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Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse closes

 

AZA photoIt’s sad but true… The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse,(AZA)  a  landmark in Atlanta’s horror entertainment, will officially close it’s doors Nov.1st for good. Apparently the Shell corporation has bought most of their parking lot for it’s own employees. Is this a good thing? I asked the founder of AZA Shane Morton and he was optimistic adding “Things worked out for the best”. Here’s what Shane posted on Facebook earlier today.
“Tonight I will close a huge chapter in my life. When Jonny,Fred and I began this project,we were determined to do something that had never been done before,and to do it with the highest quality. Well, to say we kicked ass is an understatement! I want to thank all the hundreds who helped build this crazy beast, and the tens of thousands who have traveled from all over the world to experience it! I gained a new family and I love you all…Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse will close tonight but it will never die! Hail!!!”
My personal experiences at the AZA haunt were fantastic. Below we’ve posted a couple of photos from years past. If you get a chance Atlanta horror fans, stop by their FB page and share your thoughts. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Atlanta-Zombie-Apocalypse
So where can you see Shane Morton aka Professor Morte and his crew? He’ll still be around for horror themed events and you can definitely see him at The  25th anniversary of the World Horror Convention next May. he’ll be  hosting  the costume party. http://www.whc2015.org/25th-anniversary-whc-ball/
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‘Elvira’ “Funny Or Die”

elviraIt’s been awhile since I’ve seen Elvira do her thing. And by that, I mean host a video. But here you go! Just in time for Halloween.
http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/02781ece45/elvira-halloween-anthology

House On Horror Hill final nights!

house on horror hillThis is it! It’s the final 2 nights of the Halloween season. Have you been out to the House On Horror Hill? http://www.gahouseonhorrorhill.com/
https://www.facebook.com/HouseOnHorrorHill
If you answered no, grab some friends and go!Located in Alpharetta, Ga. and run by the North Fulton Jaycees, they’re ready to give you a good scare! Admission is just $12. They’re open until midnight on Halloween and Nov.1st. Click on the links for the videos.
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Halloween safety tips from the HIA

green-halloweenHalloween is the second most popular holiday in the United States accounting for billions of dollars of sales in the candy, costume and decoration industries. In fact, the National Retail Federation (NRF) estimates that Americans will spend more than $7 billion this Halloween! Amidst all of the costumes and trick-or-treating, the Halloween Industry Association (HIA) is offering safety tips to parents and caregivers to make sure families have as much fun as possible on this popular holiday!Preparations for Halloween include carving pumpkins, choosing costumes and selecting candy to hand out to the superheroes, witches and vampires that come knocking. While planning for Halloween festivities, the HIA suggests these important tips for costumer safety:• Choose a costume that is unique, bright and reflective and is short enough to prevent tripping• Select a flame-resistant costume• Only apply non-toxic make-up. If wearing a mask, ensure that it has holes big enough to see through• Make sure hats and headpieces fit properly and don’t cover a child’s eyes• Props should be small and have flexible, soft points• Make sure the costume is bathroom friendly to avoid accidents• Place emergency contact information somewhere on your child’s costumeOnce a safe costume has been finalized, it’s time for trick-or-treating! In order to stay safe while walking the streets at night, the HIA offers the following guidelines for a successful night of haunting:• A parent or responsible adult should always accompany young children in their trick-or-treating. If your children are going alone, confirm that they are traveling in a large group and have a route planned as well as a cell phone for emergencies.• Try to make your rounds in the late afternoon or early evening so there is still some sunlight.• Stay on the sidewalk as much as possible. If no sidewalk is available, walk at the far edge of the road facing traffic.• Only go to homes with a lit porch light, and warn your children never to enter a car or a home for a treat.• Make sure your flashlight has working batteries.When your children arrive back to their haunted house, enjoy the time you get together while sorting through their stock of treats. Examine their items carefully to make sure there are no opened wrappers, off-color odors or pinholes in their goodies. Once you’ve taken these precautions, feel free to indulge in the frightfully delicious reward of walking the whole neighborhood! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!

Syfy’s ’12 Monkeys’

Ebola, Ebola, Ebola. Enough already! There are far worse current medical threats out there. But I digress. When you look at Syfy’s upcoming series 12 Monkeys though, the word Ebloa definitely creeps into your mind. Is this show about Ebola? No. But take a look at the trailer for 12 Monkeys.

‘Ghost Hunters’ & ‘Paranormal Witness’ renewed

ghost hunters tv show artThere’s good news for the following Syfy tv shows Ghost Hunters and Paranormal Witness. They’ll be returning for their 10th and fourth seasons in 2015. The news comes on the heels of the network’s renewal of freshman zombie drama Z Nation.
“We couldn’t be more excited about entering a brand-new decade of paranormal investigations with Jason Hawes, a refreshed TAPS [The Atlantic Paranormal Society] team and Ghost Hunters,” said Heather Olander, the network’s senior vp alternative series development and production.
Ghost Hunters last season averaged 1.7 million total viewers, and the 200th reunion episode that aired Oct. 22 was ranked the No. 1 unscripted show of the night with 1.3 million total viewers. As a part of Syfy’s annual 31 Days of Halloween programming, the season finale of Ghost Hunters will feature a special Halloween investigation into the reported hauntings at the Cincinnati Music Hall in Ohio.
Paranormal Witness was the network’s No. 3 most watched unscripted series this past year, delivering 1.47 million viewers. Olander adds: “We also eagerly anticipate the return of a revitalized and scarier than ever Paranormal Witness: True Terror, which features shocking firsthand accounts of truly frightening and skin-crawling supernatural experiences — including the real-life story of the hit movie The Conjuring.”

