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Well, we held it as long as we could, but it’s time to exhale and enjoy as we finish up our 4/20 MASSACRE exclusive with an interview with Vanessa Rose Parker.
House of Tortured Souls: What was your first impression of the 4/20 MASSACRE script?
Vanessa Rose Parker: Honestly, I have been working on this project in so many forms that I don’t remember my initial thoughts about it. I remember that I got really excited by the prospect of an all-female main cast. I wanted to make sure that we were treating each character with respect and humanity. We spent a lot of time crafting backstories for each character that would give each actor something unique to work with and give each character a moment to shine.
Jamie Bernadette and Vanessa Rose Parker in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

Jamie Bernadette and Vanessa Rose Parker in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

HoTS: Are you a fan of the genre?
VRP: Yes! I am a horror fan. I absolutely love being scared. And there are certain things that will get me every time… demons and scary ghosts, specifically. I don’t know if it is my lapsed Christian upbringing, but the supernatural world scares the shit out of me! Now there are certain sectors of the genre that aren’t my favorite, like torture porn. But even with that, I think there are exceptions that prove all horror sub genres can be done well.
HoTS: I heard you did your own stunts. What was that like?
VRP: Stunts were a little intimidating. But I worked with our amazing stunt coordinator, James Gregory, and he really took care of me. He patiently took me through everything step by step and always made me feel very safe on set. My biggest stunt involved running in the forest, being shot through the leg with an arrow, and falling to the ground. When it came to actually shooting it, my husband/director, Dylan Reynolds, didn’t seem satisfied with my performance. He made me do so many takes of it! Eventually, he seemed to give up and want to move on. Then during the editing process, Dylan came out and apologized for being hard on me that day…. he used the first take!
HoTS: What would you say was the most difficult or challenging aspect of this shoot?
VRP: The most challenging aspect of this project was the budget and time restraint. We only had ten days to shoot. Seriously, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to take all ten off of work because I didn’t have enough vacation time. But the gods of indie movies shown down upon us and everything worked out. So many wonderful and talented people were willing to work with us and added their hearts to our project. I think it really shows.
HoTS: Would you mind recounting one memorable behind the scenes story?
VRP: After long days of shooting, the cast and crew would get together in the cabins’ common room, drink, and play games. One night we split into two teams and played Encore, a singing word challenge game. It was so evenly matched and got so competitive that the game went on into the wee hours, but we were too stubborn to quit. At about 2 am, when we had a 6 am call, we finally called it a tie. Marissa Pistone (plays Michelle) and I were the heads of each team and we were practically crying to stop, but neither of us would back down. Marissa is a beast. Consider yourselves warned!
Justine Wachsberger, Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Marissa Pistone, and Stacey Danger in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

Justine Wachsberger, Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Marissa Pistone, and Stacey Danger in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

HoTS: What are you working on currently?
VRP: Currently, we are focused on getting this movie out into the world! But then after a little Caribbean vacation, we are going to regroup and see what we’d like to tackle next.
So there you have it, Souls. The final 4/20 MASSACRE exclusive. I’d like to thank Vanessa Rose Parker for her time. Don’t forget to check out my review as well as my interview with 4/20 MASSACRE writer/director Dylan Reynolds.
EXCLUSIVE: 4/20 Massacre – Interview with Vanessa Rose Parker, 3 of 3

EXCLUSIVE: 4/20 Massacre – Interview with Vanessa Rose Parker, 3 of 3

Well, we held it as long as we could, but it’s time to exhale and enjoy as we finish up our 4/20 MASSACRE exclusive with an interview with Vanessa Rose Parker.
House of Tortured Souls: What was your first impression of the 4/20 MASSACRE script?
Vanessa Rose Parker: Honestly, I have been working on this project in so many forms that I don’t remember my initial thoughts about it. I remember that I got really excited by the prospect of an all-female main cast. I wanted to make sure that we were treating each character with respect and humanity. We spent a lot of time crafting backstories for each character that would give each actor something unique to work with and give each character a moment to shine.
Jamie Bernadette and Vanessa Rose Parker in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

Jamie Bernadette and Vanessa Rose Parker in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

HoTS: Are you a fan of the genre?
VRP: Yes! I am a horror fan. I absolutely love being scared. And there are certain things that will get me every time… demons and scary ghosts, specifically. I don’t know if it is my lapsed Christian upbringing, but the supernatural world scares the shit out of me! Now there are certain sectors of the genre that aren’t my favorite, like torture porn. But even with that, I think there are exceptions that prove all horror sub genres can be done well.
HoTS: I heard you did your own stunts. What was that like?
VRP: Stunts were a little intimidating. But I worked with our amazing stunt coordinator, James Gregory, and he really took care of me. He patiently took me through everything step by step and always made me feel very safe on set. My biggest stunt involved running in the forest, being shot through the leg with an arrow, and falling to the ground. When it came to actually shooting it, my husband/director, Dylan Reynolds, didn’t seem satisfied with my performance. He made me do so many takes of it! Eventually, he seemed to give up and want to move on. Then during the editing process, Dylan came out and apologized for being hard on me that day…. he used the first take!
HoTS: What would you say was the most difficult or challenging aspect of this shoot?
VRP: The most challenging aspect of this project was the budget and time restraint. We only had ten days to shoot. Seriously, I wasn’t sure if I was even going to be able to take all ten off of work because I didn’t have enough vacation time. But the gods of indie movies shown down upon us and everything worked out. So many wonderful and talented people were willing to work with us and added their hearts to our project. I think it really shows.
HoTS: Would you mind recounting one memorable behind the scenes story?
VRP: After long days of shooting, the cast and crew would get together in the cabins’ common room, drink, and play games. One night we split into two teams and played Encore, a singing word challenge game. It was so evenly matched and got so competitive that the game went on into the wee hours, but we were too stubborn to quit. At about 2 am, when we had a 6 am call, we finally called it a tie. Marissa Pistone (plays Michelle) and I were the heads of each team and we were practically crying to stop, but neither of us would back down. Marissa is a beast. Consider yourselves warned!
Justine Wachsberger, Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Marissa Pistone, and Stacey Danger in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

Justine Wachsberger, Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Marissa Pistone, and Stacey Danger in 4/20 Massacre (2018)

HoTS: What are you working on currently?
VRP: Currently, we are focused on getting this movie out into the world! But then after a little Caribbean vacation, we are going to regroup and see what we’d like to tackle next.
So there you have it, Souls. The final 4/20 MASSACRE exclusive. I’d like to thank Vanessa Rose Parker for her time. Don’t forget to check out my review as well as my interview with 4/20 MASSACRE writer/director Dylan Reynolds.



