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Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

Today almost everyone across the U.S.A is either celebrating Thanksgiving, or merely enjoying the break from work. So to celebrate in true horror style, we here at the House of Tortured Souls have compiled a list of Ten Festive Films to Celebrate Thanksgiving!

We encourage all horror fans to enjoy all seasons with horror panache, relax and settle in with some holiday horror. Whilst some of the films listed will be actually set on thanksgiving, there are a few that are merely Turkey or Chicken themed.

Either way, each film is sure to give you joy and blood, in either a horrific or comical manor.
Currently screening on Hulu, our first three films Thankskilling, Pilgrim and Flesh & Blood are each set at Thanksgiving. Both Flesh & Blood and Pilgrim are part of the ‘Into the Dark’ film series.


Thankskilling (2008)

Directed by Jordan Downey, Thankskilling also has a sequel called Thankskilling 3 (yes they skipped 2) which was released in 2013.
This film begins at Thanksgiving many centuries ago, with a topless pilgrim and the story of a Native American Shaman who creates a being called ‘Turkie’, who is sent to slaughter caucasians every 505 years. You can imagine the depths this films will go to and the humour required to enjoy this Troma like romp.

Pilgrim (2019)

This new holiday entry from director Marcus Dunstan features actor Kerr Smith (Final Destination, My Bloody Valentine remake). This story is about a woman who invites a group of  historic re-enactors to produce an authentic first Thanksgiving for her family and friends. However, things take an unexpected turn when the actors refuse to break character.


 Flesh & Blood (2018)

This films stars Dermot Mulroney (The Purge tv series, A.H.S and Insidious Chapter 3), and Diana Silvers (Glass) as a father and daughter duo.
Kimberly is a teen suffering from agoraphobia, that has not left the house since her mother’s unsolved murder. On the eve of thanksgiving, she begins to suspect that the safe harbour of home and her doting father may be a dangerous mirage.

Netflix have our fourth festive film offering Kristy featured in its horror section.


Kristy (2014)

Director Oliver Blackburn features actresses Hayley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley) and Ashley Greene (The Apparition, Burying the Ex) in his coed thriller.
When a college girl is alone on campus over the Thanksgiving break, she becomes targeted by a group of outcasts and must conquer her deepest fear and fight back.

Also featuring holiday horror in 2006 the world received both Thanksgiving and Thanxgiving.

Thanksgiving (2006)

Thanksgiving is only a ten minute short film but it features what most seek from a simple horror film for Turkey day. Director Scott Ennis focuses on a couple and their friends. The group are preparing for thanksgiving dinner and are suddenly disturbed by the arrival, of a seemingly helpless man.

Thanxgiving (2006)

Director Bobby Ray Akers Jr creates this seasonal slice of the horror pie. He enlists veteran actor Ari Lehman, yes the original Jason Voorhees In Friday the 13th (1980), in his film about a group of film students who travel deep into the woods to make a movie. Thinking they have found the perfect location in the form of an abandoned campground.

In the eighties, horror filmmakers enjoyed celebrating the holidays with fans through such films at Black Christmas, Silent Night Deadly Night, April Fools Day, and this continued through the nineties with films like Critters 3 (which had an Easter scenario) and Leprechaun (St Patrick’s Day) And so much more.
For Thanksgiving there are two more offerings to enjoy this year.


Blood Rage (1987)

Director John Grissmer’s story follows twin boys Todd and Jerry.
The dual roles of Todd and Jerry are played by Mark Super from Graveyard Shift 2.
As kids, Todd is institutionalised for a murder whilst his twin goes free. Ten years late, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighbourhood.

Home Sweet Home (1981)

Also known as ‘Slasher in the House’ Director Nettie Pena’s  film is actually a former video nasty. Upon release in the UK, Home Sweet Home was seized and confiscated. This Film was also the debut role for actress Vinessa Shaw, who later starred in films such as Hocus Pocus and the remake of The Hills Have Eyes.
The plot features an escaped mental patient who steals a station wagon and makes his way to the Bradley’s thanksgiving celebration. Here he plans to make them a little less thankful.

These last two films will round out our ten, but neither are particularly thanksgiving themed. However both feature interesting takes on poultry creatures.


Blood Freak (1972) 

Director Brad.F.Ginter gives us a story about  biker who comes upon a girl with a flat tire and offers her a ride home. He winds up at a drug party with the girls sister and follows her to a turkey farm owned by their father, a mad scientist. The father turns the biker into a giant turkey monster, who then goes after drug dealers.

Poultrygeist: Night of the Chicken Dead (2006) 

From the mind of Lloyd Kaufman and Gabriel Friedman, comes this outrageously Troma offering. Jason Yachanin stars as our lead Arbie in a strange tale of zombified chickens, who attempt to kill the fast food workers that cook them in a restaurant built on an ancient burial ground.

Within these ten films you are bound to find something thrilling, disgusting or downright cheesy awesomeness. Whatever you are doing today the House of Tortured Souls wishes each of you a Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

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New trailer released for the 80’s inspired horror-comedy ‘I Scream on the Beach!’

New trailer released for the 80’s inspired horror-comedy ‘I Scream on the Beach!’

I’ll Scream! You’ll Scream! We’ll all Scream! I Scream on the Beach!

From Writer-directors Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard comes a new 80’s inspired horror I Scream on the Beach!

The 1980s, in the small seaside town of Mellow Coast; Emily is trying to discover what has happened to her father. As she searches for answers her friends start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown killer.  A tribute to the home video boom period of horror movies.

