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I have recently returned from Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights event and I am currently in haunt mode leading up to Halloween, which is exactly why I will be watching and reviewing the new movie ‘The Houses October Built’ which features a fresh new idea in the found-footage genre based around haunted attractions… I can’t wait to review this movie and look for the article some time this weekend right back here at FirstClassHorror. The following is just a small little overview of the movie and the trailer etc… Enjoy guys!

THE HOUSES OCTOBER BUILT
Synopsis
Americans annually spend over 8 Billion dollars on Halloween. Nearly 2,500
haunted attractions open each year, with over 30 million customers attending
annually.
This is the story of a group of friends who set out to find the most terrifying haunt
in the U.S. — a fabled traveling haunt that blurs the lines between a carnival thrill
ride and a living nightmare.
Six days before Halloween a group of five friends (Zack, Bobby, Brandy, Mikey,
and Jeff) celebrate with a wild night out on the town before loading up their RV to
begin a cross-country road trip.

Approaching the first haunt, each character’s
personality begins to separate as they dissect their individual fears and
expectations. But the intrigue of a standard walk through haunted house quickly
fades and the bar must be raised.

The group stumbles upon some of Halloween’s
most creative haunts: The group gets to become the hunters instead of the
hunted. A “Zombie Paintball” excursion where you shoot rounds at real “human”
zombies.

They then find themselves deep in the trenches of All Hallows’ Eve
erotica inside a “Zombie Strip Club.” And finally an adventurous desire kicks in for
something even more intense…something off the beaten path…the most extreme
haunted house ever created. The group starts questioning haunt workers and
patrons, searching chat rooms, before finally receiving an invitation to the elusive
BLUE SKELETON…a haunt with no website…no recorded history…only an urban
legend.

But they quickly discover that the HAUNT has found them. They come
face to face with the BLUE SKELETON and confront their ultimate fear, blurring
the lines between what is fake…and what is very, very real.

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Arriving thanks to the great success of James Wan’s “The Conjuring,” “Annabelle” picks up where its predecessor began. I know that doesn’t make much sense, but think of this supernatural thriller as a companion piece versus a sequel. While not as frightening or complex as the original, “Annabelle” is an effective scare fest filled with characters set up well enough to empathize with.

A couple’s home is invaded by satanic cultists. Shortly after, they begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll. Upon further investigation, the couple discovers the cultists have summoned an entity so malicious that nothing they did will compare to the sinister conduit to the damned that is now… Annabelle.

Set in the 1970s, “Annabelle” plays out just like a lost film from that era. It takes time to set up each character and give the viewer a reason to invest in their lives. You get attached to them before unholy terror and tragedy reigns down upon each one.

Another reason it plays out like a genuine treasure from the decade of “The Exorcist” and “The Omen” is its focus on the satanic panic movement of the time. The drama unfolds as the Manson Family trial is playing out on the couple’s television. It captures the paranoia of a time when cults and a serial murderer known as the Zodiac Killer was on everyone’s minds. The American public was either fixated or unhealthily fascinated with the dangers of the occult.

“Annabelle” is rated R for intense sequences of disturbing violence and terror. Blood is definitely shed on screen and I agree that some imagery is beyond what we’ve come to expect from PG-13 movies. However, there’s no nudity to be seen.

For those walking into “Annabelle” expecting a “Chucky” movie, you’ll be sorely disappointed. The doll is only one plot device used. The demon manifests itself using several different avenues which I don’t want to spoil entirely here. The most prevalent one is that of the female cult member who “infects” the doll with her tainted blood.

“Annabelle” is a worthy follow-up to “The Conjuring.” It comes as no surprise that producers would focus on the deadly doll as a means of carrying on what could become a franchise all its own. The creepy plaything almost stole the show. Just like Disney is doing with “Star Wars,” Warner Brothers could push out a spin-off film for each object in the Warrens’ occult museum every other year directed by up and coming talent while James Wan handles the “The Conjuring” sequels.

If that does come to light, then I for one am in!!

What did you guys think? Did you enjoy it as much as I did? Were you surprised in a good or bad way as to how the movie played out?

Let me know below in the comment section!

Here is a list of my top 5 most anticipated horror releases in the last quarter of 2014, the following list is in no particular order!

