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Monsters, Creeps, and Cryptids – an interview with Derek Hayes of Monsters Among Us

Monsters, Creeps, and Cryptids – an interview with Derek Hayes of Monsters Among Us

If you have a passion for cryptozoology, there is a good chance you may have listened to the custom business plan writing common app essay prompts help supply chain management assignment is levitra safer than viagra thesis statement serial killer essay https://raseproject.org/treat/cialis-sedalia/97/ ceo resume writing service https://bmxunion.com/daily/essay-outline/49/ drugsup how to write a criticism paper write a narrative essay on how you spent your last holiday https://ramapoforchildren.org/youth/model-essay-logical-division-of-ideas/47/ https://homemods.org/usc/persuasive-essay-templates/46/ tragic hero john proctor essays free essay writing for civil service exam dissertation harvard definition topics essay writing descriptive person essay western civilization essay https://bonusfamilies.com/lecture/how-to-write-a-theme-paper/21/ safe age to use viagra thesis proposal apa format paper writing service cheap viagra tricks cialis lilly pharmaceuticals http://teacherswithoutborders.org/teach/research-proposal-helpv/21/ speech for sale http://bookclubofwashington.org/books/best-assignment-service/14/ viagra dosage and use thesis statement about dedication viagra medicine homeopathy kvs tgt english papers Monsters Among Us Podcast.  If not-why aren’t you? A fun and informative podcast, Monsters Among Us brings you the best of Bigfoot, Lake Monsters, Giant Cats, and other unknowns.  Today I had a chance to speak with Derek Hayes, one of the key drivers of Monsters Among Us, to discuss his interest in cryptids and his own experiences and ambitions. Daniel: Please explain what got you into Cryptozoology. 

Derek: When I was about ten years old I had an experience that changed my life forever. I grew up on a farm in Eastern Ohio. Me, my brother, and a friend would explore the woods behind my dad’s house. There was hundreds of acres of forested land back there and we would just run amok.

Daniel: Great environment. 

Derek: In the 80’s it was awesome! We were back there kind of messing around, and first we heard something strange. We looked up at the hillside and we saw, for lack of a better term, a black panther running across the hill. This creature was immense! A very large wild animal. I’d say the body was four to five feet long, it had a big long tail. It took us by surprise as it ran across the hill. We tried to cut it off-of course it was long gone by the time we got there.  I was enthralled! I knew these things didn’t exist in Ohio, and if they ever did it hadn’t been for hundreds of years. I was like, “What is this thing?” So when I got to school the next day I hit the library and found all these cryptid books. Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster, aliens, ghosts, it all just fascinated me to the point I couldn’t get enough.

Daniel: Big Cat sightings are one of the most common cryptid sightings. Not as much in the US, but in the UK they are off the charts. And it could be anything; an escaped wild animal, or it could be a surviving species. That is what is so fascinating about it. 

Derek: That’s the crazy thing. And you’re 100% correct, the UK does have its own big cat legends. Over there they seem to be much more violent, they take down animals left and right. There’s the Beast of Exmoor, a few different creatures of that direction. But in the states, you’d be surprised! There’s a lot of sightings about these things, and they’re called ABC’s-Alien Big Cats. And they’re seen in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, West Virginia-that region is the big hot spot. And the only wild cat that is common in that area is the bobcat, and those are only slightly larger than a house cat. So that’s not what we’re seeing!
Daniel: In a way that is the best kind of cryptid, where they could be a rational explanation. Even not some ancient species that survived, but maybe a crossbreed of some kind of mountain lions or some other wild animal that has gone out of control. It could be real. 

Derek: That’s exactly right. And we don’t know where these things are coming from. It could be a crossbreed. Maybe someone let loose some sort of black panther, and I don’t know if its biologically possible, but maybe it crossed with a mountain lion that happened to be in the area. And now we have this new species of cat that’s so rare only a handful of people have seen in.

Daniel: Now, your specialty is Bigfoot. What got you into that? 

Derek: It was kind of the logical step. I was interested in the big cats, from there I found out about UFO’s and aliens and then I found Bigfoot. I thought “This is the craziest thing I’ve ever seen!” And of course there was In Search Of, Monster Mysteries, and a bunch of documentaries that came out in the late 70’s and early 80’s. I was kind of around for the perfect moment to catch all that. From that point on its been nothing but Bigfoot fascination.

Daniel: As far as Bigfoot goes, its one of those cryptids where I’m 99% certain that most of the sightings are total BS, beyond belief. But you hear about those few sightings where you feel like “You know, maybe? Just maybe?” That’s why its so interesting to me. 

Derek: That’s what keeps me going, actually. You look at 100 Bigfoot sighting reports, you are going to say that 50 of those are a hoax, another 45 are misidentified animals like bears or giant dogs. But then you are left with those 4 of 5 encounters that you can’t explain away. And that’s why I’m interested in all this. I want to know what those 4 or 5 encounters are. Daniel: As far as Bigfoot goes, what would be your favorite sighting or encounter? 

Derek: Well there are so many good ones. One of my favorite ones, and this is from a long time ago, I want to say 1925 off the top of my head. A man named Albert Otsman, who was a prospector in British Columbia. He was back in the mountains by himself, doing his thing. Looking for gold, silver, copper, whatever he was looking for. And he came across a Sasquatch. I guess the thing invaded his camp a couple times at night and eventually it grabbed him in his sleeping bag and all and threw it over its shoulder. Otsman said he walked for ten hours probably, over the top of mountains, over the top of ranges. And finally he arrived to a family of these things. He was held hostage for three or four days and the only way he was able to escape was that he had a can of snuff, chewing tobacco. He gave it to the Sasquatch and it ate the whole thing and immediately started puking. That’s when Otsman grabbed his stuff and took off. And the weird part about this story is that it was 1957 before he finally told anybody that this happened. So,to me, that lends a little bit of clout to his story-the fact that he was willing to keep it a secret so long. If he was going to hoax somebody, and say “oh this thing happened…”

Daniel: “Who’s going to believe this?” Right? 

Derek: Exactly. I’m not saying I blindly believe what he’s saying, but I think it does lend a little bit of credibility to his story. But that is one of my favorites, I think that is just amazing.

Daniel: Are there any other cryptids that you are particularly fond of?

Derek: Oh man, there are so many! There are one off cryptids that I absolutely love, like The Loveland Frogman from my home state of Ohio. There’s the Dover Demon, which is like a little alien out of Massachusetts.

Daniel: I’ve heard of that one. Only a handful of people saw it, over a very short period of time, and in a small area. But their descriptions are so congruous that you immediately think “they saw it, the same thing, there was something there?” 

Derek: Exactly. I think it was three sets of kids that saw it on the same night in 1977 in Dover, Mass. But I think my other biggest favorite has to be The Dog Man, or the Beast of Bray Road. Its essentially a werewolf. And people have seen this thing in association with Native American mounds, so there is some sort of ancient history. The backstory is just too good to pass up, I love the Dog Man. Daniel: My personal favorite has to be Moth Man. Much like Dover Demon, the sightings were over a short while, only a year or two, and in an enclosed area. And the people who saw it were pretty much in agreement about what they saw, their descriptions were congruous. Those factors lead to believe there had to be something that they saw. What we can’t say, but it was there. 

