[Podcast] The Rizen – Cannibal Farm – The Dark Military – Desolation – Pottersville – Episode 1 – Gruesome Magazine

Welcome to the Gruesome Magazine Podcast where a vigilant team of the Grue-Crew tackle the latest VOD, streaming, and independent releases for the week. The hunt is on for the diamond in the rough. Doc Rotten from Horror News Radio and Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic are joined by Rafe Telsch and Vanessa Thompson. For the opening episode, the crew dive into five new releases. First up is The Rizen from director  Matt Mitchell where “the government’s darkest secrets have just escaped” and lead  Laura Swift must survive the nightmare. Up next is The Dark Military from director  Loren W. Lepre where a group must live long enough to escape a  real-life survival game. “Never Go Off the Trail” threatens the tagline for Desolation from director  Sam Patton. With Cannibal Farm “All You Can Do Is Run” – the film is directed by  Charlie Steeds. The Netflix Movie of the Week is the fantasy comedy Pottersville from director  Seth Henrikson.

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 001
The Rizen – The Dark Military – Desolation – Cannibal Farm – Pottersville

The Rizen

A door to unspeakable horror opens this January. Laura Swift (The Snowman), Sally Phillips (the Bridget Jones series), Bruce Payne (Warlock III, Passenger 57), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Lucy), Tom Goodman Hill (Everest) and The Young Ones’ Adrian Edmondson star in writer-director Matt Mitchell’s “fast-paced and thoroughly entertaining”* action-horror The Rizen, invading VOD this January from Uncork’d Entertainment. The year is 1955. NATO and the Allied Forces have been conducting secret, occult experiments in a bid to win the Arms Race. They have finally succeeded, but what they have unleashed could tear our world apart. Now one woman must lead the only other two survivors past faceless horrors that threaten to kill or capture them at every turn. They are the only ones left who can fight to close a door that should never have been opened. The Rizen available on VOD January 2 from Uncork’d Entertainment.

  • d. Matt Mitchell
  • cast. Adrian Edmondson, Bruce Payne, Sally Phillips

The Dark Military

What if a webcast, LIVE on Halloween, turned out to be a real-life survival game? What if the people hunting them are a rogue military? What if all eyes from the around the world are tuned in, and with a short window of time, officials need to find out where this broadcast is taking place? With all of the technology taken away from the young adults to slow down any rescue team from finding them, they find themselves with no weapons to defend themselves. Can they be found in time, as the world watches on?

  • d. Loren W. Lepre
  • cast.Tony Angelo, Darrin Archer, Joe Barlam



A mother takes her son and her best friend on a trip into the remote wilderness to scatter his father’s ashes; they must confront their fears when a lone hiker begins following them.

  • d. Sam Patton – w/ Matt Anderson, Michael Larson-Kangas
  • cast. Toby Nichols, Jaimi Paige, Alyshia Ochse

Cannibal Farm

Even Leatherface runs at the sight of Hunt Hansen and his Chainsaw! Scare season starts early in 2018 with High Octane Pictures’ Cannibal Farm, open for slicing and dicing from January 2! From filmmaker Charlie Steeds and starring Kate Marie Davies, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik, Rowena Bentley, Toby Wynn-Davies, and Peter Cosgrove, a terrifying, bloody lattice of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and two gallons of two-stroke! The Harver family head out on an idyllic summer camping trip where they can bury past tensions and enjoy some family bonding. But when their camp is sabotaged by an unseen intruder in the night, they head to the nearby creepy old farm desperate for help, where vengeful farmer Hunt Hansen and his hideously deformed son aren’t farming animals… This January, fight to survive or get eaten alive! Cannibal Farm on VOD January 2 from High Octane Pictures.

  • d. Charlie Steeds
  • cast. Kate Davies-Speak, Barrington De La Roche, David Lenik


Netflix choice of the week: The plot centers on Maynard (Shannon), a beloved local businessman who is mistaken for the legendary Bigfoot during an inebriated romp through town in a makeshift gorilla costume. The sightings set off an international Bigfoot media spectacle and a windfall of tourism dollars for a simple American town hit by hard times.

  • d. Seth Henrikson w/ Daniel Meyer
  • cast. Michael Shannon, Judy Greer, Ron Perlman, Christina Hendricks, Thomas Lennon, Ian McShane


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.