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Count Yorga, Vampire

Do you believe in vampires? Ever stop to think what life would be like if they really existed? Imagine it: creatures that roamed by night feasting on the blood of the living. In your own world. In your own time. Count Yorga, Vampire, like many tales concerning the Nosferatu that preceded it, attempts to show the audience the blasphemous horrors that could ensue at the arrival of a bloodsucker into modern times.

A group of friends attend a séance held by the mysterious foreigner Count Yorga, a handsome aristocrat who arrived in Los Angeles from his home in Bulgaria. When one woman suffers a nervous breakdown when the spirit of her mother is conjured, Yorga is able to calm her down. He also places a hypnotic suggestion in her mind to obey his every demand. Another couple from the group gets stranded on the Count’s castle grounds after giving him a lift. After a little nighttime necking in their Volkswagen, the lovers meet the wrath of Yorga who comes in for his bite. Soon the two women become slaves to Yorga’s terrible lust and it is up to Mike and his physician friend Hayes to exterminate Yorga before his plague can turn the world asunder.

The film had been originally planned to be made into a porno under the title “The Loves of Count Iorga” (the title card of which can still be spotted in the MGM Midnite Movies version of the film). At some point during the project the decision was made to make it into a straight horror film, thus the movie we see before us. Count Yorga still possesses many of the erotic overtones that had been left over from its previous incarnation. The aforementioned scene in the Volkswagen is an out-and-out session of love making set amongst flickering candles and soft core music. There is even a raunchy (as well as random) scene where Count Yorga descends into the crypt of his castle where two beautiful undead maidens lay on slabs. Waking them with his hypnotic powers, Yorga forces one of the brides to embrace the other and head in for a kiss (the camera cuts away before showing anything too explicit). It then focuses in on Yorga’s unflinching face as he stares hardly at the depravity unfolding before him. Yorga=Ancient Creeper.

The movie never forgets its darker roots though. One of the more unsettling scenes occurs when Paul, boyfriend of the attacked Erica, walks into his disheveled apartment after his phone calls go unanswered. He finds Erica huddled in the corner, a mutilated kitten in her hands and her screaming mouth smeared with blood. It is a chilling scene to watch, especially since the cat in the actress’s hands is most definitely real (but thankfully unharmed). The vampire brides, or “snarling she wenches” as I chose to name them, give one the creeps everytime they’re present on screen. Their wide, staring eyes and gaping, fanged mouths make their ghostly faces appear to be the genuine conjuration of your worst nightmares.

Some of the other frightening scenes blend both horror and sensuality together, creating an atmosphere of both revulsion and attraction. In the ever repeated scene of the vampire’s midnight seduction, Yorga appears before the willing Erica as she writhes in ecstasy on her bed. The camera mainly focuses on Yorga’s mouth, the yellow fangs prominently displayed for our displeasure. He embraces the woman and then smothers her in rather nasty kisses, eventually penetrating her throat. The erotic kiss is tinged with the terror of seeing the flowing blood and we are left with the uncomfortable indecision of either being aroused or just weirded out.

There are a few problems with the film that keep it from being a completely awesome vampire flick. There is one particularly annoying sequence where Paul is conversing with his pal Mike on Erica’s strange behavior after the ordeal at Yorga’s place. The scene is made up of nothing but long shots of the two walking through the streets of L. A., the audio sounding like it was clearly recorded elsewhere. We never see their faces or can really make out their actions… it’s just walking, and walking, and talking, and walking. Granted the dialogue is necessary exposition, but it seems that the filmmakers could have been a little more creative instead of giving us this banal street side trekking. Some of the performances are also a bit lackluster. The film at times seems to be missing that essential spark that creates chemistry and excitement between the characters. At times the lines are just delivered a little too stiffly (heh heh), creating a bored, static atmosphere that takes the injection of some bloody stakings and bloodsucking mayhem to pick things up and get the ball rolling again.

But, deadicated reader, don’t let my trifle neckpicking give you the wrong impression of this film. Count Yorga, Vampire is a fun excursion into the realm of vampire skullduggery that is enjoyable enough to pass the witching hour with. Watch it for the cold, steely performance of Robert Quarry as the unholy Count. Watch it to quiver in fear (or delight) at the sight of the blood-hungry brides shrieking in demonic glee. Watch it to see a smoking doctor hand out medical advice! Whatever your fear or fetish may be, blow out the dust from your DVD player to hunker down and give this old ditty a shot.

- Jose Cruz. (May 14, 2010)

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Last House on Dead End Street

Written & Directed By: Roger Watkins
Starring:
Roger Watkins
Ken Fisher
Bill Schalgeter

“I’m directing this fucking movie!”

Sure, there are literally hundreds of cult films out there but very few of them could be accredited with delivering it’s intent. LHODES is one of the few horror films to maintain the hype of its voracious violence and counterpoint this with its rarity, and it’s fan ship. Also one of the few films to contain surreal Antonin Artaud inspired set pieces (another film containing such set pieces being Lucio Fulci’s Masterpiece The Beyond). Artaud being the originator of the “Theatre of Cruelty” (this “Theatre” being a play on violence where humans are presented as primitive animals and where violence is presented to clense the audience of violent thought). The heights of this Cruelty being outstanding (dismemberment), equating Cruelty with humiliation with the hoof of a deer. A dream to be watched with open eyes but with empty stomachs.

“I’ll show ‘em all what terry Hawkins can do”

Plot: Terry Hawkins (played by the director Roger Watkins who delivers a near-perfect performance of realist madness) has just been released from prison for drugs. Once being let loose upon society he swears to make films that “no one’s every seen before”. Promptly Terry sets on films by gathering a buddy cameraman and two prostitutes to do his bidding. Terry quickly meets his connection, which is a well to do homosexual socialite, the socialite is having a party where only the aristocrats are guests. The socialite has them entertained with a bizarre S & M display of perversity, but the guests (his clients) need more.

“Nobody’s into sex anymore”

What follows is harrowing, as Terry, the cameraman, and the two whores kidnaps the aristocrats and several other people and subject them to some of the audacious forms of torture to ever be captured on film. As Terry and cohorts “perform” in ritualistically carved masks all while their atrocities are being filmed. And through the catalyst of violence this film then leads us (the viewer) into a new dark world where pure madness takes hold over sound. This dark world manifests itself as a place of Surrealist limbo as out of place mantra’s echo forever in this world as well as the screams of the victims.

“Terry is the answer, his virgin bride all be natural.”

A true “Theatre Of Cruelty” where every character is drawn from the depths of filth weather drugs, prostitution, or porn. Terry and company being the true “rebels” of this dirty society. Like the natives of Deodatio’s Cannibal Holocaust enacting their all-powerful vengeance in the most vicious form possible.

“We’re all vampires”

LHODES crosses many boundaries, the sheer audacity of its approach could be taken as an attack against the mainstream and it’s wholesome approach at keeping the audience happy. Attacking the audience with a pure form of nihilism, surrounding them without a single moral character but a world of violence. Roger Watkins made a film (while lacking proper sound, and filming on 16 mm with mostly friends in the cast) riddled with bleak, depressing, and at the same time disturbing sequences of horror possibly never to be outdone. Gripping while tacky, twisted yet retaining the ethic of an off Broadway play, a true masterpiece of the Grind house. A bold films that fuses trash, porn, art, horror, and the myth of snuff. An experience that not be soon forgotten. LHODES will leave you staring at the end credits in awe.

