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Sinister Pointe Hosting Warehouse Sale this Weekend

Southern California haunted attractions company, Sinister Pointe, is hosting a big warehouse sale on April 22 and April 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at their location in Brea, CA. The warehouse sale will be an opportunity for the company to clean house and make way for bigger and better things coming down the pipe. At the sale, you will find video projectors, masks, costumes, speakers, lighting equipment, smoke machines, and a whole lot more.

Sinister Pointe
189 Viking Ave
Brea, CA 92821

MonsterPalooza 2017 Photo Gallery

MonsterPalooza once again graced the Pasadena Convention Center with its presence. This year, the convention saw “Freddy Kruger” himself, Robert Englund, in attendance as well as Cassandra Peterson and many others. The convention had some terrific celebrity signing tables setup, and the main floor of the convention center was lined with exhibitors selling their Halloween/monster/genre related wares. There were booths from people like theatrical makeup company Ben Nye to silicone mask makers Immortal Masks. This year also saw the return of the museum which housed all manner of scary creations. While not being “scary” in the traditional sense, the sculpt of Robert Shaw as Quint from JAWS was easily the most striking. Check out the photo gallery below for a look! If you would like to attend MonsterPalooza in future years, check out their official website.

Photo Gallery

Camera Obscura Gets Release Date

NEW YORK, NY – April 11, 2017 – Chiller Films is pleased to announce the release of the anticipated horror thriller CAMERA OBSCURA, in theaters on June 9 and on VOD and Digital HD on June 13. The film is written by Aaron B. Koontz and Cameron Burns and marks the theatrical directing debut of Koontz. The cast includes Christopher Denham (“Billions,” “Argo”), Nadja Bobyleva (“Bridge of Spies”), Catherine Curtin (“Stranger Things,” “Orange is the New Black”), Chase Williamson (SIREN, “Beyond the Gates”) and Noah Segan (“The Mind’s Eye,” “Tales of Halloween”).

In CAMERA OBSCURA, a veteran war photographer with PTSD sees imminent deaths in his developed photos, questioning his already fragile sanity and putting the lives of those he loves in danger.

CAMERA OBSCURA is produced by Aaron B. Koontz, Andrew van den Houten (“All Cheerleaders Die,” “The Woman,”) and Amir Zbeda (“Area 51,” “Paranormal Activity”) and is executive produced by Justin Smith (SIREN, “The Boy”).

For more information on the film, please visit https://www.facebook.com/cameraobscuramovie/.

Midsummer Scream Unveils 2017 Hall of Shadows Haunt Experiences

April 4, 2017 – Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival, the West Coast’s premier Halloween, haunt, and horror convention returns July 29-30 to the Long Beach Convention Center for a weekend of world-class thrills and chills. One of the stand-out components of Midsummer Scream’s impressive array of entertainment is the Hall of Shadows – a large portion of the convention’s show floor that is shrouded in darkness and filled with billowing fog, and roaming monsters on an unprecedented scale. For 2017, the Hall of Shadows will feature 14 highly-themed “mini haunts” representing professional and home-made attractions that fans can look forward to visiting this Halloween season here in Southern California.

“Hall of Shadows is a substantial component of Midsummer Scream,” says the convention’s Creative Director, Rick West. “Last year, we featured 9 mini haunts within the Hall; this year, we are upping the count to 14. We are thrilled with the diversity of participating groups this year, from extremely popular pro haunts, to some of the greatest home haunts in existence. Add the awesome spectacle of the Decayed Brigade slider team into the mix, and you’ll find that we have a Hall of Shadows experience this year that is truly epic. Hall of Shadows is a cornerstone of Midsummer Scream, as there is nothing that defines Halloween in America more than haunted houses and lurking monsters. It’s going to be a blast, and all of our participants are raring to go!”

A Unique Challenge

Creating the Hall of Shadows is a unique and exciting challenge. Nowhere has any convention featured such a large “dark zone” with so many haunted attractions for guests to experience. Taking up approximately 1/3 of Midsummer Scream’s 92,000 square-foot show floor, installation of the Hall takes careful planning and coordination well before the doors open to the public. For months, haunters plan their attractions and fabricate them off-site; once it’s “GO time”, each group drives onto the show floor of the Long Beach Convention Center and drops off their haunts in pieces before set-up begins. With 14 attractions being installed at the same time, it’s a virtual ballet of large trucks, haunt build crews, and Midsummer Scream staff members all communicating and working in unison for 48 hours leading up to the opening of the show. Each light above the Hall must be manually turned off once the haunts are installed. To make the area even darker, an extremely large black curtain measuring roughly 325 feet in length (almost the length of a football field) is raised more than 20 feet above the show floor, creating an ominous “wall” between the living and the dead!

