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[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

With the excitement of Scary stories to tell in the dark hitting theaters, horror fans have been waiting patiently with little teasers, posters, behind the scene pics. It is a treasure among fans.

Ok, the stories are great but it is the illustration that grabbed our attention, but for some people, not so much. Remember these were kids books with horrific details in the illustrations that would terrify any child.

Now a documentary The documentary called SCARY STORIES is headed our way in theaters will debut in select theaters via Wild Eye Releasing beginning this April. Following the limited theatrical release – which includes Los Angeles, New Orleans, Columbus, and Texas  will be available on VOD in May with a DVD release set for July.

The film will feature over 40 interviews with family members of Alvin Schwartz to folklorists to even authors such as R.L. Stine.

April 26th starts the limited theatrical run. A VOD release will be on May 7th to a DVD release on July 16th which is perfect for fans who want to get ready for the Aug release of the movie. Below is the trailer for the documentary




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Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Every now and then you find those truly genuine pieces of horror cinema that just blow you away and leave you starving for more. They are usually few and far in between, but every once in awhile you get extremely lucky and hit the jackpot. While it may not be your typical horror film, Space Trash Bag is definitely a prolific piece of celluloid that needs to shared and spread like a disease.

Space Trash Bag is a Spanish splatter film, unlike any other other. It’s essentially a short film made up of a series of fake trailers, pieced together to form one viciously twisted piece of cinema. It’s similar to what Rodriguez and Tarantino did at the beginning of their Grindhouse films. Except this isn’t a combination of trailers of separate films. Instead, it’s a handful of trailers based on one individual film, Space Trash Bag.

Don’t let the complexities, or simplicity, of it fool you though. It delivers on all accords! It gets your blood pumping and raises your excitement, forcing you to crave more. The gore is absolutely phenomenal and stunningly elegant. It’s disgusting as hell, but just so damn beautiful at the same time. It’s seriously inspiring and just a thing of pure beauty.

Space Trash Bag is over the top ridiculous, but that’s the point. It’s meant to be silly and hilarious, while trying to make you vomit. The editing is fantastic and the sound was perfect executed. You find yourself wondering what the hell you’re watching, yet you still can’t peel your eyes away. The acting is great and the makeup and costumes blend together brilliantly and really help the film stand out.

The directing and cinematography are excellent and very accomplished. It’s really such an inspiring piece of work, displaying tons of talent and skill. The Trash Bag monster is pure nightmare fuel and is guaranteed to make any kid wet the bed. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest and scariest monsters to come out in a long time. It’s seriously some utterly brilliant film making.

The only problems this film seems to have, is budget issues. Never before have I wanted to see a feature film so bad, from just a few snippets of content. However, due to those budget constraints, we’re forced to take what we can get. And it’s unlikely we’re going to see a full length film featuring the amazing Space Trash Bag monster anytime soon. Although we’d desperately love to see one.

Unfortunately all we can do is share this film and help spread the word about how freaking awesome it really is. It’s definitely not something you see often and just overall a gracefully beautiful film. It’s exquisite and a real treat for the eyes – a horror/gore lovers delight.

So, if you haven’t checked out this inspiring piece of art yet, do yourself a favor and give it a run. It’s a brilliant piece of work and deserving of a feature production. It surprisingly awesome, and displays tons of talent, passion and intellect. It’s plain and simply just one bad ass piece of film.

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OBITUARY: William Peter Blatty

OBITUARY: William Peter Blatty

Born: January 7, 1928
New York City, New York, USA
Died: January 12, 2017
Bethesda, MD, USA (age 89)

