Horror Documentary

[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

With the excitement of Scary stories to tell in the dark hitting theaters, horror fans have been waiting patiently with little teasers, posters, behind the scene pics. It is a treasure among fans.

Ok, the stories are great but it is the illustration that grabbed our attention, but for some people, not so much. Remember these were kids books with horrific details in the illustrations that would terrify any child.

Now a documentary The documentary called SCARY STORIES is headed our way in theaters will debut in select theaters via Wild Eye Releasing beginning this April. Following the limited theatrical release – which includes Los Angeles, New Orleans, Columbus, and Texas  will be available on VOD in May with a DVD release set for July.

The film will feature over 40 interviews with family members of Alvin Schwartz to folklorists to even authors such as R.L. Stine.

April 26th starts the limited theatrical run. A VOD release will be on May 7th to a DVD release on July 16th which is perfect for fans who want to get ready for the Aug release of the movie. Below is the trailer for the documentary

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Memory: The Origins of Alien

Memory: The Origins of Alien

We’ve all seen the Alien movies and we either love them and want more, more, more or are sick to death of the franchise altogether. If you fit into the later category then this won’t be for you, on all accounts this is for the die hard fans that can’t get enough.

The documentary directed by Alexandre O. Philippe is an attempt to delve deeper into The origin behind Ridley Scott’s iconic aliens. The Xenomorph’s origin will be traced back to ancient Egyptian and Greek Mythology, underground comic books and the imagination of Dan O’Bannon and H.R. Giger.

The initial reviews coming from Sundance film festival are somewhat vague, but all seem to agree there isn’t much new information. The film looks great and is a lot of fun, but nothing really new to present.

No official release date yet other than coming soon in 2019

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I remember Gore De Vol!

I remember Gore De Vol!

I must admit I was not familiar of Count Gore De Vol. Growing up I LOVE watching the kooky horror hosts who have the cheesy set, the interesting outfit, dad jokes but with a PHD in horror trivia, so I stumbled upon his Facebook page thinking, oh cool a horror host showing movies either at con’s, theater shows or what not. Friends were like “ARE YOU KIDDING?! DO YOU KNOW WHO THIS IS?!” Count Gore De Vol is a living breathing legend of not just the Washington D.C., Virginia are he’s a legend through out the world. This is discussed in the most recent documentary “Every other day is Halloween” right now you can watch it on Amazon Prime if you haven’t please watch this!

Growing up I would watch cartoons full blast, but then the cartoons would end sometimes you would see the old westerns, old Italian action movies poorly dubbed to the Godzilla movies. Except my biggest thrill was watching the old Saturday afternoon or evening horror shows. Watching them quietly up to the screen so my folks wouldn’t see or tried not to get scared growing up these hosts shaped me into who I am. Then after a while the horror hosts went away. Given there was Svenghoulie then I stumbled upon Count Gore De Vol I added him on Facebook checking out his posts never really realizing who was on my friends list. After seeing the trailer running home from my day job watching the movie was my main priority. Within a few minutes tears ran down my face seeing The Count be The Count my childhood was relieved watching old clips hearing fans alike praise him. Count Gore De Vol began his career as Bozo the Clown doing a kid’s game show to Captain 20 other kids host he soon realized that he wanted to do an adult show showing classic horror movies on a Saturday night. The first season blew up in a big way on this small show it was beating the first season of Saturday Night Live. Time progressed, and times were changing The Count didn’t give up he didn’t say well the fun is over. For the Count he learned a newer audience the internet. Given this was a time where we had Dial up. You want to talk about first world problems? Try dealing with Dial up. Time changed but Count Gore De Vol never changed this wasn’t a job this wasn’t a gimmick just for a guy given a cape.

This was a way of life that he has forever left a mark on this world. Thanks to him there’s even a society of horror hosts who he’s helped being on there shows or inspiring. Seeing this movie, it’s warmed my heart knowing he’s the real deal. A genuine good guy who’ll listen to the horror fans, smile for the kids. I can honestly after seeing this I am now a fan of his work and hope that if he’s reading this he has inspired me more for the art of horror. Count Gore De Vol thank you for giving me something to believe in and know I’ll never be alone in a  world of monsters, creatures, the living dead and my favorite vampire.

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COMING SOON: Boggy Creek Monster

Boggy Creek Monster
The Truth Behind the Legend

By Woofer McWooferson

Boggy Creek MonsterThe Boggy Creek Monster will be prowling across the US soon. The feature-length documentary began filming on April 22, 2016 and is now in post-production. This is the third offering from Small Town Monsters, following Minerva Monster (2015) and Beast of Whitehall (2016).

Author and cryptozoologist Lyle Blackburn (The Beast of Boggy Creek: The True Story of the Fouke Monster) and Brandon Dalo (Beast of Whitehall) will be co-producing. Boggy Creek Monster will primarily focus on the true stories behind the 1972 horror classic The Legend of Boggy Creek.

