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VIDEO PODCAST: HoTS LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest, 28 Oct 17

VIDEO PODCAST: HoTS LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest, 28 Oct 17

Last night House of Tortured Souls creators John and Stephanie Ann Roisland spent the evening at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest in Columbus, NJ, just off 295. For those who don't know, BloodShed Farms is a popular haunt in the Jersey horror scene and home of The Circus Rejects.
As John and Steph set the mood, a few folks stop by to say, "Hello".

Later, John tells of his visit to BloosShed farms after attending a Circus Rejects wedding and shows off some HoTS gear (most available at TeePublic).

Jim Reed,
co-owner of BloodShed Farms, speaks with John about haunts, haunting, and BloodShed Farms.

Isaac the Living Doll, one of the actors at BloodShed Farms, stops by the HoTS table.

Psych, a friend and special guest, stops by to impart some wisdom to all tortured souls out there.

House of Tortured Souls LIVE at BloodShed Farms Fear Fest concludes as John thanks everyone for inviting HoTS and allowing us to be part of the 2017 Halloween horror scene in Jersey.

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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Houses October Built on HoTS LIVE!!!

EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: The Houses October Built on HoTS LIVE!!!

The Houses October Built and the recent follow up release, The Houses October Built 2, are two of my favorite films! Let's face it. With the abundance of horror films being made either through Hollywood budgets or Indie fan-funded projects, there's a shit ton of mediocre to bad horror being produced. Since October is the month for horror and scares and with Halloween just around the corner, the options for viewing are endless. During this season I try to stick with Halloween-themed films.
In 2014, I first viewed The Houses October Built. It instantly became part of my personal top five horror films! And, in keeping in with my Halloween-themed films, it's about a group of friends who travel from haunt to haunt in search of the extreme. Now, I ask you: what can be more Halloween than haunts?
Then 2017 came, and the crew released the follow-up, The Houses October Built 2. This sequel answered questions that had left audiences pondering in the closing frames of the original, kept the viewer's Halloween spirit engaged, and ended with an entirely new set of holy-shit-what-the-fuck questions.
After viewing The Houses October Built and launching House of Tortured Souls, I had been trying to get in touch with any or all staff for a written interview. However, once I tracked down the right people through social media, there were always scheduling conflicts. Time went on, and I had resigned myself to the fact that it wasn't going to happen. Still, I proudly supported the films and helped out the best I could on social media by sharing their posts.
It was this past Thursday, October 19, 2017, at approximately 2:30 pm EST when I figured what the hell and sent an email to them in hopes of setting up an interview sometime within the next few years. With part 2 only having been out for a few weeks, I knew they would be busy, but I also figured why not give it a shot? Within an hour, I got a response asking if I was available that day. Long story short, within two hours, both writers/directors/stars of both The Houses October Built parts 1 and 2, Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews, were staring me in the face live through a House of Tortured Souls LIVE video podcast.
We had a great chat, and it was a thrill to have met them and an honor to have them on the show. The guys discuss the origins of the film, working together, haunts, and even dabble in what may be next! So join me as I bring you my afternoon with Bobby Roe and Zack Andrews of The Houses October Built!
Keep It Evil...

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INTERVIEW: The Circus Rejects

