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Halloween on Labor Day!

by on Aug.04, 2012, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs

Halloween on Labor Day!

Dragon*Con opens its doors to thousands of enthusiastic humans every Labor Day weekend, and the offerings for fans of horror and dark entertainment in 2012 are once again abundant! Dragon*Con is the southeast’s largest pop culture convention, with over 55,000 attendees from all walks of life. Featuring smatterings of every conceivable genre of fandom, Dragon*Con delivers a knockout roster of guests, vendors, programming, parties, costuming, music, movies, art , the largest parade in Atlanta and more for four memorable days.

What sets Dragon*Con apart from the numerous conventions and events around the globe is its eclectic roster of talent and unique fan-driven programming. Far and away the most fascinating people-watching on the planet, the show practically runs around the clock with a fantastic blend of sci-fi, fantasy, classic and contemporary literature and horror.

Dragon*Con’s Horror & Dark Fantasy track, under the direction of Derek Tatum, is the convention’s home for monsters, malice, and the macabre! Its programming spans from the nightmarish visions of Stephen King and H.P. Lovecraft to the dark side of cinema, television, and music. Features include actor and author panels, musician interviews, horror movie discussions, and other surprises. Always a popular track at the show, Tatum says in 2012 his objective has been to push more pop-culture and media elements into the mix, hoping to shake off the misconception that Horror & Dark Fantasy is primarily a literary track.

“While I always want a literary component, times they are a’changing”, says Tatum. “We’ve incorporated a lot more movie and TV-based fan discussion panels. We’re pushing horror to the forefront as much as possible.”

In 2012, NETHERWORLD Haunted House – one of the country’s most popular haunted attractions – will once again sponsor the Dragon*Con Horror & Dark Fantasy track. Atlanta’s true masters of the macabre invite fans to join in the festivities as the southeast’s biggest and best celebration of the popular arts unleashes a monster-sized dose of fun. Attendees are encouraged to visit the Netherworld booth on the Marquis Level of the Marriott Marquis and pick up Dragon*Con exclusive coupons to Netherworld Haunted House!
Always presenting a stellar lineup of guests and attending professionals, a quick glance at this year’s list of Dragon*Con personalities is certain to generate some genuine excitement among fans of the darker side of entertainment:

‘The Vampire Diaries’ series stars Kat Graham, Steven R. McQueen, Joseph Morgan, Ian Somerhalder, Michael Trevino and Paul Wesley
Agent Dana Scully from ‘The X-Files’, Gillian Anderson
‘The Walking Dead’ series stars Emily Kinney, Madison Lintz, James Allen McCune, Chandler Riggs, and Steven Yeun
Horror rock icon Alice Cooper
‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Angel’ cast members Adam Baldwin, Amber Benson, Juliet Landau, James Marsters, and J. August Richards, as well as ‘Buffy’ novelist Nancy Holder and ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season 8’ comic illustrator Georges Jeanty
‘Ghost Hunters’ Steve Gonsalves and Dave Tango
‘Paranormal State’ psychic Michelle Belanger
‘True Blood’ regulars Joe Manganiello, Carrie Preston and Sam Trammell
‘Charmed’ star Rose McGowan
Singer, artist, and toy designer Aurelio Voltaire
‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ co-star Lee Arenberg
‘Rocky Horror Picture Show’ co-star Patricia Quinn
‘Lips Down on Dixie’ Rocky Horror cast
‘Frankenstein’ illustrator and ‘Swamp Thing’ comic co-creator Bernie Wrightson
‘Anna Strong Vampire Chronicles’ author Jeanne C. Stein
Horror artists Dave Cook and Billy Tackett
‘Nocturnal Urges’ author Elizabeth Donald
‘Godzilla’ comic book illustrator Matt Frank
‘Anita Blake – Vampire Hunter’ scribe Laurell K. Hamilton
‘Pinocchio – Vampire Slayer’ comic creator Van Jensen
‘Blood Coven Vampire’ series author Mari Mancusi
and many more!

Of course, there will be plenty of after-hours activities to keep fans occupied, as well, with themed parties and genre-inspired bands and performers – check the official convention website for additional guests and programming schedules.

Dragon*Con takes place August 31 through September 3, 2012 in Atlanta.
You can learn more about the event and find updates on guest appearances and programming at dragoncon.org

And discover what lies in wait this Halloween season at NETHERWORLD Haunted House by visiting fearworld.com

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NETHERWORLD Presents THE HORROR!! Cult Classic Horror Films on the Big Screen!

by on Mar.20, 2012, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Films

NETHERWORLD Haunted House Presents THE HORROR!! Cult Classic Horror Films on the Big Screen For Just A Buck!

