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AHS: Season 9 to pay homage to slasher movies

AHS: Season 9 to pay homage to slasher movies

Ryan Murphy revealed today that Season 9 of American Horror Story is called 1984 and will be paying homage to slasher movies all in that era, like Friday the 13th

Ryan posted the first teaser for AHS: 1984 on his Instagram and it shows a masked killer stalking unknown female holding a huge knife

Right now, the only alum in this series is Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy who was casted in this season. They will play a couple that is under attack from the mysterious killer. Evan Peters revealed stated that he won’t be back for this season.. 

I checked out the trailer, and it looks like this season will have great potential and will do justice with a horror movie homage. 

Check out the teaser trailer below ⬇️⬇️




Posted by Sarah Gregory in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, STAFF PICKS, THRILLER, 0 comments
An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

As the title says “An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s” but I  will be looking at the film and television history of the town itself.

During my recent month long stay in the U.S.A (I’m based in Australia but born in the U.K), I was fortunate that my fiancée and I were able to visit New Orleans, Louisiana.

I had heard of many aspects of New Orleans that were a film fan and horror hound and occult fans wet dream!

So naturally my first stop was to the incredibly popular voodoo store Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo, on Bourbon Street which is a popular place to drink, eat and see many musical acts.

Marie Laveau

At  Marie Laveau’s though it’s a more occult theme. The store is full on every inch of each wall, with voodoo charms and Knick knacks from Gris Gris and Mojo bags , for many desires in life, to three legged pig ornaments meant to wish the bearer luck.

Three legged pig for good luck

The House of Voodoo itself was established over 30 years ago, with the aim of “assisting in the spiritual guidance and magical needs of locals as well as visitors.” They have an array of dedicated and helpful staff who are willing to answer any and all questions you may ask and also serve as “psychic advisors”. The items they provide (for sale) are aimed at helping one through their path to find love, money, attraction, protection, and good luck.

Purchases from Marie Laveaus

It is also said that should you receive a blessing from Marie Laveau, that you must do something good for someone else. So remember to pay it forward.

New Orleans may help many find their spiritual centre, but as a town itself it is home to the production of 10 infamous, and award winning, films in cinematic history. These were A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Easy Rider (1969), Pretty Baby (1978), Steel Magnolias (1989), Sex Lies & Videotape (1989), JFK (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993), Interview With A Vampire (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Ray (2004).

Outside Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo (one of the store, one with my partner), Canal St, and shooting a film on Bourbon St

However many wonder about New Orleans iImpact with the specific genre of Horror.

Interview With A Vampire was a huge hit when released in 1994, based of Lousiana native author Anne Rices novel. Her other book (within her Vampire Chronicles series) Queen Of the Damned was also turned into a film starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. Since then news of her series being further explored through the realm of television has arisen.

The notable television series American Horror Story also has some roots within New Orleans, featuring the town heavily in series 3 “Coven” and shooting scenes from series 4 “ Freakshow” (not Florida as it represents). Alongside HBO’s True Blood, which filmed its early series in Lousiana on location In towns such as Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Mansfield, Clinton and many more.

Also currently on television are horror themed shows like the Vampire Diaries spin off The Originals.

Its easy to pick out shooting locations but the French architecture around you once there and many primary locations are just a stones throw from the main roads , like the Boarding house in A.H.S Coven.

Feature horror films that have been shot on location in New Orleans and other Locations in Louisiana include Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh, The Skeleton Key, Hatchet, Solstice, The Final Destination (number 4 in the series), Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant, The Reaping, The Paperboy, And Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

There are many more and I implore you to visit this wonderfully creepy lovable state and explore its history both with the voodoo/hoodoo and films and television aspects.

Just be prepared to hear the cries of “LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER” (Let the good times roll) or “WHO DAT?” (The call of every patriotic New Orleans Saints fan) as you stroll through the streets.

Posted by Michelle MIDI Sayles in ART AND VENDORS, ATTRACTIONS AND DESTINATIONS, Categories, FICTION AND POETRY, HORROR HISTORY, HORROR NEWS, PARANORMAL, STAFF PICKS, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, WOMEN IN HORROR, 0 comments
HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Eight – 10/08/18

10/08 – 1994: INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE

INTERVIEW WITH THE VAMPIRE was the novel that crowned High Priestess of Gothic Horror ANNE RICE as the “Doyenne of the Dracula Set.” A lot of excitement and buzz swirled around the news that Warner Brothers was out to transform it into a feature film, with no less than THE COMPANY OF WOLVES and THE CRYING GAME director NEIL JORDAN at the helm.  There was absolutely no way they could go wrong.  The story of “Louis and Lestat” seemed primed for absolute success.

And then…they cast it. Uh-oh.

   

BRAD PITT as Louis. Okay, not what I had in mind when reading the book, but I could buy it. STEPHEN REA. ANTONIO BANDERAS, in a cameo that made you want to see a movie just about his character. THANDIE NEWTON, in a small role that eventually would put her on the path to that magnificent performance in HBO’S series version of WESTWORLD. CHRISTIAN SLATER as the “interviewer” the title refers to. And as Lestat…TOM CRUISE.

WHO…????

