You have to hand it the animatronic Frankenstein monster at Frankenstein Pub in Edinburgh, Scotland — the guy knows how to make an entrance.
The monster emerges from a smokey balcony on a gurney every day at 6 p.m. and midnight, shortly after the lights have been dimmed and the speakers have been taken over by the sounds of thunder and groaning. He is slowly lowered to the main floor, where he sits up to scan the room before being raised back up.
The Frankenstein show takes place at least three times a day, with the staff sometimes firing up the show upon request.
You know how you’re always talking about wanting to try something different?
Satanic Panic — which is scheduled to take place March 24 at the SAIC Ballroom in Chicago — will bring together performers from the burlesque world and fans and followers of the occult for a macabre show with social commentary.
The premise revolves around trashy talk show host Gerald Rivers (played by Dickson Detroit) and his exposé on Satan worshipping, with panelists debating its impact on society in front of you, the studio audience. Satanic Panic was created by burlesque performer Red Rum, who appeared on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in 2015 and has been involved in the burlesque scene for six years.
The Zombie Pub Crawl has been reppin’ the living dead since before it was even cool.
Members of the pH Comedy Theater started the tradition in 2007 – that’s three years before AMC’s “The Walking Dead” premiered, for the record – as a fundraiser for their show season and educational programs. The Zombie Pub Crawl caught on because people like day drinking and dressing up in costumes and now the annual bar-hop is set to celebrate its 10th anniversary April 29 in the Andersonville neighborhood.
“It’s grown since the early days,” said ph Comedy Theater executive director Brett Mannes, by email. “… I do think ‘The Walking Dead’ gave it a bit of an energy boost for a few years. It certainly inspired some costumes.”
You know how TGI Fridays boasts “In here, it’s always Friday” in ads for the restaurant chain? In Beetle House, the Tim Burton-themed restaurant in New York’s East Village, the motto is “It’s Halloween all year long.”
Advantage: Beetle House.
The restaurant pays tribute to the quirky creator of “Beetlejuice” and “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and his gothic-heavy film catalog. It should be noted, however, that Beetle House is not affiliated with Burton. The disclaimer on the website describes Beetle House as an “artistic adaptation.”
Zombie Run is giving you the opportunity to run The Kingdom, so to speak.
The 5K race that pits runners against zombies will take place April 29 at Atlanta’s Fort McPherson, which is where “The Walking Dead” films its Kingdom scenes. The Kingdom, for those who don’t watch AMC’s zombie drama, is a community of survivors led by King Ezekiel that found shelter in an abandoned school.
In real life, Fort McPherson was an active U.S. Army military base from 1885 to 2011. Tyler Perry bought 330 acres of land on the property in 2015 and turned it into a film studio, which is used by “The Walking Dead.”
PLZ Survival is offering a 13-hour, overnight experience in Southwest England called VacanZ that places you in the zombie apocalypse. The interactive competition takes place nightly April 14-16 in Plymouth, Devon and is set in a future where good and bad communities have formed in the fight for survival, just like in the hit AMC zombie drama.
Participants are placed in groups from the very beginning with friends and/or strangers. The goal is to make it until the end without being infected (touched on the arm).
You can add St. Patrick’s Day to the list of holidays getting the haunted house treatment.
There are a handful of haunted houses across the US that will be open for the Irish-centric holiday, just like many do around Christmas time and Valentine’s Day. It’s just one more step in making haunted houses relevant outside the traditional Halloween season.
Really, it’s not too much of a stretch to give St. Patrick’s Day a haunted house spin, especially when a horror film franchise has already somewhat paved the way. The “Leprechaun” films took the bright-eyed and bushy-tailed leprechaun character and turned him into a grotesque monster who kills anyone who gets between him and his gold.
Here’s a look at the haunted houses that will carry on the proud tradition of maniacal leprechauns St. Patrick’s Day weekend:
It’s been a year and a half since plans to build the Hollywood Horror Museum — which will celebrate the horror genre’s contributions to the arts — were first announced through a Kickstarter campaign. How far along in the process is the museum? Where will it be located? And who are the names behind it?
The following is what we know (and don’t know) so far about the Hollywood Horror Museum:
Imagine you’re having dinner at a restaurant when all of a sudden the lights go out and the only thing you can see in the pitch black establishment is a loud red siren going off. Every couple seconds you hear what sounds like a bat slamming against metal and startled customers screaming. All you can do is sit there helplessly with your food getting cold in front of you and wait for the scare that might be coming your way next.
I have to hand it to my guide for the Vampire tour in New Orleans: He certainly looked the part.
Gwydion — as he introduced himself — looked like he was straight out of “The Lost Boys” with his long hair and leather jacket. He gave the tour run by Haunted History Tours a hip, gothic vibe rather than a cartoony “I vant to suck your blahd” feel, not that I would have minded that interesting approach either.
The 90-minute walking tour takes visitors around the French Quarter to various locations associated with vampires, according to Gwydion, though some tales had little to do with drinking blood and seemed more appropriate for a ghost tour (Haunted History gives those as well).