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Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

Bill Oberst Jr. my interview with the nicest “horror villain” working today in the industry

After watching the movie DIS by Adrian Corona. I was blown away by it. If you haven’t seen it rent/buy it on Vudu, and Amazon. The actor Bill Oberst Jr caught my attention with his performance so, with the chance to sit down and talk with the man whom you have seen in many movies I had to jump on it. Let’s breakdown the man that is Bill Oberst Jr. and hear his thoughts on films, history and the art of horror. 

 

  • JA: Tell our readers and me a little about yourself. How it all began for you?
  • BOJR: Oh, Jai, it’s the oldest story in the world (well, the oldest story in the world of entertainment, obese-unpopular-bookish-bullied-and-terrorized-straight-A-sissy-kid-with-horrific-acne retreats into fantasy and learns, to his surprise, that he can make a living there! Who knew?
  • JA: You used humor and impressions to get by in school. I know that Ray Bradbury is a huge influence for you. Did Bradbury inspire you to go to star in horror movies?
  • BOJR: About the same time, I discovered Ray I found my first copy of Famous Monsters Of Filmland Magazine, run by one of Ray’s real-life pals, Forrest J Ackerman. While Ray got my head into fantasy, Forest turned me on to old-school horror. Monster makeup and reprints of the old EC Comics followed quickly, and boy, I was in deep: life-sized posters, Dick Smith’s course, claiming my dad was an undertaker so I could buy Mortician’s Wax, seeing Lon Chaney’s mask get ripped off for the first time, sneaking out at night to walk around the yard like a werewolf…thank God for Ray and Forest. They came along at exactly the time I needed their wonderful weirdness in my strange young life.
  • JA: The movie DIS from Adrian Corona is very metaphorical and symbolic. Did he explain the movie to you beforehand or did you just read the script with knowledge on what to expect?
  • BOJR: Adrian explains nothing. His work stands there, meaning he’s my favorite kind of director. At the start of the shoot, I asked questions, but he answered with quiet mumbles, so I took his cue and sank into the silence. The silence was very appropriate for DIS, and it pervaded our set during the entire shoot. A lot of hushed conversations.
  • JA: What was your initial impression filming DIS and watching it complete?
  • BOJR: My initial impression was filming it: “This is the most grueling shoot of my life.” My initial impression was watching it: “And it was all worth it.” I am very proud of DIS and of being part of a film that uses cinema as a metaphor; that does not explain itself. I’d rather do ten films like DIS than one vapid blockbuster.
  • JA: You got lavish praise for your role in Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies as Abraham Lincoln. Do you think you would play another historical figure in any genre?
  • BOJR: The history geek says “Yes, please.” I’d love to. I played General W.T. Sherman in a docudrama ten years ago and still have fond memories of it. Playing Lincoln was a dream role for a guy like me (even if I had to stand on a box.)
  • JA: You’ve played many characters ranging from children’s films to dramas and horror. Do you have more fun playing say a villain or perhaps a good guy? I say this because once you’re a nice guy with a face to match like very trusting and caring. Does this also help to play villain roles?
  • BOJR: Ah, you are an astute one, young Jai! Yes, being a “good guy” inside with a “bad face” outside does indeed help in playing villain roles. Moreover, you know, I don’t think villains ever think that they are villains….we all have such self-delusions. I enjoy mixing vulnerability and melancholy with malice. That’s the gold standard for me. My face helps.
  • JA: I know you’ll be in 3 FROM HELL the new movie by Rob Zombie which is the third film of his Firefly trilogy. You strike a resemblance to Bill Moseley a little bit. Do you two share any scenes in the film? That’s if you can talk about it because I know the film has been extremely hushed about the post-production.
  • BOJR: I do share a scene with Bill, and we’ve done another film together since that one wrapped, with even more scenes together. I love working with Bill. He’s a great talent. Horror is a niche world within the larger world of film, so everyone tends to cross paths again and again. Last year I was shooting a film which Dee Wallace was also in, and we were talking about this: it was the third film we’d both been in that year alone. I can say that working with Rob Zombie was a slice of inspired madness – he’s quite unforgettable
  • JA: Speaking of clowns since Rob Zombie is notorious for using them. You played an evil clown in Circus Of The Dead known as Papa Corn. Which is a sleeper hit in the underground horror community? Tell me about your experience with that. Did you enjoy playing a character that you normally haven’t played before?
  • BOJR: Thank you for mentioning Circus Of The Dead. That character was terrifying to play because his worldview was completely nihilistic. For Papa Corn, there is no meaning. In anything. Which gives him license to hurt as the whim strikes him. I find this to be a truly horrifying worldview, and being inside of a man who held this view for the weeks of shooting that film was deeply affecting. I had nightmares afterward, and that has not happened since I played Father Simon in Children Of Sorrow. Billy Pon has made an unflinching, disturbing movie, and my hat is off to him. However, I can’t watch it again, at least not alone.
  • JA: Finally, speaking of the circus as stated you’re a huge Ray Bradbury fan. In my opinion, the most underrated sci-fi fantasy thriller is “Something Wicked This Way Comes.” I think you would be perfect as Mr. Dark. Would that be a character you would love to play or do you think you’ll be suited for someone else from the novel?
  • BOJR: Oh, I’d crawl across broken glass with my tongue dragging the floor to play Mr. Dark! I do get to do it onstage in the new show Ray Bradbury Live (forever) as Ray himself doing a reading from the book (Ray was a great performer of his material), and I have to tell you that I look forward to climbing that bookcase with relish. Mr. Dark scares the hell out of me. He knows what we want. He offers what we want. Also, as Bradbury says in that book, “Why would the devil buy souls when he can get them for free…when most men jump at the chance to give up everything for nothing?” Would I take Mr. Dark’s tainted bargain? Would you? Who can say? That’s the real fear.
  • JA: Thank you so much for taking the time to talk to me. I along with your fans appreciate getting to know a little more about you and your work.
  • BOJR: Hey, thanks for the opportunity to speak with you and with House of Tortured Souls readers! I love hearing from folks around the world, so hit me up on social (I’m billoberstjr everywhere such as imdb youtube instragram facebook twitter billoberst.com. I’ll try to keep making better and better movies. I love this genre with all my creepy little heart, and I’m proud to be associated with it




