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Thursday, September 16, 2021

Beyond Fest Program Up


The full list of films is up for Beyond Fest Sept 29-Oct 11and it's a doozy. We don't know know which one to be more excited for the just found and restored hilarious looking gem of New York Ninja or the the big scores of V/H/S94, The Sadness and Palme d’Or Winner Titane. Not to mention Halloween Kills,
Scott Derrickson's The Black Phone, which he did instead of Doctor Strange 2. And little ol' Jim Cummings The Beta Test.

Halloween Hype: Buy Some Shirts & Glow-in-the-Dark Covers

 Walmart has special glow-in-the dark covers for horror films at reasonable prices.


Warrior of Dreams Clothing
Pre-orders from Poltergeists and Paramours

also from Poltergeists and Paramours to pre-order, this butt ugly

Regular price $27.00

We do like the

WNUF Big A*$ Button Pack Regular price $15.00 
It's based on a scary movie of the same name that looks like it was recorded off of local television in the 80's.

GLORP Fright Bite! (with FREE The Screaming Brain Of GLORPenstein T-Shirt)  $ 25.00

Everyone's brain is screaming these days! Even ol' GLORPenstein isn't immune to the 24 hour a day electric pulse of panic and dread that is wired into our skulls in 2021.

So hey, kick back relax and enjoy what you can, and let your torso do all the screaming for a bit!

Wednesday, September 15, 2021

Beyond Fest 2021 Tickets On Sale Friday


Go here, the American Cinematheque site, 10am, Friday to grab this year's Beyond Fest tickets . Still no word on what's playing.

Beyond Fest 2021 is September 29- Oct 11 and is a crazy mix of insane and out there films.

Weekly What To Do: Haunts & Harry

Another Wednesday in paradise or at least the dream of it. We've got movies for you to see, art shows and reminders of Haunts to go to in this Weekly. Halloween season is coming in fast now, so get your scares in before it's gone!

Check out our LA Halloween Guide 2021 for even more LA haunts and Halloween activities.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Select Dates Sept. 16 - Oct. 31 
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620

"Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween event in Southern California, with unimaginable scares and innovative thrills that can’t be found anywhere else. The fully transformed theme park features uniquely haunted mazes and attractions, sinister shows, and more than 1,000 horrifying creatures lurking in the fog and hiding in every corner of the park." 

They've got 8 mazes this year and usually beat Universal on their haunters.

Select Nights Starting Sept 15th
Phillips Mansion
2640 Pomona Blvd, Pomona, CA 91768 
*Honestly surprised this isn't sold out
"Since 2011, Delusion has led the way in the emerging world of interactive theatre. Captivated audiences venture through a one-of-a-kind interactive experience, placing them as key players in the unfolding of a live and otherworldly tale. A haunting venue hosts professional actors, stunt people, practical creature effects, and an original score all to help weave together a story unlike any other. There is nothing in the world like Delusion."


Opens Sept 18th and on display until end of the year
Open everyday 12pm-7pm
The Mystic Museum
3204 W Magnolia Blvd
Burbank, California 91505
Film props, interactive horror, photo-ops and art show.
Proudly sponsored by Evil Dead The Game , @shudder @fangoria
Trick 'r Treat Screening
Sep 18, 7:30 PM
SugarMynt Gallery, 810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030, USA
No tricks - only treats! Ticket price includes full access to the gallery, including entry to the exhibit. Bring your own 24” (from the floor) chairs/blankets/food. 
Sep 19, 1:00 PM – 7:00 PM
South Pasadena, 810 Meridian Ave, South Pasadena, CA 91030, USA
Join us Sunday, September 19th from 1pm-7pm, for "One Good Scare” PopUp. SugarMynt’s ONE and only popup during the Halloween season. Experience our Trick ‘r Treat in Haddonfield exhibit, vendors, photo ops and trick or treating!
Thu, September 16, 2021 8:00 PM – 11:59 PM
The Secret Movie Club Theater
1917 BAY ST 2ND FL
Fri / Sept 17, 2021 - 7:30PM 
Hollywood Bowl

Experience the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra performing the unforgettable score to the sixth film of the Harry Potter™ Series. Relive the magic of Harry’s sixth year at Hogwarts™ School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, with the score performed by the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. Watch Harry become a wiz at potions, win Felix Felicis, and uncover the meaning of Horcruxes!

