Three Horror Shorts You Should Not Miss

By Mike Donlon

If you are not up on horror film shorts, well, my friend, you are not up on horror. Short format horror films are a staple of the genre. They have been around since, well, the beginning. Many recognize Le Manoir de Diable (The Devil's Castle) as the very first work of horror as a motion picture. It is a black and white, silent film that dates all the way back to 1897. It runs for just over three minutes and remains bizarre and creepy to this day. Not only is horror film rooted in shorts, they have given life to what ultimately became classic full length features. Evil Dead (1981), Saw (2004), Trick 'r Treat (2007), Mama (2013), and The Babadook (2014) are just some of the great works of horror that got their humble beginnings as shorts.

1: Lights Out (2016)

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Maybe the most recent example of horror short gone big screen is the film Lights Out (2016), Lights Out has made over $110 million dollars at the box office and has a 77% rating on RottenTomatoes.com. Not bad for a film that was spawned from two minutes and forty two seconds of original material. Go ahead and watch the short, even if you have not seen the full length feature yet. It won't spoil anything for you and may even add to the fun of watching the new one.

2: VHS (2012) "Second Honeymoon" Segment

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There are many full length horror films that are simply comprised of a collection of shorts. Often times they are referred to as anthologies. A lot of them have multiple directors and separate casts for each short or vignette that gives each scene a fresh feel while maintaining one cohesive theme. Creepshow (1982), The ABCs of Death (2012), and Holidays (2016) are some prime examples of films that use a bunch of shorts to create a full length film. One film that falls under this same category but does not get the desevered attention is VHS (2012) . Dark, gritty, and truly terrifying, it is one flick you have to check out. Five separate found "tapes" make up the guts to this film. The most memorable of the five comes to us from director Ti West, one of the best horror directors currently working today. The segment has this raw and very real feeing to it, which is what makes it stand out. The final scene will leave your jaw on the ground and stomach in knots. It's powerful stuff.

Ti West was no stranger to making awesome horror shorts prior to this one. Two other quick ones which he directed that are worth your time are called Prey (2001) and The Wicked (2001). West has also directed a number of fantastic full length horror films including 2013's The Sacrament. Watching horror shorts is a a great way to keep your your finger on the pulse of up and coming talent in the genre. Everyone has to get their start somewhere. Short films provide a more attainable option for working on a film in all capacities, whether it being writing, acting, directing, or as part of the production crew.

3: The Passage (2016)

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One up and coming production team to keep an eye on is the Nightmare Film Crew based out of Long Island, New York. While the majority of their work is a large body of music videos, they recently released a rad horror short called The Passage. The film is gripping, artistic, and tells a terrifying tale. Funded by an Indiegogo.com campaign, this crew is making it happen with a DIY mentality, and it’s working. Independent filmmaking seems to more accessible now than it ever has been. Films like this are proving that Indie flicks can look amazing and professional now even with a small budget. It's exciting.

These three shorts are just the tip of the iceberg. More importantly than watching these films, I urge you to explore the vast sea of shorts available on the web. A simple search using the ol' Google machine will open you up to an endless world of amazing short horror films you have never heard of. Best of all, almost all of them are free of charge and can be enjoyed when you don't have the time for a full length feature. Happy viewing, my friends, and tell us about the best shorts you discovered in the comments.

TV REVIEW: Bates Motel (2013)

Why Is Nobody Watching Bates Motel?

By Kev B.

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Freddie Highmore in Bates Motel
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With all the horror adaptations we have on TV and all the new ones coming, it’s hard to single out the good ones. They’ve turned comic books, classic movies, and even rehashed old shows to scrape up horror themed programming to cash in on horrors new found popularity. As of a few weeks ago, everyone is ranting about how excellent Stranger Things is, but I haven’t found the time and don’t usually follow the lemmings that quickly. Popular, in my opinion, isn’t always best. But wow, did that show just pop up from nowhere and become the new big thing.

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Norman Gets Interested in Taxidermy
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As far as the rest of the popular horror shows, I find American Horror Story hit or miss from season to season. Sometimes I feel like it’s just trying too hard. But with Evan Peters, Kathy Bates, Lily Rabe, Sarah Paulson, and especially Denis O’Hare, they keep me tuning in each year. At least for a few episodes. Last season was not my favorite, and now that we lost Jessica Lange and gained Gaga, this season could go either way.

I’ve come to prefer Fear The Walking Dead to the original, although the introduction of Negan may have been just what I needed to get me excited again. Usually when the season ends, my interest starts to wain, and by the time the new season starts I don’t really care… But that cliff hanger has even kept me curious. “Eeny Meeny Miny Moe”

Hannibal, as much as I tried to like it and as much as I hate to admit it, bored me. Slow, cerebral, and monotone with little to no action from what I saw. I was excited to hear Tales From The Cryptwas coming back, but I ‘m not really a fan of Shyamalan, so I doubt I’ll even bother. The Exorcist, Damien, Scream, The Strain, Penny Dreadful, Preacher, Slasher. And now I read they are trying to adapt The Lost Boys?!

I’ve passed up on quite a few because I just can’t fit anymore onto the DVR and really don’t have the time or attention span to keep up on that many story lines. There are a few shining stars out there tho. Ash vs Evil Deadis fun and entertaining, especially if you’re a Bruce Campbell fan, and I expect great things from season 2.

But I have got to tell you about my current favorite horror thriller prequel reimagining. And if you’re not currently watching it I advise you to get your hands on it and binge it up. Bates Motel! This show is great. My only gripe is that it’s set in the modern day, so everyone has a cell phone and iPod, but I got over it pretty quickly. Here’s some reasons to get in on this series now:

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Ryan Hurst as Chick in Bates Motel
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1. One of the best all around casts on television.

2. The writing is excellent - top notch story telling.

3. We have an idea where it’s going but we aren’t sure how we’re going get there, so there is this underlying tension building as we see Norman slipping deeper into madness.

4. Freddy Highmore, as Norman, is a brilliant actor and turns out he is also an excellent writer (S4, E8 Unfaithful).

5. Vera Farmiga is also brilliant as Norman's neurotic and overbearing Mother, Norma.

6. The relationship between the two is unsettling, disturbing, and creepy as hell… And as we know, it gets fatally worse.

7. Norman has become increasingly unstable throughout season 4, and it’s been outstanding to watch as we both sympathize with and fear him.

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8. Nestor Carbonell as Sheriff Romero is a bad ass.

9. Ryan Hurst (from Sons of Anarchy) and his character “Chick”.

10. Season 5 will be the final season, and should be some incredible television!

Well, I give you ten good reasons why you need to get caught up and watch Norman as he goes a little mad in the final season. The chemistry between Norman and his mother and the performances by the actors involved are leading to some of the finest horror/thriller television ever. Highmore will write another episode, as well as direct one. Also stepping in to direct this season are Carbonell and Max (heart throb) Thieriot, who plays Norman's brother on the show.

As we near the end of the road for Bates Moteland approach the events outlined in the Hitchcock classic Psycho, we come to find out that Rihanna has been cast as Marion Crane. A surprising move considering up till now the casting has been perfect, and in the last season we get a pop star with little to no acting experience cast as an iconic character… Arguably the first scream queen and victim of the first slasher. The role made famous by actress Janet Leigh (real life mother to scream queen Jamie Lee Curtis) who won a Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actress and received an Academy Award nomination as Crane.

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The shower scene, one of the most famous scenes ever filmed, has been refilmed and recast before. Remember when Vince Vaughn was Norman? The year was 1998, and Anne Heche was Marion. She had the look, and was in the shot for shot remake of the original, but didn’t receive any awards. Now I don’t think I’ve ever seen Rihanna act, but I hope she is better than Lady Gaga on AHS. I’m a little upset at this news, but I guess there is a sudden shortage of competent actors available to be cast in such an important role. I’ll have to trust the Bates Motel crew on their decision, which has been immaculate until now.

Bates Motel returns for the final season March 2017 on A&E, and its worth every minute of your time. You can usually catch some episodes on the A&E web site.

COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

By Dixielord

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31
Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

If you are a fan of Rob Zombie, then you probably can't wait to see his new film 31. If you hate him, then you probably can't wait to tell everyone how much you hate Rob Zombie's 31. Whatever side of the great zombie war you fall on, we now have a release date. It is a one night limited release but at least we know we have that opportunity to see Rob Zombie's 31 on the big screen.

Rob Zombie's 31 will see a one night, limited theatrical release on September 1, 2016, courtesy of Saban Films and as part of Fathom Events. While most would like to see a full theatrical release, at least it will get a day on the big screen. Hopefully a DVD and VoD release will follow soon after.

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New one sheet for Rob Zombie's 31
Photo Credit Rob Zombie's 31

Rob Zombie's 31 revolves around a group of carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween in 1976. The unluky group is forced to play a game called 31. They have to survive twelve hours in the deadly murder world, while being hunted by a sadistic group of killers, the heads.

After its debut release at the 2016 Sundance film festival, Rob Zombie's 31 got mixed reviews and currently has a 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And having a 50% Rotten Tomato rating is just perfect. It perfectly symbolizes the split in the horror community over a Zombie film.

I fall squarely on the side of Zombie fan, although I'm not a fan of every film (Halloween 2, gah), and will say some of the heat about him is justified. He does tend to throw Sheri Zombie into roles that might be handled better by more accomplished actresses. But his films are always (well almost, H2, again gah), and always bloody and uncompromising. Still there are those who simply love to throw hate at Rob, just to be hating.

In less than a month, the wait is over for all of us. At least those of us lucky enough to be within the limited release area. Fans will hopefully enjoy a bloody masterpiece in Rob Zombie's 31. For those who can’t stand it, September 1, 2016, will give them the chance to fulfill that not so old adage, “Haters gonna hate”.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl in the Photographs (2015)

By John Roisland

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Some people say that art is murder and murder is art, and in this little movie I found on Netflix, it seems so. The Girl In the Photographs is a 2015 horror film that was directed by Nick Simon, who also brought us The Pyramid in 2014.

When Colleen (Claudia Lee from Kick Ass 2), a local girl in Small Town, USA is targeted to find murder pix posted in her grocery store where she works, she freaks a bit, and because there's no proof, local police just chalk it up as a prank with bad taste. It’s soon found out the a serial killer (Luke Baines) is on the loose. This killer dismantles his victims. poses their bodies to mock famous glamour model magazine shots, and then photographs the victims (hence the name...The Girl In the Photographs) to leave for Colleen. When the word of this does finally hit the Internet, Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn from Harold and Kumar), an LA hotshot photographer who once lived in this same small town immediately takes a road trip back home with a few models as well as his entourage and set up shop for a week to do a photo shoot with some of the local women.

His game plan, to taunt the killer by having Lee star as his local model for his shoot, goes south when the killer shows up unannounced at the final party before they all leave to head back to LA, taking Lee with them in promises of making her the new big model

I'm not going to give away any spoilers, what kind of ass hat would I be to do that? But what I will tell you about The Girl In the Photographs is this: I was pleasantly surprised, not only with this film in its entirety but with the ending was as well. It managed to surprise me some, so it wasn’t 100% predictable. I really enjoyed that! It's a slasher film a with brain that still delivered on a good amount of suspense and gore!

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I also very much enjoyed a surprise 2-3 minute scene that starred Katherine Isabelle, from Ginger Snaps and, of course, American Mary, that opened the film. Way to go, Netflix. It’s about damn time! So if your scrolling Netflix horror endlessly looking for something that catches your eye, give The Girl in the Photographs a shot. I think you'll surprised.

