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Knotts Scary Farm 2016: Returning Scare Zones

July 20, 2016 — The largest and most haunting Halloween experience in Southern California, Knott’s Scary Farm, announced its 2016 returning scare zones, Ghost Town Streets, Fiesta De Los Muertos and CarnEVIL.

Ghost Town Streets is the original, largest, and most terrifying scare zone at the park which started it all. Bands of half-human, half-animal monsters prowl the streets and inhabit the fog. In Fiesta Village, Fiesta De Los Muertos fuses dance music, colorful costumes and larger than life stilt walkers in a dance party scare zone. On the Boardwalk, clowns crave undying attention in the CarnEVIL scare zone.

More hair-raising news will be unveiled for Scary Farm’s 44th season at Midsummer Scream and ScareLA. The world-renowned event features mazes, sinister shows and spectacular interactive experiences. Both events will host exclusive panels featuring the Scary Farm creators and designers.

  • The Midsummer Scream presentation will be held on Sunday, July 31, 2016 5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. PST in the Grand Ballroom
  • The ScareLA presentation will be held on Saturday, August 6, 2016 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. PST at the Main Stage

For more information on both events please visit:

http://midsummerscream.org/

http://2016.scarela.com/

LA Haunted Hayride Lets Riders Off the Cart with Multiple Paths

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(July 8, 2016) Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO) is excited to announce the return of the most popular Halloween attraction in the country, the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride coming this October. TTO will be bringing its biggest and best scares to both coasts for the most unique and immersive Halloween experience in town.

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Los Angeles Haunted Hayride returns to its darker and more disturbing roots with the announcement of this year’s brand new and most innovated theme to date, Secret Society. The Secret Society will unveil two different experiences, Elite or Deranged. Your status will choose your path and experience throughout this 30 acre live attraction.  For the first time ever, Hayriders will leave the safety of their wagons to confront their secret society initiation on foot, closer than ever to the inhabitants of the corn maze.  Hayride regulars may recognize some ghosts of Hayrides past which will benefit them in making it to the end of their initiation.

“I feel like a kid at Christmas.  Our Hayriders are going to have the time of their lives being part of our Secret Society of Halloween.  We’ve just raised the bar so high on ourselves. The moment our guests enter our gates, they are members, part of our secret society, our world,” explains TTO CEO and Haunted Hayride Founder, Melissa Carbone.

Fan favorite, Trick or Treat will be returning in double the size this year and three times the mischief as the suburb of Hell welcomes trick or treaters to knock on their doors! House of Shadows will also take on a new sinister force as NBC Universal takes over the space in the newly named Ouija 2, House of Shadows. In the first partnership of this kind that the LA Haunted Hayride has ever allowed, unsuspecting patrons will be trapped in an extremely dark, almost blacked out walk through of a colossally possessed demonic house.

If you’ve ever thought about going to Los Angeles Haunted Hayride, this is the year to do it.

The terror of Los Angeles Haunted Hayride starts on October 1, 2016 and will be open from Thursday through Sundays from October 1st – October 31st, 2016. General Admission is $44 and VIP passes that surpass the line are $61, and there are a limited number of Hayride Only Passes $32, that are expected to sell out during the pre-Sale. Pre-sale for tickets will begin July 15th. Visit www.losangeleshauntedhayride.com for complete details.

ABOUT TEN THIRTY ONE PRODUCTIONS

Ten Thirty One Productions is an entertainment company that creates, owns and produces live attractions in the horror genre. Launching one of the most popular Horror attractions in LA, “Los Angeles Haunted Hayride” in 2009, TTO has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions companies in the country being featured in Forbes, Fortune, Entrepreneur, The Today Show, The View, Bloomberg and many more. A major component in the business model has and will always be a strong social awareness element that is integrated into the content of the attractions. For example, Environmental Conservation, Animal and Wildlife Welfare, City Park Preservation and more are issues that are addressed in creative ways in every TTO production.  Ten Thirty One Productions recycles, composts, features plastic free concessions, hybrid/electric production vehicles, biodiesel fuels, 100% reused/recycled sets and wardrobes, plant based concessions, carpool discounts and more in an effort to minimize the environmental footprint.

Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield Maze Announced for Horror Nights

ORLANDO, Fla., UNIVERSAL CITY, Calif. (July 7, 2016) – Fans may have thought it was over, but he’s still out there. This fall, Michael Myers will make his return to Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights in an all-new maze inspired by the second film in the classic horror series, “Halloween.”

The iconic horror film sequel continues the story of masked killer, Michael Myers, as he stalks an entire town and relentlessly pursues his victims. Now, his focus turns to guests as Universal joins forces with Compass International Pictures to bring the haunting film’s most suspenseful and terrifying moments to life at Halloween Horror Nights.

At both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood, Michael Myers returns in Halloween: Hell Comes to Haddonfield – a maze that’s bigger and filled with more menacing scare-actors than the original, top-rated “Halloween” maze. It will begin with the final scene from “Halloween,” where Michael Myers is presumed dead after falling from a bedroom window – only to disappear from the ground. Guests will dodge Myers’ lethal knife at every turn as they step into iconic scenes from the film – all culminating in a horrifying finale.

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Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween event. For more than 20 years, guests from around the world have visited Halloween Horror Nights in Orlando and Hollywood to become victims inside their own horror film. The streets of each coast’s event are transformed into highly-themed scare zones where menacing “scare-actors” lunge from every darkened corner. Multiple movie-quality haunted houses are erected throughout the event, based on anything from iconic slasher films to hit horror television series to haunting original stories.

Additional details about Halloween Horror Nights will be revealed soon. To purchase tickets and find out more about Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights 26, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Orlando. For information about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights, visit www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood.

Destination America Unveils Paranormal San Diego Comic-Con Panels

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(Silver Spring, Md.) – Destination America today announced that it has begun production on an all-new series hosted by world-renowned ghost hunters Adam Berry and Amy Bruni. KINDRED SPIRITS (working title) will premiere in 2016 exclusively on Destination America following the fearless duo as they help real families tormented by paranormal activity at home, with the added stress that the spirits may be their own late family members. Scared by the mysterious happenings but hesitant to pick up and leave their homes, these families have turned to two of America’s leading paranormal investigators to capture evidence, try to guide the wayward spirits into the light, and bring closure to each home.

Destination America will unveil more about KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) exclusively at Comic-Con International on Friday, July 22 from 7-8pm in Room 7AB in a Supernatural Super Panel that will unite ghost hunting’s elite investigators for one night only. Join PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN’s Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman – who are also currently in production on the show’s second season – Adam Berry and Amy Bruni from KINDRED SPIRITS (wt), and the “Godfather of the Paranormal” John Zaffis from HAUNTED COLLECTOR, which airs Tuesdays at 10/9c on Destination America.

KINDRED SPIRITS takes paranormal investigation back to its roots with a simple mission of making contact with the other side but, first and foremost, helping people who are terrified and don’t know where else to turn,” said Jane Latman, general manager of Destination America. “Over the years, Amy and Adam have built a kinship with each other and their fans that make them the best paranormal team to bring closure to these families and the perfect addition to our family here at Destination America.”

Berry and Bruni got their start on SyFy’s groundbreaking series Ghost Hunters, which defined a new genre in supernatural storytelling on television. The pair recently guest-starred on an episode of PARANORMAL LOCKDOWN on Destination America, joining hosts Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman on an 72-hour investigation of the Trans-Allegheny Lunatic Asylum.

Throughout their combined career, Nick Groff, Katrina Weidman, Adam Berry, Amy Bruni, and John Zaffis have more than 10,000 investigations under their belt, from famous haunts like The Exorcist house, the Stanley Hotel and the house on which A Haunting in Connecticut was based, to secret hotspots that only the bravest dare speak of. They rose to fame in some of TV’s hottest paranormal programs including Ghost Adventures, Ghost Hunters, Paranormal State, and Haunted Collector, but now call Destination America home and, for the first time together on stage, will regale the Comic-Con audience with tales of their darkest, creepiest, and most life-altering paranormal experiences. Also, they will discuss how the work of Ed and Lorraine Warren – Zaffis’ uncle and aunt – and the original paranormal Holy Grail of The Conjuring led them to where they are today. Additionally, they will make themselves available for all-access questions from fans, unveil never-before-seen footage, and reveal exclusive news to the Comic-Con audience about what Destination America has in store for a history-making Halloween.

