Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Join Esotouric for Halloween Horrors bus tour

Esotouric's Halloween Horrors Bus Tour Explores Weird L.A. Crime History

WHAT: "Halloween Horrors With Crimebo the Clown " bus tour

WHEN: Saturday October 25, 12pm-4pm

COST: $58/person, snacks and candy included

MORE INFO: visit http://www.esotouric.com or call 323-223-2767

Esotouric's most grisly Crime Bus tour, this seasonal confection stops at the sites of the weirdest and most disgusting crimes in LA's history, including several with a Halloween theme.

Halloween Horrors features lurid crime scene photos and more sick jokes per mile than the other Crime Bus tours, and is the only no-kids-allowed tour on the schedule. Vintage crime scene photos are featured, with passengers urged to BYOBB (bring your own barf bag), always a smart idea when Crimebo the Crime Clown is in attendance.

Ghost Hosts Kim Cooper, Richard Schave and Joan Renner have dug into the archives to uncover such terrible tales as the lady dope dealer left with her eyes gouged out on Echo Park's Lovers' Lane, the one-time silent screen star who died alone and was gnawed on by her doggy, the trick or treat murder of the handsome hairstylist, an astrologer and a palm reader who didn't foresee being killed by the women they loved, Silver Lake's exploding gun shop, the poignant death of the bravest dog in Hollywood, plus visits to Bela Lugosi's home, Crimebo's tales of Halloween celebrations gone terribly wrong and history of holiday pranks in Los Angeles, plus light-hearted oddities like the mysterious midnight disappearance of thousands of cucumbers from a Hollywood farm.

The tour is dedicated to the memory of a brave little San Fernando Valley girl Deborah Lohr, who in 1962, accompanied by a friend dressed as a beatnik, stood too near a jack-o-lantern and had her hula costume go up in flames. Deborah's terrible death led to many changes in how Halloween was celebrated in Los Angeles, including fireproof costumes, battery-powered lights in pumpkins, masks offering better visibility when crossing streets and greater parental supervision.

The 2008 edition of Halloween Horrors features a very spooky guest star. Jeremy Kasten is a horror filmmaker and a fetishist of L.A. history. Jeremy's film's include "The Attic Expeditions" (Seth Green, Alice Cooper, Ted Raimi, Jeffrey Combs), which premiered at the Seattle International Film Festival and is considered a cult favorite among horror fans.

Jeremy's second film, "All Souls Day: Dias De Los Muertos" (David Keith, Laura Harring, Danny Trejo) premiered at the 2005 Slamdance Film Festival and his third film, "The Thirst" (Jeremy Sisto and Matt Keslar) is one of the bloodiest modern vampire exploitation films. Jeremy has just released a remake of H.G Lewis' "The Wizard of Gore," starring Crispin Glover, Kip Pardue, Bijou Phillips, Brad Dourif, Jeffrey Combs and featuring the Suicide Girls. "Wizard" premiered to sold out crowds at the Los Angeles Film Festival and is a love letter to post-punk L.A.

Jeremy will be showing and discussing favorite disturbing clips from horror films featuring Los Angeles. We will see the city as a background to heinous crimes as well as a stand-in for everything from sleepy suburbs to a post- apocalyptic nightmare world. It's not for the squeamish, and can only be seen on the Crime Bus.

Passengers on this eye-opening, funny and informative tour will leave with a new understanding of Halloween and horror in old Los Angeles, and the promise of nightmares. It is highly recommended for natives and newcomers, crime and history buffs and anyone who likes to seek out the unexpected.

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