As a lover of anything creepy and/or unusual, I am very excited that The Oddities Flea Market is coming back to downtown Los Angeles on October 8th & 9th! If you’ve never been, then now is the time to prepare your eyes and your wallet!! It’s one of my personal favorite events to peruse, and what better time to do it than in October?? Halloween would encourage you to check this event out.
Prepare to be dazzled by wonders unimagined! Shop three curated floors of medical history ephemera, anatomical curiosities, natural history items, osteological specimens, taxidermy, home decor, jewelry, one-of-a-kind art, and much more.
Does that have your attention yet? Trust me when I say that the plethora of creepy/unusual vendors that will be on display will leave you in awe. AND they will make you want to spend your hard-earned money too! So don’t delay and grab your tickets HERE, and I will see you there! My wallet will be empty by the end of the weekend, but I will still see you there and will have no regrets.
Halloween Haunt announcements are in full swing, and now Los Angeles’ famed Haunted Hayride is getting into the mix! One of my favorite haunts will be returning to Griffith Park starting on September 28th and running allllllllll the way through Halloween on select nights. Check out more info below!
Guests can expect a return to Midnight Falls – a strange town that’s Halloween year round, featuring fan favorite mazes including the Hayride, Trick or Treat, Midnight Mortuary, and (S)Laughterhouse – a newly revamped maze for 2022. Monte Revolta – the self appointed Mayor of Midnight Falls – will be also making a triumphant return with his highly anticipated nightly Town Square performances.
Presale tickets go on sale beginning Thursday, August 25th, with general public sales beginning Thursday, September 1st. General admission tickets start at $39.99, with limited presale tickets available at a discount while supplies last! You can go to the website HERE for more details. I personally loved the haunted mazes they had last year, so trust me – you won’t be disappointed. Scare you there!
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!
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’s ‘FREAKS ON PARADE tour, featuring support from Mudvayne, Static-X, and Powerman 5000!
Finally!! Finally we are getting somewhat back to normal and horror conventions are popping back up! And there is no bigger horror convention this year, than the gore-ious spectacle that is Monsterpalooza! And it’s all going down at The Pasadena Convention Center in Pasadena, California on June 3-5.
Now….not much has been revealed so far about special guests, but I can tell you that Pinhead himself Doug Bradley will be there! And how about Jason Voorhees himself Kane Hodder! Make sure to ask him to choke you. More guests, panels, and events will be announced in the next few months – but for now just know that you’ll see a ton of ghoulish vendors, amazing make-up artists, and spooky special exhibits. And don’t forget to dress up! Just because it’s happening in the summer, doesn’t mean you can’t put your freaky makeup and costumes on.
Go grab your tickets and/or make some hotel reservations for Monsterpalooza 2022HERE, and I will scare you there!
One thing I dig is discovering new music, especially if that music has a bit of a ‘horror twist’ involved in it. Such is the case with All Hail The Yeti – a metal band hailing from Los Angeles that not only has a new EP coming out November 12th called Within the Hollow Earth…..but also is the opening act on the current Jinjer US Tour. I was actually lucky enough to catch the show in LA last weekend and All Hail The Yeti brought that energy in their performance, and also brought along some Pagan vibes for their stage setup (goat skulls, sage, etc).
Definitely dug their sound, as it merged metalcore with some southern/doom metal. Personal favorite of mine that they performed being ‘Witch Is Dead‘ from their 2016 album Screams From A Black Wilderness. And after seeing them perform on tour, I’m even more ready for the new EP that’s dropping on November 12th! Follow the link HERE to preorder the album Within the Hollow Earth and you can still get tickets to some of the shows left on the Jinjer tour to see All Hail The Yeti unleash some of that new music live. Horns up!
Last year was quite the bummer for all of us fiending for Halloween activities and our usual local haunts. In Los Angeles it was especially sad because one of the best attractions, the Haunted Hayride, was not operating and not a scream could be heard…..only incessant sobbing. But it’s a new year! And 2021 has marked the return of Los Angeles’ Haunted Hayride (insert applause and cheers here), and it will run its course on select nights through October 31st!
