ROT (2019) Reviews and overview of infection horror

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Rot is a 2019 American horror feature film about a grad student who breaks up with her boyfriend to focus on her thesis. Unfortunately, in the meantime, he has been infected with a rage virus and he begins to wreak havoc on her life.

Written, directed and edited by Andrew Merrill, the movie stars Kris Alexandrea, Johnny Kostrey, Johnny Uhorchuk and Kris Ann Russell. Produced by Beth Crudele.


“It’s an unnerving watch at times, and that’s something not enough horror films manage. Rot‘s indie feel might scare some viewers off, but horror fans should stick with it for its creepy set-pieces, weighty themes, and a finale that won’t be forgotten anytime soon. It’s a big one.” Film School Rejects

“Although Merrill tries to balance out the horror elements with the exploration of a relationship break-up going from bad to worse, he’s not entirely successful. It’s a script problem more than anything else though, and he does well to make up for that with some scenes that are so effectively creepy and disturbing, especially considering the fairly low budget.” For It Is Man’s Number

Rot focuses on its characters as much as the shocks and tension on display, much like other recent intimate horror films such as Perry Blackshear’s They Look Like People (2015) and The Siren (AKA The Rusalka; 2019), and David Marmor’s 1BR (2019). Viewers should find Rot to be a powerful new independent horror offering, and Merrill to be a captivating new voice in the genre.” The Scariest Things


The Horror Collective is distributing Rot exclusively via Amazon Prime. The film was released on November 19th 2020,

The Horror Collective’s Heidi Honeycutt commented: “Rot goes places only Cronenberg has dared to tread thus far. It’s an incredibly effective and shocking picture that horror fans are going to enjoy as they shiver.”

Main cast and characters (alphabetical):

Kris Alexandrea … Madison
Daniel Amerman … Malcolm
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 … Brandon
Eileen Dietz … Katherine
Joe Duffy … Nursing Home Infected Residents
Matt Duran … Office Admin
Jill Evyn … Rachel
David Alan Graf … Tom
Clay Keller … Hospice Nurse
Johnny Kostrey … JessePaul LeSchofs … Nurse Tim
David McGuire … Lucas
Michaela Reggio … Paige
Kris Ann Russell … Rose
Derek Schreck … Father
Tahryn Smith … Grace
Chris Stathis … Frank
Raymond-Kym Suttle … Professor
Rhandy Torres … Nurse
Johnny Uhorchuk … Aaron
Wendy … Vicky

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

92 minutes

Working title:

A Place Called Hell


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