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THIS JUST IN: Ash vs Evil Dead Canceled

THIS JUST IN: Ash vs Evil Dead Canceled

Since Starz moved Ash vs Evil Dead to Sunday night, the ratings have never recovered and the fan favorite has been canceled. That’s right. In spite of scores like a 99% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (94% on the Audience Tomatometer) and 8.5 stars on IMDb, Ash vs Evil Dead has been staked, leaving fans disappointed and wanting more.

Word hit when Bruce Campbell tweeted earlier this afternoon:

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.
I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!
RIP Ash vs Evil Dead - Bruce Campbell's tweet

Ash vs Evil Dead, which starred Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless in addition to Bruce Campbell, saw Ash drawn back into fighting the Deadites long after the events in the movie franchise. Like the movies – especially the two sequels, Ash vs Evil Dead was a fun and gore-filled but cheesy romp through one outrageous event after another. Ash vs Evil Dead not only gave us more of the Ashley J. Williams we all know and love, it also gave us more about Ash and his family. We learned of Ash’s guilt and suffering after his sister’s death as well as his ostracization by nearly everyone in his hometown. We meet his father – and Lee Majors playing Ash’s father was positively inspired casting – as well as his daughter, and there are hints of more… so much more… to come. Alas, unless something changes dramatically at Starz, those hints are all we’ll ever have.

I’m glad to see that Bruce has a groovy attitude because I and other fans of the show are bummed.

House of Tortured Souls wishes Bruce and everyone else involved in the Evil Dead film franchise and TV series the best.

Thank you.

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EXCLUSIVE: 4/20 Massacre (2018), 1 of 3 – Review

EXCLUSIVE: 4/20 Massacre (2018), 1 of 3 – Review

4/20 Massacre (2018), 1 of 3

Director: Dylan Reynolds; Writer: Dylan Reynolds; Stars: Jamie Bernadette, Stacey Danger, Jim Storm, Vanessa Rose Parker, James Gregory, Justine Wachsberger, Marissa Pistone; Rating: N/A; Run Time: 84 min; Genre: Action, Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2018

I have to admit when I got the screener for 4/20 Massacre I was um…how to put this nicely…skeptical of its quality. But hey I am anything but a film snob and while I love all classics in the genre I love a good B-slasher romp. A group of friends goes camping to celebrate a friend’s birthday which falls on — you guessed it — April 20th. Little do they know that they are venturing into pot growing territory or terror-tory in this case, as a killer is dispatching anybody getting near his patch. 4/20 Massacre feels like a film rift with camp however to my delight (not that I don’t love some campy goodness) and, surprise, it didn’t. It actually manages to inject some solid drama to the stab genre. My one complaint would be some of it gets a bit heavy-handed. I do however have to give Reynolds huge props for giving his characters more depth something I think few other directors would have bothered with. Also having a female-dominated cast is a fun and interesting way to subvert genre troupes. The scene where two female characters play out a scene just like a man/female would in a standard slasher is clever and drives home that point. In a film filled with wonderful dunk smelling pot smoke, it’s a defiant breath of fresh air.

Justine Wachsberger, Jamie Bernadette, Vanessa Rose Parker, Marissa Pistone, and Stacey Danger in 420 Massacre (2018)

4/20 Massacre also does something pretty clever which is, pardon the pun, takes pot shots at holiday-based horrors which were a pretty awesome element. It’s very clear that despite its shortcomings,Reynolds knows how to craft a film and it has slick editing, great camera work (that aerial credit scene is impressive) as well as a nice soundtrack. Another thing that was impressive was the cast that is damn good. Jamie Bernadette, Stacy Danger, Justine Wachsberger, Vanessa Rose Parker, and Marissa Pistone do a fantastic job at bringing a real element to the film and in turn, it really gives it a more polished feel. Even veteran actor Jim Storm (TV’s Dark Shadows, Trilogy of Terror) makes a fun appearance as a sleazy, beer-guzzling park ranger aptly named Rick. Storm has a ball in the role and sure its hammy but damn it’s so entertaining to watch. This being a slice and dice film you live or die with good FX and thankfully this has some well-executed splatter gags especially considering that this was on a modest budget. So many movies rely on a gimmick to get fans talking about a movie, this is as true for Hollywood products as the indie people. And it’s no wonder I was skeptical, to say the least about a movie entitled 4/20 Massacre, however, I am happy to admit I was proven wrong. Sure it tends to be a bit heavy-handed and uneven at times however there really is a solid film in here and I’m not just blowing smoke here…Okay, that was bad.

Bottom Line: Support this filmmaker and rent, buy, and follow 4/20 Massacre on Twitter. Like a good jay, this one should be passed around with a group of friends.

Check back for my exclusive interviews with writer/director Dylan Reynolds and the cast of 4/20 Massacre.

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MOVIE REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Directors: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Writers: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi; Stars: Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, Jonny Brugh, Cori Gonzalez-Macuer, Ben Fransham; Rating: R; Run Time: 86 min; Genre: Comedy, Horror; Country: New Zealand; Language: English; Year: 2014

Viago talks fashion in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Viago talks victim fashion

What We Do in the Shadows is probably the most original horror-comedy released in the last decade and is definitely my favorite. Presented as a documentary, What We Do in the Shadows follows the lives of four vampires who share a flat in Wellington, New Zealand, in the months leading up to the yearly celebration of undead known as The Unholy Masquerade. If you haven’t seen it, you should do so as soon as you finish reading. You won’t regret it.

