friday the 13th

“The Only Way Out… Is Down”

I had the great privilege of interviewing the superb director Harrison Smith on his newest film Death House. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about the film.

Death House poster.There is a Fed-Max subterranean government prison that holds humanities worst criminals known as the Death House. It serves as a medical, psychological, and parapsychological research center aimed at eradicating evil. Two federal agents are granted a tour of the center. While on the tour, the unthinkable happens. There is a power outage that releases all of the prisoners, and the agents must fight their way through all of the horror and violence to try to survive. They soon discover that they are being herded down to the lowest depths of the facility. In those depths are a group of supernatural evil beings known as The Five Evils and they may be the agents’ only chance at salvation.

Cody Longo in Death House.

Cody Longo in Death House.

The movie sounds and looks amazing but before I go on I just wanted to say that the media and many articles have labeled the movie, “The Horror Movie genre of The Expendables“. I have to disagree with that. If it were The Expendables we would have a movie with Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs et. al. Which, to some, may sound interesting but it would lack any substance. The stars in this movie are so much more than their individual roles that they have portrayed, they are true actors who excel at their craft. Let me tell you some of them:

  • Adrienne Barbeau: Escape From N.Y., Creepshow, Swamp Thing, The Fog
  • Kane Hodder: Jason Voorhees in some of the Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley from The Hatchet films
  • Dee Wallace: The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners
  • Michael Berryman: The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
  • Barbara Crampton: Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next
  • Sid Haig: The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill
  • Tony Todd: Candyman, Hatchet, Final Destination
  • Bill Moseley: The Devils Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Vernon Wells: The Road Warrior, Weird Science
  • Lindsay Hartley: Nightmare Nurse
  • Cody Longo: Piranha 3D, Nashville
  • Cortney Palm: The Dark Tapes
  • Felissa Rose: Sleepaway Camp
  • Vincent Ward: The Walking Dead

Whew, that is a LOT of talent in one film!

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA. The place had a built-in horror film setting, full of dark history and eerie vibes. It really acts as a functioning character in the film.

IMDb provided a great quote:

This is a solid horror piece, dark, nasty and gore-soaked; not satire or tongue in cheek.

And like Harrison told me, he was writing in a local bar when the ad for Jurassic World came on and it hit him that this movie was “Assault on Precinct 13 meets Jurassic World without the dinosaurs”. So… great actors along with an exciting script and skilled direction. Then throw in stupefying makeup and effects by the Roy Knyrim (Sinister 2) and SOTA FX, and a soundtrack by John Avarese that sets the perfect ambiance. We will finally get what we paid for at the box office!

Death House - Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Death House – Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Harrison was why the horror genre?
Harrison Smith: My first film, The Fields, was based on what really happened to me when I lived and grew up with my grandparents on their farm. The farm came under attack for a short period of time by an unseen presence. We never understood what caused it and we never understood what ended it, so I had personal experience. But also my grandmother and I used to watch horror movies and the old horror TV show Dr. Shock who hosted Saturday morning shows like Scream-In, Horror Theater, and Mad Theater. The movies were captivating. I loved finding out there was a sequel to Frankenstein and that he didn’t die in the burning windmill. There were more like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man that continued on the story of Lon Chaney. Like when they killed Lon Chaney in the original Wolfman I was like, “Why? He was a nice man, he didn’t want to be The Wolf Man“. I loved it. They were like Saturday morning soap operas. I loved them as a kid, but that time is gone. That is why I like Tom Holland’s Fright Night. I was watching in the summer of ’85 and knew it was a Valentine to an era that was quickly fading and disappearing. At that time, the threat was coming from cable television and the home video revolution, so Peter Vincent was this aging icon of an era long gone trying to stay relevant. Tom Holland got it, and Fright Night works on many levels. So horror movies, for me, were a real escape from the actually really scary shit that happened to me.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

HoTS: Then I asked him about the abundance of horror movies and shows seem to be throwing back to the ’80s. Movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil and shows like Stranger Things all reflect that age in horror, and Death House has many actors from that era. Why do you think it is a niche we all still enjoy?

Dee Wallace in Death House.

Dee Wallace in Death House.

HS: Director and actor Eli Roth said that the have-sex-and-die concept behind many of the ’80s slasher films was not as relevant today because millennials look at it and don’t get it. There was a study reported by the L.A. Times in an article by Melissa Batchelor Warnke saying that the millennial generation is the least sexually active, so that concept does not translate well. But at the time when Friday the 13th came around, it was a perfect storm of both liberal and conservative values. We had a very conservative administration with Reagan and yet, at the same time, we were known as the party generation. It was a weird flux of things coming together. So Friday the 13th had fun and parties with lots of boobs and tons of gore but with a moral lesson. See what happens when you fuck in the woods? Jason was like a walking STD. So the ’80s made us nostalgic for the ’50s, and now we look back to the ’80s. We are nostalgic for when we grew up. That is why, when making Death House, we always remembered that we were handling peoples memories and that is very important. The new generation gets to fall in love with it like we did. And with regards to the actors in Death House, they were all smart enough to choose great directors and projects that were just starting out, and their careers flourished from those collaborations so they are all still relevant today.

Death House - Kane Hodder arriving on set.

Kane Hodder arriving on the Death House set pictured with Harrison (dressed as an extra for the ward scene). The guy over his shoulder is producer Rick Finkelstein.

HoTS: I did some research on Holmesburg Prison, where you decided to film the movie. Some extremely monstrous things went on there. Any ghosts try to break into acting for the film?

HS: No, I did not experience anything myself. There were a few reports of the cameras acting wonky, but it was really cold there which probably contributed to that. The place itself was perfect for the mood though. There is a great book called Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesberg Prison 1998 by Allen Hornblum that tells all about the medical experiments and tortures that went on inside the prison. It really lent itself to what we were shooting. I remember when they gave us a tour and brought us into the warden’s office where he had his throat slit. Nothing paranormal happened but everyone was in tune with what had happened there. Dee Wallace said that it was sometimes overwhelming knowing that you were walking by cells where so much abject misery and torture had taken place. It is a building built on misery.

Harrison also wanted to make sure and give a shout out to the administration and the City of Philadelphia and especially the Philadelphia Police Department, who were more than gracious and just all-around wonderful people.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

HoTS: My next question for Harrison was, as a director, what directors influence his work?

HS: Growing up, John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live and Tommy Lee Wallace: IT, Halloween III, Fright Night II were major influences on me because they were accessible to me. I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time and got a subscription to it. I used to read and devour the interviews and not just because of the pictures and oh! there making a sequel to Halloween and I want to see the blood and gore. They did an interview with John Carpenter and he talked about how he made movies and about finding a good crew and sticking with them. And I noticed for the first decade of John’s career he used a lot of the same people in front and behind the camera and that really made an impact on me because Carpenter was very much the founder of the guerilla film movement — that you get a camera, you go out there, and you shoot. That’s what you do, and that really inspired me as a filmmaker. I had a Super 8 silent Kodak camera, and I was learning. I was learning from those interviews in Fangoria and got a really strong base of knowledge. So if you look at my catalog of work so far, you will see many of the same faces. And if you read the credits, you will see a lot of the same names return time and time again. I bring them back because it is like putting the band back together, so to speak, which works for me because it becomes like production shorthand. I would also say Tom Holland of Fright Night and Psycho II fame was another influence because Psycho II made a big impact on me because of the script. I think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made and is very underrated. I wanted to hate it, but 30 minutes into the film I just fell in love with it. When it was over I walked out, called my family to let them know I would be late and went in to see it again. My film Camp Dread is a tip of the hat to Tom Holland. It was more like Psycho II than Friday the 13th.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

HoTS: What is the theme for Death House?

HS: The whole pretext of Death House is evil is evil and good is good, but do they need each other? Because when you try to eradicate evil you are, at most, canceling out good as well. There is no need for good if there’s no need for evil. Bill Mosely has a great line in the film, “True evil is nothingness”. That is true hell. If we were to remove the Holocaust from history we would need a litmus test. Dee Wallace’s and Barbara Crampton’s characters think what they are doing is good. Look at the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t think what they were doing was evil. Dee is like Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a social horror film was a snake pit. Louise Fletcher played it so well because there are real nurses like that. That is the banality of evil. How a modicum of power gives rise to abuse of said power. Are The Five Evils in Death House really evil compared to Dee’s character or Nurse Ratched? They aren’t Cenobites they are regular people like you run into in everyday life. How many times in your own life might you have come into contact with real killers? The Five Evils are normal looking people.

Death House - The Five Evils

Death House – The Five Evils: Vincent Ward, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman.

The original script for Death House was penned by the incredible Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing the mentally-impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Gunnar left us on November 7th, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, brought producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase of Entertainment Factory to the screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard to meet Harrison. Another writer had taken a stab at rewriting the script, but it turned into Texas Chainsaw meets Friday the 13th meets Saw, but that was not what Gunnar wanted. He did not want torture porn but a high concept horror film. Gunnar liked what Harrison did with it, so Harrison finished writing and then directed it. The actors were all there for their friend Gunnar and with Harrison collaborating with Gunnar before his death, I like to think of this as a love letter to an amazing man and actor that we lost too soon.

