Interview: Jon Love, VP of House of Torment


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Last week, we brought you our review of the horrors that lurk beyond the doors of the House of Torment in Austin, Texas. But, mighty Cthulhu demanded more. I got the opportunity to sit down with Jon Love, the Vice President of House of Torment to answer some of the Ancient One’s burning questions.

House Haunting: House of Torment


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The Halloween season is upon us. You can feel it in the air like a dark, heavy mist, carrying the creatures of your nightmares into reality for one entire month. What a shame that it only lasts one month.

Now is the time when every shadow holds a secret, every bed hides a monster, and every house is haunted. With that, we bring you House Haunting, a new feature where we review haunted houses for your benefit, that you may get the most fear for your buck.

All houses will be rated on our SCREAM Scale:

S-Story

C-Cleverness

R-Relevance

E-Environment

A-Atmosphere

M-Malice

Fantastic Fest Review: ‘The American Scream’


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One day per year there is a holiday wherein kids can be kids and adults can…be kids too.  This is a holiday enjoyed equally by all ages. That holiday, of course, is Halloween!  Candy, costumes, and celebrations abound! For some it’s a day to be scared, but for others it’s a day to SCARE! And what better scare medium is there than a haunted house?  The American Scream is all about the scare; all about the people that create those haunted houses.

The American Scream is the product of Michael Stephenson , creator of the universally loved Best Worst Movie. Set in the small town of Fairhaven, Massachusetts, this documentary tells tells the story of three unique families who spend months preparing for an event that has a single day’s payoff. We have an obsessive-compulsive computer systems manager, a father-son team, and a construction worker. Each of these families has a unique vision of what a haunted house should be, and during the film we watch them implement their distinct visions.

This movie provides a unique insight into how complicated and detail intensive these haunted house constructions can be. A person wanting to construct his or her own haunted house must have a multitude of skills. You must have the eye of an artist, design skills of an architect, the steady hand of a carpenter and the constitution of Rasputin. It take a special person to be a “house haunter” as they are called.

Horror News: Journey to Universal Studios to Visit ‘Silent Hill’


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Every Halloween season, I make my pilgrimage to any haunted house of repute that I can afford to attend. My ultimate goal is to feel absolute fear, confront it, slay it, and triumph over it. As I get older, and as my mind grows harder to the horrors I face at my day job, it becomes more difficult for anything to scare me. But I always keep my eye out for the next challenge.

And I think I may have found it.

I will admit I have never played any of the Silent Hill games, but I have heard many good things about them, particularly the older ones. I have heard them described as exactly the type of claustrophobic, suffocating, paranoia-inducing, slow-tension-building horror that I am drawn to. And the series does have one other good thing going for it. It is the only video game-to-movie adaptation I have ever thought of as not just a competent film, but also one that I actually enjoyed. The story was formula, but the tone and the imagery was haunting, surreal, and disturbing. And, I’m not gonna lie, I really dug the ending.

And now, Universal Studios is bringing Silent Hill to Halloween Horror Nights. On select dates from September 21st to October 31st, you will be able to visit the most infamous haunted town in digital media. But, remember…

“This is not a game. This is not a movie. This is real.”

THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT, Review – Editing Room Scares for Kids.


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Directed by Peter Cornwell, 2009
Written by Adam Simon & Tim Metcalfe


I could recommend THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT to any 13 year old boy or girl.  I stress that I could make such a recommendation, but I don’t know any 13 year olds and even if I did, I’m not sure I’d want to recommend it to them.  There is so much more to enjoy in the world, so much more to get thrills from.  I don’t want to complain that THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT sucks because I’ve seen all of this stuff before.  Though that is a true statement, it wouldn’t be fair and it is too obvious.  Yes, I’ve seen it all, but this PG-13 Hollywood fare is not made for me nor is it marketed to me.  Yet because I’m the kind of horror guy who eventually ends up seeing everything, in an ancillary way, it was made for me.

That being the roundabout case, THE HAUNTING IN CONNECTICUT sucks.  I’ve seen this all before, you’ve seen it all before.  Shrug.  I guess it had to be said.  This is just another in a string of “Based on a True Story so Long as You Don’t Know how to use Wikipedia” films, which is probably my least respected horror niche right behind torture porn.  I’m not sure anything in horror annoys me more than cavalier use of the “Based on a True Story” market bait, so HIC was, to be honest, running a fixed race to begin with.  I’m not going to apologize for that though.  It’s not my fault I’ve got a brain.




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