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Creepshow Creeping On AMC Before Season 2 Launch on Shudder

Creepshow Creeping On AMC Before Season 2 Launch on Shudder

As announced last October, “Creepshow” has been renewed for a second season at AMC’s horror-focused streaming service Shudder.

Executive produced by showrunner and “Walking Dead” EP Greg Nicotero, “Creepshow” is based on the iconic 1982 movie written by Stephen King and directed by George A. Romero.

Now Shudder original Creepshow is set to get a linear debut on AMC ahead of the digital launch of its second season.

The move is the latest example of AMC Networks moving its content “fluidly” between its portfolio of linear channels and digital services. Last year, it aired supernatural horror drama NOS4A2 on AMC before putting it on Shudder for a second run. Creepshow will air on AMC later this year.

“There’s absolute crossover between the brand and the content on some of our linear channels and OTT services,” COO Ed Carroll, speaking on its investor call following its financials, said. “We think that [Creepshow] will be successful on AMC but will also then build audiences for the season two launch back on Shudder.”

“Creepshow” is Shudder’s first hour-long scripted series since launching in 2016, and more than 50% of Shudder members watched at least one episode of the series, according to the streamer.

“’Creepshow’ has met every expectation we had for Shudder’s first original scripted series and then some, with record numbers across the board,” said Shudder general manager Craig Engler. “Greg Nicotero and his team delivered an amazing show that’s unlike anything else on TV and we’re thrilled and delighted to bring it back for another season.”

Season one of Creepshow stars David Arquette, Adrienne Barbeau, Tobin Belk, Big Boi, Jeffrey Combs, Kid Cudi, Bruce Davison, Giancarlo Esposito, Dana Gould, Tricia Helfer and DJ Qualls. It features adaptations of stories by Stephen King, Joe Hill, Joe R. Lansdale, Josh Malerman and others. The season one finale aired Thursday, Oct. 31st, 2019.

“For me, ‘Creepshow’ has been a true labor of love,” said Nicotero in a statement. “To be able to pay tribute to George A. Romero’s visionary project and have the show so embraced by fans everywhere is humbling to this horror kid from Pittsburgh. I couldn’t be more pleased and look forward to continuing the series with more ghoulish delight.”

The series is produced by the Cartel with Monster Agency Productions, Taurus Entertainment, and Striker Entertainment. Stan Spry, Jeff Holland, and Eric Woods are executive producers for the Cartel; Nicotero and Brian Witten executive produce for Monster Agency; Robert Dudelson, James Dudelson and Jordan Kizwani are executive producers for Taurus; Russell Binder is executive producer and Marc Mostman co-executive producer for Striker.

Deadline, Variety

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The dead walk among us in official trailer for ‘A WAKEFIELD PROJECT’

The dead walk among us in official trailer for ‘A WAKEFIELD PROJECT’

The dead walk among us in the first trailer for A WAKEFIELD PROJECT

A Wakefield Project, a unique new entry in the sci-fi horror genre, premieres in North America March 3 on DVD and VOD.

L.A. Lopes directs the film, the story of a group of townsfolk who suddenly start seeing dead people living among them!

Eric (Anthony BewlzTooth Fairy) and Reese (Dennis Andres, Workin’ Moms) invest in a property in the little town of Wakefield. Chloe (Lindsay SeimInsidious: Chapter 2) a medium, who used to live in Wakefield returns to her roots to enlighten the new entrepreneurs on the history of the town. The property was originally owned by Nathan Cross (Rob ArcherLost Girl), who’s post mortem crimes stain the entire town. On a day when unprecedented solar flares target North America, Wakefield becomes the centre of a temporary shift in atmospheric energies. The living are seeing the dead walk among them. As they find themselves in the heart of this nightmare until dawn, they need to face history in the flesh, and survive.

A Wakefield Project premieres on DVD and Digital 3/3 from High Octane Pictures.

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Horror comedy novel MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader available now on Kindle and Paperback

Horror comedy novel MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader available now on Kindle and Paperback

Horror comedy, MY BFF SATAN by Kyle Rader is availble now on Kindle and Paperback

Something is wrong in Hell.

A mysterious ritual gone awry has bound Satan to the soul of the very ordinary and very confused Mikaela, latching onto her on the day she was born.

The Devil and Mikaela are not the best of friends, he being a fallen angel consumed by never dying flames, her being an awkward lesbian dominatrix unable to maintain a relationship.

His powers greatly diminished and unable to return home, Satan and Mikaela settle into a ceasefire as they try to maintain the semblance of a “normal” life while investigating the magic spell that binds them together.After a chance encounter with a dark sorcerer reveals a possible counter-spell that will separate them and with their future in the balance and a conspiracy of rather irritated demon-bureaucrats and ancient sorcery closing in on them, the unlikely duo must decide to work together to prevent the total destruction of the entire universe.

