Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Horror and the Oscars?

The history of genre cinema (horror, fantasy, science fiction) and the Oscars have been a spotty one at best. For example, in 1931 Fredric March took home the golden statue for his masterful duel role in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (and my personal favorite adaptation). It wouldn’t be until Anthony Hopkins portrayed the cannibal Hannibal in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs that another actor would win for a horror movie in that category. The Oscars have always looked down on genre films, most specifically horror and science fiction, with most of the awards going to dramas or indie darlings. However, it seems of late that maybe this is a trend that is slowly changing and voting members are finally taking the horror genre seriously. It’s not totally unheard of for the genre to get some love though. On the technical side, films like for example Alien and Aliens won both Oscars for visual effects. The Fly, An American Werewolf in London, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and won Best Makeup (just to name a few). In addition, Sleepy Hollow won for Best Art Direction, and Ruth Gordon and Kathy Bates won Best Actress awards.

Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Get Out

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Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water

However, when you realize The Exorcist never won Best Picture but did win for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Get Out the psychological satire horror film kicked down some doors not only in its frank and sobering commentary on race relations but proves that a genre film can be smart, meaningful, and scary as hell. The 90th Oscars were very genre forward in many ways. Guillermo Del Toro mentioned The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Julie Adams, and on the red carpet, clips from various horror films were shown in a montage including most surprisingly a chainsaw swinging Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And of course, the break out horror hit Get Out from Blumhouse won for Best Screenplay. In addition, trailblazing filmmaker George A. Romero was paid tribute at the Oscars in Memoriam, though sadly Tobe Hooper was left off for some baffling reason. It’s no shock that a lot of people in the horror community don’t like the Oscars, and I totally get that. When I look back at the countless great horror films to get snubbed, it’s hard not to be bitter. But this year proved that a perhaps a new attitude is emerging within the Academy, after all, this year also saw a greatly diverse group of nominees and winners. Sure we are unlikely to see a Halloween film win any golden statues, but I really feel like Get Out and The Shape of Water are great starts in showcasing the importance of genre cinema.

Mad Monster welcomes George Romero

George Romero

Horror and the Oscars

Horror and the Oscars

Horror and the Oscars?

The history of genre cinema (horror, fantasy, science fiction) and the Oscars have been a spotty one at best. For example, in 1931 Fredric March took home the golden statue for his masterful duel role in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (and my personal favorite adaptation). It wouldn’t be until Anthony Hopkins portrayed the cannibal Hannibal in 1991’s Silence of the Lambs that another actor would win for a horror movie in that category. The Oscars have always looked down on genre films, most specifically horror and science fiction, with most of the awards going to dramas or indie darlings. However, it seems of late that maybe this is a trend that is slowly changing and voting members are finally taking the horror genre seriously. It’s not totally unheard of for the genre to get some love though. On the technical side, films like for example Alien and Aliens won both Oscars for visual effects. The Fly, An American Werewolf in London, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula and won Best Makeup (just to name a few). In addition, Sleepy Hollow won for Best Art Direction, and Ruth Gordon and Kathy Bates won Best Actress awards.

Daniel Kaluuya in Jordan Peele’s Get Out

he Shape of Water poster

Guillermo Del Toro’s The Shape of Water

However, when you realize The Exorcist never won Best Picture but did win for Best Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium. Get Out the psychological satire horror film kicked down some doors not only in its frank and sobering commentary on race relations but proves that a genre film can be smart, meaningful, and scary as hell. The 90th Oscars were very genre forward in many ways. Guillermo Del Toro mentioned The Creature from the Black Lagoon and Julie Adams, and on the red carpet, clips from various horror films were shown in a montage including most surprisingly a chainsaw swinging Leatherface from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. And of course, the break out horror hit Get Out from Blumhouse won for Best Screenplay. In addition, trailblazing filmmaker George A. Romero was paid tribute at the Oscars in Memoriam, though sadly Tobe Hooper was left off for some baffling reason. It’s no shock that a lot of people in the horror community don’t like the Oscars, and I totally get that. When I look back at the countless great horror films to get snubbed, it’s hard not to be bitter. But this year proved that a perhaps a new attitude is emerging within the Academy, after all, this year also saw a greatly diverse group of nominees and winners. Sure we are unlikely to see a Halloween film win any golden statues, but I really feel like Get Out and The Shape of Water are great starts in showcasing the importance of genre cinema.

