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From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

A while back on Facebook I stumbled upon this ad for a film premiering here in town called Domestic Hell. I messaged the director about it to see if this is a horror film to review. We talked and he explained It was more of a thriller and drama. Intrigued by our talk I had to check it out. After seeing the movie we talked again and I had to make time to schedule an interview well after some time and our schedules permitting we sat down and talked. Colin is a super nice guy and he was excited that his film was going to stream on Amazon prime! So if you get a chance buy or rent the movie. We’re both from San Antonio and I had to help out a fellow fan of film and good guy!

  • JA: Tell us about your start. How did it all begin for you?

 

  • CB: I feel in love with film early in my life, my parents love cinema and exposed me and my brother to it early and spoke of the great films all the time.  This created an air of a sort of magic to cinema for me since at that time my imagination was developing so it was a perfect storm and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to make films for a longtime and studied films. Then I went to film school in NYC school of visual arts.  There I actually feel in love with cinematography and began shooting everything I could in film school to learn. I left school and started shooting indie films in NYC. I have for over 20 years worked as a DP in TV, and film. Been a great journey.

 

 

  • JA: I saw the film and it was really compelling on the delivery of emotion. Did you have these actors in mind when writing the movie?

 

  • CB: I had Scotty Walker who plays Jack in mind since I had worked with him before and we had an incredible relationship. Billi Reyes who plays Olivia had also been in my last film and she’s great, so I knew I’d work with her again. The rest of the cast was cast through online websites and word of mouth. I was blown away at the talent level for this film since we had so little budget.  Truly an A plus cast.

 

 

  • JA: When watching the movie, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of around our home town of San Antonio. Were a lot of businesses open to your film making or was this in some cases small favors to shoot a quick scene or guerrilla film making?

 

  • CB: a little of all of that, we were incredibly fortunate in that many places in the film were so open in allowing us to film in their establishment and at other times we had to shoot guerrilla and get shots as they had afforded us. Have to be strategic in when you shoot so you can get a location with ease. all about being flexible.

 

  • JA: The film is a gritty realistic look at domestic abuse, Not really a horror movie, but more of a thriller or drama with horror elements. Do you think you might venture into different realms of horror?

 

  • CB: Yes absolutely to date I’ve directed a ghost story called Sleepover, a slasher called Bloody drama and now Domestic Hell a thriller drama. So yes, I want to explore the genre a bit but also for me I’m not the biggest believer in pure genre. I think a film can float a bit around genre themes and still be a coherent piece. I enjoy not being tethered to tropes of genre. I like just dreaming up stories and then allowing them to find those themes.

 

  • JA: We talked before where you told me you wanted to use real situations in life for this movie did you draw inspiration from any movies by any chance?
  • CB: Yes, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shinning was a huge inspiration in tone and sound design. I wanted to create a real threatening tension, a ticking time bomb of sorts. And we used sound to in an away irritate the viewers sense into enhancing the friction that the characters were living within. In the shinning no matter what’s happening there is a sense of doom over everything. And the shining uses sound and music so well to enhance this feeling of danger and eventually violence. I worked with a brilliant sound designer and composer named Colin Chinchar.

 

  • JA: The film is going to premiere on Amazon streaming, which by the way, congratulations. Are you hoping this film will not only educate people that domestic abuse is sadly real and still happening today, but also be entertained with an interesting story line?

 

  • CB: Yes and thanks for this question. The subject matter is very difficult and real, so in developing the story I always kept in mind that many many people. Have experience things that happen in the film, so I wanted to try to make the film also about healing, and hopefully shedding some light on a real issue in our world. We’ve done a few screenings and have partnered with a local women’s shelter to raise money and awareness. For me this is central to the purpose of the film, which of course we want to entertain and leave the view thinking about the horror of living in such a situation.

 

  • JA: I think it was awesome how you had the premiere in one of the locations where a scene was shot. You donated part of the proceeds to the local women’s shelter, but the other part will be used to fund your next film. Can you give us any details about your next work?

