Ever since the movie Trick ‘r Treat came out in 2007, HHN fans have been desperately begging Universal to bring the cult Halloween classic to life. It’s one of the maze themes that is speculated, asked for, and discussed on #HHN social media every single year. Last year, HHN Orlando featured a Trick ‘r Treat Scare Zone, which was considered to be one of the most popular. So after a successful test run, both Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood will get complete Trick ‘r Treat mazes this year.
For those who don’t know about the movie (why are you even on this site) Trick ‘r Treat is a 2007 anthology black comedy horror film written and directed by Michael Dougherty. The film centers on four Halloween-related horror stories. One common element that ties the stories together is the presence of Sam, a mysterious child trick-or-treater wearing shabby orange footie pajamas with a burlap sack over his head, who makes an appearance in all the stories whenever a character breaks Halloween traditions. He’s the keeper of the rules and the spirit of Halloween. He may look cute on the outside but you don’t want to get on his bad side… or the receiving end of his lollipop.
This theme is a no-brainer for HHN and should provide for some fun traditional Halloween scares. It also will be a great compliment to the Halloween (Michael Myers) maze that we’re highly confident will be featured at HHN.
The Trick ‘r Treat maze will transport guests to Warren Valley, Ohio on Halloween night to celebrate the holiday’s dark traditions and daring them to live by the rules or suffer the consequences. Recreating some of the anthology’s most iconic scenes, the disturbing new maze invites brave thrill-seekers to become entwined within the secrets of this sleepy suburban town encountering all the grisly scenes and demented characters. They will meander through Mr. Kreeg’s infamous house, watch as college students viciously transform into bloodthirsty werewolves and dismember the town, as well as come face-to-face with Sam – the spirit of Halloween – who readies to punish those who break the holiday’s tradition. These guardians of Halloween will teach you the traditions of the holiday as you find out first hand the consequences of breaking those rules. With monsters around every turn, you need to pay attention…or suffer the ultimate fate.
Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group proudly presents Urban Death: Spring, their fun n’ freaky horror production that dives deep into a snake pit of inexplicable horrors, unfathomable monstrosities, and the disturbing spirits that walk among us.
Urban Death: Spring will open May 4th and run at 11:00pm Friday and Saturday evenings, May 4th and 5th thru June 8th and 9th.
“2018 will give us Urban Death: Spring, Urban Death: Midsummer Scream, Urban Death: Edinburgh Fringe AND Urban Death: Tour of Terror,” explains Zombie Joe (the man!), wiping sweat off his brow and smiling large at the (demon) baby he and co-director Jana Wimer hath unleashed upon the world. “We’re invigorated and thrilled to bring our signature show to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this August,” says Zombie Joe, “and first we’re going to kick out the jams with our spring run!.”
Urban Death: Spring will act as a kick off point to bring Urban Death to the 71st Annual Edinburgh Festival Fringe, the largest theatre festival in the world. Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group has set up a fundraiser at GoFundMe.com/UrbanDeath where fans and supporters can donate to the campaign to get Urban Death to the Edinburgh Fringe, but Zombie Joe emphasizes that coming out and supporting the Spring show is paramount to their success in Edinburgh. “We can’t go to Edinburgh without the love and support of our fans coming out and seeing our shows. Please donate to our campaign, but please support us by seeing what we’re doing. Our audience is the lifeblood of the theatre, and without you there is no Urban Death.”
Urban Death: Spring opens Friday, May 4th at 11:00 pm.
You’ve been warned.
DETAILS: Urban Death: Spring Haunted Theater Attraction, ages 16 and up.
WHEN: Friday and Saturday Evenings 11:00 pm, MAY 4 thru JUNE 9, 2018. The show runs approx one hour.
WHERE: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theater Group, 4850 Lankershim Blvd., North Hollywood, CA 91601
BACKSTORY: Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group aka Z.J.U. was born in August of 1992 in a small industrial garage in Northridge, California. The Underground continues to push the limits of live progressive theater as a vital experimental art form in honor of the famous Antonin Artaud, Bertolt Brecht, Anton Chekhov, Ivan Turgenev, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and George Lucas.
