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Yup, it’s official The CRAFT is coming back! In a recent interview  Robin Tunney confirmed the reboot is happening and that she might even star in it. She told etalk, “They are still remaking it. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing it. And I may or may not do it. I’m so proud of that movie. It was the first lead I ever had and it’s a movie young girls today still watch at sleepovers. It’s girl power and I’m so proud of it. I’m SO proud of it.”

The producers have said that it will also show how the girls got into magic and how it all comes together. No word yet on anyone else coming back, but needless to the say that it’s a sequel should be interesting. Truth be told this go either way there’s hardcore fans who may feel different and there’s some people who just might embrace it. Either way nothing we can do to stop it. All else fails the original will always be with us.

The Craft is coming back not as a TV series or reboot….but A SEQUEL

The Craft is coming back not as a TV series or reboot….but A SEQUEL

Yup, it’s official The CRAFT is coming back! In a recent interview  Robin Tunney confirmed the reboot is happening and that she might even star in it. She told etalk, “They are still remaking it. Zoe Lister-Jones is writing it. And I may or may not do it. I’m so proud of that movie. It was the first lead I ever had and it’s a movie young girls today still watch at sleepovers. It’s girl power and I’m so proud of it. I’m SO proud of it.”

The producers have said that it will also show how the girls got into magic and how it all comes together. No word yet on anyone else coming back, but needless to the say that it’s a sequel should be interesting. Truth be told this go either way there’s hardcore fans who may feel different and there’s some people who just might embrace it. Either way nothing we can do to stop it. All else fails the original will always be with us.




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The Curse Of Dr. Wolfenstein (Review) German Gore Film

The Curse Of Dr. Wolfenstein (Review) German Gore Film

 

Hello ghoulies and creeps, dice mickey knox riggs here with another movie review on a german gore splatter horror film entitled, the curSE of dr. Wolfenstein!!!!

this film is a reelgore releasing(2015) directed by:marc rohnstock;

 

FIRSTLY, THIS MOVIE IS COMPLETELY RAD, FILLED WITH DUMB TEENS, HOT GIRLS, BLOOD SPRAY, PARTYS AND EVERYTHING YOU CAN ASK FOR WITH A GORE.  AN INSTANT CLASSIC IN THE CULT OF HORROR MOVIES, PAYS HOMAGE TO AMERICAN SLASHER BY SHOWING HOOTERS AND BLOOD WITHIN THE FIRST TEN MINUTES OF THIS AWESOME MOVIE.  THIS IS A GERMAN FILM, THE BLU RAY RELEASING HAS SUBTITLE OPTIONS OF ENGLISH SUBTITLES. A LOT OF LIMB SAWING OFF BLOOD SPLATTERING GOOD TIME, IF YOU LIKE GIRLS,PARTYS AND A TON OF BLOOD THEN FOLKS, THIS IS INDEED THE HORROR MOVIE FOR YOU.  NEVER EVEN HEARD OF THIS MOVIE UNTIL 2016 WHEN I WAS DOING A RANDOM EBAY SEARCH FOR HORROR MOVIES.  ONE THING ABOUT HORROR MOVIES IS THAT THE LIST OF TITLES IS ENDLESS, YOU CAN NEVER SEE OR WATCH EVERY HORROR MOVIE, WHICH MAKES THE HORROR GENERATION OF MOVIES SO FUCKING AWESOME.  I love American made horror movies but European horror films get away with so much more.

 

THIS MOVIE STARTS OFF IN GERMANY, (1930) IS BASED OFF OF A CRAZY EVIL  PSYCOTIC Dr. Victor Wolffenstein, HE IS  a genius BUT AT THE SAME TIME A DEVILISH DEMENTED EVEL DOCTOR WHO wants to become immortal. In the Year 1930, in a small village and with the help of scientific experiments and occult rituals, he brews a serum  which is supposed to help him achieve his goal. But the Serum has an unwanted side effect, he becomes immortal but has to pay a huge price, he becomes infected with necrosis (the death of most or all of the cells in an organ or tissue due to disease, injury, or failure of the blood supply)

through which his limbs start to rot and the only thing left for him to do is to replace his body parts. THE EVIL DOCTOR  starts to TAKE BODY PARTS from the other PEOPLE FROM WITHIN HIS VILLAGE. DR. WOLFENSTEIN VICIOUSLY kills with no remorse WITH A LOT OF BLOOD AND GOREY MUTILATING SWIFT KILLS, “SOMETIMES” EVEN A LONG TOTURING DEATH.  The townfolk OF HIS VILLAGE WON’T put up with this kind KILLING SAVAGRY.  An angry mob  OF TOWNFOLK overpowers the Doctor in his office BY TORCHES AND THE GOOD OLE PREACHER LOL WHICH ADDED TO THE MOVIE, KIND OF LIKE A FRANKENSTEIN KIND OF FEEL.  kidnaps  THE DOCTOR and  THEN buries him alive.

More than 80 years later, five  STUPID NAIVE teenagers are on their way to the biggest DANCE party of the year.  they get stranded in a small village TO WHICH IS PLAGUED WITH THE LOCAL TOWN STORIES OF THE LOCAL DR WHO WENT MAD AND WANTED TO BECOME IMMORTAL.  THEY BREAK DOWN due to a car accident, now they have to wait for the repair FROM LOCAL REDNECKISH MECHANICS .  the teenagers decide to visit a local DISCO and then the terror begins.

