Spencer Evatt

The Song of SolomonRecently, I was given the honor and pleasure of being given a screening copy for Stephen Biro’s much-anticipated film The Song of Solomon. Another film in the American Guinea Pig series, I would say that it is Biro’s best film yet, and it is one of the best films that Unearthed Films has made to this date. Written, directed, and produced by Biro, he has given us an intensely dark, realistic, and thoroughly researched exorcism film.

The film begins with Mary Catan’s father waving a knife around and talking at her. It turns out that Mary has been spreading rumors that her father molested her and murdered his own father, even though neither of these statements is true. However, regardless of their validity, her father takes the knife and slashes his throat wide open and then pulls his tongue out through the gash. All of this happens within the first few minutes of the film so very quickly you will realize that Biro isn’t messing around. With that first scene, he has encapsulated the intensity and brutality to come throughout the rest of the film, but I won’t be sharing many gory details because spoilers piss me off.The Song of Solomon
Portraying Mary, the demon-possessed girl, and also portraying the demon, Jessica Cameron has brought the character to life in a very real way. It certainly helps that Biro wrote a fantastic script and screenplay as well. As the film progresses, we get to watch as different priests encounter the demon, and this certainly doesn’t end well for any of them. Interestingly, Biro has given each priest some fatal flaw/sin that distinguishes them from the others. From a child molester to an ex-soldier to even a priest who lost an exorcism and therefore lost his soul, we get to see a variety of people confront and attempt to banish the demon.

One scene that certainly stuck out to me involved the demon causing Mary to regurgitate her intestines up onto the bed in front of Father Corbin (Gene Palubicki) and then consuming them all shortly thereafter. With the cinematography, we are given a complete view of the grotesquery and also see the visceral reaction that such an act draws from Father Corbin. Certainly, not the most brutal or disturbing scene of the film, but it was rather memorable and some scenes are more prone to spoiling some of the plot’s surprises and twists.The Song of Solomon
As I said before, I think The Song of Solomon is Biro’s best film to date. I’ve already watched it a couple of times because there are so many levels to it that one viewing cannot do the film justice. In fact, as I watch it over and over, I’ve developed an even greater appreciation for the film and what Biro has achieved in an exorcism film that I would say is up there with The Exorcist, and in this critic’s opinion better than The Exorcist. There is no word on a release date yet for the hard copy, but I will certainly be purchasing it to add to my collection so that I might enjoy it in future years. Not to mention that I have gone through the largely coveted screener many times, watching it just on a computer monitor! When Unearthed Films makes The Song of Solomon available to purchase, I cannot recommend enough that it is one to buy, and if you’re lucky enough to see it on the big screen somewhere, then I envy you!

The Song of Solomon

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American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon

American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon

The Song of SolomonRecently, I was given the honor and pleasure of being given a screening copy for Stephen Biro’s much-anticipated film The Song of Solomon. Another film in the American Guinea Pig series, I would say that it is Biro’s best film yet, and it is one of the best films that Unearthed Films has made to this date. Written, directed, and produced by Biro, he has given us an intensely dark, realistic, and thoroughly researched exorcism film.

The film begins with Mary Catan’s father waving a knife around and talking at her. It turns out that Mary has been spreading rumors that her father molested her and murdered his own father, even though neither of these statements is true. However, regardless of their validity, her father takes the knife and slashes his throat wide open and then pulls his tongue out through the gash. All of this happens within the first few minutes of the film so very quickly you will realize that Biro isn’t messing around. With that first scene, he has encapsulated the intensity and brutality to come throughout the rest of the film, but I won’t be sharing many gory details because spoilers piss me off.The Song of Solomon
Portraying Mary, the demon-possessed girl, and also portraying the demon, Jessica Cameron has brought the character to life in a very real way. It certainly helps that Biro wrote a fantastic script and screenplay as well. As the film progresses, we get to watch as different priests encounter the demon, and this certainly doesn’t end well for any of them. Interestingly, Biro has given each priest some fatal flaw/sin that distinguishes them from the others. From a child molester to an ex-soldier to even a priest who lost an exorcism and therefore lost his soul, we get to see a variety of people confront and attempt to banish the demon.

