New faces revealed in ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Special Effects Make-up Artist Demonstration

Frightening New ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Faces Revealed as
Leading Special Effects Make-Up Artists Demonstrate Trade
Secrets Behind the Creation of Terrifying Characters to be Featured in
Universal Studios Hollywood’s Award-Winning Horror Event, Beginning September 20
(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Universal City, California, August 27, 2013—To showcase the black magic that brings the most gruesome monsters imaginable to life during “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, extreme horror make-up artist Larry Bones and his innovative team joined John Murdy, “Halloween Horror Nights’” Creative Director, for a sneak peek of the most bone-chilling effects planned for this year’s event. “Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 20, and continues on 21 select nights through November 2, 2013.
As skilled professionals created the illusions of severed heads, oozing wounds and slashed throats, an additional team of experts showcased other effects employed to craft the many scare-actors featured throughout “Halloween Horror Nights.” Costume designers were on hand to distress and customize wardrobe, wig makers teased and twisted locks, and a graphic artist adeptly illustrated original “Halloween Horror Nights” concept art.
Tickets to this year’s event are now on sale and available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each maze and theme park attraction, as well as an all-new VIP Experience ticket offering guests an enhanced guided tour of “Halloween Horror Nights.” Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures. Featuring a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled Scare Zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, this year’s featured “Halloween Horror Nights” attractions include: “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven,” based on AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated show, “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s blockbuster remake of the cult classic, “Black Sabbath 13 3D,” based on the legendary heavy metal band’s darkest lyrics, “Insidious: Into the Further,” based on the 2010 thriller “Insidious” and the upcoming sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2,” and “Universal Monsters Remix: Resurrection” featuring the music of Artist/DJ Figure.
New original scare-zones include: The Purge based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster and upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release, and the Curse of Chucky, an all-new movie from the filmmakers of the unforgettable horror franchise inspired by Universal Home Entertainment’s upcoming release.
First-ever access to extended portions of Universal’s iconic backlot will take center stage this year as movie sets and soundstages become a thrilling new “Halloween Horror Nights” backdrop, and the popular “Terror Tram” returns with hordes of flesh-eating zombies from “The Walking Dead.”
Maze announcement videos are available on Halloween Horror Nights’ YouTube Channel. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

(Photo by Damian Barrios)

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride-3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

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Film A Week 34: Caligula (1979) *NSFW*

WARNING: This review of Caligula has content sexual nature that may not be suitable for some and strong language, but being that it is a Penthouse Films produced feature, would you expect anything less?

The X-Rating, renowned for being the ‘adults only’ rating for films featuring mature scenes of brutal violence and unsimulated or simulated sex on screen, had its fair share of controversy as it continues life today under the NC-17 rating. Most films, such as Midnight Cowboy and Pink Flamingos, challenged the motion picture industry as a whole of what could or could not be shown up on the big screen. From this, another X was born: Exploitation films. These films rely on exploitation of violence, sexual, gore and what other major motion pictures cannot show giving the audience an unclean and possibly highly entertaining experience, depending on the person. This week’s film is no exception to that definition as Tinto Brass’ Caligula has it all.

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1979’s Caligula legacy is beyond legendary. Produced by Bob Guccione and Penthouse Films, this big budget tale of the rise and fall of Gaius Caligula Caesar is beyond legendary. Originally written by Gore Vidal, Tinto Brass decided to adapt his screenplay (whatever the hell that means) in order to make this erotic biography of Caligula resorting in Bob Guccione stepping in to fund the project under Penthouse Films. The result is a misguided attempt to tell history with orgies galore, scenery chewing and lavish sets that make the film seem more like a high budgeted porno than anything else. The late Roger Ebert said this was one of the worst films he saw, resulting in an infamous zero star rating calling it “sickening, utterly  worthless, shameful trash” and walked out two hours in. Well, Mr. Ebert, sorry to say this, but… it was not that bad.

Come on, Ebert, it looks like a nice romance film (Spoiler: That’s his sister he is sleeping with and he knows it)

Sure, it is not a great film or a good film and is nearly terrible, but I was having a great time watching this feature. Starring Film A Week alumni Malcolm McDowell (Week 9: Time After Time), Caligula is all about Little Boots trying to gain his rightful place as Emperor of Rome by any means nessacery. Caligula arranges the murder of his great uncle Tiberus, played by a possible drunk beyond compare Peter O’Toole, frames his pal Macro, played by Guido Mannari, tries to wed his sister Drusilla, played by Teresa Ann Savoy, and finds a new wife in the form of Caesonia, played by the beautiful Helen Mirren. Of course, along the way Caligula does or partakes in some rather risque and controversial activities.