Derek: The Mothman story is even crazier than a lot of people realize. Not only was there the Mothman sightings from 1966, in which dozens of people saw this thing over a ten month period in West Virginia, but you also had tons of UFO activity in the area at the time. You had men in black see in the area at the same time. And then there was Indrid Cold, which is this strange entity that came out of a UFO and talked to a gentleman named Woody Derenberger, and essentially told him it came from this planet called Lanulos outside of our solar system.

Daniel: I hadn’t heard of that one. 

Derek: You should look it up. And its another case where he came right out about it, was on the news the next day saying “I spoke to an alien.” Was plain as day about it, didn’t seem to be lying about it. I guess it ruined his life; his daughter said he became an alcoholic because of it, he got divorced because of it, he died because of it. But he stuck to his story the entire time. But it all kind of crescendos into a tragedy that took place 13 months to the day of the first Mothman sighting, the Silver Bridge collapsed and killed 46 people. Its the biggest bridge disaster in US history. They even made a movie about it, “The Mothman Prophecies” with Richard Gere. Its a decent film, obviously you are a horror fan. Check it out. Derek: Well I mentioned Harry and the Hendersons earlier, as far as fictional films. That’s one of my favorites. 

Daniel: That really helped bring Bigfoot into the mainstream, but  it also kind of wrecked it. It was so cute that Bigfoot as a horror image was ruined.

Daniel: On that same note, being an experienced filmmaker, are there any cryptid films you are fond of?  

Derek: It was. The 70’s set it up so well with Boggy Creek, Creature of Black Lake, and a couple others. In Search of and the other documentaries were spooky. But then the 80’s come alone and Harry and the Hendersons came along, there was one just called Bigfoot with one of the kids from Home Improvement.  But luckily in the last decade or so this is all starting to come back to us. There’s Willow Creek, Bobcat Goldthwaight‘s movie that came out a few years ago. That one was terrifying and very well done, I thought it was one of the best found footage films I’ve seen in a long time. Exists was another good one. I watched one recently called Hoax that is on Amazon Prime that I thought held up very well. There’s a nice twist at the end of that one. I think people are leaning more toward the scary Sasquatch these days, as opposed to the 80’s and 90’s, that friendly furry buddy.

Daniel: And its funny, because Sasquatch is a genre made for found footage. 

Derek: Oh it is! And there’s thousands of those films out there too, because they are a dime a dozen to make. You get a suit and some college kids. And they are fun to watch too, get some buddies and beers to make fun of them. The bad ones are the ones you have to make fun of. Daniel: Are there any documentaries or films that you have done that you’d like to talk about here?

Derek: Well the films I’ve worked on I’m not necessarily proud of *laughs* so I won’t mention a lot of them. I worked on the Underworld series, but it was the later end of it. Those were fun, but I really hang my hat on the cryptid stuff. And I’m working on a documentary myself that we are looking to shoot here in the next couple of months, based on a small town in Southern California. There is like, a window area, this place in the desert where all these creatures seem to accumulate. There’s UFO’s, aliens, missing people, all kinds of things that seem to happen in this state park.

Daniel: Almost like South Park in Utah?

Derek: Exactly! You name it, its all here. Its like Point Pleasant, West VA, where Mothman were sighted. One of these window areas where all this strange stuff seems to happen.

Daniel: Venturing into our main topic at House of Tortured Souls, horror! Is there type of cryptid horror you are fond of? 

Derek: Oh man! Like I mentioned, Willow Creek was a really good one. If you’ve ever been out in the woods looking for Bigfoot or any of these creatures, they kind of captured that. There’s a lot of waiting, a lot of build up, a lot of baited breath. All that build up is there, so you kind of understand what Bobcat was going for. I think that’s something that is lost on people that haven’t been out in the woods, late at night, yelling into the darkness, looking for a hairy creature.

Daniel: Have you had any personal encounters besides that one with the big cat that are particularly vivid?

Derek: As far as cryptids, no, unfortunately that’s the only one. But I did see a full body apparition once when I was a kid. Daniel: Really? So you are into the paranormal too?

Derek: Yeah. In my podcast I cover everything from aliens to doppelgangers to cryptids to ghosts to demons, all that kind of stuff. Pretty much anything paranormal is in my wheel house. I was visiting my grandparents in Jacksonville, Florida. And every time I walked by this particular room, out of my peripheral vision, I could see a Native American dancing in that bedroom. He had a full feather headdress on, beads and straps of leather all across his body. And the second I turned my head it was just gone. I saw it three or four times in five days that we were visiting. That was the one full body apparition I can claim I saw. This concluded our interview . If you have a passion for monsters, mysteries, and magic, check out the Monsters Among Us Podcast

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GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

GREMLINS ARE BACK FOR IT’S 35TH!

Just in time for the holidays, the Gremlins will be back in theaters to celebrate its 35th anniversary.

The  highly successful Joe Dante/ Chris Columbus film was released June 8th (USA) in 1984 and will be back in theaters for a very limited run this December.  Keep an eye on the listings, Gremlins will be playing in Regal Cinemas from December 5th thru 11th.

For those of you that may have been lucky enough to see this in the theaters when it was originally released with your parent, as I was, I hope you grab your tickets, and this time, your kids and enjoy it the same way we did!

By now, everyone has seen the adorable Gizmo, and the monsterous Stripe run a muck and wreak havoc , but not everyone has been able to watch it on the big screen, the way it should be!

For those of you who might not remember, …or be old enough to know, Gremlins at its time, was almost pulled during its release, claiming it was to violent and disturbing for children.

Keep it evil

 

 

Hitting the theaters also will also be National Lampoons Christmas Vacation, just thought I’d add that in for good measure.

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THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH(1964) REVIEW

THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH(1964) REVIEW

THE Horror of party beach (1964)

 

What can I say?

this movie absolutely rocks on so many levels. YOU HAVE HAWT LADIES, ROCK N ROLL MUSIC, OUTLAW BIKERS, AND AWESOME CHEESY MONSTERS

 

 

BACK IN THE 50’S, 60’S WE DIDN’T GET MUCH OF AN ACTUAL VIEW OF THE MONSTER, FOR THE FUNDS WAS VERY LIMITED AND A LOT OF BLACK N WHITE HORROR MOVIES DIDN’T HAVE THE BUDGET AND OR TIME TO ACTUALLY SHOW US THE MONSTER. SO A LOT OF BLACK N WHITE LOW BUDGET  HORROR MONSTER MOVIES LACKED A LOT, STILL AWESOME, BUT SEVERELY LACKED.  I AM A BIG BLACK N WHITE MONSTER MOVIE LOVER, WHEN I WAS A KID NOT SO MUCH SO BECAUSE I LOVED MY SLASHERS.  I STILL DO LOVE MY SLASHERS BUT I CAME TO ABSOLUTELY LOVE BLACK N WHITE HORROR/MONSTER FILMS. 