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INTERVIEW: Mike Lombardo

By Dixielord

 

Last week I has the pleasure of talking to Mike Lombardo, writer and director of the upcoming post apocalyptic holiday movie I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday. It was a really fun talk more conversation than interview, and I hope you enjoy it.

 

 

House of Tortured Souls: Reel Splatter is known mostly for horror comedies, I have seen The Stall, but White Doomsday, seems to be a more serious film.

Mike Lombardo: Yes, it is a serious film. There's no comedy, well there's a few light moments, but it's not comedic at any point. We don’t play it for laughs ever.

 

HoTS: I was thinking it was completely humorous till I was just watching the trailer again and I caught the, “No food. No hope. Noel”. I don’t know how I missed that before.

ML: (laughs) It’s a little bit of grim humor in the trailer.

 

HoTS: It looks like it’s going to be a dark, grim movie.

ML: Yeah, I think that’s a pretty safe assumption. It’s pretty grim. Nihilistic is a good word for it.

 

HoTS: Nihilistic is a big word but I like that.

ML: (laughs)

 

HoTS: I see you have repeated the gas mask motif from Suburban Nightmare and The Stall.

ML: I have it tattooed on me as a matter of fact.

Poster art from I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday by Director Mike Lombardo
Poster art from I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday by director Mike Lombardo

 

HoTS: The gas mask is an unnerving, spooky look, where did that come from?

ML: The gas mask character that's all over the website, that's our logo, that's Dr. Chud. That was my character many years ago. Basically I've always been obsessed with gas masks and what they represent. It's very dehumanizing when you put a gas mask on someone. It almost instantly makes people uneasy. It speaks to paranoia, and I was just always obsessed with gas masks.

I found that actual mask, the reel splatter mascot at a flea market from a Viet Nam vet who owned a stall there. So I bought that and I had this character, trench coat, gas mask and a cardboard sign that said “The End is Near” and I started doing that in real life. Just wandering around town with that, just to fuck with people and see what would happen.

It's weird there’s never been a real mythology behind the character. We always talked about it, about different things he could be, but we never really did anything with it. He just started popping up in short stories, he's like an omen, he's always there, somewhere. Eventually as we moved into actual film stuff, making shorts, I picked that as the logo. Because I never considered Reel Splatter entirely horror, but it's also not entirely comedy . It's this weird, nasty surreal thing, and when people see the gas mask, their first reaction is “What the fuck?” and that’s exactly how I want them to react. I want them to say, “This is weird” and weird is the best way I can describe what I generally do.

Even the gas mask Santa, that was something I came up with in high school, so that's going way back. When I was in high school I had a project for graphics class, I forget exactly what it was supposed to be, I think it was some kind of instructional video or picture set. Which it turned into apocalyptic Christmas for some reason with me, because I had a real obsession with Santa Claus too. So I had this image of Santa in a gas mask that I plastered everywhere, and it just stayed with me for many, many years. Eventually the events surrounding this movie happened and it just worked. It was actually a short story I wrote in 2012, then the movie and it was a no brainer, we have to use that mask.

 

HoTS: It really caught my eye, it was kind of a “Holy Fuck” moment.

ML: (laughs) That's exactly what I was going for. Haha.

 

HoTS: That scene. I kept telling people this is going to be one fucked up movie.

ML: Well a lot of people think that character, that Santa is a slasher movie villain, but White Doomsday is not a slasher movie. So I'm curious what people think that character is associated with and is completely off base from what is really going on. I'm going to remain mum on the circumstances of those scenes, but it's not a slasher movie. So eliminate that from your minds. I'm not a fan of slasher movies.

 

HoTS: That's one of the things I have been pondering in my mind, and I wont ask you to divulge any secrets, but what is that Santa? Is it the mom dressing up to go out and kidnap babies.

ML: (Laughs)

 

HoTS: Or is it the actual Santa? I don't know, and I want to know so bad, but I don’t want anyone to tell me.

ML: Hopefully you won't be disappointed. A lot of people have been asking me what that is, because when Fangoria ran a story about our poster, that photograph, they plastered that all over the article. Everybody has been reposting that and asking what the fuck is this, and I'm just smiling to myself and it's like, “Just wait, you'll see”. (laughs)

 

HoTS: Do you think the slasher film is so ingrained in pop culture now, that when ever people see a mask, they automatically assume it's a slasher film?

ML: Absolutely, and when I was cutting the trailer, the producers were very hesitant, like, “Yeah, I don’t know if you want to use that, you're giving away too much, and people will get the wrong impression of the film”. I thought about it long and hard. I wanted the trailer to be as representative of this film as humanly possible. We had one version of the trailer that made it look like an apocalyptic action movie, and that's not this movie at all. I really thought it was important to show people that image, just to show, this isn’t a standard thing. I mean, I've been billing this to people as Miracle on 34th Street meets The Road, and I really don't know a better way to describe it than that. It's a slow burn, it's a depressing character piece. I feel it's more of a dark drama than a horror movie, but that's just me personally because I wrote the story. But I know people are going to think it's a slasher flick.

And we did kind of a retro style artwork for the poster. I wanted to do like an 80s horror paperback cover. Mark Schoenbach of Sadist Art Designs did that for us, he's the guy that did our The Stall poster as well. Those two things combined, people are definitely going to think it's a slasher film. You know what? Let them think that, hopefully when they watch the movie, they wont be disappointed that there's a story in there and not just a guy in a rubber mask hacking up teenagers.

 

HoTS: I see how people can make that leap from the poster, but to me, watching the trailer, I know you say The Road, but to me it reminds me of the last ten minutes or so of The Mist.

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I know a lot of people hated that ending, but to me it was perfect.

ML: Yeah, I think that was a great ending. I'm a big fan of the bleak stuff.

 

HoTS: Me, too, but I have to be in a good mood to watch those films.

ML: (laughs) That's understandable.

Mike Lombardo is dreaming of a White Doomsday
Noel and Merry Doomsday from Mike Lombardo
Photo courtesy off Mike Lombardo

 

HoTS: When I come in from a hard night's work and need to chill, I turn on Family Guy. But if I'm in the right mood, I go for the bleak, depressing, dark films like A Serbian Film and Martyrs.

ML: Two of my favorite films of the last ten years, and they're absolutely beautifully made. What I like about those two movies they are incredibly dark, and ugly movies, but they never get to the level of exploitation. Even A Serbian Film, they show you just enough, and then they move on, they never revel in it. There's this really disturbing imagery, but it never becomes undisciplined.

 

HoTS: It's an extremely powerful film.

ML: Absolutely.

 

HoTS: I remember sitting in silence after watching both of those films.

ML: (laughs) I was just about to say that.

 

HoTS: What did I just see, what did I experience. Especially with Martyrs, that ending was perfect.

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ML: For me, I think Martyrs is a harder film to watch. I know a lot of people think A Serbian Film is the more shocking of the two. The thing with A Serbian Film, you are introduced to these characters, a genuinely loving family, genuinely good people, that happen to be put into a terrible circumstance. There's light hearted moments, and there’s a build up, and then everything just plummets to hell. Martyrs starts down here (gestures with his hand as if a low level) and it just goes, it's never not horrible, there's not a single moment of that movie where you're smiling. It's just terrible all the time.

 

HoTS: The one time, when you start to smile, then Boom!

ML: Yeah, there’s that family scene for like two minutes, then Boom, home invasion. And I'm sitting there watching, and what really struck me about Martyrs, I was sitting there watching with my roommates and when the movie turned, when they finished Lucy’s story, I remember looking at my roommate and saying, “I have no fucking idea where this movie is going”, and there's another hour left. I have zero idea what's gonna happen and that hasn't happened in a decade. Then they just come out of nowhere and sucker punch you in the stomach. Here's a girl getting punched in the face for ten minutes. Enjoy.

 

HoTS: That was so brutal because it was so real.

ML: I'm getting chills just thinking about it. That movie just wrecked me.

 

HoTS: I kept waiting for the Hollywood moment, for her to grab her chain and choke out her captor, waiting for her to somehow escape, and it didn't happen. I finished the movie and said, “I loved this, but I'll never watch it again”.

ML: That’s the way I felt about it and A Serbian Film, and I've watched both a dozen time since. I remember after watching Martyrs, I had to go for a walk, I just had to get outside, that movie was so rough, and A Serbian Film was, too, but with A Serbian Film at least it had character arcs and a more cinematic approach to it. It definitely wasn't a Hollywood movie but it was a little more standard, a little easier to swallow, but the bleakness of Martyrs. I don't know if I've ever seen that topped. The only other films that have affected me like that were Sâlo and Cannibal Holocaust. Just raw, unflinching brutality, and ugliness, and they were all influences on me when I was doing White Doomsday. I'd like to think we don't pull any punches. We go for the sad whenever possible.

 

HoTS: At the risk of sounding like a very sick individual, I hope you don't pull any punches, I'm looking for a very dark, bleak, hopeless film.

ML: It's all those things, we had a little bit of a test screening of the rough cut at Scares That Care, to some of the people who were involved in the movie. The first ten minutes we were all talking, getting settled in, joking a little bit, by fifteen minutes in everyone had stopped talking, by twenty minutes I noticed there was dead silence, then someone said, “Someone make a joke, please”.

 

HoTS: Oh, you had them then, sounds promising.

ML: The back story of the movie is a very personal film. I wrote the story, in 2012 my mother was diagnosed with kidney failure, she was in the hospital in critical condition for about nine months. She has recovered since then, but she had interstitial nephritis, which caused her kidneys to only function at like three percent. They did not think that she was going to make it, and I was the go between for the hospital and my family, who were all in different states at the time. Everyone was calling me for updates all the time, and I basically had to try and downplay how bad things were. I didn't want to break down in front of my mom, and my family, so I was taking the brunt of it, and passing along the bad news. To say sane I started writing the story, which essentially boils down to watching a someone you care about fading away and you being powerless to do anything about it. So the hopelessness came from that, the story is dedicated to my mom and the movie is too. The character of the mother was influenced by my mom, and a lot of what you see is these characters, trying to shield the little boy from the reality of the situation. So no, it's not a happy movie.

 

HoTS: I like to think that movies like this, allow me to get the darkness out, helps me stay sane. I don’t know if that’s true for other fans and filmmakers of depressing, disturbing films. People do ask me all the time how can you watch films like this, and especially when I watched A Serbian Film and The Human Centipede, which I didn't find disturbing at all.

ML: No, not at all. Actually I didn't like the first one when I first saw it, because I had heard so much about it and I was thinking “this isn't the movie I heard it was going to be”. Watching it since, I realize it's a very, very good movie. It's almost a body horror movie more than anything else. It's more about domination and slavery, I don’t want to say psychological, because it is pretty visceral, but it's not a gross out, exploitation movie at all. The disturbing part of that movie was this man, breaking three people down into dogs basically. That's what bothered me about it.

Then the second one, was what everyone expected the first one to be. I'm very one the fence about the second one. I love the concept of it, that some one had seen the original one and then tried to reenact it. The movie is basically a giant “Fuck you” to censorship and the media claiming that people are going to mimic movies, which I think is absolute horseshit. I heard the premise and I thought, “Wow, this is going to be really intelligent”, because I didn't know if Tom Six was a really smart guy, kind of doing something nasty, or if he was just a sleaze king. Then I watched that movie and, ahhhh he's kind of just a sleaze king. Which there's nothing wrong with that, but I think he had a great opportunity to make a powerful commentary on horror films, and censorship of art, and he kind of botched it. I haven't seen the third one, but I heard the third one was miserable.

 

HoTS: It solidifies him as a sleaze king. There are some incredibly funny moments, but it is just so offensive, so gross. It's basically every derogatory word and insult you can call another human being is used. Every racial, sexist insult is thrown out over and over.

