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RECAP: TWD, S06E11, Knots Untie

RECAP: TWD, S06E11, Knots Untie

Knots Untie

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The writers at the The Walking Dead never fail to leave us hanging as long as they can. After last week's Richonne coupling and run in by Jesus, this week's episode begins with the ever colorful Abraham and Sasha returning to Alexandria after being outside the gates. Sasha informs Abraham, much to his disappointment, that Eugene will be stepping up and taking over her patrol with Abraham. Does this spell the end for this budding awkward love triangle?

After a quick check-in with Maggie and Glenn on the state of the food situation in Alexandria, we finally get to the scene viewers have been dying for. Carl finds Jesus on the steps and, with his gun to Jesus' head, asks what he's doing in their house. Jesus responds, “Waiting for your mom and dad to get dressed so we can talk.” Enter Rick and Michonne and seconds later the rest of the crew. So yet again, we have to wait for Carl's reaction to Richonne.

Jesus explains to the group why he is in Alexandria. He is responsible for seeking out other settlements that can trade services and goods with his group. He tells the group he thinks his community and Alexandria can help each other out. He invites the group to come back with him and tells them, “Your world is about to get a whole lot bigger.”

Rick and crew pack up the RV to head to Jesus' community, and he and Carl finally have a moment to themselves and are able to talk. Rick tells Carl he was going to tell him about Michonne, but it just happened. Carl tells him, sincerely, “It's cool.” He also tells Rick he will be staying in Alexandria to keep the place safe while the group is gone.

While on the drive, Abraham delivers what could possibly be one of the best lines ever. He watches Glenn with his hand on Maggie's pregnant belly as she sleeps. He then asks Glenn, “When you were pouring the Bisquick, were you trying to make pancakes?”

After coming across a vehicle crash involving members of Jesus' community, Hilltop Settlement, rescuing the survivors and encountering the only Walkers of the episode, our group makes it to the gates of the new community.

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After a tense entry to the community, they meet the leader of the group, an arrogant jerk named Gregory. Rick puts Maggie in charge of negotiations with Gregory. Initially, they don't go well until a member of Hilltop returns with a message from Negan and attacks Gregory. Maggie gives Gregory and Hilltop Settlement an offer they can't refuse: her group with take care of Negan and the Saviors in exchange for half of Hilltop's resources and an ultrasound from the resident OB they saved on the way. Gregory accepts the deal.

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So how does this bode for our survivors of The Walking Dead? Only time will tell. But I'd be a liar if I said I wasn't worried about how this will play out and the potential for heartbreaking carnage as this season comes to a close.


SERIES REVIEW: 20 Seconds To Live

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20 Seconds to Live is a horror/comedy web series created by director Ben Rock (Alien Raiders), writer Bob DeRosa (Killers) and produced by Cat Pasciak (Atari: Game Over), that I had no idea existed until a chance followback on Twitter. Apparently I was living under a rock? Do yourself a favor, if you are a fellow under rock dweller, head over to Adam Green's arieScope Pictures official website right now and start watching this great web series. It's like Tales From the Crypt and SNL got hammered and made a baby. And don't worry about doing the show binge zombie thang (you know what I mean, you give up sleep, showering and food because you can't stop watching a show), there are only 8 episodes, at just under 3 minutes per episode. It's perfect for that I'm bored at the office and need a twisted laugh moment or lunch break entertainment.

Beginning with a rather unique anniversary gift from a husband to his wife, each episode shows viewers the last 20 seconds of a character's life and the moments leading up to the inevitable countdown to death. I have to admit, in Episode 2: Astaroth, I laughed so hard at Derek Mears' portrayal of a first time demon summoner, I almost shot Dr. Pepper out of my nose! Always know the name of the demon you are summoning, folks. It ends badly when you don't. And yes, the series has a Christmas episode. I don't want to give anything away, but take my word for it, TOTALLY WORTH WATCHING!

Bravo to all involved with this project. I'm definitely looking forward to more. I've been told Season 2 is in the works and may rely on crowdsourcing. I will add any links I receive for said crowdsourcing efforts as I get them.

Final verdict: 9.5 out of 10 giggling corpses. It would be a 10 if they were just a bit longer. 

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INTERVIEW:  John Campbell – The Creature Feature

INTERVIEW: John Campbell – The Creature Feature

By Machete Von Kill
The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

The Creature Feature John Campbell. Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann

John Campbell, professional wrestler, Imperial Wrestling Entertainment owner, YouTube show host, horror fan, and all around crazy (in the fun way, not the restraining order, fear for your life way) guy, recently took some time out of his hectic schedule to sit down and tell me what he's up to. It's up to me to make you care. LOL!

I met this very interesting dude several years ago at an independent wrestling show, for a company I also ended up working for. My relationship with said company didn't last, but my friendship/fanship with John has continued. I've had the privilege to watch him develop and grow in the ring and out of the ring. We've gone on multi-state wrestling road trips, hung out with big names in the wrestling business, and we've shared some pretty intense moments on paranormal investigations. He continues to blow my mind with his massive horror knowledge, in ring and mic skill, determination in all areas of life, and the fact that no matter how big his hype gets, he's the same down to earth guy that he was when I met him years ago.


House of Tortured Souls: Okay, so first pretend we aren't friends in the real world and tell me about your wrestling career. When you started, highlights and so on.

John Campbell: Okay, that's fine. You know me, I'm not very formal. (laughs) My career. Well, where do I begin with that? Well I started in the summer of 2006. I always wanted to be a pro wrestler, ever since I was a little kid. One day I just decided to go for it. So I went out, found a wrestling school, and started training. That's how I started, now as far as things after that, well I've had plenty of ups and downs. I'll focus more on the ups. I have been fortunate to wrestle for some of the best independent promotions in the Midwest. I've been in the ring with legends like Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Road Dogg Jesse James, and Al Snow. I've also learned from many veterans, and now I try to help as many of the young guys as I can, like other people in my position helped me when I first started.


HoTS: I remember back in the Myspace days, you had a link for a horror movie that you were in. I just don't recall the specifics. Can you tell me about that?

JC: Yes. There was a local guy who liked to film horror movies. They weren't masterpieces or anything, but they were fun to watch. Anyway, the guy saw some of my wrestling stuff through a mutual friend and thought that I would be a good fit for one of the roles. I auditioned and beat out a few other candidates. The shoot was only a couple of days, and it was mostly sitting around while the make up artist applied the necessary gore, but it was a lot of fun and turned out not too shabby. It was called Haunted where myself and my on screen girlfriend go to a haunted house and I end up dying. It's a fun cheesefest. (*Note: I looked high and low for the video, but was unable to find it. If you happen to, please post a link in the comments)


HoTS: Would you do it again? Is acting something you'd like to get into? You already do a certain amount every time you walk out from behind the curtain.

JC: Yes, I'd love to do more acting. That would be a ton of fun.


HoTS: A modern day Rowdy Roddy Piper? (laughs)

JC: Maybe, although nobody could ever fill those shoes!


HoTS: No doubt. besides, your own shoes are pretty rad in their own right. What was the first horror movie you ever saw?

JC: I could actually use a new pair of shoes! As far as the first horror movie I remember seeing, it was either Frankenstein, or The Bride of Frankenstein. I was really young, but I remember my toddler brain thinking the monster was really cool looking!


HoTS: Ah the classics! I love those. Good times. Did it scare you at all or were just totally into the coolness of the monster?

JC: I don't think I was old enough to really comprehend that it was a horror movie. I was really young, I know it didn't scare me though. In fact, for a long time after I would watch the The Munsters thinking it was the same thing. I grew up with that family more than my own!


HoTS: Has there ever been one that has scared you? One that still scares you?

JC: I was probably way too young to be watching The Exorcist. That scared me as a youngster. As far as movies that scare me today, there aren't really many. I'll admit that lump scares get me once in awhile while I'm in the theater though!


HoTS: The theater is a totally different atmosphere to watch horror movies in than your living room though right? I mean you kind of feed off of, and are influenced by everyone else's energy/fear. Not to mention the sound system. (laughs) The volume alone has made me jump more than a few times.

JC: Definitely! It's 90% loud noise, which makes for an awesome theater experience, but a lousy watch later on DVD if that's all the movie relies on.


HoTS: Very true. Do you have a favorite horror movie or franchise? What about a least favorite?

JC: I'd say my favorite franchise would be the Friday the 13th series. Jason is my bro! As far as least favorite, does the Scary Movie series count? The only one of those I liked was the one with Leslie Nielsen, because you know... Leslie Nielsen.


HoTS: Which Friday the 13th is your favorite? And which Jason is your favorite?

JC: I can't pick just one. I enjoy the first four the best, just because you can watch them back to back continuously and keep pretty good continuity.


HoTS: What about actor behind the mask, do you have a preference to who is playing Jason?

JC: It's weird, my favorite Jason is Kane Hodder, but he isn't in my favorite movies of the series, if that makes any sense. Kane is good though. He plays Jason as a more brooding figure. Jason became a "zombie" in part six, but the actor in part six still played him as any other actor would. When Kane took over in part 7, he played him how he should. Slower, brooding, more methodical. Perfect for undead Jason.


HoTS: And he's my boyfriend. He just doesn't know it. LOL. Kane is amazing. The way he, as Jason, looks at a victim before he kills them is enough to make you terrified. Have you watched much of Kane's work outside of the Friday the 13th movies?

JC: Yes I have. I enjoyed Hatchet very much. I'm a slasher fan.


