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HORROR NEWS: Unfriended 2 Coming Soon?

HORROR NEWS: Unfriended 2 Coming Soon?

In 2015, Unfriended hit theaters to mixed reviews but a commercial success, grossing over $16 million on opening weekend and over $31 million world-wide – not a bad take for a film with an estimated budget of only $1 million. Shortly thereafter, rumors began about a sequel having been approved and that Nelson Greaves, writer of the original, was penning it. Since then, little else has been revealed save for an unconfirmed rumored that Jennifer Lawrence was attached. Until now.
Unfriended, which was directed by Levan Gabriadze (billed as Leo Gabriadze) and starred Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, and Courtney Halverson, followed a group of friends in an online chat room who are haunted by someone – or something – using the account of their dead friend. As mentioned earlier, reviews were mixed, with most either loving or hating and few being indifferent.
Today, Horrorfreak News reported that they had confirmed the long-dead rumor that Unfriended 2 was to be. According to their sources, Unfriended 2 was filmed in secrecy and screened to test audiences who signed nondisclosure forms. Initial reactions, so they said, are positive and have created quite a bit of a wave in the horror community. While Unfriended 2 has an IMDb listing, it shows only the writer, still listed as Nelson Greaves, and the summary:
Following the events after the first one, Blaire is going through deep depression & is tormented by everyone for causing Laura’s death, a triggering event causes Blaire to think Laura is back.
House of Tortured Souls will keep you posted as we learn more about Unfriended 2.
If you’ve not seen the first, check out the ten minute extended preview, and let us know what you think. Do you want a sequel? Are you ready for one?

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MOVIE NEWS: Islamic Exorcist (2017)

MOVIE NEWS: Islamic Exorcist (2017)

After witnessing all the possessions and exorcisms, it’s time to check out Islamic exorcism. Yes! We are now face-to-face with a movie called Islamic Exorcist. Cinema Epoch acquired the distribution rights for this Indian international horror film and released it in July on Direct to Video and VOD (Video on Demand) . The film is written and directed by controversial Indian film maker Faisal Saif and is in English.
The film has definitely arrived during an unprecedented level of xenophobia, and it likely to exposes the issues in Islam. The maker’s life was threatened during filming from his community.
Filmmaker Faisal Saif noted:
I got lots of life threats from the Muslim and Shia Muslim community to not to make this film or if already made, not to showcase it anywhere. It is my honor to be associated with a studio like Cinema Epoch which gave me a huge freedom on my creativity and my film.
As per the official synopsis, the movie talks about the lives of an Indian couple getting devastated when their adopted daughter becomes possessed by a demonic force. The father shoots the daughter to death; however, an investigative journalist does not believe their story and becomes determined to know the real truth by diving much deeper into the couple’s sketchy past. The makers claim the film to be inspired by a true story that happened somewhere in India.
Islamic Exorcist stars Kavita Radheshyam who is tagged as India’s own version of Kim Kardashian.
Tagline:They thought it was Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. What communicated with them, will scare the hell outta you.
Director and Writer: Faisal Saif; Stars: Nirab Hossain, Kavita Radheshyam, Meera; Rating: UNK; Run Time: 83 min; Genre: Supernatural Horror; Country: India; Language: English; Year: 2017
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HoTS NEWS WITH JOHN – Season 1, Episode 1

HoTS NEWS WITH JOHN – Season 1, Episode 1

Image: Rocky Gray

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

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

Until next time…
Keep it Evil…
Posted by John Roisland in WEEKLY NEWS, 0 comments

THIS JUST IN: Insidious: Chapter 4 Is On Its Way

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes
In 2010, writer Leigh Whannell and Director James Wan made an independent film entitled, Insidious which, to me, felt more like a modern day Poltergeist with pulse-pounding moments and a clever way to take a audience on a trip into the further. Since then, the franchise has exploded giving the audience a true scarathon. James Wan directed the first two films as well as The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 and left the writer, Leigh Whannell in charge of directing the 3rd film in the franchise.
With 2017 just around the corner, a new chapter is gonna take us even further into the further. Once again, Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay and the director of The Taking of Deborah Logan, Adam Robitel is sitting in the director’s chair ready to give us a continuation that is going to take on levels that we have yet to experience.
“It takes place right after the end of Insidious: Chapter 3, when she walks off with Specs and Tucker and they’re starting their company, Spectral Sightings, and they are now living at her home. They’re like her two sons, her two bad sons.
“So it starts out in a very jovial, happy place and then goes downhill from there,” she adds. “And downhill meaning uphill, though. It’s a fantastic story and it took me back into what made Elise who she is. You meet my family, my mother, my father—we go back to my hometown, which is in New Mexico. And so that’s where this takes place and her quest to find the bad guy that’s been haunting her. It’s a really wonderful story. I think the fans will really, really enjoy it. And it’s scary on levels they’re not going to expect.”
As a fan of the franchise, I, for one, am excited to see where this will take us. I have yet to be disappointed with any of the films and I welcome a fourth chapter of Insidious. 2017 is shaping up to be a solid year for horror films.
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NEW FEATURE! CROWDFUNDING PICK: Baphomet

NEW FEATURE! CROWDFUNDING PICK: Baphomet

By Dixielord

Crowdsourcing is becoming a more and more popular way to finance films although it was once almost exclusively the territory of low budget and Indie films. Now, however, directors from the likes of Spike Lee to Rob Zombie have used the public to fund the budgets of their films. While there has been some outcry among fans concerning established filmmakers using this avenue, it, nonetheless, remains a lucrative way of funding a film. In addition to freeing filmmakers of studio restrictions, crowdfunding enables them to connect with the fans via special offers for different levels of donations.

With crowdfunding here to stay, House of Tortured Souls has decided to do a “Best of Crowdsourcing” series. It will have an irregular schedule to start, but we hope to grow into a monthly article. HoTS writers will scour the popular sourcing sites, Kickstarter and Indiegogo (and any others that may exist or come to exist), and find horror projects that look interesting to report back on for our followers. We also welcome suggestions from our followers. Just comment on this article as well as the upcoming articles and let us know what hidden gems you’ve found.

I’m going to kickstart this (Heh, heh, heh) with a little movie I found late one recent Friday night. The name of the film is Baphomet, and it drew me in right away. The story concept kept me there. It’s still early in the crowdsourcing for Baphomet, so it’s still anybody’s guess on how it will come out. But I’m really hoping this one is successful. After all, I already put my money where my mouth is.

