Michelle MIDI Peifer

Hailing from Sydney Australia and injecting a dose of Aussie Flavour to her reviews, Midi began her horror love in Birmingham England at a very young age and is always trying to find the next local or indie horror talent to share with the world.
Coming to Netflix : Locke & Key

Coming to Netflix : Locke & Key

After numerous false starts, it seems that Netflix has finally acquired the release of the long anticipated Locke & Key series. On February 7th, 2020, Locke & Key will grace the streaming service with its first ten episodes.
The series focuses on the lives of three children named Tyler, Kinsey and Bode Locke. The children move to their ancestral home in Massachusetts, following the murder of their father. In their new home they find that the house keys give them vast magical powers and abilities, but there is a devious demon who will stop at nothing to attain the keys for himself.

Joe Hill
After several false starts, it’s great to finally see this project being developed and now released. The series is based on the IDW comics written by Joe Hill ( the son of legendary Horror author Stephen King, who has penned such books as Horns, Heart Shaped Box, Nos4R2 and 20th Century Ghosts) and was illustrated by Gabriel Rodriguez. So far the comics span 7 runs (totalling 42 issues, so far), and a new issue will arrive in 2020, titled World War Key.

Originally the development of the comics was to be a film project, but this was only rumoured. In 2010 the pilot was filmed and offered to FOX. Although well received at a screening at the San Diego Comic Con International in 2011, the pilot was not picked up and the offer shuffled hands to streaming service Hulu. The Mark Romanek directed pilot again failed to secure a deal and has since become the one that got away from fans.
Trailer for the original pilot of Locke & Key (2011):

Fast forward to 2019, and with a change of Director (well there are now five directing two episodes each now) and cast, and finally Locke & Key has been able to secure a deal with Netflix to release the first season for the long time waiting fans.

Connor JessupJackson Robert ScottEmilia Jones
The Locke Children are played by a young, fresh faced cast. Tyler Locke is portrayed by Connor Jessup, known for his television roles in Falling Skies and American Crime. Emilia Jones steps in to play Kinsey Locke, she has had roles on television with shows like Doctor Who, and in films like Residue (2015) and Ghostland (2018). The youngest of the Locke children, Bode, is played by Jackson Robert Scott. Scott is easily recognisable from his roles as George “Georgie” Denbrough in the recent Andres Muschetti adaptation of Stephen Kings IT (2017/19).
Any fans of Hill’s work will eagerly be counting down the days until February 7th, to finally get a taste of his Locke & Key world.
If you’d like to begin reading the comics ahead of the series arrival, they are available in both comic runs and compilations. The runs are as follows:

Welcome to the Lovecraft (6 issue run)
Head Games (6 issue run)
Crown of Shadows (6 issue run)
Keys to the Kingdom (6 issue run)
Clockworks (6 issue run)
Alpha & Omega (7 issue run that consists of 5 for Omega and 2 for Alpha)
and The Golden Age (5 issue run)


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Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

In the spirit of Christmas and all that is good, I  wanted to celebrate some seasonal slashers with our followers. I will also be listing my personal top ten Christmas themed horror films of the last fifteen years.
Whilst researching the various slashers created for the festive season, I compiled a list of the popular and even lesser known holiday horror films. I also tried to investigate other holiday themed films for the December festivities, but alas nothing yet has been created for Kwanza and the first Hanukkah film will be released in 2020. It shall be titled Hanukkah and stars the late Sid Haig and horror alumni PJ Soles. The link for the trailer is listed below:

Originally the most thrilling tale told at Christmas was Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, which follows Christmas Eve of one man Ebeneezer Scrooge and his visitations by three ghosts trying to convince him to be a better person. It has been adapted into countless films, since 1901.
Horror took over in the 1970’s and the inception of the holiday slasher took shape with filmmakers  beginning to create freakish festive feature films.

Here is a list of Holiday Horror to keep any genre fan happy during their Christmas Celebrations ………

Silent Night Bloody Night (1972- which got a UK remake in 2013 called Silent Night, Bloody Night:The Homecoming)

Black Christmas (1974- remade in 2006 and again in 2019)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Gremlins and Don’t Open Til Xmas (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, plus part 2 in 1987, part 3: Better Watch Out in 1989, part 4: initiation in 1990, and part 5: The Toymaker in 1991. There was also A film released called Silent Night in 2012, that is considered part 6)

Elves (1989)

Santa Claws (1996)

Jack Frost (1997- plus a sequel Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman in 2000)

The Christmas Season Massacre (2001)

Dead End (2003)

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)

Christmas Horror Story , and Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus: Unleashed (2016)

Better Watch Out, and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Now I know many will say I’ve skipped some of those favourite new wave holiday slasher films, but I assure you I haven’t . For the last fifteen years Christmas Craziness has been much sought after and I’ve compiled a list of the ten most interesting Seasonal Slashers from 2004 to 2019. This list includes independent films, mainstream releases, foreign horror, Gory fun and comedic gems.

INSIDE (2007) aka A L’Interieur
This French horror film centres on the lives of two women at Christmas. Following a tragic accident, they have been unknowingly thrust into each other’s lives as one takes it upon herself to try and steal the Unborn  baby of the other. This is not for the squeamish and it gets quite balls to the wall in parts. I advise watching the original film and not the 2016 remake. It lacks much of the pacing and fear of the plot.

Inside (2007)

KRAMPUS (2015)  
Starring Australian actress Toni Collette (Hereditary, The Sixth Sense), this entry came out around the same time as other Krampus themed films. What differs this from the rest, is it’s ability to be both fun and frightening. It may not be shit your pants, nightmare inducing but it’s an enjoyable watch with a good solid cast.
Krampus (2015)

What makes this seasonal horror from Finland, a priority to watch during the holidays is it’s uniqueness. It is set in Lapland and focuses on some British drillers who stumble across Joulupukki (a figure within Finnish folklore, who evolved in the modern era into Santa Claus). It’s a great little film and features some interesting plot developments.
Rare Exports :A Christmas Tale (2010)

SINT (2010) aka Saint
This entry from the Netherlands is hugely popular with the Dutch and saw an international release, gaining moderate notoriety in Australia. It is a completely psychotic twist on the legend of Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) and features him as a murderous maniac. It’s fantastic!

Sint (2010)

This is the first, of two, popular indie horror releases from the USA on this list. From filmmaker Sean Donohue, comes his sexually gratuitous and fun creation, with plenty for the fans of Sleaze Box films during Christmastime. It is jam packed with a who’s who of indie celebrities including Bob Glazier, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Paula Tsurara, Cayt Feinics, Amanda Welch, Kristal Pixie Adams, Lisa Marie Kart, and Eric Danger Dione.

Cannibal Claws (2016)

This film hails from the land downunder (Australia) and always makes me wonder how Dee Wallace Stone got cast in it. It centres on the pro life debate and focuses on an abortion many years before, basically coming back to haunt the mother. This is done as Cletus, the now adult child who has severe deformities. Of course nothing goes to plan and Cletus becomes a murderous maniac, taking out the family one by one at Christmas. Who will survive?
Red Christmas (2015)

CHRISTMAS CRUELTY! (2013) aka O’Hellige Jul! or O’Holy Christmas!
This Norwegian Christmas horror film has been likened to the old school Grindhouse films, in terms of gore, for its no holding back style of violence. The story revolves around three Christmas celebrators being hunted by a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. One review states “two hours of holly jolly torture porn”, which is what all hardcore genre fans want.

If you want psychotic deranged killer cookies, then look no further! This is the perfect film for you. The Gingerdead Man features a cookie made using a drop of blood, that comes to life and begins murdering people. Sounds crazy!?! Well yeah it is, but it’s actually very entertaining. He’s an ugly little guy, but he’s fun to watch. Featuring Gary Busey perfectly as the voice of the crazed cookie, this film spawned two sequels including  The Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust in 2008 and The Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver in 2011.

The Gingerdead Man(2005)

Our second indie horror entry from the USA, comes from filmmaker Todd Nunes. The story centres on a five year old girl who goes missing and adults creating a horrid urban legend about the girls mother Mrs Garrett. Fast forward fifteen years and we come to the present day. Rachel has returned home for the holidays and a killer dressed as Santa is murdering once again. Who is the killer? And does this all tie into Jamie Garrett’s disappearance all those years ago? This film is a fun watch and features Ashley Mary Nunes and Jessica Cameron .

All Through the House (2015)

SANTA’S SLAY (2005) 
The last entry on our list of ten seasonal horror faves of the last fifteen years is Santa’s Slay. Utilising the beefiness of WWE star Goldberg, this film focuses on a crazed strongman version of Santa , riding his sleigh led by his Hell Deer as he kills people. Let’s just say this made the list because of its pure hilarity. It’s awesome, and my guilty pleasure during the holidays. I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying it for a good laugh.
Santa’s Slay (2005)

I hope these films help you find your perfect horror viewing during the holiday season and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and May everyone enjoy the Holiday season with horror in their hearts ♥️


Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Today almost everyone across the U.S.A is either celebrating Thanksgiving, or merely enjoying the break from work. So to celebrate in true horror style, we here at the House of Tortured Souls have compiled a list of Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

We encourage all horror fans to enjoy all seasons with horror panache, relax and settle in with some holiday horror. Whilst some of the films listed will be actually set on thanksgiving, there are a few that are merely Turkey or Chicken themed.