Viago wakes Deacon in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Deacon tells of his night out

In perfect mockumentary form, the film begins with a title card from the “New Zealand Documentary Board” and an explanation of the nature of the “documentary” before moving into the action. Viago (Taika Waititi), the 379-year-old defacto leader of the group, is the first vampire introduced as he wakes to his dusk alarm. As Viago wakes his flatmates, we are introduced to Deacon (Jonny Brugh) – the 183-year-old bad boy of the group, Vladislav (Jemaine Clement) – an 862-year-old former tyrant known as “Vladislav the Poker, and Petyr (Ben Fransham) – an 8,000-year-old Nosferatuesque vampire who spends most of his time alone or in his stone crypt in the basement. We are then treated to a vampire flat meeting to discuss chores, a scene that both establishes the personalities of the vampires and dynamics of the group, as well as the type of humor that viewers can expect throughout the rest of the film.

Vladislav explains his age in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Vladislav explains his youthful look

What We Do in the Shadows plays on traditional vampire tropes – the fear and danger of sunlight, shapeshifting, hypnosis, the lack of reflection in mirrors, and the need for human blood – but combines them with traditional roommate issues in a wholly unique and hilarious manner. We follow them as they go out on the town, acquire another flatmate (thanks to Petyr), make friends with a human, interact with werewolves, learn of technological advances that can benefit them, deal with vampire hunters, and, finally, attend The Unholy Masquerade.

Viago wakes Petyr in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Viago wakes Petyr

With What We Do in the Shadows, Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi have created a unique horror comedy that becomes funnier with each viewing. The attention to detail, direction, music, cinematography, and acting are all top notch. Following its success, Clement and Waititi have announced a sequel that will focus on werewolves living in Wellington, New Zealand, and will be called We’re Wolves (formerly titled What We Do in the Moonlight). IMDb lists this project as in development, and I can’t wait to see what they produce. In addition, late 2016 brought news of a New Zealand TV spin-off project called Paranormal Event Response Unit (or Paranormal Unit) and late 2017 brought news of an American TV spin-off called Wellington Paranormal. Both will be X-Files type comedies following Officers Minogue (Mike Minogue) and O’Leary (Karen O’Leary) as they investigate supernatural happenings in the town of Wellington, New Zealand. Fans of What We Do in the Shadows will recognize Minogue and O’Leary as the officers who investigate a disturbance at the vampires’ flat. Not too shabby for a horror comedy mockumentary.

What We Do in the Shadows is available now on Amazon Prime, so catch it now if you get the chance. Check back with House of Tortured Souls for more information on We’re Wolves as we get it.

Vladislav has a succubus orgy in What We Do in the Shadows (2014)

Vladislav’s succubus orgy

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Happy Birthday Betty White!

Happy Birthday Betty White!

Hey, guys Horrormadam here just wanting to wish Betty White a Happy Birthday! Now I know you are thinking why is Betty White on a horror site? Because I love the movie Lake Placid and even though it had great actors like Bridget Fonda, Bill Pullman, Oliver Platt, and Brendan Gleeson, Betty White stole the movie with her crazy antics and saucy language. So for the nonagenarian, she was born on January 17, 1922, which is impressive on its own, we here at House of Tortured Souls say HAPPY BIRTHDAY, BETTY WHITE! May you live another 96 years because you make us smile.

Betty White in Lake Placid feeding the crocodile

Betty White - If I had a dick

Lake Placid

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MOVIE REVIEW: Ghost Team (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Ghost Team (2016)

Director: Oliver Irving; Writers: Oliver Irving, Peter Warren; Stars: Jon Heder, David Krumholtz, Justin Long, Melonie Diaz, Amy Sedaris, Paul W. Downs; Rating: PG-13; Run Time: 83 min; Genre: Horror Comedy; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2016
I first heard of Ghost Team from a friend of mine a few months ago. I remember he showed me a trailer for it on YouTube, and, I must admit, the trailer did make it look pretty damn funny. When you put John Heder and Justin Long together, your outcome will most likely be laugh out loud funny... Well, unfortunately, that's not the result in Ghost Team.
Louis (Jon Heder) and Stan (David Kromholtz) are roommates living down-and-out lives going nowhere fast. The two are fans of a paranormal TV show that is running a contest where the winner gets to be the next member of the show. So, when they hear of a local barn that might be haunted, the light bulbs over their heads switch on with the ingenious idea to become ghost hunters and try to win a spot on the show.
The two team up with other friends who they think might be able to help them out by specializing in different departments of their investigation, such as Ross (Justin Long), a rather gung-ho night security guard for a department store who becomes head of security for the Ghost Team. With a now full paranormal investigation crew, they head to the supposed haunted barn in the middle of nowhere in a van full of equipment that was borrowed from a local electronics store where Louis’ nephew Zak (Paul W. Downs) just happens to work.
From the beginning of the movie, I kept waiting for all the one liners and the slapstick to happen, and it just never really did. There were a few chuckles at best. It did, however, start to turn into what I thought was going to become a decent and suspenseful ghost movie. Unfortunately, after about 15 minutes of build-up, the suspense ball was dropped when we discover the reality of what their ghosts really are.
The film itself reminded me of an episode from the old Scooby-Doo mystery cartoon. The kids are out for adventure, looking for ghosts, but it lacked the pull-off-the-rubber-mask-to-reveal-who-is-underneath. The ball was dropped, and in so many ways! In short, Ghost Team as an entire film is a big let-down on many levels.
With the cast that was acquired for this film, Ghost Team had the possibility of being a great comedic piece and, even better, a great horror comedy. I am a fan of Justin Long's work, and I’m not saying that his or anyone else’s acting is bad, but the movie just did use the talent properly. This leads me to believe that the cast must have owed a lot of favors to whoever made this. Maybe with the right group of people or if I had been a little drunk, it would’ve worked for me, but I was neither. Sorry guys, but this one goes nowhere fast!
Ghost Team is currently playing on Netflix.
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MOVIE REVIEW: The Night Watchman (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Night Watchman (2016)

By John Roisland
The Night Watchmen, starring Ken Arnold, Dan DeLuca, and Kevin Jiggetts and directed by Mitchell Altieri is a 2016 laugh out loud comedic horror tale of a late night delivery gone horribly wrong.
When two stoner delivery guys drop off a coffin late at night to the wrong address, The Night Watchmen agree to hang onto it overnight after the deliverymen promise they will return promptly first thing in the morning to pick up and re-deliver the package. Now the problem's not so much that they accepted the wrong package from a courier the problem is what's in the package.
The package is a large, shiny, brand new coffin. Yes. A coffin. As the package is being ever so carefully watched over by our fearless men, one office manager, played by the incomparable James Remar, feels the need to investigate the package while he and a handfull of other employees are pulling an all nighter. To his surprise, inside lies the body of world a famous circus clown who had recently passed away on a European tour - along with the rest of his clown staff - and all had been flown back to America for burial. Upon opening the casket, however, they discover that the recently departed has returned to life plans to terrorize the city streets with his gang of clown vampires. It's now up to our fearless Night Watchmen to save the world - or at least their asses - until the sun comes up.

