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Interview: Actor Andy Gates – Dead Afterlife

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Every actor has a fit, a character mold, that they build their careers on and expand from, at least starting out. The bad guy, the girl next door, the cop, the angel. It is an approach to finding roles and networking that can create a successful and lucritive brand. There is a delicate balance between working a brand and being typecast. Actor Andy Gates joins us to discuss the evolution of his brand as the … Continue reading

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Film Review: Edge of Tomorrow (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: As the world faces an alien invasion, Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) finds himself in hot water as he is shipped off to the front lines deemed a deserter and a coward. On the battlefield he encounters a rarely seen enemy that sets off a series of events resulting in Cage reliving the day over and over again. With only the war-hero Rita Vrataski believing, and understanding, his fate, Cage begins to accept the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 61

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Maleficent (2014), starring Angelina Jolie and Sharlto Copley, cast its Disney shadow over the weekend box-office scoring a huge hit and the larger opening for the beautiful and talented Jolie. Taking a look at the classic Sleeping Beauty from the eyes of its antagonist, the Fairy Queen Maleficent, the film examines what is at the heart of the villain. Dave ramps up the news of the week with Summer of Fear, Friday the 13th and more Ant-Man while Santos continues … Continue reading

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Film Review: Maleficent (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: When betrayed and cast aside by her true love who is corrupted by greed and power, the fairy queen Maleficent returns years later to set her vengeance and revenge upon his new born child, Aurora, by placing a horrible curse upon the princess. Following the child into hiding, Maleficent grows attached to the innocent becoming remorseful as Aurora approaches her 16th birthday, only to find it is too late to stop what she started … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 60

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X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) somehow, miraculously, manages to mix in the X-films (X-Men, X2, The Wolverine) and the First Class X-Men films together while simultaneously negating the negative entries in the franchise (X3 and X-Men Origins). The grue-crew revel in the film’s accomplishments and question some of the time travel shenanigans. Dave ramps up the news of the week with Hannibal Season 3,The Walking Dead and The Overlook Hotel while Santos takes on a new segment of the show, Stump … Continue reading

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Film Review: Alter Ego (2014/2002)

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SYNOPSIS: A model shoot in an abandoned, old school turns horrific when death in the form of murderous dopplegangers begins to hunt down the models and the crew. REVIEW: Alter Ego (A Conjuring School) is being released as a forgotten classic from a master of Japanese horror. That master is director Takashi Shimizu, the maestro behind the Ju-On series and its U.S. counterpart The Grudge. This film first released in 2002 in Japan is finally … Continue reading

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Film Review: Haunter (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Every morning, young Lisa Johnson wakes up to the same message from her young brother over the intercom calling her to join him in play. Every morning is the same, the day before her sixteenth birthday, a birthday that never comes. Slowly she comes to realize she is trapped in a realm between life and death – and that there are others trapped along with her family, including a horrifying murderer posing as her … Continue reading

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Interview: Directors Brian Netto and Adam Schindler – Delivery: The Beast Within

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Found footage is commonly perceived as an easy route to manufacturing a low budget horror film. But is it? Really? The producer, writer, director team of Brian Netto and Adam Schindler are promoting their first feature, Delivery: The Beast Within. It also happens to be a found footage film. They share their opinions, experiences and decisions in approaching their material with the found footage slant. Welcome to another episode of The Future of Horror, an interview podcast … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 59

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Godzilla (2014) is the hottest monster film of the summer of 2014 with an epic battle between the King of the Monsters and a pair of kaiju creatures called M.U.T.O. SFX Artist Vincent Guastini (Monsters TV, Dogma, VHS 3: Viral) joins the grue-crew to take a bite out of the mammoth $93 million haul the film earned its opening weekend. Vincent with Dave and Santos at this side roars “I want more Godzilla in my Godzilla movies” … Continue reading

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Interview: Actor Jasper Cole – The Purge 2: Anarchy – Captured – Savage Sistas

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After years in the business as a successful character actor, Jasper Cole is in the process of redefining his brand into what many are calling “Hollywood’s Bad Guy.” Knowing the roles that best suit the look and the talent is only just the beginning of understanding the audition process. Knowing how to approach the role, bringing the confidence of being the role and delivering the audition as if the cameras were rolling on the set … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 58

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All Cheerleaders Die surprises the grue-crew mixing witchcraft and zombies with a fun, gory horror romp. The film is out on VOD as of May 8, 2014 from writers/directors Lucky (May) McKee and Chris (I Know Who Killed Me) Sivertson featuring Caitlin Stasey, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Brooke Butler and Thomas Williamson. The films is out on theaters June 13, 2014. Dave ramps up the news of the week with bits about American Horror Story: Freak Show, Cannibal Holocaust and NBC’sConstantine. … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 57

