Sunday, September 25, 2016

In the Dark with Hannah Elizabeth Smith

Hannah Elizabeth Smith of Baphomet
Hannah Elizabeth Smith star of Baphomet





Welcome back to the long over due second episode of In the Dark. Yes it has been a while but your ever loveable Lord Dixie is back with another episode. This week Dixie aka Allen is joined by special guest Hannah Elizabeth Smith. Hannah is a young, upcoming actor of both stage and screen from North Carolina. She has played the role of Carrie White in Carrie the musical, and Lady McBeth on stage. She is also the lead in the upcoming horror movie Baphomet. If you haven't been paying attention, Baphomet is the story of Hannah (played by Hannah Elizabeth Smith), a beautiful, sociopathic serial killer prowling the East Coast for victims. The project is still in the fund raising stage if you want to help out go here.



Lord Dixie even did a small write up for House of Tortured Souls, but Hannah will give us even more of the low down on the project. We will also talk about her other projects past, present and future, especially her role as Carrie White and upcoming Average Joe. Along with all this Hannah fills us in a bit on the state of the film industry in North Carolina after the loss of the tax incentives for film makers. Then the conversation turns south as they tackle the subject of the dick pic. What is the reasoning and logic of the dick pic? You might find out, or you might just shake your head.


Sadly the episode begins with the unwarranted and unwanted return of Sound Guy Willie. Who out there doesn't love Willie? Almost everyone apparently, Still he's back for his own brand of un-funny comedy. Still what can you do? We couldn't find a better bit in time for the show. It's OK if you just skip over him, we all want to skip past him.


But enjoy the conversation with Hannah Elizabeth Smith and keep an eye out for Baphomet.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

In The Dark with Leah Wiseman

Leah Wiseman
Leah Wiseman from Family Possessions




Welcome to the first episode of In The Dark, with your host Lord Dixie and special guest Leah Wiseman.
Leah is an actress who can be seen now in the horror movie Dollface (originally titles Dorchester's Revenge the Return of Crinoline Head) and will soon be seen in the paranormal slasher Family Possessions. Family Possessions is directed by Tommy Faircloth (Who also directed Dollface)
The show opens with a remix of Tito and Tarantula's After Dark, (https://soundcloud.com/eko911/tito-tarantula-after-dark) used under creative commons.
Then Lord Dixie opens the show and introduces his comedic (well kind of) foil Sound Guy Willie. What is Willie up to in the corner? Do we really want to know?
After we have had more than enough of Willie theres a short musical break and at roughly 6:25 seconds Dixie welcomes Leah Wiseman to In The Dark.
The lovely Leah Wiseman of Dollface and Family Possessions
Leah Wiseman

They discuss Dollman, Family Possessions, horror conventions and random stuff, including the all important question, "Is Lizzie Mears nicer than her character in Dollface?"
Then another small break and we say fare well to Leah

In the Dark Podcast with Leah Wiseman

In The Dark's Leah Wiseman in Family Possessions movie poster
Leah Wiseman in Family Possessions
So the cat's out of the bag. I have decided to start a new podcast, In the Dark. Actually I have been planning and dreaming of this for quiet awhile but now it has come to fruition. Our first episode of In The Dark will go live in just a few days, featuring our very first guest, actress Leah Wiseman,



If you aren't familiar with Leah Wiseman, you can watch her on the film Dollface from director Tommy Faircloth and Horse Creek Productions. You can also see Leah in the horror film Dismembering Christmas and especially in the upcoming Supernatural slasher film Family Possessions, also from Horse Creek Productions.

In our conversation with Leah, we will talk about her roles in both Dollface, and Family Possessions, what it's like to work with director Tommy Faircloth. We will also talk a little about horror conventions and whatever else comes to mind.


Along with our conversation with Leah, In The Dark will also introduce our favoite punching bag, and all around royal ego case, Sound Guy Willie. Sound Guy Willie will supposedly be running the soundboard and helping with audio quality. However who knows what Willie will actually be doing in that dark corner... Do we really want to know?

This is the first episode of In The Dark, but it wont be the last. The first show is in the can, much like Sound Guy Willie's writing career, and just waiting to uploaded. The actual Podcast will be available on Dead Sexy Radio at Deadsexyradio.com. We will link to it from this site as well, and hope you will take the time to check it out.
Leah Wiseman first guest on In the Dark


Upcoming guests will include celebrities, and non celebs who have an interestsign story. We hope to have a show that is both interesting and entertaining. With your support we can grow, we can get bigger guests, and bring back guests for more fun. But first off, lets get ready to give a big welcome to Leah Wiseman In The Dark, courtesy of Dead Sexy Radio and Lord Dixie's Dark Domain.


Sunday, June 19, 2016

Eli Roth's Clown

Eli Roth's Clown is a demonic nightmare
No Bozo, all blood on Clown
If it seems it has taken forever for Eli Roth's Clown to make it to the big screen, well it hasn't but it has been a few years, The film, about a man possessed by a demonic clown suit, was actually filmed way back in 2012. You know back when we all thought Donald Trump running for President was just a joke. Those were simpler, more innocent times. But now, Clown, bearing a 2014 release date is finally, actually available in the U.S. on VoD, almost four years after filming.