One scene that certainly stuck out to me involved the demon causing Mary to regurgitate her intestines up onto the bed in front of Father Corbin (Gene Palubicki) and then consuming them all shortly thereafter. With the cinematography, we are given a complete view of the grotesquery and also see the visceral reaction that such an act draws from Father Corbin. Certainly, not the most brutal or disturbing scene of the film, but it was rather memorable and some scenes are more prone to spoiling some of the plot’s surprises and twists.The Song of Solomon
As I said before, I think The Song of Solomon is Biro’s best film to date. I’ve already watched it a couple of times because there are so many levels to it that one viewing cannot do the film justice. In fact, as I watch it over and over, I’ve developed an even greater appreciation for the film and what Biro has achieved in an exorcism film that I would say is up there with The Exorcist, and in this critic’s opinion better than The Exorcist. There is no word on a release date yet for the hard copy, but I will certainly be purchasing it to add to my collection so that I might enjoy it in future years. Not to mention that I have gone through the largely coveted screener many times, watching it just on a computer monitor! When Unearthed Films makes The Song of Solomon available to purchase, I cannot recommend enough that it is one to buy, and if you’re lucky enough to see it on the big screen somewhere, then I envy you!

The Song of Solomon


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Movie Review: Red Krokodil

Movie Review: Red Krokodil

In Domiziano Cristopharo’s film Red Krokodil, the viewer observes a man (played by Brock Madson) wrestle with an addiction to the incredibly detrimental drug krokodil. Now, krokodil is a desomorphine and is made through a process similar to the process to make meth and is made up of codeine, hydrochloric acid, and red phosphorus to name a few. It received the name krokodil for the effects that it has upon the user, particularly at the injection sites where one’s skin turns green and takes on a scaly hue. Add to that an effect similar to necrotizing of the flesh and severe internal damage, and krokodil is one of the more lethal drugs in the world.

With these facts in mind, I shall dive into the beautiful and haunting world of Red Krokodil. Set in a post-nuclear city in Russia, the viewer is introduced to Madson’s character from the outset and the first impression of him is rather tragic because you find him with his hands, elbows, and knees wrapped in bandages and he is dressed in some rather ratty underwear. Long unkempt hair and what is certainly rather questionable hygiene and we are introduced to someone in the brutal throes of drug addiction. As the film progresses, we get to experience this man’s hallucinations and at points his personal self-loathing. The entire film undergoes a constant narration with Madson’s voice talking about why he does what he does, even though he even comments at one point that he wishes that he would stop with the injections of krokodil.

Madson lying in bed in Red Krokodil (2012)One thing to take note of in this film is Domiziano Cristopharo’s phenomenal direction and cinematography in showing both the visual damage that krokodil has done to this man and in how through the cinematography, Cristopharo shows the internal damage that this drug exacts upon the mind. From hallucinations to even a lucid scene where Madson has a very intimate interaction with himself whilst in bed, we see his mind deteriorate at a pace that is both equal and even worse than his physical deterioration. The physical damage that krokodil did to the body is shown in an unflinchingly fearless manner. As the film progresses and this deterioration becomes more and more obvious, the man unwraps the bandages from his body and picks away at the flesh as it just falls off. Even skin peels away as if it was just an extra layer of clothing.

Madson prepping for the Injection in Red Krokodil (2012)Just like those layers of skin and flesh, this is a very full-bodied film with a multiplicity of layers that demand one give the film multiple viewings. I am still processing everything I saw in the film and I am doing my best to avoid spoilers so that readers might go and see the film without knowing how the story unfolds. I can happily say that I will rewatch this film again and again. Gratefully, I’ve had the pleasure to converse with Domiziano Cristopharo directly concerning Red Krokodil and how it came to be! Discussing the film directly with Cristopharo he informed me that at the time, he was not happy in life and decided to quit filmmaking. Instead, he harnessed those feelings and began a trilogy signifying a journey from light to sadness and solitude. Red Krokodil is the purgatory aspect of his trilogy with Dark Waves being the paradise and Doll Syndrome being the hell. In addition, he informed me of how instead of quitting filming, he just needed a change in how he made films. For 8 months, Cristopharo couldn’t find an actor until Brock Madson came along, who after one sees the film can recognize is the perfect choice for the role.

In addition, it turned out that Madson had wrestled with drug addiction in the form of meth. So for them both, along with this being a journey, as Cristopharo put it, it was a way for them to exorcise their demons. Overall, I highly recommend this film, and give it 5 out of 5 stars!

Red Krokodil can be purchased on Blu-Ray and DVD from Unearthed Films!

Brock Madson in Red Krokodil (2012)

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Atroz: A Look Inside One of the Most Disturbed Films in History [SPOILERS]

Atroz: A Look Inside One of the Most Disturbed Films in History [SPOILERS]

Translated into English, atroz means atrocious, and that is exactly what we get out of Lex Ortega’s film Atroz. Set in Mexico and beginning with the police arresting two men who while driving drunk ran over a girl and killed her, one of the officers finds a camcorder. The film switches to found footage of the two men stalking a transvestite prostitute. It needs to be noted here that this film pulls no punches whatsoever. You quickly find out watching the footage these two deviants created that they are both incredibly hateful. Once they can get her alone, they knock her out and take her to a storage unit where they begin to torture her.