House of Tortured Souls was saddened to learn that William Peter Blatty, 89, died Thursday from a form of blood cancer called multiple myeloma. Blatty had celebrated his 89th birthday a mere five days earlier.
The son of Lebanese immigrants, Mary (née Mouakad) and Peter Blatty, William Peter Blatty was born in New York City and raised by his mother after his father left when Blatty was only six. He was a scholarship student at the Jesuit high school Brooklyn Preparatory and graduated as class valedictorian in spite of growing up impoverished. He received another scholarship to attend Georgetown University and then earned a master's in English literature from George Washington University.
Blatty wandered from job to job after university before enlisting in the United States Air Force and eventually heading the Policy Branch of the Psychological Warfare Division. After leaving the Air Force, he worked in Beirut, Lebanon, as an editor for the United States Information agency. Blatty ultimately decided to pursue his dream of a career in the entertainment industry.
Cover, The Exorcist (1971)
Succeeding as a writer, actor, director, and producer, Blatty was, by far, most well known for The Exorcist, his 1971 novel of demonic possession. In 1973, Blatty worked with William Friedkin, to bring The Exorcist to the big screen. Although it was nominated for ten Oscars - Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium; Best Sound; Best Picture; Best Actress in a Leading Role; Best Actor in a Supporting Role; Best Actress in a Supporting Role; Best Cinematography; Best Art Direction-Set Decoration; and Best Film Editing, it won only two: Best Writing, Screenplay Based on Material from Another Medium and Best Sound.
William Friedkin and William Peter Blatty on the set of The Exorcist
The Exorcist often tops scariest horror films lists and, if you've seen it, then you understand why. If you haven't, now's the perfect time to do so. Before undertaking to view the film, however, read the book that charted and remained on The New York Times bestseller list for over a year (57 straight weeks), spending 17 in the top spot. In 1983, Legion, Blatty's sequel to The Exorcist, was published, and by 1990 he had adapted it for film as The Exorcist III.
Cover, Legion (1983)
Blatty's other works include Twinkle, Twinkle Killer Kane (1966), which was adapted for the screen as The Ninth Configuration in 1978, The Redemption (2011), and Demons Five, Exorcist Nothing (2015).
Covers, Twinkle Twinkle Killer Kane (1966) and The Ninth Configuration (1978)
Blatty's widow, Julie Alicia Blatty, confirmed his death, and House of Tortured Souls would like to extend our sympathies to her.
Rest in Peace, Mr. William Peter Blatty.
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The Walking Dead: Who is Negan?

The Walking Dead: Who is Negan?

By Nicole Robinson

Negan

Fans of The Walking Dead comic book series have long awaited to find out who was going to be playing the notorious villain Negan. It was recently announced that The Good Wife and Supernatural alum, Jeffery Dean Morgan, was cast, bringing about speculation that Negan will be appearing sometime during season 6. This was all but confirmed after that mid-season finale’s sneak peek of Daryl, Sasha, and Abraham’s encounter with The Saviors. For those fans that do not read the comic series, you are probably wondering to yourself “Who is Negan and why should I care?”

For those of you wondering this very question, here are some answers.

Negan is a very important comic character and first appears in the series during issue #100. He is the leader of the Saviors. The sneak peek gave us our first introduction to Negan’s group in a very accurate portrayal of their comic counterparts. This is not a small group, but in fact is an entire community like Alexandria and Negan is their leader. He uses fear and brutality to secure their loyalty with burning faces with an iron as example of one punishment for breaking the rules.

From the very beginning, it is very clear that Negan has a special type personality. In his first appearance, his introduces Rick and friends to Lucille, a baseball bat wrapped in barb wire which he uses to random choose his first victim. He knocks at the gates of Alexandria demanding HALF of everything. Half of all of the supplies, weapons, and ammo that the community has collected in exchange for protection. The protection they need is from The Saviors.

Negan randomly choose a victim from a subdued group which happens to be Glenn. While a pregnant Maggie, Rick, and Michonne watch, he beats Glenn to death with Lucille in one of the most memorable and graphic scene of the entire series. This also establishes a lot about the character that is Negan and his impact on the dynamic of the story.

The death of Glenn is one which strikes at the very hearts of Rick and Maggie as well as the rest of the survivors. We learn very quickly that Negan is very narcissistic and charming with absolutely no sense of remorse. He hears Glenn beg for his life and yet he still smashes Lucille into his skull and at one point even laughs and says “He is taking it like a champ”. Rick swears to avenge Glenn and kill Negan but this does not even phase him. He just laughs more and beats Rick with his bare hands before leaving.

Negan is a psychotic, witty, intelligent, and brutal. He occasionally will display a warped sense of sympathy but lacks empathy completely. And he is coming to the TV counterpart during the second half of season 6. Jeffery Dean Morgan was recently announced to have been casted as the iconic villain settling any questions as to whether or not Rick would come face to face with Negan before season 7. Does this spell the end for Glenn?

