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ONE MUST FALL movie review

ONE MUST FALL movie review

 

One Must Fall hits the indie horror scene, and it will not disappoint! I just finished watching the advanced screener sent to me by Antonio Pantoja who is the writer and director of the film! Antonio and I laughed and shared a friendly conversation a few days back on-line, and I do want to be sure to thank him for allowing me to view his movie!

One must fall about a small group of people who work for a crime scene clean up crew. These are the poor souls whose job it is to go in a clean up the mess after a body has expired. In other words, they get to mop up the brains and blood after someone blows their head off.

The crew finds themselves locked in an old abandoned warehouse where butchered bodies had been found from a serial killer that was on the loose. One by one staff members is found by the killer who remains at large in the building even after the murder scene been cleared by local police( Lloyd Kaufman).

Hacked, Skinned and even scalped our killer takes no remorse on his newfound victims. Chained to watch each other be brutally turned into filets, our killer (Barry Piacente) much in the sense of Hannibal Lecter, remains fresh and calm during his slayings. His killings are not senseless, not to him anyhow. He is the anti humanity killer if you will, he kills for all that is wrong with the human race. Piacente did a scaringly good job in his portrayal of a killer!

The film opens a bit slow and does take a bit to pick up, hell Antonio himself told me to get thru the first 25 minutes..and that is just what I did. Although for me, it was about the 45-minute mark when everything turned around, and the film had hit full speed. The fill does manage to add the perfect amount of suspense in with the gore.

In closing, One Must Fall is premiering at film fests, and if you are in the area I do hope you try to attend and support the film, you will not be disappointed as this is one I will be adding to my library.

My only wish for the film would have been for it to have had the chance to have been made with just a slightly higher budget, it indeed could have been that much better! Many indie films are real gems that are deserving of higher production; One Must Fall one.

But alas, Pantoja has a talent to be reckoned with and cant wait to see what he brings us in the next! Be sure to check out One Must Fall soon as you can!!

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UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

UNFRIENDED : Dark Web

Unfriended: Dark Web is the second installment to the 2015 film Unfriended. The story takes you on down a dark path of evil doings by evil people from the deepest corners of the web.

Directed by Stephen Susco, (The Grudge, The Grudge 2 and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3-d)and released in July of 2018. 

When four friends stumble across some hidden files on a newly found laptop from a local coffee shop, they soon unravel a living nightmare where people hire and pay for others to kidnap and torture their victims in told ways on video for an extremely high payoff. 

Our young friends are traced and thru the technologies of the internet and found out by this organization and are then in the game of said mercenaries for now knowing too much.

Not wanting to give our ending away, ….but it ends in a sort of predictable way. I didn’t know of anyone other than myself who enjoyed the first film let alone Unfriended: Dark Web. Both films received about the same reviews ….. “Not Good”

With social media being what it is today and everyone on snapchat, or some video interaction, I thought the film fit today perfectly. However, I will admit, if you sit down and think about what the movie was presenting you, how easy it is for outsiders to tap in, and even be watching you, in itself…is quite scary.

I give the actors credit for having no onstage interaction with anyone other than the camera in their face. I don’t know if I could have pulled it off. 
Regardless, the film isn’t going to win any awards and has a rather slow build up.  It did hold a bit of a fun surprise twist in the end storyline, but yet nothing over the top.  I will give this away,…meaning of the film: “DON’T TOUCH WHAT AIN’T YOURS. “
Will, there be a third installment, who knows, they didn’t leave a cliff hanger, but then neither did the first. Unfriended: Dark Web most likely won’t end up in my collection unless found in the cheap bin. I do recommend it for a watch as I did notice it’s now floating around on one of the many cable channels out there. 
Until next time…Keep it Evil
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The Nun 2 is on its way

The Nun 2 is on its way

Love it or hate it, The Nun 2 is in the works. The 2018 release of The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman brought with it $365 million to the box office yet left many horror fans seemingly not impressed. Producer Peter Safran recently told Entertainment WeeklyWe have a fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that is the next one that will be written.”

With the high box office sales, you can bet that Warner Bros. is going to be pretty anxious to keep the trend rolling by pushing out another film, soon! So I am sure The Nun 2 will not be too far off.

I will not be in line buying tickets as I was one who felt like I sat thru 90 minutes of a gimmick that had no other intent than to try and market merchandise …..good old Hollywood Horror!

I hope The Nun 2 proves me wrong, but as for now the best part of it to me is the poster art that was created by artist/musician(bass player for metal band Life of Agony.) Alan Robert who has created/illustrated The Beauty of Horror series adult coloring books.

No tentative date or cast has been mentioned, but with this kind of financial backing, I am sure it will not take long, and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

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The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

The Town that Dreaded Sundown(2014)

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is kind of a complex review. To start, The Town that Dreaded Sundown (2014) is in fact a continuation,…but still a remake…or as stated in the film, a legacy. Allow me to try to explain.

The Town that Dreaded Sundown the original was released in 1976, directed by Charles B. Pierce and was based upon a true story that happened in a sleepy little town called Texarkan. The town sits 50%on the Texas border side, the other on the Arkansas side.

The pressed called him “The Phantom Killer,” and referred to his crimes as “The Texarkana Moonlight Murders.” News of the bizarre and horrific killings transfixed an entire nation on the small town of Texarkana, Texas in early 1946, and the case remains one of the most notorious unsolved crimes in U.S. history.

