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SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

 

Neca toys has announced the release of true music icon Sgt. D! The mascot of 80’s super- group thrash band S.O.D or Storm Troopers of Death will be making to the homes of once headbangers everywhere.

Break out the cassette tapes, and dust off the jean jacket with the sleeves cut off and covered in metal band patches cause 1985 is back ! S.O.D consisted of Scott Ian / guitar and Charlie Benante  / drums (both from Anthrax, Dan Lilker/bass( Nuclear Assault) and front man Billy Milano (Method of Destruction) . The thrash band was known for their lyrics dealing with racism , stupid people… and drinking milk.

The band best known for the riff ripping song “The March of S.O.D” and “Speak English or Die” the band created a mascot and Sgt.D was born. So here we are 34 years later and Sgt. D is coming back to life.

Neca Toys will be manufacturing the 8 inch action figure that will have a removable helmet and comes equipted with machine gun…..very suiting.

 

Having grown up with 80’s metal, S.O.D was on my turn table as well as on cassette in my Chevette and Sgt. D was as iconic as Eddie from Iron Maiden. As a matter of fact, by boy Sam-skull gave me a Sgt.D patch a fews years ago…yes i still have it Sammy!

Neca Toys has created some incredible figures , many that i own…but I’m really excited about!

So if Sgt.D doesn’t make to my stocking this xmas…Santa’s ass will get a major beat down!

Sgt.D is currently available for pre-order for $32.99

Keep it evil!

 

 

Posted by John Roisland in COMING SOON, FEATURED ARTISTS, MUSIC REVIEWS, PRODUCT REVIEWS, 0 comments
DEADLIEST BREW:  The Coffee Shop of Horrors

DEADLIEST BREW: The Coffee Shop of Horrors

By John Roisland

So you're doing the family thing. You've packed your bermuda shorts and your newest Harley Davidson t-shirt, threw the kids into the family truckster, and headed down I-95 to Disney and or Universal Studios. You've made it into Orlando, O-town, the wife is nagging, the kids are already screaming they're bored, and all you want to do is wake up or kill someone cause you just spent the last 11-13 hours behind the wheel for a family vacation! Well, last I checked, murdering someone IS still illegal, but there is a way to wake you up!

Head on over to The Coffee Shop of Horrors. If you're looking for a good cup of joe to start your day or even just calm you down from the road, this is the place! Located at 16937 Lakeside Dr, in Montverde, Florida, since 2007, The Coffee Shop of Horrors offers you nothing but the best and freshest coffees - always ground fresh per order - and a wide variety of flavors. But why shouldn't you just go to "FourBucks", uh, Starbucks? That's easy to answer: The Coffee Shop of Horrors isn't corporate, they're an independent business, locally owned and putting their all into their dream! They make the kind of coffee they would want to buy. Shop local applies to food and COFFEE, too!

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Not only do these fine baristas offer you a wide variety of only the freshest flavors, they also offer you delicious pastries and other snacks to enjoy with your coffee. Still not sold on why to go here? Hmmm... Did I mention The Coffee Shop of Horrors is also a horror-based establishment? The name, taken from The Little Shop of Horrors, does not lie - the establishment is a horror fan's dream.

From horror-themed decor to t-shirts, they also bag and sell their own brand of flavored coffees and all with horror related names, such as Burial Grounds, a dark roast named in honor of Cemetery Prints, a horror-themed photographer (Sid Graves) from Fort Lauderdale. At certain times of the year, even their pastries are horror-themed, and who wouldn't like a dozen little wolfman cupcakes?

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The atmosphere is comfortable, and there is plenty of space to unwind and relax. They even have a coffee table that looks like something out of a GWAR video. (I must have that table!) While you're there, be sure to check out the hand-crafted work from local artists/horror fans Freakshow Designs. Trust me when I say that you will be sorry if you miss out on their work!

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The Coffee Shop of Horrors can also be found at charity events as well as a vendor at Spooky Empire, Florida's largest horror convention.

Now, don't worry if you live in BFE, and this is to much of a travel for you. This is the age of technology, so The Coffee Shop of Horrors is online and ready to ship their products to your door! After you place your order, head on over to their Facebook page and give 'em a like.

So the next time you're in family vacation hell... or just looking for a great cup of coffee, with fellow horror family, be sure stop in at The Coffee Shop of Horrors.

Keep It Evil.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Jebediah (2011)

MOVIE REVIEW: Jebediah (2011)

By Nicole Robinson

They are a few things in life that are better than a satisfying horror movie. Finding one has become much more difficult since the era of the comic book splashed onto the big screen. In times such as these, some horror fans choose to kick rocks and whine rather than turn to the straight to streaming gems that can be found. This is a mistake and if you need proof, go to Amazon. There you will find Jebediah, a story of a menacing, sickle wielding Amish man with a creative and expressive love of killing from director Joe Ripple and starring Brian Greenwell.

