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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "DOLLHOUSE OF THE DAMNED" HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “Dollhouse of the Damned” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again.


The first series of pics in the video are shots of the outside of the house. It's a wooden frame decorated with what other than baby doll parts. There are arms, legs, heads, and even some complete dolls too. On the roof there is a raven, which is something the designers add to each house every year. For those of us who know about it, it's always fun looking for.


The first scare in this house can be seen in the above pic. It doesn't look like much here, but at night there's a scare actor up there being very still. She will eventually move in an attempt to scare people passing by. She is just a warm up for the most disturbing thing about this house, which comes next. 


In the video you will see a couple of pics of large baby cribs. They are large because at night there are some large baby scare actors in them. When I say large, I really mean they have some giant heads. The heads look similar to the head on the wall you see at the end of the video.


These are some bad babies. They have made a mess of their cribs, and yes the walls. That is what you think it is on the walls!


Besides the scary babies, you might find some familiar faces. The above pic is a Teddy Rubskin bear split in half, and stuck on the wall. In the video, you might have also seen a Carebear on the wall as well


Then there is the big toy room filled with more dolls. They are all over the place to catch your attention while scare actors are trying to scare you. Here you see a familiar face in the doll from "Dead Silence." I look forward to finding him in a house ever year. In the video, you will see he appears in several places in the room.


And this guy needs no introduction. He was hard to find at night. 


Now here's a scare they have done before. In this pic it looks like just a stack of stuffed toys. However, if you look closely there's a trigger on top because at night a scare actor covered in toys becomes part of the stack of toys. Of course he jumps up to scare people as they walk by. There's another stack of toys in the room to distract you. You will also see in the video some creepy looking mummy like figures on the wall. They were freaky looking, yet funny because they were holding dolls.


The final room of the house was fun. There were lots of mirrors to catch your attention. In the center of the room were some ballerinas. As you might expect, at night one of them was actually a scare actor. Dance with her if you dare.


And here's a look at the aforementioned large baby heads. I thought it was funny how they had body parts in their mouths. Below is a bonus video of a few seconds of the house at night, and the people going into it.



Overall, this turned out to be a fun house to walk through. Like I said, the babies with the big heads were definitely disturbing. There was a lot to see in the house, so hopefully you went through it more than once to find all of the dolls. So that was a look at the "Dollhouse of the Damned” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Monday, October 20, 2014

ANNABELLE REVIEW



A couple begin to experience terrifying supernatural occurrences involving a vintage doll shortly after their home is invaded by satanic cultists.

Starring: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, and Alfre Woodard

Directed by: John R. Leonetti

Written by: Gary Dauberman

  While "The Conjuring" is a very good movie, one of the biggest things many people took away from it was the brief introduction they got to the doll Annabelle. Right away I came out of that movie saying that we needed to have a movie about that doll. I'm not sure what it was about her, but apparently I wasn't the only one who felt the same way. So now everyone who became instantly enamored with Annabelle, like myself, got what they wanted... "Annabelle" the movie.
  With that said, there are a lot of big expectations from those who wanted this movie to happen. Honestly I wasn't sure what to expect, but just knew I had to see it. If audiences didn't realize it in "The Conjuring" it might not have taken them long to realize Annabelle isn't a Chucky type doll. She isn't running around slicing up people while giving wise cracks. However, she does have something in common with Chucky, and that's how she’s possessed with evil. The beginning of the movie sets up exactly why Annabelle has become the doll that shows up when bad things are happening.
  What seems a little weird about her story is that she’s possessed not only by the woman who attacks the couple early on, but also the evil that woman is trying to conjure up. Either way, both produce some pretty scary scenes. One of those scenes starts with a little girl, and ends coming at the audience as her older self. The true creepiness comes from the demon. They do an excellent job of hiding it in the darkness, and having it pop up. The prime example of that is the basement scene.
  Besides the scares, it's also nice to see a horror movie set in a little older time. It gives the movie a different look as far as the setting, and visuals. However, the pace of the movie is very similar to what audiences have seen in "The Conjuring" and "Insidious." It's kind of slow, and the couple isn’t always that interesting to listen to. The acting is all right, but nothing like the performances in "The Conjuring."
  Again, I'm not sure what I expected to see in "Annabelle," but just knew I had to see it. While she isn't the one actually doing the scares, there’s just something about her. There’s just enough evil in her, which manages to produce just enough scares. Hopefully audiences will get to see her again in a sequel, or maybe even in "The Conjuring 2." I give this movie 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO

Saturday, October 18, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "FROM DUSK TILL DAWN" HOUSE AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24


Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at the haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “From Dusk Till Dawn” house, which is based on the new TV series.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again.


The house is basically the famous bar, which in this case is called the Twister. At night there is a scare actor standing on the steps telling everyone to come right in. He's giving hints at what everyone can expect once inside.


I included the pic above to show you how they change the writing on things like bottles, boxes, or anything branded not only in this house but others. Here you can see the beer has been renamed "Aass Bokk." Sometimes things are renamed to be funny, while others things might have meaning. Of course things like this are hard to see while going in the house at night.


One theme throughout this house is the stripper vampires. Sorry I have no pictures of them. There are several places where there are curtains like in the pic, where the strippers are hiding behind.


Some of them are dancing, and having a good time with their victims just before they try to jump out and scare you. The above pic is a good example of that kind of scene. At night a vampire is on top of this victim dancing, and having a snack before springing out at people.