Dr. Wolffenstein is RESURECTED , with the help of his evil minion the Infiltrator he persuades his victims to come to him. The only thing in his mind is to end his curse, to find the flaw in his serum and to cure himself from the necrosis. Nothing and no one will be safe from him FROM CURING HIS CURSE, WILL ANYBODY SURVIVE?   BUY THE MOVIE AND FIND OUT FOR YOURSELF.

THIS MOVIE IS INDEED A MUST HAVE IN ANY HORROR COLLECTORS LIBRARY.

this movie gets, 2 stars. blood raiting: 4 stars

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Lords of Chaos Film Review

Lords of Chaos Film Review

 

Lords of Chaos brings you the truths and the lies of church burning’s, murders , Satan and head banging!

Before I get to far into this, I do want to let those of you know ahead of time that maybe  unfamiliar with this story, that Lords of Chaos is one that is based on a true story. Based on, being the key term. Now I do know of the controversy and stories that were claimed to have been surrounded by certain Black metal bands from that time frame. Stories of church burnings, rapes, satanic worship and even murder. Now I’m not here to tell you what was truth or not, I wasn’t there. But what I am here to do is tell you the story that is now being told to us about such , in Lords of Chaos.

Lords of Chaos , directed by Jonas Åkerlund, shows you the story of the birth of Norwegian Black Metal by band Mayhem, whose dark and satanic music, was also thought to be their beliefs and life style. The film takes you on a very dark look into the downward spiral that was known among the closest of members as the Black Circle.

Rory Culkin plays Euronymous,guitarist and creator of the Mayhem from Oslo. While trying to become the next big break thru band while pushing the Dark image for the band as many did in that time.  As bands goes, members come and go often , especially when new. In walks Varg, played by Emory Cohen(whose portrayal of Yarg will scare the shit out of you!) to fill the slot as new bass player. It is now where the story takes a dark turn.

Varg was a fan of Mayhem, but now challenges the band, Euronymous, especially to live up to their image, and with that, I don’t mean by wearing the black and white face paint.  With that, Churches are now being burned, rapes are taking place and are being aired on the news. Members of this Black Circle are coming forward to each other claiming that they had committed these crimes.

Most of the crimes mentioned are all show in the film and are done in a way that it does make you believe that what you are seeing in the film is all true. As the film continues, Euronymous and Varg are constantly on watch of each other. Varg’s strength and hunger to destroy is growing and  you start to see an almost scared realization by Euronymous that reality lost all grips.

No spoilers here….but i do want to say that Lords of Chaos is well worth a watch to the very end!

I must say, that a high point to me for the film, you hear many stories of what bands used to do on stage, well…Lords of Chaos actually portrayed one of those stories as we got to see former lead singer(now deceased) who went by the name of Dead (played by Jack Kilmer, yes Val’s son)mutilate himself live on stage. I wish we could have seen some more live footage thru the film, but it will explain why you don’t.

Lords of Chaos is the fucked up cousin to Sid and Nancy and the bastard step child to Bohemian Rhapsody.

Growing up and being so heavily influenced by music that surrounded the occult , this film is so easily relatable and easy to follow. For those of you wanting to know more about the truths of it, look it up. As a matter of fact, Varg himself has made a few videos on YouTube about the film …they to are worth a watch.

Lords of Chaos will be in my video library, I absolutely loved the film !!

Keep it Evil

Lords of Chaos is everything I thought it would be, and showed me so much more.

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Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell will be writing the Escape from New York remake

Leigh Whannell who is well known in the horror universe from such films as the Saw Franchise, Insidious as well as his directorial debut UPGRADE which he wrote has been hired to write ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK for FOX.THR reports,

“Sources say that while there is no deal for him to direct, the door is open for that possibility. Whannell is kickstarting Escape with a new vision for the project that sources say will retain elements of the original but bring innovative ideas to the table. One of Whannell’s goals is to avoid the bloated tentpole remake path that afflicted the reboots of other 1980s-era movies such as Robocop and Total Recall.”

Truth be told I think he can do an excellent job with the film, he can do violence, humor (not too much to ruin a movie, but enough the lighten the mood for the film) He is working on the Invisible man remake as we speak. Leigh has a lot of potential and can deliver I just hope he doesn’t go the route of the previous films with the “TWIST” ending where everything is wrapped up but with the movies like this I think he’s going to bring something unique to the table and not rely on his writing trademark. No word yet on the cast but John Carpenter will be the executive producer. Fingers crossed he does the sound track as well.

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DIS [Movie Review] a living painting of pain and suffering.

DIS [Movie Review] a living painting of pain and suffering.

