Friday, May 10, 2013
"The haunted house every fall is only $30 in advance, so why isn't Camp Nightmare? I mean, we understand it being a little more because it is a longer event, but 5 times as much? really?" -
Well, yeah, it should be 7 or 8 times as much. In fact, our ability to make money on this for this year is very low. We are doing it to see if it is something we can roll out to more weekends in the future. You see, at the haunted house, the ceiling for how many people we can let in is really only set by how late it is into the night. At some point we have to go home and go to bed. On a busy night we have thousands of people go through the door. At Camp Nightmare there is a set number of people we can allow to participate. We want the entertainment to be worth it. This is not a typical "walk-through" per se. Their can't be too many people or it will start to feel very "safe". It has to remain intimate in order for you to get the thrills you are paying for. There are many elements of Camp Nightmare. Your campsite is where everyone who is participating will call home base. This will feel relatively full and comfortable. What happens here will be the basics like eating, sleeping, fraternizing, etc. Then there is the trip through the woods. You will have to hike the trails in the pitch dark, finding objects and accomplishing tasks only to be given a new set of instructions when you find your destination. There are different destinations for everyone. This is a very elaborate "game", and as we have said in our promotional materials, there will be only one "survivor" who will take home the grand prize. This can't be teeming with thousands of people. You have to feel alone in the woods at times, you have to have no help finding your way around. We need to keep the patrons to a minimum.
Keeping the crowd small doesn't lower production costs. We still have to build it all out whether we are entertaining 1000 people or 100. The cost is the same. The number of actors are the same. None of that changes, and there are considerable costs associated with that. Not to mention this is going on for 17 Hours! We are feeding you dinner, breakfast and dessert. We are providing your tent (we have to because everything needs to be set-up before you get there), and providing for your safety. These things are not inexpensive. To give you perspective, if you decided to go away one weekend night to a bed and breakfast on a day trip, between the B&B, the meals and whatever it is you are doing for the two of you, you are spending way over $300 (or $500 for 4) and in that example the most fun you are having is antiquing for 4 hours and walking up and down the strip of whatever small town you went to. Here at least we are scaring the shit out of you for at least 12 of the 17 hours (we might let you sleep a little) and you are getting an adrenaline rush, leaving a changed person.
in the end, this is not a "Haunted House". We are not asking you to go 2.5 hours upstate so that you can visit the haunted house we built in the Catskills. We are asking you to go to the middle of the nowhere to virgin woods, and make what mother nature gave us as your haunted house and make it come to life. If you want this event to be what you want it to be, it has a cost to it. And I don't mean a "supply and demand" kind of cost, but actual honest to goodness hard costs. We want to provide the scariest 17 hours of your life, and this is how to do it. Get a group of 4 of you together and it is only $125 a person. You'll have a blast, and you will pee on each other when you go to sleep. Okay, that part was gross. Sorry. Go to Camp Nightmare.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
The intrepid campers staying at CAMP NIGHTMARE will experience a non-stop adrenaline rush from dusk till dawn, with only a brief reprieve for few hours of sleep. The 80 acres of land in Upstate New York contains heavy woods, open fields, trails, creeks, marshes, and about the creepiest most decrepit cabin in the woods you’ll ever see! The event starts at 5 pm and ends at 10 am the next day. Campers will be provided tents and two meals (dinner and breakfast, as well as s’mores for dessert!) There is limited space available each evening to make the event as intimate as possible.
CAMP NIGHTMARE is a battle for survival (to stay in the game). Each camper will begin with a score that throughout the evening will be deducted incrementally by the failure to complete certain tasks and conquer certain horrors. Instead of “winning” with the highest score, you try to survive and be the last remaining camper “alive” with any score remaining in your lifeline. Tasks ranging from setting up camp, winning a terrifying scavenger hunt, reaching hidden destinations while being chased, and enduring a number of trials that will test your limits of repulsion will all “kill-off” campers throughout the night to leave one person standing come morning. The lone survivor will win a special prize pack for their heroic effort.
Tickets for CAMP NIGHTMARE are $300 for a two-person tent and $500 for a 4-person tent and are only available in advance. Tickets will go on sale to the public ONLY IF the private reservations have not sold the tickets out before then on April 26th. They must be purchased by June 28th to be included in the event.
NYC Haunt Holdings, LLC consists of Creator/ Co-Director/ Producer Timothy Haskell, Producer Steve Kopelman, Co-Director John Harlacher, Production Designer Paul Smithyman, Art Direction by Justin Haskell and David Hinkle, et al
The event is located in Lexington, NY and can be found on Google Maps by typing in the zipcode 12468 and Co Rd 3 and going to where the road runs out. It is very remote and secluded. There is no electricity and cell phone reception is very limited.
