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Jan 31, 2014

In episode two of FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING your hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher go deep inside the episode as Ryan Hardy gets drawn deeper into the world of “The Carrollers” and Joe Carroll rediscovers the joy of the kill.

While season one of THE FOLLOWING was certainly a strong debut it seems that season two just might be something special and as such worthy of its own podcast. Your hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher have certainly taken notice and feel discussion is a must. Join us this and every week as we rundown the episode and offer insight into what the future may hold.

As episode two opens we are drawn into the world of Joe Carroll, now going by the name of Darryl as he carves out a life of hiding. We join back up with Luke and Mark as they once again go on the hunt and begin a cat and mouse game with Ryan and the lone survivor of the subway attack with whom Ryan has grown fond.

Meanwhile back at the trailer things have gotten intense with Joe/Daryl when he needs to kill to protect his secret. To say things quickly spiral out of control would be the understatement of the week. It’s an action packed episode and Doc and Dave lead you through it all.

Two new features also get introduced this week as Dave points out the “Plot hole of the Week” and Doc amazes all when he “Put’s a name to the Face”.

As always we want your feedback so drop us a line at docrotten@horrornewstv.com or dave@horrornewstv.com and we’ll talk next week as we continue to FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING.

Jan 31, 2014

For the inaugural episode of FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING Doc Rotten and co-host Dave Dreher introduce you to the hit FOX series THE FOLLOWING starring Kevin Bacon and James Purefoy. Starting off its second season in grand style and adding some new characters to the mix THE FOLLOWING could be the genre show of the season.

While season one of THE FOLLOWING was certainly a strong debut it seems that season two just might be something special and as such worthy of its own podcast. Your hosts Doc Rotten and Dave Dreher have certainly taken notice and feel discussion is a must. Join us this and every week as we rundown the episode and offer insight into what the future may hold.

We begin this episode with a quick flashback to the end of season one where the cliffhanger ending is quickly disposed of and we find ourselves at the one-year anniversary of Joe Carroll’s (James Purefoy) death. Ryan Hardy (Kevin Bacon) has moved past the traumatic events and seems well on the road to recovery until a vicious subway attack by a group of folks wearing creepy Joe Carroll masks pulls Hardy back into the nightmare.

Doc and Dave discuss the events as well as the new characters added for this season.

Both agree that the addition of Sam Underwood in the role of psychotic twins Luke and Mark may just be the casting coup of the season.

As the episode progresses the surprises mount and Doc and Dave share it all with you.

As always we want your feedback so drop us a line at docrotten@horrornewstv.com or dave@horrornewstv.com and we’ll talk next week when we FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING.

Jan 29, 2014

I, Frankenstein  tanked at the box office this weekend, but that does not stop the grue-crew from recapping and reviewing the overblown, dull adaptation of the graphic novel presented as if it were an extension of the Underworld films. Aaron Eckhart is cast as the Frankenstein Monster in the film directed by Stuart Beattie. Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave DreherThomas Mariani and Vixen, the voice of reason, rally together having survived the droll I, Frankenstein as they slam the film.

 

Thomas introduces a new segment to show this week with his Top 5 of the Week. For episode 43, he brings the grue-crew’s favorite Frankenstein Monsters: the top 5 Frankenstein films to watch instead of I, Frankenstein. Hell, yeah – of course, Boris Karloff is on the list, but the others will likely surprise you!

 

Santos finally convinces the crew to watch Found, a film he has been championing since judging the New York Horror Film Festival in November. To his great pleasure, Dave shares his love for this film; Thomas and Doc, however, share their reservations.

 

00:04:15 – I, Frankenstein 
Based on the graphic novel by Kevin Grevioux (who also stars in the film), Stuear Beattie’s directorial effort,I, Frankenstein struggles to impress the grew-crew winning only the faintest praise from Doc and Vixen, “I didn’t hate it.” The film mixes the Frankenstein Monster with Demons and Gargoyles in the style of the Underworld movies. It has all this including Miranda Otto and Bill Nighy as opposing heads of supernatural clans, yet the film fails to elicite all that much excitement. Yet, Santos admits the film looks great and he has a little crush on Yvonne Strahovski.

