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Have you ever thought about working in a haunted house? Considered what it would be like to go to work every night and scare the pants off of people? If you love the smell of fear, the sound of terrified shrieks and the gratification of slipping in and out of the enveloping darkness, if you think Halloween should be every night of the year, then we have the job for you!
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas is looking for a few good mummies — and ghouls, and zombies and maniacs, to round out their cast and crew for the season. Whether you delight in the spotlight or you’d rather lurk behind the scenes, creating wicked hair designs that would make Paul Mitchell positively shudder, and painting faces in a way Max Factor never conceived of, you can now be a part of this world famous house of horrors during the 2014 haunting season!
We’re looking for parking attendants, concessions and sales, security personnel, cashiers, stage managers, makeup artists, hair stylists, costumers, tech support and of course, actors and actresses with a talent for terror. Simply fill out an application online and get ready for the experience of a lifetime! You must be 16 years or older to apply, and applicants under 18 must have parental/guardian consent.
What do cast members think about working at Cutting Edge? Ray Don, or Big Ray as he’s known, has this to say: “When the show is running, it’s probably the best time of my year. It is so much fun. We have a blast!”
According to Head Makeup Artist and Set Designer Frances Woodruff, “This is like playtime every day, and this is what we do for a living.”
Makeup Artist Delena Williams calls it a “loving, dysfunctional family,” while Danger Dave says, “It’s like hanging out with my friends every day. How many people can say they get to go to work and hang out with their friends?”
“Chain Saw” Brent James enjoys being part of the “front line entertainment,” scaring patrons when they arrive in the parking lot, and when they’re waiting to use the restrooms. “What amazes me is, I’m out there with the parking lot lights on and everything, and people still manage to not see me,” he says. “They actually know I’m there, and they forget I’m there and get scared anyway.” It’s all part of his mission, to “give them a good time. That’s what it’s all about.”
Don’t wait — fill out the application today, because the Sneak Peak/Opening Night is just 37 days away!!!
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Texas wants to know! If you love to be terrified by some of the latest and greatest blood-curdling, spine-tingling, hair-raising horror series showing on various networks and cable television, tell us which is your favorite. Just go to our Facebook page
and click on the contest. Then like the photos from your favorite shows. The one with the most likes wins. By participating, YOU will be eligible to win some Cutting Edge Creepy Stuff!
If you don’t see your favorite show listed there, it’s because we had to limit the contest to the top ten. We realize that there are many, many great shows out there. In fact, it’s a positive gore-fest of disturbing, cutting edge, violent and evil sci-fi, fantasy, murder and mayhem television shows the likes of which have never been seen before in the history of the “boob tube!”
If you’re not familiar with some or all of the shows, here is the lineup of where to find them:
American Horror Story – Wednesday nights on FX
Bates Motel – Monday nights at 10:00 pm on A&E
Grimm – Friday nights at 9:00 pm on NBC
Hannibal – season just ended but watch full episodes here
Salem – watch 5 episodes back to back Sunday, July 20 on WGNAME, starting at 9 a.m.
Sleepy Hollow – Monday nights at 9:00 pm on Fox
The Strain – Sunday nights at 10:00 on FX
Teen Wolf – Monday nights at 10:00 pm on MTV
True Blood – HBO – watch full episodes here
The Walking Dead – Sunday nights at 9:00 pm on AMC
So bone up on your favorite horror-genre television shows, and don’t forget to vote at the Cutting Edge Facebook page before 5 p.m. on July 21! It’s FREE STUFF, people!!
And don’t forget, the Cutting Edge Haunted House August 30 “Sneak Peek” is in just 43 days!!!
Did you ever wonder where the term “dead end” comes from? When you see that yellow diamond-shaped sign with the harsh black lettering, do you feel a chill run down your spine and wonder if perhaps you might actually perish if you were to venture down that path?
Perhaps because of its sinister connotations, dead end has been a popular name for plays, movies, cartoons and even an Android app available on Google Play.
