Land of Illusion, located in Middletown, Ohio, will open for its 20th season on September 1st with haunts, chills and thrills plus new scares and entertainment.
The park’s 20th season starts off with a bang! A special fireworks show will take place on Saturday 2nd by the word famous Rozzi Family. To celebrate Land of Illusion’s 20th Anniversary, 1-day park admission tickets will be available for just $20 online and valid on September 1st and 2nd. Tickets can be purchased at www.LandOfillusion.com with promo code 20YEARS.
Early bird savings for $20.01 off 2017 Season Passes are also available for unlimited admission plus all scheduled entertainment and concerts when using promo code PASS17 online through September 2nd.
New scenes and characters have been added to the haunted houses this year in addition to The Hatch, a new 60-ft expansion of the Middletown Haunted Trail. This terror trek has won haunt awards year after year for its different scenes and interactive experiences including cackling chainsaw sickos, aliens, vampires, a school of Hell and more. The Hatch features hatching alien-like egg pods with mysterious inhabitants walking the grounds with a taste for frightened flesh.
Land of Illusion also has a spine-chilling line-up of entertainment including the iconic band GWAR; 90 Proof Twang; Mushroom Head; the Worley Brothers; Thunderstruck; Alyssa Oeder; Cal Scruby; plus classic horror movie nights; and a devilish Halloween Party.
October 3, 2016 / Russell / Comments Off on Horrifying Scream City Haunted House Returns To Washington DC For 2016 Halloween Season
Nationally Recognized Haunted House Designer/Builder/Operator – Steelhead Events and Productions – returns with a unique Things To Do in Washington DC offering two terrifying haunted houses in 1 location. Over the summer, Steelhead continued to expand its high-end haunted house brand by opening Ocean City Screams Haunted House in Ocean City, Maryland.
Scream City Haunted House Washington, DC opens this weekend on October 7 with new terrifying scenes, props, animation and the introduction of a small compound of bon fires, smores and hot drinks for attendees. Scream City Haunted House is an indoor Halloween amusement with 2 major high end haunted houses with 28 rooms of terror – Exorcism Estate and Slaughter Factory. The experience starts by overwhelming customers’ senses with haunted detailed scenes, sounds, lighting, smells and experienced actors that know how to exploit every human fear. Both haunted house attractions are included in the one fee found at ScreamCity.com. Both haunted houses are Smoke and Alcohol-free and NO BAGS or BACKPACKS are allowed on the property.
Scream City Haunted House is quickly becoming a tradition for many in the Washington, DC area who have enjoyed Steelhead’s other events for 16 years and are aware of the quality of the experience their events bring. Steelhead Events and Productions are also the creators of Field of Screams Maryland known as one of the best Halloween Haunted Attractions in the country and is the largest, most popular, and most highly rated Scream Park in Maryland, Virginia, DC and Delaware. In addition to being the Winner of A&E’s National Haunted House Design/Build Competition in 2014 – it’s design and management company, Steelhead Events and Productions – has been recognized as a leader in high-level immersive haunt productions. Steelhead has an extensive offering of services in the haunt industry working with professional sports organizations and companies such as the Baltimore Ravens, Hard Rock Cafe, and A&E Network.
Attendees should prepare for the fright of their lives by wearing sturdy shoes that are good to run in. In addition to scaring the life out of the attendees year after year, the hauntrepreneurs at Steelhead Events and Productions are longtime supporters of the areas they operate in giving back to local charity. A leader in the haunted house ‘Business of Screams’, these attractions create hundreds of area jobs each year providing valuable financial support to the local economies it operates in. Tickets for Scream City Haunted House are ON SALE NOW at http://www.ScreamCity.com
The event we’ve all been waiting for this year is just about here! The original Halloween Haunt, Knott’s Scary Farm, returns for the 44th year starting on Thursday, September 22nd with more than 1,000 monsters roaming the park and lurking in the fog.
We consider Knott’s Scary Farm to the best theme park Halloween celebration with a park completely blanketed in fog and crawling with monsters. There’s multiple scare zones, mazes, new virtual reality experiences, shows, rides, and Elvira, “the most popular ride in the park”.
