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MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

MOVIE REVIEW: A Plague So Pleasant (2013)

By Travis Love

A Plague So Pleasant

Directed by Benjamin Roberds and due to be released 9/29/2015 on Wild Eye Releasing, A Plague So Pleasant is a dry humor, cynical zom-dram-comedy (zombie drama comedy) which takes place in a city where, after a zombie outbreak occurred years prior, it has now been decreed that killing zombies is “inhumane” and illegal. Humans live their everyday lives side by side with the undead in an awkward cohabitation. But, when that line is crossed and the law is broken, the town soon finds out that the zombies aren’t as compliant as they once thought. Living alongside zombies can be hazardous to your health.

The story finds two roommates caught in the mundane day to day of a normal life (save for being surrounded by enough zombies to fill a Walmart parking lot). During a breakfast conversation, the lead character, Clay Marshall (David Chandler), agrees to help his roommate pursue a relationship with his sister Mia (Eva Boehnke). Complications arise when Marshall’s sister refuses to date anyone but her boyfriend Jerry…who just so happens to be a zombie (Jerry Springer  — a WTF moment). The moral dilemma is dropped into Marshall’s lap: break the no killing zombies law in order to kill Jerry and help his sister move on to finally receive closure and possible happiness with his roommate or obey the law and watch his sister throw away her life. The choice to carry through with it leads to an onslaught of carnage as one shot fired into the back of Zombie Jerry’s skull creates a zombie horde tidal wave loose on the town. Peace is no longer an option.

The cinematography is black and white for the majority of the film, a splash of color transitions after the gunshot to Zombie Jerry’s head which is almost foreboding as to the shift in zombie temperament. The dialog is at times hilariously dry and nonchalant, almost like if Shaun of the Dead was too cool to care if you thought it was funny. The gore is what you’d come to expect from a zombie film: legions of undead feasting on internal organs like hungry teenagers at an all-you-can-eat Chinese buffet (zombie fortune cookie fortunes only say “Gwarsghgrrrr” btw. If you are a zombie, you can appreciate the depth of that fortune). The story itself is heartfelt and sad yet balanced with enough humor and zombie on human violence to keep you from shedding those Lifetime made for TV movie tears.

A Plague So Pleasant firmly sets a precedent that a zombie film doesn’t have to be heartless just because a zombie ate it. If you’re looking for a laid back, interesting take on a low budget zombie film, this movie will make a soft spot out of your chest cavity by feasting on your heart, and you’ll love every minute of it.

Rating: 6/10


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GENRE REVIEW: Naughty Horror

Horror Porn Parodies of Your Favorite Horror Films!

By John Roisland

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Feeling a little...naughty this Halloween season? Wanting something different to watch other than the usual slasher movies? Looking for something ... different in your trick or treat bag this year? Well with thanks to such wholesome production companies as Loaded Digital Releases, Burning Angel, Smash Pictures, Caballero and probably hundreds more, you can now have the best of both worlds in, naughty horror - HORROR-PORN PARODIES!

This great little entertainment invention is fun for the entire family (18 and older)! In the mid to late 80s, horror movies made a huge impact on the entertainment world. On Friday and Saturday nights , young couples flooded the theaters to be scared and entertained for a few bucks on their weekly dates. The adult industry took notice and wanted to cash in on the new found horror goers... as well as give these couples a new "happy ending" to their movies!

Many of the films simply put their actors in a known horror movie mask that resembles the main character of the film they are trying to (or supposedly trying to) portray. They wave a knife in the face of a half naked woman, she screams, then they go at it. Then there are directors like Rob Rotten, who has brought to life such titles as Porn of the Dead and The Texas Dildo Massacre, to the viewing public. Rob actually brought audiences a movie. A true horror-porn movie. His films actually use real sets, actors, props, and make up/special FX that are better than some I've seen in some actual horror films. For example, in one film a zombie woman goes down on a man and at one point eats his junk - IT DID NOT LOOK FAKE!

Then there are movies that have a more comedic horror bent, such as Edward Penishands and Re-Penetrator, which give their audiences a less serious approach to the combination horror/porn than Rob Rotten gave his. These horror-comedy-porn movies were also on what seems to be smaller budgets and are seemingly more seductive through the comedic aspect.

evilhead1images (6)Love it or hate it, the adult film industry has been one of the largest money making venture in world for many years now! And joining the bandwagon of another huge money maker was just more dollar signs!