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Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

Fullmoon is making a Blade (Puppet Master) spinoff movie!

It was reported this week that Fullmoon is making a Subspecies V film with Radu coming back. But we’re getting a new Puppet master movie, well a spin-off film!  The film plot from Fullmoon is as follows: 

Blade: The Iron Cross, being directed by John Lechago:

“For decades the fans have been clamoring for it, and now Full Moon delivers with the first standalone feature debut of one of its most beloved (and most frightful) characters: the hook-handed maniac puppet, BLADE! Charles Band’s PUPPET MASTER series continues as an unspeakable evil from Blade’s past emerges in the form of a murderous Nazi scientist named Dr. Hauser. As Hauser’s heinous crimes are discovered, the psychic war journalist, Elisa Ivanov, awakens Blade, and together the bloody journey of revenge begins. It’s Herr Hauser’s reanimated undead army versus a possessed doll and a beautiful vengeance-seeking clairvoyant! Who will win, and how will it affect the Full Moon Universe?”

This is very exciting because it seems like Fullmoon is going back to their with some old school classics with the new plan called The Deadly Ten. Ten films all released at once! Including a sequel to Head of the family: Bride of the Head of the family. Expect these an all other films next Valentines day 2020! For more info check out the link below

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[Film Review] The Curse of La Llorona

[Film Review] The Curse of La Llorona

From the producers of the Conjuring Universe (including James Wan) and director Michael Chavez, who makes his full-length debut with this release, comes The Curse of La Llorona. La Llorona, or the weeping woman, is an actual urban legend/folklore from Mexico. It’s the ghost of a woman who’s crying while looking for her children whom she has drowned in a river.

She causes misfortune and affliction to people who hear here or are near her. At least to me, that sounds like a promising plot for a scary movie.

La Llorona could even become a modern horror icon, and it deserves a good film. Unfortunately, they don’t succeed.

Sometimes, in paranormal and supernatural horror movies, what you don’t see is scarier than what you see. It’s smart to make the viewer use his/her imagination and make it afraid that way. In this movie, they show La Llorona’s face, up close, in all her beauty, really early on in the film. They use cheap CGI-effects to portray her. From far away she looks pretty creepy, but up close the adverse effects destroys all the uncertainty and creepiness from her. When we have so good makeup artists, I don’t see the reason for using CGI for scares. 

Now to the even more disappointing fact about this movie: it’s a part of the Conjuring universe. They just had to do it, didn’t they?

