bram stokers dracula

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

November 1 – 7

11/01/1985 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge released theatrically
A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Fair use doctrine.
11/01/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the European Union
11/01/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in the European Union
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.
28 Days Later / Fair use doctrine.
11/01/2002 – 28 Days Later released theatrically in the United Kingdom
11/02/1990 – Jacob’s Ladder released theatrically
Jacob's Ladder / Fair use doctrine.
Carrie / Fair use doctrine.
11/03/1976 – Carrie released theatrically
11/03/1946-Tom Savini pioneer F/X artist born
Tom Savini / Image: IMDb
The Snake Pit / Fair use doctrine.
11/04/1948 – The Snake Pit released theatrically
11/05/1943 – Son of Dracula (1943) released theatrically
Son of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
11/05/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in North America
11/06/1931 – Mike Nichols (director of Wolf) born
Mike Nichols / Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com
Thandie Newton / Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.com
11/06/1972 – Thandie Newton (actress in Interview with the Vampire) born
11/06/1972 – Rebecca Romijn (actress in Godsend) born
Rebecca Romijn / Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com

November 8 – 14

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde / Fair use doctrine.
11/07/1971 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde released theatrically
11/07/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Australia
Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.
Bram Stoker / Fair use doctrine.
11/08/1847 – Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) born (d. 1912)
11/08/1968 – Parker Posey (actress in Scream 3) born
Parker Posey / © 2004 USA Cable Network. All Rights Reserved.
Tara Reid / IMDb
11/08/1975 – Tara Reid (actress in A Return to Salem’s Lot, Urban Legend (film), Devil’s Pond, Alone in the Dark, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer) born
11/09/1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street released theatrically
A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.
Silent Night, Deadly Night / Fair use doctrine.
11/09/1984 – Silent Night, Deadly Night released theatrically
11/09/1988 – Child’s Play released theatrically
Child's Play / © 1988 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
Castlevania: Chronicles / Fair use doctrine.
11/09/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in the European Union
11/10/1889 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1967)
Claude Rains / Photo by Hulton Archive - Image courtesy gettyimages.com
Bill Moseley / IMDb
11/11/1951 – Bill Moseley (actor in many horror films) born
11/11/1995 – Interview with the Vampire released theatrically
Interview with the Vampire / Fair use doctrine.
Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.
11/11/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in North America
11/12/1904 – Jacques Tourneur (director of many horror films) born (d. 1977)
Jacques Tourneur / Image: IMDb
The Mad Ghoul / Fair use doctrine.
11/12/1943 – The Mad Ghoul released theatrically
11/12/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in North America
Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Fair use doctrine.
Seed of Chucky / Fair use doctrine.
11/12/2004 – Seed of Chucky released theatrically
11/13/1933 – The Invisible Man released theatrically
The Invisible Man / Fair use doctrine.
Cape Fear / Fair use doctrine.
11/13/1991 – Cape Fear (1991) released theatrically
11/13/1992 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula released theatrically
Bram Stoker's Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

November 15 – 21

Night of the Comet / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.
11/16/1984 – Night of the Comet released theatrically
11/16/1990 – Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 released theatrically
Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 / Fair use doctrine.
Frailty / © 2002 - Lions Gate Films - All Rights Reserved
11/17/2001 – Frailty released theatrically
11/18/1990 – It premieres on television
It / Fair use doctrine.

November 21 – 27

Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
11/21/1931 – Frankenstein released theatrically
11/21/1964 – Onibaba released theatrically in Japan
Onibaba / Fair use doctrine.
Predator 2 / Fair use doctrine.
11/21/1990 – Predator 2 released theatrically
11/21/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan
Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.
Gothika / © 2003 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved
11/21/2002 – Gothika released theatrically
11/22/1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis (actress in Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night, etc.) born
Jamie Lee Curtis / © 2010 20th Century FOX All Rights Reserved
Boris Karloff / Image courtesy mptvimages.com
11/23/1887 – Boris Karloff born (d. 1969)
11/23/1917 – Michael Gough (actor in Hammer horror films) born
Michael Gough / Image: IMDb
Silent Hill 2 / Fair use doctrine.
11/23/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe
11/24/1999 – End of Days released theatrically
End of Days / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
11/24/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Japan
11/26/1992 – Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Europe
Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge / Fair use doctrine.
Alien: Resurrection / Fair use doctrine.
11/26/1997 – Alien: Resurrection released theatrically
11/27/1988 – John Carradine (actor in numerous horror films) dies (b. 1906)
John Carradine / Photo by Ulvis Alberts - © 1978 Ulvis Alberts - Image courtesy mptvimages.com
Castlevania: Legends / Fair use doctrine.
11/27/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in Japan
11/27/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan
20032711_castlevania-lament-of-innocence

