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HORROR NEWS: Unfriended 2 Coming Soon?

HORROR NEWS: Unfriended 2 Coming Soon?

In 2015, Unfriended hit theaters to mixed reviews but a commercial success, grossing over $16 million on opening weekend and over $31 million world-wide – not a bad take for a film with an estimated budget of only $1 million. Shortly thereafter, rumors began about a sequel having been approved and that Nelson Greaves, writer of the original, was penning it. Since then, little else has been revealed save for an unconfirmed rumored that Jennifer Lawrence was attached. Until now.
Unfriended, which was directed by Levan Gabriadze (billed as Leo Gabriadze) and starred Heather Sossaman, Matthew Bohrer, and Courtney Halverson, followed a group of friends in an online chat room who are haunted by someone – or something – using the account of their dead friend. As mentioned earlier, reviews were mixed, with most either loving or hating and few being indifferent.
Today, Horrorfreak News reported that they had confirmed the long-dead rumor that Unfriended 2 was to be. According to their sources, Unfriended 2 was filmed in secrecy and screened to test audiences who signed nondisclosure forms. Initial reactions, so they said, are positive and have created quite a bit of a wave in the horror community. While Unfriended 2 has an IMDb listing, it shows only the writer, still listed as Nelson Greaves, and the summary:
Following the events after the first one, Blaire is going through deep depression & is tormented by everyone for causing Laura's death, a triggering event causes Blaire to think Laura is back.
House of Tortured Souls will keep you posted as we learn more about Unfriended 2.
If you’ve not seen the first, check out the ten minute extended preview, and let us know what you think. Do you want a sequel? Are you ready for one?

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Happy 70th Birthday, Stephen King!

Happy 70th Birthday, Stephen King!

Buckle up, Constant Readers, because House of Tortured Souls is paying tribute to the father of contemporary horror - Stephen King. This post won't be as long as one of Mr. King's novels, but you might want to get a fresh beverage and a snack before continuing.
Comfy? Got your drink and snack? Good. Then follow us as we delve into a few of the memories Mr. King has given us. It's not dark here - certainly not as dark as Pet Sematary - but you might want to keep a lamp burning. Just in case.Simpsons Opening-Stephen King / Fair use doctrine.

I'm His Number One Fan! Wait...

By Woofer McWooferson

I honestly can’t remember the details of my first exposure to Stephen King’s work, but I do remember that it changed my life. As a horror fan, I read everything horror that came my way. When someone mentioned this new writer and his book Carrie, I gave it a shot and have never looked back. I tore into everything that he wrote like a werewolf starved for human flesh and finding the tastiest morsel around. My family and friends were thrilled as they now had a guaranteed gift for the freaky kid – anything King.
horror-novel-thestand / Fair use doctrine.When The Stand was released, I was a freshman in high school. I snapped it up fast and read it in record time even for me. Those of you who’ve read The Stand (or seen the mini-series) know about Captain Tripps. You can imagine, then, how freaky it was for me when I caught a cold while enjoying it. Strangely, every subsequent reading also resulted in a cold. That’s a bit trippy, don’t you think? Later, when the unabridged version was released, I also snapped it up – and yes, I got another cold – and enjoyed it even more than the heavily cut original. Many Constant Readers have said they don’t care for the unabridged version as they feel it adds nothing to the story, but I have to respectfully disagree. King is the master of detail, and I found all the extra bits particularly satisfying. The Stand remains my favorite standalone King work.
The Gunslinger trade paperback / Fair use doctrine.And then The Gunslinger was released. My then-boyfriend, Rich, got an advanced release, read it, and passed it along for me to read. We both fell in love with Roland Deschain. Rich was as much of a horror fan as I was, and we shared many glorious King novels before eventually parting as a couple but remaining friends. But it was his gift to me of The Gunslinger that will always be most special. He started me on the road to the Tower and even accompanied me about halfway there. We’ve fallen out of touch, but I still think of him fondly and wonder what he thought of the rest of Roland’s tale. Did he love it as much as I did? How could he not?
Although I’ve read everything King’s written thus far, none have had the impact on me that The Stand and The Dark Tower did. Indeed, King’s influence on me was such that I found myself speaking of him during the oral portion of my master’s exam. I didn’t exactly plan to bring up King, and I wasn’t sure what the panel would think of my comparisons even as I spoke. He wasn’t exactly taught in college back then (at least not much outside of the composition classes I taught), after all, and I nervously smoked outside as the panel discussed me and my answers. Apparently, they found my comments valid because I did receive my MA. Thanks, Mr. King.
Today, I raise a glass to you and wish you the best. May you continue to fuel our nightmares for many more years to come. Happy birthday!

By Scarlett O

I was a mere tot when the adaptation of Stephen King's The Shining came out in theaters in 1980; nevertheless, I was allowed to watch it before the age of ten. How times have changed! It was my very first horror movie, and I can honestly say without reservation that I've never been the same since. Both traumatized and intrigued, the level of terror that this particular movie held for me has set the standard for which I judge all horror movies. Needless to say, that's a pretty high bar that few other horror films have been able to come close to clearing. As an adult, I read the actual book from which the movie is based and like all other good books, Stephen King's The Shining reaches a level of impressive that I couldn't have imagined in my worst nightmares. To this day, large hotels with seemingly endless hallways or hearing “REDRUM” gives me chills. As it should.The Shining - Bloody Elevator / Fair use doctrine.
Though there were clear differences between King’s novel and Stanley Kubrick's direction of the film, such as the main character’s name (Jack vs John Daniel), physical appearances (blonde Wendy vs brunette), preference of cartoons by the boy Danny (Sesame Street vs the Road Runner), and even the hotel room number (217 vs 237), and perhaps the most interesting - that one ended in fire (the book) and the other in ice (the film), it's obvious that readers and viewers alike could appreciate the artistic thrill of them both. Still, it should not go without mention that none of this would have been possible if the one and only Stephen King had not written the infamous novel in the first place.

By Michelle MIDI Sayles

On this day in 1947 a King was literally born – Stephen King that is!
It wasn't until 42 years later that I discovered his literary world and my own thirst for horror grew in me, like a beast of its own.
I was 9 and at a slumber party with three other girls watching the VHS release of Pet Sematary. Unlike most girls, I didn't hide under the blankets during the "scary parts" or scream. I just watched with amazement as Gage’s, Church’s, and Louis' antics mesmerized me.Church-Pet Sematary_02 / Fair use doctrine.
I was so enamored with the film that I begged my parents for a month to buy me the novel for my 10th birthday, and I still have that battered and much loved copy to this day (after countless rereads).
From that moment, I was glued to all things King! I spent my teen years on a mere babysitter's budget (choosing that and my studies over flipping burgers part time like most kids here). I would frequent yard sales and second-hand markets to find older but cheaper copies of King's novels so I could stockpile all of his books (one day, when I retire, I will try and read any remaining that I have yet to tackle). I recorded each mini-series and film that came onto my screen to VHS, so I could watch it again and again (The Tommyknockers, The Stand, Children of the Corn -and sequels- etc). I clipped articles about my idol and more recently began collecting merchandise related to his works.
Through bad relationships, schooling, work life, having a family, and even suffering losses, King was my beacon. At any time, I could immerse myself in a book or film of his and just feel centered and at home.
Happy birthday, Mr King, I doubt you understand the impact you have had on many lives, but you'll always be special in mine.MIDI's King collection

By Schock

The horror world wouldn’t be the same if not for author Stephen King. His novels - that seem to multiply like gremlins - and movies that spawned from his narratives have become a staple in the world of horror, terror, and suspense. When we hear the name Stephen King, we think only of monsters and twists that ensue within the stories he’s penned as well as the rich east coast New England area of his mind.
My first encounter with anything Stephen King was Carrie - the movie based on the novel that we have all come to know as an ultimate in psychological (and psychic) terror. I discovered at a young age my love for the underdog, but my apparent blood fetish spawned way later in life. That’s another story altogether... Carrie introduced me to the world of King and I wanted to dig a little deeper. I then discovered other movies based on his novels – Cujo, Christine, Children of the Corn, Thinner, Needful Things, Cat’s Eye, The Shining, Stand By Me, Pet Semetary, IT… The list goes on and on and on. Then there are the King short stories translated to film. My absolute favorite of these is “Sometimes They Come Back”. Obviously, if you can’t tell, I didn’t read a lot as a child; I threw down on the movies, though, and when I got older I discovered that the novels were actually pretty easy to find. So I began the hunt for as many as possible in my area.
Christine was the first book I acquired, and reading the book, I could feel what he was writing more so than the movie portrayed. So I wanted more. I wanted to see how the stories could just put fear and terror into people. The directors of the movies really shined a light on the stories with their films. Some of the novels, though, like IT are thicker than every version of the bible put together. My friends and I use to have an ongoing joke when we would discuss Stephen King movie and book comparisons. He used three pages just to describe the treads on the tires in From a Buick 8. That brings me to something that King inadvertently taught to those of us who are creators of art – whether it be prose, poetry, music, or the visual arts: detail is KEY to making sure you give the audience every inch of what your mind wants to get out. This was a beautiful thing to learn from King’s legacy of horror and terrifying tales.From A Buick 8 / Fair use doctrine.
If anyone deserves to be awarded the title King of Horror or Master of the Macabre, it is none other than Stephen King himself. King’s not a man who walks around mopey and weird as you’d expect a horror writer to be. He’s a regular man, a visionary, and an inspiration – and not only to filmmakers and fans. He has inspired now for decades, generations even, and will continue to inspire for many years to come. When we are all long gone from this earth and some weird alien life goes digging around, they’ll find one (or thirty) of his novels and be terrified at what they read. Let’s hope that one day this happens and Stephen King will be known to these people thousands of years from now as a God.Stephen King-Pet Sematary / Fair use doctrine.

Happy Birthday to the *King* of Horror

By Tammie Parker

horror-novel-firestarter / Fair use doctrine.I read Firestarter when I was 8! That truly did raise the bar pretty high for all trying to scare me from then on out. I had a tough childhood, this was written for me! OH, to have the power to set shit on fire!
A truly odd fact is that we read IT in English 101 in my 8th grade class!! A bit of an odd book to use to teach all about grammar, huh? We even watched the original movie right there in class.   horror-movie-it-original / Fair use doctrine.Although the monster at the end disappointed me, I loved the story and the build-up. I loved the goosebumps, the hair-raising, eye-bulging, hanging onto the bed rail, it's-way-past-my-bedtime words!
After IT, (a few years down the road) I fall in love with Misery. horror-novel-misery / Fair use doctrine.The cockadoodie potty language definitely had me cracking up. Stephen King taught me how to find out when someone was going into my private stuff!
horror-novel-doloresclaiborne / Fair use doctrine.And then Dolores Claiborne. I truly loved the character Dolores! Having personally gone through 10 years of molestation, this novel was tough to read. However I wanted to read it through, I was certain I would be ecstatic with Dolores' settling this chaos. I love how simple it is to travel into the story, Stephen completely takes you there. There is never a question of the color of the sky, the scent in the air, especially the creepy thing lurking around the corner.
Then came The Stand, which very rapidly became my favorite book.
horror-novel-thestand / Fair use doctrine.Stephen is probably the source of my love for dystopian horror. The Stand opened my eyes to so much! Scenarios I had never thought of before. Human characteristics and how we would react, and what we would become if/when something happens.
After that (again a few years down the road) Dark Tower novels, WOWZA what a story!!
I have YET to see the movie, but I love the cast! And the trailers look absolutely amazing!

I have read Desperation, The Dead Zone, and, well, it is safe to say Mr. King is my most read author. During my research, I found out that Stephen and his wife Tabitha actually stayed in the real Stanley Hotel as he wrote the novel! I fell in love with him all over again. What a true badass! And what a wicked imagination 🙂
Happy 70th, Mr. Nightmare Maker!