From TIS Productions Ltd and Directed by Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard. I Scream on the Beach stars Hannah Paterson, Dani Thompson (My Bloody Banjo, Pumpkins), Reis Daniel (There’s No Such Thing as Zombies) and Lloyd Kaufman (The Toxic Avenger)

Michael Holiday and Alexander Churchyard has the following to say about the film:

I SCREAM ON THE BEACH! is an 80’s set horror/comedy, and takes place in a small seaside town, and like all good horror is set at Halloween. 

We’ve based the look of the film on our favourite horror movies, from both our childhoods, that we rented from the video shop on VHS, and classics we’ve discovered as adults. The film uses a lot of practical effects, and even features appearances from some familiar faces to low-budget horror fans, such as Lloyd Kaufman from Troma. This was a real coup for us, and we were excited to have his support on the film.

We love the classics, and were inspired by the Friday the 13th series, My Bloody Valentine, The Burning, Bay of Blood and Halloween, but also takes from Evil Dead, Basket Case and The Beyond.

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Although we took a lot of inspiration from both American and European horror movies, it was important to us to have it take place somewhere that we could recognise, thus the seaside town, a British institution.

The film will be having its world premiere at the Horror-on-Sea Film Festival, in Southend on Sea, on Sunday January 12th, 2020 at 8pm. We are delighted to be having our premiere as it was shot in entirely in Southend and lots of the cast and crew are local to the area. 

You can keep up to date with news about I Scream on the Beach on the following social media.

Twitter: https://twitter.com/iscreambeach

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/iscreambeach/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/iscreambeach/

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Troma Tuesdays Takes a Slice Out of The 80’s With FREE One Night Only Screening of Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz’s Infamously Shocking Igor and the Lunatics

Troma Tuesdays Takes a Slice Out of The 80’s With FREE One Night Only Screening of Lloyd Kaufman and Michael Herz’s Infamously Shocking Igor and the Lunatics

Troma Entertainment slices into October with a FREE Troma Tuesday’s screening of 1985’s cult revenge-shocker Igor and the Lunatics on October 1st at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn, NYC and The Grand Gerrard in Toronto, Canada at 9:00PM!
Sixteen years ago…Random bloodshed ran rampant and a terrible tidal wave of brutal slaughter flooded Tromaville.  The townspeople finally caught up with Igor and his evil blood-thirsty gang and locked them away to rot in prison.  Peace and tranquility filled the small village once again. But now they’re on probation… They’re more deranged, demented and deadly than before! IGOR AND THE LUNATICS are back to seek revenge upon the town that sent them away, and finish what they started sixteen years ago!  If you scare easily, be warned!  Prepare yourself for the unrelenting evil and terror of this crazed religious sex cult out for revenge! Get ready for a rampage of brutal raping, torturing and murdering…climaxing in one of the most frightening and violent bloodbaths ever captured on film!  It’s  IGOR AND THE LUNATICS!
Troma Tuesdays has branched its weekly program that we continue to curate in New York into other countries to create a unique universal experience to be had with independent cinema around the world every Tuesday. We will be screening weekly in Toronto, Canada in partnership with The Grand Gerrard Theatre while screening at various locations around New York.
Fans can see Igor and the Lunatics on September 24th for ONLY $5 at Lucky 13 Saloon in Brooklyn and for FREE at The Grand Gerrard Theatre in Toronto (Donations Appreciated!), with both screenings commencing at 9:00 PM!

Troma Entertainment continues to disrupt the media and has now broken the internet with new premiere features, shorts and exclusive bonus content on their streaming service,  

Troma Now, only $4.99 a month with the first month FREE! New additions every month!

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[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

[Editorial] Hear me out on this, Toxie is an honorary member of The Avengers.

Growing up I loved comics, and I loved watching Troma movies back in the days we didn’t have a whole lot of superhero movies or shows and the ones we did have…well they were suitable for that time being. In the old days, we had cartoons such as Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, and even Batman.

Now and then we had some decent comic movies where given some of the films weren’t perfect, but we had no idea what the future will hold for us, so we just took it all in and were grateful for the movies which some of them still stand the test of time. One character in question is the Toxic Avenger. The plot is pretty simple if you never saw the movie “Tromaville has a monstrous new hero. The Toxic Avenger is born when meek mop boy Melvin falls into a vat of toxic waste. Now evildoers will have a lot to lose”

However the movie is even simpler. Gore, blood, boobs, language and humor For some, this is disgusting, vile. For gore hounds and comic fans, this was perfect. So let’s breakdown why Toxie is an honorary member.

In my opinion! There’s some stuff that may say true.

1: Marvel released the comics for Toxic Avenger 91-92 ( but still it happened)

2: The Avengers primarily work out of New York which isn’t far from New Jersey. Plus a lot of the Avengers do work in areas of NY that need their help or even other states and countries “West Coast Avengers” “Alpha Flight” The Canadian Avengers, Big Hero 6 (yes it’s Disney but they’re still connected, Japan’s Avengers) Winter Guard (Russia’s AvengersLockjaw and the pet avengers (Believe it or not great comic. Plus they actually fight Thanos)

3: Stan Lee and Lloyd Kaufman are friends. Stan did the voice over for Toxic Avenger 4. So given a lot of the Marvel characters who are Avengers defend their turf and situations that need their help. Plus in some instances, many characters from Marvel had helped the Avengers in battle when the case called for it. So, why not Toxie? He watches over New Jersey and their first super hero! Given the chance he would go into battle if called upon. Plus for all, we know he probably helped cleaned up all the ashes from the decimation in Infinity War.