There has been buzz about Clown for the last several years, no doubt helped by the attachment of Roth's name as producer. But the film is good enough to stand  on it's own, and honestly is better than most of Roth's work in my opinion. Clown was directed by  Jon Watts, who resists the urge to add comedy to a dark film (pay attention Eli), and make no mistake Clown is a dark film.

Clowns have always inhabited that weird place in out lives and culture. On the surface, happy, funny beings meant to make us laugh.  Yet the truth is, Clowns are also scary as shit. Kids know this, adults know this and film makers know this fact. There's just something about that painted on smile that never seems sincere. Watts takes that deep seated fear and externalizes it in Clown.

In Clown,  Kent (Andy Powers) a loving, and hard working father is running late for his son's birthday party. Adding stress to the hectic day, he's just informed the clown he booked can't make it. Luckily he comes across a decrepit old clown suit in the closet of the house he's remodeling. In order to not disappoint his son he fatefully puts on the suit. Unbeknownst to him it's not actually a clown suit but the skin of an ancient demon. A demon that has a taste for children.
Peter Stormare finds bloody remains from Eli Roth's Clown
Peter Stormare finds left overs from the clown


Any time you throw kids into a horror mix, it can go to dark places. Normally filmmakers shy away from harming kids in films. It may be alluded to, but it's never really seen.  Clown doesn't shy away. You do see actual child deaths, so sensitive people should beware. The more graphic kills are kept off screen but you see the bloody consequences, and you know fully what's going on,
Pennywise, the clown from It
Don't look so sad Pennywise, we're still terrified of you


If the death and cannibalism of kids wasn't enough, the film is even darker by the fact no one involved really deserved their fate.  Kent is honestly a decent guy. We don't see him ignoring his kid, cheating on his wife, or any major hubris. He seems to genuinely love his family and wants to take care of them, His only minor flaw I could possibly point at was, did he steal the clown suit? But it was in a house, the owner was dead, and it was being remolded for sale. It would have definitely been tossed in the trash bin if he hadn't decided to wear it. No, Kent was just an innocent, a nice guy who stumbled onto an evil presence and was taken over by it. That, to me, makes Clown much scarier.

The film hints and feints at going to even darker places before pulling back to a safer ending. The final fate of the clown was perhaps the weakest part of the story. It was definitely the lighter of several possible endings, basically re-enforcing what Kent was told at the beginning, there's no real escape, On a last note the effects team did a great job on the clown make up. They manage to create a creature that looks nothing like a human being. We watch as Kent goes from a goofy looking clown to something ancient and sinister.

Before the horror starts in the clown
A rare light moment from The Clown


Clown also stars Laura Allen (From Within) as Kent's wife and Peter Stormare (Dylan Dog:Dead of Night) as Karlsson, a man who has a connection to the suit, and might know a way out, Director Jon Watts is next slated to direct the Marvel and Sony collaboration Spiderman: Homecoming. If Clown is any indication spidey fans should be in for a damn good time.


Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Marie Laveau, Voodoo Queen of New Orleans



Marie Laveau, shes the subject of rumors, mysteries, of comic books, horror movies and television series. I can't remember when I first heard her name. I grew up a fan of comics and horror movies. To some extent Marie has always been with me. Lately Marie Laveau has become even more widespread, with a fictionalized version of her starring on the television series American Horror Story: Coven.
Marie Laveau
Marie Laveau


Coven the third season of American Horror Story was set in the city of New Orleans and surrounding areas. To not have Marie a part of the show would almost be a slight. However people of New Orleans, people who live with her legacy weren't that happy with her portrayal. It's not that Angela Basset didn't do a good job with the role itself, but more the way Marie Laveau was presented. American Horror Story took the worst of the stories and rumors and amplified them. Their voodoo priestess was a sadistic murderer and baby killer. While there is a lot of mystery about Marie's life, and death, this scenario seems far from the truth.
St. Louis Cathedral from the Mississippi River
St. Louis Cathedral in the New Orleans French Quarter, home of Marie Laveau



True, not a lot is known about Marie Laveau, and a lot of what we thought we knew, is often brought into question. So when talking about her, always realize it could be true, only part of the truth or legend. What we know, or believe as of now, is that Marie was born the daughter of Charles Laveau (or Laveaux) and Margeurite. Marguerite was the daughter of a freed slave, and Charles, according to different sources was either a wealthy white plantation owner, a free person of color, or even the fifth mayor of New Orleans. The fifth mayor of New Orleans was named Charles Laveau Trudeau, so it's easy to see where some would claim him to be Marie's father, but it's likely not true. In fact the free person of color seems most likely.