Okay, to move away from the doom and gloom a bit, let's talk about The Stall. For some reason I had the idea that was a zombie film, but I saw it earlier, and it's not.

ML: Oh no.

 

HoTS: I didn't want to bring it up in case zombies pop up in White Doomsday, but I'm so tired of zombies.

ML: No, no, that's another thing - I know some people are going to think it’s a zombie film and it's not.

 

HoTS: I just think the zombie story has been told. Let's find a new story to tell.

ML: Exactly.

 

HoTS: I did like Maggie with Arnold, but other than that.

ML: I didn’t see that but actually heard a lot of good things about that.

 

HoTS: It was pretty good. It was more of a story of the relationship between a father and a dying child than a traditional zombie movie.

ML: See, that's something that I would definitely enjoy, being that I love dying children obviously.

 

HoTS: (laughs)

ML: I think zombie films work best when the zombies are window dressing, a background to a different story. That's how I enjoy them anyway. I would definitely watch that.

 

HoTS: Back to The Stall. For some reason, I had the idea this was the story of a guy trapped in a bathroom stall during the zombie apocalypse, but it's not.

ML: The thing with that movie, we were working on The Stall about 2-3 years though various technical difficulties, shooting on weekends. We had to re-shoot a lot because the effects weren't working with the tentacles. But we were just kind of doing our thing, you know, making this Lovecraft movie, which was also very personal, about my job. That was like a dry run for something more serious. It's funny, the poster and the premise make people think it's going to be this big serious, gross out, B-movie and it's not, at least I hope people don't take it that way. It's about half and half.

 

HoTS: Honestly I was expecting turds. I'm glad there were no turds.

ML: Exactly. That was the big joke for me. We were presenting this movie as though it's going to be like a Troma movie, and it's not at all. It's pretty much straight Lovecraftian. It has a bleakness I was feeling at the time. Working in food service for fifteen years, trying to be a filmmaker on the side, it kind of takes its toll on you. Dying at work is my biggest fear, like one day I will realize I wasted my life doing something that I don't enjoy, while trying to support my passion on the side. The idea that I’m terrified to leave my comfort zone - which equates to a two by two bathroom stall in the movie - because there’s some horrible thing out there, that I'm not aware of yet, some awful external force. That when I get out there, I'll realize that my dreams are not good enough, and that I wont make it. That's what the whole bit is about. Or it's just about a guy trapped in a bathroom with a bunch of tentacles, and that's pretty cool too. However you want to watch it, that's fine.

 

HoTS: It was the most Lovecraftian references crammed into twelve minutes I have ever seen. You even worked in Erich Zann which is still my favorite Lovecraft short story.

ML: We had more on the radio broadcast but it gets cut out. That was one of my favorite, I'm trying to remember the others, I know there was DJ Brown Jenkins and Erich Zann. That was a lot of fun. I'm a huge Lovecraft geek, obviously.

So, I was working on this movie for two years, we release it, and our poster art was originally a restroom sign, with tentacles coming out of the side. That was our first poster, we had that for about a year. Then we did the alternate poster that's on the DD, of the guy kind of shrinking away from the tentacles, that looks like a big 70s or 80s VHS cover. So we had all that stuff out for awhile, and then the movie comes out. It's getting watched, stories posted all over the place, and then I start getting calls, about four months later to go on Netflix and look up The Stall. And I look, and there’s a movie with the same fucking poster as us, but it's zombie hands. It's the same premise, and I was like, “Are you fucking kidding me?” (laughs) I was so annoyed. Then I watched it, and if it was a good movie, I'd be totally cool with it, but it's an awful movie.

 

HoTS: I think that was what confused me. When I met you I asked you if The Stall was on Netflix because I remembered seeing it.

ML: I got that from a lot of people. Which really aggravated me, not saying they stole it, because people do come up with the same ideas all the time but it really grinded my gears because they had the same poster art. Their other poster was the restroom sign with zombie arms coming in from the side, so basically both their posters were damn near identical to ours, and it's essentially the same premise. But whereas I recognize that that movie has about thirteen minutes in it, they stretched it for an hour and a half (laughs). So it became very tiresome very quickly. Although I am a big fan of their first movie, Freak Out. It's about a guy who escapes a mental asylum and a bunch of horror fans find him. He not a violent criminal but they try and train him to be a slasher killer. It's low budget, but it's very funny. It's very low budget, but it's a fun, dumb movie, they were trying to make a Troma style B movie, and it's got some very entertaining moments in it. But The Stall, I was not so much a fan of. Maybe I’m biased, I don’t know.

 

HoTS: That does explain my confusion because when I watched it earlier I knew I had seen that cover before, but I don't think I ever watched the zombie version of The Stall. Because like I said, I really don’t watch new zombie films unless I'm bored out of my head and there’s nothing else that catches my interest.

ML: Yeah, and it sucks because I grew up with Night of the Living Dead and Dawn of the Dead. When I was a kid, I wore out my VHS copy of Dawn of the Dead. I used to rent it every week and watch the head explosion scene from the beginning, over and over again. I was obsessed with zombies and there was nothing else out there other than the Italian stuff, a spat of movies in the 80s and the Romero trilogy, there wasn't really any other zombie stuff that was too exciting. Then back in what, 2003 when Brian Keene published The Rising, the Dawn of the Deadremake came out and things kind of blew up again for zombies. I was like, this is the best time to be alive, there is zombie stuff everywhere. Then after about a year of that, it's, “Okay, I'm done”. That was ten years ago and it's still going (laughs).

 

HoTS: It is still going, There are three themes, that if I am cruising Amazon Prime or Netflix, that I just scoot right past it: that's zombies, found footage, or four friends going anywhere. I just pass.

ML: Yep, yeah. (laughs) Actually I just watched the Cabin Fever remake, speaking of four friends going somewhere. It's like, “Why do I do this to myself”? Horrid, horrid stuff.

 

HoTS: Like me. I will shit talk a movie, know it's going to be bad, and still end up seeing it.

ML: Oh, absolutely.

 

HoTS: I saw The Omen remake in the theater.

ML: I was there opening night.

 

HoTS: I saw The Omen remake in the theater while running a fever and fell asleep. I tell people I love the movie because it's the best sleep I got all week.

ML: I had to go to the ER right after seeing that. I found out I had two hernias.. I was in the theater and ran to the bathroom vomiting profusely. Everyone said I had the antichrist growing inside me. So that was my experience with The Omen - as if the movie wasn't bad enough.

 

HoTS: I think it just made everyone sick.

ML: (laughs) It really did. The devil was definitely in that film because no one seeing it had a good time.

 

HoTS: So where are you going now with White Doomsday? Festival circuit?

ML: Yes. Currently we are in post-production. We are starting to work on visual effects now, sound design, um color grading, and then I'm hoping to have the movie finished by Christmas. It would be great to have it out by Christmas. The thing is, it doesn't mean it will play by Christmas, because we are at the mercy of the film festival schedules. You submit a film to the festivals four months in advance, and you don’t know if you get accepted for two to three months. So we have to figure out which festival we would like to premiere at, and what the submission deadlines are, and all that kind of stuff. But I would love to have it out for Christmas. Then the film festival circuit, and try to find a distributor, and see what happens. If we can find a company to put it out, then the DVD will hopefully be widely available. If not we will access our options, maybe press our own DVDs like we did with The Stall and Suburban Holocaust, then hit the circuit, the festival and convention circuit on foot and bring the film to you. So we'll see.

 

HoTS: I will be looking for it.

ML: Thank you.

 

HoTS: Hopefully on physical media.

ML: Physical media is a big thing for me. We will probably do a VOD release down the road, but I hate not having a physical disc. I'm a collector. I am a huge, huge collector and I love extra features. I refuse to go out and buy a disc that has no extra features on it. This movie was a year and a half in the making, and I'm going to have so much behind the scenes it's obnoxious. So many crazy stories about how we made this movie with just paper clips and chewing gum, you know. So I'm hoping to get a nice supplemental package out there that VOD doesn't have.

 

HoTS: There's very little worse than opening up a DVD and special features are scene selection.

ML: Yeah. Or theatrical trailer. It's like, “Oh wow, that’s great”.

 

HoTS: I just watched the movie; now I can watch the trailer.

ML: Thanks, this is phenomenal. Interactive menus, that's my favorite, and subtitles for the hearing impaired.

 

HoTS: I love VOD because of the convenience, but I hate it because of the inconvenience, if that makes sense. It's so easy, but I’m at the mercy of whatever Netflix or Amazon allows me to watch.

ML: Absolutely, and from a filmmakers standpoint there are a lot of pitfalls. People think, “Oh, there’s no overhead”, because you don’t have to make discs. But they find ways to gouge you with putting it out there and you are also opening yourself up to a huge amount of piracy very easily. This is my first feature so I'm very leery of all that, but I guess I will find out soon enough.

 

HoTS: Piracy yeah. I think it's so easy from a fan’s stand point to say, “This is a big Hollywood director. They aren’t losing any money”, but I have seen Indie directors, who are having thousands if not tens of thousands of downloads, but they aren't actually selling shit.

ML: I was talking to a friend about effects, and he was giving me the run down for distribution on his first feature. They did a Kickstarter campaign and sent out early DVDs to the Kickstarter backers. He said by the time the film was released, the day it actually premiered on DVD and VOD, there were over 700 websites that had it for download already. He said ,“Well, we lost our shirts on that one”. It's so easy to justify, you just click on that link and you’re like, “I'm not really stealing”, but when you’re a filmmaker at this level, you are literally counting every download, counting single sales... I'm not trying to make a movie so I can get a solid gold pool, I want to be able to make another film. I fund this stuff with the money I make at the pizza shop. It's very difficult when people are pirating stuff.

 

HoTS: And people are getting so open about it.

ML: I just the other day saw someone ask where he can get the Alien series for free, and I said, “Well, you can buy them, and you should support the artist that made them”. I know the 6.99 it costs at Wal-Mart to get them is too great but...

 

HoTS: And you can do a VOD rental for under 3 bucks, I know I just shit talked VOD, but there’s really no good reason to pirate movies. I know you maybe cant afford to watch every movie you want to, but I can't afford a Lamborghini. I feel your pain. I can't get a gold plated pool. That’s life, and it's not an excuse to steal, but it's just so easy and there are realistically zero consequences.

ML: Nope, they aren't knocking down anyone’s door for piracy. I think also people take for granted the ability to get everything instantly. In the old days when you had to go to a video store and scour around for hours to find that movie, it had more value for you. It meant something because you had to hunt for it. Even in Napstar days, it took three days to download a MP3 of a song. That was a fucking accomplishment. You had to really want that song, or that jpeg of Jenny McCarthy. You really needed it or it just wasn't worth it.

And this goes beyond piracy to film appreciation in general. People will just go online and do a search of ten most disturbing films of all time and do a mass download in, like ten minutes, and finish watching them and it's, “Yeah, whatever”. It's disposable to them because they didn't have to really work, hunt, or research it. It doesn't mean anything to them. It's like junk food, and that's a shame, because you really aren't experiencing those films. Because those articles, those lists, they aren't giving you any historical context, they aren't telling you why these films are important. I feel like it's the best time for being a film fan, and it's the worst time, for those reasons. It's never been more accessible, but it's so disposable to everyone. It’s a real shame.

 

HoTS: To me, part of the magic was always digging through those dusty shelves looking for that gem.

ML: Exactly, just looking at that crazy cover and knowing that cover or that poster was lying to me but damn if I don't want it.

