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With Child—PRESS RELEASE

With Child—PRESS RELEASE

Award winning screenplay,  WITH CHILD, announces its cast and begins pre-production.

Recipient of the 2012 ‘Bitch Pack’ award at Shriekfest, WITH CHILD is a supernatural horror thriller, written by Jeff Kacmarynski, whose work is seen in anthologies such as, WELCOME TO HELL and 60 SECONDS TO DIE 2 and the upcoming feature, ESSENCE.

WITH CHILD follows an expecting mother, as she is thrust into a series of increasingly violent confrontations with ghastly children,  demanding that she is the mother of death, and she kill her unborn child. Searching for answers, she uncovers a sinister truth about her son, and a terrible truth as to who these children are.

Combining elements of supernatural horror, slasher vibes, a brooding atmosphere,  and a dark commentary on destiny and who we are shaped to be, WITH CHILD has assembled an incredible,  international cast.

Featuring:

Laura Wilson (MONSTER , SURPRISE) in the title role of Lily.

Jenn Nangle (MALVOLIA QUEEN OF SCREAMS)

Maria Olson (PERCY JACKSON)

Sheri Davis (LAKE OF SHADOWS)

Julie Anne Philputt  (THE LAST ROOMATE)

Christian Vaccaro (MURDER PARTY)

Thom Mulligan (CALLOUS)

Cheryl Prater (ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN)

David McMahon (BONEHILL ROAD)

Aeowyn Sayer (TOLL HOUSE HORRORS)

Jessica Cherniak (THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA)

Abriella Grace Ruby (THE ANGRY MAN)

and Jacob Ault (ESSENCE) join the cast!

Production is tentatively scheduled for January 2021.  WITH CHILD is produced by Sub-basement Films,  who has produced the upcoming feature, ESSENCE.

 

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With Child—PRESS RELEASE

With Child—PRESS RELEASE

Award winning screenplay,  WITH CHILD, announces its cast and begins pre-production.

Recipient of the 2012 ‘Bitch Pack’ award at Shriekfest, WITH CHILD is a supernatural horror thriller, written by Jeff Kacmarynski, whose work is seen in anthologies such as, WELCOME TO HELL and 60 SECONDS TO DIE 2 and the upcoming feature, ESSENCE.

WITH CHILD follows an expecting mother, as she is thrust into a series of increasingly violent confrontations with ghastly children,  demanding that she is the mother of death, and she kill her unborn child. Searching for answers, she uncovers a sinister truth about her son, and a terrible truth as to who these children are.

Combining elements of supernatural horror, slasher vibes, a brooding atmosphere,  and a dark commentary on destiny and who we are shaped to be, WITH CHILD has assembled an incredible,  international cast.

Featuring:

Laura Wilson (MONSTER , SURPRISE) in the title role of Lily.

Jenn Nangle (MALVOLIA QUEEN OF SCREAMS)

Maria Olson (PERCY JACKSON)

Sheri Davis (LAKE OF SHADOWS)

Julie Anne Philputt  (THE LAST ROOMATE)

Christian Vaccaro (MURDER PARTY)

Thom Mulligan (CALLOUS)

Cheryl Prater (ATTACK OF THE UNKNOWN)

David McMahon (BONEHILL ROAD)

Aeowyn Sayer (TOLL HOUSE HORRORS)

Jessica Cherniak (THE PLOT AGAINST AMERICA)

Abriella Grace Ruby (THE ANGRY MAN)

and Jacob Ault (ESSENCE) join the cast!

Production is tentatively scheduled for January 2021.  WITH CHILD is produced by Sub-basement Films,  who has produced the upcoming feature, ESSENCE.

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Mother’s Day (1980) [Review] Mothers Of Horror

Mother’s Day (1980) [Review] Mothers Of Horror

First off, since I’m writing this review on Mother’s Day, I’d like to wish all the moms out there a Happy Mother’s Day! Especially my mother who’s had to put up with a lot from me when I was younger and didn’t disown me for it! I love you Mom!

This movie is one fine example of grimy horror/exploitation! An old woman who seems so sweet and loving when she’s out and about has a severe dark side to her and has total control over her 2 very psychotic sons. 3 college girls go hiking in the woods and are unfortunate enough to stumble across the secluded house of these three maniacs who kidnap them, tie them up and subject them to extremely degrading sexual torment! While all this is going on, the loving mother is not only egging her sons on, but also is giving the orders on how the torture will be carried out! The girls are not only raped and beaten, but are also subjected to very humiliating role-playing games for the enjoyment of Mom and her sons.

Mother’s Day is not made to serious, but is also not comedy either. It actually has quite a sadistic mean streak to it! I really enjoyed this movie and it’s a classic example of early Troma-distributed goodness! Most of the Troma movies I’ve seen are cool, but I especially enjoy the late 70s/early 80s output because of just how incredibly grimy, horrific, controversial, sleazy, and incredibly gory they are! This movie delivers in all of those areas and any politically correct people will definitely hate this! This movie is also very high up on Roger Ebert’s most ALL TIME HATED MOVIES! In the mid 90s, a really sleazy goregrind band called GUT used sound clips from one movie for intros for about two thirds of the songs on their whole first album and all the clips were messed up! I found out years later that those clips came from THIS movie! There’s also some great gore scenes! Nice and slow decapitation right in the beginning plus graphic shootings, crotch stabbing, strangulations, beatings, and more!

