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HoTS Gets an Exclusive look at Hallowed Be Thy Name

HoTS Gets an Exclusive look at Hallowed Be Thy Name

Jonathan Patrick Hughes has done it again! Another great short film called Hallowed Be Thy Name. The short was picked up by Tales From The Grave and is featured at the end of season 2. Fans of Jonathan’s first short (S)AINT NICK, will be surprised at how different the two films are by comparison. (S)AINT NICK is heavily influenced by Rob Zombie and is a vulgar torture film with despicable characters. Hallowed Be Thy Name is a far more serious horror it’s roots deep in psychological terror.1

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a psychological slow burn, a tribute to noir films with obvious hints of David Lynch and The Twilight Zone. Hallowed Be Thy Name is cleverly written and seeks to scare us through dialogue and tricky word play. You will want to pay close attention to the names and what is being said. I actually had to watch it twice to get it.

Hallowed Be Thy Name is a Halloween themed film, about a broken man Detective Sam Hayne (Tyler Manko). We learn that Halloween is a very important time for Sam and his family… at least it was until his wife and daughter went missing. Beside himself with grief and despair Sam resorts to some pretty extreme tactics to find his missing loved ones.

He kidnaps rookie nurse Octavia Burke (Alexis Polce Von Schwedler) and duct tapes her to a chair. It appears that everywhere Octavia goes she leaves a trail of death and destruction. While questioning Octavia, Sam starts mapping out where all her past “crimes” have taken place and a very clear pentagram pattern becomes visible (I liked this part very much) alluding to the occult and  witchcraft. It becomes obvious that Octavia is not the innocent bystander she claims to be, but exactly who she is or what is not as easy to figure out. I can’t stress enough how important it is to pay attention to the names and Octavia’s words is, this one is a certified mind fuck.

Be sure to check it out on Youtube within the next couple days or else you’ll have to wait until Screamtime Films LLC releases it in 2019. Click Here to watch!

 


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TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

TOM SAVINI TURNS 72 TODAY!!! HAPPY BIRTHDAY TOM!!!

 

Thomas Vincent Savini was born on November 3, 1946. He is known for his amazing talent as an actor in such films like From Dusk Till Dawn, Planet Terror Creepshow 2 and many many others. In 1990 he directed Night of The living Dead which was a remake of the 1968 classic that was directed by the late, great George A Romero. Tom recently directed a new episode of Flicker, which is a new web series created by Robert Tinnell, telling bite sized horror tales paying homage to silent horror films from the 1920’s.

‘Most of all, Tom Savini is known for his creativity in over the top special make up effects for such films like Friday The 13th, The Prowler, The Burning, Martin, Dawn of The Dead, Creepshow and many many others.

The Godfather of Gore was inspired by the 1957 film, a Thousand Faces. He became fascinated with the magic and illusion of film . While Tom was a combat photographer in Vietnam, he got his first taste of real carnage, which ended up being in his films later on.

Tom Savini has a special makeup effects program located in Monessen, Pa at Douglas Education Center.

In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting this man at Douglas Education center and even though I knew he was busy at the open house, I was just in awe. Here is the guy that I looked up to my entire life. When I was a kid, I spent majority of my time watching horror films and his name often appeared in the credits under special make up effects.

As a lover of the 70’s and 80’s horror films, I was in shock at just how well the makeup was done, it looked real, it looked disgusting and it looked painful. If Tom’s name was on a film, you knew you were in for a treat of carnage.

One year as a Christmas Gift, I was given VHS tapes of Tom’s work. Scream Greats and Horror Effects and I would watch those back to back all the time. I was overly obsessed with film making and enjoyed seeing how all this magic comes to life on screen.

Say what you want about Tom Savini, but to me he is a legend, a mentor, a filmmaker and a friend.

SMOKE AND MIRRORS, which is a documentary on the life of Tom Savini, is in post production and will hopefully see the light of day very soon.  The film was written and directed by Jason Baker.

 

LET’S ALL WISH TOM A VERY HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TODAY!!!!!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, TOM!!!

 

 

 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Hereditary (2018)

MOVIE REVIEW: Hereditary (2018)

Gabriel Byrne, Toni Collette, Alex Wolff, and Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Recently, the horror genre has been doing its very best by pushing its limits and finally scaring us again. As a die-hard and devoted fan to the genre, I can honestly say that it’s been a fun two years to watch horror films. Everything from Get Out to A Quiet Place has been up to higher standards, and it’s about time. It’s almost as if the industry stopped allowing repetitive ideas get greenlit, and it’s about time for that, too. Which brings me to the release of a new drama/horror film known as Hereditary.

Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Hereditary tells a story of a grieving mother, Annie, played by Toni Collette (Krampus), who just lost her dear mother and is trying to get on with her life with her husband Steve, played by Gabriel Byrne (End of Days), her son, Peter played by Alex Wolff (Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle), and daughter Charlie, played by Milli Shapiro, who comes off as a weird, quiet child. Annie can’t seem to cope with the tragic loss of her dear mother. She attends meetings with others who also lost someone very close to them and meets Joan, played by Ann Dowd (Garden State), and forms a little friendship. Everything takes a devastating turn when another close family member dies, leaving Annie even more distraught than ever before. Joan, who also lost someone very close, invites her over for a visit to perform as a medium, showing her that she can very well talk to the dead. This is when the film really takes off and the tension builds higher and higher, leaving the audience pondering what will come of all of this.

Toni Collette in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.First off, let me just say that Toni Collette really stole the show here. Her acting is nothing short of superb and surreal. The life she is now dealing with, the expressions, and the constant upbeat really pack a punch. She made this film more enjoyable to watch, and when we get to the last 20 minutes, all bets are off.

Milly Shapiro in Hereditary (2018) / Fair use doctrine.Some scenes may seem like they are never-ending, but I think that was done on purpose to build dread in the audience. Instead of jumping from cut to cut, the scenes are much longer and drawn out. It makes sense as the director really wants the audience to feel what Annie and her family are feeling throughout the film. Kudos to both the actors and director for pulling that off. Hereditary is a slow burn thriller, but when the film gets going after about an hour, it really starts to mess with your mind and constantly makes you consider where it is going and how is it going to end.

I absolutely loved Hereditary, I think it’s one of the best films to come out in 2018, it definitely leaves a mark and will stay with you long after the credits are finished rolling. Like I said before, Toni Collette really sells in this film, and she deserves to be nominated for best actress. Job well done!!!