To understand DIS (2017) you must watch the movie. What Adrian Corona has done is simply show us what we think we know vs a completely different mind fuck which this movie successfully pulls off from the infamous opening sequence of a woman tied up naked being sexually assaulted to where she squirts into a tin bowl no cut away, no edits, no CGI This happens in real time with no dialogue just screaming it opens to the wonderful song (Fantastical Symphony: An episode in the life of an artist in five parts, op 14: V.) I instantly fell in love with this art house horror film. My jaw was to the floor not since Clockwork Orange (1971) has a movie that captures both emotion and sexual deviance with such a raw aggression with little to no dialogue. The film is about an ex-soldier with a criminal past takes refuge in the woods. A demonic figure seeks the seed of killers and the blood of the damned to feed his mandrake garden. DIS is an infernal descent into the root of the mandrake legend and a man who wanders too close to that legend and the unnameable terror behind it. What you sow you will reap. Bill Obertst Jr does an AMAZING job in this film where he himself has very few lines but delivers an amazing performance where as I was conflicted on him, should I hate him? Should I care for him? Should I feel anything? The movie itself shows later on he’s not exactly the best person in the world, but yet I can’t help but feel sorry for him where through most of the film he’s isolated from the world seeking refuge in the woods and sadly the first person he comes in contact with is his escort into hell, but the picture that Adrian paints of hell isn’t exactly what those have seen or even can imagine it’s quiet, it’s cold, it’s forgotten almost as if he was getting what he deserved in life with Karma if you will. To see Dis is to feel it, to experience it. As if it was a vivid dream of seeing Bill’s past to even watching him trying to escape his prison only to be stopped dead in his tracks. The ending is that of pure nightmare fuel, no dialogue, no sympathy we finally see the Hooded person’s face and cannot feel not fear but acceptance just like Bill’s character feels since there is ‪no escape, no reasoning. My overall experience with the film is that it is hard to put in words what I saw, but it is an experience where multiple viewings will happen. Not to say to there’s details I may have missed, but just to take more of it as if this was a living painting. Adrian Corona delivered a movie with an insane opening and ending sequence to filling in the middle with an interesting story. The film is out to rent and buy right now on Vudu and Amazon. Buy the movie and get ready for a ride.

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Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Monster Reviews: Anniversary of the Leprechaun (1993)

Celebrating its anniversary this month, we revisit the original Leprechaun and take a look at the legendary slasher film responsible for spawning multiple sequels and a prequel. Let’s take a step back and look at the film that birthed the legendary horror icon, the one and only, Leprechaun.

Considered one of the ultimate slashers, Leprechaun is a 1993 horror film written and directed by Mark Jones. It stars Jennifer Aniston, Ken Olandt, Robert Hy Gorman, Mark Holton and the legendary Warwick Davis as the Leprechaun. An ancient evil Leprechaun will stop at nothing to get back his pot of gold.

The Leprechaun is easily one of the top ten iconic slashers in the genre. Something about a the tiny, ugly little green monster with buckles on his shoes and hat, is just unsettling. Most of the time Leprechauns are portrayed as gentle fun loving little pranksters. But not in this film. In this one, he’s an evil little bastard who’s only happy with one thing…killing. 

There’s a multitude of aspects that make the original the best in the franchise. It contains some overlooked and forgotten elements, which attributed to its ferocity and appeal. Things such as the Leprechaun eating Lucky Charms cereal, or how the protagonists escape the ugly little monster by throwing shoes, which he can’t help but shine.

The Leprechaun is arguably Warwick Davis’s ultimate character portrayal. A three foot tall green monster who has a pungent for ripping off limbs and other body parts, definitely sets him apart from the other slashers. Everyone always thinks it would be easy to defeat such a small foe, however, the Leprechaun proves extremely difficult to thwart.

The special effects in this are magnificent and really hold the film together. The makeup and use of light and shadows works wonders. It creates a dark atmosphere which looms strongly over the film. The makeup and practical effects make this one of the most memorable classic slasher films in the genre. The crusty, flaky and coarse skin really add a level of fear to the little guy.

There’s also some really strong acting and performances which help the film stand tall. Jennifer Aniston is terrific as the modern, girly girl. A strong female lead is always effective in horror films. It builds a familiarity with the audience and gives them someone to root for. 

Also, there were some stout performances from Ken Olandt as the beefy heartthrob Nathan, and Robert Hy Gorman as the smart, witty and imaginative, Alex. The best performance however, came from Mark Holton as the eccentric, quirky and autistic, Ozzie. He brought some much needed and well placed humor to the dark and fantastical film. 

The sets were graceful and eye catching, especially the quiet little farmhouse. The costumes are some of the best around and still hold strong today. They give it a really creepy vibe. Also, the use of a cell phone, or “mobile”, by Tori (Aniston), always makes me smile. 

Whether you like it or not, Leprechaun is a powerhouse and extremely well crafted. It’s one of the all time iconic slasher films and a standard in any collection. It’s a must see for any slasher or horror fan. So, grab yourself a copy today, but beware any pots of gold. 

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Nightshade (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Nightshade (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

There have been a few names popping up a lot on social media lately and Charles Chudabala is one of them. Charles wrote, produced, and directed his short film Nightshade, a film in which was based off a reoccurring nightmare since he was 5 years old. He drew influences from Marilyn Manson (Dope Hat Era), Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, and Dario Argento’s Suspiria

The short follows a little girl who confronts her fears in which she encounters visitors from another land materialized in the shadow of the night. Our stars of this amazing short are Jenn Nangle (That Night, Malvolia: Queen Of Screams), Leah Schaefer (Absurd TV), Lexi Marlene (Cold Blooded), and Marle Schaefer (Absurd TV). 

Nightshade is Charles Chudabala’s directorial debut and will be launched for all to see on January 29, 2019. You can check it on Nightshade’s official Facebook page as well as YouTube.

