A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Awoken 2019

Horror-On-Sea Film Festival 2020: Awoken 2019

Awoken is a 2019 horror thriller written by Daniel J. Phillips and Alan Grace, and directed by Daniel J. Phillips. It stars Erik Thomson, Benson Jack Anthony, Sara West, Felicia Tassone and Adam Ovadia. A young woman battles for her brothers life as she tries desperately to cure him of his deadly sleep disorder.
This was an excellent film with a really in-depth story, although it does get a bit murky at times. Despite being predicated on the tired, old, worn out subgenre of demonic possession, the film is actually very well done. It’s similar to films like Truth or Dare and Wish Upon in how it looks and is shot, and it also showcases a phenomenal female lead in Sara West. She absolutely killed it as the concerned sister doing everything she can to save her sibling from the forces of evil.
It isn’t your normal possession film, as it deals with the rare, real life genetic degenerative brain disorder called Fatal Familial Insomnia. It’s a serious sleep condition that worsens over time and eventually leads to death. The film is the antithesis of the 1984 classic, The Nightmare on Elm Street. It doesn’t rely on blood and gore gimmicks to make it effective. Instead, it creates intense, anxiety filled sequences made to test your nerves and sanity.

Awoken is a powerhouse film designed to make your skin crawl. It’s extremely frightening and preys on your fears. There are some truly startling scenes that will scare the living crap out of you. If you can muster up the courage, definitely check this one out. Just beware, it’s bound to give some viewers nightmares. 

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Six – 10/06/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Six – 10/06/18

10/06 – 1992: CANDYMAN

“It was always you, Helen…”

All you have to do is say that to someone, and then watch as they shudder as if a big spider just moonwalked across the back of their neck. If that’s the reaction they give you, then you know they’re probably a fan of CANDYMAN.  Besides Stephen King, Ira Levin and Dean Koontz, not many writers have had the indelible, undeniable impact on the horror genre that CLIVE BARKER has, and if HELLRAISER had been his only contribution, his legacy would have been set. But the man wrote such compelling, irresistibly addictive stories that begged to be adapted for the screen (though the success of doing so is another thing entirely,) that other filmmakers took the plunge to try and replicate what he did with his touchstone of a film.


For my money, the only person who’s been about as successful as Barker has in translating his own tales is British director BERNARD ROSE (PAPERHOUSE), a stunning visual fantasist in his own right, on par with the likes of MARY LAMBERT and GUILLERMO DEL TORO. No one could’ve been a better fit for CANDYMAN than Rose, and it shows in every frame.  Based on Barker’s tale, “The Forbidden”, there hadn’t been a story like this before, that encapsulated the themes of racism, classism, misogyny, poverty, mythology and the supernatural quite like this.

Helen Lyle (the radiant VIRGINIA MADSEN of such cult hits as DUNE and ELECTRIC DREAMS) is a grad student working on her dissertation, about how urban myths affect the landscape and people in impoverished areas, and vice versa. The main target of her research is Chicago’s notorious Cabrini Green projects, where she comes to learn about the ultimate horror story: the gruesome and tragic tale of Daniel Robitaille, a.k.a. “The Candyman.”

An artistically-talented black man who dared to fall in love with a white woman, Daniel payed the ultimate price, losing a hand and having honeycombs filled with live bees shoved into his chest cavity, as a gruesomely fatal form of torture.  And now, he has become legend: say his name three times in front of a mirror, and his vengeance-hungry ghost will appear, to deliver a demise you wouldn’t want to imagine.

Ever the cynical academic, Helen believes less than nothing about the things she actually writes about, so she decides to try and conjure him up. Imagine her shock, terror and dread fascination…when she succeeds.

Now Candyman is laying waste to people in her life (some way more deserving of a brutal death than others), and letting her take the fall for it, trying to break her down physically and psychologically, so that soon she will have no choice but to join him and “be his victim” forever…and become ‘legend’ as he has.

Director Rose’s surrealist sensibilities were the perfect platform with which to elevate Barker’s tale to a whole new level as a film, thanks in no small part to DP ANTHONY B. RICHMOND (DON’T LOOK NOW, RAVENOUS, AUTOPSY).  And the actors were more than happy to tackle and own their roles in this endeavor: Madsen has never been a more beautiful combination of strength and vulnerability – even in DUNE, which hardly gave her as much to do as she has here – and CANDYMAN is the role that finally made genre actor TONY TODD a household name, and with good reason. He slips into the skin and psyche of Daniel Robitaille like it was the role he was born to play, which isn’t far from the truth.

Plus a great supporting cast that includes KASI LEMMONS (THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS) as Helen’s best friend; XANDER BERKELEY (GATTACA, AIR FORCE ONE, TAPEHEADS and way too many other credits to list here) as Helen’s faithless other half; VANESSA WILLIAMS, (a.k.a. VANESSA L. WILLIAMS), TED RAIMI, and STANLEY DESANTIS in an unforgettable cameo as Helen’s condescending headshrinker.

And just when you think it couldn’t get any better, iconoclastic composer PHILIP GLASS contributed what has to be his best and most beloved score after KOYAANISQATSI, a sumptuous, reverent and almost religious musical landscape that intensifies in majesty to match the onscreen horror, (a style of composition that would later be replicated by other composers as diverse as ELIOTT GOLDENTHAL and MICHAEL NYMAN & DAMON ALBARN.)

CANDYMAN isn’t just a piece of horror mastery as worthy and as iconic as A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET or FRIDAY THE 13TH, but a necessary item in every dyed-in-the-wool horror lover’s library.

THIS JUST IN: Texas Chainsaw Massacre TV Series and Film News

THIS JUST IN: Texas Chainsaw Massacre TV Series and Film News

Texas Chainsaw Massacre TV series / Fair use doctrine.Breaking news! The Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise may have a new home! Legendary Pictures/Legendary Entertainment is in TALKS to get the rights of the franchise. If this goes through, there are rumors of a Texas Chainsaw Massacre TV series AND film series.

Legendary also works with Warner Bros, the parent company of New Line Cinema – who owns A Nightmare on Elm Street. If all goes well, Friday the 13th could go back to New Line Cinema. This means that if everything goes well, we might finally see all three in a huge movie.

House of Tortured Souls will keep you up to date as more news comes available.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre TV series / Fair use doctrine.

WiHM: Heather Langenkamp

WiHM: Heather Langenkamp

Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp is someone every horror fanatic should know, or at least recognize. Heather is known for many things, but she is most well known for her character Nancy Thompson, which she portrayed in the 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street where she struggles with dreams and reality, fighting demons, and forcing herself to stay awake to stay alive.

Heather’s film career began when she was cast as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. During the same year, Francis gave her a speaking role in the film Rumble Fish, where she earned her SAG card. Both films ended up cutting her scenes out.

Wes Craven (R.I.P.) would cast her in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Heather fit the part because she was very non-Hollywood and it would make the film more believable. She auditioned for the role and got the part, beating out 200 others who also auditioned for the role of Nancy Thompson. New Line Cinema would release the film on November 9, 1984, and it earned more than 25 million at the box office. Heather won best actress at the Avoriaz Film Festival for her role as Nancy Thompson.

In 1987, Heather Langenkamp would reprise her role as Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors where she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital to help the last children of Elm Street battle the child murderer known as Freddy Krueger.

In 1989 Heather would be cast as the first victim in Shocker and then in 1994, she would return once again as herself in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

Heather Langenkamp has been in a number of films, T.V shows like Just The Ten of Us, and even ZZ Top music videos. She also returned to the Elm Street Legacy by narrating Never Sleep Again which was a documentary which covered everything that dealt with A Nightmare on Elm Street, including Freddy’s Nightmares. The producers of Never Sleep Again would go on and also produce a documentary based on Nancy Thompson’s character, which also featured Robert Englund and Wes Craven.

Heather Langenkamp has a role in the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgment film due out right before Valentine’s Day.

Heather, as a fan of your work and as a fan of the character, Nancy, I salute you during Women in Horror Month.

Terrible news shocked us all this week, when we were told about Heather’s devastating loss of her son, Atticus, from brain cancer.

Heather, everyone here at House of Tortured Souls are all saddened and wishing you a speedy recovery. We are so sorry for your loss.