In the role of Jebediah, Greenwell portrays a silent and creepy Amish man with a presence that creates an intimidating persona instilling fear into the victims and the viewers. Greenwell manages to capture a spark of madness as a silent killer. This is no easy task. While a silent killer like Michael Myers can be seriously terrifying, it can also be comical if not portrayed properly. Greenwell almost makes it look easy, leaving the viewer wondering what dark place this actor had to go to in order to embody the role of this madman in the title role of Jebediah.

The main point that can be said about this flick is the violence leaves the viewer wanting nothing in the end. No one is safe and by the end, the carnage leaves no one unscathed. What starts out as a seemingly innocent camping trip among a small group of girlfriends, ends in a blood bath while leaving the audience trying to figure out who among them is going to make it out alive. Lacking predictability is an important feature for any horror movie, and Jebediah manages to make it look easy. Don't bother trying. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. And don't worry, the annoying blond one who is wearing the wedges while walking in the woods does die in the most glorious of ways. Writer Robert Ziegler held nothing back when he penned the deaths of Jebediah's victims. Spoilers withheld, this is not a film for the faint of heart.

From the moment Jebediah curb stomped an infant strapped to a car seat, the audience knows they are in for a treat. Jebediah is not just creepy, but disturbingly violent, providing a level of satisfaction for the viewers that has been seemingly lacking in recent years from the blockbuster films on the big screen. By the end of this slasher film, an uncomfortable, yet satisfying feeling of dread is left with the viewer, probably hoping there is a sequel (there is not sadly). One thing is for certain, this is a fine piece of horror.

Starring: Danielle Lozeau, Jessy Danner, Lauren Lakis, Jemma McDime, Sabrina Taylor-Smith, and Brian Greenwell

To find out more or get your own copy, CLICK HERE 

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RECAP: TWD, S06E15, East – The Death of Daryl Dixon?

RECAP: TWD, S06E15, East – The Death of Daryl Dixon?

By Nicole Robinson

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Things are not looking good for Rick and friends now that the Saviors are starting to retaliate against the Alexandrianites for their attacks on the mysterious group. With a large section of muscle missing from behind the walls, the community is left exposed while Rick and Morgan team up takes off to look for a runaway Carol in a porcupine car and a disapproving Glenn gains the help of Michonne and Rosita in chasing after the ever impulsive Daryl on his hunt for Dwight. The smartest words of the episode were spoken by Glenn when he said “Daryl is going to get himself killed”.

Despite the warnings of Dwight’s burnt face, Daryl went chasing after the Saviors out of revenge for Denise’s untimely death last week at the hands of Dwight. This is a clear set up for the highly anticipated first appearance of Big Bad Negan. The end of this week’s episode put Daryl at the mercy of the Saviors, cutting to black after being shot and blood splattered the screen leaving viewers to wonder if Daryl is still alive after the credits rolled.

The end of Daryl Dixon?

Deep Breaths. Do Not Panic. Put down the riot gear…..  For now.

“Exactly what you see happens, happens. It’s not a trick. It’s definitely Daryl getting shot. I won’t tell you where he’s getting shot. But you see [Dwight] pull the trigger, and that’s Daryl’s blood,” Norman Reedus told TVLine.

At least they are not trying to fake out the audience like the dumpster mess.

Several viewing and pausing frenzies later point to a shoulder wound for Mr. Dixon leading to the belief that he is indeed alive and injured. How bad he is injured remains to be seen but is likely really regretting not killing Dwight earlier this season on a whole new level. One thing is certain, this is not going to end well. Daryl has made a lot of stupid decisions this season, but this was by far his worst. Dwight clearly stated that The Saviors knew where Alexandria is so he was eventually going to show up at the gates. Daryl did not need to go after him.

The puzzling transformation of Carol from scared survivor to warrior back to scared survivor began to make more sense last night. How else do we expect our characters to discover just how big this new world is if they stay behind the walls? Something has to drive them beyond the safety of Alexandria besides food runs back and forth to the Hilltop. With so many other important character focused on the Saviors, Carol’s subplot allows for a pleasant distraction and real glimpse into the psychological effects this world has on those who live in it. The build-up between Morgan and Carol this season made it obvious he would go after her in hopes of saving her. This is all leading to something.

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While Rick and Morgan were out searching they came across a farm where a man was looking for a horse. As this man was running away, Morgan stopped Rick from shooting him allowing the camera to show viewers a very specific glimpse at the man’s attire. Morgan hit the nail on the head when he said that man was not from the Hilltop. Comic readers may have recognized the armor the man was wearing and Glenn did say the world is bigger than they thought. It is hard to believe that the three communities so far are the only ones out there in the New World. Having gone the opposite direction than The Savior’s camp, Carol led Morgan to unexplored territory and it is unlikely he will find nothing in his search.

This episode accomplished the goal of setting up the 90 minute minutes season finale coming this Sunday. It ended with some dark twists. With Maggie having severe abdominal pains and Denise being dead, her choices are to stay in Alexandria on the hope she won’t be eaten from the inside out by her baby or head to the Hilltop Ob doctor with the ultrasound machine. The choice is clear and she will not go alone. Rick and friends have another journey ahead. With The Saviors at every turn, it could be the most dangerous one they ever take.