November 28 – 30

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / Fair use doctrine.
11/28/1974 – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie released theatrically
11/30/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in the United States
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
History of Horror in November

History of Horror in November

By Woofer McWooferson

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

November 1 - 7


11/01/1985 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge released theatrically

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.



Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Fair use doctrine.


11/01/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the European Union



11/01/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in the European Union

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.



28 Days Later / Fair use doctrine.

11/01/2002 – 28 Days Later released theatrically in the United Kingdom



11/02/1990 – Jacob’s Ladder released theatrically

Jacob's Ladder / Fair use doctrine.



Carrie / Fair use doctrine.

11/03/1976 – Carrie released theatrically



11/03/1946-Tom Savini pioneer F/X artist born

Tom Savini / Image: IMDb



The Snake Pit / Fair use doctrine.

11/04/1948 – The Snake Pit released theatrically



11/05/1943 – Son of Dracula (1943) released theatrically

Son of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.



Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

11/05/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in North America



11/06/1931 – Mike Nichols (director of Wolf) born

Mike Nichols / Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com



Thandie Newton / Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.com

11/06/1972 – Thandie Newton (actress in Interview with the Vampire) born



11/06/1972 – Rebecca Romijn (actress in Godsend) born

Rebecca Romijn / Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com

November 8 - 14


Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde / Fair use doctrine.

11/07/1971 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde released theatrically



11/07/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Australia

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.



Bram Stoker / Fair use doctrine.

11/08/1847 – Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) born (d. 1912)



11/08/1968 – Parker Posey (actress in Scream 3) born

Parker Posey / © 2004 USA Cable Network. All Rights Reserved.



Tara Reid / IMDb

11/08/1975 – Tara Reid (actress in A Return to Salem’s Lot, Urban Legend (film), Devil’s Pond, Alone in the Dark, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer) born



11/09/1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street released theatrically

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.



Silent Night, Deadly Night / Fair use doctrine.

11/09/1984 – Silent Night, Deadly Night released theatrically



11/09/1988 – Child’s Play released theatrically

Child's Play / © 1988 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.



Castlevania: Chronicles / Fair use doctrine.

11/09/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in the European Union



11/10/1889 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1967)

Claude Rains / Photo by Hulton Archive - Image courtesy gettyimages.com



Bill Moseley / IMDb

11/11/1951 – Bill Moseley (actor in many horror films) born



11/11/1995 – Interview with the Vampire released theatrically

Interview with the Vampire / Fair use doctrine.



Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.

11/11/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in North America



11/12/1904 – Jacques Tourneur (director of many horror films) born (d. 1977)

Jacques Tourneur / Image: IMDb



The Mad Ghoul / Fair use doctrine.

11/12/1943 – The Mad Ghoul released theatrically



11/12/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in North America

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Fair use doctrine.



Seed of Chucky / Fair use doctrine.

11/12/2004 – Seed of Chucky released theatrically



11/13/1933 – The Invisible Man released theatrically

The Invisible Man / Fair use doctrine.



Cape Fear / Fair use doctrine.

11/13/1991 – Cape Fear (1991) released theatrically



11/13/1992 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula released theatrically

Bram Stoker's Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

November 15 - 21


Night of the Comet / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

11/16/1984 – Night of the Comet released theatrically



11/16/1990 – Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 released theatrically

Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 / Fair use doctrine.



Frailty / © 2002 - Lions Gate Films - All Rights Reserved

11/17/2001 – Frailty released theatrically



11/18/1990 – It premieres on television

It / Fair use doctrine.

