Film Review: Vampire Academy

Film Review: Vampire Academy

Makes TWILIGHT look good – something I never thought I would say about any movie ever – now please excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is guaranteed to have cineastes and cult movie fans browsing IMDB to double-check that screenwriter Daniel Waters did indeed write HEATHERS back in 1988. [...]

Godzilla Release Date: May 16, 2014

Godzilla Release Date: May 16, 2014

Location: nationwide
Description: Legendary Pictures, the company that gave us PACIFIC RIM, has scheduled for their GODZILLA reboot for U.S. release on May 16, 2014. GODZILLA stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Victor Rasuk, David Strathairn, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones, Brian Markinson, Al Sapienza, Ken Jamamura, Patrick Sabongui, [...]

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Film Review: Vampire Academy

Makes TWILIGHT look good – something I never thought I would say about any movie ever – now please excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is guaranteed to have cineastes and cult movie fans browsing IMDB to double-check that screenwriter Daniel Waters did indeed write HEATHERS back in 1988. [...]

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Stage Review: Play Dead

Stage Review: Play Dead

You probably think the dead have returned to their graves since Halloween ended nearly a month ago. Au contraire, my friends! The dearly departed are everywhere present in Play Dead, an extravagant horror show that puts most Halloween haunts to shame in its capacity to summon spirits from beyond. Am I speaking literally? Aye, there’s [...]

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Thoughts on the 2013 Halloween Haunt Awards

Thoughts on the 2013 Halloween Haunt Awards

Hollywood Gothique is pleasantly surprised by the number of Halloween fans who have read our 2013 Halloween Haunt Awards. Usually, interest in Halloween Haunts plummets immediately after October 31, so we were expecting dozens of readers, not hundreds. In fact, the turn-out has been so good that we find ourselves wishing that the article had [...]

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Godzilla Release Date: May 16, 2014

Location: nationwide
Description: Legendary Pictures, the company that gave us PACIFIC RIM, has scheduled for their GODZILLA reboot for U.S. release on May 16, 2014. GODZILLA stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Victor Rasuk, David Strathairn, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones, Brian Markinson, Al Sapienza, Ken Jamamura, Patrick Sabongui, [...]

Old Town Haunt 2013 Video

Unless some unexpected and unlikely change takes place, 2013 was your last chance to visit the Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction in Pasadena. The final manifestation of this haunt, which began in 2005, is preserved in this video tour, shot during the final weekend.
Why is Old Town Haunt shuffling off to the Graveyard of Lost [...]

2013 Heritage Square Halloween Seance Video

The Heritage Square Museum’s annual Halloween and Mourning Tours provide a good example of how museums and historical/preservation societies exploit the October season to generate interest in historical subject matter – in this case, the customs surrounding death and mourning in Victorian Era Los Angeles. We previously reviewed their 2010 and 2011 incarnations, which showcased [...]

Boney Island 2013: Video

For Halloween 2013, the Boney Island yard haunt featured several new additions and effects: a spirit box, skeleton hummingbirds, anti-gravity water, and magic candles. See them all – and more – in this video tour.

Check out a larger version of the video below:

Matthew Bourne on re-imagining Sleeping Beauty

Choreographer Matthew Bourne discusses his approach to Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21. Bourne previously re-imagined Tachikovsk’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Hollywood Gothique fans may also remember his stage version of Edward Scissorhands, which briefly toured Los Angeles back in 2006. We reviewed it here here [...]

Rotten Apple’s Haunted Wilsley Manor 2: Video

Check out this video of Haunted Wilsley Manor 2, the 2013 home haunt from the folks at Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank. This year’s version of the traditional haunted house theme retained the back story and some of the settings from its predecessor but improved on last year’s most memorable image (an upside-down room) by [...]

House (Hausu) at Nuart on January 10

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: January 14, 2014, at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens this “Japanese psychedelic horror classic” as part of their Round Midnight series. Presented in 35mm. Read a review of the film at Cinefantastique Online

Labyrinth at Nuart on November 15

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: November 15 at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film as part of their Round Midnight series. David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly star alongside a menagerie of goblinesque Muppets.