Mad Monster welcomes George Romero

George Romero




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Horror Remakes: Why They Are Not Bad

Horror Remakes: Why They Are Not Bad

Something that weighs on the minds of horror fans every time an announcement of a new movie is coming out, and that one thing is “Will this be a remake”? Now the words reboot, remake, re-imaging, or whatever the wordage may be. These are things that no one likes to hear when you’re a “True” horror fan; however, what makes you a true horror fan? Is it the way we view horror as an art form? Is it the attitude we take towards Michael Bay? Is it the "Robert Englund is the only Freddy" stance? Let’s take a trip through time and explain how re-visioning is how it all started and all the “elite” are not justified in their constant complaining of reboots. Yes, you can have an opinion, but you’re not always right. The fact of the matter is; none of us are right, it’s all perspective of our interests. So allow me if you will, to explain why remakes are essential and going to happen despite all the elitist’s basement dwellers best efforts and internet trolling to stop them.

Nosferatu (1922) / Fair use doctrine.The dawn of the horror age in movies was met with films such as Nosferatu and Phantom of the Opera, both of which were movie adaptations of tThe Phantom of the Opera (1925) / Fair use doctrine.he written word. I’m sure someone in 1929 set in their smoke-filled basement and stated via telegraph “Universal Studios. Stop. The books were better. Stop. Sincerely, Guy you’ll never see.” Then the 1930s come and bring us the Universal Monster films. Again, this was more than likely met with flak from people who read Dracula and Frankenstein and wondered why the movies were nothing like the books. Well, this is considered a re-imaging to adapt to film. Same idea, just a new perspective.

Horror of Dracula (1958) / Fair use doctrine.Throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s all the monsters we loved were re-imagined again in different forms, stories etc. Christopher Lee made Dracula famous again, Peter Cushing put a new twist on the Van Helsing character. We could carry this on but you get the idea. Were these movies met with disgruntled fans of the original Monster movies? Of course, however people of today still give love to Christopher Lee as a horror icon and why? HE WAS IN A REVISION OF FUCKING DRACULA! That is why. These same people complaining about the slasher remakes that were made famous in the 1980’s are the same that have not only the Universal Monsters box set, but the Hammer set right next to it. Have we learned a lesson in horror yet?

Probably not, or you’re looking at your collection thinking it’s a different scenario. It is not, it’s the same concept.

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.The slasher and horror remakes of today are no different than those of yesteryear. The remake is essentially laziness on Hollywood running out of ideas but what’s really going on is. They’re burrowing for ideas and then it hits them “Oh, man ya know if I were to make Nightmare on Elm Street, I’d add some backstory it would really help explain a lot of the movie that didn’t make any sense at all in the original”. Well look at that, that’s what, happened. Made more sense and got the story across with a more realistic burned person with boils and all that and not a cheeseless pizza. Not to mention, something that hits the scene “The new Freddy wasn’t funny”. No he wasn’t, and NEITHER WAS THE ORIGINAL! Also “His voice is too deep and creepy.” Ok..um..Horror..mov…ie. Now with that said also, homeboy was burnt up in a fire, his vocal chords probably were soot covered and damaged. I’m sure the writers would issue an apology for realism, but if I were them. I wouldn’t. So, with that said. Let’s take a peek at some other remakes.

Michael BayI’ve read a billion reviews on each, and seeing that Michael Bay was a part of most of them the common thing people say is “Michael Bay sucks, he just blows stuff up.” Ok. Shut up. Without saying that line that EV.ER.Y.ONE says, tell me why Michael Bay sucks. I’ll wait. His movies even Bad Boys were good movies, Transformers was good, as were the Ninja Turtles Movies. Sooo, there’s no justification when everyone says the one thing that does not matter at all on his remakes. I and some of my peers even that I’ve discussed this with have never heard any other reason for Michael Bay to be considered a bad movie maker other than “he blows stuff up”. Which again is all anyone says.