Writer/director Seth Breedlove refers to the piece as the ultimate repository of information on the Fouke county monster. Thus, Boggy Creek Monster will also cover more recent Bigfoot sightings.

The Legend of Boggy Creek movie poster

The Legend of Boggy Creek movie poster.

Boggy Creek Monster held a Kickstarter for crowd-funding, meeting its first goal of $9,000 in only four days and raising $17,000 by the end of the campaign. Breedlove believes the campaign succeeded because of a growing interest in the mystery and a hunger for information. Breedlove also noted that Boggy Creek Monster will be Small Town Monsters’ biggest production yet, incorporating cinema-grade cameras, night-vision cameras, helicopters, and drones.

The genesis of the film lies in the sightings of the monster by residents in and around Boggy Creek and Fouke, Arkansas. Lyle Blackburn, who is a consultant in addition to producer, will appear in the film to discuss his research on the subject. Zac Palmisano is in charge of the cinematography, and Dalo will score the soundtrack in addition to co-producing.

On May 25, 2016, Small Town Monsters released the first teaser trailer, leaving fans and interested parties wanting more. Take a look and let House of Tortured Souls know what you think.

Those seeking more information can check the Boggy Creek Monster Facebook page or the Small Town Monsters website.

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DOC REVIEW: Room 237 (2012)

DOC REVIEW: Room 237 (2012)

Room 237 or Stanley Kubrick's Shining Vision of the US?

By Woofer McWooferson

Writer and Director: Rodney Ascher; Stars: Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Juli Kearns, John Fell Ryan, Jay Weidner; Rating: NR; Run Time: 102 min; Genre: Documentary; Country: UK; Language: English; Year: 2012

Room 237 begins with a lengthy disclaimer about the expressed opinions not being those of the filmmakers, and it's not difficult to see why this disclaimer was added. Stanley Kubrick was a master filmmaker, a director whose every scene is packed with clues and symbols that may not be evident on a first or fifth viewing. This documentary examines possible interpretations of many aspects of Kubrick's adaptation of The Shining, a masterful examination of life and death, the natural and supernatural, the real and unreal, penned by the king of horror Stephen King. Because there are multiple interpretations presented, Room 237 seems, at times, haphazardly put together. We move back and forth through The Shining as each theory addresses various aspects of the film that supports that specific interpretation.

Room 237 feels stilted and sometimes forced, but the overall documentary is an interesting examination of Kubrick's reinvisioning of The Shining as well as the minds of the participants. Indeed, we cannot help but bring our own experiences into our interpretations, but the key is to remember that we must look at the larger picture – something some of these critics seem to neglect. Theories range from the plausible to the confusing and finally to the downright comical. Since Kubrick's films are layered with detail and significance, not all theories can be dismissed, but how can we tell which is right? Kubrick may have included aspects of all of these theories, but I'm not entirely convinced. It will take many more viewings for me to weigh in on those.

5/10 claws – the pace is uneven, but it is worth at least one viewing

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DOC REVIEW: Doc of the Dead (2014)

Doc of the Dead

The Definitive Zombie Culture Documentary

By Machete Von Kill

Doc of the Dead Poster

Writers: Chad Herschberger and Alexandre O. Philippe

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Cast: Bruce Campbell, George A. Romero, Max Brooks, Robert Kirkman, Simon Pegg, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini, Sid Haig, Howard Sherman, Matt Mogk and more.

Genre: Documentary Runtime: 1 hr 20 min

Rating: NR Release Date: 2014

Zombies are everywhere these days. Television, movies, books, video games, toys and even pornography. You name it and there is a zombie take on it. No matter which way you turn, zombies ARE everywhere. You can't escape. But do you really want to?

Doc of the Dead presents the history of the zombie in film. From it's earliest inception in 1932's White Zombie and the Haitian Voodoo lore, to 1968's Night of the Living Dead and George A. Romero's rewriting of zombie lore, to the modern zombie in films like Shaun of the Dead, World War Z and the highly successful television series The Walking Dead, Philippe covers them all.

Philippe uses film clips, zombie themed music (seriously, the soundtrack alone makes my zombie lovin' soul happy), hilariously cheesy segment introduction scenes and an impressive interview list to give us the history of the flesh eating undead. He also sets out to explain why they have become such a huge part of popular culture and answer some of the biggest questions about the zombie apocalypse: What is a zombie? What causes people to turn into zombies? Slow zombies versus fast zombies, can one survive the zombie apocalypse, and would you even want to survive?

Doc of the Dead is a MUST for anyone who loves the zombie genre. By no means is this the be all, end all Zombie Documentary, but rather a smart, funny, entertaining primer on all things Zombie.

Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty rad!

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