Night of the Living Zoo: Review and Video

Here is an atypical Halloween event that debuted this October: Night of the Living Zoo. Not a haunted house, a hayride, a cemetery tour, or a party, Night of the Living Zoo instead offered a night-time Halloween overlay on the Los Angeles Zoo, with decorations, sound effects, roaming ghouls, and spooky entertainment. Unfortunately, Night of [...]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review

There is a pretty decent 90-minute movie hiding within THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, but the filmmakers were not going to let that fast-paced thriller escape from the laborious two-and-half-hour running time required to appease a fanbase that wants every major development, nuance, and tidbit from the source material to at least rate a mention [...]

Night of the Living Zoo: Review and Video

Night of the Living Zoo: Review and Video

Here is an atypical Halloween event that debuted this October: Night of the Living Zoo. Not a haunted house, a hayride, a cemetery tour, or a party, Night of the Living Zoo instead offered a night-time Halloween overlay on the Los Angeles Zoo, with decorations, sound effects, roaming ghouls, and spooky entertainment. Unfortunately, Night of [...]

Drama After Dark 2013 Review

Drama After Dark 2013 Review

Wicked Lit is not the only drama group bringing classic tales of terror to life during the Halloween Season. Take a walk into the shadowy recesses of the Huntington Gardens for a macabre evening of Gorey Poe-try…if you dare!
During the hectic later half of the Halloween season, Holly wood Gothique visited a few attractions that [...]

Film Review: Thor - The Dark World

Film Review: Thor – The Dark World

Thor: The Dark World is not the worst superhero movie ever made, but it may be the most convenient. How convenient is it? Well, let us enumerate:

Thor (Chris Hemsworth) wields a magical hammer that is powerful enough to wipe out legions of enemies when necessary but not quite powerful enough to defeat the villainous elf [...]

2013 Halloween Haunt Awards

2013 Halloween Haunt Awards

What were the best Halloween Haunts in 2013? Read on to find out…if you dare!
Gather round, haunt-chasers. Halloween is over; ghosts have returned to graveyards; dust has settled back on tombstones, and the scream of the banshee is but a dwindling echo in the memory. Which means it is time to announce our annual Halloween [...]

Delusion 2013 cancels remaining performances

Delusion 2013 cancels remaining performances

A post just went up on the Facebook page for Delusion: Masque of Mortality, announcing that the Haunted Play is closing immediately. Ticket sales have been cancelled; refunds will be send to those who purchased advance tickets. The explanation, given by writer-director Jon Braver, is that he and his team “have been blocked from obtaining [...]

Delusion: Masque of Mortality Review

Delusion: Masque of Mortality Review

How does Delusion 2013 stack up to its predecessors? Is the Haunted Play still the best Halloween event in Los Angeles? Read on to find out…if you dare!
No, Hollywood Gothique has not been boycotting Delusion: Masque of Mortality. We could not review writer-director Jon Braver’s latest interactive Haunted Play before now, simply because we could [...]

Halloween 2013 is finally over

Halloween 2013 is finally over

Now that the weekend is over, it may finally be safe to say that the 2013 Halloween season is finally over. The ghosts have gone back to their graveyards, and the haunted houses have shuttered their doors until next October. The only Halloween-themed events still running are theatrical in nature: Theatre 68’s production of The [...]

Halloween Haunt Odyssey 2013: Spydrhill, Haunted Shack, Revenge of Ninja

Halloween Haunt Odyssey 2013: Spydrhill, Haunted Shack, Revenge of Ninja

On Halloween Night, Hollywood Gothique took a hit of its own potent potion, following the path laid out in our 2013 Halloween Haunts Itinerary: Torrance. This journey took us to a trio of strange and diverse spectral locations: The Haunted Shack, Revenge of the Ninja, and Spydrhill Cemetery. The first two we covered three years [...]

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Film Review: Vampire Academy

Makes TWILIGHT look good – something I never thought I would say about any movie ever – now please excuse me while I go wash my mouth out with soap.
VAMPIRE ACADEMY is guaranteed to have cineastes and cult movie fans browsing IMDB to double-check that screenwriter Daniel Waters did indeed write HEATHERS back in 1988. [...]