Either way, each film is sure to give you joy and blood, in either a horrific or comical manor.
Currently screening on Hulu, our first three films Thankskilling, Pilgrim and Flesh & Blood are each set at Thanksgiving. Both Flesh & Blood and Pilgrim are part of the ‘Into the Dark’ film series.

Thankskilling (2008)

Directed by Jordan Downey, Thankskilling also has a sequel called Thankskilling 3 (yes they skipped 2) which was released in 2013.
This film begins at Thanksgiving many centuries ago, with a topless pilgrim and the story of a Native American Shaman who creates a being called ‘Turkie’, who is sent to slaughter caucasians every 505 years. You can imagine the depths this films will go to and the humour required to enjoy this Troma like romp.

Pilgrim (2019)

This new holiday entry from director Marcus Dunstan features actor Kerr Smith (Final Destination, My Bloody Valentine remake). This story is about a woman who invites a group of  historic re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.

 Flesh & Blood (2018)

This films stars Dermot Mulroney (The Purge tv series, A.H.S and Insidious Chapter 3), and Diana Silvers (Glass) as a father and daughter duo.
Kimberly is a teen suffering from agoraphobia, that has not left the house since her mother’s unsolved murder. On the eve of thanksgiving, she begins to suspect that the safe harbour of home and her doting father may be a dangerous mirage.

Netflix have our fourth festive film offering Kristy featured in its horror section.

Kristy (2014)

Director Oliver Blackburn features actresses Hayley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley) and Ashley Greene (The Apparition, Burying the Ex) in his coed thriller.
When a college girl is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break, she becomes targeted by a group of outcasts and must conquer her deepest fear and fight back.

Also featuring holiday horror in 2006 the world received both Thanksgiving and Thanxgiving.

Thanksgiving (2006)

Thanksgiving is only a ten minute short film but it features what most seek from a simple horror film for Turkey day. Director Scott Ennis focuses on a couple and their friends. The group are preparing for thanksgiving dinner and are suddenly disturbed by the arrival, of a seemingly helpless man.

Thanxgiving (2006)

Director Bobby Ray Akers Jr creates this seasonal slice of the horror pie. He enlists veteran actor Ari Lehman, yes the original Jason Voorhees In Friday the 13th (1980), in his film about a group of film students who travel deep into the woods to make a movie. Thinking they have found the perfect location in the form of an abandoned campground.

In the eighties, horror filmmakers enjoyed celebrating the holidays with fans through such films at Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, April Fools Day, and this continued through the nineties with films like Critters 3 (which had an Easter scenario) and Leprechaun (St Patrick’s Day) And so much more.
For Thanksgiving there are two more offerings to enjoy this year.

Blood Rage (1987)

Director John Grissmer’s story follows twin boys Todd and Jerry.
The dual roles of Todd and Jerry are played by Mark Super from Graveyard Shift 2.
As kids, Todd is institutionalised for a murder whilst his twin goes free. Ten years late, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighbourhood.

Home Sweet Home (1981)

Also known as ‘Slasher in the House’ Director Nettie Pena’s  film is actually a former video nasty. Upon release in the UK, Home Sweet Home was seized and confiscated. This Film was also the debut role for actress Vinessa Shaw, who later starred in films such as Hocus Pocus and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
The plot features an escaped mental patient who steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradley’s thanksgiving celebration. Here he plans to make them a little less thankful.

These last two films will round out our ten, but neither are particularly thanksgiving themed. However both feature interesting takes on poultry creatures.

Blood Freak (1972) 

Director Brad.F.Ginter gives us a story about  biker who comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girls sister and follows her to a turkey farm owned by their father, a mad scientist. The father turns the biker into a giant turkey monster, who then goes after drug dealers.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) 

From the mind of Lloyd Kaufman and Gabriel Friedman, comes this outrageously Troma offering. Jason Yachanin stars as our lead Arbie in a strange tale of zombified chickens, who attempt to kill the fast food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.

Within these ten films you are bound to find something thrilling, disgusting or downright cheesy awesomeness. Whatever you are doing today the House of Tortured Souls wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!




Flowers 2, What’s the story?

In 2017 Phil Stevens announced his official beginnings on his third feature film Flowers 2. In the last two weeks social media has erupted in a slew of vitriolic bile towards both the filmmaker and his wife, as well as many of the actresses connected to the project.

Original Flowers 2 indiegogo

It is here, in the interest of full disclosure, that I must inform you as the reader that I invested as a backer for Flowers 2. In April 2018 I donated on the first Indiegogo campaign Phil Stevens set up and all backers were privy to information on the film via regular updates from Stevens himself. So I’ve followed the production at length.
However I will assume no personal opinion regarding the matters at hand within this article and ,though I was given lengthy off record information and evidence, I will not sway you to either side. In fact the aim of this article is to cease the hateful online campaigns against both Phil Stevens and each actress involved. 

This dispute that has arisen online, stems from a debate regarding the casting of the film, it’s production, and one Facebook post. The post came from actress and model Amber Burns. Burns as well as model/ actress Mel Heflin are adamant a filmmaker, who they had been in discussions with over two years never kept his end of their agreement. Both Burns and Heflin say neither had been  informed adequately of a filming schedule and then subsequently found out the film had been wrapped without their knowledge.

Originally Burns post didn’t name the filmmaker or the production. However as tensions and comments mounted, Burns disclosed that the film in question was Flowers 2 and the filmmaker was Phil Stevens.

From one post spawned a life of vitriolic bile towards both Burns and Stevens over the matter, by both their fan bases. I am here to tell you NEITHER party condones the actions of fans who harass or threaten anyone, and asked that all cease doing so immediately.

Below is a statement from Phil Stevens and Colette Kenny McKenna on the matter :

Prinicple wrap isn’t complete. This isn’t easy. We have been telling our fans to  stop. To not do this. None were under contract yet. The first attempt at fundraising with them failed. We had to take another route. This is genuinely sad. It is genuinely painful.”

“It’s a wrap” the comment on social media and indiegogo that sparked debate.

The following statement is from Amber Burns

“I want to tell my story. I hope this helps others in the future. I was cast in a movie called Flowers 2. I was a huge fan of the first film and excited to be a part of the second film. I was at first offered a smaller flower role, which I happily took. This was two years ago in 2017. I stayed in contact with the director Phil Stevens. His first request was that I take “Flowers” looking photos. A dead girl in a white dress for promo use. Easter 2018, make up artist Ron George did my makeup and took photos in my backyard of me. Phil was so blown away by them, that he offered me the role of main/last flower. Phil kept using our photos for gathering crowd funding for the film. I was never given film dates, just random months of maybe shooting. I kept pushing the fundraisers and even had a backer put in $750 towards the film, in honor of myself and two other ladies being promoted in the film. September 19, 2019. I again checked in with Phil and asked if I was still filming. I was told yes. A few days later I saw Phil had posted that the movie was wrapped. He then messaged me and asked me to film tiny clips of myself dying, that he will edit and add into the film. I am upset that he lied to me, using my name and photos to raise money for the film and then just wanted me to film a few clips. So I took to my social media page to vent and that was when I opened a can of omg. Five other women including Mel Heflin  came forward with the same story as mine. We all just wanted answers and kept trying to get them. Why will Phil Stevens not answer us?”

Amber Burns image used for the Indiegogo campaign of Flowers 2

The following statement is from Mel Heflin :

I Think we have the right to a public apology. We were severely misled for a long time that this was a project we were heavily involved in. When the funding didn’t meet the goal we were all told privately that it was still okay. The project would simply take longer to film. Periodically Phil reached out to us to talk about filming, but suddenly out of no where we saw the project had wrapped. How can you wrap a project without letting your “stars” film? We don’t understand how you were filming a different movie than that was advertised while telling us not to worry, that we were still in, it doesn’t make sense. We feel used and lied to.”

Flowers 2 original cast line up. Featuring top row l-r CID Meredith, Mae Bell, Ali Ferda, and Grace Beauchamp. Bottom row l-r Jacqueline Dusza, Dani Bliss Gavit, Amber Burns and Whitney Causey Benson.

In April 2018 the original line up of actresses were announced of Flowers 2. They were Cidney Meredith, Mae Bell, Ali Ferda, Grace Beauchamp, Jacqueline Dusza, Dani Bliss Gavit, Amber Burns, Whitney Causey Benson and Mel Heflin (Heflin was not present in the original images but was named and did provide a ‘meet the stars’ video on Flowers social media).
Each actress conveyed excitement over these roles and Amber Burns discussed Flowers 2 in an interview with Pop Horror that very month, while Phil Stevens discussed his film with House of Tortured Souls own Candace Stone and I even did a piece on the Indiegogo campaign for my own personal blog Midi’s Horror Reviews. The indie horror Media was eating up this long awaited sequel with a spoon and couldn’t get enough.

That campaign however, failed to make its total goal by May 9th 2018. Flowers 2 first Indiegogo campaign made only 64% of its first goal, hitting $9590 of a desired $15,000. Stevens returned to the drawing board to modify his plans to accomodate the more restrictive budget.

Many of the actresses had provided still photographs and videos to help boost the campaign, but ultimately even that couldn’t help Flowers 2 reach its target.

By October of 2018, Stevens launched a second crowd funding campaign to raise completion funds. This time no casting was really discussed and fans perceived that  Stevens had gone at the original concept, with a slightly different idea. Again this campaign only reached 44% of its target goal, in the amount of $2230 of $5000.

