Edgar Allen Poe

Monster Interviews: Nicholas Vince – Pride Month

Monster Interviews: Nicholas Vince – Pride Month

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  • NV: Very early on. I took part in plays when I was at primary school. When I was 11 my English teacher, invited me to join the local amateur drama society, who were putting on evening excerpts from the books of Charles Dickens. I played all the small boys, such as Pip from Great Expectations.
  • I think what engaged my interest, was that I could use my imagination and, like all kids, I just enjoyed playing at make-believe.
  • DS: How did you become involved in the independent horror film industry? What initially drew you to horror and what’s caused you to stay?
  • NV: The first books I read from our local library when I was seven or eight years old, were the Greeks myths, which involved gods and monsters. After that, I graduated to ghost stories. Then in my mid-teens, I watched the Universal horror movies, late at night on the television. I loved the fact that except for Dracula, the “monsters,” were the good guys. Frankenstein’s Creature was a victim who was only looking for love.
  • My first independent film was, of course, Hellraiser. I got involved with that because I’d known Clive Barker for around three years and he asked me. More recently, I have met independent filmmakers at film conventions, such as London’s FrightFest, and they invited me to be part of their projects.
  • DS: You’ve garnered many fandoms from your portrayal as the Chattering Cenobite in Clive Barker’s 1987 film, Hellraiser. What’s it like being the Chatterer and working with Clive and Doug? Do you enjoy the recognition that comes with that role, or is it a bit much at times?
  • NV: It was a problematic costume and made up to work in because it was so restrictive. I couldn’t hear speak or see; which dictated the stillness of performance. Initially, Clive and I had discussed the idea that I’d be leaping around the set, like a chattering monkey. However, the design of the makeup and costume were so durable that I didn’t need to do much to make the Chatterer terrifying.
  • Working with Clive and Doug, and the rest of the casting crew, was a massive amount of the fun. I laughed so much in the green room; the sound engineer threatened to do me harm as my laughter could be heard on set and was ruining takes.
  • DS: What are your thoughts on the news of the Hellraiser reboot, which was once rumored to be done by Clive Barker, but is now said to be in the hands of writer and producer Steven S. Goyer?
  • NV: I think that the most critical element is that Clive Barker should be involved. Along with Doug as Pinhead. Clive created a vast world which many writers and artists, outside the films, have contributed new stories. I’m thinking of the Hellraiser comics and the collection of short stories Hellbound Hearts, edited by Paul Kane and Marie O’Regan. So, I believe there is a vast scope for Mr. Goyer to do something incredible and exciting, mainly if Clive Barker is at the heart of it.
  • DS: Genre fans might not know this, but you acted in only three horror films from 87′ to 90‘, before a twenty-year hiatus. You’ve only recently resurfaced over the last decade. What’s the reason behind your current resurgence?
  • NV: After we made Nightbreed, I decided to give up acting and concentrate on writing comics. As well as contributing stories to the Hellraiser and Nightbreed comics, I also wrote weekly and monthly comics for Marvel UK. Then three of those projects were canceled within a month of each other, and I found myself having to earn a living, and I ended up working in computers. Also, then, in 2012, I had a chance to leave that and return to writing and acting.
  • DS: As we celebrate Pride month in the States, what does it mean to you, and how important is it to have the LBGT community represented in the horror genre?
  • NV: As a gay man, I think it’s hugely important. It’s great to see so many LGBT characters represented in modern horror films and TV series; not just as “the pansy” who gets killed in the first reel’ or the ‘trans homicidal maniac.‘ Another favorite movie of mine is Hellbent (dir. Paul Etheredge), which is a stalk and slash film set in West Hollywood at Halloween.
  • Over the years, many people from the community have mentioned to me they found comfort in the film Nightbreed. Many of us were made to feel we were monstrous as we were LGBT, and Nightbreed is a film which celebrates the monsters and shows the real villains are the ‘normal’ people.
  • DS: Being your career has spanned nearly four decades, do you still find and take pleasure in the art, and what have you found most fulfilling about acting?
  • NV: I do still enjoy acting, as it’s always different. In the last year, I’ve played a father, a guy at a gym, a bartender and a “monster without makeup” – to quote the director when he offered me the part. What do I find most fulfilling? I like how acting is really about studying humanity. It’s about walking in another person’s shoes. Also, that, I think, helps broaden my understanding of other people. That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s always good for children to have drama lessons. Not only can the experiences help increase confidence, but they can also teach them to think of another person’s viewpoint.
  • DS: You wear a ton of hats such as Actor, Writer, Producer, Director, Author, and more. Which is your personal favorite, and which do you find most gratifying and rewarding?
  • NV: I wish, at times, that I did have a favorite as it would make life an awful lot more manageable. Moreover, later this year, the plan is to add Artist more fully to that list. However, the truth is, I enjoy all of them when they’re going well, and I wish I were doing one of the others when I’m struggling with something.
  • DS: Do you have any special upcoming projects that you’d like to let your followers know? Any future content that you’d like to share with your fans?
  • NV: I’m working on a couple of things which I’ll be able to talk about later this year.In the meantime, the feature film, Book of Monsters (dir. Stewart Sparke), in which I play the heroine’s father, was recently released by Epic Pictures and I feature in a few other films due to be hitting festivals or release later this year, For We Are Many (Hex Studios), Borley Rectory (dir. Ashley Thorpe), Heckle (dir. Martyn Pick), The Offer (dir. Chris Griffiths and Gary Smart) which is available on Amazon Prime and Fuck You Immortality (Federico Scargiali) and a couple more currently in production.
  • DS: Where can people follow you and stay up to date with what you’re doing? Are there any social media platforms you’re on more regularly than others?
  • NV: I’m most often on Facebook  and Twitter  but the most accessible way to track projects I’m working on, watch my short films and where I’ll be making appearances is on my website, nicholasvince.com, where people can also check out my store.
  • DS: As a formality, we have a final question we like to ask all of our guests. If you could pick one and only one, which would you say is your all-time favorite horror film?
  • NV: That has to be ‘The Masque of the Red Death,’ based on a couple of Edgar Allen Poe stories. It starred Vincent Price and was directed by Roger Corman. It’s a weird film with some great set pieces and asks some important moral questions about the role of God in the world’s suffering.
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VORTEXX HALLOWEEN SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016

