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Jul 24, 2013

The Conjuring scares up boffo-box this weekend, smashing records and trouncing the competition. Co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen recap and discuss the film, the cast and the director, James Wan. #ScaryAsHell Indeed! Dave steps in to bring the horror news of the week and Doc announces another contest.

 

The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast 
Episode 16 – The Conjuring 

 

Ed and Lorraine Warren are the original ghost hunters seen as the experts in paranormal activity back to the 60′s and 70′s. James Wan’s The Conjuring shares one of their most frightening tales, untold for over fourty years. The result is one of the scariest films of this decade. The grue-crew dissect and discuss the film in length with a spoiler-filled review (but they don’t give everything away, no sir). Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga are wonderful as the Warrens and Lili Taylor is extraordinary as the matriarch of a family haunted by restless spirits and unexplained demonic forces. Scary as hell only begins to describe The Conjuring.

 

Dave steps in to calm their nerves with the horror news of the week. First up is the Emmy Nominations including a best actress nod to Vera Farmiga as Norma Bates in Bates Motel. But the big announcement is the 17 nominations for American Horror Story: Asylum. Insane! Next up is the announcement of Anchor Bay Entertainment and Trancas International Blu-ray release of the 35th anniversary of John Carpenter’s Halloween. Amazing! NBC sneaks in with another trailer for the October 25th premiere of their Dracula TV series starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the fanged count. The trailer is full of blood, violence and late 19th century costumes. Exciting! In YouTube land, Dave shares a information about a video that compares Oz, the Great and Powerful with Army of Darkness, frame by frame, beat by beat. Uncanny! Last is news of all about SyFy’s Sharknado - more showing of the original while the sequel takes the sharks to Manhatten. Incredible!

The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast has another contest to win fun, creepy, horror prizes. This time around it is the Blu-ray for Francis Ford Coppola’s horror film, Twixt. Described as “an homage to his lifelong love of the horror genre,” Twixt (out now on DVD and Blu-ray from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, tells the tale of Hall Baltimore investigating a small-town murder that involves nightmares, ghosts and horrifying revelations. HorrorNews.Net Podcast has a copy to give away to one lucky listener. All you have to do is email an answer to the question below along with your name and address to docrotten@horrornews.net with “Twixt” in the subject line.

Which actor portrays Hall Baltimore in the film, Twixt?
A) Val Kilmer
B) Ethan Hawke
C) Kurt Russel
D) Jeff Bridges

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Special thanks and a big shout out goes to the band Tear Out Your Heart and Victory Records for allowing HorrorNews.Net to sample music from their single Undead Amthem for the podcast’s intro and outro theme music. Check them out and tell them The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast sent you their way!

Jul 16, 2013

Pacific Rim is the topic this week as co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen climb aboard Gipsy Danger, Crimson Typhoon and Striker Eureka  to battle cinema's most dangerous Kaiju: Onibaba, Knifehead, Leatherback, Otachi, Scunner, Raiju, Sydney and Slattern. It's giant monsters battling giant robots, baby, in 3D IMAX on the big screen. Wahoo! But, do all of the grue-crew agree? Tempers rise, opinions sail and someone mentions Grown Ups 2. WTF? Dave steps in to save the day with the horror news of the week and Doc shares a handful of listener feedback.

 

The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast 
Episode 15 – Pacific Rim

 

Pacific Rim is a homage to Godzilla, Ultraman and Transformers among many other Sci-fi, giant monster-giant robot films. Still, somehow, Dave finds a way to compare it to Starship TroopersPacific Rim is large, loud and entertaining as hell, but still the grue-crew is divided on how successful the film is. It's Dave and Santos in one corner and Vixen and Thomas in the other with Doc caught in the middle. Still, the film is a blast and SHOULD NOT BE MISSED, especially in IMAX 3D.

 

David drops the horror news knowledge on us this week beginning with the social network phenomenon that is Sharknado. The little crappy film that could. Santos sings its praises as one of the best worst films ever. Next up is news about the director and cast additions to DEAD afterlife from HorrorNews.Net's own Mike Joy. Jared Cohn is signed to direct (Bikini Spring Break, Hold Your Breath, 12/12/12) and the cast now includes Michael Berryman, Bill Oberst Jr.,  Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder and Austin Idol. Dave jumps into a trio of horror TV news with True Blood renewed for season 7, The Following keeps a key member on its cast despite their obvious death scene, and Siberia is scaring up some fans across the 'net. Then the grue-crew discuss the poor box office for Pacific Rim and all the cool early news coming out of the SDCC for 2013.

 

To the grue-crew's delight, the listeners of the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast have shared their thoughts. Luis Angel Rodriguez from Texas and Joan Sherwood from Facebook both write in to share how much they enjoy the show. Wow! Thanks, guys. Jen and Sylvia Soska respond to episode 13 covering their film, American Mary, reaching out to Santos and praising Vixen's female perspective. Rock on! And, finally, T.J. Fowler is back with another entertaining voice mail from Finland all about V/H/S/2. Keep it up!

