I had the great pleasure of attending Ghoula Events and The 3-D Space's recent screening of the horror film THE MASK (1962) at the Bob Baker Marionette Theater and figured I would offer up some thoughts on the proceedings. To best describe what the evening included, I will use my own description
Harry Potter has been an integral part of my life since the first book came out in 1997. I grew up with the stories and adventures that Harry Potter and his friends experienced within the Wizarding World, and although I am much older now, I still cherish the magical world that J.K. Rowling has created. Since the book's original inception, fans have now been graced with everything from movie adaptations to the creation of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter at both Universal Studios Orlando and Hollywood.
The Portland Horror Film Festival is a 4-day festival of independent and international horror films that takes place in, you guessed it, Portland Oregon from June 13-16. I was lucky enough to take in the weekend with the Portland horror crew and even though I was only able to be there two days, it was definitely worth the journey!
When we were asked to cover the opening of the new Dreamworks Theater at Universal Studios Hollywood I didn’t know what to expect. I’d walked by Shrek 4D a million times but never experienced it because I can live without Shrek in my life. I was always afraid of the talking Donkey out front as well. Meet and Greets with something that can talk to me isn’t my thing, but I was excited to give the new Dreamworks theater a go…..and delighted to see that talking Donkey wasn’t there when I arrived.
Texas Frightmare Weekend 2018 terrified its way into horror-con goers hearts almost three weeks ago, so why did it take me until now to write about it? Well, I've only just touched back down in homeland Australia, and while the flight from Dallas to Sydney to Brisbane feels like it takes three weeks, it's only around 20 hours all up. So what's my excuse for unpunctuality? Well, boring stuff. My wife and I visited family and did some touristy things while we were in the US of A, and being on the road without a laptop made it hard to sit down and make words happen. But I'm making it up to you now.
This past weekend I had the chance to attend the 30th Anniversary Event of the cult horror/sci-fi film, KILLER KLOWNS FROM OUTER SPACE (1988). This film holds a very special place in my heart and having never had the chance to see it on the big screen, I was looking forward to finally being able to have that experience.
Seattle's Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop) has been taken over by Marvel Superheroes at their newest exhibition.
The Queen Mary has become one of my favorite places to explore in Southern California. Whether it's during the Halloween season with Dark Harbor, or the many events that are sprinkled throughout the year that promise tales of paranormal activity, The Queen Mary has become my home away from home. In celebration of this past Friday, the 13th, which landed on April 13th, I had the chance to once again return to The Queen Mary to get a sneak peek into their infamous B340 Stateroom which would be opening to the public for the first time in three decades and let me tell you, it was one hell of an experience.
The Comic Convention has always been a mecca for various fandoms to come together and share, create, and basically just flip out over exciting it all is. As time goes on, we find Cons becoming more varied. The horror genre has always been quick to stand apart, with a proud fanbase ready to back it up. That brings us to Spooky Empire.
Two weekends ago I had the chance to attend Wondercon, the sister convention to San Diego Comic Con, in Anaheim, CA. Filled with thousands of cosplayers, unique panels, interactive experiences, exciting vendors, and more, Wondercon appeals to all fandoms from Disney to horror. My first year attending I had found myself incredibly overwhelmed, but this year, I was able to navigate the exhibitors floor with ease while also attending some really exceptional panels.
On Tuesday night, I had the absolute pleasure of stepping into The Further for the home video release of the latest chapter in the INSIDIOUS franchise, INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY. While there, I had the chance to check out some of the actual props used in the film while also attending a special Q&A session with the cast and crew. Having been a fan of the series since it first debuted in 2010, the opportunity to sit in and listen to the cast speak about their experiences filming THE LAST KEY, is something that I will treasure for a long time.
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I had the great pleasure of attending the recent Insidious: Paranormal Event in Los Angeles and thought I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow horror fans. The event was held to celebrate the digital release of INSIDIOUS: THE LAST KEY (2018) by inviting guests to have a nicely informal Q&A with the cast, take a spin on the Dearly Departed Tour, enter the haunted Oman House, and wound things down with some good old fashioned ghost hunting in LA’s famous American Legion Post 43. It was a long evening that covered a lot of ground, so lock in as I try to give as concise of an overview as possible.
Universal Studios Hollywood is celebrating the Lunar New Year with some limited time offerings starring characters from the DreamWorks Kung Fu Panda series!
The Grinch (the main character from the iconic Dr. Seuss book, television special, and film "How The Grinch Stole Christmas") is a holiday icon that most horror fans can get behind! Most of us can see ourselves in this sarcastic and cynical holiday thief even though Little Cindy Lou Who inspires him to change his ways. Grinchmas at Universal Studios Hollywood (daily between December 15 - December 31, 2017) is a Who-lebration of fun fit for The Grinch, his faithful dog Max and a roster of Who-ville Whos! Taking place after the Grinch's heart grows three sizes, there is plenty to do, see and taste during your visit to the land of Whos!
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I was able to attend The Queen Mary's: CHILL this past week and thought I would offer up some thoughts on the event as a whole. Just so everyone knows where I am coming from; this is my first time attending this event, but I have seen pictures of previous year iterations and talked to others so I know what has come before. With my credentials out of the way, here is the theme for the proceedings:
Imagine, if you will, that it’s 1846 and you have set out with your family to California on a wagon trail. However, due to a series of mishaps and misfortunes, you end up stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains during the winter. As supplies become scarce, you realize that your options have dwindled, and in order to survive, you must resort to cannibalism. Does this story sound familiar? It should, as it’s the true account of The Donner Party, and the story has been told over and over again, in one form of another, for the past 150 years.
The AMC hit TV show "The Walking Dead" has been gracing the screens of countless fans for almost 7 years. Last month, the show premiered Season 8 and celebrated their 100th episode in epic style at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles. AMC ran a contest for super fans for a chance to attend the Season 8 premiere as well as to be a part of the live taping of "Talking Dead" after the episode. An amazing friend of mine won and asked me to be their guest!
Whew!! Another year at Sinister Creature Con was had and it was a total blast. Before I knew the exact guests were set in place I wondered how they would follow up the Elm Street, Freddy's children panel that took place at the first ever SCC held in Stockton earlier this year. That was until I sat in a packed panel room full of hot breath and tons of other fans as we waiting for half of the cast of "Ash vs. Evil Dead" to enter the room. Did I also mention Ted Raimi, brother of the genius behind the Evil Dead franchise, Sam Raimi, and Danny Hicks (Evil Dead 2, Intruder) would be there?