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Extreme Hollywood Horror Make-Up and Gruesome Special Effects
Take Center Stage in Workshop Demonstrations as Universal Studios Hollywood
Slathers on the Gore in Preparation for “Halloween Horror Nights,”
Taking Place Select Nights from September 23 to October 31

Universal City, California, September 7, 2011—To resurrect the carnage and chaos, breathe new life into severed heads, oozing wounds and slashed throats, Universal Studios HollywoodSM hosted an extreme Hollywood horror makeup demonstration today in preparation for the theme park’s much anticipated “Halloween Horror Nights®” event, taking place on select nights from September 23 to October 31.

Collaborating with “Halloween Horror Nights’” Creative Director, John Murdy, Hollywood horror make-up artist Larry Bones and his innovative special effects team revealed how many highly dramatic, morbidly disturbing monsters will come to life during “Halloween Horror Nights” to complement the elaborate movie production quality mazes.

Tickets to this year’s event are available for purchase at www.UniversalStudiosHollywood.com/hhn, including a Front of Line ticket option that enables guests to enjoy priority entry at each maze and theme park attraction. Advance purchase is recommended as event nights will sell out.

John Murdy said: “We’re really excited about this year’s event. The caliber of filmmakers and artists working with us adds to the event’s authenticity. The limited amount of Front of Line tickets we make available to our guests is really a great opportunity, and we hope they take advantage of this exclusive benefit.”

This year’s terrifying event features a noteworthy six mazes bringing together unprecedented star power to create the definitive Hollywood horror “dream team” and craft the ultimate “live” Halloween nightmare. The team includes an encore performance by multi-platinum recording artist and filmmaker, Rob Zombie, whose nightmarish 3D world of pandemonium returns due to popular demand in “Rob Zombie’s House of 1000 Corpses: In 3D ZombieVision.” Legendary rocker Alice Cooper, who single-handedly masterminded the rock-horror genre, will spin a new collection of disturbing horror imagery in the outrageous new “Halloween Horror Nights” maze, “Alice Cooper: Welcome To My Nightmare.”

Director, writer, producer and actor Eli Roth will bring his twisted movie to life in the spine-chilling new maze, “Eli Roth’s Hostel: Hunting Season,” which will feature props cast from Eli Roth’s personal collection of original “Hostel” movie props. In the new maze, “La Llorona: Villa De Almas Perdidas” (“The Weeping Woman: Village of Lost Souls”), actor and director Diego Luna, will help re-imagine the fearful legend of melancholy and murder that he was told as a child and has terrified Mexican and Latin American children for generations.

Working in collaboration with the filmmakers and featuring props cast from the original molds used in Universal Pictures’ upcoming thriller, “The Thing: Assimilation” maze will offer “Halloween Horror Nights” guests an unprecedented virtual three-dimensional sneak peek of the movie in advance of its release on October 14. “The Wolfman: The Curse of Talbot Hall,” inspired by the Academy Award®-winning Universal Pictures film, will round out the six new “Halloween Horror Nights” horror mazes.

A frightening new backlot experience, “Terror Tram: Scream 4 Your Life,” based on the latest installment of Wes Craven’s “Scream” film series, will unleash the iconic “Ghostface Killer” on Universal’s famed backlot, the heart of the world’s most famous horror moviemaking studio.

Terror- filled “Scare Zones” and the ever-popular “Bill & Ted’s Excellent Halloween Adventure,” will add to the nightmare. The theme park’s favorite thrill-ride attractions will also remain open for “Halloween Horror Nights,” including “Jurassic Park® In the Dark,” “The Simpsons RideTM” and “Revenge of the MummySM – The Ride.”

Updates on “Halloween Horror Nights” are available at Halloween Horror Nights.com and also on Twitter and Facebook, as Creative Director John Murdy reveals a running chronicle of exclusive information. Fans are invited to follow John Murdy on Twitter at: Twitter.com/HorrorNights or via Facebook at: “Halloween Horror Nights – Hollywood (Official).”

Posted on October 10th, 2011 in
Halloween Entertainment, Halloween Events, Site News by admin

“Real Family Halloween Fun” by Maggie da Silva

“The Family Guidebook” for all things Halloween, this highly-readable and well-researched e-book provides families with a broad range of ideas and practical ways to supercharge their Halloween fun. Old and new customs are brought together with the author’s personal collection of quirky and fun Halloween crafts, food, party games, music and easy-to-make costumes.

Whether you want to make traditional Irish Halloween “Barnbrack”, or you need a dozen ideas for costumes you can make from things around the house, Real Family Halloween Fun lets you quick-search the Table of Contents or just browse the myriad ideas, stories and practical tools brought to life with great photos and the author’s genuine affection for the wonderful mess of family life.

Everything is delivered with the unique and often irreverent humor that focuses on what kids love… and what really works for parents. The result is a spirited and entertaining, go-to manual for Halloween fun.”

On Amazon.com: http://amzn.to/nEuB01

On Barnesandnoble.com: http://bit.ly/p3WTjl

Posted on October 8th, 2011 in
Halloween Fun, Halloween Sales by admin

Dry Ice Halloween Contest

Everyone loves dry ice, particularly this time of year. It makes tailgates cooler, camping easier and (of course) Halloween spookier. This year, Penguin Brand Dry Ice is encouraging dry ice fans to get out their cameras and snap a photo of their coolest, spookiest, most innovative uses for dry ice for a chance to win $1,000!

The contest is being run off of the Facebook page at http://facebook.com/dryiceideas and puts the fans in charge of selecting the finalists. Once we receive all the photos (and optional videos for that matter) on November 1st, we’ll turn on the voting and the 10 photos with the most votes will move on to the final round. In addition to the grand prize of $1,000, we also have first and second runner up prizes of $500 and $250, respectively.

Throughout the campaign, we’ll be featuring some of the best entries on our blog at http://dryiceideas.com where users can also find safe handling guides and plenty of ideas throughout the month!

Posted on October 5th, 2011 in
Halloween Events, Site News, Spooky Art by admin
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