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HoTS Exclusive Review: Stirring (2018)

HoTS Exclusive Review: Stirring (2018)

This time of year people want to get into a holiday spirit. They celebrate “Christmas in July”. I felt the best way to jump into that pool by reviewing an upcoming film. The movie is Stirring, written and directed by Troy Escamilla. The alternative title can be found as Mrs. Claus. Escamilla had the 2017 slasher Party Night and follows it with this Christmas slasher. Stirring has a very 80s feel to it, and we will discuss that. Let’s jump into the non-spoiler plot.

Stirring (2018)

The film begins with a sorority during pledge week. The sisters convince pledge Angela to perform some tasks to obtain admittance into the sorority. The movie fast forwards to Christmas and the Delta Sigma Sigma house is hosting a party. Angela and Amber (the alpha female of the group) exchange gifts. Amber’s gift to Angela is a painful reminder of pledge week. This is merely a sorority prank. Angela in a rage that night kills Amber and then herself.

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Stirring now moves ten years into the future. Amber’s sister Danielle joins the same sorority and constantly gets questioned about it. The general consensus seems to favor that she may have made a bad choice in joining Delta Sigma Sigma. The sorority house plans for it’s annual Christmas party. What the sisters do not know is that someone claiming to be Mrs. Claus is against this and emails Danielle. The email, set to the poem the “A Vist From St. Nicholas”, appears to be a warning about celebrating Christmas in that house.

Stirring (2018)

The party goes off as planned, with one hiccup. Sophie has been reported missing by her mother. Sophie left the house the night before and was murdered in one of the most creative Christmas horror film kills to date. Mrs. Claus garroted Sophie with Christmas lights from the back seat of Sophie’s car.

Stirring (2018)

Danielle then receives an unexpected visit from Angela’s mother, Mrs. Werner and let’s just say she is not there to wish Danielle a Merry Christmas.

Stirring (2018)

Mrs. Claus goes on her killing spree, murdering several party goers with holiday flare. A campus police officer informs the party that Sophie is missing and to stay close by. From here, as a viewer, you will form ideas in your head as to who the killer is. However, like all great slashers, there is a twist or two.

Now that you have an idea of the plot, here are my thoughts. Stirring hits a home run for execution but does not go over the top with effects. Its critics will claim to have seen this before but need to pump the breaks. While Stirring does have some similarities to Silent Night, Deadly Night, it is not the same movie. In fact, Stirring references the 1984 classic in dialogue. Stirring pays homage to the classics but stands alone.

Stirring (2018) / Silent Night Deadly Night (1984)

The movie hits my three musts for a great slasher: gore, cheesy dialogue, and creative kills. It pays tribute without ripping off any films and has plot twists of its own. Two names horror fans will recognize immediately are icons Brinke Stevens and Helene Udy. They both deliver extremely memorable performances and will leave fans smiling. They prove why they have longevity in horror and deserve praise for their portrayals.

Writer and director Troy Escamilla also recently won Best Director at the Crimson Screen Horror Film Festival in May. The film debuts on November 13, 2018, but some fans can see it early. Stirring has been selected for the 2018 Scares That Care Weekend in Williamsburg, VA. The movie is available for pre-order through Amazon currently. All in all, this movie hits a home run and comes highly recommended.

Stirring (2018) / Image: Troy Escamilla

Overall Grade: A+

Posted by Crypt Keeper Clint in MOVIE REVIEWS, REVIEWS, SLASHERS AND BAD HUMANS, 0 comments
HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

HOUSE OF TORTURED SOULS LIVE: ROBERT LaSARDO

By JohnRoisland

This week on House of Tortured Souls Live, Robert LaSardo guests on our Black Friday Special!


