Jai Alexis

Associate Producer for the films Teacher Shortage, Violet. writer of the short film "The First" when he's not working he's eating Mexican food and watching The Golden Girls
[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

I got the chance to see the new movie Bewere by the director (J. Budro Partida) I have to admit it’s rare to see a werewolf movie in the indie horror scene. Given there are some out there however though this one is very different

The film is about a young preppy guy who’s looking to be a werewolf. It starts simple, and the actor (Joseph Fotinos) does a great job; he comes off crass and just crazy, but therein lies the first mistake. He knows what he’s doing.

The film shows the transformation, which isn’t over the top, but we get the idea. The preppy friend (Logan Pall,) tells his best friend (Ray A. Roberts II) where they both take the journey together as werewolves. They go out hunting, and the best part is we see actual effects taking into place.

The preppy kid gets a stomach rupture from overeating, and the other friend is well he’s passing through pieces of bone, fur and whatnot which we see Oz gleefully explain as wolves they have better stronger bodies that they can eat more and not go through any problem, however, though as humans we don’t have that capability. He explains that on the first night, some people will tend to go overboard, thinking they can handle it.

I’m not only happy to see a werewolf movie filmed in my home state but happy to see a werewolf movie that’s smart and doesn’t try to be hip or trendy. It doesn’t dumb down the film since it’s dealing with a subject that can never happen, but if it did happen, this would be the result.

The director started a crowdfund, met the goal, and began production quickly. They even sold out their first theatrical premiere at the Alamo drafthouse in Austin. The film is in talks for a bigger audience, which I’m glad to hear during the q&a the director came off very friendly about opened up about the trials and tribulations of working in open fields, working with fake guts naked people in the Texas heat. Also, if you’re curious, the website featured in the movie is real and is being used for the director’s use for promotion and contact info. For more info, you can find the website here Horny like the wolf. Yes that’s a real website used for the movie.

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[SCFFF 2019 SHORT FILM] Dearly Departed, a horror musical about ghosts

[SCFFF 2019 SHORT FILM] Dearly Departed, a horror musical about ghosts

House of Tortured Souls was very grateful to attend the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival. Established in 2016, the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival screens short films in one of the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Our emphasis is on female-driven independent films. We showcase work by some of the best indie filmmakers from NC and around the world using state-of-the-art projection provided by the Cary Theater in Cary, NC USA.

I saw the film Dearly Departed directed by Elise Martin and co-written by Jess Bartlett and Elise Martin, and I was hooked within five seconds. We hear the music begin along with the cast (Betty Denville, Sean Kilty, William Paul, Olivia Warren) performing original music. No amateurs or being off-key. Is this going to be a horror movie? A musical? A romantic film? The answer: Yes!

Dearly Departed: Vera’s relationship with Fred is beginning to blossom, but she can’t help feeling distracted by the presence of the three very opinionated ghosts who also inhabit her house. Through the expression of song, Vera and the ghost’s learn to deal with the highs and lows of a modern relationship. However, when Fred begins to further their relationship, Vera is left with a life-changing decision.

The movie is excellent, and if the music doesn’t make you stay, the story will. We feel for Vera we want her to find love, we fall in love with the spirits they worry if she goes, they’ll be without a home. We find out, in the end, Vera makes her choice, not her current or former partners get to have a say. Where in lies the plot twist. The ghosts were former suitors of Vera. She keeps them around like an ex would keep little mementos of their previous relationship. Not since Little shop of horrors where a musical made me fall in love and also question when it comes to what we want versus what we need, Vera is like us; we all want to find love and be happy.  Vera is the villain of the movie where she’s not bothered, but at peace, she’s getting what she wants; it’s just others are that not able to get what they want. 

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[SCFFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] Mama’s Boy an unsettling look of wanting love

[SCFFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] Mama’s Boy an unsettling look of wanting love

House of Tortured Souls was very honored to cover the Sick Chick Flick Film Festival this past weekend. From their website Established in 2016, the Sick Chick Flicks Film Festival screens short films in one of the following genres: Horror, Sci-Fi or Fantasy. Our emphasis is on female-driven independent films. We showcase work by some of the best indie filmmakers from NC and around the world using state-of-the-art projection provided by the Cary Theater in Cary, NC USA.

There was a range of short and feature films that won numerous awards. One short film I had the privilege to watch called “Mama’s boy” You can imagine what to expect. However, in this case, I was thrown off with some questions I still have!

The movie by Director/Writer Samantha Kolesnik “A young man’s life spirals into depravity and madness when he confronts the trauma of his childhood.”

