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Monster Reviews: Phantasm 1979 – 40th Anniversary

Monster Reviews: Phantasm 1979 – 40th Anniversary

When it comes to the greatest horror film of all time, Don Coscarelli’s 1979 classic is in the running. It is a frightening fantasy with one of the most iconic and unforgettable slashers the genre has to offer, The Tall Man.

Celebrating its 40th anniversary this month, it is only right we pay tribute to a film that spawned 4 sequels, over 37 years. The all to the recent passing of Angus Scrimm in 2016, has left a huge hole in the horror genre and in our hearts. Luckily, we got one last film with the iconic Tall Man, although fans feel the series did not receive a proper ending and that Phantasm: Ravager was an unsatisfying finish to the most consistent film franchise in the genre.

The 1979 Coscarelli masterpiece is a brooding, dimension jumping, monster fighting, gore-filled classic. It is one of the most complete and flawless old school horror films out there. It is honestly one bad ass piece of cinema and the most fun you can have, watching a horror film. It brings out your inner child and gives you that youthful jolt we all look for from time to time.

The story is absolutely unlike anything else. It is such a twisted and sad tale, full of wonder and imagination. The performances are amazing, as well as the directing, makeup, and music. The costumes are phenomenal and still the best out there. The gore and yellow mustard colored blood (embalming fluid) really adds a creepy ambiance to the film and give it that fantastical vibe. It is a thing of pure beauty.

The sets are spooky and intimidating. They really give the film and dark and macabre touch. The dialogue with sincerity really causes you to be a part of the film. It allows you to escape reality for a while and lose yourself in another world. That is what a good film should do.

The acting is top-notch, despite the film appearing a little rough and rugged around the edges at times. That’s just a product of 70’s film making and a reflection of that time. However, the essential four main actors all give legendary performances, separately, each in their own rights.

Reggie Bannister as Reggie the ice cream man is one of the top hero horror roles in the entire genre. He is the ultimate good guy, comparable to that of Dean Winchester from the TV show Supernatural. His lifelong pursuit of the Tall Man eventually lands him as the lead protagonist of the franchise, as he appears in every film.

The roles of brothers Jodi (Thornbury) and Mike (Baldwin) and their battles with Tall Man are simply spectacular. It is a never-ending, multi-dimensional, epic battle of good vs evil. A. Michael Baldwin gives such a heart filled performance as the younger brother Mike. And Bill Thornbury is the epitome of cool older brothers. He has sensational throughout the series, along with Baldwin (although another actor stepped in for in the second film, returning in the third installment).

But of course, the ultimate character and performance of a lifetime go to Angus Scrimm as the mortician Jebediah Morningside, aka the Tall Man. His portrayal eventually gave birth to one of the most iconic slashers to ever grace the screen. The Tall Man’s sheer strength along with his Lurkers and magical spheres, make him one formidable opponent, and one scary ass villain. Would dare even say the Tall Man is scarier than the Boogeyman himself, Michael Myers.

If you have not seen this masterpiece or the most consistent and well-rounded franchise in horror, what are you waiting for? Just remember, when you are driving down that winding dirt road, chasing the Tall Man, be careful and watch your back. You never know what might be lurking in the dark. Beware the Tall Man… boy.


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Hush(2016) Staff Pick— House Of Tortured Souls

Hush(2016) Staff Pick— House Of Tortured Souls

Over the weekend I decided to revisit the 2016 slasher/thriller Hush on Netflix. Hush is directed and edited by Mike Flanagan and was also co-written by Kate Siegel (The Haunting Of Hill House, Oculus) who also stars in the film. It was produced by both Trevor Macy (Intrepid Pictures) and Jason Blum (Blumhouse Productions). The film stars John Gallagher Jr. ( 10 Cloverfield Lane, The Belko Experiment), Michael Trucco ( Next, Ablaze, The Bye Bye Man), Samantha Sloyan ( Scandal, The Haunting Of Hill House) and EmiliaEmmaGraves

Hush takes us into the life of Madison “Maddie” Young (Kate Siegel) who is a deaf-mute woman that lost the ability to hear and speak at a young age. Maddie lives in a house in the woods with her cat, very secluded and shut off from the outside world. The film starts off with Maddie talking to her friend Sarah ( Samantha Sloyan) who also happens to be her neighbor over a book that she is returning that Maddie wrote. You can see the closeness and excitement that Sarah has with how Maddie writes. After their visit comes to an end, you see a panicked and bloodied up Sarah banging on the doors begging Maddie for help that same night. She was being chased by a masked killer and unfortunately, Maddie is unable to help as she could not hear her friend crying out for her. 

