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COMING SOON: The Mist (TV series) (2017)

In 1980, Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” was published for all to experience.
In 2007, Frank Darabont brought this chilling tale to the big screen in the movie of the same title.
In 2017, Spike TV will adapt the novella for audiences all across the US to enjoy in the safety of their own home.
The first trailer for Spike TV’s adaptation of “The Mist”, has been released, and again audiences will have to ask themselves... what is scarier, the things in the mist or that which is in ourselves? The show is set up to have ten episodes and carries the tagline:
FEAR. HUMAN. NATURE.
Brief Synopsis: Small town that is engulfed by a mysterious dense mist containing monsters.
The TV show will expand on the 2007 movie release and take place over multiple locations in town, including a church and a mall. With multiple settings comes multiple personality types, all having to work together or tear each other apart in the chaos of their quiet town.
When asked if the series will establish a link to the original King novella or the 2007 Darabont movie, show creator, Christian Thorpe, told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a weird cousin to the original material,” he says. “It has a constant ebb and flow communication with the novella. But who knows? Maybe some of the original characters will make a cameo at some point.”
Below are some of the actresses and actors that will bring this nightmare to the small screen:
  • Main character Eve Copeland is played by Alyssa Sutherland of Vikings.
  • Her husband and all around nice guy Kevin is Morgan Spector, better known for his role on Person of Interest.
  • Local sheriff Connor Heisel is brought to life by Mad Men’s Darren Pettie.
Be prepared... The Mist rolls in to your living room on Thursday, June 22, 2017, on SpikeTV.
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Happy Nightmares!
ZombieGurl

CROWDFUNDING PICK: Space Babes From Outer Space

I don't know about the rest of you, but I miss the old sex comedies of the 80s and 90s. You could argue that their time has come and gone, and a few months ago I probably would have agreed with you. However, the good folks over at Bandit Motion Pictures are trying their best to prove us all wrong with Space Babes From Outer Space.
It's time for Space Babes From Outer Space!
It's time for Space Babes From Outer Space
If you aren't familiar with Bandit Motion Pictures, it is a collaborative effort between Scott Schirmer, Brian K Williams, and Ellie Church. The group’s first films, Harvest Lake and Plank Face were disturbing and transgressive films. So if I had to guess what their next project would be, well I probably wouldn't have guessed a sex comedy. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. If I had any desire to complain, it would have vanished with the trailers.
Space Babes From Outer Space will be directed by Williams (Time to Kill), while Schirmer and Church are on board as producers. Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers) pulls double duty as the leader of the titular Space Babes, along with Alyss Winkler (Plank Face) and Allison Maier. Seriously, if you need a reason to see this beyond that line up, I can't help ya, friend.
The Space Babes From Outer Space crowdfunding ends soon!
And right now there is a super easy way to make sure you can watch Space Babes From Outer Space. Bandit Motion Pictures is in the midst, actually the closing stretch of an indiegogo. At the time of this writing, there is only a week to go. The perks are unbelievable, there is a limited double disc “stacked” edition, that will only be available to IGG supporters. After the IGG only the single disc version will be available, and it may not be available for long. Their first film Harvest Lake is already out of print. If you made the mistake of not nailing down a copy, don't repeat it. Believe me, you will kick yourself, because the best Space Babes can only be found in Outer Space.
There isn't much time left so hurry up. Space Babes From Outer Space is our crowd funding pick of the month.
Oh, and don’t forget to give the Facebook page a like.

COMING SOON: Red Eye (2017)

Premiere Date Set for Slasher film Red Eye from Deranged Minds Entertainment

One year after successfully raising two thousand dollars over their initial goal during a crowdfunding campaign, the deranged minds behind the upcoming slasher film Red Eye are ready to unleash the film! It will be making its world debut at the Gateway Film Center in Columbus, Ohio, on May 27, 2017, at 7PM where the cast and director will be in attendance with a very special Q&A after the show!
Deranged Minds Entertainment was founded in May 2015 by Tristan Clay and Scream Queen Destinie Orndoff. Their first short film (at a whopping seven minutes) entitled SIN made a big impression on the horror community when it came out in 2016.
In preparation for the big premiere, I had a chance to talk to the two deranged minds themselves. I asked them both how they felt Red Eye>/em> compares to the slashers we all know now.
Leading lady Destinie stated, "I feel like Red Eye stands against other modern slashers in the sense that it was made by true horror fans. We grew up on the genre; it was a far and beyond dream of ours to actually make a horror film. What you're going to get with Red Eye is way more than just a bloody good time, it's a piece of our dream, passion and undying love for something we've always wanted to do."
Tristan Clay, director/writer, stated " With Red Eye, as Destinie stated, it's a horror film made by horror fans for horror fans. We asked ourselves, what do WE want to see in a horror film that is not being done? That goes for the story, the characters, and even the brutal kills! We even have a kill within the film that's (to my knowledge) never been done before. It pushes boundaries that studio films would never get close to. Too many slasher films are playing it safe...we threw out the rules and horror formula and we start fresh.