Couldn’t they make it a stand-alone film? The connection is very vague though. Father Perez, the priest in the first Annabelle movie, has a small, unnecessary role in this film. It’s obvious he’s just there so they could make the Conjuring connection. It could have been any priest. He tells the lead actress about the legend of La Llorona and how he after the Annabelle experience now believes more in the paranormal. The actual “exorcism” though isn’t even made by him, but by a Mexican shaman of some sort. Every movie made in the Conjuring universe has been excellent. Modern classics, all of them. Up to this one. Even the Nun, which many people complained about, is a masterpiece in comparison to this. 

The movies in the Conjuring universe is characterized by high production value, fantastic camera work, good lighting, a creepy atmosphere, tasteful use of jump scares, eerie sound design, great acting, and a Christian connection. The Curse of La Llorona fails in almost every point, except for the Christian connection and the camera work.The cinematography is; actually, it looks perfect. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have that scary, creepy atmosphere that we all love from the other movies in this universe. 

One thing that bothers me is that the director, Michael Chavez, also will direct Conjuring 3. It is said that James Wan was testing Chavez out with this movie so he could be ready for the new Conjuring. 

Not only did Chavez destroy the Conjuring universe with this movie, now he has the power to destroy the Conjuring franchise with the third movie.

 

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Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

Yes, Swamp thing is still happening! Plus get your first look at the teaser for the show!

It was reported earlier today SwampThing was going to be no more. Myself along with many fans were heartbroken what with the success of Doom Patrol and Titans the DC app has been showing continuous success with the shows. Not holding back on language or violence.

Well folks don’t worry SwampThing will deliver just that the show which will be produced by James Wan has promised to see horror like violence and gore in the show. Derek Mears (Friday the 13th and Hatchet 3) will be playing SwampThing here’s the synopsis of the show. The show was cut from 13 episodes to ten episodes for creative reasons. I’ll be more than happy to take that instead of losing the whole series.

“Swamp Thing” centers on CDC researcher Abby Arcane (Reed). When she returns to her childhood home of Houma, Louisiana, in order to investigate a deadly swamp-borne virus, she develops a surprising bond with scientist Alec Holland — only to have him tragically taken from her. But as powerful forces descend on Houma, intent on exploiting the swamp’s mysterious properties for their own purposes, Abby will discover that the swamp holds mystical secrets, both horrifying and wondrous — and the potential love of her life may not be dead after all.  

Below you can see the teaser trailer for the show premiering May 31st!

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Fox developing Fear Street movies based on the books plus cast announced!

Fox developing Fear Street movies based on the books plus cast announced!

With the success of the Goosebumps movies, there was always talks about doing something along the lines of Fear Street. R.L Stine has always been a great writer growing up myself included we grew up reading Goosebumps and eventually grew into Fear Street which has many, many, many stories that can be adapted for movies and TV shows.

Hollywood reporter broke the news that an intended trilogy is in the works right now being filmed back to back in Atlanta. Gillian Jacobs along with Kiana Madeira, Sadie Sink, Olivia Wench and Fred Hecinger Jr. The first film will take place in 1994 in the town of Shadyside focusing on a group of teens who discover deadly events of their town that have been going on for some time. The films will be directed by Leigh Jeniak

 

As of right now, it’s hard to say if this will be released theatrically, TV, or streaming. This was in talks before the merger, but now that the merger is official we will have to wait, but it’s confirmed it’s moving forward.

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Did Capcom just hint towards a remake of Resident Evil 3?

Did Capcom just hint towards a remake of Resident Evil 3?

The biggest game of the year is a remake of an old PS2 game. Resident Evil 2. Given the game back then was a game changer and fun. For years people remastered a scene or two to show what could be capable. In 2015 that all changed when Capcom announced that RE2 would get the remastered look.

 

The game came out with considerable sales in just over a few months being one of the most talked/played games in a long time. Personally, the game is an excellent reminder of the good old fashion survival horror games, but capcom just posted on their twitter that raises many questions. So, we’re getting a Resident Evil 3 remake? Remember 3 takes place before 2. It’s hard to say what will happen, but with the sales for the 2 it’ll be insane for capcom did not do Resident Evil 3

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The Act: Episode 5 Review

The Act: Episode 5 Review

We are getting closer and closer to the end of the series and in episode 5 titled “Plan B” things get very heated. We start this episode in 2015 with Gypsy engaging in cybersex with her “boyfriend” for two years, Nick. They create this fantasy where they escape into it, Nick having Gypsy call him ‘Victor ‘ his alter ego who saves Gypsy from her evil mother from all the bad she puts her through. Gypsy interrupts and comes up with a plan, she booked him a bus ticket and will convince her mother to get out of the house so the two can finally meet and that he can make a good impression on her mother. 

