Sharp Knives cuts deep into the veins for horror comic fans

Sharp Knives cuts deep into the veins for horror comic fans

It’s been a while since I read a comic book or even a horror comic book. Truth be told the last horror graphic novels I read were by Junji Ito and Steve Niles. I was very pleased to get a chance to read issue one of Sharp Knives written by Anthony Cotter and illustrated by Martin Trafford. Normally I’ll review a movie or tv show, but it was nice to get back to my roots of horror comics since that’s what I loved to read growing up. Right off the back this comic has a hopelessness cold feel to it with style of a 70’s, 80’s slasher movie. Not the hokey slasher movies with the one liner I’m talking stuff like New York Ripper and Maniac feel to it. Sharpe Knives is a dark and gritty story set in a fictional corner of the real world, free from supernatural elements. An exploration of what drives the worst kind of villains, and the choices they might make when confronted by forces as malevolent as they are themselves. Narrated by depraved serial killer, and master blade-smith Jeffery Sharpe, who’s waning self-control drives him down a path toward a formidable adversary the likes of which he likely never expected to encounter. It begins! The main character’s narration is written out almost as if you’re reading the journal of the serial Killer. At times me reading the comic felt as if I was reading a movie script envisioning the scenarios in my head. The story builds up to an interesting read where we follow the main character Jeffery Sharpe stalking his prey and nothing will get in his way to achieve his goal it’s almost as if times, we’re rooting for him to what degree though? Perhaps it’s just the fact that we’re not terrible people but just enjoying a horror comic that doesn’t hold back almost as if we’re watching Jason Voorhees kill for the first time and gives the audience what we want: Blood. The artwork is amazing showcasing the mentality of a killer where he brutally murders an innocent by stander just for talking to him to finally brutally killing the body guard of the victim he’s been chasing. As stated yes, I read issue one it’s not out yet although here’s the best part there’s an Indiegogo campaign going on with perks that are worth every penny. For more info please click here for the campaign. This is a horror comic you’ll be hooked on very early


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Inside the Final Episode of Rick Grimes

Inside the Final Episode of Rick Grimes

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead / Image: AMCLike so many fans of The Walking Dead, I have been watching since the early seasons of this series. One of the main and most loved characters has been Rick  Grimes portrayed by Andrew Lincoln. He has been playing this character since the start of The Walking Dead back on October 31, 2010.

At the start of the series, Rick Grimes was a small town sheriff in Georgia. He was wounded when he was shot by suspects fleeing in a car. When he woke up from the coma, Rick discovered that the whole world had changed after a zombie virus destroyed the world. What followed is a journey that he undertook as he fought to find his wife and son and as he fought to protect the people that he came in contact with.

In his last episode, Rick Grimes has been injured after his horse bucks him off.  A large zombie hoard is moving towards the Hilltop and Alexandria. In his last act of sacrifice, Rick blows up a bridge to get rid of the danger of the walkers. In a major twist, Anna, played by Pollyanna McIntosh, finds Rick after he washes up on shore after blowing up the bridge. Even though she has saved Rick’s life, this is the last episode of Rick Grimes. According to Scott Gimple, though this is his last episode, this will not be the last time we will see Rick Grimes. 3 made for tv movies will be made in the future that will continue with Rick Grimes’ story.

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Trailer Review: DIS the new movie from Unearthed Films coming this January-House of tortured Souls

Trailer Review: DIS the new movie from Unearthed Films coming this January-House of tortured Souls

When it comes to surprises Unearthed Films is no stranger to them. It was revealed this week that the film DIS (2017) will be released in Jan. The trailer which I saw blew me out of the water. The film has a feel of part indie art film to graphic twisted nightmare. The plot follows: an ex-soldier with a criminal past takes refuge in the woods. A demonic figure seeks the seed of killers and the blood of the damned to feed his mandrake garden. DIS is an infernal descent into the root of the mandrake legend and a man who wanders too close to that legend and the unnamable terror behind it. What you sow you will reap. The movie gives us interesting details but no real spoilers. Which is great because it’s best to walk in with no real idea of what to expect. I’m sure there will be gore, brutality, insanity with a story. The film stars Bill Orbest Jr. Who you might recognize from Circus of the Dead (2014) Death Camp (2018) and even Criminal Minds (2014) who is no stranger to horror. So, after the holidays are over the turkey has been devoured and the Christmas presents have been opened. Sit back and enjoy this film as we venture into the new year with a new film that will for sur be talked about for a while!

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House of Forbidden Secrets

House of Forbidden Secrets

House of Forbidden Secrets is my first experience with a Todd Sheets film, but I assure you it won’t be my last. This is a film made for fanboys and girls, chocked full of Easter eggs and an incredible cast. I geeked the fuck out while watching and had so much fun. Fans of Olaf Ittenbach, The Exorcist and Troma will love this film. Lloyd Kaufman makes a cameo appearance as a drunken grandpa watching The Toxic Avenger with his grand-daughter, and if that wasn’t exciting enough Dyanne mother fucking Thorne (Ilsa She wolf of the SS) is in it!!! Her character is everything I was hoping it would be and she still looks fucking amazing in her 70’s.

The plot is a simple one we all know and love, a haunted house with a sordid past. At the beginning a séance is performed that unleashes an ancient evil at Shadow View Manor, an old manor turned into a business office. Jacob (Antwione Steele) a new security guard is on his first shift and just learning the ropes. Cassie (Nicole Santorella)  and Hannah (Michaela Paxton Tarbell) are holding a séance for a tv show and invite Jacob to join in. The séance goes awry, and soon menacing entities start wreaking havoc in the manor. No one can leave and as they struggle to escape they’re picked off one by one.

At the end we’re left with only Cassie and Jacob who are both sensitives. Cassie starts to get visions of the past and we learn that the manor was originally a seedy brothel ran by Gretta (Dyanne Thorne). One of the best customers of the brothel is the local priest Elias Solomon (Lew Temple) who gets one of the girls pregnant. Gretta blackmails him, threatening to tell everyone unless he pays 20,000. Elias promises to return in a couple days with the money. When he returns several days later he brings a bunch of thugs and it turns into a whore house massacre. Up until this point the kills have been spaced out and have lots of fun gore, but the finale is a blood bath that will give any gore fan a boner.

Besides the fact that it’s obviously low budget and there is some minor pacing problems (it drags a tad in places) this was a solid film. If you want a Hollywood blockbuster look elsewhere, true fans of the genre will love this and be delighted with all it has to offer.

Uneathed  Films will be releasing a Blu-ray on November the 13th you can pre-order here

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Spooky Empire Convention Orlando, Florida- House Of Tortured Souls

Spooky Empire Convention Orlando, Florida- House Of Tortured Souls

Over Halloween weekend I had the priveledge to travel to my first Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, FL and after my experience, it will be my last. Normally I do my best to let small quirks of a convention be swept under the rug since all conventions can’t be perfect, but this time I feel like it could of been handled better. 

Lets start with day 1. To park, it was over a man built ramp and parking directly at a lake, I wish I was exaggerating. To get into the building, I personally ordered my tickets back in July, and to have to wait in a will call line for 2 hours (some convention goers waited longer than that) to get my wristband only to walk back out of the doors to wait in another line to get in, was pure ridiculous in my opinion. The convention had a start time of 12 for VIP attendees and 1pm for general admission. In the main room it had every vendor and every guest, to which you can cover the vendors in an hour and unfortunately could not meet any of the guests until 5pm (which on a Friday is exceptional since most start at 5pm).

While walking in the building, there was already a line full of attendees waiting on the exclusive Elvira funko pop which was a disaster in itself (as told in Crypt Keeper Clint’s article). The funko line ran into Cassandra Peterson’s (Elvira’s) photo op line which resulted in an over crowded hallway making it unsafe and unbearable to get through. My first night I spent almost 4 hours waiting on a photo op which usually runs smooth and takes about 5-10 mins per person. The staff members were no where to be seen and the ones we could find did not seem to know much on what was happening. Communication was not on point all weekend long. 

Now comes Day 2. Parking was still the same situation, parking long distances and being carted by a golf cart only to have to wait in a very long line to get into the building. The only thing that they did correctly, was allow the ones who had a photo op and signing at 11 (which is when it opened for general admission) for The X Files cast go to the front of the line. Having autograph tickets and photo ops for Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny sell prior to the show was very smart on their behalf, however it was still very crowded in the halls and in the main room with waits still last for hours, which means they over sold it. The Q&A panels were more organized by having those wanting to attend wait in a taped line and then had us go as soon as each panel cleared out. 

