A Nightmare Before Christmas

How Al Bundy is connected to Child’s Play

How Al Bundy is connected to Child’s Play

The other day I’m watching television eating cereal. Just a normal night off for me when I’m not working. Frankenberry in my bowl as Married with Children is playing. Which in my opinion is one of the best tv shows around! I’m watching a specific episode that comes to mind now this show has had some big amazing stars, Robert Englund, Anthrax, King Kong Bundy, Bubba Smith, but there’s one person who has a huge part in horror movies. I’m not talking about Ed O’Neil or Katey Sagel who in Sons of Anarchy has a scene with Henry Rollins wearing A Michael Myers Mask. No, I’m talking about a character that kind of shares a connection to the Child’s Play movies. I’m talking about the Al Bundy.

Now just hear me out. Basically, in this weird cosmic way the two are connected? Not officially, but it’s a cool way to reference the two. Both the show and Movie take place in Chicago. Ok so let’s talk about this because this isn’t so much click baits or just a bs story. It’s a tribute to one of my favorite Doll/Puppet movies now with controversy of the remake coming out most fans are honestly not for it. Sure, we’ll see it except this isn’t something we’re not looking forward to.

The movie for those who haven’t seen it Child’s Play is about a young boy Andy Barclay played by Alex Vincent who’s been with the series except for Bride and Seed. He gets a good guy who happens to be possessed by known serial killer Charles Lee Ray played by the greatest character actor today Brad Dourif. If you’re not familiar with his work by now, you’ll know him by his voice. The film is amazing with a great storyline directed by Tom Holland who is a master of horror starring and directing in horror it makes you think perhaps it’s the child behind everything only until the big reveal it is the doll and it gets terrifying. To this day I still get creeped out seeing Chucky walk down the hall burnt white milky eyes holding a knife. Now the film boasts a lot of actors. Including Chris Sarandon who was in Fright Night playing the lead character Jerry Danridge and he was also the voice of Jack Skellington in Nightmare Before Christmas.

Speaking of voices that’s the point of this. Watching the episode of Married with Children it was the episode where we see a young Al Bundy the name of the actor was Edan Gross who has starred in a couple of episodes along with a few horror movies and tv shows, but his biggest role would probably be being the voice of the Good Guy dolls. I looked up the name after the movie played to find the name of the actor. I then went to see that his roles on Married with Children ended in 1988 which was the same year Child’s Play came out. So, in the end of the day the iconic voice of the doll from Child’s Play was played by the most iconic tv character I can think of Al Bundy (Young Al Bundy mind you).

COMING SOON: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

COMING SOON: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Anna and the Apocalypse a Christmas zombie musical. Yup, you read that right.

When you think of Christmas horror movies, you can probably name a good dozen of the ones people should watch. The same goes for zombies and musicals. It’s a given that we will choose the classics or ones we feel hold a place in our hearts, but it’s still always a debate on which to watch because there’s just so many out there. Oh, and for the record, the great debate about The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993) being either a Halloween or Christmas movie? It’s a holiday movie. Enjoy it anytime you like.

Then came a movie that from the title I thought, “Okay, not bad”. Then the description sealed the deal: Christmas horror zombie musical comedy. Well, of course, I had to stop whatever I’m doing to view this trailer. The film is called; Anna and the Apocalypse and follows Anna, a girl who wakes up one December morning to find her town Little Haven has been taken over by zombies.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) / Fair use doctrine.

Anna and the Apocalypse consists of a background of Indie and some horror stars and director. Don’t let this fool you in thinking it’s going to be a teen angst film with goofy zombies, no gore,  and overused songs. There is a great amount of gore in the film, and small tidbits from the trailer promise that we will get some goofy gore as well as some creative kills. The songs are original and sung by the cast, which works, so be on the lookout for the soundtrack. Christmas does play a part as shopping carts full of presents are used as weapons. Zombie carolers, zombie Santa (guy in a Santa suit), plus one zombie Snowman (again guy in a costume) = fun.

Anna and the Apocalypse (2017) / Fair use doctrine.

Anna and the Apocalypse is compared to Shaun Of the Dead meets La La Land which, judging by the trailer, does give off more of a feel-good vibe. I’ll be enjoying this movie. The movie comes out 30 Nov 2018. When you need a break from the Christmas shopping and still eating leftovers from Thanksgiving, check out this movie. Like always, House of Tortured Souls will be checking out this holiday movie.

