Oct 06 2015

Haunted Attraction Walkthroughs IV

The years have not been kind to this particular series of postings. So many old installments had to have their coding fixed and numerous videos had to be replaced. It got to the point where several videos I had wanted to share with you this year had to be sacrificed in order to fill in all of the blank spots in the old articles. To fill the demand, I had to break certain rules I had set for myself in regards to videos used. I’m seriously considering abandoning this sort of thing. You can watch the following while I make up my mind:

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Oct 05 2015

Printable Halloween Decor III

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It has been a long, long time since I last shared any printable Halloween decorations with you. Too long if you ask me. I would like to start off by sharing some material I have previously posted in other articles which you might have missed. Then I’ll get to the new stuff. Promise.

Ray O’Bannon has been a very busy fellow. Not only has he added numerous papercraft projects to the link I shared in the first installment, but he has also been added several exclusives to his “Halloween Treats” page! The “Vampire Shadow Caster” would go great with a motion activated light while the chainsaw warning sign has some possibilities with our next project.

That’s right, you can download and print your very own papercraft chainsaw! You have to download and photograph some other of the creator’s projects in order to get the download, but I don’t think that will be an issue. Considering the other prop weapons and masks, you were probably going to download more than one thing anyway.

In addition to a jointed paper Vincent Price figure, I have also shared prop labels, window silhouettes, spooky pictures (suitable for framing) and even a sweet zombie defense poster.

The image illustrating this article comes to us from Propnomicon. His “Paper Props” section hosts things like magic symbols, labels and so much more.

Planning on using a “Weird West” theme for your haunt? Then you need GlassGiant.com’s Wanted Poster Generator. Those with a mystic theme should enjoy the following spellbook project.

ss42.com has an amazing selection of papercraft projects for Halloween, including a life sized paper model! Horrorwood Hills also has a huge archive of projects available.

Sick of skull projects which focus solely on human skulls? Then you’ll love these nifty little buffalo skull and alligator skull projects. Those who prefer their skulls in mask form will appreciate Laughing Squid’s selection (which also includes a non-skull Cthulhu). Looking for a more traditional skull mask? Papercraft Square has you covered!

Although I generally prefer scary props suitable for home haunts, I do understand there are plenty of people who want stuff that’s a little less intense. Such folks should enjoy a Lurch doorknob hanger or candy corn papercrafts. I suggest gluing the Lurch project onto a cereal box panel before assembling in order to help it last longer. Brian Gubicza Illustration has several masks and an Edgar Allan Poe toy while horror icons can be found at both Cubeecraft and Oh-Sheet Paper Toys.

Those visiting Gravedigger’s Local 16 for the first time are encouraged to step into our vault to see the papercraft goodies I have shared in previous years:

Printable Halloween Decor
Printable Halloween Decor II

I promise not to lock you in. Honest.

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Oct 05 2015

6’+ Episode 158 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Hit the road and head to the place where it’s Halloween 365-days a year. The shadows are long and the nights are scary, just the way you like it! We’ve got music from MADD BLAKE Y LOS STALINS, COLOR ME PSYCHO, BLITZKID, THE TORMENTS and more. Don’t pick up a hitchhiker — it might be Monstermatt Patterson of THE MONSTERMATT MINUTE! Check the trunk and you’ll find another KILLER KUT from Kraig Khaos!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Oct 04 2015

Shipyard Little Horror Of Hops


Finding a beer to review for the 2015 countdown has proven much more difficult than I had originally expected. I had tried tracking down the unnamed brand I had mentioned offhand in a review last year, but quickly discovered none of the liquor stores in my area carried jugs of pumpkin ale and I could not identify it at this time. But I did learn of the existence of beer freezers which project animated displays on the glass door. The potential application for such technology in haunted attractions immediately sprang into my mind. But that’s not the subject of this article.

“Little Horror of Hops” is an India pale ale and not a traditional October pumpkin beer. Think of it as a type of regular beer in a Halloween costume rather than a Halloween beer. Shipyard promotes it as having a “…complex malt blend” with “[p]eppery spice notes and a robust citrus hop flavor [which] complement the dry hop finish.” I guess my palate isn’t sensitive enough because I found it to taste mostly of bitter, piney hops. But I have to stress it was not overwhelmingly so and was an excellent beer. I found it was best served when it’s poured out into a glass. Doing so will yield orange colored beer and lots of frothy head. In other words: Shipyard does it again! So if you’re one of those people who prefers bitter to sweet in their beers, be sure to grab a case of “Little Horror of Hops” this month. And the same advice for those who have no preference other than the beer being good.