 

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RECAP: TWD, S06E14, Twice as Far

RECAP: TWD, S06E14, Twice as Far

Twice As Far

By Nicole Robinson

The end of last night’s episode of The Walking Dead saw Daryl reunited with his crossbow at the cost of Denise when a burned Dwight returned and shot her through the eye during her pep talk to Daryl and Rosita. Denise, being one of the valuable assets that Alexandria had, will be sorely missed as the only doctor in the community. Her training as a psychologist also could have been helpful in the war against a Negan that is undoubtedly coming - something that her death will escalate once Rick finds out it was Dwight and The Saviors that are responsible.

Olivia counts the pantry stock, Father Gabriel patrols the grounds, and Eugene and Sasha stand watch at the gates while Morgan practices with his ninja stick. Carol smokes her cigarette. These day to day activities of Alexandria give the illusion that Rick and friends are safe in their community, safe behind the walls and closed doors that provide protection.

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Daryl checks out his bike, stolen with his crossbow earlier this season by one of those strangers he tried to help in the burnt woods.

“I should have killed him,” he tells Carol over a smoke. He is right. He should have, and this mistake will come back to haunt him later.

Eugene’s intelligence has always been his best weapon, and this episode proved exactly why. Eugene knows how to make bullets, and bullets are more valuable than the guns that shoot them. After all, guns are no good without bullets. Out with Abraham, the two find a metal shop that will allow Eugene to get to work. A very proud Abraham sings Eugene’s praises before being interrupted by a metal head walker. Eugene calls dibs, and Abe steps back.

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The walker has been coated in metal, so when Eugene tries to machete it, his knife just bounces off the walker's chrome dome. Eugene gets pinned and is unable to reach a weapon causing Abe to step in and save him. An insulted Eugene chastises Abraham, who reminds him that thinking, not killing, is his best skill. Eugene responds by dismissing Abraham, stating “your services are no longer required”, and Abraham storms out while telling Eugene he can find his own way home.

Denise drags Daryl and Rosita outside the safety of the walls to search an apothecary for medicines that could be useful to the community. If it’s more apothecary than boutique, she reasons, it’ll have drugs. Having to abandon the truck after running into a fallen tree blocking the road, Denise tries to convince Daryl to take the tracks because it is the most direct route. He refuses.

The pharmacy is still locked when the three arrive, so all the meds are still safe and sound. While Daryl and Rosita clean out the place, Denise find a baby shoe in a sink full of blood in the back and reflects that perhaps she was not as ready as she thought. On the way back she tells Daryl the story of her twin brother, older by six minutes. She describes him as brave and angry, reminding Daryl of his own brother, Merle.

At this point, the episode seems more like filler. Aside from the realization that Eugene is able to make bullets, this episode was fairly sleepy.

After Denise risks her life for a can of soda and vomits on her glasses, Daryl yells at her in a very big brother sort of way for doing so. She stands up to him, yelling “I have training in this sh**!” She brought him because he reminds her of her brother and makes her feel safe. She should have gone with Tara and told her she loves her. She brought Rosita because she is inspired by her strength. In short, she is tired of being afraid to survive. She is sick of the fact she is not out in the world trying to live, and to live you have to take chances.

Suddenly an arrow pierces Denise through the eye. A group of Saviors come out of the woods and they have Eugene. Daryl looks at the man who stole his bike and crossbow. His face is burnt now, and he introduces himself as Dwight. Daryl was right; he should have killed him when he had the chance. The arrow came from Daryl’s crossbow, but Denise wasn’t the one he was aiming for. Dwight wants to be let into Daryl’s complex, and wants to be allowed to take whatever and whoever they want. If his demands are not met, they will kill Eugene, then Rosita, and then Daryl.

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Eugene takes one for the team, grabbing a mouthful of Dwight’s manhood after spotting Abraham hiding behind some barrels, apparently having been following Eugene. He surprises the group and starts shooting. Rosita gets the guns, and Daryl slashes a neck before he starts shooting. Gunfire erupts and walkers descend causing Dwight to call for the Saviors to fall back. Eugene is shot in the crossfire. The three carry him back to Alexandria. Luckily he was only grazed, and the antibiotics will likely save his life. Abraham apologizes for doubting his abilities and says, “You know how to bite a d*ck – and I mean that in the nicest way possible.”

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Daryl retrieves Denise’s body, and buries her in their graveyard while holding a vanity keychain she took from the store. It reads "Dennis", which was her twin brother's name. Carol joins him and they dig mostly in silence. She sees what the audience sees as well. This one is going to have a lasting effect.

“You were right,” Carol says. “I knew it when you said it.”

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In a last tragic twist, Carol leaves Alexandria, leaving behind only a letter for Tobin to find that says she can’t face another threat and she cannot kill anymore. This letter is addressed to the community as a whole:

I love you all, and I would have to kill for you. I can’t; I won’t. I can’t love anyone because I can’t kill for anyone anymore. I am going like I always should have. Don’t come after me, please.

