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Elvira Gets Animated!

Elvira Gets Animated!

By John Roisland

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Cassandra Peterson, 63, is better known to the world as Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. As Elvira, Peterson's popularity soared in the 1980s - 90s, is known for hosting horror movies as well as starring in her own. And now she IS BACK! The word on the street is that her career is moving in a little different direction than what we are all accustomed to.

Peterson, born in Manhattan, KS and raised in Colorado Springs, CO, started her show business career in 1971 as a showgirl in Vive Les Girls at the Dunes Hotel. At 17 Peterson was the youngest showgirl in Las Vegas. After Las Vegas, Peterson moved to Europe as a singer and actor. During her European travels, Peterson worked in many films, including an uncredited role in Federico Fellini's Roma (1972). Peterson entered the horror genre when she auditioned for and got the role of a horror hostess, thereby becoming Elvira, for Movie Macabre in 1981.

Here we are , more than half way through 2015, and Elvira is ready to hit the screen again, not the big screen, but the TV screen... and animated! The details at this time are very vague, and it is still very early in production talk. Everything is still in the works, but what we do know is, it is supposed to be a television series and it will star a full blown Elvira character. We will keep you posted on this triumphant return! Welcome home Elvira, we have missed your devilish smile.

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BREAKING NEWS: Leonardo DiCaprio as H.H. Holmes

Leonardo DiCaprio as H.H. Holmes

By John Roisland

NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 20: Leonardo DiCaprio attends an event for being named UN Messenger Of Peace at the United Nations on September 20, 2014 in New York, New York. (Photo by Eduardo Munoz Alvarez/Getty Images)

So it is official and an H.H. Holmes movie is in the works. Paramount Pictures has closed the deal, and Golden Globe and Academy Award winner Martin Scorsese is set to direct The Devil in The White City: Murder, Magic and Madness at the Fair That Changed America. Leonardo DiCaprio, who starred in The Wolf of Wall Street (2013) and Gangs of New York (2002) - both directed by Scorsese, is set to take the lead role. He will be playing Dr. H.H. Holmes, who is considered to be the world's first serial killer. Holmes is said to have killed up to 200 victims by the end of the 1800s .

Robert DeNiro is also said to be attached to the film, but no dates have been issued for production or release as of yet. Will this finally be it for Leo as his fight for the Oscar continues? Maybe THIS time, Leo, maybe this time.

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GAME REVIEW (RETRO): Manhunt (2003)

GAME REVIEW (RETRO): Manhunt (2003)

Manhunt:
A Game of Survival Through Execution

By John Roisland

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Created by: Rockstar games

Released: 11/18/2003 for PS2 format and 04/20/2004 for Xbox and PC in the US.

Ever since I was a child, I have always had this same recurring dream. In my case, nightmare would be a better word. It is of me running through the dark city streets being chase by violent thugs. These nightmares lasted into my early 20s and then proceeded to fade away. One day, when I was about thirty two, I popped this game I had gotten into my old Xbox. I saw that my nightmares had virtually come to life in the video game Manhunt.

The basis of the game is that you are a prisoner on death row. At your execution you are heavily drugged instead of being given a lethal dose and are unconscious but not dead. You wake up in a dark room, thinking you were dead, as does the rest of the world. You are given instructions from a voice over a speaker on just exactly how you can regain your freedom. All you have to do is play a game,. All you have to do is survive.

You were purchased by an anonymous wealthy party to be used in a live action snuff survival game. The objective is to survive and make it through just a few abandoned city blocks. As you play, you will encounter different gangs in the city.

One thing I enjoyed about this game is that each gang was different, diverse. Some wore masks, and some were skin heads. There was even one wearing a pig's head as a mask. He reminded me of Leatherface - complete with a chainsaw.

You could play the game in a strategic manner by throwing a rock or a bottle in the distance. This would distract your opponents and you could escape confrontation free. Chances are there wil be at least one member far too smart for this maneuver, and you will have no choice but to fight and fight to the death.

The beatings were always brutal and the deaths were gruesome. Keep in mind the entire game is being videotaped by your purchaser. You will often hear the video "Director" talking or yelling for more action - he has to get his ratings.

