October 23, 2015

Two Atlanta Haunted Attractions You Must Visit This Season, Or Else...

With Halloween quickly approaching, the time to get a good scare in is quickly dwindling. Whether you're the haunted house enthusiast or not, one should never go the season without going to at least one haunted attraction. 
The one thing you should never assume is that haunted attractions will be around forever. Many of them spring upon available real estate and are lucky if they can even get a few seasons out of it.  So consider yourself lucky if you've had the opportunity to visit some of the great ones of Atlanta's past. 

Here are two haunted attractions that will be saying goodbye after this year. Here we go! 

This season in particular, you MUST visit the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse: Dead End. If you weren't aware, the original AZA venue off of Moreland Avenue and Thurman Road was scheduled to close after the 2014 season. So those who never dared to go really missed out. They even shot a film around the 2013 season's attraction that took the film festival circuit by storm.

You can watch it online for free

However, just when you thought your zombie encounters were really over, the creators of the Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse were asked to return just one weekend for a greater cause.  The Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse: Dead End is scheduled to be held on Friday, October 23rd and Saturday, October 24th only. According to the official website, Melissa Wakamo and Red Robin Realtors are the ones to thank for sponsoring this one weekend event. All proceeds will benefit the Maynard Jackson High School Parent Teacher Student Association which uses funds to support student and teacher projects. 

If you never visited the previous Atlanta Zombie Apocalypse, this might be your last chance to experience anything even close to the freakishly scary mayhem it first brought to the city back in 2010. Again, don't assume good things last forever. So be sure to stop by and be ready to run for your life.  Don't say we didn't warn you because this may very well be your last chance to see if you could survive an actual zombie apocalypse.

This Halloween season we are saddened to share the news that this year will be the final season of Chambers of Horror at the Masquerade. If we're lucky, it could return someday, but there are no guarantees it will or where it would be located. With its 7th year in operation, this year's final show has pulled out all the stops. If you visited before, expect more scares, freakier scenarios, and even wetter body shots of God knows what. Ewww! 

Chambers of Horror's popularity has grown immensely over the years and if you were to ever see it now compared to where it started years ago, the show in no way needs to apologize for any offensive or bold step taken.  It's twisted and crazy on purpose and patrons already know that.  However, not for much longer. According to one of our sources, condominiums ("yes, more condos in Atlanta.") are scheduled to be developed on the property. So don't miss your chance. It's one of the only haunted attractions inside the perimeter and may be the last. Chambers is located at 695 North Avenue Northeast just a block away from the new Ponce City Market. 

Check it out for yourself, as these first-times dare to take on this year's Chambers of Horror attraction. Brace yourselves! Click here to watch this Rare Media video. 

If you plan attending Chamber the weekend of October 23rd and 24th, North Avenue between Boulevard and Freedom Parkway will shut down due to the Red Bull Soapbox Derby. Also, North Angier Avenue beside the Masquerade and Old 4th Ward will be closed for parking. So plan your transportation in advance.  

With only two more weekends to get your fill of Halloween festivities in, you might as well grab some friends and have fun by visiting a haunted attraction. Just remember to be safe and not to drink and drive. If you must, call an Uber or Lyft to get you home safely. Both ride-share services serve the Atlanta area. First-time Uber riders can earn $20 toward your first trip using the code CHAMBERSATL. 

Happy Halloween!

September 7, 2015

The Halloween Season Draws Nigh: Tis Shockingly Scary

photo from rebelsmarket.com
It's that time of year again. One of the world's most lucrative industries will begin its stretch of welcoming visitors from all around the world. What am I referring to? The haunted house industry of course! Halloween season is undeniably the most lucrative season for theme parks such as Universal Studios, Busch Gardens, Kings Dominion, and just about any of them that participate in the annual festivities.

For those who've never visited a theme park or stand-alone haunted attraction in October, you wouldn't know. If you think I'm referring to the typical ghosts and goblins spooky house then you won't find many. That's for children. We're talking about grown-up stuff.

In the twenty-first century you'll find the most technologically advanced animatronics, movie quality make-up and wardrobe, and the creepiest set designs leaving anyone wondering if their experience is actually real. Haunted House developers have very creative minds to design the most entertaining haunted attractions for their audiences. Year-round they attend a variety of trade shows like Transworld Halloween and Attractions Show in St.Louis, traveling events like HauntCon, and more.

No matter where the attraction, just know it takes a lot of hard work and creative juices to bring it to life. Now that my maternity hiatus is over, yours truly (a twenty-year-plus veteran haunted house connoisseur) will be at it again. This year I'll be bringing you reviews from some of the best haunted attractions in the Southeast. Don't just take it from me.  During my annual haunted house crawls, I invite some of the bravest thrill-seekers that get to share their experiences too.

