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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Adds Two New Scare Zones: Dark Christmas and Skullz

Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Announces Two New Scare Zones: Dark Christmas and SkullzJohn Murdy, Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, tweeted up a storm last night, revealing two new Scare Zones heading to the popular haunted attraction: “DARK CHRISTMAS” (complete with Krampus) and the Wendigo-based “SKULLZ.”

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Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood Announces Two New Scare Zones: Dark Christmas and SkullzJohn Murdy, Creative Director of Halloween Horror Nights Hollywood, tweeted up a storm last night, revealing two new Scare Zones heading to the popular haunted attraction: “DARK CHRISTMAS” (complete with Krampus) and the Wendigo-based “SKULLZ.”

Here’s Murdy’s running commentary:

In case you didn’t hear…we announced 2 NEW SCARE ZONES today…so lets start off with the “Baker Street” scare zone…”DARK CHRISTMAS.”
“For most of the world, Christmas is a time for holiday cheer but in certain parts of the world, it is a time of fear and dread…”
“That’s because they celebrate the DARK side of CHRISTMAS with terrifying tales of demonic creatures that hunt down disobedient children…”
“The most famous of these creatures is Krampus, The Christmas Devil…the evil version of good ol’ Saint Nick…”
Now that Krampus and his mythological companions have been unleashed on the streets of Universal Studios, It’s going to be a Scary Christmas!
Have you been naughty or nice?

The second new scare zone is in the lower lot of the theme park…and its called “SKULLZ”
This scare zone is inspired by the Native American legend of Wendigo, a malevolent half-beast creature w/ an insatiable appetite for humans!
These are giant, wraith-like creatures with animal skulls for heads…lots of different animals…
Legend says that these creatures were never satisfied with killing and consuming just one person…
Their hunger drives them to constantly be on the hunt for new victims. Will you be their next meal?
Scareactor Concept Art will be released in the days ahead, along with Behind the Screams videos of the mazes…so stay tuned for that…

Halloween Horror Nights 2014 at Universal Studios Hollywood will be “More Dead Than Ever” as it brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in the living, breathing, three-dimensional world of the most notorious and terrifying creatures in existence. This year’s event will feature a slate of all-new unrivaled film production quality mazes, terror-filled scare zones and a fully re-imagined “Terror Tram” experience, uniquely themed to today’s most definitive horror properties, including, “The Walking Dead: The End of the Line,” based on AMC’s critically-acclaimed, Golden Globe®-nominated and Emmy® Award-winning television series; “From Dusk Till Dawn,” inspired by Robert Rodriguez’s cult film and El Rey network’s TV series; “Dracula Untold: Reign of Blood,” based on Universal Pictures’ upcoming epic action-adventure; “AVP: Alien vs. Predator,” based on the Twentieth Century Fox film franchise; “An American Werewolf in London,” based on Universal Pictures’ Academy Award®-winning and genre-defining film, written and directed by John Landis; “Face Off: In the Flesh,” based on Syfy’s hit TV series; “The Purge: Anarchy,” a new scare zone inspired by Universal Pictures’ blockbuster thriller; and “Clowns 7D Music by SLASH,” a psychedelic 7D maze that unmasks Coulrophobia as guests parade through “Sweet Licks Frozen Clown Pops Family Amusement Center.”

More info on Halloween Horror Nights is available at Halloween Horror Nights.com. Updates from Creative Director John Murdy can be found on Twitter, as he reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information.

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Podcast/Book Series Welcome to Night Vale Being Adapted for TV

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Following in the footsteps of “Lore,” another popular podcast/book series is on its way to the small screen! That’s right, kids! Pretty soon we’ll be heading to a sleepy yet quite mad little place where your eyes and ears have been thoroughly spookified! “Welcome to Night Vale.”

Deadline is reporting that the podcast is being adapted by FX for the small screen in conjunction with Sony Pictures. Joseph Fink and Jeffrey Cranor, creators of the podcast and authors of the franchise books Welcome to Night Vale and It Devours!, will executive produce the series alongside Gennifer Hutchison (“Better Call Saul”).

The site goes on to report that in addition, Harper Perennial, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, has signed up Fink and Cranor for new script books of Seasons 3 and 4 of the Welcome to Night Vale podcast. The companion volumes feature guest introductions by the authors and cast members and original illustrations by series artist Jessica Hayworth.

We’ve never met anyone in the industry who understands our world and approach to storytelling better than Gennifer does,” said Fink and Cranor. “We are lucky to be working with her, as well as FX – a network with a long history of creating excellent television.

So many readers have passionately embraced the Welcome to Night Vale novels and script books,” says Amy Baker, Vice-President and Associate Publisher of Harper Perennial. “I can’t wait to see the same enthusiasm for what I’m sure will be an amazing television series from Gennifer and FX.

Welcome to Night Vale is a twice-monthly podcast in the style of community updates for the small desert town of Night Vale, featuring local weather, news, announcements from the Sheriff’s Secret Police, mysterious lights in the night sky, dark hooded figures with unknowable powers, and cultural events.

Fink and Cranor created the podcast in 2012, having met through the anarchic, award-winning theater group the New York Neo-Futurists.

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Exclusive: Cadabra Brings Chilling Eeriness With M.R. James’ Casting the Runes

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For those who haven’t heard of them, Cadabra Records is a boutique record label that specializes in creating audio plays of fantastic horror stories. They did it with The Yellow Sign by Robert W. Chambers and have done stories from Bram Stoker and H.P. Lovecraft. Today, we’re thrilled to help them announce their new project, which is a full cast audio play of M.R. James’ Casting the Runes. Below is an audio sample, which give you a taste of the magnificent scope of the production.

Starring David Warner (The Omen, Star Trek, In The Mouth of Madness), produced by Bleak December, and adapted by Anthony D.P. Mann, the limited edition vinyl will be released on January 26th with the first edition of 500 copies to be pressed on 150-gram colored vinyl and housed in deluxe heavy weight gatefold tip-on jacket with newly commissioned art by Adam Burke.

Speaking about lending his voice to Casting the Runes, Warner states, “I was brought up only with radio, so it means so much to me to be able to imagine for myself what is being presented. And we can all imagine differently what is being presented to us via audio and radio, and that’s what the magic of it is – our own imaginations are able to take over. As an actor (and a voice actor, sometimes), I’m so glad to be able to contribute to peoples’ visual take on whatever it is we’re presenting. I just think it’s so invaluable, you know – the images and dreams in the mind.

You can follow Cadabra through their official website, Twitter, and Instagram. To order any of their records, head on to their online store.

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Beyond Skyline Clip Is Blinded by the Light

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Vertical Entertainment just dropped a new clip from the upcoming sequel Beyond Skyline (review), and we have it for you right here.

Visual effects artist and original Skyline screenwriter Liam O’Donnell directs the surprisingly well-received installment starring Frank Grillo (The Purge: Anarchy & Election Day), Bojana Novakovic (Drag Me to Hell), Jonny Weston (Project Almanac), and Iko Uwais (The Raid).

Beyond Skyline will not be getting a wide theatrical release. Instead, Vertical Entertainment will release the sequel on DVD/Blu-ray/VOD on January 16th.

Synopsis:
When the population of Los Angeles is vacuumed off the face of the Earth, Detective Mark Corley storms his way onto an alien ship to rescue his estranged son. But after crashing the ship in Southeast Asia, he must forge an alliance with a band of survivors to discover the key to saving his son and taking back the planet once and for all.

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