This is not the last of Carol no doubt. Someone will go after her despite her request not too, likely Daryl. The death of Denise will have a resounding effect of Alexandria now that the only doctor is dead. When Tara returns from her supply run with Heath to find her having been killed, her reaction is going to reopen this wound for Daryl. She came to him for protection and she died as result of mistakes. Not killing Dwight has come back on him in the worst way possible, and that kind of guilt is hard to live with. It clouds judgment and leads to careless mistakes. Daryl may actually end up getting himself killed despite his good intentions.

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INTERVIEW:  John Campbell – The Creature Feature

INTERVIEW: John Campbell – The Creature Feature

By Machete Von Kill
The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

John Campbell, professional wrestler, Imperial Wrestling Entertainment owner, YouTube show host, horror fan, and all around crazy (in the fun way, not the restraining order, fear for your life way) guy, recently took some time out of his hectic schedule to sit down and tell me what he's up to. It's up to me to make you care. LOL!

I met this very interesting dude several years ago at an independent wrestling show, for a company I also ended up working for. My relationship with said company didn't last, but my friendship/fanship with John has continued. I've had the privilege to watch him develop and grow in the ring and out of the ring. We've gone on multi-state wrestling road trips, hung out with big names in the wrestling business, and we've shared some pretty intense moments on paranormal investigations. He continues to blow my mind with his massive horror knowledge, in ring and mic skill, determination in all areas of life, and the fact that no matter how big his hype gets, he's the same down to earth guy that he was when I met him years ago.

 

House of Tortured Souls: Okay, so first pretend we aren't friends in the real world and tell me about your wrestling career. When you started, highlights and so on.

John Campbell: Okay, that's fine. You know me, I'm not very formal. (laughs) My career. Well, where do I begin with that? Well I started in the summer of 2006. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler, ever since I was a little kid. One day I just decided to go for it. So I went out, found a wrestling school, and started training. That's how I started, now as far as things after that, well I've had plenty of ups and downs. I'll focus more on the ups. I have been fortunate to wrestle for some of the best independent promotions in the Midwest. I've been in the ring with legends like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Road Dogg Jesse James, and Al Snow. I've also learned from many veterans, and now I try to help as many of the young guys as I can, like other people in my position helped me when I first started.

 

HoTS: I remember back in the Myspace days, you had a link for a horror movie that you were in. I just don't recall the specifics. Can you tell me about that?

JC: Yes. There was a local guy who liked to film horror movies. They weren't masterpieces or anything, but they were fun to watch. Anyway, the guy saw some of my wrestling stuff through a mutual friend and thought that I would be a good fit for one of the roles. I auditioned and beat out a few other candidates. The shoot was only a couple of days, and it was mostly sitting around while the make up artist applied the necessary gore, but it was a lot of fun and turned out not too shabby. It was called Haunted where myself and my on screen girlfriend go to a haunted house and I end up dying. It's a fun cheesefest. (*Note: I looked high and low for the video, but was unable to find it. If you happen to, please post a link in the comments)

 

HoTS: Would you do it again? Is acting something you'd like to get into? You already do a certain amount every time you walk out from behind the curtain.

JC: Yes, I'd love to do more acting. That would be a ton of fun.

 

HoTS: A modern day Rowdy Roddy Piper? (laughs)

JC: Maybe, although nobody could ever fill those shoes!

 

HoTS: No doubt. besides, your own shoes are pretty rad in their own right. What was the first horror movie you ever saw?

JC: I could actually use a new pair of shoes! As far as the first horror movie I remember seeing, it was either Frankenstein, or The Bride of Frankenstein. I was really young, but I remember my toddler brain thinking the monster was really cool looking!

 

HoTS: Ah the classics! I love those. Good times. Did it scare you at all or were just totally into the coolness of the monster?

JC: I don't think I was old enough to really comprehend that it was a horror movie. I was really young, I know it didn't scare me though. In fact, for a long time after I would watch the The Munsters thinking it was the same thing. I grew up with that family more than my own!

 

HoTS: Has there ever been one that has scared you? One that still scares you?

JC: I was probably way too young to be watching The Exorcist. That scared me as a youngster. As far as movies that scare me today, there aren't really many. I'll admit that lump scares get me once in awhile while I'm in the theater though!

 

HoTS: The theater is a totally different atmosphere to watch horror movies in than your living room though right? I mean you kind of feed off of, and are influenced by everyone else's energy/fear. Not to mention the sound system. (laughs) The volume alone has made me jump more than a few times.

JC: Definitely! It's 90% loud noise, which makes for an awesome theater experience, but a lousy watch later on DVD if that's all the movie relies on.

 

HoTS: Very true. Do you have a favorite horror movie or franchise? What about a least favorite?

JC: I'd say my favorite franchise would be the Friday the 13th series. Jason is my bro! As far as least favorite, does the Scary Movie series count? The only one of those I liked was the one with Leslie Nielsen, because you know... Leslie Nielsen.

 

HoTS: Which Friday the 13th is your favorite? And which Jason is your favorite?

JC: I can't pick just one. I enjoy the first four the best, just because you can watch them back to back continuously and keep pretty good continuity.

