The movie company has also begun to sell midrange expense authentic masks and accessories to these characters. So who do they think will be the customers?
Mask collectors. To never see others from the shelf?
Halloween partys and costume competitions at bars? A one night or two night event with a low number of people?
Uncreative Haunted houses with a budget of $45? To actors that prefer to bring there own over wearing someone elses snot.
Sometimes even trying to be creative and having props available to long time haunts reject things for the traditional because in the case of Freddy Kruger, they have an Elm Street sign and a fence shocking gag that would require a bit of effort to have another vision. Alas then even the customers would suggest that this room could be a Freddy Room if it was some other origional creature doing the sparking! And customers seeing the Elm Street Sign will remark "I knew then my son and I were in trouble"
There is a deeper question. Most haunts have come about inspired to copy movies or to satire them and customers expecting the low budget haunts to offer this is all expected behavior. I think it is all part of the culture and hard to break from the low budget mentality.
On the same token, I love what Netherworld has done with a new yearly signature character with a back story and not only unique they may have created their own culture to an extent or the desire and sheer joy to see what they have come up with. They have put quite a bit of investment into every costume and followed it up with a back story in multi media to promote the characters and the haunt. All Great Stuff. They also have the ability to make what they are presenting funny as hell as well as disturbing and fans love all of that. It is the escence of what makes Horror Movies a fun past time as opposed to actually recreating the scene of a popular movie. Very smart these Netherworld dudes.
Meanwhile you can buy one off props or even crude facsimilies and get them autographed by the actor that played the character and they are supposed to be worth a lot of money. Even a non interactive wax museum is meant to be a tribute to a famous person, character or actor. It is also how it is presented. An artist will be spending 300 hours to get the exact likeness (usually they should have spent another 100 hours more) and here it is. A side show. Did they get permission? Well probably and don't they want to see their signature character represented among all the other famous things? even offer their signature goodies in the gift shop? Sure.
But a haunt where an un or low commissioned 40 hour per year actor is going to give his interpretation of Freddy, frankly this will not ever be given written permission and even told they sue haunts that do such things to discourage it. They may even be concerned of some bad press? Headlines: Jason is a pervert, news at eleven. What else are they going to say? Please submit a full back ground check and bonding for the individual that will portray our character then send also an audition tape of their presentation for our consideration. Nope, no way to police 500 such locations across the country so they have to live with how man $45 masks they can sell and put out a warning.
I'm not condoning flagrent disreguard for the law, other peoples creative property and so on. However, they the movie production companies are the ones that made the characters popular to begin with and this emulation is part of the now culture. It might also be a consideration wether this is a charity event or a for profit only mega-endevor in a town of 4 million with an advertising budget of $150,000 or more.
If you are going to put thousands of hours into an event and bank a measly $400 and it was still fun, who gives a crap.
Is it going to be like a phone conversation with a credit card company? Okay sir, we want you to cut the mask up right now while we are on the phone and mail it to me. That's a good boy.
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