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  1. Default New Reality show to air late sept! America's Haunted House! 
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    May 2008
    Las Vegas
    Hey all, just thought I would share the email that myself and the nine others recieved this weekend as the network has finally decided casting for the new show that some of you may have heard about here recently or not, it was kept on the low for a while as we did not know if the network was going to go through with this after casting.. You can post on this thread to talk about it, but the info is slim at this point..we will let you know when we know more....thanks

    The sci-fi channel has announced after months of research and consulting that they will air : America's Haunted House starting in late Sept. The network has chosen the most elite designers, make-up artists, prop makers and actors in the industry. To create America's best Haunted House in ten weeks, and open it to the public!
    Ten Haunted attraction professionals living under one roof, to create the most Haunting attraction anyone has ever seen! Will they be able to design, and construct this beast in under ten weeks before the doors open to the public? Or will their in-different personalities clash, making their project fail. Be sure to watch Sept 2008 as America's Haunted House will be unveiled!

    Eddie Dupuy started out as a home haunter for 10 years, and moved to the professional and commercial level two years ago. Now running his attraction the Chamer Of Horrors. Bringing with him his knowledge of running the buisness side of a haunted attraction and scenic design to the house.

    Jackie Steinert is the freshman of the group, she has only been in the
    haunt industy for a year and a half now. She focusus mainly on acting skills and costume and character creation. She brings, wit, sarcasm, and wry humor to the house.

    Jon Frost is a Haunted house magician and hopes to bring his
    knowledge of magic and illusion to this house for an ultimate experience.

    Ken Van Ness has been working with metal and building props for
    as long as he can remember. Also the owner of prop building company, boo crew production.

    Rob Johnson has run his own prop company Body Baggin for a
    number of years. he brings his knowledge of makeup and props to the house.

    Kale Hamel has been in the industry for 8 years. Designing props, haunts, and animations for haunts around the states. Owner of Sophisticated Terror Productions, and haunted attraction owner for five years.

    Scott "tater" Lynd has been acting in the haunted house industry for 16 years and now travels across the globe hired by numerous professional haunted attractions, hes seen it all and brings his 16 years of acting to the house.

    Jonathan Shroyer has been working in the haunted house industry for the past 9 years as a sculptor and special fx artist specializing in prosthetics, makeup, and prop design.

    Deborah Haire has owned and acted in a haunted house for 5 years also doing the special effects makeup for all of their actors
    Last edited by sophisticatedterror; 06-03-2008 at 10:25 PM.

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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    I want to wish everyone on this list the best of luck, I hope it all becomes a great time for you.
    It seems to offer such potential.
    If I was on this list I would choose to vote myself "Off the Island".
    Egos may be flying high now but they may not be as this unfolds and as the finished product is in the can.
    I have had a few good experiences with this sort of thing, some so-so experiences and some very bad to disappointing experiences which made me wonder why I even gave them the time of day?
    And no, it is not necesarrily "what you make it", others will be in control of how you will be made to look with editing, close-ups , ex cetra.
    As soon as you sign over your rights and filming begins they usually change their phone numbers where you can reach them...think I'm kidding?
    Read what you are signing.
    If you think that you can have a copy of their show and show it in your haunted house this will probably not be the case on their form. Cross out what you don't want to sign, re-write what you want and sign it, this is what I was instructed to do so I could legally show a copy of the HG-TV show I was on.
    They had the nicest crew and people to work with as did "Wild Chicago".
    I'm not mentioning the "other" group by name.
    There can be some real "Stinkers" out there......

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    Mar 2007
    Pataskala, Ohio, United States
    Im Glad someone broke the silence Kale and informed the people..Glad to be a part of it with you and some of the others

  4. Default Haunters be ready 
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    Feb 2008
    the world is a changing place...

    with all the pr last year..

    scarefactorys show..

    and this reality show...

    means ya better be ready for a kick ass year!!!!!.....Hell Yeah
    in order to see the orchestra ...you must turn your back on the crowd...


