[caption id="attachment_2103" align="aligncenter" width="450"] Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Poster Artwork[/caption]   For 2016 we created a unique ad campaign for Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The image was of a woman's back with a pentagram carved into it (see above).  The image was created in the winter/spring of 2016 and unleashed on the public around May. After that the image was plastered all over Los Angeles including a huge wallscape on Sunset Blvd!  Apparently some creatives in Hollywood were inspired by the campaign because I've seen a couple images in the last month that remind me of the work.  The first is the most obvious one, for a horror film called Siren...

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Hey folks, a good friend and I have started up a new Horror movie podcast called Audio Dead for HauntedAttractionOnline.com.  Its a review show where we riff on a horror movie and have a lot of fun while doing it.  This is our first episode so we are a little rusty getting into this but I promise we will get better.  We'll be posting a new episode every 2 weeks. Warning: This podcast does contain spoilers and adult language. ...

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Its been nearly a decade since Greg Mclean’s Wolf Creek (2005) was in theaters right about the time the “torture porn” craze was at its peak.  Wolf Creek was marketed as a “saw” type but it never felt quite like that type of movie.  It took its time getting to where it needed to go and while I liked it I haven’t revisited it since I originally saw it in theaters. It felt like a good minor horror entry with a decent villain but it wasn’t something that really spoke to me.

Now Mclean is back with a sequel that both exceeded expectations and failed them at the same time.  The film has a great cold opening with our serial killer from the first film, Mick Taylor, played once again by John Jarret, being hassled by a couple asshole highway patrol officers.  Mick smiles and takes their abuse like he’s the cheeriest man in all of Australia but of course the two cops get what’s coming to them.  The sequence really sets you up for the film the follows, its darkly comic and Mick has become almost a ghoulishly funny icon like Freddy Krueger.  

Its that time of year again when I dust off all my favorite footage that I've shot in the previous year and turn it into a kick ass show reel!  Check out the 2014 reel below featuring footage from Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare, Huston's Haunted Hollow, Indiana Fear Farm, The Dent Schoolhouse, Brighton Asylum, Screamworld, Tagsylvania, The Creep Haunted House Festival, and from our yet unfinished Satanic Panic short! We were very very busy in the last year shooting great video and photos!  Be sure to call us about booking your event to shoot Early!!  Visit our Video Services Page for details. httpv://vimeo.com/90040527...

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Let me preface this by saying, I don't get to watch everything that comes out and I know I missed a few horror films here and there so this is by no means and exhaustive list of the best horror of 2013. Its simply the best horror films I watched in 2013 in my opinion. The Conjuring: The expertly shot and paced ghost story that feels like a throwback to the way film was made in the 1970's.  James Wan dives into the story head first and sets us up in a world where demonic possession and malevolent spirits are real and out to hurt us.  The movie features great performances by Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, and Lili Taylor, who finally makes up for her awful appearance in "The Haunting".  Masterfully crafted shots and scares abound in what is easily the new high bar for ghost stories.     Lords of Salem: While I've found Rob...

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blairwitchposterSo there are a lot of movies out there that were really hated when they came out.  The best example is probably Halloween 3: Season of the Witch which up through the early 2000’s was the most despised of the Halloween movies.  Today it has enjoyed a resurgence and found its audience.  I hear a lot of horror fans gush about it and it even received a collectors edition Blu-Ray release last year.  But there’s a lot good horror movies out there that have a bad rap and I aim to give their their due.

When the Blair Witch Project came out it was a hit and there’s a lot to admire about  it.  The film itself is one of the fathers of our current “Found Footage” craze but that’s not what made it special.  It was the marketing that made it work.  But that’s an article for another day.  The film studio needed to follow up the film with a sequel in order to capitalize on the first films success.  I think most expected the film to just reuse the concept of the first film and have more kids go missing trying to find the truth behind the Blair Witch legend.  But that’s not what happened at all.

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.

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.

1287554498-mOddly enough there are still a lot of movies that haven’t made it to DVD or blu-ray or were ported to DVD for a short period and are almost impossible to find today. Fright Night Part 2 is one of those movies that had never been given a proper release. If you do find a DVD you can expect to pay upwards of $100 just to get it. My desire to own the movie wasn’t that high so I went the cheap route and purchased an old VHS rental of the film.

Fright Night Part 2 is one of those movies that I haven’t watched since it was originally released back in 88′. I was 11 years old and I thought it was pretty good at the time but then again I was 11 years old. So I was kind of excited to dust off the ol’ VCR and put in the flick! If you’ve seen the original Fright Night then you’d be excused to say that Part 2 is almost a remake of the first. It begins with Charlie Brewster, now a college student who has undergone years of therapy to expunge the delusion that he killed a vampire. Now he believes that it was a serial killer and his mind just made up that he was a vampire as a coping mechanism. Ok, so Charlie is now dating a much more attractive psych student named Alex, who can speed read. Peter Vincent (Roddy Mcdowell) is still hosting Fright Night on TV and Charlie still stays in touch with him though he hasn’t told Peter he no longer believes in Vampires.

Arcade is are latest horror short filmed in conjunction with Beyond the Grave Productions under our combined "Beyond Rogue Films". We shot this starting last spring in an all night film shoot at Bonkers PLayland AKA Saint Lucifer's Haunted Asylum, in Flint Michigan. Its an amazing location because its an arcade that looks like its right out of the 1980's! We found a great leading lady that fit the look we wanted perfectly and our friend Jon Shroyer came out to do some amazing blood effects! We set out to make something of a tribute to Italian Giallo films of the 1970's and 80's. These films were made by the greats such as Argento, Bava, and Fulci. They were often weird gory films with total breaks in logic and comprehension but they almost always featured a leather gloved killer. So check out this...

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