I’m sure anyone who remembers being there, recalls the absolute eruption of anger that piece of casting news caused. And no, I wasn’t exactly jazzed about it, either. Tom Cruise has always been good at being…Tom Cruise. RISKY BUSINESS. COCKTAIL. TOP GUN. That guy. The one time I could see him giving his all to really disappear into a role was playing Ron Kovic in BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY, which admittedly was quite the departure for him. But a horror film about the eternally high-falutin’ undead? Especially a character familiar to fans of the books (and many who opined that DAVID BOWIE should’ve had that role)? Before a single frame of film was shot, it was pretty much a sure bet for deeply invested Louis-and-Lestat fans, that this flick was destined to tank at the box office.

Here’s the thing, though: once Anne Rice gave her own ‘seal of approval’ to Tom’s casting, the furor died down.  Well, at least a little. I remember reading that book at least a dozen times and thinking of either Bowie or someone like, say, JULIAN SANDS in the part, and that I’d have to hold my nose and go see it anyway, in order to support not only Neil Jordan and Anne, but ‘take one for the team’, for horror’s sake across the board.

Here’s the other thing: Tom wasn’t terrible.  It didn’t seem to me as if he completely botched the role, but I don’t think he gave it the “oomph” that the absolute right actor could have. (Unfortunately, perfect possibilities like AMERICAN HORROR STORY’S EVAN PETERS, or GAME OF THRONES’ HARRY LLOYD (“Viserys Targaryen”) hadn’t been discovered yet.)

Besides, between his ‘not bad’ performance and Brad Pitt’s good one (I always wonder what would’ve happened if they’d switched roles), nobody anticipated that the relative newcomer, KIRSTEN DUNST as a century-older-than-her-years Claudia, would steal the movie away from everybody! If the casting of the leads was somewhat problematic, there was NO question in anyone’s mind about her. She was Claudia.

The New Orleans setting for the story of the eternally youthful, eternally sorrowful Louis, and his dysfunctional “vampire family” couldn’t have been more suitable for Jordan’s dark sense of vision, gorgeously photographed by legendary DP PHILIPPE ROUSSELOT (BIG FISH, CONSTANTINE, THE BRAVE ONE), along with stunning visual and makeup FX helping bring Rice’s characters and situations to unforgettable life.

And it’s all helped along by a captivatingly baroque and sometimes thunderous score by ELLIOT GOLDENTHAL (IN DREAMS, PET SEMATARY, ALIEN 3), who at times seems to be trying to “out-Zimmer” HANS ZIMMER, and yet with a tale this outrageous, the cues and themes never seem to be overwhelming or out-of-place.

If anything, I hope if you’ve never seen this, that you’ll take the book for a spin first. (Yes, for my taste, the books are always better than the movies.)  Even if you aren’t a Tom Cruise fan – and it will work better for those who are – there’s much to discover, and eventually fall in love with about this movie.

Posted by Samuel Glass in EDITORIALS, FEATURED CONTENT, HALLOWEEN, HORROR HEROES, OPINION, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, VAMPIRES, 0 comments
MOVIE REVIEW: The Nun (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Nun (2018)

Over the weekend I had the opportunity to get out and visit my local AMC theater and treated myself to see the latest installment in The Conjuring Universe, The Nun. Directed by Corin Hardy, The Nun is a spin-off of The Conjuring 2 (2016). I will start off by saying that I have pretty high expectations of horror films now these days, and this installment to the Conjuring Universe was definitely not a letdown. It did start off quite slow but kept the suspense with wondering the whole time when you will see “the shadowy figure” aka The Nun with our leading lady (Bonnie Aarons).

The Nun takes place in Romania, in the year 1952. Two nuns who live at the monastery are attacked by a presence that is unseen in the beginning. The surviving nun, known as Sister Victoria, flees the attacker by jumping out of a window. Her body is discovered the following morning by a man called Frenchie (Jonas Bloquet), who lives in the village nearby.

The news of Sister Victoria committing the ultimate sin — suicide — makes its way to the Vatican and piques the interest of Father Burke (Demiàn Bichir) and Sister Irene (Taissa Farmiga, American Horror Story seasons 1, 3, 6 & 8). The two then go to the monastery with the help of Frenchie to understand and investigate the history that is plaguing the village. Once they get settled in, dark things begin to happen, and they start to piece together Sister Irene’s visions along with Father Burke’s experience in dark forces and exorcisms along with the dark history in the monastery.

The ending of The Nun was definitely an “A-ha!” moment, and you definitely need to rewatch The Conjuring 2 as there are two scenes that feature the Warrens and tie up the whole film. I did jump at a few scenes which is definitely what I look for a horror movie to do for me. The fear and suspense were palpable, and hearing the audience’s nervous laughs and screams enhanced it. My only complaint would be how slow it started out, but it definitely redeemed itself once Sister Irene and Father Burke were introduced. I was very impressed with Bonnie Aarons’ portrayal of the nun and with this installment of the series and it definitely redeemed itself from Annabelle and Annabelle: Creation.

Overall Grade: B

Posted by Sarah Gregory in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, SATANIC/DEMONIC, 0 comments
AHS Creator Ryan Murphy Hints at Next Season

AHS Creator Ryan Murphy Hints at Next Season

Fans of American Horror Story are speculating on a teaser announced by AHS creator and executive producer Ryan Murphy.