November 21 - 27


Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.

11/21/1931 – Frankenstein released theatrically



11/21/1964 – Onibaba released theatrically in Japan

Onibaba / Fair use doctrine.



Predator 2 / Fair use doctrine.

11/21/1990 – Predator 2 released theatrically



11/21/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan

Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.



Gothika / © 2003 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved

11/21/2002 – Gothika released theatrically



11/22/1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis (actress in Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night, etc.) born

Jamie Lee Curtis / © 2010 20th Century FOX All Rights Reserved



Boris Karloff / Image courtesy mptvimages.com

11/23/1887 – Boris Karloff born (d. 1969)



11/23/1917 – Michael Gough (actor in Hammer horror films) born

Michael Gough / Image: IMDb



Silent Hill 2 / Fair use doctrine.

11/23/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe



11/24/1999 – End of Days released theatrically

End of Days / Fair use doctrine.



Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

11/24/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Japan



11/26/1992 – Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Europe

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge / Fair use doctrine.



Alien: Resurrection / Fair use doctrine.

11/26/1997 – Alien: Resurrection released theatrically



11/27/1988 – John Carradine (actor in numerous horror films) dies (b. 1906)

John Carradine / Photo by Ulvis Alberts - © 1978 Ulvis Alberts - Image courtesy mptvimages.com



Castlevania: Legends / Fair use doctrine.

11/27/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in Japan



11/27/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan

20032711_castlevania-lament-of-innocence

November 28 - 30


Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / Fair use doctrine.

11/28/1974 – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie released theatrically



11/30/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in the United States

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 23 – 31 OCTOBER 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 23 – 31 OCTOBER 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!




Halloween is now just a little over a week away, and our COUNT-DOWN TO HALLOWEEN begins with a full week of Halloween-themed programming, culminating next Monday (Halloween) with our third annual Vortexx Halloween Party! This week's line-up includes THREE movies making their Vortexx debut, an old-time haunted radio show, and a trip to the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. We've got a powerhouse line-up of monsters -- vampires, zombies, witches & warlocks, ghosts, a werewolf, a mummy, Mr. Hyde, and a couple of oddball Frankenstein monsters -- to make your Halloween a week a memorable one. Our hosts are Arachna & Deadly, Vincent Grimmly, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Dr. Zoid & Sluggo, Sicko Psychotic, Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones, Master Vyle & Queman at the Pensinula of Horror, and Mortimer Van Creep hosting our Halloween Party. Enjoy the shows and Happy Halloween!

Sunday (10/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
NOSFERATU (1922)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another gem from the Golden Age of Black-and-White -- F. W. Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922). Max Schreck plays the blood sucking vampire count in one of the first -- and definitely one of the scariest -- screen adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Arachna has taken some creative license to make this silent movie . . . well, less silent. Nosferatu actually speaks, and there are also some sound effects, different music, and lots of scary fun. This episode was a big hit with our viewers when it aired in The Vortexx last April, and we're betting that you're going to enjoy it even more the second time round. Tonight show will be preceded by a tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink hosted by one of his closest friends -- Dale Kay, host of DALE KAY'S SPOOKSHOW. Jim passed away last year on October 24.

Monday (10/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973)

NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and his pet raven Phydeaux presents The Vortexx premiere of VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973). Paul Naschy plays a triple role in this stupendously bad but fun-to-watch Spanish horror thriller. Wearing a wig that makes him look like an Elvis impersonator, Naschy is hilariously miscast as Krishna, a charismatic Indian guru who may or may not be responsible for gang of murderous zombies on the loose in London. Naschy also plays Krishna's hideously disfigured brother Kantaka, and he sports some ridiculous looking horns playing The Devil himself. Argentinean beauty Mirta Miller plays the Guru's Indian girlfriend Kala. Some gratuitous nudity, a little gore, and an undeniably groovy free-form jazz and progressive-rock score add to the fun. Tonight's show will be preceded by Dale Kay's tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink, who passed away a year ago today on October 24, 2015.

