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Book Review: 'Bedlam Stories'

Bedlam Stories Book CoverReviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

Throw the works of Lewis Carroll and Clive Barker together, with a sprinkling of Silent Hill for good measure, and you've got yourself the twisted and highly entertaining tale BEDLAM STORIES.

The story goes that a young reporter fakes insanity and commits herself to the infamous Bedlam Asylum for a chance to tell what could very well be the biggest story of her career about the rumoured unethical horrors within.

What she finds in her investigation within the walls of the asylum is a secret far more sinister, fantastical and disturbing than anything she could've ever imagined - a secret pertaining to the bizarre worlds of Wonderland and Oz.

Bedlam Stories has the twisted and disturbing landscape of Silent Hill, the magic of L. Frank Baum's novels and the nightmarish creatures you'd find in a world created by Clive Barker.

It is material Tim Burton would feel right at home turning into a feature film, it's populated with disturbing imagery you'd find scattered in a Marilyn Manson video and if you're thinking along the lines of American Mcgee's Alice then you're on the right thought path.

Yes, Bedlam Stories is brimming with grotesque manifestations and twisted worlds and author Christine Converse fills the pages with splashes of gore and a vivid imagination and attention to detail that makes the story zip along at a relentless pace.

Between disturbing sequences and an engaging mystery, you've got some nice character development throughout and just when I thought a particular character was going to be one dimensional, The tale brought them to life with a neat little backstory that proved to enrich the story further than I thought possible.

Exclusive: Interview with 'Monsters Wanted' Brian Cunningham

Monsters Wantedby The Ghost, MoreHorror.com

In early 2011, Rich Teachout quit his lucrative job to focus on creating a one-of-a-kind haunted attraction. He and his partner Janel dedicated every moment, ounce of energy, and dollar to making their "Scream Park" a reality. "Monsters Wanted" is the story of their self-proclaimed madness and the industry, culture, and people who share it.

We followed Rich and Janel's efforts from the first day of building beyond the last day of the season. The result is a one-of-a-kind peek into an industry known for its macabre antics and well guarded secrets.

Monsters Wanted: There's nothing more terrifying than following your dreams.

I'm so excited to share this interview with Brian Cunningham, Brian wrote and directed Monsters Wanted with Joe Laughrey. Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the screams, I mean scenes, at haunted attractions? Well look no further. Brian and Joe take us on a wild ride and show us just how BLOODY much effort goes into creating a haunted theme park. This film has passion, ambition and will inspire you to go for your dreams, or in this case, your happy nightmares!

Ghost: thank you so much for joining us here at MoreHorror to tell us about your film Monsters Wanted.

Brian: Thanks so much for having me.

Ghost: Can you tell us about your film?

Brian: Well, Monsters Wanted has been a labour of love of mine for the past couple of years. It follows two haunted house owners as they embark on the journey of quitting their jobs and opening their own "haunted theme park." Along the way they invest their life savings and put together a team of outcasts to help them. In the end, the movie is really kind of a celebration of madness and following your dreams, no matter what the cost.

Ghost: What encouraged you to make a documentary about this?

Brian: In a word? Rich. I was introduced to Kaley in a Denny's at 10 at night and he was working on a laptop and drinking cup after cup of coffee. This was his office, and he'd been taking meetings all day. Within five minutes of meeting him he told me he was going to quit his job that week and invest his life savings into a haunted house. I was immediately interested, thinking "is this guy for real?" He's so animated and so energetic that you want to know what he's about. So I made a call to Joe Laughrey, my co-director, and asked if he'd give up the next six months of his life to see what happened with this guy. After that, the movie kind of took on a life of its own and became an in-depth look at the whole haunted house culture.

I Spit on Your Grave 2 (2013) review

Reviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

Remakes can be a crapshoot sometimes, with an emphasis on the crap. It’s really amazing when it works and it gives anyone who had a fondness for the original a satisfying feeling that the subject matter of the film they love is still relevant.