 

  • CB: Yes so, I recently completed the screenplay for my film Remy’s demons which is about a man’s coming of age story dealing with demons both inside and from the depths of hell. It’s one part satanic possession film, one part odd love story, and one part a story of misunderstandings and inner tension.  I’m so excited to make another one and will be shooting all of it in San Antonio.

 

  • JA: Finally, is there any actors from Texas or in general you would love to work with in the future?

 

  • CB: Of course, I’d love to work with the greats from here Mathew McConaughey and others but for now I’ll take anyone with passion for the craft of acting.
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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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FIRST LOOK – Upcoming Release for Domiziano Christopharo’s Red Krokodil (2012)

FIRST LOOK – Upcoming Release for Domiziano Christopharo’s Red Krokodil (2012)

Set for January 23, 2018, Unearthed Films’ CEO Stephen Biro contacted House of Tortured Souls with a digital press kit for the DVD/Blu-ray release of Red Krokodil.

According to the press release, here’s what we can expect:

Red Krokodil is the story of one man (played by Brock Madson), addicted to the mind-numbing drug Krokodil. He finds himself alone in a post-nuclear city similar to Chernobyl. His physical decay, caused by the massive intake of drugs, is mirrored by his inner world, as reality mixes with hallucinations.
The decomposition of the flesh caused by Krokodil is severe in its graphic, yet slow destruction, madness, and desperation are rampant as one man’s addiction to the drug runs out of control.
Director, Domiziano Christopharo depicts a psychological condition that brings a total detachment from oneself and from the surrounding world, Red Krokodil is a dark trip, with no way out.

Domiziano Christopharo is an Italian independent film director known for having worked with various notable filmmakers in the past, including Ruggero Deodato (Cannibal Holocaust), Frank Laloggia (Lady In White), and Carlo De Mejo (City of Living Dead).

Christopharo is also known for his ongoing work to try and revive the erotic horror genre, familiar to many fans of the Giallo movement as well as fans of filmmakers such as Fellini and Argento – often having reviewers drawing comparisons with the two filmmakers and his own work.

Christopharo’s body of work includes House of Flesh Mannequins (2008), The Museum of Wonders (2009), Hyde’s Secret Nightmare (2010), Shock – My Abstraction of Death (2011), HP Lovecraft: Two Left Arms (2012), Doll Syndrome (2014), and much more.

Many have characterized Christopharo’s work as being pornographic in nature, but he prefers to respond with a quote from Picasso:

Art is never chaste and we should keep her away from pure ignorants. If it were chaste, it wouldn’t be art at all.

So far reviews have been favorable for the film’s release with Steven Paul from Beneath The Undergound calling it a film in which “you will know that you have truly experienced something special”, Barbara Tourette from Dark Veins saying “Brock Madson’s performance is a mirror of the psychic and physical consequences caused by Krokodil”, and Seth Poulin from Celluloid Terror defining it as having a “powerful message…that is open to personal interpretation and what you take the film for is exactly what it is”.

To nab your copy, visit the Unearthed Films Official Web Site.

Red Krokodil (2012)

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TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

TRIBUTE: GEORGE A. ROMERO (1 of ?)

