About The Chris Nelson

A lover of all things Halloween and horror. I have worked haunt events in the Los Angeles area since 2004, and have been attending haunts since 1990.

“The” Chris Nelson’s Top 10 Halloween /Horror Songs

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Everyone likes to party, right? What better time to party than Halloween? To help you prepare for your next Halloween party, each member of the All Hallows’ Haunts team will release some fun party ideas to help make your Halloween party out of this world. With that being said, we figure we’ll start with our favorite Halloween/Horror songs. This week, I’ll start with my top 10!

“The” Chris Nelson’s Top 10 Halloween /Horror Songs

 1. Pretend Like We’re Dead – L7:  Because what else do we do on Halloween?

2. Living Dead Girl – Rob Zombie: It feels criminal to not include it.

3. Jesus Built My Hotrod – Ministry: My first Halloween event I ever worked was at Knott’s Berry Farm in 2003. The maze was TerrorVision, and an instrumental track of Jesus Built My Hotrod played on loop all night. Side fact, TerrorVision won Maze of the Year in 2005, my second year working there.

4. Bat Country – Avenged Seven Fold: Because bats are so synonymous with Halloween.

5. Ghost Town – The Specials: There are some spooky-like melodies in this song. Plus it has Ghost in the title.

6. In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida – Iron Butterfly: From beginning to end, this is a great scary sounding song. It would make the perfect audio background for a horror movie.  There was an episode of Home Improvement where Tim Taylor scares one of his sons by dressing up as an alien and blasting the sound in the back yard.

7. This is Halloween – The Nightmare Before Christmas Soundtrack: What I start singing to myself at 11:59pm on October 30th.

8. This Is Halloween – Marilyn Manson: There is an album of nothing but covers and remixes of the Nightmare Before Christmas soundtrack. One of those covers is this one.

9. Grim Grinning Ghosts – Barenaked Ladies: A great little cover of the iconic song from Disney’s The Haunted Mansion attraction.

10. Thriller – Michael Jackson: There was a point in my life where I was too young to be watching Horror films, but old enough to where people didn’t have to worry what was on TV. Sometime in 1984, I was witness to my first horror story, the music video for Thriller.  Needless to say, this video scared the crap out of me as a kid, more specifically (spoiler alert!) the reveal at the end that he is really a monster.

 

Be sure to tune in next week as AHH team member, Andy Shultz reveals his Top Ten Halloween/Horror songs.

Also be sure to follow All Hallows’ Haunts on Twitter for the latest information on Halloween, Horror and Haunt events in Southern California- @HallowsHaunts .

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Queen Mary Dark Harbor Auditions Announced

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Attention Halloween junkies!  Dark Harbor, The Queen Mary’s annual Halloween event in Long Beach, is holding auditions for their 2016 event.  Auditions will be held July 15th at 6pm, and July 16th at 7pm.  If you have ever wanted to be a one of the cast members of one of these Halloween, events, we suggest giving it a shot!

More info can be found on The Queen Mary’s website http://www.queenmary.com/events/auditions/ and on their Facebook event page https://www.facebook.com/events/592634294244235/

Good Luck!

BREAKING NEWS: Gorlesque May Event Canceled

BREAKING NEWS:  Gorlesque May Event Canceled

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In an email that was sent out earlier this afternoon, Gorelesque! The Haunted Burlesque just announced the cancellation of its May 13th weekend event INWARD.

“May 1, 2016
Contact: info@gorlesque.com

GORLESQUE! THE HAUNTED BURLESQUE
CANCELS FRIDAY THE 13TH HAUNT

Los Angeles—GORLESQUE! THE HAUNTED BURLESQUE (Gorlesque!) announces that it must cancel its upcoming spring preview haunt called INWARD, Friday, May 13, Saturday, May 14, and Sunday, May 15 due to  a complication with its insurance coverage.