Day 3, the final day, I wish to say that it was finally organized with it coming to an end but it was not. The only thing that finally had order to it was the Elvira funko pop line. They kept it hush hush and limited to how many each person were to have (2 a person) and there were a few volunteers in place to keep the line from getting out of hand, a system which actually went smoothly. Upon leaving early, there was nothing else that could be covered on Sunday.

The highlight of the con for me personally would consist of  The Sleepaway Camp girls photo op and seeing The Soska Twins and their never-ending hugs and passionate outpour of their gratitude to their fans. Usually at conventions I never have a chance to attend many panels, so attending Kathy Najimy’s (Hocus Pocus, Sister Act) and The Sleepaway Camp girls panel really was a highlight for me. It was also amazing to see how the chemistry between the Sleepaway Camp girls were for not seeing each other in 35 years. Katherine Kamhi(Meg) made her first con appearance and hopefully this will not be her last. The guests were great and were very grateful to each of their fans who were local and not local.

I have heard from various Spooky attendees that this is not how every con has been in the years, while that maybe true, this will be a last for me. 

Overall Grade: D-

 

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HoTS Gets an Exclusive look at Hallowed Be Thy Name

HoTS Gets an Exclusive look at Hallowed Be Thy Name

Jonathan Patrick Hughes has done it again! Another great short film called Hallowed Be Thy Name. The short was picked up by Tales From The Grave and is featured at the end of season 2. Fans of Jonathan’s first short (S)AINT NICK, will be surprised at how different the two films are by comparison. (S)AINT NICK is heavily influenced by Rob Zombie and is a vulgar torture film with despicable characters. Hallowed Be Thy Name is a far more serious horror it’s roots deep in psychological terror.1

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a psychological slow burn, a tribute to noir films with obvious hints of David Lynch and The Twilight Zone. Hallowed Be Thy Name is cleverly written and seeks to scare us through dialogue and tricky word play. You will want to pay close attention to the names and what is being said. I actually had to watch it twice to get it.

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a Halloween themed film, about a broken man Detective Sam Hayne (Tyler Manko). We learn that Halloween is a very important time for Sam and his family… at least it was until his wife and daughter went missing. Beside himself with grief and despair Sam resorts to some pretty extreme tactics to find his missing loved ones.

He kidnaps rookie nurse Octavia Burke (Alexis Polce Von Schwedler) and duct tapes her to a chair. It appears that everywhere Octavia goes she leaves a trail of death and destruction. While questioning Octavia, Sam starts mapping out where all her past “crimes” have taken place and a very clear pentagram pattern becomes visible (I liked this part very much) alluding to the occult and  witchcraft. It becomes obvious that Octavia is not the innocent bystander she claims to be, but exactly who she is or what is not as easy to figure out. I can’t stress enough how important it is to pay attention to the names and Octavia’s words is, this one is a certified mind fuck.

Be sure to check it out on Youtube within the next couple days or else you’ll have to wait until Screamtime Films LLC releases it in 2019. Click Here to watch!

 

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TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

 

Thomas Vincent Savini was born on November 3, 1946. He is known for his amazing talent as an actor in such films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror Creepshow 2 and many many others. In 1990 he directed Night of The living Dead which was a remake of the 1968 classic that was directed by the late, great George A Romero. Tom recently directed a new episode of Flicker, which is a new web series created by Robert Tinnell, telling bite sized horror tales paying homage to silent horror films from the 1920’s.

‘Most of all, Tom Savini is known for his creativity in over the top special make up effects for such films like Friday The 13th, The Prowler, The Burning, Martin, Dawn of The Dead, Creepshow and many many others.

The Godfather of Gore was inspired by the 1957 film, a Thousand Faces. He became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film . While Tom was a combat photographer in Vietnam, he got his first taste of real carnage, which ended up being in his films later on.

Tom Savini has a special makeup effects program located in Monessen, Pa at Douglas Education Center.

In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting this man at Douglas Education center and even though I knew he was busy at the open house, I was just in awe. Here is the guy that I looked up to my entire life. When I was a kid, I spent majority of my time watching horror films and his name often appeared in the credits under special make up effects.

As a lover of the 70’s and 80’s horror films, I was in shock at just how well the makeup was done, it looked real, it looked disgusting and it looked painful. If Tom’s name was on a film, you knew you were in for a treat of carnage.

One year as a Christmas Gift, I was given VHS tapes of Tom’s work. Scream Greats and Horror Effects and I would watch those back to back all the time. I was overly obsessed with film making and enjoyed seeing how all this magic comes to life on screen.

Say what you want about Tom Savini, but to me he is a legend, a mentor, a filmmaker and a friend.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS, which is a documentary on the life of Tom Savini, is in post production and will hopefully see the light of day very soon.  The film was written and directed by Jason Baker.

 

LET’S ALL WISH TOM A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TODAY!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM!!!

 

 

 

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Exclusive Interview with Lex Ortega

Exclusive Interview with Lex Ortega

I’m a huge fan of the film Atroz by Lex Ortega. In my opinion it’s one of the best extreme horror films made in the last 10 years… maybe ever. It’s unrelenting and brutal beyond imagining.  I’m incredibly excited to have this opportunity to talk with Lex Ortega about it and his future plans to make films.

  • HoTS:  Before making Atroz you were the mastermind behind Mexico Barbaro what made you decide to make Mexico’s first horror anthology movie? How was it received?
  • Lex: Actually I was on the metro and I was thinking what shortfilm should I do next? Then I realized there were a lot of directors thinking the same thing, trying to get their films on festivals, paying fees, trying to finance themselves their production, etc. So I got the idea to unite efforts and make an anthology, in this case we could get distribution, promotion for us as directors, in overall a better projection than a single shorfilm, and maybe have an economic retribution for our job. It had a great reception from the audience all over the world, we got distribution around 8 counties and Netflix America (all continent), and we were in around 50 festivals all over the world.
  • HoTSAtroz was insanely brutal, in the opening it says 98% of the 27,500 murders per year in Mexico go unsolved. Did you make the film as a social commentary, meant to shed light on the level of violence there or did you just want to make an extreme film? Personally, I respect both.
  • Lex: It started weird, at the beginning I just wanted to shoot a torture sequence with no credits and release it on the internet as a supposed “Snuff film”, then I realized a lot of talent was getting involved, as well as my savings that I was going to invest on it so I decided to make it an actual shortfilm (the first video tape you see on the feature), after it was done, I was getting censorship and lots of comments on how brutal this short was. THAT WAS A PUMP OF GAS FOR ME! and I said, I want to scream louder about these topics, then making the documentary investigation to create the profile of the main character (Goyo) I got into these hard numbers you mention, and I turned the story into a social critique to the institutions, from our first social contract that we have as individuals such as family, to the state, and politics that are supposed to be there to protect us as a society.
  • HoTS:  Is your movie an accurate portrayal of violence in Mexico?
  • Lex: In certain ways yes, we don’t have a specific record on serial killers like the US, and in my personal opinion that is because a lot of murders that happen in Mexico are attributed to the Narco, and there is no investigation about it.
  • HoTS: I imagine Atroz might be bad for tourism, how did the Mexican people receive it?
  • Lex: I don’t make tourism promotions, I do horror films so I really don’t mind. When must people watch Atroz they’re shocked, and that makes me happy for 2 reasons, the first one is that for me cinema has to make you feel something, it doesn’t matter the genre, if not, it means it is not working. And second and most important is seeing people freaking out watching violence tells me that we haven’t normalized violence yet, by the time we watch graphic violence and we feel nothing it means that we don’t have empathy for each other, then we will be rotten as a society.
  • HoTS: As a Canadian I was excited to learn you came here to go to a very prestigious school in Montreal. What made you decide to attend the Trebas Institute? How did you like your stay here?
  • Lex: Oh man Canada is very important for me, it means a lot in my life. I was living in beatiful Montreal studying Sound Engineering, How I got there? It was weird, I was studying the second semester of Civil Engineering at UNAM (the biggest university in Latin America) in 1999 it went on strike for over a year and a half, so obviously I couldn’t keep studying there, my dad told me I had to start over in a new university because it seemed like the strike was going to take forever, so I told my old man that I was going to start over but this time I wanted to study what my real passion is, and he goes: Ok, so where and what are you studying? I told him Sound Engineering, but that career didn’t exist in Mexico at that time so I started looking for schools around the world and a good friend of mine went on vacation to Canada from coast to coast and I asked him what was the city he liked the most and he said Montreal, so I applied to Trebas in Montreal and I got it.
  • HoTS: Atroz is presented by extreme horror legend and director of Cannibal Holocaust Ruggero Deodato, how did you manage to score such an amazing endorsement?
  • Lex: I meet Ruggero back in 2004 in Bogota, Colombia, me and the producer Abigail Bonilla were presenting Mexico Barbaro in a fest called Zinema Zombie Fest and Ruggero was also a guest from the festival.  We were promoting the crowd funding at that time so Ruggero helped fund it, but further than the economic help he gave us I wanted him to endorse the film.  We asked him if we could use his name on the promotional advertisement for the movie, at that time he was like: Ok, but I would like to see what it is about. When we finished the film we sent it over and he loved it and he said yes to our request and became an associate producer of the film.
  • HoTS: Do you have future plans to make more extreme movies?
  • Lex: Of course hermano!!!, personally I don’t want to do the same thing over and over, I am not interested to make things other than horror.
    The horror genre is huge and I would love to dig deeper into it, to other topics and subgenres, but I definitely like to tell stories in a violent way, where antagonists are not just bad, I want them to be real sons of bitches.
  • HoTS: What are some of the movies and directors that inspired you to get into film?
  • Lex: If I had to pick a top 3 I would say, Roman Polanski’s Repulsion, Texas Chainsaw Massacre and Cannibal Holocaust.
  • HoTS: It’s my understanding that you are also a talented musician, what can you tell fans about your band?
  • Lex: I don’t know if I’m talented but I really love music, it’s very important in my life and career, that’s what made me start in the industry. It was music that made me decide to study Sound Engineering, then after working on a studio making sound design for films, that made me decide to grab a camera and shoot my first short film called “Devourment”.  I didn’t know how to direct a film at that time, all I knew was that my premise was: How do zombies hear us?, what if a human screams, sirens and helicopters are so loud and annoying for them, that they just want it to stop and attack to get it done?I started a band called “The Massacre Must Begin” with a couple of friends back in 2009 (Our album is on Atroz’s bluray that Unearthed Film released in the US), then we  broke up, some of them became parents, I guess our interests changed.Now, this week you will be able to hear my new band’s album on Spotify, Apple Music, Itunes and all the streaming platforms. We are called Belibette and we’re relasing our first LP calle 72 Huries, it’s a strong-in your face technical Grindcore. So go and listen to it!
  • Thank you very much for answering all my questions, I enjoyed your answers very much and look forward to watching the next disturbing film you make. I’d also like to thank John Roisland for setting up this interview and being our go between and just an all around good guy. Thank you both for the opportunity.
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Leprechaun Returns gives us the pot of gold earlier than we expected

