Interactive Horror Event ‘Delusion: Valley of Hollows’ Comes To Los Angeles In September!

As you may have noticed from my previous posts, we’re hitting the sweet spot of months as far as spooky events are concerned. And I have quite the announcement today to let you know that the ridiculously popular interactive horror theater series Delusion is back this year and better than ever with the cult-themed Valley of Hollows! Coming to Pomona, CA starting September 15th and running through October 31st, check the details and video below for more info on everything!

Thirteenth Floor and Director Jon Braver will once again bring his one-of-a-kind interactive horror theater series to life in the historic Phillips Estate with a new play titled Delusion: Valley of Hollows. Delving into an era never before explored in an interactive theater, the play will explore 1970’s American cults, with a supernatural twist. 

Delusionals will play the role of Deprogrammers; those meant to help rescue people from the influence of cults. During the 1970’s there was an influx of cults popping around the United States such as Children of God and The Manson Family. Since the disappearance of Esther Phillips over twenty years ago, a cult known as The Hollows was born. Fanatics from around the world have come to her estate, driven by rumors of a gift beyond this life, if only they would die on her grounds. Playing upon this phenomenon, Delusion will swallow its guests into its most disturbing interactive play to date where they will uncover the truth behind The Hollows.

Eeeek! My inner cult-loving self is screaming, as this sounds quite delightful. If you’ve never attended one of the Delusion events in the past, you’re in for a treat. It’s more than a haunted house, and more than just your standard horror-themed play. You will be involved, and the fact that it is interactive only makes the experience more unique and memorable. So……head on over to the link HERE and get your tickets NOW! You can find more info on everything in general there too (including the VIP Kool-Aid Bar….whaaaaaaaa???). Scare you there!

‘Son Of Monsterpalooza’ Returns To Burbank On October 14th-16th!

Tom Atkins. That’s all you really need to know. But I guess I’ll expand more on why I’m mentioning the legend’s name. It’s because Son Of Monsterpalooza is returning to Burbank, California on October 14th-16th! It’s in October, so it’s pretty much a no-brainer that you need to attend. Need more convincing? Tom Atkins. Ok, I’ll convince you even more though……

How about a Weird Science reunion with Anthony Michael Hall, Ilan Mitchell-Smith, and Robert Rusler?? Still want more? Ok…..then how about a Nightmare On Elm Street 3 reunion with a plethora of the original Dream Warriors in attendance?? Now I see you nodding your head. But wait…..Tom Atkins! Third time mentioning him and it doesn’t get old, but not only will the man and his mustache be there….but so will his Halloween III co-star Stacy Nelkin AND director Tommy Lee Wallace!

In addition to those mentioned guests and many more to be announced, Son Of Monsterpalooza will sport, as usual, some of the best horror-themed vendors around and some of the best full-on displays of makeup effects too! This is always one of my favorite conventions, so go HERE to see more info and grab your tickets. That weekend could sell out, so don’t say I didn’t warn you! Tom Atkins!!

Anticipation Alert: Barbarian (2022)

I won’t lie – I’ve been pleasantly surprised with the horror offerings in 2022 so far. And I’m going out on a limb here when I say that I am pretty sure I will be pleasantly surprised with the new movie Barbarian coming out on August 31st. The trailer snuck up on me when I saw it before The Black Phone (another nice surprise), and it did what a trailer should do: Don’t give too much away, make you interested in exactly what the hell is going on, and serve it up with a side of creepy imagery….loud noises….and an anxiety-inducing score.

Speaking of trailers real quick…..(begin rant) I’m sure everyone has seen the TEASER trailer for Halloween Ends. It’s gotten high praise for not giving too much away. But…..we all remember how much the official Halloween Kills trailer gave away, right? Now, either the brainiacs over at Blumhouse finally figured out how to cut a trailer to actually keep you interested and intrigued and not give us too much…..or there will be a full blown new trailer coming that shows everything. Just had to put that out there for everyone that’s so excited that the Halloween Ends TEASER trailer didn’t give away everything in the movie. But anyway…….where was I?

Oh! Barbarian! Yes, I’m excited. And it has been screened already and the buzz is good. Good buzz is better than bad buzz or no buzz. A lot of mentioning in review blurbs about ‘going in blind‘ and ‘what the fuck did I just watch?‘, so my advice is to see this as soon as you can on or before August 31st to avoid your Instagram friends plastering up spoilers and ruining everything. Peep the trailer below for Barbarian:

Looking Back On That Twist In 2009’s ‘Orphan’…….