The masked man catches on that Maddie is, in fact deaf as he managed to sneak into her house and takes her phone as well as cuts the power off and destroys her car. Maddie senses that she is now stuck and locks herself in her home after attempting several times to escape, even coming across her friend Sarah’s body as she checks her pockets for her phone to use.  She does everything in her power to make sure she survives at the end of his sick game.

Without giving more away as I would love for you all to please watch what I deem as an underrated film, the masked man walks around with his crossbow not only stalking but torturing and taking advantage of Maddie who he thinks is helpless since she can not hear. It has a ‘Strangers’ vibe to it, such a great psychological thriller and cat and mouse game where you start to feel for her with not being able to hear around her but also not underestimate her survival skills. 

Please check out the trailer below and I highly recommend giving this a shot on Netflix ⬇️⬇️:

 

 

 

 

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Friday the 13th: Lawsuit to settle soon—-House Of Tortured Souls

Friday the 13th: Lawsuit to settle soon—-House Of Tortured Souls

As most know, the Friday the 13th lawsuit between the original scribe Victor Miller and the original director Sean Cunningham,  were still far from finalized. Even though Miller regained control over the franchise that launched in 1980, it is expected that Cunningham will appeal the decision. 

Larry Zerner who played Shelly in Friday the 13th Part 3 became a major source of information for fans of the Friday franchise. Zerner became a patent lawyer after acting and has been explaining all the confusing and complex information in this ongoing lawsuit. 

Zerner now said the lawsuit could end in the next two weeks as the chances are 50/50 that Cunnigham will choose to settle. Hopefully in the next two weeks this is settled. I’m curious as to what you fans think about this situation. Write comments below or on our Facebook page. 

 

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The Act (Hulu series) First 2 episode Review—House Of Tortured Souls

The Act (Hulu series) First 2 episode Review—House Of Tortured Souls

I am obsessed with true crime and as soon as I saw that The Act was being made into a series on Hulu, I was all ready to watch it in anticipation. The Act is a true crime anthology series that premiered on March 20th and focuses on the real life of Gyspy Rose Blanchard and the murder of her mother Dee Dee Blanchard

The 8 episode series was created by Michelle Dean and Nick Antosca. It stars Patricia Arquette (Medium, A Nightmare On Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors, Holes),  Joey King ( Ramona and Beezus, Slender Man), Chloë Sevigny ( Lizzie, American Horror Story, Zodiac), AnnaSophia Robb (Soul Surfer, Race to Witch Mountain, The Reaping), and Calum Worthy ( The Big Year, Bodied).

The first episode of the series focused around Gypsy (Joey King) and her mother Dee Dee (Patricia Arquette) who just moved into a new neighborhood and you can already tell how different they are. Gypsy is a young teenage girl in a wheelchair and has every illness you can imagine, well at least that’s what her mother has said and is telling everybody. They become acquainted with all their new neighbors, especially with Lacey (AnnaSophia Robb) and Mel (Chloë Sevigny). Lacey befriends Gypsy by giving her a makeover and you can tell that for once Gypsy felt “normal” and it’s hard to do with her overbearing and paranoid mother always at her side. At a get-together, neighbors can be nosy and pushy and you can see the nervousness and tension that Dee Dee has as she explains all of Gypsy’s illnesses and allergies. She spends every second of every day at Gypsy’s side and even within the first episode, you can see how it’s deteriorating Gypsy from the inside out as well as the neighbors starting to sense that something doesn’t seem right. 

The second episode focuses on Gyspy receiving the “Child Of The Year” award which makes Dee Dee feel like she’s mother of the year. Before the big award ceremony,  Gypsy has her teeth retracted which causes one doctor to be very skeptical about Gypsy’s condition. Every antic Dee Dee causes like refusing the removal of Gypsy’s feeding tube, sparks the doctor suspicion to where she calls CPS. Without giving more away from this episode, you can already see how intense and odd this case is. Makes you squirm and yell at your TV for the doctors to wake up and see that Gypsy is suffering in an abusive situation from her mothers doing

I highly recommend checking this series out. There are 2 episodes right now on Hulu and the 3rd episode airs on March 27th. Check out the trailer then make sure to tune in every Wednesday. 

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‘The Boy 2’ Gets An Official release date

‘The Boy 2’ Gets An Official release date

It has been three years since The Boy was released now The Boy 2 will officially be released into theaters on July 26, 2019.