Mother’s Day was written and directed by Charles Kaufman who even wrote the screenplay for the remake that was released in 2010! I think the remake is really good with some nice gore, but this grimier, sleazier version is where it’s at for me! This movie will definitely be a Mother’s Day watching tradition for me from now on! Very down and grimy look and atmosphere throughout. It gets a little slow here and there, but not enough to kill any enjoyment. The 2 brothers are pretty goofy characters, but also maniacal animalistic sleazebags when they need to be! The mother character is great in how she shifts from this outwardly sweet and innocent old lady into pure evil that has complete control over her already deranged sons and even forces them to go further through barking orders and guilt trips! Great piece of gory, sleazy, and depraved exploitation/horror! Happy Mother’s Day!

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Delivered (Into the Dark) Review

Delivered (Into the Dark) Review

The newest Into the Dark episode Delivered gives a whole new meaning and twist on Mother’s Day.

Delivered directed by Emma Tammi (The Wind) follows Valerie (Natalie Paul) a pregnant mother to be who goes to a retreat for expecting mother’s, however things are not all that they seem to be when she awakes in the morning chained to a bed.


Let’s rewind back for a minute. Valerie’s husband Tom (Michael Cassidy) met another expecting mother at a yoga class named Jenny (Tina Majorino). The two seemed to hit it off and he introduces her to his wife Valerie hoping they find a common ground and becoming friends not just based off of sharing their pregnancies. Jenny is over the moon while Valerie seems to focus more about getting back to work and having her morning sickness be over with, it seems like she’s not into having this baby. 


Like most expecting mothers, some are overwhelmed with excitement but also feeling nervous as they aren’t sure if what to expect, especially with their first baby and that is exactly how Valerie feels. With all her added stress, she is now in a nightmare and Tammi is adding more to Valerie’s fear than just the baby that’s growing inside of her. 


You as the audience can see the twist coming not even half way through in this movie with its “Rosemary’s Baby” vibes and Tina Majorino does an amazing job convincing not only Valerie and her husband, but the audience as well with seeming sane.

For this Mother’s Day check out Delivered on Hulu, you’ll appreciate your mothers even more.

Check out the trailer below ⬇️⬇️:

 

 

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Virtual Tour of the Mütter Museum

Virtual Tour of the Mütter Museum

Bored of being trapped indoors and watching the same show over and over again? Well look no further. You can now enjoy an amazing virtual tour of the Mütter Museum from the comfort of your couch.

For those that may not know, the Mütter Museum is a medical museum located in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The museum has a wide variety of wax models, medical equipment, and an anatomical collection. The collection was donated back in 1858 by Thomas Dent Mütter for research. 

Some collections include the world’s tallest human skeleton, slides of Einstein’s brain, and a collection of over 139 skulls.


The virtual tour is extremely in depth and thorough, it’s like you are physically there in the building. I highly recommend checking this out.

Here is the tour below ⬇️⬇️:

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Friday the 13th: Board Game coming this summer!

Friday the 13th: Board Game coming this summer!

Still bored during this quarantine? Well fear not horror fans, The Friday the 13th Board game is coming to you this summer.


The OP describes this board game as “an anxiety- ridden, press-your-luck horror game. “ In this board game, you’ll take on the role as camp counselors who try to survive five nights at camp with their fate in Jason’s hands.


The game includes:

-6 Player Boards

-1 Cabin Board

– 10 Critical Supply Cards

-6 Backpack Cards

-64 Fear Cards

-88 Blood Spatter Tokens

– 6 Escape Tokens

-6 Player Tokens

-1 Night Tracker

-67 Supply Tokens

-1 Camp bag

-Rulebook

You will need to collect different supplies to make combinations for points, and you can use Fear cards to escape certain attacks. The players only have strategies and supplies to keep them alive the whole game.

The odds that the players will return back safely is slim, but there is a plot twist: you can steal supplies from the other players!


While it doesn’t have an exact release date yet, you can preorder it on The app website for $29. Once we find out more we will update all you horror fans!

Preorder here: 

https://theop.games

 

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Detroit Driller Killer (2020) [Review]

Detroit Driller Killer (2020) [Review]

 

This is an unofficial remake of Driller Killer (1977) directed by Matt Jaissle of The Necro Files and Back From Hell fame and a really impressive one too! This time instead of a starving artist in New York City that snaps and slaughters people with a power drill, a starving screenwriter in Detroit snaps and starts slaughtering people with a power drill! This one might be a little less serious and more tongue-in-cheek (and I don’t mind that style at all), but still super bloody, really grimy, and never boring at all!

As far as the gore goes, there are some nice and bloody as hell drillings! Some are really quick with minimal blood, but most are nice and gruesome with plenty of blood spray! On top of that there’s a bludgeoning of multiple people at once that was nasty and had me laughing my ass off at the same time! Most of the blood-soaked killings reminded me of low-budget German gore and that’s far from an insult because I LOVE German gore movies!

