Halloween

Halloween: What it Means to me

Halloween: What it Means to me

I remember my first horror film, I was four, and I stumbled upon A Nightmare on Elm Street. I had fear instilled in me but a curiosity that I cannot explain. That’s when my love of horror and all things spooky began. Ever since horror movies and experiencing putting on a Dalmatian costume at the age of 4, Halloween has always been something that I enjoyed. Walking in the cold Buffalo, NY weather leaves crunching as we ran the block to get candy, then sorting it as we watched a horror movie marathon on AMC. Now, as a daycare teacher, it brings out the small child in me when I see young trick-or-treaters in their costumes and engaging in similar traditions that I have done. –Sarah Gregory

‪ Halloween, to me, is watching the Evil Dead on Halloween Eve. Getting cold walking around the streets, because despite the kids turning blue, they want to collect more candy to fill their buckets. If we have a party it is loads of decorations, making a Shrek Punch with all the different spirits we have with a splash of orange juice, and trays of shots. Then watch as the chaos reigns. If we don’t have a party its a horror marathon while eating the sweets that the kids don’t like and whatever the trick or treaters didn’t take.-Phillip Rogers

Halloween 1988 kicked off my love for the holiday. We had moved to Sydney Australia from Birmingham, England, in September, and I was a hugely depressed child. Inside I was crying to go home, but I always tried to help my mum and dad feel I was actually okay. I didn’t fit in at school (I hated my first Aussie school), and I had no friends other than my two Brothers and my only cousin. So when mum surprised us with this little makeshift party in the apartment, I was happy again. I loved spooky stuff as a kid, and this was such a happy memory after a month of upheaval. So from then on, I always felt excited about Halloween. I raised my two now adult kids to love it too, and although my mum passed away on Halloween night in 2014, I know she wants me to treasure the holiday always..-Michelle “Midi” Pfiefer

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Short horror film ‘Off The Hook’ will only be available to view on Halloween for 4hrs before being removed

Short horror film ‘Off The Hook’ will only be available to view on Halloween for 4hrs before being removed

‘Off The Hook’ is the directorial debut for filmmaker Daniel Keeble which has been produced byArk Indie Productions. It is a short film that will be online for a very limited time on Halloween.

Billed as a thriller/horror short, the story revolves around how a woman’s mundane night-in can take a turn for the worse. Even in the comfort of her own home, she never knew what evil lurks around the corner.

Made by a cast and crew of local people, and filmed in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex  earlier this month. It features professional actress Samantha Anderson (Sisters , Human Cargo), who also wrote the script. This is her first attempt at writing and is excited to see how audiences receive the story. It also stars professional actor Neal Ward (Two Grave, Hosts).

It includes the voices of local actors Alice Ryan and David Streames, who are both prominent within the local area’s film community.

With beautiful cinematography and a chilling score (by Southend composer Josh Winiberg) Off the Hook gives a nod to 70’s and 80’s horror movies, with audienced advised Best not to watch this alone.

Off the Hook was written, produced and stars female filmmakers and is something which the filmmakers wanted to highlight. It is so important for emerging talent to be recognised no matter what the sex, and they hope it will pave the way for a new generation of women to work both in front of and behind the camera.

Daniel who directed the film, also managed the cinematography and brought in extra help from local people from Southend. This included some who have never worked in a film shoot environment, allowing them an opportunity to learn the skills required and work on future productions.

We are hoping to submit the film into a variety of film festivals so watch this space as we will be making more (always on the look out to work with local Southend crew so get in touch!).

The film will only be shown for 1 night only, Thur 31st Oct between 6pm – 12pm (UK).

For more information on Ark Indie Productions you can follow them on Facebook and Instagram

You can also find out more about Off The Hook on IMDB

 

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New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st  exclusively for patreons

New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st exclusively for patreons

The 2019 Halloween Special ‘The Thinning Veil‘ – It’s coming to get you!

This year it’s an especially spooky addition to the Mycho Mini Universe Roster. They have been hard at work crafting a cool and creepy Halloween tale that will chill you to the bones.

The Thinning Veil is due to land the evening of October 31st (GMT).

You can catch the new movie as well as our previous films at the Mycho​ http://Patreon.com/Mycho

The more subscribers we have the more short films they can bring to life every year. 

Pledges start from as little as $2/£1.

So until then, here is the little teaser poster for The Thinning Veil to wet your appetites.

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Arrow Video FrightFest line-up for Halloween 2019

Arrow Video FrightFest line-up for Halloween 2019

It is now just one week until Arrow FrightFest which continues on its highly acclaimed and hugely successful Twenty Bloody Year rampage with a fear-packed journey through Halloween traditions, religious deviance, unstoppable maniacs, warped fairy tales, terrifying board games and the very rules of horror themselves.

The popular Halloween all-day event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday 2 November and the 12-hour monstrous marathon embraces four UK premieres, one European and one International premiere.

The day kicks off with the European Premiere of Josh Hasty’s CANDY CORN. With an impressive all-star genre cast (including Tony Todd, who exec-produces), an innovative iconic killer and cool score, say hello to a new twist on a Halloween tradition

This is followed by a 80s throwback horror comedy, WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS. From Marc Meyers, director of My Friend Dahmer, this UK premiere delivers gore and guffaws with gleefully twisted abandon.

Next up is the International premiere of UNCANNY ANNIE, directed by Paul Davis, who gave us the fabulous documentary Beware The Moon: Remembering ‘American Werewolf In London’  This dice-throwing game of death and survival kicks off the second season of Hulu’s Blumhouse-produced series Into The Dark and Paul will be introducing the film.

Then there is the UK Premiere of SWALLOW, a warped fairy tale, posing provocative questions about the expectations imposed on women and the psychologically damaging effects of patriarchal culture. Anchored by Haley Bennett’s knockout performance, this bold and atmospheric film marks the feature directorial debut of Carlo Mirabella-Davis.

The 8.30pm film is the UK premiere of TRICK, from Patrick Lussier, director of Drive Angry and the My Bloody Valentine remake. This surprising slasher delivers graphic shock after shock.

The finale presentation is SCARE PACKAGE which introduces us to the next generation of horror directors, Each of the eight talented filmmakers has selected a different horror sub-genre, taking aim at the tropes and overused clichés we find all too often in horror films.

Plus, we’ll be showing THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN, the latest in acclaimed puppeteer Kevin McTurk’s Spirit Cabinet series. Corin Hardy, who backed the hugely successful Kickstarter campaign, will be joining us to introduce the acclaimed short.

Alan Jones, FrightFest co-director, said today: “Get your knives out, your chainsaws revved up and your machetes raised as FrightFest,  the UK’s biggest and best genre event returns to the Cineworld Leicester Square on Saturday November 2 for a morning of mayhem, an afternoon of anguish and an evening of evil in a day of the dead extravaganza. Happy Halloween everyone!”

Day passes (£47) and single tickets (£14.50) go on sale at noon on Saturday 5th October.

To book: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/tickets.html (Online booking only)

FULL ARROW VIDEO FRIGHTFEST LINE UP:

11.00: CANDY CORN (European Premiere)

Director: Josh Hasty. With: Courtney Gains, PJ Soles, Tony Todd, Sky Elobar. USA 2019. 85 mins.