I FIRST DISCOVERED THIS MOVIE MID 2018 AND ABSOLUTELY FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. NOW, WITH THAT?  ON TO MY REVIEW OF THIS CLASSIC MONSTER FILM…

“THE HORROR OF PARTY BEACH”

THIS CLASSIC MOVIE IS CONSIDERED ONE OF THE WORST FILMS.  DIRECTED BY B-MOVIE MAVEN, DEL TENNEY.  TENNEY DESCRIBED HIS FILM AS A “TAKE OFF ON BEACH PARTIES AND MUSICALS”  WITH A BUDGET OF $50,000.  RELEASE DATE WAS JUNE 1ST 1964.

STARING: 

JOHN SCOTT, AS HANK GREEN. ALICE LYON AS ELAINE GAVIN. ALLEN LAUREL AS DR GAVIN. MARILYN CLARKE AS THE SEXY TINA.

 

THIS MOVIE STARTS OFF, WITH THE MAIN TITLE AND SOME JAZZY SHAKING ROCK N ROLL AND A BAD ASS OLD SCHOOL CONVERTIBLE SPORTS CAR DRIVEN BY JOHN SCOTT(HANK GREEN) ALONG WITH HIS FLIRTY SEXUALLY PERMISSIVE MARILYN CLARKE(TINA) DOING HIGH SPEEDS IN HIS SPORTS CAR AS THEY COME TO A STOP LIGHT, TINA WAVES AT A BUNCH OF OUTLAW BIKERS FLIRTATIOUSLY AS HANK TELLS HER, KNOCK IT OFF TINA, HE PUTS THE PEDAL TO THE METAL TRYING TO RACE THE OUTLAW BIKERS AS TINA FLIRTS EVEN MORE WITH THE BIKERS. 

HANK AND TINA GET TO THE BEACH AS HANK TELLS TINA, THAT’S ENOUGH ALCOHOL, TINA REPLIES TODAY TINA IS GONNA HAVE A GREAT COCKTAIL, AS HANK GIVES TINA A TOTAL BUZZKILL LECTURE ON HOW TIMES HAS CHANGED AND HOW ITS TIME TO GROW UP, TINA SNAPS BACK WITH STOP PREACHING ON HOW SHE KNOWS ABOUT HANKS PLANS AND EXPERIMENTS AT THE LABORATORY THAT HE WORKS AT.  HE CONTINUES TO GIVE TINA LECTURES, AS TINA STATES WE DON’T EVEN TALK THE SAME LANGUE ANYMORE. 

IT CUTS TO THE SCENE OF A WORK BOAT ON THE OCEAN WHICH IS DUMPING BARRELS OF UNKNOWN RADIOACTIVE WASTE. THE BARREL SINKS TO THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN, CAUSING THE CONTAINER OF RADIOACTIVE WASTE TO OPEN AND THE WASTE COVERS THE BOTTOM OF THE OCEAN FLOOR AND AS WELL COVERS THE REMAINS OF A SKELETON (HOW) DID THE SKELETON DOWN THERE? WE CAN ONLY SPECULATE.

AS THE RADIO ACTIVE WASTE COVERS THE SKELETON REMAINS, IT TURNS THE SKELETON INTO THIS SLIMY MONSTER THAT LOOKS TO BE MADE OUT OF TRASH BAGS.  TO WHICH IT PROBABLY WAS, LOL, THIS MONSTER COMES EQUIPPED WITH TRASH BAGS AND BIG GOOGLY GOOFY CHEESY EYES AS THE MUSIC SHRIEKS AS THE MONSTER IS FORMING….YESSSSSS!!!!!! WE HAVE A SEA MONSTAAAA.

 

MOVIE JUMPS BACK TO THE BEACH AS THE ROCK N ROLL BAND SINGS ON THE BEACH, THE TONS OF KIDS ARE SHAKING AND DANCING AND HAVING A GREAT TIME, TINA RUNS TO THE CROWED AND STARTS TO SEDUCTIVELY DANCING WITH OTHER BOYS ON THE BEACH.  THE OUTLAW BIKERS FINALLY GET TO THE BEACH AS THEY GET OFF THE BIKE LOOKING ALL COOL AND BAD, LEATHER JACKETS, SLICKED BACK HAIR WALKING WITH A PURPOSE, AS THEY GET TO THE PIER THE MAIN BIKER IS LOOKING AT TINA, AS TINA FIRST SEES THEM AGAIN SHE WAVES AT THEM MOTIONING FOR THE BIKER TO COME ON THE BEACH FOR A DANCE.

TINA AND THE BIKER IS IN FULL SWINGING ACTION, HANK COMES UP AND THEN A RUMBLE ON THE BEACH BETWEEN THE BIKERS AND HANKS FRIENDS, AN ALL OUT BEACH PARTY BRAWL, CHEESY AS HELL BUT COMPLETELY FUNNY AS HELL.

AFTER THE FIGHT TINA TRYS TO TALK TO HANK AND HANK REJECTS HER, SENDING TINA RUNNING OFF THE BEACH TOWARDS THE WATER STRIPPING DOWN TO HER BATHING SUIT, SHE DIVES IN TO THE WATER AND SWIMS TOWARDS THE ROCK ISLAND NOT KNOWING WHAT’S IN STORE FOR HER.   THE MONSTER COMES CREEPING UP OVER THE ROCK ISLAND AND LETS OUT A TERRIBLE GROWN AND TINA SCREAMS AS THE MONSTER MUTILATES HER BODY AND THE BLOOD IS EPIC, LOOKS TO BE CHOCOLATE SYRUP LOL..

TINA’S BLOODY BODY WASHES ASHORE AS SOME BEACH BUMS SHRIEKS IN TERROR OF THE SITE OF THE BODY, IT ALARMS THE WHOLE BEACH.  SPECULATIONS RUNS HIGH OF SOME SORT OF MONSTER THAT IS LIVING IN THE OCEAN.

 

THE MONSTER THEN CONTINUES TO INVADE HOMES, INVADE SLUMBER PARTIES AND TAKES MORE VICTIMS AS EACH VICTIM IT TAKES THE MONSTER MULTIPLES.

 

WITH THAT? THIS IS MY REVIEW I DON’T WANT TO GIVE AWAY TO MUCH OF THIS MOVIE FOR YOU SHOULD CHECK IT OUT.

 

I GIVE THIS CLASSIC MOVIE 3 STARS OUT OF 5

MY BLOOD RATING GETS A 3 STARS OUT OF 5

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Local Legends and Creatures of North America

Local Legends and Creatures of North America

Tis the season to explore all things that go bump in the night, keep us awake and give us a fright! Please join me as I look at local legends across North America, their origins, and the best books and movies to see on the subject.
#1 The Wendigo

The Wendigo comes from Algonquin legend and is native to the Atlantic coast of Canada and the USA. There are several variations of the beast, but most popular is that the creature is a forest dwelling, evil spirit.
Physically it’s described as a giant with elongated limbs and protruding or visible bones. It often is said to have antlers or be half man half deer. The beast lives primarily off the flesh of humans and is associated with greed, famine, starvation and winter. Although the Wendigo is much larger than man it’s usually very thin and emaciated due to an increase in size after every meal. The wendigo is never full because it grows in proportion to each meal it eats.
A human Wendigo can occur when a man is overcome with greed, or resorts to cannibalism.