About Amy Bruni and Adam Berry

Amy Bruni has been chasing the unknown for over 20 years. Raised in a haunted house with her free-thinking family, she was never taught to fear ghosts but only to seek out and try to understand them. After spending a decade in the health insurance industry, Bruni decided to follow her dreams and turn paranormal investigation into her livelihood. She began traveling the country to visit its most haunted places, researching the group dynamics of ghost-hunting teams, and lecturing on the history of paranormal investigation. Beginning in 2008, Bruni was a staple on Syfy’s Ghost Hunters and served as the team’s historical researcher for seven seasons, during which time she met her ghost-hunting partner Adam Berry. In 2014, she left the show to stay home with her family and start her own business, a boutique paranormal travel company called Strange Escapes. She also writes for her blog, My Spirited Life. The birth of her daughter and the importance of family have brought new value to Bruni’s investigations, putting more focus on helping families try to reach the spirits of their loved ones.

Adam Berry has spent the past 10 years investigating, researching and exploring some of the most haunted locations in the world. While growing up in Muscle Shoals, Ala., he began a lifelong fascination with the supernatural after having a ghostly encounter that changed his entire way of thinking about life, death and “the great beyond.” Berry founded his own investigation team out of Provincetown, Mass., in 2007 to document cases and bring answers to those experiencing strange activity in their homes. In 2010, he won Syfy’s reality competition show Ghost Hunters Academy, earning a coveted spot on the network’s hit original series Ghost Hunters, where he met and first teamed up with his investigation partner Amy Bruni. Berry stepped away from TV to focus on family and running his non-profit theatre company Peregrine Theatre Ensemble, but never stopped ghost hunting. He still collaborates with spiritual enthusiasts through lectures, events, and one-on-one investigations so that he can continue to help families deal with the unexplainable.

About Nick Groff and Katrina Weidman

Nick Groff has been fascinated with the paranormal ever since surviving a near-death experience as a child. Now, he chases ghosts full-time with the goal of finding new evidence of the afterlife and discovering a breakthrough in paranormal research. After graduating from the University of Nevada with a B.A. in Film, Groff made his big break when he co-wrote, co-produced, co-directed, co-edited, and co-starred in Ghost Adventures: The Original Documentary, which aired on the SciFi Channel in 2007. The film was a winner at the Los Angeles Film/Video Festival and was nominated for “Best Feature Film” at the Eerie Horror Film Festival. The documentary served as a pilot for the Ghost Adventures television series that debuted in 2008 on Travel Channel. Groff was an Executive Producer, co-host, and investigator on seasons 1-10. Groff is also the author of the book “Chasing Spirits: The Building of the Ghost Adventures Crew.” Now, Groff is the executive producer and host for the hit series Paranormal Lockdown on Destination America and is also featured as an ensemble cast member in the network’s #1 hit series Ghosts of Shepherdstown.

Katrina Weidman is a paranormal researcher and investigator, host, producer, and lecturer. She’s best known for her role on A&E’s hit series Paranormal State, in which she worked on hundreds of cases of unexplained supernatural phenomena and interviewed thousands of witnesses with the world-renowned Paranormal Research Society (PRS) from 2006-2011. A graduate of the Pennsylvania State University, Weidman has been working professionally as a paranormal researcher and investigator since 2006, but her passion for the supernatural began when she was a child living in historic Bucks County, Penn., where many locations are said to be haunted. Weidman also hosted Chiller’s Real Fear: The Truth Behind the Movies, following Weidman and her team as they travel the country looking for the real-life stories that inspired some of the world’s most iconic horror films. Currently, Weidman can be seen alongside Nick Groff as host of Destination America’s hit series,Paranormal Lockdown.

