All-Star Horror/Sci-Fi Cast Team Up for ‘Terror Tales’

It’s been a while since the release of the Creepshow films, but there is a new horrifying collection of stories headed our way that feature an all-star cast made up of names from Friday the 13th, Maniac Cop 1&2, George Romero’s The Crazies, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs, Sleepaway Camp, Critters 2 and more. This cast comes together to give us ‘Terror Tales‘ from writer-director Jimmy Lee Combs.

When Michael wakes up he is horrified to find that he is riding shotgun with a psychopath (Christopher Showerman, Supergirl) who reveals to him that his wife and daughter are held captive in the attached cargo trailer. The trailer is rigged to release a deadly toxin when triggered by a switch in the car. Thinking of his family’s safety, he cooperates with everything the psychotic driver asks him to do even if it means breaking the law.

During this bizarre ride, the driver subjects Michael to three horrific tales of the macabre including a demon that takes a mother (Lynn Lowry, Shivers) on a journey of self-discovery and reveals to her the horrifying truth behind her son’s suicide. The next tale transpires in the ’80s where a Detective is hot on the trail of a serial killer known as The Sledgehammer (Jonathan Tiersten, Sleepaway Camp) who is terrorizing a video store owner and his wife. In the final tale, an evil deity (Yan Birch, Wes Craven’s The People Under the Stairs) is using the human body as a host to possess its victims. When the deity destroys one victim it jumps to another causing an epidemic of possessions being reported.

With a burning desire for the truth behind his abduction and the safety of his family, will Michael have the will to survive the madness? Your sanity will be tried and tested in Terror Tales.

The film also stars Laurene Landon (Maniac Cop), Jennifer Runyon (Ghostbusters), Ari Lehman (Friday the 13th), Ashley Park (Rosewood), Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp) and Helen Udy (The Dead Zone). 

Terror Tales comes to VOD on January 8th from High Octane Pictures.

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Movie Review: ‘Ugly Sweater Party’

The holiday season is upon us which means lovable reindeer cartoons and movies about a green guy that hates Christmas, but if you’re more into comedy, gore and a splash of possession with your festivities, ‘Ugly Sweater Party‘ may be for you.

What is ‘Ugly Sweater Party’?

Ugly Sweater Party is about two friends that are invited to an, as the title suggests, ugly sweater party, and things go a bit awry when they discover that the party is being held at an unusual place and one of them may or may not end up with a mildly possessed sweater. 

The film was written and directed by Aaron Mento and stars a fantastic group of actors. The cast includes Felissa Rose (Sleepaway Camp), Sean Whalen (The People Under the Stairs), Lara Jean ( Till Human Voices Wake Us), Hunter Johnson (From Jennifer), Charles Chudabala (Irrational Fear), Brad Potts (Puppet Master X: Axis Rising) and Marv Blauvelt (Snake with a Human Tail).

Review

Ugly Sweater Party is the perfect campy, holiday horror; it is refreshing to see a film that doesn’t go with the obvious ominous presence for this time of the year, Krampus. 

If you’re expecting a splatter show and to be completely terrified, this film is not for you. The best way to describe it would be a hint of Sleepaway Camp (minus the girl with a penis),  National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation andJay and Silent Bob meet a possession movie with ugly sweaters, but in a perfectly blended, hilarious way. 


I’m going to have to fully recommend Ugly Sweater Party. It’s one of those movies that is so cheesy it’s actually amazing. Think traditional 80s camp comedy, amp that up and throw in lasers and an evil spirit. The film was very well written and acted out perfectly by the stellar cast. Felissa Rose and her horny, underappreciated housewife character stole the show; every time she was on screen, laughs were guaranteed. Believe is or not, the always sweet Sean Whalen makes a pretty great evil spirit, and the rest of the cast did an incredible job portraying the story and lending just the right amount of camp.  I for one would love a sequel next holiday season.

You can watch ‘Ugly Sweater Party‘ for yourself via Amazon Prime Video

Product Review: Voodoo Doll Shop “Black No 1 Perfume Oil”

Finding the perfect scent is difficult, and usually pretty expensive, especially if you have “unique taste”. Thanks to a creative, spooky girl named Cassie and her Etsy store Voodoo Doll Shop, you can smell like Halloween without breaking the bank. 

