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Dec 31, 2013

American Mary, You're Next, The Conjuring and Maniac are just a few of the genre films of 2013 that thrilled, scared and entertained of the grue-crew throughout the past twelve months. These are the best horror,  sci-fi and fantasy films 2013 has to offer.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher,  and Thomas Mariani take a look back at the best films of 2013 each presenting their personal top 10 for the year. You're Next and The Conjuring make all four lists with Maniac placing on three of them. Some of last week's most disappointing films return this week to be on another host's best. Ha! Doc starts the ball rolling with the What Have You Been Watching segment with Haunter and Dave bring the final Horror News of the Week for 2013.

 

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Episode 39 – The Best Genre Films of 2013 
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00:05:10 – What Have You Been Watching: Haunter (2013) 
Wrapping up 2013, Doc takes in Haunter from director Vincenzo Natali, a sensational ghost tale that has a lovely young spirit realizing the horrible truth about her life - or unlife - but decides to save the life of a young still living teen girl. Abigail Breslin stars Lisa Johnson who has only a ghost of a chance in defeating the big bad haunter played by Stephen McHattie. Doc surprises his co-host as he announces that Haunter is also number ten on his list of best for the year. 

00:09:25 – The Best Genre Films of 2013 
As 2013 comes to a close, Doc, Thomas and Santos take a look back at the best of year, the most exciting, thrilling and influential genre films of 2013. Cutting to the chase here are the films discussed: 

Thomas Mariani 

  • 10) Warm Bodies 
  • 09) John Dies at the End  
  • 08) The Conjuring 
  • 07) Maniac 
  • 06) You're Next 
  • 05) Sightseers 
  • 04) Pacific Rim 
  • 03) This is the End 
  • 02) The World's End 
  • 01) Gravity 

 

The Black Saint 

  • 10) Banshee Chapter 
  • 09) The Lords of Salem 
  • 08) Frankenstein's Army 
  • 07) You're Next 
  • 06) Jug Face 
  • 05) Contracted 
  • 04) The Conjuring 
  • 03) The Seasoning House 
  • 02) Found 
  • 01) American Mary 

 

Dave Dreher 

  • 10) Macabre 
  • 09) Nailbiter 
  • 08) Frankenstein's Army 
  • 07) Contracted 
  • 06) Maniac 
  • 05) V/H/S/2 
  • 04) Big Ass Spider! 
  • 03) The Conjuring 
  • 02) You're Next 
  • 01) American Mary 

 

Doc Rotten

  • 10) Haunter 
  • 09) V/H/S/2 
  • 08) Stoker 
  • 07) Maniac 
  • 06) Pacific Rim 
  • 05) You're Next 
  • 04) This is the End 
  • 03) Evil Dead 
  • 02) The Conjuring 
  • 01) Gravity 

 

01:11:00 - Horror News of the Week for 12/30/2013 
Dave returns this week to proudly bring his final Horror News of the Week for 2013. Doc is happy to hear that the trailer for Dead Snow 2: Dead vs Red has been released. The next installment to the Amityville Horror franchise gets its January 2015 release date and a new name: Amityville. SyFy is promoting its new genre show, Helix, with a dozen or so short trailers confusing everyone on the podcast. Dave shares news of Fear Clinic including his interviewing the director and teases set visit articles on the way. Last up is True Blood loses one of is supporting cast with the exit of Luke Grimes. 

Doc Rotten: facebook DoctorRotten, twitter @doc_rotten, letterboxd DocRotten

Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou, letterboxd TheBlackSaint
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy. , letterboxd SilentTom
Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

 

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

 

Dec 25, 2013

The Lone Ranger, Carrie, The Purge and Evil Dead (what!?) are just a few of the genre films of 2013 that face the wrath of the grue-crew.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr. and Thomas Mariani take a look back at the films of 2013 with a focus on the films that angered, disappointed or just simply bored them to no end. Some are surprising. Some are controversial. And, some are terribly, horribly obvious. Before they get into things, Doc shares his What Have You Been Watching film for this week: Open Grave (2013). Doc also steps in for the missing Dave Dreher to bring the horror news of the week with the trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, the release date for The Raid 2 and the casting of Ant Man.

 

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Episode 38 – The Most Disappointing Genre Films of 2013 
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00:05:24 – What Have You Been Watching: Open Grave (2013) 
Imagine waking up in a vast open pit full of dead bodies, your own body feeling as if it is nears death and with no recollection of who  you are or how you got there. That is the opening premise of Open Grave. Doc caught the film for HorrorNews.Net and shares just a bit of the story, the characters and the scares.

