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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 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.

 

Hi guys, so the following is my tips and tricks  for having the most enjoyable time at Halloween Horror Nights Orlando. First I will give you guys a small overview of what the event is and the target groups!

What is Halloween Horror Nights?

It is an annual event that occurs at Universal Studios FloridaUniversal Studios Hollywood Universal Studios Singapore and Universal Studios Japan. Universal Studios remains operational during the day and transitions to Halloween Horror Nights at night. The event features haunted houses, “scare zones” and live entertainments; many of which utilize Universal’s characters and other licenses.

Is the event for kids?

No way, this event is in no way intended for kids. Teens may be able to handle this event but anybody who is scared easily or may not like being completely immersed in a real life horror movie..this might not be the event for you!!

Universal does a fantastic job of transforming the park into your worst nightmare that has come to life! Even before you walk into the park, you can hear the ominous soundtrack playing, almost guaranteeing that something bad is about to happen. Once you walk in through the gates and down the main street, a group of evil creatures are there to greet you personally. Do you dare head toward the smoke looming in the distance, especially with creatures waiting for you along the way?

Here are tips for Halloween Horror Nights:

1. Buy tickets in advance (Halloween Horror Nights requires a separate ticket from regular theme park admission). You will save money, and you won’t have to wait in line to buy tickets. We’re offering the Halloween Horror Nights plus 2 Day Park-to-Park ticket at a savings of $68 off of gate prices.

Halloween Horror Nights Sign at Seuss Landing at Universal Orlando2. Get to the park early! If you’ve spent the day at Islands of Adventure, you can take a short cut over to Universal Studios starting at 5:45 p.m. from Seuss Landing. If not, try to get to the park before 6:30. Universal Resort guests have a dedicated line from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on the right side of the entrance.

2. Leave your costumes and masks at home. Universal won’t let you in with them.

3. Take only the necessities with you to make getting through security a snap: your phone, a credit card, tickets, ID and camera. You will be asked to remove everything — and we mean everything — from your pockets! Expect security to go through your bags thoroughly.

4. Eat dinner before you go. Lines for food (and alcohol) aren’t terribly long, but the lines to the houses and attractions are! Fuel up before you leave, and you can spend more time getting the daylights scared out of you.

5. If you want to avoid the street creatures, although we can’t imagine why you’d want to, they largely stick to the streets and leave guests on the sidewalks alone.

6. If you want to ride Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit or Despicable Me: Minion Mayhem, do them first. Because they are close to the entrance and are the most popular attractions, they will see considerable traffic. If you don’t mind potentially riding separately from your party, the singles line on Hollywood Rip Ride Rockit will go much quicker than the regular queue.

The following video may give you some idea what to expect when the gates first open at the event in early evening around 6pm or so! Enjoy and make sure to check back for more HHN tips and tricks and HHN 24 news!

On select nights September 19 – November 1, your worst nightmares will take shape as Universal Studios Florida® theme park is transformed into the award-winning Halloween Horror Nights®. See if you can survive all-new haunted houses, spine-chilling street experiences, outrageous live shows, and more. There’s no better way to “end” your day at Universal Orlando® than with the winner of Amusement Today’s “Best Halloween Event” Golden Ticket award.

Halloween Horror Nights annually draws hundreds of thousands of horror fans from around the globe. Tony Timpone, Editor of Fangoria Magazine, said, “After visiting scream parks all across the U.S. for the last 20 years, I can easily say that Universal’s is the best in the business… Halloween Horror Nights is the ultimate Halloween experience.”

After rave reviews from fans, Universal Orlando Resort is bringing back AMC’s “The Walking Dead” to Halloween Horror Nights for an unprecedented third consecutive year. Horror-hungry fans will experience an all-new terrifying maze inspired by Season 4 of the critically-acclaimed, Emmy Award®-winning television series.

This year’s bone-chilling maze will place guests at the heart of a harrowing journey to seek sanctuary at Terminus, an elusive destination that promises community for all. Mirroring the terror that befell the residents of the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by savage walkers, the experience will send guests fleeing from the fallen prison into unknown territory as they once again stage a desperate battle for survival against flesh-eating walkers and ruthless humans.