Baphomet the movie

Promotional poster for Baphomet
Art courtesy of Stu Schuckman

According to the Kickstarter page, Baphomet is

THE STORY OF HANNA, a beautiful and cold-blooded murderer, a born sociopath with no concern for societal expectations. While living as a drifter on the highways of the east coast, she meets a sensitive young musician and begins a relationship that will blur the line between victim and accomplice.

Director Alex Sinesi describes it as a Southern Gothic road movie, and he means Gothic in the traditional way, not the Hot Topic way.

The crucial lead role of Hanna will be played by Hannah Elizabeth Smith, an award winning film and theater actress. Apparently Hannah isn’t afraid to get bloody with roles like Carrie (Carrie the Musical), and Lady MacBeth in her past. If that ain’t enough, just check out her photo on Kickstarter.

Hannah Elizabeth Smith as Carrie White, in Carrie the Musical from the Baphomet Kickstarter page

Hannah Elizabeth Smith as Carrie White, in Carrie the Musical

Along with Smith, Baphomet will star Nicholas Reed and Christopher Marino. All three members of the cast come from East Coast theater backgrounds.

There’s a lot that drew me to Baphomet. While the idea of a female serial killer might not be new, it’s far from common, and it’s relatively fresh ground. Plus, the idea of a Gothic road movie is appealing. I grew up in the South, on Faulkner, and there was always a darkness in his stories. They always made me feel uncomfortable. I think Baphomet may strike that same chord in me, and that makes me excited.

Baphomet- Never Behave again courtesy Kickstarter

Baphomet- Never Behave Again
Courtesy Kickstarter

The director promises that it will be bloody, but it wont be cheap gore. Sinesi promises that we will see the effect the killing has, even on the killer. I’m trusting he will have the skill to follow through on those promises, and make Baphomet more than a cheap horror film. So give it a look, and if you agree that this is an interesting project consider giving them a hand. There’s more information to be found on the movie’s Facebook page or on the Kickstarter page If it looks interesting, consider chipping in and helping what could be a great Indie horror film get made. House of Tortured Souls, and I, personally, will be keeping our eye on Baphomet and updating everyone on any major happenings.

Posted by Allen Alberson in Crowd funding Pick, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
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)
TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

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)
TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

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)
TM and Copyright © 20th Century Fox Film Corp. All rights reserved. Courtesy: Everett Collection.

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!

Posted by Allen Alberson in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
Bill Moseley Joins Crepitus

Bill Moseley Joins Crepitus

By Dixielord

Crepitus poster photo credit Crepitus

Crepitus poster
Photo credit Crepitus

Well it looks like Sid Haig isn’t the only reject that can slap on the clown make up. It looks like his co-star from House of 1000 Corpses and The Devils Rejects, Bill Moseley has joined the cast of Crepitus, as the titular killer clown himself. Crepitus is the latest killer clown movie to surface, following Eli Roth’s Clown and the remake of Stephen King’s It.

The plot of Crepitus revolves around 17 year old Elizabeth and her brother Julien. Their mother is an abusive alcoholic. Things go from bad to worse after the family moves into the home of their deceased grandfather. They they learn the dark secrets of their family’s history and come face to face with an ancient force, the cannibalistic clown Crepitus.

Creepitus Indiegogo photo of Bill Moseley, photo credit Creepitus Indiegogo

Creepitus Indiegogo photo of Bill Moseley
Photo credit Crepitus

The Indiegogo page for Crepitus describes him as an ancient demon who subsists by feeding on children. Devouring children allows him to remain immortal, and he dresses as a clown to lure children in. The description sounds very similar to the demon in Clown, although the story looks to be different. Now with the addition of Moseley to the cast, they have some star power. And Bill Moseley is definitely someone who can play a demonic clown.

The name Crepitus is real word with two different real world meanings, both of which are cleverly played off in the film. In medical terminology, crepitus is the popping and crackling sound made by joints and bones for various reasons. In the crowd sourcing comments, it is mentioned that Crepitus’ (the character) bones pop and creak with every movement.

The other meaning of Crepitus refers to a being, an ancient Roman deity. Crepitus in the film will be a ancient force playing on this meaning if the word. However, this deity doesn’t have the same regal standing as Apollo, Venus, or Vulcan. Reportedly, Crepitus was the Roman god of flatulence. That’s farts for those not familiar with the terminology. Which could be a totally different explanation for why he pops when he moves… yeah. It’s thought Crepitus wasn’t actually a being worshiped but was possibly a product of Christian satire. So blame Christianity for the first fart jokes.

I love Bill, but hopefully he’s not passing gas in the film. What the hey, I’ll see it anyway. Clowns are creepy, clowns can be terrifying, and it seems they are all over the news right now – from Eli Roth’s Clown to It to sightings of creepy clowns around the country. I don’t think we have hit the saturation point yet, and this film could ride high on the clown craze.

Crepitus, directed by Haynze Whitmore, also stars Lance Paul, Raiden Moore, and Caitlin Williams. If you want to support the film, you can do it here. Crepitus is set for a 2017 release.

Posted by Allen Alberson in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, MOVIE REVIEWS, 0 comments
THIS JUST IN: A Manos Returns Exclusive

THIS JUST IN: A Manos Returns Exclusive

By Woofer McWooferson

The Phone Call

Recently I published an article on Manos Returns, the upcoming sequel to the 1966 horror cult classic Manos: The Hands of Fate. Much to our delight here at House of Tortured Souls, both Jackey Neyman Jones, who is helming the project in addition to reprising her role as Debbie, and Tonjia Atomic, the director, shared our article. When I saw Jackey had commented on it regarding an error, I reached out and welcomed her corrections. Jackey graciously agreed to do so, and we arranged a call the following morning.

Manos Tonjia Atomic and Joe Sherlock. Image courtesy Jackey Neyman Jones/Manos Returns.

Tonjia Atomic and Joe Sherlock
Image courtesy Jackey Neyman Jones/Manos Returns.

I was nervous. Speaking on the phone in recent years is far out of my comfort zone, but how could I pass on this opportunity? Answer: I couldn’t. At the agreed time, Jackey called and we spoke for quite a while. Jackey reflected on the original film, cleared up some misconceptions, and dropped some exclusive information on Manos Returns.

