Happy Death Day | Watch the New Trailer – IN THEATERS FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13 | #HappyDeathDay

HAPPY DEATH DAY – In Theaters Friday, October 13,2017
Official Website | Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | #HappyDeathDay

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Blumhouse (Split, Get Out, Whiplash) produces an original and inventive rewinding thriller in Happy Death Day, in which a college student (Jessica Rothe, La La Land) relives the day of her murder with both its unexceptional details and terrifying end until she discovers her killer’s identity.

Happy Death Day is directed by Christopher Landon (Paranormal Activity: The Marked Ones) and written by Scott Lobdell.

Genre: Thriller
Cast: Jessica Rothe, Israel Broussard, Ruby Modine, Charles Aitken, Laura Clifton
Directed by: Christopher Landon
Written by: Scott Lobdell
Produced by: Jason Blum
Executive Producers: Angela Mancuso, John Baldecchi, Couper Samuelson, Jeanette Volturno, Seth William Meier

 

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Actress Kate Tumanova gets Surprised by the Fan Support at ScareLA

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

“American Exorcism” lead actress Kate Tumanova attended ScareLA in support of the DVD and RedBox release of the film.

Tumanova is a fresh face to the horror genre, but fans came out in support of the talented actress and were able to meet and greet as well as get an autograph poster or a #KateTumanova shirt.

“It was a great experience and I am very happy to be related to that community through my horror film ‘American Exorcism,'” Tumanova said.

For two hours Tumanova met with fans and talked to press.

Tumanova is proud of her role as Caroline as a teenager in “American Exorcism.” The teenage Caroline character has gone through some turmoil and through the film has some teenage angst that may be fueled by a possession.

This having been her first year at ScareLA Tumanova said, “I love how people are so passionate about a certain genre and all get together and have so much fun. I would love to be back next year. Everyone was so fun and people were very interested to hear about my film.”

“American Exorcism” is out now on DVD and RedBox.

Tumanova will be coming back to the horror genre once again, landing another lead role in an upcoming horror film which is now in production.

Tumanova said, “I am so excited to shoot another project and, since it perfectly fits the Scare LA set up, I will do everything I can to promote it next year.”

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@Thisfunktional talks with Tanya Mordacci SHORT + SWEET HOLLYWOOD LATINO

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Festival director Tanya Mordacci talks to Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about the debut of “Short + Sweet Hollywood Latino!” The festival of short plays runs August 10 through August 13.

Mordacci discusses the wide variety of the topics that the plays deal with, being new to directing and organizing the festival and brings a surprise along for the interview.

“Short+Sweet,” the biggest, short-play festival in the world will present its first “Short+Sweet Hollywood Latino!” edition as part of the “Short+Sweet Hollywood 2017” season on August 10-13 at the Stella Adler Theater (6773 Hollywood Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028), with Bruno Bichir as its godfather.

The festival will include 13 10-minute plays in Spanish, English and of course, Spanglish that will range in topics, such as faith, immigration, infidelity, murder, treason, jugglers, hookers, luchadores and politics.

The main goal for “Short+Sweet Hollywood Latino!” is to provide a much-needed forum for expression for Latino talent, including Hansel Ramirez, Elena Rojas, Fernanda Kelly, Orlette Ruiz among many other film, TV and theater actors, writers and directors.

Recognizing the endeavor’s importance many celebrity guests will be attending to lend their support.

The program will be divided into two groups, ‘A’ and ‘B’ each day and will alternate order.

Grupo B:
  • Ramera
  • Cuerda
  • Blind Faith
  • The Man at the Next Table
  • El Vago
  • 10 Dollars for a Peso
Grupo A:
  • Inside Sex
  • Todo por un Shampoo
  • Cariño, ya que estás de pie
  • Gram
  • Aprender a Caer
  • Therapy
  • La Nube

The festival’s schedule will go as follows:

  • August 10: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Group A, followed by Group B)
  • August 11: 7:30 p.m. -9:15 p.m. (Group B, followed by group A)
  • August 12: 7:30 p.m.-9:15 p.m. (Group A, followed by group B)
  • August 13: 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. (Group B, followed by group A)

“’Short+Sweet Hollywood LATINO!’ is fantastic, because it is the first short-play Latino festival being presented in L.A, a culturally-rich and talent-filled city. It will provide a forum for Latino expression and a space where all can melt together, while building a sense of belonging,” festival director Tanya Mordacci said.

