Here is a video of Halloween Forevermore managing editor Terry M. West taking the ice bucket challenge to raise awareness of ALS! Please give to ALS research!
Check out this great restricted trailer of the upcoming, As Above, So Below and go see it on Friday, August 29th! We will definitely be catching this one!
PERDITION HOME is located in Yorba Linda, CA.
Check website for their schedule.
From their site:
Welcome to PERDITION HOME, the abode of timeless suffering and affliction! Soon you too will join the thousands of dead which make up the very foundation of this horrible place.
You’ll writhe in paralyzing terror and fear as you witness our iniquitous need to watch all things DIE. We are the face of every evil you have ever witnessed. Our blood lust is insatiable. We are PERDITION HOME, where nightmares are made FLESH!
Year-to-year, we’re guaranteed to be the goriest and most disturbing local home haunt: just the way YOU like it! Walls coated in blood and gore, mangled human torsos hung up by rusty meat hooks like grotesque ornaments, marred limbs at every turn, and horrible masks which guise the deplorable faces of our minionsthese are all things to expect this year from the master of BLOODY exploitation, PERDITION HOME!
In 2008, we established ourselves as the not-so-average home haunt next door and have since become an eyesore of extravagant BLOODY thrills. Every year during the month of October our average-looking home is transformed into a savage maze that puts other customary home haunts to shame.
Our 2011 season was a huge step up with an impressive turnout of 850+ people on October 29,30,31st. Many attendants fled other typical mazes to come and
witness ours because of the exceptional craft of it. Some
wouldn’t enter at all because of the sheer dread they felt.
In 2013, Desolation Field, our forth haunt, turned heads everywhere with not only two facades, but more GORE than ever before! The final guest tally was set at around 1100. This was also in addition to being covered by Theme Park Adventure, a website/youtube dedicated to filming all sorts of haunts from ones at home to ones at Knott’s Scary Farm!
Perdition Home’s 2014 Summer Update #4
THE CURSE OF DEVIL SWAMP: HOME HAUNT
Address: 775 S FIRCROFT AVE, COVINA, CA, 91723
Come experience The Curse of Devil Swamp in the flesh. Doors open at 7:00 P.M. Admission is FREE! Tell your friends, and please donate so we can continue to grow and make our attraction even better.
Opening Night: Friday, October 31, 2014
7:00pm – 11:00pm
Check out this preview walk-through of The Curse of Devil Swamp from the ScareLa convention!
THE HAIRY ONES is a terrifying Halloween short story! It is a piece of ritualistic terror that will give you chills! We have turned it into an audio drama for your listening pleasure. Written by Terry M. West and narrated by Gene Blake.
A revised version of the 1st Halloween Safety PSA! This one is from 1985! Perfect viewing for the vintage Halloween fan!
A great vintage Halloween Safety PSA from 1977! For all of the vintage Halloween fans!
A co-production between Mastropiece Productions and Southpaw Pictures
Directed by Bart Mastronardi & Alan Rowe Kelly
Starring Debbie Rochon, Amy Steel, Bette Cassatt, Adrienne King, Caroline Williams, Randy Jones, Alan Rowe Kelly, Brewster McCall, Lesleh Donaldson, Desiree Gould, Cartier Williams, Joe Quick, Michael Varrati, Andrew Glaszek, David Marancik, Susan Adriensen.
I was fortunate to attend the Tales of Poe Hollywood world premiere on August 20th. Anyone who is familiar with me knows that I am a fan of Alan Rowe Kelly and Bart Mastronardi. I have appeared in two of Alan’s films and Bart worked on those films as well. And while there is a fair number of work in my past that I would like to deny, I wear my Alan Rowe Kelly day player T-shirt with pride. Having appeared in The Blood Shed and Gallery of Fear, I am very familiar with how both directors operate.
So when I heard they were going to collaborate on an anthology of Edgar Allan Poe tales, I knew immediately that something special was going to come from it. And I was 100% correct. Tales of Poe stands as the highest achievement for both Kelly and Mastronardi. The anthology film boasts quite a few familiar names to horror fans. Debbie Rochon, Caroline Williams, Amy Steel, Adrienne King and the Village People’s Randy Jones headline the film.
