Author Archives: Doc Rotten

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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Film Review: Oculus (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Siblings Tim and Kaylie Russells are reunited after being separated for 10 years. They revisit and investigate the horrifying night they last saw each other: the night their parents died. Kaylie begs Tim to fulfill a promise they made to each other as their family was ripped apart. Together they return to their family home to face their fears, to uncover the truth about what happened and to destroy the supernatural forces that live inside an … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 53

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“Captain, in Order to build a better world, sometimes means tearing the old one down… And that makes enemies.” – Alexander Pierce. Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) from directors Anthony Russo and Joe Russo is destroying the box office with is theatrical release, making it yet another successful super hero film in Marvel Studio’s cinematic universe. The grue-crew finally seduce brother Dave over to the dark side of comic book fantasy films with this perfect blend of … Continue reading

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Interview: Director Christopher G. Moore – Foodie and Disengaged

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Now that his celebrated and award winning short horror-comedy, Foodie,  festival circuit run is complete, director Christopher G. Moore is working on his next short, Disengaged. Every independent effort is ripe with its own challenges from production to casting talent to selecting music to editing to releasing. Each step requires forethought and planning; some things go as planned, others require the film maker to be flexible prepared to scramble at a moments notice to plan B. … Continue reading

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Film Review: They Came from the Ether (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A door-to-door vacuum salesman named John Henry struggles to keep his job, his wife and his sanity until he encounters an alien who crash lands in a nearby field. Desperate for success, he agrees to sell alien technology to unsuspecting townsfolk until a rash of missing person reports leads Detective Mike Washurn back to their dastardly plot. REVIEW: They Came From the Ether, from director James Pronath, is made for a specific audience in mind, … Continue reading

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Film Review: Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: After defeating the alien invasion with the Avengers, Captain American/Steve Rogers slowly grows accustomed to the brave, new world around him making new friends in Sam Wilson and the Black Widow and finally learning to trust Nick Fury. When an old enemy reveals itself, with plans to remove millions of its enemies in one quick precision attack, it is up to Captain America to go rogue, against S.H.I.E.L.D. itself, becoming a wanted fugitive in … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 52

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Cheap Thrills (2013) from director E.L. Katz has the grue-crew in stitches and sweat. It is gruesome and funny – and thought provoking. The Black Saint admitting it is one of the best films he has seen in some time and Thomas liking it even more. Pat Healy, Ethan Embry, Sara Paxton and David Koechner star in this  comedy thriller. Dave Dreher returns to Horror News Radio to provide this week’s Horror News of the Week giving the group … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 51

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Hazmat (2014) is only one of the films covered in this episode of Horror News Radio when Doc shares his selection for the “What Have You Been Watching” segment recorded LIVE at theMad Monster Party in Charlotte, NC. Santos steps in as well to cover PMS Cop (2014) to Doc’s surprise. Oh, my. Santos and Doc also take to task a few of the live audience members asking a series of horror trivia questions in order to win one of two … Continue reading

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Interview: Director Billy Pon (Circus of the Dead)

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Director Billy Pon is heating up the internet and horror news sites with his sizzling hot marking and promotions for his upcoming killer clown opus Circus of the Dead. After the filming and editing is done, it is time to promote the film, take it to film festivals, send out press releases, push the trailer and do interviews. Some film makers take it the extra mile exploring more experimental or imaginative means of marketing their film. … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 50

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In Fear (2014) tops the 50th episode of Horror News Radio. And, HNR is teaming up with Anchor Bay to provide a Blu-Ray Prize Pack Giveaway including In Fear and No One Lives to one lucky U.S. HNR listener. Thomas Mariani returns to discuss his trip to Austin, Texas to attend South By Southwest and he shares his Top 5 Claustrophobic Horror Films. Doc Rotten steps in for the under-the-weather Dave Dreher this episode for … Continue reading

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HorrorNews.Net & Horror News Radio attending The Mad Monster Party Charlotte, NC March 21-23, 2014

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HorrorNews.Net and Horror News Radio is set to descend upon Charlotte, North Carolina the weekend of March 21-23, 2014 in order to participate in The Mad Monster Party horror convention. It promises to be three days of monstrous fun! The guest list is insane, the events are incredible and the film festival will not be outdone. All HorrorNews.Net readers and Horror News Radio listeners are invited to come by the HNN/HNR table to visit with … Continue reading

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Interview: Director Neil Meschino (MOLD! | Maggots)

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MOLD!, from Neil Meschino, is a spectacular micro-budget horror film that made a big impression when it played at the Nevermore Film Festival in Durham, NC a few years back. The film is pure imagination, spirit and love for film on screen. It is often silly and over-the-top, but the energy is undeniable. And the film is the director’s film school thesis but he continued to work on the film after graduating. Welcome to another … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Penny Dreadful Picture Show (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: In an old rundown movie theater, a supernatural sweetie, Penny Dreadful settles in to watch a trio of short films with her horror movie cohorts, the zombie love-sick Ned and her furry friend Wolfboy. Penny has set up three blind dates to find herself the love of her life who must first endure a frightening, gore-filled fright film: “Slash-in-the-Box,” “The Morning After” and “The Slaughter House.”

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 49

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300: Rise of the Empire (2014) is hacking and slashing its gory way through the competition at the box office this weekend. The film is spectacular in its graphics, style and star Eva Green. While the grue-crew is not in 100 percent agreement, the conversation gets into the crazed violent, abundance of bloodshed and one specific line of dialog – which cannot be repeated here. If you have seen the film, you know the one! Santos … Continue reading

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Interview: Producer Debbie Jo Hess (Horror Hotel Web Series)

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A challenging new method of releasing your  short film or brilliant new genre idea is through a WEB SERIES. But what does it take to create and launch such a beast. Producer Debbie Jo Hess, from Horror Hotel Web Series, joins Doc this week to discuss how she, along with her husband and son, set out with a group of Atlanta film makers to launch a new horror web series, a collection of short films much … 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.