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – DEC 2016: Jaquan Robinson

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – DEC 2016: Jaquan Robinson

By Tammie Parker

Back in October I introduced you to the other half of this artistic couple. I thought it only fitting to showcase her sensei and partner. 🙂


Jaquan is in the Navy. Come January he will be in for 5 years. It is an honor times two that I have this opportunity to interview him. I have such mad respect for those willing to serve this country and help out those that cannot defend themselves.

Now if that were not impressive enough for ya, get a load of Ernie Hudson (yes the Ghostbuster :O ) with a pair of Jaquan’s shoes


Jaquan says they (he and Artist of the Month of October, Nicole) met Ernie at a convention, and two years later when they returned Ernie remembered who they were. I would just die right there on the spot!! He wouldn't even need to use his Proton Pack.

Or how about Sugartits himself Merle Dixon?

Holy Shoe Batman!! That is Michael Flipping Rooker! :O :O Can you even? I can't even right now, and I wasn't even there!

Speaking of Batman 😉



No matter which side you are on, they have you covered!

Jaquan and Nicole run a business called Eclectic Goods. They will do custom jobs by the way. And their arts isn't just on shoes, they do horror-art-shoes-excorsist caps, and bags, and have even painted tiny coffins (great for Halloween or 'Over the Hill' gifts). They do specialize in horror (all genres) well of course otherwise they would be no friends of mine LOL. However they're talents do not stop there. What about your video game hero, your favorite cartoon, or favorite comic character? I promise you this guy is the one to hit up for the job!

But they also have my heart with their classic horror icons like Freddy and Jason



The couple travel around to many conventions, perhaps you have already seen them and are kicking yourself for not buying those Daryl Dixon pumps. Well I'm about to share their shop on etsy, and their Facebook page.



Firing away with the questions.

House of Tortured Souls: Are you self-taught or did you take courses somewhere?
JR: A little of both actually, I have been drawing and doing art things all my life. I also went to an art school for a while, that's where I gained a bit more painting experience.

HoTS: What was your first piece?
JR: I painted a The Nightmare Before Christmas piece for my wife Nicole on a modest sized canvas.


 The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of their favorites to do. 🙂

HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
JR: I think I started to really get into it a few years ago. Nicole is a huge horror person, so it definitely helped me embrace it more. She's huge into Stephen King's It. We watched a lot back in the day. And growing up I LOVED scary games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil (the first 3).

HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
JR: I think it's safe to say the Crypt Keeper.

HoTS: In many photos I see you bent over the shoe, seriously concentrating. Do you draw the pic on first in ink? Or do you screen print some sort of way? Or dive right into painting?
JR: I dive right in and just see what happens, probably not always the best approach. Nicole and I usually discuss how it will turn out first, but I rarely draw it out first. Usually I'm just looking at my phone or tablet and painting from the image there. Sometimes adding something different it think is missing.

HoTS: What's the next con or art show you guys can be found at?
JR: We have nothing planned yet. We are moving in January and how smooth that works out will dictate the next con, not to mention the holidays are fast approaching! We will be busy from here on out until the move.

HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
JR: You can find our work on etsy, search eclecticgoodsva.

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter account so we can keep up with your work?
JR: Yes, we have an Instagram, Egcustomkicks, and a Facebook page, Eclectic Goods: Hand Painted Shoes, where we regularly post new works.

HoTS: Are you working on anything right now?
JR: Oh, yes, always! There just isn't enough time in the day lol, you would be surprised at some of the custom things we have been working on. We just finished working on The Shining, Scarlet Spiderman, and some Deadpool/Wolverine designs. All fun challenging stuff.

HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?
JR: Spending time with family, catching up on some good TV shows, playing some PC games on my rig, and (don't laugh) yo-yoing. Haha.

Keep an eye out for this couple, they are blowing up!

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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 9)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 9)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Kev B.

So, this year for Halloween we were asked to list five films we feel are essential viewing for the season, and, as usual, I find a way to bend the rules. But really, how we gonna do just five?! First, my picks are family friendly, as my daughter turns one year old this month and we are on our way to creating our new family traditions. Second, a lot of my picks are Halloween episodes of television shows with a run time of 30 minutes minus commercials. And third, I’m not much for rules...

Since she was born, I’ve been straining my brain to remember the stuff I grew up on and loved. The shows, movies, and specials that I couldn’t wait for every year. We have been watching Scooby-Doo since day one, as I think that is probably where most of us horror addicts start out. I even enjoy the newer incarnation of Mystery Inc.: Be Cool, Scooby-Doo which first aired in 2015 and features the voice talents of Mathew Lillard (Scream, SLC Punk) as Shaggy, Frank Welker (The voice of Fred since the original episodes in 1969), and Kate Micucci (You would know her if you saw her) as Velma. Interesting side note: Velma has also been voiced by actress Mindy Kohn (Natalie from The Facts of Life), which leads me into my first movie pick.