Now to not over analyse the funding of this film, but we need to respect that the goals on both campaigns were never met. The total raised for Flowers 2 was only $11,820 of the much sought $20,000. That means the budget never exceeded 60% of what Stevens aimed to raise. That’s a shortfall of $8180.
However we look at the parties involved, no dispute needs to be dealt with in such a public manner. It is up to both sides of this disagreement to resolve their conflict privately. This would be more respectful of each other.

Whether the dispute arose from a simple miscommunication, lack of funds, or change of plans I am not liberty to say.  For the future, actors and actresses should be aware that they can develop their own independent contracts to help cement agreements with filmmakers. This is general knowledge and you can buy literature from local bookstores (yes a bookstore is as effective as Google) to help guide you in doing so.
Lastly, I will say to the horror community, support who you want to. I support both the filmmakers and the stars of the independent cinema world. I let their projects speak for themselves.
Please do the same.

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Haunted Mississippi: The Ghost Song of Singing River

Haunted Mississippi: The Ghost Song of Singing River

The second site I’m visiting in preparation for Halloween is the Singing River in Pascagoula, Mississippi.

The Singing River is part of the Pascagoula River, that was the local grounds of the Pascagoula tribe ( local Native American Indians). Back in the 17th century the tribe became extinct in one moment, by all walking into the river together to die. To this day the tribe supposedly haunts the Singing River in Pascagoula, by making the River sing to the residents of  the town.

Artwork depicting the tribes demise by Lorin Thompson

Renowned  Pennsylvanian Artist Lorin Thompson was commissioned to create a mural for the Pascagoula Post Office, that would depict what exactly happened to the Singing River Tribe.

According to local legend, the tribe was part of the Choctaw Natives and were called the Singing River or Pascagoula tribe. These natives were seen as peaceful people, with no aggression towards neighbouring tribes.

In 1699 Pierre Le Moyne D’Iberville encountered the tribe, saying they were “friendly ……and had very beautiful women”.

So why did such a well liked and peace-loving tribe all decide to give their lives in one instance? Was it like some say for love? Love of a woman? Love of family? Love of togetherness?

Singing River at dusk

According to legend, the Biloxi and Pascagoula Tribes had co-existed over centuries before a split between the tribes resulted in the disappearance of both tribes from the region. Altama, Chief of the Pascagoula, fell in love with Anola, a Biloxi princess who was promised to the Chief of the Biloxi, going against traditional protocols.

Altama and Anola wanted to be together regardless of the outcome. In response, the Biloxi made war on the Pascagoula killing and taking them as slaves for the decision Altama had made. The Pascagoula were outnumbered and feared what the future held for them. Loyal to Altama, they decided as a group that it would be better to die at their own hand than become slaves. In the afterworld they would be reunited and live in a perfect world. Altama, Anola and the Pascagoula people chose to drown themselves in the river, and while singing their death song, they joined hands and walked into the waters. It’s there that the local legend states, that the disappearance of the Pascagoula people has a direct connection with the sounds which they hear coming from the water.

Singing River by day

One of the first written accounts of the “Singing River” was that of Governor Perier of French Louisiana on his visit to the Pascagoula Tribe. He says that “…while among the Pascagoulas or ‘Bread Eaters,’ he was invited to go to the mouth of the river of that name and listen to the mysterious music which floats on the waters. The water formed itself into a towering column of foaming waves, on the top stood a mermaid.  As the Indians and missionary looked on, the mermaid began to sing ‘Come to me, come to me,’ where upon they walked into the water never to be seen again.” There are similar stories in other parts of the bayou, such as the Singing River located in modern-day Muscle Shoals, Alabama, which is also links the strange sounds emanating from under the water’s surface with the disappearance of the local tribe.

Singing River, Mississippi

The myth of the Singing River continues to draw people to Pascagoula and the rivers romanticized identity creating tourism in the region. In 1985 a county resolution formally renamed a stretch of the Pascagoula River, the Singing River.

I have engaged with some locals about the legend and many claim the sound comes from underfoot on the river bank, sounding like a “swarm of bees in flight”. Others say it’s like a gentle hum that reverberates around the area of Pascagoula. All agree the ‘singing’ is more audible in late summer and autumn during the later part of the evenings and grows louder once you hear it.

So is the humming just a strange weather phenomenon? Is there creatures or wildlife making the sounds? Or are the ghosts of a whole tribe singing out to us? Maybe this Halloween someone may investigate and find out!

Haunted Mississippi: LaPointe Krebs House And Cemetery

Haunted Mississippi: LaPointe Krebs House And Cemetery

Resting snuggly in the state of Mississippi, is a historical property in Pascagoula known as LaPointe Krebs House. Built in 1757, LaPointe Krebs House is the oldest property standing in Mississippi. The land was under Indian Occupation until the mid 1700’s, when it was then turned over to the French Settlers.

LaPointe Krebs House circa 1890

The original house was built and is still standing today, but in need of repairs. In 2014 the MDAH (Mississippi Department Of Archives And History) gave the LaPointe Krebs House a Community Heritage Preservation Grant Of $200,000 to restore the structure, located at 4602 Fort St, Pascagoula, Mississippi.

There is also a museum that operates on the land, that was built in 1979. Originally the house was the museum, from 1950-1980, but since then the adjacent building was created. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for military and all over 65 yrs and $3 for children.

LaPointe Krebs House museum

What does this historic site have to do with spooky fun and Halloween you may ask? Well I’m not just giving you all a quick history lesson for fun! This year LaPointe Krebs House will hold its thirteenth (a number loved by many horror fans) annual Historic Cemetery Tour.

On Thursday October 24th, from 530pm to 730pm, all are welcome to enjoy a historical tour of the LaPointe Krebs property. They will see the house itself and the cemetery. This ghostly tour of the property is free, but all donations will be welcome.

Many of the members of the Krebs family line are buried in the small cemetery, as well as an array of locals. The “residents” of the cemetery range from the age of 1 day old to 100years old and some of the headstones have been damaged due to age, weather (including Hurricane Katrina) and vandalism. It is a fascinating site and it would be interesting to know if any of those who now inhabit the graveyard, speak to the living.

Will the children of years gone by playfully explore the grounds? Will visitors hear the cries of wounded soldiers from wars long passed? And will the Krebs family visit all who come to see their original home?

LaPointe Krebs House

If you’re curious and would like to take a look for yourself, come down to the LaPointe Krebs House (all ages welcome) On October 24th and see for yourself between 530 and 730pm.

LaPointe Krebs House – 4602 Fort St, Pascagoula, Mississippi. Museum Hours Tuesday to Friday 10am -5pm , Saturday 10am-3pm. Admission listed above (in article)

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Netflix Releases In The Tall Grass

Today saw the release on Netflix of the Stephen King and Joe Hill film adaptation of the novella In The Tall Grass.

This Netflix adaptation is Directed by Vincenzo Natali. Natali’s fans are familiar with his prior work on films such as Cube, and Splice. Natali also wrote the screenplay, based on the novella.

Screenplay Writer/ Director Vincenzo Natali

The story of In The Tall Grass follows a brother and sister who whilst travelling to San Diego, stop near a mysterious field of extremely tall grass. As they stop they hear a voice crying for help. As they venture into the Tall Grass, the duo realise that all is not as it seems and something lurks within the grass of a sinister nature.

I won’t reveal more, as I really enjoyed it and to aid you in enjoying it I think knowing less is best about the outcome. I will say however that Natali compiles the source material brilliantly, and though the ending differs from the Novella, it’s not disheartening that they changed it.

The film stars Laysla De Oliveira and Avery Whitted as Becky and Cal Demuth.

Laysla De Oliveira as Becky

Laysla De Oliveira is convincing as Becky. She’s expecting her first child and unsure of her future as she travels with her brother to decide the fate of her unborn child (will she keep the baby or put it up for adoption?). As our tormented and exhausted maze runner, Oliveira shows an array of emotions through the film and creates a likeable and engaging character on screen, as Becky. Known for minor television roles, Oliveira is truly coming into her element in In The Tall Grass and her role as Veronica in Guest Of Honor (released last month, and starring David Thewlis and Luke Wilson).

Avery Whitted as Cal

As Becky’s Irish Twin (in the book it’s explained their ages are so close that Becky and Cal are like twins in age), Cal is the more mindful one. Avery Whitted is fresh on the screen, his prior credit only being The Vanishing Of Sidney Hall in 2017. The dramatic mystery starred Elle Fanning, Kyle Chandler, Nathan Lane, And Tim Blake Nelson. As Cal, Whitted gives a notable performance but is still finding his screen presence. We feel for Cal of course but at times I found his performance unconvincing.

Becky’s estranged love interest and baby daddy Travis McKean is played by Harrison Gilbertson. Gilbertson is an Australian actor known for extremely well known prior roles in the recent Picnic at Hanging Rock television series, Leigh Whannel’s Upgrade, Ben Young’s Hounds Of Love, aswell as in films such as Need for Speed, Beneath Hill 60, and Look Away.

Gilbertson is easy to empathise with. When he enters the film, what we are already perplexed by becomes even more elaborate. And it’s Travis who works hard to unravel the Tall grasses mysterious behaviours. Gilbertson does wonderfully to hold certain elements of the film’s encounters together.

Harrison Gilbertson, Laysla De Oliveira, and Avery Whitted

Also starring in In The Tall Grass is Patrick Wilson (who replaced James Marsden after scheduling conflicts) as Ross Humboldt and Will Buie Jr and Rachel Wilson as his son and wife, Tobin and Natalie.

