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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
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.
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
“I am King Under the Mountain! I am fire… I am DEATH!” – Smaug The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Â 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.
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 theÂ 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
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. â€śScience is agreed. That unless something … Continue reading
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 â€“ Â 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
The Banshee ChapterÂ is the review of the week in which Ted (Silence of the Lambs) Levine plays a Hunter S. Thompson inspired writer who leads the filmâ€™s protagonist on a hallucinogenic Â journey into horror. Blair Erickson directs this conspiracy theory fueled, found-footage inspired scare fest with enough scares, jumps and screams to test the strongest of hearts.
Welcome toÂ The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review ofÂ American Horror Story: CovenÂ episode 8 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis Oâ€™Hare and Emma Roberts. The eighth episode of Coven is titled â€śThe Sacred Takingâ€ť is all about the resurrection of Fiona Good, except she never has to die to beâ€¦reborn. Sheâ€™s back, and up to … Continue reading
OldboyÂ is the review of the week â€“ the latest film from Spike Lee, and the remake of the 2003 Korean film from Chan-wook Park. Before the grue-crew dive into the deviant manipulations guiding the life of Josh Brolinâ€™s Joe Doucett, weÂ cover the mid-season finale of AMCâ€™sÂ The Walking Dead. It is an episode full of zombie shocks and jaw-dropping twists.
SYNOPSIS: After a freak space storm turns the population of Mud Creek, Texas, into raving “snappers,” Calvin, a lone survivor, will never be able to give his now undead wife the perfect Christmas. He unfettered determination leads him to cross paths with G.M., zombie hunter, and a group of insane asylum inmates looking to feed Calvin and G.M. to the hungry monsters. REVIEW: Now that Thanksgiving is over, it is time for Christmas with the … Continue reading
ContractedÂ has the grue-crew squirming in their seats as the lead character, Samantha, contracts an STD that has her hemorrhaging blood, losing teeth and fingernails and…wait for it…pissing maggots. As the stomach turns. As Thomas shares, most people have a deep rooted fear of the human body, more specifically what can go wrong with the human body: Body Horror, Cronenberg style.
Welcome toÂ The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review ofÂ American Horror Story: CovenÂ episode 7 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis Oâ€™Hare and Emma Roberts. The seventh episode of Coven is titled â€śThe Deadâ€ť with Danny Huston bringing film noir and jazz to the scene playing the historical serial killer from 1919 New Orleans, The Axeman. … Continue reading
MacabreÂ bathes its audience in blood. Buckets and buckets of blood.Â Shareefa Daanish creates a frightening new monster in Dara, the stone-faced, ice-queen of terror: The Mother of all Horror.Chainsaws, decapitations, astonishing gore and bloodied baby skulls are just the beginning.Â Kimo Stamboel and Timo Tjahjanto (co-director of theÂ Save HavenÂ segment ofÂ VHS2) direct this 2009 Indonesian gore-fest getting its US release in 2013.
SYNOPSIS: Frank Moses (Bruce Willis), deemed RED (Retired Extremely Dangerous) by the C.I.A., meanders through his civilian life with his girlfriend Sarah Ross (Mary-Louise Parker) in tow. His best friend, Marvin Boggs (John Malkovich) tries to rescue him (and Sarah) from their increasingly mundane life urging Frank repeatedly to return to the exciting life of a hired hit-man. When Frank and Marvin are named in a leaked document stating their involvement in a secret covert … Continue reading
Welcome toÂ The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review ofÂ American Horror Story: CovenÂ episode 6 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis Oâ€™Hare and Emma Roberts. The sixth episode of Coven is titled â€śThe Axeman Comethâ€ť and Danny Huston bring film noir and jazz to the scene playing the historical serial killer from 1919 New Orleans, The … Continue reading
Thor The Dark WorldÂ lights up the box office taking in over 86 million in the U.S alone â€“ over 300 million globally in its first two weeks. Chris Hemsworth and Natalie Portman return as Thor and Jane Foster while Tom Hiddleston steals the film and all of the Marvel Universe as the ever-popular Loki. All of Asgard may fall to Malekith while the god of thunder tries to win the heart of a beautiful woman … Continue reading
Welcome toÂ The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review ofÂ American Horror Story: CovenÂ episode 5 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis Oâ€™Hare and Emma Roberts. The forth episode of Coven is titled â€śBurn Witch Burnâ€ť and the plot goes all crazy with graphic gore, creepy twists and turns and a devastating betrayal. Coven continues on track … Continue reading
SYNOPSIS: After the events in Avengers, Thor returns Loki to Asgard to be sentenced by Odin. Thor pines for Jane Foster, who remains on Midgard. While Thor continues to reunite the Nine Realms after the destruction of the Rainbow Bridge, the dark elf Malekith is reawakened to renew his centuries old quest to return the universe into darkness.
SYNOPSIS: U.S. Capitol Police officer John Cale (Channing Tatum) looking to secure his dream job of joining the Secret Service – and to impress his estranged daughter, Emily (Joey King) – arrives at the White House for the interview just as a paramilitary group of terrorists attack and seize the building, including President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx). REVIEW: White House Down from director Roland (Godzilla, Independence Day, 2012) Emmerich is the guiltiest of guilty pleasures. … Continue reading
Enderâ€™s GameÂ is finally here, 28 years in the making. Gavin Hood directs Asa Butterfield, Harrison Ford and Ben Kingsley in the teen friendly Sci-Fi adventure. Horror News Radio co-hostsÂ Doc Rotten,Â Dave Dreher,Â Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.,Â Thomas MarianiÂ and Vixen have mixed feelings on the results. Some of it works for most all the grue-crew while many have issues with the pacing, the characters and, in Daveâ€™s case, the film altogether. Doc tries to defendÂ Enderâ€™s GameÂ with only … Continue reading