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HoTS LIVE welcomes Jason Vail

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

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

Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds
Jason Vail in Valley of the Sasquatch aka Hunting Grounds

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

 

COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

By Dixielord

Mark Patton, star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, heads back to horror this year in the new film Family Possessions. Director Tommy Faircloth and his Horse Creek Productions have enlisted Patton and genre favorite Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) to join the cast of his latest film. Faircloth most recently directed the film Dollface, that did the festival circuit under the name, Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline, before being tagged with a shorter name for its DVD and VoD release. Before Dollface, Faircloth directed Generation Ax, and the prequel to Dollface, Crinolinehead.

Mark Patton from Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Family Possessions

Joining the more familiar names in the cast will be a host of talented younger actors, many of whom have starred in other Horse Creek Productions projects. Jason Vail Starred in Dollface, as well as Abraham Lincoln versus Zombies and the upcoming Valley of the Sasquatch. Along with Jason, Lizzie Mears, Leah Wiseman, and Andrew Wickum from Dollface are cast in Family Possessions. Morgan Monnig from the Horse Creek short The Cabin rounds out the film as Jason Vail's wife Sarah.

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway camp
Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp

The official synopsis describes Family Possessions as a paranormal slasher. It is the story of Racheal (played by Wiseman), a young girl who inherits her grandmother’s mansion. Since her family is struggling financially she moves them into the house. Once there, she starts having paranormal encounters, and learns a secret that her parents have been keeping from her.

 

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions
Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

Family Possessions will be all practical effects, with no CGI, which is unusual for a modern paranormal type film, but it's very refreshing. Come on, who out there isn't tired of the thing black wispy CGI ghosts and demons? Tony Rosen is the man in charge of those practical effects. Tony is perhaps best known as the creator of the Annabelle doll from the films Annabelle and The Conjuring. Tony also did the effects in the popular Indie film Pieces of Talent.

 

Jason Vail from Dollman and Family Possessions
Jason Vail from Dollface and Family Possessions

I became a fan of Horse Creek Productions when I caught Dollface at a film festival. It's a fun, bloody horror movie with some great moments and great laughs and is one of my favorite Indie films in recent years. I'm excited to see this new project. With Family Possessions, Faircloth promises a more serious film with less comedy than Dollface, which is great for those who don't care for horror comedies.

 

 

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions
Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

Family Possessions is in post production now and director Faircloth is hoping for a release sometime around October. The Indidegogo fundraising campaign is still open if anyone wants to chip in and support independent horror.

Coming Soon: Valley of the Sasquatch

Valley of the Sasquatch

By Dixielord

New poster for Valley of the Sasquatch
Valley of the Sasquatch

The horror keeps coming in 2016 with the release of Valley of the Sasquatch on February 20th by Devilworks. Yeah. I have a thing for Bigfoot movies, have ever since seeing the Legend of Boggy Creek as a kid. So I'm a bit excited about Valley of the Sasquatch. I had hoped to catch it when it played at the Fear Fete convention last year in Biloxi, MS, but work interfered and I missed the screening. So now I am waiting with all the other Bigfoot fans and am happy to learn it will get a release this year.

Valley of the Sasquatch is directed by John Portanova. It stars Jason Vail, Bill Oberest Jr, Miles Joris-Peyrafitte, David Saucedo, and D'Angelo Midili.  Oberst and Vail are perhaps best known for the surprisingly good Asylum film, Abraham Lincoln Vs Zombies.

Bill Oberst, Jr in Valley of the Sasquarch
Bill Oberst, Jr in Valley of the Sasquatch

The plot involves a man and his son who lose their home and are forced to move into a secluded cabin. The two don't have the best relationship to begin with, and the move strains it more. When two old friends arrive for a hunting trip, the familial tension increases. Unfortunately, on the hunting trip they run into a tribe of territorial Sasquatch.

Valley of the Sasquatch
Early art for Valley of the Sasquatch

The film made the festival circuit in 2015 and early 2016, winning multiple awards and garnering several good reviews before an official release was announced, and word of mouth has been very good so far. Sasquatch films can be very effective if done right, and they can be done right on a small budget, as Boggy Creek showed us many years ago.

While the Sasquatch can be played off as a mean SoB, like in Night of the Demon, or as a more sympathetic, just minding my business till you piss me off like in Exists, the Sasquatch in the trailers looks like he is willing to kick some ass in Valley of the Sasquatch. From the synopsis, though, there's a possibility the hunters do something stupid to gain his anger.

Like I said, I'm a sucker for Bigfoot films and really looking forward to Valley of the Sasquatch. We need more quality entries in the Bigfoot genre, and this looks to be decent to at least. We wont know for sure till it's available in a couple of weeks.