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Film Review: Valley of the Sasquatch (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A fractured family battles against a tribe of angry Sasquatch. REVIEW: Making it’s debut at the Nevermore Film Festival at the historic Carolina Theater in Durham, North Carolina, Valley of the Sasquatch succeeds in entertaining its audience with a better-than-average entry in the Bigfoot sub-genre – which is unusually over saturated of late – with a tale that is primarily and thankfully character driven holding its creature frenzy for its final act. About half … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 98 – What We Do In The Shadows

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The Grue-crew dive into two reviews for episode 98: the horror comedy What We Do In The Shadows and the spy satire Kingsman The Secret Service. Writers-directors Jemain Clement and Taika Waititi bring out the manic mundane in everyday life of 4 flat mates in rural New Zealand in What We Do In The Shadows with great success while Matthew Vaughn brings another graphic novel to the big screen with Kingsman The Secret Service. Dave shares the horror news of the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 97 – Jupiter Ascending – Zombie Killers

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The HNR Grue-Crew balance the zany sci-fi train-wreck Jupiter Ascending against the rollicking horror film Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard on this week’s episode. On one side we have Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis and Eddie Redmayne; while on the other, we have Billy Zane, Dee Wallace and Mischa Barton. Who comes out ahead, The Wachowskis or Harrison Smith? Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about The Walking Dead, Poltergeist and Martyrs. The Black Saint fights to survive another round of Stump the Saint.  … Continue reading

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Film Review: Kingsman The Secret Service (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A spy organization recruits an unrefined, but promising street kid into the agency’s ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius. REVIEW: Director Matthew Vaughn continues to weave his magical and highly entertaining touch in his translating comic book properties from page to screen with his latest bombastic blast, Kingsman The Secret Service. Following on the heels of Neil Gaiman’s Stardust (2007), followed by Millar’s Kick-Ass (2010) and … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 96 – Fear Clinic

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February 2014 begins with a double feature genre film review as the HNR gang tackle the horror film Fear Clinic and the sci-fi thriller Project Almanac. Dave provides a special report from the set of the Robert Englund – Robert Hall feature while Doc and Thomas face off about the successes and failures of found footage combining with time travel. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Joe Hill’s take on Tales from the Darkside, Kevin Smith’s … Continue reading

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Film Review: Project Almanac (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of teens discover secret plans of a time machine, and construct one. However, things start to get out of control. REVIEW: Project Almanac confidently blends time travel, teen adventure drama and found footage into an entertaining lightweight cinema fare. While it never takes advantage of its own premise and stumbles in its third act, the movie has enough charm and teen angst to please its intended audience. The film, a terrific companion … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 95 – Everly (2015)

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Out of nowhere comes EVERLY, an energetic, imaginative gory turn at the action/thriller genre as Joe Lynch directs Salma Hayek as a female version of John Wick – sort of. Despite not being a true horror film, this crazy movie has inventive characters and shocking gore that is destined to entertain the horror fan. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Knock Knock, Digging Up the Marrow and Westworld. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the … Continue reading

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Interview: Director Gavin Michael Booth – The Scarehouse

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Once The Black Saint placed The Scarehouse on his Best Horror Films of 2014 on the Horror News Radio podcast, Doc Rotten knew this film would soon make a huge impression. Reaction was immediate, with the show’s co-hosts and its listeners. Soon the entire Grue-Crew was reviewing the film for episode 93. While certainly not the only remarkable element about The Scarehouse, the film’s casting remains one of its key attractions. It has an all female … Continue reading

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Watch the Terminator Genisys “Big Game” TV Spot

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NEW MISSION. NEW THREAT. NEW FATE. Superbowl weekend, the game, the food, the friends…the commercials. “He’s Back.” Arnold Schwarzennegger returns in Terminator Genisys with a groovy “Big Game” TV Spot. Check it out!