It skips to Nick working at his pizza job to start saving up so he can make this visit with Gypsy happen. It shows a quiet and shy Nick learning how to put the pizzas in the oven but dropping them every time. While his boss is patient with him, it seems that Nick lacks the confidence and gets frustrated inside to where he is seen standing outside in costume yelling for customers to visit the shop as if that’s the only simple task he can handle. 

It now pans to a very tired and sick Dee Dee who snaps at an anxious Gypsy who is over talking and begging her to go anywhere rather it be Disney or the zoo. Dee Dee apologizes for the outburst and settles to take Gypsy to the movies to see Cinderella. You can view all the anxiety in Gypsy; all she wants to do in her 20s is be free and have a relationship other than with her overbearing and over-controlling mother. With each argument and any put down that Dee Dee does to Gypsy, you can see it in Gypsy’s eyes, the exhaustion and her willing to do anything to get out of her mother’s wrath. During another video chat with Nick, she informs him to wear the nice shirt that she sent him and where to meet them along with how to make a perfect impression. 

The day is here, and with Gypsy knowing on who she will be finally seeing she wants to look her best. What her mother has in mind, dressing her adult daughter in a Cinderella dress and wig. As much as Gypsy refuses she still puts on the dress, in her mind she’ll look like a princess for her Prince Charming. Once arriving at the theater , Gypsy asks her mother if she can have a treat like sharing a soda to where Dee Dee snaps. As they pick their seats, Gypsy keeps looking her shoulder in anticipation and Dee Dee begins to notice how fidgety she is and even questions her about it. Nick enters and sits behind them, trying to start a polite conversation, however Dee Dee calls him out and moves Gypsy away causing Nick to walk out. Gypsy questions her mother asking why she has to talk to people that way and then excuses herself to the restroom in hopes of finding Nick. 

Once Gypsy heads to the restroom, Nick meets her there. Finally, the two can embrace, get to touch whom they fell in love with the last two years of talking. Taking longer than usual, Dee Dee gets restless and goes to search for her daughter, upon arrival to the locked door, she can hear soft moans and laughter inside. Feeling uncomfortable, Dee Dee heads back to the movie to which Gypsy arrives around the ending of it. Nick attempts again to hold the door for them and to start a conversation to where Dee Dee completely snaps. Both Nick’s and Gypsy’s facial expressions say it all. They grow cold.

With how Gypsy and Nick are beginning to execute their plan, it seems that Gypsy starts to reconsider, especially when Dee starts to apologize, you think the apology would be about her overreacting, but it’s more about how she didn’t give Gypsy a treat at the theater. Symbolism plays a big part at the end of the episode. Especially when it comes to the final scene with Gypsy going to the hunting store in the mall to purchase a knife; she even goes as far as to ask the guy behind the counter to what he would recommend. Red paint was dripping, red handle on the knife.. only leads to one thing — Dee Dee’s fate.  

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Let’s get Robert Englund a Star on Hollywood!

Let’s get Robert Englund a Star on Hollywood!

Horror is finally being acknowledged alot more lately and has and always will be a very vital genre. With that being said, folks at Nostalgic Nebula and HorrorPulse/ Flatline TV have launched an IndieGoGo campaign to find a star on Hollywood’s Walk Of Fame for Robert Englund. He is the poster icon of horror portraying Freddy Krueger in Nightmare on Elm Street

Robert Englund has over 160 film and television credits to his name and has transcended the characters he has embodied over the years as a cultural icon.

With hopes of this happening for Englund in 2020, those who contribute to the campaign can get the following perks:

  • Limited edition commemorative t-shirts and sweatshirts 
  • Enamel pins (Limited Edition- Low Quantity)
  • Exclusive Artwork on Robert’s many roles
  • Horror Boxes
  • Raffles
  • A lucky few of you can be a top tier contributor and attend an exclusive celebratory party (Location TBD6 on the day of the Star ceremony (Date TBD) with horror film elite.

