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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #19 is here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #19 is here!

Hallo, hallo, hallo, Souls! It’s the nineteenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the nineteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Michelle Romano.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the incredible nineteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Blood Bride

By Michelle Romano

RESUME HERE

MINI BIO:

Originally from Boston, Massachusetts, Michelle Romano is an award-winning Actress and Producer. Making her Directorial debut with this year’s Massive Blood Drive Campaign, “BLOOD BRIDE” stars Jennifer Jostyn (“House of 1000 Corpses”), Robert Catrini (“Jack Reacher: Never Go Back”), Heather Grace Hancock (“Wicked City”), Sarah French (“The Night Watchmen”), Renee Dorian (“The Funhouse Massacre”), Alice Ko (“Exposed”), and Corey Tourigny (“My Uncle John is a Zombie”). In the past, Romano joined forces with Patricia Chica in producing two of her PSA blood drive segments. She is thrilled to have this opportunity to direct her own this year!
Romano and Tourigny (writer of “BLOOD BRIDE”) produced this film in Los Angeles. “I am beyond humbled and thankful to all of the people who donated their time to this project, and to everyone who trusted me to direct them in this film. This whole process has been a dream come true for me, and I hope that there will be many more to come!”
Romano serves as an honorary board member for several Women Empowerment campaigns and strives to motivate and empower women in any way that she can. Her annual Roman Media Hollywood event (February), champions Women in Film and Diversity in Entertainment.
Romano is currently in pre-production on several feature film projects with her company, Roman Media.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

It is an absolute honor to be a part of the Women in Horror Massive Blood Drive Campaign. We are raising awareness for such an important cause, and what better way to spread this message, than by doing it while making horror movies!?” In the words of Jen and Sylvia Soska, “If we can inspire even a few people to start donating, what a difference that would make in the World.”

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:




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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #18 is here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #18 is here!

Howling good evening, Souls! It’s the eighteenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the eighteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Mary Rangel.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the wicked eighteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

The Red Death

By Mary Rangel

MINI BIO:

Mary Rangel is a young filmmaker from Southern California whose passion for the Horror genre spans throughout her work in the Haunt and Film industries. Alongside her team of amazing friends and boyfriend who share the same passion for the genre and to bring scary stories to life, she has written and directed a total of five short Horror films, including the latest, The Red Death, for WIHM Blood Drive PSA’s 2018. She is involved in many Horror/Sci-Fi projects in many roles including Hellevator Seasons 1 & 2, John Carpenter’s Utopian Façade Music Video, Into The Black short film, Mystic Cosmic Patrol, amongst many others.
The Red Death is a short horror film inspired by The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe. This is Mary’s favorite Poe tale and The Red Death is one of her favorite symbols in the genre. With that, it seems a perfect match to UNLEASH a tale of The Red Death imbued with witchcraft, cults, an Elizabeth Bathory inspired villain named Theda played by Sara Raftery and Rachael Tucker, terror, Love for the Horror genre and with the message to encourage people to donate blood. It is truly a wonderfully Sanguine Nightmare. The main team of production for the project consists of Mary Rangel (Writer/Director), Timothy Dennison (Producer), Natalie Molina (Script Supervisor/1st AD), Jenn Langley (Key Makeup/SPFX Artist), and Christopher Blake Hannan (Melodies of the Macabre Composer).
With an amazing cast including but not limited to Olivia Grace Morales as the lead/protagonist Pamela and Daisy Hydar as The Red Death, together they conquer the evil that is Theda. Hope you enjoy the story this team created together with the passion for the genre, have a wonderfully spooky time. Thank you and be sure to donate blood this month and save lives.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

There’s a certain magic that binds us Horror Fans together. Women in Horror Month is not only the time to appreciate the Scream Queens, Monster Makers, Haunters, and Filmmakers who contribute so much to our favorite Films, TV shows, Haunts, and much more within our favorite Genre. They do it with Passion, Skill, and Love for Horror and for the Things that Go Bump in the Night. Also, during Women In Horror Month, is the time we band together to bring light in our dark world the way we know best… by creating art within the Horror genre.
That is why my team and I am proud, excited and beyond grateful to be apart of The Twisted Twins’ Women in Horror Month Blood Drive PSAs as a Director for 2018. Blood is NECESSARY for us to live. Hospitals are always in need for blood, ESPECIALLY, during time of crisis. I was taught growing up, that donating blood is important to help others in need and save lives. With that, I have always loved the Saw Franchise’s campaign for blood donations in the past; Horror is such a perfect platform to encourage people to donate. There are SO MANY creative ways to do so. The Soskas have their amazing annual Blood Drive PSAs, bringing the Horror Community together, inspiring people to save lives by donating blood. Every year, they are always wonderfully sanguine and spooky.
This year we join the Soskas for the WIHM Blood Drive PSAs by creating The Red Death, which is inspired by The Masque of the Red Death by Edgar Allan Poe, the film by Roger Corman, and Lon Chaney’s portrayal of Erik as The Red Death in Phantom of the Opera. We give the tale a sanguine and wicked twist by bringing The Red Death plague to our time period and the story revolves around how people react and the choices they make with the pressure of death looming all around them. With the theme of, “Be a Hero”, for this year’s PSAs, even though there is ‘darkness and decay’ surrounding the characters… one can still rise above the evil that is festering out of desperation. I am beyond happy for you to watch our interpretation of the story and having The Red Death to be apart of the message to encourage Horror fans and viewers to donate blood. To have the amazing opportunity to create this PSA with friends who share the love and passion for the genre made the experience even better. It would not exist without the hard work and talent of the amazing people of the cast and crew. Be sure to Donate Blood TODAY, because Sara Raftery as Theda informs us in the PSA, ‘blood will save us all.’ Thank you for reading and watching. And have a wonderfully spooky day.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: Dana Scully