About John Zaffis

John Zaffis is considered one of the foremost authorities in paranormal investigation today, with more than 40 years of experience studying and investigating the field. His research has taken him throughout the United States, Canada, England and Scotland to face ghosts, poltergeists, and demonic and diabolical entities. Studying under his aunt and uncle, Lorraine and Ed Warren, broadened Zaffis’ expertise beyond ghost hunting to also include demonology and cases of possession and exorcism. He has worked with prominent exorcists Bishop Robert McKenna, Father Malachi Martin, and the Reverend Jun, along with other Roman Catholic priests, monks, Buddhists, rabbis and ministers. He has also worked extensively with spiritualists and psychics to further the depth of his understanding. Over the years, Zaffis has collected hundreds of infested items that are currently housed for safe keeping at the John Zaffis Paranormal Museum. He wrote and starred in the 2010 documentary Museum of the Paranormal, which gives the viewer a tour of his museum and the stories behind some of the objects. Zaffis was the host of the SyFy television seriesHaunted Collector from 2011-2013 and has been featured on Travel Channel’s Ghost Adventures, A&E’s Ghost Hunters, Discovery Channel’s A Haunting in Connecticut and Little Lost Souls as well as Unsolved Mysteries. He is also mentioned in “Graveyards” and “In A Dark Place,” both books written by Ed and Lorraine Warren. His first book, “Shadows of the Dark,” co-written with Brian McIntyre, was released in 2004.

KINDRED SPIRITS (wt) is produced for Destination America by Paper Route Productions with Alan LaGarde and Sumit David as executive producers. Amy Bruni and Adam Berry are also executive producers. For Destination America, Fay Yu is executive producer, Jane Latman is general manager, and Henry Schleiff is Group President of Investigation Discovery, Destination America, and American Heroes Channel.

 

About Destination America

Destination America is the only network devoted to celebrating the people, places, and stories of the United States. The inclusive network targeting Adults 25-54 is available in 56 million homes, featuring unique original series like: Paranormal Lockdown, Mountain Monsters, Smoked, A Haunting, Buying Alaska, and more. For more information, please visit DestinationAmerica.com, facebook.com/DestinationAmerica, or twitter.com/DestAmerica. Destination America is part of Discovery Communications (Nasdaq: DISCA, DISCB, DISCK), the world’s #1 pay-tv programmer reaching nearly 3 billion cumulative subscribers in 220 countries and territories.

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The Walking Dead Attraction Review at Universal Studios

The Walking Dead walk through attraction, the latest feather in Universal Studios Hollywood’s cap, is scheduled to open on July 4. However, we were among the lucky few to get access the attraction at a recent park media event which saw several members of the AMC show’s cast and crew in attendance. As alluded to, The Walking Dead attraction is based on AMC’s hit series, The Walking Dead, which is based on Robert Kirkman’s amazing comic series, The Walking Dead. No, this just isn’t a grab for Google search terms, there is just a lot of The Walking Dead zombie goodness to go through.

The Walking Dead walk through attraction can best be described as a Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights maze taken to “11”. The sets, props, and animatronics are all outstanding and look like they belong on the set of the television show. The starting cue area of the attraction was populated by Negan’s goons – however I am unsure as to how many of the actors will be on-site during actual operating hours.

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A big positive aspect of the attraction was that guests are permitted into the experience in groups of about 5 people at one time. The attendants space the small groups out just enough so that each one gets an individual experience. Hopefully they can continue this when crowds get larger. I have found that a cattle call of guests can ruin an attraction like this – especially one that features tight corridors and timed effects/scares. Smaller groups also help make the attraction more intimate – it feels like your group’s personal story of the zombie apocalypse instead of just an animatronic museum to walk five feet, look, and repeat ad nauseam. With these group sizes, you ARE part of the experience.

Also used, albeit with way more restraint than in the park’s Horror Nights mazes, are some smell effects! Again – they are sparingly used to a much greater effect in The Walking Dead attraction, which I appreciate. I have always felt Horror Nights mazes rely on those scents too much, but I digress…

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After going through the gauntlet of Negan’s goons, you end up in the Harrison County Hospital featured in The Walking Dead’s pilot episode (where Rick wakes up, confused and hurt). From there, it is a very cool walk down memory lane – going sequentially though the (so far) six seasons of the AMC show. You will visit several of the show’s major locations – all made real by some seriously talented craftsmen. The prison, Arno Farms, and a lot more are featured so look sharp for little Easter Eggs planted about the various sets you’ll walk through.