List of Caligula’s Risque & Controversial Activities (In No Particular Order)

  • Having sex with his sister
  • Attending an orgy filled with sex swings
  • Getting in a threesome with his sister
  • Deflowering the young virgin wife of Proculous
  • Fisting Proculous as he was also a ‘virgin’ of anal sex
  • Putting a flower in Proculous’ ass after fisting him
  • Beheading those who betray him with a giant wall with crab-like spikes
  • Dancing nude in the rain, then proceeding to have sex in said rain
  • Declaring his daughter is his ‘son’
  • Engaging in betrayal and treason against his family
  • Outright calling for a major stabbing of a guard
  • Castrating his victims
  • Did I mention the fisting? I did? Well, shit, he loves to fist
This is the tamest image I could find of this film. Trust me.

 

That is only a small percentage of what this film contains. There is nudity everywhere and not a scene without it. I am not a prude, so I do not mind nudity. If ypu see one frame without a sexual reference or some form of nudity, then you must be watching the R-rated version. Bob Guccione even stepped in to add more pornographic scenes including, but not limited to:

  • A three headed woman masturbating
  • Two men jerking of and reliving their semen into a bowl
  • A man delivering unsimulated oral sex to another man
  • A lesbian sex scene out of left field
  • Some guy with tumor or small man on him getting head
  • A four-legged man reliving himself
  • Two nymphs urinating on a dead corpse
  • Giant sex swings with women riding on a wood penis with another grinding a pole

Yea…Caligula is a little awkward to watch with friends unless your friends do not mind watching good ol’ fashioned Skinemax to borderline hardcore style sex alongside you. This is intended to shock, but it is not that shocking. Probably to others, but I am the man who liked the hell out of the movie Shortbus, which managed to make the use of unsimulated sex work with its plot of a woman who cannot orgasm.

Also, it is a great comedy and it just occurred to me I like odd movies.

As for the film itself, the acting is not completely. McDowell chews scenery like no one else and seems to be having a damn good time, which McDowell is always great at. Helen Mirren is very minimal, but does a decent job and she looks stunning (Heck, she still looks gorgeous!). The other actors are bland and piratically sleepwalking through the film, but a majority of them die in the feature and we are all the better for it. The direction is what you would expect from such a schlock, but never does it dip into amateur mode. The production is big and broad and the sets are gorgeous. No surprise Bruno Mattei utilized the sets in order to create his own feature Caligula Reincarnated As Nero (Nerone e Poppea), which is discussed on Brad Jones’ The Cinema Snob site on The Bruno Mattei Show in Episode 12.

In fact, Caligula is Brad Jones’ favorite film on the site and even reviewed it in character as the Snob for his 100th Episode (and a twoparter, too). Because of Brad’s review, this film has been sitting pretty in my watchlist until now in order for me to take a crack at it and I see why he loves it for all the exploitative joy it is. I did not love it as much though, but I did think it was worth and experience to watch such a controversial and tasteless (according to critics at least) feature because a film like this could never be accomplished ever again in the modern era of film and goes back to a time where exploitation was everywhere for the curious. I was curious, took a crack and enjoyed it as any curious pop culture film fan would be. Go ahead and spend two hours and half to see some good old trashy fun.

Also, it was better exploitative trash than Irreversible will ever be. Seriously, fuck that movie.

Next week on Film A Week, as political tension rise in our present society due to the recent news of Syria and a possible strike, I sure know how to pick film that unintentionally fit the mold. Time for Peter Capaldi’s infamous foulmouthed performance of Malcolm Tucker from the BBC hit series The Thick of It to stop an UK-US invasion of the Middle East in the politically charged British comedy, In The Loop.

Film A Week 35: In the Loop (2009)
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Friday, September 6th

Personal Ramblings: There Has to Be More, Right?

My life is in a great place right now and I could not complain. I have a wonderful family that is supportive of my goals, friends that I would be nowhere without. I am part of magnificent staff of colleagues and peers in the newsroom I can turn to help me along the way. Heck, this year has been great so far with currently going from copyeditor to being the new Arts page editor. I personally went from being the awkward gloomy person who seldom chatted with others I was to a confident individual who loves being around people and cares for them. I have been succeeding in my studies and have been seen as a great example by my family as the “last and new hope.” Everything has been on the up and up, yet something has finally hit me.

