TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (4 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (4 of ?)

Georgette Romero Meets George A. Romero

What can be said about George Romero that you have not already read. He is the Godfather of Zombies……he paved the way for others……he was brilliant. No, you have heard this I am sure and they are all true.
I want to share a personal moment I had with this kind man. For those who don’t know I love zombies. Have for 20+ years so it is no wonder that George Romero is my hero. Night of the Living Dead will always be my favorite zombie/ghoul movie. (FYI, George called them ghouls or flesh eaters back them) I had never cosplayed in my life but decided one year I wanted to get in on the fun. When I sat down to think of what I wanted to be, literally the first thing I thought of was my idol George Romero.
I had plans to meet him at Scarefest Convention in Lexington, KY, and thought “This is perfect!” When I looked online for ideas I found none. It was crazy. This man is a legend yet from what I could tell no one had done it. I swore right then that I would do it and by god I would do it right. I looked for the perfect frames, the perfect shirt, the perfect vest, perfect everything. I was happy with what I came up with and wore it with pride to meet him. I even wore a name tag that said “My name is Georgette Romero.”
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As I was standing in his line, awestruck to even be looking at him, his manager/agent pointed me out and couldn’t tell me enough how great I looked. She had never seen it. When I got to him I was speechless and he was in awe of my cosplay. He said himself he had never seen anyone dress as him and it was amazing. He loved it. Can you believe it… My idol loved my cosplay of him? I could have died. He signed my VHS copy of Dawn of the Dead that Tom Savini had signed a few years earlier. After that, he insisted on pictures. His smile was genuine. It was his idea to even switch glasses for a few of the pictures. That’s right, I wore George Romero’s glasses.
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In my glasses
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After we switched glasses
It was amazing and I will forever miss him. He was one of a kind and can never be replaced.
Happy nightmares, Mr. Romero, may you be at peace or come back as one of your own kind.
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Happy Birthday Blacula Director William Crain

Happy Birthday Blacula Director William Crain

The name William Crain might not be familiar to a lot of horror or exploitation fans; however, his short but intense filmography has left a lasting mark on pop culture. Before Crain rolled an inch of celluloid, he broke ground on the small screen as the first African American to direct episodic television. The show in question was the ultra groovy hit The Mod Squad, then in its third season. Of course it wasn’t easy to break into a white dominated profession, but with hard work and grit, William made his dreams a reality. Shortly after his small screen debut, Sam Arkoff at American International Pictures came knocking with an idea – an African American twist on a classic movie monster. William wasn’t thrilled with the title, Count Brown is in Town, but with a title tweak and a stellar cast that included Shakespearian trained William Marshall in the title role, Blacula was set to go before in the cameras. With a blend of genuine horror, humor, and lots of seventies groove, Blacula thrilled audiences and AIP had an unexpected hit on their hands. After Blacula, surprisingly Crain returned to the small screen to do Starsky and Hutch, SWAT, and The Rookies. He finally returned to the big screen with yet another blaxploitation horror hybrid entitled Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde. To date it was his last feature film.
I had the extreme pleasure to do several interviews William for an upcoming book and I found him to be a witty, smart and interesting person. He shared many great stories about the making of his cult classic as well as hinted at a return to the big screen. While he only made two feature films, their lasting legacy in pop culture is undeniable, so I raise my glass of blood to you, Mr. William Crain, on your birthday!
Below is a complete filmography.

Director

  • 2016 Nothing as It Seems (Short)
  • 1990 Designing Women (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • 1984-1985 Matt Houston (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • 1979 The Dukes of Hazzard (TV Series)
  • 1976 Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde
  • 1974-1975 The Rookies (TV Series) (3 episodes)
  • 1975 S.W.A.T. (TV Series) (1 episode)
  • 1975 Starsky and Hutch (TV Series) (2 episodes)
  • 1971 The Mod Squad (TV Series) (1 episode)

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

  • 1971 Brother John (intern director – uncredited)

Producer

  • 1976 Dr. Black, Mr. Hyde (associate producer)
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (3 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (3 of ?)

RIP George A. Romero

“They’re coming to get you, Barbara.”
It’s maybe one of the most famous, and chilling lines in horror. From one of the most groundbreaking movies in the history of horror cinema, Night of the Living Dead by director George A. Romero. We lost George this week, and it’s a loss that has shaken the world of horror. If you are a newer horror fan, maybe you don’t know the name, but you should. Maybe you’re a fan of The Walking Dead, but not really a horror fan, well you should know Mr. Romero’s name. The modern zombie only exists because of George A. Romero.
Before Romero, zombies were basically lumbering, undead servants. Their menace was limited to lurching about, choking, and throwing their victims. They were creatures of Caribbean folklore that might strike fear into the superstitious locals but not so much on the big screen. George Romero changed all that; he took the shambling undead and instilled them with one of our great taboos: cannibalism. Now Romero has famously said he had no intention of making a zombie movie, no thoughts of forever changing horror history. Whatever his intentions, that’s exactly what he did. Over the years zombies have evolved and changed, brain-eating, running zombies, rage zombies, virus zombies, but none of that would have been possible without Romero. Every zombie film, from 28 Days Later to Return of the Living Dead, every TV show from The Walking Dead to iZombie, every video game from Resident Evil to Lollipop Chainsaw, every damn one can trace its existence back to Mr. Romero.
Romero was more than just Night of the Living Dead. He followed this game changer with another classic, Dawn of the Dead. Years later he continued with Day of the Dead. Then, when everyone thought he was finished, he launched his big budget Land of the Dead and then came back with the much maligned (unfairly, in my opinion) Diary of the Dead. Outside the zombie subgenre, he created horror classics such as Creepshow, Martin, and The Dark Half, cult favorites like Knight Riders and The Crazies, and the occasional misfire like Season of the Witch and Survival of the Dead.
But that’s all about his movies. There have probably been a thousand articles, blogs, and news stories about Romero’s movies and his importance to horror. There could easily be 1,000 more, most of them better than anything I could write about his legacy. Nah, I really want to talk about the man and my encounters with him. Now I won’t lie and insult the hard core fans of the dead series. That’s not fair to them. As much as I love his zombie classics, I was never the biggest fan by any means, and he wasn’t my favorite director. However, if Romero did a movie, I watched it, and usually I enjoyed it. So I passed up a chance to meet him at least once. Mostly because I absolutely hated waiting in line, and at conventions George Romero always had a line. I’m glad I overcame that to meet the man once.
The first time I saw him in real life was at the Horrorfind convention in Hunt Valley, Maryland. It was around 2006 or 2007. I was sitting by the pool with friends late in the evening just after dark. We were joking, chatting and drinking adult beverages and someone noticed him and poked me. I looked and there he was. He was so much taller than I had imagined from seeing him on television and in photos. He towered above the person he was talking too, wearing, as best I can remember a dark green or teal shirt and slacks, and the vest, and the coke bottle glasses. He didn’t look like a man who had changed horror forever. He looked more like a hippie with his long, graying ponytail, but you felt his presence. It was only a brief passing moment, but you knew you were in the vicinity of horror royalty. This was someone who redefined the genre.
I didn’t “officially” meet him that year. It was a year or two later, at the Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Festival in Nashville, TN. I went with the full intention of meeting him, but once again the line was unbelievable. Rightfully so. And I talked myself out of it. Luckily, I really wanted to meet him, so I kept popping by. Finally. I found the line had gotten shorter, so I jumped in. Only to find the line was short because George had went out to lunch and a lot of people had wandered off. Oh, ye of little patience, yeah I was impatient, too, but I made myself sit there on the floor in line until finally we got the word he was back. The line quickly refilled and started slowly moving. When we finally got to the table, we realized the line moved slow because the man, the master, the godfather of horror, didn’t rush his fans.
Finally we got up to the table (me and my new line buddies), and there he was. The same vest, same glasses and ponytail, but he was smiling, laughing, and looking at his fans with genuine affection. It was the same when we introduced ourselves to him. He laughed at our jokes, smiled and asked where we were from. I had picked out a photo of him and Simon Pegg. He was about to sign, and he stopped, pointed at Simon and said, “That young man is going places”. We shook hands and got a photo with him at his table. This was back before they were called selfies, and when most celebs, including George, didn’t charge for photos.
I met George a couple other times, always with friends. Every time was like the first time. George A. Romero, the father of the zombie movie, always smiling, usually laughing, always looking at his fans with a genuine love and appreciation. That’s how I will always remember Mr. Romero. As wonderful as his films were, he was so much more. That’s what I will take with me.
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