Dead End was the title of a play about 1930′s Manhattan and the juxtaposition of lush highrise apartments and the poor street thugs who roamed the pavements below. Sidney King’s Broadway play was later made into a popular movie by the same name, debuting a young Humphrey Bogart.
The latest movie to go by that name is a 2003 horror flick about a hapless man who makes an unfortunate choice of shortcuts on his way to the in-laws house with the family on Christmas Eve.
A dead end street is often called a “cul-de-sac,” a French term which literally translates to “bottom of a bag.”
In ancient Athens and Rome, dead end streets were used for defense purposes, where an unwitting invasion force could be trapped and annihilated.
Later civilizations used dead-ends or cul-de-sacs to keep outside traffic from using residential neighborhoods as a cut-through.
In modern times, the term dead end has social connotations, i.e.: “Permitting no opportunity for advancement, as in a dead end job.”
At Cutting Edge Haunted House, our many dead ends are havens for the undead. They’re favorite hiding places for zombies, ghouls and chainsaw-wielding maniacs. They’re full of spiders, snakes, creepy-crawlies and just plain creeps. Be very, very careful not to wander into a dead end at Cutting Edge, because not only is there no outlet, there’s no way out!
Just 47 days till the August 30 Sneak Peak!
Happy Fourth of July from Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas! Here in the nation’s 17th largest city, folks will be celebrating with a good old fashioned baseball game at LaGrave Field, movies at the Coyote Drive-In, partying at Sundance Square and a spectacular fireworks show at Panther Island Pavilion.
Not every town in the nation gets as excited about the holiday as Fort Worth, however. The town of Vicksburg, Mississippi was the site of a significant Union victory during the Civil War, one that marked a turning point that shifted the momentum to the North. On July 4, 1863, Confederate General John Pemberton surrendered to Union forces at Vicksburg, after a perilous month of hard-fought battles and seemingly endless artillery barrages. The town of Vicksburg refused to celebrate the Fourth of July for the next 81 years.
The Fourth of July also seems to have been a less than fortuitous day for three of America’s first five presidents, who ultimately perished on Independence Day. John Adams, our second president and Thomas Jefferson, our third, died within hours of each other on July 4, 1826. Adams was 90 and Jefferson 83. Five years later, James Monroe, our fifth president, passed away on July 4, 1831.
If fireworks aren’t your thing, you may want to take in the new horror flick, “Deliver Us From Evil,” being released this Fourth of July weekend in theaters everywhere. Based in New York City, the movie stars Eric Bana as a NYC police officer who teams up with a priest specializing in exorcisms, to fight a series of demonic possessions taking place all over the city. Ooh, goosebumps!
And if you can’t find any other reason to celebrate, consider this: It’s just 57 days until Cutting Edge Haunted House opens up on August 30 for a “sneak peak” at the all new monster line-up for 2014! Yayyyy!
The Zombies and the Evil Clowns faced off yesterday in Cutting Edge’s first ever World Cup Soccer Monster Match. In what will surely go down in history as the world’s most interesting soccer game, two well-matched teams took the field and let it all hang out.
In fact, play had to be stopped several times while officials removed excess body parts from the playing field.
With just 10 men on the pitch, the Evil Clowns found themselves at a distinct disadvantage, despite the Zombies’ clear lack of motility. The Zombies were the first to get on the scoresheet, with a powerful surge down the field that mowed down everyone and everything in their way. After a replacement referee was found, play resumed at a punishing tempo.
A foul was called against the Zombies when Zombie Midfielder Igor the Aggressor allegedly took a bite out of Evil Clown Defender Shaco the Demon Jester. The Evil Clowns won a free kick and used Igor’s head as the ball, firing a low cross into the box, goal Evil Clowns.
Despite the Zombies’ initial momentum, the veteran team seemed to crack under pressure in the second half, leaving fetid bits of flesh all over the field. Smelling victory, the Evil Clowns managed to rally and finish the game two goals ahead. What a disaster for the Zombies, who looked dead and buried at the finish.
