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FANGORIA Magazine Returns with New Subscription Offering

Posted: 01 May 2018 05:35 PM PDT

Since Cinestate resurrected Fangoria back in February, horror fans have been eagerly awaiting to check the box next to a new subscription plan for the beloved magazine. That day has now come, as Editor-in-Chief Phil Nobile Jr has written a promising letter to longtime readers and newcomers alike, welcoming them into a new era of Fangoria with an exciting subscription offering that includes a very special option for those who may not have received their full orders in the recent past:

"Hey there, beloved Fangorians!

Today is the day! The world's most prominent horror magazine is BACK as a deluxe quarterly edition, and subscriptions are now available exclusively via our website at Fangoria.com. We are exploring in-store options and single-issue sales, but for now, we're asking you to support our first subscription drive:

A one-year subscription to Fangoria is $60 plus shipping & handling. That's about 25% off the cover price of $19.79 (see what we did there?) and gets you a PACKED new Fango in October, January, April and July (which, by the way, is our 40th anniversary issue - it's gonna be epic).

As mentioned on social media, we are pleased to offer a complimentary one-year subscription of Fangoria to anyone who paid for a magazine subscription in the past but failed to receive their order from the old publisher. The new Fangoria squad works on the honor system, no questions asked, so don't bother digging around to find your old receipt of purchase. We trust you. All you have to do is get in touch. Send an email to subscriptions@fangoria.com with STIFFED in the subject line.

Leaving the news cycle to the internet frees up room for a richer reader experience: deep-dive retrospectives and long-form analysis; juicy, exclusive set visits; gloriously gory FX-centric features. Most importantly, classic Fango had unprecedented access to horror filmmakers, and we're excited to bring back those first-person points of view from the people who are shaping the genre today.

Cover to cover, the new Fangoria will be 100 pages. That's 400 pages of Fango in your mailbox every year. It'll be perfect-bound (no more staples), printed on collectible-grade quality stock, and presented with limited advertising.

This part is important: Fangoria Magazine will NOT have a digital version. It will not be available online. You're gonna have to turn off the internet for a couple hours and READ A MAGAZINE, folks.

And yes, we do ship internationally!
We'll be announcing more details about this issue - including the cover - in the weeks ahead. In the meantime, if you have questions or comments, hit us up on social or via email.

We want to express our deepest, humblest thanks for the overwhelming amount of support you've shown us. It means the world to us, and we're determined to live up to it.

Sincerely,
Phil Nobile Jr, Editor-in-Chief
Dallas Sonnier, Publisher
Jessica Safavimehr, Associate Publisher
Ashley Detmering, Art Director
Natasha Pascetta, Social Media Wizard
Preston Fassel, Story Editor
AND our many lovely editors and contributors working to make the new Fangoria something special!"

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MASTERS OF HORROR Rewatch: “Jenifer”

Posted: 01 May 2018 02:54 PM PDT

When Showtime announced their lineup for their Masters of Horror anthology series back in 2005, one thing became clear pretty quickly: the show was going to focus almost entirely on American masters of horror. With the exception of Takashi Miike's "Imprint" in season 1 and Norio Tsuruta's "Dream Cruise" in season 2 (for what it's worth, both were the last episodes of their respective seasons—or, at least, they would have been had Showtime actually aired "Imprint"), the only episodes directed by a non-American are the ones directed by the great Dario Argento, the Crown Prince of Italian horror. And for those of you keeping score of these Italian horror designations, Mario Bava is the Godfather, Lucio Fulci the Maestro, Bruno Mattei the Fool. Everyone has their role to play.

Season 1, Episode 4: "Jenifer"

Director: Dario Argento

Original Air Date: November 18th, 2005

Argento's first Masters of Horror offering, called simply "Jenifer," is another highlight of the series and arguably the best thing the director has made since Trauma in 1993. Based on a 1973 comic book short story by Bruce Jones (and illustrated by the late, great Bernie Wrightson), Jenifer is ghoulish and perverse in a way that would have been right at home in the hands of fellow Master of Horror Stuart Gordon, but feels a bit different for an Argento film in terms of its near singular focus on sexuality. Yes, his films have had a focus on sex before, but not like this.