HoTS: Any other sub-genres that you like?

JC: Depends on my mood really, but I dig a lot of cheesy 80s slashers and zombie films the most.


HoTS: Any favorites from the new generation of horror?

JC: I liked Hatchet. I also saw a movie not too long ago called the The Taking of Deborah Logan that was really good, as well.


HoTS: I haven't seen that one yet. I will have to check it out. How do you feel about the found footage movies? Personally, I can't stand them, but they seem to be pretty popular.

JC: The Taking of Deborah Logan is a mockumentary/found footage film. I think when they're done right, they can be really good. As long as the camera doesn't look seizure-like and you can tell what's going on. I just saw The Visit and that was shot documentary style. I really enjoyed it. Not scary really, but just the right amount of atmosphere to make it good.


HoTS: How do you feel about reboots? Sacrilege, crap, or is it a movie by movie basis sort of thing?

JC: I don't like it, but if it can do the original movie justice or continue the story of the series, I don't see them necessarily being a bad thing. The only problem is that so far they've all been terrible.


HoTS: Is there one that in your opinion has been the worst reboot?

JC: Rob Zombie's Halloween II was pretty rotten. I also hated the Friday the 13th and A Nightmare on Elm Street remakes.


HoTS: I have to agree with you on those. Though I still refuse to watch the Nightmare remake.

JC: Stay as far away from it as you can!


HoTS: Are there any that you would actually like to see rebooted?

JC: I'd like to see another legit sequel to The Re-Animator.


HoTS: Oooh!! That's actually a really good idea! How do you feel about the “vs” movies. There is some talk of doing another Freddy vs Jason, Freddy vs Jason vs Ash, etc.

JC: I think it's cool to see characters from different franchises together in the same movie. I'm all for it, if they have a competent director, who's well versed with the characters and the stories. Ronnie Yu, who directed Freddy Vs Jason wasn't a fan of either series, so that's why that movie fell flat in my opinion.


HoTS: It had the potential to be great. I think you nailed it though, the director needs to get it. With the similarities between pro wrestling and stunt work in movies, do you find yourself to be more of a fan of stuntmen rather than the leading man type of actor?

JC: You definitely have to have both. Without a charismatic character, you have no story to get into. It goes hand in hand in my opinion.


HoTS: Agreed. Tell me about your new gimmick.

JC: My new gimmick is me turned up to 100. Pro wrestling meets Punk Rock meets horror movie character. It's a lot of fun.

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids!

The Creature Feature in action. Don't try this at home, kids! Photo Credit: Kimm Buchmann


HoTS: The Creature Feature, right?

JC: Yes ma'am


HoTS: And how long have you been wrestling as that persona?

JC: I've been doing The Creature Feature persona since the beginning portion of this year. The fans have really taken to it.


HoTS: Now are you working as a heel or a face or does it really depend on the company you are working for?

JC: Face actually. Think of Cactus Jack when he was a face. Crazy as hell, but a fan favorite


HoTS: Yes! One of my personal faves. Now you've recently started doing a podcast, right? Can you tell me about that?

JC: I actually haven't been doing a podcast. I did a few years ago, but that's been defunct for awhile. I have started a YouTube show though. The Creature's Features. It's a throwback to the old horror host shows with pro wrestling thrown into the mix. I'm hoping to do it as a regular thing.


HoTS: Nice! That's cooler than a podcast anyway. How many episodes have you posted? Are you showing old movies too?

JC: The first episode debuted over Memorial Day weekend. Due to copyrights we can only show flicks in the public domain. There's a lot of great movies that have slipped through the cracks trough, and I believe they deserve to be highlighted.


HoTS: Glad to see you are respecting copyrights though. So many don't. They usually end up being sued, but still a little respect and research, you can avoid the mess and being labeled as a thief. Bravo.
JC: Absolutely. That and I wouldn't want my channel to get shut down. No thank you.


HoTS: Truth! What else are is in the works for John Campbell?
JC: More episodes of The Creature's Features, more wrestling, and only God, Satan, or the Flying Spaghetti Monster knows what else! I just wanna keep entertaining people with what I do.


HoTS: Okay, here's your just for fun question, cast your dream horror movie. Who's in it, where would you film it, and what's the storyline?

JC: Hmm. Maybe not a movie, but a series. I'd like to see Ash Williams, Tommy Jarvis, and Herbert West go on Scooby Doo type mysteries, all the while running into different villains from different franchises (Jason, Freddy, Michael Myers, etc).


HoTS: I'd watch that. Thanks for taking the time to sit down with me. Where can people reading this article check out IWE and your other projects?

JC: Thank you! We're on YouTube, numerous cable channels around the country, ROKU via the Indie Wrestling Channel and Facebook. We film our live shows in the MAC TV Studios in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan.

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BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

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Author: Michael Aloisi, as told by Kane Hodder ;  Publisher: AuthorMike Ink; ISBN: 978-0-9845801-3-2; ISBN-13: 9780985214609; Media: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio and ePub; Length: 352 pages; Genre: Non-fiction, Biography; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2012

In my personal opinion, Kane Hodder is  Horror Movie Royalty. He's up there with the likes of Robert Englund, Doug Bradley, and Gunnar Hansen. The man is always scary and intimidating, no matter what role he plays. It doesn't matter if it's Jason Voorhees, Victor Crowley or Jon RoyHodder is a badass.  After meeting him last year at Motor City Nightmares, I saw, quite quickly, that there is more to Hodder than the badass killing machine. But it wasn't until I read Unmasked that I saw just how much more there is to the man.

Throughout the book, Hodder describes learning the craft of Hollywood Stuntman and the sacrifices of body and mind that go along with it. He survived severe burns, an incompetent  doctor and the long painful road to recovery. And don't you think,  for even a second, that Hodder is another whiner looking for pity and attention. Far from. If anything, Hodder's recovery can be looked at as a source of inspiration for other burn victims.  He easily could have thrown in the towel and walked away from his dreams, but he didn't. Reading everything he went through just added to the extreme amount of respect I already had for Kane Hodder.

He shares with the reader, stories of his childhood. They aren't all happy hearts and flowers. He was repeatedly victimized by bullies until his family relocated to an island in the South Pacific, in his teen years. Again, Hodder isn't whining or playing the victim, but the experiences definitely had a profound impact on the man that he grew up to be. It isn't hard to get a real sense of the man behind the cinematic monsters.

Hodder isn't always Mr. Serious though. It's very apparent in the book that Kane is quite the prankster. And I can tell you from my own experience, the man is a smartass. It only adds to his charm. He shares some onset hijinks from the sets of many of his films. He and Aloisi are easily able to make you feel like you were right there.

He shares the extreme elation of being able to be Jason Voorhees, as well as the feeling of betrayal upon learning he would not be in Freddy vs Jason. You can almost feel the excitement of creating a new monster with Adam Green in Hatchet . You also get an idea of how much passion and  research Hodder put into roles like BTK and Ed Gein.

I could easily gush on about this book for days, but I'm not going to. I could tell you more of what he shares in the book, but I'm not going to do that either. What I will do is tell you to go read this book! You won't be sorry. You won't be able to put it down, either.

Final Score: 10 out of 10 Dead Camp Counselors.




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BOOK REVIEW: If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell (2001)

BOOK REVIEW: If Chins Could Kill by Bruce Campbell (2001)

If Chins Could Kill:
Confessions of a B Movie Actor

By Machete Von Kill

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Author: Bruce Campbell; Editor: Barry Neville; Publisher: St. Martin’s Press; ISBN: 0-312-24264-6; ISBN-13: 9780312291457 Media: Hardcover, Paperback, Audio, and ePub; Length: 304 pages; Genre: Non-fiction, Autobiography; Country: USA; Language: English;
Year: 2001

Okay, so at least you’re interested enough to pick up this book and look inside. I think you and I are going to get along just fine.
Life is full of choices. Right now, yours is whether or not to buy the autobiography of a mid-grade, kind of hammy actor.
Am I supposed to know this guy? you think to yourself.
No, and that’s exactly the point. Bookstores are chock full of household name actors and their high stakes shenanigans. I don’t want to be a spoilsport, but we’ve all been down that road before.
Case in point: look to your left – see that Judy Garland book? You don’t need that, you know plenty about her already – great voice, crappy life. Now look to your right at the Charlton Heston book. You don’t need to cough up hard-earned dough for that either. You know his story too – great voice, crappy toupee.
The truth is that though you might not have a clue who I am, there are countless working stiffs like me out there, grinding away every day at the wheel of fortune.
If Chins Could Kill: Confessions of a B Movie Actor is my first book, and I invite you to ride with me through the choppy waters of blue collar Hollywood.
Okay, so buy the damned book already and read like the wind!
Bruce Campbell
P.S. If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they’re not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.

If that alone doesn’t make you want to pick up Bruce Campbell’s autobiography, well, I don’t need your negativity. Get lost. Hail to the king, baby!

While the book was originally released in 2001, your girl, Machete didn’t know of its existence until my lovely and talented Facebook friend Kryssie Ridolfi (you may know her as “Cherry” the rude waitress from the viral video) posted a photo of the book. Off to Amazon I went, and within a week, the book was in my hands.

I will admit it right now, I’ve had a crush on Bruce Campbell since the first time I saw The Evil Dead, back in middle school. I will watch anything the man does. It doesn’t matter how cheesy and ridiculous it is, if Bruce is in it (even as a guest star), I MUST see it. So without a doubt, the idea of reading the book written by the man himself got me all kinds of excited (no, not that way, ya pervs). I couldn’t wait to read what he had to say.

