Woofer McWooferson

Woofenstein “Woofer” McWooferson is a writer, editor, proofreader, researcher, reviewer/critic, and werewolf active in the horror community. A werewolf from birth, Woofer had an otherwise normal childhood. Woofer grew up in a suburban home and found more friends in books, television than at school. In college, Woofer undertook an honors degree while majoring in English with a minor in criminal psychology. Woofer later earned a Master’s degree in English, focusing on the modern British novel and then pursued a degree in Metaphysics at Miskatonic University. Woofer was a contributing author for William Castle Presents: Scare It Forward: “Angel Island” (2010) and an editor for Blake Petit’s Opening Night of the Dead (2012) and Claus Holm’s Dreams and Awakenings (2014) and Tempus Investigations (2016).
Woofenstein “Woofer” McWooferson is a writer, editor, proofreader, researcher, reviewer/critic, and werewolf active in the horror community. A werewolf from birth, Woofer had an otherwise normal childhood. Woofer grew up in a suburban home and found more friends in books, television than at school. In college, Woofer undertook an honors degree while majoring in English with a minor in criminal psychology. Woofer later earned a Master’s degree in English, focusing on the modern British novel and then pursued a degree in Metaphysics at Miskatonic University. Woofer was a contributing author for William Castle Presents: Scare It Forward: “Angel Island” (2010) and an editor for Blake Petit’s Opening Night of the Dead (2012) and Claus Holm’s Dreams and Awakenings (2014) and Tempus Investigations (2016).
House of Tortured Souls Gear at TeePublic

House of Tortured Souls Gear at TeePublic

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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
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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.
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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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SHORT REVIEW: Rainy Season (2017)

SHORT REVIEW: Rainy Season (2017)

“It’s not a rock.”
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As regulars to HoTS can attest, back in October of 2016, I became aware of a short film titled Rainy Season when director Vanessa Ionta Wright reached out to HoTS. A quick look at the information confirmed my suspicion: Rainy Season is an adaptation of a Stephen King story of the same name. Since Rainy Season is one of my favorite stories, I jumped at the chance to cover this. Later, I found out that Wright and fellow Rainy Season executive producer Samantha Kolesnik had organized the first annual Women in Horror Film Festival which is being held September 22 – 24, 2017 – more great news!
Then I got the best news. The short film was finished, and I was offered a chance to view and review it. So, without further ado and with many thanks to Wright and everyone involved in the production (as well as apologies for the delay), here we go.
First, it’s important to note that rarely are Stephen King works solely one tone or another. King is known for the dark comedic streaks that are seamlessly integrated into otherwise horrific and terrifying tales. Second, while King often brings monsters into his stories (“Gray Matter”, “The Raft”, Cujo, IT, The Stand), the real focus is the humans and how they react in extreme situations. It’s well known that stressful situations often result in the worst of mankind being brought to light, but they can also bring out the best in mankind. This is something that King handles quite well and which draws us back time and again to see how things work out for his next victim. Finally, one of King’s greatest gifts is his ability to tell a story in a manner that makes the reader want – need – to finish it. It’s incredibly difficult to translate the words to images in a way that’s going satisfy all fans of the written word. That’s why so few of his works have been effectively adapted into the medium of film and video. It takes a director with a deft touch to bring a King story to life on film, and Vanessa Ionta Wright has that touch.
Rainy Season_Willow General Mercantile & Hardware / Fair use doctrine.Rainy Season follows John Graham (Brian Ashton Smith), a college English professor on a book-writing sabbatical, and his wife Elise (Anne Marie Kennedy) as they arrive in Willow, Maine, for the summer. Stopping in at the Willow Mercantile and Hardware, John and Elise are greeted by elderly local Henry Eden (Kermit Rollison) and his dog. Henry spooks the couple by knowing who they are and why they are there before reminding them of the speed at which news travels in a small town. Henry is soon joined by Laura Stanton (Jan Mary Nelson), another local, as he attempts to convince the Grahams to spend the night out of town. Laura backs up Henry, stressing that they’ve arrived on the exact day of the Rainy Season, but rather than convincing them, her words solidifies the Grahams’ view of the two as not quite right. After making their way to their rental cabin, John and Elise settle in for the night, unaware that they will soon find out the two locals may not be as crazy as they first thought.
Brian Ashton Smith and Anne Marie Kennedy are believable and sympathetic as the loving yet troubled couple who don’t seem entirely at ease with one another. Their chemistry is real, and we get the sense that both want things to be better but aren’t entirely sure how to make it so. The trip to Willow is supposed to help give them both new perspective. Their love is clear, but so is the tension affecting it. At the cabin, their shared looks and shy touches reinforce this.
Rainy Season / L – R: Jan Mary Nelson, Kermit Rollison, Anne Marie Kennedy, and Brian Ashton Smith / Fair use doctrine.
Kermit Rollison and Jan Mary Nelson do a great job portraying the locals whose unwilling duty it is to greet the couple. We get the sense that doing it more than every seven years would be too much. As reluctant emissaries of Willow, Eden and Stanton try to welcome the couple without being too welcoming, ultimately suggesting they spend their first night out of town even though they know the Grahams will not.
Technically the film is excellent. Sound and visuals are top notch, adding to the overall effectiveness. With a sometimes ironic soundtrack, Rainy Season definitely captures the feel of the source material – a little bit retro, a little bit modern, and all apropos. Together with the solid acting of the players as well as the impeccable direction, Rainy Season works. Wright makes some difficult choices for the adaptation, but they pay off. The climax made me groan and grin – though the grin may properly have been more of a grimace – simultaneously. She takes us to the edge of an eldritch chasm and leaves us laughing nervously at our escape.
Do yourself a favor. Watch it if you get a chance. It shows there are still directors in the industry who know how to adapt the written word. King fans will be especially happy to spot a few Kingian Easter eggs.
Catch Rainy Season at Attack of the 50ft Film Festival at 7:00pm on June 27, 2017, at The Plaza Theater in Atlanta, GA.
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History of Horror in May

History of Horror in May

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

May 1 – 7

05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically
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05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically
05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born
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05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born
05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically
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19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.
05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)
05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically
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05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born
05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born
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05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born
05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically
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05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage
05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States
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05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically
05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born
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05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14

05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically
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05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe
05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
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19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically
05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union
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05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born
05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed
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05/11/1936 – Dracula’s Daughter released theatrically
05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically
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05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically
05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically
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05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born
05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born
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05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically
05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically
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05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)
05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)
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May 15 – 21

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005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1
05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically
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05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia
05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically
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05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC
05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born
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05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)
05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud) born
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05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically
05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically
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05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically
05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television
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05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television
05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television
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20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically
05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically
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May 22 – 28

19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically
05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically
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19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.
05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically
05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe
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19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.
05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically
05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born
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05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically
05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)
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05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)
05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born
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05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television
05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe
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05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)
05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born
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19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp
05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born
05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television
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05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 – 31

05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born
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05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born
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05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born
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19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.
05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically
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05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born
05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)
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MOVIE REVIEW: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

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EDITOR’S NOTE: I had a great deal of difficulty figuring out how to approach this review – especially without giving away spoilers. So I watched it again. And again. And yet again. I liked it better each time, and each viewing brought new details out that made me appreciate all the effort and genuine love of horror that was evident in every scene. -Woofer
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, a meta horror comedy made for horror nerds and riffers, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining sequel to the 2015 Volumes of Blood. With films inside the film as well as a house with more stories than a Stephen King short story collection, the anthology works well on its on and hearkens back to such classic house renting/purchasing movies as The House That Dripped Blood and Terror Tract. Plus, it also connects back to the first in ways the viewer will appreciate if he has seen the first film, and, if he hasn’t, it’s good motivation to find the first, watch it, and then watch Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories again. It’s definitely worth it.

“Murder Death Killer”
Writer & Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

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“Murder Death Killer” is roughly the first 20 minutes of the movie and stars Thomas Dunbar, Warren Ray, and Barbie Clark in excellent performances as thieves come together to raid metals from a closing warehouse. Aric Stanish, who plays the legendary killer Atticus Crow, is a serial killer as effective and efficient as Michael Myers – and he is just as indestructible. The cinematography is on point, and there are several carefully blocked, highly memorable shots. And then there’s some good gore, too.

“Haters”
Director: P.J. Starks
Writers: Nathan Thomas Milliner and P.J. Stark
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“Haters” follows horror nerd trolls Nate (Nathan Thomas Milliner) and Kev (Kevin Roach) as an usher (Gerrimy Keiffer) ejects them from the theater for causing a disturbance during the showing of the remake of Murder Death Killer. Returning to Nate’s place, the two continue their debate of 80s horror versus contemporary horror as Nate poses the question that many horror filmgoers often consider: why don’t they remake bad films? (Indeed, why don’t they? Seriously. And viewers: Don’t be afraid to check out the remake of a bad movie. What the hell you gotta lose?) When the usher shows up at Nate’s door, however, their plans for the evening change.

