Author Archives: Doc Rotten

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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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 71

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Into the Storm (2014) blows into theaters this weekend and the grue-crew is here to review this disaster…uh…disaster film. The movie is full of CGI effects providing a variety of tornado visuals and storm fueled action and destruction – it is all spectacle, baby, yeah. Dave shares the horror news of the week with the sad announcement of the passing of Marilyn Burns, Menahem Golan and Robin Williams as the crew share fond memories of their film careers and influence. Joseph … Continue reading

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Film Review: The ABCs of Death (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: In a bold cinematic experiment, 26 directors from 15 different countries come together to present a collection of 26 shorts on the subject of death. Each director is given a single letter of the alphabet to use as a topic of their short. This is the ABCs of Death. REVIEW: Entertaining. Provocative. Disturbing. The ABCs of Death is like the Twilight Zone on crack, a bing-bang-boom collection of horror shorts from 26 different directors … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 70

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Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) strikes gold at the box office. The risk pays off and Marvel has another huge hit. But what do the HNR grue-crew think of it? Will Dave finally like a super-hero movie? Dave shares the horror news of the week with the sad announcement of the passing of legendary make-up effects artists Dick Smith along with bits about Ghostbusters 3 and Z-Nation. Dave also joins Doc in a mini-review of SyFy’s Sharknado 2: The Second One. Co-hosts Doc … Continue reading

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Film Review: Sharknado 2: The Second One (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Fin Shepard, survivor of the legendary Sharknado of LA, returns home to New York City but finds a mega-storm waiting. Once again Fin must risk his life to save his family and friends – and all of New York – from a tornado full of hungry, man-eating sharks ready to devour anyone in their path. REVIEW: Sharknado 2: The Second One is an abomination, a horrible piece of dribble that is silly, lazy and … Continue reading

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Film Review: Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Peter Quill discovers the orb he just stole may hold far more danger to the universe than ever imagined. Together with a rag-tag team of bounty hunters, assassins and mad men, Quill and his Guardians of the Galaxy fight to stop Ronan the Accuser. REVIEW: Guardians of the Galaxy is everything you want from a sci-fi action film from Marvel Studios that is ballsy enough to introduce all-new, generally unknown comic characters, worlds, alien … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 69

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Lucy (2014) embarks on a journey of the mind towing along tons of action and preposterous nonsense. The HNR grue-crew review and rip apart the latest film from direct Luc Besson starring the beautiful and talented Scarlett Johansson. Pretentious, silly and downright goofy fun, it is the Summer hit that had The Black Saint laughing his ass off. The problem is the film is not a comedy. Dave ramps up the horror news of the week … Continue reading

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Film Review: Trophy Heads (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Six famous b-movie scream queens find themselves the target of a sick fan’s obsession with their films. One by one, they are kidnapped and forced to recreate the biggest death scenes of their career. Except this time, their very lives are on the line. REVIEW: Full Moon Studios producer-director Charles Band returns to the horror spotlight with the web series Trophy Heads launched to coincide, support and promote Full Moon Streaming. The series reunites … Continue reading

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Film Review: Lucy (2014)

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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 in a fight to survive.

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 68

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The Purge: Anarchy (2014) picks up one year after the Purge presented last year except this entry follows Frank Grillo as Seargent Leo Barnes, a man on a mission to purge but runs into two sets of characters in deep doo doo deciding to help them survive the night. Capitalizing on the premise of The Purge, Anarchy takes the action to the streets to the satisfaction of the fans but forgets to bring characterization along with … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Purge: Anarchy (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: During the annual event known as “The Purge” where all criminal acts become legal for 12 hours, including murder, five innocent citizens of Los Angeles struggle to survive the night. Led by Leo Barnes, a man set out to get revenge, the group includes a troubled couple who are fleeing a group of masked assailants and a mother and daughter escaping a mysterious group who invaded their tenement. REVIEW: The Purge: Anarchy improves on … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 67

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Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014) is the best example of a sequel done right! It perfectly expands and extends the marvelous Rise of the Planet of the Apes and intelligently provides the audience with a remarkable blend of action, drama, conflict and spectacle. The grue-crew gather to discuss the film and push for recognition for Andy Sirkis’ Oscar-worthy performance. Dave ramps up the news of the week with reaction to the teaser trailer for Horns and news … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast Episode 69

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As the grue-crew from Horror News Radio prepare for the awesomeness that is Rise of the Planet of the Apes, HNR hosts Doc Rotten, Thomas Mariani and The Black Saint gather together for Ninety minutes of Ape talk recapping and remembering the original five Planet of the Apes Films. They discuss the first Ape franchise which began in 1968 with Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes and ended with Roddy McDowell in Battle for … 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.