Kayla Mahaffey 
Remember the Time (Gallery I) 
Mirrors Of Your Soul (Gallery II)
Fuzzy Faces(Viewing Room)
Opening Reception with the Artists: 
Saturday, September 18, 2021 6:00-10:00pm
Thinkspace Projects 
4217 W. Jefferson Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90016
Thinkspace Projects is honored to present Kayla Mahaffey’s latest solo show, ‘Remember the Time.’ Mahaffey examines the language of nostalgia in this collection of large-scale new works on canvas.
Thinkspace Projects is excited to present Roos van der Vliet’s latest solo show, ‘Mirrors of Your Soul.’ Featuring an entirely new collection of the hyperrealistic depictions of hair she is known for, there is a piercing energy at the heart of each piece.
September 18 - November 28
11:00 AM – 6:00 PM
JAPAN HOUSE Gallery Level 2
Hollywood & Highland
6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Level 2Free
WAVE is curated by artists Kintaro Takahashi and Hiro Sugiyama (also featured in the exhibition) and is based on the popular annual art exhibition WAVE, which has been held at Arts Chiyoda in Tokyo since 2018 and each year showcases works by over 100 of Japan’s leading illustrators, graphic and contemporary artists. This JAPAN HOUSE Touring Exhibition begins at JAPAN HOUSE Los Angeles and brings the artworks of many of these artists to an international audience for the first time. 

Saturday Sept 18 at noon
Q Pop
319 E 2nd St Los Angeles, CA 90012
 Tons of exclusives from Art Junkie
Largo, known for comedy shows, is back open and selling out shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman to name a few.

The  annual summertime series that begins August 27, 2021, offering guests a cinematic experience under the stars—with Coronavirus safety precautions in place—at the historic Hollywood venue. The season kicks off with the 2013 comedy This Is the End on opening night, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody, Birdman, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Pulp Fiction rounding out the opening weekend.



Tuesday, September 14, 2021

LAPD Making Some Bad Choices

LAPD badly miscalculated weight of fireworks before South L.A. explosion, ATF finds 
 “It was caused by overloading the [total containment vessel] with more explosives than the TCV was designed for,” said Assistant Special Agent in Charge Michael Hoffman, of the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, during a closed-door meeting with local residents Monday night. “That’s what caused the failure.”
 “As trained professionals in one of the largest police departments in America, I still cannot fathom how the LAPD thought it was acceptable to merely eyeball unstable explosives in the middle of a densely populated neighborhood,” Price said.
Activists have routinely recorded police officers in public spaces without masks, despite a department directive to wear them “whenever in public or in the workplace.” Ten LAPD employees have died of COVID-19, and thousands have been infected.

Monday, September 13, 2021

The Big Con Review: Nick Needs To Tap This Company To Make A Doug Game


*Well, technically Disney owns the rights to Doug now. [Chick a-ba-chickapa-ba] 
If you play The Big Con, you might say this looks familiar. If you grew up in the 90's and saw Doug on Nickelodeon you might swear this must have influenced the game. That same influence might have carried over to modern cartoon Big City Greens. And by that, I mean lots of random colored people. Either way, I don't think Doug would ever pick-pocket so many rubes. 
But, Doug's parent might not have a failing rental video store like Ali's Mom Linda. And then, Linda maybe borrowed money from loan sharks. And that's how we have our 90's cross-country road trip adventure set-up, similar to many, many movies of the era.

You play as Ali, learning cons from an older con artist named Ted and you make a deal to work together, so you can save your Mom's video store. On the way you'll have to solve different con puzzles by getting people the right things and then charging them a exorbitant fee for them. Oh, and pick-pocketing. So, much so that the game let's it be an auto feature. There's also a cringy laugh track option, that I left on, that could have worked, if the recorded laugh track wasn't awful.

It's a fairly simple game, where you've got to earn so much money to progress to the next area. The game wants you to chat with the different characters you meet along the way or overhear their conversations and that helps you solve the games puzzles on what they need from stock tips to a trendy new transparent soda. 
The colorful design of the world makes it fun to rip-off said colorful characters. There's not too many different locations, but each reminds you of scenes from before-mentioned 90's films. It's 90's everywhere in this game and some sort of in-joke like beets in Doug with a joke version of Hormel Chili, it should not be a specialty drink.

And nostalgia is crammed into this game from Rad Ghost, a ghost who wears sunglasses and tells you to say, "No to drugs,' to Furbo, a knock-off Furby that's part of another con in the game.
There were a few problems in the game with characters clipping through scenery. The game or possibly me for not giving my full attention to it was a little unforgiving when I was in the mall level. I didn't know if I looked at the train station I'd end the area, so I missed out on a lot more cons. I'd say save at the start of new levels or before you feel something big might happen is a good idea.
Then, there was a, what I felt, tacked on trying too hard moment of Ali having a phone call declaring her love to a friend that didn't really tie into the main story. There was no build up. There's some other story elements that do have more build up dealing with a smoker and a collector that seem earned.