Let’s not forget the rest of the crew:

Director of photography: Paul Stephen Edwards (Ugly Sweater Party, Malvolia: The Queen of Screams),
Costume design: Ama Lea (ABCs of Death).
Assistant Director & Editor: Hunter Johnson (Ugly Sweater Party, 2 Jennifer)
Scored by: Richard Trejo (Mavlolia: The Queen of Screams).
Makeup by: Nikki Vizcaino (Lilith), and props by Christopher Hicks (Zero)

In the press release that I have received, said that Charles is the ‘Rising’ King In Horror, and That doesn’t begin to describe him. Charles is brilliant and did an amazing job bringing his reoccurring nightmare to life with capturing a child’s fear, and the credit for portraying it well goes to Leah Schaefer.

For being so young, Leah brought her character to life, showing how kids react to fear on a real life basis. The rest of the cast did a fantastic job in their roles which helped Leah’s character a lot making it so believable and surreal. This short left me wanting for more and I cannot wait to see what else Charles has up his sleeve for any upcoming projects.

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Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Just like zombies Resident Evil refuses to stay dead. Deadline is reporting that NETFLIX will be doing a live action tv series. Per Deadline, “the plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the existing mythology. I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise. The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”

Let’s face it the movies are great, the video games are great even the cgi cartoons aren’t bad. This is big news where Netflix is getting a lot of buzz with their TV and films. Original or not this will be interesting to see where it goes. No word yet on casting or release date.

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The Lost Boys is coming back to the small screen by the CW.

The Lost Boys is coming back to the small screen by the CW.

It appears that the CW is going to take a gamble on a classic horror film. The Lost Boys (1987). The CW has ordered a pilot for the series. With the success of shows like Riverdale which is a surprisingly great show could lighting strike twice? We shall see if this is going to be true or not. There was a time the CW was going to do a TV show about Friday the 13th  which due to legal issues fell through and may not become released, but that’s the business for you. With the not so welcomed reviews of the sequels could the series be the redemption, or just simply fade out? Hard to say at this point since there will mostly be mixed reviews. Deadline has reported the information from their website

Logline: Welcome to sunny seaside Santa Carla, home to a beautiful boardwalk, all the cotton candy you can eat…and a secret underworld of vampires. After the sudden death of their father, two brothers move to Santa Carla with their mother, who hopes to start anew in the town where she grew up. But the brothers find themselves drawn deeper and deeper into the seductive world of Santa Carla’s eternally beautiful and youthful undead. 

There is no word of any cameos or if this will be a continuation or complete retelling.

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That Night (2019 Movie Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

That Night (2019 Movie Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

I have been looking forward on reviewing anything Jenn Nangle has been working on lately and this specific short film That Night that I had the privilege to view early did not disappoint. After watching twice it left me with my jaw dropped open, you can tell every ounce of her being was dedicated to this short.

The cast was amazing, everything about their characters were believable considering the circumstances on what was going on in the film. Jenn Nangle, Garrett Lee, Amanda Cano, and Raymond Williams make up the cast in this short, with a small appearance from Charles Chudabala

Jenn Nangle and Garrett Lee are our main couple and stars of this short film, their chemistry together was very believable and you can tell right off the bat that something was not right in their relationship, like any couples in life experience which is what made it so relatable. They played off each well and it was very balanced. The couple heads over to a friends and you can tell there were some tension in how the night was winding down.

Amanda Cano and Raymond Williams are outstanding as the deranged couple and their whole performance was just brilliant. This short stuck with me and had me in awe with the plot and the amazing cast.

 Jenn is incredible, amazing and a woman full of many talents and I am personally looking forward to what else she has up her sleeve not only for this year but in many more to come. 

Check the trailer out below and make sure to catch the short film on January 31st, you truly do not want to miss it. ⬇️⬇️

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From Quentin to Robert: We celebrate 23 years of From Dusk till Dawn

