Sarah Gregory

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.


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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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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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The Affliction Table (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

The Affliction Table (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

After watching and reviewing House of Lexi, I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out The Affliction Table which was written and directed by M W Daniels, he also appears in this short horror film.

This non dialogue short horror film follows William Hayden, (M W Daniels) who is a fantasist and an occultist who dreams up the ultimate woman Holly Low (Kimberley Thornhill). Little does Hayden know, she is something far from his nightmares and they carry out bizarre rituals around the Affliction Table. 

The whole entire short film takes place at a table in the dark which makes it eerie but you can feel the connection between Daniels and Thornhill. Their connection with their characters can be quite creepy and it’s obviously quiet, however you don’t need to words to feel every emotion they showcase. It’s beautifully horrific. 

Daniels once again shows how creative he is as a writer and director. I felt every ounce of emotion within 15 minutes of the drastic changes this short had. This is a film you will have to see for yourself to understand. Daniels is definitely going places in his career and I can’t wait to see more of his projects in the future. 

The Affliction Table is set to play at many festivals, catch it while you can’t, you won’t regret it. 

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House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

House Of Lexi (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to check out the 15 minute horror short House of Lexi which was written and directed by M W Daniels. The short stars Emma Dark, Helen Stephens, Jane Garda, and Sean Francis.

House of Lexi is a psychological horror short which starts of calm and serene showing a very beautiful beach in the beginning. Then it changes drastically. 

The short follows Lexi (Emma DarkBad Friday, Seize the Night) who appears to have lost her mother in a car crash and has also lost her baby sister at birth. Lexi holds on to  the image of her sister and what she would be like if she were around longer. All of this starts to twist and turn and haunt her. 

This film will leave you putting it all together in different perspectives with how Lexi feels, especially during the trippy nightmare scene. 

Casting Emma Dark for this was brilliant, she’s very talented and gave such a strong performance as Lexi. 

M W Daniels knows how to pack a punch in such short time with this film and I cannot wait to see what else he has in store. 

House of Lexi will be debuting at numerous festivals this summer, if you have the opportunity to view it, do it you won’t regret it. 

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The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

The Perfection (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Netflix’s The Perfection takes us through a hellish nightmare between 2 cello prodigies Charlotte (Allison WilliamsGet Out) and Lizzie (Logan BrowningDear White People). 

Charlotte (Williams) was always destined for stardom ever since she was a little girl; however it was put on hold when her mother became ill.

After her mother passed away, Charlotte reached out to her mentors Anton (Steven WeberSingle White Female, Wings) and Paloma (Alaina Huffman— Smallville, Amber Alert 

At the Academy, where she meets their new star Lizzie (Browning) and the two become quite close, romantically and competitively.

It has a bit of Black Swan vibes, and I mean how else are you supposed to feel when you are gone then come back to see someone as talented or maybe more talented than you taking your place. It’s natural in this case to see Charlotte become jealous of Lizzie, but how far will she take her jealousy? 

This movie is one you have to jump into blindly, it’s complicated to describe without even giving away spoilers, but it was very much inspired by the #MeToo movement with a strong feminist point of view with an act of twisted revenge at the end.

Allison Williams  was made for this leading role is brilliant; her character is similar to whom she was in getting Out, so secretive that you have no clue with what she is up to. Logan Browning compliments Williams in this film and is outstanding, she starts as sweet and vulnerable and ends the movie with such a badass “take no shit” mindset, a lousy femme fatale.

Richard Shepard who directed this film was brilliant in every way. He doesn’t shy away from anything, you want the shock factor, you got it in this film. This is not an easy film to watch, but is also hard to turn away from. 

Go ahead and check out the trailer below, but I suggest to just dive right in blindly. ⬇️⬇️

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Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slasher (Series Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

With the third season titled Solstice having made its way to Netflix last week (May 23rd), they truly outdid it this time around and it left me guessing on who was the killer the entire time until the 8th episode. 

Let’s rewind to the beginning. Slasher is a Canadian horror anthology that was created by Aaron Martin. It made its debut on Chiller back in March 2016. 

Each season has 8 episodes. The first season is called The Executioner. It focuses on Sarah Bennett and her husband who move back into her childhood home where her parents were murdered. Sarah’s mother was pregnant with her at the time of the murders and that is when police discovered that the killer was holding Sarah after the killings. 

Sarah starts meeting with Tom Winston in prison, the man who killed her parents. It was in their conversations that you pick up that the “theme” of the murders is no other than the seven deadly sins. Each victim had a sin. He has been giving his opinions as to what each victim could have done to deserve the punishment that they received.

Through all the twists and gore in this season, it was revealed that deputy Cam was The Executioner the whole time, to which Sarah has put it all to an end. 

Season two entitled Guilty Party focuses on a horrifying secret that summer camp counselors thought they buried long ago. They all return in the middle of winter to get the body that was murdered while they were counselors, only to get a shock of their life—-they can’t find the body. 

