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Blackout – House 2014 Preview

For those of you not in the loop, Blackout recently announced that they are changing the rules for 2014, and that patrons will not walk through alone this year.

What this means, no one yet knows, but it’s a rather safe bet that customers will not be walking through in a large group of friends, not at all, as that would offer far too much of a sense of safety and security, which is not at all what Blackout is about.

As one of the first and likely the best/most extreme haunt, Blackout has a lot of new competition and media attention to stand up to this year, so this show is likely to be unforgettable.

Tickets for New York are on sale now with LA coming soon. With only 17 dates for NY, tickets are likely to sell out so buy them ASAP if you plan on attending.

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An Extreme Haunt Primer

Extreme Haunts are growing at an exponential rate with many new players on the stage in 2014, as well as long time contenders who never fail to produce unforgettable shows. These shows are often scheduled around the Halloween season, but often extend to holidays or even year round. The classification however is a topic that the media has latched onto and in the fury of uninformed news stories, confusion is abound.

Types of extreme haunt

Adult Content – Usually includes more/excessive gore, foul language, sexual content, and/or intense actors.

Solo entry – Group size varies, but many extreme shows only allow one or two patrons entry at a time. Often times you will be paired with someone, perhaps a stranger, for an experience of a lifetime.

Touching – Some shows allow their actors to touch patrons gently, others allow patrons to choose if they would like to be touched by wearing a glow necklace or fake blood on their faces. Others even allow for more violent or sexual touching.

Nudity – Actors and/or patrons may be partially, mostly, or completely nude for a portion or even the duration of the show.

Full Contact – These are the most rare, patrons will likely leave sore and possibly even with scrapes and bruises, clothing may be destroyed and you will likely be wet and or blood soaked at some point.

Mindf**k – Smaller more theatrical shows with highly skilled actors who focus on getting into your head, and staying there for days/weeks. This is likely to extend into an online community.

Since extreme haunts tend to start with a waiver and have significantly fewer rules to follow other than staying within the confines of the law, these categories often mix with each other. In more gentle extreme haunts the patrons have a general sense of what they are in for, but in the craziest shows, the audience is usually totally in the dark as far as the content of the show and simply along for the ride.

Consent

The point of any haunt is always to entertain, but what works for some patrons may not be acceptable by others. To ensure that the audience remains consensual participants in the show, a safety word or action is usually established. A somewhat new concept to the haunted attraction industry, safety actions can cause a variety of changes, as set forth by each show prior to entry, ranging from actors no longer touching a patron, a scene changing, or even the show totally stopping so the patron can be escorted out.

Aside from simply stating a safety word, other options may include taking off a glow necklace issued at entry, pressing a panic or exit button, or simply asking an actor to stop the show and be escorted out. Again this will vary from show to show, however haunt attendees should take caution as most safeties will interrupt/end the show, and are not able to be retracted. This penalty of no retraction and no refund is often a necessary evil to prevent safety abuse that would ruin the intensity of a scene, as well as to help push patrons to truly face their fears, or else go home with the dreaded “what if” curiosity in mind.

Ticketing 

Some extreme haunts sell tickets just like any other show, online or at the door. Most do sell out, have designated time slots and/or have few spots believable, so it is generally advisable to keep an eye on your favorite haunts webpage and social media outlets to purchase tickets as soon as possible.

A few of the more extreme shows however are much harder to gain entry to due to the demand for their tickets far exceeding supply because of the nature of the show severely limiting their maximum throughput. These shows often reward their diehard fans with invite only passes, and/or tips just prior to tickets going on sale. The best bet here is to pay attention, sign up for email lists, and take the time to do a little research on how the haunt has operated in the past.

Pro tip: Don’t badger a haunt for on sale dates or details easily found on their website and/or social media pages. Annoying a busy haunt owner is a sure way not to end up receiving an invite.

What to Wear

Simply put, be ready for anything. It’s pretty likely a bad idea to wear any clothing you don’t want stained/damaged/ruined/lost including shoes, accessories, hats, watches, etc.

Pro tip: DO NOT bring your cell phone into an extreme haunt. The odds of the phone being lost, damaged, water damaged, dropped, or ringing at a very wrong time are simply too high.

Simply be prepared for a bit of water, dirt, fake blood, paint, cutting, ripping, and possibly even removing one or more layers. In general, it’s a good idea to have a full change of clothes in the car as well as some wet wipes and a towel or two.

