The Horror Movie Empire fiasco

So back in late December I forked over my hard earned money for a handful of Blue Underground titles.  The website was having a sale on all of the BU titles with free shipping.  The prices were dirt cheap, $7 per DVD, $10 for Blu-ray.  News of this sale hit like a wildfire, eventually even Blue Underground (though they now deny it) tweeted about it.

The site was iffy, but the prices were hard to beat.  It didn't help that a number of former customers vouched for Demetrios.  So I, like many of you, took the plunge.  Now, two months later, and I've yet to receive a thing.

What I did get is excuse after excuse.  Promise after promise.  It's either about to get shipped, or awaiting one more movie from a vendor.  That was when he actually responded to me.  Now he's ignoring me.  It's too late to file a claim with my bank so I'm just stuck waiting for my movies or a refund, and let's be honest, I'm more likely to get a tugger from Megan Fox than to get either of those.

I dropped almost $100 on the site, but there's plenty of people who spent more.  So if you're reading this and you're one of the many victims this is what you can do.

1. Follow this link over to the Illinoise Attorney General's fraud division and file a complaint.  

2. Email, tweet, complain, complain, complain.  The more people that see this the less likely they are to do business with him.  His twitterfacebook, and email.

3.  Demetrios will be at a number of upcoming horror cons.  He's already said that if you're order hasn't been fulfilled by March's Horror Hound convention to just approach his table for your full order and a full refund.  He will be at the Texas Frightmare Weekend, and I certainly plan on talking to him.

The way things look now, there's a good chance many of us will never see a refund or our order.  The horror community is a tight knit group however, and this situation will not go unnoticed.  The BU sale might have put HME "on the map" per say, but his bad business ethic will certainly cripple the site to an extent.