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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.

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


“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 ...

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


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 ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 88


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 ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 87


“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 ...

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Top 10 Must See Horror Movies from Film Festivals 2014


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 ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 86


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 ...

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Film Review: Billy Club (2014)


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 ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 85


It is back once again, The ABCs of Death 2, 26 directors in one film each tackling one letter in the alphabet creating an entertaining, challenging or humorous short about…death. The film delivers everything that can be imagined and then some sometimes with shocking, horrifying results. Will The ABCs of Death 2 surpass the original or begin a downward spiral? Dave shares the ...

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 84


It is ghost drama versus space drama with reviews of Jessabelle and Interstellar. Director Kevin Greutert and writer Robert Ben Garant team up to bring a southern ghost story that amps up the chills and thrills with Jessabelle. Director Christopher Nolan returns with his epic space exploration film Interstellar. Dave shares the horror news of the week with news about Evil Dead heading ...

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 006 – Squirm (1976)


“…by the billions they came, swarming over the land, sucking the life from anything in their path.” The tag line promises Squirm (1979) will horrify and disgust you with the killer swarm of…worms. Wait? What? Worms? Yeah, worms! Director Jeff Lieberman delivers cinemas singular horror film featuring killer Glycera worms.  The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film ...

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Film Review: Ouija (2014)


SYNOPSIS: A group of friends must confront their most terrifying fears when they awaken the dark powers of an ancient spirit board. REVIEW: Universal Pictures team up with Hasbro to bring the board game “Oujia” to cinematic life much like Battleship (2013) but with a far reduced budget and an equal reduction of imagination, passion and effort. The resulting film, ...

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Film Review: Grace the Possession (2014)


SYNOPSIS: As Grace heads off to college and experiences a lifestyle far different than the one she had brought up under her grandmother’s strict hand, she begins a traumatic downward spiral that threatens her sanity. The more she explores the true nature of her nightmares and black outs, the more it becomes clear that an outside, supernatural force is responsible. ...

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