From stories of his childhood, growing up in suburban Detroit, meeting Sam Raimi and his brothers, the first films they created while still in school, and even young Bruce’s first kiss, he shares it all and without holding back much. While maintaining the Bruce Campbell humor we all know and love, he shares photos and stories of the filming process for The Evil Dead. He gives the average reader just a taste of the underbelly of Hollywood, without naming names and without being a douchebag. He shares stories of the audition process, on-set hi-jinks and co-star drama, industry parties and award ceremonies, even his own episodes of being star struck. Campbell also shares more personal stories, like the breakdown of his first marriage and eventual divorce, as well as meeting and wooing his current wife Ida.

Throughout the book, Campbell shares fan mail/e-mail. Not all of it is very nice. This definitely is not a “Hey, look at me! Look how many people love and adore me! I’m a Hollywood god!” autobiography. It’s honest. It’s blue-collar. It’s relatable – even for those of us who have never been in the business. And it is totally BRUCE.

I laughed a lot (I’m fairly certain that the other patients in the waiting room of my doctor’s office thought I was high, insane, or both), developed a further respect for Sam Raimi and the The Evil Dead crew (which I didn’t think was possible as I already had a ton of love and mad respect for everyone involved), and was sad when the book was finished. It also inspired even more questions I would love to ask if I ever get the opportunity to meet Mr. Campbell.

If you are a fan of any of Bruce’s work, interested in the not so sunny side of Hollywood, or just looking for an entertaining non-fiction read, you’ll want to give If Chins Could Kill a read. Like he said on the book jacket, “If the book sucks, at least there are gobs of pictures, and they’re not crammed in the middle like all those other actor books.” He’s not lying, the photos alone are worth checking out.

Rating: 9.5 Deadites with typewriters out of 10

Now, head over to Twitter, find me and then retweet the hell out of this tweet. Bruce has, so let’s see if we can make some magic happen via social media, eh? Do it.


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HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Exorcist (1973)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: The Exorcist (1973)

By Machete Von Kill

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Director: William Friedkin; Writer: William Peter Blatty; Stars: Max von Sydow, Linda Blair, Ellen Burstyn; Rating: R; Run Time: 122 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 1973

When a teenage girl (Linda Blair) is possessed by a mysterious entity, her mother (Ellen Burstyn) seeks the help of two priests (Max von Sydow and Jason Miller) to save her daughter. (Summary from IMDb.)

Saturday nights in 8th grade consisted of MTV's Headbanger's Ball, followed by whatever movie I happened to find on television. There were always a variety of B movies, Kung Fu or cheesy comedies on at that hour. Sometimes, I'd get lucky and find a great horror flick. In October, MTV, USA, and TBS all showed horror movies later at night. It was heaven! There was no internet or Netflix, and the only video rental place in town was in the local grocery store. Pickins were slim!

It was on one of those October Saturday nights when I happened upon The Exorcist for the very first time. I'm pretty sure it was on TBS, which of course meant editing for content. They were able to get away with a bit more at 3 am than they could during regular viewing hours, but a lot of the more graphic scenes were cut. Even so, it was enough to scare me and leave a permanent mark on my psyche.

I was raised Roman Catholic, and even though I left the Church and Christianity at the age of 13, some of the imagery and dogma still hangs around in the back of my head. The idea of demonic possession is terrifying! Being under the control of some other being that you can't see and can't defend yourself against...yeah screw that!

The wonderful makeup artistry of legends of the industry Dick Smith and Rick Baker, combined with years of catechism classes, and a well written story by William Peter Blatty created nightmare material for days! Eileen Dietz as the demonic face still creeps me out to this day. And poor Regan (Linda Blair) when she is fully possessed by Pazuzu...thank you Mr. Smith and Mr. Baker for makeup no one will ever forget! You provided nightmarish images for generations to come.

Even though the movie gave me nightmares that night (thanks Ms. Dietz!), I wasn't satisfied with just seeing the edited for content version of the film. A few days later, I mentioned seeing the movie to my mother. Thinking I'd probably get flack for staying up that late and for watching the Exorcist, I was beyond shocked when she responded with, "You need to see the WHOLE movie!" She actually took me to the video rental counter at Glen's Market and surprisingly enough, they had ONE VHS copy of The Exorcist. We took it home and watched it that day. MIND BLOWN! I had missed so much disturbing stuff watching it on basic cable. I experienced that mind blown sensation again several years later when the Director's Cut was released on DVD.

I went on to later read the novel by Blatty, that the movie is based on. And much later, the actual case that inspired the novel. I actually used it, and some creepy props, as a part of a visual display of the staff's favorite books when I worked at the local public library. And every October, without fail, I watch the Director's Cut. It just isn't Halloween without Regan, Captain Howdy and Pazuzu!

Final Verdict: 10 out of 10 "Powers of Christ compel you!"

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HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

HALLOWEEN HORRORS: Hellraiser (1987)

By Machete Von Kill

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Director: Clive Barker; Writer: Clive Barker (adapted from The Hellbound Heart) Stars: Doug Bradley, Ashley Laurence, Clare Higgins; Rating: R; Run Time: 94 min; Genre: Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 1987

Sexual deviant Frank (Sean Chapman) inadvertently opens a portal to hell when he tinkers with a box he bought while abroad. The act unleashes gruesome beings called Cenobites, who tear Frank's body apart. When Frank's brother Larry (Andrew Robinson) and his wife, Julia (Clare Higgins), move into Frank's old house, they accidentally bring what is left of Frank back to life. Frank then convinces Julia, his one-time lover, to lure men back to the house so he can use their blood to reconstruct himself. (Summary from IMDb.)

I honestly don't remember how old I was the first time I saw Hellraiser. It was some time in middle school. And I've seen it eleventy billion times since. It is one of my favorite movies of all time, and I don't mean just horror movies either. I can probably recite almost every line from the movie and had Pinhead as a notification alert on my cellphone (I can't lie. After several texts from a close friend, I had to change it. LOL! Pinhead was starting to creep me out!)

Meeting Doug Bradley aka Pinhead

I have to say, seeing Doug Bradley's name on the guest list for Motor City Nightmares last year was one of the biggest reasons I wanted to go. I was heartbroken when it became clear I couldn't afford tickets. Thanks to Dark Legacy Haunted House, I WON A GOLD PASS and was able to meet PINHEAD himself. I will full on admit, I was extremely nervous about meeting Mr. Bradley. I was a complete mess. Nervous stutter when I could speak, dry mouth and shaking like a leaf. Mr. Bradley put up with me (LOL) and was nice enough to take photos with me, autograph my DVD, and accepted my gift to him, a hand painted Pinhead Christmas ornament. I could go on and on about Doug Bradley, but that's not why we're here. Let's get back to the movie.

The scene when Frank begins to regenerate after absorbing his brother's blood through the floor boards is both totally gross and totally captivating. You can't turn away, even though you want to. And the subsequent scenes of Frank consuming the blood of the men Julia brings to the house are just as gross and captivating. The sounds effects alone are gag worthy.

I can't say I have any sympathy for Frank or Julia. Frank was a sick, mean, creepy bastard when he was alive and Julia, a cheating tramp. Who sleeps with their newly wedded husband's brother!? Ick! Dirty ho! They totally deserved each other and all of the tortures dished out by the Cenobites. It seems so fitting that Frank ended up consuming Julia.

And the Cenobites themselves, HOLY WAH! As if Pinhead wasn't terrifying enough, throw in Chatterer (Nicholas Vince), Butterball (Simon Bamford), and the female Cenobite (Grace Kirby)... Nightmare material for days! Deliciously evil and brilliant. Bravo to Clive Barker for bringing these henchmen of Hell to life.

The movie is dark, beautiful, gory and everything a good horror movie should be. Even with the 1987 special effects, it still stands up today as one of the greatest ever made. And I'm really unhappy to hear that it will be rebooted. It is a classic that needs to be left alone. Sure, make another sequel (just please, please, please do a better job than the last few), but there's no reason to reboot.

If you haven't yet seen this masterpiece, I'd really like to know what the hell you are waiting for.

10 out of 10 Cenobites Tortures

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MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

Did Someone Call An Ambulance?
A Review of Old 37

By Machete Von Kill

Old 37 poster

Director: Alan Smithee; Writers: Paul Travers (Story), Paul Travers, and Joseph Landes (Screenplay); Stars: Kane Hodder, Bill Moseley, Brandi Cyrus; Genre: Horror, Slasher; Run time: 81 min.;Rated: NR; Language: English; Country: USA; Year: 2015

You've just been in a horrible car accident. You call for help and wait for the ambulance to arrive. You are cold, scared, and the next words you hear are, "Don't worry, I'm a paramedic." From anyone other than Darryl, these words would be a relief. It sucks to be you...

Darryl (Bill Moseley, The Devil's Rejects, Repo! The Genetic Opera) and his brother, Jon Roy (Kane Hodder, Hatchet, Friday the 13th Parts VII - X) work the back roads, in their father's old ambulance, intercepting 911 calls in an area with few emergency response personnel. Rather than provide assistance to the accident victims, the brothers conduct medical/torture experiments in their ER inside a junk yard. Throw in a group of shallow, rotten teenagers with murderous secrets of their own, a case of mistaken identity, revenge, and you have the makings of a great horror flick.