As the terrors of Scary Farm inches closer we think that now is the perfect time for us to take a first peek in the fog to see what they have in store for 2016. As they say “Whatever you’re imagining, It’s here…”
Haunted Attractions (New for 2016)
Four all-new nightmarish haunted attractions will debut this year; each featuring unearthly surprises, ghoulish monsters and frightening legends that come to life as you step inside:
Black Ops: Infected: Armed with cutting edge laser guns, brave guests will face off against hordes of zombies in the groundbreaking all-new Black Ops: Infected interactive maze. Small units of guests will battle the zombie apocalypse through blood soaked city streets and an underground sewer system crawling with nearly one hundred ravenous zombies. The high tech innovative experience thrusts guests into the middle of a live-action video game complete with live actors, real time scoring system, kill streak rewards system and interactive targets, including a juggernaut boss zombie. The new attraction is one of the largest mazes ever created in Knott’s Scary Farm history so form your squad and put your zombie apocalypse survival skills to the test in this action packed, one-of-a-kind experience
Shadow Lands: A fulfilling life ensures a soul safe passage into eternity, but what happens to the souls of soldiers slain in battle? Enter the hair-raising Shadow Lands maze and fight off demon samurais whose souls are cursed to rot within the depths of purgatory. Guests will embark on a quest through a sacred shrine, an ancient Japanese temple and into the midst of the shadow lands.
Red Barn: Take a trip to a blood-soaked barn filled with carnivorous animals seeking to prey on human flesh in the Red Barn gore maze. Legend has it the farmer who owns the barn was transformed into a heinous creature that sends his sadistic sons to ensure his legacy. None dare enter the barn, for those who enter never escape.
The Hollow: From within the fog, the legendary Headless Horseman and his army of the undead are ready to unleash a reign of terror in the new scare zone, The Hollow. Guests entering the frightful 6-acre area will be terrorized by the souls of fallen soldiers and local farmers that have escaped their shallow graves.
FearVR: 5150: New for 2016, enter the mysterious Meadowbrook Institute and witness the abnormal case of a terrifyingly unusual patient named Katie in the groundbreaking virtual reality horror experience Fear VR: 5150. Using Samsung GearVR powered by Oculus and strapped to a hospital wheelchair, come face- to-face with the deadly chaos unraveling around you. Disturbingly vivid sights and sounds invade all of your senses. Encounter the darkness that has taken over the medical staff during your fully immersive hospital stay. Patients beware; it is easier to check in than out.
Standalone Skeleton Key Rooms (New for 2016):
For the first time, Knott’s Scary Farm will feature standalone Skeleton Key Rooms that are independent from mazes. The four Skeleton Key Rooms will each feature a unique story and theme delivering unparalleled scares, interactive secrets and terrifying surprises:
Slasher: Guests are invited to step into an 80s’ slasher horror film. The masked Angel Maker Killer is on the loose. Every lead has run cold and that’s when you step into the picture. Will you become his next victim?
Prey:Navigate a hay maze full of dead ends with only a faulty lantern as your guide. You are not alone. Mutant beasts are lurking around every corner.
Visions: Guests must investigate the Green Witch Museum in Ghost Town where it is not the building that is haunted, but the various items contained within. Using a Phantom Finder augmented reality device, guests will be able to identify and witness paranormal activity connected to items from the Sarah Marshall Witch Trial.
ZOZO: People from all over the world claim to have been visited by the demon ZOZO after a spirit board session. Is the demonic entity known as ZOZO real or are spirit boards just a myth?
September 3, 2016 / Russell / Comments Off on Fright Fest® Returns at Six Flags Fiesta Texas with 3 New Haunted Attractions
Great news Haunt Stalkers! Six Flags Fiesta Texas’ Fright Fest Haunted Houses are all now FREE and included with park admission or a Season Pass. Not only are the haunts now FREE, the expansion will make this the most terrifying Fright Fest® ever, beginning September 24! This year’s larger and more elaborate Fright Fest brings 16 nights of thrills and scares with two brand new haunted houses, and one new absolutely terrifying scare zone. Thrill seekers will not want to miss out on chill-inducing haunted houses, scare zones, elaborate Halloween shows, roller coasters in the dark, and spine-tingling excitement. Haunted houses are now included free with your daily park admission!
