Posted on May 26, 2015
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The latest installment of  “Urban Death” has begun at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood, California.  “Urban Death” made its world premiere in July of 2005 and since then has had approximately twenty different incarnations. Although the show has had numerous versions some things have never changed. It is promised to be a night of terrifying theatre with a group of talented performers bearing their souls and expressing their deepest fears.

Over the last ten years all installments have been directed by either Jana Wimer, Zombie Joe himself or sometimes both. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre in North Hollywood is the home base for “Urban Death”, but there have been special installments of the show performed in New York City, South Africa and conventions like Scare L.A.

Over the last ten years more than 300 original scenes have been created for “Urban Death”.   The latest version of the show is approximately 75% brand new material. Having been to several of the former productions myself, I can easily say that the current show pushes the boundaries more than any other. It certainly seems to be getting more intense and sexual with each new installment.

One of the remarkable things about “Urban Death” is that the audiences tend to be full of an equal amount of return guests as well as first-timers. You can always tell the difference. The first-timers often avoid sitting in the front rows afraid of what they are about to get into (as they should be). “Urban Death” really is a unique piece of theatre with no dialogue. It is simply (but not so simply) individual scenes separated by blackouts and each with its own unique piece of music composed by Christopher Reiner.

If your idea of a good night is spending time in a small dark theatre with clowns, zombies and disturbed individuals often murdering or fighting to stay alive, look no further than “Urban Death”.

ONE MORE CHANCE TO CATCH THIS INSTALLMENT OF URBAN DEATH:
SATURDAYS @ 11:00pm, thru June 27
ZJU THEATRE GROUP, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

Tickets are $15.
24-Hour Reservation Hotline: 818-202-4120.
Advance Tix Available at ZombieJoes.Tix.com
Official Websites:  ZombieJoes.com and UrbanDeath.com

Jeff DePaoli is an entertainer/producer living in the Southern California area. He is co-host of the podcast “Dizney Coast to Coast”. Visit www.DizneyCoastToCoast.com to get your list of “America’s Hidden Mickeys”. @JeffDePaoli on Twitter/Instagram


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Posted on April 10, 2015
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One of the most popular panel at Monsterpalooza was the discussion panel celebrating Universal Studios Hollywood’s tenth anniversary of their annual Halloween Horror Nights event. The hosts of this panel were John Murdy (Creative Director/Producer HHN) and Chris Williams (Art Director/Production Designer HHN).  The Halloween Horror Nights Twitter account @HorrorNights had asked followers what their top five favorite mazes over the past years had been. This panel showed us some behind the scenes secrets of the top five choices including “Texas Chainsaw Massacre”, “Halloween”, “Insidious”, “American Werewolf in London” and “Alien vs. Predator”.


Full discussion panel celebrating Universal Studios Hollywood’s tenth anniversary


Halloween

An effect that is often used for the haunts are shadow projections in the windows for the passerby voyeurs. One of the murderer shadows was actually one of the artist’s daughter.

While walking through the maze John Murdy noticed that one of the dummies were revealing a bit more “skin” than was appropriate for the haunt. He fixed the problem by grabbing a piece of his wife’s clothing and putting it on the dummy. He was sure to point it out to his wife as she walked through the maze.

HALLOWEEN “Haddonfield 1962″

HALLOWEEN “The Floating Headstone”

HALLOWEEN “The Devil is in the Details”

Insidious

HHN was contacted by Blumhouse Productions after seeing the La Llorona maze at a previous years event. James Wan (director of “Insidous” movie) was particularly impressed and even said that the maze inspired “Insidious 2”.

One of the nights an actor from the film “Insidious” was going through the maze and wanted to see the scaractor who was portraying him in the maze. In order to accomplish this he grabbed the actor from behind a curtain and the film actor was then escorted out of the maze by Universal Studios Security.

INSIDIOUS “Designing by Post-It Notes”

INSIDIOUS “The Ground Plan”

INSIDIOUS “Into The Further”

American Werewolf in London

John Landis (film director) was extremely involved in the creation of this maze. The initial meeting with him lasted approximately 4.5 hours.

On Halloween night, John Murdy became a character in the maze. He took some clothes he had from the trunk of his car after it started down pouring, put them on and played darts in the bar scene of the maze.

The creation of American Werewolf in London made the HHN team feel as though now they are ready and able to make bigger effects and puppetry a large part of future events.

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Creating the Slaughtered Lamb”

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”

AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON “Creating the Werewolf”

Alien vs. Predator

The alien molds seen in the maze were made from actual molds used for the film.

The predator costumes had to be original as the molds from the film were seven feet tall. The casting department knew that finding seven foot tall actors was not a feasible task.

The motto for this maze whenever budget was a concern was “protect The Queen” referring to the massive Queen Alien puppet used in the finale of the maze and operated by three puppeteers.

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “HHN 2014″

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “Creating Alien”

ALIEN VS PREDATOR “Aliens on Earth”


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Posted on April 10, 2015
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Monsterpalooza was recently held on March 27-29 in Burbank, CA. The event celebrates the art of monsters featuring artists who are filmmakers, makeup artists, haunt event creators and so much more. Cloris Leachman (Young Frankenstein), Linda Blair (The Exorcist) and makeup artists from “Face Off” Kenneth J. Hall and so many more guests from every corner of the horror universe attended the convention.

One of the most interesting things to see in the hall is the various makeup artists booths creating monsters right before your eyes.

There is even a horror museum featuring mostly monster/creature replicas.

Leonardo “Turtles”

Caretaker “Haunted Mansion”

Walter White “Breaking Bad”

The Grinch “How the Grinch Stole Christmas”

Heath Ledger as The Joker “Batman – The Dark Knight”

 

Many panels were held during the convention, but the most popular one seemed to be the discussion panel about the Halloween Horror Nights houses.

This panel was hosted by John Murdy (Creative Director/Producer HHN) and Chris Williams (Art Director/Production Designer HHN).

 


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Posted on March 23, 2015
Topics: Conventions, Special Events, Theme Parks, Universal Studios HollywoodTags: ,

The Ultimate Monster Show is returning to Burbank, California, for a three day celebration of all things monster related. You will experience monster make-up-demos, walk-through a monster museum, see FX Artists and Monster related artwork will be on display and for sale. Presentations will also be held, where special guests may appear.

Scheduled guests include:

George Romero – Night of the Living Dead Director

Sonny Chiba – The Street Fighter

Cloris Leachman-Young Frankenstein

Yaphet Kotto- Alien

Michael Biehn – Terminator, Aliens

Linda Blair – The Exorcist

The Chiodo Brothers – Killer Klowns from Outer Space

and many more.

On Sunday, there will also be a presentation about Halloween Horror Nights by the event’s creators from Universal Studios Hollywood.

 

Tickets can be purchased Here in advance for $30 a day or a 3-day pass for $70

For more information, please visit: Monsterpalooza.com or go to Monsterpalooza on Facebook


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Posted on March 23, 2015
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The annual TransWorld Halloween Show took place this past weekend in St. Louis, MO, once again drawing top haunters of the industry together to buy and sell the latest innovations in scare tactics while trading insights.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

Across a fog-filled convention show floor, complex costumes, advanced animatronics, and sinister special effects were among just some of the thousands of new products unveiled at the show.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

In the world of animatronic scares, no company is bigger than Scare Factory, whose booth consumed more than half of the “dark” area of the floor, filled with larger-than-life ghouls.

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015

TransWorld Halloween Show 2015


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