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.

@Thisfunktional Podcast – MUSIC – Dakota Gartner NAKED WALRUS

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Musician Dakota Gartner talks with Jesus Figueroa, @Thisfunktional of Thisfunktional.com, about his band Naked Walrus and being part of Vans’ Warped Tour.

Gartner talks about the inspiration behind the bands alternative rock sound, being part of the incredible line-up at Vans’ Warped Tour and other tour stops Naked Walrus will be a part of.

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Chilling Haunts, Exhibits, Attractions Promise to Thrill Fans at ScareLA 2017

Chilling Haunts, Exhibits, Attractions Promise to Thrill Fans at ScareLA 2017

Delivering on its commitment to offer bigger and better scares, ScareLA, the first Halloween convention of its kind, will count with a substantial array of curated and unique exhibits showcasing scary goods and services at the Los Angeles Convention Center on August 5-6.

Exhibits will include returning favorites Funeral Classics, Characters Unlimited, Reign of Terror, terrifying escape rooms, music and family-friendly activities and an all-new exhibit from Starburns Industries.Monsters can look forward to:

  • Funeral classics will be displaying a Jack Pierce/James Whale Frankenstein Prop head at their booth.
  • Characters Unlimited will be featuring their specialized and affordable designs for life-sized talking characters.
  • Reign of Terror will have a frightening photo op for all attendees.
  • 60out Escape Rooms, Cross Roads Escape Games, and PuzzleMazement will offer terrifying escape rooms that will test the cleverness and agility of all monsters.
  • The best in Halloween music, including LA Fear, Nox Arcana – William Piotrowski and The Rhythm Coffin-Monster Rock n’ Roll.
  • Family-friendly exhibitors including, Broken Oar Productions, featuring “Monster Elementary”, an all-ages comedy adventure graphic novel series created by Nicholas Doan and Caanan Grall.
  • With many more monstrous exhibits and attractions to raise the Halloween spirit.

For the first time ever at ScareLA, production company, Starburn Industries (“HarmonQuest”, “Great Minds with Dan Harmon”, “Community”) will feature a dedicated booth where they will create a thrilling exhibit that will incorporate the cutting-edge technology that has elevated them to industry leaders, including stop motion and 2G/CG animation.

Tickets for the convention are still available for purchase, but all monsters must act now before quantities die out!

For more information, visit scarela.com.

2017 Sundance: #GENTEFIED to Premiere at Egyptian Theater

2017 Sundance: #GENTEFIED to Premiere at Egyptian Theater
(Photo courtesy of Macro Ventures)

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

Gentrification in the Los Angeles neighborhood known as Boyle Heights, “Gente-Fied” takes a comical look into the lives of seven characters in Boyle Heights.

The series of shorts will have it’s world premiere on Jan. 23 at 11 a.m. at the Sundance Film Festival in the Egyptian Theater in Park City, Utah.

Director and Co-creator Marvin Lemus said, “I wanted to make something that felt Chicano or Mexican-American. I can’t speak to any other experiences.”

The writing duo spent time in Boyle Heights getting to know the area better and the people of the area better.

The area is changing and gentrification may seem like its making things better, but the response from the people who live there is mixed.

Some people are welcoming, mostly the millennials, some are struggling, these are older people, not just to keep up with the time, but to keep up with the cost of living going up.

“To me it’s important to speak to my truths, to my experience, and be as specific as possible,” Lemus said. “I chose Boyle Heights because I was familiar with the changes that was happening in the area where I was living, the Hollywood area. At the time I learned about ‘genie-fication’ which was happening in Boyle Heights.”

The chance to tell stories from the perspective from several different people that can be found in the Boyle Heights area.

It’s seven stories which help people not in Boyle Heights understand the difference in opinion people of the area are having and how diverse this community is.

“There’s so many latino projects which come out and they don’t work, they try to make latino communities one community and that still doesn’t work, that’s just not the case. Latino identities are many,” Lemus said.

Lemus is thrilled to be having Macro Ventures support the project and executive producers Charles D. King, Aaliyah Williams and America Ferrera supporting the project, but hopes that after Sundance there could be a possibility to expand on the project and develop it into a series or a film.

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Movies You Don’t Want to Miss in 2017

If you’re a fan of thrillers, prepare for two of the best thrillers in 2017. Split, an intriguing suspense-filled film centered on the mysterious corners of the mind of a man who has manifested 23 personalities with one personality remaining and still submerged set to materialize and dominate all the others. This film stars James McAvoy and Latina actress Anya Taylor-Joy (Morgan and The Witch), and will be released in theaters on January 20, 2017.

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Another thriller that you won’t want to miss is Get Out and will be in theaters on February 24. The film follows a meet-the-parents weekend getaway for a young African-American and his girlfriend at her family’s estate. Within the course of a few days, a series of increasingly disturbing discoveries lead him to a truth that he could have never imagined.

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If you are feeling a like you need a little action in your life then The Great Wall will give you all the action you can handle. The film stars Matt Damon and Chilean actor Pedro Pascal from Narcos and Game of Thrones. This film, which premieres on February 17, 2017 tells the story of an elite force making a valiant stand for humanity on the world’s most iconic structure.

The Great Wall
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And of course we all need a little comedy. After all, laughter is one of the best ways to celebrate the new year. The new comedy starring Jacqueline Bracamontes, Sergio Mayer Mori, and Benny Ibarra Un Padre No Tan Padre, will have you literally laughing out loud as Don Servando Villegas (Hector Bonilla), an 85-year-old feisty and old-fashioned Mexican patriarch gets kicked out of his retirement home for bad behavior. Don’t miss it in theaters on January 27, 2017.

Un Padre No Tan Padre
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If you’re feeling the love after Valentine’s Day then make it a date night (or a girl’s night out) for Valentine’s Day weekend, and catch two love-filled films. Everybody Loves Somebody (Pantelion Films), which will be in theaters on February 17 stars Karla Souza as Clara who confronts her ex-boyfriend at a family wedding after having completely disappeared from her life. Clara will have to decide between going back to the past or opening her heart to new and unexpected possibilities.

Everybody Loves Somebody
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You’re Killing Me Susana, the new film with Gael García Bernal and Verónica Echegui will also be in theaters on February 17, 2017. This film follows Eligio (Gael), who wakes up one morning and realizes that his wife has suddenly abandoned him. After learning that she has enrolled in a writing program at an Iowa University, he decides to go after her and persuade her to return to him.

You’re Killing Me Susana
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And finally, the team who brought you Despicable Me and the biggest animated hits of 2013 and 2015, Despicable Me 2 and Minions, returns to continue the adventures of Gru, Lucy, their adorable daughters—Margo, Edith and Agnes—and the Minions in Despicable Me 3. In theaters on June 30, 2017

Despicable Me 3
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