Movies Galore takes a look at director Drew Marvick’s feature film “Pool Party Massacre” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Floating Eye Films director Drew Marvick working with Big Idea Productions is a film that was made with some love to the 80s and totally meant to be campy and somewhat fun.

The film begins at a pool while a scuzzy looking tattooed pool cleaner is cleaning a pool where suddenly a beautiful looking lady in a swimsuit called Mrs. Stevens starts to flirt with him… but as it turns out both are dead on there feet.

Meanwhile Blair Winthorpe is throwing a pool party on while her parents whom don’t even respect her are going on vacation. Basically a gaggle of teeny bopper drama queen socialites that have forgotten to leave their bitchiness on the playground and rely totally upon hired help for everything except the brain power in their cell phone batteries.

Nancy being Blair’s freind since childhood is also invited and has tried to fit in with her freind’s socialite freindships but things seem frosty at first between the two as her parents doting on Nancy over her is daunting for Blair.

Utimately a killer is randomly killing the freinds off one by one… since one freind has invited Troy whose into torture porn and his idiotic creepy brother Clay… who seems to want to share his dirty sanchez or whatever that is with the ladies before he claims to go spill his seed all over the house…

I do have I say there is some odd humeresque lines on unibrows and Ferris Bueller’s Day off to quoting Toy Story to the vinegar squint men get when they cum that makes the film downright goofy that sets the mood not to mention how psychotic (McKusick) as Blair and her brother are in the end…

Though th acting was hokey at moments the girls were so bitchy they were annoying so it kind of made it easier when they were killed off when all of them insult eachother it’s easier to not give a flying fuck about the character.  I’d say this film was entertaining and… there at least two kinds of kills I hadn’t seen before effects wise it looked pretty good…

I enjoyed the film it’s, campy, sexy fun that pays homage to the flair of the 80’s slasher attempts and their was some oddball humor I’d recommend for a night of intrigue it wasn’t that it was horrrifying but it had its moments of enjoyability… so you that are comedy horror fans out there  should for sure check the film out…

here’s the trailer!

Starring Alexis Adams as Tiffany, Sally Burnswello as Mrs. Winthorpe, Nick Byer as Clay, Paul Card as Ralph, Dora Deceuninck as Dora, Jimmy Grosse as
Danny, Mark Justice as Troy, Trevor Layne as Chet, Drew Marvick as Blaine Winthorpe, Jenifer Marvick as Kelly, Kristin Noel McKusick as Blair Winthorpe, John Molinaro as Mr. Winthorpe, Destiny Faith Nelson as Jasmine, Crystal Stoney as
Britney, Cameron Lee Vamp as Pool Guy, LeeAnna Vamp as Mrs. Stevens.

 

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Movies Galore takes a look at director Sy Cody White’s short film “The Watchers” from 2010!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Two man crew productions and Hocus Pocus Features is a short film directed by Sy White and written by Jeff Moffitt about a man named John.

John is paranoid that those around him are watching him and it appears people are… he leaves messages with his wife Marcie about his kid, so it looks like hes trying to keep things together to work things out between them… so he began to see a Doctor Orwell whom tried to tell him he was unwell but the his (Orwell’s played by actor Timothy J. Cox) car exploded and suddenly the police were after him and bomb materials in his apartment… ad that to this invisible society of watchers John Porter (Moffitt) finds out that he has more troubles than even he can remember being part of…

For being independent I thought the story line was brilliant for this short film and honestly wonder if a few rules might have been broken due to the New York subway sequences.  I think the element of mystery surrounding the characters that were haunting this man were executed well and felt kind of dragnet in style.

I enjoyed this short film and think that others whom might not have seen this short film and are short film lovers will enjoy the suspense in this film. I’ll leave that up to you though but definitely search this film out if you can… Timothy J. Cox I feel is one of the better character actors out there you should definitely catch your chance to see him if you see him on the bill.