The book to read: The Wendigo by Algernon Blackwood. Listen to the story here :https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVCNUOk-O9E
Movies to watch: Ravenous (1999), and Wendigo (2001)

#2 The Blair witch

We’ve all seen the movie The Blair Witch Project or at least heard of it, but where did the story originate from? The directors based the film on the case of Elly Kedward an Irish settler.
In 1785 in the town of Blair located in Maryland several children came forward accusing Kedward of luring them into her home and taking their blood. The townspeople found her guilty of witchcraft and banished her to the forest. They left her in the woods bound to a cart during a particularly harsh and cold winter. As the time passed and no more was heard or seen from her, she was presumed dead.
In the middle of winter in 1786 everyone involved with Kedward’s death disappeared along with half the towns children. The remaining residents flee believing Blair is cursed. In 1824 Burkittsville is built over the corpse of Blair.
In 1825 11 witnesses come forward to testify that a ghost like hand reached up and dragged a 10-year-old girl into the Tappy East Creek. Bizarre greasy bundles of sticks are said to have clogged the creek for 13 days after the drowning and the girl’s body was never found.
In 1886 an 8-year-old girl goes missing in the forest, several rescue teams are dispatched to find the missing girl who eventually returns on her own. One of the search parties doesn’t return and are discovered at Coffin Rock weeks later. The five men are found tied together hand to foot and disemboweled in an advanced stage of decay. When a recovery team returns to the rock hours later the bodies are missing.
From 1940-1941 8 children go missing. A local hermit Rustin Parr enters the market shouting “I’ve finally finished”. Local authorities discover 7 of the 8 bodies behind Parr’s home buried in shallow graves. The 8th victim was still alive and found in the basement standing in the corner. Parr claimed to have heard an old woman’s voice ordering him to kill the children. Parr was tried and hung for his crimes.
In 1999 The Blair Witch project is released, people believe that it’s real. The movie makes millions and paves the way for every dickhead with a handheld camera to make a shaky, poorly edited movie.

Books to read: The Blair Witch Files – various authors (read all 8, they’re each an independent story) buy them here: https://www.thriftbooks.com/series/the-blair-witch-files/53167/

Movies to watch: The Blair Witch Project, Book of Shadows: Blair Witch 2, Blair Witch (2016)

#3 Ogopogo
The Ogopogo or Naitaka is a large serpent like lake monster found in the Okanagan lake in British Columbia. The Ogopogo is reportedly 40-50 long and resembles the Basilosaurus dinosaur. It’s Green in color with a reptilian or horse shaped head (depending who you ask). It was First seen by Canada’s first nations people as far back as the 19th century. The first Nations called the creature Naitaka and believed it was a bloodthirsty killer demanding a live sacrifice from travelers in exchange for safe passage. Hundreds of years ago before entering, the natives would drop chickens and other small animals into the lake to appease the giant water spirit.
In 1946 a group of 30 car loads of people all claimed to have spotted Ogopogo although no proof was presented. All videos and sightings have been labelled inconclusive.
The creature has never been reported to have hurt anyone and is mostly happy to do its own thing, it may even possibly be a bottom feeder living off plankton and small fish.
I’ve spent many summers on the lake trying to catch a glimpse myself, but sadly never saw the creature.

Books to read: In Search of Ogopogo: Sacred Creature of the Okanagan Waters by Arlene B. Gaal. Buy it here: https://www.amazon.ca/Ogopogo-Arlene-B-Gaal/dp/0888394829

Movies to watch: Mee-Shee: The Water Giant (renamed due to aboriginal protest)

#4 Chupacabra
The Chupacabra was originally discovered in Puerto Rico, but now has many sightings in North America mainly in Mexico and some of the Southern states. Chupacabra literally translates to Goat-sucker and is associated with killing livestock. It kills by draining the animals blood and sometimes removing their organs through three holes in the chest. Its kills are purely vampiric as the flesh is not consumed only the blood.
The Chupacabra is described as a large animal (the size of a small bear) with spines from its neck to the bottom of its tail. Alternatively, it’s described as dog-like in nature with little to no fur. It has large fangs and claws and very pronounced eye sockets.
All reports and sightings have been deemed inconclusive by leading cryptozoologists.
Books to read: Tracking the Chupacabra by Benjamin Radford buy it here: https://www.amazon.ca/s/ref=nb_sb_noss/138-7302764-1050759?url=search-alias%3Dstripbooks&field-keywords=tracking+the+Chupacabra,
Movies to watch: Indigenous (2014), Chupacabra Territory (2016)

#5 The Jersey Devil or Leeds Devil
The Jersey Devil is native to New Jersey USA and was originally called the Leeds Devil. The creature is said to live in the pine barrens of Southern New Jersey. Its description varies, most commonly its described as a flying biped with hooves, a goat head, bat-like wings, horns, small arms and clawed hands. The Jersey Devil has a high-pitched banshee scream that can be heard at a distance.
The legend begins in 1735 with the Leeds family. A mother of 12 becomes pregnant with her 13th child and in her exhaustion and desperation curses the child in her womb. When the child is born it turns into a monster, growling and snapping, it kills the midwife before flying up the chimney and heading into the pines. Some variations of the tale suggest the mother was a witch and the father was the devil himself.
There are many reported sightings of the beast, but skeptics believe that it was a boogeyman invented by bored English settlers. There was also a general disdain for the Leeds family which could have spawned the unfavorable rumors.

Books to read: The Jersey Devil by Hunter Shea, buy it here:https://www.amazon.com/Jersey-Devil-Hunter-Shea/dp/078603887X

Phantom of the Pines: More Tales of the Jersey Devil by James F. McCloy 
Movies to watch: The Barrens (2012), The Last Broadcast (1998)

I hope you’ve enjoyed reading about these fantastic creatures of legend as much as I did, keep a look out for my follow up on the Local Legends of Europe.

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Scott Andersen – Horror Artist

Scott Andersen – Horror Artist

Some of the horror world gets overlooked by the masses. We all see the movies promoted heavily and the occasional book promoted heavily music also gets in there every so often depending on the name behind the band. Something that flies under the radar to the mainstream world is the horror fine arts.
There’s a few of us out here still pushing the pencils, brushes and other classic ways of making visual works of horror that bring joy to the hearts of this community. With the age of digital everything, the ways of traditional arts have gone by the wayside, again though there’s a few of us out here that as artists we need traditional to keep us sane. Sure digital is fun and easy and at our fingertips, but if you’re an artist you know the feeling it is to pick up a pencil and put it to paper, or a paintbrush to canvas. I’m not discrediting digital artists at all, but the traditional artist is still alive in all of us, some just lost it. Others, though, keep it thriving and one gentleman and a great friend of mine I’ll be talking with today is Scott Andersen.
Scott uses the pencils, pens, markers, paints, airbrush…etc etc etc. The ways of the old to do the art he does, as well as utilizing digital rendering for certain aspects, however, it is important to note that this guy although a jack of all trades, is a master with a good ole fashion number 2 pencil if that’s all he has.

