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BIRTHDAY TRIBUTE: Scream Queen Linnea Quigley

"Do you ever wonder about all the different ways of dying? You know, violently? And wonder, like, what would be the most horrible way to die?"
All true horror fans know this quote by heart and the petite beauty who said it--------Trash from the 1985 cult classic Return of the Living Dead. This memorable role was played by the gorgeous Scream Queen Linnea Quigley.
Linnea was a small town girl from Idaho, but I imagine she always knew she was not quite your average Idahoan. After moving to LA with her family, she started modeling and had a few roles in B movies like Stone Cold Dead and Fairy Tales. In 1985, she was snagged up to play the role of Trash in ROTLD and cemented herself in horror history and secured her title of America's Scream Queen.
Since ROTLD, she has continued to act and even produce films such as Ceepoziods. Linnea is a devoted animal rights activist and can always be found with her beloved pets. One of the most popular celebrities on the convention circuit, you will always find her offering a smile and a hug. I had the great opportunity to meet and hang with her at the 2016 Days of the Dead festival in Louisville, KY. So sweet, petite, and full of life. I could have talked to her all day.
Let's wish a big happy birthday to Barbara Linnea Quigley! I hope all her day was a scream.
Happy Nightmares!
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SHORT REVIEW: Rainy Season (2017)

"It's not a rock."
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As regulars to HoTS can attest, back in October of 2016, I became aware of a short film titled Rainy Season when director Vanessa Ionta Wright reached out to HoTS. A quick look at the information confirmed my suspicion: Rainy Season is an adaptation of a Stephen King story of the same name. Since Rainy Season is one of my favorite stories, I jumped at the chance to cover this. Later, I found out that Wright and fellow Rainy Season executive producer Samantha Kolesnik had organized the first annual Women in Horror Film Festival which is being held September 22 – 24, 2017 - more great news!
Then I got the best news. The short film was finished, and I was offered a chance to view and review it. So, without further ado and with many thanks to Wright and everyone involved in the production (as well as apologies for the delay), here we go.
First, it’s important to note that rarely are Stephen King works solely one tone or another. King is known for the dark comedic streaks that are seamlessly integrated into otherwise horrific and terrifying tales. Second, while King often brings monsters into his stories (“Gray Matter”, “The Raft”, Cujo, IT, The Stand), the real focus is the humans and how they react in extreme situations. It’s well known that stressful situations often result in the worst of mankind being brought to light, but they can also bring out the best in mankind. This is something that King handles quite well and which draws us back time and again to see how things work out for his next victim. Finally, one of King’s greatest gifts is his ability to tell a story in a manner that makes the reader want – need – to finish it. It’s incredibly difficult to translate the words to images in a way that’s going satisfy all fans of the written word. That’s why so few of his works have been effectively adapted into the medium of film and video. It takes a director with a deft touch to bring a King story to life on film, and Vanessa Ionta Wright has that touch.
Rainy Season_Willow General Mercantile & Hardware / Fair use doctrine.Rainy Season follows John Graham (Brian Ashton Smith), a college English professor on a book-writing sabbatical, and his wife Elise (Anne Marie Kennedy) as they arrive in Willow, Maine, for the summer. Stopping in at the Willow Mercantile and Hardware, John and Elise are greeted by elderly local Henry Eden (Kermit Rollison) and his dog. Henry spooks the couple by knowing who they are and why they are there before reminding them of the speed at which news travels in a small town. Henry is soon joined by Laura Stanton (Jan Mary Nelson), another local, as he attempts to convince the Grahams to spend the night out of town. Laura backs up Henry, stressing that they’ve arrived on the exact day of the Rainy Season, but rather than convincing them, her words solidifies the Grahams’ view of the two as not quite right. After making their way to their rental cabin, John and Elise settle in for the night, unaware that they will soon find out the two locals may not be as crazy as they first thought.
Brian Ashton Smith and Anne Marie Kennedy are believable and sympathetic as the loving yet troubled couple who don’t seem entirely at ease with one another. Their chemistry is real, and we get the sense that both want things to be better but aren’t entirely sure how to make it so. The trip to Willow is supposed to help give them both new perspective. Their love is clear, but so is the tension affecting it. At the cabin, their shared looks and shy touches reinforce this.
Rainy Season / L – R: Jan Mary Nelson, Kermit Rollison, Anne Marie Kennedy, and Brian Ashton Smith / Fair use doctrine.
Kermit Rollison and Jan Mary Nelson do a great job portraying the locals whose unwilling duty it is to greet the couple. We get the sense that doing it more than every seven years would be too much. As reluctant emissaries of Willow, Eden and Stanton try to welcome the couple without being too welcoming, ultimately suggesting they spend their first night out of town even though they know the Grahams will not.
Technically the film is excellent. Sound and visuals are top notch, adding to the overall effectiveness. With a sometimes ironic soundtrack, Rainy Season definitely captures the feel of the source material – a little bit retro, a little bit modern, and all apropos. Together with the solid acting of the players as well as the impeccable direction, Rainy Season works. Wright makes some difficult choices for the adaptation, but they pay off. The climax made me groan and grin – though the grin may properly have been more of a grimace – simultaneously. She takes us to the edge of an eldritch chasm and leaves us laughing nervously at our escape.
Do yourself a favor. Watch it if you get a chance. It shows there are still directors in the industry who know how to adapt the written word. King fans will be especially happy to spot a few Kingian Easter eggs.
Catch Rainy Season at Attack of the 50ft Film Festival at 7:00pm on June 27, 2017, at The Plaza Theater in Atlanta, GA.
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GAME REVIEW: Zombieopoly (2013)

Zombieopoly, is a horror-based board game that is a blast to play! Most of us grew up playing the the great board game Monopoly. Through the years, though, specialty versions with their own twists on the timeless classic have emerged. Monopoly variations are everywhere and are inspired by everything. One version is based on legendary rock band band KISS, another on fast food giant McDonald’s, and another on the great city of Chicago. You can even play Monopoly slots in casinos.
Well, the folks over at Late for The Sky have put their horror minded twist on it. In 2013, they released their adaptation for coffee tables and families everywhere ― ZOMBIEOPOLY! And it is a lot of fun!
The overall structure and layout of the game is the same as the original: pick your piece, buy properties, get rich, and rule the game! It’s the small details that make Zombieopoly so amusing to play.
For example, Chance and Community Chest cards have been replaced by Stagger and Crawl cards. Be careful while pulling a card. Most are harmless but some are interactive. My son, for example, had to crawl on the floor doing his best zombie impression and yelling for BRAAAAAAAAINS!
Zombieopoly at John Roisland's house.
Zombieopoly at John Roisland's house.
Properties are all there as well as the utilities but with a few small changes. All properties are now zombie-related and tailored to the type of zombie. I played this about three weeks ago with my kids, and we all had a lot of fun.
Zombieopoly board / Fair use doctrine.
All spaces now contain beautiful, detailed art work.
The object of Zombieopoly, just as the original, is to own as much property as possible and have the most money for the win. Now, as most of you know, you’ve never heard anyone say, “Let’s play a quick game” because there is no such thing! I know first hand that playing can go on in to the wee hours of the night and competition can bring out the worse in some players ― especially when playing with zombies, and Zombieopoly is no different! So, if you’re going to sit down and play with friends or even the kids, you’d better get comfy.
John Roisland and family enjoy a game of Zombieopoly..
John Roisland and family enjoy a game of Zombieopoly.
I’m thrilled to see more horror-related games available that don’t require an Internet connection and a remote. Zombieopoly is available at most retail stores and online, including Walmart, Amazon, and TOYS-R-US, and ranges in price from $19.99 ─ $38.99.
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ZOMBIEOPOLY: A KILLER GAME WHERE THE FUN NEVER DIES!
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INTERVIEW: V.A. Bennett

I recently had the pleasure of previewing a horror short called I Love MacKenzie Reynolds, written by V.A. Bennett, directed by Brandon Prewitt, and produced by Studio 605. Of all the recent short films I've seen, this one is the one that got me... May your mouth be agape as you finally understand the epitome of the term "friendzone".
I chatted with up-and-coming writer and actor V.A. Bennett about the important things in life...
House of Tortured Souls: What influenced you to write I Love MacKenzie Reynolds?
V.A. Bennett: Honestly, I was late for a deadline for a one man "play" in college for a class in 2008. I had to shovel something out (haha, shovel), and it was just some things that were kinda on my mind from...forever, I guess. Not trying to make myself sound like a psychopath, but in a pinch, you write what you know.
HoTS: Do you prefer to be in front of the camera or behind the scenes?
VAB: I do stand up comedy mostly, so I guess the front of the camera is easy enough. I didn't do stand up yet when the short was written, but there's not a lot of funny stuff happening in ILMR. It was cool to step outside of my comfort realm for something that I really was sorta proud of. I'm just fortunate that Studio 605 made my shoulder shrug a visceral thing. Kinda opened up my process in an odd way.
HoTS: Do you have any pet peeves?
VAB: People chewing with their mouths open drives me insane.
HoTS: Toilet paper... Over or under?
VAB: If your toilet paper is hung under, you are a certified deviant.
HoTS: Due to the fact that there is a gun in said short, Ilo (he's 4 years old) wants to know what your favorite shooty-gun is.
VAB: As far as guns go, I think I like the ones that fire hot dogs at sporting events.
HoTS: What's next for you in film?
VAB: I'll be playing Nicholas in Cinematic Reality, the next feature length film from Studio 605. That starts filming in September. This film is short, sweet, and not-so-sweet due the perfect twist at the heart-wrenching end. Artistically done - integrity intact - perfect. Shout out to Studio 605, and the other talented cast members, Chelsea Skalski and Taylor Wilson, that made this short a complete success in my eyes.

