Halloween

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)

Fair use doctrine.

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)

Fair use doctrine.

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.
Fair use doctrine.

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)

Fair use doctrine.

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)

Fair use doctrine.

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.
Fair use doctrine.

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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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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 3)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 3)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Dixielord

Halloween is upon us. Halloween a time of trick or treats, bright costumes, women dressed in sexy attire and of course, The Great Pumpkin. But Halloween is an ancient celebration, and it wasn't always so happy and cheerful. Halloween was the harvest festival. Leaves were falling, plants dying, the days were getting shorter and the nights longer. And there was something lurking in those nights. Death. As winter approached, so did hardships, cold, lack of food and always on the periphery, death waited for the weak.

Halloween was a time when the veil between living and dead was particularly weak. A time when the people appeased the spirits, or tricked them, in order to hopefully survive the coming winter. Winters no longer hold the same dread as they once did, thus Halloween has lost some of its power. But we still celebrate, and when the air first starts to chill, sometimes, we can feel a little of that old fear that’s imprinted in our souls.

So when I was asked to pick my five favorite films for Halloween viewing, I wanted my list to reflect those old fears. I wanted movies that held some fear, movies of the supernatural. Also I wanted movies that “felt” like Halloween, or at least the fall and encroaching winter. So I made some rules, for one, no zombies. Zombies, as we think of them now, are a modern creation, and honestly they aren't very scary anymore. So sorry Walking Dead and/or Romero fans, no zombies. No slashers. Slashers for the most part aren't supernatural or at least didn't start that way, and again, they aren't that scary. Rule three, I wanted films that were scary and supernatural. No comedies or serial killers (see the last rule). So, with that in mind, I bring you my picks for Halloween viewing.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Long before Paranormal Activity there was a movie about a supernatural investigation that was actually scary. That movie, The Legend of Hell House, is hands down the best haunted house movie of all time. It's a movie that has stood the test of time and, over 40 years later, it is still scary, creepy and a perfect movie for the Halloween season. The movie, based on the book Hell House by Richard Mattheson, revolves around four investigators paid to investigate the possibility of life after death. To do this they prepare to stay a week in the Belasco House, reputed to be the most haunted place on earth and referred to as Hell House. The house is indeed haunted and doesn't take well to the interlopers.

What you don't see is more frightening than what you do see in Hell House. There are no rotting demonic figures or floating CGI ghosts. But unlike Paranormal Activity, it isn't an hour of nothing but the occasional moving chair and table. There's real horror in Hell House, and we see that through the reactions of the cast. No silly CGI, no jump scares, just a creepy vibe, excellent acting, and disconcerting sound effects. That's what makes it such a great film for Halloween. There's a real sense of menace and doom throughout the movie. This isn't a tongue in cheek, laugh at itself movie. This is a horror movie, and you can almost feel that it's set in the Halloween season. The Legend of Hell House stars the legendary Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill, and Gayle Hunnicutt and was directed by John Hough (Twins of Evil).

The Wolf Man (1941)

With my second pick we go back to the Universal Classics and The Wolf Man. Long before vampires sparkled and werewolves were emo boy toys, there was Larry Talbot and his wolf. The moonlit, mist shrouded English moors are the perfect setting for a Halloween movie. And if you remember the poem, the werewolf transformed not under the full moon, but under the autumn moon. “Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf, when the wolfs-bane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright."

The Wolf Man may seem dated in a lot of ways, and, hey, it was only released in 1941. But watching it today, late at night, alone, with the lights low, that howl can still send a chill down your spine. The Wolf Man starred Claude Raines, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi and the legendary Lon Chaney Jr.

The Wicker Man (1973)

Okay, so there's no actual supernatural element in Robin Hardy's classic horror tale, but it still is a must see for Halloween viewing. The film stars Edward Woodward as Sgt. Howie, a stern, yet devout police officer and Christian. He answers a call for assistance to a small Island off the coast of Britain. There his investigation leads to paganism, murder and ritual sacrifice. It also stars the legendary Christopher Lee in a role he has called one of his favorites.

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Not the remake, Oh God, not the remake.

So why is this a film for Halloween? Especially since I mentioned wanted films dealing with the supernatural. Well for starters, The Wicker Man is all about the old traditions – sacrificing in hopes for a bountiful harvest. The movie is set on (and just before) May Day but you have a similar feel to harvest festivals and their traditional trappings. The biggest difference being May Day is more focused on rebirth where Harvest is on death. Plus the location, off the coast of Britain is very near where Halloween is thought to have originated. The end of the film is what horror movies should be, unrepentant, disturbing and brutal.

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Okay, time to send hate mail to Dixie. I'm not going to sit here and try and convince you this is a great movie. I wont even go so far as to say it's Rob Zombie's best movie. However, it is Rob's best film for the Halloween season. While I don't hate his take on the classic Halloween, his movie has little to do with the season other than surface trappings like masks and pumpkins. To me it never had a Halloween or even an autumn feel. Lords of Salem has that feel. Watching it I can almost feel the chill in the air.

The more I watch Lords of Salem the more I find I like it. Yes, it's slow and the plot can be confusing, but Rob tends to pay more attention to style and visual than to plot. Just listen to the eerie and unsettling musical score. It puts you into a state of unease early on and never lets you off till the ending crescendo. Plus it's about witches and witchcraft, with goats and weird creatures and nightmares and murder. It's Halloween for Gods sake.

Okay, yeah, just post your hate mail in the comments.

The Witch (2015)

I really had a hard time with the fifth choice. So many movies over so many years, so many choices before I finally settled on The Witch. It's the most recent film on my list, and possibly the second most controversial. It's a super slow burn, but really so is every film on my list with the possible exception of the The Wolf Man.