WiHM: Dana Scully

I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge this next woman’s contribution to the horror/sci-fi genre. Gillian Anderson’s portrayal of Dana Scully simply has to be honored or else I have to turn in my license to practice horror.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

If you see Ripley as the mother of the strong female character in horror/sci-fi film (as I do) then it follows that Scully is the continuation and growth of that same standard. The X-Files was already groundbreaking television but Dana Scully kicked the shit out of the way we view women in the law enforcement field.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesThe pilot episode of The X-Files aired in September of 1993. I was 11 years old and still remember a young fresh-faced Dana Scully arriving at the FBI. An immediate difference that I noticed as a kid was the amount of respect she commanded from her peers and even superiors. She was a highly intelligent, well-educated doctor and undergraduate of physics – a no-nonsense scientist that wasn’t a second banana or a sidekick to a male lead. Scully always held her own and in many ways was made to look superior to Mulder (David Duchovny). She was sent to essentially babysit him and disprove his work. Although she was never fully convinced and was always the female Spock of logic, she handled the situation with grace. She respected Mulder and acknowledged his intelligence and ideas even though they were counter to her own beliefs. She didn’t scoff or belittle and even grew to have affection for him.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-FilesI believe in some ways that Chris Carter the creator of the show went out of his way to make Scully’s importance stand out. At times I almost feel it was reverse sexism and Mulder was made to seem a bit of a mimbo (male bimbo). I’m not complaining because it was successful in shattering previous notions of “the boys club” and that women could only be secretaries and were too delicate to be out in the field. Scully excelled in the field and never shied away from getting her hands dirty – not to mention she was a great shot. Both roles did an excellent job of highlighting a healthy partnership. Mulder was always able to give Scully credit and admit when she was right, and Scully would do the same even if she couldn’t always get on board with his crazy. The other thing I felt was so important to the purity of the Scully character was the fact that she and Mulder refrained from “extracurricular activities” if you know what I’m saying. In case you don’t I mean, they kept it professional instead of getting to sexy time by the end of season one as a lot of other shows did. It created a new formula that is still popular on television today, the “will they won’t they” phenomenon. It makes every touch and every subtle glance all the more exciting for the viewer.

If you loved Scully and can’t get enough Gillian Anderson then I highly recommend checking out some of her other work. Some of my favorites were Bleak House, The Fall, and American Gods. Gillian Anderson is also an accomplished writer having written a trilogy: A Vision of Fire, A Dream of Ice, and The Sound of the Seas. Most recently she co-wrote We: A Manifesto for Modern Women and co-starred in Season 11 of The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson as Dana Scully in The X-Files

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #17 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #17 is Here!

Good evening, Souls! It’s the seventeenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the seventeenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Paddy Murphy.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the killer seventeenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Saviour

By Paddy Murphy

MINI BIO:

Paddy Murphy is an Irish film-maker known for his short films Cuppa, Retribution and The Sad Ones as well as the feature film, The Three Don’ts. Paddy comes to film with a background in video game development having spent years as the CEO of Ireland’s largest independent indigenous development company, Open Emotion Studios. Paddy is currently developing shorts for a variety of anthology feature films including Hex Media’s For We Are Many anthology, as well as starting work on his second feature film. Paddy co founded Celtic Badger Media with Barry Fahy, Aaron Walsh and Brian Clancy in 2016 and has been developing projects there ever since.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

When I required surgery in 2010 for the removal of an anomaly in my body, one of my biggest concerns was that my blood type was rare… AB Positive to be precise. So if anything happened to me, there may not be sufficient blood available. Due to this, I made a commitment to give blood whenever I could, to ensure that others with my blood type would never be stuck for a bit of plasma. Whether your blood type is rare or normal, please donate regularly to ensure that people will always have a fighting chance of surviving the worst. Thank you. And massive thanks to the Soska Sisters for this fantastic movement, which encourages the bloodletting in a fun, artistic way!
The other reason this event is so important is that it supports and empowers women in horror. This movement is super important, especially in the wake of the numerous assaults against women in the industry continue to come to light.
Highlighting powerful female directors, actors and crew is essential in making the environment more tolerant and less toxic and is the only way this industry can progress forward.

CAST & CREW:

Writer/Director: Paddy Murphy
Producers: Paddy Murphy, Barry Fahy.
Editor & DOP: Barry Fahy.
Music: Evan Murphy.
Production Designer: Kathy Murphy
Assistant Director & Casting: Courtney Mckeon.
BTS Stills: Stephen Tubridy.
BTS Video & DIT: Aaron Walsh.
SFX Makeup & Creature Design: Bekki Tubridy.
SFX Assistant: Shona McMahon.
Sound Op: Luke O Doherty.
Sound Mix: Paddy Murphy.
Assistant Camera: Andrew Moore.
Colour Grade: Barry Fahy

Starring:
Noelle Clarke
Aoife Meade
Rob Moran

Special Thanks: Jen and Sylvia Soska

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM & Black History Month: R. Shanae Williams

WiHM & Black History Month: R. Shanae Williams

For Women in Horror Month and Black History Month, I’ll be taking a look at black women in the horror genre. First up is the amazingly talented filmmaker R. Shanea Williams. A Richmond, VA, native, Williams holds a BA in English from the University of Virginia and an MFA in dramatic writing, focusing on screenwriting, from NYU. Williams, who now lives in Queens, New York, has produced two haunting short films, one about mental illness and the other about sleep paralysis, that pull no punches, and both are available at the Vimeo links below.

