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Krampus Festival Austria 2018

For many people, the upcoming holiday season is a time of peace and love for mankind. For the rest of us, there is a wonderful horror element to this peaceful holiday. December 6 is traditionally recognized as St Nicholas Day and marks the start of the holiday season. For many people, December 5th is the day of Krampus.  Many areas in Austria kick off the season with a nighttime parade to celebrate Krampus and his evil elves. People who participate often dress up in thick robes, wear masks and carry heavy bells in order to scare the young children who have been naughty. Even though it is originally based on pagan rituals, the loud noises are said to help scare away the dark spirits of winter.

What or who is Krampus? He is the evil twin of Santa Claus who punishes naughty children who have misbehaved over the year. Krampus is often described as a creature who is half demon and half goat with an ox tail often clothed in thick robes. The story of Krampus is based on folk lore and legend and is often associated with pagan rituals and ceremonies. Krampus brings the punishments for the naughty children while Santa brings the presents for the good children.

The Krampus Festival is now on my bucket list! While I can’t afford a last minute flight to Salsburg, Austria, I hope to one day fly out to celebrate this festival. Until then, I will continue to watch the videos and enjoy the parades from my living room.

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Inside the Final Episode of Rick Grimes

Inside the Final Episode of Rick Grimes

Andrew Lincoln as Rick Grimes in The Walking Dead / Image: AMCLike so many fans of The Walking Dead, I have been watching since the early seasons of this series. One of the main and most loved characters has been Rick  Grimes portrayed by Andrew Lincoln. He has been playing this character since the start of The Walking Dead back on October 31, 2010.

At the start of the series, Rick Grimes was a small town sheriff in Georgia. He was wounded when he was shot by suspects fleeing in a car. When he woke up from the coma, Rick discovered that the whole world had changed after a zombie virus destroyed the world. What followed is a journey that he undertook as he fought to find his wife and son and as he fought to protect the people that he came in contact with.

In his last episode, Rick Grimes has been injured after his horse bucks him off.  A large zombie hoard is moving towards the Hilltop and Alexandria. In his last act of sacrifice, Rick blows up a bridge to get rid of the danger of the walkers. In a major twist, Anna, played by Pollyanna McIntosh, finds Rick after he washes up on shore after blowing up the bridge. Even though she has saved Rick’s life, this is the last episode of Rick Grimes. According to Scott Gimple, though this is his last episode, this will not be the last time we will see Rick Grimes. 3 made for tv movies will be made in the future that will continue with Rick Grimes’ story.

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House of Tortured Souls Reviews Hell Fest

House of Tortured Souls Reviews Hell Fest

There is one thing I really enjoy and that is seeing movies before they are released! I had the pleasure of being able to see Hell Fest the night before its release nationwide on September 28th. Hell Fest is a new Halloween movie that delivers on the scares and on the laughs. The movie stars Tony Todd, Amy Forsyth, Bex Taylor-Klaus, and Christian James, among several other very talented actors.

Hell Fest is a traveling carnival that delivers rides, games and haunted mazes to various towns across the country. This particular carnival has the added bonus of a killer who is picking off random people and leaving their bodies for the crew to find after the fun is over. The stars of the movie are in the killer’s sight and it is up to them to escape or risk death. What is fun about the killer is there are parts where it may be misleading as to which person in the park is the killer is, so you are drawn in.

This movie is filled with incredible death scenes. Those scenes are very well done and even made me cover my eyes a couple times. There were jump scares that made the whole audience jump but there were also some laughs to be had. Will the young adults make it out of Hell Fest and live to tell about the terror of that Halloween night? I won’t tell if they do but I will say that Hell Fest is a must see for all horror movie lovers to watch.  Overall, this movie was very well done and I can’t wait to see it again! I give this movie a solid A+.


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COMING SOON: Hell Fest (2018)

COMING SOON: Hell Fest (2018)

Hell Fest / IMDBIf you’re like me, Halloween is a favorite time of the year! And even better are the movies that come out at this time of year. On September 28, the movie Hell Fest will be coming out nationwide in theaters. Written by Stephen Susco (The Grudge, The Grudge 2, and The Possession) and Seth M. Sherwood (Leatherface), Hell Fest is produced by Gale Anne Hurd of The Walking Dead fame and stars Bex Taylor-Klaus (Scream: The TV Series), Amy Forsyth (Channel Zero), Reign Edwards (MacGyver, The Bold and the Beautiful), and Tony Todd (Candyman, Victor Crowley, Death House). The movie follows three young couples who decide to check out a traveling carnival called Hell Fest that has rides, mazes, and games. Very soon, they discover that not all is as it seems in the carnival.

