The Exorcist

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

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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American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon

American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon

The Song of SolomonRecently, I was given the honor and pleasure of being given a screening copy for Stephen Biro’s much-anticipated film The Song of Solomon. Another film in the American Guinea Pig series, I would say that it is Biro’s best film yet, and it is one of the best films that Unearthed Films has made to this date. Written, directed, and produced by Biro, he has given us an intensely dark, realistic, and thoroughly researched exorcism film.

The film begins with Mary Catan’s father waving a knife around and talking at her. It turns out that Mary has been spreading rumors that her father molested her and murdered his own father, even though neither of these statements is true. However, regardless of their validity, her father takes the knife and slashes his throat wide open and then pulls his tongue out through the gash. All of this happens within the first few minutes of the film so very quickly you will realize that Biro isn’t messing around. With that first scene, he has encapsulated the intensity and brutality to come throughout the rest of the film, but I won’t be sharing many gory details because spoilers piss me off.The Song of Solomon
Portraying Mary, the demon-possessed girl, and also portraying the demon, Jessica Cameron has brought the character to life in a very real way. It certainly helps that Biro wrote a fantastic script and screenplay as well. As the film progresses, we get to watch as different priests encounter the demon, and this certainly doesn’t end well for any of them. Interestingly, Biro has given each priest some fatal flaw/sin that distinguishes them from the others. From a child molester to an ex-soldier to even a priest who lost an exorcism and therefore lost his soul, we get to see a variety of people confront and attempt to banish the demon.

One scene that certainly stuck out to me involved the demon causing Mary to regurgitate her intestines up onto the bed in front of Father Corbin (Gene Palubicki) and then consuming them all shortly thereafter. With the cinematography, we are given a complete view of the grotesquery and also see the visceral reaction that such an act draws from Father Corbin. Certainly, not the most brutal or disturbing scene of the film, but it was rather memorable and some scenes are more prone to spoiling some of the plot’s surprises and twists.The Song of Solomon
As I said before, I think The Song of Solomon is Biro’s best film to date. I’ve already watched it a couple of times because there are so many levels to it that one viewing cannot do the film justice. In fact, as I watch it over and over, I’ve developed an even greater appreciation for the film and what Biro has achieved in an exorcism film that I would say is up there with The Exorcist, and in this critic’s opinion better than The Exorcist. There is no word on a release date yet for the hard copy, but I will certainly be purchasing it to add to my collection so that I might enjoy it in future years. Not to mention that I have gone through the largely coveted screener many times, watching it just on a computer monitor! When Unearthed Films makes The Song of Solomon available to purchase, I cannot recommend enough that it is one to buy, and if you’re lucky enough to see it on the big screen somewhere, then I envy you!

The Song of Solomon

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WIHM: Honoring Linda Blair

WIHM: Honoring Linda Blair

The Exorcist (1973)For Women in Horror Month, I asked myself what actresses were iconic and helped to make genre-defining films. That in mind, for this piece I decided to write about the prolific Linda Blair. Every horror fan should know Linda Blair and the role she is most famous for; this role is Regan MacNeil, the possessed victim of a demon named Pazuzu in The Exorcist. Filmed in 1973, this film put possession and exorcism films on the map as a sub-genre of horror. Starting her career at the young age of five, Linda was first a model and then out of 600 applicants, she was chosen to portray Regan in The Exorcist. The role quickly catapulted her to fame and won her a Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actress and even got her nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Terrifying viewers for decades, The Exorcist is still acclaimed as one of the greatest horror movies of all time, and it is largely because of Linda’s portrayal of the possessed. It is incredible that Linda, as young as she was at the time, created such a memorable performance. It is certainly a performance that will be stamped into your mind. Her career does not stop with The Exorcist although most people will say that even to this day, it is the pinnacle of her career. By the age of twelve, Linda had appeared in 75 commercials and hundreds of magazine catalogs. After The Exorcist, she appeared in various TV movies and The Exorcist II: The Heretic as well as the horror-comedy Repossessed, a work that draws heavily on The Exorcist.

Linda BlairTragically, after being peer pressured into purchasing cocaine at 18, her career was quickly limited to B-movies and an occasional guest appearance on tv shows. She also appeared in 1981 in the horror classic Hell Night, as Marti, one of four college pledges who must survive a night in a mansion. It would be remiss of me and probably upsetting to Linda herself if I did not mention her other passion, which is animals. Though an icon because of The Exorcist, it never stopped her from being an animal activist. In fact, some would say that her film career pales in comparison to what she has done for animals. Incredibly, once Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, she personally rescued 51 dogs that had been displaced and left to die. An incredible woman with an even more incredible list of accomplishments from her role as Regan to her selfless work as an animal activist, Linda Blair deserves to be recognized for her life and for what she accomplished as a woman in horror. House of Tortured Souls honors her for all that she has done for horror and for animals!

