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Attack of the Unknown reminds us of the summer action movies we miss

Attack of the Unknown reminds us of the summer action movies we miss

2020 has been a quiet year at the movies. With new releases coming out on write my scholarship essay for me what is term paper writing cialis generico legale see buy low dose birth control pills without prescription case study analysis on nike corporation https://www.hsolc.org/apothecary/viagra-norwood/98/ esl critical thinking ghostwriters site for university service write phd thesis topics in java go here what does a good thesis statement look like like viagra men go here go site https://www.arohaphilanthropies.org/heal/levitra-cumberland/96/ https://climbingguidesinstitute.org/12722-sample-cover-letter-for-an-accounting-clerk/ school changes essay genetic engineering essay model report writing free sample viagra cheap resume grant writer write conclusion for essay follow https://bmxunion.com/daily/biodiversity-assessment-case-study/49/ law school essay writing service click que viagra es la mejor creative writing word search https://medpsychmd.com/nurse/without-prescription-canad/63/ libreria thesis mall excelsior enter VOD from studios, this summer has been without  big budget  popcorn movies, movies to watch and just forget about your worries. Eating popcorn surrounded by people laughing at the same jokes, enjoying the same action sequences and cheering for the hero.

The Mahal’s (Sonny and Michael) stepped in when we needed them the most by releasing Attack of the Unknown “A SWAT team transporting a vicious crime syndicate boss must fight their way out of a county detention center during a catastrophic alien invasion,”

The film opens as a typical cop film of a drug bust going down. Vernon (Richard Greico) is the lead SWAT team member leading his team for the arrest of Miguel “Hades” Aguirre  (Robert La Sardo) The sequence is amazing where if this wasn’t a horror movie fans would be interested as this story unfolded. Yet the audience is in for a treat as the film progresses to the Alien take over.

With the attack unfolding, it’s interesting to see how the effects come to fruition. Which comes off as a big-budget movie, especially being shot on location in Los Angeles and Nevada. The film was shot in 2019 before the pandemic,  The cast is amazing along with La Sardo who’s a great bad guy, but he’s not the main villain where he plays off with Richard Greico. Grieco walks a fine line of grizzled veteran cop to the typical Hollywood hero we think we may see, but we never do. Which isn’t a bad thing since Grieco doesn’t have catch one liner he doesn’t try to find romance with any of the survivors. His goal is to protect and serve, bring the criminal into custody. I really enjoy his role in the movie where we can see Greico in a different light along with a great cameo with Tara Reid. I won’t spoil it, but it’s interesting how they bring her in the story. The movie has a great cop story for the beginning where the second part turns to Assault on Precinct 13 but with Aliens to finally the 3rd act with the Aliens themselves on their spaceship. The film does end on a possible sequel or even franchise. Truth be told, the ground work has been laid out to where numerous options are available on what can be done. The film will have a limited release in theaters an available on vod platforms. If you like to pre-order the film you may do so here.

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[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulci

[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulci

To be a filmmaker, have passion in your heart for the work you do. Appreciate the layers of a film. Filmmakers study it, live it, breathe it and sometimes become obsessed with their work. Making a movie in any way becomes your life.

Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil) directs Frank LaLoggia (Lady in White, Fear no evil) who plays The Director, who is determined to get his film completed. With the film editing in the confines of a compact room, Frank looks back only to find his future haunt him.

The ending is a perfect fitting that fans will enjoy and even marvel on the craftsmanship Domiziano does a significant job bringing back the style and feel of 70s horror. Especially with the music by Anthony Coia (Xpiation, The Obsessed) which has a great Giallo feel to it.

As the viewer, you’ll be hooked onto watching multiple screenings to see every detail in the movie. One scene may seem silly where a character gets chased by a car, but the result is perfect. There are countless scenes of death and gore that we as the viewer love with Giallo. Including one cameo with Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, A taste of Phobia) where she meets her demise by the masked killer. They do not reveal the masked killer wearing a peacock mask, which I’m glad.

A movie like this doesn’t need a big reveal for that. Domiziano has gone the extra mile on all his work, but this film is perfect and beautiful. It’s a love letter, it’s a horror film, it’s a look back of the past, present and future filmmakers to learn and love from. The film will premiere at the ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST on July 16th

 

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[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulici.

[Review] “Nightmare Symphony” is a love letter to Lucio Fulici.

To be a filmmaker, have passion in your heart for the work you do. Appreciate the layers of a film. Filmmakers study it, live it, breathe it and sometimes become obsessed with their work. Making a movie in any way becomes your life.

