Heather Langenkamp

New Trailer and Poster released for Portal starring Heather Langenkamp and Ryan Merriman

Genre icons Ryan Merriman (The Jurassic Games), Jamie Tisdale (“From Dusk Till Dawn : The Series”) and Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) encounter the terrifying PORTAL this October.
Insidious meets Paranormal Activity in director Dean Alioto‘s “delightfully delicious horror film”* available on digital and On Demand from October 15 from Vertical Entertainment.

The ambitious founder of an amateur ghost hunting team, is tired of chasing down the same old “haunts” as every other wanna-be team out there, coming up empty handed each and every time. He dreams of being like the famous teams on TV.

PORTAL available on Apple TV/iTunes, Amazon Video, VUDU, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, and FandangoNow from Vertical Entertainment.

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CON REVIEW: Days of the Dead – Charlotte, NC – 2018

CON REVIEW: Days of the Dead – Charlotte, NC – 2018

For the first time, the Days of the Dead convention invaded Charlotte, NC this past weekend. They brought in a big lineup that included horror and rock icons. Some of those names are Heather Langenkamp, Cassandra Peterson (Elvira), Linda Blair, Tony Todd, Dee Snider, and Vinnie Vincent.

Friday night was night 1 of the event and at the end of the night was a Hall of Fame Induction. Days of the Dead honors a popular guest who has helped evolve the show and also an Indie Film Maker. The Charlotte show’s inductees were Heather Langenkamp and Tommy Faircloth. Langenkamp, of course, is known for her work in the Nightmare On Elm Street franchise. Faircloth is a Carolina native who has made films for years including Family Possessions. He is working on a new project called Nun’s Curse, which he has a crowdfunding campaign going. So congratulations to both Heather and Tommy!

 

This con was similar to most cons as there were panels, photo ops and chances to meet and get signatures from popular horror icons. The panel I found the most interesting was the Friday The 13th Part 6 panel. There were five cast members (CJ Graham, Thom Mathews, Darcy DeMoss, Tom Fridley, and Kerry Noonan) along with writer/director Tom McLoughlin. This had been the first convention appearance for Noonan, so this group has not been together since filming ended 32 years ago.

Now having traveled to several conventions just in this calendar year, I have seen a lot of great and some not so stellar moments. I have seen some things happen at shows that angered a lot of fans. Days of the Dead did not seem to have those issues this past weekend. Let me qualify this by saying that yes, I was a volunteer at this show. I have volunteered at several shows though. Does that mean that Days of the Dead has mastered how to put on a show? Not exactly.

They have put on 26 shows now in the last decade, so after a while, you learn what can and cannot work. I will also say they did have an advantage that some of the other conventions did not have. Timing. Days of the Dead came after some other shows that had problems. A lot of volunteers do work more than one show, and they post on social media about their experiences. Thus, the staff at Days of the Dead were able to see what problems other conventions experienced and had time to make sure they would not happen at their show. Again, this was their 26th show, and they have run in at least six states. They also hosted an open forum for fans to voice their ideas, issues, suggestions, complaints, etc. They wanted to ensure the fans knew they had a voice.

Let’s talk attendance. The attendance was not nearly what other shows have done. This has caused some people to say the show was unsuccessful. There have been shows in other cities where the crowds were so massive that the fire marshals were called. It’s a double-edged sword. Is there a perfect amount of people that is just right if this was too small and others were too big? I don’t have the answer to that.

What made this show work was that they secured a hotel big enough for fans to spread out. There was also a rhyme and reason for the celebrity layout. The celebrities all seemed to have a great time, including Kerry Noonan, who was often seen having fun with the fans.

What made this show seem to flow smoothly (at least from the perspective that I saw) was that Days of the Dead used a wash, rinse, repeat method. They booked a lot of celebrities that they have used at other shows, and they mixed them with some first-timers. They also used the same core volunteers and staff members that work most of, if not all of their shows.

Were there some hiccups? Sure. Tony Todd had an unexpected family issue come up and was not available for the show on Sunday. I was assured everything is okay, but it had to be taken care of. Life happens, and these celebrities are just like us. Were there some issues with the hotel? Yes. Was the crowd smaller than expected? Yes. But this was the first show Days of the Dead has run in North Carolina, and there are growing pains when you are dealing with a brand new venue and city.