The book is available to buy on Amazon here:

About Kyle Rader

Kyle Rader is Superman with a gun.

He’s also a writer of all things big and small. Author of 3 novels and over twenty short stories(and counting), most days he trudges along through the monotony of daily life waiting for when he gets to have time to sit down and write. Last he checked, he lives in New England and enjoys playing guitar poorly, yelling at his television, and annoying his long suffering wife and newborn son who is way too awesome to be hanging around with him.

If you like what you read, want to discuss living the Beard lifestyle, the writing life, or ask him if Batman could beat Superman (Nope), head over to the Contacts page and drop him a line.

Check out some of his published Short Stories in the Short Stories Page.
Check out his Author Page on Amazon
Find the author on his website

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Controversial Movie The Hunt Sets New Release Date for Theaters

Controversial Movie The Hunt Sets New Release Date for Theaters

The most controversial film of 2019 was one that nobody actually got to see. The Hunt, Starring Betty Gilpin, Emma Roberts, Hillary Swank, and more is a satirical Action Horror-Thriller film about a group of “Elites” that hunt a group of captured humans called “Deplorables” for sport. The film was pulled last year by Universal in the wake of two separate mass shootings that were only a day apart in August of 2019.
At first the studio was going to set a new date and pull all the footage that had been released. They did but decided to announce they would not be releasing the film at all after a lot of public backlash even from the President of the United States saying  “Liberal Hollywood is Racist at the highest level, and with great Anger and Hate! They like to call themselves ‘Elite,’ but they are not Elite. In fact, it is often the people that they so strongly oppose that are actually the Elite. The movie coming out is made in order … to inflame and cause chaos.”
The film’s Director Craig Zobal said after the film was cancelled Our ambition was to poke at both sides of the aisle equally. We seek to entertain and unify, not enrage and divide. It is up to the viewers to decide what their takeaway will be.”(Source: Variety) While I feel they did the right thing to postpone the film, I thought it was a little silly to pull it completely. That being said, we are currently living in an age of a dedicated “cancel culture” and while it was certainly mainly out of respect, the studio may have been wise to protect their image. 
This is all changing, however, as the film is now set for a new theatrical release on March 13th 2020,(Source: The Hollywood Reporter) and we even got a new trailer that shows the film as being played off as more of a conspiracy type movie with less obvious explanations, and multiple possibilities of what is actually going on.
I remember getting very excited by the original trailer aside from thinking they showed the whole film basically, but in this new trailer we learn that is not the case and there are plenty of fresh plot points, and some mystery to this story. Now I am even more excited. Respect to Universal for waiting for the right time, and hopefully the previous backlash hasn’t tarnished the film enough to affect numbers and people actually check this out before sticking by an early opinion or protesting based on little footage. Let us know what you think of Universal’s decision to release this film in the comments and check out the trailer below!

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Resident Evil’s Netflix show names two characters

Resident Evil’s Netflix show names two characters

Great news for Resident Evil fans if there is anything true to new rumors floating around. According to multiple sources now, two main characters have been named, Billie and Jade Wesker, half-sisters and daughters of Albert Wesker. I really don’t know if they are following the games closely or at all, but we meet the son of Wesker in arguably the worst of the games, Resident Evil 6. I wouldn’t blame anyone for forgetting that game all together. Regardless of them keeping true to the games the confirmation of characters means a show might actually be happening this time. Ideas for shows have been off and on since 2014, and the latest legit announcement was last year(2019). 
There have been no announcements about the cast and details have been minimal in general, which makes me wonder if this is actually going to be live action or animated. There have been 4 animated movies already, so I wouldn’t be surprised if they took a shot with an animated series with all the success other animated shows are having on Netflix. A report from Redanian Intelligence says that “production” is planned to start in June and conclude in October, but that is still very vague.
The game series has certainly shifted in a much better direction with RE7 and the RE2 Remake, so I have high hopes for this show and I am very excited to learn more about Billie and Jade and see if they get any cool abilities like their Father or maybe even some wild mutations. Hopefully we will get an official announcement soon, but luckily we will have the Resident Evil 3 Remake in April to hold us over. Let us know in the comments what you think of the Wesker sisters, and keep an eye out here for more news.
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[Review] HALLOWEEN the Game(fan made teaser)

[Review] HALLOWEEN the Game(fan made teaser)

 

I finally got to sit down and play the new fan made HALLOWEEN survival horror game that has been floating around the web, and boy let me tell you, it’s…not bad. One thing is for sure, fan made video games have come a long way. This game is basically a re-imagining of HALLOWEEN II set in Haddonfield Memorial Hospital where you take control of who I am assuming is Laurie Strode, with the goal of finding a way to kill Michael Myers before he can find and kill you. The assets for Michael were taken straight from the game Dead By Daylight, so you would think they would pull Laurie as well, but the creator decided to go with a more hospital appropriate look and used some lady in just a towel. I guess she just got out of a shower.

