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Great Horror Campout 2015: Bloody Friday Ticket Sales Event

Great Horror Campout 2015: Bloody Friday Ticket Sales Event

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The Great Horror Campout returns to Los Angeles on June 5-6, 2015. Tickets go on sale at the official website on November 28. During this special “Bloody Friday” sales event, the cost is $95 per person for a 4-person tent, $129 per person for a two-person tent. These prices are available only on Bloody Friday.
An [...]

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Dates: December 13-14
Description: The American Cinematheque presents a 2-day tribute toformer Monty Python member Terry Jones, including four of his directorial efforts, which Jones will discuss in person.
“A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones” takes place on subsequent days at [...]

Reaching for the Stars: The Films of Christopher Nolan

Reaching for the Stars: The Films of Christopher Nolan

From December 11 through 13, the Ameircan Cinematheque presents a tribute to the producer-director of MEMENTO, and the DARK KNIGHT trilogy. Nolan will appear in person for a Q&A after a screening of INSTERSTELLAR at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

A Salute to Dick Miller, featuring Gremlins & Bucket of Blood

A Salute to Dick Miller, featuring Gremlins & Bucket of Blood

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

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Dates: December 5-7
Description: The American Cinematheque offers a weekend-long tribute to character actor Dick Miller, who has appeared in countless films for Roger Corman, Joe Dante, James Cameron, and many others. Guests will include Miller himself, Corman, makeup artist Rick Baker, and [...]

Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator - The Musical

Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator – The Musical

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Re-Animator: The Musical says farewell to Los Angeles this weekend, wrapping up its engagement at the Steve Allen Theatre with a final performance on Sunday, November 23 at 8pm. In the horror genre, however, the dead never stay dead for long, and the outrageous theatrical adaptation of the 1985 cult play will resurface in January [...]

Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Hurry while there is still time to enjoy these scary musicals and theatrical thrillers!
Several morbid mysteries and scary musicals that hit the boards in October have extended beyond the Halloween season. Though some will continue into December (Smoke and Mirrors, The Call of Cthulhu), a quartet of worthwhile stage productions will ring down the curtain [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

It’s great to be nominated, but who won?


At last, the time has come to announce the winners of the 2014 Halloween Haunt Awards. Since the nominations have already been posted, along with explanations for their inclusion, there should be little need for preamble here. Instead, let us move swiftly to the task of identifying this year’s Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles.

Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

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Looking for a “Merry, Mod, Madcap Murder Mystery”? Villa Thrilla, currently at the Atwater Village Theatre, offers a mystery wrapped in a play wrapped in a mystery.The result is either post-modern or self-reflexive – possibly both – harmonizing the beloved tropes of the genre with an overtly expressed awareness of those tropes, which runs like [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Lifetime Achievement

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Lifetime Achievement

In this category, we celebrate Halloween attractions that have shuffled off their mortal coil and taken up residence in the Graveyard of Lost Halloween Haunts, but which deserve to be recognized for high standards of excellence maintained over the course of many years.
2014 hit Halloween fans particularly hard. Not only did some favorites have their [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

It’s great to be nominated, but who won?


At last, the time has come to announce the winners of the 2014 Halloween Haunt Awards. Since the nominations have already been posted, along with explanations for their inclusion, there should be little need for preamble here. Instead, let us move swiftly to the task of identifying this year’s Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles.

Heavy Midnights: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Heavy Midnights: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: December 13 at midnight
Description: As part of its perennial Heavy Midnights series, the Cinefamily offers a 25th anniversary midnight screening of the 1989 fantasy film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Rick Moranis as a scientist whose experiment sends his [...]

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Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

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Looking for a “Merry, Mod, Madcap Murder Mystery”? Villa Thrilla, currently at the Atwater Village Theatre, offers a mystery wrapped in a play wrapped in a mystery.The result is either post-modern or self-reflexive – possibly both – harmonizing the beloved tropes of the genre with an overtly expressed awareness of those tropes, which runs like [...]