Tuesday (10/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
HORROR HOTEL (1960)


BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Marijohuana presents a Vortex favorite -- HORROR HOTEL (1960) aka City of the Dead. A 300-year-old witch needs annual virgin sacrifices in order sustain her immortality, and virgins are getting harder and harder to find! Starring Christopher Lee and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (Night Stalker), this chilling tale about witchcraft in a small New England town was released in the same year as Psycho and has been compared to that film in several ways. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with musical guests Bolonium, a movie review by Mark Krawczyk from The Final Cut, a special Bloody little secret short film, and more! Tonight's show will be preceded by Dale Kay's tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink. [Movie poster by Sean Hartter courtesy of Saturday Fright Special.]

Wednesday (10/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
presents
THE GHOST (1963)


MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents THE GHOST (1963). Not just any ghost, mind you, but the ghost of Dr. Hitchcock of Horrible Dr. Hitchcock fame. Barbara Steele stars as his unfaithful wife, who plots against the doctor, now a cripple, with the help of her lover, while the lover plots against Babs with the help of the housekeeper. It's directed by Riccardo Freda, who had a great influence on both Mario Bava and Dario Argento. This movie has lots of atmosphere, lots of Babs, and a terrific twist ending, so don't miss it!

Thursday (10/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES
presents
THE MAD MONSTER (1942)


Our Countdown to Halloween continues tonight with the ALTERNATIVE REALITIES Halloween show from 2014. Tonight Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Suggo are hosting THE MAD MONSTER (1942) affectionately known to its fans as "Of Mice and Men and Werewolves," Glenn Strange, best remembered as the Frankenstein Monster in three Universal movies, plays Petro, a simple-minded handyman very reminiscent of the simpleton Lenny in the Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. Only this time a mad scientist (George Zucco) turns the simpleton into a werewolf!

Friday (10/28). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
SICKO-PSYCHOTIC
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY (1973)


SICKO-PSYCHOTIC returns to The Vortexx to host the Vortexx premiere of THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY (1973). Imagine what Two Thousand Maniacs would have been like if Herschell Gordon Lewis had used vampires instead of southern rednecks, and you'll have a good idea of what tonight's movie is all about. It's a Spanish-Italian co-production directed by Leon Klimovsky, who also directed The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman and Monday night's Vengeance of the Zombies. This time, however, Klimovsky eschews his favorite go-to star Paul Naschy in favor of the lesser known Jack Taylor (the stripey-shirt guy in last week's Horror of the Zombies). It's about a busload of travelers who decide to spend the night in a nearby town when the bus driver suffers a fatal heart attack. At first the town seems to be uninhabited, but the travelers soon discover that it's populated by some (non-traditional) vampires who like to tear their victims to pieces. WARNING: Tonight's movie contains nudity and brutal violence and is definitely for adults only. So please keep the kids locked in the cellar tonight. It's the only safe place for them.

Saturday (10/29). 8:00 P.M. (ET)
PENINSULA OF HORROR
presents
WHAT IN THE SAMHAIN? CHAT NIGHT!


Join us tonight for a triple dose of HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS as THE PENINSULA OF HORROR -- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts -- celebrates its Third Anniversary with WHAT IN THE SAMHAIN? Chat Night! The main show starts at 8 (ET) as Master Vyle and Queman host THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959). They used a Mexican Beaded Lizard instead of a Gila Monster, and the movie lumbers along even more slowly than its title monster. But this low-budget gem has rock music, hot rods, skid marks, and plenty of unintentional laughs. Then stick around at 10 (ET) when Master Vyle and Queman return to host THE KILLER SHREWS (1959). Who cares if the shrews are really just dogs with rugs attached to them? This is a highly entertaining movie! The shrew action continues at Midnight (ET) as Master Vyle presents THE KILLER SHREWS (PILOT VERSION). It's the same movie but different host bits as Master Vyle presents the never-before-seen pilot version of his show. We must warn you, however, once you see this show, it can never be unseen! There will be a PreShow for the Early Boids -- THE GREAT GRUMPLIN'S HALLOWEEN SAFETY SHOW -- starting at 7 (ET).
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's show will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror's Livestream channel -- livestream.com/tpoh Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of Horror.