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INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

INTERVIEW: Alistair Cross

Alistair Cross - Sleep Savannah SleepAlistair Cross, acclaimed author of such works as The Crimson Corset and his newest novel Sleep Savannah Sleep and co-host of Haunted Nights Live! a radio program broadcast on the Authors On The Air Global Radio Network with the equally amazing author Tamara Thorne, was kind enough to do an interview with me for my home here at House of Tortured Souls. Before I get to the interview, though, I would like to tell you more about his works.
Alistair Cross - The Crimson CorsetAbout The Crimson Corset: Welcome to Crimson Cove a cozy village in California where Cade Coulter, our protagonist, moves to live with his brother hoping for a peaceful life. Everything is idyllic until the sun sets and the little tourist town begins to show more night death than nightlife. At the very edge of town sits The Crimson Corset known for its crazy soirees and licentiousness, where people can indulge their every fantasy no matter how depraved or unacceptable. The only thing is is that the place is owned and operated by a vampire.
The owner, Gretchen VanTreese, wants to take out the Old World Vampires that also exist in the town so that she can be free to create a new race of vampires that she will rule. And Cade Coulter will have to fight this wicked and enticing vampire, even give up his own humanity to save the town and everyone that he loves.
I loved this book. There is nothing better than a great story infused with blood, violence, and gore. Let me show you some of the reviews so you can get an even better idea:
Put Bram Stoker in a giant cocktail shaker, add a pinch of Laurell K. Hamilton, a shot of John Carpenter, and a healthy jigger of absinthe, and you’ll end up with Alistair Cross’s modern Gothic chiller, The Crimson Corset-a deliciously terrifying tale that will sink its teeth into you from page one.
—Jay Bonansinga, New York Times Bestselling author of The Walking Dead: Invasion and Lucid.
Alistair Cross’ new novel The Crimson Corset…is taut and elegantly written taking us into the realms where the erotic and the horrific meet. Reminiscent of the work of Sheridan Le Fanu (Carmilla, Uncle Silas) in its hothouse, almost Victorian intensity, it tells a multi-leveled story of misalliance and mixed motives. The language is darkly lyrical, and the tale is compelling. Read it; you’ll be glad you did.
—Chelsea Quinn Yarbro, author of Saint-Germaine Cycle and the Chesterton Holt Mysteries.
Very nice heavy hitters for a debut book!
Alistair Cross - The Angel AlejandroHe has also written The Book of Strange Persuasions, The Angel Alejandro, and the aforementioned Sleep Savanah Sleep. Alistair has also collaborated on many books with the sensational Tamara Thorne as Thorne&Cross. Some of their joint titles include The Cliffhouse Haunting, Mother, The Witches of Ravencrest, and The Ghosts of Ravencrest.
Which brings me to the next bit about him. Alistair Cross and Tamara Thorne started their own radio show called Haunted Nights Live! where they talk all things horror to some of the biggest names in the business. Featuring such guests as Chelsea Quinn Yarbro of the Saint-Germain vampire series, Charlaine Harris of the Southern Vampire Mysteries and basis of the HBO series True Blood, Jeff Lindsay, author of the Dexter novels that inspired the hit television series, Jay Bonansinga of the Walking Dead series, and Laurell K. Hamilton of the Anita Blake Vampire Hunter novels.
So, now that we have established his illustrious credentials, let’s ask him some questions.
House of Tortured Souls: So, Alistair, what would you like people to know about you?
Alistair Cross: I am not a morning person: no, I will not help your sister move…and I prefer cats to most people.
HoTS: When I was doing research for this interview, I noticed on his website that in 1987 – He saw Carrie and the Nightmare on Elm Street movies, wrote more stories (most of which featured an unmanageably extensive cast of talking cats). So sorry I missed that readers.
Next question Alistair: What are your horror influences?

AC: Stephen King, of course, who was my introduction to the genre back when I was barely 8 years old. I am also influenced by Anne Rice, Dean Koontz, John Saul, Ira Levin, and William Peter Blatty, just to name a few.
HoTS: What did you do with your very first advance for a book??
AC: I just stared at it. A lot.
HoTS: What was your first scary movie?
AC: The first movie I remember being absolutely terrified by was Cujo. It still makes me a little uneasy.
HoTS: How do you write what you want without worrying about how your subject matter will be taken?
AC: As a horror author, I consider it my duty to shock and offend. There are few subjects I won’t touch on, animal cruelty for example because it’s not necessary and it’s too easy. But I don’t think about reader reaction when I’m writing. I write the stories I want to read and figure it is likely others out there will want to read them too.
HoTS: What is your spirit animal?
AC: Stevie Nicks is my spirit animal.
HoTS: Has anything in your books ever happened to you?
AC: While I’ve certainly never been lured into an underground lair of a seductive blond vampire or found an amnesiac angel in my koi pond after a violent storm, some of the events in my writing do come from personal experience. All fiction is rooted in truth, but I never set out to chronicle my own experiences. It’s about the characters and their stories, not mine. The only exception is Five Nights In a Haunted Cabin, a real-life account of an experience I had with my collaborator, Tamara Thorne.
HoTS: How did you and Tamara become writing partners?
AC: It’s an unusual story that began in the late 1990s when I came across Tamara’s novel Moonfall. I liked it so much, I got all of her books and began stalking her website via AOL dial-up because in my day we had to practice patience when we stalked people online. Several years later, after my first book was published, I began a blog dedicated to interviews with authors. Tamara Thorne was one of the first people I asked to be on my blog. She said yes and we hit it off enough that she asked me if I’d like to write a short story with her. That short story became a full-length novel, and that led to the next one and the one after that, and the rest is history. Writing with Tamara is one of the easiest, most natural things I have ever done and, at the risk of sounding corny, I believe it was simply meant to be.
House of Tortured Souls: And readers I thought it was only fair to reach out to Tamara Thorne and gets some fun stuff on Alistair from her:
Tamara Thorne: I love collaborating with Alistair. We spend our days working on Skype and when our cats start climbing us, we turn on the cameras. Alistair’s kitty, Pawpurrazzi, truly abuses him. I love watching the way she gives him kisses, then shoves her butt in his face. Those two are madly in love.
We write together in the Cloud and rarely recall who wrote what. After each day’s work – or after completing the first draft – my job is to read our words aloud. When we’re in edit mode, reading for hours can be pretty grueling, but my collaborator knows how to keep things lively. He moves ahead in the manuscript and adds lines so outrageous and rude that I fall apart – so does he. We relish our giggle breaks more than I can say. Once in a while, we leave an obscenity in to amuse our editors. The reactions are varied but hysterical.
So I cannot recommend these authors enough and I also cannot thank them enough for taking their time to answer some questions and share a few laughs. Below are some links for you to get to know and experience more of Alistair Cross and his partner in crime Tamara Thorne. And definitely, check out their radio broadcast.
Horror Remakes: Why They Are Not Bad

Horror Remakes: Why They Are Not Bad

Something that weighs on the minds of horror fans every time an announcement of a new movie is coming out, and that one thing is “Will this be a remake”? Now the words reboot, remake, re-imaging, or whatever the wordage may be. These are things that no one likes to hear when you’re a “True” horror fan; however, what makes you a true horror fan? Is it the way we view horror as an art form? Is it the attitude we take towards Michael Bay? Is it the "Robert Englund is the only Freddy" stance? Let’s take a trip through time and explain how re-visioning is how it all started and all the “elite” are not justified in their constant complaining of reboots. Yes, you can have an opinion, but you’re not always right. The fact of the matter is; none of us are right, it’s all perspective of our interests. So allow me if you will, to explain why remakes are essential and going to happen despite all the elitist’s basement dwellers best efforts and internet trolling to stop them.

Nosferatu (1922) / Fair use doctrine.The dawn of the horror age in movies was met with films such as Nosferatu and Phantom of the Opera, both of which were movie adaptations of tThe Phantom of the Opera (1925) / Fair use doctrine.he written word. I’m sure someone in 1929 set in their smoke-filled basement and stated via telegraph “Universal Studios. Stop. The books were better. Stop. Sincerely, Guy you’ll never see.” Then the 1930s come and bring us the Universal Monster films. Again, this was more than likely met with flak from people who read Dracula and Frankenstein and wondered why the movies were nothing like the books. Well, this is considered a re-imaging to adapt to film. Same idea, just a new perspective.

Horror of Dracula (1958) / Fair use doctrine.Throughout the 50s, 60s and 70s all the monsters we loved were re-imagined again in different forms, stories etc. Christopher Lee made Dracula famous again, Peter Cushing put a new twist on the Van Helsing character. We could carry this on but you get the idea. Were these movies met with disgruntled fans of the original Monster movies? Of course, however people of today still give love to Christopher Lee as a horror icon and why? HE WAS IN A REVISION OF FUCKING DRACULA! That is why. These same people complaining about the slasher remakes that were made famous in the 1980’s are the same that have not only the Universal Monsters box set, but the Hammer set right next to it. Have we learned a lesson in horror yet?

Probably not, or you’re looking at your collection thinking it’s a different scenario. It is not, it’s the same concept.

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.The slasher and horror remakes of today are no different than those of yesteryear. The remake is essentially laziness on Hollywood running out of ideas but what’s really going on is. They’re burrowing for ideas and then it hits them “Oh, man ya know if I were to make Nightmare on Elm Street, I’d add some backstory it would really help explain a lot of the movie that didn’t make any sense at all in the original”. Well look at that, that’s what, happened. Made more sense and got the story across with a more realistic burned person with boils and all that and not a cheeseless pizza. Not to mention, something that hits the scene “The new Freddy wasn’t funny”. No he wasn’t, and NEITHER WAS THE ORIGINAL! Also “His voice is too deep and creepy.” Ok..um..Horror..mov…ie. Now with that said also, homeboy was burnt up in a fire, his vocal chords probably were soot covered and damaged. I’m sure the writers would issue an apology for realism, but if I were them. I wouldn’t. So, with that said. Let’s take a peek at some other remakes.

Michael BayI’ve read a billion reviews on each, and seeing that Michael Bay was a part of most of them the common thing people say is “Michael Bay sucks, he just blows stuff up.” Ok. Shut up. Without saying that line that EV.ER.Y.ONE says, tell me why Michael Bay sucks. I’ll wait. His movies even Bad Boys were good movies, Transformers was good, as were the Ninja Turtles Movies. Sooo, there’s no justification when everyone says the one thing that does not matter at all on his remakes. I and some of my peers even that I’ve discussed this with have never heard any other reason for Michael Bay to be considered a bad movie maker other than “he blows stuff up”. Which again is all anyone says.

