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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

WRONG TURN 6: LAST RESORT REVIEW



A sudden and mysterious inheritance brings Danny and his friends to Hobb Springs, a forgotten resort deep in the West Virginia hills. Hobb Springs is being looked after under the watchful care of Jackson and Sally.

Starring: Anthony Ilott, Chris Jarvis, and Aqueela Zoll

Directed by: Valeri Milev

Written by: Frank H. Woodward

  Let's start this off by saying that I'm a fan of this franchise. Certainly not because they’re the best movies ever made. Horror fans could make complaints about any of the movies, and it probably wouldn't be worth the time to argue. So why am I a fan of this franchise? Well I think each movie has presents some quality kills, and I'm always in for some good bloodshed (yes I have issues).
  Of course that means the first thing I looked for “Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort” are the kills. As usual, the first one starts it off with a bang. The three crazy cannibals kill two unsuspecting, and unimportant characters in some heading popping fun. After the ceremonial first kills, I hoped for a few more quality kills that would keep this franchise going strong. 
  Unfortunately, they let me down this time. The kills in the opening scene turn out to be the best ones. I don't expect them to top the opening scene kill all the time, but they should try to come close. It never felt like they got anywhere near that first scene. Yes, there's still bloodshed as the cannibals go to work, but there needed to be more to it.
  It almost seemed like they actually tried to put more thought into the story, (did I really just say that about Wrong Turn), and less on the kills. They spend a good amount of time setting up Danny’s (Anthony Ilott) storyline, which gets kind of boring since the audience can kind of already figure out what’s going on. Maybe they had something else on their minds like say… sex! In other sequels there's sex scenes, but this one seems to have more than the others. I might be wrong, but it just felt like this one has more sex scenes than the others. That isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but like I said I’m looking for the kills.
  Being a fan of the franchise, I'm always excited to see another sequel. I enjoy the bloodshed, but sadly "Wrong Turn 6: Last Resort" lacks in any really creative kills after the opening scene. Instead, there's a good amount of time spent on the story, and several sex scenes. It's not a big deal, but not exactly what I'm looking for in this movie so I give it 1.5 pools of blood. And even with this rating, I’m still down for part 7 in case you are wondering!

  HorrO

Monday, November 17, 2014

HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



In my final Halloween Horror Nights 24 post, I have some videos from the four scare zones for you to check out. Overall, the scare zones turned out pretty good. Each offered something a little different. After the look at the zones, there is a video with some pictures from the zones, and other things I ran into at HHN24.


The first scare zone is The Purge: Anarchy. This movie made for the perfect scare zone. It was total chaos as scare actors were everywhere looking to exercise their right to Purge. The first video shows that, including a look at the boss patrolling the area. In the second video, you get to see a two-part scene the scare actors played out every once in awhile. The boss rounds up victims in the truck, and they are later auctioned off. It was pretty cool to catch both scenes.




The second scare zone is Face Off - In the Flesh. While this wasn't that scary, it made for some awesome photo ops. Basically there were several featured creatures up on a set, and people would stand in front of them, if brave enough, to take pictures. Of course while you were looking at the creatures, they had other scare actors roaming the street trying to scare you. They did a terrific job creating these creatures.



The next zone is Bayou of Blood. This featured a kind of tight walkway to go through before ending up with the creatures on stilts. They are always cool to get next to. They do a great job walking around on those things. As for the walkway, even with the glowing lights, it was pretty dark, which made it fun to go through.



The final zone is MASKerade: Unstitched. Again, they had some scare actors on stilts. These scare actors were dressed like they wanted to take you to the ball, but I don't think that would be a good idea. The candles were pretty cool to look at; especially in the daytime next to rides they had nothing to do with. 



As mentioned above, this video starts off with some pictures from all of the zones. It might give you a better look at things that might be hard to see in the video. You get to see things such as, scare actors from the Purge, the Face Off creatures, the entrance to the park, and bonus pictures from the front of the Dracula: Untold house. Oh, and of course this picture above, which is one of my favorites. It's from the behind the scenes tour that I mentioned in the other posts. We got to meet with the major people behind HHN24, and ask them anything we wanted to about the event. It's really great to get such insight about the event from the people who know better than anyone else. The guy on my left is T.J., who accompanied us on our tour in the houses. He likes the shirt, and is now a proud owner of one because he's been on the tour with us for several years now, and knows everything about the event from the beginning.



Overall, HHN24 was awesome. There was a great mix of houses. While I don't usually get scared in them, I always look at how they go about trying to scare you, and I thought they did a great job. The TV/movie houses were cool to go through because it put right in those worlds. Then there were the original houses, which turned out to be a lot of fun to go in. Sometimes I feel like they waste a house, but not this time. My behind the scenes posts (links below) have more of my opinions on each house. 


I'm certainly looking forward to next year because it's the big 25th anniversary. Hopefully they will bring back some of their HHN icons, which all fans of the event would love to see again. I'll be there next year, and hopefully you get to go as well! 