Hall of Shadows Entry Façade/Portal

This year’s Hall of Shadows entry portal is being designed and built by CalHauntS (California Haunting Society), a group of talented Halloween enthusiasts responsible for creating some of the most elaborate home haunts anywhere. Sleepy Hollow is the inspiration for this year’s entrance to the Hall of Shadows. Guests will transition from the show floor into the Hall of Shadows as they pass underneath a gothic archway into an eerie cemetery, complete with weathered tombstones and macabre scenic elements.

14 Haunted Attraction Experiences in 2017

For 2017, Midsummer Scream offers guests 14 haunted attractions, each measuring roughly 20’ x 20’. All attractions within the Hall of Shadows is included with a Midsummer Scream day or weekend pass. Guests with Front of Line passes to Midsummer Scream will find express queues at each attraction within Hall of Shadows, expediting their wait times.

The Hall of Shadows 2017 lineup is: Dead Zone 805; Gorlesque presents: Peep Show; Gothic Hills; Higgins Manor; Hyde Street Massacre; Immersive Parties’ MAC: Mutation Analysis Center; Mable’s 6 Feet Under; Nightmare Productions presents The Gate; Opechee Haunt’s Apparition Adventure: Terror Twins; Phobia Productions presents: Grimm’s Hallow; Pumkin Jack’s Haunted House; The Fleshyard; The Haunted Rose presents: The Maritime Horror; and Unhallowed presents: The Last of Man.

For more information regarding the Hall of Shadows 2017 haunts, visit MidsummerScream.org.

World-Class Slider Exhibitions

Returning to the Hall of Shadows for their second year is the Decayed Brigade slider team of Southern California. Several times each day, the Brigade will take to their designated “runway” in the middle of the Hall and perform breathtaking feats of strength and agility as they run, slide, jump, and launch themselves through the air with absolute precision.

The Hall of Shadows will be open Saturday and Sunday, July 29 and 30, during show hours. It is not intended for small children; it is recommended that only guests age 13 years and older venture into the Hall itself. Each haunt will be closed periodically throughout the day for necessary crew breaks.

Fans may sign up on the site for email notifications and announcements, including discounts and other special offers. Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on social media as well – Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, Instagram: @MidsummerScream, and Facebook: facebook.com/midsummerscream. Please use #MidsummerScream to tag all social media posts regarding Midsummer Scream 2017. Halloween – It’s not just a season… it’s a lifestyle!

 

About Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival

Midsummer Scream is a large-scale summer festival celebrating the spirit of Halloween, haunts and horror, drawing thousands of guests to Southern California for a weekend of thrills and chills. Featuring a massive show floor of vendors and exhibitors, haunted attractions and experiences, live entertainment and world-class panel presentations, Midsummer Scream is the West Coast’s premier Halloween/horror event, offering something for fans of all ages. More information can be found at MidsummerScream.org.

American Horror Story Announced for Universal Studios Orlando Halloween Horror Nights

Asylum, Coven and My Roanoke Nightmare are all packed into one horrifying haunted house. It’s the largest house this year, with the largest cast of deranged characters. You will be hunted, haunted, stalked and shadowed through multiple different terrifying scenes at Halloween Horror Nights 27.

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Queen Mary Announces Sinister Circus

March 20, 2017 – The same creative team behind Southern California’s scariest Halloween haunt, Dark Harbor, brings their demented and twisted creativity to life through this first-ever haunted summer costume ball aboard The Queen Mary on Saturday, July 29th from 8:00pm to 1:00am.  Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus is brought to you by The Queen Mary in conjunction with LA’s biggest haunt, Halloween and horror festival, Midsummer Scream.