 

 

I want to thank Mike Lombardo for allowing us the time to chat with him. We will keep our eyes on I'm Dreaming of a White Doomsday.

The Twisted Mind of Jasper Bark

By John Roisland

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A few years ago,while online, I became friends with a horror author by the name of Jasper Bark. He and I quickly hit it off as we both share the love for the horror genre. I did some research on my new friend and his work, and I soon became a fan.

From author of children's stories to adult comics, publisher and poet Jasper Bark seems to have done it all. As a child of two river Gypsies, Jasper seemed to have had an active life, while giving a go at schools and a few political demonstrations. Jasper now rests his head as a happily married man who, together with his wife, share their lives and love for their daughters.

Now while it may seem that Jasper has settled, he now focuses his creative mind on his passion for writing! Be sure to find Jasper Bark on Facebook and become a follower of his work.

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I recently asked my friend to give me a short bio. He in return, sent me two. Both, I felt, I must share with you for you to get a full feel for not only what Jasper Bark has contributed to the world, but also to get a feel for who Jasper Bark is.

Here is the first:

Jasper Bark finds writing author biographies and talking about himself in the third person faintly embarrassing. Telling you that he’s an award winning author of four cult novels including the highly acclaimed Way of the Barefoot Zombie, just sounds like boasting. Then he has to mention that he’s written 12 children’s books and hundreds of comics and graphic novels and he wants to just curl up. He cringes when he has to reveal that his work has been translated into nine different languages and is used in schools throughout the UK to help improve literacy, or that he was awarded the This Is Horror Award for his recent anthology Dead Air. Maybe he’s too British, or maybe he just needs a good enema, but he’s glad this bio is now over.

And now for my favorite:

Jasper Bark is infectious - and there’s no known cure. If you’re reading this then you’re already at risk of contamination. The symptoms will begin to manifest any moment now. There’s nothing you can do about it. There’s no itching or unfortunate rashes, but you’ll become obsessed with his books, from the award winning collections Dead Air and Stuck on You and Other Prime Cuts, to cult novels like The Final Cut and acclaimed graphic novels such as Bloodfellas and Beyond Lovecraft. Soon you’ll want to tweet, post, and blog about his work until thousands of others fall under its viral spell. We’re afraid there’s no way to avoid this, these words contain a power you are hopeless to resist. You’re already in their thrall and have been since you started this book. Even now you find yourself itching to read the rest of his work. Don’t fight it, embrace the urge and wear your affliction with pride!

Trust your Uncle Jasp on this, you know it makes sense.

I cant say enough about Jasper Bark. He's a kind hearted soul, with a great sense of humor. He's just a all around great guy! So get your ass over there and give Uncle Jasp a shout! Tell him John at House of Tortured Souls, sent you!

Keep It Evil.

THIS JUST IN: Manos Returns

The Master Is Back

Manos Returns

By Woofer McWooferson

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Portrait of The Master by Tom Neyman

Background

Most people probably know the 1966 horror film Manos: The Hands of Fate thanks to the folks at Best Brains and Mystery Science Theater 3000 (MST3K). For those few who do not know what Manos is, here’s the IMDb summary:

A family gets lost on the road and stumbles upon a hidden, underground, devil-worshiping cult led by the fearsome Master and his servant Torgo.

And here’s the original theatrical trailer:

Born of a wager and created by insurance (later fertilizer) salesman turned writer, director, producer, and actor Harold P. Warren, Manos was plagued with difficulties throughout the shoot and post-production. Some of these difficulties were:

  • Warren shot only two takes of each scene, assuring the cast that post-production Hollywood magic would fix any errors.
  • The hand-held camera used to shoot the entire film could only record 32 seconds at a time.
  • Because of the limited lighting available, a scene where two police officers set out to investigate something has them take only two steps toward it before returning to their cruiser.
  • Since the film was shot without sound, all lines were later dubbed by two men and one woman. The result put Jackey Neyman Jones, who played the little girl Debbie, in tears when she first heard her "voice".
  • Tom Neyman, who played the Master, and John Reynolds, who played Torgo, designed and built the legs for Torgo, the satyr-like caretaker of the Master's Lodge of Sins.
  • Post-production editing took roughly 3 to 4 hours and, consequently, did not fix all the things Warren promised it would.

Cult Status

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TV's Frank (Frank Coniff), Torgo (Mike Nelson), and Dr. Clayton Forrester (Trace Beaulieu) from episode 424 of MST3K

Manos ultimately achieved widespread fame and cult status after being riffed in episode 424 of MST3K on January 30, 1993, by Joel Robinson (Joel Hodgson) and his bots, Tom Servo (Kevin Murphy) and Crow (Trace Beaulieu). The Manos episode was so popular, that the Rifftrax crew  also took aim at it in 2012. For those unfamiliar, Rifftrax also takes aim at movies and television, but releases an audio to sync up with the viewer's own copy of the item being riffed, enabling a much broader selection of riffable entertainment. Rifftrax  consists of MST3K alumni Michael J. Nelson (who hosted after Robins left and who was head writer from 1990 - 99), Kevin Murphy, and Bill Corbett (who played Brain Guy and who took over the voice of Crow after Beaulieu left),

Restoration

A year before the Rifftrax treatment, Ben Solovey, a Florida State film school graduate, uncovered the original 16mm Ektachrome workprint of Manos in a collection of 16 mm films. Solovey soon took to Kickstarter to finance the film's restoration and preservation with an eye to releasing it on Blu-ray and raised $48,000. As a tip of the hat to the original, Solovey allowed a 90% finished print to premiere at the El Paso Plaza Theatre, which is located near the theater which hosted the grand premiere of the original Manos in 1966.

The newly restored Blu-ray was released on October 13, 2015, and included an unrestored version as a bonus feature.

The Return of The Master

Currently, there is a sequel in works courtesy of Jackey Neyman Jones, director Tonjia Atomic, cinematographer Joe Sherlock, and the many fans who donated to the Kickstarter campaign to help get the project on its feet. Jones is the real life daughter of Tom Neyman, who also painted the Master's portrait and designed the costumes, and Jacqueline Neyman, who was the makeup artist for Manos and who also made the costumes. As Debbie, Jackey Neyman Jones was the screen daughter of Michael (Hal Warren), the hapless protagonist. Neyman's own dog, Shanka, played the devil dog from the Valley Lodge, the Master’s Lodge of Sins. You might say that Manos: The Hands of Fate was a bit of a family affair for Jackey, so it is appropriate that she helms the upcoming sequel Manos Returns.

Jackey Neyman Jones and Tom Neyman of Manos: The Hands of Fate and Manos Returns. Image Jackey Neyman Jones.
Jackey Neyman Jones and Tom Neyman of Manos: The Hands of Fate and Manos Returns

The latest word on Manos Returns is that filming has finished, which puts it quite fittingly in post-production as the original Manos: The Hands of Fate approaches its 50th anniversary.

According to the Facebook page:

MANOS Returns is a tongue-in-cheek return to Valley Lodge. It follows a a group of young, would-be filmmakers who learn their favorite movie, Manos: The Hands of Fate, was based on a true story. They set out to visit the site of the events that inspired the original and of course they find more than they bargained for. MANOS Returns will feature many of the characters from the original MANOS, but the tone is much lighter.

Jones, her father, and Diane Adelson all reprise their roles in Manos Returns, and fans of the original are already getting the popcorn and sodas ready for their Manos Returns parties.

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Cast and crew behind the scenes of Manos Returns: Joseph Cole, Darlene Darwin, Manuel Ruiz, Mark Jones, Rachel Jackson, Jackey Raye Neyman Jones, Nuria Aguilar, Tonjia Atomic, X Tina Pezzo, Christopher Barnes, Tyler James Kong, Bryan Jennings and Greg Tally.

Are you ready for Manos Returns? While we wait, check out their website and Facebook page, and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think. If you’ve never seen Manos: The Hands of Fate, you can watch the MST3K version (complete with annotations) on the official MST3K YouTube Channel:

As always, we’ll keep you updated as we learn more.

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Manos Returns - Jackey dons The Master's robe

MOVIE REVIEW: …in furs (2016)

By Daniel Camhi

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Earl (Vito Trigo) wakes up one morning to his gorgeous wife and seemingly perfect life. For just a moment, he enjoys this luxury...until he reawakens to his REAL life – in a dirty and seedy apartment, living with his new junkie girlfriend. In a state of panic and confusion, he takes off to find a quick fix from his dealer buddy. Things go haywire, and Earl stumbles away into the streets on a new journey now. A delusional journey to junkie redemption.

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...in furs is a huge win for the underground! A vicious and grimy little film from the mastermind behind King of the Witches and The Uneasy Archive video labels, Christopher Bouchie. I strongly urge you all to pick up ...in furs. This is the perfect example of an underground film rising above its limitations and moving you in a powerful way. It's also very exciting to know that this is Chris' first film, and he is undoubtedly capable of even more. Bouchie and company have 100% confirmed my initial thoughts/reaction when I first heard about ...in furs - that they would make a fucking KILLER film. Well, my friends, they did.

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Here is my spoiler-free review.

Ever want to know what it would actually be like to lose your grip on reality? After watching this film, you absolutely will. You can feel it. You can literally breathe in the crazy. The scenes are fear-inducing and realistic. The sound design is highly creative and complements the psychotic vibe of the film. Not to mention a dedicated lead actor who DELIVERED on a very high level. This little shocker is more powerful than what we typically see in the underground. Much more honest and sincere.

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The shots are professional and the camera frames its subjects with skill. The characters react to very strange, unique, and violent circumstances throughout the film (which was very fun to watch unfold). A dizzying experience on the main character AND its viewers.

It also kept a short, perfect runtime (around 1 HR), which I am starting to appreciate these days. Some films muddy themselves with needless filler and bland content to pad the runtime. ...in furs did not make this mistake and treats the viewer with respect, giving exactly what you need and ONLY what you need. I like this.

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This one slowly lures you in, makes you care, and then SHATTERS your expectations with a TRULY disturbing/gruesome final act that has to be seen to be believed. This scene ranks high with the heaviest gore scenes out there. It is mean and relentless throughout and sprinkled with some black comedy here and there. And at the end...you will have to pick your jaw up off the floor like I did. Get yourself a nice long spliff, settle in, and be ready for a truly powerful little film with a level of craftsmanship that would put many first time filmmakers to shame. The love is real people.

-Daniel Camhi

A note on King Of The Witches:

I have always had a love for King Of The Witches, The Uneasy Archive, and the content/releases they put out. Not just the film choices, the sleaze, the pink...but the presentation and quality of their product as well. As a newcomer I always had a strange attraction to the label, and that grew over the years. Their consistently good treatment of their supporters has strongly stood out and impressed me since the beginning. Their character is 100% unreflective of the brash and mean-spirited tone of many of their releases. Needless to say, I'm truly impressed by Chris Bouchie, Chad Viera, and their SINCERE love for truly bizarre and unusual cinema.

