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Films Real Life Scares 

The REAL Story of BOOGIE NIGHTS: John Holmes and the Wonderland Murders

In 1997, Paul Thomas Anderson made his mark on Hollywood with a daring look at the “other” Hollywood. For those who still have not checked out this now-cult classic, BOOGIE NIGHTS is the story of Dirk Diggler, a young man with a unique endowment that makes him perfect for the adult film industry. Based on Anderson’s […]

Films 

ROBOT MONSTER: One of the Worst Films Ever Made…is Now a Musical!

As a masochist for incredibly low-budget science fiction and B-movie monsters, I get a strange sensation of pain and pleasure when watching films full of cheesy stock footage and men in rubber suits. I know these are terrible movies. Even most of the people who made them know that they are terrible movies. And yet, […]

Films Real Life Scares 

Los Angeles: Don’t Miss the Etheria Film Festival This Weekend!

The Etheria Film Night has become an annual staple in Los Angeles, gathering together the best horror, science fiction, and fantasy short films created by women. This year, the main event is taking place on June 3rd at the Egyptian Theater in Hollywood. The red carpet and cocktail reception will begin at 5pm with the […]

Films 

The New Trailer for BLADE RUNNER 2049 Will Blow Your Mind

After teasing fans mercilessly with some gorgeous visual glimpses and a recent teaser, Columbia Pictures just unveiled the first full trailer for the long-awaited sequel to Ridley Scott’s groundbreaking 1982 classic BLADE RUNNER… and so far it’s looking and sounding pretty damn amazing. Oscar-nominated director Denis Villeneuve (ARRIVAL) is assuming the director’s duties from Scott […]

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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 […]

Films Music 

What THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is Really About

The slow, steady mainstreaming of THE ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW is nearly complete. On October 20, Kenny Ortega’s new TV version of the infamous cult musical took to the airwaves on regular network television [read Alyse Wax’s comparison of the two productions here], proving that the out-of-the-way subversive grindhouse playground which the movie used to inhabit […]

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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 […]

Films 

The Notorious Black Dahlia Murder / Sowden House is For Sale!

This house has always been a source of fascination. It was constructed in 1926, designed by the legendary Frank Lloyd Wright. It is gothic, imposing, and many have noted that the exterior looks like giant jaws that are about to eat any unwary visitors. The original owner was artist John Sowden who used the pad […]

Real Life Scares 

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 […]

Real Life Scares Scary Fun 

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 […]