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The 13th Gate Haunted House in Baton Rouge, Louisiana where you worst nightmare comes to life as you treck through 13 seperatly themed rooms. Hold your breath as you crawl through a cremetory oven and pray it doesn't turn on while you are in there or you will become dust and no one will ever notice you are missing. Or escape the snakes beneath the bridge that are hungry for a snack. Find them online at www.midnightproductions.com

Not far from Louisiana is The Cutting Edge Haunted House in Fort Worth Texas well worth the drive if you are looking for a scare this haunted house is all of your worst fears wrapped up in one location. You will run but you will not be able to escape the darkness. Will you live to warn others about it? Find out at www.cuttingedgehauntedhouse.com

Also not far from Louisiana is The Darkness in St. Louis, Missouri ranked as the second most frightful haunted house in America. Think you have what it takes to escpe the monsters hatching from cacoons in the 3-D clown house, or the one armed man who lost his arm in a motorcycle accident and he is still looking for the one who has his arm. Think you can escape him, many before you have not. Visit their website for directions www.scarefest.com

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Rise Haunted House – Hammond, Louisiana

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Louisiana's Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America!  Hauntworld.com rates and reviews the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America!  Rise Haunted House is located in Hammond, Louisiana. Please share this page and leave your reviews of one of America's best and scariest Haunted Houses.  When you find yourself in the Louisiana area go to Rise.

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OPENING NIGHT (2011)

After one last pep talk thanking everyone for the hard work towards getting the season underway, the soon to be haunted house actors were released to their scenes. Checking hair & makeup as they passed and tweaking their ripped & soiled Goodwill costumes, the owners gave encouragement to the nervous crew of actors. With raw training and little idea what to expect, these brave souls made up of family & friends were given one small task…scare people. Then the owners began their first walk-through, tweaking speaker volumes, double checking for loose screws, and repositioning lighting so as not to  highlight those few still unfinished OSB walls. They had delayed opening night 1-week already, so if they intended to operate a successful haunted house business, the doors must open before getting too far into October, unfinished sets be damned.
 

The construction of RISE began only 7-months prior. Starting from bare patch of ground, more than half the construction time went into actual building of the building. An all metal 10,000 sq. ft. frame with a sheet metal exterior and a wooden facade extruding from the front mimicked a bed and breakfast on which the haunt was themed. In the center of the building, 9 ft. off the ground, was a 14 x 14 ft. room housing the main electrical and lighting equipment, fire system, video surveillance and stacks of audio amplifiers. Branching off from the control room in every direction was a 3 ft. wide catwalk stretching over most of the attraction where one could peer down into practically every room of the haunt. At the time, the catwalk was seen as a convenient way to get to and from the control room and into actor stations strategically placed throughout the attraction. On the very first night, it was quickly realized how much having a vantage point above the scenes could greatly benefit the show.

After completing the walk-through of the haunt, the ticket booth got a radio call. It was time to open the show. With eerie sounds flooding an empty parking lot, the waiting began. Fifteen minutes after the doors opened with no customer in sight, fear starts to set in. Owner, Nevelle Laiche, humorously recalls that night, “Isn’t there a saying, ‘If you build it, they will come?’ What movie was that? Field of Dreams…Right? Was that based on a true story? In that moment, I realized even friends & family won’t show because they’re already here to act in the haunt. After 20 minutes of nail biting, a car pulled into the parking lot. What a relief. One is better than none. Then CRAP, they turned around. I remember thinking whose idea was it to build this stupid haunt anyway?”

After 30 minutes a few cars started trickling in. Play-by-play hails over the radio blasted out for every vehicle as if it were a sporting event. “Two cars just pulled in.” “Lady and two girls walking to the ticket booth”  “Group of three heading to the front door.” At this point fear turns to panic. Actual real-life paying customers ready to enter.  Now time to produce.   Will they actually scare someone?  From the catwalk, all owner’s peered through a crack in the window overlooking the grand entry. They watched as guests were led into the first room and the door closed behind them, wondering the whole time if a huge mistake was made or a thriving business was launched.

