The Nightmare Before Christmas

Nightmare Before Christmas (Possible Remake)—House Of Tortured Souls

Nightmare Before Christmas (Possible Remake)—House Of Tortured Souls

In 1993, the Tim Burton produced The Nightmare Before Christmas opened just before Halloween and ran through the first week of December.  While it performed well, it wasn’t a complete success. 

With that being said, a well accurate source Moviehole just announced reports saying that there could be a possible Nightmare Before Christmas sequel but more live-action. 

Directed by Henry Selick, this will feature the voice of Chris Sarandon (Jack Skellington), the Halloween Town king who discovers Christmas and brings it to his town which causes major confusion. Nightmare had become such a pop culture phenomenon so hopefully the sequel will live up to the 1993 original movie. 

I am not against a remake for Nightmare Before Christmas, with how Disney live action movies such as Lion King, Dumbo, Beauty and the Beast, and Aladdin have resurfaced, I feel that true fans will relive the classic with a live-action packed film. CGI has come a long way, and while the original will always win our hearts, I think it’s safe to say that a remake would have happened eventually so why not now while live-action films are on the trend. Looking forward to seeing an updates on when this will occur. 




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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – DEC 2016: Jaquan Robinson

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – DEC 2016: Jaquan Robinson

Back in October I introduced you to the other half of this artistic couple. I thought it only fitting to showcase her sensei and partner. 🙂


Jaquan is in the Navy. Come January he will be in for 5 years. It is an honor times two that I have this opportunity to interview him. I have such mad respect for those willing to serve this country and help out those that cannot defend themselves.

Now if that were not impressive enough for ya, get a load of Ernie Hudson (yes the Ghostbuster :O ) with a pair of Jaquan’s shoes


Jaquan says they (he and Artist of the Month of October, Nicole) met Ernie at a convention, and two years later when they returned Ernie remembered who they were. I would just die right there on the spot!! He wouldn't even need to use his Proton Pack.

Or how about Sugartits himself Merle Dixon?

Holy Shoe Batman!! That is Michael Flipping Rooker! :O :O Can you even? I can't even right now, and I wasn't even there!

Speaking of Batman 😉



No matter which side you are on, they have you covered!

Jaquan and Nicole run a business called Eclectic Goods. They will do custom jobs by the way. And their arts isn't just on shoes, they do horror-art-shoes-excorsist caps, and bags, and have even painted tiny coffins (great for Halloween or 'Over the Hill' gifts). They do specialize in horror (all genres) well of course otherwise they would be no friends of mine LOL. However they're talents do not stop there. What about your video game hero, your favorite cartoon, or favorite comic character? I promise you this guy is the one to hit up for the job!

But they also have my heart with their classic horror icons like Freddy and Jason



The couple travel around to many conventions, perhaps you have already seen them and are kicking yourself for not buying those Daryl Dixon pumps. Well I'm about to share their shop on etsy, and their Facebook page.



Firing away with the questions.

House of Tortured Souls: Are you self-taught or did you take courses somewhere?
JR: A little of both actually, I have been drawing and doing art things all my life. I also went to an art school for a while, that's where I gained a bit more painting experience.

HoTS: What was your first piece?
JR: I painted a The Nightmare Before Christmas piece for my wife Nicole on a modest sized canvas.


 The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of their favorites to do. 🙂

HoTS: When and why did you fall in love with horror art?
JR: I think I started to really get into it a few years ago. Nicole is a huge horror person, so it definitely helped me embrace it more. She's huge into Stephen King's It. We watched a lot back in the day. And growing up I LOVED scary games like Silent Hill and Resident Evil (the first 3).

HoTS: Who is your favorite immortal creep?
JR: I think it's safe to say the Crypt Keeper.

HoTS: In many photos I see you bent over the shoe, seriously concentrating. Do you draw the pic on first in ink? Or do you screen print some sort of way? Or dive right into painting?
JR: I dive right in and just see what happens, probably not always the best approach. Nicole and I usually discuss how it will turn out first, but I rarely draw it out first. Usually I'm just looking at my phone or tablet and painting from the image there. Sometimes adding something different it think is missing.