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Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator - The Musical

Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator – The Musical

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Re-Animator: The Musical says farewell to Los Angeles this weekend, wrapping up its engagement at the Steve Allen Theatre with a final performance on Sunday, November 23 at 8pm. In the horror genre, however, the dead never stay dead for long, and the outrageous theatrical adaptation of the 1985 cult play will resurface in January [...]

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An Open Letter to Neighbors: Why the demise of House of Restless Spirits matters

An Open Letter to Neighbors: Why the demise of House of Restless Spirits matters

Perhaps it is a bit of hyperbole to say that the Halloween community was devastated by the demise of the House of Restless Spirits in October. Nevertheless, the abrupt cancellation, less than two weeks before Halloween Night, was profoundly disappointing to fans who had come to love the the amateur attraction’s annual manifestations of “supernatural” [...]

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Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Hurry while there is still time to enjoy these scary musicals and theatrical thrillers!
Several morbid mysteries and scary musicals that hit the boards in October have extended beyond the Halloween season. Though some will continue into December (Smoke and Mirrors, The Call of Cthulhu), a quartet of worthwhile stage productions will ring down the curtain [...]

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The Babadook at Silent Movie Theatre

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Description: The Cinefamily presents a one-week run of the critically acclaimed Australian horror film, which previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Recovering from a devastating automobile accident, a widowed mother and her disturbed son fall under the spell of [...]

King Kong at LACMA

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: December 2 at 1pm
Description: LACMA screens the 1933 original black-and-white version of KING KONG – the primordial ape who comes to a tragic end after falling in love with a beautiful blonde (Fay Wray). Robert Armstrong and [...]

Blade Runner: December 26 at Nuart

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Date: December 26 at midnight
Description: Ridley Scott’s influential science fiction film screens at midnight as part of the Nuart’s Cine Insomnia series. The film also screens next week on January 2.

Jessabelle in limited release

Location: AMC Town Center 8 in Burbank

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Date: Friday, November 7
Description: Lionsgate Pictures opens this horror film in limited release, including an exclusive engagement at the AMC Town Center 8.
Read the plot synopsis from IMDB:
Returning to her childhood home in Louisiana to recuperate from a horrific car accident, Jessabelle comes face [...]

Halloween 2014: Ghost Train Photos & Seance Video

The Los Angeles Live Steamers presented another wonderful version of their annual Ghost Train attraction for Halloween 2014. As you know from our 2013 review, the Ghost Train has grown into quite an impressive ride over the years, loaded with elaborate decorations and special effects. The Live Steamers continue to expand the attraction every year, [...]

Starry Eyes W/Cast & Crew in Person

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: November 14 at 10:30pm
Description: The Cinefamily re-screens the indie cult horror film – described as “Zulawski’s Possession in a blender with Altman’s The Player” with “a dash of Suspiria and a just a touch of Rosemary’s Baby.”
If schedules [...]

Gremlins preview cut on Nov. 4

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036
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Date: Tuesday, November 4 at 7:30pm
Description: The Cinefamily offers an encore of the GREMLINS preview cut, which screened in October. This is a 35mm print containing six minutes of footage not in the completed film (though you may have seen [...]

Gattaca at Arclight Pasadena

Location: The Arclight Pasadena, 336 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Date: November 10 at 7:45pm
Description: Arclight Cinemas screens writer-director Andrew Niccol’s science fiction film, set in a time when genetics can predict a person’s life. Ethan Hawke stars as the young man trying to defy predictions. Uma THurman and Jude Law co-star.

Halloween 2014 Screening: Evil Dead 2 at Arclight Hollywood

Location: The Arclight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood CA

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Date: October 31 at 11:30pm
Description: Arclight Cinemas wraps up its month-long series of horror film screenings with Sam Raimi’s 1987 gorefest, which details the trials and tribulations of a Ash (Bruce Campbell) who makes the mistake of reading a passage from an old [...]

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Heavy Midnights: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Heavy Midnights: Honey, I Shrunk the Kids

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Link out: Click here
Date: December 13 at midnight
Description: As part of its perennial Heavy Midnights series, the Cinefamily offers a 25th anniversary midnight screening of the 1989 fantasy film directed by Joe Johnston, starring Rick Moranis as a scientist whose experiment sends his [...]

