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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: Horror News Radio – Eps 83

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This week is a VOD double feature with reviews of Horns from Alexandra Aja starring Daniel Radcliff and the found footage sequel VHS: Viral. The HNR grue-crew dive into the modern gothic fairy tale and another round of shorts inspired by Tales from the Crypt, Tales from the Darkside and The Outer Limits with a gory twist. Dave shares the horror news of the week …

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Film Review: V/H/S: Viral (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Follows fame-obsessed teens who unwittingly become stars of the next internet sensation. REVIEW: The VHS franchise returns with VHS Viral for its third installment. Three short stories and a wrap around theme unite the found footage anthology. VHS Viral is far more solid than the first in the series but less urgent and visually cohesive. It is not as …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 81

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Exists (2014) director Eduardo Sanchez joins the HNR grue-crew to discuss his found footage Bigfoot movie, his approach to film making and his earlier film The Blair Witch Project. After a brief revisit to his other films, the director dives into how Exists film was made, reveals some secrets behind the Bigfoot and shares his love for horror and monster movies. …

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Film Review: John Wick (2014)

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SYNOPSIS An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. REVIEW John Wick, the latest action film from Keanu (The Matrix) Reeves, is a bizarre mix of Pulp Fiction, Deathwish, Lethal Weapon and Scarface. But not. The film is very similar to a very many action and gangster film that proceeds it; yet, …

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Film Review: Ouija (2014)

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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: See No Evil 2 (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A group of friends pays a late-night visit to the city morgue to surprise Amy (Harris) on her birthday. But the surprise is on them when the one-eyed corpse of brutal psychopath Jacob Goodnight (Jacobs) unexpectedly rises from a cold sub-basement slab. Their wild party quickly turns into a terrifying slay-fest as the sadistic mass-murderer resumes his savage rampage …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 80

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Dracula Untold (2014), Extraterrestrial (2014) and The Walking Dead season 5 premiere are all lined up for discussion tonight as the grue-crew review both films and the hit AMC television program. Dave and Doc also provide the weekly Z Nation update. Dave shares the horror news of the week with a barrage of television updates about American Horror Story: Freak Show, The Following, Resident Evil and The Other Dead on Animal Planet. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos (The Black …

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Film Review: Book of Life (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Manolo, a young man who is torn between fulfilling the expectations of his family and following his heart, embarks on an adventure that spans three fantastic worlds where he must face his greatest fears. REVIEW: Book of Life, a supernatural-tinged animated feature from producer Guillermo del Toro and director Jorge Gutierrez, is pure imagination on a stick, colorful, inventive, …

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Film Review: Hollows Grove (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: A young filmmaker documents his ghost-hunting, reality show friends as their routine investigation of an abandoned orphanage turns into a nightmare from which they can’t escape. REVIEW: “Found Footage,” words that are beginning to draw mixed reactions from many horror fans these days, often more negative than anything else. With so many film makers taking a stab at the …

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Film Review: Horns (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Ig Perrish is suspected of murdering his girlfriend. To make matters worse, he sprouts a pair of horns, the demonic kind. When the effects of the horns leads to people around him revealing their deepest, darkest secrets, Ig begins to unravel the mysteries behind the tragic events that have changed his life forever.

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 79

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Annabelle (2014) scares up some solid box office but struggles to gain ample praise from the HNR grue-crew. The film dives into the back story of the creepy-as-all-get-out doll from The Conjuring. Watch your basements! Dave shares the horror news of the week with news of Twin Peaks, ABC’s of Death 2 and Adam Green’s Happy Halloween. Did we mention, Twin Peaks? Thomas discusses Gone Girl from …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 78

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The Sacrament (2013) has its roots firming grounding in the true story surrounding the Jonestown tragedy from 1978. The similarities have many of the HNR grue-crew scratching their heads wondering what the film’s director Ti West is really up to. The discussion gets heated beginning with an explanation of what happened to covering The Guest. Doc shares the horror news of the week with …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 77

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Tusk (2014) is Kevin’s Smith second horror comedy with the script germinating from the SModcast podcast: episode 259 The Walrus and The Carpenter. The film may be a bit uneven and controversial but the performance by Michael Parks as Howard Howe has a number of the grue-crew saying he should be considered for an Academy Award…but realize, sadly, it never will. Dave shares the …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 76

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Honeymoon (2014) spins the tale of a pair of newly weds heading to a mountain cabin for a week of bliss but discover something terrifyingly horrible instead. The Black Saint discovers a temporary cure for insomnia. Dwerp! Dave (scratch that, Thomas) shares the horror news of the week with news of remake after remake after remake. Doc subjects the entire cast to the premiere …

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 004 – The Wicker Man (1973)

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Considered a horror classic by many genre historians, The Wicker Man (1973) is the film for this episode. Featuring Edward Woodward, Christopher Lee, Britt Eckland and Ingrid Pitt, the film from director Robin Hardy leads its audience on a leisurely paced path to one of the more iconic endings in horror. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten tackle another groovy horror film …

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 75

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The Dead 2 (2014) is not only the swag in the prize pack from Anchor Bay Entertainment in this week’s trivia contest, it is also the topic of this week’s review. It’s zombie action set in India from The Ford Brothers who brought the horror community The Dead.  Dave shares the horror news of the week with previews of The Walking Dead, American Horror Story: Freak Show and Carver. Santos …

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Podcast: Decades of Horror 1970′s Eps 003 – The Legend of Hell House (1973)

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Haunted Houses are a tough genre to film. They can easily come off hokey or silly. There are some classics though, Haunting, The Amityville Horror and Poltergeist. But many are overlooked and forgotten. One such film is The Legend of Hell House from director John Hough featuring Pamela Franklin, Roddy McDowall, Clive Revill and Gayle Hunnicutt. The Black Saint and Doc Rotten are joined by award winning …

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