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Kerry Newton—WiHM Interview

Kerry Newton—WiHM Interview

This month keeps getting better on showcasing talented women and I had the opportunity to interview the talented Kerry Newton. Check out below on her upcoming projects and see what advice she offers to women aspiring to pursue careers in acting.  

Sarah Gregory:

  • What inspired you to get into the industry?


Kerry Newton:

  • Five or six years ago I was in teaching, I was also doing a lot of musical theatre and straight plays, comedy plays, a lot of theatre and a friend of mine who is a bit of a professional actor for many many years,  he who is in The Last Kingdom (Netflix series) said he felt that I had something about me that was unique and had this faith in me , the talent, drive and determination and skills and had a good look and had the strength to make it in acting. It was him that inspired me to make a leap from teaching and everything else that I was doing. Because I felt rather stuck, I followed all his advice very quickly cause one I set my mind to something I go got it.  Got myself on spotlight, got myself an agent, did lots and lots of short films and did everything I could to network, got to know a lot of key people quickly with his help and support and it’s not what inspired me it’s who inspired me, it was him. 

SG:

  • What does Women in Horror Month mean to you? Who/ what are your inspirations?

KN: 

  • Horror Month is a great opportunity to showcase new independent horror films, upcoming directors and producers and actor’s work and writer’s work because horror is a very popular genre and it’s great to see new work from new people and see what people out there are creating this unique and different in the horror genre. Also, my inspirations in horror, I like horror films where there’s a strong woman who (like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens) at the center of things, fighting against all evil and seeing it through and going through absolute hell coming  out the other side not being defeated. I like those types of films where there’s a female fighter, a strong woman fighting through all odds in horror. I’m not one for very very sick, gory films like Saw and Hostel and things like that. I like things with a very good meaty story line, I like a gritty character, strong female role. 

SG:

  • What challenges do you find yourself facing when accepting roles?

KN:

  • If it looks like a challenging part, I love to take on a challenge, so no challenge is too big for me. I find myself facing all sorts of challenges, going through very deep emotional acting, going through absolute hell in some parts, I’ll just accept any challenge and rise to it no challenge is too big. If it’s a character that I’m invested in and it’s got the detailed gritty acting then I’ll take it on.

SG:

  • Any advice for someone, women in particular who are getting into acting, especially in the horror scene?


KN:

  • My advice would be with horror you will have raw emotion pouring out of you, you have to be real, be absolute real don’t try to just act you have to really feel it. With getting into acting in general, you’ve got to have a great agent, a great headshot, a great show reel, and take every single role you can at first to build up your portfolio.

SG:

  • With Everyone Laugh at Leanne, what inspired you to channel her downward spiral?


KN:

  • What you don’t see is that she’s had psychological problems for quite awhile, so in the short you might be questioning how could she have this downfall in such a short time and are left guessing as to what she’s been through before this stage, that she’s always had mental health problems and this is just a build up or the last straw in the last few days in her situation. So I considered going in there already having been through a great deal and been suffering and struggling with mental health issues from the trying to lead a normal life, some of these events in the film trigger to what she’s been trying to cover up and hide and it just sets her off.

SG:

  • You are a woman of many talents— as a singer, actress, combat artist, etc. With branching out in different directions, what do you prefer more to do?


KN:

  • Besides acting I do sing, dance and am a combat artist, what I love to do the most is act. Out of all of those I like to create a roll, living through it, and being on set. Going through the characters emotions, becoming that person and producing a good character, screen acting is the thing I love the most.

SG:

  • Do you have any other upcoming projects you are working on that you are allowed to discuss?

KN:

  • I’ve got a couple of projects coming up, one is the feature film I’m working on that is something that Netflix could be taking on it’s called Hood: A Legend Reborn.  Its the retelling of the Robin Hood story but its very Games of Thrones esque it’s very dark and grisly. It’s kind of difficult to watch, hard hitting but full of action in stunts and I’m playing Sky she’s the only female in the Merry Men Gang, it’s expanded a bit to include me. I’m very excited about that filming that in the next few months. I also co-written, co-produced, co-directed a TV pilot called Dixies which is set in Doncaster in 1985 , it tells a true story of a night club bar called Dixies and all the goings on, all the nitty gritty drama and I’m starting to film that in late February so that’s my next project.
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Maddie Deering—WiHM Interview

Maddie Deering—WiHM Interview

Women in Horror Month is a great way to showcase our talented badass ladies in horror. I had the privilege to interview Maddie Deering— a talented writer, producer and actress.  Check out her latest film Spirit Animal and see what she has in store for us in the next year! 


Sarah Gregory:
 

  • What inspired you to get into the industry, mainly in horror?

Maddie Deering: 

  • Ever since I was young, I loved film. I have so many memories of the video store, Video World, which was also my first job. My family used to always go and rent movies on Wacky Wednesday, where rentals were cheap. But it was at a video store, That Tape Place, where I got into weirder horror movies, Troma movies were an inspiration. For a 7th grade birthday party we rented Killer Nerd, and it was shot on video. It was cheap, it was hilarious, and I loved it. And that was the moment I said to my friends, “Hey, we can make movies!” And It was then I learned you didn’t need a lot of money to make a film, just a lot of passion and love for the genre.