If you're new to the whole phenomenon, I'd suggest visiting a theme park first. At least there are more people around to help alleviate you from being a constant target for the scare actors. If you just want to ease into this craze and you're looking for family fun, visit Six Flags. Why?  Because children are allowed inside the park. Believe it or not, I have never visited Six Flag's Fright Fest after all these years just because of that very reason. However, this year I have decided to include it on my review list just so I can provide the best feedback for those who are interested. After all, new night crawlers should know where they should start, at least for their children's sake. 

For all others, start with Halloween Horror Nights 25 at Universal Studios. This year's haunts range from Freddy vs. Jason, to the Walking Dead, Insidious, The Purge, and many more. Though I don't normally endorse haunted attractions until I've reviewed it first, I'll share Halloween Horror Night's event overview in celebration of its 25th anniversary. Here's a link to this year's video.

photo from pichost.me

Or, if you don't want most of your scares ruined by large crowds, go to Busch Garden's Howl-O-Scream and its new tale entitled Unearthed this year. Its haunted houses include Scarlett's Revenge, Circus of Superstition, Dead Fall, and others. 

FYI, Over the years I have found that due to HHN's popularity, the park tends to be too overcrowded to really enjoy the experience. However, at Busch Gardens, you can usually get a bit more bang for your buck.

Overall, the best thing about visiting any of the theme parks is that it's a great way to see how your favorite scary movies, television shows, and sometimes your worst nightmares comes to life. The professionals that put these attractions together are usually the same people that work on movie sets.

Now that the Labor Day's festivities have come to a close I am officially scheduling my visits for this year's haunted review season. To kick things off, I'll be sharing some videos and write-ups for your enjoyment. Though I've visited attractions many attractions over the years, even to include Virginia's King's Dominion and Ashland Berry Farm, I will primarily be visiting attractions in Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Florida this year. It all depends on how much we have time for on our schedule.  If you know of any places that you like that I may have missed over the years, definitely bring them to my attention or simply have the attraction contact us. 

Lastly, I hope this will at least help you gauge where you might want to start.  Either way, just make sure you save your dollars. The cost of visiting theme parks and stand-alone haunted attractions in one season can really bust the bank. However, I hope I can help direct you to the best attraction that best suits your budget and scare tolerance.  Happy haunting!

To read a previous haunted house crawl review, click this!

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August 6, 2015

Launching Our New Division: Atlanta Production Consultants

Taking a photo with some of the crew from Sundance TV's The Red Road
Over the past two years a lot has happened within the company.  In mid 2013 we ventured off into a new direction to help launch our production consulting division, Atlanta Production Consultants. During that time things picked-up with several events putting the new Atlanta Production Consultants on the industry map.

Our premiere educational networking event is Production Link Atlanta. Production Link features entertainment industry professionals that provide insight and guidance to those looking to expand their footprint in the Georgia entertainment market. Attendees receive one-on-one networking opportunities in a rare intimate setting along with like-minded industry professionals from all over. The event also highlights local production professionals and companies, their work, and even gives one lucky college student the opportunity to be featured as the rising star showcase winner. 
Production Link Atlanta industry expert panel discussion
Aside from our annual main event, throughout the year we host production happy hours to accommodate the day-to-day production professionals that aren't usually available during the week but still wish to meet others in the industry. New production professionals moving to the area are highly encouraged to attend in order to meet those much needed industry contacts. We simply wanted to close the gaps between the music, film, and television industries professionals. 
production happy hour participants enjoy complimentary refreshments
production happy hour impromptu group photo
We also host private events from time-to-time which allow production crews the opportunity to relax and truly get more acquainted with the other crew members on set. This allows for our production partners (local service-providers) to gain the exposure they're looking for in a more intimate setting. The more we can do to help the Georgia production industry grow, the better. More films means more job opportunities and that leads to a stronger state economy. Go Georgia!

Event host Danielle Smith leads Annalise Basso, an actress with The Red Road, in a funny game
In addition to hosting networking events, our production location services began picking up as well.  We worked with companies like Class Clown Films, Home and Garden Magazine, Warner Brothers and others to find locations for their production shoots. We serve as site representatives and liaisons between property owners and production companies to ensure the locations are well-taken care of during the shoot and that the owners are compensated fairly for its use. We best represent clients that own properties that could be classified as a mansion, estate, or that require a desired level of professional care.

Here is an example of the type of feature a highly sought-after production location might have.  
We've been production consulting for years.  It was just time to put a label on it. Whether we're helping independent producers get their films off the ground, speaking at film festivals, or hosting private events for production crews, we couldn't be more pleased with our growth these past two years. 

If you own a property that you would like to be included in our private location database please contact us at info@exclusiveremediesstudio.com. If you are simply in need of a site representative for your property, you may also contact us. We would love to represent you.

Please visit our service section of the Exclusive Remedies Studio website to learn more about Atlanta Production Consultants.