Following a day of macabre fun at the Midsummer Scream event taking place at the Long Beach Convention Center, dress up to become one of the Ringmaster’s minions for Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus.  The top three best costumes will be awarded with cash prizes with the 1st place winner receiving $250.   Dance under the evening stars while many of your favorite Dark Harbor characters make their appearance during the party.  While at the party you just might get a sneak-peak of some of the terrifying new tricks that are being “cooked” up for the 2017 season of Dark Harbor.

Tickets are available for $29 online or $34 at the door.  (Note* Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus is a 21+ Event).  Make it a weekend stay aboard the haunted Queen Mary by using the link below to book your room that will include discounted weekend pass to Midsummer Scream, as well as discounted admission to Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus.

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Resident Evil: Vendetta One Night Only Cinema Event

DENVER – March 20, 2017 – Based on the worldwide videogame phenomenon, the CG animated film “RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA” will hit movie theaters worldwide this year. The film will be released internationally on May 27, 2017, and in the U.S. and Canada on Monday, June 19 for a special one-night event from Fathom Events, Park Circus and Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions.

“RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA” is the third installment in the massively popular CG animated film franchise, following “Resident Evil: Degeneration” (2008) and “Resident Evil: Damnation” (2012). Derived from Capcom’s “Resident Evil™,” one of the bestselling video game franchises of all time (72 million + copies sold), “RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA” features the fan-favorite characters Leon S. Kennedy (Matt Mercer), Chris Redfield (Kevin Dorman) and Rebecca Chambers (Erin Cahill). The film is produced by Marza Animation Planet (“Space Pirate Captain Harlock”), executive produced by Takashi Shimizu (“The Grudge”), written by Makoto Fukami (“Psycho Pass”) and directed by Takanori Tsujimoto (“Bushido Man”).  

  • Tickets for Canadian screenings go on sale Friday, March 24 and can be purchased at www.cineplex.com
  • Tickets for U.S. screenings of “RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA” can be purchased online beginning Friday, March 31, 2017 at www.FathomEvents.com or at participating theater box offices.
  • For information about all other territories, visit the Park Circus website.

“We are thrilled to bring ‘RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA’ to the big screen for its U.S. debut,” Fathom Events CEO John Rubey said. “This sequel is even scarier and more thrill-inducing than the previous titles, with mind blowing CG animation that should be seen on 40-foot screens with the highest quality sound and visuals to further enhance the fan experience of this beloved franchise.”

Nick Varley, co-CEO of Park Circus said, “We couldn’t be more delighted to be working with our colleagues and longstanding partners at Sony Pictures to be bringing ‘RESIDENT EVIL: VENDETTA’ to cinema screens around the world. We know that the thrills, adrenalin, action and incredible CG animation that characterize this long-awaited sequel will be welcomed with open arms by audiences across the globe”

Zombie Joe’s Underground Announces All New Horror Theatre Spectacular

 

March 20, 2017 – Zombie Joe’s Underground’s all-new signature horror-theatre spectacular that dives deep into the depths of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbed spirits that walk among us!  Directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, with Original Musical Score by Christopher Reiner; Featuring Patrick Beckstead, Emily Charouhas, Michelle Danyn, Shayne Eastin, David Wyn Harris, Ian Heath, Jetta Juriansz, Dasha Kittredge, Amanda McKenna, Iana Neville, Daniel Palma, James Sanger, Adam Shows and Matthew Vorce.  For Ages 15 and up.

Grand Opening:  SATURDAY, APRIL 1 @ 11:00pm
SATURDAYS @ 11:00pm, APRIL 1 – 29, 2017.

ZJU Theatre Group: 4850 Lankershim Blvd. North Hollywood, CA 91601
Tickets Only $15 ~ For Reservations CALL: (818) 202 – 4120
Advance Tix Now On Sale at:  ZombieJoes.Tix.com
Official Websites:  ZombieJoes.com and UrbanDeath.com

The Thing at The Great Horror Movie Night

I had heard about the Great Horror Movie night from a newsletter that went out from Ten Thirtyone Productions, the company behind the LA Haunted Hayride and Great Horror Campout events. While the idea of going out to Griffith Park’s Old Zoo and watching a classic horror flick on a big screen sounded like a lot of fun, my schedule just never permitted getting out to LA on a Friday evening. Then it happened: Friday, March 3 was free and the folks at the Great Horror Movie night invited us to come out to see what it was all about. The best part of the screening was that it was a screening of John Carpenter’s seminal horror classic, The Thing!