The second installment will focus on a family moving into the Heelshire Mansion estate who is unfamiliar with the history. Their young son makes a new friend who he eerily calls Brahms. This film is once again directed by William Brent Bell and will star Katie Holmes, Ralph Ineson, Owain Yeoman, and Christopher Convery

The Boy 2 will be released around the same time that the Child’s Play remake and Annabelle 3 will be hitting theaters, I’m curious to see how Brahms will handle the competition. The first one had a great storyline so let’s see how the second plays out, I can’t wait to see and hear more news regarding this sequel. 

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[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

[RIP] Writer/Director Larry Cohen has passed away

Sad news to report in the horror community. Writer/director/actor Larry Cohen has passed away at the age of 77 it was confirmed early this morning. It is unknown on the cause of death, but he lived a full life by bringing so many classic films to the big and small screen.

For those unfamiliar with his work, he is best known for THE STUFF, It’s Alive and writing Maniac Cop, Captivity, Ceullar, and Phonebooth. The last film that he directed which was called, Pick me up as part of the Masters of horror anthology

So many films to learn the technique and craft. Thanks for the memories Mr. Cohen they will live on forever.

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Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!

Disney takes ownership of Alien and Predator!

 

Yes! You read that correctly Disney has taken ownership of Alien and Predator!

In a recent $71.3 billion deal back in December, Disney has now taken ownership of most of 21st Century Fox’s assets. Beating out Comcast in a huge bid to secure many of Fox’s biggest franchises, Disney has been scarce on information about the future of the more adult material they now own.

In all the acquisition includes 21st Century Fox’s renowned film production businesses, including Twentieth Century Fox, Fox Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Fox Family and Fox Animation; Fox’s television creative units, Twentieth Century Fox Television, FX Productions and Fox21; FX Networks; National Geographic Partners; Fox Networks Group International; Star India; and Fox’s interests in Hulu, Tata Sky and Endemol Shine Group.

So what does this mean for film fans? Disney now not only already owns the rights to make the future Marvel films (including the Deadpool films, pledged to remain at their current R rating), and the Star Wars franchise. This means they now own Alien and Predator!

Yes you read that right!

Alien and Predator will now be Disney films, technically.

So, what does this actually mean will happen to the films? Will they become watered down shells of their former selves? Will more films be on the horizon?

Earlier this year Disney Chairman Bob Iger did inform the press that “They (Disney) plan on keeping Deadpool an RRated brand and plan to further include RRated film brands in their future product portfolio.”

Is this R-Rated portfolio set to include these two new acquisitions?

Fox’s movie studio is expected to be significantly downsized once the deal is the future and Disney seem already set to take over Fox’s two biggest film franchises, Avatar and the XMen.

Reports say they may plan to scale back production of costly movies that “don’t fit its family-friendly, franchise-focused formula”, people close to both companies have said.

Fox is under obligation to present themselves as though they will survive this acquisition regardless, according to Fox studio sources. This means continuing to make movies and develop new ideas with no certainty as to what Disney will decide to do with them once the deal is finalised.

Will Alien and Predator have a future with Disney? Only time will tell and the House of Tortured Souls will surely, like many horror fans, be keeping a firm eye on future developments.

 

 

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Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

Black Summer: Official Trailer Released—House Of Tortured Souls

The official trailer for the Netflix new series Black Summer has just been released and already has the ‘Walking Dead’ vibes. 

A quick synopsis: Rose (Jamie King) is torn away from her daughter during the early days of the zombie apocalypse. She sets out on a journey to go and find her only to encounter hurdles and strangers along her way.  

Check out the trailer below and also tune into Netflix on April 11th to start Rose’s adventure during the first season. ⬇️⬇️

 

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From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

From Hell to Amazon: My interview with Colin Bressler

A while back on Facebook I stumbled upon this ad for a film premiering here in town called Domestic Hell. I messaged the director about it to see if this is a horror film to review. We talked and he explained It was more of a thriller and drama. Intrigued by our talk I had to check it out. After seeing the movie we talked again and I had to make time to schedule an interview well after some time and our schedules permitting we sat down and talked. Colin is a super nice guy and he was excited that his film was going to stream on Amazon prime! So if you get a chance buy or rent the movie. We’re both from San Antonio and I had to help out a fellow fan of film and good guy!

  • JA: Tell us about your start. How did it all begin for you?

 

  • CB: I feel in love with film early in my life, my parents love cinema and exposed me and my brother to it early and spoke of the great films all the time.  This created an air of a sort of magic to cinema for me since at that time my imagination was developing so it was a perfect storm and I was hooked. I knew I wanted to make films for a longtime and studied films. Then I went to film school in NYC school of visual arts.  There I actually feel in love with cinematography and began shooting everything I could in film school to learn. I left school and started shooting indie films in NYC. I have for over 20 years worked as a DP in TV, and film. Been a great journey.

