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The Conjuring meets Downton Abbey in new trailer and poster for ‘The Baylock Residence’

The Conjuring meets Downton Abbey in new trailer and poster for ‘The Baylock Residence’

If DOWNTON ABBEY was a horror, it’d most likely resemble THE BAYLOCK RESIDENCE!

Writer/director classy creepfest The Baylock Residence premieres on DVD and Digital this fall from Wild Eye Releasing.

The Conjuring meets Downton Abbey in a goosebump-inducing haunted house flick available September 17.

After the death of her sister, Patricia inherits her family’s estate and soon discovers that something or someone has been haunting the home for decades and harbors a disturbing family secret that she must uncover.

Kelly Goudie, Sarah Wynne Kordas and Lindsay Foster help make up the cast.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Found Footage 3D (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Found Footage 3D (2016)

By Dixielord

I don't make a secret that I'm not a fan of the found footage subgenre. In fact lately I have pretty much came to hate it. There aren't many found footage films I enjoy, among those few, the spectacular *Rec (and it's first sequel), the original Blair Witch Project, and, to lesser degrees Cloverfield and Quarantine (the American remake of *Rec). However most of the films, especially lately are just gimmicks, and found footage is a cheap way for "filmmakers" to churn out a quickie horror film. Many times recently I have wished the genre would just go away.

The synopsis of Found Footage 3D is that a group of friends and associates set out to make the world's first 3-D found footage film. It is of course a horror movie, and the old farm they choose to shoot at is, naturally, reported to be haunted. While personal demons threaten to tear the crew apart, they are also stalked by something more sinister, something supernatural.

So I feel kind of strange writing a positive review for a found footage film, but that's what I'm in the process of doing. The movie is Found Footage 3D. Which makes it a double whopper since I'm not really into the 3-D craze and its inflated prices. Another gimmick. So I sat down to watch this not really expecting much. Even though the found footage concept started to annoy me early on, I found myself laughing at the jokes, and getting into the story. Seeing it on a small screen at a festival I really can't comment on the 3-D other than, once again, I started laughing at the comedic references to them.

Found Footage 3D takes the Scream approach of exploring the rules of horror. Fittingly enough it's the rules of Found Footage horror. Hearing the characters explain and complain about the same points in found footage that I hate and find annoying drew me in. I found myself laughing (at the right times) over and over.

Fans are screaming for Found Footage 3D

Now with all this laughing someone is surely saying "Wasn't this supposed to be a horror film?" Well it is, it's just a horror punctuated with some well placed humor. The first half of the movie is pretty bare on horror elements, but the last 15-20 minutes is a hyper bloodbath of slaughter. I was lured into the slow, relaxed pace and when it went bad it took me by surprise. It happens fast folks, and it's pretty bloody. At least three people in the row behind me screamed at the final scene. I deny screaming, but I did jump even though I knew what was coming. Mini spoiler it's similar to the ending of Paranormal Activity but more effective.

But it's not a perfect film (here he goes). It's still a found footage film, and the same things that annoy me in found footage films, annoyed me in Found Footage 3D. The shaky cam, the always on camera, and basically knowing the outcome the moment you realize it's found footage. Still the fact the crew was self aware, to some extent alleviated these issues. I also had hard time following the plot of the film they were shooting and exactly how it related to the film I was watching. And the ending, as mentioned, I saw it was coming, it was telegraphed pretty well in advance, but hey it still worked for me.

The acting was better than in most found footage movies, special shout out to Scott Allen Perry who seemed at times to be channeling Zack Gallafanakis, but in comedic timing and beardness. Also shout out to Alena Von Stroheim who was drop dead gorgeous and portrayed a sympathetic and likeable victim and possible antagonist. And, lastly, one of the funniest scenes of the film involved John Daws and Doran Ingram as the "old timers".

So while I don't like found footage films, and the subgenre still annoys me, I cant deny that I really enjoyed this film. The laughs (and jumps) speak for themselves. It's not your typical low budget excuse to for a real movie by picking a cheap subgenre. It's an attempt to make a good movie with a much maligned (rightfully so IMO) subgenre, and it's a successful attempt.