Starring Jeff Moffitt as John Porter, Timothy J. Cox as Dr. Orwell, Peter Francis Span as Mysterious Man, Kathleen Boddington as Watcher, Darrin Biss as
Phil, Rich Sab as Watcher, Robert Nesi as
Police Officer, James Konczyk as Tony, Mike Sgroi as Vic, Gerry Hoylie as Watcher, Ronald E. Giles as Watcher (as Guillermo B. Arguello).

Movies Galore takes a look at Director Michael Ballif’s Webseries “The Witching Season” from 2015 – 2017 so far…

Written by David Strege

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I first became aware of this anthology when I was Sponsering the Milwaukee Twisted Dreams festival in its first year and from what I know it was one of the first festivals the short film “Princess” played at directed by Michael Ballif of Witching Season Films.  What I had not realized at the time was that it was part of a series of films online and that two other films had been added to this 5 film anthology all somewhat Witchy related…

I’m not sure of the film order but the first short I’m watching from it is called “Killer On The Loose” where a young woman is running from something we don’t know what and she ends up at an unknown decorated home. Already frightened her heitened sense of fear begins to rise as someone else enters the house in a mask with a blade…. but who is ythe Killer…

The next film like I said I’m not sure of its order is called “Not Alone” in which it would appear its Halloween night and we are listening to a midnight radio program speaking of demons and UFO’s while the camera pans to a home where a young man is asleep while his room rattles like an earth quake and a bright light happens  that wakes him…

The next short film is the one I remember seeing called “Princess” where a mother and daughter move into a new home… the daughter Jamie discovers a new best freind that had been left behind by a previous owner… and for good reason… in a cuddly… stuffed… bunny…

The Next film short in the series is called “Is That You?” Like I said I don’t know it’s film order but follows a panoramic view of a town then goes to a phone conversation between two freinds while a Count Spookula a horror host is playing on tv it’s Halloween and trick or treaters are out and and about for when the girl hears her mom answer the door there’s a ping and some Shadows  moving around the corner as lights flicker so… could it all be her best freind Jenny?

The last short film in this series is called “They Live Inside Us” which basically a writer comes to a haunted house to get inspiration when it’s actually about him in reality…

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I have to say all of these were strong films but there were two that stood out the most… Princess which I absolutely am a fan of partially because I’d seen it before just without that witching season intro but you can definitely tell who ever is behind the camera work on each and every one of these films makes good use of shadows and close up shots. And “They Live Inside Us” for honoring King almost in every way using several fears to show us the cycle in which was hidden… but I specially liked the fact he began in the middle then brought up to the beginning then brought it to a close with a cover of Blue Oyster Cult which is a favorite some of mine…

my only problem was in the first film I spoke about the one we think was the killer was wearing a Jason mask and no offense has been used over and over and over so I’m not really sure how freshly original that was but it’s ending was enjoyable…

The acting was great in “Princess”, Definitely brilliant in “They Live Inside Us” and the make up of at least the Creature in “Is That you?” And They Live Inside Us”  was certainly original as far as I can tell… I like that They Live Inside us had some humor as well…

Ultimately I enjoyed watching this series it does still have a couple of days left of Indiegogo… I would definitely recommend this for horror fans to own as it is unique and cheap… and I hear there’s going to be a bonus episode…