Horror heroes - Artist: Scott Anderson

House of Tortured Souls: When you started drawing what made you pick up the pencil?
Scott Anderson: I just always loved drawing and painting. I took some art classes early on but mostly taught myself. I remember spending hours watching Bob Ross on TV. I even bought one of his painting sets….most of my trees never came out quite as happy as his. Art was and always will be a huge piece of my life.

Lemmy of Motörhead - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Who have been the biggest inspiration/inspirations on your work?
SA: That’s a tough one. I think I really draw inspiration from all the artists I see. When I see an artist’s work that I love I try and take a little bit away from it that will help me push myself to be a better artist. Two artists that come to mind right away are Alex Ross and Nathan Thomas Milliner. Two great artists that always inspire me with their work. I think the trap that many artists fall into is seeing another artists work and comparing themselves to that artist. I have learned over the years that you can only compare your work to what you have done in the past.
HoTS: When I’m drawing if I’m not feeling it, I just don’t touch the pencil until it’s absolutely right I feel like it’s forced. Do you feel the same about it, or just pick up and go with it?
SA: I have been trying lately to draw, paint or do something creative every day. There are times where I don’t feel inspired or I just really need a break. I find that if I sit down to draw and it feels like a chore than maybe the time isn’t right. I have a tendency to want to try any and every kind of medium I can get my hands on which means I usually have at least two or three projects going on at a time.

The Periodic Table of Horror Movies - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: I have seen many of your works and have loved them all, even the sports figures. The execution was spot on. So out of all the years you’ve been at this, what is your favorite piece?
SA: Oh boy…that is like asking me who’s my favorite member of Nickelback ( just kidding). Every piece that I create is special to me in one way or another. The pieces that I love the most are ones where I try new techniques or new medium or where I push myself to try something I have never done before. I have been working with black and white colored pencils on toned paper lately and I really love the results. If I had to pick on or two I would say [The] Periodic Table of Horror Movies and the custom Fright Night shoes I painted.

Fright Night shoes - Artist: Scott Anderson

Owner of Fright Night shoes - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: When you started the Horror Artist Group on Facebook.com did you think it would ever grow to the numbers it has?
SA: It really has grown beyond what I ever thought it would. I started the group not only as a way for artists to share their work in a positive environment but also as a way for them to network and get feedback from other artists. For me, it has been a great place to share my work and I have also met some really great people. One of the coolest things was hooking up with Erica and Zack from Atomic Cotton and having one of my designs printed on a shirt. The networking for me is just as important as being able to share my work.
HoTS: Did you ever think the group would attract the attention of some of the bigger name artists that are in the group?
SA: Are you kidding me? I was surprised that I wasn’t the only member of the group! I feel that every artist in that group is amazing and if we can pull in some big name artists well even better!

Blondie - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: How do you feel about the way sites like RedBubble and TeePublic are for the independent artist community?
SA: For me, it has been amazing. I have had great success on both sites. They are a great means of exposure and can really bring in some great revenue. It makes me happy to see so many people buying my work. Unfortunately, there can be a downside to these sites as well. With the ease of these sites also comes the ability for some folks out there to blatantly steal other artists work and pass it off as their own. I think that if used correctly and if the company is legitimate than it is a great tool for any artist.

Bride of Frankenstein - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Do you feel horror art should have a spot with the likes of music, comics, and movies? Or should it stay low key as it has for the longest time?
SA: I don’t think it’s a matter of being low key, I think that the horror genre itself has always struggled to be recognized. I feel that great art is great art no matter the theme. There are some great horror artists like Basil Gogos, H.R. Giger, and Bernie Wrightson who helped to push horror artwork into the mainstream. Horror and dark subject matter have always been an influence in art even going as far back as artists like Caravaggio and Albrecht Durer. Go back and look at their work…that is some creepy shit! I think the important thing is to put out great artwork. That is how we as artists can push horror artwork to the forefront.
HoTS: Horror Conventions are a hot spot for artists to sell prints and things. How do you see this helps the art world? Or is it something more of a competition between artists?
SA: Conventions are a tricky subject. I haven’t had the opportunity to vend at a convention, but many of my artist friends have stopped going to conventions for a number of reasons. The fees are getting higher and higher, and with so many different vendors and with celebrities charging more and more for autographs it seems that people have less to spend on merchandise. You really need to stand out with your work if you are going to make any money at a convention. It is a great place, however, to get your name out and network with other artists. I feel that you have to go to a convention with very low expectations.
HoTS: You’re a huge advocate against artists stealing others work. How does it make you feel when you’re at a convention and you see someone selling multiple prints of movie posters, but then see fellow independent artists work in their collection?
SA: Anyone who steals someone else’s work is NOT an artist. They are purely and simply a thief. The advent of social media has really made it easy for people to steal artists work and hard for artists to crackdown on art thieves. Unfortunately, stolen artwork has become almost the norm. I think the real solution to the problem is for fellow artists to work as a group and call out thieves when they find them. There is power in numbers.

Vincent Price - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: You use many mediums to make your work. Do you feel like an endangered species of sorts because it’s mostly traditional methods?
SA: I don’t think so. Good art is good art no matter if it is traditional or digital. I have done a few pieces digitally and I really enjoyed it. For me, it is all about pushing myself to try new areas and new mediums. Being able to work digitally makes me a more well-rounded artist. I love trying things that I am uncomfortable with. It makes me work harder and is really satisfying in the end. With that being said I have seen some folks who take a photo, throw a couple filters on it in Photoshop and call it art. There is no skill or artistic ability in that.
HoTS: Which is your favorite medium?
SA: I will always love graphite. It is how I started. I have recently started working with colored pencils, and I want to try to get back into mask making which is something that I have always loved but haven’t done in years.
HoTS: Over the years being friends with you, I’ve seen a lot of fantastic ideas come from your work. What drives these ideas?
SA: The countless voices in my head!! Honestly, I get my ideas from many different places. Many times other artists work will inspire me to come up with cool ideas, other times I just get bursts of inspiration. I have a black composition book that I carry with me that I write down all my ideas as they come to me so I won’t forget anything.

Kurt Cobain - Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Going back to the Horror Artists group, do you feel that group has helped you grow as an artist? Do you feel it’s helped the community of lowly horror artists grow themselves?
SA: I think that our little group has had a great effect on everyone. I know for me personally, it has been a great source of inspiration. I have seen some really fantastic pieces. What really makes me proud is the fact that it really is a judgment-free zone. Members can post their work without worrying about bullying or abusive comments. I run a pretty tight ship. If you can’t play by the rules then you are gone. As I mentioned before it really is nice that I have been able to meet so many great artists.

- Artist: Scott Anderson

HoTS: Any advice for aspiring young or even older artists that want to get their name out?
SA: My biggest advice is to never underestimate, or undervalue yourself. There will be artists out there that you feel are better than you are but always remember that there is someone else out there who looks up to you and your work. Also, keep pushing yourself to try new things and challenge yourself. Surround yourself with positive people and above all NEVER work for free. Your time and talent is worth the money!