New in 2016
NEW Buried Alive – FREE Haunted House – exposes eerie tunnels and passageways long forgotten beneath Crackaxle Canyon. As you descend into the bowels of the abandoned mine via a rusty, corroded elevator shaft, your mistake becomes all-too apparent. A complete colony of the un-dead beckons you through the labyrinth of catacombs to discover skeleton ghosts of miners that ventured before you. Take a ride on the carrousel of the impaled, or step cautiously through the hall of maggots before witnessing the evening finale, a bizarre satanic ritual at the skeleton alter.
NEW Torture Chamber– FREE Haunted House – in Spassburg, is a dark and decaying medieval reminder of how far twisted henchmen will go to extract your most terrifying fears and phobias. Around each horrifying, scream-filled corridor in a castle dungeon, you’ll encounter pure evil as deranged sub-humans seemingly enjoy inflicting pain as they mutilate their terrified prey….and with one misstep, they’d relish in including you!
NEW Wicked Hollow – Scare Zone – features new state-of-the-art projection video mapping that brings alive the German-inspired themed area’s iconic buildings. The new scare zone allows the unsuspecting to enter a Pandora’s Box of secret rituals and strange clairvoyant traditions known only to those in the mysterious gypsy world. Maniacal wolves and witches fill the paths to destruction in Spassburg, where deranged puppets hypnotize you to your ill-fated demise by a giant fire-breathing dragon! Throughout Wicked Hollow you will find yourself immersed in a dark twisted fairytale world. By using specialized state-of-the-art equipment projected onto the themed building exterior, the existing castles will be brought to life. Fire will roar and you are no longer safe. Dragons, deranged puppets and walking skeletons will cover the walls transforming the buildings into purgatory.
Chilling Haunted Houses
RockKill High School – Back from the dead with an even more horrific ending is RockKill High School! Would anyone dare stop by and visit the most horrific haunted house in RockKill? The walking dead roam the halls of RockKill High School in hopes to tear away at fresh brains and flesh. This gory haunted house features the bloodiest undead creatures waiting for guests at every corner. The walking dead will be waiting for new bodies to walk through the bloodiest haunted house ever known, located in Rockville High nightly. Slaughterhouse 6is a barn-full of screams and terror in Crackaxle Canyon. No one makes it out alive! Enter this primitive mansion of massacre and become a vegetarian forever! See your food chain too up-close-and-personal as creatures are led to slaughter where mistakes occur with alarming frequency.
Fear House 3D is a dark twisted circus of horrors with insane clowns who roam the halls waiting for new souls to prey on. This demented haunted house is a funhouse nightmare come to life filled with illusions that will make even the sanest guests lose their minds! Visitors can take gruesome experiences to the next level with the Fear House 3D, a frightening 3-D crazed-clown filled maze guaranteed to ramp up the fear factor. This circus of horrors is located in the heart of Circus Berzerkus, enter if you dare!
Fear Fair is a 50,000+ square foot walk through your deepest fears. Their incredibly detailed sets, state of the art animatronics and aggressive actors in movie quality costumes and makeup deliver a heart pounding thrill ride through your darkest nightmares. No other Indiana haunted house has received the national recognition that Fear Fair has enjoyed.
New for the 2016 Haunted House Season, Fear Fair is unveiling a completely new attraction… The Ascension. The Ascension is a macabre mashup of Fallout, Mad Max and Frankenstein’s Army. It’s a little bit sci-fi, a little bit retro and a whole lot terrifying!
In The Ascension, several generations gone by, your ancestors fled to underground caverns to escape the war raging on the surface. Now, with resources dwindling, you are required to return to the surface. One problem, the primary elevator shafts have been destroyed in a battle many years ago. You will have to board a terrifying emergency evacuation elevator which may return you to the surface. Once top side, you will discover that things have changed drastically since your ancestors dwelled here.
Fear Fair is also the only Indiana haunted attraction with an elaborate New Orleans voodoo experience. You will experience the seedy end of Bourbon Street, a menacing gator infested swamp and an absolutely massive above ground cemetery.
If you’re a fan of zombies, we’ve got you covered there too! Zombie City is a full scale city block swarming with the undead. If you escape that alive, you will face Pyramid Head and the rest of the inhabitants of Silent Hill. The nurses alluring and lethal at the same time. They are Indiana’s destination for a scary good time this Halloween season.