Alan Rowe Kelly also appears as two different characters. I was very pleasantly surprised to see three of Alan’s regular players: Zoe Daelman Chlanda, Susanna Adriansen and Jerry Murdock. I was a little disappointed that they had relatively minor roles (except for Zoe; she has a pretty meaty presence in The Cask).
So I’m going to start where the anthology starts: with Mastronardi’s The Tell Tale Heart. Now when I first heard this was going to be one of the stories adapted, I was hesitant. Adapting the Tell Tale Heart is akin to making another wheel, in my opinion. But Bart turns it on its ear fairly quickly with the story of a night nurse (Debbie Rochon) who cares for an ailing silent screen legend, Miss Lamarr (Alan Rowe Kelly in a perfectly cast performance). The night nurse is driven to madness and murder by the fading starlet’s sickly gaze. I love the interplay between Rochon and Lesleh Donaldson’s character of Evelyn Dyck in the sanatorium in the prologue of this tale. It is a cat and cat game between two psychopaths and you can feel the waves of malevolence coming off of it.
One thing that I will declare right now: Debbie Rochon does the best job I have ever seen her do in the role of the night nurse. I have worked with Debbie, and she is a very dedicated actress. She has a strong self- awareness of what works for her. She is a student of the game. An observation I have made about Debbie in the past, and this is by no means a slight: I never saw her entirely as the characters that she played. I always saw Debbie as Debbie. I have the same sort of perception with actors like Jack Nicholson and Robert DeNiro. She has a very strong presence that is difficult to subdue.
But I am happy to report that Debbie totally disappeared into this role. She proved to me unequivocally that she is the brightest and most talented actress in the indie horror film field.
Mastronardi’s take on The Tell Tale Heart goes exactly where Poe fans know it will go. But it is stylish as hell and the acting is top notch across the board. The tale has never felt fresher.
The next segment in the movie is Alan Rowe Kelly’s adaptation of The Cask. In this tale, Alan plays Gogo Montresor, the conniving and murderous wife of a well to do vintner, Fortunato Montresor (Randy Jones). This segment also featured cameos by Amy Lynn Best and Mike Watt and it was good to see some old friends in there. And the always reliable Susan Adriensen brought her quirky weirdness to housekeeper, Morella. When Marco Lechresi (Brewster McCall) shows up at the wedding party, you realize the short honeymoon is over for Fortunato and Gogo. This segment was absolutely breathtaking in its design, and composition of the shots. The spooky nighttime interiors put me in the mind of a dreamy Euro-horror film from the 70’s. And the effects were fan-effin-tastic. The reanimated corpse make-up was very retro and it was the same type of presentation and look that you would see in really well done horror films of the early 70’s. You know, the ones that actually scared the crap out of you. Watching this segment definitely made me feel like a kid. I enjoyed the hell out of the acting in this one (especially Randy Jones. He was great!).
My only complaints are two tiny ones, and they both concern the opening of the tale. I felt The Cask could have been trimmed down just a hair (it felt a little top heavy), and it had a little too much scenery chewing between the characters during the wedding celebration. Trust me, though: these are minor criticisms. The Cask is a thoroughly enjoyable and memorable adaptation delivered as only Alan Rowe Kelly could deliver.
The last segment of Tales of Poe is Mastronardi’s very artistically composed Dreams. Bette Cassatt (who you can’t take your eyes off of) stars as a young woman who seems to be languishing between life and death in a hospital bed. Her mother, played by Friday the 13th Part 2 star Amy Steel, lingers near as her daughter wanders the dream land found between life and death.
There are two other really huge horror actresses in this segment that a lot of fans of 80’s horror will recognize. There is Caroline Williams of Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 fame. Caroline plays the Angel of Dreams. This character seems to be a benevolent, silent guide. Caroline does so much with just a look. She is stunning to behold here. And Adrienne King (the star of the original Friday the 13th) appears as the Queen of Dreams; a dark personification of death. Both actresses perform and express extremely well in this mostly dialog-free piece. There is a very cool Tarantino vibe here, especially if you were raised on 80’s horror. The actors in this piece feel painted into the scenery. Their commitment to the director’s vision here is highly evident.
