Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT

For the latest show at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, guests had the chance to come face to face with their monsters they keep hidden. MONSTERS COME OUT AT NIGHT is directed by Zombie Joe himself and challenges us to “bravely face and conquer the physical, mental, and spiritual monsters, entities, and poltergeists that stalk us from their shadows” (ZJU press release). As someone who attends most shows put on by Zombie Joe Underground Theatre, this one in particular left me smiling as I clutched a gifted white rose. 

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT

Immersive Experience: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Group Presents F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT

I remember growing up as a kid and the joy that accompanied Easter Egg hunts. My mom would place plastic eggs hidden throughout the house filled with candy that my brother and I would have to search for, eventually leading us to a giant Easter basket filled with goodies. It’s been a long time since I’ve gone on an Easter egg hunt, so when Zombie Joe’s announced that they would be doing a F*CKED UP EASTER EGG HUNT, I knew I was in for a treat - and that it would be nothing like what I had experienced as a kid. 

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED

Immersive Experience: They Played Productions Presents CAPTIVATED

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend a pizza party and meet up with some new friends to discuss our lives and catch up. Everything on the surface seemed fine, there was light chatter, snacks, discussions on books and our jobs, and laughter which filled the air. However, there was a noticeable discomfort from our host, Victoria, when an old friend of hers named Ely arrived with his new girlfriend, Justine. From that moment on, the attending guests get swept up into the narrative of who Justine is and the horrifying circumstance surrounding her story.  

Immersive Experience: E3W Productions Presents BITTER AT THE END

Immersive Experience: E3W Productions Presents BITTER AT THE END

The heaviness is undeniable. The air is thick with the sorrows of a family in grief. A woman lies motionless in a glass box surrounded by loved ones in black. Her body is placed deliberately in the posture she will lie in for eternity. Heavy. You are here to pay your respects to Grace, your revered piano teacher.

Immersive Experience: SAFEHOUSE '77

Immersive Experience: SAFEHOUSE '77

It’s 1977 and I’ve been invited to a party in Los Angeles that is hosted by sisters Sharon and Connie. We’re told that it’ll be a night of fun, with drinking, games, and discussions about the Equal Rights Amendment which is so very close to passing. As the night progresses, and the alcohol loosens everyone up, you start to notice some tension between the hosts and their friends, along with secret whispering behind closed doors. You find yourself at a crossroads: do you continue to mingle with the guests, pushing aside any notions that something could be off, or do you investigate and learn the truth of what this party really is? 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents LOVECRAFT'S CTHULHU

When it comes to the work of H.P. Lovecraft, it’s been notoriously difficult to adapt the cosmic horror stories outside of his writing. There have been many who have tried and many who have failed, but tucked away you can find some shining stars such as Stuart Gordon’s Re-Animator (1985) or the 2005 silent film, The Call of Cthulhu. When it comes to live performances, they’re are a slew that have made a name for themselves such as “Re-Animator: The Musical” or Puppeteers for Fears “Cthulhu: The Musical”. 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Presents POPALYPT1C

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Presents POPALYPT1C

Popalypt1c, the latest play from director/writer Shayne Eastin, is set in a post-apocalyptic nightmare where the battle between good vs evil is at the forefront of this barren landscape and the catastrophic results of modern technology are seen through the actions of those who have survived. Popalypt1c stars Jason Britt, Nick D’Alberto, David Dickens, Anes Hasi, Abel Kidane, Skye LaFontaine, Daniel Palma, Alyssa Weldon and Caiti Wiggins. 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents CAMP WHITSIT

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents CAMP WHITSIT

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending Zombie Joe's Presents: CAMP WHITSIT and figured I would offer up my thoughts for my fellow immersive enthusiasts. To best describe the proceedings, I will turn to the description provided on Zombie Joe's website:

"Counselors guide eager and courageous campers throughout a haunted rite of passage that is whimsical, freakishly-strange, psychedelic...and filled with worldly merit!"

Immersive Experience: THE LUST EXPERIENCE: ANOINTMENT

Immersive Experience: THE LUST EXPERIENCE: ANOINTMENT

What do you truly desire? What are you willing to do to obtain that which you desire? These questions are at the forefront of the latest ARG (alternate reality game) immersive experience The Lust Experience, from the creators of The Tension Experience. For their latest project, which is their mid-finale titled The Lust Experience: Anointment, the creators have continued to follow the narrative of the O.S.D.M., a mysterious organization that first appeared in The Tension Experience and now Lust, which may have sinister motives that could result in deadly consequences for all those involved in the game. 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Presents BLOOD ALLEY CHRISTMAS

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Presents BLOOD ALLEY CHRISTMAS

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but it wouldn’t be Christmas time without the jolly holiday theatrics from our friends at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater. If you’ve been reading Nightmarish Conjurings for awhile, then you are familiar with my undying love of Zombie Joe’s Blood Alley. There is something about that show that just speaks to me in a way that few others have and is always a performance I can’t wait to attend. Now that the holidays are upon us, Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater wants to help you get into the Christmas spirit with their Blood Alley Christmas show and let me tell you, you’ll never look at Santa Claus the same again. 

