Halloween

We want to hear your thoughts!

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?


Posted by Andrea Lenora in BRUTAL REALITY, HALLOWEEN, 0 comments
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

 

Posted by John Roisland in Categories, 0 comments
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!
Posted by Michelle MIDI Sayles in Categories, EDITORIALS, HALLOWEEN, STAFF PICKS, 0 comments
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.

Posted by Jonathan Hughes in Categories, EXCLUSIVE, HALLOWEEN, HORROR HEROES, HORROR HISTORY, NEW RELEASES, PARANORMAL, 0 comments
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+.

 

Posted by Graveyard Girl in Categories, MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments