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HAUNT: A REVIEW

HAUNT: A REVIEW

Eli Roth. As I’ve always said, comparing his directorial efforts like HOSTEL, CABIN FEVER, and his homage to Ruggero Deodato and Italian cannibal films, THE GREEN INFERNO, to his reduced involvement in other films such as AFTERSHOCK, which I really liked, I prefer his producing and acting work to when he puts on all the hats, (writing/producing/directing). Even though HAUNT suffers by comparison to some other films of the same bent, with even more meager budgets, this film just convinces me that my previous opinion about him still holds true.  The basic problem for my taste is that Roth’s tendency to see everything through a “bro-tastic” lens, complete with the borderline juvenile humor that comes with, doesn’t wear very well after a couple of repeated viewings of things where he has more creative input, so it’s less of a problem when he produces, but leaves the heavy lifting up to other writers and/or directors.

Such should have been the case with this movie, the brainchild of writers/directors Bryan Woods and Scott Beck, who hit a major home run co-writing the script for the first installment of A QUIET PLACE, with that film’s director and star, former ‘THE OFFICE’ ensemble member, John Krasinski.  But for a film that really wowed fans with its unique presentation of a tried-and-true premise within the sub-genre of monster movies, HAUNT won’t provide much of the same potential the duo displayed before, to bring something fresh to the table.

The plot is pretty straightforward as these kinds of movies go. A group of friends, including Nathan (WILL BRITTAIN) and Harper (KATIE STEVENS), are “steered” towards a remote extreme haunt, while out looking for some Halloween night hijinks. Impressed by the eerily silent clown that eventually gives them entrance, after they sign their lives away (literally) and give up their cell phones and the car keys, the night begins to take that deadly turn we all expect it will, as the group begins to suspect that the murder set-pieces they witness throughout the haunt are not faked instances of “smoke-and-mirrors”. Fears most definitely confirmed as they start getting picked off one-by-one.

Highly original? Not even close, especially if you’ve already grown used to this scenario, courtesy of past films like the Tobe Hooper classic, THE FUNHOUSE, or the now-highly controversial creepfest, CLOWNHOUSE. More recently, the franchises for HELL HOUSE LLC and THE HOUSES THAT OCTOBER BUILT are fresher examples.

The qualities that set HAUNT apart from other entries in the haunted-attraction-gone-very-wrong genre are three things: a couple of setups that are clever, (but not really the kind of thing you haven’t seen before and done better in similar films); a little bit of a ramping-up on the gore, and the truly frightening revelation of the killers’ identities behind the funhouse costumes, as dyed-in-the-wool psychopaths. No long expositions or background stories needed here, kids: these killer clowns are who they are, and do what they do, because they love it. Which is always more viscerally arresting and unsettling than that usual “Daddy Didn’t Love Me/Mommy Loved Me Way Too Much” trope.

It also makes certain reveals a lot more effective as shock scenes, but that’s about as far as I want to go in the way of spoilers. The acting by the entire cast overall isn’t anything to make you sit up and take notice, though the guys playing the haunt workers are pretty solid.  Genre fans may or may not recognize him as the guy in the “Devil” mask here, but DAMIEN MAFFEI is the only “name” in the cast, having appeared as one of the titular killers in THE STRANGERS: PREY AT NIGHT sequel.  The special visual and makeup effects teams are the real stars here, and one particularly gross bit is a callback to a recent scene in the “Bad Superboy” shocker BRIGHTBURN.

I wish I could point out more remarkable aspects to recommend, but it’s basically not-too-tame yet not-really-horrifying fare. The standard stock characters are here to get killed off, and you do feel empathy for them…well, sort of. The climax, as they usually do, hints that room might be found for a sequel, but it would really have to raise the stakes and the production values to warrant that. (I hope.)

I really can’t give HAUNT much more than two-and-a-half out of five stars.

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HAUNTED ATTRACTION: BloodShed Farms

HAUNTED ATTRACTION: BloodShed Farms

Looking for more to do than just 31 days of horror? Front porch all decorated and waiting for trick or treaters? Then go to a local haunt! Chances are there's one close to where you live, and you don't even realize it. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to do just that in Columbus, New Jersey. Columbus brings BloodShed Farms to life!
The location is relatively convenient, and the setting is perfect! Once you have paid your admission, you walk through a small section of a cornfield trail that opens up into a grass-based clearing, almost like a park. There you have vendors, interactive events like pumpkin smashing, food vendors, and, hell, they even have a decapitated basketball throw. There are picnic tables for resting frightened bones and even a stage for the endless entertainment they offer, be it scary-okee or the likes of a special guest, like The Enigma who will be there on Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st... Sorry I had to miss that! Their roaming characters that are great at interacting with guests and are always willing to do a photo opp.
From the central area called The Reapers Ball, you can easily be guided to one of the five attractions that they offer.

BloodShed Farms - Clown-O-Phobia / Fair use doctrine.

Clown-O-Phobia is an incredibly well-built walk-through that will keep you moving and always keep you guessing. Welcome to the mind of The Circus Rejects! From screams to laughs…and even bubbles, you won’t be let down!


The Trail of Terror is just that! Mix Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre together with some amazing props and terrorizing actors that even the deepest South wouldn’t want to mess with, and you are on the right TRAIL!

BloodShed Farms - Trail of Terror / Fair use doctrine.


BloodShed Farms - Hellsgate Asylum / Fair use doctrine.

Hellsgate Asylum…WOW! This walk-through will quickly penetrate your deep psyche as you enter into this insane asylum gone…..INSANE! A number of hospital props and character acting in Hellsgate was truly amazing and blood-curdling!


The Last Ride was actually the first event that I ventured on. You are seated with approximately 20 other guests on a cornride – not a hayride but cornride – through a vast property (all cornfields) with creatures of the night lurking and leering at you and some even jumping on the ride to torment and scare. They even bring back the dead at the end of the ride. That made it a real thriller!!

BloodShed Farms - The Last Ride / Fair use doctrine.


BloodShed Farms 06 - The Camper

The Camper Escape Room is one attraction that, sadly, I did not venture through, but I really wish I had! It is exactly what it says it is: a full-size RV/camper that you enter and have 15 minutes to figure out how to escape!

My night spent at BloodShed Farms was one that I shall not soon forget and will most definitely make the two-hour drive back to experience again! The night was dark, lit with smoky skies, and it was as if I had walked through a cornfield and wandered into a nightmare of a Halloween carnival. I was introduced to many of the staff who actually told me they were sorry that we had come on that night because of some staffing/technical issues. If I could have punched them all in the dick for having said that I would have. devil-emoticon It was awesome, and I hope all the staff and owners of BloodShed Farms are proud of the job they are doing! I would be.
Be sure to check them out online, and check their calendar because the days of the month are going fast. Prices vary, but they are very reasonable for what BloodShed Farms offers. The haunt is child- and family-friendly....but it ain't Disney. Use some damn common sense. If you know your kid or spouse is a wimp, then leave them at home... Or bring them and torture their ass. Muhahaha! That works too! Lines may be long, so get there early or ask about the VIP program.
Any horror and haunt fans in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland areas should get off your asses and get to BloodShed Farms. And tell them I sent you! My only disappointment is that I hardly took any pictures because I was having too much fun, but please take my word for it – you do NOT want to miss this.
Thank you, BloodShed Farms, for a great Halloween night of fun and terror. It was the most fun we have had in a long time!
KEEP IT EVIL...
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MOVIE REVIEW: Circus of the Dead (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Circus of the Dead (2014)

By John Roisland


In 2014, almost three years ago, native Texan, and downright great guy, Billy Pon, aka Bloody Bill, and long time friend Lee Ankrum, brought the world, Circus of the Dead. Once upon a time in the world, when you thought of clowns, you thought of children laughing, balloon animals, bright colorful makeup, and a red spongy nose. Well, Bill and Lee are taking you to another kind of circus.

We had the great pleasure of having Bloody Bill as a guest on our podcast show, House of Tortured Souls Live a few weeks ago. He and I spoke recently, and Bill sent me a screener for Circus of the Dead to review for him. I WAS THRILLED!

Circus of the Dead, starring Bill Oberst, Jr. (Criminal Minds, The Retrieval), plays Papa Corn, the leader of our violently, criminally insane clowns that are members of an actively traveling circus.

