Kane Hodder

“The Only Way Out… Is Down”

I had the great privilege of interviewing the superb director Harrison Smith on his newest film Death House. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about the film.

Death House poster.There is a Fed-Max subterranean government prison that holds humanities worst criminals known as the Death House. It serves as a medical, psychological, and parapsychological research center aimed at eradicating evil. Two federal agents are granted a tour of the center. While on the tour, the unthinkable happens. There is a power outage that releases all of the prisoners, and the agents must fight their way through all of the horror and violence to try to survive. They soon discover that they are being herded down to the lowest depths of the facility. In those depths are a group of supernatural evil beings known as The Five Evils and they may be the agents’ only chance at salvation.

Cody Longo in Death House.

Cody Longo in Death House.

The movie sounds and looks amazing but before I go on I just wanted to say that the media and many articles have labeled the movie, “The Horror Movie genre of The Expendables“. I have to disagree with that. If it were The Expendables we would have a movie with Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs et. al. Which, to some, may sound interesting but it would lack any substance. The stars in this movie are so much more than their individual roles that they have portrayed, they are true actors who excel at their craft. Let me tell you some of them:

  • Adrienne Barbeau: Escape From N.Y., Creepshow, Swamp Thing, The Fog
  • Kane Hodder: Jason Voorhees in some of the Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley from The Hatchet films
  • Dee Wallace: The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners
  • Michael Berryman: The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
  • Barbara Crampton: Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next
  • Sid Haig: The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill
  • Tony Todd: Candyman, Hatchet, Final Destination
  • Bill Moseley: The Devils Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Vernon Wells: The Road Warrior, Weird Science
  • Lindsay Hartley: Nightmare Nurse
  • Cody Longo: Piranha 3D, Nashville
  • Cortney Palm: The Dark Tapes
  • Felissa Rose: Sleepaway Camp
  • Vincent Ward: The Walking Dead

Whew, that is a LOT of talent in one film!

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA. The place had a built-in horror film setting, full of dark history and eerie vibes. It really acts as a functioning character in the film.

IMDb provided a great quote:

This is a solid horror piece, dark, nasty and gore-soaked; not satire or tongue in cheek.

And like Harrison told me, he was writing in a local bar when the ad for Jurassic World came on and it hit him that this movie was “Assault on Precinct 13 meets Jurassic World without the dinosaurs”. So… great actors along with an exciting script and skilled direction. Then throw in stupefying makeup and effects by the Roy Knyrim (Sinister 2) and SOTA FX, and a soundtrack by John Avarese that sets the perfect ambiance. We will finally get what we paid for at the box office!

Death House - Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Death House – Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Harrison was why the horror genre?
Harrison Smith: My first film, The Fields, was based on what really happened to me when I lived and grew up with my grandparents on their farm. The farm came under attack for a short period of time by an unseen presence. We never understood what caused it and we never understood what ended it, so I had personal experience. But also my grandmother and I used to watch horror movies and the old horror TV show Dr. Shock who hosted Saturday morning shows like Scream-In, Horror Theater, and Mad Theater. The movies were captivating. I loved finding out there was a sequel to Frankenstein and that he didn’t die in the burning windmill. There were more like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man that continued on the story of Lon Chaney. Like when they killed Lon Chaney in the original Wolfman I was like, “Why? He was a nice man, he didn’t want to be The Wolf Man“. I loved it. They were like Saturday morning soap operas. I loved them as a kid, but that time is gone. That is why I like Tom Holland’s Fright Night. I was watching in the summer of ’85 and knew it was a Valentine to an era that was quickly fading and disappearing. At that time, the threat was coming from cable television and the home video revolution, so Peter Vincent was this aging icon of an era long gone trying to stay relevant. Tom Holland got it, and Fright Night works on many levels. So horror movies, for me, were a real escape from the actually really scary shit that happened to me.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

HoTS: Then I asked him about the abundance of horror movies and shows seem to be throwing back to the ’80s. Movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil and shows like Stranger Things all reflect that age in horror, and Death House has many actors from that era. Why do you think it is a niche we all still enjoy?

Dee Wallace in Death House.

Dee Wallace in Death House.

HS: Director and actor Eli Roth said that the have-sex-and-die concept behind many of the ’80s slasher films was not as relevant today because millennials look at it and don’t get it. There was a study reported by the L.A. Times in an article by Melissa Batchelor Warnke saying that the millennial generation is the least sexually active, so that concept does not translate well. But at the time when Friday the 13th came around, it was a perfect storm of both liberal and conservative values. We had a very conservative administration with Reagan and yet, at the same time, we were known as the party generation. It was a weird flux of things coming together. So Friday the 13th had fun and parties with lots of boobs and tons of gore but with a moral lesson. See what happens when you fuck in the woods? Jason was like a walking STD. So the ’80s made us nostalgic for the ’50s, and now we look back to the ’80s. We are nostalgic for when we grew up. That is why, when making Death House, we always remembered that we were handling peoples memories and that is very important. The new generation gets to fall in love with it like we did. And with regards to the actors in Death House, they were all smart enough to choose great directors and projects that were just starting out, and their careers flourished from those collaborations so they are all still relevant today.

Death House - Kane Hodder arriving on set.

Kane Hodder arriving on the Death House set pictured with Harrison (dressed as an extra for the ward scene). The guy over his shoulder is producer Rick Finkelstein.

HoTS: I did some research on Holmesburg Prison, where you decided to film the movie. Some extremely monstrous things went on there. Any ghosts try to break into acting for the film?

HS: No, I did not experience anything myself. There were a few reports of the cameras acting wonky, but it was really cold there which probably contributed to that. The place itself was perfect for the mood though. There is a great book called Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesberg Prison 1998 by Allen Hornblum that tells all about the medical experiments and tortures that went on inside the prison. It really lent itself to what we were shooting. I remember when they gave us a tour and brought us into the warden’s office where he had his throat slit. Nothing paranormal happened but everyone was in tune with what had happened there. Dee Wallace said that it was sometimes overwhelming knowing that you were walking by cells where so much abject misery and torture had taken place. It is a building built on misery.