As I mentioned in my opening, The Night Watchmen is a horror comedy full of one-liners that will have you laughing out loud in your seats. From the music, jokes, and the sometimes quirkiness, the film has a slight John Carpenteresque feel to it, and, in this writer's opinion, that's a very high compliment!
The story, originally penned by stars Ken Arnold and Dan DeLuca, brings to life a fast-paced, laugh out loud, and extremely bloody good vampire hunting time. I also want to give credit where its due - the stunt team. During tue heavy action scenes, the stunt team was pretty damn spot on!
On a personal note, I was extremely fortunate enough to have been invited onto the set on the second to last day of filming The Night Watchmen. You see, before House of Tortured Souls.com was officially launched, I was just a horror fan, and when I read in the paper of a horror film being made in my town, I had to reach out to them. I did just that thru The Night Watchmen Facebook page and was in contact with Dan Deluca. I explained to him the future plans of House of Tortured Souls.com and asked if, by any chance, I could possibly stop by the set and maybe grab a picture or two. DeLuca saw no problems with it and set up a date for me.
When I first pulled up to the set on a cold, snowy day in February and parked next to a long, shiny, silver, somewhat customized hearse, I knew was going to be a good day. The hearse belonged to special effects makeup artist R. J. Haddy who was in charge of special effects for the movie. Turns out my quick visit and a few pictures was a planned full day on set - while they were filming! I was first introduced to the staff, actors, director Mitchell Altieri and all the behind-the-scenes people.
This one of the top thrills of my life. Not only was I on the set of a movie while it was actually being filmed, it was also two days before my birthday, so it was quite a birthday gift! I kept in touch with the guys via Facebook through post-production and became friends with them. It was because of this that I was personally invited by one of the producers to a showing of the movie in Annapolis, Maryland, for staff and family. I was extremely honored and touched by the invite, and my wife Stephanie and I had one of the best evenings that we have had in a long time.
I'm not one to laugh out loud in movies, I'm really not, but I've got to tell you - I can't even keep count of how many times I laughed throughout this film. The on-screen chemistry between Arnold, DeLuca, and Jiggetts is perfect!
The cast and staff are amazing, and I wish them all the best with this film. The movie officially premiered in Atlanta on November 17th.
Do yourself a favor and keep an eye on the listings, watch out for vampire clowns, and, most importantly, keep an eye out for The Night Watchmen!
John Roisland with Ken Arnold, Dan Deluca, and Kevin Jiggetts
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HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: KEN ARNOLD & DAN DELUCA

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: KEN ARNOLD & DAN DELUCA

 

 

By John Roisland
Hey, everyone, welcome! And thank you all for joining us once again as your hosts of House of Tortured Souls Live – the hosts with the most John and Allen bring you all the horror news!

We have a big show this week as John and Allen welcome writers and stars of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN, Ken Arnold and Dan Deluca and costars Donald Imm and Dan Franko. The guys took the time to break away from their hectic schedule while in Atlanta for the premier of their film THE NIGHT WATCHMEN to tell us a bit about how the film originally came to be, the audience response to the film, and, of course, the future of THE NIGHT WATCHMEN.
John and Allen go over news issues ranging from film remakes THE CROW to the most recent updates on film director Robert Eggers, who has signed on to remake horror classic Nosferatu.
House of Tortured Souls Live also makes mention of the upcoming KING KONG film Skull Island as well as the already in the works sequel to box office smash DON’T BREATHE.
We pay our respects to the huge loss of musician/poet Leonard Cohen. And, on the flip side of music, make mention of Slayer’s own, Kerry King as he is joining the horror convention circuit.

Allen also gives his very heart felt thoughts to actress Shelly Duvall as she makes a public cry out for medical help with many physical and mental issues she has been fighting with for years.
So stick around and fill your ears with the sounds of horror at the House of Tortured Souls Live.
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HoTS LIVE : MITCHELL ALTIERI

HoTS LIVE : MITCHELL ALTIERI

By John Roisland/Allen Alberson

Hello, boys and girls, and welcome to yet another great addition of House of Tortured Souls Live with special guest Mitchell Altieri! That's right. On this exciting pre-recorded episode, John and Allen welcome special guest writer-director Mitchell Altieri. Mitchell fills everyone in as he discusses the new upcoming horror comedy The Night Watchmen, starring Ken Arnold, Dan Deluca and Kevin Jiggetts that is holding its big screen premier next Thursday, 11/17/16. He also talks about his past movies such as The Hamiltons and The Violent Kind . Along with all this, Mitchell Altieri also talks with us about the pros and cons of independent vs high-end Hollywood production films.
Mitchell Altieri on House of Tortured Souls Live
On this week's episode of House of Tortured Souls LIve, John and Allen also discuss the upcoming remake of legendary horror film An American Werewolf in London as Max Landis, son of the original director, is now behind the camera. Your horror-fic hosts give mention on our artist of the month Corey Newman as well as welcome our newest member to the staff of House of Tortured Souls, Laura James who will be bringing us true horror in American history.
House of Tortured Souls Live also takes a moment congratulate the winners of our first annual Scary Story Contest. We also touch base on House of tortured Souls own Rocky Gray with his upcoming horror anthology film 10/31/16, as well as give you a sneak peek at our upcoming guests on House of Tortured Souls Live.
So give a listen and as always,
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COMING SOON: Young Frankenstein on the big screen!

COMING SOON: Young Frankenstein on the big screen!

By Dixielord

In 1974 Young Frankenstein had horror fans singing “Putting on the Ritz”, and now Fathom Events is putting it back on the big screen. Yep for one, and only one special night, the Mel Brooks comedy classic will be back in theaters. On October 5th, 2016, for one night only Young Frankenstein will be back in theaters. The movie will screen on 500 screens nation wide, and there will be a live presentation before the film with director Mel Brooks.