The story focus's around Donald Johnson played by Parrish Randal (Gut Instincts,Possum Walk) as he is taken hostage by the clowns after a home invasion where his wife (Chanel Ryan, Bad Kid Go To Hell) is brutally murdered and his two daughters are kid napped by the clowns that the family just enjoyed at the local circus, just the day before. Papa Corn and his crew torture and make Donald take witness to future violent crimes all while still in hopes of being freed and finding his daughters.


The film is very dark, twisted and depraved...all of which I like. Bill Oberst, Jr. as Papa Corn, was spot on. My god, I think the man was made for this role! He lures you in and makes you watch, like driving past a bad car accident, you have to look. His performance, even as a clown throughout the entire film, is very commanding. Clown makeup or not, you will take Papa Corn serious.

I have been fortunate to have met a rather large handful of actors, directors, and writers of the horror genre in the last few years. I have also become a supporter of the Indie scene. Billy Pon and Lee Ankrum are proud members of that community, and they should be very proud of Circus of the Dead. The film runs just over 140 minutes, and I loved every second of it.


After waiting and waiting, they have finally come to a trust worthy distribution for Circus of the Dead, and will be released VOD in the very near future. If you were wondering why it was made two years ago and is just now getting out there, that's why. And for that, I tip my hat to you gentlemen for holding true to your work.

Circus of the Dead, in my opinion, will become a cult classic that will live on for years. This is going to be one for me to add to my library for sure, ...shit man, just look at the movie poster, its badass. So do yourself a favor, when the opportunity arrives, go fucking watch Circus of the Dead! You wont regret it.

Oh yeah, and while you're waiting for the VOD release, fill up the family-truckster and head down to Texas by Halloween night for ole Bloody Bill's Haunt. Yup, Pon himself is a hauntrepreneur, with his very own haunt in Odessa, Texas. Or at least check him out at WWW.BLOODYBILL.COM.


"Silence is golden." -Papa Corn

Keep It Evil...

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HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

WE WANT YOUR SCARY STORIES!

By Tammie Parker

Image: Woofer McWoofersonWe know tons of you have your own scary stories. They be actually be real story or something you went through or even something you witnessed first hand. We want to hear about them, and we're going to publish them EVERY day between October 24th and Halloween. You will, of course, be credited. Each story will start with the title. Don't worry - if you can't think of a title, we will. Then your name, where you're from, and any other introductory information your story requires.

The deadline to submit your scary story is 15 October 2016 midnight all time zones. This allows us to process the entries and communicate with the authors.

Image: Woofer McWoofersonAll entrants will become automatic Friends of the House and will have their names and stories posted on our site. From the submissions, three winners will be chosen based on creepiness (of the story, not the entrant). Winners will receive horror mystery bags.

To enter, email your scary story to us at admins@houseoftorturedsouls.com, subject: Scary Story Contest.

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to being creeped out by our fans! Winners to be announced on November 8, 2016.

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Local Haunts: Anchorage Alaska

By Margeaux DeMott

Anchorage, Alaska

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Anchorage is Alaska’s largest city. It was first settled in 1914 and was incorporated on November 23rd, 1920. While doing research for this article I noticed that there was four different haunted schools. Two of which are middle schools. What’s going on in your schools Anchorage? (Clark Middle School, Hanshew Middle School, West High School, UAA.)

 

Historic Anchorage Hotel

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Standing in the heart of downtown Anchorage is the only hotel in the city that is listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Historic Anchorage Hotel. Located on the corner of 3rd Avenue and E Street, the hotel was built in 1936 while Anchorage was still very young. For many years the hotel was the city’s primary meeting place and was the only place you could have a meal served on fine china with linen and silver.  The ghost sightings in the hotel are so frequent that the hotel keeps a ghost log. Guests are encouraged to write their ghostly encounters inside the log book.

Haunts

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The most notorious ghost that haunts the Historic Anchorage Hotel is that of the city’s first police chief. Police Chief John J. Sturgus was murdered on February 20th 1921 at 9:15 p.m. by a gunshot wound to his back. To make the murder more of an awful scoundrel, the bullet had come from Sturgus’ own gun. His body was found merely steps away from the hotel. To this day the murderer is still unknown. He is seen walking around the hotel, possibly searching for his killer.