Harrison also wanted to make sure and give a shout out to the administration and the City of Philadelphia and especially the Philadelphia Police Department, who were more than gracious and just all-around wonderful people.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

HoTS: My next question for Harrison was, as a director, what directors influence his work?

HS: Growing up, John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live and Tommy Lee Wallace: IT, Halloween III, Fright Night II were major influences on me because they were accessible to me. I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time and got a subscription to it. I used to read and devour the interviews and not just because of the pictures and oh! there making a sequel to Halloween and I want to see the blood and gore. They did an interview with John Carpenter and he talked about how he made movies and about finding a good crew and sticking with them. And I noticed for the first decade of John’s career he used a lot of the same people in front and behind the camera and that really made an impact on me because Carpenter was very much the founder of the guerilla film movement — that you get a camera, you go out there, and you shoot. That’s what you do, and that really inspired me as a filmmaker. I had a Super 8 silent Kodak camera, and I was learning. I was learning from those interviews in Fangoria and got a really strong base of knowledge. So if you look at my catalog of work so far, you will see many of the same faces. And if you read the credits, you will see a lot of the same names return time and time again. I bring them back because it is like putting the band back together, so to speak, which works for me because it becomes like production shorthand. I would also say Tom Holland of Fright Night and Psycho II fame was another influence because Psycho II made a big impact on me because of the script. I think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made and is very underrated. I wanted to hate it, but 30 minutes into the film I just fell in love with it. When it was over I walked out, called my family to let them know I would be late and went in to see it again. My film Camp Dread is a tip of the hat to Tom Holland. It was more like Psycho II than Friday the 13th.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

HoTS: What is the theme for Death House?

HS: The whole pretext of Death House is evil is evil and good is good, but do they need each other? Because when you try to eradicate evil you are, at most, canceling out good as well. There is no need for good if there’s no need for evil. Bill Mosely has a great line in the film, “True evil is nothingness”. That is true hell. If we were to remove the Holocaust from history we would need a litmus test. Dee Wallace’s and Barbara Crampton’s characters think what they are doing is good. Look at the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t think what they were doing was evil. Dee is like Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a social horror film was a snake pit. Louise Fletcher played it so well because there are real nurses like that. That is the banality of evil. How a modicum of power gives rise to abuse of said power. Are The Five Evils in Death House really evil compared to Dee’s character or Nurse Ratched? They aren’t Cenobites they are regular people like you run into in everyday life. How many times in your own life might you have come into contact with real killers? The Five Evils are normal looking people.

Death House - The Five Evils

Death House – The Five Evils: Vincent Ward, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman.

The original script for Death House was penned by the incredible Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing the mentally-impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Gunnar left us on November 7th, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, brought producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase of Entertainment Factory to the screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard to meet Harrison. Another writer had taken a stab at rewriting the script, but it turned into Texas Chainsaw meets Friday the 13th meets Saw, but that was not what Gunnar wanted. He did not want torture porn but a high concept horror film. Gunnar liked what Harrison did with it, so Harrison finished writing and then directed it. The actors were all there for their friend Gunnar and with Harrison collaborating with Gunnar before his death, I like to think of this as a love letter to an amazing man and actor that we lost too soon.

Gunnar Hansen, 4 March 4, 1947 – 7 November 2015

I was extremely honored to speak with Harrison Smith and pick his brain. To read more on Death House, I have included some links that come straight from the horse’s mouth. Harrison Smith’s Road To Death House articles.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to see this film. It has already won the audience choice award along with best feature film from the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO). MPAA said it was gritty, claustrophobic and a hell of a lot of fun. Harrison said it is like a roller coaster ride through a funhouse, and Kane Hodder said it was his favorite film he has worked on. So horror fans get ready for the ride of your life!

I have also included a link to a petition if you want Death House to come to a Regal Cinema near you. It is going to major theaters but I would like to see it in all of them.

So, from myself and the family at House of Tortured Souls, thank you again to the great Harrison Smith and everyone involved with Death House! And just remember readers… “Hell isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”

Death House - Harrison, Yan Birch and Lauren Compton after filming in LA.

Harrison, Yan Birch, and Lauren Compton after filming Death House in LA.

INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

“The Only Way Out… Is Down”

I had the great privilege of interviewing the superb director Harrison Smith on his newest film Death House. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about the film.

Death House poster.There is a Fed-Max subterranean government prison that holds humanities worst criminals known as the Death House. It serves as a medical, psychological, and parapsychological research center aimed at eradicating evil. Two federal agents are granted a tour of the center. While on the tour, the unthinkable happens. There is a power outage that releases all of the prisoners, and the agents must fight their way through all of the horror and violence to try to survive. They soon discover that they are being herded down to the lowest depths of the facility. In those depths are a group of supernatural evil beings known as The Five Evils and they may be the agents’ only chance at salvation.

Cody Longo in Death House.

Cody Longo in Death House.

The movie sounds and looks amazing but before I go on I just wanted to say that the media and many articles have labeled the movie, “The Horror Movie genre of The Expendables“. I have to disagree with that. If it were The Expendables we would have a movie with Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs et. al. Which, to some, may sound interesting but it would lack any substance. The stars in this movie are so much more than their individual roles that they have portrayed, they are true actors who excel at their craft. Let me tell you some of them:

  • Adrienne Barbeau: Escape From N.Y., Creepshow, Swamp Thing, The Fog
  • Kane Hodder: Jason Voorhees in some of the Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley from The Hatchet films
  • Dee Wallace: The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners
  • Michael Berryman: The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
  • Barbara Crampton: Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next
  • Sid Haig: The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill
  • Tony Todd: Candyman, Hatchet, Final Destination
  • Bill Moseley: The Devils Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Vernon Wells: The Road Warrior, Weird Science
  • Lindsay Hartley: Nightmare Nurse
  • Cody Longo: Piranha 3D, Nashville
  • Cortney Palm: The Dark Tapes
  • Felissa Rose: Sleepaway Camp
  • Vincent Ward: The Walking Dead

Whew, that is a LOT of talent in one film!