The number of this horror parody porn movies to me is unknown; I'm guessing in the thousands. Regardless, they are what they are, porn with a horror theme. Keeping up with the times, these little private time beauties have evolved with the times, from VHS to DVD and, yes, even Blu-ray. Now , I'm pretty sure that all you techie pervs can most likely find all these available for personal viewing pleasures on all your hand held (no pun intended) electronic devices. Don't expect to pay the cheap prices you might find in the Walmart $5 bin. I've seen some titles, especially the vintage films, being sold in the hundred dollar range.

But if you have a few extra dollars to spend on entertainment for you and your lover (or just on yourself), there are many great titles for you to choose from, including Friday the 69th , A Nightmare on Dyke Street, I Know Who You Did Last Summer, Evil Head, A Wet Dream on Elm Street, and The Human Sexipede...just to name a few.

No matter what you watch, no matter what the rating is, from PG to R , enjoy your movie, and if it's XXX,... then enjoy yourself...you little sinner!

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GAME REVIEW: Eyes (2013)

GAME REVIEW: Eyes (2013)

Seeing is Believing

By Ryan Schwam

Greetings horror fans and lovers of the macabre! Today I have risen early with a hunger for fear and by god I am going to satisfy my craving. I have a line up of ghastly games that are sure to make you tremble in your seat and haunt your memories on those occasional evenings when you are all by yourself. I will do my best to choose only the most intense titles I can and will gladly take suggestions. Another thing about me? I am a 300 pound, 24-year-old grown man who becomes reduced to a fetal positioned bitch when I play most of these games. So, without further ado, let's shit our pants!

This game. Eyes. This fucking game. I first saw clips of this game on Pewdiepie's YouTube channel a couple of years ago, and simply watching it on my monitor sent chills down my spine. The setting? An old 3-story house filled with odd pictures and dreaded corners to round sparingly. The objective? Break into said house and steal bags of treasure littered throughout its darkened, silent halls. Sounds easy, right? After all, what's the worst that could happen while breaking into an abandoned 3-story house with bags of gold strewn throughout in the middle of the night? Turns out a lot can fucking happen. In this case the house is patrolled by the decapitated head of a woman - flowing jet black hair, flesh hanging out of her exposed throat, and her shiny and blood red mouth open to expose a row of far too long jagged teeth.

If you are having trouble imagining what that image looks like, here is her glamour shot:Eyes

I stupidly made the decision to download Eyes and see if I had what it takes to make it through. The answer is an resounding no. Remember, folks, I am a man who loves horror, loves gore, and enjoys bringing terror to others, but this game makes me a Bitch with a capital b.

I begin in a small bedroom with nothing but a flashlight (Wow! Never seen that before). Even in the only room in the house where you cannot be attacked, you still feel a strong sense of dread and danger. I make my way into the main hall and shit my pants for the first time as the door opening quickly reveals a painting of an old man in black and white that startled me. Breathing heavily, I observe my surroundings and figure the basement is the best place to start (If you're trapped in a horror movie with me, do not count on me to make good decisions.) and make my way down the concrete steps. Every few rooms there is a red eye painted somewhere on the wall, and this is where Eyes actually is pretty cool. As your bodiless stalker floats around sniffing you out, you can walk up to these eyes and sight jack into her eyes to see what she sees. Many times all you manage to see in time is her rapidly moving view lunging at your unaware self from behind. When she is near, red text saying "RUN" appears. When that happens, you had best take the advice because within seconds she will zero in on you and greet you with a camera zoom in of her unnaturally wide smile and disturbing floating movement.

I'll be honest, that is about as far as I have gotten. Her face popped up and I promptly exited the game. I tried a few more times, but this game has always stuck out to me above the others for some reason. The enemy is just so original and creepy that I truly do not want or feel the need to play this again after getting my scares out of it. Straight forward game and definitely worth a play on a dark and stormy night.

I am giving Eyes a 3.5/5. A very simple and straightforward Indie game with a truly scary enemy that I would love to see elaborated on. Thank you for reading.

Schwam

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THIS JUST IN: The Mist Coming to the Small Screen

By John Roisland

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Once and once only in my life have I ever yelled out loud in pure anger at the ending of a film, and that film was The Mist. From the many people I have spoken to over the years about movies, they always the same reaction soon as The Mist is mentioned - "That DAMN ending!"