The quality of the game is good, but the map of the game in its entirety is huge. There is a bit of grainy quality to the video when you are being taped, giving it a found footage kind of feel. At certain times when you sneak up to kill a person, then the surprise is on you. The video records the killing from the front, in slow motion, giving you a very raw video quality of the execution.

If you were to eat a copy of the film The Running Man, and follow that with a snack of The Purge 2, you would shit out the game Manhunt. The game in its earlier days, had been banned from most countries due to its high levels of violence. Just because it shows you hacking off a guy's head and then saving it in a duffel bag and use it later as a diversionary tactic... What's wrong with that?!

If you are lucky enough to get hold of this game and a format to play it on, do so. It is a blast. There are enough executions available that would make even Fred Vogel proud.

7 out of 10 stars, even with its age!

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Trick ‘r Treat Sam Action Figure Collectible

By John Roisland

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Trick 'r Treat Sam Action Figure Collectible

Coming from a true horror fan of the Trick 'r Treat movie, this little guy has been sweeping through the horror community like a plague. Sam has been expertly crafted to perfectly reflect the enigmatic character from the movie.

I so enjoy the great detail taken with Sam's burlap, face and even in his eyes. It just makes me smile. These pieces are becoming more and more rare and expensive. So what can I say? If you can get your hands on one, do so. It would make a great addition to any horror collection.

For the uninitiated, Trick 'r Treat is a clever little horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty and based on his 1996 animated short film Season's Greetings. Produced by Bryan Singer, Trick 'r Treat was not released until 2009 although it was previously scheduled for release in 2007 and 2008. Trick 'r Treat stars Anna Paquin, Brian Cox, Dylan Baker with Quinn Lord as Sam. Trick 'r Treat was so well received that a sequel, Trick 'r Treat 2, is in the works. Trick 'r Treat 2 also will be written and directed by Michael Dougherty, but no other details are available at this time. IMDb lists the film as in production, and fans of the first film are eagerly waiting to see Sam in action again.

Made by Neca Toys. Trick 'r Treat Sam action figure collectible stands 3x2x7 inches and includes interchangeable heads, lollipop, candy bar, candy sack, display base, and two carved pumpkins.

Price is $160.00+ tax and well worth the investment. Trick 'r Treat Sam action figure collectible is worthy of being passed down through the years.

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2015 Convention Dates and Locations

By HoTS

These are the convention dates and locations we have assembled for the rest of 2015. If we missed anything, please feel free to let us know. If you would like us to include you in our 2016 list, feel free to let us know.

8/14 - 8/16 B Movie Celebration @ Nashville, IN

8/15 - 8/17 Motor City Comic Con @Novi, MI

8/20 - 8/23 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con @ Rosemont, IL

8/21 - 8/23 Crypticon @ Kansas City, MO

8/21 - 8/23 Carnival of Parahorror @ Buffalo, NY

8/22 - 8/23 Bruce Campbell's Horror Fest @ Rosemont, IL

8/27 - 8/30 Horrific Film Fest @ San Antonio, Tx

9/3 - 9/6 Fan Expo Canada @ Toronto, ON

9/4 - 9/6 Wizard World San Jose Comic Con @ San Jose, CA

9/4 - 9/7 Dragon Con @ Atlanta, GA

9/11 - 9/13 Scare-A-Con @ Verona, NY

9/11 - 9/13 Motor City Nightmares Halloween Horror Show Novi, MI

9/11 - 9/13 Scarefest Horror and Paranormal Con @ Lexington, KY

9/11 - 9/13 HorrorHound Weekend @ Indianapolis, IN

9/18 - 9/20 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con @ Columbus, OH

9/18 - 9/20 Son of Monsterpalooza @ Anaheim, CA

9/18 - 9/20 Shock-A-Con @ Charleston, WV

9/24 - 9/27 New Orleans Horror Film Fest @ New Orleans, LA

9/24 - 10/1 Fantastic Fest 2015 @ Austin, TX

9/25 - 9/27 Edmonton Comic Expo @ Edmonton, AB

9/26 - 9/27 Monster Con @ San Antonio, TX

10/1 - 10/4 Mile High Horror Film Festival @ Denver, CO

10/2 - 10/4 Monsterama @ Atlanta, GA

10/2 - 10/4 Wizard World Ft. Lauderdale Comic Con @ Ft. Lauderdale, FL

10/2 - 10/4 Monster Mania @ Hunt Valley, MD

10/2 - 10/4 Cinema Wasteland @ Strongsville, OH

10/3 Monster Fest @ Chesapeake, VA

10/8 - 10/11 New York Comic Con @ New York, NY

10/8 - 10/17 Spooky Movie @ Washington, D.C.

