Sarah Paulson

With all the hype I have been hearing about Bird Box on Netflix, I decided to give it a shot to see for myself on what this was all about. 

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller which was based off the book of the same name and directed by Susanne Bier. The film had quite the cast. Starring Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, A Time To Kill, Speed), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Jack & Jill), BD Wong (Law &Order:SVU, Jurassic Park), Danielle

Macdonald (Dumplin’, Patti Cake$), John Malkovich (The Killing Field, Of Mice and Men), Colson Baker (known as Machine Gun Kelly), Trevante Rhodes(The Predator), and Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Soloist).

The film starts off with a very nervous and panicked mother of two children, a boy and girl, who is stressing to them to not remove their blindfolds no matter what while endearing on a dangerous trip in a boat. If the blindfolds are removed, they will die. 

Let’s jump to five years earlier with a very pregnant Malorie (Sandra Bullock) who is on her way to a routine check up with her older sister Jess (Sarah Paulson). On the way to the doctors, the sisters had a discussion on mass suicides happening throughout Europe, to which Malorie was skeptical on. As they were leaving the doctors, Malorie notices a woman hitting her head on a glass panel and is now starting to realize that the mass suicides are making its way right in front of her eyes. In a hurry, the sisters get into

the car to drive away as far from it as posible. The cellphone rings and causes a distraction in which Jess ends up crashing the car to harm herself, coming to realize that Jess saw something that had frightened her leading her to death by stepping out in front of a truck. Malorie was frozen in fright not knowing how to stop Jess from ending her life. 

Malorie finds herself in the unknown madness of the confused crowd when a stranger steps in to bring her into her house for safety. Unfortunately it did not end well for Malorie’s rescuer. Malorie is introduced to a few strangers Charlie (Lil Rel Howery), Tom (Trevante Rhodes), Douglas, and Lucy(Rosa Salazar). Knowing that they will need supplies to survive they venture out with blindfolds to avoid coming into contact with whatever is causing the mass suicides. There ends up being controversy when back at the house to which they boarded up everything to not let the demons in. Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) world is also pregnant, ends up letting a complete stranger into the house. Both herself and Malorie end up going into labor at the same time, when both have the babies the strange man decides to expose the demons into the house which you can guess that the results were not in their favor. This leads Malorie in charge of both kids, whom she called Boy(Julian Edwards) and Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair) as to not get attached incase something goes wrong. In the end of all panic and an end to the world, Malorie leads them out on a boat to find better shelter somewhere safe.

Personally I did not understand what all the hype was about for this movie. It had a decent concept and an amazing cast, but to me it was a cross of A Quiet Place meets The Happening. The effects and fear instilled in the actors made it very convincing that the world was coming to an end by demons causing mass suicides. For me it seemed to lack some creativity as I felt like it crossed between many common end of the world movies, and I do enjoy a good psychological, end of the world thriller. 

Overall Grade: C

Here is the trailer for Bird Box. If this is for you, check it out on Netflix. ⬇️⬇️

Bird Box Movie Review (SPOILERS) House Of Tortured Souls

Bird Box Movie Review (SPOILERS) House Of Tortured Souls

With all the hype I have been hearing about Bird Box on Netflix, I decided to give it a shot to see for myself on what this was all about. 

Bird Box is a post-apocalyptic thriller which was based off the book of the same name and directed by Susanne Bier. The film had quite the cast. Starring Sandra Bullock (The Blind Side, A Time To Kill, Speed), Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story, Jack & Jill), BD Wong (Law &Order:SVU, Jurassic Park), Danielle

Macdonald (Dumplin’, Patti Cake$), John Malkovich (The Killing Field, Of Mice and Men), Colson Baker (known as Machine Gun Kelly), Trevante Rhodes(The Predator), and Tom Hollander (Pirates of the Caribbean, The Soloist).

The film starts off with a very nervous and panicked mother of two children, a boy and girl, who is stressing to them to not remove their blindfolds no matter what while endearing on a dangerous trip in a boat. If the blindfolds are removed, they will die. 

Let’s jump to five years earlier with a very pregnant Malorie (Sandra Bullock) who is on her way to a routine check up with her older sister Jess (Sarah Paulson). On the way to the doctors, the sisters had a discussion on mass suicides happening throughout Europe, to which Malorie was skeptical on. As they were leaving the doctors, Malorie notices a woman hitting her head on a glass panel and is now starting to realize that the mass suicides are making its way right in front of her eyes. In a hurry, the sisters get into

the car to drive away as far from it as posible. The cellphone rings and causes a distraction in which Jess ends up crashing the car to harm herself, coming to realize that Jess saw something that had frightened her leading her to death by stepping out in front of a truck. Malorie was frozen in fright not knowing how to stop Jess from ending her life. 