https://igg.me/at/theyliveinsideus

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Starring James Morris as Chef Tony / Count Spookula / George Morris / Jacob Boothe / Masked Man (5 episodes, 2015-2017), Jordan Swenson as Chef’s Assistant / Trick or Treater (2 episodes, 2015-2017), Samuel Morris as Alien / The Wraith (2 episodes, 2016-2017), Michael Ballif as
Farmer / Reporter (2 episodes, 2015-2016), Emily Broschinsky as Jamie (1 episode, 2015), Hailey Nebeker as Girl (1 episode, 2015), Karlee Broschinsky as Whitney (1 episode, 2017), Anita Rosenbaum as Kendra (1 episode, 2015), Charla Cochran Bocchicchio as Mom (1 episode, 2017), Autumn Russell as Wife (1 episode, 2015), Michelle Reid as Jenny (1 episode, 2017), Belle Warren as Jenny (1 episode, 2017), Rachel Morris as (1 episode, 2017), Allen Bradford as Trick or Treater (1 episode, 2017), Stevie Dutson as Cynthia Boothe (1 episode, 2016), Sean D. Hunter as Kyle (1 episode, 2016), Nathan Smith Jones as
Air Force General (1 episode, 2016).

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Artturi Rosten, Esa Jussila and Aku Salminen’s short films “The Defiler” from 2016 and “Trans” also directed by Esa Jussila and Artturi Rosten from 2012!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Jussila/Rosten Productions director Artturi Rosen, Esa Jussila and Aku Salminen from Finland and distributed by Yan Kaos’s company D.I.Y. Productions are two short films one is a Splatter-Punk  neonsploitation film that I’ll speak about now… though in subtitles… originally this had a 2 disk DVD with Edward Swenson’s OldSkull Videos limited edition and it sold out… though the shorts are from 2012 and 2016 this release from D.I.Y. Productions is a 2017 release and given permission by the directors to release them.

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So this film starts out with a few personal pictures but begins with a girl named Candi being dragged while being called a “whore” to the cell of an inmate named Greta “The Defiler” aptly nicknamed for being kind of a female bad ass as she escapes by ripping the guard apart to go after an escaped girl named Mini into an underground world of pimps, sex and drugs.

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I’m definitely loving the colors, the sex involved and the violent gore filled killings Greta enacts.  What’s interesting is I was thinking slightly about the world of Escape from New York of its surroundings and there’s an albumn of the soundtrack on vinyl that’s shown…

I don’t know why this hasn’t gotten a release before this short film is really really good and badass with the gore fest of head splages definitely brain splatters…

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Greta’s search for Mini leads her to a fat fucker named named Eggy which then in turn led to another fat individual whom had Mini in a vat with some kind of liquid that once electrocuted gave her some kind of Demonic power.

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“Trans” the second film follows what looks like a man waking in a fever with what looks like an old incision on his chest… evidently he starts remembering in pieces between vomiting and pain.

Whatever pain he’s on he goes to the dealer or what I think is a dealer and tells him the pain he is in and they appear to go into some back alley doctors place where it appears that we now learn there was something put inside him as the doctor thinks is a beautiful thing.

But it’s not and it escapes killing in its path but we don’t see it… and it seems to be or have a blade-like arm that is slightly scythe-shaped… and there is a moment where the creature seems to eat the arm down to the bones on one of the victims…

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I really enjoyed both of these Trans being more darker but the effects were spot on glorified gore “The Defiler had to have some money put into it to have some of the effects that it had but it also had a larger cast than Trans did…

The colors of “The Defiler” were phenomenal along with the effect and it helps that the acting was decent and there were a few gore scenes I’ve never seen before I don’t think I’ve seen two heads sliced open same time before…

I recommend these shorts to you gore enthusiasts who are out there and you horrror fiends but definitely more the gore and it helps the Greta was definitely sexy had a kind of Everly slash Escape from New York slash Barb Wire vibe going on a kick of death to save her lesbian prison lover… but with a limited release there weren’t many copies left last I checked… but here were my thoughts…

