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October 7, 2005

In Its Second Season, Snider Says This Year Will Be Bigger Than Last

VAN HELSING’S CURSE, the classical/rock music brainchild of TWISTED SISTER frontman Dee Snider, is back this Halloween bringing its horror-inspired ambience to the stage throughout the month of October.

Playing in select cities through the 31st, Snider’s masterpiece promises to, once again, take audiences through a visceral journey of the senses with a new haunting show that brings the troupe’s famous album, “Oculus Infernum” (KOCH Records, 2003) to life through spell-binding theatrics.

The music, which is performed live by an 18-piece orchestra, a choir and a rock band, pairs heart-pounding, terrifying original compositions with clever re-workings of such memorable classic pieces as Mike Oldfield’s “Tubular Bells” (made famous by “The Exorcist” film), Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata”, and more and reaches its ominous climax with a spine-chilling cover version of BLACK SABBATH’s classic “Black Sabbath”.

Snider will host each date of the tour, providing narration and setting the tone for the performances and promises audiences that this year will be even bigger than last. “This is a very visual entity. The string section is going to be old school Goths, made-up and dressed accordingly, with flowing dresses, velvet jackets and ruffled shirts while the electric section will be very new-school, ‘Hellraiser’ meets MARILYN MANSON, from the hair to the makeup and attire. Our choir will be a group of druids with hooded robes and skewed faces.”

Enthused about the widespread possibilities for the VAN HELSING’S CURSE project, Snider says “As the creator for VAN HELSING’S CURSE, I think the original vision is far-reaching. I see us establishing VAN HELSING’S CURSE as a significant yearly Halloween experience and a musical part of that experience. Right now, for the most part, people’s Halloween activities include visiting a haunt, going trick or treating, going to a Halloween party or watching horror movie marathons. But the musical element is sorely lacking, and VAN HELSING’S CURSE provides that soundtrack for people’s Halloween. It’s definitely a far-reaching concept that can translate into TV, videogames, theater, movies, etc., but it all starts here with the music and our upcoming tour.”

A lifelong fan of horror, Snider first made a foray into the genre writing, producing and starring in the successful cult film “StrangeLand” and its accompanying soundtrack. A sequel to the film is currently in production. In 2000, Dee entrenched himself further in the world of horror by narrating a documentary/retrospect home video regarding the making of the movie “Halloween”.

Van Helsing’s Curse will be hitting the following cities this Halloween.

October 27th Detroit, MI Emerald Theatre*
October 28th Philadelphia, PA Keswick Theatre*
October 29th Long Island, NY Patchogue Theatre*
October 30th Asbury Park, NJ Paramount Theatre

*Two show engagements.

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