The Omen lunchbox - Artist: Scott Anderson

 

It’s been a great pleasure knowing this fine gentleman of an artist for the past few years, and actually digging deeper into this creative mind has also been something completely awesome. If anything can be taken from this, is that keeping art alive and bringing back to the forefront of the horror world the art and the magic that it brings. Movies are cool, music is cool, but let’s face it. Looking at a finely drawn picture of either an original design or someone’s unique take on a beloved character really makes you smile inside.

H.P. Lovecraft's Re-Animator lunchbox - Artist: Scott Anderson

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HAUNTED ATTRACTION: BloodShed Farms

HAUNTED ATTRACTION: BloodShed Farms

Looking for more to do than just 31 days of horror? Front porch all decorated and waiting for trick or treaters? Then go to a local haunt! Chances are there's one close to where you live, and you don't even realize it. This past weekend I was fortunate enough to do just that in Columbus, New Jersey. Columbus brings BloodShed Farms to life!
The location is relatively convenient, and the setting is perfect! Once you have paid your admission, you walk through a small section of a cornfield trail that opens up into a grass-based clearing, almost like a park. There you have vendors, interactive events like pumpkin smashing, food vendors, and, hell, they even have a decapitated basketball throw. There are picnic tables for resting frightened bones and even a stage for the endless entertainment they offer, be it scary-okee or the likes of a special guest, like The Enigma who will be there on Friday and Saturday the 20th and 21st... Sorry I had to miss that! Their roaming characters that are great at interacting with guests and are always willing to do a photo opp.
From the central area called The Reapers Ball, you can easily be guided to one of the five attractions that they offer.

BloodShed Farms - Clown-O-Phobia / Fair use doctrine.

Clown-O-Phobia is an incredibly well-built walk-through that will keep you moving and always keep you guessing. Welcome to the mind of The Circus Rejects! From screams to laughs…and even bubbles, you won’t be let down!


The Trail of Terror is just that! Mix Deliverance and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre together with some amazing props and terrorizing actors that even the deepest South wouldn’t want to mess with, and you are on the right TRAIL!

BloodShed Farms - Trail of Terror / Fair use doctrine.


BloodShed Farms - Hellsgate Asylum / Fair use doctrine.

Hellsgate Asylum…WOW! This walk-through will quickly penetrate your deep psyche as you enter into this insane asylum gone…..INSANE! A number of hospital props and character acting in Hellsgate was truly amazing and blood-curdling!


The Last Ride was actually the first event that I ventured on. You are seated with approximately 20 other guests on a cornride – not a hayride but cornride – through a vast property (all cornfields) with creatures of the night lurking and leering at you and some even jumping on the ride to torment and scare. They even bring back the dead at the end of the ride. That made it a real thriller!!

BloodShed Farms - The Last Ride / Fair use doctrine.


BloodShed Farms 06 - The Camper

The Camper Escape Room is one attraction that, sadly, I did not venture through, but I really wish I had! It is exactly what it says it is: a full-size RV/camper that you enter and have 15 minutes to figure out how to escape!

My night spent at BloodShed Farms was one that I shall not soon forget and will most definitely make the two-hour drive back to experience again! The night was dark, lit with smoky skies, and it was as if I had walked through a cornfield and wandered into a nightmare of a Halloween carnival. I was introduced to many of the staff who actually told me they were sorry that we had come on that night because of some staffing/technical issues. If I could have punched them all in the dick for having said that I would have. devil-emoticon It was awesome, and I hope all the staff and owners of BloodShed Farms are proud of the job they are doing! I would be.
Be sure to check them out online, and check their calendar because the days of the month are going fast. Prices vary, but they are very reasonable for what BloodShed Farms offers. The haunt is child- and family-friendly....but it ain't Disney. Use some damn common sense. If you know your kid or spouse is a wimp, then leave them at home... Or bring them and torture their ass. Muhahaha! That works too! Lines may be long, so get there early or ask about the VIP program.
Any horror and haunt fans in the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, or Maryland areas should get off your asses and get to BloodShed Farms. And tell them I sent you! My only disappointment is that I hardly took any pictures because I was having too much fun, but please take my word for it – you do NOT want to miss this.
Thank you, BloodShed Farms, for a great Halloween night of fun and terror. It was the most fun we have had in a long time!
KEEP IT EVIL...
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House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

House of Tortured Souls – 2016 Horror Awards

We here at The House of Tortured Souls love horror. It’s kind of our jam. And we love to see good horror get recognition. It can be argued that horror is more popular than ever, there are more conventions, festivals, and awards than ever. However, one thing bugged us here at HoTS, and from responses online, we weren’t the only ones. Some awards, not to call names (message me), stretch out the word horror way to far. Seriously Deadpool? Captian America: Civil War? I love me some Cap, and who can talk smack about Ryan Reynolds’ red spandex covered ass, but it’s not FUCKING horror.

So we said “Screw it. Let’s do this”. So here we are with the first annual House of Tortured Souls Awards. Neato huh? We can’t promise we wont make mistakes, can’t promise we don’t stutter step and come in a bit late (I planned to have this April 1st), but we do promise to keep it horror. No super heroes, no Tarzan, and no funny South African robots! What we got? Serial killers, zombies, vampires, ghosts and demons, we got ’em. No there are films that straddle that line of horror/ thriller. We accept that, but repeat after me, no friggin superheros or Jedi.

We are still learning, but we decided to jump in with both feet and stomp the shit out of it. We asked our staff to pick their favorites in a group of categories. Rules are the films have to be originally released in a mass audience format. So feature films released to VoD, DVD, or theater, for the FIRST time in 2016 are eligible. Secondary release to DVD, does not qualify it for 2016. Thus, a film released to theater in 2016 will qualify for 2016. If it is released to DVD in 2017, it would not qualify for 2017.

There is a slight difference for independent films. Since most of them will not get a wide release theatrical release, and it might be years before a VoD or DVD release. For independent films, they may be considered, if they have had a major festival release, are currently (award year) touring the festival circuit, or have a release to VoD, DVD, or theater, AND have not been nominated in a previous year. There’s a logic there as many Indie may tour the festival circuit for a couple years, this allows them a chance to be seen, but not to win multiple years. The HoTS staff will select four nominees per category, in case of an unbreakable tie (which we had a couple of), we may select five nominees in some categories. It’s a work in progress, but we think this is fair.

So without the proverbial further ado, here are the nominees.