“Trick or Treat”
Director: Sean Blevins
Writers: P.J. Starks and Sean Blevins

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“Trick or Treat” focuses on a trick-or-treating killer (Chad Ray) roaming the streets on Halloween and dispensing his own version of tricks and treats. A rather short piece, it works to help tie the rest of the film together and flows into “A Killer House” segment, quite easily. Fans of the first Volumes of Blood will be glad to see Chad again. As with every segment, there is some wonderful cinematography employed. Watch for a particularly beautiful shot involving the most Halloween of all candies – candy corn.

“Feeding Time”
Director: John William Holt
Wruters P.J. Starks and Jason Turner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Feeding Time' / Fair use doctrine.
In “Feeding Time”, Boone (Caleb Shore), an ineffectual insurance salesman, finds the solicitation table turned on him when he encounters a damsel in distress. Pressured to meet his sales quota on this day, the day before Thanksgiving, Boone nevertheless struggles with his desire to help Mallory (Shelby Taylor Mullins) and his utter disbelief regarding her problem. Caleb’s performance as the tempted salesman is one of the best in the movie and subtly but effectively underscored the horror of the situation.

“Blood Bath”
Director: Jon Maynard
Writer: P.J. Sparks

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Before moving to the next room, Ash (Jacob Ewers) takes a bathroom break, revealing the next gruesome tale. “Blood Bath” takes place as a couple is moving into the house on Father’s Day. Their desire for a child is revealed when the wife invites husband to shower with her in order to become her “baby daddy” on Father’s Day. The rest of the story primarily takes place in the bathroom, and the cramped location of the events only heightens the horror. Some people just aren’t meant to be parents.

“Fear, For Sinners Here”
Writer and Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

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It’s Christmas, and Carol (Jessica Schroeder) is spending a quiet evening drinking wine and wrapping presents until a group of carolers comes calling and changes everything. “Fear, For Sinners Here” is a very interesting piece with the entire first half having no dialogue at all. Jessica Schroeder carries it all with her quiet performance and does so quite admirably. The second half, however, lacks the deft touch of the first and changes the tone as soon as The Woman is introduced. This one will make you want to do all your shopping online.

“The Deathday Party”
Director: Justin M. Seaman
Writer: P.J. Starks

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'The Deathday Party' / Fair use doctrine.
It’s a milestone birthday for John (Jay Woolston), and neighbors Fred (Eric Huskisson) and Nancy (Anne Welsh) bring over a cake while his wife Almeda (Cindy Maples) is preparing John’s present in the cellar. This birthday John and Almeda learn firsthand that age-old age about the best laid plans going awry. “The Deathday Party” is the perfect story with which to end the tales in the tour – though the film itself doesn’t end just yet.
“A Killer House” loops back to the couple as they finish the tour and then… Well, I can’t tell you that, now can I?
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a horror freak’s horror movie. There are countless nods to all things horror throughout the film, from names (Stu, Ash, Laurie) to props (Jason’s hockey mask) to posters for some great Indies horror, such as Plank Face, The Barn, Freezer Burn, and The Dooms Church Horror. Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is also a movie that is perfect for group viewing and all the viewing games that go along with that. Check out the tailer below and see if you agree.

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Vortexx Schedule for April 09-16, 2017

Vortexx Schedule for April 09-16, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including two movies making their Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites.
But wait! There’s more! This week marks the Vortexx debut of Orson Welles, playing a real-life 18th century magician and hypnotist known as Count Cagliostro. We’ve also got an eclectic assortment of aliens, including voluptuous moo n women and cheesy Neptune men, a moon beast who’s not from the moon, and a movie called Alien Zone that has no aliens in it. Toss in Charlie Chan, Raymond Burr, Bela Lugosi, and the Bee Girls for good measure, and you’ve got the makings for a great week of entertainment.
Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Lord Blood-Rah, Mr. Lobo, Uncle Pete & El Vato, Vincent Grimmly & Phydeaux, Dr. Sigmund Zoid, and Misty Brew. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
Sunday (04/09). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another classic from the golden age of black-and-white — WHITE ZOMBIE (1932). It’s the first zombie movie ever — and arguably still one of the best! Fresh from his success in Dracula, Bela Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. [Artwork by Bradley Beard.] Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of the 1988 horror-thriller SCARECROWS.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN’S SECRET (1936)
Monday (04/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Holly Schilthelm presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN’S SECRET (1936). Swedish-born Warner Oland stars as everyone’s favorite Chinese detective in this tale of a man presumably drowned in a shipwreck who may not be as dead as everyone thinks he is. You can be sure that Charlie will get to the bottom of it all before the closing credits. In keeping with the theme of tonight’s movie, the movie breaks will be hosted from several “secret” locations.
LORD BLOOD-RAH’S NERVE WRACKIN’ THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978)
Tuesday (04/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET) LORD BLOOD-RAH’S NERVE WRACKIN’ THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978). Not to be confused with the Uwe Boll abomination of the same name, tonight’s movie, also known as The Alien Zone, is an anthology of four tales told by a mortician about the lives of the recently and deservedly deceased. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with plenty of movie trailers and a Cranial Cavity Search.
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961)
Wednesday (04/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961). Sonny Chiba stars as a mysterious superhero called Space Chief, who flies around in a rocket-propelled car. The Neptune Men are a group of slow-moving aliens wearing nose-cone-shaped space helmets that look like suppositories, who are attempting to invade Earth in rocket ships that look like evil crab cakes. Can Space Chief and some annoying Japanese kids running around in short shorts thwart their nefarious plans?
SCREAMING SOUP reviews SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER (2004)
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Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER (2004).
THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)
Thursday (04/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete and his sidekick El Vato presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast.
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958)
Friday (04/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and Phydeaux presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958). This remake of the 1953 classic Cat-Women of the Moon is even cheesier than the original. It has everything that fans of bad B-movies could possibly ask for. Voluptuous moon women, ridiculous rock men, and a hairy spider puppet — not to mention plywood sets and lunar footage shot at Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles County (which also doubled for Tibet in Werewolf of London).
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid presents INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)
Saturday (04/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) ALTERNATIVE REALITIES returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode! Sluggo and Dwight are nowhere to be found, so Zoid decides to have a “guys night in” in this fun episode entitled The Man Show. The movie he is hosting is definitely one that will appeal to all manly men. It’s INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973) and it’s about a mad scientist (Anitra Ford) who creates an army of deadly beauties that seduce their hapless male victims to death. Beefy William Smith plays the government agent trying to get to the bottom of things, while Playboy playmate Victoria Vetri plays the sexy lab librarian who joins forces with him. We’re not giving anything away by telling you that Victoria gets naked before the movie is over.
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949)
Sunday (04/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949) aka Cagliostro. Orson Welles makes his Vortexx debut tonight as Cagliostro, a carnival magician and hypnotist in pre-Revolutionary France who uses his powers to gain wealth, fame, and prestige and to carry out a complicated revenge scheme. Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, the story is told in flashback by Alexandre to his son Alexandre Jr (Raymond Burr). Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN’S LITTLE HELPER.
“Every day is a good day that ends in the Vortexx.” You can find us in our new no-lag chat room at horrorhost.net. Remember folks, we’re the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you’re a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.
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History of Horror in April

History of Horror in April

April 1 – 7

04/01/1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)
18830401_Lon_Chaney,_Sr._(born) / Public domain._The_Miracle_Man
20010401_Faust-Love-of-the-Damned / Fair use doctrine.
04/01/2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically
04/01/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America
20040401_RE_outbreak / Fair use doctrine.
19710402_Darkshadows / Fair use doctrine.
04/02/1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television
04/03/1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born
19610403_Eddie_Murphy / Photo: David_Shankbone
19620403_Jennifer_Rubin_1988_publicity_headshot
004/03/1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born
04/04/1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)
19320404_Anthony_Perkins / Photo: Allan Warren
19930404_When_A_Stranger_Calls_Back/ Fair use doctrine.
04/04/1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television
04/04/2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically
20120405_RogerCorman Oct2012 / Image: Angela George
04/05/1926 – Roger Corman (director of numerous horror films) born

April 8 – 14

04/08/1955 – Kane Hodder (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films) born
19550408_Kane Hodder (w Oderus Urungus) / Fair use doctrine.
19770408_Demon Seed / Fair use doctrine.
04/08/1977 – Demon Seed released theatrically
04/09/1996 – Tremors 2: Aftershocks released theatrically
19960409_Tremors 2 Aftershocks / Fair use doctrine.
20040409_Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.
04/09/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the UK
04/10/1992 – Sleepwalkers released theatrically
19920410_Sleepwalkers / Fair use doctrine.
20030411_House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.
04/11/2003 – House of 1000 Corpses released theatrically
04/12/1962 – Cape Fear (1962) released theatrically
19620412_Cape Fear (1962) / Fair use doctrine.
19850412_Cat’s Eye / Fair use doctrine.
04/12/1985 – Cat’s Eye released theatrically
04/13/1984 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter released theatrically
19840413_Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter / Fair use doctrine.
20060414_Scary Movie 4 / Fair use doctrine.
04/14/2006 – Scary Movie 4 released theatrically

