Resident Evil

Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Netflix to bring Resident Evil as a TV series

Just like zombies Resident Evil refuses to stay dead. Deadline is reporting that NETFLIX will be doing a live action tv series. Per Deadline, “the plan is for the series to expand the Resident Evil universe and deepen the existing mythology. I hear the series will keep the basic premise, which also served as a setup for the movie franchise. The drama series will explore the dark inner workings of the Umbrella Corporation and the new world order caused by the outbreak of the T-virus.”

Let’s face it the movies are great, the video games are great even the cgi cartoons aren’t bad. This is big news where Netflix is getting a lot of buzz with their TV and films. Original or not this will be interesting to see where it goes. No word yet on casting or release date.

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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

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GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard

Resident Evil is back from the Dead!

Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Developer: Capcom
Score: 9/10
Resident Evil 7: Biohazard is the newest Resident Evil game from Capcom. Capcom had a lot of pressure on them to make fans fall in love with the Resident Evil series again, after many were disappointed with Resident Evil 6. After becoming lost in this new game for several hours, I can happily reassure fans everywhere that Capcom did not disappoint with RE7.
With all that said, Resident Evil 7 brings the franchise back to its survival horror roots, but it is a bit different than the older games. That's not a bad thing, because sometime you need to make some changes to revive something that's dying.
You play as Ethan Winters who, after receiving a mysteriously creepy video, heads out to a rundown and frightful looking plantation, to find his missing wife Mia. It is in this plantation where you come across the Baker family, and as soon as you meet them, you will wish you never came across them.
Thanks to the Baker family, and several mutilated and horrifying creatures, Resident Evil 7 will have you on the edge of your seat as you never know who or what is waiting for you around the corner. The scenery is gruesome and adds to the "I've walked into my worst nightmare" feeling.
Along with great characters and scenery, RE7 has great game play (a mixture of guns a blazing action and "Oh no I ran out of ammo again" stealth), an intriguing story, and hard yet awesome boss battles. This is also one of the most bloody and gory Resident Evil games in the series, and that's not a bad thing at all!
Another thing I love about this game is that I see so many elements of horror movies brought into this game. The Baker family seems like they could be straight out of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre or The Devil's Rejects. I see influences from Saw, as there are crazy tortuous puzzles involved in this game. You can also tell that Resident Evil 7 was took note of the success of the Silent Hill PT demo and brought elements of that into the game. This all helps make the game even more fun.
Now as much as I love this game, its not perfect. It was a bit on the short side, coming in at 8-10 hours of game play and the ending was a little lackluster. It had a lot of build up for an ending, but it didn't necessarily deliver. Overall though, Resident Evil 7 is a survival horror game that will scare you, excite you, and make you fall in love with Resident Evil all over again.
Posted by Alan Smithee in GAME REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
History of Horror in March

History of Horror in March

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

March 1 - 7


03/01/1974 – Blood for Dracula released theatrically

19740301_Blood_for_Dracula-Italian-poster / Fair use doctrine.



19740301_Fleshforfrankensteinposter / Fair use doctrine.


03/01/1974 – Flesh for Frankenstein released theatrically



03/02/
1933 – King Kong (1933) released theatrically

19330302_Kingkong33newposter / Fair use doctrine.



20000303_Castlevania_Legacy_of_Darkness / Fair use doctrine.

03/03/2000 – Castlevania: Legacy of Darkness released on the Nintendo 64 in Europe



03/03/2004 – Stephen King’s Kingdom Hospital premieres on television

20040303_Khospitalpic / Fair use doctrine.



19220304_Nosferatuposter / Fair use doctrine.

03/04/1922 – Nosferatu released theatrically



03/04/1965 – Paul W. S. Anderson (director of several horror films) born

19650304_800px-Paul_W._S._Anderson_by_Gage_Skidmore / Fair use doctrine.



19990304_Silent_Hill_video_game / Fair use doctrine.

03/04/1999 – Silent Hill released on the PlayStation in Japan



03/05/1943 – Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man released theatrically

19430305_298px-Frankenstein_Meets_the_Wolf_Man_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.



19540305_800px-Creature_from_the_Black_Lagoon_poster / Fair use doctrine.

03/05/1954 – Creature from the Black Lagoon released theatrically



03/07/1946 – The Mask of Diijon released theatrically

19460307_Mask_of_diijon_poster_small / Fair use doctrine.



20030307_Rezerobox / Fair use doctrine.

03/07/2003 – Resident Evil 0 released on the Nintendo GameCube in Europeborn

March 8 - 14


03/08/1972 – Tales from the Crypt released theatrically

19720308_Tales_from_the_crypt_film_poster / Fair use doctrine.



20050308_Rings / Fair use doctrine.