SG: 

  • Who/ what are your inspirations for filmmaking?

MD: 

  • Wes Craven and Lloyd Kaufman are two of my biggest inspirations. Wes Craven had so many amazing creative ideas, and I love almost everything he did. Like, Freddy Krueger wasn’t just a killer like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, he had personality and the way those movies were made was brilliant. And he didn’t just launch one horror franchise, he directed Scream too. I love almost all of his works. And Lloyd Kaufman made all these movies with love and heart for little money, and has been doing it for so long. I get a lot of my humor from movies like The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke Em High, and Terror Firmer. I am also heavily inspired by David Lynch and his style.

SG:

  • What was your inspiration for Spirit animal?

MD:

  • Spirit Animal has been one hell of a journey to come onto screen. About 2 years ago, a friend and I were developing a slasher movie about a half shark/half man Shark God that stalks a group of kids who are camping. We didn’t have the budget to make a cool looking Shark-Man, so I decided to write a short film that tied in, Bathtub Shark Attack. That never happened either, and my actors dropped out except one. So I said, let’s just make a feature and shoot it on VHS (I always wanted to shoot a feature on VHS, I love the look!). So I feel Spirit Animal is a little bit of both those movies, and it holds on it’s own. I think the humor and one liners (as well as the killer’s voice) was influenced by the Nail Gun Massacre. Other inspirations include movies like Sleepaway Camp and Friday the 13th as well as shot on video horror movies like Video Violence and Cannibal Campout. Popcorn was really the movie that made me want to do a gimmick and Smell-o-vision was definitely the best option for this movie. I think that little bit of extra effort and interactive fun brings this movie to a whole new level. Of course, John Waters did it first with Polyester!

SG:

  • Do you have any advice for anyone, women in particular who are getting into this business, with the horror genre?

MD:

  • Just do it! If you want to make a movie, get some friends together on the weekend and make a movie for fun. The technology to make a movie is everywhere. Even if it’s just a silly short with your friends. It is an amazing feeling to create. Just never stop trying. Spirit Animal is my fist feature and I paid out of pocket for all the props and everything. You can easily make a movie on no money if you have friends to do it with who are dedicated. That’s what we did, I casted my friends, and we went for it. And we are almost finished now which is an amazing feeling. The horror community is full of so many amazing people, and it is an amazing time to be a horror fan. With Facebook, it is so easy to meet other like minded folks. So my advice, if you wanna do it, DO IT!

SG:

  • How did your love for this genre come about?

MD:

  • For Easter one year when I was young, my parents got me a Nightmare on Elm Street on VHS. I have been in love ever since. Of course, I saw bits and pieces of those movies among others on TV, but that was the start. Horror is an escape from every day life and it is such a fun genre with so much creativity and ideas. There’s so many different sub genres, and so many talented folks behind the scenes. I love everything about horror movies, I always have and I always will. Horror movies helped me through some tough times!

SG:

  • What new projects can we expect from you this year?


MD:

  • This year you will probably just see Spirit Animal, haha. We have a premiere coming up on March 13th, and a physical release in July *fingers crossed*. I have a script entitled Alan which is a bit of a twisted love story that’s inspired by films like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Taxi Driver, and Psycho. It’s my passion project and I would love to be shooting that a year or so from now. We also are working on finishing some older projects, including the first movie I ever made which is about torturing toys, the other being a film my cinematographer Joseph Russio made titled Beyond Dark Dreams. I hope to put these projects together this year and shoot Alan next year! Here is hoping people enjoy Spirit Animal and that we can make more. I have a idea for a trilogy!

Keep an eye out on Maddie this year and follow the page below for Spirit Animal and get all the latest updates! ⬇️⬇️

Spirit Animal

 

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Jennifer Nangle: WiHM Interview

Jennifer Nangle: WiHM Interview

It’s that glorious time again, celebrating all badass women in horror and I had the opportunity to interview my favorite person again, Jennifer Nangle— also known as Malvolia the Queen of Screams. Jennifer is a very talented woman and is the real deal in the horror genre. She was incredibly sweet for allowing me to ask questions second time around and taking the time to answer them to allow us to see what she has in store for us this year.

Sarah Gregory: What does this Women in horror month mean to you?
Jennifer Nangle:  A celebration of women who hold all different positions in the horror genre. A time where we are not just seen as “final girls” and “scream queens”, but for all the talent we all possess on all different levels.

SG:  Since we last spoke, you had your hands full with 10/31 Part 2 and Paranoia Tapes 5. What can you tell us about your experience with both projects?


JN:
With Paranoia Tapes 5, Jack Hunter sent me a script and gave me full control over the script/filming. I immediately rewrote parts of the wrap around story to make it have a killer ending and connect it to the first one. I was lucky enough to bring on and work with some of my really great friends. I played a lot with the mood of the scenes. It’s a no budget feature, but we already got accepted into a film festival. Who knows what’s next for that!

10/31 Part 2 I was brought on as the familiar horror hostess face and intro/outro’d the film. I wish I could have done more, but time was not on my side… I got to work with Red Rabbit Productions, whom I worked with on The Boneyard Effects webseries with. I think that is the best part of indie horror, you get introduced with people, you click, you stay friends for life. I’ve been really fortunate to have so many people not only want to work with me again and again, but they believe in me, my talent, and work.