Throughout the film, the viewer learns more of the backstory of these two backwoods wanna be doctors, via flashback scenes. Abusive, murdering father, enabling mother...all leading to the birth of a creepy, sadistic, serial killer. And I'm not kidding when I say Darryl is a creepy bastard. He took over where his father left off, and man, did he raise the bar in being an asshole. This role, in my opinion, could only be played by Bill Moseley. Anyone else wouldn't have been believable and have been able to take it to the levels Moseley does. If you liked Moseley as Otis Firefly, you will enjoy him as Darryl. No, Darryl is NOT a rehash of Otis, they are just very similar in their intensity and cruelty.

While in the beginning Jon Roy seems to be an enthusiastic participants in the murders, as the movie progresses, we learn Jon Roy is another of Darryl's victims. Throughout the movie he endures verbal abuse and bullying from Darryl. It doesn't change the fact that he is a big beast of a man and ready to kill you. He is a man of few words and many violent actions, but still manages to gain the viewer's sympathy as flashback scenes continue. Another BRAVO to casting for this role. Kane Hodder is perfect! Intimidating, menacing, hulk of a guy...He's terrifying, yet still able to elicit sympathy from the viewer.

The kill scenes are brutal but not overly so. Just the right amount of gore combines with great acting (from the whole cast) and a great story. Don't think for even a second that it is tame. I legit gagged during a few scenes and it's pretty tough to make me do that while watching a movie. I also want to give props to the Old 37 production crew. From the sets to the cinematography, the film is a visual treat. It's dark and creepy, but not overdone. It's believable, and creepy as hell!

I don't want to give away anymore than I already have, but trust me, you should see this film. I can honestly say it is one of the best I have seen in a while. A big thank you to the cast and crew for not making me regret advance ordering this movie.

Final Verdict: 9.5 out of 10 deranged paramedics

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INTERVIEW: Alex Wer – The Man Who Carves Awesomeness

INTERVIEW: Alex Wer – The Man Who Carves Awesomeness

Alex Wer:
The Man Who Carves Awesomeness

By Machete Von Kill

The Pumpkin Geek carves awesomeness

Since 2009, Alex Wer, aka The Pumpkin Geek, has been carving far more complex jack-o-lanterns than then average carver. Then again, Wer is far from average. After carving a pumpkin for his wife's office open house, Alex discovered he could make money with his pumpkin art.

He's carved pumpkins for celebrities like Zachary Quinto (Star Trek, American Horror Story), Jeri Ryan (Star Trek: Voyager, Dracula 2000) and Ming-Na Wen (Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Prom Night). Wer has carved everything from logos to an impressive battle scene between an Imperial Star Destroyer and X-Wing Starfighters. He's been hired by Netflix for a social media campaign, by Legacy Entertainment for a few movie premiers, and, most recently, Wizard World Comic Con.

The Pumpkin Geek carves awesomeness Friday the 13th

I recently got the chance to interview The Pumpkin Geek. Having been a fan since seeing a Joe Mantegna pumpkin posted on the actor's Twitter account a few years back, I was stoked to be able to speak to the 2014 Geekie Award winner. The following is that interview:

House of Tortured Souls: Thank you so much for taking the time to speak with me! I know you started doing conventions 7 years ago, but when did you discover you had so much talent carving pumpkins?

Pumpkin Geek: I always enjoyed carving pumpkins & simply started getting more intricate over the years. Wanted to be the cool neighbor on the block! My wife asked me to carve her company logo for an Open House in October, so I decided to try carving on "craft" pumpkins sold at Michael's. They last forever so I thought the office could use it each year. It was a simple design, but everyone was impressed & I got 35 orders that night, all by accident!


HoTS: Were you taught/trained by anyone or was it a series of trial and error?

PG: I was really into Comic Books as a kid and spent hours drawing & tracing Spider-Man...that's pretty much the extent of my training. Simply came from a love from superheroes.


HoTS: How long did it take you to start getting exposure and making money with them?

PG: Well, the first night at the Open House, obviously. But, as I improved over the next year, I decided to try selling my work at a Star Trek Convention in Vegas. I was pretty nervous I wouldn't sell anything, but realized, my main goal was to get exposure for what I did. Surprising, I did really well at the convention, and had several Trek actors, including Zachary Quinto, come to my booth to check out what I did. Some of the celebs actually ordered carves & starting posting about me...Talk about geeking out!

HoTS: Did you set out with the goal of making a profit or was it just a bonus that came along with the hobby?

PG: Originally, it was just for fun, but after doing my first convention, I realized that people were really into my work. Since I do everything custom orders, people were really able to celebrate their ultimate fandom at Halloween.


HoTS: How many pumpkins would you say you carve in an average October? Do you carve them year round or only in the fall?

PG: Between June and October, I carve about 175 or so, depending on my schedule. I do carve year round, but much less "off season".


HoTS: How many would you guess you have carved over your lifetime?

The Pumpkin Geek carves awesomeness Freddy

PG: I would say over 1,000 in the last six plus years, for sure. Never gets old doing it...too much fun!


HoTS: Any favorites? Any that you'd really love to carve but haven't been asked yet?

PG: Spider-Man, because he was a childhood hero & Heath Ledger's Joker (which is on my business card), because his performance was so amazing. But there are many others. Anything new, that introduces me into a new fandom that I hadn't discovered yet. The villains & horror carves are always fun, because they really stand out at Halloween.


HoTS: Do you get a little star struck with some of your more famous clients? Any favorite or stories you'd like to share?

PG: I have been VERY fortunate in meeting many celebrities because of what I do. I wouldn't say I am star struck, but I am VERY humbled that they want to meet ME. Jeri Ryan & Ming-Na Wen have been the 2 kindest, and coolest, celebrities to me over the years. They post about my work, use their carves as avatars on Twitter, and have even requested meeting me.


HoTS: Any celebrities you'd really like to carve for?
PG: So many! I'm hoping to be the "carver to the stars" eventually!


HoTS: How much do you love Halloween? Would you say it is your favorite holiday?

PG: Halloween is certainly a favorite because of what I do. Mostly because I get to make a lot of people happy with my work. I guess I'm the Orange Santa in October. Although, I do love Christmas probably a bit more.


HoTS: Do you still carve pumpkins for your own Halloween decorations or do you skip that now?

PG: I try to carve a few for the family each year but have been getting too busy the past few years. I need to make time.
The Pumpkin Geek carves awesomeness Pinhead


HoTS: Favorite conventions you've been to? What's your favorite part of the convention scene?

PG: Well, my favorite would have to be Wizard World Comic Con. I did their con last year in Portland and ended up getting HIRED by them to be their National Sales Manager! They loved the fact that I had been doing cons for several years, and I had a background in sales, so got hire that weekend. Not only did I have a great con selling my carves, back came back with a job where I get to find vendors & artists to do Comic Cons now.


HoTS: What are you working on now?

PG: I was hired by Rancho Obi-Wan (the largest Star Wars museum in the country), to do a large number of carves for their Gallaween event this year & they are actually having me as a guest of honor! Also, ESPN hired me to do the Sunday Night Countdown crew & World Series. Other than that, custom orders, including a few weddings and proposals!


HoTS: Where can people stay in touch with you, follow your work and commission you for custom jobs?

PG: I'm always on Twitter or can be reached via email at


HoTS: Anything you'd like to say to your fans?

PG: I really appreciate everyone that has admired my work over the years. I have a LOT of supporters on social media that have always cheered me on, encourage me, and been so excited with my success. It's very flattering to know that people really enjoy what I do.


HoTS: And finally, since I ask everyone this and you are no exception, Freddy or Jason? Who's the bigger horror badass?

PG: Freddy. Aside from being a badass, he's got a great sense of humor.


Thanks again, Alex, for taking the time to speak to me! Happy carving and happy Halloween!

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SERIES REVIEW: Scream Queens

By Machete Von Kill

Scream Queens

Directors: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy, Bradley Buecker, Michael Uppendahl

Writers: Ian Brennan, Brad Falchuk, Ryan Murphy

Stars: Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts, Skylar Samuels, Lea Michelle, Nick Jonas

Rating: TV-14; Run Time: 45 min; Genre: Comedy, Horror; Country: USA; Language: English; Year: 2015

Tuesday night, Fox premiered its new horror-comedy from Ryan Murphy Scream Queens. Murphy previously brought us Glee, Nip/Tuck, and American Horror Story. In Scream Queens, Murphy takes us to Wallace University and the Kappa Kappa Tau sorority house in this slasher spoof. The episode begins in 1995, with an unexpected birth by a KKT pledge in the bathtub during a party. Rather than interrupt the party and get help for the girl, the sisters decide the pledge must stay there and they will return to the party. When they return after the party, they find the pledge dead. Flash forward 20 years to the KKT new class. Lead by AHS alum Emma Roberts as Chanel Oberlin and her "minions" - Chanel #2, Chanel #3, and Chanel #5. Both pledges and staff are showing up dead.

I have to say Roberts plays her role of as a spoiled, vapid, self-centered sorority brat quite well. Mere minutes into her first scene I wanted to punch her in the throat. That feeling grew as the episode continued.

