HNN Productions is celebrating the official start of Halloween season with the costume documentary Halloween in a Box, coming to VOD on October 1st. Also: Collection Complete episode 3 release details, Serial Killer Cabaret from the Nevermore Theatre, and the announcement of the opening of haunt attraction Zombie Den.
Halloween in a Box Release Details: "Halloween in a Box, a documentary focusing on Halloween costume manufacturers gets distributor and release date.
HNN Productions is excited to announce its documentary, Halloween in a Box will be distributed by film company Indie Rights on October 1, 2019, on various VOD platforms including Amazon. This documentary marks the company’s first release and has been called a labor of love by Director/Producer Rob Caprilozzi. “Halloween has always been a beloved holiday for children of all ages and nothing beat the wildly popular costumes-in-a-box from companies such as Ben Cooper Inc., Collegeville, and Halco,” according to Caprilozzi. “I loved those costumes. They were a big part of my childhood and they really reflected pop culture for so many generations.”
For years, these costumes were a Halloween institution dating back to the 1930s. But in 1982 at the height of their popularity, the first case of domestic terrorism shook the U.S. in the form of the Chicago Tylenol murders and threatened to cancel Halloween forever. In an effort to save the holiday, the costume giants, although rivals in the business, were forced to come together and unify or trick-or-treating would become extinct.
Halloween in a Box centers around the history and evolution of these Halloween costumes and explores the companies that brought dressing up on All Hallows Eve to the masses. “It’s an amazing story that needs to be told,” said Caprilozzi. “You have major competitors becoming allies in an effort to keep the tradition of Halloween and trick-or-treating alive.”
One unique aspect of the documentary is how fans of Cooper, Collegeville, and Halco submitted their own vintage photos and videos of themselves in their costumes becoming part of the project. “Something I really wanted to incorporate in this documentary was old photos and movies of people from all walks of life in their Halloween costumes. I have my memories and experiences as a kid, but I wanted to include the communities’ memories. Each image that was submitted tells a story of the person’s childhood, a snapshot of an era and how Halloween played, and plays, such a pivotal role in our lives.”
About HNN Productions
HNN Productions is the entertainment company created by Rob Caprilozzi with the mission to create independent projects for the true horror fan, exploring all aspects of the genre in all of its forms. HNN Productions is devoted to bringing the best original horror, exploitation, and cult genre-inspired enterprises to the horror community.
Visit: www.HNNProductions.net for more details."
Collection Complete Episode 3.5: "Blonde Bombshell to Goth Icon: Micheline Pitts Talks Collecting Vampira in Collection Complete.
From screen-used Michael Myers masks and a doll from Child’s Play to a full-sized Creature from the Black Lagoon, the Youtube series Collection Complete has often explored horror fans’ obsession with collecting all things that go bump in the night, and with Halloween right around the corner, their latest episode is no exception.
Taking an in-depth look into the lives of artists and the collections that fuel their work (as presented by Gemr, the #1 app for collectors worldwide), the docu-series’ twenty-fourth episode takes a look at artist, designer and monster kid Micheline Pitt’s collection of rare, hand-painted images from internationally acclaimed “Glamour Ghoul” Vampira, as well as her own recreation of Vampira’s iconic bat glasses through her company La Femme en Noir, and so much more.
A dive into her fascination with the late actress and artist Maila Nurmi, who in the 1950s set off a national craze via the creation of her prototypical goth scream queen persona Vampira, Pitt says of the icon, who laid the framework for all horror hosts to come in her short-lived KACB-TV series “The Vampira Show” (1954-1955) and again later in Ed Wood’s cult classic Plan 9 from Outer Space (1959), “She really influenced so much of who I am today.”
Now in its third season, future installments of Collection Complete are set to showcase the collections of Boulder City, Nevada monster-maker Tom Devlin and Jason Egan of The SAW Official Escape Room, as well as other items in Pitt’s impressive assemblage of vintage pop culture ephemera, the whereabouts of those barrels from JAWS, and much, much more.
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Nevermore Theatre's Serial Killer Cabaret Announced: "Nevermore Theatre presents:
Serial Killer Cabaret
London Horror Festival
9.45 pm / 15th October 2019
The Pleasance Theatre, StageSpace
Following on from several sold-out shows at the Edinburgh Horror Festival, Nevermore Theatre presents Serial Killer Cabaret, a satirical look at history’s most nefarious serial killers.
This Death Row talent show features all your favourite criminals such as Charles Manson, Ed Gein and Jack the Ripper as you have never seen them before. A must-see for fans of true crime and show tunes, Nevermore Theatre promises a quirky, camp evening of rhinestones and murder.
Serial Killer Cabaret is on for one night only at the Pleasance Theatre, StageSpace on the 15th October as part of the London Horror Festival. Tickets are £12 (£10 concessions) and can be purchased from the Pleasance website: https://www.pleasance.co.uk/event/london-horror-festival-serial-killer-cabaret
Nevermore Theatre is an all-female company committed to producing horror shows which push convention. This will be their first time performing in London and they are excited to showcase their work outside of Edinburgh. The ensemble consists of Mae Hearons, Gillian Bain, Megan Travers, Miriam Larrainzar and Billie Willett."
Haunt Attraction Zombie Den Now Open in Pittsburgh: "When the world is closing in on you when you feel absolutely buried by life when you end the day feeling just dead, there are two options: You’re a zombie, or you need a drink. Either way, this Halloween season ZOMBIE DEN has you covered.
Opening today (Sept. 24) and operating Tuesdays to Saturdays through Nov. 2, Pittsburgh’s original horror-themed pop-up bar is a perfect way to recover from a long day fighting against brain-dead co-workers or to usher in a weekend filled with zombie hunting. ZOMBIE DEN is located within The Original Oyster House at 20 Market Square in Downtown Pittsburgh and is presented by the creators of ScareHouse – which this year is debuting THE SCREAM DISTRICT in Pittsburgh’s historic Strip District – in partnership with veteran food and beverage expert Michael McCoy.
To muster the courage to face the undead, or to recover after a night of frights at “The Basement” or the “Stalked by a Killer” escape room that makes up THE SCREAM DISTRICT, Pittsburgh’s ZOMBIE DEN has crafted a number of potent potables, including four mixed drinks that are making their ZOMBIE DEN debuts this year:
· “A Sure Way to Kill ‘em” – A frozen blend of spiced rum, coffee liqueur, pumpkin ice milk and coffee
· “Boulevard of Bitter Dreams” – Bourbon, Campari, amaro, sweet vermouth, biggers, and a Pernod rinse
· “That’s Another One for the Fire” – Blended whiskey, lemon, honey, ginger, and Laphroaig mist
· “A Mind is a Terrible Thing to Waste” – Vodka, passionfruit, lime, ginger beer
In addition, the ZOMBIE DEN is bringing back popular “test-tube shots” – the Crippin Viris and the Compound Six – while some of last year’s most popular drinks are returning, including “They’re Coming to Get You, Barbara,” a blend of light, dark and 151 rum, almond, pineapple, grapefruit, and lime.
“Whether you’re in the midst of defending against marauding hordes of the undead, discovering the fearful secrets of the basement, or attempting to escape from a serial killer, we understand that everyone needs a little time to unwind, which is where Zombie Den comes in,” says Scott Simmons, creative director of THE SCREAM DISTRICT and ScareHouse.
“This is a great time of year to relax and put your feet up, even if they fall off of your body – and if they do, you’re at the right place,” added Jen Grippo, owner of the Original Oyster House. “Last year’s Zombie Den was so enormously well-received that we are thrilled to be doing it all again, bringing some added fun to the Halloween season.”
ZOMBIE DEN will be open to guests 21 and older from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. Tuesdays to Thursdays and from 4 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 24 through Nov. 2.
For complete information about ZOMBIE DEN, put down your zombie-destroying weapons and visit www.zombiedenpgh.com "