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.
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“The Wailing” (Fantasia 2016): A Visually and Emotionally Stunning Blend of Horror Subgenres

The Wailing (Goksung) (Fantasia 2016) is the latest film from award-winning Korean writer/director Na Hong-jin and can bee seen at the 2016 Fantasia International Film Festival in Toronto, Canada. Na’s previous films, The Chaser (Chugyeogja) (2008) and The Yellow Sea (Hwanghae) (2010) are well-received crime thrillers. For The Wailing, the director  moves from the crime […]

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“Ghostbusters” (2016): It’s Time to Get Slimed Again

Ghostbusters is a flawed spectacle of incredibly fun highs and inexcusable, boring lows. The film is all over the place, struggling to maintain a focused tone and concise direction. The film succeeds on pure chemistry and wizardry alone. Director Paul Feig is fortunate to have terrific casts in his films, Ghostbusters is not different. The […]

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[Podcast] Carnage Park — Episode 171 — Horror News Radio

On this episode of Horror News Radio, Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani follow Scorpion Joe into Carnage Park. The latest film from director Mickey Keating  brings a solid 70’s grindhouse flavor and great performances from Ashley Bell, Pat Healy and Alan Ruck. The film is tense with a fast pace and quickly puts Keating on […]

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[Podcast] Dead and Buried — Episode 86 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“Welcome to Potter’s Bluff” – the tagline for  Dead and Buried  hides the horror behind an innocuous invitation. Once you arrive to this coastal town, the horror soon begins with one of the more underrated horror films from 1981. Thomas Mariani, Doc Rotten and Christopher G. Moore tackle another gruesome  horror film from the 1980s. […]

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[Podcast] The Purge: Election Year — Swiss Army Man — Episode 170 — Horror News Radio

Leo Barnes (Frank Grillo) and Dante Bishop (Edwin Hodge) are back again to survive another night of murder and mayhem with The Purge: Election Year. This year, Leo must save Senator Charlie Roan (Elizabeth Mitchell) from the killers sent to assassinate her on purge night. Director James DeMonaco proves “three times a charm” with the […]

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“The BFG” (2016): Steven Spielberg Books a Magical Trip to Giant Country

Disney and Steven Spielberg team up to bring Roald Dahl’s giant-filled fantasy adventure,  The BFG, to the big screen in a huge way. The film is beautiful,  magical, wonderfully realized and full of heart and humor. No one can bring child-like wonder and fun to theaters like Spielberg can. He adapts his signature touch to […]

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[Podcast] The Shallows — Neon Demon — Episode 169 — Horror News Radio

Not many shark films can stand beside Jaws as a great film featuring a killer great white or his finned friends. The Grue-crew wade out to the theaters this weekend to determine if THE SHALLOWS from director  Jaume Collet-Serra can claim one of those coveted positions. All indications are that Blake Lively and cinematographer  Flavio […]

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[Podcast] Clown — Episode 168 — Horror News Radio

The Grue-crew gather to take a look at the long delayed US release of the Eli Roth produced flick, CLOWN. The film is from director Jon Watts and features Andy Powers (check out the Gruesome Magazine Interview here), Laura Allan and Peter Stromare. Watts, who also directed Cop Car which Thomas discussed on HNR episode […]

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[Podcast] Demons — Episode 85 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“They will make cemeteries their cathedrals and the cities will be your tombs.” – the tagline for  Demons  only begins to hint at the bizarre story behind Lamberto Bava’s creature feature described in another tagline as “an Orgy of Bloodshed.” All the characteristics of 80s Italian horror films are here: a cast of unusual characters, […]

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[Podcast] The Conjuring 2 — Warcraft — Episode 167 — Horror News Radio

For most of the podcast, the Grue-crew – along with guest-host Christopher G. Moore – shares their love for the  hit summer horror film of 2106, The Conjuring 2. James Wan returns to the genre to give fans one of the better horror films of past few decades. The film is full of startling images, […]

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“Warcraft” (2016): Big Budget CG Cannot Save The Film From Bad Dialog and Wooden Acting

Warcraft is a curious, if disparaging, statement on modern studio filmmaking, prophesying that the future of summer, big budget, event films is in dire jeopardy. The film contains well crafted CG effects and fully realized worlds of imagination and splendor. The creativity that is found in the designs and execution of the orcs, creatures and […]

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“The Conjuring 2” (2016): James Wan’s Confident, Extraordinary, Scary-as-Hell Love Letter to the Horror Genre

The Conjuring 2 is exactly what the genre needs. It is James Wan‘s fright-filled love letter to horror cinema and fans. It is also his best cinematic achievement yet and his most completely and thoroughly frightening film. Somehow, without an ounce of blood, without a body count to speak of, without dialog filled with profanity […]

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[Podcast] Outcast — Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Darkness — Episode 166 — Horror News Radio

Robert Kirkman  (The Walking Dead) returns to TV with another adaptation of one of his comic book horror series properties. Airing on Cinemax is OUTCAST, a tale of Kyle Barnes dealing with his encounters with the supernatural. Fan favorite director, Adam Wingard (You’re Next, The Guest), helms the pilot episode “A Darkness Surrounds Him.” The […]