April 15 – 21

04/15/1998 – Vampires released theatrically
19980415_Vampires / Fair use doctrine.
20050415_The Amityville Horror (2005).jpg / Fair use doctrine.
04/15/2005 – The Amityville Horror (2005) released theatrically
04/19/1985 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the United States
19850419_The Company of Wolves / Fair use doctrine.
20060421_Silent Hill / Fair use doctrine.
04/21/2006 – Silent Hill released theatrically

April 22 – 28

04/22/1935 – Bride of Frankenstein released theatrically
19350422_Bride of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
19140424_William Castle / Fair use doctrine.
04/24/1914 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) born (d. 1977)
04/24/2001 – Bio Zombie released on DVD
20010424_Bio Zombie / Fair use doctrine.
19530425_House of Wax (1953) / Fair use doctrine.
04/25/1953 – House of Wax (1953) released theatrically
04/25/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in Australia
20020425_Resident Evil / Fair use doctrine.
19560426_The Creature Walks Among Us / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us released theatrically
04/26/1991 – Monsters ends its run on television
19910426_Monsters / Fair use doctrine.
20020426_Jason X / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/2002 – Jason X released theatrically
04/26/2005 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in North America
20050426_Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 / Fair use doctrine.
19800427_Mario Bava dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/27/1980 – Mario Bava (director of horror films) dies (b. 1914)
04/27/1990 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
19900427_Castlevania II-Simon’s Quest / Fair use doctrine.

April 29 – 30

19800429_Alfred Hitchcock dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/29/1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)
04/29/1981 – The Beyond released theatrically
19810429_The Beyond / Fair use doctrine.
20040430_Godsend / Fair use doctrine.
04/30/2004 – Godsend released theatrically
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COMING SOON: IT (2017) Teaser Trailer

COMING SOON: IT (2017) Teaser Trailer

Well, the long-awaited trailer for the theatrical adaptation of Stephen King’s IT is here and boy does it look good. In case you’re not aware, this is one of two IT movies that are planned. This one is considered IT: Part 1: The Loser’s Club.
Before I get into any discussion of this, let me clarify by saying that I’m a huge fan of the book and a pretty big fan of the original TV miniseries. Thus, when I heard they were remaking it, I was less than pleased with the idea. Who, after all, will be able to give Pennywise the personality that Tim Curry did? Then you look at the rest of the cast: John Ritter, Annette O’Toole, Jonathan Brandis, Dennis Christopher, Harry Anderson, Tim Reid, and even Richard Thomas. What great jobs they all did bringing these characters to life. Sure, parts of the book were missing, but there are parts that will never be seen on screen, and that’s all I’ll say about those.
The first name I heard was Bill Skarsgård (Hemlock Grove, Allegiant). I wasn’t sure since it was attached to Pennywise and, as I said before, Tim Curry is Pennywise. The next name was Finn Wolfhard (Stranger Things) who would be taking on the Seth Green role as Richie Tozier (Beep, beep, Richie!) and found myself a little bit more interested. I’d assumed that Finn would be playing Bill Denbrough, the role played by Jonathan Brandis (as a kid and Richard Thomas as an adult), so I was surprised to learn that part would be played by Jaeden Lieberher (Masters of Sex). The rest of The Losers Club are Sophia Lillis (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) as Beverly Marsh, Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy) as Stan Uris, Jeremy Ray Taylor (The History of Us) as Ben Hanscom, Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween) as Eddie Kaspbrak, and Chosen Jacobs (Hawaii Five-0) as Mike Hanlon.
IT_The Losers Club / Fair use doctrine.
I’m afraid I’m not familiar with most of their work, but I liked what I saw in the first teaser trailer, which is now out. And I find myself very interested. Take a look for yourself and let us know what you think.