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ONE MUST FALL movie review

ONE MUST FALL movie review

 

One Must Fall hits the indie horror scene, and it will not disappoint! I just finished watching the advanced screener sent to me by Antonio Pantoja who is the writer and director of the film! Antonio and I laughed and shared a friendly conversation a few days back on-line, and I do want to be sure to thank him for allowing me to view his movie!

One must fall about a small group of people who work for a crime scene clean up crew. These are the poor souls whose job it is to go in a clean up the mess after a body has expired. In other words, they get to mop up the brains and blood after someone blows their head off.

The crew finds themselves locked in an old abandoned warehouse where butchered bodies had been found from a serial killer that was on the loose. One by one staff members is found by the killer who remains at large in the building even after the murder scene been cleared by local police( Lloyd Kaufman).

Hacked, Skinned and even scalped our killer takes no remorse on his newfound victims. Chained to watch each other be brutally turned into filets, our killer (Barry Piacente) much in the sense of Hannibal Lecter, remains fresh and calm during his slayings. His killings are not senseless, not to him anyhow. He is the anti humanity killer if you will, he kills for all that is wrong with the human race. Piacente did a scaringly good job in his portrayal of a killer!

The film opens a bit slow and does take a bit to pick up, hell Antonio himself told me to get thru the first 25 minutes..and that is just what I did. Although for me, it was about the 45-minute mark when everything turned around, and the film had hit full speed. The fill does manage to add the perfect amount of suspense in with the gore.

In closing, One Must Fall is premiering at film fests, and if you are in the area I do hope you try to attend and support the film, you will not be disappointed as this is one I will be adding to my library.

My only wish for the film would have been for it to have had the chance to have been made with just a slightly higher budget, it indeed could have been that much better! Many indie films are real gems that are deserving of higher production; One Must Fall one.

But alas, Pantoja has a talent to be reckoned with and cant wait to see what he brings us in the next! Be sure to check out One Must Fall soon as you can!!

Keep it evil

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Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Tromapiece Theatre is here and needs your help!

Addison Benik has combined possibly two amazing things into one. Mystery Science Theater 3000 with Troma movies. The YOUTUBE producer and director is busy at work putting together an indigogo campaign for the next film. Poultrygiest. What’s impressive is that the fans are talking left and right wanting more. Not only has the campaign made double what he’s asking for, but it’s growing. What does this mean? More Troma movies with hilarious commentary that Lloyd Kaufman himself PICKS THE MOVIES OUT! So down below is  the first episode where if you want a physical copy you can get one for ten bucks and here’s a link to the campaign !

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MIDI’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2018

MIDI’S COUNTDOWN TO HALLOWEEN 2018

Each year I Countdown to Halloween and explore 31 Horror films that examine a variety of sub genres. I combine films both new and old. I explore the mainstream and indie. And I select from purely the good, bad and ugly (yes there are some truly awful films available to fans for laughs).

This year  I will be explaining each film for the House of Tortured Souls as I countdown to Halloween. Be warned that some of the small pieces on each film, are based on a sub genre and may in fact provide a spoiler or two.
OCTOBER 1
First sub genre I had set myself is to find a film with a Child Vampire. I chose  30 Days of Night  which has a scene involving a young girl vampire, in a pack that has over run the town of Barrow, Alaska.  Obvious other choices were Interview With A Vampire and Near Dark.
OCTOBER 2
On day two I was exploring films with people who could be considered Freaks so this time I selected The Abominable Dr Phibes
starring Vincent Price, as a mutant mourning his beloved.
Although Freaks by Tod Browning is my fave film in this vein, Phibes was the first horror film I saw when I was 3. It will forever be imbedded in my memory.
OCTOBER 3
Taking it to another level on day three, I wanted to find a film involving the strangest or most unique Horror Parents . This led me to select  It’s Alive (movie)for obvious reasons . Let’s face it , that kid had a face only a mother could love! A mutated baby literally is born and goes on the run leaving a wake of murderous terror. Not only is this film awesome fun, it also spawned 2 sequels and a remake!!
OCTOBER 4
I investigated the infamous adoration for films with that ultimate Twist Ending, selecting the Summer Camp Classic Sleepaway Camp
This of course was one of many options but discovering what is “wrong with Angela” is always great. Other possibilities are films like The Perfect Getaway (in which the twist is revealed midway through the film, yet doesn’t ruin the pace). Also included could be The Sixth Sense, And Switchblade Romance (aka Haute Tension).
OCTOBER 5

For my selective viewing for an impressive Indie horror film was Phil Stevens Flowers.The film is silent. It has such

Hereditary

strong visual imagery and features the demise of a group of beautiful women (the flowers themselves). Stevens is currently in production on Flowers 2.

OCTOBER 6
Was the sub genre of crime as told through the True Story narrative, I chose the film Dear Mr. Gacy. This film is inspired by the Jason Moss’ book The Last Victim. Moss discusses a relationship he created with the serial killer as he studied him in college. It is also sad to know that Moss was so affected, by the stranglehold Gacy ended up having on his life.  His psyche was fractured and in 2006 Moss committed suicide. I highly recommend the book as well as this film. It proves the power of those with such depraved impulses as Gacy.
OCTOBER 7
I was was trying to avoid the usually popular picks for the sub genre of Sea Creatures. I wanted to avoid The Deep, Jaws and Orca. Instead I landed on the highly memorable and classic Universal icon the Creature from the Black Lagoon
OCTOBER 8
A simple sub genre in which of course A LOT of possibilities popped up, to view limbs replaced with weapons. For me this is a film I enjoy, in its true GrindHouse style. It has a strong female lead, that pulled me in. With the teaming of Tarantino and Rodriguez , I had to go with the machine gun leg of Rose McGowan in Planet Terror
OCTOBER 9

The selection as a huge foreign film fan was tricky, and I had to find one Asian Horror film. In the past I have enjoyed the likes of Ringu, JuOn, Phone, The Red Shoes, One Missed Call and Shutter. However I felt a revisit to the

Train To Busan

surprise runaway Zombie hit  Train To Busan was a good idea- and having only seen it once upon release, I wanted to see if it still was as enjoyable (which it is).

