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(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

(Spoilers) Film review for The House that Jack built uncut

I got the chance to see the uncut version of The House that Jack built. Nothing was going to stop me. My Alamo Drafthouse was sold out, luckily, I was able to find an art theater in an almost abandoned mall. Afterwards it was surreal walking out as the mall was closed almost like a lucid dream from what I just saw. So, get to it, right? Tell us what you say! Review the movie! It was a one-time screening and honestly FOR GOOD REASON. The movie is very brutal, humorous, artistic, nihilistic and over all dare I say a work of art? So, sit back and relax and just know in a very rare instance I will actually post spoilers about the film including what deaths to expect. The rated R version will premiere Dec 14th. So, think of this as a guide on what to expect, how much to expect and what may be cut. Now the film is under scrutiny with the map based on the uncut version being released early that could generally confuse the crowd thinking they were going to see the rated r version. However, the audience in attendance KNEW exactly what to expect. So, if you’re still curious still wanting to know let’s break down THE HOUSE THAT JACK BUILT. As stated, I WILL BE POSTING SPOILERS SO FINAL WARNING. The film did have intros by Matt Dillon and Lars von Tier thanking the audience for attending and knowing that they’ll be seeing the UNCUT version. As the film opens, we see Matt Dillion driving down the road seeing Uma Thurman stranded needing help, the two begin to talk where Uma becomes persistent of needing help not so much begging for help, but making as if it HE HAS TO DO IT. This does continue throughout the opening scene where we begin to be annoyed by her as she picks on Matt profiling him as a serial killer (which he is) After a while he snaps using the car jack to cave in Uma’s face which they do show. This is probably the only time in the film where we don’t feel so bad and actually understand why he did it. We cut away to dark screens where there’s voice overs of Jack speaking to somebody only known as Verge played by Bruno Ganz this happens throughout the movie which will make sense in the end. Jack speaks about the 5 random incidents in his life that stands out the most of his “art” that he’ll refer to now and then throughout the movie. Him killing Uma was the first incident, the second is where we see him early in his life learning to kill, learning to get rid of evidence and feel nervous riddled with OCD. He confronts a widow posing as a cop who later reveals he’s an insurance agent in order to get into her house, tries to kill the older woman only to fail where he tries and tries again.  We’re treated to a display of his ocd where he gets away with the murder, but he just can’t be happy assuming he left blood stains all around. Now being choke doesn’t sound vicious, but he drags the body with his van in order to escape the police who come in reporting a break in. When he gets back to his meat freezer, he purchased previously we see the woman’s hollowed skull like it was a watermelon display set. Perhaps the most cringe worthy scene that I can made 100 people leave the screening at Cannes is his 3rd incident where he talks about, he had a family at one time. It was his, but he was on a date with a woman and her two children. He takes the family hunting explaining the guns and the targets as well as the trophy displays hunters would boast about. We get a glimpse of him as a boy expressing how he would hide in the corn fields hearing the farmers using their scythe that put him at ease. During this flashback he cuts off a baby duck’s leg and throws it back into the water. There’s no cuts, edits or even CGI it looks like the real thing. As we go back to his picnic date, he’s begun hunting the family He goes for the children first shooting one child in the vital organs and shooting his leg off. He shoots the child’s brother point blank in the head. The mother cries as he sets up a picnic forcing her to feed food to her dead children who are positioned as scarecrows, he eventually kills the mother after asking her what’s her favorite number to which she replies 12. The number is then used as a countdown. Jack goes on to discuss that he’s always wanted to be an architect but was never given the chance due to his mother who felt it wouldn’t pay off. He works as an engineer and throughout the film explains his actions as art arguing with Verge about the differences and his actions are right. Verge listens but draws the line at child’s death as if I heard it all but I still don’t care to hear these parts and can’t acknowledge anything like this as art. Which keep in mind this is a drama art film with heavy horror elements. Most of the time we are treated to philosophy, music and the sanity of Jack who ideally just wants to build a home but can’t get the idea of his dream home down. It’s murder and torture that lines the foundation of his new “home” that makes him feel at ease, cures his ocd and engulfs him to where he’s a confident sociopath with the ability to manipulate those around him, even then his friends are loners and people who aren’t very social. The film is well done with excerpts of the mindset of Lars Von Tier who has repeatedly certain taboo and controversial topics. Yet, this review isn’t to bash Lars it’s simply to showcase the film that I saw. He does speak of falling in love once, but it ends in murder where he explains nobody cares and nobody wants to help a person. The end result is Jack slicing off a woman’s breasts which once again no edit no cut away the scene takes place right there. The final incident was just him experimenting on shooting a full metal jacket bullet in the heads of a group of men lined up. Jack has bought the wrong bullet and must correct his mistake where we see the crumbling of him with the ocd coming back. We don’t see the execution with the bullet which is kind of a shame but at this point with the meeting of Verge we realize he wasn’t going to make out of this alive and it could be either his confessions to a priest as he approaches death row or Virgil is simply the embodiment of Death. Answer: The latter. Jack is caught by a friend who tries to reason with him but is brutally stabbed in the mouth with a bowie knife. What are seconds feels like minutes watching him raise his mouth as the knife goes deeper into his skull. The police find what’s going on and hunt Jack down. As the police try to break down the freezer doors Jack decides to go out and build his home from what Verge explains this is how Engineers work. They work with what they have. He ties up the bodies using wire and hooks. The house is creepy since he’s been keeping the bodies frozen (also there is a taxidermy scene with one of the children he kills to always be smiling) Which you will see quite a bit in the film. Verge takes him down a hole inside his house where we figure that he’ll be taken to freedom, but as the epilogue continues, we are treated to the previous conversations we heard in the dark. Verge is death and he’s taking to final destination. Heaven or hell which is by a broken bridge. The bottom is just lava with a screeching metal noise. Verge explains many people have tried to cross the other side but never make it. Jack feels he has a chance and tries only to fall to his death. So that’s the movie an art film with graphic violence, some soul and blues music, dark humor or perhaps the crowd was laughing nervously or just have a twisted sense of humor. I may never know. With this showing nobody walked out but who knows on the other screenings. Should you see this movie? Yes, keep it mind it is an art film but the gore, storyline and acting will keep you interested. I have to say despite Lar’s character he went out and made a great film about raw emotions that escalate to murder to ease the jangled nerves of a man who has to find an outlet. The movie makes American Pyscho (2000) look like a cartoon.




