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Introduction: MY Spotlight Independent

Introduction: MY Spotlight Independent

Greetings, Souls! Woofer here to report on MY Spotlight Independent, a division of  MY Production, our newest advertiser. If you’re an Indie filmmaker, you’ll definitely want to keep reading.

Who or What is MY Production / MY Spotlight Independent

MY Production is a UK-based company whose MY Spotlight Independent division distributes video content, including feature films, series, short films, documentaries, and promotional videos, on Amazon Prime SVOD and TVOD in both the United Kingdom and United States at zero cost to the content owner. Unlike many distribution companies, MY Production pays the content owners before themselves. Furthermore, MY Production offers competitive production and post-production services, such as writing, directing, producing, editing, composing, transcoding, subtitling, audio post, quality control, digital technical servicing (for any requirements that your broadcasters may require), and DVD and Blu-ray authoring. Phew! That’s a lot in one place.

MY Spotlight Independent – Distribution

Created by filmmaker, editor, and technical servicing specialist, Mumtaz Yildirimlar, MY Spotlight Independent aims to assist filmmakers in getting their work out for the world to see. Mr. Yildirmlar has helmed over seven feature films from start to finish, arranging screenings, premieres, sales, distribution, and the technical delivery of those films globally.

MY Spotlight Independent provides a platform for both individuals and companies of all shapes and sizes.

MY Spotlight Independent even guarantees the release of content on Amazon Prime SVOD and TVOD service in the UK and US with the customer paying nothing! MY Spotlight Independent handles the marketing and post-production costs in-house, including closed caption creation, quality control, artwork, transcoding, metadata, packaging to Amazon’s specifications, administration, reporting, and taxes (UK and US). Best of all, MY Spotlight Independent offers agreements that will not encumber the client for years and can be canceled at any time, giving the client the freedom and flexibility to sell content to other buyers.

My Spotlight Independent’s Partners and Sponsors

Here’s a partial list of My Spotlight Independent’s partners and sponsors.

MY Production Team

Mumtaz Yildirimlar, CEO, MY Spotlight IndependentMumtaz (aka Taz) is an experienced film-maker and technical servicing specialist. With a reference of working for Warner Brothers and Deluxe Media for over 13 years, Taz has enhanced his expertise in the film business. In addition, Taz is an advanced editor and composer. He is experienced in production/post, digital technical servicing and distribution. Being a film-maker and editor himself, has enabled him to fully understand the demands and complications of making and delivering a film from start to finish. He will work at any time of the day or night to ensure a deadline is met where physically possible.
Shen Yildirimlar, Director, MY Spotlight IndependentShen is involved in all areas of the business. Her 18 year strong corporate world experience has equipped her with the skills and foundations necessary to run and grow a business. Shen helps with our administration, acquisitions, marketing and communications processes. Shen is a warm, friendly and very passionate person, with a keen eye for talent, who will go out of her way to help our people grow.
Sefika Tulin, Reporting & Finance, MY Spotlight IndependentSefika Tulin is an experienced accountant with over 35 years experience in account management, royalty reporting and payroll. Sefika is responsible for generating all the royalty reports and making payments to our partners under the MY Spotlight Independent division.

MY Spotlight Independent Is Hunting for Content

Do you have a film in need of a distributor? Then MY Spotlight Independent is looking for you.

MY Spotlight Independent Contact Information

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The last three days have been a whirlwind of screening delight at the second Sydney Monster Fest . From 7 pm on Friday, 9 March 2018, night until 11 pm on Sunday, 11 March 2018, Monster Fest screened a total of twelve films, and of those twelve, two were short films.

Unfortunately, there were two films I could not attend due to time restraints. These were Stefan Ruzowitzky’s Cold Hell (a German thriller about a woman in hiding following witnessing a murder) and Luke Shanahan’s Rabbit (noted as a strong, well driven Australian thriller surrounding the disappearance of a girl’s sister). Next year I shall be clearing my schedule to attend all of the screenings available as both, I felt, offered so many possibilities as a film fan, and I did want to see them.

Monster Fest 2018 - Living Space Q&A 01

Steven Spiel’s Living Space Q&A, 1 of 3

At Monster Fest, Australia served up some more homegrown horror with the two shorts Edward and Melissa LyonsAlfred J Hemlock (an impressive revamping of the better the devil you know style dealings with a hilariously lovable comedic twist- that kick-started the festival ahead of the opening screening) and Ren Thackham’s and Fliss Keep’s Tightly Ground ( a boring and rather overindulgent hipster attempt at satire with a bit of murder thrown in). As well as the films like Steven Spiel’s superb Living Space (an awesome time looping thriller featuring some pure moments of amazement – including a human swastika!), Daniel Armstrong’s Tarnation (which despite an impressively campy premise was ultimately an abysmal film featuring a group of annoyingly bad actors facing perils of obscure concepts – penis bugs, demonic unicorns and zombie kangaroos all sound great but if executed poorly are not as fun as hoped), and the standout Mystery Movie that ended the festival Chris Sun’s desperately anticipated BOAR.

Monster Fest 2018 - Living Space Q&A 02

Steven Spiel’s Living Space Q&A, 2 of 3

Monster Fest 2018 - Living Space Q&A 03

Steven Spiel’s Living Space Q&A, 3 of 3

BOAR is a beast of a film all of its own which features a huge quality bag full of lovable Australian larrikin humor, great creature effects and a cast of likable and deliberately unlikeable characters. Switching from the douchebag boyfriend Robert (played so well by Hugh Sheridan), to the hulking gentle giant uncle Bernie (played adorably by Nathan Jones) and even familiar faces such as John Jarratt, Bill Moseley, and even Steve Bisley, Sun has his star-studded cast guide this film superbly through the sentimental, the comedic and the terrifying!

From the USA, Monster Fest secured screenings of Johannes Roberts’ The Strangers 2: Prey at Night (which for me knocks the original out of the picture through its musically rich murderous antics and opened the festival with a bang alongside Alfred J Hemlock), the 1987 classic Fred Dekker film The Monster Squad (I had never seen this and am a huge lover of it now!!!!) , and  their 4K restoration screening of the classic George. A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead (crisper clear quality without losing the original film’s awesomeness).

Canada served up Adam MacDonald’s Pyewacket, an impressive occult themed film about the suffering that follows a loss. It starred The Walking Dead’s Laurie Holden and Vancouver actress Nicole Munoz (both dove deep to create likable and unlikeable aspects to their tortured characters).

Lastly, from Turkey came the Can Evrenol film Housewife, an inexplainable romp into the insanity that it displays thoroughly throughout. With dream realms, surreal ongoing and a beginning classic to any horror film, you will not be let down by this film. Brilliant!!

All in all, Monster Fest was a thoroughly amazing viewing experience and I cannot wait for any further screenings throughout the year or events like this one. I will be there!

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #2 – B[e] Positive

Happy second PSA of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is pround to present the second entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Los Angeles writer/director Joe Magna.

Oh, and before we continue, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the amazing second Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

B[e] Positive

By Joe Magna


Joe Magna is a Los Angeles-based Writer & Director, specializing in surreal fantasy and candy-coated nightmares.
Joe’s creative work spans through Television, Film and Theme Park development.
In addition to recently writing and directing the short film “B[e] Positive” for the Twisted Twins’ WIH Massive Blood Drive, Joe Magna will be releasing two additional short films that he wrote and directed, coming soon in 2018.
Joe Magna is currently working in creative development on several Theme Park attractions overseas.


I celebrate Women in horror month every month. Without the wonderful women of the horror genre, we would have no Frankenstein [thank you Mary Shelley]. We would have no Creature from the Black Lagoon [thank you Milicent Patrick]. And we would cease to exist.

I think these days more than ever, we need to remind ourselves that each of us emerged bloody and crying from the womb of a brave and strong woman.

It is my pleasure to be a part of this collection of short films that celebrates the wonderful women of Horror.


Blood is life. It’s in all of us. For most of us, it flows in abundance.
But there are those out there less fortunate.
Donating blood means donating life. Now more than ever, we need to band together to help our brothers and sisters in need.
Not all of us can donate financially. But nearly all of us can donate the fluid of life to help someone else live theirs.
It’s truly in you to give . Thank you for donating blood. Thank you for being a true hero.


Writer, Director, Editor: Joe Magna
Cinematography, Music, Sound Design: Richard Trejo
Production Design: Alex Napiwocki

Jill Evyn
Stephanie Gail Williams
Christina Westbrook
and Noel Jason Scott as Harvey Winesnob

Check out the first PSA:

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American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)

American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice (2017)

SacrificeIn American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, we see the fourth film in the American Guinea Pig series from Unearthed Films. Produced by Domiziano Cristopharo and directed by Poison Rouge, we are introduced to Daniel (Roberto Scorza) a very psychologically scarred individual who has returned to his childhood home. As the film progresses, we are introduced to harsh self-mutilations and torture, which Daniel inflicts upon himself. Deeply disturbed, we see that Daniel has multiple scars from past woundings that he has given himself. Further, we find out that this latest instance is Daniel’s attempt at a sort of self-enlightenment with the hope being that his sacrifice will bring the goddess Ishtar to guide him.

To say that Sacrifice is unsettling would be an understatement, but its disturbing nature will keep you completely engrossed until the film’s ending. Going into the bathroom in his childhood home, Daniel unpacks Sacrificea couple of white candles and a number of metal implements, which is my only complaint in that we don’t get to see him use all of them. For an American Guinea Pig film, I must say that Daniel’s self-mutilation starts off rather tame with some deep slashes across his wrist that he ties off with a cable tie. After this, things get a whole lot darker and a whole lot more brutal. Daniel’s next implement is a razor blade that he uses to carve a marking into his forehead. From there, he takes out a power drill, first testing it upon his inner thigh and then using it upon his forehead where he had carved the marking. With this scene, we even get to hear as the drill crunches through his skull some.Sacrifice

I can’t really do the film justice telling the plot because there are so many psychological factors going on and even a stream of consciousness from Daniel during everything. Daniel goes from wanting to perform this big sacrifice for Ishtar as the book states to the revelation that he has made a big mistake. Near the end of the film was the particularly toe-curling moment for me when Daniel sounds himself (usually involves slipping a very thin piece of wire into one’s urethra to create pleasure) with a Phillips head screwdriver. The film is unabashed in its no-holds-barred approach to showing everything. Nothing in this film is ever implied or mentioned in speaking; it is shown in all of its intense brutality.