Ryan Murphy at PaleyFest 2013 / Image: iDominick

Ryan Murphy at PaleyFest 2013 / Image: iDominick

After the Television Critics Associations’ press tour on January 5, Murphy dropped this regarding the show’s upcoming season:

I pitched it to John Landgraf today right after his TCA panel, and he loved it, but he’s asked me not to say what it is,” said Murphy. “I told him and he fell out of his chair with joy. I think people will like it, it’s different from what we’ve done before, but I always try and do the opposite of what I’ve done on that show.

Declining to specify what the theme will be, Murphy did say that it would not be in space and:

All I’ll say about it is I want to go to the future – still topical, but the future, which I’ve never done.

Murphy further dropped a hint regarding the possibility of a crossover between American Horror Story “Murder House” and “Coven”, something fans have been speculating about for some time:

It’s not next season, it will likely be the one after that .

Are you excited about an American Horror Story set in the future? What about the crossover? Let us know in the comments, and stay tuned to House of Tortured Souls for more.

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COMING SOON: American Horror Story: Cult (5 September 2017)

COMING SOON: American Horror Story: Cult (5 September 2017)

A Look At American Horror Story: Cult

Okay, okay, okay – American Horror Story: Cult is coming! So, with this last trailer they have released, I have put together that a political figure (with shady past, looks like she murdered someone) has a fear of clowns, someone a tad upset over the murder is out for revenge and royal pisses in her fruit loops!
I had to blurt that our first. Many of my fellow AHS fans having been wondering if the clowns in the sneak peeks were a representation of the circus act going on in the White House. I say YEP, but they do pull off the clown plot in the story.
For example, this poster could easily be seen as all the red states and a lone blue in the mix. And I did pick up on the hints of a hive-like cult suggestion from that poster of the female clown with skull open and a bee hive where a brain should be and the beehive pattern of the background. In one of the trailers, a mass of bees fly out the mouth of the clown at center of circle.

And the symbol, sometimes it is unclear as to how many sides it has, could easily be the Pentagon (maybe Sarah works there), but it’s sometimes shown in the trailers more as symbol of beehive.
From the commercials, it seems more put together than “Roanoke”, and with much more Evan Peters (for that fact alone, you have my full attention ;-)), so already more people are interested in this season! I do not have Coulrophobia personally but tons do, so this season will certainly keep many peeking at the TV screen from under a blanket while holding tightly onto their teddy bear. An absolutely brilliant move by Ryan Murphy and Brad Fulchak! Fans did, after all, shout out their disappointment in “Roanoke”.
I, myself, was not a fan of the show until the trailer for season 5. Lady Gaga walking down a creepy hotel hallway as a Countess had me hooked! I'm not even a fan of Lady Gaga, but that scene was absolutely perfect, and I was dying to see if she pulled the role off as she appeared to be perfect for it. I soon after started a Facebook group for the show Fans of AHS. We have group chat during the airing of each show, and all mention of that episode is kept in the chat until two days after because our friends across the pond do not get to watch the same day as those of us in the US. I was thrilled for the most part, the ending of that season did disappoint me, and I was ‘meh’ for several scenes, but I did binge shortly after starting the group. I loved “Murder House” and “Coven” was pretty good as well. “Asylum” and “Freak Show”, however, could not capture my attention. I do love Twisty though. 🙂 I will speak more of him in an upcoming clown article I have planned for House of Tortured Souls. I quickly discovered I am in love with Evan Peters! I am aware that so are thousands of others, but I will warn you I am a big gal and stubborn AF.
For the most part, I love American Horror Story. We certainly needed a horror show, and we most definitely needed one that switched it up every season. I am LOVING the clowns in the trailers. They look phenomenal (and appear to be scary as hell – especially for those with a fear of clowns), and their cult dances set up the anticipation nicely, and I have my finger crossed that they pull it off smoothly and AHS: Cult be my new favorite season. 🙂
American Horror Story: Cult premieres on 5 September 2017, so get your snacks and security blanket ready – and happy viewing!
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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

We here at The House of Tortured Souls love horror. It’s kind of our jam. And we love to see good horror get recognition. It can be argued that horror is more popular than ever, there are more conventions, festivals, and awards than ever. However, one thing bugged us here at HoTS, and from responses online, we weren’t the only ones. Some awards, not to call names (message me), stretch out the word horror way to far. Seriously Deadpool? Captian America: Civil War? I love me some Cap, and who can talk smack about Ryan Reynolds’ red spandex covered ass, but it’s not FUCKING horror.

So we said “Screw it. Let’s do this”. So here we are with the first annual House of Tortured Souls Awards. Neato huh? We can’t promise we wont make mistakes, can’t promise we don’t stutter step and come in a bit late (I planned to have this April 1st), but we do promise to keep it horror. No super heroes, no Tarzan, and no funny South African robots! What we got? Serial killers, zombies, vampires, ghosts and demons, we got ’em. No there are films that straddle that line of horror/ thriller. We accept that, but repeat after me, no friggin superheros or Jedi.