- Jak

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Theatre of Blood

“To slay or not to slay? That is the question!” Vincent Price, that immortal king of terror, delivers one of his finest performances in this dandy little film. It’s filled with as many laughs as it is with screams and it’s a jolly good time for everyone involved. You won’t want to be late for this performance. You better hurry to your seat now. People are simply dyingto get in.

Edward Lionheart, a vigorous if somewhat hammy Shakespearean actor, confronts a group of pompous and cruel critics who have ridiculed him for years. Deprived of the theatrical award that was to be his after his flawless season of the Bard’s best work, the distressed Lionheart hurls himself over a railing to his watery death. Or so it would seem. Unfortunately for all the critics who penned their scathing reviews, Lionheart has returned with a bitter taste for vengeance. Seeking inspiration from the plays he so loves, Edward formulates a complex plan to murder all his critics using the gory deaths that highlighted Shakespeare’s famous tragedies…

Just from that plot alone you know that you’re in for a good time (this would be a great introduction to William Shakespeare for a high school English class!). All the killings are inventive and spirited, and they never shy away from the red stuff. Price delivers an awesome spear to the chest for one poor bloke and then has his corpse dragged along by the tail of a rollicking horse. And who can forget that rib-tickling moment when Edward and his accomplice are beheading a sedated chap in his bed to the sweet melody of beautiful orchestra music. Edward even rolls his eyes at his partner’s incompetence as blood spurts up in the air like a fountain. Pure ghoulish delight, ladies and gentlemen.

The film itself is very reminiscent of the Dr. Phibes movies, another vehicle that Price starred in as a cackling villain. Both they and “Theatre of Blood” have Price playing wronged men who seek to destroy a group of less-than-admirable individuals with unique methods (in the first Phibes movie it was death by the biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt). But this film can very well stand on its own, no doubt due to the beautiful artistry of Vincent Price. He can be force feeding a pie made out of poodle flesh to a squirming victim and make it look like an Academy Award winning performance. The man is simply game to do anything and his enthusiasm for the role shines in every scene. If for nothing else, watch this movie just for the scene of Vincent Price masquerading as a homosexual hair dresser, afro included. You’ll be thanking me for quite some time.

Only an actor like Price can transfer from a hilarious moment like this to a completely solemn, eerie scene where he cryptically delivers haunting lines of Shakespeare. His fiery passion permeates even the dank and rotting atmosphere that shadows the entire movie. Like Edward Lionheart, Price delivers an outstanding performance of a man who is past his glory and lives out every actor’s dream by distributing cold, poetic justice to those damn critics! Your eyes will be glued to the screen from the thrilling opening ala Julius Caesar to the somber, fiery climax. When the curtains close for the final act of this tragedy, don’t be surprised if you catch yourself shouting “Encore!”

- Jose Cruz (March 28, 2010)

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Editorial: February 29, 2012

Welcome horror fans, and on behalf of myself and the staff of the Blood Theatre, allow me to welcome you back to our brand new site! This latest version of the Blood Theatre has been in the works for quite some time, and is still being tweaked (so bear with us as we move over all the old content, and continue to add tons more new material for your viewing pleasure!) We have so many new and exciting things happening, I don’t even know where to begin!

Firstly, all of our reviews, articles, and special features can now be commented on! So please, don’t be shy and send us your feedback on our work — we love hearing from you! Also, we’re pleased to introduce new features to the website: Monster Movie Mondays, Versus Mode, and a new section for Horror Gaming! Monster Movie Mondays is a weekly tradition that we never miss here at the Blood Theatre! It’s the perfect excuse to gather together a group of friends, and share in all the gruesome gore that our favourite horror films offer us! Which is why we’ll be documenting our regular movie-viewing evenings. Versus Mode is a new feature we’re very excited about, started up by our newest staff writer: UncannyDerek! Every Friday we’ll be posting a new Versus Mode, in which we’ll pit two films against each other and see how they stack up side-by-side! And with all the recent horror themed video games being released, it just seemed like the right thing to do to devote a section on horror gaming.

Our messageboard will return shortly, allowing you to communicate with us, and horror fans worldwide, on a public forum dedicated to the genre we all love. Until then, as I mentioned, feel free to use our new comment section to leave your thoughts on the site and the films we’ve covered.

Once again, I hope you enjoy the newest incarnation of the Blood Theatre!

Until next time, horror fans: keep it bloody, keep it sick, and keep the gore flowing!

- Matthew T.

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Top 8: Favorite Women in Horror

With this list, Matthew T., Ames and Ali decided that it was important to keep it open to all roles, whether it be an actor, writer, director or producer. We have stumbled upon so many of these types of lists, and certainly encourage you to read all of them! Even if you are seeing the same names over and over, it’s worth the read to see the many different ways these women have influenced our generation!


MARY HARRON
Writer/Director

I have five favourite movies and I love them all for very different reasons, but the one thing they share is their ability to excite me about film. There is a strong emotional response, not in the sense that they move me and force me to think about society and dissect the human condition, but rather they invoke in me a trembling enthusiasm for motion pictures that afterward leaves me feeling full and empty at the same time. Full of inspiration and gratitude for the talent and brilliance witnessed; and empty for not fulfilling my own desire to make equally exciting films. Mary Harron’s adaptation of AMERICAN PSYCHO lands in my top five and even just thinking about it I am infused with energy because it is what I consider to be a perfect film.

Mary started out as a music journalist in the 70’s. Her focus was on punk rock or, at the time, “underground”. She was the first person in the U.S. to interview The Sex Pistols, which is kind of a big deal. In 1996 her first feature film I SHOT ANDY WARHOL exploded at Sundance. This film was set in motion by her interest in the life of Valerie Solanas and her book the Scum Manifesto. Unlike many of its other readers, Mary saw a dark comedic tone in this book and wanted to portray the author in the way she perceived her. The film was ultimately awarded the grand jury prize at Sundance and from there she went on to search for her next project.

Roger Corman’s industry rule of thumb is that there are three things that make a film entertaining – Sex, Violence and Comedy – and as long as you have at least two of these elements your film will be marketable. In AMERICAN PSYCHO, Mary was able to find a balance between all three. But regardless of its entertainment value, this is a film that many dismiss at first. It is overly sexual and violent, though not nearly as brutal as described in the Bret Easton Ellis novel. This is due to the fact that Mary wanted the film to focus on what she felt it was really about – a satirical examination on social status. The character of Patrick Bateman appears to be a dark, seemingly empty vessel driven by evil. Only it’s not your typical satanic evil, but rather evil in the form of an uncontrollable desire to appear perfect as part of achieving high social status. What isn’t comical about that? Grown men working on Wall Street, gathered in a boardroom in their expensive suits, sweating, panicking, bordering on tears – and not over financial reports or clients, but over the texture and font of their individually customized business cards. Mary brought the humor to the surface which is what really brought this film to life, the sex and violence playing second fiddle. Every prostitute killed along the way is just collateral damage in Patrick’s climb to the highest ranks of a social war. Of course there is more depth to it than that, other factors to consider, but we’ll save that for future discussions. To me this film is perfect because there isn’t one thing I would change creatively or technically. Every shot, every light, every sound, every actor and every word came together splendidly.