Another notable ghost is a woman in waiting type. She is seen in her wedding dress while wandering the hall ways. It is said that she is seen in her wedding dress because that is the clothing she was wearing when she hung herself. Her fiancé had hit it rich through the gold rush and left her on their wedding day.

On the second floor hall the ghost of a young girl is often seen wandering the hall. In rooms 214 and 217 the televisions turn on and off seemingly by themselves. The tubs and sinks also have a tendency to run without living intervention. Staff often hears footsteps coming down the stairs and through hall ways when no one else is around. There has also been reports of a male apparition walking past the stairs on occasion. Guests have complained of hearing children playing loudly in the halls, even when no children were in the hotel at the time. Some guests have witnessed pictures flying off the walls and figures or faces appearing in the hallways.

 

Dimond Center

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The Dimond Center is a 728,000 square foot shopping mall. Located on the southwest corner of East Dimond Boulevard and the Old Seward Highway; it boasts over 200 stores and includes a six-story office tower at its southeast corner. There’s also an arcade, bowling alley, health club, ice skating rink, food court, and a nine screen Regal Cinemas theater. The Dimond Center was opened in 1977. It is rumored that when the mall was being built the construction workers dug up bones. These bones are believed to be those of Native Americans from a long time ago. Since bones were very old and there wasn’t a lot of them so construction continued as usual; allegedly. However, there is one confirmed death on the site. On May 20th 1991 a refrigerant leak resulted in the death of the skating rink’s assistant manager, 33 others were injured and six had to be hospitalized.

Haunts

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Many of the ghosts that are seen in the Dimond Center are wearing Native American garb. They often visit people when they are alone in the bathrooms and small hall ways. The three human ghosts that are seen include a tall man, an old woman, and a child. Some people have also seen wolves roaming the halls. There is a store (I couldn’t find which one it is) that is inhabited by a dark shadow. The people who have seen the dark shadow have also noted an intense feeling of fear set on when they saw the shadow. The people who did not immediately flee from the store were met with either a pinch or loud hissing in their ears.

 

UAA Wendy Williamson Theater

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The Wendy Williamson Theater seats 910 guests and is located in the center of the west campus at the University of Alaska Anchorage. The theater gets its name from John Wendell Wendy Williamson, a professional musician and professor of music. The theater hosts a variety of events, as well as a variety of ghosts.

Haunts

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Many ghosts call this stage home. There is a woman wearing white that appears hovering on the stage and people believe that she was once a performer. A shadowy man shows up back stage leaning and seems to be listening to the shows that are hosted there. Some have seen props fly off tables, shadows moving on the stage, and even shattering stage lights. In the woman’s dressing room the bathroom faucets turn on and off, and on three different occasions women trying to come out of the handicap bathroom had the door slammed back in their face. In the lobby there is a ghostly man that plays the piano, some people believe this to be the ghost of Wendy Williamson.

There is a violent ghost that takes up residence here. It is a ghost of a man with a serious grudge against brunette women. He has pushed brunette women down the lobby stairs and has even pulled hair in the lobby itself.

 

Ship Creek

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Ship Creek is an Alaskan river that flows from the Chugach Mountains into the Cook Inlet. It is a favorite local fishing and shorebird viewing area.

Haunts

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There is only one ghost that haunts Ship Creek and that is the ghost of a Native Alaskan woman named Marie. In 1987 Marie was brutally raped and murdered along the creek. She now appears walking along the creek and has been seen anywhere from the old ANS hospital and the old Alaska railroad terminal. Most of the reports come from the local homeless community. They say that she warns them of the dangers of being in the area and urges them to leave immediately.

 

Courtyard by Marriot

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This Courtyard by Marriot is located a little over a mile away from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport and is roughly three miles away from downtown Anchorage. You might be saying to yourself What? A Marriot can’t be haunted. It’s a new hotel. Well, you’re wrong.

Haunts

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The room 201 is haunted by a man. The man had died in his room and had not been discovered for several days. There is a second male ghost on the property, I am unsure if it is the same man. The second ghost’s name is Ken. It is unclear if this was his name while he was alive or if it is a nickname that staff gave to him. He can be spotted walking around the parking lot as well as the courtyard and gazebo. This hotel even has a ghost cat. This cat can be seen walking around the hotel and usually hangs out in rooms 103 and 107. Here is a TripAdvisor review about their experience.

If you have experienced any hauntings in Anchorage, please feel free to share in the comments. If there is a town you would like to see featured, let us know.

 

 

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CONTEST: Trick for Your Treats

CONTEST: Trick for Your Treats

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The season of the witch is upon us, boys and girls. This is OUR HOLIDAY, and why should the kids be the only ones to bring home a goodie bag? Well, they're not any more!

We here at House of Tortured Souls absolutely love Halloween and try to live it everyday! So to show our spirit and to show our thanks to all our readers, we are offering you a way to not have to miss out on having your own trick-or-treat bag filled with holiday goodies, just for YOU!

All you have to do is show us your Halloween spirit! How do you do that you ask? Are you dressing up in a costume this year for a party? Are you, perhaps, visiting a local Halloween store? Or even going to a local haunt ? Maybe you've even decorated your own house/yard in scary Halloween form for all to see!

Send us a video of you or your friends (or whomever you may be with), tell us who you are, where you are, and - most importantly - YOU’VE GOT TO SAY OUR NAME!!! Say hello, wish us a happy Halloween, or something along those lines, but you got to say our name to be entered!

Three separate categories have been made for you. They are as follows:

1. COSTUME: funny, scary, super hero, etc. Show us what your going as. Took some time hand making it? Tell us a bit about it!

2. DECORATIONS: Got an attic full of decorations that you pull out every year and do it up? We want to see it!!! Give us a walk thru even, we love this stuff!!

3. SPIRIT: Simplest one of all...but you’ve got to be a little crazy at the same time.

No matter which category you pick, you MUST say our name to qualify!

All entries are to be emailed to (admins@houseoftorturedsouls.com). Now don't think you have to go and get all dressed up in your costume today, because you don't...unless you want to, of course! You have until midnight Halloween, Saturday, October 31 to email us your submission. Simply put 'trick-or-treat ' in the subject line.

Once the clock strikes twelve, the doors will close and the contest will end. In your entry, please be sure to give us your name, email, and your Facebook page, if you like, so that we will be able to contact you.

The entry with the most spirit and who gives us a shout out will win! A winner will be decided on by 11/2/15 and will be notified immediately and all entries will be featured on our facebook page.

Our chosen winner will not only receive a trick-or-treat bag compliments of House of Tortured Souls but will also have their submission put up on our website for all to enjoy!!

So dig YOUR Halloween spirit out of that box in the back corner of the hall closet with all the other decorations.... and put it to work!!

Good luck, and happy hauntings too all

Staff, House of Tortured Souls.com

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NOTE: Submissions containing inappropriate content, such as violence, sex, or nudity, will be deleted from entries.

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INTERVIEW: The Circus Rejects

