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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Murder Balloon

It's Halloween, so it's time for Murder Balloon! Our annual tradition of showing a horrible movie we created for film school. Enjoy the murders this Halloween.

Halloween Tonight!


Well, tonight's the night! Happy Halloween! We've had fun going to haunts and horror screenings all in the pursuit of getting you scared. If you still want more then look to our Halloween Master List.

Here's what's happening tonight!

West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval
October 31 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Located on Santa Monica Blvd between Doheny Dr and La Cienega Blvd, WeHo Halloween Carnaval
Free

The biggest Halloween party in LA. The annual West Hollywood Halloween Carnaval returns for another year of streets filled with the best costumes LA has to offer with live music and a huge crowd of party people.

*Not for kids when it hits sundown
*Before you go, remember to pack lightly—no backpacks, camera bags or totes allowed. Attendees are asked to carry items in clear plastic bags this year.

 8th Annual Zed Fest Film Festival 2017
 Oct 31, Nov 1, Nov 2 & Nov 3, 2017 7:30pm 12:30am
 Laemmle Noho 7
5240 Lankershim Blvd, North Hollywood, CA 91601
Oct 31, Nov 1, Nov 2, 2017 7:30pm 12:30am
 $11 Per Film Block

Think new B-movies to discover and stare at and wonder what went wrong. It's all for fun as these films are made to be bad so they can be so good to watch.
Tuesday Oct 31, 2017 7:30PM 



Pioneering director and horror icon George Romero unleashed onto unsuspecting viewers the modern film zombie—a specter that remains a shockingly adaptable metaphor for contemporary life. In honor of the late master of the undead, we screen one of his classics, Dawn of the Dead. Like Night of the Living Dead before it, Dawn helped shape the zombie genre and tapped into the zeitgeist of its historical moment with a deft combination of blood, tension, and social satire. 

John Carpenter: Anthology Tour 
Tuesday, October 31 at 7 PM
The Hollywood Palladium
6215 W Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, California 90028
$61
Listen to John Carpenter's tunes on Halloween!



Don't forget, you can get a free Whopper in Burbank tonight too, you just gotta dress like a scary clown and be one of the first 500 "people" there by 7pm.

Scary Clown Night At Burger King This Halloween


Here's some of our favorite haunts reviewed for you

The Backwoods Maze Burbank's Best Free Haunt
October 13October 31 Select Nights

1912 N Pepper St, Burbank, CA 91505

Free
Select Nights Sept 15-Nov 3
Universal Studios Hollywood
$tarts at $65 and goes up with different pricing.
October  5th  through November 12th Magic Box LA (1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007; with entrance to Creep LA: Lore located at 986 Hill St, Los Angeles, CA, 90007) 
Ticket prices start at $65
Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY
Wicked Lit 2017: Let's Visit A Mausoleum and Cemetery at Night
Now – November 11, 2017
Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena
$50.00
Bring cash for confections and drinks, they don't take card

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin Let's Live Out A Japanese Horror Film
Performances: Now - November 5, 2017 Special Performances: October 30 & 31
Secret Mid City Warehouse, 90019
$65-$75 Now- November 5 

Dark Harbor: A Halloween Feast This Year
September 28 - Nov 1 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
$20 online, that will go up as it's get sooner to Halloween
*Don't forget you have to pay for parking too

 Spider Pavilion: Do You Lack Spiders In Your Life?
event sponsored by Western Exterminator
September 15 – November 26, 2017

Natural History Museum
General Admission + The Spider Pavilion is how it goes
 $17 for adults, children 3-12, $10


Our Halloween Horror Movie Suggestions

Monday, October 30, 2017

L.A. Meekly Live! Devil's Night


L.A. Meekly Live! Devil's Night
Mon, October 30, 2017
8:00 PM – 9:00 PM PDT
Comedy Central Stage
6539 Santa Monica Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90038
Free, Just RSVP

One of my favorite podcasts about LA is having a special live Halloween episode tonight for free. If in the Hollywood area check it out.