Since AMERICAN PSYCHO Mary has directed episodes of THE L WORD, SIX FEET UNDER and BIG LOVE. She is very mindful of the projects she takes on, stating “…If I’m going to write a script it has to be something that I’m going to stay interested in over a long period. Writing a film is time-consuming, and I have to be invested in it.” Her newest feature THE MOTH DIARIES is a psychological horror that centers on young women at a boarding school who start to encounter odd disturbances coinciding with the arrival of a mysterious new student. The atmosphere she created for this film is reminiscent of Roman Polanski’s ROSEMARY’S BABY – “It’s not so much what you see, it’s what you don’t see” she has said. Read more about the film and view the trailer at indiewire.

REFLECTION: I edited this down from two and half pages to one. I really identify with her views and perceptions and I appreciate her ability to connect to her material. Mary has said that “without feminism, I wouldn’t be doing this. So I feel very grateful. Without it, God knows what my life would be. I don’t make feminist films in the sense that I don’t make anything ideological. But I do find that women get my films better.” We can all recognize that, in the here and now, women have come a long way in the industry. We are treated more equally and given more opportunities. Yes the numbers still seem low and the ratio of men to women is still very unbalanced, but why? Mary once spoke to a film class that was half men and half women. She says that through the course of her time with the class, the men participated and asked many questions, but the women didn’t speak. It wasn’t just a passing observation, she actually addressed it. They had an equal presence and the opportunity to engage, yet they remained quiet. Maybe it’s our mentality. Is it possible that we are holding ourselves back, lacking confidence, in fear of an oppression that no longer exists? I guess that is just another point to consider.[Ali]


bettisANGELA BETTIS
Actress

Angela Bettis, above all, is a true horror fan. She has dedicated her life to acting, producing and directing horror films. She and her husband Kevin Ford created a production company called Mo-Freek (2001) in which she spends a lot of her time spinning out low-budget horror flicks. It’s very enlightening to know that an actress of horror sincerely wants to be there for the love of the genre. She isn’t just a face to a movie, she’s the real deal and most often knee deep in its process.

Angela first appeared on the big screen in a drama set in Italy, called The Sparrow in 1993. It wasn’t until six years later we would see her again. It was her natural, waif-like figure that helped land her in the critically acclaimed appearance as Janet, the annorexic, in Girl, Interrupted (1999). She played a startling role as a very disturbed mother in Bless, the Child (2000). It is no wonder she was cast for the TV Movie leading role in Carrie (2002). It is clear that by this point, Angela has a way of figuring out her characters and can push herself flawlessly to portray them in the manner they are meant to be seen. She shined in The Toolbox Murders (2004) who happened to have an appearance by one of my other favourite horror females Sheri Moon Zombie. Angela Bettis has a slew of horror performances such as that in The Circle (2005) and Scar (2007) but Angela is no type-cast. She has appeared in cross-genre films such as her role in Drones (2010) and All My Friends are Funeral Singers (2010).

My personal favourite from her 2002 released films, was her role in May. I have never seen a performance quite like this, so it has been burned in my memory. The character is a quirky, sheltered, borderline schizophrenic woman who’s only true friend is a doll in a box. What other actress would fit this role? I don’t know how May passed veterinarian school without going ballistic on her students but we’ll let that one slide. May is in need to find perfection and she will stop at nothing to build the perfect friend. We see May blossom into womanhood as she becomes more confident with each kill. It’s a great character study if you’re in psychology. May was a great collaboration with Lucky McKee who wrote and directed the film. Angela and Lucky worked again on a movie called Roman (2006), the gender reversed idea of May, starring Lucky and directed by Angela.

I’m on the edge of my seat watching previews for The Woman (2011). Angela Bettis plays a beautiful and unconventional wife to a man who has found and shackled an uncivilized woman in their basement. You know, one of those raised-by-wolves type of chick. I have a feeling Angela’s wife character is going to be everything I wanted. In the preview, she received a slap from her husband. Sure, one could say that glorifies misogynistic behaviour but I say, character development. Angela is attracted to complicated stories, showcasing the lives of individuals and their relations between people. She has no fear depicting any behaviour type female and will do anything to make the film legitimate. I am also anticipating The ABC’s of Death that is still TBA for sometime in 2012. Angela Bettis, amongst a conglomerate of filmmakers, is directing one of the 26 chapters in this horror anthology project.

REFLECTION: I’ve always loved every performance Angela Bettis has given but I had never researched her before. I went straight to the sources to learn she is from Austin, Texas and also, to my personal fascination, is a twin to her brother Joseph. I searched through movie clips, only to stumble across some live interviews. It is breathtaking to watch her converse with others. Angela is quick on her feet and shows enthusiasm in her work. She wants to work. I tend to pride myself with work ethics and can easily see this in others. Someone needs to give Angela Bettis a starring, knock-out lead role because this woman has the ability to handle herself. I believe she can do anything as she seems to be a very honest individual with no pretences. Angela is like a fine glass of wine; her beauty and talent gets better with age.[Ames]


veVE NEILL
Makeup Artist

This three time Oscar winner has been insanely busy the last few years heading up the makeup departments on hugely popular films like the PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN and its sequels, and more recently THE HUNGER GAMES and THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN. While these obviously aren’t horror films, they do require character makeups that involve various special effects and prosthetics. These makeups and their techniques didn’t widely appear in family films and dramas like they do today, they originated in horror films.

When Ve Neill started out she was one of very few female makeup artists. Most females in the makeup department were stuck doing hair while men carried out the creation of elaborate creature effects. As prosthetic makeup was coming to the foreground of makeup artistry she began working with Steve Neill, going to set and doing applications. She developed a strong reputation for her patience and attention to detail that soon had her in high demand.

With a career as huge as hers I would love to sit here and pay tribute to each and every film her work has touched, starting with the STAR TREK MOTION PICTURE all the way to the more recent PRIEST, but I am going to try and focus on the horror films.

Ve found character makeups to be more challenging so she would often gravitate toward projects that involved creatures or extensive designs. She and Steve Neill worked with producer Charles Band (a Blood Theatre favorite) on the “original sci-fi classic” LASERBLAST after which they went on to create special masks and mannequin effects on (another Blood Theatre favorite) – TOURIST TRAP.

Several years and films later, she stepped out of the assistant/team role and started making her own impression. On THE LOST BOYS she shaped what is now the most common look associated with vampires (well, I guess that was until the sparkles of TWILIGHT took over). By removing the eyebrows and manipulating the structure of the forehead, a very simple change, it was enough to create something ghastly. Her patience allowed her to blend her prosthetic appliances flawlessly and her eye for detail put directors at ease knowing their expectations would not only be met, but pushed much further. One of my personal favorite details is the moss she had growing on the face of Tim Burton’s BEETLEJUICE, a makeup so fantastic that it won her her first Oscar.

- Ali (@AJFaucher)


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JOVANKA VUCKOVIC
Author/Filmmaker/Columnist

“I think sometimes people take horror films a little too seriously. Without question, there are those films that merit academic inquiry, but I’ve never entirely embraced the “feminist” perspective on horror films. While I agree with some of it, I don’t always see the machete as the fleshy knife that penetrates the unwilling woman. Sometimes a knife is just a knife.”

These days, when the topic of women in horror is brought up, the name Jovanka Vuckovic is never far behind. The amount that she has accomplished through her career continues to be a source of inspiration for all horror fans that desire to work in the industry, and give something back to the genre they love. Whether you know her for her work in special effects, as the editor-in-chief of RUE MORGUE magazine, an author, or (most recently) as a director; there is no doubt that she has earned her place in the annals of the horror genre.