Vera Farmiga was in the 2009 horror movie Orphan. She sure is a pretty lady. Oh man, I remember watching that movie and seeing her and thinking……….

Wait, what? The twist?? Yeah, Chubby Checker created that dance. Ohhhh, the twist from the movie! Right, that’s what this post is supposed to be about. And what a twist it was. It’s been 13 years, so if you consider this a spoiler then I sincerely apologize. You see, the big twist was that Esther (the psychotic lead in the movie, played by Isabelle Fuhrman) was not a 9-year-old girl….something that was set up earlier in the movie. She was actually a 33-year-old woman! There was a reason for it (rare hormonal disorder), but it didn’t matter because what a doozy of a twist it was and still is.

It’s hard to get a good twist going nowadays by the way. And even harder, is keeping it secret and not having social media rugrats spoiler those twists. But anyway, I kinda love Orphan for what it is and the twist is kinda amazing if you think about it. The main reason I was thinking about this movie is because after 13 years, Esther is back in real prequel form! Once again played by Isabelle Fuhrman, the prequel Orphan: First Kill will showcase Esther with de-aging makeup as we see how she became psycho-cuckoo-nuts in the first place. Color me intrigued, and check out the trailer for Orphan: First Kill below, then go back and check out it’s predecessor for some sweet twist action!

Why The ‘Angel In The Church’ Scene From ‘Midnight Mass’ Is One Of My Favorite Things Ever!

Ah yes – Midnight Mass! No, not that stupid thing that my parents would make me go to on Christmas Eve. I’m talking about the much better Midnight Mass series on Netflix from Mike Flanagan. Yeah, the same Mike Flanagan who did The Haunting of Hill House and Bly Manor. Now I know that Midnight Mass isn’t necessarily new, but when Waxwork Records announced that it was releasing the series’ soundtrack on vinyl (done by The Newton Brothers btw) – it got me to thinking about the show again! And what sprang into my mind right away was that glorious entrance of the angel (Or…ummm…vampire? Or vamp-angel?) into the church:

Oh, when those wings pop out! But seriously, I love everything about that scene – and the nuttiness that happens shortly thereafter. I would actually not mind a spin-off or something with that thing. AH! And I mentioned earlier about the new Waxwork Records release of the Midnight Mass soundtrack! It’s a pretty spiffy release on 3LPs AND on snazzy colors to boot. You can order it HERE and it’s shipping now! Well, not right this second. You have to buy it first, silly – and then it will probably ship after.

Ebay Find Of The Week (Father’s Day Edition): Witchcraft IV Promotional T-Shirt!

Do you love your father? Do you want to blow his mind with the BEST Father’s Day gift ever this year? Well, let me tell you…..what I’m about to put on your radar should be illegal, because it is just that good. But you’re all my friends here, so I don’t mind sharing when I find something so monumental….so amazing….so ridiculously terrible….that I just want all six of my readers to know about it! Behold, the Father’s Day gift to end all Father’s Day gifts: A ‘Witchcraft IV‘ promotional T-shirt!

And it’s purple! Geez, you’re welcome. But I know what you’re saying: “Tony, my Dad really likes Witchcraft III more because it is the superior straight-to-video awful movie“. I get that. But what we have here is a T-shirt specimen that is ridiculously rare because there was probably only one made due to the fact that there was probably only one person that actually saw this movie.

Even better than the news about the rarity of this shirt, is the price! It’s only $135! Wait, that has to be wrong. It has to be $13.50 and is just a typo on the listing. It does have an ‘Or Best Offer‘ option though, so I bet you can still get it for $13.50! Go to the link HERE and get to work. And a heartfelt Happy Father’s Day to my dad and all of the dads out there who took their sons or daughters to video stores for horror movies in the 80’s and 90’s!

Sunday Bloody Sunday: ‘Art Museum Slaughter’ From ‘Candyman’ (2021)

Oh my stars, it’s time for Sunday Bloody Sunday again! So let’s begin and say that I enjoyed the hell out of last year’s Candyman, even though I know some of you hated it. Yeah, you. I see you. But anyway, I think we can all agree (hopefully) that the art museum scene – where two characters justifiably meet their demise – was just a beautifully shot, and somewhat creepy scene. Need more convincing if you’re on the fence, check the link below!