You can’t really tell with my screen grabs but this game looks really incredible, and does a good job with jump scares on the first play through when you don’t know what to expect. HALLOWEEN fans will surely be pleased by this as there are plenty of kills by Michael with a pretty fun animation with one kill in particular. There is a quick spurt of possibly unintentional comedy in the form of a soundbite of Michael Scott from The Office. I definitely laughed!

OK let me get the bad out of the way and talk about those awful footsteps. Like seriously, tiptoeing is supposed to be quieter right?! Our girl clearly has the heaviest feet in Haddonfield and no wonder Michael knows exactly where she is at all times. Well that and you are surely not made any more stealthy with your invisible and permanently on flashlight you have hidden somewhere. The look of the walk/run animation in general looks absolutely ridiculous, but I found myself giggling about it more than criticizing it. Michael moves around similar to the way the ghost of Lisa did in P.T. with a kind of teleport technique that can put him right in front of you from out of nowhere. You can hear him coming but if he catches you, get ready for a very loud surprise in your headphones. You have been warned.

Aside from a few bad sound effects, the creator Stefanocagnani90 did a great job.Paying homage to the entire series by using the score from a few of the films and sprinkling in a few fun Easter eggs for the fans. I highly recommend checking out his Gamejolt profile and this fun little fan made bit of survival horror. I’ll post a link here for the download. https://gamejolt.com/games/hallowen/460533 Now I have quite a bit left to say, especially about a wild and unexpected ending, but this next portion WILL contain SPOILERS so read on only if you have checked this out for yourself.
After running around a lot, it turns out the way to stop Michael is to open the valve on a large gas canister in a small room and set him on fire as he walks by. Don’t ask me how it’s ignited, just go with it. It’s nice to see because it gives us a similar visual from the climax of the actual film. 
Now I am really having mixed feelings about this ending and not sure if I love it or hate it. If you don’t know already, afterkilling” Michael, you take control of him with the task of now finding and killing Laurie..or towel girl..whoever the hell she is, but to your surprise you find her already dead, pinned to a wall with a machete. Then after a lovely little sound drop hits, the camera turns and you see none other than the one and only Jason Voorhees. I have no idea what he wants or how the fuck he got to Haddonfield but there is definitely about to be a fight.
While I got super excited by the idea of Michael VS Jason, I think I am more interested in what a full HALLOWEEN game would look like on its own. This game is simple but has so much potential, and if the right developer was interested, this could really be a hit for the Horror genre. What would guys want more? Michael VS Jason, or a full HALLOWEEN game that gives a bigger view of Haddonfield? Lets us know in the comments and stay tuned for more reviews. 
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[Review] Green Hell murder, porn and madness

[Review] Green Hell murder, porn and madness

As one observes the work of directors, you begin to understand their work and create art.  The new film in question is Green Hell from A Baroque House. The film stars Billy Boston, Felicia Fisher, Torture Wolfe The film is what you would expect Porn and Horror. It’s a bit different. Now given this is the second film I see from the collection.  I was impressed and pleased with this movie.

Green Hell follows the story of a girl who gets stalked by a guy with thoughts of perversion towards a girl he doesn’t know, which brings him to the edge of pleasure and pain. It doesn’t focus too much on his mental state, but it’s a good amount to establish the context of the character. He breaks into the girl’s place and waits for her. He then confronts her at a gunpoint where’s she’s forced to partake in oral sex, masturbation to finally the voices command him to commit murder and suicide.

As stated, yes, this is the second film I saw, and I have to say the movie is done well. It starts with a lesbian sex scene with a knife vaginal stimulation scene that could make someone nervous or aroused. Either way, you have to give credit for going to that direction, which we see again in the end. This wasn’t so much done for shock but just introducing a new technique to both porn and horror. I would advise if you try it at home PLEASE BE CAREFUL only because it was done on film quickly. You have to remember there were rehearsals. So please be careful.
The film does a great job being filmed during the day. Along with showing actual penetration of a strap on dildo to real oral sex being performed on a guy

I think if this were shot at night, it would give off a real MANIAC feel or even come off as other ’70s, 80’s horror films. Green Hell maybe seem like your typical horror rape film, but it sets itself apart where it has it doesn’t need to be like other films. Its usage of the color green is played on throughout the film, which I enjoyed. We’re reminded that this is the hell our killer goes through being tormented by a beautiful woman and green for the greed of wanting to satisfy his blood lust. Green Hell is worked on by the same team that’s given us all the greats. Now remember the movie is available to pre-order, but like all the other releases when it’s done, it may be out of print, so if you’re curious on if you like it. If you’re a fan of David Hess’s films, then your probably grown up with a stronger pallet to enjoy this.