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INTERVIEW: Jonathan Patrick Hughes

INTERVIEW: Jonathan Patrick Hughes

House of Tortured Souls’ very own Jonathan Patrick Hughes is making another movie called Hallowed Be Thy Name, and I am the lucky one to interview him about it. I’m a big fan of his short film (S)AINT NICK. A dirty Christmas movie about a greasy stepdad who gets his up and comings. The film was picked up by Troma for a horror anthology entitled 12 Slays of Christmas, and I highly recommend checking it out if you haven’t already.
House of Tortured Souls: First of all let me say thanks for the opportunity to chat with you about your new film, as you know I loved (S)AINT NICK. Will this new film also be a short or feature length? And will it be a Christmas film again?
Jonathan Patrick Hughes: Hallowed Be Thy Name is a short film, but nothing like (S)AINT NICK. It’s a complete 180, this is more like if David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock made a Twilight Zone episode. This one takes place on Halloween.
HoTS: What inspired you to make this new movie?
JPH: I was inspired by David Lynch mostly and that meant I had to leave my comfort zone and try something different than just cutting people up into pieces. I always enjoyed psychological thrillers, much like Silence of the Lambs, Se7en, Lost Highway, and Cape Fear.
HoTS: You mentioned that Rob Zombie was a huge influence on your style on (S)AINT NICK How will this one be different or similar?
JPH: Rob Zombie was the only reason why I wanted to make (S)AINT NICK. I’m a huge fan of his work, except Halloween 2 (Sorry, Rob)
This is a very different type of film, it’s not vulgar or difficult to watch, it’s more about getting inside an audiences head and having them watch the film over and over again, to really think about what is really going on, especially the ending.Answer2.
HoTS: It’s my understanding that you had the chance to work with Zane Hershberger. What was that like?
JPH: Zane Hershberger is someone I see myself working with over and over again. He is by far, the most fun I’ve had making a film with. He’s easy going, funny and his vision is balls to the wall insane. He just loves doing what he does and when people see the finished product, they’ll understand what I mean. He just made everything look better than what I imagined in my head and I can’t wait to work with him again.
HoTS: I personally am excited to see you step out of your comfort zone and try your hand at a psychological film this time. Don’t get me wrong I love a good hack and slash, but it takes real talent to get inside someone’s head and terrify them psychologically. The fact that you’re willing to try new things and be versatile is why I believe you’ll go far as a filmmaker.
When making a good thriller having a good cast is key and the acting can make or break the film. What can you tell me about the cast in this one?
JPH: The cast in this film really outdone themselves! Tyler Manko plays Sam Hayne, a detective who has been searching for his wife and child since they disappeared on Halloween, six years ago.
Alexis Polce-von Schwedler plays Octavia Burke, a woman whom Sam believes is responsible for the disappearances.
These two together REALLY knock it out of the park. The chemistry, the emotions, as well as the trickery that goes on throughout the film. It just boggled my mind to see them out of character and whenever I called action, seeing them within seconds get into their character. Tyler and Alexis really outdid themselves and I’m highly proud to see what they pulled off during the filming.
Sable Griedel, who was in The Barn, and 10/31 is also one to look out for. She was amazing and very professional. Sable plays Olivia Hayne, Sam’s wife. Her appearance is both shocking and well received. Sable was a real joy to work with.
Leeana Hergenreder, (S)AINT NICK, has a special appearance as Octavia’s co-worker. I’ll never make a film without Leeana. She already knows what I’m looking for and what I need from her. There is very little direction with her because we are so in sync while making a film. It’s crazy.
Patrick Honan, who portrayed a voice over as Dr. Hoffman in (S)AINT NICK, plays Detective Barnes. I can’t say too much about his character, but what I can say is that Patrick is a great person to work with. He’s new to acting, but still delivers his lines like a true detective.
Last, but not least Rosie plays Sam’s Daughter, Chloe Hayne, and this was her first time in front of cameras, but she’s done theatre work. Rosie was phenomenal, very understanding at what I was looking for and really nailed her part. She’s adorable, and she is definitely someone that I’d love to work with in the future. It’s so hard to find young talent these days, but she outdid herself and really helped the film with her part.
HoTS: I know your last film was picked up by Troma will this one be also and when can we expect to see it?
JPH: As a matter of fact, Hallowed Be Thy Name has been picked up by Dustin Ferguson as part of the second season for Tales From The Grave and will be released as a webisode and then on DVD from Screamtime Films. From what I understand, they are going to show [one] episode per week starting in September. I’ll make sure it’s announced as soon as I know everything.
HoTS: Finally, is there anything you would like to add or think fans should know?
JPH: I think people are going to be puzzled and confused, at first. This is def something that should be viewed more than once before giving it an actual thumbs up or thumbs down. It’s very psychological and one of those WTF? type of films. I already know people will feel as if the film doesn’t make much sense. Haha, that’s when you need to watch it again until it does make sense.
Thank you again, Jonathan, for taking the time out of your busy schedule to chat with me for a few moment. I’ve really enjoyed this and look forward to seeing your new film.
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TALES FROM THE GRAVE SEASON 2 WILL FEATURE MY NEWEST FILM THIS FALL

TALES FROM THE GRAVE SEASON 2 WILL FEATURE MY NEWEST FILM THIS FALL

Hello everyone,

It’s been two years since the release of my Christmas horror short film known as (S)AINT NICK, but now I am back with something new, fresh, and different.

Since (S)AINT NICK, I have been busy writing new material and keeping to myself until it was time to finally make something. One day while trolling on Facebook, I happened to come by a post written by Dustin Ferguson (NEMESIS 5, A Taste of Phobia) stating that he was doing a second season to Tales From The Grave and was looking for five filmmakers to write and direct an episode from their own imagination.

After reading the post, I quickly contacted him and sent him my recent material, as well as my IMDb page. He responded right away saying, “I will look over everything from everyone this weekend and choose who I would like to be a part of this season.”

That weekend was a nightmare of waiting and wondering if I would be chosen.

Tales From the Grave season two will include Jonathan Patrick Hughes' latest film.First thing Monday morning, I received a message from Dustin welcoming me to helm an episode for his show. I was in shock and utterly surprised that out of so many submissions, I was one of the lucky ones. I had approximately 1 week to come up with a story to send to him to be approved and by day four, I had nothing. I was going insane, thinking and coming up with nothing.

