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Producer of The Nun confirms a sequel— House Of Tortured Souls

Producer of The Nun confirms a sequel— House Of Tortured Souls

Corin Hardy’s The Nun wasn’t as huge of a a hit in the Conjuring Universe to most fans and critics, but after the money it pulled in, it doesn’t look like they will stop producing more in the future.

As horror fans know, the Nun made her debut from 2016’s The Conjuring 2. Safran has said in the past that originally the Crooked Man was suppose to get the spinoff first, however fans were more curious on the Nun’s backstory.

According to ComingSoon, while it hasn’t been completely confirmed/announced that there will be a follow up to the 2018 film, Producer Peter Safran did tell Entertainment Weekly the following quote:

“I think there is an inevitability to another Nun movie,” Safran said. “We have a really fun storyline for that teed up, so I think that that’s the next one that will be written.”


With that being said, it doesn’t seem like a sequel of The Nun is happening just quite yet, but  with The Crooked Man coming out next year, there’s so much in store for the Conjuring Universe.  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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


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

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


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

 

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Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Into the Dark: A Nasty Piece of Work (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Nasty Piece of Work, the third episode in the second installment of Hulu’s  Into the Dark series, puts a rather dark and humorous twist on this stressful holiday season.

A Nasty Piece of Work follows Ted (Kyle Howard) a decent man and a hard worker who will try anything to go above and beyond to please his boss Steven Essex (Julian Sands). Essex drops a huge bombshell during this Christmas season that no one working hard for the holidays wants to hear—no Christmas bonus. For Steven’s entertainment, he extends an invite to Ted and his wife Tatum (Angela Sarafyan) and to Ted’s work competition Gavin (Dustin Milligan) and his wife Missy (Natalie Hall) for a dinner that both couples will never forget.


Both couples are greeted by Essex and his wife Kiwi (Molly HaganCode of Silence, The Dentist ) where they will lead the men in a “friendly” competition to prove their worth for the ultimate promotion. But how far will not only the men, but their wives as well go to take home the ultimate bonus on which they deserve?


This film has nothing to do with the Christmas spirit but more wholesomely with the greed aspect. It had a perfect twist to it with the appropriate amount of sarcastic humor, bantering, and blood. It’s a bloodthirsty film to which those who “compete” at work can definitely relate to in some twisted way.

So on that note, call into work, steal that bonus and catch this episode along with the rest of the series on Hulu.

 

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GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

Just in time for the holidays, the Gremlins will be back in theaters to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The  highly successful Joe Dante/ Chris Columbus film was released June 8th (USA) in 1984 and will be back in theaters for a very limited run this December.  Keep an eye on the listings, Gremlins will be playing in Regal Cinemas from December 5th thru 11th.

For those of you that may have been lucky enough to see this in the theaters when it was originally released with your parent, as I was, I hope you grab your tickets, and this time, your kids and enjoy it the same way we did!

By now, everyone has seen the adorable Gizmo, and the monsterous Stripe run a muck and wreak havoc , but not everyone has been able to watch it on the big screen, the way it should be!

For those of you who might not remember, …or be old enough to know, Gremlins at its time, was almost pulled during its release, claiming it was to violent and disturbing for children.

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Hitting the theaters also will also be National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, just thought I’d add that in for good measure.

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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Halloween: What it Means to me

Halloween: What it Means to me

I remember my first horror film, I was four, and I stumbled upon A Nightmare on Elm Street. I had fear instilled in me but a curiosity that I cannot explain. That’s when my love of horror and all things spooky began. Ever since horror movies and experiencing putting on a Dalmatian costume at the age of 4, Halloween has always been something that I enjoyed. Walking in the cold Buffalo, NY weather leaves crunching as we ran the block to get candy, then sorting it as we watched a horror movie marathon on AMC. Now, as a daycare teacher, it brings out the small child in me when I see young trick-or-treaters in their costumes and engaging in similar traditions that I have done. –Sarah Gregory

‪ Halloween, to me, is watching the Evil Dead on Halloween Eve. Getting cold walking around the streets, because despite the kids turning blue, they want to collect more candy to fill their buckets. If we have a party it is loads of decorations, making a Shrek Punch with all the different spirits we have with a splash of orange juice, and trays of shots. Then watch as the chaos reigns. If we don’t have a party its a horror marathon while eating the sweets that the kids don’t like and whatever the trick or treaters didn’t take.-Phillip Rogers