It’s hard to describe the palpable excitement that pulsed through the crowd as the Evil Clowns did their victory dance on Cutting Edge’s “Back 40″ soccer field, with chainsaws roaring, werewolves howling and the Zombie Marching Band playing a lively funeral dirge. Only in Fort Worth, Texas, at Cutting Edge Haunted House could such a remarkable grudge match take place.
The Zombies, Evil Clowns and the rest are just killing time, so to speak, till August 30th, when Cutting Edge opens its doors for a Sneak Peak, officially kicking off the 2014 haunting season. That’s just 61 days from now, so don’t hold your breath — yet, but do hold the date open and be ready for the scare of your life!
Keep checking back as we countdown to the throwdown!
Halloween is still 133 days away, but don’t despair: Cutting Edge Haunted House will be opening up for a “Sneak Peek” on Saturday, August 30 – just 71 days from now!
That sneak peek will officially kick off the haunting season in Fort Worth, home of the World’s Longest Walk-Through Haunted House, followed by 26 more nights of thrills, chills and frightfully delightful entertainment.
So put a big red X on your calendar on August 30 this year. Cameron Diaz will turn 42 on that day, and Anne-Marie, titular Queen of Greece will turn 68. Happy birthday, ladies!
Historical events of note on August 30: Nazi Germany annexed Luxembourg in 1942, Hurricane Carol struck Long Island and Connecticut in 1954, killing 72 and causing $462 million in damage, and President Jimmy Carter was attacked by a killer rabbit while on a fishing trip in Georgia in 1979. Apparently the unfortunate creature leapt into the water in order to escape a pack of hounds, and swam toward the President’s boat in a panic. The Commander-in-Chief fended off the would-be attacker with a paddle and the rabbit swam away, but not before being captured on film by a White House photographer.
According to former Press Secretary Jody Powell: “The animal was clearly in distress, or perhaps berserk. The President confessed to having had limited experience with enraged rabbits. He was unable to reach a definite conclusion about its state of mind. What was obvious, however, was that this large, wet animal, making strange hissing noises and gnashing its teeth, was intent upon climbing into the Presidential boat.”
Here at Cutting Edge, we know all about killer rabbits!
So remember to keep Halloween in your heart always, and just hang on for 71 more days. You can do it. Stock up on horror flicks on DVD, put plenty of ketchup on your French fries, pretend that Grandpa is really a zombie and practice screaming at the top of your lungs in a dark closet. The time will seem to fly by, and before you know it, you’ll be screaming for real as you race through the Cutting Edge with a chainsaw-wielding maniac slashing at your back!
If the boss has been on your back at work, your better half has been salting your Cheerios, the roof is leaking, the washing machine’s broke, the car is making funny noises, your dog ran away and you just can’t shake the feeling that the universe is out to get you lately, then shake it all off and come out to the Cutting Edge Friday night to howl at the moon!
That’s right, the only Friday the 13th in 2014 coincides with June’s full moon, and the Cutting Edge is going all out with a Howl at the Moon party that’s guaranteed to make you forget the rest of the year so far. There’ll be werewolves and vampires, zombies and ghouls and more scary clowns than you can shake a chainsaw at, not to mention awesome music and mind-blowing special effects to beat the zombie marching band.
This is your chance to shake a fist at the universe, let your hair down, put your head back and howl at the moon like it’s 2049, which is the next time we’ll see a full moon on a Friday the 13th! So hide all the mirrors, stuff a handful of salt and a lucky rabbits foot into your pockets, scarf a garlic meatball sub and boogie on down to the Cutting Edge this Friday night for the greatest fearfest Fort Worth has ever seen. If you miss this one, you’ll have to wait another 35 years, and the Cutting Edge isn’t suited for walkers and wheelchairs!
It’s not too late to get your tickets online! Use the promo code “Friday” and save $5!
Do you cross the street when you see a black cat? Do you scrupulously avoid walking underneath any type of ladder? Are you always looking at your feet in order to miss the cracks in the sidewalk? Did you get a feeling of profound dread the last time you broke a mirror?