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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR March 26 – April 02, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR March 26 – April 02, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including SIX movies making their Vortexx debut — the most ever in a single week! Among the goodies in store for you this week are a Rondo Hatton Double Feature hosted by Mortimer Van Creep and a late night, adults only send-up of Alice in Wonderland hosted by Doktor Sick.
Our other hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Dave Binkley & co-hosts Juli Majernik & Alan Klesh, Gorenard the Beerbarian, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, Uncle Pete & El Vato, and Dr. Zoid & Sluggo. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955)
Sunday (03/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another monochromatic movie marvel — THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955). Government agent Kent Taylor goes up against spies, an underwater death ray, and a ludicrous monster who looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon’s hillbilly cousin. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of the MANIAC COP Trilogy starring Robert Z’Dar.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx premiere of DEVIL’S CARGO (1948)
Monday (03/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley & co-hosts Juli Majernik & Alan Klesh presents The Vortexx premiere of DEVIL’S CARGO (1948). John Calvert takes on the role of the debonair detective known as The Falcon (previously played by George Sanders and Tom Conway) in the fourteenth of the sixteen Falcon films produced during the 1940s. Tonight’s movie showcases the magic act skills of Calvert who was a professional magician as well as an actor. In keeping with the “devilish” theme of tonight’s movie, the host bits were filmed at Devilstrip Dolly’s in Akron, Ohio.
THE GOLDEN HORDE with Gorenard the Beerbarian presents BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)
Tuesday (03/28). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE GOLDEN HORDE with the manliest of manly-men hosts Gorenard the Beerbarian presents the one-and-only BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) aka Il Boia Scarlatto starring Mickey Hargitay as the manliest of movie villains — The Crimson Executioner. Admittedly, Mickey was no great actor. But he is truly inspired in the role of Travis Anderson, the reclusive owner of a castle who may or may not be the reincarnated spirit of a 17th-century madman.
THE LATE DR LADY SHOW presents FUNERAL HOME (1980)
Wednesday (03/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects presents FUNERAL HOME (1980) aka Cries in the Night and It’s Hard to Stay Calm When You Might Get Embalmed. The guests check in, but they never check out, in this Canadian-made thriller about a funeral home converted into a bread-and-breakfast inn. Barry (The Fugitive) Morse is one of the unlucky guests.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews MONSTER HIGH (1989)
Wednesday (03/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the 1989 teens-versus-aliens flick MONSTER HIGH.
THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents The Vortexx premiere of IT CAN BE DONE, AMIGO (1972)
Thursday (03/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete and his sidekick El Vato presents The Vortexx premiere of IT CAN BE DONE, AMIGO (1972). Bud (Aladdin) Spencer returns to The Vortexx along with Jack Palance in this Italian spaghetti western about a drifter with fast fists and a gunfighter-pimp with fast guns who help a child to claim his inheritance.
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES presents TERROR IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1958)
Friday (03/31). 9:00 P.M. (ET) ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Sluggo presents TERROR IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1958) aka My World Dies Screaming. A man (Gerald Mohr) takes his new wife (Cathy O’Donnell) to live in an ominous old house that turns out to be the same house that keeps popping up in her nightmares. Could this be mere coincidence? If you believe that, we have a bridge in Brooklyn that you might be interested in buying.
SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents The Vortexx premieres of HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) and THE BRUTE MAN (1946)
Saturday (04/01). 9:00 P.M. (ET) SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents a RONDO HATTON DOUBLE FEATURE! First up is The Vortexx premiere of HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946). In his first starring role Hatton plays The Creeper, a character introduced two years earlier in the Sherlock Holmes movie The Pearl of Death. Rescued by a crazed sculptor from drowning, Rondo is tricked into using to his bone-crushing powers to kill the men who criticized the sculptor’s work. Then stick around for The Vortexx premiere of Rondo’s last movie THE BRUTE MAN (1946), where he reprises the role of The Creeper with a different back story. This time Rondo is a formerly handsome scientist who becomes an ugly deranged madman when acid is thrown into his face. He then proceeds to wreak his revenge on those who deformed him.
THE DOKTOR SICK PROGRAM presents The Vortexx premiere of ALICE IN ACIDLAND (1969)
Saturday (04/01). 11:30 P.M. (ET) [Time Approximate.] THE DOKTOR SICK PROGRAM presents The Vortexx premiere of ALICE IN ACIDLAND (1969). In this soft-core send-up of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice is a cute and perky college girl who gets invited to a pool party by a lesbian teacher named Freida. She gets drunk, drops acid, takes a bath with Freida, joins a group of hippies, and has sex with guys who keep their boxer shorts on while doing it. Needless to say, tonight’s show is for immature adults only! [Movie poster by Sandele22 courtesy of Deviant Art.]
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977)
Sunday (04/02). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977). Last time round it was killer bees. Tonight it’s killer spiders as a Southwestern town is attacked by tarantulas that escape from a crashed cargo plane. Claude Akins, Tom Atkins, and Pat Hingle star in this Made-for-TV thriller that was released in the same year as the much better Kingdom of the Spiders. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of MONSTER HIGH (1989).
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 19 – 26, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 19 – 26, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, with one new movie making its Vortexx debut, a Tribute to Animation at the Mansion of Mystery on Friday, and a trip to the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday.
But wait! There’s more! We’ve got killer bees, killer apes, killer cave men, killer dwarfs, and even a killer doll, along with Dr. Frankenstein, Dracula, The Creature from the Black Lagoon’s hillbilly cousin, and Bilbo Baggins like you’ve never seen him before. Plus, we have Grizzly Adams and Bela Lugosi to start off the week, and Peter Cushing & Christopher Lee in the middle!
Our hosts this week are Misty Brew, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Lord Blood-Rah, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Nigel Honeybone, Mr. Lobo, Scarlett Kaiju & CJ the Werewolf, Arachna & Deadly, and Gorenard the Beerbarian & Professor Gillman at the Peninsula of Horror. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978)
Sunday (03/19). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978). Killer bees are terrorizing helpless humans, and Efrem (77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I.) Zimbalist, Jr. and Dan (Grizzly Adams) Haggerty are the bee specialists who try to fight off the little stingers in this made-for-TV sequel to The Savage Bees. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987).
LORD BLOOD-RAH’S NERVE WRACKIN’ THEATRE presents THE APE MAN (1943)
Monday (03/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET) LORD BLOOD-RAH’S NERVE WRACKIN’ THEATRE presents THE APE MAN (1943). Bela Lugosi goes gorilla tonight in this low-budget Monogram camp classic about a mad (or, at least, somewhat annoyed) scientist who injects himself with ape spinal fluid, turns into a monster, and then sends his pet gorilla out to murder humans for their spinal fluid so he can revert to normal. Directed by William “One-Shot” Beaudine.
BORDELLO OF HORROR presents FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS (1974)
Tuesday (03/21). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Beelzabroad presents FRANKENSTEIN’S CASTLE OF FREAKS (1974). A Neanderthal man named Goliath is brought back to life by Count Frankenstein (Rossano Brazzi) assisted by a hunchback, a lecherous dwarf, and a handful of other malformed miscreants. Michael Dunn steals every scene he’s in as the vengeful dwarf Genz, while Peter Lorre look-a-like Luciano Pigozzi chews the scenery as the hateful butler, Hans.
THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with Nigel Honeybone presents COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDES (1973)
Wednesday (03/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE SCHLOCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW with Nigel Honeybone presents COUNT DRACULA AND HIS VAMPIRE BRIDES (1973) aka Satanic Rights of Dracula. Dracula (Christopher Lee) and Van Helsing (Peter Cushing) square off for the last time in this sequel to Dracula A.D. 1972 as the bloodsucking count plots to unleash a fatal virus upon the world.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews MANIAC COP (1988)
Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing MANIAC COP (1988) starring Tom Atkins, Bruce Campbell, Richard Roundtree, William Smith, and Robert Z’dar in the title role.
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents DEVIL DOLL (1964)
Thursday (03/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET) CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents DEVIL DOLL (1964). Bryant Halliday stars in this British-made thriller as The Great Vorelli, an evil hypnotist with a ventriloquist’s dummy who’s even more evil than he is. The big question about tonight’s show . . . will Mr. Lobo be airing the American Theatrical Version or the Hot European Version? Join us tonight and find out!
MANSION OF MYSTERY presents a TRIBUTE TO ANIMATION!
Friday (03/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MANSION OF MYSTERY with Scarlett Kaiju & CJ the Werewolf presents a TRIBUTE TO ANIMATION! Scarlett and CJ take off for the Westminster Dog Show, where CJ is a contestant, leaving Mrs. O’Brien and Mittens to care for both EBDC and Ralphie. To keep them in line, she turns to the power of cartoons. Among the treasures from the vault that will be coming your way tonight are some of the usual suspects, including Clutch Cargo and vintage appearances by Gumby and Superman, along with the very first adaptation of THE HOBBIT. No, it’s not the Peter Jackson film, or even the Rankin-Bass TV cartoon, but rather a 1966 version that had exactly one theatrical showing. After watching tonight’s episode, entitled “Send In the Clown”, you’ll understand why!
THE PENINSULA OF HORROR presents GORENARD’S MUY MACHO MARCHO MADNESS CHAT NIGHT!
Saturday (03/25). 8:00 P.M. (ET) THE PENINSULA OF HORROR — the showcase for Florida’s finest horror hosts — presents GORENARD’S MUY MACHO MARCHO MADNESS CHAT NIGHT! Tonight we will be watching two episodes of THE GOLDEN HORDE hosted by the manliest of manly hosts Gorenard the Beerbarian. First up is NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965) starring scream queen Barbara Steele as a faithless wife whose husband (Paul Muller) decides that revenge is a dish best served not only cold — but heartless. Hubby’s plans for his deceased wife’s inheritance are complicated when her wacko sister (Steele in a blonde wig) shows up. Then stick around at 9:45 (time approximate) as Gorenard hosts THE BEACH GIRLS AND THE MONSTER (1965) aka Monster from the Surf. It’s about a young scientist who finds his true calling as a surfer dude and comes up against a seaweed monster who’s brutally murdering all the locals. A Pre-Show for the Early Boids begins at approximately 6:30. Prof. Gillman will be broadcasting live from Lagoon House throughout the evening.
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight’s feature will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror’s Livestream channel. We will doing the chat through Chatango. There will be no featured movie or chat tonight in The Vortexx.
BEWARE THEATER presents PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955)
Sunday (03/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another monochromatic movie marvel — PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955). Government agent Kent Taylor goes up against spies, an underwater death ray, and a ludicrous monster who looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon’s hillbilly cousin. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of MANIAC COP (1988).

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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 12 – 19, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 12 – 19, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, with two new movies making their Vortexx debut, several returning favorites, and a live show from HorrorHound Weekend on Saturday.
But wait! There’s more! We’ve got killer spiders, killer bees, killer apes, and even a Creature from the Black Lagoon wannabe, not to mention ghosts, misplaced corpses, the Frankenstein Monster, and a special appearance by Betty White and Ro-Man!
Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends, Dave Binkley & Kathleen Walder, Karlos Borloff & the crazies at Monster Madhouse, Edgar von Ghoul, Mortimer Van Creep, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Misty Brew, and live from HorrorHound Weekend on Saturday . . . Dr. Sigmund Zoid! Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1962)
Sunday (03/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER returns to The Vortexx with a brand new show and another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White! Tonight Arachna and Deadly will be presenting a Vortexx favorite — HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1962). It’s about a troupe of beautiful dancers who find themselves stranded on a deserted island with their square-shouldered manager Gary (Alex D’Arcy). Their skinny-dipping routine is disrupted when Gary gets bit by a spider and becomes . . . . Spider-Gaaaary. Oh, the horrors of it all! Note: Tonight’s show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of Full Moon Entertainment’s HEAD OF THE FAMILY.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE MISSING CORPSE (1945)
Monday (03/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Kathleen Walder and special guests Geauga Dog & Shamu presents The Vortexx premiere of THE MISSING CORPSE (1945). A feud between two rival newspapermen named McDonald and Kruger ends with Ronald being murdered and his corpse planted in the trunk of Freddie’s car. Freddie hides the corpse to avoid being charged with murder while he tries to find the real killer, but Ronald refuses to remain hidden. It’s all played for laughs in this fast paced and entertaining comedy-mystery from Poverty Row Cinema (PRC). In keeping with the theme of tonight’s “amusing” movie, the host bits were filmed at the Geauga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio.
MONSTER MADHOUSE presents THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959)
Tuesday (03/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MADHOUSE with Karlos Borloff and a cast of thousands presents THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959). The titular monster, who looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon on steroids, terrorizes a sleepy lighthouse town by ripping the heads off some of the locals. The Monster was created and played by Jack Kevan, who also produced this low-budget horror flick.
DEAD END DRIVE IN with Edgar von Ghoul presents LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
Wednesday (03/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) DEAD END DRIVE IN with Edgar von Ghoul presents a Vortexx favorite — LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971). It’s a heart-warming, gut-churning story about a daughter’s love for her dad. The daughter is Tania Frankenstein (Rosalba Neri aka Sara Bay), who takes up where dear old dad (Joseph Cotten) left off, after he is killed by his stripey-pants creation. It’s two monsters for the price of one, as the doctor’s horny daughter creates a handsome new creature for her sexual pleasure and then screws him on the operating table while the Universal mob storms the castle. Co-starring Mickey (Crimson Executioner) Hargitay and directed by Mel (Gravis Mushnik) Welles.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987)
Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the slasher comedy RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987).

