After 40 years in prison, Leslie Van Houten is being released from prison. The former Manson Family Cult member is 73 years old. Leslie Houten was found to be eligible for parole earlier this month, her release was not challenged by state officials in California.
Like many of the other members of the Manson Family, Leslie claims that she was brainwashed by the charismatic Charles Manson. Manson has been made larger than life by the media, resulting in several movies and many more books written about the cult leader.
Leslie Houten was charged with the double homicide of Leno and Rosemary LaBianca. In her trial, she admitted to being involved in the murders. She stated that she held down Rosemary Labianca while she was killed, then proceeded to stab the corpse after her death.
The time served and Leslie Houten’s behavior were major factors in this decision. The courts did decide that she is no longer a threat to herself or others. Governor Newsom had previously rejected her attempts at parole. This time he allowed the process to go through.
Leslie Houten will make the transition into a halfway home and begin her adjustment to the modern world. Much has changed in the past forty years, and she will likely need help in understanding how things work now.
Some of the public may have a hard time accepting this decision. But Lelsie Houten has expressed remorse for her crimes and was a model prisoner during her time served. We will have to wait and see how much of the Manson Family Cult still resides within her.
Hulu Gets Groovy And Will Stream Full ‘Ash vs. Evil Dead’ Series
Bruce Campbell wasn’t involved in his own Evil Dead franchise this year except for his voice on the phonograph record in Evil Dead Rise. But Hulu isn’t letting this season go by without a visit from “the chin,” and they will stream the entire Starz series Ash vs. Evil Dead on Sunday, October 1.
The series was a hit among fans. So much so that it lasted three seasons, adjusted for streaming app inflation, that’s like five. Still, it would have been great if Starz had taken its Geritol and kicked ass for a final season to wrap things up.
This past July Bruce Campbell stated due to the physical constraints he could no longer continue his role as Ash Williams in the franchise that started over 40 years ago. But thanks to modern servers and streaming libraries his legacy will continue to live on for years to come.
Ash vs. Evil Dead the series will stream on Hulu starting October 1.
Netflix Doc ‘Devil on Trial’ Explores The Paranormal Claims of ‘Conjuring 3’
What is it about Lorraine Warren and her constant row with the devil? We may find out in the new Netflix documentary called The Devil on Trial which will premiere on October 17, or at least we will see why she chose to take on this case.
Back in 2021, everyone was holed up in their homes, and anyone with an HBO Max subscription could stream “Conjuring 3” day and date. It got mixed reviews, maybe because this wasn’t an ordinary haunted house tale that the Conjuring universe is known for. It was more of a crime procedural than a paranormal investigative one.
As with all of the Warren-based Conjuring movies, The Devil Made Me Do It was based on “a true story,” and Netflix is taking that claim to task with The Devil on Trial. The Netflix e-zine Tudum explains the backstory:
“Often referred to as the ‘Devil Made Me Do It’ case, the trial of 19-year-old Arne Cheyenne Johnson quickly became the subject of lore and fascination after it made national news in 1981. Johnson claimed that he murdered his 40-year-old landlord, Alan Bono, while under the influence of demonic forces. The brutal killing in Connecticut drew the attention of self-professed demonologists and paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren, known for their probe into the infamous haunting in Amityville, Long Island, several years prior. The Devil on Trial recounts the troubling events leading up to Bono’s murder, the trial, and the aftermath, using firsthand accounts of the people closest to the case, including Johnson.”
Then there’s the logline: The Devil on Trial explores the first — and only — time “demonic possession” has officially been used as a defense in a US murder trial. Including firsthand accounts of alleged devil possession and shocking murder, this extraordinary story forces reflection on our fear of the unknown.
If anything, this companion to the original film might shed some light on just how accurate these “true story” Conjuring films are and how much is just a writer’s imagination.
[Fantastic Fest] ‘Wake Up’ Turns a Home Furnishing Store into a Gory, Gen Z Activist Hunting Ground
You don’t usually think of certain Swedish home décor places to be ground zero for horror films. But, the latest from Turbo Kid directors, 1,2,3 return to once again embody the 1980s and the films we loved from the era. Wake Up places us in a cross-pollination of brutal slashers and big action set-piece films.
Wake Up is king at bringing on the unexpected and serving it up with a nice range of brutal and creative kills. For the most part, the entirety of the film is spent inside of a home décor establishment. One night a gang of GenZ activists decide to hide in the building past closing in order to vandalize the place to prove their cause of the week. Little do they know one of the security guards is like Jason Voorhees with Rambo like knowledge of handmade weapons and traps. It doesn’t take long for things to begin to get out of hand.
Once things take off Wake Up doesn’t let up for a second. It is filled with pulse-pounding thrills and plenty of inventive and gory kills. All of this takes place as these young folks are trying to get the hell out of the store alive, all while the unhinged security guard Kevin has filled the store with a ton of traps.
One scene, in particular, takes the horror cake award for being very gnarly and very cool. It takes place when the group of kids stumbles into a trap of Kevin’s. The kiddos are doused with a bunch of fluid. So, my horror encyclopedia of a brain thinks, it might be gas and that Kevin is going to have a Gen Z BBQ. But, Wake Up manages to surprise once again. It is revealed when the lights are all cut off and the kids are standing around in pitch black that you reveal the liquid was glow-in-the-dark paint. This lights Kevin’s prey up for him to see as he moves in the shadows. The effect is very cool looking and was done 100 percent practically by the awesome filmmaking team.
The team of directors behind Turbo Kid are also responsible for another trip back to 80s slashers with Wake Up. The awesome team consists of Anouk Whissell, François Simard, and Yoann-Karl Whissell. All of whom exist firmly in the world of 80s horror and action films. A team that film fans can place their faith in. Because once again, Wake Up is a complete blast from classic slasher past.
Horror movies are consistently better when they end on down notes. For whatever reason watching the good guy win and save the day in a horror film isn’t a good look. Now, when the good guys die or can’t save the day or end up without legs or some such thing, it becomes a lot better and more memorable of a film. I don’t want to give anything away but during the Q and A at Fantastic Fest the very rad and energetic Yoann-Karl Whissell hit everyone in the audience with the very real fact that everyone, everywhere will die eventually. That is exactly the mindset you want on a horror film and the team makes sure to keep things fun and full of death.
Wake Up presents us with GenZ ideals and sets them loose against an unstoppable First Blood like force of nature. Watching Kevin use handmade traps and weapons to take down activists is a guilty pleasure and a hell of a lot of fun. Inventive kills, gore, and the bloodthirsty Kevin make this film an all-out explosive good time. Oh, and we guarantee that the final moments in this film will put your jaw on the floor.