10/9 - 10/11 Sacramento Horror Film Fest, Sacramento, CA

10/9 - 10/11 Necronomicon @ Tampa,
FL

10/10 Fantom Fest @ San Antonio, TX

10/13 - 10/22 Screamfest Horror Film Festival @ Los Angeles, CA

10/15 - 10/18 Idaho Horror Film Fest @ Boise, ID

10/15 - 10/23 Toronto After Dark @ Toronto, ON

10/16 - 10/18 Rock and Shock @ Worcester, MA

10/16 - 10/18 Monster Bash @ Mars, PA

10/16 - 10/18 Telluride Horror Show @ Telluride, CO

10/16-10/18 Fear Fest @ Biloxi, MS

10/16 - 10/18 Eerie Horror Film Fest @ Erie, PA

10/16 - 10/18 Scream in the Dark Film Fest @ Omaha, NE

10/16 - 10/18 Bizarre A.C. @ Atlantic City, NJ

10/16 - 10/18 Sinister Creature Con @ Sacramento, CA

10/17 - 10/18 Horror- Rama @ Toronto, ON

10/17 - 10/18 Shock Around the Clock @ Columbus, OH

10/19 - 10/25 R.I. International Horror Film Festival @ Providence, RI

10/22-11/1 Twin Cities Horror Fest @ Minneapolis, MN

10/23 - 10/25 Crypticon @ Minneapolis, MN

10/23-10/25 Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con @ Tulsa, OK

10/23-10/25 Chiller Theatre @ Parsippany, NJ

10/23 - 10/25 Knoxville Horror Film Fest @ Knoxville, TN

10/23 - 10/28 Martinsville Horror Fest @ Martinsville, VA

10/30-10/31 Wizard World Austin Comic Con @ Austin, TX

10/30 - 11/1 Spooky Empire @ Orlando, FL

10/30 - 11/1 Walker Stalker Con @ Atlanta, GA

10/30 - 11/1 Colorado Horror Con @ Northglenn, CO

11/7 - 11/8 Don Con @ Burbank, CA

11/12 - 11/15 New York Horror Film Fest @ New York, NY

11/13 - 11/15 Housecore Horror Festival @ San Antonio, TX

11/13 - 11/15 Living Dead Horror Con @ Portland, OR

11/14 - 11/15 Buried Alive Film Fest @ Atlanta, GA

11/20 - 11/22 Days of The Dead @ Chicago, IL

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Action Figure Box Set

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre
Leatherface Action Figure

By John Roisland

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Leatherface action figure

Leatherface at work.

BEHOLD!!! This is the amazing Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning Action Figure box set.

Made by Horror Neca Toys, item #42036.

The detail in this piece is absolutely incredible. It depicts a very gruesome scene from the 2006 movie directed by Jonathan Liebesman, who says, "I am absolutely in love with this piece, the scene tells a story, it isn't just a figure."

Includes 2 - 7 inch scale figures (1 Leatherface w/ tools & 1 victim) also includes butcher table base.

1.1 pound total weight

Average cost $145.00 + shipping

This is a beautiful piece that any horror fan with a toy collection would be proud to have on display!

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Another… Nightmare Reboot

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The first A Nightmare on Elm Street was released in 1984, and in 2010 Samuel Bayer made the first reboot of the movie. Here it is 5 years later and yet another A Nightmare on Elm Street reboot is in on its way.

The script is, as we speak, in the hands of David Leslie Johnson, known for his 2009 movie Orphan. As it stands there is no info regarding the details of the movie (i.e. cast, plot, or release date). We are all eager to hear more in the matter, and we at House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated on the details as they become available.

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