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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.

 

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

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The ever elusive SDCC teaser trailer for Gareth Edwards’ forthcoming 2014 adaptation of Godzilla has returned. Yep, expect this to last for about an hour before legal has it shut down again. Honestly, at this point Legendary should just let it be. The Internet is feisty!

Godzilla stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Ken Watanabe, Juliette Binoche, David Strathairn, Bryan Cranston, Sally Hawkins, Brian Markinson, and Richard T. Jones.

Gareth Edwards directs the film from a screenplay by Max Borenstein, Frank Darabont, and Dave Callaham. Legendary’s Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni produce with Mary Parent and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers alongside Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.

A presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures, Godzilla will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, except in Japan, where it will be distributed by Toho Co., Ltd. Legendary Pictures is a division of Legendary Entertainment.

Slated to open on May 16, 2014, the film is expected to be presented in 3D.

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There’s been no news about the Beetlejuice sequel since March, and this latest tidbit barely qualifies as “news” itself, but for those who are starved to hear something, apparently reliable sources are saying Tim Burton is making some moves and adjusting his schedule to direct it himself.

Per Schmoes Know, which says the info comes from “a high ranking studio executive that knows what is going on behind the scenes of everything in Hollywood,” Burton was thinking about dropping out of directing his Miss Peregrine’s Home For Peculiar Children set up at 20th Century Fox in order to return and direct the new Beetlejuice with Warner Bros. and David Katzenberg, but he ended up being able to shift his schedule and is now looking to do both films.

Seth Grahame-Smith is writing, and from what the Schmoes heard, the script is really good, which, if true, could certainly be the reason for Burton’s piqued interest. That and the virtually guaranteed return of Michael Keaton as the title character, a ghoul hired in the original by a recently deceased couple to drive the new owners out of their house. The sequel is to be a true continuation 26 years later.

 

Mortal Kombat: IIThis is going to be amazing! Mortal Kombat was one of my favorite if not my favorite movies growing up!!! And if you loved the web series Mortal Kombat: Legacy but hated waiting to see what happened from week to week? Well, get out your bibs, kids, as for Part II the entire enchilada is hitting at once for your binge-viewing pleasure.

From The Press Release
All of the second season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” will debut worldwide at once September 26, 2013, exclusively on Machinima, the number one video entertainment network for young males around the world. “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II,” produced by Warner Bros. Digital Distribution, is the hit live action web series based on the legendary Mortal Kombat video game franchise, co-created by Ed Boon, developed by NetherRealm Studios and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment. “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” is directed by Kevin Tancharoen (“Mortal Kombat: Legacy”) and co-written by Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (“Dead Loss”).

The first season of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy” was one of 2011’s most-viewed web series and has generated more than 70 million views to date on Machinima. In the highly anticipated second season, the saga continues as Liu Kang and Ermac join the ranks of fighters introduced in the series’ first season, including Kenshi, Kung Lao, Kuai Lang, Stryker, Kitana, Mileena, Johnny Cage, Scorpion and Sub-Zero. This new season uncovers the rivalries and histories of these fierce warriors as Raiden and his recruits clash against the dark forces of Outworld. Chronicling the tournament and the interweaving storylines of the most beloved Kombatants, fans also will learn of the complex relationship between Liu Kang and Kung Lao and revisit the complicated family dynamic of Kitana and Mileena. The epic battle for EarthRealm has finally begun!

“Machinima has a passionate and engaged global audience. Our audience isn’t shy. They tell us what content they want and how they want to watch and interact with it,” said Chairman, Co-Founder, and CEO of Machinima Allen DeBevoise. “This is why we decided to deliver all of ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’ at once. There is no need to wait to see what happens next; they can enjoy everything back to back. With companies like Amazon, Hulu, Netflix, and HBO GO as destinations where consumers can watch multiple episodes consecutively, binge-viewing is a major movement in online video. We’re a part of this movement, and we expect this to make for an amazing and extremely engaging user experience.”