Clancy Brown, Sean Penn, and Robert Lee Rush in Bad Boys (1983) / Fair use doctrine.

Clancy Brown, Sean Penn, and Robert Lee Rush in Bad Boys (1983)

The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) / Fair use doctrine.Texas Chainsaw Massacre: This movie remake was by far the best of them all. It was not only a very well told story, it took out the cheese of the 70s and added a LOT more gore for today’s horror aficionado. It for sure added a lot better of a factor of scare and realism. There was literally nothing wrong with this movie. If you went into it thinking “the original was better” you’re insane because the original lacked in so many ways in comparison. For the time the original was made, yes it was brutal. Someone saw an idea later, and with less restriction, so they made a movie that should have been made in 1970 whatever.
Halloween (2007) / Fair use doctrine.Halloween/H2: Say what you will about Rob Zombie, his movies went from TCM loosely based films, to the remakes of Halloween and Halloween 2, then the not so great films of Lords of Salem and 31, so yes, his originals lack heavily in my opinion, others here love them, but hey we are still friends and it’s no big deal. However, here’s what’s up with Halloween. I hated Halloween by John Carpenter. Halloween II (2009) / Fair use doctrine.That’s right, I dare say such a thing. It was a boring ass movie. No story, just a lot of “oh there’s a guy and now he’s gone.” Rob Zombie added a lot of backstory, a reason for Michael to be the way he is which made a ton more sense to the movie. The rest are pretty much the same as the original except for bloody gore fests right from the beginning. Again, making it far better than the original ever was. Halloween 2 was just bloody which made it fun, other than that it was kind of like a bad dream the whole time. Rob Zombie, really did a bang-up job with his RE-VISION of Halloween probably the best there ever were or ever will be.
Friday the 13th (2009) / Fair use doctrine.Friday the 13th: This film was great, it wrapped the first 7 movies into one. Did we need 45 sequels before? Nope, not at all. So, this summed them all up awesomely. So, this remake was on point with the rest, gave the backstory briefly, burned through 1 and 2…3…4…5. 6..7 in like 2 hours. Killed a ton of people hilariously and boom. Done. This is what made the movie a great rendition to the Slasher remake series. Got to the point, showed some titties, and lots of senseless killing. Without having 8 sequels for no good reason.
Poltergeist (2015) / Fair use doctrine.Poltergeist: Sucked as a movie not because it’s a remake. It was just awful even as a standalone movie. It was, just no.
Evil Dead (2013) / Fair use doctrine.Evil Dead: Seriously, a fantastically remade movie, and it’s undeniable that this movie had some great storyline, the graphics were classic and disgusting. The blood, my lord Vincent Price, the blood was something to be glorious about. If you didn’t like this movie at all, then just take yo’ self out of horror fandom and go to the kiddie booth where you belong.
Bill Skarsgård and Jackson Robert Scott in It (2017) / Fair use doctrine.Okay, we’ll skip a few and move on to IT. With IT being released a lot of folks have stated it looks like crap. What the fuck movie are you watching? Because it was damn good, although the original was the original and Tim Curry blah blah blah. A true-blue horror fan will watch both back to back and be like “Ok the original was fairly boring and far too hokey”. The remake already is instilling pure terror into people. JUST FROM THE TRAILER! which was like “Fuck..this…shit..wow.” Who cares if Tim Curry or John Boy Walton aren’t in it. Who cares if it’s not made for TV and released on 4 VHS tapes. It is a great film, I wasn’t surprised it was great, I was surprised it was hilarious as well as scary.

Like it or not the remakes will continue as people sit around digging up ideas and say “I’d do this differently.” We can’t stop them, we don’t have to watch them. Over the years, I have seen only four remakes not worth a damn and honestly I’ve seen a lot that were really bad so bad I can’t remember them but the movies right off hand I’m speaking of: Poltergeist, Hellraiser, House of Wax and Carnival of Souls. Every other remake has been stupid good, more graphic, more story and a lot better than the original. A Little tidbit to add to this, Evil Dead and Evil Dead 2 *ahem* SAME FUCKING MOVIE! Yes, that’s right same damn movie, can you believe that people say they’re not? Then complain about the remake that was recently made. Look at yourself and wonder why you’re this type of person. Also My Soul to Take Nightmare on Elm Street revision BY WES CRAVEN. If you as a fan paid any amount of attention to Wes Craven’s reasoning and creation of Freddy Krueger you would know that My Soul To Take is taken straight from those interviews, straight from his mind.

So before judging the movie before it comes out. Realize you’re one person with an opinion. Watch the movie as a standalone film and let it fill your heart with joy. We are all horror fans. We all have preferences, and we all have the love of the genre. Dissing on remakes is counterproductive and hypocritical when you have a Bela Lugosi and Christopher Lee posters right next to each other. Vincent Price with the black cat and other Poe stories. I dare anyone to say he didn’t breathe new life into Edgar Allan Poe’s stories. So, all of us can climb off our high horses now and enjoy these damn movies that are more awesome than before. Then in 20 years talk shit about people remaking Insidious and The Conjuring.

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COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

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In the 1980s, horror took on a whole new world with the advent of the slasher film. Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho predate the movie that truly brought the term slasher to life – the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street brought us the character we all have grown to know and love…and fear – the infamous child killer, the one and only Freddy Krueger, made both famous and infamous by Robert Englund, one hell of an actor.. His role immortalized the Springwood Slasher and introduced a new form of fear to the public and a
franchise that has made history in the nightmares of horror fans all over the world.
Many have gone through the franchise picking apart what they love and don’t love about each of them, and, of course, the remake. (I may be the only person on earth who thought the remake was a solid movie. I have my reasons for this, more scientific than anything else.) However, few can deny the appeal of Robert Englund’s O.G. Freddy Krueger with his quick remarks, creative and personalized kills, and the beautiful way he says “bitch” in every situation possible.
Now, a new documentary titled NIGHTMARES IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR, an exposé featuring Robert Englund donning the Freddy Krueger persona one last time will be happening at the Flashback Weekend in Chicago Aug 6-8, 2017. Mr. Englund will be sharing stories from behind the scenes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, some fun anecdotes of the experiences the cast and crew had on the set. All while having the makeup put on him, along with what looked like a standard Convention style Q&A session while wearing the Krueger gear. This is definitely a neat little concept that I’m sure every horror fan will just love to see. I, for one, being HUGE slasher, horror and especially Freddy Krueger fan will thoroughly enjoy this documentary.
So get ready to walk through memory Elm Street with the man himself in this unique little documentary of our favorite nightmare slasher. Oh, and check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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History of Horror in November

History of Horror in November

By Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in November. Click on thumbnails for full images.

November 1 - 7

11/01/1985 – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge released theatrically

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.

Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Fair use doctrine.

11/01/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the European Union

11/01/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in the European Union

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.

28 Days Later / Fair use doctrine.

11/01/2002 – 28 Days Later released theatrically in the United Kingdom

11/02/1990 – Jacob’s Ladder released theatrically

Jacob's Ladder / Fair use doctrine.

Carrie / Fair use doctrine.

11/03/1976 – Carrie released theatrically

11/03/1946-Tom Savini pioneer F/X artist born

Tom Savini / Image: IMDb

The Snake Pit / Fair use doctrine.

11/04/1948 – The Snake Pit released theatrically

11/05/1943 – Son of Dracula (1943) released theatrically

Son of Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

11/05/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in North America

11/06/1931 – Mike Nichols (director of Wolf) born

Mike Nichols / Photo by Steve Granitz - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com

Thandie Newton / Photo by George Pimentel/WireImage.com

11/06/1972 – Thandie Newton (actress in Interview with the Vampire) born

11/06/1972 – Rebecca Romijn (actress in Godsend) born

Rebecca Romijn / Photo by John Shearer/WireImage.com

November 8 - 14

Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde / Fair use doctrine.

11/07/1971 – Dr. Jekyll and Sister Hyde released theatrically

11/07/2000 – Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem released on the Nintendo GameCube in Australia

Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem / Fair use doctrine.

Bram Stoker / Fair use doctrine.

11/08/1847 – Bram Stoker (author of Dracula) born (d. 1912)

11/08/1968 – Parker Posey (actress in Scream 3) born

Parker Posey / © 2004 USA Cable Network. All Rights Reserved.

Tara Reid / IMDb

11/08/1975 – Tara Reid (actress in A Return to Salem’s Lot, Urban Legend (film), Devil’s Pond, Alone in the Dark, and The Crow: Wicked Prayer) born

11/09/1984 – A Nightmare on Elm Street released theatrically

A Nightmare on Elm Street / Fair use doctrine.

Silent Night, Deadly Night / Fair use doctrine.

11/09/1984 – Silent Night, Deadly Night released theatrically

11/09/1988 – Child’s Play released theatrically

Child's Play / © 1988 Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Castlevania: Chronicles / Fair use doctrine.

11/09/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in the European Union

11/10/1889 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1967)

Claude Rains / Photo by Hulton Archive - Image courtesy gettyimages.com

Bill Moseley / IMDb

11/11/1951 – Bill Moseley (actor in many horror films) born

11/11/1995 – Interview with the Vampire released theatrically

Interview with the Vampire / Fair use doctrine.

Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.