The first, Contamination, is a 2013 film about Jade a (expertly played by Cherise Boothe), a young woman in self-imposed exile in her apartment because of crippling germophobia – the pathological fear of contamination and germs. As with most germophobes, Jade has developed obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and allows only her aunt into her home to bring food and other necessities. The film relies heavily on the believability of Boothe’s performance, and she makes it more than believable. She also makes it real, and the viewer suffers alongside her as she deals with the possibility of contamination from the outside world. Contamination is beautifully shot although everything takes place in Jade’s apartment by necessity; it’s her entire universe. In addition, the use of a heartbeat overlay to reflect Jade’s terror is extremely effective as are the visual effects that depict her perception of things as altered by her fear. Indeed, I found myself holding my breath a few times as Jade’s fear was palpable. I would love to see Contamination made into a feature-length film.

Cherie Boothe in Contamination (2013) from R. Shanea Williams

Cherie Boothe in Contamination (2013) from R. Shanea Williams

As with Contamination, Paralysis is shot almost entirely in one setting – the protagonist’s apartment, but unlike Contamination, there are signs that what is happening to Jessica may be real. Recently divorced Jessica (superbly played by Nia Fairweather) has moved into a new apartment. Her father worries about her and her sleep patterns as she has been having issues since her mother died when Jessica was only 10. We later learn that her sleep issues are so intense that she stayed married to avoid sleeping alone. As Paralysis progresses, we are given hints that what we see happening may have paranormal underpinnings, but the end is ambiguous and leaves one wanting to see it again to look for clues.

Nia Fairweather in Paralysis (2015) from R. Shanea Williams

Nia Fairweather in Paralysis (2015) from R. Shanea Williams

Williams, who was a quarterfinalist in the 2007 Slamdance Screenwriting Competition and one of top five screenplay finalists in the Urbanworld Film Festival Screenwriting Competition in 2011, has just been named a recipient of the Tribeca CHANEL Women’s Program THROUGH HER LENS along with Nikyatu Jusu. They will receive a full production grant for a film they co-wrote entitled Suicide by Sunlight, the tale of a day-walking Black vampire who is protected by her melanin from the sunlight but finds it difficult to control her bloodlust when a new woman is brought around her estranged twin daughters.

Paula Weinstein, R. Shanea Williams, Nikyatu Jusu, Mira Nair, and Rachel Weisz at THROUGH HER LENS / Image: Tribeca

Paula Weinstein, R. Shanea Williams, Nikyatu Jusu, Mira Nair, and Rachel Weisz at THROUGH HER LENS / Image: Tribeca

From TribecaFilm.com:

Jusu is an award-winning Sierra Leonean-American filmmaker. Her screenplay Free the Town participated in the Sundance Institute’s inaugural Diverse Writers Workshop and was selected for both the 2013 Durban Film Mart and Film Independent’s Fast Track. Her short film Flowers won the HBO short film award and is her third film acquired by HBO.
Williams attended NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts Dramatic Writing Program and earned her MFA in 2008. Upon graduation, she was honored with the Venable Herndon Graduate Screenwriting Award for Excellence. Partnering with producer Anthony Davis, she wrote and directed two award-winning short films Contamination (2013) and Paralysis (2015). Williams currently resides in Queens, New York.
R. Shanea Williams and Nikyatu Jusu / Image: Tribeca

R. Shanea Williams and Nikyatu Jusu at THROUGH HER LENS / Image: Tribeca

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #16 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #16 is Here!

Good evening, Souls! It’s the sixteenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the sixteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Gata Muerta, Jena Jaworski, and Stitch Mays.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

Without further ado, behold the sweet sixteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Blood Hero

By Gata Muerta, Jena Jaworski, & Stitch Mays

MINI BIO, TWINNABLEZILLA PRODUCTIONS:

After having met through the Soska sisters’ fandom and
inseparable ever since, Stitch Mays and Jena Jaworski joined together to form Twinnablezilla Productions. Later they welcomed Gata Muerta to their team. With a mutual love and appreciation for the genre, Twinnablezilla Productions aims to make a scream and create horror to bring people together.
At the heart of Twinnablezilla Productions is Stitch, born May 20th, 2000 and a resident of Greenville, Texas, and Jena, born August 30th, 1988, and a resident of Buffalo, NY. Inspired to break the molds and explore horror in his own way, Stitch tributes his inspiration to be a filmmaker to the Soska Sisters and their films.
The first recruit Stitch and Jena brought to Twinnablezilla Productions was Gata, born August 13, 1967, and a resident of California. Gata has a long-lived history of writing and playing music,started when she was fifteen years old.
From Nowich,Connecticut, Lauren Pearce was born March 16, 1999. It’s a mixture between cinematography and paranormal investigations she is trying to make a career out of.

CAST & CREW:

Jena Jaworski
Gata Muerta
Kayla Miller
Lauren Pearce
Stitch Mays

Editor: Lauren Pearce
Directors: Gata Muerta, Jena Jaworski, and Stitch Mays
Producers: Stitch Mays, Gata Muerta and Jena Jaworski
Writers: Jena Jaworski and Stitch Mays

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #15 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #15 is Here!