FILM PLOT:

Red Eye is a legend Gage Barker use to be told as a kid. When he found out there was some truth behind this legend, he gathered a group of friends to hike in the backwoods of Black Creek, WV, to help him use this as the basis for his first film project. To what extent will they go to make this project a reality? Will their passion bleed through? Or cross the line?
Tickets are currently on sale at http://www.derangedmindsentertainment.com/ You can purchase STANDARD or DELUXE tickets to this event!
GATEWAY FILM CENTER
Gateway - University District, 1550 N High St, Columbus, OH 43201
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I cannot wait to see what these two have put together for us. Get your tickets now before you miss out. This is going to be a scream!
Happy Nightmares!
ZombieGurl

Mayhem Poster Promises a Bloody Good Time

Mayhem, the upcoming horror movie from director Joe Lynch, just released a bloody, amazing poster. Mayhem stars Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead) and Samara Weaving (Ash vs Evil Dead). This movie follows Steven, who stars as Derek Sanders, as he not only has to find a new job after being fired for the law firm he works at, but also has to fight off his newly infected, impulsive co-workers, after a virus has infected the office.
Joe Lynch has also directed such movies as Wrong Turn 2: Dead End, Knights of Badassdom, and Everly. Judging on his past films, Mayhem looks to be like another fun, yet horrifying adventure. Mayhem premiered at the SXSW Film Festival.
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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.
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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.

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 2

2017: The Year That Horror Video Games Came Back With a Bite, Part 2

In part 1 of my foray into 2017 horror video games, we looked at some amazing horror games that are coming out this year. There are even more amazing games coming out this year, so lets dive back into the world of horror and video games.
1.) Game: Outlast 2
Release Date: Q1 of 2017
Developer: Red Barrels Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, PC, and Mac

Outlast 2 is the sequel to the first terrifying game. In this sequel to one of the scariest games of all time, you play Blake Langermann, who along with his wife Lynn is investigating clues from the murder of a pregnant Jane Doe. These clues lead to them going deep in the Arizona desert, where darkness will overcome them and they uncover something so frightening, that it will lead everyone to the brink of insanity.
The game play in Outlast 2 is similar the first one in that it feels like you are in a found footage movie. Langermann's camera is his only ally as he and his wife travel in the desert, encountering things that you just might need more than a camera to protect yourself against. Will Outlast 2 be able to scare us more than the first one or was the first one just too good to live up to? Eager fans, like myself, can't wait to find out!
2.) Game: Days Gone
Release Date: December 16th, 2017
Developer: SIE Bend Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4

This Playstation exclusive game is a little different from the rest of the games on this list. It's not only a survival horror game, but it's also an action-adventure game. When I first saw the trailer for this game at E3 this year, I definitely got a Sons of Anarchy vibe, but then I saw them... Zombies!!! Not just a couple, or 10, no. A shit ton. This games looks like it's going to take the typical zombie game to a whole new level.
In this game you play as Deacon St. John, a former bounty hunter who doesn't want to be confined to being in the camps that were set up after a global pandemic happened. This global pandemic either killed people or turned them into zombies, which are known in this game as Freakers.
What's great about this game is that it not only combines action-adventure with the survival-horror genre, but it's also open world. This gives the player many opportunities to use the environment around them to kill Freakers, whether it's being stealthy or going all out with some buff weapons. If Sons of Anarchy and The Walking Dead had a baby, it would be this game, and I can't wait to explore the world of Days Gone!
3.) Game: Scorn
Release Date: TBA 2017
Developer: Ebb Software
Platforms: PC

In Scorn, you are welcomed to a world where it seems like you have landed in an H.R. Giger painting. There are no cut scenes in this game as well as no in-game prompts. This is to help make it seem like you are actually a part of this unsettling scenario, and it's not just a video game, but an experience. The developers have stated that you must use this terrifying environment around to navigate through the game and the story, and to take it slow so you don't miss anything important.
Along with a terrifying environment, there are of course, horrifying creatures in this world. Disfigured, and grotesque, these are creatures that I would never want to come across in the real world. Even the gun, that is shown being used by you (aka the main character in the story) looks terrifyingly awesome. Like a good true horror survival game, it appears that ammo will be limited, so even more reason to use the environment around you to get ahead in the game.
There isn't much known about the story of Scorn, except that it will be told in two parts, but even without major story details, this game is already drawing horror fans in. It looks to be an amazing and unique experience into a world I would only love to visit in my nightmares.