SGYou also have been hard at work with Inverted, Desert Moon, and Paranormal (Unholy) Attraction. What challenges if any did you face on each set? With having that many projects together, do you find that each one had a different affect on you?

JN: Desert Moon was incredibly up lifting, supportive, and I was able to just be in the moment. All I had to do was act. ThomasHaley really spoiled me with that during production (i.e. no producing, social media, etc). Everyone fulfilled their duties and then some. We were a team. Being on location for eights days in a desert was eye opening. I learned my strengths, weaknesses, and how to keep going at 4AMwhen we are fighting the sun rise. I filmed Desert Moon and ParanormalAttraction within two weeks of one another. Not much of a break, but just enough to memorize lines, get wardrobe together, and change up characters. Paranormal Attraction was a quick 8 hour day shoot for me. 
I took a lot of what I learned from being on Desert Moon to Inverted. I was on location for two weeks! This was a slower paced filming schedule than I was used to and I feel it was a good thing since the July mid-west heat and humidity literally knocked the life out of me for a couple days. Also, I got really sick during that shoot and I was lucky during this process for cast and crew to quickly become family. Everyone cared and loved one another very deeply and we were all supportive of one another. So, yes, each one did have a different effect on me, but I feel every film set is completely different and will get you through one way or another. I was lucky to have my best friend Charles with me during Desert Moon and Paranormal Attraction and Hannah, Kacey, Deryk, and Jeremy during the down times of Inverted, not to mention all the directors on all of these films were supportive and caring. I am really lucky to always been surrounded by amazing people who care about me. Sometimes set life can be incredibly lonely. 
SG: Do you have any new advice that you would give women entering this industry?

JN: Just do it. Don’t make excuses – just pick up the camera and do it. Also, you have your own original voice. Stay true to who you are! Trust your gut! 

SG: With the success of Malvolia, what can we expect to see from her this year?

JN: I’m not really sure, honestly… Season three was a tough one for me creatively and I didn’t receive many shorts to host. Being an indie one-woman show, one really has to rely on the help of the audience sharing and posting… Not much of that happened and I felt that maybe people were sick of her. I had been approached numerous times to tell the origin story of Malvolia and I really want to try and reach a wider audience. I started to write a feature film based on Malvolia’s journey. I can write short films all day long, but features are such a different story. It’s already been a slow process, but I would really like to start filming it by the end of the year. I will always make a Halloween Special, but we’ll see what happens if there is even a complete Season Four. 

SG: What projects do you have up your sleeve for this year? 


JN:
I have a lot releasing this year… “Inverted” where I play Woman #1, the right hand woman to a cult leader. This film is super dark, evil, and grungy… I cannot wait to see what Deranged Minds Entertainment does with it. “Paranormal Attraction” is a quick cameo, but you’ll see me in a different light. But my favorite, “Desert Moon” will be released where I play the trophy housewife along side actor/director Thomas Haley and actress Sarah French. Again, you’ll see me in a different light and it is my first lead in a feature I filmed. Such a beautiful location with a lot of hard working people. 

I start filming Dustin Ferguson’sThe Last Roommate” along side Julie Anne Prescott in a couple weeks. This one is definitely out of my comfort zone and I am so excited for this challenge… I have always had an insecurity with my body (I mean, what woman doesn’t?) and I’ve started to work out so I don’t have to think about that and just focus on the work. I’m also gearing up to film with Dustin “The Hell of the Screaming Undead” along side Mike Ferguson, Lynn Lowry, Jasper Cole, and Vida Ghaffari. This cast is pumped to get started and everyone just seems so supportive of one another. Plus, it’ll be my first Zombie flick!!!

I’m also attached to a secret project as Malvolia. I approached one of the producers and he passed along my name to the director  WHO KNEW WHO MALVOLIA WAS! Can you believe that? A man I don’t know knew the character I created. That was so amazing to hear. I’m very excited to get started!
Check out Jennifer’s reel below: ⬇️⬇️

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Everyone Laugh at Leanne (Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Everyone Laugh at Leanne (Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Everyone Laugh at Leanne is a psychological short horror film written and directed by M W Daniels (House of Lexi). 


The short film takes us through the life of Leanne (Kerry Newton) who at the start of the film, seems to have the life we all dream of having—- the nice house, the dream boyfriend Eddie (Tom Coulston), a job you could hope for, however, that perfect life of hers does not exist.

Leanne’s mental state starts to take a toll. Carrying on about her day, she steps outside where she witnesses her best friends (Josie O’Rourke, Jodie O’Rourke) killing an innocent woman that opens the door and then covers up the evidence. Leanne goes into a whirlwind of hysterics only to have her boyfriend come home to find out that nothing happened. That everything is just fine. Is everything just in Leanne’s head?


What I love the most about this short is that it doesn’t give anything away right off the bat, it allows you time to put together on what is happening in Leanne’s life. Kerry Newton’s performance was on point and carried very strongly. In my opinion, this is a short film that is definitely worth checking out. 