This movie just came out and seems to be getting a decent amount of hate from fans of the original Driller Killer and I don’t understand why. Just because this movie was made for a fraction of the original doesn’t make it a terrible movie! This movie is every bit as bloody and grimy if not more! Great fast pace, super grimy atmosphere, great dialog, and entertaining blood-soaked drilling action! Matt Jaissle and crew did an amazing job with this one! Recently released by SRS Cinemas on very limited blu ray (already sold out) and VHS! Hopefully more releases soon so check the Facebook and Storenvy pages of Matt’s company Videvil Video.

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THE TRAILER FOR HALLOWEEN KILLS IS COMING SOON

THE TRAILER FOR HALLOWEEN KILLS IS COMING SOON

Americans, across the U.S. have been warned to practice social distancing and to wear a mask, if you leave the comforts of your home. Well, it looks like the only person who is following these directions, is the one and only, Michael Myers. That is until this October.

Producer, Jason Blume of Blumehouse Productions stated in a recent twitter that the trailer to the most anticipated sequel is almost finished and it’s looking really good. Director, David Gordon Green returns to the director’s chair with his pen pal, Danny McBride, who helped write the script and both have stated that this is a much better film than the last one. Halloween Kills doesn’t feel short of anything, there is an actual ending that fans are sure to go bonkers over and questions will be answered that many were open for discussion in Halloween 2018

My girlfriend and I had the pleasure of meeting James Jude Courtney, who portrays Michael Myers and he was really excited for everyone to see the new installment. He says It’s a nasty little roller coaster film that everyone is going to enjoy.

Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode with her daughter, Karen, played by Judy Greer and granddaughter, Allyson, played by Andi Matichak. The three will once again battle with the infamous mask wearing, knife wielding maniac, Michael Myers.

John Carpenter will return as an executive producer and will also score the film with his son, Cody Carpenter.

Halloween Kills is scheduled to open on October 16th.

This pandemic better be over and theaters better be open and ready to go, because the only way to see a Halloween film……. is in the theater.

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THE PLATFORM

THE PLATFORM

Foreign films are usually a hit or miss for me, but, every now and then, I will stumble upon a gem that I can’t seem to shake out of my head.  Last year, it was PARASITE, this year, it’s THE PLATFORM.

The film opens inside of a kitchen, where delicious foods and baked goods are being prepared. Everything from steak and lobster to pasta dishes and a variety of cakes and cookies. We cut to what looks like an ordinary prison cell, but after a few minutes, we learn that this is no ordinary prison.  We meet Goreng and Trimagasi, two inmates sharing the same cell.  Goreng has no idea what is going on, while Trimagasi has more than enough information that hides within these walls.

The prison has over 250 floors and 2 inmates per floor. Right in the middle of the floor is a gaping hole which allows a table filled with food to be transferred to each floor.

Now, here is where the terror begins.

The inmates are given 2 minutes to swallow up as much food as they can. After those 2 minutes are up, the platform then drops to the next level, for other inmates to devour. So, if you’re closer to the top level, your bound to get a good start and eat pretty much anything, but if you’re in the lower portion of the cell, well then you could easily starve.

Wait, there’s more.

The inmates are to remain in their room for one month. After that month, they are gassed and put somewhere else in the prison. So, for instance, they could wake up and be on level 9 for a month, but then after that month, they could awake on 166. Which ironically, it seems only fair to allow everybody to get a piece of the pie. But, for some inmates, cannibalism, murder and even suicide are other options in this dark, vile and twisted nightmare.

From start to finish, I was hooked. The characters are wildly interesting, the cinematography is flawless with a mixture of blue’s, green’s and red’s. It’s a bit claustrophobic, but what do you expect from being locked in a prison cell for 90 mins with some disgusting people? I found myself in awe quite a few times, knowing that for some, it’s not going to end well. The film has it’s fair share of violence and gore, but what stuck out the most was the music. It’s tensely beautifully scored.

I cannot recommend this film enough. My only complaint is the ending. The film comes to a complete stop and I wished the director either extended the ending or gave a better explanation, other than that, it’s a surreal thriller.

Some scenes may be hard to stomach, but overall it’s a film you won’t forget anytime soon.

THE PLATFORM is now streaming on NETFLIX.

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The Hunt [Review]

The Hunt [Review]

