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Dead & Rotting (2002)

Three prankster buddies release the wrath of an aged witch, Abigail, when they unwittingly become accomplices to the murder of her son. Scheming in anger, the witch seduces the three ... See full summary »

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Hollis
Tom Hoover ...
J.B.
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Young Abi
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Eric
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Asher
Barbara Katz-Norrod ...
Abigail
Christopher Suciu ...
Pox
Beth Biasella ...
Waitress
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Rose
Jeff Sisson ...
'Somebody Egged Your Truck' Guy / Ghoul / Fake Shemp (as Jeffrey 'V.J.' Sisson)
Michael C. Edwards ...
Bar Patron
David Greathouse ...
Bar Patron / Ghoul / Fake Shemp
George Peyton ...
Bar Patron
Nathan Brent Cole ...
Bar Patron
Brad Cain ...
Bar Patron
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Three prankster buddies release the wrath of an aged witch, Abigail, when they unwittingly become accomplices to the murder of her son. Scheming in anger, the witch seduces the three friends and then uses the men's own ill-born spawn to destroy them. Death and rot are left in the wake... Written by David P. Barton director, DEAD & ROTTING

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Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for violence/gore, language and sexuality

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$40,000 (estimated)
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According to Douglas Snauffer, his shared screenwriters credit on this movie was primarily contractual. He was hired to write an early draft of the script, but most of his material was discarded by director David P. Barton. "Dave had a very strong vision of where he wanted this movie to go," Snauffer has stated, "and he is a very capable writer. Dave did a great job of making the movie he wanted to make, and he deserves the credit for his work." See more »

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[repeated line, chanted by all the zombies]
Abi's Victims: Do you know what happens when you're dead and rotting? Your flesh turns putrid and your clothes start spotting. Your belly bloats up, your guts turn to chum, your eyeballs turn purple like overripe plums. Your skin turns black with a putrefaction gleam, pus drips from your pores like whipping cream. Yes, it's no fun being rotting and dead. It's no fun at all; enough has been said.
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Crazy Credits

No cats, ghouls or homunculi were harmed in the production of this motion picture. See more »

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Featured in Something to Scream About (2003) See more »

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Spectral Mist
Produced by Midnight Syndicate
Courtesy of Linfaldia Records (BMI)
© 2000 E. Douglas
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Huh...what a pleasant surprise.
24 May 2003 | by (Northbrook, IL, USA) – See all my reviews

The fact that so many people seem to hate this movie only strengthens my theory that a majority of horror fans want only two things. The first is lots and lots of blood, violence and gore. Some people have a real bloodlust. The other thing they are looking for is plenty of hot naked chicks.

In my humble opinion, I think Nathan Shumate did an insightful review of this film on the Cold Fusion website. The budget limitations of "Dead & Rotting" have virtually no effect on its final appearance. Even with more money, I think that whatever David Barton came up with would have appeared quite similar to what this one looked like.

The pleasant surprise was the high level of acting. I always thought there was some unwritten law that you had to cast wooden and completely untalented college kids in low budget horror movies. That's not the case here. Barbara Katz-Norrod did a stunning job as the witch and I don't think that Debbie Rochon has ever been better in her whole career. All three male leads also appeared to be quite at ease in front of the camera.

That's not to say there aren't problems. I don't want to give anything away, but "Dead & Rotting" went into a freefall for the last fifteen minutes or so. I was tremendously disappointed at how conventional and predictable the ending was. The movie had seemed a lot fresher before it fell back on horror movie cliches to resolve the main conflict.

As an overall movie, "Dead & Rotting" is rather entertaining and I would go so far as to call it a hidden gem as far as low budget horror goes. General Movie Rating: 5/10 Low Budget Horror Rating: 8/10


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