Some haunts will allow you to check your items like keys and wallets at the door, it’s best though to enter empty handed if possible.

*Do bring your ID and ticket, often ID is required when you sign your waiver so the haunt can verify your age

What Will Happen?

In short, an extreme experience that will run the gamut from a fun experience your friends might not believe and/or laugh at, to a possibly perspective and/or life changing experience that will at least temporarily change the way you look at the world. You may just be walking through a show, but often a patron will find themselves as a lead role in their very own horror movie type experience.

Rumors are abound of patrons at extreme haunts being punched in the face, water boarded, f*cked, stalked, shocked, beaten up, bound, penetrated, force fed, etc… While Nightmares Blog can neither confirm nor deny any of these allegations, one must keep in mind that these shows are businesses, artistic creations, and labors of love by their creators who have a vested interest in staying in business by giving patrons the show of their lives. Providing a non-consensual negative experience would not at all be conducive continuing their operations as lawsuits would surely follow.

Who Should Go? 

This varies wildly from haunt to haunt, some Touch optional shows that have been deemed extreme by the media are still as fully family friendly as any non extreme haunted attraction out there. Others however are only allow those 18+ or even 21 years of age and older. Many extreme haunts are not handicap access able as they may require crawling, climbing, tight spaces, and awkward positions, and some even request their patrons be in excellent physical condition as otherwise completing the multiple hour session would be exceedingly difficult.

The ideal extreme haunt goer is a person who has been to normal haunts and has become just a tad jaded to their scares. This is the patron who enjoys haunted attractions but has simply wanted a little more from them. Someone who is definitely adventurous, open minded, and enjoys testing their limits.

Just a Few Extreme Haunts Include: 

(This is a very incomplete list in no certain order, no guarantees, just a guideline)

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McKamey Manor – San Diego CA: Year round by advanced reservation only, 18+ entry with one other, multiple hour show. Expect water, blood, destroyed clothing, and be prepared for rough handling.

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Heretic – Los Angeles CA: A new player on the scene with various underground experiments and evolutions, Invite only 21+ and be prepared for ANYTHING. (no website)

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Scarehouse: The Basement – Etna PA – The Basement is a highly interactive, stylized, Halloween season18+ show with occasional year round one night only openings. You Enter alone or with 1 other, and will be bound, touched, and experience highly interactive theater within.

Mindf*ck

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Blackout –  NYC, LA, Chicago: Seasonal and off season shows, 18+ solo entry, be prepared for ANYTHING. These guys basically invented Extreme Haunting.

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Alone – Los Angeles CA: An immersive 18+ solo experience that involves actor touching, physical activity, and an exploration of fear.

Adult Content

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The Haunted Hoochie – Pataskala OH: Haunt with adult content,reputation for brutal full sensory assault.

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Freakling Brothers: The Gates of Hell – Las Vegas Nevada: An R rated sensory overload experience.

Touching

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Kim’s Krypt – Essex MD: Accepting a bloodyK on your face to allow actors to touch and include patrons in interactive scenes. Be prepared for a bit of blood splatter.

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Terror Behind The Walls – Philadelphia PA: Located inside Eastern State Penitentiary, accepting a glow necklace allows actors to touch patrons and include them in interactive scenes.

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Pennhurst Asylum – Spring City PA: Located inside an abandoned state school, the inmates here are allowed to touch patrons and are top qualgity scare actors.

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Brighton Asylum – Passaic NJ: A traditional indoor walk through haunt that offers “contact nights” where actors may touch the patrons.

Nudity

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Shocktoberfest – Reading PA: A scream park offering the Naked and Scared challenge. At the end of the night a limited number of patrons are able to go through the Unknown haunted attraction wearing just their underwear. Secure changing areas are provided at the beginning and end of the haunt.

Scarehouse – Broken Hearts in The Basement 2014

To ring in the Valentines Day holiday the Scarehouse in Pittsburgh PA put their trademark twist on an extreme haunted holiday in the way that only a year round world class attraction run by a team of artistic geniuses could. Broken Hearts in the Basement was a pre-sold out one night only show on 2/15/14, which in typical Basement extreme haunt style only allowed a single couple to enter  at a time, promised and delivered on close encounters of the emotional, physical, aggressive, and sensual kind, and most of all provided an engrossing experience which pulls the audience in as part of the show, giving them enough food for though to chew on for weeks.

