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Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

Celebrating Seasonal Slashers

In the spirit of Christmas and all that is good, I  wanted to celebrate some seasonal slashers with our followers. I will also be listing my personal top ten Christmas themed horror films of the last fifteen years.
Whilst researching the various slashers created for the festive season, I compiled a list of the popular and even lesser known holiday horror films. I also tried to investigate other holiday themed films for the December festivities, but alas nothing yet has been created for Kwanza and the first Hanukkah film will be released in 2020. It shall be titled Hanukkah and stars the late Sid Haig and horror alumni PJ Soles. The link for the trailer is listed below:

Originally the most thrilling tale told at Christmas was Charles Dickens A Christmas Carol, which follows Christmas Eve of one man Ebeneezer Scrooge and his visitations by three ghosts trying to convince him to be a better person. It has been adapted into countless films, since 1901.
Horror took over in the 1970’s and the inception of the holiday slasher took shape with filmmakers  beginning to create freakish festive feature films.

Here is a list of Holiday Horror to keep any genre fan happy during their Christmas Celebrations ………

Silent Night Bloody Night (1972- which got a UK remake in 2013 called Silent Night, Bloody Night:The Homecoming)

Black Christmas (1974- remade in 2006 and again in 2019)

Christmas Evil (1980)

Gremlins and Don’t Open Til Xmas (1984)

Silent Night, Deadly Night (1984, plus part 2 in 1987, part 3: Better Watch Out in 1989, part 4: initiation in 1990, and part 5: The Toymaker in 1991. There was also A film released called Silent Night in 2012, that is considered part 6)

Elves (1989)

Santa Claws (1996)

Jack Frost (1997- plus a sequel Revenge of the Mutant Killer Snowman in 2000)

The Christmas Season Massacre (2001)

Dead End (2003)

Silent Night, Zombie Night (2009)

Christmas Horror Story , and Krampus: The Reckoning (2015)

Krampus: Unleashed (2016)

Better Watch Out, and Anna and the Apocalypse (2017)

Now I know many will say I’ve skipped some of those favourite new wave holiday slasher films, but I assure you I haven’t . For the last fifteen years Christmas Craziness has been much sought after and I’ve compiled a list of the ten most interesting Seasonal Slashers from 2004 to 2019. This list includes independent films, mainstream releases, foreign horror, Gory fun and comedic gems.

INSIDE (2007) aka A L’Interieur
This French horror film centres on the lives of two women at Christmas. Following a tragic accident, they have been unknowingly thrust into each other’s lives as one takes it upon herself to try and steal the Unborn  baby of the other. This is not for the squeamish and it gets quite balls to the wall in parts. I advise watching the original film and not the 2016 remake. It lacks much of the pacing and fear of the plot.

Inside (2007)

KRAMPUS (2015)  
Starring Australian actress Toni Collette (Hereditary, The Sixth Sense), this entry came out around the same time as other Krampus themed films. What differs this from the rest, is it’s ability to be both fun and frightening. It may not be shit your pants, nightmare inducing but it’s an enjoyable watch with a good solid cast.
Krampus (2015)

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010) 
What makes this seasonal horror from Finland, a priority to watch during the holidays is it’s uniqueness. It is set in Lapland and focuses on some British drillers who stumble across Joulupukki (a figure within Finnish folklore, who evolved in the modern era into Santa Claus). It’s a great little film and features some interesting plot developments.
Rare Exports :A Christmas Tale (2010)

SINT (2010) aka Saint
This entry from the Netherlands is hugely popular with the Dutch and saw an international release, gaining moderate notoriety in Australia. It is a completely psychotic twist on the legend of Sinterklaas (Santa Claus) and features him as a murderous maniac. It’s fantastic!

Sint (2010)

CANNIBAL CLAUS (2016) 
This is the first, of two, popular indie horror releases from the USA on this list. From filmmaker Sean Donohue, comes his sexually gratuitous and fun creation, with plenty for the fans of Sleaze Box films during Christmastime. It is jam packed with a who’s who of indie celebrities including Bob Glazier, Ashley Lynn Caputo, Paula Tsurara, Cayt Feinics, Amanda Welch, Kristal Pixie Adams, Lisa Marie Kart, and Eric Danger Dione.