What We Were Supposed to See

Manos has become an American cultural icon in spite of – or, perhaps, because of – being dubbed the worst movie ever made, and it has been lovingly restored from an original 16mm print. Not only has this restoration been released on Blu-ray, it has also rekindled interest in Manos – interest that has never really died out since its debut on MST3K. The restored print casts literal light on many scenes, revealing subtleties that were necessarily lost almost as soon as the film was completed. Indeed, Jackey told me that she recently learned that even the print screened for the premiere was a copy of a copy. This explains the dark images and flat sound that we all assumed was how Manos was filmed. True, their light sources were limited and sound was dubbed later, but the difference between the restored version and the original are phenomenal. I was surprised to see that John Reynolds (Torgo) was actually a handsome young man, and Diane Adelson (Margaret) was a lovely young woman with striking red hair. You can see some side by side comparisons in my previous article.

The item that caught Jackey’s attention in my original piece was that I had attributed the makeup to her mother, who was listed on the IMDb page as Jacqueline. At first glance, she thought I had attributed the makeup to her and poked fun with some self-deprecating humor about her makeup skills at age six. When I asked about this, Jackey explained that Hal Warren (actor, writer, director, and producer) used alternate names for some cast members who also worked behind the scenes in order to inflate the credits and make it look like a larger production that it was. In fact, however, it was Jackey’s father who did the makeup and costume design, although he was credited for the wardrobe under the name Thomas Ivy (more credit inflation). She confirmed that her mother made the costumes and that there is no Jacqueline as both she and her mother are Jackeys.

The Sounds of Manos

Manos soundtrack cover. Image Ship to Shore PhonoCo.

Manos soundtrack cover
Image Ship to Shore PhonoCo.

One way the credits could’ve been inflated – and not artificially – was to give actual credit to the musical score instead of the generic “Original Music” listing. Penned by Robert Smith Jr. , composer, and lyricist Russ Huddleston, the soundtrack has never been officially released although a version of it was created from a 35mm soundtrack negative discovered in early 2015 and restored by Steve Addabbo at Shelter Island Sound in New York City. This Manos soundtrack is available online from Ship to Shore PhonoCo. The jazzy and sometimes discordant music paired with the bizarre final film product underscores the surrealism of the film and is often overlooked in discussions about the movie. When researching her book on Manos, Jackey found some of the musicians who are still alive, including female vocalist Nicki Mathis. Nicki has rerecorded two songs for the upcoming sequel, Manos Returns. Jackey’s bid to stay as close to the original feel as possible included getting many of the Manos cast to take part in Manos Returns. Tom Neyman is returning as The Master, Jackey reprises her role as Debbie, and Diane Mahree (Diane Adelson) is returning as Debbie’s mother Maggie. Bryan Jennings, who is playing the Sheriff, is the son of the original Manos Sheriff played by William Bryan Jennings.

New Breath

Manos Legacy Cast - Image credit Jackey Neyman Jones/Manos Returns.

Manos legacy cast, L – R Tom Neyman, Diane Mahree (Diane Adelson), Bryan Jennings (son of William Bryan Jennings), and Jackey Neyman Jones.
Image credit Jackey Neyman Jones/Manos Returns.

Pairing Manos veterans with a group of fresh, young filmmakers – director Tonjia Atomic (Plain Devil, Hobo with a Trash Can (segment “The Hungry Ghost”)), assistant director Rachel Jackson (Manos: The Hands of Felt, Stories for Bad Children series), and director of photography Joe Sherlock owner of Skullface Astronaut, (Blood Creek Woodsman, Twisted Fates), Jackey has created a team dedicated to doing justice to Manos: The Hands of Fate as well as Manos Returns. Jackey spoke glowingly of the people involved and how smoothly filming went. She expressed how everything fell into place through talented teamwork, hard work, and the will of Manos, including a group decision to overhaul the script midstream and create a new, darker, horror comedy written by Tonjia Atomic, Rachel Jackson, and Jackey Neyman Jones. Here, for the first time publicly, is the revised synopsis of Manos Returns:

Four friends get lost on a road trip and stumble on a hidden cult lead by the sinister Master and his servant Torgo. As they try to escape, they get caught up in the power struggle between Debbie, given to Manos as a child 50 years ago, her mother Maggie, and the other souls twisted by their time serving the dark god. A sequel to the B-movie classic, Manos – the Hands of Fate.

As those following Manos Returns can attest, this new synopsis sounds darker than the original. When I asked Jackey about this, she said it had some “very creepy” moments, something that made this little horror hound’s heart jump for joy. With the film in post-production, we will be watching very closely for more Manos Returns information to share with our readers. In the meantime, you can check out the Manos Returns site and say hello on their Facebook page. Here is the first exclusive teaser trailer below from the official Manos Returns YouTube channel.

Bonus Material

Jackey’s skills, many learned from her parents, led her to pursue a career in art and she’s been creating art professionally since 1982. After running her own hand painted clothing business until 1990, she spent the next 20 years working with clients to create comfortable home environments with carefully crafted custom wall treatments and colors. She began exploring her own art in 2009 and combined the ideas and techniques learned during her career with her interest in the environment to create her own unique form of artistic expression and offers some of her work online.

If you’re looking for Manos-related items, you can find those here as well. From Manos onesies to hand-crafted Master’s robes, Jackey offers unique Manos fare with the added Manos touch of being from a Manos cast member.

Jackey will be appearing at The Chicago Music Box Theater on November 11, 2016, at 6:30 pm, and there will be a screening of Manos: The Restoration as well. Stop in and tell Jackey that House of Tortured Souls sent you.

Final Thoughts

I’ve ordered Jackey’s book, Growing Up With Manos the Hands of Fate: How I Was the Child Star of the Worst Movie Ever Made and Lived to Tell About It, and look forward to learning even more about Manos and Jackey herself. She seems like a really cool and genuinely kind person, and I’m very glad that I decided on the phone call. Of Manos Returns she says, “The nay-sayers will be surprised” and reiterates its creepiness. I like that. I like that a lot.

Posted by Woofer McWooferson in HORROR NEWS, STAFF PICKS, 2 comments
COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

By Dixielord

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

Cast of Rob Zombie’s 31

If you are a fan of Rob Zombie, then you probably can’t wait to see his new film 31. If you hate him, then you probably can’t wait to tell everyone how much you hate Rob Zombie’s 31. Whatever side of the great zombie war you fall on, we now have a release date. It is a one night limited release but at least we know we have that opportunity to see Rob Zombie’s 31 on the big screen.

Rob Zombie’s 31 will see a one night, limited theatrical release on September 1, 2016, courtesy of Saban Films and as part of Fathom Events. While most would like to see a full theatrical release, at least it will get a day on the big screen. Hopefully a DVD and VoD release will follow soon after.