A big question we kept wondering was what would happen to the attraction during the park’s annual Halloween season Horror Nights event? Would it become a maze or would it stay the same. It appears as though that the attraction will get additional set pieces, live-actor talent, etc to ratchet it to an even scarier level! This is a brilliant move by Universal Studios and I can’t wait to experience it first-hand when the scary season comes around. Does this mean that the attraction will take the place of any other The Walking Dead experience for Halloween Horror Nights? Time will tell.

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Speaking of live actors – yes, there are definitely live actors portraying both the living, the dead, and the walking dead inside the attraction. However, more of the scares and gimmicks come from some amazing animatronics than a traditional haunted house with live monsters around every corner. This smaller amount of live actors does not detract from the experience, however, as the actors that are in the walk through attraction are used to great effect and, as I mentioned, the animatronics and props are incredible.

Overall, The Walking Dead walk through attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood is a terrific addition to the park and shows off a lot of elements from the AMC television show which fans will love. I definitely recommend checking The Walking Dead attraction out when it opens on July 4, it is a scary and fun romp through an amazing television show brought to life all around you.

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Six Flags Great Adventure’s July Events

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Six Flags Great Adventure has announced its July event schedule – including a big job fair and Fright Fest dance and zombie auditions! See the full schedule below.

July 4th Fest – July 2, 3 & 4

Six Flags Great Adventure and Coca-Cola® team up to celebrate Independence Day July 2 through July 4. Guests can enjoy some of the top thrill rides in the world, listen to live music and be dazzled by firework displays each night at 10 p.m. Visitors can present a can of Coca-Cola® to enjoy exclusive ride time on some of the park’s most popular coasters one hour before opening each day. On July 2, Six Flags Great Adventure partners with the USO to honor service men and women at 10:30 a.m.on July 2. USO volunteers will be on hand throughout the day at the Coke Zone tent where guests can send words of appreciation to men and women actively serving in the military as part of the USO’s Campaign to Connect.

Celebration with Jeremy Camp – July 2 (Rescheduled from May 21)

Six Flags Great Adventure will host its Celebration Concert featuring Jeremy Camp July 2 at 5 p.m. in the Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena. The concert is included with theme park admission, Season Pass or active Membership and is part of the MIKE AND IKE® ZOURS® Summer Concert Series. Camp is a contemporary Christian artist from Indiana with 175 weeks atop the charts. He has released 11 albums producing hit singles “My God,” “Come Alive,” “He Knows” and “Same Power.”

Zion & Lennox in Concert – July 3

Reggaeton duo Zion & Lennox will take the stage at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Plymouth Rock Assurance® Arena July 3. The concert is included with theme park admission, Season Pass or active Membership and begins at 7 p.m. Zion and Lennox are from Puerto Rico and have over 65 hit singles including “Doncella,” “Bandida,” “Yo Voy” and most recently, “Embriagame.”

Caribbean Cove Grand Opening at Hurricane Harbor – July 14

Hurricane Harbor, the Northeast’s No. 1 water park, will celebrate the grand opening of Caribbean Cove water play area July 14. This addition boasts 55 interactive features including spray jets, water guns, an action slide and a giant dumping bucket, plus the addition of a beach area with 300 new lounge chairs. Hurricane Harbor is open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Six Flags Job Fair – July 17

Six Flags Great Adventure will host a job fair Sunday, July 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with on-the-spot interviews in the Employment Center. The world’s largest theme park is hiring smiling faces for four seasons of thrills. Positions are available from the summer through fall’s Fright Fest and winter’s Holiday in the Park, which endsJanuary 1, 2017. Team members can work where they love to play, plus have the opportunity to make great friends, earn competitive wages, free tickets for friends and perks throughout the park. Applicants should complete the pre-employment application at www.sixflagsjobs.com prior to visiting the Employment Center. Those needing assistance or without internet access can complete the application onsite.

Fright Fest Dance Auditions – July 22 & 23

Great Adventure’s iconic Fright Fest show “Dead Man’s Party” is looking for exceptional dancers trained in jazz, musical theater, hip-hop and partnering. Auditions will take place in the park’s Showcase Theater Friday July 22 at 7 p.m. and Saturday July 23 at 1 p.m. Dancers should arrive ready to learn ghoulish choreography in small groups, followed by a freestyle portion. Interested dancers can apply at www.sixflagsjobs.com before attending the auditions and enter through the employee entrance on Route 537.