HoTS: What's the next con or art show you guys can be found at?
JR: We have nothing planned yet. We are moving in January and how smooth that works out will dictate the next con, not to mention the holidays are fast approaching! We will be busy from here on out until the move.

HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?
JR: You can find our work on etsy, search eclecticgoodsva.

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter account so we can keep up with your work?
JR: Yes, we have an Instagram, Egcustomkicks, and a Facebook page, Eclectic Goods: Hand Painted Shoes, where we regularly post new works.

HoTS: Are you working on anything right now?
JR: Oh, yes, always! There just isn't enough time in the day lol, you would be surprised at some of the custom things we have been working on. We just finished working on The Shining, Scarlet Spiderman, and some Deadpool/Wolverine designs. All fun challenging stuff.

HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?
JR: Spending time with family, catching up on some good TV shows, playing some PC games on my rig, and (don't laugh) yo-yoing. Haha.

Keep an eye out for this couple, they are blowing up!

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Top Family Horror to Watch in October (Part 1)

Top Family Horror to Watch in October (Part 1)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Picks for October 2016

By John Roisland

In keeping with the spirit of our Halloween staff picks. I thought to myself, why not FAMILY HORROR? I offer to you my personal list of family horror movies that are age appropriate and can be shared and enjoyed by the entire family. Now there may not be any chainsaw-wielding maniacs and won't be much gruesome gore and blood, this is for the family. But it's Halloween and we should be teaching our kids at a young age about the beauty of Halloween and introducing them to the world of horror that we all love and adore.

So yes ,there are children's horror movies out there that I do enjoy.

Please do yourself a favor, no matter what age your kids are: open your minds, sit down with the family, and show them a few family horror movies. Introduce them to and share with them the love you have for Halloween!

NOTE: This is simply a list and not in any particular order.

The Addams Family (1991) and
Addams Family Values (1993)

The Addams Family and Addams Family Values films, in my opinion, could not have been any more perfect. Whether or not you are a fan of the old TV show, the films hold true to their dark ways of life while yet still being quirky and always lovable. The cast alone is jaw dropping , and gives performances by Anjelica Houston and the late Raul Julia that are near Oscar-worthy.

Monster House (2006)

This little animated gem is one that I rented for my kids and ended up loving more than they did. The film, at points, almost has a bit of a scary feel in it for the youngest of viewers, but is one heck of a film that can be watched over and over again.

Hotel Transylvania (2012) and Hotel Transylvania 2 (2015)

It's rare to have a sequel be as good as the first, especially after the likes of the Addams Family films, but Adam Sandler and his usual on-screen buddies pulled it off not once but twice. These two are both laugh out loud horror themed love for the entire family.

Casper (1995)

Casper, starring Bill Pullman and Christina Ricci, takes off where the old stories left us and tells the story about a young friendly ghost named Casper who befriends young Kat (Ricci) and her father (Pullman) as they move into their new home. Said new home is, naturally, haunted but by the friendly ghost.

Coraline (2009)

Coraline is an animated film not quite like any you've ever seen. Coraline, while a family horror, is rather dark and maybe a bit much for some of the younger crowds. Coraline is the story of an adventurous girl who finds another world that is a strangely similar of her frustrating home life, but it has sinister secrets. Stars Dakota Fanning and Terri Hatcher.

The Monster Squad (1987)

This film is a classic family horror. This late 80s B-film captures the spirit of being a pre-teen with an imagination. The film is based around a group of young friends who join forces to fight off monsters that are terrorizing their town, thus forming The Monster Squad!

ParaNorman (2012)

ParaNorman is the story of young Norman, who, while being an avid horror fan, develops a sixth sense and is able to see and communicate with the dead. It is because of his gift that he must help save his town from a historic curse that are bringing many dead back to haunt his community.

Tim Burton's The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

For years now, Tim Burton has been amazing movie goers across the world with his dark yet magical films. The Nightmare Before Christmas is truly that. While part musical, the film pulls you into a world like nothing you've ever seen. The story is of Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King in his land of Halloween Town, who finds a magical door that has him trade places with... Santa Claus, the king of Christmas Town. This film is a pure delight for everyone!