Leprechaun Returns gives us the pot of gold earlier than we expected

Linden Porco

Growing up as a kid I made it my mission to watch Leprechaun when it first came out. When I was able to finally watch it on VHS I couldn’t be happier the films were pretty much gory b movies to finally just…a comedy…to LEPRECHAUN ORIGINS. The less said about origins the better. All hope was lost in the films. Well they have them all on Blu-ray so there’s that. Then there was word the film was going to get a reboot I was listening again. Sure it was going to be on SYFY, but the directors of The Void (2017) Steven Kostanski, Jeremy Gillespie were going to be behind it  so I have faith in it. With news breaking today of a poster it pretty much gives us the hint that this will be a direct sequel to Leprechaun (1993) Now originally, we were going to see the film in March of 2019 but a couple of great things: The movie will be released next month on VOD DEC 11TH. Plus the original distributor LIONSGATE will be behind it after all. So, this means more blood and more gore. The plot for Leprechaun Returns is “The Leprechaun returns once again, when a group of girls unwillingly awaken him, when they tear down a cabin so that they can build a new sorority house.” Truth be told I’m not looking for Oscar worthy stuff just give me a creature terrorizing people out in the woods, city, Las Vegas, Space, wherever he may bust just as long as we have Leprechaun back on the small or big screen. Below is the teaser trailer that premiered this past St. Patrick’s Day. Sadly, Warwick Davis won’t be in this version but there will be a new actor playing name Linden Porco who you may have seen in Channel Zero: Butcher’s Block and Cult of Chucky (2017). Linden has done numerous roles in movies and tv shows bringing a lot to his roles. So, this should be interesting to maybe see a different take on Leprechaun.

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: DAY THIRTY-ONE – 10/31/18…HALLOWEEN!!!

HALLOWEEN – 2017: GET OUT

And here we are at last, friends and fiends (and both combined)! We’ve arrived at our entry from last year’s Halloween, and it was a game-changer. GET OUT was the brilliantly dark commentary on race relations in America that we thought we never needed. But writer/director JORDAN PEELE begged to differ, and thankfully, gave us a take on modern horror we never even considered.

 

Chris Washington, superbly underplayed by DANIEL KALUUYA (BLACK PANTHER, the BLACK MIRROR episode “Five Million Merits”) is more nervous than a black pizza delivery guy taking pies to a KKK rally. His beautiful girlfriend, Rose Armitage, (ALISON WILLIAMS, daughter of newscaster BRIAN) is taking him home for the weekend to meet her parents, and as he’s suspected, she hasn’t told them yet that he’s black. Strange and not-so-strange things happen on that trip out to the Armitage’s country home, including a stop by a local policeman. Whatever you think would happen in this case does go there, and gets shut down just as quickly by Rose; something we’d hope more ‘non-African-American’ people would do.

Chris and Rose make it to the house, where her parents are waiting. And Dean and Missy Armitage (BRADLEY WHITFORD and CATHERINE KEENER) aren’t just welcoming, they are accommodating to Chris almost to a fault, in that way that liberal, “color-blind” people sometimes have, that can border on the embarrassing. And Chris responds positively to them, even if they appear to be trying way too hard.

 

But certain indicators are present, that there’s a whole lot more to things than Chris is really being allowed to see.  Like the strange behavior of the Armitage “help”: their maid, Georgina, (wonderfully portrayed by BETTY GABRIEL), and the groundskeeper, Walter, (MARCUS HENDERSON).

And we couldn’t leave out Rose’s weirdly antagonistic brother, Jeremy, (the always-reliable CALEB LANDRY JONES), whose challenging demeanor towards Chris shifts uneasily between barely suppressed racism and an almost sexual fetishization of the power and strength he attributes to Chris.

But just when the weekend couldn’t seem to get any weirder, Chris has arrived at the same time the Armitages are throwing a ‘party’ for their closest friends, and when he’s introduced to them, the ROSEMARY’S BABY similarities start to come fast and furious, culminating in an unsettling encounter with one black man who looks strangely familiar, Andre Logan King (LAKEITH STANFIELD of SORRY TO BOTHER YOU) and his wife, Philomena, (GERALDINE SINGER). Chris, a photographer, takes Andre’s picture, and he immediately snaps, going into some kind of fugue state, in which he tells Chris to “get out!”

If you’ve seen this about ten times like I have, you know what happens next. If you haven’t, all I can say is this: get ready for the strangest and creepiest “game of bingo” you ever saw, a McGuffin of a twist involving overtones of Baron Frankenstein and more than just overtones of bigotry, and also to swear off of drinking tea for the rest of your life!

I can’t say too much more about the outstanding cast without really spoiling things, except to say that they’re all on-point, and some special kudos need to go to STEPHEN ROOT (OFFICE SPACE) as an important character at the Armitage’s ‘party’, and LIL REL HOWERY in a hysterical but all-too-relatable role as Rod, Chris’s best buddy who works as a TSI agent, and who doesn’t like the whole idea of going to visit Rose’s parents from the word ‘go’.

I found it pretty humorous when the conservative types bashed this movie as being “anti-white”, when it was just as pointed in its commentary regarding taking “ultra-liberals” to task as well. But what put GET OUT above most other horror films is that even without the politics simmering just beneath the surface, it’s still an out-and-out well-done psychological horror thriller, period.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: Horror just a year ago delved into even more artfully unsettling territory, giving us the likes of HAPPY DEATH DAY, MOTHER!, IT COMES AT NIGHT, ALIEN: COVENANT, ANNABELLE: CREATION, LIFE, GERALD’S GAME, the movie version of King’s IT and THE KILLING OF A SACRED DEER.

