In the horror world, the DIY ethos has always been strong. From gore kills to creepy costumes, the genre and subculture embrace creativity. The genre has long transcended the world of cinema, and Spooktacular! explores one of its most iconic experiences. Director Quinn Monahan brings together many of the creatives behind SpookyWorld, a seasonal theme … Continue reading Fantastic Fest 2023: ‘Spooktacular!’ – The DIY History of the SpookyWorld Haunt
It's been a difficult month since the end of our 2nd season, and we're back to kick off Season 3! Both our hosts moved, and one had a bout with Covid. Of course, this left us eager to return to our favorite topic. Halloween Horror Nights 2023 kicked off a couple of weeks ago, but … Continue reading Bela Lugosi’s Undead – Halloween Horror Nights 2023 Final Preview/Hype Episode!
While The Exorcist remains one of the iconic films in horror history, its recent streak at Halloween Horror Nights has felt surprising. Warner Brothers owns the original film, and thus, it counted as an external IP house. Additionally, most of the movie takes place in a bedroom. Not exactly the easiest property to adapt into … Continue reading HHN 2023 Preview: ‘The Exorcist Believer’ – Pazuzu and an Icon Return
Welcome (back) foolish mortals, to the Haunted Mansion. Following a heavily panned, albeit unfairly, adaptation of Disney's classic theme park attraction, Haunted Mansion is given a second after-life. The new film by Justin Simian features a new cast and story and does what the previous movie did not. It expands on the lore of the … Continue reading Review: Disney’s ‘Haunted Mansion’ – A Grim, Grinning Good Time
Haunted Mansion is somewhat of an oddity. The Walt Disney Studios release calendar has recently been dominated by superheroes, live-action remakes, and animated movies. The studio had already brought the popular theme park ride to the big screen back in 2003, during the ride to movie days. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the … Continue reading Review: ‘Haunted Mansion’ – Happy Haunts Do Not Materialize
Disney Studio’s latest live-action adaptation of its animated classics takes viewers under the sea in an enjoyable retelling. The Little Mermaid has previously had a Broadway adaptation, so staging the animated film in live-action is not as far a leap as features like Dumbo, Mulan, or Lady and the Tramp. Director Rob Marshall infuses the … Continue reading Review: ‘The Little Mermaid’ – A Film Kept Afloat by Its Lead
With the first night of HHN completed (for team members), and my first night coming up, I figured I drop my final Hype Rankings. While pictures are available and easy for those to come around, I have done my best to stay away from the spoilers. While some have been possible, others have not. Regardless, … Continue reading Halloween Horror Nights 31: Final Hype Rankings
Easily becoming one of the most exciting remix houses in recent years, the Universal Monsters have proved themselves more than capable of holding their own. Not only do they continue to rise in popularity, but they serve up genuinely great scares. While one might assume the "classic" status would chill them out, the creative team … Continue reading Halloween Horror Nights 31 Preview: We Did the Monster Mash
While it has only been three event years since the last time The Horrors of Blumhouse made (its 2nd appearance), the world of horror has shifted. Blumhouse was already a juggernaut at the time, but one could argue that Black Phone and Freaky are among the most financially successful films from the studio. Given their … Continue reading Halloween Horror Nights 31 Preview: Grabbers & Ghosts & Body Swaps…Oh My!
A common refrain from the HHN community after the infamous HHN 31 t-shirt leak was pure confusion about the Descendants of Destruction house. With the other houses having clear narratives and exciting characters, many began to downplay Descendants as a lower-tier house. However, the mood began to shift once the house logo released. In addition … Continue reading Halloween Horror Nights 31: ‘Descendants of Destruction’ Gets Very Weird