Folklore from all around the world is rife with superstitions, some of them quite peculiar. Did you know that many Turkish people believe that if you chew gum after sunset, you’re actually chewing the flesh of the dead?
Did you know that if you give gloves as a present, you must also receive a gift in return, or both giver and recipient will be plagued with bad tidings?
If you pass a graveyard in Japan, be sure to tuck in your thumbs to protect your parents. The word for thumb in Japanese translates as “parent-finger,” and so by tucking it in when passing a graveyard or in the presence of a hearse, you protect your parents from death.
What do you call a flock of crows? Not a flock, a murder. That’s the term for a group of crows. Next time you see a murder of crows, count how many are there to determine your luck. “One’s bad, two’s luck, three’s health, four’s wealth, five’s sickness, six is death. More than six? A murder, I guess…
Got poo? In Russia, getting torpedoed by a pigeon – or any other kind of bird, is considered to be a sign of impending good fortune. The more the poo, the more the money. Show us the poo!
Why do we knock on wood? Anytime you acknowledge your good fortune, you’re thought to be tempting fate. Ancient peoples believed that good spirits lived in trees, and so by knocking on wood you’re calling on those spirits for protection.
Mirror, mirror. Some people believe that mirrors are capable of capturing your soul when you look into them. And if you break one, all of those captured souls will bring you bad fortune.
If superstitions rule your life, you might want to think twice about coming out to the Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth this Friday the 13th!
Not only is it considered by many to be a very unlucky pairing of day and date, this Friday the 13th will also signal the rising of June’s full moon. From tales of werewolves and vampires to just plain old wives tales, the full moon carries a load of superstitious baggage all its own.
Many of those who work in police and emergency services will swear that a full moon brings much more activity than any other night, including a rise in crime rate and violence. Some believe that the full moon brings out inner madness in those who are susceptible. One thing is sure; a full moon means more light, so more people are likely to be out on the street, including more criminals who use the lunar glow to aid them in their nefarious activities.
Speaking of the moon, did you know the moon has “moonquakes” registering up to 5.5 on the Richter scale? They can last as long as 10 minutes, and according to NASA, cause the moon to “ring like a bell.”
Shadows on the moon are also darker than those on Earth, due to a lack of atmosphere. When taking those legendary first strolls on the moon’s surface, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin found that whatever the sun did not shine upon directly was pitch black. Just stepping into a shadow caused them to lose sight of their own feet.
Party like it’s 2049
If you like creepy sensations, getting scared out of your wits and maybe even tempting fate just a little, come on out to Cutting Edge this Friday for a Full Moon Fearfest! We’ve got all the blood sucking vampires, brain-eating zombies and flesh-ripping werewolves you could ever ask for – and a whole lot more! Don’t miss this rare combination of Friday the 13th, the full moon and a rip-roaring, all-out Cutting Edge Haunted House throwdown. There won’t be another one until the year 2049! Buy tickets online with promo code “Friday” and receive $5 off!
In some cultures, Friday is considered unlucky. This is especially true for sailors — a long-enduring superstition holds that it bodes ill to begin a voyage on a Friday. Friday the 13th is considered to be especially unlucky, due to the conjunction of Friday with the unlucky number 13, sometimes referred to as “Black Friday.”
Heavy metal pioneers Black Sabbath took a chance back in 1970 and released their debut album on Friday, February 13th, striking another kind of metal – gold. The album reached number eight on the UK Album Chart, and went on to reach number 23 on the U.S. Billboard 200, remaining there for over a year and selling a million copies. The original songs on that album? Black Sabbath, The Wizard, Behind the Wall of Sleep, N.I.B., Evil Woman, Sleeping Village and Warning.