Patrick Wilson as Ross

Wilson is incredibly well known for his roles throughout the last decade in the Insidious, Conjuring, Annabelle and The Nun Films – totalling 7 films (including in the role of Ed Warren, husband of Lorraine Warren the paranormal investigator). Wilson has an impressive body of work over the last two decades and doesn’t let fans down in this film. Stepping away from his usual roles, we get to see a differing side in this performance and he truly makes the film, in a very pivotal role as Ross Humboldt.

Will Buie Jr as Tobin

As Wilson’s son Tobin Humboldt is twelve year old Will Buie Jr. This sharp child actor  has only been acting in films and on television for two years, but his performance in In The Tall Grass is the second most impressive (after only Patrick Wilson’s) in this film. We feel for poor Tobin and we understand his attempts to warn others and avoid the horrors lurking in the Tall Grass. We empathise as the film churns on and we learn more and more about Tobin’s plight, because of Buie’s amazing performance.

Patrick Wilson, Harrison Gilbertson and Laysla De Oliveira

Lastly is Rachel Wilson as Natalie Humboldt. We see less of her in the film than we do of the other five principal cast members, but when she appears she always brings something more about the story with her. This proves her character to be very valuable, and her portrayal as interesting. Wilson is a well known Canadian actress having starred in films such as The Glass House, Saw: The Final Chapter And Hellions.

In the Tall Grass as a whole is a brilliant adaptation of the source material. The creepiness and disillusionment Of each character is strong.

The cinematography is beautiful. Watching each blade of grass wave in the breeze or crane as though listening, reminds one easily of the rows of corn in The Children of the Corn films. The instances of despairing isolation and dizzying bewilderment, cast us back to Kubrick’s take on the Shining in 1980. We get lost in this grassy maze and it’s wonders, both good and bad.

Natali has created an almost perfect film with In The Tall Grass, fans will be impressed by the way it evolves smoothly. As we transition through each scene into the next, until we reach the climax. As I said this differed from the source material. It’s okay. It’s not great but it fits for the film, that’s really all I can say.

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What’s Coming and Going on Netflix in October?

Many are already enjoying the delights of Netflix and gearing up for their horror fix through the Halloween month. I won’t be listing everything available through October, but I’m here to let you know some of the most intriguing and fun movies and shows that will be coming and going throughout October on Netflix.

Leaving Netflix in October will be Casper, Cloverfield, Deliverance, Gremlins, Obsessed and The Nightmare. So be sure to get your chance to view them one last time in the next 48hrs.



On October 4th Netflix will be adding Creeped Out season 2, a British/Canadian Horror Anthology tv series focused on creepy stories. This is a great chance to binge watch both seasons, if you haven’t acquainted yourself with it yet.

Also on October 4th comes the release of the adaptation of the Stephen King/ Joe Hill Novella In The Tall Grass. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and starring Patrick Wilson, this is a dramatic mystery sure to thrill fans.


Japanese Director Sion Sono (Tag) newest film will debut on Netflix on October 11th. Forest of Love is a crime, thriller about a con man serial killer who meets his match.

Also on October 11th we will see the release of Fractured. An American thriller , by director Brad Anderson and starring Australian actor Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) and Lily Rabe (American Horror Story). The film is a Hitchcockian style thriller, about a man searching for his wife and daughter.

Season two of Haunted appears on Netflix to chill you through October. Season one featured Filmmaker Jason Hawkins (The Blair Witch Legacy) in one episode. It was also the cause of much controversy over an episode of two sisters, claiming their father was a serial killer (Slaughterhouse Episode). Most of us will be curious of what stories will be told this season and will there be more controversial episodes?


October 18th provides us with Eli. Starring Lili Taylor (The Conjuring, The Haunting) and Directed by  Ciaran Foy (Citadel, Sinister 2) , the plot revolves around a boy who becomes trapped in a house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.


Less scary, more humorous comes Daybreak on October 24th. This ten episode dramatic comedy focuses on a Mad Max style apocalyptic scenario and zombies. Starring Matthew Broderick (Ladyhawke, The Cable Guy), this series was adapted from the Brian Ralph graphic novel.

Also on the 24th comes Revenge of Pontianak. This Singaporean/ Malayan language romantic horror uses the south Asian folklore of the Pontianak (a woman who dies with child or during childbirth without a proper funeral, that returns as a vampire). In this film a woman and her village are terrorised by a Pontianaks arrival, as it seeks to take revenge on the guy she loves.



Lastly on the 25th Rattlesnake will be available on Netflix. This psychological thriller is about a woman who saves her daughter after being bitten by a rattlesnake, by taking on the “debt” of killing a total stranger. It is directed by Zac Hilditch (The Final Hours, 1922).


For the Younger Viewers this month:

Yes there’s a little spooky fun for the younger crowd within your homes (or even those young at heart),  including some additions to the animated Spooky Monsters with season 3 and Vida’s 1st Halloween Special, On October 4th.


On the 5th comes the Spooky Tale Of Captain Underpants Hack-O-Ween. Many kids love the adventures of this Underpants clad animated superhero and this instalment is just in time for Halloween.

And finally October 17th introduces The Unlisted, an Australian teen series focused on twelve year old twin boys, who discover that the government is secretly tracking and manipulating the youth via electronic tracking devices.


Many horror films and shows already are available on Netflix, so don’t forget during the Spooky season about them too. Happy Halloween viewings. Time for some real Netflix and Chills.

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Introduction to Beyond Cinema “Where Blood Lies”

Introduction to Beyond Cinema “Where Blood Lies”

Beyond Cinema is an L.A based production company that features short films, documentaries and feature length films from budding filmmakers.

It was started by writer, director, editor, and producer Byron Q who is known for his short films and features such as Bang Bang (2011), Raskal Love (2012) and Las Vegas Story (2015).

Writer and Director Byron Q

Where Blood Lies  is a ten minute length short film, that Byron Q wrote and directed. The project was funded by a kickstarter campaign and the results are amazing.

Set in Romania in 1942, we see the Third Reich is tormenting the Romanian locals in search of a vampire believed to hide in the area.

Following  “Das Fuhrer’s” occultist orders  to capture and compile a selection of paranormal beings, in the bid to create an army of super soldiers to win the war, a Nazi Captain and his two soldiers seek the vampire out.

Ben Prendergast and David Castro as the Nazi Captain Hans and the Hunter

Our Nazi Captain Hans is portrayed by Australian actor Ben Prendergast, who’s face I was familiar with from tv show bit parts downunder. Native Melbournian Prendergast leads his soldiers wonderfully, with a uneasy tone of disgust and hatred for the villagers. He is brutal towards them and uncaring, which he conveys very well. Prendergast is known for roles in bigger films such as Predestination (2014) and tv shows such as Preacher.

His soldiers are played by Clayton Aggeles as Peter (aka Nazi Soldier 1) and David Aaron Evans as Lars (aka Nazi Soldier 2). Each perfectly balances the others performance ,of both naivety and fear.

An old man who agrees to show the trio to the vampire, if they spare the innocent villagers, is the Hunter (played by David Castro). Castro is very convincing as our Hunter. He guides them to a secluded cave in a Forrest and the truth and climax is revealed swiftly. Castro is known for roles in V/H/S Viral (2014) and Nuns With Big Guns (2010).

Emma Roth as Emelia

This is where we meet Emelia, who surprisingly in her first role Emma Roth was wonderfully cast. With an innocence like Kirsten Dunst’s Claudia in Interview With a Vampire, and yet the same level of savagery, Roth takes over the scene as the vampire child magically and horrifically.

Its clear throughout this short that the script Byron Q gave his cast and his choices in actor for each role, gave life to this film. He pans the camera perfectly through each shot, from the genocidal opening to the leafy Forrest, into the dark foreboding cave. This is flawless and it’s seamless style is even more uplifted by the score provided by Alexis Graspas.

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An Introduction to Airebedd Productions

When I was contacted by Airebedd’s co-founder D.M.Night Maire, I was eager to explore the variety of short films within their stockpile and learn more about this New York based production company.

D.M.Night Maire

D.M Night Maire himself is a creative director, writer, film director and producer for the companies content, wearing many hats for Airebedd.

I was forwarded three short films to examine, of either a horror, thriller or peculiar nature. Each offering something extremely different to the last.

The first was Maire’s own creation (as writer, director and producer) Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir, a thirteen minute long short film that has been part of the official selection at 330 film festivals and received 125 awards.

The second short was The Hobbyist, another production of Maire’s, this time an eight minute film written and directed by George Vatistas. Vatistas’ short has been officially selected for 125 film festivals and received 20 awards.

The third film was Mariposas, a short film Maire produced. It was directed by Adrian Carey and the screenplay written by Evan Springhetti. So far Mariposas has been selected to screen at 100 film festivals.

Airebedd has also produced many short films, music videos and projects for an array of creative minds, including most recently My Daughter Yoshiko.

My Daughter Yoshiko is a dramatic fifteen minute short by BAFTA nominated, renowned writer and director Brian Blum.



With lots of gruesome jars of carnage, dusty darkened sets and an air of musty macabre fun, this thirteen minute thriller was a compelling watch.

The casting of Michael Lorz, Sean Well, Eartha Pooya Mohensi, Nancy Nagrant And Anthony Del Negro impressively guides this short through D.M Night Maire’s beautifully savage narrative. Creating a story so engaging and yet horrific, that it can only be described as blissfully bloody.

