On Thursday we were invited to be part of the media to cover the opening of Knott’s 41st Annual Halloween Haunt. We arrived early enough to see the opening festivities (the first time for us) which included a procession of hearses and the opening of the gates, where one unlucky guest got whisked away by the Scary Farm monsters. Dinner was held at the Knott’s Hotel where there was an open bar and a buffet included such dinner items as prime rib, a pasta bar and various appetizers. While this was nice, for the past fifteen years it has been a tradition for us to have the Pre-Scare boo-fet. We missed the fried chicken, mashed potatoes, corn etc. But most of all I missed the famous boysenberry punch which for us is like a drug. Two other traditions we did not partake in this year was going on the Log Ride and Bigfoot Rapids. So some traditions ended while we brought in a fresh taste of others.
After dinner, groups were formed led by a Knott’s employee and media had the choice to go with them and get pictures (with flash) inside the mazes and front-line access or go by themselves. Being such a slow night, the vibe at the park not only felt different, but the pass didn’t make much of a difference except for at Mirror Mirror which had as long as a 45 minute wait. We do suggest you get a Fright Lane pass for if you’re going on a Friday or Saturday night as it not only lets you go to the front of the line, but also comes with a Skeleton Key which unlocks secret rooms that are interactive in select mazes. Continue reading →
Universal Studios Hollywood Horror Nights had to be creative in making space because of the construction of the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem attractions. This allows guests to go through mazes for the first time on the studio backlot and in a soundstage. With the success of HHN comes long lines and some of them were over an hour long. The Walking Dead maze had a line of over 2 hours at one point, so we suggest you buy a front-of-line pass if you go. Also, buy your tickets in advance, get there early and go through the Black Sabbath and Walking Dead mazes first as these will become the most crowded. The Walking Dead maze had so many people going through at one time when we went in that it almost took away from an amazing prison set.
Horror Nights has 6 mazes (5 brand new), 5 scare zones, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure Show and the Terror Tram. Read on for what we thought of the scare zones and mazes. Continue reading →
After the death of the medium Elise (Lin Shaye), Josh (Patrick Wilson) is the suspect of her murder but the evidence is unable to connect him. The Lambert’s are now living in Josh’s mother Lorraine’s (Barbara Hershey) house where supernatural events begin to happen. The piano plays by itself and voices are heard over the baby monitor. The subtle scares build up suspense as the paranormal events start to increase. Continue reading →
With an opening box office weekend of over $41 million for Insidious: Chapter 2 we now find out that development will commence on Chapter 3. In the latest installment we found out what led up to and succeeded the events of the first film and what happened to Elise. SPOILER ALERT: Our guess is that for Chapter 3 we’ll find out either more about the Further Demon or what happens to the newest family. Continue reading →
Today we were excited to open up our email and see the press release from the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The first thing we saw was the heading which said: “Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary with “Based on Actual Events” – A Theme that will Chronicle Real Life Hauntings”. We were more than familiar with the paranormal claims at Griffith Park, an area we’ve investigated on a few occasions, especially the Old Zoo where the Hayride will be located. Actually the location is set right under the shadow of Bee Rock where visitors have claimed seeing a lady in white, perhaps Dona Petranilla, who legend says had cursed the park.
This year there will be all-new attractions including a pumpkin carving station “Carving Shack” and “Death Row” which lets guests get a look at devices of death used throughout history. Read the press release for more info..
Being a paranormal investigator for around 20 years I can say that I definitely don’t condone using the Ouija Board. We have heard about (and experienced second hand while on paranormal investigations) the danger that these boards can create. By using one you run the risk of opening a portal. Even if you think you’re communicating with someone friendly or maybe even a child, not only can other spirits (earthbound and non) come through, but the friendly spirit you think you’re talking to can actually be a demon in disguise. Scott Di Lalla’s new film “I Am Zozo” shows you why you should think twice before grabbing the planchette.
The film stars Kelly McLaren, Courtney Foxworthy, Demetrius Sager, Caleb DeBattista, Caleb Courtney, and Darren Wayne Evans.
Synopsis: On Halloween night, five teens decide to liven up their party with some innocent fun: by summoning the spirits. At first, it’s all nervous laughter and scoffing. Then, the night takes a sinister turn: the board reveals truths, exposes secrets it cannot possibly know, and triggers inexplicable events within the darkened house. As the session continues, an entity reveals itself: Zozo. And as the terrified teens are about to discover, once you make contact with this ancient, demonic force, you’re no longer playing a game… the game is playing you. A pulse-pounding, edge-of-your-seat supernatural thriller based on multiple reports of spirit board encounters with this savagely malicious spirit.
The film is being released November 19th on DVD and VOD by Image Entertainment.
“The Original Interactive Horror Theatre Company” returns this fall and we hope to be among the mortals that survive the plague. Last year we had a ghoulish time at Haunted Play: Delusion – The Blood Rites as the setting, theme, storyline and actors all contributed in giving the interactive show a truly haunted feeling. Perhaps the fact that it was set in an over 100-yr old mansion, possibly actually haunted, helped give it that feeling, but nonetheless the authenticity and overall vibe was amazing. Well, this time they have just as creepy of a theme and this year it’s set in an old church in the hipster neighborhood of Silverlake where haunt goers will travel back to the 1930s. Read on for the press release.. Continue reading →