THIS JUST IN: Halloween

John Carpenter has finally brought to our attention that Halloween is officially moving forward and the idea for the new film came from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) and Danny McBride, who has appeared in comedies such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness, This is The End, and the TV series Eastbound and Down.
Last week, David and Danny, along with long time producer Jason Blum, met with Carpenter with a pitch so astounding that it even blew Carpenter away. He stated that these two understand the formula, that the film is in good hands, and he cant wait to release the film on October 18, 2018.
The only thing about the new movie that has been revealed at the present time is that the film will continue right after the events which took place on Halloween in 1978 after Dr. Loomis blew up himself and Michael Myers in the hospital. There is a solid decade between Halloween II and Halloween 4, which indicates that the film can go in any direction at this point. To a certain extent, it sounds like this new movie could possibly be the real Halloween 3.
Carpenter and his new team have promised to keep us updated on developments throughout the process. Hopefully we will have a better description on what the film is about and what we can expect by summer. All I know is that you can bet your ass that Michael Myers will return to stalk helpless victims in Haddonfield, Illinois once again.
Halloween has been scheduled to open theatrically on October, 18, 2018, which is one week shy of the 40th anniversary of the original (October 25, 1978) and 6 days after Michael's birthday (October 12, 1957).
Mark your calendars!

TWD: Thoughts on the Mid-Season Premiere

My biggest obsession returns to me next Sunday. The Walking Dead returns from their break for season 7's second half. This half will be about our team preparing for war with Negan and The Saviours and is rightly titled, "Rise Up". The first half of season 7 showcased our team broken. Negan's effect hit our leader (Rick Grimes) the hardest. It was a real struggle seeing Rick in such a position. He has been broken, quite a few times come to think about it, but never have we seen this type of defeat in his eyes. Or this amount of fear. I kept thinking he's being this submissive because he has a plan in action. He needed Negan to see him as a weakling that will hold your weapon as your plunder his village. The last episode of the first half of the season however taught me Rick was just playing by ear. He did not want to lose his family so he abided... until Aaron's beating (the straw that broke the camel's back) and the conviction Michonne's speech had. Then I figured out that Rick was frightened because he saw Negan had so many followers. He saw Negan’s pull and came to the realization that no matter how badass he (Rick) was, no matter who he had on his side, he and his team were nowhere near ready to take on The Saviours. Plans needed to be drawn out, rehearsed, thought through and through. Teaming up with others needed to be done. Weapons and ammo needed to be collected and made. The damaged ones (members) needed repair and needed to "Rise Up". They all need to adapt and overcome, so I'm thrilled that the second half is about them getting up, dusting off, and moving on. And I seriously am looking forward to finding out who the hell is in those boots?! Is that 'Leslie'? Dammit, they sure love to leave us hanging for flipping months! I bet there will be hundreds tune in just to find out who the hell that is!
I honestly do not believe we will have a big death (meaning one of the main characters) in the second half. It will be focused on the crew meeting other crews, proposing a merger (and that may takes a few meetings of begging, I'll come back to that), coming up with a plan of action, training, and rehearsing. I'm sure it will also focus on supplies, since they are extremely critical at this stage. Getting back to the begging. We know the stance of two of the other groups - *Oceanside and *The Kingdom - neither are interested! And we know the convection of two of our members, Carol and Morgan. It appears Morgan is more torn than Carol. Carol actually doesn't appear conflicted at all; Carol is simply done with it all. She did not like the person she became, and I personally would love to see her in a new light. Carol is my favorite character by far! She did rise up, and she certainly is a phoenix, but she took a wrong turn in Alexandria and it turned her into this numb killing machine that she was not happy with. I believe Sam had a big part in that! Carol has one hell of a mind, though, and can become our Queen when she gets through being in the dumps. And Morgan is slowly (like molasses in the winter) coming around. He's been through a lot. Morgan lost what Rick is afraid of losing. Morgan, like 98% of our crew, snapped. Then came around and did a 180 when he meet the cheesemaker. I am waiting to hear him say, “All life is precious, but some need to end”. I see glimpses of him taking in the fact that there is this giant grey side instead of black or white, and the Kingdom is a perfect place for both of them to comes to terms.
I sooooo look forward to Maggie stepping up and taking her position. I mentioned before about her being a phoenix (just like Carol) so "Rise Up" is very appropriate! I also look forward to Rick persuading Ezekiel to stand and fight Negan. Ezekiel's role in the Kingdom is unique, and I am looking forward to how he will approach telling his followers to take a stand and fight as well. Will the choir be singing on the battlefield? LOL Shiva alone could take out a slew of Saviours with the swat of one paw! OH I want to see that so bad, now! And will it be Tara busting out about the team of women she came across, or will someone else (Carl isn't in the house again) stumble upon the village and run back to tell Rick? Wouldn't it be completely badass if the ladies from Oceanside team up with our ladies at the Hilltop?! :O
Now I mention Eugene possibility doing intel while in the Sanctuary. Now with the title "Rise Up" I'm feeling that he will also find his courage once and for all and fill in his spot as a team member.
Rosita surely is thrilled to death that they will now stand. I am wondering if she will fall into another relationship or go solo for awhile. I want to see her solo, want to see her learn her worth!
And what about Tobin? Will he go to Carol once he finds out where she is? There are questions to be answered. Apparently Carol and Ezekiel did not hit it off; well, she did say she was a fan of chocolate not fruit and he brought that pomegranate. I'm thinking Carol teams up with Ezekiel but not in a romantic way, but yet it's still over between her and Tobin.
And for the love of all that is holy, please give Gabe more kill scenes! I was floored when he gave that Savior a blessing then shot him! Completely boondocks man! And completely badass!! DO IT AGAIN!!! And I love the fact that Father Gabriel freaked Negan out! GOOD!! We have that in our pocket, then!
This whole second half of the season promises to be awesome. Andrew Lincoln is quoted as saying, "I promise you, there is one beat in 16, I dropped my script and started punching the air and did a little jig" (16 meaning the last episode of this season).
We (DeadHeads) always have group chat while the show is on to vent with like minded people. You are going to be screaming at the television anyway you might as well join us. 🙂

