Rob Zombie

It is with a heavy heart that House of Tortured Souls announces the passing of another horror icon – acclaimed artist Basil Gogos. If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his work. Gogos was responsible for nearly 50 Famous Monsters of Filmland covers, with the first being the late, great Vincent Price in House of Usher on issue 9, November 1960. His work in and influence on horror and horror art ultimately led to a 2006 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in Special Monster Kid Hall of Fame .Basil-Gogos-Famous Monsters of Filmland-November 1960-09 / Fair use doctrine.
Egyptian-born to Greek parents, Gogos and his family emigrated to America when he was only sixteen. Gogos attended several art and design schools and studied at the Art Students League of New York under acclaimed illustrator Frank J. Reilly. His professional career began when he won a Pocket Books competition to illustrate the cover for Pursuit, a paperback western, in 1959. Following this, Gogos worked on covers for men’s adventure magazines as well as Eerie, Creepy, and other horror comics. Gogos was drawn to horror art both because of the challenge in painting the unreal and also because it allowed him to experiment with a variety of techniques. He is most known for offering a unique view of his subjects, using bold, striking colors which seemed to bathe them in several lights. He also embraced his subjects, striving to render them sympathetic as well as horrifying. Because of this, he had the honor of painting many horror icons, such as Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and, as mentioned earlier, Vincent Price.
Although he decided to focus on fine art in the 1970s, he continued to work occasionally as a photo retoucher and movie poster illustrator before moving into advertising for a while. Gogos returned to horror art in the 1990s, painting CD covers for The Misfits, Rob Zombie, and Electric Frankenstein.

A Small Gallery of the Art of Basil Gogos

If you would like to see more of the art of Basil Gogos, check out the 2005 Vanguard Productions publication entitled Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos on Amazon.com.
Basil Gogos died on September 14, 2017, at the age of 78, and the world became a little bit darker.Basil Gogos / Image: LuigiNovi

Thank you for everything, and rest in peace, Mr. Gogos.

In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

It is with a heavy heart that House of Tortured Souls announces the passing of another horror icon - acclaimed artist Basil Gogos. If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his work. Gogos was responsible for nearly 50 Famous Monsters of Filmland covers, with the first being the late, great Vincent Price in House of Usher on issue 9, November 1960. His work in and influence on horror and horror art ultimately led to a 2006 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in Special Monster Kid Hall of Fame .Basil-Gogos-Famous Monsters of Filmland-November 1960-09 / Fair use doctrine.
Egyptian-born to Greek parents, Gogos and his family emigrated to America when he was only sixteen. Gogos attended several art and design schools and studied at the Art Students League of New York under acclaimed illustrator Frank J. Reilly. His professional career began when he won a Pocket Books competition to illustrate the cover for Pursuit, a paperback western, in 1959. Following this, Gogos worked on covers for men’s adventure magazines as well as Eerie, Creepy, and other horror comics. Gogos was drawn to horror art both because of the challenge in painting the unreal and also because it allowed him to experiment with a variety of techniques. He is most known for offering a unique view of his subjects, using bold, striking colors which seemed to bathe them in several lights. He also embraced his subjects, striving to render them sympathetic as well as horrifying. Because of this, he had the honor of painting many horror icons, such as Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and, as mentioned earlier, Vincent Price.
Although he decided to focus on fine art in the 1970s, he continued to work occasionally as a photo retoucher and movie poster illustrator before moving into advertising for a while. Gogos returned to horror art in the 1990s, painting CD covers for The Misfits, Rob Zombie, and Electric Frankenstein.

A Small Gallery of the Art of Basil Gogos

If you would like to see more of the art of Basil Gogos, check out the 2005 Vanguard Productions publication entitled Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos on Amazon.com.
Basil Gogos died on September 14, 2017, at the age of 78, and the world became a little bit darker.Basil Gogos / Image: LuigiNovi

Thank you for everything, and rest in peace, Mr. Gogos.

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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

We here at The House of Tortured Souls love horror. It's kind of our jam. And we love to see good horror get recognition. It can be argued that horror is more popular than ever, there are more conventions, festivals, and awards than ever. However, one thing bugged us here at HoTS, and from responses online, we weren't the only ones. Some awards, not to call names (message me), stretch out the word horror way to far. Seriously Deadpool? Captian America: Civil War? I love me some Cap, and who can talk smack about Ryan Reynolds' red spandex covered ass, but it's not FUCKING horror.
So we said “Screw it. Let's do this”. So here we are with the first annual House of Tortured Souls Awards. Neato huh? We can't promise we wont make mistakes, can't promise we don't stutter step and come in a bit late (I planned to have this April 1st), but we do promise to keep it horror. No super heroes, no Tarzan, and no funny South African robots! What we got? Serial killers, zombies, vampires, ghosts and demons, we got 'em. No there are films that straddle that line of horror/ thriller. We accept that, but repeat after me, no friggin superheros or Jedi.
We are still learning, but we decided to jump in with both feet and stomp the shit out of it. We asked our staff to pick their favorites in a group of categories. Rules are the films have to be originally released in a mass audience format. So feature films released to VoD, DVD, or theater, for the FIRST time in 2016 are eligible. Secondary release to DVD, does not qualify it for 2016. Thus, a film released to theater in 2016 will qualify for 2016. If it is released to DVD in 2017, it would not qualify for 2017.
There is a slight difference for independent films. Since most of them will not get a wide release theatrical release, and it might be years before a VoD or DVD release. For independent films, they may be considered, if they have had a major festival release, are currently (award year) touring the festival circuit, or have a release to VoD, DVD, or theater, AND have not been nominated in a previous year. There's a logic there as many Indie may tour the festival circuit for a couple years, this allows them a chance to be seen, but not to win multiple years. The HoTS staff will select four nominees per category, in case of an unbreakable tie (which we had a couple of), we may select five nominees in some categories. It's a work in progress, but we think this is fair.
So without the proverbial further ado, here are the nominees.