Clancy Brown, Sean Penn, and Robert Lee Rush in Bad Boys (1983) / Fair use doctrine.

Clancy Brown, Sean Penn, and Robert Lee Rush in Bad Boys (1983)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) / Fair use doctrine.Texas Chainsaw Massacre: This movie remake was by far the best of them all. It was not only a very well told story, it took out the cheese of the 70s and added a LOT more gore for today’s horror aficionado. It for sure added a lot better of a factor of scare and realism. There was literally nothing wrong with this movie. If you went into it thinking “the original was better” you’re insane because the original lacked in so many ways in comparison. For the time the original was made, yes it was brutal. Someone saw an idea later, and with less restriction, so they made a movie that should have been made in 1970 whatever.
Halloween (2007) / Fair use doctrine.Halloween/H2: Say what you will about Rob Zombie, his movies went from TCM loosely based films, to the remakes of Halloween and Halloween 2, then the not so great films of Lords of Salem and 31, so yes, his originals lack heavily in my opinion, others here love them, but hey we are still friends and it’s no big deal. However, here’s what’s up with Halloween. I hated Halloween by John Carpenter. Halloween II (2009) / Fair use doctrine.That’s right, I dare say such a thing. It was a boring ass movie. No story, just a lot of “oh there’s a guy and now he’s gone.” Rob Zombie added a lot of backstory, a reason for Michael to be the way he is which made a ton more sense to the movie. The rest are pretty much the same as the original except for bloody gore fests right from the beginning. Again, making it far better than the original ever was. Halloween 2 was just bloody which made it fun, other than that it was kind of like a bad dream the whole time. Rob Zombie, really did a bang-up job with his RE-VISION of Halloween probably the best there ever were or ever will be.
Friday the 13th (2009) / Fair use doctrine.Friday the 13th: This film was great, it wrapped the first 7 movies into one. Did we need 45 sequels before? Nope, not at all. So, this summed them all up awesomely. So, this remake was on point with the rest, gave the backstory briefly, burned through 1 and 2…3…4…5. 6..7 in like 2 hours. Killed a ton of people hilariously and boom. Done. This is what made the movie a great rendition to the Slasher remake series. Got to the point, showed some titties, and lots of senseless killing. Without having 8 sequels for no good reason.
Poltergeist (2015) / Fair use doctrine.Poltergeist: Sucked as a movie not because it’s a remake. It was just awful even as a standalone movie. It was, just no.
Evil Dead (2013) / Fair use doctrine.Evil Dead: Seriously, a fantastically remade movie, and it’s undeniable that this movie had some great storyline, the graphics were classic and disgusting. The blood, my lord Vincent Price, the blood was something to be glorious about. If you didn’t like this movie at all, then just take yo’ self out of horror fandom and go to the kiddie booth where you belong.
Bill Skarsgård and Jackson Robert Scott in It (2017) / Fair use doctrine.Okay, we’ll skip a few and move on to IT. With IT being released a lot of folks have stated it looks like crap. What the fuck movie are you watching? Because it was damn good, although the original was the original and Tim Curry blah blah blah. A true-blue horror fan will watch both back to back and be like “Ok the original was fairly boring and far too hokey”. The remake already is instilling pure terror into people. JUST FROM THE TRAILER! which was like “Fuck..this…shit..wow.” Who cares if Tim Curry or John Boy Walton aren’t in it. Who cares if it’s not made for TV and released on 4 VHS tapes. It is a great film, I wasn’t surprised it was great, I was surprised it was hilarious as well as scary.

Like it or not the remakes will continue as people sit around digging up ideas and say “I’d do this differently.” We can’t stop them, we don’t have to watch them. Over the years, I have seen only four remakes not worth a damn and honestly I’ve seen a lot that were really bad so bad I can’t remember them but the movies right off hand I’m speaking of: Poltergeist, Hellraiser, House of Wax and Carnival of Souls. Every other remake has been stupid good, more graphic, more story and a lot better than the original. A Little tidbit to add to this, Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 *ahem* SAME FUCKING MOVIE! Yes, that’s right same damn movie, can you believe that people say they’re not? Then complain about the remake that was recently made. Look at yourself and wonder why you’re this type of person. Also My Soul to Take Nightmare on Elm Street revision BY WES CRAVEN. If you as a fan paid any amount of attention to Wes Craven’s reasoning and creation of Freddy Krueger you would know that My Soul To Take is taken straight from those interviews, straight from his mind.