With more time to accommodate the requirements of the insurance company for the fantastic location for Gorlesque!, the schedule will resume in October for the Halloween season.

Gorlesque! will also present a preview at Midsummer Scream! July 30 & 31, 2016 at the Long Beach Convention Center.”

 

More info can also be found on their website http://gorlesque.com/index.html

Stay tuned to All Hallows’ Haunts for more breaking news on all things Halloween and Horror related.

Breaking News: The Exorcist is coming to Halloween Horror Nights

Universal Studios Hollywood announced today that they will have a maze based on the iconic horror movie The Exorcist! This sounds very promising. Stay tuned to All Hallows Haunts for more breaking news.

Announcement from their Facebook page.
https://facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=10153485692736727&id=94589241726

The Walking Dead Season 6 Finale Review

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Warning, this will be a spoiler filled review. If you do not wish to know what happens, please stop reading now.

Ok. Wow. What a way to end a season! We finally get to see Negan in all his ruthless glory. Fans of the comic books have been waiting to see Negan, and we certainly got one big massive taste of what he is capable of. Played by Jeffrey Dean Morgan (The Watchmen), Negan casually explains to the captured Alexandrians (Rick, Carl, Michonne, Darryl, Maggie, Glenn, Abraham, Eugene, Aaron, and Rosita) that he is about to kill one of them with his barbed wire covered baseball bat named Lucille. Boy does her ever go to town on one of them.

The closing shot is from the point of view of the unknown victim. Negan takes Lucille, and bashes the victim in the head, THWACK. The camera goes blurry as blood trickles down the screen and the sounds of the screams of the other survivors get muffled. Another hit, THWACK, the camera goes black and the sounds of the screams fade away. THWACK. THWACK. THWACK. THWACK. THWACK. THWACK. Credits.

This cliffhanger will undoubtedly spawn countless fan theories about who the victim is. The scene is lifted straight out of the comic, and the victim in the comic is Glenn, but we know that the show doesn’t always follow the comic book to the letter.

Keep in mind, this all happens in the last fifteen minutes of the episode. The episode is centered around two groups of the Alexandrians, the group mentioned above, and Morgan and Carol. In my opinion, I think that the Carol’s story arc this season deserves its own review, which we will post once we get a chance to sit down and watch Season 6 from start to finish one of these weekends.

The other arc in this episode is Rick’s group trying to get Maggie medical treatment for, what appears to be, complications with her pregnancy. The group loads up the mobile home and sets out for Hill Top. They run into a number of road blocks set by Negan’s group before being captured.

The episode did feel slow at time, but does ramp up at the end.  I loved the theme of the repercussions that each group suffers by deciding to spare the lives of the random people they encountered earlier in the season. We also get to see the effect that living in a kill or be killed, world has on the Alexandrians. We see Carol decide to leave Alexandria as a means of escaping the person she has has become (a very efficient killer). I also loved how each of Negan’s road blocks that Rick’s group kept running into  became more and more elaborate. It gave off the sense that Negan’s group is very efficient and well organized as they play the cat and mouse game with Rick’s group.

I cannot wait for October to come around to see how this all plays out.  Stay tuned!

Breaking News: Sinister Pointe SEANCE Is Back!

Good news everyone!  Sinister Pointe Productions announced today that their SEANCE is back.  Continue reading their announcement below.

 

Dear patient guests,
The unfortunate delay is now over! The room has been cleansed and the SEANCE Is back in full swing and ready for your return.
Brand new dates and times will go live online this coming weekend but we want to offer you (our favorites) first pick at whats available. Please review the following dates and times and please drop us a line on what works best for you and your guests. Additional tickets may also be purchased if needed.
Thank you again for your patience and we can’t wait to see you all at Sinister Pointe’s SEANCE.
Brand New Dates and Times:
Friday, April 8th
9:00pm & 10:30pm
Saturday, April 9th
9:00pm, 10:30pm & 12:00am
Friday, April 15th
9:00pm & 10:30pm
Saturday, April 16th
9:00pm, 10:30pm & 12:00am
More dates to come…..
These dates or times not working for you?
Drop us a line to see if we can arrange a private showing on a date and time that works best for your party!
Jeff Schiefelbein
Sinister Pointe Production
Danny K. Mui
Sinister Pointe Haunted Attractions
797 West Imperial Highway
Brea, California 92821

1.866.95.SCREAM

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All Hallows Haunt enjoyed our experience when we attended the SEANCE back in February.  read our review here.

