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Darren Lynn Bousman teases biggest and horrific saw trap EVER.

Darren Lynn Bousman teases biggest and horrific saw trap EVER.

With the news of SAW coming back was one thing, but Chris Rock is responsible for it? Given we all have opinions. Some good and some bad and of course some who feel we have too many SAW movies.

The franchise is coming back at this point we know very little on what’s going on with movies, and that makes it so entertaining. We don’t know what to expect until it’s done. The films took off after the first film by JAMES WAN from then his career went on doing other movies. A new director was needed, and hence Darren Lynn Bousman steps in not only doing 2, 3 and 4. The films were always in good hands to the point where a minor reboot was in order.

With the SAW films, there’s a lot of rules. They are making sure the traps can work in real life and the promise of blood. Darren took to his Instagram post posting a very cryptic message.
At this point, we can’t make sense of what was said, but we know there will be blood. Below are the pics on what Darren has been documenting on the filming. The film is slated for May 2020


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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

For those who were looking forward to Blumhouse’s THE HUNT that was for next month. Universal has decided to pull the movie for the time being.  “Twelve strangers wake up in a clearing. They don’t know where they are, or how they got there. They don’t know they’ve been chosen – for a very specific purpose – The Hunt.”

Deadline broke the news based on Universal’s decision based on current events. Universal has released this statement:

While Universal Pictures had already paused the marketing campaign for The Hunt, after thoughtful consideration, the studio has decided to cancel our plans to release the film.  We stand by our filmmakers and will continue to distribute films in partnership with bold and visionary creators, like those associated with this satirical social thriller, but we understand that now is not the right time to release this film.”

No word yet on or if the movie will be released. We will keep you informed on the news.

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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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[TRAILER] IT: CHAPTER 2. The Losers Club comes back home.

[TRAILER] IT: CHAPTER 2. The Losers Club comes back home.

Here’s your first look at the new movie coming out Sept 6th. IT: CHAPTER 2. The film is set 25 years later in the future with flashbacks to them as their younger selves. The movie is said to be brutal and with a scene using the most blood in a film ever. The stakes have never been higher not only for our beloved Losers but for fans of the book and movie.

Twenty-seven years after their first encounter with the terrifying Pennywise, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back.

There are even talks that this movie could surpass the 150 million opening weekend with talks from the director that he would love to do the third film. A prequel because there are stories of the past along with Pennywise’s account. Below is the trailer for the film.

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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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[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

Growing up I loved comics, and I loved watching Troma movies back in the days we didn’t have a whole lot of superhero movies or shows and the ones we did have…well they were suitable for that time being. In the old days, we had cartoons such as Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and even Batman.

Now and then we had some decent comic movies where given some of the films weren’t perfect, but we had no idea what the future will hold for us, so we just took it all in and were grateful for the movies which some of them still stand the test of time. One character in question is the Toxic Avenger. The plot is pretty simple if you never saw the movie “Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose”

However the movie is even simpler. Gore, blood, boobs, language and humor For some, this is disgusting, vile. For gore hounds and comic fans, this was perfect. So let’s breakdown why Toxie is an honorary member.

In my opinion! There’s some stuff that may say true.

1: Marvel released the comics for Toxic Avenger 91-92 ( but still it happened)

2: The Avengers primarily work out of New York which isn’t far from New Jersey. Plus a lot of the Avengers do work in areas of NY that need their help or even other states and countries “West Coast Avengers” “Alpha Flight” The Canadian Avengers, Big Hero 6 (yes it’s Disney but they’re still connected, Japan’s Avengers) Winter Guard (Russia’s AvengersLockjaw and the pet avengers (Believe it or not great comic. Plus they actually fight Thanos)

3: Stan Lee and Lloyd Kaufman are friends. Stan did the voice over for Toxic Avenger 4. So given a lot of the Marvel characters who are Avengers defend their turf and situations that need their help. Plus in some instances, many characters from Marvel had helped the Avengers in battle when the case called for it. So, why not Toxie? He watches over New Jersey and their first super hero! Given the chance he would go into battle if called upon. Plus for all, we know he probably helped cleaned up all the ashes from the decimation in Infinity War.