What Stephen King Has Meant To Me

By Dixielord

Stephen King's Full DarkI discovered Stephen King sometime around the mid 80s. I don't remember exactly when, about my senior year in high school or maybe my first year in college. I remember a high school friend/acquaintance was reading Christine, and me, to my utter shame now, thought reading a book that big was the nerdiest thing in the world. How things change.
Christinebecame one of the first King novels, probably THE first novel, that I read. I think Night Shift was the first book, followed by Skeleton Crew, as I fell quickly in love with his short stories. I devoured his short stories rabidly, as quickly as I could get my hands on them. Then I started on the novels – Christine, Carrie, Firestarter, everything my college library had to offer, including the non-fiction Danse Macabre. It was through Danse Macabre that I became aware of H.P. Lovecraft.
Is it fair to say my life was changed? It was changed, dear readers. I had transformed from someone who laughed at readers to a voracious reader, from a man who had never heard of Lovecraft to a hardcore fan of the Cthulhu mythos and the unspeakable horrors from beyond.
Out of college I continued to follow him, buying his books when I could afford to, checking them out of the local library when I couldn't. I built up a nice collection of hardcover King over the years. After his near-fatal accident, his stories changed, and my life changed as well. I lost my mother to cancer, and his books started taking on a more depressing (at least to me) tone. The recurring theme of God demanding a sacrifice started to wear thin on me, and I just recently realized why. Don't get me wrong, his writing was still top notch, but I couldn't take the new stuff. I stopped reading King altogether after Desperation. I still cherished my King collection, though, and it nearly killed me when I had to sell them.
Sell your King collection? Blasphemy! Sadly, life doesn't always go as planned, and losing my job with no employment in sight meant I needed money. Of all the books I owned, I hated putting up my King collection for sale. But someone offered me too much money, and I needed money too much. I said goodbye with tears in my eyes.
I came back to King, and I'm still coming back, going back for the books I missed and grabbing the new ones as well. Now, new fans are discovering Stephen King, and old fans are rediscovering him. IT is in the theaters, reinvigorating horror in general, and putting the master's name back on the lips of everyone. The Dark Tower is just out of theaters. All of this has brought me back to my books, thinking about reacquiring the ones I had to sacrifice. King changed my life. Stephen King gave me a life, he gave me books and made me a reader. He opened worlds after worlds.

By Brenda Wilder Antlitz

Carrie-Sissy Spacek-John Travolta / Fair use doctrine.I was first introduced to the King, Stephen King that is, in the winter of 1976, the year that Carrie, came out. I was 12 at the time and in junior high school, which meant that 1) every girl was in love with John Travolta, and 2) I was too young to see it in the theater. So after hearing all of the cool kids telling us about the movie, especially the ending when the hand comes out of the ground, I knew I had to see it! But what was I going to do? And then I knew. I would do the next best thing: go to the bookstore.
The bookstore experience was just as exciting - walking down the aisle of the horror section, smelling the scent of new books under the incandescent lights, and looking for the name Stephen King. Even his name sounded grand! As I walked, I looked and looked, then and there it was: Carrie. I quickly opened it up, flipped through the pages, my hair flying back, as I watch the words fly past me, and I then floated to the register where I paid and become the proud owner of my very first (but certainly not last) Stephen King novel!
When I got home, I got a bottle of Coca-cola and went straight up to my bedroom (my safe haven), and I began to read Carrie. It was in the early afternoon when I began reading, and I only stopped to go to the bathroom, which I did with all lights on of course! LOL. But I simply could not stop reading it... I could relate Carrie White. Completely.
I felt as if Stephen King saw through me and wrote this character about me (except that I did not have special psychic abilities nor a crazy, religious fanatic for a mother). I was a very shy loner, misunderstood and bullied so bad that my only escape was through books, TV, music, and movies. And so, because of Carrie White, I became a horror lover and not just of the Friday the 13th kind but of the psychological kind. The kind that makes you think - and question - EVERYthing!!
After that, I was hooked on The King of Horror!
Stephen King became known not only for his novels and their adaptations to the big screen but also for the works that made it to the small screen, TV. You have to realize that back then we only had a handful of TV stations. Cable was new (we did not have it), and VCRs were just starting to come out although few could afford them, yet. So when there was a movie of the week, or better yet a mini-series, it was a big deal! An event, even.
'Salem's Lot / Fair use doctrine.The first major Stephen King-based mini-series was a two-night event, and it's still talked about to this day. 'Salems Lot, staring David Soul and Lance Kerwin, debuted on 11/17/1979, and it was something we’d never seen before. A second 'Salem's Lot mini-series (remake not sequel) debuted on 11/19/2015 and starred Rob Lowe, who played Nick Andros in the mini-series of The Stand. If you ask people what they remember about it, they will tell you that it scared the crap out of them.'Salem's Lot mini-series remake / Fair use doctrine.
I could go on and on with the list of books and movies, that Stephen King has written, but there is not enough time or room.
All I can say is this: there are writers who affect only a few, and Stephen King is not one of them. Stephen King has affected generations! He is the reason why most of us became fans of horror/thrillers, became writers – authors, even - readers, and film fans. For me, not only did he do all of the above, but he also was an influence on my becoming a paranormal investigator.
I guess all that is left to say, besides "Thank You", is happy birthday to The King of Horror, Mr. Stephen King!!
From House of Tortured Souls to you, Mr. King, fangs for everything.horror-stephenking / Fair use doctrine.
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HoTS Explores Halloween Goodies 2017 – 1 of ???

HoTS Explores Halloween Goodies 2017 – 1 of ???

House of Tortured Souls is committed to bringing you all things horror, and Halloween is OUR holiday. As such, HoTS staff will be making videos throughout the Halloween season as we explore the decor and goodies out this year.
First up, ZombieGurl takes you through some of the items available at Michael's.

Next, ZombieGurl shows us what's up At Home (the store, not her home, but I imagine they're quite similar decor-wise).

John Roisland tours Spirit Halloween and outlines their goodies for 2017.

Schock visits Halloween City and reveals some interesting items.

Finally, John Roisland takes a tour of his local Target and shows us what they're offering.

Stay tuned for our second installment of 2017 Halloween goodies.
Until then, creep on.
-Woofer
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In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

In Memoriam: Basil Gogos

It is with a heavy heart that House of Tortured Souls announces the passing of another horror icon - acclaimed artist Basil Gogos. If you don’t know his name, you certainly know his work. Gogos was responsible for nearly 50 Famous Monsters of Filmland covers, with the first being the late, great Vincent Price in House of Usher on issue 9, November 1960. His work in and influence on horror and horror art ultimately led to a 2006 Rondo Hatton Classic Horror Award in Special Monster Kid Hall of Fame .Basil-Gogos-Famous Monsters of Filmland-November 1960-09 / Fair use doctrine.
Egyptian-born to Greek parents, Gogos and his family emigrated to America when he was only sixteen. Gogos attended several art and design schools and studied at the Art Students League of New York under acclaimed illustrator Frank J. Reilly. His professional career began when he won a Pocket Books competition to illustrate the cover for Pursuit, a paperback western, in 1959. Following this, Gogos worked on covers for men’s adventure magazines as well as Eerie, Creepy, and other horror comics. Gogos was drawn to horror art both because of the challenge in painting the unreal and also because it allowed him to experiment with a variety of techniques. He is most known for offering a unique view of his subjects, using bold, striking colors which seemed to bathe them in several lights. He also embraced his subjects, striving to render them sympathetic as well as horrifying. Because of this, he had the honor of painting many horror icons, such as Peter Cushing, Boris Karloff, Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, Lon Chaney, and, as mentioned earlier, Vincent Price.
Although he decided to focus on fine art in the 1970s, he continued to work occasionally as a photo retoucher and movie poster illustrator before moving into advertising for a while. Gogos returned to horror art in the 1990s, painting CD covers for The Misfits, Rob Zombie, and Electric Frankenstein.

A Small Gallery of the Art of Basil Gogos

If you would like to see more of the art of Basil Gogos, check out the 2005 Vanguard Productions publication entitled Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos on Amazon.com.
Basil Gogos died on September 14, 2017, at the age of 78, and the world became a little bit darker.Basil Gogos / Image: LuigiNovi

Thank you for everything, and rest in peace, Mr. Gogos.

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CONTEST: Bumper Sticker Giveaway

CONTEST: Bumper Sticker Giveaway

House of Tortured Souls wants to give back to our fans. That’s why we’re giving away 5 (FIVE!) House of Tortured Souls bumper stickers to our fans. Take a look at these babies.HoTS Bumper Stickers
To enter for a chance to win one, simply take a picture of yourself – or your little brother or parents or cat or dog or hamster or, well, you get the idea – holding a sign that reads I LOVE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS. Something like this…I love HoTS example med
Then slap that picture into an email and send it off to contests.houseoftorturedsouls@gmail.com with the subject BUMPER STICKER. That’s it. You’re entered.
The contest runs until 6:00 PM (ET) on Tuesday, July 4, 2017. Winners will be announced July 6, 2017. Don't miss your chance to get a FREE House of Tortured Souls bumper sticker.
I mean, it costs you NOTHING to enter. Film for the picture - no problem, it's digital. Postage to enter - no problem, it's email. Shipping and handling - Are you kidding? It wouldn't be FREE if we charged. So go ahead and enter. After all, what the hell have you got to lose?
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In Memoriam: Simon Sayce

In Memoriam: Simon Sayce

The horror community was shocked and saddened yesterday at the news of Simon Sayce’s passing. Simon, as you know, was the creator of the Hellraiser puzzle box for Hellraiser (1987) and Hellbound: Hellraiser II (1988). Known as The Real Toymaker and The Lament Configuation Creator, Simon’s contribution to the films was pivotal in establishing the nature of the puzzle box. Each side was carefully designed to reflect some portion of the Hellraiser mythos, its stylized markings representing the box’s victims as well as displaying warnings against solving the puzzle. The 2015 documentary Leviathan: The Story of Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II has an excellent section on the puzzle box with Simon Sayce explaining in detail the inspiration behind, research into, and design of the etchings on the puzzle box.
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Catherine Oxenberg and Amanda Donohoe in The Lair of the While Worm

While Hellraiser and Hellbound: Hellraiser II were the most famous movies on which Simon worked, they were not the only ones. Simon also designed Old Button Eyes, the mask worn by Dr. Phillip K. Decker (David Cronenberg) in Nightbreed (1990) and is credited with special effects work for I Bought a Vampire Motorcycle (1990), The Unholy (1988), and The Lair of the White Worm (1988) – a personal favorite. The story revolves around the discovery of a giant snake skull on the site of a pagan temple where a convent was later erected and the disappearance of multiple locals. Packed with humor and plenty of excellent effects, The Lair of the White Worm is a cult favorite, and Simon Sayce helped make that happen, too.
Image: www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com - Larry Clark – Designer and Puzzle Box Maker, the builder of the replica puzzle boxes from the movie Hellraiser; Lisa Medley – Graphic design, project management, editor; Simon Sayce – Original Design of the Hellraiser Puzzle Boxes, Mentor to Larry Clark for historical reference and design of replicas. Signed by Simon Sayce.
House of Tortured Souls would like to extend our deepest condolences to the family and friends of Simon Sayce. His spirit will always live on in the work he did and in the hearts of the millions of fans who appreciate it.
Memorial candle
Simon Sayce
~ Rest in Peace ~
Signed puzzle box at www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com:
  • Larry Clark – Designer and Puzzle Box Maker, the builder of the replica puzzle boxes from the movie Hellraiser. Scribe of the historical documentation for the box design By/From Simon Sayce, Original designer of the box. Webmaster, designer and editor of www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com.
  • Lisa Medley – Graphic design, project management, editor of www.thepuzzleboxmaker.com.
  • Simon Sayce – Original Design of the Hellraiser Puzzle Boxes, Mentor to Larry Clark for historical reference and design of replicas.
Special thanks to Barbie Wilde for cluing me in on Simon's work on Nightbreed. -Woofer McWooferson
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SHORT REVIEW: Rainy Season (2017)

SHORT REVIEW: Rainy Season (2017)

