Certified Forgotten is a 60-minute biweekly horror movie podcast with a focus on underseen films. Hosts Matt Donato and Matt Monagle speak with creators, filmmakers, and critics about their lifelong relationships to the horror genre. Each episode also highlights another unique genre title with ten-or-fewer reviews on aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes.
Previous guests include April Wolfe (screenwriter, Black Christmas); Tyler MacIntyre (writer-director, Tragedy Girls); Brad Henderson (Acquisitions, Vinegar Syndrome); and Ariel Fisher (managing editor, Fangoria). Special episodes of Certified Forgotten have been included as part of the programming of the 2021 Reel Love Film Festival, the 2021 North Bend Film Festival, and the 2022 Brooklyn Horror Film Festival.
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CF60: Helter Skelter (w/ Tori Potenza)
What would you be willing to give up to be famous? That's the question at the heart of Mika Ninagawa's Helter Skelter, a 2012 horror film that would fit nicely alongside The Neon Demon on any film shelf. In this episode, the Matts are joined by horror critic Tori Potenza (@theneonbanshee) to discuss this gorgeous Japanese gem - currently streaming on the Internet Archive (!).
CF59: Scooby-Doo on Zombie Island (w/ Joseph Hernandez)
How can a celebrity pooch as popular as Scooby-Doo fit the Certified Forgotten criteria? That's what Brooklyn Horror and North Bend festival programmer Joseph Hernandez wants to know on this latest podcast episode. Join us as we talk about the life of a film festival curator, the rebirth of the Scooby-Doo franchise, and everyone's favorite cartoon ghost hunters!
CF58: The Devil’s Carnival (w/ BJ Colangelo)
While Darren Lynn Bousman might be best known for directing multiple Saw franchise entries, we're here to champion his indie horror musical about saints, sinners, and the shirking gap between them. The Matts are again joined by musical aficionado BJ Colangelo (This Ends At Prom) for a deep dive into the Vaudevillian carnival underworld known as The Devil's Carnival. Expect lots of horror musical chatter, gushing over devious rhythms, and an analysis of the religious commentary that pulsates through Bousman's production.
CF57: Entrance (w/ Jackson Stewart)
If there is a list of the best horror movies made for under $10,000, then Entrance must be high on that list. Directed by Patrick Horvath and Dallas Hallam, Entrance is a tour de force of indie filmmaking. And who better to champion independent horror than another independent horror director who's been in those same trenches? Join Jackson Stewart (Beyond the Gates) for a wide-discussion on voyeurism, Los Angeles, and the dancing, naked Chads of Friday the 13th: The Video Game fame.
CF56: Graveyard Shift (w/ Meg Shields)
Are you ready for our first Stephen King discussion on Certified Forgotten? We're signing up for the Graveyard Shift with Meg Shields (@TheWorstNun) to talk about rats, goop, and '90s horror decadence. Who knew commentaries about employee rights and corporate greed could be this bonkers?
CF55: Bit (w/ Harmony Colangelo)
2020 was a difficult year for film distribution, and no film suffered more than Brad Michael Elmore's Bit. Thankfully, erstwhile film critic and professional writer Harmony Colangelo (@veloci_trap_tor) will not let a pandemic overshadow one of the best vampire movies of the decade. In this week's episode, Harmony joins the Matts to talk vampire movies, Los Angeles lifestyles, and the right way to do trans representation in film.
A great podcast
Always a fun listen, & great recommendations!
Really interesting. You find lots of great horror recommendations. But I more enjoy the first half of the episode where they discuss the guest’s path to horror/film journalism.
Matt and Matt have come up with a great way to bring unseen horror movies to the masses. Love the show and the site!