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Malvolia’s Xmas Honor (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Xmas Honor (Review)—House Of Tortured Souls

Merry Killmas…er Christmas from the Queen of Screams herself Malvolia.

In this dark, fun festive 9 minute short, Malvolia (Jennifer Nangle) and her sidekick Charles (Chudabala) are awaiting her top Christmas honor award, however when it doesn’t arrive in a timely fashion, Malvolia takes it into her own hands when she finds herself face to face with Grylo (Sam Mason). And what good is a Christmas special without a visit from the big man in red (Al Burke). 

This holiday special was jam packed full of witty humor with a festive twist. I always look forward to seeing Jenn’s creativity grow with each holiday special. As always, it was carefully crafted with a talented cast of actors.

So on this Christmas Day before dinner and other festivities, if you are confused as to what to watch for Christmas cheer, check out Malvolia’s 9 minute Holiday special below . ⬇️⬇️

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NAUGHTY! A Screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night

NAUGHTY! A Screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night

So, I attended the Alamo Drafthouse Yonkers screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night, one of the most controversial slashers ever made. A film whose reputation precedes itself, but for all the wrong reasons. Many remember this as a vile defamation of the Santa Claus legend and the Christmas tradition, but I see as an almost brilliant origin story of a brutal movie murderer. The Batman Begins of slasher movies, if I may.

The story of Billy Freeman’s descent into pure madness and brutal savagery is an absolutely fantastic tale, and it is a shame the film is overshadowed for being something it is not. But I digress. Showing up to the theater, I was pleased to see that many shared my sentiments, as the theater was packed. I sat excitedly in my seat, waiting for the movie to begin. Once the title (as well as the insane musical score) appeared, we all applauded with great reverence.

We would applaud and cheer many more times during the showing. I would even go as far as to recite every utterance of “PUNISH” and “NAUGHTY!” throughout the movie. I’m talking full concert experience. I was so glad. The last time I was there, it was for a double feature showing of Terminator 1&2, and the crowd was really disappointing. Nobody was into it at all. Only me and like 4 other people cheered for Arnold’s iconic “I’ll be back” moment. Seriously, how could you not cheer for “I’ll be back”??

So I’m happy to report that this crowd was the total opposite. They were there to have a good time, as was I. I was lucky enough to talk to another audience member, an older woman named Amber. This is what she had to say:

“I remember when this movie came out, I was a teenager, and I loved all horror movies. And when I saw the preview for this, I wanted to see it so bad. But my father forbade me from seeing it. So I never got to see it until years later on video. So I’m glad I’m able to see it now on the big screen since I wasn’t able to when I was younger.”

Stuff like that you just love to hear. How we can all come together and finally celebrate the movies we love on the grandest of scales: the big screen. And movies like Silent Night, Deadly Night at that. If only Mickey Rooney can see us now…

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Slice & Dice (2019 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Slice & Dice (2019 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I had the privilege to view Thomas Haley’s (The Crossing) 9 minute short horror film  Slice & Dice and it left me wanting more of it.


This short film is jammed packed full of talent, it stars Brooklyn Haley (The Crossing), Maria Olsen (Paranormal Activity 3), Elissa Dowling (Tales of Halloween), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare) and Charles Chudabala (Ugly Sweater Party). 


Slice & Dice focuses on two women who are playing a card game in which the real-life version emerges from what the card shows, making it a real life nightmare so to speak. For Brenda (Brooklyn Haley) she drew a card which has her living in hell as a nurse in a hospital.

Thomas Haley is a brilliant filmmaker, he packs so much punch in a 9 minute film , the concept was very apparent from start to finish. The entire cast, especially the leading lady Brooklyn Haley, is extremely talented and nailed every emotion in the short 9 minutes.


I highly recommend everyone to check not just this film out but Thomas Haley’s other projects as well. I look forward to see what other projects he brings to us in 2020!

 

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Elements of Horror Book One: Earth – Free to download for the Black Friday Weekend

Horror fans can grab themselves a deal that’s worth getting this Black Friday weekend as the horror anthology Elements of Horror Book One – Earth from Red Cape Publishing is now Free to download until the end of Sunday.

Elements of Horror Book One: Earth, is the first in a series of four horror anthologies based on the Elements. Within these pages, you will find a variety of stories from some of the best independent horror writers on the scene today, including P.J. Blakey-Novis, Theresa Jacobs, R.C. Rumple, David F. Gray, Donovan Smith and many more. Fall into sinkholes, brave the tales of witchcraft, grotesque creatures, and demons, and feel the terror of explorations gone wrong.