 

HoTS: What about actor behind the mask, do you have a preference to who is playing Jason?

JC: It's weird, my favorite Jason is Kane Hodder, but he isn't in my favorite movies of the series, if that makes any sense. Kane is good though. He plays Jason as a more brooding figure. Jason became a "zombie" in part six, but the actor in part six still played him as any other actor would. When Kane took over in part 7, he played him how he should. Slower, brooding, more methodical. Perfect for undead Jason.

 

HoTS: And he's my boyfriend. He just doesn't know it. LOL. Kane is amazing. The way he, as Jason, looks at a victim before he kills them is enough to make you terrified. Have you watched much of Kane's work outside of the Friday the 13th movies?

JC: Yes I have. I enjoyed Hatchet very much. I'm a slasher fan.

 

HoTS: Any other sub-genres that you like?

JC: Depends on my mood really, but I dig a lot of cheesy 80s slashers and zombie films the most.

 

HoTS: Any favorites from the new generation of horror?

JC: I liked Hatchet. I also saw a movie not too long ago called the The Taking of Deborah Logan that was really good, as well.

 

HoTS: I haven't seen that one yet. I will have to check it out. How do you feel about the found footage movies? Personally, I can't stand them, but they seem to be pretty popular.

JC: The Taking of Deborah Logan is a mockumentary/found footage film. I think when they're done right, they can be really good. As long as the camera doesn't look seizure-like and you can tell what's going on. I just saw The Visit and that was shot documentary style. I really enjoyed it. Not scary really, but just the right amount of atmosphere to make it good.

 

HoTS: How do you feel about reboots? Sacrilege, crap, or is it a movie by movie basis sort of thing?

JC: I don't like it, but if it can do the original movie justice or continue the story of the series, I don't see them necessarily being a bad thing. The only problem is that so far they've all been terrible.

 

HoTS: Is there one that in your opinion has been the worst reboot?

JC: Rob Zombie's Halloween II was pretty rotten. I also hated the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street remakes.

 

HoTS: I have to agree with you on those. Though I still refuse to watch the Nightmare remake.

JC: Stay as far away from it as you can!

 

HoTS: Are there any that you would actually like to see rebooted?

JC: I'd like to see another legit sequel to The Re-Animator.

 

HoTS: Oooh!! That's actually a really good idea! How do you feel about the “vs” movies. There is some talk of doing another Freddy vs Jason, Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, etc.

JC: I think it's cool to see characters from different franchises together in the same movie. I'm all for it, if they have a competent director, who's well versed with the characters and the stories. Ronnie Yu, who directed Freddy Vs Jason wasn't a fan of either series, so that's why that movie fell flat in my opinion.

 

HoTS: It had the potential to be great. I think you nailed it though, the director needs to get it. With the similarities between pro wrestling and stunt work in movies, do you find yourself to be more of a fan of stuntmen rather than the leading man type of actor?

JC: You definitely have to have both. Without a charismatic character, you have no story to get into. It goes hand in hand in my opinion.

 

HoTS: Agreed. Tell me about your new gimmick.

JC: My new gimmick is me turned up to 100. Pro wrestling meets Punk Rock meets horror movie character. It's a lot of fun.

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids!

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids! Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

 

HoTS: The Creature Feature, right?

JC: Yes ma'am

 

HoTS: And how long have you been wrestling as that persona?

JC: I've been doing The Creature Feature persona since the beginning portion of this year. The fans have really taken to it.

 

HoTS: Now are you working as a heel or a face or does it really depend on the company you are working for?

JC: Face actually. Think of Cactus Jack when he was a face. Crazy as hell, but a fan favorite

 

HoTS: Yes! One of my personal faves. Now you've recently started doing a podcast, right? Can you tell me about that?

JC: I actually haven't been doing a podcast. I did a few years ago, but that's been defunct for awhile. I have started a YouTube show though. The Creature's Features. It's a throwback to the old horror host shows with pro wrestling thrown into the mix. I'm hoping to do it as a regular thing.

 

HoTS: Nice! That's cooler than a podcast anyway. How many episodes have you posted? Are you showing old movies too?

JC: The first episode debuted over Memorial Day weekend. Due to copyrights we can only show flicks in the public domain. There's a lot of great movies that have slipped through the cracks trough, and I believe they deserve to be highlighted.

 

HoTS: Glad to see you are respecting copyrights though. So many don't. They usually end up being sued, but still a little respect and research, you can avoid the mess and being labeled as a thief. Bravo.
JC: Absolutely. That and I wouldn't want my channel to get shut down. No thank you.

 

HoTS: Truth! What else are is in the works for John Campbell?
JC: More episodes of The Creature's Features, more wrestling, and only God, Satan, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows what else! I just wanna keep entertaining people with what I do.

 

HoTS: Okay, here's your just for fun question, cast your dream horror movie. Who's in it, where would you film it, and what's the storyline?

JC: Hmm. Maybe not a movie, but a series. I'd like to see Ash Williams, Tommy Jarvis, and Herbert West go on Scooby Doo type mysteries, all the while running into different villains from different franchises (Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, etc).

