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Pirating Movies: A Dagger In The Heart For Filmmakers

Pirating Movies: A Dagger In The Heart For Filmmakers

So we all know Ash vs Evil Dead was canceled recently and that star Bruce Campbell lashed out against those who were illegally downloading the show. Unfortunately, pirating movies and TV shows has gone deeper than that, and it has made life for filmmakers even more challenging.

RIP Ash vs Evil Dead

Now let me start off by saying I am not here to get into an ethics battle with anyone. I would hope that anyone reading this can tell the difference between right and wrong and that pirating is stealing. What I have seen on social media recently, however, is a bit troubling.

Being in the infant stages of my own filmmaking career, I have faced the number one challenge that can stop many inspired writers and directors dead in their tracks…funding. Getting someone to believe in your project as much you as do is impossible, but getting them to believe in you can be done if you are passionate enough and have a great pitch.

The problem, however, is that investors want to see projections for how fast they will get their investment back and also a profit — especially with horror. So a good sales deck will show how similar titles fared in box office, VoD, and DVD sales. This is where filmmakers can face a battle against which they cannot properly defend themselves. Numbers in the sense of dollars can be deflated because advances in technology enable people with better and faster ways to steal movies and TV shows and, in some cases, profit from doing so.

I don’t know if the numbers are in fact true that Ash vs Evil Dead was the most illegally downloaded show of all time. I think it is very plausible. Here are couple examples of actual horror stories I’ve seen from people and tell you the effect it has had on them.

There is a filmmaker who made a zombie film starring Tony Todd that was released last year. DVD sales were not what was projected or even safely targeted. This filmmaker was informed that his movie was uploaded to YouTube and had been watched over 300,000 times. Even if he made no sales and had only VoD rentals, that still would have generated over $1,500,000 in those rentals. But that’s not what happened.

The general reaction when the filmmaker took to social media to express his frustration only added insult to injury. The reactions were almost as bad as the thefts themselves.

At least your film was watched 300,000 times.
Be glad people like your film enough to watch it.

Anyone who lives in a city larger than 100,000 people has some sort of outlet mall, flea market, dirt mall, etc. I have yet to see one where 3-4 “vendors” were not selling $3-$5 films they had downloaded and burned to DVD. These include films that had just been released in theaters. These people are profiting from someone else’s work. What’s worse is that the people buying them are enabling it to continue.

What’s the point of all of this? Indie filmmakers (especially in horror) clear enough hurdles just to get a film made. Many people who sell and watch these films may think that Hollywood has enough money and they’re not hurting anyone. But it’s the people who are trying to break into the business and the Indie filmmakers who want to make something a little different who are suffering.

What can you do? That’s a good question.

For starters, these thieves hocking illegally downloaded movies need to be shut down. The next thing you can do is show support for the movies you love. Attend a con and tell the stars how much you enjoyed the movie. Subscribe to a page or blog, follow House of Tortured Souls (cheap plug, but I saw my shot). Keep the horror voice alive.

Crypt Keeper Clint with Joe Bob Briggs

These little things can keep the shows we love on the air. They will also let the world know that we horror fans have a strong voice and WILL be heard. Want proof? Through a social media campaign, Joe Bob Briggs asked his supporters to send videos to Shudder. They asked Shudder to bring him back. Joe Bob returns June 22nd for a 24-hour marathon. That was due to all of those fan videos creating a demand that Shudder couldn’t ignore.

Never underestimate the power of your own voice and don’t hurt what you love by stealing to save $10-$20.


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MOVIE REVIEW: Savageland (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Savageland (2015)

Zombie movies are never really about zombies. At least the good ones aren’t. There’s always some social or political message being conveyed, and Savageland is no exception. At its heart, it’s more of a social statement about immigration and bigotry than a horror film, but we’re going to overlook the message and focus on the horror.

Savageland presents itself as a documentary about a small southwestern town that is virtually wiped out overnight. The story follows a photographer accused of mass murder and is told and illustrated by the pictures he took on the night in question.

The use of still photography adds a certain creepy element to the film, which probably couldn’t have been achieved if they had gone with the found footage format. In addition, the pictures themselves are quite eerie and haunting. Another benefit of using photos as opposed to film is that there is no poorly done CGI that seems to be rampant in the lower budget horror films.

Savageland (2015)The documentary style leaves a bit to be desired as it feels a bit more polished than it probably should, and the story starts out a bit confusing. However, once it gets rolling, it’s a pretty solid film, and the still photos are not overused, which leaves the viewer wanting to see more.

My only real issue with Savageland is that several characters are over the top caricatures of Southern rednecks and “bleeding heart liberals”. Now, I’m sure that people like that really exist, but both of those tropes are vastly overused, in my opinion.

I recommend Savageland to anyone looking for something a little different in the horror genre. If you like the found footage films, you’ll probably find Savageland worth watching, as it falls along those lines. If you don’t like the found footage films, you might still enjoy it, as there isn’t much in the “shaky cam” department.

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Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

Upcoming Games: Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead

This week I am continuing the series on upcoming and recently released horror games of 2018. In this piece, I take a brief look at Agony, We Happy Few, and Overkill’s The Walking Dead. All widely anticipated by fans of survival horror, I can honestly say that each of them has my attention, but for different reasons. Those three games are different from each other in every way.

Agony is a first-person survival horror game, where one plays as a soul being tormented in hell. This premise in itself intrigues the hell out of me, pun unintended. Wandering the landscapes of hell, you have no memories and are trying to figure out who you are and if there is a way to get out of your current predicament. Not a lot has been released concerning this game so far, but what I have seen has already sucked me in, making me want to see more. Just the images and the small amount of gameplay that has been shown showcases some beautiful graphics that have immediately caught my eye. I’ll certainly be watching for more information on this one in the days to come! It will be released on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One later this year.

Agony screenshot

We Happy Few is based in a dystopian 1964 England with the premise that everyone is regulated by way of drugs. Self-expression and thought are essentially outlawed and there are police everywhere who work to make sure that you are properly moderated. Think a cross between Huxley’s Brave New World and Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale where everything is policed and monitored so that everyone fits into a particular cookie cutter shape. A first person experience, you play as an individual (what would appear to be the primary crime in this society) who refuses to take the medication that you are required to take and must survive in a society where the individual is not meant to exist. It will be coming out on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One some point this year.

The third game in this piece sticks out in that it is an attempt at putting the player in the universe of The Walking Dead. Tragically, attempts have been made in the past and besides Tell-Tale Games, everything has been total shit. While not much has been revealed about this game, Overkill, the studio behind it has made some good games in the past so we have some hope there. Similar to their other releases, The Walking Dead will be a cooperative-based first-person shooter. Of course, this means you get to work together with your friends to survive a zombie apocalypse. The other part we know is that it will be set in Washington, D.C. so that should also give it a fun edge as well. It is set to come out Fall of 2018 on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

Naturally, as more is revealed about these upcoming releases, I will be keeping everyone informed, and with a bit of luck, I’ll get my hands on all of them to give you my thoughts as they are released.