 
 
 


RISE was conceived in a most unconventional way. Unlike many haunt owners, the creators of RISE new nothing about haunted houses or haunting when they started the business. They were not home haunters nor actors nor haunt enthusiasts. RISE was built by entrepreneurs who got bitten by the haunt bug after Davy Plaisance’s son convinced his dad to let him throw a Halloween party. The cost of entry into this party? Guests would have to enter and survive a haunted house! The term haunted house was a far stretch. Black plastic walls, cheap Walmart Halloween props and dollar store masks provided the backdrop. Boom boxes playing creepy sounds downloaded from the internet set the mood and an air compressor in the fireplace with a quick release valve provided the main scare. Overall it was 250 sq. feet of pure cheesy horror and everyone had blast. The next day Davy makes a call to Nevelle, his brother-in-law, with an idea to open a professional haunt in Davy’s work shop, but that was quickly shot down by Davy’s wife, Mindi. If it was going to happen, it must be on the vacant land he owned located next to some land Nevelle and his wife Shontay owned. “It took a lot of convincing to get the wives on board,” recalls Davy, “Eventually the ladies caved and RISE was born! But honestly, the wives’ decision to build RISE in this location has been a key to our success. Having a permanent location with room to expand has been essential in growing the business and drawing repeat customers to the attraction.”

As the first guests moved through the haunt, room by room they were followed from above. Watching the actors deliver their scene and noticing how the guests reacted to the movements and scares was indispensable in tweaking the show to get the most out of the sets and actors. As the first group passed through the library the first big startle was upon them and perfectly timed to get their attention as she rose from the chair, finger to lips…SHHHH.  As the drop panel hit, the librarian lunged, and the group dropped to the floor. Simultaneously, the monster lurched out from the drop panel opening and shouted…WHOO HOO!  “Well, at least it wasn’t BOO,” Mindi chuckled, “Having ladders extending down from the catwalk, it was easy for me to climb down into the actor station and quickly give our over eager zombie some needed vocal tips.”

The haunt party that sparked the idea of building a professional haunt was in early October 2010, so for the remainder of that season, the owners visited haunts in the area to learn what it takes to operate a seasonal haunt attraction. RISE is located on the outskirts Hammond, Louisiana, a small college town midway between New Orleans and Baton Rouge. In the haunt world, that’s about 45 minutes from 13th Gate and an hour from House of Shock. In visiting those behemoth haunts, they found great inspiration, but it was actually some of the lesser known haunts in the area that provided them the conviction that this could be accomplished. Upon realizing they had the skills and team that could put on a great show, they got to work. Davy, being a general contractor and former tattoo artist, had the building and artistry background it would take to construct and detail the haunt and the knowledge of how to run a business. After all, he and his wife Mindi, owned and operated rental property along with her brother Nevelle Laiche and wife Shontay.  Nevelle, a computer programmer by trade was very skilled in technology and took the reins when it came to finding the props, animating the scenes, and installing the lighting, audio, & security cameras.  Davy’s dad, David Plaisance, had constructed metal buildings for 20+ years and was handy with torch & welding machines.  Nevelle and Mindi’s father, Ricky Laiche and his wife Cheryl also joined the business.  Ricky, very keen at carpentry, would be essential in construction & prop making.   With a well-rounded team in place, plans for RISE began to take shape.
 
 

 
Year one, the main attraction was roughly 30 rooms in under 10,000 sq. ft. of space including 1700 sq. ft. of themed queue line. The original design called for double the space to feature portions of a bed and breakfast, a secret lab, a complete New Orleans’ style cemetery, a meandering cave system and underground sewers.  At the end of August with mostly unfinished walls standing, it became clear the plans had to be scaled back, so they steamrolled to completing the bed and breakfast and laboratory with plans to complete the full layout the following year. However, the underwhelming first night was a let down financially.  Still, optimism remained in the hearts of the owners, and none more so than Shontay. “I interviewed guests as they left that night and unanimously they were thrilled with the scares, detail and style of RISE haunted house,” recalls Shontay, “so from a financial perspective, that first night wasn’t very successful, but every person on site had a blast, from patrons to actors & staff. Sure. Haunting was not going be a get rich quick scheme. It definitely took time & patience to reap the rewards, but from night one, I knew our quality show would be successful. We just had to expand on it.”

With hard work as the formula, RISE got better and better for seasons to come. Plus professionalism & courtesy added to the mix.  From the ticket booth to the parking lot, customer-friendly service always greeted their guests. Secondly, the attractions had to have a high level of detail that would immerse the customers from start to finish. Thematic music and sounds echoed through the haunted house, queue line and parking lot. The lighting and detail of the rooms along with the costumes had to fit the theme and story.  Everything was designed to draw the customer in and have them suspend reality for a spell. Acting would also be a key to a successful show. Without the budget for huge animatronics (or even small ones for that matter), the show must rely on tried and true scares and the enthusiasm and energy of the actors to awe inspire guests.

