Rest In Peace Wes Craven 1939 - 2015


There is only so much that hasn't already been said about the loss of one of horror's all time legends. Wes Craven has frightened and inspired countless legions of film goers and horror fans. The Man who first terrorized audiences with gritty and disturbing films such as The Last House on the Left and The Hills Have Eyes, had a knack for horror. It became abundantly clear he would go down as one of the masters when he introduced the world to sleepless nights and Freddy Krueger with A Nightmare On Elm Street. Wes delivered plenty of fun horror movies after Nightmare such as The Serpent and the Rainbow, Shocker and People Under the Stairs before returning to Elm Street with "Wes Craven's New Nightmare" He would eventually strike horror gold again and reinvented the wheel while shaping the horror landscape in the 90's with the smash hit Scream film series. 

His legacy is cemented in every horror fan's mind, and he will be remembered forever thanks to his contributions in Hollywood and of course most importantly by all accounts, his kindness as a human being. One thing I'll always remember is that I always loved to hear him speak about his films and cinema in general. He always offered great, genuine insight and it was a joy to hear what he had to say as he always seemed to truly enjoy talking about his work and the process behind it. Even though the majority of horror fans never met or knew him personally, we still feel like we did and his way of speaking in interviews and so forth most definitely play a big part in that feeling. He made an impact in this world through his art and will be missed. We are all thankful for all he has given us over the years. It is not easy to touch as many lives as he did, but to be able to do so in a positive manner is all one can ask for when it's all said and done. Wes you succeeded in that regard in spades. Rest In Peace, Thanks for the nightmares. 


Dissecting Fear: An Interview with UNCLE TNUC


 It was almost two years ago that we launched TrueHorror.net and had the honor of being featured on a website that would soon become one of our favorites. That site was uncletnuc.com headed up by non other than the man himself, UNCLE TNUC. Since then we have gone on to become avid supporters of each others work and I count him as one of the good friends that I've made throughout this TrueHorror venture. His website, if you haven't been to it yet (and please change that immediately) is a paradise of nostalgic euphoria. A place where lost legends return, forgotten memories are jogged and amazing sounds echo throughout. A gifted writer, his posts are always thoroughly entertaining and full of heart. He has definitely been an inspiration for me when it comes to putting together new content for the site. He covers a wide variety of subjects, all of them awesome. Ever wonder what happened to American Gladiator's star Malibu? Tnuc has you covered! Want to read a tale about his recurring dream of being stranded on a tropical island, inhabited solely by brain eating zombie babes, complete with soundtrack selections? He has that too. His fantastic music mixes ranging from Thanksgiving themed to Horror inspired are in fact the direct inspiration for our Halloween mixes I we release every October. From analyzing the score's of classic yet under appreciated 80's films to naming a " Deadbeat of the Month", the quality reads and listens are endless, and I cannot recommend them to you in any better way, other than saying if you don't go check them out, you should reevaluate your own personal level of cool, because it is surely not what you think it is.  


I can't thank TNUC enough for the helpful input on projects he has given me over the years. With him being so well versed in nostalgia, I was excited to get him involved in this interview and hear what he would bring to the table. So lets get down to business.



1. As a child what horror film and/or horror character scared you the most and why do you feel they had this effect on you?

I have to agree with everyone else that has said Michael Myers. Halloween was the first 'slasher/killer' type film I had seen and watching this emotionless, robotic figure tear apart a perfectly nice community really shook me to my core. To me Michael Myers was just as effectively scary during the daytime scenes as he was at night, which was really unsettling to me. Another film that really got to me was Pet Sematary. The movie just gradually gets so devastating until there are really no happy endings for anyone. I have a real thing those Stephen King "Maine" films. I grew up in New England so they kind of hit home in a weird way.


Do you have an example telling of an instance where this fear really manifested itself and had an impact on you and your behavior?