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INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Jared Cohn

INTERVIEW: Writer/Director Jared Cohn

Where we talk Dead AfterLife, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Serial Killers, and Mental Fitness

Jared Cohn We're All Animals - chilling / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Horrormadam here, guys, and I had the privilege of interviewing actor/director Jared Cohn. Best known for 13/13/13, Hulk Blood Tapes, and Feed the Devil for acting and Hold Your Breath, The Horde (which got a 94% on Rotten Tomatoes), and Little Dead Rotting Hood for his directing.
For those who do not know yet, Dead AfterLife is a currently in development film written by Michael Joy. And Michael knows horror, he is the CEO of Marketing Macabre, CEO of Joyhorror Entertainment, Director of Marketing for Artsploitation Films (that just released Red Christmas starring Dee Wallace), and Operations Manager for Horrornews.net. I am really looking forward to Dead Afterlife because of its unique and interesting premise. Imagine watching your own funeral as a ghost and then the unthinkable happens, your undead body climbs out of your coffin and starts killing and eating your friends and family. Pharmaceutical Scientist, Donald Conlee faces this conundrum after he’s murdered and is administered his own “Awake”, super drug. His death was only the beginning of his problems. The Gatekeeper has given Donald a time limit to return his Zombie-self to the ground, or else his soul can never gain entrance into Heaven. To complicate matters, he finds out that his murderer is at the funeral and his girlfriend is in grave danger. How can a couple of disgruntled gravediggers and a hearse driver help Donald’s lost soul find the way? Or maybe the real question is how can the spirit world defeat the living dead?

Jared Cohn on Stepmother / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

House of Tortured Souls: Is that an amazing premise or what? I asked Director Jared Cohn about this budding horror film.
Jared Cohn: I am a big fan of Michael Joy and looking forward to working with him, he is plugged into the horror community. Look this is a really cool story we got ghosts vs zombies, we got amazing talent on board to act in this. This project is gonna be a bad ass horror movie, straight up. It’s ghosts and zombies fighting each other, it’s gore there’s lots of blood, there is death and a funeral, it can’t lose.

Jared Cohn working on set / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

And Jared wasn’t kidding about the amazing talent. They just signed on Dee Wallace (Cujo, The Howling), Michael Berryman (The Hills Have Eyes), Bill Moseley (The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses), Kane Hodder (Victor Crowley in Hatchet, and Jason Voorhees from some of the Friday the 13th films), Bill Oberst Jr. (Scream Queens, Priest), David Gere (Bleed For This), Andy Gates (Garden Party Massacre), David Vescio (Hick), Mindy Robinson (Lizzie Borden’s Revenge), WWE wrestling star Diamond Dallas Page( Devil’s Rejects), And first timer professional wrestling legend,The Universal Heartthrob, Austin Idol.
Jared Cohn with William Shatner / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Jared Cohn with William Shatner

HoTS: I was really excited about the prospect of seeing ghosts fighting the living dead on film and asked Jared about that.
JC: I am a fan of practical effects and I would also love to incorporate some CGI to enhance the ghosts visually. Really want to do something cool and a little different if we really want it to be scary and to pay homage to some of the great classics. That would go a long way towards making it look cool, make it look good. But in order to do that, you have to rely on the resources that are available. Which some could consider a cop out answer but it’s true. I would love someone like Vincent Guastini (Under The Bed, Requiem For A Dream, V/H/S Viral, and The Dark Tapes), he does creature suits, ghosts, zombies, makeup. To get someone like him on board would be amazing, but he is not cheap. But he would make amazing looking ghosts and zombies, those are the kind of things you need obviously if you want that big budget look, you need those premium people. We are still waiting on the financing to go through though but it is getting a lot of press so it is just a hurry up and wait game, but I am extremely excited to get going.

Jared Cohn sunlight / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

HoTS: I then had to ask Jared about a film that I saw on IMDB that he is directing that is in post-production called Street Survivors: The True Story of the Lynyrd Skynyrd Plane Crash because I am a fan of the band and found this title so intriguing.

JC: I got the movie shot, there are just some legal difficulties going on. Kind of waiting until March to see whats going on with that one. I’m very proud of that movie so I am really hoping it can see the light of day. It happened because of Cleopatra Entertainment, I love those guys. They gave me great opportunities to make movies, big fan of that company. I am going to be doing some music videos for them that I am very excited about. I used to do a lot of music videos back in the day in New York. I like getting back to my roots. I used to do more cinematography, stunts, editing, and camera work and lately I have been focusing on acting and directing but it is so great to go back and relearn everything and expand.

Jared Cohn on set / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

When researching the film, I found that Jared wrote the film from a story by Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle. It depicts the band’s tragic history centering on Pyle and his experiences of the events surrounding the chartered-plane crash on October 20, 1977, that killed original band members Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines, and backing vocalist Cassie Gaines, Steve’s sister. An assistant road manager and the two pilots also died in the crash after the plane ran out of fuel over Mississippi after the final show of the Street Survivors tour. Ian Shultis, Taylor Clift, Samuel Kay Forrest and Rich Dally III have been cast in the film and the legal battle continues.
HoTS: Next, I asked Jared about his film Death Pool starring Sara Malakul Lane (Jailbait, Kickboxer Vengeance), Randy Wayne (Hellraiser Judgement, Hold Your Breath), James Cullen Bressack (Bethany), and Shawn C. Phillips (WTF!, Cannibal Cop). I just loved how this film dealt with the whole cult of personality. The premise is this:
Johnny Taylor has a big problem: he LOVES to drown good-looking girls. When he sees water and attractive females together, something in his head begs him to kill – the psychological result of a traumatic near-drowning during his childhood at the hands of a twisted babysitter. Fighting the urge to act on his sinister thoughts most of his adult life, Johnny finally succumbs to his dark instincts when the only work he can find is around water, cleaning pools. Filled with colorful characters, beautiful women and set against the backdrop of the LA party scene, Death Pool encapsulates the desire for fame, the lust for desire, and the urge to kill.

JC: I think that was one of the more interesting movies that I have made, it had a message. Social media, fame, the upsides and the downsides, and the reactions of people to someone who is killing people. There are a lot of serial killer groupies. It’s nutty, but in a weird way it is understandable also. There are many people out there that are contemplating killing someone, not that they go out and do it but it’s the idea. To analyze the psyche behind those people who do these things, those that find that extreme violence is their only outlet is interesting.
Jared Cohn on set with William Shatner / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

Jared Cohn on set with William Shatner

HoTS: I also asked him about who his directing influences might be.
JC: I think that Alejandro Inarritu (Amores Perros, Birdman, The Revenant) and Damian Chazelle (La La Land, Whiplash) have really great style. There are so many great and talented people out there.
HoTS: We then talked about what he is doing for 2018:
JC: I am keeping positive, focusing on mental health, and spirituality. You can be the busiest and most successful person in the world, but if you are not feeling great mentally, physically, and spiritually, you cant get your best work done. So I am trying to raise awareness, you know, help people who feel like they could use a boost in life. I would like to give back rather than just make movies. I would like to help people. Many people are suffering quietly, and I want them to know that they are not alone. If I can do something in that regard, it makes me feel better. Not that this is about me, I just want to give back. I’ve made some mistakes. I have some regrets, so I understand the challenges. It is good to talk about, doing interviews, and talking about various movies and being able to bring awareness to the problem of people’s mental health.
Lastly but cool as hell is the fact that Jared became a licensed FAA 107 certified drone remote pilot for taking absolutely stunning aerial shots for filmmaking and commercial use. Check out Drone-Shots.net to find out what’s available. He is also a Pro-paintballer and a black belt in Shaolin Kempo Karate.

Jared Cohn with drone / Image: Jared Cohn - Instagram

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The Horror Equity Fund

The Horror Equity Fund

Hello everyone! Horrormadam here wanting to introduce you to our new advertisers that have the greatest horror opportunity. I know it is really great when you see that one of your favorite actors is trying to get funding for his or her new movie, and you give them some money through a pledge system and they, in turn, will give you a tee shirt or some other token of their gratitude. The Horror Equity Fund (HEF) will actually let you invest and get a piece of the movie! Before I tell you more about them, take a look at what Sean Patrick Flannery (The Boondock Saints, Saw 3D: The Final Chapter) and Bill Oberst Jr. (Scary or Die and the highly anticipated Death House) had to say:

Horror Equity Fund was born of the necessity for a central place for professionals, fans, and investors to meet, offer services, find opportunities, discover content, and find funding for horror-centric projects. HEF is not a production company, but it offers investors, through direct investment into HEF, the opportunity, knowledge, and ability to participate and profit in this previously inaccessible world of entertainment. Projects include films, video games, AR/VR, live action entertainment, transmedia projects, board and card games, books, toys and other horror-centric entertainment properties.

