Friday the 13th Part 2

HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

HoTS Remembers Steve Dash

Memorial pieces are never easy to write, but this one stings even harder.  We have learned this morning that iconic actor and stuntman, Steve Dash has passed away.  Steve was 74.  Steve, of course gained fame for playing the “Sack Head” version of Jason Voorhees in Friday The 13th Part 2.  And I am not going to get into a Steve vs Warrigton debate with anyone today, so just accept this as fact.  Over the years Steve obtained many acting and stunt roles (with one last film on the way), but to many he was and will always be Jason.

Throughout the last several years, Steve toured the country and made appearances at multiple conventions.  Usually posing with a machete and his trademark black button down shirt, Steve made many friends on the Con scene.  The reason?  Steve Dash was a genuinely nice guy who cared about his fans.  Steve posted on social media about 3 things.  His family, his fans and films.  These things were important to him.  His family always came first, but after that he loved his fans.  He hated missing shows because he never wanted to disappoint anyone.

At the beginning of this month Steve posted on his social media pages that he was undergoing surgery to have one of his legs amputated due to diabetes.  Steve was set to have a prosthetic in the leg’s place.  Steve of course maintained that his goal was to make it to Days of the Dead: Atlanta in January.

Monster Mania ConventionUpon waking up this morning, Monster Mania Convention (a show that Steve made it to a lot) had posted the terrible news that no one wanted to read.  Steve had passed away last night after his battle with diabetes.  Everyone at House of Tortured Souls is saddened by this news and wishes to express our sympathy to the family, friends and fans of Steve.

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Fayetteville NC Comic Con To Showcase Horror Icons

Fayetteville NC Comic Con To Showcase Horror Icons

This weekend is the annual Comic Con for Fayetteville, NC. In addition to the many comic book artists and creators featured at the event, there is a new twist this year.  Fayetteville Comic Con ventured to the horror side a mere week and a half before Halloween. Tony Todd headlines the horror guest this year. Fans will of course recognize Tony as Candyman in the 1992 film and sequels. Todd also had featured roles in Hatchet and Hatchet 2, Death House and the new film, Hell Fest.

Tony Todd as Candyman at Days of the Dead - Charlotte, NC – 2018 / Image: Crypt Keeper Kent Fayetteville Comic COn

Fayetteville Comic Con

If Tony Todd was the only horror icon appearing at Fayetteville Comic Con, that would be a nice effort. Fayetteville Comic Con however, features an amazing lineup. Iconic makeup artist and creator, Tom Savini joins the fun at Fayetteville Comic Con. Known for his work in the Friday The 13th series and Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Savini for decades has created monsters and creatures forever remembered.

Speaking of Friday The 13th, Warrington Gillette will make his way to Fayetteville. Gillette is one of the many actors that have donned the mask (or potato sack) of Jason Voorhees.  Gillette played the role (with Steve Dash) in Part 2.

Fayetteville Comic Con

Fayetteville Comic Con

Fayetteville Comic Con has also gone old school. The legendary Butch Patrick, known as lovable Eddie Munster on The Munsters!  Butch is not coming alone either. Coming with him are props AND The Munsters cars from the show! Butch Patrick will also be a guest of Larry K on Fayetteville’s 98.6 BOB FM this Friday morning at 7 AM!

Mark Dodson, known for his voice work on Gremlins and Gremlins 2, along with WWE Hall of Famer Hacksaw Jim Duggan round out the horror guests. Many fans may not realize that Hacksaw Duggan has acted in several films and had a starring role in Cody Knotts’ Pro Wrestlers vs Zombies in 2014. If you are a wrestling fan and horror fan, this film should be on you watch list, by the way.

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The event will happen at The Crown Complex in Fayetteville, NC. A complete list of all of the guests, panel times, photo ops and more can be found on the FAYETTEVILLE COMIC CON website. There you can also buy tickets. You can also visit them on FACEBOOK.

All in all, Fayetteville Comic Con has heard the horror community loud and clear. They responded with a tremendous group of actors and icons from the horror world. They also booked horror guests that are “likable”. Each of the guests does have a reputation of being a great guy to meet as a fan at shows. Fayetteville got this lineup right made it fun to countdown to.  See everyone this weekend!

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History of Horror in May

History of Horror in May

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

May 1 – 7


05/01/1981 – Friday the 13th Part 2 released theatrically

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05/01/1987 – Creepshow 2 released theatrically


05/02/1965 – Ari Lehman (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th) born

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05/02/1972 – The Rock (actor in Doom) born


05/02/1989 – Society released theatrically

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19990502_Oliver Reed / Fair use doctrine.

05/02/1999 – Oliver Reed (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1938)


05/03/1996 – The Craft released theatrically

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19770504_Emily Perkins / Fair use doctrine.

05/04/1977 – Emily Perkins (actress in the Ginger Snaps series of films) born


05/05/1940 – Lance Henriksen (actor in many horror films) born

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05/05/1957 – Richard E. Grant (actor in Warlock) born


05/05/1965 – Alphaville, a Strange Adventure of Lemmy Caution released theatrically

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05/06/1982 – the play version of Little Shop of Horrors premiered on stage


05/06/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the United States

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05/06/2005 – House of Wax (2005) released theatrically


05/07/1939 – Ruggero Deodato (director of many horror films) born

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05/07/1968 – Traci Lords (actress in Blade) born

May 8 – 14


05/08/1958 – Horror of Dracula (the first Hammer Horror film) released theatrically

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05/08/1998 – Resident Evil 2 released on the PlayStation in Europe


05/08/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan

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19800509_Friday_the_13th_(1980)_theatrical_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/09/1980 – Friday the 13th released theatrically


05/09/2003 – Castlevania: Aria of Sorrow released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union

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05/10/1947 – Caroline B. Cooney (author of horror directed at teenagers) born


05/10/1994 – John Wayne Gacy (serial killer, partial inspiration for the prevalence of evil clown imagery in horror) executed

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19360511_Draculas_Daughter_original_Poster_1936 / Fair use doctrine.

05/11/1936 – Dracula’s Daughter released theatrically


05/11/1955 – Revenge of the Creature released theatrically

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05/11/1984 – Firestarter released theatrically


05/11/2001 – Ginger Snaps released theatrically

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05/12/1930 – Jesús Franco (director of sexually-charged horror films) born


05/12/1961 – Lar Park Lincoln (actress in Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood) born

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05/13/1935 – Werewolf of London released theatrically


05/13/1988 – Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood released theatrically

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05/14/1265 – Dante Alighieri (author of The Divine Comedy) born (d. 1321)


05/14/1983 – Amber Tamblyn (actress in The Ring and The Grudge 2)

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May 15 - 21


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005/15/1961 – Katrin Cartlidge (actress in From Hell) born1



05/15/2000 – Shadow of the Vampire released theatrically

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05/16/1836 – Edgar Allan Poe marries his 13-year-old cousin Virginia


05/16/1960 – Peeping Tom released theatrically

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20010516_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.

05/16/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on PC


05/17/1946 – F. Paul Wilson (author of several stories in the Cthulhu Mythos) born

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19730517_Matthew_McGrory / Fair use doctrine.

05/17/1973 – Matthew McGrory (actor in several horror films) born (d. 2005)


05/18/1924 – Priscilla Pointer (actress in Carrie, Twilight Zone: The Movie, A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, and C.H.U.D. II – Bud the Chud) born

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05/18/1971 – The Abominable Dr. Phibes released theatrically


05/18/2006 – The Breed released theatrically

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05/19/1989 – Fright Night II released theatrically


05/19/2002 – The X-Files ends its run on television

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20040519_Angel / Fair use doctrine.

05/19/2004 – Angel ends its run on television


05/20/2003 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer ends its run on television

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20050520_Dominion_A_Prequel_to_the_Exorcist_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/20/2005 – Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist released theatrically


05/21/1992 – Carnosaur released theatrically

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May 22 - 28


19920522_Alien3_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/22/1992 – Alien3 released theatrically


05/23/1980 – The Shining released theatrically

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19860523_Poltergeist II / Fair use doctrine.

05/23/1986 – Poltergeist II released theatrically


05/23/2003 – Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Europe

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19950524_Tales From the Hoodposter / Fair use doctrine.

05/24/1995 – Tales from the Hood released theatrically


05/25/1967 – Poppy Z. Brite (author of gothic and horror short stories and novels) born

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19790525_Alien_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/25/1979 – Alien released theatrically


05/25/2007 – Bug released theatrically (US)

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05/26/1913 – Peter Cushing (actor known for his portrayals of Abraham Van Helsing) born (d. 05/26/1994)


05/26/1964 – Caitlin R. Kiernan (horror author) born

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19900526_Friday_The_13th_The_Series / Fair use doctrine.

05/26/1990 – Friday the 13th: The Series ends its run on television


05/26/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in Europe

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05/27/1911 – Vincent Price (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1993)


05/27/1922 – Christopher Lee (actor known for his numerous portrayals of Dracula) born

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19340527_Harlan_Ellison_at_the_LA_Press_Club_19860712 Pip R. Lagenta from San Mateo / Copyright 2006 by Galen A. Tripp

05/27/1934 – Harlan Ellison (author of numerous novels and short stories) born


05/27/1973 – Night Gallery ends its run on television

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19880527_Killer_klowns_from_outer_space_poster / Fair use doctrine.

05/27/1988 – Killer Klowns from Outer Space released theatrically

May 29 - 31


05/29/1912 – John Gilling (director of many Hammer Films) born

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05/29/1953 – Danny Elfman (composer of scores for The Frighteners, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Edward Scissorhands, Sleepy Hollow, and Tales from the Crypt) born

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19570529_James Whale with Frankenstein's monster / Fair use doctrine.

05/29/1957 – James Whale (director of many horror films) dies (b. 1889)


05/30/1943 – Dennis Etchison (author of horror fiction) born

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19670530_Claude_Rains_in_Now_Voyager / Fair use doctrine.

05/30/1967 – Claude Rains (actor in many horror films) dies (b. 1889)


05/30/2003 – Wrong Turn released theatrically

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19750531_Sienna_Guillory_at_the_Moet_BIFA_2014 / Fair use doctrine.

05/31/1975 – Sienna Guillory (actress in Resident Evil: Apocalypse) born


05/31/1977 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) dies (b. 1914)

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