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Lore: A Haunting Experience from Creep LA Opens This Week

CREEP LA RETURNS FOR A THIRD SEASON

Creep LA, the masters of haunt experiences in LA, have teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to create a truly unique immersive theater experience based on the new Amazon Prime Video exclusive series Lore, derived from Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast Lore.

Creep LA: Lore will take place in Los Angeles for a limited time only (beginning in October). Creep LA’s past shows (“Creep Los Angeles”, “The Willows”) have continuously SOLD OUT in record time and this new show will be their best one yet!

Taking place at Magic Box LA in Downtown LA on select dates from October  5th  through November 12th, thrill seekers are invited to step into an altered world where folklore comes to life. Whereas fear is best kept buried, Creep LA embraces the folklore to unveil the frightening truth: the scariest stories are often rooted in truth. In this space, stories aren’t just tales around a campfire, but an experience that will creep inside and leave you haunted.

 Creep LA will bring real-life historical events that birthed many folk tales which ultimately spawned some of our darkest nightmares to life pulling inspiration and using elements from the show.

 

Upon entering Creep LA: Lore, handlers will guide groups of eight brave souls inside this imagined universe where groups travel through a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 1-hour walk-thru experience within a dynamic and diverse environment of moody rooms, intimate encounters, and terrifying scenarios. At Creep LA: Lore, everyone is part of the experience whether they intend to be or not.

The upcoming Amazon Prime Exclusive’s new series Lore is a six-episode anthology series (streaming globally on Amazon Prime on October 13th) that presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.

Just Fix It’ (JFI) Creator/Producer, Justin Fix said of collaborating with Amazon, “We couldn’t be more excited to have Amazon join us on this season. Creep LA’s experiences have always focused on the darkness of humanity and the human condition. There is no better opportunity than Lore to focus on the past and the creation of these monsters we have grown to fear. While monsters are scary, the people behind the masks are the real danger.”

Just Fix It Productions has also partnered with True Connection, a nonprofit dedicated to youth empowerment through art, mediation and SEL (Social & Emotional Learning) for the third season of Creep LA.

Past Creep LA experiences have been highly rated by here on The  Scare Zone. Over the past two years JFI Productions’ Justin Fix and his team, Producing Partner J.T. Swierczek, Writer Daniel Montgomery, Artistic Director David Ruzicka, Performance Director Fione Rene, and Choreographer Steph Turek along with seasoned collaborators and their cast of top artists have built unique spaces and delivered top-notch boundary-pushing haunt experiences.

Now in its third season, Creep LA has continuously sold out their previous event series almost immediately upon going on sale. So be sure to get yours quickly or you may just end up reading about it here on The Scare Zone.

Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY and scheduled to go on sale on Friday, September 15th at 10am PDT. Ticket prices start at $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit: www.CreepLA.com.

Engage with and follow Creep LA on social media at: #creepla @creeplosangeles

Knott’s Scary Farm 2017

Knott’s Scary Farm Halloween Haunt is here! This season’s haunt promises to bring back many of the popular mazes, revamp others, introduce a couple of new themes, and give a final send off to the first Mistress of Haunt.

Of course the most exciting news is about the new maze themes, which looks rather promising as they seemly tie into the growing “traditional” Halloween ambiance that’s now being presented at Scary Farm. We’re particularly interested in the new Dark Ride maze as it’s been awhile since we’ve been terrorized by clowns and evil carnies inside a Scary Farm maze.

We’re also glad to see them bring back an overlay to the Timber Mountain Log Ride. Even if it’s going to be “family friendly”.

It will also be sad to see Elvira make her final appearance at haunt but all good things must come to an end, or in her case, to a front. Nonetheless, it looks like the Mistress will be going in style with a show that pays tribute to her classic self-TITled movie.

While most of it looks pretty much like the same things we’ve all seen before, part of the charm of Scary Farm is the Halloween “tradition” that it continues to showcase year after year. Now here’s the full Scary Farm lineup for 2017. See you in the fog!

New Mazes and Attractions

DARK RIDE

Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel characters still linger in the shadows in the NEW maze, Dark Ride. The carnival attraction has become a refuge for sideshow freaks and now those shunned performers have created an ominous world where they plan to unleash terror on those who enter.

PUMPKIN EATER

Daring guests will attempt to survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in this year’s NEW MAZE, Pumpkin Eater. The notorious creature is on the prowl, hidden within the dark
confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the only way out.

TRICK OR TREAT: LIGHTS OUT

Are you afraid of the dark? You will be.