An English rock band originally going by the name of Earth, Black Sabbath was formed in Birmingham in 1968, by guitarist and main songwriter Tony Iommi, bassist and main lyricist Geezer Butler, singer Ozzy Osbourne, and drummer Bill Ward. What inspired these guys to incorporate occult themes with horror-inspired lyrics and tuned-down guitars during an era dominated by flower power, folk music and hippie culture? It all started with a movie. One night Geezer Butler observed people lining up outside the cinema across the street to see the newly released 1963 Mario Bava film, Black Sabbath, starring Boris Karloff. Noting that it was “strange that people spend so much money to see scary movies,” he was inspired to collaborate with Ozzy Osbourne on the lyrics for the song, Black Sabbath.
Drawing from the work of horror and adventure-story writer Dennis Wheatley, the song partly comes from a vision Butler had of a black silhouetted figure standing at the foot of his bed. The song features the musical tritone, also known as the “Devil’s Interval,” and its dark lyrics and ominous nature took the band in a much darker direction. Judas Priest front man Rob Halford pronounced the track “probably the most evil song ever written.” Inspired by the new sound, the band changed their name to Black Sabbath in August 1969, and the rest is history. Over the years, band members have come and gone, with the exception of main songwriter Tony Iommi, who remains with the band today. Black Sabbath’s 19th studio album, featuring three of the original members, was released in June of 2013, and is titled simply, 13.
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth has a profound appreciation for the music of Black Sabbath and other heavy metal bands. We like to think they would truly appreciate our awesome stereo and sound tracks, macabre, twisted tableaus and totally insane visual effects. We’ll be opening Friday, June 13th for anyone brave enough to tempt fate, the way Black Sabbath did so many years ago!
Buy tickets online with promo code “Friday” and receive $5 off!
Remember that Ethan Hawke movie, “Alive,” about the plane crash, where the survivors were forced to eat the flesh of the passengers who died in the crash? That was based on a true story! The plane was carrying a rugby team from Uruguay to Santiago, Chile when it crashed in the Andes Mountains with 45 crew and passengers on board. When they were finally rescued two months later, only 16 remained alive. The date of the crash? Friday, October 13, 1972.
All you can count on is death and taxes — who said that? It was Benjamin Franklin, only he phrased it thus: “Everything appears to promise that it will last; but in this world nothing is certain but death and taxes.” And he was waxing melancholy on Friday, November 13, 1789.
Blitzkrieg! During Hitler’s strategic WWII bombing campaign, five German bombs hit Buckingham Palace, destroying the Palace Chapel on Friday, September 13, 1940.
Friday the 13th just doesn’t seem to be a good day to fly. In the summer of 1952, a Swedish military DC-3 with an eight-man crew disappeared over international waters in the Baltic Sea, never to be seen again. Two Catalina rescue planes searched for the plane, and subsequently one was fired on by Soviet forces, leading to the designation, the “Catalina Affair.” Many years later in 1991, the Soviet Air Force admitted to having shot down the ill-fated DC-3 on Friday, June 13th of 1952.
Arguably the first big computer virus was unleashed on Friday, January 13, 1989, infecting hundreds of IBM computers across Great Britain, wiping out program files and causing considerable anxiety and even panic. What was it? The “Friday the 13th Virus,” of course.
Black Friday! Back in October of 1989, the Dow Jones plummeted 190.58 points in one day. Although today that drop wouldn’t even make the top ten of large drops, at the time it was the second largest drop ever. And that was on Friday, October 13th. They called it the “Friday the 13th Mini-Crash.”
Famous people born on Friday the 13th include Samuel Beckett – April 13, 1906, Margaret Thatcher – October 13, 1923, Fidel Castro – August 13, 1926, actor Steve Buscemi (the creepy guy from Fargo) – December 13, 1957 — and — Mary-Kate and Ashley, the Olsen twins, were born on Friday, June 13, 1986. Happy 28th birthday, girls!
Had he survived, Master of the Macabre Alfred Hitchcock would have celebrated his 100th birthday on Friday, August 13, 1999.
Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth, Texas pays homage to this great day by opening up every Friday the 13th of the year. Don’t miss this one, June 13 – otherwise, you’ll have to wait for Halloween!
Buy tickets online with promo code “Friday” and receive $5 off!