Like many of you, I was wondering why Shipyard opted not to use the obvious “Little Hop of Horrors” name. I knew I couldn’t ask Shipyard since they never replied to my last email. So I decided to look into it and found out something very interesting. It turns out they had been using the name at one point and later decided to change it. Why the change? While I can’t say this for certain, I suspect it might have something to do with another IPA called “Little Hop of Horrors” being offered by the Old 99 Brewing Company the year before Shipyard started using the name.

During the course of the search which lead me to discover the subject of this review, I also learned something very interesting about “pumpkin spice.” It turns out it doesn’t have to actually contain any pumpkin in it. According to what I read on a comment at Dinosaur Dracula (which I later verified elsewhere online), a more accurate name for it would be “pumpkin pie spice” since it’s usually a combination of cinnamon, allspice and a few other spices. Ginger and nutmeg seem to be the most popular, but I have seen other variations as well. Thankfully it turns out both of the beers I reviewed last year contained both acutual pumpkin and pumpkin spice, so I don’t have to go back and fix anything. Why am I bringing this up? In addition to it being a nice way to pad out the article, it also allows me to note how a DinoDrac comment thread also led to my discovering the existence of “Little Horror of Hops!”

Oct 03 2015

Hammer Chillers


With several successful films under their belt since their modern revival, Hammer Film Productions has decided to expand into the world of audio drama. They wisely chose to team up with Bafflegab Productions, whose work includes The Brenda & Effie Mysteries and The Scarifyers, and gathered a dream team of writers. Both Stephen Gallagher and Mark Morris have penned numerous horror stories and episodes of Doctor Who and Stephen Volk is the man behind the infamous Ghostwatch TV special. Christopher Fowler’s thrillers made him a perfect candidate and comedian Robin Ince proves he belongs in this group with his darkly humorous story.

Getting to the stories, “The Box” tells of mysterious happenings at a simulator designed to help train Wainfleet Maritime College students escape from a sunken helicopter while “The Fixation” has a man whose attempts to organize a clean up of his neighborhood result in terrorized volunteers and strange disappearances. “Sticks and Stones” deals with the phenomena of people trolling the internet to let off steam. But what happens when one man’s nasty messages start coming true? The wonderfully atmospheric “The Devil in the Darkness” finds two coworkers trapped in an elevator for days and also shows off the strengths of the audio play format. What happens when a snooping, overbearing mother finds out her adult son is dating one of her friends? “Spanish Ladies” has the answer and you know it’s not going to be pretty when it’s a Hammer horror production. “Don’t Go There” takes us away from the British Isles and to Greece, where one man’s quest to find out what left his son in a coma leads him to a most sinister revelation.

In this first season of six stories, Hammer Chillers lives up to its name and acts as a spiritual successor to the Hammer House of Horror television series, with all but the lengthy “Don’t Go There” clocking in at around half an hour in length. Everything from the writing to the performances is perfect and you will not regret your listening experience. In addition to digital downloads, there’s also a physical CD release! Did I also mention this digipack release includes a highly informative documentary about the making of the series? Stories more in line with the gothic Hammer classics (including appearances by those who starred in such films) would have been appreciated, but I also understand the deaths of their biggest stars make such a task almost impossible. Perhaps they could try dusting off a unproduced scripts from the old days and reworking them into audio productions for the next series? Although it is worth pointing out how one of the tales does have a connection of sorts to one of lesser Hammer horror films. I won’t say which, so you’ll just have to order a copy to see what I mean.

Special thanks to Bafflegab Productions for the review copy!