Like I was telling you, readers, you actually get to invest in horror films not just watch them! Horror Equity Fund brings together the best forces that are needed to fund, create, market, and distribute all projects related to the profitable world of horror. Unlike those platforms that solicit donations or contributions in return for a poster, a broken download, or a pat on the back, projects presented through HEF offer real ownership, royalties, or profit participation. HEF melds the old with the new, as industry-savvy professionals guide the process of efficiently securing funds while keeping visions intact and costs as low as possible.

Projects are submitted for consideration through crowdsourcing on the Federation of Horror, or through professionally vetted sources (agents, managers, script contest winners etc…) What is the Federation of Horror you may ask. The Federation of Horror will gather fans, investors, and content creators in one centralized location. This aggregation will allow them to bring all kinds of horror/thriller related entertainment to the fans and allow the public to partake in the single highest ROI(return on investment)segment in entertainment.

I have always loved horror; it has been the major motivator in my life. One thing I did not know until I met the Horror Equity Fund is that since 2010, the Top Films Based on ROI Have ALL BEEN HORROR! So all of those people who thought I was weird or a little off for liking horror are now seeing what I saw: Horror is one of the greatest genres and the horror community is huge and welcoming! So to have a company like the Horror Equity Fund to invest in means the world to me, and I hope it will for you also. I want to especially thank Marlon Schulman, founder and CEO, and Brian Herskowitz, CCO, for joining the House of Tortured Souls in our pursuit of all things HORROR!

Please make sure to check out their two new projects Star Leaf — Hikers find a secret grove of extra-terrestrial marijuana growing in the Olympic Mountains, and must fight for their lives when they anger the other-worldly forces protecting the plants. And ZBurbs – A Zom-com about the triumph of love trapped in a Zombie apocalypse/government conspiracy that infects one suburban tract home, possibly right next door. “If you were dinner you’d be home by now.”

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MOVIE REVIEW: Train to Busan (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Train to Busan (2016)

Train to Busan is a 2016 South Korean zombie flick that is a breath of fresh air!! The storyline... Well, like in any other zombie film: run and don't get eaten! Okay, that's the same here. Our story centers around a divorced father and young daughter who are traveling by train to get to... you guessed it, Busan. They are trying to get his daughter back to her mother. The father sadly is a workaholic and spends no time with his daughter, and that also plays an emotionally important part in the story.
While the father and daughter are travelling, an outbreak has begun and, yes, people are starting to turn into zombies. Only becoming aware of the situations via cell phones while en route, the crowded train learns the hard way at a scheduled stop that things are a lot worse than what they had expected - having been anticipating a military welcome in what was supposedly a safe area.

Without giving anything away from the film, you use your imagination as to what happens next...on its way to Busan.
What sets Train to Busan apart from other recent zombie films is how it's shot. The first thing that really hit me was how sharp and bright the colors in the film are. Most are dark and almost dingy, but this could have been used for a Clorox color-safe bleach commercial. The colors just seemed to pop and everything just seemed to be so damn clean!
The makeup and special FX used were spot on! No masks and no use of dirt and buckets of blood for decay value, all while still packing a punch and throwing a few holy shit moments at you. It was a near-perfect zombie film.
Lastly, one thing I’ve learned over the years with Asian horror films, they are either so far over-the-top-what-the-fuck-did-I-just-watch kind of film or they are extremely brutal and violent and usually very sexually oriented, often in a somewhat perverted way. I'm not saying that I don't enjoy all those qualities in a good wholesome Asian horror film, but Train to Busan possessed none of those stereotypical qualities. It is just a straight-ahead zombie film, with a great ending!
Train to Busan was directed by Sang-ho-Yeon, runs just under 2 hours long, is subtitled, and is currently on Netflix. I really can’t suggest Train to Busan enough!
Keep It Evil...
Posted by John Roisland in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, ZOMBIES, 0 comments
RECAP: TWD, S08E06: The King, The Widow, and Rick

RECAP: TWD, S08E06: The King, The Widow, and Rick

Okay, so we have definitely settled down. This episode again was not so intense, but, of course, TWD will always have an OMG moment! Now we are seeing more of the story grow, and some things being explained.

Our team has a clever way of exchanging notes back and forth while they are split up. I’m digging the new mailboxes. 😉

UMMM, so Jadis feels artsy-fartsy while in the nude, huh? 😕

We see her in her trash-heap homestead in nothing but an apron, while putting together a new metal kitty.

This one looks like it may be a tiger. Does she know that Shiva is dead? And she actually bothers to put on clothes when she finds out it’s Rick??

So Rick offers the Heapsters  (Scavengers) a deal again?!?!? Why would he consider trusting them again? Jadis even questions him about that. Jadan tells him no and has him locked into a cargo box (nude!).

Come to think of it, this whole episode had a Terminus feeling. The metal box, the one Savior talking to Jesus the way that Termite talked to Ty, and the warehouse Michonne and Rosita creep into appeared a lot like Terminus.
Carol goes to talk some sense into the King. As she walks up, Jerry, standing guard, tells her Ezekiel is not taking visitors. Like Carol gives a damn. Jerry tells her, Ezekiel told him he could go, that there was no need for him to be there, Jerry said that is all he had to do.
Gregory steps into his old study to tell Maggie to get rid of the Saviors. That there are too many wolves amongst the sheep. HA!
Rosita and Michonne going off when they are supposed to stay put and heal. On their way ‘to take a look’ at the Sanctuary, they hear the weirdest music and stop the car. The two follow the sound to a warehouse. Inside they find a male and female Savior talking. The WTF MICHONNE?!?!?! A ball???? After all the times we’ve seen Michonne stealthily creep in and out of places she bumps into a ball and it rolls away letting the bad guys know they are not alone. Great. Now Michonne is in another fight – while healing from the last one!! She really is a good match for Rick, I swear! The male Savior finds Rosita, but boy does she have a surprise for him! The Grenade Launcher! He laughs at her and tells her she knows good and well that she will not use it. WHOOPSIE! But the female Savior gets away in the vehicle, all them damn speakers blasting that crazy ass music to draw in the Walkers. BOOM! Daryl to the rescue! He’s been doing that a lot lately. He ran right into her. 😉 So now we have the 4 Musketeers (Daryl went to Alexandria and picked up Tara to take her to Alexandria) all heading off to ‘end this’.
Of course, Henry would follow Carol! At this point, she needs to come up with a strategy to keep kids away from her! Is this going to be Sam part 2 or Elijah part 2? hopefully neither and he becomes Carl part 2! In real life, the boy that plays Henry is the little brother of the girl that played Sofia.
The Saviors are moved to an outdoor prison inside the walls of the Hilltop. Gregory gets placed in with them, acting like a straight up baby. Suddenly he remembers her name! Long hair Savior goes for one of the Hilltop lady’s gun. Maggie knocks some sense into him. 😉
Carl and new buddy (we learn his name is Saadiq) have near-death experiences in the woods with some Walkers needing redemption. (Did that deer bring up fond memories Carl?) Carl tells him he is taking him to Alexandria even though his father thinks it’s a bad idea.
LOL!!! Carol goes back to see Ezekiel, this time Henry follows. Carol tells Jerry to stand next to Henry, and he does. 🙂 She finds Ezekiel holding Shiva’s chain. Carol breaks down to Ezekiel, and both end up bawling. Ezekiel tells her she can lead the people. Carol tell him he needs to get back to his role.
Aaron talking about Eric to Enid and Maggie. Maggie holding Gracie. Maggie is becoming a babysitter like her sister used to be. I imagine Maggie will breastfeed Gracie, too. When Aaron is leaving, Enid rushes out and begs him to take her along (they, too, are heading to the Sanctuary). This will certainly be interesting!!
At the end of the episode, we see Jadan puts a big A on the metal shipping crate Rick is naked in. Is that for Alexandria? Or Alpha? 😮