Gunnar Hansen, 4 March 4, 1947 – 7 November 2015

I was extremely honored to speak with Harrison Smith and pick his brain. To read more on Death House, I have included some links that come straight from the horse’s mouth. Harrison Smith’s Road To Death House articles.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to see this film. It has already won the audience choice award along with best feature film from the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO). MPAA said it was gritty, claustrophobic and a hell of a lot of fun. Harrison said it is like a roller coaster ride through a funhouse, and Kane Hodder said it was his favorite film he has worked on. So horror fans get ready for the ride of your life!

I have also included a link to a petition if you want Death House to come to a Regal Cinema near you. It is going to major theaters but I would like to see it in all of them.

So, from myself and the family at House of Tortured Souls, thank you again to the great Harrison Smith and everyone involved with Death House! And just remember readers… “Hell isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”

Death House - Harrison, Yan Birch and Lauren Compton after filming in LA.

Harrison, Yan Birch, and Lauren Compton after filming Death House in LA.

INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

“The Only Way Out… Is Down”

I had the great privilege of interviewing the superb director Harrison Smith on his newest film Death House. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about the film.

Death House poster.There is a Fed-Max subterranean government prison that holds humanities worst criminals known as the Death House. It serves as a medical, psychological, and parapsychological research center aimed at eradicating evil. Two federal agents are granted a tour of the center. While on the tour, the unthinkable happens. There is a power outage that releases all of the prisoners, and the agents must fight their way through all of the horror and violence to try to survive. They soon discover that they are being herded down to the lowest depths of the facility. In those depths are a group of supernatural evil beings known as The Five Evils and they may be the agents’ only chance at salvation.

Cody Longo in Death House.

Cody Longo in Death House.

The movie sounds and looks amazing but before I go on I just wanted to say that the media and many articles have labeled the movie, “The Horror Movie genre of The Expendables“. I have to disagree with that. If it were The Expendables we would have a movie with Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs et. al. Which, to some, may sound interesting but it would lack any substance. The stars in this movie are so much more than their individual roles that they have portrayed, they are true actors who excel at their craft. Let me tell you some of them:

  • Adrienne Barbeau: Escape From N.Y., Creepshow, Swamp Thing, The Fog
  • Kane Hodder: Jason Voorhees in some of the Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley from The Hatchet films
  • Dee Wallace: The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners
  • Michael Berryman: The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
  • Barbara Crampton: Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next
  • Sid Haig: The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill
  • Tony Todd: Candyman, Hatchet, Final Destination
  • Bill Moseley: The Devils Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Vernon Wells: The Road Warrior, Weird Science
  • Lindsay Hartley: Nightmare Nurse
  • Cody Longo: Piranha 3D, Nashville
  • Cortney Palm: The Dark Tapes
  • Felissa Rose: Sleepaway Camp
  • Vincent Ward: The Walking Dead

Whew, that is a LOT of talent in one film!

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA. The place had a built-in horror film setting, full of dark history and eerie vibes. It really acts as a functioning character in the film.

IMDb provided a great quote:

This is a solid horror piece, dark, nasty and gore-soaked; not satire or tongue in cheek.

And like Harrison told me, he was writing in a local bar when the ad for Jurassic World came on and it hit him that this movie was “Assault on Precinct 13 meets Jurassic World without the dinosaurs”. So… great actors along with an exciting script and skilled direction. Then throw in stupefying makeup and effects by the Roy Knyrim (Sinister 2) and SOTA FX, and a soundtrack by John Avarese that sets the perfect ambiance. We will finally get what we paid for at the box office!

Death House - Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Death House – Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Harrison was why the horror genre?
Harrison Smith: My first film, The Fields, was based on what really happened to me when I lived and grew up with my grandparents on their farm. The farm came under attack for a short period of time by an unseen presence. We never understood what caused it and we never understood what ended it, so I had personal experience. But also my grandmother and I used to watch horror movies and the old horror TV show Dr. Shock who hosted Saturday morning shows like Scream-In, Horror Theater, and Mad Theater. The movies were captivating. I loved finding out there was a sequel to Frankenstein and that he didn’t die in the burning windmill. There were more like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man that continued on the story of Lon Chaney. Like when they killed Lon Chaney in the original Wolfman I was like, “Why? He was a nice man, he didn’t want to be The Wolf Man“. I loved it. They were like Saturday morning soap operas. I loved them as a kid, but that time is gone. That is why I like Tom Holland’s Fright Night. I was watching in the summer of ’85 and knew it was a Valentine to an era that was quickly fading and disappearing. At that time, the threat was coming from cable television and the home video revolution, so Peter Vincent was this aging icon of an era long gone trying to stay relevant. Tom Holland got it, and Fright Night works on many levels. So horror movies, for me, were a real escape from the actually really scary shit that happened to me.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

HoTS: Then I asked him about the abundance of horror movies and shows seem to be throwing back to the ’80s. Movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil and shows like Stranger Things all reflect that age in horror, and Death House has many actors from that era. Why do you think it is a niche we all still enjoy?

Dee Wallace in Death House.

Dee Wallace in Death House.

HS: Director and actor Eli Roth said that the have-sex-and-die concept behind many of the ’80s slasher films was not as relevant today because millennials look at it and don’t get it. There was a study reported by the L.A. Times in an article by Melissa Batchelor Warnke saying that the millennial generation is the least sexually active, so that concept does not translate well. But at the time when Friday the 13th came around, it was a perfect storm of both liberal and conservative values. We had a very conservative administration with Reagan and yet, at the same time, we were known as the party generation. It was a weird flux of things coming together. So Friday the 13th had fun and parties with lots of boobs and tons of gore but with a moral lesson. See what happens when you fuck in the woods? Jason was like a walking STD. So the ’80s made us nostalgic for the ’50s, and now we look back to the ’80s. We are nostalgic for when we grew up. That is why, when making Death House, we always remembered that we were handling peoples memories and that is very important. The new generation gets to fall in love with it like we did. And with regards to the actors in Death House, they were all smart enough to choose great directors and projects that were just starting out, and their careers flourished from those collaborations so they are all still relevant today.

Death House - Kane Hodder arriving on set.

Kane Hodder arriving on the Death House set pictured with Harrison (dressed as an extra for the ward scene). The guy over his shoulder is producer Rick Finkelstein.

HoTS: I did some research on Holmesburg Prison, where you decided to film the movie. Some extremely monstrous things went on there. Any ghosts try to break into acting for the film?

HS: No, I did not experience anything myself. There were a few reports of the cameras acting wonky, but it was really cold there which probably contributed to that. The place itself was perfect for the mood though. There is a great book called Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesberg Prison 1998 by Allen Hornblum that tells all about the medical experiments and tortures that went on inside the prison. It really lent itself to what we were shooting. I remember when they gave us a tour and brought us into the warden’s office where he had his throat slit. Nothing paranormal happened but everyone was in tune with what had happened there. Dee Wallace said that it was sometimes overwhelming knowing that you were walking by cells where so much abject misery and torture had taken place. It is a building built on misery.

Harrison also wanted to make sure and give a shout out to the administration and the City of Philadelphia and especially the Philadelphia Police Department, who were more than gracious and just all-around wonderful people.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

HoTS: My next question for Harrison was, as a director, what directors influence his work?

HS: Growing up, John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live and Tommy Lee Wallace: IT, Halloween III, Fright Night II were major influences on me because they were accessible to me. I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time and got a subscription to it. I used to read and devour the interviews and not just because of the pictures and oh! there making a sequel to Halloween and I want to see the blood and gore. They did an interview with John Carpenter and he talked about how he made movies and about finding a good crew and sticking with them. And I noticed for the first decade of John’s career he used a lot of the same people in front and behind the camera and that really made an impact on me because Carpenter was very much the founder of the guerilla film movement — that you get a camera, you go out there, and you shoot. That’s what you do, and that really inspired me as a filmmaker. I had a Super 8 silent Kodak camera, and I was learning. I was learning from those interviews in Fangoria and got a really strong base of knowledge. So if you look at my catalog of work so far, you will see many of the same faces. And if you read the credits, you will see a lot of the same names return time and time again. I bring them back because it is like putting the band back together, so to speak, which works for me because it becomes like production shorthand. I would also say Tom Holland of Fright Night and Psycho II fame was another influence because Psycho II made a big impact on me because of the script. I think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made and is very underrated. I wanted to hate it, but 30 minutes into the film I just fell in love with it. When it was over I walked out, called my family to let them know I would be late and went in to see it again. My film Camp Dread is a tip of the hat to Tom Holland. It was more like Psycho II than Friday the 13th.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

HoTS: What is the theme for Death House?