Atroz (2015)This is where I began to realize that this film wasn’t joking with its title being Atrocious. First, the men brutally beat this woman to the point that her face is just an unrecognizable mess of blood and gore. Whilst plenty of films have brutal beatings, Ortega takes it to a much more personal level by strapping the camera to the wrist of the man beating the prostitute. It will certainly make your stomach curl some when you see and hear the impact of the punches. Pausing at points, the men make sure to wipe the blood off the camera so that they can continue clearly filming every punch.

Atroz (2015)The sadism of these two deviants takes another turn when one of them takes out a pocket knife and slashes open one of the transvestite’s breasts pulling what seems to be silicone out of it. Certainly a nice toe-curler and, one might say, unique. Of course their depravity knows no bounds and to further torment the woman, one man unzips his pants and urinates over the open gash where her breast once was. While part of me wishes that I could say that this is the most extreme and fucked up that this film gets, I would be completely wrong.

Before continuing on, I must say that I found the approach that Ortega used to tell his story rather refreshing. After the camcorder is found, the film switches between the footage that the police continue to find throughout their investigation back to the present to show us how the police are handling the two deviants in question. Apparently, after the first tape, the police decided to treat these individuals like they had treated their victim, and the police begin to torture the two criminals.

Atroz (2015)Fast forward a bit and we hit the point that I think raises it to be one of the most extreme films to date. Finding another videotape, we watch as a father assaults his teenage son for being a homosexual. This quickly escalates to the father throwing his son down on the bed and anally raping him in front of his wife and daughter. At this point, after a few minutes of this act of sodomy, the footage skips to another point where the son has recovered and to say he’s angry would be an understatement. Beating his father and holding him at gunpoint, the son forces his mother to wear a strap-on dildo that is wrapped in barbed wire. The cinematography gets interesting at this point as we get to experience this boy force his mother to sodomize his father to death. The reason that I say it gets interesting is the point of view is switched to the strap-on as it begins to tear through the father’s anal and rectal cavities.

Atroz (2015)

There are certainly other atrocities to be seen in Atroz, but for me to reveal all of them to you, the reader, would be an injustice if you ever do decide to take the plunge and watch this film. As a fan of the extreme, I must say that Atroz shocked, disgusted, and even outraged me at points. The brutality alone certainly earns it the adage of being the goriest film in Mexico. Due to all of the things I mentioned, I would probably be remiss if I did not warn anyone who desires to view Atroz that it is not a film that you will quickly forget. In fact, it will ingrain itself upon your mind and soul. All of that having been said though, IF you have the stomach for it, watch it and let me know what you think. I’ll certainly be viewing it again!

Atroz will be released on Blu-Ray and DVD this week on February 13th and can be purchased from Unearthed Films.

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WIHM: Honoring Linda Blair

WIHM: Honoring Linda Blair

The Exorcist (1973)For Women in Horror Month, I asked myself what actresses were iconic and helped to make genre-defining films. That in mind, for this piece I decided to write about the prolific Linda Blair. Every horror fan should know Linda Blair and the role she is most famous for; this role is Regan MacNeil, the possessed victim of a demon named Pazuzu in The Exorcist. Filmed in 1973, this film put possession and exorcism films on the map as a sub-genre of horror. Starting her career at the young age of five, Linda was first a model and then out of 600 applicants, she was chosen to portray Regan in The Exorcist. The role quickly catapulted her to fame and won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and even got her nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Terrifying viewers for decades, The Exorcist is still acclaimed as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it is largely because of Linda’s portrayal of the possessed. It is incredible that Linda, as young as she was at the time, created such a memorable performance. It is certainly a performance that will be stamped into your mind. Her career does not stop with The Exorcist although most people will say that even to this day, it is the pinnacle of her career. By the age of twelve, Linda had appeared in 75 commercials and hundreds of magazine catalogs. After The Exorcist, she appeared in various TV movies and The Exorcist II: The Heretic as well as the horror-comedy Repossessed, a work that draws heavily on The Exorcist.

Linda BlairTragically, after being peer pressured into purchasing cocaine at 18, her career was quickly limited to B-movies and an occasional guest appearance on tv shows. She also appeared in 1981 in the horror classic Hell Night, as Marti, one of four college pledges who must survive a night in a mansion. It would be remiss of me and probably upsetting to Linda herself if I did not mention her other passion, which is animals. Though an icon because of The Exorcist, it never stopped her from being an animal activist. In fact, some would say that her film career pales in comparison to what she has done for animals. Incredibly, once Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, she personally rescued 51 dogs that had been displaced and left to die. An incredible woman with an even more incredible list of accomplishments from her role as Regan to her selfless work as an animal activist, Linda Blair deserves to be recognized for her life and for what she accomplished as a woman in horror. House of Tortured Souls honors her for all that she has done for horror and for animals!