Steven Weber—who, impressively, also adapted Jones' comic book into the episode's screenplay—stars as Frank, who, as the story opens, is on a stakeout when he sees a man about to murder a defenseless woman. Frank shoots the man, who mutters only the word "Jenifer" before he dies. This Jenifer (Carrie Anne Fleming) is horribly disfigured and can't speak, seeming practically feral. He brings her to the hospital and returns home to his wife and son, unable to stop himself from having sexual thoughts about Jenifer. Eventually, he brings her back to his house to give her a place to stay, giving in to temptation and beginning a sexual relationship with Jenifer. As his life continues to disintegrate, Frank is unable to break the hold Jenifer has over him… nor is he able to see just how dangerous and deadly she may be.

More darkly comic than Argento's work typically is, "Jenifer" is full of gallows humor of the goriest variety. There is something inherently funny in the sight of Jenifer tearing apart and eating animals in gross, graphic detail and the other characters reacting with shock the way one might if a dog started peeing on the carpet: you don't want it to happen, but at the same time you're not completely surprised because you brought an animal into the house. Fleming's portrayal of the title character goes a long way towards selling the material as funny, too; she's so sincere (and often heartbreaking) in her actions and reactions that we can't help but laugh at the circumstances. She's only acting according to her nature. I mean, we knew she was a scorpion, right?

Therein lies the most compelling and potentially troubling aspect of "Jenifer." This is a story like, say, Lucky McKee's The Woman, about a feral woman that a man attempts to domesticate as part of his self-entitled power trip. This is a story about men who are powerless to control themselves around Jenifer, which on the one hand could be seen as a real indictment of male sexual desire. Jennifer is horrifying to look at, can't speak or communicate, but has a beautiful body and appears naked much of the time, which is apparently more than enough for every man to want to have sex with her. On the other hand, it is suggested that Jenifer's hold over Frank (and, by extension, other men as well) is somewhat supernatural in nature, which lets them off the hook for their terrible behavior. It puts the onus on Jenifer as a kind of succubus, trapping men under her spell and using them up until they're dead. This reading robs "Jenifer" of most of its power as any kind of political piece, but I suspect the true messaging of the episode lies confused somewhere in the middle. Then again, confused gender politics are a common occurrence across Argento's work, whose gialli of the 1970s often focused on cross-dressing or trans characters as central to the movies' murders either directly (Four Flies on Grey Velvet) or indirectly (Tenebrae). We shouldn't be surprised to see them surface again in "Jenifer." We knew he was a scorpion.

The other signifiers of "Jenifer" as an Argento film are much more enjoyable, whether it's the "You have been watching…" credit that appears at the end or the excellent score by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin, a frequent collaborator of Argento. Simonetti's music for "Jenifer" may be the best across all of the Masters of Horror episodes, which often feature scores that feel somewhat generic and, for lack of a better way of putting it, made for TV. The gleeful amount of gore on display certainly recalls the traditions of Italian horror, too, with lots of gooey gut munching courtesy of KNB EFX Group, leading to one of only two instances in which Showtime requested cuts to an episode of the series (the other being Takashi Miike's "Imprint," which the cable channel eventually opted not to even air).

While star Steven Weber's genre credits are limited (perhaps most famously to taking over the role of Jack Torrance in the TV miniseries adaptation of The Shining, directed by Mick Garris, creator and producer of Masters of Horror), it's fun to see him acquit himself so well within this space, especially knowing that he penned the screenplay and clearly has affection for the material. The real MVP of "Jenifer," however, is Carrie Fleming as the title character. It's an overused cliché to call an actor's performance brave—the sort of thing most critics reserve for when Jennifer Aniston appears in a movie without makeup—but there's just no other way to describe what Fleming does here. From lack of wardrobe to her lack of dialogue to her monstrous facial prosthetics, Fleming has to totally lay herself bare (literally), while simultaneously being robbed of many of her most valuable tools as an actor. That she manages to create such a powerful character is a testament to her fearlessness. It's exciting to watch an actor working without a net like this.

