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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 85

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It is back once again, The ABCs of Death 2, 26 directors in one film each tackling one letter in the alphabet creating an entertaining, challenging or humorous short about…death. The film delivers everything that can be imagined and then some sometimes with shocking, horrifying results. Will The ABCs of Death 2 surpass the original or begin a downward spiral? Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Universal Monsters and Jurassic World. Between the two monster bits … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 84

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It is ghost drama versus space drama with reviews of Jessabelle and Interstellar. Director Kevin Greutert and writer Robert Ben Garant team up to bring a southern ghost story that amps up the chills and thrills with Jessabelle. Director Christopher Nolan returns with his epic space exploration film Interstellar. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Evil Dead heading to Starz and Human Centipede 3 beginning its marking machine. Thomas Mariani and The Black … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 006 – Squirm (1976)

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“…by the billions they came, swarming over the land, sucking the life from anything in their path.” The tag line promises Squirm (1979) will horrify and disgust you with the killer swarm of…worms. Wait? What? Worms? Yeah, worms! Director Jeff Lieberman delivers cinemas singular horror film featuring killer Glycera worms.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Decades of Horror 1970s Episode 6 – Squirm (1976) Both Doc Rotten and The … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 83

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This week is a VOD double feature with reviews of Horns from Alexandra Aja starring Daniel Radcliff and the found footage sequel VHS: Viral. The HNR grue-crew dive into the modern gothic fairy tale and another round of shorts inspired by Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside and The Outer Limits with a gory twist. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about John Carpenter and Leatherface. Joseph Perry returns with his third Busan Report … Continue reading

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Film Review: V/H/S: Viral (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Follows fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation. REVIEW: The VHS franchise returns with VHS Viral for its third installment. Three short stories and a wrap around theme unite the found footage anthology. VHS Viral is far more solid than the first in the series but less urgent and visually cohesive. It is not as slick and successful as the second set, VHS 2, never attempting to reach the heights … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 82

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It is the Horror News Radio Halloween 2014 Extravaganza with four – count ‘em, FOUR – horror film reviews. Doc steps in to review the theatrical film for the week, Ouija. The Black Saint, Thomas and Dave share the zany gory goodness of Dead Snow 2 Red vs Dead. Found footage meets the annual Haunt attraction industry with a gruesome twist in The Houses October Built. And, Thomas, The Black Saint and Doc encourage everyone … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 81

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Exists (2014) director Eduardo Sanchez joins the HNR grue-crew to discuss his found footage Bigfoot movie, his approach to film making and his earlier film The Blair Witch Project. After a brief revisit to his other films, the director dives into how Exists film was made, reveals some secrets behind the Bigfoot and shares his love for horror and monster movies. It is a great interview with a talented director with an authentic appreciation and passion … Continue reading

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Film Review: John Wick (2014)

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SYNOPSIS An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. REVIEW John Wick, the latest action film from Keanu (The Matrix) Reeves, is a bizarre mix of Pulp Fiction, Deathwish, Lethal Weapon and Scarface. But not. The film is very similar to a very many action and gangster film that proceeds it; yet, it becomes something very much of its own identity. The film is gory, violent, action … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ouija (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. REVIEW: Universal Pictures team up with Hasbro to bring the board game “Oujia” to cinematic life much like Battleship (2013) but with a far reduced budget and an equal reduction of imagination, passion and effort. The resulting film, Ouija, represents everything that is wrong with modern horror. It waters down the horror for … Continue reading

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Film Review: Grace the Possession (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: As Grace heads off to college and experiences a lifestyle far different than the one she had brought up under her grandmother’s strict hand, she begins a traumatic downward spiral that threatens her sanity. The more she explores the true nature of her nightmares and black outs, the more it becomes clear that an outside, supernatural force is responsible. REVIEW: Grace the Possession is a remarkable, bold horror film attempting to explore the demonic … Continue reading

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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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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.