Immersive Experience: THE KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN

Immersive Experience: THE KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN

I’m so grateful to be able to experience the amount of haunts and immersive experiences that Los Angeles has to offer. The amount of creativity that goes into these experiences is above par to most events that I have participated in throughout the country. Every haunt season, there seems to be one event in particular that blows me away in terms of design, creativity, originality, and story and this year that would be THE KAIDAN PROJECT: WALLS GROW THIN from Rogue Arts Ensemble. 

Immersive Experience: CAUGHT

Immersive Experience: CAUGHT

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I am going to do my best today to convey the truth with as little embellishment as possible.

To begin with, the other night I had the pleasure of attending the new immersive theater experience CAUGHT at the Think Tank Gallery.  The setting was perfect for this production as we are in an actual gallery to see a show that revolves around art.  This air of authenticity is further captured by the fact that while the guests look at the art, grab a bite to eat, or partake of the proffered libations, the artist of the hour himself makes his way between the groups to interact with the attendees.  During his glad handing, he mentions that he plans on reading to us from his new biography about his time in prison; and with that the stage is set.

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents DEVILED

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre Presents DEVILED

Here ye, here ye! Zombie Joe's Underground Theatre is bringing new delights our way with DEVILED, a horror-theatre experience about two sisters who open a portal between Earth and Hell.  For those new to Zombie Joe's, you will find the material riveting. For those of you who are hardcore Urban Death or Blood Alley fans, you will find similar notes in DEVILED, but do not be fooled! DEVILED is very much its own separate universe and does not attend to the same comedic appetites many of us have when we trot our way to ZJU. 

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theater Presents URBAN DEATH: TOUR OF TERROR

Immersive Theater: Zombie Joe's Underground Theater Presents URBAN DEATH: TOUR OF TERROR

Many times throughout the year, I am grateful to have a place to go to fill my horror needs at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, a place I’ve learned to call home these past two and a half years. I always look forward to their horror performances and I rarely, if ever, find myself disappointed. As Halloween rapidly approaches, I’ve learned that I can always depend on Zombie Joe’s to put on a performance unlike anyone else. For the spookiest season of the year, Zombie Joe brings back Urban Death: Tour of Terror and it was everything that I could have asked for and more. 

Immersive Theater: Force of Nature Productions Present FALLEN SAINTS: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Immersive Theater: Force of Nature Productions Present FALLEN SAINTS: DIA DE LOS MUERTOS

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending Fallen Saints: Dia de Los Muertos and I figured I would offer up some thoughts for my fellow immersive theater enthusiasts.  A quick note, this is the event’s second year in existence and it is my first time attending, so I might not have caught all of the Easter eggs put in for those who saw last year’s event.

Immersive Experience: CreepLA Presents LORE: A HAUNTING EXPERIENCE

Immersive Experience: CreepLA Presents LORE: A HAUNTING EXPERIENCE

Welcome witches and warlocks,

I had the great pleasure of attending CreepLA: Lore this year and figured I would offer up my thoughts.  A quick caveat or two, while I have attended CreepLA’s production The Willows, this is my first of their true Halloween productions.  I also like the property they are adapting, the podcast Lore, but I am not someone who has listened to all of the episodes or were consider myself obsessed with the property.  All of that being said, onto the review.

Immersive Experience: The Speakeasy Society Presents Chapter Four in the Kansas Collection: THE INVITATION

Immersive Experience: The Speakeasy Society Presents Chapter Four in the Kansas Collection: THE INVITATION

A little less than a year ago I started a journey through the imaginative Land of Oz through Speakeasy Society’s “Kansas Collection.” Each performance has been bringing guests closer and closer to uncovering the truth surrounding Dorothy while also preparing us for the impending climax that is soon to come. A few weekends ago I got to attend the latest show, THE INVITATION, where I found myself coming face to face with a decision that would set into motion my stance within the Land of Oz. If you aren’t familiar with my journey or need a refresher, visit my reviews for Chapter I: The Key, Chapter 2: The Axe and Chapter 3: The Door to get all caught up. 

Immersive Experience: Firelight Collective Presents STARS IN THE NIGHT

Immersive Experience: Firelight Collective Presents STARS IN THE NIGHT

Welcome witches and warlocks,

Today I will be reviewing the Firelight Collective's latest immersive theater experience STARS IN THE NIGHT. To best describe the experience, I will use their taglines:

"There are cosmic events that happen once in a lifetime. What happens when worlds collide? Will you be there? 

Loss, loss forms a central theme. 

Then again, so does hope. 

And, also, beauty.

But there is love, here, too."

Immersive Experience: Optika Moderna Presents "Waking La Llorona"

Immersive Experience: Optika Moderna Presents "Waking La Llorona"

When it comes to immersive experiences and/or immersive events, I thought I had seen them all. That was until I heard about Optika Moderna's "Waking La Llorona". Something about the event caught my eye and though it was being held in San Diego (about an hour and half drive from where I live), I didn't hesitate to sign myself up in hopes of getting an appointment. A few days later, I received a cryptic email from Optika Moderna informing me of a specific location, time, and date for my meeting with La Llorona...