Captured Aural Phantasy Theater presents TALES FROM THE CRYPT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

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Captured Aural Phantasy Theater (CAPT), will be performing their annual Halloween show at the legendary Bob Baker Marionette Theater this year!  TALES FROM THE CRYPT HALLOWEEN SPECIAL is not just an ordinary Halloween show- it’s an historic show.  It is the first time these EC comics are being performed live.  Also, CAPT is the only group in the world that has been authorized to perform these comics.  We are honored to be a part of “Tales from the Crypt” since it has influenced several generations of horror storytellers.  
We hope you can join us for a spook-filled time!!!
Oct. 29-30 @ 8pm  (doors open at 7:30pm)
Pre-Sale $20
At the door $25
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Alone: Unweave the Rainbow /Index of Absorption – The Final Index Begins October 16, 2015 With an Invite Only Opening Ceremony

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Unweave the Rainbow | Index of Absorption |

The Final Index

ABSORPTION | An assimilating or incorporating or receiving something from the outside. When there is a change in medium and one substance takes on another; the emitted transmission is thus changed. Light is wholly absorbed.

Opening Ceremony October 16th, 2015
by invite only

Running Nights:
October 17th, 18th
October 21st, 22nd, 23rd, 24th, 25th
October 28th, 29th, 30th, 31st & Nov 1st

Insider’s List Discount

Starting now through this Friday (Oct 2nd), members of the Insider’s List may purchase Advanced Tickets for 20%

Use this discount code at checkout: AbsorbInside

Purchase Tickets Here.

Four Indices Passholders

Four Indices Passholders may now register for their timeslot. Follow the link below and enter your original confirmation code at checkout. You may chose a ticket for a specific time, or a Priority Ticket which will allow you to enter anytime during normal operating hours of the night you select.

AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE (AGFA) LAUNCHES NEW FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE 35MM FILM PRINTS FROM THE SOMETHING WEIRD COLLECTION

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AMERICAN GENRE FILM ARCHIVE (AGFA) LAUNCHES NEW FUNDRAISING CAMPAIGN TO PRESERVE 35MM FILM PRINTS FROM THE SOMETHING WEIRD COLLECTION, STARTING WITH THE ZODIAC KILLER

Austin, TX – Monday, September 28, 2015 – The American Genre Film Archive (AGFA) announces a new initiative to help preserve and redistribute titles from the Something Weird collection. The non-profit archive – which counts among its board members and advisors filmmakers Nicolas Winding Refn and Paul Thomas Anderson, and Alamo Drafthouse founders Tim and Karrie League – has launched a fundraising campaign via Kickstarter that will enable AGFA to purchase a 4K film scanner. The scanner will be used to create new high definition masters from original film elements in the Something Weird collection, as well as one-of-a-kind rarities in the AGFA archive.
Mike Vraney founded Something Weird Video in 1990. Sadly, he passed away in 2014 after a long, heroic battle with lung cancer. Vraney dedicated his life to unearthing and preserving unknown exploitation and horror movies that altered genre film history. Now AGFA has started working with Something Weird’s Lisa Petrucci, Mike Vraney’s widow and partner, to redistribute titles from the massive 35mm film collection.
“Something Weird is thrilled to be working with AGFA,” says Lisa Petrucci. “And I truly believe that Mike Vraney would be pleased with this collaboration, knowing that the lost films he rescued from the scrap heap will be forever preserved and shown theatrically to new audiences.”

Fear Is what We Learned Here Interview Sheds a Light On What Scares Us All

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There’s a new haunt in Los Angeles so mysterious that it’s website only shows a video of a man in a black ski mask who we assume to be a killer.  It doesn’t even include contact information.  Of course we were very intrigued.  It wasn’t until we stumbled upon another website that we saw they had an Instagram account so we decided to check it out.  There we found some more pictures as well as videos of the ski mask toting man along with some pictures with quotes about fear.  We also found an email address so we decided to contact them and they were gracious enough to sit down with us and conduct an interview.  Of course we wanted to experience Fear for ourselves but they only were allowing a TOTAL of 20 people and by the time we reached them it was too late.  We can only hope that they decide to add more performances.  This is what they had to say.