Dates for the entire festival have been announced and tickets are available now for purchase.
To keep up with latest news, follow the festival on its official Facebook Fan Page.

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Claudia Sandoval sets sail abroad the MasterChef Cruise | #masterchef #cruise

MasterChef Cruise Sets Sail With Exciting New Lineup Of Onboard Entertainment and Interactive Cooking And Food Sessions

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  • Guests Can Participate in Mystery Box Challenges, Q&A Sessions, Chef Talks, Hands-On Demonstrations and Much More!
  • MasterChef Season 8 Winner To Join Previously Announced Winners: All-Stars Shaun O’Neale (Season 7 Winner), Claudia Sandoval (Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfé (Season 4 Winner), Brandi Mudd (Season 7 All-Star) and Tanorria Askew (Season 7 All-Star).
  • New Onboard Credit Available For All Bookings

MasterChef Cruise presented by Endemol Shine North America, producers of the hit culinary competition MASTERCHEF airing Wednesdays (8:00PM-9:00PM ET/PT) on FOX and global event production company Life Journeys, invite foodies and fans alike on a seven-day culinary adventure at sea with an exciting new lineup of onboard entertainment and interactive cooking and food sessions that will allow them to watch, learn and eat with their favorite MASTERCHEF All-Stars.

Experience MASTERCHEF Live!  Not only will guests dive into the pristine waters of the Caribbeanbut they will immerse themselves in culinary expertise, tips and tricks and hear stories, ideas and step-by-step demonstrations directly from the MASTERCHEF All-Stars. All-Stars scheduled to appear include newly crowned MASTERCHEF Season 8 Winner (to be announced during the MASTERCHEF finale on Sept. 20), Shaun O’Neale (Season 7 Winner), Claudia Sandoval (Season 6 Winner), Luca Manfé (Season 4 Winner), Brandi Mudd (Season 7 All-Star) and Tanorria Askew (Season 7 All-Star).

The MasterChef Cruise will offer engaging and interesting demonstrations perfect for the everyday home cook looking to explore their skills in the kitchen and inspiration with new culinary ideas including:

Mystery Box Challenges

Guests, alongside the All-Stars, will be invited to participate in the ever-popular Mystery Box Challenge (as seen on MASTERCHEF) where they can test their culinary capabilities and skills using mystery ingredients and mystery themes

Q&A Sessions

Guests will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with the All-Stars– asking questions, interacting and learning with the All-Stars to become the best home cook on the block.

Chef Talks and Hands On Demonstrations

Guests will experience Cooking 101 Sessions with the All-Stars, who will give them insights to their top dishes, favorite ingredients, and secrets to becoming a success in the kitchen.

Pressure Tests

Guests will join the All-Stars for a themed and Caribbean-inspired culinary Pressure Test (as seen on MASTERCHEF) that will allow them to cook dishes mixed with classic and exotic ingredients in a timed, competitive setting.

Battle of the Home Cooks

Guests will be invited to participate in challenges judged by the All-Stars, including a baking challenge, a burger challenge, a taco challenge and more. They will also be encouraged to get their personal recipes ready for a chance to be selected to go on stage to test their culinary talents against fellow guests.

Extra Credit: Pop Quizzes, Games & Relay Races

Guests will challenge their culinary and MASTERCHEF knowledge with fun and informative games and trivia peppered throughout the week.

Soon, the MasterChef Cruise will also be announcing Premium VIP upgrade experiences such as Chef Inspired 5-course dinner and luncheons, intimate cooking demonstrations, cruise ship kitchen tours, and much more. Check the MasterChef Cruise website often for updates.