These guys....Found Footage 3D

I'm going to give it a 7 out of 10 for rising above the found footage subgenre, but still keeping some of its annoying peculiarities. Found Footage 3D was directed and written by Steven DeGennaro. It stars Alena Von Stroheim and Carter Roy.

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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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House of Tortured Souls Live Welcomes Billy Pon

With Special Guest Billy Pon

By John Roisland, Stephanie Roisland, and Allen (Dixielord) Alberson

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During the Billy Pon interview about a minute and a half of audio was garbled, and some bits lost. It was either cut the entire section, leave it or try and piece it together and possibly lose or misinterpret the questions and response so I decided to leave it as is. Apologies to Billy Pon.

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Hello and welcome to Episode III of House of Tortured Souls Live! This week we discuss the sneak preview release of what has become the most anticipated horror film of 2016. We could be talking about, the one and only, love him or hate him...Rob Zombie's 31. House of Tortured Souls own Jonathan Patrick Hughes was there to check out the release on the big screen as well as give you his thoughts in his written review online at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com. We discuss the return of American Horror Story 6 being brought back the Fox network September 14th, with the return of Lady Gaga. The Misfits reunion with confirmed legendary drummer (SLAYER/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) Dave Lombardo will begin at Riot Fest. House of Tortured Souls pays tribute to and remembers comedic actor Gene Wilder who starred in such great films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstien and Blazing Saddles, and who all know was the real Willy Wonka. . The House of Tortured Souls takes a moment to also celebrate the birthday of Asian horror Master Takashi Miike. In the studio for Episode III co-founder of House of tortured Souls Stephanie Roisland> joined us and gets you up to date on Fangoria Music release of The Horde mixtapes. House of tortured Souls is also proud to announce that one of our own, Rocky Gray is currently directing his own horror Anthology entitled 10/31/ 16 and Allen Alberson also gives us an in-depth look at the problems with distribution in film making as he discusses lost movies that have never made it. The House of Tortured Souls Live was also honored with our first in studio guest for Episode III, director of Dolll Boy and Circus of the Dead, Mr. Billy Pon aka Bloody Bill, who discusses the making of Circus of the Dead , problems with distribution companies, his own Haunted House in his home land of Texas all that while we try to get Allen a Pepsi!

Keep It Evil.

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LOCAL HAUNTS: ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

LOCAL HAUNTS: ALLENTOWN, PENNSYLVANIA

 

Local Haunts: Allentown, Pennsylvania

By Margeaux DeMott

 In this edition of Local Haunts we cover some haunted places in Allentown, Pennsylvania. I was born in Allentown, however, my family left when I was young. I haven't been able to actually visit any of these haunted areas, but my mom worked at the King George Inn and had some experiences there. If you have any experiences at any of these locations or even ones that didn't make the list then please feel free to share in the comments.

Constitution Drive

Constitution

Constitution Drive (pictured above) is a long stretch of desolate, wooded road that sports a with a view of the Lehigh River as well as a pretty steep fall. Quite honestly it's a perfect area to creep yourself out. Heavy woods, steep drop, desolate. All things that add tension. My father told me it's where the cool kids went to party when he was younger. However, he doesn't have any stories. [Sorry dad]

**If ghost hunting here be careful. I read that it can be a dangerous area with robberies, rape, and other awful deeds. I also read that they have added more police attendance so you also might get snagged by them if they catch you hanging around for no obvious reason.**

The most reported haunting on Constitution Drive is that of a one-legged man walking two dogs with glowing red eyes. There are a couple of variations of the rumor as to why this man is haunting this area. It's said that the man was walking (with or without his dogs) along the train tracks when the train hit him (and his dogs or the dogs stay with him) he lost his leg (or is killed instantly) and slowly bled to death over a couple of days (the dogs starve to death with him). During the winter months people have reported and even photographed a trail of two sets of dog tracks walking along side a track of one foot print in the snow. People have also heard sounds of screaming when passing the train tracks. Hopefully those are ghosts and not actually people in danger. There is also a whistling or wooden flute sound in the woods that comes from every direction. Although not ghostly there was a rumor that there is a family of albinos who live in the woods that would do a number of nasty things. They're said to steal cars that have been left alone and drive them into the river or just push them in, but worst of all they're also said to have eaten people.