“There has been so much anticipation around ‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II,’” said director and co-writer Kevin Tancharoen. “I’m excited to deliver this season to fans. There’s more action, fights, special effects, and overall more of what fans want.”

“‘Mortal Kombat: Legacy II’ follows the record-breaking first season of the series and treats fans to an even higher caliber of online filmmaking,” said Lance Sloane, Producer, Warner Bros.

“Mortal Kombat Komplete Edition” was recently released on Steam and is also available for purchase on major gaming consoles. The latest chapter of Mortal Kombat was released in 2011 by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, marking a triumphant return to the series’ roots. Selling nearly five million units worldwide, the reinvention of the franchise became the highest-selling fighting game of the year and won numerous “Best Fighting Game” awards, including Spike TV’s 2011 Video Game Awards, 2012 Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Interactive Achievement Awards, and recognition from Game Informer, Official Xbox Magazine and GameTrailers.com.

Tancharoen (“Mortal Kombat: Legacy”) returns as director and co-writer of “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” alongside writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson (“Dead Loss”). The cast includes Harry Shum, Jr. (“Glee”) as the warlord adviser “Kuai Liang,” Casper Van Dien (“Starship Troopers”) as martial arts film actor “Johnny Cage,” Brian Tee (“The Wolverine”) as Shaolin Monk “Liu Kang,” and Mark Dacascos (“Cradle 2 the Grave “) as “Kung Lao” – a close friend of “Liu Kang.” Additionally, Ian Anthony Dale (“Hawaii Five-O”) returns as the resurrected ninja “Scorpion,” and Cary Tagawa reprises the role he made famous in the “Mortal Kombat” theatrical release as the powerful, arrogant sorcerer “Shang Tsung.” “Mortal Kombat: Legacy II” is produced by Lance Sloane (“Act of Valor”) and Tancharoen.

James Cameron, director of sci-fi classics such as The Terminator, T2 and Aliens, is calling Alfonso Cuarón’s Gravity, starring Sandra Bullock and George Clooney, the best space film ever done. Those are big words from a man who not only changed the course of sci-fi filmmaking, but also has two of the highest grossing movies of all-time.

Warner Bros. is releasing Gravity on October 4, a bit premature for Oscar season, with serious buzz. The reviews out of Venice are staggering, providing evidence that the OMFG footage shown here wasn’t just a garage sale.

Now, Cameron is getting in on the hype, telling Variety that it’s something special, and the kind of film he personally has been waiting a long time for.

I was stunned, absolutely floored,” he says. “I think it’s the best space photography ever done, I think it’s the best space film ever done, and it’s the movie I’ve been hungry to see for an awful long time.

But what he boasts is Bullock’s performance, one that he says is more impressive than the film’s technology that supported it. “She’s the one that had to take on this unbelievable challenge to perform it. (It was) probably no less demanding than a Cirque du Soleil performer, from what I can see.” And of the result, he says, “There’s an art to that, to creating moments that seem spontaneous but are very highly rehearsed and choreographed. Not too many people can do it. … I think it’s really important for people in Hollywood to understand what was accomplished here.

From a guy who grew up with ’80s action films and saw Bullock break out in Hollywood with Speed, it’s sort of exhilarating to see her return to such a rough and rugged role. While the trailers for Gravity make space-age filmmaking the star, it’s a big exciting to know that the addition of both Bullock and Clooney only add to the experience.

In the film, Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone, a brilliant medical engineer on her first shuttle mission, with veteran astronaut Matt Kowalsky (Clooney). But on a seemingly routine spacewalk, disaster strikes. The shuttle is destroyed, leaving Stone and Kowalsky completely alone—tethered to nothing but each other and spiraling out into the blackness. The deafening silence tells them they have lost any link to Earth…and any chance for rescue. As fear turns to panic, every gulp of air eats away at what little oxygen is left. But the only way home may be to go further out into the terrifying expanse of space.