"It's not a rock."
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As regulars to HoTS can attest, back in October of 2016, I became aware of a short film titled Rainy Season when director Vanessa Ionta Wright reached out to HoTS. A quick look at the information confirmed my suspicion: Rainy Season is an adaptation of a Stephen King story of the same name. Since Rainy Season is one of my favorite stories, I jumped at the chance to cover this. Later, I found out that Wright and fellow Rainy Season executive producer Samantha Kolesnik had organized the first annual Women in Horror Film Festival which is being held September 22 – 24, 2017 - more great news!
Then I got the best news. The short film was finished, and I was offered a chance to view and review it. So, without further ado and with many thanks to Wright and everyone involved in the production (as well as apologies for the delay), here we go.
First, it’s important to note that rarely are Stephen King works solely one tone or another. King is known for the dark comedic streaks that are seamlessly integrated into otherwise horrific and terrifying tales. Second, while King often brings monsters into his stories (“Gray Matter”, “The Raft”, Cujo, IT, The Stand), the real focus is the humans and how they react in extreme situations. It’s well known that stressful situations often result in the worst of mankind being brought to light, but they can also bring out the best in mankind. This is something that King handles quite well and which draws us back time and again to see how things work out for his next victim. Finally, one of King’s greatest gifts is his ability to tell a story in a manner that makes the reader want – need – to finish it. It’s incredibly difficult to translate the words to images in a way that’s going satisfy all fans of the written word. That’s why so few of his works have been effectively adapted into the medium of film and video. It takes a director with a deft touch to bring a King story to life on film, and Vanessa Ionta Wright has that touch.
Rainy Season_Willow General Mercantile & Hardware / Fair use doctrine.Rainy Season follows John Graham (Brian Ashton Smith), a college English professor on a book-writing sabbatical, and his wife Elise (Anne Marie Kennedy) as they arrive in Willow, Maine, for the summer. Stopping in at the Willow Mercantile and Hardware, John and Elise are greeted by elderly local Henry Eden (Kermit Rollison) and his dog. Henry spooks the couple by knowing who they are and why they are there before reminding them of the speed at which news travels in a small town. Henry is soon joined by Laura Stanton (Jan Mary Nelson), another local, as he attempts to convince the Grahams to spend the night out of town. Laura backs up Henry, stressing that they’ve arrived on the exact day of the Rainy Season, but rather than convincing them, her words solidifies the Grahams’ view of the two as not quite right. After making their way to their rental cabin, John and Elise settle in for the night, unaware that they will soon find out the two locals may not be as crazy as they first thought.
Brian Ashton Smith and Anne Marie Kennedy are believable and sympathetic as the loving yet troubled couple who don’t seem entirely at ease with one another. Their chemistry is real, and we get the sense that both want things to be better but aren’t entirely sure how to make it so. The trip to Willow is supposed to help give them both new perspective. Their love is clear, but so is the tension affecting it. At the cabin, their shared looks and shy touches reinforce this.
Rainy Season / L – R: Jan Mary Nelson, Kermit Rollison, Anne Marie Kennedy, and Brian Ashton Smith / Fair use doctrine.
Kermit Rollison and Jan Mary Nelson do a great job portraying the locals whose unwilling duty it is to greet the couple. We get the sense that doing it more than every seven years would be too much. As reluctant emissaries of Willow, Eden and Stanton try to welcome the couple without being too welcoming, ultimately suggesting they spend their first night out of town even though they know the Grahams will not.
Technically the film is excellent. Sound and visuals are top notch, adding to the overall effectiveness. With a sometimes ironic soundtrack, Rainy Season definitely captures the feel of the source material – a little bit retro, a little bit modern, and all apropos. Together with the solid acting of the players as well as the impeccable direction, Rainy Season works. Wright makes some difficult choices for the adaptation, but they pay off. The climax made me groan and grin – though the grin may properly have been more of a grimace – simultaneously. She takes us to the edge of an eldritch chasm and leaves us laughing nervously at our escape.
Do yourself a favor. Watch it if you get a chance. It shows there are still directors in the industry who know how to adapt the written word. King fans will be especially happy to spot a few Kingian Easter eggs.
Catch Rainy Season at Attack of the 50ft Film Festival at 7:00pm on June 27, 2017, at The Plaza Theater in Atlanta, GA.
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History of Horror in May

History of Horror in May

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

May 1 – 7

05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically
19810501_Friday_the_13th_part2 / Fair use doctrine.
19870501_Creepshow 2 / Fair use doctrine.
05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically
05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born
19650502_Ari-Lehman_Photo-by-Joe-Arce-©-Joe-Arce-Starstruck-Foto
19720502_800px-Dwayne_Johnson_By Eva Rinaldi
05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born
05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically
19890502_SocietyPoster / Fair use doctrine.
19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.
05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)
05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically
19960503_The_craft_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19770504_Emily Perkins / Fair use doctrine.
05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born
05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born
19400505_Lance_Henriksen / Fair use doctrine.
19570505_Richard E. Grant / Fair use doctrine.
05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born
05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically
19659595_Alphaville / Fair use doctrine.
19820506_LittleShopAlbum / Fair use doctrine.
05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage
05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
20050506_House_Of_Wax / Fair use doctrine.
05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically
05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born
19390507_Ruggero_Deodato_Cannes_2008_by_Olivier_Strecker
19680507_Traci_Lords_2011_by-Glenn-Francis-of-www.PacificProDigital.com_.jpg
05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14

05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically
19580508_Dracula1958poster / Fair use doctrine.
19980508_NTSC_Resident_Evil_2_Cover / Fair use doctrine.
05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe
05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically
05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union
20030506_08_09_Castleania AriaofSorrow / Fair use doctrine.
19240518_Priscilla Pointer by Peter Kramer - © 2006 Getty Images
05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born
05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed
19940510_Johnwaynegacymug / Fair use doctrine.
19360511_Draculas_Daughter_original_Poster_1936 / Fair use doctrine.
05/11/1936 – Dracula's Daughter released theatrically
05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically
19550511_Revenge_of_the_creature_by_Reynold_Brown / Fair use doctrine.
19840511_Firestarterposter84 / Fair use doctrine.
05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically
05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically
20010511_GingerSnaps-filmposter / Fair use doctrine.
19300512_Jess_Franco_2008 / Fair use doctrine.
05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born
05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born
19610512_Lar Park Lincoln by Brad Barton
19350513_Werewolfoflondon / Fair use doctrine.
05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically
05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically
19880513_Friday_the_13th_Part_VII_-_The_New_Blood_(1988)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.
12650514_Dante Alighieri / Fair use doctrine.
05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)
05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)
19830514_Amber-Tamblyn-by-Jesse-Grant-WireImage

May 15 - 21

19610515_Katrin Cartiledge by Aim
005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1
05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically
20000515_ShadowoftheVampireposter / Fair use doctrine.
18360516_edgar-y-virginia-660x350 / Fair use doctrine.
05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia
05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically
19600516_Peepingtomposter / Fair use doctrine.
20010516_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.
05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC
05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born
19460517_Wilson,_F_Paul_(2007)_crop_by Gaby T
19730517_Matthew_McGrory / Fair use doctrine.
05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)
05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II - Bud the Chud) born
19240518_Priscilla Pointer by Peter Kramer - © 2006 Getty Images
19710518_Abominablephibes1 / Fair use doctrine.
05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically
05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically
20060518_Breed_xlg_2006_film_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19890519_Fright_night_part_ii_ver1 / Fair use doctrine.
05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically
05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television
20020519_Thexfiles / Fair use doctrine.
20040519_Angel / Fair use doctrine.
05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television
05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television
20030520_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_title_card / Fair use doctrine.
20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically
05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically
19920521_CarnosaurPoster / Fair use doctrine.

May 22 - 28

19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically
05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically
19800523_The_Shining_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.
05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically
05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe
20030523_Silent Hill 3_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.
05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically
05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born
19670525_Billy_Martin aka Poppy Z Brite / Fair use doctrine.
19790525_Alien_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically
05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)
20070525_Bugposter2007 / Fair use doctrine.
19130526_Peter_Cushing_in_1955_by Count Theodor Zichy
05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)
05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born
19640526_Caitlín_R._Kiernan_by_Kyle_Cassidy2
19900526_Friday_The_13th_The_Series / Fair use doctrine.
05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television
05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe
20000526_Resident Evil Code Veronica_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
19110527_Vincent_Price_in_House_on_Haunted_Hill_(cropped) / Fair use doctrine.
05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)
05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born
19220527_Christopher_Lee_at_the_Berlin_International_Film_Festival_2013 / Fair use doctrine.
19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp
05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born
05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television
19730527_Night_Gallery_Rod_Serling1 / Fair use doctrine.
19880527_Killer_klowns_from_outer_space_poster / Fair use doctrine.
05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 - 31

05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born
19120529_John_Gilling / Fair use doctrine.
05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born
19530529_Danny_Elfman / Fair use doctrine.
19570529_James Whale with Frankenstein's monster / Fair use doctrine.
05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born
19430530_Dennis_Etchison_at_World_Horror_Convention_2008_by Nihonjoe
19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.
05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)
05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically
20030530_Wrong_Turn_movie / Fair use doctrine.
19750531_Sienna_Guillory_at_the_Moet_BIFA_2014 / Fair use doctrine.
05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born
05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)
19770531_William_Castle / Fair use doctrine.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (2016)

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories / Fair use doctrine.
EDITOR’S NOTE: I had a great deal of difficulty figuring out how to approach this review – especially without giving away spoilers. So I watched it again. And again. And yet again. I liked it better each time, and each viewing brought new details out that made me appreciate all the effort and genuine love of horror that was evident in every scene. -Woofer
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, a meta horror comedy made for horror nerds and riffers, is a smart and thoroughly entertaining sequel to the 2015 Volumes of Blood. With films inside the film as well as a house with more stories than a Stephen King short story collection, the anthology works well on its on and hearkens back to such classic house renting/purchasing movies as The House That Dripped Blood and Terror Tract. Plus, it also connects back to the first in ways the viewer will appreciate if he has seen the first film, and, if he hasn’t, it’s good motivation to find the first, watch it, and then watch Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories again. It’s definitely worth it.

"Murder Death Killer"
Writer & Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Murder Death Killer' / Fair use doctrine.
"Murder Death Killer" is roughly the first 20 minutes of the movie and stars Thomas Dunbar, Warren Ray, and Barbie Clark in excellent performances as thieves come together to raid metals from a closing warehouse. Aric Stanish, who plays the legendary killer Atticus Crow, is a serial killer as effective and efficient as Michael Myers – and he is just as indestructible. The cinematography is on point, and there are several carefully blocked, highly memorable shots. And then there’s some good gore, too.

"Haters"
Director: P.J. Starks
Writers: Nathan Thomas Milliner and P.J. Stark
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Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Haters' / Fair use doctrine.
"Haters" follows horror nerd trolls Nate (Nathan Thomas Milliner) and Kev (Kevin Roach) as an usher (Gerrimy Keiffer) ejects them from the theater for causing a disturbance during the showing of the remake of Murder Death Killer. Returning to Nate’s place, the two continue their debate of 80s horror versus contemporary horror as Nate poses the question that many horror filmgoers often consider: why don’t they remake bad films? (Indeed, why don’t they? Seriously. And viewers: Don’t be afraid to check out the remake of a bad movie. What the hell you gotta lose?) When the usher shows up at Nate’s door, however, their plans for the evening change.

"Trick or Treat"
Director: Sean Blevins
Writers: P.J. Starks and Sean Blevins

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Trick or Treat' / Fair use doctrine.
"Trick or Treat" focuses on a trick-or-treating killer (Chad Ray) roaming the streets on Halloween and dispensing his own version of tricks and treats. A rather short piece, it works to help tie the rest of the film together and flows into “A Killer House” segment, quite easily. Fans of the first Volumes of Blood will be glad to see Chad again. As with every segment, there is some wonderful cinematography employed. Watch for a particularly beautiful shot involving the most Halloween of all candies – candy corn.

"Feeding Time"
Director: John William Holt
Wruters P.J. Starks and Jason Turner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Feeding Time' / Fair use doctrine.
In "Feeding Time", Boone (Caleb Shore), an ineffectual insurance salesman, finds the solicitation table turned on him when he encounters a damsel in distress. Pressured to meet his sales quota on this day, the day before Thanksgiving, Boone nevertheless struggles with his desire to help Mallory (Shelby Taylor Mullins) and his utter disbelief regarding her problem. Caleb’s performance as the tempted salesman is one of the best in the movie and subtly but effectively underscored the horror of the situation.

"Blood Bath"
Director: Jon Maynard
Writer: P.J. Sparks

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Blood Bath' / Fair use doctrine.
Before moving to the next room, Ash (Jacob Ewers) takes a bathroom break, revealing the next gruesome tale. "Blood Bath" takes place as a couple is moving into the house on Father’s Day. Their desire for a child is revealed when the wife invites husband to shower with her in order to become her “baby daddy” on Father’s Day. The rest of the story primarily takes place in the bathroom, and the cramped location of the events only heightens the horror. Some people just aren’t meant to be parents.

"Fear, For Sinners Here"
Writer and Director: Nathan Thomas Milliner

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'Fear, For Sinners Here' / Fair use doctrine.
It’s Christmas, and Carol (Jessica Schroeder) is spending a quiet evening drinking wine and wrapping presents until a group of carolers comes calling and changes everything. "Fear, For Sinners Here" is a very interesting piece with the entire first half having no dialogue at all. Jessica Schroeder carries it all with her quiet performance and does so quite admirably. The second half, however, lacks the deft touch of the first and changes the tone as soon as The Woman is introduced. This one will make you want to do all your shopping online.

"The Deathday Party"
Director: Justin M. Seaman
Writer: P.J. Starks

Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories, 'The Deathday Party' / Fair use doctrine.
It’s a milestone birthday for John (Jay Woolston), and neighbors Fred (Eric Huskisson) and Nancy (Anne Welsh) bring over a cake while his wife Almeda (Cindy Maples) is preparing John’s present in the cellar. This birthday John and Almeda learn firsthand that age-old age about the best laid plans going awry. “The Deathday Party” is the perfect story with which to end the tales in the tour – though the film itself doesn’t end just yet.
"A Killer House" loops back to the couple as they finish the tour and then... Well, I can’t tell you that, now can I?
Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is a horror freak’s horror movie. There are countless nods to all things horror throughout the film, from names (Stu, Ash, Laurie) to props (Jason’s hockey mask) to posters for some great Indies horror, such as Plank Face, The Barn, Freezer Burn, and The Dooms Church Horror. Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories is also a movie that is perfect for group viewing and all the viewing games that go along with that. Check out the tailer below and see if you agree.