Domiziano Cristopharo (House of Flesh Mannequins, Red Krokodil) directs Frank LaLoggia (Lady in White, Fear no evil) who plays The Director, who is determined to get his film completed. With the film editing in the confines of a compact room, Frank looks back only to find his future haunt him.

The ending is a perfect fitting that fans will enjoy and even marvel on the craftsmanship Domiziano does a significant job bringing back the style and feel of 70s horror. Especially with the music by Anthony Coia (Xpiation, The Obsessed) which has a great Giallo feel to it.

As the viewer, you’ll be hooked onto watching multiple screenings to see every detail in the movie. One scene may seem silly where a character gets chased by a car, but the result is perfect. There are countless scenes of death and gore that we as the viewer love with Giallo. Including one cameo with Poison Rouge (American Guinea Pig: Sacrifice, A taste of Phobia) where she meets her demise by the masked killer. They do not reveal the masked killer wearing a peacock mask, which I’m glad.

A movie like this doesn’t need a big reveal for that. Domiziano has gone the extra mile on all his work, but this film is perfect and beautiful. It’s a love letter, it’s a horror film, it’s a look back of the past, present and future filmmakers to learn and love from. The film will premiere at the ISCHIA GLOBAL FEST on July 16th

 

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Mothers of Monsters, M.O.M. is a terrifying look into the eyes of a psycho

Mothers of Monsters, M.O.M. is a terrifying look into the eyes of a psycho

There was a time where the rave was found footage films. There have been many trends that followed the pattern. Some die down; some continue going strong. Found footage films have always been a genre that I could never get into or enjoy. For the most part, it’s a shaky camera or not a big pay off. However, one film coming out tomorrow Mothers of Monsters, aka M.O.M. A “, found footage” psychological thriller with a limited theatrical premiere in March 2020 and nationwide digital H.D. rollout to follow! A distraught mother suspects her teenage son is a psychopath who may shoot up his high school, but when he outsmarts the system, she is forced to take matters into her own hands…We’re introduced to a young Jacob Bell played by Bailey Edwards (Bright, My dead boyfriend) being happy, smiling, and slowly acting out.

Given which child doesn’t, but Jacob is showing signs that he’s not caring towards others or even small animals. There are no scenes of graphic violence or the aftermath of such. We slowly begin to see the development between mother and son unfold. Abbey Bell, played by Melinda Hamilton (God Bless America, True Detective, Izombie) Abbey, is fearing that her son may be plotting a grand act of violence towards his school or other horrific acts.

The film does a great job showcasing an exciting drama that feels too real to be a film. Bailey gives a wonderful performance of a young man going through the trials of tribulations of adulthood. Melinda doesn’t smother or even make his life a living hell; It’s just her trying to connect to her son and try to bring the innocent young child she once had, but can’t.

The film grows darker and scarier with a cat and mouse game with his mom. Abbey plant cameras throughout the house, which is a tremendous POV instead of using the basic found footage approach. We see the real emotions from the actors where it’s too real. At times I had to hit pause to remind myself this is just a movie, not a documentary. For myself and maybe others, I saw myself as Bailey growing up given I wasn’t a bad kid, but it was hard growing up back then, and it’s harder today. As an adult, we see ourselves as Melinda wanting the best, hoping to find what we want.

The third act is perhaps the most terrifying because we see the full circle of Jacob. Abby is reaching her breaking point pleading to the universe for her son to come back to reality. Even in the end, where it has, it’s a terrifying climax, we see the true nature of Jacob and understand his character. My jaw dropped, paralyzed in fear for the last 30 minutes of the film to the end of the credits. Tucia Lyman wrote and directed a great movie that plays as a terrifying tale of how real trauma, mental abuse, and how the youth of today, along with even adults go can carry a heavy burden without the use of help or even prescription medications. The film is worth watching for entertainment and for those to see the reality of our choices. The film will be available to rent or own on various digital formats along with a physical release. For more information please visit Mothers of Monsters

 

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Dead Inferno an 80’s style horror with zombie & bloody revenge

Dead Inferno an 80’s style horror with zombie & bloody revenge

 

With Valentine’s day around the corner, we automatically think of the usual gifts. Flowers, candy, romantic getaway, maybe something for the bedroom. Well, a movie coming out next month is a gift for any horror fan — Dead Inferno aka Bombshell Bloodbath by Brett Mullen, who he co-wrote with Sky Tilley. Starring Alex Elliott, Rob Springer, Jess Barbour, When exposed to her father’s experimental attempts to reanimate his wife, Cara (Alex Elliott), must find a way to protect her family’s secret while slowly slipping into the world of the living dead.