 

 

  • JA: I saw the film and it was really compelling on the delivery of emotion. Did you have these actors in mind when writing the movie?

 

  • CB: I had Scotty Walker who plays Jack in mind since I had worked with him before and we had an incredible relationship. Billi Reyes who plays Olivia had also been in my last film and she’s great, so I knew I’d work with her again. The rest of the cast was cast through online websites and word of mouth. I was blown away at the talent level for this film since we had so little budget.  Truly an A plus cast.

 

 

  • JA: When watching the movie, I couldn’t help but notice a lot of around our home town of San Antonio. Were a lot of businesses open to your film making or was this in some cases small favors to shoot a quick scene or guerrilla film making?

 

  • CB: a little of all of that, we were incredibly fortunate in that many places in the film were so open in allowing us to film in their establishment and at other times we had to shoot guerrilla and get shots as they had afforded us. Have to be strategic in when you shoot so you can get a location with ease. all about being flexible.

 

  • JA: The film is a gritty realistic look at domestic abuse, Not really a horror movie, but more of a thriller or drama with horror elements. Do you think you might venture into different realms of horror?

 

  • CB: Yes absolutely to date I’ve directed a ghost story called Sleepover, a slasher called Bloody drama and now Domestic Hell a thriller drama. So yes, I want to explore the genre a bit but also for me I’m not the biggest believer in pure genre. I think a film can float a bit around genre themes and still be a coherent piece. I enjoy not being tethered to tropes of genre. I like just dreaming up stories and then allowing them to find those themes.

 

  • JA: We talked before where you told me you wanted to use real situations in life for this movie did you draw inspiration from any movies by any chance?
  • CB: Yes, Stanley Kubrick’s The Shinning was a huge inspiration in tone and sound design. I wanted to create a real threatening tension, a ticking time bomb of sorts. And we used sound to in an away irritate the viewers sense into enhancing the friction that the characters were living within. In the shinning no matter what’s happening there is a sense of doom over everything. And the shining uses sound and music so well to enhance this feeling of danger and eventually violence. I worked with a brilliant sound designer and composer named Colin Chinchar.

 

  • JA: The film is going to premiere on Amazon streaming, which by the way, congratulations. Are you hoping this film will not only educate people that domestic abuse is sadly real and still happening today, but also be entertained with an interesting story line?

 

  • CB: Yes and thanks for this question. The subject matter is very difficult and real, so in developing the story I always kept in mind that many many people. Have experience things that happen in the film, so I wanted to try to make the film also about healing, and hopefully shedding some light on a real issue in our world. We’ve done a few screenings and have partnered with a local women’s shelter to raise money and awareness. For me this is central to the purpose of the film, which of course we want to entertain and leave the view thinking about the horror of living in such a situation.

 

  • JA: I think it was awesome how you had the premiere in one of the locations where a scene was shot. You donated part of the proceeds to the local women’s shelter, but the other part will be used to fund your next film. Can you give us any details about your next work?

 

  • CB: Yes so, I recently completed the screenplay for my film Remy’s demons which is about a man’s coming of age story dealing with demons both inside and from the depths of hell. It’s one part satanic possession film, one part odd love story, and one part a story of misunderstandings and inner tension.  I’m so excited to make another one and will be shooting all of it in San Antonio.

 

  • JA: Finally, is there any actors from Texas or in general you would love to work with in the future?

 

  • CB: Of course, I’d love to work with the greats from here Mathew McConaughey and others but for now I’ll take anyone with passion for the craft of acting.
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Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Time for the second course! A script for MEG is in the works

Love it or hate it the movie MEG did surprisingly well at the box office making 500 million world wide. So naturally a sequel is in the works. Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura was asked about the status about the film over on Cinema Blend which he said: “We’re working on a script. Yeah. So you never know until you get a good script. … I was very thankful that the audience got that we were just trying to have fun, [and] not take ourselves seriously at all.”

Nothing is set in stone just yet for a release date, Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted! Jason Statham has stated he was hoping for the first movie to be as originally planned. A gory shark movie, so maybe this time we’ll get it. There’s quite a few novels from the writer Steve Alten so one must think how many will we get or could it just be a mash up from some of the books? Either way fans of Meg be patient because it’s being worked on. No word yet on a Director or cast but we’ll keep you posted!

 

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Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

Monster Reviews: Polterheist 2018

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

Comic Book Review ‘Inside Us All’

I recently got an opportunity to take a look at the latest comic book from writer and artist Benito Andino II. Inside Us All is a sci-fi/horror short which despite only being five pages, still manages to deliver quite an impact.

Remember when you were a kid and school was awesome and you had many friends? Yeah me neither…and vengeance is sweet. Bullies vs. vengeful disabled children. This comic is dedicated to my 2 disabled children. You are my world. 

