Creepy LA: The Los Angeles Halloween Blog


Mini-Review: Ghosts of Ma Barker—A Satisfying Mix of Spectres and Hoodlums

Diana Kyle as Ma Barker, facing off with Grant Garrison as Dock Barker, in "The Ghosts of Ma Barker."

The recently closed production of T.S. Devai’s play, The Ghosts of Ma Barker, at the Ruby Theatre at The Complex in Hollywood offered audiences a strong intersection of drama, history, social issues and the paranormal. Framed by the story of a paranormal podcaster (Devix Szell) and a psychic investigator (the electric Linda McShan) visiting the...

From Beyond and The Monkey’s Paw: A First-Class Night of Entertainment in the Mausoleum from Unbound Productions

The cast of Unbound Productions' "The Monkey's Paw."

L.A.’s own Unbound Productions does more than just their acclaimed annual Wicked Lit show—they offer up smart, often delightfully macabre theater basically year-round. The latest of their productions is a very fine version of W.W. Jacobs’ classic chiller, “The Monkey’s Paw,” paired with a particularly nice reader’s theater telling of...

Ghosts of the Underground: A Journey Into Surreal Nightmare At Zombie Joe’s

'Till death do they part: The detective and his murdered wife in "Ghosts of the Underground."

Horror and the macabre take many forms, and in “Ghosts of the Underground” (playing through this weekend at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater in North Hollywood) the terrible price of love and revenge is its fascinating shape.   It’s an immersive show; not fully interactive with the audience, but tantalizingly close. You enter the...

It Has Four Ghosts, A Graveyard And A Zombie Chorus: A Christmas Carol at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater

The cast of A Christmas Carol at Zombie Joe's Underground Theater.

This review, like the show, is short and sweet: If you’ve ever seen anything at Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater—a place where you confront body horror and existential fear in a series of blackouts and disturbing, push-the-envelope vignettes and experimental theater—you’re totally unready for the great fun you’ll have with their...

Is “America Is Haunted” Legit?

Image from the America Is Haunted website.

Recently, a number of “deals” for dozens of haunted attractions across the country have appeared on various discount shopping sites, all tied to the website “America Is Haunted.” While the attractions claim to be an established brand, saying they are “Americas longest running national fear factor,” we have been...

Your Nightmares Live At Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Urban Death Tour of Terror


Zombie Joes’ Underground Theater never takes any shortcuts, except for one: Other haunted attractions put you through a gauntlet of frights and then let you have your own nightmares. ZJUT’s Urban Death Tour of Terror is all about removing the middleman and making you experience walking, talking, in-person nightmares. Which means that this very...