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COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

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In the 1980s, horror took on a whole new world with the advent of the slasher film. Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho predate the movie that truly brought the term slasher to life – the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street brought us the character we all have grown to know and love…and fear – the infamous child killer, the one and only Freddy Krueger, made both famous and infamous by Robert Englund, one hell of an actor.. His role immortalized the Springwood Slasher and introduced a new form of fear to the public and a
franchise that has made history in the nightmares of horror fans all over the world.
Many have gone through the franchise picking apart what they love and don’t love about each of them, and, of course, the remake. (I may be the only person on earth who thought the remake was a solid movie. I have my reasons for this, more scientific than anything else.) However, few can deny the appeal of Robert Englund’s O.G. Freddy Krueger with his quick remarks, creative and personalized kills, and the beautiful way he says “bitch” in every situation possible.
Now, a new documentary titled NIGHTMARES IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR, an exposé featuring Robert Englund donning the Freddy Krueger persona one last time will be happening at the Flashback Weekend in Chicago Aug 6-8, 2017. Mr. Englund will be sharing stories from behind the scenes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, some fun anecdotes of the experiences the cast and crew had on the set. All while having the makeup put on him, along with what looked like a standard Convention style Q&A session while wearing the Krueger gear. This is definitely a neat little concept that I’m sure every horror fan will just love to see. I, for one, being HUGE slasher, horror and especially Freddy Krueger fan will thoroughly enjoy this documentary.
So get ready to walk through memory Elm Street with the man himself in this unique little documentary of our favorite nightmare slasher. Oh, and check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl in the Photographs (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl in the Photographs (2015)

By John Roisland

The Girl in the Photographs. Fair use doctrine.

Some people say that art is murder and murder is art, and in this little movie I found on Netflix, it seems so. The Girl In the Photographs is a 2015 horror film that was directed by Nick Simon, who also brought us The Pyramid in 2014.

When Colleen (Claudia Lee from Kick Ass 2), a local girl in Small Town, USA is targeted to find murder pix posted in her grocery store where she works, she freaks a bit, and because there’s no proof, local police just chalk it up as a prank with bad taste. It’s soon found out the a serial killer (Luke Baines) is on the loose. This killer dismantles his victims. poses their bodies to mock famous glamour model magazine shots, and then photographs the victims (hence the name…The Girl In the Photographs) to leave for Colleen. When the word of this does finally hit the Internet, Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn from Harold and Kumar), an LA hotshot photographer who once lived in this same small town immediately takes a road trip back home with a few models as well as his entourage and set up shop for a week to do a photo shoot with some of the local women.

His game plan, to taunt the killer by having Lee star as his local model for his shoot, goes south when the killer shows up unannounced at the final party before they all leave to head back to LA, taking Lee with them in promises of making her the new big model

I’m not going to give away any spoilers, what kind of ass hat would I be to do that? But what I will tell you about The Girl In the Photographs is this: I was pleasantly surprised, not only with this film in its entirety but with the ending was as well. It managed to surprise me some, so it wasn’t 100% predictable. I really enjoyed that! It’s a slasher film a with brain that still delivered on a good amount of suspense and gore!

The Girl in the Photographs. Fair use doctrine.

I also very much enjoyed a surprise 2-3 minute scene that starred Katherine Isabelle, from Ginger Snaps and, of course, American Mary, that opened the film. Way to go, Netflix. It’s about damn time! So if your scrolling Netflix horror endlessly looking for something that catches your eye, give The Girl in the Photographs a shot. I think you’ll surprised.

Keep It Evil.

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COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

By Dixielord

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

Mark Patton from Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Family Possessions

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

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway camp

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp

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

 

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

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

 

Jason Vail from Dollman and Family Possessions

Jason Vail from Dollface and Family Possessions

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

 

 

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

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

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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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JEBEDIAH FILM REVIEW

JEBEDIAH FILM REVIEW

By Nicole Robinson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Halloween on the Small Screen?

Halloween on the Small Screen?

Michael’s World – Slaughter On! Excellent!

By Woofer McWooferson

Michael Myers staring downstairs.

Michael Myers staring downstairs.

Michael Myers, one of the most recognized and beloved horror icons, may be moving to the small screen if rumors are true. Since Dimension Films lost control of the Halloween franchise, there has been much speculation as to what will be next for the iconic character. Halloween Returns, which was to be the next step in the Halloween franchise, has been shelved indefinitely and it its place come rumors of a limited series on television. (A limited series is one with a planned number of episodes rather than being open to continuing until nobody watches any longer.)

Michael Myers in the Closet

A closet won’t stop Michael Myers.

According to Fangoria, who quote a European filmmaker who wishes to remain anonymous, the European Film Market may have been passed over to allow a limited series to be produced. Rumors are that it would be a three to five season series and would enable much more to be added to the Halloween story. The Fangoria article goes on to state:

“…as budget horror becomes a more and more of a rarity in Hollywood, Halloween’s studio search might not have gone as smoothly as planned as Malek Akkad & Trancas still aim to keep up the franchise’s costly, old-school production value; in other words, a micro-budget, day-and-date Halloween film might be off-the-table, which could give way to a Halloween series that could carry that cinematic production value.”

Everything is still unconfirmed, but speculation abounds. Will it be a backstory? Will it be in between stories? There is a lot of room in the Halloween universe for Michael to maneuver, and we hope he takes full advantage of this.

Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

Still, rumors of a Halloween television series is great news for fans of the 1978 classic (and its sequels, reboots, and retoolings). Despite not saying a word in the original Halloween, Michael Myers is one of the most well known horror and respected icons, and Halloween remains one of the most watched franchises in horror movie history.

House of Tortured Souls is ready for more Michael Myers on any screen. Are you? Let us know what you think. Is the small screen big enough for Michael Myers?

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Unmasked: Kane Hodder

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, 2 comments
BLOOD RAGE (1983) BLU-RAY REVIEW

BLOOD RAGE (1983) BLU-RAY REVIEW

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By Nick Durham

You guys want to see an 80s slasher that features an assload of gory moments, murderous twins, and a young Ted Raimi in a cameo as a dude selling condoms in a bathroom?

If your first question is what’s a condom?, well…we’re in the same boat. I don’t know what they are either, but I do know what a Ted Raimi is. My preferred choice of birth control is what I call the Ted Raimi, where right before I’m about to blow a load I start chanting I’LL SWALLOW YOUR SOUL and that’s when my partner runs away screaming. No babies for me.

Anyway, Blood Rage is a cheap slasher flick that was filmed in 1983, but not officially released until 1987 in a heavily edited version that was even re-titled Nightmare at Shadow Woods for some reason. The story revolves around twins named Todd and Terry (both played by Mark Soper), of which Terry is a crazed killer that has blamed Todd for a gruesome murder when they were young. In the years that followed, Todd has been institutionalized while Terry has led a pretty nice life while being smothered by his mother (Louise Lasser). Things come to a head though when Todd escapes, and Terry goes on a blood-thirsty rampage for shits and giggles.

As I had said before, Blood Rage was heavily edited upon its eventual release, and it’s easy to see why. This film is a flat out fucking bloodbath literally from its beginning to the end. Some of the effects are pretty good for their time, and some of them…well, they weren’t then, and definitely aren’t now. Still, there are some inventive kills, and the film walks a fine line between being tongue in cheek and ridiculously mean-spirited. The film’s story is fairly predictable, but it’s surprisingly well-acted for what it is.

The wonderful folks at Arrow Films have unleashed another shockingly spectacular Blu-ray release. A three disc limited edition set, the Blood Rage Blu-ray set features three (!) versions of the film that encompass its uncensored version and edited cuts, along with a shitload of commentaries and interviews as well. The film itself has been restored in 2K HD, and it looks wonderful to say the least. Arrow seriously literally overdid themselves bringing Blood Rage home.

To wrap things up, Blood Rage is a fairly entertaining and somewhat forgotten slasher that has received a brilliant Blu-ray set release from Arrow Films. The features and overall presentation of this set make Blood Rage worth picking up by itself alone. This is by and far worth your time and money, and you should probably act soon and pick it up while you can, because when Arrow calls something a limited edition, they’re not fucking around. Grab this while you can.

Rating: 4/5

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LUMBERJACK MAN

LUMBERJACK MAN

By : John Roisland

Lumberjack Man

Ranging from 2006-2010 After Dark Horrorfest , also know as, 8 Films To Die For, brought us some truly great  horror films. Titles such as The Hamiltons , Frontier(s) , Autopsy and Perkins 14…just to name a few, now not all of the films chosen for that years run were great, …but were all pretty good. After a few years in, the quality of films just got worse. I’m not so much referring to the quality of the production, I mean the movie it self, was bad. My wife and I used to collect all of them on dvd…and then stopped because of this.

From 2010-2014, there were no releases, 2015 came back with a lot of promise and hope of a  new era of After Dark Films. I remember seeing a promo trailer for some of the features that were going to be released for the 2015 collection and thinking to myself,” ok,…looks pretty good, ill give it a shot!” and so I did, with Lumberjack Man. I think I made a bad choice.

The film stars Michael Madsen (Kill Bill vol. I +II , Resevoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco), and I love Madsen, he’s an American badass! Ciara Flynn  (Stonehearst Asylum, Replica) Brina Palencia (Machine Girl) Josh Bear , both wrote and directed Lumberjack Man, what I found to be interesting about this, is Bear is a video game director, he made the crossover to film, with this title… sorry about your luck. The film was made through Madisonian Films, and was released as one of this years titles for the After Dark collection this year.

The story is about a happy go lucky church group that is setting up at a camp ground awaiting the arrival of other campers the following day. The films basically moves at a pace of a very cheesy late night movie. Without any real reason, this back woods Lumberjack Man shows up an starts killing campers. The effects are bad, the acting is bad….and the fake boobs are even bad! The film also, I think, tries to be a border line comedy, failed there too. There is no real story to anything, it all just kinda happens…I’ve seen bad films, this one, as far as recent flint films goes, it takes the cake!

As you should know, this is now the second review for a 2015 After Dark Horrorfest  given by House of Tortured Souls  (To see the review on Unnatural by Amy Mead click here) , and lets just say that things are not looking so good… they have 6 more titles to win us back over. And personally speaking, I really hope they do, because  I was a huge fan, and I still am a supporter! So I hope they pull it off, but as far as Lumberjack Man goes, save your $2.00 at Redbox.

2/10

Keep It Evil

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Charlie’s Farm Review

Charlie’s Farm Review

 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, 0 comments
HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

By Machete Von Kill

Hellraiser poster

Director: Clive Barker; Writer: Clive Barker (adapted from The Hellbound Heart) Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins; Rating: R; Run Time: 94 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 1987

Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank’s body apart. When Frank’s brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank’s old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself. (Summary from IMDb.)

I honestly don’t remember how old I was the first time I saw Hellraiser. It was some time in middle school. And I’ve seen it eleventy billion times since. It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I don’t mean just horror movies either. I can probably recite almost every line from the movie and had Pinhead as a notification alert on my cellphone (I can’t lie. After several texts from a close friend, I had to change it. LOL! Pinhead was starting to creep me out!)

Meeting Doug Bradley aka Pinhead

I have to say, seeing Doug Bradley‘s name on the guest list for Motor City Nightmares last year was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to go. I was heartbroken when it became clear I couldn’t afford tickets. Thanks to Dark Legacy Haunted House, I WON A GOLD PASS and was able to meet PINHEAD himself. I will full on admit, I was extremely nervous about meeting Mr. Bradley. I was a complete mess. Nervous stutter when I could speak, dry mouth and shaking like a leaf. Mr. Bradley put up with me (LOL) and was nice enough to take photos with me, autograph my DVD, and accepted my gift to him, a hand painted Pinhead Christmas ornament. I could go on and on about Doug Bradley, but that’s not why we’re here. Let’s get back to the movie.

The scene when Frank begins to regenerate after absorbing his brother’s blood through the floor boards is both totally gross and totally captivating. You can’t turn away, even though you want to. And the subsequent scenes of Frank consuming the blood of the men Julia brings to the house are just as gross and captivating. The sounds effects alone are gag worthy.

I can’t say I have any sympathy for Frank or Julia. Frank was a sick, mean, creepy bastard when he was alive and Julia, a cheating tramp. Who sleeps with their newly wedded husband’s brother!? Ick! Dirty ho! They totally deserved each other and all of the tortures dished out by the Cenobites. It seems so fitting that Frank ended up consuming Julia.

And the Cenobites themselves, HOLY WAH! As if Pinhead wasn’t terrifying enough, throw in Chatterer (Nicholas Vince), Butterball (Simon Bamford), and the female Cenobite (Grace Kirby)… Nightmare material for days! Deliciously evil and brilliant. Bravo to Clive Barker for bringing these henchmen of Hell to life.

The movie is dark, beautiful, gory and everything a good horror movie should be. Even with the 1987 special effects, it still stands up today as one of the greatest ever made. And I’m really unhappy to hear that it will be rebooted. It is a classic that needs to be left alone. Sure, make another sequel (just please, please, please do a better job than the last few), but there’s no reason to reboot.

If you haven’t yet seen this masterpiece, I’d really like to know what the hell you are waiting for.

10 out of 10 Cenobites Tortures

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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: 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.

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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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MOVIE REVIEW: See No Evil 2 (2014)

By Nick Durham

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If it weren’t for the Soska sisters, there’d probably be no reason whatsoever to feel any type of excitement for a sequel to 2006’s See No Evil. That film was a fairly predictable slasher that offered up some decent gore effects and kills, but was really only notable for starring WWE wrestler Glenn “Kane” Jacobs in the role of the murderous Jacob Goodnight. With See No Evil 2, we get a sequel that no one asked for, yet somehow despite itself, winds up being wholly enjoyable for what it is.

Picking up where the first film left off, See No Evil 2 finds Jacob and all of his victims delivered to the local morgue, much to the chagrin of Amy (Danielle Harris) who had birthday plans on this night. Lo and behold, her friends (including Katharine Isabelle) decide to pay her a visit and bring the fun to Amy, none of whom realize that Jacob isn’t quite dead. Naturally, because of slasher sequel logic, it doesn’t take too long before the bodies start piling up again.

At its worst, See No Evil 2 is predictable in terms of its story and most scares, but it ends up being supremely enjoyable in spite of this. Bringing in genre vets like Danielle Harris and Katharine Isabelle is a super smart move to put butts in seats, and both are wonderful in their performances. Actually, most of the acting featured here is surprisingly good come to think of it. The gore effects are pretty good as well, and the ending twists are great, too.

Granted, it’s not perfect, but for what it is See No Evil 2 is pretty damn enjoyable on its own merits. It definitely blows the first one away and actually gives a good enough excuse as to why Jacob Goodnight should have his own slasher franchise. Well, that is if it’s the Soska sisters in the driver’s seat steering the whole thing. If not, then perhaps we should bid Jacob Goodnight a final goodnight (see what I did there?) and let See No Evil return to the graveyard. If they were to come back though, I’d be more than happy to see Jacob go on another murder spree.

Rating: 4/5

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