 

Hamilton Street & The Magic Tree

Hamilton

Hamilton Street is located in the Hamilton district that is also downtown Allentown. The street runs from East to West and hosts events, entertainment, dining, and culture.
On Hamilton Street people have said they saw a ghost of a young woman walking late at night. They say that she has a vacant look on her face. It is believed that she is the ghost of a young woman who was hit by a car in the 1960s while trying to cross the street. Hamilton Street has a tree known as the magic tree. Around this tree people have seen strange lights and report an eerie feeling when near the tree. I read that a student once took a picture of the tree and in the picture was a face in the tree. I can't find this picture, if you can let me know in the comments.

Muhlenberg College

Muhlenberg

Muhlenberg College was first established in 1848. From the years 1848 to 1867 the college operated as the Allentown Seminary, Allentown Collegiate Institute, and the Allentown Collegiate and Military Institute.The college moved to Trout Hall in 1867 and renamed after Henry Melchior Muhlenberg. In 1905 the college relocated to a fifty-one acre area located in Allentown's west end. The campus has many buildings that were built in the traditional European Protestant style.

Haunts:
The ghost that haunts this college is believed to be Oscar Bernheim. Oscar Bernheim was either the former registrar or treasurer of the college. When he died he left his estate to the college which is the south side campus. While his house was still standing he haunted his attic, basement, beloved garden, and the third floor bed room that he died in. It is said that in his will he had specific instructions as to how the garden should be taken care of. The garden was not taken care of and has had dorms built atop it. Students in the dorm report hearing strange noises belongings being moved, and televisions turning on. These playful hauntings are said to be less frequent, if not non-existent, in rooms with healthy plants.

Dorney Park

Dorney Park

Solomon Dorney built a trout hatchery and summer resort on his estate in 1860. In 1870 Solomon Dorney decided to convert the estate into a public attraction. In the beginning Solomon Dorney added games, playground type rides, refreshment stands, picnic areas, and a hotel. A small zoo, some gardens and the mechanical rides were added in the 1880s. The park changed hands a couple of times and is currently owned by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company.

Haunts:
Near a ride called The Dominator there is an old building that holds an arcade, some small shops, and some concessions. There is a corridor connecting the two concessions that leads to an old mine shaft. People have seen a ghost standing by this door before he quickly dissipates. There are also strange noises and odd occurrences around this area. At one of the oldest areas of the park is the antique carousel. Story states that Mrs. Mueller's husband carved carousel horses for a living. In 1917 he carved a horse that she absolutely fell in love with. When this horse ended up at Dorney Park it is said that she came with it. While the park was closed the carousel would turn on and run by itself. The horse has been moved to Cedar Point Frontier Town Museum, but it is still said that the carousel sometimes runs by itself at night. The Old Gold Mine Ride was built in the 1970s and burnt down in the 1980s. Part of the ride went through an area that was formerly Solomon Dorney's mansion. There had been reports of seeing him in that area.

King George Inn

King George

The King George Inn was built in four different sections over the years. The oldest section dates back to 1775 and was built during the French-Indian war. Additions were made in 1799, 1796, and the final one in 1930. The King George Inn boasts some pretty brutal deaths within its long history. It's said there was an Indian raid that left some dead and possibly a baby thrown into a well. There was also a suicide and the man is believed to still be in the building. The large stone building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Recently it was saved from the current owners demolition plans by public outrage. The building is undergoing changes and improvements so it is currently closed to the public.

Haunts:
There are several ghosts inside this building. When my mom was younger she worked at the King George Inn. The haunting that she found to be the involved an old well in the basement that had a locked iron gate in front of it. In the evening she could hear a baby crying from the depths of it. Other people have said they saw a woman carrying a crying baby around the basement as well as hearing the cries from the well. My mom often saw a woman walk through the hallway and sometimes look down from the main stair case. She saw another female ghost walk around the upstairs pub. A child ghost that my mom believes to be a little boy would run through the rooms even when the restaurant was full. She also heard foot steps behind her when in rooms alone. In the kitchen the man who hung himself is said to play pranks on the staff. It's said that he would move things and slam doors and generally making work a tad bit more difficult. A woman and her little girl dressed in colonial attire have been seen walking from the entrance into the dining room and also in the basement. Reports of a revolutionary solider and a bearded colonial man have also been seen throughout the building.

