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Halls of Horror – 2017 Review

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Location: 320 Delaware Ave, Palmerton, PA 18071

Web Page: http://www.hallsofhorror.net/

Halls of Horror Haunted Attraction’s Blood Experience once again stands out as by far the most genuinely disturbing experiences one can ever expect to enjoy. Each season, HOH defies expectations, stepping out of familiar comfort zones and challenging the concept of what a haunted attraction can and perhaps should be. From the moment one encounters the creepy clown-child in “claw machine”, to the last encounter with a pill-popping hillbilly queen, this is a haunt that is “extreme” at its core.

HOH never relies on the reputation of the prior year’s show and does not shy away from taking chances regarding character and story development. Each season’s show is a complete shock, and it is almost impossible to predict what is in store as one enters the dark dungeon of the Halls of Horror. HOH offers two experiences, a traditional “haunted house,” and the upgraded “Blood Experience,” that places each guest at the mercy of sick, twisted and almost inhumane characters that love bringing a sense of reality to one’s nightmares. HOH is not for those who are likely to be offended and is blunt that this is an adult, matured themed haunt, which blurs the thematic lines between “extreme” and “traditional” in design.

For any self-respecting horror fan or those who feel as though haunts are for teens, HOH will change your perception of reality. HOH lives up to and exceeds any hype, and does not make false promises for fantastic “future” shows. This year’s show is a unique chapter in the long-running history of the innovative Halls of Horror, adding a twisted sense of levity and humor to this journey through damnation.

HOH prides itself on not only raising the bar regarding creating a once-in-a-lifetime show but also does something most haunt’s claim is “impossible” by evolving each season. Despite several staple scenes and characters, each season HOH takes on an innovative approach to haunting, while still maintaining is core tenants rooted in mature horror. In previous seasons, HOH focused more on the physical aspect of fear, placing guests at the mercy of domineering scare actors aimed at tormenting each guest, while this season took on a slightly more visceral, thought-provoking and disturbing approach to the show. Psychological fear is perhaps more mentally jarring than physicality, but the bottom line is each season HOH finds new ways to torment yet entertain each guest.

At its core, HOH is a classical walk-through haunted attraction, a roughly half hour journey through a cavernous dungeon featuring many themes one would expect to see. Traditional scare tactics including use of fog, lighting effects and jump scares are juxtaposed with a dark, sinister vision of fear. HOH is designed to break down personal barriers, and each actor understands how powerful their role is in creating genuine personal reactions. While visiting HOH, you will have to “play” with a clown’s “balls,” get a “shave” from a perverted barber, be forced to touch a dead “rat”, gleefully locked in cages to “milk the pig (a hulking scare actor),” and enter the layer of the quite possibly the greatest creation in recent haunt character history, “Uncle Touchy.”

“Uncle Touchy” is the definition, the mascot of this year’s show which focused more on the psychological aspect of fear. After a visit with “Uncle Touchy,” you will feel sick to your stomach yet amused, often questioning perhaps your vision of morality. This type of creepy, dark fear generated by HOH is what makes this a compelling haunted attraction. No other haunt is as interactive, yet psychologically deep as HOH.  Like any horror anthology, HOH will continue to take on a fresh novel approach each season, but will always focus on providing entertainment that is designed to trigger genuine emotional response.

Uncle Touchy

HOH is a mind fuck of epic proportions, designed from the start to control emotions, from laughter to fear, a sense of paranoia and at apprehension permeates the walls of this dungeon. Each scene aims to target a different phobia and challenges one to step outside of their comfort levels. It is impossible to avoid the immersive experience presented by HOH, as each small group is the centerpiece of the show. Safety is paramount, but one cannot hide from the insanity created around every single corner. HOH is quickly gaining notoriety as an attraction unlike any other and is truly one of the few haunted attractions that will leave you in complete, utter shock each season. Do not miss this year’s show, try the “Blood Experience” and prepare to see the sickest, darkest yet entertaining horror fantasies become a reality. HOH continues to innovate and drive the industry forward into an immersive, yet traditional direction. “Extreme” is the selling point, a philosophy of scaring proudly celebrated at the infamous Halls of Horror.