RIP – The Godfather of Zombies
George A. Romero

georgeromero-zombielove / Fair use doctrine.George Romero meant so much to me personally. He created my love, my obsession with zombies. I cannot tell you my exact age when I first watched Night of the Living Dead, but it sparked the fire that is my love for horror and, more importantly, zombie stories. George A. Romero opened the door for many to follow, pushed the limits of horror further than anyone dreamed, awakened future directors and storytellers, and educated the world on the zombies (how they move, groan, react, and how people would react in a zombie apocalypse).
I’m not sure if Romero went for black and white to blend in with the classic horrors or because makeup and prosthetics aren’t what they are today. All I know that it was a genius move! Night of the Living Dead was meant to be b&w. When I first turned on the movie (in my foolish youth) I wanted to immediately change the channel, after all b&w movies are just boring (back in the 80s when everything was neon). I’m not even sure now what kept me watching, but I am ever so thankful! George Romero was such a creative intelligent fellow in his time.
Romero was one of my first articles for HoTS when a little over a year ago Mr. Romero finally received a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. It blew my mind that only just now was he receiving a star! After all his movies and work?!?!? Night of the Living Dead had several sequels (almost all 10 years apart), and he made several other type of horror movies, directed much of Creepshow, and participated in many documentaries, and specials. Romero is so loved by so many that The Walking Dead has had many tribute Easter eggs to Romero.
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Romero even had a part in the zombie mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops.

George Romero left his mark and ‘infected’ so many of us. I, personally, will truly miss him.
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

Remembering George A. Romero

George A. Romero, as many of you know by now, passed on Sunday, July 16, asleep in his own bed. Romero had a small but aggressive bout with cancer, but that is said not to be the cause of his death. Romero was 77.
When one thinks of zombies these days, sadly, most think of The Walking Dead and believe this to be the greatest zombie representation in film (or TV). Not to take anything away from the abundance of talent that goes into making TWD, but if you were to ask its main man Greg Nicotero who he himself was inspired by (as well as any true horror and or zombie fan) and who is the master and father of the modern zombie, you’ll get the same answer from them all. That name would be legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
George A. Romero was born in New York City in 1940. After graduating school, George made many short film and did some commercial work as well. He and friends formed IMAGE TEN PRODUCTIONS where they all chipped in about $10,000.00 each to produce and direct a black and white horror film that became an instant horror classic and a legend among all zombie film to ever be made: Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Romero went on to write, direct, produce, and even act in more than a combined 78 films. Films titles such as The Crazies (2010/1972), Diary of the Dead (2007), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Land of the Dead (2004), Creepshow (1982), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and many more.
George A. Romero was always known for his trademark thick rimmed black frame glasses and safari vest. But, more so, was always known for being a warmhearted man who always cared and took the time for his fans. I personally wasn’t fortunate enough to have met Romero at any of the conventions that he had attended as a celebrity guest, but I always heard from those who did that he was a very personable and kind man.
The legendary horror/zombie films that Romero made in his lifetime were inspiring to future filmmakers and loved by audiences across the globe. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead became the standard for all other zombie films. All, in some way, seemed to be compared to that of Romero, but none ever seem to make the same impact. While Romero’s films were always full of great gore, blood, and BRAINS(!!!!), the films always had great stories. They were always driven by characters whose main goal was to survive among the dead for their life. And it always worked!
Mr. Romero, you have been inspiring, admired, respected, loved, and now, most of all, missed.
On behalf of myself, John Roisland, founder and CEO of House of Tortured Souls, thank you, sir, for all the memories you have given to all of us.
Keep It Evil.
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INTERVIEW: Mitch Hyman

INTERVIEW: Mitch Hyman

My Interview With Satan!