Jovanka’s love affair with monsters and the macabre began early in her childhood. When she entered McMaster University to study forensic anthropology–which she considers to be the true start of her career in horror–she gained a new perspective on the difference between the horror of real death, and that of fiction. In her words: “…working with the dead gave me the perspective I needed to really appreciate living, which only made me appreciate my beloved horror films and literature that much more. There was the horror of my real life and the cathartic escapism and highly conceptualized violence that movies offered. Seeing what a real body looks like after it’s been dredged out of the sewer system by a roto rooter suddenly makes zombies, vampires and werewolves kind of silly – pure entertainment.”

When she left forensics, she worked for five years at CBC as a digital special effects artist — a job which earned her a Gemini award for Best Visual Effects. It was during this time that she began to write: what emerged were several unpublished pieces pertaining to her philosophy and views of the horror genre. It was also then that she spent her energy volunteering her time to the (now renowned) RUE MORGUE magazine. Her efforts culminated in her appointment as editor-in-chief of the magazine; a position which allowed her words to be read by thousands of readers. Jovanka Vuckovic was now a household name amongst horror fans.

Though she has stepped down at RUE MORGUE, she continues to contribute heavily to the horror genre. Her most recent accomplishments have included the publication of her book: “Zombies! An Illustrated History of the Undead“, as well as the upcoming release of her first film, “The Captured Bird“; a horror-fantasy which has earned the support of critically-acclaimed director Guillermo del Toro.

REFLECTION: Jovanka Vuckovic’s life is a testament to the fact that “…as cliché as it is, you really can achieve anything you want in the world if you set your mind to it.” Though she has already accomplished so much, her career is essentially only beginning, and we look forward to seeing what the future holds in store for her. Also: she is extremely appreciative of her fans, and communicates regularly through Facebook, Twitter, and MySpace. To stay updated on her current projects, we highly recommend you follow her!

- Matthew T. (@mctherrien)


(Quotes were taken from Fatally Yours’ interview with Jovanka Vuckovic)

sheriSHERI MOON ZOMBIE
Actress

My casual affair with Sheri Moon Zombie begins on Tuesday, May 2nd, 2003: cheap night. Ali and Ames, along with our crew, witness Sheri Moon’s first role in Rob Zombie’s feature length film; House of 1000 Corpses. Side note: If the group of us stepped foot on that red carpeted floor, passed those red velvet ropes, that means the mall theatre clerks didn’t ID us! And had they, my eyes would not have laid upon Sheri Moon Zombie on the big screen, as shortly after, they removed the film from the theatre. After the show, mixed feelings and discussions ensued. On a personal level, I was completely enamoured with Sheri Moon Zombie in particular. Then again, I’ve always had a penchant for psychotic blonds.

Just when I wasn’t sure as to where Rob Zombie’s film career was headed, he pushed forward. I anticipated The Devil’s Rejects to appear before my eyes. Luckily, I had a horror kismet with Ali and she took me to the theatre for my birthday on August 7, 2005 to see the show before it was pulled the following week. I had previously seen Sheri Moon play Baby as this giggling, sociopathic girl with psycho-sexual issues and couldn’t wait to see her again. It helped that she created a voice for her character as apparently her dreams laid in voice acting for cartoons. I was brilliantly surprised to see her on the screen, bringing Baby to life once more, but this time more solid, more raw, more something, whatever it was it worked and helped the film cross beyond an exploitation film. In this, I feel she truly married her character and became a scream queen.

Why couldn’t Sheri Moon Zombie be on that show “Married to Rock” where they follow around the wives of Rock n’ Roll musicians as they get into kooky shenanigans? Is it because they were afraid she would end up killing them all? They should be. This woman has shown us intense emotional range from the dark spectrum, such as “crazy” to “really f***ing crazy”. In all seriousness, Sheri Moon treats every character she plays with honour and respect. She has let us see inner darkness, for example in Hallowe’en, showing the downward spiral of a mother dealing with a disturbed, murderous son. How would any mother deal in that situation? She carried the act well, right up to the mere moments of her characters suicide. That’s an Oscar right there, in my heart.

I’ve tried very hard not to talk too much about the woman behind the man in front of the man behind the woman… but I must! If you were anything like me, listening to that rock and or roll music, and if you liked it a bit harder, you definitely listened to bands such as Rob Zombie. It is no shock that Sheri Moon has been in plenty of his videos, toured with him, danced etc. Back in ’99, the cover of “American Made Music to Strip By”. You know what I’m talking about. Google it. Actually, if anyone can find any photos of her set from Playboy of 2005, contact me @AmiLaDeDa… Well, it seems I have lost my course in praising the pair as a fine example of a power couple. Did I mention she has a clothing line? It’s called “Total Skull”. Please feel free to buy some size smalls and contact me @AmiLaDeDa.

REFLECTION: If Ali and Ames went to the show twice to see a Rob Zombie flick starring Sheri Moon Zombie, that only means history could by chance repeat itself! If I know a thing or two about history (not really), I could tell you that we may dare step out for an outing to catch her next appearance. With a simple IMDB check, The Lords of Salem is coming out this year! Oooh I can feel it now… Walking into a movie theatre, maybe I bought some Junior Mints, maybe I didn’t… we choose our seats, I cross my legs, I uncross them, I put my feet on the chair in front of me, people sit in front of me, I take my feet down, I curl into the fetal position, etc. Ahh the magic of the movie theatre wins me over every time. Dim the lights, please. Scream away, queen!

- Ames (@AmiLaDeDa)


amyAMY HOLDEN JONES
Writer/Director

Followers of The Blood Theatre know that this one was a no brainer. We love THE SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE and had the opportunity to attend a screening in 35mm last week as part of Rue Morgue’s Cinemacabre film series. They chose this film in honor of Women in Horror Month and set up a Q &A via skype with writer/director Amy Holden Jones.

Amy got her big break when Martin Scorsese saw a documentary she had directed just out of school. He thought she had potential and took her on as his assistant during the filming of TAXI DRIVER and later had her edit his own documentary AMERICAN BOY: A PROFILE OF STEVEN PRINCE. During this time she also developed a working relationship with Roger Corman. It began with editing a few of his pictures until he offered her a chance to write and direct her own. At the time she had also been offered the chance to edit Steven Speilberg’s E.T. but production had been postponed due to filming on POLTERGEIST. She had a choice to wait and edit a potential blockbuster, or pull an old script off the Corman shelf and get to work right away. Her desire to direct was strong and she went for it, seeing this as her only opportunity to break through.

Although the film never gave her the big directing break she had hoped for, it did show what she was capable of as a writer. The bare bones of SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE had already been scripted by writer Rita Mae Brown. It had been shelved by Corman until Amy found it and used it to make a short film, proving that she could handle the project. Once given the go ahead she re-wrote most of the script, injecting the comedy and bringing it to life. She went on to have a successful writing career, penning great films such as MYSTIC PIZZA, INDECENT PROPOSAL, THE RICH MAN’S WIFE and RELIC.

The horror chapter of her career was short, but it left us with one of the best films of the Slasher sub-genre. Amy admits to being a little skeptical of the film at first, but after years of screenings and a cult following that continues to grow, she has realized how fantastic the project was. In the Q &A she talked about how much fun the production was during filming, stating that if given the opportunity to work on another horror film, she would jump at the chance.