I recently purchased the Type O Negative inspired perfume oil rollerball “Black No 1”  just to see how closely the scent she created came to what the song describes, she nailed it. 

As described in the product description, this perfume oil has notes of Absinthe, smoke and cinnamon.  When I applied it to my wrist, the first scent I noticed was spicy, a lot like cloves (clove cigarettes perhaps), but the scent changed quickly. While keeping a touch of the clove/cinnamon spice scent, notes of smokiness and fall came in. The longer I had it on, the more the scent changed, and with every change came a new, very pleasant, almost addictive scent.

This oil embodies Black No 1 to say the very least. Not only is the scent witchy and reminiscent of fall/Halloween, it is extremely long-lasting. Ia applied this oil to my wrists around noon and could still smell it around 9pm.  Another plus to this product, I have extremely sensitive skin, and a lot of times even expensive perfumes can cause irritation and redness, but this does not.

I would expect such an intoxicating, long-lasting perfume oil to cost much more than it does; the rollerball comes in at just $9.75. There are other forms of this scent and many others available in the shop. 

If you are interested in this bewitching scent or want to check out the other amazing products and want to support small business, check out Voodoo Doll Shop

*Disclaimer: perfume oils smell differently on almost everyone, so you may experience the scents differently than I did. Note that this does not reflect on the product or the quality of the ingredients, but the chemistry of your body.*

Deadly Legacy: Re-opening the 4-Decade-Old Gacy Murder Case

Serial Killers have been the fascination of many people around the world, inspiring countless cinematic characters that haunt our nightmares and in a way have become pop culture icons. One of America’s most notorious serial killers may have committed his crimes four decades ago, but there is still work to be done in the case of John Wayne Gacy.

The bustling city of Chicago is no stranger to crime, but from January 3, 1972 to December 11, 1978 it experienced one of its most terrifying, gruesome crimes it would ever be home to. Father of two and part time clown, John Wayne Gacy  murdered 33 young men (25 of them have been positively identified) in a span of just six years. After the discovery of his crimes and his arrest on December 21, 1978, he would be labeled the Killer Clown. 

Gacy would be found guilty of 1 count of sodomy, 33 counts of murder, 1 count of sexual assault and 1 count of indecent liberties with a child on March 12, 1980. The following day on March 13, 1980 he would be sentenced to 21 consecutive life sentences and death. 

He was put to death by means of lethal injection at the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill, Illinois on May 10, 1994 at the age of 52.

Now, 40 years after the grizzly discovery, the case will be re-opened in an attempt to put a face and a name to the 8 unidentified victims. The case was originally re-energized in 2011 when the Cook County Police Department decided to reopen the case in the hopes that new DNA technology would help identify the 8 remaining victims. 

A new three-part series titled Deadly Legacy will follow Detective Sergeant Jason Moran, a one-man cold case unit out of Cook County, Illinois, as he revisits the case. 

In the series, Detective Sergeant Moran will look at missing persons cases from the area and time frame of the Gacy murders as well as revisit old evidence and interview family and friends of the missing young men as well as investigators that were originally tasked with the investigation. 

Will the eight John Does be identified, find out when Deadly Legacy premiers Sundays beginning December 9th at 10/9c on Investigation Discovery.

 

Poster, Casting & Campaign for ‘Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3’

Blood Moon Pictures has seen great success in the indie horror community with the previous two installments of their Volumes of Blood horror anthology series, and are gearing up for the final installment of the blood soaked trilogy, Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3. P.J. Starks (Blood Moon Pictures) has launched a campaign via INDIEGOGO to help with the funding of Devil’s Knight; there has also been casting announcements and a poster reveal (created by artist artist Michael Broom (The Walking Dead, American Horror Story)) that is exclusive to only the backers of the campaign.