Best Horror Movie 2016*

  • Green Room
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • The Witch
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 31

Best Horror Director 2016

  • Jeremy Saluner – Green Room
  • Andre Overdal – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Roger Eggers – The Witch
  • Rob Zombie – 31

Best Actor Horror 2016

  • John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Anton Yeltsin – Green Room
  • Patrick Wilson – The Conjuring
  • Richard Brake – 31

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
  • Anja Taylor Joy – The Witch
  • Blake Lively – The Shallows

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Stephen Lang – Don't Breathe
  • John Gallager Jr – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Christopher Lloyd – I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • Patrick Stewart – Green Room

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

  • Imogene Poots – Green Room
  • Kate Dickey – The Witch
  • Ella – The Monster
  • Madison Wolfe – The Conjuring 2

Best Television Horror

  • Stranger Things
  • Bates Motel
  • Ash versus Evil Dead
  • American Horror Story
  • The Exorcist

Best Actor TV Horror

  • Bruce Campbell – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel
  • Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
  • Alfonso Herrara – The Exorcist

Best actress TV Horror

  • Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel
  • Millie Bobbie Brown – Stranger Things
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
  • Ray Santiago – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Max Theriot – Bates Motel
  • Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

  • Kathy Bates – American Horror Story
  • Lucy Lawless – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist
  • Olivia Cooke – Bates Motel

Best Indie Horror Movie

  • Circus of the Dead
  • The Barn
  • Plank Face
  • Family Possession

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

  • Billy Pon – Circus of the Dead
  • James Bickert – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Justin M Seaman – The Barn
  • Scott Schrimer – Plank Face

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

  • Parrish Randal – Circus of the Dead
  • Nathan Barret – Plank Face
  • Mitchell Muselino – The Barn
  • Fred Lass – Bubba the Red Neck Werewolf

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

  • Tristan Risk – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Chanel Ryan – Circus of the Dead
  • Susan M Martin – Plank Face
  • Lexi Dripps – The Barn

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Bill Oberst – Circus of the Dead
  • Laurence Harvey – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Mitch Hyman – Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
  • Will Stout – The Barn

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face
(*Five nominees due to a tie.)
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EXCLUSIVE: A Few Minutes With Robert Mukes (Video Interview)

EXCLUSIVE: A Few Minutes With Robert Mukes (Video Interview)

So a few weeks ago I ran into Robert Mukes. Actually , if I had literally ran into Robert Mukers, I doubt I would have have got up off the floor yet... The man is a mountain! I had contacted Robert previously and had arranged an interview with him as he was a guest at the Baltimore tattoo convention a few weeks back. Since Robert was gracious enough to accept and grant me some time for the interview, I made sure I got there early.
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Robert Mukes at the 2017 Baltimore Tattoo Arts Convention
Robert Mukes, aside from being a towering giant of a man (he stands 6'10”), is, by far, one of the nicest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting. He is very friendly, accommodating, professional, and just a great person over all. I do apologize for the back ground noise as the convention hall itself was made entirely of concrete, so everything echoed. A lot.
Regardless of the sound quality, I hope you enjoy this quick interview with Robert Mukes as much as I enjoyed interviewing him. If you're a convention goer, Robert often frequents them as a guest, so be sure to stop by and say hello. And when you do, be sure to tell him that John from House of Tortured Souls sends his best! Thank you, again, Robert!
Keep it Evil...

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MOVIE REVIEW: Carnage Park (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Carnage Park (2016)

CARNAGE PARK (2016)
Ashley Bell, Pat Healy, Alan Ruck
So it's getting to be a late Saturday night and being the party animal that I am I flop on the couch, grab the remote, turn on Netflix, and start to waste time looking hopefully for a good movie. As always, I go straight to our beloved horror section, and I actually happen to stumble across Carnage Park. I knew was a relatively new release and figured why not, I don't have much else to do.
The story is of young Vivian (Bell, The Day, The Last Exorcism) who is kidnapped by two bank robbers in a small town outside the California desert. The two outrun the cops by driving off into the desert hills on an old dirt road that they come across. Thinking that they have made the easy escape, the two criminals are shot and killed by a skilled marksman who's watching them out in the hills. It is from this point on that Vivian is forced into a deadly game of cat-and-mouse.
So, hearing that, Carnage Park doesn't sound that bad... well, it's not great either.
Mickey Keating, director of Carnage Park, is trying for a late sixties feel. The beginning of the film was almost obnoxious the way it was done, then tried slipping into a near Tarantino hip feel, finally ending up trying to mock Rob Zombie in so many different ways.
And it must be pointed out that just because you're able to find an old model Nova to use as a cop car, an old Chevy Impala for the getaway car, and put a tinted lens over your camera, it really doesn't give a retro feel. The point that it was supposed to be dated is there, but, honestly, anyone could have picked up on it. It really had nothing to do with how it was shot.
Carnage Park is a borderline disappointment as the film had decent potential, and the star acting was pretty good and actually the one thing that held it together. Pat Healy (Compliance, Cheap Thrills) as the shooter was really good,...just wish there was actually more of him, and Alan Ruck as the sheriff looks the same as he did in Ferris Bueller's Day Off.
Now I'm not saying that the movie is Godawful because it's not although I did catch myself watching the clock and kind of wondering when is this ever going to be over.
It did have the potential to be a much grittier and bloodier film, and I really wanted to like this a lot more than I did. As many of you know, my love for Netflix is not a strong one anymore. Still, if you're a crazy, wild, Saturday night party person like I am and you can't find anything else worth watching either, sure go ahead and give Carnage Park a view... Hopefully you'll like it more than I did.
Keep It Evil...
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History of Horror in January

History of Horror in January

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

January 1 - 7

1/1/1940 – Frank Langella (actor in Dracula (1979) and The Ninth Gate) born
19400101_Frank_Langella_Deauville_2012 / Image: Georges Biard
Cuba Gooding Jr. / Image: WireImage.com
1/2/1968 – Cuba Gooding Jr (actor in American Horror Story) born
1/2/2004 – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins released on DVD
20040102_tremors-4-the-legend-begins / Fair use doctrine.
19590105_Clancy Brown / Image: Frazer Harrison - © 2011 Getty Images
1/5/1959 – Clancy Brown (actor in many horror films) born
1/6/2006 – Hostel released theatrically
20060106_Hostel / Fair use doctrine.
20060106_BloodRayne / Fair use doctrine.
1/6/2006 – BloodRayne released theatrically
1/7/2005 – White Noise released theatrically
20050107_White Noise / Fair use doctrine.

January 8 - 14

19470108_David Bowie / Fair use doctrine.
1/8/1947 – David Bowie (actor in Labyrinth, The Hunger, and other horror movies) born
1/8/1988 – Return of the Living Dead Part II released on VHS
19880108_Return of the Living Dead Part II / Fair use doctrine.
20050111_Resident Evil 4 / Fair use doctrine.
1/11/2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in North America
1/12/1940 – The Invisible Man Returns released theatrically
19400112_The Invisible Man Returns / Fair use doctrine.
19650112_Rob_Zombie_Comiccon / Image: Lindsey8417
1/12/1965 – Rob Zombie (musician, singer, artist, director of House of 1000 Corpses, The Devil's Rejects, and Halloween (2007)) born
1/12/1990 – Leatherface: Texas Chainsaw Massacre III released theatrically
19900112_leatherface_texas_chainsaw_massacre_3 / Fair use doctrine.
19390113_Son of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
1/13/1939 – Son of Frankenstein released theatrically
1/13/1974 – The Satanic Rites of Dracula released theatrically
19740113_ Satanic Rites of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.
19950113_demon-knight-title / Fair use doctrine.
1/13/1995 – Tales from the Crypt: Demon Knight released theatrically
1/14/1981 – Scanners released theatrically
19810114_Scanners / Fair use doctrine.