 

ANNABELLE – October 3rd 

Everyone alive is interested in seeing this tie in to the adored James Wan creeper The Conjuring. Annabelle, that creepy doll that spooked us in the film is back to make us all sh*t our pants again in her own flick this October. John R. Leonetti is tapped to direct this chiller, Creepy dolls and Halloween madness seem like a very appropriate fit. We’ll find out if these two can coexist on the level we’re all hoping for next month.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE TOWN THAT DREADED SUNDOWN – October 16thThe Town That Dreaded Sundown

Yet another remake, which is always a scary proposition on it’s own regardless of the content of the film, but The Town that Dreaded Sundown is a film that horror fans either know intimately, or missed altogether. We’re all hoping this reboot is really great, but even if it’s not maybe it’s existence will inspire more fans to seek out the original. I think this will be a gem for the horror remakes! I can feel it!

 

 

V/H/S VIRAL – October 23rd

This is another anthology offering horror shorts, and the success of the first and second installments prompted a quick sequel and an exciting trip to the Cannes festival to show it off. While the name is still fresh in horror fan’s minds this one will certainly have some play, especially now that it’s escalated to a bonafide franchise. Lets hope the third installment can follow suit and keep up the awesomeness the first and second movies had!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HORNS – October 31st Horns Poster

Is the long anticipated adaptation of Joe Hill’s bestselling novel of the same name going to live up to expectations? Can Daniel Radcliffe successfully front a picture of this nature? Will the damn thing be as creepy as we’re hoping? The curious will receive their answers on Halloween! I hope it lives up to the hype but wasn’t all that impressed by daniel in The Woman in Black a few years back!

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE BABADOOK – November 28th Babadock movie image

Only The Town That Dreaded Sundown rivals this one in terms of anticipation, for me. The trailer is insanely appealing, giving us a few glimpses of what could be a seriously engrossing picture. Production values look quite respectable and the tone of the feature seems to be very sinister and creepy. A couple qualities I can really dig. Of all the films on this list,The Babadook just might be the most frightening of them all.

It’s getting to that time of year again guys when the Haunt season rolls in and everybody is starting to prepare for Halloween Horror Nights! The following are some random tips for anyone travelling to the event this year! Feel free to leave any other tips etc that you may think of in the comments below!

Thanks guys!

When should I go?

Any night in September is good. The later you go in Fall, the busier it will be. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week, followed by Friday. You should avoid the week before Halloween at all costs. November 1st is the last night of the event, and the crowds return to September levels, if that.

Is an Express Pass worth it?

It fluctuates in price each night. Some nights you would be paying as much as a regular admission. I’d consider buying one if 5/8 of the houses exceed a 90 minute wait time. So, in summary, get one on Fridays and Saturdays between Oct. 15-31.

Other Tips and Tricks

*The first and last Bill and Ted show each night are the least crowded

*Start your house from the back of the park and make your way to the front of the park as the night progresses.

*HHN is at its peak capacity around 10:30. Guests start to leave after then. Get into the park as close to the opening as you can.

*Talk to strangers. It helps distract you from the lines you’re waiting in.

I usually bring a backpack filled with the following items:

  • Poncho – Probably the most important item in my backpack. I recall one night where it rained literally all night. My girlfriend and I were soaked from head to toe. Then we bought ponchos. It at least keeps the rain off of your clothes. The downside to a poncho is that it gets pretty humid inside of it due to your body heat and the rain.
  • Small Umbrella – If you have the poncho, you’re probably ok. I bring a small umbrella just in case I don’t feel like wearing a poncho and the rain isn’t that bad.
  • Extra Socks/Shoes – This is only if you anticipate the rain is going to be bad. Usually when it rains, the lines for the houses get filled with huge puddles of water. Then you’re going to step in those big puddles and have wet shoes and socks. Then you’re going to hate your life.
  • Handheld game – Lines are long, and waiting in line staring at the drunk guy who took his shirt off and is singing Lady Gaga is only funny for the first 10 minutes, then it’s just sad and kinda creepy. Therefore, I usually bring my Nintendo DS and I’m distracted long enough to not notice the 2 hour wait times on each of the houses.

The backpack in itself is a great thing to bring because it can hold anything you buy during the event. You will have to open your backpack at the checkpoint to City Walk as well as the entrance to Universal. To make this as smooth and as easy as possible, I put together the following tips.