Linda Blair

Linda Blair

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The Guinea Pig Films: Flower of Flesh and Blood

The Guinea Pig Films: Flower of Flesh and Blood

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)Following my run reviewing the August Underground Trilogy, it seemed rather apt that I should then do a run reviewing each of the six Guinea Pig films. A controversial series of films made in Japan between 1985 and 1990, each film featured an extreme amount of realistic violence so sadistic that the films were banned for around 15 years following their release. In addition, Hideshi Hino, the producer for the series, writer for some parts, and the director of the most notorious and well-known film Chiniku no Hana otherwise known as Flower of Flesh and Blood. Due to how real and brutal the films were, Hino had to prove that no one was hurt or killed in the making of these films. With Flower of Flesh and Blood the second film in the series, being the most notorious, I figured that it’s as good a place as any to begin a series on these infamous films.

Made in 1985 and written, produced, and directed by Hideshi Hino, a well-known Manga artist, Flower of Flesh and Blood also stars him as the serial killer dressed as a samurai. The premise behind the film is that this man wants to show people art as he sees it. As he demonstrates in the film, that art is created by lopping off body parts and letting the blood pour freely over a white mattress. In 1991, after viewing the film, Charlie Sheen contacted the FBI believing he had just watched a real murder on film. After demonstrating the special effects in The Making of Guinea Pig, Hino was cleared of all supposed wrongdoings. Of course, the controversies don’t stop there. Serial killer Tsutomu Miyazaki had the film in a point of honor amongst his nearly six thousand videotapes. It was also believed for a while that Miyazaki copied the film in one of his many crimes, but this was proven to be false.

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)Running at only 43 minutes, it is actually a short film, but it certainly packs the punch of a full-length feature. Starting out, we watch from the man’s perspective as he stalks and abducts this girl, who he then takes back to his home, ties her down, and drugs her. The drugs that he uses have a very pacifying effect and even make it so that she isn’t even aware of what he is doing to her. From this point forward, we watch as the man (once again portrayed by Hino) basically provides a documentary on his dismemberment of this woman for his personal collection. After each limb that he has carved off, he provides a little commentary concerning the “flowers” that the blood has created. This continues throughout the film and ends with him beheading her. While it is not for the faint of heart, I found that the film was made well, especially for 1985. The special effects are done well and the way the cinematography is done lends itself to a more realistic feel. The controversy is understandable when one takes these factors into consideration.

Guinea Pig: Flower of Flesh and Blood (1985)

This film gets 4.5 out of 5 stars from me.

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WiHM: A Brief Glimpse at Comic Legend Vampirella!

WiHM: A Brief Glimpse at Comic Legend Vampirella!

For February and Women in Horror Month, I wanted to start with a character in the horror world who has always been a favorite of mine. First appearing in 1969, Vampirella is one of the most iconic women in the comic book world and most likely the greatest in the horror comics genre. Of course, the difficulty in writing about such a prolific character in the comic world is that where does one start? Dependent upon which era Vampi you start reading about, you could encounter any one of a number of different story arcs and even differing origin stories to an extent. Not to mention her iconic red one-piece leotard that she wears while battling the forces of evil.

Vampirella Cover for Issue 1The traditional Vampirella is a vampire alien from the planet Drakulon (little spin on Dracula for fun) and she possesses all of the abilities of the basic vampire, but she is immune to sunlight, garlic, wood stakes and crucifixes to name a few. Over the years, she has spent her time on earth battling evil, primarily various monsters, from asshole vampires to greaser werewolves to demon run record companies (yes, she has a mini-series titled Kiss/Vampirella where she teams up to kick record company execs who are literal demons). Along with battling all forms of evil, over the years Vampirella has gotten to team up with some legends such as the beloved Ash Williams (in the middle ages against the Army of Darkness), Kiss (as mentioned above), and Red Sonja!Vampirella Dynamite #9
Of course, Vampirella has also had the pleasure of facing off against a number of legends as well! This includes the likes of Dracula, Lilith, Lady Death and even those feisty xenomorphs that so many of us love! With such a prolific career in battling evil, it seemed rather apt that she should be included in February for Women in Horror! While brief, I hope this piece has peaked your curiosity in Vampirella and her many exploits! I’ll certainly be including a few more pieces as the month goes on looking at some of Vampi’s exploits more closely! For now, if you want to get into some of her stories, I would suggest one of the many omnibuses or trades that are available out there, which gather issues from the various years of her career! 