NEW! Zombie Paintball (2012-2016)

The plan to expand the haunt and complete the full layout took a detour after the 2012 Transworld Halloween & Attraction Show. Instead of expanding the walkthrough, RISE offered a second attraction, a new interactive form of entertainment called Zombie Paintball. South Louisiana had never seen anything like it, putting RISE on the map of must-see haunts that season! This provided a dual revenue stream for RISE. Additionally, it attracted non-traditional haunt goers who were not up to the scares of a typical haunted house. To show appreciation at the end of the 2012 season, the owners loaded up all Zombie Paintball crew onto the paintball trailers and with guns locked and loaded. They headed into the makeshift town for some zombie revenge. With Davy suited up and padded down, he lead all owners, now targets, into the field where they patiently waited. Tractors pulled the anxious load down the trail. Immediately, pink glowing balls, zoomed passed their heads & limbs, most hitting their targets. “We soon realized how bad of an idea this was,” laughed Davy, “but you can’t claim we don’t have fun!”

 


 
Their Zombie Paintball was a makeshift zombie ridden town combined with fast-paced, suspenseful audio. RISE’s MRT, Military Response Team, engaged with customers nightly to prep them for the mission. They successfully immersed passengers with constant entertainment from load to unload, but after 5 seasons of Zombie Paintball, one thing was clear. Zombie Paintball is a nightmare Preparing for the inevitable breakdown of equipment like guns, valves, hoses etc. and needing knowledgeable employees to service the equipment at all time became daunting.

The Cemetery (2013)
While Louisiana is not home to many haunts, what it lacks in quantity is made up in quality. Highly detailed haunts with 30+ minute walk-throughs are the norm, so they decided against creating The Cemetery as a third-revenue, separate attraction. Instead, they built a 7000 sq. ft. New Orleans’ style cemetery into the main attraction and increased ticket prices only slightly. Many of the decisions these owners make give up short term profits for long term gain. One of the reasons visitors return year after year is the great value for their dollar. The original layout for the graveyard called for 102 above ground tombs, countless walls, a caretaker shack and a chapel, but once again time was the enemy. Scaled back to 48 tombs but keeping all other planned features, the walk-through more  than doubled the length of the
original haunt.


Renovations (2014-2015)
The following year was myriad of upgrades  for RISE. Knowing that parts of the haunt were not up to the level of detail and scare factor that was envisioned, they set about fixing the underwhelming sections. Being aware of the weak areas of the attraction and getting feedback from customers can go far when it comes to raising the level of the show. And after a visit from the actor Will Smith the prior year and an embarrassing moment when he had to use an unfinished makeup and blood splattered restroom, 2014 saw the expansion of the makeup room and bathroom facilities. In 2015, Hauntcon made its way to Louisiana with RISE as a featured haunt on the tour. Opening up the haunt to industry peers was quite nerve racking, but feedback was positive, and 2015 marked their best show year so far!


RISE Escape Rooms (2016)
A month prior to their grand opening season, Davy & Nevelle were in Baton Rouge rounding up some last minute props and happened to be near 13th Gate.  “They were holding auditions that weekend and when you're haunt is 45-minutes from one of the best haunts in the country, it’s customary to stop by and introduce yourself. Right?” joked Davy. Not really, but they introduced themselves anyway. “Owner, Dwayne Sanburn, was cordial and great, but he must’ve thought we were a bunch of crazy rednecks putting up plastic walls,” recalls Davy, “Over the past 6 years we’ve become close friends with many haunt owners but none as close as Dwayne,” So when the owner of one of the most successful haunts in the world calls and says it might be a good idea to look into Escape Games, one must listen, and in late March, they began construction of RISE Escape Rooms.

In February 2016 the games were complete and ready for players. They took the same approach to building their games as they did with the haunt, detailed and well themed with challenging puzzles and great customer service, and so emerged another successful attraction from the creators of RISE.




The Risewell Mental Asylum and Research Facility (2016)
Major flooding occurred in August all across South Louisiana causing damage to every attraction at RISE. It was questionable if the new attraction, an asylum housed in a 3000 sq. ft. addition, would be ready for opening night.