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 14 – 21 AUGUST 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
14 - 21 AUGUST 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

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Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure with two new movies -- and one great host -- making their Vortexx debut. Our hosts this week are Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, Bobby Gammonster & Boris The Buzzard plus special guest Danvers, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Tarr & Prof. Fether, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, Master Vyle, Misty Brew, and (making his Vortexx debut) Sicko Psychotic. Check out the schedule for details about all the fine shows airing this week in The Vortexx. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

Vortexx-Cat Women of the Moon-20160814_Beware Theater

Sunday (8/14) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953)

Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly present another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953). A group of astronauts, led by Sonny Tufts, travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights and heavy eye makeup with names like Alpha, Beta, and Lambda. Little do they know that these catty gals are up to no good -- they plan to hijack the space ship! And for those who just didn't enough arachnid action last week, there's also a giant spider. Veteran bad-guy Victor Jory plays one of the astronauts. Marie Windsor, who is miscast as the sole female astronaut, reportedly said that that this was the only film she was ashamed of. Soon-to-be-famous composer Elmer Bernstein, who did the score, is misspelled in the title credits as "Elmer Bernstien."
Vortexx-Awful Allan-20160815_Gammonster

Monday (8/15) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
presents
HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN (1970)

MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster, Boris The Buzzard and special guest Danvers from Demented Features presents HOW AWFUL ABOUT ALLAN (1970). Anthony Perkins (not known for playing stable types) stars as a guilt-ridden, semi-blind mental patient who is released from the hospital to stay with his equally whacked-out sister (Julie Harris from The Haunting), who proceeds to torment him. Also starring Joan Hackett and veteran B-movie actor Kent Smith.

Vortexx-Ninja Death II-20160809_Bordello

Tuesday (8/16) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR'S
NINJULY IN AUGUST

presents
NINJA DEATH 2 (1987)

Welcome to BORDELLO OF HORROR'S NINJULY IN AUGUST! Tonight Freakshow & friends will be presenting the second installment of their month-long series of martial arts films -- NINJA DEATH 2 (1987). Tonight's movie chronicles the continuing adventures of Tiger and "Master," as they battle the evil forces of The Grand Master. "Master" has been training Tiger long and hard for the fight against the invaders from Japan and has finally revealed the secrets behind his origin and his ties to the Grand Master. Armed with this knowledge and his new-found skills, Tiger must set out to defeat the forces of The Grand Master once and for all. Of course, we know that ain't gonna happen because there's a Ninja Death 3 coming our way next week. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests Winning Ugly, and more! [Rescheduled from last week.]

Vortexx-Carnival Souls-201608017_Tarr & FetherWednesday (8/17) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
TARR & FETHER'S PSYCHO CINEMA
presents
CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)

TARR & FETHER'S PSYCHO CINEMA presents Herk Harvey's CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962). Shot on a budget of $33,000 and largely ignored at the time of its release, this film has since become a cult classic. Reminiscent in many ways of an elongated Twilight Zone episode, it relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create a mood of unease and foreboding. Candace Hilligoss stars as Mary Henry, a young lady who survives a car accident and becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. Director Harvey appears (uncredited) as the pale man who is stalking Mary.

Vortexx-Horror Hotel-201608018_Master Vyle

Thursday (8/18) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE
presents
HORROR HOTEL (1960)

HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS with Master Vyle, Queman, and a cast of thousands presents HORROR HOTEL (1960) aka City of the Dead. A 300-year-old witch needs annual virgin sacrifices in order sustain her immortality, and virgins are getting harder and harder to find! Starring Christopher Lee and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (Night Stalker), this chilling tale about witchcraft in a small New England town was released in the same year as Psycho and has been compared to that film in several ways.

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Friday (8/19) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE LATE DR LADY SHOW
presents
SNOWBEAST (1977)

It's back by popular demand! Tonight we celebrate the birthday of one of our longtime chatters (and longtime president of The Crimson Executioner Fan Club) with her favorite movie. Join us tonight as THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects presents SNOWBEAST (1977) starring Bo Svenson, Clint Walker, Yvette Mimieux, and Sylvia Sidney. Big bad Bigfoot (well, actually his distant cousin) terrorizes a ski resort during a winter carnival, killing all of those folks who aren't wearing ugly hats and completely disrupting the Snow Queen ceremony. In addition to the movie, we will also be watching photos & videos of our chatters in their favorite ugly hats. [Movie poster by Sean Hartter courtesy of Saturday Fright Special.]

Vortexx-Bloody Pit of Horror-201608020_Sicko Psychotic

Saturday (8/20) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
SICKO-PSYCHOTIC
presents
BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)

Join us tonight as we welcome SICKO-PSYCHOTIC to the Vortexx! Sadistically sinister and ostentatiously outrageous, Sicko-Psychotic, King of Ghoulz, is a horror host based in Las Vegas, Nevada. Accompanied by a lascivious pet spider named Silky Harlot, the ol' ghoul presents schlock films on his freakish series, which is appropriately titled Sicko-Psychotic. Forced to project Sicko's favorite horror and trash flicks is a contemptuous talking camera obscura nicknamed "Cameo". During the movie breaks, the terrible threesome engage in wicked shenanigans which are further enhanced by loony relatives, bizarre acquaintances, and other colorful guests who drop into the Sick-Shack unexpectedly. Tonight Sicko and his co-hosts will be presenting a movie that needs no introduction -- BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) starring Mickey Hargitay as The Crimson Executioner. Sicko promises that he will be lurking in the live chat room during the show. Perhaps some of our chatters can draw him out!

Vortexx-Cape & Shining-201608021_Misty Brew

Sunday (8/21) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE DOUBLE FEATURE!
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
2015 CAPE-COMIC CON HIGHLIGHTS
and
MISTY BREW SPOOFS THE SHINING

Join us tonight for a MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE DOUBLE FEATURE! First up Misty will be entertaining us with highlights from the 2015 CAPE-COMIC CON in Cape Girardeau Mo. at which she was a featured guest. Held on April 17-19, 2015, the Cape-Comic Con featured three days of professional comic book artists, publishers, and over one hundred tables of comics, toys, and collectibles as well as a variety of gaming tournaments, a juried art show, and fans from all over the region who came in costume to celebrate the event. Then be sure to stick around for MISTY BREW SPOOFS THE SHINING as Misty and special guests and Sissy and Missy Brew have some fun with the classic Stephen King novel. Included is a generous serving of clips from Stanley Kubrick's 1980 movie starring Jack Nicholson and Shelley Duvall (screenplay by Kubrick) and the 1997 TV miniseries starring Steven Weber and Rebecca De Mornay (screenplay by King).

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The Vortexx - Swirling Storm"Every day is a good day that ends in The Vortexx." You can find us at horrorhost.net and livestream.com/allhorrorhosts. Remember folks, we're the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you're a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.

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COMING SOON: Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

The Tall Man Is Coming
Just in Time for Halloween

Phantasm: Ravager

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Phantasm

Last weekend, news broke out like a bat out of hell. The latest and much anticipated sequel to Phantasm, known as Ravager will hit limited theaters on October 7, 2016  as well as VOD. The film was shot back in 2012 and 2013 and since had been going through difficulties trying to release the film, that is until Well Go USA decided to step up to the plate and help get this thing released to the fans that have been waiting for quite some time now. Phantasm: Ravager will once again star Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, and, of course, The Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm.

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Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man

Don Coscarelli who has been with the franchise since the dawn of Phantasm was quoted saying this In a recent interview:

The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system. We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know Phantasm fans will be as excited as I am to see it.

There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.

Being a long time fan of the series I am overly excited to finally witness the film with my own two eyes. However, with that being said, I don't have high hopes for the film considering it has been trying to get made since the late 90s and, since the film has ready since the middle of 2013, there has to be a reason why it took 3 years to release a film from a franchise every horror fan loves. We shall see.

Phantasm - Ravager posterIn other news, on September 24, 2016, the original Phantasm, which was made for $300 thousand and took in at the box office an amazing chunk of $12 million dollars, is coming back to cinemas meaning that we will be able to experience the film in a brand new restored version for the first time.

NOW THAT'S EXCITING AS BALLS!!!!!!!!!!

RIP Angus Scrimm, who passed away
at the age of 89 this past January.

Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister
Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister in Phantasm: Ravager

SPOTLIGHT: Eli Roth – The Busiest Man in Hollywood

By Tammie Parker

Do you remember when Eli Roth appeared as The Stoner in his own movie Cabin Fever? OH? You didn't realize that was him? Yeah, insane, huh? And to go from this scrawny, Shaggy looking fellow in this bonfire scene from Cabin Fever...

...to this muscular giant with the appropriate title the Bear Jew in Inglorious Basterds...

...is quite the transformation!

Eli has his hands in so much at the moment, I don't know how he has time to sneeze!

Last year alone he produced:

  • Knock Knock
  • The Man with the Iron Fists 2
  • This Forgotten Day in Fright
  • Chainsaw
  • 33 episodes of Hemlock Grove
  • 15 episodes of #15SecondScare
  • 11 episodes of 1 Minute Horror
  • 8 episodes of South of Hell
  • 15 episodes of Real Scares

In addition, The Green Inferno was also (finally!) released.

Already this year he remade one of his first movies Cabin Fever, and just last month the USA was gifted with Clown.

Currently Eli is working on a big film with none other than Jim Carrey. This movie, Aleister Arcane, is based on the horror novel written by Steve Niles (which comic book geeks and horror fans alike know his work!). The story has an interesting twist, Aleister Green (a retired newsman) returns to his home town and hosts a TV horror show titled Aleister Arcane. The township doesn't like it, and puts an end to the show. Aleister soon passes after the end of his show. But he's not finished with this town.

Just recently Eli took a break from filming to play with sharks during Shark Week:

I fell in love with Eli Roth's mind when I watched Hostel and Hostel II.

Eli Roth - HostelEli Roth - Hostel

Eli Roth - Hostel 2I caught interest in Hostelwhen I saw his name and remembered him from Cabin Fever. I thought to myself "OH, this well be interesting!" Boy, was I in for a shock. Aside from pushing the limit with the level and intensity of the gore, the story itself was frighteningly plausible. It freaked me the frack out! I started thinking how possible this could be. I honestly enjoyed Hostel II even more than the first. GIRL POWER!

Eli Roth - Gorgeous
On top of everything else, he certainly is easy on the eyes!

Thanks, Eli Roth! We can’t wait for your next film.

COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

By Dixielord

Mark Patton, star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, heads back to horror this year in the new film Family Possessions. Director Tommy Faircloth and his Horse Creek Productions have enlisted Patton and genre favorite Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) to join the cast of his latest film. Faircloth most recently directed the film Dollface, that did the festival circuit under the name, Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline, before being tagged with a shorter name for its DVD and VoD release. Before Dollface, Faircloth directed Generation Ax, and the prequel to Dollface, Crinolinehead.

Mark Patton from Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Family Possessions

Joining the more familiar names in the cast will be a host of talented younger actors, many of whom have starred in other Horse Creek Productions projects. Jason Vail Starred in Dollface, as well as Abraham Lincoln versus Zombies and the upcoming Valley of the Sasquatch. Along with Jason, Lizzie Mears, Leah Wiseman, and Andrew Wickum from Dollface are cast in Family Possessions. Morgan Monnig from the Horse Creek short The Cabin rounds out the film as Jason Vail's wife Sarah.

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway camp
Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp

The official synopsis describes Family Possessions as a paranormal slasher. It is the story of Racheal (played by Wiseman), a young girl who inherits her grandmother’s mansion. Since her family is struggling financially she moves them into the house. Once there, she starts having paranormal encounters, and learns a secret that her parents have been keeping from her.

 

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions
Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

Family Possessions will be all practical effects, with no CGI, which is unusual for a modern paranormal type film, but it's very refreshing. Come on, who out there isn't tired of the thing black wispy CGI ghosts and demons? Tony Rosen is the man in charge of those practical effects. Tony is perhaps best known as the creator of the Annabelle doll from the films Annabelle and The Conjuring. Tony also did the effects in the popular Indie film Pieces of Talent.