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SERIES OVERVIEW: Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return (2017)

Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Return

This review might seem a bit out of nowhere for a horror site, but Mystery Science Theater 3000 is something near and dear to the hearts of many hardcore horror fans simply because we've all had to suffer through bad movies with our friends.
We've all been there, particularly if you lived through the video rental era. You'd wander the aisles for upwards of an hour, reading the backs of boxes, looking for the perfect movie to watch. You would grab a pizza and a few refreshing cold beverages, get home, pop in the movie and immediately be disappointed with your carefully selected choice of films. It happens, but you'd suffer through it anyway, because money was spent and you weren't about to let that crappy movie win.
I'm a bit shocked that some of the people I watched movies with back then are still my friends considering how many bad movies I made them watch. At this point I would like to formally apologize to my friend John for making him suffer through all those dreadful movies. Notice I said that I would LIKE to apologize; I'm not actually going to because those memories are some of the best of my formative years.
Which brings me to my point. Mystery Science Theater 3000 isn't just a movie watching experience; it's more like a bonding experience. You feel a kinship, not just with the host and his companions, but with everyone who has ever suffered through a bad movie.
I'll admit that when I first heard that Joel Hodgson was trying to reboot Mystery Science Theater 3000, I was skeptical. As much as I loved the show, I really didn't think it was still relevant in today's society of 140-character Twitter humor, Fail Army videos, and tasteless memes. That, and the fact that it's closing on 20 years since the show appeared on television.
Surprisingly, the new incarnation is every bit as good as the older version. Mind you, it's not the same show. It's the next step in the progression of the show. An evolution. Everything about it is new. It's much more polished with better visuals in some areas, and the old school, homemade feel in others.
Kinga Forrester and Max aka TV's Son of TV's Frank / Fair use doctrine.The story plays out the same way as the old one. Evil mad scientists Kinga Forrester (Felicia Day), and her assistant, TV's Son of TV's Frank, aka Max (Patton Oswalt), trap some poor, likable dope — Jonah Heston (Jonah Ray) — on the far side of the moon and force him to watch bad movies with his robot pals.
Even though Day and Oswalt do a great job as the new "Mads", I don't think their characters are fully developed at this point. They seem almost TOO competent compared to Clayton and Pearl Forrester. And while both are colorful and entertaining, they seem a bit generic. As a big fan of both, I'm hoping that both can embrace their respective roles and make them unique and interesting characters in future seasons.
Jonah and the bots / Fair use doctrine.Jonah Ray does a superb job filling the shoes of the hosts before him. No small feat. (Get it? Shoes, Feet. HaHaHaHa!) considering that Joel Hodgson and Mike Nelson had two distinctly different styles. He's not just filling the shoes in though, he's doing a great job of making the role his own. And although the voices of Crow and Tom Servo have changed slightly, Hampton Yount and Baron Vaughn pick up almost seamlessly from Bill Corbett and Kevin Murphy regarding the character and delivery of their respective robots.
The riffing in the theater segments is fast and concise right out of the gate, with lots of references to current events as well as throwbacks to some of the classic episodes. Just like the old show, the diverse range of topics give the new shows a great amount of re-watchability.
The host segments are lively and fun, although it's easy to tell that Ray, Yount, and Vaughn haven't quite mastered their on-screen chemistry. That sort of thing will come together over time, though.
Also, the addition of some big-name celebrities and a few familiar old faces dropping by on occasion gives the viewers an added treat. I'd tell you a few right now, but it's more fun to be surprised by it.
Overall, it's a faithful continuation of the series if you're an old fan of the show, and it's a great introduction if you're a newbie.

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Brain Damage (1988) from Arrow

Brain Damage

Arrow Limited Edition Blu Review


Frank Henenlotter's LSD-laced mind muncher Brain Damage (1988) savagely lampoons Nancy Reagan's "Just say No" while also belonging to that rare category of seriously weird horror films from the late 80s to early 90s. They were high energy, candy colored, whacky, splattery, nudity-filled romps with pretty damn good screenplays tying the madness all together. And unlike horror movies of today it's not depressing. What makes movies like Street Trash, Body Melt, and Peter Jackson's Bad Taste gems of the genre is that they are over the top and go for the gross out but still retain light entertainment status without getting too dark and bleak. Brian (Rick Hearst) finds a mysterious creature named Elmer (voiced by the late, great Zacherle) who gives him the ultimate high. The only catch is the little parasite feeds on brains and demands his new host provide them for him...or else.
  • Picture/Sound: The picture is presented in a 1:85:1 aspect ratio and restored from a master, meaning the print is crisp and clear and even slightly better than the previous release. Like always Arrow provides a Mono track along with a new 5.1 soundtrack. And like the picture it to is a improvement over Synpases DVD release.
  • Package: Unlike Donnie Darko and the House: Two Stories, Brain Damage has a simple slipcover, but it still looks great sporting brand new artwork (and of course reversible cover featuring original artwork for those purists among you) and a booklet. Simple and effective wins the day here.
  • Special Features: The real gem of this set is the almost hour long documentary titled Listen to the Light: The Making of Brain Damage. The interviews are solid and entertaining. It's odd that Frank himself isn't interviewed for it, but it's still worth checking out. The other highlight is the feature The Effects of Brain Damage, an in-depth chat with effects genius Gabe Bartalos on making the creature Elmer. If that weren't enough, you also have a featurette Animating Elmer, Karen Ogle: A Look Back, and Elmer's Turf which documents the shooting locations. But wait, I'm not finished. Tasty Memories: A Brain Damage Obsession is a fun mini doc about super fan Adam Skinner as well a director Q&A, trailers, and, for you Zacharely fans, a short film (and final onscreen credit) entitled Bygone Behemoth. Sadly Arrow was unable to bring over Synapses' commentary with Frank and writer/legend Bob Martin. I can't fault Arrow for this, however, as I'm sure it was a rights issue. But, fear not, because a brand new commentary by Frank was recorded just for the release.
  • Overall: I was excited to hear that Arrow was tagged to re-release the film because they always take great pains to bring fans a product that is really worth their hard earned cash. Not only is the package well done with some great new art work, but there's also a wealth of new features. And, of course, you get the film itself looking better than it ever has. This makes my short list of best release of 2017 (so far). Just Say Yes to this Blu!

