Review of Shazam! on Horror News Radio

Join Doc Rotten and Vanessa Thompson for a quick review of the super hero sensation SHAZAM! And, by “quick review”, we mean 45 minutes of joyful discussion all things DC’s “Captain Marvel.” The film is directed by horror director David F. Sandberg who previously handled directing chores on LIGHTS OUT and ANNABELLE: CREATION. So, how does he handle a superhero film? Let’s just say, “As well as James Wan!”

The review is mostly spoiler free until the end where we dive feet first into all the spoilers after a “spoiler warning.” Let us know what you think of SHAZAM! in the show note or by reaching out to


We all have a superhero inside us, it just takes a bit of magic to bring it out. In Billy Batson’s case, by shouting out one word – SHAZAM! – this streetwise fourteen-year-old foster kid can turn into the adult superhero Shazam.

  • Director: David F. Sandberg
  • Writers: Henry Gayden (screenplay by), Henry Gayden (story by)
  • Cast:
    • Zachary Levi … Shazam
    • Djimon Hounsou … The Wizard Shazam
    • Mark Strong … Dr. Thaddeus Sivana
    • Jack Dylan Grazer … Freddy Freeman
    • Asher Angel … Billy Batson
    • Marta Milans … Rosa Vasquez
    • Grace Fulton … Mary Bromfield
    • Stephannie Hawkins … Bus Passenger #6
    • Cooper Andrews … Victor Vasquez
    • Lovina Yavari … Store Clerk
    • Natalia Safran … Mrs. Sivana
    • John Glover … Sivana’s Father
    • Caroline Palmer … Billy’s Mom
    • Faithe Herman … Darla Dudley
    • Ian Chen … Eugene Choi

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.