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Rot (2019)

TV-MA | | Drama, Horror | 7 October 2019 (USA)
A grad student breaks up with her boyfriend to focus on her thesis, not realizing something has infected him and that he's going to wreak havoc on her life.


Andrew Merrill


Andrew Merrill
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Credited cast:
Kris Alexandrea ... Madison
Daniel Amerman ... Malcom
McKale Jude Bingham ... Chrissy
Andre Bolourchi ... Jogger
Matthew Brady ... Grad Student
Adam Burch ... Alex
Linda Burzynski ... Night Nurse
William Castrogiovanni ... Taylor
Sara Young Chandler ... Nora
Tyrone Evans Clark ... Student
Steven Aaron Cohen Steven Aaron Cohen ... Brandon
Eileen Dietz ... Katherine
Joe Duffy ... Nursing Home Infected Residents
Matt Duran ... Office Admin
Jill Evyn ... Rachel


A grad student breaks up with her boyfriend to focus on her thesis, not realizing something has infected him and that he's going to wreak havoc on her life.

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Drama | Horror



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Original working title for this film was 'A Place Called Hell' until they could come up with a better title. They landed on 'Rot' five minutes before exporting the festival submission working cut of the film. See more »

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Rot is what this movie will do on the movie shelf far, far in the back...
19 September 2020 | by paul_haakonsenSee all my reviews

When I sat down to watch "Rot", I must admit that I had expected quite something else than what this movie turned out to be. And for a horror movie, I must say that "Rot" was a swing and a miss.

I am not really sure what writer and director Andrew Merrill tried to accomplish with the script and storyline for this movie, because it felt more like a collection of randomly shot sequences that were put into a pseudo-chronological fashion in order to make a movie. I can't claim to have been entertained by what the script turned out to be. In fact, I found it to be a random scrambled mess that lacked proper coherency.

The characters in the movie sort of faded into one another for me. I couldn't really differentiate between the characters, as they were lacking motivation, background, personality and traits. It just felt like I was watching a puppet show of people milling about randomly.

When I read the synopsis, I must admit that it sounded like this movie had the ingredients of being a movie that could be set in the early stages of a zombie outbreak. But turns out that it was nothing of the kind. In fact, I have honestly no clue what "Rot" turned out to be; aside from being a boring movie.

As for the acting performances in "Rot". Well, don't go expecting to be blown away by any up and coming grand performers here. This is by no means award-winning material. And I think that the actors and actresses were definitely hindered in performing properly given the fact that the script was just downright bad, and the characters were flaccid and lacking details.

I managed to sit through the entire ordeal up to the end, hoping that the movie would become better along the way. But it just never did that, and I was left unimpressed and unentertained. I am rating "Rot" a generous two out of ten stars, mostly because the production level of the movie was actually adequate.

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7 October 2019 (USA) See more »

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A Place Called Hell See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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