The original “I Spit on Your Grave” was a landmark film. Dissed completely by the high profile ancestors of all those film haters currently on the internet, Siskel and Ebert. Roger Ebert even went so far as calling it “a vile film for sex criminals”. Their acidic opinions succeeded in getting the film pulled out of theaters, but forever secured it a place in infamy.

What made it so special was that it took graphic nudity and violence, the very backbone of what made exploitation cinema marketable, and made them unappealing, uncomfortable, and even a little revolting. If you were a man watching it, it may cause more empathy than usual for women, and maybe a little guilt for seeing them as primarily sex objects. If you were a woman, it was a reinforcer for all those warnings to have mace in your purse, going anywhere alone, and trusting any strange man. It was more about resurrecting all those hidden visceral emotions that people didn’t know they had. It was also one of the greatest (if not THE greatest) female revenge films ever.

The 2010 remake was a worthy one. I and any other seasoned horror fan has accepted the fact that we are not going to like it as much as the original, but that’s okay. I loved Sarah Butler in the original Camille Keaton role, and while the revenge scenes were not as good, it held its own. What’s trickier than making a good remake? What about a sequel to the remake? I’m still holding my breath for the upcoming Fright Night remake sequel, and hoping for the best.

Insidious: Chapter 2 (2013) review

Insidious Chapter 2 PosterReviewed by Jesse Miller, MoreHorror.com

If you're one of the people wondering if this sequel is just a lazy retread of what made the original so successful and fun, well you're not alone - I was right there with you as soon as they announced a sequel was in the works. After all, the original ended on just the right note by leaving you with lingering and haunting questions - questions a sequel would no doubt have to answer, thus ruining the mystery our minds could cook up.

But lets get this out now: Insidious Chapter 2 is definitely not just a lazy retread - it expands the story, fleshes out characters in the film's world and delves a little deeper into mythology and mystery of the haunting behind the Lambert family.

However, while its not exactly a lazy RETREAD, Chapter 2 does fall into the usual cliches that plague some horror films and there are more than a few moments where the writing feels a little lazy, generic and lacking the imagination of the first film.

These issues aside, Chapter 2 operates rather splendidly as a horror film, featuring plenty of frights that caught me by surprise on several occasions - and as someone who has pretty much seen it all, it's always great to catch a horror film that still manages to pull the rug out from my cynical mind.

Interestingly, the cinematography here features a different style altogether that sees director James Wan make full use of the shaky-handcam style that Blair Witch popularised.

Terror lives at '1313 Blood Lane': New horror podcast unleashed

1313 Blood Houseby MoreHorror.com

Look under your bed, inside your closet, and down in the basement horror fans, because there is a new podcast in town. 1313 Blood Lane, hosted by Barry Morgan, Maria Olsen, and Ted Payson, debuted in July, and is off to a bloody good start!

Joined each episode by horror news hostess Jessica Cameron, 1313 Blood Lane offers insight on the indie horror scene as well as developments coming out of the big studios.

“I am so thrilled to be a part of this team,” Cameron expresses with a wide smile. “They are each so talented and I love how organized this team is. I am honored to be able to share my love of horror with the world thanks to this show. Every episode I cover the important horror news, from trailers, indies, theatrical releases and also upcoming film festival deadlines; basically, a glimpse into all the news that horror fans and film-makers need to know. It’s a lot of fun for me, and hopefully the audience, too! I welcome filmmakers to contact me about their film so I can cover it - the more we spread the word about horror the more we can continue to blow other genres away at the box office!”

The show, created and produced by Barry Morgan, is intended to be entertaining, educational, and personal. “From the start, Maria, Ted, and I wanted this podcast to be by horror, for horror fans,” Morgan explains. “We set out with the goal of producing a show that would be enjoyable to listen to, as well as offer an angle of insight that other shows might not delve into. What makes us different from the two Los Angeles area horror podcasts I personally look up to – Adam Green and Joe Lynch’s “The Movie Crypt,” and Elric Kane, Rebekah McKendry and Robert Galluzo’s “Killer POV” - is that we’re a segmented show. Meaning that we have very defined segments instead of a primarily free-form format.”