Central Jersey Blood Center Blood Drive – July 24

The Central Jersey Blood Center will host a blood drive at Six Flags Great Adventure’s Employment Center from 8 a.m. through 4 p.m. Each donor will receive one theme park ticket valid for Six Flags Great Adventure. Blood supplies are typically low in the summer months and one donation can save up to three lives. Guests are encouraged to pre-register by calling 1-888-71-BLOOD or online at sixflags.com/greatadventure under the “events” tab.

Fright Fest Zombie Auditions – July 29

Six Flags Great Adventure is seeking individuals with a passion for Halloween – and scaring – as casting for the 2016 Fright Fest season begins Friday, July 29 at 6 p.m.in the Employment Center. Interested zombies, ghouls and goblins are encouraged to apply at www.sixflagsjobs.com prior to the audition and should come prepared to participate in fun group exercises in front of a panel of judges. No costumes, props or previous experience is required.

The 17th Door Haunt Experience Returns for 2016

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June 24, 2016 – The Market Place in Tustin is normally the epitome of Orange County suburban shopping, but for 4 weeks this year, the center will once again become home to one of the scariest, most intense, most interactive haunted houses around. It will once again occupy the 15,000+ square foot space right next to Party City, between Best Buy and Home Depot.

The 26,000 guests who attended last Halloween season will be thrilled to learn that the creators have 12+ new rooms and a mini escape room in store for them this year! 2016’s haunt will be larger & longer (over 34 minutes!), more interactive with more monsters and more scares… More of what you LOVE and more of what you HATE!!

“The storyline will continue where last year’s left off with Paula’s attempted suicide and asylum residency. Same main character, still mostly taking place at Gluttire University. We will be diving deeper into Paula’s character by visiting her childhood and exposing where her problems first originated. Her childhood will be a major part of the storyline this year. We plan to focus on developing the story this year and we have some good ideas about how we intend to do that.”

AUDITIONS:

This is your chance! The 17th Door will be hiring more actors/monsters this year.

  • Saturday, 7/23 10:00am – 2:00pm
  • Sunday, 7/24 3:00pm – 7:00pm
  • Location: 2856 El Camino Real, Tustin, CA 92782
  • Visit www.facebook.com/the17thdoor for more information!

ScareLA Announces Original Haunt for Convention

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June 22, 2016 – We’ve joined dark forces with two legendary haunt designers to deliver our biggest scare yet! Notorious maze master Brooke Adair Walters is responsible for some of the most terrifying moments of Knott’s Scary Farm‘s history with her work on Doll Factory,Trick Or Treat, and ForevermoreDonald Julson is the brilliant special FX prop mastermind behind Steven Spielbergs’ sci-fi classic Minority Report and Van Helsing as well as a home haunter to be reckoned with.

This August, your path to salvation or sacrifice will depend on what choices you make inside the cold dark chambers of BLOOD OFFERING : Legend of the Iron Witch. Every visceral pulse pounding scare in this immersive terror simulation. Over FOUR-times the size of any scare experience at ScareLA to-date!

“Bring forth your offerings; your devotion, your blood, your soul for eternal life. Are you willing?”

$10 OFF for the next 24 Hours with Code FRESHBLOOD

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Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival Highlights Announced

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ROSEMONT, Ill., June 22, 2016 — Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival, presented by Starz and their hit original series Ash vs. Evil Dead, returns for its third annual festivities on August 18-21, in conjunction with Wizard World Chicago. Today, the Festival announced highlights of the groovy lineup, sponsored by Shudder and Bloody-Disgusting.com, featuring the critically acclaimed opening night nail-biter Don’t Breathe, directed by Fede Alvarez; a salute to genre hero Fred Dekker; an epic event featuring comedian Doug Benson; and a 25th anniversary celebration of the most excellent sequel, Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey (originally titled Bill & Ted Go To Hell).