Armed with only a faulty flashlight, explore the creepy house at the end of the street, in the upgraded Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out maze. Face the terrors  of the house in complete darkness as your interactive flashlight reveals the horrors hiding in the shadows.  Featuring new state-of-the-art effects, unexpected scares and other eerie surprises, Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out will terrorize you like never before.

TIMBER MOUNTAIN LOG RIDE HALLOWEEN HOOTENANNY

This season the Timber Mountain Log Ride becomes the Halloween Hootenanny. This is a family friendly Halloween overlay to our classic Timber Mountain Log Ride. This attraction will be open every day during the Halloween season and features a brand new original song sung by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.

Returning Mazes

Many of our Scary Farm favorites return…

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New Frightful Features at Worlds of Fun

A new stunning acrobatic show and 6 new dread-inducing secret rooms await guests as Worlds of Fun’s 2017 Halloween Haunt returns weekends starting September 16. The high-flying performers of Skeleton Crew will join hundreds of monsters in the midway, alongside dozens of gruesome attractions and thrill rides, in presenting the biggest Halloween event in the Midwest.

Skeleton Crew brings a thrilling cirque-style show of talented skeleton-costumed acrobats to shock witnesses with electrifying aerial performances. “This group is a must-see,” said Brent Barr, director of live entertainment for Cedar Fair, parent company for Worlds of Fun. “These death defying performers will charm you with their humor and amaze you with their astounding performances.” See the Skeleton Crew’s exhilarating acrobatic performances nightly in the International Plaza.

New Skeleton Key rooms take fear to a whole new level. Guests will experience their worst nightmares coming to life in six new phobia-themed Skeleton Key rooms, exclusively available with a Fright Lane PLUS Skeleton Key. This premium add-on experience includes priority access to 13 mazes and attractions, and features more intense and interactive scares in the Skeleton Key attractions.

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Unveils the Spirit of CHEF

Are YOU Ready to be Served?

A new voracious resident spirit has risen from the depths of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor, Southern California’s most authentically terrifying haunt, opening September 28Chef and his long-forgotten legend have resurfaced and will be brought to life through FEAST, the new horrific maze onboard the ship venturing into previously unrevealed areas of the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. Chef and his carnivorous kitchen staff have resumed their deadly duties, collecting new victims for Chef’s latest recipes. All who dare will swelter with fear as they crawl their way out of Chef’s scorching oven to reach their final destination…Are YOU ready to be served?

For the first time in Dark Harbor history, FEAST will be the 4th maze onboard the legendary vessel. FEAST tells the tale of Chef, a legendary spirit of the historic R.M.S. Queen Mary. As the tale goes, During WWII when the Queen Mary was in service as a troop transport ship, an enlisted military man serving in the ship’s kitchen quickly moved up the ranks to become a highly-decorated Chef.

Unbeknownst to the soldiers traveling aboard, Chef had a dark side.  Quietly he would sedate soldiers in the middle of the night to prepare them as ingredients for his latest dishes. Eventually caught, the Chef was thrown into one of his own ovens and cooked alive.

Loyal to their leader Chef’s dutiful kitchen staff sacrificed their lives to become his evil henchmen, burning themselves in the same oven. The spirits of Chef and his evil crew went into hiding aboard the ship for many years. Now, these long-time stowaways have resurfaced to resume their deadly duties of collecting and preparing victims for Chef’s latest concoctions.

FEAST and Chef will make their horrific debut as Dark Harbor returns to the Queen Mary on September 28.  Southern California’s most haunted Halloween event will welcome MORE monsters, MORE nights, and MORE mazes than ever before. Offering the most authentically frightening experience available, Dark Harbor tells the truly haunted, historic tales of the Queen Mary. The infamous spirits of Chef, Iron Master, Captain, Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry, Scary Mary, Voodoo PriestessRingmaster, plus hundreds of their bloodcurdling henchmen await to tempt your fate.

Live your nightmares aboard the Queen Mary with returning mazes Soulmate and B340. Mazes Circus, Intrepid, Deadrise, and Lullaby also return newly intensified, darker than imaginable, and evermore twisted. With 7 mazes and 13 bars, fire shows, aerialists, sliders, Michael Jackson’s Neverland Ranch’s Sinister Swings, monster DJs, Voodoo House Bar & Tasting Room, R.I.P. Lounge, and much more, Dark Harbor is a freakishly fun time.

The annual haunt opens its gates on September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

H40: Laurie Strode will Return to Haddonfield in 2018!

40 years later… Jamie Lee Curtis is returning to play the iconic Laurie Strode in the “Halloween” franchise.

“Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18.” – Jamie Lee Curtis

Curtis’ character will have a final confrontation with Michael Myers, one of our favorite masked slashers who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

Master of horror John Carpenter who created the original movie will also return to executive produce and serve as creative consultant on this film, joining forces with cinema’s current leading producer of horror, Jason Blum (Get Out, Split, The Purge, Paranormal Activity). Inspired by Carpenter’s classic, filmmakers David Gordon Green and Danny McBride crafted a story that carves a new path from the events in the landmark 1978 film, and Green also directs.

HALLOWEEN will be produced by Malek Akkad, whose Trancas International Films has produced the HALLOWEEN series since its inception. Green and McBride will executive produce under their Rough House Pictures banner.

HALLOWEEN will be distributed worldwide by Universal Pictures which likely means that we’ll get a new Halloween maze at Halloween Horror Nights in 2018.

Screaming Soon: Reign of Terror Haunted House 2017

Reign of Terror in Thousand Oaks prepares to kick-off on September 30th with made exciting changes and additions making their 18th season event the biggest ever!

Janss Marketplace announces the 2017 dates for the 13-night Reign of Terror Haunted House, one of the top ranked immersive haunt attractions in the U.S.  Now entering its 18th-annual season, Reign of Terror, will be open to the public on September 30October 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30 and 31 at Janss Marketplace, located off the 101 Freeway, at the intersection of Hillcrest Drive and Moorpark Road in Thousand Oaks. Reign of Terror hours are 7 – 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 – 11 p.m. on Saturdays.

Each year, the annual haunted house at Janss Marketplace adds new exciting features. For the 2017 season, each of Reign of Terror’s 8 separate attractions has been expanded or updated to over 100 individual rooms. This makes Reign of Terror the largest indoor haunted attraction in all of Southern California. Covering over 23,000 sqare feet of indoor space, Reign of Terror is nearly 15 times as large as the average single family home in Southern California.

For a preview of the haunted house, visit www.rothauntedhouse.com

Ticket prices range from $15 to $25 for general admission and $25 to $35 for express entry admission.  Tickets are available for purchase now online at http://www.rothauntedhouse.com/. The Reign of Terror ticket office will also be open starting 6:30 p.m each night, so tickets can be purchased at the event as well. Anyone in line for entrance prior to closing time each night is guaranteed entrance.

Reign of Terror is an intense experience geared for horror and thrill seeking fans, but it can still be enjoyed by all ages. For families with younger children, Reign of Terror Lights On tours are offered two Saturday afternoons, October 21 and October 28 from 1 – 4 p.m.  Lights On tours have no special effects, no darkness or scares in operation, but all regular lighting is on. Admission for the Lights On tour is $5 for children and adults.

Reign of Terror succeeds in providing more than a good scare by giving back to the community. Because Janss Marketplace hosts the event in over 23,000 square feet of indoor space, the haunted house is able to donate proceeds from entrance fees to the Conejo Recreation and Parks District.

 

ScareHouse 2017

It’s almost time to open the doors to Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House.

This year they’re bringing you a hotel infested with serial killers in The Sunset Lodge, 3-D clowns in Nocturnia 3-D, and even more diabolical demons in Infernal. Experience all three haunts Opening Weekend (September 15th & 16th) with special pricing starting at $15.99 per ticket!

ScareHouse opens each night at 7 PM. Free parking and shuttle at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium. Save time and money when you buy online. Must be 7 years old or older to enter the ScareHouse.

The Basement Returns With a Familiar Face!

Venture back down into The Basement with Maggie in a new immersive production. Must be 18 years old or older and sign a waiver to enter The Basement. No more than two people enter at a time. Purchase a single ticket to face the terror alone. Special opening weekend ticket pricing, $35.99 per pair or $24.99 for a single ticket. For more information about The Basement, click here.

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Upcoming ScareHouse Appearances and Events
September 15th Opening Night
October 17th Mini Zombie School at Row House Cinema

Theaters of Terror: Stephen King speaks about ‘IT’

(Photo: New Line Cinema/Warner Bros.)

‘Pennywise’ the clown finally arrives in theaters today in the new theatrical version of ‘IT’. The movie is already shaping up to be a blockbuster with projections that it’ll make over $85 million this opening weekend.  They’re also talking about doing a sequel already (wait, he doesn’t die in the end?).

This movie has been heavily marketed over the summer with fun promotional tactics that included “The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” haunted house.