Battledogs (2013) Movie Review

Battledogs 2013 ReviewReviewed by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com

For anyone thinking the absolute best film that depicts werewolves being considered as military weapons is “Dog Soldiers”, keep thinking that. However, if you want to be pleasantly surprised, you could give Battledogs a try. This is an Asylum film. I have no prejudices whatsoever towards anything made by The Asylum. I can’t say I like everything they do, but I definitely can’t say I hate it all.

The success of “Sharknado” has us all questioning the notion that we are too good to watch mostly made for TV Syfy schlock, but without all the 1970’s, 80’s, and 90’s schlock that I and every other Gen X and Y horror fan watched and loved, we would miss out on great filmmakers today who were inspired then. Maybe even miss out on all those reviewers who write about the new films fueled by a love of horror with all this schlocky goodness deep at its foundations. I'll let you be the judge of what would be the greatest tragedy. Before it gets too deep, the point is that there are all types of horror movies to love and appreciate for what they are meant to be. A nice creature feature to watch on a rainy Saturday afternoon, when all those things you were going to get done get blissfully postponed until next week. That’s what Battldogs is.

It begins with an airport scene, where an infected woman transforms in the bathroom, and goes on a killing/maiming spree. Everyone that doesn’t die turns into werewolves themselves, and pretty soon the airport is full of lycanthropes. The military captures and quarantines them at a government facility just outside of Manhattan. Craig Sheffer from “Nightbreed” fame plays a sympathetic army guy who does everything he can to help in developing a cure. Ariana Richards plays Donna Voorhees (yep, you heard right, Voorhees) who is patient zero that, as I mentioned before, made the airport bathroom unpleasant in the worst kind of way.

'Circus of The Dead' Wraps: Actor Bill Oberst Jr.'s 10th feature film completion of year

by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

Actor Bill Oberst Jr. is up to his usual horrific antics in his newest film Circus of The Dead, where he portrays a homicidal necrophiliac clown. The flick just wrapped and we're excited to witness the carnage! Check out all the details below and a few raw screen grabs from the film.

From The Press Release
Bill Oberst Jr. http://www.imdb.com/name/nm2454994 has wrapped a lead role as a necrophiliac clown in Circus Of The Dead and we have some screen grabs from the raw footage, courtesy of director Billy Pon. Oberst describes his character, Papa Corn, as "a homicidal serial rapist with a taste for necrophilia, whose day job happens to be as a circus clown. He and his highly-disturbed fellow clowns use the circus as cover for some of the darkest and most graphic acts of violence I have ever seen in a script or on a set," says the actor.

Oberst says the film promises to be bloody, brutal and explicit. "The effects team, led by Marcus Koch and Matthew Ash, has been churning out corpses and body parts non-stop for the entire 5-week shoot," says Oberst. "We've sawed off heads, hands and tongues; stripped the skin off a living man's face; drooled clown slime on multiple females in varying states of undress and chased a stark naked woman through a parking garage with a real cattle prod. And believe me, that's the mild stuff. This is balls-out horror."

Circus Of The Dead now heads into post. Director Pon is planning a spring 2014 release. The film also stars Parrish Randall, Brad Potts, Chanel Ryan, Ryan Clapp, Rusty Edwards and Mike Williams. Oberst invites horror fans to support Circus Of The Dead by giving it a like on IMDb at http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2782232 "Those likes really help the film's chances to be widely seen" says the actor. "If you think you'd be into necrophiliac clowns who'd use your decapitated head as an ashtray, give us a like!"

'They Live' star Roddy Piper added to Closing Night Ceremonies for Mile High Horror Film Festival

by MoreHorror.com

"Rowdy" Roddy Piper is coming to Denver to "chew bubblegum and kick ass...and he's all out of bubblegum." Mile High Horror is excited to announce the addition of Roddy Piper, star of THEY LIVE and the WWF and WWE, to the guest lineup for its 4th Annual Film Festival.