EDIT: Watch for my article on Trina Robbins, artist and creator of Vampirella.

Vampirella Lounging

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Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

This week I am continuing the series on upcoming and recently released horror games of 2018. In this piece, I take a brief look at Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead. All widely anticipated by fans of survival horror, I can honestly say that each of them has my attention, but for different reasons. Those three games are different from each other in every way.

Agony is a first-person survival horror game, where one plays as a soul being tormented in hell. This premise in itself intrigues the hell out of me, pun unintended. Wandering the landscapes of hell, you have no memories and are trying to figure out who you are and if there is a way to get out of your current predicament. Not a lot has been released concerning this game so far, but what I have seen has already sucked me in, making me want to see more. Just the images and the small amount of gameplay that has been shown showcases some beautiful graphics that have immediately caught my eye. I’ll certainly be watching for more information on this one in the days to come! It will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.

Agony screenshot

We Happy Few is based in a dystopian 1964 England with the premise that everyone is regulated by way of drugs. Self-expression and thought are essentially outlawed and there are police everywhere who work to make sure that you are properly moderated. Think a cross between Huxley’s Brave New World and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale where everything is policed and monitored so that everyone fits into a particular cookie cutter shape. A first person experience, you play as an individual (what would appear to be the primary crime in this society) who refuses to take the medication that you are required to take and must survive in a society where the individual is not meant to exist. It will be coming out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One some point this year.

The third game in this piece sticks out in that it is an attempt at putting the player in the universe of The Walking Dead. Tragically, attempts have been made in the past and besides Tell-Tale Games, everything has been total shit. While not much has been revealed about this game, Overkill, the studio behind it has made some good games in the past so we have some hope there. Similar to their other releases, The Walking Dead will be a cooperative-based first-person shooter. Of course, this means you get to work together with your friends to survive a zombie apocalypse. The other part we know is that it will be set in Washington, D.C. so that should also give it a fun edge as well. It is set to come out Fall of 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Naturally, as more is revealed about these upcoming releases, I will be keeping everyone informed, and with a bit of luck, I’ll get my hands on all of them to give you my thoughts as they are released.

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TV Show Review: The Alienist, S01 E01

TV Show Review: The Alienist, S01 E01

After watching the first episode of the new and much-anticipated show The Alienist, I can see why there’s so much hype about it. Based off a historical novel, we watch as Dr. Lazlo Kreizler (Daniel Brühl) works with John Moore (Luke Evans), an old friend from university, to solve a string of child murders in New York City. So as to not spoil the episode, I will not give out too many plot details, but it does warrant noting that Dr. Kreizler is an alienist, what people in the late 19th century called psychologists. Beginning with Kreizler being informed of a boy prostitute murdered, he sends for Moore, who happens to be an illustrator for the Times, and requests that he go and draw the corpse. Quickly, we’re shown the grisly nature of the murder, butchered beyond recognition with his entrails strewn about his feet, one hand severed, and his genitalia cut from his body.
The Alienist (2018)

With this first murder being so, I couldn’t help, but feel as if I were watching an American rendition of Jack the Ripper, with a few adaptations. However, it is distinct enough from the famous Ripper that I found the pilot episode to be rather engrossing and make me curious to know more. Who is the sick fucker that is killing boys? What happened to the killer that has led him to take this path of violence? Dr. Kreizler asks many similar questions and realizes that he will have to dive into some very dark places to learn more about this psychopathic killer. With superb performances from both Brühl and Evans, I am looking forward to the rest of the season and to see how the story unfolds. Not to mention a fantastic performance from Dakota Fanning, who, whilst she did not have a lot of screen time for the pilot episode, certainly showed a command of the screen as historical figure Sara Howard. The first female to work for the NYPD, and the first of many historical figures that are promised to appear throughout the show. I am excited to see Fanning have a continuing role on the show and from what I can see of the teaser for this season, it seems that her role increases in importance as well.
The Alienist (2018)

The Alienist airs on TNT on Monday nights at 7:00 pm Eastern Time.

The Alienist (2018)

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Upcoming Games for 2018

Upcoming Games for 2018

2018 is an exciting year for gamers with some of the new games coming out and with some of the remasters that are already in talks as well! Even more exciting is that 2018 will see the release of some much-anticipated horror games! I plan for this piece to be the first of a weekly run addressing upcoming games, rumors, and such, so watch this space for more gaming news.