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Vortexx Schedule for April 09-16, 2017

Vortexx Schedule for April 09-16, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including two movies making their Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites.
But wait! There's more! This week marks the Vortexx debut of Orson Welles, playing a real-life 18th century magician and hypnotist known as Count Cagliostro. We've also got an eclectic assortment of aliens, including voluptuous moo n women and cheesy Neptune men, a moon beast who's not from the moon, and a movie called Alien Zone that has no aliens in it. Toss in Charlie Chan, Raymond Burr, Bela Lugosi, and the Bee Girls for good measure, and you've got the makings for a great week of entertainment.
Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Lord Blood-Rah, Mr. Lobo, Uncle Pete & El Vato, Vincent Grimmly & Phydeaux, Dr. Sigmund Zoid, and Misty Brew. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents WHITE ZOMBIE (1932)
Sunday (04/09). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another classic from the golden age of black-and-white -- WHITE ZOMBIE (1932). It's the first zombie movie ever -- and arguably still one of the best! Fresh from his success in Dracula, Bela Lugosi plays the evil Murder Legendre, who can control people with a little white powder, a hand clench, and a nasty glare. [Artwork by Bradley Beard.] Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of the 1988 horror-thriller SCARECROWS.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET (1936)
Monday (04/10). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Holly Schilthelm presents The Vortexx debut of CHARLIE CHAN'S SECRET (1936). Swedish-born Warner Oland stars as everyone's favorite Chinese detective in this tale of a man presumably drowned in a shipwreck who may not be as dead as everyone thinks he is. You can be sure that Charlie will get to the bottom of it all before the closing credits. In keeping with the theme of tonight's movie, the movie breaks will be hosted from several "secret" locations.
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978)
Tuesday (04/11). 9:00 P.M. (ET) LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents HOUSE OF THE DEAD (1978). Not to be confused with the Uwe Boll abomination of the same name, tonight's movie, also known as The Alien Zone, is an anthology of four tales told by a mortician about the lives of the recently and deservedly deceased. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with plenty of movie trailers and a Cranial Cavity Search.
CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961)
Wednesday (04/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) CINEMA INSOMNIA WITH MR. LOBO presents INVASION OF THE NEPTUNE MEN (1961). Sonny Chiba stars as a mysterious superhero called Space Chief, who flies around in a rocket-propelled car. The Neptune Men are a group of slow-moving aliens wearing nose-cone-shaped space helmets that look like suppositories, who are attempting to invade Earth in rocket ships that look like evil crab cakes. Can Space Chief and some annoying Japanese kids running around in short shorts thwart their nefarious plans?
SCREAMING SOUP reviews SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER (2004)
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Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER (2004).
THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)
Thursday (04/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete and his sidekick El Vato presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast.
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958)
Friday (04/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and Phydeaux presents MISSILE TO THE MOON (1958). This remake of the 1953 classic Cat-Women of the Moon is even cheesier than the original. It has everything that fans of bad B-movies could possibly ask for. Voluptuous moon women, ridiculous rock men, and a hairy spider puppet -- not to mention plywood sets and lunar footage shot at Vasquez Rocks in Los Angeles County (which also doubled for Tibet in Werewolf of London).
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid presents INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973)
Saturday (04/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) ALTERNATIVE REALITIES returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode! Sluggo and Dwight are nowhere to be found, so Zoid decides to have a "guys night in" in this fun episode entitled The Man Show. The movie he is hosting is definitely one that will appeal to all manly men. It's INVASION OF THE BEE GIRLS (1973) and it's about a mad scientist (Anitra Ford) who creates an army of deadly beauties that seduce their hapless male victims to death. Beefy William Smith plays the government agent trying to get to the bottom of things, while Playboy playmate Victoria Vetri plays the sexy lab librarian who joins forces with him. We're not giving anything away by telling you that Victoria gets naked before the movie is over.
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949)
Sunday (04/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of BLACK MAGIC (1949) aka Cagliostro. Orson Welles makes his Vortexx debut tonight as Cagliostro, a carnival magician and hypnotist in pre-Revolutionary France who uses his powers to gain wealth, fame, and prestige and to carry out a complicated revenge scheme. Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, the story is told in flashback by Alexandre to his son Alexandre Jr (Raymond Burr). Note: Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of the 2004 horror-comedy SATAN'S LITTLE HELPER.
"Every day is a good day that ends in the Vortexx." You can find us in our new no-lag chat room at horrorhost.net. Remember folks, we're the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you're a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.
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History of Horror in April

History of Horror in April

April 1 – 7

04/01/1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)
18830401_Lon_Chaney,_Sr._(born) / Public domain._The_Miracle_Man
20010401_Faust-Love-of-the-Damned / Fair use doctrine.
04/01/2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically
04/01/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America
20040401_RE_outbreak / Fair use doctrine.
19710402_Darkshadows / Fair use doctrine.
04/02/1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television
04/03/1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born
19610403_Eddie_Murphy / Photo: David_Shankbone
19620403_Jennifer_Rubin_1988_publicity_headshot
004/03/1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born
04/04/1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)
19320404_Anthony_Perkins / Photo: Allan Warren
19930404_When_A_Stranger_Calls_Back/ Fair use doctrine.
04/04/1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television
04/04/2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically
20120405_RogerCorman Oct2012 / Image: Angela George
04/05/1926 – Roger Corman (director of numerous horror films) born

April 8 - 14

04/08/1955 – Kane Hodder (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films) born
19550408_Kane Hodder (w Oderus Urungus) / Fair use doctrine.
19770408_Demon Seed / Fair use doctrine.
04/08/1977 – Demon Seed released theatrically
04/09/1996 – Tremors 2: Aftershocks released theatrically
19960409_Tremors 2 Aftershocks / Fair use doctrine.
20040409_Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.
04/09/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the UK
04/10/1992 – Sleepwalkers released theatrically
19920410_Sleepwalkers / Fair use doctrine.
20030411_House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.
04/11/2003 – House of 1000 Corpses released theatrically
04/12/1962 – Cape Fear (1962) released theatrically
19620412_Cape Fear (1962) / Fair use doctrine.
19850412_Cat’s Eye / Fair use doctrine.
04/12/1985 – Cat’s Eye released theatrically
04/13/1984 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter released theatrically
19840413_Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter / Fair use doctrine.
20060414_Scary Movie 4 / Fair use doctrine.
04/14/2006 – Scary Movie 4 released theatrically

April 15 - 21

04/15/1998 – Vampires released theatrically
19980415_Vampires / Fair use doctrine.
20050415_The Amityville Horror (2005).jpg / Fair use doctrine.
04/15/2005 – The Amityville Horror (2005) released theatrically
04/19/1985 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the United States
19850419_The Company of Wolves / Fair use doctrine.
20060421_Silent Hill / Fair use doctrine.
04/21/2006 – Silent Hill released theatrically

April 22 - 28

04/22/1935 – Bride of Frankenstein released theatrically
19350422_Bride of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.
19140424_William Castle / Fair use doctrine.
04/24/1914 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) born (d. 1977)
04/24/2001 – Bio Zombie released on DVD
20010424_Bio Zombie / Fair use doctrine.
19530425_House of Wax (1953) / Fair use doctrine.
04/25/1953 – House of Wax (1953) released theatrically
04/25/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in Australia
20020425_Resident Evil / Fair use doctrine.
19560426_The Creature Walks Among Us / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us released theatrically
04/26/1991 – Monsters ends its run on television
19910426_Monsters / Fair use doctrine.
20020426_Jason X / Fair use doctrine.
04/26/2002 – Jason X released theatrically
04/26/2005 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in North America
20050426_Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 / Fair use doctrine.
19800427_Mario Bava dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/27/1980 – Mario Bava (director of horror films) dies (b. 1914)
04/27/1990 – Castlevania II: Simon's Quest released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe
19900427_Castlevania II-Simon’s Quest / Fair use doctrine.

April 29 - 30

19800429_Alfred Hitchcock dies / Fair use doctrine.
04/29/1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)
04/29/1981 – The Beyond released theatrically
19810429_The Beyond / Fair use doctrine.
20040430_Godsend / Fair use doctrine.
04/30/2004 – Godsend released theatrically
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR March 26 – April 02, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR March 26 – April 02, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies coming up this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including SIX movies making their Vortexx debut -- the most ever in a single week! Among the goodies in store for you this week are a Rondo Hatton Double Feature hosted by Mortimer Van Creep and a late night, adults only send-up of Alice in Wonderland hosted by Doktor Sick.
Our other hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends from Screaming Soup, Dave Binkley & co-hosts Juli Majernik & Alan Klesh, Gorenard the Beerbarian, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, Uncle Pete & El Vato, and Dr. Zoid & Sluggo. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955)
Sunday (03/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another monochromatic movie marvel -- THE PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955). Government agent Kent Taylor goes up against spies, an underwater death ray, and a ludicrous monster who looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon's hillbilly cousin. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of the MANIAC COP Trilogy starring Robert Z'Dar.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx premiere of DEVIL'S CARGO (1948)
Monday (03/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley & co-hosts Juli Majernik & Alan Klesh presents The Vortexx premiere of DEVIL'S CARGO (1948). John Calvert takes on the role of the debonair detective known as The Falcon (previously played by George Sanders and Tom Conway) in the fourteenth of the sixteen Falcon films produced during the 1940s. Tonight's movie showcases the magic act skills of Calvert who was a professional magician as well as an actor. In keeping with the "devilish" theme of tonight's movie, the host bits were filmed at Devilstrip Dolly's in Akron, Ohio.
THE GOLDEN HORDE with Gorenard the Beerbarian presents BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965)
Tuesday (03/28). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE GOLDEN HORDE with the manliest of manly-men hosts Gorenard the Beerbarian presents the one-and-only BLOODY PIT OF HORROR (1965) aka Il Boia Scarlatto starring Mickey Hargitay as the manliest of movie villains -- The Crimson Executioner. Admittedly, Mickey was no great actor. But he is truly inspired in the role of Travis Anderson, the reclusive owner of a castle who may or may not be the reincarnated spirit of a 17th-century madman.
THE LATE DR LADY SHOW presents FUNERAL HOME (1980)
Wednesday (03/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady and the Usual Suspects presents FUNERAL HOME (1980) aka Cries in the Night and It's Hard to Stay Calm When You Might Get Embalmed. The guests check in, but they never check out, in this Canadian-made thriller about a funeral home converted into a bread-and-breakfast inn. Barry (The Fugitive) Morse is one of the unlucky guests.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews MONSTER HIGH (1989)
Wednesday (03/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the 1989 teens-versus-aliens flick MONSTER HIGH.
THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents The Vortexx premiere of IT CAN BE DONE, AMIGO (1972)
Thursday (03/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete and his sidekick El Vato presents The Vortexx premiere of IT CAN BE DONE, AMIGO (1972). Bud (Aladdin) Spencer returns to The Vortexx along with Jack Palance in this Italian spaghetti western about a drifter with fast fists and a gunfighter-pimp with fast guns who help a child to claim his inheritance.
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES presents TERROR IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1958)
Friday (03/31). 9:00 P.M. (ET) ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Sluggo presents TERROR IN THE HAUNTED HOUSE (1958) aka My World Dies Screaming. A man (Gerald Mohr) takes his new wife (Cathy O'Donnell) to live in an ominous old house that turns out to be the same house that keeps popping up in her nightmares. Could this be mere coincidence? If you believe that, we have a bridge in Brooklyn that you might be interested in buying.
SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents The Vortexx premieres of HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946) and THE BRUTE MAN (1946)
Saturday (04/01). 9:00 P.M. (ET) SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents a RONDO HATTON DOUBLE FEATURE! First up is The Vortexx premiere of HOUSE OF HORRORS (1946). In his first starring role Hatton plays The Creeper, a character introduced two years earlier in the Sherlock Holmes movie The Pearl of Death. Rescued by a crazed sculptor from drowning, Rondo is tricked into using to his bone-crushing powers to kill the men who criticized the sculptor's work. Then stick around for The Vortexx premiere of Rondo's last movie THE BRUTE MAN (1946), where he reprises the role of The Creeper with a different back story. This time Rondo is a formerly handsome scientist who becomes an ugly deranged madman when acid is thrown into his face. He then proceeds to wreak his revenge on those who deformed him.
THE DOKTOR SICK PROGRAM presents The Vortexx premiere of ALICE IN ACIDLAND (1969)
Saturday (04/01). 11:30 P.M. (ET) [Time Approximate.] THE DOKTOR SICK PROGRAM presents The Vortexx premiere of ALICE IN ACIDLAND (1969). In this soft-core send-up of the Lewis Carroll classic, Alice is a cute and perky college girl who gets invited to a pool party by a lesbian teacher named Freida. She gets drunk, drops acid, takes a bath with Freida, joins a group of hippies, and has sex with guys who keep their boxer shorts on while doing it. Needless to say, tonight’s show is for immature adults only! [Movie poster by Sandele22 courtesy of Deviant Art.]
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977)
Sunday (04/02). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TARANTULAS: THE DEADLY CARGO (1977). Last time round it was killer bees. Tonight it's killer spiders as a Southwestern town is attacked by tarantulas that escape from a crashed cargo plane. Claude Akins, Tom Atkins, and Pat Hingle star in this Made-for-TV thriller that was released in the same year as the much better Kingdom of the Spiders. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of MONSTER HIGH (1989).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 12 – 19, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR MARCH 12 – 19, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure, with two new movies making their Vortexx debut, several returning favorites, and a live show from HorrorHound Weekend on Saturday.
But wait! There's more! We've got killer spiders, killer bees, killer apes, and even a Creature from the Black Lagoon wannabe, not to mention ghosts, misplaced corpses, the Frankenstein Monster, and a special appearance by Betty White and Ro-Man!
Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Deadwood & friends, Dave Binkley & Kathleen Walder, Karlos Borloff & the crazies at Monster Madhouse, Edgar von Ghoul, Mortimer Van Creep, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Misty Brew, and live from HorrorHound Weekend on Saturday . . . Dr. Sigmund Zoid! Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out.
BEWARE THEATER presents HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1962)
Sunday (03/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER returns to The Vortexx with a brand new show and another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White! Tonight Arachna and Deadly will be presenting a Vortexx favorite -- HORRORS OF SPIDER ISLAND (1962). It's about a troupe of beautiful dancers who find themselves stranded on a deserted island with their square-shouldered manager Gary (Alex D'Arcy). Their skinny-dipping routine is disrupted when Gary gets bit by a spider and becomes . . . . Spider-Gaaaary. Oh, the horrors of it all! Note: Tonight's show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of Full Moon Entertainment's HEAD OF THE FAMILY.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE MISSING CORPSE (1945)
Monday (03/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Kathleen Walder and special guests Geauga Dog & Shamu presents The Vortexx premiere of THE MISSING CORPSE (1945). A feud between two rival newspapermen named McDonald and Kruger ends with Ronald being murdered and his corpse planted in the trunk of Freddie's car. Freddie hides the corpse to avoid being charged with murder while he tries to find the real killer, but Ronald refuses to remain hidden. It's all played for laughs in this fast paced and entertaining comedy-mystery from Poverty Row Cinema (PRC). In keeping with the theme of tonight's "amusing" movie, the host bits were filmed at the Geauga Lake Amusement Park in Aurora, Ohio.
MONSTER MADHOUSE presents THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959)
Tuesday (03/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MADHOUSE with Karlos Borloff and a cast of thousands presents THE MONSTER OF PIEDRAS BLANCAS (1959). The titular monster, who looks like the Creature from the Black Lagoon on steroids, terrorizes a sleepy lighthouse town by ripping the heads off some of the locals. The Monster was created and played by Jack Kevan, who also produced this low-budget horror flick.
DEAD END DRIVE IN with Edgar von Ghoul presents LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971)
Wednesday (03/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) DEAD END DRIVE IN with Edgar von Ghoul presents a Vortexx favorite -- LADY FRANKENSTEIN (1971). It's a heart-warming, gut-churning story about a daughter's love for her dad. The daughter is Tania Frankenstein (Rosalba Neri aka Sara Bay), who takes up where dear old dad (Joseph Cotten) left off, after he is killed by his stripey-pants creation. It's two monsters for the price of one, as the doctor's horny daughter creates a handsome new creature for her sexual pleasure and then screws him on the operating table while the Universal mob storms the castle. Co-starring Mickey (Crimson Executioner) Hargitay and directed by Mel (Gravis Mushnik) Welles.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987)
Note: Our Wednesday show will be followed by a new episode of SCREAMING SOUP. Tonight Deadwood & friends are reviewing the slasher comedy RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987).

