Just wrapped up editing on the official memory lane trailer for Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. I shot all the video in this video and can tell you that hayrides are very tricky to shoot compared to haunts. It was a big learning experience. Check it out!
A while back I made a video for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare and it finally dropped to the public yesterday. Today its everywhere and its kind of overwhelming! Its on Rob Zombie’s website among many others and as of this post its at nearly 14,000 views in less than 24 hours. Seeing something I worked on getting this type of publicity is pretty trippy. For something that is mostly pieced together with clips from Rob’s movies and stuff I’ve shot myself its came out well! I’m flying out next month to shoot the actual haunt so there will be more photos and videos of this event coming by October 13th! So stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!
Many 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 Print magazines are dying and outdated and I imagine will likely become a thing of the past over the course of the next decade as more and more people use smartphones and tablets.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!
I 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…)
I’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…)