Author Archives: Doc Rotten

Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 31

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Ender’s Game 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-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani 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 Dave’s case, the film altogether. Doc tries to defend Ender’s Game with only … Continue reading

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Film Review: Ender’s Game (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Seventy years after an invasion of Earth by an alien race known as Formics, young Ender Wiggin may be the human race’s last hope for survival. One man, Mazer Rackham, stopped the invasion years ago, now Ender trains under the guidance of Colonel Graff to lead the fleet in an offensive strategy to prevent another attack. This is Ender’s Game. REVIEW: Gavin Hood, the director behind X-Men Origins: Wolverine, tackles Orson Scott Card’s Hugo Award … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 30

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It’s “Hell on Earth” as Clifton Collins and Clancy Brown lead the cast in Hellbenders, featuring a group of sinning priests and pastors who are ready to take on the devil in ways normal clergy cannot. Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen rant and trash the latest Horror comedy to tackle the exorcists and possession sub-genre themes.  Dave continues with the Horror News of the Week while Thomas shares his … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 04 – Fearful Pranks Ensue

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Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review of American Horror Story: Coven episode 4 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The forth episode of Coven is titled “Fearful Pranks Ensue” and it may very well be the craziest, zaniest, most bizarre and shocking episode of American Horror Story since…uh…last week. “This … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 59

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Happy Halloween! What films do you watch each October? That is a question that fascinated Doc and this week’s co-host, Dave Dreher. So, the two joined forces and compiled a list of eight (8) horror films they watch each October to celebrate Halloween. Classic with Vincent Price, Boris Karloff and Lon Chaney, Jr. along with newer films like the terrific anthology film, Trick R Treat. Doc and Dave sit back for an hour and reminisce about … Continue reading

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TV: Dracula (NBC – 2013)

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NBC’s Dracula premiere’s tonight, October 25, 2013, and the good Doctor (Doc Rotten) has already caught the Pilot episode. Let’s start off by saying the show looks great, strong production values and Jonathan Rhys Meyers is an elegant and handsome Dracula.The show is a co-production between NBC/Universal and BBC – who more perfect to bring Bram Stoker vampire count to the small screen? But, the show lacks a healthy dose of “scary” despite a promising … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 03 – The Replacements

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Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler filled review of American Horror Story: Coven episode 3 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The third episode of Coven is titled “The Replacements” and it may very well be the craziest, zaniest, most bizarre and shocking episode of American Horror Story ever. It’s insane: Minotaur … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 29

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This week, Carrie White goes all super-supernatural on the grue-crew with the release of the Carrie remake from Kimberly Peirce, starring Chloe Grace Moretz. Horror News Radio co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen rant and trash the remake of the Brian De Palma classic wondering what the hell the studio was really trying to accomplish. Instead of a thrilling retelling of the classic Stephen King story, they deliver a mediocre rehash of the … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 58

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Remakes are a touchy subject with horror fans. For every Carpenter’s The Thing (1982), Cronenberg’s The Fly (1986) and Verbinski’s The Ring (2002), there are dozens of films that remake a classic horror film with little reasoning and imagination. For this week, coinciding with the release of the Carrie (2013) remake, Doc Rotten and guest-host, Dave Dreher from Horror News Radio, take a look at 8 horror films that Hollywood could successfully remake. Monster Movie … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 02 – Boy Parts

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Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler full recap and review of American Horror Story: Coven episode 2 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The second episode of Coven is titled “Boy Parts” which takes its time to establish some character moments and a little Frankenstein Voodoo. Lily Rabe kicks of the episode … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 28

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This week, join the grue-crew fending off giant spiders and battling rouge government agents as Big Ass Spider and Machete Kills get their moments in the Horror News Radio Spotlight. Director Mike Mendez joins co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen to discuss his big bug opus Big Ass Spider and Dave once again discusses all the horror news worth talking about while Doc announces another spectacular contest sure to blow … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Amityville Asylum (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: After beginning her job as a janitor at High Hopes Hospital in Amityville, Long Island, Lisa Templeton begins to experience horrifying hallucinations and visions of terror that lead her to believe something is incredibly wrong within the walls of the asylum. Once she learns the origins of the hospital, the lines between reality and nightmares blur as inmates and orderlies begin to die mysteriously. REVIEW: “Kill them. Kill them all.” an unseen spirit coaches … Continue reading