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Thursday (03/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) SKUNKY CINEMA with Mortimer Van Creep presents Ed Wood's THE BRIDE AND THE BEAST (1958). It's one of the strangest love triangles ever depicted on film involving a man, a woman, and a gorilla named Spanky. You may be thinking there's no way this love story can end happily, but oddly enough it does! As an added bonus we will be watching Betty White go up against George (Ro-Man) Barrows in a 1957 episode of Date with the Angels entitled "The Gorilla".
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT Riccardo Freda's THE GHOST (1963)
Friday (03/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents Riccardo Freda's THE GHOST (1963). The ghost in this ghost story is not just any ordinary ghost. It's the ghost of Dr. John Hitchcock of Horrible Dr. Hitchcock fame. Barbara Steele stars as his unfaithful wife, who plots against the doctor, now a cripple, with the help of her lover, while the lover plots against Babs with the help of the housekeeper. This sequel to Freda's 1962 classic has lots of atmosphere, lots of Babs, and a terrific twist ending.
The Vortexx presents SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM HORRORHOUND WEEKEND with Dr. Sigmund Zoid (2017)
Saturday (03/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET) We interrupt our regular programming to bring you . . . SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FROM HORRORHOUND WEEKEND! Dr. Sigmund Zoid will be representing The Vortexx in Cincinnati this year, and he's going to take a break from the partying and schmoozing to present a special live show along with Dwight and some special guests. He's asking for suggestions about what public domain movie that you, the faithful viewers of The Vortexx, would like to see. You can respond to his post on The Vortexx FB page with your movie picks or contact him directly at drzoid@alternativerealities.tv. And, rest assured, if technical difficulties should arise, we will have a show and a movie as back up.
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978)
Sunday (03/19). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of TERROR OUT OF THE SKY (1978). Killer bees are terrorizing helpless humans, and Efrem (77 Sunset Strip, The F.B.I.) Zimbalist, Jr. and Dan (Grizzly Adams) Haggerty are the bee specialists who try to fight off the little stingers in this made-for-TV sequel to The Savage Bees. Note: Our movie will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP review of RETURN TO HORROR HIGH (1987).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX! BE SURE TO TRY SLUGGO BRAND TEA -- THE NEWEST SPONSOR OF THE VORTEXX!
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History of Horror in March

History of Horror in March

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

March 1 - 7

03/01/1974 – Blood for Dracula released theatrically
19740301_Blood_for_Dracula-Italian-poster / Fair use doctrine.
19740301_Fleshforfrankensteinposter / Fair use doctrine.
03/01/1974 – Flesh for Frankenstein released theatrically
03/02/
1933 – King Kong (1933) released theatrically
19330302_Kingkong33newposter / Fair use doctrine.
20000303_Castlevania_Legacy_of_Darkness / Fair use doctrine.
03/03/2000 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Europe
03/03/2004 – Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital premieres on television
20040303_Khospitalpic / Fair use doctrine.
19220304_Nosferatuposter / Fair use doctrine.
03/04/1922 – Nosferatu released theatrically
03/04/1965 – Paul W. S. Anderson (director of several horror films) born
19650304_800px-Paul_W._S._Anderson_by_Gage_Skidmore / Fair use doctrine.
19990304_Silent_Hill_video_game / Fair use doctrine.
03/04/1999 – Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Japan
03/05/1943 – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man released theatrically
19430305_298px-Frankenstein_Meets_the_Wolf_Man_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19540305_800px-Creature_from_the_Black_Lagoon_poster / Fair use doctrine.
03/05/1954 – Creature from the Black Lagoon released theatrically
03/07/1946 – The Mask of Diijon released theatrically
19460307_Mask_of_diijon_poster_small / Fair use doctrine.
20030307_Rezerobox / Fair use doctrine.
03/07/2003 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Europeborn

March 8 - 14

03/08/1972 – Tales from the Crypt released theatrically
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20050308_Rings / Fair use doctrine.
03/08/2005 – Rings released on DVD
03/10/1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins its run on television
19970310_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_title_card / Fair use doctrine.
20060310_The_Hills_Have_Eyes_2006-film / Fair use doctrine.
03/10/2006 – The Hills Have Eyes (2006) released theatrically
03/11/1931 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) dies (b. 1888)
19310311_F._W._Murnau_circa_1920-1930 / Fair use doctrine.
19970311_Castlevania_Legends / Fair use doctrine.
03/11/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in North America
03/11/1999 – Castlevania 64 released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan
19970311_Castlevania_Legends / Fair use doctrine.
19990312_RageCarrie2 / Fair use doctrine.
03/12/1999 – The Rage: Carrie 2 released theatrically
03/13/1942 – The Ghost of Frankenstein released theatrically
19420313_220px-The_Ghost_of_Frankenstein_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19810313_The_howling / Fair use doctrine.
03/13/1981 – The Howling released theatrically
03/13/1987 – Evil Dead II released theatrically
19870313_Evil_Dead_II_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19960313_Lucio-Fulci / Fair use doctrine.
03/13/1996 – Lucio Fulci (director of several horror films) dies (b. 1927)
03/14/2003 – Willard (2003) released theatrically
20030314_Willard_2003movie / Fair use doctrine.

March 15 - 21

19430315_220px-David_Cronenberg_2012-03-08 / Fair use doctrine.
03/15/1943 – David Cronenberg (director of numerous horror films) born
03/15/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in the United States
20020315_Resident_evil_ver4 / Fair use doctrine.
19250316_Themonster1925poster / Fair use doctrine.
03/16/1925 – The Monster released theatrically
03/16/1995 – Alone in the Dark 3 released on PC and Mac
19950306_Alone_in_the_Dark_3_cover / Fair use doctrine.
19430317_Iwalkedwithazombie / Fair use doctrine.
03/17/1943 – I Walked with a Zombie released theatrically
03/17/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in North America
19940317_Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.
20000317_Finaldestination / Fair use doctrine.
03/17/2000 – Final Destination released theatrically
03/18/1950 – Brad Dourif (actor who portrays Chucky in the Child's Play films) born
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19940318_250px-Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.
03/18/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Mega Drive in Japan
03/18/2005 – The Ring Two released theatrically
20050318_Ring_two_ver2 / Fair use doctrine.
20050318_Resi4-gc-cover / Fair use doctrine.
03/18/2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in Europe
03/19/2004 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) released theatrically
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19640320_2000maniacs / Fair use doctrine.
03/20/1964 – Two Thousand Maniacs! released theatrically
03/20/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in Europe
19940320_Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.
19970320_Castlevania_SOTN_PAL / Fair use doctrine.
03/20/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Japan
03/21/2001 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan
20010321_Castlevania_CotM_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
19250316_Themonster1925poster / Fair use doctrine.
03/21/2006 – Stay Alive released theatrically

March 22 - 28

03/22/1985 – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning released theatrically
19850322_Friday_the_13th_part_V_a_new_beginning / Fair use doctrine.
19860322_Choppingmall / Fair use doctrine.
03/22/1986 – Chopping Mall released theatrically
03/22/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Japan
19960322_250px-Resident_Evil_1_cover / Fair use doctrine.
20020322_Blade_II_movie / Fair use doctrine.
03/22/2002 – Blade II released theatrically
03/22/2002 – The Chronicle ends its run on television
20020322_The Chronicle / Fair use doctrine.
19630323_PeterLorre / Fair use doctrine.
03/23/1964 – Peter Lorre (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1904)
03/24/1939 – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) released theatrically
19390324_800px-Cover_(Hound_of_Baskervilles,_1902) / Fair use doctrine.
19740324_Rhs1974kingsrd / Fair use doctrine.
03/24/1974 – The Rocky Horror Show premieres at the Roxy
03/26/1994 – System Shock released on PC and Mac
19940326_Sysshock / Fair use doctrine.
19730327_Sisters_(1973) / Fair use doctrine.
03/27/1973 – Sisters released theatrically
03/27/1986 – April Fool's Day released theatrically
19860327_Aprilfoolsday_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19910327_Ralph Bates / Fair use doctrine.
03/271991 – Ralph Bates (actor in several Hammer horror films) dies (d. 1940)
03/28/1920 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) released theatrically
19200328_220px-Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde_1920_poster / Fair use doctrine.
19630328_The_Birds_original_poster / Fair use doctrine.
03/28/1963 – The Birds released theatrically

March 29 - 31

19960330_Resident_Evil_1_cover / Fair use doctrine.
03/29/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in the United States
03/30/2000 – The Typing of the Dead released on Dreamcast and PC
20000330_TTOTD_Packshot / Fair use doctrine.
20000329_RECV_boxart / Fair use doctrine.
03/30/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in North America
03/30/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on Game Boy Color
20010330_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.
20060331_Slithermovieposter / Fair use doctrine.
03/31/2006 – Slither released theatrically
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WiHM: Debra Hill