In 1819 Marie Laveau married Jacques Paris, in a ceremony that was believed performed by Father Antonio de Sedella, who is also known as Pere Antonio. No one knows exactly what happened to Jacque, but he disappeared and was believed to have died (at this point, several hundred years later it is pretty safe to say he has passed away), and Marie became officially known as the Widow Paris. While it is believed the couple had no children that survived, one of Marie's daughters at times used the surname Paris.

After her marriage ended, Marie became he mistress of Christophe Glapion, a white veteran of the Battle of New Orleans. Marie stayed with Glapion until his death in 1885, and reported never took another male companion after his death. The couple reportedly had between 7 and 15 children in their 30 years, and descendants of the couple are still alive today. Their first child, widely known as Marie II was born in 1827. Legends said she looked very much like her mother, and many think this contributed to the legends of Marie. When She walked the streets of the French Quarter, were the people seeing Marie II, or her ageless mother, kept vital by the black arts.

Most of Marie's involvement with Voodoo is rumor and conjecture. She is believed to have been a successful hairdresser and to have gained information from her wealthy clients that aided her Voodoo practice. She regularly held ceremonies and performed on the banks of Lake Pontchartrain, or was that her daughter Marie II? Almost everyone agrees that while being the High Priestess of New Orleans, she was also a devout catholic. Local guides will tell you she attended Mass every day.
House from American Horror Story: Coven with Marie Laveau
The Coven house from American Horror Story: Coven, which featured a version of Marie Laveau


She is also credited with healing and lending aid to victims of the many Yellow Fever outbreaks alongside Pere Antonio. When most New Orleanians of the time tried to avoid the sick and dying, these two took them in and cared for them. Unlike her character in American Horror Story:Coven, Marie, at least according to locals voodoo practitioners,used her voodoo for healing and good, not evil. She is revered almost as a saint to many in New Orleans. It's believed in the later part of her life she turned away from voodoo, more fully embracing the catholic faith. She continued in her charitable doings. Over her life she took in indigents and orphans, feeding them and giving them a home if needed. She even allowed those with no place to be buried, find final rest in the Glapion family crypt. There they lay alongside her beloved Christophe, her children and eventually Marie herself.

In 1881 Marie Laveau passed away, peacefully in her sleep in her home on St. Anne street in New Orleans. She was buried in St Louis Cemetery #1 with a traditional catholic ceremony. You can visit her tomb now, with a tour, the cemetery is closed to non licensed tour groups die to vandalism. A lot of the vandalism, unfortunately involves the tomb of Marie itself. Vandals have taken to desecrating the tomb with X's as a way of contacting Marie, as well as spray painting the tomb. Please don't do this. It's disrespectful, it's callous and it's very illegal. Beyond showing disrespect to the dead it can actually damage the tomb.
tomb of Marie Laveau
Final Resting place of Marie Laveau


So who was Marie Laveau, beyond the fact that she was the Voodoo Queen of New Orleans. It kind of depends on who you ask. New Orleans locals for the most part see her as a kind woman, a loving mother and devout catholic. Still some whisper there was a darker side. No one will ever know for sure, but it's almost certain her legacy as an evil person was highly inflated, by Hollywood, and those who didn't understand Voodoo. Her generous side is likely inflated to some extend as well, like I said, the real truth is only known by the dead themselves.



Sunday, April 10, 2016

Days of the Dead Atlanta part 2



The second part of my photos from the Days of the Dead Atlanta. Plan on uploading more convention photos this week if I get the chance. Thanks for viewing
Leatherface Dan Yeager
Dan Yeager from Texas Chainsaw 3-D

They Live's Keith David
Keith David of They Live, The Thing, Pitch Black and Requiem for a Dream, among others

Jason Voorhees Derek Mears
Derek Mears from Friday the 13th

Stacey Dixon
Full Moon Tattoo and Horror Convention's Stacey Dixon

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Days of the Dead Atlanta 2014

More blast from the past convention photos. This time from  Days of the Dead Atlanta back in 2014, The special guest headliners were Damien Echols, of West Memphis Three fame, and Tara Reid, of Tara Reid fame.

Damien Echols held a meet and greet and Q and A, and it was definitely worth the ticket price. Growing up close to Memphis in the 80s and 90s, I was all to aware of the West Memphis Three. Being one of those people who don't fit in with the conservative Christians of the deep south, I am acutely aware of how outcasts are treated. Basically I was excited about the chance to meet and talk with Damien, and to hear him talk. I wasn't disappointed.
Damien Echols of the West Memphis Three
Damien Echols

Damien Echols at Days of the Dead
Autographed Damien Echols poster

 West Memphis Three's Damien Echols al
Damien Echols and Me at Days of the Dead Atlanta

I wont lie I was also excited to meet Tara Reid. She's a real cutie and everyone knows her. The lines weren't horribly long, and she was incredibly sweet and generous
Tara Reid
Me and Tara Reid at Days of the Dead Atlanta

There were a lot of other celebs that I was able to meet as well. I will add those photos in another blog post. Hopefully I will get it up in the next day or two. Till then