And that about wraps it up for this year, poison ghouls! I hope you enjoyed this shambling stroll down Memory Lane as much as I did bringing it to you, and that you have some great plans for the holiday! As they said at the end of CREEPSHOW, “Until next time…”

Posted by Samuel Glass in EDITORIALS, FAMILY HORROR, FEATURED CONTENT, HALLOWEEN, OPINION, SCI-FI HORROR, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, 1 comment
Up Close and Personal with Stephen Biro

Up Close and Personal with Stephen Biro

In the world of horror there are many sub-genres ranging from the creature feature to the slasher. The hottest new trend on the rise caters to those who lust for gore and the extreme. The rise of extreme horror movies increases everyday with some attributes seeking to push the boundaries of sanity. House of Tortured Souls has the good fortune to sit down and chat with the man who has taken extreme horror by the reigns and made it his bitch, Mr. Stephen Biro! Join Candace Stone and John Roisland as we get the skinny from the godfather of extreme horror

  • 1. HoTS: First, thank you so much for taking the time to talk with us, we’re all huge fans of yours and Unearthed films. We know you’re a busy guy and appreciate you taking the time to answer our questions. This past weekend was your birthday or “The day of the Biro” an event fans were really excited to partake in. How did you spend your special day?
  • Biro: Well… I actually checked a menu design for a future film, packaged orders and worked. Didn’t go out, no parties or cake. Now… I think the only thing I really missed was NOT getting a birthday blowjob. I miss those, but alas… being single does that.
  • 2. HoTS: The American Guinea Pig series is a huge success and fans are thirsty for more, is there a possibility of an Alien themed installment? It would be difficult to make a good alien on a budget, but it would be a damn shame to miss an opportunity to make a film with an extreme alien anal probing scene (that we can only hope it will have).
  • Biro: Were in talks… with a director/fx man you all know and love. The trick would be the alien design. We couldn’t half ass it… but we’re trying to figure some things out. Also figuring a Frankenstein sort of laboratory sort of thing I was pitched recently as well. It all takes time. Can’t tell you who would be involved as well cause it is another director/fx person we all know and love. Lot of love for our fx people cause if we’re going to try to outdo or match Bouquet of Guts and Gore and the rest in AGP… that’s some serious special effects.
  • 3. HoTS:  Extreme gore films are becoming more and more popular, each director is going to try and out extreme the competition but where do you personally draw the line when it comes to gore?
  • Biro: Me personally? My films, I don’t want rape, pee, poo, semen, ejaculate, vomit or really sexuel violence. I mean, I could do a massive sexuel violence film. I’ve always wanted to do the orgy scene from a little ole comic book called Faust. The satanic orgy scene in issue 10 would be outrageous… would need porn actresses and actors in it to pull it off. But that’s in the stuff I want to make. Now when other filmmakers do it…. they can go wherever they want, unless it like glorifies rape. I won’t touch that stuff. It all depends really. We have released our share of films I would never make. But then again, I have turned down films with a lot of poo. LOL
  • 4. HoTS: You’ve mentioned your Christian faith before, how does it affect the movies you choose to release? Does it prevent you from taking on certain types of films or are there certain types you just won’t touch?
  • Biro: Not much at all… I’m forgiven of my sins.  I won’t do real death videos because they are out there by the dozens. Profiting off of the misery of others is evil. I don’t even like the true crime stuff cause someone is making money off the death of innocents. We did release Cannibal but that was someone who volunteered to be eaten. Texas Chainsaw is loosely based on Ed Gein but it wasn’t using his name to sell it. I’ve seen plenty of movies based on serial killers… but I think it’s a hack sort of thing to be honest. Make money off the deaths of others… not my style. Now, back before I found my faith I did sell real death videos… so I am guilty on that account. I can understand when you’re young, interested in death and want to watch it, study it and know what death can be like cause we are ALL going to die but… not my style anymore.
  • 5. HoTS: Do you get negative feedback from others in the Christian church? How do you handle that?
  • Biro: I haven’t been to church in a long time… I’ve tried some churches, went to one were they were speaking in tongues and that just pissed me off actually. Went to a Catholic church once and listened to the priest bitch for 20 minutes at the congregation for not giving them 10% of their money so they can make this mega church even bigger, so that pissed me off as well. As you can tell, some churches piss me off. They’re usually corrupted in some sort of way. I’d like to find a cool church… I’ve read the Holy Bible 3 and a half times… should probably read it a bit more but I have a hard time finding a KJV that is actually a real KJV version. So many are not, sort of crazy. I had one, gave it to my Mom and she gave it to someone else. hopefully, it found a good home
  • .6. HoTS: Can we expect to see more out of print Chinese films in the future? What’s the biggest challenge in releasing them?
  • Biro: We hope so… hardest part is getting your hands on a print of any film. They didn’t bother to store them correctly so a lot of mold and they usually just threw them out after the theatrical run in China, and everyone is about the 2k or 4k scans.
  • 7. HoTS: You’re also an accomplished author having written several books; do you have any plans to write more? Check out Hellucination: A Memoir here
  • Biro: If I ever get the time. Moving into producing films takes a lot of time as well as Unearthed Films swallowing up a lot of time. I do enjoy screenwriting, not as heavy as writing a novel so that’s what I have been doing lately.
  • 8. HoTS: Every director will face their share of negative feedback, you have been praised for how well you handle it. You share all reviews good and bad which is commendable, but how does it affect you personally?
  • Biro: Sometimes, it’s like… you stupid mother fucker. I enjoy them though. Some people just can’t wrap their mind around making an indie film and they all think a film should be so polished and expensive, it shines so bright but sometimes, you can only polish a turd so much and it still stinks. But then again, everyone’s a critic these days. Some people know what we do, others don’t and if someone shits all over us… they usually didn’t buy the film. The worst reviews are usually people who stole the film. IMDB is full of them. IF you go out of your way to buy an Unearthed Film… you know what you’re in store for and you’re going to enjoy it.
  • 9. HoTS: A lot of young hopefuls come to you looking for advice and you tell them not to get into film, why is that? Was it a difficult road for you?
  • Biro: Mmmm, because it is a total shitty business. I’m going to sound like a total dick here BUT… it’s better to know what you’re getting into than going in all bright eyed and bushy tailed just to get eaten alive. People rip you off, all the time. People lose their ass all the time. Look at it this way. 95% of all films lose their ass, can’t even make their budgets back and I am talking ALL films worldwide. Even the studios lose their asses.. Now… lets just say, you went to film school. Spent 70 grand in tuition and now, know how to make a film. Say you pull it off. You made a real good film. Now what? Now you got to step into the film festival trap. 40 bucks, 60 bucks and even up to 100 bucks just to submit and hope they pick it up. You and about 200 other filmmakers, or 300, 400… 1000 others. Did you know there is over 8500 film festivals in the world right now? Did you market the film? Did you know what you were doing? Marketing and promotion is another side of the battle. What? You made a free Facebook page… now the distribution trap. Do you know anything about contract negotiations? Do you know anything about IFTA? Arbitration? IFTA Arbitration? Assignment for the benefit of creditors? Do you even know what Force Majeure is? Royalty payments? Marketing cap? Return reserve? Well, you’re going to sign a contract with all of this in it so you better know it. What about international sales to other territories? Do you have reps you can trust? Can you even find a rep and sign a contract that your not going to get screwed over? Well, all of the above I mentioned in that contract you’re going to sign to a company in the US will be for sure, in the contracts, if you ever get a chance for international sales to other countries. Do you know how to negotiate a deal? Know what’s fair? Know what is too expensive? Do you know that the industry is flooded and it is very hard to get noticed. Do you know which companies rip people off? I do… I know all of this and a ton more and they don’t teach this in school and not even in film school. These are the pitfalls of the business and it’s filled with sharks, piranha’s, gators and vultures. I’m not going to get into torrents and piracy. It’s called show business… it’s a business. If you don’t know the business side of it… then why am I going to tell anyone to get into it.I’ve been in the horror business for over 20 years total. Getting traction now. I have a distribution company, I know how to do my own international sales. I even know what to do when I am getting fucked. I got screwed out 1.4 million dollars our 3rd year of business and my partner has been in it for 40 years… and we still got screwed. I’ve sued other companies and had people try to rip me off with screenplays. I’m in the middle of suing a company right now for another filmmaker as we speak. It’s been a very difficult road but it’s a difficult road for everyone that is going to last in this business. I got horror stories man… make the hair stand on end. Now you can say… I am doom and gloom and you’re fucking right. But… I am being honest here… wouldn’t you want to know the pitfalls and truth of what you’re getting into rather than me saying, “Go for it man! Your going to make millions!” Or would you rather hear a veteran of the industry say, “You’re going to get fucked, watch your ass and this is what you look out for.”
  • 10. HoTS: During your recent Live Facebook video you mentioned a podcast, when and where can fans expect to hear it? Who will you be doing it with?
  • Biro: I’m working with Brad Slaton of the Picking Brains Podcast that is now defunct but still available to hear past episodes. He’s a great interviewer and sort of crazy like me. Well, exactly as crazy as me… but not really since he has been podcasting for a lot longer than me It will be just us, chatting away, talking about everything really. You would figure it would be horror based and it will be, a bit but it will be more of a crazy sort of thing. I don’t think anyone will actually be ready for it. It’s a bit more entertainment but devious, fucked up that’s going to offend a lot of people. Well, normal people. Were going to see where it goes… It’s called… Stephen and Brad… The Podcast. Should be crazy interesting to say the least… it’s happening very soon, sooner than you think
  • HoTS: Thank you again Stephen, for this awesome interview. we appreciate your honesty and candor and enjoyed your answers immensely. Best wishes to you and everyone at the Unearthed family.
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Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

