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[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

[Trailer] “The Furies” doesn’t sound at all like a horror film, however it is and it’s going to be very bloody and gory.

When one hears of the term furies, we think of something else. I thought of maybe a small creature movie with dumb jokes, or maybe dark humor that pays off, however, with the release of the new trailer. I have changed my stance and entirely on board with this new movie. The Furies

“A woman is kidnapped and finds herself an unwilling participant in a deadly game where masked men hunt woman.”‘

With the expectation of great gore and kill sequences. With films such as Loved Ones and Wolf Creek, this will be another cult classic from down under. Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think. The film is written and directed by Tony D’aquino.




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Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Samuel Vainisi has been a part of some big films such as THE BADMAN and Teratomorph. With the release of his short films, Breathe, Senses, Akrasia. He’s now behind the camera again working on his movie “VIOLET.”

In a few weeks principal photography will be wrapped. Small funding will take place where fans can donate to the film. Truth be told with some great talent including one of Marcus Koch doing fx who you may know from such films as Bloodshock and Song of Solomon. He’s bringing some new fx to the film.
House of Tortured Souls was lucky enough to get an exclusive scene along with some pictures. Samuel has this to say about the experience of working on his film:

“This movie isn’t a horror movie, it does have its moments, but at its core, it is about showcasing the lingering trauma of rape. I began working on this film three to four years ago now, and I pretty much opened up my chest and grabbed my heart and tossed it out for the world to see.

Violet is more than a movie; it’s a message. While we were on set wrapping up this one last scene before getting kicked out of a location, I thought I was desensitized from the script. I can handle it, I thought. We were shooting the rape scene. Now, in my movie, I don’t want to show nudity, and I don’t want to show the rape. I want to have some footage to sprinkle into the film, for Violet to remember – and we the audience can get an insight into what happened to her. Now while shooting this, I just broke down. I kept yelling cut because I couldn’t take it, it was too real, and it kept reminding me of the past. But hey… maybe thats a good thing. If it affected me this much, perhaps it will affect the audience and get my message across better.”

With that being said in this day in age of movie needing funding, my question is, why not? Film perks from a guy with enough credit to his name not only working with some exciting new faces of horror, but now he’s behind the camera working on his first feature film that isn’t short — tons of talent, an impressive script. Every prominent filmmaker started somewhere might as well be there at the beginning with Samuel. Here’s a clip from Violet

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FUNKO POP PICKS UP PEELE!!

FUNKO POP PICKS UP PEELE!!

Funko Pop! has announced at the San Diego Comic Con that they will pick producing a line of Jordan Peele character’s from Peele’s film Get Out(2017) and Us(2019).

Seems like every where you look, you will find a Funko Pop! vinyl toys. From book stores, to candy stores, game and even tattoo shops. Funko Pops are everywhere and most people it seems have at least one , if not collect them. From sports figures, to cartoon, actors/character’s , icons, musicians and even custom orders,  Pops! have taken over!!

It was announced last night at the San Diego Comic Con that Get Out will be receiving at least two Pops! Both will be depicting the character of Chris Washington: one strapped into a chair and covered in blood.

Funko also announced it will be producing Pops! of the Wilson family from the Jordan Peele blockbuster film Us. The Pops! will be available in both “normal” and “tethered” versions .

No tentative release date on the Pops! new toys, but you can bet they will be on this guys shelf!

Keep it Evil

 

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[Video throwback] Full Moon’s videozone was the second best part of the films.

[Video throwback] Full Moon’s videozone was the second best part of the films.

It was. The first part was the movie itself growing up; it was amazing to see the special effects, behind the scenes and puppetry for some of the films. It was like when Walt Disney or William Castle addressed the audience. The fear factor left, and you were, in reality, watching the monsters or dolls be inanimate objects, but one grew to admire the art and craft of the work. This was my favorite part because I was able to examine everything and get an understanding of the business (a little bit)

Too young for cons and expos plus not having any in my city was rough, but Full Moon videozone made me feel part of the community. Charles Band gave me a glimpse of everything I loved in less than 30 minutes. Charles still does the “video zones” if you will but this time it’s updates about projects and promotions going on for the site. Still happy he continues the tradition. Here’s just a few samples of the video zones.

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Death House is coming to Netflix

Death House is coming to Netflix

With fans getting excited about the upcoming horror film ‘The Special’ from director Harrison Smith, news has been a bit quiet about his previous horror Death House. A film which despite getting a multi-region Blu-ray release in America is still undergoing talks for an official international release.

Although not the news that most fans were expecting it has just been confirmed on the Death House social media pages that the film will now be released on Netflix on May 5th.

Death House was called ‘The Expendables of Horror’ by the media because it brings together some of the biggest names in horror including; Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Dee Wallace, Sid Haig, Barbara Crampton and many more.

This is an excellent news for horror fans and will hopefully reignite some excitement for the film so we can get both some momentum going for both the anticipated prequel and sequels.

Death House is still available in the US on DVD & Blu Ray and available for download on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Vudu

You can see the trailer for the upcoming horror The Special below

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Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

After watching the movie DIS by Adrian Corona. I was blown away by it. If you haven’t seen it rent/buy it on Vudu, and Amazon. The actor Bill Oberst Jr caught my attention with his performance so, with the chance to sit down and talk with the man whom you have seen in many movies I had to jump on it. Let’s breakdown the man that is Bill Oberst Jr. and hear his thoughts on films, history and the art of horror. 

