Sarah Gregory

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
.

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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Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy is the latest horror film from Sick Chick Flicks and writer/director Christine Parker. The film stars Laura Bridges, Lily Cabrera, Justin Z. Cole, Albert Guzman, Tremayne Blair, Gill Hope Thornton and Terrance Watson

Blood of the Mummy follows Louise (Laura Bridges) who witnessed a tragedy as a little girl when her parents who are archaeologists were murdered in an Egyptian tomb.

Throughout her life, it seems that trouble always follows Louise and when it does, the Mummy shows up to take out those victims around her but spares Louise.

Louise who is now institutionalized, is trying not only trying to piece together the events but she is also coming to terms that if this is a curse , is it hurting her or protecting her in some odd way. 

Louise eventually starts to piece together the truth, also finds herself face to face with not just the Mummy but with who is responsible to how those in her life unraveled so quickly. 

Blood of the Mummy was definitely planned and made carefully but with some minor inconsistencies, some include inconsistent lighting and jumping around a bit here and there but the editing, brilliant acting and the FX totally makes up on those minor flaws. The wrap job on the Mummy was phenomenal, and was very believable. 

Blood of the Mummy has been bouncing around the film festival circuit, if you get the chance to catch it, I highly recommend you do so.

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School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

August is here and going quickly which only means one thing when you are a kid… school is coming. In the 11th episode in the Into the Dark series on Hulu appropriately titled School Spirit, a few teenagers are in for a deadly treat with their first detention of the school year. 

In high school, there are the typical cliche labels of all individuals. In this Breakfast Club meets Scream vibe, we have our miss perfect star pupil Erica (Annie Q. — Alex Strangelove, The Leftovers). This Ivy League student is among a treat to the other regular delinquents in detention. 

Just like at any school, there is a myth that an old teacher who died from a prank gone horribly wrong , comes back every year and preys on the students, more recently 2 students are actually missing. 

With the recent events of the two missing students, you have the typical alcoholic principal “showing concern” while he tries his best to lock the delinquents in a room as they do their cleaning. The introductions of the goody two shoe students to the partiers who “have nothing going for them” worked out perfectly in the beginning then it went downhill right to their fate. 

A rotting corpse is responsible for each missing teen, going from rebelling with alcohol and weed to wanting to be the best they can be, they are picked off one by one.

For me it has the perfect amount of cheesy teen drama and rebellion with a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. You don’t know what to make of it and it definitely holds your attention while you piece together on who the killer may be. 

If you are looking to find out the do’s and don’ts of what not to do in school then this movie is for you. Check out the trailer below and also catch up with the series on Hulu. 

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John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

With Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends just announced last month, the details are very limited with just knowing the release dates (October 16, 2020 & October 15,2021) but all that is important right now is that John Carpenter is providing the music. 

Through sources with (Comingsoon.com), John Carpenter himself told ComicBook: 

I loved it, it was a lot of fun. And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun.”

Halloween Kills will be released on Friday in October of 2020. David Gordon Green will be directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Halloween Ends will be released on another Friday in October but in 2021. Green is also on board directing but with McBride and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

When any new information arises, we will keep you up to date. 

 

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Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock is the highly anticipated 10th installment in the Into the Dark series which puts a whole new twist and perspective on the American Dream, focusing on what has been circulating on news stations: immigration crisis. 

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexican-Canadian filmmaker) created this horror story by channeling her own Mexican heritage. 

Culture Shock follows Marisol ( Martha Higareda ) a pregnant Mexican woman (that is due at any time) who is trying to cross illegally into the United States to start a fresh life for herself and her baby. With all risks, something unexpected is usually bound to happen. That is exactly what had happened to Marisol and thought she traveled with, border patrol came through and swiped away any potential freedom they yearned. 

Through the mist of the chaos, Marisol wakes up to find herself in an over the top perfect neighborhood. Each day she finds herself waking up in a perfect Stepford Wives scenario with a perfect dress and being greeted by a caretaker named Betty (Barbara Crampton— ReAnimator, You’re Next, Death House). It sounds ideal but Marisol soon catches on with what should have been a fresh start for herself and her baby but soon becomes the “All-American” Nightmare.

  As Marisol sets off for the start of her day, the perfect scene of eating pie and decorating for Independence Day, she starts to recognize Santo (Richard Cabral) one of the other crossers who was on the same bus as her. He went from the rough tattooed-edge look to now having robotic mannerisms and a big smile plastered on his face. It becomes clear not just to Marisol, but for the audience that her people are being stripped of their customs and being brainwashed by “American standards.”

Culture Shock is just a huge wake up call in the midst of how we portray ourselves as a country to what you see plastered on the news. Guerrero’s political twist into the horror genre works out perfectly, it will make you angry, and concerned and just has a major twist to it in the end. If this won’t open your eyes, then how much does it show that we just avoid important issues day to day? After all, lately it’s been one big horror show to some.

Check out the trailer below and then I highly suggest you go watch it on Hulu. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the anthology because there’s only 2 episodes left before this comes to an end. You won’t regret it. 

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Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Samuel Vainisi has been a part of some big films such as THE BADMAN and Teratomorph. With the release of his short films, Breathe, Senses, Akrasia. He’s now behind the camera again working on his movie “VIOLET.”

In a few weeks principal photography will be wrapped. Small funding will take place where fans can donate to the film. Truth be told with some great talent including one of Marcus Koch doing fx who you may know from such films as Bloodshock and Song of Solomon. He’s bringing some new fx to the film.
House of Tortured Souls was lucky enough to get an exclusive scene along with some pictures. Samuel has this to say about the experience of working on his film:

“This movie isn’t a horror movie, it does have its moments, but at its core, it is about showcasing the lingering trauma of rape. I began working on this film three to four years ago now, and I pretty much opened up my chest and grabbed my heart and tossed it out for the world to see.

Violet is more than a movie; it’s a message. While we were on set wrapping up this one last scene before getting kicked out of a location, I thought I was desensitized from the script. I can handle it, I thought. We were shooting the rape scene. Now, in my movie, I don’t want to show nudity, and I don’t want to show the rape. I want to have some footage to sprinkle into the film, for Violet to remember – and we the audience can get an insight into what happened to her. Now while shooting this, I just broke down. I kept yelling cut because I couldn’t take it, it was too real, and it kept reminding me of the past. But hey… maybe thats a good thing. If it affected me this much, perhaps it will affect the audience and get my message across better.”

With that being said in this day in age of movie needing funding, my question is, why not? Film perks from a guy with enough credit to his name not only working with some exciting new faces of horror, but now he’s behind the camera working on his first feature film that isn’t short — tons of talent, an impressive script. Every prominent filmmaker started somewhere might as well be there at the beginning with Samuel. Here’s a clip from Violet

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