 

00:25:30 – Top 5: Frankenstein Monsters 
This week brings a new segment to the show, a Top 5 of the Week. Thomas champions the top 5 Frankenstein Monsters to watch instead of I, Frankenstein. Drawn the from decades of horror and the collective, diverse favorites from the HNR grue-crew, Thomas starts off with the classic, iconic Boris Karloff but quickly dives into fondly remembered and surprisingly obscure collection of Frankenstein Monsters in horror cinema.

 

  1. Boris Karloff – Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein (1935) and Son of Frankenstein (1939) 
  2. Peter Boyle – Young Frankenstein (1973) 
  3. Tom Noonan – Monster Squad (1987) 
  4. Clancy Brown – The Bride (1985) 
  5. Koji Furuhata – Frankenstein Conquers the World (1965) 

 

00:34:50 What Have You Been Watching: Found 
Santos is finally able to share the independent shocker, Found, with the HNR crew this week, quickly converting Dave into a follower. The film is a shocking tale of a young boy who discovers his brother may be a serial killer. The film gets bizarre quick in an intense and sometimes perverse character study. Doc and Thomas are impressed but not a high on the final product. Regardless of the opinion, the film is hard to forget, visceral and entirely engaging.

 

00:50:10 - Horror News of the Week for 01/27/2014 
Dave Dreher wraps up the show with another fascinating round of Horror News of the Week. Dead Snow: Dead vs Red makes another appearance on the show with the release of its first full trailer, terrific reviews from Sundance Film Festival and a distribution deal is signed. Gory goodness! Dave hands the floor over to Thomas to discuss the new trailer from the latest Terry Gilliam film, Zero Theorem as the grue-crew try to figure out what the heck it is all about. Scream Factory is in the news again with its upcoming release of Dog SoldiersAmerican Horror Story: Coven ends this week with Dave inviting theories and thoughts from the HNR crew. As you know, Doc loves 3D and Doc loves found footage; Dave makes his day with the news of a new film titled Found Footage 3D.

 

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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!

Jan 24, 2014

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 12 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The twelfth  episode of Coven is titled “Go to Hell” which contains a casket full of surprises, gore and horror. Fiona!? What happened? Why, baby, why?

Another season of American Horror Story is coming to a close as Coven airs its penultimate episode, “Go to Hell.” And the show literally goes to hell, twice! This episode is full of shocking turns and surprise deaths. It also has a brilliant cat fight as Misty Day whoops ass on Madison. Then there’s Papa Legba and the Axeman. And more. It’s another great episode of American Horror Story: Coven.

After the recap, Thomas provides his Crazy Moment of the Week and Doc shares his Outrageous Theory of the Week. Out of all the nutty things that show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could possibly shove into a single episode, what could Thomas possibly settle upon? And what theory could possibly come out of Doc’s warped mind to shed any light into the Coven’s bewitching voodoo ways? Listen to the podcast and find out.

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc and Thomas your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

Jan 23, 2014

Devil’s Due not only tries to bring on the apocalypse, the end of the world as we know it, but it also tries to kill off the entire found footage sub-genre. It is so god-awful, it has Thomas in fumes and Santos ranting and Doc nearly in tears, weeping for his beloved cinema-verite. Oh, the horror!

 

Directors Matt Bettinelli-Olpin and Tyler Gillett, two members of the group Radio Silence, bring their promising talent to the exorcism/Rosemary’s-Baby films. But instead of expanding on the promise they displayed in the final chapter of VHS, “10/31/98,” they rely too heavily on the tricks found in that short stretched out to fill the 90 minutes of Devil’s Due.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher,  and Thomas Mariani rake Devil’s Due over the coals, tearing it apart frame by frame, sequence by sequence. Thankfully, Dave Dreher is here tonight to bring the Horror News of the Week and give the grue-crew some hope for better things: HannibalRavenous and The Quiet Ones.