Synopsis: It’s Halloween in Grove Hill, Ohio. A traveling carnival arrives for the weekend and local outcast, Jacob Atkins, is hired as one of the freaks in the main attraction, ‘Dr. Death’s Side Show Spook House Spectacular’. But the local bullies are planning their annual public hazing of Jacob, only this year things go too far, a monster hungry for blood is created by one of the carnies … and revenge never tasted so sweet.

12:45 WE SUMMON THE DARKNESS (UK Premiere)

Director: Marc Meyers. With: Alexandra Daddario, Logan Miller, Keean Johnson, Johnny Knoxville. USA 2019. 87 mins

Synopsis: Be careful what you pray for! It’s 1988 and people are terrorised by a nationwide rash of apparently satanic murders, which appear to be connected to kids who go to heavy metal concerts. Three girls meet three guys at one such gig and go back to Alexis’ family’s country house for a debauched after-party. There the boys learn to their horror that the girls are not the enthusiastic rock fans they seem to be, but something much more terrifying.

PLUS….THE HAUNTED SWORDSMAN (UK Premiere)

Director: Kevin McTurk. With: Jason Scott Lee, James Hong. USA 2019. 16 mins.

Synopsis: Kevin McTurk’s handcrafted epic puppet film, follows a Ronin samurai (Jason Scott Lee) on a supernatural quest for vengeance with only a severed head (James Hong) as his guide.

15:15 UNCANNY ANNIE (International Premiere)

Director: Paul Davis. With: Georgie Flores, Adelaide Kane, Paige McGhee, Jacques Colimon, Dylan Arnold, and Evan Bittencourt. USA 2019. 80 mins

Synopsis: On Halloween night, a group of college students get trapped in a mysterious board game that brings their darkest secrets and fears to life, where they must play to escape…and win to survive.

18:15 SWALLOW (UK Premiere)

Director: Carlo Mirabella-Davis. With: Haley Bennett, Austin Stowell, Denis O’Hare. USA 2019. 94 mins.

Synopsis: Hunter is a newly pregnant woman whose idyllic existence takes an alarming turn when she develops a compulsion to eat dangerous objects. As her husband and his family tighten their control over her life, she is forced to confront the dark secret behind her uncontrollable obsession.

20:30 TRICK (UK Premiere)

Director: Patrick Lussier. With: Omar Epps, Kristina Reyes, Ellen Adair, Tom Atkins. USA 2019. 97 mins. 

Synopsis: Halloween night in Benton, New Jersey, 2015, and the student they call Trick suddenly freaks out and causes a bloody massacre. Injured by his friend Cheryl, Trick is taken to hospital but miraculously escapes…. and every October 31st returns to cause further murderous mayhem. Detective Mike Denver promises to bring the seemingly unstoppable killer to justice – a vow that begins to border on obsession as he becomes convinced they are dealing with a supernatural entity.

22:45 SCARE PACKAGE (UK Premiere)

Directors: Courtney Andujar, Hillary Andujar , Anthony Cousins, Mali Elfman, Emily Hagins, Aaron B. Koontz, Chris McInroy, Noah Segan, Ryan Spindell, Baron Vaughn. With: Gabrielle Maiden, Baron Vaughn, Noah Segan, Tristan Riggs. USA 2019. 103 mins.

Synopsis: Chad Buckley is a lonely horror aficionado spending his days at his struggling video store, where he argues with his only regular customer, Sam. When Hawn, an unsuspecting applicant, shows up, Chad teaches him about the Rules of Horror, much to Sam’s chagrin, illustrated by different hilarious horror shorts, each one geared at cleverly subverting a unique set of terror tropes. As Hawn learns the ropes, he suspects Chad of something sinister, while he too may have a secret of his own.

For full programme details: http://www.frightfest.co.uk/

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THIS HALLOWEEN IS YOUR CHANCE TO EXPLORE AN IMMERSIVE KILLER CABARET EXPERIENCE AT A FRIGHTFULLY FABULOUS PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB – MOON & MISCHIEF PRESENT EAST LONDON’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

THIS HALLOWEEN IS YOUR CHANCE TO EXPLORE AN IMMERSIVE KILLER CABARET EXPERIENCE AT A FRIGHTFULLY FABULOUS PRIVATE MEMBERS CLUB – MOON & MISCHIEF PRESENT EAST LONDON’S BEST KEPT SECRET!

Moon & Mischief is a collaboration between Tobias Slater, founder of White Mischief (known for hugely popular Halloween parties at Scala), and DJ Jamie Moon, regular for the foremost alternative nights in London, from Torture Garden to Rumpus.

Having curated events and parties around the UK for over 10 years, they’ve hosted remarkable times everywhere from listed mansions and vintage theatres to the O2 and Bestival. Now they’ve teamed up to create further extraordinary experiences, with shows that are more unique and varied than ever before.

On Oct 31st, prepare for an All Hallows’ Eve you won’t forget. Moon & Mischief offer a fearsome four floors of devilishly diverse rooms to explore; discover creepy cabaret, wicked walkabout, dastardly DJs and even dark fortune telling – all set in the most sumptuous of spooky surroundings!

Part cabaret, part immersive experience, part club night

Discover multiple shows in one evening… which path will you follow? Our event blurs boundaries and takes you on a magic carpet ride through a myriad of marvellous rooms, before opening the dance party in the discotheque downstairs, where dastardly DJs and witchy walkabout performers continue with monstrous mayhem till 4am.

 

That’s 9 HOURS of Moon & Mischief!!! We have multiple entry times/price tiers, VIP options to enjoy the show and Dance party tickets from £12. All sales must be in advance, we can’t sell on the door so head to our website and get yours quick!

You can find out more about the event and purchase tickets here http://moonandmischief.com/tickets

 

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[Local Haunts] Taco Cabana’s Witches Brew is the perfect Halloween drink

[Local Haunts] Taco Cabana’s Witches Brew is the perfect Halloween drink

With Halloween full in effect. Stores have been dishing out new candy, desserts. Even Starbucks had their drinks and tumblers, which is excellent because there needs to be variety for everyone.

It’s a month-long holiday for some, for others year round.. I recently had the chance to try the new Witches Brew from Taco Cabana. Taco Cabana is kind of like Taco Bell or maybe Dell Taco. They don’t go crazy with gimmicks, but they have great deals on the food. So you can go in and say, “Hey, can I get a Carne guisada taco,” and you get just that. So no funny names or weird mascots running around.

So that’s my favorite thing about the place — good food at reasonable prices. There have been times they offer different flavor margaritas. Not so much, my thing. It’s just directly from the brain freezes.

When this came out, I just wanted to try it. It’s fruity and sweet. You taste Tito’s® Handmade Vodka, (which is my personal favorite, so delicious)pineapple juice, blue curacao, and grenadine. So the whole combination works in this blended drink where even I enjoyed it. I’m sure you can drink it on the rocks, but you know honestly I like the frozen look with the black salt for presentation. However if you want it on the rocks and if they can do it that’s cool too.