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Film Review: Predestination (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: The life of a time-traveling Temporal Agent. On his final assignment, he must pursue the one criminal that has eluded him throughout time. REVIEW: The Spierig Brothers are back with a science fiction mind bender called Predestination starring Ethan Hawke, previously seen in their epic vampire film Daybreakers. With Sarah (Jessebelle) Snook and Noah (Game of Thrones) Taylor in tow, the directors craft a time travel story that dives feet first into paradoxes, double … 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: The Remaining (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Friends gather at a wedding, but the celebration is shattered by terrifying apocalyptic events forcing them to examine life, love and faith as they must choose between redemption and survival. REVIEW: Director Casey La Scala, along with co-writer Chris Dowling, bring horror to faith-based features in their latest offering, The Remaining. The film tackles the apocalypse after the coming of the rapture, the end of the world from a biblical perspective. While that is … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 94 – Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2015

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With the beginning of a new year, the cold weather, icy roads and crappy theatrical offerings signal the annual ritual of examining what is coming in the next 12 months for the horror movie fan. That’s right: The Most Anticipated Horror Movies of 2105. Unlike 2014, the sheer variety and breadth of offerings promise an eventful and, dare we say it, promising year in terror films. The Grue-Crew start it off with 10 films to look … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Boy Next Door (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: A newly divorced woman falls for a younger man who has recently moved in across the street from her, but their torrid affair soon takes a dangerous turn. REVIEW: There are bad movies, then there are BAD movies. Rob Cohen’s The Boy Next Door is a miserable failure. The film is destined to elicit roars of laughter where none are intended. It is filled with painful, dreadful dialog, droll acting and predictable plot twists … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 010 – The Manitou (1978)

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“Evil Does Not Die…It Waits…to be Re-Born.” The tag line for The Manitou (1978) promises the birth of a modern horror classic monster. The re-release of William Girdler’s film reveals a number of its more prominent influences, “Possession marked The Exorcist. Demonaic Pregenacy arupted Rosemary’s Baby. Warnings followed The Omen. And The Manitou has it all combined!” The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Decades of Horror 1970s Episode … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 009 – Vault of Horror (1973)

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“Below the crypt lies death’s waiting room…the Vault of Horror.” Milton Subotsky and Amicus return with another horror anthology The Vault of Horror, a direct follow up to Tales from the Crypt (1972). Roy Ward Baker steps in to take the director reigns from Freddie Francis bringing his own distinct but similar style with improved angles and composition with a more humorous tint. The blu ray also brings the film to the States for the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 93

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Fans of the [REC] series rejoice, Doc, The Black Saint, Dave, Thomas and Vixen review the fourth in the franchise, [REC] 4: Apocalypse. Angela returns to the series as she is taken aboard an oil tanker to be examined and probed. Will the film live up to the first two films – classics in their own right – or, will it tumble like [REC] 3 (even though Doc enjoys the hell out of that film)? Dave shares the horror news of the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 008 – Tales from the Crypt (1972)

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“You were cruel and mean right from the start, now you can truly say you have no heart.” Peter Cushing as Arthur Grimsdyke leaves a horrifying Valentines card for his murderers in Poetic Justice, one of the fantastic stories in the classic Amicus Anthology film Tales from the Crypt (1972). Inspired by the EC Comics in the fifties, Milton Subotsky pens a memorable, creepy tome featuring a deadly Santa, an antique with a deadly touch, … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 007 – The Sentinel (1977)

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“She Is Young, She Is Beautiful, She is Next…She’s Living in the Gateway to Hell” The tag line for The Sentinel (1977) gives away the darkest secret of the big budgeted, big release horror film from Michael Winner based on the hit novel from Jeffrey Konvitz. The cast is insane and the effects are from the legendary Dick Smith.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film from the 1970s. Decades of Horror … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 92

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Hammer Films returns with the first theatrical horror film for 2015, The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death continuing the creepy ghost tale started in The Woman in Black a few years back. The grue-crew jump into the deep end of the marsh to wade threw the jump scares and creepy athosphere to bring you their reviews of the film from director Tom Harper starring Phoebe Fox. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Ant-Man, Goodnight … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death (2015)

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SYNOPSIS: 40 years after the first haunting at Eel Marsh House, a group of children evacuated from WWII London arrive, awakening the house’s darkest inhabitant. REVIEW: Hammer Films and Susan Hill start off 2015 with The Woman in Black 2: Angel of Death a sequel to the Daniel Radcliffe ghostly feature from 2012. Tom Harper steps in to direct while the story shift to 1941 shortly after the German Air force bombs London forcing a … 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.