11/11/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in North America

11/12/1904 – Jacques Tourneur (director of many horror films) born (d. 1977)

Jacques Tourneur / Image: IMDb

The Mad Ghoul / Fair use doctrine.

11/12/1943 – The Mad Ghoul released theatrically

11/12/1999 – Resident Evil 3: Nemesis released for the PlayStation in North America

Resident Evil 3: Nemesis / Fair use doctrine.

Seed of Chucky / Fair use doctrine.

11/12/2004 – Seed of Chucky released theatrically

11/13/1933 – The Invisible Man released theatrically

The Invisible Man / Fair use doctrine.

Cape Fear / Fair use doctrine.

11/13/1991 – Cape Fear (1991) released theatrically

11/13/1992 – Bram Stoker’s Dracula released theatrically

Bram Stoker's Dracula / Fair use doctrine.

November 15 - 21

Night of the Comet / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

11/16/1984 – Night of the Comet released theatrically

11/16/1990 – Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 released theatrically

Initiation: Silent Night, Deadly Night 4 / Fair use doctrine.

Frailty / © 2002 - Lions Gate Films - All Rights Reserved

11/17/2001 – Frailty released theatrically

11/18/1990 – It premieres on television

It / Fair use doctrine.

November 21 - 27

Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.

11/21/1931 – Frankenstein released theatrically

11/21/1964 – Onibaba released theatrically in Japan

Onibaba / Fair use doctrine.

Predator 2 / Fair use doctrine.

11/21/1990 – Predator 2 released theatrically

11/21/2002 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Japan

Resident Evil Zero / Fair use doctrine.

Gothika / © 2003 Warner Bros. Ent. All Rights Reserved

11/21/2002 – Gothika released theatrically

11/22/1958 – Jamie Lee Curtis (actress in Halloween, The Fog, Prom Night, etc.) born

Jamie Lee Curtis / © 2010 20th Century FOX All Rights Reserved

Boris Karloff / Image courtesy mptvimages.com

11/23/1887 – Boris Karloff born (d. 1969)

11/23/1917 – Michael Gough (actor in Hammer horror films) born

Michael Gough / Image: IMDb

Silent Hill 2 / Fair use doctrine.

11/23/2001 – Silent Hill 2 released on the PlayStation, Xbox, and PC in Europe

11/24/1999 – End of Days released theatrically

End of Days / Fair use doctrine.

Castlevania: Curse of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

11/24/2006 – Castlevania: Curse of Darkness released on the PlayStation 2 and Xbox in Japan

11/26/1992 – Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Europe

Castlevania II: Belmont's Revenge / Fair use doctrine.

Alien: Resurrection / Fair use doctrine.

11/26/1997 – Alien: Resurrection released theatrically

11/27/1988 – John Carradine (actor in numerous horror films) dies (b. 1906)

John Carradine / Photo by Ulvis Alberts - © 1978 Ulvis Alberts - Image courtesy mptvimages.com

Castlevania: Legends / Fair use doctrine.

11/27/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in Japan

11/27/2003 – Castlevania: Lament of Innocence released on the PlayStation 2 in Japan


November 28 - 30

Let Sleeping Corpses Lie / Fair use doctrine.

11/28/1974 – Let Sleeping Corpses Lie released theatrically

11/30/1999 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in the United States

Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

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Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 6)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 6)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By John Roisland

To understand my top five, you must first close your eyes and think back to a night where the skies are the deepest darkest blue but are still crystal clear. The night is lit by a million stars and the glow of the moon as it dances in and out behind bare trees. It’s a cool crisp night where you hear the slight wind whispering through and rustling the leaves that have fallen and in the distance the sound of children giggling and laughing as they run from house to house yelling trick or treat as the doors. And the smell, the smell of burning leaves in someone's bonfire now fill the autumn air.

These are the memories that I have that sticks with me so vividly during the entire autumn and Halloween Season. This is still today after 44 years on this planet, my favorite time of year! Which is why it was so important for me to share with you my everlasting memories of Halloween night, as well as share with you my top five favorite movies to watch at Halloween.

Now when I first came up with this idea and I shared it to the staff I figured top five, it's going to be a piece of cake, and then I started taking some time and mulling over what my personal favorite movies are for Halloween. Keep in mind this isn't any of our top five horror movies, this is just the top five movies to watch at Halloween. It then dawned on me Wow, I'm a real ass because this is really hard to do! There are a million horror movies out there to watch, especially during the Halloween season, and to narrow it down to the top five has become quite a chore.

The movies that I have to present to you, I am somewhat basing around the Halloween season in the movie itself, not all of them but a few of them. As much of a horror buff as I am, I have actually always enjoyed movies that have taken place on Halloween.

So you might be surprised when don't see any of your top iconic Friday the 13th or A Nightmare on Elm Street installment - or anything of that nature.

I do thoroughly enjoy Halloween - all aspects - the sounds, the sights, even the smells! Nothing to me is more invigorating then walking outside at night and smelling burning leaves in the Autumn air. So, when picking my top five movies, I try to incorporate my love for Halloween with them.

My top five - not in any order, just my top!

Sleepy Hollow (1999)


The legend of The Headless Horseman has always been my all time favorite story ever since I was a child. Fist hearing it when i was young, the story stuck with me to this day and age. Tim Burton‘s rendition of it, in my opinion, did it proud. With its dark images and setting, it is a must watch for me!

John Carpenter's Halloween (1978)

How can you not?! Not only is Carpenter personally my favorite director, but this film raised the bar and set standards for horror films….and it’s at Halloween, so score!


Monster House (2006)


I first saw this film as a rental for my kids. The day it was returned to the store, I bought it! This animated kids Halloween film has a very dark overtone to it that I love, and brings out the Halloween spirit in me! Sad thing was that I enjoyed more than the kids…

The Houses October Built (2014)

Now, those of you who know me know that this movie had a profound impact on me. I love every aspect of this film, and it has become one of my top movies. The film is based at Halloween and centers around local haunts. Brought to you by Zach Andrew and Bobby Roe, this film is a must for the Halloween season.


The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (1974)


Now, the last film I bring to you may not have anything to do with Halloween in any way, shape, or form, and as a matter of fact, it is not only my all time favorite horror movie, it’s my all time favorite movie – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. This 1974 Tobe Hooper film blew the door off the horror film industry and has remained an all time classic. This gets a watch every Halloween!

I do hope you enjoyed my list and as founder and president of House of Tortured Souls , I do sincerely wish you and your entire family for all the generations to come, a very Happy Halloween!

Keep It Evil...

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

By Tammie Parker

I came across a pair of TWD themed Eclectic Goods shoes on a page on fb. And it was like I found the love of my life!! LOL seriously I was shouting, 'WHY. am I just finding these??' Eclectic Goods is actually a power couple of KICK-ASS comic nerds, gamers, comic-conners, and cartoon lovers! I swear I'm going to move in with them!!! Now they are doing caps and totes. #LOVE

Nicole Robinson, owner and artist, agreed to answer a few questions.


House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started drawing and painting?
Nicole Robinson: To be honest it wasn’t until I was an adult in my 20s that I tried to paint anything. I used to doodle and draw here and there growing up but never anything serious. My husband has been my biggest teacher and whatever talent I do have I learned from him.


HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?
NR: I took art classes in high school and one in college. Also I have had some amazing people throughout my life with various talents that taught me many things. Jack, my partner and husband has had some training at an Art Institute in Florida which he was kind enough to share with me. Before him I had no idea about mixing colors, shading, or a lot of technique skills that are really valuable. I would just grab a brush and start painting. He taught about what size brush and what type of brush I needed. He has really been my mentor in all this.


HoTS: When did you fall in love with horror art? (TWD, Pennywise, etc) Why?

horror-movies-it-shoesNR: Growing up, my father was a huge influence on how my interest were formed. Halloween was always a big deal in our house. He had a love for the Stephen King Universe and my first horror movie was IT. Pennywise scared me to the core. It has always been a lot of fun for me and I enjoy creating the same type of memories with my kids. Watching horror movies and shows like The Walking Dead is just good old fashioned fun for me. Horror art is an expression of that and gives me an outlet. It always the most fun when it something I really enjoy.

twd-shoes-carlHoTS: Do you first draw in ink, or the blood of innocent souls? Then paint in?

NR: A little of both. Just depends on what we are painting that day.

HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?

NR: Pennywise the Clown will always hold a special place in my heart. I find Regan from The Exorcist really scary. There is something really frightening about innocence gone wrong.


HoTS: Do you do comic cons? Or art shows? (I know the answer to a lot of these, so don't think I'm senile.)

NR: We do comic con type events for the most part. This past summer we had booths at Scares That Care in Williamsburg, Va and Walker Stalker Con New Jersey. Both of which were beyond amazing to us and we can’t wait to return. We have also done a few others like Wizard World and Tidewater Comic Con. We don’t have anything coming up except for attending Scares That Care in July 2017.



HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?

NR: We are on Etsy! Our shop is: Ecletic Goods.

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter acct, so we can keep up with your work?

NR: Yes, check us out here:

FB Follow / Free.

Instagram Follow / Free.

Twitter Follow / Free.

horror-movies-silenceofthelambs-shoesHoTS: Are you working on anything right now?

NR: Right now we are getting some new designs together for Halloween and preparing for the holidays. We have a new Hellraiser design and The Exorcist coming as well as a Walking Dead Rick and Daryl high top in the works.

HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?