Halloween 1988 kicked off my love for the holiday. We had moved to Sydney Australia from Birmingham, England, in September, and I was a hugely depressed child. Inside I was crying to go home, but I always tried to help my mum and dad feel I was actually okay. I didn’t fit in at school (I hated my first Aussie school), and I had no friends other than my two Brothers and my only cousin. So when mum surprised us with this little makeshift party in the apartment, I was happy again. I loved spooky stuff as a kid, and this was such a happy memory after a month of upheaval. So from then on, I always felt excited about Halloween. I raised my two now adult kids to love it too, and although my mum passed away on Halloween night in 2014, I know she wants me to treasure the holiday always..-Michelle “Midi” Pfiefer

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Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

Scare-A-Con (2019 Review)- House Of Tortured Souls

On Sunday October 20th I took an hour drive to Rochester, NY with my friend and 6 year old niece to our first Scare-A-Con experience.  I have attended many cons in various states, however this was my first time attending one closer to home and my first time attending Scare-A-Con.

Let me start off by saying how simple it was getting there and finding parking. There was no hassle or confusion. Upon arriving, the staff was very friendly with showing us where we had to go to get checked in, there was no confusion in finding anything—- there were schedules on the walls which showed where each panel was to be held at their scheduled times. There were 2 big rooms, one with the vendors and one with the celebrity guests. It was nice and organized.


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pon arriving, we walked around the room where all celebrity guests would be, and I stumbled upon the lovely
Loren Molloy. She’s a super woman who does it all— actor, producer, director and author. Currently worked on the upcoming movie Yield. She has such a radiant personality and was very generous in signing one her children’s books for my niece.

We then made our way over to the one and only Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp). It’s always pleasure seeing her at cons. She gained a small fan that day, my niece who charmed her way into sitting with Felissa at her table.

Also had the pleasure of meeting Barbara Crampton (ReAnimator, Puppet Master) and Jonathan Tiersten (Sleepaway Camp). The kindness that they showed their fans is unbelievable, even making it such a pleasant experience for all but mainly how they took on to my niece. I know it’s a day that she will never forget.


Even though it was small and wasn’t a huge turnout on Sunday, everything was well planned and organized and the celebrity line up was pretty good. I will definitely find myself at another Scare-A-Con in the future. 

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

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

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

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


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

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



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

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

 

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Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”:  You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

Queen of Screams announces “Malvolia’s Halloween Party”: You’re invited! (House Of Tortured Souls)

You’re Invited to malvolia’s third annual Halloween party. 

Malvolia to host a killer of a time at her annual Halloween party.

Los Angeles, CA October 15, 2019: It’s almost Halloween, which can only mean one thing! Horror Hostess Malvolia: the Queen of Screams is having her annual Halloween Party! A typical party game results in a killer realization. Malvolia’s Halloween Party WILL AIR ON OCTOBER 24th!

Jessie (Sarah Schultz) is on a mission to crash Malvolia’s Halloween Party. After finding the location on the dark web, Jessie courageously “shows up”. Seeing everything in real life has made her “fan out” and forget that the Queen and her cast of characters are never up to any good.


Written by the series creator, Jennifer Nangle and directed/edited/shot by one of the series’ producer’s, Paul Stephen Edwards, this film will show a twisted, kooky night full of dark laughs
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The film was produced by Jennifer Nangle, Reyna Meree Velarde, Hunter Johnson, and Paul Stephen Edwards. Practical SFX was done by Chronix EFX.

Cast: Jennifer Nangle as Malvolia (That Night) and Sarah Schultz (Friday the 13th: Legacy) lead the cast which also features many of the indie horror circuit’s rising and veteran talents, including Charles Chudabala as Charles (Ugly Sweater Party), Sheri Davis as Bloody Sheri (Hair of the Dog), Thomas Haley as the Movie Exec (Blind), Lara Jean as Sataness (Trust Issues), Hunter Johnson as Hunter (2Jennifer), Brialynn Massie as Bria (Self Sabotage), Carter B. Allen as Mr. Gerald (No Way to Die), and Reyna Meree Velarde as Kelly (For Jennifer). Appearances by Christabelle Glasgow, James Glasgow, Matt Glasgow, Marlee Schaefer, and Leah Schaefer.

