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#SDCC16: FXhibition Has the Scariest Thing at Comic-Con: American Horror Story’s VR Experience

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Let me admit upfront that I tend to be a bit claustrophobic… and one of my biggest fears is being locked up in the loony bin… so sitting down to check out the “American Horror Story” Fearless VR Experience at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con filled me with excitement but also a lot of apprehension.

The setup was impressive; we entered a domed room with a half-dozen or so loungers and put on a goggles/headphones combo that was definitely on the higher tech side of things than what we typically see at these types of demonstrations.  Our “guide” was reassuring, but even so, as we laughed about how often people scream (one person so far had pulled off the headphones and run out of the room), things started to get real, and my heart began pounding.

As I sort of half-reclined in the lounger, he covered my body with a light paper “sheet”: just part of the experience, he said, and then BAM! It began.  And I was in the place I had been dreading the most, “American Horror Story: Asylum.”  And I had definitely seen better days. Things went from bad to worse for my VR self in a hurry, as I was terrified by a creepy nun, whipped around on a gurney, locked up, burned by a “Coven,” tormented by a clown (yep, “Freak Show” makes an appearance), and even rolled down a “Hotel” hallway…

And that’s just the part I actually saw because truth be told, my eyes were closed a good quarter of the time.  I was literally on the verge of panicking a few times, especially in the very beginning before getting my bearings.  Five minutes may not seem very long, but when you’re that immersed with so much to see and absorb, well, it feels a helluva lot longer than you’d think. This hardened horror fan was anything but “Fearless.”  More like “Scared Shitless.”

In an effort not to spoil the experience for those who are planning to go through it this weekend, I won’t divulge more details, but I will say that if you are at the SDCC and are at all a horror fan, you owe it to yourself to check out the riveting – and terrifying – “American Horror Story” Fearless VR Experience.  The full description follows along with some photos of the entire FXhibition area.  Don’t miss it!

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About the “American Horror Story” Fearless VR Experience:
For attendees who love a thrill, “American Horror Story” has curated a virtual reality experience unlike any other that takes participants on a unique journey through terrifying encounters inspired by the hair-raising series. The AHS Fearless VR Experience is an opportunity for “American Horror Story” fans to become a part of their favorite show and test the boundaries of their own fear.  A lot of the times are full, but you can register for standby tickets at AHSReservations.com.

FXhibition also offers Comic-Con revelers iconic photo opportunities with some of the network’s most beloved series. Art installations include:

  • “The Strain” has erected a 25-foot “infected” Lady Liberty statue.
  • “Sex&Drugs&Rock&Roll’s” turbulent rock culture is illustrated through a dramatic larger-than-life installation, featuring a smashed guitar with broken pieces several feet in size for a life-size exhibit.
  • On display in the FX Sculpture Garden, fans can take advantage of social media worthy photo opportunities with iconic characters sculpted as busts including “The Strain’s” Quinlan, the White Nun from “American Horror Story: Asylum,” “Archer’s” Pam Poovey, “Man Seeking Woman’s” Troll, Clown from “Baskets,” and “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’s” Frank Reynolds as the “troll” character from The Nightman Cometh.

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Freddy’s Greatest Hits Vinyl Re-issue Is a Must-Own

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Strange Disc Records has just announced that it will be releasing “Freddy’s Greatest Hits – The Elm Street Group” on vinyl starting this Wednesday with pre-orders expected to ship in January 2018.

Not only that but Mondo announced they will be releasing an exclusive variant pressed on “Freddy Sweater” striped vinyl. This LP from Mondo is limited to 400 and will cost you $25.

For those who might not know, “Freddy’s Greatest Hits” was originally released in 1987. The record contains nine tracks (covers, originals, and instrumentals) with Robert Englund doing the voice of Freddy over the top.

I don’t know about you but this has just made my list of must-own items. But I’d prefer an original copy. That said an original copy is probably hundreds of buck on eBay as opposed to this version for a mere $25 bucks. Not bad.

You can check out the full track listing and a sample song below. Then make sure to hit us up and let us know if you’ll be snagging a copy in the comments below!

Track Listing

1. “Do The Freddy”
Freddy and the Dreamers cover, as well as a parody.
The lyrics were changed to fit Freddy Krueger persona and elements

2. “Obsession”
original song

3. “Wooly Bully”
Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs cover.
Freddy (Robert Englund) provides the opening lyrics.

4. “Don’t Sleep”
original song

5. “In The Midnight Hour”
Wilson Pickett cover

6. “All I Have To Do Is Dream”
Everly Brothers cover

7. “Dance or Else”
original song

8. “Down in the Broiler Room”
original song

9. “Elm Street Dreams”
original song

Pre-orders begin Wednesday, November 22.

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That is One Gigantic Steampunk Squid…

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Perhaps one of the greatest sci-fi adventures novels ever written, Jules Verne’s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea was a landmark book, one that was decades ahead of its time. The story follows the crew of the Nautilus, a submarine commanded by Captain Nemo, as they venture in search of a giant sea monster. It was the basis for several film adaptations and the character of Captain Nemo played a pivotal role in the graphic novel series The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.

So why am I bringing this up, you ask? Because Tor Books is releasing Nemo Rising, a sequel, this Christmas! Written by C. Courtney Joyner, the story once again follows Nemo, although this book sees him a prisoner that must be pardoned by President Ulysses S. Grant in order to face an onslaught of more sea monsters.

Normally, I wouldn’t bother you all with this, but I happen to have a soft spot in my heart for 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea and the cover art for the book is fucking epic! I’ve always been a fan of cephalopods, and I’ve found the steampunk aesthetic to be pretty fascinating. Combine them both along with giant monsters, and you damn well better believe that I’m 100% into it! Plus, it’s wrapped itself around the Nautilus, which is already a giant vessel, so now I’m wondering just how large these mechanical monstrosities are…

Nemo Rising will be released on hardcover from Tor Books on December 26, 2017.

Synopsis:
Sea monsters are sinking ships up and down the Atlantic Coast. Enraged that his Navy is helpless against this onslaught and facing a possible World War as a result, President Ulysses S. Grant is forced to ask for assistance from the notorious Captain Nemo, in Federal prison for war crimes and scheduled for execution.

Grant returns Nemo’s submarine, the infamous Victorian Steampunk marvel Nautilus, and promises a full Presidential pardon if Nemo hunts down and destroys the source of the attacks. Accompanied by the beautiful niece of Grant’s chief advisor, Nemo sets off under the sea in search of answers. Unfortunately, the enemy may be closer than they realize…

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Filming On Blumhouse’s Halloween Pushed to January

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Looks like filming on Blumhouse’s upcoming sequel to John Carpenter’s Halloween from Danny McBride and David Gordon Green has been pushed back a few months.

Not a huge deal, though. Only till January.

Filming on Halloween (2018) was supposed to begin this October (natch) but now it seems the film still has some cast to fill out.

The news comes to us via a South Carolina casting agency, The Island Packet, who are still seeking extras for the new film. In fact, if you are from the South Carolina area, you can be an extra in the film. Just click the link above for more details.

I wish I lived in or around South Carolina because being in this new Halloween would be a f*cking dream come true. If you’re in the area, get on it. You owe it to the rest of us! Haha?

How excited would you be to be an extra in this new Halloween? Let us know below!

Blumhouse’s Halloween is directed by David Gordon Green from a script he co-wrote with Danny McBride. The film stars Jamie Lee Curtis and Judy Greer and is executive produced and scored by John Carpenter.

Halloween (2018) hits theaters Oct. 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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