SacrificeOverall, I rather enjoyed Sacrifice and think that Poison Rouge has made an incredible film with numerous psychological and emotional levels. I highly recommend Sacrifice to anyone who is into gory flicks involving lots of torture and some rather dark moments deep inside the psyche of a man who is heavily disturbed.

There is still no word from Unearthed Films as to when it will be released, but I will make sure to keep all informed as I learn more!



In a couple of days, the MONSTERFEST Travelling Sideshow will hit Sydney Australia, beginning the Australian run of early year premieres and film screenings with Q & A sessions.

This year’s screening list varies from new to old, funny to horrifying and even local to foreign horror.

The MONSTERFEST Travelling Sideshow is held at the Event Cinemas, 505- 525 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

The screenings will occur over three days beginning in the evening on Friday, the 9th of March, and finishing with the final screening at 9:30 pm on Sunday, the 11th of March.

The screening list is as follows:


7:00 pm — The Strangers Prey At Night

MonsterFest - The Strangers: Prey at NightThis is the Australian premiere of the American film The Strangers Prey At Night and it will screen hours before the official international release of the film. Before the film screens, patrons will also get the chance to view the Australian horror comedy short Alfred J Hemlock.

930 pm — Pyewacket

MonsterFest - PyewacketThis is the Sydney Premiere of the Canadian horror thriller occult independent film Pyewacket , featuring former The Walking Dead star Laurie Holden.


2:30 pm — The Monster Squad

MonsterFest - The Monster SquadThis will be a screening event of the classic 1987 family-friendly action horror comedy film The Monster Squad.

4:30 pm — Night of The Living Dead (4K Restoration)

MonsterFest - Night of the Living DeadThis is the World Premiere of this 1968 George.A.Romero zombie classic since it has had a 4K restoration and will be crisply screened for MONSTERFEST patrons.

7:00 pm — Living Space

MONSTERFEST proudly presents not only the World premiere of the Australian independent horror film Living Space but also MONSTERFEST will be hosting a Q & A session at the event with writer/director Steven Spiel, producer Natalie Forward, Cinematographer Branco Grabovac and stars Emma Leonard, Georgia Chara, and Leigh Scully.

9:30 pm — Rabbit

Vendetta films presents the Sydney Premiere of Rabbit, an independent Australian horror film and will be including a Q & A session with writer/ director Luke Shanahan and producer David Ngo.


2:15 pm –Tarnation

MonsterFest - TarnationAnother Australian film’s Sydney Premiere, Tarnation, is presented by Monster Pictures and features a crossbow-wielding paraplegic, possessed cultists, penis bugs, a demonic unicorn, and a zombie kangaroo. This screening will also be shown with a short 7-minute film called Tightly Ground which will also be making its Sydney debut.

4:30 pm — Housewife

This fresh slice of Turkish horror called Housewife is set to get Australian horror friends talking with it joining the MONSTERFEST line up for its Sydney premiere.

7:00 pm — Cold Hell

Also stepping onto the line up will be the Sydney premiere of the German horror film Cold Hell.

9:15 pm — ???????Mystery Screening???????

This screening is a mystery to all who attend and will not be announced until just before the film hits the screen at its Sydney premiere. All patrons know is that it is an Australian creature feature and will have an amazing bevy of local talent within it.

Speculation is that it will be Chris Sun’s Boar finally making its way to Sydney (only having screened once at its world premiere in Melbourne at MONSTERFEST’s Opening Night Gala in November). Fans are very hopeful…and so am I!

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Horror and the Oscars

Horror and the Oscars

Horror and the Oscars?

The history of genre cinema (horror, fantasy, science fiction) and the Oscars have been a spotty one at best. For example, in 1931 Fredric March took home the golden statue for his masterful duel role in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (and my personal favorite adaptation). It wouldn’t be until Anthony Hopkins portrayed the cannibal Hannibal in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs that another actor would win for a horror movie in that category. The Oscars have always looked down on genre films, most specifically horror and science fiction, with most of the awards going to dramas or indie darlings. However, it seems of late that maybe this is a trend that is slowly changing and voting members are finally taking the horror genre seriously. It’s not totally unheard of for the genre to get some love though. On the technical side, films like for example Alien and Aliens won both Oscars for visual effects. The Fly, An American Werewolf in London, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and won Best Makeup (just to name a few). In addition, Sleepy Hollow won for Best Art Direction, and Ruth Gordon and Kathy Bates won Best Actress awards.

Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Get Out

he Shape of Water poster

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water

However, when you realize The Exorcist never won Best Picture but did win for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Get Out the psychological satire horror film kicked down some doors not only in its frank and sobering commentary on race relations but proves that a genre film can be smart, meaningful, and scary as hell. The 90th Oscars were very genre forward in many ways. Guillermo Del Toro mentioned The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Julie Adams, and on the red carpet, clips from various horror films were shown in a montage including most surprisingly a chainsaw swinging Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And of course, the break out horror hit Get Out from Blumhouse won for Best Screenplay. In addition, trailblazing filmmaker George A. Romero was paid tribute at the Oscars in Memoriam, though sadly Tobe Hooper was left off for some baffling reason. It’s no shock that a lot of people in the horror community don’t like the Oscars, and I totally get that. When I look back at the countless great horror films to get snubbed, it’s hard not to be bitter. But this year proved that a perhaps a new attitude is emerging within the Academy, after all, this year also saw a greatly diverse group of nominees and winners. Sure we are unlikely to see a Halloween film win any golden statues, but I really feel like Get Out and The Shape of Water are great starts in showcasing the importance of genre cinema.

Mad Monster welcomes George Romero

George Romero

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WiHM: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

WiHM: Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.On September 17, 1951, the world was gifted with The Mistress of the Dark. Born in Manhattan Kansas, Cassandra Peterson a.k.a. Elvira started her life with a mishap that led to her success. As a toddler, she had accidentally pulled a pot of boiling water down onto her. This burnt about a third of her body and left permanent scarring. After moving to Colorado Springs, CO, at age 7, she endured the harassment of other school children and was extremely shy due to the scarring. She would later use this experience, a place she quoted as “all the freaks come from” to help inspire her Elvira persona.

Growing up, Cassandra’s mother ran a costume shop and she loved playing model for her. She told

I would pick out whatever was the hot costume that year — Ginger from Gilligan’s Island, I Dream of Jeanie, Miss Kitty from Gunsmoke — and my mom would make one in my size, so I would wear costumes to school all the time. Everyone thought I was a total freak. But I knew I would grow up and wear a costume one day, and that’s exactly what happened.

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.At 17, she became the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas in a show titled Vive Les Girls. After stints overseas as a singer and dancer, she came back to the United States as a star of her comedy show. This led to years of her being part of the best improv groups in LA, The Groundlings, working with famous comedians such as Paul Reubens and Phil Hartman. But, in 1981, the true star was born. She auditioned for a role as a horror movie hostess for a local LA TV station. The show was called Movie Macabre and her hostess name was Elvira, the Mistress of the Dark. She became a household name in no time.

Everyone loved the wickedly vampish hostess and her quirky commentary for the B movies she showed. She was never cruel or mean, just enough of a jab to make it hilarious. She also never took herself too seriously. She loved the persona of Elvira and helped it come to life not just on TV but with successful movies and home videos as well. 1985 brought us her home video series known as Thriller Video. The feature-length film Elvira, Mistress of the Dark was released in 1988. Cassandra co-wrote, produced and starred in it. Next came Elvira’s Haunted Hills in 2001, which she also co-wrote and produced. She is a lady of many talents and quickly became an icon in the horror/Halloween world.

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.Now, over three decades later, Elvira is still adored by millions. You can find Cassandra on the convention circuit where she loves meeting fans. Her licensed image can be found on shirts, purses, pinball machines, Pop dolls and more. A recent photobook Peterson released celebrates 35 years of beauty with over 350 images of the Queen of Halloween. And I suspect that she will hold that title forever.

Your adoring fan forever,
Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #28 – The Newish Testament

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #28 – The Newish Testament

Good evening and happy twenty-eighth night of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the final entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Tonight’s PSA comes from Jamie DeWolf.

The following may be offensive to some, but in the immortal words of mister John Cleese, “Some people deserve to be offended”….

Without further ado, behold the wicked final Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

The Newish Testament

By Jamie DeWolf


An irreverent romp through the Garden of Eden, on a quest for the origin of the First Blood.
Directed, shot, written and edited by Jamie DeWolf and Sharkey Stiletto


For this short, we wanted to confront widely held fairytales through a critical eye.
This lead us down some zany paths, on a quest of what makes blood magical and what makes it absurd.


A.J. Kirsch as Adam
Sadira LadyLiquid as Eve
Jordan Ranft as God
Asher Kennedy as Sampson
Zoë Rountree as Delilah
Jamie DeWolf as Joseph
Nazelah Jamison as Mary
ChaCha Burnadette as Goddess
Dre AKA Duke Bossman as Jesus Christmas


JAMIE DEWOLF is a writer, performer, film director, show producer and circus ringmaster from Oakland, CA. A filmmaker since his teens, DeWolf wrote and directed his first feature film Smoked, a “fast paced, smart, witty dark comedy crime caper” about a botched Cannabis Club robbery in Oakland. The film is described as “Mean, bloody and demented. It’s also piss-your-pants hilarious, maddeningly nihilistic…and an insanely energetic romp.” Smoked was picked up for international distribution by Indican Studios, who also released the cult film Boondock Saints.
DeWolf’s original short films, known for their provocative and boundary pushing subject matter, have won multiple awards from “Best Acting Performance” (A Girl and a Gun Briefs 2013), “Most Terrifying Storyline” (U Turn Scream 2013), “Best Cinematography” (Ricochet in Reverse Scream 2014), and “Best Writing” (Rio Grind 2014). His short films Hey Baby Hey and OK Monster! both won the Grand Prize Audience Award the year of their premiere. His shorts Double Agent and Black Out were both chosen to be featured at the CineKink Film Festival in NYC. His short U Turn was selected for The Invoking 2, a feature length horror film anthology franchise by Ruthless Pictures. He was voted “Best Film-Maker” by the East Bay Express in 2016.
DeWolf has made a dedication to intertwining cinema and social activism, shooting and directing over 32 films for the Bigger Picture Project, an acclaimed, statewide series of films on the youth prevention of Diabetes. The series was featured in the NY Times, the PBS NewsHour, Colorlines and KQED. He’s helmed national film campaigns for the Raise Up Project focusing on the high school drop-out crisis, the Write Home Project which was coupled with a writing program on youth homelessness, and the Off/Page Project in partnership with the Center for Investigative Reporting. The Off/Page Project resulted in the trilogy Whispers from the Fields, This is Home and Locked (in), acclaimed for creating a new hybrid of “lyricism and facts”. His films have accumulated over 5 million shared views across the world, winning the Real Food Media Grand Prize two years in a row with the films Thin Line and Home Flavored, and received the Spirit of 1848 award from the American Public Health Association. He continues to direct and shoot a variety of projects from documentary, music video and narrative films.
Currently DeWolf hosts his variety show Tourettes Without Regrets every First Thursday in Oakland, tours with NPR’s storytelling series Snap Judgment and is writing his next feature film. You can find his CD Vaude Villain featuring his comedy performances on Itunes .

Check out the other PSAs:

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INTERVIEWS: Felissa Rose & Harrison Smith at Mad Monster Party

INTERVIEWS: Felissa Rose & Harrison Smith at Mad Monster Party

Crypt Keeper Clint here with the first of my two articles on Mad Monster Party (Carolinas), which as held February 16 – 18, 2018. I will keep this introduction brief, but I had the great fortune to interview two amazing individuals – Felissa Rose and Harrison Smith. Check out their interviews below and be sure to subscribe to House of Tortured Souls on YouTube.

Also, watch for my review of Mad Monster Party coming up in the next couple of days.

Crypt Keeper Clint Interviews Felissa Rose at Mad Monster Party (Carolinas)

We talk Sleepaway Camp (1983), No Solicitors (2015), Victor Crowley (2017), Family Possessions (2016), and much more.

Crypt Keeper Clint Interviews Writer/Director Harrison Smith at Mad Monster Party (Carolinas)

We talk life, the universe, Death House, and Gunnar Hansen.

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WiHM Interview: The Inimitable Barbie Wilde

WiHM Interview: The Inimitable Barbie Wilde

Woofer here, Souls, and it’s my great pleasure to introduce this interview. When discussing Women in Horror Month with my assistant editor Spencer, we decided that as fans of Hellraiser – both as the Books of Blood and the film franchise – we would be completely remiss if we didn’t reach out to Barbie Wilde. Being both talented and gracious, she consented to be interviewed and is our final focus for Women in Horror Month.

Barbie Wilde - Female Cenobite Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

Well, that’s enough of my yammering. You’re all here to find out more about the lovely, talented, and kind Barbie Wilde, so keep on reading.
House of Tortured Souls: Did you ever think you would become a horror icon?
Barbie Wilde: I never did… And it’s a bit ironic that I nearly didn’t go to the audition for Hellbound Hellraiser II, because I found the first Hellraiser film so disturbing. (Although I did love the character of Julia. I’m a sucker for obsession! And the Cenobites were such original and unusual monsters.)
However, I’ve very glad that I did go, obviously. Being in Hellbound was a great experience and, speaking as a short blonde person, I’m truly thrilled that I’ve managed to scare so many people over the years.
HoTS: What is your favorite memory from working on Hellraiser II?
BW: Meeting Ken (Dr. Channard) Cranham for the first time. I walked up to him in full Female Cenobite makeup and costume, when he was in full Channard Cenobite makeup and costume — and on the phone to his wife as well! For some reason known only to the infernal powers below, I said: “Hi Ken, I’m Barbie. Do you want to get married and have babies called Pepper and Skipper?”
Why I thought that this was an appropriate way to introduce myself for the first time to such a venerable actor as Ken, I don’t know. Especially since he was English and had no idea that there were these famous American dolls called Barbie, Ken, Pepper and Skipper. (In Britain, the Barbie Doll equivalent is called Cindy.) In my defense, I do say this line to every “Ken” I meet, because for some strange reason, I think it’s hilarious.
Anyway, Ken was gobsmacked and whispered to his wife, “Darling, an actress is talking to me… I’ve got to go.” I apologized profusely and we’ve been good friends ever since.

The Lovely Barbie Wilde

HoTS: What was it like working with Tik and Tok?
BW: The years with Shock in the early 80s were fantastic. It was the most fun that I’ve ever had as a performer. Working with Tik and Tok was wonderful, as well as performing with Robert Pereno, LA Richards, and Carole Caplin. The high point for us was supporting Gary Numan at Wembley Arena, but we also toured with Depeche Mode and supported Ultravox as well.
HoTS: Who are some of your greatest influences?
BW: As a writer: Rod Serling, Patricia Highsmith, Clive Barker, Hemingway, Raymond Chandler, Colin Wilson.
Directors I admire are: Guillermo Del Toro, Hitchcock, Ridley Scott, the Soska Sisters, Ann Biller, Katherine Bigalow, Mary Harron, Agnieszka Smoczynska, Patty Jenkins.

Barbie Wilde's Blue Eyes - A Film By Chris Alexander

HoTS: How do you prepare for a role? Is it different for each?
BW: I approach each role in a new way. I don’t use any particular “method”. I’m very intuitive and I take a lot from the text…
HoTS: Why horror? What drew you to it?
BW: To be honest, I didn’t choose horror, horror chose me! I had moved from acting into presenting, writing and hosting TV shows when I was cast in Hellbound. It was my first horror movie. (Although I suppose being in Grizzly II: The Concert (1983) was my first appearance in a horror movie, but it was never released.)
It’s interesting, because until Paul Kane asked me to write a story for the Hellbound Hearts anthology, I was more interested in exploring the criminal mind in writing novel like my diary-of-a-serial-killer novel, The Venus Complex (published by Comet Press), than writing horror. But I had so much fun writing my Female Cenobite origin story (“Sister Cilice”) for Hellbound Hearts, that I continued writing horror, contributing short stories to various horror anthologies over the years, culminating in my illustrated, full color, short horror story collection, Voices of the Damned (published by SST Publications).

The Venus Complex (2012) by Barbie Wilde

Saying that though, I’ve always watched horror movies, ever since I was a kid, especially Sci-fi horror. Those films really shaped my twisted imagination! And TV shows like The Twilight Zone and The Outer Limits also made a big impression on me.
HoTS: What are your favorite horror films?
BW: I love the old black and white horrors like: The Thing From Another World (1951), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Innocents (1961), The Haunting (1963) and Night of the Demon AKA Curse of the Demon (1957). I also like visceral horror such as Carpenter’s The Thing (1982) and Alien (1979). Other favorites are: American Mary (2012), Sinister (2012), Audition (1999), The Lure (2015), Cronos (1993), Mimic (1997), Crimson Peak (2015), etc. (I’m really looking forward to seeing The Shape of Water and the Soska Sisters’ reimagining of Cronenberg’s Rabid.)
HoTS: What drew you to writing? Do you prefer it to acting?
BW: I’ll always love acting, but now I prefer creating my own worlds, my own characters and my own mythologies.
HoTS: When did you realize that you wanted to dive into the arts?
BW: I was a very shy kid, but when I was cast in a school play when I was 12, I was hooked forever. People were laughing with me, rather than at me. I loved it.

Voices of the Damned (2016) by Barbie Wilde

HoTS: What is something outside of art that you’re passionate about?
BW: Wine… Margaritas… Martinis… you see a pattern here? Actually, those are just hobbies! Seriously, I’m fascinated by archeology (it was my Minor at University) and I love what’s happening in the world of science with all the innovations that are happening, medical discoveries, etc. And I’m a tech geek. I never would have guessed that I’d love gadgets so much. I suppose it’s the Star Trek fan in me!

Barbie’s books and other works:

Out now:

Voices of the Damned, an illustrated short horror story collection published by SST Publications. (Publishers Weekly: “…sensual in its brutality.” “…a delight for the darker senses.”) Each story is illustrated in full color by top artists in the horror genre, such as Clive Barker, Nick Percival, Daniele Serra, Vincent Sammy, Tara Bush, Steve McGinnis, Ben Bradford and Eric Gross.

Barbie Wilde - Female Cenobite with knife in Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988)

The Venus Complex, Barbie’s debut dark crime, diary-of-a-serial-killer novel, published by Comet Press. (Fangoria: “Wilde is one of the finest purveyors of erotically charged horror fiction around.”)

In pre-production:

A feature length horror film called Blue Eyes, based on a short story by Barbie. It’s co-written with Chris Alexander (Blood for Irina, Queen of Blood, Female Werewolf, Blood Dynasty, Space Vampire) and will be directed by Chris. Starring Nivek Ogre of Skinny Puppy.


Film Script: “Zulu Zombies”.
New real life horror novel, working title: The Anatomy of Ghosts.

Plans for the future:

To find a publisher for graphic novels based on Barbie’s short stories “Sister Cilice” and “Zulu Zombies”.

The Offer (2017) - Barbie Wilde

In 2017, Barbie returned to acting after 17 years in The Offer, the first episode of the horror series, Dark Ditties, produced by Cult Film Screenings.

Barbie Wilde Social Media:

Barbie Wilde - Classic Beauty

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WiHM Salute: Deborah Voorhees

WiHM Salute: Deborah Voorhees

Deborah VoorheesWhat’s in a name?  If you are the subject of this latest Women in Horror Month piece, the answer can be everything.  In 1985, Deborah Voorhees (then known as Debi Sue Voorhees) was an unknown actress and former Playboy Bunny, whose biggest acting gig was a 7 episode run on the TV series Dallas.  That changed when she went for an audition of the fifth installment of Friday The 13th.  She would beat out future Friday The 13th alum, Darcy DeMoss for the role of Tina in Friday The 13th: A New Beginning.

Deborah VoorheesIt was in the role of Tina that Deborah would have one of the most memorable deaths in the franchise.  Her eyes were sheared by a pair of hedge clippers.  Unfortunately, A New Beginning is often the most criticized film in the series.  Why?  Because Jason isn’t the killer and it is the disgruntled ambulance driver, Roy? (If that is a spoiler for anyone, the movie came out 33 years ago, so spoiler rules don’t apply.).   What is funny about Voorhees (who was going to be cast in the movie one way or another because of her last name) is when you talk to her about horror movies, she is an admitted scaredy cat.

Deborah VoorheesSo what has happened to Deborah Voorhees since Friday The 13th Part 5?  She has tried her hand in a couple different fields.  Voorhees was a teacher and also has worked for The Dallas Morning Times.  She has also began writing, producing and directing films for her own company, Voorhees Films.  Just recently, she ran a contest where fans could submit a “kill” for her upcoming Horror/Comedy, The List.  Deborah Voorhees also runs and moderates a Facebook Page called Deborah Voorhees Shear Horror Group.

As far as what is in store for Deborah Voorhees.  She has hinted at a new project.  Not much is known about this mystery project except that it incorporates some of her fellow Friday the 13th Alumni.  So we have something to look forward from Deborah.  Deborah also has attended some Conventions in the last year, including Texas Frightmare and Horror Hound last year.

So please join me in saluting the Deborah Voorhees (Tina in Friday the 13th: A New Beginning) and let’s wish this multi-talented woman a very Happy Women in Horror Month!

Deborah Voorhees

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #27 – The Love Swallows

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #27 – The Love Swallows

Good evening and happy twenty-seventh PSA of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the nxt entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Tonight’s PSA comes from Nicole McClure.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the awesome twenty-seventh Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

The Love Swallows

By Nicole McClure


Nicole McClure is a writer, director, editor, colorist, and VFX artist. A woman of many talents, Nicole’s body of work is as diverse as she is. Regardless of what position she holds on a production, her work always elevates the pieces to a whole new level.
A two time WiHM Massive Blood drive director before this with her partner, Aramis Sartorio, the two have a hilarious, often shocking, and blood fantastic take on horror to get you in the mood to donate blood.


Megan Duffy
Matt Mercer
Aramis Sartorio


Production Design………George Hale
Gaffer………Miles Kittrege………
Photography by………Nate Liquor
Pony Gold
Nicole McClure

Special Thanks:

Matt Suchesi
Kaeli Quick
Michael Snyder
Sebastian Love
Mylissa Ftizsimmons
Blame Mercury
Jen & Sylvia Soska

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: Interview with Rakefet Abergel of Jax in Love (2017)

WiHM: Interview with Rakefet Abergel of Jax in Love (2017)

Hey horror fans, Horrormadam here with a Women in Horror interview with the amazing stand-up comedienne, actor (Superbad, Just Go With It, and My Best Friend’s Girl), director (Girls on Girls), and writer (Jax in Love, Live) Rakefet Abergel. We are here to discuss the wonderful short film Jax in Love.
First, let me give you the premise:
A mysterious and lonely young woman, Jax (Rakefet Abergel) is traveling through the expansive desert of the American West, in search of some tangible connection, a kindred spirit or like-minded soul with whom she can bond. When her car breaks down in the middle of nowhere, her journey takes a dangerous turn, and we learn this seemingly sweet woman may not be who she seems at all. How far will she go for love? Will she make it out of the desert alive?
—Written by Nick Laskin
I really loved this film and apparently, I am not alone. The awards that are already pouring in are illuminating.
  • Best Actress in a Short — Nightmares Film Festival
  • Best Horror Short — Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival
  • Award of Merit — Best Shorts Competition (Leading Actress)
  • Award of Merit — Best Shorts Competition (Women Filmmakers)
  • Award of Commendation — Canada Shorts Film Festival
  • Best Thriller Short Nominee — Women in Horror Film Festival
  • Best of Fest Nominee — Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival
  • Best Actress Nominee — Independent Horror Movie Awards
JAX IN LOVE was directed by Academy Award Nominee (Best Short Film, Live Action, Seraglio (2000)) Colin Campbell and produced by Jory Weitz, the executive producer of Napoleon Dynamite. It also stars John Gammon (Corey and Lucas for the Win, The Middle), Ben Kacsandi (Rio, Please Tell Me I’m Adopted), Devi Veysey (Breaking Fat), and Laura Wiggins (Rings, Shameless).
I certainly do not want to give too much away but one of my favorite things about the film is the role reversal over what we normally see in these kinds of thrillers. So well acted and engaging, this horror short grabs you from the beginning and leaves you wanting more. It is all-inclusive as a short but the action made me hope that not only would it become a feature but hopefully a series. We need more of the main character out there. So let’s get to it.
House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Rakefet, what was your motivation while writing Jax in Love?
Rakefet Abergel: The whole idea stemmed from the desire to write something for myself that was dark and dramatic versus the comedy roles I was used to booking. I also wanted to cast myself in a part I would never get cast in just because of my type. I want to change the way we look at what a “leading lady” is.
HoTS: Are you a big fan of horror and what made you want to do a horror film?
RA: I actually grew up hating horror films. Lol. Not because they’re bad but because they are so good at scaring the crap out of me. And I don’t like to be scared! Of course, that begs the question as to why I made one, for which the only answer I can give is that it wasn’t intended to be a horror film. I didn’t even know it would become one. But based on test audience reactions I quickly realized that I had the genre wrong. I still don’t necessarily consider it a horror film, it has so different tones to it. But attending all these horror festivals has allowed me to watch more horror films then I’ve seen in my entire life combined and I realized that I have a place in my heart for horror now. I kinda get it now. The allure. Especially with the quality of the genre really changing now more than ever.
HoTS: Do you have any favorite horror films?
RA: I actually do love some horror films. Identity was one of my favorite. And The Sixth Sense. Split. Teeth was really good too. I liked the message. Get Out was incredible. I really like psychological horror. Not so much into all of the blood. But a good mind-sc4.
HoTS: It is Women in Horror Month, who are some of your female real life/ fiction influences in horror or other?
RA: All of the women filmmakers I’ve met over the last few months are so inspiring to me! As far as influences, I don’t know. I suppose I’m influenced by everything I’ve ever seen!
HoTS: You have played a lot of diverse roles. Do you have a favorite?
RA: Jax is probably one of my favorites. If not the favorite. As far as comedy, I really enjoyed playing Jodi Flooger on iCarly. That was a fun role. And getting to work with Adam Sandler in Just Go With It and wear a prosthetic nose was pretty cool too.
HoTS: Have you faced any difficulties being a woman in film?
RA: Sometimes as a woman in our society it’s hard to be taken seriously. That’s been something I’ve come up against. That our stories maybe aren’t as important as the ones men want to tell. That we are too emotional or sappy or feminist or whatever. But I don’t generally care that much about what other people think. Or I try not to. I experienced an inappropriate comment on my own set by a crew member. That was shocking. I was his boss. Paying him. And he decided to make a comment about my body and considered it to be a compliment. Unfortunately, since I didn’t want to jeopardize my film and we were on location and I couldn’t lose a crew member, I couldn’t do anything about it. And that was very frustrating. Even when a woman is in power, she can still be harassed and have no real recourse. It’s very unfortunate.
HoTS: In the movie, can you tell me about the tattoo?
RA: Yes! It’s a heart with a set of car keys inside it. It symbolizes Jax’s love for the road and her quest for love and how she goes about it. We give out replicas at the screenings and people really love the idea, so that’s fun. It was designed by my former editor and forever friend Lindsay McKenna!
HoTS: Is this going to be made into a feature?
RA: Possibly. Or a series. I haven’t decided yet. But I don’t think we’ve seen the last of Jax.
HoTS: I love that a great stand up artist went so dark, any plans for more along the same lines?
RA: Thanks for the compliment! 🙂 Yes! I love dark. It’s why I wanted to act. I love the drama. Comedy is fun too, but this is a more satisfying genre for me. I’m writing two very, very dark screenplays at the moment that I hope to also star in, so I’m sure there will be more where Jax came from.
I really recommend that you check this film out. It was a lot of fun and I so enjoyed Rakefet’s performance in it. I want to thank her for taking the time to talk with me and to let her know the darker the better for us! And dear readers always keep this question in mind: How far would YOU go for love?

Rakefet Abergel's Jax in Love (2017)

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #26 – NerdGirls

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #26 – NerdGirls

Tonight’s PSA comes from Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, and Bryan Sexton.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the awesome twenty-sixth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:


By Adam Marcus, Debra Sullivan, & Bryan Sexton


A native of New York and Connecticut (a feat in itself), at 11, Adam was a PA on his first studio movie. At 13 he was apprentice editing for Columbia Pictures. At 15, he created the Westport Theatreworks Theatrical Company, directing and producing over 50 shows in 7 years. At NYU he won Best Picture in for his film, “…so you like this girl”. At 21, Adam set up his first feature film at Disney and less than a year later he had been hired to write and direct New Line Cinema’s “Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday”. At 23 he was the youngest director ever hired by a major studio to write and direct a feature film. He then turned his attention to writing and he and writing partner </ strong>Debra Sullivan, wrote scripts for Paramount (the adaptation of James Patterson’s “Virgin”), Fox (the original “Black Autumn”), and Lionsgate (the box office #1 “Texas Chainsaw 3D”).
In 1995 Adam created the Skeleton Crew TheatreWorks where to this day he trains some of the most talented actors in the industry. This troupe has been the backbone of Adam’s theatrical and cinematic casts.
In 1998 Adam directed the indie comedy, “Let It Snow” starring Bernadette Peters. The film was a critical and festival darling at AFI’s LAIFF (where it won several awards), Sundance, New York/Avignon, the Deauville festival in France among many others. At the same time Adam sold several TV series to Kevin Bright Productions, Imagine Television, NBC, Fox and The WB. Adam then directed the Sony Pictures feature film, “Conspiracy”, which he co-wrote with Sullivan. Starring Val Kilmer, Jennifer Esposito, and Gary Cole. The latest Marcus/Sullivan project written by the duo, is “Momentum”, starring Olga Kurylenko, James Purefoy and Morgan Freeman.
Recently episodes of Adam’s web series, Connected was the winner for best short subject at three separate festivals.
He and Sullivan have recently partnered with long time producer Bryan S. Sexton to form Skeleton Crew Productions. They already have several films slated for release next year and 2 new television series slated for mid- 2018.
As a director Adam has three new films in the pipeline, “The Plantation”, “The Harvest” and “Dread”.
“Secret Santa” is a return to the genre Adam loves dearly. He’s so thrilled to be back, knee deep in blood and madness!