03/08/2005 – Rings released on DVD



03/10/1997 – Buffy the Vampire Slayer begins its run on television

19970310_Buffy_the_Vampire_Slayer_title_card / Fair use doctrine.



20060310_The_Hills_Have_Eyes_2006-film / Fair use doctrine.

03/10/2006 – The Hills Have Eyes (2006) released theatrically



03/11/1931 – F.W. Murnau (director of Nosferatu) dies (b. 1888)

19310311_F._W._Murnau_circa_1920-1930 / Fair use doctrine.



19970311_Castlevania_Legends / Fair use doctrine.

03/11/1997 – Castlevania Legends released on the Game Boy in North America



03/11/1999 – Castlevania 64 released on the Nintendo 64 in Japan

19970311_Castlevania_Legends / Fair use doctrine.



19990312_RageCarrie2 / Fair use doctrine.

03/12/1999 – The Rage: Carrie 2 released theatrically



03/13/1942 – The Ghost of Frankenstein released theatrically

19420313_220px-The_Ghost_of_Frankenstein_movie_poster / Fair use doctrine.



19810313_The_howling / Fair use doctrine.

03/13/1981 – The Howling released theatrically



03/13/1987 – Evil Dead II released theatrically

19870313_Evil_Dead_II_poster / Fair use doctrine.



19960313_Lucio-Fulci / Fair use doctrine.

03/13/1996 – Lucio Fulci (director of several horror films) dies (b. 1927)



03/14/2003 – Willard (2003) released theatrically

20030314_Willard_2003movie / Fair use doctrine.

March 15 - 21


19430315_220px-David_Cronenberg_2012-03-08 / Fair use doctrine.

03/15/1943 – David Cronenberg (director of numerous horror films) born



03/15/2002 – Resident Evil released theatrically in the United States

20020315_Resident_evil_ver4 / Fair use doctrine.



19250316_Themonster1925poster / Fair use doctrine.

03/16/1925 – The Monster released theatrically



03/16/1995 – Alone in the Dark 3 released on PC and Mac

19950306_Alone_in_the_Dark_3_cover / Fair use doctrine.



19430317_Iwalkedwithazombie / Fair use doctrine.

03/17/1943 – I Walked with a Zombie released theatrically



03/17/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in North America

19940317_Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.



20000317_Finaldestination / Fair use doctrine.

03/17/2000 – Final Destination released theatrically



03/18/1950 – Brad Dourif (actor who portrays Chucky in the Child’s Play films) born

19500318_Brad_Dourif / Fair use doctrine.



19940318_250px-Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.

03/18/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Mega Drive in Japan



03/18/2005 – The Ring Two released theatrically

20050318_Ring_two_ver2 / Fair use doctrine.



20050318_Resi4-gc-cover / Fair use doctrine.

03/18/2005 – Resident Evil 4 released for the Nintendo GameCube in Europe



03/19/2004 – Dawn of the Dead (2004) released theatrically

20040319_Dawn_of_the_Dead_2004_movie / Fair use doctrine.



19640320_2000maniacs / Fair use doctrine.

03/20/1964 – Two Thousand Maniacs! released theatrically



03/20/1994 – Castlevania: Bloodlines released on the Sega Genesis in Europe

19940320_Castlevania_Bloodlines / Fair use doctrine.



19970320_Castlevania_SOTN_PAL / Fair use doctrine.

03/20/1997 – Castlevania: Symphony of the Night released on the PlayStation and Sega Saturn in Japan



03/21/2001 – Castlevania: Circle of the Moon released on the Game Boy Advance in Japan

20010321_Castlevania_CotM_boxart / Fair use doctrine.



19250316_Themonster1925poster / Fair use doctrine.

03/21/2006 – Stay Alive released theatrically

March 22 - 28


03/22/1985 – Friday the 13th: A New Beginning released theatrically

19850322_Friday_the_13th_part_V_a_new_beginning / Fair use doctrine.



19860322_Choppingmall / Fair use doctrine.

03/22/1986 – Chopping Mall released theatrically



03/22/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in Japan

19960322_250px-Resident_Evil_1_cover / Fair use doctrine.



20020322_Blade_II_movie / Fair use doctrine.

03/22/2002 – Blade II released theatrically



03/22/2002 – The Chronicle ends its run on television

20020322_The Chronicle / Fair use doctrine.



19630323_PeterLorre / Fair use doctrine.

03/23/1964 – Peter Lorre (actor in several horror films) dies (b. 1904)



03/24/1939 – The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939) released theatrically

19390324_800px-Cover_(Hound_of_Baskervilles,_1902) / Fair use doctrine.



19740324_Rhs1974kingsrd / Fair use doctrine.

03/24/1974 – The Rocky Horror Show premieres at the Roxy



03/26/1994 – System Shock released on PC and Mac

19940326_Sysshock / Fair use doctrine.



