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Exit 13 Goes Bonkers

Posted in News with tags , , , , on January 17, 2017 by bluefall8

Last Friday, Exit 13 opened its doors for a little event known as Friday the 13th Massacre. But this was no ordinary night — well, there aren’t really ordinary nights at Exit 13. Suffice it to say, this production by the Monsters of Mt. Morris was extra special. You see, once the clock rolled past 10:30pm, patrons were made to sign a waiver upon entrance and every pair of wrists were fitted with restraints.

I made this journey with members of my Jaycees family, all of whom were involved with SIN Haunted House last fall. Anticipation was high and the bladder of more than one haunter in our group was fit to burst. Oh, not mine of course. But there were those in the group who had to make an extra pit stop before we were granted access to the haunted halls of Exit 13.  What’s that? You want names? No, I can’t do that. Not without being bribed anyway.

Once inside we experienced an outlandish landscape at a breakneck pace that left each of us covered in goop, theatrical blood and one supremely foul-smelling scent. There were actors around every corner who engaged us with enthusiasm, sarcasm and flat out abuse. It was wild and unpredictable, like the haunted house version of a choose-your-own-adventure book. Groups were broken up, folks were snatched up, heads were bagged.

Exit 13 has engaged in some interesting experiments over the course of several haunt seasons and in the process has become one of the best haunted attractions in the entire state. I suspect the tinkering has only just begun. A full review of this most raucous affair will be penned in the coming weeks.

The Day Will Come When You Won’t Be

Posted in News with tags , , , on November 7, 2016 by bluefall8

A long, strange haunt season came to an end Saturday morning when John and I returned from Cincinnati fresh off of a maiden voyage to The Dent Schoolhouse.

The Dent Schoolhouse turned out to be an ideal end to a Halloween season that brought winds of change. We reveled in the festive atmosphere outside the attraction where a haunters market of sorts had set up shop. Once inside The Dent Schoolhouse we were delighted by a Lights Out: Clown Edition event stuffed to the gills with an energized cast who delivered scares and laughs in spades. We enjoyed the inherent schoolhouse theme and fell in love with several signature scenes.

Now that the season has concluded, full reviews for all attractions shall follow. Halloween may be done for the masses but the torch is always lit here at Horrorlust and I still have plenty of goodies to unwrap from the latest season of screams.

Hank Hymen: Virgin Slayer

Posted in News with tags , , , on October 29, 2016 by bluefall8

Hank Hymen: Virgin Slayer is a horror-comedy short released Halloween 2012 as part of an anthology special called Our Muddy Nightmare. The sketch, presented as a movie trailer, details the absurd case of a serial lothario Hank Hymen, who surfaces each October to seduce virgins — 31 of them to be exact. Hank is pursued by Detectives Rockford and Grant, a crime-fighting duo willing to color outside the lines of the law to settle a personal grudge.

Slash & Burn

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2016 by bluefall8

One of the cool perks of my work with SIN Haunted House has been the opportunity to tour other haunted attractions and on weeknights no less. Through the Michigan Haunters Association a number of haunted attractions throughout the state have collaborated to each host an event at their location. I think it’s a great tool for networking and provides haunters an opportunity to experience and appreciate the work of other passionate haunt freaks.

On Tuesday we converged at Rotten Manor and then last night enjoyed both Clio Manor and the indomitable, Exit 13. I toured all of those attractions last year and as such had planned to skip them this season so this afforded me the chance to get back to some great places and I’m thankful for that. Due to the insider nature of these events, as well as the aforementioned previous trips, I hadn’t originally planned to write official reviews but I still wanted to touch on some highlights from each event.

And then Exit 13 happened last night and I just don’t see how I can’t write a full review of the superior, odds-defying horror show that is taking place in Mt. Morris. So with that said I plan to do a streamlined review of these three locations with a focus on what was new. As for now, it’ll soon be time to channel Vermin once more and what a night it shall be next Monday when SIN is the final stop on the haunt swap. A plague is coming and Vermin is set to draw your sins as venom is drawn from a wound.