As mentioned above the theme of the comic deals with bullying and from the start we are introduced to Becky, a young girl who is running away from a group of students. Suffering with cerebral palsy she finds it difficult to outrun her attackers and decides to hide in the toilets but is subsequently found. Trapped and with nowhere to run, Becky is badly beaten by her attackers who laugh as she pleads for them to stop. However, as they begin push her too far, they soon realize that Becky is not alone and they themselves become the victims.

Violence and blood are regular fixtures in Benito’s work and fans with be please to know that he does not disappoint, as the tables are suddenly turned on the bullies. As with a lot of Benito’s previous work, there is often a justification behind the violence and a reason why you either support or oppose their actions.

With some of his previous work Benito has stepped back from some of the artwork, concentrating more on the original story and lettering for the comic. However, for Inside Us All in addition to the story he has also taken on the responsibility for the drawing and colorization.

The style of the comic, which often changes with his work,  is once again different to what I have seen before.  The Anime style artwork which he uses here is perfectly suited to the sci-fi/horror styling of the story and adds a more fun playful violence when the tables are turned  – even though students getting ripped apart in most genres is not normally perceived as ‘fun’.

Inside Us All is a short but effective comic, that further portrays Benitos abilities to adapt with both his stories and visual designs. In comparison it is far removed from the first comic of his which I was introduced to called Heavyweight Messiah. The story is left open and there are a number of ways in which the story can explored, and I am looking forward to seeing where he takes the comic next.

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Bruce Campbell Joins Cast for Netflix’s new Animated Series—House Of Tortured Souls

Bruce Campbell Joins Cast for Netflix’s new Animated Series—House Of Tortured Souls

Netflix is turning the bestselling books The Last Kids on Earth into an animated series, the voice cast was announced this week. Deadline reposts that horror icon Bruce Campbell (Evil Dead) will mend his voice to the series alongside Mark Hamill, Rosario Dawson, Catherine O’Hara, Keith David, Garland Whitt, Montse Hernandez, and Charles Demers. Nick Wolfhard will voice the main character, Jack Sullivan.

The Last Kids on Earth follows 13-year-old Jack Sullivan and a band of suburban middle schoolers who live in a decked-out tree house, play video games, gorge themselves on candy, and battle zombies in the aftermath of the monster apocalypse. It’s a hilarious series filled with wisecracking kids, crazy gadgets, a lifetime supply of zombies and giant-sized monsters.

Developed by Atomic Cartoons, the animated series is set to launch later this year. Max Brallier, the writer of the books, is participating in the series as creator and executive producer. Scott Peterson will serve as showrunner.

I’m curious to see how this animated zombie series will turn out, it has such a collective cast of voice actors that I see nothing but good coming out of this. I can’t wait until this comes out. 

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MonsterMania Con Review

MonsterMania Con Review

I ventured out 6 hours to Cherry Hill, NJ this weekend to attend Monster-Mania Con 42. Like all other conventions I have attended, I try not to be nit picky since it can’t always run perfectly but I’ll get into the positives and negatives shortly.

To start, they had a really good line up this year. Such celebrities include Danielle Harris (Halloween, See No Evil 2), Meatloaf (Rocky Horror Picture Show), All 4 cast members from The Craft (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, and Rachel True), Christina Ricci (The Addams Family, Casper, Monster), Dolph Lundgren (Rocky IV, The Expendables), and the “Heartbreak Kid” himself Shawn Michaels

Friday which was the first night is usually a hit and miss, sometimes it’s not too packed but boy did I underestimate how it would actually be. It was no where to what a Saturday looks like but it was a little close to it. First, what I normally dread is parking. It gets insane when you have to pay more money to park somewhere. The hotel was kind enough to run shuttles every 15 mins to a location where you can park for free, one thing to cross off the stress list. Now brings us to inside the building right at the start of con, some of the lines were unnecessary, those who already had wristbands could have been let in at the start time, there was no need having them linger in line with those who were waiting to get their wristbands, it started to cause confusion and blocked the entrances to where everyone was on top of each other or couldn’t walk by. 

What I liked was that they now scan your wristband each time you walk in, prevents from scammers which I have seen quite a bit of on the Facebook page with them selling or giving them away. They were also quick to come up with a solution for Fairuza Balk missing her first night. A lot of people bought The Craft group photo op they had to keep pushing the times back since Fairuza ran very very late. I think they handled it very efficiently, they posted about it in their new app and group page and offered a solution right away which was a refund or to have their op on Saturday or Sunday.