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Thursday (03/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents Ed Wood’s THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST (1958). It’s one of the strangest love triangles ever depicted on film involving a man, a woman, and a gorilla named Spanky. You may be thinking there’s no way this love story can end happily, but oddly enough it does! As an added bonus we will be watching Betty White go up against George (Ro-Man) Barrows in a 1957 episode of Date with the Angels entitled “The Gorilla”.
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT Riccardo Freda’s THE GHOST (1963)
Friday (03/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents Riccardo Freda’s THE GHOST (1963). The ghost in this ghost story is not just any ordinary ghost. It’s the ghost of Dr. John Hitchcock of Horrible Dr. Hitchcock fame. Barbara Steele stars as his unfaithful wife, who plots against the doctor, now a cripple, with the help of her lover, while the lover plots against Babs with the help of the housekeeper. This sequel to Freda’s 1962 classic has lots of atmosphere, lots of Babs, and a terrific twist ending.
The Vortexx presents SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM HORRORHOUND WEEKEND with Dr. Sigmund Zoid (2017)
Saturday (03/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET) We interrupt our regular programming to bring you . . . SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM HORRORHOUND WEEKEND! Dr. Sigmund Zoid will be representing The Vortexx in Cincinnati this year, and he’s going to take a break from the partying and schmoozing to present a special live show along with Dwight and some special guests. He’s asking for suggestions about what public domain movie that you, the faithful viewers of The Vortexx, would like to see. You can respond to his post on The Vortexx FB page with your movie picks or contact him directly at drzoid@alternativerealities.tv. And, rest assured, if technical difficulties should arise, we will have a show and a movie as back up.
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978)
Sunday (03/19). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978). Killer bees are terrorizing helpless humans, and Efrem (77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I.) Zimbalist, Jr. and Dan (Grizzly Adams) Haggerty are the bee specialists who try to fight off the little stingers in this made-for-TV sequel to The Savage Bees. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP review of RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX! BE SURE TO TRY SLUGGO BRAND TEA — THE NEWEST SPONSOR OF THE VORTEXX!
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History of Horror in March

History of Horror in March

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

March 1 – 7

03/01/1974 – Blood for Dracula released theatrically
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03/01/1974 – Flesh for Frankenstein released theatrically
03/02/
1933 – King Kong (1933) released theatrically
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03/03/2000 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Europe
03/03/2004 – Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital premieres on television
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03/04/1922 – Nosferatu released theatrically
03/04/1965 – Paul W. S. Anderson (director of several horror films) born
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03/04/1999 – Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Japan
03/05/1943 – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man released theatrically
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03/05/1954 – Creature from the Black Lagoon released theatrically
03/07/1946 – The Mask of Diijon released theatrically
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03/07/2003 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Europeborn

March 8 – 14

03/08/1972 – Tales from the Crypt released theatrically
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03/08/2005 – Rings released on DVD
03/10/1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins its run on television
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03/10/2006 – The Hills Have Eyes (2006) released theatrically
03/11/1931 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) dies (b. 1888)
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03/11/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in North America
03/11/1999 – Castlevania 64 released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan
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03/12/1999 – The Rage: Carrie 2 released theatrically
03/13/1942 – The Ghost of Frankenstein released theatrically
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03/13/1981 – The Howling released theatrically
03/13/1987 – Evil Dead II released theatrically
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03/13/1996 – Lucio Fulci (director of several horror films) dies (b. 1927)
03/14/2003 – Willard (2003) released theatrically
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March 15 – 21

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03/15/1943 – David Cronenberg (director of numerous horror films) born
03/15/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in the United States
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03/16/1925 – The Monster released theatrically
03/16/1995 – Alone in the Dark 3 released on PC and Mac
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03/17/1943 – I Walked with a Zombie released theatrically
03/17/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in North America
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03/17/2000 – Final Destination released theatrically
03/18/1950 – Brad Dourif (actor who portrays Chucky in the Child’s Play films) born
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03/18/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Mega Drive in Japan
03/18/2005 – The Ring Two released theatrically
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03/18/2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in Europe
03/19/2004 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) released theatrically
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03/20/1964 – Two Thousand Maniacs! released theatrically
03/20/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in Europe
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03/20/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Japan
03/21/2001 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
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03/21/2006 – Stay Alive released theatrically

March 22 – 28

03/22/1985 – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning released theatrically
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03/22/1986 – Chopping Mall released theatrically
03/22/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Japan
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03/22/2002 – Blade II released theatrically
03/22/2002 – The Chronicle ends its run on television
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03/23/1964 – Peter Lorre (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1904)
03/24/1939 – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) released theatrically
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03/24/1974 – The Rocky Horror Show premieres at the Roxy
03/26/1994 – System Shock released on PC and Mac
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03/27/1973 – Sisters released theatrically
03/27/1986 – April Fool’s Day released theatrically
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03/271991 – Ralph Bates (actor in several Hammer horror films) dies (d. 1940)
03/28/1920 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) released theatrically
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03/28/1963 – The Birds released theatrically

March 29 – 31

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03/29/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in the United States
03/30/2000 – The Typing of the Dead released on Dreamcast and PC
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03/30/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in North America
03/30/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on Game Boy Color
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03/31/2006 – Slither released theatrically
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WiHM: Debra Hill

WiHM: Debra Hill

Women in Horror Month is the perfect time to pay tribute to Debra Hill. You may not recognize her name, but you have certainly seen some of her work. Debra Hill is a long time producer of many of John Carpenter’s films and, in fact, co-wrote five of them: Halloween, Halloween II (not directed by Carpenter) The Fog, Escape from New York, and Escape from L.A.
Born November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Hill grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her career in film began in 1975 when she became a production assistant on adventure documentaries and worked her way through many roles, including script supervisor and second unit director. That same year, she worked with Carpenter on Assault on Precinct 13 as script supervisor and assistant editor. It was at this time that their professional and personal relationships formed.
She and Carpenter co-wrote Halloween in 1978, and later co-wrote the sequels Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Continuing to work with Carpenter, Hill also branched out to work on other projects. By 1986, Hill had formed her own production company with friend Lynda Obst and they produced such titles as The Fisher King and Adventures in Babysitting. One of the most popular and powerful producers in Hollywood, she also contracted with Disney to produce short films for their theme park and an NBC special for Disneyland’s 35th anniversary.
In 2003, Women in Film honored her with the Crystal Award, about which she said:
I hope some day there won’t be a need for Women in Film. That it will be People in Film. That it will be equal pay, equal rights and equal job opportunities for everybody.
Hill was diagnosed with cancer in February 2004, but she continued to work with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell on a comic adaptation of the Snake Plissken character from the Escape films. With Carpenter, she also produced the underwhelming remake of The Fog. She died on March 7, 2005, still working on Oliver Stone’s film World Trade Center as producer.
Among the many films she produced in her lifetime, we have Debra to thank for are Clue, Big Top Pee Wee, The Dead Zone, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (TV movie), Head Office, and many others.
After her death, Carpenter spoke warmly of the times he had working with her, recalling that it was “one of the greatest experiences of my life – she had a passion for not just movies about women or women’s ideas but films for everybody”.
RIP, Debra Hill, you have certainly earned it.
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CONGRATULATIONS: The Bone Jangler Selected for Horror Host Hall of Fame

