Check out "Kill Somebody" and let me know in the comments what you think of TWIZTID's new look and the insane visual content of their newest music video!
Here we have our first legit horror music video of 2017 courtesy of TWIZTID. The song is "Kill Somebody" off of their new album "The Continuous Evilution of Life's ?'s. Not only is the video jam packed with insane visuals but the song is pretty kick-ass also. TWIZTID have always been trailblazers when it comes to the horror side of rock/rap and have been continuously evolving and pushing the envelope since they formed House of Krazees in 1997 (I totally remember HoK stickers being plastered all over the Hot 'n Now drive-thru back home in Detroit!). TWIZTID also enjoyed a pretty successful run with the boys from ICP on their Psychopathic Records label from 1996 to 2012.
Check out "Kill Somebody" and let me know in the comments what you think of TWIZTID's new look and the insane visual content of their newest music video!
The Similars a.k.a. Los Parecidos will be releasing on VOD on November 15, 2016 from XLrator Media! The Similars was directed by Isaac Ezban and stars, Gustavo Sanchez Parra, Cassandra Ciangherotti, Fernando Becerril, and Humberto Busto. The synopsis from the official press release looks something like this:
On the rainy night of October 2, 1968, eight people waiting in a remote bus station for a bus heading to Mexico City start experiencing a strange phenomenon. Threatened by paranoia and fear, the strangers show the best and worst of themselves as they try to unravel the mysterious condition that is invading each of them like a virus.
So what do you think it is, aliens, zombie virus, common cold? I do dig the trailer as it gives off a music video flair with a dash of Sin City cinematography. I look forward to reviewing and bringing you more coverage of The Similars but in the meantime check out the trailer and official movie poster below. If you happen to be in the Los Angeles, New York, or San Francisco areas there will also be a one night screening of the film as well!
Hello ghouls and welcome to the HalloweenOverkill Halloween Countdown 2016! I look forward to bringing you the best in Halloween & Horror related news as we count down the days until October 31st, 2016! During the countdown I'll be reviewing Halloween themed books, movies, video games, and more! Check back daily for your fill of Halloween tricks and treats and let me know if there is anything specific you want to see posted!
I'm happy to report that the wait for the Eli Roth produced horror film CLOWN is finally over. You can check out CLOWN here in the states on June 17, 2016 in select theaters and through On Demand with Starz Digital. CLOWN was directed by Jon Watts and stars Peter Stormare (Fargo), Laura Allen (TV’s “All My Children,” “The 4400”) and Elizabeth Whitmere (The Last Hitman).
Synopsis: CLOWN is a story of a loving father who dons a clown outfit and makeup to perform at his son’s sixth birthday, only to later discover that the costume – red nose and wig included– will not come off and his own personality changes in a horrific fashion. To break the curse of the evil outfit, the father must make grim choices with his own family facing danger.
Check out the trailer (originally posted on IGN.com) for the long anticipated film as well as a publicity shot below and leave a comment telling me what your favorite clown movies are, horror or otherwise!
XLrator Media is set to release The Curse of Sleeping Beauty in theaters on May 13, 2016 and on VOD and iTunes on May 17, 2016. The film, which stars Ethan Peck, Natalie Hall, India Eisley, and Bruce Davison and was directed by Pearry Teo looks to be taking quite a drastic turn from the typical fairy representations of Sleeping Beauty.
Synopsis: "The Curse of Sleeping Beauty" is an entirely new, dark vision of the classic Brothers Grimm adventure. Thomas Kaiser (Ethan Peck) inherits an ancestral mansion that has been in his family for generations -- only to learn that he has also inherited an ancient curse stemming back to the Crusades. Forced into his new role as "protector" -- the guardian appointed to keep the evil demons in the house at bay -- Thomas must unravel the mystery of the house, while struggling to awaken the beautiful Briar Rose (India Eisley), held captive in a terrifying netherworld seen previously in his dreams.
Check out the trailer and poster below and don't forget to bookmark or wishlist the film on your favorite VOD service!