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Let’s be thankful for Blood Rage

Let’s be thankful for Blood Rage

For the longest time horror fans were fixated on the faux grindhouse trailer Thanksgiving (2008) by ELI ROTH to Thankskilling (2009). Both films had what we wanted Over the top gore and it was a thanksgiving horror movie. A first for their kind. Then Arrow released news of a forgotten gem that made the fans of horror drool at the mouth. I’m talking about the 80’s slasher movie BLOOD RAGE (1987) AKA SLASHER and NIGHTMARE AT SHADOW WOODS. With all the titles and cuts this was the movie most didn’t know, and the other half were eagerly anticipating its release. For good reason the film was shot in 83 and released in 87 and the fx was done by Ed French from Terminator 2 (1991) which was worth every penny and we’ll get to that in a bit. The film’s plot: As kids, Todd is institutionalized for a murder whilst his twin goes free. 10 years later, on Thanksgiving, Todd escapes and a killing spree begins in his neighborhood.”  The movie is good for what it’s worth. An 80’s slasher movie with a great synthesizer and great deaths. Sure, the movie has cheesy dialogue & acting, however we can’t forget this was made in the 80’s. What saves this movie is the gore in the film showcasing ED’s talent. Including a death scene in the woods that silly as it’s executed (no pun intended) is amazing. As for the fans there’s also a quick cameo by none other than Ted Raimi who you will know as the brother of Sam Raimi and happens to pop in some really great horror movies. The movie doesn’t hold any mystery on who the killer nor does he use any costumes just straight up murdering people of course there’s some cheesy one liners including the infamous “It’s not cranberry sauce” So over all let’s be thankful there’s this movie out there sure it may be a b movie slasher to some people but this film is top shelf horror for the fans who after a day of eating turkey and feeling tired, plop on the couch pop open a cold drink with friends pop that pop corn turn on the tv and watch the first ever Thanksgiving slasher movie set in Florida about an evil twin.

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Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

Film review for the new film Triggered by Chris Moore

After watching his first film Blessed are the children I immediately enjoyed the path that Chris Moore was going. When I heard about his second film, TRIGGERED I reached out to him and said, May I please see this movie as soon as possible not only to review but watch his progress into the horror industry grow. Upon watching the film, I was rest assured that Chris hasn’t lost his touch from his first film. The film Triggered like Blessed deals with topical issues that are relevant to still staying true to the 80’s vhs tapes you would see at the video store. Not the big budget 80’s horror movies but those small forgotten gems that when finally get a movie release the hardcore fans go nuts for. Triggered’s plot is: “Two teenagers fake an attack by a legendary serial killer for a little attention, but the plan backfires when this triggers the real killer to resurface and go after them.” Chris doesn’t waste time with panning shots of his town or even give us filler jokes that don’t apply to the scene. Given the title may turn some people off what with the cliché term used as an insult to someone. Don’t let that discourage you the film delivers promise with great acting, excellent score of yesteryear 80’s slashers. Perhaps the only downfall I can say about this film is that even though there’s great death scenes along with great editing of the deaths one can only imagine what if there was a little more in the budget to do over the top gore. However though perhaps that may take away from the film itself making it to be a “Dark comedy” when in reality Chris is bringing an interesting story with dialogue that runs smoothly along with rapport of the actors that keep you interested to where he reminds you this is still a horror movie all the way to the bloody finale  that didn’t disappoint with the big reveal of why this is happening. There are little Easter eggs of a Golden Girls reference, to even a name drop of David Cronenberg which you should be able to catch briefly. The film will be released early 2019 along with a few screenings in the UK. When given the chance go out and buy this film or rent it to avoid being Triggered from retailers who are sold out.

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I have a little more faith in the Child’s Play remake.

I have a little more faith in the Child’s Play remake.

So, there’s no way to stop remakes or reboots. Some are great, and some are bad. We all have different feelings about them of course it’s always good to go in with an open mind, give it a shot it regardless. Just know that with any outcome we will always have the original. Remakes are tweaked or updated in some ways to reflect the times or just add more in a time where directors could only do so much. Let’s break down how I’m kind of looking forward to the Child’s Play remake. Ok, I get it. It’s a classic, no Brad Dourif, no voodoo, it’s an AI robot going berserk. Believe me I’m on your side BUT I did hear somethings that made me reconsider the film. MGM owns the rights to Chucky and the Child’s play movie of the FIRST film. Universal Studios pretty much owns the rest. MGM can do so much to make the film however they want let’s say the movie does amazing MGM can now do sequels based on their idea vs a legal dispute with Universal over their sequels. The doll will be still be known as Chucky and we don’t know who the voice will be highly doubtful it’ll be the original doll voice. The name of the toy line is called Buddi which sounds ok at least we still have the look of the original box in it. The only thing at this point that can make me change my mind about the movie is that if it’s pg-13 then we’re looking at jump scares and wasted potential kills that will offer no satisfying reward to the fans. Let’s not add insult to injury here MGM let’s go for a hard R, the movie is going up against ‪Toy Story 4 it’s already has mixed feelings and a lot of people are on the negative side. If they succeed in beating, we can have a new franchise. Which helps because Don Mancini has MANY ideas for HIS franchise. So next year may the best toy win.

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Blessed are the children is a modern day story with an old school feel.

Blessed are the children is a modern day story with an old school feel.