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1.  Who are the founders of Fear Is What We Learned Here?   Do they have experience with haunts?

A creative duo out of Los Angeles county who met back in 2010 giving tours on the Jungle Cruise at Disneyland of all places. We will not be releasing names until after initial performances.

Both the core creative duo and other personnel in the production have acted in or stage managed Blackout. That said…people shouldn’t come in expecting to experience what Blackout offers.

2. What does Fear Is What We Learned Here mean to you?  What are you trying to convey to your audience and what do you hope they get out of it?

This experience means a lot to both of us and has literally shaped how we both live our lives and look at our art. We want people to walk away from this experience feeling triumphant and, as ambitious as it sounds, inspired to live a more authentic, fulfilled life. A life no longer ruled by fear.
3.  Without giving away spoilers what can people expect to experience at the haunt?  Would you even consider it a haunt?

They can expect a cerebral, music-driven experience in which they confront some of the most universal fears of the human experience. That said, although we borrow elements from the haunt world, we wouldn’t consider this a haunt. Ultimately we think the best answer we can give you here is just to experience the show for yourself.

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4.  Why has there been so little information available on Fear Is What We Learned Here and why are there going to be so few performances?

We wanted to build an air of mystery and exclusivity around the event. After all, “the oldest and strongest kind of fear is the fear of the unknown.”

As for performances, we were initially going to do 20, but that number has now increased due to demand. While we won’t say here how many shows we plan on conducting, our goal is for everyone who expressed a sincere desire to come through the show, to indeed come through the show. If it takes until 2016 for that to happen…so be it.

5.  What are the long term plans? Are you already conceiving next year?

We absolutely have our eyes set on the future and new productions are already in the works. As for “next year”, we will just say this: Although this show has elements of horror and is debuting around Halloween/haunt season, we would be comfortable running it in any time of the year. Essentially, while we are already conceiving “next year” don’t necessarily expect another horror themed show to come out next fall just because it is the “season for it.”

6.  What will make putting together this event worth it?  How will you define its success?

Honestly, it has already been worth it. Watching people wrestle with some of the intensely personal questions we have sent them, reading the responses to some of the images we have put out there, or just being utterly confused as to the whole process has been immensely gratifying.

As for our definition of success, this is a passion project, and success will not be determined merely on monetary gain, but in the responses and reactions from people going through it. We genuinely hope this production affects people coming through, and if even one person is moved or inspired to look at their life in a different way…that’s a tremendous success to us.

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The Green Inferno Pays Tribute to Deodato

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Writer/director Eli Roth has brought back the ultraviolent cannibal movie genre made famous in the 1970s and 80s.  In the Green Inferno he pays tribute to :”Cannibal Holocaust” director Ruggero Deodato.  Green Inferno was the name of the documentary they were making in Holocuast and like that movie we see bodies impaled on poles, although this time it’s many.  Fans of Roth’s other gory films such as Hostel will appreciate what he’s done here, but when we saw it people actually walked out of the theater.

The film plays slow for the first 45 minutes with the female protagonist  Justine (Lorenza Izzo) joining a social cause led by the attractive and charismatic Alejandro (Ariel Levy).  Alejandro takes a group of college students to the Peruvian rain forest to protest a company bulldozing a tribal homeland.  All they are armed with are their cellphones which they use live stream via a satellite.  You wonder if they did it solely for the social cause or also for ego as their reaction shows when they find out their trending on the internet.

Things go terribly wrong when on their way back their plane dramatically crashes with a few of the students dying and the rest being found by a tribe of red body painted, nose horn wearing cannibals who lock them in a cage.  One of the student’s eyes and tongue are cut out and then eaten before having his body parts and head chopped off and his torso being stuffed and heated in a clay oven.