Malorie finds herself in the unknown madness of the confused crowd when a stranger steps in to bring her into her house for safety. Unfortunately it did not end well for Malorie’s rescuer. Malorie is introduced to a few strangers Charlie (Lil Rel Howery), Tom (Trevante Rhodes), Douglas, and Lucy(Rosa Salazar). Knowing that they will need supplies to survive they venture out with blindfolds to avoid coming into contact with whatever is causing the mass suicides. There ends up being controversy when back at the house to which they boarded up everything to not let the demons in. Olympia (Danielle Macdonald) world is also pregnant, ends up letting a complete stranger into the house. Both herself and Malorie end up going into labor at the same time, when both have the babies the strange man decides to expose the demons into the house which you can guess that the results were not in their favor. This leads Malorie in charge of both kids, whom she called Boy(Julian Edwards) and Girl (Vivien Lyra Blair) as to not get attached incase something goes wrong. In the end of all panic and an end to the world, Malorie leads them out on a boat to find better shelter somewhere safe.

Personally I did not understand what all the hype was about for this movie. It had a decent concept and an amazing cast, but to me it was a cross of A Quiet Place meets The Happening. The effects and fear instilled in the actors made it very convincing that the world was coming to an end by demons causing mass suicides. For me it seemed to lack some creativity as I felt like it crossed between many common end of the world movies, and I do enjoy a good psychological, end of the world thriller. 

Overall Grade: C

Here is the trailer for Bird Box. If this is for you, check it out on Netflix. ⬇️⬇️




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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.)

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Croatoan?: American Horror Story season 6

Croatoan?: American Horror Story season 6

By Dixielord

The makers of American Horror Story have gone to great lengths to keep the theme of the upcoming season under wraps. We know about the cast. We know that American Horror Story season 6 will bring back Lady Gaga. We also know that Kathy Bates, Angela Bassett, Sarah Paulson, and Evan Peters have either been officially announced or have dropped hints they will return. On the flip side, we know series favorite Jessica Lange won't be returning for American Horror Story season 6. We even know that the start date has been pushed up to September from the usual October. But we still don't know the theme. Or do we?

"La

On set photos posted to TMZ seem to heavily point to American Horror Story season 6 focusing on one of America's greatest mysteries. Not the Bermuda Triangle (which is kind of American) and not Bigfoot (and why the hell not Bigfoot?), but the mystery of Roanoke. The most telling photo was of a tree with the word “Croatoan” carved into it. When the colony of Roanoke, with all 117 settlers, disappeared, the only clue left behind was the a similar carving.

"What

TMZ has also published pictures that seem to show a colonial era village, and their “spies” have reported cast members dressed in pilgrim garb. With all this, it seems guaranteed that American Horror Story season 6 with focus, at least partially on the lost colony. Add to that that in season one, Murder House, Sarah Paul son’s character told a fictionalized version of the Roanoke mystery. FX president John Langraf has stated that the upcoming season will be set in the present, but with echoes from the past. I'd be willing the past is set in or around Roanoke.

"Question

Other media released by the network heavily features a question mark motif. So could season 6 be titled American Horror Story Mysteries maybe? Who knows. Right now we have a lot of hints, some very defining hints, but just hints. September 14th is just two weeks away, so at least we wont have to wait long to find out!

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SERIES REVIEW: American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

SERIES REVIEW: American Horror Story: Hotel (2015)

Room service has a whole different meaning at the Hotel Cortez.

By Amy Lynes

AHS HOTEL cast poster

American Horror Story: Hotel

Starring: Lady Gaga, Wes Bentley, Chloe Sevginy, Kathy Bates, Angela Basset, Sarah Paulson, Matt Bomer, Finn Wittrock, and Evan Peters

I have been watching American Horror Story since the first season and even though we are only three episodes into this seasons American Horror Story: Hotel, I think I can already safely declare this season to be my favorite of all of them thus far.

Many viewers, myself included, were stunned by the season opener. Talk about pushing the envelope. It was some of the most brutally graphic stuff I have ever witnessed on primetime network television. I mean, "The Addiction Demon" and his unholy strap-on in the first episode?! Holy fucking shit!! And the mirror shot of the poor junkie being done by "The Addiction Demon" with said strap-on? Unbelievably graphic. It was unexpected, even for AHS and it caused plenty of controversy all on its own. Now factor in the brutality with which "The Countess" and her boy toy, Donovan dispose of their victims, who they brought back to their suite at the Hotel Cortez under the pretense of a very sexy evening, and all the crimson arterial spray as they cut and slash, ("We don't bite, we cut") preparing to drain their victims and you have the stuff nightmares are made of.

