MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

By Shock
Mister Monster - Over Your Dead Body / Image: Discog.com
For about 17 years now, Mister Monster has been a staple in the Horror Punk fan's collection. Well, to those of us who have been fortunate to hear the best horror punk album ever written. Some of the newer guys and girls to the scene have stated they do not know who Mister Monster is or what they're about. For those who may not have heard the album Over Your Dead Body, here's a little song by song write up on an album that changed the way a lot of us looked at the genre of Horror Punk.
With Over Your Dead Body, released March 19, 2001, the New Jersey-based Mister Monster set a new standard with a subdivision of Horror Punk called Boo Wop. OYDB had been anticipated for a few years and prior to its release a handful of demos and singles were released. OYDB showed people what the band was about, introduced the Boo Wop sound and style, and highlighted the outstanding musicianship of the band.
The album album opens with a track called "Weird NJ", a news report about different females named Anna or Annie around the New Jersey area who have been killed, describing in detail the different fictional (or were they?) murders and cannibalistic rituals involved. They then slide into the song "Over Your Dead Body", which alone set the standard that could have carried this band for another two decades. This song is simply the best written song from start to finish. Full of murder, love, and necrophilia, this song really gets you amped for the whole record. While not every song is as masterful as this one, it certainly sets the standard and showcased what Mister Monster was capable of.
Following this amazing opening is "Guaranteed to Bleed" which we can tell by listening has that Boo Wop sound, a nice mixture of 50s/60s doo wop and modern day punk rock. It really gave way to a sound that wasn't present in any band at the time or before. Following this was "Love Thornz" and "This Night I Call Bad Luck", two songs that I've heard some say represent their lives. "This Night I Call Bad Luck" really when you put this on you're thinking, 'Yes, Jsin, I totally feel ya, bro'. With its catchy hook, and relateable lyrics that aren't precisely horror, it's still fitting for the genre and gives us a look into the mind of Jsin Trioxin and how he sees things outside of the horror field.
Track 6, "'Til the End", is by far my favorite song on the album. This track that really gets down to business musically and with such artistry that the music pulls you in and the lyrics right away give you chills. Go ahead and listen. I promise you, this one will change the way you see things, putting images in your head instantly of what is playing out in the lyrics. It's a beautiful song that is in a classification all on its own.
From here it goes into "Murder 4 Hire", a song that is very dirty in nature, evident from the end of "'Til the End", which acts as an intro to "Murder 4 Hire". "One, two, three or four..would you like any more of my blood stained fingers inside....you". Then it goes into this completely necrophilia-driven song. And if you're REALLY into horror, use it as a get your girl in the mood song instead of something like Marvin Gaye or any other Barry White type love song. This one will do it for the punkers and metal heads. The album carries on with "Bigger Shop of Horrors" and then "Prom Night".
"Prom Night" was the first song I heard from Mister Monster when it was still a demo. Let me say Boo Wop definitely is what this song defines. Paying homage to the story Carrie, "Prom Night" brings a really classic rock n' roll vibe and makes you want to grab a girl and sock hop dance. It's such a great track that it makes you feel like you're in the song. After this is "Amy Sue", and I've had many arguments with people over this song. Personally, I don't like it. Too slow for my taste, and I could never get into it at all; however, others would say it's the best song on the record. "Teenaged Dreams" and "Tina and Freddy" follow "Amy Sue" making up for the slower vibe. "Tina and Freddy" another Return of the Living Dead reference, is very fast and almost metal in style and is for sure a head banger. Getting further into the album, "Little Frankenstein" goes back to the Boo Wop style and sucks you back in to that genre created by this band. Next is "Her Open Grave", another slower piece I usually skip because, well, I just do. I've heard it a few hundred times but still can't get into the style that it is. Some of you may feel differently, and that's cool as well.
"Gore Whore" on the other hand, which is homage to Trash from Return of the Living Dead, rocks. Something that really gets you with music is not always being able to understand the singer, so when you listen to this one and hear, "She likes to bat fuck...she's my little gore whore". You won't hear bat. So, have a chuckle at this one, a lot of us have for years. It's a solid song with a heavy overtone and is great for anyone with a dirty mind and love of zombies. Then it goes right into "Resident Evil" another metal style piece; extra fast but crooner style vocals really make this song something to remember and get stuck in your head for years.
"Dead Flesh Gurl", another necrophilia driven song, is slower but still a decent listen. Next it goes into "Transylvania Mania", something completely different. This song is that. I remember listening to a radio interview with Jsin Trioxin in which he stated he and Myke Hideous were drinking one night and laid the vocals for this one. It's not really singing at all, just random spooky nonsense.
Finally, they end the album with "Send More Paramedics". What do you know? Another Return of the Living Dead reference; however, it has nothing to do with the movie. This is a ghostly tale of sorts and pretty much a love song that is another favorite of mine on the album.
This album is solid from start to finish (evidenced by the the fact I have had 18 copies of the album and that this is the first thing I mention when anyone asks what I'm into). Lyrically, it's a magical piece. I remember a conversation I had with Jsin one night when he was playing guitar for Blitzkid and the band I was in played with them that night. I asked about a particular lyric and what it meant he said, "You take away from it what you think it means". So, unless it's a blatant reference, you will have to figure it out for yourself. Musically, this is the best album period. Hands down. No matter what genre you're into, if you're a true music fan, this is the album for you. Punk, horror, rock'n'roll, metal... this album has every bit of it blended perfectly in 19 tracks.
Some of us fans have been waiting for years to finally hear new music, and all we have been given are singles here and there and word on the street that is there is another album being made. When it is released, I'll be all over it. I can say, though, topping this album is pretty impossible. I listen to many genres and many different bands, and this one has been my favorite for a very long time. This album is number 1 on my list. If you haven't listened, then click the link below and enjoy the whole thing. If you have the opportunity to purchase the album, do so! It's money well spent, I promise you that.
Keep it Creepy,
-Schock

EDITORIAL: Why Aren’t We Watching The Exorcist?

By Dixielord
We're all friends here right? I don't want to make assumptions but we have built up some small amount of trust haven't we? Sure maybe I'm a little too generous on some films, but overall I try to steer ya right. So, anyway, I think, and hope, I'm not too far out of line in wanting to ask you this.. I just feel I need to ask, and I hope you aren't offended, but, why the fuck aren't you watching The Exorcist?
The Exorcist movie poster / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.
I know, I know. I grimaced and groaned when I first heard about the movie being plundered for a TV series. With the critical success of Hannibal, and the commercial success of The Walking Dead, television has been looking for any and every horror property to look for a series. Some, like The Omen are stillborn (too far to stretch for a pun?), but honestly, quite a few have been good to great (Bates Motel, Ash vs Evil Dead). So why are people so reluctant to give The Exorcist a chance? Honestly, I don't know. TV, at least recently, has as good as or a better, record of "remaking" horror properties than the big screen. But we are letting The Exorcist die, and I'm saying "we" because it took four episodes in before I decided to give it a chance.
Geena Davis and Alfonso Herrera from The Exorcist / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.

I wasn't willing to give The Exorcist a shot at first

Luckily I have a hand full of friends whom I really trust with movie and TV suggestions. Now I don't always agree, but I agree often enough that I respect them and usually follow those suggestions. So I gave The Exorcist a try.
I loved it. I watched the first four episodes twice to let it soak in. No joke. I'm still watching. It gets better each episode and it doesn't pull any punches. It's bloody and gory, maybe not to the extremes of Hannibal but it doesn't shirk from wetworks. It also doesn't back away from our main character, played by Hannah Kasulka committing murder while under demonic possession. This folks is real horror. The best true horror on television right now. It's good a good story, great acting and some very cool effects. It pays great homage to the Blair possession make up and effects without carbon copying them. What I'm trying to say is, it's really good.
So why aren't "we" as a horror community watching? It has a killer (overused pun) cast including Kasulka, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrara, Alan Ruck, and Sharon Gless. I'm trying not to give out any spoilers, but the series ties in directly to the original movie. Forget all the mediocre sequels (other than Legion) this is, in fact (possible spoiler), a direct sequel to the classic film starring Linda Blair. Including a flash back type sequence, and "news reel" footage of the after effects of the original film. I should also give a shout out to Sophie Thatcher who plays a young Regan. She does a great job of bridging the gap between Blair and .... I'm not telling you that part. You need to watch. You really need to watch.
Seriously, you need to watch. The ratings, honestly, suck. The fact the show is on FOX isn't comforting, either. With their history, we cant count on them to give the series two or three seasons to build an audience. And we shouldn't get too pissed at them if they cancel The Exorcist. We are the ones who aren't watching, who aren't supporting it. Now if you are watching, ignore this, keep up the good work. If you tried it and didn't like it, well to each their own, at least you gave it a shot. It wouldn't hurt to give it another shot, watch a few more episodes, but I won't harangue you about it.
But for those who refuse to give it a chance... for those who never gave Hannibala chance, what the fuck, man? Horror fans, nerd fans, we got it good right now. Let's not lose another great show because we couldn't even bother to give it a fucking look. We couldn't invest the time to check out four episodes or so. The Exorcist is worth at least that much effort. It will die without our support. If not this season, then next. I don't know what the creator's long term goal is, but I want to see it run its natural course and not end prematurely.
You can catch new episodes of The Exorcist Friday Nights on Fox with past episodes available on Demand.