 

 

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You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I am sure by now many of you have binge-watched Season 2 of You on Netflix in one day and after seeing the last episode you are now left with a “what the fuck we need season 3 now” reaction, because that was my exact reaction after I watched it in one sitting.


Season 2 of
You dives into where the first season left off. With Candace (Ambyr Childers) making her appearance well known, Joe (Penn Badgley-— Gossip Girl) flees to LA and creates a whole new alter ego named Will. Will now works still as a bookstore employee but it’s a hippie health store called Anavrin. There, Will has a new love interest named Love Quinn (Victoria PedrettiThe Haunting of Hill House).

Victoria Pedretti does an impeccable job portraying Love as a sweet and innocent girl for Will to fascinate and prey on. Will’s lies this season have improved from the last season and the viewers either see it or fall for it with each disguise that Will has. Because no matter what the situation, he will do whatever it takes to get whatever he wants. 


Season 2 shows Joe or Will that no matter who he disguises himself as, his past comes back to haunt him, and in his case it’s Beck and her bestseller. Joe jumps into a relationship with Love, but with any relationship comes challenges and baggage and in Love’s case that’s her drug addicted twin brother Forty (James Scully — Heathers). No matter how stand-offish Joe tries to be in his relationship with Love, she carries this confidence and is persistent to have him in her life.


Unlike the first season moving rather quickly , this season takes its time to build up all the twists and quirks to happen, but when it does happen most of it is pretty predictable and easy to see coming. 

As for Penn Badgley, he portrays Joe/Will in such a creepy believable manner with such a charismatic charm to him. And Victoria Pedretti steals this season as his love interest. They both compliment and play off each other so well that everything they do and say seems like it was that easy to get into character.

Season 1 & 2 are both on Netflix, I suggest you start catching up on this season now. 

 

 

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Midnight Kiss (Into the Dark Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Midnight Kiss (Into the Dark Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

We are now 16 days into the New Year and even before we entered it, for some it’s all about a clean slate and for the other half it’s about who we were going to spend our night of celebration with, even who we would kiss at midnight.

Midnight Kiss is the first gay horror film in the Into the Dark series directed by Carter Smith (The Ruins).

Midnight Kiss takes us into a group of gay best friends Joel (Scott Evans), Cam (Augustus Prew), Logan (Lukas Gage- Assassination Nation), Ryan (Will Westwater— Max and Me) and their best girl friend a Hannah (Ayden Mayeri— Harder Than It Looks) who bring in their seventh New Year together. On New Years, they play a “midnight kiss” game, in which they hookup with anyone that fits their criteria. But this year the game turns completely ugly and ends in murder.

There ends up being a mysterious leather -clad stalker who targets the group of friends and in the murder process, throws confetti on the bloody body… how fitting with a celebration.

There was potential in this film however it was very, very slow moving and took awhile for the killer to actually appear which I think was more scary to use viewing it than the actual killings.


Even though it had its slow moving moments, I feel that horror fans should check this out. Click the trailer below and decide if this will be for your viewing pleasure. 

 

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Rabid (2019 Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Rabid (2019 Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

The Soskas pay homage to David Cronenberg’s 1977 cult-classic Rabid with their highly anticipated remake so beautifully with their own twists leaving Easter eggs along this wild ride.

Who else would be perfect to take on the task of remaking such a beautiful classic— no one except for identical Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary). They made it clear that this remake would not be a shot for shot, but to rather pay homage to David’s film.


Let’s start off with our leading lady Rose (Laura VandervoortJigsaw, Bitten). Rose is an aspiring fashion designer, who like those in that competitive environment is struggling to earn the recognition and respect she deserves from Gunter (Mackenzie Gray), her boss. Rose who was in a car accident many years ago bears some facial scarring and keeps to herself and to her work, but let’s her friend Chelsea (Hanneke TalbotReady or Not) set her up on a date with their coworker. While in the restroom, Rose overheard insults about herself and realized that the date was a set up by her good friend, she then flees the scene only to get involved in an awful motorcycle accident disfiguring her beautiful face.

After having her disfigurement explained to her by the doctor, she’s determined to see the damage and then takes Dr. Burroughs (Ted Atherton) offer time restoring her back to normal using stem cell manipulation.  With nothing to lose, Rose goes under the sketchy operation and it’s very successful, she comes out of it looking fresh and unscathed. But as we all know, a successful surgery with have some some complications down the line and Rose started to experience sexual aggressive episodes in dreamlike states.


Rose discovers how real her dream like tendencies are becoming and her victims are walking zombies craving blood and flesh after being exposed to the rabies she has been spreading.

The remake was a great tribute to the original but played homage to other movies as well. Laura Vandervoort was the perfect candidate to portray Rose and gave a very appealing performance.

Rabid was released to select theatre screenings in the US on December 13th and if you can’t find it at a theater near you, don’t you worry because you can purchase it on Amazon, through Apple, and other sites for your viewing pleasure.

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Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

For the past week my newsfeed has been flooded by articles and posts from friends talking about the highly anticipated documentary on Netflix : Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. So I decided to sit down and binge watch the 3 episode series, and was completely blown away by how disturbing yet intriguing this whole case was.


