Halloween

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BARN (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: THE BARN (2015)

The Barn, a 2015 Indie horror film written and directed by Justin Seaman and brought to you by the good people of Nevermore Film Productions, will definitely bring a nostalgic smile to your face!
The Barn tells the tale of three supernatural entities that are brought back to life by trick-or-treaters who knock on the doors of a small town barn that has a haunted past. The Barn opens on a town gathering where the local clergyman is kicking off the local annual Halloween hootenanny in 1959. A young boy and girl swap glances during the introduction and quickly take off for the taboo barn after the Hootenanny opening speech. They stand back from the barn door, daring each other to trick-or-treat. At last, paying no mind to the warnings of the clergyman, the young girl takes off her Halloween mask and knocks on the barn door, yelling, “Trick or treat!” only to swiftly meet her demise.
And so the story begins…30 years later.
We are quickly introduced to a group of high school seniors who loves Halloween, lead by Sam, in the group who lives and breathes for Halloween, as Halloween 1989 approaches. Sam truly believes in all of its glory, spirits, and the tradition of trick-or-treating. After reluctantly deciding this would be their final Halloween, the group elects to make their mark in an elaborate plan to collect record amounts of candy, trick all who offer no treats, and finish the night at the perfect Halloween concert. Ultimately they decide to test the local Halloween legend of the ritual that summons the spirits of Halloween. Will the Halloween spirits will be raised or will the group make the concert?
The Barn is a fun movie – a lot of fun! I’ve got to admit that I really didn’t know what to expect at first. I love – actually, I absolutely adore – Halloween-based films so much so that I can be very hard to please with them. It’s a heavy cross that I bear to love something so much and yet be so judgmental. Pretty much from the get-go, however, I was sucked in with The Barn. It deals a lot with Halloween folklore and tradition, both of which utterly fascinate me, and the film immediately put me in the Halloween spirit. And that’s the true test of a Halloween-based film.
The movie itself is set in 1989, from the attire to the lingo used in the film. Hell, even down to the score/music for The Barn, offered up by musician, director (10/31/16) and co-producer of The Barn, Rocky Gray. Even the gratuitous topless girl during a make-out scene (the breasts got their own credit) to the special effects, blood, and gore used during the film is like taking a giant step back in time…but in a very good way! And, I must say, that adding two small roles in the film, played by Ari Lehman and Linnea Quigley, was a great enhancement to the 80s feel and a great touch overall to the film itself.
I must give props to director Justin Seaman for not only having directed The Barn but also having starred as the lead evil Halloween spirit. Justin puts you so in touch with his vision for the film, that you’ll be humming the music to Miami Vice while looking for your parachute pants and “Frankie says Relax” t-shirt after the movie. I’ve seen a lot of retro films (mostly bad because they just cant seem to pull it off), and The Barn is one that succeeds on any level!
If you’re looking for something that’s fun, a good time, not too dark, and not too serious, but still a serious horror film, I highly suggest that you check out The Barn. Go ahead and do yourself a favor. Step on over to The Barn official website and pick up your own DVD ‘cause it is definitely worth it!
Keep it Evil…
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WiHM: Jamie Lee Curtis

WiHM: Jamie Lee Curtis

Jamie Lee Curtis was my first (and still my top go to) Scream Queen. She was 19 when she played the role of Laurie Strode in Halloween.
And boy did she play the hell out of the role!! The horrified faces she made, the shaky hand with the butcher knife, and that scream! She would later play that role three more times in Halloween II, Halloween H2O, and Halloween: Resurrection and had a voice role in Halloween III.
Jamie held on to the audience after Halloween with her banging body, which she took full advantage of in Trading Places, A Fish Called Wanda, and the infamous hotel scene from True Lies.
I mean isn’t the perfect damsel in distress look?
Her ability to play any type of role amazed watchers and added even more to her fans list!!Jamie is one of the incredibly talented actresses that can go from horror to family movie (Freaky Friday), back to horror, and onto your ‘typical housewife’ in a dramatic adventure.
The show Scream Queens was conceived based on her, and she, of course, has a role in it to freak the audience once more. 🙂
Posted by Tammie Parker in FEATURED CONTENT, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, STAFF PICKS, 0 comments
WiHM: Debra Hill

WiHM: Debra Hill

Women in Horror Month is the perfect time to pay tribute to Debra Hill. You may not recognize her name, but you have certainly seen some of her work. Debra Hill is a long time producer of many of John Carpenter’s films and, in fact, co-wrote five of them: Halloween, Halloween II (not directed by Carpenter) The Fog, Escape from New York, and Escape from L.A.
Born November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Hill grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her career in film began in 1975 when she became a production assistant on adventure documentaries and worked her way through many roles, including script supervisor and second unit director. That same year, she worked with Carpenter on Assault on Precinct 13 as script supervisor and assistant editor. It was at this time that their professional and personal relationships formed.
She and Carpenter co-wrote Halloween in 1978, and later co-wrote the sequels Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Continuing to work with Carpenter, Hill also branched out to work on other projects. By 1986, Hill had formed her own production company with friend Lynda Obst and they produced such titles as The Fisher King and Adventures in Babysitting. One of the most popular and powerful producers in Hollywood, she also contracted with Disney to produce short films for their theme park and an NBC special for Disneyland’s 35th anniversary.
In 2003, Women in Film honored her with the Crystal Award, about which she said:
I hope some day there won’t be a need for Women in Film. That it will be People in Film. That it will be equal pay, equal rights and equal job opportunities for everybody.
Hill was diagnosed with cancer in February 2004, but she continued to work with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell on a comic adaptation of the Snake Plissken character from the Escape films. With Carpenter, she also produced the underwhelming remake of The Fog. She died on March 7, 2005, still working on Oliver Stone’s film World Trade Center as producer.
Among the many films she produced in her lifetime, we have Debra to thank for are Clue, Big Top Pee Wee, The Dead Zone, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (TV movie), Head Office, and many others.
After her death, Carpenter spoke warmly of the times he had working with her, recalling that it was “one of the greatest experiences of my life – she had a passion for not just movies about women or women’s ideas but films for everybody”.
RIP, Debra Hill, you have certainly earned it.
Posted by Woofer McWooferson in TRIBUTE, WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH, 0 comments
THIS JUST IN: Halloween