They had 2 rooms for the guests and 1 additional room upstairs just for Christina Ricci. In my opinion, if possible they should have spread out the major headliners in one room just so that the rest of the celebs had room at their tables. They had to form 2 separate lines one for Shawn Michaels and one for Neve Campbell in a tiny hallway where everyone had to stand in a file line to make room the best they could, they tried their best to be organized with it but it still had the fire marshals showing up with entrances being blocked. I know that they put all 4 girls from The Craft together for a reason so that when you meet one you have to meet them all, but they could of either been spread out or in the room upstairs with Christina. 

Now brings us to Saturday (which was also my last day here). It was jammed pack like usually but seemed a little more manageable. They capped the lines off when needed and the halls were cleared so there was a tad bit more room to walk by. The main room when you walk in was way too tiny to fit about 7-8 celebs in, it resulted into 3 big lines which went out by the main entrance. However, I will give it to the volunteers who kept up on everyone and did everything they could to keep the lines moving. Before leaving, I had to do at least one photo op. That was the fastest photo op I have ever done. The lines were taped off, everything went so smoothly. I actually enjoyed waiting in line for once. 

Highlight for me would be reconnecting with my “con family”, meeting Neve Campbell, doing the Twins bloody photo op, attending Q&As and just being a part of all the epic-ness. 

I honestly don’t have any other comments I can make, lines will always be a part of cons and it was so nice to see small changes being made to MonsterMania each time I attend. Definitely will not be my last time going.

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Could Sinister 3 be in the works?- House Of Tortured Souls

Could Sinister 3 be in the works?- House Of Tortured Souls

 While I was a big fan and enjoyed the concept of Sinister, a second one was made to which it didn’t do the first one justice, and now personally, I hope it just stays that way and that a 3rd one won’t be added to the installment.

It’s been 4 years since Sinister 2 was released, and there hasn’t been much talk on if Sinister 3 could be a possibility in the near future. During a Q&A on Twitter, when asked if Sinister 3 could be a possibility, Jason Blum replied with a “Nope”. But, Blum did say that he has been thinking about bringing “Bughuul” back in some sort of small screen project.

There also has been a rumor that there could be an Insidous/Sinister crossover. Now that, I wouldn’t mind seeing, or see a movie on how Bughuul became who he is. But for now, there is nothing set in stone so all we can do is wait. 

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An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s.

As the title says “An Aussie Abroad: A visitors guide to New Orleans infamous Marie Laveau’s” but I  will be looking at the film and television history of the town itself.

During my recent month long stay in the U.S.A (I’m based in Australia but born in the U.K), I was fortunate that my fiancée and I were able to visit New Orleans, Louisiana.

I had heard of many aspects of New Orleans that were a film fan and horror hound and occult fans wet dream!

So naturally my first stop was to the incredibly popular voodoo store Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo, on Bourbon Street which is a popular place to drink, eat and see many musical acts.

Marie Laveau

At  Marie Laveau’s though it’s a more occult theme. The store is full on every inch of each wall, with voodoo charms and Knick knacks from Gris Gris and Mojo bags , for many desires in life, to three legged pig ornaments meant to wish the bearer luck.

Three legged pig for good luck

The House of Voodoo itself was established over 30 years ago, with the aim of “assisting in the spiritual guidance and magical needs of locals as well as visitors.” They have an array of dedicated and helpful staff who are willing to answer any and all questions you may ask and also serve as “psychic advisors”. The items they provide (for sale) are aimed at helping one through their path to find love, money, attraction, protection, and good luck.

Purchases from Marie Laveaus

It is also said that should you receive a blessing from Marie Laveau, that you must do something good for someone else. So remember to pay it forward.

New Orleans may help many find their spiritual centre, but as a town itself it is home to the production of 10 infamous, and award winning, films in cinematic history. These were A Streetcar Named Desire (1951), Easy Rider (1969), Pretty Baby (1978), Steel Magnolias (1989), Sex Lies & Videotape (1989), JFK (1991), The Pelican Brief (1993), Interview With A Vampire (1994), Dead Man Walking (1995), and Ray (2004).

Outside Marie Laveau’s House Of Voodoo (one of the store, one with my partner), Canal St, and shooting a film on Bourbon St

However many wonder about New Orleans iImpact with the specific genre of Horror.

Interview With A Vampire was a huge hit when released in 1994, based of Lousiana native author Anne Rices novel. Her other book (within her Vampire Chronicles series) Queen Of the Damned was also turned into a film starring Aaliyah and Stuart Townsend. Since then news of her series being further explored through the realm of television has arisen.