Best Horror Movie 2016*

  • Green Room
  • I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • The Witch
  • 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • 31

Best Horror Director 2016

  • Jeremy Saluner – Green Room
  • Andre Overdal – The Autopsy of Jane Doe
  • Roger Eggers – The Witch
  • Rob Zombie – 31

Best Actor Horror 2016

  • John Goodman – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Anton Yeltsin – Green Room
  • Patrick Wilson – The Conjuring
  • Richard Brake – 31

Best Actress Horror Movie 2016

  • Mary Elizabeth Winstead – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Vera Farmiga – The Conjuring
  • Anja Taylor Joy – The Witch
  • Blake Lively – The Shallows

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Stephen Lang – Don’t Breathe
  • John Gallager Jr – 10 Cloverfield Lane
  • Christopher Lloyd – I Am Not A Serial Killer
  • Patrick Stewart – Green Room

Best Supporting Actress Horror 2016

  • Imogene Poots – Green Room
  • Kate Dickey – The Witch
  • Ella – The Monster
  • Madison Wolfe – The Conjuring 2

Best Television Horror

  • Stranger Things
  • Bates Motel
  • Ash versus Evil Dead
  • American Horror Story
  • The Exorcist

Best Actor TV Horror

  • Bruce Campbell – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Freddie Highmore – Bates Motel
  • Andrew Lincoln – The Walking Dead
  • Alfonso Herrara – The Exorcist

Best actress TV Horror

  • Vera Farmiga – Bates Motel
  • Millie Bobbie Brown – Stranger Things
  • Sarah Paulson – American Horror Story
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist

Best Supporting Actor TV Horror

  • Jeffrey Dean Morgan – The Walking Dead
  • Ray Santiago – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Max Theriot – Bates Motel
  • Gaten Matarazzo – Stranger Things

Best Supporting Actress TV Horror

  • Kathy Bates – American Horror Story
  • Lucy Lawless – Ash versus Evil Dead
  • Hannah Kasulka – The Exorcist
  • Olivia Cooke – Bates Motel

Best Indie Horror Movie

  • Circus of the Dead
  • The Barn
  • Plank Face
  • Family Possession

Best Indie Horror Director 2016

  • Billy Pon – Circus of the Dead
  • James Bickert – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Justin M Seaman – The Barn
  • Scott Schrimer – Plank Face

Best Indie Actor Horror 2016

  • Parrish Randal – Circus of the Dead
  • Nathan Barret – Plank Face
  • Mitchell Muselino – The Barn
  • Fred Lass – Bubba the Red Neck Werewolf

Best Indie Actress Horror 2016

  • Tristan Risk – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Chanel Ryan – Circus of the Dead
  • Susan M Martin – Plank Face
  • Lexi Dripps – The Barn

Best Supporting Actor Horror 2016

  • Bill Oberst – Circus of the Dead
  • Laurence Harvey – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Mitch Hyman – Bubba the Redneck Werewolf
  • Will Stout – The Barn

Best Supporting Actress Horror

  • Ellie Church – Frankenstein Created Bikers
  • Alyss Winkler – Plank Face
  • Lizzie Mears – Family Possessions
  • Brigid McCauley – Plank Face

(*Five nominees due to a tie.)

Posted by Allen Alberson in CONTESTS, MONSTERS AND CREATURES, PARANORMAL, SATANIC/DEMONIC, SCI-FI HORROR, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, URBAN DECAY/DYSTOPIAN FUTURES, WOMEN IN HORROR, ZOMBIES, 0 comments
History of Horror in April

History of Horror in April

April 1 – 7


04/01/1883 – Lon Chaney, Sr. born (d. 1930)

18830401_Lon_Chaney,_Sr._(born) / Public domain._The_Miracle_Man


20010401_Faust-Love-of-the-Damned / Fair use doctrine.


04/01/2001 – Faust: Love of the Damned released theatrically


04/01/2004 – Resident Evil Outbreak released on the PlayStation 2 in North America

20040401_RE_outbreak / Fair use doctrine.


19710402_Darkshadows / Fair use doctrine.

04/02/1971 – Dark Shadows ends its run on television


04/03/1961 – Eddie Murphy (actor in Vampire in Brooklyn) born

19610403_Eddie_Murphy / Photo: David_Shankbone


19620403_Jennifer_Rubin_1988_publicity_headshot

004/03/1962 – Jennifer Rubin (actress in numerous horror films) born


04/04/1932 – Anthony Perkins (actor who portrayed Norman Bates in the Psycho films) born (d. 1992)

19320404_Anthony_Perkins / Photo: Allan Warren


19930404_When_A_Stranger_Calls_Back/ Fair use doctrine.

04/04/1993 – When a Stranger Calls Back premieres on television


04/04/2003 – Beyond Re-Animator released theatrically



20120405_RogerCorman Oct2012 / Image: Angela George

04/05/1926 – Roger Corman (director of numerous horror films) born

April 8 - 14


04/08/1955 – Kane Hodder (actor who portrayed Jason Voorhees in several of the Friday the 13th films) born

19550408_Kane Hodder (w Oderus Urungus) / Fair use doctrine.


19770408_Demon Seed / Fair use doctrine.

04/08/1977 – Demon Seed released theatrically


04/09/1996 – Tremors 2: Aftershocks released theatrically

19960409_Tremors 2 Aftershocks / Fair use doctrine.


20040409_Shaun of the Dead / Fair use doctrine.

04/09/2004 – Shaun of the Dead released theatrically in the UK


04/10/1992 – Sleepwalkers released theatrically

19920410_Sleepwalkers / Fair use doctrine.


20030411_House of 1000 Corpses / Fair use doctrine.

04/11/2003 – House of 1000 Corpses released theatrically


04/12/1962 – Cape Fear (1962) released theatrically

19620412_Cape Fear (1962) / Fair use doctrine.


19850412_Cat’s Eye / Fair use doctrine.

04/12/1985 – Cat’s Eye released theatrically


04/13/1984 – Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter released theatrically

19840413_Friday the 13th-The Final Chapter / Fair use doctrine.


20060414_Scary Movie 4 / Fair use doctrine.

04/14/2006 – Scary Movie 4 released theatrically

April 15 - 21


04/15/1998 – Vampires released theatrically

19980415_Vampires / Fair use doctrine.


20050415_The Amityville Horror (2005).jpg / Fair use doctrine.

04/15/2005 – The Amityville Horror (2005) released theatrically


04/19/1985 – The Company of Wolves released theatrically in the United States

19850419_The Company of Wolves / Fair use doctrine.


20060421_Silent Hill / Fair use doctrine.

04/21/2006 – Silent Hill released theatrically

April 22 - 28


04/22/1935 – Bride of Frankenstein released theatrically

19350422_Bride of Frankenstein / Fair use doctrine.


19140424_William Castle / Fair use doctrine.

04/24/1914 – William Castle (director of numerous horror films) born (d. 1977)


04/24/2001 – Bio Zombie released on DVD

20010424_Bio Zombie / Fair use doctrine.


19530425_House of Wax (1953) / Fair use doctrine.

04/25/1953 – House of Wax (1953) released theatrically


04/25/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in Australia

20020425_Resident Evil / Fair use doctrine.


19560426_The Creature Walks Among Us / Fair use doctrine.

04/26/1956 – The Creature Walks Among Us released theatrically


04/26/1991 – Monsters ends its run on television

19910426_Monsters / Fair use doctrine.


20020426_Jason X / Fair use doctrine.

04/26/2002 – Jason X released theatrically


04/26/2005 – Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 released for the PlayStation 2 in North America

20050426_Resident Evil Outbreak File #2 / Fair use doctrine.


19800427_Mario Bava dies / Fair use doctrine.

04/27/1980 – Mario Bava (director of horror films) dies (b. 1914)


04/27/1990 – Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest released on the Nintendo Entertainment System in Europe

19900427_Castlevania II-Simon’s Quest / Fair use doctrine.

April 29 - 30


19800429_Alfred Hitchcock dies / Fair use doctrine.