The movie starts as of that of a drama. You become hooked instantly, especially with the opening sequence of the main actor Joshua (Malcolm Mills) naked wearing a collar as a woman dominates him. We find out that he’s just selling his body to people to help his mom.

Again. I’m interested in thinking this is an exciting drama where he even talks to his mother about his day and doing enough to help her. As the film progresses, he breaks and takes his revenge on his buyers with a trusty hammer. Even in the end, Joshua shows no remorse or guilt for his actions; he goes home to his mother and doesn’t confess his crimes, but reach out for love. We never see the mother during the film; it’s easy to tell what’s going, but the director just never shows us.

I have to admit, with the mixture of the beautiful score (Landon Knoblock), the acting along with every essential element. The film is 11 minutes long, but watching it I didn’t breathe, didn’t move, lost track of time. My only complaint is that I wish the movie were longer, but even then, could it just be dragged out? No, Samantha would’ve made it work, but the film shows so much promise and is already my favorite short film of the year. The movie reminds me of Pyscho meets Midnight cowboy. We feel for the character, but we distance ourselves from them because we see a scary picture of the road less traveled of our inner demons manifesting over our dreams. The dreams I hope never disappear are that of Samantha Kolesnik, who won the best director at the festival. I can’t wait to see what other projects she’ll be doing.

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[Local Haunts] Taco Cabana’s Witches Brew is the perfect Halloween drink

[Local Haunts] Taco Cabana’s Witches Brew is the perfect Halloween drink

With Halloween full in effect. Stores have been dishing out new candy, desserts. Even Starbucks had their drinks and tumblers, which is excellent because there needs to be variety for everyone.

It’s a month-long holiday for some, for others year round.. I recently had the chance to try the new Witches Brew from Taco Cabana. Taco Cabana is kind of like Taco Bell or maybe Dell Taco. They don’t go crazy with gimmicks, but they have great deals on the food. So you can go in and say, “Hey, can I get a Carne guisada taco,” and you get just that. So no funny names or weird mascots running around.

So that’s my favorite thing about the place — good food at reasonable prices. There have been times they offer different flavor margaritas. Not so much, my thing. It’s just directly from the brain freezes.

When this came out, I just wanted to try it. It’s fruity and sweet. You taste Tito’s® Handmade Vodka, (which is my personal favorite, so delicious)pineapple juice, blue curacao, and grenadine. So the whole combination works in this blended drink where even I enjoyed it. I’m sure you can drink it on the rocks, but you know honestly I like the frozen look with the black salt for presentation. However if you want it on the rocks and if they can do it that’s cool too.

Yes, it’s pumpkin spice season for some, but for us horror fans, it’s Witches Brew season. So hurry because it is limited.

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[Review] “Art Of The Dead” paints a nightmarish and gory picture of the deadly sins

[Review] “Art Of The Dead” paints a nightmarish and gory picture of the deadly sins

Art of the Dead took me by surprise when I first heard of the title. Oh, another zombie movie. Why not? However the film itself has shown, don’t assume so quickly. The tackles a well known subject: The seven deadly sins. 

The film was written and directed by Rolfe Kanefsky (Nightmare Man) based on a story by Michael Mahal (Party bus from Hell, Attack of the unknown). The film gives us a look on how we as humans fall prey to the deadly sins for example with the opening sequence  Richard Grieco (21 Jump street, Killer Selfie) coming home to showcase his new art collection called “Sinsations” as he boasts about the fantastic work his family seems oblivious to it. We find out later they were brutally murdered by Grieco. Which at first the aftermath, but we see the full murders.

Throughout time there have been numerous movies about the seven deadly sins, all of which have been interesting. So, for a film like this, it’s a bit refreshing where it’s a little different, especially how their hunger for sin continues to grow and grow. The film follows the Wilson family as they are the new owners/victims of the art pieces where they learn their fate quickly.

That’s what I enjoyed about this film. It doesn’t waste time giving the audience what we want. It could work with little to no blood, but you have to understand when dealing with a subject like this, going this route was the best decision that pays off. The character’s dilemmas play out almost as an anthology of terror like that of Tales from the dark side, but still keeping the story going where we invest in the characters but don’t lose focus with so many storylines. The movie makes us greedy? No pun intended.

However, I have to admit there are scenes with monsters involved. Some people might think it’s silly which is an excellent argument for some people who may not enjoy horror or watch horror, but in all reality, this is a natural reaction where we end up enjoying it. I wish I knew about previously. There was even a Kickstarter for it which not only did they raise their goal, but had terrific rewards including you getting your reality show! How many campaigns can give you that?