Chris Moore has delivered a movie that uses today’s social commentary with an 80’s feel for a horror movie I saw “Blessed are the children” (2016) The film is about Traci Patterson (KALEY BALL) who decides to get an abortion after finding out she’s pregnant. After wards she seems to be haunted by someone or a group of people for her choice along with her friends Mandy Crane played (Keni Bounds) and Erin Peters (Arian Thigpen). From looking at the cover one would think this is a super natural film. Quite the contrary this is an old school slasher movie. While watching the movie I couldn’t help but feel, wow this is a good indie drama which for the first part plays out as it slowly builds up to the horror aspect that Chris quickly reminds you after all. When I talked to him about his film he stated “I like to ground my horror in a little reality” Chris has a deep-rooted passion for horror as you see the film with the opening credits which pays homage to the 80’s as well as the film itself which has a feel of old school slasher films. The killer has one intention punish the wicked for their sins. While watching the film there is one thing that caught me off where the film takes a turn. An interesting turn which I won’t spoil but kept me intrigued on how they were going to go forward and not be a typical Hollywood film of protagonist vs antagonist. At first the film has minimal gore to finally delivering more and more. I’m glad to see because with the film on such a shoe string budget Chris found a way to tell a great story with some clever fx, great acting as well where you enjoy the characters and see them as real friend’s vs actors pretending to be friends. The film does a great job of not really showcasing the killer’s face even at the end when you think we may see the person and find out more when we just know the basics, but then again should we really know more? Chris uses the simple formula of telling a great story. Cutting to the chase (no pun intended) without wasting the audience’s time. The movie comes out Tuesday to own or rent. Which if you are wanting to know where. Here is a link for the film

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Trailer for Extremity (2018) Delivers Extreme Potential

Trailer for Extremity (2018) Delivers Extreme Potential

Extremity (2018) / Image: Dark Elegy FilmsI saw the trailer for Extremity (2018) on my phone while I was out shopping for Halloween stuff. I thought, ‘Oh wow, this is cool, and I’m digging it’. This isn’t so much me saying this just because it’s a horror movie about haunted attractions, either. The trailer really struck a chord with me, so there had to be a way to see this on a bigger screen. Heading home, I rushed to my television and go on YouTube to find the trailer. I lucked out as it was online and ready to be viewed. I sat down with the lights off and saw the trailer in beautiful 1080 HD. The way it was meant to be. The film is called Extremity and was directed by Anthony Diblasi who has done some great horror films such as The Last Shift (2014), Most Likely to Die (2015), and Dread (2009). Extremity is about a young woman who puts herself through an extreme haunt attraction to face her fears and conquer a tragic past that has consumed her.

So, let’s break this down.

Extremity (2018) / Image: Dark Elegy FilmsThe movie looks extremely promising, not hokey or cheesy, but actually a really great horror film with amazing scenery, cinematography, and great acting. In the trailer below, you’ll see some familiar faces, such as Felissa Rose of Sleepaway Camp (1983) and Tiffany Shepis of Tales of Halloween (2015) and Victory Crowley (2017). Extremity shows a lot of promise in that it will rely on great fx and an engaging story without the use of clichés or over the top sets that detract from the gore and terror. What’s especially great is that the “victims” in this movie aren’t trapped or kidnapped; they wholeheartedly sign waivers saying they’re doing this of their own free will and allow the haunters to do whatever they want. Something like this is ten times better because they’re not trying to escape or fight for their lives. They knew the risk and they accepted this place, appropriately named “Perdition”.

It’s interesting to see how long in the film this event will take place or how extreme it will be. From the trailer looks like we’ll see simple acts of drowning, bugs, and body limbs being cut apart along with a difficult task of a “victim” actually killing someone. I say “Victim” because will they survive and if they do how will their mindset be afterward?

Extremity (2018) / Image: Dark Elegy Films

Extremity will be released on VOD services 28 September 2018, followed by a Blu-ray release on 2 October 2018. Watch The Last Shift and Dread to get ready for this release. This will be a movie that House of Tortured Souls will for sure be reviewing.

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Tristan Takes Charge!

Tristan Takes Charge!

Parlour Tricks / Tristan Risk

Indie horror darling Tristan Risk is at it again, this time taking on the role of director for her very own short film entitled Parlour Tricks. Risky, as she is lovingly referred to, is a well-rounded artist, to say the least. She has starred in countless burlesques and sideshows, created insightful, personal pieces of writing on her website Little Miss Risk and portrayed some memorable characters on film both in and out of costumes and special makeup (American Mary, Harvest Lake, Frankenstein Created Bikers) I will go as far to say that Miss Risk is worthy of the title ‘Renaissance Woman’ as she continues to add to her list of accomplishments.
Parlour Tricks / Tristan RiskAs for her latest endeavor though, Parlour Tricks is delightful, fun, and quirky — much like Tristan is herself. It’s a tale of feuding relatives attempting to contact their departed Aunt in the afterlife, not for the need of closure or to relay how much she meant to each, but rather for selfish and greedy reasons. Sitting at seven and a half minutes, the short film is a quick and enjoyable watch that utilizes its black and white format beautifully. The cast and crew come together wonderfully in what is perhaps a passion project and quite possibly the first of many directorial efforts led by Tristan Risk out of her House Of Hiss, successfully throwing her hat in the ring for future features led by females.

Parlour Tricks / Tristan Risk

The High Priestess of Lowbrow took a few moments to answer some questions for us here at HoTS and we couldn’t be more pleased to share what she had to say!
House of Tortured Souls: What prompted you to dive into directing? Has it been something you always have thought of doing?
Tristan Risk: I had always had it at the back of my mind, but I think it mostly came from writing and wanting to see those stories come off of the page, and I had this idea to get someone else to direct. I am not technically trained, so I was worried I needed to know about lens and craft before diving in. Fortunately, I had really great support from my circle of Topher, Jordan, and Burns, who encouraged me to just do it, and so I went with majority rules.
 Tristan RiskHoTS: You are a ridiculously talented burlesque performer and can easily perfect some sideshow abilities such as fire eating and the ‘hair hang’. Do you happen to have a special place in your heart for the body horror sub-genre? Do you have any favorite horror films?
TR: Body horror is the most frightening of subgenres for me. Because I’ve always made my living off of my body, the ideas, and themes it. The idea that we don’t have autonomy over my body is frightening, and while as a woman we face this every day with not having access to health care that meets our needs with regards to our reproductive health. So rather than have an existential crisis over that, we watch Martyrs and Tetsuo: The Iron Man.
HoTS: How long was filming and post-production for Parlour Tricks?
TR: We shot Parlour Tricks in one day on a Saturday in March. The post took a little bit longer as everyone was donating their time to polish it off, but Jordan had us a working edit right away so we got it done quickly, and were able to start sending it to festivals quickly. I’m not sure how long it generally takes, but I’m happy to let people take their time and do the job to their satisfaction.
HoTS: Parlour Tricks is a very fun and offbeat short, rather lighthearted. What made you want to go this route with your film?
TR: I don’t think it’s any shock for anyone who has read my writing to know I can go to very dark and graphic places. I love comedy, and while I enjoy all things horror, I wanted to try something different and showcase a side of myself that I don’t often get to display when I’m in front of the camera. I think I also did it as a mild admonishment to people who are thinking I’d go the safe, shocking route, and that one should always expect the unexpected.