We are still learning, but we decided to jump in with both feet and stomp the shit out of it. We asked our staff to pick their favorites in a group of categories. Rules are the films have to be originally released in a mass audience format. So feature films released to VoD, DVD, or theater, for the FIRST time in 2016 are eligible. Secondary release to DVD, does not qualify it for 2016. Thus, a film released to theater in 2016 will qualify for 2016. If it is released to DVD in 2017, it would not qualify for 2017.

There is a slight difference for independent films. Since most of them will not get a wide release theatrical release, and it might be years before a VoD or DVD release. For independent films, they may be considered, if they have had a major festival release, are currently (award year) touring the festival circuit, or have a release to VoD, DVD, or theater, AND have not been nominated in a previous year. There’s a logic there as many Indie may tour the festival circuit for a couple years, this allows them a chance to be seen, but not to win multiple years. The HoTS staff will select four nominees per category, in case of an unbreakable tie (which we had a couple of), we may select five nominees in some categories. It’s a work in progress, but we think this is fair.

So without the proverbial further ado, here are the nominees.

Best Horror Movie 2016*

  • Green Room
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • The Witch
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 31

Best Horror Director 2016

  • Jeremy Saluner – Green Room
  • Andre Overdal – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Roger Eggers – The Witch
  • Rob Zombie – 31

Best Actor Horror 2016

  • John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Anton Yeltsin – Green Room
  • Patrick Wilson – The Conjuring
  • Richard Brake – 31

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
  • Anja Taylor Joy – The Witch
  • Blake Lively – The Shallows

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe
  • John Gallager Jr – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Christopher Lloyd – I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • Patrick Stewart – Green Room

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

  • Imogene Poots – Green Room
  • Kate Dickey – The Witch
  • Ella – The Monster
  • Madison Wolfe – The Conjuring 2

Best Television Horror

  • Stranger Things
  • Bates Motel
  • Ash versus Evil Dead
  • American Horror Story
  • The Exorcist

Best Actor TV Horror

  • Bruce Campbell – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel
  • Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
  • Alfonso Herrara – The Exorcist

Best actress TV Horror

  • Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel
  • Millie Bobbie Brown – Stranger Things
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
  • Ray Santiago – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Max Theriot – Bates Motel
  • Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

  • Kathy Bates – American Horror Story
  • Lucy Lawless – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist
  • Olivia Cooke – Bates Motel

Best Indie Horror Movie

  • Circus of the Dead
  • The Barn
  • Plank Face
  • Family Possession

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

  • Billy Pon – Circus of the Dead
  • James Bickert – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Justin M Seaman – The Barn
  • Scott Schrimer – Plank Face

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

  • Parrish Randal – Circus of the Dead
  • Nathan Barret – Plank Face
  • Mitchell Muselino – The Barn
  • Fred Lass – Bubba the Red Neck Werewolf

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

  • Tristan Risk – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Chanel Ryan – Circus of the Dead
  • Susan M Martin – Plank Face
  • Lexi Dripps – The Barn

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Bill Oberst – Circus of the Dead
  • Laurence Harvey – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Mitch Hyman – Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
  • Will Stout – The Barn

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face

(*Five nominees due to a tie.)

Posted by Allen Alberson in CONTESTS, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, PARANORMAL, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SCI-FI HORROR, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, URBAN DECAY/DYSTOPIAN FUTURES, WOMEN IN HORROR, ZOMBIES, 0 comments
WiHM: The Ladies of American Horror Story