 

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Special thanks and a big shout out goes to the band Tear Out Your Heart and Victory Records for allowing HorrorNews.Net to sample music from their single Undead Amthem for the podcast’s intro and outro theme music. Check them out and tell them The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast sent you their way!

Jul 11, 2013

American Horror Story: Asylum star Naomi Grossman (Pepper) and The Collection star Josh Stewart spend some time with Doc Rotten. It is interview week as co-hosts Dave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen take a breather preparing for Pacific Rim and The Conjuring over the next few weeks. Doc Rotten provides two interviews for episode 14 gathered at the Blood at the Beach horror convention this past spring in Virginia Beach, VA. Pay close attention and you may hear a little from Vixen in there as well.

 

The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast 
Episode 14 - Interviews with Naomi Grossman and Josh Stewart

 

Naomi Grossman's popularity burst upon the scene with her first appearance in the premiere episode of American Horror Story: Asylum as the microcephalia inflicted inmate, Pepper. Her character is so popular that Pepper has become a bit of a cultural phenomenon with her face being tattooed onto people's body parts (check out the podcast for details!) and posters created suggesting Pepper for President. Much of Pepper's appeal comes directly from the performance of the actor hidden beneath the make-up: Naomi Grossman. Her attention to detail, expressive features and comedic timing add up to one of the most surprising and entertaining highlights found within the popular TV show.

 

Josh Stewart is the star of both The Collector and its sequel, The Collection, playing petty crook turned hero, Arkin O'Brien. Josh's career also includes roles in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button from David Fincher and The Dark Knight Rises from Christopher Nolan. But it is in the two Collector films from director Marcus Dunstan where the talented actor has had his most prominent exposure to horror fans. In the podcast, Josh shares his experiences preparing for the physical demands of facing the film's antagonist, taking hard knocks and getting a little too close to a room full of fire.

 

Check back with the grue-crew in the coming weeks as we tackle this Summer's biggest, most anticipated genre treats: Guillermo del Toro's Pacific Rim, James Wan's The Conjuring and James Margold's The Wolverine. We also have some guests lined up including the writer of the upcoming HorrorNews.Net horror film, DeadAlive. Be sure to check the crew out on Facebook, Twitter and back here with the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast.

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Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy.

Special thanks and a big shout out goes to the band Tear Out Your Heart and Victory Records for allowing HorrorNews.Net to sample music from their single Undead Amthem for the podcast’s intro and outro theme music. Check them out and tell them The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast sent you their way!

Jul 4, 2013

American Mary, from directors Jen Soska and Sylvia Soska (Twisted Twins), is the topic this week as co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen discuss the independent feature. Dave steps in to illuminate the podcast with this week’s horror movie news. We have a winner of the Stoker BluRay contest and much, much more.

 

The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast 
Episode 13 – American Mary

 

Katharine Isabelle stars as Mary Mason in American Mary from the dynamic, talented team behind Dead Hooker in a Trunk, Jen and Sylvia SoskaAfter sharing praises for the film with the grue-crew and providing HorrorNews.Net with a great interview with the Twisted Twins (read the interview here and part 2 here), Santos easily convinced everyone to tackle American Mary with this episode. The result is a splendid example of love of cinema and love of horror with a rocking thriller. One by one, the crew examine what the film is trying to say and reveal with Isabelle's Mary Mason as she spirals down a dark, grisly path.

 

David drops the horror news knowledge on us this week beginning with a new clip from the film Absence, a low budget film getting strong buzz wrapped in mystery. Next up is news about two BluRay releases that get Doc all excited. Warner Brothers is releasing the classic 1953 Vincent Price film, House of Wax in all its 3D glory. And Millennium Entertainment is releasing Hammer's Dracula, Prince of Darkness starring Christopher Lee. Showtime has the season premiere of Dexter season 8 up on their site and HorrorNews.Net has the link to watch it for free, courtesy of the cable network. Last, but not least, is the news of the documentary about famous poster artist Drew Struzan (Drew - the Man Behind the Poster) which is set to premiere at SDCC 2013.

 

Congratulations to Stephen Nettles from Romeoville, Illinios for winning the Stoker Blu-Ray. He was randomly chosen from listeners of the podcast who shared links to the past few podcasts on Facebook and Twitter. Thank you to Stephen (and all the other contestants) for sharing the word on the Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast. Keep your eyeballs peeled for future contests. In the meantime be sure to share your thoughts about the podcast and the movies at Speakpipe (see link below) or reach us on Facebook and Twitter.

 

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Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy.

 

Special thanks and a big shout out goes to the band Tear Out Your Heart and Victory Records for allowing HorrorNews.Net to sample music from their single Undead Amthem for the podcast’s intro and outro theme music. Check them out and tell them The Official HorrorNews.Net Podcast sent you their way!

 

Find out more about the Soska Sisters at their website, http://www.twistedtwinsproductions.net/..
Find out more about Drew Struzan at his website, http://www.drewstruzan.com/.
Find out  more about Drew, the Man Behind the Poster at the documentary website, http://drewstruzandocumentary.com/.

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