Hmmmm……

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COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

COMING SOON: AMC’s The Walking Dead 100th Episode Contest

The Walking Dead's 100th episode will begin season 8 on October 22, 2017! It's hard to believe that after 7 years, October 22nd will only be the one hundredth episode. But as long as it takes for a new season to come on, and the mid-season break does take up a lot of time. On Sunday, September 10th, during the return of Fear the Walking Dead, there will be an exclusive sneak peak into this special occasion. Take a look at this video that the folks at AMC put together of the best scenes of the last 99 episodes.
Season 8 of The Walking Dead will be the beginning of the war between Negan and The Saviors and our man Rick and everyone else! The season premieres are in generally pretty thrilling, and since this is the 100th episode, I imagine they have some very special treats for their fans.
Come join our The Walking Dead Facebook group. As always, we will be having a group chat during the episode. Since you are already going to be screaming at your TV, crying, and laughing, so why not join the fun with like-minded fellow DeadHeads.
Just yesterday AMC announced that they are holding a contest where the winner (one extremely lucky fan) will be flown to see the special and sit in for a 2-hour filming of The Talking Dead. The winner will even get a photo with the entire cast! Oh MAN! Just think of it. You would be up close and personal with the crew of The Walking Dead! :O (I think I truly would become one of the walking dead as I’m fairly certain I would die a million times over if I won!)
Here is the link to enter this amazing and generous contest. Good luck, and may the odds be ever in your favor!
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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

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

Best Horror Movie 2016*

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

Best Horror Director 2016

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

Best Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

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

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

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

Best Television Horror

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

Best Actor TV Horror

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

Best actress TV Horror

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

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

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

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

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

Best Indie Horror Movie

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

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

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

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

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

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face
(*Five nominees due to a tie.)
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TRIBUTE: George A. Romero (5 of ?)

TRIBUTE: George A. Romero (5 of ?)

Remembering George A. Romero

With the passing of George A. Romero this week many of us are mourning the loss of one of the true legends of the horror industry. Although he is viewed as the father of the modern zombie film, I feel that it's important to keep in mind some of the other influences he had both inside the horror industry as well as outside.
As we all know, he is almost single-handedly responsible for the modern zombie. Everything from The Walking Dead graphic novels and the TV series, the Resident Evil franchise (both the games and the films), and even books like The Zombie Survival Guide all owe a debt of gratitude to Mr. Romero, as his take on the undead have helped to shape all these.
His sphere of influence spreads far beyond zombies, though. Some of his best work was with the writing of Stephen King. Everyone knows that the works of King are notoriously difficult to translate to film. His take on King's The Dark Half made the story compelling and interesting while remaining very true to the source material. Many people consider it to be one of the most faithful King adaptations ever put to film.
His directing skill was always spot on and appropriate to the type of film he was making. His use of unique lighting and camera angles on Creepshow differed from most other films and made it feel like a comic book come to life. It also helped teach young impressionable fans such as myself that horror could be artistic, beautifully lit, ironic, and fun.
Although many people consider Bruiser to be his worst film, I believe that it proves that he wasn't just a great director but a masterful storyteller. Weaving a very bleak story with depth and heart about a man struggling with life and identity. Making the viewer feel compassion for the man and the monster while also creating a stark, uncomfortable world.
Don't even get me started on the genius and magic behind the film Martin. I could talk about that one for hours.
So much more than just the "Godfather of zombies", George A. Romero was a true visionary who will be missed but whose influence will live on for generations.
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (4 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (4 of ?)

Georgette Romero Meets George A. Romero

What can be said about George Romero that you have not already read. He is the Godfather of Zombies......he paved the way for others......he was brilliant. No, you have heard this I am sure and they are all true.
I want to share a personal moment I had with this kind man. For those who don’t know I love zombies. Have for 20+ years so it is no wonder that George Romero is my hero. Night of the Living Dead will always be my favorite zombie/ghoul movie. (FYI, George called them ghouls or flesh eaters back them) I had never cosplayed in my life but decided one year I wanted to get in on the fun. When I sat down to think of what I wanted to be, literally the first thing I thought of was my idol George Romero.
I had plans to meet him at Scarefest Convention in Lexington, KY, and thought "This is perfect!" When I looked online for ideas I found none. It was crazy. This man is a legend yet from what I could tell no one had done it. I swore right then that I would do it and by god I would do it right. I looked for the perfect frames, the perfect shirt, the perfect vest, perfect everything. I was happy with what I came up with and wore it with pride to meet him. I even wore a name tag that said "My name is Georgette Romero."
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As I was standing in his line, awestruck to even be looking at him, his manager/agent pointed me out and couldn't tell me enough how great I looked. She had never seen it. When I got to him I was speechless and he was in awe of my cosplay. He said himself he had never seen anyone dress as him and it was amazing. He loved it. Can you believe it... My idol loved my cosplay of him? I could have died. He signed my VHS copy of Dawn of the Dead that Tom Savini had signed a few years earlier. After that, he insisted on pictures. His smile was genuine. It was his idea to even switch glasses for a few of the pictures. That's right, I wore George Romero's glasses.
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It was amazing and I will forever miss him. He was one of a kind and can never be replaced.
Happy nightmares, Mr. Romero, may you be at peace or come back as one of your own kind.
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (2 of ?)

RIP - The Godfather of Zombies
George A. Romero

georgeromero-zombielove / Fair use doctrine.George Romero meant so much to me personally. He created my love, my obsession with zombies. I cannot tell you my exact age when I first watched Night of the Living Dead, but it sparked the fire that is my love for horror and, more importantly, zombie stories. George A. Romero opened the door for many to follow, pushed the limits of horror further than anyone dreamed, awakened future directors and storytellers, and educated the world on the zombies (how they move, groan, react, and how people would react in a zombie apocalypse).
I'm not sure if Romero went for black and white to blend in with the classic horrors or because makeup and prosthetics aren't what they are today. All I know that it was a genius move! Night of the Living Dead was meant to be b&w. When I first turned on the movie (in my foolish youth) I wanted to immediately change the channel, after all b&w movies are just boring (back in the 80s when everything was neon). I'm not even sure now what kept me watching, but I am ever so thankful! George Romero was such a creative intelligent fellow in his time.
Romero was one of my first articles for HoTS when a little over a year ago Mr. Romero finally received a star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. It blew my mind that only just now was he receiving a star! After all his movies and work?!?!? Night of the Living Dead had several sequels (almost all 10 years apart), and he made several other type of horror movies, directed much of Creepshow, and participated in many documentaries, and specials. Romero is so loved by so many that The Walking Dead has had many tribute Easter eggs to Romero.
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Romero even had a part in the zombie mode on Call of Duty: Black Ops.