The one bright spot, in a cast of people I really couldn't care any less about, is horror veteran and the original Scream Queen Jamie Lee Curtis. Ms. Curtis plays the role of university dean Cathy Munsch. She has some secrets of her own - pot smoking, student seducing, covering up the bathtub death 20 years ago - but let's not focus on that just yet. She's had enough of sororities in general but especially Kappa Kappa Tau as she tells Chanel #1 (Roberts) in her office. As Chanel#1 sat there being an indignant brat, I was really hoping Munsch would come across the desk and channel Michael Myers for just a few minutes.

I don't want to spoil it for anyone that will be tuning in, but I will say there were some decent kills, some mystery and a few laughs. For me, it may be a little too spoofy. If Scary Movie, Scream 2, Beverly Hills, 90210, and Mean Girls could somehow have a baby, this little bastard would be it. I will give it another episode or two, but that's mainly out of respect and love for Jamie Lee Curtis. And I won't lie, I wanna see the demise of Chanel #1.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween

ABC Family’s 13 Nights of Halloween

13 Nights of Halloween

By Machete Von Kill


For those of you looking for a perhaps tamer Halloween television experience than Syfy’s offerings, ABC Family has you covered with its 17th annual 13 Nights of Halloween, beginning Monday, October 19, 2015. ABC Family will be premiering a Halloween special from its new drama, Stitches. Tim Burton fans rejoice, ABC Family has you covered with the trifecta of The Corpse Bride, Frankenweenie, and The Nightmare Before Christmas. There seem to be a lot of repeats this year, and I'm not quite sure how Matilda or The Hunger Games fit with Halloween, but I can see how you would be limited while keeping that family image.

The whole family (well unless your family is like the Sawyer clan from The Texas Chainsaw Massacre) can enjoy seasonal staples like Hocus Pocus and Casper. Younger viewers should definitely tune in for Disney's/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR! I watched it last year with my nephew and I can’t lie, we both enjoyed it. A lot.

Are you planning on tuning in? What are you looking forward to watching? What is this line-up missing? Let us know by leaving a comment.

Check out the full 2015 schedule for ABC Family's 13 Nights of Halloween below:

Night 1 (Monday, October 19, 2015)

1:30 p.m. ET - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1
5 p.m. ET - Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
9 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
12 a.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride

Night 2 (Tuesday, October 20, 2015)

4 p.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride
6 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
9 p.m. ET - Stitchers 2015 Halloween Special
12 p.m. ET - Casper

Night 3 (Wednesday, October 21, 2015)

5 p.m. ET - Casper
7 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
9 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
12 a.m. ET - I Know What You Did Last Summer

Night 4 (Thursday, October 22, 2015)

4 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
6 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
8 p.m. ET - The Hunger Games
12 a.m. ET - I Still Know What You Did Last Summer

Night 5 (Friday, October 23, 2015)

5:30 p.m. ET - The Hunger Games
8:30 p.m. ET - Sleepy Hollow
12 a.m. ET - Matilda

Night 6 (Saturday, October 24, 2015)

7 a.m. ET - Matilda
9 a.m. ET - ParaNorman
11 a.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride
1 p.m. ET - The Nightmare Before Christmas
2:30 p.m. ET - Casper
4:30 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
6:30 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
8:30 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Monsters University
11 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!
11:30 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus

Night 7 (Sunday, October 25, 2015)

7 a.m. ET - ParaNorman
9 a.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Corpse Bride
11 a.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
12:30 p.m. ET - Casper
2:30 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
4:30 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
6:30 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!
7 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Monsters University
9:45 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus

Night 8 (Monday, October 26, 2015)

5:30 p.m. ET - Sleepy Hollow
9 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!
9:30 p.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
12 a.m. ET - Tim Burton's Frankenweenie

Night 9 (Tuesday, October 27, 2015)

4:00 p.m. ET - Tim Burton's Frankenweenie
6 p.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
7:30 p.m. ET - Disney/ Pixar's Toy Story OF TERROR!
9 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
12 a.m. ET - ParaNorman

Night 10 (Wednesday, October 28, 2015)

4 p.m. ET - ParaNorman
6 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
8:15 p.m. ET - Dark Shadows
12 a.m. ET - Casper

Night 11 (Thursday, October 29, 2015)

5 p.m. ET - Casper
7 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
9 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
12 a.m. ET - Hocus Pocus

Night 12 (Friday, October 30, 2015)

2:30 p.m. ET - The Addams Family
4:30 p.m. ET - Addams Family Values
6:30 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
8:30 p.m. ET - Poltergeist
12 a.m. ET - Poltergeist II: The Other Side

Night 13
(Saturday, October 31, 2015

7 a.m. ET - Batman
10 a.m. ET - Batman Returns
12: 30 p.m. ET - Poltergeist
3 p.m. ET - Sleepy Hollow
5:30 p.m. ET - Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas
7 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
9:15 p.m. ET - Hocus Pocus
11:30 p.m. ET - Sleepy Hollow

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Syfy Announces Schedule for 31 Days of Halloween

Syfy Announces Schedule for 31 Days of Halloween

SyFy Channel's 2015
31 Days of Hallowee

By Machete Von Kill

31 Days of Halloween
Fall is in the air and the glorious month of October is almost upon us. In celebration, Syfy has announced the schedule for their 8th annual 31 Days of Halloween. In addition to special episodes of Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness, we can look forward to Syfy premieres of I Am Legend, Orphan, and Insidious: Chapter 2; a returning lineup of horror films; new episodes of Syfy Original series Znation, Haven and Dominion; and perhaps most exciting, four new original horror movies!

Night of the Wild (Saturday, October 3, 2015, at 9PM ET) — When a large meteor crashes into a quiet town, pet dogs become mysteriously aggressive, attacking and killing the residents. Night of the Wild stars Rob Morrow (Northern Exposure), Kelly Rutherford (Gossip Girl) and Tristin Mays (The Vampire Diaries).

Ominous (Saturday, October 10, 2015, at 9PM ET) — Michael and Rachel are devastated when their six-year-old son dies in a tragic accident. When a stranger offers to bring the boy back to life, they take the offer. However, the child who returns is not the child they once knew. Ominous stars Barry Watson (Masters of Sex, 7th Heaven) and Esme Bianco (Game of Thrones, The Magicians).

They Found Hell (Saturday, October 17, 2015, at 9PM ET) — When a group of gifted college students run a secret teleportation experiment, they accidentally open a portal to another dimension, trapping them in Hell. One by one they are hunted, tortured and killed by the denizens of Hell who are bent on stealing their souls. They Found Hell stars Chris Schellenger (Hacker’s Game), Katy Reece (When the Pile is Crooked) and Austin Scott (Prep School).

The Hollow (Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 9PM ET) — On Halloween, three troubled sisters attempt to find tranquility by moving in with their aunt, but instead face a mysterious creature that threatens to kill everyone on their secluded island town. The Hollow stars Stephanie Hunt (Californication), Alisha Newton (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters) and Sarah Dugdale (Sorority Murders).

Will you be tuning in? What are you looking forward to watching this October on Syfy? Let us know by leaving a comment.

The complete 31 Days of Halloween schedule follows:

Wednesday, September 30, 2015

8 a.m. ET - Ghost Hunters Season 8 Marathon

2 p.m. ET – The Dead (2010)

4:30 p.m. ET – Dead Season (2012)

6:30 p.m. ET – Halloween II (2009)

9 p.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

11 p.m. ET – Battledogs (2013)

Thursday, October 1, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics (3 back-to-back episodes)

9:30 a.m. ET – Witchville (2010)

11:30 a.m. ET – Witchslayer Gretl (2012)

1:30 p.m. ET – Night Of The Demons

3:30 p.m. ET – Halloween II (2009)

6 p.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

8 p.m. ET – Haven (new episode)

Friday, October 2, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Bats: Human Harvest (2007)

10 a.m. ET – Vampyre Nation (2012)

12 p.m. ET – The Bleeding (2009)

2 p.m. ET – My Bloody Valentine

4 p.m. ET – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012)

6 p.m. ET – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

10 p.m. ET – Z Nation (new episode)

Saturday, October 3, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics (3 back-to-back episodes)

10:30 a.m. ET – Swamp Devil (2008)

12:30 p.m. ET – Tasmanian Devils (2013)

2:30 p.m. ET – Hellboy (2004)

5 p.m. ET – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

7 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

9 p.m. ET – Dark Haul (2014)

11 p.m. ET – Hellboy (2004)

Sunday, October 4, 2015

9 a.m. ET – The Cursed (2010)

11 a.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1 (2002)

1 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2 (2002)

3 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3 (2002)

5 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

7 p.m. ET – House of Bones (2010)

9 p.m. ET – Shutter (2008)

11 p.m. ET – Z Nation marathon (first four episodes airing back-to-back)

Monday, October 5, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics (back-to-back episodes)

9 a.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1 (2002)

11 a.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2 (2002)

1 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3 (2002)

3 p.m. ET – Psychosis (2010)

5 p.m. ET – House of Bones (2010)

7 p.m. ET – Shutter (2008)

9 p.m. ET – Dead Still (2014)

11 p.m. ET – My Soul To Take (2010)

Tuesday, October 6, 2015

8 a.m. ET – My Soul To Take (2010)

10 a.m. ET – Z Nation marathon (first four episodes airing back-to-back)

2 p.m. ET – Face Off marathon

9 p.m. ET – Face Off (new episode)

10 p.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead (back-to-back episodes)

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 8 marathon

7 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 9.5

9 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters 10th Anniversary Episode

Thursday, October 8, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Headless Horseman (2007)

10 a.m. – Leprechaun’s Revenge (2012)