Movie Review: I, Frankenstein

Movie Review: I, Frankenstein

Like watching someone else play a bad videogame.
Have you heard about this new videogame called I, FRANKENSTEIN? If not, don’t blame yourself; the commercials and posters probably left you thinking that I, FRANKENSTEIN is a feature film. They even hired a few movie actors to make it seem more like a – well, like a [...]

Godzilla Release Date: May 16, 2014

Godzilla Release Date: May 16, 2014

Location: nationwide
Description: Legendary Pictures, the company that gave us PACIFIC RIM, has scheduled for their GODZILLA reboot for U.S. release on May 16, 2014. GODZILLA stars Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Ken Watanabe, Sally Hawkins, Juliette Binoche, Victor Rasuk, David Strathairn, CJ Adams, Richard T. Jones, Brian Markinson, Al Sapienza, Ken Jamamura, Patrick Sabongui, [...]

Sinister Pointe: Not So Merry Holiday Haunt

Sinister Pointe: Not So Merry Holiday Haunt

Location: 195 Arovista Circle, Brea, CA 92821
Website: Click here
Description: The Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction does not just vanish in a puff of smoke on November 1; oh no, they’re in a permanent location, and they make use of it even when Halloween is not on the calendar. Case in point: The “Not So Merry Holiday [...]

Stage Review: Play Dead

Stage Review: Play Dead

You probably think the dead have returned to their graves since Halloween ended nearly a month ago. Au contraire, my friends! The dearly departed are everywhere present in Play Dead, an extravagant horror show that puts most Halloween haunts to shame in its capacity to summon spirits from beyond. Am I speaking literally? Aye, there’s [...]

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire review

There is a pretty decent 90-minute movie hiding within THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE, but the filmmakers were not going to let that fast-paced thriller escape from the laborious two-and-half-hour running time required to appease a fanbase that wants every major development, nuance, and tidbit from the source material to at least rate a mention [...]

Old Town Haunt 2013 Video

Old Town Haunt 2013 Video

Unless some unexpected and unlikely change takes place, 2013 was your last chance to visit the Old Town Haunt Halloween Attraction in Pasadena. The final manifestation of this haunt, which began in 2005, is preserved in this video tour, shot during the final weekend.
Why is Old Town Haunt shuffling off to the Graveyard of Lost [...]

The Truman Show at Skirball Center

The Truman Show at Skirball Center

Location: The Skirball Cultural Center, 2701 N. Sepulveda Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90049 (310) 440-4500
Date: December 10 at 1:30pm
Website: Click here
Description: Jim Carrey stars as Truman, an insurance salesman who begins to suspect that his life is being secretly filmed as a reality TV show. Ed Harris and Laura Linney co-star. Peter Weir directed, from [...]

Laura: January 24-26

Laura: January 24-26

Location: The Old Town Music Hall,140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310) 322-2592
Website: Click here
Description: Dana Andrews stars as a detective gradually becoming obsessed (falling in love?) with a dead woman (Gene Tierney) whose killer he is trying to find. Clifton Webb and Vincent Price co-star in director Otto Preminger’s classic murder-mystery film.
LAURA runs [...]

Christmas Holiday Celebration at Old Town Music Hall

Christmas Holiday Celebration at Old Town Music Hall

Location: The Old Town Music Hall,140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310) 322-2592
Website: Click here
Description: The Old Town Music Hall presents a selection of classic Christmas comedies, plus SCROOGE, a 1922 version of Charles Dickens’ ghostly tale. (No complete prints of this rare silent film are known to survive, only an edited version.) Expect [...]

Babes in Toyland: December 13-15

Babes in Toyland: December 13-15

Location: The Old Town Music Hall,140 Richmond Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 (310) 322-2592
Website: Click here
Description: Old Town Music Hall screens the 1934 fantasy film, which is also known as “March of the Wooden Soldiers” (a reference to the climactic comical battle). Based on Victor Herbert’s operetta, the film was re-imagined as a vehicle for [...]