First movie up: From Beyond
When: April 8th (Easter) – 8:00pm
Where: Studio Movie Grill – 2880 Holcomb Bridge Road – Alpharetta, GA 30022

More Details Here

It’s no secret that one of the biggest inspirations to the crew of NETHERWORLD Haunted House is the work of H.P. Lovecraft, the master of weird tales…so when the line-up for the new film series The Horror was selected, the choice for the first presentation seemed obvious.

Strange things are underway at 666 Benevolent Street, in Stuart Gordon’s creepy, kinky adaptation of Lovecraft’s “From Beyond”. Here, inside the home of brilliant Dr. Edward Pretorious, a device known as The Resonator stimulates the brain’s pineal gland (or sixth sense) and open’s up the mind to creatures from another dimension – leading to the unfortunate demise of the good doctor. Seeking to determine exactly what happened to Pretorious and clear the name of his partner Crawford Tillinghast, Dr. Katherine McMichaels and Detective Bubba Brownlee return to The Resonator…with horrific results.

Starring the always-entertaining Jeffrey Combs and Barbara Crampton, as well as Ken Foree and Ted Sorel, Gordon’s loose retelling of the Lovecraft short story features everything a sci-fi/horror fan could wish for. Quirky characters, grotesque monsters, and a generous dose of squirm-inducing violence add to the trippy atmosphere of this 1986 cult classic. Produced for just 2.5 million dollars, “From Beyond” holds it’s own as a unique and engaging venture into the consequences of man’s continuing desire to unleash the mysteries of the human psyche. The slow decent of our protagonists into their own individual madnesses is what drives this film. Watching Combs and Crampton transform under the influence of The Resonator’s pineal awakening is pure horror movie genius, as these two do what they do best: Combs making the onset of insanity entertaining and Crampton managing to add real sex appeal amid all the gore.

The creature designs are an added treat. Billy Messina, co-owner of Netherworld Haunted House (and once and sometimes still a make-up effects artist himself), credits From Beyond with more than being just a fun horror romp. From Beyond was an inspiration for many kids aspiring to work in the make-up effects field in the late 80s and early 90s…for such a low budget movie, it helped kick-start the careers of many a great talent in the fx industry and inspired many more to enter the field. This era was a glory days of sorts for make-up effects artists because what you created was what was seen on the screen…this was before the advent of cgi, and post production embellishment was limited at best. So although the fx may seem a bit dated, you have to admire that everything seen on screen was real, you could pretty much touch it all…there was a crew of f/x guys just out of frame puppetteering; pumping slime and wrangling push/pull cables to control early day animatronics. This makes those floating serpents with a taste for human flesh, deformed former humans, and that snakelike third eye all the more impressive.

Disturbing, yet with a deliciously dark sense of humor, “From Beyond” has stood the test of time and surpassed much of its horror genre competition with solid performances and effects that weave an eerie cautionary tale.

Plus, you can get great food and beverages delivered right to your table at Studio Movie Grill…check out their menu here: http://www.studiomoviegrill.com/Menu.aspx?s=60&m=1

So come out and enjoy a new cult classic with NETHERWORLD HAUNTED HOUSE on The Second Sunday of each month at Studio Movie Grill!

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Scary Summer Movie Fun!

by on Jun.25, 2011, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Films

With summer now in full swing, and July 4th right around the corner, I’m reminded of those magical summers of my childhood. The days seemed full of endless opportunities for a youngster – carefree, optimistic, and loaded with energy (probably due to a couple of bowls or Fruit Loops or Sugar Smacks each morning), every new day opened the door to a world of fun and play. Out the door you were sent (Mom’s daily reprieve), only getting called back in for lunch and dinner. The world was a blank slate, and a child’s mind was the designer. And for me, that design was quite often dictated by my love of monsters of every shape and size. Armed with my Marx Universal Monsters plastic figures and a handful of horror-based comics (long live Swamp Thing and Morbius the Living Vampire!), I ventured out into the great wide world (commonly known as my neighborhood) with a head full of imagination. But the truth was, for a fan of horror and monsters, daylight was a handicap. It wasn’t until the sun set each evening that you could really get in the macabre mood.

Growing up in the 1970s and ’80s, summer nights were fairly synonomous with scary movies. Many was the Friday evening we gathered a group of fearless peers for an outing to the local cinema or drive-in to soak in a spooky flick or two, followed by a few hours of trying to out-scare one another before calling it a night and heading home. Any time the drive-in featured a double billing of horror films we were in the car, stocked up on junk food and drinks, ready for what was typically the most fun we could find as a child in Western New York. Blood, guts, thrills and chills made for a fine diversion from the everyday humdrum of suburban life.