AFI Fest 2017 Schedule Up

The free film festival comes back to LA this November and the schedule for films is up now.

AFI Fest 2017
Nov 9-16
Multiple Theaters in Hollywood
Free tickets for AFI FEST 2017 presented by Audi will be available beginning on Wednesday, November 1.

This year's selection once again has some amazing films including: The Disaster Artist, showing us all how Tommy Wiseau's The Room was made starring James Franco. Mrs Hyde, out of of France is a retelling of the story in a modern sending, but this time about a female teacher. The Endless has a sci-fi concept to it about two brothers going back to their cult, but having two separate views of what happened. AVA looks like pure French art film; a girl will be going blind soon so she does the most rational thing of finding her sexuality by stealing a dog...


Some titles many fans have been looking forward to will be there including a showing of Guillermo del Toro's The Shape of Water, a love story based around the creature from the black lagoon. Not specifically that creature, because Universal wouldn't let him do it.

We also get the anime Mary and the Witch's Flower, that looks like Ghibli, but isn't.

Our usual favorite section of Midnight only has three films this year. AFI really needs to start finding the weirder and creepier stuff for one of our favorite showcases of what can only go on way past bed time.

Spelunky 2 We Need You

 Just announced, but with no real date is Spelunky 2. The only details so far is that it'll come out on PS4 first than PC. The trailer alludes to maybe visiting the sky instead of going underground...whatever that means.

Adventure Time Time: XXRAY Plus BMO

We haven't gone over Adventure Time in a while, because it just hasn't been on television. Merch for it though, it's still flowing. So let's look at the just up for pre-order  $169.00 XXRAY Plus BMO. After a year in development with artist Jason Freeny, we get a look inside at BMO. This BMO figure sits at 6" tall and you can see his beating heart emitting light. From its purchase page it says it's a limited edition of 500. Sadly, you won't be getting it until late 2018 if you do pre-order. But, dang, does it look cool.

via Toysrevil

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Halloween Update: Some More Halloween Hijinks

Downtown Día De Los Muertos
Oct 28-Nov 5
Grand Park
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free

Spanning four city blocks, GRAND PARK’S DOWNTOWN DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS ALTARS + ART EXHIBITION connects, tells, and reshapes the stories and traditions of Angeleno life.


Noche de Ofrenda opens the week-long exhibition of Altars + Art in Grand Park
October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Dia de los Muertos - Day of the Dead 
Saturday Oct 28, 2017
Doors: 12:00 PM
Show: 12:00 PM
Hollywood Forever
6000 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA
$20

Event Features:
  • A vibrant traditional procession in the home of Hollywood’s Immortals with traditional Aztec blessings and Regional Musical-Dance group dedications
  • Musical performances by Grammy Award winning recording artists
  • 100+ Altars created by members of the community to their ancestors and loved ones
  • Hundreds of Aztec Ritual Dancers in full costume
  • Four stages featuring music and theatrical performances
  • An Art Exhibition in the Cathedral Mausoleum curated by Luis Villanueva
  • A costume contest for the best dressed Calaca (skeleton)
  • A children’s arts project area
  • Arts and Crafts vendors
  • Food vendors from around Los Angeles
  • Presentation of Altar winners – The judges will select the best altar of each of the following categories: Theme of Event, Traditional Altar, Contemporary Altar – the best of each category wins $3,000

HELL-A: Relive the Horror This Halloween In Downtown Los Angeles!
Tues, Oct 31, Doors 5:00 PM / Show 5:45 PM (event ends at 12:00 AM)
Los Angeles Theatre
615 S Broadway
Los Angeles, CA, 90014 $30 - $150
21+


Hosted By: Brett 'Big Schwag' Wagner, Showing: John Carpenter's Original HALLOWEEN (1978), Showing: Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN Evil Has a Destiny (2007), Showing: Rob Zombie's HALLOWEEN II Family is Forever (2009), Performance By: Hurricane, Performance By: SKUM LOVE, Performance By: Tres Muertos, Performance By: Cigaratz

Friday, October 27, 2017

Halloween Top Picks 80's Horror Made Now: The Barn & All The Devils Are Here

If you want something to watch, but feel like you want 80's nostalgia why not try these two gems made only far back as 2015. These trailers are so fun to watch if you want to see some, well, modern 80's horror movies.
First up, The Barn! A film that brings three supernatural slashers out from Hell to collect body parts instead of treats on Halloween. The details on the slashers and the style from the trailer make this film a must for your Halloween party.