The Witches (1990)

The Witches, starring Anjelica Houston, is a very dark Jim Henson Production. This is the story of a young British boy, who stumbles into the wrong conference room in the hotel where his family staying while on vacation. The room appears to be full of normal women, but they all turn out to be child-hating witches, who want to rid the world of all kids by turning them into mice! This may be a bit slow and scary for younger viewers. Discretion is advised.

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown (1966)

It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown is probably my go to family horror! I have been watching this Charles Schulz holiday classic for as long back as I can remember. Made in 1966 (even before my time), Charlie Brown, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang take you on a fun-filled night of trick or treating and waiting for the Great Pumpkin to arrive and bring toys to all the children.

Pure family fun!

Disney's The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (1949)

I lastly bring you a Disney film. Most of you who know me will know that I truly hate Disney! But this, the story of Ichabod Crane and The Headless Horseman, is my all time favorite story! Of all books and stories I have read, this is my top tale. While there have been many of versions made, this is one I present to you for family horror, and, all things aside, Walt and the boys brought forth a rather enjoyable representation holding true to the story line!

So if you have children, teach them well and share your love with them. If you don't have any, then maybe watch a few I've listed here for you, and let these films take you back to when you were a child and Halloween was magical!

Happy Halloween!

Keep It Evil...

Posted by John Roisland in FAMILY HORROR, STAFF PICKS, 2 comments
Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Top Five Films to Watch in October (Part 7)

Part of the House of Tortured Souls
Staff Pick October 2016

By Tracie Hill Prichard

I love Halloween and horror movies, making it, therefor, really hard to just choose five favorites for the month. The films I have decided to feature as my must views for Halloween are in no particular order and are not all listed under the horror genre. I realize Trick 'r Treat, Halloween, and House on Haunted Hill have already been mentioned in previous staff member posts, so I will not include them in my five films, but still consider them to be in my October favorites.

Hocus Pocus (1993)
Walt Disney Pictures

Hocus Pocus / Fair use doctrine.This is a fun Halloween film for the whole family to enjoy and get in the spirit. The Sanderson sisters, who are played by Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Nijimy, are a delightful trio of Salem witches brought back to life 300 years after being hung by Colonials. They are on a mission to steal the souls of children to gain eternal youth but are constantly thwarted by the teen who resurrected them, his little sister, his high school crush, and an immortal cat. This film has a lot of laughs, a couple of great songs, and lovable characters.

Pumpkinhead (1988)
Director: Stan Winston

Pumpkinhead / Fair use doctrine.I love special effects, and Pumpkinhead is just an amazing creature to me. He is a unique and memorable monster creation by Stan Winston. Pumpkinhead is a demon summoned by a grieving father, Lance Henriksen, and an old witch to seek revenge on a group of teens that accidentally kills his son. The folklore and urban legend atmosphere of this film makes it a Halloween must to set the mood for the season.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Director: Tim Burton

The Nightmare Before Christmas / Fair use doctrine.The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of my very favorite movies. The characters are lovable, the songs are memorable, and it is a lot of fun for the whole family to enjoy. The stop motion animation is brilliant and beautiful. The story revolves around Jack Skellington, voiced by Chris Sarandon, who is the bored Pumpkin King of Halloweentown that feels stuck in a routine year after year. He stumbles upon Christmastown while out walking, and discovers all new wonders and amazement. It stirs new emotions in Jack and he decides to take over Christmas this year and hires a nasty little trio of town trick or treaters to kidnap Santa Claus. Sally, his love interest, tries to discourage him and warns Jack about her vision of disaster. The inhabitants of Halloweentown get excited and deliver their own Halloween flair to an unsuspecting town at Christmas time.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992)
Director: Francis Ford Coppola

Dracula / Fair use doctrine.I love everything about this film, the costumes, the sets, the characters and the atmosphere. I have the book and I own other Dracula films, but I just really enjoy the visual adaptation of this one. Gary Oldman's performance of Dracula is enjoyable and memorable.