Young Frankenstein credit Young Frankenstein

Teri Garr, Gene Wilder, and Marty Feldman in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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It's perfectly timed for fans of the film with Halloween just around the corner. Sadly Gene Wilder, star of Young Frankenstein and other Brooks classics, recently passed away from Alzheimer’s. Fans might be concerned about the timing, but director Brooks assured fans that this was not a move to cash in on Wilder's death. In fact, this had apparently been planned for some time before the star’s death, so there is no fear of disrespecting the memory of Wilder. Go out, enjoy it, and celebrate his life.

Now for you people who have never heard of Young Frankenstein, and I accept the possibility there might be some people who haven't, here's the down low. Young Frankenstein is a comedy based on Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley’s classic Frankenstein story. But calling it a comedy seems such an understatement. It's one of the funniest films by one of America’s funniest directors. Now full disclosure: Blazing Saddles (which also stars Wilder) is my favorite Mel Brooks film. Young Frankenstein is a close second.

Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein Credit Young Frankenstein

Peter Boyle and Gene Hackman in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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Ready for a roll in ze hay

The plot involves the infamous Dr. Frankenstein's heir, Dr. Frederick Frankenstein, returning to his father's castle. There, in classic horror movie style, he discovers the mad doctor's journals At first reluctant, he eventually falls to the hubris that doomed Dr. Frankenstein and creates his own monster. Cue the pissed off villagers! Lust, mayhem, and even a song and dance soon ensue, along with much laughter from the audience.

YOUNG FRANKENSTEIN, Teri Garr, 1974. TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

Terri Garr in Young Frankenstein (1974)
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What is it that makes Young Frankenstein so popular with horror fans? It's not so much a horror comedy, in my opinion, as a comedic spoof. Yet as hilarious as it is, as irreverent as it is, it never seems disrespectful toward the source material. It's not like it is making fun of the horror genre or it's fans. It's like we're all sitting around, laughing together. With all it's absurdities, the characters are loveable, flawed, and sympathetic - just like the characters in the original Universal classic.

Besides the comedic genius of Gene Wilder, the Young Frankenstein cast includes Teri Garr, Madelyn Kahn, Cloris Leachman, Marty Feldman, Gene Hackman, and Peter Boyle as the Creature. If you haven't seen Young Frankenstein, what are you waiting for? October 5th, that's what. Young Frankenstein is available now on DVD, and the usual outlets, but if you have waited this long why not experience it on the big screen? Check the Fathom Events website to see if it's playing near you. I'll be there, and I hope to see you there too!

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This Just In: Killer Klowns From Outer Space

Killer Klowns From Your Television Set?

By Woofer McWooferson

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Killer Klowns From Outer Space, the 1988 cult classic science fiction horror comedy, has long been rumored to have a sequel in the works. As the title suggests, killer clowns from outer space land on Earth and begin wreaking havoc. Set in Crescent Grove, a small town in California, the Killer Klowns From Outer Space follows the standard “young people know something and adults won't listen so disaster follows” scenario of such classics as The Blob and Invaders From Mars, but with a strong comedic twist. By making the aliens clowns, the movie's comedic aspect can be fully realized while keeping the horror and science fiction slants. Disguised as a carnival with acid cream pies, popcorn monsters, and cotton candy cocoons among their arsenal, the clowns are poised to take Earth by storm. Viewers ate it up and wanted more.

Now that may happen.

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As the 30th anniversary of Killer Klowns From Outer Space approaches, Chiodo spoke to Movie Crypt about everything from starting out making 8mm films with his brother Charles to how they learned their effects techniques. He also addressed rumors of a Killer Klowns From Outer Space follow up:

Oh, well, we decided to skip two and go straight to number three. To hell with all of that. That's a good question...We started thinking about Killer Klowns two immediately after Killer Klowns one...From the beginning we really didn't want to venture back into theatrical because we thought...what was pretty much a low budget feature back in the 80s wouldn't really garner much of a release, so we figured TV would be the best thing. So right now, we are...currently pursuing a long arch series for cable...If I told you what the idea was, you guys would start to get real excited. It's great! It's kind of taking off. Figure this, after it's been so long, We wondered, should we do a sequel to the first one or do we do a remake?

 

'Cause there's a lot of people don't even really know much about it, so we..,came up with a ‘requel’ – it’s a sequel and a remake...We’ve been developing this for a while...and the new Star Wars movie kind of proves the point. That I would call a requel: it's a new film for a new audience but has components that kind of tap into the fan base...It’s a trilogy in four parts, and it really follows the continuing adventures of new people who are experiencing this phenomenon of a Klown invasion, and once in a while you see some of the old guys pop up and hear their stories – what happened over the last 25 years. It’s fucking great.

What does this mean for fans of the original? It means that fans of the original will be just as happy as viewers who are brand new to the killer klown concept. But it is slightly confusing. A trilogy in four parts? Does this mean a four episode miniseries? That's not clear and Chiodo didn't elaborate.

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Is a series a good idea? Tell House of Tortured Souls what you think, and, as always, we'll keep you informed as we know more.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Santa’s Slay (2005)

MOVIE REVIEW: Santa’s Slay (2005)

 

By : John Roisland

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Made by Media 8 Entertainment and Rat Entertainment.

In his writer/directorial debut, David Steiman,  brings you his 2005 horror/comedy Santa's Slay.

The story is based around two teenage kids, Douglas Smith (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters, Terminator: Genisys) and Emilie de Ravin (Once Upon a Time, The Hills Have Eyes (2006)), who must save their small town of Hell, Michigan from being destroyed by...you guessed it! Santa!

The movie opens with probably one of the best, comedic openings, at least in a...horror...comedy film..? I don't know, but the opening is awesome! Its a nice fancy holiday diner with the likings of James Caan, (Misery, Elf) who is uncredited in this film, Fran Drescher ( The Nanny, The Beautician and the Beast), Chris Kattan ( A Night at the Roxbury), Rebecca Gayheart (Urban Legend, Jawbreaker) as they all sit at the table, yelling, insulting , fondling each other, in just a way, to make Santa's naughty list.  Well , guess who comes down the chimney to take care of those bad boys and girls...Santa, played by famous WWE wrestler, Bill Goldberg (The Longest Yard,  Ready to Rumble) has at the family with death by turkey drumstick, Christmas tree star thrown to the back of the skull, and being set on fire...yeah, I think that about wraps it up.

