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Cedar Point to Kick Off HalloWeekends This Saturday



Sandusky, Ohio’s Cedar Point will be launching HalloWeekends this Saturday, the theme park’s annual horror-themed redesign. The park goes through a complete change for seven weekends that sees more than 20 new features come out to trick or treat with all park attendees! Six haunted mazes, six outdoor fright zones, a spectacular parade, and Halloween-themed experiences, shows, and rides are all waiting to be explored.

The Great Pumpkin Fest
HalloWeekends isn’t all scary. Every Saturday and Sunday, special activities and attractions are available just for young kids and families from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Several new surprises are here, including:

• Hexed Spellbound – The witches inside the Hexed haunted maze have toned down their spells so the young ones can experience this mesmerizing space without all the scares.

• Camp Spooky – In addition to the rides that parents and children can experience together, this special section of the park is one of three massive kids’ areas, and it’s decorated just for HalloWeekends.

• The Magical House on Boo Hill – This year, new mystery surprises await children who enter this not-so-scary maze.

• Monster Under My Bed – The cast of this show explores the possibility of what could be lurking underneath the bed. It’s a fun adventure that’s geared just for kids.

• Spooky Snoopy Eye Spy – One of many activities available, kids can help Snoopy in his quest to find spooky-fun objects.

• Pigpen’s Corn Box – Thousands and thousands of corn kernels make up this sandbox-like play area for kids.

Other favorites at The Great Pumpkin Fest are back, like The Great Pumpkin Parade, Sally’s Craft Corner, Woodstock’s Crazy Cornstalks, Count Snooptacula’s Costume Contest & Show and more.

Haunt at HalloWeekends
When night falls, the park transforms into a haunted haven where Screamsters and other creatures roam freely to terrorize park guests, and these new attractions are ready for brave souls to explore:

• Deprivation – Guests can attempt to find their way out of this maze enveloped in total darkness. Inside, special features will test fears of claustrophobia, strange sounds, uncomfortable textures and unidentified creatures of the night.

• Fearground Freakshow – This new maze is a journey into the strange and bizarre world of the creatures that travel with the circus. While the big top is the star of the show, the real “performances” take place on its surrounding grounds.

• Harvest Fear – Guests can experience a bountiful harvest fair gone awry in FrontierTown. When Haunt takes over, the townsfolk will invite guests to stay and celebrate for an eternity.

• Midnight Syndicate Live – Horror music-makers Midnight Syndicate return to HalloWeekends in the Jack Aldrich Theatre to perform their macabre masterpieces live on stage. Along with their haunting music, a few surprises in the show will leave guests spooked and startled.

Rides Reincarnated
Several of the park’s rides are transformed for HalloWeekends, including:

• Ocean Potion (normally Ocean Motion) with special water effects surrounding the swinging boat.

• Cedar Creek Mystic Mine Ride (normally Cedar Creek Mine Ride) will take riders through a covered, mysterious shed just before they climb the first lift hill.

• Near the Magnum XL-200, Witches’ Wheel will feature a haunting soundtrack and unique lighting while just down the midway on The Friendly Monster (normally Monster), guests will see spooky eyes on each car and hear special music while riding.

Everything Pumpkin & Much More
Back again is the HalloWeekends Pumpkin Spectacular, a massive display of more than 1,000 carved pumpkins that light up along the Top Thrill Dragster Midway. New food shacks throughout the park will serve a variety of fall favorites, like pumpkin-flavored dessert treats at Pumpkin-palooza, delicious corn-on-the-cob at Amaize-ing Corn and custom-topped baked potatoes at Spooky Spuds.

Guests looking for even more unique dining options can enjoy Boeckling’s Banquet, a fine dining experience inside the Eerie Estate haunted maze. Or, the Night of the Living Fed all-you-can-eat meal gives guests a variety of food options at an affordable price as Screamsters roam and dine throughout the specially-decorated room.

There’s a monster amount of additional attractions, shows and experiences to see at HalloWeekends, taking over Cedar Point every Friday night, Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 15 through Oct. 29. Special overnight packages are available that include Early Entry and discounted park admission. To plan a visit and learn more about the event, guests can log onto halloweekends.com.

All images courtesy of Cedar Point




SXSW 2018: Jon Schnitzer Goes Into the World of Immersive Horror and How it Helps People



When it comes to the world of immersive horror and horror haunts, there is no one more experienced, knowledgable, or passionate than Jon Schnitzer. While many of you probably know him from Haunters: The Art of the Scare, he’s actually been a part of the horror world for much longer, digging deep into the world of interactive experiences and compiling all of his research to create his own little empire of knowledge and connections. Such passion has made him an esteemed member of the community and we were thrilled to be able to chat with him about how immersive horror is growing, where it’s going, how virtual reality advancements are adding to the experience, and what else is coming!