The Circus Rejects"Bring in the clowns!" "Always leave them laughing!” "Everyone loves a clown". These sayings having been associated with clowns for many, many years. Clowns bring a smile to a small child's face and laughter to crowds everywhere. Well the days of little Johnny and little Susie asking, "Golly gee, Mom...can we please go to the circus to see those funny clowns after all our chores are done?" are gone!
Dark clouds have moved over these once beloved characters, and they are back in full force with a very dark side and reaping havoc across the land. These days clowns are more feared than loved.
I have the exciting privilege of bring you the leaders of a group of clowns that are terrorizing the east coast from New York to Virginia. This group goes by the name The Circus Rejects and are headed up by Karnage and Grin. These two fine young gentlemen took a moment from their busy schedule of looting, kidnapping, and genuinely scaring the shit out of people to tell me a bit more about themselves.
The Circus RejectsHouse of Tortured Souls: Gentlemen, give us the low down on the history of the The Circus Rejects. What I mean by that is how you guys came to be.
REJECTS: Grin and Karnage met in clown college which we flunked out of after the first semester. Karnage couldn't get the juggling figured out and was caught eating the grease paint. Grin didn't want to give up the chainsaw and was expelled for chasing the dean down the hallway when he tried to take the saw away from Grin.
We were clown college dorm mates so we figured we had learned enough to give this clowning thing a go on our own. The name The Circus Rejects just kinda of stuck after the first few gigs went terribly wrong. Children's parties and chainsaws don't really go together very well, so we thought why not call ourselves The Circus Rejects so that people know what they are in for when they book us.
We are available for weddings, parties, corporate events, just about anything you have going on.
The Circus RejectsHoTS: I first met you both at Monster Mania horror convention in August of 2014 in Cherryhill, NJ, where both of you chased my daughter with chainsaws through the hotel foyer for her 16th birthday. It was at THAT moment I knew we would become great friends! Other than conventions, tell us about some of the other jobs The Circus Rejects have done.
REJECTS: We are booked for our second Halloween wedding this year. Hmm, lets see... It's been a busy couple of years for us. We've done quite a bit of fun events such as the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival two years in a row now - might we add that it's the second largest beer and music festival in the country! Definitely don't want to miss that in 2016! There is also Bizarre AC 2 that we were a part of last June, and we are gearing up for the third installment of Bizarre AC this coming October at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City from October 16-18, 2015. We have done a bunch of cool events, such as The Beard and Moustache Championship of the Universe last November. We have become fairly popular at some area tattoo conventions as crowd entertainment. We were a part of the Strange Exchange, Oddities Flea Market, which is ran by the Weird NJ Guys, really cool guys too! We have done a couple of local commercial spots. It's just been a fun ride so far, and we're looking forward to where this is going to take us!
HoTS: Halloween is rapidly approaching. I can only imagine how busy this time of year is for you! I understand you are often found at Bloodshed Farms Fear Fest. Tell everyone about that and when and where we can find it.
REJECTS: The farm used to be run by a family know as the Levid family. Legend has it, that the Levid family had a very dark secret. During the time the Levid Family ran the old farm, 16 reported people went missing in a span of three years. Investigation never lead to the farm. The Levid's themselves even had a daughter amongst those gone ... unaccounted. It wasn't until after the family was forced off the land that people stopped disappearing. Soon after that, the shed was found.The Circus Rejects
Hidden well within the farm's sprawling forest, the tiny red shed was revealed to be the gruesome location related to at least 14 of the missing people. No bodies were ever found, well...none that were easily recognizable. DNA from blood, flesh, teeth, feces, and other human parts were used for verification. Those who managed to stomach even talking about the shed revealed little.
A wooden chair sat directly in the center of the shed, surrounded by shelves full of items used for various torture and killing methods, the chair itself, a device constructed to help aid in the sadism and madness. The locals started calling the place Bloodshed Farms. None of the members of the Levid Family were ever found.
For those brave enough to come check out the property that is now known as BloodShed Farms, open every Friday and Saturday in October, at 2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ, on the same property as Columbus Flea Market.
HoTS: The Circus Rejects have been pushing and plugging away for some time now. I understand its about to pay off...and on film. Fill us in!
REJECTS: We wanted to make a legendary horror film, so we kidnapped a director by the name of JP Hoffman and our plan is to force him to make our film. He (JP) has a strong fear of clowns and didn't want to shoot what we had in mind, due to the graphic intensity and crazy shit we have planned but he doesn't have to much of a choice. We want to give people the best goddamn clown movie ever and hopefully we can raise enough money that we can shoot this soon. The film is mainly about Grin, Karnage, and Kisses and our revenge for our father’s death. Thats all I'm saying for now about the film.
HoTS: Thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedules for us! We are huge supporters and fans of Karnage, Grin, and the entire Circus Rejects family!! Anything you'd like to leave the House of Tortured Souls viewers with?
REJECTS (Grin): i tRuLY cAn'T tHaNk eVeRyOnE eNoUgh FoR tHe CoNsTaNt SuPpOrT To ThE FiLm AnD eVeRyThInG wE do!! wE CoUlDnT dO iT wiThOuT You aLL HavInG oUr BaCkS AnD pUsHiNg Us tO bE bEtTeR aNd BeTtER eVeRyDaY! aNd My PrOmIsE tO yOu aLL iS tO mAkE tHe BeSt cLoWn fiLm EvEr. CoNtInUe To foLLoW griN. tHe moViE, aNd ThE reSt Of tHe cLoWnS aNd StAy Up To DaTe On WhAt WeRe dOiNG.. YoU nEvEr KnOw WhAt MiGhT p0P uP nExT!
REJECTS (Karnage): Just a big thank you to everyone and your continued support of what we are doing. We will try to keep doing it bigger and better and creepier!! Remember, we make creepy fun!!The Circus Rejects
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MOVIE REVIEW: The Houses October Built (2014)