Urban Death created in 2005 by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer, with Music by Christopher Reiner
TICKETS: $15, can be purchased at the door, online at: zombiejoes.tix.com, or by calling 818-202-4120
*(NOTE: Due to the popularity of the show, we highly recommend purchasing tickets early)
WEBSITES: www.urbandeath.com and www.zombiejoes.com
A Century of Monster Makers… Horror aficionados and the creative professionals who bring these scary creatures to life will return to the Pasadena Convention Center this Friday the 13th weekend for the 10th annual Monsterpalooza.
The show is for fans as well as industry professionals – more than 250 exhibitors will present live makeup demonstrations, celebrity meet and greets, and a Monster Museum exhibition. Visit the Monster Museum to view props from motion pictures and television shows, as well as installations by award winning artists. Attend unique presentations at the Monsterpalooza Theatre featuring actors and directors of the horror film genre, as well as screenwriters and special effects artists. Past presentations include An American Warewold in London, The Howling, Predator, Tremors, The Exorcist, and Return of the Living Dead.
Special Guests: Pam Grier – An American actress. She starred in Quentin Tarantino’s film Jackie Brown, for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress; Tobin Bell – An American actor. He is best known for his portrayal of John Kramer / Jigsaw in the eight films of the Saw franchise. Alex Winter – An American actor, film director and screenwriter, best known for his role as Bill S. Preston, in the 1989 film Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure; Cassandra Peterson – An American actress best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark; Doug Bradley – An English actor, best known for his role as the Lead Cenobite “Pinhead” in the Hellraiser film series and more!
For Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights first announcement of 2018, “Stranger Things” will be making its maze/house debut at Halloween Horror Nights in Hollywood, Orlando, and Singapore.
This should be an interesting new HHN experience as the series itself isn’t really scary (in our opinion) but the supernatural settings and creatures tied with 80’s nostalgia could make for some very cool maze designs. We’re not very surprised by this announcement as “Stranger Things” is currently one of the most popular Sci-Fi/Horror/Fantasy series and we wouldn’t expect Universal to pass up to the opportunity to capitalize on this hot property. It also offers the potential to be a returning maze in future years as more seasons come out, just like we’ve seen with American Horror Story and The Walking Dead (who seem like they will never die).
Here’ s more details about the mazes from Universal —
Fans of Netflix’s ‘Stranger Things’ will be able to confront the supernatural and brave the “Upside Down” in these all-new HHN mazes. The Upside Down is a parallel universe that terrorized the small town of Hawkins, Indiana in the ‘Stranger Things.’ In these all-new mazes Halloween Horror Nights guests will encounter scenes and characters from ‘Stranger Things’ including the Demogorgon, a large flesh-eating creature with a mouth as a face that stalks the Upside Down and is unleashed by experimenters at Hawkins National Laboratory.
The Horror Nights teams are working closely with Stranger Things creators Matt and Ross Duffer and producer Shawn Levy, who say they will authentically recreate the series’s first season storylines “from the menacing Hawkins National Laboratory under the U.S. Department of Energy, to the Byers home adorned with an erratic display of flashing Christmas lights, and the eerie Upside Down woods oozing a shower of floating orb-like spores”. The chilling new mazes promise surprising twists and unexpected turns around every corner.
Halloween Horror Nights returns in September, only five months away! In the meanwhile, you can catch up or rewatch the first and second seasons of “Stranger Things” as you impatiently wait to venture into the Upside Down in real life and to watch the new third season, which doesn’t have an announced return date yet.