In the video you will see a lot of snakes, a lot of them. There are also some bats among other things around the house. There are a lot of tight areas except for this opening in the above pic.


The final set of pics lead you into the final room of the house. As you walk in, you are coming from behind the register. There is a table where some victims were playing cards.


One of victims has ended up on the pool table. An up close look at her shows that she has been bitten on the neck by a vampire.


I included a pic of this victim below because if you look closely that is a Disney button on her. That wasn't the only Disney button I found while touring.


Here we have the main dance floor where the major entertainment is taking place. At night while you are looking around for the vampires, there is a scare actor there with a chainsaw ready to take on the vampires.


Overall, this wasn’t one of my favorite houses. I’m sure a lot of people enjoyed looking at the stripper vampires, but it didn’t make the house that scary. It was fun watching the scare actors pretend to eat their victims. Also, it was fun getting an up close look at some of the victims on the tour.


So that was a look at the “From Dusk Till Dawn” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask. 

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

DRACULA UNTOLD REVIEW



Facing threats to his kingdom and his family, Vlad Tepes makes a deal with dangerous supernatural forces - whilst trying to avoid succumbing to the darkness himself.

Starring: Luke Evans, Dominic Cooper, Charles Dance, and Sarah Gadon

Directed by: Gary Shore

Written by: Matt Sazama, and Burk Sharpless

 The story of Dracula certainly isn't untold. Horror fans have seen many versions of Dracula over the years, even most recently in a TV series. What "Dracula Untold" tries to do is give audiences something a little different by showing the kind of person Vlad is before becoming a vampire, and then his eventual transformation. It might have been a risk to go this route, but it seems to pay off in the end.
  The primary reason it pays off is because of a strong performance from Luke Evans (Vlad Tepes). He masters all of the different emotions Vlad is going through starting with his portrayal of a father desperate to protect his family. He then moves from those emotions to ones of a man dealing with the struggle of becoming a monster. He brings everything together to display the passion and fierceness audiences often see in Dracula. Luke is complimented nicely by strong performances from co-stars like Sarah Gadon, Dominic Cooper, and Charles Dance.
  Looking past the acting, there are two other things that stand out about this movie. The first is that it's very dramatic. Most of that comes from Vlad's passion, and desire to save his family. There are several scenes where he is face to face talking to his wife about his motives, which includes his love for her. When not in his wife’s face, he’s right beside his son telling him what to do.
  When the movie isn't dramatic, it is certainly action packed. In "300," an army of 300 soldiers takes on thousands and thousands of Persians. In "Dracula Untold," an army consisting of Vlad takes on thousands of soldiers. Of course Vlad already has his vampire abilities giving him an advantage. Besides the usual vampire abilities, Vlad has another trick where he can transform himself back and forth from human form to dozens of bats. This trick comes in handy quite often.
  "Dracula Untold" truly seems to be a movie born from the phrase "desperate times call for desperate measures." Left with few choices, Vlad desperately steps into a mysterious cave, and makes a deal with a monster. While the story is solid, Luke Evans successfully carries the movie on his shoulders. Throw in some drama, and plenty of action, and it turns out to be a good addition to Dracula’s legacy. A legacy which fans might see grow in a sequel. With that, I give this movie 3 pools of blood.

  HorrO

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

SLEDGE REVIEW



A True American Horror Story hits you from the beginning with originality. From the skull crushing death, to the killer, Adam Lynch, who in his psyche believes he is living in a movie and video game world. With each kill, he adds to his collection, which happens to be the faces of his victims. As a new group of people show up to the secluded rental camp ground, Adam meticulously watches them all to see if any is worth sparing their life.

Starring: Dustin Bowman, Stephanie Tupper, Rachel Cornell and Hanson

Directed by: John B Sovie II and Kristian Hanson

Written by: Kristian Hanson

  Many horror movies that come out these days repeat the same formula over and over again. There are others that try to give horror fans something completely different, but fans seem to have a hard time finding them. Sometimes fans are lucky enough to at least get something in between these two mediums. "Sledge" falls in this last category, as it gives fans some of the usual formula along with something a little different.
  First there is plenty of the same old formula starting with another film where a group of young people decides to go camping in the woods. Every horror fan knows what that means. There is a killer somewhere in the woods waiting to pick them off one by one. No spoiler alert needed, as fans know what eventually happens here.
  After getting past the same formula thing, what makes this movie intriguing is the something different. That something different is having the killer in a mask talk to the soon to be victims. While not a new idea, it isn't something that fans see a lot of. Jason, who is probably one of the most famous killers of people in a campground, has nothing to say to his victims.
  It isn't just the fact that he talks to his victims, but more about what he says. He’s totally cocky knowing that they won't stop what he's about to do to them. He mocks them, psyches them out, and is very funny. There is an absolutely hilarious scene where a couple is roaming the woods talking about Beetlejuice, yes Beetlejuice, and the killer interrupts their conversation in a timely manner. The opening scene is also extremely amusing, as the killer plays a cruel joke on a mentally handicap guy.
  What this all amounts to is a horror comedy that actually has some scenes worth seeing. Yes, more for the comedy than the horror, but that's how it goes sometimes. For those really looking for horror, there are several kills resulting in detached body parts and guts, but nothing to write home about. If anything, audiences might be happy when certain characters are killed off because they can’t seem to stop talking. Overall, I enjoyed the comedic elements enough to give this movie 2.5 pools of blood.

  HorrO
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