Finally, on day five, I had an outline and treatment for my episode and a draft the following week.  With the deadline approaching fast for a completed film, I had no time but to finish the script, and approach actors and crew.  Scheduling was tough, especially with people’s busy schedule outside of being a part of this. It almost didn’t happen, but it did and I am proud of my entire cast and crew for being professional and not giving up. We had a lot of fun making this film.

I brought on Alyssa Johnson to produce along with Bec Johnson who also handled the makeup effects and they were magnificent. I have worked on various projects with them and we always have a great time. They are professional and kept the shooting running smoothly.  I also brought on Zane Hershberger (The Barn, 10/31)  as my director of photography and this guy has an eye unlike any other. The shots he brought to life are visually stunning to look at. The point I’m trying to make here is, if you don’t have Zane Hershberger as your director of photography, then you’re doing it wrong! Jedediah Giacchino was brought on as the gaffer and I have never seen someone work so fast on any set in my life. Braden Bixler did all of production sound and is scoring the film as well. Braden is a walking instrument and always does a fantastic job creating sounds, mixing, and developing music. Maddie Deering is cutting the film together and I just know that it’s in good hands. Last but not least, Cat Streno did an amazing job by assisting me, as well as the rest of the team, while she helped out as script supervisor. This was made with a lot of love and dedication. THANK YOU, EVERYONE!

My best friend of 30 plus years, Alexis Polce von Schwedler, came all the way from Philadelphia to act, which meant a lot to me, considering that since we were seven and eight years old, all we talked about was making movies together and 30 years later, we finally did it. Alexis brought her character to life in a way that I never expected. When people see just how good she is, I’m hoping it opens doors for her future as an actress because she deserves to be in the spotlight.

Tyler Manko, who plays the male lead, really delivered, as well. In fact, he only had the script for less than a week and he STILL managed to bring his character to life and beyond. He also deserves recognition and hopefully, he will get it. I know, I will be having him return in my future project, that’s for damn sure.

Alright and now onto my episode and what it’s about.

Tales From the Grave 2Hallowed Be Thy Name takes place on Halloween of 2018, and Detective Sam Hayne (SAMHAIN) has been looking for his wife and daughter ever since they disappeared on Halloween six years earlier. Broken and hurt not knowing of their whereabouts, he is determined to find them. Sam has his suspicions and after a small altercation in a nearby parking lot with a woman.

He snaps and abducts her, brings her back to his house, straps her to a chair, and begins his interrogation on why he believes she is the key to the answers he is searching for. Within minutes, the tables slowly turn and Sam Hayne realizes he is dealing with a whole new level of evil.

Hallowed Be Thy Name will be available to view in the comfort of your home this fall.

Tales From The Grave season 2 has some amazing talent attached, like John Ward (Meathook Massacre 4) and Michael J. Epstein (Clickbait).

Don’t forget to like and follow Tales From the Grave on Facebook to keep up with the latest information.

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Halloween is Shooting – And There is Proof

Halloween is Shooting – And There is Proof

UPDATE: New images of Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick Castle on set.

Jamie Lee Curtis on the set of Halloween Returns

Nick Castle on the set of Halloween Returns (note The Shape circled)

Halloween 2018 - Laurie Strode and Michael Myers / Fair use doctrine.2018 is definitely a year for upcoming horror films like God Particle, The Nun, Truth or Dare, oh, and, of course, who can forget… Halloween (aka Halloween Returns and referred to as such from here on)?

The film has been shooting at a rapid pace and from seeing a bunch of behind the scenes stills, it’s looking all sorts of crazy. Jamie Lee Curtis arrived on set earlier last week and everyone went nuts. From reading a bunch of comments, I know I am not the only die-hard Halloween fan who is excited as all Hell. Some people are still in shock that an actual Halloween film is being made as we speak and Danny McBride co-wrote it with director David Gordon Green who were also the comic geniuses that brought us Pineapple Express and Your Highness.

Now that everything is running in motion, it’s safe to say that everything we were teased about early on is true. Jamie Lee Curtis and Nick (The Shape) Castle will both reprise their roles. John Carpenter will in fact not only help produce the film with Trancas International and Blumhouse, but he is set to score it, as well.

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While shooting the film, Nick Castle who portrayed The Shape in 1978, is back and behind the mask again and somebody took a picture of him getting ready to get into action. Halloween Returns is still slated to open on October 19, 2018 (ironically enough, that just so happens to be Michael Myers’ birthday).

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For me, this is the number 1 film of the year to see. I just hope that they all know what they are doing and us die-hard fans will not be disappointed and we will finally see a sequel that lives up to the original. You can expect to see a teaser trailer for Halloween Returns around April or May to really kick the anticipation into gear.

Michael lives, and this time, I’m ready.

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Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios

Correct me if I’m wrong, but is it just me or does everyone try to find the scariest, shocking, most sinister, hell of a good time, when it comes to haunted houses, hayrides, and mazes? Being a fan of all things horror, whether it’s movies, soundtracks, haunted houses or even shocking true stories of serial killers and their passion for killing (Call me crazy, call me sick, but without serial killers, it’s quite possible that most horror films would not have been made and there wouldn’t be much to scare the hell out of us when that’s all we want), I am always searching for the best and creepiest haunts around.

Universal Studios' Halloween Haunted Nights

Every year ads are spread across the television, magazine articles, and even the Internet to try and pull customers to haunted attractions throughout the world. As an avid fan of this, I can say only a handful of haunted attractions have surpassed my expectations and created fear throughout my body. Which brings me to talk about Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios.

Universal Studios' Halloween Haunted Nights

Having had quite a few conversations with people who have either worked there or visited the attraction, it’s on my bucket list of things to do before I meet my demise.

Universal Studios' Halloween Haunted NightsFor those of you out there who have no idea what I’m speaking of, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is a haunted attraction that delivers thrills around every corner and also offers their horror-loving customers the opportunity to walk through different locations and houses that are inspired by such films as The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, The Shining, Saw, Friday the 13th, Child’s Play, A Nightmare on Elm Street, American Horror Story, The Walking Dead, and many many others – too many to list here.