While we long for the breezy fall nights full of monsters and mazes, spirits and treats continue to materialize at the all-new Queen Mary CHILL
This year, the world-famous Queen Mary invites guests to embark on an international expedition this winter with the unveiling of the all-new CHILL, open December 13, 2017 through January 7, 2018. Featuring the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the U.S., the newly-inspired CHILL will tempt your taste buds with international dining experiences and savory opportunities from six different regions around the globe. From German pretzels and Dutch pancakes, to Russian potato dumplings and Swiss Meatballs, CHILL offers a one-of-a-kind worldly experience for the whole family to enjoy this holiday season.
Experience the 38,000-square foot ice park honoring international holiday celebrations with authentic beverages and bites from Germany, Switzerland, China, Russia, Holland, and the fabled North Pole. Start your foodie expedition at Germany’s Twisted Pretzel Pub & Tasting Room featuring family owned 200-year-old German beer flights for adults and samplings of ginger beer, butter beer, and root beer for the wee ones. Delight in traditional German dishes at CHILL’s Brat Haus with cuisines provided by Long Beach’s own Rasselbock Kitchen and Beer Garden, offering Schnitzel, Bratwurst, Kraut, and more authentic fresh German fare.
Families can cozy up in Switzerland’s Alpine Patio by roasting marshmallows and building gooey s’mores at the toasty fire pit. Dine in the lower level of the two-story Alpine Lodge at Alpine Cafe, open nightly, serving traditional Swiss bites. Then splurge for festive cocktails in the exclusive Pinnacle Chalet Bar, on the second floor, overlooking Matterhorn Mountain’s two-story, six-lane, ice tubing slide. Delight in the Fondue Pot in Alpine Square for the holiday tradition of Swiss cheese and chocolate fondue, and enjoy mouthwatering sweets provided by Long Beach’s own Romeo Chocolates at the Swiss Chocolatier. The Village Coffee offers gourmet selections and Zurich Deli highlights including Swiss charcuterie and fresh baked specialty breads daily.
Stroll down Lantern Lane for an Eastern ice cream treat and visit Bamboo Forest for China’s Zen Teahouse where guests can meet the welcoming Tea Hostess for a traditional Chinese tea service. Excite your taste buds at Dim Sum Delight with China’s traditional winter feast of dumplings, provided by the LA-based Bling Bling Dumpling. Wander into the Northern Lights Experience for a festive martini or stargaze with a flute of champagne at Star Bar.
Warm up with traditional Russian fare including Stroganoff and a variety of Potato Dumplings at Pierogi Paradise. Make it a date night and chill in the 12 Degree Pinnacle Cathedral Ice Bar fashioned like Moscow’s Basil Cathedral and featuring vodka flights from a selection of over 20 different flavors and brands from around the globe.
For the child at heart, Holland offers guests the opportunity to indulge in breakfast for dinner with the gift bearers of each nation at Windmill Waffle House’s breakfast buffet. No time to stop and dine? Walk up to the Breakfast Bar window to sip on unique hand-made breakfast cocktails like the Mistletoe Fizz with gin (a product of Holland), champagne, cranberry, lime, and sugared rosemary, stirred, served over ice and garnished with beautiful rosemary. Or kick-back and relax with a bacon infused Siracha Bloody Mary.
CHILL invites the entire family to enjoy a cornucopia of dishes from around the world along with hand-crafted cocktails, authentic savory bites, and the sweetest of treats.
CHILL pricing starts at $29.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $19.00 for kids. VIP Ultimate Expedition tickets are also available starting at $79.00 for adults (ages 9+) and $69.00 for kids. CHILL will run Dec. 13, 2017 – Jan. 7, 2018, excluding Dec. 31, 2017. For more information, including food and beverages offered, hours of operation and to purchase tickets online, visit http://queenmary.com/chill/
Escape Room L.A., Southern California’s largest escape room experience, adds yet another adventure to their already exciting roster of four escape rooms with The Pyramid, inspired by the secrets and rituals of the ancient Mayans. The Pyramid offers participants a fully-immersive journey through a series of rooms as they solve puzzles, challenges, and even must offer sacrifices to the gods. Upon entering, players realize they have been summoned to save a Mayan civilization by restoring the mask of the jade warrior.
