View Full Version : Could use some advice!
01-11-2011, 08:36 PM
How do I go about stopping someone from doing anymore haunted houses in our area? There is a guy that has a shady reputation infiltrating my area.
Last year, he again didn't pay actors anywhere near what they were told, and may have screwed over the city he had the haunt in. They also advertise their haunt to something it is abviously not.
Because a good deal of actors used were my actors from a previous haunt, I am protective of them, and I don't want the city he is currently looking in, to be screwed again.
I know that "hearsay" and "she said, he said" doesn't hold water, but he's been giving haunts and haunters a bad name for at least 10 yrs that i know of.
I'm just getting tired of people trying to ruin the industry with such blatant idiocy!
Basically, what actions would you take, if any?
And before i get lectured like a child, I've been in the industry since 1996, so, I"m not a screaming child, just agitated because I love haunted houses and hate to see my area being tarnished!
(ok.. stepping down from soapbox..LOL)
01-11-2011, 08:56 PM
I know exactly who your speaking of and he has ripped off haunts all across ohio. Llast month he had 4 suits against him for ripping off haunt companies. One company was the one that originally did it 3 years ago at the stadium.
another one was scarecreek and the other was in canton. They all sued together in court last month and won.
I wont give his full name but it starts out with a Pete K. Link is below
01-11-2011, 08:59 PM
Are the initials P and K?
01-11-2011, 08:59 PM
Katie people on this forum know you well, and if some one thinks your a child on this forum they better have some proof to back it up. You have an honest an good concern for your are and its one I'm glad to help with because I was once envolved with a haunt that didn't pay its actors and was very shady about the details.
I hate to say this but the same people that are always looking to drag haunted houses threw the mud were the same people that ended up helping us in the end. A local news reporter got wind of the story and started collecting the information for us and put the story together and let it snowball from there. In the end it got so bad the guy even left the state. It was all we could really do because our contracts were so cryptic and there was so much "he said" "she said" there was nothing that was really solid that could get the guy charged with any thing.
01-11-2011, 09:03 PM
That I have no answer for.
I would think that he is not "Fooling all of the people, all of the time"-Abe Lincoln
One's reputation would become toxic and top-heavy and take them for a tumble eventually, one would imagine...
Of course there are bad, crooked, incompetant people in every walk of life and in every occupation....
Unfortunately, I have heard such stories many times of haunt construction crews getting paid nothing, actors, managers getting paid nothing and one greedy fist closes around all the funds, and runs.
One October some sort of scary people sat in my house and told me they hadn't gotten paid for building a haunt...they came back and broke out all the hearse windows, it was a really old, classic hearse too! (Where do you find glass for those?)
About 5 yrs. ago two farm workers went to collect their pay, some arguement ensued and they killed the farmer in his own drive way! This was just 10 miles from here.
They were convicted.
The most dangerous thing on this world is another human being, all the more reason to treat everyone well that you have any dealings with.
I wish there was a doable answer for you.
01-11-2011, 09:04 PM
If it's "him" I am a member of the unfortunate club of people that has crossed their path and lived to tell about where it went wrong...bad news...and with as much stuff as that person has done...you'd think he'd be in jail by now...and it stems further than just Ohio...he's been through several other states too. It has to catch up to him eventually. Best thing to do is to notify any city officials in areas he may be trying to open up shop. I know there have been at least 2 instances where his name crossed us in a phone call and we told them to steer as far in the opposite direction as possible and he didnt get those deals...thats about all you really can do if you havent been affected personally.
I am just glad I was smart enough when we worked with him to keep our names out of any of his business matters. I dont want any associations with that kind of unprofessionalism.
01-11-2011, 09:57 PM
Wow... dead on, you guys!
I appreciate the good words and advice, it confirms my "gut" feelings on what to do.
I, too, am amazed at the "luck" this guys has had in getting away with stuff!
I'm just glad that I remembers names, especially those to stay away from, and have yet to be a casualty!
Dark - thanks for the nice words! Could gush on like Sally field, but I'll just move on LOL!
Jax - you got the right guy, I'm sorry you were a victim.
Jim - I love your posts!
01-11-2011, 10:05 PM
Yeah...our bout was before he had his laundry list reputation...like 1998 I think it was. End of one season...then a whole summer of gutting, rebuilding, and designing an attraction for him...we cut our losses before things got too deep, glad we did.
I could say a lot more but im not one to talk about these kinds of things in public forum...ill have to give you the whole story sometime in person...its a doozy.