NR: I play The Sims 3. Most of my free time is spent with my family. I have two amazing girls that keep me pretty busy. I do yoga and enjoy crafting.

Alright since this is the end of our Q&A with Nicole Robinson, let me just throw in another pair of TWD shoes.


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SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

SCHEDULE: AMC Fear Fest 2016

By John Roisland


Well, here we are, October, 2016! Halloween decorations are being put up, chill is in the air, leaves are slowly turning, pumpkin flavor in everything and horror movies are on everyone's mind. And with horror movies, that can mean only one thing... AMC FEAR FEST!

For years now, AMC FEAR FEST has held the respect and title of being the source of where to go for your Halloween season dose of horror films on TV.

AND HERE IT IS! The listing you have all been waiting for since last November 1st!

So grab your popcorn, turn off the lights, and enjoy some horror. House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated on schedule listings as we are just as eager to find out as you are.

Please keep in mind, all listings are subject to change, and we apologize if they do. We are only giving you what we are told. In other words... don't kill the messenger!

Thursday, October 13, 2016

  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:00 AM – Halloween 2
  • 1:00 PM – Halloween 3: Season of the Witch
  • 3:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return Of Michael Myers
  • 5:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween (2007)
  • 9:30 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 11:30 PM – Halloween 2

Friday, October 14, 2016

  • 1:30 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 3:30 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Violent Midnight
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Violent Movies Slaughter Of The Vampires
  • 9:00 AM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 11:00 AM – Friday the 13th Part 2
  • 1:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 3
  • 3:00 PM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter
  • 5:00 PM – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning
  • 7:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 6: Jason Lives
  • 9:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 7: The New Blood
  • 11:00 PM – Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes Manhattan

Saturday, October 15, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:00 AM – Jason X
  • 5:00 AM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 9:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge
  • 11:00 AM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: The Dream Warriors
  • 1:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 3:00 PM – A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 5:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 7 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 9:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 11:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Sunday October 16, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 3:00 AM – Child’s Play 2
  • 5:00 AM – Child’s Play 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 1
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 2
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 3
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 4
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 5
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 1, Episode 6
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 1
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 2
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 3
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 4
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 5
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 6
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 7
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead

Monday, October 17, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 3:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Demon Knight
  • 10:30 AM – The Omen (1976)
  • 1:00 PM – Damien: Omen II
  • 3:30 PM – Omen III: The Final Conflict
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 2, Episode 13

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 2:00 AM – Omen IV: The Awakening
  • 4:00 AM – Night of the Living Dead
  • 9:00 AM – House on Haunted Hill
  • 11:00 AM – The Amityville Horror
  • 1:30 PM – Amityville II: The Possession
  • 4:00 PM – The Amityville Horror (2005)
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 6

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – The Zombie Diaries
  • 4:00 AM – Zombie Diaries 2
  • 9:00 AM – Tales From the Crypt Presents Bordello of Blood
  • 10:00 AM – Alien
  • 12:30 PM – Aliens
  • 3:30 PM – Alien 3
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 14

Thursday, October 20, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 3, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Alien Resurrection
  • 4:30 AM – Corridors of Blood
  • 9:00 AM – The Fog (1980)
  • 10:00 AM – The Exorcist
  • 12:45 PM – Exorcist II: The Heretic
  • 3:15 PM – The Exorcist
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 1
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 2
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode3
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 4
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 5
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 6

Friday, October 21, 2016

  • 12:00 AM –The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 7
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 8
  • 2:00 AM – Buried Alive
  • 4:00 AM – Candyman: Farewell to the Flesh
  • 9:00 AM – Swamp Thing (1982)
  • 10:00 AM – Children of the Corn II: The Final Sacrifice
  • 12:00 PM – Children of the Corn III: Urban Harvest
  • 2:00 PM – Hellraiser/li>
  • 4:00 PM – Hellbound: Hellraiser II
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 9
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 10
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 11
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 12
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 13
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 14

Saturday, October 22, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 15
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 4, Episode 16
  • 2:00 AM – Freddy’s Dead: The Final Nightmare
  • 4:00 AM – The Hills Have Eyes (2006)
  • 6:30 AM – House of Wax (2005)
  • 9:00 AM – The Walking Dead
  • 11:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 1
  • 12:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 2
  • 1:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 3
  • 2:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 4
  • 3:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 5
  • 4:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 6
  • 5:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 7
  • 6:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 8
  • 7:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 9
  • 8:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 10
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 11
  • 10:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 12
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 13

Sunday, October 23, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 14
  • 1:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 15
  • 2:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 5, Episode 16
  • 3:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 6:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 3
  • 7:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 4
  • 8:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 5
  • 9:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 6
  • 10:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 7
  • 11:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 8
  • 12:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 9
  • 1:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 10
  • 2:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 11
  • 3:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 12
  • 4:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 13
  • 5:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 14
  • 6:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 15
  • 7:30 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 16
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 10:06 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 11:05 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Monday, October 24, 2016

  • 12:10 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 12:40 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 1:46 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 2:45 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 3:15 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 4:21 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:20 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 1
  • 5:50 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 26
  • 5:55 AM – The Three Stooges, Episode 99
  • 9:00 AM – Graveyard Shift
  • 11:00 AM – Silver Bullet
  • 1:00 PM – Cujo
  • 3:00 PM – Firestarter
  • 5:30 PM – Thinner
  • 7:30 PM – 1408
  • 10:00 PM – Carrie (1976)

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

  • 12:15 AM – Thinner (1996)
  • 2:15 AM – Dreamcatcher
  • 5:15 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 5:30 AM – 15 Minute Movies The Amazing Colossal Man
  • 5:45 AM – 15 Minute Movies
  • 9:00 AM – Rosemary’s Baby
  • 12:00 PM – The Mummy (1999)
  • 3:00 PM – The Mummy Returns
  • 6:00 PM – Tremors
  • 8:00 PM – Tremors 2: Aftershocks
  • 10:15 PM – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

  • 12:45 AM – Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • 3:15 AM – The Exorcist (1973)
  • 9:00 AM – Constantine
  • 11:30 AM – Underworld
  • 2:00 PM – Underworld: Evolution
  • 4:00 PM – Underworld: Rise of the Lycans
  • 6:00 PM – Child’s Play 2
  • 8:00 PM – Child’s Play 3
  • 10:00 PM – Bride of Chucky

Thursday, October 27, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Seed of Chucky
  • 2:00 AM – Children of the Corn: Revelation
  • 4:00 AM – Re-Animator
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies
  • 9:30 AM – Hellboy
  • 11:30 AM – Fright Night (2011)
  • 2:00 PM – Bride of Chucky
  • 4:00 PM – Seed of Chucky
  • 6:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 8:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
  • 10:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge

Friday, October 28, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
  • 2:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master
  • 4:00 AM – A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child
  • 9:00 AM – Ghoulies II
  • 9:30 AM – 6 Souls (2010)
  • 12:00 PM – The Grudge (2004)
  • 2:00 PM – A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)
  • 4:00 PM – Freddy vs. Jason
  • 6:00 PM – Friday the 13th (1980)
  • 8:00 PM – Friday the 13th, Part 2
  • 9:59 PM – Friday the 13th – Part III
  • 11:59 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1

Saturday, October 29, 2016

  • 1:04 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6
  • 2:03 AM – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter (1984)
  • 4:03 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 5:08 AM – Friday the 13th – A New Beginning
  • 7:06 AM – Friday the 13th, Part VI: Jason Lives
  • 9:05 AM – Friday the 13th Part VII – The New Blood
  • 11:03 AM – Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan
  • 1:03 PM – Jason Goes to Hell: The Final Friday
  • 3:01 PM – Jason X
  • 5:01 PM – Friday the 13th (2009)
  • 7:00 PM – Halloween
  • 9:00 PM – Halloween II
  • 11:00 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch

Sunday, October 30, 2016

  • 1:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 2:58 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 4:58 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 7:28 AM – Halloween II
  • 9:55 AM – Halloween
  • 11:55 AM – Halloween II
  • 1:55 PM – Halloween III: Season of the Witch
  • 3:55 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers
  • 5:55 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers
  • 7:55 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 1
  • 9:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 10:01 PM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 11:00 PM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2


Monday, October 31, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 12:30 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 1:30 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 2:30 AM – Comic Book Men – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 3:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 4:00 AM – Talking Dead – Season 6, Episode 2
  • 5:00 AM – The Walking Dead – Season 7, Episode 2
  • 9:00 AM – Halloween (2007)
  • 11:30 AM – Halloween II (2009)
  • 2:00 PM – Halloween (1978)
  • 4:00 PM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 6:00 PM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 8:00 PM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)
  • 10:00 PM – Halloween (1978)

November 1, 2016

  • 12:00 AM – Halloween II (1981)
  • 2:00 AM – Halloween 4: The Return of Michael Myers (1988)
  • 4:00 AM – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers (1989)

Fear Fest 2016 will run on AMC from Thursday, Oct. 13 to Halloween day on Monday, Oct. 31. The Season 7 premiere of “The Walking Dead” on Sunday, Oct. 23 will coincide with the programming event, but AMC has yet to release the full schedule.