Elements of Horror Book One:  Earth is also available to buy in paperback.

Elements of Horror Book: Two Air and Elements of Horror Book: Three Fire are now available to buy now in paperback and on ebook.

You can also pre-order Elements of Horror Book Four: Water on ebook for just 99p until the release date on 3rd December

You can find out more about Red Cape Publishing on the website and follow on social media: 

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Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Today almost everyone across the U.S.A is either celebrating Thanksgiving, or merely enjoying the break from work. So to celebrate in true horror style, we here at the House of Tortured Souls have compiled a list of Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

We encourage all horror fans to enjoy all seasons with horror panache, relax and settle in with some holiday horror. Whilst some of the films listed will be actually set on thanksgiving, there are a few that are merely Turkey or Chicken themed.

Either way, each film is sure to give you joy and blood, in either a horrific or comical manor.
Currently screening on Hulu, our first three films Thankskilling, Pilgrim and Flesh & Blood are each set at Thanksgiving. Both Flesh & Blood and Pilgrim are part of the ‘Into the Dark’ film series.


Thankskilling (2008)

Directed by Jordan Downey, Thankskilling also has a sequel called Thankskilling 3 (yes they skipped 2) which was released in 2013.
This film begins at Thanksgiving many centuries ago, with a topless pilgrim and the story of a Native American Shaman who creates a being called ‘Turkie’, who is sent to slaughter caucasians every 505 years. You can imagine the depths this films will go to and the humour required to enjoy this Troma like romp.

Pilgrim (2019)

This new holiday entry from director Marcus Dunstan features actor Kerr Smith (Final Destination, My Bloody Valentine remake). This story is about a woman who invites a group of  historic re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.


 Flesh & Blood (2018)

This films stars Dermot Mulroney (The Purge tv series, A.H.S and Insidious Chapter 3), and Diana Silvers (Glass) as a father and daughter duo.
Kimberly is a teen suffering from agoraphobia, that has not left the house since her mother’s unsolved murder. On the eve of thanksgiving, she begins to suspect that the safe harbour of home and her doting father may be a dangerous mirage.

Netflix have our fourth festive film offering Kristy featured in its horror section.


Kristy (2014)

Director Oliver Blackburn features actresses Hayley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley) and Ashley Greene (The Apparition, Burying the Ex) in his coed thriller.
When a college girl is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break, she becomes targeted by a group of outcasts and must conquer her deepest fear and fight back.

Also featuring holiday horror in 2006 the world received both Thanksgiving and Thanxgiving.

Thanksgiving (2006)

Thanksgiving is only a ten minute short film but it features what most seek from a simple horror film for Turkey day. Director Scott Ennis focuses on a couple and their friends. The group are preparing for thanksgiving dinner and are suddenly disturbed by the arrival, of a seemingly helpless man.

Thanxgiving (2006)

Director Bobby Ray Akers Jr creates this seasonal slice of the horror pie. He enlists veteran actor Ari Lehman, yes the original Jason Voorhees In Friday the 13th (1980), in his film about a group of film students who travel deep into the woods to make a movie. Thinking they have found the perfect location in the form of an abandoned campground.

In the eighties, horror filmmakers enjoyed celebrating the holidays with fans through such films at Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, April Fools Day, and this continued through the nineties with films like Critters 3 (which had an Easter scenario) and Leprechaun (St Patrick’s Day) And so much more.
For Thanksgiving there are two more offerings to enjoy this year.


Blood Rage (1987)

Director John Grissmer’s story follows twin boys Todd and Jerry.
The dual roles of Todd and Jerry are played by Mark Super from Graveyard Shift 2.
As kids, Todd is institutionalised for a murder whilst his twin goes free. Ten years late, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighbourhood.

Home Sweet Home (1981)

Also known as ‘Slasher in the House’ Director Nettie Pena’s  film is actually a former video nasty. Upon release in the UK, Home Sweet Home was seized and confiscated. This Film was also the debut role for actress Vinessa Shaw, who later starred in films such as Hocus Pocus and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
The plot features an escaped mental patient who steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradley’s thanksgiving celebration. Here he plans to make them a little less thankful.

These last two films will round out our ten, but neither are particularly thanksgiving themed. However both feature interesting takes on poultry creatures.


Blood Freak (1972) 

Director Brad.F.Ginter gives us a story about  biker who comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girls sister and follows her to a turkey farm owned by their father, a mad scientist. The father turns the biker into a giant turkey monster, who then goes after drug dealers.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) 

From the mind of Lloyd Kaufman and Gabriel Friedman, comes this outrageously Troma offering. Jason Yachanin stars as our lead Arbie in a strange tale of zombified chickens, who attempt to kill the fast food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.

