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 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 […]

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[Podcast] Galaxy of Terror — Episode 84 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“Hell has just been relocated!” – the tagline for  Galaxy of Terror  is short and sweet, no where near as convoluted and odd as the film itself. The Roger Corman cult classic from director Bruce D. Clark features an extraordinary cast, including Robert Englund, Sid Haig, Ray Walston and Eric Moran, and a series of […]

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“Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows” (2016): A Rousing Crowd-pleaser, Fully Embracing the Wacky Nature of Its Source Material

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows has a spirit far closer to the cartoons and more mass marketing versions of TMNT than either the previous films and the comic itself. And for this, it profits in a big way. As a result, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows is a rousing […]

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[Podcast] X-Men: Apocalypse — Slasher — Episode 165 — Horror News Radio

Charles Xavier and Erik Lehnsherr return for another spin in Marvel’s X-Universe with X-MEN: APOCALYPSE. Bryan Singer directs another sequel featuring all your favorite merry mutants: Professor X (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender), Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence), Beast (Nicholas Hoult), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Havok (Lucas Till), Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee), […]

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[Podcast] Magic (1978) — Episode 36 — Decades of Horror 1970s

“Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto chango, and now he is me. Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun; we’re dead.” – the tagline for Magic  seeds the undercurrent of fear that permeates this classic and classy horror film from 1978. The film features a young, pre-Hannibal, Anthony Hopkins in two […]

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[Podcast] Altar — Preacher — Episode 164 — Horror News Radio

The Grue-crew are joined this week by Michael Steinberg, the owner of Found Footage Critic website and co-host of the Found Footage Files podcast. Michael brings a film with him for HNR to screen and review, the found footage flick from writer director  Matthew Sconce called ALTAR. The film starts of with a promising extended […]

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[Podcast] The Stuff — Episode 83 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“It’s smooth and creamy. It’s low calorie and delicious. And it kills. It’s The Stuff!” – the tagline for Larry Cohen’s cult classic from 1985, The Stuff, threatens in a heavy handed – but comically effective – manner. Following up his successful low budget horror films It’s Alive (1974) and Q (1982), Cohen once again […]

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[Podcast] The Darkness – Bite — Episode 163 — Horror News Radio

From the director of Wolf Creek and Rogue, comes THE DARKNESS a ghostly tale featuring Kevin Bacon, Radha Mitchell, David Mazouz and …wait for it… Paul Reiser! The film is a horrendous flop forcing The Black Saint, Doc Rotten and Thomas Mariani to search long and hard for anything…seriously, anything…positive to say about the feature […]

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[Podcast] Captain America: Civil War — Episode 162 — Horror News Radio

It’s hero against hero in Marvel’s CAPTAIN AMERICA: CIVIL WAR as the star spangled hero,  Steve Rogers,  goes up against Tony Stark (Iron Man) over the Sokovia Accords  as the future of the Avengers hangs in the balance. The Grue-crew welcome artist Chad Hunt and award winning filmmaker Christopher G. Moore to the show to […]

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[Podcast] The Fury (1978) — Episode 35 — Decades of Horror 1970s

“I killed her. I knew I would, the first time I said ‘Hello’.” – the tagline for The Fury  masks the madness that is master director Brian DePalma’s often overlooked film released following his massive hit Carrie. All the DePalma signature moves are on display and the blood runs gruesome red, just ask John Cassevettes. […]

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[Podcast] Bride of the Reanimator — Episode 82 — Decades of Horror 1980s

“I created what no man’s mind nor woman’s womb could ever hope to achieve.” – Dr.  Herbert West (Jeffrey Combs) returns for  Bride of the Re-Animator  as he and Dr. Dan Cain (Bruce Abbott) return Miskatonic University Hospital to further explore their terrifying experiments with reanimating the dead. Thomas Mariani  and Doc Rotten tackle another […]

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“Captain America: Civil War” (2016): The Pinnacle of Super Hero Cinema, An Entertaining and Satisfying Masterpeice

With Captain America: Civil War, the Russo Brothers have raised the bar with comic book adaptations and summer tent pole superhero films for the foreseeable future. Their extraordinarily satisfying effort pitting Steve Rogers, Captain America, against his friend and follow hero Tony Stark, Iron Man, is a multi-layered, high energy, emotionally sound and politically entwined […]