HS: The whole pretext of Death House is evil is evil and good is good, but do they need each other? Because when you try to eradicate evil you are, at most, canceling out good as well. There is no need for good if there’s no need for evil. Bill Mosely has a great line in the film, “True evil is nothingness”. That is true hell. If we were to remove the Holocaust from history we would need a litmus test. Dee Wallace’s and Barbara Crampton’s characters think what they are doing is good. Look at the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t think what they were doing was evil. Dee is like Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a social horror film was a snake pit. Louise Fletcher played it so well because there are real nurses like that. That is the banality of evil. How a modicum of power gives rise to abuse of said power. Are The Five Evils in Death House really evil compared to Dee’s character or Nurse Ratched? They aren’t Cenobites they are regular people like you run into in everyday life. How many times in your own life might you have come into contact with real killers? The Five Evils are normal looking people.

Death House - The Five Evils

Death House – The Five Evils: Vincent Ward, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman.

The original script for Death House was penned by the incredible Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing the mentally-impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Gunnar left us on November 7th, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, brought producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase of Entertainment Factory to the screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard to meet Harrison. Another writer had taken a stab at rewriting the script, but it turned into Texas Chainsaw meets Friday the 13th meets Saw, but that was not what Gunnar wanted. He did not want torture porn but a high concept horror film. Gunnar liked what Harrison did with it, so Harrison finished writing and then directed it. The actors were all there for their friend Gunnar and with Harrison collaborating with Gunnar before his death, I like to think of this as a love letter to an amazing man and actor that we lost too soon.

Gunnar Hansen, 4 March 4, 1947 – 7 November 2015

I was extremely honored to speak with Harrison Smith and pick his brain. To read more on Death House, I have included some links that come straight from the horse’s mouth. Harrison Smith’s Road To Death House articles.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to see this film. It has already won the audience choice award along with best feature film from the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO). MPAA said it was gritty, claustrophobic and a hell of a lot of fun. Harrison said it is like a roller coaster ride through a funhouse, and Kane Hodder said it was his favorite film he has worked on. So horror fans get ready for the ride of your life!

I have also included a link to a petition if you want Death House to come to a Regal Cinema near you. It is going to major theaters but I would like to see it in all of them.

So, from myself and the family at House of Tortured Souls, thank you again to the great Harrison Smith and everyone involved with Death House! And just remember readers… “Hell isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”

Death House - Harrison, Yan Birch and Lauren Compton after filming in LA.

Harrison, Yan Birch, and Lauren Compton after filming Death House in LA.




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INTERVIEW: Rick Styczynski of 13x Studios

INTERVIEW: Rick Styczynski of 13x Studios

Rick Styczynski of 13X Studios Talks Camp Blood Celebration 10/13/17

"His name was Jason. And today is his birthday."
-Pamela Voorhees
Jason Voorhees has been a household name since the 1980s. From the moment he emerged from the lake and made Camp Crystal Lake his home, he has terrified us, and endeared himself into the hearts of every horror fan on the planet. We all know his signature hockey mask and weapon of choice: the machete. No matter your favorite film of the franchise, whether you prefer "walking Jason" or "running Jason", Jason on land, Jason in space, or Jason in New York City, it is guaranteed that this slasher will live on as a legend.
One of the greatest parts of his fandom is the unique, one of a kind art created by the people who know and love Jason best. Rick Styczynski is no exception. His company, 13X Studios, creates specialty one of a kind hockey masks celebrating our favorite force of nature. Whether the theme is sports, horror, music, and yes even serial killers, Rick can create just about any mask that you can think of. The sky is the limit.
For most of us Jason fanatics, Friday the 13th is just as a big a holiday as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Rick feels the same way. And with the help of Gods and Monsters, a fantastic shop filled with collectibles/comics/toys and even a bar, we will all be celebrating Friday the 13th Camp Blood Celebration in Orlando Florida! The event will have it all! Fan films, cosplay, trivia and celebrities. It will not only be a place to wish Jason a "Happy Birthday", but proceeds from the event will benefit both 13 Hearts and Give Kids The World charities.
13X Studios has teamed up with Matt Allen and me, owners of Freakshow Designs and Sideshow Sauces, to create a brand new hot sauce that will be making its debut at Camp Blood this October! We're calling it Hodder Than Hell. The greatest news is that Kane Hodder himself has personally given his permission to use his name on this heavenly concoction of scorpion pepper and pineapple. We are extremely thrilled and grateful to Kane for his support on the newest addition to our hot sauce collection.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Rick to find out about all of the incredible things that made his business flourish, and what we can all expect from the Friday the 13th event!
House of Tortured Souls: It's very obvious you're a "Jason Guy". Tell us how that fandom began and how it influenced you to start 13X Studios.
Rick Styczynski: After Halloween this past season, I put a few pictures of me cosplaying Jason on Instagram and someone contacted me about buying an outfit and guess a lightbulb went off.....13X Studios was born. I started messing around with masks and just went with it. It started with Jason and Friday the 13th but that also lead me into Pop Culture Custom hockey masks. In 10 months as a new business, I have sold over 1000 masks, sold out at 3 conventions, and have my masks in retail stores Gods & Monsters in Orlando, Florida, and Halloween Megastore across the US. The coolest thing that has happened is that my Silent Bob mask was noticed by Kevin Smith, and I got an exclusive deal at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. This is only the beginning of 13X Studios.
HoTS: What is your hottest seller?
RS: My biggest sellers are all the Jason and Friday the 13th masks. Because of the affordable price and great quality/detail, they hands down sell the most. Outside of the Jason world, My best sellers of pop culture are: Joker, Deadpool, Freddy, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, and Punisher. I love making new styles as it changes everything up for me as a artist. One day I'll do Jason. Next day I'll do pop culture.
HoTS: Everyone is looking forward to the Camp Blood Celebration at Gods & Monsters. What can the attendees expect from the event?
RS: One day I went to visit Todd at Gods & Monsters and told him I wanted to do a Friday the 13th event. It took a pitch of 8 seconds for him to be part of it. I wanted to bring a celebration to the event where all of us horror fans can come together. I really have been just going with the flow and have been adding fun stuff daily. We will be having artists/vendors, contests, cosplay meet up, movie screenings, Friday the 13th themed bar and menu... Again, I'm just going with it. The buzz on this event is huge!! We just added Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead for pictures and autographs. You don't want to miss this event. For more info just search: Friday the 13th Camp Blood Celebration on Facebook.
HoTS: You've recently partnered up with Matt Allen at Sideshow Sauces for your name to be on a Jason themed label. How were you inspired to reach out and how did you feel after hearing that Kane Hodderr himself gave his personal thumbs up to distribute the sauce using his name Hodder Than Hell?
RS: Back at Spooky Empire in April, I was across from Matt with Freakshow Designs. I know he has a sister company with Sideshow sauces. As my mind is always creating ideas, I came up with a cool hot sauce idea with Jason and 13X Studios on a label. I brought the idea to him and he said that Kane Hodder could be involved. So from there it just took off to bring you Hodder Than Hell sauce. Having your name and Kane Hodder's name on the same product is so cool. Kane Hodder is the biggest name in horror. He changed the game. And seeing how he is with fans is why you love this guy even more. I have known Kane for almost 16 years. As I said above, he changed the game. And very happy to be involved with Matt and Angie from Freakshow Designs. This is just the beginning. I'm sure we will come together many more times in future.
HoTS: What are your plans, future state, for 13X Studios?
RS: As I grow my business, I will start looking for more things to add. We just started a podcast called Spitting Blood. Our second episode already got 11,000 views, so I'm on the right track. Next episode will be Sept 6 at 9pm. Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead will be a guest. We do a Facebook Live Podcast (you can add me Rick Styczynski). For my masks, my goal is to get into many more retail stores. What's cool is that most think this is more of a Halloween business. Actually it's a year round business with all the conventions. I wake up every day and smile knowing that this is my job now. I have no idea where this will bring me in life, But I will give my all no matter what. You can check my online store at www.13xstudios.com and my Etsy store.
13x Studios - Hodder Than Hell / Photo: Sideshow SaucesKane's Hodder Than Hell sauce, as well as many other handcrafted flavors can be found on Sideshowsauces.com. And as always, skull lamps, baby groots and other fun items can be found on our site Skulllamps.com. As Rick stated above, you can find his masks on www.13xstudios.com, and be sure to find him on Facebook and enjoy the Spitting Blood podcast! Stay tuned for my coverage of Friday the 13th Camp Blood: The Aftermath. For now, stay freaky! Much love from your Lamp Lady and I'll see you soon!
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HoTS NEWS WITH JOHN – Season 1, Episode 1

HoTS NEWS WITH JOHN – Season 1, Episode 1

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WEBSITE ANNOUNCEMENT

EDITOR'S NOTE: Big News, fellow Tortured Souls, as your home away from home, House of Tortured Souls, will be undergoing maintenance beginning 5 June 2017. Please bear with us during this time, and thank you for understanding.
-Woofer McWooferson

AND NOW THE NEWS

Hey, horror freaks. It’s me, John, bringing you the first edition video of HoTS NEWS! I will be putting my ugly mug in your face every damn week and bringing you updates, news, and all else that we find worthy of your time!
This is my first run at bringing you HoTS NEWS, so please bear with me as I get my feet wet in front of the camera. Each show will get better as I go along, this I promise you, so please take a few minutes and enjoy the news.
This week on HoTS NEWS, I touch base on Tobe Hooper’s alleged attack, the end to Tales from the Crypt, the return of House of Tortured Souls Live podcast where we proudly welcomed Joe Stauffer to the studio. I also talk about the release of the highly anticipated Friday the 13th video game and wish a handful celebrities a warm and wonderful birthday from all of us here at House of Tortured Souls.