January 15 - 21

19150115_Der Golem / Fair use doctrine.
1/15/1915 – Der Golem released theatrically
1/16/1948 – John Carpenter (director, screenwriter, producer, and composer of scores for many horror films) born
19480116_John Carpenter 2010-Nathan Hartley Maas / Image: Nathan Hartley Maas
19650116_the-outer-limits / Fair use doctrine.
1/16/1965 – The Outer Limits ends its run on television
1/17/1962 – Denis O'Hare (actor in American Horror Story) born
19620117_Denis O'Hare / Image: Alexander Berg - © 2006
20020118_Long-Time-Dead-Poster / Fair use doctrine.
1/18/2002 – Long Time Dead released theatrically in the United Kingdom
1/19/1809 – Edgar Allan Poe born (d. 1849)
18090119_Edgar_Allan_Poe;_a_centenary_tribute / Fair use doctrine.
19900119_tremors / Fair use doctrine.
1/19/1990 – Tremors released theatrically
1/19/1996 – From Dusk Till Dawn released theatrically
19960119_From Dusk Till Dawn / Fair use doctrine.
20020119_Dark Water (Japan) / Fair use doctrine.
1/19/2002 – Dark Water (2002) released theatrically in Japan
1/20/1970 – Skeet Ulrich (actor in Scream) born
19700120_Skeet_Ulrich_2010 / Image: Thomas Attila Lewis
19870120_Evan Peters / Image: Allen Berezovsky - © 2012 Getty Images
1/20/1987 – Evan Peters (actor in American Horror Story) born
1/20/2006 – Underworld: Evolution released theatrically
20060120_Underworld-Evolution-2006 / Fair use doctrine.
19560121_Geena Davis / Image: Steven D Starr - © gettyimages.com
1/21/1956 – Geena Davis (actor in Beetlejuice, The Fly) born
1/21/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in the United States
19980121_Resident_Evil_2 / Fair use doctrine.

January 22 - 28

19320122_Piper Laurie / Image: Theo Wargo - © WireImage.com
1/22/1932 – Piper Laurie (actor in Carrie) born
1/22/1959 – Linda Blair (actor in The Exorcist) born
19590122_Linda Blair. / Image: Rebecca Sapp - © WireImage.com
20000122_ring-0-birthday / Fair use doctrine.
1/22/2000 – Ring 0: Birthday released theatrically in Japan
1/23/1981 – Burial Ground: The Nights of Terror released theatrically
19810123_Burial Ground / Fair use doctrine.
20040123_the-butterfly-effect-original / Fair use doctrine.
1/23/2004 – The Butterfly Effect released theatrically
1/25/1926 – Ted White (Jason in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter) born
19260125_Ted White / Fair use doctrine.
19430125_Tobe Hooper_Cannes_2014 / Image: Dark Attsios
1/25/1943 – Tobe Hooper (director of numerous horror films) born
1/25/2000 – The Dead Hate the Living! released on DVD
20000125_Deadhatetheliving / Fair use doctrine.
20050125_All Souls Day / Fair use doctrine.
1/25/2005 – All Souls Day released on DVD
1/26/1999 – Castlevania 64 released on the Nintendo 64 in the United States
19990126_Castlevania_N64 / Fair use doctrine.
19400127_James Cromwell / Image: Ryan Rogers http://ryan-rogers.com/ - © Copyright 2011, Ryan Rogers Photography
1/27/1940 – James Cromwell (actor in many horror productions) born
1/27/2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in Japan
20050127_Resident Evil 4 (Japan) / Fair use doctrine.
20050128_Creep-2004 / Fair use doctrine.
1/28/2005 – Creep released theatrically
1/28/2005 – Hide and Seek released theatrically
20050128_Hide and Seek / Fair use doctrine.

January 29 - 31

19980129__Resident_Evil_2 / Fair use doctrine.
1/29/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Japan
1/30/1976 – Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma released theatrically
19760130_Salo / Fair use doctrine.
19980131_ringu / Fair use doctrine.
1/31/1998 – Ringu released theatrically in Japan
1/31/1999 – Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in North America
19990131_Selent Hill PS1[ntsc][front] / Fair use doctrine.
20030131_final-destination / Fair use doctrine.
1/31/2003 – Final Destination released theatrically
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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 8)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 8)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Tabitha Harvey

Forget Christmas, October is the most wonderful time of the year in my opinion. May I just say this was no easy task. I could talk for days about the horror films, especially those that I absolutely must watch during my favorite holiday season.. I love gore as much as any horror fiend, and I am also a huge fan of psychological horror and horror comedies, therefore, The films I choose for my five picks to watch in October list, are a mixed bag, and are in no particular order. It was hard enough narrowing it down to five, ranking them would be impossible.

House of 1000 Corpses (2003)

House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.
Two young couples travel across the dusty back roads of Texas looking for cheap thrills at road side attractions. Along the way they hear the tale of "Dr Satan" a lunatic surgeon, who experimented on patients brains trying to create a "super race" in which case, he was put to death by hanging. The couples decide to search for the tree that he was said to have been hung. In pursuit of this urban legend, the couples meet the seriously twisted Firefly family, and experience some true horror they certainly had not planned on. A full hour and a half of Omg and WTF moments. How can you not love it?

I'm a huge fan of anything Rob Zombie, and this original story for his directorial debut is my favorite for many reasons. Great actors, sick characters and good gory fun.

The Monster Squad (1987)

The Monster Squad / Fair use doctrine.This is an exciting and fun movie about a group of young monster movie enthusiast, that call themselves The Monster Squad, who find themselves in a battle of monstrous proportions, to save their town from the monsters, believed only to exist in the monster movies they love. I cannot imagine celebrating my favorite holiday without The Monster Squad. This movie has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. I love the re-imagined Universal monsters!

The Strangers (2008)

The Strangers / Fair use doctrine.James and Kristen are violently tormented and terrorized by three masked strangers, while at their secluded summer home, for no other reason than the simple fact that they were home. This one that made me fearful to answer my door after dark or to look out my windows into the shadows for fear that I would see one of those creepers looking back at me! I did not expect it to get in my head the way it did. Sure the sack and baby doll masks are totally creepy, but the eeriness of them lurking in the shadows is what is so unnerving. This movie is definitely not lacking psychological horror, and for me some of the best scares are the thoughts going through our minds after the movie is over.

Shaun of The Dead (2004)

Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.
Shaun is an ordinary, not exceptional, electronics store manager, who lives in a flat outside of London with his best friend Ed. After a late night of drinking at The Winchester, Shaun and Ed stumble towards their home, along the way encountering some seemingly fellow drunken citizens, but in fact they are the living dead. Shaun decides he must rescue his mother and keep her safe as well as his girlfriend Liz, so he and Ed devise a plan to make their rescues and then ride out the situation at their favorite pub, until it all blows over.
Easily one of my favorite movies of all time! Not your typical zombie flick, as which is what makes it great. Clever and funny. Shaun of the Dead will forever be on my Halloween season must watch list.