Attention Hulu subscribers!
Bubba the Redneck Werewolf is now available to enjoy! In case anyone reading this is unfamiliar with the lovable hairy beast Bubba, I am here to enlighten you. He started out as a glimmer in the eye of Actor/Comedian/Writer and all around funny man Mr. Mitch Hyman. Back in the 90s Bubba was a very popular comic. In 2014, Cracker County was under attack by The Devil himself, and it was up to Dog Catcher Bubba Blanche to defeat the enemy, save the town, and win the heart of his love Bobby Jo. But, not before he made a deal with said devil and became Bubba, The Redneck Werewolf in the hit film now available on Hulu!
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The popularity of the film has been on the rise since its premier, and with over 11 million viewers on Hulu, ol’ Bubba has reached celebrity status! He even has his own souvenir caps (Mohawkcrew.com), hot sauce, (Sideshowsauces.com), and coffee (Coffeeshopofhorrors.com)! Another character that has made a pretty big name for himself is the Devil, played by Hyman. Since then, there have been many requests to see the fallen angel in his glory. This included an appearance in full make up at December’s Spooky Empire event at the Orange County Convention Center.
In May of 2017, Satan struck out solo on his very own YouTube show, Coffee Time With Satan! This is the epitome of irreverence and shock, and NOT for the faint of heart. Angie, your “Lamp Lady”, had the rare opportunity to discuss the show with Satan in his lair.
House of Tortured Souls: What was your inspiration for Bubba the Redneck Werewolf comics back in the day?
Mitch Hyman: Well, it all started on a week – long binge in Bangkok…Seriously, that did happen, but back to Bubba. I loved werewolves as a kid, and Halloween was my chance to be one. So, when I owned a bar many years ago, I wanted to go to my own party as a werewolf. Now, I knew some make up techniques, so, some latex and rubber mask grease made the face. The hair was tough. So, I put on a trucker hat, and then decided that Lon Chaney, Jr.’s wolfman had clothes, cause no one needs a naked lycan running around as we all learned in American Werewolf. At the time, overalls and flannel shirts were popular and so…Voilà! One cigar-chomping, booze-carrying redneck werewolf was born!
HoTS: Tell us about Satan. How did this lovable character come to life on screen?
MH: There is a horror con in Florida called Spooky Empire, and I have been part of it since the first year it was open, now about 11 years. Great show run by awesome folks. A real family feel too. I was a guest writer and another writer I knew, Kevin Ransom, wanted to do an Apocalypse panel and asked if I could do Satan as part of it around 2006. I first just got some horns from my buddy, make-up artist Michael Davy, who was Dick Smith’s personal protégé, and walked in with a briefcase and said I was the prosecuting attorney for humankind. Later, as the years went on, Mike put me in the red make-up and so there it was! Later, when the film was being put together, the writer I hired to do the low budget script, as my original idea would have cost at least a million to produce and I needed someone to do schlock as I just wasn’t that kind of writer was deathly afraid of my Satan character (and Satan in general), had seen the shows. My comic origin is much different, but I figured comics and movies always are. So, I wrote most of my own dialogue and ad-libbed the rest and wrote most of my scenes to my taste, like the devil montage and the final battle with Bubba. I had to as I was the guy who started this whole insanity fest. I love being him as I get away with the craziest stuff when I am in the red paint, and who would not want an alter ego so heinous and hilarious? People love the character and walk up to me now on the street and offer their souls to me. I turn them down, of course. Well, unless they want to throw in a beer too. LOL!
HoTS: The film has been getting a lot of hits on Hulu, and Bubba is even going to Cannes, you must be proud!
MH: Yep! So proud! We are now global, and for an Indie film of the budget I was able to work with, this is huge. I only had $25,000 to work with and some behind the scenes shenanigans from a few contractors I trusted took me to $19,000. But I have been running a comic for 21 years on very little and have been a stage tech, recording studio owner and performer for years, and knew the biz and how to make it work. Plus, I had so many good friends in the business who pitched in to help and just my actors, make-up, and longtime friends came in to see this dream come true as I said it would be good for all Indie film folks and [would] prove my theories I taught when a college scripting and writing instructor. It was up to me to lead by example. I was floored when Bubba made it to the most popular on Hulu. Thanks to MVD and Gravitas distribution! Also, One Eyed Jack distribution in Europe. After we were shown at Sitges Spain at the world’s biggest film fantasy fest as a featured guest item, the audience knew a winner when they saw one. Cracking the European market with a redneck American werewolf who was all about acceptance made me so damn proud! Then, to be vended at Cannes? Formidable!
HoTS: What do you think has made this film so popular?
MH: It’s just goofy fun like the comics have been all these years. Bubba is all about the little guy getting his chance to prove himself. We all know a Bubba in our lives or are one. We try and do the right thing, and it seems like the world never gives us a break. Friends turn on you, bosses are never seeing your potential, other people don’t see us as good mates or friends because they are all about appearances or all about dollar signs. But a true underdog, no pun, always fights for what is right and sacrifices his wants and needs to do the right thing. Sometimes, giving up your wants to help another can actually take you to the place in life or your heart that will get you even further because you gave of yourself. I wanted Bubba in the film to be like my comic version in one important respect…To be the quiet hero we all need in our lives. To be the person who at 4am will show up if the aliens have your cows, the zombies are in the house, a bully or scumbag is harming you or yours, or you just need someone to be there when all others ran off ‘cause you don’t have much. As long as you are a good person, Bubba will see this and show up. Plus, a few beers won’t hurt either. Just sayin’. LOL!
HoTS: Let’s talk about your new YouTube show, Coffee Time With Satan. Episode one is out there, with episode two on the editing floor. How did the idea come about?
MH: The character became so popular that people would just walk up to me at shows and on the street and tell me their problems and wants. I figured that Satan was easier to talk to about your troubles as he was probably to them the cause or someone who understood angst. Fallen Angel and so on. But I played him very snarky and like a used car salesman up to no good, and people felt at ease as they do with comedians. We get life in a way most don’t. We make fun of fear and those who instill it in us. You laugh at pain and bigotry and inhumanity and make it easier to take the steam out of that crap. Make fun of ourselves, too. Plus, we’re brave and crazy at the same time to societal rules. We’re like the kid in the fairy tale of The Emperor’s New Clothes; we tell you the straight truth of living. [That’s] why royalty always had the court jester to keep them humble. So, I wanted to do a talk and variety show that was like the stuff I saw in the 60s, 70s and 80s. Laugh In, SNL classic, National Lampoon and so on. Pryor, Carlin, Brooks… All my heroes. Since we now live in times like those, I thought we needed to go back and learn from history, not repeat it! I was also a freelance writer for CRACKED magazine and fires Donald Trump way back in 04. I think I am still on the enemies list. LOL! Now, I have an amazing ensemble cast of crazies who are brilliant and fearless. So, the show is not PC and meant to shock and amuse those with the courage to look within themselves and grow stronger and resilient to face a world on the brink and laugh at the all the damn “emperors” out there.
HoTS: What can your viewers expect from the show?
MH: Just this…Fun! It’s a great way to unwind and think a bit. We may be goofy, but we are being very intellectual. The show is a group effort and we all write bits and so on for it. A community for sure. But the ladies rule and rock this show! Myrtle, Momma Mary, Lilith, and now others coming on board. And this is girl power to me. I know how tough and strong women have to be in a misogynistic and prejudiced world and I turn them loose! I simply sit back, react, and applaud it all. I instigate lot of it. I want people to have a voice who are always told to shut up. A smart man knows that smarter women can multi task and get shit done!
HoTS: What was the inspiration for the characters that appear on Coffee Time?
MH: I have all these wonderful friends who are educated and have been doing either stand-up or other things that put them in the public eye, for one. The others are just those people at parties or at work who have the whole place laughing or are courageous to stand up for themselves. So, I just figured out ways to give them personas for the screen that celebrate who they are in real life. The ultimate cosplay as it were. I am a producer and we look and polish talent till they take off on their own like my crew has. Like being Den Mother and Father to a crazed troop of merry makers.
HoTS: How was Coffee Time cast?
MH: Again, by looking around my life and seeing those who have talent and want to try a risky idea. Brave souls, all! That’s show biz! And they are truly sweet people in real life.
HoTS: How did you decide who would be on your hellish team?
MH: I needed those who could put on costumes and make-up and become these personalities I needed for the show. Like I did for the casting of the Bubba movie. I spent months looking around my group of friends and seeing others at cons and shows who stepped out and could handle being in front of a camera. A lot of people think this is easy. Well, sorry, it’s not. Try it some time. Go to a store and just start being funny, REALLY funny, not just silly or stupid, to the crowd at the supermarket who are stuck behind the 80 year old with an expired coupon, or the twenty something who can’t get their apply pay to work, or the guy who is hitting on the check-out person and who doesn’t give a shit that you’re late for work or your kid is throwing up in the shopping cart ‘cause you have no one to watch them and you had to get their medicine, or you just pulled double and just want to get home before you pass the hell out. You help them to endure and they are happy you showed up, and then you, my friend, have just made the world a better place. Or at least the checkout line and may have prevented someone from going postal later. We all need a laugh and to be part of something. I was in a supermarket shooting once and after the police got the bastards, I walked around trying to calm and make folks smile ‘til the all clear was called and we could go. True story.
HoTS: What are your hopes, future state, for Coffee Time With Satan and Bubba?
MH: Well, to not get deported, even though I was born in the USA, or lynched mostly for either. LOL! Actually, I want to see Coffee Time evolve into an interview show for the first half as I talk to celebrities about their more decadent and evil side, you know, what we really all enjoy about living and doing something more than make money and ego. and then turn the ladies loose as a round table of REAL women, not a bunch of over privileged millionaire celebs who might have been from humble beginnings but have lost touch with the real day to day life. I have stood during production and heard them talk about clothes, movies, men, women motherhood, family and so on and was fascinated at how right and down to Earth they saw things. This show could teach men how to really understand women and others in the world around us. As for Bubba? I am scripting the second movie now and am going to be proposing it soon in California as having a studio or Hulu, Amazon, or Netflix on board would be a ticket for this one to go theatrical and even though we did great in DVD, VOD, streaming, and so on, and I am grateful as hell, I want to go further. I am wanting it to be filmed in Florida like the last one and I know that the LA crowd can be worked with and we Indies need to respect them not be adversarial. Hell, like anyone needs anymore enemies in life? LOL! Cooperation is key!
My state is diverse in culture and location. Plus as we proved to the world after the PULSE shooting, we get along and when family is needed we all are. Florida Man is a pain in my ass as most are transplants from elsewhere who just don’t get into our lifestyle. I was part of the film and TV scene here in the 1990s and it was greedy politicians and the fear from LA and NYC that we could be a threat that took it away. I am watching Atlanta closely and I got a vibe that it is just another Hollywood East that could implode or be used up fast as they are not as experienced as we down here. We down here have been there and done that. Our current governor does not like the entertainment biz from cutting state incentives. BUT! We are the makers of lifetime dreams come true. We have talent, techs, and support to not just take you into a fantasy world for two hours. We can take you to stories and places that you’ll tell your grandkids about. Plus, I and some others in film down here have gone county to county and city to city and found that being truly Florida friendly, as what we true locals call it, can do much! So sunshine is in our hearts and our handshake. I made Bubba happen because of just that. But, ya gotta be sincere, responsible and play fair, cause that phony smile and BS goes just so far if you are not a true believer.
If you’d love to see Satan and all his pals do their worst, check out Coffee Time With Satan, now on YouTube!
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COMING SOON: The Houses October Built 2 (2017)