THIS JUST IN: Halloween

John Carpenter has finally brought to our attention that Halloween is officially moving forward and the idea for the new film came from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) and Danny McBride, who has appeared in comedies such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness, This is The End, and the TV series Eastbound and Down.
Last week, David and Danny, along with long time producer Jason Blum, met with Carpenter with a pitch so astounding that it even blew Carpenter away. He stated that these two understand the formula, that the film is in good hands, and he cant wait to release the film on October 18, 2018.
The only thing about the new movie that has been revealed at the present time is that the film will continue right after the events which took place on Halloween in 1978 after Dr. Loomis blew up himself and Michael Myers in the hospital. There is a solid decade between Halloween II and Halloween 4, which indicates that the film can go in any direction at this point. To a certain extent, it sounds like this new movie could possibly be the real Halloween 3.
Carpenter and his new team have promised to keep us updated on developments throughout the process. Hopefully we will have a better description on what the film is about and what we can expect by summer. All I know is that you can bet your ass that Michael Myers will return to stalk helpless victims in Haddonfield, Illinois once again.
Halloween has been scheduled to open theatrically on October, 18, 2018, which is one week shy of the 40th anniversary of the original (October 25, 1978) and 6 days after Michael’s birthday (October 12, 1957).
Mark your calendars!
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MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)

Tales From Halloween … I have so many mixed feelings on this film. Tales From Halloween is a compilation of ten short stories all woven into one Halloween night.
The film, at first watch, I must admit, was a huge disappointment. I have been wanting to see Tales From Halloween since I first heard of it, so my expectations were really hopeful. For some reason, it first felt like I was watching a made for TV movie. I thought the special effects were extremely low grade and the music was even quirky. I am the biggest fan of the Halloween season and always make it a point to watch any movie based around it. So, sorry to say, I wasn’t a happy trick-or-treater!
As the movie went on, I tried to put my disappointment aside and give it more of a shot. As I did, my frown became more of a smirk. I started to see the campy and almost comedic side to Tales From Halloween. In my opinion, the movie isn’t a horror/comedy, but it does have you a campy B movie horror feel.
The film opens with the narration of a local radio disk jockey as the camera pans over a small town. The DJ, who is talking about Halloween and the witching hour, is none other than the sultry voice of movie legend ADRIENNE BARBEAU, and it set the mood for the film. The short stories range from legends of sweet tooth killers, aliens, neighbors fighting over the best yard decorating, children’s revenge, and what would Halloween be without a killer jack-o-lantern.
The film does host a very impressive list of names to the cast, Barbeau, being one, obviously, the lovely Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Contracted), Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City (TV series)), Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys (TV series), The Night Watchmen), Lin Shaye (Insidious 1+2, Theres Something About Mary), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here, You’re Next), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, Filth) Pat Healy (Compliance, Cheap Thrills, Carnage Park) and a small appearance by legendary director John Landis ( The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London) Now with a list like this, you would be expecting one of the best horror films ever, but sadly it isn’t. To be honest, most of the names on this list have relatively small parts.
In keeping up with recent director compilation films (The ABCs of Death 1 and 2) and other Halloween films (Trick Or Treat), Tales From Halloween falls a bit short. Enjoyable for a non-serious horror film night – or a fun watch with friends.
Sorry, guys, but this is one where I loved the cover art for more than the film.
Keep It Evil…
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MOVIE REVIEW: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Purge: Election Year (2016)