30 Days of Night (2007)

30 Days of Night / Fair use doctrine.Residents of the small isolated town of Barrow, Alaska prep for a month of darkness, unaware that a group of bloodthirsty vampires plan to rip through the secluded town during these thirty days of night. I really like this movie because its different from most vampire movies and the setting and situation and pretty scary in and of itself. Its one thing to survive a night in a town over ran with vicious vampires, it's quite another to survive an entire month, in the seclusion and cold of an Alaska winter. This really is a great screen version of what Steve Niles created in the comic series. The vampires are creepy cool. Even if this movie never makes it on your list I promise that the vampire's animalistic shrieks will not be soon forgotten.

Posted by Tabitha Harvey in HALLOWEEN, STAFF PICKS, 2 comments
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 5)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Stephanie Roisland

May I start by saying that this idea and the person behind it (my husband John Roisland) fucking suck. This is way harder than anticipated. I enjoy greatly far too many films and could go on for days about my passion for them. So this gave me a headache and made my anxiety rise while trying to select my top five. I thought about posting the titles based off of my roots and what brought me to love horror - films such as Attack of the killer Tomatoes, The Hills Have Eyes, Halloween, Swamp Thing , and so on. I decided to post my go to movies, the ones I could watch over and over no matter the day. I hope you enjoy demons.

Feast l (2005), Feast ll (2008), and Feast lll (2009)

Fair use doctrine.I know this is kind of a cheat but if you watch one you go straight to the rest. Director John Gulager hit a home run with these beauties. If it was good enough for Jason Mewes, Henry Rollins, Carl Anthony, and Clu Gulager to sign on then you know it is a homerun. Made in 2005, 2008, and 2009, these fantastic B comedy horror films are about patrons of a bar and a local small town that must fight these horrible monsters, eating human flesh and multiplying like rabbits. So if you love sexy suicide girls, hungry monsters, and using a midget wrestlers' Spanish grandmother as monster bait, these movies are totally for you.

The Devils Rejects (2005)

 

Fair use doctrine.I absolutely love the twisted joy this film brings out in the characters. Rob Zombie hit a home run here with me. This family of demented murderers’ home was attacked by the police, headed by Sheriff Wydell (William Forsythe). You almost feel pity for these murderous, depraved folks as their family is shot down and separated. You soon learn that this group of deranged killers is strong and proud of their slaughtering ways and love to see others suffer. In the end, this is a Police vs. Murderers showdown that forever makes epic history in my mind. Free Bird will never be the same!

Frontier(s)(2007)

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This beautifully directed film by Xavier Gens is set in Paris. A young girl, is trying to get away after she pulls a heist with her ex. Pregnant, scared, and blocked by the police from crossing the border, they find refuge at a small, quaint inn. Little do they know, they should have just took their chances with the cops. As her friends get murdered and start to be used for dinner, she realizes there is no way out. It is a good thing this cult family’s father becomes smitten with her beauty and her baby. She refused to be a breeding, human flesh eating, cult wife and must take them all out in order to survive. Stripped of her hair, the father of her child, her dignity and her emotional virginity, she finds the strength to take them all out in a (rain) of blood and gun fire but what she leaves behind could haunt her forever.

Martyrs (2008)

Fair use doctrine.In this emotionally stunning masterpiece by Pascal Laugier, presented by Richard Grandpierre, this foreign film blows your previous idea of horror right out the damn window. In this chilling tale, an anonymous group uses disposable people to achieve the ever seeking emotional state of a matyr. Never before had a woman let go, giving up all fight to the cause, until now. Two young friends, Hell-bent on finding revenge for the misdoings done to one of them as a child, find themselves in terror of no end. One is killed and the other is chosen to become the one - the one to tell, the one to see, the one to give up all hope in order to know what is on the other side. When you let go of hope, endure all pain beyond all other, give yourself to the end, a martyr you will be. Bloody brilliant and an unforgettable journey.

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

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Any day of the week, I could watch this amazing movie. This exquisite little masterpiece by writer/director Michael Dougherty, sucks in the whole family. The trick’r’treating little demon in a cute burlap mask is just one of the four interwoven tales set on Halloween night. Werewolves, murderers, and tricksters, oh my. There’s a child's story of a bus murder come to life but the good girl becomes the bad girl and wins in the end. The bus driver, now an old man, becomes victim of the demon who wants candy, the heart of Halloween if you will. Another story tells of how the local principal, a mass murderer, passing on his wicked ways to his son becomes prey. And the tale of a beautiful girl who is becoming a woman and is making her first time a time to remember and a time he will wish he could forget. The film brings actors Anna Paquin, Dylan Baker, Brian Cox and so many more to life in this Halloween must have.
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Posted by Stephanie Roisland in STAFF PICKS, 1 comment
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 3)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 3)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Dixielord

Halloween is upon us. Halloween a time of trick or treats, bright costumes, women dressed in sexy attire and of course, The Great Pumpkin. But Halloween is an ancient celebration, and it wasn't always so happy and cheerful. Halloween was the harvest festival. Leaves were falling, plants dying, the days were getting shorter and the nights longer. And there was something lurking in those nights. Death. As winter approached, so did hardships, cold, lack of food and always on the periphery, death waited for the weak.

Halloween was a time when the veil between living and dead was particularly weak. A time when the people appeased the spirits, or tricked them, in order to hopefully survive the coming winter. Winters no longer hold the same dread as they once did, thus Halloween has lost some of its power. But we still celebrate, and when the air first starts to chill, sometimes, we can feel a little of that old fear that’s imprinted in our souls.

So when I was asked to pick my five favorite films for Halloween viewing, I wanted my list to reflect those old fears. I wanted movies that held some fear, movies of the supernatural. Also I wanted movies that “felt” like Halloween, or at least the fall and encroaching winter. So I made some rules, for one, no zombies. Zombies, as we think of them now, are a modern creation, and honestly they aren't very scary anymore. So sorry Walking Dead and/or Romero fans, no zombies. No slashers. Slashers for the most part aren't supernatural or at least didn't start that way, and again, they aren't that scary. Rule three, I wanted films that were scary and supernatural. No comedies or serial killers (see the last rule). So, with that in mind, I bring you my picks for Halloween viewing.

The Legend of Hell House (1973)

Long before Paranormal Activity there was a movie about a supernatural investigation that was actually scary. That movie, The Legend of Hell House, is hands down the best haunted house movie of all time. It's a movie that has stood the test of time and, over 40 years later, it is still scary, creepy and a perfect movie for the Halloween season. The movie, based on the book Hell House by Richard Mattheson, revolves around four investigators paid to investigate the possibility of life after death. To do this they prepare to stay a week in the Belasco House, reputed to be the most haunted place on earth and referred to as Hell House. The house is indeed haunted and doesn't take well to the interlopers.

What you don't see is more frightening than what you do see in Hell House. There are no rotting demonic figures or floating CGI ghosts. But unlike Paranormal Activity, it isn't an hour of nothing but the occasional moving chair and table. There's real horror in Hell House, and we see that through the reactions of the cast. No silly CGI, no jump scares, just a creepy vibe, excellent acting, and disconcerting sound effects. That's what makes it such a great film for Halloween. There's a real sense of menace and doom throughout the movie. This isn't a tongue in cheek, laugh at itself movie. This is a horror movie, and you can almost feel that it's set in the Halloween season. The Legend of Hell House stars the legendary Roddy McDowall (Planet of the Apes), Pamela Franklin, Clive Revill, and Gayle Hunnicutt and was directed by John Hough (Twins of Evil).

The Wolf Man (1941)

With my second pick we go back to the Universal Classics and The Wolf Man. Long before vampires sparkled and werewolves were emo boy toys, there was Larry Talbot and his wolf. The moonlit, mist shrouded English moors are the perfect setting for a Halloween movie. And if you remember the poem, the werewolf transformed not under the full moon, but under the autumn moon. “Even a man who is pure at heart, and says his prayers by night, may become a wolf, when the wolfs-bane blooms, and the autumn moon is bright."

The Wolf Man may seem dated in a lot of ways, and, hey, it was only released in 1941. But watching it today, late at night, alone, with the lights low, that howl can still send a chill down your spine. The Wolf Man starred Claude Raines, Ralph Bellamy, Bela Lugosi and the legendary Lon Chaney Jr.

The Wicker Man (1973)

Okay, so there's no actual supernatural element in Robin Hardy's classic horror tale, but it still is a must see for Halloween viewing. The film stars Edward Woodward as Sgt. Howie, a stern, yet devout police officer and Christian. He answers a call for assistance to a small Island off the coast of Britain. There his investigation leads to paganism, murder and ritual sacrifice. It also stars the legendary Christopher Lee in a role he has called one of his favorites.

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Not the remake, Oh God, not the remake.

So why is this a film for Halloween? Especially since I mentioned wanted films dealing with the supernatural. Well for starters, The Wicker Man is all about the old traditions – sacrificing in hopes for a bountiful harvest. The movie is set on (and just before) May Day but you have a similar feel to harvest festivals and their traditional trappings. The biggest difference being May Day is more focused on rebirth where Harvest is on death. Plus the location, off the coast of Britain is very near where Halloween is thought to have originated. The end of the film is what horror movies should be, unrepentant, disturbing and brutal.

The Lords of Salem (2012)

Okay, time to send hate mail to Dixie. I'm not going to sit here and try and convince you this is a great movie. I wont even go so far as to say it's Rob Zombie's best movie. However, it is Rob's best film for the Halloween season. While I don't hate his take on the classic Halloween, his movie has little to do with the season other than surface trappings like masks and pumpkins. To me it never had a Halloween or even an autumn feel. Lords of Salem has that feel. Watching it I can almost feel the chill in the air.

The more I watch Lords of Salem the more I find I like it. Yes, it's slow and the plot can be confusing, but Rob tends to pay more attention to style and visual than to plot. Just listen to the eerie and unsettling musical score. It puts you into a state of unease early on and never lets you off till the ending crescendo. Plus it's about witches and witchcraft, with goats and weird creatures and nightmares and murder. It's Halloween for Gods sake.

Okay, yeah, just post your hate mail in the comments.

The Witch (2015)

I really had a hard time with the fifth choice. So many movies over so many years, so many choices before I finally settled on The Witch. It's the most recent film on my list, and possibly the second most controversial. It's a super slow burn, but really so is every film on my list with the possible exception of the The Wolf Man.

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Black Phillip from The Witch

Set somewhere in New England in Puritan times, The Witch details one family's fight against the forces of Satan. Or possibly insanity. The Witch definitely wont be for everyone with it's pace and at times almost indecipherable Puritan dialect. But it's a great film for adults on Halloween. The true star of the show, the goat Black Phillip, is near iconic already, and let's not even talk about those creepy ass kids. Like the other selections The Witch unsettles the viewers from the first images on the screen, and never lets up, even when the pace seems plodding.

So that's it. My list of five films for Halloween viewing. I hope you like them, or at least give them a chance.

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House of Tortured Souls Live Welcomes Billy Pon

With Special Guest Billy Pon

By John Roisland, Stephanie Roisland, and Allen (Dixielord) Alberson

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During the Billy Pon interview about a minute and a half of audio was garbled, and some bits lost. It was either cut the entire section, leave it or try and piece it together and possibly lose or misinterpret the questions and response so I decided to leave it as is. Apologies to Billy Pon.

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Hello and welcome to Episode III of House of Tortured Souls Live! This week we discuss the sneak preview release of what has become the most anticipated horror film of 2016. We could be talking about, the one and only, love him or hate him...Rob Zombie's 31. House of Tortured Souls own Jonathan Patrick Hughes was there to check out the release on the big screen as well as give you his thoughts in his written review online at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com. We discuss the return of American Horror Story 6 being brought back the Fox network September 14th, with the return of Lady Gaga. The Misfits reunion with confirmed legendary drummer (SLAYER/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) Dave Lombardo will begin at Riot Fest. House of Tortured Souls pays tribute to and remembers comedic actor Gene Wilder who starred in such great films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstien and Blazing Saddles, and who all know was the real Willy Wonka. . The House of Tortured Souls takes a moment to also celebrate the birthday of Asian horror Master Takashi Miike. In the studio for Episode III co-founder of House of tortured Souls Stephanie Roisland> joined us and gets you up to date on Fangoria Music release of The Horde mixtapes. House of tortured Souls is also proud to announce that one of our own, Rocky Gray is currently directing his own horror Anthology entitled 10/31/ 16 and Allen Alberson also gives us an in-depth look at the problems with distribution in film making as he discusses lost movies that have never made it. The House of Tortured Souls Live was also honored with our first in studio guest for Episode III, director of Dolll Boy and Circus of the Dead, Mr. Billy Pon aka Bloody Bill, who discusses the making of Circus of the Dead , problems with distribution companies, his own Haunted House in his home land of Texas all that while we try to get Allen a Pepsi!

Keep It Evil.

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EXCLUSIVE MOVIE REVIEW: Rob Zombie’s 31

EXCLUSIVE MOVIE REVIEW: Rob Zombie’s 31

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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Most films by Rob Zombie are like a mixed batch of coffee flavors. Some we love, some we loathe, and some are just okay. With that being said, I was highly eager to check out his new film to see if what he promised was delivered. 31_TheaterSpecial thanks goes out to Fathom Events for having this one night screening.

Love him or hate him, but we at least must appreciate the fact that Rob Zombie is one of the hardest working men in the industry. When he isn't behind the camera, he is recording an album and when he isn't recording an album, he is touring the world.

Rob Zombie's 31 poster 01 - Fair use doctrine.His latest film, 31, was the first film to raise money by using a crowdfunding site, which he got a bad rap for from people stating, "He is a sell out” and " His movies suck, which is why he needs to do it this way, rather than having a studio back him up because he is a horrible filmmaker”. Well, as you all can see, he was still very successful at achieving a nice sized budget to make the film he wanted to make for hardcore fans, and that's exactly what he did.

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The 31 crew
L-R: Harry, Jonathan, Sydney, Leeana

I was fortunate enough to be one of the few people to check out 31 with longtime friends/co workers, Leeana, Harry, and Sydney, and I am really glad I did.

The film takes place on Halloween, 1976, and we are introduced to five carnies who are traveling to their next stop. Let’s just say they don't make it as they planned. Instead, they are kidnapped and taken to a factory where they are forced to play a game of 31. The rules are simple. Survive the night for 12 hours and, if you have to kill by doing so, then that’s what needs to be done. We are treated to some of the most crazy lunatics I have ever witnessed on screen, and it made me want to see more of them. Some are more likeable than others, but they all did the job they were supposed to do.

From the opening segment I was hooked. We are introduced to Doom Head who is played by Richard Blake (Halloween II (2009)) He is a soulless human being with some of the most powerful dialogue ever written by Zombie himself. His opening monologue sets the mood and it sums up what Rob Zombie has in store for the audience.

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The film delivers a very appealing cast, from the goodies to the baddies, and all the performances are on par which made the film even more enjoyable. I did not once feel that any character was lacking or overstepping their boundaries or their welcome. In every scene, each character, nails it, and you can’t help but enjoy them and are pleased by the things they say and do while they last.

This is very rare in a Rob Zombie film since he likes to come up with many characters that may or may not be needed in a given film. Some just seem to be there to fill up space even though they don't serve a purpose. Not here.

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31 has some of the best editing in any Rob Zombie film. One scene in particular deals with two clowns with chainsaws in two different rooms, and the way that scene was cut may very well be my favorite scene in any Rob Zombie movie. The tension was high and the bloodletting is unstoppable.

Rob Zombie's 31 poster 02 - Fair use doctrine.31 is nothing more than a rusty chainsaw blade to the Adam's apple, and it delivers on every level. I was in awe from start to finish. With that being said, I felt like 31 was The Devil's Rejects meets a psycho twisted carnage circus of terror.

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COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 One Night Showing

By Dixielord

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

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

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

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

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

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

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

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hellions (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Hellions (2015)

By John Roisland

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So what do you do on 4th of July when its shitty weather out and even the local fireworks have been postponed? You watch a horror film! Today's choice from the never ending line-up of endless shit on Netflix is Hellions.

The basis of Hellions is that a young teen who just found out she's pregnant must survive Halloween night alone. Okay, doesn't sound too bad, kind of cliche (survive until morning), nevertheless, I'll give it a go.

From the get go, I felt that this one isn't going win any Oscars, yet something about Hellions just kind of dragged me in. Our young maiden Dora Vogel, played by Chloe Rose... (Wait. First off, I've got to say this: every damn time I heard someone say or start repeating her character's name in the film, all I could think about is that loud bitch DORA the EXPLORER.....FUCK!!!) Anyhow, Dora finds out she's knocked up, goes home, and waits and waits and waits for her boyfriend to pick her up for a Halloween party. 'Cause going out to a party is what you're supposed to do when you find out you're prego! Soon a knock on the door brings what appear to be children in, yes, kind of creepy costumes, screaming, "Trick or treat!" When their bags are opened to fill with candy, Dora's old man's head is in the bottom of one.

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From this point on I'm expecting a typical but possibly cool Halloween home invasion flick. What I ended up with is a cross between Michael Doughetry's Trick r Treat and a heavily dosed acid version of Rob Zombie's The of Lords of Salem.... sorta.

From this point until about the last three minutes of the film, it's entirely shot in this soft pinkish-purple hue. And it's nauseating as hell! The film unfortunately fell flat where I personally think it could have been great!

To me a good Halloween-based film is always a good thing, and this one really had something different. There was no axe- or butcher knife-weilding escaped mental patient on the loose, slashing and hacking at teen girls - not that that is a bad thing - but this was somewhat original. Our little demons asking for candy were actually some kind of Halloween spirits that were there trying to take the unborn child to sacrifice.

The film was released in 2015, directed by Bruce McDonald who also brought us Pontypool (loved that one!) and co-stars Robert Patrick (Terminator 2: Judgement Day) as a local police officer. (My guess is he owed for a favor and got stuck doing this role.)

Sorry guys, but this isn't one for the personal library.

3/10

Keep It Evil.

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HISTORY OF HORROR: JULY

HISTORY OF HORROR: JULY

By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

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

July 1 - 7

 

July - Trilogy of Terror-1975 Karen Black07/01/1942
Karen Black (actress in many horror films) born

 

July - Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window (1954)07/02/1997
James Stewart (actor in Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and Vertigo (1958)), (b. 1908)

 

July - Day of the Dead07/03/1985
Day of the Dead released theatrically

 

July - Silent Hill 3 video game07/03/2003
Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Japan

 

July - Adam Brooks07/03/????
Adam Brooks, known for Astron-6, Manborg, and Father's Day, born

 

July - Scary Movie 207/04/2001
Scary Movie 2 released theatrically

 

July - Battle Royale II07/05/2003
Battle Royale II: Requiem released theatrically

 

July - Janet Leigh07/06/1927
Janet Leigh, actress in Psycho, born

 

July - Blood Feast07/06/1963
Blood Feast released theatrically

 

July - The Descent07/06/2005
The Descent released theatrically

 

July - The Mummy's Ghost07/07/1944
The Mummy's Ghost released theatrically

 

July - Scary Movie07/07/2000
Scary Movie released theatrically

July 8 - 14

July - The Raven07/08/ 1935
The Raven released
theatrically

 

July - Phantasm 207/08/1988
Phantasm 2 released
theatrically

 

July - Dark Water 200507/08/2005
Dark Water released
theatrically

 

July - Dean Koontz07/09/1945
Dean Koontz (writer Phantoms (1989), Odd Thomas (2013)) born

 

 

July - Fred Gwynne07/10/1926
Fred Gwynne (actor in The Munsters (1964) and Pet Sematary (1989)) born (d. 1993)

 

 

July - Michael Rosenbaum07/11/1972
Michael Rosenbaum (actor in Urban Legend (1998) and Cursed (2005)) born

 

July - Tod Browning07/12/1880
Tod Browning (director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1931)) born (d. 1962)

 

July - Lon Chaney, Jr07/12/1973
Lon Chaney, Jr. (actor in Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) and The Wolfman (1941)) dies (b. 1906)

 
July - Michelle Rodriguez07/12/1978
Michelle Rodriguez (actress in Resident Evil (2002) and The Breed (2006)) born
 

July - Halloween: Resurrection07/12/2002
Halloween: Resurrection released theatrically

 

July - Stellan Skarsgard

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07/13/1968
Stellan Skarsgård (actor in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)) born

 

July - Sid Haig07/14/1939
Sid Haig (actor in The Brotherhood of Blood(2007), The Devils Rejects (2005),
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)) born is born

 

July - The Chronicle07/14/2001
The Chronicle premieres on television

July 15 - 21

 

July - Larry Cohen07/15/1941
Larry Cohen (writer, director, producer known for of Phone Booth (2002), A Return to Salem's Lot (1987), The Stuff (1985)) born

 

July - Kingdom Hospital07/15/2004
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital ends its run on television

 

July - The Fly07/16/1958
The Fly released theatrically

 

 

July - Jaws: The Revenge07/17/1987
Jaws: The Revenge released theatrically

 

 

July - Eight Legged Freaks07/17/2002
Eight Legged Freaks released
theatrically

 

 

July - Prom Night07/18/1980
Prom Night released theatrically

 

July - Aliens

07/18/1986
Aliens released theatrically

 

July - Arachnophobia07/18/1990
Arachnophobia released theatrically

 

 

July - Hideo Nakata07/19/1961
Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu (1998), Ringu 2 (1999), and Dark Water (2002)) born

 

June - Tales from the Crypt (original)07/19/1996
Tales from the Crypt ends its run on television

 

July - The Frighteners07/19/1996
The Frighteners released theatrically

 

July - The Breed07/19/2001
The Breed released theatrically

 

July - The Conjuring07/19/1964
The Conjuring released theatrically

 

July - The Devil Rides Out07/20/1968
The Devil Rides Out released theatrically

 

July - Dracula07/20/1979
Dracula released theatrically

 

July - Castlevania Dracula X07/20/1995
Castlevania: Dracula X released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America

 

July - The Haunting07/20/1999
The Haunting released theatrically

 

July - Jeepers Creepers07/20/2001
Jeepers Creepers released theatrically

 

 

July - Castlevania Dracula X07/21/1972
Castlevania: Dracula X released
on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan

 

 

July 22 - 28

 

July - James Whale07/22/1889
James Whale (director of The Invisible Man (1931), Frankenstein (1931), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)) born (d. 1957)

 

July - The Hills Have Eyes07/22/1977
The Hills Have Eyes released theatrically

July - Orca07/22/1977
Orca released theatrically

 

July - Jaws 3-D07/22/1983
Jaws 3-D released theatrically

July - The Devil's Rejects07/22/2005
Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects released theatrically

 

 

July - Castlevania Chronicles - Japan07/23/1993
Castlevania Chronicles released on the X68000 in Japan

 

 

July - Chris Sarandon07/24/1942
Chris Sarandon (actor in The Sentinel (1977), Fright Night (1985), and Bordello of Blood (1996)) born

 

 

July - Ileana Douglas07/25/1965
Illeana Douglas (actress in Cape Fear (1991) and Stir of Echoes (1999)) born

 

 

July - Michael C. Williams07/25/1973
Michael C. Williams (actor in The Blair Witch Project) born

 

July - Night of the Seagulls07/26/1976
Night of the Seagulls released theatrically

 

 

July - The Amityville Horror07/27/1979
The Amityville Horror released theatrically

 

 

July - Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan07/28/1989
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan released theatrically

 

July - Deep Blue Sea07/28/1999
Deep Blue Sea released theatrically

 

July 29 - 31

 

July - Zombi 307/29/1987
Zombi 3 released theatrically

 

July - Cherry Falls07/29/2000
Cherry Falls released theatrically

 

July - The Blair Witch Project07/30/1999
The Blair Witch Project released theatrically

 

 

July - Mario Bava07/31/1914
Mario Bava (director of Black Sunday and The Girl Who Knew Too Much) born (d. 1980)

 

July - Invisible Agent07/31/1942
Invisible Agent released theatrically

 

July - Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man07/31/1951
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man released theatrically

 

July - The Lost Boys07/31/1987
The Lost Boys released theatrically

 

July - Buffy the Vampire Slayer07/31/1992
Buffy the Vampire Slayer released theatrically

Keep it Evil

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Rob Zombie’s 31 Trailer is Here

Rob Zombie’s 31 Trailer is Here

By Dixielord

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

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

Cast of Rob Zombie's 31

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

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

Richard Brake is Doom Head in Rob Zombie's 31

Richard Brake is Doom Head in Rob Zombie's 31

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

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie's 31

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie's 31

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

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

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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH: P.J. SOLES

P.J. Soles

P.J. Soles

By John Roisland

Before the month gets away from us, I must take a moment to cast my vote for Women  in Horror Month: the lovely P.J. Soles. This hasn't been an easy choice with so much great talent in the industry!

From Scream Queen legends Jamie Lee Curtis and Danielle Harris to academy award winning make up  artist Vee Neill to the twisted minds behind the camera -Sylvia and Jen Soska, there are legions of talented women in horror. In fact, there are too many names to list here, but P.J., for me, comes with a personal reason.

P.J. Soles, born in 1950 in Frankfurt, Germany, got her first major part in the 1976 Brian De Palma film Carrie, an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name. As Norma, the ballcap wearing and wisecracking pigtailed cutie, P.J. won the hearts of many...I was 4. Since then, P.J. went on to many other roles, such as John Carpenter's Halloween and Stripes, and all with her trademark pigtails. She was at the convention supporting her role in Rob Zombie's The Devils Rejects, and as I mentioned, mine comes with a story.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

P.J. as Lynda van der Klok in the 1978 classic John Carpenter's Halloween.

A few years ago, my wife Stephanie and I were living in Florida and attended Spooky Empire, an incredible horror convention in Orlando. P.J. was on the celebrity guest list. After wandering around and taking everything in, we headed into the celebrity room on a mission to meet P.J. Just as we got thru the threshold of the ballroom door, I literally bump into her, look at her, and say "Oh hi. You're leaving?" She gave me a worried, almost brokenhearted look, like a mom whose kid wanted to hang out with her as she was leaving for work, and said, "Honey, I'm just running out to grab a sandwich for lunch. Come see me in an hour...PROMISE ME?!" She laughed, gave me a hug, and off she went, disappearing in the ocean of fans that filled the halls.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

P.J. as Susan with Sid Haig as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects.

We wander around for a while, and about an hour or so later we made our way back to P.J.'s table. As we did, she saw us, stood up and said "IT'S ABOUT TIME!!" With a big smile on her face, she came around the table and gave us huge hugs. We talked for a good 40 minutes, the room at this time wasn't busy, or I wouldn't have taken up so much time. But since we were the only ones there at the moment, and we were all really enjoying ourselves, why not?!

She talked with excitement in her eyes. We talked about her family, John Carpenter, Bill Murray, Rob Zombie and sandwiches...she likes a good sandwich. We took a few pictures, hugged, shook hands, thanked her for her time, and asked kindly how much we owed her for her time. She smiled and simply said, "Go enjoy the show, and stop by or wave if you come back through." And that we did. Every time we were in the area, and she just smiled and waved as if we were family.