We drove out to LA in the late afternoon/early evening and arrived at the designated parking areas about 5:45 PM. The “doors” (remember, it’s a park) open at 6:00 PM, so we were right on time to camp out a good sitting spot. the area designated for seating is spacious and at an incline so that no matter where you sit, you have a very clear view of the large, inflatable projector screen. We were lucky enough to get tickets for the reserved seating area right in front, but would have been completely happy even if we were in the back. Seating is on a lawn and you should definitely bring some blankets, pillows, or small chairs to sit upon. There are chair requirements for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. Chairs can’t be taller than 21 inches at the seat back and a maximum of 6 inches off the ground at the seat. Taller chairs are not prohibited outright, but you would be asked to move them to the side of the viewing area so you don’t block anyone’s vantage.

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At 7:30 PM, the movie was set to start and, about that time, the headmaster (who is a character from the Great Horror Campout) came out in front of the screen and entertained the crowd with some trivia games and prize giveaways. Prizes included candy, other snacks, and even free tickets to upcoming Great Horror Movie Nights! After introducing the movie, the lighting was dimmed and the movie began with some original, campy trailers (showing the upcoming films of the Great Horror Movie Night). After the screening, the headmaster came back out and thanked everyone for coming out.

Snacks and other concessions were available at the old zoo’s “caves” which, a long time ago, used to house animals for the enjoyment of zoo guests. Concessions were decent, and I would recommend supporting the event by purchasing them on-site. For those of you nervous about being out in the Old Zoo after dark, the event made sure to have security and other staff on-site to keep everything running smoothly.

Every Great Horror Movie Night also features something a little special – it could be a scare, an activity, maybe both! For The Thing, the Great Horror Movie Night had a pop up tent in which a small team of scientists performed DNA tests to see who was infected by a strange new alien organism… And those that were still human. Fortunately, I was human, but there were many “things” out there that were not!

The Great Horror Movie Night is an extremely fun and rewarding time if you are a fan of horror movies. Sitting with hundreds of fellow horror fans in the dark, watching a scary movie, and eating some popcorn while monsters periodically roam the crowds is amazing. Tickets are $17 dollars per movie online and $25 dollars at the door. If you want to jump in the deep end, $89 dollars will wrangle you a season pass! You can check out all the details at the Great Horror Movie Night’s official website. Oh – you might want to bring a flash light as, while there is some lighting put out, the trail leading up to the Old Zoo seating area is a bit dark. A flash light is always a smart move!

Midsummer Scream 2017 Tickets On Sale Now

The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival is coming back to the Long Beach convention center, and tickets will be on sale today (within a matter of hours from this posting)! Check out the press release below for all the details.

March 8, 2017 – Tickets are now on sale for Midsummer Scream 2017, which will be hosted at the Long Beach Convention Center Saturday and Sunday, July 29-30. After a stellar debut last year, Midsummer Scream returns to Long Beach with a vengeance for a weekend of non-stop Halloween fun, haunted attractions, world-class panel presentations, live entertainment, makeup demonstrations, amazing vendors, and a sinister after-hours party in one of the most iconic paranormal activity locations in the world – the Queen Mary.

Ticket options are available now at MidsummerScream.org.

Fans attending Midsummer Scream 2017 are in for an early Halloween treat, as virtually every aspect of the convention is bigger and better this year, including:

World-Class Presentations and Bigger Main Stage Venue

As the official kick-off event for the Halloween season in Southern California, Midsummer Scream features an unparalleled lineup of major presentations by the largest tourist attractions on the West Coast. This year’s epic Main Stage lineup includes Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, and Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest. These Main Stage presentations will be held in the beautiful, state-of-the-art Terrace Theater, which features comfortable seating for up to 3,000 screaming fans.

Hall of Shadows Mini Haunts & Slider Exhibitions

A wildly-popular component of Midsummer Scream, the Hall of Shadows returns in 2017 featuring 14 terrifying previews of popular Halloween attractions coming this fall to Southern California. In addition to the Hall’s “mini haunts”, the high-energy slider exhibition team, Decayed Brigade, will perform several times each day, thrilling fans with incredible feats of athletic prowess and stunning agility.