There were some very creative fans that put their cosplay skills to use. There was an entertaining band called Elzig (a cross between Elvis and Danzig) that played the afterparty.

So final analysis. Was this a perfect show? Of course not. Has Days of the Dead found a formula that works for them? Yes. Were there things that could have gone better? I am sure that there are. Most of the fans that I spoke with were extremely happy and excited. Some fans voiced that there was not clear signage of where the panels were being held, but they were happy that team members on the floor were able to guide them in the right direction. Are there changes Days of the Dead can do make improve before their next show? Yes. That will always be the answer, though. This was overall a very successful show, especially for their first run in a new city.

Overall Grade: A

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) [SPOILERS]

MOVIE REVIEW: Hellraiser: Judgment (2018) [SPOILERS]

Writer/Director: Gary J. Tunnicliffe; Stars: Damon Carney, Randy Wayne, Alexandra Harris, Heather Langenkamp, Paul T. Taylor, Gary J. Tunnicliffe; Rating: N/A; Run Time: 81 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2018

The Butcher from Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)When I first heard rumors of Hellraiser: Judgment, I was excited. Then I learned that Doug Bradley wouldn’t be in it. Again. My expectations dropped. While better than the ninth installment, it still falls short of what Hellraiser fans want and doesn’t even come close to capturing the feel of the first three. That said, it might have been a decent movie had it not tried to shoehorn itself into the Hellraiser universe.

Warning: Spoilers Ahead

Gary J. Tunnicliffe and Paul T. Taylor in Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)Despite a faux Pinhead, the opening scene is intriguing and hints of a new approach to the Cenobites and how they interact with humans. The box, it seems, is no longer sufficient to lure in pleasure- and pain-seekers and they are attempting to find new ways to attract the immoral to them. The addition of a bureaucracy to Hell (more like the Christian Hell rather than The Labyrinth) is not a new concept, but the execution is interesting if a bit hackneyed at times. However, it quickly goes downhill and begins employing gimmicks and jump scares in place of real horror. Once again we are presented with a detective story, but this time the murderer kills according to the ten commandments. How very Seven of it. Once the tale plays out and the murderer is revealed, no one is surprised. Indeed, it is telegraphed throughout and not the bombshell it should be.

Mike J. Regan in Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)The one aspect that is interesting is the depiction of Hell, God, and the afterlife, but these do not necessarily align with the actual Hellraiser universe. In this movie, we learn that God is “in on it” in that He allows evil to exist for without it, man cannot know true evil. This has long been speculated regarding both the Christian God as well as other “creators”, but the Hell of the Hellraiser universe is widely accepted as being an extra dimension rather than the biblical Hell, making this something outside of the mythology. While it is an admirable attempt to expand the universe, it ultimately doesn’t work because it goes too far astray from Clive Barker’s original universe. I would like to see this in an original, non-Hellraiser film, but such a film would definitely be compared to the Hellraiser series without radical changes.

The Surgeon from Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)The effects in Hellraiser: Judgment are solid, which is to be expected from someone who worked as closely with Hellraiser as Gary Tunnicliffe did, but effects alone do not make a good movie. Moreover, they tried far too hard to cram in the Hellraiser universe, even going so far as to repeat lines and duplicate items from previous Hellraiser movies. This, more than anything, felt forced rather than natural. The acting is competent but not spectacular, and Pinhead has little to do with the movie beyond tying it to the franchise. All in all, Hellraiser: Judgment is not a bad movie, but it’s also not a good movie. To be fair, Barker set the bar pretty high, and I applaud the attempt to bring something new to the mythology, but I wish Tunnicliffe had stayed closer to the source material and brought back the original (and only) Pinhead – Doug Bradley.

Final verdict: 4/10 claw marks, worth a watch but, as Mom used to say, nothing to write home about

Gary J. Tunnicliffe and Damon Carney in Hellraiser: Judgment (2018)

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WiHM: Heather Langenkamp

WiHM: Heather Langenkamp

Heather Elizabeth Langenkamp is someone every horror fanatic should know, or at least recognize. Heather is known for many things, but she is most well known for her character Nancy Thompson, which she portrayed in the 1984 classic A Nightmare on Elm Street where she struggles with dreams and reality, fighting demons, and forcing herself to stay awake to stay alive.

