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What’s Coming and Going on Netflix in October?

Many are already enjoying the delights of Netflix and gearing up for their horror fix through the Halloween month. I won’t be listing everything available through October, but I’m here to let you know some of the most intriguing and fun movies and shows that will be coming and going throughout October on Netflix.

Leaving Netflix in October will be Casper, Cloverfield, Deliverance, Gremlins, Obsessed and The Nightmare. So be sure to get your chance to view them one last time in the next 48hrs.

 

OCTOBER 4th

On October 4th Netflix will be adding Creeped Out season 2, a British/Canadian Horror Anthology tv series focused on creepy stories. This is a great chance to binge watch both seasons, if you haven’t acquainted yourself with it yet.

Also on October 4th comes the release of the adaptation of the Stephen King/ Joe Hill Novella In The Tall Grass. Directed by Vincenzo Natali (Cube, Splice) and starring Patrick Wilson, this is a dramatic mystery sure to thrill fans.

OCTOBER 11th

Japanese Director Sion Sono (Tag) newest film will debut on Netflix on October 11th. Forest of Love is a crime, thriller about a con man serial killer who meets his match.

Also on October 11th we will see the release of Fractured. An American thriller , by director Brad Anderson and starring Australian actor Sam Worthington (Avatar, Terminator Salvation) and Lily Rabe (American Horror Story). The film is a Hitchcockian style thriller, about a man searching for his wife and daughter.

Season two of Haunted appears on Netflix to chill you through October. Season one featured Filmmaker Jason Hawkins (The Blair Witch Legacy) in one episode. It was also the cause of much controversy over an episode of two sisters, claiming their father was a serial killer (Slaughterhouse Episode). Most of us will be curious of what stories will be told this season and will there be more controversial episodes?

OCTOBER 18th

October 18th provides us with Eli. Starring Lili Taylor (The Conjuring, The Haunting) and Directed by  Ciaran Foy (Citadel, Sinister 2) , the plot revolves around a boy who becomes trapped in a house while undergoing treatment for a rare disease.

OCTOBER 24th

Less scary, more humorous comes Daybreak on October 24th. This ten episode dramatic comedy focuses on a Mad Max style apocalyptic scenario and zombies. Starring Matthew Broderick (Ladyhawke, The Cable Guy), this series was adapted from the Brian Ralph graphic novel.

Also on the 24th comes Revenge of Pontianak. This Singaporean/ Malayan language romantic horror uses the south Asian folklore of the Pontianak (a woman who dies with child or during childbirth without a proper funeral, that returns as a vampire). In this film a woman and her village are terrorised by a Pontianaks arrival, as it seeks to take revenge on the guy she loves.

 

OCTOBER 25th

Lastly on the 25th Rattlesnake will be available on Netflix. This psychological thriller is about a woman who saves her daughter after being bitten by a rattlesnake, by taking on the “debt” of killing a total stranger. It is directed by Zac Hilditch (The Final Hours, 1922).

 

For the Younger Viewers this month:

Yes there’s a little spooky fun for the younger crowd within your homes (or even those young at heart),  including some additions to the animated Spooky Monsters with season 3 and Vida’s 1st Halloween Special, On October 4th.

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On the 5th comes the Spooky Tale Of Captain Underpants Hack-O-Ween. Many kids love the adventures of this Underpants clad animated superhero and this instalment is just in time for Halloween.

And finally October 17th introduces The Unlisted, an Australian teen series focused on twelve year old twin boys, who discover that the government is secretly tracking and manipulating the youth via electronic tracking devices.

 

Many horror films and shows already are available on Netflix, so don’t forget during the Spooky season about them too. Happy Halloween viewings. Time for some real Netflix and Chills.

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Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

I recently got an opportunity to take a look at the latest comic book from writer and artist Benito Andino II. Inside Us All is a sci-fi/horror short which despite only being five pages, still manages to deliver quite an impact.

Remember when you were a kid and school was awesome and you had many friends? Yeah me neither…and vengeance is sweet. Bullies vs. vengeful disabled children. This comic is dedicated to my 2 disabled children. You are my world. 