Not particularly relating to those movies, but I remember the first time being truly terrified was after watching an episode of Rescue 911, the show hosted by William Shatner. The episode was about a burglar who breaks into a family's home during the night while they're sleeping. For some reason they really nailed it with the home invasion reenactment. They never showed the intruder's face but there was a bunch of eerie blue lighting and this family was just losing their shit while this manbeast barged through the bedroom door. I was probably 7 or 8 and the thought of some drooly guy breaking into my house was definitely my worst nightmare. I didn't sleep all night.

What VHS covers or movie posters scared you as a kid and why do you feel the poster or cover had this effect on you?

Roaming the VHS horror aisles was nothing but a treat except when I came across the box for Children Shouldn't Play With Dead Things (1973). Most artwork in the horror section was incredible looking and vivid, but this particular cover was super low budget and just had this dead girl ripping apart human flesh. It was grainy looking and for all I knew it was a polaroid taken in the video store parking lot during a recent slaying.


Do you have a specific example of a time you may remember that you have come across one of these and it had that effect on you when you were younger?

Not that I can remember. I just loved gazing at artwork for the Friday the 13th movies, weirdo European horror and all the the rubber puppet flicks like Ghoulies, Critters and Troll!



What is your definition of "scary"? When it comes to modern horror films these days so many people are quick to say a film isn't scary, but each person has a different definition of what scary is.

Tough question. I'd say a steady build of dread to the point where you're looking all over the screen in anticipation for what's going to happen. Movies that take their time to show you the killer, monster, beast...instead of throwing it at you every 5 minutes. Also anything that can pull off being scary at night AND during the day. These don't come around very often!

What modern horror film would you say actually scared you? 

The Strangers really got to me. The abandonment and silence in that movie made it feel like you were with that couple, in their neighborhood and home. It was super dark but not so dark that you can't make out what was going on (hate that). I went in knowing completely nothing about the film which I know played a heavy part in this as well.

What do you Not consider scary or dislike in your horror films?

Cell phone! I get why they show up in horror movies these days but when they're part of the potential "scare" part I can't help but roll my eyes. Text messages just aren't giving me the willies. Also anything too clean or hi-def. To me horror should be at least a bit grainy and uneasy looking, that includes the characters too! I have a hard time watching super clean-cut actors that look like Abercrombie models in these sorts of films.

What do you look for or to get out of horror films these days?

Something that I walk away from and can't stop thinking about for a few days.

What is your favorite recent horror film and why?

I know its been out for a few years but whenever anyone asks what "newish" horror movie they should watch I always recommend Adam Wingard's YOU'RE NEXT. It's  a top notch horror film and just great in general. I've watched it with fans of the genre but also with people completely uninterested in anything-horror. My mom probably hadn't watched a single horror movie since the 1970's but one time I brought it home and she watched it and was really into it. I also love what Ti West is doing these days and really hope he returns to horror.


Lastly, do you feel there is a certain way or mindset to have it be effectively frightening?

As much as I love watching movies at home, something about seeing horror on the big screen with a packed albeit respectful crowd really just elevates the overall experience. I've sat through certain films at home thinking they're dead boring but caught the same movie years later at the theater and have a blast. It's hard to be distracted in the dark with a massive screen in front of you.

Thanks as always for participating! 

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Dissecting Fear: An Interview with Composer/Musician Steve Moore


There are countless films that have been elevated to entirely new levels thanks to their accompanying musical scores. Whether it's a classic such as John Carpenter's Halloween or the more recent, dread filled synth of It Follows, a film's score is one of the most integral parts of it's DNA. Today's interviewee, Steve Moore, knows a thing or two about this as he is the man responsible for crafting one of the standout scores of the past few years. His pulsating synth music propelled 2014's The Guest to a whole other level of awesome. Drawing acclaim from fans and critics alike who took note of the effect his Carpenter-esque sounds had on the film, melding perfectly with director Adam Wingard's striking neon visuals. Steve is not only a composer for various films, but also an accomplished musician who has released numerous electronic styled solo projects, along with the intense work of his band Zombi (along with band mate A.E. Paterra). The great response to Steve's score for The Guest ultimately led to it being released on limited edition Vinyl, via Death Waltz/Mondo. You can check out a track from that below, as well as the latest track from the upcoming Zombi album due out in October on Relapse records.




