Bird Box – Cold Skin – Episode 50 – Gruesome Magazine

This week, the Grue-Crew take a look at films streaming on NETFLIX and SHUDDER. The first film this week is COLD SKIN from director Xavier Gens, featuring a scientist heading to a remote island to study weather but instead discovers an inhuman race of creatures. The second film is BIRD BOX from director Susanne Bier, featuring a woman struggling with becoming a mother when the apocalypse strikes.  Doc Rotten and Vanessa Thompson from Horror News Radio along with Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era share their thoughts about this week’s awesome collection of streaming horror films.

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 050


In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find himself trapped in a watchtower besieged by deadly creatures which live in hiding on the island.

“[Cold Skin] felt so much like a good turn of the century novel. You have the protagonist as the narrator of his own sort of memoir and it has that kind of Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe feel.” – Vanessa

“[Cold Skin] raises a lot of issues about how we treat others who are different from us..” – Jeff

“There were moments in [Cold Skin] I thought were really strong. Most of them involve ‘Friend’ and the creatures when he is learning about them or becoming close to them.” – Doc

Director: Xavier Gens
Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido

Release: Currently Available on Shudder.


Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

“I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the way the different characters play against each other. There are a couple of things that I was, ‘Eh,’ but overall, I have to say I’m on the side of the people that really enjoyed the movie.” – Vanessa

“[Bird Box] has a substantial amount of depth to it … I really enjoy her (Sandra Bullock’s character) story arc. I really dig this movie.” – Rafe

“I thought it was the story of Mallory’s evolution
(Sandra Bullock’s character) . I’ll admit it. I cried at the end.” – Jeff

“The cast is phenomenal!” – Doc

Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevatne Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver

Release: Currently Available on NETFLIX

Doc Rotten
Editor-In-Chief / Founder / Podcast Producer at Horror News Radio
Doc Rotten is the founder of Gruesome Magazine. He is also a film critic for Gruesome Magazine and the podcast host & producer for Horror News Radio, Monster Movie Podcast, Decades of Horror: 1970s, The American Horror Story Fan Podcast and Hannibal Fan Podcast. He is also co-host of the Dracula podcast on TV TALK and is a contributing reviewer for HorrorNews.Net and Widescreen Warrior.

Doc a lifelong fan of horror films, sci-fi flicks and monster movies first discovering Universal Monsters and Planet of the Apes as a young child in the 1970's searching out every issue of Famous Monster of Filmland (and, later, Fangoria). Favorite films include Jaws, The Car, The Birds, The Tingler, Vampire Circus and The Exorcist. Still a huge fan of horror films from the 70s, Doc continues consuming horror films to this day for the site, for the podcasts and for the fun of it all.