Within these ten films you are bound to find something thrilling, disgusting or downright cheesy awesomeness. Whatever you are doing today the House of Tortured Souls wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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‘Friday the 13th’ Legal decision to be made in June of 2020– House Of Tortured Souls

‘Friday the 13th’ Legal decision to be made in June of 2020– House Of Tortured Souls

Horror fans will remember that this past September, a judge ruled Victor Miller (Friday the 13th-1979) as the sole owner of the original screenplay, the Friday director Sean Cunningham has been working hard to get that ruling reversed. It’s been tiring and a long process to keep up with.

Larry Zerner who not only starred in Friday the 13th Part III but also is also a Copyright lawyer took to Twitter:

 “The 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals has proposed oral arguments for the week of February 10th, 2020. This means there will probably be a decision by June 2020.”


According to Bloody Disgusting and Fridaythe13thFranchise
Larry also went on saying that he expects the court to schedule oral arguments in January/February 2020 with a final decision to be made in June of 2020.
One can hope that it will be settled once and for all. 
 
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Trick ‘r Treat 2 coming soon?!—- House Of Tortured Souls

Trick ‘r Treat 2 coming soon?!—- House Of Tortured Souls

It has been more than 12 years since Michael Dougherty’s 2007 horror anthology Trick ‘r Treat has been released and fans have still been curious as to if a sequel will ever be in the works. 

A sequel has been talked about and in the works since 2013 and there is even an IMDB page set up for it, however according to ScreenGeek and Michael Dougherty it will not happen anytime soon unless the stars align right.

While this anthology was brilliantly put together well, Dougherty did make note that it might be better to just leave this movie alone. He quotes: 

At the same time, I think there’s something to be said about not sequelizing it,” the filmmaker pointed out. “In a business that is obsessed with franchising and spinoffs and prequels and sequels, maybe there’s something to be said about just leaving it alone.”


So for now, it does not look like there is any new news that a sequel is happening. If any sudden changes, we will have the full update here. 

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[short film review] Daughter of Dismay.

[short film review] Daughter of Dismay.

As the first independent horror short in the history of cinema to be shot on 65mm film, the plot of ‘Daughter of Dismay’ tells the surreal and mystical tale of a witch, an emotionally broken woman who enters the deep of the woods to fulfill her biggest desire, her most heartfelt wish, for which she takes extreme and radical measures, measures that will have sinister consequences, leading to a heartbreaking and deeply melancholic finale. Portrayed in stark black and white images, the film will be an epic, moving and emotional trip through a world of witchcraft and occultism, focusing on a different kind of witch than usually portrayed in media, one that doesn’t focus on cliched depictions of devil worship, but on a much deeper and more human side, one that many will find very much relatable.

Daughter of Dismay won Best Cinematography in a short at Nightmares Film Festival! Thanks much to everyone who attended and saw it in its full 70mm glory.

Let me start by saying the ONLY complaint about this film: I wish there were more. Within seconds I was hooked to the final moment where I yelled. Can I have more?! James Quinn delivers a fantastic film that doesn’t need to be cliche, no heavy metal soundtrack, but he accompanies this film with that of classical music. The music helps along with the beautiful cinematography where we follow along in peace until he delivers the penultimate scene of the sacrifice the “mother” makes mind you. I have to admit Watching the amazing FX it begs the question: How was it done?! I could ask James, who is a friendly and professional director just how, but honestly, that’s the thing I don’t want the magic to reveal itself. Only because I don’t want to ruin the magic of the film (no pun intended) As stated the cinematography is beautiful. A short film shot in 70mm film deserves to be seen on the big screen, preferably at night to take in the atmosphere of the film, made by a group of professionals taking the time and care for this as if it was their child. James Quinn has an eye for horror, and I can’t wait to see what projects he gives us.

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Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