RECAP: TWD, S07E07, Sing Me a Song

By Tammie Parker
OMG! Carl gave me a heart attack! This kid right here, though! Talk about gung-ho! First off he's going solo, huh? *Yells at TV* Hey, at least before Jesus jumped out he sliced through some boxes so when the Saviors pick them up the bottom comes out. PERFECT πŸ˜€ Then here's Carl, just going to ride til the end and just start shooting huh. OMG!
And Negan's reaction was ever so smooth. Not freaking out because someone is shooting or that his men were killed. No go ape-shit and killing Carl there on the spot. Just Mr.Calm. Negan just takes Carl into The Sanctuary and proceeds to go about his regular schedule.
Chandler Riggs as Carl Grimes, Jeffrey Dean Morgan as Negan - The Walking Dead, Season 7, Episode 7 / Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
Pause. Check out everyone stopping what they are doing and kneeling for Negan. Not a sound. WOW. Talk about discipline. YES, Negan is the King Dingaling. Some may see it as fear, some may see it as respect, and some say both are right. Regardless, Negan is in full control, and Carl notices, which (A) Shows him how unprepared he truly was for this task and (B) is a bit of a look into the future and in the past, as far as how Rick handles leadership in Carl's opinion.
Negan has a Harem! And here he is again, offering someone a lady for the evening. I'm sure Carl is scared beyond capabilities at this point, however! He has come to terms with what a stupid move he just pulled and is noticing he had no clue the full Negan effect. The boy just had his first kiss and didn't even pause to enjoy that.
Now back to respect/fear! Negan has a sit down with Carl in his room.
Fat Joe comes in bringing him Lucille. Negan gets completely weird, BUT I was happy to see AMC let him use more of his colorful words. Bats don't have pussies! Back to Negan and Carl. Negan makes Carl take off his bandages and we finally see the grotesqueness that was his right eye! twd-carl-eyesocketI was feeling more pity for Carl at this point to even be disgusted at that sight. Carl is on the verge of shaking like Olivia right now. And Negan wants a performance. Carl must sing and entertain this asshole. Carl is not a singer, never claimed to be. So wtf? Carl did jump up at one point and tell Negan to jump out the window! OH, you almost had it, but you've gotta be quicker than that. So here we have this boy going through puberty so his voice is all over the place anyway, he is scare out of his wit, and now embarrassed and out of his comfort zone entirely and he must sing. Sing what?? Negan suggests he sing a song his mother used to sing to him. OH SURE, I bet that really helped Carl calm down. So, shaking, Carl starts singing 'You Are My Sunshine'. If he was not nervous enough before, here comes Negan swinging his bat all around, bashing in invisible heads. Negan stops him to say that the iron is ready. Comic book gold, I tell ya!!
So Negan paces around this room of a kneeling audience while talking about respect, and rules, and the need for punishment when someone breaks the rules. Look, a handsome man here in The Sanctuary..........oh well. Looks like Negan is a little confused about what to do for face wrinkles! Mark was Amber's (now one of Negan's wives) boyfriend. These two had a tryst, apparently, and Negan found out.
OH hey Spencer being more of an ass. And Rosita strapping on, and reminding him who has the reigns. We will get back to Rosita in a moment. So Spencer and Father Gabriel take a ride πŸ™‚ Spencer rambles on about not liking Rick and how much Rick has screwed things up. Now it's Father Gabe's turn to put him in his place. Did the pastor just say Spencer is being a shit? Then, LMAO, FatherDick has ShitDick pull over, and Gabe just walks home. That is too good!
Am I the only one who missed Eugene rambling on? It took me a minute to catch on that he was going on and on and on. LUVIT. But hang on, Rosita has blown a socket! Go easy on our tender scientist, young lady, and stop bullying. You need a time out. Well now damn, Eugene you are not helping by actually making a damn bullet anyway. Eugene, the fluffer. #FacePalm
Speaking of women, we see Michonne back out there. Oh Lort, she starts whistling. Please, no, we hear enough of that from the Saviors.
Couldn't she have sung to get walkers attention? LOL. At first I thought she was going to make new pets, so I was really confused when she just took them out and dragged them away. Later we see Michonne has made an awesome roadblock(!), and whoever this woman is has no sense for surroundings, so she must be a Savior! What's really ironic is now Negan is in Alexandria!
Speaking of Negan in Alexandria, he manages to get Olivia to cry. Then he offers her a mercy fuck. That gets him a slap on the face - and a real good ear ringer at that! Which Negan enjoys, OF COURSE! And here comes my favorite quote of the night, "I am now 50% more into you"! LMAO. My laughs were quickly silenced with Negan going around the house exploring. I was actually typing nononononono in our group chat last night as Negan opens Judith's nursery door. DAMMIT! What is he going to do? I hardly ever worry too much about what is going to happen on this show, but this has me worried. After all, Judith didn't have a chance in the comics, and Negan does like to take half your stuff! This bastard is actually sitting on the porch with scared, one-eyed Carl, sipping lemonade and talking baby talk to Judith, enjoying the evening. OMG.
Wait a minute! What are Rick and Aaron doing in the back of another truck?! Whose truck is it? How did they get in it? When did they get in it? Why? Who has the crappy handwriting and is making these lousy signs?
That some security system, I tell ya. Until the two get to the pond with the boat out in the middle, I was thinking the owner was a complete tool. But, WOW, at least he had one genius thought! The Walker/Bobbers are flipping awesome! So someone has to hop in this aluminum boat, and oar their way through walkers to get to that boat! I love it.
And we see Jesus has made it. OMG, I thought Negan figured out he was up there when they stopped. I'm glad to see he was able to get down and hidden without a sound. I do love ninjas! Wonder what his next move is? Is he going to run into Daryl while looking for Carl? I bet $100 he will be the one to get Daryl out properly!
Daryl does have the green light to go! That was the key on the back of that 'Go now' note slipped under his door. Negan must have forgotten to leave one of his minions in charge while he's in Alexandria, just like he forgot Lucille when Carl showed up. D'OH!
Remember next week will be 90 minutes for the mid-season finale.

EDITORIAL: Help a Horror Host

Woofer McWooferson
House of Tortured Souls recently discovered that a friend in the horror community, creepy host Riggor Mortiss, whose show Riggor Mortiss Presents airs on The Vortexx, has a cancerous tumor and mounting medical bills. Since it is the season of giving, we would like to encourage donations from anyone looking for a good cause. You can even see who you’re helping by tuning in to The Vortexx tonight for Riggor Mortiss Presents...
RIGGOR MORTISS PRESENTS presents Mario Bava's THE MASK OF SATAN (1960)
Monday (12/5). 9:00 P.M. (ET) RIGGOR MORTISS PRESENTS with Riggor and Nyte Angel presents Mario Bava's THE MASK OF SATAN (1960). Scream queen Barbara Steele plays a dual role as a vengeful witch who returns from the grave and the beautiful descendant whose body she wants to possess. On a personal note, Riggor is suffering from a cancerous tumor and needs help paying his medical bills. We hope that all who enjoy tonight's episode of Riggor Mortiss Presents will show their appreciation for this great host and this great show by making a donation to Riggor's GoFundMe page. No donation is too small!
Here at House of Tortured Souls, we know first hand how devastating that illnesses can be - physically, mentally, and financially, so we want to do what we can to help. Here’s a little more detail about where your donation will go:
My name is Terry Byrd. I portray a creepy horror host named Riggor Mortiss. In mid-2014, I was diagnosed with a cancerous tumor called a gastrointestinal stromal tumor (G.I.S.T.). This thing was as big as my head. I underwent surgery to have it removed, to no avail. It had attached itself to various organs and blood vessels. It was literally bleeding me dry.... feeding on my blood. I had a cess drainage hose and ostomy bag attached to me for a year and a half. Regular C.T. scans, labs and check up visits have caused bills to add up. Several thousands of dollars later, I'm unable to get them all paid, and collectors are calling for payment. I've tried to do a second job, but my energy level has dropped off from what it was. I'm the only one in the household that works. I work overtime at my current job when needed or when I can, but this tumor seems to have left me quite weak and vulnerable. Any "horror host" like Nyte Angel and I can tell you...we don't get any money from hosting, especially if they manage themselves and do all the things necessary to bring you our show. I am also on an expensive chemo drug called Gleevec, which insurance (thank goodness) is paying for.
I REALLY need some help. ANYTHING you do will be greatly appreciated.
FEEL FREE TO SHARE! THANK YOU ALL IN ADVANCE!
So, please, if you’ve got something to spare, help out one of our own and donate at Riggor's GoFundMe page.
Woofer McWooferson, Editor-in-Chief
#GoFundMe #GoodCause #Donate #Charity #PayItForward #CancerSux #FuckCancer

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR DECEMBER 4 – 11, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson
Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
Welcome to The Vortexx where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of shows, hosts, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, with one great new movie making its Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites. Our hosts are Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, Movie House Ron, Riggor Mortiss & Nyte Angel, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Sigmund Zoid & Sluggo, Mr. Lobo, Dr. Lady & The Usual Suspects, Lord Blood-Rah, and Misty Brew. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!
CHRISTMAS DADDY will make all your Christmas wishes come true!
Christmas is little more than a month away, and that means our very own bearer of Yuletide gifts CHRISTMAS DADDY will be coming to The Vortexx soon to make your Christmas wishes come true. A new slack module . . . a membership in the Puppy of the Month Club . . . a Dr Lady action figure . . . a singing Sluggo plushie that also does lap dances. . . . Those are just a few of the wonderful gifts that Christmas Daddy has given to our viewers in years past. Whatever your wish may be this year, just send an e-mail to Christmas Daddy at The Vortexx North Pole and he'll do his very best to make it happen. You can reach Christmas Daddy at christmasdaddy@horrorhost.net
BEWARE THEATER presents Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
Sunday (12/4). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People presents another gem from the golden age of black-and-white -- Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). A couple of pompous aliens in silk pajamas (Dudley Manlove and Joanna Lee) and their leader The Ruler (Bunny Breckinridge) plan to resurrect Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson as slow moving zombies. Why? Because all you of Earth are idiots, that's why! Bela died shortly before shooting began, so Ed used some footage he had of Bela, wrote a script around it, and persuaded his wife's chiropractor (Tom Mason) to shoot the rest of the scenes with a cape hiding his face. Did he really think no one would notice? We're sure Arachna is going to have a lot of fun with this post-Thanksgiving turkey!
MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE presents SHUT IN (2016)
Please Note: Arachna's show will be preceded by a MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE with Ron Purtee. Tonight Ron takes a few moments to talk about the Canadian-made thriller SHUT IN (2016) starring Naomi Watts.
RIGGOR MORTISS PRESENTS presents Mario Bava's THE MASK OF SATAN (1960)
Monday (12/5). 9:00 P.M. (ET) RIGGOR MORTISS PRESENTS with Riggor and Nyte Angel presents Mario Bava's THE MASK OF SATAN (1960). Scream queen Barbara Steele plays a dual role as a vengeful witch who returns from the grave and the beautiful descendant whose body she wants to possess. On a personal note, Riggor is suffering from a cancerous tumor and needs help paying his medical bills. We hope that all who enjoy tonight's episode of Riggor Mortiss Presents will show their appreciation for this great host and this great show by making a donation to Riggor's GoFundMe page. No donation is too small!
BORDELLO OF HORROR presents DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974)
Tuesday (12/6). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BORDELLO OF HORROR presents DEVIL TIMES FIVE (1974). Five psycho kids escape from a mental hospital and proceed to terrorize and kill a group of adults on a winter vacation at a remote mountain ski lodge. Hammers, axes, chains, and even a piranha and a snowman are all involved in the carnage. Boss Hogg (Sorrell Booke) plays one of the adults; former child actor Leif Garrett is one of the psycho kids. This is Mistress Malicious's debut show, folks, so don't miss it! In addition to the movie, Freakshow will be presenting musical guest DR.CHUD's X-Ward, a movie review by Mark The Movie Maniac from The Final Cut, and more!
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES presents WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966)
Wednesday (12/7). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Thanksgiving may be officially over but were bringing it back tonight with the ALTERNATIVE REALITIES THANKSGIVING SHOW! Tonight Dr. Zoid and Sluggo are hosting WAR OF THE MONSTERS (1966) aka Gamera vs. Barugon, which first aired in The Vortexx as a special Thanksgiving episode on November 29, 2013. Gamera the Flying Turtle goes mano a mano against Barugon, the Demon Dog from Hell, in this second entry in the popular Gamera series. Needless to say, Tokyo takes its usual beating before Gamera finally saves the day.
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents Dario Argento's DEEP RED (1975)
Thursday (12/8). 9:00 P.M. (ET) CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents Dario Argento's DEEP RED (1975). This stylish and imaginative shocker by the master of Italian horror was released a year before Suspiria. David Hemmings stars as an Englishman in Rome who witnesses a murder and then teams up with a feisty reporter to find the killer. He finds many of his avenues of inquiry cut off by new murders and begins to wonder how the murderer can track his movements so closely.
THE LATE DR. LADY SHOW presents Michael Winner's THE SENTINEL (1977)
Friday (12/9). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE LATE DR. LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects returns to The Vortexx to present Michael Winner's THE SENTINEL (1977). John Carradine plays a mute priest who guards the gates of Hell in this supernatural thriller, which also stars Chris (Fright Night) Sarandon, Cristina Raines, and Burgess Meredith. An all-star supporting cast includes Martin (Psycho) Balsam, Tom Berenger, Beverly D'Angelo, Richard Dreyfuss, Jose Ferrer, Ava Gardner, Jeff Goldblum, Arthur Kennedy, Jerry Orbach, Eli Wallach, and Christopher Walken. This movie generated some controversy when it was discovered that Winner had used real human oddities to play the misshapen characters in the memorable concluding scene.
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents ATTACK FROM SPACE (1964)
Saturday (12/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET) LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents ATTACK FROM SPACE (1964). Paunchy superhero Starman must once again rescue the Earth -- this time from an invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions. Dubbed and re-edited from the Super Giant featurettes of the late 1950s, this is an entertaining Japanese cheese fest with many unintended laughs. And we can depend on Lord Blood-Rah to liven things up with movie trailers, trivia, and other cool stuff, including we hope a cranial cavity search.
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of Arthur Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1939)
Sunday (12/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of Arthur Conan Doyle's THE HOUND OF THE BASKERVILLES (1939). The game is afoot tonight as Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce star in the first (and arguably the best) of the fourteen movies that they would make together as Sherlock Holmes and his bumbling sidekick Dr. Watson between 1939 and 1946. Richard Greene (who received top billing when the movie was released) co-stars as Sir Henry Baskerville, the heir to the cursed Baskerville estate. Cast members under suspicion include horror veterans Lionel Atwill as Dr. James Mortimer and John Carradine as Barryman the butler. Misty's show will be preceded by a MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE with Ron Purtee. Tonight Ron takes a few moments to talk about Kevin Smith's new horror-comedy YOGA HOSERS (2016).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