19730327_Sisters_(1973) / Fair use doctrine.

03/27/1973 – Sisters released theatrically



03/27/1986 – April Fool’s Day released theatrically

19860327_Aprilfoolsday_poster / Fair use doctrine.



19910327_Ralph Bates / Fair use doctrine.

03/271991 – Ralph Bates (actor in several Hammer horror films) dies (d. 1940)



03/28/1920 – Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1920) released theatrically

19200328_220px-Dr_Jekyll_and_Mr_Hyde_1920_poster / Fair use doctrine.



19630328_The_Birds_original_poster / Fair use doctrine.

03/28/1963 – The Birds released theatrically

March 29 - 31


19960330_Resident_Evil_1_cover / Fair use doctrine.

03/29/1996 – Resident Evil released on the PlayStation in the United States



03/30/2000 – The Typing of the Dead released on Dreamcast and PC

20000330_TTOTD_Packshot / Fair use doctrine.



20000329_RECV_boxart / Fair use doctrine.

03/30/2000 – Resident Evil Code: Veronica released for the Dreamcast in North America



03/30/2001 – Alone in the Dark: The New Nightmare released on Game Boy Color

20010330_Alone_in_the_Dark_A_New_Nightmare / Fair use doctrine.



20060331_Slithermovieposter / Fair use doctrine.
03/31/2006 – Slither released theatrically

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COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

COMING SOON: 2017 Horror Video Games, Part 1

2017: The Year That Horror Video Games Came Back With a Bite, Part 1

Horror is a genre that brings joy to many people – as is video gaming. Combine the two and you have a beautiful relationship that brings a mixture of happiness, excitement, and maybe even a little fear to countless fans. That said, there are some amazing horror video games coming out in 2017. Let's take a look at some of them.

1.) Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard
Release Date: January 24. 2017
Developer: Capcom
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC


Resident Evil is a name that many horror fans and gamers alike know. For many of us, the first couple of Resident Evil games were our first forays into horror video games. Many were disappointed with the last Resident Evil game, Resident Evil 6, because it felt like a clunky, cheesy action movie instead of the survival horror game that we have all come to know and love. With Resident Evil 7, it looks like we are getting back to that horror atmosphere.


Resident Evil 7 takes place in Louisiana four years after what happened in RE6. You are playing as a new character to the series, Ethan Winters, who, while searching for his missing wife, comes upon a haunted plantation filled with psychotic individuals, and, of course, some haunting and frightening creatures. We are not sure how Ethan and the events in this game are connected to the other games in the series, but Capcom has said that they do tie together in some way.


2.) Game: Friday the 13th: The Game
Release Date: Early 2017
Developers: Gun Media, Illfonic
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC


If there is one thing horror fans love, it’s a killer with a style that will make you fall in love with evil, such as Jason Voorhees, a mighty and ominous figure in the horror world, or as Jason Voorhees the man. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal, of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!

In this game, we are taken back to good ol’ Camp Crystal Lake, where you can play as a camp counselor or as the man himself, Jason Voorhees. The goal of the game, if you are a counselor, is to escape Jason and the camp. You can try the stealth route and hide and sneakily escape from him or team up with other counselors to take him on. If you play as Jason, the goal of course, is to brutally kill all the counselors!


If you are a Friday the 13th fan, whether you grew up watching the movies or just recently took a liking to Mr. Voorhees, this game will give you the biggest smile on your face. The setting is straight from the early movies, in all its 80s glory, the kills are brutal and gory, and you finally get to play as Jason Voorhees. What more could you ask for? Just remember, counselors, it doesn't matter how fast you run because Jason will always walk faster than you!

3.) Game: Agony
Release Date: June 2017
Developer: Madmind Studio
Platforms: Playstation 4, Xbox One, and PC


Probably one of the least talked about games on this list, Agony, is looking to be a great and gruesome addition to the horror video game catalog. You play a tortured soul who is stuck deep in the depths of Hell looking for an escape. By interacting with other souls stuck in in Hell, you soon learn that the only way to escape is to meet the one and only mystical Red Goddess. You have abilities, such as controlling other demons, that will aid you on this journey to escape.


Agony has some of the most hauntingly beautiful scenery that I have seen in a long time. Morbid and gruesome images play throughout the trailer, exactly what you would expect Hell to look like. The demons are nightmare -inducing, even if some of them have some really nice boobs to look at. Agony looks like it's going to be an Indie gem that will garner a cult following.

Well, there you have it – part one of my ongoing series of 2017 video game releases. Keep an eye out because part two will be coming soon.