The movie’s ending is bloody which honestly makes our journey so worth it where we see some of the paintings come to life in an odd horrific way that the viewer can feel pleased knowing we get what we want. This movie will be part of your Halloween viewing and what better what to start the spooky season than with sin.

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THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

 

We at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened to hear yesterday, of the passing of beloved Character actor and fan favourite Sid Haig at the age of 80 on September 21st. We aim to remember Sid Haig’s long career and the impact he had on his fans new and old. This article is our tribute to Sid and all he did for horror fans worldwide. It will include some of our own personal memories of Sid, from conventions where we met him (or even didn’t) and pictures of those meetings.

JOHN ROISLAND

“I met, or should I say was honoured to have met, Sid in Virginia at the Second annual Scares That Care weekend. I approached his booth and noticed a banner, with pictures and items that he had for sale. Next to that was his price list. If I remember correctly, nothing on that list was higher than $20, which compared to other celebrity booths meant you were basically getting things for free.  I was really excited, because I was on a very tight budget. When I got to the front Sid stood up, shook my hand with a smile , and told me to come around the back of his table and have a seat. This was quite a surprise, because I hadn’t even said Hello or asked him anything. The venue wasn’t crowded at that moment, so he just sipped his coffee and started small talk with me, asthough we were old friends. He stopped and glared at me a while, gave me a little smile and asked “How are you and what can I do for you?” Graciously he signed my DVD box and had someone passing by take some photos of us together with my phone. When I got up and left the booth I instantly knew I’d met the nicest celebrity, that I’ve ever encountered. Sid was so gracious, had such a warm personality, and that is why I’ll miss him that little bit more. I wish I could have met him again, like many others have, but I’m extremely grateful that I was given that opportunity. Sid was an easy going man, with a huge heart, who sincerely cared about his fans and thanked them, for helping making what he became. I will always remember meeting him and it saddens me that he is no longer with us, but I will forever be grateful for those few moments I once shared with him.”

Sid and John Roisland at the Scares That Care

CLINT NARRAMORE

“I met Sid several times over the last few years, and was never disappointed. It was at Scare-A-Con in 2017, that I will always have my best memory of him. I was invited to join the table by Mark Patton. Caroline Williams was also there, as was Ricky Dean Logan. Sid came over and it was amazing. We all just talked and made jokes all night. Our server was terrified of Sid, because of his movies. She didn’t want to hand him his drinks. She asked we pass them to him. She was deathly afraid of him (and couldn’t have been older than 21). We all laughed and told Sid and he told me to go get her. I brought her to the table and Sid gave her a death stare for a half second and then proceeded to grab and then kiss her hand. Her reaction was relief and she laughed off her fears. Linea Quigley, Felissa Rose And Camille Keaton all came by and we started taking pictures of just how much fun we were having. Sid cared about making sure everyone who met him had a great time and he loved his friends and fans. Best dinner I’ve ever had.”

Clint Narramore with Sid Haig at Scare-A-Con

TARA SLOAN

“I was lucky enough to meet Sid a few times at conventions throughout the years. He always had a long line, because he was just a fun dude to talk to. First time I met him, I was next in line and he looked at me and said “watch my table, I’ve gotta take a piss, and I’ll sign whatever you want for free when I get back”. Of course I did and he signed my The Devils Rejects And took a photo with me. Sid was an absolute class act. The world has lost a legend today. Rest In Peace Sid. Tutti Fuckin’ Fruity!”

Sid and Tara Sloan.

JAI ALEXIS

“Sadly, I don’t have a story about Sid, but I have an experience that sums him up. Years ago, before I joined House of Tortured Souls. I went to a horror con. I waited so long to meet Sid Haigon the day of the convention. I brought my copy of Spiderbaby for him to sign (Which by the way best damn movie ever with great features). I always felt this was the passing of the torch from Lon Chaney Jr to Sid Haig. The con itself wasn’t bad, not perfect, not bad though. I wanted to meet him but believe it or not I was, and sometimes still can be, painfully shy around celebs. I go from being a regular con-goer one-minute to a Chris Farley like  fanboy the next. I passed on the chance to meet him that day, because I was scared. I’ll always regret it to this day. That’s what I admire about Sid he never shied away from a challenge; he never backed down from doing more and working for what he wanted. Sid made a career and a damn fine one with his talent and personality. So whenever you doubt you can do something or think you’re not good enough, just ask yourself ‘What would Sid Haig do?’ I love you old friend and when my time comes, I hope you don’t mind me being a fanboy around you and Lon Chaney Jr.