New one sheet for Rpb Zombie's 31 Photo Credit Rob Zombie's 31

New one sheet for Rob Zombie’s 31
Photo Credit Rob Zombie’s 31

Rob Zombie’s 31 revolves around a group of carnival workers who are kidnapped on Halloween in 1976. The unluky group is forced to play a game called 31. They have to survive twelve hours in the deadly murder world, while being hunted by a sadistic group of killers, the heads.

After its debut release at the 2016 Sundance film festival, Rob Zombie’s 31 got mixed reviews and currently has a 50% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes. And having a 50% Rotten Tomato rating is just perfect. It perfectly symbolizes the split in the horror community over a Zombie film.

I fall squarely on the side of Zombie fan, although I’m not a fan of every film (Halloween 2, gah), and will say some of the heat about him is justified. He does tend to throw Sheri Zombie into roles that might be handled better by more accomplished actresses. But his films are always (well almost, H2, again gah), and always bloody and uncompromising. Still there are those who simply love to throw hate at Rob, just to be hating.

In less than a month, the wait is over for all of us. At least those of us lucky enough to be within the limited release area. Fans will hopefully enjoy a bloody masterpiece in Rob Zombie’s 31. For those who can’t stand it, September 1, 2016, will give them the chance to fulfill that not so old adage, “Haters gonna hate”.

Posted by Allen Alberson in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
THIS JUST IN: Kane Hodder Joins Witchula Cast

THIS JUST IN: Kane Hodder Joins Witchula Cast

By Woofer McWooferson

Witchula - Publicity art for Kane's biography

Photo by Joel Robinson – © AuthorMike Ink/Joel Robinson

Witchula, an Indie horror film that is the latest project to be called The Expendables of horror, has added another cast member. Joining Bill Oberst, Jr. (Zombieworld) and Marilyn Ghigliotti (Alien Armageddon) is horror icon Kane Hodder. Best known as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan, Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday, and Jason X, has a long list of credits to his name, and his addition to the cast has created quite a stir. Hodder will be playing a character named Elias Lou Warren, which has sparked speculation that some of Jason’s backstory will be examined because Jason Goes to Hell revealed that Jason’s father was named Elias. In addition, Hodder will be Stunt Coordinator, something with which he is quite familiar.

Witchula - Hodder in Jason VIII

Written and directed by Marcus Bradford and Pat Kusnadi and based on a concept from Clifton Braddock Bradford, Witchula will follow a group of college exchange students who travel to a remote town on an exotic island and are subsequently hunted by a vampire-witch hybrid.

Here’s what the creators revealed in the Witchula Press Release:

Marcus Bradford has announced that his production company, MAB Studios’, new project, Witchula, has begun development. Bradford and fellow writer/producer Pat Kusnadi (The Id, The Ringing, Because We Care) have created a script that combines several sub-genres into a project that is sure to delight horror fans. Witches, werewolves, vampires, and more will be featured, with the title character, Witchula, being the first witch-vampire hybrid ever to hit the big screen. Other producers attached to the project include horror veterans Matt Chassin (Krampus the Christmas Devil, Seeking Valentina) and John Blythe (My Amityville Horror, One Day When the Rains Fell).

For his part, Bradford says Witchula has been a labor of love, “It’s been a little over 13 years (May 25, 2002) since the very first draft of Witchula was written. Conceived by a very unique ‘working title’ and a small idea/concept of how Witchula became to being from my father, Clifton Bradford… I was able to put something special together within a matter of a couple weeks.” Now here, all these years later, Marcus is about to see his labor transform from the paper to the camera to the screen.

Bradford, who is also set to direct, has tapped horror icon Maria Olsen (Lords of Salem, American Horror Story) as the title character. Olsen, who boasts over 200 credits, is well known to horror fans, not just for her diverse roles but as a staple at horror conventions as well.

“Scream king” Bill Oberst Jr. (Criminal Minds) is also set to star. Oberst, the star of the Emmy-winning film Take this Lollipop, is also one of the most familiar faces in the independent horror world and is the proud recipient of twelve acting awards, including the coveted Lon Chaney Award for excellence in horror from the FANtastic Horror Film Festival. Oberst said he is “proud and excited to be associated with such a groundbreaking film.”

Rounding out the preliminary cast members are Eileen Dietz and Marilyn Ghigliotti. Dietz, another horror staple, is best known for her portrayal of the demon in the classic film The Exorcist. Ghigliotti is also an icon, but not in the horror world: Marilyn is best known as Veronica, the estranged girlfriend in Kevin Smith’s Clerks. In recent years Ghigliotti has made her mark in independent sci-fi and horror as well, starring in films like Alien Armageddon, Starship Rising, and the soon-to-be-released Rogue Warrior.

Bradford says he is far from finished casting, and he plans to make WitchulaThe Expendables of horror.” He is also not done finding crew and production partners. As of yet, there are no exact dates set for production, but Bradford promises to begin shooting sometime in mid to late 2016. Until then, there will be many more exciting announcements from production. For his part, Marcus Bradford remains humble and optimistic, “I’d like to say thank you to those who’ve followed us throughout the last year and a half. My dedicated team and I promise to give you all an awesome, character-driven, scary-suspenseful, and enjoyable film you’ll never forget!”

Bradford’s own production company MAB Studios is behind Witchula, which is set for release some time in 2018. With a release date well over a year away, we may yet see even more horror icons join the cast.

Posted by Woofer McWooferson in HORROR HEROES, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
The Nun – The Conjuring 2 Spin-off Coming

The Nun – The Conjuring 2 Spin-off Coming

Conjuring Up A Spin-off

By Dixielord

The Conjuring 2 is still in the theaters and already a spin-off is officially in the works with The Nun. The will be the second movie spinning away from the series based (somewhat) on the real life (somewhat) adventures of Ed and Lorraine Warren. The original Conjuring film lead to the spin-off demon dolly film Annabelle and is itself is in line for a sequel.

The Nun is coming.

The Nun is coming

The Nun Is Coming

It’s still very early in the process, but as of now Conjuring director James Wan is only aboard as a producer. David Leslie Johnson (The Conjuring 2) is attached to write the script, but that’s pretty much it as no director or cast has been named this early. Bonnie Aarons (Drag Me to Hell) portrayed the nun in The Conjuring 2 but there is no word on whether she will reprise the role or not.

