Saturday, September 29, 2007

we're open!

so we had a press gala opening on Thursday and i was panicked. the house wasn't finished, not by a long shot, and it was super crowded. it was also a time out ny free stuff event and they were bringing like 500 people. i was practically catatonic with stress and was certain it was going to be a humiliating disaster. there were doors not installed, rooms not finished, special effects not operational, and hardly any of the roofs were even on. a pretty big mess.

but we pulled it off. we made do with what we had. we did temper the audiences expectations a bit because i thought it was awful. but i was wrong. people really seemed to like our half a house. this was very, very encouraging. then on friday, when we were at like 90% done, it was really cooking. audiences were going bananas. i was talking to people in the lobby when they exited and discovered so many repeat customers from years past, and all of them telling me this was by far and away the best house we have done, bar none.

i am usually quite down on myself. i never think i got it just right. the response is usually very positive, but there are always a couple of assholes who go out of their way to act like one and say some stupid things. not this time. i don't think it is perfect, but i am very pleased with it. i am proud of this house and i hope you guys enjoy it as much as the people from the first three days. that is, until a bunch of frat boys come in and wreck the place because they think their girlfriends think that kind of behavior is sexy. sadly, they are probably right. so don't join a fraternity and come to the haunted house! leave you cynicism at the door partyman.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

nightmare backstage

hey, go to nightmare backstage. go to our website, under promotions and check out nightmare backstage. it is an hour and a half seminar on the making of the house, demonstrations on some cool effects, and a tour through the house with me and the other designers where we explain the secrets of the house. it is going to be a lot of fun, and a very rare opportunity to be taken backstage of nightmare! friggin' do it!

omigod like i am so sorry

this is the most crucial time for me to blog because i am supposed to be writing about how it is going, what's going on, how awesome everything, this is cool, that isn't, your mama this, etc. but this is absolutely the most difficult time for me to do so. i am crazy, as well as crazy busy and the whole team has worked very late into the night to get this up. the house is more technically sophisticated than ever before. and if we can put it altogether on time it will be great. if we don't, then, er, not as much. i'm banking on us pulling it together. it is the only way. it's the little things that i am concerned about like whether we pounded out all the screws jutting out. just kidding. but watch your heads just in case. just kidding. but do watch them.

anyway, i brought the actors throught house today teaching them all of the roles and they were completely psyched. they unequivically gave this house the nod over previous years. we have a lot of tremedous talent working this year. so many veterans from years past came back, so we have a very experienced crew. we had the luck of being able to choose the very best for once. it isn't always that way. i believe we have the best of the best from year's past. they are ready to scare the bile out of you, and i know they can. watch out sucka, here comes the spiderman! what?

peace out i got gout

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Haunternet is Launched!

go to haunternet. it is finally launched! watch my podcast. it's fun. have a good time. tell us what you think.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

It's Long Enough and You'll See it All

As many of you might remember, we did 5 houses last year, and are doing only the one really big one this year. there are many reasons for this, many of them i have gone over in this very blog, but one i haven't addressed is the improvement on your experience.

the Manhattan house is the flagship store, yet out of the 5 houses last year it might not have been the strongest. not all of the time, mind you, but on those nights that we were super crowded. that makes a huge difference. you see, one of the things i realized after last year's experience is the reason people seemed to be more scared at the brooklyn and Staten Island houses last year was because they had a nice even flow of people, but rarely got overwhelmed. Manhattan was always overwhelmed. what a nice steady pace does is allows the actors to stay energized and fresh without the pressure to keep it moving. thus people are in the house longer, have more concentrated scares, more energy, and a better experience. so i designed this house on having that kind of experience in this super busy house in Manhattan.

what i've done is create a house that is twice as long for starters, but even more importantly, it is designed so that no matter where you are you will not miss the happening in the room. it is happening all around you and all of the time. it is also okay if you combine with another group, you probably won't even realize it. there is a real linearity to it all and you are focused on where you are in the house, and not getting lost. it is not dependant on events that have beginnings, middles and ends. it is intense the entire time. so no matter how busy the house is it will always work. there is no need to execute more quickly. and we are now on the third day of load in, and it looks amazing. this house is bananas and i can't wait for each and everyone of you to go through. if you do and you have a good time, let us know. if you don't, then kiss my butt, we did our best (and you're a cynical bastard!)