Posted by Alan Smithee in HORROR NEWS, 1 comment
MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)

MUSIC REVIEW: Mister Monster – Over Your Dead Body (2001)


By Shock

Mister Monster - Over Your Dead Body / Image: Discog.com

For about 17 years now, Mister Monster has been a staple in the Horror Punk fan's collection. Well, to those of us who have been fortunate to hear the best horror punk album ever written. Some of the newer guys and girls to the scene have stated they do not know who Mister Monster is or what they're about. For those who may not have heard the album Over Your Dead Body, here's a little song by song write up on an album that changed the way a lot of us looked at the genre of Horror Punk.

With Over Your Dead Body, released March 19, 2001, the New Jersey-based Mister Monster set a new standard with a subdivision of Horror Punk called Boo Wop. OYDB had been anticipated for a few years and prior to its release a handful of demos and singles were released. OYDB showed people what the band was about, introduced the Boo Wop sound and style, and highlighted the outstanding musicianship of the band.

The album album opens with a track called "Weird NJ", a news report about different females named Anna or Annie around the New Jersey area who have been killed, describing in detail the different fictional (or were they?) murders and cannibalistic rituals involved. They then slide into the song "Over Your Dead Body", which alone set the standard that could have carried this band for another two decades. This song is simply the best written song from start to finish. Full of murder, love, and necrophilia, this song really gets you amped for the whole record. While not every song is as masterful as this one, it certainly sets the standard and showcased what Mister Monster was capable of.

Following this amazing opening is "Guaranteed to Bleed" which we can tell by listening has that Boo Wop sound, a nice mixture of 50s/60s doo wop and modern day punk rock. It really gave way to a sound that wasn't present in any band at the time or before. Following this was "Love Thornz" and "This Night I Call Bad Luck", two songs that I've heard some say represent their lives. "This Night I Call Bad Luck" really when you put this on you're thinking, 'Yes, Jsin, I totally feel ya, bro'. With its catchy hook, and relateable lyrics that aren't precisely horror, it's still fitting for the genre and gives us a look into the mind of Jsin Trioxin and how he sees things outside of the horror field.

Track 6, "'Til the End", is by far my favorite song on the album. This track that really gets down to business musically and with such artistry that the music pulls you in and the lyrics right away give you chills. Go ahead and listen. I promise you, this one will change the way you see things, putting images in your head instantly of what is playing out in the lyrics. It's a beautiful song that is in a classification all on its own.

From here it goes into "Murder 4 Hire", a song that is very dirty in nature, evident from the end of "'Til the End", which acts as an intro to "Murder 4 Hire". "One, two, three or four..would you like any more of my blood stained fingers inside....you". Then it goes into this completely necrophilia-driven song. And if you're REALLY into horror, use it as a get your girl in the mood song instead of something like Marvin Gaye or any other Barry White type love song. This one will do it for the punkers and metal heads. The album carries on with "Bigger Shop of Horrors" and then "Prom Night".

"Prom Night" was the first song I heard from Mister Monster when it was still a demo. Let me say Boo Wop definitely is what this song defines. Paying homage to the story Carrie, "Prom Night" brings a really classic rock n' roll vibe and makes you want to grab a girl and sock hop dance. It's such a great track that it makes you feel like you're in the song. After this is "Amy Sue", and I've had many arguments with people over this song. Personally, I don't like it. Too slow for my taste, and I could never get into it at all; however, others would say it's the best song on the record. "Teenaged Dreams" and "Tina and Freddy" follow "Amy Sue" making up for the slower vibe. "Tina and Freddy" another Return of the Living Dead reference, is very fast and almost metal in style and is for sure a head banger. Getting further into the album, "Little Frankenstein" goes back to the Boo Wop style and sucks you back in to that genre created by this band. Next is "Her Open Grave", another slower piece I usually skip because, well, I just do. I've heard it a few hundred times but still can't get into the style that it is. Some of you may feel differently, and that's cool as well.

"Gore Whore" on the other hand, which is homage to Trash from Return of the Living Dead, rocks. Something that really gets you with music is not always being able to understand the singer, so when you listen to this one and hear, "She likes to bat fuck...she's my little gore whore". You won't hear bat. So, have a chuckle at this one, a lot of us have for years. It's a solid song with a heavy overtone and is great for anyone with a dirty mind and love of zombies. Then it goes right into "Resident Evil" another metal style piece; extra fast but crooner style vocals really make this song something to remember and get stuck in your head for years.

"Dead Flesh Gurl", another necrophilia driven song, is slower but still a decent listen. Next it goes into "Transylvania Mania", something completely different. This song is that. I remember listening to a radio interview with Jsin Trioxin in which he stated he and Myke Hideous were drinking one night and laid the vocals for this one. It's not really singing at all, just random spooky nonsense.