History of Horror in December

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

December 1 - 7

12/01/1944 – House of Frankenstein (1944) released theatrically
House of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
Howling II / Fair use doctrine.
12/01/1985 – Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch released theatrically
12/02/1924 – John Herbert β€œJonathan” Frid (Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows) born
John Herbert β€œJonathan” Frid / Fair use doctrine.
London After Midnight / Fair use doctrine.
12/03/1927 – London After Midnight released theatrically
12/04/1954 – Tony Todd (actor in Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman, and Final Destination) born
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Cat People / Fair use doctrine.
12/06/1942 – Cat People (1942) released theatrically
12/07/1945 – House of Dracula released theatrically
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December 8 - 14

Blade: Trinity / Fair use doctrine.
12/08/2004 – Blade: Trinity released theatrically
12/10/1992 – Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
Paul Wegener / Fair use doctrine.
12/11/1874 – Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) born (d. 1913)
12/12/1941 – The Wolf Man (1941) released theatrically
The Wolf Man / Fair use doctrine.
Phantom of the Opera / Fair use doctrine.
12/12/1943 – Phantom of the Opera (1943) released theatrically
12/12/1997 – Scream 2 released theatrically
Scream 2 / Fair use doctrine.
Wendie Malick / Image: MingleMediaTVNetwork
12/13/1950 – Wendie Malick (actress in the Tales from the Crypt episode "In the Groove") born
12/14/1955 – Tarantula released theatrically
Tarantula / Public Domain.
Ted Raimi / Image: GabboT
12/14/1965 – Ted Raimi (actor in numerous horror films) born
12/14/2002 – Cabin Fever released theatrically
Cabin Fever / Fair use doctrine.
King Kong / Fair use doctrine.
12/14/2005 – King Kong (2005) released theatrically

December 15 - 20

12/15/1974 – Young Frankenstein released theatrically
Young Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
Ghost Story / Fair use doctrine.
12/15/1981 – Ghost Story released theatrically
12/16/1970 – Night Gallery premieres on television
Night Gallery / Fair use doctrine.
The Keep / Fair use doctrine.
12/16/1983 – The Keep released theatrically
12/16/1976 – King Kong (1976) released theatrically
King Kong / Fair use doctrine.
Nancy Kyes / Fair use doctrine.
12/19/1949 – Nancy Kyes (usually credited as Nancy Loomis, actress in Halloween and The Fog) born
12/19/1956 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) released theatrically
The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Fair use doctrine.
Little Shop of Horrors / Fair use doctrine.
12/19/1986 – Little Shop of Horrors released theatrically
12/20/1996 – Scream released theatrically
Scream / Fair use doctrine.
Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) / Fair use doctrine.

December 21 - 27

12/21/1921 – Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) born
12/21/1966 – Kiefer Sutherland (actor in The Lost Boys and Flatliners) born
Kiefer Sutherland / Image: Gage Skidmore
Freddie Francis / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1917 – Freddie Francis (director and cinematographer of many horror films) born
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12/22/1932 – The Mummy (1932) released theatrically
The Mummy / Fair use doctrine.
Son of Kong / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1933 – Son of Kong released theatrically
12/22/1944 – The Mummy's Curse released theatrically
The Mummy's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1989 – Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan
12/23/1971 – Corey Haim (actor in Silver Bullet and The Lost Boys) born (d. 2010)
Corey Haim / Image: Bree from Worcester, MA
Diedrich Bader / Image: Gage Skidmore
12/24/1966 – Diedrich Bader (actor in Dead & Breakfast) born
12/25/1946 – The Beast with Five Fingers released theatrically
The Beast with Five Fingers / Fair use doctrine.
The Innocents / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/1961 – The Innocents released theatrically in France
12/25/1997 – An American Werewolf in Paris released theatrically
An American Werewolf in Paris / Fair use doctrine.
The Faculty / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/1998 – The Faculty released theatrically
12/25/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
Wolf Creek / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/2005 – Wolf Creek released theatrically
12/26/1973 – The Exorcist released theatrically
The Exorcist / Fair use doctrine.
The Invisible Woman / Fair use doctrine.
12/27/1940 – The Invisible Woman released theatrically
12/28/1888 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) born (d. 1931)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau / Public Domain.

December 29 - 31

Ghost in the Machine / Fair use doctrine.
12/29/1993 – Ghost in the Machine released theatrically
12/30/1942 – Fred Ward (actor in Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks) born
Fred Ward / Fair use doctrine.
Eliza Dushku / Image: Alex Archambault from Dallas, TX
12/30/1980 – Eliza Dushku (actress in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Soul Survivors, Wrong Turn, and Open Graves) born
12/31/1931 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) released theatrically
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Fair use doctrine.
Sean Cunningham / Image: GabboT
12/31/1941 – Sean S. Cunningham (creator of the Friday the 13th series of films) born
12/31/1957 – The Strange World of Planet X released theatrically
The Strange World of Planet X / Fair use doctrine.
Zombie Revenge / Fair use doctrine.
12/31/1999 – Zombie Revenge released on Dreamcast and arcade

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 27 – DECEMBER 4, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson
Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
Welcome to The Vortexx where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, with one movie making its Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites. Our hosts are Misty Brew, Movie House Ron, Riggor Mortiss & Nyte Angel, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Timber Wulff & co-hosts Mina and Lucy, Danvers, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones, and Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!
CHRISTMAS DADDY will make all your Christmas wishes come true!
Christmas is little more than a month away, and that means our very own bearer of Yuletide gifts CHRISTMAS DADDY will be coming to The Vortexx soon to make your Christmas wishes come true. A new slack module . . . a membership in the Puppy of the Month Club . . . a Dr Lady action figure . . . a singing Sluggo plushie that also does lap dances. . . . Those are just a few of the wonderful gifts that Christmas Daddy has given to our viewers in years past. Whatever your wish may be this year, just send an e-mail to Christmas Daddy at The Vortexx North Pole and he'll do his very best to make it happen. You can reach Christmas Daddy at christmasdaddy@horrorhost.net

Sunday (11/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW
presents
MISTY BREW'S FANGSGIVING SPECIAL

We end our Thanksgiving Weekend with MISTY BREW'S FANGSGIVING SPECIAL! Tonight Misty will be presenting an assortment of holiday treats, including a cartoon short, vintage TV ads, a 30-second turkey drop, turkey dressing tips from Misty, and a music break with Black Oak Arkansas, and much, much more! George Burns & Gracie Allen will also be dropping in for dinner tonight. It's gonna be a lot of fun, so don't miss out!

Sunday (11/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE
discusses
Shut In (2016)

Please Note: Misty's show will be preceded by a MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE with Ron Purtee. Tonight Ron takes a few moments to talk about the Canadian-made thriller SHUT IN (2016) starring Naomi Watts.

Monday (11/28). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
RIGGOR MORTISS
presents
ZONTAR: THE THING FROM VENUS (1966)

RIGGOR MORTISS PRESENTS with Riggor and Nyte Angel presents Larry Buchanan's ZONTAR: THE THING FROM VENUS (1966). Larry is remembered as the "Ed Wood of Made-for-TV Movies" because of eight direct-to-television films he wrote, produced, and directed in the mid- and late-1960s for American International Pictures -- all remakes of much better AIP films from a decade earlier. Buchanan's instructions from AIP were: "We want cheap color pictures, we want half-assed names in them, we want them eighty minutes long, and we want them now." Tonight's movie is a remake of Roger Corman's It Conquered the World (1956). It stars John (Mr. Shirley Temple) Agar, but Anthony Huston steals the movie with an hilarious over-the-top performance as Agar's scientist friend who finds himself working in cahoots with our title monster.

Tuesday (11/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
SCREAM BLOODY MURDER (1973)

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt and Marijohuana presents SCREAM BLOODY MURDER (1973). A young man kills his father with a farm tractor, mangles his hand, gets sent to a mental hospital, goes even more nutzoid when he finds out his mother has remarried, and kills her and his stepfather. And that's only the first 20 minutes! Filmed in 1971, this was one of the earliest slasher films -- preceding Halloween and Friday the 13th by almost a decade. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests Devil to Drag, a movie review by Mark Krawczyk from The Final Cut, and more!

Wednesday (11/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
TOXIC TALES
presents
TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)

TOXIC TALES with Timber Wulff and co-hosts Mina Rowena the Vampire and Lucy Lovecraft the Ghoul presents TEENAGERS FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). Overage teens brandishing Hubley's Atomic Disintegrator cap guns (in some scenes the words "Hubley's" can clearly be seen embossed on the side of the gun) plan to take over the earth. The teen aliens are aided in their nefarious scheme by a lobster-like creature called The Gargon. Unfortunately, the film's producers couldn't afford to construct a giant lobster, so only its shadow is seen. David Love stars as good teen alien Derek; Bryan Grant is bad teen alien Thor. Veteran character actor (and Ed Wood favorite) Harvey B. Dunn plays Gramps Morgan, while director Tom Graeff has a small role as reporter Joe Rogers. Meanwhile back at the Behead and Breakfast, Timber is under the weather. Could it have something to do with this stinker of a movie we're watching tonight?

Thursday (12/01). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
DEMENTED FEATURES with Danvers
presents
HAXAN (1922) aka Witchcraft Through the Ages

DEMENTED FEATURES with Danvers presents a newly edited version of the silent classic HAXAN (1922) aka Witchcraft Through the Ages. This is a highly entertaining history lesson with dramatic re-creations of the witchcraft trials of the 15th and 16th centuries mixed in with fantasy scenes and some comedy. Director Benjamin Christiansen makes a cameo appearance as the Devil. Danvers has cut out the boring stuff at the beginning and eliminated some outdated material to make this venerable classic even more entertaining. Our movie will be preceded by the indie horror short Darkness Reveals (2008). Penny & Garou make a brief appearance at the beginning of the show, so don't be late!

Friday (12/02). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE
presents
DETOUR (1945)

THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and co-host Holly Schilthelm presents DETOUR (1945). This cult favorite directed by the legendary Edgar G. Ulmer stars Tom Neal as a down-and-out nightclub pianist who hitchhikes from New York to L.A. to hook up with his waitress girlfriend (Claudia Drake). The things that happen to him in just 69 short, fast-moving minutes are truly amazing. In keeping with the theme of tonight's movie, the host bits were shot on the open road at various locations in Akron and Hudson, Ohio, in Dave's car, where he and Holly lock horns with Dave's wise-cracking GPS and finally run out of gas.

