Thursday, October 31, 2013

Great American Nightmare's

Great American Nightmare | Blackout: Elements | Scary Rock Sunday


I accepted an invitation to attend opening night at Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare. 
It was one fun wild ride and here is why:



Greeted by the great Christopher of Sinful Celluloid upon my arrival, walked down the red carpet, and gazed upon creatures like these roaming the Bloody Boulevard. 


Collectively waiting outside in the dark for the mazes to open to the public – my eyes brighten up and I start to smile, quickly realizing that all three of these mazes are built INSIDE. No waiting in the cold for me, which scored serious points for me. 
Check out my Vine videos and photos to further explain my whole Nightmare experience . 



Begin:

1.) Visit the three mazes collectively as many times as you’d like in one night.

3.) Be ready to walk through complete darkness while THIS SONG is blasting on repeat and to possibly get separated from your group in the The Lords of Salem maze – I walked out of there thinking, “So, this is what hell is like?”. I also held Crazy Craig’s hand throughout this maze - who was a complete stranger at the time. However, it inspired him to talk about me on his Podcast (begin at 21:35) then invited me as a guest the following week (my first time on the air waves!

4.)  Say “YES” when you are approached by the man holding the bloody knife in House of 1000 Corpses asks, “Do you like being touched?!” because you’ll end up like this: https://vine.co/v/hHMK1z5XaUe

     Blood on your face and scare actors really touching you.

5.)    Ride the carousel: https://vine.co/v/hHMUYHO5HwO


6.) Don't be afraid to meet new people who are also marked and laugh about how much fun you all just had in those mazes.

Count Crazy Craig, Elissa John
Jill Kill & Sinful Celluloid
Photos courtesy of Sinful Celluloid


https://vine.co/v/hHh0vEljvtB

7.)    Check out the photo index on the GAN website. If you can’t take the images, then you can’t handle the real thing. 

Also: I was a blood on body virgin before this night. First time I've ever had fake blood on me - for fun. Can you tell I was into it? So much that I did a photo shoot with a friend of mine (less than one week later) who does special effects makeup and she made me bloody for a second time, it was a blast.  

In conclusion: Zombie did a great job at creatively focusing on three of his films and executing them all very differently. It was fun ride with high energy, good actors and fun scares, which makes me wish this was a year round attraction.

There was also a moment when someone sent me a link that turned out to be a photo of me that I didn't remember taking : Which is also a review from this site called Inside the Magic - covering GAN. Check out the article and random picture of me here. 

Lords of Salem honestly made me (somewhat) conquer my claustrophobia fear straight on with the bag over my head in complete darkness for about 15 mins – THIS is what made me question if I, Summer Rose, could possibly ever take on Blackout.



Blackout: ELEMENTS
Back Story: Why I never thought I would ever do this.


It all began when I decided to open my mouth and share my Great American Nightmare experience to my coworker. Telling her how it was inside the Lords of Salem maze and thinking “I wonder if that’s how Blackout really is, I've always read/heard crazy reviews, but would never try it.” She (not knowing what Blackout was) and me (not knowing much but proceeded to forward her the YouTubeteaser video) resulted into her emailing me minuets later with ”Meet me by the printers in 10 minutes.” in the subject line. I do. As the paper lands into the feed, she hands it to me and says, “Meet me in downtown LA at 7 pm this Sunday, we are doing Blackout.


Terrified for days, I honestly didn't know why I was so scared. I've only been truly scared once and it was last year at Jason Blum’s haunted house (which I talk about on the podcast on 25:19– another troublesome claustrophobia experience.)

Reflecting: It has now been days since my Blackout experience. Taking me a bit longer than expected to gather all my thoughts.
Blackout was something else. NOT a typical commercial haunted attraction – falling into its own dimension.
By its own dimension I mean the following: you are either crawling, running, or stumbling around a black tarp maze path.
Extremely aggressive, uncomfortable, with it’s own breed of scare tactics. I have never been so scared to enter a haunted house in my entire life.
Throughout the whole duration of your stay, you are constantly being asked: “A or B” “Left or Right” Promising no two experiences the same




Begin:
You start at “x”, waiting. Staring at a flight of stairs to your left, you know this is your starting point. Adrenaline rushes as you're instructed to "run up the stairs and turn left at the door."  
Run up, catch your breath, enter door way, only to get tackled by a stranger as they literally pick you up and order you into a room. The door slams shut, its pitch black. Assuming I was standing alone, his voice shouts at me, ordering to take off my shoes and my socks and to get on my knees. My heart is racing. “What am I doing here?” enters my mind.

