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‘Monster Inside’ Blurs Lines of Extreme Haunt With Real Crimes



With all of the Halloween entertainment out there these days it’s understandable if you missed the 2023 documentary Monster Inside until now. This latest Hulu original, released on October 12, is basically a hit piece on Russ McKamey the owner of the ultra-violent holiday haunt McKamey Manor.

It chronicles McKamey’s rise to infamy as an extreme version of a circus leader who instead of creating entertainment for the whole family, created one of the most excessive Halloween haunts in the United States.

Survivors of his attraction say it contains everything from physical torment to psychological torture, things that can only be done after signing a legal waiver, a document that doesn’t even cover death; it’s a pretty serious agreement. There is even a warning that teeth may be extracted according to one former participant.

Monster Inside Official Trailer

The doc portrays McKamey as some kind of Jigsaw from the Saw movies, only he isn’t seeking vigilante karma, he is actually enjoying torturing people just for fun. Even though that sounds evil, there wouldn’t even be a Manor if there weren’t participants; there is a waitlist. What makes a person want to do the seven-hour experience in the first place? It is a complicated answer.

Thanks to a therapist on the show, we learn that some people who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) are looking to appease their desires for adrenaline. Others are horror fans who want the survivor clout. Others, still, want what they call “deviant leisure.” Either way, some ultimately regret the experience and warn potential guests against it.

Monster Inside deals with a lot of mental illness and how McKamey may or may not be exploiting that willingly. It also delves into how being tortured can severely affect someone’s mental state even after the experience is over.

The documentary was released during Halloween which seems appropriate for the season, but once the holiday is over you kind of have to look at it differently. As the documentary suggests McKamey is a sociopath hellbent on torturing his willing victims legally. A lot of the past participants think he is a criminal. But that is for you to decide.

Monster Inside is now streaming on Hulu.

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Director Adam Green Relays a Chilling True Story About the Ski Lift in ‘Frozen’



Just before director Adam Green announced the DVD release of his festival hit Victor Crowley back in 2018, he gave fans a behind-the-scenes tale about another one of his films; Frozen.

As we approach the 14th anniversary of that movie, we thought we would rewind a bit and re-share what he said about his experience on Frozen; his most successful film to date.

In Frozen a group of friends get stuck on a ski lift high above the ground in the middle of a snowstorm and try to figure out how to get down.

The film is not based on a true story, but there is an eerie coincidence as he tells it attached to the film’s location, and he may have had a premonition while riding the lift before cameras even started rolling.

“[We] finally came over these trees and there it was,” conveys Adam while scouting exteriors 50 feet above the ground. “There was the spot and instead of me saying ‘This is where we should shoot the movie,’ for some reason I said ‘This is where they die,’ and the chair just stopped- stopped! And I thought the representative of the mountain was like f***ing with us or something, but no it stopped.”

Adam says he excused the sudden halt to the wind or something else; it’s no rare occurrence that ski lifts stop without warning, but he says it was still really eerie and what was only a few minutes of hanging there in mid-air, felt like an hour.

Here’s the strange part,  as he was shooting the movie he found out from lift operators that someone had taken their own life with a firearm in that exact same location. They even showed a member of the crew the alleged chair that had the bullet hole in it.

Thinking it was still just a rumor, or a local urban legend Adam did more investigating. It wasn’t until Sundance that Adam got confirmation the death was real.

“Somebody in the audience raised their hand, and…said the person’s name. It was a true story, someone did die there. After that point my editor and I started going through all the footage trying to see if there was another voice on the audio or can you see anything.” They didn’t.

However chilling that story is we’d still love to hear if there was ever a conversation with Disney about using them using the name Frozen for their animated hit which came out three years later.

We sadly assume Disney won’t be doing a princess musical about Victor Cowley anytime soon, so we know that copyright is safe.

Green talks about his ski lift premonition at 11:38 in the video below:


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Love Damien Leone? There’s More Than Just ‘Terrifier 1 & 2’



Kicking back to watch a punk-gore independent horror movie is a true American pastime. The ’80s were famous for these movies where practical effects outshined the actors; the gore was the star of the show. So it’s no surprise that a masterful hardcore special effects artist like Damien Leone decided to multitask and direct movies of his own. You may have heard of one or two already: Terrifier and Terrifier 2, but there is another called Frankenstein vs. the Mummy (2015).