If Halloween has given us anything it’s 31 days of so much horror. Throughout this month there have been parties, movie screenings, cartoons, seasonal candies, Halloween stuffed toys to even people going above and beyond dressing up as popular memes. However, the one thing that is just pure Halloween is The Rocky Horror picture show. Now if you have never seen it you are considered a “Virgin” Which isn’t a bad thing because for those who haven’t seen it watching it for the first time is almost a spiritual journey if you will. So, let’s breakdown Rocky Horror Picture show not the movie but the LIVE version featuring cast members from Ru Paul drag race. I had the pleasure of attending the live version for my second time so far. I’ve seen the movie countless times either for parties or just simple entertainment. It’s a classic none the less, but to see it LIVE to interact, dance along which was HIGHLY encouraged. There’s nothing in the world that can replace that feeling as if I’m watching it with friends who loved it just as much as I do. The event was held at the Woodlawn Point Church. Which was extremely cool for them to host the event especially for what the show was about. As I took my seat there was a small pre-show with our local drag show celebrity Tencha La Jefa warming up the crowd with her usual comedic routine. She is our Don Rickles of San Antonio. The show came on and what I loved about this version was that a live band performed on the side which made the event even better as if you’re watching a play AND a rock show. I would explain the plot for the film, but at this point to all horror fans they know it all too well. The cast was amazing with the Talented queens from various seasons. Laganja Estranja KILLED it as Dr. FrankenFurter. Previous actors and actresses have taken on the iconic role but Laganja added their own flair to it to where it’ll be hard to top. Tim Curry would be proud. Ginger Minj played the role of Janet belting out amazing vocal abilities which once again proves She deserves to be on the stage as well singing and performing because she is a talented comedian as well. Texas’ own Cynthia Lee Fontaine played Magenta and was amazing even towards the finale where her iconic outfit felt as if it was her own design.  Even Comedian Daniel Franzese who you’ll remember from Mean Girls did a really great Eddie adding his vocal tunes to the show which was amazing to see in a different light. Overall the show was by far one of the best productions I’ve seen in a long time. The cast stayed true to the script of the original as well as adding little improv lines and the main stars inconic lines and dance moves. Laganja doing the death drop as Frankenfurter, PRICELESS! Club promotor Rey Lopez has really out done himself this year with a great production and a great cast. When he’s not busying running his store Male B Wear he’s busy at work with the production (Rey Lopez Entertainment) of the show and other shows he goes all out for whether it’s a club show or a big event. I asked him about it and he told me, “This has been one of my biggest challenges, but with the help of a great team it all worked out” I couldn’t agree more! Truth be told the show was top notch and everything went well with no problems. The only downside of this event is that it’s only twice this month and that’s it. Onward to next year where it’ll be a different cast or maybe somebody from before. Either way I have to say if you’ve never seen Rocky Horror go see it LIVE while you have the chance and if you have seen it still go see it LIVE. The last performance of the year will be tomorrow on Halloween which is the perfect time. There’s a light over at the Frankenstein place, but Rey is keeping it brighter with an amazing cast and an amazing production. I would also like to say even though I couldn’t take flash photography or videos for the YOUTUBE page due to legal reasons out of my control I was able to get these production photos from the Photographer CJ Photography 

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Thirty – 10/30/18

10/30 – 2016: DON’T BREATHE/TRAIN TO BUSAN

And yet again, I came upon a year where it was too hard to decide which films to feature, and it got narrowed down to two: a home invasion thriller that upends the premise of a classic chiller from the Sixties, and a zombie action drama unlike anything audiences had seen before.

If you’re old enough to remember (as I do) the Terence Young-directed thriller from 1967, WAIT UNTIL DARK, the best screen adaptation of Frederick Knott’s smash play there will ever be, you’ll recall Audrey Hepburn as the “champion blind lady”, who manages to get the goods on three crooks trying to outsmart her, including a terrifyingly good Alan Arkin.  FEDE ALVAREZ, who totally retooled Sam Raimi’s EVIL DEAD in a gore-drenched remake in 2013, got the brilliant idea of taking that scenario and flipping it around. The result? The cracklingly good ‘home invasion’ flick, DON’T BREATHE…which literally describes what you’ll find yourself doing through the second and third acts of his DEAD follow-up.

Once again tapping the talents of his muse/leading lady JANE LEVY, and adding DYLAN MINNETTE and DANIEL ZOVATO into the mix, the three of them play juvenile burglars out to make one last big score. Zovato’s “Money”, the wannabe-badass of the group hits upon a plan. Rumor has it that there’s an old, blind Iraq war vet who lives alone, and has a shitload of cash stashed somewhere in his house.

Old. Blind. Isolated. Rich. Easy pickins, right?

Except, of course, if the man in question happens to be STEPHEN LANG (AVATAR, BAND OF THE HAND, LAST EXIT TO BROOKLYN), who usually plays ‘not-fuck-with-able’ sighted characters on his worst days. So is the man he plays here going to be an easy target? Not on your life.

I won’t disclose how they find out, but the three thieves soon learn they’ve got their hands full. And worst of all, they’re on the Blind Man’s turf. Where they know next to nothing about his house, he has that blind person’s super-heightened senses of everything that’s around him, especially sound. And that’s where the title comes in.  BREATHE is a mindfuck all the way around. The “bad guys” turn out to be so much less dangerous than their intended ‘victim’, and even though they were up to no good, you end up rooting for them to be able to get the hell out of the predicament they made for themselves.

But much like the script that Alvarez crafted with writing/producing partner RODO SAYAGUES, you never have any idea of what’s coming next, and the twists and turns will keep you on the edge of your sofa, all the way up to the gasp-inducing finale.  I didn’t care much for Alvarez’s take on the Raimi film, to be completely honest, but DON’T BREATHE won me over immediately. I don’t doubt that if you love a good, solid thriller, the same will happen for you with this one.

As for our other feature…

Like many people, I gave up on THE WALKING DEAD at about Season Six. Or was it Seven? No matter. By the time Negan was finally introduced after what seemed like a lifetime’s worth of speculation, I was pretty much “zombie’d-out”. With multiple TV series devoted to them (including FEAR THE WALKING DEAD), I just didn’t feel like anything new could be done with the sub-genre. Or at least, no one was trying very hard to.

And then, along comes TRAIN TO BUSAN.

This pulse-pounding thriller from Korean director SANG-HO YEON, took what appears to be a simple enough premise – transferring the scenario of Romero’s DAWN OF THE DEAD from a shopping mall to a commuter train – and, using the tried-and-true conceit of character investment by the audience, turns his film into a grueling, 90-minute terror ride that fans have taken again and again since its initial release. (It was one of the biggest box-office smashes in Korea that year, and for good reason!)

Work-obsessed businessman Seok-woo (YOO GONG) is taking his daughter, Soo-an (SU-AN KIM) to be with her mother, from whom he is estranged. But what seems like the beginning of a downer of a family drama, takes a sharp left turn, as father and daughter board the train leaving Seoul and bound for Busan, just as a mysterious zombie virus descends upon the city, transforming those affected by it into speedy, groveling flesh-munchers, infecting any and everyone who happens to get bitten.

The terror grows with the size of the undead hordes, and the chances for survival shrink faster than the Seoul skyline in the distance. As the struggle begins, a beefy laborer, Sang-hwa (the scene-stealing DONG-SEOK MA) who starts out having an antagonistic relationship with Seok-woo, soon joins forces with him as a badly-needed ally, as he tries to keep himself and his daughter alive, while also still trying to fulfill his promise to Soo-an to get her to Busan to see her mother.

 

As I often like to say, “Terror needs no translation”, and that definitely applies here. Director Yeon, working from the script he wrote with JOO-SUK PARK, knows his way around an action sequence, and manages to blow the audience away with several suspenseful setpieces, involving situations that have never been presented before the way they are here, even in top-notch zombie thrillers like 28 DAYS LATER and WORLD WAR Z (which TRAIN shares some similarities with.)

