L.A. 2017's Hottest Home Haunt: Murder House Production’s Trick 'r Treat - Dread Central
Connect with us


L.A. 2017’s Hottest Home Haunt: Murder House Production’s Trick ‘r Treat



Ten years after its release, fans of Michael Dougherty’s seminal feature Trick ‘r Treat may think the film’s universe still resides in the fictional town of Warren Valley, Ohio, but as we evidenced this past Friday night, they’d be dead wrong. Courtesy of Aurora Persichetti, Samhain’s world has indeed moved to Thousand Oaks, CA with her Murder House Production’s home haunt Trick ‘r Treat, and it’s the hottest ticket in town.

“The first haunt I ever did was when I was in middle school,” twenty-year old Persichetti told us Friday night, as she greeted excited guests just outside her pitch perfect realization. “It was after I had gone to a local haunt called Reign of Terror for the first time. After going through I knew that I had just discovered something that intrigued me. My first haunt that I opened to the public through MHP was last year when we did Evil Dead.”

Aurora Persichetti

Persichetti, who also works as a scare actor in year round The Walking Dead attraction at Universal Studios Hollywood, continued, “I’ve always been a huge fan of the Trick ‘r Treat. I love the nostalgic Halloween tone it has as well as the characters and environments. When we realized that this year is Trick ‘r Treat’s ten year anniversary, we made the decision to go ahead and start on the project.”

Querying her in regards to the creation of the haunt, which consists of a jaw-dropping front yard tableau (complete with a live action Sam who gave out hugs when not menacing vistors) and a maze within whose design and execution put every 2017 corporate haunt we’ve visited to shame (it’s that good), Persichetti told us with humility, “My team, not including the incredible actors, consists of myself and my best friend and partner in crime Kyle. We began concept and design in July and have been working non-stop every day since then. I constructed everything you see inside the maze with the help of Kyle. The structure, costumes, static figures, set pieces, lighting were all done by me alone, through trial and error and a whole lot of research. Kyle is the brain behind the trigger scares and audio.”

“Throughout the maze you encounter multiple Sam characters,” she continued. “Classic Sam outside with the burlap mask, sheet ghost Sam and Sam unmasked in the finale scene. All our Sam’s are played by children… which is the beauty of being a home haunt, because we don’t have to abide by the 18 and over rule.”

We asked Persichetti if Trick ‘r Treat filmmaker Dougherty himself has visited her creation, to which she replied, “He has not come through. If he were to I think I’d embarrass myself by fan-girling too hard.” (Writer’s note: Mike, plan a visit if you may. I predict you’ll squeal in delight as did each and every guest we witnessed).

As for her future home haunt plans, she concluded, “We absolutely have some ideas for the 2018 haunt season. We’re always looking to expand and make our haunt bigger and scarier. So that’s exactly what you’re going to get.”

Given the insane level of talent displayed by Persichetti with her Trick ‘r Treat home haunt, we wouldn’t be surprised if Halloween Horror Night’s Creative Director John Murdy were to pass her in the future his torch. Her talent is undeniable.

Murder House Production’s Trick r’ Treat has one night remaining, on Halloween, 10/31/17 from 8pm to 11pm at 2240 Ranch View Place, Thousand Oaks, CA. For more, ‘like’ them on Facebook here and follow them on Instagram at @mhphaunt.

Get this site 100% Ad Free Support Us on Patreon!
Continue Reading


Jordan Peele Is Open to the Idea of Get Out Sequel



Recently we shared the baffling news that this year, the Golden Globes were considering writer-director Jordan Peele’s psychological horror-thriller Get Out a comedy.

Hurm. While that bit of news still doesn’t make a bit of sense to me, today we have an update on Jordan Peele’s possible sequel Get Out 2. Which is always welcome.

Deadline was recently speaking with the filmmaker and Peele told them that although he still hasn’t cracked the sequel, if he comes up with a fresh spin he would have no problem revisiting the first film.

“I haven’t decided anything yet,” Peele told the site. “I am allowing the creative part to bubble up, and not force it. I know if a follow-up is meant to happen, it will. I’m open to figuring out what it is. But I also don’t want to let down the original and its fans. I simply would not do something like that for the cash.”

Good to hear!

I don’t know about you, but if Jordan Peele does decide to revisit the world of Get Out again in the future, I will be there. After reading these comments, I have faith the man will not return unless the story deserves it. Money be damned!

Unless… the sequel is called Sell Out… Ooohh. Snap. All jokes aside, in this world of sequels and remakes, it feels pretty damn good to hear a filmmaker talk this way.

What do you think of a Get Out sequel? Do you think the first film needs a continuation? Make sure to hit us up and let us know in the comments below or on social media!

You can buy Get Out on Blu-ray HERE.


Now that Chris (Daniel Kaluuya) and his girlfriend, Rose (Allison Williams), have reached the meet-the-parents milestone of dating, she invites him for a weekend getaway upstate with Missy and Dean. At first, Chris reads the family’s overly accommodating behavior as nervous attempts to deal with their daughter’s interracial relationship, but as the weekend progresses, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he never could have imagined.

Get this site 100% Ad Free Support Us on Patreon!
Continue Reading


Joe Dante’s Matinee Starring John Goodman Blu-ray Special Features Announced!