Michael Lorz in Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir

In each well lit scene Maire uses his lens, to leave his viewers senses heightened. You can breathe in and smell the musty wine cellar, each squashed grape or even later on the bloody gaping wounds. The aromas are triggered in ones mind so powerfully by the amazing production, the sets and editing.

Rod Eletto provided the score that elevates each scene further, by setting the film’s pace and perfectly moving you through each thoughtful shot.

Sean Wells in Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir

It is in the two leads played by Michael Lorz and Sean Well, that one can admire the performances further. Both play off one another so naturally, they genuinely convey a strange dynamic between a father and his disobedient son. All in all Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir is a brilliant short film, that will surely impress many more than it already has at its prior screenings.




The Hobbyist was impressive with its powerfully packed, hearty plot in a mere eight minute run time.

George Vatistas directs his cast incredibly through the dimly lit druggists store and back room. He sets the scene for his audience, allowing them to absorb each small detail. From the lighting to the set design, each element is appealing to the eye.

Vatistas adapted the screenplay for The Hobbyist from a  story by master short story author Fredric Brown. Brown was a prolific writer, who’s career spanned several decades.

Daniel Mitura convincingly plays Mr Sangstrom, a character you quickly come to dislike through Mitura’s flawless performance.

Robert .W.Smith portrays the Druggist as a likeable older man, appearing kindly but brilliantly revealing his fiendishly noble intentions as the story evolves.

Robert.W.Smith and Daniel Mitura in The Hobbyist

This short is accompanied by the compositions of Rod Eletto (who also worked on Chateau Sauvignon: Terroir), and again he uses each note to float us through the film’s atmosphere from scene to scene seamlessly alongside Vatista’s direction.

The hauntingly  most memorable line, towards the shorts climax, is “the life you save, may just be your own”. True food for thought.




Mariposas is an extremely short viewing, at only three minutes duration, and yet somehow this film fills each moment fantastically.

Based on Argentinian Author Samantha Schweblin’s short story Mariposas (aka Butterflies), from her anthology of short stories Pajaros En La Boca (aka Mouthful Of Birds), Evan Springhetti adapted the screenplay wonderfully.

The beauty is in the horrific. At first we are treated to a leafy school yard, awaiting doting fathers and a bright beautiful sunny day. The story changes though, as we meet a boastful father.

As two fathers converse (this natural, seamless narrative between  actors Miguel Belmonte and Rocco Salata), one has a beautiful butterfly land on his shoulder. As he scoops it into his hand, he clumsily breaks its wing. The second father awkwardly looks at him as he proceeds to drop it and crush it under his foot. It is then that the school bell rings.

It’s at this precise moment our clumsy, braggart realises the horror that is unfolding,

As an assortment of children’s voices can be heard, we see only a fluttering swarm of gorgeously colourful butterflies exiting the school building.

We see the second father talk to one cheerfully, as our protagonist becomes aware of his actions. This emotional roller coaster becoming a freakish ride of terror, as we too realise exactly what tragedy has befallen the protagonist. And that is where the short ends.

Director Adrian Carey brings life to Evan Springhetti’s well rounded script and shocks his spectators harshly. Using the luscious, bright location and the vibrant enchantingly radiant butterflies, Carey truly contrasts the beauty with a slap in the face kind of realism and switches to a more gloomy, darker outcome.



Be be sure to check out Airebedd Productions website at http://www.airebedd.com

And D.M.Night Maire’s IMDB page, for further information.




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Exploring Dakota Ray’s The Dark Days Of Demetrius

Dakota Ray’s The Dark Days Of Demetrius is the sixth feature film from the experimental Denver filmmaker.

Ray is known for his ultra realistic exploitation of horror and crime, through his shorts and feature films and The Dark Days Of Demetrius  is no different. This film explores the violent and gritty reality, of a narcissistic serial killer and a sleazy tabloid journalist.

Ray takes the lead as our self infatuated murderer Demetrius, popularly known as the “Live Stream Killer”. He does well to reflect the nuances of many known serial killers, by providing insight through the films steady narrative. He’s in love with himself, claims to be godlike, thrives on the presses interest in him and it’s all so beautifully reflected in Ray’s performance. From the impish grin he does when admiring himself in a mirror or taking a selfie with a corpse, to the way he boastfully discusses his crimes in the films narration. Each moment is put together perfectly to create Demetrius’ character.

Dakota Ray in The Dark Days Of Demetrius

Clive, a sleazy and despicably dishonest reporter, is portrayed by actor Fred Epstein. Epstein is best remembered as Chester in American Scumbags (Ray’s second film). He delivers a disgustingly enjoyable performance as the seedy and incorrigible gutter press, creating false news and depraved acts to keep his followers interested. He’s bold, blunt even and his depiction of Clive helps you dislike him so easily.

Fred Epstein in The Dark Days Of Demetrius

Throughout The Dark Days Of Demetrius, Dakota Ray navigates his viewers through his two primary characters in a way that creates the beautiful battle between his leads. We watch their decent into self obsession. We feel the angry hatred they have for fellow humans. It’s all truly ugly, but still magical.

The film is accented with a score provided by Emperor Ov Larvae. In Ray’s usual choice of musical styling the music is hardcore, powerful and emotive.

As I have pointed out in prior reviews, watching each new production from Dakota Ray is watching his cinematic evolution. We see where his shots are cleaner, crisper to view. His casting is pure genius, with his selection of Epstein to play his characters aggressor being something infallible.

Be sure to explore the filmography listed below of Ray’s prior feature films, examine the trailer for yourself and join the current indiegogo campaign (which has already passed $3000 of its $5000 goal). All in all I implore you to immerse yourself in Ray’s freaky but fun film world.

Feature Film Filmography 

1. My Master Satan :3 Tales Of Drug Fuelled Violence (2016)

2. American Scumbags (2016)

3. The Acid Sorcerer (2017)

4. The Rise and Fall of An American Scumbag (2017)

5. American Antichrist (2018)

6. The Dark Days Of Demetrius (2019)

Go to the link below to watch the trailer …




The Dark Days Of Demetrius indiegogo campaign……



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RAKKHOSH- India’s First POV Thriller.

RAKKHOSH- India’s First POV Thriller.

As a fan of foreign films, I was excited recently when I was contacted by Creative Producer  Prashen Kyawal about the release of the Indian thriller Rakkhosh. Rakkhosh is the first Indian film using the first person Point of View (POV) technique and proved to be quite intriguing. Released on June 20th this year, it is currently available for viewing on Netflix. It is a foreign film, so it is presented in Hindi, but English subtitles are available.

With films like Hardcore Henry and Cloverfield putting POV films back in the forefront of movie goers minds, it’s easy to see its appeal to modern filmmakers. Directors Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian work together to craft a brilliantly inspired fresh take on insanity.

Rakkhosh centres around a troubled asylum inmate named Birsa. Birsa is our lead and we see everything from his perspective. The story focuses on his own troubled past and how that helps confuse his grip on reality, as fellow hospital residents begin disappearing at the hands of an unknown entity.

Let me start off with the camera techniques. From rotating shots, as we follow Birsa through the Jantar Mantar (a building beside the asylum where Rakkhosh lures and claims his victims), to the frantic sweeps around the asylum itself we are easily drawn into this gritty, harrowing world of mental illness, mistreatment and mayhem.

Birsa himself seems pretty put together, considering where he is. Using his voice Namit Das does a great job conveying worry, fear, excitement and confusion. We can hear in the tone in his voice how Birsa feels. And through the limited vision of his movements we can see what he endures.

Birsa’s only friend is Kumar John. An older inmate portrayed by Sanjay Mishra. Mishra works tirelessly to play the lovable, cheeky self professed mystic (often its his Dashavstar Ganjifa  cards that predict each victim). Mishra moves around smoothly, making Das’ movements with him equally graceful, creating a connection between the characters that is genuine and relatable.

Also in this ensemble cast is Priyanka Bose who stars as Kumar Johns “daughter” Ridhidima (who Birsa mistrusts frequently and refers to her as “Fake Daughter”, allowing you to question her motives and actual character). Bose is a very talented actress and known previously for her role in Lion, the Oscar nominated and BAFTA winning film from 2016 starring Dev Patal. Bose plays an investigative journalist trying to cease the disappearances fantastically, but balances that role well with her other of concerned “daughter” of Kumar John.

Tannishtha Chatterjee shines beautifully as Birsa’s well meaning sister Shoma. Chatterjee does amazingly to convey that Shoma does all she can for her sick brother, and in the film’s climax we see the lengths she has gone to to help him.

Mental Nurse Kalima’s amazingly menacing and superbly evilly wide eyed portrayal from Sanomani Jayant, stands out as one you can really enjoy. Jayant is cool, calm and collected with the perfect dash of aggression as the asylums unkind nurse.

The incredibly corrupted Dr Idris Shah is brought to life by Barun Chanda. Chanda is a known seasoned actor in India and is well known for his debut starring role in the Satyajit Ray social drama  Seemabaddha (1971). Chanda works hard throughout the film, to portray the doctor as being little involved in the ill deeds  undertaken in his asylum. Chanda’s ability to demonstrate his capabilities is strong, as truths are revealed and we see more and more of his characters greedy ways.

I liken Chanda’s character and portrayal strongly to that of a combination of both Dr Berrisford (played by Harris Yulin) in the 1988 film Bad Dreams, and Dr Frederick Chilton ( played by Anthony Heald) in The Silence of the Lambs/ Red Dragon Films.

