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Event Report: The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2017

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Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is back this year with maritime vengeance, and we were there this past Thursday, September 28th to soak it all in. Read on to see what lurks in the bowels of the eighty-one-year old ship which houses this long-running SoCal fright fest.

Taking place on the dock and aboard the 1,000-foot-plus, three-stack, Art Deco steamer RMS Queen Mary in Long Beach, CA, the 2017 rendition of Dark Harbor offers up seven fright mazes, which include the new “Feast” attraction, all delivered within an engagingly fun, carnival-like atmosphere.

With four mazes located inside the vessel, we first ventured into “Soulmate,” which showcases the original character of “Graceful Gale,” a 1930’s glamor girl intent on assembling the perfect man via guest’s body parts (unlike Halloween Horror Nights, Dark Harbor doesn’t license outside intellectual properties, instead relying on the imaginations of their own creative directors, and in their case, to good effect). It, as do the other mazes aboard, take full advantage of the labyrinthine nature of the Queen Mary below deck. And also like the other mazes aboard the ship, it’s long. Prepare yourself for many twists and turns.

The mazes “B340” and “Lullaby” were up next. Also aboard ship, the journey into “Samuel the Savage’s” psyche in the former seems relatively unchanged from 2016, while the latter’s descent into the world of “Scary Mary” seems intensified this year somewhat. The supernatural child’s looking for guests to play with her in hell. Will you join her? The production design is on point here, as are the scare actors, committing entirely to their roles (this continues to be a strong point of the attraction overall).

The new maze aboard ship for 2017 is the previously mentioned “Feast,” and if cannibals are your cup of tea, you’ll be more than satisfied by what the “Chef” is preparing in the galley (it’s basically you). Taking cues from some of the boutique haunts in the SoCal region we’ve experienced, Dark Harbor employs here a section within the maze that forces guests to craw (in this case, through a faux oven), so be prepared.

Following and on the dock, we trekked through the maze “Intrepid,” which focuses on the DH character of “The Iron Master.” Some original character makeups lay within (undead victims covered in molten iron), and while we found it enjoyable, the maze itself seemed again overly long and with a narrative we couldn’t quite decipher. “Deadrise” was next, with the returning fan favorite DH character of “The Captain” returning for some undead aquatic fun. This maze possesses some creepily engaging laser and fog effects, and at times is entirely and enjoyably disorienting.

On the heels of this encounter, we worked our way through the attraction’s last maze “Circus,” which features carnival performers seemingly straight out of Tod Browning’s classic film Freaks and which features a hidden bar/lounge area. To access, simply query Zoltar, “What lays in my future?” From there a hidden door will open which provides entry (and make sure to check out the 1970’s era video game console inside, which will allow you to spy on guests entering the attraction, as well as to trigger scares at your discretion). It’s a fun maze, although the disappearance of last year’s interactive “Sparky the Skeleton” character was indeed noticeable, and we’re hoping he’s brought back for the 2018 run.

With several bars and food stations (beware though: they aren’t cheap), dozens of roving magicians and monsters, aerialists and performers in addition to the mazes, Dark Harbor is evocative of a traveling carnival on steroids, and that’s just one more reason, in addition to the amazingly affordable ticket prices (under $40.00 for General Admission) you should visit.

The annual haunt opens its gates on September 28 and continues to scare those who dare on select nights through November 1. General admission ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, Creepy Cabanas and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

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Exclusive Clip: Primal Rage – Bigfoot Causes Chaos!

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Ever been driving in the woods and see or hear something that you cannot explain? Something so shocking that it makes your skin crawl off of your spine? Yeah, those moments, that usually chalked up to something completely innocuous, can be mucho unsettling. Such is the case with our bloody exclusive clip from the latest sliver of Sasquatchploitation, Primal Rage, which illustrates what can happen when you play with your food.

Directed by Patrick Magee, who co-wrote the film with Jay Lee, Primal Rage stars Andrew Joseph Montgomery, Casey Gagliardi, Eloy Casados, Justin Rain and Marshal Hilton. You can also catch this one of the big screen as on February 27th, Fathom (tickets here) will be hosting a one-night theater event for Primal Rage.

Enough talk! Get your Squatch on!

Synopsis:
Lost deep in the forest of the Pacific Northwest, Ashley and Max Carr are stalked by a terrifying creature that might be Bigfoot. Soon they find themselves embroiled in a strange land of Native American myth and legend turned real. Hopelessly trying to survive, with a handful of unsavory locals, they must fight back against this monster in a desperate battle of life or death.

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The Strangers: Prey at Night Set Visit Part 2: Screams and Flames

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[SPOILERS] As mentioned in our earlier set visit story, The Strangers: Prey at Night maintains the same feeling of isolation as the original. Even though a full-fledged production was going on in Gatlin Lake Getaway, it is hard to shake that feeling of being totally alone once wandering away from the set lighting. The dark surround woods start to close in and threaten to swallow any who stray too close to the tree line. Then the silence is broken as a beat-up 1972 Ford Ranger’s engine revs and a scream slices through the night.

