Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Announcing Theme for Nightmare 2011!

So, finally, here it is: the theme for next year's Nightmare. I usually do this a bit earlier, but because of the extension I decided to wait until now. Also, miraculously (and oddly because it is a pretty out there idea) someone sorta trumped me on our FB fan page by suggesting something similar to this. I thought at first he was given insider information, but as it turns out it was a legit guess. So maybe its something in the air, and perhaps this is part of a zeitgeist that could only help us, but i think Nightmare fans are going to be real excited about next year. And as always, i need you guys to contribute. But without further adieu, next year's theme is....

Children's Stories

The dark, twisted ones of course. Or the original tales of what you know as family friendly ones that actually started out scary and murderous. I don't believe we are going to call it CHILDREN'S STORIES, but i am thinking either NIGHTMARE: FABLES or NIGHTMARE: FAIRY TALES which do you like? But now here is your chance to participate. Break out those old Grimm's Fairy Tales or Aesop's Fables, et al. Tell me which fairy tale you would like to see turned into a room in a haunted house. Tell me the creepiest, ickiest, scariest children's story you have ever read. Or tell me the sweetest and perhaps we will flip it so that it is dark and scary instead. But children are creepy, and children's stories are creepier. I already wish it was Halloween 2011; can't wait to sink my teeth into this one! so comment away...!

58 comments:

Anonymous said...

I am sooooo excited for this! I am crossing my fingers for Red Riding Hood, Hansel and Gretel, maybe Snow White... AHHH! Sooo much creepiness...

-Catherine G

Anonymous said...

snow white would be amazing, fairy tales just might be the best theme ever

Gigi said...

That is an awesome theme. It is going to be amazing I'm sure. You always have good themes and great actors to play them out just right. There are so many stories that I could see in your show - Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin and Little Red Riding Hood are good ones to put in, even as children's stories they are a bit creepy and I know you can easily make them scary. But I would like to see your twist on Cinderella and Rapunzel. Sleeping Beauty is another good one. Well, keep us updated on Facebook on how it's coming along. I'm excited for this one .. can't wait until Halloween 2011!!!

Natalia said...

Nightmare: Fairy Tales, definitely. Aesop and Grimm, please! Make sure you include Bluebeard; that one is freaky.

Heather said...

Red Riding Hood, Hansel & Gretel, Snow White, The Gingerbread Man, Goldilocks, Jack and the Bean Stlk, Beauty & the Beast, and Repunzel

Heather said...

Oh and like nightmare:fairy tales the best

Anonymous said...

Hey, My name is Walter Simons and this is an amazing idea. Tim, you have really found a way to creep people out even more. I would love to see the story of the headless horse man. I can imagine some fun ways to execute this project. I also can imagine a twisted version of 3 blind mice. You would need very short adults to execute this properly. I even think it would be cool to have an interactive room where people can actually lay in a bed (or watch a scene like this)in a dim lit room where a creepy mom is reading a bedtime story. All of a sudden the lights black out out and all you can hear are screams coming from the closet. The lights slowly come on (very dim lighting) and you can see the closet door shaking as if a 2 ton beast is going to emerge. then there is silence. the door creeps open. Then you hear a scream loud enough to pierce your ear drums. From the darkness you can see the mother running towards you then suddenly a huge beastly creature grabs her from behind and drags her back into the darkness.

Sorry i wrote so much! I really love Nightmare Haunted House and I love halloween! Rock On Earthlings!!!

Anonymous said...

Nightmares: Fairy Tales

Sabrina said...

This is a great idea for a theme...should be fun and scary of course.

Anonymous said...

I think it should be called children's stories, it sounds a lil bolder than fairy tales, because movies have already done adult versions. or what about Dead Kid's Stories, or just Dead Kids

Pkzone02 said...

How about "NIGHTMARE: Tales of a Darkside"

Anonymous said...

"Nightmare: Fairy Tales" is genius. You are a genius.

Mitch Harris said...

I swear I had no inside info. I just posted the most ridiculous thing to come to mind, that would tickle me purple to see you freaks do. (sorry Aren and Rob if you got in trouble. They told me nothing.)

That said, "NIGHTMARE: FOLK TALES" just sounds so innocent, it's perfect.
I like Walter Simons' idea if you then enter the maze through the closet. Cinderella, with the foot cutting and eye pecking and getting chased by an ax wielding henchman is a good tale to use. You've gotta do lil red riding hood, maybe the end where they cut open the wolf and let red and granny (and us?) Out.
Look at folk tales from around the world for alternate (and usually more violent/f-ed up) versions of tales we know. I know German and Chinese are good for this.

Alex said...

NIGHTMARE:FABLES is the catchiest, I think. Especially with the one-word descriptions you've typically used.

Entering through the closet also sounds awesome.

virgoprincess said...