Overall, The Mist was a great film, and I really enjoyed it, but I have only seen once. The impact of that viewing - the way the story was told, the acting, and, of course, the special FX - honestly left such a vivid imprint on me that I've never had to watch it again. And it's not because I didn't like it. As I mentioned previously, it's a strange film, one of those movies that you (or I) only have to watch once. It's hard to explain to someone who hasn't seen it, but those of you who have seen it know damn well what it is that I am talking about when I mention yelling at the end.

Without giving anything away to those who haven't, I'll just say it's not a huge cliffhanger of an ending... Not by far.

The Mist, based on a Stephen King novella of the same name, was brought to the big screen in 2007 by Frank Darabont, who had previously directed The Green Mile and The Shawshank Redemption, also by Stephen King, and I commend the job he did. That being said, for some reason Dimension Television will be bring The Mist to the small screen in an ongoing series being penned by Christian Torpe (Rita, Park Road).

There is no news on who will star, when to expect it, or even what network will pick it up. We will keep you up to date as further developments surface. I'm not much of a TV person, but I think that I just might have to check out this series,and see how Mr. Torpe carries the torch. Or even if he can.

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PUPPET MASTER: Is It Really Goodbye?

By John Roisland



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Who of us could ever forget the likings of Andre Toulon's little demonic puppets with names like, Blade, Decapitron, Jester, Pinhead, and Six Shooter - just to name a few? Well, I, for one haven't, but in case you did, our friends over at Full Moon Entertainment are bringing you yet another installment in the Puppet Master films.

The film is set to begin production, they hope, in early 2016. Everything is in very early pre-production, and there is no title and no cast. We do have a director/producer - Charles Band. The first of the Puppet Master franchise was released in 1989. (DAMN! Am I really that old?) This will be the 11th film in the series, and, sadly enough, is being said to be the final film of the franchise. It's had a long good run and, in addition to the films, spawned action figures of the puppets themselves. And, yes, I am lucky enough to own a few of them. Puppet Master is fucking badass. Sorry, there is just no way around it! There's a reason it's been a favorite among horror fans so many years.

So, if it's the last, then you know we've all got to see it! You also know that I will be keeping you up to date and will post more as soon as I find out more information on the production and release date.

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MOVIE REVIEW: Exeter (2015)

By Stephanie Roisland

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Producer: Vicarious Entertainment; Director: Marcus Nispel; Stars: Michael Ormsby, Gage Golightly, and Brett Dier

The movie begins with a huge party at an abandoned asylum for discarded children called Exeter. This all night booze and drug fest takes a twisted turn when a group of friends, drunk and stoned, have the idea to try out some occult magic. Amber (Gage Golightly) thinks she can make a person float in the air, just like the famous girl on YouTube. The group decides to use Rory (Michael Ormsby), their friend Brad's (Brett Dier) little brother, as the guinea pig.

I know all of you have heard of the game light as a feather, stiff as a board, right? (If not then Google it because I ain't explaining that shit.) The group tries to use the game for fun and something goes seriously wrong . Rory becomes violently possessed by a vengeful, evil force.

The teens try to seek help or find a way out and realize they are locked inside. With no means of help or communication, they decide to take the matter of saving Rory into their own hands. Once again using the Internet for reference, the friends attempt an exorcism. What the amateurs don't realize is that they have unleashed a spirit with no other intention or motive but to see them all dead. One by one, in almost comical ways, the friends die. I do have to say I did rather enjoy the gory slaughter scenes in this movie and the fact that it didn't seem like they were trying too hard to make it happen.

The group's only chance for survival is to uncover the asylum's deep mysteries and find a way to get out before they have all perished. Unfortunately for them, the search to uncover answers to Exeter's past reveal a dark and terrible history that will leave everyone baffled. What secrets are held there will blow your mind in a twist of the tables and an unholy union.

For a movie that did not receive a lot of exposure or theatre time, I am very please with it overall. The characters were fun, cheesy, and a tad freaky all at the same time. The plot was almost like a plot within a plot, but it was not confusing. There was enough B-movie and gore mixed with the suspense to make it interesting but not forced in any way. It is most definitely worth a watch and guaranteed to generate a few laughs. I think that the direction of the movie was fun and the writers/directors did an amazing job.