COMING SOON: The Houses October Built 2 (2017)

The Houses October Built Retrospective
and The Houses October Built 2 Announcement

the houses october built 2With the big news of a sequel to The Houses October Built, I thought it was time I wrote a nice little piece about this sometimes misunderstood film. I’m one of those horror fans that don’t automatic hate on the found footage sub-genre. The Houses October Built is one that actually nails it pretty well!
Bobby Roe (l), Zack Andrews (r)
Bobby Roe (l), Zack Andrews (r)
Now some hardcore fans seem to simply write this off as a lazy and a bit clichéd, and while I enjoy the film immensely, I have to agree that it is guilty of some horror pitfalls. Still, I think the film has an above interesting plot with some genuinely creepy moments and a decent ending (even though it sorta cribs the original The Vanishing). The very fact it’s already gaining a fast and loyal cult following with a sequel on its way means I must not be alone. Returning Houses writer/director/actor Bobby Roe uses the found footage not nearly as clunky or unrealistic as some in the genre, and in a lot of ways it amps the suspense and creep factor, which is how found footage should be utilized. The follow up, simply titled The Houses October Built 2 (for now, anyway), was penned by Roe and Zack Andrews and will, by all accounts, pick up from the last film and reunite Roe and Andrews with fellow cast members Brandy Schaefer, and Mikey Roe. I only hope that they build and expand the mythos of Blue Skeleton instead of simply remaking the first film, but the synopsis indicates it could go either way.
SYNOPSIS:
Five friends try to recover from the trauma of being kidnapped last Halloween by the Blue Skeleton – a group who takes “extreme haunt” to another level – by facing their fears in order to move on. As they go back out on the road to experience more haunted house attractions, signs of the Blue Skeleton start appearing and a new terror begins…
RLJE Films has picked up the North American rights to The Houses October Built 2 and plan to release the film in theaters and On Demand in September 2017.
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Andrea Collins guests on House of Tortured Souls LIVE!

Andrea Collins guests on House of Tortured Souls LIVE!