WiHM: The Ladies of American Horror Story

Since it is Women in Horror Month, I saw it only fitting to do a piece on the women of American Horror Story. 🙂 There are several noteworthy, kickass women in the show that make it incredibly popular. I will not get to every single woman that has had a part in the show because that would be nearly impossible, but I will touch base on many of them.
Jessica Lange: http://www.vanityfair.com/hollywood/2015/11/american-horror-story-season-6-jessica-langeThe Queen of AHS. OOOH how I miss her! Jessica played a key role in the first four seasons, but now she says she's done. She played Constance Langdon in the first season (Tate's mother), The wicked Nun of the West - lol - Sister Jude Martin in the second season, The Head Witch Fiona Goode in the third, and Elsa Mars in the fourth. Her classy/sassy demeanor was highly entertaining, and her “better than you” attitude made it so satisfying when she was overthrown.
Lady Gaga: I'm not even a fan of Lady Gaga, but the commercials featuring her for season 5 “Hotel” had my eyes bulging, she looked sooooo right for the part! For that matter, I hadn't even watched AHS until Gaga. I went back and binged 🙂 Back to “Hotel”, Gaga really was perfect for that role. She is comfortable covered in blood, as well as comfortable in the role of 'Queen B'. “Hotel” caused me to start up a Facebook group for fans of AHS, and like in my TWD group, we have live chat while the show is on. (Click here to join) Lady Gaga returned for season 6, for a role you would not imagine a fan of fashion to be seen in. Yet again, she played it so well!
Emma Roberts: Well this girl certainly has 'bitch' down to a T. Emma played in two seasons back to back. She played in "Coven" as Madison Montgomery and in “Freak Show” as Maggie Esmerelda.
Kathy Bates: http://www.goldderby.com/article/2016/american-horror-story-6-roanoke-kathy-bates-emmy-awards/ I was SHOCKED when just a few months ago she received her star (and I will do an article on her next)!!! I mean, SHIT, have those fruit loops not seen Misery, Dolores Claiborne, Fried Green Tomatoes???? Those in Horror have a tough time getting the recognition they deserve. Kathy first came in the AHS world in "Coven" as Madame (yes indeed!) Delphine LaLaurie (she makes great leggings!!). Then she was the Bearded Lady in “Freak Show” (Ethel Darling), Iris in “Hotel”, and Agnes Mary Winstead in “Roanoke”. And I loved her in every single evil role. 🙂
Angela Basset: http://www.tvguide.com/news/american-horror-story-roanoke-chapter-2-recap/ Welp, Stella got her groove back.....again. Talk about spite-fire! Her picture is right next to the term 'Aw, hell naw!' I'm sure. She, too, did not join AHS until "Coven", and every since has been going back and forth with Kathy's character 😉 Next she played Desiree Depree in “Freak Show”, Romana Royale in “Hotel”, and Monet Tumusiime in “Roanoke”.
Taissa Farmiga: http://www.polyvore.com/taissa_farmiga/collection?id=3740022 She is so believable as the damsel in distress. It's those big puppy dog eyes. Taissa came in one the first season and stole all of our hearts. She did not play in “Asylum”, “Freak Show”, or “Hotel” but returned for a small part in “Roanoke” as Sophie Green.
Connie Britton: http://screencrush.com/american-crime-story-oj-simpson-connie-britton-fay-resnick/ Connie is a MUST mention. She played the wife in “Murder House”. She was a recognizable face also that helped with getting people to tune in for the first time. She did not disappoint!
Sarah Paulson: http://blogqpot.com/images/ahs%20season%206%20theories%20tumblrSarah is one of the cast that has been on every season. She also is an awesome performer, and I love Syringe Sally. 🙂 In “Murder House” she was Billy Dean Howard, in “Asylum” she was Lana Winters, in “Coven” she was Cordelia Foxx, in “Freak Show” she was Bette and Dot Tattler, in “Hotel” she was Syringe Sally McKenna and Billie Dean Howard, and in “Roanoke” she was Audrey Tindell and Lana Winters.
Lily Rabe: http://www.ign.com/articles/2014/10/30/lily-rabe-reprising-her-asylum-role-in-american-horror-story-freak-showAnother one that has been here through it all. In “Murder House” she was Nora Montgomery, in “Asylum” she was Sister Mary Eunice McKee, in "Coven" she was Misty Day, in “Freak Show” she was again Sister Mary Eunice, in “Hotel” she was Aileen Woumos, and in “Roanoke” she played Shelby Miller.
Frances Conroy: http://www.comingsoon.net/horror/news/732056-frances-conroy-on-american-horror-story-season-3-shell-have-a-larger-part-this-timeShe was born for Horror! She has the perfect look for it! Frances played in all but “Hotel” And boy did she nail it every time! She is such a convincing actress!
Jamie Brewer: http://www.globaldownsyndrome.org/global-to-honor-actress-and-model-jamie-brewer/Jamie is such a Super Woman!!! She has Downs Syndrome, and here she is playing in a horror show. Jamie is fantastic motivator, just paying attention to her movements! Remember to let nothing be in the way of your dream!!! She played in “Murder House” as Adelaide Langdon, in “Coven” as Nan, and in “Freak Show” as Marjorie.
Gabourey Sidibe: Gabby editYes the one and only Precious. 🙂 She played the witch Queenie in “Coven” and in “Hotel”, and in between she was Regina Ross in “Freak Show”.
Mare Winningham: http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Characters/AmericanHorrorStoryHotel Mare joined us in “Coven” as Alicia Spencer (with some Bates Motel shit), in “Freak Show” as Rita Gayheart, and in “Hotel” as Hazel Evers. I soooo loved her in that part! talk to her if you need to get some blood out of the upholstery. No questions asked. 🙂
Naomi Campbell: http://www.etonline.com/news/173991_exclusive_naomi_campbell_dishes_on_her_american_horror_story_hotel_debut_i_m_quite_opinionated/Girl, WHAT!! How isn't she in this show at some point? But boy what a role!! She played Claudia Bankson in “Hotel”. Do check it out. 🙂
Naomi Grossman: https://stylenoir.com/pepper-american-horror-story-interview/Yep another Naomi. This one could not be farther from the spectrum as the latter one! She played Pepper on “Asylum” and on “Freak Show”. I salute her for performance!!
Grace Gummer: https://biffbampop.com/2014/12/04/american-horror-story-freak-show-s04-e08-bloodbath/avance-american-horror-story_-freak-show-4x08-blood-bath-grace-gummer-penny-the-candy-striper/Well, when you are Meryl Streep's daughter, you have one hell of set of shoes to fill!! And she is doing a mighty fine job at that. 🙂 She played Millie in “Coven” and Pennie in “Freak Show”.
These gals truly are Scream Queens!!
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House of Tortured Souls Live Welcomes Billy Pon

With Special Guest Billy Pon

By John Roisland, Stephanie Roisland, and Allen (Dixielord) Alberson

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During the Billy Pon interview about a minute and a half of audio was garbled, and some bits lost. It was either cut the entire section, leave it or try and piece it together and possibly lose or misinterpret the questions and response so I decided to leave it as is. Apologies to Billy Pon.