2 3/4 out of 5 stars

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INTERVIEW: The Circus Rejects

The Circus Rejects"Bring in the clowns!" "Always leave them laughing!” "Everyone loves a clown". These sayings having been associated with clowns for many, many years. Clowns bring a smile to a small child's face and laughter to crowds everywhere. Well the days of little Johnny and little Susie asking, "Golly gee, Mom...can we please go to the circus to see those funny clowns after all our chores are done?" are gone!
Dark clouds have moved over these once beloved characters, and they are back in full force with a very dark side and reaping havoc across the land. These days clowns are more feared than loved.
I have the exciting privilege of bring you the leaders of a group of clowns that are terrorizing the east coast from New York to Virginia. This group goes by the name The Circus Rejects and are headed up by Karnage and Grin. These two fine young gentlemen took a moment from their busy schedule of looting, kidnapping, and genuinely scaring the shit out of people to tell me a bit more about themselves.
The Circus RejectsHouse of Tortured Souls: Gentlemen, give us the low down on the history of the The Circus Rejects. What I mean by that is how you guys came to be.
REJECTS: Grin and Karnage met in clown college which we flunked out of after the first semester. Karnage couldn't get the juggling figured out and was caught eating the grease paint. Grin didn't want to give up the chainsaw and was expelled for chasing the dean down the hallway when he tried to take the saw away from Grin.
We were clown college dorm mates so we figured we had learned enough to give this clowning thing a go on our own. The name The Circus Rejects just kinda of stuck after the first few gigs went terribly wrong. Children's parties and chainsaws don't really go together very well, so we thought why not call ourselves The Circus Rejects so that people know what they are in for when they book us.
We are available for weddings, parties, corporate events, just about anything you have going on.
The Circus RejectsHoTS: I first met you both at Monster Mania horror convention in August of 2014 in Cherryhill, NJ, where both of you chased my daughter with chainsaws through the hotel foyer for her 16th birthday. It was at THAT moment I knew we would become great friends! Other than conventions, tell us about some of the other jobs The Circus Rejects have done.
REJECTS: We are booked for our second Halloween wedding this year. Hmm, lets see... It's been a busy couple of years for us. We've done quite a bit of fun events such as the Atlantic City Beer and Music Festival two years in a row now - might we add that it's the second largest beer and music festival in the country! Definitely don't want to miss that in 2016! There is also Bizarre AC 2 that we were a part of last June, and we are gearing up for the third installment of Bizarre AC this coming October at the Chelsea Hotel in Atlantic City from October 16-18, 2015. We have done a bunch of cool events, such as The Beard and Moustache Championship of the Universe last November. We have become fairly popular at some area tattoo conventions as crowd entertainment. We were a part of the Strange Exchange, Oddities Flea Market, which is ran by the Weird NJ Guys, really cool guys too! We have done a couple of local commercial spots. It's just been a fun ride so far, and we're looking forward to where this is going to take us!
HoTS: Halloween is rapidly approaching. I can only imagine how busy this time of year is for you! I understand you are often found at Bloodshed Farms Fear Fest. Tell everyone about that and when and where we can find it.
REJECTS: The farm used to be run by a family know as the Levid family. Legend has it, that the Levid family had a very dark secret. During the time the Levid Family ran the old farm, 16 reported people went missing in a span of three years. Investigation never lead to the farm. The Levid's themselves even had a daughter amongst those gone ... unaccounted. It wasn't until after the family was forced off the land that people stopped disappearing. Soon after that, the shed was found.The Circus Rejects
Hidden well within the farm's sprawling forest, the tiny red shed was revealed to be the gruesome location related to at least 14 of the missing people. No bodies were ever found, well...none that were easily recognizable. DNA from blood, flesh, teeth, feces, and other human parts were used for verification. Those who managed to stomach even talking about the shed revealed little.
A wooden chair sat directly in the center of the shed, surrounded by shelves full of items used for various torture and killing methods, the chair itself, a device constructed to help aid in the sadism and madness. The locals started calling the place Bloodshed Farms. None of the members of the Levid Family were ever found.
For those brave enough to come check out the property that is now known as BloodShed Farms, open every Friday and Saturday in October, at 2919 Route 206, Columbus, NJ, on the same property as Columbus Flea Market.
HoTS: The Circus Rejects have been pushing and plugging away for some time now. I understand its about to pay off...and on film. Fill us in!
REJECTS: We wanted to make a legendary horror film, so we kidnapped a director by the name of JP Hoffman and our plan is to force him to make our film. He (JP) has a strong fear of clowns and didn't want to shoot what we had in mind, due to the graphic intensity and crazy shit we have planned but he doesn't have to much of a choice. We want to give people the best goddamn clown movie ever and hopefully we can raise enough money that we can shoot this soon. The film is mainly about Grin, Karnage, and Kisses and our revenge for our father’s death. Thats all I'm saying for now about the film.
HoTS: Thank you both for taking the time out of your busy schedules for us! We are huge supporters and fans of Karnage, Grin, and the entire Circus Rejects family!! Anything you'd like to leave the House of Tortured Souls viewers with?
REJECTS (Grin): i tRuLY cAn'T tHaNk eVeRyOnE eNoUgh FoR tHe CoNsTaNt SuPpOrT To ThE FiLm AnD eVeRyThInG wE do!! wE CoUlDnT dO iT wiThOuT You aLL HavInG oUr BaCkS AnD pUsHiNg Us tO bE bEtTeR aNd BeTtER eVeRyDaY! aNd My PrOmIsE tO yOu aLL iS tO mAkE tHe BeSt cLoWn fiLm EvEr. CoNtInUe To foLLoW griN. tHe moViE, aNd ThE reSt Of tHe cLoWnS aNd StAy Up To DaTe On WhAt WeRe dOiNG.. YoU nEvEr KnOw WhAt MiGhT p0P uP nExT!
REJECTS (Karnage): Just a big thank you to everyone and your continued support of what we are doing. We will try to keep doing it bigger and better and creepier!! Remember, we make creepy fun!!The Circus Rejects
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COMING SOON: Krampus (2015)