We do know that the story will follow the demonic nun from The Conjuring 2. We can only assume, and it’s a fairly safe assumption, that it will delve into the back story of the demon Valak or the nun whose form he took. Most likely both.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, the nun was actually a late addition to The Conjuring 2. Initially, Wan planned on a horned demon representing Valak. However, Lorraine Warren told him of an experience where she had encountered a swirling vortex with a hooded figure inside. Thus, Wan decided to combine the hooded nun figure with the demon Valac. The demonic nun was born, and the seeds were planted for The Nun spin-off.

Who Was Valak?

Valac looks nothing like The Nun

The Conjuring 2 demon Valac as he is pictured in demonology

The demon Valak was not a creation for the film but actually exists. At least in the world of demonology and The Lesser Key of Solomon if not in our reality. In the Lesser Key of Solomon, Valak, or Valac is a President of Hell. Now there are several presidents, Kings and other royalty among the 72, so apparently there was a lot of power sharing in Hell. In the grimoire, Valac is the diviner of great secrets and can be summoned by worthy magicians. His physical form resembles a small winged boy astride a two-headed dragon. There are no reports of him using shitty CGI, which was my main complaint with The Conjuring 2 (The Crooked Man).

The Nun from the Blues Brothers

What’s more frightening than The Nun from Conjuring 2? The Penguin!!

The Nun actually has some material and potential. If they go at it hardcore and don’t worry about trying to make a film for the masses. Give us an old school nun possessed by the devil with sleaze, sex, and abominations! We believe in you! Actually, nah, that’s not likely to happen. It’s probably going to follow the lines of Annabelle and play it fairly safe. While I enjoyed both Conjuring films, the first more than the second, Annabelle bored me. I hope The Nun is closer to its cinematic parents than its cousin.

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Rob Zombie’s 31 Trailer is Here

Rob Zombie’s 31 Trailer is Here

By Dixielord

So after what seems like an eternity, we are finally getting a first look at Rob Zombie’s 31 with a recently released trailer. I know, I know, about half of you out there are cheering, the other half groaning. Rob’s movie making ability is like the abortion or gun control of the horror world. He tears apart Facebook friends worse than the presidential election. I admit to being a fan, but I also admit he has underwhelmed me a few times. Halloween 2, yeah I’d like to forget that one.

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

Cast of Rob Zombie’s 31

Still love him, hate him, or somewhere in between, there are a couple things you can’t argue. He likes to do things the way he wants, and he loves to make it bloody. From the trailer and all reports, 31 looks to cover both of these.

31 centers on a group of traveling carnies, who are kidnapped the night before Halloween. They wake to find themselves locked in a compound called Murder World. Here they are forced to play a sadistic version of last man (or woman) standing, as they are hunted by a sadistic group of killers called “The Heads”. If they can survive for twelve hours they just might get to live.

Richard Brake is Doom Head in Rob Zombie's 31

Richard Brake is Doom Head in Rob Zombie’s 31

31 stars the not ready for zombie time players Sheri Moon Zombie, Jeff Daniel Phillips, Lew Temple, Malcolm McDowell, Elizabeth Daley, and Ginger Lynn among others (where the fuck is Sid Haig?). It also, and this really excites me stars Lawrence Hilton Jacobs from one of my favorite shows as a kid. From 1975-1979 Jacobs starred as Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington on Welcome Back Kotter. He’s had a decent career since then, but it’s great seeing him as a headliner, and especially seeing him in a horror film.

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie's 31

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie’s 31

The trailer focuses heavily on Richard Brake (Game of Thrones) as the enigmatic and sadistic Doom Head. Brake is a relatively newcomer to the Zombie ensemble, he had a small role in Halloween 2 but remember, we’re forgetting that one. It looks like he will be doing heavy duty in 31 though. It trailer also seems to show Zombie is getting back to the style that of Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses. The dark and gritty, bloody style that first helped him gain a fan base in the horror community. But why am I running my mouth? Check out the damn trailer yourself.

Then get ready for a VOD and limited theatrical release just in time for Halloween from Saban films

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Fangoria Fires Michael Gingold

Fangoria Fires Michael Gingold

Michael Gingold:
End of an Era

By Woofer McWooferson
Michael Gingold

Image: Lightanddark.net

Since 1979, Fangoria magazine has serving up horror news to fans of the genre, and since 1988, Michael Gingold has been part of the Fangoria team. In September 2015, Editor-in-Chief Chris Alexander chose to part ways in order to pursue his film career, and in October longtime Fangoria managing editor Michael Gingold was tapped to replace him. On May 25, 2016, however, Fangoria announced that it fired both Editor-in-Chief Michael Gingold and art director Bill Mohalley, leaving fans of the magazine scratching their heads and sending ripples throughout the horror community.

According to Ken W. Hanley, the new Editor-in-Chief:

I’m sad to say that Michael Gingold is no longer a part of FANGORIA Magazine. For many of you, this may not be news, as FANGORIA’s parting of ways with Mike became public yesterday, and to see the tremendous outpouring of support among the horror community assures this writer that Mike will move on to bigger, bolder, and brighter things. Honestly, I was hoping for Mike to say farewell personally, on his own terms, to the horror audience he served for decades, and that option is still available, should he choose to do so.

Furthermore, FANGORIA also parted ways with longtime art director, Bill Mohalley, whose designs and masterful work have lead to all the iconic covers, spreads and artwork that fright fans have come to know and love. This writer personally hopes for the best for both Mike and Bill during this time.

Hanley suggests that these firings were long in the making even though fans of Fangoria were blindsided. The backlash has been intense, and the move has drawn criticism from Guillermo del Toro and others in the horror industry.

Gingold - Guillermo del Toro

Translation: Without Michael Gingold, there would be no Geometria, and without Geometria, there would be no Guillermo del Toro catalogue of films.

Adrian Garcia Bogliano, writer/director, ABCs of Death:

Gingold - Adrian Garcia Bogliano

Glenn Kenny, writer/critic, New York Times:

Gingold - Glenn Kenny

Alex Winter, actor, writer, Freaked (1993):

Gingold - Alex Winter

Soska sisters, filmmakers, American Mary (2012), See No Evil 2 (2014):

Gingold - Soska Sisters

Ted Geoghegan, producer/writer, We Are Still Here (2015):

Gingold - Ted Geoghegan

Hanley continues, assuring Fangoria readers that the magazine will be both different and the same:

I would like to be clear about one thing, though: FANGORIA will never be the same without Mike’s presence and influence in the magazine. This writer will not try to mirror Mike’s accomplishments from his 28 years with FANGORIA, nor could I if I even wanted to. But what this writer does promise as Editor-in-Chief will be a different kind of FANGORIA altogether; something timeless, new, and unique yet building on the legacy of what made FANGORIA so notable in the past.

