Jonathan Hughes

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

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In 1984, writer/director Wes Craven and producer Robert Shay made everyone terrified to fall asleep with their hit film entitled A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film was about a child murderer who was killed by a bunch of parents to protect their children, but this horrible human being does not stay dead for long. The children, now teenagers, are finally beginning to understand the truth and to pay for their parents’ sins as they fall victim to this dream demon who has the power to invade their nightmares and kill them one by one. If he gets you in your sleep, you don't wake up at all. His name is Freddy Krueger, and he is coming back!

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

The franchise is a sacred and well-loved piece of cinema, and fans all over the world can tell you their favorite lines, kills, and sequel. For me, the original was the best; it was scary, fresh, and terrifying. My favorite sequel is either Dream Warriors or Dream Master. I can't pick one or the other because for me three was the last one that was scary and four was a turning point where Freddy became more of a fun cartoon. And I believe that was the film where fans started to adore him and want to love him. A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned six sequels as well as Freddy vs. Jason in 2003. After the FvJ installment, there were talks about bringing in Chucky, Michael Myers, Ash, and even Pinhead. Things didn't develop as fast as people wanted. So, lo and behold, MICHAEL FRIGGING BAY decides to take his horror production label, known as Platinum Dunes, and remake one of the best iconic horror films ever made and he fucked it up!

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema and Michael Bay brought us a remake back in 2010, and, like most people, I only hope that one day I can forget about it. Looks like that won't be happening anytime soon, however, because Freddy is on his way back to the screen and a new actor will be putting on the dirty red and green sweater as well as the glove.

As a loyal fan of the franchise as well as Robert Englund himself, I, for one, do not see a point in this at all. The first remake did horrendous at the box office and I'm sorry, but when you have an iconic character played by the same person (Robert Englund) throughout the entire franchise, fans only see that person playing that character. Freddy isn't Freddy without Mr. Englund. The infamous outstanding one liners, the body language and the facial features were all created by him and no one will ever be able to pull that off no matter how hard they try. You cannot replace greatness. A script is being written as we speak and casting has yet to be announced as well as a director, but in the end this is going to be another remake that people will toss to the side unless Robert Englund himself puts the glove back on one more time. Only 184 billion people can hope!

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COMING SOON: Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

COMING SOON: Phantasm: Ravager (2016)

The Tall Man Is Coming
Just in Time for Halloween

Phantasm: Ravager

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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Last weekend, news broke out like a bat out of hell. The latest and much anticipated sequel to Phantasm, known as Ravager will hit limited theaters on October 7, 2016  as well as VOD. The film was shot back in 2012 and 2013 and since had been going through difficulties trying to release the film, that is until Well Go USA decided to step up to the plate and help get this thing released to the fans that have been waiting for quite some time now. Phantasm: Ravager will once again star Michael Baldwin, Reggie Bannister, and, of course, The Tall Man himself, Angus Scrimm.

Phantasm - Angus Scrimm and the orb

Angus Scrimm as The Tall Man

Don Coscarelli who has been with the franchise since the dawn of Phantasm was quoted saying this In a recent interview:

The Phantasm films have been a guerrilla operation for decades now, totally outside of the studio system. We do them for the fans, and I think Ravager will definitely please them. In the past few years several studios have made offers to remake Phantasm with large budgets, but the fans were very vocal that they wanted the original cast to return and finish this iteration of the story with class. And for the first time there’s an extended sequence on the Tall Man’s home world. I know Phantasm fans will be as excited as I am to see it.

There are also some surprises thrown in that I promise will astonish long-time fans.

Being a long time fan of the series I am overly excited to finally witness the film with my own two eyes. However, with that being said, I don't have high hopes for the film considering it has been trying to get made since the late 90s and, since the film has ready since the middle of 2013, there has to be a reason why it took 3 years to release a film from a franchise every horror fan loves. We shall see.

Phantasm - Ravager posterIn other news, on September 24, 2016, the original Phantasm, which was made for $300 thousand and took in at the box office an amazing chunk of $12 million dollars, is coming back to cinemas meaning that we will be able to experience the film in a brand new restored version for the first time.