 

00:10:25 – The Most Disappointing Genre Films of 2013 
As 2013 comes to a close, Doc, Thomas and Santos take a look back at the worst of year, the most disappointing genre films, the movies that drove their delicate sensibilities to the very edge. Cutting to the chase here are the films discussed:

 

Thomas Mariani 

  • Machete Kills 
  • Carrie 
  • Escape from Tomorrow 
  • The Purge 
  • Insidious Chapter 2 
  • The Lords of Salem 
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D 
  • The Last Exorcism Part II 
  • After Earth 
  • The Lone Ranger 

 

The Black Saint 

  • The Sigil/The Taint/Infected/Night of the Naked Dead 
  • Storage 24 
  • Scavengers 
  • Carrie 
  • The Purge 
  • Insidious Chapter 2 
  • A Haunted House 
  • World War Z 
  • R.I.P.D. 
  • Evil Dead (2013) 

 

Doc Rotten 

  • No One Lives 
  • R.I.P.D. 
  • Fright Night 2: New Blood 
  • Carrie 
  • Contracted 
  • Oldboy 
  • Texas Chainsaw 3D 
  • Evidence 
  • The Amityville Asylum 
  • The Lone Ranger 

 

01:17:00 - Horror News of the Week for 12/23/2013 
Doc steps in for lead news writer, Dave Dreher, this week to bring the Horror News of the Week. It all begins with the teaser trailer for Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Next up is the casting of the lead in Edgar Wright's Ant-Man movie for Marvel. A pair of films received updates to their release schedule, one good news, the other not-so-much. The Raid 2 gets a collective hurrah from the crew with the announcement of its March 28, 2014 release date. On the flip side, the crew wonder what is up with Eli Roth's The Green Inferno being pushed back to September 5, 2014. And there's further news on the spin off to 2013's monster hit, The Conjuring, that will focus on the creepy as hell doll, Annabelle.

 

01:36:14– RLJ Entertainment Holiday Horror Giveaway Pack 
It's the holiday season and here is your chance to walk away with four horror films from RLJ Entertainment, some of their best genre films from 2013: The Colony, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, Scavengers and Stranded. Entering is simple, you have two ways to get you're name in the pot. One way is to go to the Horror News Radio Facebook Group and complete the online Poll, "What is your favorite modern horror franchise." Another way, if you are not the socialite, is to send an email directly to Doc at docrotten @ horrornewsradio [dot] com with RLJ Entertainment Gift Pack in the subject line and the answer to the above poll question in the body along with your name and address. You have until midnight December 28, 2013 (USA listeners only) to get your name in the running. Good luck!

 

Doc Rotten: facebook DoctorRotten, twitter @doc_rotten, letterboxd DocRotten
Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou, letterboxd TheBlackSaint
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy. , letterboxd SilentTom
Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

 

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

Dec 18, 2013

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug  is the review of the week as the grue-crew examine the adventures of dwarves, wizards, hobbits and elves facing the terrors of giant spiders, murderous orcs and ferocious, fire breathing dragons.

 

Peter Jackson brings the second film in the trilogy of films based on J.R.R Tolkein's classic Middle-Earth novel, The Hobbit. This chapter focuses on the discovery and battle with the dragon under the mountain, the incredible Smaug.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the Voice of Reason, recap and review The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, even if Santos slept through the best part. What? Dave brings the Horror News of the Week with gruesome goodies on The Following, Stephen King and The ABCs of Death 2.

 

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Episode 37 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
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00:03:40 – Review of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 
Every year, for his birthday, Horror News Radio host Santos Ellin Jr., the Black Saint, goes to see the big theatrical release of that weekend. Again this year, that film is another film in the trilogy of The Hobbit movies, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. And just like last  year, Santos gets a good nap. What? Yes, the adventures of the wandering Hobbit put your favorite New York podcast host to sleep. Sigh. On the other side, Doc shares his love for the film, the 3D and the high frame rate experience while Thomas counters most everything Doc loves. Still, everyone agrees the film has its moments, including the incredible execution of the dragon Smaug. But, that ending. Woof!

 

01:04:44 - Horror News of the Week for 12/16/2013 
Dave jumps into the mix to bring the Horror News of the Week. He begins with news about the viral promotional materials for the upcoming second season of The Following starring Kevin Bacon. It seems Stephen King has another book coming out on the heels of Doctor Sleep, titled Mr. Mercedes. There's also another TV show in the works: Grand Central. There's a new online VOD service called Horror Inc. that Dave recommends checking out. The trailer for John Schneider's all star horror slasher film Smothered is now available. The 26th episode of The ABCs of Death 2 has been chosen, giving director Robert Boocheck the coveted spot in the film with M is for Masticate.

 

01:25:19– RLJ Entertainment Holiday Horror Giveaway Pack 
It's the holiday season and here is your chance to walk away with four horror films from RLJ Entertainment, some of their best genre films from 2013: The Colony, The Last Will and Testament of Rosalind Leigh, Scavengers and Stranded. Entering is simple, you have two ways to get you're name in the pot. One way is to go to the Horror News Radio Facebook Group and complete the online Poll, "What is your favorite modern horror franchise." Another way, if you are not the socialite, is to send an email directly to Doc at docrotten @ horrornewsradio [dot] com with RLJ Entertainment Gift Pack in the subject line and the answer to the above poll question in the body along with your name and address.

