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    After growing bored of the Victorian theme. (Not scary enough.) I have decided to change my theme permanently to a complete dark maze with a twist. Don't think this involves no creativity because it does. Let me tell you about this years haunt.

    Guest will wait in a line that covers my whole driveway, yeah we are starting to get a lot of people. After waiting in line they will stand on the porch of a "Treatment Center" facade. This "Treatment Center," is where the doctors cure you of your fear, whatever it may be. The only fear they are curing though, is Nyctophobia-the fear of the dark. While on the porch they will be told the following:

    In approximately 3 minutes you will enter the Shallow Brook Treatment Center. In the 1940's this place was bustling with phobic people. The most common phobia they treated here was Nyctophobia-the fear of the dark. When you enter you will be sat down and asked a few questions. Based on those questions you will be cured of your fear through one thing.

    Be cautious, as once you pass through these doors, you will begin to see and hear things you wouldn't normally experience. I have to advise you to not touch anything. Good Luck.


    The one thing that will cure their fear is complete darkness. After being sat down in a room and asked a few questions by "the doctors," they will be put into a hallway with no other light source other than a glowstick. The rest of is also complete darkness. This will continues throughout the rest of the garage and onto the side-yard.

    Props will hang in the darkness along with occasional water misters and fishing line throughout. Patrons will only be allowed in 2 or 1 at a time. No exceptions. Tell me what you guys think. I've gotta go frame some door panels, I'll be back to read your responses in and hour or two.

    -Sean.
    Last edited by The Wilmont Estate; 07-06-2012 at 03:45 PM.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wilmont Estate View Post
    After growing bored of the Victorian theme. (Not scary enough.) I have decided to change my theme permanently to a complete dark maze with a twist. Don't think this involves no creativity because it does. Let me tell you about this years haunt.

    Guest will wait in a line that covers my whole driveway, yeah we are starting to get a lot of people. After waiting in line they will stand on the porch of a "Treatment Center" facade. This "Treatment Center," is where the doctors cure you of your fear, whatever it may be. The only fear they are curing though, is Nyctophobia-the fear of the dark. While on the porch they will be told the following:

    In approximately 3 minutes you will enter the Shallow Brook Treatment Center. In the 1940's this place was bustling with phobic people. The most common phobia they treated here was Nyctophobia-the fear of the dark. When you enter you will be sat down and asked a few questions. Based on those questions you will be cured of your fear through one thing.

    Be cautious, as once you pass through these doors, you will begin to see and hear things you wouldn't normally experience. I have to advise you to not touch anything. Good Luck.


    The one thing that will cure their fear is complete darkness. After being sat down in a room and asked a few questions by "the doctors," they will be put into a hallway with no other light source other than a glowstick. The rest of is also complete darkness. This will continues throughout the rest of the garage and onto the side-yard.

    Props will hang in the darkness along with occasional water misters and fishing line throughout. Patrons will only be allowed in 2 or 1 at a time. No exceptions. Tell me what you guys think. I've gotta go frame some door panels, I'll be back to read your responses in and hour or two.

    -Sean.
    Well, it sounds like you are doing a cross between HOT's Darkstalkers (sans monsters with night vision goggles) and NYC's Blackout (sans topless chicks and live, interactive, scatological S&M show).

    Honestly? I like it. It's a new concept in home-haunting, and a lot of the discoveries you make whilst doing this will definitely translate to and inform many of your ideas when you go pro. Also, if you can get your hands on some night-vision equipment (cameras, and whatnot), you have a marvelous opportunity to study the impact or effects of total darkness (or as close to that as you can manage) on various patrons. If you get plenty of people to go thru, representing a good cross-section of the customers you'd get at your pro-haunt, that would give you a very well rounded look at how people respond to this type of stressor.

    If you can manage the night-vision technology, and do just that, be sure to report back here your findings. I'm sure it will be be enlightening to all of us (reverse pun intended).

    C.
     