The Babadook at Silent Movie Theatre

The Babadook at Silent Movie Theatre

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Link out: Click here

Description: The Cinefamily presents a one-week run of the critically acclaimed Australian horror film, which previously screened at the Sundance Film Festival. Recovering from a devastating automobile accident, a widowed mother and her disturbed son fall under the spell of [...]

Friday Night Frights: Late Phases

Friday Night Frights: Late Phases

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: December 12 at midnight
Description: As part of its perennial Friday Night Frights series, the Cinefamily presents a midnight screening of this low-budget werewolf horror film – a collaboration between two cult favorites: director Adrian Garcia Bogliano (HERE COMES THE [...]

Free Screeing: The Lego Movie, with director Q&A

Free Screeing: The Lego Movie, with director Q&A

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: December 11 at 7:30pm
Description: LACMA presents a free screening of the best summer blockbuster of the year (well, it came out before summer, but still). Directors Phil Lord and Christopher Miller will be on hand for a discussion [...]

Great Horror Campout 2015: Bloody Friday Ticket Sales Event

Great Horror Campout 2015: Bloody Friday Ticket Sales Event

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The Great Horror Campout returns to Los Angeles on June 5-6, 2015. Tickets go on sale at the official website on November 28. During this special “Bloody Friday” sales event, the cost is $95 per person for a 4-person tent, $129 per person for a two-person tent. These prices are available only on Bloody Friday.
An [...]

Snowpiercer, with Bong Joon-ho, at Hammer Museum

Snowpiercer, with Bong Joon-ho, at Hammer Museum

Location: Billy Wilder Theater, Hammer Museum, 10899 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles

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Description: The Hammer Museum screens the sci-fi epic about a future world in which the remnants of humanity survive on a high-speed train continuously circling the globe. Director Bong Joon-ho will participate in a Q&A after the screening.
Tickets are $15 for general [...]

King Kong at LACMA

King Kong at LACMA

Location: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 5905 Wilshire Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Link out: Click here
Date: December 2 at 1pm
Description: LACMA screens the 1933 original black-and-white version of KING KONG – the primordial ape who comes to a tragic end after falling in love with a beautiful blonde (Fay Wray). Robert Armstrong and [...]

Friday Night Frights: Shock Waves

Friday Night Frights: Shock Waves

Location: The Silent Movie Theatre, 611 N. Fairfax Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90036

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Date: November 28 at midnight
Description: As part of its perennial Friday Night Frights series, the Cinefamily presents a midnight screening of the 1977 low-budget shocker about a vacation cruise ship that runs aground on an island inhabited by underwater Nazi [...]

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones

A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Link out: Click here
Dates: December 13-14
Description: The American Cinematheque presents a 2-day tribute toformer Monty Python member Terry Jones, including four of his directorial efforts, which Jones will discuss in person.
“A Funny Sense of Direction: The Wild Ride of Terry Jones” takes place on subsequent days at [...]

Reaching for the Stars: The Films of Christopher Nolan

Reaching for the Stars: The Films of Christopher Nolan

From December 11 through 13, the Ameircan Cinematheque presents a tribute to the producer-director of MEMENTO, and the DARK KNIGHT trilogy. Nolan will appear in person for a Q&A after a screening of INSTERSTELLAR at the Egyptian Theatre in Hollywood.

A Salute to Dick Miller, featuring Gremlins & Bucket of Blood

A Salute to Dick Miller, featuring Gremlins & Bucket of Blood

Location: Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood, CA 90028

Link out: Click here
Dates: December 5-7
Description: The American Cinematheque offers a weekend-long tribute to character actor Dick Miller, who has appeared in countless films for Roger Corman, Joe Dante, James Cameron, and many others. Guests will include Miller himself, Corman, makeup artist Rick Baker, and [...]

Brazil on December 16

Brazil on December 16

Location: The Arclight Pasadena, 336 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Date: December 16 at 7pm
Description: The Arclight Pasadena screens BRAZIL, Terry Gilliam’s downbeat futuristic fantasy, as part of their on-going Arclight Presents series.