It is a terrifying and gorgeous realization. Today I looked at myself and said “There has to be more, right? I can do so much more. I still feeling like an aspect is missing. I have not reached my full potential.” I never in my life wondered this til now.

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On the educational front, going from a college-ready English nerd in high school to a journalist was a long road and a rough one at best. Yet, I reached a place were I know what I want and how to get it, but my mind says “There is more.” Personally, there is. I want to advance my knowledge in more than one field and try new things and gain new experiences. I want to evolve my spectrum into a broader sense and less than a limited sense.

On the job front, I have very limited amount of work yet tons of volunteer work. I have worked before at under the table gigs involving working behind the scenes of a middle school library and doing various auto parts sales. I can not put those on a resume and it sucks to say the least. I constantly look for work with my minimal resume, and even if I get nothing back, I still continue on because I am still alive and must keep living. I would love a part time gig, either on the retail front or the writing front, but I also thought “maybe I should take my skills from education and tutor for English or be a teacher’s assitant.” I am ready to dive in head first into anything.

In a lesser yet embarassing notion, I also am not the best driver. In fact, I can not go in reverse or drive with anyone in the vehicle due to my personal problems. This is due to my anxiety issue that I rarely bring up or talk about. The fact that I can run the risk of someone’s life either outside or inside the vehicle, for lack of a better word, fucking terrifies me. Luckily, i am ready to acheive this goal soon to break out of my anxious nature.

But I need somehing more alongside this. I feel I have potential to do more than editing or writing. I can be a better person than confident self and give back more. I just want more than what others think I am capable of doing. I wanted to vent on the net since I usually do not. For this, I want to hear some feedback from readers and give me some advice on what to do and if you ever felt in the same position. It is just frustrating at the moment and would love some help.

Till the next rambling, readers.

Tickets for Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ on sale now!

Universal Studios Hollywood Announces General Admission, Front of Line
and Premium VIP Experience Tickets Now On Sale for its Highly-Anticipated
‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Event, Taking Place on 21 Select Nights,
from September 20 to November 2, 2013

Universal City, California—Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights,” Southern California’s premier Halloween event, taking place at Universal Studios Hollywood on 21 select nights from September 20 through November 2, 2013.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.HalloweenHorrorNights.com/hollywood, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority access at each maze and theme park attraction, as well as a premium VIP Experience ticket offering guests an enhanced guided tour of “Halloween Horror Nights.”

Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

This year, the contemporary urban city streets, towering skyscraper, brick-faced facades and industrial exteriors that make up Universal Studios’ world-famous production facilities will serve as a backdrop location for “Halloween Horror Nights” as Universal Studios Hollywood creates elaborate maze settings from iconic movie sets and soundstages never before used in this popular, award-winning event.

“We’re thrilled to be working with today’s leading horror movie, television and music properties to bring another bone-chilling ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ to life at Universal Studios Hollywood,” said John Murdy, Creative Director, Universal Studios Hollywood. “Our collaboration with renowned filmmakers, producers and artists contributes immensely to the event’s authenticity. The limited amount of Front of Line and VIP Experiences tickets available to our guests provides great options to enhance this special experience.”

Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures. Featuring a slate of unparalleled film production quality mazes, fright-filled scare zones, compelling new backdrop maze locations and a new “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, “Halloween Horror Nights” will taunt, terrorize and torment guests with incomparable spellbinding and horrifying haunted attractions.

AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated and Emmy Award-winning TV series returns to “Halloween Horror Nights” and will feature an all-new disturbingly real maze, inspired by Season 3 of the cult favorite television blockbuster. “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven” maze will place guests at the core of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by decaying walkers. The disturbingly real haunted attraction will send them cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.

Other haunted attractions will include “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” based on Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s chilling remake of the cult classic; “Black Sabbath: 13 3D,” inspired by the darkest lyrics from the legendary rock band’s 43-year history of Heavy Metal music, and “Insidious: Into The Further” based on the disturbing “Insidious” film franchise that explores the darkest corners of the paranormal experience.

“El Cucuy: The Boogeyman,” a startling, terror-filled maze based on the Latin American legend of the mythical, shape-shifting monster, will feature chilling narration by prolific actor and producer, Danny Trejo, and “Universal Monster Remix: Resurrection,” will complete the lineup with new sounds from acclaimed artist/DJ Figure, and all-original monsters inspired by fan-generated character competitions along with a legion of Universal’s legendary monsters re-defined for the 21st century.