Everyone in the area asks the same question every time he pops back up though...how? Unless there are aliases involved...im sure all you gotta do is research who you are going in to business with to know where bad news is. He is one reason I research most "deals" before going further on them....and have saved myself from some scams that way.
01-11-2011, 10:13 PM
Yeah, we should chat!
I heard about him forever ago, then he went away, then popped back up last year, almost got involved with their haunt, then heard the name, and I was screeching to halt!
I agree though, why aren't people researching him? Strange.
Going to Transworld? We should so catch up!
01-11-2011, 10:26 PM
Well the reason a lot of actors didn't come together to get the guy at Darks Horrors is because he really scared a lot of us on the future of our careers. He told us about future plans he had for his haunt and told us what to look forward to. If we drug his name in the mudd then our names would go down with him . Actors that turned on the owner and couldn't roll with the punches he threatened us with. An a lot of us were good haunt workers and we didn't want to be shauned from the haunt profession.
01-11-2011, 10:32 PM
Yeah plan is for me to be there (I wont say 100% yes until the flight and hotel are booked...lol, but that is the plan). I'll be around.
Yeah from what I remember he did Canal Fulton, Columbia Station, Ridgeville, Medina, Brunswick, Berea, Lorain, then hit PA, Michigan, and even a Year in Texas...but from what I heard the Texas one literally almost got him shot....you dont mess with Texas...lol! Then last I heard was he was back last year...I knew the wording when I saw the ad that he had to be involved...
He's done everything from not paying people to someone even got run over by a hayride at one of his attractions, and was nearly critically injured (there is a clipping of that article on the wall at Bloodview)...he's had several bad news stories done on him...it really is amazing that it continues.
01-12-2011, 06:29 AM
The people that sued him went to the mayor of eastlake and tried warning him about Pete with piles of court documentation. The mayor kicked them out. The mayor is a mean SOB.
Mayor did not want anyone interferring with his haunt. He is now learning the hardway.
Im pretty sure he will NOT do it again there. If he does this group is going to put emergency restraining orders against the money they make at any haunted house.
If you want to reinsure your possition, get as many people as you can write the mayor or city council. enough of that will sure turn the tables if it hasnt done it so far....
01-12-2011, 06:41 AM
Ok lets call the duck a duck. I could care less if he tries and sues me for posting his name it is:
PETE R KOLOMICHUK III
but his father is not any better and is part of the clan. They live in brunswick.
in 2008 Kane Hodder visited a few haunts in ohio and YES he ripped off Kane to. Had no money for him and was not even there. He left his crew to deal with the embarassment.
I know a ton about this guy. With all thats been mentioned so far its just a drop in the bucket this guy has done.
01-12-2011, 07:47 AM
Sounds like a scumbag. Does he post on here by another name? Never heard of him before in any circles....
01-12-2011, 09:21 AM
If you scroll down you will see the local reviews f the haunted house he last did.
Link below - scream xtreme
01-12-2011, 09:40 AM
I read many of the reviews, pretty harsh. I was really surprised that several people, if not most, were stressing over the ticket prices. One said it was $26 for two tickets, that's practically free on the east coast! People need to understand that doing a haunt is expensive, and seasonal, we can't do this for free actors need to get paid, advertising, materials and props and all the other hundreds of things cost money and a profit is always ideal when running a business...lol
Also, it looks like another haunt review group that's never happy up in Ohio! Haunt review groups are all the same no matter where you go I guess....
So the Scream Xtreme opens then closes and moves to a new spot every year? That is always a bad sign...
And lastly, I thought 7 Floors of Hell was supposed to be one of the best in the nation? Someone was trashing it.
01-12-2011, 03:43 PM
Hey Dark - the reviews in this area are such crap. Most of them, in my experience, seem to use "the lingo" which leads me to believe that they are just other haunters.
The Eastlake haunt has happened twice, once by this guys and his "partner", and wasn't a success. Then 2 yrs later he did it again. Not a success.
Myself and 3 friends paid to go see it, and it was horrible.
Eastlake wants to do a haunt there so badly for the revenue, but there really isn't enough time to do it right if the Captains go into the playoffs. They literally had 4 days to set up everything.
Anyone worth their salt in the haunt industry would say no.
Berea should be a whole nother post. It has all this hype, and I for the life of me, can't figure out why. I have been there and it's not anything like it claims. My neice, a 15 yr old girl, told me it sucked. That is usually prime pickings, right?
01-12-2011, 03:50 PM
Katie, your a little mistaken there.
First year haunt at the stadium was extremecreators.