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THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

In 1984, writer/director Wes Craven and producer Robert Shay made everyone terrified to fall asleep with their hit film entitled A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film was about a child murderer who was killed by a bunch of parents to protect their children, but this horrible human being does not stay dead for long. The children, now teenagers, are finally beginning to understand the truth and to pay for their parents’ sins as they fall victim to this dream demon who has the power to invade their nightmares and kill them one by one. If he gets you in your sleep, you don't wake up at all. His name is Freddy Krueger, and he is coming back!

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

The franchise is a sacred and well-loved piece of cinema, and fans all over the world can tell you their favorite lines, kills, and sequel. For me, the original was the best; it was scary, fresh, and terrifying. My favorite sequel is either Dream Warriors or Dream Master. I can't pick one or the other because for me three was the last one that was scary and four was a turning point where Freddy became more of a fun cartoon. And I believe that was the film where fans started to adore him and want to love him. A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned six sequels as well as Freddy vs. Jason in 2003. After the FvJ installment, there were talks about bringing in Chucky, Michael Myers, Ash, and even Pinhead. Things didn't develop as fast as people wanted. So, lo and behold, MICHAEL FRIGGING BAY decides to take his horror production label, known as Platinum Dunes, and remake one of the best iconic horror films ever made and he fucked it up!

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema and Michael Bay brought us a remake back in 2010, and, like most people, I only hope that one day I can forget about it. Looks like that won't be happening anytime soon, however, because Freddy is on his way back to the screen and a new actor will be putting on the dirty red and green sweater as well as the glove.

As a loyal fan of the franchise as well as Robert Englund himself, I, for one, do not see a point in this at all. The first remake did horrendous at the box office and I'm sorry, but when you have an iconic character played by the same person (Robert Englund) throughout the entire franchise, fans only see that person playing that character. Freddy isn't Freddy without Mr. Englund. The infamous outstanding one liners, the body language and the facial features were all created by him and no one will ever be able to pull that off no matter how hard they try. You cannot replace greatness. A script is being written as we speak and casting has yet to be announced as well as a director, but in the end this is going to be another remake that people will toss to the side unless Robert Englund himself puts the glove back on one more time. Only 184 billion people can hope!

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By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in August. Click on thumbnails for full images.

August 1 - 7


Lon Chaney, Sr. born



The Omega Man released theatrically

Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives released



Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Europe

Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Europe



Wes Craven (director of Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street) born

The Sixth Sense released theatrically



The Others released

Signs released theatrically



Piranha released

White Zombie released theatrically



John Saxon born

M. Night Shyamalan (director ) born


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Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in North America

August 8 - 14

Matthew McGrory (Played Tiny in The Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses) died



Chaos (2005) released theatrically

Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator and Dagon) born



City of the Living Dead released theatrically

A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child released theatrically



System Shock 2 released on PC

Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) released theatrically



Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Japan

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, born



The War of the Worlds (1953) released theatrically

Friday the 13th Part 3 released theatrically



Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday released theatrically

Alien vs. Predator released theatrically



The Rocky Horror Picture Show released theatrically

August 15 - 21

The Fly (1986) released theatrically



Manhunter (1986) released theatrically

Event Horizon released theatrically



Freddy vs. Jason released theatrically

Bela Lugosi died (born October 20, 1882)



Robert De Niro born

Donnie Wahlberg (actor in The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Saw II) born



Roman Polanski (director of The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Ninth Gate) born

Edward Norton (actor in Red Dragon) born



A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master released theatrically

Dead & Breakfast released theatrically



H. P. Lovecraft born

The Seventh Victim released theatrically



An American Werewolf in London released theatrically

Blade released theatrically


August 22 - 28


Night of the Creeps released theatrically

Mimic released theatrically



Takashi Miike (director of Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition) born

Darkman released theatrically



John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars released theatrically

Zombi 2 released theatrically



Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in Japan

Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Europe



Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe

Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan


August 29 - 31


Ingrid Bergman (actress in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)) born

William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, Rampage, The Guardian, and Bug) born



Joel Schumacher (director of The Lost Boys) born

Resident Evil: Survivor released on PlayStation



Basket Case released theatrically

Halloween (2007) released theatrically


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Celebrities in Horror #1

Celebrities in Horror #1

By Tammie Parker

I don’t know about you, but every time a horror movie comes out featuring a well-known actor, I’m wary. Can they pull it off? Will their fame ruin the entire thing? I certainly watch each one as soon as possible. I just have to find out if they can pull it off. I am impressed with quite a few, I must say!

Here is my inaugural Celebrities in Horror list, the first in a series:

1) How about we start off with Johnny Depp and his role in A Nightmare on Elm Street! Did you forget that was him? How many didn’t even know that was him? OOOH boy, that hair, and LMAO that shirt!

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2 – 7) One of my all-time favorite celebrity horror films is Stir of Echoes (1999).

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OH, my Lord! Kick off your Sunday shoes!! Not only is the main character Kevin Bacon, but pretty much everyone in this film was well known, or became well known afterward. I mean, seriously, that’s Kathryn Erbe (Law&Order: Criminal Intent) as his on top, “I’ll just carry the baby monitor with me to the party” wife, and the sister/hypnotist Illeana Douglas (stroll back to the beaten nurse in Cape Fear). The neighbors, Kevin Dunn (Mississippi Burning, the Dad from Transformers!), Conor O’Farrell (Dark Skies, NYPD Blue) and, last but not least, let’s stop and think who could be that creepy moving thing? (This is where my mother card kicks in and I yell at the TV, “You stop walking backward, right now, young lady!”) It is most certainly Jennifer Morrison (you know, from House, Once Upon a Time, and How I Met Your Mother!) This movie is INCREDIBLE! Hands down to the writer and the director of the film for opening a new creepy door.

8) How about The Amityville Horror (2005) remake? Maybe you forgot all about the fact the Ryan Renolds debuted as that chirpy fresh face in Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Joint.

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And around the bend, BOOM! He turned into this:Celebrities in Horror 04-ryanrenolds

Next, you will be telling me the Seth Rogan has a Disney film out!!

9 & 10) Another OMG movie is What Lies Beneath.

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Han, I mean seriously, Harrison Ford! Excuse me, Mr. President! What did you do Indy? And I certainly didn’t see that coming out of Michelle Pfieffer!! I am impressed!! Applause.

11 – 13) Moving right along to Halle Berry in Gothika.

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What a freakish movie, huh? And Halle should win an award for that panting/scared stance she pulled off several times in this movie. And… wait for it… John Carroll Lynch (Twisty the Clown from American Horror Story: Freak Show, the cheesemaker and caregiver to Tabitha on The Walking Dead) in another scary role! And how dare you Mr. Charles S. Dutton (also American Horror Story: Murder House, and Alien 3), you are grounded!

14 & 15) Hide and Seek (2005). Who thought Robert DeNiro had that in him??

I must confess, I first watched this because of Dakota Fanning! She can turn eating breakfast into a living nightmare with only her facial expressions! This was another story I thoroughly enjoyed.

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16 & 17) Did you forget John Lithgow (3rd Rock from the Sun and Harry and the Hendersons) once has our eyes bulging by his role on Ricochet? I mean GOOD GOOGLY what a transformation!! How do characters like that coexist inside in the mind??

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Speaking of Ricochet (1991), that was Denzel Washington’s beginning as well remember. I know Denzel went on to play several suspenseful roles, but have you seen Fallen? Now, for the rest of the day you will bust out singing, “Ti-i-i-me is on my side…” Denzel has that ‘shocked’ portrayal down pat!

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There are many many more (I think I will do an entire article on John Goodman, who played Roseanne’s husband Dan) but this article has grown quite lengthy. I want to leave you with the Wahlberg brothers…

18) Did anyone else catch that the cop role in Saw II (2005), Saw III (2006), and Saw IV (2007) was that ‘spunky rebel’ from New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg!! :O!!!! #MindBlown

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Or that he played Bruce Willis’ killer in The Sixth Sense (1999)?

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19) And his little brother (You know… that Calvin Kline underwear model.) Marky Mark turned into Mark Wahlberg and went on to play a science teacher in The Happening (2008).

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Feel free to leave comments about other celebrities in horror movies.

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Happy Birthday Robert Englund

Happy Birthday Robert Englund

1, 2,
Freddy's Coming for You...

By Tammie Parker

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Well, my first article was going to be an interview with a very talented artist I know via Facebook. However, since our schedules have yet to line up for a Q&A and seeing as how today is Robert Englund's birthday (June 6th 1947 Glendale, CA), I couldn't think of a better way to break the ice! Freddy help nurture my love for horror since I was an impressionable teen in the 80s and first saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. Peer pressure for us was watching the movies all the way through with eyes wide open!

Oh, how I do admire Robert's full commitment to the role - the horrid smirk, the maniacal laugh, the bow-legged stance, the sideways look with that one knife blade up in the air, and even his punctuality! He certainly knows how to creep you out with just a stare down (even without costume and make-up). Robert stayed in that hot sweater and latex for entire days just to get a few scenes completed. Wes Craven may have had a brilliant idea for a horror movie, but Robert brought that idea to life and made it a hit! Englund's Freddy Krueger was such a powerful persona that he seemed to own even the music. And nobody can scratch a knife bladed glove down a rusty pipe quite like Mr. Englund (not that I've tried....nothing to see here, carry on). He fit into that role perfectly and OWNED it - so much so that Jackie Earl Haley didn't stand a chance in the remake. I can't be the only one who wanted to blow up their television as they tried to watch that complete monstrosity. Robert is, was, and always shall be Freddy!

