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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.