PENNHURST ASYLUM HAUNTED HOUSE DRAWS PROTEST... HAUNTWORLD SOUNDS OFF!
Mon, September 13, 2010
Haunt owner Randy Bates owner of The Bates Motel just outside of Philadelphia, PA is trying to open a new haunted houses in the old Pennhurst Asylum a place with a very dark past.
Apparently when the hospital was open the doctors may have abused the patients and worse and due to these allegations the hospital was closed and was left to rott. The new owners of the building want to open a haunted house and take advantage of the scary looking building and grounds. Who wouldn't want to open a haunted house in a building that looks like something right out of a horror movie? What happened inside the building 20 or 30 years ago has little to with how amazing the property looks for everything from ghost hunting to vandels who might want to break into the property or in this case a haunted house.
What makes us totally bent out of shape is every single year these groups come out to protest haunted houses who use asylum names, or themes to promote their haunted house. Why do they do this? Do they have a good reason... maybe! However what irks us is they only pick on the little business man the guys who are trying to in this case SAVE a historic property for the wrecking ball. When Batman movie came out The Joker is a mass murderer who Batman claims will spend his nights in a padded cell... additionally one of the best selling games of all time was based on criminals locked up in Arkam Asylum. Why and where are the protests against these movies, games, and simply in general against Hollywood? The most recent Halloween movies has the killer living in an asylum only to break loose and kill everyone, the remake of House on Haunted Hill was all about a closed down asylum filled with demons and monsters. Why not protest these movies why always the small business person trying to open a business?
Why? Because its easy! Every single Halloween these nutballs come out of the wood work to protest haunted houses, while totally IGNORING Hollywood, the video game industry, or any other medium that would utilize the 'asylum' theme for profit. I can respect their position A LOT better if they didn't simply pick HALLOWEEN each year to lay out their case, and find the local media outlets with a friendly ear merely to gain PR for their cause. The media loves stories like this around Halloween. In America you are entitled to freedom of artistic expression the basic right to create and produce a business. Many haunted houses have followed Hollywoods lead in respect to 'ASYLUM' themes and so if its good for one entertainment outlet it should be fair game for all. Hollywood makes movies based on what they call 'real events' only to blow what really happened right out of the water only to make a better story or in a horror movie ... scarier. Still I hear no complaints from these same people!
In the end whether or not Pennhurst was or wasn't a REAL asylum someone was going to come along and try to open a haunted house inside. This would NOT be the first case where a famous old asylum was transformed into some sort of money making Halloween venture... many old asylums, hospitals, and buildings host ghost hunting, paranormal events and tours. The biggest horror movie last year was about the paranormal and Travel Channel hosts several ghost hunting shows. If you ask me all of those Ghost Hunting shows are BOGUS... the guys who hunt down ghosts KNOW its bogus but they profit from it all the same. I will wait by my phone for one of these ghost hunting shows to invite someone like myself to a ghost hunt and SHOW me a real ghost! Until that happens I call it all bogus.
Are their really ghosts in that old building... I doubt it!
All the same the building looks awesome and ghost hunters, to Halloween thrill seekers will line up for miles to get into this old building. How many people do you think have already vandalized the building, broke into the place to sneak around... well now all that can stop, maybe the property will be repaired, cleaned up because there is some income on the old place.
What would you have these people do with the building ... turn it into apartments or a hotel only to hear the same people complain you shouldn't do that either. The building has a past, so do many famous hotels, homes, buildings where someone was murdered, killed themselves, or whatever.
The fact is all the PR against the new Pennhurst Asylum is ONLY MAKING MORE people want to lay down their $20.00 to see inside the building, get scared and contribute to keeping the building and its history around for years to come.
We at Hauntworld.com can not WAIT to visit Pennhurst Asylum!!!!
Kansas City Haunted House Tour Coming Soon Sponsored by Transworld
Sat, September 04, 2010
Introducing A Legendary Haunt Tour
THIS NOVEMBER TRANSWORLD IS TAKING YOU TO THE EDGE OF HELL in Kansas City, Missouri. This event is sponsored by Hauntworld Magazine.
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Join us November 12th and 13th for a once in a lifetime opportunity featuring tours of Kansas City’s most famous haunted houses.
Complete Tour Package Price $295* Per Person, Includes:
Access to ALL 5 Haunts
Access to Your Choice of Seminars, Panel Discussions & Haunt Tracks
Friday Night Pre-Party at the Stowe – sponsored by Bloody Mary & Westland Insurance, includes Bloody Mary drinks, cocktails and food
Friday Night Party at the Beast, includes food & drinks, raffle & much more!
Saturday Night Pre-Party at the Stowe – sponsored by Froggy’s Fog, includes food & drinks
Saturday Night Party at Macabre Cinema, includes food & drinks, raffle, celebrities & much more!
Enter to Win Prizes at Both Parties
Bus transportation provided at host hotel to and from all events, parties & haunts
Access to Haunted House Auction on Sunday
Low Price Hotel Packages at Kansas City’s The Westin Crown Center (host hotel) & The Hyatt Regency Crown Center
The Crown Center is adjacent to the host hotel and offers many quick-serve food options and restaurants including Panera Bread, Taste of Philly, The American Restaurant, A Street Car Named Desire, Terrace Restaurant and much, much more!
* Includes all the above for a price of only $295 per person, pricing good through November 1, 2010. After November 1, price increases to $325 per person. Hotel and airfare not included in price.
The Darkness haunted house opened a few months ago for the haunted house tradeshow. A film crew was on hand to film the haunted house industry visiting and touring The Darkness a haunt some call the best haunted house in America. The Darkness is located in St. Louis, Missouri and is one of the most highlighted haunted houses in America. The Darkness has been featured on National Geographic Channel, Travel Channel, Modern Marvels, Today Show, and featured in the USA Today. The proudest moment for The Darkness was opening for people in the haunted house industry and showcasing their haunted attraction to everyone during the show. The Darkness was totally renovated for the tradeshow, with owners claiming they spent over $300,000.00 on the renovation to a haunt that had already had millions upon millions to create the attraction.
The Darkness featured several awesome sets, scenes, monsters, special effects and animations. One such animation was a falling barrel wall which had a wall of rolling barrels crash down upon your head and left you feeling terrorfied! Another cool animation was a falling ceiling effect where the entire ceiling above you came crashing down upon your head leaving most people crawling out of the room. The Darkness also featured set design really second to none, the vast amount of time spent creating all this detail must have been in the thousands of hours.
The Darkness was a two story haunted houses and after you completed The Darkness you ended up in what had to be simply the best 3D haunted attraction ever created. There was NOTHING inside this attraction that wasn't themed with incredible 3D effects. Lastly as you near the end of the attraction you found yourself in a horror museum with a Darkness gift store which sold some really cool t-shirts featuring Darkness logos.
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