YouTube:

http://www.youtube.com/c/malvoliathequeenofscreams

IMDb:

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt11079938/?ref_=ttep_ep4

Facebook:

http://www.facebook.com/queenmalvolia

Twitter:

http://www.twitter.com/queenmalvolia

Instagram:

http://www.instagram.com/queenmalvoli

 

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Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy (Review)— House Of Tortured Souls

Blood of the Mummy is the latest horror film from Sick Chick Flicks and writer/director Christine Parker. The film stars Laura Bridges, Lily Cabrera, Justin Z. Cole, Albert Guzman, Tremayne Blair, Gill Hope Thornton and Terrance Watson

Blood of the Mummy follows Louise (Laura Bridges) who witnessed a tragedy as a little girl when her parents who are archaeologists were murdered in an Egyptian tomb.

Throughout her life, it seems that trouble always follows Louise and when it does, the Mummy shows up to take out those victims around her but spares Louise.

Louise who is now institutionalized, is trying not only trying to piece together the events but she is also coming to terms that if this is a curse , is it hurting her or protecting her in some odd way. 

Louise eventually starts to piece together the truth, also finds herself face to face with not just the Mummy but with who is responsible to how those in her life unraveled so quickly. 

Blood of the Mummy was definitely planned and made carefully but with some minor inconsistencies, some include inconsistent lighting and jumping around a bit here and there but the editing, brilliant acting and the FX totally makes up on those minor flaws. The wrap job on the Mummy was phenomenal, and was very believable. 

Blood of the Mummy has been bouncing around the film festival circuit, if you get the chance to catch it, I highly recommend you do so.

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School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

School Spirit (Into the Dark Review)

August is here and going quickly which only means one thing when you are a kid… school is coming. In the 11th episode in the Into the Dark series on Hulu appropriately titled School Spirit, a few teenagers are in for a deadly treat with their first detention of the school year. 

In high school, there are the typical cliche labels of all individuals. In this Breakfast Club meets Scream vibe, we have our miss perfect star pupil Erica (Annie Q. — Alex Strangelove, The Leftovers). This Ivy League student is among a treat to the other regular delinquents in detention. 

Just like at any school, there is a myth that an old teacher who died from a prank gone horribly wrong , comes back every year and preys on the students, more recently 2 students are actually missing. 

With the recent events of the two missing students, you have the typical alcoholic principal “showing concern” while he tries his best to lock the delinquents in a room as they do their cleaning. The introductions of the goody two shoe students to the partiers who “have nothing going for them” worked out perfectly in the beginning then it went downhill right to their fate. 

A rotting corpse is responsible for each missing teen, going from rebelling with alcohol and weed to wanting to be the best they can be, they are picked off one by one.

For me it has the perfect amount of cheesy teen drama and rebellion with a I Know What You Did Last Summer vibe. You don’t know what to make of it and it definitely holds your attention while you piece together on who the killer may be. 

If you are looking to find out the do’s and don’ts of what not to do in school then this movie is for you. Check out the trailer below and also catch up with the series on Hulu. 

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John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

John Carpenter scoring on both Halloween sequels

With Halloween Kills and Halloween Ends just announced last month, the details are very limited with just knowing the release dates (October 16, 2020 & October 15,2021) but all that is important right now is that John Carpenter is providing the music. 

Through sources with (Comingsoon.com), John Carpenter himself told ComicBook: 

I loved it, it was a lot of fun. And I’ll do the score, do a new score. That’s always fun.”

Halloween Kills will be released on Friday in October of 2020. David Gordon Green will be directing and co-writing the script with Danny McBride and Scott Teems. Halloween Ends will be released on another Friday in October but in 2021. Green is also on board directing but with McBride and Paul Brad Logan and Chris Bernier.

When any new information arises, we will keep you up to date. 

 

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After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

After watching The Boys. Karl Urban needs to star in a horror movie

Growing up, I read a few issues of The Boys, which was an insane comic that was somewhat of an underground hit that later on grew with fans. For it’s over the top violence, sexual activity, even poking fun at beloved comic characters we all know and love.

This was a time where comic movies and TV shows were far to none. A few gems came here and there, especially if we got a rated R comic movie Christmas for everyone. With comic books now being more mainstream among media outlets.

It’s become apparent that studios are willing to give shots to not household names such as Batman, Wonderwoman, Superman, Green Lantern, etc.

The Boys finally arrived at Amazon studios giving us gratuitous sex, violence, and language from author Garth Ennis who’s famous for his run on The Punisher. I finally got a chance to sit down and watch the series. I was deeply impressed and just wanting more, but it was over done to the point it felt with some episodes as fillers. The Boys, “A group of vigilantes, set out to take down corrupt superheroes who abuse their superpowers.” 

