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19
Sep

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 Silent Hills Teaser Trailer / Hideo Kojima, Guillermo del Toro & Norman Reedus (PS4)

Yeah I said it. Here is a look at the upcoming Silent Hills game for PS4.

Gameplay trailer:

Norman Reedus trailer:

No release date yet, but it’s all good. I don’t have a PS4 and have no intention of getting another console gaming system ever. YouTube longplay FTW!


18
Sep

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 Williamsburg, Virginia Haunted Attractions: Busch Gardens Howl O Scream 2014 Review: Cursed

I was invited by Busch Gardens Williamsburg to review Howl O Scream on the evening of Sept. 12, 2014.

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Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl O Scream is a slightly different event from Busch Gardens Tampa’s incarnation. BGT’s event is a hard ticketed event that is aimed at teens and adults looking for big scares. Today we are talking about Williamsburg.

Busch Gardens Williamsburg’s Howl O Scream is an event that is included with daily admission and has something for the whole family. During the day at BGW you have the opportunity to see shows like Monster Stomp, Fiends, and Night Beats. You can also partake in the rides and shops that are all festively decorated for the season.

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After 6PM the haunted houses and scare zones start operating.

You can read my past reviews of both of these events in the haunted attraction review section.

Igor’s Fright Feast:

We started out enjoying Igor’s Fright Feast which is a buffet dinner and a show. Igor, the Naughty Nurses, and Swampy cracked jokes, danced, and sang in a musical show.

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I found Fright Feast’s food to be good and the show to be amusing.

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The food offered at this dining event is slightly less fancy than their other dining event, Blood Banquet. This was more kid-friendly than Blood Banquet. I think that timing-wise I would have liked a bit more time to eat before the show – but it could have just been me being very slow and talking too much to other people. I do that. :) We had a great time at Fright Feast but if I were to return my personal choice would be Blood Banquet. I have always personally been more of a fan of Ren Faire-like folks in character (which is what Blood Banquet is – read my review from last year here) than musicals. Both dining events are great quality! I actually feel that Howl O Scream’s strength is it’s great dining experiences and wonderful park atmosphere. The reason I was drawn to BGW in the first place was how nice it is to simply be inside this park.

You can get info on their dining experiences including the ones I mention in this post over here.

Monster Stomp on Ripper Row:

Monster Stomp is one of the most impressive theme park shows I have ever seen. BOOM. Yeah I said it.

They built an elaborate stage in the Globe Theater (the London Rocks theater) and there are projections that allow the actors to go in front of and behind a curtain. Fun special effects are achieved when the actors interact with these projections. The actors dressed in spooky outfits hit drums and other things in a wild percussion dance show.

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I am not a big musical fan but I loved it a lot. They totally knocked it out of the park with this one. No pun intended.

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Families with easily frightened small children should note that there are simulated killings by Jack the Ripper in the show.

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I personally found this to be wonderful that Busch went for it. This is Monster Stomp on Ripper Row – it’s Halloween and so I am expecting fake blood somewhere.

More like this, please!

My only issues with Monster Stomp on Ripper Row was that in the beginning some characters come out to interact with the audience. They need to get them some microphones because it was impossible to hear them. Other than this minor issue the show was fabulous! My favorite part was the Skeleton Dance, which reminded me of my favorite Ub Iwerks animation from when I was little!

YEAH:

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The Haunted Houses:

The haunted houses are mostly unchanged from past years. I believe there were some small changes but if you liked them in past years you will like them this year. You can read my reviews of each house here. My favorites are Catacombs and 13. I did feel that they used a bit too much hanging stuff in face this year. I think that they need to cut that back by 40% because I ended up concentrating on getting things out of my face instead of the house itself. I am sure that they will evolve this as the season goes since I only saw this on opening weekend. I also would like to see more improv/tag team work from their actors and less simple screaming. There was one woman in Cutthroat Cove stationed right before The Armory who was a phenomenal example of scare acting. I went to her manager and let them know after I left the attraction.

Terror-tories:

The Terror-tories are Demon Street, Ports of Skull, Ripper Row, Vampire Point, and new for 2014 is Wendigo Woods. Demon Street is the most impressive because there’s a winged demon DJing on a giant freakin’ skull.

I hope that they evolve Wendigo Woods a bit over this season. We were all expecting to be attacked by Wendigos but there were instead just a lot of military guys walking around yelling at people and one Wendigo prop.

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This is an opportunity to plan out some mock fights with the Wendigos vs. the military. You could even get some laughs in here as well as scares. I think that they need some time to refine this. I heard the day after I went that there was a monster of some type wandering around but I hadn’t seen him. Please send in your reports of how this Terror-tory evolves!

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Conclusion

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Busch Gardens Howl O Scream is by far one of the more pleasant Halloween events you can go to. BGW has been named the Most Beautiful Theme Park for over 20 years straight for a good reason. The haunted houses are more accessible to more types of people than many other events that have haunted houses.

I feel that what really sets BGW apart from the other theme parks is their dining experiences and amazing attention to detail. Busch Gardens Williamsburg is a top tier park that is not located in Florida and surely worth a drive. I personally drive 7.5 hours to come here 3 or 4x a year. I do not get paid to do this. I choose to do this.