With all hands on deck and working 16 hour days, cleanup was a major undertaking. With paint barely dry, RISE debuted the asylum four weeks later than expected. Having such a small footprint, a traditional walkthrough haunt would have been extremely short. Wanting to give the customers a longer show, they conceived a plan to lengthen the time in the attraction by holding patrons in a scene for a longer period of time; haunted house meets dark theatre. While not the first time it’s been done, this style of haunt is hard to pull off. With customers’ focus on the actor for 30 seconds to a minute, acting is crucial. They handed off the script and the casting to their stage manager, Taylor Dubois, who embraced the challenge with extreme enthusiasm. The ensemble that was put together was top notch and on a nightly basis the actors in the asylum were highly praised. Another twist to the asylum was certain actors would be allowed to gently touch the guests with stroke on the cheek or a sweep of the hair. In the end, just the idea that the guest COULD be touched was more frightening than the actual interaction itself. Though the asylum needed some tweaking in detail, the new style and quality of this attraction attracted new visitors.
 

Over the past seven years RISE has continually and consistently expanded, upgraded and reinvented itself. They have reinvested financially and doubled down on their core values by providing great customer service and striving to ensure every visitor has an immersive and engaging experience. Future plans for RISE include a traditional hayride, more escape rooms and additional haunt-themed attractions. Aspiring to not only be a great haunt, RISE Haunted House and Escape Rooms aims to become known as a destination that offers a unique and innovative entertainment in the fall and year round.
 


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House Of Shock

I first heard of House of Shock soon after they opened back in 1992. Why is that significant? This is significant because this was in the pre-internet days. I heard of House of Shock from some of my own actors who where fans of Pantera rock band. I heard stories of devil worship, fire breathing from its doors as if the devil himself was inviting you to enter. House of Shock is by far the most controversial haunted house that has ever existed and I include the 'porn haunted house' and the 'Hell Houses' in that mix.

There is NO DOUBT that haunted houses in the mid 80's to early 90's created all of the sterotypes from bloody rooms, Freddy scenes, cheap black plywood walls and of course images from 'Hell'. It wasn't until the Transworld show started to attract more haunted house vendors and the invention of the internet that haunters started to change coarse. Haunted houses today for the most part have left behind scenes from slasher movies ("Leatherface" excluded), excessive gore, black plywood and any and all ties to Satan.

In turn haunted houses are now better than ever, attracting bigger crowds, more publicity, more group sales, better sponsorship deals and more community acceptance. Everyone I know of nearly lost their minds when they heard of Hell Houses, which operated by religious groups used scenes of abortion and suicide. Our stomachs turned as we thought what it might do to our industries reputations with the public and media. All the while a haunted house down in New Orleans was actually preaching devil worship as part of their que line entertainment. I've already been asked why in the World would you feature a cover with the image of evil? House of Shock is doing something so different, so against the trends of our industry someone had to ask the question why. So 'House of Shock' why?

HW: Hi Ross! Why don't you take a few minutes to fill us in with the basics about House of Shock? Who owns the attraction, where are you located, when it first opened, just the basic background information?

Shock: The House of Shock started back in 1992. We created it just for something to do during Halloween. It was a small circle of about 15 friends or so that were there in the beginning and out of those 15 emerged 4 that would take the responsibility of making the event happen year after year... Jay Gracianette, Steve Joseph, Philip Anselmo and myself.

It was just all of us friends in Jay's backyard that first year, with plastic walls wrapped around 2x4's stuck in the ground. (We didn't know any better back then.) But even in those crude beginnings, The House of Shock groundwork was laid for the future. I would still put us up against any "professional" haunted house today.

Although we didn't have awesome props or detailed rooms, we had possessed actors that gave it their all. To tell the truth that is all you really need. You could put any of our cast in an empty room with white lights and we'll get you. Anyway... We had lines around the block in these neighborhoods and the people in the neighborhood weren't that into it so if we wanted to keep going we had to go commercial. Eventually we wound up in the building we are in now. We are going on our 8th season in this location.

HW: Even before the invention of the Internet, which made it very easy for everyone to communicate and learn from other haunts around the nation I had heard all sorts of rumors about House of Shock. I even remember as far back as maybe 10 years ago hearing about this haunted house owned by a rock band. Do you think having the Pantera connection helped build the legend that is now House of Shock?