Foursome carnage

Many are arguing that the writers are strictly out for some hardcore shock value to gain viewers because of all carnage, gore and sexual deviancy, but with all that's going on beneath the surface of this seasons storyline, I am not agreement with that at all. Don't get me wrong, it's AHS and there will always be some amount of shock value (and pussies that can't handle it) but that's not the sole purpose of the show by any means. There is so much more to it than shocks and gore for gore's sake. There are several stories unfolding and they are all highly entertaining. Some of them just happen to have a lot of bloody murders.

Were only three episodes in so far and there are already some groups out there waging a war against AHS and who are all up in arms about the show's content. Others are saying that shows like AHS are "the Devil's work" and are the type of thing that give people twisted ideas. Obviously these nutjobs have never read the bible. Now THAT, my friends is some of the most twisted shit, brutal shit there is.

Gaga AHS

When it was first announced that Lady Gaga had been added to the cast of AHS: Hotel I was among those who were critical, thinking that she would be unable to pull it off. It seemed like maybe the producers just wanted a big name to replace the series matriarch, Jessica Lange. I am happy to say that I have to eat a little crow on this one. So far, I have been very pleasantly surprised. I may be a metalhead but goddamn I love me some Lady Gaga! She is dirty, alluring and fun and she brings every bit of that into her portrayal as "The Countess" while exuding an unrivaled smoldering sexiness that I adore and I am loving every bit of her performance. I cannot wait to see more from her in this role. It's almost as if she was born to play this character. And I must say it's high time we some vamp action on AHS.

 

But there is SO much to love beyond the presence of Gaga.

The integration of the story of H.H. Holmes (different name but inspired by that sick fuck all the same) is pure fucking brilliance on the writers parts and Evan Peters is giving a stellar performance in the role. He is delightful to watch. He's just so happy about murdering people, it's almost comical. His beaming, cheerful smile and the cadence of his voice as he talks to his victims before slaughtering them...it's damn near infectious and I feel wrong for saying this, but I love this character! And his faithful servant Miss Evers, the laundress obsessed with stains, played by Mare Winningham makes me giggle every time she is on screen.

Hypodermic Sally

I am also really digging Sarah Paulson's portrayal of "Hypodermic Sally" as well as the role of Tristan Duffy, played by Finn Wittrock. That one comes as a surprise because I couldn't stand him in last year's season, AHS: Freakshow in the role of Dandy. He was SUCH a spoiled, privileged little cunt and every time he spoke it made me cringe. I thought for sure I'd hate his character this season too, and nothing could be further from the truth, which is really just a testament to his acting ability and talent.

And let's take a moment to talk about all of the returning cast for a minute, shall we? I am seriously over the moon with all that have returned. Among the returnees for American Horror Story: Hotel, we have Wes Bentley (Detective John Lowe), Chloe Sevigny (Dr. Alex Lowe), Sarah Paulson (Sally), Dennis O'Hare (Liz Taylor), Kathy Bates (Iris), Evan Peters (James Patrick March), Finn Wittrock (Tristan Duffy), Emma Roberts, Angela Bassett (Ramona Royale), Mare Winningham (Miss Evers), Matt Bomer (Donovan) and rumor has it that there may even be an appearance by the lovely Jessica Lange as well.

Iris at the front desk

There will also be some new faces this season with various guest stars such as Naomi Campbell and David Naughton (An American Werewolf in London) being among them and that excites a horror fan such as myself. (I used to crush on him pretty hard back in the day. Leave me alone, I was in the fifth grade).

Last week's episode brought Angela Bassett back to the cast with her vampire hunter role of Ramona Royale, who also used to be The Countess' lover and was cast away when she grew bored and replaced her, much like she has replaced Donovan with Tristan. As revenge for The Countess killing the man she fell in love with and then turned, she is out to hit The Countess where she thinks it will hurt her the most. So far her only known weakness is her group of blonde haired children that are somewhat reminiscent of the creepy ass kids from Village of the Damned. So far they appear to be kept around strictly for The Countess to indulge in some snacking on their young, sweet blood but knowing AHS, I'd almost put money on the fact that there is something a little more sinister with these freaky ass kids. There is a tie in with one of the hotel residents, Detective Lowe and I am eager to see where that takes the storyline and what it means for the children (and their parents) who were all stolen from their families and kept to satisfy The Countess' blood lust.

The Countess and her brood

I would be remiss if I didn't take a minute to acknowledge just how badass the music for the show has been. Whoever is making the musical selections deserves a freaking medal. So far we've had the likes of Bauhaus, The Cure, The Jesus and mary Chain, Siouxsie and The Banshees, Love & Rockets, Eagles and many more.

If you haven't watched this season as of yet, I cannot recommend you get started enough! I firmly believe that this season is the goriest of them all so far and I can't get enough of it. Waiting a week in between episodes is totally agonizing. If you were a fan of any of the other seasons I can almost guarantee you'll love AHS: Hotel.

American Horror Story: Hotel airs on Wednesday nights on FX at 10 pm

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