By John Roisland
Purge 3, aka The Purge: Election Year, is the third film in the Purge franchise. Released earlier this year (2016), The Purge: Election Year was written and directed by James DeManaco and brings to the screen a very grim look into the brutal possible future of government in America.
The original story line in what has now become a trilogy, starts a few years ago and introduces us to the Purge, where crime is legal 12 hours one day a year. Its purpose is for the American people to cleanse themselves of all anger and hatred by allowing them to hurt or kill anyone or anything on their Purge list. So, for example, if you hate your boss, on Purge night, you’re legally allowed to kill him (or her) without consequence. From 7:00 PM to 7:00 AM, all 911 services are closed and no rules apply. You either lock yourself into hiding and pray for the best, or you go on a rampage and hope to survive. In the film, the Purge supposedly has resulted in the crime rate dropping drastically. And the unemployment rate has never been better because of it.
Well a few years later, The Purge: Election Year, coincidentally and perfectly timed out to be during our own American election year, we have two opposing government officials that are both running for office . One is pro Purge and one is obviously opposed of it, and opposed for very personal reasons such as of having had to watch her entire family be murdered in front of her on a Purge a few years prior. I guess you could just say in this political race, its a true fight too the finish . Now the Purge has gotten so popular, that even foreigners are even flying in for vacation on American soil just so they can join in in the Purge.
I, for one, absolutely love the concept of these films. I believe this to be the best of the three, and, in its own way, actually scares the Hell out of me. It’s not that I think a Purge could ever really happen but just because of the possibilities of what the future could entail as far as Government rulings. I mean, look at how we in the US are now. Half of America hates the other, half are wanting to kill police officers, we have rioting in the streets, and all it would take is for the Government to declare that one day a year that’s a Get Out of Jail Free card. You’re actually allowed to do all the above and more without having legally committed a crime. Now of course, like I said, I don’t honestly see it happening in my lifetime, and I pray for all my family and friends that something like this never does.
The film, while not a horror story about ghosts, goblins, The Boogeyman, or even Halloween-related, it does provide a dark look at the inner hatred that sits deep in all of us. It shows that you never know who you really can trust in humanity. There doesn’t have to be any reason for your actions on Purge night – whether personal or just for the thrill of it, all crime is legal. For those reasons alone, The Purge: Election Year is pretty damn scary.
Even if you weren’t a fan of the first two in the series do yourself a favor, give The Purge: Election Year a shot. As far as I can tell they did actually end the series with no huge cliffhangers, and I think they did a pretty good job of it.
If you do get the chance, ask yourself why you’re watching it. What would you do? Would you purge?
Keep It Evil…
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HALLOWEEN NIGHT

By John Roisland

Halloween Night

The sun lays dying into the night on a quiet little town
Halloween night is now upon us
the moon comes up from behind the skeleton shaped trees
a cackling woman flies to the night as you hear a distant howling at the moon
spirits of the dead rise from the grave from nearby cemeteries to occupy the hearts of the young
proper attire is worn as an offering to the dead
the anticipation of the town folk is building as their homes are decorated and prepared for the invasion they are about to live witness to.
the slight chill in the air the crisp cold night is upon us
you can now hear the wind begin to scream as is whips around the bare trees that stand tall and dark as they watch over you
the sounds of rustling dead leaves as small demons trample through them going house-to-house begging and screaming
distant laughter as the elders gather around open bon fires sipping on holiday spirits and witches brew in resemblance of covens from years ago
a jack o’ lantern’s sinister grin
Halloween night is now upon us
the smell of smoke and burning autumn leaves fills the air
little hearts race as they run the streets so full of excitement and angst
young demons watch as their take gets larger and larger with every stop
the night grows late and the air gets cold
a deafening silence begins to fall over the town
the feet of little demons exhausted from their rampage of terrorizing homes in the sleepy little town
the moon stands still in the far distance as the spirits return to their graves
sleep now young demons and dream the dark dreams of monsters, vampires, and witches
awaken again next year to dance yet again in celebration with the spirits of the dead
for this is Halloween night
Keep it Evil…
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A Brief History of Halloween

A Brief History of Halloween

By Tammie Parker
Halloween, like another popular holiday is a conglomeration of a few different cultures’ holidays. In the case of Halloween, those are Samhain (Summer’s End), All Hallow’s Eve, and The Day of the Dead.

Samhain

Samhain was a Gaelic Holiday and a mixture of celebrations in itself. It was the final feast of the year. The crops were all in and time for a celebration.
With the daylight shortening and the air cooling, we are not as active as we were during summer’s long, hot days. Even the animals are not out roaming the fields. Autumn also brings fog and mist, and, if you are a drunken pagan, spirits rising from the Underworld. So the autumnal feast was a time to remember our deceased loved ones (animals included) and to scare off the ones we do not want to linger. The answer to unwanted spirits? Costumes to scare them away!

All Hallow’s Eve

Now let’s throw in the Catholics! Since there was already such a big hoopla – and we all know there is nothing you can do about a hoopla once it becomes big – the Catholic church figured why not create a holiday on the same day, call it All Saint’s Day (to throw in a day for all of the saints who did not have their own holidays at this point)? The mass for this celebration was called All Hallows Mass (a mass for all holy).
Therefore, the day before this mass was referred to as All Hallows Eve, a name which eventually evolved into Halloween.
But what about Jack O’ Lanterns? Well, the legend began in Ireland where the first Jack ‘O Lanterns were carved out big potatoes and turnips.
When Irish immigrants came to America, they quickly began carving out pumpkins – much easier than turnips or potatoes. There is a story of a man called Stingy Jack who continually tricked the devil of his demise for several years. When Jack finally did pass, he could not get into Heaven or Hell and was cursed to roam around the Underworld for all of eternity. The Devil did help him out slightly by giving him a burning piece of coal that would always glow. Jack carved out a turnip and made a crude lantern.

Tales of The Day of the Dead
(and Sugar Skulls!)

