John Saxon

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Ten – 10/10/18

HELLABRATION DELUXE! Thirty-One Days of SHOCKTOBER: Day Ten – 10/10/18

10/10 – 1996: SCREAM/FROM DUSK TILL DAWN

1996…It was a draw for me; too tough to narrow down the list of all the great flicks I had to choose from. I finally managed to whittle it down to two: SCREAM, and FROM DUSK TILL DAWN, and even then, I just couldn’t bring myself to choose between them. Both are as important and influential to the genre during this time, yet both are certainly unique: one redefined what fans had thought of the teen slasher genre, while the other took vampire lore to a whole new place unconsidered up to that point.

Legendary director WES CRAVEN had always been an innovator of modern horror, re-establishing himself in several sub-genres over the course of many decades. With LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, THE HILLS HAVE EYES, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET and THE SERPENT AND THE RAINBOW, he’d done things that most directors in the field never achieve over the course of their entire careers. So when he was looking for the next big thing, he wasn’t even considering sticking with horror, when he crossed paths with a brilliantly subversive script by DAWSON’S CREEK scribe KEVIN WILLIAMSON; a nicely-nasty little number called “SCARY MOVIE”, which was soon to beretitled…SCREAM.

Snarky, self-reverential, almost to the point of being a bit too “nudge-winky” at times, nevertheless, SCREAM never once forgot to bring the laughs, the scares AND the gore in ample supply.  A slasher of teens begins to decimate the youth population of the little bedroom community of Woodsboro, but if that wasn’t bad enough, said killer seems to be every bit as smart as the “Scooby Gang wanna-be” group of horror-loving kids, who soon realize that their stalker not only knows the ‘rules of horror’ as well as – if not  better than they do, and he’s not only using the playbook to take them out one-by-one, but he (or she?) is even bending and changing the rules! Much like Williamson’s TV creation, the cast couldn’t have been more suited as an ensemble, even though the standout was DREW BARRYMORE, if only for the mere fact that she pulls a “Janet-Leigh-in-PSYCHO” on the audience in the first few moments of the film – a shock that has since become legendary, even though people still remember where the idea came from!

NEVE CAMPBELL, SKEET ULRICH, ROSE MCGOWAN, JAMIE KENNEDY, MATTHEW LILLARD, W. EARL BROWN, LIEV SCHREIBER, COURTNEY COX and DAVID ARQUETTE (who married and divorced over the course of the franchise); JOSEPH WHIPP (who could’ve been playing the same character from A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – and probably was!), plus unexpected cameos from LINDA BLAIR and HENRY WINKLER going way out-of-typecasting as an asshole of a principal…It didn’t get any better than this! Plus Craven’s direction, with tongue firmly-in-cheek the entire time, could have you rolling your eyes and chuckling one minute, and yes, SCREAMING the next! This film helped usher in a new age, where the movie and the characters were as smart – if not smarter than the audience that eagerly made SCREAM a box office smash!

Meanwhile, thanks to buddy and sometime collaborator QUENTIN TARANTINO, cinematic ‘one-man-band’ ROBERT RODRIGUEZ was having fun playing “Dr. Frankenstein”, by smashing two unexpected sub-genres together, if not three: serial killers, true crime…and vampires.  FROM DUSK TILL DAWN is the kind of film you never expect…until it bops you upside the head from seemingly out of nowhere!

The notorious Gecko brothers, handsome and sarcastic Seth (GEORGE CLOONEY) and ‘quiet, reserved’ Richard (no less than TARANTINO himself) are cutting a swath of robbery, assault and murder across the Southwest.  The “murder” part of their spree is owed mostly to Richard, who just can’t curb his impulses to kill and rape people. Well, to be a bit more specific, he kills and rapes womennot the men, let’s be clear on that (as Richard would probably say himself.)

Their antics – but especially Richard’s body count – has made it necessary to hotfoot it South of the Border, and maybe lay low somewhere in Mexico, until things die down…If they do. Along the way, as they change vehicles, they hijack an RV and the vacationing family inside it and skip town.

The intent was to just keep on going until they reached their objective, but all that changes when they make a fateful detour to a truck stop on the way.  But not just ANY truck stop: The “TITTY TWISTER.” A blood-and-guts dive that definitely lives up to its name…in more ways than one. And its hours of operation are…well, you know the title.