Finally, they end the album with "Send More Paramedics". What do you know? Another Return of the Living Dead reference; however, it has nothing to do with the movie. This is a ghostly tale of sorts and pretty much a love song that is another favorite of mine on the album.

This album is solid from start to finish (evidenced by the the fact I have had 18 copies of the album and that this is the first thing I mention when anyone asks what I'm into). Lyrically, it's a magical piece. I remember a conversation I had with Jsin one night when he was playing guitar for Blitzkid and the band I was in played with them that night. I asked about a particular lyric and what it meant he said, "You take away from it what you think it means". So, unless it's a blatant reference, you will have to figure it out for yourself. Musically, this is the best album period. Hands down. No matter what genre you're into, if you're a true music fan, this is the album for you. Punk, horror, rock'n'roll, metal... this album has every bit of it blended perfectly in 19 tracks.

Some of us fans have been waiting for years to finally hear new music, and all we have been given are singles here and there and word on the street that is there is another album being made. When it is released, I'll be all over it. I can say, though, topping this album is pretty impossible. I listen to many genres and many different bands, and this one has been my favorite for a very long time. This album is number 1 on my list. If you haven't listened, then click the link below and enjoy the whole thing. If you have the opportunity to purchase the album, do so! It's money well spent, I promise you that.

Keep it Creepy,
-Schock

Posted by Schock in MUSIC REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments
HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

HISTORY OF HORROR: AUGUST

By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

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

August 1 - 7

 


08/01/1883
Lon Chaney, Sr. born

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0801_The-Omega-Man-Poster

08/01/1971
The Omega Man released theatrically


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

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0801_Resident_Evil_1_cover

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


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

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0802_Wes_Craven_2010

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


08/02/1999
The Sixth Sense released theatrically

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0802_TheOthers

08/02/2001
The Others released
theatrically


08/02/2002
Signs released theatrically

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08/03/1978
Piranha released
theatrically


08/04/1932
White Zombie released theatrically

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0805_John_Saxon_1975

08/05/1935
John Saxon born


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

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

August 8 - 14


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

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0810_Chaos_(2005_film)_poster

08/10/2005
Chaos (2005) released theatrically


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

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0811_Ein_Zombie_hing_am_Glockenseil_Poster

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


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

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0811_Systemshock2box

08/11/1999
System Shock 2 released on PC


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

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0812_Castlevania_II_Belmont's_Revenge

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


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

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0813_Film1953-TheWarOfTheWorlds-OriginalPoster

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


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

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0813_Jason_goes_to_hell

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


08/13/2004
Alien vs. Predator released theatrically

0813_Avpmovie


0814_Original_Rocky_Horror_Picture_Show_poster

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

August 15 - 21


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

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0815_Manhunter_michael_mann_film_poster

08/15/1986
Manhunter (1986) released theatrically


08/15/1997
Event Horizon released theatrically

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0815_Event_horizon_ver1

08/15/2003
Freddy vs. Jason released theatrically


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

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0817_Robert_De_Niro_Cannes_2016

08/17/1943
Robert De Niro born


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

0817_Donnie_Wahlberg_2010


0818_424px-Roman_Polanski_Cannes_2013

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


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

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0819_Nightmare4

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


08/19/2005
Dead & Breakfast released theatrically

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0820_H._P._Lovecraft,_June_1934

08/20/1890
H. P. Lovecraft born


08/21/1943
The Seventh Victim released theatrically

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0821_220px-An_American_Werewolf_in_London_poster

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


08/21/1998
Blade released theatrically

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August 22 - 28


0822_390px-Nightofthecreepsposter

08/22/1986
Night of the Creeps released theatrically


08/22/1997
Mimic released theatrically

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0824_Takashi_Miike

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


08/24/1990
Darkman released theatrically

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0824_John_Carpenter's_Ghosts_of_Mars

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


08/25/1979
Zombi 2 released theatrically

0825_Zombie_Flesh_eaters


0825_Castlevania_-_Dawn_of_Sorrow_Coverart

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


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

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0827&28_Castlevania_II_Simon's_Quest

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


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

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August 29 - 31


0829_IngridBergmanportrait

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


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

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0829_400px-Joel_Schumacher

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


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

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0831_220px-Basketcaseposter

08/31/1983
Basket Case released theatrically


08/31/2007
Halloween (2007) released theatrically

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Keep it Evil

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HISTORY OF HORROR: JULY

HISTORY OF HORROR: JULY

By John Roisland & Woofer McWooferson

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

July 1 - 7

 

July - Trilogy of Terror-1975 Karen Black07/01/1942
Karen Black (actress in many horror films) born

 

July - Grace Kelly and James Stewart in Rear Window (1954)07/02/1997
James Stewart (actor in Rear Window (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), and Vertigo (1958)), (b. 1908)