Hey boys and girls, demons and demonettes and horror fans across the land! Welcome to the House of Tortured Souls Live Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! Allen and I had a very special guest in the HoTS Live studio, Mr. Robert Lasardo! Robert is of course known by everyone as being the actor with the body suit of tattoos, well did you know that Robert also has over 120 acting titles to his credits. Tiles ranging from China Girl to Dee Snyder's Strange Land and from Nip/Tuck to The Human Centipede III and, most recently, Anarchy Parlor.

Robert talks remakes, special f/x, Elvis and Dee Snyder. We also discuss people as sheep in the entertainment industry and how people are labeled.

Robert LaSardo Photo by Justice Howard

I (John) was lucky enough to have met Robert LaSardo at Scares That Care Charity Weekend in 2015. I had a business card for House of Tortured Souls but hadn't even launched the website yet. Robert took my card, told me he was filming out of country but was going to call when he got home... I figured the card was in the trash, and Robert was gone. I got a call at home one night as, sure enough, he made true on his word. Robert is one of the most sincere and passionate people I have ever met. The expression the strong silent type comes very close to being perfect when describing Robert LaSardo, and I absolutely love talking with him.

Robert LaSardo in Bleach

Now sit back and listen for the next hour or so as John Roisland and Allen Alberson bring you their Thanksgiving Black Friday Special! With that being said, we wish and hope everyone has and had a great and safe Turkey Day!

Don't forget - (209) 600-EVIL...call, leave us a message, anything you'd like to talk about. JUST CALL US!

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2016 Convention Dates and Locations

2016 Convention Dates and Locations

By Woofer McWooferson

These are the convention dates and locations we have assembled for the rest of 2016. If we missed anything, please feel free to let us know. If you would like us to include you in our 2017 list, feel free to let us know.

We will update this list if and when changes are made.

MAY

May 26-29, 2016 MegaCon Orlando @ Orange County, FL

May 27-29, 2016 Crypticon Horror Convention @ Seattle, WA

May 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Chicago @ Chicago, IL

May 30, 2016 Hellraiser II: The Return of Hellraiser @ Minneapolis, MN

JUNE

June 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Philadelphia Comic Con @ Philadelphia, PA

June 3-5, 2016 Scare-A-Con New England @ Springfield, MA

June 4-5, 2016 WonderFest Hobby Expo @ Louisville, KY

June 11-12, 2016 Calgary Horror Con @ Calgary, Alberta, Canada

June 11-12, 2016 Red Deer Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

June 17-19, 2016 Contamination @ St. Louis, MO

June 17-19, 2016 Wizard World Sacramento Comic Con @ Sacramento, CA

June 24, 2016 The Love Horror Short Film Festival 3 @ Sacramento, CA

June 24-26, 2016 Days of the Dead @ Indianapolis, IN

June 25, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

JULY

July 8-10, 2016 Monster Bash @ Mars, PA

July 9-10, 2016 Rue Morgue Dark Carnival Expo @ Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

July 9-10, 2016 Walker Stalker Con New Jersey @ NJ

July 21-24, 2016 San Diego Comic Con @ San Diego, CA

July 22-24, 2016 Scares That Care Weekend @ Williamsburg, VA

July 29-31, 2016 Wizard World Ohio Comic Con @ Columbus, OH

July 30, 2016 The Cult Classic Double Feature w/Hocus Pocus & The Lost Boys @ Sacramento, CA

July 30-31, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Boston @ Boston, MA

AUGUST

August 5-7, 2016 Flashback Weekend Chicago Horror Con @ Rosemont, IL

August 5-7, 2016 Vancouver Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

August 11-13, 2016 Wizard World Orlando Comic Con @ Orlando, FL

August 12-14, 2016 Boston Comic Con @ Boston, MA

August 12-14, 2016 Monster-Mania Con @ Cherry Hill, NJ

August 18-21, 2016 Wizard World Chicago Comic Con @ Chicago, IL

August 22-23, 2016 Bruce Campbell Fest @ Chicago, IL

August 26-28, 2016 Carnival of Parahorror @ Buffalo, NY

August 27, 2016 CT HorrorFest @ Danbury, CT

SEPTEMBER

September 1-4, 2016 Fan Expo Canada @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