Do you have a city that you would like to see featured? Let us know in the comments.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Crimson Peak (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Crimson Peak (2015)

By Dixielord

Guillermo Del Toro definitely knows how to make a big beautiful film, but can he do a horror movie? His last ghost movie, Mama, just didn't do it for me. The wispy CGI ghosts just don't do it for me, and while it wasn’t a bad story, the ghosts bored me more than frightened me. But now he tries again with Crimson Peak.

Crimson Peaks Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak's Jessica Chastain

Crimson Peak is a big scale Gothic ghost story starring Tom Hiddleston, Charlie Hunnam, Jessica Chastain and Mia Wasikowska (Stoker). And let's get it straight if I try and type Mia's gull name over and over I'm going to eventually fuck it up, so from now on, I'm sticking to Mia.

Mia plays Edith Cushing, the heir to her father's fortune who is haunted by the ghost of her dead mother. She finds herself, and her father's money courted by the titled, but broke, Baronet Thomas Sharp played by Tom Hiddleston (The Avengers, Thor). This doesn't sit well with her father played by Jim Beaver (Supernatural), or the president of the local biker club, whoops, local doctor and childhood friend Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy). After her father's murder, she agrees to marry Hiddleston and move to his ancestral home, known by the locals as Crimson Peak. There the hauntings continue and animosity grows between Mia and her sister in law Lucille played by Jessica Chastain (Mama). Back in America the jilted Dr. McMichael (Hunnam) investigates and finds things the good Baronet is hiding things. He rushes to Crimson Peak to save Edith, but with her health mysteriously declining and winter setting in, will he be in time?

Mia Wasikowska in Crimson Peak

Mia in Crimson Peak

With Crimson Peak, Del Toro has crafted a truly beautiful film. Even his ghosts, beyond the black wispy phantoms, he has added a blood red to go with the films title and theme. The ghosts also have a bit more substance than those in Mama. As they rise out of the floor and walls of the dilapidated castle, I'll admit they made me jump a couple of times. I'm still not a big fan of the CGI ghost, buy they looked better than in Mama. They seemed to have more substance, which made them a bit more realistic and creepy.

The scenery likewise is beautiful to behold. The manor home that is falling apart and especially the white snow, dyed red by the clay that gives Crimson Peak it's name. Then add to that the cast of beautiful people in Hunnam, Hiddleston and Mia, and you have a film that is a visual treat.

But is it scary? Like I mentioned above, it actually gave me a few startles and I cant complain about that. Mostly however, Crimson Peak is a Gothic ghost story, more focused on romance and mystery than horror. It harkens back to when ghosts were more of a protective and warning spirit than an agent of chaos. While the ghosts do provide some scares, they necessarily where the horror lies in Crimson Peak.

The main story here is the mystery that Crimson Peaks holds. What happened to the mother of Thomas and Lucille? What is the relationship between the two siblings and what is the secret that he desperately tries to hide from Edith? And can Jax move on from his father’s death to lead the club, wait no, another project...

Charlie Hunnam in Crimson Peak

No motorcycles or giant robots for Charlie Hunnam in Crimson Peak

Crimson Peak ends up being a bit of a tragedy, and I wont give away any more than I have already. Go see it. It's not a grand horror movie, but it is a well acted, and beautiful ghost story with a real Gothic feel. I'm giving it 7 and ¾ stars out of 10.

Posted by Allen Alberson in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments

Haunt Off – 13 Ghosts Versus Thir13en Ghosts

William Castle's 13 Ghosts
Versus
Terry Castle's Thir13en Ghosts
Part 3 of 3

By Woofer McWooferson

13 Ghosts - Plato Zorba v Cyrus Kriticos

Plato v Cyrus

It isn't easy to compare movies that came out 51 years apart, particularly when those films are in the horror genre and involves ghosts. This final analysis compares William Castle's 13 Ghosts to Terry Castle's Thir13en Ghosts, bearing in mind that Ms. Castle was only a co-producer and did not direct it whereas William Castle both produced and directed 13 Ghosts.