“This game is loosely based on histories and traditions within the Mayan culture. I started by researching the civilization and then taking a few creative liberties to give the game a well-rounded, fully-realized experience,” says creator and founder John Hennessey of Escape Room LA. “We’re combining new technology with ancient and authentic Mayan elements to create a thrilling game full of many surprises!”
The epic adventure takes participants on a journey into an undiscovered Mayan pyramid, where players solve puzzles involving cryptic Aztec calendars, battling the elements, and fighting indigenous creatures—to name a few. The mysteries deepen as players advance to the ultimate challenges in the final tomb. Unlike other puzzle-solving escape rooms, The Pyramid takes players through a multi-sensory journey. The set of the game was designed by Jeff McLaughlin, who has won numerous LA Drama Critics Circle Awards and LA Stage Alliance Ovation Awards, accompanied by Industrial Designer Mazin Dajani and Construction Coordinator Kyle Rettinger.
The Scare Zone crew was able to preview the new experience and we thoroughly enjoyed it. The settings are reminiscent of being inside a live version of the the popular Uncharted Game or being able to walk through the Indiana Jones ride at Disneyland. The puzzles are challenging as this room is rated higher in difficulty. However, the intricate sets and mysterious atmosphere will keep you excited and actively involved throughout the adventure. There are also a few creepy moments inside the attraction with skeleton filled catacombs and the lingering threat of an unseen adversary that’ s in pursuit.
Located in Downtown LA, Escape Room L.A. brought over 25,000 people to the neighborhood last year, offering more than 80 games per week. Visitors range from escape room connoisseurs; corporate employees seeking unique team bonding experiences; celebrities like Billy Crystal, Conan O’Brien, Neil Patrick Harris, Seth McFarlane, and Emma Stone; and folks looking for unique and out of the box activities. Prospective players can try their luck at any of the five rooms Tuesday through Friday evenings (every 30 minutes from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.), and weekend afternoons and evenings (every 30 minutes from 11:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.). Tickets range from $32 to $37, depending on the date and time. For bookings and additional information, visit www.escaperoomla.com, or call 213.689.3229.
The Queen Mary Unveils the All-New Ghost and Legends Haunted Experience. The largest Interactive and Immersive Haunted Attraction in the World
This past weekend the nice and long (but never long enough) haunt season of 2017 has sadly officially ended. Some of the seasonal highlights included Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. As most of our readers know by now, many of the Dark Harbor’s mazes settings aboard the ship are reported to actually be haunted. In fact The Queen Mary is dubbed as one of the top 10 most haunted places on Earth by Time Magazine.
Now that the spirited facades of the Dark Harbor mazes have been put away it’s finally time for the real Ghosts and Legends to come out to play. This Friday, November 10th, The Queen Mary is pleased to unveil the newly-intensified and re-inspired Ghost and Legends!
Offered year-round, thrill seekers and scare enthusiasts are invited to board the haunted RMS Queen Mary to test their fears in the world’s largest interactive and fully immersive haunted attraction. Experience the spirit legends of the Queen Mary first-hand with all-new special effects, cutting-edge technology and, of course, the chance to encounter paranormal activity for a one-of-a-kind, spine-chilling, fun time.
“The new Ghosts and Legends offers guests an entirely different level of the traditional haunted experience. We crafted terrifying original stories and characters based the ship’s well-known paranormal tales and hot-spots onboard the Queen Mary to create a truly thrilling, immersive, and unique encounter,” said Brian Luallen, Director of Entertainment Events, The Queen Mary.
The reimagined Ghost and Legends elevates scares with innovative interactive technology and special effects including a tesla coil firing 3.4 million volt bolts of lightning at a frightfully intimate distance, massive water effects, fog projections with state of the art CGI specters, and a hand-held ghost tracking tablet given to select attendees for the tour. To further enhance the frights, tour groups will also be given a flashlight to guide their way through the dimly lit attraction. Thrill-seekers beware – the flashlights will be controlled by the twisted minds of the Ghost and Legends producers!