So far the television series has mixed up the death count to be different from the comic counterpart. Bob replaced Dale as tainted meat. Tyresse died at Shirewilt Estates last season in a reverse of sorts having first appeared at Wiltshire Estates previous to the prison in the comic. Sasha seems to be taking over the role of Andrea as the sniper. Chances are the writers will do the same for Glenn especially after the whole dumpster ordeal. One major theory that seems to hold the most weight is that Daryl will be the one to meet Lucille if and when Negan shows up this season.

Before you start getting out the riot gear, think about this a little. We have been seeing less and less of Daryl this season as if we are being weaned off of him. His story seems to have become very stale since Beth died. What more does Daryl Dixon really have to offer The Walking Dead? He has come to terms with his past and who he is. He trusts people a lot more now, even going out as a recruiter for Alexandria. He became a valued member of the group, really growing out of the whole racist redneck image we had of him in season 1.

Another aspect to consider is that Daryl is second only to Rick as the most popular Character on a show that claims “No One Is Safe”.  The moment that Negan arrives and brutal ends Glenn is one of the moment significant moments of the entire comic series. Glenn has played second fiddle to Daryl since the start, having has a much larger role in comic series as well as being a fan favorite. Whomever gets Lucille has to make a huge impact.

The major point about Glenn’s death is that is makes the readers really hate Negan. There is no one else besides that Daryl that could make the audience hate Negan on the level we need too for the TV series. The legions of fan screaming “If Daryl Dies We Riot” can only keep him safe for so long. The appearance of Negan brings about a new chapter for The Walking Dead and Lucille is thirsty.

It will a long wait for the 2nd half of season 6. The first 8 episodes started out strong and ended…. Well…. Good. When season 6 picks back on Valentine’s Day with the episode “No Way Out”, here is to hoping they make it up to us with a lot of death, especially for Sam. He really needs to die for speaking a syllable while walking through a herd in a walker gut covered bed sheet.

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RECAP: TWD, S06E03, Thank You

RECAP: TWD, S06E03, Thank You

By Nicole Robinson

Last night’s Thank You, episode 3 in the sixth season of AMC’s The Walking Dead, had viewers screaming at the small screen and jaws dropped as they watched one the longest surviving members of Rick’s group possibly die in front of their very eyes. They warned us! No one is safe!

****SPOILER ALERT! If you have not watched the episode yet, why are you reading this?!****

Last night’s episode, Thank You, left most viewers either horrified or confused by the end, curious about the fate of our favorite pizza delivery guy. Most of us are sitting here wondering “Did he really just DIE?!”. It is possible that the blood and intestines we saw the walkers snacking on was not Glenn. It could have been Nicholas who knocked Glenn into the heard after shooting himself in the temple on top of the dumpster they were trapped on. Looks like Nick may have just killed Glenn after all.

Nick is trouble

But first, maybe we should go ahead and recap a little of the events from the rest of the episode so it looks like an honest review before we go through this whole Glenn dead or not dead thing...

This episode takes place during the events of last week’s blood bath. We catch up with Rick (Andrew Lincoln), Sasha, Daryl, Abraham, Glenn, Nicholas, and the rest of Alexandianites that are trying to deal with the giant mega herd that is STILL heading right for home. It has become really obvious to all of the viewers at this point that not everyone is going to survive this. Rick even says he knows this, and he seem to be totally cool with it. He pulls Michonne (Danai Gurira) and Glenn (Steven Yuen) aside, and flatly tells them, “Try to get the others back home, but not all of them [meaning the Alexandrians] are gonna make it.” Michonne and Glenn—who know how the zombie apocalypse works—are still kind of horrified to hear Rick say it out loud. But, Rick is still right.

Rick tells Michonne and Glenn to leave them behind

Sadly, it is obvious how bad the Alexandrites are at killing walkers. Even the wounded ones tell the others to go on without them. They already know.

Rick splits off from the group to go get the RV so he can use it to redirect the horde. Glenn and Michonne take the survivors and head towards Alexandria. Sasha, Daryl, and Abraham lead the part of the horde that was not distracted by the horn to the drop point. Rick’s hand is wounded on the way to RV while fighting some walkers. He pushes forward, killing more walkers and making it to the RV only to be attacked by wolves inside.