The movie is a great feature in the DRIVE-IN SERIES line. With a beautiful synthesizer score that brings back the memories of Lucio Fulci or Umberto Lenzi. Which by the way the composer’s name is Umberto. The film starts with what looks like the ending of the film, where the main character played by Alex Elliott describes her life. 

Watching the film, I couldn’t help but notice influences the director was paying tribute — for example, the opening sequence with the almost grainy picture and music. Fulci would be proud. The film does a great job at being a different zombie movie. There’s excellent execution of scenes showing off what the fans wanted great FX with actions that may be over the top for non horror fans, but still worth a watch. Brett didn’t go out to rip off other directors or make a Walking Dead like film. He went out and made a great zombie movie with a subplot of a female revenge story. The actors did a great job, along with the two that stood out. Dr. Ben Carter played by Rob Springer. He was giving off very intense Jeffery Combs from Re-animator. Of course, Ben wants his dead wife back but still was able to show off his acting skills even being bandaged up, which for some actors that could be hard to emote when you can’t show off facial expression. We see his love for work morph into sheer madness where again his heart is no longer there and he’s become what he’s fighting for: the living dead (metaphorically)

The second stand out performance was from Cara Carter by Alex Elliott. Her story is about not so much a zombie story but she’s feeling her dark side where she’s not evil but just hungry for a blood lust against the wrong. We see her hungry, where she has dreams of eating her flesh and organs to going out and attacking people. Not like a ravage animal, but just shooting or brutally murdering them. We don’t want to hate her or even root for her, but we can’t help but enjoy the gore. Although her dream sequences again paying homage to the 80’s Italian horror films.

The film does have a great ending where yes, there is a zombie outbreak. Still, there are no running zombies, there’s no over the top action sequences as if it’s a Michael Bay or Zack Snyder film. There’s a scene where the country folk shoot them all and hunt the living dead down, but the way it’s done makes us remember we’re enjoying a horror movie. However, like all zombie movies, we tend to see how we can be — monsters among the living. Brett Mullen did a great job, and honestly, with this movie coming out next month from Tetro Video, it’s best to buy it and watch it with someone you love or with somebody who loves old fashion classic horror from the best decade ever the 80’s.

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Bridge of the Doomed finishing funds campaign is live!

Bridge of the Doomed finishing funds campaign is live!

With the success of Art of the dead, which is now available on VOD and to buy. The Mahal Brothers. Michael and Sonny have done it again with the new film coming out. Bridge of the Doomed, directed by Michael Su  written by Adrian Milnes. A group of soldiers is ordered to hold a bridge during a zombie outbreak, but what lives underneath the bridge, proves to be even more deadly.

The trailer has dropped and looks impressive with amazing effects and exciting story line. This is where you can help make the film bigger. I’m personally excited Art of the Dead blew me away, so without a doubt, this one is already on my list for great films of 2020. So with your help now the film is finished but needs some help with the finishing funds. Time is of the essence with your help; you can get your name on the film, produce and even go to the premiere as a VIP. For more information, here’s the link to the campaign. If you missed the last campaign, don’t miss this one!

 

 

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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

For those who were looking forward to Blumhouse’s THE HUNT that was for next month. Universal has decided to pull the movie for the time being.  “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.”

Deadline broke the news based on Universal’s decision based on current events. Universal has released this statement:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

No word yet on or if the movie will be released. We will keep you informed on the news.

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Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

Looks like Tales from the hood has another chapter for us

When the first Tales from the Hood came out, it brought forth a new gritty, creepy and topical horror movie dealing with issues that are sadly still relevant today. The film was a classic cult hit among fans, so naturally, a sequel was needed….about 23 years later. The sequel came out direct to Blu ray, DVD and vod starring Keith David as the new storyteller “Portify Simms.”

Production weekly reported the information on Tales from the hood 3 and It’s been stated that the film will begin production this year in the fall and be released for next year marking the 25th anniversary. There’s no word on what exactly will be the plot, but knowing the previous films. The same social commentary that still showcases the amount of horror we as a society endure. The film will have Spike Lee, and writers/directors/producers Rusty Cundieff and Darin Scott. No word yet on the plot.
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[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

When one hears of the term furies, we think of something else. I thought of maybe a small creature movie with dumb jokes, or maybe dark humor that pays off, however, with the release of the new trailer. I have changed my stance and entirely on board with this new movie. The Furies

“A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where masked men hunt woman.”‘

With the expectation of great gore and kill sequences. With films such as Loved Ones and Wolf Creek, this will be another cult classic from down under. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. The film is written and directed by Tony D’aquino.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

It was reported earlier today SwampThing was going to be no more. Myself along with many fans were heartbroken what with the success of Doom Patrol and Titans the DC app has been showing continuous success with the shows. Not holding back on language or violence.