12 p.m. ET – Heebie Jeebies (2013)

2 p.m. ET – Tasmanian Devils (2013)

4 p.m. ET – Mothman (2010)

6 p.m. ET – The Uninvited (2009)

8 p.m. ET – Haven (new episode)

Friday, October 9, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Haunted High (2012)

10 a.m. ET – American Horror House (2012)

12 p.m. ET – Ghost Voyage (2008)

2 p.m. ET – Ghost Town (2008)

4 p.m. ET – The Uninvited (2009)

6 p.m. ET – Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

10 p.m. ET – Z Nation (new episode)

Saturday, October 10, 2015

10 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

10:30 a.m. ET – Ghost Voyage (2008)

12:30 p.m. ET – Ghost Town (2008)

2:30 p.m. ET – Chernobyl Diaries (2012)

4:30 p.m. ET – Halloween II (2009)

7 p.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

9 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

11 p.m. ET – Hostel: Part II (2007)

Sunday, October 11, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9:30 a.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead (back-to-back episodes)

10:30 a.m. ET – Night of the Demons

12:30 a.m. ET – Halloween II (2009)

3 p.m. ET – Hostel: Part II (2007)

5 p.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

7 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

9 p.m. ET – The Fog (2005)

11 p.m. ET – Ghost Storm (2008)

1 a.m. ET – The Haunting in Connecticut (2009)

Monday, October 12, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead (back-to-back episodes)

9 a.m. ET – Vampyre Nation (2012)

11 a.m. ET – Dracula 2000 (2000)

1 p.m. ET – Children of the Corn (1984)

3 p.m. ET – Ghost Storm (2008)

5 p.m. ET – The Haunting In Connecticut (2009)

7 p.m. ET – The Fog (2005)

9 p.m. ET – The Wolfman (2010)

11 p.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

1 a.m. ET – The Wolfman (2010)

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Children of the Corn (1984)

10 a.m. ET – Freddy vs. Jason (2003)

12 p.m. ET – Face Off marathon

10 p.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead (back-to-back episodes)

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead mini-marathon

10 a.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 8 mini-marathon

2 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 9 mini-marathon

7 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 9.5

9 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters (new episode)

Thursday, October 15, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9:30 a.m. ET – Reign of the Gargoyles (2007)

11:30 a.m. ET – Grendel (2007)

1:30 p.m. ET – Flying Monkeys (2013)

3:30 p.m. ET – Monsters Ark (2008)

5:30 p.m. ET – Hellboy (2004)

8 p.m. ET – Haven (new episode)

Friday, October 16, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9:30 a.m. ET – Dracula 2000 (2000)

11:30 a.m. ET – Wes Craven Presents: Dracula II: The Ascension (2003)

1:30 a.m. ET – Hellboy (2004)

4 p.m. ET – Battledogs (2013)

6 p.m. ET – Drive Angry (2011)

10 p.m. ET – Z Nation (new episode)

Saturday, October 17, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1 (2002)

11 a.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2 (2002)

1 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3 (2002)

3 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

5 p.m. ET – The Fog (2005)

7 p.m. ET – Scarecrow (2013)

9 p.m. ET – Finder’s Keepers (2014)

11 p.m. ET – The Fog (2005)

Sunday, October 18, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

10 a.m. ET – The Uninvited (2009)

12 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

2 p.m. ET – Let Me In (2010)

4:30 p.m. ET – Cirque Du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant (2009)

6:30 p.m. ET – Birth (2004)

9 p.m. ET – Lost Souls (2000)

11 p.m. ET – The Revenant (2009)

Monday, Oct 19, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Ghouls

10 a.m. ET – Boogeyman (2005)

12 p.m. ET – Birth (2004)

2:30 p.m. ET – The Revenant (2009)

5 p.m. ET – Hostel: Part II (2007)

7 p.m. ET – Saw VII (2010)

9 p.m. ET – Starve (2014)

11 p.m. ET – Hellboy (2004)

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Face Off marathon

9 p.m. ET – Face Off (new episode)

10 p.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead (back-to-back episodes)

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 9 marathon

7 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 9.5

9 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters 200th episode (2-hour event)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Pulse (2006)

10 a.m. ET – The Haunting in Connecticut (2009

12 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 1 (2002)

2 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 2 (2002)

4 p.m. ET – Stephen King’s Rose Red – Part 3 (2002)

6 p.m. ET – Lost Souls (2000)

8 p.m. ET – Haven (new episode)

Friday, October 23, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9:30 a.m. ET – Wrong Turn 5: Bloodlines (2012)

11:30 a.m. ET – The Dead (2010)

2 p.m . ET – Zombie Night (2013)

4 p.m. ET – Rise of the Zombies (2012)

6 p.m. ET – Zombie Apocalypse (2011)

10 p.m. ET – Z Nation (new episode)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Dead Season (2012)

11 a.m. ET – Rise of the Zombies (2012)

1 p.m. ET – Zombie Apocalypse (2011)

3 p.m. ET – Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

5 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

7 p.m. ET – Battle of the Damned (2013)

9 p.m. ET – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

11 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

Sunday, October 25, 2015

9 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

10:30 a.m. ET – 30 Days of Night (2007)

1 p.m. ET – 30 Days of Night: Dark Days (2010)

3 p.m. ET – Battle of the Damned (2013)

5 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

7 p.m. ET – Resident Evil: Extinction (2007)

9 p.m. ET – The Happening (2008)

11 p.m. ET – The Fog

Monday, October 26, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9 a.m. ET – Scream of the Banshee (2011)

11 a.m. ET – The Cursed (2010)

1 p.m. ET – Swamp Devil (2008)

3 p.m. ET – The Reaping (2007)

5 p.m. ET – The Fog

7 p.m. ET – The Happening (2008)

9 p.m. ET – The Crazies (2010)

11 p.m. ET – Lost Souls (2000)

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Face Off marathon

9 p.m. ET – Face Off (new episode)

10 p.m. ET – Town of the Living Dead

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Ghost Hunters Season 7 marathon

9 p.m. ET – Ghost Hunters (new episode)

Thursday, October 29, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Red: Werewolf Hunter (2010)

10 a.m. ET – Battledogs (2013)

12 p.m. ET – Ghost Voyage (2008)

2 p.m. ET – Ghost Town (2008)

4 p.m. ET – Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

6 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

8 p.m. ET – Haven (new episode)

Friday, October 30, 2015

8 a.m. ET – Scare Tactics

9 a.m. ET – Children of the Corn (1984)

11 a.m. ET – 30 Days of Night (2007)

1:30 p.m. ET – Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974)

3:30 p.m. ET – Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003)

5:30 p.m. ET – Halloween II (2009)

10 p.m. ET – Z Nation (new episode)

Saturday, October 31, 2015

6:30 p.m. ET - Insidious Chapter 2

9:00 p,m, ET - The Conjuring

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TRIBUTE: Remembering Wes Craven

TRIBUTE: Remembering Wes Craven

We Honor Genre Legend
Wes Craven

2 August 1939 - 30 August 2015

Wes Craven
When we here at House of Tortured Souls heard the tragic news about Wes Craven losing his battle with brain cancer, we were stunned and instantly saddened. It made us all realize what an indelible mark he has made in the film industry and with his fans and ourselves. And like many other sites, we decided to honor this revered master of horror and suspense and all say a little something about what the man and his films meant to us...

JOHN ROISLAND: When I was very young, I remember hearing adults talking of this horrific film called The Last House on the Left. I recall pieces of TV and newspaper ads for it and still more and more discussion about how disturbing and gross the film was, yet these ads and talks never seemed to have gone away. The funny thing was that the film came out the same year I was born, so that should give you some idea as to how long the impact of this film was. This was my first introduction to Mr. Wes Craven.

Moving forward a few years, I was in the 6th grade and had a few friends of mine staying the night. We had stayed up late watching this new horror movie on VHS called A Nightmare on Elm Street. To this day I remember how vivid my dreams were that night. This guy with knives for fingers chased me through this huge maze. This guy became one of the horror genre's most popular horror icons, as well as Wes Craven's most notorious character - Freddy Krueger.

For years to follow, Craven's films became the blood that flowed through my veins. The Hills Have Eyes, Shocker, The People Under the Stairs, and let us not forget one film that I thought was absolute genius: Scream. Who else would have used a story about horror films, to create a horror film?

Many years later, I caught up with my past and finally watched The Last House On The Left. The movie was, by this time outdated, and the special FX that one has grown to expect in movies weren't there, and ya know what? It didn't matter. The film stands on its own and is one of a kind. I can honestly say that all the things I had heard all those adult voices saying when I was just a little kid were true. Love it or hate it, it is one of the most powerful and disturbing films I have seen to this day!

I'm not going to lie and tell you the Wes Craven was/is my favorite writer/director, because he isn't. What I will say is that this master of horror deserves a huge amount of credit for his hand in shaping the horror film genre into what it is today. He was an inspiration and set filmmaking standards that will take many, many years for anyone else to match.

Thank you, Mr. Craven, for the beautiful nightmares.


AMY LYNES: I was in the seventh grade when I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street in the theater, and I was beyond terrified. I had truly never been that scared in my life. There were parts of the film where I couldn't even breathe, and I think I jumped out of my seat at least five times. And the terror didn't end when the credits rolled either. I was unable to sleep right for WEEKS. All these years later, I can honestly say that I have never had a film scare me the way ANOES did. The only other horror film that came even remotely close was also one of his films - Scream.