 

Doc Rotten: facebook DoctorRotten, twitter @doc_rotten, letterboxd DocRotten
Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou, letterboxd TheBlackSaint
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy. , letterboxd SilentTom
Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

 

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

Dec 12, 2013

The Banshee Chapter is the review of the week in which Ted (Silence of the Lambs) Levine plays a Hunter S. Thompson inspired writer who leads the film's protagonist on a hallucinogenic  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.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the Voice of Reason, recap and review The Banshee Chapter, even if Thomas is not impressed. Dave brings the Horror News of the Week in this episode of Horror News Radio. It's news about Godzilla teaser trailer, Terminator TV & film rumors, Fear Clinic adding Corey Taylor to its cast and a sweepstakes to take home a DVD copy of Lionsgate's Ritual.

 

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Episode 36 – The Banshee Chapter
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00:03:30 – Review of The Banshee Chapter 
To the surprise of Santos and Doc, The Banshee Chapter creeps them the eff out. While they enjoyed the film immensely, Vixen is a little baffled by the ambiguous ending and Thomas ends up generally unimpressed. The film delivers its fair share of scares, horror and intrigue. Aside from Thomas the rest of crew are thrilled with the film. But still, Thomas loves Ted Levine's role and performance. Yay!

 

00:39:45 - Sweepstakes - Ritual DVD 
Horror News Radio has a DVD copy of Liongate's Ritual to send out to one select listener. Send in an email to docrotten@horrornews.net with Ritual in the subject line, your name and address in the body along with the answer to this following question to be entered. The question: What is your favorite Horror Film of 2013? This is for US listeners only and the deadly is midnight, December 15, 2013.

 

00:42:44– What Have You Been Watching: Talk of 3D, Frozen and Hobbits 
While the grue-crew wait for Dave to show up with the Horror News of the Week, Doc brings up Disney's Frozen. The conversation turns to 3D and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Hilarious!

 

00:48:52 – Horror News of the Week for 12/09/2013 
Dave arrives to save the day bringing the Horror News of the Week beginning with the teaser trailer for Godzilla (2014). Following that is a pair of Terminator announcements: the next movie, Terminator: Genesis, is set for 2015 and another TV show is in the works. Heavy Metal invades the news this week with Avenged Sevenfold developing a web series based on their hit single Hail to the King. In similar news, Corey Taylor from Slipknot and Stone Sour has joined the cast of Fear Clinic. CBS films has picked up the script from Patrick Melton and Marcus Dunstan for a take on the classic Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark books.

 

Doc Rotten: facebook DoctorRotten, twitter @doc_rotten, letterboxd DocRotten
Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou, letterboxd TheBlackSaint
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy. , letterboxd SilentTom
Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

 

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

Dec 4, 2013

Oldboy is the review of the week - 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 Brolin's Joe Doucett, we cover the mid-season finale of AMC's The Walking Dead. It is an episode full of zombie shocks and jaw-dropping twists.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenDave DreherSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.Thomas Mariani and Vixen, the Voice of Reason, recap and review Oldboy and the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead in the What Have You Been Watching segment while Dave brings the Horror News of the Week in this episode of Horror News Radio. It's news about The Strain, The Wolf Man on TV and a sweepstakes to take home a DVD copy of Lionsgate's Ritual.

 

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Episode 35 – Old Boy / The Walking Dead 
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00:02:40 – What Have You Been Watching: The Walking Dead 
The entire grue-crew are floored by the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead on AMC. Shocking! Amazing! Great horror television! The crew do get into spoilers about deaths and what may be coming up on the second half of this season. Santos is tore up over the death of a featured character and Vixen is surprised by another death while the entire crew debate if one character's fate is foretold or shrouded in mystery.

 

00:34:00– Horror News of the Week for 12/02/2013 
Dave brings you the Horror News of the Week beginning with news begins with the viral commercial for The Strain which played during the Walking Dead mid-season finale. But a bit of confusion about what the rat clip actually is sets up a conversation riot. Next we all are saddened by the the death of Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker. The success of Dracula has led to NBC greenlighting a Wolf Man series. Wolf Man is not the only recent movie heading to television, Frank Darabont is bringing The Mist to the airwaves. The final item in tonight's news is confirmation that there will be a Child's Play 7.

 

00:58:30 – Review of Spike Lee's Oldboy (2013) 
Oldboy from Spike Lee remakes the 2003 classic Korean film. The film gets a mixed to positive review from the crew with attention paid to the shocking twist and the graphic violent fight scenes. While Santos has issues with Sharlto Copley, Vixen objects to Joe's final decision in the story and Doc never gets engaged with Brolin's lead character in the first place, calling it "the best film I hated this year." Thomas steps in to correct everyone. Ha!

 

01:28:08 - Sweepstakes - Ritual DVD 
Horror News Radio has a DVD copy of Liongate's Ritual to send out to one select listener. Send in an email to docrotten@horrornews.net with Ritual in the subject line, your name and address in the body along with the answer to this following question to be entered. The question: What is your favorite Horror Film of 2013?

 

Doc Rotten: facebook DoctorRotten, twitter @doc_rotten, letterboxd DocRotten
Dave Dreher: facebook drehershouseofhorrors, twitter @savinifan
Santos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr.: facebook theblacksainthnn, twitter @tbssaysyou, letterboxd TheBlackSaint
Thomas Mariani: twitter @notthewhostommy. , letterboxd SilentTom
Vixen: twitter @purevixen44

 

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

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