 

Jason Vail from Dollman and Family Possessions
Jason Vail from Dollface and Family Possessions

I became a fan of Horse Creek Productions when I caught Dollface at a film festival. It's a fun, bloody horror movie with some great moments and great laughs and is one of my favorite Indie films in recent years. I'm excited to see this new project. With Family Possessions, Faircloth promises a more serious film with less comedy than Dollface, which is great for those who don't care for horror comedies.

 

 

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions
Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

Family Possessions is in post production now and director Faircloth is hoping for a release sometime around October. The Indidegogo fundraising campaign is still open if anyone wants to chip in and support independent horror.

THIS JUST IN: Kane Hodder Joins Witchula Cast

By Woofer McWooferson

Witchula - Publicity art for Kane's biography
Photo by Joel Robinson - © AuthorMike Ink/Joel Robinson

Witchula, an Indie horror film that is the latest project to be called The Expendables of horror, has added another cast member. Joining Bill Oberst, Jr. (Zombieworld) and Marilyn Ghigliotti (Alien Armageddon) is horror icon Kane Hodder. Best known as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X, has a long list of credits to his name, and his addition to the cast has created quite a stir. Hodder will be playing a character named Elias Lou Warren, which has sparked speculation that some of Jason’s backstory will be examined because Jason Goes to Hell revealed that Jason’s father was named Elias. In addition, Hodder will be Stunt Coordinator, something with which he is quite familiar.

Witchula - Hodder in Jason VIII

Written and directed by Marcus Bradford and Pat Kusnadi and based on a concept from Clifton Braddock Bradford, Witchula will follow a group of college exchange students who travel to a remote town on an exotic island and are subsequently hunted by a vampire-witch hybrid.

Here’s what the creators revealed in the Witchula Press Release:

Marcus Bradford has announced that his production company, MAB Studios’, new project, Witchula, has begun development. Bradford and fellow writer/producer Pat Kusnadi (The Id, The Ringing, Because We Care) have created a script that combines several sub-genres into a project that is sure to delight horror fans. Witches, werewolves, vampires, and more will be featured, with the title character, Witchula, being the first witch-vampire hybrid ever to hit the big screen. Other producers attached to the project include horror veterans Matt Chassin (Krampus the Christmas Devil, Seeking Valentina) and John Blythe (My Amityville Horror, One Day When the Rains Fell).

For his part, Bradford says Witchula has been a labor of love, “It’s been a little over 13 years (May 25, 2002) since the very first draft of Witchula was written. Conceived by a very unique ‘working title’ and a small idea/concept of how Witchula became to being from my father, Clifton Bradford… I was able to put something special together within a matter of a couple weeks.” Now here, all these years later, Marcus is about to see his labor transform from the paper to the camera to the screen.

Bradford, who is also set to direct, has tapped horror icon Maria Olsen (Lords of Salem, American Horror Story) as the title character. Olsen, who boasts over 200 credits, is well known to horror fans, not just for her diverse roles but as a staple at horror conventions as well.

“Scream king” Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds) is also set to star. Oberst, the star of the Emmy-winning film Take this Lollipop, is also one of the most familiar faces in the independent horror world and is the proud recipient of twelve acting awards, including the coveted Lon Chaney Award for excellence in horror from the FANtastic Horror Film Festival. Oberst said he is “proud and excited to be associated with such a groundbreaking film.”

Rounding out the preliminary cast members are Eileen Dietz and Marilyn Ghigliotti. Dietz, another horror staple, is best known for her portrayal of the demon in the classic film The Exorcist. Ghigliotti is also an icon, but not in the horror world: Marilyn is best known as Veronica, the estranged girlfriend in Kevin Smith’s Clerks. In recent years Ghigliotti has made her mark in independent sci-fi and horror as well, starring in films like Alien Armageddon, Starship Rising, and the soon-to-be-released Rogue Warrior.

Bradford says he is far from finished casting, and he plans to make WitchulaThe Expendables of horror.” He is also not done finding crew and production partners. As of yet, there are no exact dates set for production, but Bradford promises to begin shooting sometime in mid to late 2016. Until then, there will be many more exciting announcements from production. For his part, Marcus Bradford remains humble and optimistic, “I’d like to say thank you to those who’ve followed us throughout the last year and a half. My dedicated team and I promise to give you all an awesome, character-driven, scary-suspenseful, and enjoyable film you’ll never forget!”

Bradford's own production company MAB Studios is behind Witchula, which is set for release some time in 2018. With a release date well over a year away, we may yet see even more horror icons join the cast.

COMING SOON: Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Plays a Hitman

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Marilyn Manson in Let Me Make You a MartyrMarilyn Manson is by far one of the most talented yet hated human beings in the world. He has been judged by everyone for almost anything he has said or done since the early 90s when he first put together his band known as The Spooky Kids which was later changed to Marilyn Manson. The band was signed to Nothing/Interscope records and their debut album Portrait of an American Family was released with the help of the brains and fingers of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

Each band member's first name would be of a sexy super star model and their last name would be of a serial killer. Marilyn himself has been known for crazy stage performances, unforgettable music videos, and his cover of “Sweet Dreams”, which was originally recorded by The Eurythmics in the 80s. Marilyn Manson is as successful as he is because he has pumped out studio album after studio album as well as toured every year. He has also has done a little bit of acting (Jawbreaker, Lost Highway, Party Monster, and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

It was recently reported by Marilyn himself that he is back in front of the cameras in his biggest role to date. He plays a lonely hitman who goes by the name of Pope in a gritty film about two adopted children who fall in love with each other and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father. After viewing the trailer, it's quite difficult to admit where the film is heading, but if Marilyn Manson is involved, then that is all I need to know for it to gain my attention. I have been a long time fan and have seen him live over 20 different times. Despite what the media says and wants us to believe, I, for one, am highly excited to see his new film, and I will always be a supporter of his. Let Me Make You A Martyrwas screened in Montreal this past weekend and has been getting incredible reviews and write ups. There is only one thing left to do and that is what and see just how good this film is when it's released later this year.

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 07 AUGUST – 14 AUGUST 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
07 - 14 AUGUST 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

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Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure. Three movies are making their Vortexx debut, including the second installment of Bordello of Horror’s NinJuly in August. We'll also be watching Vincent Price in his favorite movie role, one of our favorite episodes of Alternative Realities, an Indie vampire film from legendary horror host John Stanley, and a brand-new episode of Beware Theater. And be sure to come by on Thursday for the Mummy TV First Anniversary Show! Our hosts this week are Misty Brew, Dr. Mortose, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Sigmund Zoid & Sluggo, Mr. & Mrs. Mummy, Remo D. & friends, Lord Blood-Rah, and Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly. Check out the schedule for details about all the fine shows airing this week in The Vortexx. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

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Sunday (8/7) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE
presents
THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)

Join us tonight as MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE returns to The Vortexx for its second appearance! Tonight Misty will be presenting Vincent Price in his favorite movie role as she hosts the deliciously campy horror-comedy THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973). Price stars as Shakespearian actor Edward Lionheart, who murders the critics who snubbed him by using famous death scenes from Shakespeare plays (Macbeth, Richard III, etc.) as his models. Diana (The Avengers) Rigg plays his daughter and accomplice. The stellar supporting cast includes Robert Morley & a couple of very unfortunate poodles, Jack Hawkins, Diana Dors, Dennis Price, Milo O'Shea, Robert Coote, and Coral Browne -- an Australian actress whom Price met on the set and married a year later.
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Monday (8/8) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
DR. MORTOSE COMMANDS
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
Bert I. Gordon's EARTH VS. THE SPIDER
(aka The Spider) (1958)

A giant spider is killed by DDT and then hauled for storage to a nearby high school only to be revived by a loud dose of rock music from a teenage garage band. Its hatred of rock 'n' roll leads The Spider to rampage through the town and turn its citizens into dried-up corpses. Folks, we can't make this stuff up! Watch carefully for plugs for two of Bert's earlier movies -- The Amazing Colossal Man (1957) and Attack of the Puppet People (1958).

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Tuesday (8/9) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR'S
NINJULY IN AUGUST

presents
NINJA DEATH 2 (1987)

Welcome to BORDELLO OF HORROR'S NINJULY IN AUGUST! Tonight Freakshow & friends will be presenting the second installment of their month-long series of martial arts films -- NINJA DEATH 2 (1987). Tonight's movie chronicles the continuing adventures of Tiger and "Master," as they battle the evil forces of The Grand Master. "Master" has been training Tiger long and hard for the fight against the invaders from Japan and has finally revealed the secrets behind his origin and his ties to the Grand Master. Armed with this knowledge and his new-found skills, Tiger must set out to defeat the forces of The Grand Master once and for all. Of course, we know that ain't gonna happen because there's a Ninja Death 3coming our way next week. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests Winning Ugly, and more!

Vortexx-Revenge of Dr. X-20160810_Alt RealitiesWednesday (8/10) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES
presents
BODY OF THE PREY (1970)

Join us tonight for an encore presentation of ALTERNATIVE REALITIES as Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Sluggo host BODY OF THE PREY (1970). Also known as Venus Flytrap, BODY OF THE PREY, The Revenge of Dr. X, and The Devil Garden, this movie has more alternate titles than an Al Adamson flick. It's about a mad scientist (is there any other kind?) who develops a way to turn carnivorous plants into man-eating creatures. Zoid and Sluggo call tonight's show "The Peanut Butter Episode." Join us tonight and find out why!

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Thursday (8/4) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MUMMY TV
presents
SPOOKS RUN WILD (1941)

Join us tonight as we celebrate the MUMMY TV FIRST ANNIVERSARY SHOW! Our ancient hosts Mr. and Mrs. Mummy will be taking you on a strange journey back to their beginnings through their first year in the world of Horror Hosting with their trademark witty humor and bad puns -- tailored right to the funny bones of their friends in the Vortexx. The Mummys will once again be hosting the first movie they hosted in their premiere episode in August 2015 – SPOOKS RUN WILD (1941) starring Bela Lugosi and the East Side Kids. The show will also include a smattering of our hosts’ personal favorite bits, a special collection of music medleys, special facts about the show, classic movie monster trailers, some of the first show’s original bits (with re-edited audio) and commercial parodies. And there will be a "MUST SEE" for all at the conclusion of the show!

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Friday (8/12) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM
presents
The Vortexx premiere of

NIGHT STALKER (1986)

REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM presents The Vortexx premiere of NIGHT STALKER (1986). For those who didn't know that the legendary TV series starring Darrin McGavin as Kolchak was in the public domain, we have news for you. . . it isn't. Tonight's movie doesn't have McGavin in it, but it does have horror icon Robert Z'Dar playing a seemingly indestructible killer named Chuck Sommers, who murders prostitutes, steals their souls, and paints Chinese characters on their bodies. Veteran character actor Charles Napier, who made a career playing hard-ass military types and menacing bad guys, co-stars as Sergeant Striker, an alcoholic L.A. cop who's on the case. Z'Dar's character is loosely based on real-life serial killer Richard Ramirez (also named the Night Stalker), and it was this role that got him the lead role in the cult favorite Maniac Cop.

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Saturday (8/13) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE
presents
The Vortexx premiere of

John Stanley's NIGHTMARE IN BLOOD (1978)

One year before he replaced Bob Wilkins as the host of San Francisco's "Creature Features," Stanley directed, co-wrote, and co-produced this horror-comedy about the guest of honor at a horror convention who turns out to be a real vampire. Stanley and Wilkins make brief appearances as a comic book store customer and a convention attendee, Bela Lugosi shows up in archive footage, and "name" actors Kerwin Mathews and Kathleen Quinlan have cameo roles. As always you can expect Lord Blood-Rah to spice up the mix with movie trailers, a cranial cavity search, and other extras.