Only four episodes into this Masters of Horror rewatch and there hasn't been a dud yet, with Argento's "Jenifer" ranking right alongside Don Coscarelli's "Incident On and Off a Mountain Road" as the series' best offerings thus far. Though not as stylistically formal as Argento is known for being, it's distinctive enough in a number of ways to both stand apart from other episodes in the series and function as its own really good 60-minute movie. It's also the most transgressive entry in Masters of Horror to this point, reminding us horror fans that more than 30 years after directing his first feature, Dario Argento still loves to provoke his audience. Good horror is often good because it pushes buttons. "Jenifer" pushes buttons.

"Jenifer" Score: 4/5

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Up next: Series creator Mick Garris adapts his own short story and directs his first episode. Get ready for "Chocolate"!

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Interview: Jamie Kennedy Talks TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL

Posted: 01 May 2018 02:22 PM PDT

Out today on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms everywhere is the latest sequel in the Tremors film series, A Cold Day in Hell, which has franchise stalwart Michael Gross once again teaming up with Jamie Kennedy to take on a new batch of Graboids, this time up in the colder climates of Canada. Daily Dead recently spoke with Kennedy about the latest Tremors, and he discussed his experiences working with Gross for a second time, how Travis evolves as a character in A Cold Day in Hell, going deep inside a Graboid, and the art of keeping a straight face when dealing with "Ass Blasters."

This Tremors felt like such a different ride for you guys. For you personally, what was different about this experience versus you coming into the franchise with your experiences on the last Tremors film?

Jamie Kennedy: With the last movie, there hadn't been another movie in like 14 years, so there was a certain type of pressure that came with that. We didn't want to disappoint the fans. They introduced my character, the son of Burt Gummer, which brought in this new generation with YouTube and social media, where my character is always telling Burt that he's got to reinvigorate his "brand."

And when we were doing Tremors 5, we were really running by the seat of our pants. We got together on this big action production in Africa where we had a limited schedule, and we're all getting to know each other's styles. But this one felt like more of a controlled environment. We had more time to get the script tight and refine everything. I'm really happy with this one. I was happy with the last one too, but my character grows into more of a leader in this one, which I thought was great.

I think what's interesting, too, is that your character really challenges a lot of Burt's stubbornness in a whole new way in this Tremors. There are even aspects of this story that force Travis to step up in a way that he didn't have to do in the last movie. Was it fun to explore that different dynamic to him, so that he felt more grounded this time, and he was more than just a guy who's really good with his quips?

Jamie Kennedy: That's so true. That's really a great point. It was. When I came in the first movie, this was all Michael's world. He knows it better than anyone. He is Tremors. But then, here's this kid Travis who comes in, and he's poking around and doing all these funny lines, and that was me still learning the ropes of this world. The same for my character, too. With this one, things get a little bit more serious where Travis has to step up, and I feel like that's what I had to do as an actor in this movie, too. It was really cool, actually, to do that in both respects, as a character and as an actor.

There seems to be a rite of passage now for characters in the Tremors movies, where they have to go into a Graboid. Michael has done it, and now you've done it, too. Did they make you go all the way into one of these things? It seems like an experience that would have my claustrophobia peaking.

Jamie Kennedy: Oh yeah, we had to go deep into the Graboid to get the shot, and I went all the way in. That is a rite of passage to crawl into the Graboid, I guess it's a "like father, like son" scenario. No, I actually went in it. Obviously, it wasn't a whole Graboid, but it was a big part of one, so I had to get in, and get covered with all that stuff. That was quite the day when we shot that.

You mentioned Michael earlier, and how he has become the heart of this series over the years. How has it been working with him now on these two different films, and building that chemistry between you two, and being able to really play around with these characters in this world?

Jamie Kennedy: Michael and I have a chemistry that we didn't know we would have when we first started working together. Michael raised me as a person watching TV. He was one of the building blocks of that era of television on NBC. Michael was one of the biggest stars on there, so I feel like in a lot of ways that he raised me.

