Tuesday, September 17, 2013

How Different is KILLERS2? And Did I have to See the First One?

How different is KILLERS2 to last year's haunted attraction? Answer: Almost completely.  Don't be fooled by the familiar theme, this is a completely different beast.  We only have two Killers returning from last year's event, and even those have been changed pretty dramatically.  Otherwise, It's all new everything. We've got Slenderman, Manson, Richard Ramirez, Aileen Wournos and many, many more that are all new in completely new environments.  True to form, Nightmare has made a completely new house and you will not be dissatisfied in the least.  If you went to last year's KILLERS it will be like going to a totally different haunted house this year. 12 different subjects than last year.

What if I didn't go last year, will I understand what is happening this year? If this is a serious question, than I will answer respectfully - duh. Of course you didn't need to go to the first one to understand this one. It's a g-d haunted house for crissakes. We are just trying to create environments to scare the sh*t out of you.  Although we do have a theatrical bent, it's not like there was some story that ended in a cliffhanger that we are picking up again with this house.  The only thing we are picking up again is scaring and thrilling you.  It makes no difference if you went to last year's haunted house or not.  This haunted house will clearly stand on its own, and I am confident you will have never seen anything like it.

Happy Halloween

Sunday, September 1, 2013

I have always taken great pride in the fact  that Nightmare does a different theme every year. A different theme means a different house. As artists, all we want is to keep creating. To just modify our house or "update it" as most do, it would not be enough. Not only to myself and my team, but to discerning New Yorkers who have come to depend on a new event every year.

I say this as we are embarking on KILLERS2; what appears to be a sequel to last years's critical and popular hit KILLERS. Kinda talking out of both side of my mouth it might seem, but allow me to dispel you of this notion. You see, serial killers are an incredibly dense subject, and an incredibly dark, terrifying and compelling one as well. When I designed the house last year it was 25 killers/ 30 rooms. In other words, It was entirely too big to present in just one year. We couldn't do the whole thing. So this year is the second half of last year. It's not a sequel, but a continuation. Sometimes a story cannot be told in one sitting. Not unlike Tarantino's Kill Bill, initially conceived as a single film, KILLERS2 is intended to complete the story that was started last year.

But I would be lying if I didn't add that the response to last year's attraction didn't help me come to this decision. It was a very strong haunt, and there were so many ideas generated by researching these monsters that I wasn't able to do that I needed to see staged this year.

The long and short if it is, this is a very different house. You will see a few things from last year that will help tie it all together, but we are continuing our tradition of presenting an entirely new house every year. We are doing the same theme, but a different house. But another  tradition we will maintain this year is announcing next year's theme before the conclusion of this one. And it will be a different theme. And it will be cool as hell. For now, enjoy the conclusion of KILLERS. You're gonna frickin' love it!

Oh, and by the way, we go on sale Wednesday, September 4th!