A Zombie Joe Christmas Carol: November 30 to December 22

A Zombie Joe Christmas Carol: November 30 to December 22

Location: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre, 4850 Lankershim Boulevard, North Hollywood, California 91601
Phone: (818) 202 – 4120
Website: Click here
Description: Remember how much fun you had this Halloween at the Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theatre 2013? Well, Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group is back in action for the yuletide season, with their own eccentric take [...]

2013 Heritage Square Halloween Seance Video

2013 Heritage Square Halloween Seance Video

The Heritage Square Museum’s annual Halloween and Mourning Tours provide a good example of how museums and historical/preservation societies exploit the October season to generate interest in historical subject matter – in this case, the customs surrounding death and mourning in Victorian Era Los Angeles. We previously reviewed their 2010 and 2011 incarnations, which showcased [...]

Ladyhawke screening with Q&A

Ladyhawke screening with Q&A

Location: The Arclight Hollywood, 6360 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood CA
Date: November 26 at 7:30pm
Website: Click here
Description: Creature Features, the Burbank memorabilia store, presents this screening of LADYHAWKE, the 1985 fantasy film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer, Rutger Hauer, and Matthew Broderick. Director Richard Donner and producer Lauren Shuler-Donner will be joined by Hauer for a question-and-answer session after [...]

Creature Features Grand Re-Opening

Creature Features Grand Re-Opening

Location: 2904 West Magnolia Boulevard, Burbank CA 91056
Date: November 23, 11am to 6pm
Website: Click here
Description: The gallery of horror, fantasy, and sci-fi soundtracks and memorabilia re-opens its brick-and-mortar store after a decade as an online-only business. Come check out the new 2,000-square-foot emporium, filled with action figures, albums, and artwork from your favorite classic and [...]

Boney Island 2013: Video

Boney Island 2013: Video

For Halloween 2013, the Boney Island yard haunt featured several new additions and effects: a spirit box, skeleton hummingbirds, anti-gravity water, and magic candles. See them all – and more – in this video tour.

Check out a larger version of the video below:

The Second City's A Christmas Carol at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

The Second City’s A Christmas Carol at the Kirk Douglas Theatre

Location: The Kirk Doublas Theatre, 9820 Washington Boulevard, Culver City, CA 90232
Webpage: Click here
Description: The Second City resurrect the Christmas spirits in this send-up of Charles Dickens ghostly classic. The Second City’s A Christmas Carol: Twist Your Dickens! – which got rave notices last year – runs from December 8 through 29. Tickets range from [...]

Matthew Bourne on re-imagining Sleeping Beauty

Matthew Bourne on re-imagining Sleeping Beauty

Choreographer Matthew Bourne discusses his approach to Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty, which opens at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles on November 21. Bourne previously re-imagined Tachikovsk’s The Nutcracker and Swan Lake. Hollywood Gothique fans may also remember his stage version of Edward Scissorhands, which briefly toured Los Angeles back in 2006. We reviewed it here here [...]

Rotten Apple's Haunted Wilsley Manor 2: Video

Rotten Apple’s Haunted Wilsley Manor 2: Video

Check out this video of Haunted Wilsley Manor 2, the 2013 home haunt from the folks at Rotten Apple 907 in Burbank. This year’s version of the traditional haunted house theme retained the back story and some of the settings from its predecessor but improved on last year’s most memorable image (an upside-down room) by [...]

Play Dead at Geffen Playhouse

Play Dead at Geffen Playhouse

Location: The Geffen Playhouse in the Audrey Skirball Kenis Theater, 10886 Le Conte Avenue, Los Angeles CA 90024
Website: Click here
Description: The Geffen Playhouse presents magicians Todd Robbins and Raymond Joseph Teller’s interactive play, which explores themes of death, darkness, and deception. Expect some horrific images, glass eating, a flash of nudity, and some complete [...]

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: January 24 at Nuart

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: January 24 at Nuart

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: January 24, 2014, at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens New Line’s blockbuster money-maker, based on the comic book characters created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird. Judith Hoag and Elias Koteas star opposite the titular reptiles, brought to life by [...]