The Cast

Christopher Bower (The Dooms Chapel Horror), Katie Stewart (The Wicked One), David McMahon (American Guinea Pig: The Song of Solomon), Sonya Delormier (Angel), Ryan Matthew Ziegler (Butcher the Bakers), Harper Dawahare (The Rave), Patrick Keegan Taft (Under the Surface), Lucy Turner (The Caretakers), Todd Reynolds (Volumes of Blood), Tiffany Arnold (The Sleeper), Daniel Alan Kiely (Bong of the Living Dead), Roni Jonah (The Hornet’s Disciple and The Scars She Left), Jason Crowe (The Bad Man), Tyler Riley (Scream for Summer), Julie Anne Prescott (Kill Dolly Kill: Dolly Deadly 2, Clownado) Olivia Jacobs and many more. The production is still in the process of finding and securing directors and funding.

The Poster

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As previously mentioned, the poster for Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 was designed by artist Michael Broom, known for his work with The Walking Dead and American Horror Story. The only way to secure one of these incredible posters for yourself is to donate to the campaign ($5 and up).

The Campaign

The funding goal via this campaign is $15,000 (already 12% funded with a total of $1,845). Like all other crowdfunding campaigns there are perks available for each donation tier (tiers range from $5 to $1,000). Perk tiers include the poster seen above, a Blu-ray copy of the film, various swag items, social media thank yous and even producer credits. There are still two months left in this campaign; if you are interested in helping an amazing group of indie filmmakers complete a fantastic horror trilogy, you can donate HERE.

For more information on Blood Moon Pictures and the Volumes of Blood trilogy, like the Volumes of Blood Facebook page and follow @VolumesofBlood on twitter.

Lies, Abuse & Matricide: The Story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard

Traditionally when one thinks about a murderer their minds go straight to individuals like Dahmer, Bundy, Gacy, the Manson Family or other names from the list of America’s most notorious; people deemed as psychopaths, but the case of Gypsy Rose Blanchard is much different. Blanchard is not your average natural born killer, she is someone who saw murder as her only escape from a life that was filled with lies and years of abuse.

Who is Gypsy Rose Blanchard?

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Gypsy Rose Blanchard was born prematurely to  Clauddine “Dee Dee” and Rod Blanchard (whom separated not long before Gypsy’s birth) . When Gypsy was just three months old, her mother became convinced that she had sleep apnea and began seeking treatment for the infant which included several overnight hospital stays and sleep studies. After extensive testing, doctor’s did not believe that Gypsy was suffering from the condition, but Dee Dee wasn’t convinced. Following the sleep apnea testing, Dee Dee became convinced that her daughter was suffering from a wide range of health issues due to an unspecified chromosomal disorder.

When Gypsy was 7 or 8, she was riding on her grandfather’s motorcycle with her cousin and they had a minor accident in which Gypsy sustained a minor abrasion to her knee. Kids get bumps and bruises, but to Dee Dee this was the beginning of a downward spiral of abuse and lies. Dee Dee told claimed that the small abrasion that Gypsy suffered would require surgeries and other extensive procedures to fix as she was convinced that Gypsy suffered from multiple disorders. This incident would lead to Gypsy’s long term wheelchair confinement and a massive web of lies.

Living a Lie

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Though Gypsy saw on several occasions that she was in fact able to walk without a wheelchair, her mother continued to convince her that she wasn’t and kept her confined to it. She often went to the Special Olympics with her parents, and in 2001 was even named the honorary queen of the Krewe of Mid-City Parade, a child-oriented parade held in New Orleans during Mardi Gras.

Gypsy stopped going to school after second grade and Dee Dee home schooled her due to her various illnesses. Gypsy taught herself to read with the use of the Harry Potter books. Around this time, Gypsy’s father remarried, but Dee Dee instead of finding a new partner invested her time in her “chronically ill” child and moved in with her father and stepmother. This is where Dee Dee’s depraved behavior would be uncovered. Not only was Gypsy’s health getting worse, but the health of Dee Dee and her stepmother began to decline. Her stepmother believed that she was preparing food laced with weed killer to make Gypsy sicker and to try to do away with the one person questioning her treatment of her daughter. Dee Dee was fed-up with her stepmother’s questioning and moved away with her daughter; shortly after they moved out, her stepmother’s health returned to normal.