The notable television series American Horror Story also has some roots within New Orleans, featuring the town heavily in series 3 “Coven” and shooting scenes from series 4 “ Freakshow” (not Florida as it represents). Alongside HBO’s True Blood, which filmed its early series in Lousiana on location In towns such as Shreveport, Baton Rouge, Mansfield, Clinton and many more.

Also currently on television are horror themed shows like the Vampire Diaries spin off The Originals.

Its easy to pick out shooting locations but the French architecture around you once there and many primary locations are just a stones throw from the main roads , like the Boarding house in A.H.S Coven.

Feature horror films that have been shot on location in New Orleans and other Locations in Louisiana include Candyman 2: Farewell To The Flesh, The Skeleton Key, Hatchet, Solstice, The Final Destination (number 4 in the series), Cirque Du Freak: The Vampires Assistant, The Reaping, The Paperboy, And Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter.

There are many more and I implore you to visit this wonderfully creepy lovable state and explore its history both with the voodoo/hoodoo and films and television aspects.

Just be prepared to hear the cries of “LAISSEZ LE BON TEMPS ROULER” (Let the good times roll) or “WHO DAT?” (The call of every patriotic New Orleans Saints fan) as you stroll through the streets.

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Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Monster Reviews: Space Trash Bag – short film

Every now and then you find those truly genuine pieces of horror cinema that just blow you away and leave you starving for more. They are usually few and far in between, but every once in awhile you get extremely lucky and hit the jackpot. While it may not be your typical horror film, Space Trash Bag is definitely a prolific piece of celluloid that needs to shared and spread like a disease.

Space Trash Bag is a Spanish splatter film, unlike any other other. It’s essentially a short film made up of a series of fake trailers, pieced together to form one viciously twisted piece of cinema. It’s similar to what Rodriguez and Tarantino did at the beginning of their Grindhouse films. Except this isn’t a combination of trailers of separate films. Instead, it’s a handful of trailers based on one individual film, Space Trash Bag.

Don’t let the complexities, or simplicity, of it fool you though. It delivers on all accords! It gets your blood pumping and raises your excitement, forcing you to crave more. The gore is absolutely phenomenal and stunningly elegant. It’s disgusting as hell, but just so damn beautiful at the same time. It’s seriously inspiring and just a thing of pure beauty.

Space Trash Bag is over the top ridiculous, but that’s the point. It’s meant to be silly and hilarious, while trying to make you vomit. The editing is fantastic and the sound was perfect executed. You find yourself wondering what the hell you’re watching, yet you still can’t peel your eyes away. The acting is great and the makeup and costumes blend together brilliantly and really help the film stand out.

The directing and cinematography are excellent and very accomplished. It’s really such an inspiring piece of work, displaying tons of talent and skill. The Trash Bag monster is pure nightmare fuel and is guaranteed to make any kid wet the bed. It’s without a doubt one of the coolest and scariest monsters to come out in a long time. It’s seriously some utterly brilliant film making.

The only problems this film seems to have, is budget issues. Never before have I wanted to see a feature film so bad, from just a few snippets of content. However, due to those budget constraints, we’re forced to take what we can get. And it’s unlikely we’re going to see a full length film featuring the amazing Space Trash Bag monster anytime soon. Although we’d desperately love to see one.

Unfortunately all we can do is share this film and help spread the word about how freaking awesome it really is. It’s definitely not something you see often and just overall a gracefully beautiful film. It’s exquisite and a real treat for the eyes – a horror/gore lovers delight.

So, if you haven’t checked out this inspiring piece of art yet, do yourself a favor and give it a run. It’s a brilliant piece of work and deserving of a feature production. It surprisingly awesome, and displays tons of talent, passion and intellect. It’s plain and simply just one bad ass piece of film.

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I Spit on Your Grave:Deja Vu (Sequel to 1978 classic)

I Spit on Your Grave:Deja Vu (Sequel to 1978 classic)

I Spit on Your Grave Deja Vu is not like any other horror film we have seen in a long time—this being the direct sequel to the 1978 film I Spit on Your Grave. This revenge film is being taken in an opposite direction. There has only been one remake and two sequels of the original film, Zarchi states that Deja Vu is the only true direct sequel to his 1978 creation.

The original 1978 film is noted as the best classic form of a rape-revenge horror in which won the number one spot on IMDB’s category “Best of rape and revenge.” I Spit on Your Grave, which is also know as Day of the Woman, is the child of Meir Zarchi who wrote, directed, produced, and edited the original 1978 film himself. It follows our main character Jennifer Hills who seeks revenge on the men who have raped her. 

To me and to everyone else, rape is very controversial, it’s a hard word to say and a hard subject and this is the only time it can play into something is with the horror genre. 