“The Walking Dead” is based on the graphic novel written by Robert Kirkman and published by Image Comics. The series tells the story of the months and years after a zombie apocalypse.  It follows a group of survivors, led by sheriff Rick Grimes, who travel in search of a safe and secure home. “The Walking Dead” is the number-one show on television for adults 18-49.  AMC’s “The Walking Dead” returns for Season 5 this October.

“This has been an incredible collaboration and I am thrilled to be working once again with the creative teams at Universal Orlando and Universal Studios Hollywood to bring the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ to our dedicated fans,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer and Special Effect Makeup Supervisor for the series.  “I can’t wait for visitors to experience first-hand some of the iconic moments from Season 4 in what will be the biggest, most exciting and frightening ‘Walking Dead’ maze to date.”

Check out what our good friend UKHHN, who is the world’s number 1 HHN updater had to say about the news of The Walking Dead’s return this Halloween…

Universal Orlando’s maze will be the largest maze ever created at Halloween Horror Nights. It is literally double the experience and will feature more scareactors in one single haunted house than ever before. Guests will encounter iconic scenes from Season 4 of the hit show – beginning at the prison, fans will enter the cell block where the infection began, escape into the massive Big Spot location with a crashed helicopter ripping through its ceiling and journey to the dilapidated country club overrun with walkers. These and other incredibly immersive environments culminate to the maze’s finale taking you to the End of the Line – Terminus. This year’s maze will be an entirely new experience, featuring never-before-seen walkers and brand new scares.

“Bringing a horror property back for a third year in a row is always a decision that is carefully considered. Fortunately, The Walking Dead is unlike any horror brand around. Its appeal spreads across so many types of viewers. Hardcore and casual horror fans alike are watching week after week, and season 4 offered many new and unique environments and walkers,” said Michael Aiello, Creative Development Director  for Universal Orlando’s Entertainment team. “This year, we are taking this partnership to the next level, with a monstrous soundstage maze and a scope that is bigger and badder than anything we’ve ever done in the history of our event.”

Universal Studios’ “Halloween Horror Nights” events have a more than 20-year history of creating incredibly entertaining, horrifying Halloween experiences that are consistently rated the nation’s best. The event features highly-themed, disturbingly real, haunted mazes based on everything from films to nightmares – and streets filled with hundreds of specially trained “scareactors.”

ABOUT THE FILM

The New Founders of America invite you to celebrate your annual right to Purge.  The Purge: Anarchy, the sequel to summer 2013’s sleeper hit that opened to No. 1 at the box-office, sees the return of writer/director James DeMonaco to craft the next terrifying chapter of dutiful citizens preparing for their country’s yearly 12 hours of anarchy.

Returning alongside DeMonaco to produce The Purge: Anarchy are Blumhouse Productions’ Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity and Insidious series), alongside Sébastien K. Lemercier (Assault on Precinct 13Four Lovers) and Platinum Dunes partners Michael Bay (Pain & GainTransformers franchise), Brad Fuller (The Amityville HorrorA Nightmare on Elm Street) and Andrew Form (The Texas Chainsaw MassacreFriday the 13th).

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ABOUT THE BREAKOUT EXPERIENCE

The Purge: Breakout is an immersive horror escape experience traveling throughout the United States in the summer of 2014. In a first-of-its-kind activation, guests will have to solve puzzles and figure out clues to breakout and survive THE PURGE. Self contained in four semi-trucks, the escape experience is produced by Universal Pictures and Blumhouse. Based on popular escape and horror interactive events throughout Asia, The Purge: Breakout will give fans a chance to experience all the fun of an escape while getting a taste of the world shown through the film series THE PURGE.

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Eli Roth_Green Inferno

The Green Inferno bares a resemblance to the controversial cult classic Cannibal Holocaust.  Even the claimer at the end of the trailer draws a similarity to the 1980 film: “The native tribe featured in this motion picture has never been filmed before.”  In fact, Roth mentioned during a press event with Variety at the Toronto Film Festival that he screened Cannibal Holocaust to the casted tribe members (they allegedly had never seen a film) to help them better understand their fictional roles.