Starring in “The Defiler” Sara Koiranen as
Mini, Diana Ball as Greta The Defiler, Jonna-Stina Waurio as Female Prisoner #1, Simo Ruotsalainen as Guard #1: Offroad-butch, Jessica Koivistolainen as
Female Prisoner #2, Carlotta Moore as
Female Prisoner #3, Teemu Nikki as
Guard #2: LAPA, Aku Salminen as
Homeless Pornstar, Sini Sandman as
Candy Rat, Tito Tuononen as Candy Rat’s Client, Tomi Tuominen as DJ, Junani Pennala as DJ, Sami Maanpää as Car Sex Couple, Anni Pikkanen as Car Sex Couple, Markus Harjula as Dope Friend, Daniil Kozlov as Sorcerer, Pyry Sopenlehto as
Silver’s Boytoy, Toni Kandelin as Silver, Joonatan Järvinen as Nightclub Psycoosi Staff, Lauri Salminen as Boy On the Savage Dancefloor, Helinä Leppänen as
Teahouse Guard, Kristian Aho as Eggy, Petri Aulin as Vovin, Mort Grankvist as
Spliced Teahouse Guard, Joonas Jormalainen as Spliced Teahouse Guard, Ari Savonen as Guard #1, Juho Valamaa as
Guard #2, Sara Nieminen as Guard #3, Junnu Aho as Eggy’s Teahouse guest, Vuokko Aittola as Eggy’s Teahouse guest, Anita Haapasalo as Woman prisoner, Matti Huoponen as Eggy’s Teahouse guest, Ines Kakkonen as Woman prisoner, Laila Kallio as Woman prisoner, Jani Kiltti as
Street Scum, Eeva-Maija Manninen as
Street Scum, Markus Matilainen as Street Scum, Lisa McWhirter as Street Scum, Nea Niemelä as Street Scum, Hanna Ojala as
Eggy’s Teahouse guest, Boris Pilleri as
Street Scum, Hilla Pohjalainen as Woman prisoner, Johannes Repo as Street Scum, Pertti Räbinä as Eggy’s Teahouse guest, Malviina Sisero as Street Scum, Timi Tamminen as Street Scum.

Starring in “Trans” Rami Airola, Toni Kandelin, Antero Nala, Pyry Sopenlehto, Janne Suni.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ansel H. Faraj’s newest Feature “The Night-Time Winds” from 2017!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Hollinsworth Productions director Ansel H. Faraj and distributed by Alpha New Cinema aka Alpha Video aka Oldies dot com is the tale of two sisters haunted by the past…

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Sheila (Decker) and Wendy (Avery) have seemingly been apart from eachother for some years when the death of they’re mother Mrs. Shirley Francis (Ashton, a Milwaukee native actress) which was brought on by a sudden heart attack left Wendy with out a home so Sheila invited her back home to the ancestral home where she had lived with her husband Brad at one point…

The only thing is the only sleeping room in the home is up at the top of a flight of spiral stairs… Sheila as well is acting very paranoid and strange… there must always be lights on…. there is to be no direct staring into mirrors and the winds howl constantly carrying sounds that make the sisters nervous…

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When a noise is heard Wendy goes down to investigate with Sheila trying to convince Her it’s nothing and there’s nothing to be afraid of… but there are spirits that are driving Sheila mad… and when Wendy runs into the caretaker Mckray she begins to learn how crazy her family really was… and the secrets that both sisters keep from eachother…

Honestly I was surprised how short this film was but I loved the black and white creepy vibe.  There is definitely an Avant-garde way of film making that I think reminded me in the beginning when Wendy first arrived… that reminded me of Kubric’s maze in “The Shining” (Even though I despise Kubric’s “The Shining” he had a specific way of film making you can’t deny” scene at least when she’s arriving to the property… when I think Spiral staircase I’ll be thinking of this location.

I think that Ansel has found a very decent group of Actresses and seasoned Actors to work with. To create his visions of the macabre and I think that those who appreciate the classic black and white films will enjoy these created tales of horror that Ansel is creating.  I enjoyed this film but I’m wondering what the rest of you will think… I recommend you seek this out it certainly wasn’t bad… the acting was spot on as far as I could tell I enjoyed the characters so check it out!

Starring Christopher Pennock as McCray, Kelly Erin Decker as Sheila, Kate Avery as
Wendy, Nathan Wilson as Old Jonas Bishop / Brian Bishop, Elyse Ashton as
Mrs. Shirley Francis.