We can't find it streaming, but you can buy it from The Barn Merch Store in Blu-ray and VHS format.
Second up, All The Devils Are Here has that same 80's feel, but what looks like a demonic problem taking over another band of young college kids. It looks like this has a bit more of a comedy side to it.

This one is Streaming on Amazon.

Down Time by Luke Flowers and Glen Brogan & Andrew DeGraff "Cinemaps"

Can't wait to see the new stuff from artist Glen Brogan at the Down Time Art Show by Luke Flowers and Glen Brogan. This show will feature your favorite characters from media chilling in their down time. This time Glen will be selling some post cards of his work and it looks like we'll want to snag them all.

Down Time Art Show by Luke Flowers and Glen Brogan
Friday, November 3 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Gallery 1988: LA
7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046





Andrew DeGraff "Cinemaps"
Friday, November 3 at 7 PM - 9 PM
Gallery 1988: LA
7308 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, California 90046
 
On the same night, you'll have Andrew DeGraff's Cinemaps Art Show. His work plots the courses people took in films. His stylish art is an amazing amount of time and planning of actually looking back and plotting how people go to where inside of films. It's part start of the release of his new book of the same name of the art show.


Halloween Weekend 2017





The time has come for Halloween overdrive! Though, Halloween is really on Tuesday, everybody is going to be celebrating starting this weekend. As we've been reminding you all Ocyober, you've got to check out our
for all Halloween, haunts, activities entertainment and parties! It has the latest activities from celebrating for the first time in Little Tokyo to dressing like a scary clown to get a free whopper. Get your Halloween on!

Here's some of our favorite haunts reviewed for you

The Backwoods Maze Burbank's Best Free Haunt
October 13October 31 Select Nights
1912 N Pepper St, Burbank, CA 91505
Free
Select Nights Sept 15-Nov 3
Universal Studios Hollywood
$tarts at $65 and goes up with different pricing.
October  5th  through November 12th Magic Box LA (1933 S. Broadway, Los Angeles, CA, 90007; with entrance to Creep LA: Lore located at 986 Hill St, Los Angeles, CA, 90007) 
Ticket prices start at $65
Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY
Wicked Lit 2017: Let's Visit A Mausoleum and Cemetery at Night
Now – November 11, 2017
Mountain View Mausoleum and Cemetery
2300 N. Marengo Ave. Altadena
$50.00
Bring cash for confections and drinks, they don't take card

Kaidan Project: Walls Grow Thin Let's Live Out A Japanese Horror Film
Performances: Now - November 5, 2017 Special Performances: October 30 & 31
Secret Mid City Warehouse, 90019
$65-$75 Now- November 5 

Dark Harbor: A Halloween Feast This Year
September 28 - Nov 1 1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802
$20 online, that will go up as it's get sooner to Halloween
*Don't forget you have to pay for parking too

 Spider Pavilion: Do You Lack Spiders In Your Life?
event sponsored by Western Exterminator

September 15 – November 26, 2017
Natural History Museum
General Admission + The Spider Pavilion is how it goes
 $17 for adults, children 3-12, $10

Our Halloween Horror Movie Suggestions

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Meet Rude Dude from The Super Kind PSA's Oct 27

It's such short notice and at such a strange time, most people work or are at school Metro. TTDILA loves the characters and fully supports a Japanese idol meet-n-greet day, but plan for the weekend or after work and with the actress who plays Super Kind.