What a wild unexpected ride this was. Before I get started I want to make clear this is a Suspenseful Satirical Action Comedy with lots of gore and Horror tropes. I class it in with Horror as well because of my genuine fear of political discussions. I kid, but I really didn’t expect the film to have this kind of tone. I remember the first trailer before it was initially canceled, and my only gripe was thinking it showed too much of the movie. Boy was I wrong. The film leans in heavy on the comedy early on. Even though there are literally body parts raining from the sky, I couldn’t help but find myself laughing. I should have known with Ike Barinholtz and Glenn Howerton being part of the cast to expect more humor, but I didn’t expect Tucker & Dale vs Evil levels of funny. 
This movie attacks every political stereotype you can think of. That is not an exaggeration at all. I won’t list them all but just looking at my notes there are at least 45 different topics that get touched on like climate change, gun control, illegal immigration, white privilege, assuming gender, victim blaming, conspiracy and “crisis actors,” big game hunting, and so on for days. The main focus though of course is a group of “Elites” hunting victims they pick and choose for unknown reasons in a staged setting where they are given weapons to defend themselves. 
Like I said before they waste no time getting to the comedy, but also waste no time getting to the action, and there is a lot.
The cast is great and I absolutely love our main character Crystal played by Betty Gilpin. She plays this very awkward southern badass who can be funny and emotional, but remains mostly deadpan until she is kicking ass. She carries this film. Great performance from Hillary Swank as well, but much less screen time. there is actually a pretty big cast and any horror fan knows that means a high body count and this movie delivers. The gore is fantastic. It’s not too extreme and never drawn out, but looks great visually and never overdone. 
Getting past all of that we get to the big question. Is the film actually good? That is tricky. I would just say yes, but this is a movie that will effect different people in different ways and I think it was designed that way. I didn’t know it was going to have as much humor going in, so at first I felt disappointed, but that was my own ignorance i suppose, and the movie does it so well and I enjoy the angle of satire they went with. When I realized what it was, I was on board.
While I do think some of the topics seemed forced, I think it was worth it to show just how big of a problem this all is in reality. These topics consume social media, and one thing they touch on is false information and the influence and consequence it can have. It does a great job making light of a very real issues. 
After watching, I can understand Universals decision to delay the movie, but the gun discussions in the movie are quick and other than that, there are just guns in the movie because…weapons. Nothing too touchy but that is where opinions come in and I feel like this movie will shake up everyone’s in some way. some people will laugh and some people will get offended. Some people will agree and some people will get upset. I walked out with a smile on my face because I looked past everything and just saw an action packed, funny, modern spin on the satirical Horror/Suspense film. I recommend checking this one out for sure. I’ll drop the trailer below. The Hunt is out now starring Betty Gilpin, Hillary Swank, Ike Barinholtz and Wayne Duvall.

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Kerry Newton—WiHM Interview

Kerry Newton—WiHM Interview

This month keeps getting better on showcasing talented women and I had the opportunity to interview the talented Kerry Newton. Check out below on her upcoming projects and see what advice she offers to women aspiring to pursue careers in acting.  

Sarah Gregory:

  • What inspired you to get into the industry?


Kerry Newton:

  • Five or six years ago I was in teaching, I was also doing a lot of musical theatre and straight plays, comedy plays, a lot of theatre and a friend of mine who is a bit of a professional actor for many many years,  he who is in The Last Kingdom (Netflix series) said he felt that I had something about me that was unique and had this faith in me , the talent, drive and determination and skills and had a good look and had the strength to make it in acting. It was him that inspired me to make a leap from teaching and everything else that I was doing. Because I felt rather stuck, I followed all his advice very quickly cause one I set my mind to something I go got it.  Got myself on spotlight, got myself an agent, did lots and lots of short films and did everything I could to network, got to know a lot of key people quickly with his help and support and it’s not what inspired me it’s who inspired me, it was him. 

SG:

  • What does Women in Horror Month mean to you? Who/ what are your inspirations?

KN: 

  • Horror Month is a great opportunity to showcase new independent horror films, upcoming directors and producers and actor’s work and writer’s work because horror is a very popular genre and it’s great to see new work from new people and see what people out there are creating this unique and different in the horror genre. Also, my inspirations in horror, I like horror films where there’s a strong woman who (like Sigourney Weaver in Aliens) at the center of things, fighting against all evil and seeing it through and going through absolute hell coming  out the other side not being defeated. I like those types of films where there’s a female fighter, a strong woman fighting through all odds in horror. I’m not one for very very sick, gory films like Saw and Hostel and things like that. I like things with a very good meaty story line, I like a gritty character, strong female role. 

SG:

  • What challenges do you find yourself facing when accepting roles?

KN:

  • If it looks like a challenging part, I love to take on a challenge, so no challenge is too big for me. I find myself facing all sorts of challenges, going through very deep emotional acting, going through absolute hell in some parts, I’ll just accept any challenge and rise to it no challenge is too big. If it’s a character that I’m invested in and it’s got the detailed gritty acting then I’ll take it on.

SG:

  • Any advice for someone, women in particular who are getting into acting, especially in the horror scene?


KN:

  • My advice would be with horror you will have raw emotion pouring out of you, you have to be real, be absolute real don’t try to just act you have to really feel it. With getting into acting in general, you’ve got to have a great agent, a great headshot, a great show reel, and take every single role you can at first to build up your portfolio.

SG:

  • With Everyone Laugh at Leanne, what inspired you to channel her downward spiral?


KN:

  • What you don’t see is that she’s had psychological problems for quite awhile, so in the short you might be questioning how could she have this downfall in such a short time and are left guessing as to what she’s been through before this stage, that she’s always had mental health problems and this is just a build up or the last straw in the last few days in her situation. So I considered going in there already having been through a great deal and been suffering and struggling with mental health issues from the trying to lead a normal life, some of these events in the film trigger to what she’s been trying to cover up and hide and it just sets her off.

SG:

  • You are a woman of many talents— as a singer, actress, combat artist, etc. With branching out in different directions, what do you prefer more to do?