WiHM: Debra Hill

Women in Horror Month is the perfect time to pay tribute to Debra Hill. You may not recognize her name, but you have certainly seen some of her work. Debra Hill is a long time producer of many of John Carpenter’s films and, in fact, co-wrote five of them: Halloween, Halloween II (not directed by Carpenter) The Fog, Escape from New York, and Escape from L.A.
Born November 10, 1950 in Haddonfield, New Jersey, Hill grew up in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Her career in film began in 1975 when she became a production assistant on adventure documentaries and worked her way through many roles, including script supervisor and second unit director. That same year, she worked with Carpenter on Assault on Precinct 13 as script supervisor and assistant editor. It was at this time that their professional and personal relationships formed.
She and Carpenter co-wrote Halloween in 1978, and later co-wrote the sequels Halloween II and Halloween III: Season of the Witch. Continuing to work with Carpenter, Hill also branched out to work on other projects. By 1986, Hill had formed her own production company with friend Lynda Obst and they produced such titles as The Fisher King and Adventures in Babysitting. One of the most popular and powerful producers in Hollywood, she also contracted with Disney to produce short films for their theme park and an NBC special for Disneyland’s 35th anniversary.
In 2003, Women in Film honored her with the Crystal Award, about which she said:
I hope some day there won't be a need for Women in Film. That it will be People in Film. That it will be equal pay, equal rights and equal job opportunities for everybody.
Hill was diagnosed with cancer in February 2004, but she continued to work with John Carpenter and Kurt Russell on a comic adaptation of the Snake Plissken character from the Escape films. With Carpenter, she also produced the underwhelming remake of The Fog. She died on March 7, 2005, still working on Oliver Stone’s film World Trade Center as producer.
Among the many films she produced in her lifetime, we have Debra to thank for are Clue, Big Top Pee Wee, The Dead Zone, Attack of the 50 Foot Woman (TV movie), Head Office, and many others.
After her death, Carpenter spoke warmly of the times he had working with her, recalling that it was "one of the greatest experiences of my life – she had a passion for not just movies about women or women's ideas but films for everybody".
RIP, Debra Hill, you have certainly earned it.
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CONGRATULATIONS: The Bone Jangler Selected for Horror Host Hall of Fame

CONGRATULATIONS: The Bone Jangler Selected for Horror Host Hall of Fame

The Horror Host Hall of Fame was established to honor and memorialize people who have made major contributions to the the world of horror hosting. Thus, both hosts and crew are recognized with this honor. Past inductees include Vampira (Malia Nurmi), Svengoolie (Jerry Bishop), Elvira (Cassandra Peterson), Joe Bob Briggs (John Bloom), Chilly Billy (William Robert Cardille), Grandpa (Al Lewis), Joel Robertson (Joel Hodgson), and The Cryptkeeper (John Kassir).
One of this year’s inductees is The Bone Jangler, host of The Bone Jangler and The Bone Jangler’s Daytime Dungeon, who has been gracing horror fans with his presence as a horror host since late September of 2001. I first met The Bone Jangler in the chat for Monster Channel back in 2010 (I believe), and we’ve been Facebook friends since. He is a wonderful individual, and I truly feel that this honor is well-deserved. You can see his shows now on the Eerie Late Night Horror Channel.
But who, really, is The Bone Jangler? Well, in his own words...
Since long before time itself had been recorded, there has been The BONE JANGLER! Throughout the years, the world's most prolific thoughtsmiths have theorized that the "big bang" that spawned the Earth's creation also heralded the arrival of this ancient enigma.
Content with sitting on the sidelines, watching various lifeforms evolve, The BONE JANGLER took particular notice of the vagina. Many were the songs the women sang unto Him, with fevered hopes that He would anoint them, and permit them entry into His Coven. And, as The BONE JANGLER and His merry maidens moved across the lands, the seeds of thousands of civilizations were sown. From the building of the ancient sphinx in Egypt, to the mysterious rock formation of Stonehenge, even as recent as the crop circles of today...The BONE JANGLER has been there.
While the true extent of His powers are none of your business, rest assured that He has zero, if any, rivals. From witchcraft to voodoo, reaching all the way back to Native American shamanism, The BONE JANGLER has had an impact on all forms of magick, past and present. In fact, many of the world's occult practices are based on the fundamental principles of The BONE JANGLER.
If you should run into him online or in person, be sure to congratulate him on this well-deserved honor.
To The Bone Jangler from all of us at House of Tortured Souls - Way to go, Bone Daddy!
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 12 – 19, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR FEBRUARY 12 – 19, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week, including one great new host making his Vortexx debut, one great movie making its debut, and a SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH to begin the week. Be sure to stick around Saturday night after our featured movie for VORTEXX FLASHBACK RADIO -- a tribute to the old-time radio shows of yesteryear. Our hosts this week are Sluggo & Sluggles, Deadwood & Co., Slash (making his debut on Monday), Arachna & Deadly, Edgar von Ghoul, Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones, Karlos Borloff & the crazies at Monster Madhouse, Dr. Lady & the Usual Suspects, and Misty Brew. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out!
SLUGGO'S STRANGE TAILS presents WILD GUITAR (1962) for SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH!
Sunday (2/12). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight for our SLUGGO BIRTHDAY BASH! On February 12 each year our nation celebrates the birthday of two great presidents -- Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, and Sluggo Gonzales, freely elected president of the Vortexx. It should come as no surprise that the movie our Dear Leader has decided to host on her birthday stars her favorite actor, singer, and musician -- Arch Hall, Jr. Be sure to come by tonight as SLUGGO'S STRANGE TAILS with co-host Sluggles and special guest Wolfie presents Sluggo's all-time favorite Arch Hall, Jr. movie -- and, believe us, folks, she loves them all! -- WILD GUITAR (1962). In tonight's movie, released just eight months after Eegah, Arch plays Bud Eagle, a young musician who comes under the influence of unscrupulous record producer Mike McCauley (Arch Hall, Sr.). Co-star Cash Flagg (who also directed under his birth name Ray Dennis Steckler) hams it up as McCauley's henchman Steak in what has to be the "meatiest" role of his career. Our show will be followed by an encore presentation of SCREAMING SOUP: HELLBOUND.
SLASH'S GRAVEYARD TALES presents Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959)
Monday (2/13). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as we welcome Indiana's newest horror host to The Vortexx with SLASH'S GRAVEYARD TALES. An artist, sculptor, pro wrestler, and haunter at the Harrodsburg Haunted House in his previous life, Slash is a Wolf Man who loves the old-time classic horror and sci-fi movies. And now that he's been bitten by the horror host bug, he's put together a show that he describes as "a cross between Pee-wee's Playhouse and Tales from the Crypt." Tonight Slash and his sidekicks Poe, Hoots, and Bones will be hosting Ed Wood's PLAN 9 FROM OUTER SPACE (1959). This is a movie that needs no introduction, but we're going to give you one anyway. A couple of pompous aliens in silk pajamas (Dudley Manlove and Joanna Lee) and their leader The Ruler (Bunny Breckinridge) plan to resurrect Bela Lugosi, Vampira, and Tor Johnson as slow-moving zombies. Why? Because all you of Earth are Idiots!
BEWARE THEATER presents THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962)
Tuesday (2/14). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Happy Valentine's Day to all our friends in The Vortexx! Tonight we've picked a movie that we feel is suitable for the occasion. It's a lovely love story about a mad scientist who loves his girlfriend so much that he's willing to stalk and murder to get a new body for her." Join us tonight as BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents THE BRAIN THAT WOULDN'T DIE (1962). Affectionately known to its many fans as "The Brain That Wouldn't Shuddup" and "Jan in the Pan," this film has everything that a B-movie fan could possibly ask for -- mutants, mad doctors, talking heads, cat fighting strippers, and some of the sleaziest, most infectious music you've ever heard.
MIDNIGHT CHILLERS presents THE EMBALMER (1965)
Wednesday (2/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MIDNIGHT CHILLERS with Edgar von Ghoul presents THE EMBALMER (1965) aka The Monster of Venice. A psycho in a monk's robe and skull mask dons a scuba suit and stalks the canals of Venice looking for victims (all beautiful women, of course) to kill and then bring to his secret underwater lair for the titular embalming. Unfortunately, the budget did not allow for any underwater photography, which might have improved the killing scenes. But the secret lair, revealed at the end of the movie, is something to be seen.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews Fred Olen Ray's EVIL TOONS (1992)
Wednesday (2/15). 11:15 P.M. (ET) Don't go away folks! Stick around after Midnight Chillers for another episode of SCREAMING SOUP! Now entering its fourth season, this animated horror host show specializes in raunchy movie reviews. In tonight's episode our host Deadwest reviews Fred Olen Ray's EVIL TOONS (1992) while being ambushed by Buzzkill, a competing horror host. A knock-off of Sam Raimi's The Evil Dead, tonight's movie stars David Carradine, Dick Miller, Arte Johnson, and scream queen Michelle Bauer. Please note: This episode contains nudity and gross-out raunchiness and is, therefore, recommended for immature adults only.
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN presents Roger Corman's QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966)
Thursday (2/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET) PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves and Smiley Bones presents Roger Corman’s QUEEN OF BLOOD (1966). Here we go again! Corman got his hands on some more Russian footage, hired someone to write a screenplay around it, brought in Basil Rathbone and a few other English-speaking actors, and finished the whole thing in little over a week at a cost of $65,000. But the really strange thing is . . . this is actually a very good movie! Florence Marley gives a deliciously creepy performance as a green-skinned, glowing-eyed alien woman who is rescued on Mars to be brought back to Earth and proceeds to drain the blood from assorted crew members on the way home. Keep an eye out for a delightful cameo appearance by Forrest J Ackerman at the end.
MONSTER MADHOUSE presents HORROR EXPRESS (1972)
Friday (2/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MADHOUSE with Karlos Borloff, Slo Frank, and a cast of thousands presents HORROR EXPRESS (1972) starring Peter Cushing, Christopher Lee, and Telly (Kojak) Savalas. Our three stars find themselves traveling on the Trans-Siberian Express, accompanied by the frozen remains of a primitive humanoid creature who, needless to say, doesn't stay frozen for long. As always, there will be plenty of insane hijinks by Borloff and the Madhouse crazies both during and in between segments of the movie. Truth be told, we lost count of the number of times Frank gets punched, poked, and slapped silly in tonight’s episode!
THE LATE DR LADY SHOW presents Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES (1981)
Saturday (2/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE LATE DR LADY SHOW with Dr. Lady, the Usual Suspects, and special guest Sluggo presents our all-time favorite Dr. Lady episode -- Jess Franco’s OASIS OF THE ZOMBIES(1981) aka Skull on a Stick. The movie is about an expedition searching for gold hidden by Field Marshall Rommel that comes up against an army of Nazi Zombies. But what really makes tonight's show completely off-the-wall are its hilarious skits, several of which feature our own Pink Lady.
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1977).
Sunday (2/189). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of THE HAUNTING OF JULIA (1977) aka Full Circle. Mia Farrow (sporting her Rosemary's Baby haircut) stars in this British-made thriller as a wealthy American woman named . . . you guessed it, Julia. She's living in London, trapped in an unhappy marriage, and haunted by the sadness of losing her child. Julia decides to ditch her hubby and move into a new house, which happens to be inhabited by the ghost of an obnoxious little girl who plans to use Julia as a pawn in her terrible revenge scheme. Unlike most of the foreign movies that sat on the shelf for years before being released in America, this one, based on the novel by Peter Straub who also wrote Ghost Story, is actually pretty good. And it's got a shocking and completely unexpected ending. Keir (2001: A Space Odyssey) Dullea costars. Note: Tonight's show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's SCREAMING SOUP: EVIL TOONS.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!
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WiHM: Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF)

WiHM: Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF)

Happy Women in Horror Month! We continue our tribute to amazing women in horror with a look at the Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF).

Overview of Women in Horror

Women have played critical roles in horror films since horror films began. They began as objects of desire before evolving into damsels in distress. With Psycho, female nudity became part of the standard, eventually leading to the trend of "bad" girls having sex and being killed. With this came the final girl trope, wherein a female survives to the end, often killing the monster or slasher who had been the film's antagonist. The final girl was almost always the one who didn't do any drugs, drank little if at all, and did not engage in sex. Despite the evolution of the female to a strong survivor, there was quite a bit of underlying misogyny that really only began to be weeded out of horror in the 2000s with the current crop of strong women filmmakers. Indeed, the changing roles of women were defined by the changes in the genre itself, and, as any horror fan knows, there is no shortage of great women in horror. Moreover, not only have women moved beyond the stereotypes, they've also moved beyond simply acting in the films to becoming more active behind the camera in virtually every aspect of filmmaking. And that’s what the Women in Horror Film Festival (WIHFF) is all about.