A new reign of terror in new scare zones based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster movie “The Purge” and Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming Blu-ray release of “Curse of Chucky,” will also come to life to terrify “Halloween Horror Nights” guests.

The highly-entertaining and edgy “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure” returns in an all-new production, adding to the already dynamic “Halloween Horror Nights” event, while such theme park’s favorites remain open throughout the event: “Transformers: The Ride -3D,” “Jurassic Park® In the Dark,” “The Simpsons RideTM” and “Revenge of the Mummy – The Ride.”

Maze announcement videos are available on Halloween Horror Nights’ YouTube Channel. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Halloween Horror Nights” kicks off on Friday, September 20, 2013 and continues on 21 select nights through Saturday, November 2, 2013. Event dates are: September 20, 21, 27 and 28, October 4, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 and 31 and November 1 and 2.

HYPERLINK “http://www.universalstudioshollywood.com/”Universal Studios Hollywood®, The Entertainment Capital of L.A.SM, includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas AND the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed mega-attraction, “Transformers™: The Ride—3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” indoor roller coaster and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

Film A Week 33: Irreversible (2002) *NSFW*

WARNING: Due to the mature content of the film, this review features disturbing images of rape and excessive language. Readers discretion is advised.

The concept of the arthouse cinema genre is to create art on screen, be it in a surreal nature or a straight forward piece. Art is also subjective as it can be declared a masterpiece to being deemed the lowest form of the genre it is trying to define. With that said, controversy never seems too far behind this notion and opinions will differ. Why do I write this introduction that sounds pretentious as hell? Because it is a nice way of explaining that Gaspar Noe’s Irreversible is the most vile piece of cinema arthouse shit I have ever seen.

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Irreversible deals with a man seeking vengence on the man who raped his pregnant girlfriend, yet it is told in reverse as we slowly figure out what lead to the end of the feature.

And to be honest with you, I could not finish this film. Noe’s direction is disorienting and jarring testing the patience of one’s mind. It is fucking annoying and done just to attempt to be shocking and different. It is also apparent that the creator is just one big homophobe with he utterance of ‘faggot’ every instance it has a gay bashing others.

For example, the scene at the Rectum night club show homosexual men as sex fiend that only want a good fuck or lay. And to add the cherry on top of the shit sundae that is this film, the rapist is also a bisexual man who rapes just becauss, well, he fuckin’ can. He gets beaten to death while others are masturbating to the gore and others are shouting ‘fag’ left and right. It is just a vile mistreatment to the gay community.

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Now to talk about the rape scene. I turned it off after it was over. The potrayal of rape in the film is grusome, heartbreaking and shocking. I was filled with anger and rage as it never turned away showing the gorgeous Monica Bellucci get beaten, anally raped and told her ear how much of a ‘hot cunt’ she is. Sitting at home, seeing this scene nearly caused me to vomit out of the grotesque nature. It is done to shock and nothing more. The whole film revolves around the shock of this moment and nothing more.

I hated this film. I hated Gaspar Noe after trying to see Enter the Void and this pretentious bullshit. I hate that I even bother to invest time into picking this film for this series. It is one of the worst features I have ever watched and is now the worst film I have reviewed for this series. If I could I end the series here, but no, one misstep is fine.

Next week, we get even more into controversy with the epic exploitation classic produced by Penthouse Films and Bob Guccione, 1979’s Caligula starring Malcolm McDowell. Prepare for orgies, incest, beheadings, girl on girl, and Peter O’ Toole drunk off his ass.

Film A Week 34: Caligula
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Friday, August 30th

‘El Cucuy: The Boogeyman’ Exclusively at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’

Universal Studios Hollywood Brings to Life the Fearful Legend of

‘El Cucuy: The Boogeyman’ Exclusively at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’

Chillingly Narrated by Leading Villain Character Actor Danny Trejo

Universal City, CA – The age-old fear of “the boogeyman” comes to life at Universal Studios Hollywood in an all-new grisly twist, “El Cucuy: The Boogeyman,” as the latest in the lineup of award-winning “Halloween Horror Nights” authentically disturbing mazes opening September 20.  Adding to the torment of “El Cucuy’s” grim and dark legend is an exclusive and chilling narration by Danny Trejo, one of Hollywood’s leading villain character actors.