Shock: I think that having Pantera's endorsement definitely helped us gain the national exposure and notoriety that we enjoy. I mean... Would we be in Rolling Stone Magazine or have an hour long special on VH-1 without Philip? Probably not. However, I don't think our local success was entirely hinged on our relationship within the rock community. I think New Orleanians come to The House of Shock to see what we will do next. The level of show brings them back year after year.

HW: One of the first things we heard about was the devil-worshipping concept. When I was a teen back in the 80's, devil worship rumors were a big thing with rock stars. So tell us are you or anyone in the band or associates of the haunted house worship Satan?

Shock: Come on Larry... I guess it is a valid question, but really! Look man... My partners are Catholic and I'm a Jew! I suppose to some people that's as bad as being a Satanist. (Laughs)

HW: If no one worships Satan or the Devil then why the theme, which as you knew prior to opening the house and since would be very controversial? I can only imagine many people will not buy a ticket to your attraction because of the theme.

Shock: What was the scariest movie when I was a kid? What movie messed me up more than any other and to this day is one of the most disturbing horror movies ever made? The Exorcist! Movies with Satanic or apocalyptic themes were what scared the generation that I came from. Movies of that time period were real. They didn't have the polish or political correctness of today's mainstream horror. They dealt with horror in a graphic and violent way. Most of them did not have any comic relief at all. They were dismal and sullen and over the top. That is what we fashioned our event after. Happy skeletons are not for us. Freddy Kruger dancing to Michael Jackson's "Thriller" doesn't cut it man! It isn't what we think is scary. It may work for some audiences... But not ours! If we lose a few people due to our content in order to keep our integrity in tact then so be it!

HW: From what I remember during some of our talks you had told stories of how some in the community tried to keep you from opening. What was that like and in addition was the theme really worth it and why?

Shock: The first 3 years were a struggle for us. The first 2 were in backyards and to the people in the neighborhood, Satan had just moved in next door. I don't blame them at all. If you are a good Christian grandma and you walked into The House of Shock expecting the usual haunted house... Well let's just say it could be quite a shock. (Pun intended) Add to that, this abomination is in your own neighborhood. I don't blame them. After the second year we realized it wasn't going to work in a backyard setting, so we rented a warehouse. This is where the public officials came in to play. Sparked by a few complaints from their constituents, the City Council decided that we were not appropriate for public viewing and tried to shut us down. One councilman made a quote to the newspaper that if there was anything that he found offensive, he would make sure that we were shut down immediately. This started a citywide argument via talk radio and the newspaper over censorship and freedom of speech rights. In the end the council backed off due to public outcry. Besides... I'm sure they figured we wouldn't be around long. They thought we would shoot ourselves in the foot anyway. So... Was it worth it? Yup!

HW: I must say that I've been totally against any haunted houses exploiting real death, Satanism themes, excess gore, etc in haunted houses for very good reason: Haunted houses like any other business but especially our industry needs to attract a wide audience to stay successful. Many people instantly think of the awful haunted houses from the 80's and part of the 90's with devil scenes, white walls with blood and teens banging holes in walls with bats. We've all fought so hard to leave these stereotypes behind to grow our industry into an industry that is acceptable entertainment for everyone. House of Shock must be the only haunt that I know of that goes against all of this and even exploits and promotes the idea. Why? Plus do you think promoting devil themes in haunts is good or bad for haunted houses?

Shock: We're a far cry from white walls and baseball bats though Larry. I also don't think this type of haunting is for everyone. As a matter of fact... I don't think this angle is for anyone else. But isn't it nice to know that it exists somewhere?

Somewhere in this nation there is a haunted attraction that is not afraid to overstep the boundaries. Not scared to separate itself from the normal. Wouldn't it be boring to know that there wasn't anything beyond a room with a Distortions Electric Chair or a vampire/bat Pepper's Ghost illusion? Wouldn't it be kinda depressing to think that it doesn't get any better than a pimply faced teenager in a cape trying to put on an English accent badly? What we offer is an alternative. We offer intensity! It isn't for everyone. Some people like hockey masks.

HW: A few years ago you guys sent in some awesome footage of your haunted house. I was just blown away by the detail of your sets and wondered why the controversial angle. Was your theme purposely done to sell tickets or to cause controversy or was it simply because you wanted to make a statement?

Shock: Thank you for the compliment! Although I don't think our sets are as detailed as many of the haunts that you highlight on your videos. I definitely wouldn't be so pretentious as to say we are making any kind of statement with what we're doing. And we might even sell more tickets if we left the Devil out of it. We do what we do because it is what we have always done and it is definitively ours. We do it well and it works for us!