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Black Phillip from The Witch

Set somewhere in New England in Puritan times, The Witch details one family's fight against the forces of Satan. Or possibly insanity. The Witch definitely wont be for everyone with it's pace and at times almost indecipherable Puritan dialect. But it's a great film for adults on Halloween. The true star of the show, the goat Black Phillip, is near iconic already, and let's not even talk about those creepy ass kids. Like the other selections The Witch unsettles the viewers from the first images on the screen, and never lets up, even when the pace seems plodding.

So that's it. My list of five films for Halloween viewing. I hope you like them, or at least give them a chance.

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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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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...

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HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

WE WANT YOUR SCARY STORIES!

By Tammie Parker

Image: Woofer McWoofersonWe know tons of you have your own scary stories. They be actually be real story or something you went through or even something you witnessed first hand. We want to hear about them, and we're going to publish them EVERY day between October 24th and Halloween. You will, of course, be credited. Each story will start with the title. Don't worry - if you can't think of a title, we will. Then your name, where you're from, and any other introductory information your story requires.

The deadline to submit your scary story is 15 October 2016 midnight all time zones. This allows us to process the entries and communicate with the authors.

Image: Woofer McWoofersonAll 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.

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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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History of Horror in October

History of Horror in October

By Woofer McWooferson

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

October 1 - 7

10/01/1968 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
released theatrically

19680110_Night of the Living Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19741001_The Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.
10/01/1974 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) released
theatrically

10/02/1959 – The Twilight Zone (original series) premieres on television

19591002_The Twilight Zone / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

19971002_Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/02/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the United States

10/02/2001 – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection released theatrically

20011002_Tremors 3: Back to Perfection / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20021003_Darkness / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/03/2002 – Darkness released theatrically

10/04/2002 – Red Dragon released theatrically

20021004_Red Dragon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20041004_Zombie Honeymoon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/04/2004 – Zombie Honeymoon released theatrically

10/04/2005 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in the United States America

20051004_Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19191005_Donald Pleasence / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

10/05/1919 – Donald Pleasence (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1995)

10/05/1952 – Clive Barker (author, director, and artist) born

19521005_Clive Barker / Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com

19621005_Tod Browning / Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

10/05/1962 – Tod Browning (director of Dracula and Freaks) dies (b. 1880)

10/05/1999 – Angel premieres on television

19991005_Angel / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20011005_Joy Ride / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2001 – Joy Ride released theatrically

10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis premiers on television

20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave premiers on television

10/06/2006 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning released theatrically

20061006_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

18491007_Edgar Allan Poe / Public domain.

10/07/1849 – Edgar Allan Poe dies (b. 1809)

10/07/1994 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation released theatrically

19941007_Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 8 - 14

20011008_Castlevania Chronicles / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/08/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in North America

10/11/2002 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union

20021011_Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19891013_Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/1989 – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers released theatrically

10/13/1998– Fallen released theatrically

19981013_Fallen / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20061013_The Grudge 2 / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/2006 – The Grudge 2 released theatrically

10/14/1944 – Udo Kier (actor in many horror films) born

19441014_Udo Kier / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

19941014_Wes Craven's New Nightmare / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/14/1994 – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare released theatrically

10/14/2005 – The Fog (2005) released theatrically

20051014_The Fog / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 15 – 21

19811015_The Evil Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/15/1981– The Evil Dead released theatrically

10/16/1987 – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II released theatrically

19871016_Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19921016_Candyman / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/16/1992 – Candyman released theatrically

10/16/1998 – Bride of Chucky released theatrically

19981016_Bride of Chucky / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20031017_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/17/2003 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) released theatrically

10/18/1976 – Burnt Offerings released theatrically

19801018_Motel Hell / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/1980 – Motel Hell released theatrically

10/18/1985 – Re-Animator released theatrically

19851018_Re-Animator / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19961018_The Dentist / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/1996 – The Dentist released theatrically

10/18/2002 – The Ring released theatrically

20021018_The Ring / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20051018_Day of the Dead 2: Contagium / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/2005 – Day of the Dead 2: Contagium released on DVD

10/19/1990 – Night of the Living Dead (1990) released theatrically

19901019_Night of the Living Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20041019_Zombie Planet / Box artwork. Fair use doctrine.

10/19/2004 – Zombie Planet (1963) released theatrically

10/20/1889 – Bela Lugosi born (d. 1956)

18891020_Bela Lugosi / Image courtesy mptvimages.com

19421020_Night Monster / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/20/1942 – Night Monster released theatrically

10/21/1988 – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers released theatrically

19881021_Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20031021_Castlevania: Lament of Innocence / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/21/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in North America

10/21/2005 – Doom released theatrically

20051021_Doom / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 22 - 28

19821022_Halloween III: Season of the Witch / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/22/1982 – Halloween III: Season of the Witch released theatrically

10/22/1988 – Monsters premieres on television

19881022_Monsters / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20041022_The Grudge / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/22/2004 – The Grudge released theatrically

10/23/1942 – The Mummy’s Tomb released theatrically

19421023_The Mummy's Tomb / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19591023_Sam Raimi / Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com

10/23/1959 – Sam Raimi (creator of the Evil Dead series of films) born

10/23/1987 – Prince of Darkness released theatrically

19871023_Prince of Darkness / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19981023_Brimstone / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/23/1998 – Brimstone premieres on television

10/23/2001 – Thir13en Ghosts released theatrically

20011023_Thir13en Ghosts / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19621024_Eyes Without a Face / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/24/1962 – Eyes Without a Face released theatrically in the United States

10/25/1978 – Halloween released theatrically

19781025_Halloween / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19931025_Vincent Price / Photo by Gabi Rona - © MPTV - Image courtesy mptvimages.com

10/25/1993 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1911)

10/25/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan

20001025_Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

19791026_When a Stranger Calls / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/26/1979 – When a Stranger Calls (1979) released theatrically

10/26/2001 – Bones released theatrically

20011026_Bones / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19891027_Shocker / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/27/1989 – Shocker released theatrically

10/27/1989 – Castlevania: The Adventure released on the Game Boy in Japan

19891027_Castlevania: The Adventure / By Judgesurreal777. Fair use doctrine.