COMING SOON (Fall): Cult of Chucky (2017)

Everyone's favorite killer Good Guy doll is heading back in front of cameras with a new Child's Play installment known as Cult of Chucky. Child's Play creator, Don Mancini, who wrote the original as well as wrote and directed Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky, is back and at it again with Cult of Chucky. The new film will bring back Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly and once again, Brad Dourif as the foul-mouthed voice of Chucky. The film started shooting in Canada at the beginning of the year with hopes to release it straight to DVD and On Demand just in time for Halloween.
The synopsis for Curse of Chucky is this.
Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic "tool" to facilitate his patients' group sessions - an all-too-familiar "Good Guy" doll with an innocently smiling face - a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child's Play, races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.
I, for one, am looking forward for a new Chucky movie and since the last one was a clever surprise, I am more than certain that this will be another enjoyable film in the Child's Play franchise.

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

2017: The Year That Horror Video Games Came Back With a Bite, Part 1

Horror is a genre that brings joy to many people – as is video gaming. Combine the two and you have a beautiful relationship that brings a mixture of happiness, excitement, and maybe even a little fear to countless fans. That said, there are some amazing horror video games coming out in 2017. Let's take a look at some of them.
1.) Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Release Date: January 24. 2017
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Resident Evil is a name that many horror fans and gamers alike know. For many of us, the first couple of Resident Evil games were our first forays into horror video games. Many were disappointed with the last Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, because it felt like a clunky, cheesy action movie instead of the survival horror game that we have all come to know and love. With Resident Evil 7, it looks like we are getting back to that horror atmosphere.
Resident Evil 7 takes place in Louisiana four years after what happened in RE6. You are playing as a new character to the series, Ethan Winters, who, while searching for his missing wife, comes upon a haunted plantation filled with psychotic individuals, and, of course, some haunting and frightening creatures. We are not sure how Ethan and the events in this game are connected to the other games in the series, but Capcom has said that they do tie together in some way.
2.) Game: Friday the 13th: The Game
Release Date: Early 2017
Developers: Gun Media, Illfonic
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

If there is one thing horror fans love, it’s a killer with a style that will make you fall in love with evil, such as Jason Voorhees, a mighty and ominous figure in the horror world, or as Jason Voorhees the man. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal, of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!
In this game, we are taken back to good ol’ Camp Crystal Lake, where you can play as a camp counselor or as the man himself, Jason Voorhees. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!
If you are a Friday the 13th fan, whether you grew up watching the movies or just recently took a liking to Mr. Voorhees, this game will give you the biggest smile on your face. The setting is straight from the early movies, in all its 80s glory, the kills are brutal and gory, and you finally get to play as Jason Voorhees. What more could you ask for? Just remember, counselors, it doesn't matter how fast you run because Jason will always walk faster than you!
3.) Game: Agony
Release Date: June 2017
Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC

Probably one of the least talked about games on this list, Agony, is looking to be a great and gruesome addition to the horror video game catalog. You play a tortured soul who is stuck deep in the depths of Hell looking for an escape. By interacting with other souls stuck in in Hell, you soon learn that the only way to escape is to meet the one and only mystical Red Goddess. You have abilities, such as controlling other demons, that will aid you on this journey to escape.
Agony has some of the most hauntingly beautiful scenery that I have seen in a long time. Morbid and gruesome images play throughout the trailer, exactly what you would expect Hell to look like. The demons are nightmare -inducing, even if some of them have some really nice boobs to look at. Agony looks like it's going to be an Indie gem that will garner a cult following.
Well, there you have it – part one of my ongoing series of 2017 video game releases. Keep an eye out because part two will be coming soon.

