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10/13 – 1999: THE SIXTH SENSE

How in the wide, wide world of sports could it be possible to make and break your career right out of the gate, with your first smash box office hit? Ask extremely controversial director M. NIGHT SHYAMALAN, because that’s exactly what happened with THE SIXTH SENSE, one of the best paranormal ‘mind-fuck’ chillers ever made. And there had been some really good ones that came before, and that followed it. But none had quite the same impact that this did, only the third film he’d made.

BRUCE WILLIS, whose last big film the year before, THE FIFTH ELEMENT, didn’t exactly set multiplex box offices aflame (although now it’s a beloved sci-fi cult classic) stars here as Dr. Malcolm Crowe, a disillusioned child psychologist. Tragically attacked by one of his former charges, who then commits suicide, Malcolm considers himself a failure, and is looking for redemption from the horrific debacle.

His potential chance comes in the form of Cole Sear, the role that defined the career of HALEY JOEL OSMENT, although he’d done some films and TV before, including a small role in FOREST GUMP. As the famous line goes, Cole sees “dead people”, who don’t seem to know they’re dead, and worst of all – they all want to talk to him, though he has no idea why he has this connection to the spirit world.

It’s Malcolm who finally seems to be the most helpful adult that Cole can confide in, as he advises him to listen when the spirits communicate with him, to see what it is that they want. And as it turns out, they want many different things. Perhaps the second most stunning sequence in the film is Cole’s encounter with the ghost of a young girl named Kyra Collins, (future star of “THE O.C.” MISCHA BARTON), whose untimely death via a mysterious illness, turns out to be a lot more than her family knew about.

Shyamalan’s greatest gift isn’t just the cleverness of the storytelling. He has real empathy for all of his characters, even the unlikable ones, and therefore you become equally invested in them.  So much so, that until you’ve seen this multiple times, you don’t realize how he’s setting you up for one of the most stunning ‘reveals’, not just in horror film history, but film in general.  And that’s how he also managed to make and then break himself all at once. Not unlike ORSON WELLES did with CITIZEN KANE, Shyamalan made one of the most audacious debuts to come from a fledgling director up to that time period, and in the films that followed, audiences expected every “Shyamalan twist” to be just as gasp-inducing as the first time. But he soon discovered that the hardest act to follow was himself.

Willis gives one of the best performances of his career outside his usual forays into action blockbusters, (DEATH BECOMES HER has the other great turn). HALEY JOEL OSMENT seemed destined for super-stardom, as one of the least saccharine, real little kids ever to break into cinema. OLIVIA WILLIAMS has what amounts to a cameo as Malcolm’s wife, Anna, but what she does is effective and vitally important to the story, and she’s perfect for it. DONNIE WAHLBERG as the distraught former patient, whose horrendous act of violence sets the plot in motion, shows where the acting chops in that family really are.

But the one to really watch here is TONI COLLETTE, as single mom Lynn Sear. I would go as far as to put her performance right up there with ELLEN BURSTYN’S in THE EXORCIST. As a mother desperately trying to understand what’s going on with her kid, and feeling nearly powerless to help, she neither overplays or underplays it, hitting the sweet spot particularly in a scene that is a tear-jerker: when she truly comes to believe in her son’s abilities, as he reveals something to her that he couldn’t have possibly known about otherwise. (Everyone who’s seen it remembers that scene.) In fact, watching it back again, it comes as no surprise that THE SIXTH SENSE was nominated for – you got it – SIX Oscars, including nods for Osment, Collette and of course for Shyamalan’s directing.

After a rough period of diminishing returns on his features, that seemingly began with LADY IN THE WATER, going rapidly downhill from there, “Night” has made a considerable comeback with THE VISIT, SPLIT, and the soon-to-be-released GLASS. (I wonder if that one holds any interest for me? Hmmm…)  But THE SIXTH SENSE is that one that every director wishes they had in their arsenal, but also fears…because it’s that ‘lightning-in-a-bottle’ that you can only really capture once, and never again.


HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twelve – 10/12/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twelve – 10/12/18

10/12 – 1998: FALLEN

When you look at the filmography of an actor like DENZEL WASHINGTON, you don’t see a lot of missteps.  Lots of different, fascinating, captivating performances in a wide range of projects, in various genres. You know what else you don’t see? A lot of horror/sci-fi/fantasy films.  That can’t be coincidental. Denzel doesn’t seem to be the kind of actor that gravitates towards monster and slasher films by choice.  In most cases, one could hardly blame him.  We know there’s a lot of trash out there…because we have to watch it.  So it has to be one special script that can attract the attention of a Denzel Washington (or someone of his type). Something so amazingly different, that once he read it, he was immediately on board with doing it.  FALLEN just so happened to be that story.

