Haunted Attraction Magazine and Digital Publishing

by  on Aug.08, 2013, under Uncategorized

2013_Logo_finalMany in the industry likely heard that HauntedHouse.com has acquired Haunted Attraction Magazine last month.  This means I’ll be co-publishing the new HA mag and will be handing all the art direction which I’m pretty excited about developing in the coming issues.  Today we made the announcement that HA will be a digital format magazine now.  This means you’ll be viewing it on your pads, phones, or computers.  I’ve already heard the cries of outrage from dead tree fans about what a travesty this is and I can’t say I have much sympathy on this.  Print magazines are dying and outdated and I imagine will likely become a thing of the past over the course of the next decade as more and more people use smartphones and tablets.   I get that there are some people that still want to sit and handle the paper but its just not where publishing is going and if you’re that eager to have a print copy you can always print it out on your printer I suppose.   We’re concerned with the future of publishing not the past and as someone who now gets almost all their reading material on a tablet these days, I have to say once you get used to it you wonder how you ever lived without it.

But the best part of why the move to digital is important is MEDIA!  Now every ad in the magazine will be hyper linked to that company, articles will feature videos and sound! As we go I imagine we’ll get more advanced and offer more rich media with the magazine than ever thought possible!  Its an exciting time for the Haunt Industry as we bring its premiere magazine into the future and make it bigger and better than ever before.  The first issue will be released next month! Stay tuned!

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Video Game Review: FarCry 3 Blood Dragon

by  on Jul.27, 2013, under reviews

i_bdposter_teaseI need to preface this by announcing I’ve never attempted to do a video game review before. I’ve been a PC gamer since the days of Doom back in the early 90’s and since that time I’ve played a lot of great games but it wasn’t until I finished Blood Dragon, the new DLC for FarCry 3, that I’ve felt compelled to write a review. FarCry 3 was a pretty great game even with all the “Bros” in it, and its just a given that a great game that sells well will have at least one DLC add on game that usually expands the story or tells another story in the same world. The best examples are Grand Theft Auto 4’s DLC campaigns that focused on new characters in the same city and time period as the main game. (more…)

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Movie Review: The Lords of Salem (2013)

by  on Apr.30, 2013, under Movie Review, Rob Zombie

lords-of-salem-poster1I’ve been a fan of Rob Zombie since the early 90’s when I was still in high school. His music always kind of sounded evil and it scared parents and that’s all the reason I needed to like it. When he got into filmmaking I of course was excited! His first film “House of 1000 Corpses” is a fun movie and one I still rewatch from time to time. The follow up, The Devils Rejects, was meaner and more serious but ultimately probably a better film. Both films have a 1970’s kind of raw aesthetic that has become a staple of Zombie’s style and I dig it. But, Then Zombie did the Halloween remake and its sequel and he lost me. While those films both look good I just didn’t like anything about them and I could go into the reasons why but I’d just be echoing the sentiments that so many other horror fans have already made.

Now Rob Zombie is back with a low budget Satanic film that has very little in common with what he’s done before, in Fact The Lords of Salem is his best film to date. Heidi (Shari Moon Zombie) is a local radio DJ in Salem Massachusetts who receives a mysterious record from “The Lords”. Its played on her show and sets off a series of events that to fulfill a satanic prophecy. The record deeply effects Heidi who begins hallucinating horrific visions that range from insanely creative and laughable. (more…)

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Horror Movie Review: Jacob (2011)

by  on Apr.17, 2013, under HDSLR Filmmaking, Movie Review, Slasher Movies

81k-vBQXpeL._SL1435_ Back in 2002 I was finally getting Rogues Hollow up and officially in the haunted house industry and my first Haunted House client was a man Named Larry Wade Carrell. He was a very sweet man with a big dream to open a haunted house in Houston called, The Nest. The website I created was my first big foray into all Flash website design and by todays standards its pretty low tech and outdated but it was pretty special at the time. Larry worked closely with me and we really built some fun and cool imagery that people to this day remember and comment on at tradeshows. The Haunt’s story was a pretty wordy one about a Jason-like character, named Jacob, that goes on a killing spree and is now haunting The Nest. Unfortunately it didn’t do too well that first year and Larry decided what he really wanted to do was make movies. Of course the Nest lives on today in Phoenix Arizona each October! But Larry never forgot about the story and finally last year he was able bring the story of Jacob Kell and The Nest to life in a full length feature! (more…)