 

  • JA: Tell our readers and me a little about yourself. How it all began for you?
  • BOJR: Oh, Jai, it’s the oldest story in the world (well, the oldest story in the world of entertainment, obese-unpopular-bookish-bullied-and-terrorized-straight-A-sissy-kid-with-horrific-acne retreats into fantasy and learns, to his surprise, that he can make a living there! Who knew?
  • JA: You used humor and impressions to get by in school. I know that Ray Bradbury is a huge influence for you. Did Bradbury inspire you to act in horror movies?
  • BOJR: About the same time, I discovered Ray I found my first copy of Famous Monsters Of Filmland Magazine, run by one of Ray’s real-life pals, Forrest J Ackerman. While Ray got my head into fantasy, Forest turned me on to old-school horror. Monster makeup and reprints of the old EC Comics followed quickly, and boy, I was in deep: life-sized posters, Dick Smith’s course, claiming my dad was an undertaker so I could buy Mortician’s Wax, seeing Lon Chaney’s mask get ripped off for the first time, sneaking out at night to walk around the yard like a werewolf…thank God for Ray and Forest. They came along at exactly the time I needed their wonderful weirdness in my strange young life.
  • JA: The movie DIS from Adrian Corona is very metaphorical and symbolic. Did he explain the movie to you beforehand or did you just read the script with knowledge on what to expect?
  • BOJR: Adrian explains nothing. His work stands there, meaning he’s my favorite kind of director. At the start of the shoot, I asked questions, but he answered with quiet mumbles, so I took his cue and sank into the silence. The silence was very appropriate for DIS, and it pervaded our set during the entire shoot. A lot of hushed conversations.
  • JA: What was your initial impression filming DIS and watching it complete?
  • BOJR: My initial impression was filming it: “This is the most grueling shoot of my life.” My initial impression was watching it: “And it was all worth it.” I am very proud of DIS and of being part of a film that uses cinema as a metaphor; that does not explain itself. I’d rather do ten films like DIS than one vapid blockbuster.
  • JA: You got lavish praise for your role in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies as Abraham Lincoln. Do you think you would play another historical figure in any genre?
  • BOJR: The history geek says “Yes, please.” I’d love to. I played General W.T. Sherman in a docudrama ten years ago and still have fond memories of it. Playing Lincoln was a dream role for a guy like me (even if I had to stand on a box.)
  • JA: You’ve played many characters ranging from children’s films to dramas and horror. Do you have more fun playing say a villain or perhaps a good guy? I say this because one you’re a nice guy with a face to match like very trusting and caring. Does this also help to play villain roles?
  • BOJR: Ah, you are an astute one, young Jai! Yes, being a “good guy” inside with a “bad face” outside does indeed help in playing villain roles. Moreover, you know, I don’t think villains ever think that they are villains….we all have such self-delusions. I enjoy mixing vulnerability and melancholy with malice. That’s the gold standard for me. My face helps.
  • JA: I know you’ll be in 3 FROM HELL the new movie by Rob Zombie which is the third film of his Firefly trilogy. You strike a resemblance to Bill Moseley a little bit. Do you two share any scenes in the film? That’s if you can talk about it because I know the film has been extremely hushed about the post-production.
  • BOJR: I do share a scene with Bill, and we’ve done another film together since that one wrapped, with even more scenes together. I love working with Bill. He’s a great talent. Horror is a niche world within the larger world of film, so everyone tends to cross paths again and again. Last year I was shooting a film which Dee Wallace was also in, and we were talking about this: it was the third film we’d both been in that year alone. I can say that working with Rob Zombie was a slice of inspired madness – he’s quite unforgettable
  • JA: Speaking of clowns since Rob Zombie is notorious for using them. You played an evil clown in Circus Of The Dead known as Papa Corn. Which is a sleeper hit in the underground horror community? Tell me about your experience with that. Did you enjoy playing a character that you normally haven’t played before?
  • BOJR: Thank you for mentioning Circus Of The Dead. That character was terrifying to play because his worldview was completely nihilistic. For Papa Corn, there is no meaning. In anything. Which gives him license to hurt as the whim strikes him. I find this to be a truly horrifying worldview, and being inside of a man who held this view for the weeks of shooting that film was deeply affecting. I had nightmares afterward, and that has not happened since I played Father Simon in Children Of Sorrow. Billy Pon has made an unflinching, disturbing movie, and my hat is off to him. However, I can’t watch it again, at least not alone.
  • JA: Finally, speaking of the circus as stated you’re a huge Ray Bradbury fan. In my opinion, the most underrated sci-fi fantasy thriller is “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” I think you would be perfect as Mr. Dark. Would that be a character you would love to play or do you think you’ll be suited for someone else from the novel?
  • BOJR: Oh, I’d crawl across broken glass with my tongue dragging the floor to play Mr. Dark! I do get to do it onstage in the new show Ray Bradbury Live (forever) as Ray himself doing a reading from the book (Ray was a great performer of his material), and I have to tell you that I look forward to climbing that bookcase with relish. Mr. Dark scares the hell out of me. He knows what we want. He offers what we want. Also, as Bradbury says in that book, “Why would the devil buy souls when he can get them for free…when most men jump at the chance to give up everything for nothing?” Would I take Mr. Dark’s tainted bargain? Would you? Who can say? That’s the real fear.
  • JA: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I along with your fans appreciate getting to know a little more about you and your work.
  • BOJR: Hey, thanks for the opportunity to speak with you and with House of Tortured Souls readers! I love hearing from folks around the world, so hit me up on social (I’m billoberstjr everywhere such as imdb youtube instragram facebook twitter billoberst.com. I’ll try to keep making better and better movies. I love this genre with all my creepy little heart, and I’m proud to be associated with it

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Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

It was reported this week that Fullmoon is making a Subspecies V film with Radu coming back. But we’re getting a new Puppet master movie, well a spin-off film!  The film plot from Fullmoon is as follows: 

Blade: The Iron Cross, being directed by John Lechago:

“For decades the fans have been clamoring for it, and now Full Moon delivers with the first standalone feature debut of one of its most beloved (and most frightful) characters: the hook-handed maniac puppet, BLADE! Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER series continues as an unspeakable evil from Blade’s past emerges in the form of a murderous Nazi scientist named Dr. Hauser. As Hauser’s heinous crimes are discovered, the psychic war journalist, Elisa Ivanov, awakens Blade, and together the bloody journey of revenge begins. It’s Herr Hauser’s reanimated undead army versus a possessed doll and a beautiful vengeance-seeking clairvoyant! Who will win, and how will it affect the Full Moon Universe?”

This is very exciting because it seems like Fullmoon is going back to their with some old school classics with the new plan called The Deadly Ten. Ten films all released at once! Including a sequel to Head of the family: Bride of the Head of the family. Expect these an all other films next Valentines day 2020! For more info check out the link below

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Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

It was reported earlier today SwampThing was going to be no more. Myself along with many fans were heartbroken what with the success of Doom Patrol and Titans the DC app has been showing continuous success with the shows. Not holding back on language or violence.