REFLECTION: Amy had a lot of stories to share with us, some from the set of TAXI DRIVER and others about what it’s like to work alongside a showman like Roger Corman. It was a real pleasure to hear her talk about how she started her career. Horror films tend to be low budget and independent which is why so many directors are able to use it as starting platform. Some are able to pursue strong careers and break out of the genre like Ridley Scott and James Cameron. Others take the genre that made them successful and run with it like John Carpenter and Wes Craven (but don’t think they didn’t try once or twice to make a genre leap). Amy was straight with us about the fact that she wasn’t able to jumpstart a career in directing like the others, but she took the opportunity for what it was. Through this project she was able to uncover a natural talent for writing that she did not know she had. I personally can’t wait for her triumphant return to horror!

- Ali (@AJFaucher)


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Actress

When you see this funky, short broad step on the screen, you can’t possibly sit there and tell me that you feel nothing. Zelda Rubinstein (1933-2010) has blessed us with her presence, most notably for her role in the Poltergeist trilogy and various television and horror flicks (including our personal fave Behind the Mask: The Rise of Leslie Vernon). The presence Zelda exudes in front of the camera has left us baffled to try and describe. Here’s a shot: unearthly, enchanting, phantasmagorical, hip yet stoic, spooky, altogether-ooky, horror-theatrical, horractrical? I could go on…

And then she speaks. Zelda’s creepy-sweet voice has easily become one of the most recognizable in the industry. You can still feel her whisper in the long-run Skittles campaign for “Taste the Rainbow”. You thought that was a child’s voice, didn’t ya! Zelda had a strong inner voice as well, staunchly standing up for her beliefs. In our most recent human history was the discovery of the AIDS epidemic in which Zelda immediately had an unquenchable need to be a part of its awareness. Being in LA and around gay friends, she took it as her number one duty to urge the use of protection during sexual activity. At the time of AIDS being labelled a “gay disease”, I admire Zelda in her efforts at a time where people were too afraid to understand or stand up. At a height of 4’3” (due to a lack of production in growth hormones from the anterior pituitary gland), Zelda stood up often! She took heart to all little people and formed the Michael Dunn Memorial Repertory Theatre that held memberships of all little individuals wanting to act.

I would have loved to see another terrifying act by this lovely woman. You almost want to believe her characters existed as she truly brought them to life. As much as we wanted more of Zelda, we, the audience, could not have her as she was intensely dedicated to her passions. Zelda was a martyr. I hope in the end she had realized that her career was not a price to pay, but that her gained fame was a necessary tool in skyrocketing her causes. We had a taste of her talent and we will always remember that but an extra horror movie means nothing compared to any individual who’s life had been saved, helped or inspired by Zelda Rubinstein. R.I.P.

REFLECTION: Is it ever too late to chase your dreams? Zelda undoubtedly had a lot against her when heading into the film industry as a female actress. With an undeniable presence, voice, and a stance of 4’3”, Zelda didn’t go into acting until well into her mid-40′s. By the time Poltergiest was released, she was 49 years old. After achieving a bachelor’s degree in Bacteriology, her job as a lab technician ran too monotonous for her I presume. To succeed in your dreams with menopause right around the corner though… That’s something to tote about. Perhaps if she went into the industry at a younger age, it could have worked against her and any insecurities she may have had. Zelda’s unique self, along with a passion to extract her creative nature, landed her success in an industry that could have turned her away. Luckily for us fans, it didn’t and she is now notorious in her days end.

- Ames (@AmiLaDeDa)


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Writer/Producer

Debra Hill started working in the film business in the 1970’s. Beginning at the bottom, she worked her way up through the typical female crew positions – P.A., Script Supervisor etc… In 1975 she met John Carpenter while working as continuity and assistant editor on ASSAULT ON PRECINCT 13. This would become one of the most important working relationships she would ever have. Together they wrote HALLOWEEN and Debra worked hard as producer to what would become one of the most commercially successful horror pictures of their time. They had no idea that this simple idea, sleepy town setting and small indie budget would catapult them into mainstream success. From there they worked together on several films such as HALLOWEEN II, HALLOWEEN III, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK and THE FOG.

After working with Carpenter for several years, she moved on to work with other directors such as David Cronenberg on THE DEAD ZONE. She formed an independent production company, Hill/Obst Productions, with her friend and fellow producer Lynda Obst. It was with this production company that Debra’s career was able to expand far beyond the horror genre with films like ADVENTURES IN BABYSITTING and THE FISHER KING. She would eventually partner with Carpenter once more on the film ESCAPE FROM L.A.

Film facts and history aside, Debra Hill was one of the few women to pave the way for women in today’s film industry. Women had been stuck in the same customary roles within film crews for decades, but she, like a few other women that will appear on this list, refused to settle into this tradition. Working hard to break through these conventional roles, she fought her way to a higher position and earned the respect of her colleagues, the studios and her audience.

Carpenter has described her as a “real pioneer in the business, who opened the road for women”. He would definitely know since the film that really started it all his. While it will always be known as John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN, the fact remains that without Debra Hill, there would be no Haddonfield. That name may have started as one small detail, but it quickly became the most plagued town in horror history. Although it does not exist in Illinois, it does exist in New Jersey where Debra was born. In 2003 she was honored by Women in Film for her work in the industry. Her career had still been going strong when she passed away in 2005 at the age of 54.

REFLECTION: I wrote this one because my favorite film is HALLOWEEN. I am not a feminist, although most women think that as a woman I should be, but isn’t that a little sexist in itself? I think that women still have a long way to go, but that doesn’t mean that there are people/studios/men standing in our way. I think that the industry has proved in the last few years that it is rooting for women. We have the support behind us, but like most changes, they take time to evolve- nothing happens overnight, or over a decade or two. Great strides have been made and we have come a long way, but looking at a career like Debra Hill’s there is one important factor that I think is over looked. Yes she paved the way and achieved a lot, especially in a male dominant genre like horror, but one of the most important things she accomplished was working closely with men as part of a team. Anyone can set out to accomplish something on their own, but not everyone is capable of maintaining successful working relationships. To have earned the respect, to have been held with high regard on a creative and professional level, and most importantly have your team behind you- these are huge accomplishments. To rise above the men on your own seems to be what a lot of women want; but to hold your own among men is in my opinion, a much greater achievement.

- Ali (@AJFaucher)

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Abominable Dr. Phibes, The

1971 / d. Robert Fuest
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Vincent Price strikes another chord of terror in this delightful tale of a mad doctor’s revenge. Horribly disfigured, Anton Phibes goes out executing a team of ten surgeons, physicians whom he blames for the death of his beloved wife. But plain homicide doesn’t meet Phibes’ macabre standards; instead, he draws inspiration from the Biblical Ten Plagues of Egypt. One by one the doctors drop off like flies, whether they have their heads crushed by frog masks, their faces eaten away by locusts, impaled by golden unicorn statues, or have all the blood drawn from their bodies in agonizingly slow fashion. This movie is a ghoulish delight for those who are connoisseurs of the weird and demented. Price is at his best as he revels in the delicious villainy of his role, able to emote the subtlest expressions even under the ghostly mask he wears of his own likeness. The cinematography and art deco scenery are a feast for the eyes and compliment the gory proceedings in an absolutely diabolical fashion. Not to be missed by fans of old school horror.