 

The Phantom Killer as he was called, stalked the prey of young adults , usually parked alone in secluded areas for a little off-road romance.

Well from 1976 to 2014, here we are. Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon. The story starts off on the anniversary of the Phantom Killer at a local drive-inn movie theater where annually they show none other that the 1976 classic, The Town that Dreaded Sundown.

Scared from the movie our young couple decides to leave and , wouldn’t you guess it, they go off and park in a nice quite area where only serial killers wearing a burlap sack for a mask would be hanging around.

And so starts our killings. The young male is forced to the ground and viciously stabbed to death while the killer makes the girl stand by , but with her back turned and was told “Don’t You Turn Around!!”

I’m not one for spoilers , but our young hussy escapes, and now becomes the center of the movie as others in town are now brutally murdered. it is also at this point where you find yourself in a movie, of a movie. Hence the copycat killer as he now terrorizes this quiet little town.

The film flashes from old kill to new kill and vice versa. Meaning, if the in the first film the killer shoved a stick of dynamite in a nuns ass a lit it, we are now re-living that same technique with our 2014 killer as he will then do the same.

The film presents some pretty good kill scenes and a decent amount of blood thrown in. I will say that the kills are also fairly vicious, a lot of  emotion seemed to have been put into each attack, I liked that.I will give credit where credit is due,…this film hid no kills in the dark, or lack of lighting. I get so sick of watching movies and feel as if I’m missing half of the good stuff because of dark scenes.

The cast as mentioned really wasn’t bad, no Oscars being handed out, but surprisingly enough a decent performance given by actor Anthony Anderson (whose roles normally I cant stand), played lead investigator Lone Wolf Morales.

 

The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a fair horror film that does offer a chilling hunt, yet in kind of almost hip way. I usually give it my once a year watch then back to the shelf it goes. The idea that Gomez-Rejon wasnt bad at all, just needed a little Texas heat . I will admit , I absolutely love the poster for the film though.

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House of Tortured Souls remembers Beverley Owen.

House of Tortured Souls remembers Beverley Owen.

 

It was a very upsetting day for the horror community as we sadly said goodbye to Beverley Owen. For those of you not familiar with the name, Owens was best known and loved for her role as the first actress to play Marilyn Munster of the 1960’s hit t.v. show The Munster’s.

The Munster’s was a huge success and is still a beloved sitcom by monster and horror fans across the globe. Ownes had the look and poise as the perfect girl next store image that the show was looking for to offset the rest of the family on the show.

Beverley Owen left The Munster’s after doing 13 episodes show to marry and start a real life family of her and as well as finish her education in which she earned her masters degree in Early American History at the University of Michigan.

Sadly on Thursday ,February 21st, 2019, the lovely Beverley Owens passed away. Remaining actors of the show as well as fans everywhere are saddened by her passing and will not soon be forgot. You to us will always be Marilyn Munster.

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OVERLORD (2018)film review

OVERLORD (2018)film review

 

 

Overlord is the newest film release from major Hollywood film maker, J.J. Abrams who has brought you such blockbusters as Mission Impossible: Fallout, Star Wars: episode viii, Star Trek :Beyond ,and Cloverfield just to name a few. So with that arsenal of big budget movies, I’m expecting greatness!

The story line of the movie is a platoon of American paratroopers are dropped in behinds enemy lines in a small town in France to take out a church tower that has been utilized  by Nazis to shoot down American  fighter planes during WWII.

Once on ground the now small platoon runs into a lab where local town folk are being forced as lab rats by the Nazis who are trying to create the ultimate soldier. By injecting the now prisoners  with a serum that they have created, the subjects basically become a zombie of sorts on a roid rage.

 

Overlord is a fun movie, and I have a feeling its going to be a but of a cult film. A coworker of mine actually brought it to my attention with great praise saying it was about Army guys and zombies. So the first thing I thought of was Dead Snow. What I got was more of a cross between Saving Private Ryan crossed with the video game Return to Castle Wolfenstein, not that either of them are bad, but it wasn’t what i had prepared myself for.

Overlord moves at a pretty decent pace and has a few worth wild scenes and some pretty good effects of specimens in the lab. But sadly Overloard is not a horror film. It almost has a made for cable movie with a decent budget, but then I keep J.J. Abrams in mind, and I am left wanting a lot more. Overloard would however make an incredible graphic novel and I’m sure I’ll see cosplayers take a stab at it future conventions.

Do I recommend Overlord? Sure, it is a fun movie that you can easily watch, just don’t be looking for a serious or gory movie, cause that’s not what you’re going to find. Sorry Mr. Abrams, don’t think your going to be filling many theaters this time around.

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CREEPSHOW  FIRST LOOK

CREEPSHOW FIRST LOOK

Well it may not be a lot,…but what it is , is AMAZING  and has all of us wanting more!

Creepshow is set to be made into a series on Shudder and the horror community is welcoming it with open arms. Today thru Twitter, the man himself Greg Nicotero has released an image that should make most of you smile and feel very nostolgic .

 

 

So here it is, your first image of the all new

CREEPSHOW

 

 

Now, the funny thing is, Greg’s twitter account was put under suspension after this post…hmmmmm.We will keep you posted on any updates!!