Well folks don’t worry SwampThing will deliver just that the show which will be produced by James Wan has promised to see horror like violence and gore in the show. Derek Mears (Friday the 13th and Hatchet 3) will be playing SwampThing here’s the synopsis of the show. The show was cut from 13 episodes to ten episodes for creative reasons. I’ll be more than happy to take that instead of losing the whole series.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.  

Below you can see the teaser trailer for the show premiering May 31st!

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Desert Moon (Press Release)

Desert Moon (Press Release)

”Desert Moon”set to film May 2019. 

H2 CREW to Unleash a Terrifying Beast. 

Los Angeles, CA April 15, 2019: Independent horror producer/director Thomas Haley announced, to everyone’s surprise, late last week his first directorial feature in the horror genre. It is filled with a killer cast mixed of Indie Horror’s veterans and up and comings. 

Desert Moon, written by Joe Knetter (Terror Overload) and story by Thomas Haley, will begin filming early May with a release date at the end of 2019!! 

The Cast: 

Sarah French (Art of the Dead, Root Wood) stars as Lizzy. 

Jennifer Nangle ( Malvolia the Queen of Screams, Irrational Fear) stars as Alicia. 

Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street, If Looks Could Kill) stars as Sheriff Del.

Thomas Haley (Lilith, The Crossing) stars as Bruce. 

What we know about the story from the character break down is: Bruce (Haley) and Alicia (Nangle) are on a camping trip celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary where they meet a lone traveler, Lizzy (French), in a town where Sheriff Del (Grieco) is in charge. However, the movie poster gives us a terrorizing hint that a werewolf type beast will be causing some mayhem.

On the production side, Vincent J. Guastini ( The Last of the Mohicans, Dark Tapes) will be creating the special effects. Adam Beck (Camp Twilight, Booze, Broads, and Blackjack) is the cinematographer, shooting on RED’s Helium in beautiful 8K. 

For more information click here for the facebook link and click here for the Imbd page 

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Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Having previously written and directed Zombie Killers, Camp Dread and bringing together the expendables of horror in Death HouseHarris Smith is a filmmaker who has become synonymous with the horror genre. Therefore It comes as no surprise that there is much interest growing following the release of his new teaser trailer for The Special and House of Tortured Souls is excited to give our readers an opportunity to take a look at some exclusive pictures for the film.

The Special will be directed by Harrison Smith, using the script written by Mark Steensland and James Newman, which has been adapted the script from their original novella. It tells the story of Jerry Harford who believes that his wife is having an affair. Taking the advice of his best friend who urges him to fight fire with fire, it ends up with some horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.

Harrison Smith reunites again with collaborator Felissa Rose as associate producer and stars a talented cast including; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame. The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones. Harrison Smith describes the film as “a great warning to infidelity, and I see it as a “Midnight Horror Chick Flick” and urge any woman who has been cheated on to “see this film with someone they hate.”  For more information check out the trailer link right here.

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From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

Well, it is official we now know who the voice of Chucky will be. Mark Hamill has confirmed on social media platforms that he is the voice of Chucky for the new Child’s Play film.

There’s been controversy around the movie since day one primarily based on the fact the movie is being remade, but with some changes, the movie is standing on its own two legs and now we have confirmation Mark Hamill the man who has given us iconic performances is now the legendary killer doll. One can only think about how he will bring the doll to life. June 28th cannot come here soon enough.

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Flowers 2 is in production and you can help it be the final piece of the trilogy!

Flowers 2 is in production and you can help it be the final piece of the trilogy!

