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Film Review: Jack Ryan Shadow Recruit (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Second Lieutenant Jack Ryan is critically wounded while serving in Afghanistan while saving two of his own men when their helicopter is shot down. His heroism attracts the attention of Thomas Harper of the CIA who recruits him for his ethics, patriotism and, most importantly, his ability to recognize complex patterns. Ten years later, Ryan uncovers a plot to attack the United States by simultaneously activating a sleeper cell and celling of a considerable amount of interest … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 41

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Godzilla, Dawn of the Planet of the Apes and The Green Inferno are only a few of The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2104 as the grue crew take a first of the year look at the films set to hit the theaters throughout the year. What film are you looking most forward too? Is it on the HNR list? Will a giant lizard stomp them all into the ground or will the half … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 10

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American Horror Story returns with the much anticipated episode 10 featuring a high profile guest star, The Magical Delights of Stevie Nicks. Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani are back to recap and review the show with the latest American Horror Story Fan Podcast diving into each detail and shocking twists and turns. And this episode is no slouch, it brings the goods, not only with Stevie Nicks rattling off a rendition … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 40

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Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is rocking near the top of the box office its opening weekend as it works hard to both entertain its audience and rebuild the Paranormal Activity franchise after the disappointing reviews for Paranormal Activity 4 (2012). Adding some Latin flavor for this side project, The Marked Ones surprises it audience with how buried within the canon it actually is to the delight of fans everywhere – most fans, anyway. Oh, … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 62

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Smaug, Annabelle and the Zombots from Frankenstein’s Army, just a few of the top 10 monsters from the movies for 2013 from the reunited team of Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani on episode 61 of the Monster Movie Podcast. That’s right Thomas is back after a long hiatus from the show to bring his list of the best cinematic creatures of the year. Then Doc steps in to mix in his most notable nasties to … Continue reading

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Dracula Season 1 Episode 7 – Servant to Two Masters

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Dracula returns to NBC on January 3rd, 2014 with episode 7, “Servant to Two Masters.” Jonathan Rhys Meyers stars as Alexander Grayson, an American entrepreneur bringing the invention of electricity to London, England in the late 1800′s. Unknown to all but Grayson’s trusted companion, R.M. Renfield (Nonso Anozie), the American is actually Dracula in disguise in a complicated plot to undermine the Order of the Green Dragon who rule England’s oil trade. His closest ally is … Continue reading

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Film Review: Paranormal Activity The Marked Ones (2014)

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SYNOPSIS: Shortly after Jesse and Hector graduate high school, the teens witness fellow classmate Oscar racing from the apartment of Anna, a neighbor who is rumored to be a bruja. When the suspected witch is later discovered dead, Jesse and Hector, along with Marisol, investigate the woman’s apartment only to discover pictures of Jesse lying in a ritualistic black magic alter. Soon after, Jesse wakes with a bite mark on his arm followed by a … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 39

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THE BEST HORROR FILMS OF 2013 “Either way, it’s going to be one hell of a ride.” – Gravity, dir. Alfonso Cauron “Want to play a game of hide and clap?” – The Conjuring, dir. James Wan

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Film Review: Open Grave (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: A wounded man suffering from amnesia, awakens in a large open grave full of dead bodies. Upon his escape he encounters a group of fellow “lost” individuals; he does not know who is friend, who is foe or if he himself is good…or evil. As memories slowly return, he may not want to know the whole truth. REVIEW: Open Grave begins with an incredible, shocking and inherently frightening concept: waking up in a pit … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 38

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The Most Disappointing Genre Films of 2013. The past year contains far too many candidates for this unpleasant distinction from overblown, overwrought blockbusters, to head-scratching remakes, to painfully trite low-budget independent features. The Lone Ranger, Carrie and Night of the Naked Dead are just a few of the bombs of the past twelve months and you grue-crew brave the memories of those film to revisit them one last time before sending them off to Valhalla … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Blood Let (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Gus, the resident manager of The Royal Vista Apartments, finds himself face to face with the supernatural as many of the tenants begin turning up dead. When the owner pressures him to rent the now empty apartments, Gus mistakenly rents the vacancies to a pair of vampires.

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 61

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What better way to celebrate the holiday season than to visit with the gift to the horror community that is the Horror Host: the witty, comical, slightly morbid character on late night TV that introduces young, future horror-philes to B-movie classics. With episode 61 of the Monster Movie Podcast, host Doc Rotten has two of them right on his podcast. Joining Doc as the co-host is North Carolina horror host Ormon Grimsby as the two … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 37

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“I am King Under the Mountain! I am fire… I am DEATH!” – Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,  as adapted by Peter Jackson, blazes through the screens this holiday season with its collection of hobbits, dwarves, wizards and elves facing down the fire breathing dragon, Smaug.

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Film Review: The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Gandolf the Grey continues to lead Bilbo Baggins, Thorin and the band of dwarves to reclaim Erebor from the fire breathing dragon, Smaug. REVIEW: With The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, director Peter Jackson continues the adventures of the courageous Hobbit, Bilbo Baggins, in the second in the trilogy of films adapting J.R.R. Tolkien’s iconic fantasy novel. There is no doubt Jackson is a master story teller, film maker and director with this film being … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 60

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What is your favorite Giant Monster Movie? That is the question co-hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher examine in this episode of the Monster Movie Podcast. Taking a look back at their favorite horror and science fictions films that feature giant versions of spiders, ants, bears and even humans, Doc and Dave discuss eight films that illustrate a variety of ways simple creatures are mutated into monstrous, hungry beasts. “Science is agreed. That unless something … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 09 – Head

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American Horror Story: Coven ends its mid-season finale with shocking twists, explosive violence and plenty of blood and gore. Take some time to listen to co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani recap and review “Head” episode 9 of American Horror Story: Coven. The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven Episode 09 –  Head (55.08min, 31.24MB) Direct Download There’s a lot of “Head” in this episode giving Doc and Thomas tons of material to discuss and … 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.