Remembering George A. Romero

George A. Romero, as many of you know by now, passed on Sunday, July 16, asleep in his own bed. Romero had a small but aggressive bout with cancer, but that is said not to be the cause of his death. Romero was 77.
When one thinks of zombies these days, sadly, most think of The Walking Dead and believe this to be the greatest zombie representation in film (or TV). Not to take anything away from the abundance of talent that goes into making TWD, but if you were to ask its main man Greg Nicotero who he himself was inspired by (as well as any true horror and or zombie fan) and who is the master and father of the modern zombie, you'll get the same answer from them all. That name would be legendary filmmaker George A. Romero.
George A. Romero was born in New York City in 1940. After graduating school, George made many short film and did some commercial work as well. He and friends formed IMAGE TEN PRODUCTIONS where they all chipped in about $10,000.00 each to produce and direct a black and white horror film that became an instant horror classic and a legend among all zombie film to ever be made: Night of the Living Dead (1968).
Romero went on to write, direct, produce, and even act in more than a combined 78 films. Films titles such as The Crazies (2010/1972), Diary of the Dead (2007), Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006), Land of the Dead (2004), Creepshow (1982), Dawn of the Dead (1978), and many more.
George A. Romero was always known for his trademark thick rimmed black frame glasses and safari vest. But, more so, was always known for being a warmhearted man who always cared and took the time for his fans. I personally wasn't fortunate enough to have met Romero at any of the conventions that he had attended as a celebrity guest, but I always heard from those who did that he was a very personable and kind man.
The legendary horror/zombie films that Romero made in his lifetime were inspiring to future filmmakers and loved by audiences across the globe. Romero's Night of the Living Dead became the standard for all other zombie films. All, in some way, seemed to be compared to that of Romero, but none ever seem to make the same impact. While Romero's films were always full of great gore, blood, and BRAINS(!!!!), the films always had great stories. They were always driven by characters whose main goal was to survive among the dead for their life. And it always worked!
Mr. Romero, you have been inspiring, admired, respected, loved, and now, most of all, missed.
On behalf of myself, John Roisland, founder and CEO of House of Tortured Souls, thank you, sir, for all the memories you have given to all of us.
Keep It Evil.
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HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

By JohnRoisland

This week on House of Tortured Souls Live, Robert LaSardo guests on our Black Friday Special!


Hey boys and girls, demons and demonettes and horror fans across the land! Welcome to the House of Tortured Souls Live Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! Allen and I had a very special guest in the HoTS Live studio, Mr. Robert Lasardo! Robert is of course known by everyone as being the actor with the body suit of tattoos, well did you know that Robert also has over 120 acting titles to his credits. Tiles ranging from China Girl to Dee Snyder's Strange Land and from Nip/Tuck to The Human Centipede III and, most recently, Anarchy Parlor.

Robert talks remakes, special f/x, Elvis and Dee Snyder. We also discuss people as sheep in the entertainment industry and how people are labeled.

Robert LaSardo Photo by Justice Howard

I (John) was lucky enough to have met Robert LaSardo at Scares That Care Charity Weekend in 2015. I had a business card for House of Tortured Souls but hadn't even launched the website yet. Robert took my card, told me he was filming out of country but was going to call when he got home... I figured the card was in the trash, and Robert was gone. I got a call at home one night as, sure enough, he made true on his word. Robert is one of the most sincere and passionate people I have ever met. The expression the strong silent type comes very close to being perfect when describing Robert LaSardo, and I absolutely love talking with him.

Robert LaSardo in Bleach

Now sit back and listen for the next hour or so as John Roisland and Allen Alberson bring you their Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! With that being said, we wish and hope everyone has and had a great and safe Turkey Day!

Don't forget - (209) 600-EVIL...call, leave us a message, anything you'd like to talk about. JUST CALL US!

Keep It Evil...

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Gene Simmons and WWE’s New Horror Film to Star Wesley Snipes

Gene Simmons and WWE’s New Horror Film to Star Wesley Snipes

In March of 2015,news broke that Gene Simmons of KISS had partnered with WWE to create a new venture with the goal to finance and produce horror films. The imprint, Erebus, named after the Greek mythological personification of darkness. It’s a great name for horror fans, and fits well with Simmons.

Gene Simmons of Kiss

Gene Simmons of Kiss and Erebus films

Now, just over a year after this news breaks, we have news on their first project. Erebus is now at work filming its first project from the imprint. The film, titled Temple, deals with a group of operatives trapped inside a building when it’s artificial intelligence shuts down. In side the building shit starts to go down and the team begins to experience horrific supernatural phenomena.

