October 25, 2012 |
Halloween usually brings horror movies, but the actual holiday experience for most people has more to do with costumes and candy than serial killers and demons. With that in mind, the new film "Fun Size" looks to play the part of the non-horror Halloween movie. Transiently entertaining, with intermittent sparks, it'll do until something better comes along. The film marks the feature directing debut of Josh Schwartz, the force behind such of-their-moment teen TV as "The O.C. " and "Gossip Girl.
October 24, 2012
Moviegoers with a taste for the macabre have a lot of options Halloween night, including the tempting notion of seeing 1954's "Creature From the Black Lagoon" in 3-D at the American Cinematheque's Aero Theatre in Santa Monica. But the best bet looks like "It Came From the Vaults," a collaboration between Cinefamily and the Academy Film Archive, which is the repository for the world's largest 35-mm trailer collection. Trailers sampled will be from the '50s, '60s and '70s, and though no titles have been announced, the promise to show footage "so shocking it slashes through the limits of suspense" sounds genuine.
September 24, 2012 |
After a growth spurt over the past few years, Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios Hollywood has hit its stride as the leader in blood, guts and gore in Southern California. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood Following a reboot in 2006, Horror Nights has settled on a mix of terrifying haunted mazes tied to major horror movies, introducing a few new attractions every year while refreshing older offerings. The formula has proved wildly successful, with the movie theme park teeming with hordes of horror fans on weekends in late September and October.
July 31, 2012 |
Universal Studios Hollywood has announced plans for haunted attractions based on "The Walking Dead" TV show, "Texas Chainsaw Massacre" flim and "Silent Hill" video game as well as shock rocker Alice Cooper and the La Llorona folk legend, while continuing to drop hints about more scare zones and shows for Halloween Horror Nights 2012. Photos: Halloween Horror Nights 2012 at Universal Studios Hollywood The Walking Dead maze will take visitors into a post-apocalyptic wasteland overrun by hordes of zombies.
November 2, 2011
Society tends to fear the most dramatic dangers rather than the most likely ones. Abductions in which a child is killed, for instance, often prompt a wave of fear and some new get-tough-on-crime legislation. Yet many people might be surprised to learn that about 40 children each year are kidnapped and killed by a stranger, according to the U.S. Department of Justice — while close to 1,000 children each year die in a car accident in which the driver is drunk, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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November 1, 2011 |
During the run-up to its annual Halloween gala, the Magic Castle in Hollywood announced its theme for the night's shows: "For the last week in October, the Magic Castle will be ON FIRE with the spirit of Halloween!" said the website's special events calendar. In an unfortunate twist, a real fire broke out in the attic of the century-old Victorian about 12:35 p.m. Monday, possibly causing thousands of dollars' worth of damage, closing the venue for at least two days and displacing its popular Halloween night event.