According to the campaigns official website:

”Robert’s Nomination will be submitted to the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee by May 20th for the May 31st deadline and Committee selections will take place in late June. The Star ceremony date is TBD after an agreement is made with the Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee. Funds for this campaign will be used to cover the installment and maintenance fee with the Hollywood Walk of  Fame, associated fees, and taxes and contribution gifts. Additional funds will be used to produce a documentary covering the journey to get Robert Englund a Star in the Hollywood Walk of Fame as well as documenting the Star ceremony.”

If you agree that Englund deserves a star and would like to contribute then click HERE

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Desert Moon (Press Release)

Desert Moon (Press Release)

”Desert Moon”set to film May 2019. 

H2 CREW to Unleash a Terrifying Beast. 

Los Angeles, CA April 15, 2019: Independent horror producer/director Thomas Haley announced, to everyone’s surprise, late last week his first directorial feature in the horror genre. It is filled with a killer cast mixed of Indie Horror’s veterans and up and comings. 

Desert Moon, written by Joe Knetter (Terror Overload) and story by Thomas Haley, will begin filming early May with a release date at the end of 2019!! 

The Cast: 

Sarah French (Art of the Dead, Root Wood) stars as Lizzy. 





Jennifer Nangle ( Malvolia the Queen of Screams, Irrational Fear) stars as Alicia. 

Richard Grieco (21 Jump Street, If Looks Could Kill) stars as Sheriff Del.

Thomas Haley (Lilith, The Crossing) stars as Bruce. 

What we know about the story from the character break down is: Bruce (Haley) and Alicia (Nangle) are on a camping trip celebrating their tenth wedding anniversary where they meet a lone traveler, Lizzy (French), in a town where Sheriff Del (Grieco) is in charge. However, the movie poster gives us a terrorizing hint that a werewolf type beast will be causing some mayhem.

On the production side, Vincent J. Guastini ( The Last of the Mohicans, Dark Tapes) will be creating the special effects. Adam Beck (Camp Twilight, Booze, Broads, and Blackjack) is the cinematographer, shooting on RED’s Helium in beautiful 8K. 

For more information click here for the facebook link and click here for the Imbd page 

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Beetlejuice Remake Not In the Works

Beetlejuice Remake Not In the Works

With Tim Burton and Michael Keaton teaming up with Disney’s Dumbo, the main question asked is where is the sequel to Beetlejuice after these rumors for years. From a few resources, it has been said that Warner Bros. was still developing a new Beetlejuice, but it’s been a while since there has been an update. 

USA Today has been the latest source to say that Warner Bros. is no longer developing Beetlejuice 2. Burton himself who was asked on what is happening with the sequel responded with this: 

”Nothing, nothing. I don’t know. I doubt it [will happen].”

The sequel could work out eventually in my opinion, but I don’t think it will happen until it catches the right attention. However, Burton, Keaton, and Winona Ryder have all said they would be on board with it. With all the remakes today, I won’t be surprised if they finally put it into the works in the future.

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Pet Sematary-Revisioning a classic

Pet Sematary-Revisioning a classic

 

Good morning people of the internet. So I had a chance to check out Pet Sematary. Or what ever the spelling is. Really, this remake was again more of a revisioning..like Evil Dead or NOES.

Horror fans are assholes, and much like metal heads. I hate being wrapped in these cocoons. Some people make us all look bad. When a new vision of something comes out the community gets all bent out of shape. Again, these are the same people that have universal monsters and hammer monsters on the same shelf.

The negative attitudes towards new things always over power us non assholes. Whom find good qualities of reformatted movies. This meaning, for months there was “controversy” in the community over this flick, due to 1) it being a remake, again..the same people that bitch about remakes are the same people that say Disturbed’s version of “land of confusion” is better than Phil Collins. The main issue of that..they think Disturbed is cool. So does their opinion really count for anything?

2) There were a couple changes to the story which comes with the territory of remakes and 9/10 times improves upon the story. Of which these SLIGHT CHANGES did infact improve upon.

In short, the movie was great, the tiny changes really made it a better movie adaptation. Instead of Gage getting hit by the truck, Ellie was the one, which actully did not affect the story at all. I’m not sure why people are saying that it did honestly yall are fucking weird. There was a splash of focus on Jud’s wife and a very cool way to include that.

Pay attention to the little things that pay homage to the original, like the truck driver. If you don’t get that part then are you even in the right place to complain about this flick? I have asked several people if they noticed.1 person knew what I was talking about.

People that complain about it yes are entitled to opinions but look at their collection before taking it into consideration. Trying to be cool doesn’t score horror brownie points. I like a classic just like the next guy, but a better version is ok to admit to like as well.

