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FREE movie 12/10/09 – “Black Christmas”

Posted in Events with tags , , , on December 6, 2009 by centralvalleyhorrorclub

We’ll be doing a free screening of 1974’s “Black Christmas” on Thursday, December 10th, 2009, at All Pro Pizza in Visalia.

Movie will begin at approximately 7 PM. Come join us and grab some pizza & beer with us!

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“It’s a Graveyard Smash” – Hanford Sentinel

Posted in Events, Press with tags , , , , , on October 30, 2009 by centralvalleyhorrorclub

It’s a graveyard smash

(Link to online article)

By Heather Halsey

’Tis the season when vampires, zombies and monsters come out to play, but 24-year-old Kaci Hansen doesn’t need Halloween for an excuse to dress up.

Hansen and other members of the Central Valley Horror Club dress up year-round for events that have included a Zombie Ball and Vampire Ball in the past, and a Monster Mash Saturday.

“We just like to dress up and have fun,” said Hansen, who plans to attend as Elvira.

The event is open to all ages and is free to attend, and though costumes are not mandatory, those who dress up can win prizes.

“We really pay attention to how people apply their makeup and how their costumes are crafted,” Hansen said. “If they make their costumes themselves or craft their costume on their own, that really makes a difference.”

The Visalia resident founded the club in 2008, when a group of her friends would gather to watch horror flicks and bond over their passion for the genre’s gore, makeup and costumes.

“At first I was into the really, really cheesy movies that would make you laugh more than scare you,” Hansen said. “But I just started getting into other sub-genres; I really like the creativity that goes into a lot of them.”

The club is still fairly informal and doesn’t have official members or require dues, but through the use of social networking sites, it has grown to include hundreds of followers.

Hansen hosted the club’s first all-ages movie night in January and screened “Day of the Dead” at Visalia’s All Pro Pizza.

“One goal of the club is to expose people to movies they haven’t seen,” she said.

Since then they’ve held several more movie nights at the pizza restaurant, where its owner Eric Williams, allows it because it boosts his business.

More than 200 people attended the club’s Zombie Ball in August at the venue.

“We had no idea how that was going to turn out,” Hansen said. “But to have that many people get into zombie costume in August, is a pretty big deal.”

The event was used as a trial run for the club’s Vampire Ball that happened Oct. 23 and the Monster Mash that starts at 7:30 Saturday.

Hansen works as a graphic and Web designer for a Visalia advertising agency, and is a student at College of the Sequoias. Planning and organizing the club’s events hasn’t been easy to fit into her already-busy schedule, but her love for horror keeps her motivated.

“It’s fun to unite people with similar interests who appreciate the special effects and the production and everything that goes into making horror films,” she said.

The reporter can be reached at 583-2427.

(Oct. 30, 2009)

Remember, the Vampire Ball is on FRIDAY, not Saturday!

Posted in Events, Press, Vampire Ball 2009 with tags , , , , on October 21, 2009 by centralvalleyhorrorclub



Due to a reporting error in yesterday’s Visalia Times-Delta, the date and time for the Vampire Ball was listed incorrectly.

The CORRECT day, date and time is:


OCTOBER 23rd, 2009

7:30 PM

Please, please, please make note of this and update everyone you know.

Link to updated article on Visalia

Central Valley Horror Club hosts Visalia’s first Vampire Ball

Posted in Events, Press, Vampire Ball 2009 with tags , , , , , on October 20, 2009 by centralvalleyhorrorclub

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Visalia Vampire Ball

Bring out your capes and fangs, because Visalia’s first Vampire Ball is debuting Saturday at All Pro Pizza

This is the Central Valley Horror Club’s second horror-themed ball. The group’s first even was an August bash featuring zombies.

Kaci Hansen, the club’s organizer, said that more people turned out for that event than the club organizers expected.

“We weren’t really sure how people would react to dressing up in August when it wasn’t Halloween,” Hansen said. “We don’t really like using Halloween as the only excuse to dress up. We like to find any excuse to get into character.”

Those who do come in costume pay $3 to enter the ball. Admission for noncostumed attendees is $5. Two live bands will play: GATJA, a metal/rock band, and The Chamberlains, who play new-wave goth rock that Hansen said is reminiscent of The Cure or Depeche Mode.

DJ AR and DJ Malice will pump out industrial and dark wave music for the rest of the evening, “to go with the vampire thing,” Hansen said.

There will be a contest for the best vampire costume, and Hansen is hoping that people turn out in their finest.

“There’s some who will go with the more romantic ‘Interview with a Vampire’ look, and others will do the Nosferatu look — that’s the creepier vampire, where he’s bald and has pointy ears and very long fingers,” she said.

While she admits that recent vampires, such as those of “Twilight” fame, are popular, she’s hoping most people turn towards more classic movies to inspire their look.

It’s also acceptable for people to arrive as “victims” of vampires, complete with bite marks, Hansen said.

The best costume award won’t be based just on looks, but also on staying in character. Hansen recalls being quite impressed with the “zombie king” who took first place at the Zombie Ball.

“He stayed in character the whole time, even when he came up and got this award he was limping and grunted,” she said.

Hansen estimates that a little more than 200 people showed up to the Zombie Ball.
She thinks even more will be drawn to the Vampire Ball because that particular undead creature has a broader appeal.

While the balls are fun, they’ve also been a business boon to Eric Williams, owner-operator of All Pro Pizza.

“It helps me with the business in this tough economy we have right now, and we’ve got to find new ways to bring in money,” he said.

Williams first let the club host a monthly horror movie night there, and when he saw that the members were a good bunch, he agreed to let them host the Zombie Ball.

“I think they’re great,” Williams said.

VAMPIRE BALL – October 23rd, 2009

Posted in Zombie Ball 2009 with tags , , on September 23, 2009 by centralvalleyhorrorclub


Come join us for some delightfully vampish fun at Visalia’s very first VAMPIRE BALL, brought to you by none other than Central Valley Horror Club.

A night of music, dancing and an undying lust for blood!

Doors will open to Visalia’s coven of thirsty vampires at 7:00 PM.

Entertainment includes music from GATJA, The Chamberlains, DJAR, DJ Malice and a very special bloodthirsty performance from The Horror Dolls, the first and only horror-themed dance troupe in the Central Valley. More artists TBA!

Admission is $5…but if you rise from your coffin in your vampiric best, admission is $3.

There will be a costume contest, where we will award the most creative, most scary, and most sexy vamps.

Don’t forget to stop by our Vampire ‘Prom’ Portrait booth whilst you are there!

Don’t miss out on this one-of-a-kind event, brought to you by the CENTRAL VALLEY HORROR CLUB.