History of Horror in May

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

May 1 – 7

05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically
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19870501_Creepshow 2 / Fair use doctrine.
05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically
05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born
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19720502_800px-Dwayne_Johnson_By Eva Rinaldi
05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born
05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically
19890502_SocietyPoster / Fair use doctrine.
19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.
05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)
05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically
19960503_The_craft_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19770504_Emily Perkins / Fair use doctrine.
05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born
05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born
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19570505_Richard E. Grant / Fair use doctrine.
05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born
05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically
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05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage
05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States
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20050506_House_Of_Wax / Fair use doctrine.
05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically
05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born
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05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14

05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically
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19980508_NTSC_Resident_Evil_2_Cover / Fair use doctrine.
05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe
05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically
05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
19240518_Priscilla Pointer by Peter Kramer - © 2006 Getty Images
05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born
05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed
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19360511_Draculas_Daughter_original_Poster_1936 / Fair use doctrine.
05/11/1936 – Dracula's Daughter released theatrically
05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically
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05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically
05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically
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19300512_Jess_Franco_2008 / Fair use doctrine.
05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born
05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born
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19350513_Werewolfoflondon / Fair use doctrine.
05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically
05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically
19880513_Friday_the_13th_Part_VII_-_The_New_Blood_(1988)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
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05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)
05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)
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May 15 - 21

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005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1
05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically
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05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia
05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically
19600516_Peepingtomposter / Fair use doctrine.
20010516_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.
05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC
05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born
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19730517_Matthew_McGrory / Fair use doctrine.
05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)
05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud) born
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19710518_Abominablephibes1 / Fair use doctrine.
05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically
05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically
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05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically
05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television
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20040519_Angel / Fair use doctrine.
05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television
05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television
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20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically
05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically
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May 22 - 28

19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically
05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically
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19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.
05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically
05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe
20030523_Silent Hill 3_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.
05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically
05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born
19670525_Billy_Martin aka Poppy Z Brite / Fair use doctrine.
19790525_Alien_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically
05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)
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05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)
05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born
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19900526_Friday_The_13th_The_Series / Fair use doctrine.
05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television
05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe
20000526_Resident Evil Code Veronica_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
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05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)
05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born
19220527_Christopher_Lee_at_the_Berlin_International_Film_Festival_2013 / Fair use doctrine.
19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp
05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born
05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television
19730527_Night_Gallery_Rod_Serling1 / Fair use doctrine.
19880527_Killer_klowns_from_outer_space_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 - 31

05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born
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05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born
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19570529_James Whale with Frankenstein's monster / Fair use doctrine.
05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born
19430530_Dennis_Etchison_at_World_Horror_Convention_2008_by Nihonjoe
19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.
05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically
20030530_Wrong_Turn_movie / Fair use doctrine.
19750531_Sienna_Guillory_at_the_Moet_BIFA_2014 / Fair use doctrine.
05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born
05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)
19770531_William_Castle / Fair use doctrine.

MOVIE REVIEW: The Belko Experiment (2016)

The Belko Experiment has been described as Office Space meets Battle Royale. To be honest I thought this was the usual inane Hollywood promotional BS, but after seeing it, it's a fair comparison. Maybe the funniest thing is after I watched The Belko Experiment, I went back to my hotel, and guess what was on cable. It's hard to be a gangsta. The fact I saw it on a mini vacation explains why this review is so late. Busy having fun, homes.
The Belko Experiment, if you haven't seen the previews, revolves around a group of office workers forced to fight in mortal combat. The film was written by James Gunn (Slither), directed by Greg McLean (Wolf Creek), and stars genre heavyweight Michael Rooker (The Walking Dead), as well as Tony Goldwyn (The Last House on the Left (2009)), and John Gallagher, Jr (10 Cloverfield Lane). Some (unneeded) humor was provided by Sean Gunn.
The story isn't much deeper than what you see in the previews. And that's not a bad thing. It is what it is – kill or be killed – and both happen, quickly and over and over again.
One of the issues facing The Belko Experiment was that people have grown accustomed to the lighter side of James Gunn, especially after Guardians of the Galaxy. I talked to several people after the film, many of them went in expecting light entertainment and were shocked at the level of violence. People seem to forget that Gunn is also the man who brought us The Descent and the gory Dawn of the Dead remake. People also apparently forgot that director McLean is the man who brought us Wolf Creek, which was just chock full of levity. Not!
Whatever your preconceptions, The Belko Experiment is not light. It doesn't take long to kick into gear, and once it starts rolling, it is bloody, violent and hard core. There is a sense that Goldwyn and Gallagher meet for a final showdown, don't try and predict anything else. The order people are killed in is unexpected. No one is safe, and some of the deaths really hit you hard.
After tons of mayhem and violence, it manages a fairly satisfying ending. The final scene, reminds me somewhat of A Serbian Film’s, “it's never over” ending.
The story is nothing deep, it's just a fun, violent thrill ride. John C McGinley (Office Space) near steals the show as creepy, stalkerish executive Wendell Dukes. Sean Gunn is funny as the dope smoking, paranoid cafeteria worker. Now I have heard some say his humor ruined the film for them. It didn't ruin it for me, and I did enjoy it, but it took away from the dread of the film.
When Corporate gives you the ax...
I know it is conventional wisdom that a horror film has to have some levity. Something to prevent it from becoming too dark. I don't agree with that theory. It was my main complaint with The Green Inferno (and most Eli Roth films). Maybe American film goers in general will be frightened off by a completely dark film, but maybe they won't. French films like Martyrs, and Frontier(s) work with little or no comic relief. I think genre fans will flock to a hard R with no jokes, or maybe I'm delusional, but damn, I would love to see more straight up no joke horror.
So while the humor didn't ruin it, I cant help but wish they hadn't added it. Still, The Belko Experiment is a very enjoyable horror film. Even with the humor it's not for the squeamish. If it's still playing near you, rush out to see it. If not, get ready to grab it on VoD or DVD.
Full on 7 out of 10.

Artist of the Month – May 2017: Maxwell H. Blackheart

Mother's Day is coming up. Get your mom and your baby's momma something special this year.
No? She's more of an 'I Love Lucy' kinda gal? Okay!
Or maybe clowns?
Giggles 😀 I, personally, would be thrilled to own any of those pieces. Then again, I am one twisted bitch!
Once again, a previous AotM sent me to this one. And BOY have I hit the MOTHERLOAD!!! Maxwell is flipping amazing!! There be a lot of talent in them fingers – and a lot of demented thoughts in that there brain! I love it!! Maxwell does have amazing skills and you will be thrilled to have been introduced to his work!
I'm in need of a Hall of Blackheart now!!
I was obnoxious enough to get some answers out of him! No really he was kind enough to take the time out to answer some questions and is a real down to earth fellow.
Firing away with the questions.
House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?
Maxwell H. Blackheart: I can remember watching my dad draw quick sketches of faces when I was about six or seven. I didn't know how he did this so I would just watch him draw these random faces. After awhile I got motivated to try it myself. I copied what he did and liked doing it. After many more drawings I started drawing Peanuts characters and just a few years later around eight years old I was drawing Kiss band members, snakes, spiders, and severed heads. It had begun.
HoTS: What was your first piece?
MHB: My first piece that I consider worth calling it a piece of art would have been a portrait of Gene Simmons from Kiss. I was starting to use colored pencils which I love to use to this day. It's really my favorite medium because it's quick and enjoyable for me.
HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
MHB: I'm not exactly sure when I did. It was just kind of the path I took. It was the road that felt right and looked interesting to explore. I guess I'd say around eight years old. Godzilla, Frankenstein, and severed heads were always a fun subject for me.
HoTS: Do you draw in lead, charcoal, or the blood of innocent souls? 😉
MHB: I draw mostly with Prismacolor pencils and ink. I also like graphite. I've only produced about 9 or 10 acrylic paintings but I hope to do more in the future.
HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
MHB: My favorite Immortal creep is a hard question. For some reason Rawhead Rex comes to mind. Nothing like a heavy metal looking head chomping boogie man to torture your soul with fear.
HoTS: Do you do comic cons, art shows or anything?
MHB: I would love to. I wanna meet all the nice people I hear from every single day on social media. It's hard for me to travel at this time. For now you will have to come to me here in Spokane Washington or you can just visit my Instagram.
HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
MHB: If you want to see what I have up or make a purchase, I sell originals and prints here http://www.maxblackheart.com and Etsy as well https://www.etsy.com/shop/MaxBlackHeart. T-shirts are a new item I have been selling also.
HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or twitter account so we can keep up with your work?
MHB: I mostly post my latest pieces on Instagram @maxblackheart. You can find me on Facebook and Etsy also.
HoTS: Are you working on anything right now?
MHB: I am currently working on a painting that is Alice Cooper themed, 'Cold Ethyl' from his song with the same title. If you love corpses or "love" corpses you'll love this piece. Also take a listen to this song if you haven't heard it. It's a real toe tapper.
HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?
MHB: I have lots of things I do outside of my art like spending time with my family. Riding motorcycles music and photography. I also like thinking and doing things my own way. Also really good at eating steak. Medium rare please.
Y'all be sure to go follow, like, poke, pinch, share, love, put your right foot in, put your right foot out... Oh no, wait, that's something else! Seriously go support as much as you can!