Don’t F**k With Cats takes us into one of Canada’s most infamous murderers of all time, Luka Magnotta. Luka was born Eric Kirk Newman and his first run in with the law began in 2004 when he was convicted of fraud. Trying to turn his life around, he was a big movie buff who wanted to get into acting, when that fell through he started to sell himself as a male escort. Then in 2010, a nightmare on the internet began.


Now this is not for the faint of heart. It’s very disturbing and while a lot of it is not shown in the documentary, it’s left for your own imagination, you know what happens and it’s very apparent as you can hear the cry for help that the cats sound off in the background. 2010 begins with the most disturbing videos ever uploaded by Luka Magnotta. He started uploading videos of himself drowning, suffocating and doing other disturbing things to cats. This then led to a world-wide manhunt to put a stop to Magnotta and his videos before it escalated…. sadly it wasn’t stopped before his next disturbing move in 2012.


Lin Jun was murdered by Luka Magnotta in 2012. It was done in the most gruesome way you could think of. He answered an ad he saw online by Luka and went over to his place not thinking it would be his last day on earth. Luka video taped the whole thing, he killed and abused the corpse and then dismembered Lin’s body and mailed his feet and hands to 2 elementary schools and to the headquarters of Canada’s Conservative and Liberal Parties. He led authorities on a huge cat and mouse chase, carefully crafting clues on purpose to tease them.

Magnotta fled to Europe and was then caught at a Internet cafe in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison. 

Don’t F**k With Cats was probably the best and most disturbing documentary that I have watched thus far on Netflix. It was fascinating to a sense of how Luka schemed and crafted this diabolical tragedy and based it off of a movie. I highly recommend checking this out.

 

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Pop, Rock ‘N New Years Evil Con Review—House Of Tortured Souls

Pop, Rock ‘N New Years Evil Con Review—House Of Tortured Souls

I said goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 at the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, PA with a bunch of friends old and new.

The celebrity guest list included: Beverly Randolph (The Return of the Living Dead), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier), Jennifer Banko (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Barb Wire), Tuesday Knight (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), and William Butler ( Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood).

This was the most organized and intimate con I have ever attended. Scott Hewitt and his wife Michelle were incredible hosts and did a phenomenal job setting this event up. The hotel was very spacious and was the perfect place to host this con. It was very organized and easy to navigate. The vendors and celebrity guests were all in one big room and then the dinner and party was held in another spacious room with a great layout.


My highlight of my trip was seeing the amazing Felissa Rose, meeting the lovely Jennifer Banko, and just reconnecting with my convention family. The guests were lovely to each of their fans, taking time for each one of them in a personal intimate experience, especially when it came to dinner and ringing in the New Year with us with formal conversations and joining in on the karaoke fun.

I highly recommend to all my fellow con goers out there to check out the next Pop Rock ‘N Horror con at the end of May, you will not regret it. 

 

 

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Producer of The Nun confirms a sequel— House Of Tortured Souls

Producer of The Nun confirms a sequel— House Of Tortured Souls

Corin Hardy’s The Nun wasn’t as huge of a a hit in the Conjuring Universe to most fans and critics, but after the money it pulled in, it doesn’t look like they will stop producing more in the future.

As horror fans know, the Nun made her debut from 2016’s The Conjuring 2. Safran has said in the past that originally the Crooked Man was suppose to get the spinoff first, however fans were more curious on the Nun’s backstory.

According to ComingSoon, while it hasn’t been completely confirmed/announced that there will be a follow up to the 2018 film, Producer Peter Safran did tell Entertainment Weekly the following quote:

“I think there is an inevitability to another Nun movie,” Safran said. “We have a really fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that that’s the next one that will be written.”


With that being said, it doesn’t seem like a sequel of The Nun is happening just quite yet, but  with The Crooked Man coming out next year, there’s so much in store for the Conjuring Universe.  

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Malvolia’s Xmas Honor (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Xmas Honor (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Merry Killmas…er Christmas from the Queen of Screams herself Malvolia.

In this dark, fun festive 9 minute short, Malvolia (Jennifer Nangle) and her sidekick Charles (Chudabala) are awaiting her top Christmas honor award, however when it doesn’t arrive in a timely fashion, Malvolia takes it into her own hands when she finds herself face to face with Grylo (Sam Mason). And what good is a Christmas special without a visit from the big man in red (Al Burke). 

This holiday special was jam packed full of witty humor with a festive twist. I always look forward to seeing Jenn’s creativity grow with each holiday special. As always, it was carefully crafted with a talented cast of actors.

So on this Christmas Day before dinner and other festivities, if you are confused as to what to watch for Christmas cheer, check out Malvolia’s 9 minute Holiday special below . ⬇️⬇️

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Slice & Dice (2019 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slice & Dice (2019 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to view Thomas Haley’s (The Crossing) 9 minute short horror film  Slice & Dice and it left me wanting more of it.


This short film is jammed packed full of talent, it stars Brooklyn Haley (The Crossing), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Elissa Dowling (Tales of Halloween), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) and Charles Chudabala (Ugly Sweater Party). 


Slice & Dice focuses on two women who are playing a card game in which the real-life version emerges from what the card shows, making it a real life nightmare so to speak. For Brenda (Brooklyn Haley) she drew a card which has her living in hell as a nurse in a hospital.