OCTOBER 10
This day was Lloyd Kaufman’s empire known affectionately as Troma films, I had to try and find one that I loved to watch as my choice from their stock. This was easy as I love the campy cheesy quality of a good Troma film , from Poultrygeist to Tromeo and Juliet. I decided on One of Troma’s most lucrative franchises with the lovable film  The Toxic Avenger
OCTOBER 11
I realised some franchises have MORE than their fair share. From Nightmare on Elm St (9 films), Friday the 13th (12 films) , or even Halloween ( 11 films) many sequels were imaginable, but for me my taste was drawn to the Children of the Corn Franchise (which has 10 films with the release of Runaway in recent months). Out of those sequels (and a remake) I chose Children of the Corn 666: Issac’s Return, because it is the first film after the original to reintroduce Isaac – one of the horror film worlds most messed up child preachers in history.
OCTOBER 12
For European horror my mind raced straight to  Mörderische Ferien (aka Flashback:A Murderous Vacation), a quirky German teen horror film, that featured campy gags, a psycho on the loose, bumbling cops and some fun kills. If you haven’t seen it before, it’s a diamond in the rough and I liken it’s cheekiness to the original Scream film by Wes Craven.
OCTOBER 13
I was tasked with finding a horror movie starring Robert England, but It had to be anything but his role as Freddy Krueger in the Nightmare on Elm Street films. With options like 2001 Maniacs and Urban Legends available I recalled The Mangler and viewed that. A film based on a short story from Stephen Kings  collection, that has since inspired two sequels.
OCTOBER 14
Horror Creatures dominated the day, so I thought long and hard about all sorts and settled on  Zombeavers. A simple comical romp with manic beavers at a lake side cabin, and a group of foolish college kids.
OCTOBER 15

Pinnochios Revenge

I decided on a film for my ghostly theme, with a classic spooky story featuring George.C.Scott called The Changeling .

