Tag: L.A. Halloween Attractions

Sinister Pointe’s “SCARY PLACE”

We’ve really missed Sinister Pointe.  Their absence was fully noticed and felt out here in SoCal during haunt season. After a period of darkness, one of our top-rated Haunt events is making the most spectacular return with what’s billed to be the LARGEST MULTI-LEVEL, INDOOR HAUNT EXPERIENCE in California.

In past years the inventive Sinister Pointe Productions team has created some of our most memorable haunted experiences which includes the revival of Queen Mary’s ‘Dark Harbor and the special haunted nights at The Winchester Mystery House.  Through the years, they’ve also terrified us with Christmas and Valentine’s day haunts along with SeancesScavenger Hunts, VR Experiences, and haunted bars.

For fall 2018 they’re unleashing a brand new kind of Halloween event, Sinister Pointe’s Scary Place. Haunt lovers will be scared to death in three stories of unrelenting terror, covering over 150,000 square feet and featuring two all-new mazes and a brand new haunted dark ride. Yes, a ride!

The experience will begin as the brave and foolhardy alike cross the veil into the foggy realm known as the Scary Place. Two mazes and a new ride will await haunt goers in this murky realm of terror for a full night of Halloween fun including…

Evil on 2  (Walkthrough Attraction)

There is an evil that has taken over the second floor of this quaint little hotel and we need you to venture into this maze to investigate! Let’s just hope that the terror within hasn’t spread!

PHOBIAS  (Walkthrough Attraction)

Welcome to “PHOBIAS”. Step right up and see if you have what it takes when you’re put up against some of your greatest fears. A fully interactive maze experience that will test your abilities to cope with your worst nightmares. We hope for your sake, being alone isn’t one of them!

Boogeyman Express (Ride):

All aboard the boogeyman express. Rumor has it that the boogeyman and his evil minions roam these grounds hunting innocent bystanders! So I have an idea, let’s go see if the rumors are true! Please keep your hands and arms inside the carts at all times, for this here is the most hair-raising terror train in the wilderness!

Between the screams, horror fiends can feast on a variety of snack foods and check out the revolting entertainment including the main stage, wandering magicians, games, roaming packs of monsters, and the Sinister Pointe Dark Market where new merchandise from vicious vendors will be available for purchase.

“For 20 years I have been producing Haunted Attractions that many guests have traveled great distances just to experience a 15-minute attraction. I figured it’s time to give our fans an experience that will last an entire evening!” says Jeff Schiefelbein, the creative fiend behind Sinister Pointe.

Two types of tickets will be available, allowing guests to choose their fate. The All Night Pass will allow guests unlimited access to all entertainment, attractions, and vendors for a single price starting at $42 on select nights, and $52.00 on Friday and Saturday nights. The All Night VIP Access allows for front of the line access to all mazes and attractions, along with priority seating for shows and performances with prices starting at just $60.00 on select nights, and $70.00 on Friday and Saturday nights.

Tickets: https://ocevents.ticketspice.com/scaryplace18

Scary Place will take place at the Laguna Hills Mall located at 24155 Laguna Hills Mall, Laguna Hills, CA, and will run on September 28-30 and October 4-7, 11-14, 18-21, 25-28, 31. Hours will be from 7:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. on Sundays – Thursdays.

Where do you go when you close your eyes? Sinister Pointe wants to send you to your Scary Place.

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Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest Gets Seriously Scary for 2013

 

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It’s Thrills by Day, Fright by Night at Six Flags Magic Mountain’s 21st Fright Fest. Magic Mountain will be transformed into a Halloween playground, weekends October 4 – 27. Upon entering guest will greeted by Demon’s Door, the new Front Gate scare zone with 30ft flames coming out from the Valencia Falls! Also, keep an eye out for cobwebs and spiders winding through the trees, tombstones popping up in grassy areas, park signage spattered with blood, and skeleton bones and skulls scattered throughout. This year they’re promising that you’ll have “a ghoulish good time with hair-raising shows, electrifying street entertainment and thrilling mazes”. Plus, you can experience all their coasters rides “in the dark”.

Over the years Fright Fest has struggled to make the cut in the heavily saturated Southern California theme park Haunt landscape. With Knott’s and Universal pushing boundaries of terror every year, Magic Mountain’s haunt has always felt amateurish in comparison. At one point they even tried branding themselves as the haunt for “boo-ginners” but that claim also placed them in a lower tier when compared to Disneyland’s “Not So Scary Halloween Party”. Nonetheless, it seems Fright Fest isn’t ready to bury the skull yet and it looks as if they’re trying to get more serious about their haunting.