Well folks don’t worry SwampThing will deliver just that the show which will be produced by James Wan has promised to see horror like violence and gore in the show. Derek Mears (Friday the 13th and Hatchet 3) will be playing SwampThing here’s the synopsis of the show. The show was cut from 13 episodes to ten episodes for creative reasons. I’ll be more than happy to take that instead of losing the whole series.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.  

Below you can see the teaser trailer for the show premiering May 31st!

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[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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Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Having previously written and directed Zombie Killers, Camp Dread and bringing together the expendables of horror in Death HouseHarris Smith is a filmmaker who has become synonymous with the horror genre. Therefore It comes as no surprise that there is much interest growing following the release of his new teaser trailer for The Special and House of Tortured Souls is excited to give our readers an opportunity to take a look at some exclusive pictures for the film.

The Special will be directed by Harrison Smith, using the script written by Mark Steensland and James Newman, which has been adapted the script from their original novella. It tells the story of Jerry Harford who believes that his wife is having an affair. Taking the advice of his best friend who urges him to fight fire with fire, it ends up with some horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.

Harrison Smith reunites again with collaborator Felissa Rose as associate producer and stars a talented cast including; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame. The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones. Harrison Smith describes the film as “a great warning to infidelity, and I see it as a “Midnight Horror Chick Flick” and urge any woman who has been cheated on to “see this film with someone they hate.”  For more information check out the trailer link right here.

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Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Rob Zombie gives big update on Three from Hell

Folks! Rob Zombie himself said that Three from Hell is near completed. He went onto his Instagram saying, that it has to be perfect. Truth be told I think he’ll deliver on his promise. This franchise being his baby (no pun intended). There was a mention of an Oct 31st premiere this year, and Rob Zombie dismissed those rumors quickly. So hopefully we will hear a premiere date and trailer! Listed below is a post-production photo of Rob hard at work!

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No April Fool’s joke. Watch the first episode of the Twilight Zone now.

No April Fool’s joke. Watch the first episode of the Twilight Zone now.

Unbelievably The Twilight Zone premiered today on CBS ALL ACCESS. Now, this is a streaming service that you will have to pay monthly to watch the episodes. Sadly, the entire series is not airing all at once, but each week a different episode will air. Today is a day of pranks, jokes, and misleading information. CBS decided to give the fans the chance to watch the first episode for free on YouTube.

Normally I will give a concise review with no spoilers, or just give my thoughts. This time we will let you the fans check it out. Here is the small plot of the episode called THE COMEDIAN, Comedian Samir Wassan (Kumail Nanjiani) wants to be famous…but at what cost? The episode also features Tracy Morgan.

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From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

From Jedi to Joker and now Killer doll. Mark Hamill will be the voice of Chucky

Well, it is official we now know who the voice of Chucky will be. Mark Hamill has confirmed on social media platforms that he is the voice of Chucky for the new Child’s Play film.

There’s been controversy around the movie since day one primarily based on the fact the movie is being remade, but with some changes, the movie is standing on its own two legs and now we have confirmation Mark Hamill the man who has given us iconic performances is now the legendary killer doll. One can only think about how he will bring the doll to life. June 28th cannot come here soon enough.

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Monster Reviews: Phantasm 1979 – 40th Anniversary

Monster Reviews: Phantasm 1979 – 40th Anniversary

When it comes to the greatest horror film of all time, Don Coscarelli’s 1979 classic is in the running. It is a frightening fantasy with one of the most iconic and unforgettable slashers the genre has to offer, The Tall Man.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, it is only right we pay tribute to a film that spawned 4 sequels, over 37 years. The all to the recent passing of Angus Scrimm in 2016, has left a huge hole in the horror genre and in our hearts. Luckily, we got one last film with the iconic Tall Man, although fans feel the series did not receive a proper ending and that Phantasm: Ravager was an unsatisfying finish to the most consistent film franchise in the genre.

The 1979 Coscarelli masterpiece is a brooding, dimension jumping, monster fighting, gore-filled classic. It is one of the most complete and flawless old school horror films out there. It is honestly one bad ass piece of cinema and the most fun you can have, watching a horror film. It brings out your inner child and gives you that youthful jolt we all look for from time to time.

The story is absolutely unlike anything else. It is such a twisted and sad tale, full of wonder and imagination. The performances are amazing, as well as the directing, makeup, and music. The costumes are phenomenal and still the best out there. The gore and yellow mustard colored blood (embalming fluid) really adds a creepy ambiance to the film and give it that fantastical vibe. It is a thing of pure beauty.

The sets are spooky and intimidating. They really give the film and dark and macabre touch. The dialogue with sincerity really causes you to be a part of the film. It allows you to escape reality for a while and lose yourself in another world. That is what a good film should do.

The acting is top-notch, despite the film appearing a little rough and rugged around the edges at times. That’s just a product of 70’s film making and a reflection of that time. However, the essential four main actors all give legendary performances, separately, each in their own rights.

Reggie Bannister as Reggie the ice cream man is one of the top hero horror roles in the entire genre. He is the ultimate good guy, comparable to that of Dean Winchester from the TV show Supernatural. His lifelong pursuit of the Tall Man eventually lands him as the lead protagonist of the franchise, as he appears in every film.

The roles of brothers Jodi (Thornbury) and Mike (Baldwin) and their battles with Tall Man are simply spectacular. It is a never-ending, multi-dimensional, epic battle of good vs evil. A. Michael Baldwin gives such a heart filled performance as the younger brother Mike. And Bill Thornbury is the epitome of cool older brothers. He has sensational throughout the series, along with Baldwin (although another actor stepped in for in the second film, returning in the third installment).

But of course, the ultimate character and performance of a lifetime go to Angus Scrimm as the mortician Jebediah Morningside, aka the Tall Man. His portrayal eventually gave birth to one of the most iconic slashers to ever grace the screen. The Tall Man’s sheer strength along with his Lurkers and magical spheres, make him one formidable opponent, and one scary ass villain. Would dare even say the Tall Man is scarier than the Boogeyman himself, Michael Myers.

If you have not seen this masterpiece or the most consistent and well-rounded franchise in horror, what are you waiting for? Just remember, when you are driving down that winding dirt road, chasing the Tall Man, be careful and watch your back. You never know what might be lurking in the dark. Beware the Tall Man… boy.

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[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

Sad news to report in the horror community. Writer/director/actor Larry Cohen has passed away at the age of 77 it was confirmed early this morning. It is unknown on the cause of death, but he lived a full life by bringing so many classic films to the big and small screen.