I think u guys would like blue beard, its freakin SCARYYYYYYY! Afta u have checked it out, plz send me my free passes for next yr ! thanx , virgo !

C said...

Great Theme!

Here's What I Hope to See: http://bit.ly/dojMup

Mary said...

Great Idea Tim! I remember when Gabby was small and I fat ass next door gave me book of fairy tales. I started to read a couple, then would stop. They were all so scary for a child. Who wrote these stories?? So many to choose from!

Anonymous said...

I think it should be called NIGHTMARE: FAIRYTALES because the first word is dark then the second word is light. Something that isn't really a fairytale, per say, but more of a nursery rhyme is Little Miss Muffet.The one where she's eating and a spider comes down and scares her. The spider could be a giant spider much like the black cat from this year.

Another idea is more of just a kid's thing and it's Ring Around the Rosie. After all, it is about the plague and burning the dead bodies. Could be a nice little thing for the logo- having a bunch of kids in a circle... burning?? I have no idea.

Crystal said...

You have no idea how excited I am that you're having this theme. I've been hoping you would do this theme since I started coming to the house 4 years ago :)

I personally like NIGHTMARE: GRIM TALES. It's a play on Grimm Brothers, implying fairy tales but using the spelling of the word grim itself.

As for tales... I am echoing the desire to see Snow White and Sleeping Beauty room. But I'd love to see a Nutcracker room. I think it would be delightfully creepy to do a wtisted version of it.

If you are looking for "Ick" factor, then Many Furs (or Thousand Furs) is one you might want to check out.

Among other stories that might make interesting rooms are "Beauty and the Beast", "The Snow Queen", "Bluebeard", "The Twelve Dancing Princesses" and "Jorinda & Joringel"

Here is a great online resource to check most of them out: http://www.surlalunefairytales.com/

TruST Me iM a LawYer said...

Ok so what I would be looking forward to seeing in next years house is little red riding hood goldilocks and the thRee bears as well as hansel and gretel.from this years superstitions the j big cat and the cricket scared the crap outta me so just imagine what you could do with life size bears and a wolf.and not to mention a bad crumb walkway into a creepy witch that's trying to cook hansel and gretel our worse.... Us. Can't wait for your final decisions

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Ariella said...

Definitely a wise choice for something as visually delicious as it is creepy.

Anonymous said...

Hansel and Gretel but the original GERMAN VERSION!! They go into lurid forensic detail about the witch/old lady getting burned alive in the oven.

Also there was some Chinese kid story where this man tells his wife not to open a particular door in his house while hes gone. He leaves, of course she opens the door and its all these bloody corpses of wives the guy had killed. Then he shows up and kills her too.

Anonymous said...

You should make the house as if all he fairy tale/ fables are " Down the rabbit hole" as if in Alice in wonderland

Anonymous said...

Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Shoes_%28fairy_tale%29

Anonymous said...

Hans Christian Anderson's The Red Shoes
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Red_Shoes_%28fairy_tale%29

Anonymous said...

AMAZING THEME!!!! i love fairy tales, the original grimm versions, of course!!!! CINDERELLA WOULD BE AWESOME! in the original one, the stepsisters try to cut their feet off to fit the shoe! and in he end their eyes are pecked out by birds! also THE PRINCESS AND THE FROG! I <3 that fairy tale!

alyssa said...

How about, Nightmare: Scary Tales

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Anonymous said...

Godfather Death, The Juniper Tree, The Three Golden Hairs, Sedna (the Inuit origin myth), La Llorona...
Oh what a feast of creepy deliciousness.

Anonymous said...

Prince charming is climbing up rapunzells hair and her scalp is being ripped off...

Anonymous said...

The Red Shoes! That's scary, where her feet are cut off and they keep dancing in front of her! And bluebeard!

James said...

You guys should do HUMPTY DUMPTY and like show him all bloodied up from the fall and fat and knights are stabbing him er something like that.

Anonymous said...

Take some ideas from the freakishly scarey German stories of Struwwelpeter (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Struwwelpeter)

Dasilog said...

Definitely do Itsy Bitsy Spider!

Dasilog said...

Jack and the Bean Stalk

Anonymous said...

the original sleeping beauty, the prince took advantage of her when she slept and she awoke after childbirth. It's pretty sick but I think the concept of being vulnerable/immobile is a good one

Tyler said...

There is a collection of German dark children stories called Struwelpeter. Here is what each story is about . . .

1) Struwwelpeter- describes a boy who does not groom himself properly and therefore becomes consequently unpopular

2) Die Geschichte vom bösen Friederich (The Story of Bad Fredrick)- the story of a violent boy who terrorizes animals and people who is eventually bitten by a dog. Thus the dog eats his sausage while the boy is bedridden.

3) Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug (The Very Sad Story of the Matches)- a story about a girl who plays with matches and burns to death

4) Die Geschichte von den schwarzen Buben (The Story of the Black Boys)- St. Nikolas catches three boys teasing a dark-skinned boy. So, in order to teach them a lesson, he dips the three boys in black ink, thus making them more dark skinned than the boy they had originally teased.

5) Die Geschichte von dem wilden Jäger (The Story of the Wild Huntsman)- the only story not primarily focused on children. It is the story about a hare that steals a hunter musket and eyeglasses and begins to hunt the hunter.

6) Die Geschichte vom Daumenlutscher (The Story of the Thumb-Sucker)- A story about a mother who tells her son not to suck his thumbs, however when she leaves the house he presumes, until a roving tailor appears and cuts his thumbs off with a giant pair of scissors.

7) Die Geschichte vom Suppen-Kaspar (The Story of Soup-Kasper)- A story about Kasper, a strong and healthy boy, who claims that he will no longer eat his soup. Over the next five days he wastes away and die.

8) Die Geschichte vom Zappel-Philipp (The Story of Fidgety Phil)- a story about a boy who won't stay still at dinner and knocks his food onto the floor, to his parent's displeasure.

9) Die Geschichte von Hans Guck-in-die-Luft (The Story of Johnny Head-in-Air)- A story about a boy who doesn't watch where he is walking and eventually walks into a river.

10) Die Geschichte vom fliegenden Robert (The Story of Flying Robert)- A story about a boy who walks outside into a storm. The wind catches his umbrella and takes him away to far away places, and presumably to his doom.

I hope you enjoy these stories as much as I do. I cannot wait to come out an experience Nightmares for the first time this year!!

Carrsan Morrissey said...

THE BOOGIEMAN HAS TO BE IN THERE OF COURSE!!! Also, monsters under the bed, outside of windows ect. Perhaps there could be 1 monster room. and to get out you have to go thru the closet where the BOOGIEMAN ATTACKS. That would be terrifying.

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Anonymous said...

Nightmare:Twisted Fantasy

Anonymous said...

Wizard of Oz and Alice in Wonderland. The stuff of truly horrid nightmares!

Anonymous said...

I think that all of the fairy tails that are portrayed should be" Down the rabbit hole"

Anonymous said...

it should be nightmare: scary tales, but it should be spelled like fairy tales; therefore I think the name should be: nightmare: SCAIRY TALES haha idk n Alice n Wonderland is pretty scary already, it should b too hard to make that a living nightmare

Anonymous said...

it should be nightmare: scary tales, but it should be spelled like fairy tales; therefore I think the name should be: nightmare: SCAIRY TALES haha idk n Alice n Wonderland is pretty scary already, it shouldnt b too hard to make that a living nightmare

amber harris said...

hansel and gretel of course! and old creepy lady tries to est two little kids how messed up is that. red riding hood and snow white are creepy too. the pied piper is the creepiest.

Anonymous said...

Swan lake. the girl is cursed and turned into a swan and at the end she kills herself.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed Nightmare: Dreams Come True.. I think having some kind of active movement for the public is scarier then just walking around in rooms..

Anonymous said...

Def. do Hansel and Grettel, OHHHH and deffff. do humpty dumpty.

Anonymous said...

Scary version of the Itsy Bitsy Spider(spiders and Halloween, perfect match)and Humpty Dumpty! I'm scared aleady :O

Anonymous said...

Hello! I recently watched "Thumbelina" the Fairy tale theater with Shelly Duvall version. It leaves a person very unsettled. If nothing else, the layers of hopelessness and the consistant entrapment/kidnapping that happens just makes me want to run screaming, "I don't want to have sex with your frog son"!!!!! Okay, 2 cents. done.

Anonymous said...

Hansel and Gretel ^-^

Anonymous said...

I think both names are great. I think Snow White, Red Riding Hood, and like someone else said - the Headless Horseman are great characters to twist scary meaning into for the NIGHTMARE haunted house of 2011. (:
Can't wait!

Anonymous said...

I like the theme that was chosen. I would think Goldilocks and The Three Bears should be done. I would like to see a creepy twist done on that!

Jen

Anonymous said...

i have always thought the Pied Piper of Hamlin had an eerie storyline. It may be too late to suggest but there it is. Three Blind Mice Get Their Tales/Tails back from the Farmer's Wife. Goldilocks Eats 3 Bears. Maybe some Disney Tales...really scary...murderous talking puppets...witches that win...demons...evil heroines, i.e. Rapunzel(Medusa)... Evil Snow White Queen and The Six Evil Dwarfs; she killed a dwarf who was not really evil. Things along those lines.

satindoll612 said...

Scary Tales is more like it.. Alice in Horrorland, Snow Fright, Little Dead Riding hood.. I'm loving this idea.. We once did a halloween themed party this way, totally awesome.

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