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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.

 

During the mid-nineties, when moviegoers were fatigued on bland sequels and the horror genre as we knew it appeared to be waning, something happened.  The characters took on the perspective of the audience, learning and explicating every cliché that fans had been griping about for the previous twenty years.  This shot to the genre’s heart made Hollywood see that horror was once again marketable, and studios started pouring buckets of cash at it like never before.  And though you may regard the exploits in Woodsboro as disposable, anyone who lived through the nineties will likely remember it as a dizzying time to be a slasher aficionado. You can argue that Scream never made good on its unspoken promise to bring us years of smart, edgy horror films, but you can really blame it only for its direct failures: those substandard sequels. Which to be honest I love just as much as the first one! These movies are my guilty pleasure and I’m proud of it! What do you guys think, do you have a movie(s) that you love that people seem to hate on constantly? Another one of mine would have to be My Bloody Valentine!! I know you are probably thinking right now that the movie is complete and utter garbage but I really really love those old and new slasher movies, even if they are completely obvious and at times downright stupid. That to me is what makes those movies worth-while.

In another stroke of trendsetting brilliance for the time, Craven did the unspeakable and cast several already established actors, though ironically the “big names” would springboard the success of Scream to even better careers.  Except for Neve Campbell.  This was pretty much her peak, which is why she’ll be a granny and still playing Sidney Prescott. But hey, she will always have her part in horror history as long as this movie is around.

So guys, gimme some input or thoughts on this one? Agree or not?

Let me know in the comments below!

7 Movies That Changed the Landscape of Horror Forever!

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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.”

With the most recent “Paranormal Activity” film having the softest opening weekend of the series, it might seem as if the franchise is on it’s last legs.  However, if the series should finally bring it’s long reign to an end, would the creators have an endgame in mind?

In an interview with Slash Film, director and writer Christopher Landon revealed that the series does indeed have a destination.

We’ve always been looking ahead. I’ll say this much. There is a very specific end goal and I’m hoping we have enough time in the franchise to get there. We have a really big idea that’s at the finish line but we need time to get there. So we’re hoping the fans keep coming back and allow us to get them there

Based on that wording, it doesn’t sound like the end will come this October when Paramount releases “Paranormal Activity 5″.  However, depending on how that film performs, they might be encouraged to wrap the story up sooner rather than later.

In the most  recent “Paranormal Activity” film, we got a taste of the extended universe and saw a bit more of what this franchise has to offer.  Did we, perhaps, get an idea of how the series will end? According to Landon, the seeds for the ending could have been planted as early as the first movie.

The beginning of that started in [the first film]. I don’t think Oren realized it then, because when he made the first movie it felt like a standalone movie, but then when we started making 2 and we started to see the potential and possibility there for a franchise, that’s when the real think tank element came in to play and we really started to throw out crazy ideas. Then, over the course of the last couple movies, we came to a really good, interesting place.

It’s anyones guess as to when this franchise will come to an end, but for fans of the series it’s a comforting thought to know that there’s some grand plan in work.  Whether or not it’ll be a satisfying conclusion remains to be seen, but if the most recent film is any indication, they’re willing to take some big risks with the franchise. And if anything, that’ll at least keep things fresh for now.

There is an Ending to the Paranormal Activity Series

This summer was a busy time for the Irish horror scene which the production of Beau Diable underway in Camden Fort Meagher, Crosshaven in the Cork area and also off the coast. The story revolves around a group of fun loving college students that go on a sailing trip little do they expect to be kidnapped, but when their captor forces them to take him to a remote island little does he expect to encounter the horrors there. Sounds interesting right? The movie take’s you into two kilometers of underground tunnels for an old fort… that sounds creepy enough without anything even being down there.

The film has been privately funded and is getting quite some attention from distributors as this may be Ireland’s version of ‘The Blair Witch Project’ or better!

Oh and did I mention the movie features a slew of amazing Irish talent? From Conor Dwane and Grace Kelly to Aron Hegarty and Niamh Hogan! Oh and by the way this horror movie isn’t without the beautiful girls either down worry! (some mentioned above)

The film is directed by Conor Slattery who also co-wrote it with the help of Gemma McCarthy. The production company for the movie is Centauri Films. The film is currently in post-production and is expected to release on limited screens including Camden late this year with the movie taking to the film festival scene early next year. If you want to know more about this movie check out there facebook page https://www.facebook.com/BeauDiable for more info. Let us know what you think about this one guys? Interested?