House of Tortured Souls LIVE

House of Tortured Souls LIVE

House of Tortured Souls LIVE is back with your hosts John and Dixie. This is the second episode of their live on YouTube podcast and this week they welcome scream queen and aspiring actress and model Andrea Collins. You might better know her as Andie Noir, shes starring in the upcoming reality-based horror film Krokodil Chronicles. Besides that she has a lengthy list of horror credits both in the can and filming. So prepare to get your groove on and your boogie down! If you haven’t heard about Krokodil Chronicles it is based on the real life Russian street drug that literally eats its users alive. The slightly less than dynamic duo also talk about Andrea’s role in an upcoming Bryan Coyne (Infernal) film that she can’t name just yet. She also talks about starring with horror icon John Dugan (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) in the upcoming Belly Timbers. So buck up mateys and climb aboard as House of Tortured Souls LIVE welcomes Andrea Collins aka Andie Noir, the shows runs a little over an hour, and it’s almost all Andie, all killer, no filler.
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MOVIE REVIEW: The Dark Tapes (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Dark Tapes (2017)

Face the Unknown with The Dark Tapes (2017)

The Dark Tapes (2017) / Fair use DoctrineAfter three long years of dedication and personal funding, Michael McQuown and fellow producers, are proud to present their film The Dark Tapes. This film blends genres with its interlocking story-lines covering horror, fantasy, sci-fi and more. With a crew comprised primarily of himself and four producers (who also served as the primary crew members), The Dark Tapes is Michael McQuown’s first film to direct. Fellow producer, Nicola Odeku gave him the original idea for the story. When asked what three words he would use to describe this film, Michael said, “Twists, Tension and Terror”. This film was 100% independent from any studio but that has not affected its achievements. Among the film festival circuit, The Dark Tapes has won or been nominated for 61 awards across 30 festivals. This includes a nomination for a Rondo Hatton Award for “Best Independent Feature”. You can also find it ranked in the top three highest rated films ever on FoundFootageCritic.com.
The Dark Tapes is a found footage horror anthology film comprised of four primary narratives. As you watch, you will find each story original and interweaving with some great surprises in store for you. The scares are not cheap and the fear is genuine. This film doesn’t rely on jump scares or gore to scare you. It will build the tension until you must turn your lights back on. It proves that you don’t need a big budget to put out a quality film. Dark imagery, good effects and sincere acting drives it to success.
It is now available for purchase on most VOD platforms, including Amazon, iTunes, VUDU, Google Play, Sling TV, Vimeo, Xbox, PlayStation, and more. Due to its popularity, Michael and his crew are already in pre-production working on a sequel titled The Darker Paths. I expect them to lead us even further into the nightmares with this follow-up.
Check out The Dark Tapes at the links below:
Happy Nightmares,
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Netflix – Play or Pass: XX

Netflix – Play or Pass: XX

Directors: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic; Writers: Roxanne Benjamin, Karyn Kusama, St. Vincent, Jovanka Vuckovic; Stars: Natalie Brown, Ron Lea, Melanie Lynskey, Peter DaCunha, Shelia Vand, Seth Duhame, Michael Dyson, Sanai Victoria, Peyton Kennedy; Rating: R; Run Time: 80 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2017
I always been a huge champion for women in horror, a group I feel like is sorely underrated and sadly ignored. So when I heard about XX a female based horror anthology, I was pretty stoked to say the least. The film opens with a brilliantly creepy Jan Svankmajer inspired stop motion animation which perfectly fits this anthologiy’s tone, that of a beautiful and stylish yet off-putting bit of horror. XX opens strong with “The Box”, based on a Jack Ketchum story about a mysterious man with a box that leads to a disturbing chain reaction to one woman’s family. This is by far the best segment with a strong concept that doesn’t get too carried away and strikes a perfect less-is-more disturbing quality. Next is “The Birthday Party”, which I thought was one of the weaker entries. While I can totally get on board with the dark humor, the plot seemed a bit aimless and not as well developed as the others; however, I do give it bonus points for starring Melanie Lynskey. “Don’t Fall” is the next feature and, like “The Box”, had a simple yet effective concept highlighted by great moody cinematography and well done creature FX. Finally, there is “Her Only Living Son”, a kind of unofficial sequel to Rosemary’s Baby. I`m guessing it was changed just enough to avoid legal action, but true fans of the genre will put two and two together. I have mixed feelings about this segment; while the concept is great, the ending felt rushed.

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Final Thoughts:

Overall, the film has its highlights and its weak points but altogether makes for an enjoyable watch. XX is stylish and spooky in equal measure and proves that women can dominate the horror landscape just as well as men. Play this one in the dark with a group of friends.
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John Carpenter to Helm TV Series Tales for a Halloween Night

John Carpenter to Helm TV Series Tales for a Halloween Night

Legendary Halloween director John Carpenter will be giving fright fans a whole new reason to scream with a new show he is developing for the Syfy network. It was confirmed earlier today that Carpenter indeed does have a overall deal with Universal Cable Production to helm a show titled Tales for a Halloween Night based on his graphic novel of the same name. The graphic novel is a horror anthology written by John, Steve Hoveke, and Trent Olsen. Additionally, the horror icon is also hard at work on a show entitled Nightside, based on a series of books by New York Times best-selling author Simon Green, with Scream series writer Jill Blotevogel, but no network has been announced.
Of the partnership with Universal Cable Production, the man who brought us The Thing, Halloween, They Live, Prince of Darkness, Escape from New York, and Big Trouble in Little China,said:
“I’m excited to partner with Universal Cable Productions on this venture into television. On one hand, it’s a return home to Universal, where I have fond memories, and on the other, it’s a step into the future with great new creative partners in programming.”
A writer has not been announced yet for Tales for a Halloween Night, and House of Tortured Souls will update you with any additional breaking news on both projects.
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Dixielord’s Amazon Prime Horror Picks – June/July 2017

Dixielord’s Amazon Prime Horror Picks – June/July 2017

Quite often I am asked about movie selections, especially selections of streaming movies. It’s not always easy. Everyone has a different opinion of what makes a movie good, or even watchable. Complicating matters, the films available for streaming change on a monthly – and sometimes a weekly – basis, and the number of services for movie streaming are continuously growing. So, basically, the list will change fairly regularly. Sounds like a great idea for a recurring column, doesn’t it kiddos?!
So let’s start this with Amazon Prime Picks, since I noticed several great new additions to the service recently. So here we go, with Dixie’s Amazon Prime picks for June and July 2017.
1. Day of the Animals: We all know Leslie Nielsen was one of the great comedic actors of the last several decades. From the classic Airplane of the 70s, to reinvigorating himself in the Naked Gun movie series, he has been making people laugh. However, not as many people know he had a career as a serious actor. He even played the heavy at times, like in this 1977, nature gone wild horror movie. In it. There are several reasons to recommend Day of the Animals to horror fans such as the reuniting of stars from the cult film Grizzly, appearance of Susan Backlinie, the famous first victim in Jaws, or just as a look back at 70s eco-horror, but the main reason is Nielsen. His character goes from grating asshole, to full on whack a doodle, bear fighting insanity, and it’s a joy to watch.