We recently visited the Neibolt House and it was a pretty fun haunt experience (especially being for free). There were one or two startling moments and some nice special effects used. It was somewhat tamer than the haunts we’ve experienced elsewhere but we should keep in mind that this is setup to try to appeal to the more general public and out of town tourist who stumble upon it while walking down the streets in Hollywood. It’s also a great way to promote a horror movie and we would hope to see more of these kind of promotions.  We rate the “The IT Experience: Neibolt House Hollywood” with a solid 2 and half skulls and think that it’s worth seeing if you’re going to be in the area.

Getting back to the movie ‘IT’self, our friends at Yahoo Movies recently had the opportunity to speak with the master of modern horror himself, Stephen King, about Andrés Muschietti’s cinematic adaptation of ‘IT,’ as well as his thoughts on Bill Skarsgård’s interpretation of ‘Pennywise’ versus that of Tim Curry’s, and what he thinks of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ and his work being an inspiration to the Duffer Brothers. King even divulges on his real overall feelings towards clowns – He says “…clowns are scary. There’s just no way around that.”

Here are a few highlights from the Yahoo Movies interview:

Stephen King (Photo: AP)

King on Bill Skarsgård’s interpretation of ‘Pennywise’ versus that of Tim Curry’s portrayal in the 1990 ABC miniseries:

“I thought Tim Curry made the miniseries. He did. If Pennywise doesn’t work, obviously the thing doesn’t work at all, you know?…Pennywise is scary in the book, he needed to be scary in that miniseries, and he needs to be scary in the movie. And he is. They’re both good. I wouldn’t pick one above the other. I would just say that Andy [Muschietti] had more to work with in terms of modern technology and, for all I know, budget too. I’m sure he must have had more; I can’t remember what the miniseries cost — at one time I knew — but it wasn’t that much. It was a TV thing.”

 King on his feelings about the new ‘IT’ adaptation of:

“There are a lot of movies where, it seems to me, they bought the rights to something because they’re excited about a central situation or some of the visuals that are in the books. And then they do things to it that don’t really have that much to do with the book. I feel like they’re buying the launching pad but putting their own rocket on it — and a lot of times, the rocket blows up. This is not that case. They’ve stuck pretty close to the book, and where things have been changed, the changes make sense. They work.”

 King on his feelings towards ‘Stranger Things’:

“I loved that show. The Duffer brothers have pretty much said that I was an influence on their show, so I’m not trying to pat myself on the back. This is something that they’ve said. But they obviously internalized the idea that the characters count. And they also found that sweet spot in American life, which is sort of middle class, and small town, and there’s a textured feeling to those characters.” The small-town bumbling sheriff who stands up for all the things that are good. And Winona Ryder was so goddamn good in that show as the mother. So all those things work, and the kids work.”

 King on his true feelings on clowns and being blamed for last year’s rash of menacing-clown sightings:

“I shrugged it off. Because clowns are scary. There’s just no way around that. Clowns can be as angry as they want, and that’s their right — they’re clowns! I mean, obviously they love kids. I came out in support of some clowns in Europe who asked me to say something nice about clowns because they go to hospitals and try to cheer up sick kids. I mean, if I were a sick kid and I saw a f–king clown coming, all the red lines would go off on my gear, because I’d be scared to death! So kids are scared of clowns.”

‘IT’ is in theaters now. You can find the full interview with Stephen King from Yahoo Movies here.

Haunt Profile: Fright Haven (CT)

Fright Haven, Connecticut’s largest indoor Halloween Haunted House, opened its doors last year to rave reviews, while raising funds for several charities, including support of Stratford PAL. It returns for its second season with new attractions and features. Opening night is Saturday, Sept. 23. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Housed in the old Bally’s building in the Stratford Square shopping plaza on 411 Barnum Avenue Cut-off across from Home Depot and next to L.A. Fitness & Ninety Nine Restaurant, with ample free parking, Fright Haven is the largest indoor haunted attraction in Connecticut. It occupies 20,000 square feet and contains several attractions under the same roof. Brand new features for Halloween 2018 include the Deadly Grounds, the Green Lagoon Swamp, the Tunnel of Terror, the Buried Alive coffin simulator ride and much more. (To sign up for Stratford breaking news alerts and more, click here.)

The property had been vacant for years, and the creative forces behind Fright Haven transformed the large cavernous building – which was previously Bally’s Gym and Showcase Cinemas – into a magical haunted attraction last Halloween, bringing thousands of guests to the plaza in its inaugural season. It had the distinction of being voted “Connecticut’s #1 ‘Must-See’ Attraction.” Visitors compared the experience to a theme park, or perhaps more specifically, a roller-coaster, where the scares are fun but you can return to stable ground after the ride. At Fright Haven, all the scares are intentional, rehearsed and well-choreographed, but guests can walk out the door at any time.