Parlour Tricks / Tristan Risk

HoTS: What can we expect to see from you in the future?
TR: I just wrapped with the Cronenberg remake of Rabid with the Soska sisters in Toronto, Canada. So when that comes to screens I’m very excited and proud to be part of that production. I’m planning on shooting three of my short films, and to work on some features in the future.
HoTS: How has your time on set of the Soska-led remake of Rabid been thus far? Anything you can share with us regarding your character?
TR: The production was full of challenges, but the amazing camera crew and delightful cast, it was an amazing display of tenacity and talent in equal measure. I was so impressed by the crew and in particular our director of photography, Kim Derko, and our camera operators Paula Tymchuk and Tamara Jones. They stood out for me and showed skill and grace, and everyone from all the departments put their blood and souls into this. I’m fiercely proud to be among all of these people’s number in helping contribute to the making of this film.
At this time I’m not sure I’m permitted to reveal the names of what I play at this time. However, I can share that I do play multiple roles in this film that showcases my skill set as well as a new batch of skills previously not used in any other film. I’m very excited to be able to pop up in a few unexpected places and in such a striking film.
 Tristan RiskHoTS: If YOU could remake any film, what would it be?
TR: Oddly enough, I’ve been tapped to contribute and collaborate on another remake, but I’m going to keep that in a quiet whisper for the time being. If I had my pick of films to recreate and reimagine, I’d be tempted to take on Splash. I’m dying to shoot underwater and feature mermaid myth and lore. I even swim in til myself and have worked as a professional mermaid. I’m wanting to feature all the deep diving babes I’ve met over the years who I think could sell the idea.
HoTS: You have toured in over a dozen different countries in various burlesque and sideshows, modeled, and of course acted. Now you can officially add writer and director to your resume. Out of all these creative hats you have worn, do you have a favorite at all? What drives your need to seek such artistic outlets?
TR: I think just a desire to create. So much of it is visual mediums, and I can translate the write to the visual so easily. I’ve always found release in using my ideas to shape my reality around me, and films give me access to a wider audience to do that. I love live shows and it’s frustrating to channel so much energy into a performance where only a handful of people can experience it. While the stage is my first love, I am always ready to have a long-time affair with the screen, and willing to switch between behind and in front of the camera.

Parlour Tricks / Tristan Risk

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WiHM: Lori Lethin

WiHM: Lori Lethin

Lori Lethin in Bloody Birthday (1981)Lori Lethin, I suspect, is not a name known to a lot of horror fans; however, I think it’s high time we celebrate her brief but interesting career. Like most actors, Lori got her start doing guest spots and in a short amount of time was on everything from Charlie’s Angels and The Dukes of Hazard as well as the infamous After School Special turned short film The Wave, based on a horrifying real-life experiment in an American High School. It was in The Wave were she began to flex her dramatic muscles, but it would be Bloody Birthday released at the height of the slasher craze which would provide her most memorable role. It’s clear from the start that Lethin exudes a natural charm and embodied the perfect girl next door, and the perfect final girl. It was this sweet, innocent demeanor that played well against the three murderous kids in Bloody Birthday and a deformed man in The Prey.

Lori Lethin in The Prey (1984)But her range wasn’t limited to just episodic television or horror and she turned in a great performance in the now cult classic The Day After, a highly unnerving depiction of nuclear fallout at the height of the Cold War. She continued to do guest spots throughout the 80s, and she once again went back to her queen scream roots in the meta-horror film Return to Horror High (1987), a film most notable for starring a relatively unknown George Clooney. Again Lethin stretches her talents by not only playing multiple characters in the film within a film by playing against heavyweights like Alex Rocco. She would only do one other film and a few more guest spots before retiring from acting.

Lori Lethin in The Day After (1983)After bowing out of the limelight, she worked hard to earn her degree in clinical psychology and works with recovering addicts. Though her filmography isn’t huge, the films she did appear in are better because of her and you can’t deny she had a way of lighting up a screen. So let’s raise a toast to this unsung scream queen and truly Lori Lethin can have her cake and this time eat it too!
Lori Lethin in Bloody Birthday (1981)

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MOVIE REVIEW: Back Woods (2001) and Back Woods 2 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Back Woods (2001) and Back Woods 2 (2015)

My ‘trip’ to the Back Woods

The Underground Classic You’ve Probably Never Heard of…
But Should’ve

I am willing to bet a large percent of you have never even heard of the underground film entitled Back Woods — made with love and no money by a group of young people and released in 2001. I personally came to know this movie by finding it on eBay, and being a lover of the weird dime store oddities, I took a chance and bought a copy (which David later told me was a bootleg to my shock and embarrassment). Back Woods tells the simple and twisted story of Luther (David Hayes), a baby born fully grown with a beard. All is fine and dandy until Mama is killed in a hit and run by a bunch of reckless teens. Now Luther, guided by a woods spirit named Mangina (Joseph Patrick Buck), goes on a killing spree, making the teens pay the ultimate price. Even as the film’s unofficial #1 fan, I can admit it’s not a good movie by any means. But I am sure nobody making this thought they were making an epic. So, yeah, when I watch it, I see the flaws, but I also find it genuinely humorous, and it seems like everybody is having a blast making this ridiculous movie. At a scant runtime, the filmmakers throw enough sleaze, raunchy humor and blood to keep the whole demented family glued. Of course, David cross-dressing and dancing around covered in fake blood makes for good wholesome fun. After my first viddy, I was a fan. Yes, I drank the Kool-Aid and was praying to Mangina to smite my enemies.