Thomas Haley is a brilliant filmmaker, he packs so much punch in a 9 minute film , the concept was very apparent from start to finish. The entire cast, especially the leading lady Brooklyn Haley, is extremely talented and nailed every emotion in the short 9 minutes.


I highly recommend everyone to check not just this film out but Thomas Haley’s other projects as well. I look forward to see what other projects he brings to us in 2020!

 

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Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Nasty Piece of Work, the third episode in the second installment of Hulu’s  Into the Dark series, puts a rather dark and humorous twist on this stressful holiday season.

A Nasty Piece of Work follows Ted (Kyle Howard) a decent man and a hard worker who will try anything to go above and beyond to please his boss Steven Essex (Julian Sands). Essex drops a huge bombshell during this Christmas season that no one working hard for the holidays wants to hear—no Christmas bonus. For Steven’s entertainment, he extends an invite to Ted and his wife Tatum (Angela Sarafyan) and to Ted’s work competition Gavin (Dustin Milligan) and his wife Missy (Natalie Hall) for a dinner that both couples will never forget.


Both couples are greeted by Essex and his wife Kiwi (Molly HaganCode of Silence, The Dentist ) where they will lead the men in a “friendly” competition to prove their worth for the ultimate promotion. But how far will not only the men, but their wives as well go to take home the ultimate bonus on which they deserve?


This film has nothing to do with the Christmas spirit but more wholesomely with the greed aspect. It had a perfect twist to it with the appropriate amount of sarcastic humor, bantering, and blood. It’s a bloodthirsty film to which those who “compete” at work can definitely relate to in some twisted way.

So on that note, call into work, steal that bonus and catch this episode along with the rest of the series on Hulu.

 

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‘Friday the 13th’ Legal decision to be made in June of 2020– House Of Tortured Souls

‘Friday the 13th’ Legal decision to be made in June of 2020– House Of Tortured Souls

Horror fans will remember that this past September, a judge ruled Victor Miller (Friday the 13th-1979) as the sole owner of the original screenplay, the Friday director Sean Cunningham has been working hard to get that ruling reversed. It’s been tiring and a long process to keep up with.

Larry Zerner who not only starred in Friday the 13th Part III but also is also a Copyright lawyer took to Twitter:

 “The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has proposed oral arguments for the week of February 10th, 2020. This means there will probably be a decision by June 2020.”


According to Bloody Disgusting and Fridaythe13thFranchise
Larry also went on saying that he expects the court to schedule oral arguments in January/February 2020 with a final decision to be made in June of 2020.
One can hope that it will be settled once and for all. 
 
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Trick ‘r Treat 2 coming soon?!—- House Of Tortured Souls

Trick ‘r Treat 2 coming soon?!—- House Of Tortured Souls

It has been more than 12 years since Michael Dougherty’s 2007 horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat has been released and fans have still been curious as to if a sequel will ever be in the works. 

A sequel has been talked about and in the works since 2013 and there is even an IMDB page set up for it, however according to ScreenGeek and Michael Dougherty it will not happen anytime soon unless the stars align right.

While this anthology was brilliantly put together well, Dougherty did make note that it might be better to just leave this movie alone. He quotes: 

At the same time, I think there’s something to be said about not sequelizing it,” the filmmaker pointed out. “In a business that is obsessed with franchising and spinoffs and prequels and sequels, maybe there’s something to be said about just leaving it alone.”


So for now, it does not look like there is any new news that a sequel is happening. If any sudden changes, we will have the full update here. 

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Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