04/29/1980 – Alfred Hitchcock dies (b. 1899)


04/29/1981 – The Beyond released theatrically

19810429_The Beyond / Fair use doctrine.


20040430_Godsend / Fair use doctrine.

04/30/2004 – Godsend released theatrically

Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR HISTORY, 0 comments
HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

HALLOWEEN CONTEST: Submit Your Scary Story

WE WANT YOUR SCARY STORIES!

By Tammie Parker

Image: Woofer McWoofersonWe know tons of you have your own scary stories. They be actually be real story or something you went through or even something you witnessed first hand. We want to hear about them, and we're going to publish them EVERY day between October 24th and Halloween. You will, of course, be credited. Each story will start with the title. Don't worry - if you can't think of a title, we will. Then your name, where you're from, and any other introductory information your story requires.

The deadline to submit your scary story is 15 October 2016 midnight all time zones. This allows us to process the entries and communicate with the authors.

Image: Woofer McWoofersonAll entrants will become automatic Friends of the House and will have their names and stories posted on our site. From the submissions, three winners will be chosen based on creepiness (of the story, not the entrant). Winners will receive horror mystery bags.

To enter, email your scary story to us at admins@houseoftorturedsouls.com, subject: Scary Story Contest.

We’ll get back to you as soon as possible.

We are looking forward to being creeped out by our fans! Winners to be announced on November 8, 2016.

Posted by Alan Smithee in EXCLUSIVE, FAMILY HORROR, FEATURED CONTENT, FRIENDS OF THE HOUSE, PARANORMAL, 4 comments
History of Horror in October

History of Horror in October

By Woofer McWooferson

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

October 1 - 7


10/01/1968 – Night of the Living Dead (1968)
released theatrically

19680110_Night of the Living Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


19741001_The Texas Chain Saw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/01/1974 – The Texas Chain Saw Massacre (1974) released
theatrically


10/02/1959 – The Twilight Zone (original series) premieres on television

19591002_The Twilight Zone / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.


19971002_Castlevania: Symphony of the Night / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/02/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in the United States


10/02/2001 – Tremors 3: Back to Perfection released theatrically

20011002_Tremors 3: Back to Perfection / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


20021003_Darkness / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/03/2002 – Darkness released theatrically


10/04/2002 – Red Dragon released theatrically

20021004_Red Dragon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


20041004_Zombie Honeymoon / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/04/2004 – Zombie Honeymoon released theatrically


10/04/2005 – Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow released on the Nintendo DS in the United States America

20051004_Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.


19191005_Donald Pleasence / © Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc. All Rights Reserved.

10/05/1919 – Donald Pleasence (actor in many horror films) born (d. 1995)


10/05/1952 – Clive Barker (author, director, and artist) born

19521005_Clive Barker / Photo by Jean-Paul Aussenard - © WireImage.com - Image courtesy WireImage.com


19621005_Tod Browning / Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images

10/05/1962 – Tod Browning (director of Dracula and Freaks) dies (b. 1880)


10/05/1999 – Angel premieres on television

19991005_Angel / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.


20011005_Joy Ride / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2001 – Joy Ride released theatrically


10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis premiers on television

20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Necropolis / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.


20051005_Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/05/2005 – Return of the Living Dead: Rave to the Grave premiers on television


10/06/2006 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning released theatrically

20061006_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


18491007_Edgar Allan Poe / Public domain.

10/07/1849 – Edgar Allan Poe dies (b. 1809)


10/07/1994 – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation released theatrically

19941007_Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 8 - 14


20011008_Castlevania Chronicles / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.

10/08/2001 – Castlevania Chronicles released on the PlayStation in North America


10/11/2002 – Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance released on the Game Boy Advance in the European Union

20021011_Castlevania: Harmony of Dissonance / Cover art. Fair use doctrine.


19891013_Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/1989 – Halloween 5: The Revenge of Michael Myers released theatrically


10/13/1998– Fallen released theatrically

19981013_Fallen / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.


20061013_The Grudge 2 / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/13/2006 – The Grudge 2 released theatrically


10/14/1944 – Udo Kier (actor in many horror films) born

19441014_Udo Kier / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.


19941014_Wes Craven's New Nightmare / Image: IMDb. Fair use doctrine.

10/14/1994 – Wes Craven’s New Nightmare released theatrically


10/14/2005 – The Fog (2005) released theatrically

20051014_The Fog / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

October 15 – 21


19811015_The Evil Dead / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/15/1981– The Evil Dead released theatrically


10/16/1987 – Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II released theatrically

19871016_Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


19921016_Candyman / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/16/1992 – Candyman released theatrically


10/16/1998 – Bride of Chucky released theatrically

19981016_Bride of Chucky / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.


20031017_The Texas Chainsaw Massacre / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/17/2003 – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (2003) released theatrically


10/18/1976 – Burnt Offerings released theatrically



19801018_Motel Hell / Theatrical poster. Fair use doctrine.

10/18/1980 – Motel Hell released theatrically


10/18/1985 – Re-Animator released theatrically

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MOVIE REVIEW: Monsters (2010)

MOVIE REVIEW: Monsters (2010)

By John Roisland

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A few weeks ago I finally had a little time to myself, so I decided to watch a movie. As I scrolled through the entire horror section on Netflix (Which is, in my opinion, becoming worse and worse every month. I mean no disrespect, but the selection dwindles down to crap that even kids don't want to watch anymore.) I came across the 2010 movie called Monsters. The description sounded interesting and the screenshots that they provided kind of caught my eye. So I figured I'd give it a shot since it's something that I had not seen yet (and I hoped it wouldn't end up being a total shit sandwich).

The opening scene of the movie was in night vision. You see military personnel fighting a large monster, kind of a scene out of an old fifties sci-fi/horror film. I thought that was pretty cool. The monster itself looked like a giant squid or octopus on stilts and appeared to be about 50 feet tall, something a bit different. I liked that! However, as the movie goes on, the action/horror and the titular monsters themselves become less and less part of the film.

Monsters takes place in Mexico (gee, imagine that, aliens that are from Mexico, go figure), so the writer obviously had a huge sense of humor when first coming up with the idea from the film. The movie is actually well done, but the problem is that it is slow. Incredibly slow.

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The story revolves around a photographer who is on assignment in Mexico when he receives a phone call from his boss telling him that the boss' daughter just happens to be vacationing in that same area. The boss tasks the photographer with safely escorting her back through what is now considered the contamination/danger zone of Mexico and into the US.

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The two trek through the jungles (paying their way) guided by local guerrillas who are fighting these monsters as they try to get home safely. The two of them build a small relationship (of course) as the perils of their journey home bring them closer. The movie is very, very slow, but the ending was well done and actually kind of surprised me. If you are looking for an action-packed, scare-filled, or traight up monster movie, this is not it. If you are looking for a slow-moving adventure borderline romance movie then Monsters is the one for you. It gave you enough to keep you watching, but fell short on delivery ONLY because of lack of action.

The cinematography in the film actually has some great moments, and the acting was surprisingly good. Monsters stars Scoot McNairy and Whitney Able and was both written and directed by Gareth Edwards who also directed the 2014 Godzilla.

Keep It Evil.

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