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The Act: Episode 4 Review—House Of Tortured Souls

The Act: Episode 4 Review—House Of Tortured Souls

This article contains Spoilers so if you have not seen this show yet; I suggest you start catching right up.  In this weeks episode titled Stay Inside, it starts in 2013, two years after the events from episode three. It shows a handsome man mowing the lawn and a curious Gypsy staring out the window. Dee Dee catches her daughter swooning over the man and whisks her away to bath her.

While bathing her 19-year-old daughter, you can see that Gypsy is very tired of being treated like a child. While bathing Gypsy is getting out of the tub to be dried off, she ends up getting her period. You can tell with her smirk that she showed no remorse as it is natural while Dee Dee is upset that she did not have the time it right and has to clean it up. 

After the morning events, Dee Dee goes to the doctors. It turns out that the real sick one in this situation is Dee Dee herself, who has type 2 diabetes and her doctors are very concerned with her high blood sugar which they try to control it with insulin. It seems that Dee Dee had some sick enjoyment in getting Gypsy to do her injections for her and to have her daughter take care of her health as a grown woman. Her deteriorating health still does not stop on how she belittles Gypsy.

Let us jump to the next part—- Gypsy’s “18th” birthday. Gypsy brought up about how she is finally happy that she knew her mom keeps changing the year she was born, her mom keeps sticking to her story and ends it quick by bringing out her present, two guinea pigs. To me, even though there is no age to own any pet, a guinea pig seems like what you would give a small child. As an 18/19-year-old girl, there are plenty of other wants. However, Gypsy being ever so sweet and excited over her new pets, she sneaks out on the porch with one of them where Lacey her neighbor spots her and visits her.

It is tough to shelter a young girl, especially a teenage girl who is hormones are going wild. Moreover, with Lacey befriending Gypsy and including her with typical teenage girl gossip, the main topic that came up that had Dee Dee boiling inside was: boys. Lacey introduced Gypsy to a Christian dating site, Gypsy’s face lit up like the 4th of July when she saw all types of boys looking for “love.” When a weak Dee Dee found out, she confronted Lacey, and in the midst of it she passed out in the road. 

With Dee Dee being sick and not properly caring for herself, she receives a phone call to talk to a Gypsy for her birthday. Dee Dee lies about it explaining Gypsy does not know about her birthday since she may not have many left with a procedure she will need soon. Dee Dee is trying to keep control over Gypsy, and with Gypsy being an adult with rights to decide unless proven otherwise… Dee Dee becomes manic as she realizes she may not be able to get away with this from everThe final scene takes us to the mall; Gypsy convinces a very ill Dee Dee to sit down to rest, in that process is where Gypsy takes herself to the store to buy herself a laptop. The laptop means one thing… internet dating. With Dee Dee not feeling well, she pages Gypsy over an intercom, and they go home. Gypsy creates an online dating account and soon meets Nicholas Godejohn (Calum WorthyDr. Dolittle 3) who helps Gypsy discover her dark sexual side and introduces her into BDSM. Gypsy takes a liking to him as he is charming and accepting of her. One night when Gypsy fell asleep, Dee Dee discovered the laptop and smashed it. Gypsy wakes up in a panic and fights with her mom; in that process, Dee Dee ties Gypsy up to the bed. The amount of verbal, physical, and emotional abuse that she endures will make your stomach turn. 

This show so far has been a wild ride. You feel for Gypsy the entire time, hoping someone out in public would catch on or get some sense that something is not right. Each episode is full of anxiety as you watch it and I cannot get enough. 

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The Nun 2 is on its way

The Nun 2 is on its way

Love it or hate it, The Nun 2 is in the works. The 2018 release of The Nun, directed by Corin Hardy and written by Gary Dauberman brought with it $365 million to the box office yet left many horror fans seemingly not impressed. Producer Peter Safran recently told Entertainment WeeklyWe have a fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that is the next one that will be written.”

With the high box office sales, you can bet that Warner Bros. is going to be pretty anxious to keep the trend rolling by pushing out another film, soon! So I am sure The Nun 2 will not be too far off.

I will not be in line buying tickets as I was one who felt like I sat thru 90 minutes of a gimmick that had no other intent than to try and market merchandise …..good old Hollywood Horror!

I hope The Nun 2 proves me wrong, but as for now the best part of it to me is the poster art that was created by artist/musician(bass player for metal band Life of Agony.) Alan Robert who has created/illustrated The Beauty of Horror series adult coloring books.