Some of the scenes are very graphic, but the movie sends a strong message about corporate greed and urbanization.   The film isn’t really scary and the extra footage after the credits tell the audience that there may be a sequel.  It’s an entertaining movie and may make you squirm, but it’s not the type of film that will keep you up at night.

Knott’s Scary Farm 2015 Ushers In The Halloween Season As It Opens Featuring Paranormal Inc

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Knott’s Scary Farm opened it’s 43rd season featuring 11 mazes, three scare zones and two shows.  Haunt fans lucky enough to be at the park as it opened got to witness the festivities as the Green Witch introduced the Deadly Seven.  They were the first to experience the two brand new mazes Paranormal, Inc. and the Dead of Winter as well as returning mazes  (Trick or Treat, Voodoo, The Tooth Fairy, Forevermore, Pinocchio Unstrung, Gunslinger’s Grave, and Black Magic).  Also was the return of live actors to the mine ride in My Bloody Clementine, an all-new Special Ops: Infected interactive experience and the two new shows, Elvira’s Asylum and The Hanging: Straight Outta Calico.  Opening night wasn’t without its glitches though as lines for Special Ops reached two hours even for those having a reserved time and The Hanging actually had to cancel one of its shows due to technical difficulties.  We’re confident these issues will be resolved.

New Mazes

The Dead of Winter

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The Dead of Winter is loosely inspired by the Disney film “Frozen” and is also based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Snow Queen”.   This is a new, lights on concept using bright colors and has a beautiful winter setting.  However, the space is wide open, making it difficult for the monsters to hide.  Therefore the maze was more visually appealing than it was scary.  There were rumors that there was going to be a room where it actually snowed but that didn’t happen.  It could have been for cost, time or logistic reasons.  If you’re looking to escape the heat this is a good break in the action, but don’t expect the frights you might in some of the other mazes.

Paranormal, Inc.;Case #1 – The Haunting of Hayden Hill

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if there’s one maze you MUST see it’s Jon Cooke’s Paranormal, Inc.  Set in the abandoned Hayden Hill Sanatorium built in 1864, guests follow a group of paranormal investigators called Paranormal, Inc. filming an episode of the show with the same name.  They’re trying out their new piece of equipment called the Ghost Pod which is said to summon ghosts and demons when something goes terribly wrong.  This maze features the best opening we’ve ever seen with impressive effects, but the rest of the maze is somewhat campy and over-the-top.  It still is one of our favorite mazes of all time, but we feel there was too much going on to build any real suspense.  The set should have been the star rather than the talent such as in the movie Session 9.  This is a case where less is more.

My Bloody Clementine 

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The Calico Mine Ride returns with live actors in this maze based on the famous song.  It tells the story of Clementine and her father who died in a fire and now Clementine’s spirit is out to seek revenge.  There wasn’t much to advance the story other than a couple of digital projections and a looping soundtrack.  We didn’t see any sign of Clementine’s father in the maze and when we went through the actors must have been on lunch as we literally saw only one or two.  The projections they had were really cool and this maze has a lot of potential if it returns, we just don’t think it’s there yet.  A lot of other outlets we spoke to really loved it and had some good jump scares so maybe there was something we missed.

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We were impressed with the returning mazes.  All of them seemed to be redone with the exception of Pinocchio.  In Forevermore (returning for its 4th year), the story of the killer is easier to follow thanks to an impressive voice-over track as well as a scene of a TV showing news coverage of the murderer killing victims inspired by stories by Edgar Allen Poe.  In Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises there is a new paranormal concept as werewolves have invaded the old west town.  Now, not only do you have to deal with the outlaws, but also lycanthropes and skinwalkers as well.  Trick or Treat has two new rooms now featuring a potion room and a creepy attic where we meet The Green Witch.  Voodoo: Order of the Serpent is also new as now guests get to explore every inch instead of choosing their own path.  Also are new characters such as an alligator skinner and a new Voodoo priest.  If you want ultraviolence, then Tooth Fairy is your best best, now featuring an all-new x-ray room and impressive ending.  Black Magic (one of our favorite mazes) is also back with the seance room now being part of the maze rather than needing the Skeleton Key.  The seance brings Houdini back from the dead in this abandoned theater where all the magic goes wrong.