International filmmakers are ‘bringing it’ with their takes on the zombie genre, with everything from BUSAN, to the recent Chinese productions of ZOMBIOLOGY and LOST IN APOCALYPSE. I wish George Romero were still here to see this, and to remark on it in his own unique way…

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: 2016 bounced crazily between sci-fi/horror, the supernatural and man-made monsters with such offerings as 10 CLOVERFIELD LANE, THE CONJURING 2, SPLIT, THE WAILING, RAW, THE AUTOPSY OF JANE DOE, UNDER THE SHADOW and the excellent THE GIRL WITH ALL THE GIFTS.

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HoTS Exclusive On The Elvira Funko Pop Mess

HoTS Exclusive On The Elvira Funko Pop Mess

Spooky EmpireFor those who attended Spooky Empire Con this past weekend (review of the show itself is coming tomorrow), there are two words that will make your blood curl. Elvira Pop.  By now, there are thousands of versions of what happened.  So what really did happen?  As strange as this sounds from an eye witness, I don’t think any one really knows.  Here is what we do know.  On October 15th, eleven days before the show, Spooky Empire and Elvira made an announcement that there would be an exclusive Halloween variant of her Funko Pop exclusively at the show.

Spooky Empre

I arrived at Noon on Friday and got in to the building at 2:30.  When I got inside, the line for the Elvira Pop looked like the outside of a Best Buy at 3 AM on a Black Friday.  There were fans who had allegedly camped out the night before to ensure their place in line.  The staff and volunteers announced they would begin selling the Pop at 4 PM.  This didn’t make a lot of sense because Elvira was scheduled for a costume photo op at 5:30 and I was told she would not be signing on Friday.  On a side note, the Pop line and the photo op line for Elvira nearly blended into each other and made for a giant mass of people in the hallway.  What happened next is where this gets really strange.

A little after 6 PM (maybe it was closer to 7, the day ran together on me and you will understand why), there was an announcement made by the staff that the Pops had not arrived in the building.  They “might” be there by 11 PM.  The Saturday allotment would also be delayed because they were stuck in Chicago.  From what I gathered from several people in line, they announced they would be selling the pop in the form of a ticket and the ticket would get you the pop.

Please note, this is hearsay, as I was in the photo op line for 80% of Friday night (not kidding).  They also announced that they were only selling X amount for Friday.  That meant several hundred people who had been spending hours (8 plus from several sources) in line would not be able to buy their pop.  This of course angered a LOT of people.   Things got physical allegedly and a mob mentality formed.  Apparently some Pops did arrive and be collected on Friday.  The whole issue was such a mess, Elvira herself (as her alter ego, Cassandra Peterson) addressed the issue on her social media.

Elvira, Mistress of the Dark

I did confirm that there are/were several of the Pops signed and unsigned going on eBay for several hundreds.  Is that illegal?  No, not exactly.  These re-sellers were able to find a loophole by buying the limit and then having their children wait in line too so they could buy the limit.  Do I agree with them?  I don’t, but it will happen no matter what.  This is what will always happen when an exclusive anything goes on sale somewhere.

Clint NarramoreQuietly, a final shipment did arrive on Sunday and the fans who were at the show were able to buy them and were limited to two until the shipment ran out.  Elvira did sign these (as included in the price).  The signed pop did not include her personalizing each one (and that is OK, because there were 400 people with one).  It was a giant mess all the way around for this exclusive Pop, limited to 1500.

So, who’s to blame?  That list is longer than the suspect list in 1963 of who killed President Kennedy.  There is so much blame here, I think almost all parties involved can share equal parts.  To her credit, Elvira/Cassandra is the ONLY one who addressed the issue.  To date, Spooky Empire, Funko or the company that failed to get the delivery on time have all been silent and I do not think that will change.

On social media, more than one person put out that Spooky Empire staff members were rude about the incident and told fans, they knew the risk when they came to the show.  Assuming this was in fact said, is there truth to there being a risk?  Of course.  Was that the most diplomatic way to handle this situation?  No.  A lot of people look bad.  There were memes and jokes over the weekend making fun of the situation.

This makes Elvira look bad as well.  But voicing my opinion from what I saw, I think she is the only one who does not need to take blame on this.  Elvira was not in charge of delivery or distribution.  Elvira agreed to have her likeness used and agreed to sign each on as a part of the price tag.  She could not pre-sign what did not arrive.  She was also the only one in this mess to address it instead of waiting for it to go away.

Now I know it is easy for me to sit here and write this after the fact.  Someone asked me how I would have handled this.  Spooky Empire HAD to know that this was going to get ugly.  If not, someone is asleep at the wheel.  I walked in on Friday, saw the line and immediately decided I was not going to wait in it.  I knew there were hundreds of people and most of them were going to take the max.  Here is what I think SHOULD have happened.

Spooky Empire and Funko knew how many Pops were allotted for Friday.  They should have had tickets and given that many tickets when the line formed.  There should have been 1-3 people who’s job it was to hand out tickets.  When the tickets were gone, CAP THE LINE!  That hall was a fire hazard ready to happen.  That line would have not only been capped, but they could have told ticket holders when they could pick up the Pops.  How do I know this would have worked?  Ask any con who has a major celeb come in for signing.

HorrorHound is a perfect example.  They had tickets with times on them for Robert Englund and Bruce Campbell autograph sessions.  When they were out of tickets, the line was capped.  The fan is then responsible for holding his/her ticket(s).  When they get to the front, they turn in their ticket and money for the (in this case) Pop.  Would people have been upset?  Of course.    Would they have avoided the cops being called?  Yes.  Would they have had people stand in line for 8 plus hours, only to receive grief?  No.  Funko could have communicated better with Spooky on the delivery and the delivery could have been made on time.  BUT, had those last two things have happened, you still have a giant mess.  Two fans took to YouTube to explain what they experienced.

All in all, this was a failed experiment.  It was easy for people to blame Elvira, when in the end the blame goes much further.  Her only involvement other than putting her signature on the Pop was using her likeness.  People will argue that she made her money.  Sure, she probably did, but at the same time had nothing to do with the mess that ensued.  The delivery company dropped the ball on making a timely delivery.  But at the end of the day, the execution of getting the Pops to the fans falls on Spooky Empire and for that they have to take their lumps.

Overall Grade on the Elvira Funko Situation: F

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Flowers 2 is in production and you can help it be the final piece of the trilogy!

Flowers 2 is in production and you can help it be the final piece of the trilogy!

One of the cool things about Unearthed Films is the social interaction they have with the fanbase. Answering questions, chatting about their films. It’s hard to believe the macabre minds behind such hits such as Aztroz, Song of Solomon, Red Krokodil, Blood Shock to name a few are some of the nicest people on earth who actually give a damn about their fans. What I love the most is the campaigns they have to fund their movies. Not just simple perks of owning the movie, or an online thank you. They actually give out props and other cool items you can ONLY get from the campaigns. One person who comes to mind is Phil Stevens the hard-working master mind behind his Flowers trilogy. Lung (A nameless man suffers from grotesque hallucinations as he wanders a corpse-strewn city.) is the prequel, Flowers is the first film with the plot as follows Six dead women awaken in the house of their killer, only to find clues about their past lives and who they once were. They must accept their fate and move on or remain in the rotting house forever and now his final project for the set is Flowers 2 with the plot: witness the final days of the serial killer known as ‘THE EXILE‘ through the eyes of his victims which has been shooting since this summer. For those unfamiliar. The films are silent with no dialogue, but paint a gruesome, disturbing visual nightmare. I talked to Phil personally offering any insight any indication on what to expect.  The man as nice as he is didn’t want to spoil anything for the fans. Which I admire and appreciate. Let’s face it when the cook is making a special dish you enjoy the meal and don’t bother the chef as they work! All I can get is that it will be insane and one of this finest works. So, what can you do? Contribute to the project get amazing stuff for helping out! After this it’s all over he’ll do other films, but the Flowers storyline will be done with. As we watch these films blossomed its time to plant one more in the ground. For more information on helping out please click the link here. There’s still time to make Flowers 2 the film that will go down as one of the most intense over the top films to date.

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HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-Nine – 10/29/18

10/29 – 2015: BONE TOMAHAWK/GREEN ROOM

A tense tale about the search for a missing woman in the Old West, (BONE TOMAHAWK), and the story of a punk rock band that accepts a gig from Hell (GREEN ROOM). You wouldn’t think these two films had very much in common, and you’d be right. Except that it not only introduced audiences to two remarkable new filmmaking talents, but also gave them two films that went to some unexpected places, redefining what it means to ‘gaze into the abyss’…and see with terrifying clarity, what it is that’s staring back.