The Day of the Dead or All Souls’ Day is actually celebrated in Mexico, Spain, Italy, South America, and The Philippines. Some people who celebrate All Souls Day actually get to pull their deceased loved one out of their resting areas for the celebrations. Some are paraded around the village, and some even are posed at the dinner table for a feast! When Day of the Dead came to Mexico, there was no money to buy the elaborate decorations to adorn the tombs, and decorate the houses. Since they were already used to making sugar statues for Easter time (lambs and angels, etc), they came up with the brilliant idea of making their Day of the Dead decorations out of sugar as well. Skulls became the most popular, so popular that people started painting their faces as sugar skulls. Now there are even figurines and dolls for purchase.
These days Halloween decorating has gone extreme for some families. There are even competitions to see which family has gone far too far. Pumpkin chucking is becoming more popular, and it’s a serious stress reliever. (I imagine it becomes extremely stressfully, decorating every inch of your property!) Sadly, the popular costumes for females in their teens and twenties are almost exclusively “sexy”, and they aren’t likely to scare off any demon.
Posted by Tammie Parker in HALLOWEEN, Historic Horror, 0 comments
John Carpenter’s Halloween Turns 38

John Carpenter’s Halloween Turns 38

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes
On October 25, 1978, John Carpenter unleashed a film that would not only smash at the box office, but gave him a successful future in the film industry, that film was Halloween.
Halloween was shot on a shoestring budget of just $325,000 dollars special thanks to Joseph Wolf who is the CEO of Compass International Pictures, Moustapha Akkad and Executive Producer, Irwyn Yablans. All John needed was lighting, shadows, memorable music and a man wearing a white mask, stalking babysitters in a small American town, which would be known as Haddonfield, Illinois.
The film starred Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers and introduced us to the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis who played 17 year old, Laurie Strode. When the film was released, it wasn’t received very well; in fact, it bombed for the first two weeks and then, out of the blue as news of the film spread by word of mouth, the numbers began rolling in and each week they kept escalating higher and higher. The film shattered the box office bringing in over $70 million dollars, making it the highest grossing horror picture. This is why some would call John Carpenter a genius. All he and his crew wanted to do was make a horror film. They created suspense, tension, and a classic that not only spawned several sequels and remakes but also a slasher following much like Friday The 13th, My Bloody Valentine, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Slaughter High, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.
After the success of Halloween, the film landed John Carpenter a two picture deal and from then on he just became the master of horror. This is proof that all it takes is one film and you could be known for your art. John and Debra had no idea what they were in store for. After all, it was just supposed to be a little fun Indie film.
John Carpenter may have created a slasher film but in his mind he was creating a Hitchcockian motion picture. Halloween was a dedication to Hitchcock, who was known for his classics such as Psycho, The Birds, and Rear Window, just to name a few. John and his co writer Debra Hill wanted to capture some of the same elements as Hitchcock captured in his films, and I believe they did what they wanted and they did it 100% well.
John Carpenter’s Halloween turns 38 this year and since it is my favorite film of all time, I would personally like to wish the film a very happy birthday!
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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 10)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 10)

October is the perfect month for watching horror movies. In fact it’s the month when a horror nerd can almost feel “normal”, as millions of people temporarily become horror fans. But hey, horror has always been welcoming, and I;m not knocking anyone who gets into the Halloween spirit. Horror is a big blanket and and we can all hide under it during the scary scenes. So for a whole month of spookiness, how could I only suggest five films to watch? So I asked and begged if I could do a second “five horror films to watch in October”.

After asking, of course I had problems picking out the five films. The problem being picking five out of all the great possible Halloween viewing. However after deep thought, head scratching, and perusing my personal collection, I picked my next five. In my first five I set rules for my selection. No zombies, no serial killers and it had to be supernatural. Which I kind of broke the last rule with The Wicker Man. Fuck the rules tho, amirite? So no rules on this one, other than I like the film and think it would be a fum Halloween watch. While I wouldn’t call the list “family friendly” I did shy away from any extremely gory or disturbing films. As always make your own decision on your family’s viewing, and hope you enjoy the list!

1.Event Horizon
Event Horizon is probably the best example of horror and sci fi crossing over near seamlessly. It stars Laurence Fishburne and Sam Neil and is the story of a rescue crew sent out to investigate the reemergence of the interstellar ship Event Horizon. Event Horizon has rightfully been called a haunted house story set in space, which is why I’m making it a must see during the Halloween season. I’ve also argued it could almost be set in the Hellraiser Universe as it deals with self mutilation and inter-dimensional travel to “hell”. It’s also the goriest film on this list

Event Horison

Event horizon

2.Psycho
Way back in 1960 the horror world was introduced to Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) by director Alfred Hitchcock. The film was groundbreaking in the horror genre, featuring what was assumed to be the main star being killed early in the film. It was also responsible for, or helped define horror tropes such as the “slasher” and the “scream queen”. Not only that it made people afraid to use motel showers.
So far Psycho has spawned three sequels, a remake, a TV pilot (Bates Motel) in 1987, and an ongoing series (Bates Motel, not connected with the 1987 pilot) on A and E Network. While it doesn’t have a supernatural element, it is a horror classic, and perfect for October viewing.

3.Tombs of the Blind Dead
Amando Ossorio’s 1972 Spanish horror film was my first introduction to the Knights Templar. Since then I have, luckily discovered more about the legendary Templars, but this movie still holds a special place in my black heart, and it can still give me chills. In real life the Templars were accused of witchcraft, arrested, and executed, Tombs of the Blind Dead takes it further. In the film the Templars, guilty of human sacrifice and turning their backs on god, have returned from the dead. Since ravens pecked out their eyes while they hung from the gibbet, they are now blind and hunt by sound. It’s a great gimmick, and twist on the still new zombie genre and provides some incredibly tense moments. Tombs of the Blind Dead is an old film and at first might not seem to hold up well. However pop it in the DVD player (or VCR) late Halloween night, turn off the lights, grab a blanket, and I bet it will still give you a chill or two. It’s OK, blame it on the cool October air, I wont tell.