One of the cool things about Unearthed Films is the social interaction they have with the fanbase. Answering questions, chatting about their films. It’s hard to believe the macabre minds behind such hits such as Aztroz, Song of Solomon, Red Krokodil, Blood Shock to name a few are some of the nicest people on earth who actually give a damn about their fans. What I love the most is the campaigns they have to fund their movies. Not just simple perks of owning the movie, or an online thank you. They actually give out props and other cool items you can ONLY get from the campaigns. One person who comes to mind is Phil Stevens the hard-working master mind behind his Flowers trilogy. Lung (A nameless man suffers from grotesque hallucinations as he wanders a corpse-strewn city.) is the prequel, Flowers is the first film with the plot as follows Six dead women awaken in the house of their killer, only to find clues about their past lives and who they once were. They must accept their fate and move on or remain in the rotting house forever and now his final project for the set is Flowers 2 with the plot: witness the final days of the serial killer known as ‘THE EXILE‘ through the eyes of his victims which has been shooting since this summer. For those unfamiliar. The films are silent with no dialogue, but paint a gruesome, disturbing visual nightmare. I talked to Phil personally offering any insight any indication on what to expect.  The man as nice as he is didn’t want to spoil anything for the fans. Which I admire and appreciate. Let’s face it when the cook is making a special dish you enjoy the meal and don’t bother the chef as they work! All I can get is that it will be insane and one of this finest works. So, what can you do? Contribute to the project get amazing stuff for helping out! After this it’s all over he’ll do other films, but the Flowers storyline will be done with. As we watch these films blossomed its time to plant one more in the ground. For more information on helping out please click the link here. There’s still time to make Flowers 2 the film that will go down as one of the most intense over the top films to date.

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Trailer review: Escape Room is the big budget version of Cube

Trailer review: Escape Room is the big budget version of Cube

Well it was bound to happen. A horror movie about Escape rooms. Sure, Saw (2004) and Cube (1997) might be the most legendary horror movies to feature the subject. Spawning sequels and even a Saw theme escape room in Vegas, but there hasn’t been a film quite like this. Escape room is the new film coming soon in January to be. The film plot is simple but will eventually reveal the secrets behind everything shortly: Six strangers find themselves in circumstances beyond their control and must use their wits to survive. Now on paper this doesn’t really sound convincing or even worth a watch. However, while watching the trailer I am more than excited to see a movie that’s not only going to take place in a room or just one death trap, this movie has a wide range of traps, puzzles, clues and environments that would make any horror fan intrigue. There’s no rating for the movie yet, but I’m hoping for a Rated R and not just for language. A movie like this let’s pull all the stops because most likely this could be an interesting franchise. Plus, it has some great stars like Deborah Ann Woll who you’ll remember from True blood (2008-2014) and Tyler Labine Tucker and Dale vs Evil (2010) So let’s recap a movie about escape rooms where every item is a clue and every item could lead to their ultimate demise. Six strangers connected, and this is their “Hell” no time limit but no time to waste since the room will kill them with no second thought in a clever way. This is a big deal since next year we are getting a lot of great horror movies and what better way to start the new year than with a horror movie! Jan 2019 get ready to solve the puzzle of Escape Room.

 

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COMING SOON: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

COMING SOON: Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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The Lullaby (2018)

The Lullaby (2018)

Hey guys, Horrormadam here to bring you a new film. The amazing people at Uncork’d Entertainment, the people who brought us Camera Obscura, Almost Dead, and Rebound were kind enough to send me a screener on their new film The Lullaby IN THEATERS AND ON DEMAND MARCH 2.

The film is directed by Darrell Roodt (Dracula 3000, and Dangerous Ground), and written by Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo (Trouvoete), and stars Brandon Auret (Elysium, District 9, Blood Drive), Reine Swart (Z Nation, Dominion), Thandi Buren (Racing Stripes, Dead Easy), Deanre Reiners (The Tate Experiment), and Dorothy Ann Gould (Friend Request).

BURBANK, CA : You’ll wish you never brought your baby home.

The writer ,Tarryn-Tanille Prinsloo, gives us a description:

Returning to her hometown, Eden Rock, and overwhelmed by the birth of her firstborn, Chloe van Heerden (19) tries to come to terms with motherhood. Despite the support from her loving mother, Ruby (35), Chloe struggles with the demand of being a new mom. The incessant crying of her baby, the growing sense of guilt and paranoia sends Chloe into a dark depression. With a heightened urge to protect her son, Chloe sees danger in every situation. Distraught she pays a visit to family psychologist Dr. Timothy Reed (40s) who diagnoses her intrusive thoughts and feelings of anxiousness to a mild case of baby blues. Yet the thoughts grow worse and more violent. Chloe starts to hear voices and humming of a childhood lullaby and sees flashes of a strange entity around her child. Convinced that the entity is real, Chloe does everything in her power to protect her son. Her decline reaches fever pitch, and everybody seems to be moving against her. Desperate, Chloe finds solace in the arms of her childhood friend, Emile Hess (20s). The world around Chloe implodes and it becomes clear that she and her child are in imminent danger. But from what? Is Chloe haunted by evil or is it just the baby blues?