When I was in film school at NYU, there were two films that would change my idea of artful storytelling. The first was Katherine Bigalow’s “Near Dark”. It was a dark, scary, romantic adrenaline rush. As a young man I was not accustomed to seeing a film this kick-ass made by a woman. A woman who not only gave James Cameron a run for his money when it came to action but was far more interested in the connection between it’s characters than the average horror movie. It knocked my socks off. Then I saw Luc Besson’s “La Femme Nikita”. It was a mash-up of all the things I loved about French Cinema and American Movies. At it’s center was the story of a lost young woman who is as bad an anti-hero as you’ll find. But you love her. She is a murderer who is trained to use her pathological talents for the “government”. We’ve seen this story a thousand times and it’s always a bit ham-fisted. Why does this one work? Because it is the story of a woman and the complications of being a woman used by a world of men for their purposes, that’s why! She goes from being owned by the male-constructed system to owning herself. And it was written and directed by a man. It showed me that a man can tell stories about strong, kick-ass women that still get to be feminine. And that was it… I was hooked.
Since then, I have struggled to do the impossible in Hollywood… tell stories about strong women. For twenty-five years I have tirelessly written movies about women, in every genre. Many of those scripts have been bought, but only a few have even been made. Most sit on shelves in studio offices.
Before it was chic to make stories about women, I wanted to.
No, I yearned to. Every time I’d sit down with my brilliant partner, Debra, and come up with a new story, the response from our representatives was always, “For the love of all that’s holy, can’t you please write something with a male protagonist”? That’s something they don’t teach in film school, or in three day seminars on writing movies… if you want a movie to get made, write about men.
Well… fuck that! Seriously. Fuck that!
A couple of years ago, Debra and I wrote a project based on a wonderful novel our company optioned named, Nightspinners. It was the story of twin sisters who can speak to each other telepathically. Again, it’s about ownership of one’s identity. It’s about strong women. One heroic and one psychotic. But both will not and can not be ignored. When we went searching for our director, I said, “It has to be a woman. This is story that should be told by a woman”. We started making a list but our list got tossed out the window when we found out that Jen and Sylvia Soska were repped at our same agency. After much hemming and hawing (“they’ve seen every twin story out there”) they sent them the script. Twenty-four hours later we received a two line response, “Fuck yeah we’ll do Nightspinners! Cause it’s fucking awesome”! Thus began the beautiful friendship between the Twisted Twins and Skeleton Crew.
When the Soskas came to Debra and me to create something for WiHM, we could not have said, “YES” faster. We got to work immediately on hatching our PSA. Enter the NERDGIRLS!
NerdGirls is a film series that Debra and I created over a year ago. It’s about a young woman, Alex, who since childhood has been obsessed with what she was always told was “Boy Stuff”. Comics, Kung-Fu Movies, Superheroes. Her best friend in grade school, a super-serious tom boy, Maxine, even used to beat up the boys in school who taunted Alex for playing with Giant Robots rather than dolls. When Alex was eight, her father left the family and she blamed herself, thinking she was a bad daughter and not “girly” enough. So she abandoned and threw out everything she loved. Her comics and toys and worse of all… Maxine. 15 years later, Alex’s life is a mess. She’s forced herself to be what society thinks of as a “girl”, all the while still daydreaming of comic books and obsessively sketching on anything she can. On the day that she is robbed at her day job, finds her boyfriend in bed with another… man, and is kicked out of her apartment, she stumbles upon a shop selling the same GIANT ROBOT she abandoned years ago. She rushes into the store to find… Maxine is running the place! Rekindling their friendship, Alex finds a new home and the real adventure of her NerdGirl life is about to begin.
Our WiHM PSA is a horror episode of NerdGirls. It’s about the snakepit that is Blind Dating and the power of friendship and ass-kicking femininity! Oh, and did I mention there’s lot of blood?
I’m so excited to be a part of this year’s Blood Drive and WiHM! Not just as a man who loves stories about women, but as a human being who loves stories about all of us!


Debra is an actress/writer/producer. As an actress, over the years, she has appeared in countless plays, films, television shows and commercials. This 2nd generation Los Angelino has played lead roles in comedies, dramas and musicals. In television, she has had lead and/or recurring roles on “Criminal Minds”, “Private Practice”, “Big Love”, “ER”, “Days of Our Lives” and “Cold Case”, as well as many others. Some of her favorite films roles include, “Conspiracy” with Val Kilmer, “Let It Snow” (a Sundance Winner) with Bernadette Peters, “Bring It On, All or Nothing” with Hayden Panetierre, and “Brewster’s Millions” with the late Richard Pryor and John Candy. Recently, she starred opposite Steve Guttenberg in the film, “Lookin’ Up”.
When not acting, she and her husband/partner, Adam Marcus have written over 50 screenplays, including, “Conspiracy”, “Momentum”, “Texas Chainsaw 3D” and “The Plantation”. Their latest script, “Secret Santa” is a film she not only performs in but co-wrote and co-produced with Marcus and their producing partner, Bryan S. Sexton.
“Secret Santa”, a scathing “horromedy”, is burning up the festival circuit right now and is the first feature out of the gate for the trio’s newly formed production company, Skeleton Crew Productions.
Creating Skeleton Crew with Marcus and Sexton has been one of the most rewarding aspects of her career in the business. The company is committed to making entertainment, at all budget levels while giving opportunities to those who haven’t had their “breaks” yet or to work in the field of the business they’ve always wanted to. They currently have several films and television shows in the pipeline, the majority of which have strong female protagonists, something Marcus and Sullivan have always specialized in.
You can follow Debra on Twitter and Instagram @debsullivanm, and on Facebook as Debra Sullivan.


I am so excited to be a part of this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive. As a woman in the industry and one who has done the majority of her work in the horror genre, I am honored to support the talented and ever amazing Soska Sisters in this annual event.
While we had a lot of fun making our film, our true heart was in the message we’re helping to send out to the world, the importance of donating blood. When you donate, you save lives, period. In these unpredictable times we live in, with more and more things happening, we have to stick together and be there for each other. The horror community has always been a source of people who care. So let’s care together. Go out and donate. You’ll be blessed that you did.
Let the blood-letting begin!!!

Cast & Crew:

The Nerd Girls
Anna Sondall………Alex Travalian
Paris Wise………Kit Kapinski
Michelle Allaire………Mickey Montgomery
Debra Sullivan………Mrs. Virginia Summerbottom
Mesa Kronhaus………Maxine Kotzwinkle
Kristin Wall………Georgia Washington
Ryan Leigh………Seaton Pickles

The Vampires
Scott Maguire………Cassian
Sassan Saffari………Derek
Rissa Kilar………Chantal The Vampire Queen
Nigel Lawes………Abatu The Gatekeeper
Darren Dupree Washington………Baka The Guardian
Jerusalem Girma………D.J. Cyrus
Joshua Kwak………Chiang-Shih
Erika Lane Enggren………Kali
Russ Ferri………Amon
Charlit Dae………Balam The Protector
Ed Nathan………Mecate Cacus The Protector
Pat Destro………Evanora The Vile
Petra Areskoug………Agate
Nick Barajas-Torres………Deumus
Gabriel Fiorindo Bellotti………Cherufe
Glennthomas Camba………Forneus
Melissa Corkern………Eris
Kate Enggren………Gatrea
Gilbert Feliciano………Kappas
CJ Feldbau………Azazel
Scott Fleetwood………Gremony
Troy Fromin………Halphas
Timothy D. Harris………Malphas
Mitch Narito………Marax
Breann Johnson………Hecate
Jeff Karr………Orobas
Gabi Mayorga………Salome
Daryn O’Patry………Moloch
Candace Quirk………Cerys
Jon Daniel Schwartz………Uvall
Anna Yosin………Onodine

Adam Marcus………Director/Co-Writer/Editor/Co-Producer
Debra Sullivan………Co-Writer/Co-Producer
Bryan S. Sexton………Producer
Fidencio Casas………D.P.
Freddy John James………Stunt Coordinator
Timothy D.G. Eilers………Composer/Vfx
Joshua Kwak………First A.D.
Chris Gonzaga………Gaffer
Gregg Furuoka………A.C.
Jorge Ramos………Key Grip
Kristy Munden………Wrangler

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #25 – Kirby, A Hero

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #25 – Kirby, A Hero

Morning, Souls! It’s the twenty-fifth morning of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the twenty-fourth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

The twenty-fifth PSA comes from the devilicious mind of Nicholas Burman-Vince.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the brilliant twenty-fifth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Kirby, A Hero

By Nicholas Burman-Vince


When I was 19, I had major reconstructive surgery on my face and during the operation half the blood in my body was replaced via transfusion. For years I thought that was an extraordinary amount, but through the my involvement with the Soskas Blood Drive PSA, I’ve learned this is common – which help put into perspective just how urgent the need for blood donations is. Particularly as surgery isn’t the main use for donated blood. In the UK 67% is used to treat medical conditions including anaemia, cancer and blood disorders. So, people regularly need blood to survive.
I particularly like the current promotion by #Date2Donate, encouraging people to donate with a friend or family member. What could be more romantic. Getting to know if your partner has a phobia about needles and helping to save someone’s life?

Cast & Crew:

Nicholas Vince – Writer and Director

Nicholas Vince played The Chatterer Cenobite in Clive Barker’s Hellraiser & Hellbound: Hellraiser II and Kinski in Barker’s Nightbreed. In 2016 he was awarded the London Horror Society Award for Outstanding Contribution to UK Independent Horror. He is Patron of the London Horror Festival.

His first short film as writer and director, The Night Whispered, screened at festivals in the US, UK, and France and is now available on His second film, Your Appraisal, is on its festival run and a third, Necessary Evils, will be part of the horror anthology feature film For We Are Many, from Hex Media.

He still acts and recently starred in The Offer, with others from the Hellraiser films. He also stars in the independent feature film, Hollower (dir. MJ Dixon), and numerous short films including the award-winning Mindless (dir. Katie Bonham).

He hosts the weekly YouTube show Chattering with Nicholas Vince, where he interviews independent film makers and actors.

His two collections of short stories, What Monsters Do (rated 5*) and Other People’s Darkness are both available on amazon sites. His short story ‘Prayers of Desire‘, a new origin story for The Chatterer was published in Hellraiser: Anthology – Volume 2 by Seraphim Inc.

Holly Boyden – Rebekah

Recent graduate of the Royal Central School of Speech and Drama, Holly Boyden previously studies at Goldsmith’s College, University of London and the National Youth Theatre of Great Britain.

She is known for The Night Whispered, @MovieGeek and One In A Million.

She is a trained dancer, specialising in Classical Ballet and Ballroom and Latin American. She speaks fluent Spanish.

Dawson James – Kirby

Film maker, actor, cinematographer, performance capture artist and photographer Dawson James, is known for Scale Down, Ophelia, The Night Whispered and his science fiction short, HUD, which is on its festival run. Later this year he stars in Burying the Mother in Law

He is the creator of the young YouTube channel, Fluffy Dog.

Patrick E. Fagan – Composer

Patrick graduated from The University of West Scotland in 2002 with a BA Honours degree in Commercial Music. Since then, Patrick has worked in many roles within the music industry from music management to event organisation and is now currently working as a music teacher.