Krampus Is Coming to Town

By John Roisland


Historically, Krampus is a Christmas holiday character that is derived from German folklore. Krampus was a demonic, horned creature that walked upright and had hooved feet. The purpose of Krampus was to scare young children who had been misbehaving during the holiday season. Krampus is said to beat children with sticks and whip them with chains before throwing them into baskets and dragging them into a fiery Hell. It's not hard to see how that might be an effective scare tactic particularly for small children,

Here's the weird part: this a horror/horror-comedy film that's based around Christmas. I am the CEO of a horror website, and I'm sucker for Christmas movies. "Isn't it ironic...don't ya think?!"

Well, on Decemeber 4, 2015, Legendary Pictures and Universal Pictures are bringing us Krampus. The story is that our favorite fun-loving demon is brought forth by a young boy who no longer believes in Santa Claus and has lost his holiday spirit after his entire dysfunctional family decides to get together for the holidays.

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Krampus arrives wreaking havoc and mayhem on the family of disbelievers. It's a fight to stay alive! This dark horror-comedy looks to be awesome, and I, personally, can't wait to see it!! Krampus was written by Todd Casey (Avengers Assemble), Zach Shields (Trick 'r Treat: Making Friends (Short)), and Michael Dougherty (Trick 'r Treat), who also directs.

The film stars Adam Scott (Parks and Recreation), Toni Collette (The Sixth Sense), Allison Tolman (Fargo (TV Series)), David Koechner (The Office (TV Series)), Conchata Ferrell (Hot L Baltimore (TV Series)), Stefania LaVie Owen (The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)), Emjay (Rake (TV Series)), Gareth Ruck (The Hobbit (trilogy), and William Shatner (Star Trek)- who plays a DJ in a piece that brackets the rest of the movie.

From what I've seen, it looks like Christmas Vacation meets Santa's Slay...and that's just fine with me!!!

Shatner in Krampus

Who says the holidays aren't Hell?!

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MOVIE REVIEW: Unfriended (2015)

By John Roisland

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Universal Pictures brings us a tale of cyber haunting in Unfriended. While on a group Skype, six high school students are haunted and terrorized by the ghost of a fellow student who has killed herself.

The group is first annoyed by this mysterious guest who has popped into the group chat. Things quickly escalate as this guest, who has now assumed the identity of a deceased friend and proceeds to share very personal and sometimes intimate secrets amongst the group, is turning them against each other and has also taken over complete control of the computers, rendering them helpless.