So, to work with him, it has been a real honor. And I'm very different than he is. Michael is a theater guy, an actor's actor, and I am more of loosey-goosey type of performer who likes to improv. I like to try things to see what works, what doesn't, and I think those two styles conflict in a beautiful way. Because, if you think about it, that's what the characters are too, through the work that Michael and I have done together, we have really bonded. Sometimes we argue, but we respect each other's style, and we realize that we do have a good shared chemistry. We've given over to it, and so that's just us being real on screen.

Since you're a guy who has a great handle on comedy, I just have to ask, how much do you guys have to rein it in when you're saying, "Ass Blasters?" I mean, it's a pretty ridiculous name for these creatures, and I say that lovingly of course, but here you guys are, all straight-faced, saying, "Hey! It's Ass Blasters." I don't know if I could keep it together.

Jamie Kennedy: Oh, I know, right [laughs]? Ass Blasters in the Arctic, what the hell? Michael is so diligent with it, and knows the genealogy of it so well, so I think he has a handle on the terminology with a note of seriousness. He's like, "If you do not have Graboids, you've got Ass Blasters." So, when we were doing it, I'm just so locked in with him that I can treat it seriously too, but yeah, when I watch it I realize just how funny it is. We're just used to it. We're used to talking about Ass Blasting all day. That's all we talk about, in fact [laughs].

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In case you missed it, read Heather's interview with Michael Gross, and watch the trailer for Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell below.

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WESTWORLD Renewed for a Third Season by HBO

Posted: 01 May 2018 02:03 PM PDT

There is a lot more to explore in the theme park of HBO's Westworld, as the network has just ordered a third season of their popular series.

The number of episodes and premiere details are understandably unknown at this time, but you can read the official announcement below, check here for our previous coverage of Westworld Season 2 (including Heather Wixson's preview article and interviews), and stay tuned to Daily Dead for more details.

Press Release: Following the show's recent season-two premiere, HBO has renewed the Emmy®-winning drama series WESTWORLD for a third season, it was announced today by Casey Bloys, president, HBO Programming.

"It's been an extraordinary pleasure to work with the exceptionally talented Jonathan Nolan and Lisa Joy, as well as their gifted cast and crew," noted Bloys. "From the inspired storytelling to the incredible visuals, we are so excited to see where the next chapter will take us."

WESTWORLD returned for its ten-episode second season Sunday, April 22. A dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the birth of a new form of life on Earth, the show was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are also executive producers. The show debuted on HBO in Oct. 2016 to become the network's most-watched freshman series ever.

Time called WESTWORLD "one of the biggest shows on earth," while Entertainment Weekly hailed the show as "brilliant" and "enthralling." Newsday termed it "explosive," "smart" and "engaging," while Salon cited the "outstanding performances" and the Hollywood Reporter called the series "thrilling" and "massively entertaining."

Season two credits: WESTWORLD was created for television by Jonathan Nolan & Lisa Joy, who are executive producers with J.J. Abrams, Richard J. Lewis, Roberto Patino, Athena Wickham and Ben Stephenson. Production companies, Kilter Films and Bad Robot Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television; based on the film written by Michael Crichton.

Follow @HBOPR for more news and information.

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HAPPY DEATH DAY Sequel News Confirms Returning Cast

Posted: 01 May 2018 12:01 PM PDT

After its well-received run at the box office (bringing in more than $100 million globally), a sequel to Happy Death Day had been teased by the cast and crew, but now it really is moving forward at Blumhouse, with the first casting news heralding the return of familiar faces from the first film [spoiler warning if you haven't seen Happy Death Day].

Deadline reports that in Happy Death Day 2, Jessica Rothe will reprise her role as Tree Gelbman, a college student who relived her own gruesome murder in a time loop on her birthday—a vicious cycle that stayed in motion until Rothe could either uncover her killer or die trying.

Rothe will be joined in the sequel by Israel Broussard, who will reprise his role as Carter Davis, Tree's classmate, confidante, and eventual love interest in the first film. Newcomers to the cast will reportedly include Suraj Sharma as "Samar Ghosh, a science enthusiast and geek who enjoys coding in his spare time" and Sarah Yarkin as "Dre Morgan, a science geek and tom-boy with a sleepy feline gaze who is Samar's partner-in-crime."