NOW THAT'S EXCITING AS BALLS!!!!!!!!!!

RIP Angus Scrimm, who passed away
at the age of 89 this past January.

Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister

Angus Scrimm and Reggie Bannister in Phantasm: Ravager

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COMING SOON: Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Plays a Hitman

COMING SOON: Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Plays a Hitman

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Marilyn Manson in Let Me Make You a MartyrMarilyn Manson is by far one of the most talented yet hated human beings in the world. He has been judged by everyone for almost anything he has said or done since the early 90s when he first put together his band known as The Spooky Kids which was later changed to Marilyn Manson. The band was signed to Nothing/Interscope records and their debut album Portrait of an American Family was released with the help of the brains and fingers of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

Each band member's first name would be of a sexy super star model and their last name would be of a serial killer. Marilyn himself has been known for crazy stage performances, unforgettable music videos, and his cover of “Sweet Dreams”, which was originally recorded by The Eurythmics in the 80s. Marilyn Manson is as successful as he is because he has pumped out studio album after studio album as well as toured every year. He has also has done a little bit of acting (Jawbreaker, Lost Highway, Party Monster, and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

It was recently reported by Marilyn himself that he is back in front of the cameras in his biggest role to date. He plays a lonely hitman who goes by the name of Pope in a gritty film about two adopted children who fall in love with each other and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father. After viewing the trailer, it's quite difficult to admit where the film is heading, but if Marilyn Manson is involved, then that is all I need to know for it to gain my attention. I have been a long time fan and have seen him live over 20 different times. Despite what the media says and wants us to believe, I, for one, am highly excited to see his new film, and I will always be a supporter of his. Let Me Make You A Martyrwas screened in Montreal this past weekend and has been getting incredible reviews and write ups. There is only one thing left to do and that is what and see just how good this film is when it's released later this year.

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THIS JUST IN: Blair Witch (2016)

THIS JUST IN: Blair Witch (2016)

Witch?? Did Somebody Say Witch?

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

The Blair Witch Project 05In the summer of 1999, Artisan Entertainment, Haxan Films, and directors Eduardo Sanchez and Daniel Myrick introduced us to a new breed of terror, a film so astounding it made the hairs stand up on the back of our necks and ran shivers down our spines. That film was The Blair Witch Project.

The Blair Witch Project 02The film was made on a micro budget for $22 thousand dollars (the cost of a brand new Ford Taurus at the time) and shattered the box office with a whopping $248 million dollars and became marked as one of the scariest films ever made. Even though this was the second attempt at using found footage material (The Last Broadcast being the first), the film managed to breathe fresh air into the horror genre and start what is now known as the found footage trend.

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The Blair Witch Project tells a story of three film students who head to a forest in Maryland to do research on The Blair Witch, the town’s local legend, and are never heard or seen again until one year later when all their footage is found. The Blair Witch Project shocked audiences having them think that the film was actual footage and the movie was real.

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Within a few days of its initial release, we learned that it was indeed fake, but that didn't stop the film from being undeniably horrifying. The film opened our eyes and put us in situations we were never in before, and that was the genius behind this dark and eerie tale.

Blair Witch 2 04One year later we were introduced to its sequel also known as Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2. The film was directed by Joe Berlinger, who is known for his documentaries such as The Paradise Lost Trilogy (Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996), Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000), and Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory (2011)), which documented the tragic stories on the West Memphis Three, and METALLICA: Some Kind of Monster, which was based on the lives of the band as they fight to stay strong and get through the hardest times while recording one of their studio albums known as St Anger.

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Blair Witch 06Blair Witch 05Blair Witch 2 to me is viewed more as a stand alone film or a tribute rather than a straight up sequel to The Blair Witch Project. BW2 may not be as effective as the original, but it is still a solid piece of sweetness to sink your teeth into, especially around Halloween.