As mentioned above the theme of the comic deals with bullying and from the start we are introduced to Becky, a young girl who is running away from a group of students. Suffering with cerebral palsy she finds it difficult to outrun her attackers and decides to hide in the toilets but is subsequently found. Trapped and with nowhere to run, Becky is badly beaten by her attackers who laugh as she pleads for them to stop. However, as they begin push her too far, they soon realize that Becky is not alone and they themselves become the victims.

Violence and blood are regular fixtures in Benito’s work and fans with be please to know that he does not disappoint, as the tables are suddenly turned on the bullies. As with a lot of Benito’s previous work, there is often a justification behind the violence and a reason why you either support or oppose their actions.

With some of his previous work Benito has stepped back from some of the artwork, concentrating more on the original story and lettering for the comic. However, for Inside Us All in addition to the story he has also taken on the responsibility for the drawing and colorization.

The style of the comic, which often changes with his work,  is once again different to what I have seen before.  The Anime style artwork which he uses here is perfectly suited to the sci-fi/horror styling of the story and adds a more fun playful violence when the tables are turned  – even though students getting ripped apart in most genres is not normally perceived as ‘fun’.

Inside Us All is a short but effective comic, that further portrays Benitos abilities to adapt with both his stories and visual designs. In comparison it is far removed from the first comic of his which I was introduced to called Heavyweight Messiah. The story is left open and there are a number of ways in which the story can explored, and I am looking forward to seeing where he takes the comic next.

Posted by Philip Rogers in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, REVIEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, 0 comments
GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: ParAssassin (2017)

GRAPHIC NOVEL REVIEW: ParAssassin (2017)

I recently had the great pleasure of reading ParAssassin, a graphic novel by Jasper Bark, and was sucked in immediately. As the name suggests, an assassination is at the center of the plot, but I’ll let the Amazon summary explain it:

Three futures hang in the balance. Two end in total annihilation. One assassin’s bullet will decide. On the planet Sedulon, a rogue band of renegade time travelers and scientific misfits fight to save the futures of two worlds. Doc Hydrabus – a brilliant scientist whose body splits into a crowd of his past and selves, he lives in one present and many futures all at the same time. Cassindra – 900 years old, impossible to kill and every bit as deadly as she is beautiful. She’s travelled back in time to change the world. Rushaar and Shartara – alien beings made entirely of gas with one simple plan, to use time travel to assassinate the leader of Sedulon and save their planet Eidolonia. The Parassassin – he will take the shot that decides the destinies of everyone in the galaxy. Politics and parody collide on the bleeding edge of science fiction, in the most shocking and unexpected thriller you’re going to read this year.

It’s quite an intriguing story with interesting characters whose actions will decide the fate of more worlds than just ours. The story opens with the main character, Doc Hydrabus, a victim of his own brilliance, trying to recall who or what he is and how he got to where he is – adrift in time and space. From there we follow as he pieces the story together to discover what happened and how. As Doc Hydrabus encounters others in his memories, more and more details are revealed and each is more fantastic than the last, piquing the reader’s curiosity and compelling one to read on.

ParAssassin (2017)

The artwork is crisp and clear with great detail and excellent color choices. I especially appreciated the realism in female body proportions and postures – something often lacking in comics and graphic novels and quite a breath of fresh air. Similarly, the female roles are solid, with none present simply to serve as eye candy or sexual conquests. They are as fully developed as the male characters and play key roles in how the story unfolds. The handling of time paradoxes and potential futures is handled well, giving the reader just enough information to understand without overwhelming minutiae that serve merely to slow the story. Instead, the story is tight and solid with a few twists you will not see coming.

ParAssassin (2017)

If you enjoy graphic novels and time travel, I highly recommend ParAssassin.

Posted by Alan Smithee in BOOKS, COMICS, AND PUBLICATION REVIEWS, REVIEWS, STAFF PICKS, 0 comments

Interview: Lou Avilleira: The Mind Behind FATHER EVIL

By John Roisland

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Many of you have come to him as Father Evil, the lone evil priest who wanders the conventions in search of sinners. Now we take a few moments to meet the man behind the character , Lou Avilleria.

For years now, people have been going to movie and comic conventions and dressing up as their favorite character. Many of the cosplay (as its called) artists, often enjoy many different characters. That wasn't the case for Lou, he found and created Father Evil, and the world has quickly come to know his name!

