Reviews of WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS and POOKA LIVES on Gruesome Magazine 110

This week, the Grue-Crew review a pair of films that take “darkness” into two different but similar genre directions. The first film this week, INTO THE DARK: POOKA LIVES! from director Alejandro Brugués, follows a Pooka, a viral sensation that leads to horrific results. The second film, WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS from director Marc Meyers, follows two sets of friends who suspect the others may be cult killers in disguise.

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 110


In Pooka Lives, a group of thirty-something friends from high-school create their own Creepypasta about Pooka for laughs, but are shocked when it becomes so viral on the Internet that it actually manifests more murderous versions of the creature.

  • Director: Alejandro Brugués
  • Cast: Malcolm Barrett, Lyndie Greenwood, Jonah Ray

Release: Into The Dark: Pooka Lives premieres April 3, 2020, on HULU


Set in the Midwest against a backdrop involving a killing spree thought to be orchestrated by a satanic cult. Three best friends embark on a road trip to a heavy-metal show, where they bond with three aspiring musicians and head off to one of the girls’ country home for an after party. A night of fun and youthful debauchery takes a deadly turn as bodies begin to pile up, with each side thinking the other hides the killer.

  • Director: Marc Meyers
  • Cast: Alexandra Daddario, Johnny Knoxville, Keean Johnson

Release: VOD and Digital HD on April 10, 2020




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.