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Hello and welcome to Episode III of House of Tortured Souls Live! This week we discuss the sneak preview release of what has become the most anticipated horror film of 2016. We could be talking about, the one and only, love him or hate him...Rob Zombie's 31. House of Tortured Souls own Jonathan Patrick Hughes was there to check out the release on the big screen as well as give you his thoughts in his written review online at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com. We discuss the return of American Horror Story 6 being brought back the Fox network September 14th, with the return of Lady Gaga. The Misfits reunion with confirmed legendary drummer (SLAYER/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) Dave Lombardo will begin at Riot Fest. House of Tortured Souls pays tribute to and remembers comedic actor Gene Wilder who starred in such great films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstien and Blazing Saddles, and who all know was the real Willy Wonka. . The House of Tortured Souls takes a moment to also celebrate the birthday of Asian horror Master Takashi Miike. In the studio for Episode III co-founder of House of tortured Souls Stephanie Roisland> joined us and gets you up to date on Fangoria Music release of The Horde mixtapes. House of tortured Souls is also proud to announce that one of our own, Rocky Gray is currently directing his own horror Anthology entitled 10/31/ 16 and Allen Alberson also gives us an in-depth look at the problems with distribution in film making as he discusses lost movies that have never made it. The House of Tortured Souls Live was also honored with our first in studio guest for Episode III, director of Dolll Boy and Circus of the Dead, Mr. Billy Pon aka Bloody Bill, who discusses the making of Circus of the Dead , problems with distribution companies, his own Haunted House in his home land of Texas all that while we try to get Allen a Pepsi!

Keep It Evil.

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Croatoan?: American Horror Story season 6

Croatoan?: American Horror Story season 6

By Dixielord

The makers of American Horror Story have gone to great lengths to keep the theme of the upcoming season under wraps. We know about the cast. We know that American Horror Story season 6 will bring back Lady Gaga. We also know that Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters have either been officially announced or have dropped hints they will return. On the flip side, we know series favorite Jessica Lange won't be returning for American Horror Story season 6. We even know that the start date has been pushed up to September from the usual October. But we still don't know the theme. Or do we?

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On set photos posted to TMZ seem to heavily point to American Horror Story season 6 focusing on one of America's greatest mysteries. Not the Bermuda Triangle (which is kind of American) and not Bigfoot (and why the hell not Bigfoot?), but the mystery of Roanoke. The most telling photo was of a tree with the word “Croatoan” carved into it. When the colony of Roanoke, with all 117 settlers, disappeared, the only clue left behind was the a similar carving.

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TMZ has also published pictures that seem to show a colonial era village, and their “spies” have reported cast members dressed in pilgrim garb. With all this, it seems guaranteed that American Horror Story season 6 with focus, at least partially on the lost colony. Add to that that in season one, Murder House, Sarah Paul son’s character told a fictionalized version of the Roanoke mystery. FX president John Langraf has stated that the upcoming season will be set in the present, but with echoes from the past. I'd be willing the past is set in or around Roanoke.

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Other media released by the network heavily features a question mark motif. So could season 6 be titled American Horror Story Mysteries maybe? Who knows. Right now we have a lot of hints, some very defining hints, but just hints. September 14th is just two weeks away, so at least we wont have to wait long to find out!

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Jessica Lange on AHS: Sometimes you come to the end

Jessica Lange on AHS: Sometimes you come to the end

By Woofer McWooferson
Lange as Constance Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House.

Lange as Constance Langdon in American Horror Story: Murder House.

Fans of FX's American Horror Story were disappointed when Jessica Lange announced her departure after season four but have held onto the hope that she might return in the future. Over her four year tenure at American Horror Story she has played Constance Langdon (season one, Murder House, supporting role), Sister Jude Martin (season two, Asylum, lead), Fiona Goode (season three, Coven, lead), and Elsa Mars (season four, Freak Show, lead) – all of which were strong female roles and all of which she played flawlessly. Even series creator Ryan Murphy hopes she will decide to return for another season as a lead character.

Lange as Sister Jude Martin in American Horror Story: Asylum.

Lange as Sister Jude Martin in American Horror Story: Asylum.

A recent interview on Charlie Rose, however, has proven those hopes are for naught as Ms. Lange confirmed she was done with the show that helped her win two Emmys. In an interview with Charlie Rose, Ms. Lange explained why she would not be returning:

“...I had four years with that. Four seasons. And each year was a marvelous character. Everything changed from one year to another, which made it very interesting for me. But, no, I think sometimes you come to the end of something and it has a…it has had its natural…end."

Rose, who seemed disappointed at the news, urged, "But, I mean, people loved you in that."

"I know. I know, I know," she replied, laughing. "It's funny."

Lange as Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven.

Lange as Fiona Goode in American Horror Story: Coven.

The two time Oscar and five time Golden Globe winner got her start in horror opposite Jeff Bridges in the 1976 remake of King Kong and also starred in the thrillers Hush and Cape Fear, so she was no stranger to the horror/thriller genre when she joined American Horror Story. She is currently on Broadway playing Mary Tyrone in the semi-autobiographical Eugine O'Neill play Long Day's Journey Into Night, considered by many to be O'Neill's magnum opus.