 

HoTS: I'd watch that. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me. Where can people reading this article check out IWE and your other projects?

JC: Thank you! We're on YouTube, numerous cable channels around the country, ROKU via the Indie Wrestling Channel and Facebook. We film our live shows in the MAC TV Studios in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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INTERVIEW: Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Jonathan Patrick Hughes Chats About His Upcoming Film (S)AINT NICK and Starting Out in Today's Horror Industry

By Nicole Robinson

There is always a new crop of filmmakers, writers, actors, directors, and more working hard to become the next big thing in horror. As films like A Nightmare on Elm Street and Halloween start to be termed classic horror, a new generation of horror movies is emerging from Generation X.

Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Jonathan Patrick Hughes

It is not often we are given the unique opportunity to explore the mind of one these up and coming directors, but we have been given this chance to meet Jonathan Patrick Hughes. Upcoming screamfest (S)aint Nick is the fifth film from Hughes, and we sat down with him to discuss his new flick and why he stands out.

 

House of Tortured Souls: John, tell us about yourself…

Jonathan Patrick Hughes: Hello Horror Fiends.

My name is Jonathan Patrick Hughes and I just finished shooting my fifth short film entitled (S)aint Nick. I was born in Philadelphia, PA, on Aug. 7, 1979. My mother, Patricia Cullen, was a registered nurse and my father was a Philadelphia police officer. I got my first taste of horror when I was roughly 3-years-old and noticed my dad was watching Friday The 13th Part 2. I remember being highly afraid of the man in the potato sack stalking a woman with a pitchfork. When I was 4-years-old, my mother brought home a VHS copy of Michael Jackson's Thriller. The tape not only had the short film / music video but also the making of it. I found myself mesmerized by how it was made and realized (at the tender age of four!) that I wanted to do the very same thing.

When I was five, I started using my mother's video camera and recording everything in sight. As time went on, I became obsessed with the idea of making movies and hoped that one day that would happen. My two best childhood friends, Rob Montgomery and Alexis Polce, and I always had ideas for films. They were never captured on camera, but at least our minds were boiling with ideas. When I was 15, I started working at local video stores. Even if I wasn't making movies, I still found ways to be involved with them somehow. After many years of working at video stores and cinemas, I realized I wasn't getting any younger and began to think that I would never make movies, and that it was just a broken dream like most of us have. That all changed when I found out I was going to be a father.

In 2010 my fiancé at the time became pregnant with my son, and we moved our life to Pittsburgh. It took almost three years to adapt to a new area and new responsibilities. When I found out that Pittsburgh had a film school program, I researched for days and called many times before I decided to enroll. The scary part was thinking, 'I'm going to go to school. I'm going graduate, and I'm still not going be making movies'. I was accepted into the program with open arms in May of 2013. However, I was unable to start until October. That's when it hit me that I should make my first movie before school just to see what I can do before school as well as after. I wanted to test out my own progression, to see if this is something I truly can do. I was fortunate enough to raise close to $1,400 to make my first movie by using Kickstarter. That is how Apartment 1109 came about. The film was released on DVD on New Year's Eve of 2013.

At school I learned how to write, produce, edit, and (of course) direct films. I paid more attention to the writing/directing parts since that's what I wanted to do the most. The Factory Digital Film Program at Douglas Education Center, which is located in Monessen, PA, was one the most memorable experiences I have ever had. I was taught by filmmakers, not teachers. These professionals take their students through a boot camp crash course on how to make a movie and how hard it is to make a movie. My film father, Robert Tinnell, with whom I still keep in contact, is the director of the program, and I'll never forget him. I drove him nuts, but I never missed a single class. The program is something I recommend to anyone who wants to make movies, but I will say this: if you're gonna go to film school, you better have a passion and you better breathe this shit because you won't make it otherwise. One thing I noticed while attending the school is that the instructors care way too much about their students and will do whatever they have to to break them. Like I said, it's boot camp for film because we make movies and were taught how to survive the struggle and the stress as well as problem solving. At the end, a film is made and the victory is celebrated. I have been out of film school for almost a year and have worked on a few short films and music videos. I also directed a trailer for Alyssa and Rebecca Johnson and just recently finished shooting my newest horror film (S)aint Nick.

 

HoTS: Why do you want to work in the film industry and as a director?

JPH: There is nothing else for me to do. I feel that making movies is fun, creative, and a way to communicate with an audience. Writing and directing is the passion. I have a vision, and I want to express it through motion pictures.

 

HoTS: Why horror? And what do you feel is special about your work that you would like your audience to see?

JPH: Horror films have a special language, like French or Spanish. Only a few people in crowded room will understand what they are experiencing. Horror films have always spoken to me differently than any other genre. I do admire all genres but, for me, horror is where the heart is.

 

HoTS: Can you name two people who inspire you and tell us why?

JPH: John Carpenter and Marilyn Manson.

Two genius artists who have very dark yet colorful visions. John Carpenter can make any genre of film while Manson can entertain anyone with his over the top stage performances. When I listen to a Marilyn Manson record, it's almost as if I'm listening to a film he directed.