19951027_Vampire in Brooklyn / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/27/1995 – Vampire in Brooklyn released theatrically

10/27/1998 – Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 released theatrically

19981027_Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2 / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19511028_Joe R. Lansdale / By Materialscientist. Fair use doctrine.
10/28/1951 – Joe R. Lansdale (winner of six Bram Stoker Awards for horror fiction) born

10/28/2005 – Saw II released theatrically
20051028_Saw II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

20051028_Masters of Horror / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/28/2005 – Masters of Horror premieres on television

October 29 -31

10/29/1920 – The Golem: How He Came Into the World released theatrically in Germany

19201029_The Golem: How He Came Into the World / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19731029_Return of the Blind Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/1973 – Return of the Blind Dead released theatrically

10/29/1993 – Return of the Living Dead III released on VHS

19931029_Return of the Living Dead III / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

19931029_Demon Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/1993 – Demon Castle Dracula X: Rondo of Blood released on the PC Engine/TurboGrafx 16 in Japan

10/29/2004 – Versus released theatrically

20041029_Versus / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

20041029_Saw / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/29/2004 – Saw released theatrically

10/30/1938 – The War of the Worlds radio adaptation airs

19381030_The War of the Worlds / Image: Daily News. Fair use doctrine.

19811030_Halloween II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/30/1981 – Halloween II released theatrically

10/31/1961 – Peter Jackson (director of Bad Taste and Braindead) born

19611031_Peter Jackson / Photo by Tim Whitby - © 2012 Getty Images - Image courtesy gettyimages.com

19741031_Phantom of the Paradise / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/31/1974 – Phantom of the Paradise released theatrically

10/31/1991 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan

19911031_Castlevania II: Simon's Quest / By DASHBot. Fair use doctrine.

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SPOTLIGHT: Spirit Halloween

SPOTLIGHT: Spirit Halloween

By Woofer McWooferson

Fall Means Halloween

As anyone who loves Halloween in North America knows, Spirit Halloween stores as much a seasonal tradition as trick-or-treating. For those who don't know,

Spirit Halloween (spirithalloween.com) is the largest Halloween specialty retailer in the country with more than 1,200 locations in strip centers and malls across North America. Celebrating 33 years of business, Spirit is the authority on all things Halloween, offering one-stop shopping for everything from costumes to decor and party goods to accessories. In addition to being a fun and interactive event for shoppers, Spirit stores offer complete selections of costumes and accessories for infants/toddlers, children, 'tweens, teens, and adults along with exclusive décor you won't find anywhere else.

For a lover of Halloween and things spooky, a trip to a Spirit Halloween store is like walking through the Winter Wonderland and Santa’s Workshop to those who favor Christmas. Being able to browse their wares in person is a real treat

Spirit Halloween retail locations feature larger-than-life, nightmare-inducing animatronic displays for the home. Those tempted to walk around the spine-chilling “Clock Tower” will be frightened by the motion-activated Howling Werewolf, a life-size Swinging Scarecrow, a crazed three headed dog Cerberus, and back by popular demand, the evil Lil Skelly Bones. Brave shoppers can also experience the “Haunted Hotel” where Floating Ghost Girl surprises from above with demonic laughter and a haunting cry followed by the Electrified Corpse, which hangs upside down, shaking and glowing from LED lights and equipped with screaming, moaning, popping and zapping sounds.

For those planning a party but still undecided on a theme,

Spirit’s wide selection of new Ouija-themed items allows the stylish hostess to match a Ouija dress and scarf with Ouija candles, pint glasses, shot glasses and more. With themed décor such as Spirit’s Haunted Séance Board, spooky Ghost Writing Book, motion-activated Spider Portrait and Whirl-A-Motion LED projection spotlights, it’s never been easier to transform a home into the neighborhood’s most talked about haunted house.

Costumes and Costuming

The most anticipated items are the costumes. What has hit Spirit Halloween for the season? Spirit Halloween offers a variety of costumes to satisfy all ages and costuming desire. This year’s top picks and can’t-go-wrong selections range from presidential candidates to superheroes and villains to animation and games. From their latest press release, here are the top ten costumes/categories for 2016:

Anti-heroes

2016 is all about the anti-heroes. And doesn’t it feel so good to be bad! Harley Quinn, the Joker and Deadpool all combine the daring and mischievous traits of a villain with the heart of a hero.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Girl Power

Who runs the world? Girls. Fierce, fearless females remain popular this year, with super heroines Supergirl, Batgirl and Wonder Woman (who celebrates her 75th super hero-versary in 2016!) as well as real-life heroes: doctors, police officers and firefighters. Daughters will be thrilled to coordinate with moms in costumes for all sizes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Election 2016

America’s top candidates for president are the most controversial to date. Spirit Halloween has both realistic and humorous candidate masks and wigs for a creative political statement. Accessorize your candidate to show their sexy side, devilish demeanor or even what they’d look like behind bars.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Gaming

Level-up with the phenomenon that took the world by storm this year: Pokémon. Other fan-favorite gamer costumes for 2016 include Fallout, Assassin’s Creed and Five Nights at Freddy’s.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Anime

This Japanese cultural icon has crossed the Pacific! Hone battle skills and dress the part of a Dragon Ball Z warrior, an Attack On Titan cadet or a Naruto ninja in anime-inspired costumes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Crayola