Saturday (12/03). 3:30 P.M. (ET)
PENINSULA OF HORROR
presents
THE GORILLA (1939)

PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves and Smiley Bones presents THE GORILLA (1939). The Ritz Brothers (the poor man's Marx Brothers) play bumbling detectives investigating a series of monkey-suit murders. Bela Lugosi plays yet another sinister butler. Lionel Atwill plays the rich guy who hires The Brothers to protect him. Patsy Kelly steals the show as Atwill's ditzy maid. Believe it or not, this stinker was produced by Darryl F. Zanuck who produced an astounding 15 Academy Award nominated films. Need we add . . . this is not one of them!

Sunday (12/04). 9:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
BEWARE THEATER
presents
Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People presents another gem from the golden age of black-and-white -- Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). A couple of pompous aliens in silk pajamas (Dudley Manlove and Joanna Lee) and their leader The Ruler (Bunny Breckinridge) plan to resurrect Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson as slow moving zombies. Why? Because all you of Earth are idiots, that's why! Bela died shortly before shooting began, so Ed used some footage he had of Bela, wrote a script around it, and persuaded his wife's chiropractor (Tom Mason) to shoot the rest of the scenes with a cape hiding his face. Did he really think no one would notice? We're sure Arachna is going to have a lot of fun with this post-Thanksgiving turkey!
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

RECAP: TWD, S07E06, Swear

By Tammie Parker
Finally, Tara gets the limelight! This much focus has not been on Tara since Glenn found her at the prison. And this is completely new and different. Funny how she talks about when she meet Rick's crew. Many are like, 'Oh! Hey, I remember Tara!', but usually she is just 'the lesbian'. Tara has adjusted to the apocalypse pretty well. Remember she was going into the Police Academy right when this all went down, so we already knew she was built to fight.
What a way to start the show, huh!? A beach scene? Characters we have never seen before! Hey! Watch your potty mouth, little girl! I couldn't be the only one thinking that was Fear the Walking Dead coming on instead.
These two new faces discover this limp body washed up on the beach. Potty Mouth wants to take her out, even when they figure out it is not a walker (Oh, look! A little Carl!) but the older girl does not. Now you tell me how this girl drags that wet, limp body with double-layered soaking wet clothes through that muddy sand? At any rate, the new girl has rescued Tara and has hidden her away so she can recuperate. Then the girl comes back with water and food. Someone should have trained the girl to watch her back better. Of course Tara is going to follow her to check out the camp she comes from.

HOLY MOLY, they're all female! :O That's quite alright though - check out that arsenal - and these are some tough cookies, make no mistake. Their bell system is pretty clever, too. These women are excellent at communicating amongst one another without saying a word. We learn that with the looks they give one another, too. And we quickly catch on that when Beatrice was volunteering and the old lady in charge quickly snapped that Cindy was not to go, it was because Beatrice was really volunteering to take Tara far enough away from camp and kill her. Thank God Tara caught on just in time, too, and easily escapes the two women's horrible shooting skills.
Here again comes Cindy to the rescue. I do completely understand why Cindy has Tara swear not to tell those back in Alexandria about the women's camp, though. For one people can be tortured for information, and Negan loves torturing people. For another that will cause drama about whether to go to their camp and take their arsenal or not. I do like the idea of Tara going to The Hilltop and telling Maggie, however. πŸ™‚ I would much rather see a gang of women go back to Oceanside and haggle and the groups connect!
Now as far as Heath is concerned, they really played with my head in this episode. Because when we see Tara and Heath first fighting the walkers on the bridge - 'The Walking Mummies' - they show Heath leaving Tara. And for that reason I was done with Heath. But when Tara returns to the bridge at the end and is remembering back to when she fell off the bridge, she remembers Heath was there protecting her until she fell off the bridge. Something is missing. I was nervous for Heath, though. I was thinking, 'Poor, poor Heath if these Amazons find him'. But there at the end we see tracks where a vehicle spun out as Tara picks up Heath's smashed glasses. Tara also smiles broadly when she picks up a keycard with PPP. What the hell does PPP stand for? PeePeePants? I'm wondering if those numbers we see on her wrist at the beginning are a map, for instance, the first set of numbers represent this hall, then the next set represent the next hallk and so on. And this keycard is to get into that place, and PPP is a section? I bet we will not find out until the next half of this season.
Until next time, folks.

MOVIE REVIEW: …In Furs (2016)

By Alex Murphy
...In Furs, written and directed by Christopher Bouchie, takes its title from Leopold von Sacher-Masoch's novella about sadomasochism, not The Velvet Underground's song of the same name, though the film's themes key into both. An epigraph by Charles Bukowski opens this story of a heroin addict named Earle, played by Vito Trigo. He's a slave to his next hit, and maybe it's because he's punishing himself for past mistakes. Bouchie has established his influences.
We flashback to a time when the Earle's life was good. He had a girlfriend, a stable home, a functioning lifestyle. Then he awakens from this dream, fiending for dope in a studio strewn with garbage. He's unmade his bed and he's lying in it.
Earle's disoriented, dealing with some minor hallucinations after shooting his last score. He murders a fellow doper in a paranoid rage, and then calls up his dealer buddy for more smack. His guy refuses; he's looking out for Earle cause they go way back. "Haven't you watched the news?" the dealer tells him. "Must be a bad batch or something. Everyone who does it, freaks out." Earle responds by attacking his friend in a psychotic rage, and in the scuffle, the dealer's head hits a doorknob and he dies from a head trauma. Earle snorts the rest of the bad batch while the dealer lies dead on the floor. Then the serious hallucinations begin.
Bouchie, with help from his King of the Witches friends and associates, has created an appropriately scaled micro-budgeted feature that's mostly driven by dialogue, something you don't see often in underground horror films. The third act has a few gruesome murder set pieces that should appease fans of underground horror, with some disemboweling and extreme maternal distress, but the second act consists mostly of conversations between Earle and his dealer (returning to the story as one of Earle's hallucinations) as they encounter various characters during their travels around town. This portion of the film has a lighter tone than what precedes and what follows, and features a nice variety of outdoor urban locations. Bouchie reaches a kind of mid-90s Sundance vibe with this second act, where the film becomes reminiscent Clerks, Hangin' with the Homeboys, SubUrbia, e.g. that breed of talky, character-based Indie drama.
Although this is loaded up with a liberal quantity of death and dismemberment, politically, this story is conservative. Earle gets a beatdown for being a "junkie faggot", and afterward, his ghost friend tosses a flower in his face. Addiction isn't so much depicted as a sickness but as a psychotic drive for instant gratification. A street vendor rants to Earle about how in a relationship a person is either a master or a slave. Earle's not only a slave to the drug, but to his violent tendencies as well.
The editing and audio mixing are smooth. The ambient soundtrack creates a sinister, uneasy tone. Camera work is mostly handheld. Some minor editing effects are used to represent Earle's broken psychology. The acting from the cast is solid. Keep your eyes peeled for cameos from underground horror peoples.
Bouchie's a seasoned presence in the underground VHS scene so he understands the traditions of SOV horror filmmaking. ...In Furs has everything fans want - nudity, junkies, strange ambient synthesizer music, lots of blood, etc. But it also has significant thought put into it, which makes it worth seeking out in that sea of no-budget horror flicks.
Bouchie's a seasoned presence in the underground VHS scene so he understands the traditions of SOV horror filmmaking. ...In Furs has everything fans want - nudity, junkies, strange ambient synthesizer music, lots of blood, etc. But it also has significant thought put into it, which makes it worth seeking out in that sea of no-budget horror flicks.
Give the film a like on its Facebook page.

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

By JohnRoisland
This week on House of Tortured Souls Live, Robert LaSardo guests on our Black Friday Special!

Hey boys and girls, demons and demonettes and horror fans across the land! Welcome to the House of Tortured Souls Live Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! Allen and I had a very special guest in the HoTS Live studio, Mr. Robert Lasardo! Robert is of course known by everyone as being the actor with the body suit of tattoos, well did you know that Robert also has over 120 acting titles to his credits. Tiles ranging from China Girl to Dee Snyder's Strange Land and from Nip/Tuck to The Human Centipede III and, most recently, Anarchy Parlor.
Robert talks remakes, special f/x, Elvis and Dee Snyder. We also discuss people as sheep in the entertainment industry and how people are labeled.
Robert LaSardo Photo by Justice Howard
I (John) was lucky enough to have met Robert LaSardo at Scares That Care Charity Weekend in 2015. I had a business card for House of Tortured Souls but hadn't even launched the website yet. Robert took my card, told me he was filming out of country but was going to call when he got home... I figured the card was in the trash, and Robert was gone. I got a call at home one night as, sure enough, he made true on his word. Robert is one of the most sincere and passionate people I have ever met. The expression the strong silent type comes very close to being perfect when describing Robert LaSardo, and I absolutely love talking with him.
Robert LaSardo in Bleach
Now sit back and listen for the next hour or so as John Roisland and Allen Alberson bring you their Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! With that being said, we wish and hope everyone has and had a great and safe Turkey Day!
Don't forget - (209) 600-EVIL...call, leave us a message, anything you'd like to talk about. JUST CALL US!
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Albert Fish: The Boogeyman