This year’s houses includes:

DEAD END MANOR: Dead End Manor is an ancient Gothic Victorian Mansion filled with beautiful Vampire sirens and the monsters who made them that way, all looking to add you to the collective commune of drinking blood.

Pitch Black Haunt: Achluophobia People are not actually afraid of the dark. They are afraid of what might be in the dark. The greater their imagination, the greater and more personalized the creature/madman/poltergeist/boogeyman that could be in the darkness will be. What are you afraid of? Chances are that whatever it is, you will come face to face with it in the Frightmare Pit.

CARNIVAL OF EVIL in 3D: A 3-Dimensional tribute of terror to Savin Rock Park, Palisades Park, Freedomland, Paragon Park, what’s left of Coney Island, and all the amusement parks torn down over the years. For some reason, people are afraid of clowns, and this attraction takes advantage of this fact with lots of crazed, demented clowns popping out from everywhere.

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Zombie Joe’s Urban Death: Tour Of Terror Year 5

Unless you’re holding your breath while waiting for a maniacal killer to leave the room you’re hiding in, time goes by fast.

Now can you believe it’s been 5 years since Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group premiered Urban Death: Tour Of Terror? This is definitely one of the more unique and unnerving haunt experiences in Los Angeles.

The number 5 is the most dynamic and energetic of all the single-digit numbers. It is unpredictable, always in motion and constantly in need of change. Although it is molded from an almost equal mix of masculine and feminine qualities, in general the 5 is slightly more feminine — albeit a daring, tomboyish kind of feminine, with nothing demure or submissive about her.

For its fifth Halloween season the darkened doors of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group will once again slowly slip open and summon guests inside to experience Urban Death: Tour of Terror.

The updated show will run on Friday and Saturday nights, October 6th – October 28th, plus Monday October 30th and Halloween night, Tuesday October 31st.

Tour of Terror takes ZJU’s signature show, Urban Death, a series of horror vignettes designed to shock, delight and titillate audiences, and transforms it into an immersive haunted experience. The show will steer theater-goers and thrill-seekers through a terrifying performance and maze of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us.

The doors to the lobby opens five times an evening as guests are led through the maze in groups of two or three. Guests are provided with only a muted flashlight to guide them. Once through the maze and into the theater the flashlight is taken away and the show begins. After the show they are again given flashlights to walk back through the maze, where new performances and haunted surprises await them.

The fifth year promises to be the biggest, scariest and best yet, as co-directors and creators Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer keep pushing the show to new heights. Drawing on twelve years of Urban Death performances, the duo knows exactly how to twist the knife. The maze and show has evolved each year, pushing into new and surprising territory and promising an unforgettable experience for newcomers and returning fans.

For the last four years the event has been heralded by fans and critics alike for the imaginative quality of the scares and the talent of the performers within the maze. Scare Zone has consistently ranked Tour of Terror as one of the top haunt shows in Los Angeles.

As the show’s popularity continues to grow in leaps and bounds – bringing more and more guests into the theater each year – we recommend two things: buying your tickets early, and visiting the show for the first two weekends it runs. The closer we get to Halloween the more shows we sell out.

Urban Death: Tour of Terror is an experience that creeps deep inside the brain and refuses to let go. So yeah, you’ve been warned.

DETAILS

Urban Death: Tour of Terror Haunted Theater Attraction, ages 16 and up.

WHEN: Friday and Saturday nights, October 6 – October 28, Monday, October 30 and Tuesday, October 31st, 8:00 pm, 9:00 pm, 10:00 pm, 10:45 pm and 11:30 pm. Special Haunters and Press-Performance Thursday, October 6th, 9:00 pm (please reach out to Zombie Joe at ZombieJoes@gmail.com or 818-202-4120 for comp press tickets).

WHERE: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group: 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601

BACKSTORY: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group aka Z.J.U. was born in August of 1992 in a small industrial garage in Northridge, California. The Underground continues to push the limits of live progressive theater as a vital experimental art form in honor of the famous Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and George Lucas.

Urban Death created in 2005 by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, Music by Christopher Reiner.

TICKETS: $15, can be purchased at the door, online at: ZombieJoes.Tix.com, or by calling 818-202-4120 (NOTE: Due to the popularity of the show, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early).

WEBSITES: www.ZombieJoes.com and www.UrbanDeath.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/ZJUTheater/

TWITTER: twitter.com/urbandeath_zju

INSTAGRAM: instagram.com/urbandeath_zju

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