September 2-5, 2016 Dragon Con @ Atlanta, GA

September 8-10, 2016 Wizard World Nashville Comic Con @ Nashville, TN

September 9-11, 2016 HorrorHound Weekend @ Indianapolis, IN

September 9-11, 2016 Wizard World Richmond Comic Con @ Richmond, VA

September 16-18, 2016 Motor City Nightmares Halloween Horror Show Novi, MI

September 16-18, 2016 Son of Monsterpalooza @ Anaheim, CA

September 22-25, 2016 New Orleans Horror Film Fest @ New Orleans, LA

September 23-25, 2016 The Edmonton Comic & Entertainment Expo @ Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

September 23-25, 2016 Wizard World Austin Comic Con @ Austin, TX

September 24-25, 2016 Monster Con @ San Antonio, TX

September 28 – October 2, 2016 Mile High Horror Film Festival @ Denver, CO

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Cinema Wasteland Movie and Memorabilia Expo @ Berea, OH

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Monster Mania @ Hunt Valley, MD

September 30 – October 2, 2016 Scare-A-Con @ Verona, NY

OCTOBER

October TBD, 2016 Fantom Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 1, 2016 Monster Fest @ Chesapeake, VA

October 1-2, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Philadelphia @ Philadelphia, PA

October 5-9, 2016 Spooky Movie @ Washington, DC

October 6-9, 2016 New York Comic Con @ New York, NY

October 7-9, 2016 The 10th Annual Sacramento Horror Film Festival @ Sacramento, CA

October 7-9, 2016 Monsterama @ Atlanta, GA

October 7-9, 2016 Spooky Empire @ Orlando, FL

October 13-15, 2016 Idaho Horror Film Fest @ Boise, ID

October 13-21, 2016 Toronto After Dark @ Toronto, ON

October 14-16, 2016 Crypticon @ Bloomington, MN

October 14-16, 2016 Fear Fete Horror Convention & Film Festival @ Biloxi, MS

October 14-16, 2016 The Living Dead Weekend @ Evans City, PA

October 14-16, 2016 Scream in the Dark Film Fest @ Omaha, NE

October 14-16, 2016 Telluride Horror Show @ Telluride, CO

October 15-16, 2016 Horror- Rama @ Toronto, Ontario, Canada

October 15-16, 2016 Shock Around the Clock @ Columbus, OH

October 15-16 2016 Sinister Creature Con @ Sacramento, CA

October 16-18, 2016 Rock and Shock @ Worcester, MA

October 17-23, 2016 Vortex Sci-Fi, Fantasy & Horror Film Festival @ Providence, RI

October 18-27, 2016 Screamfest Horror Film Festival @ Hollywood, CA

October 21-23, 2016 Horrific Film Fest @ San Antonio, TX

October 21-23, 2016 Wizard World Tulsa Comic Con @ Tulsa, OK

October 23-25, 2016 Knoxville Horror Film Fest @ Knoxville, TN

October 28-29, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Atlanta @ Atlanta, GA

October 28-30, 2016 Chiller Theatre @ Parsippany, NJ

October 28-30, 2016 Necronomicon @ Tampa, FL

October 29, 2016 The Rocky Horror Picture Show @ Sacramento, CA

NOVEMBER

November TBD, 2016 New York Horror Film Fest @ New York, NY

November 4-6, 2016 Wizard World Pittsburgh Comic Con @ Pittsburgh, PA

November 11-13, 2016 Fan Expo Vancouver @ Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

November 17-20, 2016 Buried Alive Film Fest @ Atlanta, GA

DECEMBER

December 2-5, 2016 Wizard World Cruise Comic Con @ Miami, FL

December 17-18, 2016 Walker Stalker Con Charlotte @ Charlotte, NC

Posted by Alan Smithee in EVENTS, 0 comments