For those unfamiliar with his work, he is best known for THE STUFF, It’s Alive and writing Maniac Cop, Captivity, Ceullar, and Phonebooth. The last film that he directed which was called, Pick me up as part of the Masters of horror anthology

So many films to learn the technique and craft. Thanks for the memories Mr. Cohen they will live on forever.

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Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Love it or hate it the movie MEG did surprisingly well at the box office making 500 million world wide. So naturally a sequel is in the works. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was asked about the status about the film over on Cinema Blend which he said: “We’re working on a script. Yeah. So you never know until you get a good script. … I was very thankful that the audience got that we were just trying to have fun, [and] not take ourselves seriously at all.”

Nothing is set in stone just yet for a release date, Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted! Jason Statham has stated he was hoping for the first movie to be as originally planned. A gory shark movie, so maybe this time we’ll get it. There’s quite a few novels from the writer Steve Alten so one must think how many will we get or could it just be a mash up from some of the books? Either way fans of Meg be patient because it’s being worked on. No word yet on a Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted!

 

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Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

I recently got an opportunity to take a look at the latest comic book from writer and artist Benito Andino II. Inside Us All is a sci-fi/horror short which despite only being five pages, still manages to deliver quite an impact.

Remember when you were a kid and school was awesome and you had many friends? Yeah me neither…and vengeance is sweet. Bullies vs. vengeful disabled children. This comic is dedicated to my 2 disabled children. You are my world. 

As mentioned above the theme of the comic deals with bullying and from the start we are introduced to Becky, a young girl who is running away from a group of students. Suffering with cerebral palsy she finds it difficult to outrun her attackers and decides to hide in the toilets but is subsequently found. Trapped and with nowhere to run, Becky is badly beaten by her attackers who laugh as she pleads for them to stop. However, as they begin push her too far, they soon realize that Becky is not alone and they themselves become the victims.

Violence and blood are regular fixtures in Benito’s work and fans with be please to know that he does not disappoint, as the tables are suddenly turned on the bullies. As with a lot of Benito’s previous work, there is often a justification behind the violence and a reason why you either support or oppose their actions.

With some of his previous work Benito has stepped back from some of the artwork, concentrating more on the original story and lettering for the comic. However, for Inside Us All in addition to the story he has also taken on the responsibility for the drawing and colorization.

The style of the comic, which often changes with his work,  is once again different to what I have seen before.  The Anime style artwork which he uses here is perfectly suited to the sci-fi/horror styling of the story and adds a more fun playful violence when the tables are turned  – even though students getting ripped apart in most genres is not normally perceived as ‘fun’.

Inside Us All is a short but effective comic, that further portrays Benitos abilities to adapt with both his stories and visual designs. In comparison it is far removed from the first comic of his which I was introduced to called Heavyweight Messiah. The story is left open and there are a number of ways in which the story can explored, and I am looking forward to seeing where he takes the comic next.

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Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

Monster Interviews: Georgie Smibert – CleaverS (WIHM)

I recently had the privilege of chating with the up and coming actress Georgie Smibert. We talked Women In Horror Month and her breakout role in the 2019 film CleaverS, which just screened at the Horror-On-Sea Film Festival in January, in the UK. Georgie’s award worthy performance as Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells definitely has people taking and taking the independent horror community by storm. 
Originally from Melbourne, Georgie started her film career as an assistant director and production manager. After a few years behind the camera she switched sides, and although she still enjoys her roles behind the camera, acting is now her main priority. Since turning her focus to acting, she’s had lead roles in many short films and feature films and enjoys playing strong but conflicted characters. 
Georgie moved to live in London in 2015 and knew that if she wanted to act in the UK she would have to be confident with various accents. To date she has played characters with various British and American  accents and has even played a guest role as a French character who only spoke French! 
At the beginning of her career she had a knack for being cast as characters who were killed – so far she has been stabbed multiple times, strangled, beheaded and even played a robot who had their battery removed. Last year, after completing her training in London, she gained her advanced qualification from the British Academy of Dramatic Combat. Though careful not to be misinterpreted as a stunt performer, she now looks for characters who aren’t only strong and conflicted, but whose story-line has an element of action in them. 

 

  • DS: How did you get your start in film and what originally attracted you to it? What aspect about it drew you in the most and made you decide to pursuit it?

 

  • GS: I entered the film industry as a 1st AD and Production Manager(PM). I was an event manager at the time and thought that a film was a bit like an event,  so if I could organize one,  I could probably organize the other. I saw an indie feature film looking for a PM – I applied and was successful.  Working on that film also introduced me to a wonderful acting school, The Melbourne Actor’s Lab, and after a couple of years as an AD and PM I switched to acting.

 

  • DS: How did you end up working with the amazing MJ and Anna Dixon over at Mycho Entertainment, and do you have any fond memories working with them that you’d like to share?

 

  • GS: It was a simple case of applying to the right casting call. Most of Cleaver was filmed in late 2014, but luckily for me that didn’t include Jody-Ann’s scenes – her role was cast in early 2015, just after I’d moved to live in London.

 

 

  • • I have so many fond memories of working with Anna & Mike,most of which are from the middle of the night when we’re all freezing cold, over tired and can’t stop laughing at pointless things

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  • DS: In what way has your character changed and progressed from the first film Cleaver in 2015, to the second film CleaverS in 2018? And how have you progressed as an actress during that time?