One of my favorite internet hobbies is hunting down vintage Halloween decorations (don't kid yourself you do it all the time too) and much to my delight there are people out there trying to replicate the lost art of creating vintage Halloween ornaments, die cuts, and plastic toys. One of said companies happened to become one of my Twitter followers the other day and I really want to help them get as much well deserved exposure as they can possibly get! Twitter user @WitchHouse31 runs an Etsy storefront called Witch House Design. Witch House Design has designed some of the finest vintage replica Halloween decor you will find and the best thing is that their prices are completely reasonable. A few examples of the products you will find on their Etsy page include these gorgeous hand crafted & 3D printed vintage decorations.
Give yourself a Halloween treat this year and order something from Witch House Design. Click the pics below to be taken to the Witch House Design Etsy page and their Twitter page as well!
Coming soon to a theater near you as well as VOD services including iTunes is the horror/western flick "Bone Tomahawk". The official synopsis for the film from distributor RLJ Entertainment goes a little something like this:
"When a group of cannibal savages kidnaps settlers from the small town of Bright Hope, an unlikely team of gunslingers, led by Sheriff Franklin Hunt (Kurt Russell), sets out to bring them home. But their enemy is more ruthless than anyone could have imagined, putting their mission – and survival itself – in serious jeopardy. Kurt Russell (The Hateful Eight, Tombstone) leads an all-star cast, including Patrick Wilson (Insidious), Matthew Fox (“Lost”) and Richard Jenkins (The Cabin in the Woods) in this gritty, action-packed thriller chronicling a terrifying rescue mission in the Old West."
Some early reviews have posted on sites such as IGN and other horror/media outlets and it sounds pretty promising. I personally just received my screener link so it might be a day or two until you hear my official take on the film but until then enjoy these character posters, the official movie poster, and the trailer for "Bone Tomahawk".
With about 25 days left and counting I finally had a chance to sit down and wach Tales of Halloween, which was one of my most anticipated films of late 2015. Here is the lowdown on the film directly from the official website.
"Eleven directors, renowned for their contribution to the horror movie genre, have joined forces to create a series of interconnected stories, each with a unique Halloween theme. Ten short films have been woven together by a shared theme of Halloween night in an American suburb, where ghouls, imps, aliens, and axe murderers appear for one night only to terrorize unsuspecting residents."
The film is chock full of cameos from famous genre actors and actresses spanning from Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show), and Adrienne Barbeau (The Mist), to Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator) and Lin Shaye (Insidious). There are also plenty of other cameos from recognizable celebrities as well as some of the directors of the segments appearing in spots of the film. The movie starts with a cool little animated sequence which sets up the small town American suburb in which the film takes place. We then get a radio broadcast being hosted by none other than the aforementioned Adrienne Barbeau in a sort of throwback role to that of hers in The Mist.
Basically what you have is ten short stories interwoven by the fact that they are each taking place somewhere within this small town American city. The film gets started right out of the gates with a segment that acts as a Halloween urban legend featuring a kid who loves his Halloween candy - perhaps a bit too much. We then bounce over to a tale where a young kid learns his lesson when he picks the wrong house to prank on Halloween. Next up is a short regarding "Child Predators", but takes quite a new spin on the theme - you'll understand when you see it. The Weak and the Wicked is the next short, directed by one of my favorite photographers - Paul Solet (who, on a sidenote, does some of the most beautiful b&w photography you'll ever see) and his take on the classic revenge tale, with some spaghetti western flair to it. Following The Weak and the Wicked is another urban legend style tale, this time featuring an infamous "grim grinning ghost". In what ended up being my favorite short within the movie, "Ding Dong" is a tale of one's desire to have children and what happens when a woman is denied that opportunity, it also features a cool spin on the Hansel and Gretel yarn. Next is a short that revolves around two neighbors who try to out-do one another in regards to their yard haunt and ends fairly predictably with them becoming part of the haunt itself. Finally coming down the stretch we have one of the more generic and yet at the same time unpredictable shorts in "Friday the 31st". Just when things look like they couldn't be more telegraphed we get not one, not two, but three big plot twists/surprises - this one is fun even if you might not think so at first. The second to last short story is a tale about two kidnappers who get more than they bargained for when they demand - "The Ransom of Rusty Rex". And finally with "Sweet Tooth" we get what amounts to an adult episode of Goosebumps, which is ok in my book!