COMING SOON: The Mist (TV series) (2017)

In 1980, Stephen King’s novella “The Mist” was published for all to experience.
In 2007, Frank Darabont brought this chilling tale to the big screen in the movie of the same title.
In 2017, Spike TV will adapt the novella for audiences all across the US to enjoy in the safety of their own home.
The first trailer for Spike TV’s adaptation of “The Mist”, has been released, and again audiences will have to ask themselves... what is scarier, the things in the mist or that which is in ourselves? The show is set up to have ten episodes and carries the tagline:
FEAR. HUMAN. NATURE.
Brief Synopsis: Small town that is engulfed by a mysterious dense mist containing monsters.
The TV show will expand on the 2007 movie release and take place over multiple locations in town, including a church and a mall. With multiple settings comes multiple personality types, all having to work together or tear each other apart in the chaos of their quiet town.
When asked if the series will establish a link to the original King novella or the 2007 Darabont movie, show creator, Christian Thorpe, told Entertainment Weekly, “It’s a weird cousin to the original material,” he says. “It has a constant ebb and flow communication with the novella. But who knows? Maybe some of the original characters will make a cameo at some point.”
Below are some of the actresses and actors that will bring this nightmare to the small screen:
  • Main character Eve Copeland is played by Alyssa Sutherland of Vikings.
  • Her husband and all around nice guy Kevin is Morgan Spector, better known for his role on Person of Interest.
  • Local sheriff Connor Heisel is brought to life by Mad Men’s Darren Pettie.
Be prepared... The Mist rolls in to your living room on Thursday, June 22, 2017, on SpikeTV.
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Happy Nightmares!
ZombieGurl

EDITORIAL: 6 Horror Movies That The New MST3K Crew Needs to Tackle

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Fans of bad cinema can rejoice because the new season of MST3K is upon us. Here is my list of movies Jonah and the bots can rip a new one. Also don’t take offense if we mention a movie you like; it’s all in good fun. In fact, a lot of these are favorites of mine (minus The Outing), and, as the theme song goes, “it’s just a show you should really just relax”.
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6. Blood Rage (1987)

06_MST3K_Blood Rage (1987) / Fair use doctrine.True, MST3K never really tackled the slasher genre in the past but couldn’t you picture the incredibly campy, sleazy and fun of late 80s Blood Rage as an episode? I mean actress Louise Lasser boozing it up, not to mention the scene in which she sits spread eagle by the fridge, binge eating would have the guys rolling! Drive-In Massacre is another film that would easily bridge the slasher-MST3K divide.

5. The Prey (1984)

05_MST3K_The Prey (1984) / Fair use doctrine.An older, low budget, slice and dice movie about six wide eyed campers getting picked off by a mysterious killer. Bad acting, bad production values, and a so-so story would equal MST3K gold.

4. Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987)

04_MST3K_Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare (1987) / Fair use doctrine.Seeing how the original crew did Jon Mikl Thor’s Zombie Nightmare it only seems fitting that the new guys tackle Rock ‘n’ Roll Nightmare a wonderfully bad film that is enjoyable in its own right. Of course, the infamous shower scene will have to get axed, but it would be worth it to see how the guys react to Thor’s spiked underwear and glam rock makeup as well as a whole host of laughable monsters. Truly a classic episode in the making. Seeing how Thor himself is a fan of the show, a cameo might even be possible.

3. Creep (1995)

03_MST3K_Creep (1995) / Fair use doctrine.This shot on video “epic” by director Tim Ritter has all the elements for a great episode. Its amazingly awful in all departments yet it still retains enough “so bad its great” charm that would make this perfect for the riffed treatment. I could also see Ritter’s Killing Spree riffed, but, honestly, Creep just has something extra special. Maybe it’s the hacked together plot, the cringe worthy acting or random things like a close up of a fly…Whatever it is I`d love to see it featured.

2. The Outing aka The Lamp (1987)

]02_MST3K_The Outing (1987) / Fair use doctrine.I reviewed this PAINFULLY bad late 80s horror film for my upcoming film guide, and I couldn’t help but wish I had Mike or Joel or now Jonah and the bots could have helped me through the trauma. The Outing is a lame duck mishmash of horror and drama that fails on every level. Never heard of it? Well, neither had I until Scream Factory (Shout Factory) released it on DVD and later Blu.

1. Troll 2 (1990)

01_MST3K_Troll 2 / Fair use doctrine.The one, the only, the infamously bad Troll 2 should be, NO, needs to be featured on an episode. Sure we got a Rifftrax from Mike, Kevin, and Bill to slake our thirst, but truly this is a job for the good folks at the SOL. In fact, I think that with the right jokes, this could easily be the new crew’s Manos (Joel era) or Werewolf (Mike era). I can just imagine the epic skits that could go with it.
Honorable Mentions: The Giant Claw, Black Roses, Scalps, Troll, Ghostkeeper, and Robo Vampire (yes, that movie really exists).

MOVIE REVIEW: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories / Fair use doctrine.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I had a great deal of difficulty figuring out how to approach this review – especially without giving away spoilers. So I watched it again. And again. And yet again. I liked it better each time, and each viewing brought new details out that made me appreciate all the effort and genuine love of horror that was evident in every scene. -Woofer
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, a meta horror comedy made for horror nerds and riffers, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining sequel to the 2015 Volumes of Blood. With films inside the film as well as a house with more stories than a Stephen King short story collection, the anthology works well on its on and hearkens back to such classic house renting/purchasing movies as The House That Dripped Blood and Terror Tract. Plus, it also connects back to the first in ways the viewer will appreciate if he has seen the first film, and, if he hasn’t, it’s good motivation to find the first, watch it, and then watch Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories again. It’s definitely worth it.

"Murder Death Killer"
Writer & Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Murder Death Killer' / Fair use doctrine.
"Murder Death Killer" is roughly the first 20 minutes of the movie and stars Thomas Dunbar, Warren Ray, and Barbie Clark in excellent performances as thieves come together to raid metals from a closing warehouse. Aric Stanish, who plays the legendary killer Atticus Crow, is a serial killer as effective and efficient as Michael Myers – and he is just as indestructible. The cinematography is on point, and there are several carefully blocked, highly memorable shots. And then there’s some good gore, too.

"Haters"
Director: P.J. Starks
Writers: Nathan Thomas Milliner and P.J. Stark
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Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Haters' / Fair use doctrine.
"Haters" follows horror nerd trolls Nate (Nathan Thomas Milliner) and Kev (Kevin Roach) as an usher (Gerrimy Keiffer) ejects them from the theater for causing a disturbance during the showing of the remake of Murder Death Killer. Returning to Nate’s place, the two continue their debate of 80s horror versus contemporary horror as Nate poses the question that many horror filmgoers often consider: why don’t they remake bad films? (Indeed, why don’t they? Seriously. And viewers: Don’t be afraid to check out the remake of a bad movie. What the hell you gotta lose?) When the usher shows up at Nate’s door, however, their plans for the evening change.

"Trick or Treat"
Director: Sean Blevins
Writers: P.J. Starks and Sean Blevins

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Trick or Treat' / Fair use doctrine.
"Trick or Treat" focuses on a trick-or-treating killer (Chad Ray) roaming the streets on Halloween and dispensing his own version of tricks and treats. A rather short piece, it works to help tie the rest of the film together and flows into “A Killer House” segment, quite easily. Fans of the first Volumes of Blood will be glad to see Chad again. As with every segment, there is some wonderful cinematography employed. Watch for a particularly beautiful shot involving the most Halloween of all candies – candy corn.

"Feeding Time"
Director: John William Holt
Wruters P.J. Starks and Jason Turner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Feeding Time' / Fair use doctrine.
In "Feeding Time", Boone (Caleb Shore), an ineffectual insurance salesman, finds the solicitation table turned on him when he encounters a damsel in distress. Pressured to meet his sales quota on this day, the day before Thanksgiving, Boone nevertheless struggles with his desire to help Mallory (Shelby Taylor Mullins) and his utter disbelief regarding her problem. Caleb’s performance as the tempted salesman is one of the best in the movie and subtly but effectively underscored the horror of the situation.

"Blood Bath"
Director: Jon Maynard
Writer: P.J. Sparks

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Blood Bath' / Fair use doctrine.
Before moving to the next room, Ash (Jacob Ewers) takes a bathroom break, revealing the next gruesome tale. "Blood Bath" takes place as a couple is moving into the house on Father’s Day. Their desire for a child is revealed when the wife invites husband to shower with her in order to become her “baby daddy” on Father’s Day. The rest of the story primarily takes place in the bathroom, and the cramped location of the events only heightens the horror. Some people just aren’t meant to be parents.