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Sunday (8/14) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953)

Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly present another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- CAT WOMEN OF THE MOON (1953). A group of astronauts, led by Sonny Tufts, travel to the moon where they discover it is inhabited by attractive young women in black tights and heavy eye makeup with names like Alpha, Beta, and Lambda. Little do they know that these catty gals are up to no good -- they plan to hijack the space ship! And for those didn't enough arachnid action on Monday, there's also a giant spider. Veteran bad-guy Victor Jory plays one of the astronauts. Marie Windsor, who is miscast as the sole female astronaut, reportedly said that that this was the only film she was ashamed of. Soon-to-be-famous composer Elmer Bernstein, who did the score, is misspelled in the title credits as "Elmer Bernstien."

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Welcome to The Vortexx where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

The Vortexx Eyeballs"Every day is a good day that ends in The Vortexx." You can find us at horrorhost.net and livestream.com/allhorrorhosts. Remember folks, we're the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you're a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.

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Introducing our newest sponsor -- Bloody Pit of Health! Want to eliminate those things that interfere with the harmony of your perfect body? The Bloody Pit has all the latest fitness equipment -- weight room, Olympic-sized pool, and even a spider room. To find the location nearest you, visit their website www.clubdesade.com

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Available in three convenient sizes!
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If you're interested, just e-mail us for Kurt's current location.
Kurt Pasakivi's Used Car Emporium! At Kurt's Emporium you can buy the car of your dreams for a deep discount. If you see a car on the street that you like, just send Kurt a photo of the car and the license plate, and he'll negotiate with the owner and sell it to you at a steal!

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The Official Beers of The Vortexx!
Executioner's Ale! A bloody good red ale crafted in the torture chamber of the Crimson Executioner. Sock Stout! The sock with the hops. A thick and creamy head just for you. [Sock Stout is a trademark of Raen, used with permission.]

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Amazon Andy is the creation of Nick Polotta, a very gifted writer and comedian who, sadly, passed away on April 13, 2013.

Totino's Pizza Rolls, Crimson Royal Jelly, and Amazon Andy's Southern Fried Tarantula Legs! The original sponsors of The Vortexx!

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The Official Food of The Vortexx!
Skull Cornbread! The official food of The Vortexx, served piping hot from the oven of the Crimson Executioner.

The Vortexx - Chia Host

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow airs Tuesday at 9 (ET)

Chia Host! The latest sensation from Mushnick Florists. You can see him every Tuesday night in The Vortexx!

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Two delicious pickle treats!

Chilly Dilly! A delicious pickle treat that's spiced just right for every bite. And now you can "pucker up" with the all-new Chilly Dilly Lip Balm!

The Vortexx - Egg Bleach
Jason "Egg" Brown was an integral part of The Vortexx as a staff member and long-time viewer until his passing on June 27, 2016. Jason may have departed this Earth, but he will live forever in The Vortexx.

"Now that's a product I can really GET BEHIND!" -- Egg.

Egg Bleach! The all-purpose antiseptic for treatment of cuts, scratches, and abrasions. And now you can touch up those "intimate" parts of your body with the all-new Egg Anal Bleach!

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SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in August. Click on thumbnails for full images.

August 1 - 7

 

08/01/1883
Lon Chaney, Sr. born
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08/01/1971
The Omega Man released theatrically
08/01/1986
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives released
theatrically
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0801_Resident_Evil_1_cover
08/01/1996
Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Europe

08/01/1999
Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Europe
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0802_Wes_Craven_2010
08/02/1939
Wes Craven (director of Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street) born
08/02/1999
The Sixth Sense released theatrically
0802_The_sixth_sense
0802_TheOthers
08/02/2001
The Others released
theatrically
08/02/2002
Signs released theatrically
0802_The_Signs_movie
0803_PiranhaPosterA
08/03/1978
Piranha released
theatrically
08/04/1932
White Zombie released theatrically
0804_Poster_-_White_Zombie_01_Crisco_restoration
0805_John_Saxon_1975
08/05/1935
John Saxon born
08/06/1970
M. Night Shyamalan (director ) born
0806_M._Night_Shyamalan_by_Gage_Skidmore
0806_250px-Silent Hill 3_boxart
08/06/2003
Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in North America

August 8 - 14

08/09/2005
Matthew McGrory (Played Tiny in The Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses) died
0809_Matthew_McGrory
0810_Chaos_(2005_film)_poster
08/10/2005
Chaos (2005) released theatrically
08/11/1947
Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator and Dagon) born
0811_800px-Gordon,_Stuart_(2007)

0811_Ein_Zombie_hing_am_Glockenseil_Poster
08/11/1980
City of the Living Dead released theatrically
08/11/1989
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child released theatrically
0811_Nightmare5
0811_Systemshock2box
08/11/1999
System Shock 2 released on PC

08/12/1941
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) released theatrically
0812_Jekyll-hyde_1941
0812_Castlevania_II_Belmont's_Revenge
08/12/1991
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge released on the Game Boy in Japan

08/13/1899
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, born
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0813_Film1953-TheWarOfTheWorlds-OriginalPoster
08/13/1953
The War of the Worlds (1953) released theatrically
08/13/1982
Friday the 13th Part 3 released theatrically
0813_Friday3
0813_Jason_goes_to_hell
08/13/1993
Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday released theatrically
08/13/2004
Alien vs. Predator released theatrically
0813_Avpmovie
0814_Original_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show_poster
08/14/1975
The Rocky Horror Picture Show released theatrically

August 15 - 21

08/15/1986
The Fly (1986) released theatrically
0815_215px-Fly_poster
0815_Manhunter_michael_mann_film_poster
08/15/1986
Manhunter (1986) released theatrically
08/15/1997
Event Horizon released theatrically
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0815_Event_horizon_ver1
08/15/2003
Freddy vs. Jason released theatrically
08/16/1956
Bela Lugosi died (born October 20, 1882)
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0817_Robert_De_Niro_Cannes_2016
08/17/1943
Robert De Niro born
08/17/1969
Donnie Wahlberg (actor in The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Saw II) born
0817_Donnie_Wahlberg_2010
0818_424px-Roman_Polanski_Cannes_2013
08/18/1933
Roman Polanski (director of The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary's Baby, and The Ninth Gate) born
08/18/1969
Edward Norton (actor in Red Dragon) born
0818_437px-Edward_Norton_2012
0819_Nightmare4
08/19/1988
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master released theatrically
08/19/2005
Dead & Breakfast released theatrically
0819_Dead&Breakfast2004
0820_H._P._Lovecraft,_June_1934
08/20/1890
H. P. Lovecraft born
08/21/1943
The Seventh Victim released theatrically
0821_220px-The-Seventh-Victim-poster
0821_220px-An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster
08/21/1981
An American Werewolf in London released theatrically
08/21/1998
Blade released theatrically
0821_220px-Blade_movie

August 22 - 28

0822_390px-Nightofthecreepsposter
08/22/1986
Night of the Creeps released theatrically
08/22/1997
Mimic released theatrically
0822_220px-Mimic
0824_Takashi_Miike
08/24/1960
Takashi Miike (director of Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition) born
08/24/1990
Darkman released theatrically
0824_215px-Darkman_film_poster
0824_John_Carpenter's_Ghosts_of_Mars
08/24/2001
John Carpenter's Ghosts of Mars released theatrically
08/25/1979
Zombi 2 released theatrically
0825_Zombie_Flesh_eaters
0825_Castlevania_-_Dawn_of_Sorrow_Coverart
08/25/2005
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in Japan
08/26/2005
Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Europe
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0827&28_Castlevania_II_Simon's_Quest
08/27/1992
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
08/27/1987
Castlevania II: Simon's Quest released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan
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August 29 - 31

0829_IngridBergmanportrait
08/29/1915
Ingrid Bergman (actress in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)) born
08/29/1935
William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, Rampage, The Guardian, and Bug) born
0829_800px-William_Friedkin
0829_400px-Joel_Schumacher
08/29/1939
Joel Schumacher (director of The Lost Boys) born
08/30/2000
Resident Evil: Survivor released on PlayStation
0830_RE_Survivor_front
0831_220px-Basketcaseposter
08/31/1983
Basket Case released theatrically
08/31/2007
Halloween (2007) released theatrically
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Keep it Evil

ORIGINAL FICTION: After Darkness Finds Its Bite (Part 1)

After Darkness Finds Its Bite
(Part 1)

Miami Beach, April 16, 1981

By Bal Hergel

After Darkness Finds Its Bite 01Pain. Ache. Headache. The throbbing kind. The don’t-wake-me-up-motherfucker kind. Too late. Definitely, the I’m already up kind. So, deplane from your dreams. Abandon the shadows of infancy. Shut your senses to the call of soft and warm. Defile horizontality using muscle and tendon against ground and bone. Stand up, like a totem, like a pole, like a ghost, like a fraud. Your fighting spirit already precedes you like the archangel of the lord. Meanwhile, most of the twitching fibers of your body are loading to recoil.

To be continued...

The Artistry of Horror Photography

By Tracie Hill Prichard

For someone who loves horror movies, what could be better than having photos made that capture you in the starring role? There are plenty of opportunities out there. Taking a stroll through an Internet or Facebook search brings up a wealth of possibilities for one to play out their darkest desires.

Horror photography - Locked Illusions Photography
Photo credit: Locked Illusions Photography

Personally, I've always enjoyed the horror fun of Joshua Hoffine's work as he uses his daughters to capture the elements of nightmares through his photography. A few years ago, I discovered the Facebook page of Locked Illusions Photography out of Houston, Texas. Artist Brit Bentine creates unique works of horror and fantasy art for clients that largely consist of kids and families. What better way to connect to your siblings and parents than to be made up in gore and dark creativity? Brit creates unique experiences for her clients as well as selling special works of art through her Etsy shop.

It has recently come to my attention that there are plenty of photographers who relish in the world of horror and macabre. There are packages available including horror makeovers consisting of costumes, props, sets, makeup, hair, and of course gore! Horror fun can be experienced by anyone, not just the actor, model, or convention cosplayer.

Horror photography - HorrifyMeUK
Photo credit: Horrify Me UK

A simple Facebook search will lead you to such fun creative pages as Horrify Me - Horror Photography and Portraits which is the award winning artistry of Rick Jones. In the UK, you can book horror shoots with Rick, including horror staples such as zombies, vampires, and demons as well as dark boudoir or anything else horrifying that your dark twisted heart desires. If it is movie quality horror you are looking for, Rick and his team deliver.

Horror photography - Anathema Photography
Photo credit: Anathema Photography

Another horror photographer in the UK worth checking out is Danielle Tunstall Photography. She uses a blend of photography and graphic design that is truly unique. Gothic Horror fans will love the work of Amanda Norman Horror Photography based in Liverpool. Beautiful images in cemeteries - both in color and black and white - fill her page. If you are in or near Vancouver, British Columbia, you can book a nightmare inspired shoot with Danielle Anathema from Anathema Photography. From freakish puppets to bizarre mermaids and everything in between, Danielle has got you covered. In the US, check out Emerson Quinn of Horror Photography and Blood Magazine, from Albany, New York. Emerson has consultations available to help you choose between the psychotic hunter and the defenseless victim in your original horror portrait.

There are many horror photography experts and makeup artists offering you many opportunities to try your hand at a starring role in your own piece of dark art or your nightmare-inspired keepsake. These are just a few of the artists I have recently discovered. Be sure to check their Facebook pages and websites for bookings and pricing information in your area.

Don't forget to show theses artists some love by liking their work on their Facebook, Instagram, and Pinterest pages.