 

July - Day of the Dead07/03/1985
Day of the Dead released theatrically

 

July - Silent Hill 3 video game07/03/2003
Silent Hill 3 released on the PlayStation and PC in Japan

 

July - Adam Brooks07/03/????
Adam Brooks, known for Astron-6, Manborg, and Father's Day, born

 

July - Scary Movie 207/04/2001
Scary Movie 2 released theatrically

 

July - Battle Royale II07/05/2003
Battle Royale II: Requiem released theatrically

 

July - Janet Leigh07/06/1927
Janet Leigh, actress in Psycho, born

 

July - Blood Feast07/06/1963
Blood Feast released theatrically

 

July - The Descent07/06/2005
The Descent released theatrically

 

July - The Mummy's Ghost07/07/1944
The Mummy's Ghost released theatrically

 

July - Scary Movie07/07/2000
Scary Movie released theatrically

July 8 - 14

July - The Raven07/08/ 1935
The Raven released
theatrically

 

July - Phantasm 207/08/1988
Phantasm 2 released
theatrically

 

July - Dark Water 200507/08/2005
Dark Water released
theatrically

 

July - Dean Koontz07/09/1945
Dean Koontz (writer Phantoms (1989), Odd Thomas (2013)) born

 

 

July - Fred Gwynne07/10/1926
Fred Gwynne (actor in The Munsters (1964) and Pet Sematary (1989)) born (d. 1993)

 

 

July - Michael Rosenbaum07/11/1972
Michael Rosenbaum (actor in Urban Legend (1998) and Cursed (2005)) born

 

July - Tod Browning07/12/1880
Tod Browning (director of Dracula (1931) and Freaks (1931)) born (d. 1962)

 

July - Lon Chaney, Jr07/12/1973
Lon Chaney, Jr. (actor in Dracula vs. Frankenstein (1971) and The Wolfman (1941)) dies (b. 1906)

 
July - Michelle Rodriguez07/12/1978
Michelle Rodriguez (actress in Resident Evil (2002) and The Breed (2006)) born
 

July - Halloween: Resurrection07/12/2002
Halloween: Resurrection released theatrically

 

July - Stellan Skarsgard

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07/13/1968
Stellan Skarsgård (actor in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004) and Dominion: Prequel to the Exorcist (2005)) born

 

July - Sid Haig07/14/1939
Sid Haig (actor in The Brotherhood of Blood(2007), The Devils Rejects (2005),
House of 1000 Corpses (2003)) born is born

 

July - The Chronicle07/14/2001
The Chronicle premieres on television

July 15 - 21

 

July - Larry Cohen07/15/1941
Larry Cohen (writer, director, producer known for of Phone Booth (2002), A Return to Salem's Lot (1987), The Stuff (1985)) born

 

July - Kingdom Hospital07/15/2004
Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital ends its run on television

 

July - The Fly07/16/1958
The Fly released theatrically

 

 

July - Jaws: The Revenge07/17/1987
Jaws: The Revenge released theatrically

 

 

July - Eight Legged Freaks07/17/2002
Eight Legged Freaks released
theatrically

 

 

July - Prom Night07/18/1980
Prom Night released theatrically

 

July - Aliens

07/18/1986
Aliens released theatrically

 

July - Arachnophobia07/18/1990
Arachnophobia released theatrically

 

 

July - Hideo Nakata07/19/1961
Hideo Nakata (director of Ringu (1998), Ringu 2 (1999), and Dark Water (2002)) born

 

June - Tales from the Crypt (original)07/19/1996
Tales from the Crypt ends its run on television

 

July - The Frighteners07/19/1996
The Frighteners released theatrically

 

July - The Breed07/19/2001
The Breed released theatrically

 

July - The Conjuring07/19/1964
The Conjuring released theatrically

 

July - The Devil Rides Out07/20/1968
The Devil Rides Out released theatrically

 

July - Dracula07/20/1979
Dracula released theatrically

 

July - Castlevania Dracula X07/20/1995
Castlevania: Dracula X released on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in North America

 

July - The Haunting07/20/1999
The Haunting released theatrically

 

July - Jeepers Creepers07/20/2001
Jeepers Creepers released theatrically

 

 

July - Castlevania Dracula X07/21/1972
Castlevania: Dracula X released
on the Super Nintendo Entertainment System in Japan

 

 

July 22 - 28

 

July - James Whale07/22/1889
James Whale (director of The Invisible Man (1931), Frankenstein (1931), and The Bride of Frankenstein (1935)) born (d. 1957)

 

July - The Hills Have Eyes07/22/1977
The Hills Have Eyes released theatrically

July - Orca07/22/1977
Orca released theatrically

 