From Quentin to Robert: We celebrate 23 years of From Dusk till Dawn

The year was 1992, A young video store clerk was premiering his first film at the Cannes Film Festival, Reservoir Dogs. That same year another young director from Texas was premiering his film El Mariachi. Both films were instant hits and showcased a talent the likes Hollywood wasn’t familiar with. Snappy dialogue, great action sequences, celebrities from the past who are in main roles dominating the screen once again in different lights. It was then that Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez met. The two bonded over the one thing they love: Movies. As time progressed, they wanted to work together but what would the project consist of? Quentin mentioned his love for horror movies and pitched an idea for a script he wrote called From Dusk till dawn. In reference to the drive-in theater days where they would show movies to FROM DUSK TILL DAWN. For those unfamiliar about the plot on the run from a bank robbery that left several police officers dead, Seth Gecko (George Clooney) and his paranoid, loose-cannon brother, Richard (Quentin Tarantino), hightail it to the Mexican border. Kidnapping preacher Jacob Fuller (Harvey Keitel) and his kids, the criminals sneak across the border in the family’s RV and hole up in a topless bar. Unfortunately, the bar also happens to be home base for a gang of vampires, and the brothers and their hostages have to fight their way out. The film boasts an extremely impressive cast of actors in small to big roles. For the moviegoer unfamiliar they may have recognized Tom Savini, George Clooney, Juliette Lewis, Harvey Keitel, Salma Hayek, Cheech Marin and of course Quentin Tarantino himself, but for the movie fanatic, they easily recognized the people that truly inspired Quentin and Robert to not only make this film but all their films. John Saxon, Greg Nicotero, Wayne Toth (who played a vampire in the movie, He’s done the FX for Rob zombie’s films) Marc Lawrence, Robert Kurtzman, Fred Williamson and the legendary Michael Parks. This was honestly the expendables of a horror movie before the film by Kurtzman “Wishmaster” which features a stellar cast itself. The film always holds a special place in my heart from the first time I saw it, I snuck into the theater since I was too young to purchase a ticket quietly sitting in my seat unbeknownst to the theater staff or customers. The movie came on my heart sank, I’m seeing my first Rodriguez/Tarantino film having to go to the video store renting to owning their movies on VHS. Yup, I once owned Reservoir Dogs on VHS along with Four Rooms and Pulp Fiction. The movie started out as a criminal heist film to eventually the horror movie we were waiting for, I studied every line, every scene, I saw so much and remembered pay attention to the movie at least. Here I was just a young teenager rooting for the bad guys, enjoying the violence. Growing up before the internet we just had horror magazines and tv spots MAYBE if we were lucky a tv show would talk about a movie or show behind the scenes even then it was just a snippet. You blink and it was over. So, at times watching the tv spots for horror movies I spent my time studying and breaking down the frames which is what I did for the film. Finally, the film was over. I was awe and couldn’t believe what I saw a great action horror movie with snippets of clever jokes. As stated, there was no internet so when going back to school it was my job to tell everyone what I saw and explain in detail as if I really did witness it all. For years the movie stayed on my mind. I had to own it, the posters, the script ANYTHING related to this film. Luckily, I was able to obtain a VHS copy of the film at Suncoast which back then was my go-to for horror movies. I wore out that tape as I did the box slip from taking it out or lending it to friends for them to see and we talk about. I also read the script which I studied and learned from for future films I wanted to write. As time went by, I eventually studied the many layers of the film. The script had scenes in it that were cut out or dialogue altered or not used. This helped me growing where I would watch films and even to this day go, move this, say this instead, alter this scene more so to reflect this character’s persona. Change this song, use this song. It was as if the teacher was watching me fly from my bird’s nest. Years later I finally met Tom Savini who talked about the film. He kept the machine gun crotch piece and explained that every vampire was modified to where they didn’t look alike, they were all unique designs. Tom joked about how his daughter would hang out with George causing pranks on set by which there were water gun fights with the dancers and Tom, George or whoever fell prey to them. Does the film have some decent sequels that actually aren’t bad? The tv series does a great job piecing everything together and adding new lore to the film. To anyone who worked on the film or the people reading this. If you’re upset, I snuck into the movie for free, don’t worry I have bought the film and posters so many times in my life that the universe is finely balanced.

 

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That Night (Trailer Release)— House Of Tortured Souls

That Night (Trailer Release)— House Of Tortured Souls

THAT NIGHTTRAILER RELEASE




Los Angeles, CA, January 2019: Here is a first look at “That Night” – a horror short film releasing on January 31, 2019 (Just in time for Women in Horror Month). This story features two couples that meet for the first time and as the night progresses, one set becomes the prey and the other, the predator.

Based on True Events, the film stars: Jennifer Nangle, Amanda Cano, Garrett Lee, and Raymond Vinsik Williams. Featuring performances from Charles Chudabala, Jeffery Potts, Carson Lambing, and Nikki Vizcaino.

The film was directed and edited by Joseph R. Davis and Brian Gerson. Written by Jennifer Nangle and Garrett Lee with story by Jennifer Nangle. The film score was composed by Rocky Gray and Special Effects were done by Chronix EFX. The film was shot by Jason Peguero.

Produced by:Jennifer Nangle.            

Executive Produced by: RobertOldhcdudeCortez, Ryan T. Cusick, Joseph R. Davis, Brian Gerson, Linda Loera, and Patricia J. Dangle

Associated Produced by: Alex T. Hwang, RodShorteVizcaina, and Nikki Vizcaino.

“That Night” is a ProCo Production Company, Queen Scream, and Chronix EFX Production

https://www.facebook.com/thatnight2019/

Check out the trailer here ⬇️⬇️

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Ouroboros short film review

Ouroboros short film review

When watching films we tend to forget that a lot of directors big or small started somewhere. Most directors do short films to add to their portfolio, an idea to show what they’re capable of or in some cases just to get their feet wet. They are pretty much everywhere and in the old days most short films were done on the family 8mm. With technology nowadays we can film everything on our phones or even on a tablet. I grateful enough to check out this short film by (David Teixeira) which he wrote and directed called  (OUROBOROS) The film is roughly about 11 minutes. The movie may not seem long for others but keep in mind 11 minutes can be brutal for pre and post production working to get it done right and make sure everything is good to go for film festivals or viewings among critics. The title of the film has a definition that explains the title for the audience. Most of the time I’m used to seeing a movie with music and then goes right into dialogue and action, this film has no real dialogue except screaming and a few lines of the title being repeated in the opening credits there’s music of that of a music box I waited patiently for the movie to begin, but it continued throughout the film all the way into the ending. At first I have to admit I was a little annoyed as well as confused. I gave the movie a few more chances to really dwell in, get the idea of the film, understand it. Which honestly I felt the director deserved since this is his film. Upon watching it a few more times I realized as stated before this film is just a film to be made to get something for the portfolio, get their feet wet if anything. The film is about A girl keeps having the same dream where she hurts herself on a finger, finds an abandoned castle and goes inside. One day she wakes up and she decides to visit the castle for good. Like an endless time loop. There’s no violence or gore, but overall the movie isn’t bad, good editing and the music does help keep the creepy tone of the film moving along. The director said he won’t be making it into a feature film,. but it’s interesting to see what else what he’ll do with his work or other projects

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New Year, New You Review-House Of Tortured Souls

New Year, New You Review-House Of Tortured Souls

With saying goodbye to 2018 and restarting fresh in 2019 with a brand new attitude and the cliched “New Year, New Me” comes New Year, New You the latest installment to the Into the Dark series on Hulu. Into the Dark is a horror anthology series produced by Jason Blum in  which each episode focuses about a holiday and is released each month. 