Until next time…
Keep it Evil...
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History of Horror in May

History of Horror in May

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

May 1 – 7

05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically
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05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically
05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born
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05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born
05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically
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19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.
05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)
05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically
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19770504_Emily Perkins / Fair use doctrine.
05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born
05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born
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19570505_Richard E. Grant / Fair use doctrine.
05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born
05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically
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05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage
05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States
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05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically
05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born
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05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14

05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically
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05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe
05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically
05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union
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05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born
05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed
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19360511_Draculas_Daughter_original_Poster_1936 / Fair use doctrine.
05/11/1936 – Dracula's Daughter released theatrically
05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically
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05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically
05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically
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19300512_Jess_Franco_2008 / Fair use doctrine.
05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born
05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born
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19350513_Werewolfoflondon / Fair use doctrine.
05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically
05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically
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05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)
05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)
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May 15 - 21

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005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1
05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically
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05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia
05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically
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20010516_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.
05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC
05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born
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05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)
05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud) born
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19710518_Abominablephibes1 / Fair use doctrine.
05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically
05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically
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05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically
05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television
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05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television
05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television
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20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically
05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically
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May 22 - 28

19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically
05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically
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19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.
05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically
05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe
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19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.
05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically
05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born
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19790525_Alien_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically
05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)
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05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)
05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born
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19900526_Friday_The_13th_The_Series / Fair use doctrine.
05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television
05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe
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05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)
05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born
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19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp
05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born
05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television
19730527_Night_Gallery_Rod_Serling1 / Fair use doctrine.
19880527_Killer_klowns_from_outer_space_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 - 31

05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born
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05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born
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19570529_James Whale with Frankenstein's monster / Fair use doctrine.
05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born
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19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.
05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically
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19750531_Sienna_Guillory_at_the_Moet_BIFA_2014 / Fair use doctrine.
05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born
05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)
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EVENT OVERVIEW: Halloween Horror Nights

It's only March but that doesn't mean its too early to start planning for this upcoming haunt season! For many years now I have traveled the east coast visiting all the best (and worst) haunted attractions. 10 years ago I attended Halloween Horror Nights for the first time and I knew from then on it would always hold a special place in my cold heart.
2017 will be the 27th year Universal Studios has entertained and terrified upwards of 30,000 guests per night at their annual Halloween Horror Nights. As the true pioneers of horror, Universal Studios still has what it takes to give you the most in-your-face haunt experience. The park hosts 8-9 individual haunted houses, typically 4-5 original concepts and 4-5 houses based on movies. Having the space, money, and access to the Intellectual Property rights of so many movies puts them miles above the rest. Unlike all the other haunts across the U.S., Universal Studios is able to put you right into the heart of some of your favorite horror movies.
Image: Vanessa Alves Photography - Vanessaalvesphotography.com
In 2007 they debuted their first line up of movie based houses: The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Friday the 13th, and The Thing. They quickly became fan favorites and they have continued the tradition of horror movie houses ever since. I have tiptoed through the tulips in the Insidious house and walked past Mary Shaw’s grave in the Dead Silence house. I've even smelled Regan projectile vomit in The Exorcist house. You heard that right, the individual rooms are even scented at Halloween Horror Nights! You can never forget the musty smell of Camp Crystal Lake, the burning flesh inside Haddonfield Memorial Hospital or the delicious smell of gingerbread men in Krampus. They are there to attack every sense and truly make you feel like you have lived your favorite movies. In the past couple years, they have also secured the rights to popular TV shows such as The Walking Dead and American Horror Story.
Universal Studios has always been very secretive surrounding which houses will be featured there each year, typically only announcing the full line up of houses around the end of August. But for the hard core fans, speculation for the following year begins the moment the event wraps up. Rumors are already flying about what we could get this year for houses.
Image: Vanessa Alves Photography - Vanessaalvesphotography.com
I think it’s pretty safe to say that we will see a return of American Horror Story. Last year was the first year with Universal Studios having an American Horror Story haunt. It was a crowd favorite, with wait times stretching beyond three hours most nights. The house covered “Murder House”, “Freakshow”, and “Hotel”, so I am hoping to see “The Coven” as well as “Asylum” get their chance to shine. The house was breathtaking from the moment I stepped in.
Another rumor that I hope comes true is that we will finally be getting a house based off of a Stephen King movie. The art director tweeted a picture of the rug from The Shining but we are also getting a remake of IT, so I think it is still up in the air what might happen.
Image: Vanessa Alves Photography - Vanessaalvesphotography.com
I could reminisce for days about all the amazing houses that I have experienced there, but that will have to be covered in another post.
Universal Studios has already released the dates for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights - September 15th - November 4th.
Image: Vanessa Alves Photography - Vanessaalvesphotography.com

Images courtesy of Vanessa Alves Photography.
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COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

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

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

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

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

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

Halloween with Sasha Klanott

House of Tortured Souls Halloween episode

 

 

 

By John Roisland
HEY, EVERYONE, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
Thanks for joining us on this, our very first House of Tortured Souls Live Podcast Episode! Your hosts John and Allen welcome to the Tortured Souls studio, Ms. Sasha Klanott aka Paranormal Siren. Sasha fills us in and educates us on her personal paranormal investigation findings, including demonology, werewolves, and a prediction for House of Tortured Souls – our very first psychic prediction – New Orleans style.
The boys later discuss the new Rocky Horror Picture show, the future of Friday the 13th, Billy ‘Bloody Bill’ Pon’s Circus of the Dead, and, of course, HALLOWEEN!
We also introduce magical numbers that will make your life complete! What are these these numbers you ask? They are digits that enable YOU to call and contact House of Tortured Souls Live any time you want. Aww, Hell. I’ll share that bit with you now. The House of Tortured Souls Live call line is (209) 600-EVIL (3845). Now tell me that’s not a cool fucking number for a horror website. Call and leave us a message; anything horror-related is fine. Maybe you’d like to discuss about one of our prior shows or an idea you have about for a future show! Give us a call and we promise (within reason), to play you on our following episode. So, once again, write it down, copy it to your phone, and save to let the fun begin… Just don’t lose it!
So until next time, this is John and Allen at House of Tortured Souls Live. We want to thank you all for tuning in and wish you all a very safe and HAPPY HALLOWEEN.
Keep it Evil…
Posted by John Roisland in HALLOWEEN, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, PARANORMAL, PODCAST, WEREWOLVES, 0 comments
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 6)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 6)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By John Roisland

To understand my top five, you must first close your eyes and think back to a night where the skies are the deepest darkest blue but are still crystal clear. The night is lit by a million stars and the glow of the moon as it dances in and out behind bare trees. It’s a cool crisp night where you hear the slight wind whispering through and rustling the leaves that have fallen and in the distance the sound of children giggling and laughing as they run from house to house yelling trick or treat as the doors. And the smell, the smell of burning leaves in someone's bonfire now fill the autumn air.

These are the memories that I have that sticks with me so vividly during the entire autumn and Halloween Season. This is still today after 44 years on this planet, my favorite time of year! Which is why it was so important for me to share with you my everlasting memories of Halloween night, as well as share with you my top five favorite movies to watch at Halloween.

Now when I first came up with this idea and I shared it to the staff I figured top five, it's going to be a piece of cake, and then I started taking some time and mulling over what my personal favorite movies are for Halloween. Keep in mind this isn't any of our top five horror movies, this is just the top five movies to watch at Halloween. It then dawned on me Wow, I'm a real ass because this is really hard to do! There are a million horror movies out there to watch, especially during the Halloween season, and to narrow it down to the top five has become quite a chore.

The movies that I have to present to you, I am somewhat basing around the Halloween season in the movie itself, not all of them but a few of them. As much of a horror buff as I am, I have actually always enjoyed movies that have taken place on Halloween.

So you might be surprised when don't see any of your top iconic Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street installment - or anything of that nature.

I do thoroughly enjoy Halloween - all aspects - the sounds, the sights, even the smells! Nothing to me is more invigorating then walking outside at night and smelling burning leaves in the Autumn air. So, when picking my top five movies, I try to incorporate my love for Halloween with them.

My top five - not in any order, just my top!

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

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The legend of The Headless Horseman has always been my all time favorite story ever since I was a child. Fist hearing it when i was young, the story stuck with me to this day and age. Tim Burton's rendition of it, in my opinion, did it proud. With its dark images and setting, it is a must watch for me!