Monstrous Saturday Night Party Aboard the Queen Mary

With one of the most popular paranormal activity hot spots in the world looming next to the Long Beach Convention Center, it’s a nightmarish dream come true to announce that Midsummer Scream’s Saturday night party will be hosted aboard the Queen Mary by the denizens of the deep during Dark Harbor’s Sinister Circus. Fans and freaks will dance the night away while enjoying breathtaking views of Long Beach Harbor from the ship’s Sports Deck, which will feature terrifying decorum, lurking monsters, and many of your favorite characters from Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor!

Live Entertainment, Haunting Theatrical Experiences, and Horror Galore

Throughout the weekend, Midsummer Scream will offer a wide variety of live entertainment and chilling experiences, ranging from family-friendly to extreme. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group returns in 2017 with a special Urban Death production definitely not for the faint of heart. The creators of Return Home Podcast come to Midsummer Scream this year with a venue-wide “choose your own adventure” experience, and Force of Nature Productions will make its convention debut with an interactive theatrical attraction sure to make your flesh crawl and heart pound! Other “pop-up” entertainers will be found throughout the weekend engaging Midsummer Scream guests, including renowned magician Jimmy H as he returns to Long Beach as the ghoulishly delightful Mudd The Magnificent. Guests will also enjoy an expanded art exhibition space this year – the Nightmare Gallery, curated by industry designer Lee Shamel.

Inspiring Education and Hands-On Workshops

For guests looking to roll up their sleeves a bit, or put on their thinking caps, Midsummer Scream will offer outstanding educational classes and seminars at no extra charge to interested ticketholders on a first-come, first-served basis. Additionally, guests will also have opportunities throughout the weekend to participate in fun make-and-take workshops for a nominal materials fee. The variety of educational options at Midsummer Scream is created to appeal to everyone, from haunt enthusiasts to aspiring designers and cosplay lovers.

Frightful Film Fest

Guests will be treated to an on-going program of frightful films, first-person haunted attraction videos by Theme Park Adventure, and exciting Q&A sessions with special guests in the Screaming Room, presented by HorrorBuzz.com.

Massive Show Floor

The soul of Midsummer Scream is its massive Show Floor, featuring more than 200 artisans and vendors selling everything from scary apparel to one-of-a-kind horror props and memorabilia. Confirmed vendors at Midsummer Scream 2017 include Immortal Masks, Bone Yard Effects, Dark Delicacies, Cross Roads Escape Games, Clive Barker’s Seraphim Inc., Kreepsville 666, The Haunt Store, Fog It Up!, and Bearded Lady’s Mystic Museum. Also located on the Show Floor will be our Kids Zone, hosted by Buster Balloon, where Midsummer Scream’s youngest fans can busy themselves with Halloween arts and crafts and engage in festival games and activities.

And Much, Much More!

As we slither closer to show time, Midsummer Scream will continue announcing exciting components to its programming via its email newsletter (sign up at MidsummerScream.org), through our partner media outlets, and on various social media platforms such as Facebook and Twitter. This will include specific panels and presentations, additional entertainment, new vendors and participants, and of course, every gory detail regarding the Hall of Shadows.

Did we mention the kittens? One of the most popular attractions at Midsummer Scream returns this year with a mighty purr – Black and Orange Cat Adoptions will be back and ready to find their forever homes, courtesy of Kitten Rescue Los Angeles!

The entire Midsummer Scream team looks forward to bringing the Halloween, haunt and horror fans in Southern California another fantastic convention this summer. We continue to uphold the promise we made to the community last year at about this time – to deliver the show the fans want and deserve. At Midsummer Scream, we understand that it’s not just a season… it’s a lifestyle!

Fans may sign up on the site for email notifications and announcements, including discounts and other special offers. Be sure to follow Midsummer Scream on social media as well – Twitter/Periscope: @MidsummerScream, Instagram: @MidsummerScream, and Facebook: facebook.com/midsummerscream. Please use #MidsummerScream to tag all social media posts regarding Midsummer Scream 2017!

 

About Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival

Midsummer Scream is a large-scale summer festival celebrating the spirit of Halloween, haunts and horror, drawing thousands of guests to Southern California for a weekend of thrills and chills. Featuring a massive show floor of vendors and exhibitors, haunted attractions and experiences, live entertainment and world-class panel presentations, Midsummer Scream is the West Coast’s premier Halloween/horror event, offering something for fans of all ages. More information can be found at MidsummerScream.org.