 

 

Ok so I know this isn’t exactly as Top 10 but hey I really only can think of these 6 movies quick enough to get this article out so deal! Anyway, I feel that these days Hollywood has a huge problem trying to make the remakes of horror movies really work… don’t get me wrong the promotion from all these movies are always stellar which get’s major hype but then more times than not the movie ends up being a massive box-office success but a giant flop to horror lovers like ourselves, right?! Well I tried to come up with a small little list for you guys right now and I am in the process of making another list over more modern remakes like within the last say may 3-4 years compared to some of these being kinda old right now! Well here’s the list below, enjoy and let me know your thoughts below guys!! Thanks!

Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Starring Jessica Biel this remake of Tobe Hooper’s classic original is a violent and modern take on the classic. The original film was released in 1974 and is a must have film for fans of the cult classics. In The Texas Chainsaw Massacre a group of friends passing through a small town are stalked and hunted down by a deformed killer with a chainsaw and his diabolical family. I like to bag on Jessica Biel and the fact she is never my first choice as an actress but her obvious good looks and her emotionally stunted acting worked effectively in this film.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

The Hills Have Eyes:

The remake in 2006 which was directed by Alexander Aja was an absolutely fantastic and brutal film with equal parts suspense and terrifying violence to make it one of the better remakes to sprout out of the Hollywood machine. What made this movie work is an unknown cast and an incredibly talented up and coming director. Over the years Alexander Aja’s name has been brought up to direct many films including a remake of Hellraiser and the brutal French film Martyrs.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

The Thing:

Released in 1982 this remake of the 1951 classic works for all the obvious reason. A talented director in John Carpenter an outstanding cast including Kurt Russell and some of the best practical special effects ever applied to film. They did not just remake a film for the sake of remaking it they took a classic tale of sci-fi terror and brought it up to modern standards while adding their own twist to it. This film much like the remake of night of the Living Dead has gotten a real workout in my DVD player having watched it no less than 50 times over the years.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

Rob Zombies Halloween:

Rob Zombie has quite a reputation and has more than once come out in the press to bag on remakes and the directors that make them. So needless to say there was some irony to his remaking Halloween which is another staple of the genre. Rob Zombie however proved that a talented director can take a classic make it his own and deliver a unique experience that new and old fans alike can appreciate. The real shame here is that Rob made a sequel to his remake in the form of 2009’s Halloween 2 which is not just one of the worst sequels / remakes but one of the worst horror movies I have seen in ages.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

The Hitcher

Admittedly this one was a risk putting it on here but I love this movie a lot which will probably get me some backlash from you guys. The only reason it really ends up here is because of the fantastic performance that Sean Bean turned in as The Hitcher. Questionably as entertaining as the original it at least is an entertaining stab at a 1986 classic.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

My Bloody Valentine 3D

I am not a fan of 3D and feel it is a complete gimmick. That said I was truly shocked to see how well this film held up and how much I enjoyed it. It did not exactly track new ground but it was definitely a violent and sadistic tribute to the original and one that was well worth seeing. You can never go wrong with more violent films of terror that revolve around one of our favourite commercialized holidays Valentines day.

14 Best Horror Remakes Worth Watching.

Scientists say different versions of a single gene linked to feelings of anxiety can explain the way in which some people simply cannot watch horror movies, while others enjoy the suspense and the gore.

The findings may explain why it is that over the past 35 years people have had wildly different reactions to the classic horror film, The Exorcist.

While many screamed and some even fainted in cinemas at scenes of spinning heads and shaking beds, others simply laughed.

A particular variant of the ‘COMT’ gene affects a chemical in the brain that is linked to anxiety, it has been found.

People who have two copies of one version of the gene are more easily disturbed when viewing unpleasant pictures, the scientists discovered.

That version of the gene weakens the effect of a signalling chemical in the brain that helps control certain emotions.

The scientists found that those carrying two copies of it were significantly more startled by frightening images than others.

By contrast, those who had one copy of the gene and one copy of another version were able to keep their emotions in check far more readily.

The study, published today in the scientific journal Behavioural Neuroscience, also found that those with two copies of the latter gene were also able to keep a lid on their anxiety more easily.

Researchers from the University of Bonn in Germany made the discovery after testing 96 women.

Then they showing them three different types of pictures – emotionally “pleasant” ones of smiling babies and cute animals, “neutral” ones of items like electric plugs or hairdryers, and “aversive” ones of weapons or injured victims.

The Exorcist was banned by some councils in Britain upon its release here in 1974, but broke box office records in the US to become the biggest selling horror movie of its day.

So what do you guys think? What does watching a scary movie do to you? Does it make you scared or make you laugh?