This was my favourite pick for the ghastly ghost genre and although I enjoy films like the original version of The Haunting, Rose Red an others with various paranormal entities, The Changeling is an atmospheric joy to rewatch.
OCTOBER 16
An obvious choice for day 16’s infamous horror hotel themed entry , was to go with the mother loving Norman Bates insanity of Alfred Hitchcock’s PsychoPsycho epitomizes the horror hotel themes, with the “mother” of all memorable moments, but I will give shout outs to other possibilities such as Horror Hotel, Motel Hell, And Room 1408 ( which has actually been picked for another sub genre day in this challenge).
OCTOBER 17
Re examining the Psychotic Hitchhiker sub genre for day 17, I decided against the classic Hitchhiker films or even The Texas Chainsaw Massacre and went with a modern Ozploitation thriller called Gone (aka Middle of Nowhere). The film starred Scott Mechlowicz , Amelia Warner and Shaun Evans and followed an American and two British tourists backpacking in Australia with deadly consequences.
OCTOBER 18
The 18th choice calls for me to watch  a 2017 Film and I thought this was a perfect chance for me to re explore one that had a dismal run cinematically upon its release. I found it to be an entertaining and seemingly good film, but The Dark Tower  was a far cry from the nature of the original source material developed over many books by Stephen King.
OCTOBER 19
My 19th watch is a film released in 2018, so I thought I would take this opportunity to return to Hereditary. Originally when I saw this film it was such a slow build intro I lost interest and was unable to finish it so I hope as I do so I will complete it today.
OCTOBER 20
I will turn to Horror with a number in the title. With many options open to me I looked at 2001 Maniacs, Germany’s 666: In Bed With The Devil And found Stephen Kings Room 1408. An interesting and twisted story of a hotel room from Hell, this is a great little film with a strong cast.
OCTOBER 21
I needed  a film with a strong female killer. I will be avoiding  Switchblade Romance, Mothers Day, The Hand That Rocks the Cradle and Fatal Attraction. Instead I feel that Guillermo Del Toros psychotic sister in his film Crimson Peak was a great choice – and I am a huge fan of this film and it’s themes throughout.
OCTOBER 22
The 22nd for me is the most fun sub genre and one of the lesser appreciated, Disney Horror! Yes these films actually were made , exist and are awesome fun to horror fans. You can go for the slightly thrilling or the fun and goofy kids fodder. I went with the latter . My favourite Disney Horror is actually Something Wicked This Way Comes, that starred  freakishly awesome Johnathan Pryce in the role as Mr Dark. However I wanted a calmer, shorter film for my viewing and went with Richard Masur (best known as Adult Stanley Uris in the 1990 IT miniseries) in the film Mr Boogedy. It also has a sequel ,as they were hugely popular films during my childhood.
OCTOBER 23
Joyfully I found my 23rd film choice at this years Sydney Film Festival, when I attended a screening for the Supernatural New Zealand film The Changeover. With a young fresh cast and some more familiar faces (Timothy Spall and Melanie Lynskey), it is a strange and yet engaging story of a girl coming into her powers and using them to save her family from an evil force.
OCTOBER 24
I attended the premiere screening of my 24th film in Sydney at MonsterFests Travelling Sideshow. And it was such a powerfully musical film I had to use it for Best Soundtrack. The Strangers 2: Prey At Night didn’t have to try too hard to impress, with the delightful antics of our insane trio on screen being played out to 80s hits with gusto!
OCTOBER 25
On the 25th I will avoid the predictability of Dolls, Chucky, Annabelle , Puppetmaster or Demonic Toys for the Doll/toy Horror film. Instead I am returning to view an oldie that I have enjoyed before, called The Pinocchio Syndrome (aka Pinnochios Revenge). It’s about an evil Pinocchio puppet that once you cut his strings becomes a killer.
OCTOBER 26
My usual pick for the Worst Horror film for day 26 is abysmal
Dracula 3000 ,and if you have seen it you’d understand. This year I thought I would go with one, that I often refer to as the BEST film for drinking games. It is called Grim Weekend (aka S.I.C.K). Grim Weekend and follows a hopeless bunch, who venture off on a mini break and are beseeched by a psychotic clown. Sounds fun right? Sadly this film has a score that is cheesy, effects that are lame and a cast so utterly annoying it is only good for games. Have the shots ready and let’s play.
OCTOBER 27
On the 27th I will inspect the aspect of Horror Tv Episodes with We All Scream for Ice Cream (Masters of Horror episode). It is an impresssive part of a large collection done by talented directors. This anthology series has some intriguing storyline’s and very colourful characters.
OCTOBER 28
For the 28th I needed to focus on choosing a film that had Great Poster Art. I couldn’t ignore the awesome screaming, burning human on the cover of David Croenenbergs 1981 supernatural horror film Scanners. Any artistic eye can see the beauty in that image, as much as any other.
OCTOBER 29
My least enjoyed sub genre is the Found Footage one. So on the 29th having to pick one from the few I enjoy was taxing. Being able to sift through some good ones I like, such as Afflicted and Cannibal Holocaust, I remembered the immensely impressive  The Poughkeepsie Tapes.
OCTOBER 30
Being the youngest of three children obviously for horror siblings, my immediate thought was my brothers (just kidding and yes they know I love them dearly). No instead I selected the classic black and white film What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? starring feuding actresses (and on screen sisters) Bette Davis And Joan Crawford.
OCTOBER 31
To round out my viewing pleasure this month, I will end on a more jovial note with a horror musical. I put aside my usual fun choices of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, Shock Treatment, Repo: A Genetic Opera or even Little Shop Of Horrors. Instead I opted for 2014’s Stage Fright.
I always encourage others to explore a variety of films when embarking on creating a watchlist. Watch as much of the things you don’t get to. Watch new films. Watch old films. Watch films from various parts of the world. And always include the good,the bad and the ugly.
And have a Happy Halloween!
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MOVIE REVIEW: Fear Town, USA (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Fear Town, USA (2014)

I have a hard time trusting anything associated with Lloyd Kaufman or Troma Films since most are pure dreck. The ones that do succeed though are usually quite entertaining and have a certain trashy charm to them, and Fear Town, USA is one of the most entertaining Troma films that I’ve seen in quite a while.

Feartown, USA (2014) posterFear Town, USA. doesn’t have much to do with fear nor is there even really a town, but it does take place in the USA, so I guess that part of the title is accurate. The story doesn’t really center around any particular character. Instead, it covers a whole slew of stories that all drift and meander into and out of each other. There’s an escaped lunatic, a group of RPG playing “nerds” (who are probably the hunkiest guys in the movie) looking for some action, a girl with a ghostly secret, an obscure cult, a descendant of St. Blevins (You’ll learn more about St, Blevins and the ludicrous reason that they celebrate a day in his honor.) who happens to be hosting a St, Blevins day party, a group that was disinvited to the party, a woman looking for her blind date, an inept cop, a feuding couple, the Devil himself (You know your movie is slightly off the rails when the actual Devil is a secondary character), and a few other subplots that are never really resolved.

The acting is on par with most other Troma films, suffice to say, not very good, but better than some. The humor is lowbrow stoner humor, but well done for that sort of thing. A lot of the subplots and secondary stories are never wrapped up, but that doesn’t really detract from the overall experience simply because the ending is pure lunacy that I can almost guarantee you won’t see coming.

If you like Troma Films, you’ll probably love this one. If you don’t like Troma Films, but enjoy ridiculous humor, you’ll probably enjoy this. If you want a serious attempt at horror or sophisticated humor, you’d be better off looking someplace else.

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CONCERT REVIEW: GHOUL/GWAR RAMS HEAD LIVE 10/26/17

GWAR has been one of my favorite bands for the past 30 years now. Known for playing on or around Halloween in Baltimore I took every opportunity to grab some passes to see them now that I’m back in Maryland after many years of being gone from the area. Rams Head Live in Baltimore was the venue on this Thursday night. A good sized club always brings in big acts and is a pretty cool venue with pretty much not a bad seat( all general admission) in the place. GWAR is one band that to see live is one that I would HAVE to cover for a story. My wife Steff had never seen GWAR before, that alone was almost reason enough to go.