Scrooged: December 18

Scrooged: December 18

Locations: The Arclight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood CA; Arclight Pasadena – 336 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101.

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Date: December 18 at 7:30pm
Description: Arclight Cinemas screens the 1988 spoof of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Bill Murray as a modern-day Scrooge (a network TV exec instead of a money-lender). Bobcat Goldthwait co-stars. Richard [...]

It's a Wonderful Life at Arclight Cinemas

It’s a Wonderful Life at Arclight Cinemas

Location: Arclight Cinemas

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Date: December 21
Description: Frank Capra’s enduring Christmas fantasy, about a man who learns what life in his small town would have been like had he never been born, screens at multiple Arclight Cinemas.

The Arclight Pasadena at 4:30pm – 336 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101
The Arclight Sherman Oaks at 4:30pm [...]

Gremlins on December 11

Gremlins on December 11

Location: The Arclight Sherman Oaks, 15301 Ventura Boulevard, Sherman Oaks, CA 91403

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Date: December 11 at 7pm
Description: Joe Dante’s comedy horror film screens at the Arclight Sherman Oaks on December 11 at 7:30pm.

Ghostbusters 2 on December 3

Ghostbusters 2 on December 3

Location: The Arclight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood CA

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Date: December 3 at 8pm
Description: The disappointing 1989 sequel screens at Arclight Hollywood.

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on December 12

Rare Exports: A Christmas Tale on December 12

Location: The Arclight Pasadena, 336 E. Colorado Boulevard, Pasadena, CA 91101

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Date: December 12 at 8pm
Description: This unusual but very entertaining Christmas-themed horror film from Finland screens in the Arclight Pasadena at 8pm on December 9. The premise is that, buried deep in the Korvatunturi mountain, lies the source of an older version [...]

Scooged: December 1

Scooged: December 1

Location: The Arclight Beach Cities, 831 S. Nash Street, El Segundo, CA 90245

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Date: December 1 at 7:150m
Description: Arclight Cinemas screens the 1988 spoof of A CHRISTMAS CAROL, starring Bill Murray as a modern-day Scrooge (a network TV exec instead of a money-lender). Bobcat Goldthwait co-stars. Richard Donner directed.
Subsequent screenings take place [...]

Vox Lumiere: The Phantom of the Opera - December 12 & 13

Vox Lumiere: The Phantom of the Opera – December 12 & 13

Location: The Los Angeles Theatre Center, 514 Spring Street, Los Angeles 90013
Link: www. thelatc.org
Dates: Vox Lumiere:The Phantom of the Opera wraps up its engagement at the Los Angeles Theatre with a final pair of performances on the weekend of December 12-13. Showtime is 8pm on both Friday & Saturday.
Description: This 90-minute live show synchronizes new [...]

Gremlins 30th Anniversary screening

Gremlins 30th Anniversary screening

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Date: December 19 at midnight
Description: Joe’ Dante’s comedy horror film screens at midnight as part of the Nuart’s Cine Insomnia series.

Blade Runner: December 26 at Nuart

Blade Runner: December 26 at Nuart

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Boulevard, West Los Angeles, CA 90025

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Date: December 26 at midnight
Description: Ridley Scott’s influential science fiction film screens at midnight as part of the Nuart’s Cine Insomnia series. The film also screens next week on January 2.

Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator - The Musical

Podcast Interview: Stuart Gordon on Re-Animator – The Musical

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Re-Animator: The Musical says farewell to Los Angeles this weekend, wrapping up its engagement at the Steve Allen Theatre with a final performance on Sunday, November 23 at 8pm. In the horror genre, however, the dead never stay dead for long, and the outrageous theatrical adaptation of the 1985 cult play will resurface in January [...]

Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Ending This Weekend: Gravedigger, Scary Musical, Re-Animator & Villa Thrilla

Hurry while there is still time to enjoy these scary musicals and theatrical thrillers!
Several morbid mysteries and scary musicals that hit the boards in October have extended beyond the Halloween season. Though some will continue into December (Smoke and Mirrors, The Call of Cthulhu), a quartet of worthwhile stage productions will ring down the curtain [...]