Like every typical horror movie setting especially at a camp, each counselor gets picked off one by one. The killer does get revealed at the end with a twist. 

Lastly the third season Solstice, which is actually my favorite out of this anthology, focuses on a killer who is targeting everyone in an apartment complex where a woman committed suicide a year before, but it’s also connected with each tenant not helping a man who was being murdered. 

Normally I am good at predicting who the murderer is, but with this season anyone seems capable at that point. 

The trailer for season 3 is listed below. If you are looking for something to binge watch over the weekend, I highly recommend this series. It has a perfect amount of gore and it’s not too predictable. It’s a pretty fun watch depending how you view it. 

 

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They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

They Come Knocking (Into the Dark Review)

The ninth episode of the Into the Dark series titled They Come Knocking sums up Nathan’s not so typical Father’s Day.

Nathan (Clayne Crawford— The Perfect Host, 24, A Walk to Remember) takes his two daughters Claire (Josephine LangfordWolf Creek) and Maggie (Lia McHughThe Lodge, American Woman) on a road trip to the desert to spread the ashes of his late wife’s (and their mother’s) at their spot for some closure. 

Val (Robyn LivelyTwin Peaks, Chicago Hope, Teen Witch) was suffering with cancer which led Nathan to make a hard decision of taking her off life support. Claire has not forgiven her father for making that decision and you can see a lot of resentment and tension between the two during the movie. 

While starting their first night of camping, unwanted visitors show up. It was a pair of child-like figures at their trailer to be exact. With Nathan refusing to let them in, they begin to taunt the family threatening they will eventually have to leave the trailer at some point. 

The figures weren’t messing around when they destroyed the engine to their only way out from the desert. What becomes a challenge is that they start to see Val in these creatures. It becomes a battle for the family to fight off the illusions. But can they succeed is the question… especially with Maggie chasing after who she thinks is her mother. 

This episode set up the horror because not only do you feel for them for losing the main glue in their family, but you don’t want the creatures to touch them. 

Check out the trailer below, but I highly suggest to just jump right into the movie. 

 

 

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Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

Nevada’s Creepy Clown Motel is now a horror movie

The “scariest motel in America” located in Tonopah, Nevada inspired a horror movie of the same name CLOWN MOTEL. Yes, you read that title correctly horror and clown lovers.

 A clown themed motel full of clowns can be nightmarish for anyone

The new horror movie Clown Motel stars Tony Moran (Halloween) and Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th) and comes straight to DVD on JUNE 4TH. Grab it, go on a road trip and check in to the motel for an added scare. 

Check out the trailer below ⬇️⬇️

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1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

1996 thriller Fear to become a remake

Straight from Universal itself, the 1996 thriller Fear which starred Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon will be remade. 

The remake is being co-written by Johnathan Herman, and the star of the movie will be Amandla Stenberg  (Hunger Games).

As of right now, (reported from deadline) the plot is being kept under wraps but it had been said that it will be told from the female prospective. 

Once the plot and the rest of the cast will be revealed, we will update you fellow horror fans. As of right now there is not set release  date. 

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Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Has Jason Blum put all the horror fanatics waiting in anticipation by confirming that Halloween 2 is happening? 

On his official Twitter page, Jason Blum gave two short answers to questions about if Halloween 2 will be in the works already. It’s been a few months since that news has circulated, and the answers that Blum gave are “Working on it” and “Patience.”

On that note, once it’s officially settled and date and cast are confirmed, we will give an update. Even though it was expressed a few months ago that Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are expected to return, along with Nick Castle the original Mike Myers shows that he would be interested in reprising the role. Until that is officially confirmed, I would not get excited yet. 

For now, we need to sit and see what happens. Leave your comments below, would love to hear your thoughts.

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Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Chris Rock Teams Up for a new ‘SAW’ film

Are you all ready to play another game? Chris Rock is, and he is teaming up with Lionsgate and Twisted Pictures for an all-new chilling Saw

Chris Rock has reportedly quoted:

”I’ve been a fan of SAW since the first film in 2004. I am excited by the opportunity to take this to a really intense and twisted new place.”

I am curious to see how Rock will help put this into play, according to Lionsgate, they were very impressed with what he has to offer.

No cast or plot has been released yet but as soon as that happens we will put an update out. 

The film will be out in October 2020

 

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John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

John Carpenter to make a new horror film?!

It has been quoted from the man himself; John Carpenter is interested in making a new horror film. Carpenter who is famously known for Halloween, The Fog, The Thing and so much more was just recently honored at Cannes Film Festival, where they paid tribute to the horror genius with an award for The Thing.

Carpenter quoted the following (source from Collider)

”I don’t have one scheduled but I’m working on things. I made a lot of movies and I got burned out and I had to stop for a while. I have to have a life. Circumstance would have to be correct for me to do it again. I’d love to make a little horror film.. that would be great, or a big adventure film.”

Having had a chance to have met this incredible talented legend was beyond a great experience, and with not producing anything since 2010, I cannot wait to see what he has up his sleeves shortly.

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