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA. The place had a built-in horror film setting, full of dark history and eerie vibes. It really acts as a functioning character in the film.

IMDb provided a great quote:

This is a solid horror piece, dark, nasty and gore-soaked; not satire or tongue in cheek.

And like Harrison told me, he was writing in a local bar when the ad for Jurassic World came on and it hit him that this movie was “Assault on Precinct 13 meets Jurassic World without the dinosaurs”. So… great actors along with an exciting script and skilled direction. Then throw in stupefying makeup and effects by the Roy Knyrim (Sinister 2) and SOTA FX, and a soundtrack by John Avarese that sets the perfect ambiance. We will finally get what we paid for at the box office!

Death House - Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Death House – Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Harrison was why the horror genre?
Harrison Smith: My first film, The Fields, was based on what really happened to me when I lived and grew up with my grandparents on their farm. The farm came under attack for a short period of time by an unseen presence. We never understood what caused it and we never understood what ended it, so I had personal experience. But also my grandmother and I used to watch horror movies and the old horror TV show Dr. Shock who hosted Saturday morning shows like Scream-In, Horror Theater, and Mad Theater. The movies were captivating. I loved finding out there was a sequel to Frankenstein and that he didn’t die in the burning windmill. There were more like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man that continued on the story of Lon Chaney. Like when they killed Lon Chaney in the original Wolfman I was like, “Why? He was a nice man, he didn’t want to be The Wolf Man“. I loved it. They were like Saturday morning soap operas. I loved them as a kid, but that time is gone. That is why I like Tom Holland’s Fright Night. I was watching in the summer of ’85 and knew it was a Valentine to an era that was quickly fading and disappearing. At that time, the threat was coming from cable television and the home video revolution, so Peter Vincent was this aging icon of an era long gone trying to stay relevant. Tom Holland got it, and Fright Night works on many levels. So horror movies, for me, were a real escape from the actually really scary shit that happened to me.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

HoTS: Then I asked him about the abundance of horror movies and shows seem to be throwing back to the ’80s. Movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil and shows like Stranger Things all reflect that age in horror, and Death House has many actors from that era. Why do you think it is a niche we all still enjoy?

Dee Wallace in Death House.

Dee Wallace in Death House.

HS: Director and actor Eli Roth said that the have-sex-and-die concept behind many of the ’80s slasher films was not as relevant today because millennials look at it and don’t get it. There was a study reported by the L.A. Times in an article by Melissa Batchelor Warnke saying that the millennial generation is the least sexually active, so that concept does not translate well. But at the time when Friday the 13th came around, it was a perfect storm of both liberal and conservative values. We had a very conservative administration with Reagan and yet, at the same time, we were known as the party generation. It was a weird flux of things coming together. So Friday the 13th had fun and parties with lots of boobs and tons of gore but with a moral lesson. See what happens when you fuck in the woods? Jason was like a walking STD. So the ’80s made us nostalgic for the ’50s, and now we look back to the ’80s. We are nostalgic for when we grew up. That is why, when making Death House, we always remembered that we were handling peoples memories and that is very important. The new generation gets to fall in love with it like we did. And with regards to the actors in Death House, they were all smart enough to choose great directors and projects that were just starting out, and their careers flourished from those collaborations so they are all still relevant today.

Death House - Kane Hodder arriving on set.

Kane Hodder arriving on the Death House set pictured with Harrison (dressed as an extra for the ward scene). The guy over his shoulder is producer Rick Finkelstein.

HoTS: I did some research on Holmesburg Prison, where you decided to film the movie. Some extremely monstrous things went on there. Any ghosts try to break into acting for the film?

HS: No, I did not experience anything myself. There were a few reports of the cameras acting wonky, but it was really cold there which probably contributed to that. The place itself was perfect for the mood though. There is a great book called Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesberg Prison 1998 by Allen Hornblum that tells all about the medical experiments and tortures that went on inside the prison. It really lent itself to what we were shooting. I remember when they gave us a tour and brought us into the warden’s office where he had his throat slit. Nothing paranormal happened but everyone was in tune with what had happened there. Dee Wallace said that it was sometimes overwhelming knowing that you were walking by cells where so much abject misery and torture had taken place. It is a building built on misery.

Harrison also wanted to make sure and give a shout out to the administration and the City of Philadelphia and especially the Philadelphia Police Department, who were more than gracious and just all-around wonderful people.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

HoTS: My next question for Harrison was, as a director, what directors influence his work?

HS: Growing up, John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live and Tommy Lee Wallace: IT, Halloween III, Fright Night II were major influences on me because they were accessible to me. I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time and got a subscription to it. I used to read and devour the interviews and not just because of the pictures and oh! there making a sequel to Halloween and I want to see the blood and gore. They did an interview with John Carpenter and he talked about how he made movies and about finding a good crew and sticking with them. And I noticed for the first decade of John’s career he used a lot of the same people in front and behind the camera and that really made an impact on me because Carpenter was very much the founder of the guerilla film movement — that you get a camera, you go out there, and you shoot. That’s what you do, and that really inspired me as a filmmaker. I had a Super 8 silent Kodak camera, and I was learning. I was learning from those interviews in Fangoria and got a really strong base of knowledge. So if you look at my catalog of work so far, you will see many of the same faces. And if you read the credits, you will see a lot of the same names return time and time again. I bring them back because it is like putting the band back together, so to speak, which works for me because it becomes like production shorthand. I would also say Tom Holland of Fright Night and Psycho II fame was another influence because Psycho II made a big impact on me because of the script. I think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made and is very underrated. I wanted to hate it, but 30 minutes into the film I just fell in love with it. When it was over I walked out, called my family to let them know I would be late and went in to see it again. My film Camp Dread is a tip of the hat to Tom Holland. It was more like Psycho II than Friday the 13th.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

HoTS: What is the theme for Death House?