So before judging the movie before it comes out. Realize you’re one person with an opinion. Watch the movie as a standalone film and let it fill your heart with joy. We are all horror fans. We all have preferences, and we all have the love of the genre. Dissing on remakes is counterproductive and hypocritical when you have a Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee posters right next to each other. Vincent Price with the black cat and other Poe stories. I dare anyone to say he didn’t breathe new life into Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. So, all of us can climb off our high horses now and enjoy these damn movies that are more awesome than before. Then in 20 years talk shit about people remaking Insidious and The Conjuring.

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ONE-ON-ONE WITH BRIAN K. WILLIAMS

ONE-ON-ONE WITH BRIAN K. WILLIAMS

By John Roisland

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One of the fastest growing names in the horror industry, Brian K. Williams, and his partner in crime, director Scott Schirmer who together are Bandit Motion Pictures who have brought us Harvest Lake, and now the eagerly anticipated Plank Face. In addition to gearing up for the launch of the trailer for Plank Face, Brian has an extremely hectic schedule of film festivals and conventions, but he was gracious enough to sit down with House of Tortured Souls: and (figuratively) spill his guts to us for a few moments!

 

House of Tortured Souls: Brian K. Williams, first thank you for your to talk with House of Tortured Souls. We are honored to have you with us. We also want to say congrats for all the success and acclaim you guys are getting from Harvest Lake, I know I for am a huge fan of the film. How has this impacted Bandit Motion Pictures?

Brian K. Williams: It's really just started for us. Harvest Lake was our first release, and we are hoping to be able to just keep putting out quality films that people can enjoy, growing the fan base with each one. We are trying to keep the momentum going and to continue to learn and improve with each film.

 

HoTS: Okay, the new release that everyone is very anxiously awaiting is Plank Face, which is directed by Scott Schirmer. Fill us in, story line, cast, etc.

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BKW: Plank Face has recently just went live with our indiegogo pre-order campaign, and I'm excited to say we hit our modest goal of $5,000 in less then fifteen hours. This will allow us to be able to pay some hard working people who worked on the film and get the merchandise needed for our perks manufactured, but that's just the beginning. We hope to raise enough to be able to continue making films, so we will be announcing the first of our stretch goals very soon. The cast is a great mix of new and familiar faces, playing an exciting bunch of characters that I can't wait for everyone to get a peak at.

 

HoTS: I hate using the term remake, but if you could ...re-envision any film to redo, what would it be?

BKW: I'm really not sure, because I've never wanted to remake anything. I used to say if I ever won the lottery I would make The Hitchhikers Guide to The Galaxy film, but that was back before it got made. I would entertain a remake for sure, I just don't know of anything in particular that calls to me. Remakes don't really bother me at all, and I've never understood the beef fans have with them. There are quite a few I actually like, but if you don't like them, then just don't watch them. The original is always there. That doesn't change. It shouldn't change your views or fandom of the original. Now, If they burned the original negatives, destroyed all copies, and erased the memories from your mind upon release of a remake, that would be different, but they don't.

 

HoTS: Of your work so far, what stands out the most? What are you most proud of?

BKW: I'm proud most recently of my work on Harvest Lake. I decided to take a break from directing to focus my time and energy on cinematography and editing. I have won multiple cinematography awards and editing awards in just a few short months of Harvest Lake being on the festival circuit, and that makes me really proud. I feel like I specifically set forth a plan, followed it, and achieved what I wanted to achieve, and that makes me proud

 

HoTS: Through your venture in filmmaking, who do you look up to? Who inspired you?

BKW: Seeing the movie Found was very inspirational to me. I had always been a lover of film, and I had been doing model photography for several years, but didn't think I could actually make a film living in the middle of Indiana. Seeing that Found was made by people right down the road with equipment that I could afford was a life changing event. I am very lucky to be able to work along side Scott every day now. Since then, I am inspired every day by so many people. There are some great people out there who are producing great work, and seeing it just inspires me to try and get better with what I do with every new film.