Heather’s film career began when she was cast as an extra in Francis Ford Coppola’s The Outsiders. During the same year, Francis gave her a speaking role in the film Rumble Fish, where she earned her SAG card. Both films ended up cutting her scenes out.

Wes Craven (R.I.P.) would cast her in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Heather fit the part because she was very non-Hollywood and it would make the film more believable. She auditioned for the role and got the part, beating out 200 others who also auditioned for the role of Nancy Thompson. New Line Cinema would release the film on November 9, 1984, and it earned more than 25 million at the box office. Heather won best actress at the Avoriaz Film Festival for her role as Nancy Thompson.

In 1987, Heather Langenkamp would reprise her role as Nancy Thompson in A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors where she finds herself in a psychiatric hospital to help the last children of Elm Street battle the child murderer known as Freddy Krueger.

In 1989 Heather would be cast as the first victim in Shocker and then in 1994, she would return once again as herself in Wes Craven’s New Nightmare.

Heather Langenkamp has been in a number of films, T.V shows like Just The Ten of Us, and even ZZ Top music videos. She also returned to the Elm Street Legacy by narrating Never Sleep Again which was a documentary which covered everything that dealt with A Nightmare on Elm Street, including Freddy’s Nightmares. The producers of Never Sleep Again would go on and also produce a documentary based on Nancy Thompson’s character, which also featured Robert Englund and Wes Craven.

Heather Langenkamp has a role in the upcoming Hellraiser: Judgment film due out right before Valentine’s Day.

Heather, as a fan of your work and as a fan of the character, Nancy, I salute you during Women in Horror Month.

Terrible news shocked us all this week, when we were told about Heather’s devastating loss of her son, Atticus, from brain cancer.

Heather, everyone here at House of Tortured Souls are all saddened and wishing you a speedy recovery. We are so sorry for your loss.

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THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

THIS JUST IN: 1, 2, Freddy’s Coming for You… Again

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

In 1984, writer/director Wes Craven and producer Robert Shay made everyone terrified to fall asleep with their hit film entitled A Nightmare on Elm Street. The film was about a child murderer who was killed by a bunch of parents to protect their children, but this horrible human being does not stay dead for long. The children, now teenagers, are finally beginning to understand the truth and to pay for their parents’ sins as they fall victim to this dream demon who has the power to invade their nightmares and kill them one by one. If he gets you in your sleep, you don't wake up at all. His name is Freddy Krueger, and he is coming back!

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Heather Langenkamp in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Melissa Moseley - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

The franchise is a sacred and well-loved piece of cinema, and fans all over the world can tell you their favorite lines, kills, and sequel. For me, the original was the best; it was scary, fresh, and terrifying. My favorite sequel is either Dream Warriors or Dream Master. I can't pick one or the other because for me three was the last one that was scary and four was a turning point where Freddy became more of a fun cartoon. And I believe that was the film where fans started to adore him and want to love him. A Nightmare on Elm Street spawned six sequels as well as Freddy vs. Jason in 2003. After the FvJ installment, there were talks about bringing in Chucky, Michael Myers, Ash, and even Pinhead. Things didn't develop as fast as people wanted. So, lo and behold, MICHAEL FRIGGING BAY decides to take his horror production label, known as Platinum Dunes, and remake one of the best iconic horror films ever made and he fucked it up!

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Robert Englund in A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)
Photo by Zade Rosenthal - © 1984 - New Line Cinema Entertainment, Inc.

Warner Bros. Pictures/New Line Cinema and Michael Bay brought us a remake back in 2010, and, like most people, I only hope that one day I can forget about it. Looks like that won't be happening anytime soon, however, because Freddy is on his way back to the screen and a new actor will be putting on the dirty red and green sweater as well as the glove.