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Danielle Harris : Women in Horror Scream Queen

Danielle Harris : Women in Horror Scream Queen

Danielle Andrea Harris, possibly the littlest of the scream queens, but one to be reckoned with as her résumé speaks for itself.

There are so many overly talented women in the horror industry, that it seems nearly impossible to pick one for me to spotlight. I always try to focus on and bring light to those behind the scenes , the writers, director, make up artist’s, and i usually  also to pick a new up and comer  from the independent film circuit. I thought long and hard about it, and realized I wanted to give credit to where credit is due as well.

My personal pick for Women in Horror Month(WIHM) this year, Danielle Harris. Born in Long Island New York in 1977 the talented young lady is so much more than meets the eye. With over 90 acting titles , she has also directed two films, ( Among Friends (2012) / Prank (2008) and is associate producer to Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009). Harris has also made numerous appearances on many t.v. shows as well as doing voice overs The Rugrats cartoons.

Landing her first role, and a good-sized role it was as Jamie Loyd in  Halloween 4 : The Return of Micheal Myers (1988),and the very next year in Halloween 5: The Curse of Micheal Myers(1989)  Harris was only 11 years old and well on her way to make a name for herself. Funny, one of her smaller roles, Urban Legend, she played goth college room-mate Tosh Guaneri, is actually in fact one role that I always remember her for.

      

 

Harris has kept herself busy, but it was in 2007, when Rob Zombie’s Halloween was released and Harris was back home, this time as Annie Brackett. As fate would have it, two years later she follows up her role with Halloween II. Her performances in both were strong characters, and I think that’s why I liked them so much, and Harris nailed it.

While not playing the lead role, hers while even a short woman in height , made up for in it attitude and strength. Even while being thrown around the house like a small toy doll being butchered by the likes of Micheal Myers, she always had fight in her, and she portrayed it quite well!

From return roles in Hatchet 2 & 3 , to playing pregnant in StakelandSee No Evil 2, Havenhurst, Chrome-skull:laid to Rest 2 just to name a few the past few years have been very busy for Danielle Harris.

Having been fortunate enough to had met Danielle Harris about 12 years ago in Orlando at Spooky Empire Horror convention, I can first handedly  say that yes….she is all her 4’11, but is a giant at heart. Harris is a very down to earth woman who sincerely appreciates her fans.

And am I the only one that shows Harris love, no, most certainly not! Danielle Harris has not only been nominated for her work, her acting has also won her awards for Best Actress in 2012 at The Burbank International Film Festival for Shiver, as well as Best Actress at the Fear NYC 2017 for Inoperable. And my favorite, Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for the Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame ! All in my eye, well deserved.

So to you , Danielle Harris, congratulations as you have inspired me to nominate you, a true Horror Icon,  as a proud Women in Horror.

 

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Lords of Chaos Film Review

Lords of Chaos Film Review

 

Lords of Chaos brings you the truths and the lies of church burning’s, murders , Satan and head banging!

Before I get to far into this, I do want to let those of you know ahead of time that maybe  unfamiliar with this story, that Lords of Chaos is one that is based on a true story. Based on, being the key term. Now I do know of the controversy and stories that were claimed to have been surrounded by certain Black metal bands from that time frame. Stories of church burnings, rapes, satanic worship and even murder. Now I’m not here to tell you what was truth or not, I wasn’t there. But what I am here to do is tell you the story that is now being told to us about such , in Lords of Chaos.

Lords of Chaos , directed by Jonas Åkerlund, shows you the story of the birth of Norwegian Black Metal by band Mayhem, whose dark and satanic music, was also thought to be their beliefs and life style. The film takes you on a very dark look into the downward spiral that was known among the closest of members as the Black Circle.

Rory Culkin plays Euronymous,guitarist and creator of the Mayhem from Oslo. While trying to become the next big break thru band while pushing the Dark image for the band as many did in that time.  As bands goes, members come and go often , especially when new. In walks Varg, played by Emory Cohen(whose portrayal of Yarg will scare the shit out of you!) to fill the slot as new bass player. It is now where the story takes a dark turn.

Varg was a fan of Mayhem, but now challenges the band, Euronymous, especially to live up to their image, and with that, I don’t mean by wearing the black and white face paint.  With that, Churches are now being burned, rapes are taking place and are being aired on the news. Members of this Black Circle are coming forward to each other claiming that they had committed these crimes.

Most of the crimes mentioned are all show in the film and are done in a way that it does make you believe that what you are seeing in the film is all true. As the film continues, Euronymous and Varg are constantly on watch of each other. Varg’s strength and hunger to destroy is growing and  you start to see an almost scared realization by Euronymous that reality lost all grips.

No spoilers here….but i do want to say that Lords of Chaos is well worth a watch to the very end!

I must say, that a high point to me for the film, you hear many stories of what bands used to do on stage, well…Lords of Chaos actually portrayed one of those stories as we got to see former lead singer(now deceased) who went by the name of Dead (played by Jack Kilmer, yes Val’s son)mutilate himself live on stage. I wish we could have seen some more live footage thru the film, but it will explain why you don’t.