Interview with Samuel Vainisi director of Violet

  • SG: Tell us how you came about? What got you into film?
  • VS: I have always loved film. My brother used to take me every weekend to see whatever was playing, and that was our bonding time. However, after a while of just watching tons of mainstream flicks – I wanted something…different. I used to watch Eigh8, The Chosen One and Mr. Parka a lot on YouTube, and they would review all of these underground indie flicks that I had no idea what they were. So, I blind bought a lot of them that looked interesting to me, and one of those flicks was a film by the name of “found.” – And that movie changed me. When the credits started rolling, I sat there in my seat, just shocked. Jaw dropped… I had to rewind and watch the last scene again because I didn’t expect them to go there. And that’s why I love independent films… they aren’t afraid of taking chances or pushing the envelope at all. SO, this answer has gotten a bit long, ha-ha, anyways… before getting into the indie scene and supporting tons of artists, etc., I used to be a writer. I wrote short stories, a few novels, some screenplays… but no one cared. Only maybe a handful of people read them, and most of the feedback was only “oh, it was good.” And that was it. And what annoyed me was that I spent close to four years writing this novel, and the only feedback was that… nothing talking about the plot, or the characters, or the journey, and it just made me scratch my head and I questioned why am I spending all of this time when no one is even reading it in the first place. When I started writing my screenplays, I knew in my head that this could eventually be a movie… its not just a random story, like this could be possibly made. I even thought of just sending a few of my stories to indie filmmakers that I loved because I just wanted something of mine put on screen because at the time, I had no idea how even to begin making a film. I had no experience whatsoever… but that’s when I was fortunate enough to be on set for ‘The Bad Man.’ I ended up being an Executive Producer on the project, and I helped wherever was needed on set for the mansion shoot. After that week of filming, I found something in myself…like “oh, this isn’t that bad… I could do this too.” – And then it all spiraled. A few weeks later, I was starting to shoot my first short film “Senses” with friends and family; also, that story was my first ever screenplay. There’s a lot of ways to answer this question but in a short version… Scott Schirmer. Scott got me into the film by being inspired by one of his movies, and at the time I had no idea who he was I was just an outsider blind buying films, and then again Scott pushed me even further into the scene by allowing me to help him on his set. I wouldn’t be here today if it weren’t for him.
  • SG: What was the inspiration for your previous short films?
  • VS: Honestly, my short films and future features aren’t inspired by anything. I’ve always been a writer, but lately, a lot of personal stuff has been blending into the non-fiction. Violet is hands down my most personal story to date… a lot of my shorts deal with depression and anxiety. Because most of my life, I used to struggle with them, my depression was the worst back in 2017… but once I started making films and expressing myself through art, it pretty much went away. I started being productive and doing something that I truly loved, and I was making something that will last forever, and when I die – my films pretty much represent my life. This year was also the worst for my anxiety… I went to the ER twice because I thought I had a heart attack. I realized what was giving me stress, with my full-time job, school, the film, just it was so much. I cut things out of my schedule to provide me with some time for myself, and that really helped, and now I don’t have that chest pain… so that’s a huge plus.
  • SG: You matured with your films where they’re dark dramas. Do you think a comedy will be in your future?
  • VS: I am writing a comedy but its not your typical comedy… it’s more of a dramedy. The idea with that script is that I want to focus on the rise and fall of relationships. I’m also writing in a person in a panda suit, a guy who walks around with fruit snacks in a fanny pack, and police officers who ride-on toy cars… it’s just banana’s.
  • SG: Was their times you or the cast of your films had to take five only from the intensity
  • VS: In my short films, there was never a moment that we had to relax or calm down from what we were doing… however, on my feature ‘Violet,’ there was a scene… which only lasts for 18 seconds in the entire film. This scene scared me, and Alyss pretty good. The film is a rape revenge film, but I didn’t want to show any graphic rape or focus on it too much… but we do see a flashback of it, but it’s tastefully done in my opinon. It’s just close ups on faces, the reactions. Even that was just too much. I remember saying, let’s do the first take for like a minute or two to get the audio from this… and 20 seconds in, I yelled cut. I couldn’t handle it… it was too visceral for me. And then we started filming… that was super rough. After we finished, which the entire thing maybe took 15 minutes or less to film? Give or take… I was fucked up a bit, and Alyss, because she went method with it and felt like she was actually in the moment, she needed some time alone… and I understood that by just seeing the look on her face.
  • SG: Can you tell us about Violet without spoilers?
  • VS: Recently I let a friend/producer watch the picture, and he has the best description of the movie… “The film is beautiful, ballsy and at times brutal. The acting from Alyss Winkler is raw and real. She shows vulnerability and ferocity in equal measure. This is easily one of her best performances. Violet is a rape-revenge story, a tragic love story between a girl and a boy, and the story of a mother trying to connect to her daughter.” – Charlie Michael Cargile. I love his review/description of the film.
  • SG: Are there any future actors or anyone in the industry you want to have in your movies?
  • VS: I already cast my next film, and there are people I am dying to work with… two of which are Brittany Blanton and Kaylee Williams
  • SG:  What’s next for Samuel Vainisi?
  • VS: Scarlett is my next picture… that film is going to another psychological movie, but I feel that it’s darker than Violet. Imagine if you were drugged up, and you couldn’t move and had to watch a creep do things to your body… almost like you were a doll. That’s all I can say at this point about that script. I wrote Scarlett before Violet was a thing… and It was the first story I felt beautiful writing. After that, I’ll be able to get to my dramedy… and after that… well, I have plans for the future. I’m not stopping anytime soon.