The bar has some of the most gorgeous dancing girls you ever saw, but they’re all woofers compared to the luscious, insanely beautiful main attraction, a hypnotic dancer who goes by the name of ‘SANTANICO PANDEMONIUM’.  No one into women could possibly resist her, and all men should, as Seth and Richard quickly discover, along with the rest of the hapless ‘Twister’ patrons, when the girls, the bouncers, the bartenders, everyone who ‘works’ there, finally reveal their true faces.  They’re all flesh-and-blood hungry vamps, and less the TWILIGHT variety than the FRIGHT NIGHT kind.

Rodriguez knew exactly what the fans wanted from Quentin’s script, and together, they sure gave it to us…stylish, sensual, sexy and soaked in red. And the Tarantino/Rodriguez combo attracted a cast that was instant boxoffice catnip, right down to the cameos: HARVEY KEITEL, JULIETTE LEWIS, FRED WILLIAMSON, TOM SAVINI; the stunning SALMA HAYEK as “SANTANICO”; everybody’s favorite badass, DANNY TREJO, plus CHEECH MARIN, MICHAEL PARKS, JOHN SAXON, KELLY PRESTON, MARC LAWRENCE; even a special appearance by Robert’s favorite “Hell House band”, TITO AND TARANTULA…Hell, you just knew that if he wasn’t already starring in it, Quentin would have probably directed this one, too!

The “Titty Twister” sequences – especially the gore-soaked fight scenes – are now a thing of legend, (check out Savini’s “special weapon” and the reason why his character’s nickname is “Sex Machine”!) and the closing shot is as breathtaking as any iconic final scene from the best and most unforgettable horror films, (I’d compare it for impact to the last shot of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT; in fact, DAWN’S final shot is probably a tad better.)

But for thrills, chills and maximum blood spills, whether you’ve seen these movies a hundred times or not even once…you can’t go wrong with these choices for a monumentally successful Halloween Night of Frights!

Posted by Samuel Glass in EDITORIALS, FEATURED CONTENT, GORE OR EXTREME HORROR, HALLOWEEN, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, OPINION, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, THRILLER, TRIBUTE, VAMPIRES, 0 comments
VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 28 AUGUST – 04 SEPTEMBER 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 28 AUGUST – 04 SEPTEMBER 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
28 AUGUST – 04 SEPTEMBER 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

EDITOR’S NOTE: House of Tortured Souls apologizes to The Vortexx, Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, Lord Blood-Rah, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, and Remo D. & friends for missing the schedule post and, consequently, publishing this halfway through the week.

Paw Print microscopicWoofer McWooferson,
Editor-in-Chief

The Vortexx Hosts_02

Welcome to THE VORTEXX where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

We've got a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies this week for your viewing and chatting pleasure with two new movies -- and one great host -- making their Vortexx debut including the final installment of Bordello of Horror's NinJuly in August. Our hosts are Arachna of the Spider People & Deadly, Lord Blood-Rah, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Remo D. & friends, Rizzle MaNizzle the Clown, Sicko Psychotic, Cnl. Graves, and Misty Brew. Check out the schedule for details about all the fine shows airing this week in The Vortexx. Enjoy the shows and thanks for hanging out!

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Sunday (8/28) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955)

Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly presents another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- PHANTOM FROM 10,000 LEAGUES (1955). Government agent Kent Taylor goes up against spies, an underwater death ray, and a ludicrous monster who looks like The Creature From The Black Lagoon's hillbilly cousin. There's also a mad scientist (Michael Whalen) with a beautiful daughter (Cathy Downs), who takes showers and falls in love with the government agent. Will Arachna be able to make lemonade out of this lemon? Join us tonight and find out!

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Monday (8/29) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
LORD BLOOD-RAH'S NERVE WRACKIN' THEATRE
presents
Roger Corman’s THE TERROR (1963)

Lord Blood-Rah presents Roger Corman’s THE TERROR (1963) starring Boris Karloff, a very young Jack Nicholson, Sandra Knight, and Corman regulars Dick Miller and Jonathan Haze. Roger had just finished filming The Raven and Karloff had three days left on his contract, so he shot this film using the same sets! The plot involves a young officer in Napoleon's army who pursues a mysterious woman to the castle of an elderly Baron. Nicholson, Francis Ford Coppola, and Jack (Spider Baby) Hill were among the second-unit directors. As always, Lord Blood-Rah will be spicing up the mix with plenty of movie trailers, a Cranial Cavity Search, and other extras.