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Aftermath

1994 / d. Nacho Cerda
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A film not for the weak of stomach or heart. The scenario is simplistic but all-too disturbing: a medical examiner fondles and defiles the corpse of a young woman who is the victim of a car accident. Cerda doesn’t let up on the realistic gore in this unsettling picture. We watch the clinical dissection of cadavers, all brains and slobbering intestines included. The real horror starts when we realize what the perverted examiner is up to. Despite showing the rotting and squashed carcass of a dog as well as the blending of a heart and vicious stabbing of a female’s private area, AFTERMATH still possesses an air of profound beauty. The fascination with death becomes our own and soon we find we cannot look away from the screen, no matter how disgusting and vile the acts may be. Watch this if you’re looking for something to challenge yourself with. (JC)

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American Werewolf in London, An

1981 / d. John Landis
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Although famed for turning out comedy classics like ANIMAL HOUSE and THE BLUES BROTHERS, director John Landis was also the man behind one of the most revered werewolf films of all time. This movie blends horror and comedy in a beautiful synergy that can hardly be beat. One minute we’re shivering in terror from the mind blowing special effects of makeup wizard Rick Baker and the next we’re laughing ourselves silly as the ever-ripening remains of Griffin Dunne chide David Naughton into suicide. The instantly classic transformation scene in the film still has the power to drop jaws and the full wolf monster, though slightly less paralyzing, is still a fearsome creature to behold. Add to that the eerie and jump-inducing dream sequences that are randomly sprinkled throughout the movie and you have one unforgettable romp into the hairy world of lycanthropy that is sure to have you howling at the moon for more. Sequel: AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN PARIS. (JC)

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Beyond, The

1981 / d. Lucio Fulci
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A.K.A. SEVEN DOORS OF DEATH. Yet another addition to the bloody and viscera-filled resume of Godfather of Gore Lucio Fulci himself. In this one, the restoration of an old hotel in the steamy depths of Louisiana unearth one of the legendary seven gates into Hell. Not only that, but the opening of it allows a legion of shambling zombies to wreak havoc on all innocents involved. Truly a masterpiece of the splatter genre, THE BEYOND is infused with enough unnatural carnage to please the most demented of viewers. There’s Fulci’s prerequisite eye gouging, a woman who is unfortunately caught at the wrong end of a jar of burning acid, a man whose face is chewed away by rubber tarantulas, and the greatest (and perhaps only) scene of a cute little zombie girl getting an iceberg-sized hole blown right through her kisser! If that isn’t a selling point to see this movie immediately if you haven’t already done so, then I don’t know what love is. A must watch. Other films of interest include THE HOUSE BY THE CEMETERY, ZOMBIE 2, and THE CITY OF THE LIVING DEAD. (JC)

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Count Yorga, Vampire

1970 / d. Bob Kelljan
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Kitschy 70’s entry into the vampire genre, COUNT YORGA is a spirited romp that is good enough for an evening’s entertainment. The plot is nothing in the way of new: mysterious Count Yorga arrives from his European home and begins to suck his way through a group of friends in present-day California. Originally planned to be a porno, YORGA contains at least one softcore intercourse scene as well as insinuated lesbianism for all you folks looking for a different kind of stiff. The blood flows freely enough, with some lovely neck bitings and a messy staking here and there to liven up some of the duller moments. Good ol’ vampire fun for lovers of the undead. Sequel: THE RETURN OF COUNT YORGA. (JC)

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Creepshow

1982 / d. George Romero
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The ultimate flick for all fans of retro horror comics. George Romero directs five depraved tales of terror penned by maestro Stephen King himself. It’s a smorgasbord of beloved horror tropes and stories that never cease to be fun with multiple viewings. This movie has it all: reanimated corpses of the pissed off curmudgeon and betrayed lovers variety; a lunkhead farmer who grows weeds all over his body; a cute, furry critter that lives in a crate and likes to munch on bitch heads; and a heaping helping of flesh-hungry cockroaches that bug out a miserly millionaire! The stark lighting and visual effects give the film the actual feel of the bloodsoaked pages of an E.C. Comic and makeup wizard Tom Savini does wonders with his array of ghoulies, ghosties, and monsters.  This is the perfect film to introduce any horror-shy viewer to the wonders of the genre. After all, it’s the most fun you’ll have being scared! (JC)

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Driller Killer, The

1979 / d. Abel Ferrara
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The infamous video nasty may not be as brutal as all the hubbub has led one to believe. Ferrara stars as the jive-talking artist protagonist whose mind begins to crack when the pressures of his relationship, job, and the annoying punk band boarding below him begin to drive him cuckoo. How’s a fella expected to act other than taking all his aggression out by sticking power drills into hobos? The drill-head scene is perhaps the goriest we get here; the rest of the fare is your typical slasher madness with Ferrara gleefully twisting his tool of death in the writhing bodies of his tortured victims. The film seems to be confused as to what path it wants to take: disturbing psycho drama or schlocky exploitation flick. While the movie still retains some original touches, in the end the clashing of these two genres leaves the viewer a tad disappointed and underwhelmed. (JC)

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Fright Night

1985 / d. Tom Holland
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Extremely fun and a great example of goofy 80’s horror. Charley Brewster loves late night horror movies, but what happens when he finds out that his new neighbour is nothing but an extremely sexy vampire intent on taking a bite out of all the babes in town? He finds out it’s time to kick ass, that’s what! Tom Holland (CHILD’S PLAY) directs the proceeding with an obvious love for the genre as seen in his homages to vampire films from years past. The cast has great chemistry and play off each other brilliantly, from Chris Sarandon’s seductive portrayal of the heavy to Roddy McDowell’s powerhouse presence as hammy horror actor Peter Vincent (get it?).  The movie is a Hammer Film with a very 80’s mentality; we go from the foreboding and fog-enshrouded house of the vampire to a scintillating scene inside a nightclub where Sarandon lays the charm on the dance floor. You can’t help but smile good-heartedly at the cheese and warmth that emanates from this film. It’s not all silly references and fun games though; there are moments of genuine terror and surprise, especially when the vampires are seen in all their freaky bat-faced glory. The very definition of a feel-good horror flick with a little bite thrown in for good measure. Sequel: FRIGHT NIGHT PART II. (JC)

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Hard Rock Zombies

1985 / d. Krishna Shah
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It’s death metal, literally! This low-budget flick may appear to be another in a long line of so-bad-they’re-good films of the undead… until you realize that it was actually meant to be a comedy! This guilty pleasure has it all: a pair of murderous midgets, a slicin’n’dicin’ werewolf woman in a wheelchair, a hulking psycho with a raging weed whacker, and Adolph Hitler! Oh, and did I mention hair? Lots and lots of hair! The tunes (everything from love ballads to guitar riffs with the power to reanimate the dead) are pretty darn catchy and the performances from the cast can actually be quite clever at times. A hidden gem that is just dying to rock out in your DVD player. [JC]

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Tenebre

1982 / d. Dario Argento
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A.K.A. UNSANE. Dario Argento’s brilliant giallo TENEBRE is in some ways more akin to the American slasher than the famed Italian crime thrillers. But all the ingredients are still here in there gory goodness. A black-gloved fiend is going about murdering gorgeous young women, all the homicides connected with the latest book from a notable crime novelist. The murderer is an intense fan of the author and will do anything to prove just how far they will go to demonstrate their devotion. Suspicious characters, amazing (if at times a tad overbearing) camera maneuvers, a fantastic score by Goblin, and a double twist ending that will leave your head reeling, TENEBRE is an intricate murder mystery that is engaging enough for all the detectives out there and soaked in enough bloody slashings for all the gorehounds as well. [JC]