I can recall at the tender age of ten years old taking in a screening of the original “Tales from the Crypt” with a car load of family at a Pennsylvania drive-in while visiting my father’s family. It was a double feature, and although I can’t for the life of me recall what the second movie was, I remember the adrenaline rush of knowing that I was about to sit through a hot summer evening of horrifying enertainment surrounded by people I trusted. See, as a youngster, that was the key to surviving – safety in numbers. Be it a trip to the corner store, hanging out in the schoolyard, or a trip to the monster movie marathon, having a familiar crew on hand was essential. Silver screen terror was not so terrifying if you could glance over at a friendly face…

I can’t quite put my finger on it now, but there was a real charm about a summer night with a scary movie when I was a kid. Maybe it was the calming warmth of a usual New York evening, the occasional buzz of insects, the random glow of fireflies, or perhaps it was the feeling of comfort that came from knowing the doors were locked and everyone except the crowd at the theater was in for the night that made it possible to endure a couple of hours of sheer terror. Whatever the reason, I found comfort in fear. Over-the-top, cinematic, special effects and makeup-laden fear. It started out with the Wolfman and Frankenstein’s creature, follwed up by radiation-charged monstrosities like Godzilla and Them!, eventually to be replaced by Freddy and Jason and the Predators and Aliens. Over the course of a couple of decades, there was always a fresh fiend or freak of nature to supply me with summer scares.

In looking back, much of what I found frightening as a youth seems somewhat silly and contrived by modern standards, but a good bit of it holds up. There is a handful of classic films that just ooze “summertime” for me, movies that regardless of what time of year they air somehow magically transport me to a muggy New York night, sprawled out on the floor with a copy of “House of Mystery” flipped open and a glass of Pepsi on the coffee table. “Bride of Frankenstein”, “The Creature from the Black Laggon”, “Carrie”, “Jaws”, “Trilogy of Terror”, “Legend of Boggy Creek” and “The Town that Dreaded Sundown” are just a few of the season-altering movies that whisper “summer” in my ear. I’ve never been too captivated by the “Friday the 13th” flicks, but they do feature all the key summer points – camping, swimming, boating, hooking up with lovely ladies, hockey masks(?) – and are a fun guilty pleasure when I need a quick fix.

Associated Content released its list of the top ten scary summer movies last year: http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/5571382/top_ten_scary_summer_horror_movies.html
While some seem like obvious choices, others may surprise you. Scary is, of course, a relative term, and what one person finds frightening may not phase another in the least. But this will at least give you a jumping-off point for putting together your own summer-themed frightfest. So throw a pan of Jiffy Pop on the stove, stock up on marshmallows, pour some cola on the rocks, and get ready to while away the sweltering summer nights with your very own top ten scary movie picks.

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Comic Book Creepiness Coming To A Screen Near You!

by on May.02, 2011, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Films

Comic book creepiness coming to a screen near you!

Hollywood’s love of the comic book world is hotter than ever, and this spring’s offerings are (un)living proof. A handful of horror-tinged titles are opening soon among the Thors and Captain Americas and Green Lanterns, for those who prefer their heroes sans spandex.

First up is Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (dylandogdeadofnight.com). Starring Superman Returns’ Brandon Routh as the title character, Dylan Dog tells the story of a private detective and his walking-dead partner Marcus investigating the paranormal. Originating as an Italian comic, Dylan Dog was introduced to US audiences by Dark Horse Comics in 1999 with new covers by Hellboy creator Mike Mignola. The films blend og comedy and horror is rated PG-13 and opens nationwide on April 29.

Opening Friday, May 13 is Priest (priest-themovie.com). Paul Bettany stars as a legendary Warrior Priest from the last Vampire War, who searches for his niece after her abduction by murderous vamps. Also starring Star Trek’s Karl Urban and Nikita’s Maggie Q, the film is an adaptation of the popular Korean comics series created by Min-Woo Hyung. Expect plenty of action and bloodcurdling creature effects from this PG-13 release.

July 29 marks the debut of Cowboys and Aliens (cowboysand aliensmovie.com), a sci-fi western monster mash-up starring Daniel Craig, Harrison Ford and Olivia Wilde. Based on the 2006 graphic novel by Scott Mitchell Rosenberg, the film chronicles the efforts of a wild west town’s inhabitants as they fight off a threat from beyond. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Ron Howard and Brian Grazer, and directed by Iron Man’s Jon Favreau, the film is not yet rated.

And coming down the small screen pike is Locke and Key, based on the comic book series from IDW Publishing by Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez, about the Locke family and the strange goings on in the family estate of Keyhouse, located in Lovecraft, Massachusetts. A second season of AMC’s The Walking Dead is on the way, and fans can anticipate a television film based on Steve Niles’ Remains from the Chiller Network.