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The story then moves on to the grandfather of one of our teens, Robert Culp (The Greatest American Hero) , who is turns out, actually an angel , who some many many years ago, made a winning bet with Santa that he had to be nice to all mankind and give gifts at Christmas instead of mean and angry. Well the bet had ran its tolls and time was up. Santa was back to wreak havoc! Hence the name, Santa's Slay !

Santa flies thru their in his sleigh pulled by a carnivorous bison, who eats a valet at a strip club that Santa stops by to spread his holiday fear to all the bad girls working there. With Christmas ornament hand grenades, he definitely had something to put in their stockings!

This film is so bad it awesome! The soundtrack sounds if they used contestants from a karaoke bar and the special effects are awful, ...these are all small parts of what give this film its charm.

I will say, Goldberg was really good! Yes, he did some wrestling moves and it was easy to spot them, but honestly, for a bad Santa he pretty much nailed it...quite the Billy Bob Thorton, Bad Santa...but pretty damn good!

Now, I'm not going to tell you to run out and get this movie if you haven't seen it, cause its not worth it, but it is a fun movie. Santa's Slay  is much more comedy than horror, but people are murdered ,...so there is that ! But if you happen to be going to a holiday party,....the kind where everyone's going to be getting tanked, this might be the movie to bring with.

The film also stars Dave Thomas (Grace Under Fire/ Strange Brew),  who plays a naughty town priest, and Saul Rubinek ( Unforgiven, True Romance) who is the teens boss at a local Jewish deli and not a Santa supporter.

 

3/10

Keep It Evil

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Bloody Knuckles (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Bloody Knuckles (2014)

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By Nick Durham

Do you want to be offended? I don't necessarily say that in a mean way or anything like that; I mean do you want to be offended in a way that will make you end up cracking a smile and just hating yourself a little bit after? Then you should watch Bloody Knuckles. This Canadian horror comedy is a surprisingly hilarious, and oh so juvenile, film that underneath all the dick and fart jokes offers up a surprising commentary on the nature of offensiveness in this politically correct world.

The story of the film revolves around underground comic book artist Travis (Adam Boys), whose comics are delightfully offensive and unflinching in honesty. His work manages to piss off a local crime lord, and before you know it, Travis has his drawing hand severed. Travis subsequently begins a downward spiral into depression...until his severed hand mysteriously comes back to life and begins a mission of bloody, and hilarious, revenge. Along for the ride is Travis' plucky newspaper reporter love interest (Gabrielle Giraud) and eventually a gay, S&M themed vigilante (seriously). There's more going on too, but seriously, you've got to see this shit for yourself instead of reading me describing it.

Written and directed by Matt O'Mahoney, Bloody Knuckles is a total fucking hoot. Though it offers up plenty of offensiveness and all, like I had said earlier, it's never mean spirited. When this movie is funny, it's funny and supremely enjoyable. The cast somehow manages to keep straight faces throughout the absurdity of it all, and all of them turn in some pretty good performances too. It should also be mentioned that for a low budget film, there's some surprisingly good effects work in terms of makeup, blood, and the severed hand moments as well.

Now Bloody Knuckles isn't going to win any awards or anything, but for what it is, it's pretty damn good. It offers up enough blood and laughs to keep you entertained, and it's briskly paced enough so you'll be glued to the screen for its whole running time. If any of what I've described sounds up your alley at all, give this a look.

Rating: 4/5

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MOVIE REVIEW: Stung (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Stung (2015)

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By Nick Durham

Horror comedies are a tricky thing to get the ball rolling with: sometimes they work really well and offer a good mix of scares and humor, but on the flipside, sometimes they don't offer enough of either, or one will end up dominating the other, and the whole affair will feel uneven. Stung is a horror comedy that doesn't necessarily do anything wrong or even badly, but it doesn't do enough to be too memorable either in the realm of the horror/comedy film. That being said, while it isn't perfect, it does end up being very serviceable and even mostly enjoyable regardless.

The story revolves around a pair of caterers (Matt O'Leary and Jessica Cook) working at an upscale garden party in a rural area, and wind up becoming targets for mutated killer wasps. Said mutated killer wasps lay their eggs in their prey, so as you can imagine, there is lots and lots of slaughter on the menu. Clifton Collins Jr. (Star Trek, Boondock Saints II) is on board as a hilariously creepy momma's boy, and genre stalwart Lance Henriksen is here as well, doing what he does best...which is be Lance Henriksen.

Stung is the directorial debut of visual effects artist Benni Diez, who shows loads of promise behind the camera, does pretty well in terms of the technical aspects the film has to offer. Not to mention the fact that the creature and makeup effects are surprisingly good as well. The gore effects are occasionally nasty, and there's some moments of crap CGI effects as well, although that's to be expected with a low budget creature I guess. The cast is good; playing their parts fairly straight given the subject matter...except for Lance Henriksen. He hams it up and chews more scenery than a cow chews grass. But it's Lance, and I can't stay mad at him even if I wanted to.

So yeah, Stung isn't anything special, but for what it is, it's plenty enjoyable. It's currently on Netflix, and is a good time killer if you have an hour and a half to spare. I mean hey, there's worse ways to kill time...like actually getting stung by a wasp. Fuck that noise.

Rating: 3/5

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MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Snow (2009)

MOVIE REVIEW: Dead Snow (2009)

 

By : John Roisland

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In 2009 the snow covered mountains of Norway were invaded by Nazis. Flesh eating Nazis, and did I happen to mention that they are also dead?

Writer/ director Tony Wirkola who also brought us Dead Snow 2: Red vs. Dead, Hansel + Gretel: Witchhunters (written by),  brings you one of my most loved in the zombie film genre, DEAD SNOW.

 

A passer by  warns them of evil things in the area, of course  our group pays them no mind until they discover a box containing old  gold jewelry and golden coins. Then, things get fun.