HW: The thing that totally stunned me when I'm looking at this footage was this preacher, actually preaching to people to worship the devil. When you think back to events such as Columbine shootings and how the media claims video games or movies influence these people has the idea ever crossed your mind that maybe you might by influencing someone to actually worship the devil?

Shock: Did Marilyn Manson influence the Columbine kids to shoot their classmates, or were these just 2 disturbed kids with access to firearms? Did Judas Priest seduce that kid to blow his head off, or was that just a depressed teen with several problems and parents that didn't care or know how to? Marilyn Manson and Judas Priest are musicians. The House of Shock is theater! Just as Broadway plays and movies are theater. (But without the budget!) There is no reality here, just the perception of reality for the sake of entertainment.

Should we be faulted for putting on a believable show? Because frankly, if we were just up there in fake English accents, being ignorant, and spouting off inane nonsense, we wouldn't be considered the threat we are now. But because to the average person we appear to be the real thing, we are going too far and influencing impressionable minds. They see all that "Hell Fire" from our pyrotechnics show and believe that we are Evil incarnate. These are the same people that will believe anything just because someone told them so. No... I do not think we are influencing anyone to do anything that they weren't going to do anyway. Stupid people do stupid things for stupid reasons. If you don't believe me... Watch Jerry Springer!

HW: One other thing I noticed about your haunted house, which we featured on a Hauntworld Movie was the extreme scare technique you employ such as the slob, drooling out of his mouth hanging dirty underwear over peoples heads. I can understand why that would be scary...lol. Anyway what are some of your more extreme ways you've attempted to scare people and do some have negative reactions?

Shock: It wasn't real dirty underwear! It was underwear with a chocolate bar in it. (Laughs) Look... We are a freak-show! We are a haunted house amped up on steroids! We will try anything to scare, disturb, sicken, and leave you emotionally scarred! One year however, we had a guy named "Scary Jerry". (He gave himself this name.) Jerry thought it would be a good idea to cut him up with a real machete for our patron's entertainment. Needless to say, "Scary Jerry" isn't with us anymore. Last I heard he is in a haunted house in Florida.

HW: I must say your haunted house's detail is exceptional one of the best I've ever scene. What are your scenes based on like a story or just random?

Shock: Well there isn't a definitive story line but it isn't exactly random either. You enter our world and we take you through it logically. You enter this year through a huge 5,000 sq/ft outdoor graveyard, which leads you to a mausoleum. You exit and come upon a huge 2 story plantation style home that has a gigantic ballroom outfitted with Doug Ferguson's FCG's on motorized tracks that can travel the entire room. Then you exit the house into a traditional New Orleans style graveyard. There is a good reason they call our cemeteries "Cities of the Dead". The tombs are huge. From there you go through a swamp and the "Church of Sadness" which is Lord Belial's lair. Lord Belial is kind of the head bad guy. He claims to be the "Leader of the 4th Reich! The Satanic Reich!" Lord Belial is played by none other than yours truly!

HW: How much of your haunted house do you change each year?

Shock: We are changing more this year than ever before. We are adding about 6,000 sq/ft and we are giving facelifts to most of our sets.

HW: I'm a firm in my thought that your haunted house is so awesome that it would do more business if you didn't have the devil theme. Has the idea ever crossed your mind to change the theme of the show in attempt to cross over some?

Shock: Yes. We have talked about it. And you are probably right... We would do more business if we took out the Devil. After all it is such a small part of what we are as a whole. But we couldn't rightly call it The House of Shock without it or at least I wouldn't want to. We kinda painted ourselves into a corner with this and it is hard to back out now. And to tell the truth I don't want to. I like what we are and I'm proud of what we do. Screw the money! (Laughs and then cries)

HW: You guys seem to be very cutting edge with your idea's and endeavors. What are some of the more extreme idea's you've attempted to build into your haunted house?

Shock: I don't know... Are we more extreme than the "Hell Houses" out there with the abortion scenes and AIDS wards? I don't think so. To me they are the ones who should be accused of trying to influence people. I think the most extreme stuff we do is our stage show. It sets the mood of the entire experience.

HW: Last year you built an entire dark ride. I was amazed at the attempt and very impressed. I remember talking to you on the phone and mentioning not to give everyone unlimited trips through because of the slow through put of a dark ride. So tell us exactly what the results where from your dark ride experience.