  • SG: Tell us how you came about? What got you into film?
  • VS: I have always loved film. My brother used to take me every weekend to see whatever was playing, and that was our bonding time. However, after a while of just watching tons of mainstream flicks – I wanted something…different. I used to watch Eigh8, The Chosen One and Mr. Parka a lot on YouTube, and they would review all of these underground indie flicks that I had no idea what they were. So, I blind bought a lot of them that looked interesting to me, and one of those flicks was a film by the name of “found.” – And that movie changed me. When the credits started rolling, I sat there in my seat, just shocked. Jaw dropped… I had to rewind and watch the last scene again because I didn’t expect them to go there. And that’s why I love independent films… they aren’t afraid of taking chances or pushing the envelope at all. SO, this answer has gotten a bit long, ha-ha, anyways… before getting into the indie scene and supporting tons of artists, etc., I used to be a writer. I wrote short stories, a few novels, some screenplays… but no one cared. Only maybe a handful of people read them, and most of the feedback was only “oh, it was good.” And that was it. And what annoyed me was that I spent close to four years writing this novel, and the only feedback was that… nothing talking about the plot, or the characters, or the journey, and it just made me scratch my head and I questioned why am I spending all of this time when no one is even reading it in the first place. When I started writing my screenplays, I knew in my head that this could eventually be a movie… its not just a random story, like this could be possibly made. I even thought of just sending a few of my stories to indie filmmakers that I loved because I just wanted something of mine put on screen because at the time, I had no idea how even to begin making a film. I had no experience whatsoever… but that’s when I was fortunate enough to be on set for ‘The Bad Man.’ I ended up being an Executive Producer on the project, and I helped wherever was needed on set for the mansion shoot. After that week of filming, I found something in myself…like “oh, this isn’t that bad… I could do this too.” – And then it all spiraled. A few weeks later, I was starting to shoot my first short film “Senses” with friends and family; also, that story was my first ever screenplay. There’s a lot of ways to answer this question but in a short version… Scott Schirmer. Scott got me into the film by being inspired by one of his movies, and at the time I had no idea who he was I was just an outsider blind buying films, and then again Scott pushed me even further into the scene by allowing me to help him on his set. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him.
  • SG: What was the inspiration for your previous short films?
  • VS: Honestly, my short films and future features aren’t inspired by anything. I’ve always been a writer, but lately, a lot of personal stuff has been blending into the non-fiction. Violet is hands down my most personal story to date… a lot of my shorts deal with depression and anxiety. Because most of my life, I used to struggle with them, my depression was the worst back in 2017… but once I started making films and expressing myself through art, it pretty much went away. I started being productive and doing something that I truly loved, and I was making something that will last forever, and when I die – my films pretty much represent my life. This year was also the worst for my anxiety… I went to the ER twice because I thought I had a heart attack. I realized what was giving me stress, with my full-time job, school, the film, just it was so much. I cut things out of my schedule to provide me with some time for myself, and that really helped, and now I don’t have that chest pain… so that’s a huge plus.
  • SG: You matured with your films where they’re dark dramas. Do you think a comedy will be in your future?
  • VS: I am writing a comedy but its not your typical comedy… it’s more of a dramedy. The idea with that script is that I want to focus on the rise and fall of relationships. I’m also writing in a person in a panda suit, a guy who walks around with fruit snacks in a fanny pack, and police officers who ride-on toy cars… it’s just banana’s.
  • SG: Was their times you or the cast of your films had to take five only from the intensity
  • VS: In my short films, there was never a moment that we had to relax or calm down from what we were doing… however, on my feature ‘Violet,’ there was a scene… which only lasts for 18 seconds in the entire film. This scene scared me, and Alyss pretty good. The film is a rape revenge film, but I didn’t want to show any graphic rape or focus on it too much… but we do see a flashback of it, but it’s tastefully done in my opinon. It’s just close ups on faces, the reactions. Even that was just too much. I remember saying, let’s do the first take for like a minute or two to get the audio from this… and 20 seconds in, I yelled cut. I couldn’t handle it… it was too visceral for me. And then we started filming… that was super rough. After we finished, which the entire thing maybe took 15 minutes or less to film? Give or take… I was fucked up a bit, and Alyss, because she went method with it and felt like she was actually in the moment, she needed some time alone… and I understood that by just seeing the look on her face.
  • SG: Can you tell us about Violet without spoilers?
  • VS: Recently I let a friend/producer watch the picture, and he has the best description of the movie… “The film is beautiful, ballsy and at times brutal. The acting from Alyss Winkler is raw and real. She shows vulnerability and ferocity in equal measure. This is easily one of her best performances. Violet is a rape-revenge story, a tragic love story between a girl and a boy, and the story of a mother trying to connect to her daughter.” – Charlie Michael Cargile. I love his review/description of the film.
  • SG: Are there any future actors or anyone in the industry you want to have in your movies?
  • VS: I already cast my next film, and there are people I am dying to work with… two of which are Brittany Blanton and Kaylee Williams
  • SG:  What’s next for Samuel Vainisi?
  • VS: Scarlett is my next picture… that film is going to another psychological movie, but I feel that it’s darker than Violet. Imagine if you were drugged up, and you couldn’t move and had to watch a creep do things to your body… almost like you were a doll. That’s all I can say at this point about that script. I wrote Scarlett before Violet was a thing… and It was the first story I felt beautiful writing. After that, I’ll be able to get to my dramedy… and after that… well, I have plans for the future. I’m not stopping anytime soon.

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Halloween: What it Means to me

Halloween: What it Means to me

I remember my first horror film, I was four, and I stumbled upon A Nightmare on Elm Street. I had fear instilled in me but a curiosity that I cannot explain. That’s when my love of horror and all things spooky began. Ever since horror movies and experiencing putting on a Dalmatian costume at the age of 4, Halloween has always been something that I enjoyed. Walking in the cold Buffalo, NY weather leaves crunching as we ran the block to get candy, then sorting it as we watched a horror movie marathon on AMC. Now, as a daycare teacher, it brings out the small child in me when I see young trick-or-treaters in their costumes and engaging in similar traditions that I have done. –Sarah Gregory

‪ Halloween, to me, is watching the Evil Dead on Halloween Eve. Getting cold walking around the streets, because despite the kids turning blue, they want to collect more candy to fill their buckets. If we have a party it is loads of decorations, making a Shrek Punch with all the different spirits we have with a splash of orange juice, and trays of shots. Then watch as the chaos reigns. If we don’t have a party its a horror marathon while eating the sweets that the kids don’t like and whatever the trick or treaters didn’t take.-Phillip Rogers

Halloween 1988 kicked off my love for the holiday. We had moved to Sydney Australia from Birmingham, England, in September, and I was a hugely depressed child. Inside I was crying to go home, but I always tried to help my mum and dad feel I was actually okay. I didn’t fit in at school (I hated my first Aussie school), and I had no friends other than my two Brothers and my only cousin. So when mum surprised us with this little makeshift party in the apartment, I was happy again. I loved spooky stuff as a kid, and this was such a happy memory after a month of upheaval. So from then on, I always felt excited about Halloween. I raised my two now adult kids to love it too, and although my mum passed away on Halloween night in 2014, I know she wants me to treasure the holiday always..-Michelle “Midi” Pfiefer

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Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

On Sunday October 20th I took an hour drive to Rochester, NY with my friend and 6 year old niece to our first Scare-A-Con experience.  I have attended many cons in various states, however this was my first time attending one closer to home and my first time attending Scare-A-Con.