A series of questions are asked of me: “Do you have epilepsy? Do you know the safe word?” A hooded poncho lands on my lap, I put it on as the man tells me to not turn around, shutting the door behind him. A red light then illuminates the room, I see that I am kneeling in front of a toilet, now realizing the music blasting through the walls:


I close my eyes, listening to the melodies, trying to calm myself down. My heart is racing. Door opens, grabbed by two men and then I am shoved into a dark passage.

Alone, walking in darkness, I am handed a small glow stick and hear the words, "When you find the man, shout "THE SKY IS FALLING" "
He directs me towards a tunnel and says to crawl. I don't crawl, because I can walk perfectly fine. Until I step over a small ledge and my bare feet are suddenly in two feet of shockingly cold water. Elements. Walking through what seemed to be an elongated bathtub, presented with shower head after shower head spurting cold water. I am soaked, shiveringly frustrated - I am contemplating on using the safe word - how much longer? 

I see a figure in the distance and shout, "THE SKY IS FALLING!" 
"WHO TOLD YOU TO SPEAK?!" the figure shouts back at me. My arms are reaching out, I hear him shuffling through the water, getting closer. In the matter of seconds I feel him breathing on me. Grabs my glow stick and shoves it in my mouth. My face is in the palm of his hand, his grip is tight. Slowly - almost sensually - takes off my hood, exposing me to the shower head, tilts my face up. My eyes are closed as cold water enters my nostrils, my mouth, my hair. We are here together in the darkness for the longest minuets of my life. I'm so cold. He whispers in my ear and asks, "Do you wish to kneel before me?" "No." I said. 
Aggressively, he pushes me down to my knees and tells me to keep crawling. This time, I do. 
I see a dimmed light ahead, my eyes adjust, and these tarped walls are enclosing, I crawl faster.

I see a near-naked man approach me on all fours. He is grinning, so I smile back at him. 

I am soaking wet. Crawling, he directs me into a room and asks to face the corner and get on all fours. My knees are throbbing. There is a large fan blowing in my direction, I’m upset because I’m cold. He begins to massage my shoulders - then demands me to turn around. “Milk me” he asks. So what do I do? My face is in sight of his nipple, and I begin to suck. (I KNOW. Under those kinds of circumstances, I didn't know what else to do.) He begins to moan  - then laughs, so I laugh, and lets me free.
  
As I rise up I hear "End of the world" by Skeeter Davis playing, a woman comes out from behind a curtain and reaches out her hand to me. I’m relieved, I trust her. I don't know why.

She asks me "A or B" I chose "B" and "Left" for everything:

“I want to be a part of Blackout and I want Blackout to be a part of me. I am prepared to be marked. I give myself to you” I am forced to shout this as I write these words frantically in marker on the wall – more than several times... she's watching me. Lifts her dress, a spandex gag is placed on her upper thigh. She proceeds to take it off and place it on my head, fitting perfectly inbetween my lips. 

“B”: we’re in another room, dimly lit, she begins to whimper as she takes off all her clothes. I am sitting on my knees, forced to watch.
Hands me a marker and requests me to write my number on her body. As I do this she is now crying… louder and louder.

Two men roughly lead us both to the next room where a plastic bag is forcefully shoved over my head. I hear her body being thrown to the ground.
She’s crying hysterically, there’s so much tension in the room. Everything is happening so fast. The man yells at her to shut up, she won’t, he turns to me and says, "Summer, You chose "B" for her, you brought this situation upon yourself. Shut her up! Tell her,"Shut up!!"
I do, once. Softly, puzzled at the thought of him calling me by my name. She cries, I tell her again in my soft spoken voice to shut up- it is demanded of me to shout it. I begin to shout as a handgun gets placed in my hand - I am asked to pull the trigger to “shut her up once and for all.”
She is begging for her life, calling me by my name as she rolls around on the ground, I’m pointing the gun, I don’t know why. I start to smell hay. Elements

They grab the gun from my hand  and next thing you know I am face to face with a long coffin. It’s open. (You can see this exactly in the teaser video) “Get in there, face up.” Lying on my back, the lid is slammed closed. I close my eyes and begin to inhale and exhale slowly. Before you know it the naked woman is thrown on top of me. She’s still crying and banging on the lid to get out.

The lids gets open, they lead me out and I’m side by side someone who directs me to run and get my shoes on and grab my socks. Slip on my boots, stand up, he pushes me against the wall and tells me to “never speak of this experience to anyone”. Directs me to start running down the stairs – this is where I began.

Conclusion:
My appointment was at 7pm, got into my car at 7:45pm. Short? Sure. Worth the money? Sure. Would I do it again? YES. Especially in NYC.