Halloween Horror Nights is for true lovers of these types of films as well as people who are curious to see what it would be like to feel like they are a part of one of their favorite horror films.

Whether you’re on the east or west side of the US, there’s a Halloween Horror Nights for you as Universal Studios has these attractions in Hollywood, CA, and Orlando, Florida.

Universal Studios' Halloween Haunted Nights

Here’s what others are saying about Halloween Horror Nights:

“Each year [Universal Studios Hollywood] selects the best of the best when it comes to horror genre characters and properties. They also work hand-in-hand with the directors, producers and even the actors of some of Hollywood®s most fright-filled feature films and television shows to really give theme park guests the most authentic scare and walk-on-set feel.”
— Kelli Fadroski, The Orange County Register
“For true fans of Halloween and I mean the actual scary stuff Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios is where you need to be to celebrate the season.”
— Hilary White, PopSugar
“Many people know the visceral thrills of being scared, over and over, in a well-themed environment. The annual Universal Studios Hollywood creep-tacular is a master of this macabre art form, and its movie-quality walk-through experiences are key.”
— Alysia Gray Painter, NBC Los Angeles

Universal Studios' Halloween Haunted NightsAfter reading all of this buzz, I am pretty stoked to visit this theme park in hopes of having the shit scared out of me as well as see some amazing sights and hear blood-curdling screams.

For more info regarding Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, you can check out the Official Halloween Horror Nights website. It’s time to mark your calendars, book a trip, and get ready to be scared.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Better Watch Out (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: Better Watch Out (2016)

With the holidays approaching us at a rapid pace, it's time to break out timely classics to relive fond memories both old and new, and also welcome new breeds of terror and macabre based around our favorite holidays. Which brings me to a new film that I not only had the pleasure of viewing but also had the most fun while watching, too!!!
Better Watch Out is a film that takes place around the Christmas season. It opens with a clever Christmas text soaked in blood red over a gorgeous small suburban town covered by inches of the white stuff and beautifully decorated houses from top to bottom while a cheerful Christmas song plays to make you feel all gooey inside at first, even though you know that feeling won't stay calm for long and soon your bones will be shaking.
This is how most holiday horror films should start out.
Better Watch Out 3 / Fair use doctrine.Luke, played by Levi Miller (Pan), is a 12-year-old who has the hots for 17-year-old Ashley, played by Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, Scare Campaign) who is coming over to babysit while Luke's parents head off to a Christmas party. After talking over his plan with his best friend Garrett, played by Ed Oxenbould (The Visit, Paper Planes), about how tonight is the night he will finally score with his babysitter, Ashley arrives and Garrett says his goodbye and rushes home to leave the two alone. Within seconds after Garrett leaves, Luke quickly tries charming her by drinking wine, watching horror movies, and talking trash on guys she has dated in the past, making it known that he, in fact, has a crush on her.
Better Watch Out 1 / Fair use doctrine.While she spends the majority of the time on the phone with her present boyfriend, Luke spends his time alone sitting on the couch thinking of how he can impress the girl of his dreams. That all changes when there is a knock on the door and a pizza is delivered without anyone in the house calling for one. Could it have been Luke's parents or could it be the start of a night they will never forget? The two realize that someone or something is breaking in the house with a shotgun and from there the film takes a horrific wrong turn with surprises around every corner and laughs as well.
Better Watch Out 4 / Fair use doctrine.Better Watch Out was a fun romp from start to finish. It's 90 minutes of clever dialogue, tension build, and overall a bloody good time. I can't express how much fun I had while viewing this film. It keeps you on the edge of your seat throughout its running time, and it never falls short of anything. All questions are answered, and the pacing was highly acceptable. If I wasn't laughing, I was cringing and ready for the following minutes to unfold in front of my eyes. This will definitely be one to add the list of holiday favorites each year.
Better Watch Out6 / Fair use doctrine. / Fair use doctrine.If you're a fan of holiday horror, especially Christmas-themed horror, then you better give this a look. You won't regret it. At all.
Better Watch Out is now available in selected cinemas as well as VOD platforms.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Cult of Chucky (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Cult of Chucky (2017)

WELCOME TO THE CULT

Cult of Chucky - on set / Fair use doctrine.1988 was a very awesome year when it came to films, not just horror films, but films in general. Think about it. We were given Beetlejuice, Die Hard, Rain Man, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Big, The Naked Gun, The Great Outdoors, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4 - The Dream Master, Friday The 13th part 7 - The New Blood and, my personal favorite, Halloween 4 - The Return of Michael Myers. 1988 was also the beginning of a new franchise, a new serial killer, and a new beginning to what would be highly welcomed to the circle of favorite slashers. To this day, he is still one of the most notorious, diabolical, 18 inches of serious business to ever hit the silver screen, and his name is Chucky.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky up close / Fair use doctrine.Child's Play may not have been very original when it was first released, but it sure did create some sort of disturbance in the air - especially when Hasbro released the My Buddy doll, which very much resembled the Good Guy doll. The films have been highly enjoyable, some more than others, but that is typical of a franchise that spits out sequels every other year. Don Mancini, the man who created the franchise and has been there for its entirety, brought Chucky back to his original roots with Curse of Chucky in 2013, and it was most definitely one of the better films in the franchise. Curse of Chucky had not only surprises throughout, but it also was a darker throw back to the franchise after that horrible bad taste in the mouth that Mancini threw up with Seed of Chucky. A year after the release of Curse, Mancini tweeted #chucky7 and that was the teaser that surfaced the net stating that he is working on a follow-up to Curse. Well, it's been four years since the last film, and was it worth the wait? Find out below.