HS: The whole pretext of Death House is evil is evil and good is good, but do they need each other? Because when you try to eradicate evil you are, at most, canceling out good as well. There is no need for good if there’s no need for evil. Bill Mosely has a great line in the film, “True evil is nothingness”. That is true hell. If we were to remove the Holocaust from history we would need a litmus test. Dee Wallace’s and Barbara Crampton’s characters think what they are doing is good. Look at the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t think what they were doing was evil. Dee is like Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a social horror film was a snake pit. Louise Fletcher played it so well because there are real nurses like that. That is the banality of evil. How a modicum of power gives rise to abuse of said power. Are The Five Evils in Death House really evil compared to Dee’s character or Nurse Ratched? They aren’t Cenobites they are regular people like you run into in everyday life. How many times in your own life might you have come into contact with real killers? The Five Evils are normal looking people.

Death House - The Five Evils

Death House – The Five Evils: Vincent Ward, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman.

The original script for Death House was penned by the incredible Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing the mentally-impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Gunnar left us on November 7th, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, brought producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase of Entertainment Factory to the screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard to meet Harrison. Another writer had taken a stab at rewriting the script, but it turned into Texas Chainsaw meets Friday the 13th meets Saw, but that was not what Gunnar wanted. He did not want torture porn but a high concept horror film. Gunnar liked what Harrison did with it, so Harrison finished writing and then directed it. The actors were all there for their friend Gunnar and with Harrison collaborating with Gunnar before his death, I like to think of this as a love letter to an amazing man and actor that we lost too soon.

Gunnar Hansen, 4 March 4, 1947 – 7 November 2015

I was extremely honored to speak with Harrison Smith and pick his brain. To read more on Death House, I have included some links that come straight from the horse’s mouth. Harrison Smith’s Road To Death House articles.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to see this film. It has already won the audience choice award along with best feature film from the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO). MPAA said it was gritty, claustrophobic and a hell of a lot of fun. Harrison said it is like a roller coaster ride through a funhouse, and Kane Hodder said it was his favorite film he has worked on. So horror fans get ready for the ride of your life!

I have also included a link to a petition if you want Death House to come to a Regal Cinema near you. It is going to major theaters but I would like to see it in all of them.

So, from myself and the family at House of Tortured Souls, thank you again to the great Harrison Smith and everyone involved with Death House! And just remember readers… “Hell isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”

Death House - Harrison, Yan Birch and Lauren Compton after filming in LA.

Harrison, Yan Birch, and Lauren Compton after filming Death House in LA.




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INTERVIEW: Rick Styczynski of 13x Studios