I was fortunate enough to be the very first in line during the first time slot, and entered solo as my date couldn’t make the trip. Being a show designed for couples, the acting staff didn’t miss a beat in tailoring each and every scene to work for just one person. The Valentines show was a little more playful than other editions of the basement, with scenes involving ballroom dancing, having your makeup done, a slightly creepy but still fun photo shoot, and even a set that looked to be straight out of an amateur pornography video. In stark contrast however were much darker and more difficult scenes punctuated by restraint, breath control, and even a disappointed past girlfriend who questions where you’ve been, why you left, and shows you her bandaged but visibly bleeding wrists to emphasize how your recklessly toying with her emotions nearly ended her life.

This series of thematically related scenes works but only because of the highly skilled acting crew that immediately pull you into each new scene. While there is little chronological sense to it all, the theme of the beauty and tragedy of love and lust was clearly apparent throughout the show.

Two of the most profound scenes were unlike anything I’ve seen in any haunt or theater production before. First was a run down school or college looking bathroom, you find yourself alone in the room with a male of medium stature and thin build standing at the sink wearing a traditional sports team style letter jacket. The actor started with a casual introduction typical of any school bathroom, “Hey, hows it going?” As the scene moved along, it became clear that the guy wasn’t a jock, but rather a stereotypical geeky kid, not living a glamorous life, dealing with rejection, and overall just lonely and looking for someone to talk to. In an interesting twist, full disclosure here, I too was a bit of a geeky loaner in high school, so instead of being a popular kid receiving a guilt trip from the character, I related with him, and his response was priceless. By the end of the scene the basement dared to have a male actor cry on my shoulder and ask for a hug, even go as far as make a tender romantic advance. Certainly not a comfortable experience for everyone, but one that forces the audience to think. Bravo to this actor, a job very well done.

Another stunning scene, was actually the climax of the show and is best described as walking into a craigslist killer setup, with you as the victim. The scene, an attractive 20 something year old girl wearing a black nightie excitedly takes you by the hand from one scene and guides you into hers while telling you how glad she is that you came. The set is a dimly lit room, seemingly a residential basement or rundown bedroom, with a dirty mattress on the floor and an old fashioned camcorder sitting on a tripod focused on the mattress. The first thing through my mind was how skeevy the setup was, but the cute girl was very reassuring that we would have fun, and she was glad that I came and we were goring through with it. Shortly after gaining my bearings, the girl asked me to lay down on the mattress and I obliged. Looking up at the camcorder and the red record light made for an awkward moment right before the girl suddenly pulled leather straps out from underneath the mattress and quickly fastened me down to it. Now things were getting interesting… A little more flirting from the hostess and suddenly a door flew open, an angry man wearing a stained white undershirt entered and wasn’t too happy to see his wife/girlfriend with me on the mattress. The actress quickly explained to him (and me by proxy) that I was a gift for them to share. Suddenly the scene took an unexpected turn as his anger turned into interest, I believe he even complimented my “pretty face”. Still strapped down to the mattress, my view was limited but from somewhere a large sharp looking kitchen knife came into play, and the couple became quite excited. In a very rapid and seemingly practiced motion the girl hopped ontop of me to pin me down to the mattress while the guy put a bag over my head to block my view. They excitedly talked about “doing it”, with the “it” they were speaking of turning out to be the knife being pulled across my exposed and defenseless throat, leaving a gushing trail of warm flowing blood as it cut into my flesh… or so it seemed. This was a very visceral and real feeling experience created by a flawless use of a bleeding knife and water at just the right temperature. Totally not expecting the sensation of blood pouring out as the dulled knife traced my neck from side to side, that was a very convincing scare. Best of all, once the scene ended, the couple dragged me, still hooded, into the final room of the show where a stunning grim reaper stood atop a staircase to welcome me to the afterlife.

At the risk of sounding like a broken record, the Basements minimalist but effective set design and lighting coupled with top notch acting staff made for an amazing show. As always with any extreme haunt, I can’t recommend the experience enough, but be prepared for mature content, physical contact of moderate violent and sexual nature, as well as situations that will sit in your mind and develop for some time.

The ScareHouse – Hooded in The Basement – 7/19/14

Standard disclaimer, The Basement is an extreme haunt, meaning an attraction containing adult themes, mildly violent and sexual content, as well as highly interactive actors that touch patrons and aim to create an immersive fear experience. Extreme  haunts are not for everyone, but are a real treat for haunted house junkies and thrill seekers.