Seems the new treasure was once a buried treasure that belonged to , ... you guessed it, NAZIS!!! Now they are rising from the snow covered earth to reclaim what is theirs as....you got it, NAZI ZOMBIES!!! Seems during WW II, the Nazis would bury their new found treasures during the war in the hills. Seems like I smart thing to do, after all, who's going to find it...other than a group of now drunk friends on a weekend outing.

Let me tell you what, I am in way shape or form trying to sound like I am supporting the SS, but damn, those outfits were awesome!!!

The films is a horror comedy, and a great job they did covering both ends! There's enough blood spraying to make a thousand vampires drool. And the best way to explain the comedy aspect of it is to compare it to the likings of Evil Dead meets Tucker and Dale vs. Evil. And it works!

The film stars, Vegar Hoel (Dead Snow 2, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Stig Frode Henriksen (Dead Snow 2, Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters), Charlotte Frogner (Dead Snow 2), Evy Kasseth Rosten (Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, Max Manus), Jenny Skavlan (Body Troopers) and was released by Euforia Film and Barrents Film AS.

Sadly enough when the film hit the states, it bombed, bad! It only grossed 41k. The film has however turned into a bit of a cult horror classic, and seems to be gathering more fans all the time!

The film to me is a pure fun time, and posses some truly classic scenes. How could you not get into a film where a guy hangs off a cliff holding on to dear life, ...to a zombies intestines .

This and its sequel Dead Snow 2 : Red vs Dead are both currently on Netflix, so if you haven't,...you must!!

7/10

Keep it Evil

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Final Girls (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Final Girls (2015)

By Amy Mead

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Directed by Todd Strauss-Schulson

Starring Malin Akerman, Taissa Farmiga, Alexander Ludwig, Nina Dobrev and Alia Shawcat

The Final Girls starts with Max, the daughter of former scream queen, Amanda Cartwright, sitting in a car waiting for her mom to return from an audition. While waiting, she watches a trailer for an old 80's horror film and looking over her mother's new resume and head shot. Amanda soon returns, lamenting on the drive home about how she will never be taken seriously due to her role as "Nancy" in the 80's slasher film, Camp Bloodbath, which has now become a cult classic among horror fans. Sadly, they are involved in a horrific crash and never make it home. Max is the only survivor.

Flash forward to the third anniversary of her mother's death and we see Max hanging out with her friends Gertie and Chris. They are soon approached by Gertie's stepbrother (and horror nerd supreme) who convinces Max to attend a special back to back screening of Camp Bloodbath and it's sequel, Camp Bloodbath 2: Cruel Summer, that is being shown later that very night.

During the screening, all hell breaks loose as overzealous fans accidentally set the theater on fire. In a panic, Max cuts a hole in the screen for her and her friends to safely escape the blaze and they are somehow suddenly transported into the world of the film. They all wake up in the woods and realize where they are, that they have survived the inferno at the theater but they are now trapped within the movie.

Not only will Max be reunited with her mother, but she and her friends will soon realize that they will also have to fight the films villain, a deranged machete wielding killer known as Billy Murphy and play the film out to it's violent end in order to make it back home...will Max and her friends ever make it out of the Camp Bloodbath world alive? And who will be the Final Girl?

 

 

 

 

The Final Girls is a very much an homage to the revered 80's slasher that so many of us know and love and I had a lot of fun watching it and while the premise of being sucked into a movie has been done before, I am not sure it's been done quite this well.

There is a nice balance of scares and laughs to be had here but gore lovers beware. Largely in part to the films PG-13 rating, there isn't very much of the red stuff to be seen here, but it does offer up some inventive kills that are hilarious and a lot of fun to watch, not to mention a nostalgia inducing 80's soundtrack that can't be beat. 

The actors are all spectacular and do a fantastic job but Malin Akerman and Taissa Farmiga really kill it in their respective roles as mother and daughter Max and Amanda (aka Nancy) and their talent and range of emotion adds a surprising amount of depth not only to their characters, but to the film. Making it almost kind of touching somehow. 

With The Final Girls, director Todd Strauss-Schulson offers up a very pleasant mix of typical horror tropes used then and now, making excellent use of many horror film elements such as flash backs, slow motion (which I laughed like a loon at) and of course cashing in on, and giving a bit of a spotlight to, the often overused premarital sex and boobs bring the killer around angle. All the comedic elements are present, making The Final Girls a thoroughly enjoyable watch that I highly recommend. If you are looking for a few good laughs and a film that doesn't get caught up in itself, look no further. This is it right here.

If you haven't seen The Final Girls yet, you must remedy that. Immediately.  It may not be everyone's shot of tequila, but it was certainly mine. And my favorite part? We are shown a perfect set up for a sequel at the film's end. A sequel I would watch without hesitation.

I give The Final Girls a solid 8/10 badass, psychopath killing virgins

 

 

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Gravy (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Gravy (2015)

By Nick Durham

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Well this kind of came out of nowhere. Co-written and directed by Psych star (and die hard horror fan) James Roday, Gravy is a nasty and super funny little dirge about what happens when you mix Halloween night, a trio of cannibals, and a Mexican restaurant. Yes, this film is every bit as enjoyable as all that sounds.

A handful of employees at a local Mexican cantina find themselves on the menu as they are invaded by a few costumed cannibals played by Michael Weston (who seems to be doing his best Charlie Day impersonation throughout the whole film), Jimmi Simpson, and Lily Cole. What results is an often very darkly funny and super bloody affair, and like I said above, it's super enjoyable to boot.

There's really not that much more to Gravy other than the brief synopsis above. We are introduced to quirky characters that don't want to become chow for our funny cannibal friends, and there's an assortment of funny dialogue from everyone involved. Our three cannibals know what they're doing is wrong...and they accept it. Weston, Simpson, and Cole are hilarious and deadpan in their roles as the self-aware cannibal killers, while the cast of victims (which includes Sutton Foster and Precious star Gabourey Sidibe) are great as well.

If there's any downside to Gravy, it's that maybe it prods on a little too long for its own good. This is really only a minor complaint though, as the rest of it is surprisingly unpredictable, plus it features some great blood and gore effects work, and a really well-selected soundtrack of songs to boot...but maybe that's just me. Anytime I hear a Tears for Fears song in a movie I find myself singing along to it, and I end up hating myself for a brief period of time, but that's another story. There's also a really funny cameo from Roday along with his Psych co-star Dule Hill, and a small role from Sarah Silverman that I wish would have had more to it.