George Romero left his mark and 'infected' so many of us. I, personally, will truly miss him.
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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

Remembering George A. Romero

George A. Romero, as many of you know by now, passed on Sunday, July 16, asleep in his own bed. Romero had a small but aggressive bout with cancer, but that is said not to be the cause of his death. Romero was 77.
When one thinks of zombies these days, sadly, most think of The Walking Dead and believe this to be the greatest zombie representation in film (or TV). Not to take anything away from the abundance of talent that goes into making TWD, but if you were to ask its main man Greg Nicotero who he himself was inspired by (as well as any true horror and or zombie fan) and who is the master and father of the modern zombie, you'll get the same answer from them all. That name would be legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
George A. Romero was born in New York City in 1940. After graduating school, George made many short film and did some commercial work as well. He and friends formed IMAGE TEN PRODUCTIONS where they all chipped in about $10,000.00 each to produce and direct a black and white horror film that became an instant horror classic and a legend among all zombie film to ever be made: Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Romero went on to write, direct, produce, and even act in more than a combined 78 films. Films titles such as The Crazies (2010/1972), Diary of the Dead (2007), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Land of the Dead (2004), Creepshow (1982), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and many more.
George A. Romero was always known for his trademark thick rimmed black frame glasses and safari vest. But, more so, was always known for being a warmhearted man who always cared and took the time for his fans. I personally wasn't fortunate enough to have met Romero at any of the conventions that he had attended as a celebrity guest, but I always heard from those who did that he was a very personable and kind man.
The legendary horror/zombie films that Romero made in his lifetime were inspiring to future filmmakers and loved by audiences across the globe. Romero's Night of the Living Dead became the standard for all other zombie films. All, in some way, seemed to be compared to that of Romero, but none ever seem to make the same impact. While Romero's films were always full of great gore, blood, and BRAINS(!!!!), the films always had great stories. They were always driven by characters whose main goal was to survive among the dead for their life. And it always worked!
Mr. Romero, you have been inspiring, admired, respected, loved, and now, most of all, missed.
On behalf of myself, John Roisland, founder and CEO of House of Tortured Souls, thank you, sir, for all the memories you have given to all of us.
Keep It Evil.
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RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

RECAP TWD: S07E15, Something They Need

WELP, Tara's secret lasted like a week. LOL. Seriously, how long was she back in Alexandria? I have another question...with that many in the boat on their way to Oceanside, who is left guarding Alexandria? Who is watching Judith?
Speaking of watching, thank God Gregory was around to protect Maggie while she dug up the blueberry bush!! Right? ROFL!! Did anyone ever believe that Gregory could hold his own? That he ever killed a Walker? HA. Gregory went from having a complete Shane to complete Eugene! Hell at least Eugene has killed Walkers. He even managed to kill some in a completely bad-ass manner! Remember the firetruck hose? Gregory doesn't seemed to have taken the point of some of his residents pointing out they never believed he could handle a Walker. So he's going on a little trip huh? #ByeGregory
Okay, back to the Oceanside SeaWalkers!! Walkers covered in seaweed and barnacles, looking like they just step off the set of the new Pirates of the Caribbean!
HOLD UP! Check out Daryl speaking again! Well barking commands. And check out Enid with a gun. 😮
I'm now shipping LaTonya with Gregory!!! Where the hell is Heath? Why hasn't Tara explained the key card she picked up at where it appears Heath got in a vehicle – or was taken?
Sasha being held captive now. Who did not see this coming? This David guy sneaks into her cell and attempts to rape Sasha. Negan sneaks up and shut that shit down! Negan kills him because 'that shit ain't cool' Negan talks to Sasha about recruiting her, I mean come on, he just saved you from being raped right. Sasha calls Rick Negan's bitch DAYUM! (I saw that as her,protecting him, removing herself from that equation.)
Negan leaves the knife that he killed RapeyDavey with and mentions the choices she has: She can kill herself or she can kill the Walker. Sasha takes out David, in pitch darkness, because that's what badasses do! Sasha tells Negan she will join. (Again, I do not believe she has given up, and is plotting.) She asks Eugene to bring her a weapon so she can end herself. I believe she was hoping he would bring her something that he would have to open the door to hand her, and she would escape. Instead, he brings her the suicide pill. Is that even a real suicide pill? Remember when he made it, I said it probably just give you gas or something. But dammit it all to hell, Eugene!
Back at Alexandria the crew sees Rosita has made it back. And she brought a visitor. I KNEW IT WASN’T DARYL!!!
Daryl was ready to kick Dwight's ass.
I have known for a long ass time, probably the whole time, that Dwight would break away from Negan or plot against him to bring him down. I could tell in his body language and his story! Which makes it all the more interesting of a twist!! Can wait to see what he does first on this adventure.
Next week is the Season Finale folks! So, so sad!!
Posted by Tammie Parker in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SERIES REVIEWS, ZOMBIES, 0 comments
RECAP: TWD, S07E12, Say Yes

RECAP: TWD, S07E12, Say Yes

The couple that slays together stays together!! LOL A member of the Walking Dead group I run (J.R. Hamby) said that in chat during the episode! Our chats are always a riot! You fans should join the group anyway, because we are having a big giveaway in there right now! Check it out over at The Walking Dead Heads Unite.
Well, Rick and Michonne had a Honeymoon! Rick rose up several times! They were mixing Bisquick like they were Maggie and Glenn, and I KNEW when they fell through the roof, they would end up giggling and rolling around on the floor some more. Funny thing, though, that they dropped onto a mattress!Why didn't they think to throw that in the truck, too. I bet they will go back for it. But, HOLY MOLEY, they found the motherload of all food supplies. Chili Mac and Cheese TOGATHER!
Why were there so many soldiers at this carnival? Or was that a carnival sat up at a National Guard Post? Interesting, but however it were to be, they were so lucky to find this spot! This will feed the crew for a long time, and they were able to gather many weapons.
It was hilarious how Rick assigned eight Walkers to Michonne, while he takes out 1. LOL Well, he didn't see that Walker through the windshield... because he was camouflaged. OH, I'm so funny. LOL
The scenes of them getting behind the gates and killing Walkers were excellent. There have been lots of puns for that. Whack-A-Walker is my favorite. 🙂 As killer as that was, however, the Automatic Walker was fantastic! The Walker that walked right into the spikes and got stuck there, his gun, hanging on his side gets a spike through the trigger guard or something, and every move the Walker makes, the gun fires away. LOL Bullets every direction!
The deer makes it to the carnival. Who knew they liked ferris wheels? Rick climbs the ferris wheel, at first he was going to take out the deer, but Walkers were getting too close to the deer. If Rick shot the deer, the Walkers would get to it before he could. Then Rick falls AGAIN, only this time there’s no mattress to soften his fall, just that hard ground. Plus, he lost his grip on his pistol, and it landed a good bit away. So, by the time Rick crawls to it, Walkers are too close for comfort. Michonne saw the fall and ran over to help him. When Michonne gets there, however, what she sees is a gang of Walkers eating something. Michonne did not know the deer came in the carnival, but she could hear Rick shooting and the clicks of his gun as it dry fires.
Michonne stands there stunned, dropping her katana as her face registers shock and tears well up in her eyes. Then here comes Rick climbing out from underneath a downed ride.
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The thought of losing Rick really tore up Michonne.
Rick sees that, pulls over the van (did you catch the phoenix on the side of it? #RiseUp), and tells her that she COULD go on without him if he died and that she would make a great leader. And he goes on to say that all of them need to get to the point that they would be fine if their loved ones die; they are all disposable and must do whatever it takes to create future for their children.
Many scenes were like deja vu:

Walker-small-iconWalkers surrounding car, like Merle's and like Aaron and Daryl

Walker-small-iconFalling through the roof, like at the grocery store (Rick and Michonne falling head over heels for each other)

