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  • Darkness/Lemp/Escape Room Tour 2019 and Past Tour Updates

    This will be our 20th year for the Darkness and in celebration of such we are doing a very massive renovation of The Darkness. We have been working with vendors already, working on concepts and much more. We are also doing our own DIGITAL CGI Animations not only for The Darkness 2013 but also to sell to haunt owners World Wide at the Transworld Show. We will also be offering custom vac form we are finally pressing plastic, making molds and much more. We have been working on the CGI FX for months already, and the vac form for weeks as well.

    So this 20th year celebration has been in the works for some time now... in addition to all of that we are also doing custom costumes, and those will be offered for sale at TW as well. We are going to be opening The Darkness for the TW show and we'll be doing a ton of outdoor que line stuff, live entertainment, and a totally renovated Darkness and I might add the best one ever!

    We will start later this week and once again I will post the pictures as we go. The Darkness will be the best we've ever done without any doubt and I'm really really excited about the opportunity to renovate the place for the 20th season.

    Follow this thread and we'll update you with any and all about this event.

    I do NOT think we'll do anything but The Darkness to make it easier on the stress level we've experienced over the last couple years.

    Additionally we want to seriously FOCUS on one massive renovation for The Darkness 20th season!

    All tickets will once again be sold through www.thedarkness.com and additionally you can find all the details there as well.

    Larry

  • drfrightner
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    Okay so here is the COMPLETE RUN DOWN of everything we're doing for this Haunted House Tour.

    1) New Wizard of Oz Escape Room (st louis escape)
    2) Pirate Escape was redone about 3 months after Transworld (st louis escape)

    3) Building a new 5 minute escape room inside our retail store area its going to be a COFFIN ESCAPE game everyone is locked inside a coffin. Will feature scary animations.

    4) Terror Visions: We haven't worked on Terror Visions in 3 years so we're going to do just that... we're adding several new things including animations, and props.

    5) Darkness Upstairs: We're adding ONE new scene and several new animations. The new scene is hard to explain but its like all these standing serial killer ghosts. An actor blends in ... features something like 15 standing ghosts, CGI Ghost and a two way mirror FX of more ghosts. This scene is actually almost done. I'm doing this scene because I think a lot of haunters will see how they could create a scene easy and scary!This is a scene almost anyone could do.

    6) Darkness Downstairs: There is where we're doing the most stuff.

    A) Several areas downstairs where old never given the concrete sand look... we fixed all those areas and added new props and animations.

    B) When you come into the Darkness up a ramp there was a snake that raised up out of the wall (distortions prop) now we're building a scene around it complete with an actor rig, sculpted sets, and more.

    C) Just around the corner from this Ramp was some dumb scene that made no sense... now we're building a complete spider cave. We're moving our spider animation, building a platform above your head where the spider will crawl down at you. Unit 70 is building several other animations and props for this scene. It will be a complete build out scene focused on spiders.

    D) We're extending our skull kingdom set and sculpting more sets, and adding something we're calling the Skull Witch scene.

    E) Black Maze: We stripped out an entire section and we've added a scary black maze which will have animations under your feet.

    Lastly...

    Our gift store is something we keep evolving and we did again... we added more horror themed pinball games, re-worked our gift store, added tons of new thing inside.

    I think this is MORE THAN ENOUGH stuff ... stay tuned here for all the updates and everything we do!

    Larry

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  • drfrightner
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    Here is update for you...

    1) I said I wasn't going to do another tour! Why?

    A: Because I was burnt out totally and because it was costing me 3 to 4 times more to do them than I'm making. I'm getting older and I'm done losing money. Last year was really tough.

    2) Why do it again then?

    A: Well because as you get older you get wiser. I'm adding new cool stuff, but I'm not spending as much and I'm not going to kill myself doing it. I'm also just doing one thing at a time so I'm going to pace myself. Lastly, I love the industry, and I always want to help people and inspire them. If I can do that its worth it.

    3) Then what are you going to do that makes it worth coming back for the 11th time?

    A: Great question! We're doing a lot actually just working smarter not harder. I'm going to showcase a lot of clever ways we've found to increase revenue while doing something creative. Wait to you see our new gift store it will have an all-new 5 minute escape room (Coffin Escape). We've seriously upgraded our gift store take note when you visit this year. You'll also note that our haunt is no longer all about scare its about entertainment, photo ops, souvenirs, making people happy and getting good reviews.

    We're adding new scenes to Terror Visions - Darkness upstairs (1 scene) - 4 New Scenes Downstairs - Tons of animations from Unit 70, Poison Props, Hallucinations, and ones we built ourselves.

    4) What about your escape rooms?

    A: SINCE last Transworld our brand new Pirate room was totally changed with all new puzzles stream. Lastly, we've added Wizard of Oz escape room which will be the best one we've ever built.

    5) So what are the tours?

    A: Behind the Scenes Tour of Darkness - Lemp - and St Louis Escape (Thursday). Lemp with actors on Friday - Darkness with actors on Saturday.

    6) When will tickets go on sale?

    A: In January.

    Stay Tuned for updates!

    PS: Our first batch of new props will be coming a week from now from you guessed it Unit 70!

    Here come all the pics once I get back from IAAPA.

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  • drfrightner
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    We're building an AXE Throwing inside of our Monster Midway at Creepyworld. Check it out.
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  • drfrightner
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    Couple things today... we will host another Darkness haunted house tour. We're not doing anything this year but TWO DAYS! A behind the scenes tour and a Darkness with actors.

    Here is the details:

    What will be new: Wizard of Oz Escape Room, yes we're building a 5th escape room and theme will be Wonderful Wizard of Oz. This will be our most breathtaking escape room by far. We've already started that process its being designed as we speak. So on the behind the scenes tour you'll be able to tour this! Secondly we have already renovated and drastically changed our Pirate Escape Room.

    The Darkness: We're building ONE new massive scene downtowns, it will be a sunken Viking Ship complete with monsters from Unit 70. We're taking out about 1/5th of the bottom section and building something I've wanted to do for a decade. I'm fascinated with sunken ships so I'm looking forward to this... we're throwing everything including the kitchen sink at this. Also new at The Darkness we're removing our dinning room scene upstairs, and replacing it with a ghostly supernatural room. I can't explain it and don't want to give it away yet. Its going to be super bad ass. Lastly, our Horror Party room has drastically changed AGAIN! So we'll have that going on as well... The tour with actors this year might be on Friday or Saturday I'm not sure yet. The behind the scenes tour will be Thursday night.

    We will NOT do the Lemp this year, however we might do a behind the scenes tour of Creepyworld a non-working tour. Haven't decided.

    Larry
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  • drfrightner
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    Check out this video... we're renting our gift store area for private parties. Check out the video.

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    Brand new Creepyworld Promo video... hope you like it.

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  • drfrightner
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    Here is another all-new Lemp video ... a commercial for the haunt season.

    Larry

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  • drfrightner
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    Escape Room Tour videos!

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  • drfrightner
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    If you guys haven't already started making your commercials and taking new photos you need to hop on it... very important. I'll be coming out with a bunch of new stuff within a couple weeks.

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  • drfrightner
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    Here finally is our 2019 Transworld Darkness Haunted House video. Enjoy!

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  • drfrightner
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    And here is one for Lemp.

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    We made this one without having any new footage!

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  • drfrightner
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    Here some promo videos for you...

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