"Fear, For Sinners Here"
Writer and Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Fear, For Sinners Here' / Fair use doctrine.
It’s Christmas, and Carol (Jessica Schroeder) is spending a quiet evening drinking wine and wrapping presents until a group of carolers comes calling and changes everything. "Fear, For Sinners Here" is a very interesting piece with the entire first half having no dialogue at all. Jessica Schroeder carries it all with her quiet performance and does so quite admirably. The second half, however, lacks the deft touch of the first and changes the tone as soon as The Woman is introduced. This one will make you want to do all your shopping online.

"The Deathday Party"
Director: Justin M. Seaman
Writer: P.J. Starks

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'The Deathday Party' / Fair use doctrine.
It’s a milestone birthday for John (Jay Woolston), and neighbors Fred (Eric Huskisson) and Nancy (Anne Welsh) bring over a cake while his wife Almeda (Cindy Maples) is preparing John’s present in the cellar. This birthday John and Almeda learn firsthand that age-old age about the best laid plans going awry. “The Deathday Party” is the perfect story with which to end the tales in the tour – though the film itself doesn’t end just yet.
"A Killer House" loops back to the couple as they finish the tour and then... Well, I can’t tell you that, now can I?
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a horror freak’s horror movie. There are countless nods to all things horror throughout the film, from names (Stu, Ash, Laurie) to props (Jason’s hockey mask) to posters for some great Indies horror, such as Plank Face, The Barn, Freezer Burn, and The Dooms Church Horror. Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is also a movie that is perfect for group viewing and all the viewing games that go along with that. Check out the tailer below and see if you agree.

MUSIC REVIEW: Wolfman Chuck and the Spookalele of Doom – Another Confession (2017)

Wolfman Chuck and the Spookalele of Doom / Fair use doctrine.
Another Confession / Company: Ukulele Horror Records
  1. 1. Dance With The Devil
  2. 2. Wolfman Chuck
  3. 3. They Pray, My Prey
  4. 4. When You Die
  5. 5. Another Confession
  6. 6. Gore To The Whore
  7. 7. Rotten Pumpkins
  8. 8. Lucille
  9. 9. Ballad Of Ronnie
  10. 10. Yup, It's Rape Again!!!
Promoter, host and musician are just some of the words used to describe the Massachusetts based Wolfman Chuck. Whether leading his band of Brimstone Boys or working solo, this genre staple has made a career out of crafting music based around his morbid sense of humor. Chuck has previously unleashed two full length albums and a slew of split EPs on his label Ukulele Horror Records. With the Brimstone Boys, Chuck focuses his sound on a heavy punk and metal feel, but with the “spookalele” he tends to stick closer to love songs filtered out through his twisted mind. Chuck spent most of 2016 working to unleash The Brimstone Boys, his full band project, with Dave Sage and Zack Zombie, to the world but managed to find time to write and record his best effort to date. Titled Another Confession, Wolfman Chuck and the Spookalele of Doom bring 10 haunting, dark tracks to the table in an album that entertains from start to finish.
The disc opens with “Dance With The Devil” a track that helps set the album’s overall darker tone. In a conversation regarding the writing process, Wolfman Chuck explained that this album would contain more personal tracks than in previous recordings and, from the start, there’s a noticeable difference. Continuing with the theme established on the previous song, Chuck segues into “Wolfman Chuck”. With a nod to the Brimstone Boys and boastful lyrics about his preference of women, alive or dead, Chuck portrays himself as a repulsive and diabolical deviant through a hauntingly mellow track ripe with his standard gore and violence.
Track three, “They Pray, My Prey” sticks out as a song that expresses Chuck’s ability to add depth and layers to music consisting only of a man, his beard, and his ukulele. A uniquely haunting and distant opening riff leads into a mid-tempo track about the sinister woodsman toying with his victims in lyrics like, “You can cry all you want, but you’re mine.” Track four is the most outright hostile track on the disc as the Wolfman barks lyrics like, “what you see is what you get, I’m not a fake motherfucker like you” and “I’ll be there when you die. No angels gonna cry." "When You Die" is a comfortable norm for longtime fans of Chuck, poppy, friendly riffs with aggressive punk vocals. Tracks like this prove the Wolfman can be a well versed artist while maintaining loyalty to what got him immediately recognized. The macabre mountain man is a master at his craft, successfully fusing the stark contrasts of violent lyrics over the top of a happy and upbeat ukulele. The album’s title track, “Another Confession” is the standout of the bunch. Packed with emotion and a long build up to an incredible chorus, this is the best Chuck has sounded all around in vocals, playing, and writing. On my one hundredth play through, I still get goosebumps as he segues into the songs hook “What was wrong with you is now right with me and your dead and buried.” If you know nothing of his extensive musical history, this track is a perfect starting point and the highlight of an album full of incredible songs. It's not uncommon to see fans of the genre bypass acoustic acts as nothing more then an artist doing less than others, but those with that elitist mentality generally miss the creative genius of artists like Chuck. The album’s title track alone would be perfect for showing what acoustic solo artists have to offer.
With “Another Confession” being as powerful and moving as it is, I would’ve been satisfied if the record ended there. Fortunately, the second half of the album is as equally enticing as the first. Track six, “Gore To The Whore”, shows Chuck flexing the romantic muscle he’s know for with a song of death, blood, and guts crooned sweetly over a track fit for any make-out point rendezvous. If I haven’t brought attention to it before, it’s important to note how well Chuck wrote these songs and fit them together to keep a mood flowing from track to track without breaking its hold. The next song, “Rotten Pumpkins”, features Brimstone Boys bassist Dave Sage lending a backing vocal track. While the majority of the disc is a more honest form of horror expressed in a way Chuck pulls off convincingly, "Rotten Pumpkins" is a return to a more fun form of horror. The track was originally released in 2016 as a single recorded with the Brimstone Boys and is, as the majority of the album, one of the strongest songs penned by the bearded butcher. Without breaking the streak, the album continues on to another recognizable track, “Lucille”. Yes, a track written about the blood drinking bat swung into the skulls of his victims by Negan in Robert Kirkman’s Walking Dead comic books and the AMC TV series of the same name. A fitting topic for a man destined to offend everyone to some extent, Chuck portrays the violence of the show in a spoiler-ridden track too good to skip. Just like “Rotten Pumpkins”, “Lucille” can be heard with The Brimstone Boys backing, but to garner the true essence and malice of the song, the version from this album is more fitting.
“Ballad Of Ronnie” is the ninth entry on the disc and another showcasing Wolfman’s ability to write a catchy hook. Most notable about this track is the almost western feel injected into the playing - a fresh turn if you found yourself of the minority needing a change of pace. Chuck croons about Ronnie, a street walking transgender meeting her demise at the hands of a violent John. The song strums along as Chuck delivers lyrics in the form of a tall-tale fit for the most macabre. Chuck has remained adamant that his music is written because he enjoys it and it's not penned for snowflakes, and "Ballad of Ronnie" is a strong example of just how little he cares about offending listeners. The disc closes with the song “Yup, It’s Rape Again”. Premise, title, and delivery of this track display what Chuck is most noted for bringing to the scene. He garners the ability to spew out violent offensive lyrics with no difficulty over riffs that, in the hands of anyone less sinister, would be coated in happy and uplifting words. As a finale, this song wraps up Another Confession in a neat bow. Complete with memorable hook and all, Another Confession ends on a strong note.
Clocking in at just short of 30 minutes and available with full color art for only $5 from the label’s Big Cartel page, the disc is worth the time and money spent. Described by Chuck as being “less campy but still fucked”, Another Confession is a audible splatter-fest that assaults the senses and calms the nerves. Aggressive, offensive, and fun as hell, Wolfman Chuck has been an artist I’ve enjoyed watching evolve. If you’re a fan of home grown and unique acoustic horror, this album is a must. This is entirely my take on the music this album has to offer. I wanted to briefly touch base with Chuck to see what his thought process was going into this and what he foresees himself doing next.
House of Tortured Souls: To start off, could you describe your music in general and what you would like your listeners to get from hearing you?
Wolfman Chuck: I play a ukulele. My play style sometimes sounds punk, rock & roll and a little traditional uke sound, this is all I've been told in feedback. I really don't know how to describe it... I just play what I feel. As for what I would like my listerners to get from my music... well, nothing. I make music as a release. If someone like it then... OK, right on, glad they dig it... if not, I don't really care. I make music for me. It's my therapy.
HoTS: I bring up The Brimstone Boys, could you describe that band? How does it differ from your work with the spookalele?
WC: With the Brimstone Boys I don't play my spookalele at all. I am the front man, throwing blood and tossing body parts and fetus's while singing my spookalele tunes as a well as originals to the band. Wolfman and the Brimstone Boys is another release but this time I share the stage with friends of like mind.
HoTS: As a solo artist and with a backing band, you've perfected the art of taboo themes. Have you ever worried that your content would scare away potential fans?
WC: I don't do what I do for fans, no, nope.
HoTS: I honestly hope it stays that way. Moving onto your new album, the record in total has a different vibe. The same content and the same old Wolfman. Could you explain the different approach, if any, you took in crafting this disc?
WC: Writing this album I was in a dark place for a while. I feel it tells with the lyrics and tone. I have also been listening more to some folkish bands lately. I'm sure that influence shows through as well. I feel it has more of a serious feel and is less campy, yet I still have my dark humor.
HoTS: Of the 10 songs on this album each one seems to show you writing at the top of your game. Do you have a favorite song from this record or at least one that you feel would be the most widely accepted by your fans?
WC: Nope, can't say that I do.
HoTS: We talked before about the use of different ukuleles on this record, can you explain how that benefited this disc?
WC: I have many ukuleles and they all have their different tone and personality. When I use a certain one to write a song it is created with that ukulele. Feel, tone and soul. So to use a different ukulele for a song that was written on another... you just lose the songs essence.
HoTS: Is that a technique you've used on your other albums?
WC: Yes. My other two albums, I use the one uke I wrote the songs with. It's just this time I used more then one uke.
HoTS: Do you have plans for what you're going to do next?
WC: I have been tossing the thought around about maybe forming a full band again. This time with me fronting ON the ukulele... Wolfman and the Hounds of Hell... we will see.
HoTS: And in conclusion, Chuck you've written an incredible record, easily one of my favorite releases. You've got plans for the future, anything else you'd like to say to the readers?
WC: Glad you dig it, and I would like to conclude with telling the readers to get out there to the local clubs and support local music. Don't just go to shows with national acts. So many good bands to be discovered. Get out there!!! Also check out Ukulele Horror Records, my label. It supports lots of great local acts.
If you found the foul-mouthed, ukulele-wielding mountain man to be entertaining, then be sure to follow him on Facebook and pick up a copy of his latest CD Another Confession at the Ukulele Horror Records web store.