Lords of Chaos is the fucked up cousin to Sid and Nancy and the bastard step child to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Growing up and being so heavily influenced by music that surrounded the occult , this film is so easily relatable and easy to follow. For those of you wanting to know more about the truths of it, look it up. As a matter of fact, Varg himself has made a few videos on YouTube about the film …they to are worth a watch.

Lords of Chaos will be in my video library, I absolutely loved the film !!

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Lords of Chaos is everything I thought it would be, and showed me so much more.

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Lex Ortega’s Belibette Album Review

Lex Ortega’s Belibette Album Review

 

From the dark mind of Lex Ortega comes his latest offering of pain and suffering to the world, this time thru his music with his band Belibette.

In 2015, Lex Ortega took the entire horror film industry and visually raped all who saw his film Atroz. Atroz is without a doubt the most brutal and all most hard to watch films in existence. Lex is back this time with his band entitled Belibette with their debut lp 72 Huries and from Atroz to his music, he hasn’t let up one bit!

Me personally growing up, i was always in to heavy metal, hard core and some death metal for the most part. Each genre had different sounds and speeds to them, but basically, it was whatever moved me is what I liked. Well, after I heard Belibette ,I let Lex know that I had to review it!

I mentioned how each style of music i listened to had its own sound and speed, well Belibette is what is called grind core. imagine if you will, taking some brutal lyrics, crashing snare drum and a lightning fast guitar riff and dumped it all in to a blender then threw a handful of razor blades in the mix for good measure while Lex growls and howls into the microphone!

The tempo is blazing fast and the vocals styling of Lex is honestly like nothing ive ever heard…..and further more (laughing),nothing i could ever understand. The band is from Mexico and all lyrics are sung in Spanish as well….that doesn’t help as I didn’t exactly ace Spanish classes in school.

But never the less, the vocal styling is truly a mystery on how they (the front man) can not only pronounce what it is they are saying, but also cant figure out how it is possible for them to be able to speak the next day after performing.

I’m going to leave you with the video for the track Sutil Posesión. I think the strobe light effect really captures the feeling of grind core. Kind of like feeling your heart pounding . I commend Lex and his band on the debut  and hope they tour the states and I get the chance to experience Belibette first handed, but in the mean time, check them out and be sure to support !!

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Circus of the Dead director Bloody Billy Pon need our help!!

Circus of the Dead director Bloody Billy Pon need our help!!

 

Bill Pon, a.k.a Bloody Bill NEEDS OUR HELP! For those of you just hearing about this devastating news, Bill has been diagnosed with stage 4 cancer. No, this is not a joke nor is it a story line for one of his new movies, this is very real!

On top of being the writer /director of one of my all time top horror films, Circus of the Dead, Bill is also one the most genuine and nicest people I’ve met in the horror industry. We have spoke on the phone numerous times, texted, emailed and he has also guested on my very first pod cast for House of Tortured Souls Live! The man called me friend, and that’s how I think of Bill, as a friend.

He always and only has nice things to say about others and is always supportive while trying to make it happen for himself. Bills life time dream is to be making movies, and thru this endeavor has left him without insurance. So it is up to us to try and help our friend out the best we can.

A gofundme has been started in attempt to try and help and his family financially cope the astronomical medical bills that are already piling up. There are tons of crowd-funding  projects going on as we speak , all for great up and coming new indie films…..sorry guys, but this one is by far more important!

Below is the official gofundme link for Bill.

PLEASE, I know the holidays are coming soon…but anything will help!!!

All our Love Bill!!

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BILLY PON GO FUND ME

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Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

Bandit Motion Pictures : The Bad Man

The Bad Man, the newest release  from the creative mind of Scott schirmer and all the crew at bandit motion pictures have done it again with what is probably their darkest film yet. Scott Schirmer (writer /director/producer Plank Face, Harvest Lake , Found) brings you the story of a clown and a young couple.

The Bad Man stars Ellie Church (Plank Face, Frankenstein Created Bikers, Headless, Harvest Lake, Space Babes from Outer Space) as Mary, Jason Crowe (Space Babes from Outer Space, Harvest Lake) as P.J. and Arthur Cullipher as Lawernce the Clown.

The basis of the story is Mary and PJ are visiting a B&B that Mary’s recently deceased grandmother owned. While their Lawernce shows up claiming to have a previous reservation for the night. Reluctantly the couple agree and let Lawernce stay, …after all, its only for one night.

Mary awakens the next morning alone only to find Lawernce, who is now in clown makeup, carrying a unconscience , gagged and bound PJ around the house. Mary is quickly over powered after threatening to kill the clown by Clowns gimp, a slender man in black jeans, black boots and a gas mask.

The movie moves along with our young couple being drugged, raped, humiliated and tortured all while Clown is breaking their will and turning them each into his own creatures. Mary he now has dressed as a baby doll in white dress , with Betty Boop style make up and PJ is now his dog, on all fours, with a choker collar that the gimp has taken to in a not so friendly manner.

Now im not going to give away any spoilers on the ending, but the story moves on only to find out that this breaking of the will is a part of an entire sub culture where people own humans that are totally submissive,  broken spirited pets/slaves.

There is a nice cameo by Alyss Winkler as Mantis and Ellie Church does a great job as does Crowe, but Arthur Cullipher’s performance hands down made this film. Cullipher’s performance was simply brilliant and at times will give you chills. He is everything that clown fearing folk fear. From happy go lucky , laughing and giggling to as a circus clown does, to the sleaziest and most violent , all while in clown make up.