By the time we got there GHOUL was just about to go on stage. GHOUL is a fun mix of GWAR, MENTORS, MISFITS with a touch of MOTORHEAD! Keeping in touch with the Halloween spirit with a horror punk sound. I don’t think Gwar could have found a better band to hit the road with. Both lyrically and their stage presence oozes horror. As for starters, if your not familiar with GHOUL, they all wear burlap sack, masks with bloody mouths, have stage actors that they behead and spray blood out on to the crowd and sing of death and graveyards while they have the look of just committed a nasty home invasion. GHOUL ARE  FUCKING AWESOME!! What a great live act and a great bunch of guys as I was fortunate enough to have run into a few of them after the show.

                                           

Finally,…after a bit of a wait from what seemed to have been some technical issues, GWAR makes their way to the stage. By this time the crowd had started to fill up, sadly it wasn’t to overly packed, but then again it was a Thursday ….and the general age of the crowd…well, we aren’t as young as we once were. GWAR come out on stage and its always something new, every tour. The stage show is creative, overwhelming at times, oh..and bloody violent. Kind of makes you feel like your mixing a Lloyd Kaufman film to shock rock extreme music, in one live nightmare!

This was my first time having seen GWAR since the passing of the late great ODERUS URUNGUS, it was hard waiting to hear some of the old classics, and yet only one was done, Black and Huge. It was actually kind of nice that the band left it alone. Regardless, the stage show over the top as always, and for the club only charging $20.00 tickets, makes you wonder how these guys are making a penny because they really do put a lot into it!

Of course, they always touch on a few big media items such as government and religion, that the boys are always more than welcome to slay and befoul on stage and spray gallons of blood and other bodily fluids on to the audience. From a decapitated priest to Blothar ejaculating on the crowd, it was a wet floor, to say the least!

   

 

It was the same day as the show that the heart-wrenching news surfaced about guitarist Michael Derks, best known to the world as Balsac the Jaws of Death. I had noticed from the get go that he wasn’t on stage. So, just kind of assumed that with the recent medical news that maybe he had decided to take the rest of the tour off…I was wrong. It must have been the third song that Balsac made his stage presence, and what a crowd response he was given, and seemed as if he really played his heart out that night.

                                                      
GWAR played for over an hour and a half. For these aging gentlemen, those costumes, props, lighting, stage theatrics and pure energy, I’ve got to give them credit cause most of the people in the crowd were winded. The last song came around, and how suiting, it was a cover of AC/DC’s If You Want Blood. Not only did they do a great job of the song, they also did a great job of making a complete mess of the venue and everyone that was in it! If you were one of the fortunate ones who hadn’t got spewed or gutted on, you were about to! I honestly don’t think there was a dry place in the club by the end of the song.

As I mentioned earlier, my wife had never seen GWAR before. When they came on stage she and I got split up, I went up to the stage to take photo’s and she went front and center stage in the crowd with old friend of mine who catches them every time they roll into town with his daughter no less. So the band exited the stage, house lights came on, ..and they were, the three of them, all blue and red and I do mean from head to toe soaked in stage spray! The smile on my wife’s face was priceless, she had been GWAR’d!!

GHOUL and GWAR thank you both for the passes and thank you both for such a great show, you guys are the goods!!

Visit Gwar on their website and see all the great things you’ve been missing: Gwar-Official Site of the Gods also check out the almighty and amazing GHOUL on their official site..I’m telling you this band is something to look out for. Ghoul-Official site!

                                                                    
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EDITORIAL: Due Process and Mob Justice

EDITORIAL: Due Process and Mob Justice

Sexual assault of any kind is a serious issue and always will be. Allegations of such should – nay, must – be taken seriously if we are to remain a civilized society. What is also serious, however, is adhering to our US judicial system and remembering at all times that due process is something we should all support. The moment we put law aside and pick up our pitchforks is the moment we cease being a fair and just society and move back toward a time of vigilante justice.
Dictionary.com defines due course of law as follows:
due course of law
noun
1.
due process of law.
due process of law
noun
1.
the regular administration of the law, according to which no citizen may be denied his or her legal rights and all laws must conform to fundamental, accepted legal principles, as the right of the accused to confront his or her accusers.
Also called due process, due course of law.

The Oxford online English dictionary supports this, and its definition of due process reads as follows:

due process (also due process of law)
NOUN
mass noun
Fair treatment through the normal judicial system, especially a citizen’s entitlement to notice of a charge and a hearing before an impartial judge.