Carnival of Souls (1962)
Director: Herk Harvey

Carnival of Souls / Fair use doctrine.This black and white film doesn't rely on gore or shock, but rather a creepy feeling of dread. The organ music in this film really adds to the eerie overall atmosphere. I am a huge fan of The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and Tales from the Darkside, and this film reminds me of those type of stories. It follows a young woman named Mary (Candace Hilligoss) who, after a car wreck, moves to another town where she becomes captivated by a mysterious abandoned carnival. A psychological journey of isolation follows throughout. The haunting imagery of this film will stay with you for a while after watching. It is a perfect addition to the Halloween season.

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ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

ARTIST OF THE MONTH – OCT 2016: Nicole Robinson

By Tammie Parker

I came across a pair of TWD themed Eclectic Goods shoes on a page on fb. And it was like I found the love of my life!! LOL seriously I was shouting, 'WHY. am I just finding these??' Eclectic Goods is actually a power couple of KICK-ASS comic nerds, gamers, comic-conners, and cartoon lovers! I swear I'm going to move in with them!!! Now they are doing caps and totes. #LOVE

Nicole Robinson, owner and artist, agreed to answer a few questions.


House of Tortured Souls: How old were you when you started drawing and painting?
Nicole Robinson: To be honest it wasn’t until I was an adult in my 20s that I tried to paint anything. I used to doodle and draw here and there growing up but never anything serious. My husband has been my biggest teacher and whatever talent I do have I learned from him.


HoTS: Where did you learn to draw? Did you take classes?
NR: I took art classes in high school and one in college. Also I have had some amazing people throughout my life with various talents that taught me many things. Jack, my partner and husband has had some training at an Art Institute in Florida which he was kind enough to share with me. Before him I had no idea about mixing colors, shading, or a lot of technique skills that are really valuable. I would just grab a brush and start painting. He taught about what size brush and what type of brush I needed. He has really been my mentor in all this.


HoTS: When did you fall in love with horror art? (TWD, Pennywise, etc) Why?

horror-movies-it-shoesNR: Growing up, my father was a huge influence on how my interest were formed. Halloween was always a big deal in our house. He had a love for the Stephen King Universe and my first horror movie was IT. Pennywise scared me to the core. It has always been a lot of fun for me and I enjoy creating the same type of memories with my kids. Watching horror movies and shows like The Walking Dead is just good old fashioned fun for me. Horror art is an expression of that and gives me an outlet. It always the most fun when it something I really enjoy.

twd-shoes-carlHoTS: Do you first draw in ink, or the blood of innocent souls? Then paint in?

NR: A little of both. Just depends on what we are painting that day.

HoTS: Do you have a favorite monster?

NR: Pennywise the Clown will always hold a special place in my heart. I find Regan from The Exorcist really scary. There is something really frightening about innocence gone wrong.


HoTS: Do you do comic cons? Or art shows? (I know the answer to a lot of these, so don't think I'm senile.)

NR: We do comic con type events for the most part. This past summer we had booths at Scares That Care in Williamsburg, Va and Walker Stalker Con New Jersey. Both of which were beyond amazing to us and we can’t wait to return. We have also done a few others like Wizard World and Tidewater Comic Con. We don’t have anything coming up except for attending Scares That Care in July 2017.



HoTS: Where can we find and purchase your work?

NR: We are on Etsy! Our shop is: Ecletic Goods.

HoTS: Do you have any fan pages or a Twitter acct, so we can keep up with your work?

NR: Yes, check us out here:

FB Follow / Free.

Instagram Follow / Free.

Twitter Follow / Free.

horror-movies-silenceofthelambs-shoesHoTS: Are you working on anything right now?

NR: Right now we are getting some new designs together for Halloween and preparing for the holidays. We have a new Hellraiser design and The Exorcist coming as well as a Walking Dead Rick and Daryl high top in the works.

HoTS: What are some of your pastimes outside of drawing?

NR: I play The Sims 3. Most of my free time is spent with my family. I have two amazing girls that keep me pretty busy. I do yoga and enjoy crafting.

Alright since this is the end of our Q&A with Nicole Robinson, let me just throw in another pair of TWD shoes.


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