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The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swings into the top box office spot this weekend with Marc Webb directing and Andrew Garfield starring as Peter Parker/Spider-Man. The film introduces Harry Osborn as the Green Goblin (Dane DeHaan), Max Dillon as Electro (Jamie Foxx) and Aleksei Sytsevich as The Rhino (Paul Giamatti). Is this shades of Batman and Robin syndrome? Say it isn’t so! Dave ramps up the news of the week with bits about Halloween 3, Dan Curtis’ Dracula with Jack Palance … Continue reading

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 002 – The Brood (1979)

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Doc Rotten and The Black Saint continue their examination of the horror films of the Seventies with David Cronenberg’s The Brood featuring Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle. The director injects a ton of personal subtext into the script causing The Black Saint to believe Cronenberg may be exorcising some personal demons with The Brood. The film, while containing its signature shock ending, is a sign of the kind of films Cronenberg would dive into in the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 56

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The Quiet Ones ushers the return of Hammer Films to the theaters after the success of their last film The Woman in Black. Doc and Santos dig the Seventies feels and Vixen returns to share her thoughts on the first horror film she has seen where she did not have to cover her eyes. Yeah, there is some debate on how scary it actually is. Sigh. Doc discusses the slasher film Camp Dread in this week’s What Have You … Continue reading

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Book Review: Hidden Horror – Editor Aaron Christensen

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Movie reference books are a horror fan’s gold. Most every horror fan fills their book shelves with tome after tome of gems about Hammer Films, Universal Monsters, Vampire Films, Zombie Movies. There are books on every topic, sub-genre and fan favorite out there. HIDDEN HORROR edited by author Dr. AC is an excellent, entertaining, intimate addition to the monster movie lover’s coffee table book collection. The book dives into 101 often overlooked and ignored classics … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Quiet Ones (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Videographer Brian McNeil is asked to join Oxford Profressor Joseph Coupland and his group of Quiet Ones, a small group of trusted students who help him investigate the supernatural. Coupland needs Brian to record their experiments involving a young girl, Jane Harper, who is prone to unexplained projections similar to those described as poltergeist activity. Coupland hopes to be able to isolate the entity, remove it from the subject and cure her of her … Continue reading

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Interview: Writer/Director Lou Simon – HazMat – Agoraphobia

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In many cases, working on an independent film requires its creators to wear many hats. It is often a necessity of time, money and creative control to tackle as many roles as possible to get these projects completed reliably, quickly and on time. As the creative force behind White Lotus Productions, Lou Simon finds herself steering the ship as writer, director, producer, editor, anything and everything that she is called upon to do. The results … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 55

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The Raid 2 is pure genius with its action, choreography and direction. The grue-crew each bring oppposing opinions on how successful the film is story-wise but the action itself is in a league all its own. Joining HNR this week is Brian Salisbury, writer and podcast who’s work you can find on Oneofus.net, Film School Rejects, Movies.com, Fandango and MoviePilot. Thomas brings up Game of Thrones for the “What Have You Been Watching” segment this week with all … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Legend of Hercules (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: In a desperate move to overthrow the tyrannical King Amphitryon, Queen Alcmene strikes a deal with the Greek Gods resulting in her giving birth to the demi-god Hercules. Twenty years later, Hercules begins his odyssey when he is betrayed by the King and his step-brother resulting in his being sold into slavery in a far away land. Hercules, along with his friend Sotiris, battle their way back to Greece to end the reign of … Continue reading

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Interview: Producer Zach Green – Worm – Familiar – Heir

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As Fatal Pictures begins work on its fourth horror short Heir, producer Zach Green and director Richard Powell are bringing back many familiar faces from their first three films, including Wormand Familiar: cinematographer Michael Jari Davidson (Familiar); special effects team The Butchershop; and lead actor Robert Nolan. This specific group of talented film makers make up a tight nit group of artists Zach and Richard trust with their vision. Each individual is committed to creating the best film … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 54

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Mike Flanagan is scaring the masses with his latest horror flick,Oculus, featuring Karen Gillan, Branton Thwaites and Katee Sackhoff. The Horror News Radio grue-crew review the film with a heated discussion agreeing on tone, atmosphere and casting while disagreeing on effect, scares and … that ending. Dave Dreher provides this week’s Horror News of the Week about Kaiju, Walrus suits, Eli Roth and Freddy Krueger while Thomas counts down his top 5 killer inanimate objects … 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.