COMING SOON: We Happy Few

Well, this certainly looks like a game for me. I am a gamer indeed, but I am a selective gamer (as are many), and my favorite games are dreary. We Happy Few caught my attention because it favored BioShock A LOT! And a touch of Fallout which is my favorite!!! Ya know, Retro-Apocalyptic. Like the end of the world happened in the late 50s. The characters also remind me of Fallout quite a bit!
Shelter, We Happy Few
Here's the twist... It is a dystopia game; however, the characters take a pill called “Joy” that tricks them all into seeing a nice, gleeful village (rainbows, butterflies, and all that shit) and have the same big smile mask plastered to their face. They’re called “Wellers”. If you do not take your pill, then you are called a “Downer”, the Wellers can catch on, and they will kill you. So you have to convince them that you are a Weller (big grins and giggles). As you go through the game, you will learn the history of the town and the destruction of it in World War II in 1933.
You play a Downer, and there are 3 Downers total. All of the Downers stories cross, and you unlock the other Downers when you play. All the Downers, like all the Wellers, have done something horrible in the past. The Downers are reminded of their horrible deed all the time because they do not take Joy (which the Wellers created to forget it all).
Wellette, We Happy Few
We Happy Few does have a KickStarter program, most of their goals have been met, with two remaining (English weather (YAY!) and Wellie-mode (where you get to play as a Weller)).
The graphics are phenomenal. The art and detailing are on point. The story line is certainly fresh! This will soon be my new obsession. 😉
Patty-Cake - We Happy Few
This lovely game, of course, will be available for all gaming systems and computer operating systems.
Just check out these trailers for the game. I'm so in love!!!

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – JAN 2017: Jonathan Patrick Hughes

We start 2017 with one of our own - Jonathan Patrick Hughes.
If the title was not a big enough hint, it is a Christmas horror. Which we certainly do not have enough of 🙂
Here is our interview:
House of Tortured Souls: How long have you been a horror fan?
Jonathan Patrick Hughes: I have been a fan since I was quite young. I guess you can say that my mother got me involved starting with Friday The 13th Part 2 and from then on, my love for horror just escalated as time moved forward.
HoTS: What led to you deciding to write and direct a scary movie?
JPH: When I was 4 years old, my mother brought home with her a VHS copy of Michael Jackson's Thriller. I watched that thing 1,000 times and after seeing how the short film was made, I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do. Back then, it was very rare that an audience got to see a making of something and at the age of 4 no one knows what they want to be when they grow up. I was different, bc I knew that was exactly what I wanted to do when I grew up.
HoTS: How long have you worked on (S)Aint Nick?
JPH: The idea popped in my head 3 years ago. We just got done shooting my very first horror short film, APARTMENT 1109 and when it was time to wrap up everything I just wanted to keep going. I was so excited to say that I made my first film and within a week later, the idea for (S)AINT NICK was born. I started writing the script while I was still in film school and once I graduated in January of 2015, I put all my focus on preparing what was going to be my first film after film school. Pre production ran about 7 months, we shot the film last December through the beginning of January and then spent about 7 months on post production.
HoTS: What inspired you to do this particular movie?
JPH: Being a fan of all types of Horror films, I was always a fan of holiday-themed horror films. Halloween, My Bloody Valentine, Silent Night, Deadly Night, and Trick 'r Treat just to name a few. Christmas horror seems to be my favorite type of holiday-themed horror films. It's the time of giving and spending time with the family in front of a fully lit tree, dinners, and just smiles all around. Everyone is just so perky around that time of year. So, I wanted to crash that party with a very bleak, disturbing tale of sadness and discomfort, making an audience feel like they desperately need to rush home and take a shower after what they just witnessed. To make a long story short, my biggest influence upon making this film was ROB ZOMBIE. If anybody knows the kind of films he makes and loves them as well as his style of filmmaking and storytelling, then they should also find themselves loving (S)AINT NICK as well.
HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
JPH: MICHAEL MYERS is my ultimate idol. John Carpenter's Halloween is my all time favorite film and has been for over 25 years. I've seen the film way over 300 times and every time I view the film, I always get excited as if it's the very first time I'm viewing it.
HoTS: Coke or Pepsi?
JPH: If I had to choose, I'd say Pepsi. I would much rather enjoy a half gallon of iced tea, though.
HoTS: Are you working on any more movies or have plans for others?
JPH: We are in the very early stages of writing my debut feature. I have asked Braden Bixler to come on board as my co-writer. Braden was responsible for the sound and score on (S)AINT NICK. The only thing that I will say at this giving time is imagine if John Hughes (Weird Science, Sixteen Candles, and Uncle Buck) was alive today and decided to make a slasher film, taking it back to the old school days. That is the current project we are working on. I have also developed an Easter horror short film, as well, but we will see if that takes off sometime in the future.
HoTS: Where can fans view/purchase (S)Aint Nick?
JPH: (S)AINT NICK has just been picked up by Body Bag Films. Tony Newton is the producer of an anthology titled The 12 Slays of Christmas and (S)AINT NICK will be one of the tales told in the anthology. No official release date as of yet, but I am told that the film will be available On Demand as well as DVD. As soon as I find out all the goodies, I will gladly inform everyone. Click here to check them out on IMDb.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page or twitter acct where we can keep up with the latest?
JPH: I just use Facebook. It's user friendly and everybody seems to have one. I have a Twitter, I just don't use it.
HoTS: What are some of your other hobbies?
JPH: Hobbies include spending time with my son, Liam, who is 5 years old, and trying to be a better father as well as a better coach. Other hobbies include writing, directing, creating, watching movies - old and new, listening to music, and setting up future goals for myself. You only live once, go big or go home, but always have fun!!!
We are looking forward to more of his work.