 

  • GS: Jody-Ann has matured a lot between the films. When she is introduced in Cleaver she is a new graduate and expects she will be looking after petty crime a serial killer like Cleaver is not on her radar at all! Over the years as her determination to bring Cleaver to justice has developed, she has become increasingly withdrawn and isolated.
  • • Personally, over the years I’ve had more opportunity to experiment with different approaches to roles and spend more time in front of a camera. I’ve also got more comfortable with the idea that I will always get to the first day of shooting and feel under prepared  – no matter how much time or preparation I’ve done.
  • DS: What’s it like for you, going from a sort of sidekick character in Cleaver, to the lead role in CleaverS? How did you tackle the task and did you prepare any differently from one film to the next?
  • GS: The size of the role is mostly irrelevant when it comes to developing a character. I make sure I know my character’s history, relationships and motivations and I learn my lines. If there is an accent involved like for Jody-Ann, then I spend a lot of time with my dialect coach to make sure my pronunciation is correct.
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  • • I had a lot less pre-production time for the first Cleaver, and I really had to focus on learning the accent for the first time.  For CleaverS it was nice to already have a good base for my accent and focus on developing more of her history.
  • DS: Your monologues in CleaverS were phenomenal. You really pulled the audience in and made it easy to relate with the character of Sheriff Jody-Ann Howells. How difficult was it and did you find it emotionally draining to deliver such a high powered performance?
  • GS: Firstly, thank you. I never know how my portrayal of a character is going to be received so it’s really great to get that sort of feedback.
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  • • Acting is an activity that seems to give me endless energy – I lose all track of time and can happily film for hours without stopping for food or drink.  I’ll always sleep well after a shoot, but I think it’s incredibly important to leave a character and their emotions on set at the end of the day and allow yourself the opportunity to relax as yourself
  • DS: What preparation did you do in order to produce such an award worthy performance in CleaverS? Did you do anything special to submerse yourself into the role, or was it just business as usual?
  • GS: I didn’t do anything out of the ordinary for me. Part of what I love in acting is inventing back stories and filling in what is happening between scenes and between lines.  For CleaverS, I filled in the years between the two films – where Jody-Ann had been,  which friends she had lost and which personal demons she had been fighting.  Answering those unknowns and developing that history is always a part of my preparation that I really enjoy.
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  • DS: What are your thoughts on Women In Horror Month, and how relevant and important do you think it is for the genre today?
  • GS: I think Women in Horror Month does a wonderful job at highlighting and celebrating all the amazing things women are doing in the industry today. At a time when the call for diversity is so strong, this sort of publicity plays an incredibly important role in inspiring female filmmakers of tomorrow to follow that dream and get involved too.
  • DS: Being a woman in horror, as an actress, Assistant Director and Producer, what is your favorite role when it comes to film? Which do you prefer more, being in front of the camera, or being behind it?
  • GS: Acting is my main priority and definitely my preferred role, but if I like the script and the crew and there isn’t a role for me then I will happily support the film’s production as crew. As an AD and PM I really enjoy helping the director achieve their vision and tell their story.
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  • DS: Who are some of the Women In Horror who inspire you? Is there anyone you really admire or try to emulate when it comes to what you do?
  • GSI grew up watching Buffy on TV and I was inspired by the kick ass characters played by both Sarah Michelle Gellar and Alyson Hannigan. I also recently watched ‘A quiet place‘ with Emily Blunt – I admire her as an actress anyway and really enjoyed watching her on screen in this role.  If I could emulate the honesty of her performance and make the audience feel for my character even a fraction of the way she made me feel for hers,  I would be very happy.
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  • DS: Having acted now yourself as nearly a dozen different characters, which of those said characters have you enjoyed playing the most? Are there any that stick out or maybe still stick with you?
  • GSJody-Ann definitely sticks out because she is the only character I have played in two films  and playing her introduced my to the whole Mycho family. Another role that sticks out was for a short film called ESC. where I play the sole survivor of a space ship disaster.  I filmed that whole film on a full sized green screen set which was amazing.
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  • DS: Do you have any future films or projects you would to let your fans know about? Where can they follow you and stay up to date with your work?
  • GSI have another feature film due for release later this year – it’s a post apocalyptic survival story called ‘The Brink’. There are also some other projects in the early stages of development, including a short film I wrote, which I plan to make this year.

    The Brink

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  • • The best place to stay up to date with my work is to follow me on Instagram georgiesmibert. I enjoy taking photos so I always share BTS photos and I’m much more active on that than Twitter.
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  • DS: To conclude the interview, we like to ask one final question. If you could name only one, what would you say is your favorite all time horror film?
  • GS: Psycho. It’s the first horror film I saw, and I still think it’s a great film.
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Monster Interviews: Tori Danielle Romero- Women In Horror Month

Monster Interviews: Tori Danielle Romero- Women In Horror Month

It’s that time of the year again when we thank and recognize the Women who kick butt In horror. When it comes to true independent Women In Horror, there’s none more deserving than that of Tori Danielle Romero. If you don’t know who she is by now, you should.

I recently had the honor of asking her a few questions about Women In Horror Month, and about the surge her super popular website, PopHorror.com. It’s currently on the rise and has gathered quite a sizable following as of late. It’s definitely a quality source for horror news and all things that encompass the genre.

Tori Danielle Romero is a writer and film producer. She was born and raised on horror at a very young age. She broke into the industry around four years prior, when a friend and fellow writer of hers, approached her about joining the website CrypticRock.com. Not long after, she joined PopHorror.com as a co-owner, where she began making connections and things began to blossom from there.

Tori is an advocate for Women In Horror and indie horror in general. She’s a firm believer in people receiving the recognition they deserve for the work they put in. She began writing as a way to highlight those responsible and deserving, and takes inspiration from the women around her who kick ass on a daily basis.

 

  • DS: Do you recall when you first fell in love with horror? Can you remember how old you were and what it was that captured and sparked your imagination and interest in the genre?

 

 

  • TDR: I know that I fell in love watching the NOES films. I’ve always been a Freddy Girl and although the films have never scared me… they’ve held a special place in my heart. I can’t remember my exact age, but I know I was pretty young probably around 5 or 6 when I knew horror was a genre that I loved. It was thrilling and always had fun characters. I don’t get scared easily though. Zelda from Pet Sematary is about the only thing that’s ever gave me nightmares, lol.

 

 

  • DS:. As most fans of the genre might know already, you own and operate your own horror based website. What made you decide to create the website, and can you elaborate on how it all eventually came about?

 

 

  • TDR: So, in the very beginning it wasn’t actually my site. This is something that not a lot of people know about. It was initially created by someone else and they approached me to run and be a co-owner. I also knew I didn’t want to run the site by myself, so I talked with my bestie Tracy Allen and she agreed. It all began in 2016 and it’s been quite the journey. A lot of sweat, tears and time have gone into this site, but we couldn’t be prouder of what we’ve accomplished in such a short period of time.

 

 

  • DS: You’re website’s named PopHorror.com. How did you come up with that name and what does it mean to you specifically? Does it have any hidden meaning or connotations pertaining to you or the fans of your site?