KN:

  • Besides acting I do sing, dance and am a combat artist, what I love to do the most is act. Out of all of those I like to create a roll, living through it, and being on set. Going through the characters emotions, becoming that person and producing a good character, screen acting is the thing I love the most.

SG:

  • Do you have any other upcoming projects you are working on that you are allowed to discuss?

KN:

  • I’ve got a couple of projects coming up, one is the feature film I’m working on that is something that Netflix could be taking on it’s called Hood: A Legend Reborn.  Its the retelling of the Robin Hood story but its very Games of Thrones esque it’s very dark and grisly. It’s kind of difficult to watch, hard hitting but full of action in stunts and I’m playing Sky she’s the only female in the Merry Men Gang, it’s expanded a bit to include me. I’m very excited about that filming that in the next few months. I also co-written, co-produced, co-directed a TV pilot called Dixies which is set in Doncaster in 1985 , it tells a true story of a night club bar called Dixies and all the goings on, all the nitty gritty drama and I’m starting to film that in late February so that’s my next project.
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Maddie Deering—WiHM Interview

Maddie Deering—WiHM Interview

Women in Horror Month is a great way to showcase our talented badass ladies in horror. I had the privilege to interview Maddie Deering— a talented writer, producer and actress.  Check out her latest film Spirit Animal and see what she has in store for us in the next year! 


Sarah Gregory:
 

  • What inspired you to get into the industry, mainly in horror?

Maddie Deering: 

  • Ever since I was young, I loved film. I have so many memories of the video store, Video World, which was also my first job. My family used to always go and rent movies on Wacky Wednesday, where rentals were cheap. But it was at a video store, That Tape Place, where I got into weirder horror movies, Troma movies were an inspiration. For a 7th grade birthday party we rented Killer Nerd, and it was shot on video. It was cheap, it was hilarious, and I loved it. And that was the moment I said to my friends, “Hey, we can make movies!” And It was then I learned you didn’t need a lot of money to make a film, just a lot of passion and love for the genre.

SG: 

  • Who/ what are your inspirations for filmmaking?

MD: 

  • Wes Craven and Lloyd Kaufman are two of my biggest inspirations. Wes Craven had so many amazing creative ideas, and I love almost everything he did. Like, Freddy Krueger wasn’t just a killer like Michael Myers or Jason Voorhees, he had personality and the way those movies were made was brilliant. And he didn’t just launch one horror franchise, he directed Scream too. I love almost all of his works. And Lloyd Kaufman made all these movies with love and heart for little money, and has been doing it for so long. I get a lot of my humor from movies like The Toxic Avenger, Class of Nuke Em High, and Terror Firmer. I am also heavily inspired by David Lynch and his style.

SG:

  • What was your inspiration for Spirit animal?

MD:

  • Spirit Animal has been one hell of a journey to come onto screen. About 2 years ago, a friend and I were developing a slasher movie about a half shark/half man Shark God that stalks a group of kids who are camping. We didn’t have the budget to make a cool looking Shark-Man, so I decided to write a short film that tied in, Bathtub Shark Attack. That never happened either, and my actors dropped out except one. So I said, let’s just make a feature and shoot it on VHS (I always wanted to shoot a feature on VHS, I love the look!). So I feel Spirit Animal is a little bit of both those movies, and it holds on it’s own. I think the humor and one liners (as well as the killer’s voice) was influenced by the Nail Gun Massacre. Other inspirations include movies like Sleepaway Camp and Friday the 13th as well as shot on video horror movies like Video Violence and Cannibal Campout. Popcorn was really the movie that made me want to do a gimmick and Smell-o-vision was definitely the best option for this movie. I think that little bit of extra effort and interactive fun brings this movie to a whole new level. Of course, John Waters did it first with Polyester!

SG:

  • Do you have any advice for anyone, women in particular who are getting into this business, with the horror genre?

MD:

  • Just do it! If you want to make a movie, get some friends together on the weekend and make a movie for fun. The technology to make a movie is everywhere. Even if it’s just a silly short with your friends. It is an amazing feeling to create. Just never stop trying. Spirit Animal is my fist feature and I paid out of pocket for all the props and everything. You can easily make a movie on no money if you have friends to do it with who are dedicated. That’s what we did, I casted my friends, and we went for it. And we are almost finished now which is an amazing feeling. The horror community is full of so many amazing people, and it is an amazing time to be a horror fan. With Facebook, it is so easy to meet other like minded folks. So my advice, if you wanna do it, DO IT!

SG:

  • How did your love for this genre come about?

MD:

  • For Easter one year when I was young, my parents got me a Nightmare on Elm Street on VHS. I have been in love ever since. Of course, I saw bits and pieces of those movies among others on TV, but that was the start. Horror is an escape from every day life and it is such a fun genre with so much creativity and ideas. There’s so many different sub genres, and so many talented folks behind the scenes. I love everything about horror movies, I always have and I always will. Horror movies helped me through some tough times!

SG:

  • What new projects can we expect from you this year?