 

HoTS: What is your favorite horror movie and why?

JPH: John Carpenter's Halloween.

It is genius - a 90 minute film that captures every kind of feeling and emotion and that isn't afraid to be what it is. A classic film with a classic story, a classic theme, and a classic icon.

 

HoTS: What upcoming projects can we expect from you?

JPH: I'm in talks to direct three music videos for bands Kill the Stigmatic, White Trash Stars, and Post Mortal Possession. I'm also in talks to write and direct two sixty second horror films for 60 Seconds to Die 2. I'm currently writing my feature film that will be dedicated to my son Liam. It's a kids movie entitled Bedbugs. It's a nod to some of my childhood favorites like The Goonies meets Ghostbusters, Gremlins, and Little Monsters. I want to show my son how awesome it was growing up in the 80s. I hope he has the same experience that I had when I viewed these films that were so much fun and filled with both adventure and excitement.

 

HoTS: What was it like filming the soon-to-be-released (S)aint Nick?

JPH: Being on the set of (S)aint Nick was a bag of mixed treats. Some days were smooth, while others felt like a bumpy road leading to Hell. Everyone was under stress, and everyone was at each other's throats just trying to make this film. Some people even left set and dropped off because of the content as well as the vision I was trying to get across to an audience. In the end we were able to finish shooting the film, and now we're waiting on a locked edit so we can go forward with music and sound. I'd also like to add it was my first time directing a 9-year-old, and that was a little rough, but in the end he did a great job and I'm happy with his performance as Bill.

 

HoTS: What is one thing that got you through the rough times?

The disgusting man known as Horace Jones, played by the ever so funny and loveable John Seese, made the rough days better with his clever one liners and over the top acting skills. I salute you, John Seese, not just because you’re a friend or an actor, but because your presence can light up the darkest hour. And I'm proud of you as well as your magnificent performance. Last, but not least, to my number one cinematic sister: I absolutely adore you as well as your acting skills. Just know that I could never make a movie without you and will never. We been in this together since day one in August of 2013. Since then we both have grown, and we will continue to grow. You're my number one scream queen, and I love you!

 

HoTS: Where did the idea for the movie come from?

JPH: Death metal and hardcore sexxx. Hahahaha.

The idea first entered my mind right after we finished shooting Apartment 1109. I knew I wanted to attack the Christmas holiday and turn it into a disturbing tale that is sure to leave a foul taste in your mouth.

Christmas has always been a holiday I never really agreed with. After I learned the truth about Santa Claus, the magic went out of the window. Many years after, I started believing that this certain holiday is an uneven one. They feed us the same Christmas carol year after year, talking about how great the time of year is and how everyone is happy. Just because you drive down a street with 30 houses covered in 500 chasing lights does not mean the people behind those closed doors are happy. I thought it would be a good idea to take an audience inside a house where it's not about candy canes, smiles, and mistletoe. It's about two siblings who are now living with their stepfather who is a verbally abusive alcoholic and all around disgusting human being who will make you want to shower every time he appears on screen. Christmas is not the most wonderful time of the year at this house. I'm hoping that when people see this they will understand where I'm coming from.

 

HoTS: When is it going to be released?

JPH: Release date TBA. We're working out a deal with a production company as we speak. However, I will self-distribute a DVD with all 5 of my films including Apartment 1109, A Gamble With Death, Empty, All Hallows' Eve: Chapter 1 – The 11th Hour (which is still in post-production after a full year) and, of course, (S)aint Nick.

 

HoTS: What was your favorite experience while filming the movie?

JPH: My favorite experience would have to be either when I actually vomited on set during a very disgusting moment - I didn't expect that to happen. It's gross and I was thinking about cutting it out but everyone begged for it to stay in. It's in the film. The other experience would have to be directing the bloody goodness. This is the most disgusting film I have ever written and directed. It was kind of cool to see body parts being detached from the human body.

 

HoTS: Anything else you would like to share with us?

JPH: Everyone has a dream. Stop dreaming and start living. You have one life, so fucking live it. Making movies is like having sex: when you're done, you feel great, stress free, and relieved, and within minutes you're ready to go back and do it all over again.

I like to add that I'm really thankful for my cast and crew. They really helped so much making this nightmare a reality and I couldn't be happier with the job well done.

Jonathan Patrick Hughes taking a break.

Jonathan Patrick Hughes taking a break.

Posted by Alan Smithee in INTERVIEWS, 1 comment
RECAP: TWD, S06E02, JSS

RECAP: TWD, S06E02, JSS

Carol is Done Making Casseroles

By Nicole Robinson

The Walking Dead: JSS

Enid creates some carnage of her own
The Walking Dead pulled no punches with Sunday’s shocking and violent second episode JSS. Despite the absence of some of the group’s strongest members, Carol proved to us why is she considered one the most badass characters on this show. We also came face to face with the Wolves and were introduced to Pete’s replacement, Dr. Denise Cloyd, bringing Emmy winning actress Merritt Weaver, to the show.