Fun little trivia: I actually bought a screen used prop from it – which is either really awesome or sad depending on who you ask.

I got to know its star David Hayes, who is an extremely smart man who teaches and has a series of books under his belt despite looking like a redneck butcher. His acting credits include Bloody Bloody Bible Camp (which is a film that NEEDS to be seen by everybody), Werewolves in Heat, and Blown, the tender love story about a killer blow-up doll. When I asked David about a part 2 I got a firm hell no, but I still held out hope. To my delight, I got a message one day asking if I wanted to see a sequel that was filmed a while back but never released. Of course I jumped at the chance, and I was not disappointed. From the opening, Back Woods 2 takes a meta approach and, of course, has a lot of fun ripping on the first film. But it wisely doesn’t simply remake the first film, introducing a host of new characters and situations. In fact, part 2 can almost stand on its own. Like the first film, however, it retains its sick demented charms and throws plenty of blood and some nudity (mostly David’s ass) at viewers. A redneck cannibal Lego man and a porn star with daddy issues are just some of the insane treats viewers have in store for them.

Back Woods 2 (2015)

It’s a really exciting time for people who haven’t seen the original Back Woods as both part one and the sequel are being re-released in one set. With that said, I really hope this finds a loyal following. And who knows… It could be as widely loved as Plan 9 from Outer Space, Troll 2, and The Room.

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Trailer 2 for Victor Crowley Looks Bloody Amazing

Trailer 2 for Victor Crowley Looks Bloody Amazing

As a proud member of the Hatchet Army, I was beyond excited today to see the second official trailer for Victor Crowley come out. In a day of teen horror and enough paranormal movies to drown you, it is good to see a healthy dose of good ole campy slasher fun. You can never go wrong with that!!!

If you need a reminder, this is the fourth installment in the insane Hatchet series from director Adam Green. It picks up a decade later, lone survivor Andrew Yong’s (Parry Shen) claims that local legend Victor Crowley was responsible for the horrific massacre have been met with great controversy, but when a twist of fate puts him back at the scene of the tragedy, Crowley is mistakenly resurrected and Yong must face the bloodthirsty ghost from his past.

Victor Crowley

Just from the trailer alone, it looks to be the best sequel in my opinion. Reprising his role from the past movies is the indestructible Kane Hodder and new Hatchet Army recruits Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Tiffany Shepis (Night of the Demons (2009)). I had a chance to talk to Felissa a bit about her experience with Adam and the Victor Crowley gang. In Felissa’s own words:

Victor Cowley is the best! It was magical, and Adam Green is my favorite and so grateful that he cast me. It’s a dream.

This film looks to give us all the best deaths and insane laughs you would expect from the series. It looks to be a great ride, and I cannot wait to do a full review when I get to watch it.

This blood-soaked party comes out on Blu-ray and VOD on February 6, 2018. Be sure to reserve yours now. Also, visit the official sites for more information.

Victor Crowley Blu-ray

Happy nightmares,
ZombieGurl

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John Roisland’s 2017 Top 5 Halloween Movies

John Roisland’s 2017 Top 5 Halloween Movies

Ah, yes. It's that time of year again! October is a truly magical time. Not only do we get to see the changes as Mother Nature transforms life to death, covering us in her cool, crisp air and the skeletal images of the now bare trees. We get to break out the long-awaited hoodies, pumpkins, and all things pumpkin spice (it truly IS a scary time of year), and we get to decorate houses for my personal favorite holiday - HALLOWEEN! For horror fans, Halloween isn't one day. It isn't JUST October 31st... Oh no, no, no! This is simply the day that you build up to. October 31st is the climatic orgasm of autumn. Aside from decorating, costumes and trick or treating, you must also enjoy masses amounts of horror movies!!
Many pride themselves on doing the 31 Days of Horror challenge where they watch at least one horror movie per day throughout the month of October ending on Halloween night itself! A fun challenge for all horror fans! The beauty with this is you pick it. Any style horror film is up for the challenge, be it classic monster movies such as Dracula and Frankenstein or slasher films like Halloween, Friday the 13th, and A Nightmare on Elm Street. Or maybe you prefer something from the paranormal - The Exorcist or Angel Heart - or perhaps some great Indie horror films like Circus of the Dead or Pieces of Talent. Whatever your flavor is, it's all good, and it's all up to you to decide.
There are a million and one different ways you can mix and match your Halloween viewing. I personally TRY to stick with the theme of Halloween in my choices. I've always enjoyed the holiday horror-themed films, so I figured it only made sense that my Top 5 Halloween Films are the same. Now please don't confuse this with my personal favorite horror movie... No, these are my HALLOWEEN go-to movies and are not ranked!

Hotel Transylvania (2012)

I adored this film as it brought back some classic monsters and threw them in to an animated film that adults and kids could both honestly enjoy together. It's important to teach the kids about horror at a young age. After all, isn't that where horror is home?

Trick 'r Treat (2007)

The first time I saw this sleeper hit I instantly fell in love with it! It brings many Halloween superstitions to life in one film that mixes a few stories and rolls them all together in one beautifully filmed trat. A new and true Halloween classic!

The Houses October Built (2014)

This is another sleeper hit that grew and has reached cult status. This film actually had a profound impact on me and climbed straight to the top of my all time favorite films list! It's hard for me to actually say enough about this film other than it's not just watched at Halloween in my house!

Halloween (1978)

John Carpenter's all time classic Halloween film about the Boogie Man himself introduced the world to Michael Myers. Halloween is one of the original slasher films that still keeps movie goers on the edge of their seats year after year.

Sleepy Hollow (1999)

For years Tim Burton has brought his dark beauty to the silver screen, and he captured my heart with this one. You see, the story of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman is my all time favorite story and has been since I was a child. The Burton brought the imagery and dark scenery to life in ways that honestly I had only dreamt about. So this is a must for me!