The Women in Horror Film Festival

The WIHFF is a new horror film festival whose time has definitely come. According to the website, the festival showcases and celebrates not only female writers, directors, producers, and actors, but also cinematographers, make-up artists, and composers who have dedicated their craft to the horror genre. In order to be considered, submissions must be in no later than 15 July 2017, the extended deadline. A complete list of deadlines is available on the WIHFF official website.
The first rule for the WIHFF is that entries have women in key creative positions from the following roles: (Producer(s), Director(s), Writer(s), Cinematographer(s), Composer, SFX Artist, and lead talent). This is especially exciting for women behind the camera since those roles are often overlooked – particularly when staffed by women. Feature films (80-120 minutes) and short films (45 minutes) both are welcome as are feature screenplays (80 – 100 pages), short films (30 pages maximum), and TV pilots (45 pages maximum). Have a screenplay or TV pilot that hasn’t been produced? No worries there. As long as the script was written or co-written by a woman, it’s still eligible for submission. All items to be considered must be submitted no later than 15 July 2017 to allow sufficient time for the judges to evaluate all entries. To ensure impartial consideration, people who have worked on a festival submission are exempt from judging.
There are a total of 19 categories eligible for prizes that include, but aren’t limited to, custom WIHFF trophies, distribution consideration by Terror Films (feature only), and a 1-hour mentoring session with industry pro Mark Simon, who has over decades of experience in the camera department for major films (One Missed Call, Risky Business, Weird Science, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3, Predator 2, and Primal Fear). The 19 categories are:
  • Best Traditional Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films can encompass but are not limited to Slasher/Stalker/Supernatural
    /Creature Feature/Zombie/Folklore/Urban Legend
  • Best Non-Traditional Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films can encompass but are not limited to Animated/Comedy/Experimental,
    etc.
  • Best International Horror Film (short or feature)
  • Best Documentary Horror Film (short or feature)
  • Best Grindhouse Film (short or feature)
  • Best Sci-Fi Film (short or feature)
  • Best Local Horror (GA filmmakers) Film (short or feature)
  • Best Student Horror Film (short)
  • Best LGBTQ Horror Film (short or feature)
    These films must be made by persons who identify as LGBTQ or center around LGBTQ characters/stories/subject matter)
  • Best Overall Feature Audience Award
  • Best Overall Short Audience Award
  • Best Unproduced Feature Screenplay
  • Best Unproduced Short Screenplay
  • Best Unproduced TV Pilot
  • Best Director (short or feature)
  • Best Actress (short or feature)
  • Best Cinematography (short or feature)
  • Best Musical Score (short or feature)
  • Best Make up/Practical FX (short or feature)
Clearly there’s a lot to look forward to in this festival.

The Festival Directors

The WIHFF is being organized by festival directors Vanessa Ionta Wright and Samantha Kolesnik. When I learned of the WIHFF, I knew that I had to honor it during Women in Horror Month. I reached out to Vanessa and Samantha who were kind enough to answer a few questions for me. Without further ado, here's your chance to learn something about the strong women filmmakers who have organized this much-needed festival.
WIHFF - Vanessa Ionta WrightVanessa Ionta Wright is an award winning screenwriter. Her work has garnered recognition at film festivals & competitions around the globe. She graduated from Ohio University with a degree in Video Production & Film. She recently launched the Women in Horror Film Festival with fellow screenwriter, Samantha Kolesnik. She enjoys punctuality, scary movies, a quick wit, sandwiches, the music of Michael Jackson, Halloween & Bacon Jam. She does not enjoy bugs, clowns, perpetual lateness, mean people, oppression, laziness, running more than 3 miles or curved walls.
WIHFF - Samantha SkolesnikSamantha Kolesnik is a writer and independent film producer living in Pennsylvania. She co-directs the Women in Horror Film Festival with Vanessa Ionta Wright. Her screenplays have been recognized at various festivals nationwide, and her fiction has recently appeared in The Bitter Oleander and The William and Mary Review. Her short horror film, I Baked Him a Cake, is currently in post production, and stars actresses Fleece and Lillian Gray.
HoTS: Who are some of your inspirations?
Alfred Hitchcock and Rod Serling are two biggies. I love Hitchcock's approach to suspense and building fear around what cannot be seen. I think Serling was an absolute visionary and I can definitely see his influence in a lot of my more science fiction/thriller writing. I am also very inspired by anyone brave enough to take a risk and put their work out there for everyone to see. As an independent filmmaker, I understand the challenges and the risks involved and I am absolutely inspired by those who don't take no for an answer and power through.
Some of my recent inspirations include Jennifer Kent, Vladimir Nabokov, Shirley Jackson, The Great Medieval Heretics: Five Centuries of Religious Dissent by Michael Frassetto, the huge database of the Righteous Among Nations, the performances of Ralph Fiennes and Liam Neeson in the film, Schindler's List, and so much more. I was a tremendous introvert as a child, and relentlessly bullied, so 'horror' for me, both in film and literature, has a deeper meaning than a temporary adrenaline rush. I enjoy psychological horror, tales steeped in folklore, and statements (intelligent, subtle statements...) on culture, myth, and human nature. Horror is when the darkness threatens to overtake the light at any moment in time, but I am a huge believer in the power of light. You can always make a light brighter, but darkness only gets so dark. I guess, what I'm saying, is there's more to horror than blood and guts - it just depends on your lens.
HoTS: How did you get into horror?
I wrote by first horror novel at the age of 7. It was called The Witch's Castle and it was a best seller in my second grade class. 😉
I watched my first horror film at the age of 8, Poltergeist. It firmly sealed my fear of stuffed toys, especially stuffed clowns. It also got me completely hooked on horror and I started chasing that fear 'high'. While my parents thought I was asleep, I would sneak downstairs and sit quietly on the steps and spy while they watched movies like Cujo and The Amityville Horror. When I was a teen, you would find me and my friends huddled around the TV on a Friday night, binge watching everything horror that the local video store had to offer. I like to think horror is in my blood.
I was always "into horror". There's a great streak of hope and triumph that runs through classic horror, and I was always on the side of our horror heroines. I think I also always sensed, even as a young child, that humans don't always make the best decisions, that humans are fallible. Horror, in a way, takes that to the extreme and shows us the most monstrous manifestations of our darker natures, and then it allows us to prevail against it (or at least to try to). Early horror favorites for me were the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Scream, The Craft, the original Halloween Parts I and II, and the original Nightmare on Elm Street. I was also exposed to other kinds of 'horror' in film, though, that ended up impacting how I create within the genre... films like Sleepers, American History X, Citizen X... evil isn't confined to special effects and masks.
HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?
My favorite monsters to create and write are the ones within us. Imagining the depths of evil that people are capable of. As far as iconic monsters, I've always really loved vampires. I know that's so clichè. What can I say, vampires are sexy.
Humans. The human is the most dangerous monster, and doesn't need any alterations or special powers to be utterly terrifying. Leatherface looks like a dandelion when you study human history.
HoTS: What's up next for you?
I always have a few irons in the fire. Up next will be taking the two short films I directed, I Baked Him a Cake and Rainy Season, to festivals. Both films allowed me to collaborate with Samantha Kolesnik who is always a pleasure to work with. She wrote and produced I Baked Him a Cake and came on board as the Executive Producer for Rainy Season. We also teamed up to launch the Women in Horror Film Fest. I also continuing to write, working on a few shorts, a feature and TV pilot. I sneak in a nap or two when I can. 😉
I'm working on finishing a collection of short stories, all which would probably fit into the category of either hyper-realism or 'dark fiction' (depends on how you see life), zealously working on making the Women in Horror Film Festival the best celebration of women filmmakers and writers that it can be, and I'm also wrapping up post on I Baked Him a Cake.
HoTS: What prompted you to start this much needed festival?
Sam and I are both very aware of the unbalanced representation of female filmmakers in the industry, especially within the horror genre. We really wanted to create a platform to showcase the amazing films and screenplays created by women. We are very grateful for the outpouring of support we have received for this festival. We are extremely proud to be doing something we love, supporting our sisters in the industry and scaring the hell of viewers.
Look at the last year's release of horror films. Look at the teams behind them. Very, very few have women directors, women composers, women writers, or women cinematographers. And trust me, that's not because they don't exist or aren't talented. Diversity works hand in hand with creativity. I could say 'I hope we see more recognition for women horror filmmakers in the future' but hope isn't a strategy, right? So, tons of women, like Hannah Neurotica, founder of Women in Horror Film Festival, and my colleague, Vanessa, are doing something about it.
HoTS: That’s fantastic. It really is long overdue, and I have great respect for you two organizing this.
I know it's early, but do you foresee this becoming an annual festival?
100% yes.
I know it will be.
HoTS: If money was no issue, what would your dream horror film be?
A $250,000,000 feature that starts with Jason Voorhees showing up in Haddonfield on Halloween night to battle Michael Myers. They end up in a chase that brings them to Texas where they pick up Leatherface. They start to realize they have a pretty cool little club here so they hop in a van headed to Springwood where they pick up Freddy Krueger. Horror ensues and they stumble upon the infamous puzzle box. Looks like someone forgot to invite the cenobites.  This upsets Pinhead so he drags them all to hell,after all he needed 4 more for poker night.
My dream horror film, should money be no issue, would be one that digs into the violence on women that is perpetrated by other women. It's something rarely explored or discussed, and I think it's a very important and relevant issue. That's vague, but that would be the concept at the heart of the film.
So there you have it - a look inside the minds of two women filmmakers whose impact on the genre has just begun!

Where and When

The WIHFF, which takes place September 22 – 24, 2017, is being held at the Crowne Plaza Atlanta in SW Peachtree City, Georgia. If you’re interested in submitting your work or just finding out more about the event, you can find the complete information at the Women in Horror Film Festival official website. You can also contact the directors at WIHFF@gmail.com.
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 22 – 29, 2017