MD:

  • This year you will probably just see Spirit Animal, haha. We have a premiere coming up on March 13th, and a physical release in July *fingers crossed*. I have a script entitled Alan which is a bit of a twisted love story that’s inspired by films like Silent Night, Deadly Night, Taxi Driver, and Psycho. It’s my passion project and I would love to be shooting that a year or so from now. We also are working on finishing some older projects, including the first movie I ever made which is about torturing toys, the other being a film my cinematographer Joseph Russio made titled Beyond Dark Dreams. I hope to put these projects together this year and shoot Alan next year! Here is hoping people enjoy Spirit Animal and that we can make more. I have a idea for a trilogy!

Keep an eye out on Maddie this year and follow the page below for Spirit Animal and get all the latest updates! ⬇️⬇️

Spirit Animal

 

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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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Jennifer Nangle: WiHM Interview

Jennifer Nangle: WiHM Interview

It’s that glorious time again, celebrating all badass women in horror and I had the opportunity to interview my favorite person again, Jennifer Nangle— also known as Malvolia the Queen of Screams. Jennifer is a very talented woman and is the real deal in the horror genre. She was incredibly sweet for allowing me to ask questions second time around and taking the time to answer them to allow us to see what she has in store for us this year.

Sarah Gregory: What does this Women in horror month mean to you?
Jennifer Nangle:  A celebration of women who hold all different positions in the horror genre. A time where we are not just seen as “final girls” and “scream queens”, but for all the talent we all possess on all different levels.

SG:  Since we last spoke, you had your hands full with 10/31 Part 2 and Paranoia Tapes 5. What can you tell us about your experience with both projects?


JN:
With Paranoia Tapes 5, Jack Hunter sent me a script and gave me full control over the script/filming. I immediately rewrote parts of the wrap around story to make it have a killer ending and connect it to the first one. I was lucky enough to bring on and work with some of my really great friends. I played a lot with the mood of the scenes. It’s a no budget feature, but we already got accepted into a film festival. Who knows what’s next for that!

10/31 Part 2 I was brought on as the familiar horror hostess face and intro/outro’d the film. I wish I could have done more, but time was not on my side… I got to work with Red Rabbit Productions, whom I worked with on The Boneyard Effects webseries with. I think that is the best part of indie horror, you get introduced with people, you click, you stay friends for life. I’ve been really fortunate to have so many people not only want to work with me again and again, but they believe in me, my talent, and work.

SGYou also have been hard at work with Inverted, Desert Moon, and Paranormal (Unholy) Attraction. What challenges if any did you face on each set? With having that many projects together, do you find that each one had a different affect on you?

JN: Desert Moon was incredibly up lifting, supportive, and I was able to just be in the moment. All I had to do was act. ThomasHaley really spoiled me with that during production (i.e. no producing, social media, etc). Everyone fulfilled their duties and then some. We were a team. Being on location for eights days in a desert was eye opening. I learned my strengths, weaknesses, and how to keep going at 4AMwhen we are fighting the sun rise. I filmed Desert Moon and ParanormalAttraction within two weeks of one another. Not much of a break, but just enough to memorize lines, get wardrobe together, and change up characters. Paranormal Attraction was a quick 8 hour day shoot for me. 
I took a lot of what I learned from being on Desert Moon to Inverted. I was on location for two weeks! This was a slower paced filming schedule than I was used to and I feel it was a good thing since the July mid-west heat and humidity literally knocked the life out of me for a couple days. Also, I got really sick during that shoot and I was lucky during this process for cast and crew to quickly become family. Everyone cared and loved one another very deeply and we were all supportive of one another. So, yes, each one did have a different effect on me, but I feel every film set is completely different and will get you through one way or another. I was lucky to have my best friend Charles with me during Desert Moon and Paranormal Attraction and Hannah, Kacey, Deryk, and Jeremy during the down times of Inverted, not to mention all the directors on all of these films were supportive and caring. I am really lucky to always been surrounded by amazing people who care about me. Sometimes set life can be incredibly lonely. 
SG: Do you have any new advice that you would give women entering this industry?

JN: Just do it. Don’t make excuses – just pick up the camera and do it. Also, you have your own original voice. Stay true to who you are! Trust your gut! 

SG: With the success of Malvolia, what can we expect to see from her this year?

JN: I’m not really sure, honestly… Season three was a tough one for me creatively and I didn’t receive many shorts to host. Being an indie one-woman show, one really has to rely on the help of the audience sharing and posting… Not much of that happened and I felt that maybe people were sick of her. I had been approached numerous times to tell the origin story of Malvolia and I really want to try and reach a wider audience. I started to write a feature film based on Malvolia’s journey. I can write short films all day long, but features are such a different story. It’s already been a slow process, but I would really like to start filming it by the end of the year. I will always make a Halloween Special, but we’ll see what happens if there is even a complete Season Four. 

SG: What projects do you have up your sleeve for this year? 


JN:
I have a lot releasing this year… “Inverted” where I play Woman #1, the right hand woman to a cult leader. This film is super dark, evil, and grungy… I cannot wait to see what Deranged Minds Entertainment does with it. “Paranormal Attraction” is a quick cameo, but you’ll see me in a different light. But my favorite, “Desert Moon” will be released where I play the trophy housewife along side actor/director Thomas Haley and actress Sarah French. Again, you’ll see me in a different light and it is my first lead in a feature I filmed. Such a beautiful location with a lot of hard working people. 