Color outside the lines with new Crayola costumes. Collaborate with friends to bring a rainbow of Crayola crayons to life. An easy last-minute costume for shoppers of every age, and perfect for teachers celebrating Halloween and creativity in the classroom.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Trending Tykes

Let the little ones’ imaginations soar as they transform into today’s most-loved cartoon friends, including official styles you won’t find anywhere else from PJ Masks, Shimmer and Shine, Paw Patrol and Blaze and the Monster Machines.
Images: Spirit Halloween

Pop Culture

Go viral with looks from the most talked about topics of the year from FX’s smash hit “American Horror Story” to musical legends Prince and David Bowie.
Images: Spirit Halloween

#TBT

Throw it back to iconic characters of Halloweens past for a #trendingcostume. From horror classics to beloved characters Cat in the Hat, Thing 1 & 2 and TMNT, these costumes are a guaranteed high five.
Images: Spirit Halloween

DIY

Express individuality with a large selection of basics and beyond in every color to elevate a do-it-yourself look. Take a Spirit Halloween costume over the top with key accessories that strut your style, such as colorful wigs, bright eyelashes, bold makeup, statement-making suspenders, masks or hats of all shapes and sizes.
Images: Spirit Halloween

The Heart of Spirit Halloween

At the heart of Spirit Halloween is Spirit of Children (spiritofchildren.com), a program which focuses on making hospitals less scary for kids and their families. Since its inception in 2006, Spirit of Children has raised over $29 million for the Child Life department at hospitals across the country. Donations to Spirit of Children stay within local communities, with 100% of funds going toward a child’s life. For the 2016 Halloween season, Spirit of Children will be supporting 139 hospitals across the country, with a goal to raise $7.8 million. Spirit encourages customers to help make a difference in a child's life this Halloween season by donating at their local Spirit Halloween or spreading awareness via Facebook and Instagram by using #SpiritofChildren in their photos.

How to Find Spirit Halloween

  • Online and search for one near you: SpiritHalloween.com
  • Facebook: For discounts and the inside scoop on all things Halloween, “Like” us if you dare on Facebook Facebook.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Instagram: @SpiritHalloween
  • Twitter: @SpiritHalloween
  • Pinterest: Pinterest.com/SpiritHalloween
  • YouTube: youtube.com/SpiritHalloween
  • Upload your spooky Spirit Halloween shopping experience by tagging photos with #SpiritHalloween on your social media channels.
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    MOVIE REVIEW: Holidays (2016)

    MOVIE REVIEW: Holidays (2016)

    By John Roisland

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    Holidays is a 2016 horror film i just checked out. I want to say i liked it, but it’s not one that I think I'd add to my library.

    Holidays is another anthology film set much like the ABCs of Death, in that they gathered up a handful of writers and directors, and instead of them pulling letters out of a hat, a calender was thrown in the mix and each was given a holiday to make a short on.

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    Holidays tackled include:

    • Valentine’s Day (a nerdy swimmer in high school cutting out a team member’s heart to give to their coach)
    • St. Patrick’s Day (a woman giving birth to a snake with a pompadour)
    • Easter (a deformed half Easter bunny and half Jesus)
    • Mother’s Day
    • Father’s Day
    • Halloween
    • Christmas ( Seth Green puts a smile on your face)
    • New Year’s Eve

     

    The New Year’s Eve segment, directed by Adam Egypt Mortimer, who brought us Some Kind of Hate in 2015, stole the show.
    Ending the year and the film was New Years Eve

    The big name throwing his hat into the ring is Silent Bob himself, Kevin Smith who brought us Red State in 2011 and Tusk in 2014 and countless non horror films. Smith brings us a rather different event for my personal favorite holiday, Halloween... webcam porn. I'm gonna leave it at that for you to check out, but i will tell you that it IS in Smith style and one other thing, i clinched!

    All writers and directors added their own dark twist and flare on not only the holiday, but added a bit of folklore into some of them as well. Some pieces I obviously enjoyed more than others, as I'm sure you will as well. Some were moved along, some tended to drag, others honestly made me wonder just what the HELL did I just watch!?!

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    I for one am a huge fan of anthologies, maybe because if one sucks, you know its not going to be much more than 10-15 minutes long, or maybe its because my brain can only comprehend for that amount of time. Regardless, i enjoy and welcome them.

    Holidays is worth a watch and is currently on Netflix. Run time is about 1 hour and 45 minutes, and the film actually is not rated. But, no, this is not one for the kiddies!

    I give Holidays a 6/10

     

    Keep It Evil..

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    House of Tortured Souls LIVE episode 2

    House of Tortured Souls LIVE episode 2

    Episode 2 of the House of Tortured Souls LIVE, with your Hosts John and Allen (Lord Dixie). This week they discuss Horror news, what's new on the shelves including Clown produced by Eli Roth and Ash Vs Evil Dead Season 1. There's also a recap of the Scares That Care's weekend. Halloween is coming! And so are interviews, read all about them.Also get filled in on new movie premieres and more!

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    HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

    HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

    By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

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

    August 1 - 7

     

    08/01/1883
    Lon Chaney, Sr. born
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    08/01/1971
    The Omega Man released theatrically
    08/01/1986
    Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives released
    theatrically
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    0801_Resident_Evil_1_cover
    08/01/1996
    Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Europe

    08/01/1999
    Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Europe
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    0802_Wes_Craven_2010
    08/02/1939
    Wes Craven (director of Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street) born
    08/02/1999
    The Sixth Sense released theatrically
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    0802_TheOthers
    08/02/2001
    The Others released
    theatrically
    08/02/2002
    Signs released theatrically
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    0803_PiranhaPosterA
    08/03/1978
    Piranha released
    theatrically
    08/04/1932
    White Zombie released theatrically
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    0805_John_Saxon_1975
    08/05/1935
    John Saxon born
    08/06/1970
    M. Night Shyamalan (director ) born
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    0806_250px-Silent Hill 3_boxart
    08/06/2003
    Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in North America