RETRO REVIEW (MOVIE): Revisiting Creepshow (1982), Pt. 2

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Part 2: I Want My Cake

Hello there kiddies! Thanks for stopping by and welcome to the second installment of my monstrous multi-part series! A repulsive and revolting retrospect to that fiendish fright-fest, Creepshow...
In the last installment, I discussed the ins and outs of the film's background, its impact upon its release, and the intro of the film. Now, let us take a look at the first story in this anthology, aptly named, "Father's Day".
This tale centers around the affluent and boorish Grantham family as they gather at their patriarch's home on Father's Day seven years after his death. Aunt Sylvia (Carrie Nye (The Screaming Skull, Too Scared To Scream)), Richard (Warner Shook (Knightriders)), Cass (Elizabeth Regan), and Cass' husband Hank Blaine (Ed Harris (The Abyss, Needful Things)) are waiting for Sylvia's Aunt Bedelia (Viveca Lindfors (Exorcist III, The Hand)) to arrive. Creepshow-Father's Day-Father's Day cake / Fair use doctrine.In the meantime, they begin to tell Hank the story of how Aunt Bedelia killed her own father, Nathan, played by Jon Lormer (Twilight Zone, Star Trek), on Father's Day, years after he had her fiance murdered in a "hunting accident". Aunt Bedelia, now an alcoholic and consumed with guilt, arrives and visits her father's grave. After getting the event off of her chest, her father's decayed corpse rises from the grave to exact his revenge. He strangles Bedelia and shortly begins murdering the rest of the family, all the while asking for his Father's Day cake.
This story is one of the best examples of a Tales From The Crypt story. Usually, someone kills another person and that person will eventually rise from the grave to exact their revenge. Although, most of the times in these tales, the previously dead would have been killed for an unjust cause. In this story, that is debatable. The Grantham family is not seen as the shining example of morality, but the family patriarch, Nathan, is surely the worst of them all. After having Bedelia's fiance killed, he is left in her care. He nags and nags about his Father's day cake as she is seen to be emotionally distraught. It's difficult to blame her for her actions, but one can say that murdering him can not be justified. As pleasing as it is to see a bad person receive their comeuppance, in general, revenge leads to more revenge. Nathan's reanimated corpse also kills the maid, Mrs. Danvers. Where some may see her as being innocent in all of this, she was witness to his murder and did nothing about it. This could make her an accomplice in some people's eyes. The only character killed that one could say was wholly innocent was Hank. I guess a vengeful animated corpse cares not for the innocent. In the end, this is a shining example of karma.
I've seen many reviews say that it is the weakest story and others say that it should have been left out. I personally feel it is a great way to start the film and give us a taste of what is in store for us. Some of the imagery is outstanding. Who could forget the scene of Sylvia's head on a platter, topped with icing and candles, and Nathan proudly proclaiming, "It's Father's Day and I got my cake. Happy Father's Day!", while Richard and Cass look on in stark terror? Hell, someone even made an action figure of this scene recently. Nathan's reanimated corpse, played by John Amplas (Day of The Dead) looks amazing. The make-up effects were done by the legendary Tom Savini (Dawn of The Dead, Maniac). One other thing that sticks out to me about Nathan's reanimated corpse is his voice. I can never get tired of hearing that ghoulish sound, it's quite terrifying. All of the actors do a great job as well, especially Viveca Lindfors. Despite her strong Swedish accent, she delivers a powerful monologue. She asked George A. Romero if she could improvise the scene. She channeled her anger over her rocky relationships with her own father and her ex-husband. The product is a realistic and emotionally-charged performance. One more thing I truly love in this story is small, but has stuck with me since I was a child. When Richard and Cass encounter Nathan at the end, Richard let's out a gasping "Oh my god!" which is quite unique. We're used to hearing people scream or just gasp in horror films, but Warner Shook decided to recite his line while inhaling. This strikes me as a very authentic reaction to seeing something so horrifying.
Creepshow-Father's Day-Aunt Bedelia / Fair use doctrine.This isn't to say this story doesn't have its downfalls. The flashback scene of Nathan nagging Bedelia for his cake is quite hammy and goofy. This could have been on purpose, perhaps Romero felt that this is how the family sees the event as they are relating it to Hank. It does retract a bit from the overall feel of the story and otherwise great performances. Another scene that isn't very good is Hank's death. He falls into the hole that was Nathan's grave and sees Bedelia's corpse. Nathan's obelisk-like tomb then slowly starts inching fotward, threatening to fall onto Hank. It seems like Hank has no sense of urgency here and just lays there staring at the tomb for seconds on end. Nothing is holding him in place. In the comic book, we see that Bedelia's lifeless corpse has rolled on top of him and he struggles to get it off of him. This slows his escape long enough for the tomb to fall onto him and crush him. Why Romero chose to portray it the way he did in the film is beyond me. Since the comic book was based on the original script, I feel King had written this into the screenplay. It's very odd and a bit comical, you just end up screaming at the screen, "Get up, you fool!"
Stephen King wrote this story specifically for this film and as I stated before, I think he wrote this as a pastiche of the general Tales From The Crypt story. He may have had some inspiration from James Joyce's book, Finnegan's Wake. In this story, the titular character falls from a ladder and dies. He is then revived when someone accidentally spills whiskey on his corpse. In Father's Day, Nathan is revived directly after Bedelia accidentally spills her whiskey at Nathan's grave. This idea originally came from an old Dublin street ballad and the Gaelic word for whiskey translates to "water of life".
This was Ed Harris' fourth role. The year before this film, Ed Harris had the starring role in Romero's previous film, Knightriders. Later in 1993, he went on to play the main character, Alan Pangborn, in the film adaptation of the novel, Needful Things. But, beyond these connections, I don't think I need to tell you how well his career has gone since his appearance in Creepshow.
Ed Harris in Creepshow / Fair use doctrine.
One more thing of note to mention is the murder weapon. Creepshow-Father's Day-ashtray / Fair use doctrine.In the flashback sequence, we see that Bedelia kills Nathan by bashing him over the head with a marble ashtray. This ashtray can be seen in every story in this film, even in the wraparound story. Maybe, you can watch the film again and make a game out of spotting each of its appearances. No, I'm not going to spoil it for you! Where's the fun in that?
Well, that concludes part 2 of my retrospect and I've suddenly got myself a hankering for some cake. How about you? In any case, don't be a nunk head and join me next time as I take a look at the next spooky story, "The Lonesome Death of Jordy Verril..."