Shock: We took that advice and "The Dark Ride" was a success when you take into account all of the hardships we had to overcome. Unfortunately "The Dark Ride" opened 2 weeks late due to 2 back-to-back hurricanes we suffered before our opening weekend. Many of our electronics got ruined and the track had to be re-sanded. Because of that setback, the detail of our scares weren't up to par and the ride was a little lack-luster. We wound up losing money but the accomplishment was immense. We were able to build that entire ride from scratch. It was quite an undertaking that I don't suggest you try. The cars, the track, the cueing system, the on-board computers, etc.... all of that was made and put together by our volunteer crew headed by Doug Ferguson of Phantasmechanics and Byron Falgout, House of Shock's head engineer! We are happy with it but we are giving it a year off. It will be back in 2004!

HW: Do you do a lot of advertisement in your market or does your haunt have a loyal cult following which allows you to advertise less?

Shock: Our advertising budget is $20,000. Is that a lot? I know some haunts that spend 5 times that amount. I think most of our business is word of mouth and loyal fans. However... We don't have enough courage to see if that is true or not. I wish we did!

HW: For most haunts PR is a crucial aspect to a successful business. Have you found that your local television stations and major newspapers won't embrace your attraction for fear of complaints?

Shock: We were the lead story on the 10:00 evening news 2 years ago. It was the whole "Have they gone too far?" angle. They showed footage of our stage show complete with fire and everything. Did it help us or hurt us? Who knows? It doesn't matter really.

HW: I was checking out your website and noticed you're only open 14 days. Why?

Shock: Seriously... I don't think we could physically handle more than that. We are so active and it is so hot down here that we would burn out fast. Some years we are open more than that though. It depends on how the calendar falls.

HW: Staying with the subject of the Internet, your website is as cutting edge as your attraction. I'll vote your website one of, if not, the best on the net. Tell us what goes into your thought process with the net. In addition, how has the net helped your business?

Shock: The website links us with our worldwide fans. People that have heard of us from our numerous magazine interviews or through our music connections or just through the rumors of the "Outlaw" haunted house have found us through our website. These people can get a little taste of what we are about through there. We also sell a decent amount of merchandise through our site. That always helps too.

HW: From talking to you, you've had a lot of rock stars, actors, and so on visit your haunted house. Tell us some of the biggest starts to experience your show?

Shock: Uh... Probably many people that you or your readers have never heard of, but they are big to us from the rock community. The Nine Inch Nail guys are based out of here. They are regulars. The Canadian band Nickelback came to check us out. Melissa Joan Heart of the show Sabrina the Teenage Witch came through. Anne Rice's personal assistant came through. (Laughs) We also get many Saints players every year. Kyle Turley former New Orleans Saints offensive lineman and current St. Louis Ram was a great friend to The House of Shock. He even made an appearance in our stage show!

HW: On your website you claim to be the most intense attraction in the world. What makes your attraction so intense other than the theme?

Shock: Our cast... Most definitely! We are constantly in your face! You barely have time to breathe. The times when we do let up you are even more freaked out waiting for the next onslaught!

HW: In all honesty considering you're in New Orleans known for lots of weird things like voodoo do you think this might be the only city in America where something like what you're doing could work?

Shock: Probably. You have to remember though... New Orleans is an overtly Catholic town. I think we only exist because we found a loophole and came in at the right time. Our saving grace was the comment made by that narrow-minded councilman that sparked the public outcry. Also... Our fire marshal is a great ally! We almost consider him a 5th partner! Honestly, if it weren't for him we wouldn't be around at all. He stuck up for us when no one in city government would. Thank you Jerry Renfro!

HW: Expanding that thought since you're in the city which is home to Nine Inch Nails, Anne Rice, Voodoo, and Ancient Cemeteries and more do you think that maybe an attraction any less shocking would work? Do you wonder, considering the city you're in any less extreme wouldn't work?

Shock: There are many traditional events here in New Orleans that do a wonderful job and also do good business! Our friend Dwayne Sanburn in Baton Rouge does way more business than us! He has an awesome haunt called 13th Gate. He has made us step up our game a little this year! Bring it on Dwayne!

HW: I remember a few years ago before Terror on Church Street closed down they had ideas of expanding. I was told first hand one of the cities under strong consideration was New Orleans. I remember it was going to be called Terror on Bourbon Street. I think this would be been very successful as a year around haunted house. Have you guys ever thought of doing something like this?

