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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CF72: Last Shift (w/ Rachel Reeves)
If you're like us, you were probably surprised to find out that Anthony DiBlasi's Last Shift has less than 10 reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. But despite being one of the formative indie horror releases of the 2010s, it turns out that Last Shift falls prey to many of the same challenges faced by other indie horror titles. Join the Matts and special guest Rachel Reeves (@VinylGrrrl) as we discuss the beautiful alchemy of sound design and cinematography that caused this movie to turn heads -- and inspired DiBlasi to remake his own film nearly a decade later.
CF71: From a Whisper to a Scream (w/ Scott Drebit)
Horror anthologies are a mixed bag by nature, which makes them a harder sell to audiences. No one knows this better than our latest guest, a Canadian import who you've heard and read on Daily Dead, Scott Drebit. He wrote the book on underseen horror (literally), and is bringing us an 80s horror anthology that hopefully will have more of you reaching for the subgenre after another splendid Certified Forgotten conversation.
CF70: Urban Legends: Bloody Mary (w/ Kim Morrison)
Direct-to-video horror sequels aren't exactly known for their staying power, but then again, most direct-to-video horror movies aren't directed by horror royalty Mary Lambert (Pet Sematary). In this episode of the podcast, The Matts are joined by Kim Morrison to discuss rape-revenge horror, parenting, and the dangers of CGI spiders.
CF69: Pin (w/ Drew Dietsch)
Here at Certified Forgotten, we've seen some shit. Our guests love bringing us challenging genre films with varying amounts of "weird" and "obscure." Enter our guest Drew Dietsch and this week's focal title, 1988's Pin. You know, the one with a sexualized medical dummy who can "talk" and encourage murder? From Canada with love, baby.
CF68: The Final Terror (w/ C. Robert Cargill)
Before he earned accolades for directing The Fugitive - hell, before he turned the heads of action fans with Steven Seagal's Under Siege, director Andrew Davis directed a 1983 low-budget wilderness slasher called The Final Terror. In this episode of Certified Forgotten, the Matts talk with novelist and screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (Sinister, The Black Phone) about the challenges of leaving film criticism and the power of becoming a full-time storyteller.
CF67: Santa Jaws (w/ Michael Varrati)
If we've learned nothing over the past few weeks, it's that the ocean is a dark and terrifying place, home to crushing depths, revenge-fueled killer whales, and.... Santa Jaws?! That's right, in this week's episode, we're celebrating Christmas in June with screenwriter Michael Varrati (The Boulet Brothers' Dragula, Christmas With You) and discussing Misty Talley's Christmas cult classic, Santa Jaws.
This podcast is very good and I've found a whole buncha great movies because of it
High Level of Quality
I can’t say enough good things about the skillfulness of these hosts. They facilitate their guest’s contributions with a lot of thoughtfulness and respect. Their own contributions are informed and illuminating. I always learn something when I listen to CF, not just about the movie, not just about the guest, but about writing and moviemaking.
A+ Horror podcast
In the past year I’ve gotten into podcasts. So far I’ve listened to 41 episodes of this podcast & I must say I love it. I can’t say anything bad about it. I’m to the point that I feel like the two Matt’s are now friends of mine. Lol. I like the honesty of the cast & their guests always are great. I’m following a lot of them on Twitter now. If you are a horror fan & think you might have missed out on some gems check out this podcast! I’ve watched a few of the movies they have recommended & I’ve agreed with almost all of their reviews. Check em out. Highly recommended.