 

00:04:15 – Devil’s Due 
January is often the dumping ground of weak-ass horror and genre films. Recently, Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones shows some promise this year may be different (Sorry, Santos), but this week’s release,Devil’s Due makes it hard to argue against this idea. Sigh. The entire cast of HNR are unimpressed with the first full length feature from the guys known as Radio Silence. Devil’s Due is a disaster, but it provides plenty to talk about, no doubt.

 

00:40:17 - Horror News of the Week for 01/20/2014 
Dave Dreher steps in to bring the Horror News of the Weeks starting off with fantastic casting news: Katherine Isabelle is joining the cast of the hit NBC spring TV show Hannibal. Yay! Both Fear Clinic andCooties pick up distribution deals giving horror fans two promising horror films to look forward to. The teaser for Hammer Film’s The Quiet Ones promises some spectacular ghostly goodness. Scream Factory is in the news – again! – with the announcement of the upcoming Ravenous (1999) Blu-Ray release. And more news is abound for The Conjuring spin-off featuring the Annabelle doll.

 

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!

Jan 23, 2014

Arguably the start of the Universal Monster craze, Dracula released in 1931 stars Bela Lugosi as Bram Stoker’s lead vampire, Dracula. Tod Browning directs the first vampire film with Dracula in the title, a film that frightened audiences with its initial release. Dracula begins the Golden Age of Horror podcast with hosts Dave Dreher and Doc Rotten as they cover the films from the beginning of the horror genre.

 

Originally set to be a reunion for director Tod Browning and star Lon Chaney, Sr., Dracula is a film that started as a monumental epic from Universal producer Carl Laemmle, Jr. Sadly, Chaney succumbs to throat cancer before filming can begin and is replaced by the stage actor who played the title role on Broadway, Bela Lugosi. Edward Van Sloan signs on to play Van Helsing and David Manners is given the role of John Harker with Helen Chandler as Mina and Frances Dade as Lucy. Dwight Frye makes a lasting impression as Renfield driven mad by Dracula’s influence, eating flies, bugs and rats. His laugh alone is chilling. But it is Lugosi who owns the film and sets the film firmly into the halls of horror history.

 

Dave Dreher, the lead news writer for HorrorNews.Net, is joined by Doc Rotten from Monster Movie Podcast and the American Horror Story Fan podcast to begin a journey through the origins of terror cinema, the Golden Age of Horror. Starting off by concentrating on the Universal Films, the podcast will stretch out to cover other films of the 20s through the 50s such as The Fly, King Kong, The Uninvited, The Thing from Another World and House of Wax and many, many more. Both co-hosts are huge fans of the early films of the genre having watched the films when they were children in the age when Shock Theater was on weekend television, usually paired with a horror host and are both contributors to HorrorNews.Net and other online horror outlets.

 

Be sure to contact us with any questions, suggestions or reaction. Let us know what your favorite Universal Horror film is and what films you want the Golden Age of Horror to cover in future episodes. What is your most cherished memory with these classic films? What was the first Horror Film you watched? Or send us photos of your coolest horror collectible or memorabilia. As always, thanks for listening and welcome to the show.

 

A very special thanks to Midnight Syndicate for allowing us to user their song “It’s Lives!” from their spectacular CD, The Monsters of Legend. It’s the perfect soundtrack for the life of any horror film fan, with 21 terrifying tracks. Check out the details at MidnightSyndicate.com – they even have a limited collector’s edition 12″ vinyl cut of it. You’ll love it!

 

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- dave@goldenageofhorror.com
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- docrotten@goldenageofhorror.com

Jan 18, 2014

Join us this week as we face down a trio of horrifying Halloween masks: The Witch, The Skull and The Pumpkin. That’s right! It’s the infamous Michael-Myers-less Halloween sequel, Halloween III Season of the Witch from director Tommy Lee Wallace featuring Tom Adkins.