One of my favorite childhood movies was director Joe Dante’s Matinee starring John Goodman. I watched the flick all the time and still make sure to give it a peep as often as I can. In fact, I just rewatched the movie last month. Still holds up too!

As I’ve grown up and watched more horror movies, I have come to call this film “Popcorn for the whole family.” And visa versa, have labeled Popcorn as“Matinee for the 80’s slasher crowd.” Both of these statements as completely apt by the way.

It is with this love of the film in mind that I wanted to make sure to pass along the news that Shout! Factory is planning to release Matinee on Collector’s Edition Blu-ray January 9th, 2018. And it is a beauty.

You can check out the full list of special features below along with the Collector’s Edition cover art. Then make sure to let us know what you think of Matinee below!

Matinee hits Collector’s Edition Blu-ray via Shout! Factory January 9th, 2018!



John Goodman is at his uproarious best as the William Castle-inspired movie promoter Lawrence Woolsey, who brings his unique brand of flashy showmanship to the unsuspecting residents of Key West, Florida.

It’s 1962, and fifteen-year-old fan Gene Loomis (Simone Fenton) can’t wait for the arrival of Woolsey, who is in town to promote his latest offering of atomic power gone berserk, Mant! But the absurd vision of Woolsey’s tale takes on a sudden urgency as the Cuban Missile Crises places the real threat of atomic horror just 90 miles off the coast. With the help of Woolsey’s leading lady, Ruth (Cathy Moriarty), the master showman gives Key West a premiere they’ll never forget. Anything can happen in the movies, and everything does in this hilarious tribute to a more innocent (and outrageous) time in American cinema.

Bonus Features:

NEW Master Of The Matinee – An Interview With Director Joe Dante

NEW The Leading Lady – An Interview with Cathy Moriarty

NEW MANTastic! The Making Of A Mant

NEW Out Of The Bunker – An Interview With Actress Lisa Jakub

NEW Making A Monster Theatre – An Interview With Production Designer Steven Legler

NEW The Monster Mix – An Interview With Editor Marshall Harvey

NEW Lights! Camera! Reunion! – An Interview With Director Of Photography John Hora

Paranoia In Ant Vision – Joe Dante Discusses The Making Of The Film

MANT! – The Full-Length Version Of The Film With Introduction By Joe Dante

Vintage Making-Of Featurette

Behind The Scenes Footage Courtesy Of Joe Dante

Deleted And Extended Scenes Sourced From Joe Dante’s Workprint

Still Galleries

Theatrical Trailer

Get this site 100% Ad Free Support Us on Patreon!
Continue Reading


Exclusive: P.J. Starks Talks Volumes of Blood 3



One of our favorite low-budget horror anthologies here at Dread Central is producer P.J. Stark’s Volumes of Blood (review). If you haven’t seen the film, get on it asap.

The film’s sequel Volumes of Blood: Horror Stories (review) was also good horror times, and we would recommend that flick as much as – if not more – than the original.

It is with this in mind, all of us here at Dread Central are counting down the days until the release of the third (and final?) entry in the series, which is currently going by the killer title Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3.

While the new film is still in the scripting stages, we had a chance to speak with creator and producer P.J. Starks this weekend, and he dropped all types of new info on the film, including how many stories the new film will present, and what we can expect.

Mainly that Devil’s Knight: Volumes of Blood 3 may very well be the final chapter in the series, but a host of spin-offs are still very much a possibility.

You can read our quick interview with Starks below and then make sure to let us know what you think of the Volumes of Blood series in the comments below!

Dread Central: What can we expect from the third entry?

P.J. Starks: Eric and I want the third film to be everything fans of the first two films appreciate and more. The set pieces are larger, the stories are even stronger than in the previous two installments and the body count is probably the largest I know for any independent production. We wanted to really go out with a bang and I feel the script we’ve collaborated on will make good on that.

DC: How many stories will be included in this installment?

Starks: We’re going back to the basics with five stories. We’ve tossed around the idea of doing a sixth possible story, but nothing is set in stone. We don’t want to bog down audiences with too much. There’s a progressive story unfolding over two films already, so we’re being careful not to convolute things. We’re working hard to bring, what I’ve been calling the “Volumes of Blood Anthrillogy” to a smart and entertaining finale.

DC: Is it actually the final chapter?

Starks: Never say never. Right? We do have potential spin-offs planned. As for this being the nail in the coffin of an ongoing story arch, absolutely. I think that’s what separates our series from so many other anthologies. It’s not just a series of random shorts plucked off YouTube with some loose connective tissue. It’s a fun ride, but you still have to pay attention to details and follow the larger narrative developing. Wrap around segments tend to be throw away material, but that was never the intention on VOB.

Nice! Again we are all looking forward to the third entry in the VOB series and any spin-offs that may occur. The possibilities are f*cking endless. Bring ’em on!

Until we have further info on just when Devil’s Night: Volumes of Blood 3 will hit, you can always buy the first two Volumes of Blood flicks on Blu-ray HERE and HERE.

Thanks for chatting with us, P.J.!

Get this site 100% Ad Free Support Us on Patreon!
Continue Reading

Go Ad Free!

Support Dread Central on Patreon!

Join the Box of Dread Mailing List

* indicates required

From Around the Web