KISS with Demon Gene Simmons

KISS with Demon Gene Simmons

The film will star Wesley Snipes, Anne Heche, Dave Annable, and WWE star Seth Rollins. Snipes,  best known to horror, and comic book fans from the Blade series of films. Snipes did an awesome job bringing Marvel’s daywalker to the big screen and the first two films were very well received. The third film, which prehaps ironically co-starred the WWE’s Triple H, pretty much slammed the series into a premature coffin.

 

Wesley Snipes from Blade and Gene Simmons Erebus films

Wesley Snipes from Blade and Gene Simmons Erebus films

 

 

Heche really isn’t know as a horror actress, although she did star in the remake of Psycho alongside Vince Vaughn. Which is probably WHY she isn’t known as a horror actress. I don’t follow the WWE so I don’t know much about Rollins. This is however a WWE joint venture, so I’ll assume he is the token superstar being pushed by the company. The movie,  directed by John Stockwell, director of the stupid Americans lost in the jungle horror film Touristas. Stockwell has a decent resume but hasn’t done many horror films. Horror fans are more likely to recognize him as Dennis from John Carpenter’s Christine.

Gene, known as Demon to millions of Kiss fans, has had a connection with horror over the years. Mostly from his fire-breathing on stage theatrics, to his role in the horror film Trick or Treat. In Trick or Treat, Gene Simmons co-starred along with the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne. While not a major hit it has achieved some amount of cult status. Plus we can’t forget Gene and his band mates starring in Kiss Meets the Phantom, OK maybe Gene wants to forget it, but we aren’t going to let him. This, and the fact that horror films can be wildly profitable, makes it a perfect fit-for Gene.

Even though the band has changed line ups, KISS is still as popular as ever, and has a huge, loyal fan base. Likewise the WWE, who people have been predicting the demise of for years, is still immensely popular. The combination of Gene Simmons and Vince McMahon’s wrestling empire has the potential for a huge organic fan base. But will those fans fill the theaters for Temple, and as popular as the WWE brand is, it has had mixed results with its film division.

Still horror fans (me as well) are always excited about the prospect of new and original horror, and Gene Simmons really loves the genre. Plus it will be good to see Wesley Snipes back in a high-profile role. I loved him as Blade, and he’s due for a comeback. Hopefully these guys can put out a quality film that will pack the audience in.

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COMING SOON: The Witch (2016)

The Witch:

A New-England Folktale

By Dixielord

The Witch poster

Horror returns to the Puritan times in the upcoming horror film The Witch, which made its festival debut this year and is set for a theatrical release in 2016. It won the award for best director of an American drama at the Sundance International Film Festival. It currently has a 87 rating on Rotten Tomatoes, based on fifteen reviews, making it one of the most eagerly awaited films of next year. Besides Sundance, The Witch has also screened at the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival, Melbourne International Film Festival, and, as I type, is scheduled to screen at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.

Set in 1630s New England, shortly before the start of the Salem Witch trials, a missing child sets the stage for accusations of witchcraft. As crops fail and more evil portents befall the family, they quickly descend into madness. But real evil lurks just beyond their farm in the wilderness waiting to take advantage of the situation.

The trailer for The Witch looks dark and brooding without giving away too much of the plot. The film appears to be straddling, and perhaps crossing, the line between psychological and supernatural horror. We wont know for sure until 2016, though, when it will debut on Direct TV before a theatrical release.

The Witch stars relative newcomer Anya Taylor-Joy (Vampire Academy) as Thomsin, in a potentially star making role. It also stars Game of Thrones alumni Kate Dickey and Ralph Ineson, and Bathsheba Garnett (Mean Girls) as The Witch. The Witch will be the first feature length film for director Robert Eggers, who has previously directed the shorts The Tell-Tale Heart and Hansel and Gretel.

If you need more of The Witch right now, you can check out their official site. You can even follow Black Phillip, the film's goat and star of the poster, on Twitter. Look for The Witch early in 2016.