FANGORIA will still be dedicated to giving independent horror filmmakers, authors, game designers, and FX artists the showcase they deserve. In this next phase of FANGORIA, this writer hopes to revive the art of FX preview pieces, which has since been lost in the age of studio embargoes and CGI, and make them integral to each ensuing edition. And I want to hear more voices in the world of FANGORIA, print, web or otherwise, especially from the endless stream of brilliant female writers as well as writers of color, both of whom offer a perspective on the genre that I couldn’t possibly imagine.

It remains to be seen what type of job Hanley will do, but one thing is certain: With Gingold’s departure, we have seen the end of an era.

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JEBEDIAH FILM REVIEW

JEBEDIAH FILM REVIEW

By Nicole Robinson

They are a few things in life that are better than a satisfying horror movie. Finding one has become much more difficult since the era of the comic book splashed onto the big screen. In times such as these, some horror fans choose to kick rocks and whine rather than turn to the straight to streaming gems that can be found. This is a mistake and if you need proof, go to Amazon. There you will find Jebediah, a story of a menacing, sickle wielding Amish man with a creative and expressive love of killing from director Joe Ripple and starring Brian Greenwell.

In the role of Jebediah, Greenwell portrays a silent and creepy Amish man with a presence that creates an intimidating persona instilling fear into the victims and the viewers. Greenwell manages to capture a spark of madness as a silent killer. This is no easy task. While a silent killer like Michael Myers can be seriously terrifying, it can also be comical if not portrayed properly. Greenwell almost makes it look easy, leaving the viewer wondering what dark place this actor had to go to in order to embody the role of this madman in the title role of Jebediah.

The main point that can be said about this flick is the violence leaves the viewer wanting nothing in the end. No one is safe and by the end, the carnage leaves no one unscathed. What starts out as a seemingly innocent camping trip among a small group of girlfriends, ends in a blood bath while leaving the audience trying to figure out who among them is going to make it out alive. Lacking predictability is an important feature for any horror movie, and Jebediah manages to make it look easy. Don’t bother trying. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. And don’t worry, the annoying blond one who is wearing the wedges while walking in the woods does die in the most glorious of ways. Writer Robert Ziegler held nothing back when he penned the deaths of Jebediah’s victims. Spoilers withheld, this is not a film for the faint of heart.

From the moment Jebediah curb stomped an infant strapped to a car seat, the audience knows they are in for a treat. Jebediah is not just creepy, but disturbingly violent, providing a level of satisfaction for the viewers that has been seemingly lacking in recent years from the blockbuster films on the big screen. By the end of this slasher film, an uncomfortable, yet satisfying feeling of dread is left with the viewer, probably hoping there is a sequel (there is not sadly). One thing is for certain, this is a fine piece of horror.

Starring: Danielle Lozeau, Jessy Danner, Lauren Lakis, Jemma McDime, Sabrina Taylor-Smith, and Brian Greenwell

To find out more or get your own copy, CLICK HERE 

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Jacob’s Ladder remake announces cast

Jacob’s Ladder remake announces cast

By Dixielord

The Jacob’s Ladder remake that has been simmering for a few years now, appears to be heating up. News from the film is that Nicole Beharie, of Sleepy Hollow has joined the cast along with Jessie Williams from Cabin in the Woods, and star Michael Ealy from The Perfect Guy. Ealey will be reuniting for the film with his director from The Perfect Guy, David Rosenthal who helms the remake. The script is being written by Jeff Buhler and Sarah Thorp and is set to start filming mid May 2016

Tim Robbins from Jacob's Ladder -Jacob's Ladder remake

Tim Robbins from Jacob’s Ladder

While there still hasn’t a huge amount of info released on the Jacobs Ladder remake, what has sounds nothing like the original. There’s no mention so far of the characters the actors will be playing or if there is any real connection between the remake and original other than the name. The remake is being called a “paranoid action thriller about two brothers, which is about as far from the dark, thoughtful as you can get without hiring Mel Brooks to direct.

Nicole Beharie of the Jacob's Ladder remake

Nicole Beharie of the Jacob’s Ladder remake

For those who don’t know the film is a remake of the 1990 film o f the same name. The original Jacobs Ladder revolved around a Vietnam vet, played by Tim Robbins, who saw ghostly apparitions visible only to him. Were the apparitions real? Were they a supernatural force? Or were they just delusions of Robbins damaged mind. The film was a taut psychological horror film that, while not making a killing at the box office, became a cult hit with horror fans.

This seems to be a common theme with rip offs, excuse me remakes. Take the name and throw away everything else. There also seems to be a desire to turn non action films into action remakes. The same type of treatment was touted for the (hopefully dead ) Videodrome remake. Taking a violent and deep film about our fascination and worship of television and mass media and turning it into a science fiction action thriller. Because obviously American film goers needs fast paced chases and ‘splosions and can’t be tasked to watch a deep film with substance. At least not without quick MTV edits.

Like it or not though the film is coming. I know I’ll end up seeing it so hopefully it will be worth the wait.

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DEMONS 3D?!

DEMONS 3D?!

By Amy Mead

Demons Metropol

 Demons 3D?!  Are we headed back to The Metropol? Well, much to the excitement of many horror fans, rumors of a remake of the classic Italian horror film, Demons have recently begun to surface. It seems as though the films original creators are discussing it. And not just a remake, but a remake in 3D at that. 

Argento.  Bava.  Stivaletti.  If you are an Italian horror fan like myself, these are names you’ve heard before and in all likelihood, have come to know and love. Since the rumors began, many fans seem to be of the mind that at least it’s the original team taking on the project and that they are all for it. I am not so sure. I cannot wrap my head around Demons 3D. Like at all. 

I was literally stunned into silence when I saw the headline pop up in my newsfeed last night. To put it simply, I was devastated. And when I was finally able to pick my jaw up of the floor, I also had to pick up the pieces of my broken heart. I know that sounds extreme, but those of you out there that know me, are well aware of how hard I nerd out when it comes to this film (and its sequel, Demons 2) and that it truly is one of my favorite films of all time. I love it so much that I have not one, but two tattoos to honor it. I am a dedicated fan and while it may seem like no big deal to most fans, (most likely due to the overwhelming amount of remakes that have become so common these days) I find it somewhat disheartening that the creators themselves feel as though this classic needs to be remade. Or that it can possibly be improved upon. Do they not see what a masterpiece it is? 