COMING SOON: 10/31/16 (2017)

By John Roisland
Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2),two time Grammy winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence.
A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow
brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood franchise.

Story line:
A video tape given to a group of teens by a sinister trick or treater turns Halloween night into a living nightmare.
The film stars Jordan Phipps, Greg Fallon, Samantha Anderson, Taylor Aulbach, Darius White, Micah Patterson, Kirby Gocke, Star McCann, and Alivea Lafavor.
So when can we expect too see the finished project? Good question! 10/31/16 is set to be released around August 2017.
When Rocky and I first met, i knew he was the drummer for Evanescence, I also knew he was a huge horror fan, it was because that, that i pursued Rocky to join the staff of House of Tortured Souls. And what an addition he has been, graphics for the website, logo images, and last but by no means least - the opening and closing music for our podcast House of Tortured Souls Live. All of which we have had many compliments over, and we thank you, Rocky!!
I was in awe of the work Rocky had been doing with scores and soundtracks, but when he first mentioned to me about him making his own film, the upcoming 10/31/16, I’m pretty sure my reply text to him was, “FUUUCK YEA!!!!! Keep me posted. I’d be honored to support and help you out any way I can!”
When Rocky told me he had sent me the trailer and press release for 10/31/16, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get home and check it out ! As most of you know, I am a huge fan of horror anthologies, so when Rocky mentioned that's what his film was, I was super stoked!
Be sure to check out 10/31/16 online:
Keep your eyes on 10/31/16 and on Houseoftorturedsouls.com for updates on the film and keep your ears open to House of Tortured Souls Live for the podcast with Rocky Gray.
A horror fan living the dream, give 'em hell, Rocky!
Keep It Evil...

THIS JUST IN: Insidious: Chapter 4 Is On Its Way

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes
In 2010, writer Leigh Whannell and Director James Wan made an independent film entitled, Insidious which, to me, felt more like a modern day Poltergeist with pulse-pounding moments and a clever way to take a audience on a trip into the further. Since then, the franchise has exploded giving the audience a true scarathon. James Wan directed the first two films as well as The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 and left the writer, Leigh Whannell in charge of directing the 3rd film in the franchise.
With 2017 just around the corner, a new chapter is gonna take us even further into the further. Once again, Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay and the director of The Taking of Deborah Logan, Adam Robitel is sitting in the director's chair ready to give us a continuation that is going to take on levels that we have yet to experience.
“It takes place right after the end of Insidious: Chapter 3, when she walks off with Specs and Tucker and they’re starting their company, Spectral Sightings, and they are now living at her home. They’re like her two sons, her two bad sons.
“So it starts out in a very jovial, happy place and then goes downhill from there,” she adds. “And downhill meaning uphill, though. It’s a fantastic story and it took me back into what made Elise who she is. You meet my family, my mother, my father—we go back to my hometown, which is in New Mexico. And so that’s where this takes place and her quest to find the bad guy that’s been haunting her. It’s a really wonderful story. I think the fans will really, really enjoy it. And it’s scary on levels they’re not going to expect.”
As a fan of the franchise, I, for one, am excited to see where this will take us. I have yet to be disappointed with any of the films and I welcome a fourth chapter of Insidious. 2017 is shaping up to be a solid year for horror films.

COMING SOON: Rainy Season (2017)

By Woofer McWooferson
Back in October, I became aware of an exciting new short horror film based on the short story Rainy Season by Stephen King. As a fan of the short story, I eagerly clicked to view the trailer and was pleased with what I saw. Unfortunately, I was unable to get on the story right away, and for this I apologize to everyone associated with the production. The delay, however, did afford me the opportunity to read the story a few more times and truly whet my appetite for Director Vanessa Ionta Wright’s adaptation of Rainy Season.
Wright, who also adapted the story for the screen, certainly seems in tune with King’s tale. As a story, Rainy Season combines the compelling characters and descriptions of King with the hard twist of Shirley Jackson’s "The Lottery". It teems with atmosphere and presents us with fully developed characters - people - who find themselves facing a distinctly unnatural, maybe even supernatural, experience. King, as always, keeps the characters realistic – no saints or demons, just real folk with real flaws – even as they face- Well, even as they face what they face. Wright’s pick is risky, but the payoff will be worth it.
Director Wright with producers S. Wyatt and K. Peterson
From the press release:
The film was shot in August in and around Senoia. The film stars Brian Ashton Smith (Joyful Noise, Nashville (TV), Army Wives (TV) Anne-Marie Kennedy (Son of Clowns) Kermit Rolison (Swamp Murders, Osiris) and Jan Mary Nelson (The Penny, Drop Dead Diva (TV).
The story follows a young couple who travel to the town of Willow, ME during the summer of 1976. After warnings from town locals to leave, they stay and learn the horrific price the town must pay for prosperity. The Rainy Season has come back to Willow and when it rains...they pour.
On the red carpet
From what I saw in the trailer, Rainy Season looks to be a faithful adaptation and one that will please fans of the story - and combined with the excellent technical aspects – lighting, sound, cinematography, etc... - Rainy Season promises to be a great short. I only wish I could see more!
Check out the trailer for yourself:

And look at how much fun they had making this!