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Tuesday (8/30) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR'S
NINJULY IN AUGUST

presents
THE STREET FIGHTER (1974) (1987)

Tonight Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Mary Johuana will be hosting The Vortexx premiere of the fourth and final installment in their month-long series of martial arts films -- THE STREET FIGHTER (1974). Sonny Chiba chews up the scenery as Terry Tsurugi, a martial arts master who uses his abundant talents as a mercenary gun-for-hire. After he is hired by the Japanese mob to kidnap the daughter of a deceased billionaire, he decides to switch sides and protect her instead. Much gore and mayhem ensue. If you want to see butt-whuppin' administered with balletic grace and artistry, then rent yourself a Bruce Lee film. If you want to see a guy mercilessly whip truckloads of butt, then this is the movie for you! In addition to the butt-whuppins, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guest Art Paul Schlosser, and more!

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REMO D.'S MANOR OF MAYHEM
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
DEMON LOVER DIARY (1980)

Tonight's film is not a horror movie but rather a movie about the making of a low-budget horror movie called The Demon Lover (1977). Unlike your typical "making of" movie, which tends to be more informative than entertaining, this one not only stands head-and-shoulders above the actual movie (which, frankly, stank) but also is a hoot to watch. It's about a couple of factory workers named Don Jackson and Jerry Younkins, who grew up on comic books and B-movies and have always wanted to produce their own horror movie. After Jerry gets some insurance money from an industrial accident (which he may or may not have orchestrated), he and Don decide to fulfill their lifelong ambition. Unfortunately both guys have more enthusiasm than talent, and once the filming starts everything that possibly could go wrong does go wrong. The story is told from the point of view of Joel DeMott, a professional filmmaker whose boyfriend Jeff Kreins was hired by Don and Jerry as the cameraman for their magnum opus. Rocker Ted Nugent makes a cameo appearance when the crew show up at his home to borrow some of his guns and ammo for a scene.

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Thursday (9/1) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
RIZZLE MaNIZZLE
presents
RIZZLE MaNIZZLE DOUBLE FEATURE

Join us tonight for a RIZZLE MaNIZZLE DOUBLE FEATURE! First up Rizzle the Clown proudly presents The Vortexx debut of those three little rapscallions HERMAN SHERMAN AND TINA, who will be entertaining us with a mix of cartoons (1933's Betty Boop's “Crazy Inventions”), movie trailers (including Night of the Living Dead and Plan 9), public service films (Lunchroom Manners), and song parodies (concluding with a rousing rendition of "Happy Together"). Then stick around as RIZZLE MaNIZZLE's GINGERBREAD HOUSE OF LUNACY presents the one, the only, the incomparable MANOS: THE HANDS OF FATE (1966). That's riiiiiiight!! All your friends will be back tonight! Torgo, The Master & his Wives, Michael & Margaret, little Debbie, the two teens in the car, the two girls in the convertible, and, of course, Peppy the Poodle. Believe it or not Rizzle has actually found a way to make this stinker watchable, mainly by cutting it down to less than 45 minutes and then riffing it to pieces a la MST3K!

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Friday (9/2) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
SICKO-PSYCHOTIC
presents
THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1963)

Join us tonight as SICKO-PSYCHOTIC returns to The Vortexx for his second appearance! Broadcasting from the Sick-Shack in Las Vegas, Nevada, Sicko and his co-hosts, Silky Harlot the spider and Cameo the camera obscura, were a big hit with the viewers when their first show debuted two weeks ago, and tonight is your chance to see them again! Tonight Sicko & friends will be hosting THE BLANCHEVILLE MONSTER (1963). Loosely based on Edgar Allan Poe's “The Fall of the House of Usher” and “The Premature Burial”, this visually striking but talky Italian-Spanish Gothic thriller stars Ombretta Colli as Emily de Blancheville, the beautiful young daughter of a crazed count, who fears that she will fall victim to the family curse. The film moves about as slowly as The Giant Gila Monster, but it has a few things going for it, including two attractive female leads and a willowy nightgown that shows Emily's perky breasts. We're confident that Sicko will relieve the tedium with more of the creative, imaginative, and hilarious host breaks that made his first show so much fun to watch.