INTERVIEW: Rick Styczynski of 13x Studios

Rick Styczynski of 13X Studios Talks Camp Blood Celebration 10/13/17

"His name was Jason. And today is his birthday."
-Pamela Voorhees
Jason Voorhees has been a household name since the 1980s. From the moment he emerged from the lake and made Camp Crystal Lake his home, he has terrified us, and endeared himself into the hearts of every horror fan on the planet. We all know his signature hockey mask and weapon of choice: the machete. No matter your favorite film of the franchise, whether you prefer "walking Jason" or "running Jason", Jason on land, Jason in space, or Jason in New York City, it is guaranteed that this slasher will live on as a legend.
One of the greatest parts of his fandom is the unique, one of a kind art created by the people who know and love Jason best. Rick Styczynski is no exception. His company, 13X Studios, creates specialty one of a kind hockey masks celebrating our favorite force of nature. Whether the theme is sports, horror, music, and yes even serial killers, Rick can create just about any mask that you can think of. The sky is the limit.
For most of us Jason fanatics, Friday the 13th is just as a big a holiday as Thanksgiving or Christmas. Rick feels the same way. And with the help of Gods and Monsters, a fantastic shop filled with collectibles/comics/toys and even a bar, we will all be celebrating Friday the 13th Camp Blood Celebration in Orlando Florida! The event will have it all! Fan films, cosplay, trivia and celebrities. It will not only be a place to wish Jason a "Happy Birthday", but proceeds from the event will benefit both 13 Hearts and Give Kids The World charities.
13X Studios has teamed up with Matt Allen and me, owners of Freakshow Designs and Sideshow Sauces, to create a brand new hot sauce that will be making its debut at Camp Blood this October! We're calling it Hodder Than Hell. The greatest news is that Kane Hodder himself has personally given his permission to use his name on this heavenly concoction of scorpion pepper and pineapple. We are extremely thrilled and grateful to Kane for his support on the newest addition to our hot sauce collection.
I had the pleasure of speaking to Rick to find out about all of the incredible things that made his business flourish, and what we can all expect from the Friday the 13th event!
House of Tortured Souls: It's very obvious you're a "Jason Guy". Tell us how that fandom began and how it influenced you to start 13X Studios.
Rick Styczynski: After Halloween this past season, I put a few pictures of me cosplaying Jason on Instagram and someone contacted me about buying an outfit and guess a lightbulb went off.....13X Studios was born. I started messing around with masks and just went with it. It started with Jason and Friday the 13th but that also lead me into Pop Culture Custom hockey masks. In 10 months as a new business, I have sold over 1000 masks, sold out at 3 conventions, and have my masks in retail stores Gods & Monsters in Orlando, Florida, and Halloween Megastore across the US. The coolest thing that has happened is that my Silent Bob mask was noticed by Kevin Smith, and I got an exclusive deal at Jay and Silent Bob's Secret Stash. This is only the beginning of 13X Studios.
HoTS: What is your hottest seller?
RS: My biggest sellers are all the Jason and Friday the 13th masks. Because of the affordable price and great quality/detail, they hands down sell the most. Outside of the Jason world, My best sellers of pop culture are: Joker, Deadpool, Freddy, John Wayne Gacy, Charles Manson, and Punisher. I love making new styles as it changes everything up for me as a artist. One day I'll do Jason. Next day I'll do pop culture.
HoTS: Everyone is looking forward to the Camp Blood Celebration at Gods & Monsters. What can the attendees expect from the event?
RS: One day I went to visit Todd at Gods & Monsters and told him I wanted to do a Friday the 13th event. It took a pitch of 8 seconds for him to be part of it. I wanted to bring a celebration to the event where all of us horror fans can come together. I really have been just going with the flow and have been adding fun stuff daily. We will be having artists/vendors, contests, cosplay meet up, movie screenings, Friday the 13th themed bar and menu... Again, I'm just going with it. The buzz on this event is huge!! We just added Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead for pictures and autographs. You don't want to miss this event. For more info just search: Friday the 13th Camp Blood Celebration on Facebook.
HoTS: You've recently partnered up with Matt Allen at Sideshow Sauces for your name to be on a Jason themed label. How were you inspired to reach out and how did you feel after hearing that Kane Hodderr himself gave his personal thumbs up to distribute the sauce using his name Hodder Than Hell?
RS: Back at Spooky Empire in April, I was across from Matt with Freakshow Designs. I know he has a sister company with Sideshow sauces. As my mind is always creating ideas, I came up with a cool hot sauce idea with Jason and 13X Studios on a label. I brought the idea to him and he said that Kane Hodder could be involved. So from there it just took off to bring you Hodder Than Hell sauce. Having your name and Kane Hodder's name on the same product is so cool. Kane Hodder is the biggest name in horror. He changed the game. And seeing how he is with fans is why you love this guy even more. I have known Kane for almost 16 years. As I said above, he changed the game. And very happy to be involved with Matt and Angie from Freakshow Designs. This is just the beginning. I'm sure we will come together many more times in future.
HoTS: What are your plans, future state, for 13X Studios?
RS: As I grow my business, I will start looking for more things to add. We just started a podcast called Spitting Blood. Our second episode already got 11,000 views, so I'm on the right track. Next episode will be Sept 6 at 9pm. Jeremy Palko from The Walking Dead will be a guest. We do a Facebook Live Podcast (you can add me Rick Styczynski). For my masks, my goal is to get into many more retail stores. What's cool is that most think this is more of a Halloween business. Actually it's a year round business with all the conventions. I wake up every day and smile knowing that this is my job now. I have no idea where this will bring me in life, But I will give my all no matter what. You can check my online store at www.13xstudios.com and my Etsy store.
13x Studios - Hodder Than Hell / Photo: Sideshow SaucesKane's Hodder Than Hell sauce, as well as many other handcrafted flavors can be found on Sideshowsauces.com. And as always, skull lamps, baby groots and other fun items can be found on our site Skulllamps.com. As Rick stated above, you can find his masks on www.13xstudios.com, and be sure to find him on Facebook and enjoy the Spitting Blood podcast! Stay tuned for my coverage of Friday the 13th Camp Blood: The Aftermath. For now, stay freaky! Much love from your Lamp Lady and I'll see you soon!
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COMING SOON: Hatchet 4 – Victor Crowley (2017)

COMING SOON: Hatchet 4 – Victor Crowley (2017)

The Hatchet Army got a big surprise when they attended the 10th Anniversary Celebration in LA on August 22, 2017, at Arclight Hollywood. Everyone showed up to see a special showing of the original film but got a whole lot more. Director Adam Green surprised fans by debuting his fourth installment of his slasher franchise instead. The movie, aptly title Victor Crowley, sent the crowd into a frenzy and you could tell the Hatchet Army was still strong. In an age of script leaks and hackers, it is amazing that this was pulled off without a "hatch". Brian Farmer, director of upcoming 2018 film Blue Call, was one the lucky attendees. When asked how he felt about the surprise, he told me this:
My jaw hit the floor...Victor Crowley is back and he's even more pissed off then ever before. There's something special about the fourth installment. Of the Hatchet series. If you have the chance to catch it in the theater, don't miss it! Adam Green is back baby!
Kane Hodder reprises his role as Victor Crowley and scream queen Felissa Rose will make an appearance. The rest of the cast includes Laura Ortiz (The Hills Have Eyes(2006)), Dave Sheridan (Scary Movie), Tiffany Shepis (Tales of Halloween), and franchise favorite tour guide Parry Shen. The official synopsis released sounds just as fun and bloody as the original.
Synopsis: In 2007, forty-nine people were brutally murdered in Louisiana's Honey Island Swamp. Over the past decade, lone survivor Andrew Yong (Parry Shen) still claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the massacre but has been met with great controversy. Now a twist of fate puts Andrew right back at the scene of the grisly murders and Crowley is mistakenly resurrected.
Writer/director Adam Green was quoted in a press release stating:
Resurrecting the series for its tenth anniversary was our way of saying thank you to everyone in the Hatchet Army and beyond who has supported this series since its inception. This bloodbath is for you.
He also told Entertainment Weekly how he approached pulling this off without anyone knowing:
The script was called Arwen's Fancy Dinner and then, when we were shooting, it was called Arwen's Revenge, just because that was easier to fit on a camera slate. Nobody ever spoke the words Hatchet or Victory Crowley. Also, it really came down to me sort of sitting down with each and every crew member for a while, and explaining why I was doing this, and who we were doing it for. Maybe not everyone in the world is going to have their life changed when they hear, 'There's a new Hatchet movie.' But for the fans that do love this so passionately, it is going to be a surprise, and I'm just so happy that it stayed that way.
Victor Crowley will be screening at the upcoming FrightFest Festival in London. Then it will hit select theaters in the US this October as part of what is being called the Victor Crowley Road Show. Green among other cast members will travel with this show and provide special introductions to these one-night screenings across America.
I don't know about you all, but I cannot wait. The kills in the Hatchet movies are unlike no other. I will definitely be watching out for this one to see if it releases near me or even just within driving distance. This would so be worth the road trip. Check out the official teaser trailer below.