The surprise Summer installment of The Basement was a surprising change of pace for ScareHouse. Whereas past installments were highly interactive and theatrical, this show was much more subdued. Instead of a series of thematically similar but unrelated intense scenes involving audience dialogue and personal choices, this was much more of a show on rails following a unified plot that made for a very engrossing experience.

The premise was that audience members are a new inductees to a society, however first, as with all new initiates of the secret society, a series of tests and a cleansing must be complete. The twist, as advertised, was that the audience members all wore a hood from the very first room of the show until the very last. The elimination of sight, except rare fleeting glances of lighted shapes here and there, served just as one would expect to enhance the remaining available senses. While taste and scent were not utilized, at least not in my experience, the multiple layered soundscape and constant use of touch for guidance, interaction, and scares, were masterfully utilized.

Custom entry tickets  show that the ScareHouse pays attention to it's clients.

Custom entry tickets show that the ScareHouse pays attention to it’s clients.

From the onset, I had intended to write a walk through of the haunt, doing the normal steps of such, with a wristwatch to time the event, a voice recorder ready to recap the sequence of events just after exiting, and notepad for any further details that come to mind. This plan, surprisingly, failed miserably. I know the show lasted roughly 45 minutes, and have notes of what occurred, but am unable to reconstruct with any certainty a series of events. The combination of a rythemless ambiance soundtrack coming from an (or possibly multiple) imperceptible source with the disorientation of being hooded while traveling along a winding path leads to a memory that is clouded as if from the far past. It’s truly amazing how much of memory is based upon visual input for not only images of the past, but also chronology.

What I did experience in the basement was a challenge to keep fear of the unknown at bay. Wearing the hood resulted in darkness, slightly muffled sounds, and very unexpectedly, humid stuffy air that quickly became mildly difficult to breathe. It was clear from listening to others breathing heavily that fear in the hood was a vicious cycle. More adrenaline meant breathing faster, creating more CO2, more hot humid air that was hard to breathe, and therefore even more rapid breathing. Via this cycle, it would be easy to work ones self into a panic, further intensifying actor scares by being distracted by the hood and the sound of your own breathing.

With calm, slow, steady breathing and composure, I walked along as instructed holding onto a rope strung between several stanchions for guidance. Clever twists included being told to turn and walk blindly backwards, as well as occasional transitions in the rope to string, chain, cord, a mylar type ribbon, and even a section with something unknown sticky and disgusting on the cord.

While a hand on the rope meant safety walking in the dark, much like a child taking a first step holding onto a parents hand, the occasional actor or actress who would hold your hands and guide you free from the ropes made for a curious sensation of simultaneous comfort and danger. I found myself hanging on the actors every word looking for clues as to if  the unknown person leading could be trusted or if they were leading to some trickery or scare.

Particularly notable tests in the initiation included a trial by fire where an unknown person asked initiates if they were strong and moved a lighter underneath their forearm in an attempt to make the weak flinch or withdraw their arm, (real flame as I later found I had lost a bit of arm hair to the fire), a ritual cleansing of yourself and a stranger with water conducted by an odd fellow wearing what felt like dirty gritty rubber gloves, and perhaps most notable of all, a scene where one inductee is made to shock another with a Victorian era quack medical device. The real curiosity of this scene was the 50/50 chance of being the tortured or torturer, all depending on earlier interactions with the actress leading the scene.

In total Hooded in the Basement was a hell of a good time. While scares were mostly a result of unexpected contact with either actors or other initiates all amplified by the darkness and unknown, the overall engrossing story and drawn out sense of tension and fear of what lay before you was unlike any other haunt I’ve experienced. Admittedly it had the feel of a Blackout event, but more on rails and linear along a unified story line. In typical ScareHouse style, it’s very possible the entire show was an easter egg related to the history of the building as one used for a fraternal order, or perhaps even the beginning of a greater basement experience that doesn’t just end at the door. Only time will tell.

Well done ScareHouse, see you in the fall!

 

 

The Purge Breakout

The Purge Breakout is at it’s core a promotional stunt to push the Purge Anarchy sequel due this summer. Make no mistake though, this is no rehash of the movie, but instead an immersive, interactive, and challenging experience based in the world of the Purge.