At the time, I had no idea that the director for ANOES and one of my childhood favorites, Swamp Thing, were one and the same. Swamp Thing showed me that appearances aren't everything, and it made me the type of kid who always rooted for the underdog and stick up for the kids who were bullied. That is something that has stuck with me my entire life, and it's huge part with who I am today.

While Scream isn't one of my favorite films, it did genuinely scare me the first time I saw it. It was the kind of thing every girl who has ever been home alone or has been a babysitter in someone else's home fears. Not since ANOES had a film given me nightmares and Scream did just that.

In the late 80s/early 90s, horror got boring for me. Everything seemed to lack originality or a formula that worked, and everything seemed SO predictable. Sadly, I kinda gave up on the genre for a while. Then in '94, Wes Craven gave us New Nightmare and he gave Freddy back to the fans. He got rid of all the cheesy lines and he made Freddy scary again. He instantly reignited my love of horror with one film.

Wes Craven seemed to have a way of honing in on what scared me the most, and his films have had a huge impact on me becoming the horror fan that I am today. His passing was truly a loss to the horror community and its fans. He will be missed - by myself and countless others - for decades to come.

RIP Mr. Craven. You will live on through your countless masterpieces and in the hearts of your fans. Thank you for all the screams.


STEPHANIE ROISLAND: I was very young the first time I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. My family was not into horror at all with the exception of my older brother. I always knew I was different. I wasn't afraid of Freddy, he made me giggle. I was scared of the The Wizard of Oz, but The Hills Have Eyes intrigued me.

Wes Craven helped open my eyes to a world where everything twisted was acceptable and nightmares can be made into a reality on film. I loved the independent thoughts and freedom of his writing and movies. He, along with a handful of other directors/writers, gave me insight into a world where I fit in.

When I heard of Mr. Craven's passing this is what I blogged and it is still how I feel: "The goal of life is not to live forever, but to create something that will". And he accomplished just that. He will be immortal, not in the flesh but in his works. He has created a legacy that will live on and on with each generation. We will show our grandchildren his cult classics just as we did our children and show them how true horror really should be.

Rest In Peace, my friend, and here is to the immorality of Gods and Monsters.


DIXIELORD: Like so many horror fans, I first discovered Wes Craven with A Nightmare on Elm Street. It was like nothing I had ever seen before. Freddy Krueger was no hulking, silent stalker, no shambling zombie, and no Gothic Victorian creature of the night. Freddy was something entirely new, a laughing, wise cracking demon from hell, and he was always waiting in your dreams. With him, Wes Craven had made my nightmares something to really fear. Those harmless nightmares might not really be so harmless. Over the years, Freddy became a pop culture icon as the films got more campy, and people knew that Freddy was really Robert Englund. Then, when Freddy was posing with babies, and riding on parade floats, Wes took him back, and made him scary again. In New Nightmare, Wes Craven crashed through the fourth wall at full speed, making Freddy more real and more terrifying than ever.

Thank you, Wes, for making my youth more fun and more exciting. Thank you for giving me nightmares and for inspiring my imagination, while reminding me it's all just a nightmare, and I can always wake up.


NICK DURHAM: Other than maybe John Carpenter, no other horror maestro's films have had the effect on me the way Wes Craven's had. Granted my feelings on The Last House on the Left are one thing, but that has its place in history and it set the stage for the greatness that would come. There was a time when nearly everything Craven touched turned to gold. Well...almost everything. Despite that though, a majority of his films have had quite an impact on me personally.

The Hills Have Eyes and, of course, the original A Nightmare on Elm Street are two of my all time favorite horror films in the history of ever. Not to mention the fact that he somehow managed to reinvigorate life into Freddy with New Nightmare and an extremely original and interesting premise that no other slasher franchise would dare take on. As much as I love John Carpenter to death, he's never gone down that road. That, in itself, really made me believe that anything could be possible in the horror genre besides the typical and tired tropes we see again and again.

Wes Craven breathed life and fresh air into so many different elements of the horror genre with his films. Granted his later work didn't do a whole lot to twist my knickers, but there's no denying the effect a majority of his work has had on me personally and how I view the horror genre in general. There's damn few other people in the genre that spoke to me like Wes Craven did, and all of us are worse off without his presence.


KIM RICKETTS: Early on in my journey into horror I was introduced to A Nightmare on Elm Street. I was young, probably first grade or so, and I remember sitting near my mom watching that gloved hand breach the water and get closer and closer to a dozing Nancy. I was terrified and captivated at the same time. I so badly wanted to look away but I couldn't. I was hooked.

The actual killings didn't scare me half as much as the psychological scares that Wes Craven put into his work. My whole life I've never been so much afraid of what I could see but what was lurking out there unseen and ready to get you at your most vulnerable time. The fact that you were less safe sound asleep and dreaming than when you were wide awake was a complete mind screw. I came to love the campy wit and pure genius that was Freddy Krueger. He became one of the bad guys that I wanted to win over and over.

The concept of New Nightmare was brilliant to me. To take Freddy from the screen and bring him into "real life" was frightening. Having Heather Langenkamp and Robert Englund as themselves rather than Nancy and Freddy and then interact with a much darker, scarier Freddy made it seem like it really could happen.

With the Scream series, Craven hooked me again. I was in high school when the first film came out. I could relate. Sidney and her friends weren't all that different from my friends and me. We felt invincible and didn't follow rules for nothing. The fact that these kids were following horror movie rules that were basically every typical horror cliché was genius. This could happen in my town, and to my friends and me, and that just wasn't cool. We were indestructible, after all, and too young to die. It made it even scarier.

And that's what Wes Craven did so well. He scared you with what was in your mind. Whether it was Scream or The Last House on the Left, it could happen.

His scares will transcend time and his works will continue to frighten people for generations.


Dyametric 13: Wes Craven will be missed so much, by me and many others. As a director he wowed me. The second horror film I saw was A Nightmare on Elm Street. This film sparked something big in my heart for horror. It kept me wanting more. The first horror film I ended up seeing in the theater was Freddy's Dead. I actually talked my mother into buying tickets for me and a friend, and it was amazing.

The People Under the Stairs was another big film for me. I can't even tell you how many times I've watched it. "Fool" was a true hero in this film and the way he got the name, always makes me smile. The reason is a past story of my own.

A little known movie by the name The Fear (1995) was a film Wes didn't direct, but acted in. My name (Dyametric 13) comes from that film. I already knew what diametric meant, but watching this film made me love the word more. Dyametric 13 (with a slight spelling change) just stuck with me from that point on.

Even the Scream franchise has had some impact on me as a horror fan. It's not one of my favorites, but every now and then, I will still give it a watch.

The Serpent and the Rainbow truly terrified me. This film still gives me chills. I imagine waking up in a coffin, buried alive, now a living zombie, and it freaks me out. Knowing that this kind of stuff happens in real life? It makes the whole film just a bit more terrifying.

In my eyes, this man will never truly die. He has earned his place in horror history, and he is a true legend.

R.I.P. Wes Craven, you will be missed.


MACHETE VON KILL: I thought it would be easy to sit down and write about what Wes Craven and his movies meant to me. I thought it would be easy to put his impact on my life into words. I was wrong on both accounts, but I’m trying…

The first thing that comes to mind when I hear the name Wes Craven is Freddy Krueger! I was 10 years old and at a slumber party the first time I saw A Nightmare on Elm Street. Freddy scared the shit out of me! I had nightmares for weeks! I had a rounded plastic bird cage in my bedroom window, and at night it cast a shadow on my ceiling. That shadow looked just like Freddy’s famous fedora. I was positive that Freddy was going to come out of that shadow and get me in my sleep! I don’t scare easily (other than a few embarrassing phobias). I never have. Freddy got me good and, in the long run, I liked it.

Over the years I've watched many of Craven’s films. The Serpent and The Rainbow, The People Under the Stairs, and the original The Hills Have Eyes are among my favorites.

I have to admit, by the mid 1990s I was bored with the horror genre. I didn’t have access to much in my small town, and what I did have access to was mostly CRAP. It was played out, lame, and had no story. I gave up on my beloved genre until Craven gave us the gift of Scream. That movie brought me back to the genre. Wes was able to remind me why I fell in love with horror movies in the first place. He brought back masterful storytelling, enhanced with gore, rather than gore just for the sake of gore. It was a love letter to the fans, and for that I can never thank him enough.


WOOFER McWOOFERSON: When I started this piece, I thought I would talk about the two Wes Craven movies that I like most. The more I think about it, though, the harder that has been. His impact on the horror industry is undeniable, so I decided the best course was to discuss 10 things Wes Craven taught us.

1) The Last House on the Left (1972) taught us that revenge isn't always a dish best served cold.

2) The Hills Have Eyes (1977) taught us that being on guard is never overrated.

3) Swamp Thing (1982) taught us that even plant monster men can love.

4) A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) taught us that sleep really can be a bad thing.

5) Invitation to Hell (1984) taught us that Susan Lucci plays evil like nobody else.

6) Deadly Friend (1986) taught us to fear basketballs.

7) The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) taught us that Bill Pullman was more than a one trick pony.

8) Shocker (1989) taught us that the electric chair is not our friend.

9) The People Under the Stairs (1991) taught us that a lovely exterior can hide a hideous interior.

10) Scream (1996) taught us that there are rules to horror, and if you want to survive, you'd better know those rules and follow them.

Thank you, Mr. Craven. RIP.


