Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents 45 Years of Knott's Scary Farm

Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents 45 Years of Knott's Scary Farm

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the Midsummer Scream panel 45 Years of Knott's Scary Farm. To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official summary:

"Knott's Scary Farm's 45-year history is discussed by an epic panel of veteran cast and crew."

They were not kidding when they said they had an epic panel. Not only was this one of the few ninety minute presentations at the event, they also had twelve different guests, which is at least two times as many as any of the other panels. It was a lot to take in, but the format was so well executed that it made this approachable even to those who had never attended Knott's Scary Farm before. 

Event Recap: Winchester Mystery House Presentation

Event Recap: Winchester Mystery House Presentation

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the Midsummer Scream panel Winchester Mystery House Presentation. To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official summary:

A look at Winchester's new tours and events and a discussion of the highly anticipated paranormal thriller "Winchester," due in theaters February 2018. 

Event Recap: ALONE - AN EXISTENTIAL HAUNTING at Midsummer Scream

Event Recap: ALONE - AN EXISTENTIAL HAUNTING at Midsummer Scream

ALONE: AN EXISTENTIAL HAUNTING is known for creating immersive experiences that send individuals off on quests to solve puzzles throughout Los Angeles. Part puzzle solving, part exploration, part dancing with unicorns, and part horror, you never know exactly what you will get from this entertaining company. ALONE sent us on an adventure through Long Beach at last year's debut of Midsummer Scream and returned again this year to give guests yet another fun experience. 

Event Review: Midsummer Scream Presents SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN FRIGHT FEST PRESENTATION

Event Review: Midsummer Scream Presents SIX FLAGS MAGIC MOUNTAIN FRIGHT FEST PRESENTATION

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be recapping the Midsummer Scream panel Six Flags Magic Mountain Fright Fest Presentation. To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official summary:

"Find out what goes into making this sprawling Halloween event and what's in store for the upcoming season." 

Event Review: Puppeteers for Fears Presents CTHULHU THE MUSICAL

Event Review: Puppeteers for Fears Presents CTHULHU THE MUSICAL

A sold out Seattle crowd perspires in a subterranean brick grotto waiting for Puppeteers for Fears, Ashland Oregon's very own punk rock horror puppet troupe to take the stage. 

Ashland is a town known nationwide for its theatre community, but is truly identified with its Shakespearean festivals in the summer that draw aristocrats and the bourgeois legions from around the country each year. 

Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents BEYOND THE 5TH DIMENSION: CREATING THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR

Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents BEYOND THE 5TH DIMENSION: CREATING THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the Midsummer Scream panel BEYOND THE 5TH DIMENSION: CREATING THE TWILIGHT ZONE TOWER OF TERROR. To best describe the conceit, I will turn to the official summary:

"The creators of the iconic ride discuss how they transported guests into the Fifth Dimension."

Event Recap: Force of Nature Productions Presents TALES FROM TOMORROW

Event Recap: Force of Nature Productions Presents TALES FROM TOMORROW

TALES FROM TOMORROW is the latest theatrical show from the folks over at Force of Nature Productions. Broken up into six vignettes, each story is reminiscent of shows such as "Tales From the Crypt", "Black Mirror", and "The Twilight Zone", that will leave you thinking of their impact long after the show has ended. 

Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents Shock Waves Live!

Event Recap: Midsummer Scream Presents Shock Waves Live!

As an avid podcast listener, the innumerable amount of podcasts out there can be overwhelming to say the least. I've spent countless hours in the car listening to podcasts on subjects ranging from lessons on etiquette to trivia, music and film, and of course, horror. There are many that I enjoy and revisit regularly, but only one stands out above the rest as my personal favorite: Shock Waves. Presented by Blumhouse and hosted by Rob Galluzzo, Rebekah McKendry, Ryan Turek, and Elric Kane, Shock Waves is my go-to podcast for all things horror. They cover everything from revisiting the classics to discussing the latest films in the genre and each week they bring on a brand new special guest to join the discussion. 

Event Recap: Order of Bileth at Midsummer Scream

Event Recap: Order of Bileth at Midsummer Scream

Let's be real for a minute: life can be crazy sometimes and the world we live in can be a very challenging place. While it's important to stay informed about current events and the things going on around us, I am also a firm believer that we all need breaks from the madness from time to time by means of escapism. There are countless ways we can temporarily "escape", whether it's by watching movies, traveling, or reading, but I've recently come across an act of escapism unlike anything I've experienced before and it is quickly becoming one of my new favorite things: the immersive experience. I like to describe immersive experiences as playing pretend for adults. Each experience is different, but they are alike in that participants will suspend disbelief, use every ounce of their imaginations, and in some cases, temporarily become someone else. 

Event Recap: Ghost Town Alive

Event Recap: Ghost Town Alive

Aloha adventurers,

I am hard pressed to pick the moment that first made me fall in love with GHOST TOWN ALIVE at Knott's Berry Farm.

Maybe it was my first meeting with dastardly bandit Ox Mayfield, as he stood behind bars telling passersby that he committed all the crimes of which he was accused, but still wanted them to vote him innocent. 