Each group of audience members is given an assigned start time and must arrive a little early for waivers and a debriefing prior to entering the show. The haunt itself is a mobile setup consisting of two connected tractor trailer truck box trailers, decorated on the inside so well that you quickly forget where you are and easily loose your bearings. The challenge, to solve a series of puzzles and challenges to escape in the half  hour given before the Purge commences.

Unlike most conventional haunts where you may not touch the scenery or props, in the Purge Breakout you must touch everything to search for clues and solve various puzzles. It’s important to keep your wits about you and think analytically, paying attention to details so not to miss important clues and/or become stuck without the ability to proceed through the show.

While the experience is short on scares, the tension of the time limit and pressure to solve each challenge made for an enjoyable haunt-like experience nonetheless. Set decor was top notch, as well a lighting that was all very naturally provided by contextually appropriate light fixtures within the sets.

Overall, the Breakout was  a great experience, certainly enhanced by attending with friends, but enjoyable in any group as long as cooler heads prevail to solve the puzzles as they come up. While the show does lack “replay” value due to the linear trail and necessary sequence of such an event, it is certainly an attraction to attend if possible. The concept of an ultra mobile truck trailer based setup traveling cross country is a genius one, and I hoope to see the industry take further advantage of the seemingly successful model.

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BloodShed @ Bizarre AC 2014

I had the fortune of finding the BloodShed in the exhibit  hall of Bizzare AC in the Tropicana in Atlantic City NJ on Friday June 13th. At first sight, the BloodShed is just that, an average size residential shed, a bit bloody and definitely worse for the wear on the outside. If it had not been for the distinctive sounds of a haunt leaking out from behind closed doors, I would have just assumed it a cheeky, albeit large and unwieldy prop for a show floor exhibitor.

Quite to the contrary, the BloodShed is a genius concept combining elements of a typical redneck haunted house, the movie hostel, and a mobile business model allowing for year round operation indoors or out anywhere with 120VAC and a 10X10 space.

The premise, for $10 guests are invited to enter the shed alone, be seated and restrained in a chair, and then locked inside with the chair restraints and barred door keeping them securely in the grasp of whatever may lurk within the 4 walls of the small but well decorated shed. The kicker, the guests friends are allowed to stand off to the side of the shed and watch their brave companion via an infrared night vision camera hidden inside the attraction.

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Not to give any spoilers, but the shed held more than a few surprises, including an awesome soundtrack (major kudos to whoever picked the music, sounds very much like something from the video game fallout 3), creative lighting, and simulated exposure to potential bodily harm and primal fears.

While the idea of a highly interactive haunt that you enter alone is nothing new, the execution of the BloodShed is genius in that it’s mobility allows them to bring the haunt to new audiences, and in the ingenious use of restraint to turn a relatively small space into a  believable setting for the duration of the show.

Here’s hoping the BloodShed crew mix up the show a bit with time so as to keep fresh surprises for repeat customers. We at Nightmares  Blog certainly hope to catch them on the road again sometimes soon!

 

 

Hooded in the Basement

The Scarehouse in Etna PA (near Pittsburgh) is at it again with a one night only showing of the basement. This time the twist is not holiday related but rather sensory, or more accurately lack thereof.

While details are vague, guests can safely assume  from the title that a hood will be worn for at least part of the experience, which is a genius and bold twist because the Scarehouse is so well known for it’s elaborate and beautifully detailed sets, even when minimalist as with past basement events. One can only imagine what may be planned as an assault in the absence of sight upon on the heightened senses of touch, hearing, smell, and perhaps even taste…

To say the least, the Basement is not for everyone. To start, patrons enter alone  or with one other, must be 18 years old, and willing to sign a waiver. As the tagline reads, patrons will be touched, restrained, and scared out of their minds.

With the short but stellar history of The Basement at Scarehouse, it’s very likely this event will sell out so get your tickets now, but don’t say we didn’t warn you!

Blackout: Off Season 2014

Blackout Off Season 2014
Time to let Schroedinger’s cat out of the bag, maybe…

Through a prolonged, complicated, stressful, and sleep loss inducing online application process, I was granted the privilege of being invited to Blackout NYC’s 2014 off season invite only event.

That is basically the extent of what I can tell you…

The location, show content, and so many gritty details are all secrets with dire consequences to anyone who divulges such details.