After many years performing in various bands, Patrick decided to move into creating music specifically aimed at film, TV and Media.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: Pat Marin – The RIP Files

WiHM: Pat Marin – The RIP Files

Hello, Everyone, this is Brenda, better-known as The Ghost Huntress, of HoTS. I am very lucky to be able to write about my 2 loves, Horror and the Paranormal. Some would say, what is the difference? That is a subject that I would love to save for another time. Because right now I want to introduce to you an amazing woman, who has lived with paranormal activity all of her life. So, what do you do when you live with those things that go bump in the night (and day)?? Well please keep reading and you will find out.
I had the honor of meeting Patricia “Pat” Marin, back in 2015, when I was asked if I would appear on The R.I.P. Files as interviewee for an investigation at a location in Maryland that I had investigated many times and of course I said, YES!!
have to say, when I arrived at the location and was told by my friend, The R.I.P. Files castmate and Paranormal Investigator, Amelia Cotter to go see Pat, I had no idea who she was. I just assumed that she was in charge of doing the interview. Little did I know that Pat was in charge of everything.
We hit it off right away, and I thanked Pat for allowing me to ask her questions as I was nervous — not about being in the house that I had captured some incredible evidence, but that I was going to be interviewed for a paranormal program that had gained much attention and has earned much respect in the paranormal community. But then again, Pat is a Marylander, which made it so easy to talk to her. Who would have known that three years later I would get the chance to interview Pat? I have to say, it is much easier to be the one asking the questions.
You’re now probably wondering who is Patricia Marin and what is The R.I.P. Files? You are about to find out. So, go grab a snack, get comfy, and you may want to turn on the lights, as you get to know my Dear friend, who to me, is a real life super woman and a role model to all women young and old.
Pat Marin

Pat Marin, Vice President, The Marin Group, Inc.; Executive Producer, The R.I.P. Files

Patricia grew up in a haunted house in Baltimore, Maryland, and is descended from a family of Irish psychics on her mother’s side. At the age of 12, she began her lifelong study of metaphysics, eventually becoming a third-degree initiate of a Western Mystery School. Pat is also a Reiki Master and a Certified Clinical Hypnotherapist. She studied journalism at the University of Maryland and has worked as a lobbyist on Capitol Hill and as a public relations specialist in Washington, DC. Pat was a proposal manager with MCI/Verizon and with General Dynamics prior to starting The Marin Group, Inc., a consulting company focused on business development and proposal support for government contractors, both large and small. She founded Research and Investigation of the Paranormal (R.I.P.) in 2008. Pat created The R.I.P. Files because she wanted to bring the public an honest paranormal series. She continues to serve as executive producer and writer for the series, as well as the narrator on each episode. The R.I.P. Files features a female-led team, unusual experiments, and amazing EVPs. Pat also served as the “Ghost Hunting Examiner” for for more than five years and gained an international readership for her in-depth articles that covered all aspects of the paranormal.
Female Paranormal Investigators of