No tentative date or cast has been mentioned, but with this kind of financial backing, I am sure it will not take long, and we will do our best to keep you up to date.

Keep it Evil.

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[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

[Trailer] Scary Stories documentary is coming with a limited release and VOD

With the excitement of Scary stories to tell in the dark hitting theaters, horror fans have been waiting patiently with little teasers, posters, behind the scene pics. It is a treasure among fans.

Ok, the stories are great but it is the illustration that grabbed our attention, but for some people, not so much. Remember these were kids books with horrific details in the illustrations that would terrify any child.

Now a documentary The documentary called SCARY STORIES is headed our way in theaters will debut in select theaters via Wild Eye Releasing beginning this April. Following the limited theatrical release – which includes Los Angeles, New Orleans, Columbus, and Texas  will be available on VOD in May with a DVD release set for July.

The film will feature over 40 interviews with family members of Alvin Schwartz to folklorists to even authors such as R.L. Stine.

April 26th starts the limited theatrical run. A VOD release will be on May 7th to a DVD release on July 16th which is perfect for fans who want to get ready for the Aug release of the movie. Below is the trailer for the documentary

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Poltergeist—To be Remade *Again*

Poltergeist—To be Remade *Again*

“They’re hereeeeee!” Marvel directors Joe & Anthony Russo are waking up MGM’s burial ground after the 2015 remake of Spielberg’s and Tobe Hooper’s classic film, Poltergeist

This remake is produced by the two filmmakers who are behind Marvel’s films such as Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Captain America: Civil War, Avengers: Infinity War, and Avengers: Endgame.

With Marvel movies under their belt, I am curious to see what direction they will take this supernatural horror film. Hopefully, more news will come out soon. If you have any thoughts or comments, I want to read them. 

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AHS: Season 9 to pay homage to slasher movies

AHS: Season 9 to pay homage to slasher movies

Ryan Murphy revealed today that Season 9 of American Horror Story is called 1984 and will be paying homage to slasher movies all in that era, like Friday the 13th

Ryan posted the first teaser for AHS: 1984 on his Instagram and it shows a masked killer stalking unknown female holding a huge knife

Right now, the only alum in this series is Emma Roberts and Olympian Gus Kenworthy who was casted in this season. They will play a couple that is under attack from the mysterious killer. Evan Peters revealed stated that he won’t be back for this season.. 

I checked out the trailer, and it looks like this season will have great potential and will do justice with a horror movie homage. 

Check out the teaser trailer below ⬇️⬇️

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I’m Just F*cking With You (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

I’m Just F*cking With You (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Once a month I look forward to the new episode released from the Into the Dark series on Hulu, and the seventh episode I’m Just F*cking With You did not disappoint.

Adam Mason who is the director of this episode has turned the favorite pranking holiday into a perfect blend of dark, twisted “jokes” mixed with murder. It stars Hayes MacArthur (Super Troopers 2, A Haunted House 2) as Chester Conklin— a sleazeball motel manager and bartender at the Pink Motel and Lounge,  who has a sinister smile and awful humor. Chester goes too far this time with his guest Larry (Keir O’Donnell—The Runaways, American Sniper). Larry is a timid individual who also is a stickler when it comes to being neat and is pretty much a loner. He’s traveling to attend one’s wedding of his ex-lover. Don’t let his quietness and timidness fool you, with quite the alter-ego online. He created the name ProgrammingFlaw3489 where he posts crude and offensive, insulting comments, he’s a troll if you will. 

When Larry arrives to the Pink Motel and Lounge, he is greeted by Chester behind the bar. Larry is exhausted and is waiting for his sister Rachel (Jessica McNameeSirens, The Meg) to arrive, in that process after introducing each other, Chester immediately starts crossing the line with his obscene and horrid humor. After each “prank” is where he announces his catch phrase ‘I’m just fucking with you.’ 

With Rachel not responding to any of his texts or calls, Larry becomes very concerned that something has happened to her. After calling her again and calling the police, Rachel finally shows at the hotel, and that is where Chester goes out of control on the siblings. 

Without giving it away completely, with the majority of the film being focused on just Larry and Chester, you start to see how their characters compliment each other. In a sleaze-ball maniac kind of way. My heart was racing to listen to each comment Chester would make to Larry because it was not a straightforward answer, it had to be drawled out, and a dangerous situation turned into a light joke. It had the perfect amount of raw senseless humor, torture, and blood. It was cheesy yet brilliantly done. 