Christopher Landon will return behind the camera to direct the sequel, which was previously described by Rothe as having a Back to the Future vibe in an interview with Collider:

"Chris has done this incredible thing where the sequel, the way he described it to me, elevates the movie from being a horror movie – and I wouldn't even say it's just a horror movie because it's a horror, comedy, rom-com drama – into a Back to the Future type of genre film where the sequel joins us right from where we left off, it explains a lot of things in the first one that didn't get explained, and it elevates everything."

No release details are known at this time, but we'll be sure to keep Daily Dead readers updated as more info is revealed. In the meantime, are you looking forward to a Happy Death Day sequel?

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Watch Burt Gummer and Friends Battle Graboids in Clips from TREMORS: A COLD DAY IN HELL

Posted: 01 May 2018 11:04 AM PDT

The Graboids will take over on A Cold Day in Hell. Jamie Kennedy and Michael Gross return for the sixth installment in the Tremors franchise today, and to celebrate the release of the film on Blu-ray, DVD, and digital platforms, you can take a gander at several Blu-ray clips via Universal 1440 Entertainment.

Press Release: Get ready for a wild and lethal adventure in the next chapter of the beloved cult-classic Tremors franchise, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell, arriving on Blu-ray TM combo pack, DVD, Digital and On Demand on May 1, 2018 from Universal 1440 Entertainment, the original content production arm of Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tremors patriarch Michael Gross ("Family Ties," "Suits") reprises his iconic role as Graboid-hunting Burt Gummer along with Jamie Kennedy ("The Cleveland Show," Scream franchise) as Burt's son Travis Welker in this all-new terrifying yet hilarious movie filled with even more quick-witted humor, screwball antics and action-packed thrills than ever before.

The perfect mix of action, horror and comedy, Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell on Blu-ray TM, DVD and Digital comes fully loaded with exclusive bonus features that will take audiences deeper into the outrageous world of Tremors, with special behind-the-scenes footage of the making of the film, an up-close look at the very first underwater Graboid attack, and commentary from the filmmakers.

Burt Gummer (Gross) and his son Travis Welker (Kennedy) find themselves up to their ears in Graboids and Ass-Blasters when they head to Canada to investigate a series of deadly giant worm attacks. Arriving at a remote research facility in the arctic tundra, Burt begins to suspect that Graboids are secretly being weaponized, but before he can prove his theory, he is sidelined by Graboid venom. With just 48 hours to live, the only hope is to create an antidote from fresh venom — but to do that, someone will have to figure out how to milk a Graboid!

Tremors: The Complete Collection will also be available on DVD on May 1, 2018. New and longtime fans can now enjoy the wonder of all six movies in one must-own set including, TremorsTremors 2: Aftershocks, Tremors 3: Back to PerfectionTremors: The Legend BeginsTremors 5: Bloodlines, and the newest film Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell.

BLU-RAY™, DVD AND DIGITAL EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:

  • The Making of Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell: Filmmakers, cast, and crew discuss why Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell is the most bone-blasting Tremors movie yet.
  • Anatomy of a Scene: Watch as we break down the various elements that need to come together to film the first underwater Graboid attack.
  • Inside Chang's Market: Chang's Market is an iconic location in Tremors history. See how it was recreated and updated for this installment of the franchise.

Tremors: A Cold Day in Hell will be available on Blu-ray TM, DVD, and Digital.

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Scream Factory to Unleash The Trickster with BRAINSCAN Blu-ray Release This August

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:56 AM PDT

"Now that I have your attention, please allow me to introduce myself. My name is Trickster." Back in the mid-'90s, director John Flynn took viewers into an immersive video game with vicious consequences in Brainscan, and with virtual reality experiences now on the rise, Scream Factory has announced a new Blu-ray release of the 1994 horror film: 

From Scream Factory: "Ready, Player One….into Hell. More 90s terror is coming your way as we unleash the often-requested film BRAINSCAN on Blu-ray August 28th!