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 22 – 29, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
THE VORTEXX! SIX YEARS STRONG!!!!!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week, including three new movies making their Vortexx debut, along with several returning favorites and a trip to The Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. Our hosts this week are Misty Brew, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Edgar von Ghoul, Deadwood, Uncle Pete, Dave Binkley & Holly Schilthelm, Arachna & Deadly, and (at the Peninsula of Horror) Professor Gillman and Master Vyle. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out!
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977)
Sunday (01/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977) aka It Happened at Lakewood Manor. Robert Foxworth, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Day George, Bernie Casey, Myrna Loy, and Brian Dennehy are among the stars in this TV movie about an army of poisonous ants that attack the residents of an old-fashioned lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter. This was one of several movies made during the late 1970s to capitalize on the popularity of Jaws. Tonight's show will be followed at approximately 10:45 by an encore presentation of last Wednesday's episode of SCREAMING SOUP (DEADGIRL).
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT presents Larry Buchanan's IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967)
Monday (01/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET) MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents Larry Buchanan's IN THE YEAR 2889 (1967). Although the movie's title is taken from a Jules Verne novel of the same name, it's actually a remake of Roger Corman's Day the World Ended (1955), and the story is set in the year 1977. A nuclear war has wiped out most of the human race, and a group of survivors in a Dallas mansion find themselves beset by rising radiation levels, a ruthless tough guy, and cannibalistic mutants. You heard right, folks -- cannibalistic mutants. It don't get any better than that! Former child actor Paul Petersen (The Donna Reed Show) stars as the lead survivor.
BORDELLO OF HORROR presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976)
Tuesday (01/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Beelzabroad presents TRACK OF THE MOON BEAST (1976). After a beefy young mineralogist (Chase Cordell) gets boinked in the head by a meteor fragment, he is transformed into a hideous lizard-like monster whenever the moon comes out. Badly paced and badly shot, with a badly constructed story and a mostly talentless cast playing cardboard characters, its one saving feature is that soon-to-be-famous Rick Baker designed the beast. Along with the movie, Freaky will be presenting footage from the March 2015 Horrorhound Weekend including the Horror Host Hall of Fame awards, interviews with producer Paul Travers from Old 37 and Fred Vogel from Toe Tag Productions, and music by The Renfields.
DEAD END DRIVE-IN presents The Vortexx premiere of KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN (1974)
Wednesday (01/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET) DEAD END DRIVE-IN with Edgar von Ghoul returns to the Vortexx for its second appearance! Tonight Edgar will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of KEEP MY GRAVE OPEN (1974) aka The House Where Hell Froze Over. This slow-moving but creepy thriller from S. F. Brownrigg, the director of Don't Look in the Basement, re-unites Basement cast members Camilla Carr and Gene Ross. Carr, who would later go on to become a successful novelist, stars as Lesley Fontaine, a troubled young woman who lives in an isolated farm estate miles from the nearest town. Murders are being committed in the vicinity, and Someone is responsible. Is it Lesley? Or perhaps her brother Kevin (Chelcie Ross), who may be real or may be a product of Lesley's overworked imagination. Gene Ross (Judge Oliver W. Cameron in Basement) plays Lesley's compassionate doctor. Larry Buchanan favorite Bill Thurman plays a hitchhiker looking for food, who becomes one of the victims.
SCREAMING SOUP reviews THE GREEN SLIME (1968)
Wednesday (01/25). 10:45 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.] We welcome SCREAMING SOUP back to The Vortexx for its second appearance! Now entering its fourth season, this animated horror host show specializes in raunchy movie reviews. In tonight's episode our host Deadwest reviews THE GREEN SLIME (1968) while his friends try to defuse his rage over the film's lameness. The film itself might be lame and the monsters laughably ridiculous, but it's got one of the catchiest title songs in movie history. In addition to Deadwood, tonight's cast includes Billy, Eb'nstein, Deadbeat, Doc Rex, and Aleena.
UNCLE PETE'S DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN presents The Vortexx premiere of ABBY (1974)
Thursday (01/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as we welcome THE DARK VAULT OF PUBLIC DOMAIN with Uncle Pete back to The Vortexx. Now in its 9th year of Cult Movie Madness, this great show is broadcast on local cable on various stations in New York State, Pennsylvania, and New Hampshire and is now spreading like The Blob throughout the Northeast. Tonight Uncle Pete will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of ABBY (1974). Think Blackula meets The Exorcist, and you have some idea of what this movie is all about. William (Blackula) Marshall stars as a bishop/archaeologist who unknowingly brings back a demon from Africa that takes over the body of his daughter-in-law. Released one year after The Exorcist, Warner Brothers wasn't too happy about this blatant rip-off, and their subsequent lawsuit kept the movie out of circulation for years.
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE presents NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (1941)
Friday (01/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET) THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Holly Schilthelm presents NO HANDS ON THE CLOCK (1941). Chester Morris, best known for playing jewel thief-turned-detective Boston Blackie in fourteen films during the 1940s, plays another detective in tonight's comedy-mystery released the same year as the first two Boston Blackie movies. In this one he is wise-cracking private detective Humphrey Campbell who impresses his boss no end by not only finding a missing girl (Jean Parker) but also marrying her in the process. But just as their honeymoon in Reno, Nevada, gets underway, Campbell is dragged into another missing person case, invoking the suspicions of his jealous bride as he investigates an assortment of blondes, brunettes, and redheads. In keeping with the theme of the movie title, tonight's episode was shot at Time Zone, a clock repair shop in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.
THE PENINSULA OF HORROR presents DOUBLE DANGEROUS CHAT NIGHT
Saturday (01/28). 8:00 P.M. (ET) Join us tonight as THE PENINSULA OF HORROR -- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts -- presents DOUBLE DANGEROUS CHAT NIGHT! First up at 8 (ET) HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS will be hosting DELIGHTFULLY DANGEROUS (1945) starring fifteen-year-old Jane Powell as a young music school student who discovers that her big sister (Constance Moore) is a burlesque queen and not a celebrated Broadway star. Then stick around at 10:30 (ET) for the ultimate stoner movie REEFER MADNESS (1936). We guarantee the joint will be jumping tonight, so come on by for a smoking good time! As always, Professor Gillman will be broadcasting live from Lagoon House throughout the evening. A preshow for the Early Boids featuring Master Vyle's new MiniSode HAPPY NATIONAL TATER TOT DAY will air at 7 (ET).
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's feature will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror's Livestream channel -- livestream.com/tpoh. Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of Horror. We will be doing the chat through Chattango -- https://thepeninsulaofhorror.chatango.com/.... To see both the show and the chat, you need to have two windows open, one with the Peninsula and one with the chat.
BEWARE THEATER presents Herk Harvey's CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962)
Sunday (01/29). 9:00 P.M. (ET) BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode and yet another monochromatic marvel from the Golden Age of Black & White. Tonight our hosts will be presenting Herk Harvey's CARNIVAL OF SOULS (1962). Shot on a budget of $33,000 and largely ignored at the time of its release, this film has since become a cult classic. Reminiscent in many ways of an elongated Twilight Zone episode, it relies more on atmosphere than on special effects to create a mood of unease and foreboding. Candace Hilligoss stars as Mary Henry, a young lady who survives a car accident and becomes drawn to a mysterious abandoned carnival. Director Harvey appears uncredited as the pale man who is stalking Mary. Tonight's show will be followed at approximately 10:45 by an encore presentation of last Wednesday's episode of SCREAMING SOUP (THE GREEN SLIME).
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!
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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR JANUARY 15 – 22, 2017

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!
Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME! We've got a terrific line-up of hosts, shows, and movies this week, including three new movies and one great show making their Vortexx debut and a tribute to the late Mr. Mephisto on Tuesday. Our hosts this week are Arachna & Deadly, Lord Blood-Rah, Vincent Grimmly & Phydeaux and their special guests Bobby Gammonster & Boris T. Buzzard, Mr. Mephisto, Danvers and special guests Penny & Garou, Timberwulff and co-hosts Lucy & Mina, Scarlett Kaiju & CJ the Werewolf, Deadgar Winter & Maleva Ravic, Misty Brew, and (making their Vortexx debut) Deadwood & Catfish. Enjoy our shows and thanks for hanging out!

Sunday (1/15). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S TREMULOUS TRAILERS
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DOUBLE-HEADED DOUBLE FEATURE!

Since we didn't air it last Sunday, tonight's featured movie will be preceded by a Double-Headed episode of LORD BLOOD-RAH'S TREMULOUS TRAILERS. Tonight Lord Blood-Rah will be presenting the trailers for THE INCREDIBLE TWO-HEADED TRANSPLANT (1971) and THE THING WITH TWO HEADS (1972).

Sunday (1/15). 9:15 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
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Roger Corman's THE GIANT LEECHES (1959)

[Time approximate.] BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another cinematic gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- Roger Corman's THE GIANT LEECHES (1959). If you've never seen sexy Yvette Vickers in the best role of her career (or if you want to see her again), tonight is your chance. The former Playboy playmate stars as bayou tramp "Liz Baby," while Bruno VeSota plays her cuckolded husband, "Fat Dave" Walker. Watch Fat Dave force two-timing Liz and her no-good boyfriend Cal into the swamp, where they get punished for their "leechery" by our title characters. Who cares if the giant leeches are really men in suction-cup-covered suits that don't quite fit over their air tanks? This cheeseball treat from the B-movie King is a lot of fun to watch!

Monday (1/16). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE
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Francis Ford Coppola's DEMENTIA 13 (1963)

NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly, Phydeaux and special guests Bobby Gammonster and Boris The Buzzard presents Francis Ford Coppola's DEMENTIA 13 (1963). Luana Anders stars as a scheming woman who devises a bizarre plan to gain control of her late husband's money. Co-starring William Campbell and Patrick Magee and produced by Roger Corman, this is a great film with some truly shocking axe murders, a terrific twist ending, and lots of inventive photography. And we expect that Vincent will add to its entertainment value with his usual array of hilarious sound bites and video inserts.

Tuesday (1/17). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MR. MEPHISTO
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ALL-INFERNO INFERNO

Join us tonight for a special ALL-INFERNO INFERNO -- a celebration of the life and career of MR MEPHISTO (Dick Flanigan), who sadly passed away on January 5, 2017. Mr. Mephisto was a horror host legend, having hosted LENNY'S INFERNO on WMTV-TV in Madison, Wisconsin, every Friday night at midnight from 1969 until 1982. His accomplishments were recognized by his fellow hosts in 2012 when he was inducted into the Horror Host Hall of Fame. Thanks to his good friend Rich "Freakshow" Peterson, The Big M (as he is affectionately known) was introduced to a whole new generation of viewers when he debuted in The Vortexx with fully reworked episodes on January 31, 2012. Please join us this evening as we honor Dick, his sidekick Voice in the Box (John Sveum), Valdimir the man with the axe (studio manger Bob Friedl), Beauregard Shirley Mumphord (Sveum), the Moat Beast, and the other crazy denizens of The Castle with a fond farewell to the late great Mr. Mephisto!

Wednesday (1/18). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
DANVERS' DEMENTED FEATURES
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PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (1925)

DEMENTED FEATURES with Danvers and special guests Penny Dreadful & Garou presents the 1925 silent classic PHANTOM OF THE OPERA starring Lon Chaney, Sr., and Mary Philbin. This is the first -- and undoubtedly the best -- adaptation of the Gaston Leroux novel. No Phantom has ever looked scarier than Chaney, the sets created by Maurice Tourneur are fantastic, and tonight's version is further enhanced by a rousing new musical score by Kevin MacLeod. In addition to the movie, Danvers will be presenting the first chapter of VARNEY THE VAMPIRE, based on the serialized novel first published in 1845-47 as a series of weekly cheap pamphlets known as "penny dreadfuls." Tonight's show concludes with a tribute to the king of horror hosts, Zacherley!

Wednessday (1/19). 10:45 P.M. (ET)
SCREAMING SOUP
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DEADGIRL (2008)

[Time approximate.] Tonight we welcome SCREAMING SOUP to The Vortexx! Now entering its fourth season, this animated horror host show specializes in raunchy movie reviews. Tonight's episode is hosted by Deadwood, an outlaw whose life was cut short in a hail of gunfire until he was resurrected from his ditch grave by radioactive tractor beams from bovine thieving UFOs. He is ably assisted by Catfish, a drunken gill man who's generally found soaking in a beer barrel at the Howl-Inn Grub and Spirits. Tonight our hosts will be skewering DEADGIRL (2008), a zombie movie which they describe as "a festering heap of teenage angst wrapped in a blanket of necrophilia." Enjoy!

Thursday (1/19). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
TOXIC TALES WITH TIMBER WULFF
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The Vortexx premiere of ETERNAL EVIL (1985)

TOXIC TALES with Timber Wulff and co-hosts Mina Rowena the Vampire and Lucy Lovecraft the Ghoul presents The Vortexx premiere of ETERNAL EVIL (1985) aka The Blue Man. This Canadian-made thriller from the director of My Bloody Valentine is about a burned-out TV-director (Winston Rekert) who encounters a mysterious dancer (Karen Black) who teaches him the powers of astral projection. Before long, however, he starts having weird dreams, and people from his circle of acquaintances start dying unnatural deaths. Director George Mihalka livens up the film with some impressive camera tricks, especially during the astral projection sequences. Lois Maxwell, who played Miss Moneypenny in numerous James Bond movies, co-stars.

Friday (1/20). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MANSION OF MYSTERY
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The Vortexx premiere of PSYCHIC KILLER (1975)

MANSION OF MYSTERY with Scarlett Kaiju and CJ the Werewolf launches its third season with The Vortexx premiere of PSYCHIC KILLER (1975) aka The Kirlian Force. Jim (Ellery Queen) Hutton plays a wrongfully convicted man who inherits a magic amulet, which he uses to take vengeance on those responsible for his imprisonment and to romance psychiatrist Julie (Creature from the Black Lagoon) Adams. Guest victims include Creature co-star and veteran movie villain Whit Bissell (the mad scientist in I Was A Teenage Frankenstein and I Was A Teenage Werewolf), veteran bad guy Nehemiah Persoff (Little Bonaparte in Some Like It Hot), and Al Adamson favorite Graydon Clark. As the victims are stabbed, boiled, incinerated and put through a meat grinder, this may be the grisliest film ever to receive a PG rating from the MPAA! Meanwhile back at the Mansion, CJ, who is still traumatized by the events of the last episode, looks to help from a gypsy amulet to protect him from evil. However, the amulet brings evil to the Mansion in the form of its former owner and Ralphie, who stage a battle to the death over it. Can Scarlett and CJ stop them before they destroy the themselves and the Mansion? Find out tonight in this fun episode entitled Psychic Fiends Network.

Saturday (1/21). 3:30 P.M. (ET)
DEADGAR'S DARK COFFIN CLASSICS
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THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN (1963)

DEADGAR'S DARK COFFIN CLASSICS with Deadgar Winter, co-host Maleva Ravic, and special guest Wonder Woman presents THOR AND THE AMAZON WOMEN (1963) aka Les Gladiatrices. Our musclebound title hero (Joe Robinson) and his sidekick Ubaratutu (Harry Baird) go up against a race of scantily dressed Amazon warriors and their bloodthirsty Black Queen, who have enslaved the men of their country. As a form of entertainment, the Black Queen enslaves captive women and forces them to fight each other. The movie was filmed on location in the Postojna Caves in Slovenia. The set was apparently very cold, since water vapor can be seen coming from the mouths of the scantily clad Amazons in many of the scenes.

Sunday (1/22). 9:00 P.M. (ET) [Time approximate.]
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE
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The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977) aka It Happened at Lakewood Manor

MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of ANTS! (1977) aka It Happened at Lakewood Manor. Robert Foxworth, Suzanne Somers, Lynda Day George, Bernie Casey, Myrna Loy, and Brian Dennehy are among the stars in this TV movie about an army of poisonous ants that attack the residents of an old-fashioned lakeside hotel targeted for purchase by an unsavory gambling casino promoter. This was one of several movies made during the late 1970s to capitalize on the popularity of Jaws. Tonight's show will be followed by an encore presentation of Wednesday's episode of SCREAMING SOUP.
SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY RE-ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

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