Review: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival 2018 (Long Beach, CA)

Yessssss!  It’s finally time for the Halloween convention season, and what better way to kick it off this year than with a trip to the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival in downtown Long Beach, California!

This was my third year going to Midsummer Scream, and it keeps getting bigger and better every year.  And unfortunately more crowded.  It’s a gift and a curse.  But yes, everything that made last year’s convention stand out was back this year:  The Hall Of Shadows (individual mini haunted houses in a darkly lit massive area), The Black Cat Lounge (where you can pet and play with a bunch of adorable kittens in a creepy circus environment), and of course……all of the creepy costume-goers who roam about the area eagerly awaiting your arrival to give you a good fright.  Oh my god – here comes one now!

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Nothing gets me more into the ‘spirit’ of Halloween than a good convention, and specifically Midsummer Scream.  Focusing on the haunts and everything that is Halloween – there were also tons of vendors selling their ghoulish goodies, a picture and meet & greet opportunity with Elvira herself (Cassandra Peterson), and you could even get a hot pretzel with cheese sauce!  Ok, the last thing was not impressive – but everything else this year was.  Except the aforementioned size of the crowd, which keeps getting bigger each go around.  If they can find a way to make it a little less claustrophobic in the vending aisles, then I feel that would make a big difference.

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Other than that one little negative, Midsummer Scream was frightfully good this year and they’ve already announced next year’s dates of August 3rd & 4th!  Plenty of time to think and prepare a good costume and plenty of time to think about an escape plan if you get too scared in The Hall Of Shadows.  Spooooooooky.  Thanks again to Midsummer Scream for another BOOtiful convention!

Never Forget………

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Oh yeah, and the new Halloween trailer came out today.  I shall reserve my judgement until I see the final product.  But……I am fairly impressed with what I have seen so far. Not as impressed as I was, and always will be, with Ben Tramer’s drunken stooper before he got the life snatched out of him by that cop car though.  RIP.

So What Happens If This New ‘Halloween’ Movie Sucks?

Getting your hopes up is a terrible epidemic that affects millions of people every year.  Especially people who are fans of horror movies.  Last year, my hopes were way up for the new incarnation of Stephen King’s IT – and although I liked it, I was not in the majority that LOVED it.  Hence, my hopes were dashed because they were up way too high.  So what happens this year when October 19th rolls around?  Well, it’s my birthday of course!  Oh – not just mine actually…..but a certain mask-wearing/knife-wielding killer from Haddonfield, Illinois named Michael Myers’ as well.  And yes, he comes home on that date in theaters nationwide!

The new Halloween has some interesting twists coming along with it in the writer/director categories.  Directed and co-written by David Gordon Green (Pineapple Express), he isn’t exactly the first choice for a horror movie.  But, I’ll reserve judgement until my peepers see it for myself.  A favorite of mine, Danny McBride, co-wrote it along with Green and Jeff Fradley.  What does all of this mean for the tone?  Who fucking knows.  But what I do fucking know is that John Carpenter IS onboard as a consultant and will do most or all of the music for the movie.  Oh – and did I mention that Jamie Lee Curtis is back reprising her role as Laurie Strode?  I guess I really didn’t need to mention that unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months.

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Now, recently some news got out about some early test screenings for Halloween.  And the word was not good.  You can take these opinions with a grain of salt and a Michael Myers grunt, as I will again reserve judgement until I see the final product for myself.  The poster that came out last week was alright, but people were figuratively sucking it off because the mask was shown…..but I kinda thought it didn’t look much different than Rob Zombie’s mask in his Halloween movies (one of the only redeeming qualities btw).  To each his or her own though, the excitement level for Halloween is steadily building steam.  When the trailer drops, so will the horror panties.  I don’t know that the hell that even met.  But anyway…….

So what if it sucks?  What if my hopes are so high, that if it does suck…..I go running out of the theater like a madman and dash into the street without looking and get hit by a car like Ben Tramer???  Oh, let’s hope that doesn’t happen.  And let’s hope that Halloween doesn’t suck, because I really do want to have a good birthday.  We shall see.  And if you want to get me something for my birthday, I’m an extra large.

Review: Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival (Long Beach, CA)

It’s no secret that I love Halloween.  So naturally, I was more than excited to see the return of the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival to Long Beach, California last weekend! This was the second year for this particular event, and to be honest – it was bigger, better, and much spoooookier this time around. Continue reading

Look At All Of The Horror Movies In Theaters This Halloween Weekend!