The Bad Man is a solid film but kind of a slow burn at times…but it always keeps you. A power that Scott Schirmer seems to have is to be able to never give away to much at once, but always keep his audience captive.

So did I like The Bad Man, YES!  The Bad Man a solid film that takes you down a very dark road!

 

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TRICK OR TREATS!!!

TRICK OR TREATS!!!

 

 

 

The doorbell rings, slowly the door opens and you shout TRICK OR TREAT!!!!! Awaiting the home owners  hand to reach out  as they drop candy and other goodies into your Halloween Bag like it was Christmas morning. remembering theses times are such great memories that I hold dear and is also a huge part of  who I became today, a proud horror and Halloween junky! Tonight I am here to talk to you about the TREAT, yes, the Halloween Candy!

Halloween for me, before I really grew into it, was always a huge event for me. The decorations, the costumes, and lets face it, no matter how cheap of a costume you had, in your mind as a child you looked exactly like who you were dressed as.  Hearing the person at the door compliment you on how you looked, that made it even that much more exciting!

But lets face it, after the chilly autumn night of door to door festivities was thru and sat your butt on the floor of your living room still wearing part of your costume, it was time to count the loot! The bag gets dumped into a huge pile on the floor and your eyes glaze over as you wipe a drop of saliva now building in the corner of your mouth. There it was in all its glory…HALLOWEEN CANDY!!!

 

 

Back when I was a kid, the big scare of terrorist candy existed. Stories of razor blades and needles in apples and rat poison sprinkled over popcorn balls was all the scare. So because of this, mom and dad went thru and did a safety check. Nothing bad was ever found, but this is a safety precaution my wife and I still practice with our little ones today.

Now if you noticed, I mentioned apples and popcorn balls. Yes when I was a kid, homemade treats were an accepted treat for you to receive ….boy how times have changed. Now a days sadly if the sweet little old lady on the corner hands you something that isn’t sealed in a store-bought wrapper, it’s tossed.

The style of candy at Halloween has definitely gone with the times, and what I mean by that, is marketing! Major brands will release their Halloween brand and put a bat or a ghost on the label or even call it limited. Their are even those that you can order online that specialized in the molds they have, ie. coffins, skeletons and so forth.

But did you know after all the holiday special packaging and limited time sales, Halloween is second in candy sales to yes, you guessed it , Christmas.

But in case you were wondering since I  mentioned sales, here’s a look at how much is spent on our spooky holiday sweets:

1)Reese’s $509,000,000.00

2)M&M $500,000,000.00

3)Snicker’s $456,000,000.00

4)Hershey’s $324,000,000.00

5)Kit-Kat $306,000,000.00

That’s a lot of damn chocolate!

Now it says in polls online, that Skittle and Starburst are also little ghouls favorites as well. But Tootsie Rolls, Mary Janes , and Candy Corn are the least favorites.  And lets be honest if you got a pencil or tooth brush in your bag, the house got toilet papered or egged next year!

 

So as you’re having to get off your couch yet again as your doorbell is ringing on the 31st, think back to how much fun your night was as a kid. Have fun with the kids as they come to your house, trust me they will always remember you.

And by all means, sneak one or two of those  Halloween Candies your handing out for yourself, put a little smile on your face…after all it is Halloween.

 

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

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Life of Agony 9/30/18 Baltimore Soundstage

Life of Agony 9/30/18 Baltimore Soundstage

For Nearly 30 fuckin years……damn, I have been a fan of Brooklyn based hardcore band Life of Agony. When I heard they were coming to my town, and then found out it was on a Friday night…OH WE ARE GOIN!I spent many of my younger years, listening to , and going to as many shows that i could when ever the band came around, well its a few years later and I sure as hell didn’t want to miss it!

The show originally was slated for Friday September 13th, the same night we were supposed to get hit with a hurricane. Just my damn luck! Luckily the tour rescheduled for the 30th…a Sunday….SUNDAY, REALLY?!?! Fuck it, I’m still there!Baltimore Soundstage here we come!

The night started off being fortunate enough to have been able to schedule a video inter with bands bass player, Alan Robert, who talked with us about being on the road, meanings behind many of the lyrics, his artwork and him doing laundry! We spoke and hung out for close to 30 minutes. My wife Steff and I had such a great time talking with him, very hospitable, genuine good person! I must also admit, having been such a huge fan of the band, i was actually a bit shaky when he first entered the room with us.

As the show got under way, local Baltimore Hardcore band End It All kicked things with a short, but very powerful set! These guys are doing a few shows in the west coast soon so show support and get your ass to see them, they are so worth it!

Next on stage, and pretty much arriving and jumping on stage due to car issues, Silvertomb. Many of you were or like me still are fans of the once great goth rock band Type O Negative. Silvertomb is comprised of guitarist from Type O Negative Kenny Hickey and drummer Johnny Kelly as well as Joseph James from Agnostic Front. I knew of the band, but sadly hadn’t actually heard their work yet. I’m here to tell ya, after the somewhat short set, I am a fan! Kenny fronts Silvertomb so perfectly, and the band is just tight as hell!! Great emotionally strong sound and lyrics with a very strong stage presence made for a very memorable show. It was also great to see the guys playing again since TYPE O Negative was such a huge part of my life.