Scary Clown Night At Burger King This Halloween

Oh, I love the marketing team behind this one. On Oct 31st, the first 500 people dressed as scary clowns that role into select Burger Kings will get a free whopper. And we have of one those Burger Kings, which there are only 5 in the whole country. Head to the Burger King at 545 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA 91502 starting at 7pm to get your Whopper...as long as you're dressed as a scary clown.
This is like two shots fired across the bow of McD's as it seems like a better campaign then the awful Szechuan sauce fiasco that recently happened earlier this month. And the clown in the commercial looks like Ronald.

Oh, I can't wait for the photos to pop-up on social media that night and if things go bad, well they'll just be a Hell of a lot of scary clowns in Burbank on Halloween.

via Bloody Disgusting

Halloween Weekend: It's Gonna Be Halloween For Four Days

Here's what's happening for Halloween weekend, pulled from out Halloween Master List. Be sure to check out the main list for everything you can do for Halloween. We have events, haunts, parties and ghoulish entertainment in this post, so your weekend can filled with screams. Scream of fun.

Haunts


October 27-28
eSports Arena
120 W 5th St, Santa Ana, CA 92701
$64.56
21+
On October 27th and 28th, you’re invited to raise a glass to the occult and join the coven as the eSportsArena is transformed into ‘HEX’, the most twisted, sinister, Halloween gala outside of Salem. This costume party will feature heart-pounding live entertainment, interactive mischief, and devilish delights all wrapped into a wiccan décor which will leave you with nightmarish visions.


The Farm Home Haunt
Oct 28, 7:00 pm - 10:00 pmThe Farm Home Haunt
1252 Norton Ave, Glendale, California 91202
Free 
The Farm Haunt will open the barn doors for all who dare to enter. Another free haunted house in the LA area.

Entertainment

Halloween Horror 2017
Wed, Oct 25, 2017 - Tue, Oct 31, 2017
Egyptian and Aero Theatres 
$
 Get your Halloween thrills and chills with horror films in late October! We kick things off with NAILS, about a young woman who wakes up in a hospital after an accident only to discover that a malevolent presence lurks in the halls. The new indie shocker makes its U.S. premiere here with director and star in person. Our annual Horrothon will keep you up from dusk to dawn with seven scary features - AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON, POPCORN, THE TINGLER, HACK-O-LANTERN, SHOCKER, BRAINSCAN and DEATH BED: THE BED THAT EATS - plus between-film craziness and free food and drinks! Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis return in seasonal favorite GHOSTBUSTERS, presented in 70mm. Russ Tamblyn, Claire Bloom and Julie Harris lead the ghost busters in Robert Wise's atmospheric THE HAUNTING. And don't miss our Halloween night screening of cult classic CARNIVAL OF SOULS with star Candace Hilligoss in person!


Thu 10/26 @ 7:30pm
Greek Theatre, Los Angeles
 $8.50
Special showing of Shawn of the Dead, talk of free t-shirts, nothing confirmed.
 


All Night Horrorthon
Sat, Oct 28, 7:30pm
Aero Theatre 1328 Montana Avenue,
Santa Monica, CA 90403
Special Horrorthon prices: General $25, Student/Senior $23, Members $20 - includes all-night food and coffee.

Spend all night at the Aero Theatre’s 12th annual Horrorthon! Complete with between-film free food, giveaways, trailers and crazy shorts, this movie marathon feels like rowdiest and most bizarre sleepover you’ll ever attend. Expect special appearances by the beloved Corngorn and his bride, Frost Nixon, Wizard Policeman, George Washingmachine and more from the Horrorthon canon. Be prepared to be showered with candy from Randy and DVDs at random. Pack your pillows and survival kits and don’t be shy…the louder you scream, the better your chances of being crowned Mister Horrorthon 2017. Oh, and did we mention stack upon stacks of free pizza and Monster drinks?
 