Yes, it’s pumpkin spice season for some, but for us horror fans, it’s Witches Brew season. So hurry because it is limited.

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THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

THE HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS PRESENTS REMEMBERING SID HAIG (July 14th 1939 to September 21st 2019)

 

We at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened to hear yesterday, of the passing of beloved Character actor and fan favourite Sid Haig at the age of 80 on September 21st. We aim to remember Sid Haig’s long career and the impact he had on his fans new and old. This article is our tribute to Sid and all he did for horror fans worldwide. It will include some of our own personal memories of Sid, from conventions where we met him (or even didn’t) and pictures of those meetings.

JOHN ROISLAND

“I met, or should I say was honoured to have met, Sid in Virginia at the Second annual Scares That Care weekend. I approached his booth and noticed a banner, with pictures and items that he had for sale. Next to that was his price list. If I remember correctly, nothing on that list was higher than $20, which compared to other celebrity booths meant you were basically getting things for free.  I was really excited, because I was on a very tight budget. When I got to the front Sid stood up, shook my hand with a smile , and told me to come around the back of his table and have a seat. This was quite a surprise, because I hadn’t even said Hello or asked him anything. The venue wasn’t crowded at that moment, so he just sipped his coffee and started small talk with me, asthough we were old friends. He stopped and glared at me a while, gave me a little smile and asked “How are you and what can I do for you?” Graciously he signed my DVD box and had someone passing by take some photos of us together with my phone. When I got up and left the booth I instantly knew I’d met the nicest celebrity, that I’ve ever encountered. Sid was so gracious, had such a warm personality, and that is why I’ll miss him that little bit more. I wish I could have met him again, like many others have, but I’m extremely grateful that I was given that opportunity. Sid was an easy going man, with a huge heart, who sincerely cared about his fans and thanked them, for helping making what he became. I will always remember meeting him and it saddens me that he is no longer with us, but I will forever be grateful for those few moments I once shared with him.”

Sid and John Roisland at the Scares That Care

CLINT NARRAMORE

“I met Sid several times over the last few years, and was never disappointed. It was at Scare-A-Con in 2017, that I will always have my best memory of him. I was invited to join the table by Mark Patton. Caroline Williams was also there, as was Ricky Dean Logan. Sid came over and it was amazing. We all just talked and made jokes all night. Our server was terrified of Sid, because of his movies. She didn’t want to hand him his drinks. She asked we pass them to him. She was deathly afraid of him (and couldn’t have been older than 21). We all laughed and told Sid and he told me to go get her. I brought her to the table and Sid gave her a death stare for a half second and then proceeded to grab and then kiss her hand. Her reaction was relief and she laughed off her fears. Linea Quigley, Felissa Rose And Camille Keaton all came by and we started taking pictures of just how much fun we were having. Sid cared about making sure everyone who met him had a great time and he loved his friends and fans. Best dinner I’ve ever had.”

Clint Narramore with Sid Haig at Scare-A-Con

TARA SLOAN

“I was lucky enough to meet Sid a few times at conventions throughout the years. He always had a long line, because he was just a fun dude to talk to. First time I met him, I was next in line and he looked at me and said “watch my table, I’ve gotta take a piss, and I’ll sign whatever you want for free when I get back”. Of course I did and he signed my The Devils Rejects And took a photo with me. Sid was an absolute class act. The world has lost a legend today. Rest In Peace Sid. Tutti Fuckin’ Fruity!”

Sid and Tara Sloan.

JAI ALEXIS

“Sadly, I don’t have a story about Sid, but I have an experience that sums him up. Years ago, before I joined House of Tortured Souls. I went to a horror con. I waited so long to meet Sid Haigon the day of the convention. I brought my copy of Spiderbaby for him to sign (Which by the way best damn movie ever with great features). I always felt this was the passing of the torch from Lon Chaney Jr to Sid Haig. The con itself wasn’t bad, not perfect, not bad though. I wanted to meet him but believe it or not I was, and sometimes still can be, painfully shy around celebs. I go from being a regular con-goer one-minute to a Chris Farley like  fanboy the next. I passed on the chance to meet him that day, because I was scared. I’ll always regret it to this day. That’s what I admire about Sid he never shied away from a challenge; he never backed down from doing more and working for what he wanted. Sid made a career and a damn fine one with his talent and personality. So whenever you doubt you can do something or think you’re not good enough, just ask yourself ‘What would Sid Haig do?’ I love you old friend and when my time comes, I hope you don’t mind me being a fanboy around you and Lon Chaney Jr.

Spiderbaby (1967)

MICHELLE ‘MIDI’ PEIFER

“I was never fortunate enough to meet Sid in person and I’m unsure exactly Of if or when, he maybe visited Australia. Being in Sydney the supreme annual convention to attend is Supanova. Every year fans like myself ascend on the halls of Supanova and enjoy the array of guests from all walks of popular culture. I’ve used my attendance to meet celebrities such as Richard Dreyfus, John Jarratt, the original cast of Mad Max (minus Mel Gibson sadly), And much much more. Sadly though Sid Haig has never been invited to Sydney’s Supanova and fans all wished he would be. Now we will never be able to make that a reality. I have recently relocated to the USA and will say this is the first icon we’ve lost since my move. It’s a hard punch to the gut for sure, as all I have ever heard about him was how wonderful he was with fans, and his kindness and patience for everyone. Sid will be sadly missed by all of us in the horror world, especially at the House of Tortured Souls, all members of film fandom and anyone who ever knew him or even just met him for that fleeting moment.”

Aussie fans were desperate to have an opportunity to meet Sid Haig

Haig’s passing was announced via Instagram on September 23rd, 2019, by his long term partner, publicist and wife of 12 years Susan.L.Oberg. Her statement was as follows:

“ My light, my heart, my true love, my King, The other half of my soul, Sidney passed from this realm on to the next. He has returned to the universe, a shining star in her heavens. He was my angel, my husband, my best friend and always will be. He adored his family, friends and his fans. This came as a shock to all of us. We, as a family, are asking that our privacy and time to mourn, be respected.

Sidney Eddie Mosesian

7/14/39 – 9/21/19

Husband, Father, Grandfather, Friend.

Goodnight my love. We will find each other again, next time.

I love you.”

Sid Haig was known for his acting which spanned from 1960 to 2019. He worked tirelessly throughout his career, despite a 5 year hiatus from 1992-1997. During that time he was retired from showbiz, due to being frequently typecast. Haig even once stated “I’ll never play another stupid heavy again and I don’t care if that means I never work, ever.”

However he did return in 1997, as a Judge in the Quentin Tarantino film Jackie Brown, opposite his frequent co-star Pam Grier. Grier had also starred with Haig in Blaxploitation films of the 1970’s such as The Big Doll House (1971), The Big Bird Cage (1972), Coffy (1973), Black Mama White Mama (1973), and Foxy Brown (1974).

On Television Haig was in a variety of shows including (through the 1960’s until the 1980’s) The A-Team, The Dukes Of Hazzard, Quincy M.E, Hart to Hart, Fantasy Island, Charlie’s Angels, Police Woman, The Rockford Files, The Six Million Dollar Man, Mannix, Mission Impossible, Gunsmoke, Get Smart, Star Trek, Batman, and The Untouchables.