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Jeepers Creepers 3 May Actually Happen

Jeepers Creepers 3 May Actually Happen

By Dixielord

Creeper 2
It looks like it is finally happening. After years of speculation and back and forth, Jeepers Creepers 3 appears to be on track to filming. An announcement was made at the Toronto International Film Festival with a statement by Victor Salva, who returns to direct.

"Writing and directing a new Jeepers film, the first in over a decade, is incredibly exciting. For me and I believe for Jeepers fans all over the world that have been asking for more. What will go before cameras as Jeepers Creepers 3 is a new and terrifying chapter from the Jeepers universe. We are bringing back the Creeper's truck, and will be addressing the big questions about The Creeper: what it is, where it came from and why it does what it does. More exciting though, this will easily be the most frightening roller coaster ride of a Jeepers film that has been made to date.”

It's also reported that series star Jonathon Breck will return as the Creeper. The third series has long been rumored to have been titled Cathedral and would bring back Gina Phillips from the original, as well as Ray Wise from part two. There is no word yet if those two will indeed return for Jeepers Creepers 3. It was also announced that Brandon Smith would return playing his character, Sargent Davis Tubbs from the original. He will supposedly be the focus as he seeks to destroy the Creeper once and for all.

Beyond that and the other information released by Salva, we know little about the plot of Jeepers Creepers 3. In the past it was reported the third film would act, at least in part, as a prequel, delving into the history of the monster. It's not known if that will still happen.

What is known is that legions of Jeepers Creepers fans are extremely happy right now. Most had given up hope, and when this news hit, it was looked at with a lot of skepticism. It looks like it is the real deal though, and filming is set to start early next year in Canada,

But while thousands of fans of the series celebrated, there were others who weren't so happy to hear the news. A perhaps smaller, but no less vocal group of horror fans did not welcome the news. Ever since word of Victor Salva's past legal troubles have become more well know, many Jeepers Creepers fans have turned their back on the series. Horror fans in general are split over the subject of supporting the films of Victor Salva. I wont go into details here as I have blogged on the subject, and it is readily available on the Internet. The short story is that Salva, who created the Jeepers Creepers franchise was arrested and served time for sexual abuse of a child on the set of his film Clownhouse.

While some fans say he has served his time and want him to move on, others refuse to let him off so easy. It's believed that a lot of the trouble finding financing was due to these facts becoming more easily available to the general public.

However, it appears Jeepers Creepers 3 is coming our way, whether we want it or not. Personally I just wish the series, and Salva, would just go away. That's just my opinion and we know all about opinions, right? I won't attack or belittle anyone who chooses to see it. It's your choice, and not seeing it is mine.

So what's your opinion? Drop us a comment and let me know.

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Society (1989)

By Nick Durham

society2

Arrow Films, you treat me so good.

Long out of print on DVD, Brian Yuzna's delirious and insanely underrated Society is finally available on Blu-ray on this side of the pond, and holy sweet fucking Jesus, it's totally fucking amazing. This is quite possibly the definitive Blu-ray horror movie release not just of this year, but perhaps any year. Yes, even more so than Scream Factory's Nightbreed set. That's right, I said it.

Anyway, for the uninitiated, Society is about a teenage boy (Billy Warlock, which is probably the greatest name for an actor in a horror movie in the history of ever) who often feels out of his place with his wealthy family and contemporaries. Turns out it's because almost everyone he knows in high society is a humanoid creature that feasts upon the nutrients of the humans. Yes, the rich literally feed on the poor. The social commentary is far from subtle, but that is quite okay, because even to this very day, this 1989 (though not released until 1992) film remains shockingly and frighteningly relevant.

The real main attraction of Society is the makeup effects, which you probably already know about. Designed by Screaming Mad George, the effects here are shockingly imaginative, inventive, and totally fucking disgusting. The concluding "shunting" scene is something that you have to see to believe. Even if you've never seen the film nor have any desire to, look it up on YouTube, right now. You'll never forget what you're about to see, trust me.

