Review of Castle Rock Season 2 episodes 1 – 5 on Gruesome Magazine 90

This week, the Grue-Crew explores the first five episodes of CASTLE ROCK season 2 available now on HULU. Straight out of the gate, Lizzy Caplan kills it as a young 30-something version of Annie (Misery) Wilkes as she and her daughter Joy (Elsie Fisher) end up in Castle Rock, Maine, as well as nearby Jerusalem’s Lot. And, wait-a-minute, did we just hear someone mention Derry? Whoa!

Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio. Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era. And Crystal Cleveland, the Livin6Dead6irl from Decades of Horror: 1980s share their thoughts about this week’s awesome collection of streaming horror films. Joining the crew this week is Horror News Radio co-host, Dave Dreher!

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 90
CASTLE ROCK SEASON 2 – Episodes 1 thru 5


Based on the stories of Stephen King, the series intertwines characters and themes from the fictional town of Castle Rock.

  • Director: Greg Yaintanes (1); Phil Abraham (2,4); Anne Sewitsky (3,5)
  • Cast:
  • Lizzy Caplan … Annie Wilkes
  • Elsie Fisher … Joy Wilkes
  • John Hoogenakker … Tall Man
  • Tim Robbins … Reginald ‘Pop’ Merrill
  • Paul Sparks … John ‘Ace’ Merrill
  • Barkhad Abdi … Abdi Howlwadaag
  • Abby Corrigan … Chance
  • Yusra Warsama … Dr. Nadia Howlwadaag

Release: Currently available on HULU




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.