Roddy Piper will attend the closing night ceremonies of the 2013 Mile High Horror Film Film Festival, which will include a special 25th anniversary presentation of John Carpenter's THEY LIVE. Mr. Piper will be joined by actress Meg Foster (also of THEY LIVE) to field questions from the audience and sign autographs. Fans will have the opportunity to ask the Rowdy one of their nagging questions about life, love, working with John Carpenter and fighting Hulk Hogan!

Other confirmed guests include Linda Blair (THE EXORCIST), Ken Foree (DAWN OF THE DEAD), Doug Bradley ("Pinhead" from HELLRAISER), performance artist The Enigma (The Jim Rose Circus and Show Devils), and festival judges Jeffrey Reddick (creator of the FINAL DESTINATION series) and Daniel Myrick (creator of THE BLAIR WITCH PROJECT).

Lineup of Feature Films announced for 'Mile High Horror Film Festival' 2013

Mile High Horror Film Festival 2013by Seth Metoyer, MoreHorror.com

The feature film lineup for this years Mile High Horror Film Festival has been announced. Some really outstanding films are on tap this year. Check out the official announcement below!

From The Press Release
Mile High Horror is excited to announce its highly anticipated feature films lineup for its 4th Annual Film Festival, which will run October 3-6 at the new Alamo Drafthouse Cinema in Littleton, Colorado.

Tickets for screenings will be available for purchase at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, September 17th.

The 2013 Mile High Horror Film Festival Feature Films Lineup is as follows...

WE ARE WHAT WE ARE
-- Opening Night Film --
USA, (2013) 105 min., Directed by Jim Mickle
Director Jim Mickle will be in attendance!
When the patriarch of the family passes away, the teenage children must take responsibility for the family chores: the preparation of the rituals, the hunting and putting the all-important meat on the table. These newfound responsibilities are even more daunting, however, when you live in the city and happen to be a family of cannibals.

BAD MILO
USA, (2013) 85 min., Directed by Jacob Vaughan
A horror comedy centered on a guy who learns that his unusual stomach problems are being caused by a demon living in his intestines.

BIG BAD WOLVES
Israel, (2013) 110 min., Directed by Aharon Keshales & Navot Papushado
A series of brutal murders puts the lives of three men on a collision course: The father of the latest victim now out for revenge, a vigilante police detective operating outside the boundaries of law, and the main suspect in the killings - a religious studies teacher arrested and released due to a police blunder.

'Hatchet III' Movie Review

Hatchet 3 Reviewby Kyle Morris, MoreHorror.com

Being a fan of comedic slasher films, the Hatchet series is something I am very fond of. Regardless of which one "is the better one". Frankly, it is irrelevant to me due simply to the fact that it's never taking itself too seriously in any of them.

With the title Hatchet, 1, 2, or 3 you simply know what you're in for when you press play. Hatchet 3 however, is the most serious one of them all. Its a gore pizza with a dash of cheese.

Following Marybeth back into the swamp, starting directly after the second film, it has the same formula as its predecessor. The trilogy actually seems more like one big film, as each one of them follows exactly where the last left off. With a new Director, Cameraman BJ McDonnell from the first two grabs the helming reigns for the third and final installment. It's clear that the director wanted an approach different from Adam Green's, but with the same feel and vibe while staying true to the vision of Victor Crowley and the story. While adding his own signature on the series.

In likeness of the past two films, it still has gruesome jokes of such caliber like testicles hanging from trees to name one, thanks to Crowley. But it's shot visually awesome, in a far more cinematic and intense way than the other two. Action scenes, dismemberments, hail of gunfire, and even a bit of wirework. Not kung fu style, but more victims being thrown around like ragdolls by Crowley. Derek Mears as a mercenary type role being the only one seemingly somewhat capable to tackling the Victor-Beast. Sort of like RA Mailhoff in the 2nd.

Green also Executive Produced and was on set as much as humanly possibly to make sure his Hatchet baby ended on a good note, giving full trust to its new Director -- with a horror cameo from Green himself. Well acted supporting roles from Caroline Williams of TCM2, Zach Galligan of Gremlins, Sean Whalen of People Under the Stairs, Rileah Vanderbilt of Team Unicorn, and of course the survivor girl Danielle Harris make for a stellar slasher film.

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