Although the film is in post-production, you can still contribute at their GoFundme page. You can also buy tickets to the Atlanta premiere here.
Don't forget to check out the official website.
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Tell us what you think. Are you ready for the Rainy Season?

The Walking Dead, Season 6 Recap

By Tammie Parker

With The Walking Dead season 7 around the corner, I thought I could help refresh your memory of what all went down in season 6.

This was a HUGE season!!! So many favorable moments:

  • Glenn is ALIVE!
  • Maggie's pregnant. Who can think of pancakes at a time like this?!
  • Carol kicking the Wolves asses while not burning that casserole was jaw-dropping!! I bet Morgan shat his pants when Carol pulled down that handkerchief to show him who she was. I mean we know he had an inkling that she was something other than what she portrayed to be, but he was in for a HUGE surprise!!!
  • Rick and Michonne are finally a couple!!! This one I have said made sense for a long time now, Michonne has one hell of a head on her shoulders, and is quite logical. Carl has a strong bond with her already, and had accepted her as family a long time ago. If you think back, Carl is the one that told Rick she belonged with them.
  • Rick flew into Beast-Mode again when Carl is shot, and the crew comes together in this amazing badass scene of them taking down this horde of about 400 Walkers!!! The way they shot that part, going back and forth between each member, and the camera angle was ingenious!!!
  • We met a goat and a cheese-maker (bonus points if you know how Twisty fits in!) and we were all reminded of the importance of kindness, and how much we lack of it is in this new world.
  • Eugene found his balls; they were on Dwight the whole time.
  • Gabriel found his balls – while remaining a pastor, so he will say a final prayer for you as he puts you down!That's just a new kind of badass in my book! Norman should teach him how to say it in Irish!!!
  • The introduction of Jesus had me glued to the screen!!! ~the chance ~the ninja skills ~the discovery of another settlement!
  • Daryl taking out a whole group of bikers in one shot, that brought back fond memories of him sticking a grenade down the barrel of the Governor's tank. Fun times!

 

So many AW SHIT moments!

  • The rock quarry.
  • Alexandria under attack (first the Wolves, then the Walkers).
  • Maggie dangling from the scaffolding.
  • This damn red-head chic holding Carol and Maggie hostage!
  • Carol's break-down.
  • Carol leaving!
  • Denise.
  • Deanna.
  • The Mayor of The Hilltop propositioning Maggie.
  • Morgan fighting Carol.
  • Morgan misguided ideas.
  • Glenn's first kill.
  • The cat and mouse game.
  • The Dwight and Daryl romance.
  • Carl got shot after he left another house.
  • Abe's dumb ass dumped Rosita to be with Sasha. (Yes, Sasha is one hell of a shot, but leaving someone to be with someone else is never a good idea,)
  • The Tinman Walker.
  • NEGAN.

 

A lot of new faces--We met Heath in season 6, he was struggling to see Rick as the good guy/the answer.

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Jesus, and in the show you're still hanging as to why he is called that. Is it his looks? Or his need to be a savior?

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A whole new gang at The Hilltop.

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Eastman, he may be horrible at making cheese, but he had such a huge heart, and was such a wise man.

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Tabitha, OH I loved having her on the show! She brought liveliness back to the show! I wanted Maggie to meet her.

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And we were introduced to The Saviors in Season 6 and their obnoxious habit of whistling.

- The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC
- The Walking Dead _ Season 6, Episode 16 - Photo Credit: Gene Page/AMC

We also caught a few glimpses of some strange armored men, I am so looking forward to Morgan and Carol's next chapter.

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And with season 7's promos, I am happy to see that we will be meeting Ezekiel and his kitten.

Now we were left with many of our loved characters kneeling in front of Negan, and one being Lucilled.

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I did not/ will not put much thought into WHO was bludgeoned to death. I am concerned about Maggie. Is she in the middle of a miscarriage? If not, what's happening? And to have to be kneeling while you are in so much apparent pain! And if she wasn't already having a miscarriage, it would take a miracle for her not to have one through this. Also, remember, Tara is off with a group (Heath included) and has no idea that Denise is dead or that the gang is being beaten to death by a baseball bat wrapped in barbed wire!

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Y'all be on the lookout for my thoughts and feels for the premiere!

COMING SOON: Young Frankenstein on the big screen!

By Dixielord

In 1974 Young Frankenstein had horror fans singing “Putting on the Ritz”, and now Fathom Events is putting it back on the big screen. Yep for one, and only one special night, the Mel Brooks comedy classic will be back in theaters. On October 5th, 2016, for one night only Young Frankenstein will be back in theaters. The movie will screen on 500 screens nation wide, and there will be a live presentation before the film with director Mel Brooks.

