Reviews of THE HAUNTED and THE CANDY WITCH on Gruesome Magazine 117

This week, the Grue-Crew explores the supernatural with a pair of films where vengeful spirits look for souls to steal. The first film this week, THE CANDY WITCH from director Rebecca Matthews, follows a pair of ghost hunters who hope to save a family from the ghost of a vicious witch. The second film, THE HAUNTED from director David Holroyd, follows a young caregiver who encounters a restless spirit chasing her through the night.

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 117


The Candy Witch seeks vengeance on the wealthy family that wronged her.

  • Director: Rebecca Matthews
  • Cast: Jon Callaway, Abi Casson Thompson, Kate Lush

Release: The Candy Witch serves up sweet death June 9 on DVD and Digital from Uncork’d Entertainment.


Emily arrives for her first night-shift as a caregiver, to an elderly dementia patient. In an isolated house, her night turns into a nightmare as she is tormented by a vengeful spirit, and starts to uncover the house’s dark secrets.

  • Director: David Holroyd
  • Cast: Nick Bayly, Maggie Daniels, Virginia Denham





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.