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Tony Newton takes a look back at the Video Nasties in the upcoming VHS Documentary “VHS Nasty” and reference book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”

Tony Newton takes a look back at the Video Nasties in the upcoming VHS Documentary “VHS Nasty” and reference book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”

VHS Nasty is part 3 in the infamous cult VHS documentary series “VHS Lives“. In the early 1980’s, VCR players were in every house, but a legendary cult following developed during the VHS era like no other, those that loved The Video Nasty! Yes kids, with video stores on every corner during the VHS boom, they were flooded with an array of exploitation and horror the likes of which we will never see again. The art on the VHS sleeves was awesome and these unregulated horror, gore and sexploitation films rocked before they were banned in the UK and the hysteria started to spread across the globe!

VHS Nasty delves deep into the cult classic satanic panic that is the video nasties, taking an indepth look at censorship within horror films specifically the video nasty scandal that shook not only Britain in the early 80’s, but shook the world into a frenzy of panic! Talking about cult video nasties such as Faces of Death, Cannibal Holocaust, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Driller Killer and many more.

VHS Nasty is available on Amazon Prime now and coming to DVD in the UK and US from September 23rd

UK DVD available to pre-order from hive.co.uk

US DVD available to pre-order from Barnes and Noble and Alchemy Werks

VHS LIVES : A Schlockumentary Part 1 and VHS Lives :Undead Format  Part 2 are also available on DVD and VOD.

To coincide with the documentary  the recently released book “VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties”  is also now available as a Kindle eBook. Packed with information with over 800 pages of Nastiness, it takes a detailed look at the VHS Video Nasties, Censorship and horror films!

VHS NASTY: The Essential Guide Book to Video Nasties is currently available in the UK and US on Amazon

UK Amazon Kindle

US Amazon Kindle

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‘The Trick or Treat Picture Show’ coming to Amazon Prime and other Streaming Media Venues this October

‘The Trick or Treat Picture Show’ coming to Amazon Prime and other Streaming Media Venues this October

New York Production Company (The Cinemaharvest Co.) prepares to release their initial Feature Film on Amazon Prime and other Streaming Media Venues this October.

“The Trick or Treat Picture Show” is a VHS homage to Slasher Films, Drive-in Movie Culture, 80’s Docudrama and Halloween Public Service Announcements, in Picture Show Format.

Simply stated, this Motion Picture was constructed for Horror Fans and designed for children of the 80’s.

Featuring: – Two Original 35mm Slasher Films- Two Paranormal Documentaries – Multiple 16mm Grindhouse Style Trailers- New and Original Halloween PSA’S – Super 8mm Halloween Snack Recipes for Stoners- Original Analog Synthwave- Vintage Drive-In Movie Advertisements Director’s Anthony Ashmore had the following to say about the film:
“The current state of affairs within the horror genre are quite grim. An over-saturation of gore, “found footage” formatting, inauthentic performances, and direct-to-video productions, define our current climate within the chronology of horror film production. The films which scared me the most were the docudrama theatrical films of the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. Films like Halloween, The Shining, The Exorcist & The Amityville Horror, struck a chord within the collective consciousness of the nation. These movies were presented during a period of realism within the film business, of which motion pictures like The Godfather and Taxi Driver set a precedence. As time, commercialism and film styles have evolved, our ever-beloved genre has declined into an era of cheap thrills and red food coloring. Where are the realistic films that gave us nightmares, chills, and offered a sense of dread because of their total authenticity? The aforementioned is the foundation of this Motion Picture”.

You can find out more about the film on IMDB and by following director Anthony Ashmore and New York Production Company on the following social media

Anthony Ashmore Twitter Instagram

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MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)

MOVIE REVIEW: Tales of Halloween (2015)


Tales From Halloween ... I have so many mixed feelings on this film. Tales From Halloween is a compilation of ten short stories all woven into one Halloween night.

The film, at first watch, I must admit, was a huge disappointment. I have been wanting to see Tales From Halloween since I first heard of it, so my expectations were really hopeful. For some reason, it first felt like I was watching a made for TV movie. I thought the special effects were extremely low grade and the music was even quirky. I am the biggest fan of the Halloween season and always make it a point to watch any movie based around it. So, sorry to say, I wasn't a happy trick-or-treater!

As the movie went on, I tried to put my disappointment aside and give it more of a shot. As I did, my frown became more of a smirk. I started to see the campy and almost comedic side to Tales From Halloween. In my opinion, the movie isn’t a horror/comedy, but it does have you a campy B movie horror feel.

The film opens with the narration of a local radio disk jockey as the camera pans over a small town. The DJ, who is talking about Halloween and the witching hour, is none other than the sultry voice of movie legend ADRIENNE BARBEAU, and it set the mood for the film. The short stories range from legends of sweet tooth killers, aliens, neighbors fighting over the best yard decorating, children's revenge, and what would Halloween be without a killer jack-o-lantern.

The film does host a very impressive list of names to the cast, Barbeau, being one, obviously, the lovely Caroline Williams (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Contracted), Greg Grunberg (Heroes, Star Wars: The Force Awakens), Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Spin City (TV series)), Tiffany Shepis (12 Monkeys (TV series), The Night Watchmen), Lin Shaye (Insidious 1+2, Theres Something About Mary), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, We Are Still Here, You’re Next), Pollyanna McIntosh (The Woman, Filth) Pat Healy (Compliance, Cheap Thrills, Carnage Park) and a small appearance by legendary director John Landis ( The Blues Brothers, An American Werewolf In London) Now with a list like this, you would be expecting one of the best horror films ever, but sadly it isn't. To be honest, most of the names on this list have relatively small parts.