All in all, Gravy may not be for everyone, but this film is a surprisingly good labor of love from James Roday, and it is immensely enjoyable. The fine folks at Scream Factory have given it a pretty good Blu-ray release as well, with a couple features that show how much Roday and his crew put into making this film. Do yourself a favor and check it out.

Rating: 4/5

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MOVIE REVIEW: Fangboner (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Fangboner (2015)

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By Amy Lynes

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Written and directed by: Nathan Rumler

Starring: Brian Papandrea, Emily Hilborn, Sadie Tate, James Bell, Sheri Darling and featuring an appearance by Angelina Leigh

Meet Dick. Dick is a guy with an active sex life and a very interesting theory on STD's. Dick likes to party, get totally wasted, pick up random slutty chicks at parties and have mindless sex, usually forgetting the girls name soon after.

Meet Suzy. Suzy is a bit of a slut and one of Dick's drunken one night conquests.

Dick has so much mindless sex that he winds up infected with a strange unknown virus after having yet another casual one nighter with someone he only refers to as "Sucky the Succubus".

The same day he is struck with the virus, Suzy calls wanting to see him and talks him into coming over to watch movies and "chill". He goes to the bathroom and realizes that maybe something isn't quite right below the waist and hilarity ensues. After the bathroom crisis is over, they wind up in bed together and by the next morning Suzy is also infected but neither of them can remember the events of the night before.

Soon after Suzy becomes infected, they discover that they no longer want food, now they want BLOOD, only blood and lots of it. Not only that, but they need to suck the blood from the crotches of their victims. The pair hatch a plan to find victims, drink their blood and have a chance at staying alive and more hilarity ensues.

To make everything worse, the alien beings who are responsible for the virus that is wreaking havoc on their bodies have realized that they are infected and what they are doing in order to survive. The "Master" makes "Sucky" return to Earth in an effort to find and eradicate Dick and Suzy before they infect the entire world.

From there on, watching Dick and Suzy fumble around while the virus slowly erases their memories just gets funnier and funnier and you find yourself routing for these two idiots while simultaneously laughing your ass off.

Fangboner is the directorial debut of Nathan Rumler. It's highly original and fun to watch. Its in the same outrageous vein as many Troma movies, so if you are a fan of those types of films, I'd say Fangboner might be a good recommendation for you. I laughed so hard that my abs literally hurt for most of the next day and I kept using quotes from the movie all day long and calling people "Crotch Suckers". Classy, eh?

All in all, it was an entertaining watch and I am glad I bought myself a copy. The acting was great and the sound was extremely well done. I did not have a low budget sound at all and Nathan did a phenomenal job with the soundtrack and the bonus features are a must see also.

You never know what you are going to get with these low budget indie films. It's usually hit or miss but I really think that for a first effort, Nathan Rumler hit it outta the park with this one. If tasteless humor is your thing, you'll love Fangboner and I can't recommend it enough.

I give it an 8/10

Click here to buy your own copy of Fangboner today!

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SERIES REVIEW: Scream Queens

By Machete Von Kill

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Directors: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Bradley Buecker, Michael Uppendahl

Writers: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skylar Samuels, Lea Michelle, Nick Jonas

Rating: TV-14; Run Time: 45 min; Genre: Comedy, Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2015

Tuesday night, Fox premiered its new horror-comedy from Ryan Murphy Scream Queens. Murphy previously brought us Glee, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. In Scream Queens, Murphy takes us to Wallace University and the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house in this slasher spoof. The episode begins in 1995, with an unexpected birth by a KKT pledge in the bathtub during a party. Rather than interrupt the party and get help for the girl, the sisters decide the pledge must stay there and they will return to the party. When they return after the party, they find the pledge dead. Flash forward 20 years to the KKT new class. Lead by AHS alum Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin and her "minions" - Chanel #2, Chanel #3, and Chanel #5. Both pledges and staff are showing up dead.

I have to say Roberts plays her role of as a spoiled, vapid, self-centered sorority brat quite well. Mere minutes into her first scene I wanted to punch her in the throat. That feeling grew as the episode continued.

The one bright spot, in a cast of people I really couldn't care any less about, is horror veteran and the original Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Ms. Curtis plays the role of university dean Cathy Munsch. She has some secrets of her own - pot smoking, student seducing, covering up the bathtub death 20 years ago - but let's not focus on that just yet. She's had enough of sororities in general but especially Kappa Kappa Tau as she tells Chanel #1 (Roberts) in her office. As Chanel#1 sat there being an indignant brat, I was really hoping Munsch would come across the desk and channel Michael Myers for just a few minutes.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone that will be tuning in, but I will say there were some decent kills, some mystery and a few laughs. For me, it may be a little too spoofy. If Scary Movie, Scream 2, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Mean Girls could somehow have a baby, this little bastard would be it. I will give it another episode or two, but that's mainly out of respect and love for Jamie Lee Curtis. And I won't lie, I wanna see the demise of Chanel #1.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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THIS JUST IN: Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis are Trapped

Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis
Are Joining Forces

Trapped Coming to Starz

By John Roisland

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Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis join forces? I always thought that when a well named celebrity hit TV, their careers were about over. But nowadays it seems like more and more big names are jumping on the TV/series bandwagon. News has broken that Rob Zombie (musician, writer, director, actor, artist) and Mila Kunis (producer, actress best known for her roles in Ted, That 70s Show, Black Swan, and, of course, the voice of Meg Griffin on The Family Guy series) have joined forces and will be executive producers on an upcoming Starz series Trapped.

The show is being written and created by Joey Slamon. This horror-comedy series takes place over the course of one night in a wealthy family's home, who are under attack from a crazed and murderous cult. Seems to be a storyline Zombie would get into or maybe come up with himself.

Rob Zombie is said to also be lending his eye as director. That really wouldn't surprise me, and I wouldn't mind it either!

No release dates or names of cast additions have been released as of yet but we will of course keep you up to date on any developments as we hear about them.

We here at HoTS wish the two good luck on this new venture, and we hope it is a success!

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