The film looks very creepy and I am really looking forward to it and I hope you will enjoy it also!

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COMING SOON: Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

COMING SOON: Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

Being a huge fan of Martyrs (2008) I was pretty excited to learn that its director Pascal Laugier is making a new film called Incident in a Ghost Land. The film is set to release sometime in April of this year.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)

The film stars the incredibly beautiful Mylene Farmer, a very famous French singer in real life, successfully selling more than 30 million records in France. She is considered one of the most successful recording artists of all time in France. Alongside Farmer co-stars Crystal Reed (from TV’s Gotham) and Anastasia Philipps (a lovely young Canadian Actress).

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)The script is described as having a Stephen King vibe to it and the film as “dark” and “scary”. It’s about a mother Colleen (Farmer) and her two daughters Beth (reed) and Vera (Philipps) who upon the death of Colleen’s aunt inherit her house. On the first night in their new home, there is a home invasion and Colleen is forced to fight to save her daughters lives.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)Sixteen years later, Beth becomes a famous horror writer and has a happy family; on the other hand, Vera can’t cope with her past trauma and has become mentally unstable and paranoid. The two sisters continue to live in the dead aunt’s home. Mother and daughters reunite and the strange events begin.

Incident in a Ghost Land (2018)Incident in a Ghost Land sounds a bit “vanilla” and like a story that has been done a thousand times before — not the extreme cinema experience I was expecting. The trailer did nothing to improve my opinion, so I decided to revisit the original Martyrs trailer to see how the two lined up. The Martyrs trailer definitely appears more violent and extreme from the get-go, but it doesn’t reveal much of the actual story or the depths it goes to. At a first glance, it looks like a gritty revenge movie. I’m hoping Incident in a Ghost Land will also be much more than what we see on the surface, and I remain optimistic and excited for its release.

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INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

INTERVIEW: Death House (2018) Director Harrison Smith

“The Only Way Out… Is Down”

I had the great privilege of interviewing the superb director Harrison Smith on his newest film Death House. Before I get into that, let me tell you a little bit about the film.

Death House poster.There is a Fed-Max subterranean government prison that holds humanities worst criminals known as the Death House. It serves as a medical, psychological, and parapsychological research center aimed at eradicating evil. Two federal agents are granted a tour of the center. While on the tour, the unthinkable happens. There is a power outage that releases all of the prisoners, and the agents must fight their way through all of the horror and violence to try to survive. They soon discover that they are being herded down to the lowest depths of the facility. In those depths are a group of supernatural evil beings known as The Five Evils and they may be the agents’ only chance at salvation.

Cody Longo in Death House.

Cody Longo in Death House.

The movie sounds and looks amazing but before I go on I just wanted to say that the media and many articles have labeled the movie, “The Horror Movie genre of The Expendables“. I have to disagree with that. If it were The Expendables we would have a movie with Freddy vs Jason vs Michael vs et. al. Which, to some, may sound interesting but it would lack any substance. The stars in this movie are so much more than their individual roles that they have portrayed, they are true actors who excel at their craft. Let me tell you some of them:

  • Adrienne Barbeau: Escape From N.Y., Creepshow, Swamp Thing, The Fog
  • Kane Hodder: Jason Voorhees in some of the Friday the 13th films and Victor Crowley from The Hatchet films
  • Dee Wallace: The Howling, Cujo, The Frighteners
  • Michael Berryman: The Hills Have Eyes, The Devils Rejects
  • Barbara Crampton: Re-Animator, From Beyond, You’re Next
  • Sid Haig: The Devils Rejects, House of 1000 Corpses, Kill Bill
  • Tony Todd: Candyman, Hatchet, Final Destination
  • Bill Moseley: The Devils Rejects, Rob Zombie’s Halloween
  • Vernon Wells: The Road Warrior, Weird Science
  • Lindsay Hartley: Nightmare Nurse
  • Cody Longo: Piranha 3D, Nashville
  • Cortney Palm: The Dark Tapes
  • Felissa Rose: Sleepaway Camp
  • Vincent Ward: The Walking Dead

Whew, that is a LOT of talent in one film!

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA.

Holmesburg Prison in Philadelphia, PA. The place had a built-in horror film setting, full of dark history and eerie vibes. It really acts as a functioning character in the film.

IMDb provided a great quote:

This is a solid horror piece, dark, nasty and gore-soaked; not satire or tongue in cheek.