Spiderbaby (1967)

MICHELLE ‘MIDI’ PEIFER

“I was never fortunate enough to meet Sid in person and I’m unsure exactly Of if or when, he maybe visited Australia. Being in Sydney the supreme annual convention to attend is Supanova. Every year fans like myself ascend on the halls of Supanova and enjoy the array of guests from all walks of popular culture. I’ve used my attendance to meet celebrities such as Richard Dreyfus, John Jarratt, the original cast of Mad Max (minus Mel Gibson sadly), And much much more. Sadly though Sid Haig has never been invited to Sydney’s Supanova and fans all wished he would be. Now we will never be able to make that a reality. I have recently relocated to the USA and will say this is the first icon we’ve lost since my move. It’s a hard punch to the gut for sure, as all I have ever heard about him was how wonderful he was with fans, and his kindness and patience for everyone. Sid will be sadly missed by all of us in the horror world, especially at the House of Tortured Souls, all members of film fandom and anyone who ever knew him or even just met him for that fleeting moment.”

Aussie fans were desperate to have an opportunity to meet Sid Haig

Haig’s passing was announced via Instagram on September 23rd, 2019, by his long term partner, publicist and wife of 12 years Susan.L.Oberg. Her statement was as follows:

“ My light, my heart, my true love, my King, The other half of my soul, Sidney passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn, be respected.

Sidney Eddie Mosesian

7/14/39 – 9/21/19

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend.

Goodnight my love. We will find each other again, next time.

I love you.”

Sid Haig was known for his acting which spanned from 1960 to 2019. He worked tirelessly throughout his career, despite a 5 year hiatus from 1992-1997. During that time he was retired from showbiz, due to being frequently typecast. Haig even once stated “I’ll never play another stupid heavy again and I don’t care if that means I never work, ever.”

However he did return in 1997, as a Judge in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown, opposite his frequent co-star Pam Grier. Grier had also starred with Haig in Blaxploitation films of the 1970’s such as The Big Doll House (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Black Mama White Mama (1973), and Foxy Brown (1974).

On Television Haig was in a variety of shows including (through the 1960’s until the 1980’s) The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Quincy M.E, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Gunsmoke, Get Smart, Star Trek, Batman, and The Untouchables.

At one point Haig even had a starring lead role as a Villian named Drago in a series called Jason Of Star Command.

Haig had become a horror icon since appearing as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombies House of 1000 Corpses in 2003. This led to his continuing with the character through its two sequels The Devils Rejects (2005) and more recently in 3 From Hell (2019).

Notable roles throughout Sid Haig’s career of both horror and non horror films includes Blood Bath (1966), Spider Baby (1967), Pit Stop (1969), THX1138 (1971), Beware!The Blob (1972), Woman Hunt (1972), Beyond Atlantis (1973), Savage Sisters (1974), Galaxy of Terror (1981), The Aftermath (1982), Kill Bill Volume 2. (2004), House of the Dead (2005), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Little Big Top (2016) ,Rob Zombies Halloween (2007), Brotherhood Of Blood (2007), The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto (2009), Dark Moon Rising (2009), Creature (2011), The Sacred (2012), Lords of Salem (2012), Hatchet III(2013), Devil in my Ride (2013), and High on the Hog (2019).

Sid, all of us at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened at the news of your passing. May your family and friends have the peace to mourn you, that they seek at this time, and your star sign bright forevermore.

R.I.P  SID HAIG .

 

 

 

 

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Killer Klowns from outerspace pop vinyl is coming to NYCC!

Killer Klowns from outerspace pop vinyl is coming to NYCC!

It’s no surprise that Funko is still going strong with their products. Fans have been trying to get everyone, including the exclusives. NYCC has revealed other pop vinyls from Back to the future, Dune, Jay and Silent Bob, 2001 Space Odyssey. However, this one stands out the most an actual pop figure from Killer Klowns from Outer space! Direct from Funko “Please note quantities are limited and will be sold on a first-come, first-serve basis. Attending the convention does not guarantee availability.”

Good luck to everyone trying to get one! Hopefully, they’ll be available to the public or others from Killer Klowns. NYCC will be next month from the 3rd to the sixth of October

 

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[Review] Ready or not is a bloody affair you need to RSVP

[Review] Ready or not is a bloody affair you need to RSVP

When I first heard of the film Ready or not. I was excited, intrigued, but more so excited for a new horror movie. I finally saw it last night, and I can tell you this: see this movie! However, it’s my job to talk about the film because there’s a lot to cover, but I’ll do my best not to post spoilers because there’s a reason why.