I do have tons of personal go-to films that I would have loved to mention, but then it wouldn't be a top five would it..? Some have said my list is a bit on the childish side... Well, Halloween brings out the kid in me more than any other time of year, so I usually tell them to deal with it!Freddy Kruger-Deal with it / Fair use doctrine.
I hope you've enjoyed diving into a personal side of me, and if you're so inclined, please leave me your list in the comments. I'd love to hear them... Until then, HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!
Keep it Evil...
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COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

COMING SOON: Nightmares in the Makeup Chair (2017)

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In the 1980s, horror took on a whole new world with the advent of the slasher film. Halloween, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and Psycho predate the movie that truly brought the term slasher to life – the horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street. Written and directed by legendary filmmaker Wes Craven, A Nightmare on Elm Street brought us the character we all have grown to know and love…and fear – the infamous child killer, the one and only Freddy Krueger, made both famous and infamous by Robert Englund, one hell of an actor.. His role immortalized the Springwood Slasher and introduced a new form of fear to the public and a
franchise that has made history in the nightmares of horror fans all over the world.
Many have gone through the franchise picking apart what they love and don’t love about each of them, and, of course, the remake. (I may be the only person on earth who thought the remake was a solid movie. I have my reasons for this, more scientific than anything else.) However, few can deny the appeal of Robert Englund’s O.G. Freddy Krueger with his quick remarks, creative and personalized kills, and the beautiful way he says “bitch” in every situation possible.
Now, a new documentary titled NIGHTMARES IN THE MAKEUP CHAIR, an exposé featuring Robert Englund donning the Freddy Krueger persona one last time will be happening at the Flashback Weekend in Chicago Aug 6-8, 2017. Mr. Englund will be sharing stories from behind the scenes of A Nightmare on Elm Street, some fun anecdotes of the experiences the cast and crew had on the set. All while having the makeup put on him, along with what looked like a standard Convention style Q&A session while wearing the Krueger gear. This is definitely a neat little concept that I’m sure every horror fan will just love to see. I, for one, being HUGE slasher, horror and especially Freddy Krueger fan will thoroughly enjoy this documentary.
So get ready to walk through memory Elm Street with the man himself in this unique little documentary of our favorite nightmare slasher. Oh, and check out the trailer below and let us know what you think.

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MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl in the Photographs (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: The Girl in the Photographs (2015)

By John Roisland

The Girl in the Photographs. Fair use doctrine.

Some people say that art is murder and murder is art, and in this little movie I found on Netflix, it seems so. The Girl In the Photographs is a 2015 horror film that was directed by Nick Simon, who also brought us The Pyramid in 2014.

When Colleen (Claudia Lee from Kick Ass 2), a local girl in Small Town, USA is targeted to find murder pix posted in her grocery store where she works, she freaks a bit, and because there's no proof, local police just chalk it up as a prank with bad taste. It’s soon found out the a serial killer (Luke Baines) is on the loose. This killer dismantles his victims. poses their bodies to mock famous glamour model magazine shots, and then photographs the victims (hence the name...The Girl In the Photographs) to leave for Colleen. When the word of this does finally hit the Internet, Peter Hemmings (Kal Penn from Harold and Kumar), an LA hotshot photographer who once lived in this same small town immediately takes a road trip back home with a few models as well as his entourage and set up shop for a week to do a photo shoot with some of the local women.

His game plan, to taunt the killer by having Lee star as his local model for his shoot, goes south when the killer shows up unannounced at the final party before they all leave to head back to LA, taking Lee with them in promises of making her the new big model

I'm not going to give away any spoilers, what kind of ass hat would I be to do that? But what I will tell you about The Girl In the Photographs is this: I was pleasantly surprised, not only with this film in its entirety but with the ending was as well. It managed to surprise me some, so it wasn’t 100% predictable. I really enjoyed that! It's a slasher film a with brain that still delivered on a good amount of suspense and gore!

The Girl in the Photographs. Fair use doctrine.

I also very much enjoyed a surprise 2-3 minute scene that starred Katherine Isabelle, from Ginger Snaps and, of course, American Mary, that opened the film. Way to go, Netflix. It’s about damn time! So if your scrolling Netflix horror endlessly looking for something that catches your eye, give The Girl in the Photographs a shot. I think you'll surprised.

Keep It Evil.

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COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

COMING SOON: Family Possessions (2016)

By Dixielord

Mark Patton, star of A Nightmare on Elm Street 2, heads back to horror this year in the new film Family Possessions. Director Tommy Faircloth and his Horse Creek Productions have enlisted Patton and genre favorite Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) to join the cast of his latest film. Faircloth most recently directed the film Dollface, that did the festival circuit under the name, Dorchester's Revenge: The Return of Crinoline, before being tagged with a shorter name for its DVD and VoD release. Before Dollface, Faircloth directed Generation Ax, and the prequel to Dollface, Crinolinehead.

Mark Patton from Nightmare on Elm Street 2 and Family Possessions

Joining the more familiar names in the cast will be a host of talented younger actors, many of whom have starred in other Horse Creek Productions projects. Jason Vail Starred in Dollface, as well as Abraham Lincoln versus Zombies and the upcoming Valley of the Sasquatch. Along with Jason, Lizzie Mears, Leah Wiseman, and Andrew Wickum from Dollface are cast in Family Possessions. Morgan Monnig from the Horse Creek short The Cabin rounds out the film as Jason Vail's wife Sarah.

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway camp

Felissa Rose from Sleepaway Camp

The official synopsis describes Family Possessions as a paranormal slasher. It is the story of Racheal (played by Wiseman), a young girl who inherits her grandmother’s mansion. Since her family is struggling financially she moves them into the house. Once there, she starts having paranormal encounters, and learns a secret that her parents have been keeping from her.

 

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

Leah Wiseman of Family Possessions

Family Possessions will be all practical effects, with no CGI, which is unusual for a modern paranormal type film, but it's very refreshing. Come on, who out there isn't tired of the thing black wispy CGI ghosts and demons? Tony Rosen is the man in charge of those practical effects. Tony is perhaps best known as the creator of the Annabelle doll from the films Annabelle and The Conjuring. Tony also did the effects in the popular Indie film Pieces of Talent.

