangerous than anything mankind has ever encountered. REVIEW: On the surface, in writing, Exorcist Chronicles … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 76

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Honeymoon (2014) spins the tale of a pair of newly weds heading to a mountain cabin for a week of bliss but discover something terrifyingly horrible instead. The Black Saint discovers a temporary cure for insomnia. Dwerp! Dave (scratch that, Thomas) shares the horror news of the week with news of remake after remake after remake. Doc subjects the entire cast to the premiere of Z-Nation on SyFy for this week’s What Have You Been Watching segment. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 004 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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Considered a horror classic by many genre historians, The Wicker Man (1973) is the film for this episode. Featuring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland and Ingrid Pitt, the film from director Robin Hardy leads its audience on a leisurely paced path to one of the more iconic endings in horror. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Decades of Horror 1970s Episode 4 – The Wicker Man (1973) Joining The Black … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 75

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The Dead 2 (2014) is not only the swag in the prize pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment in this week’s trivia contest, it is also the topic of this week’s review. It’s zombie action set in India from The Ford Brothers who brought the horror community The Dead.  Dave shares the horror news of the week with previews of The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Freak Show and Carver. Santos prepares for another round of STUMP THE SAINT and Doc joins Dave in reviewing The Den. … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 003 – The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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Haunted Houses are a tough genre to film. They can easily come off hokey or silly. There are some classics though, Haunting, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. But many are overlooked and forgotten. One such film is The Legend of Hell House from director John Hough featuring Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are joined by award winning director Christopher G. Moore to discuss the British classic horror film. Decades of Horror 1970s … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Last Showing (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After giving his life to cinema as a projectionist, Stuart is left to work the remainder of his career as a concession attendant, biding his time until retirement. Bitter, he plots an intricate revenge scheme against his manager and a pair of lovers locked in the theater after hours. REVIEW: Starring the ever popular Robert Englund in a terrific role for the horror icon, The Last Showing is a fantastic but stilted film that … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 74

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As Above, So Below (2014) fails to make an impression at the box office and leaves Santos underwhelmed. Doc, on the other hand, fights for the film in a heated discussion about the Dowdle Brothers, Perdita Weeks and found footage. The film gets the full-on HNR treatment. Dave shares the horror news of the week with information about Lars Von Trier, Wesley Snipes and Scooby-Doo. Joseph Perry returns this week with more details from PiFan, the extraordinary fantasy film fest from … Continue reading

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Film Review: As Above, So Below (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Continuing her father’s desperate search for the Philosopher’s Stone, Scarlett leads a team into the catacombs below Paris. Joined by a close friend, George, and her camera man, Benji, she begins to explore an uncharted section of the city of the dead encountering a door way to hidden horrors.

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 73

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Sin City: A Dame To Kill For (2014) is Robert Rodriguez and Frank Miller’s return to Marv, Dwight and Nancy. It is all style over substance in glorious black and white with spectacular 3D and fun performances from Mickey Rourke and Eva Green. But Mr. Miller may have slid too far into seedy life behind Sin City without any meaning.  Doc shares the horror news of the week with news of The Omen on TV, the series finale of True Blood and … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 72

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Life After Beth (2014) proves that a zombie romcom is a difficult proposition regardless of how fantastic the cast may be. Dane DeHaan, Aubrey Plaza,  John C. Reilly, Molly Shannon and Anna Kendrick cannot save this humorless, lifeless horror comedy from writer/director Jeff Baena. All the pieces are there, they just never assemble into a cohesive whole. Sad. Afflicted (2013), on the other hand, proves how a well constructed story and a pair of leads with authentic bro-chemistry … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Bunnyman Massacre (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Joe’s violent brother, armed with a chainsaw and an over-sized, bloody bunny suit, goes on another rampage gathering fresh supplies for his special brand of beef jerky. REVIEW: The Bunnyman Massacre wants to be The Texas Chainsaw Massacre in a big, hungry way. In many ways, it succeeds; in many more ways, it fails miserably. There is an audience for this type of masochistic nonsense void of story and lacking emotion or empathy of … Continue reading

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Film Review: Delivery: The Beast Within (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: As Kyle and Rachel Massy look forward to the birth of their first child, production on a TV show about their pregnancy captures a series of unexplainable and unexpected events that hint at the supernatural. After the show is canceled, due to complications, the director continues to investigate into what may be happening to Rachel and her unborn child. REVIEW: Delivery: The Beast Within from the production team of Brian Netto and Adam Schindler … Continue reading

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About Doc Rotten

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.