Cannibal Claws (2016)

RED CHRISTMAS (2015) 
This film hails from the land downunder (Australia) and always makes me wonder how Dee Wallace Stone got cast in it. It centres on the pro life debate and focuses on an abortion many years before, basically coming back to haunt the mother. This is done as Cletus, the now adult child who has severe deformities. Of course nothing goes to plan and Cletus becomes a murderous maniac, taking out the family one by one at Christmas. Who will survive?
Red Christmas (2015)

CHRISTMAS CRUELTY! (2013) aka O’Hellige Jul! or O’Holy Christmas!
This Norwegian Christmas horror film has been likened to the old school Grindhouse films, in terms of gore, for its no holding back style of violence. The story revolves around three Christmas celebrators being hunted by a serial killer dressed as Santa Claus. One review states “two hours of holly jolly torture porn”, which is what all hardcore genre fans want.

THE GINGERDEAD MAN (2005)  
If you want psychotic deranged killer cookies, then look no further! This is the perfect film for you. The Gingerdead Man features a cookie made using a drop of blood, that comes to life and begins murdering people. Sounds crazy!?! Well yeah it is, but it’s actually very entertaining. He’s an ugly little guy, but he’s fun to watch. Featuring Gary Busey perfectly as the voice of the crazed cookie, this film spawned two sequels including  The Gingerdead Man 2: The Passion of the Crust in 2008 and The Gingerdead Man 3: Saturday Night Cleaver in 2011.

The Gingerdead Man(2005)

ALL THROUGH THE HOUSE (2015)  
Our second indie horror entry from the USA, comes from filmmaker Todd Nunes. The story centres on a five year old girl who goes missing and adults creating a horrid urban legend about the girls mother Mrs Garrett. Fast forward fifteen years and we come to the present day. Rachel has returned home for the holidays and a killer dressed as Santa is murdering once again. Who is the killer? And does this all tie into Jamie Garrett’s disappearance all those years ago? This film is a fun watch and features Ashley Mary Nunes and Jessica Cameron .

All Through the House (2015)

SANTA’S SLAY (2005) 
The last entry on our list of ten seasonal horror faves of the last fifteen years is Santa’s Slay. Utilising the beefiness of WWE star Goldberg, this film focuses on a crazed strongman version of Santa , riding his sleigh led by his Hell Deer as he kills people. Let’s just say this made the list because of its pure hilarity. It’s awesome, and my guilty pleasure during the holidays. I’m sure I’m not alone in enjoying it for a good laugh.
Santa’s Slay (2005)

I hope these films help you find your perfect horror viewing during the holiday season and Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, and May everyone enjoy the Holiday season with horror in their hearts ♥️

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GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

Just in time for the holidays, the Gremlins will be back in theaters to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The  highly successful Joe Dante/ Chris Columbus film was released June 8th (USA) in 1984 and will be back in theaters for a very limited run this December.  Keep an eye on the listings, Gremlins will be playing in Regal Cinemas from December 5th thru 11th.

For those of you that may have been lucky enough to see this in the theaters when it was originally released with your parent, as I was, I hope you grab your tickets, and this time, your kids and enjoy it the same way we did!

By now, everyone has seen the adorable Gizmo, and the monsterous Stripe run a muck and wreak havoc , but not everyone has been able to watch it on the big screen, the way it should be!

For those of you who might not remember, …or be old enough to know, Gremlins at its time, was almost pulled during its release, claiming it was to violent and disturbing for children.

Keep it evil

 

 

Hitting the theaters also will also be National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, just thought I’d add that in for good measure.

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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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Gremlins a Family film

Gremlins a Family film

 

A lot can be said about the Christmas season, what with all the magic, wonder, Hallmark Movies, kids shows, toys, etc etc etc. Let us take a walk through the side of Christmas that is the most unlikely of family fun.