The fourth episode in this installment, New Year, New You was directed by Sophia Takal. It focuses on four girls that were friends in high school who reunite in an extravagant home on New Years that result in confessions and reliving trauma. The collective cast stars Suki Waterhouse (The Divergent Series:Insurgent, The Bad Batch), Carly Chaikin (The Last Song, Mr. Robot), Kirby HowellBaptiste (Killing Eve, A Dog’s Purpose), Melissa Bergland (Winners & Losers), and Isabella Acres (Better Off Ted).

The film starts off showing flashbacks to someone falling out of a window in Alexis’ (Suki Waterhouse) home. It then pans to Alexis who now has a very noticeable scar on her face and windows that are more secure. You think you may have made a connection on what could have happened, but you will be surprised my horror friends. 

Now we skip to Kayla ( Kirby HowellBaptiste) and Chloë (Melissa Bergland) who are driving in Kayla’s unreliable car through a downpour on their way to join Alexis. We have seen it all in many horror flicks and you are probably guessing that the car breaks down and they have to walk to the house in the downpour, you are correct. Alexis greets the girls at the door where they set up balloons and talk about their normal boring lives while anticipating in Danielle’s (Carly Chaikin) arrival. The girls had doubt at first, Danielle is very popular and has quite the viewers on her channel about self-improvement and even has the fake cutesy attitude. 

With how famous Danielle is, she arrives pretty late to the party. Upon her arriving you can already sense the tension between her and Alexis. Chloë and Kayla seem to be in awe of Danielle and they all have different personalities which seemed to play off each other in a realistic way when just like how you have a friendship with a good friend. With not reuniting in a while, it seems like their friendship picked up right where in ended. 

The party gets going as the girls settle down and start to play the game ‘Never Have I Ever.’ During that time is when Alexis loses it to which the girls end up targeting Danielle and tying her to a chair. There is clearly unfinished business between Alexis and Danielle. To which Waterhouse and Chaikin steal the rest of the movie. Their chemistry is very believable and you can see the passion that they have to make a ‘mean girls’ vibe. 

The rest of the movie focuses on all sorts of betrayal and heated secrets from the past. It’s a thriller to where you think it’s predictable on how far each girl will go to dismiss the happenings of their pass including blame games to what happened to a girl they knew named Kelsey. It had the perfect amount of betrayal and suspense that will leading you guessing who fell out of the window as you see it happening in the beginning of the film.

Check out the trailer below and if you are into psychological thrillers then check this out on Hulu, you won’t regret it. ⬇️⬇️

Overall Grade: B+

 

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We Summoned A Demon (Short Film)-House Of Tortured Souls

We Summoned A Demon (Short Film)-House Of Tortured Souls

Chris McInroy directed another hilarious and very gory short film We Summoned A Demon. This is actually the third installment to 2 to other shorts Death Metal and Bad Guy #2.

We Summoned A Demon shows two friends who had no idea what they were doing and ended up summoning demons. This included a perfect blend of gore and comedy. 

Having the pleasure of messaging Chris McInroy, he stated that it took 2 days to film in a warehouse in Austin, Texas. Chris is also into making practical effects driven from horror-comedies while being heavily influenced by 80s movies. Getting to experience with monster creations will be what wil inspire him to create his first feature to make a werewolf movie.

Chris also lives for the audience’s reactions, bringing happiness to them with gore and comedy in which he gets satisfaction from when viewing his movies. 

I highly recommend checking this out and hope to see more of Chris McInroy’s movies soon. ⬇️⬇️

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Bird Box Movie Review (SPOILERS) House Of Tortured Souls

Bird Box Movie Review (SPOILERS) House Of Tortured Souls

With all the hype I have been hearing about Bird Box on Netflix, I decided to give it a shot to see for myself on what this was all about. 

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller which was based off the book of the same name and directed by Susanne Bier. The film had quite the cast. Starring Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, A Time To Kill, Speed), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Jack & Jill), BD Wong (Law &Order:SVU, Jurassic Park), Danielle

Macdonald (Dumplin’, Patti Cake$), John Malkovich (The Killing Field, Of Mice and Men), Colson Baker (known as Machine Gun Kelly), Trevante Rhodes(The Predator), and Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Soloist).

The film starts off with a very nervous and panicked mother of two children, a boy and girl, who is stressing to them to not remove their blindfolds no matter what while endearing on a dangerous trip in a boat. If the blindfolds are removed, they will die. 

Let’s jump to five years earlier with a very pregnant Malorie (Sandra Bullock) who is on her way to a routine check up with her older sister Jess (Sarah Paulson). On the way to the doctors, the sisters had a discussion on mass suicides happening throughout Europe, to which Malorie was skeptical on. As they were leaving the doctors, Malorie notices a woman hitting her head on a glass panel and is now starting to realize that the mass suicides are making its way right in front of her eyes. In a hurry, the sisters get into

the car to drive away as far from it as posible. The cellphone rings and causes a distraction in which Jess ends up crashing the car to harm herself, coming to realize that Jess saw something that had frightened her leading her to death by stepping out in front of a truck. Malorie was frozen in fright not knowing how to stop Jess from ending her life. 