Female Paranormal Investigators of The R.I.P. Files

House of Tortured Souls: Pat, I didn’t realize that you come from a psychic family. Please tell me about that.
Interviewee Name: My mother’s family is Scotch/Irish and the women in that line tend to have “the sight”. For example, my mother would always see the banshee prior to a death in the family. I do not – at least, not yet – but I’ve always been able to sense spirits, and sometimes I can even see and/or hear them. I don’t describe myself as psychic, but I am highly intuitive. I actually don’t like the term “psychic”, and I believe it’s very much overused. Most of us have those same abilities, we just don’t recognize that we have them, and we don’t develop them. For example, the paranormal has always been my passion and I’ve been reading, studying, and working on my own abilities since I was 12. I’ve read just about all the books, gone to most of the classes, learned and practiced the rituals, and explored many strange highways and byways during this lifelong journey of mine. As far as “real” psychics — that is, individuals with an extraordinary level of ability to connect with those in spirit — I’ve only met two people that I consider truly gifted. Those people are John Cappello and MarVeena Meek, both of whom I studied with in Dallas. In my opinion, they are the best. But even they are only about 70 to 80 percent accurate. And I’ve had readings with lots of the big names out there, including a $1,000 private phone reading with George Anderson who, by the way, was 100 percent wrong about everything he said! People need to be cautious about their infatuation with anyone who comes along and announces that they’re yet another “psychic medium”. There are a lot of delusional people and con artists out there, and you don’t want to base your life decisions on what they tell you. If you go to them just for fun, that’s fine, but remember that YOU are always your best guide and you have all the knowledge you need within. You simply need to learn how to access it and trust it.
HoTS: What are some of your most outstanding personal paranormal experiences?
PM: There are so many. The most outstanding, though, is when my body was physically asleep in my bed at around 4:10 am when my mother was in the ICU of Plano Hospital. Suddenly, I was there in the hospital, also, and my mom and I were walking down the corridor together. I was aware of a bright, pulsating light at the end of the hall and we were walking slowly towards it. One of the most interesting aspects of this experience is that my mom and I were talking very casually and laughing. It was definitely not a somber atmosphere. Even though we were invisible to the doctors and nurses moving past, it seemed like the most natural thing in the world. As we approached the light, I said to my mother, “I don’t think I can go any further.” And she replied, “I know. But it’s okay. Your father’s waiting for me there.” FYI, my father died when I was 12. Then she walked down the rest of the hallway by herself and disappeared into the light. About halfway there, she stopped, turned, looked back at me one last time, and smiled. I have NEVER seen anyone on this earth look so happy! She was absolutely radiant. That’s one reason why I never really grieved for her after her physical death. How could I? I knew she was happier than she had ever been and in a wonderful place.
Anyway, after she disappeared into the light, I immediately found myself back in my body. I laid awake staring at the ceiling, waiting for the phone to ring, which it did about 10 minutes later. It was the surgeon, calling to tell us that my mother had passed away. But I already knew that. I was there.
PM: I’ve had many, many other experiences as well. Another example is that my husband and I live with a ghost cat and have for many years, through 3 different cities and 3 different houses. We see, hear, and sense our little ghost cat at least once a week or so. We think she is “Fluffy,” a cat that Jim had as a child that his parents made him get rid of. Carol Gurney, the well-known animal communicator, confirmed that information for us in a private reading and also told us that Fluffy had never fully crossed over. Instead, she had decided to stay with Jim throughout his life as a guide and companion. That was a really emotional reading, as you can imagine! By the way, Carol Gurney is a legitimate and very talented animal communicator and I highly recommend her. Anyway, we also captured our ghost cat on a security monitor one snowy morning during the blizzard of 2010. She can be seen very clearly on the back of the sofa and you see her eyes first before the rest of her body materializes clearly for several seconds. She looks into the security camera – as if she knew we could see her there – directly into our eyes, blinks twice, and then disappear. It’s amazing footage and I wish I could use it in one of our episodes – but it’s a security camera so it’s grainy to begin with and the swirling snow outside makes it worse. The compression rate required to insert it into video destroys the resolution. It’s actually very clear when you see it on the computer but unfortunately does not translate well to another medium.
HoTS: When and why did you decide to create a paranormal TV show?
PM: We started in 2012 and we filmed 10 half-hour episodes, originally for Ghost Channel TV on the Internet and then we moved to Mingle Media TV, another Internet channel. Gaiam TV – also Internet – later bought the digital rights in the US/Canada for Season 1 only and we’re still available on their website and through Amazon, iTunes, and a number of other venues.
I wanted to do a series because we were excited about the research we were conducting and wanted to share it with the world. We were doing some interesting experiments, such as thought transference as a cause of EVPs, working with ESP cards, and using hypnosis – things that other shows weren’t doing at the time.
PM: I wanted to do a series because we were excited about the research we were conducting and wanted to share it with the world. We were doing some interesting experiments, such as thought transference as a cause of EVPs, working with ESP cards, and using hypnosis – things that other shows weren’t doing at the time.
HoTS: Are you on YouTube?
PM: No, we’re not. We’re prohibited from showing The R.I.P. Files on YouTube due to our various contracts. Seasons 2 and 3 (16 hour-long episodes) will be aired in the US, starting in January of 2018. We have to keep this VERY confidential for now, as TV networks are extremely sensitive about leaks. So, that’s all I can say for at the moment.
PM: But I CAN say that all three seasons continue to air on SyFy Asia, where we are the #3 show on that network, something we’re very proud of. We’re also the lead-in to Ghost Adventures on Really TV in the UK, so that’s another significant achievement.
We’re very excited about finally coming to US TV and we’re hoping for great success. Our fans have been very loyal and I’m sure that will continue.
HoTS: with so many Paranormal shows that on the air now, why do you think people like The R.I.P. Files?
PM: I think it’s because we’re not actors/actresses and slick Hollywood producers – instead, we started out in the paranormal and that’s still what we do – although I have to say that we have acquired a lot of knowledge about the entertainment business after doing it for more than five years. I had absolutely no background in television when I started, and I basically learned by doing. There were a lot of costly mistakes in the first couple of years and those certainly paid for what I call my “film school tuition.” One thing I did already know how to do as a professional writer and editor was tell a story and that has proven to be an invaluable skill.
HoTS: What’s it like working with your husband?
PM: We clash on a regular basis. He has his vision and I have mine. However, after we sit down and talk about it, we usually find that those visions are closer than we thought initially, and we can usually work out any differences of opinion to everyone’s satisfaction. Sometimes, I have to overrule him, though. But Jim does have a lot of great ideas and I enjoy the creative “give and take” that goes into doing the show together.
HoTS: What’s the difference between, say, a YouTube paranormal show and a paranormal show on cable or network TV?
PM: Brenda, the difference is huge!! For example, there is one phrase that strikes dread into my heart: E&O insurance. That’s “producer’s errors and omissions insurance” and it’s required by just about every TV network around the world. It means writing a check for about $10,000 up front for every new sale on every new network. Believe me, that’s painful! That’s not required for SVOD (streaming video on demand) or for YouTube and other internet sites. Plus, the technical specs (video quality, aspect ratio, audio leveling, frames per second) are so much more stringent for network TV! It’s all about the storytelling and the production values. You have to really know what you’re doing. I didn’t, but I was fortunate to find a couple good editors – especially our current editor, Bill Gaunce. He really took me under his wing and taught me so much about the technical aspects of editing a professional TV show. Also, Kristi Pelzel – our very talented Audio Technician – is always eager to share her knowledge and has been a tremendous help along the way.
HoTS: Being a woman, did you find it harder to get networks and decision-makers to take you seriously?
PM: No, not at all. There are a LOT of very powerful women in the entertainment industry. There’s also a very real “good ol’ boys and good ol’ girls” network and, if you’re an outsider, it’s very hard to break in, regardless of gender. That’s why you need a representative who is a Hollywood insider and, fortunately, we have someone who is plugged into that scene and has been for many years. He is constantly pitching us and meeting with potential buyers. He also attends all the entertainment markets throughout the year, which is where the most deals get done. Those are MIPCOM in Cannes, France, every fall, MIPTV in Cannes France every spring, Real Screen in Washington, DC, in January, NATPE in Miami in late January, Real Screen West in Santa Monica, CA, every June, and a host of smaller events. Our representative knows most of the movers and shakers at the TV networks and has them on speed dial. We’re also becoming more well known in our own right as the show has garnered some good ratings and good publicity in the international markets, so some network execs at least know our name.
HoTS: As a fellow Paranormal Investigator, there are certain questions that you know you are going to get asked, so here it is. What’s the scariest place you’ve ever investigated?
PM: that would be, St. Albans in Radford, Virginia. It’s the real deal and we captured a couple of our best EVPs there. That place is wicked! Other favorites are Pennhurst and Ramblewood, plus many lesser-known places such as Weems-Botts House, Oakland Mansion, Swannanoa Palace, Boydville, Adam-Stephen House, and a ton of others. Moundsville was also super scary.
HoTS: How do you get so much activity in a 10-hour period?
PM: We’re all “sensitives” and what I like to call “ghost magnets”. Except for my husband, Jim (the director), who is a “ghost repellant”. We can’t have him on set while we’re filming because all activity stops “dead” – so to speak – when Jim shows up. Ghosts fear him. He’s a very successful businessman and he does have a somewhat intimidating personality (although he would do anything for people and animals that need help), so maybe the ghosts are picking up on that outward persona.
HoTS: Do you believe EVPs are really the voices of the dead? What about photos and videos?
PM: In some cases – not in all. And, of course, EVPs can be faked easily – just like photos and videos. We look for “corroborating” evidence as “proof.” For example, perhaps an investigator gets goosebumps and then they think they glimpse a little girl out of the corner of their eye and then we get an anomalous sound that could be a child giggling. Even better, we later discover that a little girl died in this house. Now, that’s very convincing evidence! Is it proof positive? No, but it’s getting closer.
I am VERY wary about photos and videos. And I’ve noticed a disturbing trend of “orbs” showing up again and even one group attempting to match up the “little faces in the orbs” with old photographs of deceased residents. They have the whole town bamboozled with this garbage, even though I tried to explain to them that no reputable paranormal investigator would accept orbs from a digital camera as proof of the paranormal. Troy Taylor, one of the pioneers in this field, once wrote a great article debunking orbs and described them perfectly as “the lazy investigator’s evidence”. Now, there ARE such things as “spirit lights” that are seen with the naked eye and those may be more worthy of research, although Jim thinks it’s mostly ball lightning. But orbs in photos are extremely doubtful as anything other than dust, bugs, reflections, etc. Even when I’ve seen a few interesting ones show up in photos, I think it’s best to discount them simply because there are so many non-paranormal explanations for them. Let’s put it this way: orbs will NEVER help paranormal research be taken seriously by science, that’s for certain! In fact, all that happens when you run into the “orb fans,” like the group I mentioned earlier, is it makes all of us look ridiculous and takes away from the legitimate research so many groups are doing.
I’m also amazed that some people don’t seem to know what “pareidolia” is – you know, the tendency to see faces and familiar shapes in random images. Several so-called investigators on my news feed are constantly sending me blurry pictures of images circled in red with comments like, “There’s a Civil War soldier looking right at the camera.” No, there isn’t!! At least, not in most cases. A few, well, they’re interesting, but the vast majority of photos and videos on Facebook and the internet these days are nothing but fakes and wishful thinking. They’re setting the field of paranormal research back decades and it really bothers me.
And don’t even get me started on ghost apps! They’re the bane of our existence. But it’s easy to tell when it’s an app – it’s WAY too clear. I can’t tell you how many of those we get all the time from people who swear on their children’s heads that these photos are “real.” Yeah, right. They also tend to get very hostile when you explain that their photos are not in the least paranormal. But that’s okay. I’m not going to lie to protect someone’s ego. If you ask for my opinion, you’re going to get it so don’t ask if you don’t want to hear the truth.
Meanwhile, we’ll keep on keeping it as real as we can, while still editing the show to be as spooky, scary, and suspenseful as possible.
HoTS: Do you think that other paranormal TV shows are faking it?
PM: Yes. I know that for a fact. But that’s all I’m going to say about it. I don’t want to be sued.
HoTS: How should we view paranormal shows?
PM: As entertainment only, with a few shows that do some real research occasionally, including ours, of course. But most have to be taken with a VERY large pitcher of salt.
HoTS: I think that I know the answer to this, but what do you think of those “investigators” who learn all they know from TV?
PM: They’re not investigators, they’re pretenders. If you want to learn to be a serious paranormal investigator, my advice to you is to read all the books you can about metaphysics, spirituality, and the history of the paranormal and then and only then venture out into the field – for example, if you don’t know who Harry Price was or who Troy Taylor is or how digital cameras work or what the ideomotor effect is, you’re not a legitimate paranormal investigator. Read the books, search out the serious Internet sites like the Society for Psychical Research, join the discussion groups, and participate in forums such as There’s a (ghost) app for that, and always, always, always be willing to further your education, experiment, and learn new things. Never be afraid to fail!
HoTS: What do you think is the biggest mistake some paranormal investigators make?
PM: Not taking the paranormal seriously and failing to use psychic protection, smudging, clearing, and grounding. Several people on my team have been attacked by negative entities when they let down their guard. I was attacked by a very negative entity at Boydville last year and had some horrific nightmares for about a week before I got it under control via the Lesser Banishing Ritual of the Pentagram and other techniques. Sherry, one of my investigators, suffered with an attachment from Boydville for about six months before a shaman was able to help her. It’s not something to take lightly. Even for those who like to think they’re investigating “scientifically”, they need to be aware of the potential dangers of this work and take steps to protect themselves and their loved ones. By the way, there’s absolutely no scientifically valid link between electromagnetic fields (EMF, which most ghost hunting equipment is designed to detect) and the presence of ghosts or other unseen entities. Plus, investigating “scientifically” requires much more than waving around a bunch of EMF meters. There’s a whole complex methodology, including developing hypotheses and theories and then experiments based on them, and very few paranormal investigators understand or follow these protocols. We used to do more of it but have more or less decided to rely on the spiritual/metaphysical approach to investigating. We get better results that way. But, no worries, Jim keeps us straight if we start to get too far out there in “woo woo” land. He truly is a scientist and would prefer to do more structured experiments, which we may go back to at some point. I’ll be honest with you, though: if you’re doing a paranormal TV show, science definitely does NOT sell.
HoTS: What do you think causes paranormal activity?
PM: There are lots of theories: human spirits, demons, elementals, thoughtforms, spirit guides, angels – all of the above. I think each case is different although the places where trauma and deaths have occurred on a large scale are certainly the most likely places. Much of it could also be caused by expectation – we want to see ghosts, we expect to see ghosts, and so we see them. The human mind is very powerful, much more so than we realize. That concentrated group energy can do some amazing things!! Although I’m not saying that’s necessarily the explanation, it’s certainly something that has to be considered. Especially since, as a student of metaphysical teachers such as “Seth” and “Abraham”, I thoroughly believe that we create our own reality through our thoughts and emotions. Maybe we also create our own “ghosts”, at least in some instances. That was demonstrated through the famous “Phillip” experiment back in the 70s, when a group of people made up a person named Phillip, gave him likes/dislikes and a past, and attempted to contact him through psychic means – with amazing success. Phillip answered as expected at first, but then seemed to learn and grow and take on an independent personality, much to the astonishment of the researchers. Thoughtform? Walk-in? Someone from spirit having a laugh? No one really knows.
HoTS: Are you planning to do any other paranormal shows?
PM: We have a couple in development right now. I would definitely like to do another few seasons of The R.I.P. Files – but we’ll see how the ratings are. We live or die by the ratings, as I’m sure you know.
HoTS: Pat, with all of the old and new technology and equipment being used, what do you think is the most important piece of equipment you can use as a paranormal investigator?
PM: Our own senses. We’ve found that the more we investigate, the more highly sensitive we become. We believe that, at this point, we’re all just as good as any so-called “psychic,” which is one reason we don’t usually bring in any outsiders. We have confidence in our own individual and team impressions, backed up by corroborating evidence such as personal experiences, audio, historical research, and even a few interesting photos. Our intuition has proven to be reliable over and over again in almost 10 years of investigating.
HoTS: Do you think “mass hysteria” may play a role in so-called “haunted” houses and other locations?
PM: Absolutely! We, as a species, seem to have a primal need to be scared. Let’s face it, we enjoy it. Wandering around a spooky old graveyard at night is a favorite activity for many of us. It’s easy to get scared in the dark with unfamiliar sounds and shapes, and it’s easy to let your imagination get the better of you. That’s why I’m totally opposed to anyone under 18 investigating. These types of experiences can traumatize susceptible children and adolescents — even adults — to the point that it can adversely affect their entire lives. It’s not worth taking that chance.
HoTS: By the way, why does everyone investigate in the dark?
PM: There’s a very simple explanation for that and we presented it in “Spirits of the Palace”, which was shot at Swannanoa in the mountains of central Virginia. Melatonin production increases between 10 pm and 3 am. Melatonin stimulates the pineal gland, whose function is mostly unknown to modern science but has traditionally been considered the “third eye” or the seat of our psychic senses. We believe that our senses do actually increase during these times and we may be able to see/hear/sense things that would normally be filtered out by our conscious mind during the day. Of course, there are plenty of ghost sightings reported in the daylight, but I still think nighttime is the best for picking up maximum activity.
Paranormal Investigators, Mark C. Higgins & Sherry

Paranormal Investigators, Mark C. Higgins & Sherry

HoTS: I want to thank you for taking the time out of your very busy schedule to spend some time with us at House of Tortured Souls. As a fellow Paranormal Investigator and friend of yours, it was an honor and a real pleasure to be the one who interviewed you. I just have one last question for you: any last words for aspiring investigators?
PM: Thank you, Brenda, I really enjoyed our time as well, and Yes, I do have some last words for aspiring investigators: Always be willing to explore the darkness…and never stop learning!
Please Note: At the time of this article, due to things still being negotiated, we are still waiting to find out which major US network will be airing The R.I.P. Files. But to help curb your ghostly curiosity, please check out this teaser:
I hope that you liked my very first interview for House of Tortured Souls because I really enjoyed writing it.
Until next time, keep your feet on the ground and your eyes open!!
Happy Hauntings!!
Brenda – The Ghost Huntress

Pat Marin

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #24 – Blood Bus

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #24 – Blood Bus

Evening, Souls! It’s the twenty-third evening of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the twenty-fourth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

The twenty-fourth PSA comes from Marilyn Thomas.

