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Friday, September 21, 2018

Knott's Scary Farm 2018: Classic Halloween Haunt

We just went to the first night of Knott's Scary Farm and we were spooked as we were pleased. Knott's has added some strange new mazes and a frightfully new scare zone this Halloween season. It maintains itself as the classic theme park haunt, providing scares to those in need. Returning mazes kept us up all night. We could see a non-fright lane (fast lane pass) user making it through all mazes in one night...if you passed on going on the rides. And yet, going on roller coaster at night has such an appeal.  So, it's a tough choice.

So, let's go through Knott's Scary Farm 2018 together.

Knott’s Scary Farm

Select Nights September 20 - October 31
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
$tarts at $42 and up 
Mazes, they aren't just on the back of your menu at restaurant. They're also an intricate part of the ecosystem of Knott's Scary Farm, the most vital part. This year we were introduced to two new ones.
Dark Entities is for the sci-fi lover of horror. There's a mix of dread of being on a spaceship that's both invaded and infected with aliens. There's a wonderful section early on that's just a long corridor of red flashing lights. It makes you feel like you're in your own sci-fi movie.

The invading alien design is a bit silly though, they looks like they're more out of a 1950's horror film than anything modern or even from the 1980's. 
We feel there was some lost opportunity. The maze is a mix of silly sci-fi stereotypes of horror and more sinister stakes. It needs to be either really scary or tilt all the way making fun of sci-fi. A nice new attempt.
We were kind of amazed at the short line for opening night.
The Depths has you going down. Way down. At first we thought the maze was themed about mining in the earth...and then it became underwater action too? The way it's set up, you do feel like your going deeper and deeper down. We like that concept and would have rather reached Hell or gone through more layers of Earth before reaching what appeared to be Cthulu. Still, nice to meet Lovercraftian nightmare so far below. There's a great room that make you feel like your on a boat/submarine.
It would have made more sense to make two mazes out of it. One based on ocean horror and the other on going into the Earth. An, odd choice with a strange path you won't be able to predict. Who doesn't like going into a giant monster skeleton underground?

Other than that you have seven returning mazes each with their own unique themes. Special Ops: Infected, where you're given a gun that keeps score of how many zombies you take down is still a blast. Pumpkin Eater has you walking though the insides of a rotting pumpkin nightmare. We just love the pumpkin seeds hanging from the ceiling. Trick or Treat: Lights Out has me a little miffed. I like the original so much with the lights on, the colors of the haunted house were just so nice. You have the reverse with getting a flashlight and making you're way though the same house no devoid of what made the original so much fun.

There's a new scare zone in town and it's Forsaken Lake, which has some scary lost souls from the lake that might want to take you for a dip. We loved their bloated boggy look. There was group of them in a sort of cult or singing group formation that made them even more scary. We have to still give it up for the scary clowns that terrorize so many women and kids as they walk past the roller coasters.

And that's what sets Knott's apart from Universal. The roller coaster rides! GhostRider and many more whirly devils are there for you to scare the snot out of you in the dark. Don't forget the
Timber Mountain Log Ride: Halloween Hootenanny, nothing says you scare, like screaming down stream.

There's some shows to catch including the new Hacks! Cutting Room Floor. It has the audience taking on roles in B horror films with improvised comedy. They have a new magical act with the Conjurers magic show, top notch magicians are here to show you what they got. 

There's also a new VR experience called Time Zombies. We didn't have time to check it out. We've read good reviews online for it though.

Awaken the Dead is a nice set-up of  a DJ and sugar skull go-go dancers. So, there's  something entertaining around every corner and also creeps sliding on the floor who want to scare you.

We wish we could have sampled some more of the delicious food Knott's Scary Farm has. We sampled a lot from the menu. Including eating confectionery wonders like Skeleton skulls and Frankenstein heads. We so wanted their special Scary Farm churros, but couldn't find where they were offered. Be on the look out for some of the most mouth-watering treats made special for this time of year in the park. We really wanted to try that candy corn funnel cake too, sigh.

Here's our final thoughts on the park with our Bigfoot Rapids Wrap-Up.

The Jackbox Party Pack 5 Is Back This October

We're so super excited about the next Jackbox Party Pack. Why? Cuz, we're gonna trounce our friends at trivia! Jackbox Party Pack 5  is gonna have five games and though we're looking forward to trying them all, it's also bringing back the classic, You Don't Know Jack. We can't wait to screw over our friends, you literally can in the game, and yell the four best words in the English language very loudly in their collective faces, "You Don't Know Jack!"

You can preorder the game on sale for Steam, as it's gonna retail for $29.99  and save a few bucks, it's 24.99 right now.

Here's more details on the game included:
1)      The pop-culture trivia mash-up YOU DON’T KNOW JACK: Full Stream (1-8 players). The classic returns, full of wild new surprises.
2)      The what-if game Split the Room (3-8 Players). Create strange and divisive hypothetical situations.
3)      The lyric-writing game Mad Verse City (3-8 players). Channel your inner MC as a rap battling robot.
4)      The competitive drawing game Patently Stupid (3-8 players). Create odd inventions to solve bizarre problems.
5)      The deadliest game show in the Crab Nebula, Zeeple Dome (1-6 players)! Fling yourself at bloodthirsty aliens to win millions of Zubabucks!
Play using your phones, tablets or computers. No extra controllers needed!