“The Night No One Comes Home!”

Special guest host, Ormon Grimsby returns to the Monster Movie Podcast bringing with him one of his beloved favorites from the 1980′s. He also drops some mask knowledge about Don Post and some little hidden nuggets found in the film like actor Dick Warlock and Jamie Lee Curtis as a voice over actress. Speaking of the 1980′s, the Monster Movie Podcast is going to be featuring horror films and monster films from the Eighties all 2014 as the show becomes part of the Decades of Horror Podcast Network, beginning with this very episode. Let us know what your favorite monster from the decade is.

Halloween III Season of the Witch represents the perfect idea gone wrong. John Carpenter and Debra Hill decide to create a franchise where every Halloween a new horror film is released feature monsters and terror surrounding the beloved holiday: a new terrifying story each and every year, an annual event to delight horror fans across the globe. What the delivered, however, was a film drop into an existing franchise that featured a well-known, popular knife wielding maniac named Michael Myer. The film which was initially pans by critics and fans alike is now considered a cult classic and is loved by scores of horror fans who are able to look at it without the stigma of being a part of the Halloween franchise. Doc Rotten and Ormon Grimsby take a fresh look at the film attempting to review the film on its own merits.

We want to hear from you, our valued listeners: click on the Send Voicemail link on the DocRotten.com site and leave us a message or leave a comment on the site or email the Monster Movie Podcast at podcast@docrotten.com.

Jan 17, 2014

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 11 starring Jessica Lange, Taissa Farmiga, Kathy Bates, Sarah Paulson, Lily Rabe, Evan Peters, Denis O’Hare and Emma Roberts. The eleventh episode of Coven is titled “Protect the Coven” which spotlights the return of Delphine and her perverse fascination with blood. In addition we are treated with the awesome Jazz hits of the Axeman! Sweet!

The show starts off with the shocking return of Queenie and Delphine – at the funeral of Nan who was murdered last week. Delphine plots her revenge on Marie with the help of the ghostly Spalding, but with a twist. Bwah hah hah. Maria however is joining Fiona and the Axeman in destroying the Delphi group in a bloody, violent mess. It’s another great episode of American Horror Story: Coven.

After the recap, Thomas provides his Crazy Moment of the Week and Doc shares his Outrageous Theory of the Week. Out of all the nutty things that show creators Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk could possibly shove into a single episode, what could Thomas possibly settle upon? And what theory could possibly come out of Doc’s warped mind to shed any light into the Coven’s bewitching voodoo ways? Listen to the podcast and find out.

 

We also want to hear from you! The American Horror Story Fan Podcast is designed with the fan in mind and listener feedback is encouraged. That’s right, we want to hear from you! To help you out, we have a Speakpipe account set up for you to leave your Voice Messages. Click on this link and leave Doc and Thomas your thoughts. What are your theories? What was the craziest moment of the show? Who’s your favorite character? Which character do you despise the most? The service is free and no number is required, all you need is a PC and mic.

Jan 15, 2014

The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2104 contains a number of high profile horror and genre films. Who isn't excited about Godzilla? If you loved Rise of the Planet of the Apes, then the promise of Dawn of the Planet of the Apes should have you giddy with glee.  And for the hard core horror fans, Eli Roth's cannibal epic The Green Inferno is right up your alley. The list also has a few low budget surprises too.

 

But! Before we get to the list, the grue-crew has a special guest on board, director Blair Erickson is here to discuss his horror film The Banshee Chapter, currently available on VOD and coming in February on DVD/BluRay. He sticks around to discuss Spike Jonze's Her in this week's What Have You Been Watching Segment.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher, Thomas Mariani and Vixen are all astonished at the knowledge Blair Erickson drops on the crew and share his love for Spike Jonze's celebrated, Golden Globe winning Her - well, most everyone. Woot! The top ten has the crew excited for the coming year, with Godzilla topping the list. Dave brings the Horror News of the Week with word on the Friday the 13th reboot, the Walking Dead spin off and a possible True Blood film.