Saturday, March 2, 2013
We want this experience to be worth it to you. It's a decent amount of money, and we want you to have a great time. This has been a dream project of mine for years, and I am finally getting a chance to do it. An overnight "haunt." My team and I are busy figuring out all the different ways to add to the adventure as we speak. That said, here's the skinny on reservations. Basically, there are two different types of reservations - 2 person tent ($300) and a 4 person tent ($500) obviously per person we are talking about $150 and $125 per perso if you fill it with the allowable number of people. You are more than welcome to buy any tent for yourself, but we are only selling a certain amount of tents, so if Daddy Warbucks wants to buy all the tents for himself, well then i guess we are doing this for one guy. For the price you get dinner, dessert and breakfast as well as a t-shirt. For an extra $50 per person you can buy a seat on our charter bus from Manhattan. This cost is not being marked up. Charter buses cost a ton and we will book it if enough people sign up for it to pay for it. It's apples to apples on that one. There will be add-ons that you can purchase at the location or perhaps in advance (still working on this), but generally you will have to bring your own bedding, bug spray, water bottles, flashlights, lamps, etc. As I have said in the past, there will be a "winner" declared by the end of the night (and this will be decided by a number of factors that you will learn about when you get there, but I will tell you now there will only be one "survivor").
Okay, so here is what you need to do. E-mail us at email@example.com and tell us that you would like to reserve a spot in Camp Nightmare; tell us which date (July 12th or the 13th. The 12th goes from 5 pm- app. 10 am on the 13th, and the 13th goes from the same times to the 14th); which size tent, and whether you would like to book a spot on the charter bus that will take you to and from Manhattan. We will respond confirming your reservation and then about a week before we go on sale to the public, we will send you private access to buy them before everyone else. If we have enough reservations and all of the reservations follow up with a purchase, we might not even go on sale to the public at all. So that's the advantage of making a reservation. We may just sellout in pre-sales. BUT, and this is an important "but", just because you make a reservation doesn't mean you are obligated to purchase the tickets once we send you that exclusive access, but we would very much prefer that you were pretty sure you were.
Does this make sense? I hope so, this is pretty darn comprehensive I think.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
Many, many, many more details on the way, but the there will be scary campfire stories, individual missions into the woods, things that come out when the campfire goes out, and there will only be one "survivor" who will win a big prize. And everyone will get a CAMP NIGHTMARE t-shirt. Just mark down either July 12th or 13th on your calendars. This will be an amazing summertime thing to do, and I am super excited to create it, build it, and scare the snot out of you at 2 am in the woods.
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Trying to put a package together that would be a scary summer camping experience. It would be an overnighter upstate. Meals, accommodations and frights would be provided by Nightmare. Only a very limited number of people could participate a night (say, maybe, 40) so the ticket cost could be pretty high. But it would be so worth it. Is this something you'd be interested in?
Friday, January 11, 2013
But let me take this moment to reflect on what was an amazing season for Nightmare KILLERS. Starting off with a great deal of ridiculous and meaningless controversy, it quickly quelled and we got on with the business of presenting the most taut haunted house we have ever presented. The closest thing to the perfect synergy between theatricality and classic haunted house that we've done yet. That is not to say that it was perfect (we still need to solved noise-bleed issues, and of course, nothing is perfect), but Nightmare finally started to feel like what I have been hoping to achieve in the 9 years I have been doing this. Onwards and upwards, there is always more room to grow. Trying to achieve haunted house nirvana some day. We will always be a long way away.
The thing about Killers, and one of the many reasons why I posted so little this whole time, is that it was the largest house we have done in some time (incorporating the outside for the first time went a long way towards that), and also the most character specific. It was very difficult to just throw any actor into any room when each character and role was so much more rich then they have been in the past. Aside from a handful of traditional "Boo" characters, if you were cast in a role you were the one to do that role. They were much more nuanced than usual with lines that were specific to their scene. Each room was a little playlet. Sometimes you watched the event unfold in front of you as it happened to someone else. Sometimes it happened to you. Often, both.
But Sandy killed us. we were having an amazing run. Whatever audience we may have lost with Fairy Tales we regained and then some with Killers. We got up to what was going to be the 6 busiest days of our run...and then we never opened again. It was awful. Luckily the writing was on the wall. This thing was still NYC's Most Horrifying Haunted House! So we will be back. we will do a part II of our Killers theme. It is just way too dense of a theme, and too many people didn't get a chance to see it the first time around, although this will be A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT HOUSE as always. Just because we are repeating the theme doesn't mean that it won't be different. So, if you went to last year's house, who do you think should be in this year's? And if you didn't, who do you think should be featured for your first time?