Being the showman that he was, William Castle touted 13 Ghosts as being in Illusion-O, a film technique that allowed audiences to see the “real” ghosts in the movie by looking through one lens or to watch a tamer version sans ghosts by looking through the other. In the film, there is a single set of glasses that Plato Zorba used to see ghosts and which is left to his nephew Cyrus and his family. In addition to a change of color on the screen, a message would flash to indicate that it was time to use the viewer, effectively making the audience part of the film. The Zorba family was affable and it was easy for audiences to relate to their situation – both on the natural and supernatural levels. The mother and father were kind and thoughtful, the daughter beautiful and charming, and the boy intelligent, playful, and a fan of all things horror. The ghosts, while disturbing, were only half the Zorba family's problem; lawyer Ben Rush was the other half, and quite the problem he was. Viewers genuinely wanted Rush to be caught or killed by the ghosts!

Everything that made 13 Ghosts charming and fun is missing from Thir13en Ghosts. The uncle has gone from eccentric to evil, the ghosts from tortured souls to malevolent, murdering entities, and the family from a loving and caring unit to a collection of individuals to whom the audience cannot relate nor care about, leaving viewers unconcerned for their well-being. The “sprawling old mansion” has been replaced by a super high tech, 3-D Rubik's house and deliberate tension-building sequences with real dialogue were replaced by jump scares and the witty quips that seem to overpopulate today's horror. Whereas 13 Ghosts only had one viewer for all in the family to share, Thir13en Ghosts had several, the better to allow the camera to follow as each member is confronted by one or more of the indiscriminate but vengeful spirits. It revolves around its effects rather allowing the effects to enhance the story.

Final word on the Haunt Off - 13 vs Thir13en:

Do yourself a favor. Save Th13en Ghosts for a popcorn and soda party that never wakes up. Then dim the lights and put on 13 Ghosts instead.

Check out my review of 13 Ghosts, and my review of Thir13en Ghosts .

13 Ghosts – 10/10 claws, fun for the entire family.
Th13en Ghosts - 4/10 claws – All four claws are for the ghosts and the house.

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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: Thir13en Ghosts (2001)

By Woofer McWooferson

Thir13en Ghosts (2001) movie poster.

Thir13en Ghosts (2001) movie poster

Director: Steve Beck; Writers: Robb White (story), Neal Marshall Stevens, (screenplay), Richard D'Ovidio (screenplay); Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Matthew Lillard, F. Murray Abraham, Shannon Elizabeth; Rating: R; Run Time: 91 min; Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2001

On its own Thir13en Ghosts (co-produced by Terry Castle, the daughter of William Castle) is an entertaining entry in the horror genre that still manages to fall short on many levels. The plot is quite simple: Cyrus Kriticos (F. Murray Abraham), wealthy and eccentric collector, dies and leaves everything to his nephew Arthur (Tony Shaloub) and his family - including his house, fortune, and malicious collection of ghosts that he has captured with the help of Dennis Rafkin (Matthew Lillard), a troubled psychic. As is obvious from the title, the ghosts are the focal point of the inheritance and the biggest hurdle for the family to overcome. Malicious is an understatement as they are angry and vicious, and they take great pleasure in hurting the living.

Thir13en Ghosts is filled with some amazing special effects. Each of the ghosts is a work of art and has a complete backstory that we only glimpse a part of in the movie. That is a real shame as it would have fleshed out the story and given the movie depth. In that same vein, the house itself is another amazing effect and would be seriously cool to live in - well, except for the literally all glass walls. Maybe have one or two private areas. But the nature of the house as a ghost prison is glossed over and only referenced with as having binding spells and their ability to prevent ghosts from crossing. The house shifts and changes, but there is no explanation regarding why or what goal Cyrus had in mind (aside from money, but there are easier ways to make money than collecting ghosts).

It's not a bad movie, but it's not a good movie. The acting, aside from F. Murry Abraham, Tony Shaloub, and Matthew Lillard, leaves much to be desired. The plot is thin and could've been better if they'd taken the time to explain more. The house is awesome, and the ghost effects are great. However, there are too many jump scares and comedic comments of the sort that seem to pervade trendy horror movies these days.

Find out more about Thir13en Ghosts at IMDB. Check out part 1 where I review William Castle's 13 Ghosts, the film that inspired this remake, and watch for part 3 where I compare the father's and the daughter's films.

4/10 claws - All four claws are for the ghosts and the house

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