My overall take on Tales of Halloween is that it is exactly like the pillow case full of treats you'd bring home after trick or treating. Its filled with both candy you'd rather just toss out and candy that you can't get enough of. In other words there a few of the shorts within Tales of Halloween that just didn't quite work for me and there were a few that really stood out. I have a feeling that this movie will totally be a huge topic of debate for horror/Halloween fans when it comes to picking out favorite segments. My favorite segment of the film was Ding Dong directed by Lucky Mckee both because of the imagery and the acting. I think one of the biggest strikes against the movie is the wrap around segment or at least the lack therof. Trick 'r Treat did the wrap around segment nicely and to this day I still find little easter eggs and nods to other segments during the film but Tales simply lacked that type of cohesiveness that is often found in these anthology style films. Speaking of Trick 'r Treat, there will obviously be parallels and similarities discussed when talking about the two films and I think one of those is how these movies fare with the passing of time. The first time I watched Trick 'r Treat I wasn't totally blown away, I thought to myself, "All the hype for THAT!", but as time passed I grew quite fond of the film and now it is my traditional Halloween night "must watch" film. I think that with time Tales of Halloween may move higher and higher up the seasonal Halloween viewings list.
So in general I would say that the film has a few weak segments, several decent parts, and one or two excellent shorts, with Ding Dong being my favorite once again. As far as the overall wrap-around segment, it just didn't really work for me and I didn't feel like the shorts were necessarily tied in together as tightly as they could have been. I would still definitely say that Tales of Halloween is worth a rent this season and here's to hoping that next year we get "Treated" with Tales of Halloween 2!
If you are looking for the actual list of shorts contained within Tales of Halloween, they are as follows:
Trick (Adam Gierasch)
Bad Seed (Neil Marshall)
Grimm Grinning Ghost (Axelle Carolyn)
The Weak and the Wicked (Paul Solet)
Friday the 31st (Mike Mendez)
The Ransom of Rusty Rex (Ryan Schifrin)
This Means War (Andrew Kasch & John Skipp)
The Night Billy Raised Hell (Darren Lynn Bousman)
Sweet Tooth (Dave Parker)
Ding Dong (Lucky McKee)
*Note: These are not in order of appearance in the film
And as promised here are your vintage Halloween ad of the day and another track from my Halloween playlist from spotify.
Disclosure: An online screener was provided by Katrina Wan Press Company for Tales of Halloween, this did not affect in any way my review of the film.
October 1st......It's getting closer...........You can smell it in the air......The smell of burning leaves, rain, pumpkin spice, and the sickly sweet smell of fog juice. Yes, Halloween is upon us, and you know what that means. The HalloweenOverkill Halloween Countdown! Yes, I've promised you more posts in the past and yes I've let you down each and every time, so this year I'm taking a different approach. I'm not promising posts every day but I will damn well try to do so. The posts aren't going to be some elaborate 10,000 word posts about the history of Halloween or anything like that. Instead you'll be getting what amounts to a daily grab bag full of Halloween goodness. Some days you might see a Halloween list, or a Halloween movie review, or a Halloween product giveaway. One thing you will see every day from now until Halloween at the very least is a daily vintage Halloween ad (picture or video) and one song a day from my Halloween playlist (Spotify supported). I hope you all come back each and every day and comment on the posts...comments are what makes this worth doing after-all. For today I'm just going to post a vintage Halloween ad and a song from my Halloween playlist. Check back tomorrow for a review of one of 2015s most anticipated horror films and one that I've been dying to see since the day the news broke regarding the film. That's right tomorrow I'll be reviewing... Well you'll have to check in tomorrow to find out!
October 1st Halloween Playlist Song
"Season of the Witch"
For our inaugural edition of the Haunt of the Month feature we have the one - the only - Ghoulie Manor. Ghoulie Manor is a professional haunt owned and operated by Victor Bariteau (Bloodcurdling Productions, LLC). You may remember Vic from "The American Scream" - a documentary featuring several home haunters and their quest to have the spookiest home haunt on the block. Vic has moved on from home haunting and moved into the realm of professional haunting and was nice enough to give HalloweenOverkill an inside look at not only his haunt but the industry in general. Read on to hear some of Victor's thoughts on Ghoulie Manor as well as some other general anecdotes regarding the haunt industry.
HalloweenOverkill: "So what is the theme/story behind the haunt?"