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The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

The trailer of IT: chapter 2 is here and “You’ll float again”

Well as promised the trailer is here for IT: Chapter 2  and even though we may have an idea on what to expect we also have to remember they may change some things around maybe stuff from the book will be in it or some stuff from the original movie. Either way we’re intrigued on the film.

The plot is pretty simple since we already know the why and how? “Twenty-seven years later, the Losers Club have grown up and moved away, until a devastating phone call brings them back

Andy Muscheitti is back to direct the film along with the writer from the first film Gary Dauberman. Bill Skarsgård has said Pennywise in this one will be a lot scarier and violent. Sept 6th witness the end of IT

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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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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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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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[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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Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Polterheist is a 2018 comedy horror film, co-written and directed by David Gilbank. It stars Jo Mousley, Sid Akbar Ali, Jamie Cymbal and Pushpinder Chani. Two gangsters are given three days to locate money stolen by their boss. The only thing is, they just killed him.

Forced by a local mobster to find money that was stolen from him, Tariq (Ali) and Boxy (Cymbal) seek out a psychic medium to make contact with their recently deceased boss. However, they get more than they bargained for when his vengeful spirit possesses the medium and takes them on a roller coaster ride they won’t soon forget.

Let me start off by saying that this film is not necessarily what the title implies. It’s not so much a Polterheist, as it is a possession/heist film. But regardless, this film is fun and original in its own right. There are a few other paranormal heist films out there, so the concept isn’t all that new. But there’s definitely some cool, original material, not to mention a few solid performances.

The film looks stunning and is gracefully shot. The angles are elegant and the editing is on point. The directing is fantastic as well as the costumes, dialogue and makeup. But the best thing about the film, is the pacing. It sets the tone and makes you feel like you’re climbing a few hills at the right times. It knows when to rev up and when to throttle back.

Pace is something the average moviegoer is completely unaware of. The pace allows for the film to have a nice smooth flow to it. In Polterheist, even the slower transition scenes seem to fly by with ease and understanding. You never feel lost. You remain established in the ensuing madness, no matter how crazy it seems to get.

The look of the film is very pristine. The monochrome scenes were overtly crisp and fermenting. It really helped add a grittiness to the overall appeal and was visually stunning. The principal photography was absolutely fantastic. It was very detailed and absorbing.

There’s really nothing paranormal about this film, aside from the possession. However, it’s still a fun and engaging gangster flick. The only thing really missing is the lack of any special effects to help emphasize the spirit taking over the mediums vessel. There aren’t any substantial effects utilized to solidified a credible ghost or possession vibe.

Jo Mousley was simply infectious as the medium, Alice. She played the possessed character perfectly, and brought a needed jolt to the production. Her portrayal combined with the amazing performances of Sid Akbar Ali and Jamie Cymbal as the bumbling gangsters, really carries the film.

Jamie Cymbal was hilarious as Boxy. He provided some much needed laughs, breaking up the seriousness and intensity of the film. Sid Akbar Ali was fantastic as the essential lead character. He was rugged and imposing, yet relatable and endearing at the same time. Together, they formed one hell of an interesting and invigorating duo.

There is an abundance of twists and turns throughout, making for one piercing film. It tends to scrape its way into your subconscious and takes control like a parasite. There are a few irresistible, indelible sections of film that really grip you. It’s entertaining, dark and viscous.

Overall, Polterheist is engaging and intense. It has well placed humor fused with some amazing performances. The directing is assertive and very knowledgeable. It’s grimy and haunting. Guns. Gangsters. Ghosts. Grab yourself a copy today.

 

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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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Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Addison Benik has combined possibly two amazing things into one. Mystery Science Theater 3000 with Troma movies. The YOUTUBE producer and director is busy at work putting together an indigogo campaign for the next film. Poultrygiest. What’s impressive is that the fans are talking left and right wanting more. Not only has the campaign made double what he’s asking for, but it’s growing. What does this mean? More Troma movies with hilarious commentary that Lloyd Kaufman himself PICKS THE MOVIES OUT! So down below is  the first episode where if you want a physical copy you can get one for ten bucks and here’s a link to the campaign !

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