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2. Shock Waves: Young horror fans may think Nazi Zombies are a new concept, but in actually the sub genre existed long before Dead Snow made it popular again. Nazi undead have plagued the cinema for decades from Jess Franco’s Oasis of the Zombie, Jean Rollin’s Zombie Lake, all the way back to The Frozen Dead, starring Dana Andrews (who most of us only know from the opening song of Rocky Horror). None of these are better, in my opinion, than Shock Waves. Shock Waves, which stars horror legend Peter Cushing, and a heart stopping Brooke Adams, is one of the most original zombie films ever made. Some might argue the monsters in the film aren’t zombies. I disagree, and have reasons to support my belief, but horror fans are always arguing about what is and isn’t a zombie. Frankly I’m tired of the argument, and this is my list, so fuck you guys, they’re zombies. So why should you watch it? Seriously? Peter Cushing isn’t enough? Well how about a red hot Brooke Adams who spends most of the film in a bikini? How about genre legend John Carradine (who thankfully isn’t in a bikini)? Well if you need more, as I said it’s one of the more original zombie films ever made. I go more into detail on my website, but besides all that, whats more American than killin’ Nazis? Killing Nazi zombies, that’s what!?
3. The Tombs of the Blind Dead: Zombies are way beyond the saturation point now. The Walking Dead is still riding high on television, but with zombies appearing in commercials for everything from banks to brake shops, they are more pop culture than horror. Very few new zombie films are horrifying or even interesting. So let’s take a trip back to 1972 and Amando de Ossorio’s Spanish Horror, Tombs of the Blind Dead. This tale of reanimated Templar Knights has so much that is lacking from modern horror. It’s dark, gory at times and has a bleak, almost claustrophobic atmosphere. There are scenes where the tension is so high that it is almost physically painful to watch. The reanimated knights have had their eyes pecked out by birds of prey after their execution and are forced to hunt their prey by sound. Take note Don’t Breathe, this is how to do that gimmick right.

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4. The Witch Who Came In From The Sea: Don’t let the artwork and title fool you. This isn’t a supernatural horror. It is one of the infamous video nasties of the 80s, and it’s gory enough to deserve that title. The cover art is reminiscent of the gothic horror of Bava, but this is actually a slasher that’s as much drama as horror in all honesty. It deals with a mentally disturbed woman who makes short and bloody work of her lovers. It has all the shortcomings of a typical video nasty, low budget, iffy acting and bad effects. It also has a compelling story and enough blood to satisfy the gorehound. It deserves a spot with the revenge slashers of the 70s and 80s and you should watch it while it’s easily available.
The Witch Who Came From the Sea poster art
The Witch Who Came From the Sea poster art
5. The Final Terror: The Final Terror is a little seen, almost lost slasher from the 80s. It’s a film I have wanted to see since I was a kid. I was drawn in by lurid posters and promo but unfortunately I never got a chance to see it, till it was on streaming media. It’s a fairly decent slasher, about kids lost in the woods, hunted by as masked maniac. But why am I recommending it to you? The cast, that’s what makes it a must see. It includes a young and gorgeous Daryl Hannah, Rachel Ward, Adrian Zmed, a young Joe Pantoliano and Neidemeyer himself, Mark Metcalf.
So that’s it, five selections streaming on Amazon Prime right now. Don’t wait too long because you never know when a film will be pulled. Check back here for MORE selections from the House of Tortured Souls staff.
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Artist of the Month – July 2017:  Aya Jade

Artist of the Month – July 2017: Aya Jade

I could not have picked a better AotM for July then Miss Aya. Because she is a firecracker!!! Special effects makeup has been popular for years now. Especially for cosplay and with shows like Face/Off. And this female artist certainly has skill in that department! I mean to go from this TO THIS will certainly blow a few minds and drop some jaws!!! I have some face paint left over that I WAS going to dabble with one of these days. But well SHIT!
Here is a brief bio of our lovely monster, followed by our Q&A:horror-artistofthemonth-ayajade-nun
My name is Aya, I’m a fashion and special effects artist from Wellington, New Zealand.
I’m 22 years of age and have been doing beauty makeup professionally since the age of 17 but I’m very new to the special effects community!
House of Tortured Souls: This extent of face special effects painting is pretty new and mind blowing! How many years have you been in it to get these awesome?
Aya Jade: I’ve only been doing it for a year now, but I dabbled in body painting before becoming qualified!
HoTS: Do you go to an Art School? Or have a special teacher?
AJ: I went to the Special Effects Makeup Course in Wellington last year, it is a ‘Full-on’ for a few months, learning the basics of what we need to know to be in this career path. I would love to go on to learn sculpting and molding.
HoTS: Why horror?
AJ: Horror movies and games are a favorite genre of mine and I’ve always been fascinated by the creations and transformations in them. Seeing something so grotesque in a real world is setting is intriguing but terrifying.
HoTS: What is your favorite monster?
AJ: Silent Hill creatures, they’re all so insane looking.
HoTS: Is there a special makeup or body paint you use?
AJ: I use a lot of Kryolan, Ben Nye and Mehron! They’re amazing professional SFX brands. I also Paint with Fab paint and Snazaroo.
HoTS: Do you do comic cons or any art shows?
AJ: Unfortunately we don’t have much in New Zealand but I do go to our biggest event which is Armageddon. I’m either cosplaying or doing the zombie makeup!
HoTS: Do you do ‘How to’ videos?
AJ: Yes! I’m very amateur, though, haha.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page? Instagram? Twitter? Facebook? YouTube?
AJ: All of my social medias are under the name Aya Jade. I’m on Instagram, Facebook, and YouIube.
HoTS: Are you for hire? You would total rock a wedding!
AJ: Yes, I am actually!
HoTS: What do you like to do when you are not creeping people out?
AJ: I play video games, watch my favorite TV series and movies, I’m also super passionate about animals and love hanging out at my local shelters and sanctuaries if I’m not at home with my own!
I MEAN, WHO IS NOT IN LOVE WITH AYA NOW?!?!?
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CONTEST: Bumper Sticker Giveaway

CONTEST: Bumper Sticker Giveaway

House of Tortured Souls wants to give back to our fans. That’s why we’re giving away 5 (FIVE!) House of Tortured Souls bumper stickers to our fans. Take a look at these babies.HoTS Bumper Stickers
To enter for a chance to win one, simply take a picture of yourself – or your little brother or parents or cat or dog or hamster or, well, you get the idea – holding a sign that reads I LOVE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS. Something like this…I love HoTS example med
Then slap that picture into an email and send it off to contests.houseoftorturedsouls@gmail.com with the subject BUMPER STICKER. That’s it. You’re entered.
The contest runs until 6:00 PM (ET) on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Winners will be announced July 6, 2017. Don’t miss your chance to get a FREE House of Tortured Souls bumper sticker.
I mean, it costs you NOTHING to enter. Film for the picture – no problem, it’s digital. Postage to enter – no problem, it’s email. Shipping and handling – Are you kidding? It wouldn’t be FREE if we charged. So go ahead and enter. After all, what the hell have you got to lose?
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Cult of Chucky Trailer Hits the Web!