Cult of Chucky - The Review

Cult of Chucky ad / Fair use doctrine.It's been four years since Chucky, the notorious killer doll, came back to life in front of our eyes and on our TV screens. and we have all been waiting to see if the sequel would be as good as if not better.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky did it / Fair use doctrine.Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) has been living in a maximum security facility after being charged with the murders inside her home four years prior. Still believing that she is not crazy and that Chucky did in fact murder her entire family. Dr. Foley (Michael Therriault), who has been treating Nica since she arrived, decides it's time for a fresh start and relocates Nica to a better facility with much more freedom than what she is used to. Moments after her arrival, we are introduced to Michael (Adam Hurtig), Madeleine (Elisabeth Rosen), Claire (Grace Lynn Kung), and Angela (Marina Stephenson Kerr), who tells Nica that Chucky is coming back for her during one of their sessions. Seconds later Dr. Foley introduces a Chucky doll to the circle and shortly thereafter things take a wrong turn, and everyone's favorite foul-mouthed killer doll voiced by (Brad Dourif) again returns and the murders begin in extremely gory ways.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky armed / Fair use doctrine.What makes this film really amazing to watch is that the whole time you're not sure if this is really happening or you're going crazy simply because you're surrounded by padded walls and inmates. Even when the blood flows, and believe me, the blood flows hard, you're still not really sure whether or not you're going crazy or these people are really meeting their horrible demises.
Cult of Chucky - Chucky injured / Fair use doctrine.One of the other high points in this film is the cinematography. It's a gorgeous film from start to finish with amazing camera angles and creative lighting. The whole inside of the institute is pure white, as is the outside, and snow covers the landscapes. Cult of Chucky is one of the best-looking films in the entire franchise. Don Mancini also manages to ante up the surprises, and trust me, there are more than enough to please any die-hard fan of the franchise. Chucky even raises the level of voodoo in a whole new way, and it's not only fun but wild to watch and take in all at the same time.
The film also welcomes back Chucky's very best friend Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), who has a much bigger role this time around, and let me tell you, it's a warm welcome back. Alex is amazing and also ruthless as hell. Without giving anything away, he has a few tricks up his sleeve, and every time he is seen on screen, it's a treat. The franchise also welcomes back Jennifer Tilly, who is still a piece of violent eye candy with that same voice of a dark angel. Cult of Chucky is fun and a real joy to watch. I can't wait to see where they are going take the franchise next, but I'm sure Mr. Mancini has something great in mind. Congrats to the cult, you've outdone yourself once again!!!
Cult of Chucky arrives on DVD, Blu-ray, and Netflix on October 3, 2017.
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MOVIE REVIEW: Jeepers Creepers III (2017)

MOVIE REVIEW: Jeepers Creepers III (2017)

Jeepers! What the Hell Did I Just Watch?

First things first, as a fan of the first two films from writer and director Victor Salva, I was highly excited when news broke that the third film in the Jeepers Creepers franchise was finally moving forward. After finding out that the film would only get a special one night screening, I rushed to get my tickets because I knew that the film was going to sell out and I would be surrounded by other fans of the Creeper. And that is just what happened. It was a packed house, and everyone seemed quite eager to check out the new entry that has been in talks since Jeepers Creepers 2 hit theaters back in the summer of 2002.
Jeepers Creepers III - poster / Fair use doctrine.The film opens directly after the events of the first film. The police force is in shock after witnessing a hideous winged figure fly out a window with Darry. Moments later, we are surrounding the Creeper's iconic automobile with the ominous tag "BEATNGU ". Brandon Smith returns as Sgt. Tubbs, who is trying to put the pieces together with the rest of his team, and within seconds we are introduced to Sheriff Tashtego, played by Stan Shaw (Rocky, Snake Eyes, and Harlem Nights) who already knows what the town is dealing with since he was around to see it 23 years prior. Sheriff Tashtego and Sgt. Tubbs team up to take this ancient living creature out for good. We are then introduced to Addison (Gabrielle Haugh), who lives on a farm with her batshit crazy grandmother, played by the very talented Meg Foster (Masters of The Universe, Stepfather 2, and Rob Zombie's 31), who seems to have ongoing conversations about her being in danger with her deceased son, whom the Creeper took the last time he was in town.
Within the first six minutes of the film, I knew right away what I was in for and if I was going to enjoy the new chapter. Let's just say, after the six-minute mark, I realized what I was watching was a dud. The majority of the film was shot in the daytime, and that was a huge mistake (number one of many). The makeup effects were dreadful, and the Creeper resembled a bad Halloween costume that anyone could pick up at Wal*Mart for $6.88. Last, but certainly not least, the visual effects were so laughable that it looked as if they paid some sixth grader a bag of M&M's to do the job. On top of all this, there was absolutely no tension built, and the characters weren't very likable, except for Sgt. Tubbs and Sheriff Tashtego, but not even they could save the film. It's a shame to say that this is the weakest film in the franchise; no effort whatsoever was put forth to make it worthy of the Jeepers Creepers name. The audience should have been jumping out of their seats and rooting for the Creeper, but instead I am quite sure that the majority of them were, like me, wiping tears from their eyes because they just spent over $30.00 for two tickets to a film that will be forgotten by the time they drive home from the theater.Jeepers Creepers III 02 / Fair use doctrine.
I was really hoping for so much more, but, in the end, how much can someone really expect from a sequel that was made almost 15 years later? The answer: not much at all.
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THIS JUST IN: Jamie Lee Curtis Returning to Halloween

THIS JUST IN: Jamie Lee Curtis Returning to Halloween

She's Baaaaaaaaaaack!!!

Lately, it seems that the horror world we all have grown to love and honor has been on a dizzy downward spiral with news of sequels, remakes, and nonsense not even worth mentioning - unless you're a 16-year-old who loves PG-13 horror films and has the attention span of a turtle. With all that mumbo jumbo said, it comes with great pleasure to announce that a new Halloween installment is being put together by Blumhouse, Danny McBride, David Gordon Green, and the master of horror himself, John Carpenter. The news broke earlier today and included some really great news - the original Scream Queen herself, Jamie Lee Curtis, will reprise her role as Laurie Strode.

What do we know about the new installment thus far?

