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[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

[SHFF 2019 Review for the short film] Bewere. A realistic werewolf horror movie

I got the chance to see the new movie Bewere by the director (J. Budro Partida) I have to admit it’s rare to see a werewolf movie in the indie horror scene. Given there are some out there however though this one is very different

The film is about a young preppy guy who’s looking to be a werewolf. It starts simple, and the actor (Joseph Fotinos) does a great job; he comes off crass and just crazy, but therein lies the first mistake. He knows what he’s doing.

The film shows the transformation, which isn’t over the top, but we get the idea. The preppy friend (Logan Pall,) tells his best friend (Ray A. Roberts II) where they both take the journey together as werewolves. They go out hunting, and the best part is we see actual effects taking into place.

The preppy kid gets a stomach rupture from overeating, and the other friend is well he’s passing through pieces of bone, fur and whatnot which we see Oz gleefully explain as wolves they have better stronger bodies that they can eat more and not go through any problem, however, though as humans we don’t have that capability. He explains that on the first night, some people will tend to go overboard, thinking they can handle it.

I’m not only happy to see a werewolf movie filmed in my home state but happy to see a werewolf movie that’s smart and doesn’t try to be hip or trendy. It doesn’t dumb down the film since it’s dealing with a subject that can never happen, but if it did happen, this would be the result.

The director started a crowdfund, met the goal, and began production quickly. They even sold out their first theatrical premiere at the Alamo drafthouse in Austin. The film is in talks for a bigger audience, which I’m glad to hear during the q&a the director came off very friendly about opened up about the trials and tribulations of working in open fields, working with fake guts naked people in the Texas heat. Also, if you’re curious, the website featured in the movie is real and is being used for the director’s use for promotion and contact info. For more info, you can find the website here Horny like the wolf. Yes that’s a real website used for the movie.

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[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

[Local Haunts] Paradox Rei the voice of alternative drag

Pride month is over, but we celebrate it every day as well as taking a stand and making sure voices are heard every day. That is why I am proud to talk about another Local haunt. This time was focusing on one Paradox Rei.

Paradox has been the primary voice for the alternative drag of artists. Say artists in the sense that Paradox focuses more on the creativity and idea of drag being for expression and the sound the artists deserve.

Shawn Benet may have created a home for alternative drag, but Paradox Rei has been the parental unit or the voice for others who deserve it. Truth be told I am glad to see somebody saying something. Growing up being queer or anything out of the norm was almost comical? Which was sad because performers of race and gender were often pushed aside as if they were the monster children, the unmentionables of society when they deserve the same treatment and respect as others. Paradox has always been my hero in the art of drag.

Remember seeing them perform to “Hooked on a feeling” at a small club dressed as Groot. Yup, Groot from Guardians of the galaxy. It was then that I fell in love with the artistry of Paradox. Drag was always one way for me and again not pointing fingers or blame, but there was little to no voice for other performers such as drag kings, or even CIS females who wanted to do drag as well. Paradox stepped in and became their voice.

It is hard to get proper representation in movies, TV, and even drag. Not talking about manager wise, but actual credit where one can say, yes this is who I am but judge me by work, not by the color of my skin, sexual identity, or gender. The topic has become taboo and even controversial to the point it is swept under the rug. Under that carpet, those secrets have become known for embracing their pure form. The Paradox is just that voice to be heard. As loud as their outfits may be, their sound is even louder for every single person who wanted to be heard.

Not only Paradox has been the center of this story, but also their show Omnipotence where shows are free showcasing all the talent that not only San Antonio, but so many other performers have graced the stage at Web House. Even Dragula alumni XOCHI MOCHI to competitions (Dragrantula) to having their show, Paradox has been an angry voice and will continue to be the voice for others who deserve to be heard.

Paradox has an upcoming show this Saturday night along with a show at Six Flags for Out in the park.

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Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