VORTEXX HALLOWEEN SCHEDULE FOR OCTOBER 30 – NOVEMBER 6, 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!



Halloween is now just two days away, and our week-long Countdown to Halloween concludes with an old-time haunted radio show hosted by Cnl. Graves and an Atomic Age Cinema Halloween Special on Sunday followed by our third annual Vortexx Halloween Party hosted by Mortimer Van Creep on Monday. This week's line-up includes THREE new movies making their Vortexx debut along with several returning favorites. Our other hosts this week are Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Timber Wulff, Remo D. & friends, Dave Binkley & Mike Mace, Lord Blood-Rah, and Arachna & Deadly. And be sure to look below the promos to learn the identity of OUR NEWEST SPONSOR! Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

Sunday (10/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN
presents
TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO


PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones presents TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO. Cnl. Graves and Smiley are back to celebrate Halloween again, this time with the Haunted Radio! Join us for audio tricks and treats as we listen to HP Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror, Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, and the Washington Irving classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But the chills aren't just for your ears as our two hosts also hit a Halloween Party and learn about Halloween Safety -- plus even more treats! This one is gonna be a lotta fun! Don't miss it!

Sunday (10/30). 10:45 P.M. (ET)
ATOMIC AGE CINEMA
presents
2016 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL


[Time Approximate.] Be sure to stick around after the radio show for the all-new ATOMIC AGE CINEMA 2016 HALLOWEEN SPECIAL! No movie or clip compilation tonight, folks. Just 30 minutes of hilarious hi-jinks courtesy of Dr. Calamari, Baron Mardi, Basement Boy, Woody, Reverend Polypus and special guests Kimera Minion, Joho, and Gabba D. Butt. There's a disturbance in the shack and the boys can't agree on what's causing it. Baron Mardi and Basement Boy say it's a ghost; Dr. Calamari thinks its something far more sinister -- Science! They decide to settle the argument by having a seance and calling on the Spirit of the Shack to find out who's right. Calamari's celebrity booger collection and Mardi's donkey porn tapes -- all 22,000 of them -- are riding on the outcome of their bet.

Monday (10/31). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
VORTEXX & SKUNKY CINEMA
presents
THE VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY
and The Vortexx premiere of
CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966)


Join us tonight as we celebrate The Season of the Witch with our third annual VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY! Our Monster of Ceremonies Mortimer Van Creep will kick off the celebration with a brand new episode of SKUNKY CINEMA. Tonight Morty will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966). Kenneth Williams stars as the revived Dr. Watt and luscious Fennella Fielding is his vampirish sister in the twelfth installment of the long-running British "Carry On" series. Together they create two Frankenstein monsters named Oddbod and Oddbod Jr. who go around kidnapping hapless women. Mr. Hyde and a mummy join in the fun in this parody of the Hammer horror films of the 1960s. And for all you night owls, West Coasters, and Halloween junkies who took off work on November 1, the party continues at 11 (ET) with three full hours of MORT'S MONSTER SHORTS!