In keeping up with recent director compilation films (The ABCs of Death 1 and 2) and other Halloween films (Trick Or Treat), Tales From Halloween falls a bit short. Enjoyable for a non-serious horror film night - or a fun watch with friends.

Sorry, guys, but this is one where I loved the cover art for more than the film.

Keep It Evil...

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COMING SOON: 10/31/16 (2017)

COMING SOON: 10/31/16 (2017)


By John Roisland


Red Letter Entertainment, Inc. brings you the directorial debut from Rocky Gray (composer of The Barn, Killing Floor 2),two time Grammy winning musician and former drummer for Evanescence.

A new horror anthology in the vein of V/H/S/ and Creepshow
brings an ensemble cast together to spin twisted tales of the macabre. The film is Executive Produced by P.J. Starks, creator of the critically acclaimed Volumes of Blood franchise.


Story line:
A video tape given to a group of teens by a sinister trick or treater turns Halloween night into a living nightmare.

The film stars Jordan Phipps, Greg Fallon, Samantha Anderson, Taylor Aulbach, Darius White, Micah Patterson, Kirby Gocke, Star McCann, and Alivea Lafavor.

So when can we expect too see the finished project? Good question! 10/31/16 is set to be released around August 2017.

When Rocky and I first met, i knew he was the drummer for Evanescence, I also knew he was a huge horror fan, it was because that, that i pursued Rocky to join the staff of House of Tortured Souls. And what an addition he has been, graphics for the website, logo images, and last but by no means least - the opening and closing music for our podcast House of Tortured Souls Live. All of which we have had many compliments over, and we thank you, Rocky!!

I was in awe of the work Rocky had been doing with scores and soundtracks, but when he first mentioned to me about him making his own film, the upcoming 10/31/16, I’m pretty sure my reply text to him was, “FUUUCK YEA!!!!! Keep me posted. I’d be honored to support and help you out any way I can!”

When Rocky told me he had sent me the trailer and press release for 10/31/16, I was thrilled and couldn't wait to get home and check it out ! As most of you know, I am a huge fan of horror anthologies, so when Rocky mentioned that's what his film was, I was super stoked!

Be sure to check out 10/31/16 online:



Keep your eyes on 10/31/16 and on Houseoftorturedsouls.com for updates on the film and keep your ears open to House of Tortured Souls Live for the podcast with Rocky Gray.

A horror fan living the dream, give 'em hell, Rocky!

Keep It Evil...

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BOOK REVIEW: VHS Video Cover Art

BOOK REVIEW: VHS Video Cover Art

By Nick Durham

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Do you remember when you were young, and you'd make those trips to the local video store? Remember that wonderful little feeling of magic that popped up inside you whenever you walked down the various store aisles and saw those beautiful VHS tape boxes displayed? Remember how you'd pick up those boxes, look at the glorious covers, and read through what was on the back to determine if it was worth your time or not? Remember the first time you found the porn section?

Wait, forget about that last sentence (for now).

Anyway, I have fond memories of my treks through my local video store, which was a mom & pop establishment that often had a lot of stuff (particularly horror) that the chain stores like Blockbuster didn't carry. What attracted me to the horror section in particular were the beautiful box covers that grabbed my attention...and the rest is history. Sadly though, with the end of VHS as a form of physical media, and the rise of DVD, Blu-ray, and digital downloading/VOD, cover art has become something of a sadly forgotten form of art.

Thomas Hodge (aka The Dude Designs, who is responsible for some VHS-artwork style representations of modern films) knows this, and we should all be thankful to him for compiling everything contained in this beautiful hardcover book that is a true labor of love and passion. I haven't seen a compilation of VHS art in print form like this...ever. No seriously, this is truly something unique and just plain awesome...and in all honesty, more awesome than my words here can really do it justice. In other words, you need to stop what you're doing, and pick up VHS Video Cover Art right the fuck right now.

Now granted, this book doesn't exclusively cover horror VHS box art. Every genre is represented here: from science fiction, to action, to comedy, to even kids fare. (Like seriously, did you know there was a fucking Rambo cartoon? The 80s were a weird time.) Horror, however, takes precedent here, with quite a large portion of the book devoted to our beloved genre of film. The 1980s to about the early 90s are covered here. Some of the films featured within this book you'll recognize, and some are quite obscure of course, but that's part of the fun right? That's the whole idea after all: discovery. That was that wonderful feeling I mentioned earlier when strolling down the aisle at the video store and you gazed upon those VHS boxes with little to no idea what you were getting into...but you wanted to check it out regardless. In the immortal words of Freddie fucking Mercury, it' just a kind of magic.

To close things out, VHS Video Cover Art is an absolute must own. You will more than likely not find a better book detailing this kind of thing (nor as handsome as this wonderful hardcover collection ends up being), which makes it all the more of an essential addition to your bookshelf. Now seriously, stop reading this fucking thing and go pick it up.

Rating: 5/5

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