Delusion Lies Within closes

Delusion Lies Within closes

Despite earlier indications that Delusion Lies Within would extend its run into December, Delusion’s Facebook page has announced the close of its season:
The most epic, haunting and darkly euphoric season of Delusion has come to a close! #lieswithin has taken around 7300 people on a dark and memorable adventure not to be forgotten. We are [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

2014 Halloween Haunt Awards: Winners

It’s great to be nominated, but who won?


At last, the time has come to announce the winners of the 2014 Halloween Haunt Awards. Since the nominations have already been posted, along with explanations for their inclusion, there should be little need for preamble here. Instead, let us move swiftly to the task of identifying this year’s Best Halloween Attractions in Los Angeles.

Attack of the Santa Clones at Hollywood Sports Park

Attack of the Santa Clones at Hollywood Sports Park

Location: Hollywood Sports Park, 9030 Somerset Boulevard, Bellflower, CA 90706

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Dates: Saturday and Sunday, December 20-21, 2-4pm both days.
Description: Creep Christmas entertainment at Hollywood Sports Park: according to the official website, an army of Santa Clones are stealing Christmas toys. You are invited to protect the real Santa or dress up as [...]

Evil Elf Shoothouse at Hollywood Sports Park

Evil Elf Shoothouse at Hollywood Sports Park

Location: Hollywood Sports Park, 9030 Somerset Boulevard, Bellflower, CA 90706

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Date: December 19, 7-10pm
Description: Hollywood Sports – which offers zombie killhouses during Halloween – gets into the Christmas season with their Evil Elf Shoothouse. Sharpshooters seven-years and older are invited to walk through evil elf land exterminating the vile critters on sight. Tickets [...]

Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

Stage Review: Villa Thrilla

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Looking for a “Merry, Mod, Madcap Murder Mystery”? Villa Thrilla, currently at the Atwater Village Theatre, offers a mystery wrapped in a play wrapped in a mystery.The result is either post-modern or self-reflexive – possibly both – harmonizing the beloved tropes of the genre with an overtly expressed awareness of those tropes, which runs like [...]

Stage Review: Gravedigger

Stage Review: Gravedigger

Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre is at it again, offering another collage of morbid curiosities in the form of Bea Egeto’s new play Gravedigger. If you are familiar with Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre through their Halloween production, Urban Death: Tour of Terror, you will recognize a similar approach, consisting of short vignettes separated by blackouts, which [...]

Delusion Lies Within adding dates - Updated

Delusion Lies Within adding dates – Updated

Update: Since this article posted, Delusion’s Facebook page has announced the close of its season, and the ticket-purchasing option on the official website has been removed.
Original Article:
Though the show is officially sold out and no new dates are listed on the official website, Delusion Lies Within recently put out a casting call on its Facebook [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Lifetime Achievement

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Lifetime Achievement

In this category, we celebrate Halloween attractions that have shuffled off their mortal coil and taken up residence in the Graveyard of Lost Halloween Haunts, but which deserve to be recognized for high standards of excellence maintained over the course of many years.
2014 hit Halloween fans particularly hard. Not only did some favorites have their [...]

Monsters and Mayhem in the Hollywood Museum

Monsters and Mayhem in the Hollywood Museum

Hollwood Gothique unravels the mummies hiding within the dungeon of the Hollywood Museum. Read our review or take a virtual tour by clicking here.
Los Angeles is somewhat deficient in year-round horror-themed attractions. We have nothing equivalent to the San Francisco Dungeon, so we have to be content with sub-sections of other attractions, such as the [...]

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Best Theme Park Attraction

2014 Halloween Haunt Award Nominees: Best Theme Park Attraction

This is the heavyweight category of Halloween events in Los Angeles and the Southland. Running for a month or more, these attractions are set in year-round locations that have the infrastructure in place to handle logistics and publicity for big events; consequently, they attract more customers and (theoretically at least) deliver more scares.
Theme park Halloween attractions [...]