They now are all in fear for their lives as they realize the guest is indeed the ghost of their passed away friend. The techno spirit is back for revenge and blames the group for her suicide. Using cyber possession and physical haunting, she brings her victims to there demise one by one.

Upon its theatrical release, I was interested in seeing the film. It's not..bad. The movie itself had kinda a MTV feel to it. It isn't one that I'd be looking to for winning any awards, but at the same time, I've seen a lot worse!

The acting over all, really surprised me. Having to portray a overly dramatic teen...they nailed it. What honestly impressed me though, was that none of the actors had any scenes together ...like I said, it was a group chat. So all the acting they did, was in scenes by themselves.

The entire film you are looking either at a computer screen full of typing and multiple screens or at a video window, that holds another character in it. At first, I will admit I almost felt slightly claustrophobic staring at a laptop screen, I kept waiting for a scene to open up, and it never did. But once the story line really kicked in, I was more enthralled in it other than background.

Unfriended was directed by Levan Gabriadze and was written by Nelson Greaves . It stars a young cast comprised of Heather Sossaman, Mathew Bohrer, Courtney Halverson, Shelley Henning, Moses Storm, Will Peltz , Renee Olstead and Jacob Wysocki. The film was released in theaters on April 17, 2015.

I know not everyone is going to like this film,..AT ALL! But if you have NOTHING else to do, I think its worth a watch.

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TRIBUTE: Lucio Fulci: The Godfather of Gore

TRIBUTE: Lucio Fulci: The Godfather of Gore

By Amy Lynes

Master of the Macabre
There aren't many people that I idolize but Lucio Fulci is definitely one of them, and he's number one on my list.

I was seventeen and home alone when I watched my first Lucio Fulci film. It was The House By The Cemetery, and watching it alone was a big mistake. HUGE! I sat there for the next hour and a half mesmerized by what was unfolding on the screen in front of me, even though my heart was racing, I was scared out of my mind, and all alone in an old, creepy ass (haunted) house.

Never before had I seen so much blood and gore! I was excited, terrified and repulsed all at the same time. As soon as it ended, I instantly rewound it (yes, it was on VHS) and watched it again. I would watch this wonderfully intense and graphic film three more time before eventually returning it to the video store.

I wanted to see more of this man's work and soon began renting all the films I could get my eager hands on. Zombie (aka Zombi 2) came next and, once again, I was blown away. There were scenes where I actually found myself holding my breath, squirming in my seat and clenching my hands so tightly that my muscles hurt. The famous eyeball puncturing scene was incredibly hard to watch but at the same time I couldn't make myself look away (and found that I didn't really want to anyway). I absolutely loved the way the zombies looked, how it seemed as though they were crumbling right before my eyes, squirming with maggots and missing eyes and appendages. It was fantastic! Still to this day, I prefer the slow gait, movement and organic look of Fulci's zombies, as opposed to the fast movers of today's modern zombie films. There was (and still is) something inherently creepy about the way they shamble so goddamn slowly and cannot be deterred nor distracted. They just keep on coming for you. And the infamous 'Shark vs. Zombie' scene? Once again, I was blown away. I sat there, completely mystified by the skill and imagination that must have gone into the making of that awe inspiring scene. Hell, even all these years later, I still am.

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I was now completely hooked on this man's amazing talent and there was no going back for me; I just couldn't get enough and I simply HAD to see more. I had to find out everything I could about this director who could bring such vision to the screen while simultaneously scaring the living shit out of me so effectively and see as many of his films as possible.

Next up was The Beyond (aka Seven Doors of Death) which was strong in vivid imagery and unbelievably creepy. I couldn't get it out of my head for days and to this very day, it is still one of my all time favorite horror films. My copy gets watched often, several times a year, and I still get creeped out. Every time.

Then there was The Gates of Hell (aka City of the Living Dead) with the famous drill through the head scene, and the vomiting up of one's intestines and I delighted in the grossness of it, even though it made me retch.

Next up was Demonia, in which a man was quartered. I was horrified but I was also really beginning to like all the gore. It was all so shocking to me, but I seriously just could not get enough. I was addicted to how these movies made me feel, and what they sparked in me.

City drill scene

I soon fell in love with Fulci's ability to use gore to the fullest extent, without it being the primary focus of his films. He had the ability to scare the hell out of me without overwhelming me with the gore, and I was all about it. The excitement became a sort of drug for me, and I became addicted to the adrenaline rush I invariably got from his films.

