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.

*this customer service outsourcing is getting ridiculous*

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!

 

New Haunted House Alert: The Blumhouse Of Horrors (LA)

The Haunted House.  One of the great things that the world seems to offer besides Flamin Hot Fritos and Three’s Company reruns.  And boy do I love me a good haunted house!  I remember when I was a young Indiana boy, I turned my studio apartment sized family garage into my own scary shack! Oooooooooh – watch out!  Or you might get a flannel blanketed ghost thrown at you!  And don’t look now – or that creepy Cabbage Patch Kid that I have hidden in the corner might make you sh*t your pants! All in good fun, and it only furthered my love for horror and for the haunted house. Luckily, I have a lady by my side who frequents Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights with me every year to satisfy my spookhouse craving.

*do you think my matching ugly ass oufit takes away from my uninspired mask?*

Which brings me to the point of this post, which is to announce that Los Angeles is getting a new haunted house just in time for Halloween and Columbus Day!  Film producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious, Sinister) is turning the Variety Arts Theatre in downtown LA into his very own intense haunted attraction, The Blumhouse Of Horrors.  Guests who dare to attend will explore the corridors of the possessed theatre, whose stage was once home to one of the world’s most twisted and dark magicians.  Hopefully it’s not Whizzo from the old Bozo Show – that would be a disappointment. Anyway, the doors open to the public on October 4th and presale tickets are on sale now and you can get them HERE.  If it’s one thing that Jason Blum knows, it’s creepy, so my expectations are high for this!  And speaking of creepy, what say you Whizzo?

*it’s totally safe to leave your kids around me!*

 

Review: V/H/S (2012)

Let me start by saying, I’m not a huge fan of the “found footage” horror film.  I know it’s supposed to be more “believable”, but most of the time it just doesn’t do it for me. Which is why I was surprised when I was ready to dive into the new horror anthology, V/H/S, without swimmies on.  Strictly based of off the red band trailer, I was all set to see if this new take on the overused “found footage” gimmick would leave me wanting more.  Or would it leave me throwing up from the sure to be used shaky cam – a wonderful “realistic” tactic found in almost all “found footage” movies.  I think I’ve met my “quotation” quota for the post btw.  Good news is that I loved it.  Bad news though is that I hated it.  Let me explain…..

*I didn’t know Daniel Craig was in this movie! Awesome!*

As with any anthology movie, you’re going to have some of the stories faring better than others.  The problem with V/H/S though is that it’s so uneven and starts so strong, that by the time the end of the movie came, I felt like it had already blown it’s load waaaaay too early.  Hey – it happens to the best of us buddy.    Continue reading

Anticipation Alert: Rob Zombie’s The Lords Of Salem

Ok.  Get prepared to grab your tar and feathers and think of other medieval ways to torture me.  I like Rob Zombie.  And yes, for the most part, I like Rob Zombie’s movies (ducks a flying rotten tomato).  Now upfront, I will say that I didn’t overly like his Halloween re-imaging, but thought it hit enough notes to justify it a decent unnecessary remake/reboot.  And the sequel had me for the opening 20 mins (love the hospital carnage), but then completely lost me and I became bored to the point where I was counting how many moles I had on my arm.  But let’s be real here – this wasn’t Rob Zombie’s lane.  Numerous studio interference issues hindered these Halloween flicks (not that it would have mattered that much honestly), and his real bread & butter was and always has been House Of 1000 Corpses and The Devil’s Rejects (Roger Ebert even loved the Fireflys).

*does this mask make my face look fat?*

Now the reason for this post though isn’t to talk about Zombie’s mediocre Halloween franchise, but to rejoice in the fact that he’s back at directing and writing an original story with The Lords Of Salem.    Continue reading