Tuesday (11/01). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
THE AMAZING MR. X (1948) aka The Spiritualist


BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, and Ali Katt presents THE AMAZING MR. X (1948) aka The Spiritualist. Turhan Bey and Richard Carlson star in this film noir about a grieving widow who is approached by a spiritualist (Bey) who claims he can help reach her lost love on "the other side." Is Mr. X a phony or is he the real deal? Join us tonight and find out. Carole Landis was originally scheduled to play the part of the grieving widow, but she committed suicide a few days before shooting began and popular World War II pin-up beauty Lynn Bari (aka "The Woo Woo Girl") was hired to take her place. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with footage from September's HorrorHound Weekend in Indianapolis, punk-rock musical guests The Jasons, a movie review by Mark Krawczyk from The Final Cut, and more!

Wednesday (11/02). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
TOXIC TALES WITH TIMBER WULFF
presents
WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY (1961)


TOXIC TALES WITH TIMBER WULFF returns to the Vortexx with a brand-new episode! Tonight our good friend and chat room regular Timber Wulff will be hosting WEREWOLF IN A GIRL'S DORMITORY (1961) aka The Ghoul in School. Despite the cheesy title and the lack of a compelling shower scene, this Italian-Austrian co-production is actually a pretty decent movie. Several students at a girls school are murdered by a snarling, wolf-like creature. Who is the killer? Is it the new science teacher (Carl Schell)? Or the creepy caretaker (Peter Lorre look-alike Luciano Pigozzi)? Or maybe the head master (Curt Lowens)? We suspect that most of our viewers already know the answer to that question, but we're looking forward to seeing Timber Wulff's take on this venerable chestnut.

Thursday (11/03). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM
presents
THE MAGIC SERPENT (1966)


REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM with Remo and co-hosts Dr. Montag and Kato the Black Hornet presents The Vortexx premiere of THE MAGIC SERPENT (1966). This Kaiju-Ninja fantasy, based loosely on a famous Japanese folktale, is the movie that supposedly inspired George Lucas to make Star Wars. It's the story of Ikazuchi-Maru, a young prince in medieval Japan whose kingdom is overtaken and his family killed by an evil warlord. Years later the now-grown prince, having mastered the art of ninjutsu and toad magic thanks to an old hermit named Dojin Hiki, returns from exile to take back his kingdom, facing ghosts, ninjas, and the evil wizard Oroki-maru along the way. The conclusion is an all- out battle between the prince and the wizard, who transform themselves into (respectively) a giant frog and a giant serpent. Meanwhile back at the Manor the inter-dimensional portal that Dr. Montag created has opened up again, and Hoichi-Maru the Snake Goddess is on the loose.

Friday (11/04). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
THE LAST ALARM (1940)


THE WEIRDNESS REALLY BAD MOVIE with Dave Binkley and Mike Mace presents The Vortexx premiere of THE LAST ALARM (1940). Veteran character actor J. Farrell MacDonald has a rare starring role in this tale of a recently retired fire chief who becomes involved in the investigation of a series of suspicious fires. The finger of suspicion soon points to the keeper of an antiques shop that the chief's daughter has recently visited. The film uses footage of real fires and firemen rushing to fight them to add to the air of authenticity. In keeping with the theme of tonight's movie, the host segments were filmed at the Mansfield Fire Museum in Mansfield, Ohio.

Saturday (11/05). 8:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S
NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE

presents
MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET (1967) aka Gappa: The Triphibian Monster


LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE presents MONSTER FROM A PREHISTORIC PLANET (1967) aka Gappa: The Triphibian Monster. Reminiscent of the 1961 British movie Gorgo, this Japanese production features the Gappa family -- a trio of giant "bird lizards" who live in a remote area of Obelisk Island in the South Pacific. Problems arise when an expedition from Tokyo kidnaps baby Dweezil Gappa, and angry parents Frank and Gail take out their frustrations by leveling the Japanese capital city. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with an assortment of trailers and other cool extras, including we hope another Cranial Cavity Search!

