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Hitting the ground loping like a bloodthirsty wolf weeks before its competitors, Buena Park’s Knott’s Berry Farm revealed the line-up for its 43rd annual Knott’s Scary Farm run this past Wednesday night via an exclusive media night, and for haunt fans it’s time to get excited. Really, really excited.

Running for twenty-four nights from September 24 to October 31 (with tickets for the ENTIRE run PLUS parking currently available for a mere $70.00), the SoCal favorite haunt’s offering up three entirely new mazes in addition to the new “Elvira: Asylum” (a revitalized stage show from your favorite busty Mistress of the Dark) as well as the return of the immersive and beefed-up interactive zombie shooting experience via the much celebrated from 2014 “Special Op: Infected” (this year it’s called “Patient Zero”).

Of that attraction, in which park attendees must navigate a hostile environment overrun by the undead, weapons systems for 2015 are now apparently upgraded to the “Battle Rifle Pro,” an IR gun which contains not only a “kill streak reward system” (which will improve the weapon’s performance the more zombies it dispatches) but also a “health meter,” which will require its operator to hit checkpoints in order to re-charge. Call of Duty, much? And with a promised doubling from the previous year’s myriad shambling zombies, well, we’re kinda’ psyched.

Also new for 2015 is the maze “Paranormal, Inc. – Case #1: The Haunting of Hayden Hill” (in which guests will explore the haunted remains of a haunted hospital), “My Bloody Clementine” (which resides in the park’s Calico Mine ride, complete with LIVE monsters for 2015), and the maze “The Dead of Winter,” a journey into Norse icelands governed by a vengeful and bloody queen.

Welcomed into the Charles M. Schulz Theater on the park premises, which itself was overrun with scare-actors, screaming season pass holders, and an over-the-top entrance and finale by the park’s Green Witch, Knott’s also revealed the following attractions for 2015 (from their press release):

“Black Magic”: Houdini’s vengeful spirt continues to wreak havoc on the Faux Theater, where the veil between the living and the dead is severed. Houdini’s ghost comes alive and ushers a host of demonic illusions to play tricks on anyone who intrudes, only to finally meet Houdini in a show-stopping finale. Back for its third year, “Black Magic” is one of the most popular mazes at Scary Farm.

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“Forevermore”: Follow the destruction of the “Forevermore Killer,” one haunting tale after another, as the slayer makes his way through one of the longest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm’s history. With a Skeleton Key, guests can witness the work of the Forevermore Killer firsthand.

“The Gunslinger’s Grave: A Blood Moon Rises”: Deadly howls and a full blood moon mark your impending doom as werewolves overrun the crime-stricken Old West town. Walk in the bloody footsteps of a betrayed and left for dead gunslinger on his path of retribution against the Skinwalkers.

“Pinocchio Unstrung”: Years have passed since the blue fairy denied him his final wish, but Pinocchio has returned with an army of murderous marionettes intent on killing his former masters. Meander your way through the carnage-riddled village and an all new sinful Pleasure Island and Skeleton Key Room. Revenge comes with no strings attached.

“The Tooth Fairy”: This twisted tooth fairy steals more than just baby teeth as he drags his victims out their bedroom window and into a world of deranged dentistry. Unbelievable special effects include a blackout room through which guests must feel their way out, a disorienting x-ray strobe light room, and new this year, an all-new Skeleton Key room… says aahhh.

“Trick-or-Treat”: Take a brave step forward and ring the witch’s doorbell… trick or treat, which will it be? After surviving her grisly welcome, wander into the Green Witch’s never-before-seen potion room and bewitched attic. But don’t leave too soon; you’re the special guest at the Green Witch’s deadly dinner party where she and her menacing Tricksters await your arrival.

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“Voodoo – Order of the Serpent”: The haunting legend of Papa Legba continues as guests follow him on his foreboding journey to conjure the serpent demon goddess in the outskirts of New Orleans. Trudge cautiously through the cursed swamps of the Deep South, where creatures search the murky bogs for their next bloody sacrifice and demons curse the innocent with Voodoo hexes. Guests who are brave enough to venture through the Skeleton Key room may fall prey to a defiled ritual.