Thunder & Lightning

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on October 2, 2016 by bluefall8

The weather did make for some challenging driving conditions last night, furthermore Shawhaven was forced to close Wagons of Fear and Dead Maze, but all things considered it was still a worthwhile night of haunting that began in Mason and ended in Jackson. Samara’s Boarding House at Shawhaven and Jackson’s Underworld were both enjoyable in their own right but it would be Awaken that captured my imagination and stole the night!

Samara’s Boarding House featured several captivating scenes inside of a curious series of buildings, my personal favorite was an intimate movie theater and a mirrored hall trimmed with red lasers. Awaken, the brand new haunted attraction in Leslie, Michigan, impressed us with a large cast and immersive scenes that included an ominous funeral parlor and riveting carnival! Jackson’s Underworld had excellent presence and scenery although most of the actors were pedestrian at best. The new secondary attraction, Psycho Vision 3D, featured awesome artwork and other visual splendor.

Thanks to Tammy at Shawhaven and the tandem of Rob and Brian at Awaken for being gracious hosts and all-around fun people to talk haunts with. Full reviews of each attraction will be posted soon.

A Plague of Vermin

Posted in News with tags , , , , on September 26, 2016 by bluefall8

I’ve toured and reviewed haunted attractions for a decade now and the desire to cross the veil and become part of a haunted attraction is something that was always there just beneath the surface. I first felt the pull in earnest back in 2010 while working on a promotional video for the Woods of Darkness. I knew that my path would ultimately lead me there but at the time there was still many haunts to visit and the call of the open road had to be answered.

Slowly but surely the two worlds began to collide and in the summer of 2014, I agreed to help a friend build a garage haunt for a Halloween party. We emptied the 20 x 24 foot space, erected walls and designed scenes, installed lighting and props; we even integrated an elegant sound system. It was a substantial commitment and required the sacrifice of several nights that ordinarily would’ve been spent on the road.

In addition, I acted several nights with the Wyandotte Jaycees at Fō-bē-ə that season. Unleashing the carnival barker turned doll-man known as Gerkins was an infectious adrenaline rush to which nothing else could quite compare. I reprised the role, if only briefly, last year at Delirium and knew that the 2016 season would offer further opportunity. After so many years on the road, a flip through the Fear Finder or Haunt Guide revealed that I’d experienced most of what Michigan had to offer. There remain a few outliers to be sure and I’ll dutifully check those off the list but it won’t require as many nights on the road this season.

With that in mind I made the decision to make a bigger commitment to the Wyandotte Jaycees. Initially, I considered resurrecting Gerkins once more but after some thought he didn’t seem to fit the 2016 SIN theme quite like he should so I began digging for a new character and slowly, like a difficult birth, Vermin was unearthed. I hope some of you readers have a chance to meet him this October — no doubt Vermin will relish the opportunity to pontificate on the nature of life itself or perhaps he’ll shed some light on your own dark secrets.

SIN is located at 3131 Biddle, Wyandotte, Michigan.

Brotherly Brainmuncher

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on September 20, 2016 by bluefall8

While on vacation with my family last month we visited Castle Farms in Charlevoix which turned out to be a pretty neat place to poke around. One of the main attractions there is something called the Enchanted Forest which possessed a mild creep factor. There was a cool entrance that looked like something out of the Blair Witch Project; once inside various pathways set off in multiple directions.

Witchcraft? You decide.

Witchcraft? You decide.

Somewhere along the way I noticed my brother veer off onto a different trail than the rest of us and although I felt the pull to follow him, I was nursing an injured foot and also happened to be carrying my 18-month son at the time. Practicality dashed my zest for adventure and shenanigans.

A few minutes later our party emerged from the murk of the Enchanted Forest and arrived at picturesque Birch Lake. Nobody had spotted my brother since his impromptu sidewinder; he finally emerged from the trail a couple of minutes later shambling like a zombie. I took the opportunity to capture the fun on video which you can view below. Of course, I did a little editing to spice things up.

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