Also worthy of mentioning is Atul Mahale, who plays Swapnil. Mahale navigates his role as the easily bribed corrupt class three officer well and adds to the swirling unease of the film.

Rakkhosh is very lengthy for its style and subject matter and could easily be shaved of a few minutes here and there, but otherwise the development of the plot and direction by Abhijit Kokate and Srivinay Salian is spot on in enticing the viewers to watch on more and more as the film progresses.

Dinesh Gopal was the editor of Rakkhosh, who worked tirelessly on creating the believable aesthetic that became Birsa’s first person point of view. It was through Gopal’s editing that he used various techniques to  humanise the character of Birsa. From when Birsa would open and close his eyes by fading to black in such a way , or even blurring the images to convey when he was dizzy. These helped the narrative stay perfect in its first person POV for the viewer and steady the combination of illogical and logical  going ons throughout the film.

The film Rakkhosh was produced by Sayali And Santosh Deshpande, who helm SD Motion Pictures.

It’s also to be noted that the first person Cinematographer was Basile Pierrat, who is known for a style which elicits the same style of first person story telling. Pierrat is a well known French filmmaker, who explores music videos, commercials and short and feature films.

Srivinay Salian is also the writer of the screenplay for Rakkhosh. He adapted the story from a famous Marathi Language novel by prominent Indian horror writer Narayan Dharap. Dharap was also responsible for the novel Tumbbad, which has since also been made into a film. Dharap is often referred to the Indian equivalent of Stephen King.

As always I will not reveal any more to avoid providing spoilers, but I do encourage all fans of unique thrillers to check out  Rakkhosh on their Netflix.


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Australian Urban Legends

Australia’s Urban Legends will be focusing on six stories I have grown up with in my thirty years of living in Australia (my family moved her in 1988, when I was nearly eight years old from Birmingham, England), I thought it’d be fun to share the top urban legends from areas not far from where I’ve lived.

In a country where pretty much anything that breathes could possibly be deadly to humans, it’s no wonder creepy macabre campfire stories are easy to find.

Like all other countries worldwide there are tales of strange going ons from the Bunny Man of Virginia, an evil witch known as Nale Ba in India, sewer alligators in New York, and even Paris’ Vanishing Lady/Vanishing Hotel Room.

I’ll start with the most infamous and also the saddest.

The Ghost Train Fire Of Luna Park.

It happened on June 9th 1979. Unlike most this part of the story is true. It was sadly on that date six boys and a man perished in the blaze. All they had done was get on a ride at a theme park.

Luna Park was opened in Sydney in the 1930’s and, after closing for several years (until 1982), it is still open to this day. The site of the blaze is now a building called the Big Top. A location for entertainment and food since the tragedy. Some say they have heard ghostly whispers inside the big top, others believe the ghosts of the Ghost Train haunt the building. A plaque was erected on a wall, to memorialise the victims of the tragedy.

The victims were John Godson (aged 29), Damien Godson (aged 6), Craig Godson (aged 4), Richard Carroll (aged 13), Michael Johnson (aged 12), Johnathan Billings (aged 12), and Seamus Rahilly (aged 12).

No one suffered more that night than Jenny Godson, the mother of the two youngest victims (aged four and six) and wife of the only adult killed in the tragedy. She lost her whole family in one moment.

“We asked Damien and Craig what ride they’d like to go on again, they chose the Ghost Train. Little did I know… For some reason, suddenly I felt like an ice-cream. I asked the others if they wanted one, but they said no. I asked them to wait for me, but when I turned around they were gone. I don’t know why they didn’t wait for me, as we’d been on every ride together that night. It still haunts me to this day. Something spiritual took over. Divine intervention? For some reason, I was not meant to die that night.”Jenny said after the incident. Normally she had stated, she didn’t eat much ice cream, but that day she was overwhelmed. 

What makes this story part of the urban legends of Sydney is not the tragedy itself, nor the various reports that the fire was possibly deliberately lit by notorious crime figure and developer Abe Saffron (after failing to procure the sale of the park). No, it is in fact the mystery of a photograph taken with one of the Godson boys prior to entering the park that day, at a ferry wharf in Circular Quay.

The photograph is of Damien Godson with a devil horned man placing his hand on the boys shoulder, dressed in only a loin cloth, mask and a horned headdress. No one knows who the mysterious man is, or where he came from. And he was never located since the incident. Many believe he is a link to occult practices that caused the fire that night. Whether this is true may never be discovered.

Our second urban legend is of one of the most iconic sights one would see, when visiting Sydney harbour.

Tales of Death on the Sydney Harbour Bridge.

Every tourist travelling through Sydney will see several sights from a simple trip around the harbour. Usually the bridge itself, the Sydney Opera House House, Luna Parks big mouthed frontage and the Centrepoint Tower (though these days the increasing height of skyscrapers will surely dwarf that more and more in time).

The bridge itself isn’t exactly something one would consider scary but people did die during its construction .Officially sixteen deaths were recorded from accidents during the construction of one of the worlds most famous bridges, but unofficially Sydney siders  have rumoured three more deaths were not recorded.

Apparently locals claim that three construction contractors mysteriously vanished, due to falling in the huge pylons. Being itinerant workers, they weren’t noticed as missing for several weeks. It was deemed too difficult to retrieve their remains and they were supposedly entombed in the bridges pylon til this very day.

The Penrith Panther.

Closer to my own stomping grounds is the legend of the Penrith Panther. The local football team (National Rugby League, being on par to Australians as NFL is in the USA or the EPL is in the UK), even was named after this particular urban legend. Yes there is a team called the Penrith Panthers.

Legend has it that a large black panther strolls the luscious lands of the Penrith area from the lower Blue Mountains to Katoomba. This panther is like the locals version of Bigfoot. Constantly sighted but always poorly photographed. Some say it’s just a very big black cat, while others say it’s as big as any lion or tiger. Sightings began in the 1930’s and the government even spent time trying to locate the beast unsuccessfully. Claims are it is either a large marsupial cat or an escaped circus animal.

Personally, I have lived in the district for thirty years. I have never seen this creature, nor have I met anyone who has (and I have friends throughout the areas it has been sighted). Whether there is a giant cat playing hide and seek with the locals, will remain unsure.

The Hawkesbury River Monster.

Another beastly urban legend is that of the Hawkesbury River Monster. The descriptions on this one may remind you of something else. Snake like head, long neck, large body with two sets of flippers and an eel like tail. Sounds familiar? Well it’s visual appearance is recorded as a very similar likeness to old Nessie (The Loch Ness Monster) in Scotland.

Stories tell of how this monster leaves  unexplained sliding trails on the river bank, and crushes abandoned boats. Claims that owners of those boats vanishing by way of the beast appear highly unfounded, but this story has cultural roots. It was originally told by the Darug people (Aboriginal natives in the area) and in their art they’ve created depictions of the water monster for thousands of years.

Images of this creature and old Nessie both, to me, look somewhat like a plesiosaurus (yes a water dwelling dinosaur). Is it possible these sightings, are of a still existent dinosaur ?

Moving on from monsters to a more spiritual creepiness, the last two legends in this article involve ghosts.

The Girl on the Highway.

Again located in the  region of Narrabeen, Sydney (about an hour or two from the main part of Sydney) the girl is seen on the Wakehurst Parkway bear Middle Creek Bridge.

The tales told are of a young girl in a white dress who appears on the road expecting you to drive through her or of a nun who sits in people’s cars, just before the lights at Oxford Falls. Anyone travelling alone after midnight in the area is warned that one of these apparitions will try and take control of their car, unless they are ordered to get out.

To give some more interest for this legend, a local film crew made a documentary about this legend. They claim they became physically ill during the process. Whether this claim is true or merely to boost interest in the documentary is unknown, but locals believe in the spirits of the road.

The Woman in Black.

Again in the Blue Mountains we return for our final legend. This time of the Black Ghost Of Victoria Pass. For more than one hundred years, truckers have told tales of seeing a woman in black (no not the same woman from the 1983 Susan Hill novel and three subsequent films)walking along the road as they descend the tough roads between  Mount Victoria and Little Hartley on the Great Western Highway (one of Sydney’s  oldest and longest highways). The reports are that this Ghost is of a child bride named Caroline Collits, who was beaten to death by her ex boyfriend John Walsh in 1842.

Despite extensive road upgrades , Caroline is still seen to this day on occasion during the coldest nights, when the road is icy and drivers must be more cautious and drive slower.

With this story I had to do some extensive research but found the truth behind the legend. The truth is Caroline was NOT the child bride of John Walsh but he did murder her.

The truth is her name was Caroline James and she came from a rather unstable family. Her mother had hung herself, when Caroline was in her early teens. Caroline’s  father had been put in goal for six months on suspicion of contributing to her death. Some months later, Caroline’s younger sister was the one who married a John  Walsh . Rumours at the time were that it was known that Walsh had been seeing both Caroline and her sister before and after his marriage. Caroline had left her own husband William Collits, to live with her sister and Walsh. There was talk of a reconciliation coming between Caroline and William, but on the night of the 4th of January 1842, Caroline, William and Walsh met at Joseph Jagger’s Inn at Hartley, Mount Victoria to have a drink.