This October, the screams are at Fear Fair!
Open Friday and Saturday 8pm to 1am, Sundays 8pm to 10pm
The fear experts from “One of America’s Scariest Halloween Attractions” (Travel Channel) know what scares you, and they have packed their 100-year-old haunted building with a hellish army of clowns, demons, and pure nightmare fuel. A team of veteran designers, artists, and performers has spent the last year committed to one ultimate goal.
Their goal is to drop you to your knees and make you scream. “We asked fright fans what scared them the most,” states ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons, “and they foolishly told us. Creepy Dolls? Check. Demonic Possession? You bet. Clowns? Oh yeah. There are soooooo many clowns in ScareHouse this year.”
ScareHouse exists within a 100-year-old haunted building where designers, artists, and veteran fear experts combine genuine history with modern technological magic to create a haunted house experience unlike any other attraction anywhere. “Pittsburgh’s Ultimate Haunted House” is only open on select dates from September 16th through October 30th.
Admission into ScareHouse includes three terrifying haunts for one price:
The Summoning is an elaborate haunted attraction with a masterful blend of art and the macabre set in October 1932.
Nocturnia is a terrifying tale of wild creatures, twisted illusions, and a final circus of shadows.
Infernal is a climax of exquisite torment filled with demons, dolls, and the damned.
Simmons says, “If you and your kids are looking for some family-friendly Halloween fun for the entire family, you need to go someplace else. ScareHouse is for the grown-ups.”
ScareHouse’s notorious and world famous immersive attraction, The Basement, also returns this year with more extreme and outrageous encounters than ever. Guests will be touched, blindfolded and restrained. This attraction contains high voltage effects involving electricity, very low lighting, tight spaces, strong scents, profanity, moments of complete darkness, water, physical contact, violent situations, and high impact scares. Additional ticket purchase is required and all guests must be 18 or older and must sign waiver before entering The Basement.
Tickets and more information about “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” is available online at www.scarehouse.com
ScareHouse – General admission tickets start at just $14.99 and include admission into The Summoning, Nocturnia, and Infernal. RIP admission for $39.99 allows guests to skip to the front of the line, and also includes admission into all 3 haunts. The Basement: $32.99 for one guest to enter alone, $46.99 for two guests to enter together.
ScareHouse is located in Etna, just minutes from downtown Pittsburgh. Parking and free shuttle service is available at the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium.
September 16-17, 23-24, 30 and October 1-2, 6-9, 13-16, 20-23, and 27-30. 7 p.m. to midnight Fridays and Saturdays 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on other nights of operation.
ScareHouse is ranked as one of America’s best Haunted Houses by Travel Channel, writer/director Guillermo del Toro, and Lord of the Rings star Elijah Wood. Save time and money when you purchase tickets online from www.scarehouse.com
Warning: This attraction may be too intense for children under 13 years old. Guests must be 18 or older to enter The Basement.”
Hundred Acres Manor will bring a new level of fear to Pittsburgh this Halloween season that will leave the patrons in control of their own scares.
Tapping into your deepest fear is only part of the cause for Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House. Hundred Acres Manor has been named “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” and “Pittsburgh’s Best Haunted House” but what they do for their community is much more. Heading into their twelfth season, this annual event has raised over 1.2 million dollars for two local charities, Homeless Children’s Education Fund and Animal Friends.
Hundred Acres Manor features six mind bending attractions and new for 2015 – The Enigma Project: two multi-room escape rooms that leave the patrons in control of their own fate. The Enigma Project is Pittsburgh’s first real-life horror escape room where you and seven friends will race against the clock to escape… in forty-five minutes or less. Hundred Acres Manor has added a horror twist where the patrons are in control of every element. The only items patrons will have are the tools found within the rooms. The themes include; Meltdown, a radioactive nuclear facility where your goal is to shut off the reactor before radiation is leaked and Alchemy, a journey through old world science and the days of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Within the manor walls, an all new “Vodou” attraction allows patrons to take a journey through the bayou of the south and come face-to-face with the voodoo priestess and even a room that simulates being on water.
Set designer, Christopher Gilgour states “We spent days researching and purchasing historically accurate items. We wanted to represent the voodoo religion and beliefs while of course adding the horror twist.” He then adds “Not only will you see items filling the rooms that are from Louisiana but also real animal bones. It is the details that really add to the scare.”