As almost everyone in the horror community knows, Harry Knowles, founder of Ain’t It Cool News, Fantastic Fest, and Butt-Numb-A-Thon, has recently been accused of sexual assault by an Austin-area woman named Jasmine Baker. The incidents, which are alleged to have happened back in 1999 – 2000, are just now coming to light because Baker says she can no longer remain silent and no longer wishes to remain silent. This is her right, and I support it 100%. If the things that she alleges happened, then Knowles must be held accountable.
But it is not the place of the public to make that decision. That’s why we have courts of law.
Recently, Lloyd Kaufman, co-founder of Troma Films, has come under intense fire for asserting that Knowles deserves due process. Kaufman has been condemned and accused of having something to hide for supporting Knowles when, in fact, he is supporting the justice system of which Americans are proud – and usually rightfully so. I use the qualifier usually because our justice system does not always get it right, but that doesn’t mean we should abandon it in favor of returning to lynch mobs and guilty-until-proven-innocent mentalities. And yet we often do – even within the justice system itself.
Here's Mr. Kaufman's original tweet:Lloyd Kaufman 01_crop - original tweet / Fair use doctrine.
As a survivor of sexual assault, I completely understand Baker’s initial reluctance to come forward and admire her courage in doing so later. The ordeal for her is just starting as it is common knowledge that sexual assault trials are extremely difficult for the victims. They are routinely taken to task, accused of encouraging it, leading on the perpetrator, not fighting against the perpetrator enough, keeping quiet because they “know” they were in the wrong, and having their sexual histories paraded out as evidence that they are “loose” and somehow complicit in the assault itself. They might even be forced to show exactly how they were dressed at the time of the assault as if that should have any bearing whatsoever on the crime. This is not only wrong; it is humiliating and emotionally devastating.
However, it’s troubling to see that so many are willing to call for the heads of not only the alleged perpetrators but also of anyone who believes we should let the courts do their job.
Perhaps this is because we often see the courts get it wrong. Time and again we’ve witnessed cases where the evidence clearly came out to support the assault allegations, but the court has allowed the evidence to slide in favor of the assailant. Yes, I’ve moved from alleged to assailant because when the evidence shows guilt, it is no longer an allegation.
We should fight against the courts getting it wrong, no doubt about that, and we should remove justices who ignore objectively guilty perpetrators and dismiss the punishments they deserve. But we must do this within the system. And we must also allow people to promote due process without going after them as if they have done something wrong. Condemning people who speak out against it is, in many ways, as bad as not condemning the act itself. If history has taught us anything, it is (or should be) that we are capable of critical thinking and creating great things, but we are also guilty of being the animals that we are and tossing our reasoning aside to be led by our emotions.
Humans are flawed. We get a lot wrong, but we also get a lot right. In the end, however, we must have a balance – neither being emotionless machines nor reasonless animals.
Read follow-up tweets by Mr. Kaufman:

Read Troma's official statement:Troma statement on Lloyd Kaufman and due process_scaled

EDITOR’S NOTE:
Details on the issue that prompted this can be found by performing an Internet search on “Harry Knowles sexual assault”.

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VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 24 – 31 JULY 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR 24 – 31 JULY 2016

VORTEXX SCHEDULE FOR
24 - 31 JULY 2016

By The Crimson Executioner
&
Woofer McWooferson

The Vortexx Hosts_02

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

We have a great line-up of shows, hosts, and movies for your viewing and chatting pleasure, including one new movie making its Vortexx debut on Monday, a Japanese Sci-Fi Supershow on Friday, and a trip to the Peninsula of Horror on Saturday. And be sure to stop by this Sunday for the Vortexx debut of Misty Brew's Creature Feature. Our hosts are Misty Brew, Freezer Mortis, Freakshow & the Bordello gang, Dr. Sigmund Zoid & Sluggo, Danvers & his sidekicks Ivy Garland and Dr. Coate, Karlos Borloff & the inmates of Monster Madhouse, Master Vyle, Professor Gillman & Gorenard (at the Peninsula of Horror), and Arachna of the Spider People & her friend Deadly. 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!

Vortexx-The Bat-20160724_Misty Brew

Sunday (7/24) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE
presents

THE BAT (1959)

Join us tonight as we welcome MISTY BREW'S CREATURE FEATURE to The Vortexx! A true legend among horror hosts and a 2015 inductee into the Horror Host Hall of Fame, Misty has been entertaining viewers on various Fox TV affiliates and more recently on her own YouTube channel since 1983. And now you can also watch her in The Vortexx! Tonight Misty will be hosting a Vortexx favorite -- THE BAT (1959), an excellent adaptation of the Mary Roberts Rinehart mystery novel starring Vincent Price, Agnes Moorehead, and Darla Hood of Our Gang/Little Rascals fame.

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Monday (7/25) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
FORMERLY CRAPPICS
presents
THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (1960)

FORMERLY CRAPPICS with Freezer Mortis returns to its roots in the Italian sword-and-sandal genre with the Vortexx premiere of THE GIANTS OF THESSALY (1960). Swiss-born muscleman Roland Carey stars in what Freezer calls "The Poor Man's Jason and the Argonauts". Unlike most of the muscle-bound heroes of the 1960s, Carey was actually a professional actor, attending the Paris Conservatory, playing Shakespeare's Fortinbras on the stage, and winning small parts in French and American movies and TV series (Bonanza, Laramie, The Twilight Zone, Thriller) before taking on the starring role of King Jason, who leads his Argonauts on a search for the fabled Golden Fleece while his enemies plot against him at home. The presence of Ricardo (Horrible Dr. Hitchcock) Freda, who had a directing career lasting 40 years, also lifts this film a notch above the usual sword-and-sandal fare.

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Tuesday (7/26) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BORDELLO OF HORROR
presents
ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1970)

BORDELLO OF HORROR with Freakshow, Mistress Malicious, Sgt. Drizzlepuss, Ali Katt, and Mary Johuana presents ASSIGNMENT TERROR (1970) aka Dracula vs. Frankenstein. For monster lovers, this movie has a bit of everything -- The Frankenstein Monster, Dracula, The Wolf Man, The Mummy, and even some space aliens! Michael (The Day The Earth Stood Still) Rennie and Karin (You Only Live Twice) Dor star as dead scientists resurrected by aliens, who plan to conquer the earth by re animating our four classic monsters. Paul Naschy (who also wrote the story) makes his third appearance as Wolf Man Waldemar Daninsky, while Patty Shepard provides some eye candy amidst the horrible horrors. In addition to the movie, Freaky will be entertaining us with special musical guests The Anderson Brothers, an interview with Gwar Kid Shaun Cresaloos, and more!

