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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.

Film Review: The Last Showing (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After giving his life to cinema as a projectionist, Stuart is left to work the remainder of his career as a concession attendant, biding his time until retirement. Bitter, he plots an intricate revenge scheme against his manager and a pair of lovers locked in the theater after hours. REVIEW: Starring the ever popular Robert Englund in a terrific ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 74

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As Above, So Below (2014) fails to make an impression at the box office and leaves Santos underwhelmed. Doc, on the other hand, fights for the film in a heated discussion about the Dowdle Brothers, Perdita Weeks and found footage. The film gets the full-on HNR treatment. Dave shares the horror news of the week with information about Lars Von Trier, Wesley Snipes and Scooby-Doo. Joseph ...

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Film Review: As Above, So Below (2014) – Review 2

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SYNOPSIS: Continuing her father’s desperate search for the Philosopher’s Stone, Scarlett leads a team into the catacombs below Paris. Joined by a close friend, George, and her camera man, Benji, she begins to explore an uncharted section of the city of the dead encountering a door way to hidden horrors.

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 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 ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 66

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Deliver Us From Evil (2014) is the latest horror film from director Scott (Sinister) Derrickson about a cop (Eric Bana) who discovers a strange killer who may be possessed. Dave is ecstatic that the HNR crew is finally getting back to a full-fledged theatrical horror film; however, the box office results do not support that the audience was interested in seeing a ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 65

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Witching and Bitching (2013 – Las brujas de Zugarramurdi) from director Alex de la Inglesia is destined to become a cult classic. It is a brilliant horror comedy that should not be missed. Doc, Thomas and Santos give the film rave reviews spotlighting many of the film’s biggest highlights. Doc steps in once again for Dave this week to bring the ...

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