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.  

Event Recap: Warner Bros. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Studio Tour

Event Recap: Warner Bros. FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM Studio Tour

This past week I had the privilege of attending a preview of the FANTASTIC BEASTS AND WHERE TO FIND THEM exhibit at the Warner Bros. Studio Tour.  When myself and the other guests first arrived at the event we were treated to a magical cocktail party very similar to the speakeasy scene in FANTASTIC BEASTS!  The servers were dressed in 1920's flapper attire and they were serving magical smoking drinks!  Also in this area was a photo booth where you could be superimposed into a picture with the rest of the FANTASTIC BEASTS cast. 

Before being let into the exhibit we were treated to a few words from the two guests of honor, the No-Maj star of FANTASTIC BEASTS, Dan Fogler and miss "Ginny Weasley" herself, actress Bonnie Wright.  After sharing their thoughts on the exhibit and posing for a few pictures we were off to experience the magic ourselves. 

Event Review: "A Telenovela Christmas Carol"

Event Review: "A Telenovela Christmas Carol"

We are all familiar with Charles Dicken's classic Christmas tale, "A Christmas Carol", but imagine for a minute, a much more dramatic telling of the story.  You would still have your ghosts of Christmas past, present and future, but guests would have the chance to see the story unfold as if it were a Telenovela Mexican soap adaptation.  After seeing the classic so many times, it was refreshing to see a new twist to a beloved story.  "A Telenovela Christmas Carol" is written by Adam Neubauer and Sebastian Muñoz of Force of Nature Productions, and is a follow up from last year's hit "TELENOVELA" This year they bring back the same characters as well as introduce new characters to an entirely new world and story.  Not only do we get to join them in their hilarity and despair during the holiday season, but we also get a taste of some passion, seduction, and redemption as well as musical numbers during the re-telling of the Dicken's classic. 

Event Review: The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Event Review: The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze

Welcome witches and warlocks,

A few weekends ago I had the pleasure of attending The Great Jack O'Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Sleepy Hollow.  For those who know nothing about it, The Blaze (as it is called for short) was started in 2005 and takes place every year on the Van Cortlandt Manor grounds where it draws attention to many different aspects of the site.  Given that the event attracts thousands of people every night (some of them celebrities) I figured I should give it a look while I was in the area to see how well it captures the spirit of Halloween. 

Event Review: The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Halloween Bash

Event Review: The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Halloween Bash

This past Monday, I had the chance to spend Halloween at The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor Halloween Bash hosted by the one and only Bridget Marquardt ("Girls Next Door" "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches").  The spookiest night of the year was filled with top-notch haunts, sideshow performances, a special drag show performance by the "Jewels", and Dark Harbor's annual costume contest.  To many, Halloween evokes thrills, chills and scares but at Dark Harbor there was an air of excitement and fun that co-mingled with the dark and spooky atmosphere inhabited by those of the living and quite possibly the dead. 

Event Review: Warner Bros Halloween Studio Tour "Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour"

Event Review: Warner Bros Halloween Studio Tour "Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour"

A few weeks ago, I had the chance to attend the preview night for Warner Bros.' Halloween Studio Tour, "Horror Made Here: A Halloween Screening and Twilight Tour."  The event, a two night limited run October 28 and 29, offers guests a look into some of the exterior sets and stages of horror's most iconic movies such as, "The Exoricst," "The Lost Boys," "Gremlins," "House of Wax," "Monster Squad," and much, much more.  As someone who lives and breathes horror, as well as the style and design that goes into their sets, I was beyond ecstatic to be able to catch a glimpse of this movie magic in person. 

Event Review: Slider's Unite - Breaking the Stigma

Event Review: Slider's Unite - Breaking the Stigma

I've been attending Haunts around SoCal for years, and I remember seeing my first sliders, easily ten years ago.  I was fascinated!  And terrified.  How the hell did that guy stop just short of crashing through me?!  Totally impressed!

This past Wednesday, I was given the opportunity to check out The Queen Mary's Dark Harbor for their event, Sliders Unite: Breaking the Stigma and I was blown away!

Event Recap: Sinister Creature Con

Event Recap: Sinister Creature Con

Before diving into my experience at Sinister Creature Con, I think it's important to mention that I was absolutely stoked to have a horror con in my hometown of Sacramento.  2016 is the second year that they have done it and I was really disappointed to have missed out on it in 2015.  Having now gone, I will let you know that I will be attending every year moving forward. This review isn't going to be written day by day but more of a blending of our experience at the convention. 

First, I need to tell you that the weather was absolutely fantastic to attend a horror convention. It was the first weekend we had received any rain in MONTHS and everything looked dreary and their was a lot of cold moisture in the air.  We arrived around 11:30 and promptly got in line.  The line was not very long and it only took about 10-15 minutes to get through it, get our passes and make our way into the Con.  Considering I have never been to the Scottish Rites Center before, I had no idea how the event was going to be set up; however, the check-in table was at the entrance to a room that look like a very large hallway leading into two other rooms and another, smaller hallway, that lead to the panel and workshop rooms. 