There is a very cool feast scene that comes off as a combination of David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick and it is beautiful. Mastronardi went for an abstract piece of art here, and he succeeded. The last segment of this anthology is probably the best put-together piece. Ending the film with a strikingly diverse piece like Dreams was a good decision, because at that point the viewer will have come so far down the rabbit hole that they will be committed to finishing the maze. In case you think there was any negativity in my last statement, allow me to clarify: I am not putting down the average horror fan and I am not trying to diminish the raw horror or beauty of Dreams (there is gore and the piece is deeply disturbing). I am simply saying that Dreams veers down a conceptual path that the more by the number horror fan might not want to follow.
But screw those guys. Bart Mastronardi knocked me for an unexpected loop with this one.
And so my final verdict? Tales of Poe is one of the best indie horror anthology films that I have ever seen. It is breathtaking in its beauty. It’s technically sound; there wasn’t one technical blemish on it that I noticed. It is the best work (so far) of two of the hardest working and talented mofos in independent horror cinema. Tales of Poe takes the work of a master and puts it into the hands of two of the finest modern craftsmen in the field. You must see this film when it comes out.
Check out the trailer:
Directed By: Billy “Bloody Bill” PonWritten By: Billy “Bloody Bill” Pon & Lee AnkrumStarring: Bill Oberst, Jr., Parrish Randall, Chanel Ryan, Roger Edwards, Brad Potts, Tiffani Fest, Ryan Clapp, Rusty Edwards, Mike WilliamsRunning 114 minutes
Circus Of the Dead is the first full length feature for director Billy Pon, who has made a pretty big splash in indie horror already with his short film, Doll Boy. Billy is far from a novice when it comes to horror though, having ran two different haunted attractions in Texas for some time now. He is quite adept at his craft and all of those long hours as a self professed “Haunt-trepreur” really come into to play in his film work.
If you have a fear of clowns, this one may throw you into therapy for years to come. On the other hand, if like me, you have never really been affected by the strange folk in funny shoes and makeup, you will finally empathize with the thousands that run screaming every time Send in the Clowns plays!
Visually, Circus of the Dead is full of grotesque moments that will fill the most cynical of horror fans with hope for the future of the indie horror film genre. Billy Pon has a great eye for detail and doesn’t hold back in his delivery of the gore. Circus of the Dead is filled with scenes that will get under your skin and into your head; leaving you reflecting on the experience for weeks to come. Some films you forget almost as soon as you see them; the memory fades as soon as the end credits role. I can promise you this is not the case with this Circus of the Dead, folks!
The performances by all the main players are phenomenal. There is not enough that can be said about how each clown has a particular charisma all his own. With a film like this, it is easy to go too far and become laughable with these archetypes. But Pon and his cast glide seamlessly across that line between realism and absurdity! I have to mention that Papa Corn (played by Bill Oberst Jr.) is one of the most despicable and vulgar characters you can imagine, and yet Oberst plays him in a way that he is more than just the monster he appears to be. There were moments when I felt a deep empathy for him; he had a tangible sadness and longing that was really quite beautiful in the character. It made him multidimensional in way that is rare in a film so heavy in depravity and violence.
Circus of the Dead has removed the net from under the trapeze swing for all indie horror films to come. Billy Pon and his horrific crew of clowns have made a film that will inspire fans and filmmakers alike! This is a film that will be an indie standard, and it will no doubt endure the test of time. Calling it a cult classic is an understatement, I believe the audience is going to go well beyond the typical “cult” scene, therefore I say, behold the newest horror classic!
I can’t finish off with out a word of warning on this one. This film is in your face and will not be for all viewers. There are scenes of extreme violence, full frontal nudity, and graphic sex, this is not a movie to put on for younger eyes. I definitely recommend parents watch it prior to making any decision on whether it is acceptable for anyone under 18.
Check out the official Circus of the Dead Facebook page to keep up with all of the COTD happenings!
And check out this insane trailer:
Heroin in the Magic Now is a new tale coming from Halloween Forevermore’s Managing Editor Terry M. West. Early glowing reviews have described it as “unnerving”, “disturbing”, “a nightmare on acid” and “what true horror is all about”. West himself agrees that it is his darkest tale.
We know we have many horror fans who prefer their terror more implicit, and we can’t recommend this book for them. But we also have many fans who prefer more extreme horror, and this is definitely something they can sink their fangs deep into. Here is a freaky book trailer that was released this morning that is appropriate for all horror fans! The book is due at the end of this month! Secure your copy at Amazon!