My parents, however, were less than thrilled with my choice in movies and the only one I could ever get Dad to watch with me was The Psychic. He just couldn't handle the gore Fulci was famous for. I, however, was growing to love it more and more with each film. Years later, I would pass that love on to my brother Clayton, and he eventually ended up just as addicted as I was.

Because I could find so few of his movies and having become utterly obsessed with his work, I tried doing some investigative work to find out all I could about this genius director that I was quickly coming to love. Sadly, this was before the Internet and the libraries had very little to offer, so there wasn't much I could find. It wasn't until many years later that I discovered Netflix and began using the Internet that I was able to get my hands on a number of films that I had only heard about – and even some that I had no clue existed. My first few months on Netflix were exciting ones; I had found hidden horror treasure. The Mother Lode.

Because I was so enamored with Fulci's films, I also then began seeking out films by people who had either inspired Fulci, or had been inspired by him - Mario and Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento. This would also eventually lead to some other obsessions of mine, Argento films and Italian horror in general. But Fulci would always be my favorite.

Fulci has done everything from horror to musicals and even some Spaghetti Westerns and comedies. He was responsible for sixty films and one hundred and twenty scripts. In addition to film making, Fulci also wrote two books Fulci Breaks The Looking Glass and My Lovely Monsters which, sadly, will probably never be translated into English.

Fulci's career hit a high point in 1971-72 with his two Giallos, A Lizard in a Woman's Skin and Don't Torture a Duckling which were both extremely controversial. However, he was briefly blacklisted after Don't Torture a Duckling because it painted an extremely vivid picture of perversity in Catholicism. He was also hauled into court and charged with cruelty to animals due to the very graphic depiction of dogs being mutilated in A Lizard in a Woman's Skin and actually had to show the judge the puppets they used and how they worked before being cleared of the charge.

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It has been said that the films he made from 1979-83 were some of the most violent ever made. It is really no coincidence that the eighties were his most popular time in America. Sadly, in spite of that, he was never fully given the recognition he deserved. The horror world truly suffered a major loss with his untimely death in 1996.

It saddens me that there will never be another new Fulci film, but for this girl, this master of the macabre will always live on, both in his work, and in the work of many others.

For a complete list of Lucio Fulci's work, check out his IMDB page.

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Leatherface Gets a ReAction

My Reaction to the Leatherface ReAction

By John Roisland

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For about the last six years or so, I have prided myself, and actually take quite seriously, on having a small, but growing collection of horror merchandise. I have been gathering items from movie posters to Halloween themed sodas, but one of my favorites collectibles has always been action figures. Some are popular, some are rare and hard to find, but there usually wasn't one I wouldn't happily add to my collection. Until now.

Funko, who I'm a fan of, has come out with a line of retro action figures called ReAction Figures. Their character base is rather impressive, ranging from The Goonies to Escape from New York and even Big Trouble in Little China. The over all packaging and figure itself reminds me of that of the mid late 70s Star Wars figures. The size is about the same, very limited movement and the packaging is simple flat cardboard with some sort of movie picture that portrays the character. Over all, they aren't bad; they're little retro collectibles and all very much resemble their own character. All but one. Leatherface. Of all characters to get wrong, it has to be my personal favorite!

The outfit is the typical Leatherface garb: pants, tie, and apron. But the outfit is not the issue; what IS the issue is the mask. Everyone knows that Freddy Krueger has his glove of finger knives, Pinhead has, well, pins in his head, and Leatherface has a stitched together mask made of human. When you make or build a model or representation of these huge horror icons, it's imperative to get the trademark right! Well, in this case, our friendly looking butcher of human flesh looks like he's having a facial at a day spa and is sporting a mud mask! I'm sorry; I really am, but even the small blood spots on his apron and the chainsaw that comes with the action figure can't (and don't) make up for this!! Yes, you know who he is supposed to be as you look at it, but its a very bad representation.

Retailing for $14.99, this collectible will be hitting the shelves on November 30th, 2015, just in time for the fat man to fill your stockings! Maybe I'll find one with my name on it... I wont be crushed it I don't though. Sorry Funko, but this is one of few I will be passing on.

