Dead & Rotting Release Date: 3 February 2002 (USA) Genre: Horror | Mystery Director: David P. Barton Writers: David P. Barton & Douglas Snauffer (Killjoy 2, Witchouse 2) Starring: Debbie Rochon, Trent Haaga Once upon a time, Full Moon Entertainment was on the top of world. Paramount Pictures loved them. Charles Band was putting up […]

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Dead & Rotting
Release Date: 3 February 2002 (USA)
Genre: Horror | Mystery
Director: David P. Barton
Writers: David P. Barton & Douglas Snauffer (Killjoy 2, Witchouse 2)
Starring: Debbie Rochon, Trent Haaga

Once upon a time, Full Moon Entertainment was on the top of world. Paramount Pictures loved them. Charles Band was putting up hundreds of thousands of dollars for his movies, and thanks to the hot home video market, he pulled in a profit. When Paramount cut him off, though, Band’s ambition disappeared along with any hope for well-budgeted releases. Before reaching an all-time low with his 2004 Full Moon compilation videos, Band pretty much handed control of his company’s output to production outfit Tempe Entertainment for a period of time. The business practices while with Tempe were characteristic of Band to say the least.

Full Moon wanted Tempe to make one movie a month. That would not just be filming. That would include the initial story, writing the script, rewrites, filming, and editing, all in one month. These movies would typically be filmed in one week with budgets in the mid-ten thousands.

So it should come as no surprise that a lot of these movies aren’t all that great. Hell, Killjoy 2 came out of this period of filmmaking. There were quite a few gems to come out as well, though. One of them was Dead & Rotting. While still far from a quality picture, Dead & Rotting is not absolute trash like many Tempe-Full Moon movies were.

Three asshole buddies unleash the wrath of a witch when they accidentally send her mentally imbalanced son to an early grave. Reciting a fun little song that mentions that they’ll be dead and rotting soon enough, the witch curses the three men. But this plot point is not the most important, as it’s pushed to the side soon enough. The main story in this seventy-two minute feature is instead the witch transforming herself to scream queen Debbie Rochon. From there, she seduces them, using their discarded sperm to, well, create creatures that come to get them.

Yeah, it’s not rocket science or anything. This low budget picture is made with its tongue firmly implanted in its cheek. Combining that with its incredibly short creation time and the fact that Trent Haaga and Debbie Rochon are great here, it becomes really hard to truly criticize it.

Not the most entertaining movie ever, but genre fans will enjoy it.
DVD: I watched the extraless version that was included next to Stitches on a DVD made for the rental market. Shadow Entertainment, however, has put out an extra-filled Special Edition.

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