Things to not bring:

  • Weapons/anything that could be considered a weapon – You are going to have to pass through a metal detector when you come in the park. Don’t bring pocket knives, bottle openers, kendo sticks, or anything else that could be considered a weapon. Otherwise you’ll get it taken away and may not be let in.
  • Pens/Markers – I experienced this last year. I had just come from school so I had some Micron Pens in my backpack. The security pulled me to the side and told me that pens/markers weren’t allowed in the park. They took them, gave me a slip of paper and told me I could pick them up when I left the park. I don’t know what damage I could do with a Micron Pen, but it happened.
  • Alcohol – Alcohol in the park is expensive. I know your friends have done it and gotten away with it, so you’re going to try it. Don’t try and sneak alcohol in. They’ll just make you throw it away. And they won’t let you finish it off either.
  • Masks/Costumes – Just don’t bring these. The scareactors are here to scare people, not you. Which leads me to my next point…

Tips for not being an a-hole at Halloween Horror Nights:

  • Don’t attempt to scare/mess with the scareactors. This is probably the thing I see most from middle schoolers that got dropped off at the park by their moms. They want to look cool and mess with the scareactors. They try to sneak up on them in the streets and scare them from behind. Well it’s not cool, it’s rude and ruins things for the rest of us. This also goes for the houses. Don’t attempt to go into the actor’s boo-holes. Just walk through the house and experience it.
  • Don’t hound the scareactors for pictures. Sure, some will take pictures with you, but they’re here to scare people, not to take a selfie with you on Instagram.
  • Don’t blame the workers for long lines. Treat them with respect. They are just trying to work and put on this great yearly event for us.
  • Don’t touch anything in the houses. The creative team spent tons of time on these houses in making them extremely detailed. There are always drunk people that wander in the houses and rip stuff off of a table in a room. Just look around and experience it. No touchy.
  • Don’t smoke in line. This is probably the most annoying thing ever. Standing behind a guy for 2 hours who is chain smoking. Not only is it inconsiderate, but it can also get you kicked out of line. Universal has designated smoking areas for that.

 

This review may contain spoilers

 

This movie is definitely not for movie goers who dislike “Found Footage” Or “First Person Camera” movies. Additionally it is not for movie goers who get easily sick or nauseous due to constant jerky moving camera shots.

Well that said, I LOVED IT! I saw a short trailer for it online and didn’t really understand too much about it except that it had to do with Paris’s catacombs. I knew the movie was supposed to be scary and therefore I was expecting some sort of ghost or demon angle to it, but to my surprise the plot had MUCH more depth to it and was very intriguing. I found myself researching more about the theme, plot and background when I got home.

For those who don’t know, the “Philosophers’ Stone” or otherwise know as the stone of the philosophers is a legendary alchemical substance said to be capable of turning base metals such as lead into gold or silver. It was also sometimes believed to be an elixir of life, useful for rejuvenation and possibly for achieving immortality. For many centuries, it was the most sought- after goal in alchemy. This movie contains BOTH the gold angles as well as the elixir of life (And its healing abilities).

I LOVED how it incorporated this with other different mythologies to really give the audience a its own original take on Hates (Otherwise Known as HELL) and the paranormal and then mixing it with a wild treasure hunt adventure. If you can get past the jerky camera movements, You will find yourself getting literally GLUED to the screen as it takes you a wild roller-cost ride throughout Paris’s underground catacombs. These catacombs hold nearly SIX MILLION peoples remains!! This definitely gives the movie that extra edge because of the dark backdrop of skeletons and death at every turn of endless tunnels, The group often finds themselves having to climb through small openings literally littered from on top to bottom with piles of bones.

The main characters are archaeologists, who also happen to be experienced treasure hunters.The quest like I mentioned above is for the Philosophers stone, this is what the Scarlett (Perdita Weeks) father had been searching for his ENTIRE life. **SPOILER** Her father is who you see in the beginning, (They both are in country in the middle east (Syria? or Saudi Arabia? Don’t remember) But they are searching for a hidden wall that contains clues to where the stone is hidden. There is where he meets his death (Hung with a noose)… She then is determined to complete his life long quest. The movie is something of Indiana Jones mixed with National Treasure, It has hidden clues and messages that must be deciphered in order to advance to get to the next clue/phase/part. In the end, it takes them into the catacombs where an group of french friends leads them to the spot they believe the stone is hidden. This group of friends refer to themselves as the most experienced catacomb explorers and are essentially their “tour guides” .

You (As the Audience) will experience paranormal activity, Hates (Hell), immortality, and a deathly adventure that claims the lives of many…. IF not ALL … Well, I won’t spoil that part! You will just have to go and find out!