Taking a cue from the Dark Universe which believe it or not isn’t a new concept, Leone pits two of the greatest supernatural forces against each other.

This isn’t the first time classic movie monsters crossed over for mortal combat, they have been doing it since the early 1940s. It began with Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man — no synopsis needed — then the count himself flew into the fray with House of Dracula (1946), where The Wolf Man and Frankenstein’s Monster occupy the same timeline. Slapstick duo Abbott & Costello did a few movies with Universal Monsters as special guests but by then they had become more of a punchline than a menacing force. The gimmick made a modern mainstream comeback when Freddy met Jason in 2003, then Alien vs. Predator in 2004.

If you are wondering, “Hey Leone can’t make a movie using Universal properties,” you’re right. But Universal only holds the rights to certain creatures as they appear in their films. For instance, you can make a Frankenstein movie, but you can’t use green skin or put bolts on his neck. Leone’s monster (Constantin Tripes) resembles more of a Deadite than a blockhead. And he is more sentient (and rapey) than Universal’s which is one of the more interesting parts of his movie.

The movie itself is passable. The best part of it — you guessed it — is the make-up effects. If Leone used any sort of CGI it is not visible onscreen. The script, written by Leone, attempts to be kind of like Cronenberg’s The Fly wherein a damsel is distressed over her boyfriend’s obsession with science, specifically reanimating the dead using cadaver parts. Meanwhile, she is also involved in an Egyptian archeological discovery of a mummy that comes to life.

But none of that matters. If you are going to watch this movie it’s purely to appreciate Leone’s artistry as a make-up artist (the standoff in the title doesn’t happen till the end). He does a great Maniac (1980) homage in one scene which may be better than the original. Also, his creature designs are fantastic. The Mummy make-up took six hours to complete before shooting, and it rivals that of the mega-budget Tom Cruise remake with its team of expensive artists and computer rendering.

If you love Terrifier and Terrifier 2, you should check out Frankenstein vs. the Mummy. It is currently playing on Tubi for free.

Frankenstein vs. the Mummy (2015)

The mummy of a cursed pharaoh and a reanimated corpse terrorize a medical university. Only an Egyptologist and a college professor, the deranged Dr. Frankenstein, may be able to stop the creatures before it’s too late.

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Woman Can’t Get Her Halloween Face Tatt Off, Has Meetings The Next Day



A U.K. woman who used a skeleton facial tattoo for Halloween is second-guessing her costume choice because no matter how many times she scrubbed it, it wouldn’t come off, potentially leaving her “scarred” for work the next day.

TikToker Elizabeth Rose placed a stitched-up wound and skeletal teeth across her mouth and forehead not thinking about how she would remove them. What’s more, she used the same stickers on her young granddaughter.

Rose, 46, posted the video of her desperation with the caption: “Put a tattoo sticker on, join in a bit of Halloween, you know? Put some on my granddaughter as well, she’s seven, and my daughter rings up going ‘How does it come off?’.”

@makeupandmeltdowns #tattoo #sticker #makeup #halloween #fail #help #foryou #fypシ ♬ original sound – Elizabeth

Seemingly unaware of how to remove temporary tattoos, she takes a dry makeup remover pad and attempts to scrub off the eerie smile. “F**k sake, I have meetings tomorrow,” she says.

Feeling her struggle, viewers had some home remedies. They advised her to use everything from packing tape to acetone to olive oil, and even vodka. It’s not clear how she finally got the original marks off of her face, but in a follow-up video she puts another one on to test out some of the above suggestions, but she didn’t get very far. After applying the packing tape to her face, sticky side out, the tattoo easily came away from her skin.

“What the f**k, shut the front door!” Rose says in disbelief at the results. “Do you know what? I don’t think I can be bothered to try the nail varnish remover, anti-bac, or olive oil. I might as well drink the vodka and be done with it.”

@makeupandmeltdowns Replying to @Elizabeth Rose #tattoo #sticker #scary #halloween #fypシ #foryou ♬ original sound – Elizabeth

Her original video has been watched several million times, prompting her change her TikTok status to, “5 million views from my tattoo sticker TikTok Global embarrassment!

Source: The Mirror

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