Halloween is almost upon us!  Yes, only a few days away and luckily to get you in the mood – your local movie theater has a lot to offer in the way of HORROR this weekend. Looking for something truly frightening?  Then why not go see………Boo! A Madea Halloween!  Yeah, that’s not going to work.  But something that might work is a blood-curdling ‘scare you shitless’ horror movie that’s coming out this weekend called……..Inferno!  Oooooh…..scarrrrrrry.  Wait a minute, isn’t that the Tom Hanks Da Vinci Code sequel movie?  That’s not scary.  But then why are they promoting it like it is? Last night while watching TV, a commercial came on for Inferno and right away it said this:

This Halloween…….Inferno is coming! (cue scary intense music and heavily edited video)

Really, guys?  I get it.  There’s nothing horror-related coming out this weekend for Halloween.  But do we have to try and trick people into thinking that Inferno is a horror movie?  Just accept the fact that Hollywood found it unnecessary to release a horror movie on Halloween weekend.  In fact, Ouija: Origin Of Evil is the only horror movie really released in theaters this month at all.  I read online that horror is a year-round phenomenon now, so there’s no need to release a horror movie for the sake of it being Halloween weekend.  Get the fuck outta here is what I have to say to that.

The good news from all of this?  There are plenty of new and old releases that you can watch via your Blu-ray player or Netflix to get your horror fix this weekend.  But it’s times like this where I actually miss going to see the next Saw movie or even another Paranormal Activity sequel.  Considering I haven’t seen Ouija: Origin Of Evil and have heard good things about it, I think I’ll be supporting my horror habit by going to check that out.  Sorry, Tom Hanks…..if I want to get a Halloween fix from you – I’m just going to watch your Saturday Night Live sketch with your character David Pumpkins.  Any questions???

‘No Beauty Without Strangeness’ Halloween Art Exhibit Coming To Pasadena This Month!

Woo hoo!  It’s October 1st!  Which means it’s time to start getting into the Halloween spirit.  And what better way to get into the Halloween spirit, than with an art and photography exhibit revolving around our favorite time of the year?  And you know what’s even better about it?  It’s located right next door to the original Michael Myers house from the 1978 horror classic, Halloween!

The ‘No Beauty Without Strangeness‘ Halloween art exhibition will be running from October 3rd through the 31st in South Pasadena, California. Sorry to my non-Southern California readers (unless you decide to make the drive) for the bad news.  This exhibit will feature work from several artists and photographers, including Kim Gottlieb-Walker who was the unit photographer on Halloween and will also be doing a book/poster signing as well.  Check out the flier below for more info and Happy Halloween Month, everybody!

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Halloween Mask Hunting In June!

The greatest day of the year is only less than 6 months away.  No, not my birthday.  That comes in a close second place to the most anticipated yearly holiday of them all…….Halloween!  And even though we’re only in the beginning of June, why not start searching for that perfect horror-related mask to scare the shit out of little kids on All Hallow’s Eve night?

Now, if I asked you to name the creepiest horror mask of all time, most of you would comfortably say Michael Myers from the Halloween franchise.  I have great news for you if you did, because I found a new edition to the ever-growing Michael Myers mask collection……and here it is!

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Oh dear God.  Well, that’s not good.  I apologize.  I guess it looked better the first time I looked at it, but now I realize that I was clearly wrong.  Ok, well maybe it’s just that the front angle doesn’t look that great and it looks better from the side?  Yeah, maybe that’s the money shot.

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Why does Michael Myers look like Pauly D from Jersey Shore?  And it looks like he’s gained a bit of weight in the face which could be from sulking in his house and eating Butterfingers all day long.  There’s something I bet you didn’t know – Michael Myers loves Butterfingers!  Ok, we have one more chance to redeem this piece of shit mask, and that’s with the back view.

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Well, clearly no help there.  So to review:  The front view is terrible.  The side view is awful.  And the back view looks like it was designed by Stevie Wonder.  Add all of that up and most likely, this is not the Halloween mask for you this year.  But cheer up!  We have about six more months to get it right, so stay tuned as I try and make up for this mess of a Michael Myers mask.

Michael Myers Deleted ‘Driving Lesson Scene’ From Halloween Released!

Happy October everybody!  And because today marks the beginning of one of my favorite times of the year, I figured I’d start it off with a Halloween inspired post. But not just any Halloween inspired post!  A deleted scene from the 1978 horror masterpiece Halloween with Michael Myers taking a driving lesson!  Ok, now before you go and toss your candy corn in the air, it’s not real.  But famed genre director Adam Green (Hatchet, Frozen) has given us a little treat to show us what it would have been like had Michael Myers actually taken a driving lesson.

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Every Halloween, Adam and his crew release a video short and they’ve been doing this nonstop for 14 years!  So check out the new clip below and go HERE to check out the past ones.  And get ready for a lot of Halloween themed posts here throughout the month!