Now, that’s some good carnage! I know it may be tame violence-wise in today’s horror world (The Sadness upped the ante on everything), but it’s some nice throat and ankle slashing nonetheless. The cinematography and style is one of the main things that draws me to this remake/reboot. Just a gorgeous horror film to admire from beginning to end. Ok, I’ll stop babbling now and buzz off.

Review: Spooky Swap Meet 2022 In Los Angeles!

Halloween is six months away. It seems like an eternity to most of us All Hallows’ Eve fanatics. So we relish in any and every opportunity to get into the spirit before October rolls around. And if you were in LA this past weekend, you were able to get your fix (and then some) because the Spooky Swap Meet returned once again to the Heritage Square Museum!

I must confess – this was my first time experiencing the Spooky Swap Meet…..and I left with my Halloween heart filled with joy, and also the bag I brought was filled with T-shirts and other spooky trinkets that I purchased from the many amazing vendors there. One of the things that makes this event that more special is that it takes place at the Heritage Square Museum, which is comprised of old Victorian-style houses to further set the mood!

When I walked in, I immediately felt like it was October. Frightfully delicious decor was everywhere, and they were even handing out little bags to go trick-or-treating at the houses! Not only that, but there were creepy characters walking about (some on stilts) – so it truly felt like a Halloween-time celebration. As I eluded to earlier, there were plenty of vendors to satisfy your urge to add to your horror-themed wardrobe and overall collection. I would honestly love to see what this experience could be like at night as well, so maybe they can make that happen in the future.

When the Spooky Swap Meet returns, please make sure to check it out. Stay connected to their social media and keep an eye out on their site HERE. Thank you to everyone who helped put this together, because now my Halloween scratch has been itched!

4 Reasons Why You Should Go Watch ‘Twice Dead’ On Tubi Right Now!

Once in a while, an 80’s horror movie hidden gem appears on my radar that I never really knew anything about. I remember seeing something pop up that Scream Factory was releasing a 1988 film called Twice Dead (in limited form nonetheless), but I glazed over it like a donut (now I want a donut) and completely forgot about it. That is until I was perusing the free streaming site Tubi and Twice Dead appeared! So of course I watched it, and it is a delightful little underrated 80’s horror flick. And here are 4 reasons why you should go watch it now!

  • Todd Bridges from Diff’rent Strokes is in it!
  • Someone dies at the hand of a possessed motorcycle!
  • Todd Bridges from Diff’rent Strokes is in it!

But anyway, you see that I have a lot of excitement for Todd Bridges being in it. But aside from that, Twice Dead is a true 80’s cheesy horror movie treasure that you should seek out now on Tubi. And a quick sidenote: Tubi has some amazing ‘hidden gem’ horror movies up right now, especially from the 80’s and 90’s. And now I’ll leave you with the poster art for the movie, which I think is pretty snazzy.

Legendary Guitarist John 5 Is Unleashing His SINNER Tour This Month!

There are great guitarists and then there’s John 5. Being Rob Zombie’s guitarist for over 15 years now is possibly what he’s most known for, but have you ever seen him live? Better question: Have you ever seen him live on one of his solo tours? I was fortunate enough to see him (I’ve seen him with Rob a ton of times) a few years ago and it blew my mind. What he does to that guitar should be illegal, and I mean that in the absolute best possible way. John 5’s new SINNER tour starts this month on April 19th (that date is sold out btw), and runs through mid-June:

With special guests The Haxans??? But who are The Haxans you ask? Well it’s the duo of Rob Zombie bassist Piggy D and New Years Day vocalist Ash Costello (swoon….)! They’ll be supporting John on a good chunk of this tour. But seriously though (and I’m not just blowing smoke up your ass), go check out this tour and you can go HERE for more info, tickets, merch, and copies of his newest album SINNER (which is what this tour is supporting of course). I’ll see you at the Garden Grove show if you’re there! Might even buy you a drink if you’re good.

Oh! How could I forget. Go check out both John 5 and Piggy D this summer on Rob Zombie’sFREAKS ON PARADE tour, featuring support from Mudvayne, Static-X, and Powerman 5000!