I would best relate this movie as a mix of GRAVE ENCOUNTERS and NATIONAL TREASURE. A unique mix of National Treasure type treasure hunt, BUT with a huge catch. This is where the The Grave Encounters paranormal vortex applies! Once the group enters the final phase by entering into the catacombs… there’s no turning back home. The group discovers that the entrance of the tunnels of which they have entered, does not exist. They quickly learn that the only hope of survival is to push forward deeper into catacombs, furthermore they eventually discover that completing the quest of finding the philosophers stone is there only means to not only survival… but their only means to escape the dimensional vortex.

8.5 out of 10! Best scary movie I’ve seen in awhile! And my girlfriend absolutely loved it which means its a movie that you can bring your lady to aswell!

4. THE EVIL DEAD

Released in 1981, The Evil Dead narrates the horrifying story of five college students vacationing in an isolated cabin in a wooded area. Their vacation becomes gruesome when they find an audiotape that releases evil spirits. The low-budget slasher movie was very well-received by critics and successful at the box office, and a cult following has emerged in recent years.

Because of its graphic violence and terror, The Evil Dead is banned in several countries, including Finland, Germany, Iceland and Ireland. Perhaps the most disturbing scene is when a young woman is raped by a tree possessed by an evil spirit. This scene in particular has been heavily criticized for being perverse and misogynistic, despite the film’s overall critical success. Graphic scenes of dismemberment are also shown, as well as various torture scenes.

3. CANNIBAL HOLOCAUST

Cannibal Holocaust is an Italian horror film that is banned to this day in over fifty countries. Upon it’s release, director Ruggero Deodata was arrested and charged with murder, after rumors suggested Cannibal Holocaust was a snuff film, though he was later cleared of all charges. The movie was filmed in the Amazon rainforest and features real members of indigenous tribes.

The plot consists of the search for a documentary film crew who had gone to film indigenous tribes and been missing for two months. A second team sent on a rescue mission recovers their lost cans of film and learns their fate. Seven animals were killed in the making of the film. An example includes a scene where a squirrel monkey was decapitated, and tribe members proceed to devour its brain. Cannibal Holocaust also involved scenes of graphic murder, including impalement of several characters. It is regarded as one of the most sickening and graphic films in existence.

2. THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE

Upon its 1974 release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre was banned outright in many countries, and numerous cinemas stopped showing the film after receiving complaints about the nature of extreme violence. The film was marketed as a true story to attract a wider audience, though the plot is entirely fictional. In reality the film was inspired by the crimes of notorious serial killer, Ed Gein, who famously collected tokens from his victims, such as nipples, skin masks and heads, and kept them in his house.

The film revolves around five friends visiting their Grandpa’s old house, who are systematically chased down and murdered by a masked chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of cannibals. Despite the film’s initial poor critical reception at the time of its release, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre became the highest grossing independent film of all time, for a short time. It is widely considered as one of the most influential horror movies in cinema history, and a pioneer in the “slasher” genre. The movie established power tools as a popular murder weapon in horror flicks, and also a killer depicted as large, burly, and faceless.

1. THE EXORCIST

The Exorcist was released theatrically in 1973. The film has since had an overwhelming effect on popular culture and has been described by some as the scariest horror movie of all time. It is also one of the highest grossing movies of all time, earning $441million worldwide. The Exorcist was banned in many individual towns and countries for being horrifyingly scary, and in some cases for religious reasons. The film affected many audiences so strongly that, at many theaters, paramedics were called to treat people who fainted and others who went into hysterics. In the UK, The Exorcist wasn’t available until 1990, when it passed the British Board of Film Censorship (BBFC) with an 18 rating.
The Exorcist tells the story of a young girl who becomes possessed by a demon. The events surrounding the girl’s behavior and subsequent exorcism make up the main plot line. Unlike other items on this list, excessive violence is not a contributing factor to its banned status. The Exorcist is a psychological thriller and uses a clever plot and even subliminal messaging to terrify audiences.

The Mothman Prophecies (2002)

What they claimed was real: Richard Gere plays a journalist who heads to Point Pleasant, West Virginia to investigate the sightings of the Mothman, a.k.a. the same figure his fictional character’s wife sees before dying. The movie alleges that this is all based on real events. There, Gere’s character winds up in a crazy time loop trying to uncover this creature and stop an unknown catastrophic event from happening, which is where the prophecies come in.