Ju-On: The Grudge - Presented by: Haunted Little Tokyo
Sat, October 28, 2017
7:30 PM – 10:30 PM
Japanese American Cultural & Community Center
244 South San Pedro Street
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free

Haunted Little Tokyo is pleased to present a screening of the 2002 Japanese Horror sensation, Ju-On: The Grudge, by Takashi Shimizu. A mysterious and vengeful spirit marks and pursues anybody who dares enter the house in which it resides.
 
Saturday October 28th, 2017
2:00 PM 
Linwood Dunn Theater
1313 Vine Street
Hollywood, CA 90028

Soon after sound took hold in the movie industry, Hollywood studios experimented with ways to attract Spanish-speaking audiences. Using Latin-American actors, technicians and directors, they shot Spanish-language versions of their films on the same sets. Notable among these alternate versions is this stylish adaptation of Bram Stoker’s 1897 novel. Directed by George Melford, Drácula was filmed at night during the production of the 1931 English-language version that starred Bela Lugosi.

PST: LA/LA - PAN'S LABYRINTH
Monday October 30th, 7:30 PM 
Samuel Goldwyn Theater
8949 Wilshire Boulevard
Beverly Hills, CA, 90211
$3.00 - $5.00
An instant classic from Del Toro that's way way darker then it should be.  Panelists: producer Bertha Navarro, cinematographer Guillermo Navarro, and actors Doug Jones and Ivana Baquero (schedules permitting).








The Lure Special Edition Review Musical Mermaid Horror From Poland

Let's start at The Little Mermaid and work are way back at how this isn't anything as cute. Just in time for Halloween and to freak out your friends is Agnieszka Smoczynska's The Lure. We reviewed it about a year ago for AFI Fest where the lead actress Marta Mazurek, who plays the mermaid Silver, sang, "Part of Your World,' in Polish for us attending the screening. The film just came out from Criterion and would be best paired with their other release of the insane Japanese horror film House for Halloween.

The Lure

Unlike The Little Mermaid, the mermaids in this film hunger for human flesh. They eat people. Not unlike The Little Mermaid, the film is a musical. There are some crazy weird musical numbers starting at a song about no intentions of eating you, to shopping and getting human legs during surgery.

What to dwell on first, the music video style that happens when songs occur or the lyrics that are just nonsense. Many of the songs make zero sense when subtitled, there just nonsense you might find in a catchy song. The music video like musical numbers differ from an amazing look after a fight with everything stuck, frozen in time to some upbeat strip-tease dance numbers for a club.

Set in the 1980's two Mermaids come ashore to join a band and learn and love humanity. Oh, and sometimes eat people. The club is their stomping ground and their voices, used to drag people to their doom, are now used to get a crowd jumping.

It's a remarkably weird film worth viewing in the best format that Criterion can release on Blu-Ray with special features including a few deleted scenes and a making of doc.

There's too many different parts for me to marvel at. I just love how they pulled off the Mermiad's creepy eel like tails, which in no way look as nice as Arial's flipper. Then, there's just a long shot of the club going through every section that's just well choreographed. I mean, it looked so good it reminded me of a Wes Anderson long shot.

This is a movie that should fit in your collection if you love horror, crazy Japanese live-action films and or musicals. It's no Little Mermaid and would only be if she was doing a massive amount of cocaine.

Publisher provided Blu-ray for review.

Cucumber Quest The Doughnut Kingdom & Head Games: The Graphic Novel Quick Reviews


Cucumber Quest: The Doughnut Kingdom
by Gigi D.G.

This sugary sweet book is about two bunny siblings trying to save their kingdom from adult stupidity in what will be a four volume adventure. If you wanted adorability up to the max with an easy to get into story then look no further. 

Maybe it was just too cute for me, but I think this book we go to my little sister, if I had one.








Head Games: The Graphic Novel
by Craig McDonald

Like a film noir detective story that's a bit darker than usual about a writer trying to sell a bogus skull n the 1950's and getting into some deeper plot with some real history mixed in. It has a great dark art style that makes it feel old to the touch.