Vortexx-Battle Worlds-20160727_Alt RealitiesWednesday (7/27) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
ALTERNATIVE REALITIES
presents
BATTLE OF THE WORLDS (1960)

ALTERNATIVE REALITIES with Dr. Sigmund Zoid and Sluggo presents BATTLE OF THE WORLDS (1960). A rogue planet known as "The Outsider" is on a collision course with the Earth. An elderly professor (Claude Rains of The Invisible Man fame) and his crew travel to the planet and make a startling discovery. Will the crew manage to leave the planet before nuclear warheads from Earth strike? The real fun of this episode is not the movie itself (which is just so-so) but watching Sluggo pop up on the screen and make snarky comments about the movie.

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Thursday (7/28) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
DEMENTED FEATURES
presents
ALICE SWEET ALICE (1976)

DEMENTED FEATURES with its insatiably insane host Danvers and his side-kicks Ivy Garland and Dr. Coate returns to the Vortexx to present ALICE SWEET ALICE (1976) aka Holy Terror and Communion. A very young Brooke Shields has a small but important role in this slasher film, shot on location in Paterson, NJ, about a troubled adolescent girl (Paula Sheppard) who becomes the main suspect in a murder. Veteran singer and actress Lillian Roth (whose life was the subject of an Oscar-winning film I'll Cry Tomorrow) appears as a pathologist.

Vortexx-Manster-20160729_Monster Madhouse

Friday (7/29) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
MONSTER MADHOUSE
presents
GODZILLA TV!

Join us tonight for a Japanese Sci-Fi Supershow as Borloff, Slo Frank, and the usual gang of monsters, weirdos, and super vixens present the Japanese American co-production THE MANSTER (1959). Borloff's special guest tonight is Robert Scott, best known for his role as android M11 in Godzilla vs. King Ghidorah. There will also be hilarious cut-ins, walk-ons, and cameos by Lloyd Kaufman, Herschell Gordon Lewis, Robert Zdar, Ron Jeremy, and many, many more. Tonight's episode was made especially for Mr. Lobo's new distribution network OSI 74 (Outer Space International). Check it out at osi74.com

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Saturday (7/30) @ 8:00 P.M. (ET)
THE PENINSULA OF HORROR
presents
BULGE OF STEEL CHAT NIGHT!

THE PENINSULA OF HORROR -- the showcase for Florida's finest horror hosts -- presents BULGE OF STEEL CHAT NIGHT! First up at 8 (ET) is the three-year- in-the-making first season finale of HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS! Master Vyle and special GHOST Stars Queman and Professor Gillman will be presenting EVIL BRAIN FROM OUTER SPACE (1965). Watch in awe and amazement as paunchy superhero Starman dons his ballet costume to rescue the Earth from the menace of Balazar, the Evil Brain, while battling armies of monsters the Brain sends against him. Then stick around at 10 (ET) for another episode of HOUSE OF MASTER VYLE PRESENTS. Starman must once again rescue the Earth, this time from an invasion by an evil alien race called the Spherions in ATTACK FROM SPACE (1964). A Special PreShow for the Early Boids starting at 5:20 P.M. features yet another Starman movie INVADERS FROM SPACE (1965), on THE GOLDEN HORDE with Gorenard the Beerbarian. There will be live broadcasts by Professor Gillman from Lagoon House throughout the night.

PLEASE NOTE: Tonight's feature will be aired on The Peninsula of Horror's Livestream channel -- livestream.com/tpoh . Viewers who show up on The Vortexx channel Saturday night will be re-directed there, so you can save yourself a couple of steps by going directly to The Peninsula of Horror.

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Sunday (7/31) @ 9:00 P.M. (ET)
BEWARE THEATER
presents
NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965)

Arachna of the Spider People and her friend Deadly go to a European spa from hell tonight as BEWARE THEATER presents another gem from the Golden Age of Black & White -- NIGHTMARE CASTLE (1965). Scream queen Barbara Steele stars as a faithless wife whose husband (Paul Muller from Lady Frankenstein) decides that revenge is a dish best served not only cold -- but heartless. Unfortunately for hubby, his plans for his deceased wife's inheritance are complicated when her wacko sister (Steele in a blonde wig) shows up. As the poster says, see it with someone who’s shockproof. This one is definitely not for the squeamish.

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

The Vortexx - The Magic Eight Ball"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.

The Vortexx - Bloody Pit of Health Fitness Centers

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!
Introducing our newest sponsor -- Bloody Pit of Health! Want to eliminate those things that interfere with the harmony of your perfect body? The Bloody Pit has all the latest fitness equipment -- weight room, Olympic-sized pool, and even a spider room. To find the location nearest you, visit their website www.clubdesade.com

The Vortexx - Mummy Fart

Available in three convenient sizes!
Mummy Fart! The perfect product to get those pleasant smells out of your tomb. Available in three convenient sizes!

The Vortexx - Kurt Pasakivi's Used Car Emporium

If you're interested, just e-mail us for Kurt's current location.
Kurt Pasakivi's Used Car Emporium! At Kurt's Emporium you can buy the car of your dreams for a deep discount. If you see a car on the street that you like, just send Kurt a photo of the car and the license plate, and he'll negotiate with the owner and sell it to you at a steal!

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.]

The Vortexx - Amazon Andy

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!

The Vortexx Skull Cornbread

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

The Vortexx - Chia Host

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!

The Vortexx - Chilly Dilly

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!

The Vortexx - Egg Bleach

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.

"Now that's a product I can really GET BEHIND!" -- Egg.

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!

The Vortexx Sluggo

SLUGGO!!! OUR DEAR LEADER AND FREELY ELECTED PRESIDENT OF THE VORTEXX!!!

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