 I was thankfully, first introduced to Steve's music by my good pal Uncle Tnuc who had been singing his praises long before The Guest was ever released. Steve has always been a friendly, down to earth guy whenever we have briefly chatted, So when I reached out to see if he would be interested in participating in our Dissecting Fear interview series, he was more than happy to oblige. Being such big fans of his work and music in general we are honored to be able to get him involved with this discussion. He took his time to come up with thoughtful and interesting answers and we hope you all enjoy reading them as much as we did. Also when you are finished be sure to check out the links at the end of this article to read more about Steve and hear some more of his work!
Steve Moore: photo by Adam Wingard

As a child what horror film and/or horror character scared you the most and why do you feel they had this effect on you?

Halloween was my favorite horror film when I was a kid (still in my top 5), and Michael Myers was definitely the scariest of the celebrity horror characters. Who is this guy? Why is he doing this? Why is any of this happening? That's what made it so scary - he had no emotion, no motive, nothing. Most of the other popular slashers of the time looked like cartoon characters in comparison. I thought Freddy Krueger was corny, and he was just mad because he got burned alive (by the righteously angry parents of his mortal victims). Jason Voorhees was also out for revenge, mad about the decapitation of his mother (who was just avenging his death anyway). But Myers showed no emotion, had seemingly no self preservation instincts, and no motive. To me that's way more frightening. This was the 80's, pre-Halloween 4, way before all that Dr. Wynn/Thorn business that attempted to explain everything. 


Do you have an example telling of an instance or two where this fear really manifested itself and had an impact on you and your behavior?

No, I've never had to sleep with the lights on after a scary movie if that's what you mean. 

What VHS covers or horror movie posters scared you as a kid and why do you feel the poster or cover had this effect on you? If none scared you are there any you particularly remember that stood out to you for different reasons at the time?

I remember being creeped out by the "VHS box for Cronenberg's "Rabid" . Just a terrifying still from the film that doesn't tell you ANYTHING. Leaves everything to the imagination. And Fulci's "Zombie", it was so gross, I couldn't wait until I was old enough to rent it. VHS art worked both ways though - there were boxes like Barker's "Nightbreed" and Bianchi's "Burial Ground", great films that would end up being all-time favorites of mine, but the VHS boxes were pretty bad, I avoided these films for a long time. Looking back, the Burial Ground box is actually kind of great, but as a kid I was suspicious, I always steered clear of films that didn't have any stills on the box. This was pre-internet, you couldn't just look up the trailer on your phone. One had to assume that, if there were no photos from the film on the box, it was that way for a reason. 

 

What is your definition of "scary" when it comes to modern horror films these days? So many people are quick to say a film isn't scary, but each person has their own definition of what that means. 

I saw you post recently about Sinister, I enjoyed that one - it's about the world's shittiest dad. Without getting too spoiler-y, everything bad that happens to the protagonist and his family is a direct result of him being a shitty dad, and a shitty husband. He's too self absorbed to realize he's making the worst decisions - that's the kind of thing that scares me these days. People making bad decisions, ruining their lives, real talk. 

What do you NOT consider scary or not like in your horror films?

I have two daughters now, so my whole perspective on the horror genre has changed. I am very sensitive to violence against women, even in films I used to like when I was younger. 

What do you look for or to get out of horror films these days? 

I've been into horror films for 30 years now, at this point I'm way more into horror movies that don't feel like horror movies. Or non-horror movies that feel like horror movies. Basically I just only want to watch Ben Wheatley films. I also really liked Jeremy Saulnier's Blue Ruin - not a horror movie, but had the same level of intensity. That movie made me feel sick. I was relieved when it was over. Another example of disastrously bad decision making with horrific consequences.



What is your favorite recent horror film and why?

