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Dread Central Sets Sail Toward The Queen Mary's Dark HarborOne of the best things about this time of year is Halloween attractions. Whether it be Universal’s Hollywood Horror Nights or your favorite local haunt, it’s always a great time. The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is one of the best, and we have the scoop on their opening night!

Dark Harbor runs on select dates from now until November 2. For tickets and more visit the official Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor website, “like” The Queen Mary on Facebook and follow The Queen Mary on Twitter (@TheQueenMary).

From the Opening Night Press Release
On Thursday, October 3, The Queen Mary unleashed a myriad of frightening beasts, ghosts and circus freaks for the annual Dark Harbor event. The first night of the scare fest attracted thousands of attendees and set the tone for 16 additional Dark Harbor dates. As night fell, the interior and exterior of the ship bustled with spirit characters that included the elusive Scary Mary, the rotting Captain, and the newest member of the blood-curdling cast of spooks, The Ringmaster.

The Ringmaster captivated the crowds with wicked charm, weaving in and out of the deadliest show on earth. Dark Harbor’s centrally located pavilion featured ghastly creatures that haunted maze entrances and attractions. The outdoor stage hosted music by The Rhythm Coffin and beats courtesy of DJ Abel. Next to the stage the Rock-O-Plane Ferris wheel spun passengers into a frenzy, while the mechanical monster below dared guests to survive eight seconds of its deadly ride. The Dark Harbor zip line gave adventure lovers an opportunity to take their excitement to another level by experiencing the haunted carnival while flying through air. Grotesque creatures were brimming below the wire that provided a view of the Haunted Hookah Lounge, food and bar vendors and the looming Queen Mary ship. Opening night celebrity spotting included Jesse Heiman, Shar Jackson, and Barbra Alyn Woods—with her shrieking family in tow.

New to the lineup of mazes for 2013 was Circus. The Ringmaster summoned sideshow freaks to gather under a dome filled with twisting tunnels, unexpected circus scares, and an enveloping entrance. Mazes Deadrise and Hellfire lead guests through meandering hallways that funneled directly into the ship. Submerged filled the ocean liner with screams as people experienced the legends and lore of the grand vessel first hand, most notably in the pool room that reminded guests how Scary Mary came to her end. The new Freak Show spectacles provided another layer of disturbingly wonderful fright, where Headless Hannah, the Human Crab, and more shocking freaks were held captive behind their pyrotechnic gates. Dark Harbor celebrates the haunted history of The Queen Mary and provides an authentic atmosphere perfect for unnerving willing thrill seekers.

Dark Harbor is open this weekend, October 12-13, and then October 17-20, October 24-27, and October 31-November 2 from 7 p.m. to midnight. Tickets start at just $20.

Special events include:
October 12: The Rhythm Coffin / DJ Dennis Owens
October 13: Gay Night / Drag show hosted by Jewels Long Beach
October 17: Pixi Kill / DJ Dennis Owens
October 18: Fart Barf / DJ Dennis Owens
October 19: 99.1 KGGI Night
October 20: Move / DJ Dennis Owens
October 24: DJ Dennis Owens
October 25: Slant / DJ Abel
October 27: The Black Latern / DJ Abel
October 31: Costume Contest / Drag Show / Trick or Treating / DJ Manny Lehman
November 1: Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos with DJ Abel / Costumes encouraged

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Opening Night

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Opening Night

Queen Mary Dark Harbor Opening Night

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George A. Romero’s Daughter, Tina, Wrote a Script For Queens of the Dead

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The loss last year of director George A. Romero was a huge blow to the horror community, as well as the filmmaking community at large. The passing of the man responsible for creating the modern day zombie and whose work influenced “The Walking Dead”, Dead Alive, 28 Days Later, and Jordan Peele’s Get Out was felt far and wide but we take solace knowing that his work and legacy will live on forever.

Something that brings a smile to my face is hearing that his daughter, Tina, who DJ’s under the name DJ TRx, has written a screenplay for a zombie film that is called Queens of the Dead. And yes, it’s very gay! Romero has not only written the script but also plans on directing the film herself.

Romero tells The Saunder Blog about the film, saying, “Queens of the Dead is a fusion of two huge parts of my world: zombies and Gay nightlife. It’s a tribute to my father as well as my entrée into the genre he grandfathered. I can’t say too much yet, but what I can tell you is that this film will have all the hallmarks of a George A. Romero classic: farce, politics, heroes, assholes, and most importantly, herds of silly and slow moving walkers that you can’t help but love. But I’m doing it Tina-style, and bringing the glitter, choreography, queers & queens.