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Theatre of Blood

1973 / d. Douglas Hickox
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Pure grotesque fun as only Vincent Price can promise to deliver. Starring as a wronged actor seeking vengeance on a group of eccentric critics, Price gleefully hams it up as he slashes, cuts, and quotes lines from Shakespeare. Similar to his DR. PHIBES series, Price delivers poetic justice in highly-intriguing and wicked fashion. All the deaths that occur in the film are modeled after the demises of some of the Bard’s most famous characters. If one were to watch this film for any reason, let it be for these two: not only do you witness Price masquerade as a French gourmet chef stuffing pieces of poodle pie down a cad’s gagging throat, but you also have the rare pleasure of viewing the Prince of Terror disguised as a homosexual hairdresser, with afro, sunglasses, and all political incorrectness included. Pile on top of that killings that involve heart rippings, decapitations, gang stabbings, electrocution by hair dryer, and a spectacular spear to the chest and you have a marvelous show of gruesomeness that should not be missed by any horror fan! (JC)

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Three…Extremes

2004 / d. Fruit Chan, Park Chan-wook, Takashi Miike
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A unique and at times unsettling anthology of Asian horrors. The three tales are carried out by their respective directors with artistry and confidence behind the camera. The three separate tales consists of a woman going to extreme lengths to retain her youth… even if it means devouring the young (“Dumplings”); in “Cut,” a director working on a horror picture finds himself victimized by a psychotic stunt man who is intent on making the filmmaker suffer for having a great life; in the final tale, “Box,” a young writer is haunted by memories of her sister, a sister who she left to burn to death at the circus where they performed. Each vignette manages to contain their own creepy moments and deliver them in that typical Eastern fashion. Although a little confusing in spots, the film’s strong stories and absolutely gorgeous cinematography help to make it one of the more distinctive Asian horror films. (JC)

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Editorial: February 2012

Love is in the air, horror fans! Valentine’s Day is just around the corner: that special time of year when you show that special someone just how much they mean to you by giving them your heart … or the ripped-out heart of a nearby victim, of course! Oh, jokes. But here at the Blood Theatre, we’re excited to usher in this sappy day with our own horror marathon, and as always, we’re interested in what you’ll be watching! A classic like “MY BLOODY VALENTINE”, or perhaps the ill-fated 2001 “VALENTINE”? We’ll be tweeting live all evening on February 14th, and hope to hear from you too, horror fanatics! Tell us what’s playing in your “screaming” room!

Also: don’t miss the chance to hang out with myself, Ali, and ShrediKnight as we check out a screening of the original SLUMBER PARTY MASSACRE at the Toronto Underground, to celebrate Women in Horror month! It’s guaranteed to be a good time!

Today we’ve got a special new article from staff writer Ali, who is presenting us with a very important look at the most anticipated horror films of 2012 (and believe me, there are some ones that we at the BT are highly anticipating!) Don’t miss out on information about upcoming flicks like: World War Z, Paranormal Activity 4, and more! To read the full, gorydetails, click here! And if you like what you’ve read, follow Ali on Twitter!

We’ve got a bunch of brand new content coming your way this month! We have a new series of articles coming up by writer OptionalPlayer, where he pits two flicks against each other in a rivetting duel he calls: “VERSUS MODE”. We’ve also got new GUIDE TO GORE reviews headed down the pipeline! Be prepared to get the official gorescore on flicks such as: CIGARETTE BURNS, VILLAGE OF THE DAMNED, the appropriately titled SICK NURSES, and even the splatterific Indie classic: BAGMAN!

We’ve been working hard here at the BT to come up with some uber-exciting new features and online events for the website which we’re, well,uber-excited about! So as the year progresses, be on the lookout, and make sure to visit the site regularly to see the upcoming changes and announcements! And if you haven’t done so already, stalk us on theTwitters and become a fan of us on Facebook!

Remember friends, this is 2012. The zombie apocalypse looms in the very near future! Have your escape plan ready! Choose your weapons! And above all, fight for your survival! And until then, check out these greatWalking Dead e-cards to send to your February 14th hunny!

Until next time, you know my motto:
Keep it bloody, keep it sick, and keep the gore flowing!

- Matthew T.

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Editorial: October 2011

Hello again, boils and ghouls, and welcome back to the Blood Theatre! This is a very special time of year for us horror fanatics: the days grow shorter, the trees explode with autumnal colour, and the air smells of fall. . .of the harvest season. . .of Samhain.

Yes, HALLOWEEN is upon us! The best time of year, when Walmarts and Dollar-stores are home to severed limbs, gravestones, skulls, and a whole plethora of Halloween props. And here at the Blood Theatre, we’d love to hear (and see) some of your Halloween traditions! If you go all out and decorate your homes for the ‘night He came home’, send us a picture of your haunted manor and we’ll post it for other horror fans to see! And if your October tradition is like mine, which involves writing up a list of 30 horror films and watching one each night, let us know what’s on your must see list for October! Just send us an e-mail – be it Halloween decor or elaborate pumpkin carving, we’d love to hear how you prepare for the best night of the year!

So what’s new this month? Well, for one, our newest resident writers are back: Ames and Ali (who brought you last month’s article counting down the Top Ten Romantic Horror Films) are here to present their newest piece on The Top Ten Stephen King Movies! Ali also flies solo on a review of SHARK NIGHT 3D! Plus, me and staff writer Shredi Knight were briefly interviewed by theSubStream while on location at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival! Check us out at the premiere of YOU’RE NEXT, by watching the interview here! Speaking of Shredi, check out his review of the controversial A SERBIAN FILM. Lastly, head on over to the Guide to Gore for plenty of new reviews (we now have over one hundred reviews in our database!), just in time to help you plan your October viewing list!

This is the tenth year that the Blood Theatre has been online to celebrate horror with you all. As I sit here in my office, updating the site and reflecting on the past decade, I’ll admit I’m struck by a sense of nostalgia. Thanks to your support over the years, the Blood Theatre has been one of the most successful projects I’ve worked on, and it has been a true pleasure to share with you all my passion for all-things-horror. I hope we’re online for another ten years to come, and that you all stay with us as we seek to create the best online horror resource we possibly can!

As always, we love to hear from you. Send us your emails, stalk us on the Twitter, and join up on our Facebook page for more site updates, horror news, and more.

Until next time, you know my motto:
Keep it bloody, keep it sick, and keep the gore flowing!

- Matthew T.

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Editorial: April 2010

Greetings fellow horrorphiles, and welcome back to the Blood Theatre! We’ve been gone for a while — and for that I apologize — but we have risen from the grave once again, with a renewed hunger for horror and all-things-macabre! For those of you who were familiar with the old website, you’re no doubt noticing that we’re essentially starting from scratch (which means we’ve got a lot of work ahead of us if we hope to restore this place to it’s former glory!) And for those of you who are first-timers, allow me to fill you in on the short history of this website…

The Blood Theatre was created in 2001 as a Canadian based horror webzine. The website quickly grew in popularity, and our forums saw a great deal of activity. We interviewed horror icons the likes of Linnea Quigley, and even helped promote the release of Independent horror films with live chats with directors and actors. Sadly, during the Blood Theatre’s peak the website was hacked and the majority of our content was lost. The Blood Theatre forums remained up for a short time after, but eventually I pulled the website, and it lay dormant — like Jason Voorhees at the bottom of Crystal Lake. But as luck would have it, on a particularly dark and stormy night, a stray lightning bolt hit the darkened Blood Theatre and the old building creaked back to life once again; it’s rooms empty, but awaiting tomes of horrific reviews and terror-filled articles. Awaiting visitors who share a passion of the dark, the sinister — a passion for horror.