 

Horror News Radio 
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Episode 41 – The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014 
Interview: Blair Erickson, director of The Banshee Chapter 
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00:03:47 – Interview: Blair Erickson, director of The Banshee Chapter  
Horror News Radio covered The Banshee Chapter in episode 36. Now, the director, Blair Erickson joins the crew to discuss the making of the film, the conspiracy theories and influences behind the film and a secret or two about the film. It's an incredible interview with a bright new name in horror.

 

00:49:18 - What Have You Been Watching: Spike Jonze's Her 
Blair Erickson sticks around to discuss one of his favorites films with the crew in the What You Have Been Watching segment, Spike Jonze's Her. It's a complete love fest for the film as Dave, Thomas, Vixen and Blair go over all the highlights of the film praising its story, message, themes, acting and directing with Dave especially high on the film's script. Doc, however, is an odd duck and did not like the film as much and gets a mighty trouncing for it. Haha!

 

01:11:56- The Top 10 Most Anticipated Horror Films of 2014 
Looking into the schedule for 2014, the grue-crew select the top 10 most anticipated horror films of the year.

 

  • Oculus 
  • The Quiet Ones 
  • Godzilla 
  • The Sacrament 
  • Deliver Us From Evil 
  • Dawn of the Planet of the Apes 
  • The Green Inferno 
  • Poltergeist (NOTE: two days after recording the Nov. 14th date is pushed to Feb 13, 2015) 
  • Horns 
  • Dead Snow: Red vs Dead 

 

01:45:18- Horror News of the Week - 01/13/2014 
Dave caps off the night with the horror news of the week. No one is in favor of a Friday the 13th film without Jason Voorhees, even if Doc is in favor of the found footage angle. Again, the entire crew would prefer to stick to the main Walking Dead story line instead of diluting it with a spin off - at least, at this point. The Clown trailer looks fantastic! There's a new trailer and artwork for the El Rey TV show based on From Dusk Til Dawn. And what is this rumor of a True Blood film in 2016?

 

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!

Jan 9, 2014

Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones is the first theatrical horror film of 2014 and a spin off title for the successful (at least financially) franchise, Paranormal Activity. With The Marked Ones, the series heads across town to Oxnard, California providing a Latin themed variation on the popular found footage haunts.

 

Co-hosts Doc RottenSantos (The Black Saint) Ellin Jr., Dave Dreher,  and Vixen takes sides in loving and hating what is essentially Paranormal Activity 4.5 giving a SPOILER FILLED recap and review of the Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones. Dave begins the new year off with the Horror News of the Week featuring the announcement of a Starship Troopers remake, updates on the Robocop remake and tons of shout outs to Bill Oberst, Jr.

 

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Episode 40 – Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 
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00:03:41 – Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones 
In his review of Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones for HorrorNews.Net, Doc highlights the keyword "fun" saying the film is a return to form. Vixen agrees and Dave is on basically on board; however, Santos is ready to call "BS!" His poor reaction to the film ignites a terrific conversation about the good, the bad and the ugly in the film. You don't want to miss this.

 

00:41:15 - Horror News of the Week for 12/30/2013 
Dave shines a magical bright New Years light on the first Horror News of the Week for 2014. He starts off with a ton of news for HNR favorite, Bill Oberst Jr., with announcements about Circus of the Dead and Children of Sorrow. The ghost tale Cassadaga is up next with an impressive 12 minute making of video supporting the film's DVD/BluRay release. Santos, hell, the entire crew, is shocked with the announcement of a remake of Starship Troopers - and just wait to hear the blasphemous spin they may be taking. Robocop has released a ton of images for the film which is giving some of the cast hope that the film may be good, but not everyone. Oh, Santos. Netflix is adding 47 new horror films to its roster and Dave has a few highlights.

 

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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