Well, for starters, we know that John Carpenter and Jason Blum are heavily involved. We know that Danny McBride co-wrote the film with David Gordon Green, who is directing as well. We also believe that the film will take place roughly after the events that happened in Halloween II (1981). It seems that this will be the version that everyone wished that was gonna happen when we got Halloween III: Season of The Witch (which is not a bad film at all) instead. Halloween III is great on its own, but it doesn't fit with the direction the franchise took. Had it continued as John Carpenter originally intended, a series of films telling different stories set around the Halloween season. We also know that the film will go back to the basics, back to when the franchise was scary, and if Carpenter is behind this damn thing 100%, then you know he isn't gonna let bullshit get in front of cameras. Especially when it comes to Halloween. Last, but certainly not least, we know that John Carpenter is not only serving as Executive Producer, but that he very much wants to score the film as well.
News doesn't get much better than this, especially for a huge Halloween fan like myself.
So now that we have a new film scheduled to be released on October 19, 2018, it's also being touted as the final film in the Halloween franchise. If you ask me, the box office will decide on that or not. I, for one, am highly excited to see the new film, and I am also excited to see Laurie Strode and her brother, the maniacal mass murderer known as Michael Myers, go head to head one more time.
Jamie Lee Curtis tweeted earlier:
Same porch, Same clothes, same issues 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween.
Jamie-Lee-Curtis-Halloween-tweet / Fair use doctrine.Next October can't come soon enough!!!
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WiHM: Leeana Hergenreder

WiHM: Leeana Hergenreder

To know her is to love her. and that is one of the many reasons why I have selected Leeana Hergenreder to be known as one of the women in horror as we celebrate Women in Horror Month.
In 2013, I had the pleasure of meeting Leeana while working at a local pizza shop, and right away we hit it off. We had many discussions about all different kinds of art and what makes us happy, including tattoos, piercings, music, movies, and setting goals to achieve. After about 3 months, I mentioned I was going to be making a movie in the summer and her response was, "Awesome, I'm gonna be in it", and that was a day that I'll never forget. Leeana's energy and excitement showed me that she was not only serious, but she was extremely dedicated to doing something special. And that was just the beginning.
Since our first film, Apartment 1109, we have worked on quite a few productions together including, All Hallows' Eve - The 11th Hour (which is still in post production hell) a Misfits music video, and, last but not least, my latest film, (S)aint Nick, which has been picked up by Body Bag Films and Troma. You can check out the film on Tromanow.com or wait until they release the DVD sometime this year.
Leeana Hergenreder 03Upon working with Leeana, we have become quite close and she is without a doubt my favorite person to work with. It's a great feeling to know that you can count on someone who is willing to go above and beyond to make not only her acting skills shine but also to make your film more enjoyable to watch. Those reasons alone are exactly why I'll never make a film without her being involved. We have so much fun creating, learning, and trying new things on set.
When Leeana isn't acting, she spends time being an amazing wife, to her husband Harry, a lovely mother to her fur babies, and inspiring people to exercise, stay healthy and live a long happy life.
My favorite thing about Leeana is not only is she so driven and dedicated to achieving the goals she sets in place, but it's the size of her heart. She wears that fucker on her sleeve and has done so much for so many people and still continues to do so. She is beautiful, intelligent and all around a very hard working person, and she deserves every ounce of recognition she can get.
Leeana Hergenreder 02Leeana just wrapped production on her latest film, The Chop, and it is currently in post production and should be released sometime this year.
To Leeana, I am so proud of you for all your hard work and dedication, you are one of my favorites and I couldn't be happier for you. You deserve all the recognition you get and hopefully within time, everyone will see how amazing, hardworking and truly dedicated you are. Keep on fighting, girl.

You will forever be my Johnny Depp, and I will forever be your Tim Burton.

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THIS JUST IN: Halloween

THIS JUST IN: Halloween

John Carpenter has finally brought to our attention that Halloween is officially moving forward and the idea for the new film came from director David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express, Your Highness) and Danny McBride, who has appeared in comedies such as Pineapple Express, Your Highness, This is The End, and the TV series Eastbound and Down.

Last week, David and Danny, along with long time producer Jason Blum, met with Carpenter with a pitch so astounding that it even blew Carpenter away. He stated that these two understand the formula, that the film is in good hands, and he cant wait to release the film on October 18, 2018.

The only thing about the new movie that has been revealed at the present time is that the film will continue right after the events which took place on Halloween in 1978 after Dr. Loomis blew up himself and Michael Myers in the hospital. There is a solid decade between Halloween II and Halloween 4, which indicates that the film can go in any direction at this point. To a certain extent, it sounds like this new movie could possibly be the real Halloween 3.

Carpenter and his new team have promised to keep us updated on developments throughout the process. Hopefully we will have a better description on what the film is about and what we can expect by summer. All I know is that you can bet your ass that Michael Myers will return to stalk helpless victims in Haddonfield, Illinois once again.

Halloween has been scheduled to open theatrically on October, 18, 2018, which is one week shy of the 40th anniversary of the original (October 25, 1978) and 6 days after Michael's birthday (October 12, 1957).

Mark your calendars!

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COMING SOON (Fall): Cult of Chucky (2017)

COMING SOON (Fall): Cult of Chucky (2017)

Everyone's favorite killer Good Guy doll is heading back in front of cameras with a new Child's Play installment known as Cult of Chucky. Child's Play creator, Don Mancini, who wrote the original as well as wrote and directed Seed of Chucky and Curse of Chucky, is back and at it again with Cult of Chucky. The new film will bring back Fiona Dourif, Alex Vincent, Jennifer Tilly and once again, Brad Dourif as the foul-mouthed voice of Chucky. The film started shooting in Canada at the beginning of the year with hopes to release it straight to DVD and On Demand just in time for Halloween.

The synopsis for Curse of Chucky is this.

Confined to an asylum for the criminally insane for the past four years, Nica Pierce (Fiona Dourif) is erroneously convinced that she, not Chucky, murdered her entire family. But when her psychiatrist introduces a new therapeutic "tool" to facilitate his patients' group sessions - an all-too-familiar "Good Guy" doll with an innocently smiling face - a string of grisly deaths begins to plague the asylum, and Nica starts to wonder if maybe she isn't crazy after all. Andy Barclay (Alex Vincent), Chucky's now-grown-up nemesis from the original Child's Play, races to Nica's aid. But to save her he'll have to get past Tiffany (Oscar-nominee Jennifer Tilly), Chucky's long-ago bride, who will do anything, no matter how deadly or depraved, to help her beloved devil doll.

I, for one, am looking forward for a new Chucky movie and since the last one was a clever surprise, I am more than certain that this will be another enjoyable film in the Child's Play franchise.

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THIS JUST IN: Insidious: Chapter 4 Is On Its Way


By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

In 2010, writer Leigh Whannell and Director James Wan made an independent film entitled, Insidious which, to me, felt more like a modern day Poltergeist with pulse-pounding moments and a clever way to take a audience on a trip into the further. Since then, the franchise has exploded giving the audience a true scarathon. James Wan directed the first two films as well as The Conjuring and The Conjuring 2 and left the writer, Leigh Whannell in charge of directing the 3rd film in the franchise.