I start filming Dustin Ferguson’sThe Last Roommate” along side Julie Anne Prescott in a couple weeks. This one is definitely out of my comfort zone and I am so excited for this challenge… I have always had an insecurity with my body (I mean, what woman doesn’t?) and I’ve started to work out so I don’t have to think about that and just focus on the work. I’m also gearing up to film with Dustin “The Hell of the Screaming Undead” along side Mike Ferguson, Lynn Lowry, Jasper Cole, and Vida Ghaffari. This cast is pumped to get started and everyone just seems so supportive of one another. Plus, it’ll be my first Zombie flick!!!

I’m also attached to a secret project as Malvolia. I approached one of the producers and he passed along my name to the director  WHO KNEW WHO MALVOLIA WAS! Can you believe that? A man I don’t know knew the character I created. That was so amazing to hear. I’m very excited to get started!
Check out Jennifer’s reel below: ⬇️⬇️

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Everyone Laugh at Leanne (Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Everyone Laugh at Leanne (Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Everyone Laugh at Leanne is a psychological short horror film written and directed by M W Daniels (House of Lexi). 


The short film takes us through the life of Leanne (Kerry Newton) who at the start of the film, seems to have the life we all dream of having—- the nice house, the dream boyfriend Eddie (Tom Coulston), a job you could hope for, however, that perfect life of hers does not exist.

Leanne’s mental state starts to take a toll. Carrying on about her day, she steps outside where she witnesses her best friends (Josie O’Rourke, Jodie O’Rourke) killing an innocent woman that opens the door and then covers up the evidence. Leanne goes into a whirlwind of hysterics only to have her boyfriend come home to find out that nothing happened. That everything is just fine. Is everything just in Leanne’s head?


What I love the most about this short is that it doesn’t give anything away right off the bat, it allows you time to put together on what is happening in Leanne’s life. Kerry Newton’s performance was on point and carried very strongly. In my opinion, this is a short film that is definitely worth checking out. 

 

 

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You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

You (Season 2 Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I am sure by now many of you have binge-watched Season 2 of You on Netflix in one day and after seeing the last episode you are now left with a “what the fuck we need season 3 now” reaction, because that was my exact reaction after I watched it in one sitting.


Season 2 of
You dives into where the first season left off. With Candace (Ambyr Childers) making her appearance well known, Joe (Penn Badgley-— Gossip Girl) flees to LA and creates a whole new alter ego named Will. Will now works still as a bookstore employee but it’s a hippie health store called Anavrin. There, Will has a new love interest named Love Quinn (Victoria PedrettiThe Haunting of Hill House).

Victoria Pedretti does an impeccable job portraying Love as a sweet and innocent girl for Will to fascinate and prey on. Will’s lies this season have improved from the last season and the viewers either see it or fall for it with each disguise that Will has. Because no matter what the situation, he will do whatever it takes to get whatever he wants. 


Season 2 shows Joe or Will that no matter who he disguises himself as, his past comes back to haunt him, and in his case it’s Beck and her bestseller. Joe jumps into a relationship with Love, but with any relationship comes challenges and baggage and in Love’s case that’s her drug addicted twin brother Forty (James Scully — Heathers). No matter how stand-offish Joe tries to be in his relationship with Love, she carries this confidence and is persistent to have him in her life.


Unlike the first season moving rather quickly , this season takes its time to build up all the twists and quirks to happen, but when it does happen most of it is pretty predictable and easy to see coming. 

As for Penn Badgley, he portrays Joe/Will in such a creepy believable manner with such a charismatic charm to him. And Victoria Pedretti steals this season as his love interest. They both compliment and play off each other so well that everything they do and say seems like it was that easy to get into character.

Season 1 & 2 are both on Netflix, I suggest you start catching up on this season now. 

 

 

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Midnight Kiss (Into the Dark Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Midnight Kiss (Into the Dark Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

We are now 16 days into the New Year and even before we entered it, for some it’s all about a clean slate and for the other half it’s about who we were going to spend our night of celebration with, even who we would kiss at midnight.

Midnight Kiss is the first gay horror film in the Into the Dark series directed by Carter Smith (The Ruins).

Midnight Kiss takes us into a group of gay best friends Joel (Scott Evans), Cam (Augustus Prew), Logan (Lukas Gage- Assassination Nation), Ryan (Will Westwater— Max and Me) and their best girl friend a Hannah (Ayden Mayeri— Harder Than It Looks) who bring in their seventh New Year together. On New Years, they play a “midnight kiss” game, in which they hookup with anyone that fits their criteria. But this year the game turns completely ugly and ends in murder.

There ends up being a mysterious leather -clad stalker who targets the group of friends and in the murder process, throws confetti on the bloody body… how fitting with a celebration.

There was potential in this film however it was very, very slow moving and took awhile for the killer to actually appear which I think was more scary to use viewing it than the actual killings.


Even though it had its slow moving moments, I feel that horror fans should check this out. Click the trailer below and decide if this will be for your viewing pleasure. 

 

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Rabid (2019 Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

Rabid (2019 Review) — House Of Tortured Souls

The Soskas pay homage to David Cronenberg’s 1977 cult-classic Rabid with their highly anticipated remake so beautifully with their own twists leaving Easter eggs along this wild ride.