In Mexico, “the boogeyman” is known as “El Cucuy,” a mythical ghost-monster touting pointed teeth and razor-sharp claws. Some believe it is an evil spirit which lurks in desolate caves and ventures into the pueblos late at night, lying in wait under beds, in closets and on rooftops in search of disobedient children. The legend began as a cautionary tale told by parents warning their children to behave or “El Cucuy” would prey on them.  This generations-old myth has haunted children over the years as part of popular Hispanic folklore recited throughout Mexico, Latin America and the United States.

“I remember my mother telling me about ‘El Cucuy’ as a little kid and it freaked me out,” said Creative Consultant and Maze Narrator, actor/producer Danny Trejo.  “I grew up with it and I told it to my kids, too. I can’t wait to check it out at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’.”

Trejo’s distinctive gravelly, gruff and gripping voice deftly narrates the legend through the eyes of the monster and malevolently morphs into “El Cucuy.” Maze-goers will follow Trejo’s ominous voice as it guides them into disturbingly gruesome sights ravaged and pillaged by the shape-shifting trickery of “El Cucuy” including the scene of a child’s birthday party gone horribly awry. Distressing maze chaos continues in sinister scenes which lure maze-goers through a family room, a child’s bedroom and closet where the merciless attack of “El Cucuy” is witnessed in pools of blood with lifeless bodies exposed to reveal gaping wounds; toys, stuffed animals and clothing are scattered about in the struggle. Maze-goers soon find themselves entering “El Cucuy’s” evil cave; a cavernous macabre of horror where muffled cries for help signal impending torment ahead.

“The ‘La Llorona’ maze we created last year was extremely well received by our guests and praised for its authenticity, so we’re excited to bring another infamous legend from Latino culture to ‘Halloween Horror Nights’,” said event Creative Director John Murdy.  “At its core, this legend is even more horrifying than ‘La Llorona’ because ‘El Cucuy’ is known to take on the form of trusted adults like a police officer or your grandmother as a way to approach victims so it’s the perfect subject matter for a maze. When I was writing the maze story line, I pictured Danny Trejo as the voice of the monster, so we’re thrilled to be working with Mr. Trejo to bring the terrifying legend of ‘El Cucuy’ to life at ‘Halloween Horror Nights’.”

Trejo’s filmography includes an impressive lineup with starring roles in titles such as “From Dusk ‘Til Dawn,” “Heat,” “Once Upon a Time in Mexico,” “Machete,” and more recently, “Machete Kills,” the second in the Machete series scheduled for release on October 11, 2013.

Trejo can also be seen in Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming Blu-ray release, “Dead in Tombstone,” starring opposite Anthony Michael Hall and Academy Award® nominee Mickey Rourke. The new action-packed movie is available on October 22, 2013.

Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, and offers a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, Scare Zones and “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties.  This year’s haunted attractions will also include: “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven,” based on AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning TV show, “Evil Dead:  Book of the Dead,” inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s chilling remake of the cult classic, “Black Sabbath 13 3D,” inspired by the darkest lyrics from the multi-platinum rock band’s 43-year history of Heavy Metal music, and “Insidious: Into The Further” based on the 2010 horror thriller “Insidious” and the upcoming sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2.”

Watch for announcement videos on Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel.  Additional mazes to be announced shortly. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.
Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride—3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

Support this Project: “SLUT: A Documentary Film” Kickstarter Project

“SLUT: A Documentary Film”

Emily Lindin launched The UnSlut Project on April of 2013 by starting to blog her own story from fifteen years ago. Her story is being told through diary entries from her preteen and teen years.

Lindin publishes her diary entries one at a time, “without changing a single word except for the names of the people involved,” Lindin said, “My limited commentary, which is confined to brackets in each entry, is meant to provide the relief of my current perspective, fifteen years later,” she said.

“Now, it’s time to make a documentary film,” she said, this film, like Bully did, will help spread the message of equality and respect to a much broader audience in a manner which can be very effective.
Lindin has partners up with Jessica Caimi in hopes of making a documentary film that will educate the masses.

“Slut: A Documentary Film” will feature the stories of girls who were driven to suicide by sexual bullying, interviews with women who have experienced the effects of slut shaming in their own lives, and the opinions of media figures, sexologists, psychologists, and other experts.

Gathering credible sources such as Dr. Betty Dodson, artist, author and world-renowned clinical sexologist, Dr. Ted McIlvenna, founder and president of the Institute for the Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, Dr. Shira Tarrant, author, nationally recognized expert on gender politics, and professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Dr. Melissa Jones: Clinical sexologist and board-certified sexuality educator at the Sexology Center in San Antonio, Texas,  and Gina Tron, published the story of her own rape and subsequent slut shaming by police and other officials in Vice Magazine, to name a few of those willing to contribute their time to the making if this documentary.