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Malvolia’s Halloween Party (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Malvolia’s Halloween Party (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Jenn Nangle (That Night) brought back Malvolia for her 3rd annual Halloween Special and you’re invited to check out the invite only party… if you dare.

This Halloween Special brought back new and old victims. Sarah Schultz (Friday the 13th: Legacy), Reyna Velarde (For Jennifer), Sheri Davis (Hair of the Dog), Brialynn Massie (Self Sabotage), Charles Chudabala (Ugly Sweater Party), Thomas Haley (The Crossing, Blind), Hunter Johnson (2Jennifer), Lara Jean (Trust Issues) and Carter B. Allen (No Way to Die).


Right off the bat we get acquainted with Jessie (Sarah Schultz) who turns out to be a huge Malvolia fan. While Jessie has plans with her friend for Halloween, she broke the news that she will be checking out Malvolia’s party instead… an address that she stumbled upon on the internet and will be taking a risk attending an invite only party.

Upon arrival, Jessie does her very best to blend in with the scene but it is when Malvolia makes her appearance that Jessie makes a mistake… she fan girls, giving away  who she really is. You will have to check out the special yourself to see Jessie’s fate.



Malvolia’s Halloween Special delivered an amazing amount of dark humor and quite a twist at the end. You can tell the cast worked super hard and really delivered their roles on making this special really entertaining.

So by all means click the video and enjoy a horrific good time. ⬇️⬇️

 

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New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st  exclusively for patreons

New short film ‘The Thinning Veil’ to be released by Mycho Entertainment October 31st exclusively for patreons

The 2019 Halloween Special ‘The Thinning Veil‘ – It’s coming to get you!

This year it’s an especially spooky addition to the Mycho Mini Universe Roster. They have been hard at work crafting a cool and creepy Halloween tale that will chill you to the bones.

The Thinning Veil is due to land the evening of October 31st (GMT).

You can catch the new movie as well as our previous films at the Mycho​ http://Patreon.com/Mycho

The more subscribers we have the more short films they can bring to life every year. 

Pledges start from as little as $2/£1.

So until then, here is the little teaser poster for The Thinning Veil to wet your appetites.

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[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] FEARLESS DEMON KILLERS: Curse of the Lallorona

[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] FEARLESS DEMON KILLERS: Curse of the Lallorona

I was attending the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival. I had the chance to see a short film called — Fearless Demon Killers: The curse of the Llorona. Two Cartel Hitmen try to regain their souls by helping rid San Antonio neighborhoods of monster ghost and Demons. Like all the movies for the festival, filmed in my hometown of San Antonio and stars Abraham Takatsuki, Andy Martin, Connie Ochoa, Ruby Red Munoz, Tanya Santamaria, Nancy Oakley, Maristella Longoria, Julianna Longoria, Alex Santamaria, Justin Santamaria, Arthur Kurland, Maryann Kurland, and Mark Gonzales.

The movie isn’t bad, its not perfect. But it does have a massive amount of heart. Honestly, I can’t argue with that because it’s a labor of love. Christopher Longoria wrote and directed the movie. He’s a lover of films, and it shows in his work. There’s even a nod to Evil Dead. Christopher went out to make a movie in his backyard, also working with the Texas Film Commission to make sure everything was OK as he worked on specific locations. So Christopher Longoria went out to pursue his love, and during the q&a, he’s humble and honest. I can’t help but have massive respect for him. Some people will see the movie and enjoy it for what it is. There are jokes, and there’s horror, which is something we can all love. The film itself gives us a glimpse of certain areas in my home town, and the actors did a great job where awards were presented. Best Actor– Abraham Takatsuki and Best actresses-Ruby Red Munoz. I’m very grateful to see his work and glad to hear he’ll be doing more. The films aren’t big budget, but we have a good time watching, and that’s what Christopher Longoria went out to accomplish. 

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[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] The Doll wins best short film

[SAHFF 2019 SHORT FILM REVIEW] The Doll wins best short film

I recently got a chance to watch the movie “THE DOLL” by Jason Vandygriff, who was a one-person operation putting together a 5-minute film. The film has no dialogue, but easy to follow. After finding an old doll in the attic of his new home, James is slowly stalked by this malevolent being.

The movie caught my interest with just the pure professionalism and showcasing as long as you have an idea and a smartphone with a video recorder you’re pretty much ready to go. Jason didn’t make an over the top horror movie with a vast budget or well-known cast.

He made the movie in his backyard (sort to speak), and truth be told the editing, the sound, the look, the message gets across to the audience. There’s no CGI or stop the motion of the doll in action, but it is creepy to watch and the doll doesn’t over do it with goofy one liners. I’m happy to see Jason win BEST DIRECTOR at the San Antonio Horrific Film Festival because, with this simple idea, he’s on his way to bigger things.

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