Oct 02 2015

Mad Science Gone Wrong

The creation of a video segment to use during part of a haunted house is nothing new. But what sets the subject of today’s article apart from the rest is its rather unique take on the matter. Rather than do a dead serious video, the people behind Shriners Haunted Mansion decided to go the intentionally bad route! Thanks to the attraction’s founder TimothyDrake (who also worked on the video), you can now see what was previously only screened for patrons just before they entered a haunted lab scene:

This was a very clever idea, as making visitors laugh will calm them down enough to make the next scare twice as effective when they reach it. The description for this notes how this was made in forty minutes and how it was inspired by the works of Ed Wood. If you took away the plasma dome and reference to DNA, you probably could convince someone this was one of Wood’s lost films! Sadly the haunted mansion seems to be closed for good and I doubt we’ll ever see anything like this in the haunt industry ever again. Thankfully, Mr. Drake still works as a magician and has posted numerous article about the history of the attraction at his official website. Hopefully he’ll have more spooky surprises for us in the future.

Oct 01 2015

Free Halloween Countdown Calendar


Why print out a Halloween countdown calendar when it is posted on a website which already counts down to the greatest holiday ever? That’s a good question and it actually has a few different answers. Having a paper calendar is a handy resource for when you are offline and there’s just something especially satisfying about crossing off each days. I also find that crossing things off makes the coming of Halloween it more “real” to me. Reading a new article each day can blur together and potentially make you forget what date it really is.

You might have noticed the dates have not been filled in on the calendar, which allow it to be reused each year. Checking the original source also reveals it can be used as a guideline for making a large color version out of construction paper. Since it is an American work which was published before January 1, 1923 (and isn’t an audio recording), that means it is in the public domain as well. So what are you waiting for? Download this now!

Sep 25 2015

6’+ Episode 157 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“It’s time for the late, late, late show, where ZACHERLEY and VAMPIRA dance while DR. GANGRENE and DR. SHOCK compare notes. BARON DAEMON and SVENGOOLIE chew the rubber chicken fat while monster kids everywhere TUNE IN to watch their favorite horror host introduce the latest creature feature! We pay tribute to these ghouls with music about and by some of the creeps from your TV. Monstermatt Patterson pops up in the commercials for another MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Sep 24 2015

Questionable Horror Sounds Of The Night

Every Halloween lover has their own pick for the best spooky soundtrack to play on the big night. I used to hold Horror Sounds Of The Night in that regard. It used to creep me out so much back when I first got it and I couldn’t imagine anything scarier. But when I dug up my old copy, a certain segment tore off my nostalgia goggles and made me realize that playing it might not be the best of ideas. All because of one suggestive segment. Okay, that isn’t the right thing to say. It’s less “suggestive” and more why the term “trigger warning” was invented. But don’t take my word for it, have a listen for yourself:

I can still say I’m creeped out by this tape. It’s just not in the fun way anymore…

Sep 18 2015

6’+ Episode 156 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Happy Birthday, GdL16! We celebrate gravediggerslocal.com’s 7th anniversary with music by THE VILLENETTES, FAMOUS MONSTERS, THE DEMON SEEDS, ZOMBIE SURF CAMP and more. Monstermatt Patterson pops out of the cake with another MONSTERMATT MINUTE. And we introduce the HALLOWEEN SCAREPACKAGE EXTRAVAGANZA!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Sep 16 2015

Free (Legal) Download: Night Shift


When people discuss the works of Ray O’Bannon, they often focus on his music and paper toys. But this modern Renaissance man of horror has many more demonstrations of his talents available on his website. From artwork to jewelery, short stories to software, he has done just about everything. He has even created numerous short films.

Night Shift details what happens one night when a mechanic attempts to repair a car with a rather sinister reputation. It is one of his longer films, second only to the sci-fi/horror combo that is Scout 17. I highly recommend watching all his horror films (especially Lonely, which is my personal favorite), as they span over numerous styles and moods. They can be serious, funny or even a combination of the two. And they can all be downloaded from the “Theater” section of his website.

But wait, there’s more! Not only can you download a selection of printable sleeves for a DVD-R containing these shorts, but you can also download a papercraft model of the haunted car seen in the titular film! Although the background details given on the car on that page differ from the version given in the film, it still is the same type of vehicle. You can also easily create a soundtrack album for this collection since O’Bannon’s vast library of free music downloads were also used in many of the films.

Special thanks to Ray O’Bannon for use of the image!