    August 8 - 14

    08/09/2005
    Matthew McGrory (Played Tiny in The Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses) died
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    08/10/2005
    Chaos (2005) released theatrically
    08/11/1947
    Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator and Dagon) born
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    0811_Ein_Zombie_hing_am_Glockenseil_Poster
    08/11/1980
    City of the Living Dead released theatrically
    08/11/1989
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child released theatrically
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    0811_Systemshock2box
    08/11/1999
    System Shock 2 released on PC

    08/12/1941
    Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) released theatrically
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    0812_Castlevania_II_Belmont's_Revenge
    08/12/1991
    Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Japan

    08/13/1899
    Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, born
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    0813_Film1953-TheWarOfTheWorlds-OriginalPoster
    08/13/1953
    The War of the Worlds (1953) released theatrically
    08/13/1982
    Friday the 13th Part 3 released theatrically
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    0813_Jason_goes_to_hell
    08/13/1993
    Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday released theatrically
    08/13/2004
    Alien vs. Predator released theatrically
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    08/14/1975
    The Rocky Horror Picture Show released theatrically

    August 15 - 21

    08/15/1986
    The Fly (1986) released theatrically
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    08/15/1986
    Manhunter (1986) released theatrically
    08/15/1997
    Event Horizon released theatrically
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    08/15/2003
    Freddy vs. Jason released theatrically
    08/16/1956
    Bela Lugosi died (born October 20, 1882)
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    0817_Robert_De_Niro_Cannes_2016
    08/17/1943
    Robert De Niro born
    08/17/1969
    Donnie Wahlberg (actor in The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Saw II) born
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    0818_424px-Roman_Polanski_Cannes_2013
    08/18/1933
    Roman Polanski (director of The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Ninth Gate) born
    08/18/1969
    Edward Norton (actor in Red Dragon) born
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    0819_Nightmare4
    08/19/1988
    A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master released theatrically
    08/19/2005
    Dead & Breakfast released theatrically
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    0820_H._P._Lovecraft,_June_1934
    08/20/1890
    H. P. Lovecraft born
    08/21/1943
    The Seventh Victim released theatrically
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    0821_220px-An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster
    08/21/1981
    An American Werewolf in London released theatrically
    08/21/1998
    Blade released theatrically
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    August 22 - 28

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    08/22/1986
    Night of the Creeps released theatrically
    08/22/1997
    Mimic released theatrically
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    0824_Takashi_Miike
    08/24/1960
    Takashi Miike (director of Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition) born
    08/24/1990
    Darkman released theatrically
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    0824_John_Carpenter's_Ghosts_of_Mars
    08/24/2001
    John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars released theatrically
    08/25/1979
    Zombi 2 released theatrically
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    08/25/2005
    Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in Japan
    08/26/2005
    Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Europe
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    0827&28_Castlevania_II_Simon's_Quest
    08/27/1992
    Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
    08/27/1987
    Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan
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    August 29 - 31

    0829_IngridBergmanportrait
    08/29/1915
    Ingrid Bergman (actress in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)) born
    08/29/1935
    William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, Rampage, The Guardian, and Bug) born
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    0829_400px-Joel_Schumacher
    08/29/1939
    Joel Schumacher (director of The Lost Boys) born
    08/30/2000
    Resident Evil: Survivor released on PlayStation
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    0831_220px-Basketcaseposter
    08/31/1983
    Basket Case released theatrically
    08/31/2007
    Halloween (2007) released theatrically
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    Keep it Evil

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    MOVIE REVIEW: Hellions (2015)

    MOVIE REVIEW: Hellions (2015)

    By John Roisland

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    So what do you do on 4th of July when its shitty weather out and even the local fireworks have been postponed? You watch a horror film! Today's choice from the never ending line-up of endless shit on Netflix is Hellions.

    The basis of Hellions is that a young teen who just found out she's pregnant must survive Halloween night alone. Okay, doesn't sound too bad, kind of cliche (survive until morning), nevertheless, I'll give it a go.

    From the get go, I felt that this one isn't going win any Oscars, yet something about Hellions just kind of dragged me in. Our young maiden Dora Vogel, played by Chloe Rose... (Wait. First off, I've got to say this: every damn time I heard someone say or start repeating her character's name in the film, all I could think about is that loud bitch DORA the EXPLORER.....FUCK!!!) Anyhow, Dora finds out she's knocked up, goes home, and waits and waits and waits for her boyfriend to pick her up for a Halloween party. 'Cause going out to a party is what you're supposed to do when you find out you're prego! Soon a knock on the door brings what appear to be children in, yes, kind of creepy costumes, screaming, "Trick or treat!" When their bags are opened to fill with candy, Dora's old man's head is in the bottom of one.

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    From this point on I'm expecting a typical but possibly cool Halloween home invasion flick. What I ended up with is a cross between Michael Doughetry's Trick r Treat and a heavily dosed acid version of Rob Zombie's The of Lords of Salem.... sorta.

    From this point until about the last three minutes of the film, it's entirely shot in this soft pinkish-purple hue. And it's nauseating as hell! The film unfortunately fell flat where I personally think it could have been great!

    To me a good Halloween-based film is always a good thing, and this one really had something different. There was no axe- or butcher knife-weilding escaped mental patient on the loose, slashing and hacking at teen girls - not that that is a bad thing - but this was somewhat original. Our little demons asking for candy were actually some kind of Halloween spirits that were there trying to take the unborn child to sacrifice.

    The film was released in 2015, directed by Bruce McDonald who also brought us Pontypool (loved that one!) and co-stars Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) as a local police officer. (My guess is he owed for a favor and got stuck doing this role.)

    Sorry guys, but this isn't one for the personal library.