The Worst Witch (1986)

The Worst Witch / Fair use doctrine.Speaking of The Facts of Life, remember Charlotte Rae (Mrs. Garrett). Back in 1986 she starred in The Worst Witch as the headmistress of a school for witches. Its like Suspiria for kids, not really, it’s a family horror fantasy musical. And ol’ Charlotte can sing! It also stars a young Fairuza Balk (The Craft, American History X) as the title character, Liz May Brice (the first to die in the laser scene from Resident Evil), and former Bond girl Diana Rigg. The only male actor in the cast is the immensely talented Tim Curry as the Grand Wizard. It’s rated G and should be appropriate for all audiences.

Boo for You Fridays

Elana of Avalor / Fair use doctrine.While I’m on the appropriate for all audiences vibe, I offer you Boo for You Fridays on Disney Jr. All of your favorite Disney Jr. shows Halloween episodes aired all day Fridays leading up to Halloween. Sophia the First, Doc McStuffins, Sheriff Callie and my daughter’s new favorite Elana of Avalor (the Latina princess) along with Tigger and Pooh, Mickey Mouse Club, and many others all have Halloween episodes… And Elana honors her loved ones who have passed on in a “Dia De La Muertos” episode.

The Book of Life (2014)

Speaking of the day of the dead, have you seen The Book of Life? It’s a Guillermo del Toro produced musical fantasy horror love story for the whole family featuring the voices of Channing Tatum and Zoe Saldana. It’s not the greatest children’s movie, but it does have del Toro’s visual flair, a cool story, and some good musical numbers.

Corpse Bride (2005) and A Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas / Fair use doctrine.Now before I go all old school on you, let me throw in some more stuff for the new generation. Without wasting too much time, what’s Halloween without Tim Burton? Corpse Bride and, of course, A Nightmare Before Christmas are essential viewing for kids of all ages. My daughter loves music (I think she will really love the almost operatic quality of this classic) and I can’t wait to sit down with her and watch the Pumpkin King hi-jack Christmas.

The Simpsons “Treehouse of Horror”

If you let your kids watch The Simpsons, the annual "Treehouse of Horror" episodes are always classics. I used to be a die-hard Simpsons fan, but I felt it lost something over the years, and now only occasionally visit Springfield on Halloween.

Ernest Scared Stupid (1991)

Do you remember Ernest P. Worrell? The yokel with the catch phrase “KnowhutImean?” I think he started out in commercials for 7-UP soda… Well, Jim Varney parlayed that character into a career spanning 10 films (some straight to video) and I doubt anyone born after the year 1995 has any clue what I’m talking about… But Ernest Scared Stupid is a fun little flick where Ernest battles trolls and defeats a family curse to save Halloween and the world.

The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t (1979)

The Halloween That Almost Wasn't / Fair use doctrine.And since I’m in the realm of movies so old nobody knows what I’m talking about, does anyone remember The Halloween That Almost Wasn’t aka The Night that Dracula Saved The World starring Judd Hirsch from Taxi as a surprisingly good Dracula? I’m not sure how easily available it is, but you can catch it on YouTube just to get some nostalgia on. Dracula, Frankenstein, and all the other famous monsters must convince the witch to fly over the moon to save Halloween. Sound familiar? It was 1979, so maybe not.

It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / Fair use doctrine.Okay. Last call, get the kids in their jammies and lets watch a solid gold Halloween classic. Originally aired in 1966 (before even I was born), It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown! The Halloween special is celebrating its 50th year.. Lucy spends the night in the pumpkin patch with Linus waiting on a legend he swears is real while the others go trick or treating and stock up on candy.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown / Fair use doctrine.

"I got a rock."

Except Charlie Brown, “I got a rock”!

Family Guy “Peternormal Activity” (2015)

Family Guy - Peternormal Activity / Fair use doctrine.So, are the kids ready for bed yet? Because my next recomendation is a little too much for the little ones. Back in 2015 Family Guy aired an episode called “Peternormal Activity” that I thought was instant classic material, that ranks right up there with the best “Treehouse of Horror” episodes.

Night of the Demons (1988)

Now that the kids are all asleep, lets crank up the Bauhaus, chug some brews, and party it up with Angela and Suzanne at Hull House! Its adults only, and shit gets crazy real quick on Halloween night when 10 horny teens hold a séance at the old abandoned funeral home… Night of the Demons is one of my favorite Halloween movies, but as I said, make sure your little monsters are in a deep sleep before you go there… And have a happy and safe Halloween!

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