 Check out the trailer below, and if you have not been caught up in this anthology yet then you are in luck, they are all up on Hulu in the order you should be watching. ⬇️⬇️

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Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Exclusive pictures for Harrison Smiths “The Special”

Having previously written and directed Zombie Killers, Camp Dread and bringing together the expendables of horror in Death HouseHarris Smith is a filmmaker who has become synonymous with the horror genre. Therefore It comes as no surprise that there is much interest growing following the release of his new teaser trailer for The Special and House of Tortured Souls is excited to give our readers an opportunity to take a look at some exclusive pictures for the film.

The Special will be directed by Harrison Smith, using the script written by Mark Steensland and James Newman, which has been adapted the script from their original novella. It tells the story of Jerry Harford who believes that his wife is having an affair. Taking the advice of his best friend who urges him to fight fire with fire, it ends up with some horrific results. Harford begins a nightmarish trip down a surreal rabbit hole that gives Fatal Attraction a dark spin.

Harrison Smith reunites again with collaborator Felissa Rose as associate producer and stars a talented cast including; Davy Raphaely (Camp Dread, Zombie Killers), Sarah French (Death House, Rootwood) and David Sheridan of Scary Movie” fame. The film also includes special cameos from Howard Stern’s Richard Christy, pro wrestler Chris Jericho and singer, musician Howard Jones. Harrison Smith describes the film as “a great warning to infidelity, and I see it as a “Midnight Horror Chick Flick” and urge any woman who has been cheated on to “see this film with someone they hate.”  For more information check out the trailer link right here.

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‘Doctor Sleep’ Footage with Easter Egg teasers to ‘The Shining’

‘Doctor Sleep’ Footage with Easter Egg teasers to ‘The Shining’

Mike Flanagan’sDoctor Sleep” which based on the novel by Stephen King, is the sequel to his iconic novel and movie “The Shining.” The movie stars Ewan McGregor who will play an adult version of Danny Torrance portrayed as an alcoholic who attempts to get sober is hit with a reawakening on his “shining” powers. He also meets a young girl who shares the same ability he has while working at a hospice center.  

Warner Bros. showed off the first footage from the film, and it shows Danny Torrance by s campfire which is talking about how to deal with his problems which would be from decades ago. Also included in the footage was a title that said “Witness the Conclusion,“ it’s to “Doctor Sleep” being the true ending to “The Shining” saga. It was very brief footage, but it started with a shot of a car driving through the forest which is similar to how “The Shining” began and ended with Danny looking up and seeing ‘Redrum’ written on the mirror. The original music also played.

Alongside Ewan McGregor, Rebecca Ferguson, Carl Lumbly, and Alex Essoe are also on board in this film. 

Mike Flanagan has been one of my favorite directors lately, as he is the man behind films as Hush, Oculus, the series The Haunting Of Hill House and now Doctor Sleep will be the second King adaption that he has directed, the first being Gerald’s Game.  2019 is proving to be the year of horror, and I cannot wait to see what this film has to offer. 

Doctor Sleep is set to be released into theaters this year on November 8th.

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Crowdfunding Campaign Begins For Sleepaway Camp Documentary

Crowdfunding Campaign Begins For Sleepaway Camp Documentary

Michael Perez EntertainmentFor the last few months reports surface that a documentary on Sleepaway Camp was en route.  Titled, “Angela: The Official Sleepaway Camp Documentary” is now officially in the crowd funding stage.  Launching this week on Indiegogo, the campaign is already approaching $6,000 out of the goal of $65,000.  It still has over two months remaining.  The driving force behind this is Michael Perez.  Perez is responsible for several other documentaries and serves as a talent agent for several actors, including several stars of Sleepaway Camp.

Michael Perez EntertainmentSleepaway Camp is the ultimate of 1980’s cult slasher, that has made actress Felissa Rose a legend (especially at conventions).  Felissa Rose will also serve as an executive producer.

There are several options to pledge and become a part of this campaign, with backing starting at just $15.  There will be a limit of 5,000 copies of the blu ray of the film.  That pledge is $40.

Michael Perez EntertainmentTo view the campaign and/or make a pledge to it, click HERE.  The expected release for the documentary is October of 2020.  Their FACEBOOK page offers updates and announcements of who has signed on to be featured in the documentary.

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