Hundred Acres Manor Haunted House is now open select days through November 1st. Tickets, dates and more information is available at www.HundredAcresManor.com . Tickets start at just $20.
Hundred Acres Manor located in Pittsburgh, PA is one of the nation’s most elaborate and scariest haunted houses. Hundred Acres Manor has been ranked as “One of America’s Scariest Haunted Houses” by Travel Channel and named “Pittsburgh’s Best haunted House” by Haunt World Magazine.
Reign of Terror (ROT), in Thousand Oaks, California, is one of our favorite and top rated haunted attractions in Southern California. It also consistently rates as one of the scariest among haunt goers. While ROT already had one of the longest and most densely detailed settings, this year they’re adding even more terrors with an all new 6th themed attraction, Funhouse. This brings ROT up to 82 “bone chilling rooms” covering over 15,000 square feet!
In the Funhouse, visitors will have to make their way through a carnival catastrophe where the clowns are not, well… clowning around. The clown theme is heavily used throughout the haunt industry and depending on the execution it can be either truly scary or desperately lame. We’re very interested to see the ROT version as they’ve always been successful in transforming traditional haunted house themes into unique and frighting experiences. We’re very confident that the screams will be drowning out the laughs.
In addition to Funhouse, the other returning themes includes: The Haunted House, The Asylum, Blood Manor, Miner’s Revenge, and Quarantine.
We highly suggest that you add ROT to your Haunt Stalking itinerary if you’re going to be in Southern California this Halloween Season. It’s the perfect haunted weekend compliment to Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. The other great thing is ROT’s staff is comprised by volunteers led by founding creator Bruce Stanton with a majority of the proceeds being reinvested back in to the local community and charitable causes. Year to date they’ve been able to donate over $90,000. This is a pro haunt with a big, albeit bloody, heart.
The terror begins it’s reign onOctober 3rd, will be open every weekend, including Sunday, October 25th.
They run extended hours on Saturdays only = 7:00pm – 11:00pm
All other days of operations = 7:00pm – 10:00pm
We will remain open beyond our posted hours on very busy nights.
Our box office opens at 6:30pm on evenings that we operate and it will not close earlier than the haunted house.
Field of Screams Maryland, the DC/Baltimore metro area’s definitive Haunt experience will return for it’s 15th season late September in Montgomery County, MD. The attraction’s immense popularity – due to it’s Hollywood-level production value and 40 high-quality scare stations – has led the brand’s creator, Steelhead Productions, to expand into Washington, DC at the request of thousands of fans. Scream City Washington, DC, a 40-minute indoor walk through two intense haunted house experiences opens in early October and will be located at RFK Stadium (WARNING: Attraction is intense and not recommended for those under the age of 13).
Field of Screams Maryland has long been lauded in the industry as one of the best Halloween Haunted Attractions in the country and is the largest, most popular and most highly rated Scream Park in Maryland, Virginia, DC and Delaware. In addition to being the Winner of A&E’s National Haunted House Design/Build Competition in 2014 – it’s parent company, Steelhead Productions – has been recognized world-wide as a leader in high-level immersive haunt productions – working last year with the Baltimore Ravens and Hard Rock Cafe to transform their fun and bright Baltimore restaurant into something horrifying and dark in the matter of days. Steelhead Productions works with various corporate partners and private individuals on creating mind-bending experiences for conferences and parties. The Field of Screams Maryland attraction alone welcomed tens of thousands of visitors in 2014.
Field of Screams Maryland and Scream City Washington DC are highly detailed and artfully constructed haunts, using carefully crafted back-stories to build the foundation of these experiences. Steelhead Productions is expert at exploiting the scientific spectrum of human fears, ensuring no one escapes their attractions without being scared beyond their expectations. Both haunts offer multiple inter-attraction activities. Field of Screams Maryland is an indoor/outdoor experience comprised of 4 unique fright areas – Haunted Trail, brand new 3D Nightmare Haunted House, Hades’ Hayride and Paintball Apocalypse where guests shoot zombies with paintballs. Scream City Washington, DC is completely enclosed indoors with 2 major haunted houses – the Exorcism Estate and Slaughter Factory. Concessions are available onsite. Both attractions are Smoke and Alcohol-free and no bags are allowed on the property – everyone is subject to search and the company has an impeccable safety record since inception of operations in 2000. Attendees should prepare for the fright of their lives by wearing sturdy shoes that are good to run in!