A member of the unofficially labeled “splat pack,” Roth is known more for his thinly plotted horror films that abound primarily in violence and gore (see HostelHostel 2, and Cabin Fever); though it is difficult to expect anything different fromThe Green Inferno, Roth’s inspirations for making the film stem from some interesting insights about activism culture in modern America.  In the same press event with Variety, Roth referred to the digital device-dependent and twitter-obsessed culture of activism as “slacktivism” in which “people [do] the absolute least amount of work – just hitting the reTweet button, [or] hitting ‘Like’ on Facebook” to express their support for worthy causes.  Roth said that the film is about the “clash of cultures of the super, super smart high-tech kids stripped down to man at its barest, most primitive form.”  We’ll see how Roth’s ideas manifest in his film when it comes out September 5.

The Green Inferno stars Loranza Izzo (Aftershock), Ariel Levy (Aftershock), Daryl Sabara (Spy KidsWorld’s Greatest Dad), and Kirby Bliss Blanton (Project X).  A sequel entitled Beyond the Green Inferno is also already in the works and will be directed by The Green Inferno producer and Aftershock director Nicholas Lopez.

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Existing soon.

MPI/Dark Sky Films has announced Bobcat Goldthwait’s Willow Creek for release in theaters and demand on June 6.

EW has “discovered” the film’s first trailer and poster, the latter which is really striking.

Here’s the most insanely long synopsis ever written:

“Set in Humboldt County, California, ‘Willow Creek’ centers on Jim (Bryce Johnson, ‘Pretty Little Liars’) a Bigfoot believer whose idea of a romantic getaway is to head deep into Six Rivers National Forest in Northern California, video camera in tow, trying to shoot his own Bigfoot footage at the site of the Patterson-Gimlin film. That 1967 fragment of footage purporting to show Sasquatch striding along a dry riverbed became a key artifact in the cryptozoology community, and Jim dreams of nothing more than setting foot on the actual location where it was shot. His long-suffering girlfriend, Kelly (Alexie Gilmore, World’s Greatest Dad), agrees to tag along for the ride, despite the fact that she thinks Bigfoot has about as much chance of being real as leprechauns.

The two stop off first in Willow Creek, the Bigfoot capital of the world and home to an annual Bigfoot festival, where various locals talk to Jim’s camera, warning them to keep out of the woods, singing ballads about Bigfoot, and generally enjoying their 15 minutes in the spotlight while Jim and Kelly have a blast, cracking wise amidst all the touristy Bigfoot kitsch on display. But when they strap on packs and head into the forest via a two-hour drive down a dirt road, they start to feel like they might be in over their heads. Well, Kelly does, at least. Jim, as he approaches what he considers hallowed ground, is in heaven.

That night they’re awakened by mysterious sounds echoing through the woods, and whooping vocalizations that might be Bigfoot, but that might also be locals screwing with them. Either way, they’re not welcome here and so Jim and Kelly decide to get out come sun-up but, as they quickly discover, it might already be too late, and as the sun goes down for the second time and they find themselves retracing the steps of Roger Patterson and Bob Gimlin they discover the truth behind Bigfoot and the disturbing meaning of the term “forest bride.”

 

A new 30-second trailer for the TV adaptation of Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan’s “The Strain” is here, and it’s looking pretty damned badass. Check it out and look for the show Sunday, July 13th, on FX. Dig in and wear your respirator. The infection is likely to spread quickly.                                                                                                                                                                New Strain Promo Takes Over!

The ensemble cast of “The Strain” includes Corey Stoll, Mia Maestro, Sean Astin, Kevin Durand, Natalie Brown, Jonathan Hyde, Richard Sammel, Robert Maillet, Jack Kesy, Ben Hyland, Miguel Gomez, and David Bradley.

“The Strain” is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers wage war for the fate of humanity itself.

The highly anticipated first season of “The Strain” will premiere on July 13th at 10 p.m. and will include 13 episodes.