By John Roisland

Houses October Built
Remember growing up and going to haunts every Halloween season? Some were put on by local charities raising money for their organization, and some were actual production companies. Some were good, some were bad...some even chased you out the door screaming. For the most part, everyone had a good time and was satisfied with the adrenaline rush they had just received from being scared. There were always those, however, who wanted more. More screams, more scares, an extreme haunt...I call your attention to The Houses October Built.

This 2014 film from Room 101 and Foreboding Films takes us on a road trip in search of the extreme haunt. Equipped with a video camera, beer, and a full tank of gas, our investigative team hits the road in a large RV, stopping at Halloween attractions across the US.

During the trip, they encounter all walks of life while in pursuit of the most extreme haunt. They catch word during their travels about a mysterious extreme haunt that only happens on Halloween night and changes location every year. The more clues they find put them one step closer to their goal but also puts them in a dangerous position. What they are seeking in earnest, is now haunting and hunting them.

The film was written and directed by most of the starring cast. It was written by Zack Andrews, Jeff Larson, and Bobby Roe (who also directed), all of whom play themselves in the movie. The film also stars Brandy Schaefer, Mikey Roe, and Chloe Crampton, as well as actual haunt actors.

The Houses October Built, as many nowadays, is filmed in found footage style. The nice thing with this one is that there is little shaky cam so it wont make you dizzy or nauseated watching it. The usual shaking and cutting in and out is very limited for the most part.

On a personal note, I first saw this film a few months ago when it was first released on Netflix. I was anxious to see it because I had been looking forward to it since I first saw the previews. There is something compelling about this film. I can easily watch it repeatedly, but I cant really explain my near fascination with it.

The Houses October Built may not be the perfect horror film; I don't know if one really exists. The feedback on this film seems to be a love/hate situation. I, for one, absolutely love it, and am looking forward to watching it many times over!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Unfriended (2015)

By John Roisland

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Universal Pictures brings us a tale of cyber haunting in Unfriended. While on a group Skype, six high school students are haunted and terrorized by the ghost of a fellow student who has killed herself.

The group is first annoyed by this mysterious guest who has popped into the group chat. Things quickly escalate as this guest, who has now assumed the identity of a deceased friend and proceeds to share very personal and sometimes intimate secrets amongst the group, is turning them against each other and has also taken over complete control of the computers, rendering them helpless.

They now are all in fear for their lives as they realize the guest is indeed the ghost of their passed away friend. The techno spirit is back for revenge and blames the group for her suicide. Using cyber possession and physical haunting, she brings her victims to there demise one by one.

Upon its theatrical release, I was interested in seeing the film. It's not..bad. The movie itself had kinda a MTV feel to it. It isn't one that I'd be looking to for winning any awards, but at the same time, I've seen a lot worse!

The acting over all, really surprised me. Having to portray a overly dramatic teen...they nailed it. What honestly impressed me though, was that none of the actors had any scenes together ...like I said, it was a group chat. So all the acting they did, was in scenes by themselves.

The entire film you are looking either at a computer screen full of typing and multiple screens or at a video window, that holds another character in it. At first, I will admit I almost felt slightly claustrophobic staring at a laptop screen, I kept waiting for a scene to open up, and it never did. But once the story line really kicked in, I was more enthralled in it other than background.

Unfriended was directed by Levan Gabriadze and was written by Nelson Greaves . It stars a young cast comprised of Heather Sossaman, Mathew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Henning, Moses Storm, Will Peltz , Renee Olstead and Jacob Wysocki. The film was released in theaters on April 17, 2015.

I know not everyone is going to like this film,..AT ALL! But if you have NOTHING else to do, I think its worth a watch.

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