 

HoTS: Looking to the future, what can we expect to see from Brian K. Williams?

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BKW: More movies! Bandit Motion Pictures is now a full time gig for Scott and me, and we hope to produce two to three feature films per year. Harvest Lake was first this year, we will be releasing Plank Face in just a couple months, and in September we hope to be in production of our third feature of the year, which is a script I am writing and plan on directing as well.

 

HoTS: Your all time favorite horror film?

BKW: That is a hard fought battle that is always raging on inside my head, but it generally comes down to the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Andrzej Zulawski's Possession. Today I will say The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

HoTS: Brian K. Williams, again, thank you and we wish you and Bandit Motion Pictures all the best. Any closing words for your fans?

 

BKW: Without our fans, we are nothing. We are doing our best to put out quality material that people can be excited to see, that will make them think but also allow them to slip away into another world and have a good time. Following us on social media, buying our products, telling your friends - all of these things will help us to be able to continue making films.

 

House of Tortured Souls reminds you that the Plank Face indiegogo campaign is ongoing, so there's still time to show your support and pre-order your copy.

Keep It Evil...indiegogo pre-order campaign

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MOVIE REVIEW: Djinn (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: Djinn (2013)

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By Nick Durham




What the fuck happened to Tobe Hooper? That was my first thought when watching Djinn; the long delayed Arab/English horror film that has been sitting on the shelf since being originally filmed in 2011. But then throughout the course of watching the film, I remembered something: Tobe Hooper hasn’t been the same director that he was in decades.  Here’s the thing: Hooper will forever be a horror icon for crafting the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, along with Poltergeist and Salem’s Lot. He’s helmed some super enjoyable films as well, including The Funhouse, Lifeforce, and Spontaneous Combustion; but over the past couple decades, he’s been a shell of his former self with his work. Djinn is not excluded from that sad, sad fact.

Djinn revolves around an Emirati couple who return home from America after the death of their infant child. Their glorious new high-rise apartment building though appears to be built upon a part of land that also houses some very, very malevolent spirits that have ties to the local culture. Soon enough our couple realizes that things aren’t all what they seem with their home, or with their new neighbors either. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that some very bad things are going to happen, and no one is coming out of this one hundred percent intact either.

Djinn actually features a ton of promise from its first shot onward. There are some genuinely creepy images and moments peppered throughout the film, but sweet fucking Christ does it ever plod along. Seriously, the pacing of this film is all over the fucking place. One minute things are moving at a brisk pace, the next minute they slow to a crawl. It feels like a decent amount of footage was left on the cutting room floor, which would explain the erratic pacing. Considering this film sat on the shelf for a few years (released in some parts of the world in 2013, and the rest over the following two years), this wouldn’t be much of a surprise.

The acting isn’t too bad (mostly), but despite the creepy moments that Djinn does offer, it doesn’t pack nearly enough scares, tension, or suspense. Back in the day, no one could do scares, tension, and suspense like Tobe fucking Hooper. Until you’d see his name in the credits, you would never know that he helmed this, that’s why it’s so hard to believe that this is the same guy that graced us with a handful of classic films decades prior.

So yeah, Djinn is a stinker, but in all honesty, I didn’t really expect it to be much else given Hooper’s previous few works. It’s available on Netflix right now, though I can’t say I really recommend it, no matter how bored you may be. What happened Tobe? Seriously, what the hell happened?

Rating: 2/5

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EDITORIAL: Andrew Bryniarski: From Leatherface To Loser

EDITORIAL: Andrew Bryniarski: From Leatherface To Loser

By John Roisland

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“Suck his dead nuts.” “He was pretty much a dick.” “Boo hoo…” and my personal favorite, “I played the role twice without him.”

These are a few of the comments made by superstar actor Andrew Bryniarski about the passing of Gunnar Hansen. Now I say call him a superstar, and he must be... because what kind of degenerate, ungrateful washed up has been, never gonna be, piece of steroid shit meathead would bad mouth an icon AFTER HE IS DEAD”!