Linda Blair

Linda Blair

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John Roisland’s 2017 Top 5 Halloween Movies

John Roisland’s 2017 Top 5 Halloween Movies

Ah, yes. It's that time of year again! October is a truly magical time. Not only do we get to see the changes as Mother Nature transforms life to death, covering us in her cool, crisp air and the skeletal images of the now bare trees. We get to break out the long-awaited hoodies, pumpkins, and all things pumpkin spice (it truly IS a scary time of year), and we get to decorate houses for my personal favorite holiday - HALLOWEEN! For horror fans, Halloween isn't one day. It isn't JUST October 31st... Oh no, no, no! This is simply the day that you build up to. October 31st is the climatic orgasm of autumn. Aside from decorating, costumes and trick or treating, you must also enjoy masses amounts of horror movies!!
Many pride themselves on doing the 31 Days of Horror challenge where they watch at least one horror movie per day throughout the month of October ending on Halloween night itself! A fun challenge for all horror fans! The beauty with this is you pick it. Any style horror film is up for the challenge, be it classic monster movies such as Dracula and Frankenstein or slasher films like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Or maybe you prefer something from the paranormal - The Exorcist or Angel Heart - or perhaps some great Indie horror films like Circus of the Dead or Pieces of Talent. Whatever your flavor is, it's all good, and it's all up to you to decide.
There are a million and one different ways you can mix and match your Halloween viewing. I personally TRY to stick with the theme of Halloween in my choices. I've always enjoyed the holiday horror-themed films, so I figured it only made sense that my Top 5 Halloween Films are the same. Now please don't confuse this with my personal favorite horror movie... No, these are my HALLOWEEN go-to movies and are not ranked!

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

I adored this film as it brought back some classic monsters and threw them in to an animated film that adults and kids could both honestly enjoy together. It's important to teach the kids about horror at a young age. After all, isn't that where horror is home?

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

The first time I saw this sleeper hit I instantly fell in love with it! It brings many Halloween superstitions to life in one film that mixes a few stories and rolls them all together in one beautifully filmed trat. A new and true Halloween classic!

The Houses October Built (2014)

This is another sleeper hit that grew and has reached cult status. This film actually had a profound impact on me and climbed straight to the top of my all time favorite films list! It's hard for me to actually say enough about this film other than it's not just watched at Halloween in my house!

Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter's all time classic Halloween film about the Boogie Man himself introduced the world to Michael Myers. Halloween is one of the original slasher films that still keeps movie goers on the edge of their seats year after year.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

For years Tim Burton has brought his dark beauty to the silver screen, and he captured my heart with this one. You see, the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is my all time favorite story and has been since I was a child. The Burton brought the imagery and dark scenery to life in ways that honestly I had only dreamt about. So this is a must for me!

I do have tons of personal go-to films that I would have loved to mention, but then it wouldn't be a top five would it..? Some have said my list is a bit on the childish side... Well, Halloween brings out the kid in me more than any other time of year, so I usually tell them to deal with it!Freddy Kruger-Deal with it / Fair use doctrine.
I hope you've enjoyed diving into a personal side of me, and if you're so inclined, please leave me your list in the comments. I'd love to hear them... Until then, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Keep it Evil...
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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

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

Best Horror Movie 2016*

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

Best Horror Director 2016

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

Best Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

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

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

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

Best Television Horror

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

Best Actor TV Horror

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

Best actress TV Horror

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

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

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

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

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

Best Indie Horror Movie

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

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

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

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face
(*Five nominees due to a tie.)
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OBITUARY: William Peter Blatty

OBITUARY: William Peter Blatty

Born: January 7, 1928
New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 12, 2017
Bethesda, MD, USA (age 89)

House of Tortured Souls was saddened to learn that William Peter Blatty, 89, died Thursday from a form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Blatty had celebrated his 89th birthday a mere five days earlier.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Mary (née Mouakad) and Peter Blatty, William Peter Blatty was born in New York City and raised by his mother after his father left when Blatty was only six. He was a scholarship student at the Jesuit high school Brooklyn Preparatory and graduated as class valedictorian in spite of growing up impoverished. He received another scholarship to attend Georgetown University and then earned a master's in English literature from George Washington University.
Blatty wandered from job to job after university before enlisting in the United States Air Force and eventually heading the Policy Branch of the Psychological Warfare Division. After leaving the Air Force, he worked in Beirut, Lebanon, as an editor for the United States Information agency. Blatty ultimately decided to pursue his dream of a career in the entertainment industry.
Cover, The Exorcist (1971)
Succeeding as a writer, actor, director, and producer, Blatty was, by far, most well known for The Exorcist, his 1971 novel of demonic possession. In 1973, Blatty worked with William Friedkin, to bring The Exorcist to the big screen. Although it was nominated for ten Oscars - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium; Best Sound; Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; and Best Film Editing, it won only two: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Sound.
William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty on the set of The Exorcist
The Exorcist often tops scariest horror films lists and, if you've seen it, then you understand why. If you haven't, now's the perfect time to do so. Before undertaking to view the film, however, read the book that charted and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year (57 straight weeks), spending 17 in the top spot. In 1983, Legion, Blatty's sequel to The Exorcist, was published, and by 1990 he had adapted it for film as The Exorcist III.
Cover, Legion (1983)
Blatty's other works include Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane (1966), which was adapted for the screen as The Ninth Configuration in 1978, The Redemption (2011), and Demons Five, Exorcist Nothing (2015).
Covers, Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane (1966) and The Ninth Configuration (1978)
Blatty's widow, Julie Alicia Blatty, confirmed his death, and House of Tortured Souls would like to extend our sympathies to her.
Rest in Peace, Mr. William Peter Blatty.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Satanic (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Satanic (2016)

EDITOR's NOTE: As I was reviewing some articles for publication, I noticed that both John Roisland and Dixielord had both reviewed the same Netflix movie: Satanic. What's more, both of them felt the same as I did. Therefore, House of Tortured Souls presents our first ever dual review. Enjoy!
By John Roisland
SATANIC is a 2016 film about four friends who get messed up with the devil. Or that would be the nice way of putting it.
First, I must say, I do enjoy movies about the occult and dark magic, so when i saw the title of this film, I thought, 'Wow, pretty balls move to go right for the throat' . You've gotta have a solid winner and know what you're doing to use a major or strong word for your title. For example, The Exorcist , Titanic, and, hell, even Gremlins used their bold titles, and they owned them. Sadly enough, Satanic did not.
The story begins with the four friends stopping into a occult store while in LA only to piss off an employee and get chased out. The four follow the store employee home after he gets off work and find the center of what appears to be a ritual killing of a young woman.
After being seen and chased away from the property, they run into the should have been sacrificed girl the next day at a coffee shop. They hang out and talk to her, eventually inviting her back to their hotel, where they drink some beers and talk occult until the girl apparently curses them after she paints a Penatgram on the wall and then slits her own throat.
With this now supposed Satanic curse on them, weird things start to happen around as well as to our four bumbling idiots. I'm sorry, I'm usually not one to tear up on a film, and I have seen much worse. The film from the get go has a made for television feel, almost like your watching a series. The movie itself really doesn't go anywhere, and its a shame because it really could have. It had a lot of potential.
There was at the very end one of those, "Oh yea, huh," moments and that was about it. The acting was god awful and had a few decent special F/X in it. It just felt like they were rushed almost. Like they had the ideas, but forgot to add a few.
So this, now playing on Netflix streaming, was unfortunately one that I had hoped would have been much better, but was merely something to kill time with. And this, from the producers of The Walking Dead, sorry guys.
Keep It Evil...
By Dixielord
Satanic Panic was all the rage when I was a teenager. It seemed there was always reports of mutilated pets, and graveyard gatherings. Now we know that for the most part the Satanic Panic was just urban legends blown out of proportion. Still, that's no reason we can't make films about them. Ti West delved into Satanic Panic with The House of the Devil, and just this year we went old school satanic with The Witch. Now the new film Satanic explores satanism as an evil force while using the panic years as a device to drive the film.
Be careful of looking for doors, you might find one - Satanic
Satanic, which stars Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and is directed by Jeffrey Hunt (The Vampire Diaries) is the story of four friends on their way to Coachella, who decide to make a detour to visit sites involved in the Satanic Panic, including the Manson murders. Always looking for a new thrill the visit a magic store and follow the cashier home, hoping to witness a magic ceremony. They stumble upon what they believe to be a human sacrifice. They interrupt the ritual, which any good horror movie fan can tell you, isn't a smart thing to do. Attempting to help the young girl, they get more than they bargained for and the fun quickly turns into fear. They follow the girl down a path that leads straight to hell, or at least a reasonable facsimile.
I found myself enjoying the film throughout most of the early part of the movie. Alice, played by Sophie Dalah, is suitably creepy and any time shes on screen it's fun to watch. There isn't a whole lot new to the story but it is executed fairly well. There's only one real gory scene, but its very bloody and comes out of nowhere. The fact that up till then the film is pretty bloodless makes it more shocking and builds up expectations that the last half of the film will be a monster.
Satanic
Some Satanic spoilers ahead!
And that's where Satanic fumbles. Instead of building on the insanity of the hotel room scene it dials it back. There's still an intensity, but it always falls flat, and we go back to it being a bloodless film. Instead of seeing our four teens picked off one by one in a gruesome manner, they just disappear. It becomes repetitive, and well, you just know each time whats about to happen.
The scene in the hotel room held out such great promise, not just with the gore, but with the dialogue. With talk of doors, and the labyrinth beyond, you are almost expecting cenobites or at least something really esoteric and horrifying. Sadly Satanic doesn't deliver on this. Alice says “Hell is a beautiful confusion, and there's pain”. It's a great line, but I just felt let down with the final revelation of what hell actually was.
These teens don't take the Satanic Panic seriously
There's a lot wrong with Satanic, but it is still watchable. I think with a better ending it could have been a really good little film. But it is what it is, and what it is, is just meh.it's a good for a rental or a boring day, Netflix rental, but I wouldn't purchase it. A generous 5 out of 10 stars.
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EDITORIAL: Why Aren’t We Watching The Exorcist?

EDITORIAL: Why Aren’t We Watching The Exorcist?

By Dixielord
We're all friends here right? I don't want to make assumptions but we have built up some small amount of trust haven't we? Sure maybe I'm a little too generous on some films, but overall I try to steer ya right. So, anyway, I think, and hope, I'm not too far out of line in wanting to ask you this.. I just feel I need to ask, and I hope you aren't offended, but, why the fuck aren't you watching The Exorcist?
The Exorcist movie poster / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.
I know, I know. I grimaced and groaned when I first heard about the movie being plundered for a TV series. With the critical success of Hannibal, and the commercial success of The Walking Dead, television has been looking for any and every horror property to look for a series. Some, like The Omen are stillborn (too far to stretch for a pun?), but honestly, quite a few have been good to great (Bates Motel, Ash vs Evil Dead). So why are people so reluctant to give The Exorcist a chance? Honestly, I don't know. TV, at least recently, has as good as or a better, record of "remaking" horror properties than the big screen. But we are letting The Exorcist die, and I'm saying "we" because it took four episodes in before I decided to give it a chance.
Geena Davis and Alfonso Herrera from The Exorcist / Image: FOX TV and The Exorcist. Fair use doctrine.

I wasn't willing to give The Exorcist a shot at first

Luckily I have a hand full of friends whom I really trust with movie and TV suggestions. Now I don't always agree, but I agree often enough that I respect them and usually follow those suggestions. So I gave The Exorcist a try.
I loved it. I watched the first four episodes twice to let it soak in. No joke. I'm still watching. It gets better each episode and it doesn't pull any punches. It's bloody and gory, maybe not to the extremes of Hannibal but it doesn't shirk from wetworks. It also doesn't back away from our main character, played by Hannah Kasulka committing murder while under demonic possession. This folks is real horror. The best true horror on television right now. It's good a good story, great acting and some very cool effects. It pays great homage to the Blair possession make up and effects without carbon copying them. What I'm trying to say is, it's really good.
So why aren't "we" as a horror community watching? It has a killer (overused pun) cast including Kasulka, Geena Davis, Ben Daniels, Alfonso Herrara, Alan Ruck, and Sharon Gless. I'm trying not to give out any spoilers, but the series ties in directly to the original movie. Forget all the mediocre sequels (other than Legion) this is, in fact (possible spoiler), a direct sequel to the classic film starring Linda Blair. Including a flash back type sequence, and "news reel" footage of the after effects of the original film. I should also give a shout out to Sophie Thatcher who plays a young Regan. She does a great job of bridging the gap between Blair and .... I'm not telling you that part. You need to watch. You really need to watch.
Seriously, you need to watch. The ratings, honestly, suck. The fact the show is on FOX isn't comforting, either. With their history, we cant count on them to give the series two or three seasons to build an audience. And we shouldn't get too pissed at them if they cancel The Exorcist. We are the ones who aren't watching, who aren't supporting it. Now if you are watching, ignore this, keep up the good work. If you tried it and didn't like it, well to each their own, at least you gave it a shot. It wouldn't hurt to give it another shot, watch a few more episodes, but I won't harangue you about it.
But for those who refuse to give it a chance... for those who never gave Hannibala chance, what the fuck, man? Horror fans, nerd fans, we got it good right now. Let's not lose another great show because we couldn't even bother to give it a fucking look. We couldn't invest the time to check out four episodes or so. The Exorcist is worth at least that much effort. It will die without our support. If not this season, then next. I don't know what the creator's long term goal is, but I want to see it run its natural course and not end prematurely.
You can catch new episodes of The Exorcist Friday Nights on Fox with past episodes available on Demand.
Posted by Allen Alberson in EDITORIALS, 2 comments
History of Horror in December

History of Horror in December

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

December 1 - 7

12/01/1944 – House of Frankenstein (1944) released theatrically
House of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
Howling II / Fair use doctrine.
12/01/1985 – Howling II: Stirba - Werewolf Bitch released theatrically
12/02/1924 – John Herbert “Jonathan” Frid (Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows) born
John Herbert “Jonathan” Frid / Fair use doctrine.
London After Midnight / Fair use doctrine.
12/03/1927 – London After Midnight released theatrically
12/04/1954 – Tony Todd (actor in Night of the Living Dead (1990), Candyman, and Final Destination) born
Tony Todd / Fair use doctrine.
Cat People / Fair use doctrine.
12/06/1942 – Cat People (1942) released theatrically
12/07/1945 – House of Dracula released theatrically
House of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

December 8 - 14

Blade: Trinity / Fair use doctrine.
12/08/2004 – Blade: Trinity released theatrically
12/10/1992 – Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
Paul Wegener / Fair use doctrine.
12/11/1874 – Paul Wegener (director of The Golem: How He Came Into the World) born (d. 1913)
12/12/1941 – The Wolf Man (1941) released theatrically
The Wolf Man / Fair use doctrine.
Phantom of the Opera / Fair use doctrine.
12/12/1943 – Phantom of the Opera (1943) released theatrically
12/12/1997 – Scream 2 released theatrically
Scream 2 / Fair use doctrine.
Wendie Malick / Image: MingleMediaTVNetwork
12/13/1950 – Wendie Malick (actress in the Tales from the Crypt episode "In the Groove") born
12/14/1955 – Tarantula released theatrically
Tarantula / Public Domain.
Ted Raimi / Image: GabboT
12/14/1965 – Ted Raimi (actor in numerous horror films) born
12/14/2002 – Cabin Fever released theatrically
Cabin Fever / Fair use doctrine.
King Kong / Fair use doctrine.
12/14/2005 – King Kong (2005) released theatrically

December 15 - 20

12/15/1974 – Young Frankenstein released theatrically
Young Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
Ghost Story / Fair use doctrine.
12/15/1981 – Ghost Story released theatrically
12/16/1970 – Night Gallery premieres on television
Night Gallery / Fair use doctrine.
The Keep / Fair use doctrine.
12/16/1983 – The Keep released theatrically
12/16/1976 – King Kong (1976) released theatrically
King Kong / Fair use doctrine.
Nancy Kyes / Fair use doctrine.
12/19/1949 – Nancy Kyes (usually credited as Nancy Loomis, actress in Halloween and The Fog) born
12/19/1956 – The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1956) released theatrically
The Hunchback of Notre Dame / Fair use doctrine.
Little Shop of Horrors / Fair use doctrine.
12/19/1986 – Little Shop of Horrors released theatrically
12/20/1996 – Scream released theatrically
Scream / Fair use doctrine.
Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) / Fair use doctrine.

December 21 - 27

12/21/1921 – Maila Nurmi (aka Vampira) born
12/21/1966 – Kiefer Sutherland (actor in The Lost Boys and Flatliners) born
Kiefer Sutherland / Image: Gage Skidmore
Freddie Francis / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1917 – Freddie Francis (director and cinematographer of many horror films) born
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12/22/1932 – The Mummy (1932) released theatrically
The Mummy / Fair use doctrine.
Son of Kong / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1933 – Son of Kong released theatrically
12/22/1944 – The Mummy's Curse released theatrically
The Mummy's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse / Fair use doctrine.
12/22/1989 – Castlevania III: Dracula's Curse released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan
12/23/1971 – Corey Haim (actor in Silver Bullet and The Lost Boys) born (d. 2010)
Corey Haim / Image: Bree from Worcester, MA
Diedrich Bader / Image: Gage Skidmore
12/24/1966 – Diedrich Bader (actor in Dead & Breakfast) born
12/25/1946 – The Beast with Five Fingers released theatrically
The Beast with Five Fingers / Fair use doctrine.
The Innocents / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/1961 – The Innocents released theatrically in France
12/25/1997 – An American Werewolf in Paris released theatrically
An American Werewolf in Paris / Fair use doctrine.
The Faculty / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/1998 – The Faculty released theatrically
12/25/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan
Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
Wolf Creek / Fair use doctrine.
12/25/2005 – Wolf Creek released theatrically
12/26/1973 – The Exorcist released theatrically
The Exorcist / Fair use doctrine.
The Invisible Woman / Fair use doctrine.
12/27/1940 – The Invisible Woman released theatrically
12/28/1888 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) born (d. 1931)
Friedrich Wilhelm Murnau / Public Domain.

December 29 - 31

Ghost in the Machine / Fair use doctrine.
12/29/1993 – Ghost in the Machine released theatrically
12/30/1942 – Fred Ward (actor in Tremors and Tremors 2: Aftershocks) born
Fred Ward / Fair use doctrine.
Eliza Dushku / Image: Alex Archambault from Dallas, TX
12/30/1980 – Eliza Dushku (actress in Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Soul Survivors, Wrong Turn, and Open Graves) born
12/31/1931 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931) released theatrically
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde / Fair use doctrine.
Sean Cunningham / Image: GabboT
12/31/1941 – Sean S. Cunningham (creator of the Friday the 13th series of films) born
12/31/1957 – The Strange World of Planet X released theatrically
The Strange World of Planet X / Fair use doctrine.
Zombie Revenge / Fair use doctrine.
12/31/1999 – Zombie Revenge released on Dreamcast and arcade
Posted by Woofer McWooferson in HORROR HISTORY, 0 comments
SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

By John Roisland

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Well, here we are, October, 2016! Halloween decorations are being put up, chill is in the air, leaves are slowly turning, pumpkin flavor in everything and horror movies are on everyone's mind. And with horror movies, that can mean only one thing... AMC FEAR FEST!

For years now, AMC FEAR FEST has held the respect and title of being the source of where to go for your Halloween season dose of horror films on TV.

AND HERE IT IS! The listing you have all been waiting for since last November 1st!

So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and enjoy some horror. House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated on schedule listings as we are just as eager to find out as you are.

Please keep in mind, all listings are subject to change, and we apologize if they do. We are only giving you what we are told. In other words... don't kill the messenger!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:00 AM – Halloween 2
  • 1:00 PM – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
  • 3:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
  • 5:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween (2007)
  • 9:30 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:30 PM – Halloween 2

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • 1:30 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 3:30 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Violent Midnight
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Slaughter Of The Vampires
  • 9:00 AM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 11:00 AM – Friday the 13th Part 2
  • 1:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 3
  • 3:00 PM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • 5:00 PM – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
  • 7:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
  • 9:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood
  • 11:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:00 AM – Jason X
  • 5:00 AM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 9:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  • 11:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
  • 1:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 3:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 5:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 7 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 9:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 11:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Sunday October 16, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 3:00 AM – Child’s Play 2
  • 5:00 AM – Child’s Play 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 1
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 2
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 3
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 4
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 5
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 6
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 2
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 3
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 4
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 5
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 6
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 3:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight
  • 10:30 AM – The Omen (1976)
  • 1:00 PM – Damien: Omen II
  • 3:30 PM – Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 13

