Monday, November 9, 2009

Thank You

Nightmare Patrons

It it with great sadness that Nightmare Vampires has concluded. This house was very special to me for i tried something different this year, which is always a risk. I believe that risk largely paid off, though there is plenty that I learned. I cannot thank you enough for your support in helping make this one of the most successful Nightmares ever. I also thank you for all of your kind words and constructive suggestions. I am a theatre director, and in that it is always important to me that we are attempting to not be the run of the mill haunted house. To be completely honest, I know how to simply scare people. Everyone does. Turn off all the lights, have a bunch of people jump out at you, put you in precarious positions, have some more people jump out at you, do something gross, and then the end. But that doesn't make it a very creative or interesting haunted house or event. That's not terribly innovative, either. I just described the vast majority of haunted houses. It works, but I want something more transcendent. This year I was trying some things with a storyline and immersing you into an actual event. For some this worked famously, for others they missed the old Nightmare that had more thrills and chills per second than this one might have. And this has taught me something. Although it is important to create something wholly unique, and I do believe the vast majority of our audience appreciated the story elements, I cannot overlook the experiential facet to all of this. You like having things done TO you, and a lot of it. And this is precisely why we are doing Superstitions next year, and I want to hear what your superstitions are. I will also be researching superstitions from our culture as well as those from around the world. And this house will be completely experiential. I will maintain a theatricality and story element, but every room will have something happening to you, not just something you watch. Superstitions lends itself to that. Basically, you are going to be confronted with things that the majority of you are superstitious about NOT doing and then make you do it anyway! This is going to mess with you on a whole new level. The ideas are flowing, and we are focusing on the scary. This will be the best of all the Nightmares you have experienced. I have heard your thoughts, comments and reactions. I know exactly what you are looking for. And I'm gonna give it to ya!

See you next year at Nightmare Superstitions!
Timothy Haskell

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anthony0358 said...

We have one last chance to thank you, and John, and everyone involved with Nightmare, from the Artists, to all the workers
Everyone made me feel like a VIP and I do appreciate it very much
You all scared us all season long!

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Collycol said...

Bloody Mary, gotta do that one.

randyshmandy said...

Maybe you could have a "window" similar to nightmare: face your fears.It can feature a beginning scene, like a school setting and a bunch of delinquents forcing a teenager to lock himself in the bathroom and face a giant mirror. (lights go out) The audience sees nothing but hears the Teen's voice "Bloody Mary" (pause)..."Bloody Mary"(pause)...
"Bloody-AAAAAAAAHHH!" (sound effects of a good thrashing)...The lights flicker back on 30 seconds after the screaming. Nothing left of the boy except a bloody broken mirror. Later on in the house, there's a "funeral" setting with an open coffin and a mannequin of the same boy inside, and two giant body-sized mirrors on opposite sides of the wall. While the audience is reading all the text on the coffin, the mannequin falls "through the coffin" (there's an opening in the bottom that opens a hidden trap door underneath the mannequin. Both of the mirrors break and fog enters the room ominously as the lights go off and the blacklights go on. Once the blacklights go on there will be florescent "blood splatters and writings" on the walls. While they are examining the markings, at a random moment, creepy music box music starts playing and the boy "climbs out" of the coffin, all ripped, gashed, deformed, you name it and scares everyone into the next room! THAT WOULD BE AWESOME!!!