Walker-small-iconThe deer !!! CARL get back in the house!!
Aww, we finally get to see Judith again. Look at that hair! And she's still a quite baby. Tara asking Judith for advice was cute though. I imagine Judith is going to blow all of our hair back!
Well, that big ass chip on Rosita's shoulder is way out of proportion. She is a walking time bomb. And she is snapping at everyone. Most just blow her off, some tell her what time it really is, not that she pays them any mind! But Father Gabriel really know how to put someone in their place, in Rosita's case, make them roll their eyes. So Rosita heads off to the Hilltop. She finds Sasha at Abe's grave. Sasha, thinking Rosita came to spend some time at Abe's grave (me and most everyone did too), apologizes and goes to leave. Rosita is there to see her though. And she brought Sasha a big ole gift (:)) and a proposition. Sasha agrees! Well this should be interesting.
Hey, we get to see The Scavengers again. 🙂 Jadas is not happy. 'Not enough'. OH these people's form of speech. They are driving me nuts. And here we are with Jadas and Rick staring each other down again. These two love each other... in a pycho kinda way. But 60...well 40 guns in not enough. Rick and the crew must find more. I could have saved Rick the trip. I knew that wouldn't be enough. Jadas did say 'a lot'.
And at the end of the episode, Tara tells Rick she has something to tell him. It better be that Judith took her first step.
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RECAP: TWD, S07E10: New Best Friends

RECAP: TWD, S07E10: New Best Friends

Rise up up up! 😉
Remember last episode Rick and a team had headed to the boat to find clues as to where Gabriel was being held. There, off the bank of the pond, Rick discovered boot tracks and the team followed them to this clearing where (of course) they got surrounded. So Sunday night's episode had this new gang march our team into a junkyard. Weird thing is this new gang marches them into a clearing in the junkyard and walk confusing pattern around our group then form two circle around our crew. WTF? All of them are in black(and clad like they are right off from shooting a new Mad Max movie), all are silent, and many have their hair greased back? So their leader Jadis (and let me stop here to DAMN what a trainwreck of a haircut!!!) steps up and tells the crew they own their lives now, and would they like to buy them back. What Rick was smiling about at the end of the last episode, is he sees potential in this gang. He wants to get them to join in their fight against The Saviors. Rick has them bring out Gabriel, he wants to see that he is alright. Among the finagaling, a fight breaks out. Father Gabriel to the rescue!! Gabe manages to get a knife and hold it to the neck of Tamiel. (Is there a Captain in this joint?)  whom was the one in the car when Gabriel was driving away from Alexandria. Gabriel saves the day! Then, The Savengers' leader Jadis takes Rick 'up up up' LOL. They climb up the top of one of the huge heap piles and Rick has a better view of what this crew has been up to. Holy Junk Batman!!!
This crew has found Wall-E!! Okay, so while Rick is up there shocked and amazed and the two are talking Jadis announces it is time for Rick audition and just pushes him over the heap! Michonne flips!! She finds a peephole/air tunnel into where Rick landed. As Rick gathers himself, this medieval spiked Walker has been awaken by his tumble. This is one hell of a situation. The Walker has a metal helmet (that also has spikes everywhere) covering the top portion of his head, therefore there is no way to his brain. Rick gets one of the spike completely through his hand (smooth move there ya dummy!) and I'm immediately thinking, 'OH I wonder if the writers are going to set up an infection in the hand, and Rick ends up losing the hand anyway?!' With Michonne hollering at him through the pipe, Rick manages to get some trash to fall on the Walker and trap him long enough for Rick to arm himself (he went with a slice of glass with a rag wrapped around the end) and beheads the Walker, dubbing him Wilson! So when Rick gets back to Jadis, she tells him they stashed those supplies just for someone to come along and take, and them go after. Rick and her have a stand-off "Half" "No 30%" and I mean they are right in each others faces, and the smirk on each face I was waiting for them to lock lips and go at it right there! These two might just end up best friends. So Jadis finally agrees, as long as Rick finds The Scavengers 'lots of guns'. As our crew reunites with bloody handed Rick, Rosita goes off again. I was really hoping Tara was stepping up to her to slap the piss out of her. It does look like Tara will be the one to bring Rosita to her senses, I just hope they show an ass whipping. Just saying.. There are some sayin, 'Tara is going to spill the beans about Oceanside' Now let me point out two things. 1. Those women intended on killing Tara in the woods away from camp. 2. Tara made a promise! What I am thinking is going to happen is Rick goes to the Hilltopians and tells them of all the metal there at the Junkyard, and they make weapons. I know the Scavengers are armed with their own weapons but the 'smiths' at Hilltop are more skilled and have better resources. OR Tara find a way to get a group that's going out for supplies to head in that direction and hope for the best! Oceanside does have an armory. They also have one hell of a security system, and no intentions of being bothered.
On to Ezekiel's crew at the meeting point, and some of The Saviors. This long haired prick! I am going to jump for joy at his death! AND I am looking forward to what goes down while Morgan is getting his stick back!!! When the crew gets back to The Kingdom, Daryl gets Morgan to the side....and snaps at him. Daryl tells Morgan he's an idiot. Touche.
Speaking of Daryl, he goes off with Richard. Richard has a plan to bombard a crew of The Saviors. *Anyone else singing “Eastbound and Down”? 🙂 While he is talking, he lets out about King Ezekiel caring about this woman in a house to herself outside of The Kingdom. Daryl keeps at him, asking who she is, and Richard is going on about how she needs to be killed off. WHOOPSIE! So Daryl finally gets Richard to say Carol's name. The way it went down was funny to me because Daryl wouldn't budge and call himself Negan when Negan kept asking him what his name was. Daryl busts Richard face for him. He goes on to tell him if Carol gets hurt in any time of way including, my favorite, "If she gets hit by lightning, I'm coming after you!" Well shit!
Speaking of Carol, here she is bothered again by Ezekiel! Dammit! LOL Ezekiel and a crew were clearing Walkers around her property and one tripped one of her wire alarms. Ezekiel is still all smiles and does not give a damn about Carol's pissy mood. And tells her he brought her a gift, and gesture to our everloving Jerry 🙂 Jerry all smiles runs up to Carol with a casserole dish in his hands. They brought her cobler. LOL So they leave, Carol plops back down on couch and gets back into her book and I’ll be damned if someone else isn't knocking at the door! Carol yanks the door open ready to chew out the knocker, but her facial expressions quickly change. And by the look on her face we quickly knew it was Daryl.

Carol while cooking them up some mysterious soup in her fireplace asks for an update. Daryl lies. He saves her the news about Glenn’s and Abe's deaths. She is not ready. Carol needs rest, and then to figure out a comfortable position in all of this. Then we have Carol and Daryl sitting at a dining room table, and this cozy little house, it was such a nice scene......until Daryl dove into the food and proceeded to show his sloppy heathen side. Elbows off the table young man, and use a NAPKIN!!!!
While we are on the topic of Daryl, did anyone else catch on that is was not Dwight that slipped him the key? They show Dwight looking over Fat Joe's body, then glancing to the bikes, and seeing one is gone, then running to Daryl's empty cell. All the while with a 'Oh shit!' look on his face.
More on Daryl. How about that scene with him visiting Shiva? As soon as they showed Shiva in a cage, I was like, 'Oh? Shiva doesn't get to sleep in Ezekiel's bed?' Then I give a look to the two bedhogs that take up most of our bed! It was an awesome scene of Daryl sitting there next to the cage and Shiva quietly approaching him, no care at all to him being there. And Shiva allows Daryl to stroke her. Some do look at it as Daryl gets along with her, because he just escaped his own cell, and he is pretty animalistic.
This episode was off the chain (and into the cage)!! One of my new favorites!