Suffice it to say that I do not share what seems to be the popular opinion about the potential remake. I for one, am less than enthusiastic about one of my all time favorite films being remade. Especially in 3D, man. Demons 3D? Can you imagine it? All I can see is what were once awesomely over the top practical effects getting drastically cheesed out and undersold with bad CGI and hokey 3D effects. UGH. Visions of cheap jump scares relying heavily on the 3D aspect are literally dancing in my head as I write this. And it bums me out hard. My son on the other hand is all for it and thinks it will be amazing, much like many of you out there seem to. 

I wish I could be as optimistic as the rest of you but I have seen the last few Argento films. They aren’t good, and any true Argento fan knows it. Dracula 3D was so awful, not even a seasoned veteran such as Rutger Hauer or a topless Asia Argento could save it.  I am a HUGE fan of the man’s work, but sadly, the revered maestro  has lost his touch and his last few offerings have left much to be desired.

Should this rumored Demons 3D project actually come to fruition, my only hope is that it will maybe garner a new audience for the many of the old school Italian horror films that so many of us love. The Italian horror sub-genre deserves wider recognition and respect so while I am not looking forward to remake, I am hopeful that it will possibly spark a renewed interest these forgotten treasures, as they truly are some of the best horror films out there. 

I’ve never really been a remake snob but I do feel that there are some films that simply just don’t need to be remade, re-imagined or regurgitated.  For me personally, Lamberto Bava’s Demons is one of those films. It’s timeless, it’s a classic, and it’s a film that should stand alone. It does not need improvement by any stretch of the imagination.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who feels this way. 

 

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Gene Simmons and WWE’s New Horror Film to Star Wesley Snipes

Gene Simmons and WWE’s New Horror Film to Star Wesley Snipes

In March of 2015,news broke that Gene Simmons of KISS had partnered with WWE to create a new venture with the goal to finance and produce horror films. The imprint, Erebus, named after the Greek mythological personification of darkness. It’s a great name for horror fans, and fits well with Simmons.

Gene Simmons of Kiss

Gene Simmons of Kiss and Erebus films

Now, just over a year after this news breaks, we have news on their first project. Erebus is now at work filming its first project from the imprint. The film, titled Temple, deals with a group of operatives trapped inside a building when it’s artificial intelligence shuts down. In side the building shit starts to go down and the team begins to experience horrific supernatural phenomena.

KISS with Demon Gene Simmons

KISS with Demon Gene Simmons

The film will star Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, and WWE star Seth Rollins. Snipes,  best known to horror, and comic book fans from the Blade series of films. Snipes did an awesome job bringing Marvel’s daywalker to the big screen and the first two films were very well received. The third film, which prehaps ironically co-starred the WWE’s Triple H, pretty much slammed the series into a premature coffin.

 

Wesley Snipes from Blade and Gene Simmons Erebus films

Wesley Snipes from Blade and Gene Simmons Erebus films

 

 

Heche really isn’t know as a horror actress, although she did star in the remake of Psycho alongside Vince Vaughn. Which is probably WHY she isn’t known as a horror actress. I don’t follow the WWE so I don’t know much about Rollins. This is however a WWE joint venture, so I’ll assume he is the token superstar being pushed by the company. The movie,  directed by John Stockwell, director of the stupid Americans lost in the jungle horror film Touristas. Stockwell has a decent resume but hasn’t done many horror films. Horror fans are more likely to recognize him as Dennis from John Carpenter’s Christine.

Gene, known as Demon to millions of Kiss fans, has had a connection with horror over the years. Mostly from his fire-breathing on stage theatrics, to his role in the horror film Trick or Treat. In Trick or Treat, Gene Simmons co-starred along with the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. While not a major hit it has achieved some amount of cult status. Plus we can’t forget Gene and his band mates starring in Kiss Meets the Phantom, OK maybe Gene wants to forget it, but we aren’t going to let him. This, and the fact that horror films can be wildly profitable, makes it a perfect fit-for Gene.

Even though the band has changed line ups, KISS is still as popular as ever, and has a huge, loyal fan base. Likewise the WWE, who people have been predicting the demise of for years, is still immensely popular. The combination of Gene Simmons and Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire has the potential for a huge organic fan base. But will those fans fill the theaters for Temple, and as popular as the WWE brand is, it has had mixed results with its film division.

Still horror fans (me as well) are always excited about the prospect of new and original horror, and Gene Simmons really loves the genre. Plus it will be good to see Wesley Snipes back in a high-profile role. I loved him as Blade, and he’s due for a comeback. Hopefully these guys can put out a quality film that will pack the audience in.

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Victor Salva’s Jeepers Creepers 3 Hits Canadian Roadblock

Victor Salva’s Jeepers Creepers 3 Hits Canadian Roadblock

Victor Salva is back in the news, although myself and a large number of horror fans wish he would just vanish. If you don’t know who Victor Salva is, he is the creator and director of the Jeepers Creepers franchise. He is also a convicted pedophile.

 

Victor Salva

Victor Salva

Salva, who also directed the Disney feature Powder, has long planned to do a third installment of the Jeepers Creepers story. The road to JC3 has been rocky, many people feel that that growing knowledge of Salva’s past has hampered funding of the project. Many, myself included, thought the film would never see the light of day. Then last year word came that the new film had been green lit. There was casting and plot rumors and even a filming date. But now, Jeepers Creepers 3 has hit a new potential road block, and this time there’s no ambiguity. Salva’s past is directly the reason the movie is in trouble.

Victor Salva powder

Victor Salva’s Powder is disturbing if you watch it after knowing his past

The production put out a Canadian casting call for an 18 year old actress to play a 13 year old in Jeepers Creepers 3. However, a local acting union issued a statement warning Canadian actors of the director’s past, and reminding them they could turn down any job they considered dangerous. Local trade publications pulled the casting notice delivering a blow to Salva’s plans for the film.

Now I honestly don’t know enough about the business part of the acting business to fully gauge the impact of what happened. Can the film recruit an American actor or find a Canadian actor despite the union’s objections? Or does this force a rewrite or even kill the project? I can’t see it killing the project on its own, but sure it will shed even more light on Victor Salva’s past. And the more people know of his crimes, the harder it will be to get JC3 to film.