Greetings, Souls! It’s the fifteenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the fifteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Vicky Tori Ella and Jasmine Martinez.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the wicked fifteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Inner Turmoil

By Vicky Tori Ella & Jasmine Martinez

MINI BIO, VICKY TORI ELLA:

Vicky has been a writer since the age of 5, she watched her first horror movie at 6 and fell in love with Freddy Krueger. She had her mid-life crisis at 18, she doesn’t have any children and she’s not married. She believes that deep down we are all writers, as we are all storytellers. We’re all currently writing our own stories, adding to those blank pages.
Together with her film partner, Jasmine Martinez, she runs the production company Rare Deviant Productions.

MINI BIO, JASMINE MARTINEZ:

Jasmine is a crazy Puerto Rican Swedish girl straight out of New Jersey who loves all things horror. She has a soft spot for Splatter and occult movies. She is the co-host of Bitches of Horror and also the proof reader for the independent underground gore magazine, “Goregasmic”. Also a huge fan of games, music and movies in general.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT, VICKY TORI ELLA:

Helping others has always been a priority of mine, even if that forces me to go out of my comfort zone. For example, I’m terrified of needles, but when you know you could help save a life by donating your blood, the outcome is so much greater than your fears.
Here’s the thing, you get what you put out, therefore it’s important to just be a decent fucking human being, which sounds easy enough, yet the world lacks kindness. It lacks people who put out good energy. And by doing good to others, you automatically bring out the best in yourself. Never unscrew other people’s lightbulbs in order for you to shine. Always pay it forward. You may not be thanked with words, but regardless, you will feel it in your heart. However you decide to make a change in this world, whatever your passion may be and wherever on our planet you leave your footprints, do so with kindness and pride and your head held high.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT, JASMINE MARTINEZ:

I’ve been terrible at donating blood because of my phobia for needles. But when I was pregnant I learned not only that my blood-type was super important to people but I learned how to stand up to my fear and take those goddamn needles anyways. Now is the time that I and everyone else who’s had some sort of bad excuse stand up and go Donate blood.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WIHM: Rodleen Getsic’s tortured performance in The Bunny Game

WIHM: Rodleen Getsic’s tortured performance in The Bunny Game

An extreme cinema actress I feel is worthy of much praise is Rodleen Getsic and her phenomenal portrayal in The Bunny Game.

Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game

While the film itself seems to get nothing but hate amongst both the horror and extreme cinema communities alike (I don’t share this view personally), Rodleen’s performance still gets mostly praise.
Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game
The reason I choose her and why I think her role was special is due to the immense physical and emotional abuse she willingly endured during the making of the film. Her dedication to the role is apparent, and she stated that she dug deep within herself and drew upon past abuses to bring authenticity to the role.Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game The director (Adam Rehmeier) of the film stated that other than drug and alcohol abuse nothing in the film was staged. So what does that mean? What all was portrayed in the film?

It means that Rodleen agreed to endure some pretty vile acts of torture for the making of this film. She describes her participation as “more art than film”. She wanted “to use the production as a cathartic process, to really purge some of the traumas she had”. She would fast before shooting and be in a meditative state during scenes. For the more physical demands she drew strength from a rape and other sexual abuses from her youth. Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game She stated, “I’ve had some intense experiences that most people might not have lived through” and “The reasons why I made this film keep emerging. But really I wanted to move through the what-ifs and show I could make it through”. She finally goes on to say, “Part of my soul did die in making this film”.

So just what all did she endure for the making of the film? Rodleen Getsic in The Bunny Game I can only assume that if nothing was staged, she was beaten, raped, spit and urinated on, had her head violently shaved, suffocated and even branded (she has the scars to prove this).

Getsic is a method actress and artist of the highest quality and she deserves proper recognition and praise. Her dedication to the role makes this movie so much more than just “torture porn” it adds layers of depth and allows us to share in someone else’s life changing experience. I found it both moving and profound and I commend her for her impressive contribution to extreme cinema.

Rodleen Getsic

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WiHM Blood Drive, Valentine’s Day PSA #14 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, Valentine’s Day PSA #14 is Here!

Greetings and happy Valentine’s Day, Souls! It’s the fourteenth day of Women in Horror Month, and House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the fourteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Lauro Chartrand and The Soska Sisters.

Obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉
ALSO this IS A PARODY. For CHARITY. No spoilers. Watch this yourself like a billion fucking times. You’re welcome.

And without further ado, behold the incredible fourteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

TWINPOOL

By Lauro Chartrand & The Soska Sisters

MINI BIO, LAURO CHARTRAND:

Lauro has close to three decades of experience in the film industry. Starting his career as a stunt performer and coordinator and then 2nd unit Directing. He has worked with some of Hollywood’s biggest action stars, including Tom Cruise, Mel Gibson, Jackie Chan, Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Chuck Norris. Influenced by directors such as Tony Scott, Guy Ritchie, and Luc Besson.
Capitalizing on this strong foundation in the action genre, Lauro steadily moved his way up to directing TV and feature films. Most recently he completed his 4th film as director, the dramatic MOW thriller for Lifetime, “One Small Indiscretion”. Currently, Lauro is immersed in his next film venture, which he wrote, is producing and directing – the Western Thriller entitled “Crimson Creek”. The Genre in which I wish to work in: Action/Adventure/Horror – Features & TV
My Last 3 credits: One Small Indiscretion, Blackburn Asylum, and Born To Raise Hell. TV – 3 episodes of True Justice