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 2:00 AM – Omen IV: The Awakening
  • 4:00 AM – Night of the Living Dead
  • 9:00 AM – House on Haunted Hill
  • 11:00 AM – The Amityville Horror
  • 1:30 PM – Amityville II: The Possession
  • 4:00 PM – The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 6

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – The Zombie Diaries
  • 4:00 AM – Zombie Diaries 2
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • 10:00 AM – Alien
  • 12:30 PM – Aliens
  • 3:30 PM – Alien 3
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 14

Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Alien Resurrection
  • 4:30 AM – Corridors of Blood
  • 9:00 AM – The Fog (1980)
  • 10:00 AM – The Exorcist
  • 12:45 PM – Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • 3:15 PM – The Exorcist
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6

Friday, October 21, 2016

  • 12:00 AM –The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – Buried Alive
  • 4:00 AM – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
  • 9:00 AM – Swamp Thing (1982)
  • 10:00 AM – Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
  • 12:00 PM – Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
  • 2:00 PM – Hellraiser/li>
  • 4:00 PM – Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 14

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • 4:00 AM – The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • 6:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 1
  • 12:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 2
  • 1:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 3
  • 2:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 4
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 5
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 6
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 7
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 13

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 14
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 15
  • 2:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 16
  • 3:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 6:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 4
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 5
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 6
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 7
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 8
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 9
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 10
  • 2:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 11
  • 3:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 12
  • 4:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 13
  • 5:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 14
  • 6:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 15
  • 7:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 16
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 10:06 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 11:05 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • 12:10 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 12:40 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 1:46 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 2:45 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 3:15 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 4:21 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:20 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:50 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 26
  • 5:55 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 99
  • 9:00 AM – Graveyard Shift
  • 11:00 AM – Silver Bullet
  • 1:00 PM – Cujo
  • 3:00 PM – Firestarter
  • 5:30 PM – Thinner
  • 7:30 PM – 1408
  • 10:00 PM – Carrie (1976)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • 12:15 AM – Thinner (1996)
  • 2:15 AM – Dreamcatcher
  • 5:15 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Movies The Amazing Colossal Man
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 9:00 AM – Rosemary’s Baby
  • 12:00 PM – The Mummy (1999)
  • 3:00 PM – The Mummy Returns
  • 6:00 PM – Tremors
  • 8:00 PM – Tremors 2: Aftershocks
  • 10:15 PM – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 12:45 AM – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • 3:15 AM – The Exorcist (1973)
  • 9:00 AM – Constantine
  • 11:30 AM – Underworld
  • 2:00 PM – Underworld: Evolution
  • 4:00 PM – Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • 6:00 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 8:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 10:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 2:00 AM – Children of the Corn: Revelation
  • 4:00 AM – Re-Animator
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies
  • 9:30 AM – Hellboy
  • 11:30 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 2:00 PM – Bride of Chucky
  • 4:00 PM – Seed of Chucky
  • 6:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 8:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 10:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • 2:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 4:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies II
  • 9:30 AM – 6 Souls (2010)
  • 12:00 PM – The Grudge (2004)
  • 2:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 4:00 PM – Freddy vs. Jason
  • 6:00 PM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 8:00 PM – Friday the 13th, Part 2
  • 9:59 PM – Friday the 13th – Part III
  • 11:59 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • 1:04 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6
  • 2:03 AM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • 4:03 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 5:08 AM – Friday the 13th – A New Beginning
  • 7:06 AM – Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
  • 9:05 AM – Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood
  • 11:03 AM – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 1:03 PM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:01 PM – Jason X
  • 5:01 PM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween
  • 9:00 PM – Halloween II
  • 11:00 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Sunday, October 30, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 2:58 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 4:58 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 7:28 AM – Halloween II
  • 9:55 AM – Halloween
  • 11:55 AM – Halloween II
  • 1:55 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • 3:55 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 5:55 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:55 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 10:01 PM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2

HALLOWEEN!

Monday, October 31, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 12:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 1:30 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 2:30 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 3:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 4:00 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 11:30 AM – Halloween II (2009)
  • 2:00 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 4:00 PM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 6:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 8:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • 10:00 PM – Halloween (1978)

November 1, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 2:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 4:00 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Fear Fest 2016 will run on AMC from Thursday, Oct. 13 to Halloween day on Monday, Oct. 31. The Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, Oct. 23 will coincide with the programming event, but AMC has yet to release the full schedule.

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 2)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 2)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

My Top 5 MUST WATCH for October

By Tammie Parker

#5: Halloween (1978) & (2007)

Okay. HOOOW can you NOT watch Halloween in October?

