Burbank Backwoods Haunted Maze Adventure rained out

The Backwoods Maze's opening night was cut short by the early arrival of an unexpectedly heavy rainstorm. Hollywood Gothique blames global warming. Thanks, Trump!

If only we had arrived sooner...sigh.

Fortunately, we had made it to Stough Canyon Nature Center for the Burbank Haunted Adventure before the first drops turned into a downpour. The community haunt's scary walk through the Starlight Bowl was wonderful as always (lots of scenes based on classic horror movies); afterward, as we walked back down the hill, the lightning bolt that cut across the sky could not have been more perfectly timed to punctuate the finale of the Thriller flash-mob, flashing just as the last note of Michael Jackson's song echoed into silence. You can't buy special effects that good!

We can only imagine how this affected the Boney Island Halloween Haunt and the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The weather forecasts indicate the showers should pass by late morning; hopefully that will be enough time for everything to dry out.

We presume that Unbound Productions is blessing their decision to stage the Wicked Lit Halloween Festival entirely indoors this year.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.