Sunday (10/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN
presents
TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO


PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones presents TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO. Cnl. Graves and Smiley are back to celebrate Halloween again, this time with the Haunted Radio! Join us for audio tricks and treats as we listen to HP Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror, Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, and the Washington Irving classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But the chills aren't just for your ears as our two hosts also hit a Halloween Party and learn about Halloween Safety -- plus even more treats! This one is gonna be a lotta fun! Don't miss it!

Monday (10/31). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY: SKUNKY CINEMA
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966)


Join us tonight as we celebrate The Season of the Witch with our third annual VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY! Our Monster of Ceremonies Mortimer Van Creep will kick off the celebration with a brand new episode of SKUNKY CINEMA. Tonight Morty will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966). Kenneth Williams stars as the revived Dr. Watt and luscious Fennella Fielding is his vampirish sister in the twelfth installment of the long-running British "Carry On" series. Together they create two Frankenstein monsters named Oddbod and Oddbod Jr. who go around kidnapping hapless women. Mr. Hyde and a mummy join in the fun in this parody of the Hammer horror films of the 1960s. And for all you night owls, West Coasters, and Halloween junkies who took off work on November 1, the party continues at 11 (ET) with three full hours of MORT'S MONSTER SHORTS!










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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Tracie Hill Prichard

I love Halloween and horror movies, making it, therefor, really hard to just choose five favorites for the month. The films I have decided to feature as my must views for Halloween are in no particular order and are not all listed under the horror genre. I realize Trick 'r Treat, Halloween, and House on Haunted Hill have already been mentioned in previous staff member posts, so I will not include them in my five films, but still consider them to be in my October favorites.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Walt Disney Pictures

Hocus Pocus / Fair use doctrine.This is a fun Halloween film for the whole family to enjoy and get in the spirit. The Sanderson sisters, who are played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Nijimy, are a delightful trio of Salem witches brought back to life 300 years after being hung by Colonials. They are on a mission to steal the souls of children to gain eternal youth but are constantly thwarted by the teen who resurrected them, his little sister, his high school crush, and an immortal cat. This film has a lot of laughs, a couple of great songs, and lovable characters.

Pumpkinhead (1988)
Director: Stan Winston

Pumpkinhead / Fair use doctrine.I love special effects, and Pumpkinhead is just an amazing creature to me. He is a unique and memorable monster creation by Stan Winston. Pumpkinhead is a demon summoned by a grieving father, Lance Henriksen, and an old witch to seek revenge on a group of teens that accidentally kills his son. The folklore and urban legend atmosphere of this film makes it a Halloween must to set the mood for the season.


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Director: Tim Burton

The Nightmare Before Christmas / Fair use doctrine.The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my very favorite movies. The characters are lovable, the songs are memorable, and it is a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. The stop motion animation is brilliant and beautiful. The story revolves around Jack Skellington, voiced by Chris Sarandon, who is the bored Pumpkin King of Halloweentown that feels stuck in a routine year after year. He stumbles upon Christmastown while out walking, and discovers all new wonders and amazement. It stirs new emotions in Jack and he decides to take over Christmas this year and hires a nasty little trio of town trick or treaters to kidnap Santa Claus. Sally, his love interest, tries to discourage him and warns Jack about her vision of disaster. The inhabitants of Halloweentown get excited and deliver their own Halloween flair to an unsuspecting town at Christmas time.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Dracula / Fair use doctrine.I love everything about this film, the costumes, the sets, the characters and the atmosphere. I have the book and I own other Dracula films, but I just really enjoy the visual adaptation of this one. Gary Oldman's performance of Dracula is enjoyable and memorable.

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Director: Herk Harvey

Carnival of Souls / Fair use doctrine.This black and white film doesn't rely on gore or shock, but rather a creepy feeling of dread. The organ music in this film really adds to the eerie overall atmosphere. I am a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Darkside, and this film reminds me of those type of stories. It follows a young woman named Mary (Candace Hilligoss) who, after a car wreck, moves to another town where she becomes captivated by a mysterious abandoned carnival. A psychological journey of isolation follows throughout. The haunting imagery of this film will stay with you for a while after watching. It is a perfect addition to the Halloween season.

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