At one point Haig even had a starring lead role as a Villian named Drago in a series called Jason Of Star Command.

Haig had become a horror icon since appearing as Captain Spaulding in Rob Zombies House of 1000 Corpses in 2003. This led to his continuing with the character through its two sequels The Devils Rejects (2005) and more recently in 3 From Hell (2019).

Notable roles throughout Sid Haig’s career of both horror and non horror films includes Blood Bath (1966), Spider Baby (1967), Pit Stop (1969), THX1138 (1971), Beware!The Blob (1972), Woman Hunt (1972), Beyond Atlantis (1973), Savage Sisters (1974), Galaxy of Terror (1981), The Aftermath (1982), Kill Bill Volume 2. (2004), House of the Dead (2005), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Little Big Top (2016) ,Rob Zombies Halloween (2007), Brotherhood Of Blood (2007), The Haunted World Of El Superbeasto (2009), Dark Moon Rising (2009), Creature (2011), The Sacred (2012), Lords of Salem (2012), Hatchet III(2013), Devil in my Ride (2013), and High on the Hog (2019).

Sid, all of us at the House of Tortured Souls were saddened at the news of your passing. May your family and friends have the peace to mourn you, that they seek at this time, and your star sign bright forevermore.

R.I.P  SID HAIG .

 

 

 

 

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3 From Hell’s Bill Moseley and Bill Oberst, Jr head to Devil’s Junction this October

3 From Hell’s Bill Moseley and Bill Oberst, Jr head to Devil’s Junction this October

This October “It simply doesn’t get much better than the two Bills” (Pop Horror) as horror icons Bill Moseley (The Devil’s Rejects) and Bill Oberst, Jr (3 from Hell) team for director Jeff Broadsteet’s “Jolly” bloody horror epic Devil’s Junction : Handy Dandy’s Revenge.

In L.A theaters for special splattastic screenings 10/18 and 10/19, with an On Demand and DVD release set for 11/5 from Midnight Releasing, the J.S Brinkley-scripted Halloween treat sees a shuttered TV studio in Detroit haunted by a magician ventriloquist from a 1960’s children’s show, and he’s looking for anew live, or dead, studio audience.
Jeff Broadsheet (Night of the Living Dead 3D) directs genre vets Bill Moseley (Rob Zombie’s The Devil’s Rejects, 3 From Hell) and Bill Oberst, Jr. (3 From Hell, Death House) alongside Jake Red, Cody Cameron, Arthur Marroquin, Danni Spring, Kyle Anderson and Katelynn Newberry. Don Borza produces.

Returning to the abandoned Detroit television station where they once delighted a generation of children viewers, master puppeteer Mister Jolly re-incarnates his minion puppets for a final performance to settle an old score with Richard. The rare blood moon casts an ominous glow as Mr Jolly unleashes his puppets, lead by the infamous Handy Dandy to seek his revenge. Further complicating Richard’s dilemma is the unexpected arrival to the Studio of his son Steffen and his friends. The group become entangled in the thrilling pursuit by Mr Jolly and Handy Dandy through the annuls of the old studio building. They soon realize that they are in a new version of “Mister Jolly and the Handy Dandy Show” -where pain is the game!

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John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

With Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends just announced last month, the details are very limited with just knowing the release dates (October 16, 2020 & October 15,2021) but all that is important right now is that John Carpenter is providing the music. 

Through sources with (Comingsoon.com), John Carpenter himself told ComicBook: 

I loved it, it was a lot of fun. And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun.”

Halloween Kills will be released on Friday in October of 2020. David Gordon Green will be directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Halloween Ends will be released on another Friday in October but in 2021. Green is also on board directing but with McBride and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

When any new information arises, we will keep you up to date. 

 

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“CULT FAVORITE” ‘MANDAO OF THE DEAD’ Screening Coming to Comic Con 2019

“CULT FAVORITE” ‘MANDAO OF THE DEAD’ Screening Coming to Comic Con 2019

Mandao Films has announced that the cult horror comedy ‘Mandao of the Dead’ will be screening at the Comic Con International Film Festival 2019, which is part of the San Diego Comic Con.

Mandao of the Dead is scheduled to screen:

Saturday, July 20th, 2019 at 7:45pm
Grand Ballroom 6
San Diego Marriott Marquis

The unambitious Jay Mandao lives frugally off his late father’s cereal royalties. He wants nothing more than to live in solitude, but is duped into taking in his adult nephew-in-law, Jackson.

As Halloween approaches, Jay begins having odd dreams, and comes to find that he has the ability of astral projection. Jay and Jackson are approached by a ghost who has a small window of opportunity to reverse his death at the hands of Jackson’s murderous ex-girlfriend.

This is the second feature from Writer/Director Scott Dunn and Producer Gina Gomez Dunn. The “genre-bending” film has recently gained some media attention with Dunn lauded as a filmmaker who, “… makes a better film than contemporary directors with twenty-plus features on Amazon” (Film Threat).

The “charming winner of a flick” is now available to stream on Amazon Prime, iTunes, and Vimeo on Demand. The film is also available to purchase on Blu Ray via the Mandao Films website – www.mandaofilms.com.

Mandao Films has also announced a sequel in the works, currently entitled “Mandao Returns” slated for a 2020 release. Prior to filming, the Mandao team will launch their crowdfunding campaign on October 2019 on to raise funding for the film. Details of the campaign to be announced soon.

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Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Jason Blum makes hints of Halloween 2 to be in the works

Has Jason Blum put all the horror fanatics waiting in anticipation by confirming that Halloween 2 is happening? 

On his official Twitter page, Jason Blum gave two short answers to questions about if Halloween 2 will be in the works already. It’s been a few months since that news has circulated, and the answers that Blum gave are “Working on it” and “Patience.”

On that note, once it’s officially settled and date and cast are confirmed, we will give an update. Even though it was expressed a few months ago that Jamie Lee Curtis, Judy Greer, and Andi Matichak are expected to return, along with Nick Castle the original Mike Myers shows that he would be interested in reprising the role. Until that is officially confirmed, I would not get excited yet. 

For now, we need to sit and see what happens. Leave your comments below, would love to hear your thoughts.

Posted by Sarah Gregory in COMING SOON, HORROR NEWS, IN THE SPOTLIGHT, PREQUELS AND SEQUELS, 0 comments
Fangoria Announces 2019 Chainsaw Award Winners

Fangoria Announces 2019 Chainsaw Award Winners

This is not a normal post.  Let me qualify this by saying that this reflects mostly opinion but, facts as well.  Last night, Fangoria announced the 2019 Chainsaw Award winners.  The Chainsaw Awards are given to horror movies from the last year.  Think of this as an Oscars for horror.  Coincidence that the announcements happened the same time and night as the Academy Awards?  Probably not.

Let’s start with the winners.  Hereditary cleaned up, winning 5 of the 7 awards it received nominations for, then also grabbing the write in for Best Kill.   Let me clarify, this is not a knock on Hereditary.  It was a decent to good movie.  But of all the films, Hereditary worked with the highest budget and also marketed itself in such a way, to catere to the fans.  The argument on the other side of the coin is Halloween did the same thing.  Halloween was blanked last night.