Written by NICHOLAS KAZAN (FRANCES, AT CLOSE RANGE, REVERSAL OF FORTUNE) and directed by GREGORY HOBLIT, (a TV director known mostly for HILL STREET BLUES, L.A. LAW and N.Y.P.D. BLUE, until he directed 1996’s PRIMAL FEAR, which introduced movie audiences to EDWARD NORTON), FALLEN isn’t your average script by any definition of the word. Skipping much of the blood and gore that a film like this would usually rely on and goes for the psychological chills instead.  Not to mention – it takes a ROLLING STONES tune not known for being inherently creepy, and changes all that in the blink of an   eye.

FALLEN casts Denzel as Detective John Hobbes. Every good detective has his nemesis, and John’s was the notorious serial killer Edgar Reese (a fantastic turn by THE PROPHECY’S ELIAS KOTEAS). It’s been Hobbes’ determined efforts that finally landed Reese into the gas chamber seat he so richly deserves.

But on the day of Reese’s execution, as Hobbes sits with the other witnesses, Reese does something unexpected…and chilling. As they’re strapping him in, he sings directly to the cop – The Stones classic “Time Is On My Side”.  An attempt by a deranged psychopath, to make one last show of braggadocio? You would think so.  Not so fast, though. When dead bodies start turning up, killed in the same manner that was Reese’s M.O., and John starts getting hang-up calls in the middle of the night – something that Reese loved to do to taunt him – John starts to get the feeling that even though he saw Reese die, none of this is really over.

Then, suddenly, random strangers begin singing “Time Is On My Side”…to HIM. And that’s where shit really starts to get real.

Reese was ‘nice’ enough to leave him several clues, which lead John to articles about a celebrated cop named Robert Milano, who was not only eventually disgraced, but ended up committing suicide. His boss, Lt. Stanton (DONALD SUTHERLAND) balks when he hears Milano’s name and warns John to drop it, but hey, would any cop that Denzel plays drop anything?

His sleuthing eventually leads him to Milano’s daughter, Gretta (EMBETH DAVITZ), a student of theology who has even more dire warnings about this case than Stanton did. Still refusing to turn it loose, John hikes up to the old Milano family vacation cabin, out in the middle of nowhere, where Robert decided to air out his head with a bullet.

Kind of ironic that Koteas, who played a good guy in THE PROPHECY, plays the baddie in FALLEN, which is headed in almost the same direction as the previous film.  Do I mean…ANGELS again? Why, yes, I do, and not the good ones.

Meet AZAZEL.  

If Pazuzu from THE EXORCIST had an evil older brother, Azazel would be it. Possessing people by the power of touch, he’s one of the FALLEN (get it?) who has a bone to pick with both mankind and The Deity Who Made Them, and for him…payback’s a bitch. He doesn’t exactly care about John Hobbes, but since the cop came after him while he was hiding out in Edgar Reese’s body, why not have a little “fun” destroying his life, the same way he did Milano’s?

And so the battle of wills begins between a man and the demonic angel who has it in for him.  Will it be a win, a loss, or a ‘draw’? Check out FALLEN and see!

Besides Sutherland and Davitz, the cast also boasts ROBERT JOYJAMES GANDOLFINI and AIDA TURTURRO (in a small cameo), both pre-SOPRANOS; GABRIEL CASSEUS as John’s sweet, mentally-challenged brother, Art, and giving one of his best and most frightening performances – JOHN GOODMAN as Jonesy, John’s partner of over a decade. Goodman wasn’t known for playing baddies yet, though the Coen Brothers gave him wackadoos to play that were pretty close, (especially in BARTON FINK). The real douchebags he would eventually play in films like DEATH SENTENCE were far off yet, but you can see hints of that in his performance here.

DP NEWTON THOMAS SIGEL seems to have a gift for making Philadelphia look creepy, and he uses that talent to full advantage here. And TAN DUN’S dark, ambient score is never intrusive, which is a good thing for a movie that’s heavier on creeping dread and unease, than buckets of brains dashed across the screen.

All-in-all, FALLEN is one more excellent recommendation one can make to that person that hates horror films, but loves Denzel Washington movies.


HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Nine – 10/09/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Nine – 10/09/18

10/09 – 1995: THE PROPHECY

First ROSEMARY’S BABY, then THE EXORCIST, then the blockbuster success of THE OMEN opened the floodgates for religious-minded, Satanic-tinged thrillers.  They were always lighting up cinema screen with varying degrees of quality and success (THE DEVIL’S RAIN, anyone?), but for the most part, they were well done and managed to bring the chills and keep the creepiness factor turned up to “eleven.”  One of the better entries into the “Sweepstakes of Sin” was THE PROPHECY, brought to us care of filmmaker GREGORY WIDEN, (HIGHLANDER, BACKDRAFT), with a different spin on things than usual, and a solid cast to bring as much gravitas to the story as any of the better films about the anti-Christ and mankind facing possible Armageddon.

The scenario here takes the “What If?” approach about the Bible. Angels are not only real but battling with each other. Just as the story goes, God’s Once Most-Favored Creations aren’t real happy with Sky Daddy throwing them over, to concentrate all his love and care on his other Most-Favored Creations: HUMANKIND. In fact, it’s caused a rift between them. On the one side, there’s the angels like ‘Simon’ (ERIC STOLTZ of MASK, THE FLY 2 and KILLING ZOE), who aren’t all that fond of humans, but are willing to “go along to get along” with their Father, while on the flip side of things, you have Gabriel (CHRISTOPHER WALKEN, delivering one of his usual delicious, balls-to-the-wall performances), who would love nothing more than to see mankind obliterated, and will go through as many of his winged brethren as he needs to, in order to make it happen.