By Laura James
In New York, in the winter of 1927, an eight year-old boy named Billy Gaffney was abducted while playing with friends in their apartment complex. One of the boys reported that Billy had been taken by "the boogeyman." Upon capture almost a decade later, his abductor reported bringing Billy to an abandoned house where he beat Billy until the boy bled. The man cut off Billy's ears and nose, slit his mouth from ear to ear, then gouged out his eyes.
After killing the little boy, the "boogeyman" feasted on him.
He drank blood from the wounds he'd inflicted. He cut off fatty parts of the boy's body and roasted them, layering some pieces with bacon and pouring water over the cooking meat to make gravy. He took the parts he'd cut off and stewed them with vegetables.
The "boogeyman" was 57 when he murdered and cannibalized Billy Gaffney and had been engaging in repulsive, sadistic acts for most of his life.
Albert Fish was born on May 19, 1870, in Washington DC. His father, who was 75 at the time of Fish's birth, died five years after that. Unable to financially support several children, Fish's widowed mother put them into St. John's Orphanage in Washington. Children there were made to memorize Bible passages and pray for hours. Punishments consisted of being stripped naked and whipped in front of staff and other children. Young Albert, who had aspirations of becoming a priest, discovered feelings of pleasure from these beatings. Religion and masochism married perfectly in a mind that was genetically predisposed for illness. His mother was said to experience visual and auditory hallucinations and one of his uncles suffered religious mania. Two of Fish's siblings were treated for mental illness, one being institutionalized, and one of his brothers died from hydrocephalus.
At the orphanage, he was bullied for being a bed-wetter. At one point, he fell from a tree, hit his head, and became prone to convulsions, dizzy spells, headaches and a stutter.
At the beginning of his teen years, his mother got a job and was able to bring her children back into her care, but the change of surroundings only exacerbated his interest in violence and deviance. An older brother of Albert's returned from the Navy and told the boy about the practice of cannibalism he had witnessed overseas. At the age of 12, Fish had a relationship with a telegraph boy who told him graphic sexual details of what he had seen in brothels and introduced him to coprophagia and urophagia. He also began engaging in bizarre acts of sadomasochism, such as sticking needles in his groin and soaking rags or cotton in alcohol, sticking them in his rectum and lighting them on fire.
Adulthood saw an escalation in his perversions. He visited bath houses so he could watch boys undressing. He took a job as a house-painter, moving around frequently for work that allowed him access to people's houses. He used those opportunities to observe and assault children, mostly preying upon very young boys.
Fish's mother arranged a marriage for him when he was 28. Though the marriage could be called successful, producing six children who Fish maintained he loved very much, it was only subterfuge for his continued homosexual affairs and pedophilia. His children never claim he molested them but were still fodder for his masochistic delusions. They sometimes witnessed him beating himself with a nail-studded board or were even made to beat him with it while he yelled "I am Christ!" Despite his actions outside of his family life, the only thing he ever got into legal trouble for at the time was sending obscene letters to people in response to want ads and lonely hearts ads they placed in newspapers. Obscene is an understatement as these letters overflowed with his deepest and most repulsive fantasies of sadomasochism, coprophagia and urophagia.
In 1917, his wife left him for a man who had been boarding with the family and took all of their possessions. Fish was now solely responsible for six children. He was also freed from the bonds of matrimony and no longer needed to keep his private perversion private. Whether it was from stress, elation, or both, as well as untreated rampant mental illness, this was when Fish went from extreme deviant to utter monster.
He assaulted and tortured mostly handicapped, minority, or impoverished children as he believed their reports wouldn't be a priority for the police. It's uncertain, even by his eventual accounts, exactly how many children he murdered. The Boogeyman's first documented victim, in 1924, was eight year-old Francis McDonnell, in Staten Island. The boy's body was found hanging from a tree. He had been sexually assaulted, beaten, strangled, and lacerated. The boy's mother and a neighbor reported seeing an old man with a gray mustache wandering around the area that day, mumbling to himself and acting strange. That led to Fish also being known as "The Grey Man" after his crimes came to light.
He murdered Billy Gaffney several years later. In 1928, he committed the murder that led to his undoing.
He found a newspaper ad placed by Edward Budd, a young man looking for work. Fish visited the man's apartment, saying he was named Frank Howard and had a farm where Budd could work. Fish's interests went from Paul to his 10 year-old sister Grace, a much more suitable victim. The Budd family invited him to stay for lunch. Grace sat on his lap while they ate cheese and strawberries. "Mister Howard" mentioned that his sister was giving a party uptown and asked if he could take Grace with him, promising to return her that evening. Her parents deliberated letting her go away with a stranger, albeit a grandfatherly-looking man who seemed to only have the family's best intentions in mind, but relented and let Grace leave with him.
He took her to an abandoned house with the charming name of Wisteria Cottage and left her to pick flowers while he went inside. He stripped naked and called to Grace through a window. She came upstairs and into the room he had called her from, where he was hiding in a closet. She cried and tried to run away when she saw he was naked but the old man subdued her, choked her to death and cut her up to cook and eat.
The Budd family weren't able to track down the man who had taken Grace, or even find out what happened to her, having only a fake name and fake story. They probably never would have known her fate if, in 1934, Fish hadn't fallen back on his favored practice of writing obscene letters. After a false lead in Grace's disappearance was published in a newspaper, Fish wrote a letter to Mrs. Budd detailing exactly what he had done to her daughter.
The letter was turned over to police, who disciphered a poorly-erased return address. Detective William King went to the address and was able to track down "Frank Howard" and discover his real identity.
Fish was taken into custody and examined both physically and psychologically. An X-ray revealed almost 30 needles and slivers of metal in his pelvic region, some of which had been inside of him for so long they had begun to corrode. Dr. Fredric Wertham, senior psychiatrist at Bellvue Hospital, interviewed Fish and learned not only about his patient's most recent crime but extensive details of his horrific life.
In court, Fish's sanity was questioned by several doctors of varying backgrounds and qualifications. Fish claimed to hear the voice of God, who sometimes commanded him to kill the children to save them from the cruelty they would encounter in adulthood, and drew parallels between himself and Abraham, who was charged by God to kill his son Issac to prove him devotion. There were also Fish's claims to be Christ during his sessions of self (and assisted) flagellation.
Despite finding him insane and guilty of the murder of Grace Budd, he was sentenced to death. Impending execution apparently inspired more fascination than dread in Fish; he was quoted as saying that going to the electric chair would be "the supreme thrill of [my] life."
Albert Fish was put to death on January 16, 1936.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Night Watchman (2016)

By John Roisland
The Night Watchmen, starring Ken Arnold, Dan DeLuca, and Kevin Jiggetts and directed by Mitchell Altieri is a 2016 laugh out loud comedic horror tale of a late night delivery gone horribly wrong.
When two stoner delivery guys drop off a coffin late at night to the wrong address, The Night Watchmen agree to hang onto it overnight after the deliverymen promise they will return promptly first thing in the morning to pick up and re-deliver the package. Now the problem's not so much that they accepted the wrong package from a courier the problem is what's in the package.
The package is a large, shiny, brand new coffin. Yes. A coffin. As the package is being ever so carefully watched over by our fearless men, one office manager, played by the incomparable James Remar, feels the need to investigate the package while he and a handfull of other employees are pulling an all nighter. To his surprise, inside lies the body of world a famous circus clown who had recently passed away on a European tour - along with the rest of his clown staff - and all had been flown back to America for burial. Upon opening the casket, however, they discover that the recently departed has returned to life plans to terrorize the city streets with his gang of clown vampires. It's now up to our fearless Night Watchmen to save the world - or at least their asses - until the sun comes up.

As I mentioned in my opening, The Night Watchmen is a horror comedy full of one-liners that will have you laughing out loud in your seats. From the music, jokes, and the sometimes quirkiness, the film has a slight John Carpenteresque feel to it, and, in this writer's opinion, that's a very high compliment!
The story, originally penned by stars Ken Arnold and Dan DeLuca, brings to life a fast-paced, laugh out loud, and extremely bloody good vampire hunting time. I also want to give credit where its due - the stunt team. During tue heavy action scenes, the stunt team was pretty damn spot on!
On a personal note, I was extremely fortunate enough to have been invited onto the set on the second to last day of filming The Night Watchmen. You see, before House of Tortured Souls.com was officially launched, I was just a horror fan, and when I read in the paper of a horror film being made in my town, I had to reach out to them. I did just that thru The Night Watchmen Facebook page and was in contact with Dan Deluca. I explained to him the future plans of House of Tortured Souls.com and asked if, by any chance, I could possibly stop by the set and maybe grab a picture or two. DeLuca saw no problems with it and set up a date for me.
When I first pulled up to the set on a cold, snowy day in February and parked next to a long, shiny, silver, somewhat customized hearse, I knew was going to be a good day. The hearse belonged to special effects makeup artist R. J. Haddy who was in charge of special effects for the movie. Turns out my quick visit and a few pictures was a planned full day on set - while they were filming! I was first introduced to the staff, actors, director Mitchell Altieri and all the behind-the-scenes people.
This one of the top thrills of my life. Not only was I on the set of a movie while it was actually being filmed, it was also two days before my birthday, so it was quite a birthday gift! I kept in touch with the guys via Facebook through post-production and became friends with them. It was because of this that I was personally invited by one of the producers to a showing of the movie in Annapolis, Maryland, for staff and family. I was extremely honored and touched by the invite, and my wife Stephanie and I had one of the best evenings that we have had in a long time.
I'm not one to laugh out loud in movies, I'm really not, but I've got to tell you - I can't even keep count of how many times I laughed throughout this film. The on-screen chemistry between Arnold, DeLuca, and Jiggetts is perfect!
The cast and staff are amazing, and I wish them all the best with this film. The movie officially premiered in Atlanta on November 17th.
Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on the listings, watch out for vampire clowns, and, most importantly, keep an eye out for The Night Watchmen!
John Roisland with Ken Arnold, Dan Deluca, and Kevin Jiggetts
Keep It Evil...

RECAP: TWD, S07E05, Go Getters

By Tammie Parker
Well, we caught the birth of a phoenix, aka Maggie Rhee. It was a powerful scene, seeing her waking up in a sunlit room and first things she sees are the tiny flowers left by Jesus. That scene said so much. I was shocked to hear the baby was okay! I hope she is able to carry full term. I was overjoyed to see her come out of the clinic trailer looking pretty good. It was heart warming to see Sasha sitting there waiting for her as well. Remember, Sasha and Maggie were having a moment and watching the sunset when Aaron introduced himself, so these two have grown pretty close. And throughout the episode we see Sasha pleading for Maggie and willing to bend over backwards to keep her at Hilltop.
Now Maggie asks Sasha to take her to Glenn's grave. It was a clever move burying Glenn and Abe at The Hilltop instead of Alexandria. That has given the crew back at Alexandria an opportunity to dig some empty graves to store much needed items and unaccounted for weapons, and Negan and his crew will be none the wiser. Jesus finds the ladies here and explains the meaning behind the color of the flower. Green, which is the color of the hydrangeas for the graves, he tells them, means release. Again a very powerful statement. And at that moment it seemed Maggie exhaled for the first time since this all happened. When Jesus explained the flowers, I instantly thought of the green balloons floating up. Green = go on. Then, in this important moment - the first time Maggie has visited Glenn's grave - as Maggie tries to let go, say good bye, and move on, here comes Hilltop Dick Gregory to piss on some graves. Pretty much. He's fuming mad that Maggie is even there because, after all, this is all her fault. And he doesn't believe there should even be any graves because they burn their dead. Finally, he gets Sasha mixed up with a Hilltopian and commands her to get back to her work. WELL, he couldn't be any more mixed up! LOL It is starting to feel as thought Gregory is going out of his way to make a point of forgetting who is who. In other words, he's as much as saying you are beneath me, so who you are does not matter. These girls will be remembered; that's for sure.
That night, during this episode's musical, Maggie gave us a peek at what it would be like with her in charge. The Saviors had all doors barricaded or jammed somehow, giving the walkers time enough to come through that open gate. We see Maggie climb on top of her trailer, yell for Jesus to go help Sasha, and command some other Hilltopians to go do who knows. Then she pulls the greatest stunt of all!! Keep in mind Maggie's physical and mental states right now, how weak she is (she just came out of the infirmary), and now consider that she probably used up any energy she had to spare to pull herself up on top of the trailer. But, OH, don't count her out! She is too damn smart and has too much gumption! Maggie goes and gets the biggest wheeled tractor imaginable and plows down that sweet old Gremlin! You see, a real ruler has brains and the bronze to pull the mission through! This also gives us another look into her wild past. We had not heard anything about it since they were on the farm and Maggie was talking about coming home from college and Beth finding her birth control pills. So Maggie had experience crunching a car, huh?! I say rolling over a boy's car is better birth control then those little pills anyway!
Maggie's prayer with the girls shows she has faith in the future and hope for a brighter tomorrow. Her prayer was the ending of a Thanksgiving poem by the great Ralph Waldo Emerson:
"For this new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night, For health and food, for love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends, Father in heaven, we thank Thee."
Next,we find ourselves in Gregory's study, and he's still going on about the girls leaving. Sasha steps up and says there has to be something to make them stay. This is when that sleaze Gregory came out. He looks Maggie up and down, like a sleazedick would, and in his sneaky-ass way put on his professional tone and states they could meet in private to determine if there was, in fact, something that could be done. Maggie's lip actually curls at the statement and he snaps, "Go to hell." Well, there goes their Rhubarb preserves! Damn. Now, make no mistake, even if Sasha had let this scum crawl into her bed, he would still throw her under the bus at the first opportunity. So, now The Saviors show up and Gregory tells Jesus to hide the girls in the closest. I actually loved seeing The Saviors arrive. Gregory has his quarters all dolled up with Chippendale furniture and elaborate art, and here trots in these sweaty, greasy, grimy Saviors. I truly was hoping they had at least a few cans of spray paint. πŸ˜‰ Maybe next time. What did happen was equally as entertaining. Simon's demeanor has Gregory on the edge, man. He looked like he was about to squeal and run for the hills! Now, to me, he was surely playing when he seemed uncertain regarding whether or not to show Simon what was in the closet. And LOL what a great scene!! He looks right at Jesus and sees him shake his head with a "No" look on his face. He should have listened. LOL. Then Simon takes the whole box, even the single bottle Gregory was holding. HA! And he has his men take Gregory's prized painting. WELL, DAMN! And just when you thought Simon was through knocking Gregory down, he makes Gregory kneel to him in front all everyone in the quarters. Could you see the smoke coming out of Gregory's ears? So, once the Saviors leave, Gregory storms off to find Jesus to give him a "what have you" only to find Jesus letting the girls out of his own bedroom closet. HILARIOUS! Well, he should have been more specific. Now we see Jesus stepping up even more. That's not good enough. Maggie knows what he needs: a punch right in the face! All Gregory could do is hold his sore jaw (well, really what else could he do?) while Maggie takes back her father's pocket watch that he helped himself to, and, while she is in his face, she reminds him of who she is.
Jesus stands back while all of this is going on. He's been throwing hints out here and there and giving the eye. Jesus is able to see that Maggie is perfect for the leader role, and I think he is preparing and greasing up the cogs for it to happen. That is part of the reason he was so eager to jump when Sasha asked him to find out where Negan was. Jesus is perfect for that sneaky job, too.
Now, about his riding companion... There were a lot of scenes with Carl that spoke volumes as well. At the beginning, when he was throwing darts at the dartboard, not a single dart even landed on the board.
At first I laughed, then it hit me as to what that means. Our sharp shooter has only one eye now. It's not even the eye he used. Back to the drawing board or, in this case, the dartboard. He should go out with Michonne to practice. There are also some WHOA moments with Enid and Carl. We see him driving for the first time, and he's just as bad a driver as his mom. We also get to see these two getting to be kids again.
The two of them skating down that desolate road was such a powerful image. They were free, they were alone, and they were happy for the first time in a very long time. The constant burdens on their shoulders were momentarily lifted. We are also treated to Carl's first kiss. It was good timing in that it happened after their skating adventure.
It was bad timing in that they kissed right outside of the Hilltop, and Carl's attention was drawn to other things as a result. That kiss had so much potential, but here in the Apocalypse everything is a quarter of its potential. So Carl hops aboard a cargo truck. The fact that Carl's blind ass is able to sneak around The Saviors AND Jesus really says a lot for these klutzes.
I would like to talk about talk about another kiss that did not get enough mention, a kiss that was even longer and more passionate than Carl's. Rick's parting kiss. When Rick goes to kiss Michonne bye on the cheek, Michonne was having none of that! She grabbed her man's face, brought it down, and planted one right on the kisser - staying there until she was satisfied that she started a fire deep within him! Michonne was reminding him of what he has to come home to. She was also ensuring that he went on light-hearted with a little bit of his worry gone.
Finally, Sasha sharpening that knife with Abe's cigar in her mouth was quite a sight! Wouldn't it be awesome if she grew a red Fu Manchu? πŸ˜€ That was interesting to see. What is Sasha becoming? Where does she go from here?
Until next time...