Being completely honest, a lot of horror fans want this film to happen. Even among those fans who know of his past, a lot want to see this movie. Likewise a lot of horror fans want the series, or at least Salva, to just go away. I’m not going to insult or judge those fans who want to see Jeepers Creepers 3. Everyone has to make their own decisions, and decide for themselves what is right and wrong. I loved the original Jeepers Creepers, but I can’t watch it anymore. I just can’t and I won’t support this new film. I won’t go into my personal reasoning as I have covered it in another article on Salva on my blog, but I believe Salva has no business making movies.

Now in Salva’s defense he has been convinced, and served his prison time. He legally has every right to work at gainful employment. However his crimes were committed while working as a movie director. He used his position as director to rape and film an underage child. He should never be allowed to work in a position where he could potentially have that same power over a child. I don’t look at banning him from filmmaking as punishment, but as prevention. If he is truly on the straight and narrow, he shouldn’t want to be in that position.

Victor Salva has begged the public for forgiveness. He claims he has been in therapy and has apologized to his victim. I hope this is true. I hope that he has been in therapy and that it has helped. I hope that he is no longer a threat, but I can’t forgive him and he should not be directing. He is right; legally he has paid his debt to society. He spent 15 months in prison, 15 months of a three year sentence. Is that truly enough for destroying a child’s life? People serve more time for smoking marijuana. People serve more time for cheating at gambling in Las Vegas.

I hope this film goes away. I hope Victor Salva goes away. I hope finds a job where he can live his life without the temptation and opportunity that filmmaking gives him. And I hope this is the last time I write about him and his movies.

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Lady Gaga Confirmed for American Horror Story Season Six

Lady Gaga Confirmed for American Horror Story Season Six

By Dixielord

Love her or hate her you can’t deny that Lady Gaga is a force in the entertainment industry. And with her appearance in American Horror Story: Hotel, she is becoming a force in the horror genre. Now comes word that Lady Gaga will be back in the next season of American Horror Story season six.

Lady Gaga set for American Horror Story Season Six

Lady Gaga set for American Horror Story Season Six

Gaga starred as The Countess on season five of the ABC horror series, winning a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of the sexy bloodsucker. American Horror Story: Hotel was the darkest and most adult of the series so far, featuring many scenes of smoking hot sex, and very scantily clad Lady Gaga.

Series co creator Ryan Murphy has been open about his desire to bring back Lady Gaga for season six. For those not familiar, each season American Horror Story features a new story, with many cast members returning. Most of the time the cast portray different characters from season to season, although some popular characters, such as Pepper, played by Naomi Grossman, have returned.

Naomi Grossman as Pepper from AHS season 2 and 4

Naomi Grossman as Pepper from AHS season 2 and 4

Right now there is no word on whether Gaga will be playing the Countess again, or even what the next seasons will feature as a theme. Really all we know is that season six will, at least partially, be set in the present, and that Angela Basset, and now Lady Gaga will be returning. Everything else, including the theme, setting, and possible return of favorite Jessica Lange is all rumor and conjecture. According to statements from Ryan Murphy and others involved, the theme is set, but is a closely guarded secret.

Lady Gaga in American Horror Story Hote

Lady Gaga in American Horror Story Hotel

Despite Lady Gaga’s award winning turn as the Countess, the season, and Gaga received mostly mixed critical reviews. Whatever you feel about her acting ability, she cut an imposing and sexually charged visual appearance. Despite this season five had more viewers than the previous two seasons and was a lock for renewal. Having Lady Gaga back definitely wont hurt viewership for the upcoming season.

It’s still a long time off, with the series probably looking for an October premiere. So plenty of time for more cast announcements. Despite the long wait, fans of the show, and Gaga’s Little Monsters are getting worked up already.

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Jen and Sylvia to remake Rabid

Jen and Sylvia to remake Rabid

Fans of the Twisted Twins are celebrating today with the news that Jen and Sylvia Soska will be directing the remake of David Cronenberg’s Rabid. Yes, you heard that right, The Soska sisters have been picked to helm a remake to the cult classic from the king of body horror.

Jen and Sylvia Soska direct Rabid

The Twisted Twins, Jen and Sylvia Soska take aim at Rabid

The original Rabid stared 70s porn star Marilyn Chambers (Beyond the Green Door). Chambers was attempting to turn her pornographic career into a more mainstream career. The film combines zombies, vampirism and Cronenberg’s trademark body horror. Chambers plays a woman injured in a motorcycle wreck and undergoes an experimental surgery. The operation appears to be a success, but Chambers soon develops a vestigial appendage in her arm pit that feeds on human blood. Those drained become ravenous zombie like creatures that spread the contagion across the country.

Rabid was one of the first of many of Cronenberg’s films to reach cult status. He followed it with films like Scanners, Videodrome, The Brood, The Dead Zone and the Fly. The Fly was a remake of the classic Vincent Price horror film. More recently Cronenberg moved to more mainstream films, and even more critical acclaim with A History of Violence.

The Soska Sisters came to the attention of the horror world with their low budget hit, Dead Hooker in a Trunk. They solidified their fan base, and their legitimacy with the hit American Mary starring Katharine Isabelle (Hannibal) and Tristan Risk. They followed this success with the sequel to See No Evil, starring the WWE’s Kane as Jacob Goodnight.

Jen and Sylvia Twisted Twins

Jen and Sylvia Soska, the Twisted Twins

Remakes are always a risk with horror fans. Many fans resent a favorite classic film being remade and tampered with. In general, I’m not a huge fan of horror remakes, but this seems to be a good match.

Jen and Sylvia Soska made their mark in Hollywood, with female centric films Dead Hooker and American Mary. Even their remake of See No Evil, which only got a luke warm response from many horror fans, had a strong female cast including Danielle Harris, Katharine Isabelle and Chelan Simmons. Rabid, if it follows the original to any extent will need a strong, yet vulnerable female lead, and directors who know how to handle that lead role.

Plus Cronenberg is the undisputed master of body horror. Rabid was one of his earliest forays into that subgenre. Jen and Sylvia had their greatest success, so far, with American Mary, which was a form of body horror. The biggest difference was that American Mary highlighted body modification of the medical variety, while Rabid’s body mods were of a supernatural origin.

Katharine Isabelle in Jen and Sylvia Soska's American MAry

Katharine Isabelle in Jen and Sylvia Soska’s American MAry

To say the Soska Sisters have a loyal and rabid fan base is an understatement. The twins repay this loyalty with true love and affection. Will the new Rabid be a critical success or reach cult status? It’s way to early to tell, but the odds are it will be hit with the fans. Hopefully Jen and Sylvia can work the American Mary magic one more time.

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