In recent years they’ve strived to make significant upgrades to their haunts and for the 21st season they’re putting together one of  their “biggest and scariest Fright Fest events ever” with 3 new mazes, a new show, and a new sc-area. There also won’t be hiding places, anywhere, from the park’s monsters and maniacs. You’ll have to watch your back as you wander through the park’s macabre scare zones, where you may encounter evil demons, bloody zombies, creepy clowns, devilish monsters, and other disturbing characters. In addition, the park will stay open later, until 1am, on weekends in October. So, you can visit the park in the day and then experience the frights at night. However, mazes require an additional fee.

This year  maze themes descriptions do sound more elaborate  and they are calling it the ‘Best Fright Fest Ever’ with the hash-tag #BFFE  (being used for all Six Flags Fright Fest around the country).  But the question still remains as to how scary are they really. For any of our Haunt Stalkers who go, please let us know. On a side note, we are kind of bummed to hear that Jokesters Hideout 3D has been retired. The ‘Jack in the Box’ Scare was always pretty epic.

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Mazes:

WeepyHills-100x100*New for 2013* Weepy Hills INSANEtorium (DC Univerese)  – Just when you thought it was safe to leave your loved ones in a safe, bright and cheerful residence for them to regain their mental health … things aren’t always what they seem. Some try their hardest to get out…. but it always was too late. How about you?  Will you escape?

Toyz-100x100*New for 2013* Toyz of Terror (Palace Arcade)The Jokester’s Hideout has been revamped. This defunct toy factory is now haunted by a chilling turn of events that took place when the admired inventor went pysychotic, adding demented spirits to his beloved toys, leaving them possessed.

*New for 2013* Total Darkness (Magic Moments Theater)Unexpectedly, the lights of the historic theater have darkened on the anniversary of the demise of the longest-running show. The spirits are awakened to haunt tourists who try to catch a glimpse of the ghosts who inhabit the decaying concert hall. Now your mind must find your way around with no light to guide you. Scream if you must and hold on to those you think you can trust.

Scary-Boy-with-Knife1-100x100Wiloughby’s Resurrected (Under the Sky Tower) – The longest running maze at Fright Fest (we’ve lost track of how many years) continues it’s legacy of frights in this revamped version.  Eerie twists await you at the Granddaddy of all mazes….there’s hair raising terror around each nightmarish turn and dreadful screams down the long twisting hallways

Masked-Scary-Person1-100x100The Aftermath (Movie District) – Enter a post apocalyptic city where nomad warriors rule with bone-crushing iron fists and the dead stalk the living. Can you survive one of the largest mazes in SoCal?

Black Widow (Under the Sky Tower)  When Linda Willoughby was bit by a black widow spider the infection led to her heart and left her lying dead in the dark basement shadows. Unknown to Linda, eggs had been laid in her fresh wound and shortly after her death, hundreds of blood-thirsty black widows crawled out of the decomposed body and began to hide out in the darkness, waiting to attack those who linger too close. Get tangled in a web of terror as you struggle to survive the Black Widow’s nest.

Chuppy_FB-100x100Chupacabra (X2 Plaza – Come face to face with this elusive blood-thirsty creature as it terrorizes a local Dia de los Muertos festival.

Cursed (Tidal Wave) – Magic Mountain sits on the site of a formerly thriving gypsy village. Dare to enter this supposed cursed land where, inexplicably, the moon is always full. Gypsies and werewolves are said to roam the land at night in an eternal search of new blood.

Scare Zones:

*New for 2013* Demon’s Door – The new Front Gate scare zone with 30ft flames coming out from the Valencia Falls. Once you enter, be prepared for your mind and body to be completely taken over by the evil spirits that await you

*New for 2013* Zombie Xing – Beware of the undead who will try to steal your bodies as they make their way from one haunting field to another.

Lizard-Girl1-100x100Gypsy Hollow– A horrible battle between the nomadic gypsies and the local townspeople has continued for years. Visit the one area in the park where there’s always a full moon and werewolves are rumored to hunt for blood.

Exile Hill –  The dead have risen and now are looking for new souls to take on this hill.

Smoke-Hand2-100x100City Under Siege –   The insane and unruly run rampant in the streets. Prepare to feel really uncomfortable with these comic-like characters running amuck.

The WastelandsBarbarian humanoids rule this land and dare you to enter The Aftermath.

Nightmares: A Twisted FantasyThis evil nightmare has never been so edgy as your favorite bedtime stories take on a new and twisted tale.

Shows:

VOODOO-100x100*New for 2013* VooDoo Nights – Honor the memories of all our beloved souls with spirited DJs, rockin’ go-go dancers, and a light display guaranteed to add a bit of delight to your fright.