    3/10

    Keep It Evil.

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    Blumhouse and John Carpenter Are Making Halloween Scary Again

    Blumhouse and John Carpenter Are Making Halloween Scary Again

    All New Halloween Film? Yes, Please.

    By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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    In 1978, we were introduced to what has become one of the most amazing franchises to ever smack us in the face, and it's coming back in a huge way.  Earlier this week, the media received good - no, great - news. Halloween has landed in the  arms of Blumhouse Productions with the master of horror also known as John Carpenter, father of the franchise, to executive produce and possibly compose the music with his Lost Themes band.

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    The Halloween films have forced us to know his name - Michael Myers, his mask - Captain Kirk, his theme, his disturbance, and his immortality.  The Halloween film franchise was started in part by Carpenter, Debra Hill, and Moustapha Akkad in 1978 and has since has spawned ten films (eight sequels as well as two remakes by Rob Zombie) generating a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office. This new film will mark the 11th entry to the franchise. As of now, Halloween is in early development, but Carpenter confirms it is happening and has stated that he will help to bring about the scariest Halloween film since the original.

    "Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” says Jason Blum. “The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”

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    Miramax, which holds worldwide distribution rights, will determine its theatrical distribution partner at a future date. David Thwaites will oversee the reboot for Miramax with Carpenterm and the company's planning to immediately go out to filmmakers and fast-track the project. Although no release date has officially been locked, it was revealed at the announcement event that a Halloween 2017 release is quite likely. Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake) is set to direct.

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    As a devoted fan, I for one cannot wait for this to come to life. This is like a birthday/Christmas present wrapped in bloody wrapping paper with a big orange bow at the top.

    What do you think? Let House of Tortured Souls know below.

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    WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

    WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

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    By John Roisland

    Before the month gets away from us, I must take a moment to cast my vote for Women  in Horror Month: the lovely P.J. Soles. This hasn't been an easy choice with so much great talent in the industry!

    From Scream Queen legends Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Harris to academy award winning make up  artist Vee Neill to the twisted minds behind the camera -Sylvia and Jen Soska, there are legions of talented women in horror. In fact, there are too many names to list here, but P.J., for me, comes with a personal reason.

    P.J. Soles, born in 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany, got her first major part in the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. As Norma, the ballcap wearing and wisecracking pigtailed cutie, P.J. won the hearts of many...I was 4. Since then, P.J. went on to many other roles, such as John Carpenter's Halloween and Stripes, and all with her trademark pigtails. She was at the convention supporting her role in Rob Zombie's The Devils Rejects, and as I mentioned, mine comes with a story.

    P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

    P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

    A few years ago, my wife Stephanie and I were living in Florida and attended Spooky Empire, an incredible horror convention in Orlando. P.J. was on the celebrity guest list. After wandering around and taking everything in, we headed into the celebrity room on a mission to meet P.J. Just as we got thru the threshold of the ballroom door, I literally bump into her, look at her, and say "Oh hi. You're leaving?" She gave me a worried, almost brokenhearted look, like a mom whose kid wanted to hang out with her as she was leaving for work, and said, "Honey, I'm just running out to grab a sandwich for lunch. Come see me in an hour...PROMISE ME?!" She laughed, gave me a hug, and off she went, disappearing in the ocean of fans that filled the halls.

    P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

    P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

    We wander around for a while, and about an hour or so later we made our way back to P.J.'s table. As we did, she saw us, stood up and said "IT'S ABOUT TIME!!" With a big smile on her face, she came around the table and gave us huge hugs. We talked for a good 40 minutes, the room at this time wasn't busy, or I wouldn't have taken up so much time. But since we were the only ones there at the moment, and we were all really enjoying ourselves, why not?!

    She talked with excitement in her eyes. We talked about her family, John Carpenter, Bill Murray, Rob Zombie and sandwiches...she likes a good sandwich. We took a few pictures, hugged, shook hands, thanked her for her time, and asked kindly how much we owed her for her time. She smiled and simply said, "Go enjoy the show, and stop by or wave if you come back through." And that we did. Every time we were in the area, and she just smiled and waved as if we were family.

    Not charging us is not the reason that I put P.J Soles at the top of my list. I put her there because of her heart, how she treated us, and how she made us feel. She took the time to make a difference with the fans.

    I've met a good number of celebrities, some nicer than others, but none have ever treated me quite like this - like a person, not rushing through with a fake smile and quick to collect your money. P.J. was genuinely appreciative. Let me just add that John Carpenter was the headlining guest at this show and his table was also next to P.J.'s table. Those of you who know me know that Carpenter is my favorite. He was a bucket list for me.

    We went and met with the legendary John Carpenter, but we went back to the always lovely, P.J. Soles.

    Congratulations P.J. Soles, on this well deserved recognition for Women In Horror Month.

    Keep it Evil.

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    Halloween on the Small Screen?

    Halloween on the Small Screen?

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    By Woofer McWooferson

    Michael Myers staring downstairs.

    Michael Myers staring downstairs.

    Michael Myers, one of the most recognized and beloved horror icons, may be moving to the small screen if rumors are true. Since Dimension Films lost control of the Halloween franchise, there has been much speculation as to what will be next for the iconic character. Halloween Returns, which was to be the next step in the Halloween franchise, has been shelved indefinitely and it its place come rumors of a limited series on television. (A limited series is one with a planned number of episodes rather than being open to continuing until nobody watches any longer.)

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    A closet won't stop Michael Myers.

    According to Fangoria, who quote a European filmmaker who wishes to remain anonymous, the European Film Market may have been passed over to allow a limited series to be produced. Rumors are that it would be a three to five season series and would enable much more to be added to the Halloween story. The Fangoria article goes on to state:

    “...as budget horror becomes a more and more of a rarity in Hollywood, Halloween's studio search might not have gone as smoothly as planned as Malek Akkad & Trancas still aim to keep up the franchise's costly, old-school production value; in other words, a micro-budget, day-and-date Halloween film might be off-the-table, which could give way to a Halloween series that could carry that cinematic production value."