Nightmares Gate: The history behind the haunt

nightmares gate logo The following story is courtesy of Chad Wood.
Nightmares Gate is about to wrap up its 5th year in production! We have amassed so far, 2 Scariest Characters from Midwest Haunt Con, 5 top ten Characters, 4 #1 Scariest Attraction ratings from multiple haunt review teams and also a couple of awards for parade floats and unique characters! All that comes from the dedication and devotion of our core group…our Gatemakers! Made of our owners, Ben Blair and Craig Newton, their wives, Lorra Newton and Jennifer Blair and myself, Chad Wood, we will devise a vision for how our story line will go and hammer it out as well as we can. Now, what and how we do our show will differ from how other shows do theirs….which is cool! Some have sponsors, or paid builders, or even fabricated props brought in to their show. The one thing that sets Nightmares Gate apart from most of the others is just about every thing you see there is designed, created and made right there in our shop! From custom characters, masks and props, to scenery and sets! We never really stop our progress. From the time our show ends on the first weekend in November, we start the design for the following season. Our demo usually includes tearing our a few rooms or scenes in order to create the new feel. Our story line changes, so our show has to provide the images. We can change any aspect of the show, with regards to say maybe three areas! Our owners like to say, they don’t want to keep anything in the show more than three years. It looses its effect, and then customers become adaptable to it. With us being a smaller haunt, with little to no monetary sponsorship, the owners are building this show right out of their own pockets! Dedicated and committed to their dream of not only a successful haunt, but a superb show that brings the ‘scare’ back into haunting!Craig and Ben both work out of town a lot of the time, so most of our work is done on the weekends. We will work from sun-up until sometimes midnight or later EVERY weekend! And that does include some holidays. It takes more than just a financial backing to make our show the hit it is today. We have worked countless hours, poured our blood, sweat and tears into what we believe in. From minor injuries and slight setbacks to family emergencies, we have stuck together to forge a bond with on another and create a family of our own. Although the dream of Nightmares Gate started with 6 in the core, we have added a few more to the Elite Gatemakers who have sacrificed their free time to help build and create what we have now. Continue reading “Nightmares Gate: The history behind the haunt” »

AHS ‘Freakshow’ “Edward Mordrake part 2″

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***SPOILER ALERT***

On last weeks episode of American Horror Story we met Edward Mordrake (Wes Bentley). The two-face Mordrake is a cool concept, but it’s too bad he’s a ghost character. We learned about his past and being imprisoned in an asylum after his second face drove him mad.Apparently he hung himself after murdering a bunch of other freaks.But he’s where this character took an interesting turn. Ethel tells the rest of the crew that if they perform on Halloween, Mordrake is summoned and will take another life. (Yeah, I thought the same thing).
And there was the cool shared dream that Dot and Bette had.If you’ve been watching then you know about the growing tension between them.
On tonight’s episode titled “Edward Mordrake part 2″ Jimmy and Maggie have a run-in with the Twisted Clown. Meanwhile, Elsa recalls her days in Germany. ‘Freakshow’ airs on FX at 10pm EST.

‘Coming Of Rage’ comic

coming of rage comic Wes craven best known for iconic horror films like Nightmare On Elm Street, and Scream, has taken his talents to print. He’s just launched his first comic book series, Coming of Rage.
The five-issue series were created and written by Craven and Steve Niles (30 Days of Night, Criminal Macabre, Wake the Dead).
Per THR, The first three issues of the series have been released together as a special Halloween digital exclusive for Amazon’s Kindle. The comics are published by digital entertainment company Liquid Comics, which is also already working with Craven and producer Arnold Rifkin’s Cheyenne Enterprises (Live Free or Die Hard) on developing a television adaptation of the series.
“About a year ago, I had the beginning of an unwritten joke come into my head: A Vampire, a Werewolf and a Zombie walk into a bar. Just that. What was the punchline? Who cares – I just liked the sound of it,” Craven said. “My imagination went crazy thinking about what could happen when three such impossibly different characters were thrown together.”
Craven added that when he met with Niles, “we hit it off, and decided to beat out the story of a very special young man’s coming of age, and the two unlikely friends who helped him to survive it. After a bit of hard, fun work, a series of comic books was born, telling not only the story of how these three ended up on the run together, but how the central character, Ritchie, lost his innocence and became one of the most powerful vampires in the world.” “Wes Craven is not only a great writer, producer and director, he is one of the most knowledgeable people I’ve had the honor to work with,” added Niles. “I not only had fun working on Coming of Rage, I also learned a great deal.”

‘Sleepy Hollow’ takes a ratings plunge

sleepy hollow key artApparently Sleepy Hollow isn’t faring so well these days with it’s viewing audience. During the first season they were one of the top watched shows on Fox. Not anymore. Is the writing on the wall for Sleepy Hollow?
According to EW, here’s why they’re having ratings issues.
Fox’s supernatural thriller was last season’s surprise hit. Sleepy Hollow ratings eroded during its first season. But then it came back this fall surprisingly weak. Now Monday night’s episode hit an all-time-worst rating (at least in these early numbers)—5 million viewers and a 1.6 rating among adults 18-49. Even if the thriller climbs up a tick, at best it’s matching its recently set series low. But Sleepy Hollow does make up a fair amount of viewing on DVR, at least, with week three climbing 65 percent (not as much as Gotham, which climbed a really impressive 80 percent). So what’s the deal—is Ichabod losing his appeal? And what does all of this mean?
It means the competition from the other networks in the same time spot are giving Sleepy Hollow a run for their money. Hopefully things will turn around for the show. If not, we may see them on the chopping block.

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