Soon after leaving the Public House Walsh knocked William Collits to the ground, without the slightest provocation. Caroline came to his assistance by grabbing Walsh’s arms and telling William to “run, run, he has got a stone and will murder you”, which allowed William to escape. These were the last words Caroline was heard to utter

Matthew Mall, a mail driver from Penrith to Hartley, was delivering mail as usual. At about 6 a.m. midway between the top of Mt. Victoria and Soldier’s Perch, about three miles from Jagger’s, he saw some clothes lying on the road. On further investigation he discovered a body nearby. It was established that this was Caroline, William’s wife. She had been assaulted and her skull crushed by a rock. John Walsh was later taken into custody.

At his trial Walsh maintained his innocence and accused young Jagger and three others of following him, hitting him with a pistol and taking Caroline away from him. A report by John Jones, Sergeant of H.M. 80th Regiment in court, stated that John Walsh had come to his hut at 11 p.m. on the night of 5th January stating he had been attacked by young Jagger and four others, but Jones didn’t believe him and sent him to get assistance elsewhere.

The Jury deliberated for half an hour, then returned to pronounce a verdict of guilty. The Judge stated at the trial that Jagger and other witnesses should have been summoned and that expense and inconvenience should have been disregarded in a case such as this.

John Walsh was hanged on Tuesday, 3rd May, 1842 at Bathurst.

Nonetheless, poor Caroline’s soul haunts the area of her tragic demise in the Blue Mountains.

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Developing news on Ridley Scott’s Alien Franchise.

Developing news on Ridley Scott’s Alien Franchise.

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Not so long ago we here at the House of Tortured Souls reported on the merger of Fox and Disney in Disney’s latest acquisition. We also added information on how Disney was looking to expand the existing Alien Franchise.Ridley Scott

In a recent interview between the Hollywood Reporter and Alien Director Ridley Scott, he chatted candidly about the legacy of Alien after its 40 years of popularity.

Despite all the new films made, Scott still sees the first as the epitome of the franchise.

“There is only ever the one,” he said. “It is like trying to do a sequel to 2001. Fundamentally, you cannot. Really, with the greatest respect to Star Wars, the best film by far is the one that George directed. By miles. It was unique. wonderful for me.  A fairy story of all fairy stories in space.”Xenomorph

Moreover, to follow through is a tough call, “It has been since after 2017’s disappointing reception for Alien: Covenant, that the franchise looked to be taking on hiatus. Rumor is this is not the case and Alien works are already in production”

Back in April at CinemaCon, Disney already had said that it was looking into expanding of Fox’s most popular franchises. This included Deadpool, X-Men, and of course, Alien. Scott has yet to confirm if he’ll be directly involved with any of them, though insiders are saying he will.Prometheus

Scott preferred the beasts in the franchise to remain alone, speaking of the AVP series as “a daft idea” and that to remain relevant separating the characters was a better idea. Is this his plan to bring Alien back onto the big screen himself?

Using his 2012 prequel to the original Alien film, Prometheus, as a comparison. Scott said that by not revealing the Alien until the end, Prometheus was doing something different but with a simple storyline. “The Alien is uniquely attached to Mother Nature.

It simply comes off a wood beetle that will lay eggs inside a unsuspecting insect. Moreover, in so doing, the form of the egg will become the host for this new creature. That is hideous. However, that was what it was. Also, you cannot keep repeating that because the joke gets boring,” Scott said. “A restored version of Alien is currently playing in movie theaters to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film’s release. Fans of the franchise will await further news anxiously.”

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Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!

Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!


Yes! You read that correctly Disney has taken ownership of Alien and Predator!

In a recent $71.3 billion deal back in December, Disney has now taken ownership of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets. Beating out Comcast in a huge bid to secure many of Fox’s biggest franchises, Disney has been scarce on information about the future of the more adult material they now own.

In all the acquisition includes 21st Century Fox’s renowned film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.

So what does this mean for film fans? Disney now not only already owns the rights to make the future Marvel films (including the Deadpool films, pledged to remain at their current R rating), and the Star Wars franchise. This means they now own Alien and Predator!

Yes you read that right!

Alien and Predator will now be Disney films, technically.

So, what does this actually mean will happen to the films? Will they become watered down shells of their former selves? Will more films be on the horizon?

Earlier this year Disney Chairman Bob Iger did inform the press that “They (Disney) plan on keeping Deadpool an RRated brand and plan to further include RRated film brands in their future product portfolio.”

Is this R-Rated portfolio set to include these two new acquisitions?

Fox’s movie studio is expected to be significantly downsized once the deal is the future and Disney seem already set to take over Fox’s two biggest film franchises, Avatar and the XMen.

Reports say they may plan to scale back production of costly movies that “don’t fit its family-friendly, franchise-focused formula”, people close to both companies have said.

Fox is under obligation to present themselves as though they will survive this acquisition regardless, according to Fox studio sources. This means continuing to make movies and develop new ideas with no certainty as to what Disney will decide to do with them once the deal is finalised.

Will Alien and Predator have a future with Disney? Only time will tell and the House of Tortured Souls will surely, like many horror fans, be keeping a firm eye on future developments.



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An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

As the title says “An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s” but I  will be looking at the film and television history of the town itself.

During my recent month long stay in the U.S.A (I’m based in Australia but born in the U.K), I was fortunate that my fiancée and I were able to visit New Orleans, Louisiana.

I had heard of many aspects of New Orleans that were a film fan and horror hound and occult fans wet dream!

So naturally my first stop was to the incredibly popular voodoo store Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo, on Bourbon Street which is a popular place to drink, eat and see many musical acts.

Marie Laveau

At  Marie Laveau’s though it’s a more occult theme. The store is full on every inch of each wall, with voodoo charms and Knick knacks from Gris Gris and Mojo bags , for many desires in life, to three legged pig ornaments meant to wish the bearer luck.

Three legged pig for good luck

The House of Voodoo itself was established over 30 years ago, with the aim of “assisting in the spiritual guidance and magical needs of locals as well as visitors.” They have an array of dedicated and helpful staff who are willing to answer any and all questions you may ask and also serve as “psychic advisors”. The items they provide (for sale) are aimed at helping one through their path to find love, money, attraction, protection, and good luck.

Purchases from Marie Laveaus

It is also said that should you receive a blessing from Marie Laveau, that you must do something good for someone else. So remember to pay it forward.

New Orleans may help many find their spiritual centre, but as a town itself it is home to the production of 10 infamous, and award winning, films in cinematic history. These were A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Easy Rider (1969), Pretty Baby (1978), Steel Magnolias (1989), Sex Lies & Videotape (1989), JFK (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993), Interview With A Vampire (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Ray (2004).

Outside Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo (one of the store, one with my partner), Canal St, and shooting a film on Bourbon St

However many wonder about New Orleans iImpact with the specific genre of Horror.

Interview With A Vampire was a huge hit when released in 1994, based of Lousiana native author Anne Rices novel. Her other book (within her Vampire Chronicles series) Queen Of the Damned was also turned into a film starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. Since then news of her series being further explored through the realm of television has arisen.

The notable television series American Horror Story also has some roots within New Orleans, featuring the town heavily in series 3 “Coven” and shooting scenes from series 4 “ Freakshow” (not Florida as it represents). Alongside HBO’s True Blood, which filmed its early series in Lousiana on location In towns such as Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Mansfield, Clinton and many more.

Also currently on television are horror themed shows like the Vampire Diaries spin off The Originals.

Its easy to pick out shooting locations but the French architecture around you once there and many primary locations are just a stones throw from the main roads , like the Boarding house in A.H.S Coven.

Feature horror films that have been shot on location in New Orleans and other Locations in Louisiana include Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh, The Skeleton Key, Hatchet, Solstice, The Final Destination (number 4 in the series), Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant, The Reaping, The Paperboy, And Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

There are many more and I implore you to visit this wonderfully creepy lovable state and explore its history both with the voodoo/hoodoo and films and television aspects.

Just be prepared to hear the cries of “LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER” (Let the good times roll) or “WHO DAT?” (The call of every patriotic New Orleans Saints fan) as you stroll through the streets.

Examining WIHM Through the Ladies Of Horror Literature

Examining WIHM Through the Ladies Of Horror Literature

For this article I’m literally examining WIHM through the Ladies Of Horror Literature.

Yes literature, you read that right!

It is so often as fans that we focus our horror love on the films that are created and those that create them. We acknowledge the actors, filmmakers and fundamental crew. However, more than many realize, some of our favorite horror films are born from the amazingly well crafted written word.

Many of these superb dark tales came from the minds of many brilliant women and I’m going to focus on just a few. This will include Mary Shelley, Anne Rice, Shirley Jackson, V.C Andrews, Susan Hill And Daphne Du Maurier.

First up I must start with the grandmother of horror literature herself, Mary Shelley. Shelley is most remembered for her movingly Gothic tale of morality known as Frankenstein or The Modern Prometheus. Frankenstein shocked people in its era when released back 0n New Years Day in 1818.

Mary Shelley

The story dived into the ethical dilemmas and left the reader exploring the gruesome topics of body snatching, the reanimating of a corpse created from pieces of several cadavers, and the age old debate of playing God.

It is dark, lengthy, harrowing and over the last 201 years it has inspired so many adaptations, including stage plays, since 1823. It has been both on the big screen (such as Universals 1931 Boris Karloff venture, to the Kenneth Branagh and Robert DeNiro’s 1994 memorable adaptation) and the small screen with shows such as The Frankenstein Chronicles, And Penny Dreadful (which features Victor Frankenstein as a character). It has also had loose adaptations of  memorability such as the musical The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Young Frankenstein (a Mel Brooks parody film),and Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie.