Here is where I am a little annoyed.  Call me biased if you like, but this is the truth.  Hereditary was not (in my opinion) the best horror film of 2018 as the awards show.  Fangoria is not to blame here.  I love their concept, but the fans vote for their favorites.  People are creatures of habit.  When they do not know how to vote, they vote for what they know.  The consensus was a lot of people were annoyed with Halloween and Hereditary had originality.  I can live with that.  Where I have the issue is when you let the fans vote, they don’t vote for the best items, just the best of what they know.

Several Indie Films made the ballot but not paid attention to and in one case not in the correct category.  David Howard Thornton received a nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role of Art The Clown in Terrifier.   In what universe does the lead actor of a film qualify as a supporting role?  The answer, none.  Also, with Netflix catching heat for their decisions to drop shows and Amazon dropping Indie Films from Prime how do Indie Films compete with major players?

Call me biased towards Terrifier, fine.  I can admit that.  I also challenge you to present an argument against its originality, gore and uniqueness of kills.  Spoiler alert, you wont.  Terrifier worked on a budget not even 1/10 the budget of Hereditary and for my money, entertained me more.  Terrifier is a better film.  The problem with Terrifier?  Not everyone knows of its existence.  Give Damien Leone the same budget and marketing as Hereditary and I guarantee the results flip.

Writer and Director Damien Leone announced a couple weeks ago an upcoming sequel to Terrifier.  Leone and David Howard Thornton also appeared at Mad Monster Party in Charlotte over the weekend.  Thornton appeared in photo ops as Art The Clown.  One thing can be assured.  With fan support of Terrifier 2, Indie films will no longer be silent at future award shows.  My best advice?  Support Indie Horror Films!

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Danielle Harris : Women in Horror Scream Queen

Danielle Harris : Women in Horror Scream Queen

Danielle Andrea Harris, possibly the littlest of the scream queens, but one to be reckoned with as her résumé speaks for itself.

There are so many overly talented women in the horror industry, that it seems nearly impossible to pick one for me to spotlight. I always try to focus on and bring light to those behind the scenes , the writers, director, make up artist’s, and i usually  also to pick a new up and comer  from the independent film circuit. I thought long and hard about it, and realized I wanted to give credit to where credit is due as well.

My personal pick for Women in Horror Month(WIHM) this year, Danielle Harris. Born in Long Island New York in 1977 the talented young lady is so much more than meets the eye. With over 90 acting titles , she has also directed two films, ( Among Friends (2012) / Prank (2008) and is associate producer to Blood Night: The Legend of Mary Hatchet (2009). Harris has also made numerous appearances on many t.v. shows as well as doing voice overs The Rugrats cartoons.

Landing her first role, and a good-sized role it was as Jamie Loyd in  Halloween 4 : The Return of Micheal Myers (1988),and the very next year in Halloween 5: The Curse of Micheal Myers(1989)  Harris was only 11 years old and well on her way to make a name for herself. Funny, one of her smaller roles, Urban Legend, she played goth college room-mate Tosh Guaneri, is actually in fact one role that I always remember her for.

      

 

Harris has kept herself busy, but it was in 2007, when Rob Zombie’s Halloween was released and Harris was back home, this time as Annie Brackett. As fate would have it, two years later she follows up her role with Halloween II. Her performances in both were strong characters, and I think that’s why I liked them so much, and Harris nailed it.

While not playing the lead role, hers while even a short woman in height , made up for in it attitude and strength. Even while being thrown around the house like a small toy doll being butchered by the likes of Micheal Myers, she always had fight in her, and she portrayed it quite well!

From return roles in Hatchet 2 & 3 , to playing pregnant in StakelandSee No Evil 2, Havenhurst, Chrome-skull:laid to Rest 2 just to name a few the past few years have been very busy for Danielle Harris.

Having been fortunate enough to had met Danielle Harris about 12 years ago in Orlando at Spooky Empire Horror convention, I can first handedly  say that yes….she is all her 4’11, but is a giant at heart. Harris is a very down to earth woman who sincerely appreciates her fans.

And am I the only one that shows Harris love, no, most certainly not! Danielle Harris has not only been nominated for her work, her acting has also won her awards for Best Actress in 2012 at The Burbank International Film Festival for Shiver, as well as Best Actress at the Fear NYC 2017 for Inoperable. And my favorite, Fangoria Chainsaw Awards for the Fangoria Horror Hall of Fame ! All in my eye, well deserved.

So to you , Danielle Harris, congratulations as you have inspired me to nominate you, a true Horror Icon,  as a proud Women in Horror.

 

Keep it Evil

 

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Days Of The Dead (Con Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Days Of The Dead (Con Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Over the past weekend I had the privilege to volunteer at the Days Of The Dead convention in Atlanta, Georgia and as always, it was a blast. Days Of The Dead is one of my favorite conventions to attend and having volunteer for them before I couldn’t pass it up again. The convention had headliners such as Clive Barker, Hellraiser Cast (Barbie Wilde, Doug Bradley, Simon Bamford, Ashley Laurence,  and Nicholas Vince), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier), Tony ToddSid Haig, Bill Mosley, PJ Soles, and Kathy Najimy.  

With all conventions there are positives and negatives with some added pointers for the next con, but in this case I must say it ran very smoothly all weekend. Each celebrity and vendor room were very organized and easy to navigate and spread out. The back hallway had all the panel rooms, photo ops and film room which had a poster on the wall with each event and times per day, very easy to keep up with so you didn’t miss out on what you wanted to catch. I helped out with the photo op lines, and we all know with Saturday’s being the busiest of convention weekends, this went pretty smoothly, the lines were easy to manage and able to line up early enough so con goers could get in and out to continue on with their weekend. Between con goers and guests, there was nothing but positive feedback all around which makes Days so successful. 

A Highlight for me personally this weekend would be seeing a lot of my con family, making new friends, meeting David Howard Thornton he’s such a great guy and has such a great personality, the VIP party, helping out with the line control, and catching some panels. I also just love the overall atmosphere and seeing everyone just enjoying theirselves with one shared interest… horror. 

This was a great convention kickstart to 2019 and I can’t wait to see not only what Days has in store but for other conventions as well. 

Overall Grade: A

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Horrifying Facts of Halloween Past

Horrifying Facts of Halloween Past

Halloween is a time where a lot of people allow themselves to feel secure, no matter what they are presented with, because tis the season to play out fantasies. For some, it’s time to throw off the cardigan and turn the most serious or mundane career outfits into a sexy view, like the naughty nurse, hot teacher, or insatiable housekeeper. For others, they get to celebrate the very things that make others take pause on any other day of the year. It could be as simple as wearing black lipstick or an incredible costume with complex zombie make up, which allows some of us to act outside our norm – or rather what we let everyone see – as our everyday norm.

Halloween also unleashes the inner beast that many of us hide the other 364 days of the week. Where you can be as hauntingly scary as you want, set up deliciously evil plans to scare the hell out of any and every one, and you get a free pass, because it’s HALLOWEEN!