Event Review: Drunken Devil Presents the "Curse of the Jungle Drums"

Event Review: Drunken Devil Presents the "Curse of the Jungle Drums"

Welcome witches and warlocks, 

Today I will be reviewing the horror themed event Drunken Devil Presents: Curse of the Jungle Drums. To best describe the theme, I will turn to an edited version of their press release. 

"Find yourself transported to Pele's Hideaway, a lavish tiki bar in Hollywood, circa 1954. Back from an exotic expedition, a famous explorer has brought a mysterious idol to the bar's owner as a gift; the idol, however, is cursed, and causes the club-goers to go mad, killing each other." 

Event Recap: Sinister Creature Con Summer Edition

Event Recap: Sinister Creature Con Summer Edition

Northern California is where I was born and (primarily) raised. Therefore, I'm always incredibly excited when cool stuff happens here. Sinister Creature Con is probably one of the coolest conventions to happen in Northern California over the last few years. The fact that they moved it to Stockton during June to have it take place two times a year is absolutely brilliant. Southern California is chalk full of cons (if I'm able to drive 6 hours away), but it's a good feeling knowing something so awesome is happening close to home. 

Event Recap: West Coast Haunter's Convention

Event Recap: West Coast Haunter's Convention

The West Coast Haunter's Convention (WCHC) is an annual event held in the fair city of Portland, OR each Spring to gather haunt owners and enthusiasts from the U.S. and Canada for a weekend of fun, education and networking. As a general rule, conventions do their best to provide a high level of programming to add value to the ticket. WCHC takes this train of thought very seriously, as a large majority of attendees are proprietors or staff at either home or pro haunts, so the level of information provided on topics from marketing to makeup and scenic design is truly impressive. A small sampling of this year's roughly 50 courses include topics covering DIY Animation with prop and scene controllers, creating press releases, managing security for haunted attractions, actor's training and so much more. 

Event Recap: WhedonCon 2017

Event Recap: WhedonCon 2017

Cons are fun. There's no other way about it, from the energy in the air to the cosplayers to the metric buttload of merchandise that you absolutely must have, there's just something about going to a con that makes you feel like you're on vacation. Or some kind of nerdy/geeky heaven. 

Event Recap: Crypticon Seattle 2017

Event Recap: Crypticon Seattle 2017

When Crypticon Seattle announced they were changing venues to the Doubletree Hotel Seattle Airport location, I knew we were in for an exciting new year. A new venue brings fresh energy and possibilities to any event, but especially to conventions, which can suffer from venue burnout and fatigue very easily for repeat attendees. The team at Crypticon, led by Troy Bowers, did a wonderful job assembling and programming this year's Crypticon. 

Event Review: Drunken Devil Presents - BLOODY GRAS

Event Review: Drunken Devil Presents - BLOODY GRAS

As I have mentioned numerous times in the past, I'm a huge fan of anything New Orleans related: whether it be in music or film, or food and history, New Orleans holds a special place in my heart. When Drunken Devil Productions announced that their latest show, BLOODY GRAS, was going to be a dark homage to the wild festivities surrounding Mardi Gras, I was 1000%o on board.  This celebration of life and debauchery included magicians, sideshow antics, burlesque performances, an immersive theatrical piece centering around the infamous Axeman of New Orleans, and disco tunes to dance the night away... if you survived the Axeman's wrath...

Event Review: Drunken Devil Productions Presents THE WITCHES' BALL: A HALLOWEEN BACCHANAL

Event Review: Drunken Devil Productions Presents THE WITCHES' BALL: A HALLOWEEN BACCHANAL

When it comes to horror event productions, there are only a handful that can put on a show that has true heart and passion behind it.  One of those companies is Drunken Devil Productions which has been putting on nightlife events, with a horror twist, since October 2015.  Their newest show, "Bloody Gras", is sure to be one for the books, and to get everyone jazzed (pun intended) about the event, I decided to take us back to their last event, their Halloween spectacular, The Witches’ Ball: A Halloween Bacchanal

The Witches’ Ball was a beautiful homage to the horror films of the 60’s and 70’s combined with the inspiration from histories black mass gatherings and secretive ceremonies of arcane pagan culture.  Throughout the evening, guests were entertained by burlesque performances from Scarlett Fox, who wow’d the audiences with her incredibly tantalizing acts (one which included being soaked in a blood-like substance) and aerial feats.  Along with Scarlett Fox was the vivacious Go-Go Amy, of the Pretty Things Peepshow, who seduced the crowd with her vaudevillian acts, which included her fitting her body through a tennis racket!  When it comes to Drunken Devil events, you best believe they bring the talent and The Witches’ Ball was no exception. 

Event Review: The Queen Mary's CHILL: Alice in Winterland

Event Review: The Queen Mary's CHILL: Alice in Winterland

A few weeks ago I had the chance to attend The Queen Mary's holiday event titled CHILL in Long Beach, CA.  Though it was definitely a far departure from their Halloween event, Dark Harbor, it still boasted all the holiday cheer you could ask for.  Typically, here at Nightmarish Conjurings we focus on the scary, spooky, and creepy and less on the happy, cheerful, yuletide events that the holiday season brings.  Luckily, we can usually find something that is a bit on the creepy side in most things that we do.  With that said, The Queen Mary's CHILL had one of the best themes for their holiday events, and one that I think is creepy when shown in the right light, the one and only Alice in Winterland.