Malorie finds herself in the unknown madness of the confused crowd when a stranger steps in to bring her into her house for safety. Unfortunately it did not end well for Malorie’s rescuer. Malorie is introduced to a few strangers Charlie (Lil Rel Howery), Tom (Trevante Rhodes), Douglas, and Lucy(Rosa Salazar). Knowing that they will need supplies to survive they venture out with blindfolds to avoid coming into contact with whatever is causing the mass suicides. There ends up being controversy when back at the house to which they boarded up everything to not let the demons in. Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) world is also pregnant, ends up letting a complete stranger into the house. Both herself and Malorie end up going into labor at the same time, when both have the babies the strange man decides to expose the demons into the house which you can guess that the results were not in their favor. This leads Malorie in charge of both kids, whom she called Boy(Julian Edwards) and Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair) as to not get attached incase something goes wrong. In the end of all panic and an end to the world, Malorie leads them out on a boat to find better shelter somewhere safe.

Personally I did not understand what all the hype was about for this movie. It had a decent concept and an amazing cast, but to me it was a cross of A Quiet Place meets The Happening. The effects and fear instilled in the actors made it very convincing that the world was coming to an end by demons causing mass suicides. For me it seemed to lack some creativity as I felt like it crossed between many common end of the world movies, and I do enjoy a good psychological, end of the world thriller. 

Overall Grade: C

Here is the trailer for Bird Box. If this is for you, check it out on Netflix. ⬇️⬇️

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Monster Reviews: Ugly Sweater Party 2018

Monster Reviews: Ugly Sweater Party 2018

Ugly Sweater Party is a 2018 Christmas themed horror film, written and directed by Aaron Mento. It stars Felissa Rose, Sean Whalen, Charles Chudabala, Hunter Johnson, Kevin Caliber, Berna Roberts, Lara Jean, Jennifer Nangle and Gregory Blair.

All hell breaks loose at an ugly sweater party when one of the party goers becomes possessed by an evil ugly Christmas sweater. This film is crass, vulgar and straight up sick. It’s everything a Christmas horror film should be. It’s like a live version of A Charlie Brown Christmas, on Acid.

Never has there been a Christmas film more appalling or ridiculous, than Ugly Sweater Party. It’s a disgusting, hilarious, one of a kind film that definitely doesn’t hold back. The film starts off strange and gets even weirder with each passing minute. Upon first hearing about this film, you’re inclined to think it’s about a house party equipped with an ugly sweater theme. However, that was not the case at all. It’s mainly based at an outdoor camping lodge and is not the usual “party” one would expect.

Ugly Sweater Party is a completely insane ride. There are plenty of hiccups and mistakes throughout the film and at times you’re left wondering what the hell you’re even watching. However, it does a stellar job at holding one’s attention, despite the lack of understanding what is actually going on. One of the problems with this film, is the lack thereof when it comes to the Christmas theme. Aside from the aforementioned Ugly Sweaters and a few sparse lights and decorations that appear to be homemade, there’s not much else tying the film to the holiday. There’s also a metal band thrown in, which doesn’t make any sense whatsoever. It was if they needed some filler and decided to add a musical scene which does not bode well with the rest of the movie. Another part of contention is with the ugly sweaters used in the film. While they were indeed Ugly, they are not a version the majority of people are used to seeing. In fact, a few of the cast weren’t even wearing actual sweaters in the film. Which doesn’t make a lot of sense, being that is the main allure and plot of the film.

Ugly Sweater a Party is extremely bloody and offensive, and there are some seriously brutal kill scenes that warm the heart. The blood and gore are pretty much the best thing about the entire film. The camerawork and editing were beautifully executed, which added to the enjoyment of the watch, and the soundtrack contributed to the overall fun factor. The casting was one of the best things about the film. With some experienced horror veterans/icons attached, it gave the film more credence and instantly garnered a secured fan base. And they managed to land a few big names to add to their talented cast. The independent acting was phenomenal. The legendary slasher icon, actress Felissa Rose, was brilliant as Mrs. Mandix (the wife and co-owner of Camp Mandix). She was absolutely perfect in that role. Another great performance came from the legendary horror actor, Sean Whalen, as Declan Rains. Whalen’s character is the deceased serial killer whose spirit possesses the ugly Christmas sweater, causing anyone who dons the sweater to murder and kill anything in their path. Whalen was creepy as hell and gave yet another worthy horror performance.

The main duo of Charles Chudabala and Hunter Johnson, who played Cliff and Jody, paired great together. They seem to have a realistic friendship and did a fantastic job as best friends and roommates. Their brotherhood shown through clearly and they were one of the best things about the film. Overall I give the film 1 out of 3 scratches for its high entertainment value and insane overall concept. So, If you’re searching for some new horror to add to your holiday watch list, Ugly Sweater Party is the perfect addition. It’s definitely not for everyone and will surely make some people sick. However, for those of us who can stomach the insanity of this film, it’s the just present we’ve been waiting for.