Ghost and Legends haunted experience aboard the Queen Mary will open on Friday, November 10th at 11 a.m. The year-round attraction will be open daily and runs every 30 minutes starting at 11 a.m., accommodating up to 30 guests per experience. Tickets are a great deal at just $15 for adults and $12 for children and are available at http://www.queenmary.com/tickets/. For more information, including hours or to purchase tickets online, please visit queenmary.com
With some chaos Knott’s Scary Farm‘s 45th Halloween Haunt brings back many popular mazes, revamps others, introduces a couple new ones, and gives a final send off to the first Mistress of Haunt.
Well, we decided to forego the early season visit (and our own advice) and went to Knott’s Scary Farm on a mid-October Saturday night. You know, a night when everyone else in Southern California typically visits. Actually we just couldn’t find another time to go this season as we’ve been prioritizing haunts that are offering newer experiences. We also wanted to mix it up a little and report on what it’s like for real-everyday guests (with Fright Lane) and not a press media outlet that has the red carpet rolled out for them, to which there’s a significant difference in the experiences.
So after 45 years one would think that Knott’s would have it’s haunt operations running smoothly but sadly chaos ensued from the moment we arrived at the front gates. We lucked out a little on parking but even that was a mess (so was our car after paying $20 to park in a dusty lot). The process to get through the turnstile, using their mobile tickets, and getting a Fright Lane wristband was frustratingly slow. It makes no sense as to why they don’t just hand out the fright lane wrist bands to guest who’ve purchased them as they enter the park as the system for the getting the passes at designated stations within the park is aggravatingly slow and disorganized. It completely diminishes the value of the Fright Lane’s triple admission price and causes a big crowd of confused and angry people form right inside the park’s front gates.
In addition, many employees we encountered seemed clueless as to what they were doing, where things were, and what was going on in general. Line control and crowd flow was confusing and chaotic all over the park. These things matter just as much as having good mazes. The fun spirit of the evening can be quickly killed for guests if they have to endure what seems to be unnecessary frustrations. It nearly killed it for us. Being “sold out” is not an excuse for guests to have a shitty experience.
Perhaps they need to reduce the cap on the number of nightly admissions. Or maybe they need to hire more operations employees and if they’re hiring a lot of seasonal help during haunt they should take the time to properly train ALL of them. This would really make a difference on how efficient everything is ran inside the park. Compared to Universal, Magic Mountain, and Queen Mary, Knott’s lands in last place for its operations this year… a solid buried skull. Just go onto social media to see the never ending guest rants about this year’s operations.
Now on to the good stuff. While most of it is the same things we’ve all seen and loved before at Knott’s Scary Farm, part of the charm is the Halloween tradition that carries on year-after-year at the park. The new maze themes and the traditional Halloween ambiance that’s showcased across the foggy landscape is actually even more captivating this year with top notch park decorations along with high caliber and some truly scary maze designs. What distinguishes Knott’s in the Southern California theme park market is the originality of their mazes that are not confined to structured movie themes like Universal’s.
In particular, the new Dark Ride maze is probably one of the best themed and designed mazes we’ve ever experienced at Scary Farm in our past 25 years of visiting! Paranormal Inc. also continues its reign as the most terrifying maze at KSF with Shadowlands, Pumpkin Eater, and Trick or Treat: Lights Out rounding out the slate of our top mazes this year. We’re very happy that they brought back an overlay to the Timber Mountain Log Ride, even if it’s just “family friendly”. Now we hope they can get the Calico Mine Train back on board. Finally, rounding out the festivities, the anything but family friendly Elvira goes out with a (double) bang for her final season at Knott’s… sad so sad.
Now here’s our full Knott’s Scary Farm maze reviews featuring some incredible full maze videos from our friends at Theme Park HD.