All programming is subject to change.

The seven-day cruise sets sail November 12-19, 2017 on-board Holland America Line’s first Signature-class cruise ship, ms Eurodam. Embarking from Fort Lauderdale, FL, it will visit Grand Turk, Turks and Caicos; San Juan, Puerto Rico; Philipsburg, St. Maarten; and Half Moon Cay, Holland America Line’s award-winning private island in the Bahamas.

MasterChef Cruise is offering guests instant onboard dollars to use towards rejuvenating spa treatments, unique shore excursions, specialty restaurants, casino and additional onboard amenities the ship has to offer! From $50 to $150, per person, based on cabin category, guests can enjoy an extra serving of fun from MASTERCHEF. The following breaks down onboard credits:

Interior Stateroom: $50 per person

Ocean-View Stateroom: $50 per person

Verandah Stateroom: $100 per person

Signature Suites: $150 per person

Neptune Suites: $150 per person

Terms and conditions apply.

For more information and the full MasterChef Cruise itinerary, visit www.masterchefcruise.com.

 

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Why JHype Should Still Be On ABC’s ‘Boy Band’ | #jhype #boyband @JHypeOfficial

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I grew up during the peak of the boy band era. You know the one I’m talking about . . . the one where it was either *Nsync OR Backstreet Boys. The one where we had posters plastered to our walls like wallpaper and attempted dance moves in our living rooms. The one where we watched ‘Making the Band’ when O-Town was put together.

You know what New Kids On the Block, *Nsync, Backstreet Boys, O-Town, New Edition, 98 Degrees, etc. didn’t have?? A 14-year-old beatboxer who SLAYS.

Personally, I was an *Nsync girl because . . . Justin Timberlake, but I decided to check out an episode of ABC’s Boy Band just to see how the judging was handled even though Nick Carter was one of the architects (you can take the girl out of the boy band era, but you can’t take the boy band era out of the girl). My niece, who is 13 decided to watch it with me and that was a wrap. We both got sucked back into boy band land. Let me also state, for the record, that even the One Direction boys didn’t have the greatest auditions on X-Factor (at all), but Simon Cowell saw something in them that he thought would work as a boy band. Clearly, he was onto something because they grew into their voices and have all managed to put out great solo singles and records.

I want to start out by saying that I’ve always been a fan of hearing people beatbox because it’s just not something that everyone can do. We saw JHype’s audition for Boy Band, where Timbaland even went up on stage to join him and it was incredible. I’m not just saying that because he’s my niece’s favorite either. Here’s the audition:

Now, I can’t sit here and say that JHype ever had the best vocals on the show, but he had something that no one else had (aside from Michael Conor)–originality. My issue is that he knew he didn’t come into the competition as a singer and worked extra hard to improve, but even through all of his hard work and growth, Nick still knocked him down each week. No constructive criticism that he could take in and try to perfect, no recognition for the hard work he was putting in, nothing. The only person who gave him credit was Timbaland.

What should’ve been taken into consideration is that he was SO good at beatboxing and improving with vocals. Some of the guys only had vocals and even those weren’t consistently good over the past few weeks.

One comment that stands out in particular was when Nick said he was concerned that JHype didn’t have the tools they need to go deep into the competition. Are you kidding me?? Take a poll, sir! I don’t want another cookie-cutter boy band like all the ones we’ve had in the past. I think adding a rapper (Michael Conor) and JHype would be so interesting and different! I just didn’t appreciate that it sounded like Nick had it out for Jay from the very beginning. Stop telling him he has room for growth because they all do! I still do and I’m 33! Plus, let’s be real . . . Nick isn’t the best singer in BSB either, but they’re still relevant as a band! Now we can also add a lack of vision to that list.