Shock: Yes. But in order for it to work it would have to be in the French Quarter and then you are talking big bucks and a more corrupt government than we have in Jefferson Parish. (Right outside New Orleans) We would like to do it but we would have to bring in a big time investor. Ozzy's name has been passed around! We'll see what happens.

We've also talked about the whole theme restaurant thing. But we all saw how well that one did in Chicago. I don't think people want to eat and then get scared. It's not a good combination. Overall, I don't think a year round event would do as well here as in places like Orlando, because New Orleans is a different kind of town. Less family... More drunks! When people come here they want to get loaded not see a haunted house out of season.

HW: Considering your theme I would think you'd get some strange actors who love to work there. Tell us about your actors?

Shock: We have the most dedicated cast you could ever ask for. These guys sweat blood for us! They give it their all and we can't show them enough appreciation! Every year we do a Christmas Awards Banquet where we give out awards for Best Room, Best Costume/Make-up, Best Stunt, etc. Fully catered, full open bar, no expense is spared!

We also have our own Mardi Gras float that parades on Mardi Gras Day. That is also open to our members. We have several get-togethers throughout the year.

 

We have become like a huge extended family. We are very proud of our relationship with our members. Many weddings and babies have occurred as a result of The House of Shock. It is as much a social event for us as it is a haunted house. I wouldn't change that for anything!

HW: Again I noticed on your website you have some sort of stage show. Tell us more about your stage shows and are they inside or outside? Do they cost more money to see them and do they bring you extra business you wouldn't have had otherwise? Lastly what kinds of acts do you feature?

Shock: How long is this interview, Larry? (Laughs) The stage show has become a big part of The House of Shock in the past 3 years. It takes place on a 40ft wide 9ft tall stage that is outside in front of our cue line. This stage is also home to our two 8ft video screens that play edited cuts from the most underground horror films that no one has ever seen, along with some classics.

The stage show itself incorporates live actors, video, loud audio, stunts and more pyrotechnics in 5 minutes than in an entire rock show. Our partner and general manager Steve Joseph is a licensed pyrotechnician that travels the world with the likes of Janet Jackson, Pantera, Nickelback, and The Rolling Stones. As a matter of fact, this year we will be using pyro effects straight from The Rolling Stones 2003 World Tour. They are being shipped to us directly from their last tour date.

We also have a second stage at our event that faces the ticket line. This stage showcases acts such as the Reverend B Dangerous Freak-Show (featured at Ozzfest), and several local and national musical acts. All of this is included in the price of admission.

HW: What are some of the ways most unusual ways you've promoted your haunted house. For example I saw some kind of race car on your website. Tell us more!

Shock: We have a racecar and a Mardi Gras float. We have 2 hearses. One of them actually runs. (Laughs) We also have a T.V. commercial that is the most graphic commercial ever. I love it! We pulled no punches. I'm surprised they let us air it!

HW: How do you think the haunted house industry has changed over the past few years for the better or worse?

Shock: I'm not sure. First of all I think some people in this industry take themselves way to seriously. I'm not going to name names or point fingers, but this community is small and some people really have ego problems. I mean... I think that The House of Shock is the best Haunted Attraction in the country. I'm sure everyone feels the same about their own event. But, I know that it is just a haunted house. Some of us want to read a little bit more into this industry than is necessary I think. There are some of us that are very pompous and not so nice. I think it's funny to tell the truth. I laugh at these people and their little cliques. I suppose this is a little off subject but it is irritating sometimes. Come on guys! It is a haunted house!

HW: What is the future for House of Shock hold?

Shock: Franchises! I don't know.( Laughs) We are talking about taking it on the road and joining one of these summer music festivals. I think that is within our realm of capabilities.

HW: Thanks for your time and answering some of these questions which where kinda tough ones. Can you please tell everyone where to get in touch with your attraction if they want to visit this October?

Shock: The best way to get a hold of us and to see what we are about is through our website at www.houseofshock.com. We have pictures and media clippings on there. We have a message board where you can exchange messages with our cast or you can also e-mail me personally through a link on our web page or at belial@houseofshock.com. I am happy to talk with anyone, especially fellow haunters. My number is published in the IAHA phonebook, so feel free to just give me a call if you want. Check out our website though and buy some merchandise! (Laughs evilly)

 
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