John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

How can you not?! Not only is Carpenter personally my favorite director, but this film raised the bar and set standards for horror films....and it’s at Halloween, so score!
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Monster House (2006)

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I first saw this film as a rental for my kids. The day it was returned to the store, I bought it! This animated kids Halloween film has a very dark overtone to it that I love, and brings out the Halloween spirit in me! Sad thing was that I enjoyed more than the kids...

The Houses October Built (2014)

Now, those of you who know me know that this movie had a profound impact on me. I love every aspect of this film, and it has become one of my top movies. The film is based at Halloween and centers around local haunts. Brought to you by Zach Andrew and Bobby Roe, this film is a must for the Halloween season.
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The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)

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Now, the last film I bring to you may not have anything to do with Halloween in any way, shape, or form, and as a matter of fact, it is not only my all time favorite horror movie, it’s my all time favorite movie - The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This 1974 Tobe Hooper film blew the door off the horror film industry and has remained an all time classic. This gets a watch every Halloween!

I do hope you enjoyed my list and as founder and president of House of Tortured Souls , I do sincerely wish you and your entire family for all the generations to come, a very Happy Halloween!

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in HALLOWEEN, STAFF PICKS, 0 comments
ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

By Tammie Parker

I came across a pair of TWD themed Eclectic Goods shoes on a page on fb. And it was like I found the love of my life!! LOL seriously I was shouting, 'WHY. am I just finding these??' Eclectic Goods is actually a power couple of KICK-ASS comic nerds, gamers, comic-conners, and cartoon lovers! I swear I'm going to move in with them!!! Now they are doing caps and totes. #LOVE

Nicole Robinson, owner and artist, agreed to answer a few questions.

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House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started drawing and painting?
Nicole Robinson: To be honest it wasn’t until I was an adult in my 20s that I tried to paint anything. I used to doodle and draw here and there growing up but never anything serious. My husband has been my biggest teacher and whatever talent I do have I learned from him.

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HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?
NR: I took art classes in high school and one in college. Also I have had some amazing people throughout my life with various talents that taught me many things. Jack, my partner and husband has had some training at an Art Institute in Florida which he was kind enough to share with me. Before him I had no idea about mixing colors, shading, or a lot of technique skills that are really valuable. I would just grab a brush and start painting. He taught about what size brush and what type of brush I needed. He has really been my mentor in all this.

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HoTS: When did you fall in love with horror art? (TWD, Pennywise, etc) Why?

horror-movies-it-shoesNR: Growing up, my father was a huge influence on how my interest were formed. Halloween was always a big deal in our house. He had a love for the Stephen King Universe and my first horror movie was IT. Pennywise scared me to the core. It has always been a lot of fun for me and I enjoy creating the same type of memories with my kids. Watching horror movies and shows like The Walking Dead is just good old fashioned fun for me. Horror art is an expression of that and gives me an outlet. It always the most fun when it something I really enjoy.

twd-shoes-carlHoTS: Do you first draw in ink, or the blood of innocent souls? Then paint in?

NR: A little of both. Just depends on what we are painting that day.

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HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?

NR: Pennywise the Clown will always hold a special place in my heart. I find Regan from The Exorcist really scary. There is something really frightening about innocence gone wrong.

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HoTS: Do you do comic cons? Or art shows? (I know the answer to a lot of these, so don't think I'm senile.)

NR: We do comic con type events for the most part. This past summer we had booths at Scares That Care in Williamsburg, Va and Walker Stalker Con New Jersey. Both of which were beyond amazing to us and we can’t wait to return. We have also done a few others like Wizard World and Tidewater Comic Con. We don’t have anything coming up except for attending Scares That Care in July 2017.

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HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?

NR: We are on Etsy! Our shop is: Ecletic Goods.
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HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter acct, so we can keep up with your work?

NR: Yes, check us out here:

FB Follow / Free.
Instagram Follow / Free.
Twitter Follow / Free.

horror-movies-silenceofthelambs-shoesHoTS: Are you working on anything right now?

NR: Right now we are getting some new designs together for Halloween and preparing for the holidays. We have a new Hellraiser design and The Exorcist coming as well as a Walking Dead Rick and Daryl high top in the works.

HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?

NR: I play The Sims 3. Most of my free time is spent with my family. I have two amazing girls that keep me pretty busy. I do yoga and enjoy crafting.

Alright since this is the end of our Q&A with Nicole Robinson, let me just throw in another pair of TWD shoes.

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Posted by Tammie Parker in ART AND VENDORS, FEATURED ARTIST, 1 comment
SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

By John Roisland

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Well, here we are, October, 2016! Halloween decorations are being put up, chill is in the air, leaves are slowly turning, pumpkin flavor in everything and horror movies are on everyone's mind. And with horror movies, that can mean only one thing... AMC FEAR FEST!

For years now, AMC FEAR FEST has held the respect and title of being the source of where to go for your Halloween season dose of horror films on TV.

AND HERE IT IS! The listing you have all been waiting for since last November 1st!

So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and enjoy some horror. House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated on schedule listings as we are just as eager to find out as you are.

Please keep in mind, all listings are subject to change, and we apologize if they do. We are only giving you what we are told. In other words... don't kill the messenger!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:00 AM – Halloween 2
  • 1:00 PM – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
  • 3:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
  • 5:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween (2007)
  • 9:30 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:30 PM – Halloween 2

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • 1:30 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 3:30 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Violent Midnight
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Slaughter Of The Vampires
  • 9:00 AM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 11:00 AM – Friday the 13th Part 2
  • 1:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 3
  • 3:00 PM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • 5:00 PM – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
  • 7:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
  • 9:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood
  • 11:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:00 AM – Jason X
  • 5:00 AM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 9:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  • 11:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
  • 1:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 3:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 5:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 7 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 9:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 11:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Sunday October 16, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 3:00 AM – Child’s Play 2
  • 5:00 AM – Child’s Play 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 1
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 2
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 3
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 4
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 5
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 6
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 2
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 3
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 4
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 5
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 6
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 3:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight
  • 10:30 AM – The Omen (1976)
  • 1:00 PM – Damien: Omen II
  • 3:30 PM – Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 13

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 2:00 AM – Omen IV: The Awakening
  • 4:00 AM – Night of the Living Dead
  • 9:00 AM – House on Haunted Hill
  • 11:00 AM – The Amityville Horror
  • 1:30 PM – Amityville II: The Possession
  • 4:00 PM – The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 6

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – The Zombie Diaries
  • 4:00 AM – Zombie Diaries 2
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • 10:00 AM – Alien
  • 12:30 PM – Aliens
  • 3:30 PM – Alien 3
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 14

Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Alien Resurrection
  • 4:30 AM – Corridors of Blood
  • 9:00 AM – The Fog (1980)
  • 10:00 AM – The Exorcist
  • 12:45 PM – Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • 3:15 PM – The Exorcist
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6

Friday, October 21, 2016

  • 12:00 AM –The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – Buried Alive
  • 4:00 AM – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
  • 9:00 AM – Swamp Thing (1982)
  • 10:00 AM – Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
  • 12:00 PM – Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
  • 2:00 PM – Hellraiser/li>
  • 4:00 PM – Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 14

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • 4:00 AM – The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • 6:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 1
  • 12:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 2
  • 1:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 3
  • 2:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 4
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 5
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 6
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 7
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 13

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 14
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 15
  • 2:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 16
  • 3:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 6:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 4
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 5
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 6
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 7
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 8
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 9
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 10
  • 2:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 11
  • 3:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 12
  • 4:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 13
  • 5:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 14
  • 6:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 15
  • 7:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 16
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 10:06 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 11:05 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • 12:10 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 12:40 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 1:46 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 2:45 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 3:15 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 4:21 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:20 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:50 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 26
  • 5:55 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 99
  • 9:00 AM – Graveyard Shift
  • 11:00 AM – Silver Bullet
  • 1:00 PM – Cujo
  • 3:00 PM – Firestarter
  • 5:30 PM – Thinner
  • 7:30 PM – 1408
  • 10:00 PM – Carrie (1976)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • 12:15 AM – Thinner (1996)
  • 2:15 AM – Dreamcatcher
  • 5:15 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Movies The Amazing Colossal Man
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 9:00 AM – Rosemary’s Baby
  • 12:00 PM – The Mummy (1999)
  • 3:00 PM – The Mummy Returns
  • 6:00 PM – Tremors
  • 8:00 PM – Tremors 2: Aftershocks
  • 10:15 PM – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 12:45 AM – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • 3:15 AM – The Exorcist (1973)
  • 9:00 AM – Constantine
  • 11:30 AM – Underworld
  • 2:00 PM – Underworld: Evolution
  • 4:00 PM – Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • 6:00 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 8:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 10:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 2:00 AM – Children of the Corn: Revelation
  • 4:00 AM – Re-Animator
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies
  • 9:30 AM – Hellboy
  • 11:30 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 2:00 PM – Bride of Chucky
  • 4:00 PM – Seed of Chucky
  • 6:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 8:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 10:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • 2:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 4:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies II
  • 9:30 AM – 6 Souls (2010)
  • 12:00 PM – The Grudge (2004)
  • 2:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 4:00 PM – Freddy vs. Jason
  • 6:00 PM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 8:00 PM – Friday the 13th, Part 2
  • 9:59 PM – Friday the 13th – Part III
  • 11:59 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • 1:04 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6
  • 2:03 AM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • 4:03 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 5:08 AM – Friday the 13th – A New Beginning
  • 7:06 AM – Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
  • 9:05 AM – Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood
  • 11:03 AM – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 1:03 PM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:01 PM – Jason X
  • 5:01 PM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween
  • 9:00 PM – Halloween II
  • 11:00 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Sunday, October 30, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 2:58 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 4:58 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 7:28 AM – Halloween II
  • 9:55 AM – Halloween
  • 11:55 AM – Halloween II
  • 1:55 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • 3:55 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 5:55 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:55 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 10:01 PM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2

HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 31, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 12:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 1:30 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 2:30 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 3:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 4:00 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 11:30 AM – Halloween II (2009)
  • 2:00 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 4:00 PM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 6:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 8:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • 10:00 PM – Halloween (1978)

November 1, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 2:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 4:00 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Fear Fest 2016 will run on AMC from Thursday, Oct. 13 to Halloween day on Monday, Oct. 31. The Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, Oct. 23 will coincide with the programming event, but AMC has yet to release the full schedule.