I had mentioned earlier that it took me a few days to gather these thoughts.
Let me also mention that within those days I went back and forth deciding whether or not
I truthfully enjoyed my experience. My decision has been made.

This photo was taken after my drive home from Blackout: Self explanatory

Walking alone makes for an experience like no other. My knees took a full day to recover.
My curiosity psychologically fed my mind that if I survived this, I can certainly survive any other haunted attraction with no worries at all. Not to mention being faced with my claustrophobia fear numerous times, and conquering it - which is great. 
I’ll go as far as saying that nothing will ever top Blackout. However, the production value is anything but top notch – mentioned earlier, black tarp maze path.There is no art direction involved, but wasn't a deep concern of mine.If you want beautifully detailed interior horror mazes, go to Universal. 


I highly advise to read the rules before thinking of buying a ticket. 

Anyway, thank you reading this, hopefully you can decide for yourself if you would want to experience it on your own or not. 

For more reviews/ different perspectives on the haunts that Los Angeles has, check out these other great sites:
Jill Kill 
Sinful Celluloid
Shock Till You Drop



Scary Rock Sunday 
Recorded in Glenn Danzig's back house in Los Feliz, Crazy
Craig graciously asked me to be a guest on his show - as I mentioned at 2.) above. 
Hear us talk about everything from my intro to all things horror to where I recently watched The ABCs of Death on mute while listening to Sunn O))) . It's my first time ever hearing a recording of my voice. I sound like a baby but it's all fun and games. I also received these awesome Verotik comics as parting gifts.

Thank you for reading! Stay spooky everyone, until next time!





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Photos by Michael Sandoval of M.U.S.E. 

Thursday, October 10, 2013

SCREAMFEST

Hello earthlings

It is my second year volunteering for Screamfest and so far it's been a blast.

The 13th Annual non-profit film festival is runs October 8th to the 17th at the Laemmle NoHo 7 (5240 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601), visit Screamfest's website, like or follow them for frequent updates and join us in on the fun (!)








These photos were taken after night one, we threw a big after party in honor of the premier for BeneathA special thanks to Cameron(who will be performing at LA's own Urban Death Emily, Christopher, and FEARnet  for being team players and getting silly. 

Spreading the word of Screamfest all over Arts District


If you have ever wondered what kind of horror films I am into, take a look at my list of which films caught my eye: With a total of  53 both short and feature films, click the link on each film title for their trailers.

Summer's Screamfest 2013 Top Picks

Feature Films
The Demon's Rook - which has a great article already on Fangoria
Schism - also has an article on Shock 'til you Drop & composed by the cool JimmyPsychoExperiment 


Short Films 



The festival will be running on until the 17th, For more festival schedule information, click here

On behalf of Screamfest, I will be working at this weekend's Son of Monsterpalooza, so come say hi! (If you have no idea what Monsterpalooza is, here is a post I did a few months back on all the fun)


It is now time to come out of your caves and support horror here in Los Angeles !


Tonight I will be at the opening for Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare - looking forward to roam the bloody boulevards and attempt to be the one who is getting scared (which isn't very easy)

We'll see how it goes, stay spooky everyone ! 


Friday, September 13, 2013

Arts District

I get a text from my roommate saying she's in the Arts District and if I want to grab a drink. Left work, walked across the street, and proceeded with excitement to meet my beautiful friend and her beau.
So as the sun went down, we enjoyed our first Oktoberfest beers of the season along with great conversation and smiling on how the weather was finally cooling down here in Los Angeles. 
I love my friends and I love this city.

Taken on IG





This is Britt
35MM
This is Garrett. He took the 35MM photos (on an Olympus 35 RC) featured on this post and has a really cool video he made on YouTube that you can see here
"Noir Murder Mystery films from the late 40s" is what he said inspired him. Vanity and monsters, find it at 3rd & Traction  
35MM
35MM
 

Here is my song of the day, play it loud

 Britt is wearing American Apparel | My boots + top are vintage, the skirt I borrowed from my little sister

Thank you for reading !

Friday, September 6, 2013

Goodbye Summertime

Impromptu farewell ode to one of the greatest Summer's ever is being spent this weekend in San Diego with my little sister. She brought her Canon T-3 on this trip and here are some fun shots we took today!










More adventures to come.
Now get outside and enjoy some sunshine!