Behind the Scenes: "From Dusk Till Dawn" at House Halloween Horror Nights 24

Thursday, November 6, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "HALLOWEEN" AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “Halloween” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again. 


The first several pics are of the outside of the house. Besides the pumpkin, it looks kind of dull. However, that isn't the case at night. At the end of the video, you might have seen the nighttime view of the house. You can see it says "Halloween" on the outside of the second floor wall. There is actually a small video that happens before that of a glass breaking while the Halloween music is playing. There's also an even more awesome video of Michael going from the room on the left to the room on the right, and killing someone. I got that on video (unlike the other scene...sorry), which is at the bottom of this post (WATCH IT). This is all done by a projector, which you can see in the first few pics.


When you walk into the house you see the staircase with a dead body on it. As you are checking out the body, there's a door on the left side, as seen in the video, where the young Michael scare actor pops out of. 


Not far after that is this cool mirror trick. While standing there you can see yourself, but at night you can also see the young Michael again. He looks far away, but he's actually right around the corner to scare you. 


You don't stay in the house long, as you make your way to the garage. As you step outside, there's some clothing hanging along the wall. At night there are scare actor kids jumping out saying, "Trick or Treat!" We definitely had fun with that on our second, and third trips into the house.


From there we move into the garage. You can't tell in the pics because it's really dark, but there's a dummy in the car. Also, at night there's a woman scare actor in the front seat. She's screaming because she's acting as if the dummy is attacking her. That was a cool scene to walk by.


Now we come upon this guy hanging on the wall. Want to guess what happens to him? Michael comes out of a door in front of the guy, and stabs him where you might be able to tell his shirt is torn. That's not the end of it. Michael then leaves the knife in the guy, and tries to scare people walking by. Another awesome moment.


This was another nice set up here. Everyone is busy looking at this, and Michael was waiting for you around the corner.


All right here's another cool scene. I hope you can tell I really liked this house. At night there's a woman scare actor sitting on the couch, and I bet you can guess what's going to happen to her. Michael comes into the room, and attacks her. Awesome!


Quick funny story about the cat picture. Someone who went through this house early on complained endlessly to the HHN Twitter account about not having a picture of the cat like in the movie. So to please this person, they had someone go out and get this cat picture for the house. Yes, they are listening to the fans!


Sorry for another pic of me, but here I'm actually pointing out something for you. Above me are Freddy's sweater, and Leatherface's shirt. They have placed these items in houses before. I would never have known they were there without going on the tour.


Now back to the awesome rooms. Here we have the tombstone of Judith Myers on the bed. As you lean in to take a closer look you better be ready for Michael hiding somewhere close by! In the video, you can see me helping Michael out by finishing her off!


So if you thought one Michael was bad how about a room full of them? Yes, those pics in the video are of different Michael's. At night this room was pretty dark, and you had to walk down the center of it to get out. On your left and right were a series of Michael's with their knives. Of course, there were some scare actor Michael's in there to really scare you.


Then we come into the final scene. In this room you have a doorway on one side, and a doorway to the balcony on the other side. If you were lucky enough to be in the room at the right time, you would be able to see a quick scene play out. Dr. Loomis comes into the room from the doorway, and shoots Michael who is standing by the balcony entrance.


Ok... I lied. That wasn't the final scene. Of course you are supposed to think Michael is dead, and you are safe as you walk out of the house. Well, you see that green fence? There was another Michael standing there to scare you one last time. They were playing on the theme that Michael never dies!


Overall, that was probably the best house. It was swarming with Michael's, which was awesome. They put you in so many scenes from the movie that you really felt the experience. I really liked the scenes were Michael interacted with other characters in the house. Again, it made it feel real. So that was a look at the "Halloween” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Now here's that video I mentioned in the beginning. Well worth watching! There's also another quick video to show what it was like outside of the house.



Friday, October 31, 2014

BEHIND THE SCENES: "THE WALKING DEAD" AT HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS 24



Part of my Halloween Horror Nights 24 (HHN) adventures was taking the Unmasking the Horror Tour. This tour takes fans on a behind the scenes look at their haunted houses. Our tour took us into 6 of their 8 houses so I decided to break them each up into their own post in order to give you a better look at each of them. This is a behind the scenes look at the “The Walking Dead” house.


The above video is a series of photos that I took while on the tour. What I will be doing now is describing some of the things you saw in the video, so you might want to read this and then go back and watch the video again. 


The first bunch of pics in the video is of the outside of the house. On the left you have Terminus, which is your eventual exit. On the right is the prison, which is the beginning of the house. Outside of the prison you see some zombies surrounding the fences. 


Here, and in the pic I would like to point out that’s Hershel's head in the background. If you weren't standing by the fence at night you might have missed him.


Next we see the dead pigs that Rick had in the prison yard. At night, there was a zombie on the left hand side, and it acted like it couldn't move away from the fence. However, when the right person came by, this zombie scare actor lounged towards them.