Ok so it’s that time of year again where we all speculate on the biggest game releases of the year and if you like horror gaming then this is the article for you… I am going to give my opinion on some of the horror releases I can’t wait to play this year! Enjoy!!Note: these games are in no particular order. 

Routine

Routine The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

Routine looks like the type of game that I am only barely willing to play. Thankfully, Outlast thickened my skin a bit, so it may only be because of that that I’m able to endure what looks like a thoroughly frightening game. If finding your way through an abandoned Mars base while some nightmarish creature hunts you down — Routine carries elements of rogue-likes, so you have no HUD and only one life — then this may be right up your alley.

The Forest

TheForest The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

If you’re unfamiliar with The Forest, all you really need to know about it is it’s one part Cannibal Holocaust, two parts The Descent. The premise is simple: you’ve been stranded on an unfamiliar island that’s brimming with cannibals that only come out at night. This gives you the day to prepare for their imminent arrival. If you fail, you die in one of the worst ways imaginable. If you succeed, dawn breaks and you get to do it all over again. Here’s a trailer.

The Evil Within

TheEvilWithin 1 The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

When I think of my most anticipated horror games, an overwhelming majority of them are being developed by indie studios, sometimes consisting of only one or two people. One of the major exceptions to that is The Evil Within, the next (and possibly last) horror game from Resident Evil creator Shinji Mikami. I’ve covered it pretty thoroughly here, because while I’m hesitant to fall for its claims to reinvigorate survival horror — mostly because I think the genre is still very much alive, if only through indie horror — it does look pretty damn good.

Daylight

Daylight1 The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

Zombie Studios, the makers of the two Saw games, are currently hard at work on Daylight, a procedurally generated supernatural horror game set in a long abandoned hospital. The random levels make this game incredibly re-playable, and thanks to an agreement with Sony, this is also coming to the PS4, so you won’t need a beefy PC to enjoy it.

Among the Sleep

AmongTheSleep The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

This may very well be the most unique game on the list, as it’s a horror game you play from the perspective of a toddler, exploring his family’s house during a stormy night. This leaves much of the horror up to the child’s imagination, which, as I’m sure we all know, can be practically limitless. I’m an adult, some would argue “man child” is more relevant, and the things my imagination sometimes comes up with scares me, and I still remember the horrors I believed to be true as a kid. Among the Sleep looks like a fantastic game, and if its incredible demo is anything to go by, 2014 may have its first sleeper hit.

Outlast: Whistleblower

Outlast The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

Okay, so Whistleblower isn’t necessarily a game like the other entries on this list, but it is the first expansion for Outlast, which is quite possibly the scariest game I’ve ever played. That alone earns it a spot on this list, as does the shroud of mystery that still surrounds it. We know it’s a prequel to what’s arguably the scariest game of 2013 and for me, that’s enough.

DreadOut

DreadOut The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

Since Tecmo doesn’t seem to be showing any interest in making another Fatal Frame, we’re going to have to live withDreadOut. Thankfully, this game looks amazing. This is because it’s being developed by a studio that shows an obvious passion for the survival horror genre, as well as the required level of talent to make it possible to create a game that fills the Camera Obscura shaped hole in many of our hearts. I played its demo and enjoyed it quite a bit. Hopefully the full game will show as much promise.

Alien: Isolation

AlienIsolation The 10 Most Anticipated Horror Games Of 2014!

That’s right — Alien: Isolation was finally *officially* unveiled, and it looks like a traumatizing blend of Amnesia: The Dark Descent and Outlast, only set in outer space where you’re hunted by a particularly scary looking xenomorph. If you’re not already thoroughly pumped for this, I suggest you watch this trailer.

Also, while I totally understand being hesitant about Isolation in a world forever altered by the supremely shitty Colonial Marines, try and remember that this is an almost entirely unrelated project developed by a completely different studio (Total War dev Creative Assembly).

So guys if you’ve got anymore to suggest then feel free to comment below with your idea’s and what games you might be looking forward to! This is just my opinion of some of the titles I am most looking forward to!