 

 

  • TDR: As I mentioned previously, I didn’t originally create the site, but the name is just a fun play on words and let’s us branch out a bit. We can cover more than just horror because of it. Dark comedies, thrillers, crimes, etc. I like to think of it nice and healthy balance of pop culture and horror. The name has grown on me quite a bit over the last couple years.

 

 

  • DS: A lot of times, fans of horror tend to receive bad reputations. What are your thoughts on the horror fan base and how vital are they to the success or failure of our beloved genre?

 

 

  • TDR: I think the horror fan base is one of the best fan bases out there. They’re extremely loyal and passionate. They support old and new horror and love connecting with other people who love the genre. Of course, there’s some bad eggs out there that try to ruin it for all, but for the most part the fans are exceptional. I interviewed Barbara Crampton last Summer and she stated “I feel like horror fans are more dedicated and loyal than any other group.”

    Barbara Crampton

 

 

 

  • I couldn’t agree more with that statement. The fans are crucial to the success of our beloved genre because without the support from them, from us, so many amazing stories would go untold and the bad reputation would continue to grow. I think over the years, horror has gained more respect and that’s not only because of the people who create the films but the people who back them. Horror still has a long way to come before it’s viewed the way we see it by the “norm” but oh well who gives a fuck. We love it and we know it rocks.

 

 

  • DS: As a female working in the genre, what does Women In Horror Month mean to you and how important do you think it is to continue to acknowledge and support the amazing women representing the genre?

 

 

  • TDR: Women in Horror Month is incredibly important to me. If it were a perfect world and everyone was treated equally, we wouldn’t need a month like this, but the truth is women and minorities don’t get the recognition and praise they deserve. With WIHM, we get a chance to highlight all these amazing women and bring awareness to their projects. I’m so glad that the community comes together to celebrate this month and that it’s become a pretty big deal. I know some people think it’s silly, but I find it incredibly inspiring to see my news feed packed full of stories and pictures about talented women in the horror industry. Just doing their thang and killing it.

 

 

  • DS: Going forward, what do you come to expect from Women In Horror Month, and is there anything in particular you’d like to see branch out of WIHM?

 

 

  • TDR: I would love to see more women get hired for projects they deserve and are perfect for. I want to see more women directors not only in the indie world but on the big screen. I want to see people praising those women like they do men. Everyone talks about John Carpenter’s Halloween but rarely do they talk about Debra Hill. Pet Sematary is one of the most beloved horror films of all time yet rarely do you see people praise Mary Lambert for it. They mostly talk about Stephen King (which he’s fucking great) but you see what I’m saying?

    Mary Lambert

 

  • In the end, though, I would love to see a day come in the future that we don’t need a Women in Horror Month. I want women to be appreciated equally by the masses and for more opportunities to be open up because they’re great fucking filmmakers, actresses, and so on. I want them to be loved for what they have to offer and not judged or turned away, doubted, or paid less because of their sex.

 

DS: What can we expect to see from PopHorror this year and do you have any exciting announcements or new additions to the website that you’d like to mention or promote?

 

  • TDR: We plan on hustling and grinding as per usual. We have a lot of things in the works and are trying to expand and reach out to more people. Perhaps a podcast as well… but that’s still a MAYBE.

 

  • DS: Is there anything you’re really fond of when it comes to your website? Are there any particular segments or special content that you really enjoy and look forward to publishing?

 

  • TDR: I really enjoy interviews and editorials. Both are personal and enlightening. With interviews, whether it’s me or one of my writers, I love that we get to talk with people we admire and learn about their lives. With editorials, it’s like a writer is giving a piece of themselves to the world. It’s personal and I enjoy reading someone’s thoughts on a subject versus reading a review. Don’t get me wrong. I love reading and writing reviews. But you can read a review about the same movie a million times. Editorials are unique and specific to the person writing it. Sometimes that’s a breath of fresh air.

 

  • DS: As a writer and producer, do you have any upcoming projects you’re anticipating that you’d like to let your fans know about?
  • TDR: I have a couple of writing ideas that I’m wanting to do but nothing set in stone – so I’ll announce that a bit later. As far as producing, one of my biggest projects I’m involved with is 13 Fanboy and I’m co-producing. So many amazing people are involved with this Deborah Voorhees, Kane Hodder, Dee Wallace, Corey Feldman, and many more. It’s also getting a theatrical run!

 

 

 

  • Some of my other producing projects are the third and last installment of Volumes of Blood aka Volumes of Blood: Devil’s Knight. P.J. Starks is a wonderful dude and friend and I’m proud to be apart of it. There’s a killer cast with this one as well.

 

 

  • I’m also helping with Brooklyn Ewing’s upcoming anthology Tales from the Creep, which is super exciting because I love horror anthologies. Plus, Brooklyn is my fucking hero. She’s amazing at everything she does, and I adore her.

    Brooklyn Ewing

 

 

  • And then Anthony Raus’ short that I’m involved with ABSTRACTION landed a distribution deal recently so that’s pretty awesome as well.

 

 

  • DS: Aside from PopHorror.com, where can people follow you and stay up to date with your work? Are there any social media platforms you’re currently active on?

 

  • TDR: First, I want to say that I’ve written several other sites both big and small. I’ve left most of them as to focus my time on things and sites that actually matter to me. On that note, beyond PopHorror, I do also write for Shannon McGrew’s Nightmarish Conjurings and James H. Carter II’s Creepy Kingdom. I’m always open to writing for other sites as well as long as they’re good people whose actions reflect their words. Too many people say one thing and do another. And I’m not about drama. I’m a simple girl who loves all things nerdy and horror and supporting other people. That’s it. Haha… sorry I got a bit sidetracked with that response.

 

 

  • DS To wrap up, we like to ask one final question. If you could pick one, and only one, what would you say is your all-time favorite horror film?

 

  • TDR: As a horror fan yourself, you know this is damn near fucking impossible. I suppose if I had to chose one and only one it would be A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors. I love everything about that film, and it has some of the best and creative kills in a horror movie ever!

 

  • Second runner up would probably be Trick R Treat. I mean, I have a huge obsession with Sam and I just LOVE horror anthologies.
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Monster Interviews: Stephanie Malone – Women In Horror Month

Monster Interviews: Stephanie Malone – Women In Horror Month

As we celebrate Women In Horror Month, I wanted to highlight those behind the scenes who don’t receive the credit they rightfully deserve. In the first interview I’m thrilled for you to meet a Woman who is deeply dedicated to the genre, and who is the owner of her very own horror based website, MorbidlyBeautiful.com. It’s a beautiful aesthetic website that’s quickly ascending through the ranks in popularity and is definitely one of the top sources for all things horror. As their tagline reads, “We Bleed Horror.”