When Michael, a lonely teenager (Edward Furlong, Terminator 2: Judgment Day), orders the latest interactive video game, the new high-tech wizardry penetrates his subconscious, where his darkest impulses lead him through a deadly maze of murder, deception and desire. Pursued by homicide detective (Frank Langella, Dracula) and prodded by "The Trickster" (T. Ryder Smith) who materializes into his room, Michael is torn between the worlds of good and evil, of reality and fantasy and, ultimately, life and death.

Extras are in progress and will be announced on a later date. Pre-order BRAINSCAN now directly from us for two weeks early shipping @ https://www.shoutfactory.com/product/brainscan…"

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Killer Crowdfunding: RUBBERHEAD VOLUME II: SEX, DRUGS, AND SPECIAL FX and MAKING APES: THE ARTISTS WHO CHANGED FILM

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:22 AM PDT

As someone who has had the pleasure of spending a good amount of time speaking with many different members of the special effects makeup industry over the last few years, I always get excited whenever new projects from the community are announced. Currently, there are two different crowdfunding efforts underway, and believe me, special effects fans are going to want to get involved with both.

First up is Steve Johnson's follow-up book Rubberhead Volume II: Sex, Drugs, and Special FX, which promises more mind-blowing content and wildly unforgettable tales from his glory days on the sets of films like Ghostbusters, Blade II, The Abyss, A Nightmare on Elm Street 4: The Dream Master, and many more. As someone who has had the pleasure of speaking with Johnson a few times—and I also recently checked out the first volume of Rubberhead, which was an absolute thrill to finally read—I can attest that no one spins a yarn quite like Steve does, and he has a beautifully gonzo writing style that fans of his work will certainly enjoy. To become a backer for Rubberhead Volume II, get the lowdown on the entire campaign right HERE. Note: There are less than two days left for this campaign, so I would recommend checking it out as soon as possible to get your chance to be involved.

The second campaign is something that I had heard about a few months ago before it was announced (which may or may not have to do with a certain book sequel this writer is currently working on), so I've eagerly been awaiting this announcement, and it's finally here. Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film is a comprehensive examination and celebration of the artists behind one of the greatest science fiction films of all time—the original Planet of the Apes—and Making Apes director William Conlin has teamed up with effects legend Tom Burman to give fans a deep dive into one of the most beloved and respected effects projects of all time. Making Apes features interviews with many legendary talents in the world of special effects who worked on Planet of the Apes (John Chambers included), a number of modern effects artists that the film influenced over the years, a handful of notable filmmakers, and more. If you are a fan of the Planet of the Apes films, you are definitely going to want to be a part of this one. For more information on the Making Apes: The Artists Who Changed Film campaign, click HERE.

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CTHULHU: THE MUSICAL! to be Featured at Hollywood’s The Hobgoblin Playhouse This June

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:03 AM PDT

Based in Oregon, Puppeteers for Fears will bring Cthulhu: the Musical! to Los Angeles this summer! Accompanied by a rock band and a full set of carefully crafted puppets, Cthulhu: The Musical! will reign over The Hobgoblin Playhouse as part of this year's Hollywood Fringe Festival:

Press Release: After months of sold-out performances in Ashland, Portland, and Seattle, Puppeteers for Fears, Oregon's only dedicated puppet musical horror troupe, will bring its original show, Cthulhu: the Musical!, to Los Angeles for performances June 21-23 at The Hobgoblin Playhouse for the Hollywood Fringe Festival.

Far from the lo-fi puppet show stereotype, the production features a full cast of five actors with elaborate custom-made puppets, a full rock band, and projected multimedia backgrounds.

The play is adapted from the 1929 short story, The Call of Cthulhu," by horror icon, H.P. Lovecraft, and tells the story of his most famous creation: Cthulhu, a giant, malevolent, octopus-faced elder god who hibernates beneath the ocean, communicating to humans through their dreams, slowly driving them mad. Though Lovecraft is not as much of a household name as writers like Stephen King or Edgar Allen Poe, he is widely considered to be the creator of the genre of gothic horror, and the creatures and themes he created are highly influential on modern literature of all genres. The story PFF chose to adapt is dark, disturbing, and totally unfit for musical comedy—all qualities that make it a perfect fit for their irreverent style.

