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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Posted on March 3, 2015
Topics: Entertainment, Special Events, TheaterTags: ,

This week The Republic announced a Kickstarter crowd funding campaign to bring an entirely unique theatrical experience to Orlando.

Launching with the Orlando Fringe Festival in May, The Republic will immerse guests – called players – in a fully designed, interactive world inhabited by intriguing characters. Players will take on an important role in this conflicted society with their actions dictating how the rich story ends.

Backers of The Republic’s Kickstarter project will receive exclusive rewards including unlimited access to the experience, behind-the-scenes tours with designers, and plenty of collectible takeaways.

Inspired by Greek mythology, Fritz Lang’s “Metropolis,” and Plato’s literary work, the story of The Republic experience places players inside a society ripe for revolution, where citizens are born into social status but band together to overthrow an overbearing government while risking banishment to the Labyrinth.

Breaking the traditional stage-audience boundary, The Republic is an immersive theater experience that surrounds viewers with the performance, allowing audience members to move under their own free will, engaging directly with performers, sets, props, and other interactive features throughout.

“I want to empower people to not just sit back and be a passive audience member, but get out of their seats and explore, learn, react, and respond,” explained The Republic creator Sarah Elger. “I like getting people out of their comfort zone to push them as a person and test themselves in a risk-free environment so that they can see their own potential.”

The Republic is not a traditional stage show. It’s not a haunted house. It’s not an escape room. It’s not a theme park ride. It’s also not confined to any emerging immersive theater standards. It is something entirely new. Boundaries will be pushed as players are asked to embody a role and become part of the story. Throughout the experience, players will be watched, deceived, touched – possibly even kidnapped.

Production is already underway on The Republic, well into design and rehearsal phases. Kickstarter funds will assist in paying for the 18,000 square-foot warehouse space in downtown Orlando, lumber and building materials, sound and lighting equipment, special effects, makeup, costumes, actors, musical score development, and many other costs.

“With help from Kickstarter contributions, we will be able to grow this production into an exciting experience you cannot even imagine,” added Elger.

Follow along with the experience’s creation on The Republic Production Blog at blog.TheRepublicGame.com.

For more information, visit www.TheRepublicGame.com. Like The Republic on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheRepublicGame, and follow us on Twitter @TheRepublicORL. Join our society on social media using #TheRepublic.


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Posted on February 18, 2015
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It was a dark and freezing Friday the 13th, the night before Valentine’s Day. Seasonal haunted house Blood Manor opened its doors in New York for two nights only, encouraging couples and singles alike to step inside for some romance gone wrong.

Standing in line outside in nearly 0-degree weather is certainly one way to heighten the senses while anticipating entry into a haunted attraction. After climbing a creepy staircase, Blood Manor suddenly appears.

This haunt’s dominating feature is an abundance of half naked demon women airbrushed along many of its walls. It’s immediately clear that this is an experience aimed at adults.

While no touching from actors occurred inside this haunt (romantic or otherwise), the same can’t be said of its patrons. Bouncing from room to room, each scare seemed to send screaming guests grabbing for anyone and everyone around to hide behind. Put into a group with three girls I’d never met, I quickly realized I had to lead the way, as they physically pushed me ahead of them. But Blood Manor is smarter than that, ensuring that they got what was coming to them by scaring them from behind. Watching them bounce back and forth between wanting to be ahead or behind me was wonderfully entertaining, as no matter how much they tried they couldn’t escape the scares. And I wasn’t about to help them.

The Valentine’s Day theme was relatively subtle as an overlay to the haunt, which included a variety of fairly standard spooky rooms. Actors did make an effort to get close to guests, urging them to be their Valentine. And with some of the more scantily clad ghouls of the group, I was tempted to take them up on their offer. A variety of hearts and shades of pink and red was added as decorations, keeping the Valentine’s theme present throughout without getting in the way of the haunt’s existing look.

Halfway through, guests are given 3-D glasses to add some depth to the rest of the experience, particularly as those topless airbrushed demon girl paintings now seemed to pop out of the walls.

Blood Manor is a fun haunt, particularly as an off season event. It’s not mind blowing or particularly original, but it was nice to get a taste of Halloween in February. But as it turned out, the staircase on the way out was the eeriest part of the whole attraction, showing off the old New York building’s inherent creepiness, far more interesting than the painted flats that comprise most of the maze. When I suggested to them via Twitter they should use more of the real building and less of their sets, they replied “never know we just might.” Hmm.

More information can be found at BloodManor.com, which states that the event will return for Halloween 2015.


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Posted on February 13, 2015
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After two years of growth and success, ScareLA has announced an expansion to a new venue, the Pasadena Convention Center, for the event’s 2015 edition on August 8 and 9, 2015.

With over 100,000 sq. ft. of show floor space, ScareLA 2015 will be able to accommodate even more vendors, attractions, and entertainment. The haunt industry fan convention attracted nearly 4,000 guests in 2013 and more than 6,000 in 2014.

“We’re very excited by ScareLA’s rapid growth, and the Pasadena Convention Center allows us to provide room for more guests, more exhibitors, larger displays, and bigger monsters,” says ScareLA Executive Producer and Co-Founder David Markland.

The 2015 ScareLA program will take advantage of the new venue’s larger stages to host exclusive presentations from fan favorites such as Knott’s Scary Farm, Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest and more.

Guests returning to ScareLA will find a larger show floor with more Halloween/horror vendors, expanded classroom and workshop spaces, and a wide variety of live entertainment and immersive “mini haunt” experiences.

More information can be found at www.scarela.com.


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