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The undead dancers of Zombie Ballet; Credit: Scott Feinblatt

Ghouls Night Out: A Guide to L.A.'s Best Spooky Events

Halloween fans eagerly wait all year long for October to roll around. Luckily, for those of us who happen to be horror aficionados and dress-up fiends, Los Angeles provides no shortage of ways to get our spirits and spooks on. In addition to the plethora of haunted attractions that have opened up throughout the greater SoCal area, the entire month in L.A. is filled with wicked and wild events. Here is L.A, Weekly’s list of the spooky events that reign supreme and are just what the mad doctor ordered no matter what thrills or chills you!...
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Wasteland Weekend Rages in the Face of Armageddon

Who said there’s nothing appealing about a post-apocalyptic wasteland? While some Bible thumpers get off on warning their fellow citizens that the end is nigh, there is a subcultural counterpoint that annually plans for, creates and immerses itself in a highly stylized end-of-the-world adventure — all based on the iconography of the Mad Max film series. Wasteland Weekend is here....
David Farrier hosts Dark Tourist on Netflix.; Credit: Netflix TV

Dark Tourist's David Farrier Talks About Creepy Excursions in L.A. and Beyond

Some of the strangest places and experiences on Earth are explored on the Netflix documentary program Dark Tourist. The eight-episode journey is filled with grim locations and scenarios (three per episode), culminating — where else? — here in Los Angeles. L.A. Weekly talked with host David Farrier about the nature of dark tourism, the appeal of going to scary places, and his observation that L.A. celebrates its own dark history more than any other place he's visited....
Mick Garris; Credit: Scott Feinblatt

Master of Horror Mick Garris Celebrates Halloween Early at Midsummer Scream

This year’s Midsummer Scream festival,will offer over 250 horror-themed vendors, film screenings, presentations, panels, interactive and immersive attractions and celebrity guest appearances. We talked with director Mick Garris about his appearance at the upcoming event and his classic film Hocus Pocus, marking its 25th anniversary this year....
Cheslyn Diloy

From the Crowds to the Cosplay, Anime Expo 2018 Was Pure Excess

About 100,000 anime fans, most of them costumed characters inspired by Japanese animation, swarmed what has become the premier anime convention in the U.S. (and almost as popular as Comic-Con in San Diego). With film and television series premieres, toys and memorabilia vendors, and fervent anime fans showing off vibrant cosplay looks, this year was bigger the ever. For some, maybe too big....
The opening scene of L.A. Opera's The Canterville Ghost

Gordon Getty’s Scare Pair Delivers Shivers and Laughs at Broad Stage

Santa Monica’s Broad Stage held two performances of a double bill of operatic works by composer Gordon Getty. The two pieces were based on Edgar Allan Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher and on Oscar Wilde’s The Canterville Ghost. The show, featuring Getty’s adapted librettos, was called Scare Pair, and it successfully achieved a unique fusion of classic spooky stories and opera....
YouTube star Joey Graceffa; Credit: Scott Feinblatt

VidCon: Bigger, Younger and More Bonkers Than Ever

Since its 2010 debut, VidCon, the premier convention for online video creators and fans, has grown exponentially to become the most popular celebration of online entertainment and YouTube culture in the country, continuing to attract the most youthful demographic on the SoCal convention circuit....