The show gives us a gritty look at superheroes that are terrible people, and the bad guys are good. It’s a slippery slope where we see Butcher (Karl Urban)balance between right and wrong for the greater good but also fueling his vendetta towards “Homelander.” The series “Superman.”

Without spoiling it, it’s excellent that’s full of humor, gore, violence some cool cameos that never really feeling bored or drawn out. We get some questions answers and answers with more questions, but this is a TV series so be prepared for a character development along the way. The season ended with this perfect mix of a “Fuck you” to Butcher who next to Homelander is a terrifying character.

You see Homelander is scary because he has superpowers of that like Superman. He doesn’t have any weaknesses, but mentally it’s a match of head games throughout the series whether it’s the Vought corporation or later on with Butcher.

Now Karl Urban in the show is scary because he’s walking that line of a good guy and a bad guy. His judgment clouded at times so yes he’s fighting for the greater good, but it’s also become a vendetta against the “supes” as he calls them. This is just like Sheriff Wydell from The Devils rejects and just like in this show Butcher shows no remorse towards supes, which would make great for a horror movie. Even in Dredd, which is a criminally underrated movie, he was a badass that showed no remorse. In one episode particular there’s a scene where (Butcher) slowly stalks a superhero, confronts him and proceeds to bash his head in like nothing. Imagine the scene from Halloween (2018) but with way more blood and face-smashing. Even in one scene, he shoots a superhero with a high power weapon in broad daylight without flinching.

As the show ended, all I know is that I wanted to see more of The Boys and or at least see Karl Urban play a slasher in a horror movie. The Boys is playing on amazon right now.

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Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

Universal pulls THE HUNT off it’s Sept schedule

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

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

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

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

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Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock (Into the Dark Review)

Culture Shock is the highly anticipated 10th installment in the Into the Dark series which puts a whole new twist and perspective on the American Dream, focusing on what has been circulating on news stations: immigration crisis. 

Gigi Saul Guerrero (Mexican-Canadian filmmaker) created this horror story by channeling her own Mexican heritage. 

Culture Shock follows Marisol ( Martha Higareda ) a pregnant Mexican woman (that is due at any time) who is trying to cross illegally into the United States to start a fresh life for herself and her baby. With all risks, something unexpected is usually bound to happen. That is exactly what had happened to Marisol and thought she traveled with, border patrol came through and swiped away any potential freedom they yearned. 

Through the mist of the chaos, Marisol wakes up to find herself in an over the top perfect neighborhood. Each day she finds herself waking up in a perfect Stepford Wives scenario with a perfect dress and being greeted by a caretaker named Betty (Barbara Crampton— ReAnimator, You’re Next, Death House). It sounds ideal but Marisol soon catches on with what should have been a fresh start for herself and her baby but soon becomes the “All-American” Nightmare.

  As Marisol sets off for the start of her day, the perfect scene of eating pie and decorating for Independence Day, she starts to recognize Santo (Richard Cabral) one of the other crossers who was on the same bus as her. He went from the rough tattooed-edge look to now having robotic mannerisms and a big smile plastered on his face. It becomes clear not just to Marisol, but for the audience that her people are being stripped of their customs and being brainwashed by “American standards.”

Culture Shock is just a huge wake up call in the midst of how we portray ourselves as a country to what you see plastered on the news. Guerrero’s political twist into the horror genre works out perfectly, it will make you angry, and concerned and just has a major twist to it in the end. If this won’t open your eyes, then how much does it show that we just avoid important issues day to day? After all, lately it’s been one big horror show to some.

Check out the trailer below and then I highly suggest you go watch it on Hulu. And while you’re at it, check out the rest of the anthology because there’s only 2 episodes left before this comes to an end. You won’t regret it. 

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Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin movie review

Dracula’s Coffin,  a Hawthorne House Films and Barton CT Productions brings you a film by Stephen Wolfe. Based on the story by Brian Hardin II, Matt Spease and John Vasilio , Wolfe brings you…back in time with an 80’s feel to a story of blood, lust , hunters….and boners!

P.J. Starks (Volumes of Blood / Volumes of Blood :Horror Stories/ Volumes of Blood 3: Devil’s Night) , is  executive producer of the film, and when he reached out to me asking if I’d care to review a film that he was involved in, how could I say no!?!