I had mentioned in the beginning that Arrow Films really went out of their way with this Blu-ray set, and I wasn't kidding. Packaged in a deluxe case/box and featuring a reprint of the comic book only sequel Society: Party Animal, as well as the typical Arrow collectible booklet. There's a new commentary from Brian Yuzna, as well as new interviews with Yuzna, George, Warlock, and others involved in the film. There's a featurette on the effects work, a Q&A with Yuzna, and tons more as well. This set is fucking brilliant to put it bluntly.

I could gush over Arrow's Society Blu-ray forever, but I won't. I know I've said to pick up every other Arrow Films Blu-ray release before, and I still mean that, but you should pick up Society first and foremost. This is an absolute must own. I'm not kidding, stop what you're doing right now and go pick this up. Thank me later.

Rating: 5/5

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BOOK REVIEW: Step Right Up! (2010)

I'M GONNA SCARE THE PANTS OFF AMERICA

MEMOIRS OF A B-MOVIE MOGUL

By Woofer McWooferson

Step Right Up! Cover 1 new

Author: William Castle; Publisher: William Castle Productions; ISBN: 978-0-5780-6682-0; Media: Paperback; Length: 276 pages; Genre: Autobiography; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2010

Emergo! Percepto! Illusion-O! Fright breaks, Coward's Corner, life insurance policies, punishment polls, and cardboard axes! Fans of horror movies in the 1950s and 1960s know these terms well as they are signature gimmicks of the consummate showman and director: William Castle. Even as a young child, Castle knew that he wanted to scare audiences to the same extent that he was scared during The Monster, a horror play that he attended with his father when Castle was the tender age of six. He was hooked on horror, and he knew exactly what he wanted to do with his life.

Step Right Up! I'm Gonna Scare the Pants off America: Memoirs of a B-Movie Mogul is Castle's autobiography and a captivating journey through the life and mind of the man John Waters called, "...my idol. His films made me want to make films.” Originally published in 1976. Step Right Up! contains musings and recollections that are colorful, entertaining, and educational, his descriptions weaving a tapestry that makes readers feel as if they are sharing a brandy with Castle himself in his den. With Castle as our tour guide, we accompany him backstage to meet Bela Lugosi, whose difficulty in pronouncing Castle's surname, Schloss, instantly convinced the young man to adopt the name Castle, the English version of Schloss. We watch as a young Castle bluffs his way into a meeting with Orson Welles, eventually earning the right to take over Welles' Mercury Theatre. And we thrill as a chance encounter with Vincent Price completely changed the direction of Price's career, eventually establishing him as one of the greatest horror actors in the US.

Though Castle's success undeniably sprang from his ability to sell his films as a multimedia experience – a heretofore relatively rare tactic in filmmaking. Step Right Up! gives readers an unparalleled ride through Castle's life and career at a pace that never flags and that keeps the reader entertained, wondering what will next inspire the genius that was William Castle.

Not sure if Castle is your cup of mead? Check out some of these titles at the Internet Movie Database:

Bug (1975)
Shanks (1974)
Circle of Fear (1972 - 1973)
Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Project X (1968)
The Spirit Is Willing (1967)
The Busy Body (1967)
Let's Kill Uncle (1966)
I Saw What You Did (1965)
The Night Walker (1964)
Strait-Jacket (1964)
The Old Dark House (1963)
13 Frightened Girls! (1963)
Zotz! (1962)
Mr. Sardonicus (1961)
Homicidal (1961)
13 Ghosts (1960)
The Tingler (1959)
House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Macabre (1958)

If you like horror, step right up to check out Step Right Up! You will not be disappointed.

Bonus Fact: The character of Lawrence Woolsey (John Goodman) in Joe Dante's 1993 film Matinee is based on William Castle.