Then the time came for the moment we were all waiting for. Now mind you, this is now on a Sunday, the crowd about 1/3 its capacity , so that was kind of upsetting, but they were true fans and were just glad to see the band! The band came on stage and everyone went nuts, even the band. The band kick it right in to high gear from the get go. Playing such a perfect mix of old school, and all thru the years. We were up front for a while then slowly made our way back so we could just relax and take in the show it self.

The energy pouring out on stage is incredible! Many bands after this many years of playing just start slowing down. Not the case with Life of Agony! They were all over the stage, and totally giving love to the fans, and further most, to each other. You can easily see that after so many years together they are so much more than just a band, they are family and that made the show even that much more enjoyable! But still, when they played River Runs Red, the place still goes nuts!!

 

This was the last show of this leg of the tour, everyone was going home, then they were off to conquer Europe . So that made it kind of a special show. What really made it though, was when Silvertomb came out on stage while during ‘s. Life of Agony set with a birthday cake with lit candles and all to sing Happy Birthday to Alan. The entire crowd  joined in as we all wished Alan a Happy Birthday!

 

 

All and all do i wish there had been a larger crowd, only for the band’s sake. As far as I was concerned it was perfect, a more intimate show if you will, and the guys are just as good now if not even better live than they once were! They killed it!!!

Be sure to take a minute, actually 15, and check out the great video interview that Alan Robert did with us prior to the show! Thanks again Alan!!!

www.lifeofagony.com

 

John and Steff w/ Alan Robert of Life Of Agony

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Terrifier (2017)

Terrifier has hit Redbox recently and is now streaming — and trending — on Netflix, and wow what waves it is making! Terrifier is an 80s style horror film directed by Damien Leone, who brought us such title as All Hallows Eve (2013), Frankenstein vs. The Mummy (2015), and The 9th Circle (2008). The Indie horror film has a small cast that is lead by a brilliant performance from newcomer David Howard Thornton as Art the Clown, a rather sadistic homicidal clown.

The basis of the story is that two young ladies (Jenna Kanell and Catherine Corcoran) who are out partying on Halloween night get stranded in an old building due to a flat tire. One girl calls her older sister (Samantha Scaffidi) to come to the rescue and pick them up. Waiting for them inside is Art the Clown, who they had a small run in with at a local pizza joint earlier.

To say Terrifier is an amazing film would be inaccurate, but it is definitely a fun horror film. At times it has almost a slow burn feel, but it’s not a boring film by any means. There is a great deal of blood and gore in the film and a few scenes which I was rather surprised by. Sadly in the mix of the kill scenes, some were beyond expected and fairly gruesome, while others made you wonder just what kind of film you’re in for because of the cheese factor with certain special FX. The cheese factor, however, adds to its 80s feel and is actually charming.

The film does such a good job of creating the feel of an 80s slasher film that if the film had been released at that time, Art the Clown would easily be an iconic horror character today. I really don’t know if it’s the character or the performance because Thornton really brings Art the Clown to life!

In light of the recent trend of clown-based films, from Stephen King’s IT and a new Pennywise to Billy Pons’ Circus of the Dead (awesome fucking film, by the way), Art the Clown finds a way to make your skin crawl like no other. From a look that he gives to the way a clown would walk, he’s comical in his own sense while downright brutal as hell!

Terrifier, overall, is a fun bloodbath of an Indie horror with a great new killer character. So get out and rent, steam, whatever you gotta do, but check out Terrifier. Support the Indie horror scene, and be on the lookout for David Howard Thornton on the convention circuit.

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DOOM ETERNAL: A Look Into the Future

DOOM ETERNAL: A Look Into the Future

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Everyone in the gaming industry and gamers across the globe have been awaiting the arrival of the DOOM ETERNAL. This will be the sequel to the award-winning and best selling DOOM (2016). The game sadly isn’t slated for release until 12/31/19. Yet still, how’s that for a New Year’s Eve party?!? Fuck Ryan Seacrest, I’m playin’ DOOM ETERNAL!!

The folks at ID Software are back in with the development with of the upcoming game and will be published by Bethesda Softworks. The game that has influenced so many others over the years promises to pack a punch with new weapons, new creatures and of course new bosses. All of which I’m sure will be and from what I’ve seen, will be all over the top!

Doom Eternal also welcomes back, composer/sound designer, Mick Gordon whose sound effects and soundtrack really help bring the game to life! Mick’s work can also be found on such games as Dead Space 3, Medal of Honor “Warfighter”, a few of the Wolfenstein games, and Need for Speed World just to name a few. It is truly amazing the added touches that Mick Gordon adds to these games. So that alone really is something to look forward to with the release.

I grew up playing the DOOM games from back in the day on my original PlayStation. Of course, back then the graphics were, at best, like playing Minecraft (which I fucking hate). It wasn’t so much the graphics back then. Let’s face it – they all sucked. It was the game itself! What I mean is that when I first saw a burning pentagram in a video game, I knew I was going to be a fan!

As technology advanced through the years, so did the graphics on the game, and from what I’m seeing, they are on top of it because the imagery looks fucking sick!