The Circus Rejects"Bring in the clowns!" "Always leave them laughing!” "Everyone loves a clown". These sayings having been associated with clowns for many, many years. Clowns bring a smile to a small child's face and laughter to crowds everywhere. Well the days of little Johnny and little Susie asking, "Golly gee, Mom...can we please go to the circus to see those funny clowns after all our chores are done?" are gone!
Dark clouds have moved over these once beloved characters, and they are back in full force with a very dark side and reaping havoc across the land. These days clowns are more feared than loved.
I have the exciting privilege of bring you the leaders of a group of clowns that are terrorizing the east coast from New York to Virginia. This group goes by the name The Circus Rejects and are headed up by Karnage and Grin. These two fine young gentlemen took a moment from their busy schedule of looting, kidnapping, and genuinely scaring the shit out of people to tell me a bit more about themselves.
The Circus RejectsHouse of Tortured Souls: Gentlemen, give us the low down on the history of the The Circus Rejects. What I mean by that is how you guys came to be.
REJECTS: Grin and Karnage met in clown college which we flunked out of after the first semester. Karnage couldn't get the juggling figured out and was caught eating the grease paint. Grin didn't want to give up the chainsaw and was expelled for chasing the dean down the hallway when he tried to take the saw away from Grin.
We were clown college dorm mates so we figured we had learned enough to give this clowning thing a go on our own. The name The Circus Rejects just kinda of stuck after the first few gigs went terribly wrong. Children's parties and chainsaws don't really go together very well, so we thought why not call ourselves The Circus Rejects so that people know what they are in for when they book us.
We are available for weddings, parties, corporate events, just about anything you have going on.
The Circus RejectsHoTS: I first met you both at Monster Mania horror convention in August of 2014 in Cherryhill, NJ, where both of you chased my daughter with chainsaws through the hotel foyer for her 16th birthday. It was at THAT moment I knew we would become great friends! Other than conventions, tell us about some of the other jobs The Circus Rejects have done.
REJECTS: We are booked for our second Halloween wedding this year. Hmm, lets see... It's been a busy couple of years for us. We've done quite a bit of fun events such as the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival two years in a row now - might we add that it's the second largest beer and music festival in the country! Definitely don't want to miss that in 2016! There is also Bizarre AC 2 that we were a part of last June, and we are gearing up for the third installment of Bizarre AC this coming October at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City from October 16-18, 2015. We have done a bunch of cool events, such as The Beard and Moustache Championship of the Universe last November. We have become fairly popular at some area tattoo conventions as crowd entertainment. We were a part of the Strange Exchange, Oddities Flea Market, which is ran by the Weird NJ Guys, really cool guys too! We have done a couple of local commercial spots. It's just been a fun ride so far, and we're looking forward to where this is going to take us!
HoTS: Halloween is rapidly approaching. I can only imagine how busy this time of year is for you! I understand you are often found at Bloodshed Farms Fear Fest. Tell everyone about that and when and where we can find it.
REJECTS: The farm used to be run by a family know as the Levid family. Legend has it, that the Levid family had a very dark secret. During the time the Levid Family ran the old farm, 16 reported people went missing in a span of three years. Investigation never lead to the farm. The Levid's themselves even had a daughter amongst those gone ... unaccounted. It wasn't until after the family was forced off the land that people stopped disappearing. Soon after that, the shed was found.The Circus Rejects
Hidden well within the farm's sprawling forest, the tiny red shed was revealed to be the gruesome location related to at least 14 of the missing people. No bodies were ever found, well...none that were easily recognizable. DNA from blood, flesh, teeth, feces, and other human parts were used for verification. Those who managed to stomach even talking about the shed revealed little.
A wooden chair sat directly in the center of the shed, surrounded by shelves full of items used for various torture and killing methods, the chair itself, a device constructed to help aid in the sadism and madness. The locals started calling the place Bloodshed Farms. None of the members of the Levid Family were ever found.
For those brave enough to come check out the property that is now known as BloodShed Farms, open every Friday and Saturday in October, at 2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ, on the same property as Columbus Flea Market.
HoTS: The Circus Rejects have been pushing and plugging away for some time now. I understand its about to pay off...and on film. Fill us in!
REJECTS: We wanted to make a legendary horror film, so we kidnapped a director by the name of JP Hoffman and our plan is to force him to make our film. He (JP) has a strong fear of clowns and didn't want to shoot what we had in mind, due to the graphic intensity and crazy shit we have planned but he doesn't have to much of a choice. We want to give people the best goddamn clown movie ever and hopefully we can raise enough money that we can shoot this soon. The film is mainly about Grin, Karnage, and Kisses and our revenge for our father’s death. Thats all I'm saying for now about the film.
HoTS: Thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedules for us! We are huge supporters and fans of Karnage, Grin, and the entire Circus Rejects family!! Anything you'd like to leave the House of Tortured Souls viewers with?
REJECTS (Grin): i tRuLY cAn'T tHaNk eVeRyOnE eNoUgh FoR tHe CoNsTaNt SuPpOrT To ThE FiLm AnD eVeRyThInG wE do!! wE CoUlDnT dO iT wiThOuT You aLL HavInG oUr BaCkS AnD pUsHiNg Us tO bE bEtTeR aNd BeTtER eVeRyDaY! aNd My PrOmIsE tO yOu aLL iS tO mAkE tHe BeSt cLoWn fiLm EvEr. CoNtInUe To foLLoW griN. tHe moViE, aNd ThE reSt Of tHe cLoWnS aNd StAy Up To DaTe On WhAt WeRe dOiNG.. YoU nEvEr KnOw WhAt MiGhT p0P uP nExT!
REJECTS (Karnage): Just a big thank you to everyone and your continued support of what we are doing. We will try to keep doing it bigger and better and creepier!! Remember, we make creepy fun!!The Circus Rejects
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