4. The Witchfinder General
The legendary Vincent Price enters the list with Witchfinder General. Honestly Vincent could have had five movies on this list, and probably five in my last list. However, in trying to spread the love I decided to pick one, and I picked Witchfinder General. One because this is a list for the Halloween season and witches play such an important part in Halloween, so why not a film about the persecution of witches? Witchfinder General, also known as The Conqueror Worm, showcases Price at his most nasty. For those who only remember him from more lighthearted roles, or as sympathetic characters, this may be a shock, but it’s still a must see. The film is very, very loosely based on the real life story of Matthew Hopkins, the self appointed Witchfinder General of East Anglia during the English civil war.
The gruesome and disturbing content led to critical panning, even while it was a box office success. Over the years, opinions have changed and many critics now consider it a classic. It has always been one of my favorite film from Price, but it still manages to disturb me. It’s the perfect film for a dark, cool, October night.

5.  Last Shift
I really had a hard time picking recent films for these lists. Not that there haven’t been recent horror films that I enjoyed, it’s just none seemed right for this list. Then I re-watched 2014’s Last Shift by director Anthony Diblasi. The film is set, appropriately on the during the last shift at a police station on the last night before it is shut down. A rookie officer is assigned to work the last shift, and comes face to face with supernatural forces. The time of year is never specified (That I noticed) but damn if it doesn’t feel like it’s Halloween. Think of it as a twist on Carpenter’s Assault on Precinct 13, but with the assault coming from within and being supernatural. Throughout the film we come face to face with ghost, re-animated cultists and a the spookiest homeless person since Alice Cooper in Prince of Darkness. The end leaves you wondering just how much of what we seen was real, and what was in the protagonist’s mind. Last Shift is perfect for Halloween viewing, just expect to have a few nightmares after watching it.

Last Shift,

Last Shift

So that’s my second five for October. Hope you get some ideas and enjoy some horror this Halloween.

Posted by Allen Alberson in Categories, HALLOWEEN, STAFF PICKS, 0 comments
HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

What’s up? House of Tortured Souls LIVE is back with a new episode. This week HoTS live has a special pre-recorded interview with actor Jason Vail. Jason is one of the stars of the new award winning indie horror film Family Possessions. Jason will also be starring in the upcoming Hunting Grounds (formerly Valley of the Sasquatch), as well as Dollface (formerly Dorchester’s Revenge: The Return of Crinoline Head) by Family Possessions director Tommy Faircloth. He can currently also be seen in Boo! A Madea Halloween.

Jason will talk about his films roles past, present and upcoming. He will also talk about what it’s like to work with director Tommy Faircloth, being a full time actor and more. The interview was recorded two weeks ago, but due to unforeseen circumstances we were just able to get the whole show published. Thus this was before Family Possessions won best overall feature at Nightmares Film Festival. Congrats to Jason, Tommy and Leah Wiseman and everyone else involved.

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

But before we get to Jason, your hosts Lord Dixie (Allen) and John discuss their own take on horror. Included talk about the Walking Dead Season premiere, was it a home run or foul ball? They also talk a little about the Madea Halloween special, Chinese finger traps, Spooky Empire, Cher and other insanity

 

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RECIPE: Bloody Fingers

RECIPE: Bloody Fingers

By Tammie Parker

Bloody Fingers

This recipe is simple to follow and easy to remember. You’re welcome!

Ingredients

  • 2 packages little cocktail smokies
  • 2 packages bacon, regular slice (will have plenty leftover)
  • 1 1/2-bottles of barbecue sauce (can either be original or some version of sweet)
  • 1 bag of brown sugar
  • 1 box toothpicks
  1. 1. Cut bacon in half.
  2. 2. Wrap each link in 1/2 piece of bacon.
  3. 3. Secured bacon on link with toothpick.
  4. 4. Place bacon links in shallow baking pan (or casserole dish) with toothpick up.
  5. 5. Cover in barbecue sauce.
  6. 6. Cover in brown sugar (1/2 – 1 bag)
  7. 7. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes or until the top is caramelized a disgusting dark brown/black color
This is a real treat and a hit at parties.
Posted by Tammie Parker in FAMILY HORROR, HALLOWEEN, 0 comments
RECIPES: Spirited Halloween Beverages

RECIPES: Spirited Halloween Beverages

By John Roisland
As the Halloween weekend rapidly approaches, many a party will be had and much holiday spirits will be consumed. There are many out there for the connoisseur to savor. Some are sweet and some are sour, but all are always creative with keeping the holiday in mind!
So if you’re hosting or heading to a Halloween coven – er, party – here’re a few ideas for you to mix in your cauldron!

Axe Murderer

Ingredients

  • 1 oz. amaretto
  • 1 oz. gin
  • 1/2 oz. grenadine
  • 1 oz. rum, light
  • 1 oz. Southern Comfort
  • 1 oz. tequila, light
  • 1 oz. triple sec
  • 1 oz. vodka
  • 1 splash 7-Up
  • Pineapple juice to top
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour spirits in collins glass.
  2. 2. Add some ice.
  3. 3. Top with pineapple juice.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Brain Hemorrhage

Ingredients

  • 1/2 tsp grenadine
  • 1 tsp Irish cream
  • 1 oz peach schnapps

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour the peach schnapps.
  2. 2. Slowly add Irish cream but do not mix! The creme will clump together and settle at the bottom of the schnapps, giving the appearance of an internal organ.
  3. 3. Pour the grenadine over the creme for additional disgusting appearance.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Sleepy Hollow

Ingredients

  • 1/4 oz. Irish cream
  • 3/4 oz. pumpkin liqueur (Bols Pumpkin Smash)
  • 1 oz. vodka, spiced (Skyy)
  • 1 piece (Brachs Mellowcreme Candy Pumpkins) candy
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine spirits in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain into glass.
  4. 4. With a warm knife, slice a slit into the bottom side of the pumpkin candy.
  5. 5. Place candy on rim of glass.
  6. 6. Enjoy!