Howl-100x100Hypnotist – Joe the Magician spent night after night entertaining guests with his tricks and illusions. He makes objects disappear, reappear, cut in half, and float in the air. He often selects volunteers from the audience to show how real the tricks are. 

timthumbWilloughby’s Fright Feast  – You don’t want to be scared on an empty stomach. Enjoy a Fright Feast with the Willoughby’s and dig in to an all-you-can-eat buffet in the company of the beloved Willoughby family.

Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

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Rob Zombie and his twisted world of horror characters have become familiar Halloween and Haunt icons, especially at Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights (HHN). Now, after 2 HHN haunt incarnations of House of a 1,000 Corpses (in 2000 and then again in both 2010 and 2011) Zombie is now ready to breakout on his own. For 15 nights in October the L.A. County Fairgrounds (FAIRplex), will be transformed in Zombie’s own nightmarish playground aka FEARplex. Highlights will include 3 haunts based on his movies and characters along with music acts.

This is not the first time the FAIRplex has been given a haunt layover. In the mid 2000’s it was transformed into SCAREplex.  That event wasn’t much to remember besides just being something else haunted to do during Halloween season in Southern California. The mazes were generic and lacked any kind of scare factor. However, Zombie is now breathing new life (or death) into the fairgrounds and from how it sounds, he will be offering a new must-see haunt attraction for the ever growing Los Angeles/SoCal haunt market. With his experience in working with Universal’s HHN team we’re hoping his new FEARplex will prove to be a fresh and  intense experience. Perhaps since he’s freed from the limits of what could feasibly be done inside Universal he’ll now take his mazes to a higher level of terror. You can bet that we’ll be there this season to find out and go through the 3rd haunt version of the House of a 1,000 Corpses. This also kills the rumors that there’ll be a Lords of Salem maze featured at HHN.

Tickets for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare are available starting at only $30 and going up for VIP packages beginning Saturday, June 29 at www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com. Each ticket includes access to all haunted house attractions, concerts and midway activities.

**Excerpts from the Official Press Release**

Groundbreaking musician and filmmaker Rob Zombie will unleash his Great American Nightmare on Los Angeles this Halloween season. This bone-chilling experience will combine the most advanced haunted house attractions with a not-to-be-missed music festival from top artists in hard rock, alternative, EDM, and more, every Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday from October 10 through November 2, 2013 at the Fairplex FEARplex in Pomona, CA, just outside Los Angeles.

A creative collaboration between masters of the macabre Rob Zombie and preeminent haunted house producer Steve Kopelman, the fully immersive haunted house experience will feature three attractions based on Zombie’s own horror films: Lords Of Salem Total Black OutThe Haunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D, and Haunt Of 1,000 Corpses. The shocking–and sometimes disturbing–fright attractions will offer a three-dimensional experience with animatronics and effects, a maze that is the ultimate definition of claustrophobia and fear, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor that will make one scream with fright and laughter.

Each haunted house will  be completely different in look, theme and effects:

  •  losSalem In Total Black Out: This harrowing attraction–based on Zombie’s 2012 The Lords Of Salem independent horror film–is designed to twist the mind. It will accentuate some senses while limiting others. Fear of the dark, claustrophobia, and fear of the unknown will be preyed on as the visitor attempts to traverse this sixty-degree maze.
  •  elsbHaunted World Of El Superbeasto 3D: Utilizing Chromadepth glasses, this innovative attraction will take the patron right into the middle of the irreverent world ofRob Zombie’s El Superbeasto 2009 animated exploitation musical horror comedy film based on the comic book series of the same name. The attraction’s unique surprise entrance, brilliant colors, sudden chills and startling thrills, and salacious humor will make one scream with fright and laughter.
  •  hotcHaunt Of 1,000 Corpses: This terrifying attraction pays homage to the 10-year anniversary of the exploitation horror film House Of 1,000 Corpses, directed by Rob Zombie. This extreme, traditional haunted house will take visitors on a walking journey through a recreation of the film’s “Museum of Monsters & Madmen” along with an expanded “Murder Ride,” confronting notorious serial killers along the way. This high impact, highly detailed attraction will use state of the art animatronics, video effects, costuming, sound, scents and lights.

As if these sinister attractions weren’t enough, Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare will also feature 15 nights of music from top national and regional artists in the indie/punk, EDM, metal, rock and Latin genres including Andrew WKBL3ND,Blood On The Dance FloorDirtyloudDirtyphonicsDoctor PEmilie Autumn,Evol IntentFei-FeiGoldfingerHeavygrinderKottonmouth KingsMetalachi,One More TimeOzomatliReel Big FishTerravitaThe UsedTwiztidWilliam ControlZomboy, and many more. In addition to music, one special night will also feature the outrageous pro wrestling sensations Lucha Libre USA. Look for details about the music performance schedule–including additional major headlining acts–to be announced on June 29 and visit www.GreatAmericanNightmare.com for details.

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