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ansel H. Faraj’s feature “The Last Case of August T. Harrison” from 2015!

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Brought to us by Hollingsworth Productions director Ansel H. Faraj comes a detective story inspired on H. P. Lovecraft’s short stories of the world of Cthulhu distributed by Alpha New Cinema aka Alpha Video aka oldies dot com.

While August Harrison, a retired private eye, is in the company of his visiting Artist son Jason, Jason asks his father to look into the case of a freind of his.

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This freind ends up being a women name of Eleonor Williams doing research and a young man Drake Johnson that has some footage of hers needs to be found evidently important to her research of shall I say worlds within worlds a totally different molecular plane… not only that the mystery steeped as Eleonor seems to be working with a professor Richard Hobbs.

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When nothing turns up and even the young man he’s looking for seems to not even exist online he goes to Eleonor and tells her there’s nothing more he can do.

But then he gets a call from Drake to meet him so he does and he tells August that Eleonor is a witch and they want this footage so they can contact these creatures hidden in the celluloid that are the old ones Cthulhu and all that jazz the monsters H. P. Lovecraft wrote about are real… shortly afterwards Drakes eyes were ripped from him in the darkness by some unknown creature…

Williams and Hobbs are after the film but it was stolen from him but Jason his son has also not been answering his calls… in some dreamlike state it appears he has some vivid dreams of lovecraft and the creatures that which he is calling upon…

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Ulimatly the private eye ends uphaving to choose whether to kill those that would even attempt to connect with these creatures in the celluloid but can he save his family from it before they too are taken in the dark…

I think this was an interesting adaptation of a Lovecraft tale… had its weirdness and an almost Gaillo feel when it came to the visions and the world of the Mythos creatures in the Celluloid… definitely built a creep factor and for the minimal amount of effects that were used they weren’t overly done and it was believable.

I think that if your a horror enthusiast or a dark Shadows lover you enjoy this film as well as One more Dark Shadows actress Lisa Blake Richards has been added to the cast of the Hollingsworth Productions… I recommend this film for you to see for sure I don’t think there is any bad acting in Ansel’s productions just a slowness of sorts that builds and has that BBC feel to it… theatrical… seek it out if you can I enjoyed the tale what I saw of it…

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Starring Jerry Lacy as August T. Harrison, Maggie Wagner as Eleanora Williams, Lisa Blake Richards as Susan Harrison, Kelly Erin Decker as Nurse Morningside, Nathan Wilson as H.P. Lovecraft, Eric Gorlow as Jason Harrison, Max Landwirth as Drake Johnson, David M. Graham as
Professor Richard Hobb (as David Graham).

 

Movies Galore takes a look at director Ansel H. Faraj’s “Doctor Mabuse” and “Doctor Mabuse: Epitomar” from 2013 and 2014!

Written by David Strege

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Brought to us by Hollingsworth Productions director Ansel Faraj and distributed by Alpha New Cinema of Alpha Video meaning oldies dot com is a film noir for the ages on Fritz Lang’s legendary character Doctor Mabuse for the modern age…

In “Doctor Mabuse” the thing that’s different is Ansel was able to get a hold of three of the original Dark Shadows actors and actresses Jerry Lacy, Christopher Pennock, the still beautiful Katherine Leigh Scott and the still beautiful Lara Parker at the age of 19 and as the film begins with Mabuse’s Head and we hear Lacy’s voice I can begin to see why Ansel saw Mabuse in  Lacy though not as vindictive as the Reverand Trash he still holds a powerful voice on the screen.  I too was and still am a Dark Shadows Soap Opera which I myself own the entire series have always wanted to meet the cast of the series but Ansel has fulfilled me to be able to see these great character Actors and Actresses in another macabre-like setting.

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As it is we see Mabuse run into a man named Tom giving him a message that he has returned… but also to figure out who might be the first adversary to rise up against him being told it was Inspector Carl Loheman.