Hell Fest / IMDBAfter seeing the trailer and reading about the movie, I absolutely cannot wait to see Hell Fest. September 28, I will be at my local theater with popcorn and soda, and I’ll be bouncing in my seat with anticipation! Will the lead actors get out alive? Who is the killer? Is Tony Todd the villain or is he an unlucky bystander? Only time will tell and it cannot get here fast enough!

Check out the trailer below and let House of Tortured Souls know if you’re ready for Hell Fest.

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HoTS Review: Raleigh SuperCon (July 27-29, 2018)

HoTS Review: Raleigh SuperCon (July 27-29, 2018)

Last weekend (July 27 – 29, 2018) I attended the Raleigh SuperCon! This convention was held at the very spacious Raleigh Convention Center in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. The SuperCon celebrates horror movies, Disney, anime, and various other characters. Musical guests included Alice Cooper and my personal favorite, Joey Fatone of NSYNC fame. Some of the guests included were William Shatner, Henry Winkler, Catherine Tate, and Tom Kenny, the voice of SpongeBob Squarepants.

Raleigh SuperCon 2018 / Image: Celeb Photo Ops

Cosplay was evident everywhere! Outfits ranged from the most popular, (Deadpool), to anime, to Star Wars, (slave Princess Leia) to furies (humans dressed as animals). Many elaborate costumes were displayed proudly by the people who took the time and creativity to make these costumes. One of my personal favorites was Ludo and a fiery from the 1986 movie Labyrinth.

SuperCon / Amy Narramore SuperCon / Amy Narramore

Saturday night brought out the creatures of the night for The Rocky Horror Picture Show with a shadow cast provided by the Pineapple Shaped Lamps.  They are a comedy and improv group based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. Barry Bostwick (Brad Majors) and Patricia Quinn (Magenta) joined the cast to introduce the film and talk with the audience for a few minutes. As an added and very big surprise, Patricia Quinn joined the shadow cast in dancing to the Time Warp!

Raleigh SuperCon 2018 / Image: Amy NarramoreRaleigh SuperCon 2018 / Image: Amy Narramore

This was the first time that I attended the Raleigh SuperCon and I must say that I will go again next year! I give this convention an A+ for an amazing time with wonderful guests! It was well organized and had a lot of different exhibits and guests for everyone! Plus, I really enjoyed the warm and welcoming environment that was felt throughout the community.

Raleigh SuperCon 2018 / Image: Amy Narramore

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Charleston, SC: One of America’s Most Haunted Cities

Charleston, SC: One of America’s Most Haunted Cities

Charleston, South Carolina, is a coastal town in the south with a rich, haunted history. While researching the area, we discovered a tour company, Bulldog Tours. They provide tours ranging from basic history tours to food and wine tours and even to the haunted night tours (my favorite!). We decided to take the VIP haunted history tour which included a dungeon and the city’s oldest cemetery.

Charleston, SC: St. Phillips Church / Image: Amy Narramore

The first cemetery we visited was at St. Philips Church which was established in 1680 and still meets every week to this day. Revolutionaries, confederates, politicians, and even a US vice president are buried here. One popular ghost story is of the spirit of a woman grieving at the gravesite of her stillborn child. The Provost Dungeon was the second place we visited. We entered the underground dungeon where pirates, revolutionaries, women, and political enemies had been imprisoned.

Charleston, SC: St. Phillips Church / Image: Amy Narramore     Charleston, SC: St. Phillips Church / Image: Amy Narramore

The final stop of our VIP experience was the oldest graveyard in Charleston. It is a beautiful cemetery at the Circular Congregational Church. It was established in 1681 and has the oldest known gravestone dated from 1688. To the side of the church is a large empty space where there is, according to Mimi the tour guide, a mass grave containing the bodies of yellow fever victims. There have been reports of a blue mist seen around the graves and also of the shadowy figure of a woman searching for her two young sons who had died of yellow fever. She had also died from the fever but didn’t know that her sons had already passed and had been taken to the mass grave.

Charleston, SC: St. Phillips Church / Image: Amy Narramore     Charleston, SC: St. Phillips Church / Image: Amy Narramore

This was an amazing weekend spent exploring a beautiful city filled with intriguing ghost stories and beautiful cemeteries! Overall, this is somewhere I would go to again, and I highly recommend checking out the haunted tours.