I think It Follows is my favorite recent horror film. It's smart, thought provoking, and I like that the whole point isn't that you can simply defeat the antagonist and win, it's a new reality that you have to learn to accept, and work together with others to insure their safety in order to protect yourself. It destroys the myth of self-reliance that usually dominates the last reel of a horror movie. And the characters were so sweet, at no point did I find myself thinking "oh man can't wait 'til he gets a machete through his head." 


Do you feel there is a certain way or mindset to have to watch a horror film as far as it being effectively frightening? 

No - I watched Blue Ruin in the middle of the afternoon and I was shook

Lastly, being a musician I have to ask, what horror score had the biggest impact on you whether as a child or adult and why? 

Halloween, no question. That score changed everything, not just for me. Austere and elegant, it fit the movie perfectly, at times functioning more like sound design that what we'd come to expect from a film score.

Thanks so much Steve for taking time out to participate, we greatly appreciate it!

Also keep an ear out for his upcoming score for the soon to be released horror film CUB which you can hear a sample of below.



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Deb Raises Hell


Well it took a while, but we finally got around to doing a Hellraiser themed photoset. It wasn't exactly pre-planned, it just kind of happened and sometimes those result in the coolest images. In this particular instance, Deb and I were hanging out kicking around ideas, thinking we could probably do something cool if we put our minds to it. We eventually landed on Hellraiser. There are so many ways you can go about doing something related to those films, the obvious route would normally be something cenobite related. However that requires alot of prep, makeup, and time. All of which on this particular evening we didn't really have. What we did have was some candles, some prop replica prints from Hellraiser II and the iconic Lament Configuration puzzle box. So Deb, who is a big fan of the films, landed on this one particular scene from Hellraiser II as inspiration. It was a fun way to spend an evening and resulted in some pics that while relatively simple, are still very different from other stuff we have done on the site. It was fun trying to figure out how to do something a bit more with them during the editing process, which is when we decided to add some of the blue electricity so prevalent in the films when the puzzle box is activated. Deb is always a pleasure to shoot with and be around and its great to get her input on anything we work on. I have a feeling these won't be the last Hellraiser themed shots Deb and I do, so I consider these to be part 1 of this photo set, hopefully we can get a little more bloody and weird in round 2. Till then though, hope you guys enjoy these as much as we do. 














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Dissecting Fear: An Interview with Queen of Screams Lisa Fremont


People can criticize social media all they want, but the fact remains when used a certain way, it is a fantastic tool to connect and network with new, cool people who are fun and interesting to talk to. When the majority of your close friends just aren't into the horror scene the way you are, you have to go elsewhere to find like minded folks to discuss your passions and opinions. This is how I met Lisa, I sadly don't recall the initial convo that had us cross paths, but I can say that she was one of the earliest horror related friendships I forged via Twitter. Lisa is not only a die hard horror fan but also a horror journalist who currently writes for the website HaddonfieldHorror.com where you can read a wonderful interview she conducted with her favorite final girl Marilyn Burns of Texas Chainsaw Massacre fame. You can and should check that out at the link provided at the end of this article. She also writes for the site TheHorrorHoneys.com where she covers TV horror in all its glory...or non glory depending on the show. We have had plenty of great conversations regarding all manner of things, plenty of which stem from our love for horror films such as You're Next and The Guest, as well as their respective synth laden soundtracks. So when it came time to prepare this ongoing interview series, I knew I had to include her as I always enjoy hearing her opinion on things. So thank you Lisa for taking time out of your busy schedule to participate, and here we go!


 As a child what horror film and/or horror character scared you the most and why do you feel they had this effect on you?

Freddy Krueger. As a child who suffered from nightmares on a regular basis, the idea of a boogie man that could actually get to me in my dreams seemed absolutely plausible.

Do you have an example telling of an instance or two where this fear really manifested itself and had an impact on you and your behavior?

There was a time period after first seeing "A Nightmare On Elm Street 3" where I was legitimately terrified to fall asleep and would try to keep myself awake.

What VHS covers or horror movie posters scared you as a kid and why do you feel the poster or cover had this effect on you?

