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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 93 – 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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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 91

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It’s time to discuss the best horror films of the year, the top of the heap for 2014. The HNR grue-crew, who have often declared that 2014 was a rough year for horror, are happy to focus on the films that succeeded, entertained or impressed. Let’s take a look back at 2014 to call out some of the films that made the crew scream, jump or smile. Dave returns to shares the horror news of the week with news about Ash vs … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 90

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Peter Jackson is finally done with his Middle Earth epic series of films with The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies as the adaptation of The Hobbit from J. R. R. Tolkien. For horror fans, keep on the look out for another appearance of horror legend Christopher Lee. The HNR crew chime in with widely opposing views about how successful and enjoyable the film may be. Join HNR for a lively spoiler filled review. Doc shares the horror news of … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 89

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It’s time to discuss the worst horror films of the year, the most dreadful crap of 2014. The HNR grue-crew have no problems coming up  with 10 films each that failed to ignite the imagination, compassion, conflict or excitement that cinema has to offer. What films dropped the ball, meandered in their narrative or, worse, were simply dull to the bone? Let’s take a look back at 2014 to call out some of the films … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 88

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The final theatrical horror film of 2014 is The Pyramid from director Gregory Levasseur featuring Ashley Hinshaw and Denis (American Horror Story) O’Hare. The film takes a small band of archaeologists and documentary film makers to the deserts of Egypt where they have discovered a three sided Pyramid on unknown origin. They venture into the apex of the mysterious man made marvel only to encounter the unholy horrors that lie beneath. The HNR grue crew review the film. … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 87

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“I’ve never seen a more terrifying film than THE BABADOOK. It will scare the hell out of you as it did me.” – William Friedkin. The twitter quote from the director of The Exorcist says it all. The Babadook from Australian writer/director Jennifer Kent provides horror fans one of the more intelligent fright films of recent years. The grue-crew are here to share their thoughts about the film you should see! Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Star … Continue reading

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Top 10 Must See Horror Movies from Film Festivals 2014

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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 Blu-Ray releases. Many fall aside buried by higher profile, but often far inferior, films. On … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 86

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A double feature special Thanksgiving edition of HNR is coming your way reviewing The Guest (2014) and Starry Eyes (2014), two smaller budget VOD films from up and coming directors with lead roles that introduce star making performances. Dan Stevens stars as David in The Guest and Alex Essoe transforms in Starry Eyes. If for no other reason, these films deserve to be seen for these two actors. Check out the reviews for more compelling pros and cons. Dave shares the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Billy Club (2014)

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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 with Drew Rosas and Sick Sommer’s slasher throwback Billy Club. The film begins with 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.