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: KEN ARNOLD & DAN DELUCA

 

 

By John Roisland
Hey, everyone, welcome! And thank you all for joining us once again as your hosts of House of Tortured Souls Live – the hosts with the most John and Allen bring you all the horror news!

We have a big show this week as John and Allen welcome writers and stars of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN, Ken Arnold and Dan Deluca and costars Donald Imm and Dan Franko. The guys took the time to break away from their hectic schedule while in Atlanta for the premier of their film THE NIGHT WATCHMEN to tell us a bit about how the film originally came to be, the audience response to the film, and, of course, the future of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN.
John and Allen go over news issues ranging from film remakes THE CROW to the most recent updates on film director Robert Eggers, who has signed on to remake horror classic Nosferatu.
House of Tortured Souls Live also makes mention of the upcoming KING KONG film Skull Island as well as the already in the works sequel to box office smash DON’T BREATHE.
We pay our respects to the huge loss of musician/poet Leonard Cohen. And, on the flip side of music, make mention of Slayer’s own, Kerry King as he is joining the horror convention circuit.

Allen also gives his very heart felt thoughts to actress Shelly Duvall as she makes a public cry out for medical help with many physical and mental issues she has been fighting with for years.
So stick around and fill your ears with the sounds of horror at the House of Tortured Souls Live.
Keep It Evil…

VORTEXX THANKSGIVING WEEK SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 20 – 27, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson
Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
Happy Thanksgiving to all our friends in THE VORTEXX! We have a great line-up of hosts, shows, and movies for your holiday pleasure, including one new movie making its Vortexx debut on Friday, along with an all-day Double Turkey Day Marathon at the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday and a Misty Brew Fangsgiving Special on Sunday to conclude the holiday weekend. On Wednesday we will announce the winner of our prestigious Golden Turkey Award for Horror Host of the Year. An All-Day Marathon of the recipient's shows will begin immediately after the award is announced culminating in a brand-new show by our award-winner on Thanksgiving Day.
Our hosts are Arachna & Deadly and Ron Purtee on Sunday, Vincent Grimmly & Phydeaux on Monday, Freakshow & the Bordello gang on Tuesday, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard on Wednesday, Scarlett Kaiju & CJ the Werewolf on Friday, Professor Gillman and Master Vyle at the Peninsula on Saturday, Misty Brew next Sunday -- and, of course, our Golden Turkey winner (who may be one of the hosts previously mentioned or, then again, maybe not) on Thanksgiving Day itself.
CHRISTMAS DADDY will make all your Christmas wishes come true!
Christmas is little more than a month away, and that means our very own bearer of Yuletide gifts CHRISTMAS DADDY will be coming to The Vortexx soon to make your Christmas wishes come true. A new slack module . . . a membership in the Puppy of the Month Club . . . a Dr Lady action figure . . . a singing Sluggo plushie that also does lap dances. . . . Those are just a few of the wonderful gifts that Christmas Daddy has given to our viewers in years past. Whatever your wish may be this year, just send an e-mail to Christmas Daddy at The Vortexx North Pole and he'll do his very best to make it happen. You can reach Christmas Daddy at christmasdaddy@horrorhost.net

Sunday (11/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
BEWARE THEATER
presents
THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another cinematic gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953) starring Jackie (Uncle Fester) Coogan and George (Ro Man) Barrows in one of his rare non-gorilla roles. It's got mad scientists, gigantic spiders, voluptuous women, and dwarfs! How can any movie with a combination like that possibly go wrong? Join us tonight and you'll find out. [Movie poster by Sean Hartter courtesy of Saturday Fright Special.]

Sunday (11/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE
discusses
WOLF COP (2014)

Please Note: Arachna's show will be preceded by a MOVIE HOUSE HOT TAKE with Ron Purtee. Tonight Ron takes a few moments to talk about the Canadian horror-comedy WOLF COP (2014).

Monday (11/21). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE
presents
HORROR EXPRESS (1972)

NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and his co-host Phydeaux presents a Vortexx favorite -- HORROR EXPRESS (1972) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly (Kojak) Savalas. Our three stars find themselves traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express, accompanied by the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature who, needless to say, doesn't stay frozen for long. As always, Vincent has added some pizzazz to the mix with numerous sound inserts and other extras. Meanwhile back at Castle Pappdeckel, Phydeaux comes down with a fatal case of the bird flu. Is Phydeaux REALLY dead? Find out tonight in this fun episode.

Tuesday (11/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
SPIDER BABY (1968)

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt and Marijohuana celebrates its 100th episode with a Vortexx favorite -- SPIDER BABY (1968). In one of the best roles of his career, Lon Chaney, Jr., stars as Bruno, the caretaker of three orphaned siblings who suffer from "Merrye Syndrome" - a rare disease which causes them to mentally, socially, and physically regress backwards. Lon also sings the title song as the opening credits roll! Sid Haig, Carol Ohmart, and Mantan Moreland co-star. Tonight's episode was filmed at the October 1 live show at the Al. Ringling Theatre in Baraboo, Wisconsin.

Wednesday (11/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
presents
DOMINIQUE IS DEAD (1979)

MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents DOMINIQUE IS DEAD (1979). Academy Award winner Cliff Robertson, who could play good guys (including an American president) and bad guys with equal ease, stars as a greedy husband who drives his wife (Golden Globe and Emmy Award winner Jean Simmons) to suicide so that he can get his hands on her fortune . . . only to find out that she has come back from the dead to haunt him! Dominique is dead, all right. She's all messed up. Jenny Agutter, Simon Ward, Ron Moody, Judy Geeson, and Flora Robson round out a strong cast in this British made-for-television horror-mystery-thriller.

Wednesday (11/23). 11:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
The Vortexx
presents
THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARD 2016

We interrupt our regularly scheduled programming to bring to you . . . THE GOLDEN TURKEY AWARD FOR 2016! The Golden Turkey Award is the highest honor The Vortexx can bestow upon a horror host. Each year one host is selected from among all the fine hosts whose shows have aired on our channel as the recipient of this prestigious award. Previous winners have been Victor von Scary, Justy Ghost, Floyd Cadaverous, Freakshow, Bobby Gammonster, and Cnl. Graves. Who will be the next host to join this prestigious group? Come by tonight and find out!

Wednesday (11/23). 11:15 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
The Vortexx
presents
THE GOLDEN TURKEY DAY MARATHON

Be sure to stick around after the award ceremonies for THE GOLDEN TURKEY DAY MARATHON featuring four movies hosted by this year's award winner. Obviously we can't tell you the name of the winner or the names of the movies, because that would ruin the whole surprise. But we'll be posting a promo on the Vortexx group page and the Vortexx fan page Wednesday night as soon as the award is announced. The marathon will run from approx 11:15 P.M. on Wednesday until 9:00 P.M. on Thursday.

Thursday (11/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
The 2016 Golden Turkey Day Award Winner
presents
EEGAH! (1962)

Now that Thanksgiving is almost over and you've had your fill of turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, and pie, come on by The Vortexx for our THANKSGIVING GOLDEN TURKEY DAY SPECIAL! Tonight we will be airing a brand-new episode hosted by the winner of the 2016 Golden Turkey Award. We can't tell you the name of the host, but we will tell you the name of the movie. It's none other than EEGAH! (1962) starring Sluggo's heartthrob Arch Hall, Jr. and co-starring Marilyn Manning. Arch and Marilyn play a couple of clean-cut teens named Tom and Roxy who stumble across a giant prehistoric caveman (Richard Jaws Kiel) in Bronson Canyon (the same place where Ro-Man cavorted a decade earlier). Roxy befriends the caveman and gives him a shave, and the big galoot falls in love with her. This is a love story that you know cannot end happily. Arch Hall, Sr., plays Roxy's dad, while Arch's mom (Addalyn Pollitt) and Ray Dennis Steckler (aka Cash Flagg) appear in smaller roles.

