Author Archives: Doc Rotten

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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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 24

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Insidious Chapter 2 is the top film this weekend but co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen do not agree on how good or bad the film is. James Wan has delivered a direct follow up to his monster hit, Insidious (2011), but is it too convoluted a successor or is it an incredibly scary follow-up. Check out the podcast to find out. Thomas offers up the recommendation this week, the dark, comedy-horror … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 23

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Riddick is the top film this weekend but co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen all dump on the third film in the Riddick franchise. Ugh. But, before we get to that, Tom Savini and Rick Danford are here to talk about their upcoming project, Tom Savini’s Death Island. Vixen offers up her recommendation this week, the micro-budget film, Coyote, and Dave delves into the horror news of the week. The Official HorrorNews.Net … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 56

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Slashers, Stephen King, Jason, Freddy and James Cameron, 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 56– Top 10 Horror … Continue reading

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Film Review: Coyote (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: Bill is a troubled writer who has developed a debilitating case of insomnia. After weeks of sleep deprivation, Bill begins to become increasingly unhinged until paranoia and hallucinations alter his reality. His fear, temper and anger take over until he can no longer tell what is real and what is in his mind. As his world crumbles, Bill becomes more and more violent leading to bloodshed and terror. REVIEW: As described by its lead … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 22

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The World’s End is the third in Edgar Wright’s Three Flavors Cornetto trilogy featuring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost in key roles. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and review the  film addressing the expectations, inspirations and hilarity. Dave returns each and every episode with the horror news of the week and Doc has some site updates with this week’s HorrorNews.Net Podcast house cleaning. The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast Episode 22 – The … Continue reading

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Film Review: The Conspiracy (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: When the subject of their “conspiracy theory” documentary, an outspoken theorist Terrance G, suddenly goes missing, Aaron and Jim find themselves drawn into a far deeper mystery than they ever could have imagined. Confiscating the paper clippings and personal notes from Terrance’s apartment, Aaron begins to piece together evidence that leads him to a secret society called the Tarsus Club. Jim reluctantly follows Aaron on a fool’s journey fearing for his best friend’s sanity … Continue reading

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Film Review: Saturday Morning Mystery (2012)

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SYNOPSIS: A struggling group of paranormal investigators get the chance of their careers when offered the opportunity to debunk – or prove – the allegedly supernatural events surrounding an abandoned “haunted” mansion. REVIEW: “Ruh Roh” Shaggy, this looks very familiar. Director Spencer Parsons’ latest film, Saturday Morning Mystery begins as a live action parody – or homage, perhaps – of the Scooby-Doo cartoons. The film makers celebrate this comparison to its greatest benefit. They make … Continue reading

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Premiere: Plan 9 (2013)

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With the post production for Plan 9 almost complete, Darkstone Entertainment held its first private cast and crew screening August 24th, 2013 at the Grandin Theater, located in Roanoke, Virginia where the film was shot. Now that director John Johnson film has successfully launched with its first screening, Plan 9 will be going to market, shopping for distribution to find it the proper home. The film played to a packed house in the restored theater, originally … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 21

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You’re Next has descended upon audiences providing screams, laughs and mayhem. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and review the  film with Thomas declaring it an instant cult classic. We also have Alan Tuskes, one of the FX artists on You’re Next, on board with the inside scoop on the gore and make-up. Dave fires up the crypt-keepers with the horror news of the week and Doc has the winners of the … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 20

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Kick-Ass 2 is yet another Summer film that has the grue-crew divided on their opinions with not everyone on board enjoying the return of Kick-Ass, Hit-Girl and Chris D’Amico. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and review the graphic, brutal and funny super-hero film. We also have Jay Lee, the director of Alyce Kills, joining us to discuss his film out on DVD August, 20, 2013. Dave fires up the crypt-keepers with the horror … Continue reading

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Podcast: Monster Movie Podcast – Eps 55

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B-Movie drive-ins, blacksploitation, grindhouse and Roger Corman, beyond Jaws, The Exorcist and Halloween lies a graveyard of forgotten gems, underrated classics and much loved worst films ever. It’s the Seventies and co-hosts Doc Rotten and Santos Ellin, Jr. are joining forces to take a look at their favorite Horror Films from the grooviest decade of terror, from 1970 to 1979.  Get Ready! Monster Movie Podcast Episode 55– Top 10 Horror Films of the 1970′s, Part 2 (71min, 33.30MB) Direct Download

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 19

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Elysium, it is either the best or worst science fiction summer film of 2013. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen debate the good, the bad and god-awful with Neill Blomkamp’s follow up to District 9. Before the grue-crew lash, loath and love the film starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and Sharlto Copley, the guys (and gal) are joined by Edward Douglas and Gavin Goszka from Midnight Syndicate to discuss their latest CD, … Continue reading

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Film Review: A Resurrection (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: After a hit and run that claims his brother’s life, Eli spirals into paranoia and depression until he begins to believe that his brother will return from the dead to take the lives of those responsible for his death. Eli confronts Brandon, the jock at his high school who is believed to be behind the wheel that tragic night. The resulting altercation sets Eli in front of the school’s guidance councilor, Jessie, while Brandon … Continue reading

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Top Ten Paranormal Investigators in Film

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The Conjuring is officially a summer blockbuster, taking in over $107 Million in the U.S. alone (as of August 10, 2013), a phenomenal feat for a supernatural film coming out mid-summer amongst a bevy of big-budget tent pole films with big stars attached. James Wan is a master of suspense and fear with Insidious, Saw and the often overlooked Dead Silence behind him. With The Conjuring, James Wan and writers Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes … Continue reading

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Film Review: Elysium (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: The Earth is a hive of poverty in 2154 where the wealthy and powerful live in an orbiting space station called Elysium, free from disease and hunger. Where the majority of humanity lives in crowded cities struggling to keep low paying jobs and finding their next meal on the ruined planet below, the population above live a life of luxury, peace and freedom. Max DeCosta dreams of reaching Elysium with his childhood sweetheart, Frey … Continue reading

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Podcast: The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast – Eps 18

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Viktor Frankenstein Lives! Frankenstein’s Army unleashes an legion of monsters upon a Russian battalion in Richard Raaphorst’s low-budget horror film. Co-hosts Doc Rotten, Dave Dreher, Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and discuss the film, bizarre creatures and found-footage. After the review, director BJ McDonnell joins the grue-crew to discuss Hatchet III coming out soon on DVD and Blu-ray. Then, Dave brings us the horror news of the week while Doc announced the winner of the Twixt Blu-ray giveaway. The … Continue reading

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Film Review: Hammer of the Gods (2013)

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SYNOPSIS: When a Viking king is gravely wounded in battle fending off an approaching army, he sends his son Steinar on a quest to locate his missing older brother, Hakan the Ferocious. King Bagsecg insists that Steinar must return with the son who can save the clan from the enemy barking at their heels. REVIEW: Between Thor and Game of Thrones, Vikings are gaining in popularity in modern entertainment. Taking advantage of the surge in … 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.