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On this episode of the cast, we chat with filmmaker Rocko Zevenbergen about his trippy, truly unique debut feature “I Need You Dead!”


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NHE host Scott Murphy chats to writer/director Rocko Zevenbergen about his debut feature I Need You Dead! — a meta psychedelic psychological horror that, we are relatively confident in stating, is quite unlike anything you have seen before (even if there are some familiar elements to it).

In the interview (beginning at 1:52), Rocko tells how with his debut feature he wanted to make something that goes beyond emulating the things he loves and how the story came out of his own experiences with depression. He also talks about why he ended up scrapping the original ending, how he was concerned that audiences might be put off by the movie’s tonal shift, and how he assembled his cast for the film.

Elsewhere in the interview, Rocko and Scott chat about Rocko’s experience at Troma, being lured into terrible movies by great VHS covers, and how the worse thing a film can be is boring. Plus, we get into his thoughts on internet critics, his biggest horror inspirations, and he tells us a fun story about how I Need You Dead sneaked in a premiere just before lock-down last year.

You can check out the trailer for I Need You Dead! below.


Host Scott Murphy (host of the Guilty Pleasures Podcast) chats to the best indie talent the horror genre has to offer. While the show typically focuses on indie directors, actors and writers are often a part of the conversation as well.

Murphy is a freelance journalist, reviewer and podcaster. He got into horror in his early teens and has not looked back since. As well as reviewing on New Horror Express, he currently writes reviews for The Wee Review and has previously written for Slimehouse TV, Subtitled Online and The 405.  His favorite horror movie is The Shining, and his favorite horror novel is Interview with The Vampire.

Be sure to tune in every Monday for new episodes of the NEW HORROR EXPRESS podcast on the Morbidly Beautiful Network. 

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