@Thisfunktional talks with John Murdy, Chris Williams HALLOWEEN HORROR NIGHTS

Written by Jesus Figueroa

Halloween Horror Nights creative director John Murdy and art director Chris Williams talks with Jesus Figueroa about Universal Studios Hollywood’s Halloween Horror Nights 2018 after their presentation at ScareLA with special guest Slash.

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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.”

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

@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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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.

ScareLA’s Halfoween means Pre-Sale Tickets at Half Price

Written by Jesus Figueroa (@Thisfunktional)

There’s something spooky coming 
to the Los Angeles Convention Center

Pre-sale for ScareLA, the summer halloween convention in LA, starts their pre-sale half way to halloween. Sign-up for ScareLA’s newsletter to get updates first.
Not only has ScareLA brought Halloween to summer, Aug. 6 and 7, but it has brought it to the heart of Downtown LA.

This year’s theme will be Monsters Come Together and proceeds will help support wild predator conservation.

There’s so many fun things to do, creepy things to buy and classes to take at ScareLA. It’s not just for those looking to get ready for Halloween early.

The fun events will be announced soon sign-up for ScareLA’s newsletter and be notified of all the great events as they are announced.

A secret pre-scare link and codes will be shared with e-mail subscribers first so check your inbox.