Vampire

Ingredients

  • 1 oz chambord raspberry liqueur
  • 1 oz vodka
  • 1 oz cranberry juice
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine all in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Serve as shots in a highball glass.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Vampire’s Kiss

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz dry gin
  • 1 tblsp tequila
  • 1/2 oz dry vermouth
  • 2 oz vodka
  • 2 oz tomato juice
  • 1 pinch salt
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine all in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain over ice in an old fashioned glass.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Witches’ Brew

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vodka (chilled)
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 1 (2 liter) bottle chilled lemon-lime flavored soda or ginger ale
  • 3 cups pineapple juice (chilled)
  • 1 (6 ounce) package lime gelatin
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Place gelatin in punch bowl.
  2. 2. Dissolve with hot water, stirring well.
  3. 3. After gelatin is dissolved, add the rest of the ingredients.
  4. 4. Add ice.
  5. 5. Enjoy!

Wolf (Howlin’)

Ingredients

  • 1 oz blue curacao
  • 1/2 oz creme de menthe, white
  • 1/2 oz vodka
  • Sprite
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Pour spirits in glass.
  2. 2. Add some ice.
  3. 3. Top with Sprite.
  4. 4. Enjoy!

Zombie

Ingredients

  • 1/2 oz creme de almond
  • 1 oz rum, light
  • 1/2 oz rum, 151 proof
  • 1 1/2 oz sweet and sour
  • 1/2 oz triple sec
  • 1 1/2 oz orange juice
  • Ice cubes

Mixing Instructions

  1. 1. Combine spirits (except 151 proof rum) in cocktail shaker with ice.
  2. 2. Shake well.
  3. 3. Strain into collins glass over ice cubes.
  4. 4. Float the 151 proof rum on top.
  5. 5. Add a cherry.
  6. 6. Enjoy!
The coolest thing about Halloween drinks is that you can decorate them endlessly. Head to Dollar Tree, Party City, or Spirit Halloween and grab a handful of plastic eyeballs, skull shaped ice trays, dry ice, or even gummy worms and add them to your drinks to spook them up!
Now, get your costume on and go howl at the moon, Time Warp, and Monster Mash the night away! Just do all of us a favor, and please drink responsibly. Just because you party with the dead, you don’t need to be dead yourself. So, yeah, don’t drink and drive. Just don’t.
And without further adieu, let’s get our Halloween on!
Keep It Evil…
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RECIPE: Halloween Soup

RECIPE: Halloween Soup

By Tammie Parker

This soup became a tradition when my twin sons were growing up. We called it Witch’s Brew, but it has many names (Biohazard Soup, Stuff and Thangs Soup, Clown Soup, etc). The trick is to add ingredients that you can say are something incredibly creepy or disgusting (tomato juice is now blood for example), but use names that will go with the title of the dish. Thus, for Witch’s Brew, chicken wings become bat wings and green beans become goblin fingers. For Clown Soup, cherry tomatoes are clown noses, spiral cut different colored vegs for a clown’s rainbow wig, and so on. The only thing you need to know to make all of this weirdness come out tasting great is simple seasonings (salt, pepper, garlic powder, crushed red pepper-easy!) and to slow cook the soup.

fearpremiere-food-biohazardstew2I’m having a TWD Premiere Party (if that wasn’t drilled into your head yet from previous articles 😉 ), so my soup will contain a lot of shredded or ripped body parts (hearts, guts, limbs – thangs Lori!) and blood.

Here’s a list of examples to help you out (I hope you make Clown Soup 😀 because this is the perfect year for it!)NOT ALL OF THESE GO IN ONE PARTICULAR THEMED SOUP (for instance if you are making for a TWD party, there wouldn’t be any Dragons’ Tongues. That’s InShane!! :

  • Tomato juice (1 large can – sufficient for the soup base) = Blood
  • Stewed tomatoes (1 can) – partially rip apart by hand = Hearts
  • Raw chicken wings (4) = Bat wings
  • Smoked oysters (1 can) = Ogre hearts
  • Hominy (1 can) = Teeth
  • Smoked sausage (1/2) (peeled) = Skinless fingers or Limbs of a goblin
  • Spiral cut vegetables (potatoes, zucchini, carrots) (1 each) = Guts
  • Spinach (to taste) = Ogre Skin
  • Pearl onions (to taste) = Eyeballs
  • Bacon (4 slices cut in half) = Skin
  • Red kidney beans (1 can) = Rat hearts
  • Baby Carrots (1 pkg) = Dragon’s tongue
  • Ribs (small package) = Guess
  • Hot dogs (1 pack cut in fours) and spaghetti noodles (2 per hot dog quarter) broken in half. Poke four noodle through each hot dog (THIS IS TO BE ADDED AT THE END) = Zombie virus
  • Angel hair pasta (1 serving) = Hair (If you want to use noodles, please remember they will go end at the end because they will get too soggy.)

1. Combine your choice of items 1 – 13 in large sauce pan over medium heat.
2. Cover and cook for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
3. Add items 14 and 15 if desired.
4. Cook 10 more minutes.
5. Serve.
6. Enjoy.

Servings: Plenty of leftovers.

fearpremiere-food-biohazardstewHave fun and be disgusting! 😀

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ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

ELVIRA EVERYWHERE!

By John Roisland

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

It’s hard to believe it has been 35 years since a lovely redheaded woman entered the entertainment world and changed everything as we knew it – especially the horror industry – by introducing to us her character better known as Elvira Mistress of the Dark!
Elvira has been loved, seen, and adored by millions for over three decades now. From low-budget horror flicks to starring in her own films, Elvira’s character brings to the world a bubbly bombshell whose quirky one liners and curvaceous body sky rocketed her to instant notoriety in the horror realm and later in the entertainment industry as a whole. She been photographed more times than anyone probably even knows. Day and night, 12 months a year, blood sweat and tears Cassandra worked her character to the point where she became an icon. I think it is safe to say she has graced us with a character who has become the Queen of Horror.

And with that being said, I can’t think of any better time of year than the autumn or Halloween season for Funko Pop to announce their Elvira doll. The doll will stand 3-3/4 inches tall and will be displayed in a window box that matches the other Funko Pop vinyl dolls. This is a must for any serious collector of either Elvira or the horror genre. I, for one, am a collector, and I’ll definitely be adding this one whether it goes on my shelf, my desk, or even glued to the dashboard of my car… I will have it!!

Funko Pop Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

And the fun doesn’t stop there, Elvira is also releasing a photo album containing over 300 pictures, many of which have never even been seen by the public eye yet. Having seen some images that are included in the book, I was very pleased to say that there was actually a picture of Cassandra. A very lovely, beautifully smiled ,sparkling blue eyed Cassandra Peterson. I thought there was a nice touch to include her in Elvira’s world… after all, without one where would the other one be. The book, entitled Elvira Mistress of the Dark, was released October 5th. I would definitely say grab it quickly as I have a feeling this one’s going to be moving fast.

Cassandra and Elvira, you’ve earned it!

Cassandra Peterson as Elvira / Fair use doctrine.

Having had the opportunity to have met both Cassandra Peterson and Elvira at Spooky Empire Horror Convention in Orlando, FL, some few years ago, I can honestly say that yes, i would be happy to give her my money. Both ladies were a true pleasure to meet, some have said opposite. I say when the lady has worked so hard for so long (and has dealt with certain types because of her appearance), she has the right to a bad day.

Keep It Evil…

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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 8)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 8)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Tabitha Harvey

Forget Christmas, October is the most wonderful time of the year in my opinion. May I just say this was no easy task. I could talk for days about the horror films, especially those that I absolutely must watch during my favorite holiday season.. I love gore as much as any horror fiend, and I am also a huge fan of psychological horror and horror comedies, therefore, The films I choose for my five picks to watch in October list, are a mixed bag, and are in no particular order. It was hard enough narrowing it down to five, ranking them would be impossible.

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.
Two young couples travel across the dusty back roads of Texas looking for cheap thrills at road side attractions. Along the way they hear the tale of “Dr Satan” a lunatic surgeon, who experimented on patients brains trying to create a “super race” in which case, he was put to death by hanging. The couples decide to search for the tree that he was said to have been hung. In pursuit of this urban legend, the couples meet the seriously twisted Firefly family, and experience some true horror they certainly had not planned on. A full hour and a half of Omg and WTF moments. How can you not love it?

I’m a huge fan of anything Rob Zombie, and this original story for his directorial debut is my favorite for many reasons. Great actors, sick characters and good gory fun.

The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad / Fair use doctrine.This is an exciting and fun movie about a group of young monster movie enthusiast, that call themselves The Monster Squad, who find themselves in a battle of monstrous proportions, to save their town from the monsters, believed only to exist in the monster movies they love. I cannot imagine celebrating my favorite holiday without The Monster Squad. This movie has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the re-imagined Universal monsters!


The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers / Fair use doctrine.James and Kristen are violently tormented and terrorized by three masked strangers, while at their secluded summer home, for no other reason than the simple fact that they were home. This one that made me fearful to answer my door after dark or to look out my windows into the shadows for fear that I would see one of those creepers looking back at me! I did not expect it to get in my head the way it did. Sure the sack and baby doll masks are totally creepy, but the eeriness of them lurking in the shadows is what is so unnerving. This movie is definitely not lacking psychological horror, and for me some of the best scares are the thoughts going through our minds after the movie is over.

Shaun of The Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.
Shaun is an ordinary, not exceptional, electronics store manager, who lives in a flat outside of London with his best friend Ed. After a late night of drinking at The Winchester, Shaun and Ed stumble towards their home, along the way encountering some seemingly fellow drunken citizens, but in fact they are the living dead. Shaun decides he must rescue his mother and keep her safe as well as his girlfriend Liz, so he and Ed devise a plan to make their rescues and then ride out the situation at their favorite pub, until it all blows over.
Easily one of my favorite movies of all time! Not your typical zombie flick, as which is what makes it great. Clever and funny. Shaun of the Dead will forever be on my Halloween season must watch list.