Like Shelley, Anne Rice is known for her main film adaptation of her most famous novel. This time round the tale was Interview With A Vampire, which is one book in a long running series of the Vampire Chronicles. Based in New Orleans, Rice has become an accomplished author and uses her city as a beautiful back drop for the saga of the Vampire Lestat. The longevity of Rices career focusing on writing about vampires to witches and much more from the darkest realms, has paved the way over the last four decades for the Vampire craze of the last decade in film and television.

Anne rice

Flying across the pond, British novelist Shirley Jackson is a name many won’t know for her brilliant novel We Have Always Lived in the Castle, but mention her classic spooky tale The Haunting Of Hill House and many are more familiar.  The Haunting Of Hill House has been adapted in various ways and several times as a film, focusing on the creepy happenings of Hill House and a party of people there to explore it. It’s lived on with horror fans since the 1963  film ( simply titled The Haunting like its 1999 remake) and has been an inspiration for both serious adaptations , such as a recent Netflix series to even farcical moments in films like Scary Movie 2.

Shirley Jackson

Like Rices Vampire Chronicles, When one mentions V.C Andrews no one can help but recall the twisted and macabre Dollanganger  family of her novel Flowers in the Attic and it’s subsequent novels that followed. Spanning 7 years the books focused on abuse, violence, incest and death and inspired 5 film adaptations over many years. Though the original ending of the 1987 adaptation varied from the novel, no one could dispute actress Louise Fletchers portrayal of the grandmother as one of the most vile villains in horror history. Fletcher herself has spoken time and again about consulting Andrews on the role, to deliver the best performance she could to the viewers and it showed.



Unlike Andrews English writer Susan Hill is best remembered for her 1983 story of The Woman in Black. Adapted for British Television as a film in 1989, this hauntingly eerie story of the macabre woman in black is sure to give anyone the creeps like it did to me when I watched it at the age of 8. It has since had a remake in 2012 starring Daniel Radcliffe (yes Harry Potter) for Hammer films. That remake has since had a rather foolish sequel that just didn’t work as well following it in 2015 called The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, that was prior made into a novelization in 2013. I implore fans to seek out the book rather than the sequels film. The Woman in Black has also been a successful stage play since 1987 and continues running at theatres globally to this day.

Susan Hill

Finally to round out our literally scream queens I present Daphne Du Maurier. Du Maurier is a name very well known with most horror fans for her popular works of story story fiction have been turned into screen gold time and time again by horror alumni such as Alfred Hitchcock – who adapted her stories Rebecca, Jamaica Inn,And  The Birds. She also had a very successful adaptation of her story Don’t Look Now (AKA Not After Midnight) by Filmmaker Nicholas Roeg. Though the film differs very slightly to the book, Du Maurier was happy with this 1973  adaptation starring Julie Christie and Donald Sutherland And any viewer watching it would easily be as immersed as they were in the book.

Daphne Du maurier

I hope this article helps some horror fans seek out more literature from the horror realm and explore the ladies behind the words of some of your favorite films. The written word is a dying art form and many could do well to examine where our filmmakers get their inspiration.



All Through The House is the tale of a deranged masked Santa Slayer, that comes to town for some yuletide terror. This Santa leaves behind a bloody trail of mutilated bodies, as he hunts his way to the front steps of the town’s

All Through The house

most feared and notorious home. What is his connection to Rachel? What is her connection to the old Garrett house? From writer and director Todd Nunes comes this jolly festive fueled romp of Christmas crazed murder and mayhem. This was not Nunes’ first foray into deranged Santa slayings, having created the 13 minute short Here

All Through The house

Comes Santa in 2011- which actually evolved into, the feature length version of All Through The HouseFirst off I must point that this is a homage film, with an amazing use of scenes referencing some recognizable moments in horror films such as Psycho, Alone in the Dark and even The Slumber Party MassacreFor those who need to know, the kills are a pure gore hounds wettest dream and each murderous moment provides both the thrills, as well as some of the humourous bloodiness. Yes , you did read that correctly, I said humourous! This is a film that knows just when to make you laugh and when to create a little suspense. However it is easy to forget that this is a modern take, on the 80’s style horror romp, within the horror holiday happiness. The plot revolves around the return to town of Rachel Kimmel ( played by indie film darling Ashley Mary NunesTodd’s actress sister), who stays with her wheelchair-bound grandmother Abby (played by Cathy Garrett) and wants to spend time with

Melynda Kiring in all Through The House

her friends Gia (Natalie Montera) and Sarah (Danica Riner). However Rachel’s good nature is imposed upon by Mrs Garrett (played by Melynda Kiring) and the trio end up delaying their fun to help the lonely elderly neighbour decorate her home instead. As the girls die one by one and poor Rachel is left standing as our final girl, we begin to understand what is going on. This is because Todd Nunes cleverly provides us with small snippets of information along the way, to aid our ‘awakening’ for those final moments. Ashley Mary Nunes plays

All Through The House

Rachel with the correct degree of innocence and sweetness, for us to like her throughout the film and actually feel sorry for her. Even as her friends are killed, despite them being less kind and caring – which also reflects the effectiveness of Montera and Riner’s acting skills too. Kiring provides us with a visible evolution of the character of Mrs Garrett’s deterioration, that leaves us wowed! She was made for the role (which Nunes wrote with her in mind). All in all I am glad I got to view All Through The House . It is a very good film and deserves its place among other  festively frightening fun films on DVD and Blu-ray like Jack Frost; Santa’s Slay; Silent Night Deadly Night; Black Christmas and many more.

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Seasons Greetings with STALLED (2013)

Seasons Greetings with STALLED (2013)

STALLED is a British movie that was released in 2013. It is a Christmas focused zombie comedy, exploring on a serious zombie outbreak in an office building during their annual party. The plot is easy to follow “W.C is a discontent office manager, who decides to rob his boss during the office Christmas party. Sadly for W.C he becomes trapped in the ladies room stalls as a hoard of zombies plague the building! While trapped in the stalls he befriends a female in another stall and the two attempt to escape the zombie onslaught together.”


I’ll start by discussing the one thing I didn’t get about this film. All it was is that STALLED does start with a rather unnecessary lesbian scene between two females.  Simply it didn’t add any value to the story line, but it wasn’t offensive or anything either. I just found it rather unnecessary. W.C is played by Dan Palmer. Palmer actually wrote

Dan Palmer in Stalled

the screenplay himself. So I know that the feeling of him being able to connect with his character was evident because he portrayed W.C based on how he wrote the character himself. The concept is good! Similar to films like Phonebooth (with Colin Farrell), or even Devil (with Logan Marshall- Green), it is set ultimately in ONE location throughout. This doesn’t slow the film down, nor does it restrict the evolution of the plot. In fact it creates some unique experiences, to be seen on-screen. Our pragmatist is caught in the stalls throughout the majority of the film. As he is bumbling and fumbling his way to safety, we see him repeatedly fail and his faith diminish. It’s not for his lack of attempts of course, but the various


obstacles he faces – primarily the zombies. W.C may be a criminal, but through the film we develop compassion for him. He often sticks his proverbial foot in his mouth and is actually very apologetic. We see a sweet side to him, as well as the misled cad he’s become. STALLED


really does just follow a simple plot formula. There is basic makeup use, everyday costumes, one primary set. However it is still ultimately a most enjoyable film. In fact some of the make up jobs made me think of the original Night of the Living Dead, which made it somewhat nostalgic. I think it’s the simplicity that one can enjoy most. It doesn’t exceed your ideas of how it will unfold. It’s an independent films and it doesn’t maquerade as a bigger budget films. Palmers writing compliments Christian James’ smooth direction perfectly. The duo pace the action well enough to remind us of the great danger on-screen, and yet add in little emotional moments sweetly. There’s a few zesty one liners, some really good kills and a  well-rounded performance from our lead actor. So this film is easy to like, I honestly can’t hate on it.

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Merry “AXEMAS” To All

Merry “AXEMAS” To All

This feisty little 2017 short Christmas themed horror film AxeMas, packs a fair bit of fight within its mere twenty five minutes. Featuring (of course) an axe wielding psychopathic Santa Claus, and three foolish couples who decide


to spend some time in a secured Storage facility, this film rolls nicely to fill each inch of time with more and more oomph! Featuring a cast of Ashley Campbell, John E Seymour, Dillon Weishuhn, Lindsey Cruz, Nathan Scott, Kamiko Kawada, Michael Anthony


O’Brien, Tommy Sihavong, Miranda Dudley and John Ward (yes that is the entire cast), they all work amazingly together to create some festive horror hijinks, that will amuse any horror fan. The effects and gore produced on this tiny budget is admirable and enjoyable on screen. From impaling a happily oblivious couple, to a full on decapitation. The use of simple but effective classic special effects techniques, makes for an impressive viewing. The actors are easy to watch. John Ward wrote this

Axemas 2 poster

screenplay and he directs his actors so well, it is very fluid and natural. It is easy to convince oneself that these foolish fun seekers are no different to any you would meet on the street. Ward is known currently for AxeMas (now included in Festering Frank’s Frames of Fear 2), as well as his upcoming film production Meathook Massacre 4. Being that this is a very short film, doesn’t hinder the storyline either. In fact it aids in the plot not becoming stale or repetitive. It also enables the viewer to not lose interest. AxeMas already has a sequel called AxeMas 2: Blood Slay ( a second short set a year after the events of AxeMas, featuring the surviving cast member from the original short). I know I am keen to see where this will continue on from the original short.