In addition to scaring the life out of the attendees year after year, the hauntrepreneurs at Steelhead Productions are longtime supporters of the areas they operate in giving back a sizable portion of its proceeds to local charity. A leader in the haunted house ‘Business of Screams’, these attractions create hundreds of area jobs each year providing valuable financial support to the local economies it operates in. Tickets for Field of Screams Maryland are ON SALE NOW at www.Screams.org and Scream City tickets go on sale shortly at www.ScreamCity.com – price varies by attraction.
Field of Screams Maryland – 4501 Olney-Laytonsville Rd Olney, MD 20832 – 30 mins from DC/Balt/NoVa
Open every Friday and Saturday Sept 18-Nov 1 and most Thursdays and Sundays www.screams.org for full schedule
Scream City Washington DC – RFK – 2400 E Capitol St Washington DC 20003 1 block from Stadium/Armory Metro (RED line)
Open every Friday and Saturday Oct 2 – Nov 1 and most Thursdays and Sundays www.screamcity.com for full schedule
Busch Gardens Williamsburg has finally ‘Unearthed’ it’s full late of terror for 2015’s Howl-O-Scream event. With 7 mazes and a new partnership with a top Hollywood horror producer, HOS is continuing it’s tradition of unique themes and horror narratives making it one of the top theme park haunts in the U.S.
Don’t miss the all-new house from the producer of The Blair Witch Project, Unearthed™- Scarlett’s Revenge. During maintenance at the park, an excavation crew uncovered a centuries-old house buried deep beneath the ground. Upon opening its door, a sinister force was unearthed—Scarlett—a furious demon who wields a deadly deck of magical cards she uses to summon her evil minions. Journey below to experience the splintered labyrinth of horrors and the revengeful wrath of this demon scorned.
CORNERED™ (NEW IN 2015)
It’s 1977 and a picturesque farming community is in an uproar over the ongoing disappearances of its residents. Each time someone goes missing, an intricate corn husk doll is left behind leading many to suspect local corn-farmer Jasper McCobb. The McCobb farm has fallen into disrepair since the death of Jasper’s mother. Could the missing townspeople be somewhere in the maze of maize? Join the search party and find out.
LUMBERHACK™ (NEW IN 2015)
Hikers beware: the woods hold a terrifying secret. More than 50 years ago a logging camp was abandoned after a horrific accident where saws ripped into human flesh instead of tree bark. Tragically, the loggers perished … only to inexplicably awaken from death sometime later filled with inhuman rage. The undead loggers rampaged until every living thing in the camp had felt the bite of their axes. Now the forgotten lumberjacks lie waiting for unsuspecting campers to stumble into their den of the damned.
Suspicion, darkness and mind-numbing fear surround the “Bitten” house which is set in Eastern Europe in the late 1800s. Full of legends and lore of vampires and the undead that preyed on the innocent, this manor sits by the road upon which all travelers must pass but few return.
Through a ruined cemetery filled with statues lies a tunnel that leads to an underground city. Its history is more terrifying than that of France’s worst revolutions. Deep within these tunnels lie mile after mile of bones—the final resting place for those who are buried here. But all is not as quiet as it appears. As guests venture forth into the dank, dripping corridors of rat-infested remains, the voices of the dead begin to speak, and some have taken shape.
CUT THROAT COVE
Heed the warning: Abandon hope all ye who enter. Cut Throat Cove™ is the haven for bloodthirsty, dangerous rogues – where the scurvy dogs, buccaneers and scoundrels go for shelter. Proceed with caution. Alas, something has gone terribly wrong. Within this macabre market, the pirates have been slaughtered and mutiny is afoot. The way out lies with the buried treasure and the blood-curdling screams you hear just might be your own.
Deep underground, construction of the newest line of the Pompeii Metro was moving smoothly until an ancient pipe was accidentally struck. At first, it seemed like steam. Then the mist became thicker, more sinister. Now the strange gas is leaking quickly, and everyone trapped inside is infected. The difficult decision was made to cut off all communication to the outside world. The Dead Line is off the grid.