Happy nightmares!
ZombieGurl
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History of Horror in April

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
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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
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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
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THIS JUST IN: Kane Hodder Joins Witchula Cast

THIS JUST IN: Kane Hodder Joins Witchula Cast

By Woofer McWooferson

Witchula - Publicity art for Kane's biography

Photo by Joel Robinson - © AuthorMike Ink/Joel Robinson

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

Witchula - Hodder in Jason VIII

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

By John Roisland

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2015 brought us the highly-anticipated Old 37, which teamed up two of horror's most iconic actors, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley, to play brothers Jon Roy and Daryl, a couple of psychopaths who have been brought up by a mentally and physically abusive father.

Their sadistic father ran a scrapyard but was also an ambulance driver who enjoyed torturing and murdering victims at accident scenes if he arrived before anyone else. The two brothers often witnessed these acts as they rode along with their father when they were young boys. Through the years, the brothers acquired their father's passion for inflicting pain, eventually also disguising themselves as paramedics and, using their father's old ambulance, began intercepting 911 calls. Usually first on the scene of an accident, Jon Roy and Daryl would take charge of the survivors using the tag line they took from their father(“Don't worry. I'm a paramedic.”) just before brutally murdering their new victim.

On to the main story line.

The movie focuses on a group of affluent teens who enjoy back road automobile racing and playing chicken. All is fine until one day a race turns deadly as they hit and kill a elderly woman getting her mail. Panicked and frightened, the teens flee the scene to avoid responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately for them, the teens are noticed by Jon Roy and Daryl who were pulling out of a nearby lane. Given their psychopathic natures, the brothers wouldn't have cared too much about the hit and run except for one small problem - the victim of the fatal crash was their mother. Devastated, the two brothers begin a campaign to seek out vengeance for their mother's murder.

The movie itself was fun film although I must admit I did expect a few more scenes with Hodder and Mosley doing what they do best...killing! The story revolved around the teens, their popularity, their social life, etc., leaving most of the development of the brothers to flashback and showing precious little of their grown up hobbies.

Before all you die hard Jason Voorhees and Otis Driftwood fans tear me apart, hear me out. I'm a big fan, too. That's why even though I enjoyed Old 37, I was disappointed. I truly expected to see more of these horror legends in the film. Hodder and Moseley did an awesome job together (Sorry Bill, but Kane stole the show!) and really deserved to be on screen more. Without giving away spoilers, I thought the ending was great! Absolutely loved it! I can actually remember getting a huge smile on my face as it happened! This is a must see for fans of Hodder and Moseley.

Keep It Evil.

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BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

Kane Cover

Author: Michael Aloisi, as told by Kane Hodder ;  Publisher: AuthorMike Ink; ISBN: 978-0-9845801-3-2; ISBN-13: 9780985214609; Media: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio and ePub; Length: 352 pages; Genre: Non-fiction, Biography; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2012

In my personal opinion, Kane Hodder is  Horror Movie Royalty. He's up there with the likes of Robert Englund, Doug Bradley, and Gunnar Hansen. The man is always scary and intimidating, no matter what role he plays. It doesn't matter if it's Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley or Jon RoyHodder is a badass.  After meeting him last year at Motor City Nightmares, I saw, quite quickly, that there is more to Hodder than the badass killing machine. But it wasn't until I read Unmasked that I saw just how much more there is to the man.

Throughout the book, Hodder describes learning the craft of Hollywood Stuntman and the sacrifices of body and mind that go along with it. He survived severe burns, an incompetent  doctor and the long painful road to recovery. And don't you think,  for even a second, that Hodder is another whiner looking for pity and attention. Far from. If anything, Hodder's recovery can be looked at as a source of inspiration for other burn victims.  He easily could have thrown in the towel and walked away from his dreams, but he didn't. Reading everything he went through just added to the extreme amount of respect I already had for Kane Hodder.

He shares with the reader, stories of his childhood. They aren't all happy hearts and flowers. He was repeatedly victimized by bullies until his family relocated to an island in the South Pacific, in his teen years. Again, Hodder isn't whining or playing the victim, but the experiences definitely had a profound impact on the man that he grew up to be. It isn't hard to get a real sense of the man behind the cinematic monsters.

Hodder isn't always Mr. Serious though. It's very apparent in the book that Kane is quite the prankster. And I can tell you from my own experience, the man is a smartass. It only adds to his charm. He shares some onset hijinks from the sets of many of his films. He and Aloisi are easily able to make you feel like you were right there.

He shares the extreme elation of being able to be Jason Voorhees, as well as the feeling of betrayal upon learning he would not be in Freddy vs Jason. You can almost feel the excitement of creating a new monster with Adam Green in Hatchet . You also get an idea of how much passion and  research Hodder put into roles like BTK and Ed Gein.

I could easily gush on about this book for days, but I'm not going to. I could tell you more of what he shares in the book, but I'm not going to do that either. What I will do is tell you to go read this book! You won't be sorry. You won't be able to put it down, either.

Final Score: 10 out of 10 Dead Camp Counselors.

 

 

 

Posted by Machete Von Kill in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 2 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Charlie’s Farm (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Charlie’s Farm (2014)

 By Dixielord

Charlie's Farm

Charlie's Farm

Charlie's Farm is the new Australian slasher from writer/director Chris Sun starring Bill Moseley, Kane Hodder, Tara Reid and Aussie strongman Nathan Jones. I had heard of the project for a while and assumed, as I think many others did, that it was based on the Manson family. Possibly fueled by the continued rumors that Bill Moseley was set to star as Charles Manson in an upcoming film. Despite Bill himself calling shenanigans multiple times the rumor persisted.