VampyrThe first of these, which I personally am super pumped for, is a vampire role-playing game known simply as Vampyr. While not a lot has been released about this game, what we know so far is that your doctor recently turned vampire, Jonathan Reid. In addition, the player is presented with the difficult moral dilemma of whether to feed to sustain oneself or to “do no harm” since your character is also a doctor seeking to help solve the flu epidemic as well. I’ll be keeping a close eye on this game as they release more information and gameplay videos throughout this year! Vampyr is expected to release in Spring of this year on Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Days Gone

Another game that I am rather excited for myself is the PlayStation 4 exclusive of Days Gone, a third-person survival horror game focused around Deacon St. John, a bounty hunter, and drifter, and it takes place two years after a massive outbreak and now the majority of the world is covered with infected. Continuing in the open world style of Dead Island and Dying Light, you’re in the Pacific Northwest working to survive by whatever means necessary. Days GoneInstead of trying to explain the sandbox style combat and the level of intensity that gamers will get to experience, I have included a link to some gameplay footage that shows all of the various ways in which one might take on one of these hordes of thousands. Of course, to add more variety to the insanity, one will encounter numerous types of zombies making it so that strategy is essential. Days Gone is projected to be released this June exclusively for PlayStation 4. Here’s a gameplay demo that PlayStation released at E3 for Days Gone:

 

Resident Evil 2 The Board GameThe next one is something that I am even more excited about and that is the rumored release of a remake of the survival horror classic Resident Evil 2. With its 20th birthday on Sunday, January 21, many fans are hopeful that all of Capcom’s recent teasing about a Resident Evil 2 remake is finally going to come to fruition. Add to that the fulfillment of a Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of a Resident Evil 2 board game by Steamforged Games and we have one hell of a year coming up for Resident Evil fans! Sadly, since the remake of the game is still speculation, I cannot say more than that if it is true, which I am inclined to believe after so many other games in the franchise being remastered, we should get to go back to play some old school third person Resident Evil very soon. Rumors say that this remake will include Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. Stay tuned for more news as I continue to stalk Capcom for the announcement trailer!
Resident Evil 2 The Board Game

Now, it seems only fair with all of these games and many others being unavailable as of yet, that I should include a few games that are out that can curb the edge until some of these upcoming releases are available! For those of you looking for some sadistic multiplayer in the style of a slasher, Friday The 13th: The Game (see my first piece on this one) or there’s also the online survival horror called Dead by Daylight (review should be up soon). If you want some to go back and revisit the Resident Evil world, I strongly encourage going back and replaying any of them, but RE1 and Zero, along with 4, 5, and 6 have all been remastered and released for next-generation consoles and at a rather reasonable price. Of course, you could do what I’m doing and go back through Resident Evil 7 and do all of the DLC content as well, which doesn’t just give you the classic RE horror and survival elements but melds a first-person shooter into the works to add to the intensity. There’re a number of smaller games that have been released as of late which I am going through and still undecided on (one of these, Don’t Knock Twice, has damn near bored me to death so don’t bother with it).

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August Underground Trilogy Part 3 of 3: Penance (2007)

August Underground Trilogy Part 3 of 3: Penance (2007)

In August Underground’s Penance, we are introduced to the final and, in my opinion, the weakest film of the trilogy. Following the found footage style of the first two films, we encounter Peter and Crusty on more of their sadistic ventures. Beginning with a man who attempted to escape Peter and Crusty’s clutches, he does not get very far before the couple kills him. Afterwards, Peter and Crusty go about town doing various normal activities including watching some fireworks. For a moment, it even seems that they have progressed past their serial killing phase. Of course, the film then cuts to the basement again with Peter harassing and torturing a man who they have hammered multiple nails into various parts of his body.
August Underground's Penance (2007)After this small stint of torture, Peter and Crusty find themselves under a bridge where they first harass and torment a homeless man, before cutting open a man to disembowel him whilst he is still alive. The juxtaposition between sadistic violence and “normal” behavior occurs again with Peter and Crusty at a party. The next scene occurs at Christmas time with Peter and Crusty invading a home of three where they proceed to celebrate Christmas their way. This first involves Peter bludgeoning the father with a hammer and then murdering and attempting to rape the mother, but is unable to get himself hard so he gives up. At this point, while he is attempting to rape the mother, the daughter of the couple comes down the stairs witnessing the atrocities unfold. Crusty, quickly tackles the girl and strangles her to death. She then opens up a few presents for herself and goes to sleep between the two corpses.

August Underground's Penance (2007)Fairly similar to the other films in that there is a number of murders through bludgeoning to death, Penance does not really stick out until near the end of the film when we first see Peter bludgeoning a man with Crusty drinking some of the blood as it pours from the man. Not terribly shocking with how these two are and with some of the acts that they perpetrated in Mordum (remember that penectomy scene where Crusty performs fellatio upon a severed penis?). The film then cuts to the next scene, which shows Peter carving open a pregnant woman and removing the fetus from her. This is where Peter and Crusty begin to break down and when Peter fails to comfort her, he rapes her.

