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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[CONTEST] “THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE SIXTH SEASON” BLU-RAY GIVEAWAY FROM ANCHOR BAY ENTERTAINMENT

Horror News Radio and Gruesome Magazine are teaming up with Anchor Bay Entertainment to provide the perfect horror TV  fan giveaway with THE WALKING DEAD: THE COMPLETE SIXTH  SEASON  Blu-Ray.  The Blu-ray  release of the hit AMC horror television show  The Walking Dead  sixth  season hits the streets on August  23, 2016. You can easily […]

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[Podcast] The Wailing — Sammie Cassell The Comic Book Man — Episode 002 — HNR EXTRA

Each year the Fantasia International Film Festival descends upon  Montreal, Quebec, Canada, providing genre fans with a copious amount of films, feature length and short films alike. This year Gruesome Magazine will be covering a number of the films being presented at the 2016 festival. Tonight, Paul Cardullo joins Doc Rotten to discuss one of […]

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[Podcast] Return of the Living Dead (1985) — Episode 87 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“Do you ever fantasize about being killed? Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying you know, violently, and wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die?” – Trash’s quote within  Return of the Living Dead  sets the tone for the film, exposes what to expect and is the […]

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[Podcast] Lights Out — Star Trek Beyond — Episode 173 — Horror News Radio

On this episode the Grue-crew examine  director  David F. Sandberg’s feature length debut Lights Out. The film, described as Jump Scare: The Movie by Thomas Mariani, is expanded from its short film origins by  Eric Heisserer to tell the tale of Diana and Sophie as they haunt the lives of  Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman. […]

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[Podcast] SDCC Genre News — Episode 001 — HNR EXTRA

Welcome to Horror News Radio Extra, a second HNR podcast each with with festival reviews and convention news. The first episode is our annual recapping of the biggest news from the San Diego International Comic Con held July 21-24, 2016. Originally a comic book convention, the event grew to include and spotlight media from all […]

Film Festivals Gruesome Reviews

“White Coffin” (Fantasia 2016): A Mother’s Desperation Turns to Horror in this Argentine Gem

In the States, few horror fans have heard the name Daniel de la Vega (Necrophobia). Thanks to the Fantasia International Film Festival in Montreal, horror fans venturing across the Northern borders are discovering his post-retro style with his latest offering White Coffin. The Argentine director has a lot to offer horror fans. His style is […]

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“The Inerasable” (Fantasia 2016): Ghost Story With Interesting Structure Hindered By a Loss of Focus

Every place where people live has a history, and events from that history can affect those living there today. Director Nakamura Yoshihiro and screenwriter Suzuki Kenichi take that premise and add a ghostly spin to it in The Inerasable (Zange: Sunde wa ikenai heya) (2015 / Fantasia 2016), which can bee seen at the 2016 […]

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[Podcast] Day of the Animals (1977) — Episode 38 — Decades of Horror 1970s

“For centuries they were hunted for bounty, fun and food… now it’s their turn” – the tagline for Day of the Animals  only hints at the madness hidden just below the surface of William Girdler’s often overlooked Nature Runs Amok classic. The film features Christopher George, Lynda Day George and Richard Jaeckel in lead roles […]

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[Podcast] Ghostbusters – Stranger Things – Episode 172 – Horror News Radio

On this episode of Horror News Radio, the Grue Crew  try not to cross the streams as they review Ghostbusters (2016). The latest film from director Paul Feig  brings back the beloved property in a reboot fashion with females donning the proton packs and jumpsuits this time. Then, they discuss the Stephen King/Steven Spielberg/John Carpenter/Generally […]

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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 […]