"We are always looking to turn classic themes on their head instead of rehashing tired storylines," says PFF Artistic Director Josh Gross. "So when thinking about what our next piece might be, I sometimes add the words, 'the musical,' to different phrases in conversation to see how people react, if it has that magic combination of familiar hook and a new twist. When I said, 'Cthulhu: the Musical,' for the first time, a bunch of heads immediately turned in my direction, and strangers started asking where they could see it. So I knew we had to do that as a show, even though the challenge of turning something so dark into a musical comedy was pretty daunting. It was definitely worth it though. There was a lot of comedy to be found and this show is so much fun to perform."

Cthulhu: the Musical! will be directed by Beth Boulay, and with a script and original songs from playwright Josh Gross.  Performances will feature live puppetry, a full rock band, and multimedia backgrounds courtesy of visual artist and Production Designer, Aubry Hollingshead. It stars Rachel Routh, Beth Boulay, Alyssa Mathews, and Forest Gilpin.

Run time is approximately two hours with an intermission.

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The Hobgoblin Playhouse, 6520 Hollywood Blvd., Los Angeles

10:30 pm - Thursday, June  21
10:00 pm - Friday, June 22
11 pm - Saturday, June 23
$20 adv., $15 for Fringe participants
All ages
NOTE: Attendees should be aware that though this is a puppet show, it is NOT a children's show. The material is R-rated, and children should be brought only at parent's discretion.

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ScareLA Invites Horror Fans to “Descend Into Darkness” This Summer

Posted: 01 May 2018 09:01 AM PDT

The 6th annual ScareLA wants to "Descend Into Darkness" this summer with an immersive show that gets horror fans excited for the best holiday of the year! Christmas in July? No, it's Halloween in August!

Press Release: Los Angeles, CA (April 20, 2018) – ScareLA, the first convention to bring Halloween to the summer, announced today it will return for its 6th consecutive year on August 25-26, 2018 at the Los Angeles Convention Center, South Hall K. The SoCal fan favorite is set to bring new frights and promises an all-new fully-immersive show, unlike anything audiences, have ever seen.

Under the theme "Descend Into Darkness," ScareLA 2018 invites horror fans of all ages to experience and celebrate the spirit of Halloween more than once a year. "As the first-ever fan convention dedicated to Halloween, ScareLA has built a vibrant tradition bringing one of the world's most beloved fall holidays to the middle of the summer," said Lora Ivanova, Founder and Executive Producer of ScareLA, "This year we inch a tad closer to Halloween to ramp up excitement for the scare season with an all new and fully immersive show unlike anything audiences have ever seen. ScareLA is the true scare season premiere in SoCal and we can't wait to open the doors to darkness at the heart of Los Angeles this August."

As a testament to the great success, ScareLA has quickly become one of the fastest growing independent conventions in the US drawing thousands of attendees from all over the world. It has inspired numerous events and experiences in SoCal and beyond transforming the fall tradition of Halloween into a year-round way of life.

Situated in the heart of the entertainment capital of the world, ScareLA spotlights the rich Southern California scare industry and community, from its iconic seasonal theme park events to haunted attractions, home haunts, theater, film, escape rooms, interactive experiences and much more.

For more information visit www.scarela.com or follow ScareLA on social media at Facebook @ScareLAcon, Twitter and Instagram @scarelosangeles. Join the conversation using #ScareLA.

About ScareLA

ScareLA is the world's first summer Halloween convention. Situated in the entertainment capital of the world, the event celebrates the American scare season traditions and the diverse cultural heritage of the Greater Los Angeles region. Featuring hundreds of specialty vendors, education programming, world-class industry presentations, ScareLA draws over 10,000 professionals, fans and families from the U.S. and abroad to celebrate Halloween early every summer. ScareLA is one of the fastest growing independent fan conventions in the U.S. addressing a $10 billion Halloween industry worldwide.

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