Lincoln Thinkin

Just a cute introspective by artist Kasey Williams for Lincoln from the cartoon The Loud House. We're fans of the show, but some of the latest episode seem more and more directionless. They also dropped the format of Lincoln breaking the fourth wall, talkin' to the viewer and coming up with complex plans which was kind of the premise and the fun.

Thursday, September 20, 2018

Dragon Ball Super: Broly Dub World Premiere Dec 19 In Theaters January 16

Ahhhhhhhhhh! Screaming is the best way to start this article as LA will host the brand new Broly movie premiere. Yup, we're getting the Dragon Ball Super: Broly  Dub World Premiere at our own TCL Chinese Theater here in Hollywood! It'll be a real red carpet affair. We loved covering the last one at the nearby Egyptian.

If not in the know, we're telling you that the Dragon Ball Super anime has a new movie coming out. The big news is that Broly is coming back and has sort of been retconned that he never existed before. The movie, we believe, takes place after the events of the series, so this could mean an even new power level for Goku or Vegeta or just be a major smackdown for the the too. It's really only rumor. Another tidbit is that it includes Frieza.

For more info on the movie coming to theaters check out the official site. We'll give you updates when any other news pops up.


Animation is Film Festival Oct 19-21

This October has every weekend filled! And filling up another weekend is the Animation is Film Festival. And were having the Los Angeles Anime Film Festival this weekend, sheesh.

Animation is Film Festival is taking place Oct 19-21 at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

Animation is Film Festival isn't just anime, though that's a nice chunk of it, including the North American Premiere of "I Want To Eat Your Pancreas." And this isn't the cannibal high school teen drama you were looking for; in many ways it's much sadder. You"ll have to see it or read the synopsis to find out more. It's one of many top tier anime movies come to us from the East. We wanted to see Penguin Highway since we heard it be in theaters and now we get the premiere.

That's not all we're get special panels on Ralph Break the Internet and that thing from Sony that looks good, Spider-Man: Into The Spider-Verse.

What's also nice is about two days of animated films to get lost in. As the press release stated:  

This year’s festival will feature over 30 titles: 11 films in Competition, three World Premieres, four North American premieres, and two United States premieres. Two prizes will be awarded - The Jury Prize (Competition films only) and the Audience Award.
Check the full list of films below.

Animation is Film Festival
Oct 19-21
TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood
6925 Hollywood Blvd Hollywood, CA 90028
$14 per film

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Halloween Update: Knott's Scary Farm Is Back

We've updated the Halloween guide! Even more horror movies on the way and of course, shooting zombies on a train await you as we end September. Knott's Scary Farm (the classic) is up next with Dark Harbor another week away and then will starting having the high level haunts opening up. Expect more Halloween Updates and Reviews coming at you.

Knott’s Scary Farm
Select Nights September 20 - October 31
Knott's Berry Farm
8039 Beach Blvd, Buena Park, CA 90620
$taer at $42 and up 
Two new mazes, “The Depth’s and “Dark Entities” will be joining seven other mazes for a total of nine places to get you scares on it the oldest theme park to do haunts.“Knott’s Scary Farm is the largest and most haunting Halloween experience 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. This Halloween event has all the ingredients of a truly terrifying nightmare. But unlike most dreams, Knott’s Scary Farm is a nightmare you can’t wake up from -- which makes it the thing to do for Halloween.”

HALLOWEEN (1978) 40th Anniversary Screening
with SCA Alumni John Carpenter and Nick Castle
September 22, 2018, 7:00 P.M.
The Frank Sinatra Hall at the Eileen Norris Cinema Theatre Complex
3507 Trousdale Parkway, Los Angeles, CA 90007
Free, Must RSVP

Followed by a Q&A with John Carpenter and Actor Nick Castle ("Michael Myers").

Zombie Hunter Train
Select Nights Sept 29-Nov 3
364 Main St
Fillmore, CA 93015 Zombie Hunter - $55
Ride Only - $25

"Take a train ride through the battle grounds of the Zombie Apocalypse! You will be armed with a paintball gun loaded with Zombie flesh eating toxic paintballs. Help beat back the attacking zombie hordes and return the un-dead to the dead! Help save humanity! Zombies DO NOT shoot back"

H40: 40 Years of Terror
Oct 12-14
Pasadena Convention Center  
300 E Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
$tarts at $30 

Enjoy everything from the Halloween film series. Guests from every movie, screenings of the films. A true fan event for a psycho killer.

16mm 80s Horror Sequels Movie Marathon
Saturday, October 20, 2:00 PM
Dynasty Typewriter
2511 Wilshire Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90057

"We know that you want a powerhouse 12-hour session of ‘80s horror franchise sequels projected from nothing but rare film prints -- because we do too. Join splatterpunks Secret Sixteen, Friday Night Frights, The Mall and The Voyager Institute as they unlock a celluloid sarcophagus of terrifying beauty.  These horror sagas are our beloved let’s get down with six high-energy installments where a beloved franchise hit its peak, or got rrrrrrrreal loose in the best way possible. The Secret Sixteen mission: to project horror/cult rarities exclusively from the portable, wonderous 16mm format.  Hints are dropped, but titles are never revealed until they unspool onscreen."