CONGRATULATIONS: The Bone Jangler Selected for Horror Host Hall of Fame

The Horror Host Hall of Fame was established to honor and memorialize people who have made major contributions to the the world of horror hosting. Thus, both hosts and crew are recognized with this honor. Past inductees include Vampira (Malia Nurmi), Svengoolie (Jerry Bishop), Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom), Chilly Billy (William Robert Cardille), Grandpa (Al Lewis), Joel Robertson (Joel Hodgson), and The Cryptkeeper (John Kassir).
One of this year’s inductees is The Bone Jangler, host of The Bone Jangler and The Bone Jangler’s Daytime Dungeon, who has been gracing horror fans with his presence as a horror host since late September of 2001. I first met The Bone Jangler in the chat for Monster Channel back in 2010 (I believe), and we’ve been Facebook friends since. He is a wonderful individual, and I truly feel that this honor is well-deserved. You can see his shows now on the Eerie Late Night Horror Channel.
But who, really, is The Bone Jangler? Well, in his own words…
Since long before time itself had been recorded, there has been The BONE JANGLER! Throughout the years, the world’s most prolific thoughtsmiths have theorized that the “big bang” that spawned the Earth’s creation also heralded the arrival of this ancient enigma.
Content with sitting on the sidelines, watching various lifeforms evolve, The BONE JANGLER took particular notice of the vagina. Many were the songs the women sang unto Him, with fevered hopes that He would anoint them, and permit them entry into His Coven. And, as The BONE JANGLER and His merry maidens moved across the lands, the seeds of thousands of civilizations were sown. From the building of the ancient sphinx in Egypt, to the mysterious rock formation of Stonehenge, even as recent as the crop circles of today…The BONE JANGLER has been there.
While the true extent of His powers are none of your business, rest assured that He has zero, if any, rivals. From witchcraft to voodoo, reaching all the way back to Native American shamanism, The BONE JANGLER has had an impact on all forms of magick, past and present. In fact, many of the world’s occult practices are based on the fundamental principles of The BONE JANGLER.
If you should run into him online or in person, be sure to congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.
To The Bone Jangler from all of us at House of Tortured Souls – Way to go, Bone Daddy!
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 12 – 19, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 12 – 19, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week, including one great new host making his Vortexx debut, one great movie making its debut, and a SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH to begin the week. Be sure to stick around Saturday night after our featured movie for VORTEXX FLASHBACK RADIO — a tribute to the old-time radio shows of yesteryear. Our hosts this week are Sluggo & Sluggles, Deadwood & Co., Slash (making his debut on Monday), Arachna & Deadly, Edgar von Ghoul, Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones, Karlos Borloff & the crazies at Monster Madhouse, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, and Misty Brew. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out!
SLUGGO’S STRANGE TAILS presents WILD GUITAR (1962) for SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH!
Sunday (2/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight for our SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH! On February 12 each year our nation celebrates the birthday of two great presidents — Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, and Sluggo Gonzales, freely elected president of the Vortexx. It should come as no surprise that the movie our Dear Leader has decided to host on her birthday stars her favorite actor, singer, and musician — Arch Hall, Jr. Be sure to come by tonight as SLUGGO’S STRANGE TAILS with co-host Sluggles and special guest Wolfie presents Sluggo’s all-time favorite Arch Hall, Jr. movie — and, believe us, folks, she loves them all! — WILD GUITAR (1962). In tonight’s movie, released just eight months after Eegah, Arch plays Bud Eagle, a young musician who comes under the influence of unscrupulous record producer Mike McCauley (Arch Hall, Sr.). Co-star Cash Flagg (who also directed under his birth name Ray Dennis Steckler) hams it up as McCauley’s henchman Steak in what has to be the “meatiest” role of his career. Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of SCREAMING SOUP: HELLBOUND.
SLASH’S GRAVEYARD TALES presents Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
Monday (2/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as we welcome Indiana’s newest horror host to The Vortexx with SLASH’S GRAVEYARD TALES. An artist, sculptor, pro wrestler, and haunter at the Harrodsburg Haunted House in his previous life, Slash is a Wolf Man who loves the old-time classic horror and sci-fi movies. And now that he’s been bitten by the horror host bug, he’s put together a show that he describes as “a cross between Pee-wee’s Playhouse and Tales from the Crypt.” Tonight Slash and his sidekicks Poe, Hoots, and Bones will be hosting Ed Wood’s PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). This is a movie that needs no introduction, but we’re going to give you one anyway. A couple of pompous aliens in silk pajamas (Dudley Manlove and Joanna Lee) and their leader The Ruler (Bunny Breckinridge) plan to resurrect Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson as slow-moving zombies. Why? Because all you of Earth are Idiots!
BEWARE THEATER presents THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962)
Tuesday (2/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Happy Valentine’s Day to all our friends in The Vortexx! Tonight we’ve picked a movie that we feel is suitable for the occasion. It’s a lovely love story about a mad scientist who loves his girlfriend so much that he’s willing to stalk and murder to get a new body for her.” Join us tonight as BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN’T DIE (1962). Affectionately known to its many fans as “The Brain That Wouldn’t Shuddup” and “Jan in the Pan,” this film has everything that a B-movie fan could possibly ask for — mutants, mad doctors, talking heads, cat fighting strippers, and some of the sleaziest, most infectious music you’ve ever heard.
MIDNIGHT CHILLERS presents THE EMBALMER (1965)
Wednesday (2/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MIDNIGHT CHILLERS with Edgar von Ghoul presents THE EMBALMER (1965) aka The Monster of Venice. A psycho in a monk’s robe and skull mask dons a scuba suit and stalks the canals of Venice looking for victims (all beautiful women, of course) to kill and then bring to his secret underwater lair for the titular embalming. Unfortunately, the budget did not allow for any underwater photography, which might have improved the killing scenes. But the secret lair, revealed at the end of the movie, is something to be seen.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews Fred Olen Ray’s EVIL TOONS (1992)
Wednesday (2/15). 11:15 P.M. (ET) Don’t go away folks! Stick around after Midnight Chillers for another episode of SCREAMING SOUP! Now entering its fourth season, this animated horror host show specializes in raunchy movie reviews. In tonight’s episode our host Deadwest reviews Fred Olen Ray’s EVIL TOONS (1992) while being ambushed by Buzzkill, a competing horror host. A knock-off of Sam Raimi’s The Evil Dead, tonight’s movie stars David Carradine, Dick Miller, Arte Johnson, and scream queen Michelle Bauer. Please note: This episode contains nudity and gross-out raunchiness and is, therefore, recommended for immature adults only.
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN presents Roger Corman’s QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966)
Thursday (2/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves and Smiley Bones presents Roger Corman’s QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966). Here we go again! Corman got his hands on some more Russian footage, hired someone to write a screenplay around it, brought in Basil Rathbone and a few other English-speaking actors, and finished the whole thing in little over a week at a cost of $65,000. But the really strange thing is . . . this is actually a very good movie! Florence Marley gives a deliciously creepy performance as a green-skinned, glowing-eyed alien woman who is rescued on Mars to be brought back to Earth and proceeds to drain the blood from assorted crew members on the way home. Keep an eye out for a delightful cameo appearance by Forrest J Ackerman at the end.
MONSTER MADHOUSE presents HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
Friday (2/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MADHOUSE with Karlos Borloff, Slo Frank, and a cast of thousands presents HORROR EXPRESS (1972) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly (Kojak) Savalas. Our three stars find themselves traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express, accompanied by the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature who, needless to say, doesn’t stay frozen for long. As always, there will be plenty of insane hijinks by Borloff and the Madhouse crazies both during and in between segments of the movie. Truth be told, we lost count of the number of times Frank gets punched, poked, and slapped silly in tonight’s episode!
THE LATE DR LADY SHOW presents Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (1981)
Saturday (2/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady, the Usual Suspects, and special guest Sluggo presents our all-time favorite Dr. Lady episode — Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES(1981) aka Skull on a Stick. The movie is about an expedition searching for gold hidden by Field Marshall Rommel that comes up against an army of Nazi Zombies. But what really makes tonight’s show completely off-the-wall are its hilarious skits, several of which feature our own Pink Lady.
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1977).
Sunday (2/189). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1977) aka Full Circle. Mia Farrow (sporting her Rosemary’s Baby haircut) stars in this British-made thriller as a wealthy American woman named . . . you guessed it, Julia. She’s living in London, trapped in an unhappy marriage, and haunted by the sadness of losing her child. Julia decides to ditch her hubby and move into a new house, which happens to be inhabited by the ghost of an obnoxious little girl who plans to use Julia as a pawn in her terrible revenge scheme. Unlike most of the foreign movies that sat on the shelf for years before being released in America, this one, based on the novel by Peter Straub who also wrote Ghost Story, is actually pretty good. And it’s got a shocking and completely unexpected ending. Keir (2001: A Space Odyssey) Dullea costars. Note: Tonight’s show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday’s SCREAMING SOUP: EVIL TOONS.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!
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WiHM: Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF)

WiHM: Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF)

Happy Women in Horror Month! We continue our tribute to amazing women in horror with a look at the Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF).

Overview of Women in Horror

Women have played critical roles in horror films since horror films began. They began as objects of desire before evolving into damsels in distress. With Psycho, female nudity became part of the standard, eventually leading to the trend of “bad” girls having sex and being killed. With this came the final girl trope, wherein a female survives to the end, often killing the monster or slasher who had been the film’s antagonist. The final girl was almost always the one who didn’t do any drugs, drank little if at all, and did not engage in sex. Despite the evolution of the female to a strong survivor, there was quite a bit of underlying misogyny that really only began to be weeded out of horror in the 2000s with the current crop of strong women filmmakers. Indeed, the changing roles of women were defined by the changes in the genre itself, and, as any horror fan knows, there is no shortage of great women in horror. Moreover, not only have women moved beyond the stereotypes, they’ve also moved beyond simply acting in the films to becoming more active behind the camera in virtually every aspect of filmmaking. And that’s what the Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF) is all about.