"Return to Horror High" and "April Fool's Day" were the two VHS covers that I was aboslutely mesmerized by. It's so silly to look at now, but the skeleton in a cheer leading outfit really unnerved me. The idea that a full skeleton could walk around was terrifying. "April Fool's day" was chilling because it showed a well dressed woman with murderous intentions and I really gravitated to that as a child weaned on Hitchcock. I'm terrified and drawn in by a devious woman





Do you have a specific example of a time you may remember that you have come across one of these and it had that effect on you when you were younger? 

I actually refused to watch "April Fool's Day" until I was around 16 just because I was so terrified of what I was going to see.

What is your definitions of "scary" when it comes to modern horror films these days? So many people are quick to say a film isn't scary but each person has a different definition of "scary" and what that means.

For me, anything that could potentially happen in real life scares me. Home invasion and properly done paranormal films can really do me in. "The Strangers" really, really bothered me for days after seeing it. Sometimes, I still expect to see Dollface when I look out my windows at night.

What do you NOT consider scary or dislike in your horror films?

Rape has definitely become an overused vehicle for horror and I find it disgusting. Rape is a violent crime that I do not like to see used to freely. There are absolutely examples of well done rape revenge films, but they are few and far between.

What do you look for or want to get out of horror films these days?

I am always hoping to be legitimately scared. I want a film to get under my skin and make me think.

What is your favorite recent horror film and why?

I simply cannot say enough about 'The Canal". I believe in ghosts and the idea that bad spirits stick around and continue to cause harm, so this movie really worked for me on all levels. It only used clever lighting and simple, yet amazing, storytelling to properly scare me. Less is always more.


Lastly, do you feel these is a certain way or mindset to have to watch a horror film as far as it being effectively frightening?

I think the only thing necessary is an open mind. Too often, we go into something already assuming the worst and who knows how much that influences our experience. I also believe in knowing as little about a film as possible. I think seeing a million different trailers and reading all of the interviews before seeing a film really dilutes the "Christmas Morning" experience.

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Be sure to  give Lisa a follow on Twitter and Instagram @lcfremont 

Before reading her interview with Marilyn Burns, read what she wrote about what her character Sally Hardesty means to her here!

Read her fantastic in depth interview with the original The Texas Chainsaw Massacre star Marilyn Burns here !











Nicole Feasts in MANEATER


Excited (as always) to share this latest photoshoot with you all. Nicole here and I had been talking about working together on a shoot for a while now. So when we finally set a date to get together and work on it, I quickly started to prepare. The concept we landed on was loosely inspired by the Succubus who is a demon that takes the form of a woman in order to seduce it's prey. I really liked the concept of a woman who had just picked the bones clean of an unsuspecting victim whom she had lured into her clutches. Nicole was into this idea and I thought she would be able to pull it off and as you will no doubt see, she absolutely did. Now generally Succubi (thats the plural I guess?) have wings and tails, which of course is really awesome, but here we opted for a more simple approach for a few reasons, of course one of those being budget, but I knew if we got the imagery of her victims eaten corpse, that it would all fall into place and result in some creepy and equally sexy images. I think we pulled that off here and think the photos speak for themselves. Nicole came into this ready to go and was not shy when it came to getting messy for this shoot. She really was a trooper through this one and have to thank her so much for that. Also as many of you know, we at TrueHorror.net love creating our faux movie posters and this project afforded us the opportunity to create one of our most striking yet, in the form of the "Maneater" one sheet you will see at the end of this post. I am especially proud with how that turned out and very pleased to add Nicole and these images to our site as she did a great job and is a welcome addition to the TrueHorror.net family. Be sure to follow Nicole on instagram @findnicolehere to see some of her other shoots and cosplay work. These shots hold true to our Blood, Babes, and Boogeymen slogan. Hope you all enjoy! 