The creators have said DOOM ETERNAL has got something for everyone. The older fans will appreciate that they’ve kept the gameplay the same (first person shooter), as will the younger generation of gamer, but they’ll also be digging the killer graphics. You play as the Doom Slayer and go through what looks like the future from The Terminator, i.e. the aftermath of an intense war, all around you is laid waste, and your mission is to kill and destroy EVERYTHING!

Have a peek!

DOOM ETERNAL will be released for Microsoft Windows, Nintendo Switch, PS4, and Xbox One and costs $59.99 retail. DOOM ETERNAL is available for pre-order through GAMESTOP.COM.
Be sure to check back as I’ll keep you updated on any changes and will definitely be publishing a game review once it is released!

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Jessica Cameron’s Truth or Dare (2013)

Jessica Cameron’s Truth or Dare (2013)

Jessica Cameron’s Truth or Dare

Looking for something you may have missed over the past few years? Trying to find those lost titles to add to your DVD collection? Then have I got a film title for you…Truth or Dare. This wonderfully twisted and often gory Indie horror film was written by, directed by, and stars the always lovely Jessica Cameron.

Released through Ms. Cameron’s own Small Town Girl Productions, Truth or Dare focuses around a group of young adults who have found stardom and fame of its own kind by hosting a YouTube channel show called — you guessed it — Truth or DareTruth or Dare is an Internet-based reality show wherein each week the group plays the old game we all grew up playing but on a much more grown up and dangerous level. “How ?” you ask. Okay. For example, the film starts off with the group on a beach where actress Jessica Cameron picks dare and has to shoot fellow gamer Tony, played by Brandon Van Vilet, in the face with a handgun. Not quite how I played when I was young. Nevertheless, with stunts like this, the ratings for the show soar! Now you get the gist of how they play their rendition of Truth or Dare.

While interviewing on a local TV talk show, the group are confronted with questions by a member of the audience who seems to be a bit too eager and intense and is bounced out the door on his ass. But that’s not the last we see of our greasy little fanboy…

We next see our group in a basement getting ready to shoot another episode when in from behind the plastic tarps walks in our fanboy, played by Ryan Kiser who gives a stellar performance as Derik B. Smith. Smith, a fanboy stalker if you will, knows every -single- hidden inch of our new stars’ past and uses it against all of them to play his version of Truth or Dare, and of course, streams it all live on the web.

Smith’s version of Truth or Dare is basically the same as the group’s: You pick truth or dare, and you answer or act out whatever is asked of you 100%. The one small difference is that Smith’s dares are real! From the bullet in the gun to the blade on the knife to questions that can ruin or change lives, all of it is real. There’s no acting and no stunts, so many rounds end in death.

Jessica Cameron brought to the screen something that permeates today’s world — uploaded video, the more shocking and violent the better. Cameron brought plenty of that in Truth or Dare, including a few dares that are surprising if not shocking, to say the least!

If you haven’t seen this gem of an Indie horror film, you must. It will not disappoint! Jessica, great job all around with this one, and thank you for the screener. I can’t wait to see what you have in store for me next!

On a side note, be sure to keep an eye out for Jessica starring in Stephen Biro’s The Song of Solomon, an American Guinea Pig Film Series release from Unearthed Films, coming in March, 2018. You’re not going to want to miss it!

Happy early birthday, Jessica!!

Be sure to follow and support Jessica Cameron!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Clown (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Clown (2014)

I finally got a chance to view the highly anticipated 2014 Clown. First, let me clarify because too many people are under the wrong impression... THIS IS NOT AN ELI ROTH FILM!!! The film itself was written by Christopher Ford and Jon Watts and was directed by Jon Watts as well. Eli Roth was one of the producers for the film, along with three others and six executive producers... That does not make this an Eli Roth film. So many are saying this is one of his films, and it’s not! Why not just ask Jon Watts how it was to work under Roth during the making of Clown? Then kick him in the nuts as well!

Clown (2014) / Fair use doctrine.

Now that that's out of the way... I had been wanting to see Clown since first having read about and, of course, later having seen trailer for it. Well, God Bless America, but what do I happen to see on Netflix but Clown?! I was thrilled!!!!

The storyline of Clown is of a good dad trying to be the hero to his son’s birthday party when he finds an old clown outfit and wears it to the party after the hired clown cancels at last minute. Good dad to the rescue! Now for the bad part…

After the party is over, Dad can’t get the costume off. It literally is stuck on his body. One might almost say that it is becoming one with his body. After some research, he discovers that the outfit he put on is, for lack of better words, possessed by a once demonic clown who killed and fed off children. I'm not going to say much else about the film because I do hope many of you give it a chance. It is a solid film and deserves to be watched. My review isn't so much a bad movie review as it is a let down on how much potential I think it had. There is honestly a difference!

I don't think I've been so on the line with a film in a very long time! Clown holds so many high points, very dark, very disturbing high points. Clown also holds so many low, predictable, and almost generic points to it. Just when you think it’s great, it pulls some cheesy shit and, to me, it would just fall to hell.

I didn't expect much from the film even though I wanted to see it for so long, I still didn't have very high expectations, and I was wrong. It is a good solid film. I just think if they had stuck with their original dark thoughts and finished that way, it would have been even better.