The movie has a simple plot: “A bride’s wedding night takes a sinister turn when her eccentric new in-laws force her to take part in a terrifying game.” No sign of the film being slow or even dragging. It starts straight off into the wedding and goes right into the chaos.

Ready or not does a great job giving us what we want a horror movie with dark humor. The humor isn’t over the type or even silly it fits perfectly with the characters. It’s dark; you don’t feel evil laughing because, for the most part, the characters deserve it.

The film has some great talent primarily from the lead actress Samara Weaving (Ash vs Evil Dead, The Babysitter) who plays Grace. Who resembles Margot Robbie, but I assure you it’s not Margot. However, Samara does a great job as Grace. In the beginning, we see her in love and happy. She’s not after the money just happy for finding true love whereas the rest of the family well they’re only there for power and wealth.

At first, Grace thinks the family is eccentric until she finds out their sinister plan where she’s required to play a game of chance where a box unveils what they’ll be playing. I was expecting that each game will be a sinister twist, but we find out it’s just the real deadly game is Hide and Seek. Andi Mcdowell (Groundhog day) does a great job as the mother you sympathize with her, but you hate her?

That’s what I loved about this movie the characters are dark in their humorous way, but overall you don’t hate them or love them, you love the movie. The film gives gore hounds their money worth with great kills and death, including a very bloody ending. Even fans will recognize Adam Brody  (Yoga hosers, Jennifer’s body)as the voice of reason in the movie where he’s a bad guy but not really. He’s just a sarcastic person with a heart. The directors Tyler Gillett and Matt Bettinelli-Olpin who you might remember from V/H/S and Southbound

There are no unnecessary scenes of backstories or dragging along where we’re reminded every three seconds of who are characters are. I also enjoyed that the family goes with tradition using old weapons instead of hi-tech gadgets for kills. Overall the film is 90 minutes that doesn’t leave you wanting more but doesn’t leave you unsatisfied and don’t hear any spoilers the ending is so worth it. The film is worth owning and seeing in the theater.

 

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[trailer] AHS: 1984 is a throwback to 80’s camp slasher movies

[trailer] AHS: 1984 is a throwback to 80’s camp slasher movies

With talks of a new season coming out for American Horror story fans were excited about where it was going next especially after Apocalypse. It was mentioned that we could go back in time for this season. Fans speculated on where it could go. Ryan Murphy, the show’s creator, announced the title: 1984 along with small teasers. It left fans salivating at the mouth about a camp slasher TV season.
Season 9 begins Sept 18th, 2019 on FX. No word on plot but low and behold there’s a trailer out. The question is where the connection will be this season to previous seasons?

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[Local Haunts Internet edition] Welcome to the House of Mysterious secrets

[Local Haunts Internet edition] Welcome to the House of Mysterious secrets

With only limited resources to Horror such as video stores. Collecting anything Horror was scarce. Not to say it wasn’t available, but the world of Horror was still new to me. Reading the back covers for horror movies remembering the pics and plot gave me the knowledge that can hold up with my friends. I yearned for owning a piece of horror memorabilia even if it was a replica. Of course, we had the staples here and there, which eventually became a gateway for other items. Flea markets became my go-to to learn about horror, buying old VHS tapes. Another source was going to the book stores sitting down and reading horror magazines for free. To every horror magazine reading this, I was a kid with little to no income. Sorry.

It wasn’t until later when the internet took off. Websites provided some cool stuff and some bizarre stuff, however with it being new it was still a gamble on finding horror stuff to own. In the early days of the internet, social media wasn’t massive; you had to go to chat rooms or even forums to get anything, and it wasn’t so much reliable. At times I was on my own or just looking up the ads in horror magazines.

With the rise of social media, I eventually stumbled upon perhaps my favorite website to purchase stuff. House of Mysterious secrets. At first, it started with a few items, but I couldn’t help myself with all their great deals and offers for customers. I felt at home, I felt like a kid in a candy store. I was amazed by so many posters, especially with the dimensions of 11×17, which means more posters to hang. The store has been around for a while, offering fantastic customer service.

I usually tend to talk to local haunts in my area, but with the Halloween season coming up I couldn’t help, but give credit where credit is due. Maybe you heard of them, or perhaps you haven’t. Being a customer with them, I never had a problem everything has been shipped in excellent condition with enough care and stickers to inform my delivery will be taken care of it even if it’s something small or something big. Kevin, the man behind House of Mysterious secrets, thinks of the customer as if he was in your shoes and wants to make sure you have an enjoyable experience. I got the chance to speak to him about the man behind the house of mysterious secrets:

JA: How long has House of Mysterious Secrets been in business? 

HOMS: I’ve been doing this since 2004 – initially, the name was a bit more benign; I called it “Kevin’s Collectibles.” Because at first, I mainly sold comic books. That only lasted a few months. Soon I made the full switch to Horror. “House of Mysterious Secrets” was a mash-up of two DC comic books that I was a fan of House of Mystery and House of Secrets. Combining the two felt like cool little tribute…I never had a long time plan. It was just something to do for fun.

JA: Do you feel that with the store it’s helping fans of old and young where they’re able to learn about the past and present of Horror. 

HOMS: What a fascinating question. I’m afraid I’ll only have to speculate on this. Trying to figure out what exactly to offer on the website is often a gamble. I try to curate various aspects of the horror genre, hoping that the things I provide will be of interest to both hardcore and casual fans. Again, just guessing here, I would have to say that the majority of my customers tend to be newer fans of the genre. The older, more deep-rooted fans, tend to be the minority. But…again, I don’t know. It’s hard to gauge this. I am impressed continuously though when I put orders together for customers, and I see just how many do enjoy the obscure stuff; that always makes me feel good.

JA: What would be your holy grail for your collection, or what would be the holy grail of collector items for the store? 

HOMS: Holy Grail. Ha! Can I choose multiple ones!? Let me pick a few, that range from different types of collectibles. Toy: At the moment, I’d have to say it’s my Shogun Godzilla. Not exactly rare, but I’m pleased to have it, and in such good condition. I’ve had since the mid-90s. LP Records. I have 100+ LP soundtracks, and perhaps the two that would fall under grails would be the original pressing of Night of the Living Dead, and this bootleg release of the Italian gorefest Burial Ground. I sold my Evil Dead lp a few years ago…something I continuously regret. I also have the original Italian release of the soundtrack Demons which is autographed by Claudio Simonetti, Lamberto Bava, and Bobby Rhodes. Uhh…and I have a lot of cool stuff autographed by Dario Argento; if I may throw that in there. Last, but not least…one of my biggest, personal holy grails is a jigsaw puzzle of the Loch Ness Monster that came out in 1981 (I think) – I have a sealed one that in perfect shape. It’s a tough one to find, and it means a lot to me because I once had it when I was a little kid.”

That’s what I love about this store. Given it only has a physical booth at cons. Target may be the undisputed champion of Halloween decor and items, but that month goes by so quickly. Kevin has his shop open 24/7 with pre-orders, offers, and even an active social media to keep customers in the loop. He also writes the newsletters informing the customers and personally takes care of any issues you may have with an order. Not to say it always happens, but if it does, Kevin is there to help. House of mysterious secrets may be an online website, but wherever you are, it’s a local haunt and worth the trip for your Halloween needs regardless of the month. Plus if you see them at a convention say hi and buy an item or two!

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Darren Lynn Bousman teases biggest and horrific saw trap EVER.

Darren Lynn Bousman teases biggest and horrific saw trap EVER.

With the news of SAW coming back was one thing, but Chris Rock is responsible for it? Given we all have opinions. Some good and some bad and of course some who feel we have too many SAW movies.

The franchise is coming back at this point we know very little on what’s going on with movies, and that makes it so entertaining. We don’t know what to expect until it’s done. The films took off after the first film by JAMES WAN from then his career went on doing other movies. A new director was needed, and hence Darren Lynn Bousman steps in not only doing 2, 3 and 4. The films were always in good hands to the point where a minor reboot was in order.

With the SAW films, there’s a lot of rules. They are making sure the traps can work in real life and the promise of blood. Darren took to his Instagram post posting a very cryptic message.
At this point, we can’t make sense of what was said, but we know there will be blood. Below are the pics on what Darren has been documenting on the filming. The film is slated for May 2020

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Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

Sharon Needles haunts her way back to San Antonio

From the minute you see her walk in the workroom for Ru Paul’s drag race season 4. Sharon has always stuck out as being the “weirdo” but little did we know that one she was going to win the season and become our newly crowned queen. From there it’s been nothing but tours, albums, clothing, pop vinyls. Sharon Needles can go from glam to ghoul and back.