And like Harrison told me, he was writing in a local bar when the ad for Jurassic World came on and it hit him that this movie was “Assault on Precinct 13 meets Jurassic World without the dinosaurs”. So… great actors along with an exciting script and skilled direction. Then throw in stupefying makeup and effects by the Roy Knyrim (Sinister 2) and SOTA FX, and a soundtrack by John Avarese that sets the perfect ambiance. We will finally get what we paid for at the box office!

Death House - Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Death House – Cody Longo and Dee Wallace on set at Holmesburg Prison.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

Cortney Palm in Death House.

House of Tortured Souls: My first question for Harrison was why the horror genre?
Harrison Smith: My first film, The Fields, was based on what really happened to me when I lived and grew up with my grandparents on their farm. The farm came under attack for a short period of time by an unseen presence. We never understood what caused it and we never understood what ended it, so I had personal experience. But also my grandmother and I used to watch horror movies and the old horror TV show Dr. Shock who hosted Saturday morning shows like Scream-In, Horror Theater, and Mad Theater. The movies were captivating. I loved finding out there was a sequel to Frankenstein and that he didn’t die in the burning windmill. There were more like Frankenstein Meets The Wolf Man that continued on the story of Lon Chaney. Like when they killed Lon Chaney in the original Wolfman I was like, “Why? He was a nice man, he didn’t want to be The Wolf Man“. I loved it. They were like Saturday morning soap operas. I loved them as a kid, but that time is gone. That is why I like Tom Holland’s Fright Night. I was watching in the summer of ’85 and knew it was a Valentine to an era that was quickly fading and disappearing. At that time, the threat was coming from cable television and the home video revolution, so Peter Vincent was this aging icon of an era long gone trying to stay relevant. Tom Holland got it, and Fright Night works on many levels. So horror movies, for me, were a real escape from the actually really scary shit that happened to me.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

Kane Hodder in Death House. Set piece by PCND/fx.

HoTS: Then I asked him about the abundance of horror movies and shows seem to be throwing back to the ’80s. Movies like It Follows and The House of the Devil and shows like Stranger Things all reflect that age in horror, and Death House has many actors from that era. Why do you think it is a niche we all still enjoy?

Dee Wallace in Death House.

Dee Wallace in Death House.

HS: Director and actor Eli Roth said that the have-sex-and-die concept behind many of the ’80s slasher films was not as relevant today because millennials look at it and don’t get it. There was a study reported by the L.A. Times in an article by Melissa Batchelor Warnke saying that the millennial generation is the least sexually active, so that concept does not translate well. But at the time when Friday the 13th came around, it was a perfect storm of both liberal and conservative values. We had a very conservative administration with Reagan and yet, at the same time, we were known as the party generation. It was a weird flux of things coming together. So Friday the 13th had fun and parties with lots of boobs and tons of gore but with a moral lesson. See what happens when you fuck in the woods? Jason was like a walking STD. So the ’80s made us nostalgic for the ’50s, and now we look back to the ’80s. We are nostalgic for when we grew up. That is why, when making Death House, we always remembered that we were handling peoples memories and that is very important. The new generation gets to fall in love with it like we did. And with regards to the actors in Death House, they were all smart enough to choose great directors and projects that were just starting out, and their careers flourished from those collaborations so they are all still relevant today.

Death House - Kane Hodder arriving on set.

Kane Hodder arriving on the Death House set pictured with Harrison (dressed as an extra for the ward scene). The guy over his shoulder is producer Rick Finkelstein.

HoTS: I did some research on Holmesburg Prison, where you decided to film the movie. Some extremely monstrous things went on there. Any ghosts try to break into acting for the film?

HS: No, I did not experience anything myself. There were a few reports of the cameras acting wonky, but it was really cold there which probably contributed to that. The place itself was perfect for the mood though. There is a great book called Acres of Skin: Human Experiments At Holmesberg Prison 1998 by Allen Hornblum that tells all about the medical experiments and tortures that went on inside the prison. It really lent itself to what we were shooting. I remember when they gave us a tour and brought us into the warden’s office where he had his throat slit. Nothing paranormal happened but everyone was in tune with what had happened there. Dee Wallace said that it was sometimes overwhelming knowing that you were walking by cells where so much abject misery and torture had taken place. It is a building built on misery.

Harrison also wanted to make sure and give a shout out to the administration and the City of Philadelphia and especially the Philadelphia Police Department, who were more than gracious and just all-around wonderful people.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

Death House set design by Joshua Reale.

HoTS: My next question for Harrison was, as a director, what directors influence his work?