It just wasn't my speed or style, if you're more willing to get set-up for a bigger story then these pages are for you.







Books provided by publisher for review purposes.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Zombie Frappuccino Thursday

Starting this Thursday, Oct 26, you can get the Zombie Frappuccino at Starbucks until the end of Halloween. It comes with brain cream on top and has caramel apple flavoring. Sounds tasty.

Halloween Update: We Have Halloween This Weekend

KCRW's Masquerade Ball
Saturday, October 28, 9:00 PM

The MacArthur
607 S. Park View Street
Los Angeles, CA 90057
$125
21+
 
At KCRW's Masquerade Ball, you'll get to wander the spooky ballrooms of the decadent MacArthur where you’ll find the hottest dance bands, DJs, performance artists, high-flying luchadores and other-worldly creatures.

Old Pasadena Halloween Celebration

Saturday October 28 through October 31
Old Pasadena 
Free

Bring the whole family to Old Pasadena for a frightfully fun-filled Halloween celebration! The festivities begin on Saturday, October 28 with One Colorado’s Pumpkin Extravaganza and The Dog Bakery’s Growl-o-ween event and ends with all treats and no tricks on Tuesday, October 31, when Old Pasadena celebrates Halloween night with store-to store trick or treating and lots of free surprises along Colorado Boulevard and in the One Colorado Courtyard!

Sat, Oct 28, 2017, 5:00 PM
Little Tokyo
1336 Angelina St, Los Angeles, California 90012
Free
$15 for bar crawl

The month-long Haunted Little Tokyo celebration will culminate with a GIANT BLOCK PARTY on Saturday, October 28th! We're shutting down 2nd Street (between San Pedro Street & Central Avenue) for a FREE, community-wide Halloween party, featuring:
  • Live Performances & DJs
  • Costume Contests (with prizes) & Parade
  • Food Trucks
  • Arts & Crafts workshops
  • Haunted Photobooth
  • Pumpkin Patch
  • Film Screenings (My Neighbor Totoro, Ju-on)

HAUNTED LITTLE TOKYO BAR CRAWL (21+ only)

Sip on ghoulish libations at participating Haunted Little Tokyo Bars on the evening of October 28th ONLY–drink and cocktail specials all night long!


DOWNTOWN DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS: NOCHE DE OFRENDA
October 28, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Grand Park's Performance Lawn (between Grand and Hill)
200 N Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Free

The night of offering evokes memories of the past and passed, while Angelenos connect with traditions across borders and states. Noche de Ofrenda opens the week-long exhibition of Altars + Art in Grand Park.
Noche de Ofrenda is produced in partnership with Self Help Graphics & Art, and will feature traditional dance and prayer led by the local indigenous community, as well as Los Angeles-based poets and musicians. The community altar will be collaboratively curated by Mujeres de Maiz and Ni Santas,  where offerings can be placed by all.

Long Beach Zombie Walk
Saturday, October 28 at 2 PM – 10 PM
Shoreline Village
401-435 Shoreline Village Drive, Long Beach, California 90802
Free

Calling all rotting, brain-eating, flesh-dripping citizens roaming the earth in varying states of decay! Join Shoreline Village on Saturday, October 28 for an all-day celebration of all things Undead from 2pm to 10pm, including vendors, movies, music, and of course, a ghoulish walk/shuffle down Rainbow Harbor – all for FREE!
We’re teaming up with Lola’s Mexican CuisineLong Beach Stuff, The Frida Cinema, YMCA of Greater Long Beach, the Red Cross, and original Long Beach Zombie Walk creators Long Beach Cinematheque to bring you a ghastly day to remember, kicking off with live music at 2pm, outdoor movies when the sun goes down, and at 8pm, a Zombie Walk down Rainbow Harbor!


Oct 29, Oct 31
Multiple Theaters
$

Fans will not want to miss Little Shop of Horrors: The Director’s Cut, which features the rarely-seen original ending and an exclusive introduction from Frank Oz.