S. CRAIG ZAHLER hasn’t been a big part of ‘the scene’, so when BONE TOMAHAWK arrived, it felt kind of like a random lightning strike, and had about the same effect on fans! When you see names like KURT RUSSELL, DAVID ARQUETTE, RICHARD JENKINS, PATRICK WILSON and MATTHEW FOX associated with a film from a relative newbie, you know that script has got to be something special. And it certainly is.  How best to describe this without spoiling the living hell out of it? Okay – for you film buffs out there who go back as far as I do, think THE SEARCHERS-meets-THE HILLS HAVE EYES. For you latter-day movie kids, think DEADWOOD or TOMBSTONE, with just a taste of THE DESCENT thrown in.

When the wife of a small-town settler (WILSON) vanishes, Russell is the sheriff who rounds up a posse to go after her and the people who took her, probably Indians by all the signs. So in the first half of the film, you think that what you’re getting is a modern-day take on a classic kind of Western.  And for the most part, you are.  Then, the second half kicks in.  And I don’t want to say more than that, except keep the smelling salts handy.

For old hands Russell and Jenkins, this is familiar territory, and their roles fit them like old, worn, favorite gloves. Even Arquette doesn’t have to stretch here, his own cameo pretty much an extension of the role he played in the underrated cult classic, RAVENOUS. (And Arquette gets beautiful support from an unexpected cameo by no less than SID HAIG, but I won’t say where or when that happens).

But it’s Matthew Fox who gets the part that’s the most ‘against-type.’ His leading man good looks serve him well, to augment a character you probably could only spend two minutes with before wanting to kill him. It’s quite the revelation.  But not as much as the 180-degree-turn BONE TOMAHAWK makes, into territory that most Westerns wouldn’t even think about going into. This is one of those you’ll be telling your friends about once you’ve seen it, and there are scenes I can promise that will stay with you for a very long time.

On the other side of this, GREEN ROOM is a brilliantly crafted B-thriller with great performances, and a sad footnote, as the movie that pretty much defined the career of the late ANTON YELCHIN, even as he exploded onto the pop culture scene as the “new” Ensign Anton Chekhov in J.J. Abrams’ retooling of the STAR TREK series.

The follow-up to his bracing revenge tale, BLUE RUIN, writer/director JEREMY SAULNIER brings to light the tragic and unsettling tale of a punk band called “The Ain’t-Rights”, composed of Yelchin as “Pat”, along with JOE COLE, CALLUM TURNER and ALIA SHAKWAT as his band mates. Closing out their most recent tour, they were set to do a gig that was arranged by a college boy fan, which fell through without warning.  Stuck with no other options, their benefactor quickly sets up another gig for them.  Out in the middle of nowhere. At a clubhouse.  For neo-Nazi types.

Not the best of circumstances, but money is money and a gig is a gig. Things are pretty dicey from the get-go, and it doesn’t help that the band kicks off their set with a rousing cover of The Dead Kennedy’s classic “Nazi Punks Fuck Off.” Even with that, they do manage to win over the surly crowd. Or so they think.

Retreating back to what passes in this shithole for their “green room”, they’re told not to go in, but someone forgets something in there, and does it anyway. And that’s when they see it: the murdered body of a girl they saw earlier when they were playing in the club.  Things go south fairly quickly, when the skinhead staff trap them inside the room because of what they saw. But two things make it apparent that they probably won’t be allowed to leave alive: when Amber (IMOGEN POOTS), the dead girl’s ‘best friend’ becomes a captive as well, and when the leader of the skinhead cell, Darcy, arrives to take charge of things and “clean up the mess.”  In other words: ‘no loose ends.’

Yet again, we have a script that’s impressive enough to attract an amazing lineup of talent, but especially for the role of the deeply evil Darcy, a complete game-changer for PATRICK STEWART, who said in an interview that when he read the script, the part scared him so badly that he knew he had to do it. Darcy began an arc of parts that Stewart has accepted to change his “Captain Jean-Luc Picard” image, and this was certainly a great way to start.

Every step Saulnier takes with GREEN ROOM proves beyond a doubt, that BLUE RUIN was definitely no fluke, and as a ‘good luck charm’, the cast of ROOM includes the monumentally talented actor/writer/director MACON BLAIR, who was the star of RUIN, and is behind the tremendously dark and funny character piece, I DON’T FEEL AT HOME IN THIS WORLD ANYMORE., made for Netflix. Here in ROOM, Blair has a pretty important role as well as Darcy’s main lieutenant, and that’s about as much as I can say about that.

Bracing, razor-sharp and violent, GREEN ROOM isn’t for the squeamish, and provides some pretty sweet surprises not only for lovers of survival chillers, but mystery lovers as well, as The Ain’t-Rights begin to learn that there’s more than just a case of domestic violence going on behind the scenes.

So that gives you two options of films that gained a lot of traction from word-of-mouth, and rightfully so.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: THE WITCH, THE INVITATION, THE VISIT, CRIMSON PEAK, KRAMPUS, THE FINAL GIRLS, INSIDIOUS: CHAPTER 3 and GOOSEBUMPS were just some of the movies that gave horror fans a widely diverse selection to choose from, in both quantity and quality, for 2015.

Posted by Samuel Glass in EDITORIALS, FEATURED CONTENT, GORE OR EXTREME HORROR, HALLOWEEN, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, MYTHS AND LEGENDS, OPINION, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, 0 comments

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Twenty-Eight – 10/28/18

10/28 – 2014: THE GUEST

Full disclosure: beyond clips from the show, I never saw DAN STEVENS in any full episodes of DOWNTON ABBEY, but I get it. His role in director ADAM WINGARD’S THE GUEST was about as far from the Abbey as he could possibly get…and then some.

If you are already familiar with Wingard’s previous work, (YOU’RE NEXT!, A HORRIBLE WAY TO DIE, the V/H/S series), then you’d think you know what to expect. That’s kind of true, but even familiarity with his other films isn’t going to prepare you for some of the wicked twists here.

When “David” (STEVENS) comes knocking on the front door of the Petersen’s place one day, and announces that he knew their deceased son from the war, their natural inclination is to welcome him into their home. Which they do. There’s immediate chemistry between him and their daughter, Anna (MAIKA MONROE of IT FOLLOWS), yet Anna senses there might be something else there…something possibly on the dangerous side. And actually, she was way underestimating that instinctive assessment.

Wingard and writer SIMON BARRETT don’t bring anything new to the table, in terms of subverting our prejudices about what a “good guy with a gun” looks like, or what he will do. But what they do with their scenario is done as well as you think it could be, from the same guys who gave us YOU’RE NEXT! THE GUEST is more of an action-suspense thriller with some decent nods to horror conventions, just like that film was.  And both Stevens and Monroe just kick ass in their respective roles, and left me hoping that we might see a sequel someday.

POST-MORTEM SCRYPT: 2014 was damn near an embarrassment of riches, that gave us movies like HOUSEBOUND, THE PURGE: ANARCHY, GOODNIGHT, MOMMY, SPRING, DEAD SNOW 2: RED VS. DEAD, THE BABADOOK, WHAT WE DO IN THE SHADOWS, A GIRL WALKS HOME AT NIGHT and, of course, IT FOLLOWS.

Posted by Samuel Glass in Categories, EDITORIALS, FEATURED CONTENT, HALLOWEEN, OPINION, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, 0 comments
Horrifying Facts of Halloween Past

Horrifying Facts of Halloween Past

Halloween is a time where a lot of people allow themselves to feel secure, no matter what they are presented with, because tis the season to play out fantasies. For some, it’s time to throw off the cardigan and turn the most serious or mundane career outfits into a sexy view, like the naughty nurse, hot teacher, or insatiable housekeeper. For others, they get to celebrate the very things that make others take pause on any other day of the year. It could be as simple as wearing black lipstick or an incredible costume with complex zombie make up, which allows some of us to act outside our norm – or rather what we let everyone see – as our everyday norm.

Halloween also unleashes the inner beast that many of us hide the other 364 days of the week. Where you can be as hauntingly scary as you want, set up deliciously evil plans to scare the hell out of any and every one, and you get a free pass, because it’s HALLOWEEN!

Unfortunately, there have been times when the cover of Halloween has been a time for truly terrible things to happen. For those involved, or close to these terrible tragedies, Halloween has probably never been the same.

Check Your Candy!

In 1974, 8-year-old Timmy O’Bryan ate a pixie stick, and told his dad, Ronald, it tasted weird. Timmy was dead within the hour and trick or treating was cancelled for the surrounding areas in Pasadena, Texas. It turns out the pixie sticks were laced with cyanide, and luckily only 5 were given out. What makes this tale especially terrifying is that this was done by Timmy’s own father, who also gave one to his other son! Investigators later found out that Ronald O’Bryan had taken out insurance policies on his sons just a short time before the murder. He was executed by the state of Texas in 1984.