From the official Press Release:

Next up is a segment from an extremely talented Canadian filmmaker (who usually kicks my butt at horror short competitions) who has taken the leap from wearing every other hat on set to directing her first short, Marilyn Thomas.
You are going to love this one – it was a perfect storm of killer amazing talent who came together to make it happen including American Mary’s Paula Lindberg and fellow Canadian artist heavy weight, Crystal Lowe.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the kickass twenty-fourth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Blood Bus

By Marilyn Thomas


I’ve always been a fan of the blood drive, but because of health issues, have never been able to donate. Last year, I found out that people of color are very rare donors. I realized that as a First Nations person, I wanted to change that. This year, I’m not only donating blood, but I’ve signed up as a bone marrow donor and ensured to check off organ donation. Blood donation is the easiest to give. It takes minutes, and you don’t have to die to help someone out.

Cast & Crew:

Paula Lindberg – Actor

Paula Lindberg RADA-trained Paula Lindberg has built a solid genre reputation with her appearances on ‘Fringe’ and ‘Supernatural’ but attained immediate cult status from her portrayal of Ruby Realgirl in the breakout horror hit American Mary. Watch for her starring in the upcoming Corey Haim/Corey Feldman biopic coming out this spring

Sarah Booth – Stunt Actor

Sarah Booth has been an actress in theatre, television and film since 2008. Most notably, she was the lead role in the feature film The Scarehouse (Universal Studios) and a guest role on Law & Order: SVU, a role on American Horror Story VI. Sarah can currently be seen at Universal Studios Hollywood playing the lead role of Helen in the Waterworld Live Stunt Show.

Mike DeCamp – Actor/Stunt Coordinator

Mike DeCamp is a stunt performer and actor for theatre, television, and film. Mike studied at UCLA and UC Irvine (CA). He can be seen in projects such as Deadliest Warrior (Spike TV) as well as Pandemic (New Artist Alliance) and Six Gun Savior (New Artist Alliance).

Marilyn Thomas – Director/Writer

Marilyn Thomas has created a number of award-winning short films including, ‘Shi-Shi- Etko’, ‘The Secret Life Of Cassandra Brown’ and ‘JACK’. She has sold a number of features, as well, she has written and produced documentaries including ‘Path of Pilgrims’. In the realm of digital media, she has created numerous web series & and the successful interactive e-book series ‘Brambleberry Tales’ which is an iTunes editors choice.

Crystal Lowe – Producer/Actress

Crystal Lowe has multiple series regular roles to her name and is no stranger to Horror fans from her work in the Final Destination, Wrong Turn, Children of the Corn franchises. She currently stars in Signed, Sealed, & Delivered for the Hallmark channel & her last three produced short films have garnered international acclaim.

Cory Brandon Clay – Director of Photography / Producer

Cory Brandon Clay is an Emmy Award Winning Producer, Director of Photography &; Photographer. He studied at Webster University in Saint Louis, Missouri, UCLA. Cory collected his first Emmy & Telly Awards for PBS Documentary work. In 2002 he relocated to Los Angeles, where he filmed TV shows such as NCIS, NUMBERS, AMERICAN IDOL, SO YOU THINK YOU CAN DANCE; and feature films such as BORDERTOWN & BULLETPROOF MONK. Hes’ worked on commercials for Nissan, Toyota, & Adidas. In 2013, Cory established The Jukebox Romeos, a creative production agency dedicated to the work of feature films, music video content & live concert films. His clients include Kid Rock, CMT, Papa Roach, MTV, Discovery, Velocity, Blackberry Smoke, Warner Music, Universal Music Group, Red Light Management, ABC & Carrie Underwood.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #23 – Surprise Egg!

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #23 – Surprise Egg!

Morning, Souls! It’s the twenty-third PSA of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the next entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

This PSA comes from Hannah Neurotica.

From the official Press Release:

Nine years ago, this next artist decided to change February forever with the very first Women in Horror Month. The founder of WiHM, Hannah Forman, has been growing this event, this celebration, this unity for nine years before it was in vogue to support female artists in the industry.
Without WIHM, our first film wouldn’t have gotten its first two screenings which became life changing events for us. I’ve watched her work tirelessly every year to promote people’s work and raise awareness about artists across the globe in the past, present, and setting up for the future.
I’m over-joyed that she was able to be a part of these 9th Annual WiHM Massive Blood Drive PSAs. Bless you for everything you’ve done, Hannah. Love you to bits!

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the incredible twenty-third Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Surprise Egg

By Hannah Neurotica



Hannah Neurotica


33 Music Boxes
Public Domain


Hannah Neurotica is the founder of Women in Horror Month, the Ax Wound Film Festival, and published the world’s first known print feminist horror publication, Ax Wound ‘Zine. She is a mixed media artist, writer, and experimental filmmaker whose appeared in Newsweek, The, Rue Morgue, Bitch, NPR, CBC Radio, and other pop culture media. She has been invited to speak or moderate a panels at events such as Geek Girl Con, Horror Rama, and Horrible Imaginings.
From event organizing to creative projects, Hannah’s passion is rooted in educating and empowering women to share their stories in all artistic forms, while simultaneously creating new spaces/opportunities to amplify what they have to say.


I am honored to be part of this massive blood drive undertaking. My father passed away right before the first WiHM in 2010 and it was especially meaningful when Jen and Sylvia Soska told me they wanted to start encouraging people to donate with horror/gore themed blood donation PSAs. I’d just watched my dad get bags of blood from people I will never be able to thank but whom I am grateful for everyday. All you have to do is make an appointment, sit in a chair, and then you get a cookie. Being a hero has never been easier! Please consider taking that brave step and share that good red stuff in your veins.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa

WiHM: Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSThis next lady’s contribution to horror may be a little controversial, but I still feel that Dyanne Thorne’s character Ilsa deserves some love during women in horror month.

I found myself struggling to write this to not sound like a Nazi sympathizer and to not glorify the atrocities committed during the Holocaust. I hope that before the social justice and keyboard warriors attack, they consider the reasons I choose to salute her.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSIn case you aren’t familiar with the Ilsa character she starred in a triology of cult/Nazisploitation films called Ilsa, She Wolf of the SS, Ilsa, Harem Keeper of the Oil Sheiks, and Ilsa, the Wicked Warden. The first two films are directed by the Canadian (yay Canada!) director Don Edmunds and the third by popular Spanish cult director Jesus Franco. Thorne plays a tough female leader as Ilsa in all three and they’re all great movies, but She Wolf of the SS is my favorite and will be my focus in this tribute.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSIlsa She Wolf of the SS is the only Nazisploitation film in the trilogy and is by far the best, but I’d argue that it’s more about feminism and female sexuality than Nazis. Ilsa is a Nazi Komandant, in charge of a “medical” camp. She is hell bent on proving that woman are inherently stronger than men and have a much higher threshold for pain. She works endlessly to prove this by inflicting all kinds of sadistic torture upon the women who enter her camp. It’s nearing the end of the war and Germany is in desperate need of reinforcements and she wants to demonstrate that women would make far greater soldiers than men. She finally proves this after subjecting the women to gangrene, whippings, gang rape, an electrified dildo (and I don’t mean it vibrates), genital mutilation, and syphilis. She’s gratified when she finds a star test subject who can withstand all of the above and still fight back.

While Ilsa works hard during the day she also works hard at night choosing a different male prisoner each night to sexually satisfy her. When they fail to meet her needs, she has them castrated until she finally comes across an American prisoner who is able to hold an erection indefinitely. Her sexual prowess leads to her unfortunate demise as the American ends up seducing her and killing her.

Dyanne Thorne as Ilsa She Wolf of the SSA couple of fun facts regarding Ilsa:

The set of She Wolf was actually the recycled set of Hogan’s Heroes and since the show had already been cancelled they were allowed to burn it to the ground for the final scene of Ilsa, saving them the cost of having it demolished.

Dyanne Thorne now performs weddings in Las Vegas and rumor has it that if you pay enough she will dress up as Ilsa.

I’ll always love Ilsa for her ability to command respect, her strength and indifference when it comes to her work and most importantly for her shameless sexual expression.

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WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #22 – It’s In You To Give

WiHM9 Blood Drive, PSA #22 – It’s In You To Give

Evening, Souls! It’s the twenty-second PSA of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the next entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

This PSA comes from Ama Lea.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the amazing twenty-first Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

It’s In You To Give

By Ama Lea

Cast & Crew:


Lara Jean Mummert
Colton Wheeler


Ama Lea


Diego Madrigal


Eric Thirteen

Special FX

Sheila Mia Seifi


Adam Lima


Ama Lea grew up in Stephen King Country- Bangor, Maine where she naturally had an inclination to the horror genre from a very early age. She spent her youth making films on old Camcorders, editing between VCRs and taking pictures in cemeteries.
After High School Ama moved to Boston where she majored in editorial photography at New England School of photography. She was Valedictorian of her graduating class. Soon after which she attended grad school at Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara, California where she majored in Fashion Photography and Film Studies. She was again, Valedictorian. After college she went on to become a celebrity photographer for many top magazines such as Inked, AP, Revolver, Zink and many more. She worked within the horror industry shooting a fine art photo exhibit entitled The Bloody Best which included portraits of legends in the horror industry which lead to her accepting the position as photographer for Fangoria Magazine where she had the honor of shooting the likes of Roger Corman, Wes Craven, and many more. She went on to create Year of Fear, a sexy parody horror calendar company that releases products annually. Meanwhile she kept her toe in film making by writing and directing several shorts and participating in ABC’s of Death 2.5 for Alamo Drafthouse as well as just finishing a huge festival season with her award winning short film, From Hell She Rises.
Ama is currently working for various publications as an editorial and celebrity photographer.


When asked to be a part of the Soska’s annual blood drive, I was honored! It’s a great cause that’s been a tradition for women in horror and the Soska’s for years. I began to think about the theme…”be a hero.” Obviously capes and tights come to mind first but breaking it down to something even more simple. A hero in your life every day. To me, there is something so heroic about giving your all to another person. So many men have zero idea how to really be a great partner and furthermore, a great lover. To me the ability to give unselfishly to another person is heroic and it’s the same as giving blood. The simple act of donating blood can help save lives. Nearly 4.5 million patients need a blood transfusion a year in the US and Canada alone and only 10% of the population donates per year. If we could increase that number by even 1% the blood deficit in America would disappear. This is a call to arms for the horror community. It’s in all of us to give!

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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