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 2)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 2)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

My Top 5 MUST WATCH for October

By Tammie Parker

#5: Halloween (1978) & (2007)

Okay. HOOOW can you NOT watch Halloween in October?

Halloween / Image: Compass International Pictures
And for me, I absolutely must watch both the original and Rob Zombie's revamp! Speaking of Rob, how many of y'all have House of 1,000 Corpses on your list? I mean, when I hear that piano I feel like I just made it home after a 5 year journey!! My cocoon bursts wide open when that music starts playing! HELL, I want to thank the landscape artist that kept that hedge trimmed so perfectly for Michael to peep around. I want to thank Mother Nature for blowing a few crunchy leaves around from time to time so that I mentally teleport to that street. Yes, it only takes one leaf for me to get the feel of the place. I can even hear that big ol' Ford LTD right now! And I have that long cleaver hanging on my kitchen wall, just waiting for a long lost brother that I didn't even know about to pop up. BRING IT ON, MICHAEL! See I'll know exactly when to run for it... I'd know that piano theme music if I was nearly deaf! (heehee)

#4 Friday the 13th (films) (1980-present)

Friday the 13th / Image: Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros.
My second MUST would be all of the Friday the 13th (films)! (Okay, not Manhattan.)

I mean, Jason just has a way with the women, right? And so many of the deaths were so damn unique for the time! And think about how Friday the 13th opened the gate for other horror movies, and how many soon-to-be horror directors learned so much from these movies! Horror authors were born by the dozens! Those deaths seeded — NO demanded — fresh new twists on freakish murder. How many stopped sending their kids to summer camp after this? How many had a sort of horrific epiphany because of these movies? How many 'Oh my God, we're not going camping, fishing, or hiking any more'? How many 'Welp, no more premarital sex for me'? No more, I'm not sleeping in another damn bed that has the possibility of some jackass crawling under! No more weed smoking for me! No more hanging the sheets outside! How many?

#3 Young Frankenstein (1974)

My third would be Young Frankenstein. This year more than usual!! Gene played the hell out of this role!

Young Frankenstein / Image: Gruskoff/Venture Films
"IT'S PRONOUNCED FRONK–EN–STEEEEEN! These one has so many YES! moments in it for me. The look of a classic Universal horror movie, humor, rolls in the hay, and the freshly dead. How eye drawing was the cinematography? And they must of have one hell of a choreographer? Did you see that tapping jig for 'Putting on the Ritz? This one just has such a nice feel!

#2 The Ring (2002)

The Ring / Image: DreamWorks SKG
Fourth? The Ring.

When this movie originally came out, it was soooo different than anything any of us had seen before. How many times did you ask yourself 'What was that?' when the video was rolling? It screwed with your mind! The music and sound effects were spot on and intensified every move. The suspense was like no other, and this new grey cinematography was so crisp! And the master-minds behind it. This was a pretty low budget film, and look at what it did. Just don't ever comb your hair around me if it's long...I am scarred forever, and whatever is nearby will be thrown at your head!

#1 The Exorcist (1973)

Last but not least-- The Exorcist! DUH! It's a classic for us Generation Xers.

The Exorcist / Image: Warner Bros.
It came out the year I was born, so I'm not talking I was at the theater when it was released lol. I first saw it when I was about 12 and I cannot believe — looking back now — how terrified I was of the special effects in this one! Good stuff.

With that being said, let the marathons begin!

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INTERVIEW:  John Campbell – The Creature Feature

INTERVIEW: John Campbell – The Creature Feature

By Machete Von Kill
The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

John Campbell, professional wrestler, Imperial Wrestling Entertainment owner, YouTube show host, horror fan, and all around crazy (in the fun way, not the restraining order, fear for your life way) guy, recently took some time out of his hectic schedule to sit down and tell me what he's up to. It's up to me to make you care. LOL!

I met this very interesting dude several years ago at an independent wrestling show, for a company I also ended up working for. My relationship with said company didn't last, but my friendship/fanship with John has continued. I've had the privilege to watch him develop and grow in the ring and out of the ring. We've gone on multi-state wrestling road trips, hung out with big names in the wrestling business, and we've shared some pretty intense moments on paranormal investigations. He continues to blow my mind with his massive horror knowledge, in ring and mic skill, determination in all areas of life, and the fact that no matter how big his hype gets, he's the same down to earth guy that he was when I met him years ago.

 

House of Tortured Souls: Okay, so first pretend we aren't friends in the real world and tell me about your wrestling career. When you started, highlights and so on.

John Campbell: Okay, that's fine. You know me, I'm not very formal. (laughs) My career. Well, where do I begin with that? Well I started in the summer of 2006. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler, ever since I was a little kid. One day I just decided to go for it. So I went out, found a wrestling school, and started training. That's how I started, now as far as things after that, well I've had plenty of ups and downs. I'll focus more on the ups. I have been fortunate to wrestle for some of the best independent promotions in the Midwest. I've been in the ring with legends like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Road Dogg Jesse James, and Al Snow. I've also learned from many veterans, and now I try to help as many of the young guys as I can, like other people in my position helped me when I first started.

 

HoTS: I remember back in the Myspace days, you had a link for a horror movie that you were in. I just don't recall the specifics. Can you tell me about that?

JC: Yes. There was a local guy who liked to film horror movies. They weren't masterpieces or anything, but they were fun to watch. Anyway, the guy saw some of my wrestling stuff through a mutual friend and thought that I would be a good fit for one of the roles. I auditioned and beat out a few other candidates. The shoot was only a couple of days, and it was mostly sitting around while the make up artist applied the necessary gore, but it was a lot of fun and turned out not too shabby. It was called Haunted where myself and my on screen girlfriend go to a haunted house and I end up dying. It's a fun cheesefest. (*Note: I looked high and low for the video, but was unable to find it. If you happen to, please post a link in the comments)

 

HoTS: Would you do it again? Is acting something you'd like to get into? You already do a certain amount every time you walk out from behind the curtain.

JC: Yes, I'd love to do more acting. That would be a ton of fun.

 

HoTS: A modern day Rowdy Roddy Piper? (laughs)

JC: Maybe, although nobody could ever fill those shoes!

 

HoTS: No doubt. besides, your own shoes are pretty rad in their own right. What was the first horror movie you ever saw?

JC: I could actually use a new pair of shoes! As far as the first horror movie I remember seeing, it was either Frankenstein, or The Bride of Frankenstein. I was really young, but I remember my toddler brain thinking the monster was really cool looking!

 

HoTS: Ah the classics! I love those. Good times. Did it scare you at all or were just totally into the coolness of the monster?

JC: I don't think I was old enough to really comprehend that it was a horror movie. I was really young, I know it didn't scare me though. In fact, for a long time after I would watch the The Munsters thinking it was the same thing. I grew up with that family more than my own!

 

HoTS: Has there ever been one that has scared you? One that still scares you?

JC: I was probably way too young to be watching The Exorcist. That scared me as a youngster. As far as movies that scare me today, there aren't really many. I'll admit that lump scares get me once in awhile while I'm in the theater though!

 

HoTS: The theater is a totally different atmosphere to watch horror movies in than your living room though right? I mean you kind of feed off of, and are influenced by everyone else's energy/fear. Not to mention the sound system. (laughs) The volume alone has made me jump more than a few times.

JC: Definitely! It's 90% loud noise, which makes for an awesome theater experience, but a lousy watch later on DVD if that's all the movie relies on.

 

HoTS: Very true. Do you have a favorite horror movie or franchise? What about a least favorite?

JC: I'd say my favorite franchise would be the Friday the 13th series. Jason is my bro! As far as least favorite, does the Scary Movie series count? The only one of those I liked was the one with Leslie Nielsen, because you know... Leslie Nielsen.