With 2017 just around the corner, a new chapter is gonna take us even further into the further. Once again, Leigh Whannell wrote the screenplay and the director of The Taking of Deborah Logan, Adam Robitel is sitting in the director's chair ready to give us a continuation that is going to take on levels that we have yet to experience.

“It takes place right after the end of Insidious: Chapter 3, when she walks off with Specs and Tucker and they’re starting their company, Spectral Sightings, and they are now living at her home. They’re like her two sons, her two bad sons.
“So it starts out in a very jovial, happy place and then goes downhill from there,” she adds. “And downhill meaning uphill, though. It’s a fantastic story and it took me back into what made Elise who she is. You meet my family, my mother, my father—we go back to my hometown, which is in New Mexico. And so that’s where this takes place and her quest to find the bad guy that’s been haunting her. It’s a really wonderful story. I think the fans will really, really enjoy it. And it’s scary on levels they’re not going to expect.”

As a fan of the franchise, I, for one, am excited to see where this will take us. I have yet to be disappointed with any of the films and I welcome a fourth chapter of Insidious. 2017 is shaping up to be a solid year for horror films.

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MOVIE REVIEW: (S)AINT NICK (2016)

MOVIE REVIEW: (S)AINT NICK (2016)

By John Roisland


(S)AINT NICK, written and directed by Jonathan Patrick Hughes, newcomer Hughes brings you his own dark vision of holiday cheer. Yes, Halloween (sadly) enough is over. It's time to take down all the fake spider webs and pack up the Styrofoam tombstones till next October. Christmas season, like it or not, is now upon us, and Hughes's vision of welcoming it, well, it's one that has to be seen.

The story focuses on Ashley and her younger brother Billy, siblings who now live with their stepfather Horace after an untimely car accident took their mother's life, and Matthew's wish to Santa on Christmas Eve. This is (S)AINT NICK, though, so his wish isn't for a new Xbox or a new iPhone but something much more personal. Little Billy wants Horace's head under the Christmas tree.Horace, the stepfather, is a drunken, dirty, disgusting, pig of a man who mentally, emotionally and possibly, though it's never actually mentioned, physically abuses his stepchildren. But I have got to give credit where credit due. The actor playing Horace, John Seese tops any actors portrayed I've seen in many years when it comes to portraying his role. When I watched his acting I honestly compared it to David Hess's character Krug Stillo from The Last House on the Left, a performance which was near stomach-turning on the screen. He's definitely the guy you love to hate. Dirty, scummy and perverted all makes for a jolly good time.

Upon first watching (S)AINT NICK, I noticed the quality of the film and was pleasantly surprised. It was evident even from the opening credits that this wasn't a normal, run-of-the mill handheld camera filmed in someone's basement with bad, echoing sound and credits that somebody threw together with a cheap program from their computer. What Hughes does bring you is a full-fledged film, great quality in both audio and video. The sound is crystal clear - not muffled and no echo. The acting is surprisingly good, and even the special effect makeup were pretty much on point. Hell, even the score (music) in (S)AINT NICK was good.BASIC TEXT BLOCK

Did I mention that Hughes crammed all of this and more into a 28 minute movie that doesn't leave you feeling like it was rushed? (S)AINT NICK is a short film that is going to be included in a Christmas horror anthology called 12 SLAYS OF CHRISTMAS which is being produced by Tony Newton and will be a VOD and DVD release.

If this is a sample of what the Christmas season has to bring us, well, being a horror fan, all I can say is bring it! Jonathan Patrick Hughes, you did well, sir. I would easily rank (S)AINT NICK as a classic in the Christmas horror subgenre!

What Hughes gives you is far from a newcomer's final product. Be proud, Mr. Hughes, (S)AINT NICK is a winner.

Keep It Evil...

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John Carpenter’s Halloween Turns 38

John Carpenter’s Halloween Turns 38

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

On October 25, 1978, John Carpenter unleashed a film that would not only smash at the box office, but gave him a successful future in the film industry, that film was Halloween.

Halloween was shot on a shoestring budget of just $325,000 dollars special thanks to Joseph Wolf who is the CEO of Compass International Pictures, Moustapha Akkad and Executive Producer, Irwyn Yablans. All John needed was lighting, shadows, memorable music and a man wearing a white mask, stalking babysitters in a small American town, which would be known as Haddonfield, Illinois.

The film starred Donald Pleasence, Charles Cyphers and introduced us to the original scream queen, Jamie Lee Curtis who played 17 year old, Laurie Strode. When the film was released, it wasn't received very well; in fact, it bombed for the first two weeks and then, out of the blue as news of the film spread by word of mouth, the numbers began rolling in and each week they kept escalating higher and higher. The film shattered the box office bringing in over $70 million dollars, making it the highest grossing horror picture. This is why some would call John Carpenter a genius. All he and his crew wanted to do was make a horror film. They created suspense, tension, and a classic that not only spawned several sequels and remakes but also a slasher following much like Friday The 13th, My Bloody Valentine, Silent Night, Deadly Night, Slaughter High, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.

After the success of Halloween, the film landed John Carpenter a two picture deal and from then on he just became the master of horror. This is proof that all it takes is one film and you could be known for your art. John and Debra had no idea what they were in store for. After all, it was just supposed to be a little fun Indie film.

John Carpenter may have created a slasher film but in his mind he was creating a Hitchcockian motion picture. Halloween was a dedication to Hitchcock, who was known for his classics such as Psycho, The Birds, and Rear Window, just to name a few. John and his co writer Debra Hill wanted to capture some of the same elements as Hitchcock captured in his films, and I believe they did what they wanted and they did it 100% well.

John Carpenter's Halloween turns 38 this year and since it is my favorite film of all time, I would personally like to wish the film a very happy birthday!

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House of Tortured Souls Live Welcomes Billy Pon

With Special Guest Billy Pon

By John Roisland, Stephanie Roisland, and Allen (Dixielord) Alberson

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During the Billy Pon interview about a minute and a half of audio was garbled, and some bits lost. It was either cut the entire section, leave it or try and piece it together and possibly lose or misinterpret the questions and response so I decided to leave it as is. Apologies to Billy Pon.