Pinocchio

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Forevermore

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Gunslinger’s Grave; A Blood Moon Rises

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Trick or Treat

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Voodoo: Order of the Serpent

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Black Magic

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Of note, the Skeleton Key room for Forevermore was less than impressive, but we really liked it for Voodoo, The Tooth Fairy and Pinocchio Unstrung.  We don’t want to give any spoilers away, but in these rooms we liked what was conjured up in Voodoo, the special effects in The Tooth Fairy and the acting in Pinocchio Unstrung.  We tip our hats to whomever was working as Pinocchio Thursday night in the Skeleton Key room because we’ve never seen a haunt actor with so much energy.

Elvira’s Asylum

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What can we say about this show?  It’s basically the same as past year Elvira shows at Scary Farm except this time it’s set in an asylum where the patients have taken over.  The show features scantily-clad male and female choreographed dancers dressed as ghoulish patients who perform as Elvira sings and makes jokes about her boobs.

The Hanging: Straight Outta Calico

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The Hanging returns with its social and political satire this time poking fun at everyone and everything from Disney and Star Wars to Magic Mike and Tom Brady.

Dia De Los Muertos Scare Zone

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CarnEvil Scare Zone

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Ghost Town Scare Zone

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Shriekfest Film Festival to Screen World Premiere of Granny of the Dead

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Shriekfest Film Festival to Screen World Premiere of Granny of the Dead
The annual Los Angeles competition will kick off with an opening night gala October 1

LOS ANGELES (Sept 25, 2015) –  The Shriekfest Film Festival, an international horror/sci-fi film and screenplay competition, has announced its 2015 lineup and is slated to screen the action-packed gore fest Granny of the Dead on Sunday, October 4 at 6:15 p.m., running between two other feature films that day and following two blocks of short films that begin at noon.

The movie, written and directed by Tudley James and executive produced by Sharknado director Anthony C. Ferrante, follows Ed (played by Marcus Carroll), who wakes up one morning to find his sweet grandmother has become one of the walking dead.

Tickets for the film can be found on the Shriekfest website. (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=7bc07c7647&e=2bd524adc1)
In addition to Granny of the Dead, Shriekfest will screen nine other features throughout the weekend, including the POV zombie horror 6:15 (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=07551a170a&e=2bd524adc1) , the thrilling The Answer (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=26ab0f07b6&e=2bd524adc1) , the technological terror of Chatter (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=f912153f87&e=2bd524adc1) , the world premiere of Hunting (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage2.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=6847586b4b&e=2bd524adc1) , the West Coast premiere of the high school-themed horror film Clinger (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=4ec3f367ba&e=2bd524adc1) , the supernatural-based Interior (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=cb0cf18e51&e=2bd524adc1) , the sinister story of The Divine Tragedies (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=95be7fd8d5&e=2bd524adc1) , the L.A. premiere of the tense thriller Landmine Goes Click (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=11fa41b542&e=2bd524adc1) , and the terrifying All I Need (http://shriekfest.us6.list-manage1.com/track/click?u=130b717886&id=a92c5426ec&e=2bd524adc1) . Many of the films
will be followed by Q&As with the cast or filmmakers.

The festival will also showcase 35 outstanding and diverse international short films, covering just about every aspect of horror, sci-fi, and fantasy.

The Shriekfest Film Festival runs October 1 – 4, 2015. An opening night party will take place at Boardners/Club Sinister in Hollywood; the rest of the festival will be at the iconic Raleigh Studios on Melrose Ave.

Shriekfest, now in its 15th year, was created in July 2001 by Denise Gossett and has grown into the longest-running and one of the largest horror and sci-fi film festivals in the country. Since its inception, Shriekfest has offered young and upcoming writers, actors, and producers a chance to have their work screened and rated by peers.