The Women in Horror Film Festival

The WIHFF is a new horror film festival whose time has definitely come. According to the website, the festival showcases and celebrates not only female writers, directors, producers, and actors, but also cinematographers, make-up artists, and composers who have dedicated their craft to the horror genre. In order to be considered, submissions must be in no later than 15 July 2017, the extended deadline. A complete list of deadlines is available on the WIHFF official website.
The first rule for the WIHFF is that entries have women in key creative positions from the following roles: (Producer(s), Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, and lead talent). This is especially exciting for women behind the camera since those roles are often overlooked – particularly when staffed by women. Feature films (80-120 minutes) and short films (45 minutes) both are welcome as are feature screenplays (80 – 100 pages), short films (30 pages maximum), and TV pilots (45 pages maximum). Have a screenplay or TV pilot that hasn’t been produced? No worries there. As long as the script was written or co-written by a woman, it’s still eligible for submission. All items to be considered must be submitted no later than 15 July 2017 to allow sufficient time for the judges to evaluate all entries. To ensure impartial consideration, people who have worked on a festival submission are exempt from judging.
There are a total of 19 categories eligible for prizes that include, but aren’t limited to, custom WIHFF trophies, distribution consideration by Terror Films (feature only), and a 1-hour mentoring session with industry pro Mark Simon, who has over decades of experience in the camera department for major films (One Missed Call, Risky Business, Weird Science, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Predator 2, and Primal Fear). The 19 categories are:
  • Best Traditional Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films can encompass but are not limited to Slasher/Stalker/Supernatural
    /Creature Feature/Zombie/Folklore/Urban Legend
  • Best Non-Traditional Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films can encompass but are not limited to Animated/Comedy/Experimental,
    etc.
  • Best International Horror Film (short or feature)
  • Best Documentary Horror Film (short or feature)
  • Best Grindhouse Film (short or feature)
  • Best Sci-Fi Film (short or feature)
  • Best Local Horror (GA filmmakers) Film (short or feature)
  • Best Student Horror Film (short)
  • Best LGBTQ Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films must be made by persons who identify as LGBTQ or center around LGBTQ characters/stories/subject matter)
  • Best Overall Feature Audience Award
  • Best Overall Short Audience Award
  • Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay
  • Best Unproduced Short Screenplay
  • Best Unproduced TV Pilot
  • Best Director (short or feature)
  • Best Actress (short or feature)
  • Best Cinematography (short or feature)
  • Best Musical Score (short or feature)
  • Best Make up/Practical FX (short or feature)
Clearly there’s a lot to look forward to in this festival.

The Festival Directors

The WIHFF is being organized by festival directors Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik. When I learned of the WIHFF, I knew that I had to honor it during Women in Horror Month. I reached out to Vanessa and Samantha who were kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Without further ado, here’s your chance to learn something about the strong women filmmakers who have organized this much-needed festival.
WIHFF - Vanessa Ionta WrightVanessa Ionta Wright is an award winning screenwriter. Her work has garnered recognition at film festivals & competitions around the globe. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Video Production & Film. She recently launched the Women in Horror Film Festival with fellow screenwriter, Samantha Kolesnik. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.
WIHFF - Samantha SkolesnikSamantha Kolesnik is a writer and independent film producer living in Pennsylvania. She co-directs the Women in Horror Film Festival with Vanessa Ionta Wright. Her screenplays have been recognized at various festivals nationwide, and her fiction has recently appeared in The Bitter Oleander and The William and Mary Review. Her short horror film, I Baked Him a Cake, is currently in post production, and stars actresses Fleece and Lillian Gray.
HoTS: Who are some of your inspirations?
Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling are two biggies. I love Hitchcock’s approach to suspense and building fear around what cannot be seen. I think Serling was an absolute visionary and I can definitely see his influence in a lot of my more science fiction/thriller writing. I am also very inspired by anyone brave enough to take a risk and put their work out there for everyone to see. As an independent filmmaker, I understand the challenges and the risks involved and I am absolutely inspired by those who don’t take no for an answer and power through.
Some of my recent inspirations include Jennifer Kent, Vladimir Nabokov, Shirley Jackson, The Great Medieval Heretics: Five Centuries of Religious Dissent by Michael Frassetto, the huge database of the Righteous Among Nations, the performances of Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in the film, Schindler’s List, and so much more. I was a tremendous introvert as a child, and relentlessly bullied, so ‘horror’ for me, both in film and literature, has a deeper meaning than a temporary adrenaline rush. I enjoy psychological horror, tales steeped in folklore, and statements (intelligent, subtle statements…) on culture, myth, and human nature. Horror is when the darkness threatens to overtake the light at any moment in time, but I am a huge believer in the power of light. You can always make a light brighter, but darkness only gets so dark. I guess, what I’m saying, is there’s more to horror than blood and guts – it just depends on your lens.
HoTS: How did you get into horror?
I wrote by first horror novel at the age of 7. It was called The Witch’s Castle and it was a best seller in my second grade class. 😉
I watched my first horror film at the age of 8, Poltergeist. It firmly sealed my fear of stuffed toys, especially stuffed clowns. It also got me completely hooked on horror and I started chasing that fear ‘high’. While my parents thought I was asleep, I would sneak downstairs and sit quietly on the steps and spy while they watched movies like Cujo and The Amityville Horror. When I was a teen, you would find me and my friends huddled around the TV on a Friday night, binge watching everything horror that the local video store had to offer. I like to think horror is in my blood.
I was always “into horror”. There’s a great streak of hope and triumph that runs through classic horror, and I was always on the side of our horror heroines. I think I also always sensed, even as a young child, that humans don’t always make the best decisions, that humans are fallible. Horror, in a way, takes that to the extreme and shows us the most monstrous manifestations of our darker natures, and then it allows us to prevail against it (or at least to try to). Early horror favorites for me were the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream, The Craft, the original Halloween Parts I and II, and the original Nightmare on Elm Street. I was also exposed to other kinds of ‘horror’ in film, though, that ended up impacting how I create within the genre… films like Sleepers, American History X, Citizen X… evil isn’t confined to special effects and masks.
HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?
My favorite monsters to create and write are the ones within us. Imagining the depths of evil that people are capable of. As far as iconic monsters, I’ve always really loved vampires. I know that’s so clichè. What can I say, vampires are sexy.
Humans. The human is the most dangerous monster, and doesn’t need any alterations or special powers to be utterly terrifying. Leatherface looks like a dandelion when you study human history.
HoTS: What’s up next for you?
I always have a few irons in the fire. Up next will be taking the two short films I directed, I Baked Him a Cake and Rainy Season, to festivals. Both films allowed me to collaborate with Samantha Kolesnik who is always a pleasure to work with. She wrote and produced I Baked Him a Cake and came on board as the Executive Producer for Rainy Season. We also teamed up to launch the Women in Horror Film Fest. I also continuing to write, working on a few shorts, a feature and TV pilot. I sneak in a nap or two when I can. 😉
I’m working on finishing a collection of short stories, all which would probably fit into the category of either hyper-realism or ‘dark fiction’ (depends on how you see life), zealously working on making the Women in Horror Film Festival the best celebration of women filmmakers and writers that it can be, and I’m also wrapping up post on I Baked Him a Cake.
HoTS: What prompted you to start this much needed festival?
Sam and I are both very aware of the unbalanced representation of female filmmakers in the industry, especially within the horror genre. We really wanted to create a platform to showcase the amazing films and screenplays created by women. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received for this festival. We are extremely proud to be doing something we love, supporting our sisters in the industry and scaring the hell of viewers.
Look at the last year’s release of horror films. Look at the teams behind them. Very, very few have women directors, women composers, women writers, or women cinematographers. And trust me, that’s not because they don’t exist or aren’t talented. Diversity works hand in hand with creativity. I could say ‘I hope we see more recognition for women horror filmmakers in the future’ but hope isn’t a strategy, right? So, tons of women, like Hannah Neurotica, founder of Women in Horror Film Festival, and my colleague, Vanessa, are doing something about it.
HoTS: That’s fantastic. It really is long overdue, and I have great respect for you two organizing this.
I know it’s early, but do you foresee this becoming an annual festival?
100% yes.
I know it will be.
HoTS: If money was no issue, what would your dream horror film be?
A $250,000,000 feature that starts with Jason Voorhees showing up in Haddonfield on Halloween night to battle Michael Myers. They end up in a chase that brings them to Texas where they pick up Leatherface. They start to realize they have a pretty cool little club here so they hop in a van headed to Springwood where they pick up Freddy Krueger. Horror ensues and they stumble upon the infamous puzzle box. Looks like someone forgot to invite the cenobites.  This upsets Pinhead so he drags them all to hell,after all he needed 4 more for poker night.
My dream horror film, should money be no issue, would be one that digs into the violence on women that is perpetrated by other women. It’s something rarely explored or discussed, and I think it’s a very important and relevant issue. That’s vague, but that would be the concept at the heart of the film.
So there you have it – a look inside the minds of two women filmmakers whose impact on the genre has just begun!