Schnitzer ran a panel at this year’s SXSW Convention, which tackled immersive horror and VR. The description read:
The horror genre has led the way in immersive experiences for over a century. From the dark rides of the 1920s, haunted houses of the 50s to the recent rise of visceral extreme haunts, interactive theater and VR experiences, learn how horror visionaries have been engaging audiences in cutting edge simulations by exploring how it all began, the controversies facing interactive horror artists today and what our experts believe will be the next wave of immersive entertainment.


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Mutant Doomsday Sheep Monster Movie Godmonster of Indian Flats Spawns 4K Blu-ray



The following are words I thought would NEVER be written: 4K restoration special edition Blu-ray of Godmonster of Indian Flats. And yet, so let it be written, so let it be done.

If you’re not familiar with the 1973 insanity that is Godmonster of Indian Flats, then you’re not familiar with one of the strangest motion pictures ever made boasting one of the flat-out goofiest movie monsters of all time.

A mutant sheep that gives new meaning to the phrase “lamb to the slaughter.” A mutant sheep that I’ve always jokingly described to people as being kind of like Mr. Snuffleupagus dying of mange. A mutant sheep that, much like the movie it’s appearing in, simply has to be seen to be believed.

All 89 minutes of filmmaker Frederic Hobbs acid trip mix of nature gone amok sci-fi horror, modern western action, social satire, and unhinged Biblical mumbo jumbo are guaranteed to leave you gobsmacked.

Gaseous vapors from an ancient mine cause the birth of a huge squealing embryo that is taken to the laboratory of a local mad doctor, where it grows into a monstrous 8-foot mutant sheep. Got that? An 8-foot mutant sheep!

Meanwhile, the racist mayor of a historic Wild West tourist town (Stuart Lancaster) attempts to thwart the efforts of a black man buying real estate by attempting to lynch him! Plans go awry, however, when the giant, wool-covered Lamb from Hell escapes from the doctor’s lab and starts waddling across the countryside. Spewing an orange phosphorous gas, the semi-prehistoric Godmonster of Indian Flats terrifies the population, blows up a gas station, and even “dances” with a deranged hippie chick until it’s lassoed by cowboys. The mayor then startles everyone by putting “the damaged mongoloid beast” on display as “The 8th Wonder of the World”!

Trust me when I tell you mere words do not do this one justice.

Trust me when I also tell you that I never would have imagined a world where this movie would get a Blu-ray release, let alone a 4K restoration.

But, and this is a momentous but, that’s exactly what will happen sometime this summer (release date TBA) when AFGA and Something Weird join forces to give this obscure cult gem more love than I suspect even the people involved could have ever imagined.

The Godmonster of Indian Flats Blu-ray will boast a 4K restoration of the film from the only surviving 35mm print. We’ll also be treated to rampaging monster trailers from the AFGA vaults and berserk short subjects from the Something Weird Video archives. The case will boast reversible cover art with illustration by Shana Cleveland. And just in case you don’t think you’re getting your money’s worth with the Godmonster alone, you’ll also get a second feature: A 2K restoration of the 1975 documentary The Legend of Bigfoot will be included on the Blu-ray.

If you’re still not sold or you’re not even familiar with this slice of cinematic insanity, then please enjoy the clip below. Feast your eyes on the Godmonster in all its rubbery glory!


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SXSW 2018: Director Jenn Wexler and Producer Ashleigh Snead Face The Ranger



If there’s one thing we’ll always need more of in horror, it’s good ol’ fashioned punk rock. Let’s rebel against the establishment! Let’s challenge the status quo! Let’s flip over tables, throw chairs through windows, and bow at the alter that is Linnea Quigley dancing atop a sarcophagus! Fuck normal, let’s get weird!

Rocking out of this year’s SXSW Convention was Jenn Wexler’s The Ranger, a film about a group of punks who go camping only to be confronted by the park’s titular ranger. From there, shit hits the fan and the blood begins to flow. But who better to tell us about the movie and what audiences can expect other than Wexler and her producing partner Ashleigh Snead? Watch our interview and then let us know in the comments who’s better, The Ramones or The Sex Pistols!

When Chelsea and her friends get in trouble with the cops, they flee the city and go on the run. Fueled by a hallucinogenic drug called Echo, they hope to lay low–and get high–in an old family hideout in the woods. But Chelsea’s got reservations about going back to nature and secrets she’s not sharing with her friends. When a shot rings out, her past comes crashing back, and the punks find themselves pitted against the local authority: an unhinged park ranger with an axe to grind.

The Ranger stars Chloe Levine, Granit Lahu, Jeremy Pope, and “Mr. Robot’s” Jeremy Holm as The Ranger.


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