Horror Decor's Halloween Line continues with Cuddle Creeps, garden flags, a Franken-candle, and more. Also in today's Horror Highlights: details on Terrortory and Queer Ghost Hunters, as well as Blu-ray release info for The Id.
First, they partnered up, once again, with Rondal Scott III from the Strange Kids Club to create another pair of Cuddle Creeps. These limited edition designs are only available during the Halloween season and will disappear on November 1st, so get your order in early.
Next, they introduced a line inspired by a classic childhood movie. First is a pillow designed by Gabe LaPeer of Homemade Horror. Gabe spent hours sculpting the spellbook. They were then able to turn it into a comfy pillow with high res photos. This creepy pillow will make a great addition to your couch or bed for Halloween!
You can also add an eerie touch to your home with the new Life Potion Candle and Witch's Cauldron Hand Soap. These two feature a matching scent, which consists of a witchy mix of vanilla, mahogany woods, musk, lemon, apple, cinnamon, and other scents that evoke visions of spells being cast around the cauldron.
Also included in this line is the Sanderson Witch Museum garden flag which you can proudly display outside for the Halloween season.
Speaking of garden flags, we also have the new Magic Pumpkin garden flag. Everyone will know what time it is when they see this flag in the yard!
The pumpkin fun doesn't stop there, as the giant jack-o'-lantern candle has also arrived. It stands 5.5" tall and weighs over three pounds; containing a whopping 37 ounces of soy wax. You have a choice of scent on this candle because it's so big that we can only pour one at a time. You can choose between candy corn or pumpkin spice scents.
Up next is the new Franken-Buried Candle, designed by Kyle Crawford from Electric Zombie. This very limited edition candle is available in only the large size and features a marshmallow scent.
Please remember that now, through Christmas is our busy season and we make everything by hand. It can take up to 21 days for your order to leave the studio. If you need it by a certain date, please email us before ordering. Thank you!”
Once added to a watchlist, the movies can be viewed on any web-enabled device.
“Terrortory” will be available to be pre-added to the watchlist in late September, and will show up in the viewer’s watchlist when it’s available to stream."
Queer Ghost Hunters Premiere and Kickstarter: Press Release: "September 30, 2016, San Francisco, CA......The first show about LGBTQ ghost hunters debuts online Saturday, October 1st at 7 p.m. EDT as we kick off LGBT History Month and the month of Halloween. The docuseries follows real people discovering stories of the queer past in places as diverse as the Ohio State Reformatory, where “Shawshank Redemption” was filmed. and just one of many reportedly haunted places where LGBTQ people were often imprisoned, lived or worked in greater numbers than the general population. Queer Ghost Hunters looks at very real history, no matter what you believe, while parodying other “ghost hunting” shows.
The web series follows the first known group of its kind, Stonewall Columbus Queer Ghost Hunters in Columbus, Ohio, as they investigate haunted sites asking for the first time if there are queer ghosts that wish to come out to the team. Surprisingly, the series has documented a number of those contacts. “Sometimes it feels a little like group therapy.” says Queer Ghost Hunter Katy Detrow. As a preschool teacher, mother and self identified bisexual, Detrow is a good example of the team's diverse make up.
“Even though they really believe in what they are doing, they are totally aware of how some may be raising an eyebrow.. So, their ability to have fun at their own expense has been just as fun to document,” said Stu Maddux, Director at Stu Maddux Films who has created several LGBT history and aging documentaries including “Gen Silent” and “Reel in The Closet” with his spouse and coproducer Joe Applebaum.
“We've been taken off guard and pleasantly surprised by the number of people telling us that they have been waiting a long time for something that combines being queer with being a ghost hunter, ” said Applebaum.￼
Before an investigation, the queer ghost hunters research a site looking for evidence of queer people who may have been there. For example, the team researcher found a batch of prison records from the early 1900s of more than 50 young men sent to the “Ohio State Reformatory” (as the prison in the film “Shawshank Redemption” was called) on convictions for sodomy. Some of the young men died while there. They also found surveillance film from a bust of gay men using a public bathroom for sex in the 1960s that led to some men being incarcerated at that same prison.