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Sinister: A Look Back


Saturday, October 13th, 2012, it was about 9:30pm that I decided I would head on out to the small theater near my apartment to checkout the late showing of the newest horror flick. I really had no clue what the film was about, other than the fact that Ethan Hawke was in it. I for whatever reason at the time had not paid any attention to the advertising, which turned out to be a great thing (as it usually is) because I was going in with zero expectations, that film as you probably guessed by clicking on this article was Sinister. I still remember sitting in the theater and being stunned by that opening scene of the family hanging from the tree. Accentuated by the accompanying score it was downright chilling. I was all in after that minute long opening. What followed ended up living up to that grim opening and Sinister has since gone on to become one of my favorite modern horror films. A film I recommend to anyone I think can handle it and more importantly...appreciate it.

On the surface Sinister might look like any of the number of haunted house/ghost films that so many horror fans seem to hate and write off immediately. I personally enjoy all types of horror films and feel when done right, a haunted house/ghost film can be the creepiest kind of horror film. Still there are plenty of duds out there and I have known many people to write off Sinister as just another ghost movie. Still to those that look deeper into films,what goes into making them, and what themes and ideas they bring forth, Sinister is full of questions about morality, mortality and sacrifices one makes to achieve their goals. Oh yeah it's also extremely creepy when it wants to be.

Directed by Scott Derrickson (Exorcism of Emily Rose, Deliver Us From Evil) and co-written with C. Robert Cargill, Sinister tells the story of struggling true crime writer Ellison Oswalt played by Ethan Hawke, who hit it big with a best selling novel entitled Kentucky Blood. Ellison has had trouble duplicating that success since and in a desperate moment, moves his family into the house where the previously mentioned family was hung in order to attempt to write a book that will help him recapture the fame he once had. The hook of the film is that Ellison discovers a box of super 8 films in the attic that each feature footage of families being murdered. Things obviously get worse from there. With that basic recap out of the way I want to talk about why I found Sinister to be so well done and why I am also looking forward to the sequel which is fast approaching.

The main character Ellison Oswalt is a character I would imagine many people can relate to in some way. His ambition drives him to make a bad decision and it costs him dearly. He claims to his wife he was doing it for the family, but she knows he was doing it for himself. He was afraid of not mattering, he was afraid of what his legacy would ultimately be. I for one can relate to that fear, it is one that has crossed my mind more than once lately and I can be honest and say this entire site was built for many reasons but one big one was so that I could have something to show for all my interests and passions. I wanted to matter and be able to show people what I do and hopefully have somone say "hey man, thats pretty cool!" Egotistical? perhaps, but just like Ellison, even when it involves ones ego, that doesnt mean it is any less of a real fear. So while you may watch the film and initially say "This guy is an idiot, or an asshole" his fear of failure and anonimity is genuine and real, and it makes you understand why the character takes such risks. One's mortality and legacy is a very important thing and this helped me relate and root for the character (who is played to perfection by Ethan Hawke by the way), even when he was doing things that were selfish and dangerous. It is my understanding that this was a fear of the filmmakers as well, that Ellison is the person they were afraid of becoming, so in that regard it is a very personal project as well and not some "product" spat out by a studio for a quick cash in. Whats also interesting is you could say the villain of the film has a parallel desire for fame, the pagan deity known as "Bughuul" or "Mr. Boogie" also seeks to keep his legacy going and feels a need to be seen in the 8mm films to carry on his own story.



Now while it is ultimately personal and intimate fears driving the protaganist's ambition that cause him to go down the proverbial rabbit hole, it is in fact the supernatural element that Sinister derives it's real moments of horror from. The whole film plays out like a nightmare and there is good reason for that. The concept of the 8mm murder films found in the attic was drawn directly from a nightmare Cargill had and is what he pitched to Derrickson when trying to get the idea turned into a film. It is those nightmarish 8mm films that truly give Sinister it's edge on other horror films. Directed with a grim perfection, each one gets creepier and more disturbing than the next. Watching those murders unfold on the screen puts you directly into the shoes of Ellison who is doing the same, he can barely watch as well. Whether its the brutal "BBQ" footage or the pool party scene that houses the initial chilling underwater reveal of Bughuul, each one is filmed to macabre perfection. They stay with you long after the credits roll. Part of that is due to the superb sound design of those home movies. The terrifying imagery is masterfully paired up with an equally creepy soundscape. If the footage is what a nightmare looks like, the scoring for those scenes is certainly what a nightmare would sound like.