I first met Lou online, and we quickly became good friends. I think it was a little over a year later that I then met Father Evil in person at Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. It was a thrill! What a showman! I look forward to see both Lou and Father Evil soon at upcoming events, ...but I must be honest, of all the celebrities that may be in attendance,...Lou is actually more exciting to meet.

Lou is a loving husband and very proud father. He hails from the Garden State of New Jersey, where he balances his family life, and the life he created as Father Evil. Doing many guest appearances in local events, Lou has also be seen doing the tri-state area conventions. Well he has spread those evil wings and has been seen in conventions as far as Texas and most recently Atlanta, GA.

 

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Lou took a few minutes to give me a short interview to catch us up.

 

House of Tortured Souls: First, Lou, thank you so much for taking the time out of what must a very hectic schedule you are growing into to spend a few moments with House of Tortured Souls.

LA: You're most welcome!

 

HoTS: At what point did you realize that you wanted to join in the cosplay world?

LA: It was around 2010. I went to Chiller Theater with a character I made up over 20 years ago through one of my sketches. It was supposed to be a one time thing...a "goof" but as soon as I showed up, people lost their shit and wanted pics. What really floored me was when a featured guest and Italian director (his name escapes me) flipped his shit and wanted pics as well. He actually excused himself from his fans to take pics of me. I figured if I got his attention I may have something here... and the rest is history. (Mind you it was just a $20 costume from Party City when I first appeared.)

 

HoTS: Upon creating what the world is quickly knowing as Father Evil, how long has it taken you to get to the point of his outfit, look at it, and say "Now, its perfect!"?

LA: Two years. To where I was like okay, this is authentic... But I'm never or will never be done "evolving". It will never be "perfect" in my eyes.

 

HoTS: What other, if any, other cosplay characters had you tried before deciding on Father Evil ?

LA: Never tried any other...I was going to do a vampire, but by that time people we're too engrossed with Father Evil. I even mentioned about cosplaying another character, but one guy said, "No dude, you can't be anything else. You are Father Evil & Father Evil is you."

 

HoTS: Father Evil has become what it seems to be an almost over night sensation. I know you've worked hard, put in lots of hours, and done numerous events to support his character. Did you ever think that he would have gotten such a huge following?

LA: No… nowhere near to what he is now, not at least this fast. I mean I knew that, hey, I got something here but never believed it would be this big, this fast. Never.

 

HoTS: From autographs, to fan photos, to celebrity photos - at their request, what is the one thing that a fan has done that has just put you over the top, to where you can't really believe it just happened?

LA: When a fan got a tattoo of Father Evil. I was like, “I don't even have a movie or comic, yet. Did this really just happen?” I was BLOWN away to be at that status.

 

HoTS: On the same note of dealing with fans, at the end of the day, when you're out of costume, do you ever just sit and think, "Is this really happening to me?"

LA: Yes, every other day.

 

HoTS: I've seen people swarm to Father Evil, I've seen them run scared from you, with your outfit being that of an evil priest. My question is have you ever encountered any, let's say, religious fanatics scolding you or, on the flip side, any individuals, from, let's say, the dark church approach you?

LA: No… nothing negative, nasty stares but nothing verbal. Maybe they're too scared. Who knows? I have met three Baptist pastors, and all wanted a pic. One said I was "grotesquely beautiful ".

 

HoTS: So I hear there is really big news in the work for Father Evil. Care to fill us in?

LA: Graphic novel. That's all I'm going to say... for now.

 

HoTS: Lou, you are a hard working man. You have a gorgeous family. How do you balance time between Lou and Father Evil?

LA: When I'm on vacation, Father Evil stays home. When I'm not doing something in the convention scene or hosting, I'm just a dad who loves to play with his kid.

 

HoTS: In closing, Lou, thank you so much for your time. We all wish you the absolute best with Father Evil and hope to see you soon. Is there anything you like to say to the readers of House of Tortured Souls?

LA: If you have an idea for something, do it. No matter how crazy it may sound, do it. I read a quote by Henry Rollins that really spoke to me and basically it speaks for itself here it goes… "There is no such thing as downtime, spare time, or part time all you have is lifetime. GO !!!"

Keep It Evil.

Posted by John Roisland in INTERVIEWS, 0 comments