HS: Growing up, John Carpenter: Halloween, The Thing, They Live and Tommy Lee Wallace: IT, Halloween III, Fright Night II were major influences on me because they were accessible to me. I used to read Fangoria Magazine all the time and got a subscription to it. I used to read and devour the interviews and not just because of the pictures and oh! there making a sequel to Halloween and I want to see the blood and gore. They did an interview with John Carpenter and he talked about how he made movies and about finding a good crew and sticking with them. And I noticed for the first decade of John’s career he used a lot of the same people in front and behind the camera and that really made an impact on me because Carpenter was very much the founder of the guerilla film movement — that you get a camera, you go out there, and you shoot. That’s what you do, and that really inspired me as a filmmaker. I had a Super 8 silent Kodak camera, and I was learning. I was learning from those interviews in Fangoria and got a really strong base of knowledge. So if you look at my catalog of work so far, you will see many of the same faces. And if you read the credits, you will see a lot of the same names return time and time again. I bring them back because it is like putting the band back together, so to speak, which works for me because it becomes like production shorthand. I would also say Tom Holland of Fright Night and Psycho II fame was another influence because Psycho II made a big impact on me because of the script. I think it is one of the greatest sequels ever made and is very underrated. I wanted to hate it, but 30 minutes into the film I just fell in love with it. When it was over I walked out, called my family to let them know I would be late and went in to see it again. My film Camp Dread is a tip of the hat to Tom Holland. It was more like Psycho II than Friday the 13th.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

Barbara Crampton in Death House.

HoTS: What is the theme for Death House?

HS: The whole pretext of Death House is evil is evil and good is good, but do they need each other? Because when you try to eradicate evil you are, at most, canceling out good as well. There is no need for good if there’s no need for evil. Bill Mosely has a great line in the film, “True evil is nothingness”. That is true hell. If we were to remove the Holocaust from history we would need a litmus test. Dee Wallace’s and Barbara Crampton’s characters think what they are doing is good. Look at the Nazis during the Holocaust. They didn’t think what they were doing was evil. Dee is like Nurse Ratched. One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest as a social horror film was a snake pit. Louise Fletcher played it so well because there are real nurses like that. That is the banality of evil. How a modicum of power gives rise to abuse of said power. Are The Five Evils in Death House really evil compared to Dee’s character or Nurse Ratched? They aren’t Cenobites they are regular people like you run into in everyday life. How many times in your own life might you have come into contact with real killers? The Five Evils are normal looking people.

Death House - The Five Evils

Death House – The Five Evils: Vincent Ward, Vernon Wells, Bill Moseley, Lindsay Hartley, Michael Berryman.

The original script for Death House was penned by the incredible Gunnar Hansen, who is best known for playing the mentally-impaired cannibal Leatherface in The Texas Chain Saw Massacre. Gunnar left us on November 7th, 2015, from pancreatic cancer. His agent, Michael Eisenstadt, brought producers Rick Finkelstein and Steven Chase of Entertainment Factory to the screening of Zombie Killers: Elephant’s Graveyard to meet Harrison. Another writer had taken a stab at rewriting the script, but it turned into Texas Chainsaw meets Friday the 13th meets Saw, but that was not what Gunnar wanted. He did not want torture porn but a high concept horror film. Gunnar liked what Harrison did with it, so Harrison finished writing and then directed it. The actors were all there for their friend Gunnar and with Harrison collaborating with Gunnar before his death, I like to think of this as a love letter to an amazing man and actor that we lost too soon.

Gunnar Hansen, 4 March 4, 1947 – 7 November 2015

I was extremely honored to speak with Harrison Smith and pick his brain. To read more on Death House, I have included some links that come straight from the horse’s mouth. Harrison Smith’s Road To Death House articles.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Harrison with stunt coordinator Jaye Greene and his team.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

Sean Whalen and Felissa Rose on the Death House set in LA.

I cannot even begin to express how excited I am to see this film. It has already won the audience choice award along with best feature film from the Central Florida Film Festival (CENFLO). MPAA said it was gritty, claustrophobic and a hell of a lot of fun. Harrison said it is like a roller coaster ride through a funhouse, and Kane Hodder said it was his favorite film he has worked on. So horror fans get ready for the ride of your life!

I have also included a link to a petition if you want Death House to come to a Regal Cinema near you. It is going to major theaters but I would like to see it in all of them.

So, from myself and the family at House of Tortured Souls, thank you again to the great Harrison Smith and everyone involved with Death House! And just remember readers… “Hell isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”

Death House - Harrison, Yan Birch and Lauren Compton after filming in LA.

Harrison, Yan Birch, and Lauren Compton after filming Death House in LA.

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