Sunday, October 24, 2010

We're Nominated for Scariest Haunted House in America!

MTV nominated us as one of the best haunted houses in the country, but the voting ends tomorrow! They just told us this and gave us like a day to get the word out. So act fast!!! vote for us as scariest haunted house in the country! Please! Thanks!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Ladders

When picking the Superstitions for the house this year i certainly wanted to choose some of the most iconic there were, but i was also hoping to do some more ancient, international and/or esoteric ones. So i thought this meant that modern, American-centric Superstitions like "walking underneath ladders", although necessary to do, was going to fill out my quota of familiar Superstitions. But the more I researched the more I realized that these superstitions have been passed down from generation to generation, country to country. We think of ladders as a fairly modern device, but clearly they have been around for as long as people could walk, and so have some of the superstitions surrounding them.

With ladders, the superstition is obviously that walking underneath them is bad luck. But like I have asked in all of my other superstition postings is why? Most people assume its because things may fall off the stiles and onto your head while walking underneath them. But that is like saying that there is a superstition about walking in front of cars. it's practical thinking that a wrench might fall on your head, there isn't much superstition there. But there is actually a more superstitious basis. The idea is that when you lean a ladder up against a wall it forms a triangle (I know they all do now, but back then, straight ladders is all they had). That triangle represents the Trinity (the father, son and the holy spirit). You break the trinity and that's bad news. And hence things might fall on your head. People probably had stuff fall on their head and said, "gosh darnit, if i didn't break the trinity there that paint bucket might not have fallen on my head." And thus a superstition was born. But in Nightmare, we are going to actually drop the ladder itself on you.

so there it is

My Man John Harlacher's Fun House!

People Like Us, They Really, Really Like Us!

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

The Sounds of Nightmare Haunted House

Our sound designer David Roy is such a stud

Sunday, October 3, 2010

What I Have Learned After Two weeks

So two weeks are almost in the can, and this is what I have learned from this year's Nightmare: Superstitions:

- People really, really like it! We are always tinkering with it and will continue to do so right through the end; discovering new things and new ways to scare everyday.

- Audiences finally are following the story line. they feel it is consistent and clear. this theme works, and our audience likes being able to see it followed through.

- The favorite rooms go between the Pennies room, the Rabbit's room, the Cat room and Bloody Mary. But every room has gotten "the fave" room at some point.

- John Harlacher's casting was spot on. I am consistently hearing how good the actors are. I, of course, thought so originally, but I do love hearing it

- People don't know which superstition is represented by the camera room. They think it's cool, but they do like following each Superstition unfold, and most people don't know what that is supposed to represent, so it loses something. For the record it's CAMERAS STEAL YOUR SOUL!

- Still working on getting LADDERS just right. It's on the stairwell, so it's tricky, and i like what we have going on there, but it deserves some of my attention in trying to finesse it some.

- Sucks not having a bar. We always have, but we don't this year. It added to the experience both before and after. Our lounge is also the best we have ever designed as well (thank you Ventiko), but no liquor to serve in it. boo hoo

- I have given up trying to solve the problem of "that's it?" I always stress about the house's length, but finally nailed it this year with an experience that is between 37-42 minutes. super long for a haunted house, and almost twice as long as last year. And people are very pleased with the length like never before, and i have not heard anyone say that infamous phrase. Until last night. I heard some douchebag come out of the house and say "Is that it? no fuckin' way, that's it?!" And at that moment i thought to myself, "ahhhhhh, don't stress that anymore. This dickwad just demonstrated that it is literally impossible to please everyone. For this guy the house could be longer than the Lord of the Rings Triology and he would still have that one superficial complaint because he has nothing else to say because he's dumb, and it proves that he can take more. he's soooo g-d tough! 'That's all the scary you have?! huh, that's it?!'" yeah buddy, that's it. That's all i got. i can't satisfy you. move along.

- I've learned probably in the neighborhood of 500 other things. all things to make the experience even better, but getting into that might spoil the fun. and people are having tons of it. Very proud of Nightmare: Superstitions.

Lucky Rabbit's Feet. Gory, Skinned Bloody Rabbit's Feet

another awesome behind the scenes video!