 

Jason Vail from Dollman and Family Possessions

Jason Vail from Dollface and Family Possessions

I became a fan of Horse Creek Productions when I caught Dollface at a film festival. It's a fun, bloody horror movie with some great moments and great laughs and is one of my favorite Indie films in recent years. I'm excited to see this new project. With Family Possessions, Faircloth promises a more serious film with less comedy than Dollface, which is great for those who don't care for horror comedies.

 

 

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

Lizzie Mears from Dollface and Family Possessions

Family Possessions is in post production now and director Faircloth is hoping for a release sometime around October. The Indidegogo fundraising campaign is still open if anyone wants to chip in and support independent horror.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Old 37 (2015)

By John Roisland

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2015 brought us the highly-anticipated Old 37, which teamed up two of horror's most iconic actors, Kane Hodder and Bill Moseley, to play brothers Jon Roy and Daryl, a couple of psychopaths who have been brought up by a mentally and physically abusive father.

Their sadistic father ran a scrapyard but was also an ambulance driver who enjoyed torturing and murdering victims at accident scenes if he arrived before anyone else. The two brothers often witnessed these acts as they rode along with their father when they were young boys. Through the years, the brothers acquired their father's passion for inflicting pain, eventually also disguising themselves as paramedics and, using their father's old ambulance, began intercepting 911 calls. Usually first on the scene of an accident, Jon Roy and Daryl would take charge of the survivors using the tag line they took from their father(“Don't worry. I'm a paramedic.”) just before brutally murdering their new victim.

On to the main story line.

The movie focuses on a group of affluent teens who enjoy back road automobile racing and playing chicken. All is fine until one day a race turns deadly as they hit and kill a elderly woman getting her mail. Panicked and frightened, the teens flee the scene to avoid responsibility for their actions. Unfortunately for them, the teens are noticed by Jon Roy and Daryl who were pulling out of a nearby lane. Given their psychopathic natures, the brothers wouldn't have cared too much about the hit and run except for one small problem - the victim of the fatal crash was their mother. Devastated, the two brothers begin a campaign to seek out vengeance for their mother's murder.

The movie itself was fun film although I must admit I did expect a few more scenes with Hodder and Mosley doing what they do best...killing! The story revolved around the teens, their popularity, their social life, etc., leaving most of the development of the brothers to flashback and showing precious little of their grown up hobbies.

Before all you die hard Jason Voorhees and Otis Driftwood fans tear me apart, hear me out. I'm a big fan, too. That's why even though I enjoyed Old 37, I was disappointed. I truly expected to see more of these horror legends in the film. Hodder and Moseley did an awesome job together (Sorry Bill, but Kane stole the show!) and really deserved to be on screen more. Without giving away spoilers, I thought the ending was great! Absolutely loved it! I can actually remember getting a huge smile on my face as it happened! This is a must see for fans of Hodder and Moseley.

Keep It Evil.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Jebediah (2011)

MOVIE REVIEW: Jebediah (2011)

By Nicole Robinson

They are a few things in life that are better than a satisfying horror movie. Finding one has become much more difficult since the era of the comic book splashed onto the big screen. In times such as these, some horror fans choose to kick rocks and whine rather than turn to the straight to streaming gems that can be found. This is a mistake and if you need proof, go to Amazon. There you will find Jebediah, a story of a menacing, sickle wielding Amish man with a creative and expressive love of killing from director Joe Ripple and starring Brian Greenwell.

In the role of Jebediah, Greenwell portrays a silent and creepy Amish man with a presence that creates an intimidating persona instilling fear into the victims and the viewers. Greenwell manages to capture a spark of madness as a silent killer. This is no easy task. While a silent killer like Michael Myers can be seriously terrifying, it can also be comical if not portrayed properly. Greenwell almost makes it look easy, leaving the viewer wondering what dark place this actor had to go to in order to embody the role of this madman in the title role of Jebediah.

The main point that can be said about this flick is the violence leaves the viewer wanting nothing in the end. No one is safe and by the end, the carnage leaves no one unscathed. What starts out as a seemingly innocent camping trip among a small group of girlfriends, ends in a blood bath while leaving the audience trying to figure out who among them is going to make it out alive. Lacking predictability is an important feature for any horror movie, and Jebediah manages to make it look easy. Don't bother trying. Just sit back and enjoy the ride. And don't worry, the annoying blond one who is wearing the wedges while walking in the woods does die in the most glorious of ways. Writer Robert Ziegler held nothing back when he penned the deaths of Jebediah's victims. Spoilers withheld, this is not a film for the faint of heart.

From the moment Jebediah curb stomped an infant strapped to a car seat, the audience knows they are in for a treat. Jebediah is not just creepy, but disturbingly violent, providing a level of satisfaction for the viewers that has been seemingly lacking in recent years from the blockbuster films on the big screen. By the end of this slasher film, an uncomfortable, yet satisfying feeling of dread is left with the viewer, probably hoping there is a sequel (there is not sadly). One thing is for certain, this is a fine piece of horror.

Starring: Danielle Lozeau, Jessy Danner, Lauren Lakis, Jemma McDime, Sabrina Taylor-Smith, and Brian Greenwell

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Halloween on the Small Screen?

Halloween on the Small Screen?

Michael's World - Slaughter On! Excellent!

By Woofer McWooferson

Michael Myers staring downstairs.

Michael Myers staring downstairs.

Michael Myers, one of the most recognized and beloved horror icons, may be moving to the small screen if rumors are true. Since Dimension Films lost control of the Halloween franchise, there has been much speculation as to what will be next for the iconic character. Halloween Returns, which was to be the next step in the Halloween franchise, has been shelved indefinitely and it its place come rumors of a limited series on television. (A limited series is one with a planned number of episodes rather than being open to continuing until nobody watches any longer.)

Michael Myers in the Closet

A closet won't stop Michael Myers.