Deja Vu follows the relatives of the murdered and their revenge on Jennifer—only thing is, will she be able to escape a near-death experience again? During the 1978 release, the film was extremely controversial due to the graphic violence. I think it’s hard and strayed away from because simply we as people tend to back away from hard topics and situations. 

It has been awhile since the concept of rape and revenge has been the main theme in a horror film, I think it’s because producers are too afraid to dive into such a controversial subject, it’s not exactly something you talk about freely, but I am curious as to how this film turns out.

I Spit on Your Grave : Deja Vu is set to release on April 23, 2019. Check out the trailer below ⬇️⬇️:

 

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Hulu’s: Interview With A Vampire series to begin filming.

Hulu’s: Interview With A Vampire series to begin filming.

Bryan Fuller (Hannibal, American Gods) departed from Anne Rice’s upcoming TV series The Vampire Chronicles last May, but that has not slowed the series’ momentum one bit as Hulu has put the show in development with an all-new showrunner Dee Johnson. Today, there has been word via Discussing Film over on Twitter that the series will begin filming this September in Budapest.

The Vampire Chronicles began with 1976’s Interview With A Vampire, which was then turned into the 1994 film starring Brad Pitt (Louis), Tom Cruise (Lestat), Christian Slater, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Thandie Newton, and Stephen Rea

Personally for me being an Anne Rice fan, I am looking forward to this new series as I feel that Interview With A Vampire is one far from many of a better vampire movie of all time. 

While we can’t expect the same cast of the film to return for this Hulu series, there’s no doubt here that the show will be able to attract some insane amount of talent both in front and behind the camera. I’m honestly excited to find out of more of which could be the best horror series that we all have been waiting for. 

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Treehouse (Into The Dark series) Review

Treehouse (Into The Dark series) Review

Every first Friday of the month I look forward to the watching the Into the Dark series on Hulu and the sixth episode in this installment: Treehouse has really outdone itself and may be the best and most shocking episode in this anthology. While the other episodes are holiday-themed, this Ides of March themed thriller which is directed by the A Million Little Things star James Roday  (The Resident, Rosewood) definitely shows the horror of male entitlement through the #MeToo Movement.

This episode has a very collective cast. It stars Jimmi Simpson (Date Night, Black Mirror, Person Of Interest), Julianna Guill (Mine Games, The Resident), Stephanie Beatriz (Brooklyn NineNine, Closure, Bob’s Burgers), Sophia Del Pizzo (Driftwood, Follow), Sutton Foster (Gilmore Girls, Younger), Nancy Linehan Charles (The Stepfather, Grimm, The Hatred), Mary McCormack (Deep Impact, Scandal, ER), and Shaunette Reneé Wilson (Black Panther, The Resident).





The beginning is quite eerie, at least it was to me. It starts off showing a bruised and battered woman who is sipping wine on a hill in the desert. It then cuts to a bar/restaurant where celebrity chef Peter Rake (Jimmi Simpson) is yelling at his cooks, in a Chef Ramsay way, followed by a visit from his daughter. To me, their relationship seemed strained through his daughters eyes even though you can tell that he loves her very much but seems too busy and full of himself to acknowledge her. 

With the stress going around him, he decides to retreat to his family’s vacation home where he runs into his sister Gwen (Amanda Walsh) whom he hasn’t seen in an awfully long time. Not only does he come in contact with his sister, he also starts up conversation with the housekeeper Agnes (Nancy Linehan Charles) who seems a little off and peculiar. Now this is where it gets really weird, the movie starts shifting and now Peter is visited by a girl named Kara (Julianna Guill) who informs him that their bachelorette party ran into an issue, the power went out. Instead of just handing Kara the basics like candles and flashlights to get them through the night, Peter decides to invite them over and offer to cook up dinner when the party goers realized who he was. 

The bride to be (Shaunette Reneé Wilson), her mother (Mary McCormack) and the rest of her squad (Sutton Foster, Sophia Del Pizzo, and Stephanie Beatriz) all watch as Peter gets drunker and drunker as the night goes on, and shows his crude side as he makes uncomfortable comments at their expense. 

Without giving so much away, as you can guess it all comes back at Peter. The ladies flip the table back to Peter’s agressive and abusive past. It seems like a typical female revenge film, but it also seems like Peter is getting a lesson out of this, being spared but also knowing that these women have a hold on him for the rest of his life. You start to wonder, why spare him after how he treats women and thinks it’s okay, but then you get the sense of he’ll be ridiculed forever by these powerful women and that is pure horror in itself.

Check out the trailer below and if you are not caught up in this series, all 6 episodes are up on Hulu. You will not regret it. ⬇️⬇️

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