Unfortunately, there have been times when the cover of Halloween has been a time for truly terrible things to happen. For those involved, or close to these terrible tragedies, Halloween has probably never been the same.

Check Your Candy!

In 1974, 8-year-old Timmy O’Bryan ate a pixie stick, and told his dad, Ronald, it tasted weird. Timmy was dead within the hour and trick or treating was cancelled for the surrounding areas in Pasadena, Texas. It turns out the pixie sticks were laced with cyanide, and luckily only 5 were given out. What makes this tale especially terrifying is that this was done by Timmy’s own father, who also gave one to his other son! Investigators later found out that Ronald O’Bryan had taken out insurance policies on his sons just a short time before the murder. He was executed by the state of Texas in 1984.

 

Don’t Eat My Candy

In 2011, 55-year-old Ledell Peoples lost his bag of Halloween candy. We are not sure if he was given the bag, bought it, or actually went trick or treating. However, we do know that he lost control of his tempter when accusing his friend Maria of taking the sweet treats. An argument ensued and escalated quickly, ending with Peoples stabbing Maria numerous times. Sadly, she later succumbed to her injuries and died. Ledell was arrested and charged with her murder.

Nothing Stops the Mailman

The morning after Halloween 2012, a busy mailman walked over a corpse decoration on the porch steps in order to deliver the mail. It was later discovered that what was thought to be an excellent decoration, was actually the deceased owner of the house, who died on his steps Halloween night.

The Decoration Looks So Real

In 2005, a Delaware woman lost her life to an apparent suicide. She hung herself from a tree that was alongside a popular road. Her body was suspended just 15 feet above the ground and was easy to see by passerby, who thought it was one of many Halloween decorations in the area. It wasn’t until after the morning rush hour had ended when state police identified that the hanging body was in fact a person and not a decoration. Local residents were shaken to learn that they had seen an actual body on their morning commute.

When You Get More Than You Paid For

An Oregon woman bought a graveyard kit at her local Kmart in 2012. Inside the kit she found a chilling note written by a Chinese factory worker that stated he and his co-workers were tortured and enslaved in a forced camp that made the kits and other toys. He also claimed he worked 15 hours a day with no pay or time off, and pleaded for the letter to be forwarded to the World Human Rights Organization. The woman did so, and the Chinese worker was freed months later, and the camp was exposed.

 

Holy Hell on Halloween

On Halloween night 1981, nuns in a Texas convent noticed a broken window in the community room and called authorities immediately. Police found the nude body of Sister Tadea Benz, who’d been stabbed, strangled, and raped. 9 days later, Johnny Frank Garrett, who happened to live across the street from the convent, was arrested for the brutal crime. Garrett was convicted and sentenced to death, which was carried out in 1992. His last words were “I’d like to thank my family for loving me and taking care of me. The rest of the world can kiss my ass.”

Searching for the Beast

David Stone was a well liked, successful stock market analyst, who lead a normal life, until a few days before Halloween in 1998. Stone was at a party where he got into an argument with another party guest, which turned violent, and he left the party. Friends say this behavior was completely out of character.

Witnesses say they saw Stone later that night, sitting next to his car on Highway 80, before heading into the desert on foot. A farmer saw him on his property and confronted him, noting that he was not dressed for the cold weather and although most of what Stone said was unintelligible, the farmer did hear him state he was ‘in search of the beast’. That was the last reported sighting of David Stone.

A search was formed, bloodhounds tracked Stone’s scent 13 miles north of his car, still parked on Highway 80, and the scent went cold from there. Searchers were puzzled by two pyramids formed by rocks and surrounded by a triangle with David’s Rolex watch lying next to one of them. Several miles further north they found a number pattern commonly used in stock analysis (David’s profession) etched into the soil. The last piece of strange evidence was a note found in his vehicle that read “They think the WORD is in the safe. Six knives in Rob’s room. Yous buys your tea and take your chances Halloween”. No other evidence or word from David was found again, until 2 hikers found his remains in the desert 4 years later in 1992. There was no evidence of foul play.

For the most part, Halloween is great fun. From sweet tots in adorable costumes, to your worst nightmare jumping out to scare you at a local haunt, it’s a great day and night of tricks and treats. This is the time of year to let your inner freak fly and just have fun, so get to it! The majority of people that are out there eliciting your screams of terror for haunting fun, are doing only that and nothing more. Just be sure to triple check the candy loot, stay aware of your surroundings, and enjoy the creativity of everyone on Halloween. After all, they don’t mean you any harm – or do they?

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TRICK OR TREATS!!!

TRICK OR TREATS!!!

 

 

 

The doorbell rings, slowly the door opens and you shout TRICK OR TREAT!!!!! Awaiting the home owners  hand to reach out  as they drop candy and other goodies into your Halloween Bag like it was Christmas morning. remembering theses times are such great memories that I hold dear and is also a huge part of  who I became today, a proud horror and Halloween junky! Tonight I am here to talk to you about the TREAT, yes, the Halloween Candy!

Halloween for me, before I really grew into it, was always a huge event for me. The decorations, the costumes, and lets face it, no matter how cheap of a costume you had, in your mind as a child you looked exactly like who you were dressed as.  Hearing the person at the door compliment you on how you looked, that made it even that much more exciting!

But lets face it, after the chilly autumn night of door to door festivities was thru and sat your butt on the floor of your living room still wearing part of your costume, it was time to count the loot! The bag gets dumped into a huge pile on the floor and your eyes glaze over as you wipe a drop of saliva now building in the corner of your mouth. There it was in all its glory…HALLOWEEN CANDY!!!

 

 

Back when I was a kid, the big scare of terrorist candy existed. Stories of razor blades and needles in apples and rat poison sprinkled over popcorn balls was all the scare. So because of this, mom and dad went thru and did a safety check. Nothing bad was ever found, but this is a safety precaution my wife and I still practice with our little ones today.

Now if you noticed, I mentioned apples and popcorn balls. Yes when I was a kid, homemade treats were an accepted treat for you to receive ….boy how times have changed. Now a days sadly if the sweet little old lady on the corner hands you something that isn’t sealed in a store-bought wrapper, it’s tossed.

The style of candy at Halloween has definitely gone with the times, and what I mean by that, is marketing! Major brands will release their Halloween brand and put a bat or a ghost on the label or even call it limited. Their are even those that you can order online that specialized in the molds they have, ie. coffins, skeletons and so forth.

But did you know after all the holiday special packaging and limited time sales, Halloween is second in candy sales to yes, you guessed it , Christmas.

But in case you were wondering since I  mentioned sales, here’s a look at how much is spent on our spooky holiday sweets:

1)Reese’s $509,000,000.00

2)M&M $500,000,000.00

3)Snicker’s $456,000,000.00

4)Hershey’s $324,000,000.00

5)Kit-Kat $306,000,000.00

That’s a lot of damn chocolate!

Now it says in polls online, that Skittle and Starburst are also little ghouls favorites as well. But Tootsie Rolls, Mary Janes , and Candy Corn are the least favorites.  And lets be honest if you got a pencil or tooth brush in your bag, the house got toilet papered or egged next year!