I had the chance to ask the multi talented Editor In Chief of Morbidly Beautiful, Stephanie Malone, a few questions for Women In Horror Month. Her website is one that’s constantly on the rise and is a quality source for everything horror. It’s truly a website that has all its bases covered in terms of content.

Stephanie Malone is an experienced graphic and web designer, copywriter, Art and Creative Director, and Marketing professional. She studied Film, English, and Marketing at University of Texas at Austin. She’s also the founder and editor-in-chief for morbidlybeautiful.com. As an avid supporter of indie film, she’s been involved in numerous short and feature films in the roles of producer, art director, and publicist.

Stephanie founded morbidlybeautiful.com three years ago as a way to further her support for indie film and celebrate her lifelong love of all things horror. The site was founded with a mission to shine a spotlight on some of the lesser known talent in the genre, covering the people and projects that others aren’t covering, and to provide thoughtful and high quality content you can’t find anywhere else.

  • DS: Do you you recall when you first fell in love with horror? Can you remember how old you were and what it was that captured and sparked your imagination and interest in the genre?
  • SM: That’s such a hard question because I honestly can’t recall a time when I wasn’t a horror fan and when loving horror didn’t feel like such a core part of my identity. From as early as I can remember, I was watching horror films – shockingly adult ones at that thanks to my wonderfully liberal parents. As strange as it sounds, I can’t recall ever having a nightmare. Horror never scared me in that upsetting kind of way. It excited me, thrilled me, got my blood pumping. It gave me an adrenaline rush nothing else could ever quite top. I just felt such an instant connection with all things creepy and what most “normal” people would call disturbing.I think really creative people tend to be especially drawn to the genre because it offers such a fantastical escape filled with the most creative monsters, creatures, supernatural magic, incredible effects, and truly mind-blowing artistry. As a passionate creative from practically the moment I came into this world, I was always drawn to the magic and wonder of the genre — and I always thought it was more titillating than terrifying.
  • DS: As most fans of the genre might know already, you own and operate your own horror based website. What made you decide to create the website, and can you elaborate on how it all eventually came about? 
  • SM: It’s such a strange story, and a bit of a long one. But I’ll do my best to keep it brief. I have a diverse background, which includes writing, graphic design, web design/development, and film. Prior to starting the site, I was regularly working with indie filmmakers on micro budget horror films as Producer, Art Director, and sometimes Publicist. Strangely, as much as I love to write and do so professionally, I had never explored horror journalism. But an opportunity came about for me to potentially join a horror site a couple of my friends wrote for.As with most things in life, my timing ending up being terrible. The site folded right when I was working on my audition pieces — a couple of interviews with indie filmmakers that I was very excited about. For some reason that I can’t quite explain, I felt driven in a way I never had before to get more involved in the horror community and really make my voice be heard.
  • Fortunately, I had the right skill set for the job. In a matter of days, I had built my site from the ground up, created my brand, published my first couple of articles, and recruited my first few writers to help me out. It was an overwhelming but exhilarating process — and one I still can’t believe I actually went through with.
  • When I started the site, however, I had no intention of it becoming what it is today. I was fine with it being a tiny, obscure little site for me to express myself and help support the indie filmmakers and artists I loved. The fact that it’s grown to what it is now in a few short years and that so many amazing talented people have agreed to come on board and build this site with me means more than I can express. It honestly blows me away every single day. I feel so honored and so constantly rewarded in ways I could have never imagined.
  • DS: You’re website’s named MorbidlyBeautiful.com. How did you come up with the name and what does it mean to you specifically? Does it have any hidden meaning or connotations pertaining to you or the fans of your site? 
  • SM:It stems from a couple of places. First, as a graphic designer by trade, aesthetics are really important to me. I wanted to create a site that celebrated the dark, creepy, and horrific. But I really wanted it to look beautiful and be a place genre fans enjoyed visiting. I wanted to pay respect to the incredible artistry reflected in so many aspects of the genre by building a platform that truly honored those contributions in both style and substance.
  • Personally, I found the macabre very beautiful. I find so much true art and talent in the genre, and I hate when people try to disrespect or diminish horror, as if it’s somehow a lower art form. For example, it infuriates me (much as it does many horror fans) that the Academy consistently overlooks brilliant horror films and performances. I hate that we have to label films as something other than horror (ie, calling “Get Out” a social thriller rather than a horror film) so that they can be taken seriously. For me, the name Morbidly Beautiful honors the fact that something can be dark and disturbing and still be considered beautiful, artful, and worthy of praise and appreciation.

DS: A lot of times, horror fans tend to receive bad reputations. What are your thoughts on the horror fan base and how vital are they to the success or failure of our beloved genre?

 

  • SM: Honestly, that boggles my mind that horror fans would be held in anything other than the absolute highest regard. It’s been my experience that genre fans tend to be among the most passionate, genuine, loyal, accepting, and friendliest people around. Over and over when we interview horror actors, filmmakers, and artists, they talk about how amazing and supportive the horror community is. This is especially true for actors who work in other genres and see how different and special horror fans are.
  • For whatever problems social media brings, it has also given us an incredible opportunity to connect with others who think like we do and appreciate the same wonderfully weird things we appreciate. Before social media, I often felt like an outsider due to my passion for horror. I had no idea there were so many people who felt exactly how I felt — and that they were such insanely cool and interesting people. It has been so validating to really immerse myself in this community and feel, for the first time, like I am really a part of something and that my “weirdness” is perfectly acceptable and actually pretty awesome.
  • For those who are also able to get out to some of the cons and film fests, it’s the best way to further reinforce how wonderful this community is. There is absolutely nothing like being a room packed wall-to-wall with people who geek out over the same things you geek out over and who really love and accept you for who you are.

 

  • DS As a female working in the genre, what does Women In Horror Month mean to you and how important do you think it is to continue to acknowledge and support the amazing women representing the genre?