Robert Englund and alterego Freddy Krueger

Of course, Robert Englund has played many roles (anyone remember Willie on V? many appearances on Babylon 5, Mad TV, Sliders, Knight Rider, Charmed, Married with Children, and Chuck - just to name a few) and voiceovers (The Riddler on The Batman and The Vulture on The Spectacular Spider-Man and plays himself in Call of Duty: Black Ops zombie map "Call of the Dead" {OMG, when you combine my childhood horror hero and one of my favorite games... feels explosion and leave me be for at least a week ! I will be very busy}). However, he looks completely out of character without his Freddy attire and no matter what I see him in, I instantly think "That's Freddy!" and not, "OH, there's that incredible actor Robert Englund". I am a complete movie buff and have an impeccable eye for detail, but first impressions are what they are and Freddy scared the living daylights out of me. And I LOVED it!

Here's some OMG for you, a picture of Heather Langenkamp and Robert back at the house on Elm Street.

Robert Englund and Heather Langenkamp

Robert Englund Trivia:

1) Did you know he was considered for the role of Han Solo!? (WHHAAAAAAATTT?) As a matter of fact, after he was rejected for being too young, he returned to his apartment and told his roommate and friend Mark Hamill that he should go audition for Luke Skywalker.

2) Mr. Englund has played Freddy Krueger in 8 movies.

3) Mr. Englund is an avid surfer! (Jaws meet your worse nightmare.)

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By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in June.

June 1 – 7

June - Phantasm


Phantasm released theatrically

June - Poltergeist (original)



Poltergeist released theatrically

June - Robert Englund


Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street actor) born

June - The Omen (remake)


The Omen (remake) released theatrically

June 8 – 14

June - Hostel 2


Eli Roth’s Hostel Part II released

June - Damien: Omen II


Damien: Omen II
released theatrically

June - Poltergeist III



Poltergeist III released theatrically


June - Tales from the Crypt (original)

Tales from the Crypt premiers on TV

June - Rosemary's Baby


Roman Polanski’s Rosemary’s Baby released theatrically

June - Jason Voorhees


Fictional mass
Jason Voorhees is born

June 15 – 21

June - Herschell Gordon Lewis


Herschell Gordon Lewis (Blood Feast, The Wizard of Gore) actor, filmmaker, and Godfather of Gore born
June - Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein


Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein released theatrically
June - Gremlins 2: The New Batch


Gremlins 2: The New Batch released theatrically


June - Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho released theatrically
June - Jaws 2


Jaws 2 released theatrically

June - Lucio Fulci


Lucio Fulci
(The Beyond,
City of the Living Dead
writer, director) born

June - The Exorcist II: The Heretic


Exorcist II: The Heretic released

June - Willard


Willard released

June - Haute Tension


Haute Tension
released theatrically in France

June - Daria Nicolodi


Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s Opera actress) born


June - The Twilight Zone06/19/1964
The Twilight Zone original TV series ends its run

June - Jaws


Jaws released theatrically

June - Frenzy


Frenzy released
June - Lifeforce


Lifeforce released theatrically

June 22 – 28

June - Bruce Campbell

Bruce Campbell (The Evil Dead (1981), Army of Darkness actor) born

June - Elvira's Haunted Hills


Elvira’s Haunted Hills released

June - Land of the Dead


George A. Romero’s Land of the Dead released theatrically

June - The Omen (original)


The Omen released theatrically
June - The Thing


John Carpenter’s The Thing released theatrically


June - Peter Lorre06/26/1904
Peter Lorre (The Comedy of Terrors
actor) born

June - Dark Shadows


Dark Shadows premiers on TV

June - Blade the Series


Blade: The Series premiers on TV

June 29 – 30

June - The War of the Worlds (remake)


War of the Worlds released theatrically

June - Vincent D'Onofrio



Vincent D’Onofrio (The Cell actor) born


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WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH : Author Nicolajayne Taylor

WOMEN IN HORROR MONTH : Author Nicolajayne Taylor


By : John Roisland


In celebration of Women In Horror Month, I bring to you a national best selling author, Nicolajayne Taylor. The lovely and talent Taylor resides in  Lancashire, England, where  she brings to the world , dark erotic stories that will surely keep haunting  the back of your mind for some time after reading her work . I had the pleasure of speaking with Author Nicolajayne Taylor, who goes by Enjay, amongst family and friends, and this is what she had to say after being nominated one of our Women In Horror Month recipients ...

HoTS : Enjay , congrats on being selected as one of the "Women In Horror Month"  by House of Tortured Souls, what does something like this mean to you?

Enjay :  Women in Horror month, means a lot to me, being one of them. Carmilla Voiez, my friend, horror author, feminist and editor has educated me in all of these areas since getting into the industry. She is my idol on these subjects too. We are starting to appreciate that not all women want to wear pink, get their hair and nails done or read romance novels. That age, is gone and more women than ever are reading, writing, watching and game playing the genre. This is a great thing, it mean the conversations between the genders has widened and we are more on a level with one another than ever before.

HoTS :  AT what age did you pen your first story, that made you decide that this was your calling?

Enjay : I have been writing stories since I was a child. I didn’t take it seriously until my mother died and I felt at a complete loss as to what to do with myself. I poured my emotions on to the laptop and began writing The Curse of Mary. My friend and co-author Carmilla invited me to sub to an anthology and I did. Again not really taking it seriously, then my story The Fallen Ones was accepted and that was when it hit me, my mother always said I should be a writer and I was writing because of my mother and why shouldn’t I take her advice after death. It was then I subbed the novel, landing me with a three year contract with Vamptasy one of the leading US independent publishing houses. My debut sub was to become a debut success and The Curse of Mary hit bestsellers within the first 24 hours and stayed that way for over six weeks.



HoTS :  Of all topics in the world to write about, why horror?

Enjay : I have a deep set interest in the paranormal side of life, death and of course horror. I also love history and you can’t do history without running into a ghost story. I think it add to the romance of what I write about because you can’t have the hardcore without having the softer elements in the mix. Otherwise the harder to swallow elements lose something.

HoTS :  What is it that inspires you, where does most of your thoughts, your creativity come from?

Enjay : I have already mention history, but most comes from years of reading, watching and playing the genre. I also find humanity can be more horrific than any horror creator can articulate, draw or film.   Look around you and the stories that don’t make the news should keep you awake a night, I write horror to make people think. The Curse of Mary is about greed and selfishness in its most pure form. It is also about having the strength to survive those atrocities too.

HoTS :  So tell us what we can expect in the future of Enjay Taylor?

Enjay : I am back with Vamptasy and three more books are in the process of being signed to the label. These are all horror with a smiting of erotica slid in there because it is the most natural way for me to write. You can’t write about graphic violence or supernatural forces wreaking havoc here and then play shy when it comes to your characters sex lives.

HoTS :  Who is your favorite horror character?

Enjay : Graham Masterton by far, his books, are my horror haven. I will send him the link to this in the hope he will appreciate the shout out.   Carmilla Voiez is another favorite , her books are like the darkest poetic script you will ever read. Starblood, Basement Beauty and her Halloween specials are to die for. Barbra Erskine for the perfect ghost story and history trip is another must read.

HoTS :  Lastly, what is your all time favorite horror story and movie?

Horror story, House of Echos by Barbra Erskine is fantastic but you can only read it once. After you know the ending, it blows you away and doesn’t make the same impact the second time around.

Graham Masterton’s Anthologies are always a pleasure to read. I love the one featuring Tengu, Devils of D day, Mirrors and Night Plague.

Movies, hmm… tough one I am going to say The Haunting, Poltergeist and any of the Freddie Nightmare on Elm Street movies.

Nicolajayne Taylor, Enjay, thank you so much for your time, it has been a true pleasure , and again, on behalf of House of Tortured Souls.com , congratulations on being a huge part of Women In Horror Month!


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MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

MOVIE REVIEW (RETRO): Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984)

By Kev B.

Silent Night Deadly Night poster


My favorite holiday horror flick is another one that brings me back to my awesome childhood, growing up in the 80’s with one of the coolest Moms on earth. Way back then, before the internet, we had a show with two opinionated douche nozzles who did movie reviews, called Sneak Previews and later At The Movies. A week before Halloween back in 1980, Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert had declared war on horror movies, and dedicated an entire episode of their show to a disturbing new trend in Hollywood, the slasher film. How douchey were they? Well, Siskels review of Friday the 13th for the Chicago Tribune included this gem of a quote "It has been suggested to me that a great way to keep people from seeing a truly awful movie is to tell them the ending" so he spoiled the reveal to discourage readers from seeing it. He also encouraged a letter campaign to harass the studio, producers, and even Betsy Palmer for taking part in the film.

Silent Night Deadly Night Controversy

In 1984 Siskel and Ebert reviewed Silent Night, Deadly Night. They said it was crude and mean spirited and that the profits made from the movie were blood money. They read the names of the film's production crew on air, shaming them and again encouraging viewers to send hate mail. Whenever they were outraged, Mom and I knew we had a winner and ran off to the theater to check it out. The more disgusted and repulsed they were, the more excited I would get. In fact, they’re the reason I write reviews today, as I had always wished I had a like minded critic whose opinion I could trust. And it really is all a matter of taste and opinion, including the debate on artistic merit. Ya ever heard the old saying: Opinions are like assholes, everybody’s got one… and most of them stink.