***As Always Read At Your Own Risk.
Spoilers Ahead***

After last week’s action packed premiere, the expectation of another high adrenaline episode was low. Seemingly confirming a low key delivery this week, JSS started out very low key with a wordless opening showing a flashback of Enid (Katelyn Nacon) on the road with her parents only to be forced to watch as they are eaten by walkers. Enid devours a tortoise directly from the shell in true walker style before we return to a present day Carol (Melissa McBride) putting dinner in the oven and setting the timer to 60 minutes.

Carol warned her neighbor Shelly that smoking would kill her someday and she was right. While watching her smoking a cigarette, a machete wielding "Wolf" comes from out of nowhere and slashes her across the torso, then hacks open her skull. Sorry to say, but it looks like she is never going to get that pasta maker. Carol wastes no time heading to armory after telling Carl to stay in the house and protect his sister, proving that someone can actually make Carl stay in the house.

The "Wolves" are attacking Alexandria, brutally murdering every person that they find. Carol notices quickly there are no guns in their hands. Knives, axes, machetes, and spears is what these Wolves are armed with. She need to be armed, and fast. She lowers her head and kills whoever she can on the way, leaving a body count behind her.

Carol impersonates a Wolf

The absence of Rick, Daryl, and Michonne is felt stronger in this episode because of the carnage taking place inside the walls at the hands of the Wolves. At the end of last week’s episode, along with Sasha, Abraham, and Morgan who was told to go home by Rick. At last glance, a loud horn was blowing drawing the herd back towards ASZ presenting a bit of a problem.

We learned the source of the horn was the Wolves truck driver who took a nose dive onto the horn after being shot by Deanna’s son Spencer, despite being, much like the rest of Alexandria, unprepared to combat the invasion. We also learned that Aaron left his backpack behind last season, including the picture of ASZ, for the Wolves to find, making this pretty much all his fault. For now, let’s hope that stays between him and us.

Morgan dispatches the driver with his stick, leaving Spencer to guard his mom in the truck while the Wolves slaughter everyone else inside. Stepping inside, Morgan is welcomed home by a man with an axe. A disguised Carol in ninja style shooting his would be attacker saves him and Morgan tells Carol she doesn't have to kill people. "You don't like it," he tells her.

Morgan faces off with a Wolf

Meanwhile Carl and Enid, who came to say goodbye, are protecting Judith. Enid’s opening scene for this week’s episode showed us a flashback of her watching her parents get eaten so it probably is no surprise when she oddly says, “They’re just people”, to Carl while they were sitting back to back. JSS turns out to be her motto, meaning Just Survive Somehow. There has been speculation that Enid could be a Wolf spy. Wolf spy or not, she has some serious issues to work out as a result of her time alone on the road.

Next door, Jessie and her youngest son are hiding from the wolves in a closet, using the bolt lock on the inside (could this be the hideout closet for when Pete would get drunk and hurt them?) Gun pointed at the door she worries about her oldest son Ron who is outside as she hears Wolves in the house. Outside Ron is chased by a Wolf that is shot by Carl before being attacked. He turns down Carl’s offer of protection and goes home.

Inside the house Jessie tells her son to lock the door and stay quiet so she can check the house. She finds Ron trying to get in and yells for him to not come in the house, exposing her location in the kitchen. Jessie, perhaps channeling all the retribution she never got to direct at Pete, dispatched her attacker with a handy pair of scissors while Ron looked on.

Jessie makes her first kill

Outside, Carol gets to the armory. The Wolves do not have guns. This is the critical weakness that is becomes their downfall the moment she opened the doors to the weapons. Now that Carol is armed and arming the Alexandrianites, the Wolves do not stand a chance.

As Carol racks up the kills, Morgan Jedi masters his way through the community using his magical stick, knocking out a few Wolves. He's focused on psyching out the leader, convincing him there is a sniper rifle trained on him as they speak. "It's gonna happen any second now, unless you get the hell out of here and you don't ever come back," Morgan says. "You keep choosing this life, you will die." To which the head Wolf replies, "We didn't choose", and the remaining attackers run out the gate. One stops to pick up a gun off the ground on his way out. Bad move, Morgan. You shouldn't have let that go. This gun in the hands of the Wolves is going to have consequences later. Morgan’s final face-off with the Wolf he met last season, was interesting because of its suggestion that there may be something more than mere decency behind Morgan’s mercy. Can Morgan actually kill anyone? Apparently with an apology he can as this Wolf found out.

The Wolves are defeated but it is not without loss. Dr. Denise Cloyd failed to save Holly even with the help of Tara and Eugene, and there were many other members of ASZ that died at the hands of the Wolves as well. As Morgan and Carol walked around the damaged safe zone, they find each other and walk in opposite directions without saying a word.

The timer goes off and Carl pulls dinner out of the oven. Thank goodness it was not burnt. You can’t fight the Mega Herd on an empty stomach.

Posted by Alan Smithee in MONSTERS AND CREATURES, REVIEWS, SERIES REVIEWS, ZOMBIES, 0 comments