With horror entertainment as popular as ever, and Hollywood continuing to mine the riches of the comic book world, expect more frightening four-color film fare in the near future.

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Hilarious House of Frightenstein

by on Apr.19, 2011, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Horror Show Hosts

Pop Quiz, hotshot!

If you really know your horror iconography, chances are that you’re familiar with the Hilarious House of Frightenstein. Well, actually, no matter how much you know it’s unlikely you’ve heard of this funky 70s freakfest http://www.frightenstein.com/

A live action Canadian production, Frightenstein blended mock horror, comedy and educational segments for a unique somewhat-psychadelic hour-long program that became a staple of Saturday morning television for years. The show revolved around Count Frightenstein, a pizza- and toast- loving vampire, and his sidekick Igor, inhabiting a castle overlooking the village of Frankenstone. The Count longs to return to his native Transylvania…

[Igor, singing to the tune of the Battle Hymn of the Republic]
Gory, gory Transylvania
Where werewolves and bats will always maim ya
The murky moor will likely claim ya
As we go stumbling through-oooo-oooo-ooooo…

[Count, spoken]
I pledge by the sign of the three toed sloth
To do my best to do my duty
To always obey the laws of the werewolf pack
And to never rest, until Brucie lives once more
And takes his rightful place in the annals of distinguished monsters
And I can once again return to that most goriest of homelands…

[Igor]
Gory, gory Transylvania
As we…
Go…
Stum-…
bling…

[Count]
Through-oooooooooooooooooo!

[Igor]
(various fawning remarks, let me kiss your cape, etc.)

Starring Billy Van and a small cast – with special guest narration by none other than the legendary Vincent Price – the Hilarious House of Frightenstein featured a fairly lovable lineup of icon-based horror characters in a variety of slapstick skits and musical numbers. Low production values and effects actually only helped to make this show more endearing. Think Mad Monster Party meets Sonny and Cher, and you kind of get the general idea behind this beloved show, which aired for 25 years before taking it’s final bow in 1997. After it’s final airing, the broadcast masters were allegedly destroyed at the request of the producer. Several years later, in 2003, fan-favorite Billy Van passed away.

In 2005 Frightenstein Fest was formed and featured a reunion of cast and crew, merchandise, episode screenings, and the premiere of the documentary “Return to Transylvania”.

You can test your truly obscure trivial knowledge by taking the Frightenstein quiz – bad luck!
http://www.funtrivia.com/playquiz.cfm?qid=157079

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Crawling to a theater near you…

by on Apr.12, 2011, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Films

Crawling to a theater near you…

Bloodthirsty for up-to-the-minute news from the world of horror films? Perhaps you should be connected to the a few of the premier horror entertainment sites around the web.

Bloody Disgusting is a teriffic place to find all the latest info from the world of horror. Movies, DVDs, comics, video games and more are covered extensively on this popular website:

http://www.bloody-disgusting.com/

Shock Till You Drop is another fine resource for news and reviews: http://www.shocktillyoudrop.com/
An attractive site with blogs, previews and images, you’ll want to make frequent stops at this one.

Heavily populated with content and updated daily, HorrorMovies.ca is chock-full of ghoulish goodness: http://www.horror-movies.ca/

Extra credit is awarded for their “Fresh Meat – Indie Horror Vixens” page, spotlighting the lovely new ladies of horror!

CHUD has been around a good long time, and offers up a plethora of information on all genres of film: www.chud.com
Look for giveaways and contests regularly!

Horror Movie News is exactly what is says – horror movie news: http://www.horrormovienews.com/

There’s no shortage of information and content on any of the following sites, all worth regular visits:

Horror Asylum: http://www.horror-asylum.com/
Dread Central: http://www.dreadcentral.com/
HorrorBid: http://www.horrorbid.com/home/
Horror Express: http://www.horrorexpress.com/

In the year 2011, no true horror fan should have an excuse to be out of the loop when it comes to entertainment information. Stay informed, and ensure that when a zombie eats your brain, it won’t be considered junk food.

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Upcoming Horror Movies

by on Mar.16, 2011, under Exclusive Ghoularama Blogs, Films

Upcoming horror movies, from Upcoming Horror Movies!

For close to 12 years, Upcoming Horror Movies has been alerting the public to theatrical and home video horror film releases. With updated schedules, forums and news, UHM is a great resource for keeping abreast of the horror entertainment world.

With categories broken down for quicker reference (fantasy, prequel, vampires, werewolves, zombies, etc.), as well as an easy alphabetized quick-search link, the site is comprehensive and easy to use.
http://www.upcominghorrormovies.com/

Bookmark it for repeated visits, and never miss out on satisfying your bloodlust again!

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