“The UnSlut Project is a collaborative effort with two goals: to reach out to girls who are currently suffering and offer them some hope for the future; and to demonstrate the extent of sexual bullying and ‘slut shaming’ in our schools, media, and culture, so that we might all work toward change.” – Lindin

“Slut: A Documentary Film” will demonstrate the extent of sexual bullying and slut shaming in our schools, media, and culture; and explore the steps we can all take to work toward change right here in the United States and Canada.

Slut shaming involves denigrating a woman or women generally for perceived or real sexual behavior. It ranges from something like one teenager calling another teenager a “slut” for wearing a short dress to mainstream media coverage of rape that puts blame on the victim or victims. It is closely tied to the practice of sexual bullying and the concept of “rape culture,” which refers to society’s dismissal or even condoning of rape.

This film will be a low-budget production, so every dollar counts. Please give whatever you can, their funding goal represents the minimum needed to make this film. Starting with equipment rental such as renting an HD camera with audio equipment to travel cost such as conducting interviews with various experts as well as women who want to share their stories all over the United States and Canada and funding plane tickets, hostel stays, and on-the-go meals.

Visit: Unslut Project
“Like” on Facebook: Facebook.com/unslutproject
Follow on Twitter: @unslutproject

STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE & TOPPS JOIN FORCES TO BRING MARS ATTACKS TO COMIKAZE EXPO

STAN LEE’S COMIKAZE & TOPPS JOIN FORCES TO BRING MARS ATTACKS TO COMIKAZE EXPO
Legendary Creator to Battle Iconic Martians on Exclusive Trading Card!
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August 23 – Hey there, True Believers!  The Topps Company and Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo are teaming up to bring MARS ATTACKS to Los Angeles!  Topps, setting up shop at Stan Lee’s Comikaze Expo for the first time, will bring an exclusive MARS ATTACKS trading card featuring Stan Lee himself facing off against their iconic Martian invader!  Limited to just 2500 cards and fully painted by Joe Jusko, the card entitled “Stan Strikes!” will be given away FREE on a first-come-first-served basis and available ONLY at Comikaze!
“In 1962 when Mars Attacks was making its mark on the world of trading cards, Stan and his stable of sensational superhero stories were transforming the landscape of comic books,” said Topps’ Adam Levine.  “I can’t think of any better match-up than these two pop culture icons to face off in the most outrageous, out-of-this world trading card crossover we’ve ever seen!”
Topps will be on hand at Stan Lee’s Comikaze this Nov 1-3 to promote the release of Mars Attacks: Invasion, the modern revival of the classic card series and the first all-new story based MARS ATTACKS card series in more than half a century!  The set boasts all-new art by some of the most renowned illustrators in the industry, including Jusko, Earl Norem, Glen Orbik, Greg Staples, Alex Horley, Sanjulian, Dan Brereton and many more!  A limited edition print featuring Joe Jusko’s stunning painting will also be available for sale at the Topps booth, signed by the artist, while supplies last!
For more information on Comikaze, Stan Lee’s Comic, Sci-Fi and Horror Convention, visit www.comikazeexpo.com
For more information on Mars Attacks, visit www.facebook.com/MarsAttacks

Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Unleashes A Reign of Terror in All-Original Scare Zones Based on The Purge and Universal Studios Upcoming Release of Curse of Chucky

Universal Studios Hollywood’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ Unleashes

A New Reign of Terror in All-Original Scare Zones Based on Universal Pictures’ Blockbuster Movie The Purge and Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s
Upcoming Blu-ray™ Release of Curse of Chucky

Universal City, CAUniversal Studios Hollywood’s premier Halloween event, “Halloween Horror Nights,” continues to unlock the terror that torments movie-goers with the announcement of two new original scare-zones: The Purge, based on Universal Pictures’ summer blockbuster and upcoming Blu-ray™ and DVD release, and Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s Blu-ray™ and Digital debut of Curse of Chucky, an all-new movie where Chucky returns to horrify viewers in the latest unrated chapter of the blood-soaked suspense saga. “Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 20, 2013.