 

So as you’re having to get off your couch yet again as your doorbell is ringing on the 31st, think back to how much fun your night was as a kid. Have fun with the kids as they come to your house, trust me they will always remember you.

And by all means, sneak one or two of those  Halloween Candies your handing out for yourself, put a little smile on your face…after all it is Halloween.

 

 

 

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

 

Keep it Evil

 

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MIDI’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2018

MIDI’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2018

Each year I Countdown to Halloween and explore 31 Horror films that examine a variety of sub genres. I combine films both new and old. I explore the mainstream and indie. And I select from purely the good, bad and ugly (yes there are some truly awful films available to fans for laughs).

This year  I will be explaining each film for the House of Tortured Souls as I countdown to Halloween. Be warned that some of the small pieces on each film, are based on a sub genre and may in fact provide a spoiler or two.
OCTOBER 1
First sub genre I had set myself is to find a film with a Child Vampire. I chose  30 Days of Night  which has a scene involving a young girl vampire, in a pack that has over run the town of Barrow, Alaska.  Obvious other choices were Interview With A Vampire and Near Dark.
OCTOBER 2
On day two I was exploring films with people who could be considered Freaks so this time I selected The Abominable Dr Phibes
starring Vincent Price, as a mutant mourning his beloved.
Although Freaks by Tod Browning is my fave film in this vein, Phibes was the first horror film I saw when I was 3. It will forever be imbedded in my memory.
OCTOBER 3
Taking it to another level on day three, I wanted to find a film involving the strangest or most unique Horror Parents . This led me to select  It’s Alive (movie)for obvious reasons . Let’s face it , that kid had a face only a mother could love! A mutated baby literally is born and goes on the run leaving a wake of murderous terror. Not only is this film awesome fun, it also spawned 2 sequels and a remake!!
OCTOBER 4
I investigated the infamous adoration for films with that ultimate Twist Ending, selecting the Summer Camp Classic Sleepaway Camp
This of course was one of many options but discovering what is “wrong with Angela” is always great. Other possibilities are films like The Perfect Getaway (in which the twist is revealed midway through the film, yet doesn’t ruin the pace). Also included could be The Sixth Sense, And Switchblade Romance (aka Haute Tension).
OCTOBER 5

For my selective viewing for an impressive Indie horror film was Phil Stevens Flowers.The film is silent. It has such

Hereditary

strong visual imagery and features the demise of a group of beautiful women (the flowers themselves). Stevens is currently in production on Flowers 2.

OCTOBER 6
Was the sub genre of crime as told through the True Story narrative, I chose the film Dear Mr. Gacy. This film is inspired by the Jason Moss’ book The Last Victim. Moss discusses a relationship he created with the serial killer as he studied him in college. It is also sad to know that Moss was so affected, by the stranglehold Gacy ended up having on his life.  His psyche was fractured and in 2006 Moss committed suicide. I highly recommend the book as well as this film. It proves the power of those with such depraved impulses as Gacy.
OCTOBER 7
I was was trying to avoid the usually popular picks for the sub genre of Sea Creatures. I wanted to avoid The Deep, Jaws and Orca. Instead I landed on the highly memorable and classic Universal icon the Creature from the Black Lagoon
OCTOBER 8
A simple sub genre in which of course A LOT of possibilities popped up, to view limbs replaced with weapons. For me this is a film I enjoy, in its true GrindHouse style. It has a strong female lead, that pulled me in. With the teaming of Tarantino and Rodriguez , I had to go with the machine gun leg of Rose McGowan in Planet Terror
OCTOBER 9

The selection as a huge foreign film fan was tricky, and I had to find one Asian Horror film. In the past I have enjoyed the likes of Ringu, JuOn, Phone, The Red Shoes, One Missed Call and Shutter. However I felt a revisit to the

Train To Busan

surprise runaway Zombie hit  Train To Busan was a good idea- and having only seen it once upon release, I wanted to see if it still was as enjoyable (which it is).

OCTOBER 10
This day was Lloyd Kaufman’s empire known affectionately as Troma films, I had to try and find one that I loved to watch as my choice from their stock. This was easy as I love the campy cheesy quality of a good Troma film , from Poultrygeist to Tromeo and Juliet. I decided on One of Troma’s most lucrative franchises with the lovable film  The Toxic Avenger
OCTOBER 11
I realised some franchises have MORE than their fair share. From Nightmare on Elm St (9 films), Friday the 13th (12 films) , or even Halloween ( 11 films) many sequels were imaginable, but for me my taste was drawn to the Children of the Corn Franchise (which has 10 films with the release of Runaway in recent months). Out of those sequels (and a remake) I chose Children of the Corn 666: Issac’s Return, because it is the first film after the original to reintroduce Isaac – one of the horror film worlds most messed up child preachers in history.
OCTOBER 12
For European horror my mind raced straight to  Mörderische Ferien (aka Flashback:A Murderous Vacation), a quirky German teen horror film, that featured campy gags, a psycho on the loose, bumbling cops and some fun kills. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a diamond in the rough and I liken it’s cheekiness to the original Scream film by Wes Craven.
OCTOBER 13
I was tasked with finding a horror movie starring Robert England, but It had to be anything but his role as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films. With options like 2001 Maniacs and Urban Legends available I recalled The Mangler and viewed that. A film based on a short story from Stephen Kings  collection, that has since inspired two sequels.
OCTOBER 14
Horror Creatures dominated the day, so I thought long and hard about all sorts and settled on  Zombeavers. A simple comical romp with manic beavers at a lake side cabin, and a group of foolish college kids.
OCTOBER 15

Pinnochios Revenge

I decided on a film for my ghostly theme, with a classic spooky story featuring George.C.Scott called The Changeling .