Event Reviews: Midsummer Scream's HALL OF SHADOWS

Event Reviews: Midsummer Scream's HALL OF SHADOWS

Before diving into my experience at Sinister Creature Con, I think it's important to mention that I was absolutely stoked to have a horror con in my hometown of Sacramento.  2016 is the second year that they have done it and I was really disappointed to have missed out on it in 2015.  Having now gone, I will let you know that I will be attending every year moving forward. This review isn't going to be written day by day but more of a blending of our experience at the convention. 

First, I need to tell you that the weather was absolutely fantastic to attend a horror convention. It was the first weekend we had received any rain in MONTHS and everything looked dreary and their was a lot of cold moisture in the air.  We arrived around 11:30 and promptly got in line.  The line was not very long and it only took about 10-15 minutes to get through it, get our passes and make our way into the Con.  Considering I have never been to the Scottish Rites Center before, I had no idea how the event was going to be set up; however, the check-in table was at the entrance to a room that look like a very large hallway leading into two other rooms and another, smaller hallway, that lead to the panel and workshop rooms. 

Event Review: Knott's Scary Farm Maze Announcements!

Event Review: Knott's Scary Farm Maze Announcements!

This past Thursday, Nightmarish Conjurings was lucky enough to attend the Knott's Scary Farm 2016 Maze Announcements.  This was our first time attending this type of an event and to say that Knott's Berry Farm put on one hell of a presentation would be an understatement.  I've been to a lot of haunts in my life and I've seen a lot of announcements but nothing comes close to what Knott's did for their fans and to get everyone ready for the Halloween season. 

Midsummer Scream Sets the Bar High as the New Premiere Halloween Convention!

Midsummer Scream Sets the Bar High as the New Premiere Halloween Convention!

When it was announced almost 6 months ago that the majority of the team responsible for the success and creation of ScareLA was leaving, the horror and haunt community as a whole was left confused and upset.  I know for me, ScareLA 2015 was single-handley the best convention I had been to and I wasn’t sure what to expect it.  Within a week or so of their announcement Executive Director David Markland, Creative Director Rick West, Executive Producer Gary Baker, Producer Johanna Atilano and Associate Producer Claire Dunlap had another, much happier, surprise for us - a new Halloween convention was coming and it was sure to kick off the season in a way none of would expect.  And boy, were they right.  Within months, they created the premiere Halloween event, Midsummer Scream, with passion and love; and they created this for us - the horror and haunt fans. 

Event Review: AMERICAN MURDER SONG

Event Review: AMERICAN MURDER SONG

Barefooted solidarity; or how many jaunty songs about murder can they write?

This past Thursday, I had the immense pleasure of getting all dolled up to head to The Valley (She's a Valley Girl, OK, fine, fer sure, fer sure...) for the West Coast premiere of Terrance Zdunich and Saar Hendelman's newest venture AMERICAN MURDER SONG. 

Event Review: The Drunken Devil Presents L'ENFER: AN INFERNAL DISCOTHEQUE

Event Review: The Drunken Devil Presents L'ENFER: AN INFERNAL DISCOTHEQUE

When most of us think of Hell, we think of fire and brimstone as well as devils and Satan.  But what if Hell was more than that.  What if Hell actually wasn’t any of that and instead it was a party for those who wanted to (ironically) celebrate life, sin, and some damn good disco music and performances?  Drunken Devil’s latest performance, L’Enfer: An Infernal Discotheque is exactly that.  We get to dance with the Drunken Devil himself while we mingle with like-minded individuals, get our fortune read, enjoy some sinful cocktails and watch live burlesque and magic performances. 

Nikki VonFrankenstitch Talks About Her First Horror Convention, DAYS OF THE DEAD LA!

Nikki VonFrankenstitch Talks About Her First Horror Convention, DAYS OF THE DEAD LA!

While I’m not new to Cons, this was my first Horror Con, and I wasn’t sure what to expect.  April Fools on a Friday night in Boobank, California…the vendor room was small, but organized and full, and the first thing I noticed…a table with Kansas Bowling, the mastermind behind BC Butcher, a prehistoric slasher, her special guest in the film, Rodney Bingenheimer of the World Famous KROQ (thank you for my musical education, sir!), and what was seriously one of the highlights of DOTD, Kato Kaelin!  After surviving the media crapfest that was the OJ trial, Kato has made the best of his fame, and is the star of BC Butcher (review soon, I can’t wait to watch it!), and was seriously the nicest guy!  All Cons should have Kato, he engaged everyone that passed him, offhanded jokes abounded, truly appreciating everyone that stopped by.

Devin and Amy Review the First Ever SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON 2016

Devin and Amy Review the First Ever SILICON VALLEY COMIC CON 2016

Despite staying in a Motel 6 on the east side of San Jose and driving around for over an hour looking for parking on Saturday, Silicon Valley Comic Con was actually really awesome!! Located in the nerd mecca, Silicon Valley is a perfect area to host their own con.