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Movie Review: Room 237

by  on Mar.30, 2013, under horror movies, Movie Review

room237smaller2__span__spanConspiracy Documentaries as a genre may have just jumped the shark. The Shining is considered one of the greatest horror films ever made and there’s tons of interesting real information out there about its making. I’ve been a fan of the film since watching it in high school and finally being able to comprehend what the movie was all about. There’s a lot that can be said about the movie and its content. I could debate the changes between the book and Kubrick’s vision and why he made them. Or we could discuss if what Jack is seeing is real or just a hallucination. We could discuss the behavior of the characters and why they make the decisions they make. Or a plethora of other subject the film raises. Like almost all of his films, Stanley Kubrick wanted there to be different interpretations and discussions. He wanted us to have to work to understand what he was trying to show us and in most of his films, he didn’t care if you got it or not. He made the film he wanted to make and The Shining is no different. (more…)

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Retro Movie Review: Vamp (1986)

by  on Mar.21, 2013, under horror movies, Retro Horror Movies, reviews, vampires

vampVampire movies are a young persons game. Lonely emo vampires searching for meaning to their existence perfectly fits into the emotions of lonely teenagers. So I’m not really a fan of modern vampire movies because they’re just not something that I can relate to on any level anymore. But I still like revisiting some of the vampire flicks I grew up with and recently I picked up the blu-ray edition of “Vamp”, a film I remember liking as a 10 year old boy but does it still hold up?

Vamp is basically the “After Hours” with vampires. If you have seen After Hours, which is great, then you can see how that might work. Kevin and AJ are tasked with finding a stripper for their fraternity. Since Neither have a car they bring Asian stereotype #1003 Duncan (Gedde Watanabe) playing a horny nerdy loser who doesn’t have any friends. The three of them head to a seedy side of the city to find the sleaziest of stripper clubs.

They eventually end up at a club that only opens “After Dark”. AJ heads in alone first to try to chat up a stripper to take back to the fraternity. Duncan can’t stand waiting and says quite possibly the best line of the whole movie. Kevin gives in and heads inside with Duncan where they get to see a truly bizarre bit of “performance art”? If you don’t know who Grace Jones is then you didn’t grow up in the 80’s. She was a very tall Jamaican woman with very strong features that make her both very unusual and beautiful at the same time. (more…)

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Pennhurst 2013 Official Trailer

by  on Mar.15, 2013, under Canon 5D Mark III, haunted house commercials, trailers

The Pennhurst Asylum trailer was shot last October one Saturday afternoon before the haunt opened.  We basically ran in, told them to get some actors ready and came up with a short commercial right there on the spot.  We also were able to go through the haunt with the Canon 5D Mark III and get some great low light video of the attraction in action!  Check it out below and let us know what you think of it!

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2013 Show Reel!

by  on Mar.11, 2013, under Millennium, serial killer movies, trailers, video

We just premiered this video at Transworld in St. Louis and now we’re pleased to finally show it off to everyone! Our 2013 Show Reel features our best video from the last year.  It it you’ll find clips from Pennhurst, LA Hayride, The Bates Motel, Killer’s Haunted House along with clips from our short film work.

My favorite part though has to be the Opening piece we shot last November out at the Haunted Trail of Horror in Kenton Ohio.  Big thanks to all the participants from the Haunted trail and especially our dead female victim, Wendy Howard, who is trooper for putting up with all the cold disgusting places we’ve made her lay and crawl in over the last few years!  The opening shots were of course inspired by the show that set me on my current path way back in 1996, the underated and horrifying, Millennium (1996-1999).

So without further ado here’s our 2013 Show Reel

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