Halloween / Image: Compass International Pictures
And for me, I absolutely must watch both the original and Rob Zombie's revamp! Speaking of Rob, how many of y'all have House of 1,000 Corpses on your list? I mean, when I hear that piano I feel like I just made it home after a 5 year journey!! My cocoon bursts wide open when that music starts playing! HELL, I want to thank the landscape artist that kept that hedge trimmed so perfectly for Michael to peep around. I want to thank Mother Nature for blowing a few crunchy leaves around from time to time so that I mentally teleport to that street. Yes, it only takes one leaf for me to get the feel of the place. I can even hear that big ol' Ford LTD right now! And I have that long cleaver hanging on my kitchen wall, just waiting for a long lost brother that I didn't even know about to pop up. BRING IT ON, MICHAEL! See I'll know exactly when to run for it... I'd know that piano theme music if I was nearly deaf! (heehee)

#4 Friday the 13th (films) (1980-present)

Friday the 13th / Image: Paramount Pictures / Warner Bros.
My second MUST would be all of the Friday the 13th (films)! (Okay, not Manhattan.)

I mean, Jason just has a way with the women, right? And so many of the deaths were so damn unique for the time! And think about how Friday the 13th opened the gate for other horror movies, and how many soon-to-be horror directors learned so much from these movies! Horror authors were born by the dozens! Those deaths seeded — NO demanded — fresh new twists on freakish murder. How many stopped sending their kids to summer camp after this? How many had a sort of horrific epiphany because of these movies? How many 'Oh my God, we're not going camping, fishing, or hiking any more'? How many 'Welp, no more premarital sex for me'? No more, I'm not sleeping in another damn bed that has the possibility of some jackass crawling under! No more weed smoking for me! No more hanging the sheets outside! How many?

#3 Young Frankenstein (1974)

My third would be Young Frankenstein. This year more than usual!! Gene played the hell out of this role!

Young Frankenstein / Image: Gruskoff/Venture Films
"IT'S PRONOUNCED FRONK–EN–STEEEEEN! These one has so many YES! moments in it for me. The look of a classic Universal horror movie, humor, rolls in the hay, and the freshly dead. How eye drawing was the cinematography? And they must of have one hell of a choreographer? Did you see that tapping jig for 'Putting on the Ritz? This one just has such a nice feel!

#2 The Ring (2002)

The Ring / Image: DreamWorks SKG
Fourth? The Ring.

When this movie originally came out, it was soooo different than anything any of us had seen before. How many times did you ask yourself 'What was that?' when the video was rolling? It screwed with your mind! The music and sound effects were spot on and intensified every move. The suspense was like no other, and this new grey cinematography was so crisp! And the master-minds behind it. This was a pretty low budget film, and look at what it did. Just don't ever comb your hair around me if it's long...I am scarred forever, and whatever is nearby will be thrown at your head!

#1 The Exorcist (1973)

Last but not least-- The Exorcist! DUH! It's a classic for us Generation Xers.

The Exorcist / Image: Warner Bros.
It came out the year I was born, so I'm not talking I was at the theater when it was released lol. I first saw it when I was about 12 and I cannot believe — looking back now — how terrified I was of the special effects in this one! Good stuff.

With that being said, let the marathons begin!

Posted by Tammie Parker in HALLOWEEN, HORROR HEROES, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, STAFF PICKS, 2 comments
Geena Davis cast in small screen adaptation of classic The Exorcist

Geena Davis cast in small screen adaptation of classic The Exorcist

By Kev B. 

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What an excellent day for an exorcism! It’s the Captain Howdy show!

The Exorcist is known to be one of the greatest, most beloved, and iconic horror films ever. The book it was based on is considered required reading for any serious fan of modern horror literature. It is number 3 on the American Film Institutes list of 100 most thrilling films, after #1. Psycho and #2. Jaws. It was one of the first 3 movies I ever owned (along with A Nightmare on Elm Street and A Clockwork Orange) back in the 80’s when my parents finally gave in and got a VCR. It’s a piece of horror history, and has been praised by some of the harshest critics as being a nearly perfect film.

Then why would anyone want to remake or re-imagine it? I assume because they’re money hungry and they’ve run out of original ideas, but we already knew that. They remade Psycho shot for shot, in color, with Vince Vaughn as Norman. More recently, and as part of horrors resurgence on television, they remade (another classic) Rosemary’s Baby into a mini-series with Zoe Saldana in Mia Farrow’s role. Not sure why, but they did. Norman has his own show Bates Motel, and Ash fights the Evil Dead weekly also, both of which I personally love. I believe Hannibal has been canceled last I heard, and I haven’t seen Damien yet, but for some reason I’m not too optimistic about that one.

The Exorcist has been the subject of discussion for a re-whatever for quite some time now.. Most recently it was rumored to be getting a big screen remake, but news just broke and it turns out we are getting a pilot episode for a series or mini-series. Details are vague at best, but everywhere I looked I found the following copied and pasted on every entertainment site I checked.

“a modern reinvention inspired by William Peter Blatty’s original book, The Exorcist is a propulsive, serialized psychological thriller following two very different men tackling one family’s case of horrifying demonic possession, and confronting the face of true evil.”

The good news is, Geena Davis is supposedly in a starring role as Angela Rance: (more copy and paste) Naturally beautiful, regal and proud but weighed down by stress, Angela does everything she can to stay positive and keep her faith even though her family is currently struggling. She can’t help but think, however, if perhaps her nightmares about a demon are a sign of what’s wrong.