But no Charlie's Farm is not a docudrama or fictionalized tale of the Manson family and their own farm. No, it's a down and dirty Australian slasher film, and it's pretty damn good. It's not Citizen Kane,it's not an exceptionally deep movie, but what it does it does well.

Charlie's Farm doesn't go for humor like seems to be the norm for a lot of slashers now. There is some joking around and lite humor between the characters but when the killing starts, it business time.

The story focuses on a group of campers looking for a new experience. Hearing the legends of Charlie's Farm they decide to head there for a couple days of camping and exploring the legends. It seems Charlie's Farm was the home of a family of cannibals that preyed on back packers. When the locals got fed up they attacked the farm killing the head of the family played by Moseley, and his wife. In the confusion the couple's young son Charlie (Cameron Caulfield) escapes into the woods. Years later he is rumored to be lurking nearby, The campers find that young Charlie has grown into a seven foot monster of a man, played by Nathan Jones (Mad Max: Fury Road), with his parents taste for mayhem.

One of the really cool things about Charlie's Farm, is we get to see Kane Hodder in a different role than he's most known for. The man who was Jason ( and always will be to his fans) has a large role, out of mask or makeup, and he's playing a heroic role. I don't want to give away too much, but it's not just a cameo, and we do get to see a fight between the two big men.

Bill Moseley (The Devil's Rejects) is basically playing a slightly older version of Otis Firefly. That's not a bad thing, as no one plays crazy, cannibal killer better than Bill. He has limited screen time but he hams it up with insane aplomb. But Nathan Jones as the grown up Charlie Wilson is the star of the show. He's big, impressive, strong and has a flair for interesting kills. If there's a down side it's that he doesn't have that much screen time, and we don't really see him till late in the film. Still, he would make am impressive killer to hold down a new franchise.

 

Tara Reid in Charlie's Farm

Tara Reid in Charlie's Farm

The biggest surprise for me was Tara Reid. She didn't annoy me nearly as much as usual. You kind of get used to the hot mess Tara, from tabloids and her show Taradise. Her last few film roles have been less than impressive as well. In Charlie's Farm she at least pulls it together and does a semi competent job, at least by Tara standards. She's still (***potential spoiler) a poor choice for a final girl, and co-star Allira Jones would have been a better choice

The rest of the kids, although they all seem a bit older than your usual slasher victims, are just that, your average cookie cutter victims. Sam Coward, as “Donkey” tries to be funny, and it's actually slightly amusing to see him attempt and mostly fail at humor. Allira Jones as Melanie, has the most personality of all the “kids” and a beautiful smile. The campers are rounded out by Dean Kirkright as Jason.

There's enough gore and kills in Charlie's Farm to keep the gore hounds happy, although it might not send them into a blood fueled ecstasy. It's not on the level with films like The Green Inferno but it's at decent levels for a slasher flick. It is a bit slow in the middle, and the heavy Aussie accents may make it hard to keep up with some of the dialogue in the slow parts.

So while Charlie's Farm isn't breaking new ground, or reinventing the slasher, it's a good throwback to the more serious, less campy horror films. It's not great but it's good enough, and it's got Kane being a good guy. It gets a solid 6 and a half out of ten stars. If you like slashers, check it out, and if you're a fan of Kane, run and grab a copy today.

Posted by Allen Alberson in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

Did Someone Call An Ambulance?
A Review of Old 37

By Machete Von Kill

Old 37 poster

Director: Alan Smithee; Writers: Paul Travers (Story), Paul Travers, and Joseph Landes (Screenplay); Stars: Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Brandi Cyrus; Genre: Horror, Slasher; Run time: 81 min.;Rated: NR; Language: English; Country: USA; Year: 2015

You've just been in a horrible car accident. You call for help and wait for the ambulance to arrive. You are cold, scared, and the next words you hear are, "Don't worry, I'm a paramedic." From anyone other than Darryl, these words would be a relief. It sucks to be you...

Darryl (Bill Moseley, The Devil's Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and his brother, Jon Roy (Kane Hodder, Hatchet, Friday the 13th Parts VII - X) work the back roads, in their father's old ambulance, intercepting 911 calls in an area with few emergency response personnel. Rather than provide assistance to the accident victims, the brothers conduct medical/torture experiments in their ER inside a junk yard. Throw in a group of shallow, rotten teenagers with murderous secrets of their own, a case of mistaken identity, revenge, and you have the makings of a great horror flick.

Throughout the film, the viewer learns more of the backstory of these two backwoods wanna be doctors, via flashback scenes. Abusive, murdering father, enabling mother...all leading to the birth of a creepy, sadistic, serial killer. And I'm not kidding when I say Darryl is a creepy bastard. He took over where his father left off, and man, did he raise the bar in being an asshole. This role, in my opinion, could only be played by Bill Moseley. Anyone else wouldn't have been believable and have been able to take it to the levels Moseley does. If you liked Moseley as Otis Firefly, you will enjoy him as Darryl. No, Darryl is NOT a rehash of Otis, they are just very similar in their intensity and cruelty.

While in the beginning Jon Roy seems to be an enthusiastic participants in the murders, as the movie progresses, we learn Jon Roy is another of Darryl's victims. Throughout the movie he endures verbal abuse and bullying from Darryl. It doesn't change the fact that he is a big beast of a man and ready to kill you. He is a man of few words and many violent actions, but still manages to gain the viewer's sympathy as flashback scenes continue. Another BRAVO to casting for this role. Kane Hodder is perfect! Intimidating, menacing, hulk of a guy...He's terrifying, yet still able to elicit sympathy from the viewer.

The kill scenes are brutal but not overly so. Just the right amount of gore combines with great acting (from the whole cast) and a great story. Don't think for even a second that it is tame. I legit gagged during a few scenes and it's pretty tough to make me do that while watching a movie. I also want to give props to the Old 37 production crew. From the sets to the cinematography, the film is a visual treat. It's dark and creepy, but not overdone. It's believable, and creepy as hell!

