CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 16, 2000 |
Frank Macchia and Tracy London did not come to Los Angeles intending to scare people. But the Burbank couple have been doing just that. And collecting accolades for their efforts. They produce "Little Evil Things," an audio CD series of original short horror stories set to original music, which won Publishers Weekly's 1997 Listen Up Award. Music industry trade magazine Billboard called the series "a perfect marriage of words and music that sets an effective, creepy atmosphere."
October 29, 1992 |
As fewer and fewer kids go trick-or-treating, growing numbers of parents are pooling their resources to put on Halloween parties in their homes. If you're the host this year and you're in a quandary over what to serve your hungry "ghosts," this selection of ideas may inspire you. And don't let the weird names scare you--these dishes taste great. Create the right mood by setting a black-draped table with low-lit candles, carved pumpkins and fake cotton cobwebs.
January 11, 1987 |
While the rest of the college football world frets over such fluffy matters as a playoff system, drug tests and the Boz, folks here are preoccupied with a real stomach-churning issue--capital punishment. Southern Methodist University, the most flagrant sinner in college sports, is being fitted for a noose. The institution that gave football Doak Walker, Don Meredith and Eric Dickerson is facing the athletic equivalent of the death penalty, a two-year suspension from football competition.
August 25, 2000
The Spooky House is having open auditions for its walk-through haunted house Sunday, Tuesday and Sept. 3, 5, 10 and 12. All auditions will be at Yankee Doodles, at Topanga Canyon Boulevard and Victory Boulevard in Woodland Hills. About 50 actors are needed. Those who are not selected to act as monsters, ghouls and goblins may also apply to operate the haunted house, which runs Friday to Sunday nights, Sept. 30 to Oct. 15, and daily Oct. 20 to Oct. 31. Information: (818) 888-8570.
October 11, 2003
Lewis Leader's "Now You Know" submission [Oct. 6] couldn't have been more appropriate this time of month and season. Posting the Dodgers horrific and embarrassing batting stats is scarier than all the ghosts, goblins and monsters we will be seeing come Halloween time, combined. Chris Johnson Hawthorne Another real estate developer wants to buy the Dodgers. Not that 300 acres of prime land in downtown Los Angeles has anything to do with it. Mike Amodei South Bend, Ind.
April 17, 2001 |
UPN's spooky new "All Souls" is Dr. Kildare meets Nosferatu. Talk about a hospital with health-care problems. All Souls, the 300-year-old Boston research and teaching facility where Dr. Michael Grace (Grayson McCouch) is a first-year resident, has a spate of female patients dying inexplicably, demons lurking in the shadows, a 19th century woman pushing a baby carriage down dark corridors and a lab where squiggly worms and maggots mess up a young orderly. Unspeakable things are happening.
October 20, 1987 |
And people thought Bruce Springsteen wouldn't tour behind his new album. Oh, wait--that wasn't Bruce at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano on Sunday, but an incredible simulation: John Cafferty and the Beaver Brown Band.
October 29, 1992 |
It's deliciously creepy when you realize there's a woman emerging from that skull on the table. Then she talks to you. And then she vanishes! Just because you might think you're too old to go trick or treating doesn't mean you have to miss out on all the fun. You can talk to the woman from the skull, among other ghoulish attractions, at the Glendale Family YMCA's Halloween Haunt nightly through Saturday.
March 12, 1996 |
As if the real world weren't frightful enough, now comes a UPN "reality" series titled "The Paranormal Borderline." Picture this: "Little short off-white beings, naked guys with big black eyes doing things to these people on a table," plus animals being killed and drained of blood by a "short, vicious monster with glowing red eyes" that also flies and looks like a kangaroo with claws, is part feather and part fur, has spikes down its neck and is named "the goat sucker."
January 19, 2003 |
The title character of "The Woman in Black" appears for only a few quick moments of the thriller at the Road Theatre in North Hollywood. Although she's often swathed in murky light, you can tell immediately that she's up to no good. She's so scary that you might look at the program, only to discover that no actress and not even a character name is listed in what looks like a two-man cast. No actress emerges from the wings for a curtain call. No woman's glossy photo is posted out front.