I really wanted to like it a lot more than I did. Sadly, if I were to give Clown a numerical rating, it would probably be a 3 or maybe a 4, not because of how bad it was because, honestly, it wasn't...but because of how great it really could have been!!

I will say this, the dad, or Kent, played by Andy Powers was spot on. From the role of loving father through his changing ways, shall we say, he did a great job. And I MUST, MUST, MUST say this, let’s call it, the rainbow-colored splatter: GENIUS!!!

Clown is on Netflix. Give it a shot, and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think!

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Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Haunters: The Art of the Scare (2017)

Haunters: The Art of the Scare - skulls / Image: Fair use doctrine

Haunters: The Art of the Scare, or as many simply refer to it Haunters the Movie, is a 2017 documentary brought to you by Brain Factory Production. Where The American Scream first brought us a light hearted look at local family haunts and a few years later The Houses October Built dabbled into the search for the more extreme in home haunts, Haunters: The Art of the Scare brings you the absolute best of both!

Writer/producer/director Jon Schnitzer takes an in depth look at a wide variety of home haunts through the United States of America. From jump scare haunts to over the top, all out, full contact haunts, Schnitzer serves up a little bit everything for you to sample, a smorgasbord of selections to satisfy your personal palate.

As most of you by now know, I love Halloween and everything about it. Furthermore, I love (crave, even) Halloween-themed movies, so when I first caught wind of Haunters: The Art of the Scare, I was super stoked, to say the least! There is truly nothing I love more than a documentary film about one of my passions…HALLOWEEN!!

Haunters: The Art of the Scare not only examines the art of haunting, it also embraces the passion of legendary haunt actors and shows the history of the haunt and the progression and evolution of home haunts through the years to today’s now legendary the current most extreme haunt in the world – McKamey Manor. Not too shabby considering it’s all being run out of his own home!. It even illustrates how religious organizations actually utilized home haunts to help recruit for their churches.

In-depth behind the scene interviews with haunt owners, actors, builders, and, of course, haunt audience responses cast a light on the underappreciated art of home haunts. The thing I most admired is that not only did Schnitzer capture great behind the scenes footage (it’s always amazing to see what goes on behind the curtain so to speak), but he also captured the haunters’ family lives and how having a home haunt effects and takes its toll on family. Building and running a haunt is a second full-time job for these folks, and as much support as the family gives, sometimes they just run out of things to give…

Haunters: The Art of the Scare does focus a lot on McKamey Manor, but let’s face it, when a haunt requires you to be vetted through a screening process to find out if potential attendees are physically and mentally able of traveling across the world just to go through, you know it’s worth showing! The haunt has gained such huge notoriety that Schnitzer compiled a nice guest list of horror actors and others well-known names in horror (Jen and Sylvia Soska, Jason Blum, and Jessica Cameron to name a few) to add their own thoughts on extreme haunts.

Haunters: The Art of the Scare - Jen and Sylvia Soska / Image: Fair use doctrine

Haunters: The Art of the Scare is currently airing on Netflix and should be high on your to watch list! This documentary packs a punch while still showing the true lives of home haunters!

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: 10/31 (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: 10/31 (2017)

Some time back, actor/musician/producer/writer and now director Rocky Gray sent me a press release for a film he was working on called 10/31, he told me to always keep tabs with on it, because as he said, “I think you’re really gonna like it!” So for the past what seems to be eons now of awaited anticipation…and yes, bothering the hell outta Rocky (sorry bro, lol!), he sends me a screener of the film.

10/31

10/31 is an Indie horror anthology film that runs about 135 minutes and is pure enjoyment! First, as many of you know, I love Halloween- based movies. I mean I am a sucker for them! But that’s not to say that there hasn’t been a share of them that I also thought were pieces of shit! This, however, is not one of them!

10/31 is opened by the lovely and talented Jennifer Nangle who plays Malvolia the Queen of Screams, a horror host on a TV in a home on Halloween night, who sets you off on your journey of dark and twisted tales of Halloween.

10/31

This anthology film is full of horrific stories of terror brought to you by some of the newest and up and coming talent and features segments were directed by Brett Dejager – “Halloween Blizzard of ’91”, Rocky Gray – “The Samhain Slasher”, Zane Hershberger – “Trespassers”, John William Holt – “Killing the Dance”, Hunter Johnson – “Malvolia the Scream Queen”, and Justin M. Seaman (yes, who you all just recently saw on our live video podcast!) – “The Old Hag”.

Each story is different, original, and yet horrifying in their own ways, from stories of haunted homes, property owners, a new meaning of roller disco, and even Samhain!

The collaboration of these talented filmmakers really shines in this film. Each of them truly showing their own passion and twisted images of Halloween horror. Brought to life by some great acting which includes Jordan Phipps (Close Calls), Katie Wagrave (Bonejangles), Cindy Maples (Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories) and Chad Burns (Stargazer) to name just a few.

The amount of support and backing in the production, I must say, is very impressive with 20 producers on the film, some of them being a few of the segment directors as well as a handful of others including Nick Ford, Kirby Gocke, and P.J. Starks.

Was waiting for this release of 10/31 a pain in the ass? YES!! Was waiting for 10/31 worth the wait? HELL YES!!

10/31 is a fun, yet horrific downward spiral of tales darkness and horror of Halloween at is best!

Rocky, congrats my friend! 10/31, Rocky Gray

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