View Full Version : Other uses for a claustrophobia room?

03-25-2011, 09:24 AM
So we have used the claustrophobia halls for a few years now.....and it seems all we hear is people complaining about germs and stuff, which I can understand - we do clean them but it's impossible to do for each group. So my question is, what other uses are there for them?? Has anyone come up with any other way to use this effect?

I have seen the overhead use, and the smaller waist high one.

Gore Galore
03-25-2011, 09:39 AM
Is there anyway to use it more as a theming and decor unit.
Say a birthing canal, A beating heart, a Blob creature.
Airbrush it, and apply some 3d scenic elements to it so the customer doesn't have to actually touch it.
I don't know but I am sure there are many ways to use it other than a claustrophobia effect.

Jim Warfield
03-25-2011, 10:23 AM
The large prophilactic use to really make sure! Extra mamouth sized. Have a Frenchman standing, waiting at the end.

The Nightmare Factory
03-25-2011, 12:07 PM
At one of the roundtable seesions some told of how they kept the walls turned off until a group was in the hall, then... BLAM! got ya. I could see doing this with a a white hallway that haas strobes in it.
My other thoght is to have creatures above the hallway reaching in for you. Oooo... how about using some frightprop moving floor tiles inder the walls to make you feel uneasy?

03-25-2011, 01:39 PM
I told about that at the Brainstorming session. There are 2 Clastro Jrs pushing a wall of flesh at people. We do another effect where they push solid walls at people called the Trash compactor.


It scares people...

03-25-2011, 01:44 PM
Those pics are disturbing...in a brilliant way!

Front Yard Fright
03-25-2011, 06:48 PM
A haunt in my area used a claustrophobia hallway as a transition into their clown room. They had a large clown head over the entrance (Made by Little Spider/Haunted Enterprises) and airbrushed the fabric of the claustrophobia hallway to resemble the throat of the clown. I thought it was a great twist!

Jim Warfield
03-25-2011, 07:50 PM
It wasn't supposed to be decorated as the throat of the sword-swallower!
"Ouch! OWWW!" Dammit!'
Have to have a non-clotting floor drain under it.

03-25-2011, 09:26 PM
We have a claustrophobia that starts out the movie section of our haunt. We have a huge white movie screen and a white claustrophobia in the middle. They walk into the movie screen. The claustrophobia is about 20' long and we sewed the fabric so it switches from white w/ strobes to black halfway through.

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Front Yard Fright
03-25-2011, 10:26 PM

I LOVE how those turned out! What did you use for the skin of it? Did you just apply liquid latex directly to the fabric? Did you have any problems with the walls inflating due to the added weight?

It looks awesome!!

freak 'n' stein
03-26-2011, 04:23 PM
I told about that at the Brainstorming session. There are 2 Clastro Jrs pushing a wall of flesh at people. We do another effect where they push solid walls at people called the Trash compactor.


It scares people...

This was TRULY the MOST disturbing thing at Netherworld when I went 2 seasons ago!! Your innovation never ceases to amaze me Ben!

03-26-2011, 06:16 PM
What is best way to set up so it is a fast inflating wall. traded for one this year but never used one. Do you turn the fan on and off...or does fan stay on constant but have a large flapper door in wall that is shut to inflate; and opened to let air escape and deflate the fabric.

03-28-2011, 05:33 PM
I was looking more for ways of using it in a way that people didnt have to squeeze through it - I like the variations on the squeeze wall but thats not quite what im looking to do.

I want ways to use them not as "Squeeze walls" our whole problem is people complaining about how sick people go through and their faces and stuff rub against the fabric, then the next people come through and rub their faces on the same spots, etc. etc.

So we are just trying to find other ways to use the thing besides the squeeze effect.

Allen H
03-29-2011, 06:42 AM
Then your other option is to sell it, or cut it up and use it for curtains, Its meant to be used as as squeeze walls, thats what it was made for. If you alter it so its only waist high then that eliminates alot of your customers issues.
Allen H

03-29-2011, 10:41 AM
Ooo just had an image pop into my head. A waist high laser scanner covering the claustrophobia and other undesirables could be used for a toxic scene, where zombies or mutated creatures grip at your shins and try to keep you from moving forward. Then of course it could be to simulate thick muck as you wade through it toward some supernaturally glowing Ruins. while living vines dart and zoom overhead, collecting the weak or unsuspecting. I think I'll try drawing that.

03-29-2011, 12:20 PM
We actually though about sewing a new strip of material down the middle horizontally and installing grommets so that we could use it as both a waist high "swamp" effect, and a full size squeeze room if we ever decide to go that route again.

Patti Ludwinski
03-29-2011, 04:48 PM
I'm definitely not a creative haunt inventor as you fine folks. I'm more of a haunt enthusiast than an actual haunter. I began attending haunts as a teenager & developed a love of them long before ever entering the haunt industry. As a haunt enthusiast, I can honestly say I would NEVER revisit a haunt that had one of these rooms for that same germ reason. The similar, waist-high effect that Ben has created inside Netherworld (swamp) is a-okay, but those full blown claustophobia rooms are NASTY, so I find this discussion quite interesting.


03-29-2011, 09:01 PM
I would have to say that the positive comments WAY out number the few people who whine about germs. I have had mine for 4 years, and people still love it (even if we are kinda over it). We sell lots of re-entry tickets just from people who want to go through it again.


George Maser
03-29-2011, 10:03 PM
I've never had a complaint about customers blowing their noses on the walls. But if you come up with a new idea, let me know and I'll make it for you. George Maser 864-761-7223

damon carson
03-30-2011, 02:27 PM
Im just being sarchastic but you know those haunts were you see gum stuck to the outside of the walls? Talk about a germ carrier! Turn your claustraphobia wall into a gum wall. And at the end of the night you deflate it and all the gum is gone. lol! I dont really think many if any germs would last long in one of these. People go through pushing with there hands not there face. There are germs all around us. The key is washing your hands and contact with eyes and nose. I dont really think going through a claustraphobia wall is gonna make anyone sick. Heres another idea. Buy another one. Make a giant face where you enter the nose. And then see if the germaphobes dont get freaked out! LOL!

03-07-2012, 03:51 AM
I'm thinking of getting one of George's squeeze walls for this year. I figure it would work well for our Funhouse theme... :D

I was curious. So some people are afraid of germs with this effect ? My first thought is someone might pull a pocket knife and try to slash em'...so hurt them instead of themselves really.