“I’m thrilled to bring our annual horror festival back to the Windy City for the third year,” said Campbell. “There were some wicked cool flicks this year and we went after the cream of the crop. If you love all things horror, check out our lineup!”

The festivities will kick off on Thursday, August 18, with the opening night film Don’t Breathe, the highly anticipated shocker from director-producer-writer Fede Alvarez (Evil Dead ) and produced by Sam

Raimi & Rob Tapert. Alvarez will be in attendance. This will reunite Campbell with Alvarez, who directed the successful 2013 remake of Evil Dead . Sony Pictures is set to release Don’t Breathe on August 26, 2016.

The inaugural “Groovy as Hell” award will be presented to writer/director Fred Dekker (Fox’s upcoming The Predator). The awards ceremony will consist of a 30th anniversary screening of the cult classic Night of The Creeps and a very special screening of The Monster Squad with actors Andre Gower (Sean) & Ryan Lambert (Rudy) also in attendance.

Festival favorite Doug Benson ( Doug Loves Movies, Chromic-Con, Super High Me) will be in town for a very special ‘Doug Benson Movie Interruption’ ofArmy of Darkness, with guest interrupter Bruce Campbell ! The two will sit in the front row together with a selection of mystery comedy guests, and say whatever hilarious stuff that pops into their head. A limited amount of single tickets for this event are on sale now!

BCHFF is thrilled to present a 25th anniversary celebration of everyone’s favorite time-traveling metalhead slackers, a screening of Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journeywith director Peter Hewitt in attendance! Additional guests for this screening will be announced at a later date.

The festival will also mark the World Premieres of Found Footage 3D, the long-awaited satirical horror film produced by Kim Henkel (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre ) and directed by Steven DeGennaro, and Show Yourself, a haunting & remarkable genre-bending feature debut from Billy Ray Brewton (subject of the wonderful award-winning 2014 documentary Skanks, and programmer for Slamdance Film Festival).

Fans in the region will also experience the Chicago premieres of:

●      The Greasy Strangler – The most hilariously disturbing film of the year. From Elijah Wood’s Spectrevision, Drafthouse Films, & Ant Timpson.

●      Here Alone  – Winner of the 2016 Tribeca Audience Award.

●      Abattoir – From Darren Bousman, the director of Saw 2, 3, 4, Repo: The Genetic Opera, Mother’s Day, and The Devil’s Carnival. Darren will be in attendance to present the film.

●      Pet – The SXSW hit starring Dominic Monaghan (Lord of The Rings Trilogy).

●      I am Not a Serial Killer – Starring Christopher Lloyd in yet another career defining performance.

●      Beyond The Gates – Winner of the midnight audience award at Los Angeles Film Festival.

The Bruce Campbell Horror Film Festival jury this year includes a few dignitaries well-known to horror fans: Tom Holland (writer/director, Fright Night, Child’s Play); Barry Bostwick (Rocky Horror Picture Show ); Cerina Vincent ( Cabin Fever); and Zach Hagen (producer, He Never Died).

“It’s been another astonishing year for horror cinema”, said festival director, Josh Goldbloom. “I’m overwhelmed by the amount of talent & creativity working in this field. Their contributions are innovative, visionary, beautifully unnerving, defiantly weird, and of course, bloody as all hell. This year’s festival is a showcase of all the many reasons why genre film & its fans are the best in the world.

Many additional titles, surprises and guest announcements will be announced over the coming month, along with a very special closing night feature, presented by Bloody-Disgusting.com.

Festival badges are $100, and are on sale now at www.bchff.com! Limited single tickets sales for screenings will go on sale Wednesday, July 6th.

The festival and all screenings will be held at the Carmike Muvico Rosemont 18.

First Wave

Opening Night:

DON’T BREATHE

A trio of friends break into the house of a wealthy blind man, thinking they’ll get away with the perfect heist. They’re wrong

Cast: Jane Levy, Dylan Minnette, Daniel Zovato, Stephen Lang

Dir: Fede Alvarez

Distributor: Sony Pictures

U.S. Release Date: August 26

 

ABATTOIR

How do you build a haunted house? Ask the enigmatic Jebediah Crone, the main suspect in a case of stolen rooms where horrific tragedies have occurred.