2nd year was Pete .
01-12-2011, 03:55 PM
You and I agree 100%. Most review groups are that way, they are in bed with their "friends" and they take care of whomever takes care of them. Most are from other haunters or their staff, or friends of the haunt. Reviewers, by their nature, are close to the industry or wannabes so they meet and interact with haunters and they make friends and enemies with haunters and that reflects in the reviews. It's like that in Texas I understand it as well....
01-12-2011, 04:09 PM
i am curious about what you mean about the haunters in Texas. i rarely ever see any posts by them here, so I dont understand what you mean. will you explain? thanks.
01-12-2011, 05:26 PM
News Herald will be doing a story on it. This guy will no longer operate in our area.
More fish to fry....coming soon................
01-12-2011, 06:01 PM
A while back, maybe during the season a haunter from Texas was talking about some corrupt reviewers in his area. Can't remember the city but it was a thread a while back. I'm sure it's the same everywhere though.
01-12-2011, 08:11 PM
I'm not mistaken, they were in it together.
01-12-2011, 08:15 PM
Go get him John!
01-12-2011, 08:16 PM
I was never with pete. I rented him 91,000.00 in animatronics, and he turned around and sold them to another haunt. Crazy Crap...Huh!
thats where the trouble started. Never paid.
01-12-2011, 08:25 PM
I thought you wre trying to attach me with him, so I freaked. Sorry.
Hope you and gadget do well this year at your new haunt. Im staying out of this area....its all yours! Im working on Berea! LOL.
If you need anything props and such I will loan them to you guys for free.
01-12-2011, 09:50 PM
No worries, I wouldn't do that to ya! LOL
Good luck in Berea as well!!!
01-12-2011, 10:10 PM
It wont be this year, unless the right building falls in my lap. I want a permanent place and be next to my buddy Rodney.
Thats why I offered the props.....
No worries, I got this guy!
01-13-2011, 11:42 AM
Hope you and gadget do well this year at your new haunt.
As long as plans fall into place, it will blow away what we use to do at Nightmare in Painesville.
01-13-2011, 02:41 PM
As long as plans fall into place, it will blow away what we use to do at Nightmare in Painesville.
*crossing fingers* I hope everything works out; with the amount of talent in NE Ohio it could be a phenomenal haunt.
01-13-2011, 03:46 PM
I agree Katie! I'm looking forward to seeing this attraction manifest!!!
01-13-2011, 06:36 PM
Good luck to all of you that are going to have a new haunt this up coming year. I hope that you do not get mixed up with pete like I did . I was working for him setting up haunts in areas and he did me wroung and I was one of the one the also took him to court and won too. If anyone need info on pete please feel free to let me know and and will fill you in and let you know what I can.
more to come with docs of court papers.
01-19-2011, 08:39 AM
PETE R KOLOMICHUK & Scream Xtreme at the stadium
will no longer operate in our area!
As soon as the city got wind of the News Herald doing a story on this crook and the posting on this site. They basically bulldozed the entire haunted attraction into the parking lot and filled 6 huge containers.
There were 300 walls, costumes, a votex tunnel, preditor prop,lights, speakers,smoke detectors, battery back up lighting....... the works!
ALL IN THE DUMP
WHERE WILL HE SHOW UP NEXT - There will be another victim untill he gets locked up.
01-19-2011, 08:43 AM
PETE R KOLOMICHUK - Heres his mug shot. He usually does not have a beard but a long goatee.
Stay far away and report him if you get in contact.
01-19-2011, 08:56 AM
Damn what a waste of materials . They should have got some one in there to see what could be sold. Hell with the money they make they could have at least covered some of the court costs or some of the actors.
01-19-2011, 08:07 PM
Yeah hopefully this dude gets what he deserves.
It's a huge bummer that some people have a hard time getting off the ground in haunting with 100% good intentions, then there is someone like this out there that year after year does bad business, and somehow starts back up anew year after year.
Just wish I had gotten the arrangements our group had with him in writing...but I was much younger and naive at the time thinking that there wouldn't be people out there that are like him.
Live and learn. Everything happens for a reason. If not for bad decisions or experiences in the past...likely would not have had some of the great things that followed it in the path of life.
Mike "Pogo" Hach
01-19-2011, 08:38 PM
I agree, that someone could have sold that stuff to regain some profit back, but DAMN! They don't fool around!
Finally a smart move by Eastlake!
Good riddance sucker.... LOL
Let's all keep our ears and eyes open for this guy!