Sunday (11/06). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
Roger Corman's CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961)


BEWARE THEATER returns to The Vortexx with a brand-new episode and another classic from the Golden Age of Black & White. Tonight Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly are hosting Roger Corman's CREATURE FROM THE HAUNTED SEA (1961). Anthony Carbone, doing his best Bogie imitation, plays small-time crook Renzo Capetto who hatches a scheme to steal the national treasury of a Caribbean island with the help of a mythical sea monster -- who turns out to be real. Betsy Jones-Moreland plays Renzo's girlfriend Mary-Belle Monahan. Ed Wain (actually Academy Award winning screenwriter Robert Towne) is agent Sparks Moran. Beach Dickerson steals every scene he's in as a guy who communicates with animal noises. Don't expect to be scared, because it's all played for laughs.












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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 23 – 31 OCTOBER 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 23 – 31 OCTOBER 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

Welcome to The Vortexx where it's been ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME FOR SIX YEARS!




Halloween is now just a little over a week away, and our COUNT-DOWN TO HALLOWEEN begins with a full week of Halloween-themed programming, culminating next Monday (Halloween) with our third annual Vortexx Halloween Party! This week's line-up includes THREE movies making their Vortexx debut, an old-time haunted radio show, and a trip to the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. We've got a powerhouse line-up of monsters -- vampires, zombies, witches & warlocks, ghosts, a werewolf, a mummy, Mr. Hyde, and a couple of oddball Frankenstein monsters -- to make your Halloween a week a memorable one. Our hosts are Arachna & Deadly, Vincent Grimmly, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Bobby Gammonster & Boris the Buzzard, Dr. Zoid & Sluggo, Sicko Psychotic, Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones, Master Vyle & Queman at the Pensinula of Horror, and Mortimer Van Creep hosting our Halloween Party. Enjoy the shows and Happy Halloween!

Sunday (10/23). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
NOSFERATU (1922)

BEWARE THEATER with Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another gem from the Golden Age of Black-and-White -- F. W. Murnau's NOSFERATU (1922). Max Schreck plays the blood sucking vampire count in one of the first -- and definitely one of the scariest -- screen adaptations of Bram Stoker's Dracula. Arachna has taken some creative license to make this silent movie . . . well, less silent. Nosferatu actually speaks, and there are also some sound effects, different music, and lots of scary fun. This episode was a big hit with our viewers when it aired in The Vortexx last April, and we're betting that you're going to enjoy it even more the second time round. Tonight show will be preceded by a tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink hosted by one of his closest friends -- Dale Kay, host of DALE KAY'S SPOOKSHOW. Jim passed away last year on October 24.

Monday (10/24). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973)

NIGHT CHILLS THEATRE with Vincent Grimmly and his pet raven Phydeaux presents The Vortexx premiere of VENGEANCE OF THE ZOMBIES (1973). Paul Naschy plays a triple role in this stupendously bad but fun-to-watch Spanish horror thriller. Wearing a wig that makes him look like an Elvis impersonator, Naschy is hilariously miscast as Krishna, a charismatic Indian guru who may or may not be responsible for gang of murderous zombies on the loose in London. Naschy also plays Krishna's hideously disfigured brother Kantaka, and he sports some ridiculous looking horns playing The Devil himself. Argentinean beauty Mirta Miller plays the Guru's Indian girlfriend Kala. Some gratuitous nudity, a little gore, and an undeniably groovy free-form jazz and progressive-rock score add to the fun. Tonight's show will be preceded by Dale Kay's tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink, who passed away a year ago today on October 24, 2015.

Tuesday (10/25). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
HORROR HOTEL (1960)


BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Marijohuana presents a Vortex favorite -- HORROR HOTEL (1960) aka City of the Dead. A 300-year-old witch needs annual virgin sacrifices in order sustain her immortality, and virgins are getting harder and harder to find! Starring Christopher Lee and directed by John Llewellyn Moxey (Night Stalker), this chilling tale about witchcraft in a small New England town was released in the same year as Psycho and has been compared to that film in several ways. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with musical guests Bolonium, a movie review by Mark Krawczyk from The Final Cut, a special Bloody little secret short film, and more! Tonight's show will be preceded by Dale Kay's tribute to Jim (The Colonel) Klink. [Movie poster by Sean Hartter courtesy of Saturday Fright Special.]