Who else would be perfect to take on the task of remaking such a beautiful classic— no one except for identical Canadian twins Jen and Sylvia Soska (See No Evil 2, American Mary). They made it clear that this remake would not be a shot for shot, but to rather pay homage to David’s film.


Let’s start off with our leading lady Rose (Laura VandervoortJigsaw, Bitten). Rose is an aspiring fashion designer, who like those in that competitive environment is struggling to earn the recognition and respect she deserves from Gunter (Mackenzie Gray), her boss. Rose who was in a car accident many years ago bears some facial scarring and keeps to herself and to her work, but let’s her friend Chelsea (Hanneke TalbotReady or Not) set her up on a date with their coworker. While in the restroom, Rose overheard insults about herself and realized that the date was a set up by her good friend, she then flees the scene only to get involved in an awful motorcycle accident disfiguring her beautiful face.

After having her disfigurement explained to her by the doctor, she’s determined to see the damage and then takes Dr. Burroughs (Ted Atherton) offer time restoring her back to normal using stem cell manipulation.  With nothing to lose, Rose goes under the sketchy operation and it’s very successful, she comes out of it looking fresh and unscathed. But as we all know, a successful surgery with have some some complications down the line and Rose started to experience sexual aggressive episodes in dreamlike states.


Rose discovers how real her dream like tendencies are becoming and her victims are walking zombies craving blood and flesh after being exposed to the rabies she has been spreading.

The remake was a great tribute to the original but played homage to other movies as well. Laura Vandervoort was the perfect candidate to portray Rose and gave a very appealing performance.

Rabid was released to select theatre screenings in the US on December 13th and if you can’t find it at a theater near you, don’t you worry because you can purchase it on Amazon, through Apple, and other sites for your viewing pleasure.

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Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer (Review)

For the past week my newsfeed has been flooded by articles and posts from friends talking about the highly anticipated documentary on Netflix : Don’t F**k With Cats: Hunting an Internet Killer. So I decided to sit down and binge watch the 3 episode series, and was completely blown away by how disturbing yet intriguing this whole case was.


Don’t F**k With Cats takes us into one of Canada’s most infamous murderers of all time, Luka Magnotta. Luka was born Eric Kirk Newman and his first run in with the law began in 2004 when he was convicted of fraud. Trying to turn his life around, he was a big movie buff who wanted to get into acting, when that fell through he started to sell himself as a male escort. Then in 2010, a nightmare on the internet began.


Now this is not for the faint of heart. It’s very disturbing and while a lot of it is not shown in the documentary, it’s left for your own imagination, you know what happens and it’s very apparent as you can hear the cry for help that the cats sound off in the background. 2010 begins with the most disturbing videos ever uploaded by Luka Magnotta. He started uploading videos of himself drowning, suffocating and doing other disturbing things to cats. This then led to a world-wide manhunt to put a stop to Magnotta and his videos before it escalated…. sadly it wasn’t stopped before his next disturbing move in 2012.


Lin Jun was murdered by Luka Magnotta in 2012. It was done in the most gruesome way you could think of. He answered an ad he saw online by Luka and went over to his place not thinking it would be his last day on earth. Luka video taped the whole thing, he killed and abused the corpse and then dismembered Lin’s body and mailed his feet and hands to 2 elementary schools and to the headquarters of Canada’s Conservative and Liberal Parties. He led authorities on a huge cat and mouse chase, carefully crafting clues on purpose to tease them.

Magnotta fled to Europe and was then caught at a Internet cafe in 2014 and sentenced to life in prison. 

Don’t F**k With Cats was probably the best and most disturbing documentary that I have watched thus far on Netflix. It was fascinating to a sense of how Luka schemed and crafted this diabolical tragedy and based it off of a movie. I highly recommend checking this out.

 

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Pop, Rock ‘N New Years Evil Con Review—House Of Tortured Souls

Pop, Rock ‘N New Years Evil Con Review—House Of Tortured Souls

I said goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 at the Eisenhower Hotel in Gettysburg, PA with a bunch of friends old and new.

The celebrity guest list included: Beverly Randolph (The Return of the Living Dead), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), David Howard Thornton (Terrifier), Jennifer Banko (Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood, Barb Wire), Tuesday Knight (A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master), and William Butler ( Friday the 13th Part VII: The New Blood).

This was the most organized and intimate con I have ever attended. Scott Hewitt and his wife Michelle were incredible hosts and did a phenomenal job setting this event up. The hotel was very spacious and was the perfect place to host this con. It was very organized and easy to navigate. The vendors and celebrity guests were all in one big room and then the dinner and party was held in another spacious room with a great layout.


My highlight of my trip was seeing the amazing Felissa Rose, meeting the lovely Jennifer Banko, and just reconnecting with my convention family. The guests were lovely to each of their fans, taking time for each one of them in a personal intimate experience, especially when it came to dinner and ringing in the New Year with us with formal conversations and joining in on the karaoke fun.

I highly recommend to all my fellow con goers out there to check out the next Pop Rock ‘N Horror con at the end of May, you will not regret it. 

 

 

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