House (Hausu) at Nuart on January 10

House (Hausu) at Nuart on January 10

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: January 14, 2014, at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens this “Japanese psychedelic horror classic” as part of their Round Midnight series. Presented in 35mm. Read a review of the film at Cinefantastique Online

Batman Returns: December 13 at Nuart

Batman Returns: December 13 at Nuart

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: December 13 at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens director Tim Burton’s BATMAN sequel (an improvement over the original) as part of their Round Midnight series. Michael Keaton returns as the Caped Crusader, this time menaced by Danny DeVito’s Penguin and [...]

Labyrinth at Nuart on November 15

Labyrinth at Nuart on November 15

Location: The Nuart Theatre, 11272 Santa Monica Blvd, West Los Angeles, CA 90025
Date: November 15 at midnight
Link out: Click here
Description: The Nuart screens Jim Henson’s 1986 fantasy film as part of their Round Midnight series. David Bowie and Jennifer Connelly star alongside a menagerie of goblinesque Muppets.

Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater Haunted House Attraction

Alvarado Caverns and Mystery Theater Haunted House Attraction

Location: 1200-D North Alvarado Street, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 483-8761
Link out: Click here
Dates: November 14-17, 21-24
Hours: 8-10pm
Description: This unusual haunted house attraction completely flew under our radar this October; fortunately, it is still running. Basically, this is a performance space that has been transformed into a haunted cave, with an 18-seat Victorian opera house [...]

Guillermo Del Toro Double Bill: Pacific Rim & Hellboy

Guillermo Del Toro Double Bill: Pacific Rim & Hellboy

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036
Phone:  (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The New Beverly Cinema presents a double bill of fantasy films directed by Guillermo Del Toro. HELLBOY is a lot of fun. PACIFIC RIM is spectacular but fails to live up to its potential.
Dates: December 1-3

Retro Film Review: The War of the Worlds

Retro Film Review: The War of the Worlds

The classic alien invasion film retains its status thanks to its horrifying portrait of humanity facing extinction.
Producer George Pal’s 1953 movie version of the H.G. Wells novel is lavishily mounted and visually stunning, thanks to imaginative production design and imipressive technical effects — a rare example (along with FORBIDDEN PLANET) of a big-budget ’50s science-fiction [...]

H.G. Wells Double Bill with Ann Robinson in person

H.G. Wells Double Bill with Ann Robinson in person

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036 (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The New Beverly presents a double feature of two classic science fiction films based on the work of author H.G. Wells: 1953’s THE WAR OF THE WORLDS and 1960’s THE TIME MACHINE, both produced by George Pal. Actress [...]

The World's End: November 21-23 at New Beverly

The World’s End: November 21-23 at New Beverly

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036 (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The disappointing final installment in the Blood-and-Ice-Cream trilogy plays on a double bill with THE SPECTACULAR NOW.
Dates: November 21-23

New Beverly Double Bill: Invasion of the Body Snatchers & The Thing From Another World

New Beverly Double Bill: Invasion of the Body Snatchers & The Thing From Another World

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036 (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The New Beverly Cinema screens two classic black-and-white science fiction films from the 1950s, both of which were later remade. Don’t fall for the imitations; check out the originals!
Dates: November 17 & 18

Ravenous: November 16 at New Beverly

Ravenous: November 16 at New Beverly

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036 (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The New Beverly screens director Antonia Bird’s cannibal horror film, starring Guy Pearce, Robert Carlyle, David Arquette, and Jeffrey Jones, scripted by Ted Griffin.
Date: November 16 atmidnight

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: November 15 at New Beverly

Scott Pilgrim vs the World: November 15 at New Beverly

Location: The New Beverly Cinema, 7165 Beverly Boulevard, Los Angeles 90036 (323) 938-4038
Link out: Click here
Description: The New Beverly screens the cult fantasy-comedy, directed by Edgar Wright.

Date: November 15 at midnight

Night of the Living Zoo: Review and Video

Night of the Living Zoo: Review and Video

Here is an atypical Halloween event that debuted this October: Night of the Living Zoo. Not a haunted house, a hayride, a cemetery tour, or a party, Night of the Living Zoo instead offered a night-time Halloween overlay on the Los Angeles Zoo, with decorations, sound effects, roaming ghouls, and spooky entertainment. Unfortunately, Night of [...]