MINI BIO, THE SOSKA SISTERS:

The Soska Sisters are Canadian twin badasses who didn’t like what they saw in the entertainment industry and took it upon themselves to fix it. After initially setting out to be actresses and finding themselves auditioning for too many stereotypical roles, they decided to create their own film with empowered female characters, a film that would change the indie scene forever, DEAD HOOKER IN A TRUNK. Content with being outsiders, they followed up their grindhouse hit with the stylized, body modification tale, AMERICAN MARY, which cemented their place as a pair to be watched. Always ones to break new ground and keep audiences guessing, they went on to become the first female directors hired by the WWE and resurrected the SEE NO EVIL 2 franchise with WWE Superstar Kane and followed it up with VENDETTA which turned heart throb Dean Cain into a vengeful cop turned convict hellbent on bringing down WWE’s The Big Show. Huge personalities on and off camera, this dynamic duo captured the attention of Blumhouse and followed in the hostessing footsteps of their heroine Elvira to host their survival horror game show, Hellevator. And while the two seek to create better and more diversified roles for women in entertainment, their strong and vocal support for causes of gender equality and LGBTQ rights is just one facet of their filmmaking careers.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

For the love of God go donate some fucking blood, please and thank you. People are dying without it and you’ll probably need some some day or someone you love will so go be a hero. Save some lives. Do good. After all, it’s in you to give.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #13 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #13 is Here!

Greetings and happy thirteenth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the thirteenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Atropa Films.

Once again, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the awesome thirteenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Donor

By Atropa Films

MINI BIO:


Atropa Films is a an Edmonton-based independent filmmaking collective putting a queer gaze on genre films. With a shared lifelong love of horror movies and backgrounds in various artistic disciplines, our team brings queer visibility, narratives, and representation to all of our films both on and off screen. We aim to bring a voice and narrative focus that has been glaringly absent from many subgenres of horror, blending what we love about genre cinema with queer perspectives and storytelling.

Atropa Films on Social Media

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

We are so excited to be involved in this year’s blood drive because horror and blood donation are two things we are very passionate about – a number of our crew members are actually students of or currently working in health sciences. Some of us can’t donate blood at this time due to various restrictions and ineligibilities, so we hope that taking part in this project will help bring awareness to those who can. We also want to use this platform as an opportunity to remind everyone that Canada still has incredibly archaic laws around blood donation that prevent many people we love from donating. Men, as well as trans women, who have sex with men are not allowed to donate blood without first meeting strict requirements that are not feasible for many. During the last Canadian federal election campaign, Justin Trudeau and the Liberal Party stated that they “will bring an end to the discriminatory ban” as “this policy ignores scientific evidence.”* Please get in touch with your MP and encourage them to push for an end to the stigmatizing blood donation ban so that more of our friends and community members can be heroes as well.

*Source: Ending MSM Blood Donation Ban

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #12 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #12 is Here!

Salutations and happy twelfth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the twelfth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Angela Nolan & Martyn Fleetwood.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the incredible twelfth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Haemo Eradication Services

By Angela Nolan & Martyn Fleetwood

MINI BIOs:


HOWACEY Productions was created by Martyn Fleetwood and Angela Nolan in England in 2017. To date they’ve made a horror-themed quiz show, an American Mary swede, and an entry for the 2018 Massive Blood Drive PSA. There are other shorts in the planning stages, all in the horror genre, and plans to release table-top game play videos so they can use their YouTube channel to combine their passions for both horror films and board games.
Martyn is an IT nerd and Angela is an English nut who lives to correct Martyn’s typos. They both enjoy cosplay at Comic-Con and film festivals although it’s still undecided who pulled off Harley Quinn the best.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

The Blood Drive PSA is particularly important to Angela as she can no longer donate blood for
medical reasons so she was happy to have the opportunity to encourage others to donate.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: The Women of Martyrs (2008) [SPOILERS]

WiHM: The Women of Martyrs (2008) [SPOILERS]

Martyrs (2008)

House of Tortured Souls Salutes the women of Martyrs for WiHM

I wanted to write a piece on the women of Martyrs for Women in Horror Month. It’s my favorite movie, and I thought it would be really easy to write about but as it turns out, it wasn’t, because although I feel all the women deserve recognition there is one who is far more important to me than the others.

I’d like to point out a couple of quick things before we proceed, first of all this is intended for those who have already watched the film so if you haven’t yet (my god! Why the hell not? Please stop what you’re doing and watch it this instant!), this will definitely spoil it for you. Second, this is about Pascal Laugier’s 2008 version not the American abomination that came out in 2016. Last, I’m choosing to focus more on one character, but that is not to say that they all weren’t well acted and worthy of praise. Now, with that out of the way, let us continue.

Martyrs (2008)There are four main women of importance in this film, each with a different story to tell. All their stories are flawlessly woven together and one cannot exist without the other. Where the tendrils of each story latch onto the next, they also snuff out the previous story in succession. As Lucie’s (Mylène Jampanoï) story intersects with Anna’s (Morjana Alaoui), it ultimately leads to the untimely death of Anna. When Anna meets Sarah (Emilie Miskdjian), emaciated with metal bolted into her body, nothing more than a shell, her death too is imminent and it prompts the introduction of the Mademoiselle (Catherine Béginand the death of both Sarah and Anna. Finally, the death of Anna leads to the death of Mademoiselle. A perfect clockwork orange. Though each woman has a role, Mademoiselle is arguably the most important character and the bow that neatly ties it all together. Without her, we have nothing more than the polished Hollywood turd that is the American version. A bland, watered-down, meaningless piece of cinema intended to placate the plebs.