    Everything is still unconfirmed, but speculation abounds. Will it be a backstory? Will it be in between stories? There is a lot of room in the Halloween universe for Michael to maneuver, and we hope he takes full advantage of this.

    Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

    Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

    Still, rumors of a Halloween television series is great news for fans of the 1978 classic (and its sequels, reboots, and retoolings). Despite not saying a word in the original Halloween, Michael Myers is one of the most well known horror and respected icons, and Halloween remains one of the most watched franchises in horror movie history.

    House of Tortured Souls is ready for more Michael Myers on any screen. Are you? Let us know what you think. Is the small screen big enough for Michael Myers?

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    REMAKES : The Never Ending Battle

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    By : John Roisland

    For a few years now, more and more recently a huge topic has been a large debate amongst horror fans new and old, REMAKES! Now, I’m not hear to end any arguments, nor do I have the power to do so. But I am here to try to discuss this never ending battle between good and bad!

    Such classic and iconic horror films have been remade:

    Maniac, Psycho, The Omen, Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, Mother’s Day, Last House On the Left, Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street, Fright Night, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes, The Fly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown , My Bloody Valentine, The Fog  and the list goes on, and on and on,  not to mention foreign films that are becoming bastardized by American film makers with Old Boy, The Ring,  and coming soon Martyrs (which has been label by many as the best horror film ever!

    All these films listed above, are pretty much all house hold horror names, which is  why everyone kept asking the same one worded question: WHY!?

    Some argue that some remakes are better than the originals. Maybe some of them are…I personally don’t think so, although there are those that with newer technology, and possibly a larger budget, that are presented as a better film. But my issue is wheres the artistic value in remaking something that someone else has already put their name on.

    Some directors  claim they love the original film and wanted to share their vision of how they saw it. Case in point is Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween; of which Zombie said he wouldn’t make the film without Carpenter’s blessing. Well he got it,  and the film made boo-coo bucks at the box office, and has seemingly made its own new Halloween franchise. Some it seems to jump on to a known franchise just to make a few dollars off of a sure thing. Others sadly  seem to be to afraid to show the world their own original visions of horror to the big screen, so they hide behind someone else’s work,  and do a remake.

    My own personal favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, done and redone…supposedly done again. I’ve actually lost track of what was called a remake, and what was called a continuation. But some I’ve enjoyed…others I was ashamed and almost embarrassed to say it was part of the franchise. But that’s only my opinion.

    I can’t say I welcome a remake  with open arms, as I would much rather watch something original  but some I have enjoyed and have appreciated their views and their concepts.  A few I have thought were actually good enough to have stood as its own film, if not having been a remake. Which is a shame, because imagine what it could have been if it was an original. Others fall far from even crossing the finish line.

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    A Few remakes I have enjoyed and  I have almost been ridiculed for some, such as A Nightmare On Elm Street. When the remake came out in 2010, I enjoyed a more serious approach to the film, and loved Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal as Freddy Krueger, not saying anything bad against Robert Englund, Just thought Haley’s approach to the role was scarier and less comedic. Something I enjoyed…but again, that’s just my opinion, and I suffered greatly for it.

    While with others, some have agreed with me. 2013 Evil Dead remake, while the original is a true cult classic, many have felt that the remake was an incredible horror film, one that could have been its own, and was also a huge success at the box office.

    This is a discussion that will carry on for years. It’s like figuring out who has the better pizza: New York or Chicago. It will never end, and those who are putting their artistic vision in a remake… don’t. We want your original thoughts, your dreams, your NIGHTMARES!

    A remake to me, is just about the money. No matter how many, and how big the names are that you get to star in them, it’s still a remake, its still someone else’s original work. It can be good or it can be bad, but  the horror community is a very close, very tight knit family and are very loyal…make a bad movie, they will respect you more, because its yours!

    …But this is just one guys opinion.

    Keep it Evil

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    CORPORATE HALLOWEEN

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    By: John Roisland

    If you're anything like my family, we have Halloween/horror movie décor decorating our house year round. For years we always looked forward to finding all the new items covering the shelves come Halloween season . These items aren't so much items that we use for the front yard to scare and amuse local trick or treaters with, but more for personal use.

    A talking, life-sized Pinhead standing in the corner, over sized coffee mugs that read poison or witches brew on them. Zombie playing cards, Frankenstein and Bride of  salt and pepper shakers; the list goes on and on.  Every room in our house, from bedrooms to living room, kitchen and bath included, all have something from our finds in our holiday haunt shopping.

    Major name holiday stores would come into towns, and rent out buildings that once housed a semi large store,  and set up a Halloween mega store. They hang a huge banner on the outside of the building , and it's business as usual. I used to leave work early to go I was so excited! I was like a kid in a candy store! I didn't need December 25, this was my Christmas!

    The props, the outfits, the animatronics, and knick-knacks were overwhelming. We could and would spend hours in these stores that shall remain nameless.

    Over the last few years, the shelves are less and less stocked, and the product is and has become a lot  more lackluster. The quality has dropped and it just seems to be so...generic. The thrill was dwindling and our collecting started to slow down.

    The quality of the products was becoming more and more cheaply made. The look of mass production definitely had seemed to take over. And the animatronics, granted some were cool...or could have been, just seem to be loud and annoying! Where they once had full size animatronics of horror icons,  i.e. the headless horsemen, Frankenstein, Pinhead, Jason Voorhees, Michael Myers, Hannibal Lecter, Freddy Kruger...you're now given clowns or zombies...that seemingly wiggle and scream thru small very distorted speakers.

