[Podcast] Summer of 84 – What Still Remains – Face of Evil – Episode 32 – Gruesome Magazine

This week, the Grue-Crew follow an army veteran into an apocalyptic nightmare, struggle along with a sole survivor in the harrowing wilderness, and ride along with a group of teenage super-sleuths  looking to reveal a killer in their neighborhood. First up is the rogue zombie-ish film  Face of Evil  from director Vito Dinatolo, featuring Scott Baxter as an Army veteran suffering from PTSD with a supernatural twist. The second film, What Still Remains  from director Josh Mendoza, provides a completely different take on the zombie apocalypse film where the humans are truly the monsters roaming the hillside. Rounding out the show is the spectacular coming of age film Summer of 84  from directors François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell featuring a young cast hellbent on proving their neighbor is actually a serial killer. 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 Era are joined by Rafe Telsch and Vanessa Thompson.  

Gruesome Magazine Podcast – Episode 032
Summer of 84 – What Still Remains   – Face of Evil


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A war vet returns home, but a mysterious epidemic breaks out and infects his friends… The nightmare has just begun.

“Personally, I was extremely offended by this movie. … it’s so disrespectful to me in the way this particular topic was handled.” – Vanessa

“… the actor that portrayed Sarge entertained me greatly …” – Rafe

“The sequence of events is too wacky to be real and but not surrealistic enough to be a nightmare or a hallucination.” – Jeff

“It’s a little bit of a sloppy, wobbly movie. I enjoyed it more on its intention than its execution.” – Doc

Director: Vito Dinatolo
Cast: Scott Baxter, Chad Bishop, Jamie Bernadette

Horror icon Jamie Bernadette stars in  Face  of  Evil, now available on VOD and DVD from Gravitas Ventures.


After the loss of her family, a young woman struggles to survive in a world long-since destroyed by disease; but when a lonely traveler offers her a place in his community, she must decide if the promise of a better life is worth the risk of trusting him.

“The cinematography is gorgeous. The set dressing is gorgeous. This world feels lived in and it feels twenty years removed from the society that we have.” – Rafe

“I was with Anna (Lulu Antariksa) the whole way, being cautious with Peter (Colin O’Donoghue) while trying to figure out just exactly what was going on. What was his true motive and true character and what his community was going to be like? I was intrigued with that.” – Jeff

“The acting and the cinematography are fantastic.” – Doc

Director: Josh Mendoza
Cast: Lulu Antariksa, Colin O’Donoghue, Mimi Rogers

WHAT STILL REMAINS will open in cinemas on August 10th and on VOD nationwide on August 14th, 2018.


After suspecting that their police officer neighbor is a serial killer, a group of teenage friends spends their summer spying on him and gathering evidence, but as they get closer to discovering the truth, things get dangerous.

“Now this is a really good movie! There is no way you could watch this movie and not enjoy it. It is nostalgia on high. I just fell in love with this Summer of 84.” – Vanessa

“I loved the feel and the nostalgia of Summer of 84.” – Jeff

“There are some incredibly chilling scenes that were bold moves in my opinion and left me kind of rattled at the end of the film.” – Doc

Director: François Simard, Anouk Whissell, Yoann-Karl Whissell
Cast: Graham Verchere, Judah Lewis, Caleb Emery

The film made its World Premiere earlier this year  at the  Sundance Film Festival and will be released  in theaters on  August 10, 2018,  and available on VOD and Digital HD on  August 24, 2018.


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.