Since the films have made such an impact all over they also released 3 games for PC that takes us further into the legend as well as the story of Rustin Parr who apparently was possessed at one time by Elly Kedward who was also known as The Blair Witch herself. Rustin Parr claimed to have murdered 7 innocent children in his basement. The children were forced to stand in the corner and face the wall as he killed them off one by one. The games themselves weren't nearly as imaginative as the films were but they still managed to sell quite a few pieces.

Blair Witch Vol. i: Rustin Parr
Blair Witch II: The Legend of Coffin Rock
Blair Witch Vol. III: Die Elly Kedward Sage

For over a decade we have heard rumors after rumors that another sequel was being written by the original creators, and after awhile it was almost as if everyone just gave up hope and figured it was never gonna happen. That was until this past weekend at the San Diego Comic Con when we learned that on September 16, 2016, we will be heading back into the black hills forest only to witness the next installment of true evil herself: The Blair Witch.

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The dynamic duo of Simon Barrett and Adam Wingard, who are the creative geniuses behind (You're Next, A Horrible Way To Die, and The Guest) unleashed their big surprise and told us that their next film, originally titled The Woods was indeed fake and that the real title is in fact Blair Witch. The team successfully managed to keep this a dark secret for nearly three years and I, for one, am overjoyed to hear this news. If anyone can tell us a true visionary scary take on one of our favorite witches, its these guys. The film was shown to a wide audience over the weekend of the con, and everyone is talking about how impressive it is and how it is a trip back to the highly effective scares and pulse-pounding moments of the original. I am ready to witness the newest entry to The Blair Witch Legacy. Blair Witch will hit cinemas on September 16, 2016, and will go head to head with the very much anticipated Rob Zombie film known as 31. Who is ready for one Hell of a cinematic weekend???

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MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Green Room (2015)

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Green Room - Band

Photo by Scott Green © Broad Green Pictures

A punk rock band gets more than they bargained for in this no holds barred riveting thriller. Writer/director Jeremy Saulnier (Murder Party 2007 and Blue Ruin 2013) does another job well done executing a slow burn thriller packed with punk music, machetes, carnage, vengeance and Neo-Nazis. What more could you ask for in a white knuckle thriller? A local punk band drives from venue to venue to play shows and make some cash and when they believe they've landed the gig of a lifetime, that is when all bets are off.

After the band finishes playing their set, they begin leaving the premises that is until one of the members realizes he left his cell phone back in the room. Pat, played by Anton Yelchin (RIP), offers to retrieve it and witnesses a grisly murder. The band is then forced back into the room and held hostage until Darcy, the owner of the club (played by the great Patrick Stewart), shows up and can figure out what to do. But it seems that Darcy has a very sharp plan up his sleeve for the band and that is to wipe the slate clean. The group have no intentions on staying in the building and will do whatever it takes to stay alive...or die trying.

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From the moment they witness the murder, the film is covered in blood. As well as horrifying deaths. As the clock ticks and the body count rises, time begins running out and the group faces one hell of a nightmare. As a hardcore movie lover I will say that Green Roomis the best movie of the year thus far and with all the crap coming out later on this year I will bet anything that nothing will come close to beating this film. If you haven't had the chance to view Green Room, what the hell are you waiting for? It's a balls to wall, hardcore film that is guaranteed to be talked about for years to come.

2/2 Sisters

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COMING SOON: Don’t Breathe (2016)

The Creators of Evil Dead Don’t Want You to Breathe

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Don't Breathe

As a devoted horror fanatic, I am always looking for new films as well as new filmmakers. Whenever I see a new movie, I check out the credits and then do research on some of the names I have never heard of before to see what else they may have made either previously or coming soon. When I first saw the remake of Evil Dead, I was blown away. The team did it smart and took a familiar story and made a very different approach and that was the way to go about it. The name Fede Alvarez is a name everyone should be checking up on. This guy is fresh, new, and on the horizon.