    We did  stop by one of these mega stores and took a look around. My hopes were high...but still didn't expect much, and good damn thing. The prices are honestly, ridiculous. I have no problem paying for good quality items, but when they are cheaply made, cheaply colored, and horribly packaged, then I have an issue with that. The economy is in the shitter as it folks, fuck corporate America, give the people a break and they will respond and support you a lot better! By the end of our trip, we had spent way too much on way too little. If not for a coupon that they had sent me via email, for $10 off our purchase, I would have been kinda pissed. Considering the best thing we bought was a Friday the 13th Jason pint glass for $10.00 .

    Overall I walked away happy that I got to see all the Halloween stuff, but at the same time I was so disappointed at what they had. Even half of the items were the same things I had seen for the past few years. It doesn't really give me much hope for the future. Funny thing, is I had even contemplated doing this piece since Halloween, and had actually just deleted the pix and videos I had taken while visiting the store, really wish I had them to share with you so you could see my points.

    Now, would running or working at one of these places seem like a dream job, YES...would I still love to have half of their inventory?? YESSS. Who in the mind wouldn't love to be surrounded by all of it, even if for just a few months out of the year!?! But from a consumer's stand point, especially one with kids, and one who respectfully collects this year round, I sure as hell hope they see this message and reconsider before ordering their mass produced shit to stock the shelves with, because to be honest, I'm finding better quality items at places like Walgreen's and even Dollar Tree!

    These stores do bring many smiles and joy to many who believe that Halloween is but once year, as opposed to everyday like myself and so many others, it's just disappointing to see what the inventory was to what it has become.

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    Posted by John Roisland in EDITORIALS, 0 comments
    CARPENTER GOES SMALL SCREEN

    CARPENTER GOES SMALL SCREEN

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    By : John Roisland

    It seems the latest trend in horror viewing is on the small screen, ie. television. From Ash vs. Evil Dead, American Horror Story, Bates Motel, and Tremors is even in the works. Now one  of the Masters of Horror, and my personal all time favorite director, the legendary John Carpenter is jumping on the small screen bandwagon.

    According to a recent  pod cast from the folks at Killer POV podcast who recently interviewed Sandy King, John Carpenter’s producing partner and loving wife, made mention of the two putting out four television series, that god bless them, are all in the horror realm!

    John Carpenter, as you know, has put out such legendary classic titles like , Halloween, The Thing, Christine, The Fog, They Live, Prince of Darkness, Big Trouble in Little China, and my personal favorite, Escape from New York. All movies Carpenter has for the most part written and directed…and added his known signature score to most as well.

    Now, I’m not a TV person…at all! I’ve seen a few episodes of most horror series that are out, and for the most part, I enjoyed what I had seen. But I just don’t do television, I’m strictly a movie guy. Years ago I had a TV theory as a matter of fact. I would see the ad for a new TV series starring a well known actors name. Well, it always seemed that the show usually didn’t do so well, and the said actor wasn’t heard much from after that. So my thoughts were, when you hit the small screen, you were usually headed out. Seems maybe times have turned around. For Mr. Carpenters sake, I do hope so. Not that I don’t have faith in the man, but I would hate to see this be his final show.

    Carpenter is said to direct all four pilots as well as produce them all with his wife King. No other information is available at this time as far as actors or even what network the shows will air on. But we will keep you filled in as the news unfolds.

    Having met Mr. Carpenter a few years ago at a Spooky Empire  Convention in Orlando Florida, where my wife Stephanie and I presented Mr. Carpenter with a one of a kind , hand made  R.J. McReady (The Thing) doll, made by our dear friend Toy Mangler, which was one of the highlights of my career, I want to wish the best of luck to you Mr. Carpenter!!

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    Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 1 comment
    COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

    COMIC REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat: Days Of The Dead

    By Nick Durham

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    No one loves Trick 'r Treat more than I do. The best horror anthology to see the light of day in well over a decade (and still is), Trick 'r Treat is one of my all time favorite films of any genre in the history of ever. That's right, I said it.

    Anyway, in an effort to sate us Trick 'r Treat fans until we finally get the long-awaited sequel, we get this comic which offers up four separate stories that revolve around different points in Halloween history. The stories themselves come from creator Michael Dougherty, as well as his Krampus cohorts Todd Casey and Zach Shields, along with some additional input from comic veteran Marc Andreyko. Opening tale Seed revolves around witches and magic in Ireland in the 1600s, Corn Maiden revolves around betrayal on the frontier between the evil white-man and Native Americans (and kind of, sort of gives a maybe-kind of origin to Sam), Echoes is a 1950s noir-style detective story, and the closing Monster Mash finds a closed-minded small town get their comeuppance when monsters attack on Halloween night.

    The stories are basic, but mostly effective, even though they range in terms of quality. Seed is interesting, Corn Maiden is the best of the bunch, Echoes is a near-unintelligible mess, and Monster Mash is fun. The various artwork, featuring contributions from Saga's Fiona Staples, along with Stephen Byrne, and Zid is all well and great, but Stuart Sayger's work on Echoes left me perplexed as to what the fuck is happening from panel to panel. I don't mean to shit on the guy's work so please don't think I'm knocking him, I just think his style isn't all that well-suited. That aside, the story itself didn't make a lick of sense, so it's not like the art hurts it that much to begin with.

    So yeah, Trick 'r Treat: Days of the Dead is a quick and relatively fun read. It's contents are a mixed bag but it features enough interesting moments to whet your appetite until we finally get the sequel to Trick 'r Treat that we're still fucking waiting for. That being said, check it out and give it a whirl. It isn't anything special in the least, but you can always do a lot worse in terms of horror comics than what this offers.

    Rating: 3/5

    Posted by Nick Durham in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments