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THIS JUST IN: Ash vs. Evil Dead Canceled

THIS JUST IN: Ash vs. Evil Dead Canceled

Since Starz moved Ash vs Evil Dead to Sunday night, the ratings have never recovered and the fan favorite has been canceled. That’s right. In spite of scores like a 99% on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer (94% on the Audience Tomatometer) and 8.5 stars on IMDb, Ash vs Evil Dead has been staked, leaving fans disappointed and wanting more.

Word hit when Bruce Campbell tweeted earlier this afternoon:

Ash Vs Evil Dead has been the ride of a lifetime. Ash Williams was the role of a lifetime.
I will always be grateful to Starz, Sam Raimi, Rob Tapert and our tireless fans for the opportunity to revisit the franchise that launched our careers. Thank you!
RIP Ash vs Evil Dead - Bruce Campbell's tweet

Ash vs Evil Dead, which starred Ray Santiago, Dana DeLorenzo, and Lucy Lawless in addition to Bruce Campbell, saw Ash drawn back into fighting the Deadites long after the events in the movie franchise. Like the movies – especially the two sequels, Ash vs Evil Dead was a fun and gore-filled but cheesy romp through one outrageous event after another. Ash vs Evil Dead not only gave us more of the Ashley J. Williams we all know and love, it also gave us more about Ash and his family. We learned of Ash’s guilt and suffering after his sister’s death as well as his ostracization by nearly everyone in his hometown. We meet his father – and Lee Majors playing Ash’s father was positively inspired casting – as well as his daughter, and there are hints of more… so much more… to come. Alas, unless something changes dramatically at Starz, those hints are all we’ll ever have.

I’m glad to see that Bruce has a groovy attitude because I and other fans of the show are bummed.

House of Tortured Souls wishes Bruce and everyone else involved in the Evil Dead film franchise and TV series the best.

Thank you.


Posted by Woofer McWooferson in HORROR NEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, 0 comments
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.)

Posted by Allen Alberson in CONTESTS, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, PARANORMAL, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SCI-FI HORROR, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, URBAN DECAY/DYSTOPIAN FUTURES, WOMEN IN HORROR, ZOMBIES, 0 comments
RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E02, Bait

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E02, Bait

By Kev B.

Ash V Evil Dead Episode 2

Okay so, episode one was a fun ride for the set up and introductions, but episode two, Bait, was a little more intense. All mixed in with that dark comedy that I look forward to each week. The series is progressing nicely, and episode three, Books From Beyond, is the best one yet!

Here is a little refresher before you get there:

  • We are starting to see that maybe Ash has had some trouble getting over the events of his first battle with evil. He seeks comfort in good ol’ sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll, as fleeting as it may be. Upon receiving signs from the deadites that they are coming for him, he realizes he may have mistakenly unleashed the evil in a drunken/drugged haze trying to impress a woman. Detective Fisher went on a call with her partner of ten years and meets the aforementioned woman Ash was trying to woo, now possessed by Kandarian spirits. Fisher emerges the only survivor, and things are starting to look like they are happening for a reason and all roads lead to Ash.
  • Pablo (Ash’s coworker and only friend) intervenes on a Deadite attack in the stock room at Value Mart and saves Ash, prompting him to tell the tale of the cabin and the book. Pablo tells Ash how he was to be trained as a shaman by his uncle, a Brujo, and how he spoke of good and evil… And a man called El Jefe who will fight the evil. Naturally, Pablo thinks Ash is El Jefe and vows to fight with him. Meanwhile, Kelly (Pablo’s only friend and love interest), receives word her mother has returned home six months after his death. And we have Ruby, closing in fast on the trail of our heroes, who holds Ash responsible for the demise of her family.

Boomstick Bruce

Episode two, “Bait”, opens with Kelly speeding off to her parents’ house on Pablo’s motorcycle. Pablo tells Ash she took the book, which at this point Ash has decided to take to a bookstore to be translated. With Ash and Pablo on the way to Kelly’s parents’ house, they survive another Deadite attack and meet up with Kelly just in time for dinner. Ash’s instincts tell him things are not what they seem, and two shallow graves later, Kelly has the motivation to join Ash and Pablo to help rid the earth of the evil that took her family from her. Detective Fisher follows clues to Ashes trailer park and finds the business card for Books From Beyond, while his neighbors give a description to a sketch artist. And thanks to the delay at Kellys family’s home, Detective Fisher beats them to the bookstore. Stay tuned for episode three – Books of Blood.

My favorite quote from episode two:

So look, um… I’m not a grief counselor, but if it’s any consolation, I have had to kill and bury loved ones before… A bunch of times actually.
-Ash
Posted by Kevin Belyski in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SERIES REVIEWS, 0 comments
RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E01, El Jefe

RECAP: Ash vs Evil Dead, S01E01, El Jefe

By Kev B.

Ash is a badass

So don’t even tell me you still haven’t seen the premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead yet. It’s been on Starz like every other hour since Halloween night. The staff here at Tortured Souls basically seems to concur that the show was awesome or they don’t get that channel. To them I said, It’s streaming free at Starz.com and also on the Ash vs. Evil Dead Facebook page. And now that you know, you have no excuse, either.

Now I’m not going to sugarcoat my review, but I really only had one small gripe. It’s those three words that make every old school gore hound cringe… Computer-generated imagery. Yep, they got some CGI goin’ on in there. We want practical effects and buckets of real (fake) blood a la Dead by Dawn, not CG splatter a la Sharknado. I guess all we can do is hope that with time and growing interest that the budget will increase and they can sell the computers and buy some buckets. Aside from that, I liked it a lot!

The king is back, and boy have we missed him! We join our reluctant hero some thirty years after the events of the Evil Dead or Dead by Dawn (not quite sure as the continuity is hazy at best). From what I gather, they don’t even have the rights to reference Army of Darkness. Ash is still stuck in the same kind of shitty job (at Value Mart now, no longer S-Mart) and he still drives the same classic ’73 Oldsmobile. He now lives in a mobile home in a trailer park in Michigan.

The show opens with Ash rockin’ out to some Deep Purple and suiting up to go out, maybe to kick some deadite ass? No, he speeds on down to a local bar, and enters strategically at 10 minutes before closing. He’s just out looking for some sugar, and his pick-up game is hilarious. His story of losing his hand by stopping a train to save a young boy (well, the truth would be harder to believe than this BS fiction) is too funny. Campbell’s performance is great, as always, and he seems right at home back in the role of Ash.

The episode sets up the show, introduces the characters, and got me all amped up for more. Unfortunately, the lovely Lucy Lawless was only in this episode for a short time. But she will play a big role in the future as a descendent of Professor Raymond (the one who discovered and translated the book), Henreitta, and Annie Knowby. The show as a whole looks to be promising, has me optimistic, and gives all of us Evil Deadheads something to look forward to each week, with new episodes Saturday night at 9pm on Starz.

Posted by Kevin Belyski in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SERIES REVIEWS, 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

Trapped Zombie Kunis

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
Ash vs. Evil Dead

Ash vs. Evil Dead

Evil (Dead) Has Met Its Match?

By John Roisland
Ash vs Evil Dead on Starz

October 31, 2015, Halloween night, saw the world television premiere of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Starz.

The long awaited follow up to the huge cult film franchise that began in 1981 as The Evil Dead. Not a bad night to open with if you want my opinion!

The series is set 30 years after The Evil Dead, with Ash living as a loner who is unable to come to grips with what happened all those years ago. Ash lives a dull life but seems to prefer it to fighting the forces of evil. Unfortunately for Ash, a Deadite invasion has begun, and Ash must draw upon his experience, boomstick, and chainsaw to stop the evil from spreading. all while finally coming to terms with his past.

The first season is set up with ten half-hour episodes and is produced by Sam Raimi (Drag Me to Hell), Rob Tapert (The Possession), AND Bruce Campbell (Bubba Ho-Tep) – all of the original The Evil Dead team. Campbell reluctantly jumps back into action as Ash, the chainsaw-handed demon hunter we’ve all come to love! Starring alongside Bruce is Lucy Lawless (Xena: Warrior Princess) as Ruby Knowby, a character who strongly believes that Ash is to blame for the evils that they encounter. (Ash vs. Evil Dead also sees Campbell, Raimi, Lawless, and Tapert reunited, the quartet having all worked on Xena: Warrior Princess.) The show also stars Ray Santiago (In Time), who plays Pablo Simon Bolivar, Ash’s loyal sidekick.

So let the kids run amok in the other room until they pass out from their trick or treating sugar high! Plop your ass in your La-Z-Boy, and grab your remote. It’s time to fight evil!

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments