PHN 2010: Captain Cline’s Pirate Ghost Ride!

Arrr me mateys! Mrs. Awesome and I recently had the joy of visiting Captain Cline’s Pirate Ghost Ride in Virginia…

Arrr me mateys!

Mrs. Awesome and I recently had the joy of visiting Captain Cline’s Pirate Ghost Ride in Virginia Beach, Virginia.  I’ve been wanting to visit this thing for years (actually, when I wanted to visit it originally, it was Captain Cline’s Pirate Adventure Ride) and have always seemed to miss out on it.  Probably because I don’t visit the beach area much during tourist season, and the ride is only open during that time.

But I happened upon it a couple of weeks while it was actually open, and there was no way in hell I was missing it this time!

PHN 2010: Scarowinds in Charlotte, NC!

Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the old Paramount parks (like Richmond, Virginia’s Kings Dominion) that was purchased…

Carowinds in Charlotte, North Carolina, is one of the old Paramount parks (like Richmond, Virginia’s Kings Dominion) that was purchased by Cedar Fair when Paramount decided to get out of the theme park business.  You won’t find too many licensed properties (other than Snoopy), but you find a ton of cool roller coasters in parks like these.  I’m actually surprised, that given the hardships so many other companies have faced that the Cedar Fair parks have faired well enough to stay open, considering their closest competitors, Six Flags, seems to be having nothing but issues.

Still, they try to compete in the lucrative Halloween haunt race, with eight haunted houses, three scarezones, and a couple of shows.  Much like Busch Gardens, Scarowinds Halloween Haunt (this year titled Scarowinds X), rather than just recycling props into differently themed houses, actually recycles the majority of the houses from the previous year, and usually injects one or two new houses a year.  Which is a great cost-saving measure, but it kind of makes repeat visits from year to year a little less enticing, as I saw at least two houses that I’d seen from the last time I’d gone there (2 years ago) with very little in the way of change.  Sure, updates were made, but the overall experience was relatively the same.

Still, that was just two of EIGHT haunted houses – was the drive to Scarowinds worth it?  More after the jump.

PHN 2010: DARK HOUSE

I was really looking forward to Dark House.  I’m a big fan of the concept of amusement attractions gone wrong…

I was really looking forward to Dark House.  I’m a big fan of the concept of amusement attractions gone wrong – stories like Jurassic Park, West World, House on Haunted HillDark House is the story of an eccentric amusement attraction owner who’s decided to purchase a local house, the scene of a horrific murder years ago, and convert it into a state of the art haunted house, with holographic ghosts and a live cast of actors to scare guests.

As expected…things go horribly, horribly awry and before you know it people are getting hacked up in all sorts of ways.  But was this Dark House worth venturing into?

PHN 2010: Enter the House of Nightmares with Nox Arcana!

Love mood music to creep out your neighbors and get you in the mood for Pauloween Horror Nights?  Look no…

Love mood music to creep out your neighbors and get you in the mood for Pauloween Horror Nights?  Look no further than the newest cd from the awesome band NOX ARCANA!

A mere two months after Nox Arcana released the haunting Theater of Illusion, we have a brand new CD for the Halloween season. Joseph Vargo of Nox Arcana teams again with Jeff Hartz of Buzz-Works to produce the creepy horror soundscape House of Nightmares.

Dark things dwell in the old house by the cemetery, lying in wait for anyone who dares to enter. Unearthly sounds echo from the shadows of the abandoned mansion as sinister incantations unleash ancient horrors to haunt the realm of the living. The CD delivers 19 tracks of spine-tingling sound effects and dark cinematic music to create an eerie atmosphere of lurking terror.

Read more about House of Nightmares at FearNet and at the official Nox Arcana site!

Check out the new video for “The Forgotten Crypt” after the jump!

PHN 2010: Skulduggery Pleasant: Mortal Coil

The sixth entry in the Skulduggery Pleasant series has been released?  What?  A quick glance at Amazon shows that only…

The sixth entry in the Skulduggery Pleasant series has been released?  What?  A quick glance at Amazon shows that only the first three books have been released in the United States.  You actually have to go to Amazon UK to find books 4-6 of what’s quickly becoming my favorite book series.  It’s a shame, but I wonder if the reason that the US hasn’t seen the next three books is because of sales, or because a movie hasn’t been released yet.  Movie rights for the series were snatched up before the first book was even released, yet here we are, six books in, and no movie has been released?  Maybe the US publisher is waiting until the movie gets released and book sales go up to continue releasing the series?

Or maybe it’s because of how dark the series has gotten, something definitely evident in the newest installment, Mortal Coil. After all, this is Pauloween Horror Nights, and this book wouldn’t be included if it wasn’t perfectly full of horror!

PHN 2010: Halloween Horror Nights Opening Night Event (Part Two)!

For part one, click here… And so it continues… Though a “new age of darkness” brought with it a downpour…

For part one, click here

And so it continues…

Though a “new age of darkness” brought with it a downpour of rain, we were not swayed in our attempts to trek through all eight of this year’s Universal Orlando’s Halloween Horror Nights haunted houses!  While I may have been a little disappointed with some of the scarezones (probably due to the rain limiting the amount of scareactors, and amping up the fog quotient to the point it was impossible to see), I’ve got to say, this year they sure had some AWESOME houses.  Our feet killing us, we began our journey with…

PHN 2010: Halloween Horror Nights Opening Night Event (Part One)!

I have faced my Fear…and come out alive! Last night, Mrs. Awesome and I attended the opening night media event…

Destination: Themepark and of course saw the guys from Attractions Magazine, as well as a slew of other people who either run blogs, work for local media, or run theme park or HHN fansites.

Right outside of the Pantages Theater were two of the night’s best scarezones, HHN XX: Twenty Years of Fear and Fear Revealed, where we got some great pictures with the icons of Halloween Horror Nights past…