Designed to provoke an unrelenting sense of fear for “Halloween Horror Nights” guests, numerous scare-zones will be riddled throughout the event to consistently terrify and traumatize them at every unsuspecting twist and turn.
The provocative box-office blockbuster, The Purge, will come to life as “The Purge: Survive the Night.” As guests enter the theme park, they will be thrust into the depraved world of The Purge, a sordid tale in which all crime is declared legal and no one is safe for one single night; a story, in which all criminal activity, including murder, is legal for 12 hours. Ironically, the gates to “Halloween Horror Nights” swing open at 7:00 p.m. sharp; the same time havoc is reaped upon the citizens in The Purge.
“The Purge: Survive the Night” scare zone will push guests to the limits as they become engaged in the film’s most memorable scenes while trying to run for their lives.

Inspired by the upcoming Blu-ray™ and DVD release of Curse of Chucky, the eponymous scare-zone will bring the terrifying pint-size doll, possessed by the spirit of a notorious serial killer, to life. Having made special appearances at past “Halloween Horror Nights,” this is the first time the sinister doll has commanded his own scare-zone to shock and terrify guests for his amusement.
The Purge, a thought-provoking thriller from director and writer James DeMonaco (Assault on Precinct 13, The Negotiator) and producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Sinister), stars Ethan Hawke (Sinister, Insidious, Training Day) and Lena Headey (“Game of Thrones”) as a husband and wife engulfed in the madness of a lawless night, The Purge will be available on Blu-ray™ Combo Pack with DVD, Digital including UltraViolet™, and On Demand on October 8, 2013, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Curse of Chucky, the newest installment of the chilling Child’s Play franchise, comes exclusively to Blu-ray™ and DVD on October 8, 2013, from Universal 1440 Entertainment, a production entity of Universal Studios Home Entertainment. Also available on Digital on September 24, 2013, Curse of Chucky reunites franchise creators Don Mancini and David Kirschner twenty-five years later, as the deadly legacy continues and Chucky resumes his disturbing reign of terror, delivering more of the blood-curdling scares and bone-chilling twists that have cemented his place as one of the world’s most legendary horror film icons.

Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, and offers a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, Scare Zones and “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties. This year’s haunted attractions will also include: “The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven,” based on AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning TV show, “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s chilling remake of the cult classic, “Insidious: Into The Further,” based on the 2010 horror thriller “Insidious” and the upcoming sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2,” and “Black Sabbath 13 3D,” inspired by the darkest lyrics from the multi-platinum rock band’s 43-year history of Heavy Metal music.
Watch for announcement videos on Universal Studios Hollywood’s YouTube Channel. Additional mazes to be announced shortly. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.

Universal Studios Home Entertainment is a unit of Universal Pictures, a division of Universal Studios (www.universalstudios.com). Universal Studios is a part of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and marketing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. NBCUniversal owns and operates a valuable portfolio of news and entertainment television networks, a premier motion picture company, significant television production operations, a leading television stations group, world-renowned theme parks, and a suite of leading Internet-based businesses. NBCUniversal is a subsidiary of Comcast Corporation.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride—3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”

‘Halloween Horror Nights’ at Universal Studios Hollywood: AMC’s Critically-Acclaimed TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ Infiltrate World-Famous Blacklot

‘Halloween Horror Nights’ at Universal Studios Hollywood Extends Deeper
Into Areas of Universal’s Renowned Backlot, As Hordes of Zombies from
AMC’s Critically-Acclaimed Blockbuster TV Series ‘The Walking Dead’ Infiltrate
World-Famous Production Sets for the First Time Ever