Monday, September 17, 2007

Drive-IN

so it looks like we are putting on Manhattan's only drive-in movie theatre on October 5th,6th and 7th. this is a costly venture ion general so we have been waiting to hear if a sponosr came through to help put this on on Hot's end. and it looks like one has. if this goes according to plan we will be showing the first three movies in this partner's film franchise. i don't wanna say too mch just in case it all falls through, but this same partner has a new entry in this franchise coming out on October 26th. what? you think it is who? oh,i'm not sure, can't say at this time.

but the only way you can see it (and we will have a car partner as well, you are going to be sitting in one of the seats in a car) is by winning the tickets on Hot 97. it is the absolute only way. so whether you like hip-hop or r and b, listen to hot 97 for the next 6 weeks. they are going to be giving away a ton of cool crap. so run, don't walk. and keep up with the promotions page on the site for me details about this hot 97 weekend.

LOAD IN

so we load in tomorrow. i cannot believe another year has past since we did this. holy crap! load in is fun becase what's more fun than creating haunted houses, but it is also like building a 23 room mansion in 10 days. so it is pretty strenuous, with very, very long hours and lots of heavy lifting. so it can kinda suck too. it is more fun when you are finessing it than when you are removing flats from off a flatbed. but, i cannot wait to tell everyone how it is shaping up. i will be sure to report back everyday to let you know how it went. it is 1 in the morning now and i have to there at 8:30 am. what the ef! i'm going to sleep!

Monday, September 10, 2007

New Ghost Stories promo

you gotta check this one out. resident director of photogrpahy and video, Jaisen Crockett, just finished the new Ghost Stories promo. it is truly fantastic. i think it is our best promo thus far. and it is only 30 seconds! check it out!

Friday, September 7, 2007

PROMO VIDEO

this is our promo video from last year's house. we made it from the footage from last year's house and are using it for early promo on our website and other places (check it out on fangoria's homepage as well. pretty nifty. if you have been to our website then you have probably seen it, but if not check it the F out! we are working on a very very cool ghost video for this year's. that should be up on our website next week. just like the virtual house i promised went up this week (it didn't, but next week. i promise sucka face).

Funk Master Flex and Arthur Suydam

SO, it looks like we may MAY have funkmaster flex DJ live from the house on Hot 97 Night on October 5th. lots of other goodies that night as well. there is a very good chance.

also, we definitely have arthur suydam doing signings on Forbidden Planet Night on October 4th. this is very, very, very cool. he is the illustrator of Marvel Zombies as well as a whole bunch of other popular comic books. so if you have any Arthur Suydam stuff here is your opportunity to get your thing signed and increase its value big time and then sell it to me undervalued and then i sell it on ebay. cool?

Thursday, September 6, 2007

The Simpsons' Haunted House/ Dark Ride

have you seen this? hilarious. i promise, our haunted house is waaaaay better than this.

HIRING FOR THE HAUNTED HOUSE!

we have gotten dozens of requests for when we are going to be hiring for the house. we are posting something on our website later today as well as all of our social networking sites, but you can hear it here first. the open calls will be September 18th and 19th at CSV (located at 107 Suffolk Street between rivington and delancey in the lower eastside) between 5-8 PM. bring headhsot and resume. if you are a veteran from year's past you will get first preference, but we have a lot of performer and front of house staff opportunities, so some on down.

there you have it. i hope to see many of you there!

Monitor this

have you seen my short little horror film called Monitor? it has become somewhat of phenomenon on youtube. i have actually received several offers from people asking me to direct their short horror movie from this. it's amazing this internet. someone actually offered me his sony playstation 3, his xbox360 amd 20 games to direct his movie, i shit you not. i turned it down because the movie was crap, and he was a wierdo, and the games sucked. anyway, the two actors in this film are my wife and my son Diego when he was 1 1/2. we made it as a round about way to promote the haunted house. the film has nothing to do with the house. it was just like "here, watch this scary little movie. the guy who directed this directed the house. so go." and it ends with a little plug for the house. check it out!