“The Hanging”: A live stage show in Calico Square irreverently looks back at the year’s pop culture with killer comedy. Notorious for its special effects, pyrotechnics, and high-flying stunts, “The Hanging” is a no-holds-barred assault on pop culture’s most infamous moments of the past year. A must-see parody!

From what we witnessed via scare-actors and video teases alike, production levels seem to have increased from previous years (no small victory, assuredly, as Knott’s has always been fairly top-notch), the park’s “Skeleton Key” room experiences have grown, and given our entrance onto the grounds, in which we passed the bumper car attraction which was joyously spinning “Good Times” from The Lost Boys’ soundtrack, they’ve still apparently got their grisly thumbs on our pulse. As before, it seems lovingly nostalgic and yet somehow refreshingly new, so hit it.

We will on September 24 when the park opens, and we’ll bring you a full review then.

Need tickets? visit Knott’s Scary Farm online!

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Jamie Lee Curtis Says Blumhouse Halloween Will Make Us “Very Happy and VERY Scared”

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Bring. It. On.

It was only last week that we let you guys know that Jamie Lee Curtis had wrapped filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween.

And today we have another Instagram post from the legendary scream queen where she not only shows us a creepy-ass painting of Michael Myers, but she lets us know that Blumhouse’s Halloween is going to make us all “very happy, and VERY scared.”

Hoo-ray!

I don’t know about you, but I’m going to just go ahead and trust Jamie Lee Curtis on this one. She’s been around the Halloween block more than a few times and I trust her judgment… other than Halloween: Resurrection.

You can check out her post below and then let us know how excited you are for Laurie Strode’s return!

Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green based on a script he wrote with Danny McBride. Jamie Lee Curtis returns as Laurie Strode as does Nick Castle as Michael “The Shape” Myers. They are joined by Will Patton, Andi Matichak, and Judy Greer. Halloween creator John Carpenter is on board as executive producer of the film as well as the composer.

The anticipated release date is October 19, 2018.

Synopsis:

Jamie Lee Curtis returns to her iconic role as Laurie Strode, who comes to her final confrontation with Michael Myers, the masked figure who has haunted her since she narrowly escaped his killing spree on Halloween night four decades ago.

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Get a Behind-the-Scenes Peek at Pre-Production for Marcel Walz’s New Film

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The Blood Feast remake directed by Marcel Walz has been generating quite a buzz (read our review here) so we’ve been wondering what’s next for him, and over the weekend Walz provided us with an answer… sort of.

He sent over the following photos for us to share with our readers, some of which also appeared on his social media accounts.  Marcel is in pre-production on a new film that will start shooting in Los Angeles next month.

Right now the title and primary cast members are being kept under wraps, but you can expect an official announcement soon.

In the meantime check out the images, and let the guessing games begin!

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Death House Theatrical Release Delayed One Week Due to Black Panther Success

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If you were excited to see Death House this week, you’re going to have to pump your brakes as the film’s theatrical release has been postponed one week due to the success of Disney/Marvel’s Black Panther.

Eric Pakrinson, C.E.O. of Hannover House, who is distributing Death House in theaters, states, “Obviously, we are very disappointed to find such pressure from the exhibitors to hold-over multiple screens for ‘Black Panther’ but we are happy for the success that this film is providing to theatre owners, and we know that the slight delay we are implementing for ‘Death House’ will ultimately pay big dividends for the film.”

The plan is to now launch Death House on Friday, March 2nd, with a special media event and public opening at the Regency Plant 16 in Van Nuys, California, where 20 cast members, along with additional crew, will be present. From there, the film will spread to other markets on March 9th and March 16th. If performances are strong, additional markets will be added following those dates.

This shift in release also pushes back the home video and digital release dates to July, although no official date has been locked.

Director Harrison Smith recorded a video asking the horror community to turn out in droves when the film hits their market. You can see it below.

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