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COMING SOON: Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension (2015)

By John Roisland

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Blumhouse Productions along with Paramount Pictures, brings you the fifth installment in the Paranormal Activity series, Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension. This time around we follow the story of the Fleeges family. The Fleeges have recently moved into the once possessed home of Micah and Katie and have found items that were left behind, including a box of old home VHS recordings and a video camera. Upon using the camera and videos, spirits are evoked and the new tenants are now being haunted.

My personal feelings towards the series have been hit or miss. Some parts of what I have seen with this new feature look interesting, but clichéd. One thing I loosely admired with the other films was the lack of CGI. Well so much for that. This time around CGI is definitely present and will take a lot away from the realism it normally tries to present...at least for me it will. The film is also being shown in 3-D which is usually not a good thing.

Paranormal Activity: The Ghost Dimension is directed by Gregory Plotkin and stars Chris J. Murray, Brit Shaw, Ivy George, Dan Gill, Chloe Csenergy , Jessica Tyler Brown, Olivia Taylor Dudley, and Michael Krawic. It is set to be released in theaters, October 23, 2015, just in time for Halloween.

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COMING SOON: Tales of Halloween (2015)

Are You Ready For Halloween?

By John Roisland

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On October 16, 2015, Epic Pictures brings you an all new tale of terror - Tales of Halloween. Eleven directors and ten writers are brought together to each tell a tale of Halloween in an average suburban American town and then tie them all together to bring you one giant nightmare anthology!

Bringing these tales to the screen are such directors as Lucky McKee, John Skipp, Darren Lynn Bousman, and many other well known genre directors. Also on board are writers like Andrew Kasch, Dave Parker, and Mike Mendez. Bringing these directors' stories to life are a long list of Hollywood favorites. There are many talents bringing the stories to light, including Barry Bostwick (The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Helen Keller vs Nightwolves), Adrienne Barbeau (The Fog, Unholy), and John Landis (Quicksilver Highway, Attack of the 50 Foot Cheerleader). Genre favorites Caroline Williams (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Stepfather II), Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond), and Lin Shaye (The Hillside Strangler, 2001 Maniacs: Field of Screams) are also in the film.

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Tales of Halloween, a horror comedy classic in the making, has a run time of 92 minutes and is rated R for strong bloody horror violence, language, and brief drug use. BONUS: Watch for a kid trick-or-treating as "Snake Plissken", the main character from the John Carpenter movies Escape from New York (1981) and Escape from L.A. (1996).

With titles like "The Night Billy Raised Hell", "This Means War", "Friday the 31st", and "Sweet Tooth", Tales of Halloween promises to be quite the Halloween treat for horror lovers. So get the candy corn and popcorn ready because this Halloween flick looks like it has the potential to be pretty damn good!

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PRODUCT REVIEW: Funko POP

By John Roisland

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Funko, created in 1998 by Mike Becker, was an idea conceived to bring nostalgic themed toys back to an era of never ending electronics! My focus in this review is the Fukno POP line. It seems if you walk into any toy store, book/magazine shop - and especially a comic book store - you are bound to find these little guys! From Disney to Marvel and Dragonball Z to Jay and Silent Bob, Funko POP figures are everywhere! The list is endless - hell, there are characters I've never even heard of!

For our beloved HORROR...I must say it's a pretty impressive display. Ranging from classic horror, such as Nosferatu, The Wolfman and The Munsters just to name a few, to more mainstream horror icons, such as Captain Spaulding, Michael Myers, and (let us not forget my favorite) Leatherface! And again the lists goes on....and on, and they seem to add new ones every time you turn around.

Each character comes in a nice window box that stands about 7 inches tall. The figures alone, stand about 5 inches tall and are adorable! Yes, I said adorable! The reason I say this is because I can picture any young girl playing with any of these little characters at her tea party. They are not scary, nor are the meant to be. The detail of the characters, while they may not be as realistic as a da Vinci, is such that you know exactly who they are as soon as you see them. Without a doubt. They all have short bodies and large heads, and they almost have a cartoonish feel too them.

These figures have been a huge success with fans and toy collectors of all ages and lovers of all genres. Personally speaking, we have 11 in our collection, with about 75 more on our wish list. My personal favorites are The Bride of Frankenstein and Jason Voorhees! And what's on the top of my wish list? The new Pinhead of course! With an average price of $11.99 - $14.99, how can anyone pass it by!?

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