While Christopher Young handles the scoring duties for the film with aplomb, the real musical star of the film are the sounds cultivated from the likes of Ulver, Aghast and Judgehydrogen. The use of their respective music elevated those 8mm scenes to an entirely new level of creepy. These scenes melding of sight and sound illustrate just how integral sound design is to film, especially horror. I listen to horror scores often while writing or editing photos, but the music used in this film I cannot listen to on it's own. The track "Silence Teaches You To Sing" by Ulver that is used throughout the film has one particular portion is used in the "BBQ" scene that is simply haunting. I remember when I first tracked it down and attempted to listen to it while trying to go to sleep one morning after a late night (it was in the ipod along with other more suitable music) and I got chills and immediately turned it off. That music accompanied with the imagery in the film left and impact and stayed with me long after the film had ended. You can hear that track below and see how you feel about it, the portion im referring to comes in at about 2:20,  for maximum effect listen to it alone in the dark.



There is much more I could say about Sinister but that would bring this closer to full blown review which is not what I wanted this to be. Sure I don't find it to be a perfect movie, but the things I don't love are more aesthetic choices like the makeup on the ghost children. But that is more a personal preference than a major gripe. Sinister is a film made with the utmost love and care for the project, this really shows throughout. So many horror films released today are just churned out by hired gun directors who do not have any attachment to the material. So when something comes along that is created from start to finish by the same team it deserves a bit more attention. Sinister is a very adult oriented, disturbing horror film that not only plays on your fears of the supernatural, but also those fears that you face in your mind on a day to day basis as you get older and there are lessons to be learned if you look deep enough. It ends on a perfectly grim note that sews up this story in the most horrific and surprising way possible. Which now brings us to Sinister 2...



Sinister 2 is something I never expected but probably should have. The succes of the original yielded a worldwide gross of 77 million dollars off of a relatively cheap 3 million dollar budget. So why not go back to the well to see if you can capture some more magic. Generally I have concerns about sequels to films that seem to have been all wrapped up and told the story they needed to tell to completion. However the original filmmakers are involved in the production as writers so that is something that piqued my interest. The second was the fact Shannyn Sossamon was cast, if ask anyone that really knows me, they will tell you she always been one of my favorite actresses. Of course last but not least, I was interested to see what else they could do with the character of Bughuul, and thought it would be fun to see if they can help cement his status as one of cinemas modern era boogeymen. I really don't know what to expect, as I have made it a point to not watch the trailer as I did with the first and that worked out pretty well. I am hoping for another creepy affair that leaves me equally disturbed and pleasantly surprised. You can expect an in depth review of the film upon it's release from us and it will be the first horror movie to begin to get us ready for the Halloween season, so we hope it delivers. In case you WANT to see the trailer we have that for you as right below!



In addition to the trailer we also have something Focus Features created to help promote the film and "Spread the Fear". It is a fun web app that you can take 10 second video  and "Sinisterize" it while uploading it to instagram, it is a neat idea and I imagine you would be able to creep out at least one person on your followers list. Just visit the link here to try it out!





Wanna Play? Holly Visits The Good Guy Factory


WANNA PLAY? : Holly visits the Play Pals Toy factory in search of a Good Guy. 

(Originally posted October 2013) In dual honor of the re- launch of TrueHorror.net and the release of Curse of Chucky, I am excited to present a brand new photo set featuring one of my favorite people to collaborate with, Holly. This photo set is inspired by the Good Guy Doll factory seen in Child’s Play 2. A great deal of enthusiasm, care, and effort was put into creating these colorful new images and I hope it shows in the final product.






In addition to these new photos we also have our first ever behind the scenes video, detailing the process behind this latest project.