 

HoTS: Which Friday the 13th is your favorite? And which Jason is your favorite?

JC: I can't pick just one. I enjoy the first four the best, just because you can watch them back to back continuously and keep pretty good continuity.

 

HoTS: What about actor behind the mask, do you have a preference to who is playing Jason?

JC: It's weird, my favorite Jason is Kane Hodder, but he isn't in my favorite movies of the series, if that makes any sense. Kane is good though. He plays Jason as a more brooding figure. Jason became a "zombie" in part six, but the actor in part six still played him as any other actor would. When Kane took over in part 7, he played him how he should. Slower, brooding, more methodical. Perfect for undead Jason.

 

HoTS: And he's my boyfriend. He just doesn't know it. LOL. Kane is amazing. The way he, as Jason, looks at a victim before he kills them is enough to make you terrified. Have you watched much of Kane's work outside of the Friday the 13th movies?

JC: Yes I have. I enjoyed Hatchet very much. I'm a slasher fan.

 

HoTS: Any other sub-genres that you like?

JC: Depends on my mood really, but I dig a lot of cheesy 80s slashers and zombie films the most.

 

HoTS: Any favorites from the new generation of horror?

JC: I liked Hatchet. I also saw a movie not too long ago called the The Taking of Deborah Logan that was really good, as well.

 

HoTS: I haven't seen that one yet. I will have to check it out. How do you feel about the found footage movies? Personally, I can't stand them, but they seem to be pretty popular.

JC: The Taking of Deborah Logan is a mockumentary/found footage film. I think when they're done right, they can be really good. As long as the camera doesn't look seizure-like and you can tell what's going on. I just saw The Visit and that was shot documentary style. I really enjoyed it. Not scary really, but just the right amount of atmosphere to make it good.

 

HoTS: How do you feel about reboots? Sacrilege, crap, or is it a movie by movie basis sort of thing?

JC: I don't like it, but if it can do the original movie justice or continue the story of the series, I don't see them necessarily being a bad thing. The only problem is that so far they've all been terrible.

 

HoTS: Is there one that in your opinion has been the worst reboot?

JC: Rob Zombie's Halloween II was pretty rotten. I also hated the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street remakes.

 

HoTS: I have to agree with you on those. Though I still refuse to watch the Nightmare remake.

JC: Stay as far away from it as you can!

 

HoTS: Are there any that you would actually like to see rebooted?

JC: I'd like to see another legit sequel to The Re-Animator.

 

HoTS: Oooh!! That's actually a really good idea! How do you feel about the “vs” movies. There is some talk of doing another Freddy vs Jason, Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, etc.

JC: I think it's cool to see characters from different franchises together in the same movie. I'm all for it, if they have a competent director, who's well versed with the characters and the stories. Ronnie Yu, who directed Freddy Vs Jason wasn't a fan of either series, so that's why that movie fell flat in my opinion.

 

HoTS: It had the potential to be great. I think you nailed it though, the director needs to get it. With the similarities between pro wrestling and stunt work in movies, do you find yourself to be more of a fan of stuntmen rather than the leading man type of actor?

JC: You definitely have to have both. Without a charismatic character, you have no story to get into. It goes hand in hand in my opinion.

 

HoTS: Agreed. Tell me about your new gimmick.

JC: My new gimmick is me turned up to 100. Pro wrestling meets Punk Rock meets horror movie character. It's a lot of fun.

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids!

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids! Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

 

HoTS: The Creature Feature, right?

JC: Yes ma'am

 

HoTS: And how long have you been wrestling as that persona?

JC: I've been doing The Creature Feature persona since the beginning portion of this year. The fans have really taken to it.

 

HoTS: Now are you working as a heel or a face or does it really depend on the company you are working for?

JC: Face actually. Think of Cactus Jack when he was a face. Crazy as hell, but a fan favorite

 

HoTS: Yes! One of my personal faves. Now you've recently started doing a podcast, right? Can you tell me about that?

JC: I actually haven't been doing a podcast. I did a few years ago, but that's been defunct for awhile. I have started a YouTube show though. The Creature's Features. It's a throwback to the old horror host shows with pro wrestling thrown into the mix. I'm hoping to do it as a regular thing.

 

HoTS: Nice! That's cooler than a podcast anyway. How many episodes have you posted? Are you showing old movies too?

JC: The first episode debuted over Memorial Day weekend. Due to copyrights we can only show flicks in the public domain. There's a lot of great movies that have slipped through the cracks trough, and I believe they deserve to be highlighted.

 

HoTS: Glad to see you are respecting copyrights though. So many don't. They usually end up being sued, but still a little respect and research, you can avoid the mess and being labeled as a thief. Bravo.
JC: Absolutely. That and I wouldn't want my channel to get shut down. No thank you.

 

HoTS: Truth! What else are is in the works for John Campbell?
JC: More episodes of The Creature's Features, more wrestling, and only God, Satan, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows what else! I just wanna keep entertaining people with what I do.

 

HoTS: Okay, here's your just for fun question, cast your dream horror movie. Who's in it, where would you film it, and what's the storyline?

JC: Hmm. Maybe not a movie, but a series. I'd like to see Ash Williams, Tommy Jarvis, and Herbert West go on Scooby Doo type mysteries, all the while running into different villains from different franchises (Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, etc).

 

HoTS: I'd watch that. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me. Where can people reading this article check out IWE and your other projects?

JC: Thank you! We're on YouTube, numerous cable channels around the country, ROKU via the Indie Wrestling Channel and Facebook. We film our live shows in the MAC TV Studios in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

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Author: Michael Aloisi, as told by Kane Hodder ;  Publisher: AuthorMike Ink; ISBN: 978-0-9845801-3-2; ISBN-13: 9780985214609; Media: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio and ePub; Length: 352 pages; Genre: Non-fiction, Biography; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2012

In my personal opinion, Kane Hodder is  Horror Movie Royalty. He's up there with the likes of Robert Englund, Doug Bradley, and Gunnar Hansen. The man is always scary and intimidating, no matter what role he plays. It doesn't matter if it's Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley or Jon RoyHodder is a badass.  After meeting him last year at Motor City Nightmares, I saw, quite quickly, that there is more to Hodder than the badass killing machine. But it wasn't until I read Unmasked that I saw just how much more there is to the man.

Throughout the book, Hodder describes learning the craft of Hollywood Stuntman and the sacrifices of body and mind that go along with it. He survived severe burns, an incompetent  doctor and the long painful road to recovery. And don't you think,  for even a second, that Hodder is another whiner looking for pity and attention. Far from. If anything, Hodder's recovery can be looked at as a source of inspiration for other burn victims.  He easily could have thrown in the towel and walked away from his dreams, but he didn't. Reading everything he went through just added to the extreme amount of respect I already had for Kane Hodder.

He shares with the reader, stories of his childhood. They aren't all happy hearts and flowers. He was repeatedly victimized by bullies until his family relocated to an island in the South Pacific, in his teen years. Again, Hodder isn't whining or playing the victim, but the experiences definitely had a profound impact on the man that he grew up to be. It isn't hard to get a real sense of the man behind the cinematic monsters.

Hodder isn't always Mr. Serious though. It's very apparent in the book that Kane is quite the prankster. And I can tell you from my own experience, the man is a smartass. It only adds to his charm. He shares some onset hijinks from the sets of many of his films. He and Aloisi are easily able to make you feel like you were right there.

He shares the extreme elation of being able to be Jason Voorhees, as well as the feeling of betrayal upon learning he would not be in Freddy vs Jason. You can almost feel the excitement of creating a new monster with Adam Green in Hatchet . You also get an idea of how much passion and  research Hodder put into roles like BTK and Ed Gein.

I could easily gush on about this book for days, but I'm not going to. I could tell you more of what he shares in the book, but I'm not going to do that either. What I will do is tell you to go read this book! You won't be sorry. You won't be able to put it down, either.

Final Score: 10 out of 10 Dead Camp Counselors.

 

 

 

Posted by Machete Von Kill in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 2 comments
MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

By Kev B.

Silent Night Deadly Night poster

 

My favorite holiday horror flick is another one that brings me back to my awesome childhood, growing up in the 80’s with one of the coolest Moms on earth. Way back then, before the internet, we had a show with two opinionated douche nozzles who did movie reviews, called Sneak Previews and later At The Movies. A week before Halloween back in 1980, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert had declared war on horror movies, and dedicated an entire episode of their show to a disturbing new trend in Hollywood, the slasher film. How douchey were they? Well, Siskels review of Friday the 13th for the Chicago Tribune included this gem of a quote "It has been suggested to me that a great way to keep people from seeing a truly awful movie is to tell them the ending" so he spoiled the reveal to discourage readers from seeing it. He also encouraged a letter campaign to harass the studio, producers, and even Betsy Palmer for taking part in the film.