A series of “strange and deadly occurrences” stemming from this “angel war” engulfs several unsuspecting humans: Detective Thomas Dagget (ELIAS KOTEAS of CRASH, ZODIAC, GATTACA and FALLEN), a failed priest-turned-cop; Katherine (VIRGINIA MADSEN from CANDYMAN, DUNE and ELECTRIC DREAMS), a teacher at a small Southwestern school for Native American children, and Mary (MORIAH “SHINING DOVE” SNYDER in her first major movie role), one of Katherine’s students.

The “prophecy” of the title is all about this centuries-long war of angels, which has been at a draw so far, but it has been said that if the ‘anti-human’ angels can take possession of humankind’s most evil soul, they can use that evil to win the war, bring about the “End Of Days” and destroy “the talking monkeys”, as Gabriel and not a few of the other angels derisively refer to them. The Holy War comes to Earth as Simon finds the owner of that ‘black soul’, one Col. Hawthorne, and takes the soul, hiding it away inside the body of innocent little Mary, before dying at Gabriel’s hand.

Eventually, the ‘strange case’ that Dagget is now working and the sudden strange behavior of Mary brings him and Katherine together, just as Gabriel is looking for all three of them. It means nothing at all to him, to kill anyone who gets in the way of his search for the little girl, and he’s not above raising the dead to help him with that search. ADAM GOLDBERG (SAVING PRIVATE RYAN) and AMANDA PLUMMER (PULP FICTION) portray Jerry and Rachael, respectively; two of the unfortunate souls who end up in Gabriel’s brutal clutches.

And just as it looks like it’s really about to become ‘crunch time’ for mankind, who should show up, but Lucifer himself! What role he plays in all of this is up to you to find out – I won’t spoil the terrific ending – but just knowing that VIGGO MORTENSEN plays him, should have you sprinting for wherever you get your movies from, to grab this gem. It’s only a cameo, but at least for me, that performance packs every bit of the punch he had as Aragorn in THE LORD OF THE RINGS franchise.

The special effects might seem a little on the primitive side these days, considering, but the kind of ambitious canvas that Widen loves to paint his stories on will never be out-of-style. See it for the performances, for the thrills of the story, and for a totally different perspective on angels…especially on the fallen one that “God favored above all others”…

MOVIE REVIEW: Hereditary (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: Hereditary (2018)

Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Recently, the horror genre has been doing its very best by pushing its limits and finally scaring us again. As a die-hard and devoted fan to the genre, I can honestly say that it’s been a fun two years to watch horror films. Everything from Get Out to A Quiet Place has been up to higher standards, and it’s about time. It’s almost as if the industry stopped allowing repetitive ideas get greenlit, and it’s about time for that, too. Which brings me to the release of a new drama/horror film known as Hereditary.

Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Hereditary tells a story of a grieving mother, Annie, played by Toni Collette (Krampus), who just lost her dear mother and is trying to get on with her life with her husband Steve, played by Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), her son, Peter played by Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and daughter Charlie, played by Milli Shapiro, who comes off as a weird, quiet child. Annie can’t seem to cope with the tragic loss of her dear mother. She attends meetings with others who also lost someone very close to them and meets Joan, played by Ann Dowd (Garden State), and forms a little friendship. Everything takes a devastating turn when another close family member dies, leaving Annie even more distraught than ever before. Joan, who also lost someone very close, invites her over for a visit to perform as a medium, showing her that she can very well talk to the dead. This is when the film really takes off and the tension builds higher and higher, leaving the audience pondering what will come of all of this.

Toni Collette in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.First off, let me just say that Toni Collette really stole the show here. Her acting is nothing short of superb and surreal. The life she is now dealing with, the expressions, and the constant upbeat really pack a punch. She made this film more enjoyable to watch, and when we get to the last 20 minutes, all bets are off.

Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Some scenes may seem like they are never-ending, but I think that was done on purpose to build dread in the audience. Instead of jumping from cut to cut, the scenes are much longer and drawn out. It makes sense as the director really wants the audience to feel what Annie and her family are feeling throughout the film. Kudos to both the actors and director for pulling that off. Hereditary is a slow burn thriller, but when the film gets going after about an hour, it really starts to mess with your mind and constantly makes you consider where it is going and how is it going to end.

I absolutely loved Hereditary, I think it’s one of the best films to come out in 2018, it definitely leaves a mark and will stay with you long after the credits are finished rolling. Like I said before, Toni Collette really sells in this film, and she deserves to be nominated for best actress. Job well done!!!

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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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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.)

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.


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'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


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

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SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

By John Roisland


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


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...

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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!

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. 


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...

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Guardian (1990)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: The Guardian (1990)

the guardian

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


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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.

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