Posted on June 30, 2015
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ScareLA just revelaed their lineup for their August convention! ScareLA is the first Los Angeles convention dedicated to celebrating Halloween and this years event as lots of spooky tributes. All this, plus 91 Reasons Live!, a look at L.A.’s creepiest cemeteries, and more on the schedule.

For starters, we’re excited to return to one of our favorite topics, The Haunted Mansion, with a discussion about the ride’s legendary character, The Hatbox Ghost. On Saturday, August 8, join Tony Baxter (Former Vice President of Creative Development of Walt Disney Imagineering), fan favorite artists Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily, and moderator Doug Barnes from the Season Pass podcast as the discuss the origin of the legend, and why it took over 40 years for him to make it to the attic of Disneyland’s most famous house. For more spooky details read Theme Park Adventure’s announcement of the presentation here.

On Sunday, August 9, ScareLA has collected a lineup straight out of Springfield, as the writers behind The Simpson’s annual Halloween episodes, known as theTreehouse of Horrors, take the stage. Among those joining us are Jay Kogen (“Hungry Are the Damned” and “King Homer”) and Mike Scully (“The HΩmega Man”). More denizens to be announced soon, but Comic Book Guy is already proclaiming, “best panel ever!”

And on Saturday or Sunday (we’re still deciding!), the amazing makeup team that put the Horror in American Horror Story will pay a visit to ScareLA, discussing their favorite character creations over the past four seasons, and offering their own tips on how you can use their techniques for your own Halloween makeup and costumes.

For more information and to buy tickets please visit ScareLA


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Posted on June 17, 2015
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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor rises once again from the deep history of the infamously haunted ship October 1 – November 1, 2015. Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil the horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary. The chilling new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities, new attractions and new monsters will be orchestrated by The Ringmaster and all of the ghoulish spirits of the Queen for its most frightful season of thrills yet.

Lullaby will take fear-seekers on a terrifying voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Mary was a bad seed from birth. Before her death, mysterious tragedies and unexplained occurrences seemed to follow in Mary’s wake.  She isn’t looking for just one playmate; she wants a whole playground of souls to play with in the afterlife.  She can be spotted through out Dark Harbor, but the poolroom of the ship is her playroom. One must proceed through Lullaby with caution, as it may be the last journey through Dark Harbor as a mortal soul.


Dark Harbor will introduce the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities that will take guests through an immersive experience into the grotesque world of freaks like never before imagined.  Enjoy a specialty cocktail at the Side Show Bar for an up-close and personal look behind the Side Show curtain and catch an exclusively freaky live Side Show performance.


Dark Harbor guests will get lost in the depths of the Queen Mary’s haunted history through the Deadrise, Soulmate and B340 mazes as well as visit the feared Voodoo Priestess in her Voodoo Village with dark magic gypsies in a setting wrought with shrunken heads and voodoo dolls.


The Ringmaster will orchestrate the freaks and monsters of the Circus maze and its terrifying mad house that will disorient illusions through horrific magic, paranormal wonders and spirited thrills. The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and of course Scary Mary will haunt the grounds of Dark Harbor nightly.

Dark Harbor brings the true haunted tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering the most authentically frightening experience available. The annual event begins October 1 and continues to scare those who dare through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.


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Posted on June 16, 2015
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ALONE (an existential haunting), the infamous Los Angeles ‘October Haunt,” has expanded its showings to include 3 additional separate, but inclusive, experiences in 2015: Diffusion (in June), Refraction (in August), Reflection (in September) and their grand finale Absorption (in October).   ALONE was named “Scariest Haunt” – 2013 Golden State Haunts and Events.

This year’s theme for ALONE is “Unweave the Rainbow” which is four experiments in human emotion that explore interaction. When light encounters an object, one of four actions occur; diffusion, refraction, reflection and absorption. The experiences will proceed through the Index of Diffusion in June, to the Index of Refraction in August, then to the Index of Reflection in September. After the three Indices constitutive of a rainbow occur, light is finally consumed within the Index of Absorption in October.

Part one of ALONE: Unweave The Rainbow will be taking place over three nights in June.  The Index of Diffusion will unfold in a limited run from June 25th, ,26th and 27th at an undisclosed location in Hollywood, CA.  Tickets are currently on sale for Diffusion at: http://aloneexperience.ticketleap.com/alone-diffusion.  Tickets for Refraction, Reflection and Absorption will be available in the coming months to the general public and early sales available to subscribers of the ALONE Insider’s List.  To sign up for the ALONE Insider’s List, you can enter your email address at www.thealoneexperience.com.  By becoming a member of the ALONE Insider’s List you will receive exclusive offers and updates, early/discounted ticket offers and much more.

ALONE, now in it’s fourth year is an ongoing, site-specific, fully-immersive and existential experience that explores the range of human emotions. Presenting itself in a variety of configurations, ALONE explores the complex folds of the human psyche, placing you as the participant within dreams and fantasies and nightmares that you may have had and within those that you definitely have not. Your body may be aggressively touched and moved or tenderly embraced or be utterly left displaced and alone.


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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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