As a child, I always hated Christmas, not to be cool and “spooky”, no..I really did. It never made sense to me on any level. Then one day as a child of maybe 6..yeah that sounds right. My uncle whom is only 2 years older than myself and I. Caught wind of Christmas special on HBO by the name of Gremlins. Gremlins sounded scary as fuck as a kid, but the imagery of the Mogwai as a cute little furry friend made it seem a little more friendly than the name. At the time, all we saw on the television was a picture of ol’ dude from Waxwork and home girl from Drop Dead Fred (at the time, Fast times at Ridgemont High was what she was most known for..Drop dead Fred hadn’t been thought of.) So what we thought was it was just going to be a movie about a furry critter. BOY WERE WE WRONG! One of my other uncle’s had already seen it and let us watch it. Knowing it was going to be a fun filled adventure of nonsense.

Opening the film the father of Waxwork guy is an inventor trying to sale some of his inventions in the Chinese market. That didn’t go so well, so this chap offers to buy this creature known as a Mogwai, off the owner of the shop. The owner is like “Nah, bro..the fuck you thinking?” Then sales it anyway..with only 3 rules. Do NOT feed after midnight, Keep out of bright lighting, and DO NOT GET IT WET. Why though? No questions about that, the father just bounced out to give to his son for Christmas.

Well the plot turns from “Sure dad, whatever” to “Man this guy is cool” And looky there here comes Corey Feldman to fuck shit up as he often did in 80’s horror flicks, lest we forget he brought Jason back to life. Needless to say, the Mogwai, whom had been aptly named Gizmo because the dad is an inventor of some sort got wet, and the lil’ guy started shooting fur balls out of his body. This created several more mogwai. Waxwork dude was like “bruh! The fuck you do?” and Corey Feldman was all “Ah shucks, Wally”. Then rules get broke some more once they poppled out of their little fur balls. They eat after midnight, thus turning into some kind of hideous alien egg sack looking ordeal.

Ok so we’ve all seen the movie, and the sequel which came out in 1990. (Which featured Slayer on the soundtrack btw). Let me get into why these are the most unlikely of family Christmas films.

As you can tell, I don’t do well reviewing movies I call people by other movies they’re in. Whatever, so anyway. Gremlins and Gremlins 2 are both movies that seemingly come off as comedies more so than horror. However in the 1980’s and early 1990’s horror and comedy went together like cutters and hot topic. So it wasn’t unlikely that these movies would be such a way.
Little creatures that sprout from a miniature fur ball then turn into evil little..Gremlins..yes that’s a good name Gremlins, but the fur ball Gizmo is never changed, unlike his human “owners” he knows not to eat after midnight. Well chaos ensues and the whole 3 block town is terrorized by these little fellas in the first movie. Killing a few people, shooting folks out of their house, the mom who was a true thug was like “fuck this shit” and tosses one of these things into a microwave. So where’s the family fun? Every where, we love that the comic value over shadows the horror qualities of it. It’s a healthy balance that brings you to worry for the family that is fighting to survive as well as the towns people, but you kinda want to see what these things are capable of. So let’em kill and maim a few more people. However, the comedy doesn’t stop with the killing. Not at all, it’s absolutely hilarious.

The second film is pretty much the same thing, but with MORE gremlins, funnier scenarios, and they even speak eloquently at times but really they put blatant comedy into this one. Our protags remember the whole sun light bit and load them into one place and fill the room with bright enough light that catches them all aflame, Gizmo even rolls up all Rambo style. “Angel of Death” by Slayer is playing and just makes for fun for the family. Much how people think it’s hilarious to say Die Hard is a christmas movie, let’s be honest. Gremlins, is the christmas movie for the ages.  It’s a staple in most people’s Christmas routines right next to the Polar Express, A Christmas Story, and It’s the great Santa Charlie Brown or whatever it’s called. If you and your family need something fun and exciting for Christmas, your children are NEVER too young for the world of Gremlins actually stop being pussies and let your kids watch all the horror. If they have not partaken of the genre, then Gremlins is definitely the one that you should introduce them into the world of horror to show that it’s not only comical in bits but whimsical fun..and shouldn’t be taken too seriously.

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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.

Fayetteville Comic ConFayetteville Comic Con

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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MOVIE REVIEW: Satanic (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Satanic (2016)

EDITOR's NOTE: As I was reviewing some articles for publication, I noticed that both John Roisland and Dixielord had both reviewed the same Netflix movie: Satanic. What's more, both of them felt the same as I did. Therefore, House of Tortured Souls presents our first ever dual review. Enjoy!