Dress|Forever 21 
Shoes|American Apparel 
Belt|thrifted

Friday, August 30, 2013

Monsterpalooza

Someone recently questioned on why I'd put "horror enthusiast" on my business card, and my immediate response to that is: Horror is more to me then just a genre that I dive into on my free time, it's a part of my lifestyle. (Duh) And if you follow me on my other social networking sites, you'd know this as a fact.
Now, maybe one day I can bore you on how my fascination for all things spooky started when I was very young: Spoiler Alert ! (Sneaking out to go trick-or-treating with my friends at the ripe age of five due to my conservative upbringing) But for now all you need to know is: I enjoy long walks thru haunted houses, collecting baby bats, and perfecting my monster mash moves.
I love supporting year round horror events that happen here in Los Angeles, returning to Monsterpalooza is a definite must every year. Think of this like a Comic Con for all things Monster & Horror related: Three days filled with collectors, vendors, panels, celebrity guests, films and artists from all over the country gather to geek out amongst ourselves, I've never felt more at home with a bunch of strangers. The following is a two piece break down of this yearly event is as follows: Vendor Goods & The Monster Museum - fully equipped with selfies.


Now, take a deeper look of my personal 2013 Monsterpalooza experience!

EDWARD VON BONES created by MICHAEL CATHCART


 
Vendor Goods
Where you have an opportunity to meet the Arsitans who are responsible for bringing their nightmares to life

What you can find at the vendor booths: Everything from novelty hanging bats to huge creepy wax candles.

Once I saw that vintage movie poster in the back of Dracula - I knew  needed a photo of me doing the same notion.
Upon my request to sit there, I got immediately rejected by this man.  We then conversed our favorite horror films and realized we had much more in common then what meets the eye. He then invited me to sit and take this photo.


Yes, I bought this

William Stout is a conceptual artist and Production Designer from Pasadena: He's here every year and I'm such a fan






Baby Jason of Camp Crystal Lake



Laughing because I took a photo with this same zombie last year! Seen here

Ran into GREG NICOTERO in the halls of the convention center. Such a down to earth guy, we vibed right away, and prepped for this photo in our Inglorious Bastards reference pose. (!!)

Ted White as Jason Voorhees in Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter! He shared with me stories on the start of his acting career  and how he hated wearing this heavy man made cast to get the silhouette of Jason perfectly, back in 1984.


Bob Elmore played Leatherface from Texas Chainsaw Massacre  (1986)  & Dan Yeager who also was Leatherface in one (of the many) remakes: Texas Chainsaw 3D (2013)


Linda was apparently supposed to show up on Friday, but never did. People were wondering if she ever was going to make her appearance. This photo of her table if from Saturday morning, she actually came!

There she is!

This kind soul casually waiting in line to meet Linda Blair with a life size version of Regan from The Exorcist

Planet of the Ape's clan that blended in so well, had me laughing for a while

Um..

Cosplay from Tokyo Gore Police


This lady is totally wearing heels, well done.

A Stan Winston makeup demonstration of this man becoming a zombie


First panel: Q&A with the cast of Holliston !
 


Taken after Tom Savini's panel. He shared stories on his makeup and special effects early days in Dawn of the Dead to a journal he kept on set of Django Unchained.


Universal Hollywood Horror Night's creative directors John Murdy & Chris Williams had a panel explaining how they piece their yearly attraction together.


PETER CUSHING as GRIMSDYKE from TALES FROM THE CRYPT by artist RUSS LUKICH

Erik and Christine done by Casey Wong

The Mike Hill Display 
LON CHANEY SR. as The Phantom | MAX SCHRECK as NOSFERATU

JACK NICHOLSON from THE SHINING by HOWARD SENFT







The great works of MIKEY ROTELLA

MIDNIGHT STUDIOS producing some of the greatest skeletons I've ever seen



Day two at 5pm: Exhausted  / Relaxing with this guy

... Then jumped for joy because the dude from Aliens was here

Here's the Ancient Alien's guy (Giorgio) at his own booth selling shirts with his face on it - superb marketing strategy


My long lost brother

A Summer Sandwich: with Karen and Rachel. Rachel is the founder and festival director for SCREAMFEST
Screamfest is LA's own largest and longest running non-profit horror film festival. 



My only wish is that my kids are as cool as Karen's

Kimba the Witch: the most high flying, spell-binding, love blinding sorceress of the mystic arts you will ever meet




The Monster Museum
Set your eyes on some more serious works of art from talented make-up and special effects artists.

REGAN MACNEIL by PAT MAGEE

This full size JAWS and WALKING DEAD display by GREG NICOTERO and KNB EFX GROUP




Robotic RAY BRADBONES by MICHAEL CATHCART



Masks by RHONDA UNDERWOOD | Elm Street Glue - look at the gloves!


 Artwork inspired by the Twilight Zone original episode (one of my favorites) Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder


Ain't nothing like the real thing, but I sure hope you enjoyed my experience thru photos for  Monsterpalooza 2013.
Is it October yet?