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    Blackout in NYC seems way to over the top.
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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wilmont Estate View Post
    Blackout in NYC seems way to over the top.
    Well, yeah, but I was referring to the total blackout aspect, and just 1 or maybe 2 people going thru. Same kind of concept, but of course in Manhattan's Blackout, that is just way too over the top for most people. I think it's, in a way, meant for jaded New Yorkers who have "seen the rest and seen it all" (yadda yadda yadda). Besides, the people who present and run Blackout normally (if that's even the term) do experimental, interactive, avant-garde theatre, so, you know, that's kinda what you get.

    Still, I like your idea a lot and can't wait to see how it develops.

    C.
     

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    Yeah, going through my haunt will also take some effort. Black plastic cut down the middle will cover the doorways so all the walls look the same, kind of like a house of mirrors. The only problem I think I might have is people being completely confused and not being able to get out of a certain room causing an extremely long line. Maybe I should develop some kind of system for people that get really scared and confused.
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wilmont Estate View Post
    Yeah, going through my haunt will also take some effort. Black plastic cut down the middle will cover the doorways so all the walls look the same, kind of like a house of mirrors. The only problem I think I might have is people being completely confused and not being able to get out of a certain room causing an extremely long line. Maybe I should develop some kind of system for people that get really scared and confused.
    Well, Allen is always really big on having some kind of light source, cuz if you don't, they will, i.e. patrons whipping out their cell-phones to light the way. Of course, that beats breaking out a lighter to light the way, which is how the Six Flags fire got started. I don't know how big the light-sticks are that you plan on using, but HOT uses really big ones . . . like diving sticks, basically.

    What he will do is, whenever a patron makes their way from one room down a hallway, and into the next room, once you get into the room, you can look down the next hallway and see a light source, and after whatever happens happens in that room, the patrons follow that light source, be it a glow from a TV set in the dark, an old Victorian chandelier, a fire in a fire place (fake, of course), or whathaveyou, you have that one light source that you fixate on, even if everything else is in shadow and total darkness, save those few lumens from that one lights source.

    Well, in that regard, you might consider Allen's LED minispots, and just have one or two, so at least they can orient themselves somewhat, and not be totally lost, or else everyone is going to be waiting in line for a really long time if someone with absolutely no internal bearings or sense of direction gets totally turned around and lost.

    You might also have one or two "doctors" step out and point the way if someone just takes forever, or starts having a panic attack. Funny thing about nyctophobia is that's a close (some say kissing) cousin of claustrophobia, and the last thing you need is for someone to have a panic attack, hyperventilate, and pass out in the middle of your haunt, especially in narrow hallways made of, basically, plastic bags (along with some solid wall panels).

    Of course, having a few people in lab-coats pop out and point the way will also save you a great deal on costuming, and them not having to particularly "act".

    As far as a system goes, you could have an arrow light up in the direction they need to go only after they have tried to "solve" the room and cure their "nyctophobia" in that given scene.

    You've definitely got some good ideas going here and I think you are just at the "tweaking" stage, as far as the concept goes.

    C.
     

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    I am basically done with the concept just working out all the possible things that could happen while people are inside.
     

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    Read Below.
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    Alright so I'm about to purchase a website for my haunt and need to know which sounds better. Since the premise of the haunt is an experimental facility helping cure people of their fear of the dark. The organization is supposedly called Shadow Brooke Testing Facilities. So what should the website be?
    .com .org? Any ideas for a catchy name?
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wilmont Estate View Post
    Alright so I'm about to purchase a website for my haunt and need to know which sounds better. Since the premise of the haunt is an experimental facility helping cure people of their fear of the dark. The organization is supposedly called Shadow Brooke Testing Facilities. So what should the website be?
    .com .org? Any ideas for a catchy name?
    Use two.

    Use thehauntatwilmontestate.com for your show's main site (or your "prod. co."'s main site), and shadowbrooketestingfacilities.org for the faux testing facility which is the setting for your show.

    Then the latter can lend itself to various viral marketing campaigns and so on, and then this dual website convention can lend itself beautifully to you going pro.

    C.
     

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