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The success of The Conjuring has turned into an unending nightmare for the farms new owners and unlike the movie there is no denying that it’s a real and scary event.  The Conjuring has been a hot topic on our site since we started covering it and it seems that the new family living in the home are facing a terror even scarier then the one depicted in the film.

Since The Conjuring has landed in theaters the elderly couple that live in the home have been hit with harassing phone calls and trespassers who for whatever reason think that they have the right to go and investigate the farm and the spirits that supposedly haunt it.

The couple described as a 60-year-old woman and a 70-year-old man had no involvement in the film and are clearly at this point regretting its box office success. Can you imagine being a 60-year-old woman and being woken up in the middle of the night by people with flashlights on your front lawn? ’Is this the home that the movie is based off?’. Who in their right mind thinks this is ok??

The homeowners also accuse the publicist’s who are promoting the film of releasing pictures of the farmhouse and in doing so helping fans find their home. The homes address has popped up all over the internet as has the new home-owners unlisted phone number according to The Blackstone Valley Newspaper.

I know first hand having seen not only the address posted online but also comments from ‘horror fans’ who have detailed the police presence, and how to avoid it. It has gotten so bad that the Sutcliffe’s temporarily had to move out of the home.

Norma Sutcliffe tells Jim Barron a reporter at The Blackstone Valley Newspaper that the constant harassment and the need for regular police intervention has been much more terrifying than some real or imaginary bumps in the night.

Norma Sutcliffe the current home owner of the Perron Farm tells him quote;

“This is affecting us physically and emotionally and I don’t know long we can take it,” Sutcliffe said. “We put every penny we had into this house,” to fix it up the way they like it, she said. “We wanted to die in this house. It is a beautiful, historic piece of property” that, several years ago, before the movie hype, was written up in Colonial Homes magazine. “And it is being disrespected totally.

The town of Burrillville has recognized that it is one of the most precious properties in town because of its age and value and it is being totally degraded.”

Let me be the first to say that the behaviour of a few die-hard voyeurs does not represent horror fans and this behaviour is completely unacceptable. If you are thinking about going to Harrisville to track down the Perron farm dont! It is not the Perron Farm anymore and the movie may be based on ‘real event’s’ but what is truly real here is the poor family caught in the aftermath of a movie’s success.

The Conjuring is the story of the Perron’s and The Warrens it is not the story of the Sutcliffe’s so leave them alone!

I am sure that James Wan, Warner Brothers and everyone else involved in making the movie does not approve any more than I do of people terrorizing the poor couple living in the home now.

Seriously what are people thinking?

The powers-that-be over at New Line are expecting to scare up some decent box office cash this weekend as The Conjuringbegins haunting theatres. In fact, they’re so confident in the flick (which they should be since it’s pretty awesome), they’re already thinking franchise.

New Line president Toby Emmerich tells Variety that New Line is exploring a potential franchise based on the Warrens’ investigations, which also involved cases that wound up as the movies The Amityville Horror and The Haunting in Connecticut. “We have Lorraine’s permission and support, and we are working on developing another film,”Emmerich said.

Synopsis
Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the bookHouse of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.

New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.

Ed and Lorraine Warren have spent the majority of their lives helping people and families who are suffering through paranormal occurrences. Their exploits are touched upon in The Conjuring, and this week’s EW has taken us into one of the darkest places on the planet.

Over the years Ed and Lorraine have removed objects from the locations of some of their cases that were either causing or contributing to some part of the problem of said hauntings (most notable of which is Annabelle the Doll, featured in the upcoming film). These items are currently locked away and on display inside Lorraine’s home in what has been dubbed their “Museum of the Occult.”

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Synopsis

Before there was Amityville, there was Harrisville. Based on a true story described in the bookHouse of Darkness, House of Light: The True Story by Andrea Perron, The Conjuring tells the horrifying tale of how world renowned paranormal investigators Ed and Lorraine Warren were called upon to help a family terrorized by a dark presence in a secluded farmhouse. Forced to confront a powerful demonic entity, the Warrens find themselves caught in the most terrifying case of their lives.