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Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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It's perfectly timed for fans of the film with Halloween just around the corner. Sadly Gene Wilder, star of Young Frankenstein and other Brooks classics, recently passed away from Alzheimer’s. Fans might be concerned about the timing, but director Brooks assured fans that this was not a move to cash in on Wilder's death. In fact, this had apparently been planned for some time before the star’s death, so there is no fear of disrespecting the memory of Wilder. Go out, enjoy it, and celebrate his life.

Now for you people who have never heard of Young Frankenstein, and I accept the possibility there might be some people who haven't, here's the down low. Young Frankenstein is a comedy based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic Frankenstein story. But calling it a comedy seems such an understatement. It's one of the funniest films by one of America’s funniest directors. Now full disclosure: Blazing Saddles (which also stars Wilder) is my favorite Mel Brooks film. Young Frankenstein is a close second.

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Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Ready for a roll in ze hay

The plot involves the infamous Dr. Frankenstein's heir, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, returning to his father's castle. There, in classic horror movie style, he discovers the mad doctor's journals At first reluctant, he eventually falls to the hubris that doomed Dr. Frankenstein and creates his own monster. Cue the pissed off villagers! Lust, mayhem, and even a song and dance soon ensue, along with much laughter from the audience.

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Terri Garr in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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What is it that makes Young Frankenstein so popular with horror fans? It's not so much a horror comedy, in my opinion, as a comedic spoof. Yet as hilarious as it is, as irreverent as it is, it never seems disrespectful toward the source material. It's not like it is making fun of the horror genre or it's fans. It's like we're all sitting around, laughing together. With all it's absurdities, the characters are loveable, flawed, and sympathetic - just like the characters in the original Universal classic.

Besides the comedic genius of Gene Wilder, the Young Frankenstein cast includes Teri Garr, Madelyn Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Gene Hackman, and Peter Boyle as the Creature. If you haven't seen Young Frankenstein, what are you waiting for? October 5th, that's what. Young Frankenstein is available now on DVD, and the usual outlets, but if you have waited this long why not experience it on the big screen? Check the Fathom Events website to see if it's playing near you. I'll be there, and I hope to see you there too!

Bill Moseley Joins Crepitus

By Dixielord

Crepitus poster photo credit Crepitus
Crepitus poster
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Well it looks like Sid Haig isn't the only reject that can slap on the clown make up. It looks like his co-star from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects, Bill Moseley has joined the cast of Crepitus, as the titular killer clown himself. Crepitus is the latest killer clown movie to surface, following Eli Roth's Clown and the remake of Stephen King's It.

The plot of Crepitus revolves around 17 year old Elizabeth and her brother Julien. Their mother is an abusive alcoholic. Things go from bad to worse after the family moves into the home of their deceased grandfather. They they learn the dark secrets of their family's history and come face to face with an ancient force, the cannibalistic clown Crepitus.

Creepitus Indiegogo photo of Bill Moseley, photo credit Creepitus Indiegogo
Creepitus Indiegogo photo of Bill Moseley
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The Indiegogo page for Crepitus describes him as an ancient demon who subsists by feeding on children. Devouring children allows him to remain immortal, and he dresses as a clown to lure children in. The description sounds very similar to the demon in Clown, although the story looks to be different. Now with the addition of Moseley to the cast, they have some star power. And Bill Moseley is definitely someone who can play a demonic clown.

The name Crepitus is real word with two different real world meanings, both of which are cleverly played off in the film. In medical terminology, crepitus is the popping and crackling sound made by joints and bones for various reasons. In the crowd sourcing comments, it is mentioned that Crepitus' (the character) bones pop and creak with every movement.

The other meaning of Crepitus refers to a being, an ancient Roman deity. Crepitus in the film will be a ancient force playing on this meaning if the word. However, this deity doesn't have the same regal standing as Apollo, Venus, or Vulcan. Reportedly, Crepitus was the Roman god of flatulence. That's farts for those not familiar with the terminology. Which could be a totally different explanation for why he pops when he moves... yeah. It's thought Crepitus wasn't actually a being worshiped but was possibly a product of Christian satire. So blame Christianity for the first fart jokes.

I love Bill, but hopefully he's not passing gas in the film. What the hey, I'll see it anyway. Clowns are creepy, clowns can be terrifying, and it seems they are all over the news right now - from Eli Roth's Clown to It to sightings of creepy clowns around the country. I don't think we have hit the saturation point yet, and this film could ride high on the clown craze.

Crepitus, directed by Haynze Whitmore, also stars Lance Paul, Raiden Moore, and Caitlin Williams. If you want to support the film, you can do it here. Crepitus is set for a 2017 release.

COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

By Dixielord

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMING SOON: Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

The Tall Man Is Coming
Just in Time for Halloween

Phantasm: Ravager

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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

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Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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