Do you enjoy the movie for the thrill or for the laughs? I know I have a little bit of both.. I love the suspense and then the laughter after you’ve been scared and I love being terrified! The creepier the better for me!

I am travelling to Orlando in two weeks for Universal Halloween Horror Nights 23 which will be my first trip to this event! I can’t wait to be in the middle of all the carnage but at the same time I feel a lot more on edge when I feel that I am in the middle of the movies!!

There is a huge difference in my eyes between watching a horror movie and then pretty much living several movies out in one night, but that the risk I am willing to take…while I will be scared during the walkthroughs(most likely screaming like a girl) when I emerge from the other end unharmed I will laugh for hours!

It’s the horror fan’s ultimate dream! Give me your thoughts on how horror movies effect you guys in the comments below!!

Enjoy!

 

The Conjuring is dominating at the box office right now and is well on its way to being the fourth highest grossing supernatural horror film ever.

Of course with any amount of major success means that a franchise is sure to be on its way. Today some more details about a possible sequel have surfaced.

According to AICN, the case file they’re looking at occurs in the late ’70s and centers on two sisters in Enfield, England, who were allegedly possessed. Warren said she personally saw them levitate and even saw one of the sister dematerialize in front of her only to be found 20 minutes later stuffed into an oversized fuse box, contorted in such an unnatural way that they couldn’t have replicated it if they tried.

She also said that the demon spoke directly to her husband on many occasions. Warren cited this case as one of the most terrifying experiences of her career.

It’s pretty exciting news coming out of The Conjuring camp. Do you guys want to see a sequel? Does that story sound interesting to you guys? Feel free to sound off below and stay here for more info about The Conjuring 2.

I went into this movie with high hopes – I mean, its got crazy reviews from almost every other site on the web! That’s all about to change though!

From the get-go it’s eerie. Throughout the movie, the pace often changes and the mood sweeps back and forth (I mean, you can’t be having a freaking happy montage in the middle of a horror movie, it kills the mood). For the most part, this movie delivers the creeps and the subtle use of horror is fantastic. It really draws off of the older style of horror movies. I loved a lot of what this movie had to offer; however, the sloppy effects, poor makeup, and downright useless scenarios really took a toll.

The characters were pretty well-made. For once, there wasn’t really a dumb character, but having five little girls in one family, plus one, is a bit over-the-top. I understand it’s a big family, but they made the girls an afterimage in light of the more rounded adults. There were two characters who really didn’t need to be in this movie – one a cop (who is there to deliver a few punchlines, but pretty useless) and the other the ghost of a maid who appears for maybe 5 seconds before never even being seen or mentioned again. Other than that, there are a couple lame performances that are hit and miss through the film.

A few of the effects are sloppy, including the cuts in the scenes with the montage and objects being thrown (a chair looks completely CGI, if I’m wrong, then it looks really bad regardless). The ghosts didn’t really do it for me either. Ghosts in photographs looked great, costumes were great, and the detail on limbs were pretty decent, but seeing the faces of the ghosts in person looked like cheap, Halloween makeup.

I will say that the exorcism scene was one of the best exorcism scenes in cinema history that I’ve ever seen (I’d give The Exorcism a run for it’s money). If anything, take that scene from the movie as it’s best moment.

I understand that people are latching on to new horror movies, hoping for a horror genre comeback, but talking up this movie isn’t the way to go about it. This obviously isn’t perfect and doesn’t deserve an 8/10. Maybe a 7, if you’re being nice. I respect the performers, writers, the director, and producers, and horror is my favorite genre, but I have my opinions as well. I want the horror genre to succeed, and this movie is definitely a step closer to what we need. James Wan did a hell of a job, but there is still plenty where this movie could improve on.

So, in ending I wasn’t really impressed when I paid close to 10 euros to see it! I get that the movie has made over 100 million now in a mere few weeks but seriously whoever thinks this movie has re-invented horror or any sub-genres in the horror realm is insane! I wanted to enjoy it more but simply couldn’t… I’m glad I’ve taken a few days before reviewing this beacause my review right after would have been a lot worse believe me!! I was fuming at the end… but looking back overall it was pretty solid but I doubt it will be a movie that I will add this one to my home collection anytime soon!

P.S small tip to anyone who hasn’t seen the movie yet… don’t waste your money and wait for dvd… you will thank me!!

6/10

Leave your own thoughts below guys!

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The Conjuring hits theaters this Friday and the early buzz for the film is strong. In the meantime the studio is working hard with various marketing partners to promote the film. The latest of which is a prank video where The Conjuring makes people scream like little girls in a ‘Back Alley Conjuring Prank’. Checkout the video below.