He may be a mean one, but the holiday season wouldn’t be what it is without the appearance of the infamous green one. Back for another year is Universal Studios Hollywood annual Grinchmas, a Who-lebration of fun featuring The Grinch, his faithful dog Max, and a slew of Who-ville Whos! It has been over two years since I had the chance to attend Grinchmas, so I was looking forward to seeing what holiday excitement the event had to offer.
Christmas is coming to the Queen Mary to start a new holiday tradition in the 2018 winter season. A Queen Mary Christmas is setting sail from November 23, 2018 to January 6th, 2019 and bringing holiday cheer to the harbor. Aboard the Queen Mary you can experience a wide array of festive activities that are fun for the whole family including ice skating, building gingerbread houses, decorating stockings, listening to live carolers sing your favorite holiday classics, witnessing a tree lighting ceremony, drinking hot cocoa while listening to Mrs. Klaus’ stories, meeting Santa, and a 4D Polar Express experience.
2018 is proving to be another fantastic year for fans of the Wizarding World as we not only got another Fantastic Beasts film, but Universal Studios Hollywood once again brought back their Christmas in the Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Similar in vein to last year’s experience, this year offered an array of holiday treats ranging from a spectacular light projection show on the Hogwart’s castle to the newest addition of nightly snowfall.
Cultists! Rejoice! The 2018 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival rose from the fathomless deep to drive the audiences of Portland, OR to madness this month.
A few weeks ago I arrived at a nondescript building in Glendale on a Friday evening. As I push the door aside, I wondered what type of debauchery awaited me only to be surprised to find a row of mannequins dressed in superhero costumes staring back at me. Confused, and slightly startled, I walked around the space to find other mannequins dressed in costumes ranging from Pennywise to Western themed, and it’s at this point where the nervousness started to set in. Luckily this review isn’t going to be about how I was scared shitless by a troupe of soulless mannequins, instead, this was just the beginning stages of what has become one of my favorite events of the Halloween season: SHAPESHIFTER CIRCUS.
If you are looking for a unique dining experience with immersive elements, exceptional set design and fabulous costumes look no further than Disco Dining Club and Grim Wreather’s The Flowering of the Strange Orchid. Inspired by the classic HG Wells’ short story, this experience brings to life the beauty of exotic bloodsucking plants with an incredible 5 course meal by the talented Laurent Quenioux of LQ Foodings. This private event at a beautiful Los Angeles residence will have you feeling like a Hollywood A-lister and provide you a out of the ordinary experience.
From the makers of the infamous Pageant of the Masters, a staple of the Laguna Beach artist community since 1932, brings you Pageant of the Monsters a Halloween festival and celebration. This family friendly event provides Halloween activities for all ages and a hauntingly good time. With a maze, arts and crafts, airbrush tattoos, an alien autopsy experience, a reptile zoo, fortune tellers, scaractors roaming the grounds, and art boutiques, there is something for everyone at Pageant of the Monsters.
Approaching sun down, we anxiously drive an hour off I-5 down a long deserted dirt road towards The Groveland Hotel. As we continue winding up a steep incline, we notice our cellphone reception starts to get spotty. Isn't this how every horror movie starts? Our minds start to race assessing possible outcomes of our stay at The Groveland. Our experience started long before we even reached Room 15 believed to be occupied by a departed gold miner, Lyle.
Having gone to the Winchester Mystery House for a dark-of-night flashlight tour in my early 20s, I thought I knew what to expect when walking onto the estate where the uber-haunted Winchester Mystery House calls home. To my genuine delight, they’ve made some changes to the nighttime tour since my last visit, and what I thought would be just a regular walk-through of the Mystery House by candlelight turned out to be a well-orchestrated haunted house.
Last Monday, I had the chance to attend Freeform’s Halloween House in celebration of their 31 Nights of Halloween. The event, which was located at the historic Lombardi House in Hollywood, California from October 4-9th, was a free pop-up experience that allowed guests the chance to immerse themselves in the world of Hocus Pocus and The Nightmare Before Christmas, as both films were celebrating their 25th Anniversary this year.
The impact of The Jim Henson Company can easily be found in a variety of the things that I have enjoyed in life. I grew up obsessively watching movies like LABYRINTH, DARK CRYSTAL, and MIRROR MASK, growing to love the creepily fantasmical atmospheres that make up the world of those films. Years later I would come to appreciate the sheer might and artistry that went into the puppeteering found in Jim Henson Company’s projects. With the arrival of THE CURIOUS CREATIONS OF CHRISTINE MCCONNELL, I theorized that this project would appeal to both an older generation that grew up on puppetry and also could introduce puppetry to a younger generation. After seeing a special screening of the show on the studio lot, I felt more certain that my theory would be proven true!
Before I started writing this, I was trying to remember the exact moment I discovered Joe Coleman, who I consider to by my favorite living artist. I’m pretty sure it was about 12 years ago when I was working at Borders Bookstore (RIP) in Atlanta, Georgia. I was shelving the art books early in the morning before any customers came in, and I came upon Cosmic Retribution: The Infernal Art of Joe Coleman. I spent about thirty minutes on the clock reading the book and looking at the pictures and realized that there was someone out there making art that resonated with me.
Deep within the halls of the Queen Mary, there is a room filled with seemingly ordinary items from the past. However, these items hold spiritual significance that allow them to be used as a conduit for communication with the spirits. These items open up the world between the living and the departed. They invite ghosts to pass over the threshold and interact with the living.