Sharon has made a few stops here to San Antonio live at the Heat night club. She is even in the local production of Rocky Horror Picture show. On tour recently from her latest album Battle Axe. She’s making her stop in Sept for a live club show giving what fans expect an early Halloween show to get the season going. For those interested it’s always best to make sure you have your ticket, table and even m&g ready. Luckily Rey Lopez, the promoter for many Ru Paul drag race queens who he’s brought to town has you covered. Rey has a simple and easy way to purchase tickets right on Rey Lopez Entertainment. Where you can upcoming shows, subscribe, and even make purchases to ease the burden of fear from a sold-out show. Which has happened, so what better way to start the fall season than with The Ghoul of our dreams. Sharon Needles.

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[Review] Scary stories to tell in the dark. Worth the wait or not?

[Review] Scary stories to tell in the dark. Worth the wait or not?

Growing up, I wasn’t allowed to watch horror movies. One being I was way too young, and my parents didn’t want me to have nightmares of a catastrophic level. However, I can read anything I wanted to with books my folks didn’t have to worry about images scaring the hell out of me. They didn’t read “Scary Stories to tell in the dark” Which after years we finally get as a movie. Was it worth it? Was it worth the wait? This could go either way but let’s breakdown the cinema.

Scary Stories to tell in the dark is a childhood favorite, so the fact we’re in a lifetime where we have this and Goosebumps is fantastic. I couldn’t believe they were making a movie based on my favorite books. The film jumps right into things which aren’t a bad thing, but the overall it felt rushed we don’t get a connection with the characters to even feel anything for them. They’re just there.

The story isn’t too bad itself where it’s instead of it being an anthology or like Goosebumps where the ghosts or monsters appear for the sake of it. The ghosts in this movie play a crucial part where Sarah Bellows wrote these stories in a way to cope with her issues that we find out later in the film are actually from a sinister background.

As stated, the ghosts were my favorite part of the movie where they did creep me out, including The Jangly man who was never in the books. This movie showcases some of the ghosts in the best of scary stories. There’s no blood, the violence is there not enough to horrify children, but enough for adults to enjoy.

Overall the movie is good just not perfect, which is a shame because Guillermo Del Toro was a producer on it. With him being a massive fan of literature and horror movies. With this film, you would think perhaps a little more heart and soul would be placed into it. As we finally get to the ending and the reason behind it all we leave with an “ok…I guess” feel as if the film just ran into a wall or the studio wants a franchise.

The movie left me feeling neutral, but overall it is an excellent gateway for a younger audience who may not be familiar with the books or have a vast knowledge of horror where it can lead them to more, just like the original books did for me and others. Overall yes watch the movie and oddly enough it is a family movie. Of course, we may be critical, but it will bring the younger fans to read the books and build from there.

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After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

Growing up, I read a few issues of The Boys, which was an insane comic that was somewhat of an underground hit that later on grew with fans. For it’s over the top violence, sexual activity, even poking fun at beloved comic characters we all know and love.

This was a time where comic movies and TV shows were far to none. A few gems came here and there, especially if we got a rated R comic movie Christmas for everyone. With comic books now being more mainstream among media outlets.

It’s become apparent that studios are willing to give shots to not household names such as Batman, Wonderwoman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.

The Boys finally arrived at Amazon studios giving us gratuitous sex, violence, and language from author Garth Ennis who’s famous for his run on The Punisher. I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the series. I was deeply impressed and just wanting more, but it was over done to the point it felt with some episodes as fillers. The Boys, “A group of vigilantes, set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.” 

The show gives us a gritty look at superheroes that are terrible people, and the bad guys are good. It’s a slippery slope where we see Butcher (Karl Urban)balance between right and wrong for the greater good but also fueling his vendetta towards “Homelander.” The series “Superman.”

Without spoiling it, it’s excellent that’s full of humor, gore, violence some cool cameos that never really feeling bored or drawn out. We get some questions answers and answers with more questions, but this is a TV series so be prepared for a character development along the way. The season ended with this perfect mix of a “Fuck you” to Butcher who next to Homelander is a terrifying character.

You see Homelander is scary because he has superpowers of that like Superman. He doesn’t have any weaknesses, but mentally it’s a match of head games throughout the series whether it’s the Vought corporation or later on with Butcher.