Back on the lit street, the familiar looking truck has collided head-on with the side Wagner County Sheriff’s SUV. At the driver’s seat of the Ford is a man sporting a white cloth bag as a mask. The Bagman has returned. His appearance has not changed. The empty sockets of the mask still glare ominously and the painted smile poorly hides the stranger’s murderous intent.

An air of frustration surrounds the Bagman as he attempts to free the truck from the SUV. In vain, the Ford revs and struggles to no avail. Bad news for him, but good news for whomever the Bagman was pursuing. The law enforcement vehicle, with its lights flashing, had been driven by a young woman decked out in a black Ramones t-shirt and blood-splattered jeans. Her hair is jet black. The woman’s skin is streaked with dark blood and open slash wounds. The dark punk eye makeup is running, but the wearer is not.

It is obvious that this woman has been through a lot as she limps from the wreck. The context of her current state is not clear, but the shrieking that emanates from her as she produces a lighter and throws it to the ground under the collided vehicles speaks volumes. It can only be assumed that she has been chased, slashed, and emotionally beaten for hours. The scream is packed with emotions from fear to outright spite and rage. It is so powerful, in fact, that the crew members uttered stunned laudations.

As the gasoline ignites, the flames climb and spread of the mangled metal of the two collided vehicles. The Ford’s engine still violently revs as the Bagman emotionlessly tries to break free. The young woman is slowly backing away, unaware of the chain reaction occurring. The darkness of 1 AM is broken by two giant fireballs that erupt, engulfing the metal mayhem in the middle of the street. The surroundings fall silent, cut is called and the crew erupts in exclamations at the awesome spectacle.

This powerful moment was brought to us by Bailee Madison (Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark).

The Strangers: Prey at Night was now on its twenty-second day of shooting and only eight more days remained. The cast and crew are well accustomed to their routines and the late night shoots have become second nature. When asked if the constant schedule of night shoots had been difficult, Madison elicited some of the virtues that the darkness has to offer, “There’s something very vulnerable about night shoots. You are emotionally in a different place when you’re awake and rested in the daytime. I think for something traumatic like this, you need to be able to access different emotions; at night you’re a lot more capable.”

At this point in production, Bailee’s character has seen a lot of action. A heavy amount of blood adorns the actor’s arms and a thick clotting mass of the red stuff covers most of her forehead. Keeping track of that damage for continuity from day to day looks like a grueling task, and makeup department head Jodi Byrne dropped some details about the process, “We have continuity photos and we take pictures of Bailee constantly throughout the day … We have to determine which takes are actually going to be used in the film and we move from that point.”

Synopsis:
A family’s road trip takes a dangerous turn when they arrive at a secluded mobile home park to stay with some relatives and find it mysteriously deserted. Under the cover of darkness, three masked psychopaths pay them a visit to test the family’s every limit as they struggle to survive..

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Breaking: Jurassic World 3 Stomps Into Theaters June 2021!

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J.A. Bayona’s Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom doesn’t hit theaters until this June, but still, here comes our first word on Jurassic World 3!

Yes, Deadline just announced that the third entry in the massively successful Jurassic World series is going to be roaring into theaters come June 11, 2012.

Not only that, but the film has already snagged a screenwriter in the form of Pacific Rim Uprising co-writer Emily Carmichael, who will co-write along with Colin Trevorrow.

The third entry’s script will be based off a story by Trevorrow and Derek Connolly, who wrote the first two Jurassic World films together; and Steven Spielberg and Trevorrow will return to executive produce, along with producers Frank Marshall and Pat Crowley.

“It’s important to this franchise that we welcome new creative voices to keep our storytelling fresh and alive,” said Trevorrow in a statement. “I’m thrilled with the tension and beauty J.A. has brought to Fallen Kingdom, and I know Emily will add another layer of emotion to the concluding chapter of our trilogy.”

There have been no casting confirmations just yet, but we will let you know as soon as we hear anything further! Are you excited for Jurassic World 3? Let us know below!

Directed by J.A. Bayona (The Impossible), the epic action-adventure Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom is written by Jurassic World’s director, Trevorrow, and its co-writer, Derek Connolly. The film stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, James Cromwell, Ted Levine, Justice Smith, Geraldine Chaplin, Daniella Pineda, Toby Jones, Rafe Spall, and Isabella Sermon, while BD Wong and Jeff Goldblum reprise their roles from prior films.

Look for it in theaters on June 22, 2018.

Synopsis:
It’s been four years since theme park and luxury resort Jurassic World was destroyed by dinosaurs out of containment. Isla Nublar now sits abandoned by humans while the surviving dinosaurs fend for themselves in the jungles. When the island’s dormant volcano begins roaring to life, Owen (Chris Pratt) and Claire (Bryce Dallas Howard) mount a campaign to rescue the remaining dinosaurs from this extinction-level event. Owen is driven to find Blue, his lead raptor who’s still missing in the wild, and Claire has grown a respect for these creatures she now makes her mission.

Arriving on the unstable island as lava begins raining down, their expedition uncovers a conspiracy that could return our entire planet to a perilous order not seen since prehistoric times.

With all of the wonder, adventure, and thrills synonymous with one of the most popular and successful series in cinema history, this all-new motion-picture event sees the return of favorite characters and dinosaurs—along with new breeds more awe-inspiring and terrifying than ever before. Welcome to Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

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