As a loyal fan of the franchise as well as Robert Englund himself, I, for one, do not see a point in this at all. The first remake did horrendous at the box office and I'm sorry, but when you have an iconic character played by the same person (Robert Englund) throughout the entire franchise, fans only see that person playing that character. Freddy isn't Freddy without Mr. Englund. The infamous outstanding one liners, the body language and the facial features were all created by him and no one will ever be able to pull that off no matter how hard they try. You cannot replace greatness. A script is being written as we speak and casting has yet to be announced as well as a director, but in the end this is going to be another remake that people will toss to the side unless Robert Englund himself puts the glove back on one more time. Only 184 billion people can hope!

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This Just In – Hellraiser: Judgement News

This Just In – Hellraiser: Judgement News

Not Your Father's Hellraiser?

By Woofer McWooferson

Hellraiser fans have been waiting anxiously and with trepidation for news of the latest installment in the franchise – Hellraiser: Judgement*. We've learned Paul Taylor (Sin City) will be playing the new incarnation of the beloved and feared Pinhead and that Heather Langenkamp (A Nightmare on Elm Street) as been added to the cast. However, the revelation (no pun intended) that Doug Bradley would not be returning was the biggest area of dissent among the fans who still remember the last faux Pinhead from Hellraiser: Revelations and, therefore, fear the worst. Indeed, first looks at what was alleged to be the new Pinhead were deeply disappointing. Now, however, new images have surfaced of a Pinhead we might be able to love almost as much as the esteemed Mr. Bradley's (though I reserve judgment (See what I did there?) until I can see the movie).

Paul Taylor as the new face of Pinhead.

Paul Taylor as the new face of Pinhead.

From Bloody Disgusting's interview with special effects artist and Hellraiser: Judgement director Gary Tunnicliffe, we have learned a lot about what to expect in the Hellraiser: Judgement. For one, Judgement was conceived as a Hellraiser project even though Tunnicliffe once stripped all Hellraiser elements in an attempt to get it funded as an independent film. Though he met with several producers, none were willing to take a chance on it. In Tunnicliffe's words: “...(t)hey always balked…and usually asked if I would instead be interested in directing a movie about some teens being chased by a masked killer (yawn).” Failing to get backing that way, he next tried Kickstarter but quickly shut it down when he discovered it was “basically ‘begging’ for money”. Tunnicliffe returned to his original idea to make the film part of the franchise.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Surgeon.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Surgeon.

But how does Hellraiser: Judgement fit into Clive Barker's already intricate and richly detailed universe? Tunnicliffe assures us that the script was always a Hellraiser movie and brings to play a new “mechanism in conjunction with the box for the gathering of souls”. This is where the new characters come in – and not all of them are Cenobites. All that Tunnicliffe will reveal about the new characters is that there are several factions in Hell and the Cenobites are the “sharp end of the stick” as he put it.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Auditor.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Auditor.

While Pinhead is synonymous with Hellraiser, another major question fans have is why create a new Pinhead when Doug Bradley's Pinhead is archetypal? Some claim that a new Hellraiser without Bradley shouldn't even have a Pinhead, but Tunnicliffe disagrees, comparing Pinhead to the special sauce on a burger (pardon the analogy - it's Tunnicliffe's): too much and you get sick, too little and you're left wanting. This Pinhead, Tunnicliffe asserts, will be tougher and edgier than fans are used to, and he will not have the silver tongue that elevated Bradley's Pinhead from supporting character to the must have start. With deeper cuts, longer pins, solid black eyes, and a sleeker wardrobe, this Pinhead will be icy cool where Bradley's was as hot as the Hell from which he came.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Jury.

Hellraiser: Judgement - The Jury.

Hellraiser: Judgement focuses on the efforts of Detectives Sean and David Carter as they try to track down a sadistic serial killer, eventually joining forces with Detective Christine Egerton and digging deep into a spiraling maze of horror that may not be earthly. Tunnicliffe explains that the story will focus on the serial kiler aspect rather than the Hellraiser elements, which seems to cast doubt on his allegation that the film has always been conceived as a Hellraiser entry. Only time will tell.

Check out the teaser trailer and tell House of Tortured Souls what you think.

As always, House of Tortured Souls will keep you updated as more news is available.

Hellraiser: Judgement Poster.

Hellraiser: Judgement Poster.

*NOTE: The different spellings are not errors. Director Tunnicliffe is English, thus the British spelling of Judgement in the title. As an American, I have reverted to the Americanized spelling when not referencing the title per se.

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