Let me start off by saying how simple it was getting there and finding parking. There was no hassle or confusion. Upon arriving, the staff was very friendly with showing us where we had to go to get checked in, there was no confusion in finding anything—- there were schedules on the walls which showed where each panel was to be held at their scheduled times. There were 2 big rooms, one with the vendors and one with the celebrity guests. It was nice and organized.


U
pon arriving, we walked around the room where all celebrity guests would be, and I stumbled upon the lovely
Loren Molloy. She’s a super woman who does it all— actor, producer, director and author. Currently worked on the upcoming movie Yield. She has such a radiant personality and was very generous in signing one her children’s books for my niece.

We then made our way over to the one and only Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp). It’s always pleasure seeing her at cons. She gained a small fan that day, my niece who charmed her way into sitting with Felissa at her table.

Also had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Crampton (ReAnimator, Puppet Master) and Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp). The kindness that they showed their fans is unbelievable, even making it such a pleasant experience for all but mainly how they took on to my niece. I know it’s a day that she will never forget.


Even though it was small and wasn’t a huge turnout on Sunday, everything was well planned and organized and the celebrity line up was pretty good. I will definitely find myself at another Scare-A-Con in the future. 

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Malvolia’s Halloween Party (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Halloween Party (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Jenn Nangle (That Night) brought back Malvolia for her 3rd annual Halloween Special and you’re invited to check out the invite only party… if you dare.

This Halloween Special brought back new and old victims. Sarah Schultz (Friday the 13th: Legacy), Reyna Velarde (For Jennifer), Sheri Davis (Hair of the Dog), Brialynn Massie (Self Sabotage), Charles Chudabala (Ugly Sweater Party), Thomas Haley (The Crossing, Blind), Hunter Johnson (2Jennifer), Lara Jean (Trust Issues) and Carter B. Allen (No Way to Die).


Right off the bat we get acquainted with Jessie (Sarah Schultz) who turns out to be a huge Malvolia fan. While Jessie has plans with her friend for Halloween, she broke the news that she will be checking out Malvolia’s party instead… an address that she stumbled upon on the internet and will be taking a risk attending an invite only party.

Upon arrival, Jessie does her very best to blend in with the scene but it is when Malvolia makes her appearance that Jessie makes a mistake… she fan girls, giving away  who she really is. You will have to check out the special yourself to see Jessie’s fate.



Malvolia’s Halloween Special delivered an amazing amount of dark humor and quite a twist at the end. You can tell the cast worked super hard and really delivered their roles on making this special really entertaining.

So by all means click the video and enjoy a horrific good time. ⬇️⬇️

 

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Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”:  You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”: You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

You’re Invited to malvolia’s third annual Halloween party. 

Malvolia to host a killer of a time at her annual Halloween party.

Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2019: It’s almost Halloween, which can only mean one thing! Horror Hostess Malvolia: the Queen of Screams is having her annual Halloween Party! A typical party game results in a killer realization. Malvolia’s Halloween Party WILL AIR ON OCTOBER 24th!

Jessie (Sarah Schultz) is on a mission to crash Malvolia’s Halloween Party. After finding the location on the dark web, Jessie courageously “shows up”. Seeing everything in real life has made her “fan out” and forget that the Queen and her cast of characters are never up to any good.


Written by the series creator, Jennifer Nangle and directed/edited/shot by one of the series’ producer’s, Paul Stephen Edwards, this film will show a twisted, kooky night full of dark laughs
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The film was produced by Jennifer Nangle, Reyna Meree Velarde, Hunter Johnson, and Paul Stephen Edwards. Practical SFX was done by Chronix EFX.

Cast: Jennifer Nangle as Malvolia (That Night) and Sarah Schultz (Friday the 13th: Legacy) lead the cast which also features many of the indie horror circuit’s rising and veteran talents, including Charles Chudabala as Charles (Ugly Sweater Party), Sheri Davis as Bloody Sheri (Hair of the Dog), Thomas Haley as the Movie Exec (Blind), Lara Jean as Sataness (Trust Issues), Hunter Johnson as Hunter (2Jennifer), Brialynn Massie as Bria (Self Sabotage), Carter B. Allen as Mr. Gerald (No Way to Die), and Reyna Meree Velarde as Kelly (For Jennifer). Appearances by Christabelle Glasgow, James Glasgow, Matt Glasgow, Marlee Schaefer, and Leah Schaefer.

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/c/malvoliathequeenofscreams

IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt11079938/?ref_=ttep_ep4

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/queenmalvolia

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/queenmalvolia

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/queenmalvoli

 

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