Catherine Bégin as Mademoiselle in Martyrs (2008)

Catherine Bégin as Mademoiselle in Martyrs (2008)Mademoiselle is the key to everything, without her you have a torture porn, with her, the suffering you just endured alongside Anna is given meaning. Her character leaves you questioning your entire existence and makes all the violence beautiful and poignant. Mademoiselle was pivotal to Anna’s transcendence into martyrdom and was privy to whatever it was that Anna whispered. Of course, you should hate Mademoiselle, but I’ll go on record to say that she is my favorite fictional character to ever grace the silver screen. No movie death was more traumatic or terrifying than hers. It was so final, and then we’re left in the dark wondering… what did she say? No monster or serial killer has stripped my life of its values and kept me awake at night wondering why.

So thank you, Catherine Begin, for your portrayal of Mademoiselle. Simply Brilliant. I humbly salute you for your contribution to horror.

Catherine Bégin

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #11 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #11 is Here!

Good Sunday evening and happy tenth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the tenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Stephanie Dugan of Cleveland, OH.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the incredible tenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Bitch

By Stephanie Dugan

Full Cast & Crew

All from Cleveland, OH

Cast:

Elena Sanchez – THE BITCH
Eric S. Grow – THE CREEP

Crew:

Tom Stumpf – GEAR GUY – he brought the lights and sound equipment
Kristine Gallagher – BLOOD GIRL – she brought the blood and made the heart

ABOUT THE CAST & CREW:

The crew and I met at Cleveland State University while we were working towards our degree in film. We had so much fun in class, running around the city meeting new people, flashing our student IDs to shoot anywhere we wanted and making movies. Elena and I know each other from high school and she has always believed in my ideas and dreams. I met Eric during the annual 48 Hour Film Shootout, which I wrote and ran camera for.

MINI BIO, STEPHANIE DUGAN:

I am born, bred, surviving and thriving in Cleveland, OH. I graduated from Cleveland State University with a bachelor’s in Film, however I’ve been writing and shooting spooky movies since I was 9. My ultimate goal is to travel the world garnering inspiration from abandoned places where there was once a bit of humanity. I love all kinds of horror but am particular to all things satanic, depraved or full of classic monster tropes/allegory. I am constantly writing screenplays and dreaming up degenerate ways to scare an audience. I am currently in the pre-production phase of a film surrounding a cult and I’m trying to put together the necessary people and tools on a non-existent budget. I am also in the treatment phase of a werewolf film. I LOVE werewolves and they are completely under appreciated, in my opinion. I am someone who is intimately involved in every part of the film making process, even one of my favorite parts, everyone’s favorite part-craft services. I feel as a women, living at the cusp of the poverty line, you have to be, 110% closely involved, in order to be taken seriously and to make sure that your vision is fully realized and properly executed. I own and run Late October Productions which is a Cleveland-based film and photography studio. My lifestyle is horror, always has, always will be.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Blood donating is important to me because I’m aware of just how important it is for those who need last minute saving. The only incentive there is to donate, is the desire to help a stranger in need. You can be giving your blood to a child, an old lady, a mother, a teacher, a priest, a janitor, an artist anyone. Blood is humanity’s bonding lifeline, we all have it and we all can give it to save others. There are some people out there whose life depends on blood donations. A great way to make an impact is to donate blood and truly save someone’s life. Who knows you can always end up on the receiving end some day.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive PSA #10 is here!

WiHM Blood Drive PSA #10 is here!

Good evening, Souls, and happy tenth day of Women in Horror Month! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the tenth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from returning Canadian writer, director, editor, producer, and actor Aleah Anseth.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the amazing tenth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Sammy

By Aleah Anseth

MINI BIO:

Aleah Anseth is a filmmaker residing in Saskatchewan, Canada. She studied her craft in Vancouver, British Columbia where she produced, directed, and wrote multiple independent projects. Currently, Aleah has her own media company FRAGMENT MEDIA where her and her fiance use their skills as photographers and video professionals. Aleah continues to write and create independent film projects and hopes to run her own production company one day.
https://www.fragmentmedia.ca/

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

When Jen and Sylvia asked to me to partake in their WHIM project again I was extremely humbled, nervous, but excited. It’s such a great way to test out my resources and creativity while bringing attention to such an important cause. As blood donations decline, I really hope having a month dedicated to bringing attention to this issue, we will see some brave people rolling up their sleeves, being a hero and saving lives.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #9 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #9 is Here!