I'm not here to tell you Gunnar Hansen was a saint, I would most likely be lying to you if I did. But the one thing I do know is that he never bad mouthed a fellow actor, especially one who had passed. There's a certain level of professionalism, and just common courtesy that should have been present from a grown ass man.

“I played the role twice without him...” I applaud you sir...must have taken you forever to remember all those lines, especially in a REMAKE!! Do you realize sir, that you took a horror icon, and destroyed it by your comments? Do you realize that YOU could have saved Leatherface's name, by standing up and being a professional, by being a man... by being human, and just saying one thing nice in his passing. Something like that hits the media...and bam, you're next in line for the next production of another Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

Maybe the part was just a paycheck to you, but you single handedly disgraced it. I do hope you're happy with yourself. The character of Leatherface is my personal favorite horror icon... none have ever even came close. Gunnar Hansen, to me, was Leatherface, I don't say that in any disrespect to any of the other actors that played him, Bryniarski included, but Hansen was the original...and will always be the best to me. When Mr. Hansen passed, my beloved icon passed with him, and because of that, I felt a huge loss myself.

I've also never had the pleasure of meeting you at a convention, sir, but I've heard it's quite an experience, from you groping and saying obscenities to the female guests to the ever-present scent of you marinating in your own piss. Damn, sorry I missed that! But most likely not as sorry as you soon will be sir, maybe you didn't think this all the way through. Being jealous because you weren't the first to play this character, and bad mouth the man who did... I guess in your juiced up mind makes you feel better. My friend, horror fans are EXTREMELY loyal and don't soon forget things, so if you are fortunate enough to make the bill of another convention circuit, you might as well bring something to occupy your time with...I wouldn't expect your lines to be too long there, bud!

And this is coming from a man who gets arrested for animal cruelty due to the twenty-five Pomeranians that were heard and found crying and yelping in distress. The dogs were found covered in trash and piss in your RV, in lovely Santa Monica, California not so long ago. It made national news, remember that? We all do.

So I wish you the best, sir, I really do. You have played roles that I really enjoyed in the past. But if the repercussions of this bounce back, and you're stuck being a pizza delivery boy...well, don't cry that it’s raining cats and Pomeranians!

Just so all of you know, I battled on whether or not to put up a picture of our little boy scout...then figured yeah, I want to make sure you all know just who I'm talking about!

Stay classy, fucker!

Stay Evil

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Eaten Alive (1980)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Eaten Alive (1980)

By Nick Durham

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When you find a movie called Eaten Alive, there's probably two thoughts as to what kind of movie it is that pop in your head: is this a cannibal movie, or is it a fucking porno? Wait what? There is a cannibal movie called Eaten Alive? Okay, that makes sense I guess. What else is it? There's like over a hundred porno movies that have some variation of the phrase Eaten Alive in it? Okay, that makes sense too I guess. No matter what type of Eaten Alive strikes your fancy, I think you'd be better off with either the cannibal one, or any of the porno ones, than you would be with this fucking thing.

Anyway, Eaten Alive is Tobe Hooper's 1977 follow up to his landmark smash hit The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Only instead of revolving around chainsaw-wielding inbred hillbilly cannibal maniacs, this revolves around...well, inbred hillbilly maniacs and a giant fucking crocodile. The crocodile lives next door to a run down hotel owned by the mentally deranged Judd (Neville Brand), who often supplies the croc with fresh victims of those that cross his path. We get to meet a variety of people, including a fucked up couple (William Finley and Hooper's The Texas Chain Saw Massacre lead Marilyn Burns) and a dude named Buck (a pre-A Nightmare on Elm Street Robert Englund) that likes to do stuff that begins with the letter F and ends with -uck.

Okay, let's just get this out of the way: Eaten Alive is a terrible movie. I know this film has its fans, but holy fucking hell I can't stand this flick. Usually I wholeheartedly enjoy this kind of shit, but there's always been something about Eaten Alive that has rubbed me the wrong way. Whether it's the overall tone of the film to the fact that when compared to the magic Hooper made with The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, this thing just can't compare. It almost comes off as being an ill-conceived parody of monster movies and backwoods living...without any laughs. Plus, it just drags on and on and on and feels like that it is NEVER going to end.