By John Roisland


SATANIC is a 2016 film about four friends who get messed up with the devil. Or that would be the nice way of putting it.

First, I must say, I do enjoy movies about the occult and dark magic, so when i saw the title of this film, I thought, 'Wow, pretty balls move to go right for the throat' . You've gotta have a solid winner and know what you're doing to use a major or strong word for your title. For example, The Exorcist , Titanic, and, hell, even Gremlins used their bold titles, and they owned them. Sadly enough, Satanic did not.

The story begins with the four friends stopping into a occult store while in LA only to piss off an employee and get chased out. The four follow the store employee home after he gets off work and find the center of what appears to be a ritual killing of a young woman.

After being seen and chased away from the property, they run into the should have been sacrificed girl the next day at a coffee shop. They hang out and talk to her, eventually inviting her back to their hotel, where they drink some beers and talk occult until the girl apparently curses them after she paints a Penatgram on the wall and then slits her own throat.

With this now supposed Satanic curse on them, weird things start to happen around as well as to our four bumbling idiots. I'm sorry, I'm usually not one to tear up on a film, and I have seen much worse. The film from the get go has a made for television feel, almost like your watching a series. The movie itself really doesn't go anywhere, and its a shame because it really could have. It had a lot of potential.

There was at the very end one of those, "Oh yea, huh," moments and that was about it. The acting was god awful and had a few decent special F/X in it. It just felt like they were rushed almost. Like they had the ideas, but forgot to add a few.

So this, now playing on Netflix streaming, was unfortunately one that I had hoped would have been much better, but was merely something to kill time with. And this, from the producers of The Walking Dead, sorry guys.

Keep It Evil...


By Dixielord
Satanic Panic was all the rage when I was a teenager. It seemed there was always reports of mutilated pets, and graveyard gatherings. Now we know that for the most part the Satanic Panic was just urban legends blown out of proportion. Still, that's no reason we can't make films about them. Ti West delved into Satanic Panic with The House of the Devil, and just this year we went old school satanic with The Witch. Now the new film Satanic explores satanism as an evil force while using the panic years as a device to drive the film.

Be careful of looking for doors, you might find one - Satanic

Satanic, which stars Sarah Hyland (Modern Family) and is directed by Jeffrey Hunt (The Vampire Diaries) is the story of four friends on their way to Coachella, who decide to make a detour to visit sites involved in the Satanic Panic, including the Manson murders. Always looking for a new thrill the visit a magic store and follow the cashier home, hoping to witness a magic ceremony. They stumble upon what they believe to be a human sacrifice. They interrupt the ritual, which any good horror movie fan can tell you, isn't a smart thing to do. Attempting to help the young girl, they get more than they bargained for and the fun quickly turns into fear. They follow the girl down a path that leads straight to hell, or at least a reasonable facsimile.

I found myself enjoying the film throughout most of the early part of the movie. Alice, played by Sophie Dalah, is suitably creepy and any time shes on screen it's fun to watch. There isn't a whole lot new to the story but it is executed fairly well. There's only one real gory scene, but its very bloody and comes out of nowhere. The fact that up till then the film is pretty bloodless makes it more shocking and builds up expectations that the last half of the film will be a monster.

Satanic

Some Satanic spoilers ahead!

And that's where Satanic fumbles. Instead of building on the insanity of the hotel room scene it dials it back. There's still an intensity, but it always falls flat, and we go back to it being a bloodless film. Instead of seeing our four teens picked off one by one in a gruesome manner, they just disappear. It becomes repetitive, and well, you just know each time whats about to happen.

The scene in the hotel room held out such great promise, not just with the gore, but with the dialogue. With talk of doors, and the labyrinth beyond, you are almost expecting cenobites or at least something really esoteric and horrifying. Sadly Satanic doesn't deliver on this. Alice says “Hell is a beautiful confusion, and there's pain”. It's a great line, but I just felt let down with the final revelation of what hell actually was.

These teens don't take the Satanic Panic seriously

There's a lot wrong with Satanic, but it is still watchable. I think with a better ending it could have been a really good little film. But it is what it is, and what it is, is just meh.it's a good for a rental or a boring day, Netflix rental, but I wouldn't purchase it. A generous 5 out of 10 stars.

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