With that being said, here is my ideal Top Five:

Chance, Drew, Marcus, Michael Conor and JHype

With JHype being gone now, here is my current Top Five:

Chance, Drew, Marcus, Michael Conor and Mikey

I know what you’re thinking . . . where’s Jaden?? I think Jaden is more of a soloist (and a bad-ass one at that), so I’d like to see him do his own thing. Hey, maybe he could collab with JHype & Miles!

It’s no secret that Jay will do big things now that his name is on the map and he has a strong fan base to keep that going. He would’ve been a GREAT addition, but I’m excited to see where he goes from here. Here’s to hoping that Timbaland and Justin Timberlake reach out and mentor him even further! The future is bright for him without a doubt. I can’t wait to see him prove Nick wrong!

On that note, here’s my favorite JHype performance on the show:

 

You can find JHype on social media here:

Instagram | Twitter

And while you’re at it, you can follow my niece on social media here:

Instagram | Twitter

 

 

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It’s Official!! I’m a College Grad w/a BA in English | Creative Writing!

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Hey, everyone!!

I hope you’ve all been having a FANTASTIC summer! Some of you might have noticed my short absence online, but I have a legit explanation . . .

I FINALLY GOT MY DEGREE!!

After a 14-year span of taking classes and taking breaks and changing majors and switching schools because I can’t find a schedule that lines up with my full-time job and, you know . . . life, I finally graduated from the University of Central Florida!

It’s been a rocky road, for sure, but I managed to land myself in several honors programs, I have a 3.9 GPA and one of my poems is being published in a literary magazine this Fall. I’m the first in my family to have a college degree (besides my aunts) and now I can say I have a Bachelors Degree in English | Creative Writing.

What’s the goal, you ask?

I’ve been asking myself that for years! All I know is that I LOVE to write. Whether I eventually write for a magazine, a TV show, start my own magazine or just write things down here on my blog, I’ll be a happy camper. I’ll also be getting my certification to be a teacher as a back-up plan. After having some of the best writing professors ever, I’d love to be that role model for younger generations. So, while the goal may sound broad, all I want to do is write.

I didn’t attend my graduation this past weekend, but this is why I’ve been MIA for the past two or three weeks. I also didn’t take any graduation photos, so here is the only one I’m posting haha!!

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THE DINNER: Now Available On Digital and On Demand | #thedinner #movies

THE DINNER
NOW available On Digital & On Demand

THE ORCHARD has released its latest title THE DINNER On Digital and On Demand

IMG_9663A riveting story filled with many shocking twists and turns, THE DINNER is a chilling parable about the savage reality hidden beneath the surface of middle-class lives. Based on the international bestselling novel, adapted and directed by Oscar nominee Oren Moverman. Nothing is what it seems in this dark psychological thriller starring Golden Globe winner Richard Gere, Oscar nominee Laura Linney, Oscar nominee Steve Coogan, Oscar nominee Chloë Sevigny, and Golden Globe nominee Rebecca Hall.

SYNOPSIS: Two estranged brothers and their wives meet at a restaurant to discuss a grotesque crime committed by their sons. With their involvement still a secret, they must decide how far they’ll go to protect the ones they love.

Director: Oren Moverman

Cast: Richard Gere, Laura Linney, Steve Coogan, Rebecca Hall, Chloë Sevigny

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@Thisfunktional Attends ScareLA 2017, ScareLA Thrills with Halloween Fun in Summer

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

ScareLA provided an exciting weekend of Halloween fun for the entire family with magnificent virtual reality attractions, theme park announcements for Halloween and many vendors to start the Halloween shopping.

The Los Angeles City Council officially proclaimed Aug. 4 as ScareLA, concreting LAs premier Halloween convention’s connection with LA.

From the year one, ScareLA attracted Halloween enthusiast to The Reef/LA Mart in 2013 and steadily gained steam.

Now in it’s fifth year, ScareLA opened its doors at the Los Angeles Convention Center making this milestone year the largest space for the con.

ScareLA Founder and Creator Lora Ivanova opened the convention on Aug. 5 by ripping through a caution tape ribbon with help from some eager zombies wanting to get things started.