The film ends rather quickly with Peter getting drunk, abusing a woman and passing out. Once he is asleep, Crusty takes the camera with her to the bathroom where she does her “penance” by killing herself, which is where the film concludes. Overall, as I said at the beginning it was the weakest of the trilogy, and after Mordum, it seems that Vogel had run out of sadistic ideas to bring his trilogy to a conclusion.

I have to give August Underground’s Penance a 2.5 out of 5 stars.

August Underground's Penance (2007)Director: Fred Vogel; Writers: Allen Peters (characters), Fred Vogel (characters), Cristie Whiles (as Cristie ‘Crusty’ Whiles), Fred Vogel; Stars: Cristie Whiles, Fred Vogel, Shelby Lyn Vogel; Rating: Unrated; Run Time: 84 min; Genre: Horror; Language: English; Year: 2007
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August Underground Trilogy, Part 2 of 3: Mordum (2003)

August Underground Trilogy, Part 2 of 3: Mordum (2003)

August Underground's Mordum (2003)In August Underground’s Mordum, Fred Vogel’s second film of the August Underground trilogy, the viewer is assaulted by some of the most grotesquely atrocious acts of violence and depravity known to man. A found footage film, we are first introduced to characters Peter, Crusty (his girlfriend), and her brother Maggot. The first scene certainly sets the tone with Peter running the camera and catching his girlfriend having sex with her brother. Enraged Peter erupts into a nonstop barrage of verbal abuse towards Crusty, who then quiets him down by taking a jagged piece of glass and carving into her stomach with it, which in turn arouses Peter. To say this is fucked up is an understatement as we are quickly taken to the next scene in a crack house where they proceed to murder the owner with a hammer, but it is when our group of sadomasochistic serial killers return home that things escalate to another level.

August Underground's Mordum (2003)I won’t bother to delve into every act of violence that is perpetrated on the screen, but I will say that it is certainly an extreme film up there with the likes of A Serbian Film and Guinea Pig 2: Flower of Flesh & Blood. The film includes everything imaginable and then some, some that I found to be rather creative in a sadistic sort of way. This includes forcing a man to perform a penectomy (never knew there was a word for removal of the penis) upon himself with a pair of cuticle scissors and disemboweling a woman alive and fucking the slash wound in her corpse. I guess with that being said, I should issue a strong warning that August Underground’s Mordum is not for the faint of heart. Being done as found footage, one feels as if they are truly there watching some snuff film that just happened to be lying on the street. The camera work is what one would expect from a pseudo snuff film: the camera moves erratically, the picture can be grainy at points, and you can see where they had to change “tapes” while filming their exploits.

Overall, I found August Underground’s Mordum to be rather entertaining and engrossing at points. However, I cannot emphasize enough that this film is not for everyone. One of my friends took it upon herself to watch it and made it about twenty minutes before having to stop because it disturbed her so much. I did find it disturbing at points, but not because of the brutality so much as the realism and the possibility that there are people out there who truly do commit these sorts of acts. That having been said, if you like extreme found footage films that are pseudo snuff, then give it a go!

3.8 out of 5 stars

August Underground Mordum (2003)Directors: Jerami Cruise (as Cruise), Killjoy, Michael Todd Schneider (as Maggot), Fred Vogel (as Fredenstein), Cristie Whiles (as Crusty); Writers: Killjoy, Cristie Whiles (as Crusty), Fred Vogel (as Fredenstein), Jerami Cruise (as Cruise), Michael Todd Schneider (as Maggot), Fred Vogel (film August Undergound), Allen Peters (film August Undergound); Stars: Cristie Whiles, Fred Vogel, Michael Todd Schneider (as Michael T Schneider), Jerami Cruise, Killjoy; Rating: Unrated; Run Time: 77 min; Genre: Horror; Language: English; Year: 2003
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August Underground Trilogy, Part 1 of 3: August Underground (2001)

August Underground Trilogy, Part 1 of 3: August Underground (2001)

Being a fan of the more extreme horror films, when the opportunity presented itself for me to purchase copies of each August Underground film, I could not in good conscience turn it down. Hearing of the notoriety of the trilogy itself, especially Mordum, I wanted to watch and critique each film. This is the first part of my run critiquing this trilogy, so without further ado, here is August Underground.

Part of the found footage genre, August Underground revolves entirely around Peter (Fred Vogel) and his buddy as they go about a rape, torture and murder spree. Very early on, we are confronted with the sadistic violence that is what gave August Underground its question, “The sickest film ever made?” on the cover of the special edition DVD release. At the start, Peter invites his buddy manning the camera to follow him to the basement where a woman named Laura is tied naked to a chair. Quickly, it is revealed that Peter has already slaughtered and even castrated Laura’s boyfriend, whose remnants are in the bathtub in the adjacent room. The torture that we are given a front row seat that involves smearing feces over the poor woman, including over where her nipples had once been until Peter and company decided to slice them off her.