Halls of Horror’s Blood Experience (HOH) is the extreme innovator of immersive horror entertainment, defying the naysayers who claim that the idea of a “horror movie” come to life cannot be achieved in a haunted attraction. Every single season, the madness of HOH descends upon the quiet town of Palmerton, PA, creating a new show that embraces its mature, adult-themed foundation.

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Troy Baker and Emily O’Brien Confirmed For Death Stranding

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While there’s still no release date for Hideo Kojima’s mysterious Death Stranding, there have been regular(-ish) updates for the sci-fi/horror game. These little tidbits act not only as seeds of information but also as additions to the overall mystery surrounding the game, which is basically what gets Kojima’s all hot and bothered.

Last night, actress Emily O’Brien posted a photo on her Instagram where she revealed that she has been working on Death Stranding alongside Norman Reedus and another actor who is renowned in the gaming community: Troy Baker. No description of either of their characters’ roles were revealed in the description, which leads to the “mystery” part of the story. With Reedus already being shown as the main character, Mads Mikkelsen as the villain, and Guillermo del Toro having a role of unknown size, I’m curious where Baker and O’Brien fit into the story. With side characters having just as much importance as mains in many games these days, you never know what kind of impact these actors will have on the greater story.

Baker is known for playing Joel in The Last of Us as well as Samuel Drake in Uncharted 4, Booker DeWitt in Bioshock: Infinite, and Bruce Wayne in Batman: The Telltale Series, as well as a great deal more. O’Brien has offered her voice in titles such as League of Legends, Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series, and Paranormal Activity: The Lost Soul, as well as acted in film and TV.

Below is a fascinating dive into Death Stranding from my pal RagnarRox.

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Toy Fair 2018: Storm Collectibles Proudly Display their Mortal Kombat Figures

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One of the goriest franchises in the history of gaming will soon be playable in a different way, because Storm Collectibles have revealed a ton of new Mortal Kombat action figures at Toy Fair.

Fans of the ultraviolent fighting franchise might want to start fighting back their nerd boners, because Storm’s new figure line includes some of the most popular characters from the series, including Ermac, Shao Kahn, Rain, Smoke, Reptile, and Goro, although I was personally a little let down to see that the smooth movie star Johnny Cage appears to be absent.

Toy Ark posted a series of photos of the highly-detailed figures from the event, and we can probably expect them to arrive in stores soon. Since the release of the first game all the way back in 1992, the Mortal Kombat franchise has sold a combined total of 35 million copies in addition to generation over $5 billion in revenue, so these toys will keep the ravenous fanbase happy until the inevitable announcement of Mortal Kombat XI.

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#Brainwaves Episode 78: Legendary Film Composer Harry Manfredini – LISTEN NOW!

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The Friday the 13th franchise without the music of Harry Manfredini would be like peanut butter without jelly. McDonalds without the Big Mac. Knetter without Creepy. His music defined a generation of horror fans, and few could have done it better, if at all.

Now Manfredini brings his equally as unique voice to Brainwaves Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio. Listen to our episode with Harry NOW!

It’s radio without a safety net, kids. It’s Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio.

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Spooky, funny, touching, honest, offensive, and at times completely random, Brainwaves airs live every Wednesday evening beginning at 8:00 PM Pacific Time (11:00 midnight Eastern Time) and runs about 3 hours per episode.

Knetter and Creepy will be taking your calls LIVE and unscreened via Skype, so let your freak flags fly! Feel free to add BrainWavesTalk to your Skype account so you can reach us, or call in from a landline or cellphone – 858 480 7789. The duo also take questions via Twitter; you can reach us at @BrainwavesRadio or @UncleCreepy, @JoeKnetter, or @MrDarkDC using the hashtag #BrainWaves. You can also check us out on our Brainwaves Discord channel!

Have a ghost story or a paranormal story but can’t call in? Feel free to email it to me directly at UncleCreepy@dreadcentral.com with “Brainwaves Story” in your subject line. You can now become a fan of the show via the official… BRAINWAVES FACEBOOK PAGE!

Brainwaves: Horror and Paranormal Talk Radio is hosted live (with shows to be archived as they progress) right here on Dread Central. You can tune in and listen via the FREE TuneIn Radio app or listen to TuneIn right through the website!

For more information and to listen live independent of TuneIn, visit the Deep Talk Radio Network website, “like” Deep Talk Radio on Facebook, and follow Deep Talk Radio on Twitter. And don’t forget to subscribe to Brainwaves on iTunes.

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