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Saturday (9/3) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN
presents
FISTS OF STEEL (1986)

PUBLIC DOMAIN DRIVE-IN with Cnl. Graves and Smiley Bones presents FISTS OF STEEL (1986). Also known as Atomic Cyborg, Hands of Steel, and Vendetta from the Future, this Italian-made knockoff of The Terminator and Blade Runner has more alternate titles than an Al Adamson movie. Daniel Greene, whose robotic acting style perfectly fits his character, stars as Paco Queruak, a cyborg created by a sinister industrialist (John Saxon) to assassinate a blind scientist (Donald O'Brian) who stands in the way of his evil schemes. Despite the low budget and questionable acting, the non-stop action and rousing musical score (by Claudio Simonetti) make this a highly entertaining cheeseball of a movie from start to finish.

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Sunday (8/21) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE DOUBLE FEATURE!
presents
The Vortexx premiere of
DARK ROAD (2009)

MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE presents The Vortexx premiere of DARK ROAD aka The Devil Comes Home to Missouri. On a foggy night in the small southern town of Whitewater, Missouri, a local sheriff is called to the roadside scene of a violent execution-style murder. When the victim is identified as a mob-connected thug with local ties, the sheriff must determine if the murder is a message -- either to him or for him. However, the gathering storm of violence heading his way will leave no time for second guessing. This indie movie by Patrick Bond and Steve E. Turner was filmed entirely in and around Cape Girardeau, Missouri (Misty's home base) and features local talent including members of The Tone Def Allstars (Darren Burgfeld) and Drivin Rain (Skully Shemwell) in lead roles.

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Welcome to The Vortexx where it's ALL HOSTS ALL THE TIME!

The Vortexx - septagons"Every day is a good day that ends in The Vortexx." You can find us at horrorhost.net and livestream.com/allhorrorhosts. Remember folks, we're the Gooble Gobble Channel. We accept everyone. And we will keep the doors open as long as you keep coming around! If you're a horror host looking for an additional outlet for your show, email Sluggo at sluggo@horrorhost.net.

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If you don't get the results you're looking for within the eight weeks of the program, The Azure Executioner guarantees that he will personally throw you into his exclusive vat of acid!
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If you're interested, just e-mail us for Kurt's current location.
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The Vortexx - Executioner's Ale

The Official Beers of The Vortexx!
Executioner's Ale! A bloody good red ale crafted in the torture chamber of the Crimson Executioner. Sock Stout! The sock with the hops. A thick and creamy head just for you. [Sock Stout is a trademark of Raen, used with permission.]

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Amazon Andy is the creation of Nick Polotta, a very gifted writer and comedian who, sadly, passed away on April 13, 2013.

Totino's Pizza Rolls, Crimson Royal Jelly, and Amazon Andy's Southern Fried Tarantula Legs! The original sponsors of The Vortexx!

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The Official Food of The Vortexx!
Skull Cornbread! The official food of The Vortexx, served piping hot from the oven of the Crimson Executioner.

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BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow airs Tuesday at 9 (ET)

Chia Host! The latest sensation from Mushnick Florists. You can see him every Tuesday night in The Vortexx!

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Two delicious pickle treats!

Chilly Dilly! A delicious pickle treat that's spiced just right for every bite. And now you can "pucker up" with the all-new Chilly Dilly Lip Balm!

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Jason "Egg" Brown was an integral part of The Vortexx as a staff member and long-time viewer until his passing on June 27, 2016. Jason may have departed this Earth, but he will live forever in The Vortexx.

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Egg Bleach! The all-purpose antiseptic for treatment of cuts, scratches, and abrasions. And now you can touch up those "intimate" parts of your body with the all-new Egg Anal Bleach!

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HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

Join House of Tortured Souls as we celebrate significant dates in the history of horror in August. Click on thumbnails for full images.