Don't Breathe - Fede AlvarezIn 2009 writer/director Fede Alvarez made a five minute short film entitled Panic Attack. The film was posted on YouTube and was eventually seen by Sam Raimi and Rob Tapert, who are the creators of the original Evil Dead (1981 ). Fede Alvarez was approached to write and direct the remake in 2013. Well, they are all back and about to unleash their next picture as a team entitled Don’t Breathe.

Don't Breathe - Stephen Lang and Dylan Minnette

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

The synopsis is this: Rocky, a teenage delinquent living with neglectful parents, promises her younger sister to move away with her. Rocky begins looking for the right amount of cash to run away with in order to escape. When her boyfriend, Money, finds out, he convinces her to break into the home of a blind man who supposedly has a safe in the basement. With her friend, Alex, Rocky breaks in in the middle of the night, and they soon discover the blind man is hardly the easy mark they has thought. He is, in fact, really a serial killer with heightened hearing who hunts intruders in his house. After the blind man kills Money, Rocky and Alex outsmart him, but now the two must navigate themselves out of the locked apartment while being quiet enough to avoid him.

Don't Breathe

Courtesy of Sony Pictures Entertainment

Don’t Breathe stars Dylan Minnette (Goosebumps, Let Me In, Prisoners), Jane Levy (Evil Dead (2013), Fun Size), and Stephen Lang (Avatar, The Men Who Stare at Goats). The film has made the rounds in festivals and is getting quite the buzz, scoring a 78 at Rotten Tomatoes based on nine reviews giving it an average of 6.8 out of 10.

Reports are calling this film “a dose of Hitchcock on crack”, as well as “a muscular exercise in brutal, relentless peril that should please genre fans from all over”.

Don't Breathe - Alvarez giving direction

That alone intrigues me. Hitchcock seems to be one of the top five influential filmmakers. Whenever I personally read something that mentions Hitchcock, I never fail to see the name Hitchcock in bold lettering.

Screen Gems and Ghost House Pictures will release Don’t Breathe in theaters on August 26, 2016, but you can watch the official trailer below and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think.

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Blumhouse and John Carpenter Are Making Halloween Scary Again

Blumhouse and John Carpenter Are Making Halloween Scary Again

All New Halloween Film? Yes, Please.

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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In 1978, we were introduced to what has become one of the most amazing franchises to ever smack us in the face, and it's coming back in a huge way.  Earlier this week, the media received good - no, great - news. Halloween has landed in the  arms of Blumhouse Productions with the master of horror also known as John Carpenter, father of the franchise, to executive produce and possibly compose the music with his Lost Themes band.

Halloween 11: Carpenter and Spawn

Carpenter and Spawn

The Halloween films have forced us to know his name - Michael Myers, his mask - Captain Kirk, his theme, his disturbance, and his immortality.  The Halloween film franchise was started in part by Carpenter, Debra Hill, and Moustapha Akkad in 1978 and has since has spawned ten films (eight sequels as well as two remakes by Rob Zombie) generating a total of nearly $400 million in worldwide box office. This new film will mark the 11th entry to the franchise. As of now, Halloween is in early development, but Carpenter confirms it is happening and has stated that he will help to bring about the scariest Halloween film since the original.

"Halloween is one of those milestone films that inspired everyone at our company to get into the world of scary movies,” says Jason Blum. “The great Malek Akkad and John Carpenter have a special place in the hearts of all genre fans and we are so excited that Miramax brought us together. We cannot wait to find and collaborate with the right filmmaker to give Halloween fans the movie they deserve.”

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Miramax, which holds worldwide distribution rights, will determine its theatrical distribution partner at a future date. David Thwaites will oversee the reboot for Miramax with Carpenterm and the company's planning to immediately go out to filmmakers and fast-track the project. Although no release date has officially been locked, it was revealed at the announcement event that a Halloween 2017 release is quite likely. Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush, Before I Wake) is set to direct.

Halloween 11: John Carpenter - The Master's Eye

As a devoted fan, I for one cannot wait for this to come to life. This is like a birthday/Christmas present wrapped in bloody wrapping paper with a big orange bow at the top.

What do you think? Let House of Tortured Souls know below.

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