They say there is no such thing as bad publicity, but the shit storm that ensued and the protests at showings of the film caused the studio to pull it from theaters a week or so after its release. Had it not been for that TV commercial running at dinner time across America, the movie probably would’ve had a moderate run in theaters and went unnoticed. And despite Silent Night Deadly Night out-grossing Wes Cravens A Nightmare On Elm Street, also released on the same day, they listed the film as one of the worst of 1984. The major fatal flaw was that 30 second television commercial, not the movie itself, as most of the outraged protesting parents didn’t even see 30 seconds worth of the movie.

"My 3-year-old son saw the television commercial for Silent Night, Deadly Night last week and now refuses to sit on Santa's lap for our annual Christmas picture this year. How dare producer Ira Barmak rob my child and others like him of their fantasy. Make the splatter films, if you must, about adult subjects and leave our holidays alone. What next? A marauding turkey at Thanksgiving? Think of the children!!!"

The subject of the controversy is almost more interesting than the movie itself, and in the long run it’s helped more than it hurt this fun little slasher. It put the movie on peoples radar, and actually solidified and justified its mark in horror history. It wasn’t the first killer Santa movie, and it aint the last, but its my favorite and it’s become a holiday tradition for me and many others out there.

Silent Night Deadly Night protest

Poor Billy Chapman never had a chance, he had that perfect storm of consequences that effected his life and mind so deeply it would’ve been a miracle if he turned out a well adjusted young man. The movie begins, Christmas eve 1971, with Billy at 5 years old visiting his grandfather at the Utah mental facility with his parents and baby brother Ricky. Grandpa seems catatonic until poor Billy is left alone with him for a few minutes, he snaps out of it and tells the young boy “Santy Claus only brings presents to them that's been good all year. All the other ones, all the naughty ones, he punishes! What about you, boy? You been good all year?” “You scared, ain't ya? You should be! Christmas Eve is the scariest damn night of the year!”

With that still fresh in his young mind, the ride home is cut short by a chance meeting with a derelict on a crime spree dressed in a Santa suit. After witnessing his parents murdered at the hands of Santa, Billy and little brother Ricky are sent to St Mary's home for orphaned children and subjected to the strict disciplinary guidance of Mother Superior. Her sadistic abuse accompanied by noteworthy quotes like “Punishment is absolute, punishment is good!” and “When we do something naughty, we are always caught. Then we are punished!” Not the best place for a kid to grow up with a possible hereditary mental illness and extreme childhood trauma.

Billy gets a job at Ira’s Toy store as a stock boy, but when the holidays come around his attitude becomes a little erratic. Add to that the need for someone to fill in as the store Santa, and before we know it Billy is all dressed in red and white and looking a little stressed. The store closes and the bottle opens and the celebration begins, Christmas party at Ira’s. Turns out alcohol is the final trigger when Billy gets a few drinks in him, and before you know it holy holiday hell breaks loose. Billy goes into full on punish mode, and punish he does!

Maybe I give this movie extra credit for the nostalgia, but I still think it has a solid story, some interesting kills, and enough gratuitous sex and violence to get me thru most of the holiday season. He beheads a dude riding a sleigh. He strangles someone with a string of Christmas lights, He impales Linnea Quigley on the antlers of a taxidermied deer head, and if that don’t make you want to see it then disregard everything I’ve said and go watch Jim Carrey as the Grinch. I highly recommend you make Silent Night, Deadly Night part of your movie collection, and a holiday tradition in your home too. If you can find the double feature DVD it includes the sequel featuring Billys little brother Ricky, all grown up and crazy as hell. “Garbage Day!”

Depending on how much cheese you like with your horror there are 5 SNDN movies in the original franchise, and part 5 has Mickey Rooney in it too.

And remember… “You see Santa Claus tonight you better run boy, you better run for your life!”

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REMAKES: The Never Ending Battle

By John Roisland


For a few years now, more and more recently a huge topic has been a large debate amongst horror fans new and old, REMAKES! Now, I’m not hear to end any arguments, nor do I have the power to do so. But I am here to try to discuss this never ending battle between good and bad!

Such classic and iconic horror films have been remade:

Maniac, Psycho, The Omen, The Evil Dead, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Thing, Mother’s Day, The Last House On the Left, Halloween, A Nightmare On Elm Street, Fright Night, Carrie, Dawn of the Dead, I Spit On Your Grave, The Hills Have Eyes, The Fly, The Town That Dreaded Sundown, My Bloody Valentine, The Fog and the list goes on, and on and on, not to mention foreign films that are becoming bastardized by American film makers with Old Boy, The Ring, and coming soon Martyrs (which has been label by many as the best horror film ever!

All these films listed above, are pretty much all house hold horror names, which is  why everyone kept asking the same one worded question: WHY!?

Some argue that some remakes are better than the originals. Maybe some of them are…I personally don’t think so, although there are those that with newer technology, and possibly a larger budget, that are presented as a better film. But my issue is wheres the artistic value in remaking something that someone else has already put their name on.

Some directors  claim they love the original film and wanted to share their vision of how they saw it. Case in point is Rob Zombie’s remake of John Carpenter’s classic Halloween; of which Zombie said he wouldn’t make the film without Carpenter’s blessing. Well he got it,  and the film made boo-coo bucks at the box office, and has seemingly made its own new Halloween franchise. Some it seems to jump on to a known franchise just to make a few dollars off of a sure thing. Others sadly  seem to be to afraid to show the world their own original visions of horror to the big screen, so they hide behind someone else’s work,  and do a remake.

My own personal favorite The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, done and redone…supposedly done again. I’ve actually lost track of what was called a remake, and what was called a continuation. But some I’ve enjoyed…others I was ashamed and almost embarrassed to say it was part of the franchise. But that’s only my opinion.

I can’t say I welcome a remake  with open arms, as I would much rather watch something original  but some I have enjoyed and have appreciated their views and their concepts.  A few I have thought were actually good enough to have stood as its own film, if not having been a remake. Which is a shame, because imagine what it could have been if it was an original. Others fall far from even crossing the finish line.

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A few remakes I have enjoyed and  I have almost been ridiculed for some, such as A Nightmare On Elm Street. When the remake came out in 2010, I enjoyed a more serious approach to the film, and loved Jackie Earle Haley’s portrayal as Freddy Krueger, not saying anything bad against Robert Englund, Just thought Haley’s approach to the role was scarier and less comedic. Something I enjoyed…but again, that’s just my opinion, and I suffered greatly for it.

While with others, some have agreed with me. 2013 Evil Dead remake, while the original is a true cult classic, many have felt that the remake was an incredible horror film, one that could have been its own, and was also a huge success at the box office.

This is a discussion that will carry on for years. It’s like figuring out who has the better pizza: New York or Chicago. It will never end, and those who are putting their artistic vision in a remake… don’t. We want your original thoughts, your dreams, your NIGHTMARES!

A remake, to me, is just about the money. No matter how many, and how big the names are that you get to star in them, it’s still a remake, its still someone else’s original work. It can be good or it can be bad, but  the horror community is a very close, very tight knit family and are very loyal…make a bad movie, they will respect you more, because its yours!

…But this is just one guy’s opinion.

Keep it Evil…

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HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Strangeland (1998)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Strangeland (1998)

By John Roisland


October 2, 1998, was a time when people were still learning about the Internet and body modification was really breaking through. Director John Pieplow brings us Strangeland.

The story is about “Captain Howdy” (played by Dee Snider of rock band Twisted Sister, who also wrote and produced the film), a sadist Internet predator who invites other internet friends over for a party, where they soon meet their end.

Kevin Gage (Heat, Blow, G.I. Jane, Laid to Rest), the town sheriff, is quick on the case after his daughter, played by Linda Cardellini (Grandma’s Boy, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Freaks and Geeks), falls to the hands of Captain Howdy.

The chase continues to find Howdy, and the scenes of the torture with his victims and his own self-mutilation are actually pretty impressive. A few scenes are actual textbook history of how different cultures used different devices to either torture or elevate one to a higher sense of body limitations.

Now I’m not saying its the best film ever made…it’s not. At moments it’s actually kinda slow. But I will give Dee props on his first attempt and writing, producing and starring in….he put forth a very valiant effort. At the box office, this film actually lost money. If not for its huge impact as a cult classic…it would have been a complete bomb!

It offers a pretty impressive cast, aside from Dee Snyder, Kevin Gage, and Linda Cardellini, it also stars Elizabeth Pena (Jacob’s Ladder, Down in the Valley, Things Behind the Sun), Brett Harrelson (The People vs. Larry Flynt, From Dusk Till Dawn 2: Texas Blood Money), Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984), Wishmaster, Urban Legend, 2001 Maniacs, Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon), Amy Smart (The Butterfly Effect, Crank, Just Friends, Starsky and Hutch) and Robert Lasardo (Death Race, The Human Centipede III, Anarchy Parlor, Nip/Tuck). Now with this line up, one would expect a little more…but they only acted in it

For those headbangers out there like myself, the film did have a pretty kick fucking ass soundtrack though: Bile, Pantera, Megadeth, Coal Chamber, Anthrax, Soul Fly, and Hed PE – to name a few.

I can’t say this is honestly on my every year must watch Halloween films…but it is always this time of year when I do think about it the most. Does that count?

I REALLY want to say better things about the film, but sadly it is what it is, a great idea, that just wasn’t executed to its fullest potential.


“So much flesh…so little time”- Captain Howdy

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