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    Aug 2003
    Luray, VA
    That is great! I always imagined that the haunted house industry was a little too esoteric for a mainstream reality show. I canít wait to see it. I hope it blows American Idol out of the water! Or, at least rate higher than the Flavor of Love. :-D

    Louis Brown
    Owner, operator, and dish washer
    DarkWood Manor

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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    The Wild Chicago" show I was on was shown at least 35 times over a three year period. Every time it was shown, my phone would ring more.
    The HG-TV show "Extreme Homes" was shown for years, all around the country, once again, I would get calls, sometimes from former Mt. Carroll residents now living in far away, exotic places like, Iowa.
    It was once beamed from an arts & entertainment station in Germany into France and they had dubbed me speaking French!
    Another German plot to undermine the French culture.
    It's 1940 all over again!
    (But will the French surender in time?)
    "The Bosch sends us Americans pretending to speak French!"
    Last edited by Jim Warfield; 06-02-2008 at 01:30 AM.

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    Aug 2003
    Columbus, Ohio
    LMAO!! Kale, you need to lay off those margaritas.

  8. Default Please 
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    Oct 2007
    I think some of the responses have been rather childish to say the least. So many people including some big ones, Larry, are obviously upset they didn't get chosen for this gig and are trying in a rather transparent way to express that without actually saying it. Grow up, it's a friggin reality TV show here kids. I am happy as crap for Eddie and the rest of the guys but don't act like your stuff is better than theirs. It's silly and retarded. This is not a professional industry, never has been, never will be. There just isn't enough money in it. And hell yes 10 weeks is more than enough, WAY more than enough. Do you think these guys are going to drive every nail in the place. This is TV kids, they'll be leading a crew here. And no it doesn't have to meet your silly little theories, or ideas or any of the things you all seem to think matters. It has to entertain people and get exposure. If it sucks, who cares. If it's great, who cares. Be happy for the guys, laugh at the silly antics that will go on and move on with your life. Hurt the industry, are you out of your mind. You think the average joe is even going to see this thing. It's going to be a small market at best. You silly silly people you.

    And as long as I'm being pissy lets talk about throughput of those southern haunts someone was pathetically making an attempt to bash. You have no idea what goes on here or what we are dealing with. The big boys down here know exactly what they are doing and have it exactly where we want it. Don't even bother to attempt to try and throw your two sense in unless you have some kind of idea of what the reality of the business model being followed is.

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    Yes..any haunter willing to give up 10 weeks in peak build season for our amusement should be applauded. 10 full weeks ..these guys are quiting jobs, school...putting haunts on hold, leaving friends and family....I know a few of em and I find that time table very... curious.

    I think this interesting thread has gotten a lot of play, maybe more than was originally suspected. I think however it won't go where most of us thought it would when it was first posted. I think maybe some of the more inquisitive Hauntworld regulars should do some snooping, and report back....

    Re The Throughput posts - GeckoFX - I don't know if you are defending me or unhappy with my posts - or talking about some other posts - I can't tell - but I completely agree that every successful event may have a different way of dealing with the curse/blessing of doing well - bigger crowds. I was trying to block out the ways I can see to deal with the issue and sort of laying out what we do. The topic seemed to fit with some of the earlier posts about larger haunts and throughput. If it was found to be offensive it was not the goal.

    It is an evolving process no doubt, I know in this as in all areas of haunting, there can always room to learn, grow and innovate.

    Personally I would like to hear others tell about how they handle this issue, I have gone to Busch Gardens Hallowscream and Universal Halloween Horror Nights to study this very topic, because it is a tough one.

    Ben Armstrong

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    Aug 2003
    Ravens Grin Inn, 411 carroll st.mount carroll ill.
    Timed tickets requires pre-planning to a degree , but how many people show up on impulse?
    Younger people seem more impulsive, just hop in the car, go for that drive.
    You have to leave some room for the impulsive customers to get in every hour.
    We benfited greatly by requiring many people(People for whom time or driving and waiting is a definate issue) to get advanced reservations by sending us a check at least a week in advance, we can have their tickets counted in the envelope with their name on it, co change to make, they go right in.
    Of course for some reason almost everyone coming here is always 15 minutes late? (Something to do with the curvature of the earth?)
    My best answer here to maintain quality of the show and keep impressing the customers is to be open year-round, spread that October crowd out over the entire year.
    Sometimes I do have to draw comparisons with this entertainment and other entertainment venues to remind the customer that they have to show up on time and behave while the performance is underway and sometimes just like a Broadway play, we can't always begin over again just for you.
    This place has numerous "bottlenecks" that help kill "Throughput", I just strive to make those bottlenecks as diferent and entertaining as I can.

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