What I can tell you is that this event may be a game changer for the haunt industry. As we’ve come to expect from Blackout, all the normal “rules” of haunting are left behind the moment you step foot into the surreal experience that is Blackout. The rules are not just bent, but totally redefined as the crew pushes your limits, physically and mentally, leaving you with memories that require days to weeks worth of mental processing.

Execution of the show was flawless, a well oiled machine of impressive efficiency. The content a challenging treat for even the most diehard extreme haunt fan.

Most striking of all, the aftermath. The rose colored glasses through which one sees the world after a Blackout experience are invaluable and irreplaceable. While the experiences in these shows are not always “fun” or “enjoyable”, they are moments that will challenge the audience and develop nerves of steel along with bulletproof resolve.

I’ve said it before and I will re-iterate, I am proud to be a survivor who is a part of Blackout just as much as Blackout is a part of me. This is my all time favorite Horror attraction, but it is NOT for everyone, truthfully not even for most. The full contact top notch acting and adult subject matters are simply a quantum leap forward from typical haunted houses and interactive theatre. Those planning to attend Blackout events need to be prepared for a show that begins before you buy your tickets, and ends weeks, months, possibly a lifetime later, because once you let Blackout into your head, Blackout is there to stay.

 

Kim’s Krypt – Hex’s on Your Ex’s 2014

Kim’s Krypt in Essex Maryland is a high energy actor driven single show attraction. While the show does not have millions of dollars of high tech scares, the huge effort put forth by actors to scare and entertain patrons is more than adequate to send patrons screaming and giggling out the door.

The Krypt has a rather unconventional location, in the basement of a former community college on a main street in small town Essex MD. Surrounded by a under construction 7/11 and two churches, you’d never expect to find a highly interactive haunt lurking just below.

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Unlike the convention unguided “conga line” tour, Kim took the time herself to guide our group from room to room for the first 1/3 to 1/2 of the show before handing us off to the mercy of her denizens. Each room is it’s own scene where the group will stop to interact with an actor, or actors as the case may sometimes surprisingly be. Interaction ranges from boo jumpers to creatures stalking in the dark, audience members being a part of a scene by making a choice or taking a seat in te electric chair, or even chanting along in various ceremonies and experiments.

Overall, even though I was in a larger group towards the end of the night, the Krypt managed to interact with seemingly everyone in the group to their level of comfort. In a very creative effort, at the preshow introduction and safety instruction session, Kim offered anyone who wanted to allow actors to touch and interact with them one blood smear on their face for mild, two for wild.

While this interactive haunt is in no way an extreme interaction in the vein of Blackout or Scarehouse’s Basement, it does still have a way of pulling everyone into the slightly nonlinear but still highly entertaining story line of the Krypt.

A few highlights included a visit to Kim’s own highly impressive collection of Halloween decor, as well as a cleverly executed exorcism, and two hilarious (albeit adult in subject matter) actors interacting towards the end of the attraction. The two male actors, who I won’t spoil the surprise for, are either experts at improv or have one great script which they used to end the show on a really high note.

A few things to know before you go, there is limited street parking right in front of the attraction, the show lasts about half an hour, and the queue line can be a bit long, but a DJ helped move the time. Just be sure to dress warm as it is February…

An added bonus to the Haunt, Kim also offers Hearse Rides in her classic doom mobile. Guests are invited to lay down in the back with a spooky soundtrack and effect lighting for a fun ride around town. Maybe not for everyone, but a neat thing to add to your never have I ever collection, and a fun chance to Chat with Kim about her show.

The Victim Experience – 2014 Preview

The Freakling Brothers Victim Experience haunted attraction in Las Vegas Nevada is about to break all the rules of the haunted attraction industry in a bid to be the most Extreme haunt in the world. This March from 3/15 – 3/22 The Victim Experience will be presented to a limited audience via online ticketing only. Much like other extreme haunts, all attendees must be over 18, sign a waiver and agree to physical contact. Unlike most other shows though, this experience will not be offered at Halloween, and the waiver also includes an agreement that your clothes may be damaged, and that audience members are willing to be subjected to forms of torture and criminal behavior and harassment.

No one can say that they weren’t warned, however I can only begin to imagine what the experience will include.

Nightmares Blog will be onsite opening night to attend, and we will do our best to be one of the estimated 30% of attendees who survive the show without calling a safeword. Would’t be much of a review otherwise would it?

Keep an eye here for a video event followup to be uploaded within 24 hours of the event, and much more lengthy review after the week long run of the show.