Dracula’s Coffin is the story of young Josephine (Sarah Pohl) who is hired to house sit for a very horny Abe Vanhelsing (Matt Boca), who is on his way to Transylvania to go “hunting”. But before he does so , there’s only one condition…”Don’t go in the basement!” Well all is fine and dandy till her boy band boyfriend Freddy (Tim Robinson) comes over and insists they of course check out the basement.

Low and behold , Dracula’s Coffin is found, the lid is popped, and back from the dead Count Dracula(Justin Herman) comes ready to take vengeance, feed and rebuild his army .

A lot is packed into this film. A small cast, all very well acted. Strong production , sound and lighting really set the mood well.

The campy 80’s feel of the film sets the mood from the very beginning and stays true till the very end.

Dracula’s Coffin is a fun 26 minute short that will have you laughing out loud , feeling nostalgic and wanting to break out all the old classic vampire films. My opinion, this is a great film to show at any Halloween get together!

Keep an eye on Wolfe as his 2nd film Doll Factory will be out in late August , as well as he has signed on to be a part of Rocky Gray’s 10/31 pt.2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cheers to you Stephen Wolfe, a job well done!!

 

 

Keep it evil.

 

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SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

SGT. D IS COMING, AND YOUR ON HIS LIST!

 

Neca toys has announced the release of true music icon Sgt. D! The mascot of 80’s super- group thrash band S.O.D or Storm Troopers of Death will be making to the homes of once headbangers everywhere.

Break out the cassette tapes, and dust off the jean jacket with the sleeves cut off and covered in metal band patches cause 1985 is back ! S.O.D consisted of Scott Ian / guitar and Charlie Benante  / drums (both from Anthrax, Dan Lilker/bass( Nuclear Assault) and front man Billy Milano (Method of Destruction) . The thrash band was known for their lyrics dealing with racism , stupid people… and drinking milk.

The band best known for the riff ripping song “The March of S.O.D” and “Speak English or Die” the band created a mascot and Sgt.D was born. So here we are 34 years later and Sgt. D is coming back to life.

Neca Toys will be manufacturing the 8 inch action figure that will have a removable helmet and comes equipted with machine gun…..very suiting.

 

Having grown up with 80’s metal, S.O.D was on my turn table as well as on cassette in my Chevette and Sgt. D was as iconic as Eddie from Iron Maiden. As a matter of fact, by boy Sam-skull gave me a Sgt.D patch a fews years ago…yes i still have it Sammy!

Neca Toys has created some incredible figures , many that i own…but I’m really excited about!

So if Sgt.D doesn’t make to my stocking this xmas…Santa’s ass will get a major beat down!

Sgt.D is currently available for pre-order for $32.99

Keep it evil!

 

 

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Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Exclusive look at Violet & how you can help out with the film

Samuel Vainisi has been a part of some big films such as THE BADMAN and Teratomorph. With the release of his short films, Breathe, Senses, Akrasia. He’s now behind the camera again working on his movie “VIOLET.”

In a few weeks principal photography will be wrapped. Small funding will take place where fans can donate to the film. Truth be told with some great talent including one of Marcus Koch doing fx who you may know from such films as Bloodshock and Song of Solomon. He’s bringing some new fx to the film.
House of Tortured Souls was lucky enough to get an exclusive scene along with some pictures. Samuel has this to say about the experience of working on his film:

“This movie isn’t a horror movie, it does have its moments, but at its core, it is about showcasing the lingering trauma of rape. I began working on this film three to four years ago now, and I pretty much opened up my chest and grabbed my heart and tossed it out for the world to see.

Violet is more than a movie; it’s a message. While we were on set wrapping up this one last scene before getting kicked out of a location, I thought I was desensitized from the script. I can handle it, I thought. We were shooting the rape scene. Now, in my movie, I don’t want to show nudity, and I don’t want to show the rape. I want to have some footage to sprinkle into the film, for Violet to remember – and we the audience can get an insight into what happened to her. Now while shooting this, I just broke down. I kept yelling cut because I couldn’t take it, it was too real, and it kept reminding me of the past. But hey… maybe thats a good thing. If it affected me this much, perhaps it will affect the audience and get my message across better.”

With that being said in this day in age of movie needing funding, my question is, why not? Film perks from a guy with enough credit to his name not only working with some exciting new faces of horror, but now he’s behind the camera working on his first feature film that isn’t short — tons of talent, an impressive script. Every prominent filmmaker started somewhere might as well be there at the beginning with Samuel. Here’s a clip from Violet

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