July - Jaws 3-D07/22/1983
Jaws 3-D released theatrically

July - The Devil's Rejects07/22/2005
Rob Zombie's The Devil's Rejects released theatrically

 

 

July - Castlevania Chronicles - Japan07/23/1993
Castlevania Chronicles released on the X68000 in Japan

 

 

July - Chris Sarandon07/24/1942
Chris Sarandon (actor in The Sentinel (1977), Fright Night (1985), and Bordello of Blood (1996)) born

 

 

July - Ileana Douglas07/25/1965
Illeana Douglas (actress in Cape Fear (1991) and Stir of Echoes (1999)) born

 

 

July - Michael C. Williams07/25/1973
Michael C. Williams (actor in The Blair Witch Project) born

 

July - Night of the Seagulls07/26/1976
Night of the Seagulls released theatrically

 

 

July - The Amityville Horror07/27/1979
The Amityville Horror released theatrically

 

 

July - Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan07/28/1989
Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan released theatrically

 

July - Deep Blue Sea07/28/1999
Deep Blue Sea released theatrically

 

July 29 - 31

 

July - Zombi 307/29/1987
Zombi 3 released theatrically

 

July - Cherry Falls07/29/2000
Cherry Falls released theatrically

 

July - The Blair Witch Project07/30/1999
The Blair Witch Project released theatrically

 

 

July - Mario Bava07/31/1914
Mario Bava (director of Black Sunday and The Girl Who Knew Too Much) born (d. 1980)

 

July - Invisible Agent07/31/1942
Invisible Agent released theatrically

 

July - Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man07/31/1951
Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man released theatrically

 

July - The Lost Boys07/31/1987
The Lost Boys released theatrically

 

July - Buffy the Vampire Slayer07/31/1992
Buffy the Vampire Slayer released theatrically

Keep it Evil

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GAME REVIEW (RETRO): Sweet Home

GAME REVIEW (RETRO): Sweet Home

SWEET HOME:
THE BEST SURVIVAL HORROR GAME YOU'VE NEVER PLAYED

By Nick Durham

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Most people tend to think of the original Alone in the Dark as being the first survival horror video game that they can really remember. Resident Evil would end up being the series that would more famously expose the genre of survival horror to mainstream gamers, but did you know that the original Resident Evil was actually originally supposed to be a remake of a game called Sweet Home? Well, it was.

Now you may be asking yourself, what the fuck is Sweet Home? Well kids, sit down, listen up, and crack open a beer or two and I'll tell you a tale: Sweet Home was a game for the Famicom. The Famicom was basically the Japanese version of the original Nintendo Entertainment System. That beloved grey box that we all fondly remember was a bright red and white console (with a disc-based add-on) in its native Japan, and even featured a few bells and whistles (hardwired controllers, a microphone built into the second controller, etc.) that we never got. Anyway, the Famicom had a shitload of games that never made it on our side of the pond, with Sweet Home being one of them.

Sweet Home is a survival horror role-playing game (that in turn is based on a film of the same name), in which you control a party of five characters that must traverse a spooky-ass mansion. You encounter all kinds of nasty beasts and ghosts in random battles (this is an RPG after all), and there's some majorly creepy shit that happens in the process. The mansion itself is like a giant maze, and also features one of the earliest examples of perma-death in a game; i.e. once a member of your party dies, they stay deader than shit. Yes, this game can be totally unforgiving when it wants to be...and can also be super rewarding too.

Now because of its horror nature and mature subject matter, Sweet Home wasn't deemed fit for American NES players, mainly because a majority of them were super young and enjoying the exploits of a certain stereotypical Italian plumber. So yeah, we missed out on a classic game...at least until the internet became a thing. Various playable ROMs of Sweet Home have been all over the place, thankfully with English fan translations. There's also websites you can find that offer up NES reproduction cartridges that feature the English translation of the game, although these will cost you. So with all that in mind, I wholeheartedly recommend checking Sweet Home out however you can. It's an early classic of the genre, and is every bit as good now as it was back then.

 

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EDITORIAL: Why We Need Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered

EDITORIAL: Why We Need Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered

By Nick Durham

A while ago I reviewed Capcom's Resident Evil HD Remastered, which wound up being a supremely enjoyable HD take on the classic first installment of the long running survival horror franchise. The game was a smash hit and made Capcom a shitload of money in the process, so immediately fans were hoping that maybe we'd finally get an HD remaster of Resident Evil 2.

Well, lo and behold, we're getting it.

Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered is coming. Who knows exactly when, but it's coming. It's about damn time too, considering we've had about umpteen remakes of the original Resident Evil as it is, but never a true new take on the classic first sequel (and no, the Dreamcast and Gamecube ports of Resident Evil 2 don't count either). Ever since the idea was planted in my head that this could become a reality, my mind has been running a mile a minute thinking about how amazing it could be given the new technology of today.