Wednesday (10/26). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT
presents
THE GHOST (1963)


MONSTER MOVIE NIGHT with Bobby Gammonster and Boris the Buzzard presents THE GHOST (1963). Not just any ghost, mind you, but the ghost of Dr. Hitchcock of Horrible Dr. Hitchcock fame. Barbara Steele stars as his unfaithful wife, who plots against the doctor, now a cripple, with the help of her lover, while the lover plots against Babs with the help of the housekeeper. It's directed by Riccardo Freda, who had a great influence on both Mario Bava and Dario Argento. This movie has lots of atmosphere, lots of Babs, and a terrific twist ending, so don't miss it!

Thursday (10/27). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES
presents
THE MAD MONSTER (1942)


Our Countdown to Halloween continues tonight with the ALTERNATIVE REALITIES Halloween show from 2014. Tonight Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Suggo are hosting THE MAD MONSTER (1942) affectionately known to its fans as "Of Mice and Men and Werewolves," Glenn Strange, best remembered as the Frankenstein Monster in three Universal movies, plays Petro, a simple-minded handyman very reminiscent of the simpleton Lenny in the Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men. Only this time a mad scientist (George Zucco) turns the simpleton into a werewolf!

Friday (10/28). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
SICKO-PSYCHOTIC
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY (1973)


SICKO-PSYCHOTIC returns to The Vortexx to host the Vortexx premiere of THE VAMPIRES' NIGHT ORGY (1973). Imagine what Two Thousand Maniacs would have been like if Herschell Gordon Lewis had used vampires instead of southern rednecks, and you'll have a good idea of what tonight's movie is all about. It's a Spanish-Italian co-production directed by Leon Klimovsky, who also directed The Werewolf Versus the Vampire Woman and Monday night's Vengeance of the Zombies. This time, however, Klimovsky eschews his favorite go-to star Paul Naschy in favor of the lesser known Jack Taylor (the stripey-shirt guy in last week's Horror of the Zombies). It's about a busload of travelers who decide to spend the night in a nearby town when the bus driver suffers a fatal heart attack. At first the town seems to be uninhabited, but the travelers soon discover that it's populated by some (non-traditional) vampires who like to tear their victims to pieces. WARNING: Tonight's movie contains nudity and brutal violence and is definitely for adults only. So please keep the kids locked in the cellar tonight. It's the only safe place for them.

Saturday (10/29). 8:00 P.M. (ET)
PENINSULA OF HORROR
presents
WHAT IN THE SAMHAIN? CHAT NIGHT!


Join us tonight for a triple dose of HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS as THE PENINSULA OF HORROR -- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts -- celebrates its Third Anniversary with WHAT IN THE SAMHAIN? Chat Night! The main show starts at 8 (ET) as Master Vyle and Queman host THE GIANT GILA MONSTER (1959). They used a Mexican Beaded Lizard instead of a Gila Monster, and the movie lumbers along even more slowly than its title monster. But this low-budget gem has rock music, hot rods, skid marks, and plenty of unintentional laughs. Then stick around at 10 (ET) when Master Vyle and Queman return to host THE KILLER SHREWS (1959). Who cares if the shrews are really just dogs with rugs attached to them? This is a highly entertaining movie! The shrew action continues at Midnight (ET) as Master Vyle presents THE KILLER SHREWS (PILOT VERSION). It's the same movie but different host bits as Master Vyle presents the never-before-seen pilot version of his show. We must warn you, however, once you see this show, it can never be unseen! There will be a PreShow for the Early Boids -- THE GREAT GRUMPLIN'S HALLOWEEN SAFETY SHOW -- starting at 7 (ET).
PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's show will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror's Livestream channel -- livestream.com/tpoh Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of Horror.

Sunday (10/30). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN
presents
TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO


PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves & Smiley Bones presents TALES FROM THE HAUNTED RADIO. Cnl. Graves and Smiley are back to celebrate Halloween again, this time with the Haunted Radio! Join us for audio tricks and treats as we listen to HP Lovecraft's Dunwich Horror, Edgar Allen Poe's The Raven, and the Washington Irving classic The Legend of Sleepy Hollow. But the chills aren't just for your ears as our two hosts also hit a Halloween Party and learn about Halloween Safety -- plus even more treats! This one is gonna be a lotta fun! Don't miss it!

Monday (10/31). 9:00 P.M. (ET)
VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY: SKUNKY CINEMA
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966)


Join us tonight as we celebrate The Season of the Witch with our third annual VORTEXX HALLOWEEN PARTY! Our Monster of Ceremonies Mortimer Van Creep will kick off the celebration with a brand new episode of SKUNKY CINEMA. Tonight Morty will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of CARRY ON SCREAMING (1966). Kenneth Williams stars as the revived Dr. Watt and luscious Fennella Fielding is his vampirish sister in the twelfth installment of the long-running British "Carry On" series. Together they create two Frankenstein monsters named Oddbod and Oddbod Jr. who go around kidnapping hapless women. Mr. Hyde and a mummy join in the fun in this parody of the Hammer horror films of the 1960s. And for all you night owls, West Coasters, and Halloween junkies who took off work on November 1, the party continues at 11 (ET) with three full hours of MORT'S MONSTER SHORTS!










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MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Poe (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Poe (2014)

By: Stephanie Roisland

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Tales of Poe 2014

Directed by: Bart Mastronardi of MastroPiece Productions and Alan Rowe Kelly of SouthPaw Pictures

Produced by: Nicole Alexis, Robert Kuiper, Bart Mastronardi and Alan Rowe Kelly

Associate Production by: Amy Lynn Best, Mike Watt and Marcus A. DeCosta

Screenplay by: Bart Mastronardi, Alan Rowe Kelly and Michael Varrati

Music and sound design by: Tom Burns/ Really Horrible Music

Including a cast of: Adrienne King, Amy Steel, Caroline Williams, Randy Jones, Lesleh Donaldson, Desiree Gould, Alan Rowe Kelly, Debbie Rochon and Bette Cassatt

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I was personally looking forward to reviewing this film, as an Edgar Allen Poe fan myself, this was intriguing and anticipated.  The ambitious and twisted portrayal of these writings was a refreshing approach to these horror classics.

Over a great many years, Poe has spoken to the world of love, death and the struggles life pans out for those in the grasps of a dark cloud. We each in our minds have built a story, where the characters come alive, we tend to think towards the obvious and literal terms in which he writes. What if we didn't, what if we really analyzed the depth of his words and the embraced the darkness in his heart.  That's what Tales of Poe has done, made a film and characters to match the emotions spoken in his works. The characters reach out and grab you in this beautifully made reenactment of the dark and macabre.

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The Tell Tale Heart was amazingly preformed, a few of those actors being Desiree Gould, Adrienne King and Alan Rowe Kelly. Nurse Malliard was a sinister bitch with a true power trip, while the real murderous and scary presence was the quiet Private Nurse. I loved the feel of this segment of the film. Miss Lamarr was a terrorizing sight and that bell! I don't think ever in my life I will forget the sound of those repetitive chimes and the overwhelming echo they unleashed. The ending of this amused me to no other, I really enjoyed the bloody finish.

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The Cask was an abrupt entrance into a story that had been building for years. A celebration to a future, one thinks its forever, and the others' plan differs just a bit. This story has one twist and then another, never think at any time you have the upper hand because a set of stairs and some cement can fix that uneven karma real quick. I really enjoyed the setting of this and the underground catacombs were super creepy. The cast included Brewster McCall, Alan Rowe Kelly and Randy Jones. Mr. Kelly played Gogo Montresor and I must say did it brilliantly. His presence is exuberant and had me captivated from the first word spoken. I love how he takes center stage and holds your attention till the end.

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The last and final segment of this brilliant production is Dreams.  Supported by a cast composed of Brewster McCall, Caroline Williams, Adrienne King, Amy Steel and Bette Cassatt as" the Dreamer". This was a horrifying and yet gorgeously dark look into the world of dreams. The tapping of the umbrella foot sounds of a grandfather clock pendulum and Caroline Williams owned the Angel of Dreams character. Though she was good and had a sense of calming in her presence, the horror and murderous blood scenes were a nice treat. Some sad but some a little amusing and confusing all in one, exactly the way you feel in a vivid dream. Bette Cassatt was a wonderful addition to the feel of the film, her character was made for her. She has this delicate essence to her and she nailed it in my opinion.  The makeup in this film was dark but exuberant , some bloody and gruesome and others creepy and sinister. They all carried an Alice in Wonderland feel, which was a pleasant surprise in a silent film. The narration in the middle and towards the end was a welcomed treat but not needed to understand what was happening.

Tales of Poe is a great addition to the horror community and is welcomed by me. It has been screening at various film festivals across the United States and Canada including New York Horror Film Fest, LA Horror Fest and H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival. The film has received 16 awards and continuing press since its release and Alan Rowe Kelly has stating that they are "courting distributors for the right home".  Please checkout the trailer posted above or the website http://www.talesofpoefilm.com.

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