01-20-2011, 06:51 AM
Eastlake Aladdin Rents was ripped off over 3000.00 they are suing him .
Also the Medina Haunted Castle has a case against him next week...see link below
01-21-2011, 04:22 PM
Interesting finding all this stuff on here about PK. Join me to your group of his victims.
I went into business (partnership) with Pete in 2008 for a haunt in Dayton, Ohio area called "A Nightmare On Hell Street". I invested $30,000 cash and Pete was to provide two fully equipt/opperational haunts at this location. We orginally had things set up in Xenia,Oh, but he changed it to Springfield, Ohio (Clark County Fairgrounds) last minute behind my back. We have a signed contract that Pete wrote and my attorney revised stating no matter what i was to get my $30,000 back even if proceeds came from Scarecreek. If not any and all property of the haunt would become my sole possession. He even showed me most the material for Hell Street when i visited Scarecreek over the summer. Pete was given all my money and was not delivering my haunts and kept making excuses. When he finally did deliver, less than a week before opening night, he made 1 trip in a Penske Truck and delivered approx. 50 walls and sum junk pressboard props, etc. No where near enough to Build 2 haunts. Me and one of his partners put up all the walls in a couple days which only made 4 rooms. Pete kept saying he was out of money and was asking me for more. He only brought me like $1,000 worth of used stuff and told me he spent all the $30,000 Hell Street props, etc. He was to pay advertising and gave the radio station a credit card that was no good. The first weekend we had Kane Hodder visit and Pete told me he was leaving to go to bank and get me money for Kane and the actors and never returned. He had stiffed Kane the previous night at Scarecreek. I filed a lawsuite which I would have won, but had to file bankruptcy instead before the trial date. We did file against proceeds of Scarecreek but Pete did not comply with the court order. Police report was also filed. I later found out that the stuff for Hell Street was rented to Pete for Scarecreek in which he told me he had bought with my money for Hell Street. Instead he used all the material and props for Hell Street to make Scarecreek bigger and seem better.
I have tried to forget about my mistake getting involved with Pete until I heard that he was doing another Haunt at Classic Park and still screwing people over.
I have become aware that he has been doing this stuff as far back as 2000 (that I found so far) but i keep finding more through various courts.
FEEL FREE TO CONTACT ME FOR FURTHER DETAILS
01-21-2011, 10:49 PM
My first run in with him was in '97...so it goes back that far at least. He was at Clay's Park then.
01-22-2011, 01:16 PM
Ok Clays park was the case I found online that was opened in 2000. I have made steps to get further info on that case, but could use anything.
Anyone please contact me with any information that you have on PK or his crew. I have found several cases involving the whole family. He is nothing but a FRAUD and I'm sick of how he seems to be getting away with it all. Jail is the perfect fit for him LOL
01-22-2011, 11:34 PM
It sure as hell seem like Kharma is a real and Pete is getting a whole face full.
About time to shut this idiot down!
Let's be ever vigilante!!!
01-27-2011, 08:36 AM
Well, he never showed up in court in Medina. The Haunted Castle was suing him for 15000.00.
There was an officer there at Medina court to serve him papers from a Michigan haunt he ripped off for 60,000.00.
He appealed our winning cases and we are going back to Willoughby court on feb. 7th.
He will be served the Michigan papers in Willoughby by Eric who pete ripped off of 40,000.00 on Hell street in Canton.
I hope he shows. All Police stations say its civil...What a Joke.....
We are now speaking with the FBI who appear to be interested...this has to stop..........
06-24-2011, 09:28 PM
I have two different sources that say that Pete is doing another haunted house in Massilon.
I think the Massilion Mayor's Office should be told....
Haunted Prints (EOM)
06-24-2011, 11:03 PM
This is horrible. I feel for you all and hope he gets what's coming to him before he hurts others.
06-24-2011, 11:29 PM
I got some more info on this recently by someone else burned by him. Hit me up for some more detailed info. It helped explain the possibility of what is giving this guy the unfathomable longevity in this business with the reputation that precedes him. I am one of the many that fell in the path of this dark cloud.
Mike "Pogo" Hach
06-25-2011, 07:42 AM
Sorry for the miss spelling ( KOLOMICHUK )
Any info you could provide would be appreciated. The FBI is looking into the case we just presented to them last month.
Thank you so much...
440 749 1018
06-26-2011, 03:11 PM
I PMed you. Hopefully a stop can be put to all this. Good luck with everything. I know plenty of people that would applaud stopping the madness.
Mike "Pogo" Hach
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