Vortexx Schedule for April 09-16, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including two movies making their Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites.
But wait! There's more! This week marks the Vortexx debut of Orson Welles, playing a real-life 18th century magician and hypnotist known as Count Cagliostro. We've also got an eclectic assortment of aliens, including voluptuous moo n women and cheesy Neptune men, a moon beast who's not from the moon, and a movie called Alien Zone that has no aliens in it. Toss in Charlie Chan, Raymond Burr, Bela Lugosi, and the Bee Girls for good measure, and you've got the makings for a great week of entertainment.
Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Lord Blood-Rah, Mr. Lobo, Uncle Pete & El Vato, Vincent Grimmly & Phydeaux, Dr. Sigmund Zoid, and Misty Brew. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
Sunday (04/09). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another classic from the golden age of black-and-white -- WHITE ZOMBIE (1932). It's the first zombie movie ever -- and arguably still one of the best! Fresh from his success in Dracula, Bela Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. [Artwork by Bradley Beard.] Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of the 1988 horror-thriller SCARECROWS.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET (1936)
Monday (04/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Holly Schilthelm presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET (1936). Swedish-born Warner Oland stars as everyone's favorite Chinese detective in this tale of a man presumably drowned in a shipwreck who may not be as dead as everyone thinks he is. You can be sure that Charlie will get to the bottom of it all before the closing credits. In keeping with the theme of tonight's movie, the movie breaks will be hosted from several "secret" locations.
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978)
Tuesday (04/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET) LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978). Not to be confused with the Uwe Boll abomination of the same name, tonight's movie, also known as The Alien Zone, is an anthology of four tales told by a mortician about the lives of the recently and deservedly deceased. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with plenty of movie trailers and a Cranial Cavity Search.
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961)
Wednesday (04/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961). Sonny Chiba stars as a mysterious superhero called Space Chief, who flies around in a rocket-propelled car. The Neptune Men are a group of slow-moving aliens wearing nose-cone-shaped space helmets that look like suppositories, who are attempting to invade Earth in rocket ships that look like evil crab cakes. Can Space Chief and some annoying Japanese kids running around in short shorts thwart their nefarious plans?
SCREAMING SOUP reviews SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER (2004)
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Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER (2004).
THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)
Thursday (04/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete and his sidekick El Vato presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast.
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958)
Friday (04/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and Phydeaux presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958). This remake of the 1953 classic Cat-Women of the Moon is even cheesier than the original. It has everything that fans of bad B-movies could possibly ask for. Voluptuous moon women, ridiculous rock men, and a hairy spider puppet -- not to mention plywood sets and lunar footage shot at Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles County (which also doubled for Tibet in Werewolf of London).
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid presents INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)
Saturday (04/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) ALTERNATIVE REALITIES returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode! Sluggo and Dwight are nowhere to be found, so Zoid decides to have a "guys night in" in this fun episode entitled The Man Show. The movie he is hosting is definitely one that will appeal to all manly men. It's INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973) and it's about a mad scientist (Anitra Ford) who creates an army of deadly beauties that seduce their hapless male victims to death. Beefy William Smith plays the government agent trying to get to the bottom of things, while Playboy playmate Victoria Vetri plays the sexy lab librarian who joins forces with him. We're not giving anything away by telling you that Victoria gets naked before the movie is over.
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949)
Sunday (04/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949) aka Cagliostro. Orson Welles makes his Vortexx debut tonight as Cagliostro, a carnival magician and hypnotist in pre-Revolutionary France who uses his powers to gain wealth, fame, and prestige and to carry out a complicated revenge scheme. Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, the story is told in flashback by Alexandre to his son Alexandre Jr (Raymond Burr). Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER.
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CROWDFUNDING PICK: Space Babes From Outer Space

I don't know about the rest of you, but I miss the old sex comedies of the 80s and 90s. You could argue that their time has come and gone, and a few months ago I probably would have agreed with you. However, the good folks over at Bandit Motion Pictures are trying their best to prove us all wrong with Space Babes From Outer Space.
It's time for Space Babes From Outer Space!
It's time for Space Babes From Outer Space
If you aren't familiar with Bandit Motion Pictures, it is a collaborative effort between Scott Schirmer, Brian K Williams, and Ellie Church. The group’s first films, Harvest Lake and Plank Face were disturbing and transgressive films. So if I had to guess what their next project would be, well I probably wouldn't have guessed a sex comedy. Not that I'm complaining, mind you. If I had any desire to complain, it would have vanished with the trailers.
Space Babes From Outer Space will be directed by Williams (Time to Kill), while Schirmer and Church are on board as producers. Ellie Church (Frankenstein Created Bikers) pulls double duty as the leader of the titular Space Babes, along with Alyss Winkler (Plank Face) and Allison Maier. Seriously, if you need a reason to see this beyond that line up, I can't help ya, friend.
The Space Babes From Outer Space crowdfunding ends soon!
And right now there is a super easy way to make sure you can watch Space Babes From Outer Space. Bandit Motion Pictures is in the midst, actually the closing stretch of an indiegogo. At the time of this writing, there is only a week to go. The perks are unbelievable, there is a limited double disc “stacked” edition, that will only be available to IGG supporters. After the IGG only the single disc version will be available, and it may not be available for long. Their first film Harvest Lake is already out of print. If you made the mistake of not nailing down a copy, don't repeat it. Believe me, you will kick yourself, because the best Space Babes can only be found in Outer Space.
There isn't much time left so hurry up. Space Babes From Outer Space is our crowd funding pick of the month.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Observance (2015)

Picking random low-budget movies is risky. For every hidden gem that you find, you have to wade through dozens of awful movies. I've grown accustomed to wading through the dreck, though, as I can usually find some merit in even the worst of films. Even if it's just for the laugh factor. With that being said, I wasn't expecting much from Observance. All I knew about it was that it was extremely low budget and that it was filmed in Australia. Other than that, it was new to me.
Observance is an Australian horror/thriller directed by Joseph Sims-Dennett and released in 2015. The story follows a private investigator (Lindsay Farris) returning to work after the loss of his young son. He is tasked by an enigmatic client to observe a woman (Stephanie King) from an empty apartment across the street. He is never told why he is watching her, or what to watch for. Only to watch, and report back. He soon begins to have dreams and visions concerning this woman and his deceased son. As things progress it becomes apparent that his task is not what it seems.
The story moves along at the exact pace you'd expect from a movie where you're watching a guy sit in an empty apartment watching a woman. Suffice to say, very slow. Not boring though. His various actions and interactions with the appliances, windows, and a corded phone (seriously, do those things even still exist?) are enough to keep you wondering what is and isn't real. Also, the director's use of a handheld camera make it feel as though you're seeing real life events unfold as opposed to watching a movie.
The storytelling is tight and concise with limited dialogue and sparse music, which adds to the tedious nature of the investigator's job. The whole story has a very subtle, Lovecraftian feel to it. Not in the crazy monsters from the depths of your worst nightmare sense, but in the very real sense that there is a flipside to everyday normalcy that is so close to the surface that we can almost catch glimpses of it. Unfortunately, that also means that it has an ending that fits this type of narrative.
My only real issue with Observance is that it is a very green movie. Not green in the sense of environmentally friendly, but green in the sense that the director went a bit overboard with color correction software. I'm not opposed to a director using colors to establish mood and atmosphere, but it gets a bit tedious at times.
If you like glossy terror with lots of monsters and jump scares, you might want to pass on this one, but if you enjoy a slow burn with a conclusion that is a bit open ended you will probably enjoy Observance.
Observance poster / Fair use doctrine.