Romero’s father always brought some sort of social message into his work, so to hear that she will continue that tradition is inspiring, especially since it comes on a topic that is so discussed and topical.

If you want to read more about Romero and her DJ career, click on the link above.

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Wanna See Something REALLY Scary? Local 58 Contingency Emergency Broadcast

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“Wanna see something REALLY scary?”

To horror fans who came of age in the 1980s, the line above instantly evokes memories of Dan Aykroyd and Albert Brooks in the opening scene from Twilight Zone: The Movie. Now, on a bi-monthly basis, I’ll be asking, “Wanna see something REALLY scary?” with the goal of shocking you with chilling footage plumbed from the darkest corners of YouTube.

As a child of the Cold War born in the 1970s and traumatized by films like The Day After and Threads, I remember immediately panicking every time an Emergency Broadcast broke into a TV show I was watching. That alarming tone made my stomach drop and in the moments before it was confirmed to be “only a test” I had already imagined a barrage of nuclear warheads bursting overhead.

My heart went out to the residents of Hawaii who, due to a false alarm, believed a missile attack was imminent this weekend. For almost 40 minutes, families scrambled into fallout shelters, bathrooms, and even storm drains, believing war had begun between the United States and North Korea. Even after the all-clear was announced and the warning revealed as a mistake, nerves were severely rattled. I can only imagine the potential long-term damage done to the psyches of Hawaii’s youngest residents.

For a taste of the pandemonium that occurred, check out an excerpt from CNN’s reporting below.

While the shock must have been unprecedented for most, a bizarre alert that accidentally aired in the late 1960s puts the Hawaii debacle to shame. What viewers of a local station saw just before the end of programming at 3 am was a message announcing the fall of the US Government, and included instructions for committing suicide rather than surrendering to enemy forces.

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The message bore the seal of The U.S. Department for the Preservation of American Dignity, included a statement from President Lyndon B. Johnson, and warned that failure to commit suicide as instructed would have consequences:

“Your local law enforcement has been ordered to ensure your compliance,” the message cautioned. “It is against the law to delay.” The final instructions remind adult viewers to put down their children and pets first while promising “There is nothing to fear.” Though the station later posted a statement ensuring viewers the message was a hoax, the potential loss of life this broadcast could have inspired is staggering. Have a look:

If the Local 58 Contingency, as it’s become known, seems too outlandish to be true, that’s because it isn’t. Though the video doesn’t include an admission of fiction, it’s written and directed by Kris Straub. If that name sounds familiar, that’s because he’s the writer of the popular creepypasta Candle Cove, recently adapted into a TV series on SyFy.

Still, the vintage look of the Local 58 Contingency, not to mention the current climate of heightened tensions between American and a rogue nuclear nation, make this video a truly terrifying viewing experience.

Got an idea for a future installment of “Wanna See Something REALLY Scary?” Hit me up on Twitter @josh_millican!

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The Housemaid Haunts a New Trailer

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Here’s the thing… if we had the choice between cleaning up our own house or being haunted by a vengeful spectral servant of sorts, well… just hand us a friggin’ mop, wouldja already? Still, in the case of The Housemaid, it looks like nothing is gonna stop her from sensing shivers! Dig on this new trailer.

Derek Nguyen directs the flick, which stars Kate Nhung, Jean-Michel Richaud, Kim Xuan, Svitlana Kovalenko, and Rosie Fellner. Look for IFC Midnight’s release of The Housemaid coming to select theaters, VOD, and via Digital platforms in the U.S. on February 16, 2018.

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A forbidden passion awakens vengeful spirits within a haunted mansion in this bloodcurdling, erotic tour-de-force.

Vietnam, 1953: Linh (Nhung Kate), a poor, orphaned young woman, finds employment as a housemaid in a crumbling rubber plantation presided over by the emotionally fragile French officer Sebastien Laurent (Jean-Michel Richaud). Soon, a torrid love affair develops between the two – a taboo romance that rouses the ghost of Laurent’s dead wife, who won’t rest until blood flows.

Submerged in moody Gothic atmosphere, this stylish supernatural saga confronts the dark shadows of Vietnam’s colonial past while delivering heart-stopping scares.

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