Goretorium - startled or scared? –
Okay so I am just returning from Vegas (business trip) and I was pretty stoked about being able to stop by Eli's Goretorium. But I have to say I was a little disappointed. The sets were great, super detail, even though I felt like I was at Transworld looking at all the props and stuff (looks like he covered just about all you vendors).
As I exited, I couldn't quite put my finger on it, until the next morning (okay I was a little slow - I was in Vegas you know, and I may have been a little under the influence). There was a lot of acting ..... a lot of acting. To the point it was a distraction. There were a lot of "startles" which is very different than "scares."
I say all this because it made me think about my own haunt and acting/design of the overall theme, down to the music. I am proud to say there are still people who will not go through my haunt because they are truly scared, (although it baffles me why). I only have one "startle" effect, although people are already well on edge when they reach the first real scare. It just helps send them over the edge.
So in planning going forward, I am going to make sure that everything we do supports the scare factor, and not the startle factor. The same gag can be both, depending on how it is used, which is what we will be focusing on going forward!
Anyone else been through Eli's haunt? Your thoughts?
Travis "Big T" Russell
Big T Productions Inc
Owner and Operator of "The Plague" and "Camp Nightmare"
Customer Quote of the year: "Damn, I pissed myself"