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  1. Default Is this Haunted House WAY TO FAR OVER THE TOP Controversal? I do! 
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    Do you think this haunted house is EXTREMELY controversial depicting real life serial killers in his haunted house. Let me chime in yeah... the guy is a an idiot for doing this. Real people murdered, some eaten, raped and worse by these people and I believe have nothing to do with Halloween. This is very sad attempt to whip up controversy and make money in my opinion! I've said a 100 times that haunted houses shouldn't relate themselves to real life horror, a real life murder, or for God Sakes a real life serial killer like Ted Bundy who raped woman and killed over 30 of them. This guy is out of his mind and giving Halloween and Haunted Houses a bad name in my book! A haunt like this takes us back 25 years when everyone thought haunted house owners were devil worshipers. Just my view.

    Watch the story... http://abclocal.go.com/wabc/story?section=news/local/new_york&id=8828773

     

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    PLUS...........the news station NEVER should have sensationalized the story. NOW, they'll only do MORE BUSINESS........... Do I agree with this attraction? NO. (just my opinion)
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by john haines View Post
    PLUS...........the news station NEVER should have sensationalized the story. NOW, they'll only do MORE BUSINESS........... Do I agree with this attraction? NO. (just my opinion)
    I agree, they just gave them more business, people will go out there JUST BECAUSE its controversial, and to see what its all about. I think the idea is making entertainment out of real events, which happens in media and other outlets as well... so its not all that uncommon, nevertheless, i don't agree with it, it is wrong, just not new. ( only new to the haunt industry)
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    If this is right someone should do an Adolf Hitler haunted house... I mean seriously! Like c'mon Ted Bundy raped and killed woman and Gacy raped and killed boys. This is just sick! Everyone is all bent out of shape over what Jerry Sandusky did... I mean c'mon Sandusky is a complete SAINT compared to Gacy who raped more boys and he killed them and buried them under his house!!! Larry
     

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    I can't believe there are still haunters out there that think they know what is the "right way" to haunt. Nobody has a right to say that someone should not try new things. If people find it offensive or disgusting they won't go.

    Everyone has a right to present their artistic vision without being told that they are terrible for doing it or that they are bad for the industry. Nobody has completely figured out this business and what will always work. I wish more people would grow a pair and stop thinking that their way is the right way and suggest that someone else's way is wrong.

    I guess we should close down all the wax museums & not allow anyone to ever make another movie about a serial killer. It is the exact same thing! Geez, if it were not for some movies that are at least loosley based on real life serial killers, some haunts would never come up with any room ideas. Nobody ever had a room with Leatherface or Norman Bates? Hmm... based loosley on Ed Gein. Oh Yeah!

    I say good for him for stepping out of the box and trying something new. More haunted attractions should try and come up with creative themes and then I wouldn't have to visit haunts that feature Jason, Michael, Freddy, Leatherface, Pinhead, Polka dots, strobe lights and drop down window! Would I have done this? Probably not, but I sure won't knock him for trying it either!

    Every day I am a little bit happier that this is my final year. I am so sick of this holier than thou attitude that exists in our industry. Makes me want to puke!
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    Larry, Sandusky is a complete SAINT compared to Gacy. So, the number of peopel you rape make a differenc? He's not as bad of a guy because he only raped one or a few people instead of 30? Does not matter. Sick is sick.

    I am also curious if this attraction wanted to buy a featured ad spot on your site, purchase an large ticket item from you or paid you to build a haunt for them if you would refuse to do so because of what you think of the content of his attraction?
    1986-1997 (Mutilation Mansion,) 1998 (Screamers Haunted House,) 1999 (Evil Intention Haunted House,) 2000-2001 Concept Creator/Business Partner (Urban Legends Haunted House,) 2002 Floor Plan Designer and Consultant for a (Haunted Barn) Owners had city challenges & were never able to open, 2002 Floor Plan Designer/Construction (Fright Nights Haunted House) 2003-2012 Now retired Owner (Deadly Intentions Haunted Attraction)
     

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    Howie,

    Yes Sandusky is a saint compared to Gacy... there is NO comparison. Gacy raped over 20 boys and killed them and buried them under his house. Yes there is a MASSIVE difference. Two NO I would NOT sell him a banner! Period!

    Hey I've spent my entire life promoting the haunted house industry and in the first 10 years or so it was to turn around misconceptions about what we all do... only to have a few idiots prove us all wrong. Larry
     

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    Theres no doubt Larry would take the money.

    Like everyone else, I think you knew the answer before you asked it.


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    So if calling calling a haunt psychoward offends people and that's what u do . then f those people that are offended and we have to stand strong against these people because they are only after us cause they can.... But movies can get away with it just fine...no one has a problem with a movie about taboo subjects....but if a haunt does something that personally offends u . then it is important to post this review of what is being offered as disgraceful and bad for us all ?? That is a double standard.... Why ? It's ok to have chopped up body parts covered in blood with an actor weilding a machete or a bat or any other killing machine and that's fine .. The argument could be made that these murderous scenes are fine without an actual killer attached because their are real victims ... But I guess that same case could be made for victims of being psychotic ....a real life horror for way more people than victims of serial killers.... Hmmm ... Discraceful a haunted house would ever do that ? What does that have to do with Halloween ??? . Not to mention all the other things we do that has little to do with the origins of Halloween ...today it seems to me ...that it is more of a celebration of evil.... And it's many forms...no matter how u slice it
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    I'm of two minds about this and, as usual, I feel like there are extremes on both sides of the issue.

    Do I think the concept is tasteless...yeah probably. Would I build that haunt or go to it? Probably not. As a vendor, would I supply them? Probably not. I have turned people down before. Would I try to stop them from opening? Probably not.

    Here's the deal...yes, we all have the right to think how we want and even to express those thoughts how we want. I am a Libertarian so I'm pretty hands off when it comes to what others can and can't do. However, from the other side of the aisle, I think it's a little ridiculous to say that there is nothing that would be out of line for a haunted house, or any other art medium, to do. I think there are some standards of decency that exist for a reason...but I still would probably not try to keep any haunt from opening but rather just not support it with my money.

    It's a tricky and sensitive subject for sure and one that I know I struggle with a lot each year when we produce our new product line. I want to make something scary, different, fun, etc. but I am always trying to be mindful of what we are producing and exactly what kind of content I'm putting out for public consumption. I personally don't put out any props, effects, etc. that I'm not comfortable with and have had to turn down work once or twice because of that. Again, I didn't try to stop any haunt from doing what they wanted to do...I just simply and politely had to decline to help them with their project. They do have a right to express themselves...but I have a right to not assist them.

    In the end...it's all about personal responsibility. If you want to open that haunt then go to town, but own it. If the public reacts badly and there's a backlash you'd better own that too.
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