“The ghosts of some of these people seem to still be there and ready to talk,” says Shane McClelland, a cofounder of the team. “But they’ve been waiting for an understanding voice. Plus they seem to be a little randy after all those years. That helps.”
After Saturday's premiere, episodes post each Friday at 7pm eastern time in October on the Queer Ghost Hunters YouTube Channel:
The Id Blu-ray Release Details and Autograph Signing: Press Release: "LOS ANGELES, Ca., September 23, 2016 - Hutson Ranch Media and Panic Ventures, Inc. announced today that the independent feature film The Id will have its Blu-ray home video release on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016.
The psychological thriller tells the story of Meridith Lane (Amanda Wyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street), a woman who has felt trapped in her home. Thriving on memories of youth, she watches the years slip by while caring for her abusive father...until a figure from her past makes a surprising return. In order to live the life she desires, Meridith must confront her father's monstrous cruelty and attempt to escape his tyrannical grip. But the man who controls her every move won't let go without a fight, leading father and daughter into a series of desperate and irreversible acts.
“So much passion and energy went into the making of this film, and I am thrilled audiences will soon be able to experience the drama, suspense, and horrors of this story,” says director and producer Thommy Hutson. “I believe it’s a film that will pull viewers in, make them think, make them uncomfortable and, hopefully, have them talking about the events and characters long after the credits have rolled. As a producer, it was a fantastic experience working with amazing talent and an incredible crew. As a first time director, I’m ecstatic I was able to bring this kind of story to the screen.”
“Working on The Id gave me the chance to play one of the most challenging roles of my career, a character with so many layers and nuances that it was an emotional journey on and off the screen,” admits actress Amanda Wyss. “I can’t wait for people to see the film, go on Meridith's wild ride and jump into the delicious stew of madness!”
On producing the film, Daniel Farrands states, “It was a remarkable journey from script to screen. Were it not for the drive, determination, talent and sheer force of will of Thommy, Amanda, and our incredible cast and the crew, this project simply would not have come to fruition. It was a true labor of love for everyone involved and it is extremely gratifying to see this mind-bender of a film be brought to audiences around the world.”
In addition to the feature film, the Blu-ray boasts a generous complement of bonus features, including a making-of featurette, audio commentary, deleted & alternate scenes, behind-the-scenes footage, audition clips, a photo gallery and trailers.
“We worked very hard to put together a package that would showcase not just the film, but the hard work, dedication, and fun that went into making it,” explains Hutson.
Those looking to get their hands on a copy of the film prior to the general release date can do so by pre-ordering from Dark Delicacies (www.darkdel.com/signingsevents.html). The genre bookstore will hold a signing with cast and crew on Sunday, October 23rd at 2 p.m., and will ship signed orders to anyone outside the Los Angeles area.
The film is also currently available for pre-order through Amazon.com (http://amzn.to/2dmUbM4) from CAV Distributing Corp. with a list price of $24.95.
The ID, which won Best Thriller at The Hollywood Reel Independent Film Festival, is directed by Hutson from a script by Sean H. Stewart and is produced by Hutson and Farrands, who previously teamed up on the romantic drama The Trouble with the Truth starring Lea Thompson and several award-winning documentaries, including Crystal Lake Memories: The Complete History of Friday the 13th and Never Sleep Again: The Elm Street Legacy. The film is executive produced by Joe Robinett and Robert L. Lucas."
About the Author - Tamika Jones
Tamika hails from North Beach, Maryland, a tiny town inches from the Chesapeake Bay.She knew she wanted to be an actor after reciting a soliloquy by Sojourner Truth in front of her entire fifth grade class. Since then, she's appeared in over 20 film and television projects. In addition to acting, Tamika is the Indie Spotlight manager for Daily Dead, where she brings readers news on independent horror projects every weekend.
The first horror film Tamika watched was Child's Play. Being eight years old at the time, she remembers being so scared when Chucky came to life that she projectile vomited. It's tough for her to choose only one movie as her favorite horror film, so she picked two: Nosferatu and The Stepford Wives (1975).