Now Karl Urban in the show is scary because he’s walking that line of a good guy and a bad guy. His judgment clouded at times so yes he’s fighting for the greater good, but it’s also become a vendetta against the “supes” as he calls them. This is just like Sheriff Wydell from The Devils rejects and just like in this show Butcher shows no remorse towards supes, which would make great for a horror movie. Even in Dredd, which is a criminally underrated movie, he was a badass that showed no remorse. In one episode particular there’s a scene where (Butcher) slowly stalks a superhero, confronts him and proceeds to bash his head in like nothing. Imagine the scene from Halloween (2018) but with way more blood and face-smashing. Even in one scene, he shoots a superhero with a high power weapon in broad daylight without flinching.

As the show ended, all I know is that I wanted to see more of The Boys and or at least see Karl Urban play a slasher in a horror movie. The Boys is playing on amazon right now.

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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

For those who were looking forward to Blumhouse’s THE HUNT that was for next month. Universal has decided to pull the movie for the time being.  “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.”

Deadline broke the news based on Universal’s decision based on current events. Universal has released this statement:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

No word yet on or if the movie will be released. We will keep you informed on the news.

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Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

When the first Tales from the Hood came out, it brought forth a new gritty, creepy and topical horror movie dealing with issues that are sadly still relevant today. The film was a classic cult hit among fans, so naturally, a sequel was needed….about 23 years later. The sequel came out direct to Blu ray, DVD and vod starring Keith David as the new storyteller “Portify Simms.”

Production weekly reported the information on Tales from the hood 3 and It’s been stated that the film will begin production this year in the fall and be released for next year marking the 25th anniversary. There’s no word on what exactly will be the plot, but knowing the previous films. The same social commentary that still showcases the amount of horror we as a society endure. The film will have Spike Lee, and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. No word yet on the plot.
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[Trailer] “The Fanatic”a new thriller starring John Travoltra and Devon Sawa directed by Fred Durst

[Trailer] “The Fanatic”a new thriller starring John Travoltra and Devon Sawa directed by Fred Durst

Yes, you heard that correctly. Fred Durst lead singer of Limp Bizkit has directed a movie with John Travolta, Devon Sawa called The Fanatic. “A rabid film fan stalks his favorite action hero and destroys the star’s life” The film is inspired by a real life situation involving Fred and a fan.

 

The movie will be coming out soon and actually looks interesting. John Travolta has an ability to play scary bad guys and it’s great to see Fred Durst venture into this horror territory.

 

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[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

When one hears of the term furies, we think of something else. I thought of maybe a small creature movie with dumb jokes, or maybe dark humor that pays off, however, with the release of the new trailer. I have changed my stance and entirely on board with this new movie. The Furies

“A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where masked men hunt woman.”‘

With the expectation of great gore and kill sequences. With films such as Loved Ones and Wolf Creek, this will be another cult classic from down under. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. The film is written and directed by Tony D’aquino.

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[TRAILER] IT: CHAPTER 2. The Losers Club comes back home.

[TRAILER] IT: CHAPTER 2. The Losers Club comes back home.

Here’s your first look at the new movie coming out Sept 6th. IT: CHAPTER 2. The film is set 25 years later in the future with flashbacks to them as their younger selves. The movie is said to be brutal and with a scene using the most blood in a film ever. The stakes have never been higher not only for our beloved Losers but for fans of the book and movie.

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

There are even talks that this movie could surpass the 150 million opening weekend with talks from the director that he would love to do the third film. A prequel because there are stories of the past along with Pennywise’s account. Below is the trailer for the film.

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John Carpenter is co-writing a comic about the Joker and it sounds amazing.

John Carpenter is co-writing a comic about the Joker and it sounds amazing.

When John Carpenter says, he’s going to do anything horror fans listen. Whether he goes on tour with his son, producing a movie, or even talking about possibly coming back to directing. Out of all the things, today is a piece of excellent news when he will be co-writing a comic about none other than the Joker from DC comics.  The story is called Joker: Year of the villain # 1. This will be a one-shot comic but over 40 pages. “Lex Luthor, now reborn as a human-alien hybrid, offering various DC villains (and even some heroes) heightened abilities and/or tools if they’ll join his Legion of Doom. The Joker, being Joker, isn’t waiting by the phone for Lex. This puts The Joker on a mission to get his swagger back in a world gone bad by out-badding everyone else, proving that the greatest evil is always the one that leaves them laughing.”

“The Joker is the greatest villain in comics. I’m proud to be reunited with Anthony on this project.” -John Carpenter. John also worked on the comic Big Trouble in Little China: Old Man Jack with writer Anthony Burch who wrote for Borderlands 2 and will be working with John on the Joker comic. As of right now, the picture shown is the first piece of work we have from the comic. The comic is set to come out Oct 2nd two days from the Todd Phillip Joker movie.

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