Now I could spend all day shitting on this movie, but I won't, because somehow this managed to get a wonderful Blu-ray release. Arrow Films, whom I worship day and night, has provided Eaten Alive with a fantastic physical media release here, more than this fucking movie deserves. The film's picture and sound have been remastered, a commentary by one of the film's writers and a couple actors (curiously nothing on the commentary from Tobe Hooper or Robert Englund), a new introduction from Hooper, new and vintage interviews with Hooper, Englund, and Marilyn Burns, and a featurette about the story of Joe Ball; the real-life Texas bar owner that the film is loosely based upon. Yes, Arrow has packed in a shitload of features for this fuckfest for some odd reason, don't ask me why.

To wrap things up here, I really dislike Eaten Alive something fierce. That being said, if you are a fan of this film, this Blu-ray release from Arrow Films is definitely worth picking up just for the special features alone. There's no denying that Arrow has given this film a treatment that it really doesn't deserve, but if you somehow enjoy this flick, by all means pick this release up. For the rest of us, we can keep pretending this movie never happened, just like Tobe Hooper has been pretending the past few films he's directed never happened either.

Rating: 2/5 (but the Blu-ray is super-mega-crocodile-tits)

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Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

Abnormal Musings and Freakish Facts #2

By Stephanie Roisland

1) Psycho was the first movie to show a toilet flush.

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2) The original title for Halloween was The Babysitter Murders. It was not chosen for the
official title because the story was to take place
in only one night for budget reasons.

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3) Pentheraphobia is the fear of a mother-in-law.

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4) Some ribbon worms will eat themselves if they cannot find food.

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5) When a person dies, hearing is generally the last sense to go. First is sight, then taste, and touch.

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6) In 1845, President Andrew Jackson's pet parrot
was removed from his funeral; he was using
excessive swearing.

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7) Tom Cruise was offered the role of the titular character in Edward Scissorhands; he turned it down because he wanted a happier ending.

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8) In 2003, the skeletal remains of a human that measured 6 inches was found in a Chilean ghost town. A definition of the size, mutations, and origin have not yet been found.

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9) A human body decomposes four times faster in water than on land.


Texas Chain Saw skeleton

10) The human skeleton at the end of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre was, in fact, a real skeleton
bought from India.

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Terrence Evans aka Uncle Monty Dies at 81

By Stephanie Roisland

Terrence Evans as Uncle Monty

Terrence Evans as Uncle Monty

Terrence Evans aka Uncle Monty from the 2003 version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the 2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, has died. He passed on August 7th, 2015 in Burbank at the age of 81. He was also well known for his roles in Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Terminator 2, and Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider.

Terrence Evans (Uncle Monty)

Born on June 20, 1934 in Los Angeles, California as Terrence Horace Evans, Evans stood 6'6" and began acting in 1970. His first role was as a postmaster in the TV movie The Young Country. Evans went on to act in such TV shows as Quincy, M.E., Hart to Hart, Little House on the Prairie, The Incredible Hulk, and The Greatest American Hero. To horror fans, however, Evans is best known for his role in the Texas Chainsaw films.

No known causes have yet been disclosed as to the reason he passed. He is survived by his wife Heidi, two children, two step-children and a grandson.

Terrence Evans was an icon to many and his talents will be missed by many, including the staff here at House of Tortured Souls.

Rest easy, Terrence.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Action Figure Box Set

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Leatherface Action Figure

By John Roisland

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface action figure

Leatherface at work.

BEHOLD!!! This is the amazing Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Action Figure box set.

Made by Horror Neca Toys, item #42036.

The detail in this piece is absolutely incredible. It depicts a very gruesome scene from the 2006 movie directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who says, "I am absolutely in love with this piece, the scene tells a story, it isn't just a figure."

Includes 2 - 7 inch scale figures (1 Leatherface w/ tools & 1 victim) also includes butcher table base.

1.1 pound total weight

Average cost $145.00 + shipping

This is a beautiful piece that any horror fan with a toy collection would be proud to have on display!

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