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 31 JULY – 07 AUGUST 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
31 JULY - 07 AUGUST 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

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Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including the first exciting episode of NinJuly in August -- a series of martial arts films airing each Tuesday during the month of August on BORDELLO OF HORROR. Check out the schedule for details about all the fine shows airing this week in The Vortexx. Our hosts are Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, The Bone Jangler and Master Gregory, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects, Penny Dreadful & Garou, Lord Blood-Rah, The Bone Ranger & Tombstone (aka Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones), and (making her second appearance in The Vortexx) Misty Brew. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

Vortexx-Nightmare Castle-20160731_Beware Theater

Sunday (7/31) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents

NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965)

Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly go to a European spa from hell tonight as BEWARE THEATER presents another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965). Scream queen Barbara Steele stars as a faithless wife whose husband (Paul Muller from Lady Frankenstein) decides that revenge is a dish best served not only cold -- but heartless. Unfortunately for hubby, his plans for his deceased wife's inheritance are complicated when her wacko sister (Steele in a blonde wig) shows up. As the poster says, see it with someone who’s shockproof. This one is definitely not for the squeamish.

Vortexx-Daytime Dungeon-20160801_Bone Jangler

Monday (8/1) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BONE JANGLER
AND
MASTER GREGORY

present
THE BONE JANGLER'S
DAYTIME DUNGEON
DOUBLE FEATURE

Join us tonight for THE BONE JANGLER'S DAYTIME DUNGEON DOUBLE FEATURE! This great show, hosted by The Bone Jangler and Master Gregory, has been around since 2005. It's aimed at an all-ages audience, and each episode is chock full of classic cartoons, nostalgic music videos, vintage toy commercials, and other family-friendly entertainment. Abbott & Costello and Bugs Bunny will be among the highlights in tonight's episodes, one of which features a very young Master Gregory.

Vortexx-Ninja Death I-20160802_Bordello

Tuesday (8/2) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR'S
NINJULY IN AUGUST

presents
NINJA DEATH 1 (1987)

Tonight Freakshow & the Bordello gang will be presenting the first in a series of crappy but fun Taiwanese martial arts films that ran last month as NinJuly on cable channel 57 in Madison, Wisconsin. We kick off the series with NINJA DEATH 1 (1987) aka Venom of the Ninja -- a near-perfect onslaught of ridiculous fight scenes, crazy costumes, topless babes, hilarious dubbing, and a surprisingly intriguing story. Martial arts champion-turned-actor Alexander Rei Lo stars as Tiger, the owner of a brothel who moonlights as a kung fu artist under the watchful eye of a guy named (what else?) "Master." It's all fun and games until some ninjas inexplicably show up and jeopardize Tiger's

Vortexx-Night of the Blood Beast-20160803_Dr. LadyWednesday (8/3) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE LATE DR. LADY SHOW
presents
NIGHT OF THE BLOOD BEAST (1958)

presents .
In this poor man's Quatermass Xperiment, an astronaut returns to Earth dead. His corpse is revived by an ugly crusty alien who likes to decapitate people. The alien invests his body with what appear to be sea monkeys. Look closely, and you will see in one of the shots that the alien is wearing shoes. One of three movies produced by Gene Corman, Roger's less-talented brother.

Vortexx-Beast of Hollow Mountain-20160806_Public Domain Drive-In

Thursday (8/4) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
PENNY DREADFUL'S SHILLING SHOCKERS
presents
THE SHE-BEAST (1965)

We welcome back PENNY DREADFUL'S SHILLING SHOCKERS with the very first episode we ever aired in The Vortexx! Entitled Reverse the Curse, it has Penny hosting Michael Reeves's THE SHE-BEAST (1965) as she works to reverse a strange curse she accidentally placed upon herself many decades ago. Through a series of flashbacks spanning nearly 700 years, Penny reveals short glimpses of her mysterious past and leaves the viewers with a special little "treat" (or is that a trick?) of her own. Meanwhile, in tonight's movie, scream queen Barbara Steele stars as a tourist in Transylvania possessed by the spirit of an ugly, vengeful witch -- quite the antithesis of tonight's charming host! Mel (Gravis Mushnick) Welles co-stars as a horny innkeeper aptly named Groper.

Vortexx-White Zombie-20160805_Lord Blood-Rah

Friday (8/5) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE
presents
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)

Friday (8/5). 9:00 P.M. (ET). LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents starring Bela Lugosi. It's the first zombie movie ever -- and still arguably one of the best! Fresh from his success in Dracula, Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. In addition to great sets (borrowed from Universal) and lots of living dead (courtesy of master makeup man Jack Pierce), there's some pretty weird music, some of it by Xavier Cugat. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will adding spice to the mix with plenty of movie trailers, a Cranial Cavity Search, and other extras.

Vortexx-Beast of Hollow Mountain-20160806_Public Domain Drive-In

Saturday (8/6) @ 8:00 P.M. (ET)
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN
SUMMER ROUNDUP

presents
THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956)

PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN SUMMER ROUNDUP with Cnl. Graves and Smiley Bones concludes tonight with the third of three action-packed episodes! Tonight our hosts Tombstone Graves and the Bone Ranger are presenting THE BEAST OF HOLLOW MOUNTAIN (1956). It's cowboys versus dinosaurs as Guy Madison (best known as TV's Wild Bill Hickok) goes up against a T-Rex in this offbeat mix of the western and horror genres. Willis O'Brien, the creator of King Kong, came up with the idea, but unfortunately the producers were too cheap to hire him to do the stop-motion animation. Ray Harryhausen would pull off the same story much better a decade later in The Valley of Gwangi. But, hey, when you're limited to public domain fare, this is about as good as it gets in the cowboy-dinosaur genre.

 

Vortexx-Theater of Blood-20160807_Misty Brew

Sunday (8/7) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE
presents
THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973)

Join us tonight as MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE returns to The Vortexx for its second appearance! Tonight Misty will be presenting Vincent Price in his favorite movie role as she hosts the deliciously campy horror-comedy THEATRE OF BLOOD (1973). Price stars as Shakespearian actor Edward Lionheart, who murders the critics who snubbed him by using famous death scenes from Shakespeare plays (Macbeth, Richard III, etc.) as his models. Diana (The Avengers) Rigg plays his daughter and accomplice. The stellar supporting cast includes Robert Morley & a couple of very unfortunate poodles, Jack Hawkins, Diana Dors, Dennis Price, Milo O'Shea, Robert Coote, and Coral Browne -- an Australian actress whom Price met on the set and married a year later.

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Welcome to The Vortexx where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

The Vortexx - septagons"Every day is a good day that ends in The Vortexx." You can find us at horrorhost.net and livestream.com/allhorrorhosts. Remember folks, we're the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you're a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.

The Vortexx - Bloody Pit of Health Fitness Centers

If you don't get the results you're looking for within the eight weeks of the program, The Azure Executioner guarantees that he will personally throw you into his exclusive vat of acid!
Introducing our newest sponsor -- Bloody Pit of Health! Want to eliminate those things that interfere with the harmony of your perfect body? The Bloody Pit has all the latest fitness equipment -- weight room, Olympic-sized pool, and even a spider room. To find the location nearest you, visit their website www.clubdesade.com

The Vortexx - Mummy Fart

Available in three convenient sizes!
Mummy Fart! The perfect product to get those pleasant smells out of your tomb. Available in three convenient sizes!

The Vortexx - Kurt Pasakivi's Used Car Emporium

If you're interested, just e-mail us for Kurt's current location.
Kurt Pasakivi's Used Car Emporium! At Kurt's Emporium you can buy the car of your dreams for a deep discount. If you see a car on the street that you like, just send Kurt a photo of the car and the license plate, and he'll negotiate with the owner and sell it to you at a steal!

The Vortexx - Executioner's Ale

The Official Beers of The Vortexx!
Executioner's Ale! A bloody good red ale crafted in the torture chamber of the Crimson Executioner. Sock Stout! The sock with the hops. A thick and creamy head just for you. [Sock Stout is a trademark of Raen, used with permission.]

The Vortexx - Amazon Andy

Amazon Andy is the creation of Nick Polotta, a very gifted writer and comedian who, sadly, passed away on April 13, 2013.

Totino's Pizza Rolls, Crimson Royal Jelly, and Amazon Andy's Southern Fried Tarantula Legs! The original sponsors of The Vortexx!

The Vortexx Skull Cornbread

The Official Food of The Vortexx!
Skull Cornbread! The official food of The Vortexx, served piping hot from the oven of the Crimson Executioner.

The Vortexx - Chia Host

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow airs Tuesday at 9 (ET)

Chia Host! The latest sensation from Mushnick Florists. You can see him every Tuesday night in The Vortexx!

The Vortexx - Chilly Dilly

Two delicious pickle treats!

Chilly Dilly! A delicious pickle treat that's spiced just right for every bite. And now you can "pucker up" with the all-new Chilly Dilly Lip Balm!

The Vortexx - Egg Bleach
Jason "Egg" Brown was an integral part of The Vortexx as a staff member and long-time viewer until his passing on June 27, 2016. Jason may have departed this Earth, but he will live forever in The Vortexx.

"Now that's a product I can really GET BEHIND!" -- Egg.

Egg Bleach! The all-purpose antiseptic for treatment of cuts, scratches, and abrasions. And now you can touch up those "intimate" parts of your body with the all-new Egg Anal Bleach!

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SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

COMING SOON: RAPT 2016 (Indie short)

By John Roisland

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If there's one film you need to keep an eye out for, it's Rapt. More and more lately, the independent movie scene is on the move and growing larger everyday. There's so much hidden talent out there and, unfortunately, there're still a lot of movie and horror film fans that are leery about putting down their hard-earned cash for a DVD that doesn't have a major movie label on the DVD box, a huge name in the cast, or a great soundtrack.

Well, I'm here to introduce to you a short film that I think you will all enjoy. The film is called Rapt and is brought to you and filmed on location and by some great people in New Jersey. The story is that of a disgruntled, down on his luck, independent horror film director (Russell Hackett) giving his debut film a viewing at a small but extremely cool local film house where they do film testing. Sadly, the audience’s response to the director's film is less than comforting as not only do people criticize it, but many even walk out. This throws the filmmaker into a downward spiral, his depression now fueling his rage at rejection. One by one he hunts the movie goers who were less than kind to his film with an eye to make all of them the leads in his next horror film. No makeup or SFX are needed for the cast as he brutally slays all of them on camera.

When Rapt co-writer and star of the film Russell Hackett asked me a few weeks ago if I would consider viewing and giving my thoughts on the film, I responded that I'd be honored to do so. I’m very glad that I did as one highlight of the film for me was getting to see faces of online friends that I have not yet personally met, such as Deana Demko, Todd Staruch, and Russell Hackett, who gave a very impressive performance as Filmmaker.

12310536_10208014129297030_1832838868256629080_nThe film was co-written by Russell Hackett and Jerry Janda (Painkiller) and directed by Thomas Ryan (writer and executive producer Day 9). Keep an eye on Ryan because he is on the move and has an eye for the camera that really makes you feel his vision.

The film itself runs just under 40 minutes, but don't mistake a short run time for lack of quality. Rapt is a good, solid film that possesses everything you would want and expect from a quality film. It has realistic dialogue and believable acting, which are complemented by clever use of lighting and excellent sound. And, might I add, it has a great score to boot!

Rapt is a refreshing and original film brought to you by DocHack Productions and Theater of Terror (that director Thomas Ryan founded). I highly recommend you check out Rapt online and hop on over and give their Facebook page a like. Be a true horror fan, and help support the independent movie scene!

Russell, thank you for the opportunity!

Keep It Evil.

where horror is home

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