I don't want to give away anymore than I already have, but trust me, you should see this film. I can honestly say it is one of the best I have seen in a while. A big thank you to the cast and crew for not making me regret advance ordering this movie.

Final Verdict: 9.5 out of 10 deranged paramedics

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COMING SOON (TO VOD): Old 37 (2015)

COMING SOON (TO VOD): Old 37 (2015)

Haunting the desolate stretches of American back roads, Old 37 is there to take care of the sick and injured...

By Amy Mead

Writers: by Paul Travers and Joe Landes
Director: Alan Smithee
Stars: Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Caitlin Harris, Maxwell Zagorsky, Olivia Alexander, Jake Robinson, and Brandi Cyrus

Many fans of genre favorites, Bill Moseley (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, The Devil's Rejects) and Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th films, Hatchet films) will be happy to know that the long anticipated Epic Pictures slasher Old 37 is (finally) set to hit video on demand on September 29, 2015. A week later, on October 6, 2015, the DVD is set to hit the (Walmart) shelves.

Here's a little rundown of the film's synopsis:

Disguised as EMT workers, two maniacal brothers, Daryl and John Roy, use their father's old, dilapidated ambulance to intercept 911 calls and perform their own sort of "medical assistance" on the unlucky accident victims - most of them are the teens that race up and down a dark stretch of road and crash their cars.

Amy (Caitlin Harris) is a shy girl who, after losing her dad and best friend relatively closely together, decides to take life by the horns and start really living by modeling herself after her attractive neighbor Brooke (Olivia Alexander). Being taken with Brooke's rebel, muscle car racing boyfriend Jason (Maxwell Sagorsky), she begins to flirt with him, making Brooke feel the need to teach her a lesson and show her just how unimportant she really is.

Amy enlists the help of her mother, who happens to be a nurse, and goes under the knife in an effort to look just like Brooke. After the surgery she is ready to make her move and claim Jason for herself, but this plan goes awry when Brooke and Jason are in a car accident on that dark stretch of road. Brooke and Jason meet up with the deranged "paramedics" Daryl and John Roy, and Amy gets caught up in the fallout which very quickly becomes a fight to survive and escape her captors before she lives out Brooke's fate...

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COMING SOON: Leatherface (2016)

Leatherface Returns Again

By Dixielord

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Are you ready for more Leatherface? Well, ready or not, Leatherface is coming back in 2016 for the eighth film in the Texas Chainsaw franchise. What eight films? Yep, this makes number eight in the franchise. Casual horror fans are possibly unaware of how many Chainsaw films there are as the series is a bit more disjointed than most horror franchises.

The new Leatherface is a prequel to the 2013 Texas Chainsaw 3D, making it the second prequel in the series. The new film's plot involves the events that lead young Jackson Sawyer (which is at least his third name) to eventually become the killer. Young Leatherface is being played by Sam Strike (Eastenders), making him the seventh actor to portray Leatherface (not counting Kane Hodder who did stunts in 3). Stephen Dorff (Blade) plays the Texas Ranger hot on his trail. Originally, Angela Bettis was attached to the film as Verna Sawyer, but scheduling conflicts necessitated her dropping out. Lilli Taylor was then tapped for the role.

One thing horror fans can get excited about is the directorial team of Julian Maury and Alexandre Bustillo who bring the Seth M. Sherwood penned script to life. The two directors were responsible for the acclaimed French horror films Inside (2007) and Livid (2011) neither short on blood and gore. This should guarantee that the new Leatherface wont be a film for the squeamish.

Texas Chainsaw 3D turned a profit but received mixed reactions from fans. One of the biggest complaints was the screwed up time and technology of the film, with it seemingly set in the early 80s and the 2010s at the same time. The new film is set in the 70s but only time will tell if they get it right this time and if fans will welcome back their favorite chainsaw killer. Lionsgate is scheduled to release Leatherface in 2016.

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SERIES REVIEW: The Killer and I (2015)

The Killer and I:
A Reality Series

By Stephanie Roisland

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This DVD series follows Kane Hodder and Michael Aloisi (aka Author Mike), the author of the journal about the making of Hodder's biography on an array of excursions. They are on a four month long book tour promoting Kane's book Unmasked: The True Story of the World's Most Prolific Cinematic Killer and Mike's book The Killer and I. They frolic about two continents causing mayhem and recording their shenanigans on video. This DVD consists of 13 episodes, each between 10 and 13 minutes long, showing many different situations that Kane puts Mike into.

This duo is truly an odd couple - Mike being a man scared of his own shadow and not so much the adventure seeking type, and Kane a man who loves thrills and makes his living scaring the daylights out of people. Even more than thrills, though, Kane loves torturing Mike and making him scream and squirm! The episodes take you from mini golf, crashing Segways, and hand feeding lions to exploring abandoned castles, ghost hunting, and driving ATVs through the desert. One of my personal favorites is Mike's first time shooting a gun. His reaction absolutely cracks me up. He bet against Kane in shooting and lost (go figure), and he has yet to make good on the bet and get his nipple pierced.

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I enjoyed the insane interaction between these two friends and how much fun they have together. The punches to the nuts and baths together (shower caps and all) are hysterical. Mike falls for just about anything that Kane can conjure up, and even though he whines about it, he takes most of it like a champ. It is nice to see the fun loving, free spirited, easy going side of our beloved "Jason" in his natural habitat. Some parts are almost a horror-themed version of jackass and some, of course, are a little slow. The short run time of each episode can be kind of a drag because it feels like every time you begin getting into an episode, it is over.

All in all this is a great addition to your reality television regimen or just something different to watch on a Friday night. I thoroughly enjoyed the series, and the bonus material is awesome. There are over 200 photos to browse as well as some commentary from Kane and Author Mike. I give this "Horror can be hilarious!" composition a 6 out of 10.

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