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MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

By Shock
Mister Monster - Over Your Dead Body / Image: Discog.com
For about 17 years now, Mister Monster has been a staple in the Horror Punk fan's collection. Well, to those of us who have been fortunate to hear the best horror punk album ever written. Some of the newer guys and girls to the scene have stated they do not know who Mister Monster is or what they're about. For those who may not have heard the album Over Your Dead Body, here's a little song by song write up on an album that changed the way a lot of us looked at the genre of Horror Punk.
With Over Your Dead Body, released March 19, 2001, the New Jersey-based Mister Monster set a new standard with a subdivision of Horror Punk called Boo Wop. OYDB had been anticipated for a few years and prior to its release a handful of demos and singles were released. OYDB showed people what the band was about, introduced the Boo Wop sound and style, and highlighted the outstanding musicianship of the band.
The album album opens with a track called "Weird NJ", a news report about different females named Anna or Annie around the New Jersey area who have been killed, describing in detail the different fictional (or were they?) murders and cannibalistic rituals involved. They then slide into the song "Over Your Dead Body", which alone set the standard that could have carried this band for another two decades. This song is simply the best written song from start to finish. Full of murder, love, and necrophilia, this song really gets you amped for the whole record. While not every song is as masterful as this one, it certainly sets the standard and showcased what Mister Monster was capable of.
Following this amazing opening is "Guaranteed to Bleed" which we can tell by listening has that Boo Wop sound, a nice mixture of 50s/60s doo wop and modern day punk rock. It really gave way to a sound that wasn't present in any band at the time or before. Following this was "Love Thornz" and "This Night I Call Bad Luck", two songs that I've heard some say represent their lives. "This Night I Call Bad Luck" really when you put this on you're thinking, 'Yes, Jsin, I totally feel ya, bro'. With its catchy hook, and relateable lyrics that aren't precisely horror, it's still fitting for the genre and gives us a look into the mind of Jsin Trioxin and how he sees things outside of the horror field.
Track 6, "'Til the End", is by far my favorite song on the album. This track that really gets down to business musically and with such artistry that the music pulls you in and the lyrics right away give you chills. Go ahead and listen. I promise you, this one will change the way you see things, putting images in your head instantly of what is playing out in the lyrics. It's a beautiful song that is in a classification all on its own.
From here it goes into "Murder 4 Hire", a song that is very dirty in nature, evident from the end of "'Til the End", which acts as an intro to "Murder 4 Hire". "One, two, three or four..would you like any more of my blood stained fingers inside....you". Then it goes into this completely necrophilia-driven song. And if you're REALLY into horror, use it as a get your girl in the mood song instead of something like Marvin Gaye or any other Barry White type love song. This one will do it for the punkers and metal heads. The album carries on with "Bigger Shop of Horrors" and then "Prom Night".
"Prom Night" was the first song I heard from Mister Monster when it was still a demo. Let me say Boo Wop definitely is what this song defines. Paying homage to the story Carrie, "Prom Night" brings a really classic rock n' roll vibe and makes you want to grab a girl and sock hop dance. It's such a great track that it makes you feel like you're in the song. After this is "Amy Sue", and I've had many arguments with people over this song. Personally, I don't like it. Too slow for my taste, and I could never get into it at all; however, others would say it's the best song on the record. "Teenaged Dreams" and "Tina and Freddy" follow "Amy Sue" making up for the slower vibe. "Tina and Freddy" another Return of the Living Dead reference, is very fast and almost metal in style and is for sure a head banger. Getting further into the album, "Little Frankenstein" goes back to the Boo Wop style and sucks you back in to that genre created by this band. Next is "Her Open Grave", another slower piece I usually skip because, well, I just do. I've heard it a few hundred times but still can't get into the style that it is. Some of you may feel differently, and that's cool as well.
"Gore Whore" on the other hand, which is homage to Trash from Return of the Living Dead, rocks. Something that really gets you with music is not always being able to understand the singer, so when you listen to this one and hear, "She likes to bat fuck...she's my little gore whore". You won't hear bat. So, have a chuckle at this one, a lot of us have for years. It's a solid song with a heavy overtone and is great for anyone with a dirty mind and love of zombies. Then it goes right into "Resident Evil" another metal style piece; extra fast but crooner style vocals really make this song something to remember and get stuck in your head for years.
"Dead Flesh Gurl", another necrophilia driven song, is slower but still a decent listen. Next it goes into "Transylvania Mania", something completely different. This song is that. I remember listening to a radio interview with Jsin Trioxin in which he stated he and Myke Hideous were drinking one night and laid the vocals for this one. It's not really singing at all, just random spooky nonsense.
Finally, they end the album with "Send More Paramedics". What do you know? Another Return of the Living Dead reference; however, it has nothing to do with the movie. This is a ghostly tale of sorts and pretty much a love song that is another favorite of mine on the album.
This album is solid from start to finish (evidenced by the the fact I have had 18 copies of the album and that this is the first thing I mention when anyone asks what I'm into). Lyrically, it's a magical piece. I remember a conversation I had with Jsin one night when he was playing guitar for Blitzkid and the band I was in played with them that night. I asked about a particular lyric and what it meant he said, "You take away from it what you think it means". So, unless it's a blatant reference, you will have to figure it out for yourself. Musically, this is the best album period. Hands down. No matter what genre you're into, if you're a true music fan, this is the album for you. Punk, horror, rock'n'roll, metal... this album has every bit of it blended perfectly in 19 tracks.
Some of us fans have been waiting for years to finally hear new music, and all we have been given are singles here and there and word on the street that is there is another album being made. When it is released, I'll be all over it. I can say, though, topping this album is pretty impossible. I listen to many genres and many different bands, and this one has been my favorite for a very long time. This album is number 1 on my list. If you haven't listened, then click the link below and enjoy the whole thing. If you have the opportunity to purchase the album, do so! It's money well spent, I promise you that.
Keep it Creepy,
-Schock

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Sept 2016: Steve Turner

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – Sept 2016: Steve Turner

A Few Minutes With Steve Turner

By Tammie Parker

BRAINSI discovered Steve though a mutual Walker (The Walking Dead zombie) friend. Steve drew him as a Walker and it was the first time I thought to myself, 'Well I would certainly hang that on my wall!' Absolutely DISGUSTING and absolutely AWESOME!! He is very detailed, and many of his work is life-like. He definitely has a way of showcasing your creepy side.

Steve agreed to a Q&A, so let's get to it!
 

House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started to draw?

Steve Turner: I don't really know. I've been drawing for a while now, but I've been drawing digitally for around four or five years.

 

HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?

ST: I'm self taught, like everything it's just practice. I'm still learning new things

 

HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art like The Walking Dead, Alien, etc.?

ST: I've always been into the horror genre, but The Walking Dead really grabbed me, Walkers are my favorite to draw.

 

HoTS: Do you draw in lead, charcoal, or the blood of innocent souls? Then paint over? Or is it all done on the computer?

ST: It's all hand drawn on the computer using a Wacom Digital Pen and different pieces of software for line work and textures.

 

HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster? Do you have a favorite walker?

ST: I like the classics, Freddy, Jason, etc. Favorite walker? That's a tough one. They are all fantastic, and I've been fortunate enough to become friends with the actors and they are great guys.

 

"Eleven' Stranger Things

Eleven from Stranger Things

HoTS: Do you do comic cons or art shows?

ST: No, I don't, but some of the Walker actors show my work at the cons.

 

HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?

ST: I don't actually sell my work it's purely a hobby for me, I usually give the image to whoever it's for and leave it up to them what they want to do with it.

 

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter account, so we can keep up with your work?

ST: Yes. I have a Facebook page, an Instagram account. I'm also on DeviantArt [Berzerk Artwerk], I need to update with my latest work!

 

HoTS: Are you working on anything right now?

ST: Mainly pet portraits! They are very popular at the moment.

 

HoTS: What are some of your past-times outside of drawing?

ST: I like walking Zakk my Border Terrier every morning, gaming, and watching movies.

 

Here are two of his TWD pieces. I'm telling ya this man in flipping awesome!

'It's an emotional moment' Negan on TWD

'It's an emotional moment.' Negan on The Walking Dead

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Chris Harrelson, a Walker on The Walking Dead

Posted by Tammie Parker in ART AND VENDORS, FEATURED ARTIST, 0 comments
Pain Dead Seven: An Original Horror Story by Jason Messenheimer

Pain Dead Seven: An Original Horror Story by Jason Messenheimer

The following is a work of fiction, written by Jason Messenheimer. Jason has given House of Tortured Souls his permission to post his short stories.