One of the biggest highlights of the convention, John Murdy, Creative director for Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Studios, Hollywood, talking about this years big mazes, which include “The Shining,” American Horror Story: Roanoke” and “Ash Vs. Evil Dead,” as well as announcing for the first time the “Titans of Terror” and “Titans of Terror Tram.”

The terror tram at Universal Studios Hollywood will include Freddy Kruger from “Nightmare on Elm Street,” Jason Vorhees from “Friday the 13th,” Michael Meyers from “Halloween” and be hosted by Chucky from “Child’s Play.”

This year’s SCARYWOOD housed some of the most incredible VR experiences, augmented reality and stage performances.

Freakshow Deluxe at the Dark Stage at SCARYWOOD attracted a large crowd as there were sword swallowers and contortionists, as well as audience members stapling tips onto a performer.

Gray Oddities Doll

Dark art and customized Horror dolls from Gray Oddities, check out some artwork at facebook.com/GrayOddities or instagram.com/Gray_Oddities, attracted some attention with some creepy yet cute and amazing dolls. The dolls are all hand crafter, some creatively created from the imagination and some made inspired by classic horror creatures. Special custom request are accepted with flexible payment plans.

The Dark Divas panel brought six talented horror industry females to the main stage. Actress and producer Jessica Cameron lead the panel which included writer Helen Shang, actress Naomi Grossman, actress Kristina Klebe, actress Emma Bell and actress Bel Deliá. They each talked about the path each has taken in their careers in the horror industry.

Family-friendly, and creative, arts and crafts and educational classes were popular with activities such as making Wonder Woman gauntlets were fun and enjoyable for attendees of all ages. Some arts and crafts had an extra fee for material, but were worth the cost.

Some of the talented people at the con meeting with fans, taking pictures and signing autographs included “The World of Aluna” co-creator Paula Garces, actor Juan Gabriel Pareja, actress Kate Tumnova, “The Walking Dead” Tell Tale video game voice actor Dave Fennoy and “Shameless” New Fiona actress Mary Kennedy.

Rocking the Dark Stage, “Rocky Horror Dance-a-long” got people up and dancing in the spooky SCARYWOOD.

ScareLA 2017 ended and left many looking forward for Halloween and a ScareLA 2018, fans can only hope until the next convention is confirmed.

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@Thisfunktional #Podcast – MUSIC – Dario Castro VERDE70

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

El vocalista de Verde70 Dario Castro habla con Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional de Thisfunktional.com, de el ultimo sencillo “Ultimamente” de el album “Verde70.”

Castro hablo de traer el grupo a los Estados Unidos, la inspiración del videoclip de “Ultimamente” y lo que sigue para Verde70.

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El grupo de rock de Ecuador VERDE70 
lanza su nuevo sencillo “ÚLTIMAMENTE” 
La banda ecuatoriana se presentaron en Los Angeles 
el 18 de julio en el Hotel Cafe 

El grupo de rock Ecuatoriano presento su nuevo sencillo “Últimamente” en Estados Unidos en un concierto intimo en Los Angeles, California el 18 de julio en el Hotel Cafe.

VERDE70 recién lanzo el videoclip del sencillo “ÚLTIMAMENTE,” tema con el cual cierran la etapa de su cuarto álbum (homónimo VERDE70), el mismo que protagonizó su extensa gira de conciertos por Ecuador y Estados Unidos con el#TourLaEdadDeLaZebra y el #Tour15Años.

Por esta razón, la banda ecuatoriana junto a TFM CINE, LA PRODUCTORA y RADAR MUSIC apostaron por un material audiovisual de alta calidad para ÚLTIMAMENTE que resultó mezclado en 5.1 y formato DCP exclusivamente para el cine, el día del estreno, donde más de 200 invitados de prensa, fans y artistas disfrutaron de la proyección del video que ya está disponible en el canal VEVO de VERDE70.