Where and When

The WIHFF, which takes place September 22 – 24, 2017, is being held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta in SW Peachtree City, Georgia. If you’re interested in submitting your work or just finding out more about the event, you can find the complete information at the Women in Horror Film Festival official website. You can also contact the directors at WIHFF@gmail.com.
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2017 Convention Dates and Locations

2017 Convention Dates and Locations

House of Tortured Souls has compiled a list of the conventions going on this year. If you know of others, please let us know so that we can add them to our list. Likewise, if you have any changes or corrections, please let us know. Thanks!
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 22 – 29, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 22 – 29, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it’s been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it’s ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We’ve got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week, including three new movies making their Vortexx debut, along with several returning favorites and a trip to The Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. Our hosts this week are Misty Brew, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Edgar von Ghoul, Deadwood, Uncle Pete, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Arachna & Deadly, and (at the Peninsula of Horror) Professor Gillman and Master Vyle. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out!
MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977)
Sunday (01/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW’S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977) aka It Happened at Lakewood Manor. Robert Foxworth, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Day George, Bernie Casey, Myrna Loy, and Brian Dennehy are among the stars in this TV movie about an army of poisonous ants that attack the residents of an old-fashioned lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter. This was one of several movies made during the late 1970s to capitalize on the popularity of Jaws. Tonight’s show will be followed at approximately 10:45 by an encore presentation of last Wednesday’s episode of SCREAMING SOUP (DEADGIRL).
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT presents Larry Buchanan’s IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967)
Monday (01/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents Larry Buchanan’s IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967). Although the movie’s title is taken from a Jules Verne novel of the same name, it’s actually a remake of Roger Corman’s Day the World Ended (1955), and the story is set in the year 1977. A nuclear war has wiped out most of the human race, and a group of survivors in a Dallas mansion find themselves beset by rising radiation levels, a ruthless tough guy, and cannibalistic mutants. You heard right, folks — cannibalistic mutants. It don’t get any better than that! Former child actor Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) stars as the lead survivor.
BORDELLO OF HORROR presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)
Tuesday (01/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Beelzabroad presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast. Along with the movie, Freaky will be presenting footage from the March 2015 Horrorhound Weekend including the Horror Host Hall of Fame awards, interviews with producer Paul Travers from Old 37 and Fred Vogel from Toe Tag Productions, and music by The Renfields.
DEAD END DRIVE-IN presents The Vortexx premiere of KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN (1974)
Wednesday (01/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET) DEAD END DRIVE-IN with Edgar von Ghoul returns to the Vortexx for its second appearance! Tonight Edgar will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN (1974) aka The House Where Hell Froze Over. This slow-moving but creepy thriller from S. F. Brownrigg, the director of Don’t Look in the Basement, re-unites Basement cast members Camilla Carr and Gene Ross. Carr, who would later go on to become a successful novelist, stars as Lesley Fontaine, a troubled young woman who lives in an isolated farm estate miles from the nearest town. Murders are being committed in the vicinity, and Someone is responsible. Is it Lesley? Or perhaps her brother Kevin (Chelcie Ross), who may be real or may be a product of Lesley’s overworked imagination. Gene Ross (Judge Oliver W. Cameron in Basement) plays Lesley’s compassionate doctor. Larry Buchanan favorite Bill Thurman plays a hitchhiker looking for food, who becomes one of the victims.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews THE GREEN SLIME (1968)
Wednesday (01/25). 10:45 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.] We welcome SCREAMING SOUP back to The Vortexx for its second appearance! Now entering its fourth season, this animated horror host show specializes in raunchy movie reviews. In tonight’s episode our host Deadwest reviews THE GREEN SLIME (1968) while his friends try to defuse his rage over the film’s lameness. The film itself might be lame and the monsters laughably ridiculous, but it’s got one of the catchiest title songs in movie history. In addition to Deadwood, tonight’s cast includes Billy, Eb’nstein, Deadbeat, Doc Rex, and Aleena.
UNCLE PETE’S DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents The Vortexx premiere of ABBY (1974)
Thursday (01/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as we welcome THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete back to The Vortexx. Now in its 9th year of Cult Movie Madness, this great show is broadcast on local cable on various stations in New York State, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire and is now spreading like The Blob throughout the Northeast. Tonight Uncle Pete will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of ABBY (1974). Think Blackula meets The Exorcist, and you have some idea of what this movie is all about. William (Blackula) Marshall stars as a bishop/archaeologist who unknowingly brings back a demon from Africa that takes over the body of his daughter-in-law. Released one year after The Exorcist, Warner Brothers wasn’t too happy about this blatant rip-off, and their subsequent lawsuit kept the movie out of circulation for years.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (1941)
Friday (01/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Holly Schilthelm presents NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (1941). Chester Morris, best known for playing jewel thief-turned-detective Boston Blackie in fourteen films during the 1940s, plays another detective in tonight’s comedy-mystery released the same year as the first two Boston Blackie movies. In this one he is wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss no end by not only finding a missing girl (Jean Parker) but also marrying her in the process. But just as their honeymoon in Reno, Nevada, gets underway, Campbell is dragged into another missing person case, invoking the suspicions of his jealous bride as he investigates an assortment of blondes, brunettes, and redheads. In keeping with the theme of the movie title, tonight’s episode was shot at Time Zone, a clock repair shop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
THE PENINSULA OF HORROR presents DOUBLE DANGEROUS CHAT NIGHT
Saturday (01/28). 8:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as THE PENINSULA OF HORROR — the showcase for Florida’s finest horror hosts — presents DOUBLE DANGEROUS CHAT NIGHT! First up at 8 (ET) HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS will be hosting DELIGHTFULLY DANGEROUS (1945) starring fifteen-year-old Jane Powell as a young music school student who discovers that her big sister (Constance Moore) is a burlesque queen and not a celebrated Broadway star. Then stick around at 10:30 (ET) for the ultimate stoner movie REEFER MADNESS (1936). We guarantee the joint will be jumping tonight, so come on by for a smoking good time! As always, Professor Gillman will be broadcasting live from Lagoon House throughout the evening. A preshow for the Early Boids featuring Master Vyle’s new MiniSode HAPPY NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY will air at 7 (ET).
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight’s feature will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror’s Livestream channel — livestream.com/tpoh. Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of Horror. We will be doing the chat through Chattango — https://thepeninsulaofhorror.chatango.com/…. To see both the show and the chat, you need to have two windows open, one with the Peninsula and one with the chat.
BEWARE THEATER presents Herk Harvey’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
Sunday (01/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode and yet another monochromatic marvel from the Golden Age of Black & White. Tonight our hosts will be presenting Herk Harvey’s CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962). Shot on a budget of $33,000 and largely ignored at the time of its release, this film has since become a cult classic. Reminiscent in many ways of an elongated Twilight Zone episode, it relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create a mood of unease and foreboding. Candace Hilligoss stars as Mary Henry, a young lady who survives a car accident and becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. Director Harvey appears uncredited as the pale man who is stalking Mary. Tonight’s show will be followed at approximately 10:45 by an encore presentation of last Wednesday’s episode of SCREAMING SOUP (THE GREEN SLIME).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!
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TV MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Spook (1988)

TV MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Spook (1988)

When A Spook Isn’t Spooky

Director: David Anthony Hall; Stars: Tim Elston, Joanne Samuel, Daniel Hill, Amanda Hill; Rating: NR; Run Time: 87 min; Genre: Horror, Made for TV; Country: Australia; Language: English; Year: 1988
Spook is one of those films that just doesn’t work, but part of the problem lies with the fact that it was made in 1988 as a made-for-TV movie. Thus, right out of the gate, we know that there will be very little gore or monster shown, taking this movie from horror into family drama with a hint of thriller. Another problem is realism. In Spook, a well-to-do architect (Tim Elston), his wife (Joanne Samuel), and their two kids (Daniel Hill, Amanda Hill) rent a dilapidated shack for a vacation retreat.
The cabin – just like home
It seems unlikely that a wealthy family would be satisfied with a location more at home in Mother’s Day, but Dad convinces them it’ll be fine with some wood and nails. Here is another problem. Although Dad is a prestigious architect, he acts as if he is thoroughly used to the manual labor aspect.
A hammer and a few nails will fix up this place.
Okay, we will give him the benefit of the doubt, but we wonder why he insists on wearing khaki pants and button downs. Why is Mom in a skirt in the wilderness? Why are the kids in their jumpers? They’re roughing it!
Who doesn’t play golf in the Australian bush?
Back to the story. Apparently there is an Australian version of Sasquatch known as Yowie (in itself a hilariously funny name), that haunts the area of the Blue Mountains where they’re staying. Naturally this means they will come in contact with said monster – though viewers are tossed a red herring in the form of a degenerate local who likes to watch.
The red herring – pervert in overalls
Though both Elston (Neighbors) and Samuel (Mad Max) are accomplished actors, their talents seem misplaced and strangely out of sync with the story of the family terrorized by a Yowie. (Honestly, it’s hard taking the monster name seriously.) With a clunky story, subpar production, silly monster, corny music, and illogical choices, Spook makes for less of horror film and more of an irritant.
4/10 claws – Yowie!
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