Which brings me to my request: if you are an aspiring writer who wishes to contribute to the website as a reviewer, please do not hesitate in sending me an example of a review you’ve written (for typical review length and format just visit the reviews section of our site) and I’ll get back to you as soon as possible. We’ve got a lot of ground to cover, and the Blood Theatre can always use more on our staff of dead-icated reviewers.

And on that note, I’ll leave you to explore the Theatre. Ignore the cobwebs, the bloodstains, and the screams in the attic. Just pull up a chair, grab some popcorn, and enjoy.

Until next time, you know my motto:
Keep it bloody, keep it sick, and keep the gore flowing!

- Matthew T.

From the Editor: March 10, 2012

Hello again, horror fans! I’m happy to report that it’s been an extremely productive and busy month so far at the Blood Theatre! Ever since our new and improved site went live on February 29th, we’ve been doing our best to bring you daily updates: be it reviews, news, or even the return of our forums (which, if you haven’t done so already, I strongly urge you to become a part of!)

Since we’ve done so much updating over the past couple weeks, I thought it would be a good idea to recap all the latest Blood Theatre developments. Firstly, as you may have noticed, we have begun advertising for the Hudson Horror Show, a horror film festival celebrating their fifth year! As an official supporter of the HHS, we urge you to check out their site, and if you’re in the New York area, visit them on May 19th to check out their screening of FRIDAY THE 13th on 35mm!

Our staff has submitted a ton of new reviews, including: FATHER’S DAY (contributed by our resident gore-maestro Shredi Knight), as well as Guide to Gore reviews of DARKNESS FALLS, RESIDENT EVIL, FROM BEYOND, SICK NURSES, LET THE RIGHT ONE IN, and more! After being contacted by Indie filmmaker Andrea Ricca, we also reviewed his latest short sci-fi/horror film, SPIDER DANGER — which you can watch online at his official website.

We introduced brand new sections to the Blood Theatre which we have already begun filling out with content. VERSUS MODE, written by UncannyDerek, is a feature which pits two different films against each other in an epic battle royale. Though he decides a winner in the end, it is open for debate, and we strongly encourage you to join in the discussion by posting a comment! Be sure to read his latest versus mode, A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET VS. FRIDAY THE 13TH PART 2, and also don’t forget to check out last week’s clash between DAWN OF THE DEAD ’78 VS. DAWN OF THE DEAD ’04!

Staff writer Ali began posting regular horror news updates, and has begun a WEEKLY ROUNDUP, where she lists off all the latest developments in horror news at the end of the week. It’s a great way to get an itemized breakdown of all the news you might have missed out on!  Ali is also heading up our new CANADIAN CONTENT section, where we’ll be posting reviews and news for Canadian Horror films. For now, she’s put up a list of FILM FESTIVALS as an aid for Independent filmmakers. She’ll be updating and maintaining this list as the festivals approach and pass.

Our TERROR IN PRINT section was kicked off by UncannyDerek, who did a great write-up of the SWAMP THING comic, which is being released by DC Comics as part of their new 52. Be sure to check it out, as well as check back for more reviews of horror novels, as well as graphic novels. Also, our CONCESSION STAND features items that horror fans might be interested in purchasing (please note that these are not sold through the Blood Theatre, but are just things we think other horror fans might enjoy). And don’t forget, staff writer J-Rod is working to kick off our new HORROR GAMING section, where you’ll be seeing reviews of some of the best (and worst) horror video games out there!

Phew! I think I’ve covered pretty much all of it! But as you can see, there’s a lot happening here, and a lot more is planned for the rest of the month! As I mentioned earlier, our FORUMS are back online, so you can register for free and chat with horror fans from around the world.

But until next time, boils and ghouls, keep checking back for regular site updates and plenty of deliriously devilish new content! And, on behalf of myself and the staff of the Blood Theatre: have a very happy St. Patrick’s Day!

- Matthew T.

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Niagara Falls Comic Con

For those of you who reside in the Niagara region, or perhaps a little further out but don’t mind the drive, Niagara Falls is having it’s own comic con this summer.

On Saturday June 9th 2012, special guests, vendors and fans will be flocking to the Scotiabank convention center for a full day of geeking out.


So far the following guests have been announced:

John A. Russo (Director, NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD)
Gunnar Hansen, Marilyn Burns & Teri McMinn (TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE)
April Mullen & Tim Doiron (DEAD BEFORE DAWN 3D)
Chandler Riggs (THE WALKING DEAD)
Burt Ward (BATMAN – TV Series)
Robert Picardo (STAR TREK VOYAGER)

Advance tickets are on sale for $15.00.

Get more info HERE at the official website.

- Ali (AJFaucher)

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Happy Friday the 13th!

Notice how this post is not titled “From the Editor”? That’s right! This is Ali and the home page has been hijacked!

Now that I have control, lets talk about things that interest me – Friday the 13th. As you can see I have changed the featured video to the original trailer. We have certain traditions for this holiday and watching the films is one of them, but we’ve decided to start a new one this year. We will be hosting a Friday the 13th Photo Scavenger Hunt for The Blood Theatre staff and friends. We would like our web audience to get in on the fun, so you can open the PDF link below, print a copy of the list and put together a team. Feel free to share your photos with us!

Friday the 13th Scavenger Hunt

In other news, we’ve been adding horror gaming, comics and Canadian content reviews so be sure to check them out. We are also now on Pinterest.

Matthew T. will be back to change this letter next week but until then,

Happy Haunting!

-Ali (@AJFaucher)

Greetings Above-Average Humans!

You may have noticed that we haven’t had a ton of updates in the last few weeks. April has been a very busy month for all The Blood Theatre staff with several projects beginning, school years ending, locations moving and the list goes on… We’ve been so busy in fact, we have even postponed our Monster Movie Monday screenings for the past month! It’s been very difficult to not watch people being cut up on a weekly basis, but all this will resume in the next couple of weeks.

We have a few more top ten lists in the works, more reviews, a new ongoing feature that has been prepared, some articles from our editor as well as new music and some fresh images. We will also be uploading more of our MMM Gag Reels and some Bloodcasts as well, we just need to get our offices moved and back up in working order.

Now on a side note, our site is mostly about the reviews. We love all horror films, old and new, and we enjoy reviewing them with a fresh perspective. Almost every feature and article on the site is just a different and creative way to review films that have been reviewed to death. We are not really a news site so we like to support other horror news sites as much as we can. We will be adding our re-vamped links section soon. If you would like your site’s banner included on our links page, please send an e-mail to editor@thebloodtheatre.com

If you have any suggestions on what you would like to see more of on our site, whether it be top 10 lists, more greeting cards, or even specific movies you would like us to review, you can send us an e-mail, hit the forums, or send us a message on Facebook or Twitter. We like hearing from you!

Hugs and Killings,

Ali (@AJFaucher)