Cult of Chucky Trailer Hits the Web!

Red Brand rolls Out Cult of Chucky Trailer

Director (rumored)/Writer: Don Mancini; Stars: Jennifer Tilly, Brad Dourif, Fiona Dourif; Rating: Not rated; Run Time: Not listed; Genre: Horror, Thriller; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2017
Tiffany - Cult of Chucky / Fair use doctrine.Fright fans got a treat yesterday as the Red Band Trailer for Cult of Chucky was unleashed upon the Internet. The struggling horror franchise got a jolt of new life the surprise hit Curse of Chucky, which perfectly blended Gothic Old Dark House style with campy doll killing mayhem fans have come to expect. Considering this reunites not only series creator Don Mancini but also has appearances by Brad Dourif (Chucky), Jennifer Tilly (Tiffany), and Alex Vincent (Andy Barclay), it should be another slam dunk for the horror saga.
Cult Of Chucky slashes it way on DVD/Blu and On Demand just in time for the Halloween season on October 3, 2017.
Check out the Cult Of Chucky exclusive Red Band trailer below and then let House of Tortured Souls know what you think.
Summary (from IMDb):
Chucky returns to terrorize his human victim, Nica. Meanwhile, the killer doll has some scores to settle with his old enemies, with the help of his former wife.

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EXCLUSIVE: A Few Minutes With Robert Mukes (Video Interview)

EXCLUSIVE: A Few Minutes With Robert Mukes (Video Interview)

So a few weeks ago I ran into Robert Mukes. Actually , if I had literally ran into Robert Mukers, I doubt I would have have got up off the floor yet… The man is a mountain! I had contacted Robert previously and had arranged an interview with him as he was a guest at the Baltimore tattoo convention a few weeks back. Since Robert was gracious enough to accept and grant me some time for the interview, I made sure I got there early.
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Robert Mukes at the 2017 Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention
Robert Mukes, aside from being a towering giant of a man (he stands 6’10”), is, by far, one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is very friendly, accommodating, professional, and just a great person over all. I do apologize for the back ground noise as the convention hall itself was made entirely of concrete, so everything echoed. A lot.
Regardless of the sound quality, I hope you enjoy this quick interview with Robert Mukes as much as I enjoyed interviewing him. If you’re a convention goer, Robert often frequents them as a guest, so be sure to stop by and say hello. And when you do, be sure to tell him that John from House of Tortured Souls sends his best! Thank you, again, Robert!
Keep it Evil…

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MOVIE REVIEW: Heidi (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Heidi (2014)

Haunted doll movies are hit or miss. There are no mediocre horror movies about dolls. They’re either great or they suck. There’s not a lot of middle ground for creepy doll movies, and the same can be said about found footage films. Combining the two is a risky proposition. Heidi attempts both and succeeds in some areas while failing miserably in others.
First off, why do all possessed dolls need to look evil? Doesn’t that defeat the purpose of being evil? Evil works best when you don’t know it’s there. I’m about tired of these unsuspecting people coming across an obviously evil doll and then acting all surprised when it eats a dog and starts offing the neighbors.
As far as spooky doll movies go, Heidi is an excellent attempt although the story is mostly straightforward and predictable. The doll is creepy, but not over-the-top creepy. The characters are believable and annoying.
My biggest issue with Heidi isn’t the uninspired story or the questionable actions of the characters; it’s the acting. Terrible, terrible acting. Even by found footage film standards it’s bad, and that’s saying something. I love the found footage genre, but it’s not known for Oscar-worthy performances.
The movie starts by introducing two annoying teenage boys (is there any other kind?) who enjoy pranking people and being obnoxious. One of the boys ends up working for a neighbor, and while rooting through her house, finds the demon doll. As far as I’m concerned, they deserve whatever bad things happen since they went snooping where they shouldn’t have. It’s all downhill from there, with things slowly escalating from doll related hijinks to full blown pet murder, and beyond.
Heidi takes a bit to get going, and the end drags on a longer that it needs to, with a ham-handed scene that jumps between the beauty of life and the grisly details of death. The final scene is worth it though.
The movie is filmed very well, with very little of the “shaky cam” that one would expect from this type of film. There’s also a fair amount of tension with scares being well timed and spaced perfectly throughout the film. Also, there are almost no cheap jump scares, something so many lower budget movie rely on.
Ultimately, Heidi is one of those movies that has an amazing amount of potential but falls short due to an uninspired story and awful acting.
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Happy Birthday, Glenn Danzig!

Happy Birthday, Glenn Danzig!

What can be said about the mastermind who brought us the genre that merged from the early punk days, creating its very own world of mastery? Today we wish a very happy birthday to the man who, with his merry band of, dare I say…Misfits, spawned not only the subgenre of Horror punk, which lead way to many great bands over the years, but which also gave the metal world something to be desired.
June 23rd 1955 – 62 years ago – the legend was born in to this world. The parents of Glenn Anzalone probably had no clue that they had just opened Pandora’s box of inspiration and gave birth to the future leader of the underground.
It’s no secret that Misfits, Samhain, and Danzig have inspired many legendary bands and artists over the years. Not only did they inspire such bands as Metallica, Rob Zombie, and Pantera, they also influenced punk rock and hardcore acts such as No Use for a Name, Sick of it All, Hatebreed. and many, many more. The horror punk genre spun out of control causing a worldwide wave of bands such as Mister Monster, Blitzkid, The Crypt Keeper 5, The Other, Crimson Ghosts, The Spook, and countless others in the genre. It’s safe to say that the extent of Glenn Danzig’s legacy reaches far beyond any one genre as well as an outreach that has inspired people all around the world to either write music, stories, or make movies with some piece of Danzig’s legacy in mind while doing so.
The Danzig legacy doesn’t only affect the bands Glenn himself has been a part of, but, as mentioned above, has brought to the mainstream many popular punk and metal acts. Over the past 40 years, the world of underground metal, punk, and hardcore has evolved to where we can go anywhere – be it a local show full of preteens and novice musicians or a well known hardcore/Metal show, you’ll see someone representing either a shirt, patch, or cover song. It’s the norm these days to either have a Misfits or Danzig tattoo. It’s normal for even pop punk bands to cover “All Murder, All Guts…”, and it’s normal for anyone to sing along to “Mother” even if they don’t know who it is.
For someone who’s seemingly unknown to the pop scene, Glenn Danzig was brought to us 62 years ago and, believe it or not, you know this man and you’ve listened to his legacy. You may not have heard his music personally, but in the wake of his inspirational fury, you’ve heard Danzig-influenced music and you’ve showed him love by representing the countless bands he has inspired over the last 40 years.
So on this day June 23rd, do what you do, and show some respect for the man that brought you your favorite bands, the man who saw angry teens bitching about being teenagers and playing loud annoying power chords and said, “Ya know what? I’m going to write a song about Return of the Fly. I’m going to write another about Halloween. Why? Because I’m Motherfucking Glenn Danzig, that’s why!” The world would be a far different place without this genius of a man. So, Mr. Glenn Danzig, here’s to you, brother! Happy Birthday, from the whole world, that you helped create.
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Hail To The King: Happy Birthday, Bruce Campbell