From New Line Cinema comes a feature film drawn from the case files of married demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren. The Conjuring stars Academy Award nominee Vera Farmiga (“Bates Motel,” Orphan) and Patrick Wilson (Hard Candy, Insidious) as the Warrens and Ron Livingston (HBO’s “Band of Brothers”) and Lili Taylor (Public Enemies) as Roger and Carolyn Perron, residents of the house.

Joey King (Crazy, Stupid, Love), Shanley Caswell (Detention), Haley McFarland (TV’s “Lie to Me”), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), and newcomer Kyla Deaver play the Perrons’ five daughters, and Sterling Jerins (World War Z) is the Warrens’ little girl, Judy.

James Wan (Saw, Insidious) directs from a screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes (The Reaping). The film is produced by Peter Safran, Tony DeRosa-Grund, and Rob Cowan with Walter Hamada and Dave Neustadter serving as executive producers. Reuniting with the director are members of his Insidious creative team, director of photography John Leonetti, editor Kirk Morri, and costume designer Kristin M. Burke, and his Saw production designer, Julie Berghoff. The music is composed by Joseph Bishara.

New Line Cinema presents an Evergreen Media Group/Safran Company Production of a James Wan Film: The Conjuring. The film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.

The film opens in the US and the UK on July 19, 2013.

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For decades now Godzilla has been a marketing juggernaut. One quick search on eBay reveals thousands of items fitted with Big G’s fiery presence. With a new film coming up, you can expect an exponential increase of products…

…including other creatures that are coming up for the new flick! Check out the press release below, which pretty much confirms that Godzilla is not alone.

From the Press Release
Warner Bros. Consumer Products (WBCP) has signed a slate of renowned global licensees, led by master toy partner Bandai America Incorporated, to capture the adventurous thrills of Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Legendary Pictures’ highly anticipated film Godzilla. Returning the character to its epic roots, Godzilla stomps into theaters on May 16, 2014, with a star cast including Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ken Watanabe, Elizabeth Olsen, and Juliette Binoche with David Strathairn and Bryan Cranston.

Featuring spectacular creatures, thrilling action, epic battles, and a legendary monster, Godzilla provides the backbone for a monstrous merchandise offering for fans of all ages and enables compelling cross-category opportunities across mass and specialty retailers.

“We believe that our new theatrical film brings a bold new take on Godzilla that will energize and mobilize fans on a worldwide basis and like never before,” said Joel Chiodi, Executive Vice President, Theatrical Marketing, Legendary Entertainment. “This licensing program is an augmentation of the filmed entertainment experience, and while it will rally the powerful base, Godzilla the movie will introduce a whole new generation of fans to this franchise.”

“With an impressive and long-standing legacy that is known universally across all formats and multiple generations, Godzilla is one of the most iconic monsters to ever hit the silver screen,” said Brad Globe, President, Warner Bros. Consumer Products. “As the ‘King of Monsters’ prepares to take the world by storm, we are working with our licensing partners on behalf of Legendary to create products that bring to life the spirit of epic adventures and imagination captured by this much-anticipated film.”

Bringing the monster tale to life, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, in partnership with Legendary Pictures, has developed a roaring roster of licensees ready to create product in a variety of categories including toys and figures, apparel and accessories, costumes, publishing, and more. Global master toy partner Bandai will release action figures and play sets inspired by the spectacular adventure film.

Additional licensees developing product to support the larger-than-life tentpole film include NECA with gifts and novelties; Jakks Pacific with large scale figures; Bioworld with on-trend apparel; and Sideshow Collectibles with authentic statues. Trevco will also release a line of t-shirts and apparel, while Rubie’s will design Godzilla costumes that are sure to delight children and adult fans. Products inspired by the film will be available at retailers worldwide, with several products also available at WBShop.com.