Friday (11/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MANSION OF MYSTERY
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
SLIPSTREAM! (1989)

MANSION of MYSTERY with special guest host Tripp Punter presents The Vortexx premiere of SLIPSTREAM (1989) directed by Steven (TRON) Lisberger. Bill Paxton (of Titanic and Aliens) stars as a bounty hunter in a dystopian future who kidnaps a murderer (Bob Peck) out of the hands of two police officers (Mark Hamill of Star Wars and Kitty Aldridge) so he can claim the bounty for himself. The two men travel among several bizarre societies with the police officers in hot pursuit. The strong supporting cast includes F. Murray Abraham (Amadeus), Robbie Coltrane (Harry Potter), and Ben Kingsley (Gandhi). Meanwhile our guest host Tripp Punter, leader of the Legends of Fifteen Minutes Ago, and his trusty A.I. Caiaphas set out to reassemble the team after the events of their last appearance in July. Their mission is complicated by a stowaway who mistakes Tripp for another, more famous time traveler, leading to a series of visits to other times and places, each housing a familiar face. The events of this fun episode, entitled "No Time Like the Future", lead into the epic season finale, coming next month.

Saturday (11/26). 3:30 P.M. (ET)
PENINSULA OF HORROR
presents
DOUBLE TURKEY DAY MARATHON!

Welcome to the THE PENINSULA OF HORROR'S DOUBLE TURKEY DAY MARATHON! Our good friends at the Peninsula of Horror -- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts -- will be airing a full day and night of shows presented by PROFESSOR GILLMAN SHOW and HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS. We guarantee that each show will be a turkey fit for Thanksgiving. The times below are approximate. A hosted chat will begin, as always, at 8:00 P.M.
  • Saturday (11/26). 3:30 P.M. (ET) - WOMEN IN THE NIGHT (1948) - A World War II melodrama set in Shanghai, China about group of women held prisoner at a German officer's club. Hosted by Master Vyle.
  • Saturday (11/26). 6:00 P.M. (ET) - UFO: THE TRUE STORY OF FLYING SAUCERS (1956) - A pseudo-documentary about (you guessed it!) flying saucers. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
  • Saturday (11/26). 8:00 P.M. (ET) - THE ROBOT VS. THE AZTEC MUMMY (1958) One of K. Gordon Murray's many Mexican imports. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
  • Saturday (11/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) - THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953) Starring Jackie (Uncle Fester) Coogan and George (Ro-Man) Barrows. Hosted by Master Vyle.
  • Saturday (11/26). 10:45 P.M. (ET) - TEENAGERS BATTLE THE THING (1958) A movie about a mummified ape that was re-released 18 years later with extra footage as Curse of Bigfoot. Hosted by Prof. Gillman.
  • Saturday (11/26). 12:00 P.M. (ET) - THE RIDERS OF THE WHISTLING SKULL (1937) A supernatural western starring The Three Mesquiteers (Bob Livingston, Ray "Crash" Corrigan, and ventriloquist Max Terhune). Hosted by Master Vyle.

Sunday (11/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW
presents
MISTY BREW'S FANGSGIVING SPECIAL

We end our Thanksgiving Weekend with MISTY BREW'S FANGSGIVING SPECIAL! Tonight Misty will be presenting an assortment of holiday treats, including a cartoon short, vintage TV ads, a 30-second turkey drop, turkey dressing tips from Misty, and a music break with Black Oak Arkansas, and much, much more! George Burns & Gracie Allen will also be dropping in for dinner tonight. It's gonna be a lot of fun, so don't miss out!

MOVIE REVIEW: Found Footage 3D (2016)

By Dixielord
I don't make a secret that I'm not a fan of the found footage subgenre. In fact lately I have pretty much came to hate it. There aren't many found footage films I enjoy, among those few, the spectacular *Rec (and it's first sequel), the original Blair Witch Project, and, to lesser degrees Cloverfield and Quarantine (the American remake of *Rec). However most of the films, especially lately are just gimmicks, and found footage is a cheap way for "filmmakers" to churn out a quickie horror film. Many times recently I have wished the genre would just go away.
The synopsis of Found Footage 3D is that a group of friends and associates set out to make the world's first 3-D found footage film. It is of course a horror movie, and the old farm they choose to shoot at is, naturally, reported to be haunted. While personal demons threaten to tear the crew apart, they are also stalked by something more sinister, something supernatural.
So I feel kind of strange writing a positive review for a found footage film, but that's what I'm in the process of doing. The movie is Found Footage 3D. Which makes it a double whopper since I'm not really into the 3-D craze and its inflated prices. Another gimmick. So I sat down to watch this not really expecting much. Even though the found footage concept started to annoy me early on, I found myself laughing at the jokes, and getting into the story. Seeing it on a small screen at a festival I really can't comment on the 3-D other than, once again, I started laughing at the comedic references to them.
Found Footage 3D takes the Scream approach of exploring the rules of horror. Fittingly enough it's the rules of Found Footage horror. Hearing the characters explain and complain about the same points in found footage that I hate and find annoying drew me in. I found myself laughing (at the right times) over and over.
Fans are screaming for Found Footage 3D
Now with all this laughing someone is surely saying "Wasn't this supposed to be a horror film?" Well it is, it's just a horror punctuated with some well placed humor. The first half of the movie is pretty bare on horror elements, but the last 15-20 minutes is a hyper bloodbath of slaughter. I was lured into the slow, relaxed pace and when it went bad it took me by surprise. It happens fast folks, and it's pretty bloody. At least three people in the row behind me screamed at the final scene. I deny screaming, but I did jump even though I knew what was coming. Mini spoiler it's similar to the ending of Paranormal Activity but more effective.
But it's not a perfect film (here he goes). It's still a found footage film, and the same things that annoy me in found footage films, annoyed me in Found Footage 3D. The shaky cam, the always on camera, and basically knowing the outcome the moment you realize it's found footage. Still the fact the crew was self aware, to some extent alleviated these issues. I also had hard time following the plot of the film they were shooting and exactly how it related to the film I was watching. And the ending, as mentioned, I saw it was coming, it was telegraphed pretty well in advance, but hey it still worked for me.
The acting was better than in most found footage movies, special shout out to Scott Allen Perry who seemed at times to be channeling Zack Gallafanakis, but in comedic timing and beardness. Also shout out to Alena Von Stroheim who was drop dead gorgeous and portrayed a sympathetic and likeable victim and possible antagonist. And, lastly, one of the funniest scenes of the film involved John Daws and Doran Ingram as the "old timers".
So while I don't like found footage films, and the subgenre still annoys me, I cant deny that I really enjoyed this film. The laughs (and jumps) speak for themselves. It's not your typical low budget excuse to for a real movie by picking a cheap subgenre. It's an attempt to make a good movie with a much maligned (rightfully so IMO) subgenre, and it's a successful attempt.
These guys....Found Footage 3D
I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10 for rising above the found footage subgenre, but still keeping some of its annoying peculiarities. Found Footage 3D was directed and written by Steven DeGennaro. It stars Alena Von Stroheim and Carter Roy.

MOVIE REVIEW: Chaos A.D. (2016)

By Alex Murphy
Chaos A.D. is the newest film from Chris Woods, the man behind The Sleaze Box, the studio responsible for such films as Amerikan Holokaust and Skumbagz. Woods' films have a trashy, pocket money vibe. They could've come out of a wadded up flyer on the floor of a public bathroom. Down in Tampa, FL, The Sleaze Box has its own version of John Waters' Dreamland. The films are peppered with the usual faces and locations, often the homes of the actors and producers. These people are friends with each other in their personal lives, and their natural chemistry shows on camera. Chaos A.D. boasts a cast that's like an underground Magnolia - Bob Glazier, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Joel D. Wynkoop, Lisa Marie Kart, Sean Donohue, and the list goes on.
The first half hour introduces a variety of characters whose lives eventually intersect on a Halloween night. We meet a sorta-wholesome brother and sister, a woman who kills her abusive husband, and a local politician with an addiction to prostitutes. These misfits find themselves together in a dungeon, kidnapped by a group of sadistic cannibals led by a pirate TV broadcaster named Bytch. Most of what follows is straight up torture porn of the Tampa variety. Gore aficionados take note. The rest of the world might not have an easier time swallowing it, but maybe that's part of the allure of underground horror.
There's a verve and maybe even a desperation to this kind of filmmaking, and Woods' films display everything that's fun and bright-eyed about the subgenre. This film opens with a shot of a plastic pumpkin on a countertop. That could be a metaphor for the movie - a plastic pumpkin, never meant to be taken seriously, but emblematic of a certain type of living. Kind of like a plastic pink flamingo. The opening image in a film should set up some sort of thematic purpose for the story being told, and this image works nicely.
The makeup effects by Picardo Limbo never look like plastic limbs drenched in ketchup. There's a meaty quality to the many entrails spilled. This is bubbling, gristly gore, with plenty of what I'm confident are real animal parts. The lighting in the dungeon sequences is mostly harsh reds, greens, and blues, over scenes that depict rape, torture, dismemberment, a crown of thorns, a gun in the crotch, and much more. The soundtrack is eclectic, with droning synthesizer in one scene and horror strings in the next. The film is a grab-bag of kitsch, movie homages, and staples of the underground genre. The camerawork seems to be influenced by giallo films and SOV gore flicks, showing the kills in exact precision.
Chaos A.D. was well-received at its premiere this past summer at Slaughter in Syracuse. It should appease any fans of American Guinea Pig (another Tampa film) who are looking for something a little less self-serious, an X-rated Roger Corman. A worthy follow-up to Death-scort Service, the last collaboration between The Sleaze Box and Gatorblade Films.
Follow the film's Facebook page for details on its release.

MOVIE REVIEW: Baskin (2015)

By John Roisland
2015 brought us the Turkish horror film Baskin. From first hearing about Baskin - reading what little information was being given out - to finally trailers of the movie when first announced, I knew I had to see this film! Baskin had been talked about as the be-all end-all of all horror films. It was claiming to be as one of the scariest and the goriest films to have been made.
I was beyond thrilled when our little friends over at Netflix decided to actually put something worthwhile and relatively new to their horror section. Baskin begins with five Turkish police men who, after dining at a small, dark, and dismal cafe, drive their police van through what seems to be the darkest and creepiest of back roads. While traveling and singing (yes, I guess Turkish men sing love songs to each other), a call comes across the radio from another police vehicle in distress. The location is right up the road, so they respond and immediately hightail it to the location. While en route, they hit what they thought looked like a naked man who ran into the street causing them to run off the road and into a ravine. No one is seriously injured, so on foot they go back to the road where there's no body and no visible evidence that anything was hit.
They soon run upon a family with a small campfire. The family eventually gives directions to the location that the police seek, but warns them not to go. Before leaving, the officers note that the family had buckets full of frogs... Hundreds of frogs.
The cops walk through the woods and make their way to the location, which is a rather large old decrepit building of some kind. They find the empty police car that had radioed for help, lights still flashing. As they slowly enter the building, friends, THIS is where things start to get good! Until this point, the movie was moving kind of slowly, but it still kept the viewer's interest. The things that the police officers run into and witness inside are visions straight from Hell - tortured bodies, cannibalism, and blood everywhere.
It seems that the building is some sort of portal or or threshold, if you will, through one of the gates of Hell. When our five enforcers enter, things quickly get bloody for our law fighters. Unfortunately, it didn't quite live up to my expectations. I did enjoy the film as it moved fairly quickly, yet I wish the build up had been stretched out a bit longer. It seems they took all that time and built it up, they would have rid it out a bit more.
The scenery/set they used for Hell i thought was perfectly designed, much of a dungeon feel to it. The film is subtitled, and I do not know if there is a dub version. I think dubbing takes away from the film. The special effects were good, the overall story was good, and it was an overall solid horror film. It is a dark and twisted film where the director's vision is projected perfectly, but it falls short because of all the media hype that it got upon its release - particularly reports claiming it was the ultimate horror film. It's not, by far, but it's still an enjoyable flick. I'm always up for a good foreign horror film, so I do recommend you check it out and give it a shot. At least it was fairly original... and that alone to me is worth a watch!