 

  • SM: I guess you could call me a proud feminist, in that I truly believe in equal opportunity and representation. More than a feminist, I’m a humanist and value equality for all. Honoring women in horror as been a key tenant of the site since it began, and we do it all year round. We may go big in February to take advantage of the increased momentum and awareness surrounding women in horror (thanks to tireless efforts and vision of Women in Horror Month Founder, Hannah Neurotica, an inspiration and idol of mine). But our commitment to bringing attention to the many incredibly talented and often unsung women working in the genre is something that never takes a break or a backseat.

    Hannah Neurotica

  • I’ve heard many people, men and women alike, say that we may not need Women in Horror Month anymore. But I vehemently disagree. As much progress as we’ve made and as far as we’ve come in many ways, we still have so far to go. We still have a problem of under representation and a unequal access to opportunity and exposure. When people think of Women in Horror, they so often think of actresses and “Scream Queens”, and that leads them to conclude that there’s plenty of representation.
  • But, as another one of my heroes, Jovanka Vuckovik, said, “When it comes to horror, women are more often seen than they are heard. In other words, people are more familiar with scream queens than they are the contributions of women behind the scenes.” True equality means equal opportunities for and recognition of screenwriters, directors, special effects artists, composers, authors, artists, and the many other talented creators responsible for making this genre as truly incredible as it is.

    Director Jovanka Vuckovic

 

  • DS: Going forward, what do you come to expect from Women In Horror Month, and is there anything in particular you’d like to see branch out of WIHM?

 

  • SM: Once thing I definitely want to say is that I’m so incredibly proud that this is a genre that does tend to give a damn. We most certainly need a Women in Film Month, as the problem of under representation is much broader than horror. I know some people find it strange that we have this month dedicated to such a niche portion of entertainment as a whole. But that’s because there are passionate activists like Hannah Neurotica and the Soska Sisters who are at the forefront of change and driving the conversation in a way no one else is. I am beyond honored to be a very small part of helping champion this cause. And it’s been so heartening to see the growing support and recognition for this important event throughout the community.

    Soska Sisters

  • At Morbidly Beautiful, we try every year to do a little more, push out as much great content as we can, and find new ways to engage the community during Women in Horror Month. I’ve also seen so many other sites and journalists taken up the mantle and becoming champions for change. Honestly, I think we just need to keep having these conversations and all working together as a community to create a future (hopefully a not so distant one) where we no longer need a Women in Horror Month. The best thing that could happen to Women in Horror Month is for it to go away because it’s no longer relevant.

 

  • DS: What can we expect to see from Morbidly Beautiful this year and do you have any exciting announcements or new additions to the website that you’d like to mention or promote?

 

  • SM: The site is growing at such a rapid pace, and honestly I’m just trying to keep up with that growth and not sacrifice quality. Each year, I’ve slowly been growing our writing family to bring on more great talent and unique points of view. This year, we’ve had more interested applicants than ever before, and I’m beyond thrilled about the level of talent and passion we’re adding to the site. I’m also so excited by our efforts to expand our focus on diversity, bringing on writers with specific expertise and background in this area.
  • We’re also partnering with some of our favorite platforms and distributors to bring even more unique content, highlighting some of the best horror releases from Shudder, Vinegar Syndrome, Scream Factory, and Unearthed Films to name a few.
  • We’ve been given tremendous access to expand our coverage of some of the world’s best film festivals and horror conventions. This will enable us to bring our readers exclusive and early access to some of the most anticipated new horror films and the best up-and-coming filmmakers everyone should know about.
  • We post new content daily, usually multiple new articles a day. And we’ve been adding a ton of new features we think and hope our readers will love. Be sure to follow us on social media and turn on post notifications to stay updated on everything new and exciting happening at Morbidly Beautiful.

 

  • DS Is there anything you’re really fond of when it comes to your website? Are there any particular segments or special content that you really enjoy and look forward to publishing?

 

  • SM: The thing I’m most proud of when it comes to the site is our extremely diverse writing staff and the incredibly high quality of content they produce. As much as I’m a huge fan of so many other horror sites, I do believe we produce truly original and thought provoking content not available anywhere else. I especially love our commitment to celebrating underrepresented voices in indie film making and in all aspects of the genre — including focusing on diversity, LGBTQ, minorities, and women in horror.
  • My favorite articles are the in-depth opinion and analysis pieces — the ones that take a really thoughtful look at the genre and treat it with the respect and reverence I believe it deserves. I’m a true horror nerd, and I absolutely love articles that take a scholarly approach to the great work being produced in the genre.
  • I also love articles that bring together several writers to share distinct points of views on a subject. I’d love to see us do more of these, including group reviews, best of lists, holiday horror guides, and more. I love anything that highlights the incredible range of talent we have working on the site.

 

  • DS As a writer, graphic designer and producer, do you have any upcoming projects you’re anticipating that you’d like to let your fans know about?

 

  • Besides my day job as a professional Creative Director/Designer/Copywriter, almost all of my time is devoted to Morbidly Beautiful. Thankfully, it’s an incredible outlet that combines all my passions — allowing me to write, edit, design, market, and aggressively support indie film. Any outside creative projects I take on are purely passion projects where I want to help support a project, company, or cause I really believe in. I have a couple of things I’m working on, but nothing I can really talk about just yet.
  • However, I am one of the producers on the new indie horror film Crepitus, starring Bill Moseley as a killer clown, and I’m super excited to have everyone see that hopefully later this year.

 

  • DS. Aside from Morbidly Beautiful.com where can people follow you and stay up to date with your work? Are there any social media platforms you’re currently active on?

 

  • SM: I’m very active on Morbidly Beautiful’s social channels: Facebook and Instagram at  @morbidlybeautifulhorror and Twitter at @xmorbidbeautyx. Personally, I’m most active on Instagram at @srgreenhaw. And I’ve made a vow to get back into Twitter. You can find me there at @smalondesign.

 

  • DS: To wrap up, we like to ask one final question. If you could pick one, and only one, what would you say is your all time favorite horror film?

 

  • SM: This is the one question that isn’t difficult for me to answer because I always go with the film that first made me fall head over heels in love with the genre, the film that helped launch my favorite subgenre of slasher films, and the one that produced my all-time favorite killer: John Carpenter’s Halloween. I know it’s basic and not reflective of my diverse love of cult, indie, foreign, underground, arthouse and extreme horror. But, to me, it’s a damn near perfect film whose unquestionable impact and influence on the genre cannot be denied.
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