Geena Davis

Now most of us old farts fell in love with her in the mid-80’s when we met her as Odette in Transylvania 6-5000 and opposite Jeff Goldblum’s Brundlefly in David Cronenberg’s classic re-make of The Fly. Oh, and obviously Beetlejuice and Earth Girls are Easy. Her long list of accomplishments include, of course acting, film producer, writer, former fashion model, Olympics archery team semi-finalist, and a member of Mensa. Yep, all that and she’s smart too.

Now, as I said, details are scarce so this is all I could find at this time. As more news is released, we will keep you posted here at House of Tortured Souls...

Posted by Kevin Belyski in CAST AND CREW NEWS, HORROR NEWS, WOMEN IN HORROR, 0 comments
BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Guardian (1990)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Guardian (1990)

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By Nick Durham

William Friedkin is a very interesting dude to say it lightly. The man has directed a classic of the horror genre with The Exorcist, and even a classic of the action/crime-drama genre with The French Connection. Since that time, he's helmed some pretty good films (To Live and Die in L.A., Bug, Killer Joe) and some fairly awful ones (Jade). The Guardian falls somewhere in between those two camps as being a very engaging horror film (Friedkin's first foray into horror since The Exorcist) and being fairly overblown and flat out ridiculous trash.

The Guardian revolves around a married couple (Dwier Brown and Carey Lowell) and their newborn child. They hire a seemingly-perfect nanny named Camilla (Jenny Seagrove) who seems to have an instant connection to their child. Camilla however isn't quite human, and plans on sacrificing the baby to the living and super scary looking trees in what is apparently the only forest in Los Angeles. Eventually our clueless heroes start to realize something's not right with this dingy English broad who knows way more about breastfeeding than the mother does, and frequently likes to hang around naked.

We're never really given a clear idea as to what Camilla is, other than she's linked to Druids and is a physical, humanoid manifestation of these freaky-ass trees. That's all well and good I guess, but we're never really given a clear reason as to why she likes sacrificing babies to this fucking thing either. In case you can't tell already by reading all this, The Guardian tends to be a confusing mess more often than not. That aside though, it's an entertaining mess throughout its runtime regardless. Friedkin's direction is what makes this whole ridiculous affair worthwhile; believe me when I say that were it not for him, this would just be one big nonsensical pile of shit that would have been long forgotten and faded into obscurity. Wait, this did fade into obscurity? Well of course it did, but thankfully, we have Scream Factory.

Those fine-ass fuckers at Scream Factory have managed to throw in a surprising amount of extras here, including an assortment of interviews with cast members and Friedkin himself. One interesting piece of knowledge: Sam Raimi was originally going to direct this. Could you imagine how wonderfully over the top (well, more over the top I guess) The Guardian could have been if Raimi had stuck around? Sweet fucking baby Jesus.

So yeah, The Guardian is a clusterfuck of insanity brought to us by a legendary director who was probably on autopilot (and hallucinogens and/or cocaine) during filming. That being said, for what it is, it was shockingly entertaining in 1990, and still is today as well. Go check it out, make some popcorn, grab some beer, and enjoy the barrage of madness.

Rating: 3/5

 

Posted by Nick Durham in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments

BREAKING NEWS: The Exorcist Is Returning

By Stephanie Roisland

The Exorcist movie poster

It is confirmed, folks. The Exorcist is returning! Morgan Creek Studios and Warner Brothers will be pairing up in a modern version of The Exorcist. The 1973 horror classic remake will be a 10 part television miniseries, distributed internationally by Warner Brothers, and co-distributed domestically with Morgan Creek Studios. It seems that Morgan Creek is finally making good on their licensing of The Exorcist which expires in 4 years. With all the recent buzz and success of possession and exorcism movies, I can't say I blame the timing. This section of horror has been stagnant in the past years and now is the time to jump. Movies like The Last Exorcism, The Possession of Emily Rose, and The Taking of Deborah Logan have stirred a true spark in horror fans everywhere .

The man behind this truly frightening endeavor will be Sean Durkin, director of Martha Marcy May Marlene. The series will portray the events leading up to the possession and the effects it had on the McNeil Family during and after the young girl's experience.

A network has not been announced, we are all curious as to where the series will land. Cable would be the only option that I can see; Showtime or HBO would be ideal places for a series like this. With their recent success and numbers on other series, it would be beneficial for both parties involved.

I know this news brings a long list of questions to the table. Will we see the McNeil Father (even at a glimpse), will we get to see into the Vatican Corridors and how this hushed issue of possession is dealt with in the church? What will be the limitations for language and vulgar scenes, and the use of the sacred crucifix? Most of all we want to know, who will be our Reagan? Is she a new face to the acting world or is she a hidden actress whose full potential we have yet to see?

the-exorcist2We do know that we will be seeing the faces of Julia Roberts, Ian McKellen, Al Pacino, Mila Kunis, Dustin Hoffman, Henry Cavill, Bella Thorne, Christopher Nolan, Johnathan Nolan, and Hans Zimmer in the miniseries.

We will keep you informed as far as a network, release dates, and, of course, Reagan's casting as they become available.

Posted by Stephanie Roisland in HORROR NEWS, 0 comments