August 1 - 7

 


08/01/1883
Lon Chaney, Sr. born

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0801_The-Omega-Man-Poster

08/01/1971
The Omega Man released theatrically


08/01/1986
Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives released
theatrically

0801_Friday6


0801_Resident_Evil_1_cover

08/01/1996
Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Europe


08/01/1999
Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Europe

0801_Silent_Hill_video_game_cover


0802_Wes_Craven_2010

08/02/1939
Wes Craven (director of Scream, A Nightmare on Elm Street) born


08/02/1999
The Sixth Sense released theatrically

0802_The_sixth_sense


0802_TheOthers

08/02/2001
The Others released
theatrically


08/02/2002
Signs released theatrically

0802_The_Signs_movie


0803_PiranhaPosterA

08/03/1978
Piranha released
theatrically


08/04/1932
White Zombie released theatrically

0804_Poster_-_White_Zombie_01_Crisco_restoration


0805_John_Saxon_1975

08/05/1935
John Saxon born


08/06/1970
M. Night Shyamalan (director ) born

0806_M._Night_Shyamalan_by_Gage_Skidmore

0806_250px-Silent Hill 3_boxart
08/06/2003
Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in North America

August 8 - 14


08/09/2005
Matthew McGrory (Played Tiny in The Devils Rejects and House of 1000 Corpses) died

0809_Matthew_McGrory


0810_Chaos_(2005_film)_poster

08/10/2005
Chaos (2005) released theatrically


08/11/1947
Stuart Gordon (director of Re-Animator and Dagon) born

0811_800px-Gordon,_Stuart_(2007)


0811_Ein_Zombie_hing_am_Glockenseil_Poster

08/11/1980
City of the Living Dead released theatrically


08/11/1989
A Nightmare on Elm Street 5: The Dream Child released theatrically

0811_Nightmare5


0811_Systemshock2box

08/11/1999
System Shock 2 released on PC


08/12/1941
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941) released theatrically

0812_Jekyll-hyde_1941


0812_Castlevania_II_Belmont's_Revenge

08/12/1991
Castlevania II: Belmont’s Revenge released on the Game Boy in Japan


08/13/1899
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE, born

0813_800px-Hitchcock,_Alfred_02


0813_Film1953-TheWarOfTheWorlds-OriginalPoster

08/13/1953
The War of the Worlds (1953) released theatrically


08/13/1982
Friday the 13th Part 3 released theatrically

0813_Friday3


0813_Jason_goes_to_hell

08/13/1993
Jason Goes To Hell: The Final Friday released theatrically


08/13/2004
Alien vs. Predator released theatrically

0813_Avpmovie


0814_Original_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show_poster

08/14/1975
The Rocky Horror Picture Show released theatrically

August 15 - 21


08/15/1986
The Fly (1986) released theatrically

0815_215px-Fly_poster


0815_Manhunter_michael_mann_film_poster

08/15/1986
Manhunter (1986) released theatrically


08/15/1997
Event Horizon released theatrically

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0815_Event_horizon_ver1

08/15/2003
Freddy vs. Jason released theatrically


08/16/1956
Bela Lugosi died (born October 20, 1882)

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0817_Robert_De_Niro_Cannes_2016

08/17/1943
Robert De Niro born


08/17/1969
Donnie Wahlberg (actor in The Sixth Sense, Dreamcatcher, and Saw II) born

0817_Donnie_Wahlberg_2010


0818_424px-Roman_Polanski_Cannes_2013

08/18/1933
Roman Polanski (director of The Fearless Vampire Killers, Rosemary’s Baby, and The Ninth Gate) born


08/18/1969
Edward Norton (actor in Red Dragon) born

0818_437px-Edward_Norton_2012


0819_Nightmare4

08/19/1988
A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master released theatrically


08/19/2005
Dead & Breakfast released theatrically

0819_Dead&Breakfast2004


0820_H._P._Lovecraft,_June_1934

08/20/1890
H. P. Lovecraft born


08/21/1943
The Seventh Victim released theatrically

0821_220px-The-Seventh-Victim-poster


0821_220px-An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster

08/21/1981
An American Werewolf in London released theatrically


08/21/1998
Blade released theatrically

0821_220px-Blade_movie

August 22 - 28


0822_390px-Nightofthecreepsposter

08/22/1986
Night of the Creeps released theatrically


08/22/1997
Mimic released theatrically

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0824_Takashi_Miike

08/24/1960
Takashi Miike (director of Ichi the Killer, Visitor Q, Audition) born


08/24/1990
Darkman released theatrically

0824_215px-Darkman_film_poster


0824_John_Carpenter's_Ghosts_of_Mars

08/24/2001
John Carpenter’s Ghosts of Mars released theatrically


08/25/1979
Zombi 2 released theatrically

0825_Zombie_Flesh_eaters


0825_Castlevania_-_Dawn_of_Sorrow_Coverart

08/25/2005
Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in Japan


08/26/2005
Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in Europe

0826_Resident_Evil_Outbreak_File_2


0827&28_Castlevania_II_Simon's_Quest

08/27/1992
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe


08/27/1987
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Famicom Disk System in Japan