La presentación del nuevo video en la gira “Últimamente” se llevó a cabo en Quito en dos fechas: 20 de junio en Cinemark y el 23 de junio en Gastrópolis; Guayaquil, Los Angeles, New York, New Jersey, entre otras son las plazas que la banda visitará entre julio y agosto, para luego extender esta gira de conciertos hasta diciembre del presente año.

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Halloween Horror Nights Tickets on Sale, Presentation at ScareLA

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Universal Studios Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights tickets go on sale now and on Aug 5 the powerhouse team behind HHN John Murdy and Chris Williams will reveal some of the details for this year’s attractions.

Along with the details of this year’s HHN the team will reveal a special surprise for ScareLA fans.

Tickets are on Sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood Including its All-New R.I.P. Tour, Featuring VIP Guided Access, Gourmet Buffet Dinner, 
Valet Parking and Unlimited Front-of-Line Privileges
Featuring More Mazes than Ever, “Halloween Horror Nights” Begins on Sept. 15 and Continues on Select Nights through Nov. 4 Click Here for a Sneak Peek at the Horror that Awaits
and Here to Purchase Tickets

Tickets are now on sale for “Halloween Horror Nights” at Universal Studios Hollywood, Southern California’s most extreme and intensely immersiveHalloween event, which kicks off on Sept. 15 and continues on select nights through Nov. 4.

Tickets can be purchased at HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, and advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out for all ticket options, including the all-new R.I.P. Tour, the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket, the Frequent Fear Pass, and must-have Front-of-Line ticket.

​The new R.I.P. Tour invites guests in groups of up to 14 to scare in style with an exclusive VIP guide that also includes unlimited front-of-line privileges to all mazes and attractions, as well as a gourmet buffet dinner, drinks and valet parking.

​Guests electing to purchase the After 2 p.m. Day/Night Combo Ticket can enjoy the park’s popular daytime attractions such as “The Wizarding World of Harry Potter,” “Despicable Me Minion Mayhem” and “Fast and Furious—Supercharged” on the world-famous Studio Tour by day, then step into the mazes and attractions located throughout the park to experience the terror of “Halloween Horror Nights” for one admission price.

​The ever popular Frequent Fear Pass allows fans, who just can’t get enough of “Halloween Horror Nights,” to visit multiple times throughout the run of the event.

The in-demand Front-of-Line ticket to “Halloween Horror Nights” is also available enabling guests to enjoy one-time priority access to all the mazes, attractions, the all-new Terror Tramexperience and new Jabbawockeez hip hop dance performance.

This year, “Halloween Horror Nights” features more mazes than ever, and with 29 terrifying event nights from which to choose, the scares are limitless.

Following are event dates: Sept. 15-16, 22-23, 28-30, Oct. 1, 5-8, 12-15, 19-22, 25-29, 31 and Nov. 2-4.“Halloween Horror Nights” brings together the sickest minds in horror to immerse guests in a living, breathing, three-dimensional world of terror inspired by TV and film’s most compelling horror properties.

Following is a partial list of this year’s terrifying line-up, with more maze news to be announced soon:

  • The Shining, inspired by the iconic psychological thriller.
  • “American Horror Story: Roanoke,” based on FX’s critically-acclaimed, Emmy® and Golden Globe® Award-winning television series.
  • “ASH vs. Evil Dead,” based on Starz’s comedy horror television series.
  • “The Walking Dead,” Universal Studios Hollywood new permanent attraction inspired by AMC’s record-breaking television series.
  • The Jabbawockeez award-winning hip hop dance crew return by popular demand with an all-new, high-energy performance created exclusively for “Halloween Horror Nights.”

For exciting updates and exclusive “Halloween Horror Nights” content, visit HalloweenHorrorNights.com/Hollywood, like Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood on Facebook; follow @HorrorNights #UniversalHHN on Instagram, Twitter and Snapchat; and watch the terror come to life on Halloween Horror Nights YouTube.

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