The Big Con did get to me though and I couldn't put it down when I was getting into the rhythm of pick-pocketing or seeing what Ted and Ali would be up to next. It's won't take you too long to beat, but that's how it's priced and it's totally worth it. I'm not trying to con you, this is for real.
The Big Con is out now for PC and Xbox
Game provided by publisher for review purposes

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Weekly What To Do: Chill Out With Perfect Strangers, Maybe Catch A Movie Or Horror Nights

Check our Halloween Guide for latest upcoming events and haunts.

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights

Kicks off on Thursday, September 9 and runs select nights through Sunday, October 31.
Universal Studios Hollywood 100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91608

HHN officially kicks off Thursday, Sept. 9 and runs on select evenings through Sunday, Oct. 31 with seven themed mazes, three scare zones, a spooky dance show and the returning Terror Tram.You definitely need someone to hide behind, somebody to panic with. Because just as in horror films where the first to wander off meets a terrible fate, there’s one thing to remember at Halloween Horror Nights: Never Go Alone.

Sep 10th-12th, 6pm
Hollywood Bowl

In 2018, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther quickly became a global sensation and cultural phenomenon, showing a new dimension of what super hero films could be. Rolling Stone raved, “The film lights up the screen with a full-throttle blast of action and fun. That’s to be expected. But what sneaks up and floors you is the film’s racial conscience and profound, astonishing beauty.” Now, for the first time anywhere, you can relive the excitement of T’Challa becoming king and battling Killmonger all while the LA Phil performs Ludwig Göransson’s Oscar®-winning score live to picture.
The Hulu Nine Perfect Strangers Wellness Experience 
Century City Mall
Friday, September 10 through Sunday, September 12 
From 12p-7p Daily
10250 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90067 
Free First come, first-serve
The Hulu Nine Perfect Strangers Wellness Experience will be free and open to the public. Guests will enjoy wellness activities, aura photos and more! 

Inspired by the show’s Tranquillum grounds, the activities are bordered with lush green hedges and filled by the calm chaos of palms fronds and bespoke wooden installations. This stress-free zone will allow guests to relax by enjoying a refreshing smoothie pop while participating in soothing self-care activities from personalized astrology readings and crystal healing to giveaways from online boutique, Smudge Wellness.

Santa Monica Mystery Quest
Friday, September 10, 2021
1351 3rd Street Promenade, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. in partnership with Santa Monica Mystery Quest have launched a free scavenger hunt series on the Third Street Promenade. Lovers of mystery and adventure will enjoy this real-world, immersive experience to solve the case of the missing Promenade dinosaur. Participants will follow clues, collaborate with teammates, collect points and win prizes.

Power-Con 2021

He-Man & She-Ra Convention
September 11 & 12
Hilton Anaheim hotel
777 West Convention Way
Anaheim, California 92802, USA
Celebrate all things He-Man and She-Ra for one weekend.  
*Because it might sell out.

October 14–16, 2021
Ticket sales open September 14–15 at 10 a.m. PST for members, and September 17 at 10 a.m. for the general public.
 Step into a sunny day by the sea. This theatrical installation stunned audiences at the 2019 Venice Biennale, earning its all-female creative team the coveted Golden Lion. The Hammer, MOCA, and CAP UCLA present Sun & Sea’s Los Angeles premiere, transforming The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA with 13 vocalists and 10 tons of sand. Sunbathing characters offer up a range of seductive harmonies and melodic stories that glide between the mundane, the sinister, and the surreal. From the sprawling tapestry of their lives emerges a piercing exploration of the relationship between people and our planet, captured in one afternoon on a crowded beach. The touring vocalists will be supported by members of LA-based choral group Tonality, best known for concerts on themes of social justice.
Largo, known for comedy shows, is back open and selling out shows. Grab some tickets before everything sells out. Many new shows from some of LA's top comedians. We see Bill Burr, Patton Oswalt, Pete Holmes and Sarah Silverman to name a few.
Sept 3- Oct 1st
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Ave Santa Monica, CA 90403
Los Feliz Theatre1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027

All aboard, movie lovers! Take the “Night Train to the Cinema” and be transported to the Wild West, Memphis, Germany, Hong Kong and more. Throughout this series, we’ll be showing some of our favorite films revolving around railway transportation. Covering eight decades of tracks, these movies capture the excitement and allure of traveling by train. Adventure, danger and romance await!

Sept 3-Sept 30th
Los Feliz Theatre1822 N Vermont Ave Los Angeles, CA 90027
In celebration of the upcoming release of his latest him, WIFE OF A SPY, the American Cinematheque is proud to present this retrospective to one of the most renowned auteurs in contemporary Japanese cinema: Kiyoshi Kurosawa.

The  annual summertime series that begins August 27, 2021, offering guests a cinematic experience under the stars—with Coronavirus safety precautions in place—at the historic Hollywood venue. The season kicks off with the 2013 comedy This Is the End on opening night, followed by Bohemian Rhapsody, Birdman, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Pulp Fiction rounding out the opening weekend.