Cast: Jessica Lowndes, Joe Anderson, Lin Shaye, Dayton Callie, Bryan Batt,, J. Larose

Dir: Darren Lynn Bousman

 

BEYOND THE GATES

Seven months after their father’s disappearance, two brothers reunite to liquidate the family video store. Unfortunately, things go from bad to worse when they find an old VHS boardgame with evil powers, and all hell breaks loose.

Cast: Chase Williamson, Graham Skipper, Brea Grant, Barbara Crampton, Matt Mercer, Jesse Merlin

Dir: Jackson Stewart

 

FOUND FOOTAGE 3D

A group of low-budget filmmakers sets out to make “the first 3D found footage horror film,” but find themselves *in* the first 3D found footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.

Cast: Carter Roy, Alena von Stroheim, Chris O’Brien, Tom Saporito, Scott Allen Perry, Jessica Perrin, Scott Weinberg

Dir: Steven DeGennaro

 

THE GREASY STRANGLER

Pure. Fucking. Chaos.

Cast: Michael St. Michaels, Sky Elobar, Elizabeth De Razzo

Dir: Jim Hosking

 

HERE ALONE

A young woman struggles to survive on her own in the wake of a mysterious epidemic that has decimated society and forced her deep into the unforgiving wilderness.

Cast: Lucy Walters, Adam David Thompson, Gina Piersanti, Shane West

Dir: Rod Blackhurst

 

I AM NOT A SERIAL KILLER

In a small Midwestern town, a troubled teen with homicidal tendencies must hunt down and destroy a supernatural killer whilst keeping his own inner demons at bay.

Cast: Christopher Lloyd, Laura Fraser, Max Records

Dir: Billy O’Brien

 

PET

Seth works at an animal shelter, and for years has been secretly in love with a waitress named Holly . When he repeatedly fails in his attempts to woo her, he naturally decides to lock her in a cage at the shelter where he works. And that’s just the beginning…

Cast: Dominic Monaghan, Ksenia Solo, Jenette McCurdy, Nathan Parsons

Dir: Carles Torrens

 

SHOW YOURSELF

When his friend dies unexpectedly, Travis heads into the woods with his ashes to say goodbye. But as he deals with his grief, and the way it has affected the relationships in his life, he starts to realize that he actually might not be alone.

Cast: Ben Hethcoat, Corsica Wilson, Barak Hardley, Stephen Cone, David McElwee, Robert Longsteet.

Dir: Billy Ray Brewton

Fans can visit www.BCHFF.com for full details and additions to the slate as they happen and dates and times for each screening. Follow the festival on Twitter: @groovyfest

Harrow County First Issue Offered as Part of Halloween ComicFest

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MILWAUKIE, Ore., June 20, 2016 Dark Horse is proud to announce that Harrow County #1 is being offered as part of the fifth Halloween ComicFest celebration. The heart-stopping thriller from the creative minds of Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook is one of 32 titles — 19 full-sized comics and 13 minicomics — available for the October 29, 2016, event. Harrow County #1 will be re-released with a special Halloween ComicFest cover.

A favorite of critics and fans alike, Harrow County is a must-read comic in the horror genre. Hailed by Bloody Disgusting as a “masterful creation that lingers in the small moments of terror in our daily lives,” Harrow County, a 2016 Will Eisner Award Nominee for Best New Series, is the perfect example of a southern gothic fairy tale.

Halloween ComicFest, sponsored by Diamond Comic Distributors, encourages pop culture fans to visit their local comic shop to receive free comics and enter the Greatest Halloween Costume Contest on Saturday, October 29, 2016.

Additional praise for Harrow County:

“Harrow County is friggin’ scary.  It’s a story that seeps into your very being, bringing the type of fear and tension that movies need jump scares and pumping soundtracks to come close to pulling off.  Here’s the kicker though: It’s only the first issue.  Cullen Bunn and Tyler Crook are just getting started and they’ve already made one of the best horror comics of the year.” — Horror Talk

“Harrow County #1 is one of the most haunting comics to come out in a while, and horror fans should not miss it.” — IGN

“Bunn’s ability to turn the horror volume up at precisely the right moments helps this book obtain the desired result of something special that firmly belongs in the must read category.” — Forces of Geek