This was my favourite pick for the ghastly ghost genre and although I enjoy films like the original version of The Haunting, Rose Red an others with various paranormal entities, The Changeling is an atmospheric joy to rewatch.
OCTOBER 16
An obvious choice for day 16’s infamous horror hotel themed entry , was to go with the mother loving Norman Bates insanity of Alfred Hitchcock’s PsychoPsycho epitomizes the horror hotel themes, with the “mother” of all memorable moments, but I will give shout outs to other possibilities such as Horror Hotel, Motel Hell, And Room 1408 ( which has actually been picked for another sub genre day in this challenge).
OCTOBER 17
Re examining the Psychotic Hitchhiker sub genre for day 17, I decided against the classic Hitchhiker films or even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and went with a modern Ozploitation thriller called Gone (aka Middle of Nowhere). The film starred Scott Mechlowicz , Amelia Warner and Shaun Evans and followed an American and two British tourists backpacking in Australia with deadly consequences.
OCTOBER 18
The 18th choice calls for me to watch  a 2017 Film and I thought this was a perfect chance for me to re explore one that had a dismal run cinematically upon its release. I found it to be an entertaining and seemingly good film, but The Dark Tower  was a far cry from the nature of the original source material developed over many books by Stephen King.
OCTOBER 19
My 19th watch is a film released in 2018, so I thought I would take this opportunity to return to Hereditary. Originally when I saw this film it was such a slow build intro I lost interest and was unable to finish it so I hope as I do so I will complete it today.
OCTOBER 20
I will turn to Horror with a number in the title. With many options open to me I looked at 2001 Maniacs, Germany’s 666: In Bed With The Devil And found Stephen Kings Room 1408. An interesting and twisted story of a hotel room from Hell, this is a great little film with a strong cast.
OCTOBER 21
I needed  a film with a strong female killer. I will be avoiding  Switchblade Romance, Mothers Day, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Fatal Attraction. Instead I feel that Guillermo Del Toros psychotic sister in his film Crimson Peak was a great choice – and I am a huge fan of this film and it’s themes throughout.
OCTOBER 22
The 22nd for me is the most fun sub genre and one of the lesser appreciated, Disney Horror! Yes these films actually were made , exist and are awesome fun to horror fans. You can go for the slightly thrilling or the fun and goofy kids fodder. I went with the latter . My favourite Disney Horror is actually Something Wicked This Way Comes, that starred  freakishly awesome Johnathan Pryce in the role as Mr Dark. However I wanted a calmer, shorter film for my viewing and went with Richard Masur (best known as Adult Stanley Uris in the 1990 IT miniseries) in the film Mr Boogedy. It also has a sequel ,as they were hugely popular films during my childhood.
OCTOBER 23
Joyfully I found my 23rd film choice at this years Sydney Film Festival, when I attended a screening for the Supernatural New Zealand film The Changeover. With a young fresh cast and some more familiar faces (Timothy Spall and Melanie Lynskey), it is a strange and yet engaging story of a girl coming into her powers and using them to save her family from an evil force.
OCTOBER 24
I attended the premiere screening of my 24th film in Sydney at MonsterFests Travelling Sideshow. And it was such a powerfully musical film I had to use it for Best Soundtrack. The Strangers 2: Prey At Night didn’t have to try too hard to impress, with the delightful antics of our insane trio on screen being played out to 80s hits with gusto!
OCTOBER 25
On the 25th I will avoid the predictability of Dolls, Chucky, Annabelle , Puppetmaster or Demonic Toys for the Doll/toy Horror film. Instead I am returning to view an oldie that I have enjoyed before, called The Pinocchio Syndrome (aka Pinnochios Revenge). It’s about an evil Pinocchio puppet that once you cut his strings becomes a killer.
OCTOBER 26
My usual pick for the Worst Horror film for day 26 is abysmal
Dracula 3000 ,and if you have seen it you’d understand. This year I thought I would go with one, that I often refer to as the BEST film for drinking games. It is called Grim Weekend (aka S.I.C.K). Grim Weekend and follows a hopeless bunch, who venture off on a mini break and are beseeched by a psychotic clown. Sounds fun right? Sadly this film has a score that is cheesy, effects that are lame and a cast so utterly annoying it is only good for games. Have the shots ready and let’s play.
OCTOBER 27
On the 27th I will inspect the aspect of Horror Tv Episodes with We All Scream for Ice Cream (Masters of Horror episode). It is an impresssive part of a large collection done by talented directors. This anthology series has some intriguing storyline’s and very colourful characters.
OCTOBER 28
For the 28th I needed to focus on choosing a film that had Great Poster Art. I couldn’t ignore the awesome screaming, burning human on the cover of David Croenenbergs 1981 supernatural horror film Scanners. Any artistic eye can see the beauty in that image, as much as any other.
OCTOBER 29
My least enjoyed sub genre is the Found Footage one. So on the 29th having to pick one from the few I enjoy was taxing. Being able to sift through some good ones I like, such as Afflicted and Cannibal Holocaust, I remembered the immensely impressive  The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
OCTOBER 30
Being the youngest of three children obviously for horror siblings, my immediate thought was my brothers (just kidding and yes they know I love them dearly). No instead I selected the classic black and white film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? starring feuding actresses (and on screen sisters) Bette Davis And Joan Crawford.
OCTOBER 31
To round out my viewing pleasure this month, I will end on a more jovial note with a horror musical. I put aside my usual fun choices of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Repo: A Genetic Opera or even Little Shop Of Horrors. Instead I opted for 2014’s Stage Fright.
I always encourage others to explore a variety of films when embarking on creating a watchlist. Watch as much of the things you don’t get to. Watch new films. Watch old films. Watch films from various parts of the world. And always include the good,the bad and the ugly.
And have a Happy Halloween!
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HALLOWEEN ( 2018 ) 40 YEARS OF TERROR – MOVIE REVIEW

HALLOWEEN ( 2018 ) 40 YEARS OF TERROR – MOVIE REVIEW

On October 19, 1957, Michael Audrey Myers was born and on the night of Halloween, 1963, he stabbed his older sister, Judith Myers to death. Being held at Smiths Grove’s Sanitarium for 15 years, until he escapes on October 30, 1978. On Halloween, he murdered 5 people trying to get to his main target, Laurie Strode ( Jamie Lee Curtis ). But his Doctor shot him 6 times. After falling off a balcony, he was arrested and taken back to Smiths Grove, where he remained for the next 40 years.

The film opens with two British people who run a podcast and are visiting Smiths Grove to see if they can get Michael to speak by showing him his infamous mask, while instigating him. ( not a very wise decision ) from there the opening titles begin with the same orange text and a reverse time lapse of a rebuilding jack o’ lantern.

Ignoring everything that happened after the events of the first one, the film picks up 40 years later and Laurie Strode has been preparing herself for the day that Michael would escape again and come back for her. Lautie is armed to the teeth with various weaponry and booby traps that surround the inside of her home. Laurie has suffered an incredible amount of trauma, leaving her to have a not so great relationship with her daughter, Karen ( Judy Greer )

Her granddaughter , Allyson sides with her, feeling bad with no real understanding who Michael is and why he is the way he is and why he chose Laurie as his main target back in 1978.  All she knows is that he did some real damage to her and after 40 years, he is still traumatized.

On the night of October 30, 2018. Michael is being transported to another maximum security, where he is to remain for the rest of his days. The bus crashes and Michael is loose.

Once Michael gets his mask at a nearby gas station, he makes his way to Haddonfield, with a body count that puts the original to shame. Michael Myers is more brutal than ever before with some clever death sequences.  No spoilers, but his favorite weapon is not the only thing he uses to dismember his victims. The film has some over the top jaw dropping practical gore effects as well as a story that is so neatly scripted, you can tell the filmmakers did their research and they did it quite well. John Carpenter signed on as executive producer and also scored the film with his son, Cody Carpenter. Of course we get the infamous theme that everybody cheers during, but we also get some very nice additional music pieces that also fit very well within the film.  The mask looks great and in some scenes it looks even better, because of the lighting and shadows used, much like in the original.

For fans of the franchise, you will find easter eggs scattered throughout the film that are clever nods to the other sequels. That was a nice touch.

Overall, Halloween 2018, is a great follow up to the original with some great tension, kills and a battle  sequence between Myers and Strode that feels like an amazing Pay Per View event that viewers have been dying to see for a long time.  Halloween is now in theaters and you all should flock to the theaters ASAP and see this film. It’s an amazing follow up and should be recognized by not only the fans, but for people who just love horror movies.

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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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