0827&28_Castlevania_II_Simon's_Quest

August 29 - 31


0829_IngridBergmanportrait

08/29/1915
Ingrid Bergman (actress in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)) born


08/29/1935
William Friedkin (director of The Exorcist, Rampage, The Guardian, and Bug) born

0829_800px-William_Friedkin


0829_400px-Joel_Schumacher

08/29/1939
Joel Schumacher (director of The Lost Boys) born


08/30/2000
Resident Evil: Survivor released on PlayStation

0830_RE_Survivor_front


0831_220px-Basketcaseposter

08/31/1983
Basket Case released theatrically


08/31/2007
Halloween (2007) released theatrically

0831_Halloween2007

Keep it Evil

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Synapse Films Restores Dario Argento’s Tenebre

Synapse Films Restores Dario Argento’s Tenebre

By Amy Mead

Steven J. Bejma's Tenebre Poster

Recently, on October 22nd, I was privileged enough to take part in a one night only screening of the most recent remaster effort by the geniuses over at Synapse Films, Dario Argento's Tenebre. The bonus features are still being worked on and the finished product is expected to be released on Blu-ray in the early part of 2016.

Every time I watch a new Synapse remaster, I am blown away and it was no different with Tenebre. It was truly stunning. I was seriously taken aback by how good it looked and I am chomping at the bit to see what the bonus features might have in store for us.

I was so taken with the quality and clarity of Tenebre that when I got home from the screening that night, I had to throw in my old copy to see the difference and I was absolutely floored. I don't know how these guys do it. Talk about talent and skill!! I have seen several of of the Synapse Film remaster efforts and I love them all. But this one? It is simply breathtaking. You really have to see it to believe it.

Synapse Films also has plans to restore two other Dario Argento films, Phenomena (aka Creepers) and Suspiria and I am beside myself with anticipation after seeing what they've done with Tenebre. I am now extremely eager to see what they do with these films. We will of course keep you up to date with the progress on those films and will share any updates as soon as we are made aware of them.

In addition to the screening there was an announcement made by The Flint Horror Collective's Chris Ringler about the fate of the Flint Horror Con. Sadly, it is no more. HOWEVER, there will be new event taking place in 2016 called The Monster Marketplace and it will be a great place for Michigan area horror fans to find all sorts of one of a kind horror creations from many local, independent artists and vendors. Rumor has it there may even be a celebrity or two, so stay tuned for info on that.

Many thanks to Synapse Films, The Flint Horror Collective, Mott Community College, and Black and Gold Film Productions for making this one night only event a reality for us. I am thrilled to have been able to show my support and participate in an event such as this and honestly cannot thank them all enough for this experience. It's not too often cool stuff happens on the horror front in Michigan. It was truly an honor and a privilege. Anyone who did not attend this event and had the means should be kicking themselves right now. Hard.

I give this remaster a 10/10 Psychotic American authors.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

MOVIE REVIEW: Cannibal Apocalypse (1980)

Cannibal Holocaust

By Dixielord

Cannibal Apocalypse

I have mentioned before that I am a big fan of horror movies of the 70s and 80s. I'm especially fond of those low budget schlockers from the period, and even more so those films branded as a Video Nasty. I have been a fan of the zombie films of the period for a long time and have recently started searching out the Italian cannibal movies from around the same time. This search lead me to Cannibal Apocalypse.

At first I thought this was going to be just another cannibal epic set deep in the jungles of New Guinea, or the Amazon, a la Cannibal Holocaust or Cannibal Ferox. However doing some research Cannibal Apocalypse turned out to be something entirely different.

Cannibal Apocalypse stars horror legend John Saxon as Gordon Hopper, a Viet Nam vet still haunted by a traumatic event during the war. In a dream we see him flash back to Viet Nam, where he is bitten by one of two captured service men, one of whom he knew from back home. He wakes up to get a call from one of the soldiers, Charlie Bukowski (Giovanni Lombardo Radice) who has just been released from a mental hospital.