KEV B.: We recently lost one of the brightest and most original minds in horror… Wes Craven who (among his other accomplishments) gave us Freddy Krueger and Ghostface. This is my posthumous praise for Mr Craven and his legacy. I was born in 1971 and raised in what I consider the greatest era of the horror genre. A time (in my opinion) of unparalleled awesomeness and the best time to be a young horror fan.

When I was about 12 years old my mom and I went to see A Nightmare on Elm Street on opening day, and I would venture to say it changed modern horror movies forever. I remember vividly, after the credits rolled, a man running out of the theater and projectile vomiting as Mom and I laughed.

It was unlike any other slasher of its time and gave us a new horror icon for the 80s... Freddy Krueger. Armed with a glove of knives for fingers and a killer wit, he slashed his way into our dreams and our hearts and established Wes Craven as a formidable force in the genre. After a few sequels, Freddy’s one liners became increasingly corny and he lost his initial menace, but the original is a true horror classic.

In the years to follow, Craven released The Serpent and the Rainbow and The People Under the Stairs, both of which are among my all time favorite movies and a departure from traditional horror. The Scream franchise was his big return to form, and he created a new icon for a new generation. Ghostface was a new kind of slasher with a whole new take on an old theme.

Wes Craven changed horror in my eyes, and with his passing horror will never quite be the same... Mr. Craven, you will be missed.

Wes Craven

Gone but never forgotten.

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Rowdy Roddy Piper Lives!

By Machete Von Kill

Rowdy Roddy Piper

Rowdy Roddy Piper Lives! Well, on film anyway. Pro wrestling and horror fans were saddened by the sudden passing of Rowdy Roddy Piper on July 31, 2015. Today comes news that Piper's final screen performance, a horror short film called Portal to Hell!!! has released a trailer.

In Portal to Hell!!!, Piper portrays Jack an apartment superintendent, who, while already overwhelmed with the his day to day duties, is now given another mess to deal with. There is a portal to hell in the basement of the building! Only Jack can save us from Cthulhu (yes, you read that right, Rowdy Roddy Piper vs Cthulhu) now.

Written by Matt Watts and directed by Vivieno Caldinelli, Portal to Hell!!! is screening at the Toronto International Film Festival. No word yet on a U.S. Release date.

Roderick George Toombs was born on April 17, 1954 in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Rowdy Roddy Piper, as he came to be known, was a pro wrestler from 1973-87 in the NWA, Pacific Northwest, California. Piper has starred in such cult classics as Hell Comes to Frogtown (1988), in which he played the lead Sam Hell, and John Carpenter's They Live, a scathing commentary on greed and commercialization (1988), in which he played Nada, once again the lead role.

For now, take a peek at the man to battle Cthulhu in this trailer.

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INTERVIEW: Daniel Phillips SFX Make-Up

By Machete Von Kill

Daniel beginning the JokerOn July 30, 2015, the small town of Grayling, Michigan, welcomed Hollywood make-up artist and SYFY Face Off season 6 competitor Daniel Phillips as part of the Crawford County Library Summer Reading Program. Phillips entertained and informed the large crowd with a short history of special effects make-up in cinema, complete with slide show, and then a live demonstration in which he transformed his son into The Joker from DC Comics' Batman. After the demonstration, Phillips participated in a meet and greet.

During the meet and greet, he was asked to review a make-up portfolio by 15-year-old Kali Kochiss of nearby Gaylord. I spoke to Kali about her SFX make-up and her conversation with Philips. Remember her name because you will see it in the future.


House of Tortured Souls: How did you get into the world of SFX make-up, and how long have you been learning your craft?

Kali Kochiss: I was 14, and I got into it because I've always loved make-up. I was watching make-up videos, and I came across this girl who made herself into monsters with make-up. So I was like "wow, I can do this", you know? The whole thing was so fascinating to me.


HoTS: Are you totally self-taught? Or have you had any formal training?

KK: Nope. I just started experimenting.


HoTS: Are you planning on formal training after high school?

KK: Yes, I plan on going to cosmetology school and then from there to FX make-up.



HoTS: Tell me a little about your meeting and conversation with Daniel Phillips. Do you feel it gave you a push to continue?

KK: He told me not to doubt myself and to keep pushing forward. He inspired me, but not as much as my pepa, who is an artist. He (Phillips) gave me his personal email address so I can send my work for his critique. He also offers different classes that I plan on attending.


HoTS: Who in the business do you look up to? Any favorite monsters?

KK: I love Frankenstein, the Boris Karloff version, and I really like Rick Baker.

Kali's work can be viewed on her Facebook page Rustic Tulips Make-up and Special Effects.


With the help of a friend from high school (Hollywood sound guy extraordinaire Michael Amman, who worked with Phillips on the 2013 John Rhys-Davies drama Return to the Hiding Place) and social media, your girl, Machete was able to speak to Daniel and ask a few questions.

Daniel Zombie

House of Tortured Souls: Thanks for agreeing to this interview. I was at your presentation for the Crawford County Library, so I have to ask, how did you get involved with the library and had you been to Grayling before? Do you do a lot of appearances?

Daniel Phillips: I got got involved by one of the staff contacting me and asking if I would be interested in coming up for their program, and of course I said yes! I was in Grayling years ago but had not been there in many years. So it was nice to reacquaint myself with the cool little town. Because of the show Face Off I have been asked to do a lot of comic cons and such. It's kinda funny to get asked. I still feel it's weird. Heck, I'm just a little Detroit make-up artist who is very fortunate to be able to do this crazy stuff for a living.


HoTS: Are you very involved in the pop-culture/convention scene?

DP: I am becoming more involved in the scene because of Face Off. If they keep inviting me, I'll keep coming back. Lol, we will see.


HoTS: What are you working on/involved with right now?

DP: Well I am actually working on something outside of the film industry. I hooked up with the folks over at ORR Prosthetics and I'm helping with some actual prosthetic fabrication for amputees. It's been very rewarding so far. I am also in talks to start pre-production on another film. I just can't talk too much about it right now, but it's gonna be great with a lot of very cool character makeups.


HoTS: How did you get into SFX make-up?

DP: I always had a love for horror films. As a kid, they never scared me, I just wondered how'd they do that? So I started researching and trying to figure out on my own...yep before the Internet, I actually had to read books. LOL.


HoTS: Who in the industry do you look up to? Anyone you'd really love to work with?

DP: My influences are many, but a few of the people that I respect are guys like Howard Berger, Rick Baker, Kevin Haney, guys like that. These guys are innovators and will always remain in my mind, the best. I would love to work with Rick Baker someday.

Filling in the shadows and definition lines

HoTS: Do you have a favorite genre of film to work?

DP: I love doing character type movies. Movies without a good story really do not do it for me anymore.


HoTS: Which is your favorite make-up you've done so far? Any favorites from others in the industry?

DP: I really like sculpting old age make-up, so probably an old age makeup I have done..they are very hard to do. Rick Baker's apes from Greystoke remain a favorite of mine and also old age make-up from Dick Smith on David Bowie from The Hunger...just groundbreaking for its time. Plus I'm a little partial because I trained under Dick's guidance.


HoTS: Since House of Tortured Souls is a horror website, I have to ask what's your favorite horror movie make-up?

DP: Dick Smith's work on The Exorcist.


HoTS: Favorite movie monster?

DP: I'm a big fan of werewolves when done right, such as Rick Baker's Wolf-man.


HoTS: Freddy Krueger or Jason Voorhees?

DP: Pinhead would kick both of their asses!


HoTS: Thanks so much for your time! How can people keep up with your work?

DP: People can keep up with my work via Facebook or my website.

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DOC REVIEW: Doc of the Dead (2014)

Doc of the Dead

The Definitive Zombie Culture Documentary

By Machete Von Kill

Doc of the Dead Poster

Writers: Chad Herschberger and Alexandre O. Philippe

Director: Alexandre O. Philippe

Cast: Bruce Campbell, George A. Romero, Max Brooks, Robert Kirkman, Simon Pegg, Greg Nicotero, Tom Savini, Sid Haig, Howard Sherman, Matt Mogk and more.

Genre: Documentary Runtime: 1 hr 20 min

Rating: NR Release Date: 2014

Zombies are everywhere these days. Television, movies, books, video games, toys and even pornography. You name it and there is a zombie take on it. No matter which way you turn, zombies ARE everywhere. You can't escape. But do you really want to?

Doc of the Dead presents the history of the zombie in film. From it's earliest inception in 1932's White Zombie and the Haitian Voodoo lore, to 1968's Night of the Living Dead and George A. Romero's rewriting of zombie lore, to the modern zombie in films like Shaun of the Dead, World War Z and the highly successful television series The Walking Dead, Philippe covers them all.

Philippe uses film clips, zombie themed music (seriously, the soundtrack alone makes my zombie lovin' soul happy), hilariously cheesy segment introduction scenes and an impressive interview list to give us the history of the flesh eating undead. He also sets out to explain why they have become such a huge part of popular culture and answer some of the biggest questions about the zombie apocalypse: What is a zombie? What causes people to turn into zombies? Slow zombies versus fast zombies, can one survive the zombie apocalypse, and would you even want to survive?

Doc of the Dead is a MUST for anyone who loves the zombie genre. By no means is this the be all, end all Zombie Documentary, but rather a smart, funny, entertaining primer on all things Zombie.

Final Score: 4.5 out of 5 stars. It wasn't perfect, but it was pretty rad!

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