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?
Welcome witches and warlocks,
I had the great pleasure of attending Drunken Devil: Night of 1,000 Devils over the weekend and figured I would offer up some thoughts. This is my second event with the Drunken Devil family so some of this review will be using the past event as a point of comparison. To best describe this iteration, I will turn to a modified version of the press release:
"Damian Bloodworth, mysterious Los Angeles socialite and suspected cult leader, invites you to his lavish Halloween party, where it soon becomes clear that no one is safe."
One of my favorite events of the Halloween season is without a doubt Unbound Productions Wicked Lit. From the moment I first attended two years ago, till now, I am continuously impressed with the passion and dedication of those involved in this production. This year, they tackled three new world premieres with Thoth’s Labyrinth, The Open Door, and The Damned Thing, as well as a brand new narrative frame, titled Liliom.
I've been aware of the Sacramento Horror Film Festival for a long time now. This year was the first year I was able to actually attend and it was quite an experience. There's definitely something to be said about being a huge genre fan, sitting in a theatre with like minded individuals. It makes for excellent company and one hell of a time.
Last week I had the pleasure of attending Olivia Bellafontaine’s The House of Red Velvet, an experience that can only be described as a spicy and erotic cocktail that’s two parts burlesque blended with a shot of adrenaline and a whole lot of “What did I just watch?” The show is held in the Red Room, a dark and intimate space tucked in the back of Bar Lubitsch, a Russian themed vodka bar in West Hollywood. The house was full and we were packed in like sardines, the room abuzz with ladies and gentlemen eager for a peep of something exotic and forbidden.
Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the second year of Warner Bros Studios “Horror Made Here: Festival of Frights” event. Last year, guests had the chance to go on a tour of the studio specifically tailored to horror films and it ended up being an event that I absolutely loved, so you can imagine how excited I was when it was announced that Warner Bros would be continuing the event once again, only this time expanded so that it would be bigger, badder, and more frightful for us die-hard horror fans.
Hi again, ghosts and ghouls! I’m back, but with something a little bit different this time around. This won’t be a film review, but more of a review of an experience that I had…I had the privilege of being at the opening of Zak Bagans’ Haunted Museum in Las Vegas!
Scared to Death, a brand new exhibition and horror film experience begins by guests walking through a maze of hanging wrapped cadavers. Children shuddering through the web of corpses made a fun stumble for all, reminiscent of a well produced haunted attraction.
They say dead men tell no tales, but I'm alive and well, and I have at least one tale to share from this day. We crossed the seven seas (better known as the greater Los Angeles freeway system) to attend the Talk Like a Pirate Day Challenge event celebrating the 5th installment of the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise, Dead Men Tell No Tales Digital and Blu-ray release September 19, 2017 and October 3, 2017, respectively.