 

Don’t Eat My Candy

In 2011, 55-year-old Ledell Peoples lost his bag of Halloween candy. We are not sure if he was given the bag, bought it, or actually went trick or treating. However, we do know that he lost control of his tempter when accusing his friend Maria of taking the sweet treats. An argument ensued and escalated quickly, ending with Peoples stabbing Maria numerous times. Sadly, she later succumbed to her injuries and died. Ledell was arrested and charged with her murder.

Nothing Stops the Mailman

The morning after Halloween 2012, a busy mailman walked over a corpse decoration on the porch steps in order to deliver the mail. It was later discovered that what was thought to be an excellent decoration, was actually the deceased owner of the house, who died on his steps Halloween night.

The Decoration Looks So Real

In 2005, a Delaware woman lost her life to an apparent suicide. She hung herself from a tree that was alongside a popular road. Her body was suspended just 15 feet above the ground and was easy to see by passerby, who thought it was one of many Halloween decorations in the area. It wasn’t until after the morning rush hour had ended when state police identified that the hanging body was in fact a person and not a decoration. Local residents were shaken to learn that they had seen an actual body on their morning commute.

When You Get More Than You Paid For

An Oregon woman bought a graveyard kit at her local Kmart in 2012. Inside the kit she found a chilling note written by a Chinese factory worker that stated he and his co-workers were tortured and enslaved in a forced camp that made the kits and other toys. He also claimed he worked 15 hours a day with no pay or time off, and pleaded for the letter to be forwarded to the World Human Rights Organization. The woman did so, and the Chinese worker was freed months later, and the camp was exposed.

 

Holy Hell on Halloween

On Halloween night 1981, nuns in a Texas convent noticed a broken window in the community room and called authorities immediately. Police found the nude body of Sister Tadea Benz, who’d been stabbed, strangled, and raped. 9 days later, Johnny Frank Garrett, who happened to live across the street from the convent, was arrested for the brutal crime. Garrett was convicted and sentenced to death, which was carried out in 1992. His last words were “I’d like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. The rest of the world can kiss my ass.”

Searching for the Beast

David Stone was a well liked, successful stock market analyst, who lead a normal life, until a few days before Halloween in 1998. Stone was at a party where he got into an argument with another party guest, which turned violent, and he left the party. Friends say this behavior was completely out of character.

Witnesses say they saw Stone later that night, sitting next to his car on Highway 80, before heading into the desert on foot. A farmer saw him on his property and confronted him, noting that he was not dressed for the cold weather and although most of what Stone said was unintelligible, the farmer did hear him state he was ‘in search of the beast’. That was the last reported sighting of David Stone.

A search was formed, bloodhounds tracked Stone’s scent 13 miles north of his car, still parked on Highway 80, and the scent went cold from there. Searchers were puzzled by two pyramids formed by rocks and surrounded by a triangle with David’s Rolex watch lying next to one of them. Several miles further north they found a number pattern commonly used in stock analysis (David’s profession) etched into the soil. The last piece of strange evidence was a note found in his vehicle that read “They think the WORD is in the safe. Six knives in Rob’s room. Yous buys your tea and take your chances Halloween”. No other evidence or word from David was found again, until 2 hikers found his remains in the desert 4 years later in 1992. There was no evidence of foul play.

For the most part, Halloween is great fun. From sweet tots in adorable costumes, to your worst nightmare jumping out to scare you at a local haunt, it’s a great day and night of tricks and treats. This is the time of year to let your inner freak fly and just have fun, so get to it! The majority of people that are out there eliciting your screams of terror for haunting fun, are doing only that and nothing more. Just be sure to triple check the candy loot, stay aware of your surroundings, and enjoy the creativity of everyone on Halloween. After all, they don’t mean you any harm – or do they?

Posted by Andrea Lenora in BRUTAL REALITY, HALLOWEEN, 0 comments
Domestic Hell local movie that shows real horrors

Domestic Hell local movie that shows real horrors

I’ve reviewed numerous films all over the U.S. so I was really happy to finally review a local film shot here in my back yard. I recently got to watch the film Domestic Hell (2018) by Colin Bressler. I would see advertisements of the film having it’s premiere in my city. I reached out to them and introduced myself and explain who I am. I was lucky enough to view the film before screening and take in what the cast and crew was able to pull off. So let’s break it down. The plot is: A couple in a open marriage kidnap a girl being held against her will. The Husband has become abusive towards his wife and hostage, We then find out that the husband has created a blood lust towards innocent women. Making the decision for the wife to stay or just work things out and the friend trying to locate her missing friend. The film doesn’t have any major stars but the cast does have potential for acting where at times felt too real in certain scenarios almost as if they were giving an emotional testimony of their pain. Given the film may not an over the top gore you may know me to review, but I couldn’t help but check out the film. I have to say there is that feel of The Last house on the left (1972) in reference to the husband and to where his captive wife who has developed somewhat of a Stockholm syndrome for her husband even though during the film she can’t help but feel bad and worried for her own life as she’s also a victim. The director set out to make a horror movie where it’s the horrors of real life about Domestic abuse. I have to give the Director credit for turning out a captivating story where we felt compassion, fear and sorrow for these characters where as even though it may not be a big budget film  they give it their all for this which I’m glad to see since this is a horrific scenario. Including a satisfying ending that wraps up the story very well. The film Domestic Hell is a terrifying ordeal, but a joy for the movie goers who are looking to see new talent bring something to the big screen. If given the opportunity watch the film or if you’re in the San Antonio area stop by for the premiere part of the proceeds at the door will be donated to the Domestic Violence Shelters which I think is a great reason to see this movie. The link for the viewing can be found here.

Posted by Jai Alexis in EVENTS, EXCLUSIVE, HORROR NEWS, MOVIE REVIEWS, NEW RELEASES, REVIEWS, 0 comments
Malvolia’s Annual Halloween Party 2018! – House Of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Annual Halloween Party 2018! – House Of Tortured Souls

She’s backkkk! The Queen of Screams has returned for what seems to be another Halloween party and everyone is invited. 

Los Angeles, CA October 25, 2018: Malvolia: the Queen of Screams has released footage from her
annual Halloween Party. A fear driven evening that consists of a game, a challenge, and a terrorizing evening.
Four unexpected party goers find themselves “waking up” in the abandoned Kirkbride Asylum only to be greeted
with a death and the Queen herself. After “greeting” and explaining to the guests why they are there, they are
brought onto a journey throughout the Asylum by Malvolia’s trusted bartender/demonic butler, Victor, only to then
face a challenge of sorts. With a cast of characters Malvolia has in her Lair, you are bound to see some familiar
killers throughout the episode.
True horror fans may relate the episode to their favorite cult classics with new victim’s names being “Sydney”, (or
Sidney from Scream), “Nancy” and “Glen” (Nightmare on Elm Street) “Jack” (The Shining), and “Adam” (SAW).
Also, with Malvolia stating that she “wants to play a game” and also asking at the end “What’s your favorite
scary movie?”
Written by the series creator, Jennifer Nangle, directed and edited by one of the series’ producer’s, Richard Trejo,
and shot by Paul Stephen Edwards, this film will see all forms of gore, terror, darkness, and mysticism.
Fun Fact: Nangle grew up down the road from Danvers State Hospital in Danvers, MA (Session 9) which was
designed by Boston architect Nathanial Jeremiah Bradlee who based the layout off the “Kirkbride Plan”. Hence
calling the party location: “Kirkbride Asylum”.
The film was produced by Jennifer Nangle, Charles Chudabala, Hunter Johnson, Richard Trejo, and Paul
Stephen Edwards. Practical SFX was done by Chronix EFX.
Cast: Jennifer Nangle as Malvolia (10/31), Garrett Lee as Victor (It’s Lurking), and Charles Chudabala as Charles
(Crossbreed) lead the cast which also features many of the indie horror scenes rising and veteran talents, including: Brialynn Massie as Bria (Vengeance), Hunter Johnson as Hunter (2Jennifer), Raymond Vinsik Williams as Jack (From Jennifer), Amanda Cano as Nancy (That Night), Danielle Inks as Sydney (Infernal), Cyrus Soliman as Adam (Safe), Adam Schaudenecker as Glen (Lilith), with Thomas Haley as the Movie Exec (The Crossing).

All true horror fans will be enticed by the Saw like vibe with quirky humor and one liners,and did I mention the gore and blood? Oh the BLOOD!!

Being a horror fan, this caught my attention with the creative eye catching similarities to my favorite cult classic films. Jenn was kind enough to let us have a sneak peak and I wasn’t disappointed! Jenn and her amazing team delivered and I can’t wait to see what they will work on next!

Audience Link below ⬇️⬇️:

Link to the trailer:

 

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