After the move, Dee Dee began taking Gypsy to the Tulane Medical Center at the Children’s Hospital of New Orleans with claims of newly presented hearing and vision issues as well as claims of on setting muscular dystrophy. Doctors performed muscular biopsies and found no trace of the illness, but that wasn’t good enough for Dee Dee, she insisted that they continue to test and treat her for a list of illnesses she believed Gypsy suffered from. Due to Dee Dee’s claims, doctors placed Gypsy on anti seizure medication.

After Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005, Dee Dee and Gypsy relocated to Missouri as a doctor had suggested that they do. Gypsy’s life would get a lot more complicated and Dee Dee’s lies would get much deeper after this move. Gypsy was put on a feeding tube due to Dee Dee’s claims.

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After the move to Missouri, Dee Dee and Gypsy would receive a massive outpouring of community support and media coverage. On top of all of the newfound attention, they began receiving help from organizations like Habitat for Humanity and Ronald McDonald House, from which they would receive a new wheelchair friendly home, free trips to Disney World and backstage passes to a Miranda Lambert concert as well as financial help.

Dee Dee soon began claiming that her daughter suffered from leukemia which led to more lies and Dee Dee regularly shaving her daughter’s head and wearing wigs on her to maintain the appearance that she was in fact suffering from the illness.

Suspicions & Gypsy’s Growing Independence

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Dr. Bernardo Flasterstein began to doubt Dee Dee’s stories after his testing failed to turn up any sign of the muscular dystrophy. He did not see any reason that Gypsy would be unable to walk on her own and began to believe that there was something more sinister at play. Dr. Flasterstein did not report his findings to social services as he was instructed to treat Gypsy and he believed that the authorities would not take his claims seriously. In 2009, nonetheless, an anonymous caller told the police about Dee Dee’s use of different names and birth dates for herself and her daughter, and suggested Gypsy was in better health than claimed. Officers who performed the resulting wellness check accepted Dee Dee’s explanation that she used the misinformation to make it harder for her abusive ex-husband to find her and Gypsy, without checking this story out with Rod, and reported that Gypsy seemed to genuinely be mentally handicapped. The file was closed.

While those close to Gypsy still believed she was a teenager, by the 2010s she was in fact an adult, and began to test the limitations of her mother’s scheme. A neighbor recalls an incident either in 2009 or 2010 where Gypsy showed up at her door one night, without her wheelchair, seeking a ride to a local hospital to visit a man with whom she shared a romantic interest. The man had been assaulted by a group of people familiar with Gypsy’s medical history, who felt that he was taking advantage of a mentally-challenged underage girl. At the hospital Gypsy produced a birth certificate that gave her correct date of birth, proving that she was of legal age. Dee Dee went to the hospital, where she said that that birth certificate was an incorrect version issued after Katrina, apparently proving it with the “real” birth certificate giving a more recent birthdate. Reportedly Gypsy was made to apologize to all present.

In 2012, Gypsy made contact with a man named Nicholas Godejohn via a Christian singles group on Facebook. The pair quickly moved into more flirtatious conversation which included SDSM topics and even eloping and potential names for their children. The following year, Dee Dee and Gypsy went to meet with Godejohn. As soon as they did meet for the first time in real life, Godejohn says, Gypsy led him to the bathroom, where the two had sex. However, she apparently did not find him as desirable in person as he had seemed online, and she never introduced him to her mother. The two continued their Internet interactions, however, and began developing their plan to kill Dee Dee.

The Murder of Clauddine “Dee Dee” Blanchard

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Godejohn returned to returned to Springfield in June of 2015, while Gypsy and her mother attended a doctor’s appointment. After the two returned home and Dee Dee had gone to sleep, Gypsy contacted Godejohn to let him know and he proceeded to their home. Once he arrived at their home, Gypsy handed him duct tape, gloves and a knife which he was to use to murder her mother. Godejohn ordered Gypsy to hide in the bathroom and to cover her ears so she wouldn’t have to see or hear her mother’s murder; he then proceeded to stab Dee Dee several times in her sleep. After the deed was done, the pair had sex in the bathroom, took $4000 that Dee Dee hid in the house and fled to a motel outside of Springfield. To avoid being caught, they mailed the murder weapon back to Godejohn’s home in Wisconsin. Witnesses saw the pair at a bus station where they observed Gypsy wearing a blonde wig and walking unassisted.