10/10 claws – don't forget your "Illusion-O" handheld ghost viewer

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MOVIE REVIEW: Feed (2005)

Brain Food - A Review of Feed

By Woofer McWooferson

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Director: Brett Leonard; Writers: Patrick Thompson (based on an idea by), Alex O'Loughlin (based on an idea by), Kieran Galvin; Stars: Alex O'Loughlin, Patrick Thompson, Gabby Millgate; Rating: NR; Run Time: 101 min; Genre: Crime, Horror, Thriller; Country: UK; Language: English; Year: 2005

When it comes to depicting sexuality and fetishes, no genre can compare to horror. Indeed, horror movies are fertile ground for examples of how desire can become obsession and how obsession can destroy. Bondage, Domination, Sadism, and Masochism (BDSM), in particular, lends itself well to horror since going one step too far in a BDSM relationship can be life-changing. In the last two decades, an entire subgenre – torture porn – has sprung from it. The popularity of movies like Hostel and its sequels has driven studios and independents to produce and distribute similar movies. Amidst countless Hostel clones, Feed is a fresh breath of horror that straddles the line between body horror and torture porn while depicting an extreme version of the Feeder-Gainer phenomenon.

Phillip Jackson (Patrick Thompson) is an Interpol cybercrime detective whose work with a mouse and keyboard is “one of the best” in the cybercrime unit. After being allowed to be front man at an arrest involving a particularly disturbing and gruesome crime, Jackson finds himself rethinking all that he once held as truths. Jackson throws himself back into work, determined to make a real difference instead of just working damage control. When he runs across a particularly horrific feeder site that also allows paying customers to go beyond watching a gainer gain, Jackson sinks his teeth in and will not let go. Not only does the site allow people to pay to see the models be fed and gain weight, it also offers users the opportunity to bet on various aspects of the gain process. The site's owner, FeederX (Alex O'Loughlin), is just as computer literate as Jackson, and so begins a cat and mouse game when he notices Jackson's attempts to access member only sections of his site.

Feed has many plot holes, but the overall creep factor allows us to look past those and enjoy the movie as a whole. There is very little gore, but there is quite a bit of disgust to make up for it. Some of the flashbacks are easily confused with each other, and the attempt to parallel the childhoods of Jackson and FeederX is awkward. The musical choices, however, are spot on and further the movie in the way that only good music can.

Overall, Feed is a fun little romp of a popcorn movie although you might want to skip the popcorn if you have a sensitive stomach.

7/10 claws

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Human Race (2013)

By Tracy Crockett

The Human Race
I ran across The Human Race one night on Netflix and from what I read over, it seemed fairly interesting so I dove in. The plot to The Human Race plays out as a large group of people are ripped out of their daily lives and all reappear in an undisclosed location. There are all sorts of people. The wealthy, the poor, black, white, all walks of life are present herein.

The rules to the race boom in their heads, in their own voice and language, laying out what will become a horrific race of terror. "If you are lapped twice, you die. If you step off the path, you die. If you touch the grass, you will die. It’s that simple, play along… or die."

That being said, you truly begin to feel for the players and forge ahead. The performances herein are solid enough and some of the relationships fit nicely together, especially between two veterans and a deaf couple. There are also a couple of nice scenes, notably with a pregnant woman and a cyclist and also with an old mariner and a veteran. At a certain point, several people somewhat form alliances and try to live as normal an existence as they can for what little time is left. Yet when one of the players loses his shit and begins to go backwards and crosses over the paths of those resting, thus killing them. The shit hits the fan and the film goes off from there.

The one thing I do have somewhat of a bitch about would be the ending, the reveal. I think it loses a lot of its flair and just kind of makes one wrinkle their brow and move on to the next offering of the evening. Does this have the luster and staying power to be memorable? Yes and no. Playing out much like Battle Royale we are shown how the human race reacts once backed against the wall. There are no more morals and each and every one of us would do whatever it takes to survive and be the victor.

I’m sort of on the fence about the way The Human Race ends but I will say I’d like to see a sequel with this ending as the plot, just to see what happens.

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