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Gruesome Magazine - Horror Movie Reviews and Interviews

Jan 16, 2019

This week, the Grue-Crew take a look at films streaming on NETFLIX and SHUDDER. The first film this week is COLD SKIN from director Xavier Gens, featuring a scientist heading to a remote island to study weather but instead discovers an inhuman race of creatures. The second film is BIRD BOX from director Susanne Bier, featuring a woman struggling with becoming a mother when the apocalypse strikes.  Doc Rotten and Vanessa Thompson from Horror News Radio along with Jeff Mohr from Decades of Horror: The Classic Era share their thoughts about this week's awesome collection of streaming horror films.

Gruesome Magazine Podcast - Episode 050


In 1914, a young man arrives at a remote island near the Antarctic Circle to take the post of weather observer only to find himself trapped in a watchtower besieged by deadly creatures which live in hiding on the island.

"[Cold Skin] felt so much like a good turn of the century novel. You have the protagonist as the narrator of his own sort of memoir and it has that kind of Lovecraft, Edgar Allan Poe feel." - Vanessa

"[Cold Skin] raises a lot of issues about how we treat others who are different from us.." - Jeff

"There were moments in [Cold Skin] I thought were really strong. Most of them involve 'Friend' and the creatures when he is learning about them or becoming close to them." - Doc

Director: Xavier Gens
Cast: Ray Stevenson, David Oakes, Aura Garrido

Release: Currently Available on Shudder.


Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a mother and her two children make a desperate bid to reach safety.

"I really enjoyed the story. I enjoyed the way the different characters play against each other. There are a couple of things that I was, ‘Eh,’ but overall, I have to say I’m on the side of the people that really enjoyed the movie." - Vanessa

"[Bird Box] has a substantial amount of depth to it … I really enjoy her (Sandra Bullock's character) story arc. I really dig this movie." - Rafe

"I thought it was the story of Mallory’s evolution
(Sandra Bullock’s character) . I’ll admit it. I cried at the end." - Jeff

"The cast is phenomenal!" - Doc

Director: Susanne Bier
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Trevatne Rhodes, John Malkovich, Sarah Paulson, Jacki Weaver

Release: Currently Available on NETFLIX