Cast of Ru Paul Drag race brings The Rocky Horror Picture to life in San Antonio

If Halloween has given us anything it’s 31 days of so much horror. Throughout this month there have been parties, movie screenings, cartoons, seasonal candies, Halloween stuffed toys to even people going above and beyond dressing up as popular memes. However, the one thing that is just pure Halloween is The Rocky Horror picture show. Now if you have never seen it you are considered a “Virgin” Which isn’t a bad thing because for those who haven’t seen it watching it for the first time is almost a spiritual journey if you will. So, let’s breakdown Rocky Horror Picture show not the movie but the LIVE version featuring cast members from Ru Paul drag race. I had the pleasure of attending the live version for my second time so far. I’ve seen the movie countless times either for parties or just simple entertainment. It’s a classic none the less, but to see it LIVE to interact, dance along which was HIGHLY encouraged. There’s nothing in the world that can replace that feeling as if I’m watching it with friends who loved it just as much as I do. The event was held at the Woodlawn Point Church. Which was extremely cool for them to host the event especially for what the show was about. As I took my seat there was a small pre-show with our local drag show celebrity Tencha La Jefa warming up the crowd with her usual comedic routine. She is our Don Rickles of San Antonio. The show came on and what I loved about this version was that a live band performed on the side which made the event even better as if you’re watching a play AND a rock show. I would explain the plot for the film, but at this point to all horror fans they know it all too well. The cast was amazing with the Talented queens from various seasons. Laganja Estranja KILLED it as Dr. FrankenFurter. Previous actors and actresses have taken on the iconic role but Laganja added their own flair to it to where it’ll be hard to top. Tim Curry would be proud. Ginger Minj played the role of Janet belting out amazing vocal abilities which once again proves She deserves to be on the stage as well singing and performing because she is a talented comedian as well. Texas’ own Cynthia Lee Fontaine played Magenta and was amazing even towards the finale where her iconic outfit felt as if it was her own design.  Even Comedian Daniel Franzese who you’ll remember from Mean Girls did a really great Eddie adding his vocal tunes to the show which was amazing to see in a different light. Overall the show was by far one of the best productions I’ve seen in a long time. The cast stayed true to the script of the original as well as adding little improv lines and the main stars inconic lines and dance moves. Laganja doing the death drop as Frankenfurter, PRICELESS! Club promotor Rey Lopez has really out done himself this year with a great production and a great cast. When he’s not busying running his store Male B Wear he’s busy at work with the production (Rey Lopez Entertainment) of the show and other shows he goes all out for whether it’s a club show or a big event. I asked him about it and he told me, “This has been one of my biggest challenges, but with the help of a great team it all worked out” I couldn’t agree more! Truth be told the show was top notch and everything went well with no problems. The only downside of this event is that it’s only twice this month and that’s it. Onward to next year where it’ll be a different cast or maybe somebody from before. Either way I have to say if you’ve never seen Rocky Horror go see it LIVE while you have the chance and if you have seen it still go see it LIVE. The last performance of the year will be tomorrow on Halloween which is the perfect time. There’s a light over at the Frankenstein place, but Rey is keeping it brighter with an amazing cast and an amazing production. I would also like to say even though I couldn’t take flash photography or videos for the YOUTUBE page due to legal reasons out of my control I was able to get these production photos from the Photographer CJ Photography 

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MOVIE REVIEW: Circus of the Dead (2014)

MOVIE REVIEW: Circus of the Dead (2014)

By John Roisland


In 2014, almost three years ago, native Texan, and downright great guy, Billy Pon, aka Bloody Bill, and long time friend Lee Ankrum, brought the world, Circus of the Dead. Once upon a time in the world, when you thought of clowns, you thought of children laughing, balloon animals, bright colorful makeup, and a red spongy nose. Well, Bill and Lee are taking you to another kind of circus.

We had the great pleasure of having Bloody Bill as a guest on our podcast show, House of Tortured Souls Live a few weeks ago. He and I spoke recently, and Bill sent me a screener for Circus of the Dead to review for him. I WAS THRILLED!

Circus of the Dead, starring Bill Oberst, Jr. (Criminal Minds, The Retrieval), plays Papa Corn, the leader of our violently, criminally insane clowns that are members of an actively traveling circus.

The story focus's around Donald Johnson played by Parrish Randal (Gut Instincts,Possum Walk) as he is taken hostage by the clowns after a home invasion where his wife (Chanel Ryan, Bad Kid Go To Hell) is brutally murdered and his two daughters are kid napped by the clowns that the family just enjoyed at the local circus, just the day before. Papa Corn and his crew torture and make Donald take witness to future violent crimes all while still in hopes of being freed and finding his daughters.


The film is very dark, twisted and depraved...all of which I like. Bill Oberst, Jr. as Papa Corn, was spot on. My god, I think the man was made for this role! He lures you in and makes you watch, like driving past a bad car accident, you have to look. His performance, even as a clown throughout the entire film, is very commanding. Clown makeup or not, you will take Papa Corn serious.

I have been fortunate to have met a rather large handful of actors, directors, and writers of the horror genre in the last few years. I have also become a supporter of the Indie scene. Billy Pon and Lee Ankrum are proud members of that community, and they should be very proud of Circus of the Dead. The film runs just over 140 minutes, and I loved every second of it.


After waiting and waiting, they have finally come to a trust worthy distribution for Circus of the Dead, and will be released VOD in the very near future. If you were wondering why it was made two years ago and is just now getting out there, that's why. And for that, I tip my hat to you gentlemen for holding true to your work.

Circus of the Dead, in my opinion, will become a cult classic that will live on for years. This is going to be one for me to add to my library for sure, ...shit man, just look at the movie poster, its badass. So do yourself a favor, when the opportunity arrives, go fucking watch Circus of the Dead! You wont regret it.

Oh yeah, and while you're waiting for the VOD release, fill up the family-truckster and head down to Texas by Halloween night for ole Bloody Bill's Haunt. Yup, Pon himself is a hauntrepreneur, with his very own haunt in Odessa, Texas. Or at least check him out at WWW.BLOODYBILL.COM.


"Silence is golden." -Papa Corn

Keep It Evil...

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