Greetings and salutations! Happy ninth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the ninth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Andrew Hass and Kynda Laufmann.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the incredible ninth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

My Father, My Hero

By Andrew Hass & Kynda Laufmann

A Lost in the Woods Production

Cast & Crew:

Written, Directed, and Edited – Andrew Hass and Kynda Laufmann
Kiah Owen – The Husband and Hero
Mikayla Daniels – The Happy Housewife
Faythe Lloyd – The Darling Daughter
Liam and Warren Daniels – The Terrifying Twins
Stephen Lloyd – The Meat
Carnilux V.O. – Andrew Hass
Director of Photography – Seneca Smith
Makeup Effects – Cassandra Carpenter
Carnilux Advert Design – Travis Legge
Props – Jessica Smith
Boom – Ouen Smith

MINI BIO, ANDREW HASS:

Andrew Hass was born and raised in Los Angeles, CA. He moved away from Los Angeles in his late teens and has spent most of his time since in the PNW. He is married to his partner in both life and art, Kynda Laufmann, with whom he has two sons. Andrew’s close family has been involved in filmmaking since the 1930’s, when his great grandfather first worked as a stuntman. Most of his immediate family has worked in the film industry, since. Andrew had never worked in film until, in 2014, an opportunity to provide sound work for an independent feature horror film was brought to him and sparked an interest that has led to writing and directing. In the four years since he has worked on both feature and short films, working as director of photography, editor, sound department, writer, and director. Andrew’s passion and focus lies in making independent horror films.

MINI BIO, KYNDA LAUFMANN:

Kynda Laufmann grew up in Colorado and moved to Washington for school. She graduated with a degree in Psychology and loves her day job working as a Clinical Supervisor helping kids with developmental disabilities. Kynda caught Andrew staring in 2009, and hasn’t let him go. Andrew has since piqued Kynda’s interest in film production and they decided to team up on their own projects, leading to the creation of Lost in the Woods Productions. Kynda enjoys being on set and contributing to the creative process, and likes to think her perfectionistic tendencies lend themselves to a better film.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Someone, at some point, donated the blood that was used to save my life. I was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes at 27, and during the ensuing hospital stay I needed blood to save my life. Additionally, since 2011 I have undergone multiple major surgeries that required blood transfusions. Blood donations are a direct part of why I am alive, today. There’s not a hospital in the world that isn’t in need of blood and there are never enough people donating.
I’m participating in the annual PSA Blood Drive for Women in Horror Month because life can change at any moment; you never know when you’ll need a little help from a strange. If you can, please give blood at your local donation center or spread the word!

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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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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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #8 is here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #8 is here!

Greetings and happy eighth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the eighth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Izzy Lee.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the awesome eighth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

It’s In You

By Izzy Lee

MINI BIO

Izzy Lee is a writer, filmmaker, film festival programmer, and journalist for Birth.Movies.Death., Rue Morgue, and Diabolique, as well as an editor for ScreenAnarchy.
Her recently published short stories include: “Tilberian Holiday” (“Wicked Witches”) and “The Lake Children” (“Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep” and “Hydrophobia”). She’s currently at work on several short stories and scripts.
When she’s not writing, she’s making scary little films, often from an outsider perspective with a socio-political bent. Her shorts
“Postpartum,” “Innsmouth,”Rites of Vengeance,” and “For A Good Time, Call…” have screened with American Psycho, Midnighters, The Love Witch, They Look Like People, The Sacrament, The Lords of Salem, Prevenge, They Look Like People, The Master Cleanse, Excess Flesh, Baskin, and Antibirth.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

I’m participating in the annual PSA Blood Drive for Women in Horror Month because life can change at any moment; you never know when you’ll need a little help from a strange. If you can, please give blood at your local donation center or spread the word!

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #7 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #7 is Here!

Happy seventh day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the seventh entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Sam Hawkins and Kim Pipkin.

As always, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the amazing seventh Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Party Prick

By Sam Hawkins and Kim Pipkin

MINI BIO

Samantha Hawkins and Kimberly Pipkin of For Good Productions couldn’t be more excited to be a part of this year’s PSA. Sam graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2015 with a major in Dramatic Art and a minor in Chemistry. She currently works as a dental assistant in Pinehurst, North Carolina and plans to pursue a dental hygiene degree. Kim is a senior at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, majoring in Elementary Education. After graduation, she intends to teach elementary school in Virginia.
Their friendship began in 2009 when Sam talked Kim into staying after school for a drama club rehearsal. In high school, they made music videos during late-night boredom, but they did not create a short until the American Mary Swede contest in January 2017. Their entry was selected as one of the contest winners, which sparked many projects afterward in conjunction with Brett Haynes, who played multiple roles in their contest entry. Apart from their Women in Horror Month PSA, the two have a number of short projects in development with Brett and other creators to be produced in 2018, including a thriller and a horror-comedy.
Sam and Kim would like to thank David and Wanda Hawkins, Brett, Chappell, Courtney, Catie, and the rest of the party animals for making this project such a delight to create. Additionally, they wish to thank Jen and Sylvia Soska for inviting them to be a part of this gigantic endeavor. They are honored to be included and look forward to seeing the other PSAs throughout the month.
WiHM Blood Drive PSA 7, Party Prick
WiHM Blood Drive PSA 7, Party Prick
WiHM Blood Drive PSA 7, Party Prick

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

We’re passionate about giving blood because it’s a universal gift that almost anyone can give. No matter where you’re from or how much money you make, your selfless donation can still make a difference. We also give because we’d like to think others would do the same for us. It’s so easy to distance ourselves from victims of natural disasters, gun violence, or traumatic accidents until we or someone we know becomes one of those victims. If we’re all afraid to donate, or if we all assume someone else will fill the need, who’ll be there in our time of need?

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

Check out the other PSAs:

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WiHM: Felissa Rose

WiHM: Felissa Rose

Felissa Rose and Jonathan Tiersten in Sleepaway Camp (1983)Outside of the horror world, most people won’t know the name Felissa Rose, but in 1983, a 13-year-old girl playing the role of Angela introduced herself to the genre. What’s extremely impressive about Felissa’s role in the now cult classic Sleepaway Camp is that she was so memorable while hardly speaking. The character Angela rarely spoke throughout the film and sucked viewers into the story with her facial expressions. She makes you really feel for the character until you find out that young Angela is actually Peter, Angela’s brother, who was “killed” in a boating accident 8 years prior. 2018 celebrates the 35th anniversary of this iconic film and the launch of a brilliant career.