On June 14th, Gypsy urged Godejohn to post two status updates to Dee Dee’s Facbook page so that her body would be discovered. The first one read “The bitch is dead” followed shortly by another post that suggested that someone had broken into their home, murdered Dee Dee and raped Gypsy. The updates were reported to police and Dee Dee’s body was discovered on June 14, 2015. Shortly after, a GoFundMe account was created to help pay the funeral expenses of Dee Dee and possibly the missing Gypsy (who everyone still believed was very ill).

Arrest and Conviction

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Police conducted an IP search on the status updates made to Dee Dee’s Facebook page and discovered that the updates were made from the home of Godejohn in Wisconsin. Police agencies in Waukesha County were contacted and conducted a raid on Godejohn’s residence. Upon breaching his home, authorities not only found Gypsy safe and unharmed, but she was moving around without the assistance of her wheelchair and appearing rather healthy. Both were taken into custody.

Upon questioning, Gypsy came clean not only about the matricide, but the years of fraud and abuse that her mother had committed. Gypsy went on to tell police that her mother would often use physical abuse to control her; if Gypsy would begin to act too healthy or say something that may lead others to believe that she was not really sick, her mother would squeeze her hand tightly or use other various physical ways of getting her to stop talking. The more police listened to Gypsy and looked into Dee Dee, the more they began to uncover and even began to believe that Dee Dee may have been responsible for the death of her own mother years prior to her abuse of Gypsy.

The pair were soon extradited back to Missouri and held on a $1 million bond. During the trial, after Gypsy’s testimony of how Dee Dee treated her combined with her severely malnourished appearance, sympathy began to take hold of the judge and the jury. Gypsy was not seen as a vicious murderer, but as an innocent girl that had been mistreated and held captive for her mother’s personal gain. While she may not be a violent criminal, Gypsy still had to face judgement; in July of 2015, Gypsy accepted a plea agreement and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. Godejohn’s trial will begin in November of 2018.

To hear the story of Gypsy Rose Blanchard and the twisted life she was led to live in her own words, tune into Investigation Discovery on Tuesday, November 6th at 9/8c for Gypsy’s Revenge.

 

The Holidays Are About to Get Bloodier with Slasher Film’Hanukkah’

What do you get when you combine religion, a sacred holiday, a serial killer and a pissed off son with extremist views and a vendetta? ‘Hanukkah‘, a brand new holiday slasher film, “A Torah-fying new tale of horah.”

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Hanukkah is written and directed by Eben McGarr and stars Sid Haig (The Devil’s Rejects), Nick Principe (Laid To Rest) and J.D. Kaye (Beyond Polaris).

What is the story?

Obediah Lazarus is the son of Judah Lazarus, the original Hanukiller. In 1983, Judah terrorized NY for seven nights and was preparing to sacrifice his eight year old son, Obediah, on the eighth night. Judah was convinced it was God’s will, like Abraham and Isaac, to sacrifice his only son to God. Luckily for Obediah, police tracked Judah down and stopped the sacrifice, but Judah was gunned down in the process. Warped by hatred with no guidance, Obediah Lazarus becomes a religious extremist, intolerant of non-Jews, “bad Jews”, and those he perceives to be enemies of the Jewish faith. He is about to unleash eight nights of horror. A group of Jewish teens are getting ready to party for the holidays, but are in for a Festival of Frights. With the help of a wise Rabbi, they deduce that the murder victims have violated Judaic law and that their only chance at survival is to embrace their faith.

Hanukkah is said to be currently filming, so no “official trailer” has been released, but there is a small teaser available for your viewing pleasure.

For up-to-date information and future trailer releases, be sure to like the HANUKKAH: THE MOVIE Facebook page.