According to Fangoria, who quote a European filmmaker who wishes to remain anonymous, the European Film Market may have been passed over to allow a limited series to be produced. Rumors are that it would be a three to five season series and would enable much more to be added to the Halloween story. The Fangoria article goes on to state:

“...as budget horror becomes a more and more of a rarity in Hollywood, Halloween's studio search might not have gone as smoothly as planned as Malek Akkad & Trancas still aim to keep up the franchise's costly, old-school production value; in other words, a micro-budget, day-and-date Halloween film might be off-the-table, which could give way to a Halloween series that could carry that cinematic production value."

Everything is still unconfirmed, but speculation abounds. Will it be a backstory? Will it be in between stories? There is a lot of room in the Halloween universe for Michael to maneuver, and we hope he takes full advantage of this.

Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

Michael Myers looks down on everyone.

Still, rumors of a Halloween television series is great news for fans of the 1978 classic (and its sequels, reboots, and retoolings). Despite not saying a word in the original Halloween, Michael Myers is one of the most well known horror and respected icons, and Halloween remains one of the most watched franchises in horror movie history.

House of Tortured Souls is ready for more Michael Myers on any screen. Are you? Let us know what you think. Is the small screen big enough for Michael Myers?

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BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

BOOK REVIEW: Unmasked: Kane Hodder

Kane Cover

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Final Score: 10 out of 10 Dead Camp Counselors.

 

 

 

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BLU-RAY REVIEW: Blood Rage (1983)

BLU-RAY REVIEW: Blood Rage (1983)

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By Nick Durham

You guys want to see an 80s slasher that features an assload of gory moments, murderous twins, and a young Ted Raimi in a cameo as a dude selling condoms in a bathroom?

If your first question is what's a condom?, well...we're in the same boat. I don't know what they are either, but I do know what a Ted Raimi is. My preferred choice of birth control is what I call the Ted Raimi, where right before I'm about to blow a load I start chanting I'LL SWALLOW YOUR SOUL and that's when my partner runs away screaming. No babies for me.

Anyway, Blood Rage is a cheap slasher flick that was filmed in 1983, but not officially released until 1987 in a heavily edited version that was even re-titled Nightmare at Shadow Woods for some reason. The story revolves around twins named Todd and Terry (both played by Mark Soper), of which Terry is a crazed killer that has blamed Todd for a gruesome murder when they were young. In the years that followed, Todd has been institutionalized while Terry has led a pretty nice life while being smothered by his mother (Louise Lasser). Things come to a head though when Todd escapes, and Terry goes on a blood-thirsty rampage for shits and giggles.

As I had said before, Blood Rage was heavily edited upon its eventual release, and it's easy to see why. This film is a flat out fucking bloodbath literally from its beginning to the end. Some of the effects are pretty good for their time, and some of them...well, they weren't then, and definitely aren't now. Still, there are some inventive kills, and the film walks a fine line between being tongue in cheek and ridiculously mean-spirited. The film's story is fairly predictable, but it's surprisingly well-acted for what it is.

The wonderful folks at Arrow Films have unleashed another shockingly spectacular Blu-ray release. A three disc limited edition set, the Blood Rage Blu-ray set features three (!) versions of the film that encompass its uncensored version and edited cuts, along with a shitload of commentaries and interviews as well. The film itself has been restored in 2K HD, and it looks wonderful to say the least. Arrow seriously literally overdid themselves bringing Blood Rage home.

To wrap things up, Blood Rage is a fairly entertaining and somewhat forgotten slasher that has received a brilliant Blu-ray set release from Arrow Films. The features and overall presentation of this set make Blood Rage worth picking up by itself alone. This is by and far worth your time and money, and you should probably act soon and pick it up while you can, because when Arrow calls something a limited edition, they're not fucking around. Grab this while you can.

Rating: 4/5

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MOVIE REVIEW: Lumberjack Man (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Lumberjack Man (2015)

By : John Roisland

Lumberjack Man

Ranging from 2006-2010 After Dark Horrorfest , also know as, 8 Films To Die For, brought us some truly great  horror films. Titles such as The Hamiltons , Frontier(s) , Autopsy and Perkins 14...just to name a few, now not all of the films chosen for that years run were great, ...but were all pretty good. After a few years in, the quality of films just got worse. I'm not so much referring to the quality of the production, I mean the movie it self, was bad. My wife and I used to collect all of them on dvd...and then stopped because of this.

From 2010-2014, there were no releases, 2015 came back with a lot of promise and hope of a  new era of After Dark Films. I remember seeing a promo trailer for some of the features that were going to be released for the 2015 collection and thinking to myself," ok,...looks pretty good, ill give it a shot!" and so I did, with Lumberjack Man. I think I made a bad choice.

The film stars Michael Madsen (Kill Bill vol. I +II , Resevoir Dogs, Donnie Brasco), and I love Madsen, he's an American badass! Ciara Flynn  (Stonehearst Asylum, Replica) Brina Palencia (Machine Girl) Josh Bear , both wrote and directed Lumberjack Man, what I found to be interesting about this, is Bear is a video game director, he made the crossover to film, with this title... sorry about your luck. The film was made through Madisonian Films, and was released as one of this years titles for the After Dark collection this year.

The story is about a happy go lucky church group that is setting up at a camp ground awaiting the arrival of other campers the following day. The films basically moves at a pace of a very cheesy late night movie. Without any real reason, this back woods Lumberjack Man shows up an starts killing campers. The effects are bad, the acting is bad....and the fake boobs are even bad! The film also, I think, tries to be a border line comedy, failed there too. There is no real story to anything, it all just kinda happens...I've seen bad films, this one, as far as recent flint films goes, it takes the cake!

As you should know, this is now the second review for a 2015 After Dark Horrorfest  given by House of Tortured Souls  (To see the review on Unnatural by Amy Mead click here) , and lets just say that things are not looking so good... they have 6 more titles to win us back over. And personally speaking, I really hope they do, because  I was a huge fan, and I still am a supporter! So I hope they pull it off, but as far as Lumberjack Man goes, save your $2.00 at Redbox.

2/10

Keep It Evil

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