Monthly Archives: September 2017

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 at Universal Studios Hollywood Review

Halloween Horror Nights 2017 is well underway at Universal Studios Hollywood, bringing with it a bevy of monsters and a laundry list of intellectual properties, with The Shining at the top of most everyone’s “curious to see” list.

As has been the case for more than a decade, Halloween Horror Nights here in Southern California has been spearheaded by John Murdy (Creative Director), and Chris Williams (Art Director), with a dedicated and very talented team behind them, helping to make these collections of living nightmares a reality each year. HHN is one of the biggest events in the Southland, attracting tens of thousands of hard core haunt fans to the Hollywood area each night as they pour through the gates, eager to have terror unleashed on them.

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Sleep No More Alumni Bringing Waking La Llorona to San Diego for Halloween 2017

When you think of San Diego, you think of gorgeous beaches, college coeds, Shamu, and Comic-Con. At Halloween, there are a handful of well-established haunted attractions across the city, but nothing much in the way of immersive, theatrical-style experiences as you find in Los Angeles and elsewhere. That’s about to change with Waking La Llorona, a multi-sensory, fully immersive theatrical presentation that happens to you – all around you – alone.

Waking La Llorona premiered this August in San Diego at a sold-out workshop production that was presented by The Old Globe through the generous support of The San Diego Foundation Creative Catalyst program – an organization that provides career opportunities for local professional artists so that the entire community benefits culturally through the arts. This production is set to run once more at the La Jolla Playhouse as part of their Without Walls Festival next month. The buzz that Waking La Llorona has already created has led to those performances at WOW already being sold-out. We have not personally experienced this production, but have been told by numerous friends and colleagues how absolutely fantastic Waking La Llorona is; and it should be. Several of the key people that have created Waking La Llorona were responsible for producing the cornerstone theatrical experience Sleep No More in New York City.

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Exclusive Behind-The-Scenes Preview of The 17th Door Extreme Haunted Experience

Southern California is home to the most diverse assortment of haunted attractions in the world, from major theme park events to stunning home haunts and stand-alone experiences. When The 17th Door made its debut in 2015, it took the haunt community by storm, immediately garnering media attention and huge social buzz due to its extreme and brutal content.

Created by husband and wife team Heather and Robbie Luther, The 17th Door followed the exploits of an ill-fated young adult – Paula Barclay – as she attended college at Gluttire University, where she battled real-life demons and horrific situations ranging from bulimia nervosa (binge eating and purging) and drug/alcohol abuse, to mental anguish and even rape. In short, The 17th Door showcased real-life horrors, rather than zombies, vampires, or iconic serial killers. We have often described The 17th Door as a “Hell House” type of experience, without the religious hammering at the end, in an effort to save your soul from the evils of this world and eternal damnation. Truly, this particular haunt is unlike anything we have ever experienced.

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Rotten Apple 907 Home Haunt Needs Community Support

It’s been a really rough year for the team behind Rotten Apple 907, one of Southern California’s greatest home haunts. Located in Burbank, the team – led by Diane and Preston Meyer – has been a staple of the haunt community since 2003. Recently, the team encountered a nasty setback from Mother Nature in the form of a flood, which wiped out a lot of their materials where they were being stored on a property in Acton, California.

Props, walls, and other components necessary for their annual haunt were either destroyed, washed away, or covered with filthy debris and mud. To add insult to injury, while the Meyers were waiting for the water to recede enough to try and salvage their stuff, a bee colony moved in and made themselves a hive, which also had to be taken care of.

To say that 2017 has been a rough one for Rotten Apple 907 and its team is an understatement. These are good people who create a tremendous attraction – with a new theme – each and every year, with all of their proceeds going to local charities. Since 2003, Rotten Apple 907 has donated thousands of dollars to people in need. And, as luck would have it, now they are the ones in need.

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Boney Island Major Expansion Set for Halloween 2017 Season in Los Angeles

As surprising as it is, when it comes to Halloween events and attractions in the Greater Los Angeles region, there aren’t that many offerings to be had. Fortunately for fans of all ages, Boney Island, which has become a Halloween staple here in Southern California, is set to return this year in a big way – a major expansion, which has just been announced by the home haunt’s owner and creator, Rick Polizzi.

For the first time ever, Boney Island is going to expand to the front yard of one of Rick’s neighbors, almost doubling the footprint of the beloved spectacle! It’s an undertaking of epic proportions, and a huge win for Halloween fans, as mounting costs and local municipality involvement in recent years have threatened to end this Southland tradition.

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