Pain Dead Seven

Fuck, fuck, fuck, fuck, fucking fuckety fuck. I can’t believe that I didn’t notice this problem developing earlier. I could have been preparing for this cluster fuck weeks ago. Fuck.

My problem is so simple that I should have noticed it earlier. How hard is it to see how many zombies are traveling in groups? If I didn’t have such a hard on trying to punish the people who wronged me, I could have dealt with this problem before it got out of hand. It almost got me killed in the process.

I had what I thought was a lead on one of the preppy chicks and the house her and a few of her cheerleader friends that didn’t get killed at the school and a few of the jocks to boot. I was circling some houses in the neighborhood looking for clues to what house they might be hiding out in, number of people hiding out in there, and the most painful way I could put them to death. I walked around to the front door and almost got myself turned into lunch.

There was a shit ton of zombies coming down the road. I was going to be enveloped by them. There was nowhere for me to run and hide. My adrenaline kicked in and the shit ton of zombies turned their attention on me.

I knew I had to be quick to get the adrenaline out of my system and heart rate under control. I turned my back to the shit ton, faced the house, closed my eyes, and tried to control myself. My brain didn’t help out much. I think it was trying to get me killed. I kept waiting for the cold and clammy hand to grab me by the back of the neck or my arm. I kept waiting for the rotten teeth to bite me and the rotten smell of their breath. There would be no coming back as a zombie if that happened. I was fucked and I knew it. Krysta wasn’t saving my ass this time.

I closed my eyes and focused on the blackness. I tried to control my breathing and not think. I could feel the undead pressing up against my back. I started breathing though my mouth hoping I wouldn’t gag. I didn’t think of shit. It was hard not to think of anything when I had rotten flesh rubbing against my backside.

So I waited, and waited, and waited. Eventually the herd or horde or whatever the fuck you wanted to call them took off, leaving me against the side of the house trying not to fill up the backside of my pants. Fuck the preppies. I had a bigger problem to deal with. I was determined not to be put into that type of situation again.

So I waited for what seemed like months for a solution to present itself. It happened sometime around what I believe what passes for Christmas these days. I was walking around looking for some Christmas cheer. I happened to find the solution to my problem in one of the National Guard jeeps that was parked around town. I was shocked that I didn’t think of it sooner. Okay, I’ll fucking admit it, I wasn’t looking too, hard and with this huge shit storm of zombies running around I didn’t venture to far from where I was hiding these days. I got up, got dressed, got fed, got drunk, got more drunk, got shitfaced, and got passed out. Repeat process as needed. Now that I had part of my problem solved, it was time for me to figure out how to put my plan into action.

I found the rest of what I needed in the next couple of days, a working snowmobile, chain, and an ice shanty. For those of you that don’t know, an ice shanty is a small house that inbred Northern fuckers take out to fish during the winter and also keeps them warm so they could get drunk as fuck. Another thing that I noticed was I was an idiot for fearing the shit ton. Unless the wind was blowing the wrong way, I could usually smell them before I heard or saw them.

I also found a couple of other things that seemed to fit for what I was trying to do. An old boom box, batteries, and an Anthrax CD. I wasn’t happy about the thought of destroying the Anthrax CD, but sacrifices are to be made.

A couple of days before I was about to implement my plan I spent them reading the instructions on the party favors I found in the back of the Jeep. I also waited for Krysta to stop by and ask her to give me a hand in what I planned to do. She nodded in what I think was an agreement. The only thing I had left to prepare for was putting my party favors on the roof of a house that was near the silt bottomed lake.

The day of the main event I left Krysta a couple of last minute instructions. The first thing I told her to do was turn on the boom box. She was then told to walk around the town and pick up as many zombies as she could pick up and walk out to the lake. When she got to the lake she was supposed to get out onto the shanty as fast as her zombie legs could carry her. She was then told to open the door to the ice shanty, throw the boom box in and get the fuck off of the ice as quick as she could.
A couple of frozen digit hours later I heard Krysta coming. I got my party favor out and set it up. Krysta made it out to the ice shanty no problem. She opened the door of the ice shanty, threw in the boom box and started making her way across the lake. I followed her progress with my binoculars I got from the jeep. When I saw her hit the other side of the lake I got out the rocket launcher and aimed it at the lake trying to get the ice shanty in the crosshairs. I figured that I had got it close enough I pulled the trigger. There were a bunch of zombies in the way of it, blocking my view.

The rocket made the whoosh sound they made in the movies and headed right to the ice shanty like it was a heat seeking missile. Did I mention I filled up the ice shanty with all kinds of gas and explosives? Zombies shot up as far as twenty feet in the air. Explosions rocked the shanty and destroyed the ice. Zombies fell through the ice and tumbled down into the black lake. Since the bottom of the lake was silt they wouldn’t be back. I would advise not to swim or fish in these waters. It was a thing of beauty that almost made me cry.

Merry Christmas, you undead mother fuckers.

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My IDOL George Romero Finally Gets a Hollywood Star!

My IDOL George Romero Finally Gets a Hollywood Star!

They're Coming for You, George...
(And it's about time!)

Star of the Dead

By Tammie Parker

George Romero - Night of the Living DeadGeorge Romero made zombies famous in Night of the Living Dead and redefined the genre while doing so. But not only did he direct the movie, he also helped write it. The man is a zombie genius! Almost all of us learned how zombies walk, move, moan, and what they look like (Hint: Not so good.)  from this movie. How real the movie looked (especially for the time period) made it truly disturbing to many viewers, and the concept of using radio broadcasting to report on what was happening was beyond creative. Lest we forget, Romero also encouraged the actors to perform with conviction, to bring realism to the drama, as evidenced with Barbara's nervousness and getting the shakes and Ben's slap to bring her back to reality, or the doomed family in the basement who, nevertheless, remain steadfast in their resolve to remain n the basement and to keep the others out, He made us feel for these people, and that made it all the more frightening.

 

Dawn George RomeroGeorge later blessed us with more to the story - Dawn of the Dead (1978),

 

 

 George RomeroDay of the Dead (1985),

 

 

 

zombies-georgeromaro-landofthedeadLand of the Dead (2005), Diary of the Dead (2007), Survival of the Dead (2009), and a work in progress Origins (a prequel). Thanks, George!

 

This, of course, has made so many zombie fans (myself included) obsessed with Mr. Romero!

Zombies with George Romero

 George RomeroHell, look here! Even the zombies love him!

 

 

 

zombies-georgeromaro-blackopsSome big fans include the creators of Call of Duty: Black Ops- Zombie map, Call of the Dead

 

horrormovies-silenceofthelambs-georgeromarocameoAnd director Jonathon Demme gave him a cameo in Silence of the Lambs!!Did you notice him?

 

Crazies George RomeroBy no means is Romero just for the zombie lover of course, He loves horror in general. He directed the original The Crazies, and the cult vampire movie Martin, and how about the Monkey Shines, huh? Pretty weird stuff, George! He even directed the commercial for the video game Resident Evil 2

George has also worked with Stephen King.

Stephen King and George RomeroThey created the comic book throwback movie Creepshow.

 

 

 

horrormovie-thedarkhalfAnd Romero also directed The Dark Half - boy, were the sparrows flying.

 

 

 

 

 

 

During his 50 years in the film industry, he has written, produced, and directed many films and even had a television show called Tales from the Darkside (Rumor has it that Joe Hill, Stephen King's son, will be working on a new version of Tales... yet another King tie). So why did it take so long for him to get a star?

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Posted by Tammie Parker in HORROR HEROES, HORROR NEWS, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, 0 comments