RECAP: TWD, S07E04, Service

By Tammie Parker
Man, I really wanted this episode to be called β€œThe Fell”. Get it? The two before this were β€œThe Well” and β€œThe Cell”, and our team have definitely fallen at the moment! They truly did fall.
We start off seeing a sad, sad Eugene pouting and tinkering. His bff is gone. And he is desperately trying to show that he can still be useful without coming out of the woods and taking up post. Seems like they were making a point of him not even considering making bullets.
Let's move on to the fallen Spencer. I want to take note as to what has happened with this guy both visually and spiritually.
Spencer, like Maggie, has watched his entire family die - mother, stepdad, and brother - only in his case, he had not had a nice helping of the real world to toughen him up and all deaths were close together. Before Rick's crew, Spencer was royalty and an over-aged bratty 'princess'. His fantasy started fading when Rick's crew showed up, and when Alexandria's walls came down, so did the remaining shreds of the world he knew. His attempt to be a hero wasn't ill-thought and only got him in deeper trouble. And he had to put his own mother down. See how Carl grew-up, Spencer grew out (out of his fantasy). It didn't help in the least bit that Rosita had no problem telling him the only reason he was warming her bed. And you see it when you look at him. He looks completely beaten. Did a walker steal his comb when they busted in? His eyes are sunken and his clothes always disheveled.
Speaking of Rosita, boy, isn't she just disgusted?! Her love was brutally killed by Negan. Her new found shadow (Spencer) is just so weak and completely opposite from Abe. She isn't happy at all with this 'maybe' charade Rick and the others are putting on, and is ready for war. Then here comes Dwight to taunt her and push her around. (Dwight doesn't like that pretty face because his pretty faced wife was taken from him, and his face isn't so pretty). Every flipping thing has her disgusted and aggravated! I'm surprised she hasn't flipped the script already. Now it is she who reminds Eugene that he has the ability to still be a useful part of the crew.
Then there is sneaky Michonne! As soon as she took her first shot at that walker, I figured out what she was doing. Michonne is a samurai; she doesn't have a clue how to use a gun! She needs to learn and quick. Guns are a lot easier to hide on you than a katana. And what do you do when your sword is taken away from you and there is no spare junk metal to make a makeshift one? She kept a pretty calm head on her shoulders when she confronted Rick about giving that unaccounted for rifle over to Negan. That was one odd way of getting it out there that he knows Judith isn't his. I mean I saw him telling Michonne before anyone else, that is his woman and certainly his better half. And I knew the moment they showed the new Judith in Alexandria which way the story was going - she looks just like Shane! He just had to come around the roundabout, long ass way to make any sense. I was thrilled to see her back out there and attempt it again. I shouted, 'Otis is gonna shoot you!' when she approached the deer. LOL. Loved how she plopped it down for Negan's men when they were leaving.
My heart went out to Olivia. Speaking of no survivor skills. Can someone PLEASE start taking her out on missions? Just leave some necessities with Carl or someone while gone. She was actually whimpering for crying out loud. Olivia needs a chance.
Now, how about that Father Gabriel? πŸ˜€ I was ROTFLMAO at his personal introduction to Negan. HA! I thought I wouldn't stop laughing at Negan's reaction. β€œYou're one creepy son of a bitch!” Well, played Gabe! Loving you more and more each showing.
Now onto our HERO Rick. I really don't know (my guess is as good as yours on this) how much of the comics they are going to follow when it comes to Rick's fight with Negan. Hell, they take a left here and go cross country when it comes to the script. I FEEL that Rick is as submissive as he needs to be to get from A to B. And with those empty graves, I see he does have a plot or two. Rick is pretty infamous with burying and hiding weapons. He also has faith that Morgan will bring his Super Spy Carol back to him. There are also those at the Hilltop, Ninja Jesus for one, and another that is raising from the ashes that I will not name. Plus, Heath and Tara should be coming back soon. Now I do believe he went way too easy on Spencer. For one hiding the guns, for another that aweful remark he made about Abe and Glenn. I would have whipped his ass right there, then again knowing Rick he has something planned.
Last but not least, LucilleDick! OMG. having Rick hold the still bloody Lucille as Negan goes around Alexandria is such a head game. I mean he took out two of his beloved crew, two men, no less, with that bat. And holding your enemy's weapon while he plunders your village would screw with anyone. And coming early and taking whatever they damn well pleased...I mean, DAMN we didn't like the arrangement in the first place, but shit that is what we got prepared for. Taking the mattresses THEN burning them on the side of the road. Crucial. And Negan leaving with 'my dick down your throat'...
OOOOH that Negan! He's such a card!
LMAO He has so many members in my group, and so many of my friends pissed. All the while I am over here like 'HELLO? He is the bad guy. You are suppose to be pissed at him'. Negan just makes it so much more entertaining. And JDM is playing the peepee out of that role.

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR NOVEMBER 13 – 20, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!


Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS! We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies coming your way this week with TWO new movies making their Vortexx debut, along with several returning favorites. We also have a great line-up of stars with Bela Lugosi starting the week on Sunday and Monday, as well as Lon Chaney, Sr., John Carradine, George Zucco, Jackie (Uncle Fester) Coogan, George (Ro Man) Barrows, and musclemen Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell. Our hosts this week are Misty Brew, Ron Purtee (our newest host whom we welcome this Sunday), Freezer Mortis, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Timber Wulff & co-hosts Mina and Lucy, Remo D. & co-hosts Dr. Montag and Kato, Dave Binkley & co-hosts Mike Novak and Ranger Jim, Danvers and special guests Penny & Garou, and Arachna & Deadly. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

Sunday (11/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S
CREATURE FEATURE

presents
WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)

MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents WHITE ZOMBIE (1932) 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. [Bela Lugosi artwork courtesy of Bradley Beard.]
We welcome MOVIE HOUSE with Ron Purtee to The Vortexx!
Tonight's episode of Misty Brew will be preceded by The Vortexx premiere of MOVIE HOUSE hosted by Ron Purtee. Born at an early age in the town of Racine, Wisconsin, Ron is a stand-up comedian, former host of a cable access show, and the director, writer, and producer of numerous short films. Tonight Ron takes a few moments to talk about the new Marvel film DOCTOR STRANGE. You can find additional movie reviews and other cool stuff at Ron's YouTube channel and at his website: patreon.com/ronpurtee

Monday (11/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
FORMERLY CRAPPICS
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
VOODOO MAN (1944)

FORMERLY CRAPPICS with Freezer Mortis presents The Vortexx premiere of VOODOO MAN (1944). Only rarely does Freezer offer us a feature film with even one truly notable actor. VOODOO MAN has three (count 'em, three!) legends of horror -- Bela Lugosi, George Zucco, and John Carradine. Sporting a goatee and a sorcerer's robe decorated with stars and crescents, Lugosi plays Dr. Richard Marlowe -- a mad scientist who is attempting to revive his long-dead wife by kidnapping young girls and draining them of their life essence. Carradine is the dim-witted servant who takes care of the zombified gals while the Master is away. Zucco is the local gas station owner who lures the hapless victims to Bela's place. VOODOO MAN! We'll drink to that!

Tuesday (11/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968)

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Marijohuana presents George Romero's NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD (1968). This is a movie that needs no introduction, but we're going to give you one anyway. It's about six bickering humans and a sick little girl trapped in a farmhouse with an army of zombies outside. Ben wants to be boss of the upstairs. Cooper wants to be boss of the cellar. Sparks fly and assorted body parts get devoured before it all comes to a flesh-ripping gut-munching climax. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests Eddie Ate Dynamite and more!

Wednesday (11/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
TOXIC TALES
WITH TIMBER WULFF

presents
VAMPYR (1932)

TOXIC TALES with Timber Wulff and co-hosts Mina Rowena the Vampire and Lucy Lovecraft the Ghoul presents Carl Theodor Dreyer's VAMPYR (1932). Released just one year after Tod Browning's Dracula, this German-French co-production, based loosely on Sheridan Le Fanu's Carmilla, is now regarded as a classic. Baron Nicolas de Gunzburg, a French-born Russian nobleman, financed the movie in return for the leading role of Allan Grey, a student of the occult who visits the village of Courtempierre, which is under the curse of a vampire. Meanwhile back at the Behead and Breakfast, Mina's sister comes to visit. Will Timber make it through VAMPYR? Or will he become lunch? Only one way to find out!

Thursday (11/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
STAR PILOT (1966)

REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAHEM with co-hosts Dr. Montag & Kato the Black Hornet and Ms. Atoz (who's seized dominion of the Manor) kicks off its 20th season with The Vortexx premiere of STAR PILOT (1966) aka 2+5: Mission Hydra. This Italian space opera, made on a shoestring budget with laughable special effects, was re-titled and released in the United States in 1977 to cash in on the Star Wars craze. Kirk Morris and Gordon Mitchell, both known for flexing their muscles in a series of sword-and-sandal epics, appear along with a cast of Italian unknowns in this tale of a spaceship from the constellation Hydra that crash lands in Rome. The aliens kidnap a prominent scientist, his daughter, several young technicians, and a pair of Asian spies and then take off with the earthlings for their home planet after their engine is repaired. Once in space, the pesky humans attempt to mutiny against their alien captors. Leontine May, who plays the scientist's sexy daughter Luisa, and Leonora Ruffo, who plays red-headed space-siren Kaena, provide the eye candy, wearing a variety of outfits so skimpy they could bring even a Vulcan out in a sweat.

Friday (11/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE
presents
Roger Corman's VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1968)

THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD (GUY) MOVIE with Dave Binkley and co-hosts Mike Novak and Ranger Jim (Vilk) presents Roger Corman's VOYAGE TO THE PLANET OF PREHISTORIC WOMEN (1968). Marilyn Monroe wannabe Mamie Van Doren stars as Moana, the leader of a tribe of Venusian women who wear clamshell bikinis, worship a pterodactyl god, and spend a lot of time lying around the beach. This movie uses the same footage from the Russian-made Planet of Storms that Corman used three years earlier in Voyage to the Prehistoric Planet. Acclaimed director Peter Bogdanovich directed the American scenes under the pseudonym Derek Thomas and also supplies the narration. In between segments of the movie, Dave and Mike go camping and fishing at Weirdnessville State Park, where they try to stay out of trouble with Ranger Jim.

Saturday (11/19). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
DEMENTED FEATURES
presents
PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)

DEMENTED FEATURES returns to the Vortexx with a brand-new episode! Tonight Danvers will be welcoming special guests Penny Dreadful & Garou as he hosts the 1925 silent classic PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Chaney, Sr., and Mary Philbin. This is the first -- and undoubtedly the best -- adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. No Phantom has ever looked scarier than Chaney, the sets created by Maurice Tourneur are fantastic, and tonight's version is further enhanced by a rousing new musical score by Kevin MacLeod. In addition to the movie, Danvers will be presenting the first chapter of VARNEY THE VAMPIRE, based on the serialized novel first published in 1845-47 as a series of weekly cheap pamphlets known as "penny dreadfuls." Tonight's show concludes with a tribute to the king of horror hosts, Zacherley! [Phantom artwork courtesy of Bradley Beard.]

Sunday (11/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another cinematic gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- THE MESA OF LOST WOMEN (1953) starring Jackie (Uncle Fester) Coogan and George (Ro Man) Barrows in one of his rare non-gorilla roles. It's got mad scientists, gigantic spiders, voluptuous women, and dwarfs! How can any movie with a combination like that possibly go wrong? Join us tonight and you'll find out. [Movie poster by Sean Hartter courtesy of Saturday Fright Special.]

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