Horror Movie Review: The Monster Squad

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One hundred years before the story begins, Dr. Abraham Van Helsing and his band of freedom fighters attempted to rid the world of vampires and monsters in Transylvania.  They blew it.

The Monster Squad is a 1987 film, written by Shane Black and Fred Dekker, directed by Fred Dekker, and make-up effects by Stan Winston.

Present day pre-teens Sean (Andrew Gower), Patrick (Robby Kiger), Eugene (Michael Faustino) and Horace (Brent Chalem) are horror obsessed fanatics that call their tight circle of friends The Monster Club, later calling themselves the Monster Squad . They recruit middle schooler, Rudy (Ryan Lambert), who saves Horace from a pair of schoolyard bullies. After recruiting Rudy, Sean is called down to dinner by sister Phoebe (Ashley Bank) and is given a diary by his mother that she found at a garage sale, which turns out to be the diary of Van Helsing.

Meanwhile, Count Dracula (Duncan Regehr) recruits the Wolfman (Carl Thibault), the Mummy (Michael Reid MacKay), Frankenstein’s Monster (Tom Noonan), and the Gillman (Tom Woodruff Jr.), aka The Creature From The Black Lagoon, to search for, and destroy, a fabled amulet of pure good.  The amulet is only vulnerable to destruction once every century, the last occurrence being Van Helsing’s failed attempt.

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The Monster Squad deduces that there are monsters in their town from news reports of a missing mummy from the museum, and a man walking out of a morgue after being shot at a police station.  They learn about the amulet themselves after taking Van Helsing’s diary to be translated from German to English by, who they refer to as, The Scary German Guy (Leonardo Cimino). They run into, and befriend Frankenstein’s Monster, who accompanies them on their quest to find the amulet themselves before the monsters do.  

I love this movie because it calls back to all those days where I would sit and wonder what I would do if I ever encountered these same monsters.  This movie is a great mix of light horror elements and comedy.  Is this movie scary? Not at all, but this is a great film that still holds up today.  

Horror Movie Review: The Id

The following review may contain SPOILERS for The Id.

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The Id, written by Sean Stewart and directed/produced by Thommy Hutson, tells the story of middle-aged woman Meredith (Amanda Wyss), who is the full-time care giver to her invalid and emotionally abusive Father (Patrick Peduto). Her only happiness comes from her memories of  her high school love Ted (Malcom Matthews).

 

Although the pacing at the beginning is slow, the film does a wonderful job at building tension and suspense throughout as it sets up the abusive relationship between Meredith and her Father.  Whenever Meredith escapes to her fantasies about her high school love Ted, her Father’s cries drag her back into the hell that is her current life. The pace does start to pick up when Ted calls wanting to get together to catch up.

The internal struggle between caring for her Father, and the potential realization of fulfilling her fantasy of seeing Ted again, culminates with her drowning her Father in the bathtub during one of his sponge baths. From that point on, Meredith fights to cope with guilt of drowning her Father while attempting to cover up the murder.  There is a scene where Ted does show up to Meredith’s for their lunch date.  It is so delightfully and painfully awkward, that it is almost worth the price of admission itself.

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If there is a weakness with the film, then it is the pacing at the beginning. However, once the movie gets going, it is a great thrill ride through the mental deterioration of Meredith. I highly recommend this film to anyone who likes psychological thrillers with hints of horror and comedy tossed in.