Silent Night Deadly Night Controversy

In 1984 Siskel and Ebert reviewed Silent Night, Deadly Night. They said it was crude and mean spirited and that the profits made from the movie were blood money. They read the names of the film's production crew on air, shaming them and again encouraging viewers to send hate mail. Whenever they were outraged, Mom and I knew we had a winner and ran off to the theater to check it out. The more disgusted and repulsed they were, the more excited I would get. In fact, they’re the reason I write reviews today, as I had always wished I had a like minded critic whose opinion I could trust. And it really is all a matter of taste and opinion, including the debate on artistic merit. Ya ever heard the old saying: Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one… and most of them stink.

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, but the shit storm that ensued and the protests at showings of the film caused the studio to pull it from theaters a week or so after its release. Had it not been for that TV commercial running at dinner time across America, the movie probably would’ve had a moderate run in theaters and went unnoticed. And despite Silent Night Deadly Night out-grossing Wes Cravens A Nightmare On Elm Street, also released on the same day, they listed the film as one of the worst of 1984. The major fatal flaw was that 30 second television commercial, not the movie itself, as most of the outraged protesting parents didn’t even see 30 seconds worth of the movie.

"My 3-year-old son saw the television commercial for Silent Night, Deadly Night last week and now refuses to sit on Santa's lap for our annual Christmas picture this year. How dare producer Ira Barmak rob my child and others like him of their fantasy. Make the splatter films, if you must, about adult subjects and leave our holidays alone. What next? A marauding turkey at Thanksgiving? Think of the children!!!"

The subject of the controversy is almost more interesting than the movie itself, and in the long run it’s helped more than it hurt this fun little slasher. It put the movie on peoples radar, and actually solidified and justified its mark in horror history. It wasn’t the first killer Santa movie, and it aint the last, but its my favorite and it’s become a holiday tradition for me and many others out there.

Silent Night Deadly Night protest

Poor Billy Chapman never had a chance, he had that perfect storm of consequences that effected his life and mind so deeply it would’ve been a miracle if he turned out a well adjusted young man. The movie begins, Christmas eve 1971, with Billy at 5 years old visiting his grandfather at the Utah mental facility with his parents and baby brother Ricky. Grandpa seems catatonic until poor Billy is left alone with him for a few minutes, he snaps out of it and tells the young boy “Santy Claus only brings presents to them that's been good all year. All the other ones, all the naughty ones, he punishes! What about you, boy? You been good all year?” “You scared, ain't ya? You should be! Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year!”

With that still fresh in his young mind, the ride home is cut short by a chance meeting with a derelict on a crime spree dressed in a Santa suit. After witnessing his parents murdered at the hands of Santa, Billy and little brother Ricky are sent to St Mary's home for orphaned children and subjected to the strict disciplinary guidance of Mother Superior. Her sadistic abuse accompanied by noteworthy quotes like “Punishment is absolute, punishment is good!” and “When we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then we are punished!” Not the best place for a kid to grow up with a possible hereditary mental illness and extreme childhood trauma.

Billy gets a job at Ira’s Toy store as a stock boy, but when the holidays come around his attitude becomes a little erratic. Add to that the need for someone to fill in as the store Santa, and before we know it Billy is all dressed in red and white and looking a little stressed. The store closes and the bottle opens and the celebration begins, Christmas party at Ira’s. Turns out alcohol is the final trigger when Billy gets a few drinks in him, and before you know it holy holiday hell breaks loose. Billy goes into full on punish mode, and punish he does!

Maybe I give this movie extra credit for the nostalgia, but I still think it has a solid story, some interesting kills, and enough gratuitous sex and violence to get me thru most of the holiday season. He beheads a dude riding a sleigh. He strangles someone with a string of Christmas lights, He impales Linnea Quigley on the antlers of a taxidermied deer head, and if that don’t make you want to see it then disregard everything I’ve said and go watch Jim Carrey as the Grinch. I highly recommend you make Silent Night, Deadly Night part of your movie collection, and a holiday tradition in your home too. If you can find the double feature DVD it includes the sequel featuring Billys little brother Ricky, all grown up and crazy as hell. “Garbage Day!”

Depending on how much cheese you like with your horror there are 5 SNDN movies in the original franchise, and part 5 has Mickey Rooney in it too.

And remember… “You see Santa Claus tonight you better run boy, you better run for your life!”

Posted by Kevin Belyski in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
COMING SOON: Friday the 13th: The Game (2016)

COMING SOON: Friday the 13th: The Game (2016)

By Margeaux DeMott

JV Mask

A while ago we heard about a game called Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp being made by Gun Media with the help of Tom Savini. This game was in the works to be an asymmetrical multiplayer game for the PC, Xbox one, and PS4. inspired by 80s slasher films where you could play as the killer or one of the camp counselors. The group of counselors consists of six or seven players and they have to try to survive in a don't be a hero type of way. Stealth, avoidance, running like hell (or at least faster than everyone else) are all acceptable ways to keep your blood inside your body and all of your bones in their proper alignment. As the killer, you have one job: kill. Sounds like a game most of us would like to play. Plus, it was touted as a volume 1 game, which meant we could have possibly different killers and settings based on other 80s slashers.

Moving forward to October 13, 2015 where we have a new announcement. Slasher Vol. 1: Summer Camp is now a full-fledged Friday the 13th game. That's right. They got the green light to use Jason, which means that not only do we get to play as a slasher villain, we get to play as fucking JASON VOORHEES in CAMP CRYSTAL LAKE. Oh, and did I mention that they have Kane Hodder to do the motion capture for Jason, and he's coordinating his stunt men so we can have the most epic animations possible. They also have Sean S. Cunningham himself to lend a hand in making the game. Who's doing the soundtrack, you may ask yourself? Well, guys, it's Harry Manfredini. The composer for the original Friday the 13th score, along with countless other movie music works.

Friday the 13th: The Game will have multiplayer and single player. The single player will revolve around scenarios based off of scenes from the franchise. This goes for both Jason and the counselors. There will also be a movie trailer at the end of the matches. Like a game highlights video, which we can share!

You will be able to unlock different Jason character models as well as more camp counselors. There are tiers to the Kickstarter campaign for the game that get you special in-game content. For example, at $65 you get a Kickstarter exclusive Jason character with unique a weapon designed by Tom Savini. Their tier rewards are really well thought out and might make you drool.

Friday the 13th: The Game has an estimated release date of October 2016 when it will be available for the Playstation 4, Xbox one, and PC via Steam. (Am I the only one that hears Steam and hopes it will be open to mods in the future?)

Here's the Kickstarter.

Here's the official website.

Posted by Margeaux DeMott in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Death-Scort Service (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Death-Scort Service (2015)

Death-Scort Service

By Travis Love


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Directed by: Sean Donohue

Released in 2015 through The Sleaze Box/Gatorblade Films Death-Scort Service finds a rag tag band of escorts at the mercy of a faceless murderer, who's only interested in penetrating them repeatedly with sharp objects...without a condom. (You don't have to pay for sex if you slayed that ass for real.) Within the first few minutes of the film beginning you are greeted with a warm feeling of familiarity, not in a redundant kind of way, but like someone put on an old late 70s early 80s slasher film that you've enjoyed countless times.

Everything from the soundtrack to the cinematography has a thick sense of nostalgia to it, harkening back to a time before polished production cleaning away any imperfections and convoluted plot lines that go out of their way to confuse the viewer; sometimes simplicity is a wonderful thing. With so many films trying to capture the feel of classic slashers and only making a by-the-books rendition of Friday the 13th for the now, it's a truly amazing feat when a new film not only manages to place you in the same feeling that Maniac gave you upon your first viewing, but makes the appeal of it new and relevant as well.

The story itself is pretty sparse starting out, not needing to weigh you down with back story as to why these hos are being brutally murdered (it's none of your business. The killer paid to murder these hookers fair and square and that's all that you need to know. It's the killer's dime, the killer's crime...you pay for your own murder victim!). With kills ranging from the iconic knife through the back of the head and exiting out of the mouth, to a barbed wire baseball bat being forcefully inserted inside a escort's money making tuna taco, (in other words her vagina...keep up with me, please) this movie makes you want not for gore at all.

In conclusion, what should someone expect when watching Death-Scort Service? If you're looking for a film that delivers massive amounts of old school bloodshed with the warm nostalgic comfortability of your timeless classic era slasher films, then Death-Scort Service might just be your new best friend...your whore murdering, psychotic, knife wielding best friend.

Rating: 7/10

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Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #1

By Stephanie Roisland

Human head

 

Fact #1: The human head remains conscious for about 15-20 seconds after it has been decapitated.

 

 

France Hung a Pig

 

 

Fact #2: In 1386, a pig in France was executed by public hanging. It was accused for the murder of a small child.

 

 

Triskaidekaphobia

 

Fact #3: Triskaidekaphobia is the intense fear of the number 13.

 

 

Guillotine

 

 

Fact #4: France still used guillotines for executions in 1977. That same year in The United States, Star Wars: Episode IV was released.

 

 

 

Friday the 13th

Fact #5: Fidel Castro and master of psychological thrillers Alfred Hitchcock share the same birthday, on Friday August 13th. Hitchcock's being 27 years earlier in 1899, and Castro's in 1926.

 

 

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