As always, Gravedigger’s Local 16 is not to be held responsible for anything that may occur (be it good or bad) as a result of downloading from any links given here. Attempt at your own discretion. Blah blah blah…

Sep 08 2015

DVD Review: The Exorcist 40th Anniversary Blu-ray

The-exorcist-dvdZombos Says: Excellent mix of movie versions and features in one set.

Not having watched the extended director's cut or original theatrical version blu-ray editions previously released, this 40th anniversary set from Warners Home Video, adding two new special features on a third disc and a snippet from William Friedkin's book The Friedkin Connection, is a superb way to re-experience the artistry of The Exorcist, one of the top 5 horror movies made.

One of the new additions is Beyond Comprehension: William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist. Blatty, former comedy writer (good luck with that career after this movie hit), now famous horror author and screenwriter, takes us on a tour of old haunts. Our first stop is the guest house he eventually settled into, with mass quantities of coffee and cigarettes, to write his novel. He explains the few false starts that led him there; for instance, his first choice of writing milieu was a beachfront abode, but noisy cresting waves were too distracting for him. Throughout, Blatty keeps a  wowser! how lucky was I attitude that pops up a little too often to remain fresh, especially at times when more revealing exposition on the process of how he got that lucky would have been appreciated (and yes, that's the writer side of me pointing fingers here, of course). One startling revelation: he didn't have an outlined plot and worried he would eventually write himself into a corner. I recall Charles Dicken's never outlined his novels, either. (Lucky bastards, the both of them.)

The impetus for the novel and its memorable terrors was a true-life case of exorcism that occurred in 1949, which both Friedkin (in his in-depth commentary for the movie and his book) and Blatty refer back to, often. The second new addition is a 20 or so minute chat with Father Eugene Gallagher, who talks about Blatty's time at Georgetown University and that 1949 case, and the exorcism rite itself. This is an informal, filmed in black and white, interview conducted at the time the movie was first scaring audiences, so the set up is minimal, the hair of the interviewer long (radio talk show host Mike Siegel), making it more suited to diehard religious or Exorcist fans with less itchy trigger fingers on their remotes.

The effectively teasing snippet from Friedkin's book, where he relates his experiences with the movie and Blatty, is contained in a hard cover booklet that fits neatly into the cardboard slipcase along with the DVD jacket. It's a revealing nugget of information that compelled me to get Friedkin's book. It also makes you wonder where horror's gotten off to, after such a promising decade in which it received stellar attention from topnotch directors and actors and writers. 

Those of you who have watched the previous blu-ray versions will already know how crisp and vibrant the viewing is, and how rewarding Friedkin's scene by scene commentary can be–I didn't realize until he pointed it out how he used the subtlety of having Father Karras rising (ascending) in his scenes–and how much the documentaries Raising Hell: Filming the Exorcist and The Fear of God: The Making of the Exorcist make you appreciate the nuts and bolts that, finally assembled into the movie, deliver a jolt of character-driven dramatic tension and release you don't often see in today's horror movies.

I can't really say which version I prefer, original or extended cut. The original 1973 showing is the one that made The Exorcist a classic. It's also the one I remember getting the willies from, sitting in a theater in with a whole bunch of other people getting the willies, too. On one hand the original is concisely executed, but on the other the additional 12 minutes have their moments. Some of them include the overly done subliminal flashes of the demon's face, but others reinforce the dual horrors of the medical examinations and the demon's possession , like Regan's jarring crab walk down the stairs. Thank god the technology back then wasn't ready for it: had I seen that in 1973 I don't think I'd have slept a wink for weeks afterwards.

This article originally appeared at From Zombos’ Closet.

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Sep 06 2015

6’+ Episode 155 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Even if you’re dead, it’s never too late to party! This trioxin-infused episode features new music from NIGHT BIRDS and HORROR OF 59, along with tracks by 45 GRAVE, HASIL ADKINS and MISTER MONSTER. Monstermatt Patterson comes Straight Outta Mattsylvania for another MONSTERMATT MINUTE and Kraig Khaos gets all bitey on a brain-rattling edition of KILLER KUTS.”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Aug 30 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: The Voodoo Organist

The Voodoo Organist
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Organ Voodoo, Dionysus Records 2015


Ever since the overstuffed first installment of the Freaky Tiki Surf-ari back in 2010, I’ve always made a conscious effort to keep my reviews limited to two exotica albums and two surf albums per year. But when Dionysus Records told me about this album, I knew I had to make an exception. How can anyone hear the Voodoo Organist’s previous work and not be immediately intrigued about how he’ll handle an exotica album?