Not charging us is not the reason that I put P.J Soles at the top of my list. I put her there because of her heart, how she treated us, and how she made us feel. She took the time to make a difference with the fans.

I've met a good number of celebrities, some nicer than others, but none have ever treated me quite like this - like a person, not rushing through with a fake smile and quick to collect your money. P.J. was genuinely appreciative. Let me just add that John Carpenter was the headlining guest at this show and his table was also next to P.J.'s table. Those of you who know me know that Carpenter is my favorite. He was a bucket list for me.

We went and met with the legendary John Carpenter, but we went back to the always lovely, P.J. Soles.

Congratulations P.J. Soles, on this well deserved recognition for Women In Horror Month.

Keep it Evil.

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REMAKES : The Never Ending Battle

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By : John Roisland

For a few years now, more and more recently a huge topic has been a large debate amongst horror fans new and old, REMAKES! Now, I’m not hear to end any arguments, nor do I have the power to do so. But I am here to try to discuss this never ending battle between good and bad!

Such classic and iconic horror films have been remade:

Maniac, Psycho, The Omen, Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, Mother’s Day, Last House On the Left, Halloween, Nightmare On Elm Street, Fright Night, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes, The Fly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown , My Bloody Valentine, The Fog  and the list goes on, and on and on,  not to mention foreign films that are becoming bastardized by American film makers with Old Boy, The Ring,  and coming soon Martyrs (which has been label by many as the best horror film ever!

All these films listed above, are pretty much all house hold horror names, which is  why everyone kept asking the same one worded question: WHY!?

Some argue that some remakes are better than the originals. Maybe some of them are…I personally don’t think so, although there are those that with newer technology, and possibly a larger budget, that are presented as a better film. But my issue is wheres the artistic value in remaking something that someone else has already put their name on.

Some directors  claim they love the original film and wanted to share their vision of how they saw it. Case in point is Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween; of which Zombie said he wouldn’t make the film without Carpenter’s blessing. Well he got it,  and the film made boo-coo bucks at the box office, and has seemingly made its own new Halloween franchise. Some it seems to jump on to a known franchise just to make a few dollars off of a sure thing. Others sadly  seem to be to afraid to show the world their own original visions of horror to the big screen, so they hide behind someone else’s work,  and do a remake.

My own personal favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, done and redone…supposedly done again. I’ve actually lost track of what was called a remake, and what was called a continuation. But some I’ve enjoyed…others I was ashamed and almost embarrassed to say it was part of the franchise. But that’s only my opinion.

I can’t say I welcome a remake  with open arms, as I would much rather watch something original  but some I have enjoyed and have appreciated their views and their concepts.  A few I have thought were actually good enough to have stood as its own film, if not having been a remake. Which is a shame, because imagine what it could have been if it was an original. Others fall far from even crossing the finish line.

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A Few remakes I have enjoyed and  I have almost been ridiculed for some, such as A Nightmare On Elm Street. When the remake came out in 2010, I enjoyed a more serious approach to the film, and loved Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal as Freddy Krueger, not saying anything bad against Robert Englund, Just thought Haley’s approach to the role was scarier and less comedic. Something I enjoyed…but again, that’s just my opinion, and I suffered greatly for it.

While with others, some have agreed with me. 2013 Evil Dead remake, while the original is a true cult classic, many have felt that the remake was an incredible horror film, one that could have been its own, and was also a huge success at the box office.

This is a discussion that will carry on for years. It’s like figuring out who has the better pizza: New York or Chicago. It will never end, and those who are putting their artistic vision in a remake… don’t. We want your original thoughts, your dreams, your NIGHTMARES!

A remake to me, is just about the money. No matter how many, and how big the names are that you get to star in them, it’s still a remake, its still someone else’s original work. It can be good or it can be bad, but  the horror community is a very close, very tight knit family and are very loyal…make a bad movie, they will respect you more, because its yours!

…But this is just one guys opinion.

Keep it Evil

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COMING SOON: Rob Zombie’s 31 (2016)

Rob Zombie’s 31 Is Headed Our Way
in 2016

By Dixielord

killer clown from Rob Zombie's 31

One of the Heads from Rob Zombie's 31

It's almost that special time for horror fans again. Halloween? No. It's that time to all gather together and argue over Rob Zombie movies. Is he a cinematic genius or a hack director??? It may be one of the biggest arguments in horror, right up there with fast zombies versus slow zombies. And that argument is about to shift back into high gear in 2016 when Rob releases his latest horror movie, Rob Zombie's 31.

With 31, Zombie promises something brand new, most likely in reference to his remake of Halloween. I hear people constantly saying Rob should stop doing remakes and do originals and it looks like he is about to do just that. Even though that's an unfair criticism since he has done only one real remake the aforementioned Halloween. Nevertheless, 31 is a brand new story, and it looks to be brutal as hell.

The plot of Rob Zombie's 31 involves a group of carnival workers kidnapped five days before Halloween, and placed inside a closed down attraction known as Murder World. Here they will face off against a group of sadistic killers known as "The Heads". There they must fight to survive, using anything they can. It's kill or be killed and if you can survive twelve hours you might just make it out. Murder World is run by Father Murder, who is played by Malcolm McDowell.

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie's 31

Lawrence Hilton Jacobs in Rob Zombie's 31

One thing that is always certain about a Rob Zombie movie, it's going to have a hell of a cast, and 31 is no different. It's also true that cast is always going to include his wife Sheri Moon. Well Sheri is here, love it or not, along with Rob Zombie veterans Malcolm McDowell, Elizabeth Dailey, Ginger Lynn Allen, Meg Foster and Lew Temple. Along with these Zombie regulars, one casting particularly interests me and that's Lawerence Hilton Jacobs. I grew up a big fan of Welcome Back, Kotter and it's great to see him getting a large part in a new movie. I'm really hoping this will lead him onto the convention circuit.

Rob has said that 31 is intended for the “hardcore fans who like it nasty and brutal”. All we have so far are movie stills but they seem to back up what he has said. The photos look dirty and raw harkening back to the glory days of exploitation cinema. Zombie has never shied away from violence in the past and there is no reason to think he will in 31.

Rob Zombie's 31 is scheduled to be released some time early in 2016. While I am eager to see it, I wish it could have opened closer to Halloween. It's a brutal film by a master of horror (depending on who you ask) set in the Halloween season. If released around Halloween it might become a seasonal favorite. Without any delays though, we should be seeing it early next year. Rob's fans are eagerly awaiting it, while the rest of horror, as is usual with his films, are split right down the middle.

Posted by Allen Alberson in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, 0 comments

THIS JUST IN: Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis are Trapped

Rob Zombie and Mila Kunis
Are Joining Forces

Trapped Coming to Starz

By John Roisland

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

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

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

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

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

Posted by John Roisland in COMING SOON, HORROR COMEDIES, HORROR NEWS, 0 comments