30 Days of Night (2007)

30 Days of Night / Fair use doctrine.Residents of the small isolated town of Barrow, Alaska prep for a month of darkness, unaware that a group of bloodthirsty vampires plan to rip through the secluded town during these thirty days of night. I really like this movie because its different from most vampire movies and the setting and situation and pretty scary in and of itself. Its one thing to survive a night in a town over ran with vicious vampires, it’s quite another to survive an entire month, in the seclusion and cold of an Alaska winter. This really is a great screen version of what Steve Niles created in the comic series. The vampires are creepy cool. Even if this movie never makes it on your list I promise that the vampire’s animalistic shrieks will not be soon forgotten.

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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Tracie Hill Prichard

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

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Walt Disney Pictures

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

Pumpkinhead (1988)
Director: Stan Winston

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


The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Director: Tim Burton

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

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

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

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Director: Herk Harvey

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

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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…

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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Stephanie Roisland

May I start by saying that this idea and the person behind it (my husband John Roisland) fucking suck. This is way harder than anticipated. I enjoy greatly far too many films and could go on for days about my passion for them. So this gave me a headache and made my anxiety rise while trying to select my top five. I thought about posting the titles based off of my roots and what brought me to love horror – films such as Attack of the killer Tomatoes, The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, Swamp Thing , and so on. I decided to post my go to movies, the ones I could watch over and over no matter the day. I hope you enjoy demons.

Feast l (2005), Feast ll (2008), and Feast lll (2009)

Fair use doctrine.I know this is kind of a cheat but if you watch one you go straight to the rest. Director John Gulager hit a home run with these beauties. If it was good enough for Jason Mewes, Henry Rollins, Carl Anthony, and Clu Gulager to sign on then you know it is a homerun. Made in 2005, 2008, and 2009, these fantastic B comedy horror films are about patrons of a bar and a local small town that must fight these horrible monsters, eating human flesh and multiplying like rabbits. So if you love sexy suicide girls, hungry monsters, and using a midget wrestlers’ Spanish grandmother as monster bait, these movies are totally for you.

The Devils Rejects (2005)

 

Fair use doctrine.I absolutely love the twisted joy this film brings out in the characters. Rob Zombie hit a home run here with me. This family of demented murderers’ home was attacked by the police, headed by Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe). You almost feel pity for these murderous, depraved folks as their family is shot down and separated. You soon learn that this group of deranged killers is strong and proud of their slaughtering ways and love to see others suffer. In the end, this is a Police vs. Murderers showdown that forever makes epic history in my mind. Free Bird will never be the same!

Frontier(s)(2007)

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This beautifully directed film by Xavier Gens is set in Paris. A young girl, is trying to get away after she pulls a heist with her ex. Pregnant, scared, and blocked by the police from crossing the border, they find refuge at a small, quaint inn. Little do they know, they should have just took their chances with the cops. As her friends get murdered and start to be used for dinner, she realizes there is no way out. It is a good thing this cult family’s father becomes smitten with her beauty and her baby. She refused to be a breeding, human flesh eating, cult wife and must take them all out in order to survive. Stripped of her hair, the father of her child, her dignity and her emotional virginity, she finds the strength to take them all out in a (rain) of blood and gun fire but what she leaves behind could haunt her forever.

Martyrs (2008)

Fair use doctrine.In this emotionally stunning masterpiece by Pascal Laugier, presented by Richard Grandpierre, this foreign film blows your previous idea of horror right out the damn window. In this chilling tale, an anonymous group uses disposable people to achieve the ever seeking emotional state of a matyr. Never before had a woman let go, giving up all fight to the cause, until now. Two young friends, Hell-bent on finding revenge for the misdoings done to one of them as a child, find themselves in terror of no end. One is killed and the other is chosen to become the one – the one to tell, the one to see, the one to give up all hope in order to know what is on the other side. When you let go of hope, endure all pain beyond all other, give yourself to the end, a martyr you will be. Bloody brilliant and an unforgettable journey.

Trick ‘r Treat (2007)

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Any day of the week, I could watch this amazing movie. This exquisite little masterpiece by writer/director Michael Dougherty, sucks in the whole family. The trick’r’treating little demon in a cute burlap mask is just one of the four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. Werewolves, murderers, and tricksters, oh my. There’s a child’s story of a bus murder come to life but the good girl becomes the bad girl and wins in the end. The bus driver, now an old man, becomes victim of the demon who wants candy, the heart of Halloween if you will. Another story tells of how the local principal, a mass murderer, passing on his wicked ways to his son becomes prey. And the tale of a beautiful girl who is becoming a woman and is making her first time a time to remember and a time he will wish he could forget. The film brings actors Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and so many more to life in this Halloween must have.
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HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Send Us Your Scary Story

HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Send Us Your Scary Story

ONLY FIVE MORE DAYS
TO ENTER!

By Woofer McWooferson

As the month goes on, time runs out for your chance to enter our scary story contest and have your story published some time between October 24th and Halloween.  You will, of course, be credited. Each story will start with the title, your name, where you’re from, and any other introductory Image: Pexel.com / Public domain.information your story requires.

Remember – the deadline to submit your scary story is 15 October 2016 midnight all time zones. That’s five days from today!

All entrants will become automatic Friends of the House and will have their names and stories posted on our site. From the submissions, three winners will be chosen based on creepiness (of the story, not the entrant). Winners will receive horror mystery bags.

To enter, email your scary story to us at admins@houseoftorturedsouls.com, subject: Scary Story Contest.

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to being creeped out by our fans! Winners to be announced on November 8, 2016.

Image: Woofer McWooferson

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