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Podcast: American Horror Story Fan Podcast – Coven – Eps 01 – Bitchcraft

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Welcome to The American Horror Story Fan Podcast: Coven. This week, co-hosts Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani provide a spoiler full recap and review of American Horror Story: Coven episode 1 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The season premiere of Coven is titled “Bitchcraft” and sets up the world of Zoe (Farmiga) who discovers she is a witch and is quickly carted off to Miss Robichaux’s … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 27

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Gravity from director Alfonso Cauron is the film review this week and the hardest working actor in Hollywood, Bill Oberst, Jr., joins co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen to discuss his upcoming horror films, Coyote, Circus of the Dead and DEAD afterlife. Dave once again delves into the horror news of the week. Plus Doc announces the winners of the latest Horror News Radio sweepstakes. Horror News Radio The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast Episode 27 … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 26

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Director Adam Rifkin joins co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen to discuss his upcoming horror film, Director’s Cut, featuring Penn Jillette. “Help make Penn a bad guy” is the tag line of their crowd funding campaign at Fundanything.com/Penn. Vixen offers up the recommendation this week, Prisoners, Doc reviews Fright Night 2: New Blood and Dave once again delves into the horror news of the week. Plus one more week for the exciting giveaway this week. Horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: Fright Night 2: New Blood (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Charlie Brewster lands in Romania along with fellow students “Evil” Ed, his best friend, and Amy, his one-time girlfriend. Charlie soon suspects that his teacher, Gerri Dandrige, is a vampire. REVIEW:

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 57

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Slashers, Stephen King, Jason, Freddy and Clive Barker, beyond Friday the 13th, A Nightmare on Elm Street and Hellraiser lies a graveyard of forgotten gems, underrated classics and much loved worst films ever. It’s the Eighties and co-hosts Doc Rotten, Santos Ellin, Jr. and guest-host, Fearshop.com Mike are joining forces to take a look at their favorite Horror Films from the goriest decade of terror, from 1980 to 1989.  Get Ready! Monster Movie Podcast Episode 57– Top 10 Horror Films … Continue reading

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Contest: Win Fright Night 2 – New Blood on Blu-ray

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HorrorNews.Net and the grue-crew at Horror News Radio podcast are teaming up with the guys behind Fright Night 2: New Blood to give away 2 copies of the blu-ray. The sweepstakes is currently underway beginning with the release of episode 25 of Horror News Radio – the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast. Participating is easy. Just send your name and address in an email to docrotten [at] horrornews.net with “Fright Night 2″ in the subject line. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Gravity (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Dr. Ryan Stone and Astronaut Matt Kowalski are left adrift in space when debris from a detonated satellite destroys their Space Shuttle. With only their wits and ingenuity to arm them, they race against time to navigate to a nearby Space Station with the barest of technology at their disposal and little hope to returning home. REVIEW: Gravity, from Alfonso Cauron, is a stunning, masterful slice of cinema, a must see. The film is … Continue reading

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Podcast: Horror News Radio – Eps 25

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FX Legend, Director Robert Kurtzman joins co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen to discuss his new Haunted Attraction, Mad FX Lab, and his school the Kurtzman Institute of Art. Thomas offers up the recommendation this week, The East, and Dave once again delves into the horror news of the week. Doc has another exciting giveaway this week as well. Woot! Horror News Radio The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast Episode 25 – Robert Kurtzman Interview … Continue reading

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The Good, The Bad and The Insidious: What’s in a sequel

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Insidious Chapter 2 is enjoying remarkable box office success on its opening weekend, bringing in a whopping $42 million on a small $5 million budget. Incredible. The reviews have been mixed as best, however. At the time of this writing, the film has a 37% on Rotten Tomatoes, a 39% on Metacritic and a B+ on CinemaScore. Listening to episode 24 of the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast, you will hear hosts The Black Saint and Thomas … 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.