Victor: "The haunt is a Victorian manor. The disreputable family that lives there is the Goulet family, nicknamed the "Ghoulie" family, thus the name of the haunt: Ghoulie Manor. So, this sick and twisted family is into the occult and murder and such. Family members dabble in dark arts or perform horrible experiments or are just plain insane.There's also a lot of Lovecraft themes that go along with the occult piece. Our haunt is character driven. We create a playground for the actors and they excel at being Ghoulies! Not only does the family theme work for the haunt, but it creates a family bond with all of us."
HalloweenOverkill: "Does the haunt stay thematically the same the whole way through or does it veer off theme at any point?"
Victor: "We stay with the theme. The theme is open enough so if we wanted something like a werewolf, we could say that a family member was cursed with lycanthropy. Or the undead has been summoned in the cemetery in the back by a family member. There's still a lot we can do with it."
HalloweenOverkill: "What is your favorite set/scene/room/effect in the haunt?"
Victor: "That would have to be my daughter Gwen's room. She stands in a doorway at the end of a long hall. Her ghostly voice travels down the hall and travels back. When her voice travels back the lights blow out and the door slams, leaving the hallway in complete darkness. It's all automated and is something that people haven't seen in a haunted house before. It's easy to scare people, but it's hard to creep them out. Those are the kinds of effects that I love."
HalloweenOverkill: "Do you have any favorite memories/stories regarding customers/groups?"
Victor: "The last room in the haunt is a chapel where a Lovecraftian monster has been summoned. You exit the room through it's mouth and you can be seen leaving that room by everyone in the queue line. There is a big, locked cemetery gate between chapel/monster mouth exit and the queue area. One group got so freaked out that they tried to push their way through the gate and almost brought it down. I had to push the gate back and the actors had to direct them through the proper exit. Everyone in the queue line started getting nervous. Often, there are a few people in a group that panic, but this entire group really lost it. It really primed everyone in line."
HalloweenOverkill: "About how long does it take to prep the haunt for the season and what goes into it?"
Victor: "We start throwing ideas around in January. I invite the actors and builders to do walk throughs and toss ideas around. We take a long list of ideas and whittle them down to what would work best and start building in March. Usually, we do one night a week for the build, but we have to ramp things up starting in the summer."
HalloweenOverkill: "Why “pro” haunting instead of simply home haunting?"
Victor: "Pro haunting gave us a bigger playground. You can only take a home haunt so far and I just felt really confined. There is no way we could have built an entire manor façade in my back yard."
HalloweenOverkill: "Any general operating anecdotes/advice?"
Victor: "It's waaaay harder than it looks. Do your home work. Work for a pro haunt before you start your own. Go to conventions, take lots of classes including business classes. Get yourself a book called "So You Want To Be A Haunt Entrepreneur" by Kelly Allen. Learn the business side. I wish it was all building props and scaring people, but that's only half of it."
HalloweenOverkill: "What does the future hold for your haunt?"
Victor: "Even I can't say. I want it to be bigger. More successful. Have multiple haunt attractions with different themes. We are building a good reputation, but it takes time. We will grow."
HalloweenOverkill: "What do you think of the “extreme haunt” trend (examples: Blackout & McKamey Manor)?"
Victor: "I think it's a different kind of entertainment entirely. I think it needs a label other than haunted house, something like torture house, just to differentiate the two. People obviously enjoy it, so there's a good niche there. But, it's not my thing."
HalloweenOverkill: "Your favorite haunt (home or pro)?"
Victor: "Man, that's a tough one. I like so many. If I had to pick one I would have to say The Haunt in Grand Rapids. That haunt was just my style and what I've always wanted my haunt to be. Ask me again tomorrow and I might say 100 Acres Manor or Fright Kingdom, but today I'm going with The Haunt."
Check out some pictures and a t.v. spot for Ghoulie Manor below and don't forget to click the logo above or in the sidebar to be taken to the Ghoulie Manor official website. Keep it bookmarked for the upcoming haunt season and if you are in the Taunton, MA area check out the haunt and let us know what you thought....we'll pass on the good word to the amazing people over at Ghoulie Manor!
One more note..... Download the Aurasma augmented reality app on your android/ios device and search the channels within the app for the Ghoulie Manor channel. Once you are following the Ghoulie Manor channel you can point your camera at the main Ghoulie Manor logo at the top of this post while the app is open and have a really cool Lovecraftian augmented reality effect take place! This also works on the official Ghoulie Manor t-shirts that are sold on the website, try it out!