Fact Check: Are These Horror Films Really "Based On Actual Events"?EXPAND

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The Facts: Point Pleasant, West Virginia is, in fact, a real place. There’s even a Mothman statue in the town. And yes, there are lots of great tall tales about some sort of Mothman that date all they way back to the ’60s. 1966 to 1967 had a super high amount of Mothman sightings, so much so that it inspired author John Keel to head down there and write a book about all the events, a book that this movie was loosely based on. Keel even claims that he was contacted by an unknown entity by phone (which happens in the movie as well). And yes, there was a tragic accident on the Ohio River that resulted in the deaths of a few Mothman witnesses that Keel had interviewed. Keel attested that he was being warned about this accident, although he didn’t know it was going to happen there and in that manner.

Verdict: Like Bigfoot, the Mothman is legend. He is a fun local fable, but sadly his existence cannot be proven. And unfortunately, The Mothman Prophecies takes too many liberties to be considered real. So no, this movie does not get a pass. But we’ll continue to hold out hope for spotting the next Mothman.

Hopefully you guys enjoy this random collection of crazy horror movie facts I’ve thrown together!

Read on for more! Enjoy guys!

Poltergeist

So much has happened behind the scenes of the Poltergeist trilogy that it is said there is a Poltergeist curse. In the six years it took for the trilogy to be completed, five people attached to the film died:

  • Dominique Dunne, the oldest sister in the first movie, was murdered by her boyfriend.
  • Heather O’Rouke – main character Carol Ann in the trilogy – died of septic shock as a result of an obstructed bowel.
  • Julian Beck, who played Kane in Poltergeist II, died of stomach cancer.
  • Louis Perryman – Beck from the first movie – was murdered.
  • Will Sampson – The Medicine Man in Poltergeist II, died of kidney failure.

The Blair Witch Project

The Blair Witch Project” was filmed in 8 days and edited in 8 months. Thanks to this extremely quick turn around the movie cost only $22,000 to make. After it was released though, it made over $240 million, an incredible profit.

Halloween

The mask in ‘Halloween’ is actually William Shatner’s face. The production crew bought the cheapest mask they could find at a Halloween store, which happened to be William Shatner. They spray-painted it white.

The mask in 'Halloween' is actually William Shatner's face. The production crew bought the cheapest mask they could find at a Halloween store, which happened to be William Shatner. They spray-painted it white.

The original title for Halloween was ‘The Babysitter Murders’ but the production crew wanted the movie to all take place in one night due to costs etc.

The original title for 'Halloween' was:

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

The movies were loosely based on famous serial killer Ed Gein. The original working title for the movie was ‘Head Cheese’.

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This new horror film isn’t as old and decrepit as it may sound.

Coming completely out of left field is the Alex Aja-produced The Pyramid (formerly Site 146), opening in theaters December 5, 2014 via 20th Century Fox.

Gregory Levasseur, who worked with Alexandre Aja on the screenplays for High Tension, The Hills Have Eyes and Maniac, directed the flick, which now has an official trailer.

The footage starts off pretty weak, ripping off trailers for The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, before it explodes into a series of shots that look like a cross between The Descent and Indiana Jones. With As Above, So Below opening this Friday, it looks like we’ve got two underground exploration horror films in the same year, which is pretty great. I’m excited for both, what do you guys think?

In Pyramid, “The ancient wonders of the world have long cursed explorers who’ve dared to uncover their secrets. But a team of U.S. archaeologists gets more than they bargained for when they discover a lost pyramid unlike any other in the Egyptian desert. As they unlock the horrific secrets buried within, they realize they aren’t just trapped, they are being hunted.

Ashley Hinshaw, Denis O’Hare, James Buckley and Daniel Amerman all star.

When you hear the title THE AMITYVILLE HORROR, chances are you immediately think of the iconic design of the haunted house from the first film. With twelve movies in the franchise you can be forgiven if you don’t remember much else about them. The only consistent thing about the movies has been the house and at least one character being possessed.

The last theatrical released film in the franchise was 2005’s THE AMITYVILLE HORROR starring Ryan Reynolds. Since then, two direct to video films have been made. Now, PARANORMAL ACTIVITY producer Blumhouse Productions wants to try and bring it back. Starring Disney Channel actress Bella Thorne and Jennifer Jason Leigh, AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING keeps the house and the infamous real life DeFeo murders that have been at the center of each film in the series.

‘A single mother moves her three children into the haunted house not knowing of the house’s bloody history.’

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING is directed by Franck Khalfoun who remade the cult classic MANIAC with Elijah Wood. The movie certainly looks creepy and could be a nice diversion in the usually garbage month for movies that is January. I would never venture to say this looks like a good movie, but it could be better than almost every other film in the AMITYVILLE franchise.

AMITYVILLE: THE AWAKENING opens on January 2, 2015.