Bukowski wants to meet up with his war buddy for coffee. However, Hopper, disturbed by the dream, and being hit on by his (possibly underage) neighbor Mary, refuses. Bukowski feeling abandoned and betrayed again, set off on his own. After attacking a woman in a movie theater, he goes on a rampage, killing several people and biting a police officer before being subdued and carted back to the mental hospital. Meanwhile, Hopper has been experiencing a desire for raw meat. He breaks out Bukowski and two other infected, Thompson (who bit Hopper) and an infected nurse. The four fugitives then lead police in a chase across Atlanta and into the cities sewers, spreading the cannibal contagion as they go.

Cannibal Apocalypse is a strange film on many fronts. While ostensibly it belongs to the European Cannibal sub genre, it many ways it's closer to the zombie movies of the same time period. It treats cannibalism similar to the zombie virus, as it can be transferred through a bite. However, it's set mostly in the city of Atlanta where most European zombie and cannibal films of the period were set deep in the jungle.

While Cannibal Apocalypse is far from bloodless, it is relatively tame in the gore department, especially for a video nasty. Honestly, watching it I never really understood why this film would be banned, other than the fact it dealt with cannibalism. Director Antonio Margheriti isn't so much known for gore but more for gothic horror, and it's believed producers pushed him to add gore just for commercial reasons. The gore that the film has is good, the bites are deep and bloody, and there is a shot gun killing that goes on forever with bloody consequence.

The film borrows heavily in some scenes from Dawn of the Dead, which is only fitting since Dawn was the founder of the Italian gore craze of the era. There is a shoot out with a gang in a flea market. In another nod to Dawn, a large part of the second half is a group of four people on the run, a group of one black man, two white men and a white woman, the same makeup as the main group in Dawn. Even the wardrobes of Saxon and Actress May Heatherly seem eerily similar to Gaylen Ross and David Emge of Dawn. There were times that looking at May, I thought, “Damn, she really looks a lot like Gaylen.”

You could even posit that Cannibal Apocalypse is a reverse copy of Dawn. In Dawn of the Dead we follow a group of uninfected as they flee, seeking shelter from the infected undead. In Apocalypse, it's reversed with a group of infected (soldiers versus police) fleeing from those not rabid for human flesh.

Even though technically this is a European Cannibal film borrowing heavily from the zombie genre, it's more than a horror film. Beyond all this Cannibal Apocalypse is a movie about the Vietnam War and its effects on the men who fought it.

John Saxon's Hopper is a vet who outwardly seems normal and healthy, but inside he's haunted by his time in the jungle. He dreams about it at night and in the day time struggles with the blood lust (represented by cannibalism), that he needed to survive the war. Fellow vets Bukowski and Thompson aren't as lucky. After being held prisoner by the Vietcong, their minds have broken, their blood lust is uncontrollable. Coming home, they are locked away and forgotten, even by their comrade Hopper.

After Bukowski is “cured” all it takes is a war movie and an act of sexuality to fully reawaken his rage and hunger. Being in the presence of his fellow vets causes Hopper's fragile, but well maintained control to break

You could make the case that Cannibal Apocalypse is a condemnation not only of the Vietnamese War but of war in general. War, where we take young men, teach them how to kill, but when the war's over we don’t teach them how to not kill anymore. We drop them into hell and force them to adapt, then expect them to adapt easily back into normal life. Those who can't end up locked away, or more so recently, living on the streets.

While Cannibal Apocalypse might not be great, high cinema, it is certainly a better film than many of the video nasties. That's not meant as a knock to those films, many of which I truly love, but a lot of them were made for purely shock value and to make a quick buck. There's a story to Cannibal Apocalypse, and it's a damn good story worth watching and worth talking about - especially today with our country involved in wars and rumors of war, with our streets, and hospitals overcrowded with wounded vets. Today, when soldiers are dying faster by their own hands than the hands of their enemies, and there's no answer for PTSD in sight.

Cannibal Apocalypse will never have the impact of films like Apocalypse Now, The Deer Hunter, or Born on the Fourth of July, but for a gory horror film, it's pretty damn deep.

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