Attacking Rick Grimes is probably no a smart thing to do. These Wolves find out, dispatched as quickly as they attacked and Rick finds three more wolves sneaking up the side of the RV. The threat is short lived as he shoots them through the wall. Problem solved except now the RV won’t start. Anyone else miss Dale?

Glenn and Michonne’s group of Alexandrites with one bitten and one wounded, get trapped and Glenn’s idea to save the day is set a feed store on fire to distract the herd away. He takes Nicholas (Michael Traynor) with him and the two get cornered by the herd in an alleyway leading to being trapped on the dumpster.

Is Glenn Dead?

Considering that we did not actually see Glenn die and he was not on the “In Memorium” on Talking Dead, one could question if he really did get brutally eaten by the walkers. Yes we saw blood…. A lot of blood.

Glenn meets his demise

We saw walkers eating SOMEONE. It would take a miracle to get out of an insanely large group of walkers like that and if Glenn did survive the buffet, there better be a really good storyline as to how. Nicholas could have fallen on top of Glenn and shielded him from the herd. Maybe Glenn was able to shimmy under the dumpster to hide while they ate poor Nick. Or maybe Nick actually ended up being the one who kills Glenn after all. It appears we will be waiting awhile to find out. Next week’s Morgan centered backstory episode will finally be showing us how the Jedi master zen came to be with his magical stick. If Glenn is dead, chances are Maggie will turn up pregnant in the near future. This also leaves open other story lines from the comics that are highly anticipated to bring about the demise of other character’s in Glenn’s place. Or just good old fashioned great storytelling.

No matter what the case, this season started with an adrenaline rush that has not let up yet. Three back to back intense, gut wrenching episodes into season 6 have shown us that this is shaping up to be the best season yet of the zombie drama. We certainly do have something to fear this season…

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The Walking Dead Season 6 Returns Sunday!

The Walking Dead Season 6 Returns Sunday!

The Walking Dead
Season 6 Begins October 11, 2015

By Nicole Robinson

Rick, Carol and DarylThe excitement is building as viewers wait for The Walking Dead to return this Sunday to AMC for its sixth season after a very long summer for fans. The premiere of the season 6 trailer at this year’s San Diego Comic Con panel left viewers on the edge of their seats. Many are curious how the high adrenaline zombie drama will play out after last season’s cliffhanger. That ending made the summer so hard for fans they had to provide a spin off show to get them through it.

*****Caution: Spoilers Ahead.
Read At Your Own Risk*****

After the intense season finale "Conquer", we left our favorite sheriff turned anti-hero Rick Grimes played, by English actor Andrew Lincoln, who had just come face to face with his past in the form of fan favorite Morgan, marking the return of actor Lennie James. Last time Morgan and Rick came face to face in the season 3 episode "Clear", Rick found Morgan, alone, with an arsenal of weapons.

Walker 2

Robert Kirkman, the driving creative force behind The Walking Dead universe, has stated the reunion “will be the spine of season 6”. Does this mean fans should be prepared for a showdown between Rick and Morgan? Or will we see these two combine forces to lead the Alexandria Safe Zone during what is sure to be an action packed season? It seems at the forefront of this season will be the inevitable conflict between these two characters and the effect it will have on the residents of the safe zone.

Last season and the later end of season 4 showed leader Rick Grimes move to sheer brutality to stay alive and protect his family. From ripping Joe's throat out to save Carl, Michonne, and Daryl to killing Pete without a second thought, Rick has evolved into a fearless leader willing to do whatever it takes to survive. Season 6 brings something more than survival. Rick will be fighting for his home and he will defend it at any cost, against any threat, even if that threat comes from within.

Scenes of a large herd at the gates of the Alexandria Safe Zone shown during the trailer lead us to believe that the new home of Rick and friends will be invaded. Considering the "No one is safe" theme behind the show along with the new found abundance of new characters to kill off, the possibilities are endless. This also brings in a new factor: characters are now replaceable.

New characters Denise, Heath and CarterWith the ability to now introduce new characters in the form of Alexandria Safe Zone residents, the “No one is safe” theme could very well find its way into the group. Last season’s death count was rather disappointing aside from the death of Emily Kinney’s Beth, which managed to divide viewers. Who were either happy she finally stopped singing or angry that Daryl’s heart was broken, and spawning petitions to bring her back, even though she was shot in the head. This could mean that we are in store for some gruesome deaths this season and possibly of characters that have been with us since the beginning. There is a chance could be the season that rioting begins...