Lange as Elsa Mars in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

Lange as Elsa Mars in American Horror Story: Freak Show.

While Ms. Lange has made it quite clear that she will not be back in American Horror Story, fans still hope that the actress will reconsider and at least take a supporting role.

Watch the full interview here.

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Lady Gaga Confirmed for American Horror Story Season Six

Lady Gaga Confirmed for American Horror Story Season Six

By Dixielord

Love her or hate her you can't deny that Lady Gaga is a force in the entertainment industry. And with her appearance in American Horror Story: Hotel, she is becoming a force in the horror genre. Now comes word that Lady Gaga will be back in the next season of American Horror Story season six.

Lady Gaga set for American Horror Story Season Six

Lady Gaga set for American Horror Story Season Six

Gaga starred as The Countess on season five of the ABC horror series, winning a Golden Globe award for her portrayal of the sexy bloodsucker. American Horror Story: Hotel was the darkest and most adult of the series so far, featuring many scenes of smoking hot sex, and very scantily clad Lady Gaga.

Series co creator Ryan Murphy has been open about his desire to bring back Lady Gaga for season six. For those not familiar, each season American Horror Story features a new story, with many cast members returning. Most of the time the cast portray different characters from season to season, although some popular characters, such as Pepper, played by Naomi Grossman, have returned.

Naomi Grossman as Pepper from AHS season 2 and 4

Naomi Grossman as Pepper from AHS season 2 and 4

Right now there is no word on whether Gaga will be playing the Countess again, or even what the next seasons will feature as a theme. Really all we know is that season six will, at least partially, be set in the present, and that Angela Basset, and now Lady Gaga will be returning. Everything else, including the theme, setting, and possible return of favorite Jessica Lange is all rumor and conjecture. According to statements from Ryan Murphy and others involved, the theme is set, but is a closely guarded secret.

Lady Gaga in American Horror Story Hote

Lady Gaga in American Horror Story Hotel

Despite Lady Gaga's award winning turn as the Countess, the season, and Gaga received mostly mixed critical reviews. Whatever you feel about her acting ability, she cut an imposing and sexually charged visual appearance. Despite this season five had more viewers than the previous two seasons and was a lock for renewal. Having Lady Gaga back definitely wont hurt viewership for the upcoming season.

It's still a long time off, with the series probably looking for an October premiere. So plenty of time for more cast announcements. Despite the long wait, fans of the show, and Gaga's Little Monsters are getting worked up already.

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RECAP: TWD, S06E04, Here’s Not Here

RECAP: TWD, S06E04, Here’s Not Here

HERE'S NOT HERE: MORGAN'S BACKSTORY

By Nicole Robinson

Morgan disposes of walkers

The Walking Dead slowed things down this week with the 90- minute fourth installment of the AMC zombie drama’s sixth season. Here’s Not Here changed the pace after the last three back to back intense blood bath episodes, focusing on the backstory of how Jedi-Zen master Morgan (Lennie James) and his magic walking made it to Alexandria to reunite with Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln). We were introduced to Morgan’s Yoda, Eastman played by the always outstanding John Carroll Lynch.

When we were first introduced to Morgan in season one’s pilot episode, he seemed to be a calm man, mourning over his zombie wife and protecting his son Dwayne. When he and Rick parted ways at the end of the episode, non-comic readers probably forgot all about Morgan and his son. As a major player in the comic series, readers knew he would pop back up eventually, which he did in the season three episode Clear.

In Clear we found Morgan had gone a little cray cray after watching his wife turn his son into a Walker snack. Despite being offered the chance to join Rick at the prison, he turned him down because he still needed to Clear. Here’s Not Here picks up right after the encounter. We find Morgan is continuing his self-destructive path, killing every Walker or man that he meets, even if he doesn't have to.

In the midst of this kill-everything-and-everyone adventure walk through the woods, Morgan happens upon an isolated, peaceful cabin with a goat out front and tries to steal it. Instead of getting away with the goat, he is captured by Eastman, who may be the only person in the apocalypse that wants to HELP other people instead of killing them.

Morgan and Eastman

Turns out Eastman is a former forensic psychologist who worked with some of the most deranged prison inmates, perhaps at the former home of Rick and friends. His goal is not to hurt Morgan, who is sitting in a cell in the cabin, but to rehabilitate him. The question remains…. Is Morgan too far gone?

Eventually Eastman opens the cell door—or rather reveals the door had never been locked. Morgan exits and of course attempts to kill Eastman but he just can’t allow that to happen. Eastman uses his Jedi powers to hand Morgan his a**, and the defeated, distraught Morgan slinks back to the cell of his own volition, closing the door that does not lock as if to lock himself in. At this point, Eastman goes about his business, although still trying to engage Morgan in conversation.

Most characters in The Walking Dead have come close to or already have succumbed to the dark side. Eastman’s characters is a refreshing change from the usual kill now question later attitude that comes with the apocalypse. He is the most unambiguously good character we’ve had on the show since Herschel (RIP) and holds on to the mindset most of humanity held dear before the world crashed and burned, All Life Is Precious, even the most evil of people . Life matters to him so much that he has his own Walker graveyard complete with names taken from ID cards etched onto wooden grave markers.