I was lucky enough to go check everything out recently, and I definitely recommend making plans to go! One of the things that makes it different from other local LA haunts, is that the natural environment of its location (Griffith Park) adds to the spookiness. As you walk in and go through the tunnel of pumpkins, you enter a spooky little town called Midnight Falls – full of Halloween decor and scare actors roaming around. From there I ventured straight ahead to the main attraction – The Haunted Hayride Experience. Sitting on actual hay in a tractor bed, you’re driven around the grounds as you stop at multiple terrifying set pieces (the animatronic band was my favorite), until you end your journey surrounded by a bunch of killer clowns. Fun!
After that, I ate some french fries. Exciting. And then continued venturing to the area where the 3 walk-through mazes lived. First up was Midnight Mortuary, which had a ton of good detail and scares – and I was luckily enough to go through without a crowd. Next, Trick Or Treat (not to be confused with either horror movie of the same name). The Halloween decor was strong in this one and was really well done. Last but not least, Dead End Diner – which had the best opening walk-through of the bunch. Overall I was pleasantly surprised by all three of them and the effort involved! I then went and ate more french fries.
But seriously, go hit the Haunted Hayride website link HEREfor more details about everything and be sure to grab your tickets! It’s never too early to get into the Halloween spirit! Or become a spirit!!!! (maniacal laughter ensues)
Eh, you know when I put a pun in the post’s title that it’s pretty much all downhill from there. But let’s try and get this back on track and talk about my unbridled enthusiasm for the upcoming horror film The Black Phone. You may recognize that title as a short story in Joe Hill’s 2004 book 20th Century Ghosts, or maybe you yourself have an actual black phone and that’s why the title interests you. Whatever the case, writer/director Scott Derrickson has supersized that short story for the big screen, and even teamed back up with his Sinister chum Ethan Hawke for it!
Hawke plays a serial killer in the movie (donning that creepy mask in the pic up there) who kidnaps a child that he locks in a soundproof basement. The only chance the child has to escape, is by communicating with the killer’s past victims via a…….you guessed it – black phone! Let’s take one more opportunity to admire the killer’s mask again, as it was created by none other than the great Tom Savini. Besides the mask, the other reason I’m writing this post is that The Black Phone was screened recently at Fantastic Fest and the hype is real. Meaning that the reviews have been good. So naturally because of that, my personal hype meter has risen.
The Black Phone won’t unfortunately hit theaters until January 28th, 2022…..but I bet a trailer is right around the corner. Stay tuned for more info on that and the release date, and don’t worry – you can still be excited for the movie even if you don’t have a black phone.
Eeeek! Nothing makes me squeal and get excited more than a brand new haunt experience for the Halloween season! And this year down here in Southern California (Temecula, to be exact), we have a doozy. Yes, Temecula Terror is ready to scare you sheetless (ghost pun) starting on October 1st and wrapping up (mummy pun) on Halloween night. I know what you’re saying…..isn’t Temecula wine country?? Why yes it is, but now it’s also haunt country – so deal with it.
So what can you expect if you take the journey down to Temecula Terror? Well for starters – 3 wickedly terrifying mazes (Hyde Street Haunted House, Butterfield Asylum, and The Crypt) complete with some of the best scare actors and props around. I’ve seen the prep work on the Temecula Terror Instagram page and it looks killer. But what’s a good haunt without some spooky booze? Yes, there will be two bars offering some deliciously demented drinks and a special VIP bar for you VIP folk. There are even some special hours if you want to bring your little monsters by, which you can check out on the Temecula Terror website HERE. And also HERE you can purchase tickets and find out more info on everything. So……will we see you there??? For your sake, I would say yes or else that creepy monster standing behind you right now might not be so kind.
Few things have kept me staying positive this year so far. Yeah, we seem to be getting over the hump as far as this Covid thing. Yippee. And yeah, Ben Affleck and J-Lo seem to be back together. Hooray. But, the one thing that keeps me going this year is the fact that the movie Antlers (yes, that movie I have talked about constantly and will most certainly go into with my hopes way too high) is finally coming to theaters on October 29th!
Yeah, you can keep your Chris Rock wannabe Saw movies and your Halloween Kills (still a stupid fucking title btw) – I’m all about Antlers! I wonder how many antlers will be in the movie though. Just one pair? Several? A whole gaggle of antlers???? Only time will tell and we now know for sure that all will be seen and answered on October 29th! As I previously stated, my excitement for this movie has a good chance of setting the bar wayyyyyy too high and I could walk out of the theater cursing the very antlers that I was so interested in seeing. But…..I will keep my excitement level high! ANTLERS!