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Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride. A movie that slays the indie horror industry

Mother Krampus 2: Slay Ride. A movie that slays the indie horror industry

The best thing about Christmas isn’t the food, the cartoon specials, or even the ugly sweater parties but it’s the holiday theme horror movies. Sometimes we are treated to a lot sometimes a very few amount. One happened to come across my desk called MOTHER KRAMPUS 2: Slay Ride I was expecting a demonic movie based on the cover but was treated to a Slasher movie that was reminiscent of the 80’s, 70’s horror movies. The plot for Mother Krampus is: “It’s Christmas time in Cleveland, Ohio and four young ladies are on the verge of completing their mandatory thirty days of community service. With only one night to go, they are required to make a series of in-home visits to the older and less fortunate. Upon arriving at their final stop for the night, they become introduced to a pleasant older woman who graciously welcomes them into her home for the evening. However, as darkness falls and the cold settles in, they begin to realize that there is far more to their seemingly innocent host than meets the eye.” The film doesn’t waste any time going into full force on what to expect with a great opening sequence kill. Like all 80’s, 70’s horror movies the deaths don’t pick up again until the end, but like all horror movies it also gives you a story where we learn about the characters, see their activities deciding if we’ll like them, feel bad for them as they perish. The film stars KateLynn E. Newberry Tiffani Hilton, Robbie Barnes, Roger Connors and Kris Smith who are co-writers of the film. This does help the film in fact that the actors learn their characters a little more and know what to bring with the direction of the Director Eddie Lengyel who was also penned as a writer for the film. Yes, this film has a nostalgic  feel to it where the plot is very simple, and the deaths are great with the budget of an indie film it does deliver on gore especially the after math of a death including a few great scenes from an ax to the face. The 3rd act of the film does take place in a big house in the city which I couldn’t help but feel of a Black Christmas vibe to it. We know the killer which we find out is a deranged mental patient. No powers, no black magic, nothing demonic. Just pure crazy which we the audience benefit from because we see the “human side” of the killer where we feel bad for their solitary, but when they wear the mask there’s no one liners, no sympathy, no reasoning. Just deaths galore. Which is what should be expected for a horror movie like this. I for one felt this movie has potential to be watched not only one month out of the year, but anytime. I spoke to Roger Conner’s about the film’s title where he said the original title was going to be “Naughty List” but the distributor changed their minds on the name title. Is this a bad thing? Not at all because we still see the same movie just different title. I have to admit the film did a great job keeping my interest all the way where even though an indie still showed mainstream horror this is a movie to watch out for that with a little patience, hard work, and some great actors you can tell a story, have great kills and still be a great film. Given the film is on it’s own and not really a sequel to any other previous Krampus films.  I also enjoyed that Roger played the character Lady Athena Slay a drag queen who also happens to be a final girl or does she? I won’t spoil that part but glad to see that film is now part of the LGTBQ+ library of films including horror films. Which we don’t see a lot of, but this holiday season make this film part of your viewing schedule even after the holidays go out and buy it. As stated, before it does a great job where if it wasn’t set during the holidays would still be a great film. The film can purchased through retailers such as Amazon

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Seasons Greetings with STALLED (2013)

Seasons Greetings with STALLED (2013)

STALLED is a British movie that was released in 2013. It is a Christmas focused zombie comedy, exploring on a serious zombie outbreak in an office building during their annual party. The plot is easy to follow “W.C is a discontent office manager, who decides to rob his boss during the office Christmas party. Sadly for W.C he becomes trapped in the ladies room stalls as a hoard of zombies plague the building! While trapped in the stalls he befriends a female in another stall and the two attempt to escape the zombie onslaught together.”

Stalled

I’ll start by discussing the one thing I didn’t get about this film. All it was is that STALLED does start with a rather unnecessary lesbian scene between two females.  Simply it didn’t add any value to the story line, but it wasn’t offensive or anything either. I just found it rather unnecessary. W.C is played by Dan Palmer. Palmer actually wrote

Dan Palmer in Stalled

the screenplay himself. So I know that the feeling of him being able to connect with his character was evident because he portrayed W.C based on how he wrote the character himself. The concept is good! Similar to films like Phonebooth (with Colin Farrell), or even Devil (with Logan Marshall- Green), it is set ultimately in ONE location throughout. This doesn’t slow the film down, nor does it restrict the evolution of the plot. In fact it creates some unique experiences, to be seen on-screen. Our pragmatist is caught in the stalls throughout the majority of the film. As he is bumbling and fumbling his way to safety, we see him repeatedly fail and his faith diminish. It’s not for his lack of attempts of course, but the various

Stalled

obstacles he faces – primarily the zombies. W.C may be a criminal, but through the film we develop compassion for him. He often sticks his proverbial foot in his mouth and is actually very apologetic. We see a sweet side to him, as well as the misled cad he’s become. STALLED

Stalled

really does just follow a simple plot formula. There is basic makeup use, everyday costumes, one primary set. However it is still ultimately a most enjoyable film. In fact some of the make up jobs made me think of the original Night of the Living Dead, which made it somewhat nostalgic. I think it’s the simplicity that one can enjoy most. It doesn’t exceed your ideas of how it will unfold. It’s an independent films and it doesn’t maquerade as a bigger budget films. Palmers writing compliments Christian James’ smooth direction perfectly. The duo pace the action well enough to remind us of the great danger on-screen, and yet add in little emotional moments sweetly. There’s a few zesty one liners, some really good kills and a  well-rounded performance from our lead actor. So this film is easy to like, I honestly can’t hate on it.

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[Editorial] How The Penguin became my favorite Christmas villain

[Editorial] How The Penguin became my favorite Christmas villain

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