Hail To The King: Happy Birthday, Bruce Campbell

What a groovy day it is to celebrate the day of birth of “El Hefe” himself: Bruce Campbell. Born on this day (June 22) in 1958 in Michigan, Bruce was an unconventional aspiring actor by the time he started high school.
If you are a horror fan and don’t know who Bruce Campbell is, you must be a “primitive screwhead” (lol). He is one of the most notable B-movie actors thanks to his portrayal as Ash Williams in The Evil Dead (1981) and the sequels that followed. Bruce didn’t audition for the part of Ashley “Ash” Williams, he’s actually was one of the main reasons the film got made at all. Raising money for production, working behind the camera as well as, of course starring in the role that was written specifically for him.. At the age of 20, while attending WMU, Campbell along with high school friend Sam Raimi wrote and filmed a short Super 8 version of Evil Dead called Within the Woods.
Within the Wood was intended to showcase what they were capable of as filmmakers and, they hoped, get them noticed by anyone willing to invest in them. The short film did get noticed, by none other than Stephen King who endorsed the film and helped get the names of these young film makers out there to colleagues in the movie biz. A couple of years later Campbell, Raimi and another friend Rob Tapert, having raised the money themselves, began shooting The Evil Dead.
With an endorsement from non other than Stephen King, the film began to get noticed and eventually became a cult classic and was followed by two sequels Evil Dead 2 (1987) and Army of Darkness (1992). Ash, for me, is his most memorable character, but he has worn many hats and worked on over 100 films and TV series as an actor, voice actor, writer, director, producer, and more. Bruce truly is a man of many faces. So many that, in fact, I’m only going mention some of my favorite roles: Police Officer Jack Forrest in Maniac Cop (1988) as well as the sequel Maniac Cop 2 (1990), a descendant of Van Helsing, Robert Van Helsing, in Sundown: The Vampire In Retreat (1989), and a lawyer turned bounty hunter in the the old west in the 1993 TV show The Adventures of Brisco County Jr.
He also played Autolycus, The King of Thieves, in both Hercules: the Legendary Journeys (1995-99) and Xena: Warrior Princess (1996-99). Heck, he even played The King himself, geriatric Elvis Presley, in Bubba Ho-Tep (2002). He played astronaut Dr. Ivan Hood in the Sci-Fi channel original movie Alien Apocalypse (2005), a business man turned mad science experiment William Cole in The Man With the Screaming Brain (2005) – which he also directed, the womanizing boozehound and former Navy Seal turned P.I. Sam Axe alias Chuck Finely in the 2007 TV series Burn Notice, and himself in the self-directed supernatural spoof on his career My Name Is Bruce (2007).
He even played Winkie the Gate Keeper in Oz The Great and Powerful (2013) and Santa Claus in an episode of The Librarians (2014). Then, in 2015, dreams came true for Bruce Campbell fans. Over 20 years after his last battle with evil, Bruce picked up his boomstick and modified chainsaw and hit the road to battle deadites once again in Ash vs Evil Dead.
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Hail To The King, Baby,
and a Very Happy 59th Birthday, Sir!
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In Memoriam: Simon Sayce

In Memoriam: Simon Sayce

The horror community was shocked and saddened yesterday at the news of Simon Sayce’s passing. Simon, as you know, was the creator of the Hellraiser puzzle box for Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). Known as The Real Toymaker and The Lament Configuation Creator, Simon’s contribution to the films was pivotal in establishing the nature of the puzzle box. Each side was carefully designed to reflect some portion of the Hellraiser mythos, its stylized markings representing the box’s victims as well as displaying warnings against solving the puzzle. The 2015 documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II has an excellent section on the puzzle box with Simon Sayce explaining in detail the inspiration behind, research into, and design of the etchings on the puzzle box.
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Catherine Oxenberg and Amanda Donohoe in The Lair of the While Worm

While Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II were the most famous movies on which Simon worked, they were not the only ones. Simon also designed Old Button Eyes, the mask worn by Dr. Phillip K. Decker (David Cronenberg) in Nightbreed (1990) and is credited with special effects work for I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), The Unholy (1988), and The Lair of the White Worm (1988) – a personal favorite. The story revolves around the discovery of a giant snake skull on the site of a pagan temple where a convent was later erected and the disappearance of multiple locals. Packed with humor and plenty of excellent effects, The Lair of the White Worm is a cult favorite, and Simon Sayce helped make that happen, too.
Image: www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com - Larry Clark – Designer and Puzzle Box Maker, the builder of the replica puzzle boxes from the movie Hellraiser; Lisa Medley – Graphic design, project management, editor; Simon Sayce – Original Design of the Hellraiser Puzzle Boxes, Mentor to Larry Clark for historical reference and design of replicas. Signed by Simon Sayce.
House of Tortured Souls would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Simon Sayce. His spirit will always live on in the work he did and in the hearts of the millions of fans who appreciate it.
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Simon Sayce
~ Rest in Peace ~
Signed puzzle box at www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com:
  • Larry Clark – Designer and Puzzle Box Maker, the builder of the replica puzzle boxes from the movie Hellraiser. Scribe of the historical documentation for the box design By/From Simon Sayce, Original designer of the box. Webmaster, designer and editor of www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com.
  • Lisa Medley – Graphic design, project management, editor of www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com.
  • Simon Sayce – Original Design of the Hellraiser Puzzle Boxes, Mentor to Larry Clark for historical reference and design of replicas.
Special thanks to Barbie Wilde for cluing me in on Simon’s work on Nightbreed. -Woofer McWooferson
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