Just think back to the first time you played Resident Evil 2. Remember the first encounter with the Licker? Or finding the police station? Or trekking through the underground? Or the final showdown shortly before Raccoon City gets nuked off the face of the Earth? Imagine re-living all of that with a fresh coat of HD paint. Hell, imagine the game with a re-done control scheme that discards the dreaded tank controls of yesteryear. We could have something really special on our hands folks.

Now I know that having an HD take on Resident Evil 2 is going to sell really well. Probably so well that Capcom decides to do an HD remaster of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (which I can almost guarantee will happen some time in the future). As a gamer, I know first hand that no one knows how to beat a dead horse better than Capcom does (except for maybe EA, but I digress), so they could keep on remastering various installments in the franchise all they want, but what I'm hoping happens is that maybe we'll see the franchise as a whole return with new installments that go back to the true survival horror roots of the series.

Back in the day, Resident Evil defined survival horror. Conserving ammo, saves, and health packs/healing plants to make it through the game was the way it had to go to survive. Resident Evil 4 changed the franchise forever with a more action-oriented approach to mix with the scares, and it winded up being one of the best games of its era. Resident Evil 5 and the recent Resident Evil 6...well, they just weren't. They were such departures from what we've come to love about the series that we started to forget what made this franchise so fucking good in the first place. Resident Evil 2 HD Remastered can put us on the right track, and thanks to the first remaster game, it looks like we're already on our way there.

Get ready my people, we're going back to Raccoon City one more time. One more time of a refreshing take on the epic zombie survival horror series that changed everything back in the day. Strap yourselves in folks, shit's about to get awesome once again.

Well, hopefully anyway.

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GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil HD Remastered (2014)

GAME REVIEW: Resident Evil HD Remastered (2014)

By Nick Durham

Good fucking grief, how many times can you remake this fucking game? The original Resident Evil came out in 1996 believe it or not, and I have fond memories of playing the shit out of it in my youth and feeling a sense of accomplishment when I finally beat the damn thing. That in itself is a small triumph. This was when the Internet was in its infancy and just looking up walkthroughs online like you can today wasn't a thing (and I didn't believe in strategy guides because strategy guides are for pussies), and I think I spent more money renting the damn thing so many times than the actual game was worth.

All that is beside the point, however, as going back to the original Resident Evil today makes you realize that the game has not aged well at all. Its super cumbersome controls and the historically atrocious voice acting combined with the glitchy and frustrating AI tarnishes the memories I have of it...but that didn't stop Capcom from first releasing a Director's Cut of the game a few years later (around the time Resident Evil 2 first came out) that supposedly fixed some issues (spoiler alert, it didn't). Then, in 2002, Capcom completely remade the game for the Nintendo Gamecube. This version fixed a lot of the problems that plagued the original, with new graphics and gameplay elements that made the game more enjoyable than ever. So really, how does remaking the game in HD for modern consoles end up faring?

For starters, Resident Evil HD Remastered is basically almost the exact same as the Gamecube release 13 years ago. Granted there are quite a few graphical touch ups here and there, with upgraded texture mapping, backgrounds, and character animations. All these touch ups really do help make the game look absolutely beautiful, no doubt about that. I've never seen an old school-type Resident Evil game look so goddamned good. Seriously, there are parts in this game that are jaw-dropping. Capcom really did outdo themselves in the graphics department here, there's no doubt about that.

In terms of the actual gameplay elements, you get to choose between the original control scheme or an updated take on them, which is a nice touch because playing with the original tank-like controls these days makes me want to pull my fucking hair out. If you've played the game at all before in any iteration, then you're likely not going to be frightened by any of the game's offerings of shocks and scares, because you've already seen them before. That being said, they can still be nerve-wracking, and super enjoyable to boot.

The flaws of Resident Evil HD Remastered are mostly the same flaws that have appeared throughout the early entries of the series. The super limited camera angles can be a major pain in the ass, but if you've played the old Resident Evil games for any length of time, you already know this. Not to mention the fact that the game's inventory system is so goddamn dated and annoying that it just never really works all that well. Granted it never has, and granted that this is a survival horror game we're talking about (and the name of the game with that genre is trying to think ahead because you have to, well, fucking survive), but even still it feels like one of the most dated aspects of the game.

Flaws aside, Resident Evil HD Remastered is a blast to play regardless. It will make you remember just what made you fall in love with the franchise in the first place, and will also help ease you away from any recent bad memories that the much maligned Resident Evil 6 managed to create. So, whether it's your first time playing the original Resident Evil or your hundredth, check out this HD remake. You won't be disappointed.

RATING: 4/5

Posted by Alan Smithee in GAME REVIEWS, REVIEWS, 0 comments