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Hello and welcome to Episode III of House of Tortured Souls Live! This week we discuss the sneak preview release of what has become the most anticipated horror film of 2016. We could be talking about, the one and only, love him or hate him...Rob Zombie's 31. House of Tortured Souls own Jonathan Patrick Hughes was there to check out the release on the big screen as well as give you his thoughts in his written review online at www.houseoftorturedsouls.com. We discuss the return of American Horror Story 6 being brought back the Fox network September 14th, with the return of Lady Gaga. The Misfits reunion with confirmed legendary drummer (SLAYER/ SUICIDAL TENDENCIES) Dave Lombardo will begin at Riot Fest. House of Tortured Souls pays tribute to and remembers comedic actor Gene Wilder who starred in such great films as Mel Brooks' Young Frankenstien and Blazing Saddles, and who all know was the real Willy Wonka. . The House of Tortured Souls takes a moment to also celebrate the birthday of Asian horror Master Takashi Miike. In the studio for Episode III co-founder of House of tortured Souls Stephanie Roisland> joined us and gets you up to date on Fangoria Music release of The Horde mixtapes. House of tortured Souls is also proud to announce that one of our own, Rocky Gray is currently directing his own horror Anthology entitled 10/31/ 16 and Allen Alberson also gives us an in-depth look at the problems with distribution in film making as he discusses lost movies that have never made it. The House of Tortured Souls Live was also honored with our first in studio guest for Episode III, director of Dolll Boy and Circus of the Dead, Mr. Billy Pon aka Bloody Bill, who discusses the making of Circus of the Dead , problems with distribution companies, his own Haunted House in his home land of Texas all that while we try to get Allen a Pepsi!

Keep It Evil.

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EXCLUSIVE MOVIE REVIEW: Rob Zombie’s 31

EXCLUSIVE MOVIE REVIEW: Rob Zombie’s 31

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

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Rob Zombie

Most films by Rob Zombie are like a mixed batch of coffee flavors. Some we love, some we loathe, and some are just okay. With that being said, I was highly eager to check out his new film to see if what he promised was delivered. 31_TheaterSpecial thanks goes out to Fathom Events for having this one night screening.

Love him or hate him, but we at least must appreciate the fact that Rob Zombie is one of the hardest working men in the industry. When he isn't behind the camera, he is recording an album and when he isn't recording an album, he is touring the world.

Rob Zombie's 31 poster 01 - Fair use doctrine.His latest film, 31, was the first film to raise money by using a crowdfunding site, which he got a bad rap for from people stating, "He is a sell out” and " His movies suck, which is why he needs to do it this way, rather than having a studio back him up because he is a horrible filmmaker”. Well, as you all can see, he was still very successful at achieving a nice sized budget to make the film he wanted to make for hardcore fans, and that's exactly what he did.

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The 31 crew
L-R: Harry, Jonathan, Sydney, Leeana

I was fortunate enough to be one of the few people to check out 31 with longtime friends/co workers, Leeana, Harry, and Sydney, and I am really glad I did.

The film takes place on Halloween, 1976, and we are introduced to five carnies who are traveling to their next stop. Let’s just say they don't make it as they planned. Instead, they are kidnapped and taken to a factory where they are forced to play a game of 31. The rules are simple. Survive the night for 12 hours and, if you have to kill by doing so, then that’s what needs to be done. We are treated to some of the most crazy lunatics I have ever witnessed on screen, and it made me want to see more of them. Some are more likeable than others, but they all did the job they were supposed to do.

From the opening segment I was hooked. We are introduced to Doom Head who is played by Richard Blake (Halloween II (2009)) He is a soulless human being with some of the most powerful dialogue ever written by Zombie himself. His opening monologue sets the mood and it sums up what Rob Zombie has in store for the audience.

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Roscoe and Charly

The film delivers a very appealing cast, from the goodies to the baddies, and all the performances are on par which made the film even more enjoyable. I did not once feel that any character was lacking or overstepping their boundaries or their welcome. In every scene, each character, nails it, and you can’t help but enjoy them and are pleased by the things they say and do while they last.

This is very rare in a Rob Zombie film since he likes to come up with many characters that may or may not be needed in a given film. Some just seem to be there to fill up space even though they don't serve a purpose. Not here.

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Dueling clowns?

31 has some of the best editing in any Rob Zombie film. One scene in particular deals with two clowns with chainsaws in two different rooms, and the way that scene was cut may very well be my favorite scene in any Rob Zombie movie. The tension was high and the bloodletting is unstoppable.

Rob Zombie's 31 poster 02 - Fair use doctrine.31 is nothing more than a rusty chainsaw blade to the Adam's apple, and it delivers on every level. I was in awe from start to finish. With that being said, I felt like 31 was The Devil's Rejects meets a psycho twisted carnage circus of terror.

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COMING SOON: Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Plays a Hitman

COMING SOON: Shock Rocker Marilyn Manson Plays a Hitman

By Jonathan Patrick Hughes

Marilyn Manson in Let Me Make You a MartyrMarilyn Manson is by far one of the most talented yet hated human beings in the world. He has been judged by everyone for almost anything he has said or done since the early 90s when he first put together his band known as The Spooky Kids which was later changed to Marilyn Manson. The band was signed to Nothing/Interscope records and their debut album Portrait of an American Family was released with the help of the brains and fingers of Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails).

Each band member's first name would be of a sexy super star model and their last name would be of a serial killer. Marilyn himself has been known for crazy stage performances, unforgettable music videos, and his cover of “Sweet Dreams”, which was originally recorded by The Eurythmics in the 80s. Marilyn Manson is as successful as he is because he has pumped out studio album after studio album as well as toured every year. He has also has done a little bit of acting (Jawbreaker, Lost Highway, Party Monster, and The Heart is Deceitful Above All Things.

It was recently reported by Marilyn himself that he is back in front of the cameras in his biggest role to date. He plays a lonely hitman who goes by the name of Pope in a gritty film about two adopted children who fall in love with each other and hatch a plan to kill their abusive father. After viewing the trailer, it's quite difficult to admit where the film is heading, but if Marilyn Manson is involved, then that is all I need to know for it to gain my attention. I have been a long time fan and have seen him live over 20 different times. Despite what the media says and wants us to believe, I, for one, am highly excited to see his new film, and I will always be a supporter of his. Let Me Make You A Martyrwas screened in Montreal this past weekend and has been getting incredible reviews and write ups. There is only one thing left to do and that is what and see just how good this film is when it's released later this year.

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