Then we make our way into the prison, and where everyone sleeps. Too bad at night no one was here but zombies. In the video, you can see the zombie that Hershel struggled with to get the tube for a sick Glenn.


From there we walk into the shower scene. At night there were zombies hiding behind some of the showers.


This is the third year they have done a Walking Dead house, and one of the fun things about them is noticing things from the show. It really puts you in that world, and makes you feel like you are reliving it. So here you see the famous burnt zombies courtesy of Carol.


There are a few things that I mentioned in other behind the scenes posts that happen in this house. One is the raven here. The others you can see in the video, which are other Disney button, and the name on the box of spaghetti sauce.


In the video, you see a few pics of these zombies, and even myself. This is one of the cooler effects in the house. Basically the zombies are on a ramp, and they come rolling down at you. It looked awesome in the darkness as they came at you. In the video you can tell we are in the store the group was in that had the zombies fall in from the roof. You can see a hanging zombie, and helicopter.


Ah... just like last year I found Daryl's crossbow!


This next room was fun. It had mirrors on the wall, and was full of fake zombies. Throw in some zombie scare actors at night, and the mirrors made it seem like you were surrounded by more zombies then were actually in the room.


The room that was like the golf course Daryl and Beth were at had more noticeable items. In the video you can see more hanging zombies, the bra, and Beth's poor choice of a drink. A few pics after that in the video you will see a rock. At night zombie scare actors were in them making noise replaying the scene with Glenn and Maggie in the tunnel.


Don't look at the flowers!!!!


That's me replacing Mary on the grill! Tainted meat anyone?


After that we walk into that creepy room in Terminus where the candles, and names were all over the place. You definitely don't want to be in there for too long. 


One of the best things about last year's Walking Dead house was the fenced in area around the prison. It was full of zombies trying to get you while you struggled to figure out how to escape. Well they did a similar fenced in area as you tried to escape Terminus. Again there were plenty of zombies trying to get you before the exit. Once again a very nice job.


Overall "The Walking Dead" house was awesome! It was the biggest house HHN has done, and it was well worth it. If you are a fan of the show, it was a must to walk through it. They did a great job of covering scenes from season 4. The only thing missing were the characters, which they weren't allowed to include. So that was a look at the "The Walking Dead” house.  If you have any questions about the house, or HHN24, please feel free to ask.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Horror Movie Survival Kit



Man Crates is a new company that ships awesome gifts for men in custom wooden crates that he has to open with a crowbar! At Man Crates, it is their mission to end the difficulties that have long been associated with buying gifts for men. And what does Man Crates have to do with horror? Well, while they have a wide assortment of crates, they also have horror themed ones like their "Zombie Survival Crate." Someone at Man Crates asked me to create my own Horror Movie Survival Kit as part of their Halloween celebration so here we go!

Us horror fans know that is usually takes a lot to survive a horror film. A lot of it comes from the person's will to live, and a little luck. Obviously those things don't come in a crate, so lets start by thinking about the kind of horror movies we could end up in. We have zombies, vampires, werewolves, ghosts, aliens, end of the world scenarios, and even sharknados! Even with a crate I'm not sure we could be totally prepared for all of those things, but lets give it a try.

Lets start with something simple like a pair of guns. With guns we must have ammo, so lets include regular bullets, wooden bullets, and a few silver ones. I'm not sure what's going to stop an alien, but lets think Star Trek and include a phaser. Ok, there might not by such a thing, but neither are zombies, vampires, and werewolves (supposedly).

Guns and phasers are good, but they won't last so lets include either a metal bat, or machete. They can be useful against many creatures, and humans that have gotten out of control (thank you Walking Dead). Everyone has a knife so throw that in there. How about something old school like brass knuckles? They just might come in handy if you’re in hand-to-hand combat. And how could I forget one of my favorites the chainsaw! Too bad that's probably too big for the kit.

Moving on from weapons, lets think of some other useful items. A cross necklace wouldn't hurt. Maybe even a bigger cross to carry just in case that powerful demon comes along. We can throw in some holy water with that. Here's one courtesy of Supernatural...some salt. Lets keep those demons out of the house! Oh and here's something useful... night vision! Although that hasn't always worked out for who ever is using it in recent movies.

All right, we can't over look food. I wouldn't get too carried anyway with it since most people in horror movies don't stop for snacks. However, if we were in the apocalypse or end of the world some food wouldn't hurt. Everyone has their own taste so since this is my kit I'll include some chips, peanuts, crackers, hard candy, water, and Dr. Pepper! Yes, my caffeine of choice since I can't take a Starbucks with me!

Hopefully this crate comes with some wheels because that is a lot of stuff to carry around. I didn't even include other things like stakes, matches, lighters, extra clothes, camping gear, handcuffs, a first aid kit, etc. Anyways, hopefully I have enough to survive at least a few days depending on which horror movie I end up in. So what would be in your kit?

  HorrO

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