History of Horror in April

April 1 – 7

04/01/1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)
18830401_Lon_Chaney,_Sr._(born) / Public domain._The_Miracle_Man
20010401_Faust-Love-of-the-Damned / Fair use doctrine.
04/01/2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically
04/01/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America
20040401_RE_outbreak / Fair use doctrine.
19710402_Darkshadows / Fair use doctrine.
04/02/1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television
04/03/1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born
19610403_Eddie_Murphy / Photo: David_Shankbone
19620403_Jennifer_Rubin_1988_publicity_headshot
004/03/1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born
04/04/1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)
19320404_Anthony_Perkins / Photo: Allan Warren
19930404_When_A_Stranger_Calls_Back/ Fair use doctrine.
04/04/1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television
04/04/2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically
20120405_RogerCorman Oct2012 / Image: Angela George
04/05/1926 – Roger Corman (director of numerous horror films) born

April 8 - 14

04/08/1955 – Kane Hodder (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films) born
19550408_Kane Hodder (w Oderus Urungus) / Fair use doctrine.
19770408_Demon Seed / Fair use doctrine.
04/08/1977 – Demon Seed released theatrically
04/09/1996 – Tremors 2: Aftershocks released theatrically
19960409_Tremors 2 Aftershocks / Fair use doctrine.
20040409_Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.
04/09/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the UK
04/10/1992 – Sleepwalkers released theatrically
19920410_Sleepwalkers / Fair use doctrine.
20030411_House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.
04/11/2003 – House of 1000 Corpses released theatrically
04/12/1962 – Cape Fear (1962) released theatrically
19620412_Cape Fear (1962) / Fair use doctrine.
19850412_Cat’s Eye / Fair use doctrine.
04/12/1985 – Cat’s Eye released theatrically
04/13/1984 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter released theatrically
19840413_Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter / Fair use doctrine.
20060414_Scary Movie 4 / Fair use doctrine.
04/14/2006 – Scary Movie 4 released theatrically

April 15 - 21

04/15/1998 – Vampires released theatrically
19980415_Vampires / Fair use doctrine.
20050415_The Amityville Horror (2005).jpg / Fair use doctrine.
04/15/2005 – The Amityville Horror (2005) released theatrically
04/19/1985 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the United States
19850419_The Company of Wolves / Fair use doctrine.
20060421_Silent Hill / Fair use doctrine.
04/21/2006 – Silent Hill released theatrically

April 22 - 28

04/22/1935 – Bride of Frankenstein released theatrically
19350422_Bride of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
19140424_William Castle / Fair use doctrine.
04/24/1914 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) born (d. 1977)
04/24/2001 – Bio Zombie released on DVD
20010424_Bio Zombie / Fair use doctrine.
19530425_House of Wax (1953) / Fair use doctrine.
04/25/1953 – House of Wax (1953) released theatrically
04/25/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in Australia
20020425_Resident Evil / Fair use doctrine.
19560426_The Creature Walks Among Us / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us released theatrically
04/26/1991 – Monsters ends its run on television
19910426_Monsters / Fair use doctrine.
20020426_Jason X / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/2002 – Jason X released theatrically
04/26/2005 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in North America
20050426_Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 / Fair use doctrine.
19800427_Mario Bava dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/27/1980 – Mario Bava (director of horror films) dies (b. 1914)
04/27/1990 – Castlevania II: Simon's Quest released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
19900427_Castlevania II-Simon’s Quest / Fair use doctrine.

April 29 - 30

19800429_Alfred Hitchcock dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/29/1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)
04/29/1981 – The Beyond released theatrically
19810429_The Beyond / Fair use doctrine.
20040430_Godsend / Fair use doctrine.
04/30/2004 – Godsend released theatrically

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – APR 2017: Mélanie Khoth

I spotted our next AotM on Instagram. It was right around the time the new Ring movie was out , so her 3D art really caught my attention! And the fact that this artist is a young female, even better!!! My favorite piece and what made me really go after her was her Samora piece. OMG it is flipping AWESOME!
Image: Melanie Khoth
Mélanie Khoth is 22, lives in Paris, France, and is a Graphic Designer at BeautEastSphere.com. She was kind enough to answer a little Q&A, so let's dive right in.
House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you sgot into art?
Mélanie Khoth: I started drawing at a very early age, like every kid. Stickman family and my childhood heroes.
HoTS: Your talent at 3D is phenomenal! Did it take you years to get to this point?
MK: Oh merci! Less than 3 years ago (I was a physics student at this time), I first saw somewhere on Internet a post on 3D drawings, and I was like super impressed, I didn't know that kind of drawing was possible. And of course, I wanted to try. My first 3D drawing was an Eiffel Tower. (You can see it on my Instagram page, first post I think.) I really started drawing at this time, and posted my drawings on Instagram to see my progress.
HoTS: Who is your favorite monster?
MK: Hard to choose. I'm a big horror movie fan, I watched them all. But I will choose Chucky, cute and funny (I'm 3D drawing him, so don't miss it), or the Gremlins. Haha.
HoTS: Did you go to art school?
MK: Nope, self taught. Drawing is natural for me, I just take a pen and know what to do.
Image: Melanie Khoth
HoTS: Do you do art shows, comic cons, or sell your art anywhere?
MK: No, no, and no, but I would love to.
HoTS: Do you use pencil, charcoal, or graphite, or ink from nightmares?
MK: Colored pencils are my favorite. I also use markers and paint pens. I love colored drawings.
HoTS: Do you have a fan page, maybe on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram?
MK: You can stalk me on my Instagram page or Facebook, or Twitter, or YouTube. Just look for my name.
HoTS: Is there somewhere fans can go to purchase your art?
MK: No, sorry, not at the moment! But I'm planning to, so many people ask me for a portrait. I didn't stop my physics studies for nothing, haha.
HoTS: How many jars of peanut butter are in your kitchen?
MK: Zero! Peanut butter is not very popular in France. I'm a Nutella person.
HoTS: What do you love to do in your spare time other than drawing?
MK: I'm a yoga girl, I like to be in weird yoga pose. Reading and watching series or movies. I also love watching movie trailers, that's my thing. I think I watched more trailers than movie.
I will leave you guys with this cute 3D of a sweet clown. 🙂
Image: Melanie Khoth

BLU-RAY REVIEW: House: Two Stories from Arrow

House: Two Stories
Limited Edition Arrow Blu Review

House (1985)

House / Fair use doctrine.
Remember when horror films were fun and not bleak and gloomy and made you wanna slit your wrists? Oh the 80s… House and its sequel, House II: The Second Story, are prime examples of blending horror with screwball comedy and somehow making it actually work. What makes House brilliant is not only can it seamlessly blend the two genres (which is incredibly difficult) but it also shows the horrors of war and PTSD (a term not yet coined at the time) in a clever and harrowing way-yet still retains its goofy fun. Not an easy thing to balance but somehow it does. The film isn’t perfect with some writing that could have used more polish but, all things considered, it’s a highly creative wild horror ride from the decade that gave us a lot of scary and just plain fun outings. Holy rotten corpse, Arrow has really rolled out the blood red carpet for the first two films, and the end result is pretty amazing!

House II: The Second Story (1987)

House II / Fair use doctrine.
Wisely the filmmakers choose to not simply remake the first but go in a totally different direction, this time a western action adventure…and somehow it actually works. And like the previous outing it not only retains its goofy/cartoon charms but ups the stakes tenfold. Honestly, as much as I enjoyed House with its over the top gags a la Evil Dead 2 and social satire, I prefer the sequel. Sure, it’s flawed with needless subplots that drag the film down; it’s still a fun adventure horror film that makes a great starter for any budding horror fan. And really how can you not love the dog creature?

House / House II

  • Picture: According to the insert both this and House II are presented in an exclusive 2k scan just for this release using original 35mm material. The picture is crisp and clean with very little noise distortion and thankfully is not blown out color wise.
  • Sound: Both films feature an original uncompressed mono 2.0 and a new 5.1 track and they never sounded better. House 1 really benefits with Harry Manfredini wonderfully done score.
  • Extras: The real highlight are the feature length documentaries Ding Dong You’re Dead and It's Getting Weirder produced by Red Shirt Pictures. Both come in at over an hour long and cover every aspect of the production. Thankfully, it features the main players not only in the cast but the crew as well, and the interviews are lively and entertaining. Each film also has feature length commentaries and rounding out the extras are vintage making of’s still galleries and of course trailers.
  • Package: House and House II are housed in a great box featuring outstanding new artwork done by Justin Osbourn. Both individual films also feature new art by Osbourn and for purist out there you can reverse the cover with the original poster art. The House Companion a booklet written by Simon Barber (the cover also featuring new art) is well written, packed with trivia and a great addition to this set.
  • Overall: Yeah it’s still early in the year but I feel perfectly OK with putting this on my short list for best release of 2017. Both films have never looked/sounded better but of course Arrow goes the extra mile for fans giving a wealth of new features with some vintage ones. The new documentaries alone are worth the price not to mention everything else. So time travel to a less depressing time in horror, when filmmakers actually had a bit of fun with its carnage! Worth your money!