Christopher Collet and Felissa Rose in Sleepaway Camp (1983)Felissa has been a mainstay in the horror genre over the past three and a half decades. She has also been a frequent guest at various horror conventions around the US. Known for her bubbly personality, posing making the “Sleepaway Camp Face”, and her ability to remember names and past interactions with her fans, Felissa is very popular at these shows and leaves her fans old and new with memorable experiences.

Felissa Rose in Terror Tales (2016)

The last calendar year has been one of – if not the – best year yet for this iconic actress. Felissa has several new films that have been released in the last month or will be in the coming weeks to include No Solicitors (a film shot in 2015, but released last month on DVD, where she also served as Producer) where she plays ill-fated Pricilla. Victor Crowley (the surprise fourth installment of the Hatchet series), she plays the role of Kathleen. And in the upcoming film Death House (theatrical release of February 23rd), Felissa plays the role of Dr. Angela Freeman (and also filling the role of Associate Producer). Felissa has been certainly busy over the past several months as these are three of the nearly two dozen projects she has already or is in the process of completing.

Felissa Rose - Shears

Felissa’s next convention appearance will be next weekend in the Queen City of Charlotte, NC, for Mad Monster Party Carolina.  She is celebrating both the 35th Anniversary of Sleepaway Camp and the newly released Victor Crowley.  She is also promoting the upcoming release of Death House, which some of us lucky fans were privileged to see during convention viewings last year.  Thousands more are eagerly awaiting to see the film on February 23, 2018.

So please join me in congratulating this amazing woman on her accomplishments both past and those yet to come.

You can check out what Felissa is working on next by visiting her on the Internet at:

Let’s wish Felissa Rose a very HAPPY Women in Horror Month!

Felissa Rose Official Site Welcome

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WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #6 is Here!

WiHM Blood Drive, PSA #6 is Here!

Happy sixth day of Women in Horror Month, Souls! House of Tortured Souls is proud to present the sixth entry in this year’s Women in Horror Month Blood Drive.

Today’s PSA comes to us from Canadian and fiery redhead, Montreal’s Baroness of Blood, Maude Michaud.

Once again, before we continue, here’s the obligatory disclaimer (not that we need it, right Souls?):

DISCLAIMER: This IS Horror, boys and grrls, so SOME of these do have VERY naughty content. Blood. Gore. EXTREME gore. Disturbing situations. Nudity. Sexual situations. Violence. Language.
If you are SENSITIVE to this kind of content, be a mature human being and just don’t watch. No need to spoil the fun for us fellow weirdos. We’re not hurting anyone. It just REALLY looks like we are 😉

And without further ado, behold the incredible sixth Blood Drive PSA of Women in Horror Month:

Type O Negative Man

By Maude Michaud

Based on an idea developed by:
Maude Michaud, Sebastien Montpetit, Philippe Robillard, and Alex Goldrich

Cast:

Jason McCullough – Type O Negative Man
Véronique Laforest – Siouxsie Blade
Anne-Marie Beaulne – Mia Leuke
Luc Bernier – Rick V. Smart
Isabelle Morin-Beaudoin – Aline Lemonde
Marie-Pierre Poulin – Mary Meadow
Sebastien Montpetit – Brad Puns
Rebella Lugosi – Emma Globin
Casey Ryan – Splatter guy/voice of Vlad Sanguis
Christine Lapierre – Splatter girl
Geneviève Hutter – Splatter girl
Nekroto – himself
Kevin Cruz – Re-enactment victim
Izzy Lee – voice of the police dispatch
Maude Michaud</strong – voice of the director
Philippe Robillard – voice of the sound guy

Crew:

Shot and edited by Maude Michaud
Sound recorded by Philippe Robillard
Blood and special FX by Sebastien Montpetit
Song “Gemini 3” composed by Terry Devine-King (PRS) – Licensed from Audio Network

A Quirk Films production

MINI BIO

Maude Michaud is an award-winning writer-director from Montreal, Quebec who specializes in genre entertainment. Her debut feature film Dys- World Premiered in July 2014 at the Fantasia International Film Festival where it won the Audience Award for Best Canadian Feature. Her body of work includes over a dozen critically acclaimed short films which have toured the international festival circuit, as well as a documentary web series about women horror filmmakers, which served as a basis for her Master’s thesis. She is currently in development on her second feature film. You can find out more about her work at www.quirkfilms.ca and www.maudemichaud.com.

ARTIST’S STATEMENT:

Every year, I look forward to participating in the Soska Sisters’ Massive Blood Drive PSA. I’ve been contributing for a few years now and it’s always a project that is fun to do, challenges me to be wildly creative AND also feels good to contribute to because I know it is for a great cause. Donating blood is extremely important and it is something more people need to do. I feel that creating these cool shorts gives the idea of donating blood a much needed facelift while also helping reach a different audience that might not respond to more “traditional” campaigns. I’m happy to do my part in raising awareness for blood donations by creating something fun and unique that I know will have a positive impact.

Remember, Souls, there’ll be a new PSA every day up to and including 1 March 2018, and please check out the official WiHM website for more on Women in Horror Month.

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