The Inspector is tasked into looking into the whereabouts of Mabuse by going to see a Madam Von Harbau and Madam Carrozza about the matter… and when the camera panned to Lara with the green glow of her eyes I can still see Angelique in her as she speaks in tongues to the Inspector…

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Much of this world is dark, colorful and mysterious as the Inspector tries to unwravel the pieces of the case his predecessor left behind.

AS we find out Mabuse is a master mind at manipulative mind control in getting into your head…  as he stumbles into certain characters such as Dr. Clem who made a mysterious machine, Christina Novello a sex symbol as well as a pawn to lead Lohemann in circles…

To figure out the plan for Doctor Mabuse’s Utopian world “Epitomar” for Mabuse is dying…. and needs a successor…

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In “Doctor Mabuse: Epitomar” Mabuse has now taken over the body of the good Inspector Lohemann on his greediness to shape his utopian world the only thing that could stop him is a key.  A key that the world of Supernaturalists intend on keeping from his reach.  Mabuse is also haunted by the spirit of Madam Von Harbau who is still working against him and bringing about his downfall from power… Enter Rotwang (Corrigan) an almost Renfield like creature whom is in charge of some experiments with Mabuse’s deathray machine and has made some indescructtable as well as a controllable army…

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Enter a new young lady Lucy with powers of the supernatural and to invade ones mindand speak to the dead, that the powers of Good will resides in as humanities last hope against the plans of the mad Doctor.  Not only this but Mabuse has turned paranoid for someone has stolen his doctrine.

Ultimately I have enjoyed these two films for though I may be biased as I was a fan of Dark Shadows and it’s actors I do believe these films will be liked by those that have been fans of that soap as they are somewhat dramatic.  There is also definitely a darkness to both of the films.

I think the acting was impeccable and that it shows these Dark Shadows remnant actors and actresses still have that awesome stage prescience. I certainly recomemmend that you who are interested check this collection of Mabuse films out.  Yes they are slow but I enjoy the subject matter behind both. What do you think? The fact this was mostly filmed in a small garage both and done on small budgets and able to get these great actors to commit to these films is an astounding achievement and impressive…

For “Doctor Mabuse” from 2013 Starring Jerry Lacy as Dr. Mabuse, Nathan Wilson as Inspector Carl Lohemann, Kathryn Leigh Scott as Madame Von Harbau, Lara Parker as Madame Carrozza, Bahia Garrigan as Christina Novello, Linden Chiles as Inspector Norbert Von Wenk, David M. Graham as City General Oscar Lang (as David Graham), Julian Grant as
Edward Hull, Derek Mobraaten as Tom Smith, Annie Waterman as Madame Hecate, John C. Smith as The Apocalypse Man, Vivian Brasch as Lady Levana, Mihran Konanyan as Cag, Matthew Greene as Grey

For “Doctor Mabuse: Epitomar” from 2014 it stars Jerry Lacy as Dr. Mabuse, Nathan Wilson as Dr. Mabuse, Kathryn Leigh Scott as Madame Von Harbau, Lara Parker as Madame Carrozza, Christopher Pennock as Professor Konratz, Bahia Garrigan as Christina Novello, Dane Corrigan as Rotwang, Kate Avery as
Maria the Robot, John C. Smith as
Cesare Krauss, Kelsey Hewlett as Lucy Ulrich, Thomas Adisi as Michael Ulrich, Douglas M. Eames as Stanton (as Douglas Eames), Kelly Erin Decker as Gabelle, Elyse Ashton as Teresa, Annie Waterman as Madame Hecate, Nicole Garciabas Anna LaSoeur, Noel Braham as Joseph Rogue, Jackson Gutierrez as Haddo, Heather Savoy as Crimson, Chris Tyler Link as Jacques, Jane Drewett as Kali (as Jane Monroe), Andrew Leighty as Rex.