New Mazes and Attractions
Journey through an abandoned carnival ride where cruel characters still linger in the shadows in the NEW maze, Dark Ride. The carnival attraction has become a refuge for sideshow freaks and now those shunned performers have created an ominous world where they plan to unleash terror on those who enter.
This is the Scary Farm maze everyone has been screaming for! Dark Ride looked spectacular and is probably one of the most imaginative and well designed mazes we’ve ever seen at Knott’s. Paying tribute to the old school carnival haunted – fun houses, Dark Ride takes guests on a twisted pathway through and behind the scenes of one of the most elaborate mazes in the history of Scary Farm. There are some fun scares but this maze is more about the story and design. It’s almost ironic how a maze based on a simplistic carnival haunted house ride features the most incredible special effects we’ve seen featured in a KSF maze. The scale of the sets, use of animatronics, music, and craftsmanship is definitely Knott’s warning shot back at HHN and others who have tried to run off with the haunt maze blueprint that they originated. A few more scares might have made this maze beyond perfect but we’re almost glad it wasn’t any scarier as we may have then missed seeing the full glory of this awesome maze by trying to cover our eyes (lol). All in all this maze definitely earns the trophy for haunt theme of the year and for the first time in our Knott’s Scary Farm history, it earns our top 666 skull rating for Haunt Design.
Daring guests will attempt to survive the wrath of the murderous 7-foot tall creature that haunts the old woods surrounding The Hollow in this year’s NEW MAZE, Pumpkin Eater. The notorious creature is on the prowl, hidden within the dark confines of the haunted town he once terrorized. To escape the sinister Pumpkin Eater’s wrath all who enter must go on a quest through the silent town of victims, face a cave of crawling insects and solve the labyrinth of thorns that blocks the only way out.
The nursery rhyme of Peter Peter Pumpkin eater is brought to life (and death) in this very imaginative maze concept. It reminded us of a mix of 1992’s Mother Noose and the more recent Cornstalkers mazes. Just like Dark Ride, Pumpkin Eater demonstrates that Knott’s has really graduated up into a new level of immersive maze theming, storytelling, and design. This maze also had quite a few good scares throughout with a high energy cast that really knows how to work within the maze’s long layout. The makeup and costuming were also well done with monstrous pumpkins and people with carved faces lurking about. There’s also some grotesque scenes but nothing that’s over the top like in the the Red Barn maze. The spiraling journey through the rotted pumpkins that requires guests to push through dripping wet passageways was a highlight of the maze. Due to many of the outdoor sections this maze is much scarier at night but all in all it really is a fun and fright inducing Halloween maze adventure.
Are you afraid of the dark? You will be. Armed with only a faulty flashlight, explore the creepy house at the end of the street, in the upgraded Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out maze. Face the terrors of the house in complete darkness as your interactive flashlight reveals the horrors hiding in the shadows. Featuring new state-of-the-art effects, unexpected scares and other eerie surprises, Trick-or-Treat: Lights Out will terrorize you like never before.
When we first heard about this maze we thought that it was going to just be the same old Trick or Treat maze where all they’ve done now is shut off the lights so that they could promote it as something new. While this is somewhat true, it works really well with the result being more than just a gimmick. ‘Trick or Treat’ actually has never really been a scary maze to us but the “lights out” element adds a new layer of suspense and scariness to the maze this year. Each guest has their own flashlight so the rooms and settings are somewhat illuminated as the groups walk through but now the ghouls and monsters have the full advantage of seeing you before you get to see them. They also added some fantastic looking new characters and set redresses. Trick or Treat has established itself as one of the most popular Scary Farm mazes that doesn’t seem to get old. With the new lights out Trick we expect it continue to be treating guests for more years to come.
This season the Timber Mountain Log Ride becomes the Halloween Hootenanny. This is a family friendly Halloween overlay to our classic Timber Mountain Log Ride. This attraction will be open every day during the Halloween season and features a brand new original song sung by Krazy Kirk and the Hillbillies.