Universal City, CA – This year, the contemporary urban city streets, towering skyscraper, brick-faced facades and industrial exteriors that make up Universal Studios’ world-famous production facilities will serve as a backdrop location for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood as Southern California’s premier Halloween experience creates maze settings from iconic movie sets and soundstages never before used in this popular, award-winning event. “Halloween Horror Nights” begins on Friday, September 20, 2013.
Taking its cue from Universal Pictures—the movie studio that invented the horror film genre—Universal Studios Hollywood is intensifying its “Halloween Horror Nights” event by bringing guests to isolated production movie and television sets located on the famed Universal backlot to experience two new and highly disturbing enclosed mazes.
“Since the early 1920s, Universal Studios’ most infamous monsters took their first breath right here on the Universal backlot,” said Larry Kurzweil, President, Universal Studios Hollywood. This very studio that invented the horror film genre traumatized movie-goers with some of the silver screens most indelible characters. Years later, it seems only fitting that the studio is making its urban production sets accessible to ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ guests as we bring nightmares to life with contemporary horror properties.”
“Universal’s backlot was deliberately created to mirror real life urban streets, metropolitan cityscapes and intimate European settings,” said Steven Spielberg. “As filmmakers, we strive to find the ideal, most authentic filming locations to legitimize our productions and make every scene as realistic as possible, which is why Universal Studios Hollywood continues to take creative risks by extending ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ to include the studios’ backlot. Theme park guests will be in awe when they have this rare opportunity to walk through the backlot’s definitive Hollywood movie-making sets.”
“The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven” maze, inspired by season 3 of AMC’s Golden Globe-nominated, Emmy Award-winning television series, will strike at the heart of this dynamic “Halloween Horror Nights” film set location, abandoning guests in the dead of night amid hordes of morbidly decomposing, flesh-eating zombies.
With life imitating art, guests will first be tasked to brave swarms of ravenous zombies milling aggressively about the maze entry in a terrifying zombie apocalypse scare zone. A putrid infestation of predatory walkers with an unwavering appetite for humans will lurk throughout the backlot’s dark alleyways and protective doorways with only one place to escape: the maze.
If guests survive this fleet of crazed, blood-thirsty walkers, the terror begins.
“The Walking Dead: No Safe Haven” haunted maze will place “Halloween Horror Nights” guests at the core of the show’s once impenetrable prison, the West Georgia Correctional Facility, now overrun by decaying walkers. The eerily authentic and disturbingly real attraction will send them cowering through the walker-infested wilderness that surrounds the prison and into the seemingly utopian town of Woodbury where gruesome secrets are concealed.
“’The Walking Dead’ maze that Universal Studios Hollywood is bringing to life at this year’s ‘Halloween Horror Nights’ event will take credibility to entirely new levels,” said Greg Nicotero, Executive Producer, Director and Special Effects Makeup Supervisor for AMC’s “The Walking Dead.” “Universal’s creative team is painstakingly re-creating the world of ‘The Walking Dead’ for this year’s maze and the level of authenticity will make guests and fans feel like they’ve stepped into Season 3. Located on the production backlot area of the studio, people will be able to experience iconic moments from the show up close and personal.”
The second maze to debut in this backlot setting will be “Black Sabbath: 13 3D.” This new haunted attraction, based on the legendary multi-platinum rock band’s recently released Billboard #1 album, “13,” will be located within the dark and eerie confines of a soundstage.
“Black Sabbath: 13 3D,” inspired by Black Sabbath’s biggest hit songs and the only “Halloween Horror Nights” maze to incorporate 3D video, will engulf guests in a nightmarish landscape of doom, where they will traverse horrifying graveyards, twisted madhouses and bone-chilling battlefields. Fearless guests will live the nightmare of such songs as “Luke’s Wall,” “Iron Man,” “Paranoid,” “War Pigs,” “Electric Funeral” and, of course, “Black Sabbath,” and find themselves face to face with a heart-stopping Lucifer and his bride, blood-soaked dead bodies and bubbling pools of “radioactive water.”
Halloween Horror Nights” 2013 at Universal Studios Hollywood brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror, and offers a slate of unrivaled film production quality mazes, Scare Zones and “Terror Tram” experience – all uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties. This year’s haunted attractions will also include “Evil Dead: Book of the Dead,” inspired by Sony Pictures Home Entertainment’s chilling remake of the cult classic, and “Insidious: Into The Further,” based on the 2010 horror thriller “Insidious” and the upcoming sequel “Insidious: Chapter 2”.
A new reign of terror in all-original scare zones based on Universal Pictures’ blockbuster movie “The Purge” and Universal Studios Home Entertainment’s upcoming Blu-ray™ release of “Curse of Chucky,” will also come to life to taunt and terrify “Halloween Horror Nights” guests.
Watch for announcement videos on Halloween Horror Night’s YouTube Channel. Additional mazes that will be located within the theme park to be announced shortly. Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available online at Halloween Horror Nights, on Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood,” on Instagram at @HorrorNights and Twitter at @HorrorNights as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Join the conversation using #UniversalHHN.
Universal Studios Hollywood, The Entertainment Capital of L.A. includes a full-day, movie-based theme park and Studio Tour; the CityWalk entertainment, shopping and dining complex, the Universal CityWalk Cinemas and the “5 Towers” state-of-the-art outdoor concert venue. World-class rides and attractions include the critically-acclaimed and award-winning mega-attraction, “Transformers: The Ride—3D,” the intense, award-winning ride, “King Kong 360 3-D” on the famed behind-the-scenes Studio Tour, “The Simpsons RideTM,” “Revenge of the MummySM —The Ride” and “Jurassic Park® —The Ride.”