The trailer spoiled a new character coming to the series in the form of Heath, played by actor Corey Hawkins, who recently played Dr. Dre in NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton. A well-known character from The Walking Dead comic (YES, there is a comic), Heath is a Washington D.C. survivor who goes on supply runs with his best friend Scott (who could be the other new character for Season 6). A familiar face found in the trailer was that of Ethan Embry, known for his role in films such as Empire Records and Can’t Hardly Wait, who will be playing Carter, according to showrunner Scott Gimple. Not much is known about the character or the role he will play in the Alexandria Safe Zone but it exciting none the less to see how he will fit in with Rick and friends is the upcoming episodes. Other characters that have recently been announced include, Paul “Jesus” Monroe, played by Tom Payne, and Dr. Denise Cloyd, played by Merrit Weaver, as well as a casting call for a brutal psychopath who is narcissistic, egotistical, quick to braggadocio and anger, his own skin is his principal concern... Hmmmm... should we worry?

WalkerSeason 6 is expected to pick up very soon after the events of the season 5 finale, no doubt showing viewers how strong personalities with a will to survive will mix inside the walls of the Alexandria Safe Zone. This will be a crazy and intense season for fans with lots of surprising events coming to shake up Rick and his crew. Tune in this Sunday at 9 PM EST on AMC to watch the 90 minute premiere of season 6 of The Walking Dead followed by our resident therapist Chris Hardwick for the season premiere of The Talking Dead immediately after the show.

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Terrence Evans aka Uncle Monty Dies at 81

By Stephanie Roisland

Terrence Evans as Uncle Monty

Terrence Evans as Uncle Monty

Terrence Evans aka Uncle Monty from the 2003 version of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and the 2006 Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning, has died. He passed on August 7th, 2015 in Burbank at the age of 81. He was also well known for his roles in Star Trek: Voyager, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Terminator 2, and Clint Eastwood's Pale Rider.

Terrence Evans (Uncle Monty)

Born on June 20, 1934 in Los Angeles, California as Terrence Horace Evans, Evans stood 6'6" and began acting in 1970. His first role was as a postmaster in the TV movie The Young Country. Evans went on to act in such TV shows as Quincy, M.E., Hart to Hart, Little House on the Prairie, The Incredible Hulk, and The Greatest American Hero. To horror fans, however, Evans is best known for his role in the Texas Chainsaw films.

No known causes have yet been disclosed as to the reason he passed. He is survived by his wife Heidi, two children, two step-children and a grandson.

Terrence Evans was an icon to many and his talents will be missed by many, including the staff here at House of Tortured Souls.

Rest easy, Terrence.

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FEATURED ARTIST: Sid Graves Cemetery Prints

Sid Graves: Cemetery Prints

By Stephanie Roisland

Sid Graves Cemetary Prints 001

My husband John and I met the Graves (Sid Graves and his wife Becky) in 2009 at the Spooky Empire convention in Orlando, FL. We all became instant friends, enjoying each others company a few times a year at Florida conventions.

I cant say enough about Sid and his work. He is an amazing talent and has an eye to see things emerge in his mind, and then manipulate them into his breathtaking art. We personally own some of Sid's pieces; they are the focal point of our living space: radiating dark and saddening images, with just enough beauty to make them unforgettable.

Sid Graves Cemetary Prints 002Sid Graves is a 44-year-old self taught photographer. With no formal training, he has never let that slow his ambitions. His mother, who regrettably passed last year, was a free lance photographer and, when Sid was a child, his mentor.

Sid Graves Cemetary Prints 003When asked how long he had been doing photography he stated, "44 Years".

He is inspired by the unique and forgotten, and he is known for saying, "To find beauty within the morbid". That is his true calling. His favorite location to photograph is an old cemetery called Bonaventure, located in Savannah, GA.

Other than his photography, Sid also creates one of kind, custom, hand crafted frames in all shapes and sizes. Sid Graves Cemetary Prints 004All Sid's photography prints and frames are available for sale on his website.

You can also find him on Facebook at Cemetery Prints Inc. or email him directly at cemeteryprints@hotmail.com.

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