The amazing part about this respect for life that Eastman holds is that he not without his fair share of suffering. Over dinner he tells Morgan his own story about the man who killed his family before Walkers had eaten most of mankind. After ruining the man’s chance at parole, Eastman’s wife and children were violently murdered by him. The man broke out of prison just to kill the Eastman family and surrendered to the cops covered in their blood. Eastman built the cell for the man, taking him from his prison highway flower planting job and throwing him in to let him starve to death over 47 days, after which he swore to never take another life.

We Cannot Be Comfortable With Killing. They all heal, some more, some less.

After a bit of violence and lot of prodding from Eastman, Morgan eventually settles into a master/apprentice relationship with his new buddy, practicing Aikido, becoming a vegetarian and generally re-learning how to be a merciful person while tending to Tabitha, the goat. Eastman’s experience with violent criminals turns out to be a very handy skill during the process of bringing Morgan back from insanity, otherwise known as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. He is intelligent, kind, observant, and most importantly, patient. And while he seems to be a generally good-natured guy, there is a sense that the apocalypse is getting to him. He needs Morgan just as much as Morgan needs him. He needs a companion, and he needs a project. Morgan provides him with both.

Morgan and Eastman spar one final time

The first mistake Eastman made was trying to be the voice of wisdom on a post-apocalyptic TV show. He dies of course, having been bit during magic walking stick practice. This brings us to the moment when we find out the meaning behind some of the items Morgan had on his makeshift-alter at Father Gabe’s church in season 5. The lucky rabbit’s foot belonged to Eastman, given to him by his dead daughter, which he gives to Morgan as a parting gift. The Goo Goo Clusters were Eastman’s favorite, which he points out to Morgan during the episode.

Here’s Not Here gave a sense of calm that was much needed after the last three intensely violent episodes. Sometimes we need a break from chaos when more is on the way. Don’t forget the Mega Herd is STILL coming. This season has offered us some edge of our seat moments and more are on the way. The calm episodes will be few and far between, enjoy them when you can.

Sadly viewers are going to have to wait a little while longer to find out the fate of Glenn.....possibly longer than they expect. Did anyone else notice that Steven Yuen’s name was removed from the opening credits this week? The herd is still on its way to Alexandria and that means at least a few people are going to die. Morgan has a Wolf locked in cage. The RV won’t start. The death count is already high so far.

 

In lighter news, The Walking Dead and Talking Dead have both been renewed for season 7! AMC announced a new reality series starring Norman Reedus on a motorcycle currently titles, Ride With Norman Reedus. The show will feature Reedus traveling to places around the US, exploring exciting things like tattoo parlors and bike shops. Seems kind of hard to film both. Perhaps this is a clue to the demise of Daryl Dixon at some point this season? Stay Tuned.

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Swallow this! It’s the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead

Swallow this! It’s the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead

By Kev B.

Ash VS Evil Dead

Hail to the king, baby… In preparation for what may possibly be the greatest television event in modern history premiering on Starz this Halloween, Ash vs. Evil Dead, we bring you a refresher course on all things evil and dead. First let us run down some reasons why I’m extremely excited for the show.

1. It’s created and produced by the team that brought us the original three movies, Sam Raimi, Bruce Campbell, and Rob Tapert.
2. It’s a direct sequel to Army Of Darkness.
3. It’s got Bruce Campbell.
4. It’s got Lucy Lawless!?
5. It’s on Starz, the channel that brought us the nearly pornographic, ultra-violent splatterfest Sparticus. Do you like gladiator movies?
6. It looks like they got a nice budget to work with.
7. All the trailers and sneak previews look awesome.
8. Its already been renewed for a second season days before the premier, I guess based on audience reactions at screenings and online fan buzz.

I wouldn’t have the high hopes for greatness that I have, but horror has made a main stream resurgence that I for one never would have believed. If you had told me 30 years ago when I was sitting in the theater watching Day of the Dead that in the future a show about zombies would be the most popular show on television, I would have said you’re insane. But here we are, and Americans are horrified and amazed by the likes of American Horror Story, Scream Queens, and, of course, The Walking Dead (just to name a few of the popular new crop of horror shows).

Just in case you don’t know these movies by heart like the rest of us at House of Tortured Souls, Starz is running an Evil Dead marathon the night before the Halloween premier.

Friday October 30th @8pm EST Evil Dead, the original classic from 1981. Five friends travel to a cabin in the woods, where they unknowingly release flesh-possessing demons.

9:30pm EST Evil Dead II Dead By Dawn, my favorite of the series from 1987. The lone survivor of an onslaught of flesh-possessing spirits holds up in a cabin with a group of strangers while the demons continue their attack.

10:55pm EST Army Of Darkness, The over the top third installment in the franchise. Ash is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home.

The show times look a little off, but this is direct from the Starz web site, so I suggest you check your local listings and set your DVR. accordingly. And don’t forget the premier of Ash vs. Evil Dead on Saturday the 31st at 9pm est, 9:45pm est, and again at 11:30pm est. Also airing Sunday November 1, 2015, and Monday, November 2, 2015.

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