Scott Wexton got his start playing music at age ten. That’s when he started playing the organ at church. Flash forward to the 90’s, where his musical duo with Christopher Gwizdala, Tribe, gained new members and became known as Batterie:Acid. Even when they disbanded in 1995, he couldn’t stay out of the music biz and soon found himself briefly performing with Today Is the Day. After a few years of “regular” work, a near death experience in 2001 made him realize he had to live his dream. The following year saw him debut as the Voodoo Organist and the rest is history. When it comes to musical influences, he has everything but the kitchen sink. It would be easier to list what few musical genres he doesn’t draw from!

The mellow “Mojave Midnight Moonlight” is a delightful mix of vibraphone and other percussion, along with some theremin work thrown in for good measure. I love the bongo work in this, along with the organ work. “Dry Martinis and Wet Bikinis” is a swinging and jazzy number which would be right at home in an old school spy movie. The snapping fingers, light snare drum strikes and sneaky vibe work mesh well with the organ. Guiros and an unearthly feel show up for “The Chow Chow Cha-Cha” while vibes get to show off in the peppy “Bombay Beach Bondage Boogaloo.” “Rattlesnake Rhumba” is one of my favorites and one listen will make you understand why. Its classic exotica feel is built around bongos percussion, which go nicely with the returning theremin and organ. The very fast and lively “Violent Pillage” knocked me for a loop. You simply have to hear this cleverly named track in order to appreciate it.

“Whiskey Tango Fox” certainly lives up the to “tango” part of its name. There’s plenty of musical variations to help keep this interesting. But even if there weren’t, it would still be a great listen. “It’s Smokey” is another song with a “spy” feel which instantly transports the listener to a smokey bar thanks to its soft and light mix of cymbals and vibe work. The fast and fun “Stomp That Bug” offers plenty of organ (of course) and drums while “Steely Tiki/Prog Grog” uses guiros and vibes masterfully. “Detroit It” musically melds drums, theremin work and maracas. It also flows nicely into the pleasant percussion of “Desert Dream Scene.” Just hearing it lets you know the album is at its end, but it isn’t mournful by any stretch of the imagination.

The Voodoo Organist has always described his style as “something like the house band in Satan’s Tiki Lounge” and that’s never been more true with this album. Have you ever heard the expression “lost in translation?” That’s how I feel about how my review handles this release. I know I’ve made similar statements about how select tracks from this year’s Freaky Tiki Surf-ari must be heard to be truly appreciated before. But my saying that has never been more true when referring to this particular album. It’s a unique musical mix unlike anything you’ve ever heard before and you need to buy it now!

Special thanks to Dionysus Records for the review copy!

Aug 28 2015

Freaky Tiki Surf-ari: 6’+ Episode 154 is Up!

2013 Logo IconTo quote the description given at the new listing:

“Grab your Zombie and head down to Trader Sic Vic’s because it’s time for the annual FREAKY TIKI SURF-ARI! We get tropical and exotical with a variety of surf, exotica and creeptastical music to put the sting in your Scorpion Bowl! With music from THE LEFT ARM OF BUDDHA, ROBERT DRASNIN, THE VULCANOS and more! Monstermatt Patterson tries to go surfing with a Tikiman around his neck and he ends up wiping out into another MONSTERMATT MINUTE!”

Remember to email 6′+ (contact at 6ftplus.com) or leave a comment below about the show, whether you liked it or not. Tell your friends, leave a review on iTunes, but above all – enjoy.

You can find all episodes of 6′+ over at the official site as well as on iTunes and Stitcher. They’re also on Facebook, Twitter and SoundCloud.

Aug 26 2015

How To Make Cheap Foam Organs

I noticed I keep discussing tutorial videos from Stiltbeast Studios in December, which might give the impression he only does spooky Christmas props. This is not the case at all and I want to focus on one of his more traditional tutorials. If you have access to chunks of foam and fake blood, then you can make some realistic fake organs following the directions in the following video:

This tutorial could come in handy if you don’t have any fake blood:

Be sure to check out his other videos!

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