After a hiatus that lasted for a few years, it’s so good to finally have the haunted log ride back at Scary Farm. For us this was always one of the quintessential and unique haunt experiences. This new version isn’t designed to be an overly scary experience but the upgraded props, effects and soundtrack make it one of the funnest things to do at Scary Farm and a nice break from walking around. We also appreciate that in spite of the stricter OSHA regulations they still managed to get a handful of live monsters to lurk about in the dark corners around the flume.
Legendary Master of Horror John Carpenter has diabolically devised a spooktacular evening for a pair of lucky winners! This is the ULTIMATE auction package for HALLOWEEN fans and it is one-of-a-kind, one night only!
This Scare-package consist of two events in one night – Start off at the Haunted Los Angeles Theatre and watch the Celebrity Orange Carpet hosting Comic-Con favorites from HALLOWEEN, Fear the Walking Dead, SAW and more ….. Then get whisked off in a Towncar to the Hollywood Palladium to meet up with the one, the only John Carpenter for a private meet & greet including memorabilia that is picked just for you – Then get into your VIP seats to watch an amazing musical extravaganza that only Carpenter can bring! After the show, hop back into your Towncar to fly back to the Los Angeles Theatre in time to watch John Carpenters 1978 cult classic ……….. HALLOWEEN!
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Creep LA, the masters of haunt experiences in LA, have teamed up with Amazon Prime Video to create a truly unique immersive theater experience this Halloween season.
Past Creep LA experiences have been highly rated here on The Scare Zone and this year continues the tradition of the well produced interactive theatrical haunt experience. Unlike the previous years (“Creep Los Angeles”, “The Willows”) , this year’s CreepLA is closely tied to an intellectual property. Derived from Aaron Mahnke’s popular podcast, Lore is an Amazon Prime Exclusive’s new six-episode anthology series that presents the frightening and often disturbing tales based on real people and events that have led to our modern-day myths and legends. Celebrating the origins of the horror genre, Lore explores the real-life tales behind pop culture’s most legendary horror myths, such as vampires, changelings, werewolves, séances and possessed dolls.
Creep LA: Lore takes small groups of eight inside an imagined universe where they’ll travel through a fully engaging, multi-sensory, 1-hour walk-thru experience. At Creep LA: Lore, everyone is part of the experience whether they intend to be or not. To be clear this is not one of those torture and humiliation haunt concepts. Guests may get touched (or kissed) but it’s all within boundaries.
This year’s show has definitely taken the production to a new level (having the corporate partnership is always a good thing). The size and scope of the venue is huge and each scene is intricately designed. The settings create dynamic and diverse environments. The talent is also top notch. Some of the highlighted performances include the nurse that recites a spooky bedtime story to the group and room of disturbed orphans, a woman looking for her son that has disappeared with a rather creepy looking doll, and a lobotomy doctor with his disembodied assistants.
One of the challenges of performing a haunt show is that the actors do have to rely on the audience actively participating, which can lead to some unpredictable outcomes from show to show. We strongly suggest that you don’t try to hide or act too smug as you will then be the person who is picked on. During the show everyone can expect to be separated from the group at some point.
Being honest, there were a few WTF moments in the show as some of the scenes didn’t seem to flow smoothly or provide a satisfactory finale. Perhaps it’s because we weren’t fully familiar with Lore yet. We remember the previous years having more suspense and scares built into the experiences. Nonetheless, this year’s show is able to compensate with it’s overall higher quality of production and is a high caliber Halloween theatrical haunt experience. Plus, with the themed bar at the end, it’s setup as the perfect Halloween season date, friends, or all to yourself night out.
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Creep LA: Lore is taking place at Mag1ic Box LA in Downtown LA on select dates from October 5th through November 12th. Creep LA has continuously sold out their previous event series almost immediately upon going on sale. So be sure to get yours quickly or you may just end up reading about it here on The Scare Zone.
Tickets for Creep LA: Lore are for ADULTS ONLY. Ticket prices start at $65. For more information and to purchase tickets, please visit:www.CreepLA.com.
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