Following our introduction to Laura, Peter and his unnamed cameraman pick up a female hitchhiker whom Peter forces into performing oral sex upon him and even begins raping her before he beats her to death. The film then cuts back to the basement with Laura being tormented by Peter and his friend. During this scene, Peter decides that it would be funny, much to the horror of Laura and the viewers, to take a toe off her boyfriend’s corpse, force it into her mouth, and duct tape her mouth shut. Progressing from there, the pair go out for the evening and return to find that Laura has finally died, much to their rage and frustration.

Shortly thereafter, the duo go on a road trip, which ends at a tattoo parlor where they assault, kidnap and ultimately torture and kill the twin brothers who run the parlor. The last part of the film has our duo doing cocaine with two prostitutes. Fast forward and once the cameraman is through having sex with his prostitute, the two venture into the basement where Peter is beating the other prostitute to death with a hammer while sodomizing her. The film abruptly ends when the duo chase the other prostitute and the camera is dropped.

Overall, I found August Underground to have some shocking moments to it and certainly some grotesque moments, but to answer the question on the cover of the DVD case, I did not find it to be the sickest film ever made. It certainly reflected some elements similar to that of Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, but with a much lower budget. As an independent underground film, though, I must say that they do very well with the small budget that they have to use. I would have to give is 3.5 out of 5 stars.

August Underground Mordum (2003)Director: Fred Vogel; Writers: Allen Peters, Fred Vogel; Stars: Fred Vogel, Kyle Dealman, Casey Eganey, Dan Friedman; Rating: Unrated; Run Time: 70 min; Genre: Horror; Language: English; Year: 2001
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GAME REVIEW: Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

GAME REVIEW: Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

First Impressions
Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

After spending around 6-7 hours on Friday the 13: The Game this weekend, I feel comfortable giving my initial thoughts. First, when you begin playing, you’re rather limited and begin with the Jason from the third film and you have five camp counselors to choose from. Including Chad Kensington, Jenny Myers, and Kenny Riedell. As you play the game you acquire experience points and level up, the leveling system is what unlocks other Jasons and camp counselors for you. In addition, you earn customization points (CP) that allow you to buy new grapple kills for Jason or perks for the counselors. I was very happy starting out that I got to select a couple of kills for Jason that included ripping someone’s head off with your bare hands, choking someone to death, and, of course, one of the many weapons kills as well. Each Jason has a weapon specifically chosen from whichever part of the franchise that your Jason comes from. So for Part 3, you get Jason’s trusty ax as well as his signature hockey mask that made its first appearance in Part 3. One of Jason’s signature kills with his ax is what I chose starting out – the crotch chop. If you get your hands on a counselor, you get to throw them down and take the ax to the crotch region a handful of times in a rather brutal manner.

Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

For my first Friday the 13: The Game match, I decided to play offline so that I would get to play as Jason without worrying that some other person would be chosen as the beloved killer. Each match begins with a cinematic of Jason coming up behind the counselors as they have a party, and Jason slaughters one of them. Then, the player gets to place himself or herself in the shoes of Jason to slaughter the seven remaining counselors as you see fit. All seven maps play out rather similarly with the premise being that as Jason you slaughter the counselors, and as a counselor, you are trying to survive and escape Jason. Of course, if you’re audacious enough (or crazy as fuck) you can attempt to kill Jason, who I quickly noticed is exactly how he is in the films, a goddamn tank. Flare guns to the face, shotgun shells to the face, and even pocketknives to the neck when a counselor escapes are just a handful of the sort of punishment that Jason undergoes and shakes off without much of a grunt.

From my experiences so far on- and offline, Jason has the upper hand in every confrontation unless the counselors are coordinated and teamed up to defeat him. Granted, every time I have played as a counselor, cooperation amongst players, especially online, is rather lacking at points because after seeing Jason slaughter the first counselor, all you want to do is run like hell and hope you can get a car or boat working to get away from whoever is playing as the sadistic bastard (offline you only have the choice of playing as Jason, but I will address that at some other point).

Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

So far, I have been thoroughly pleased with the gameplay and the intensity that the game provides as a homage to Friday the 13th. The music comes completely from the films with some of the more intense pieces, which start up when you play a counselor and Jason is close to you. I would be remiss if I didn’t say that playing as Jason made the little sadist in me jump with joy. And as a fan of the series, I couldn’t be happier with Friday the 13: The Game because they had Kane Hodder do the motion capture for the kills.

Friday the 13th: The Game (2017)

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