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People Are Freaking Out Over This Controversial Ad for ALTERED CARBON

This wouldn’t be the first time an ad campaign used a bus stop billboard in nightmarish ways, but Netflix is definitely pushing the envelope in promoting their new sci-fi series ALTERED CARBON. So far, this tactic has only shown up in one location — a bus stop kiosk in West Hollywood, at the busy intersection […]

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5 Bizarre Hollywood Cults

Hollywood is a land of transplants, arriving alone and looking for connections. Most eventually find friends or core groups of like-minded souls to share their experiences with. Others find connection in religion, but some end up in stranger fringe groups commonly referred to as a cults. When discussing Hollywood cults, the Manson family is always the […]

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The Hollywood Woman Who Kept a Male Sex Slave in Her Attic

Walburga “Dolly” Korschel was born in 1880. She was a German immigrant who grew up on a Midwestern farm. Dolly’s family didn’t have much, but when she was 20 she married Fred Oesterreich, a wealthy apron factory owner. The couple took up residence in a Milwaukee mansion. However, despite their well-off status, the Oesterreich’s were […]

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The Bizarre But True Story of “The Killer Grannies of Santa Monica”

When Kenneth McDavid met Helen Golay and Olga Rutterschmidt, they must have seemed like guardian angels. Homeless, schizophrenic, and estranged from his family, McDavid probably wasn’t used to many people showing him kindness, but the little old grannies he met in 2003 at the Hollywood Presbyterian Church’s homeless program were different. Rather than begrudging him […]

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Sex, Black Magic, Showbiz and Rocketry: The Strange Life and Death of Jack Parsons

Few people would say that science and magick have anything to do with one another. Jack Parsons would disagree with you. Co-founder of Jet Propulsion Laboratories and father of the modern rocket, Parsons was also a devout follower of famed occultist Aleister Crowley and best friends with Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Parsons was born […]

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A Ghost Town in the Middle of Los Angeles: The Story of Surfridge

Not all ghost towns reside in the middle of nowhere, deep in the forest or surrounded by vast desert plains. Some of them can exist in the heart of a bustling city. These small enclaves, once filled with neighborhood pride, soon resemble a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The town of Surfridge, located in one of Los Angeles’s most […]

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The Boogeymen of Los Angeles

I was born and raised in Los Angeles — a fact which I am immensely proud of. Like most major cities, L.A. has a history of notorious crime, including rampant police corruption, riots, serial killers, and political assassinations. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated by true crime, but three horrific […]

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EXCLUSIVE: “The Tension Experience” is Real… But It Goes Deeper Than You Think

A few months ago, we ran a chilling article presenting an insider’s point-of-view on “The Tension Experience” — a fully interactive, real-world narrative that combines elements of Halloween haunts, Artificial Reality Gaming (ARG) and immersive theater. The closest cinematic equivalent would be David Fincher’s film THE GAME, in which Michael Douglas plays an executive who […]

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The Perverse Cinematic Legacy of Artist Bruce LaBruce

Like most people, my interest in all-things-forbidden started in my early teens, following a late-night viewing of Russell T. Davies’s (DOCTOR WHO, CUCUMBER) groundbreaking UK TV show QUEER AS FOLK. The first show broadcast in Britain (Europe?) that offered viewers a realistic depiction of gay male lives and sex. Davies had engaged with what the […]

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The Chilling Link Between the Black Dahlia Murder and Cleveland’s Infamous “Torso Killer”

The gruesome 1947 murder of aspiring actress Elizabeth Short, THE BLACK DAHLIA, which inspired countless books and films, remains unsolved. Yet, Short’s killer, many believe, may have been the Cleveland Torso Killer, a notorious maniac, who hacked victims apart with all the finesse of a butcher. Born in Boston, Massachusetts in 1924, Elizabeth Short took […]

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Want to Spend the Night in AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s Murder House?

If you’re a fan of AMERICAN HORROR STORY’s inaugural season — which revolved almost entirely around the gruesome and haunted history of a notorious “Murder House” and its doomed occupants — you might be excited (and/or horrified) to learn that the real-life mansion used for exteriors of the house in the series (it even came […]

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A Twisted Secret Underground: The Creepy Underground Tunnels of Los Angeles

If you’ve ever driven in Los Angeles, you know what a herculean task just navigating the streets can be. Congested at all hours of the day, as well as pedestrians running randomly across the street, most drivers deserve medals just for surviving their daily commute. Unbeknownst to these warriors of the highway, there is a […]

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The Sinister Story Behind the Los Feliz Murder House

Los Angeles is no stranger to horrific crimes: the Black Dahlia murder in 1947; the Manson Family murders on 1969; the Hillside Strangler murders of 1977; the Night Stalker murders of 1985. But the terror that those murders wrought generally subsided when the perpetrator was caught (or, in the case of the Black Dahlia, whose […]