I am not a big show person but Monster Stomp is phenomenal. Blood Banquet continues to be an inspired dining experience that suits even the most discerning palettes with food that you would not expect to come out of a theme park. Fright Feast is also worth your time. If you like what I am describing…

Do This One!


17
Sep

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 Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters Doughnuts are coming for Halloween 2014

I’m gonna give you ONE HINT on what is happening when I embark on OniHaunts Florida this October.

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Krispy Kreme is releasing 2 new marshmallow kreme-filled Ghostbusters donuts in conjunction with the release of the Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition Blu-ray release.

Krispy Kreme Ghostbusters and Stay Puft Marshmallow Doughnuts will be available September 29 through October 31, 2014 at participating Krispy Kreme US and Canadian locations.

You can pre-order them from now until September 29th by contacting your nearest participating Krispy Kreme location. You have to pre-order 5 dozen or more.

Ghostbusters Doughnut: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, a decorative green “splat” inspired by Slimer, and a Ghostbusters logo sugar piece.

Stay Puft Marshmallow: A marshmallow Kreme-filled shell topped with white icing, decorated with Stay Puft Marshmallow Man’s familiar face and a sugar piece hat.

The Ghostbusters 30th Anniversary Edition on Blu-ray and the Ghostbusters II 25th Anniversary Blu-ray Edition is currently also available in a two-disc anniversary edition Blu-ray Digibook including both films, as well as a Limited Edition gift set that includes an exclusive collectible Slimer figurine and the two-disc Digibook.

Source.


16
Sep

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 English Haunted Attractions: World’s first ever cake-themed edible Halloween ‘horror farm’

This is not a dead animal. It’s a vegan cake by Miss Cakehead. She’s got the world’s first-ever edible horror farm.

“What is a horror farm you ask? Well don’t pry too much because we all know how the curious cat ended up… If you do want to come and investigate the strange goings on here though, you might do well to bring a friend – we don’t want anyone picked off. Those select few brave enough to venture into the woods will witness, gorge, and be hunted through the world’s most terrifying cake installation, and those that make it out will ensure it is THE most talked about scare attraction of 2014.”

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This exhibit runs from 29th October – 1st November, 1900 – 2130 every day, supported by the Letchworth Garden City Heritage Foundation in Letchworth Garden City, England.

Via Dangerous Minds.


16
Sep

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 Journalists need Halloween and Haunted Attraction experts; I’m willing to help

Fall is here so it’s time for me to shake my head at another mainstream media article about haunted attractions. Every year Forbes, Buzzfeed, CNN, The Today Show, Good Morning America or whatever come out with a Top 10 Haunted Attractions article – and almost every time I disagree with it.

It’s not their writer’s fault. Imagine if you had minimal knowledge about haunted attractions and were told to quickly write something about the best ones. How would you do it? You’d probably start googling terms like “best haunted attraction” or “scariest haunted attraction”.

Since almost every haunted attraction claims that they are the “best” or “scariest” this is basically going to get you the people with the best SEO and not necessarily the best haunted attractions.

Another option is for them to google other haunted attraction articles from other mainstream magazines – who have probably researched their haunted attractions in he same way described above because it’s not like we have time machines and teleportation.

It’s overwhelming to really dig into this industry and almost impossible for someone to research it quickly.

Fun story: My Haunted Attraction article got rejected from Cracked only because I needed another reference to back up what I was reporting on. There are none.

Why is that? Because I’m the only website that talks about art, tech, and innovation within this industry and goes through this many haunted attractions with a specific art-centric perspective talking about what’s going on. There are many review websites, but most of them aren’t looking for exactly what I’m pulling out. That might sound like a good thing* but it basically means that I can’t ever write about haunts for Cracked based on their guidelines that insist you must have a secondary reference that isn’t you for each thing that you claim.

I have no way to back up the fact that I physically saw an amazing room with a rocking floor inside Akron Ohio’s Haunted Schoolhouse and Lab. There is no book written about it and I could not find anyone else talking about it.

It took me a couple of years of hard touring to get my head around all of the trends and concepts – and it’s basically all I did for 2 months for each those years. It’s not a normal amount of time or money that I spent on it. You have to be a special kind of batshit loco to do this.

But I digress.

Something that I dislike about everything in life is that those who get the most coverage aren’t necessarily the best – they are just the people with the most marketing dollars. Many smaller haunted attractions are pretty poor at marketing their haunts or simply have no budget for it because they spent it all on making a phenomenal piece of interactive theater. It’s no one’s fault – this is just life.

I have always been the person to stand up for the little guy. In fact my haunted attraction tour this year will avoid some of the larger haunts that don’t change from year to year in favor of the smaller haunts and the innovative larger ones.

I’d love to be able to help journalists meet their Halloween deadlines easier in some way with content that no one else will have.

Any journalist or writer who needs help in their haunted attraction research – feel free to contact me via the “Contact” button on the top bar of this website. I am professional, camera-friendly and can easily help you with a detailed analysis of Halloween and Haunted Attraction trends. If I don’t know the answer you need, I probably know someone who does.

* Anyone who knows business knows that more people talking about an industry is better than less because it creates a better ecosystem for the message. We need more people, doing deep analysis of haunted attractions!

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