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Horrorlust Radio Episode #002

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on September 24, 2014 by bluefall8

My brother, Jason, returned to co-host once more in episode #002 of Horrorlust Radio.

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In the second episode of Horrorlust Radio, Jason and I discuss the evolution of horror in video games and also delve into the sometimes blurred line between extreme haunted houses and abduction simulations.

This episode also features the debut of two new segments — Nightmare Fuel and Serious Celluloid. In Nightmare Fuel, Jason recounts a personal account of an unidentified flying object he once witnessed in August 1997 and in Serious Celluloid I recommend a horror film to listeners.

We also discuss some of our earliest visits to haunted attractions — most notably a legendary trip through Lincoln Park’s Anxiety Alley and and eye-popping jaunt through a Monroe Jaycees haunted house during the mid-90’s.

More show notes and additional description information to follow.

Email any questions or comments to the address above or feel welcome to post any reactions to this podcast in the comments section below.

HORRORLUST RADIO: EPISODE 002

SHOW NOTES

One Day at Horrorland was book #16 in the original Goosebumps series and was released in February 1994. It’s among one of my favorite in the entire series and remains one of the most popular Goosebumps books.

Horrorland, no whores allowed.

Horrorland, no whores allowed.

The HauntWorld Issue #37 article I referenced in our conversation about extreme haunted houses and abduction simulations was titled Abduction Simulations: The Coming Plague and was written by Ben Armstrong of Netherworld Haunted House.

A link to the GQ article also mentioned during our conversation, written by Drew Magary which details his experience with Extreme Kidnapping: Kidnapped (Just Kidding!)

The songs and audio clips featured in this episode are listed below in chronological order:

1. “The Greatest Show Unearthed” by Creature Feature (The Greatest Show Unearthed, 2007)

2. “Shadows Fall” by Nox Arcana (Carnival of Lost Souls, 2006)

3. Kinski, Boone and Peloquin from Clive Barker’s Night Breed (1990)

4. “Music Box” by Nox Arcana (Darklore Manor, 2003)

Blackout Haunted House a different Breed

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2012 by bluefall8

Yesterday, I wrote briefly about the fabled Demonic Demons and the possibility that Zioptis had found a worthy successor — the news, as far as Michigan haunters are concerned, will undoubtedly be disappointing. The haunt in question is located in New York City, firmly outside most haunters seasonal bounds. The attraction is called Blackout and from what I’ve read it’s more in line with psychological theater than it is a traditional haunted house. Haunters must be over the age of 18 to enter the attraction and are required to sign a waiver, the real kicker however is the fact that guests are required to brave the darkness alone. That last fact is certainly an intriguing twist but I can’t help but to wonder if such a strategy would ultimately hurt the bottom line. A large draw of haunted attractions is the shared experience, it’s fun to go on an adventure with friends and have stories of laughter and fright to kick around for years to come. But as I’ve already mentioned, Blackout is not a typical haunted attraction.

The website for Blackout warns of physical contact, sexual and violent situations, water, and crawling. Apparently haunters are provided a flashlight and a medical mask that must be worn, guests are instructed to shout “safety” if they feel overwhelmed and wish to end the journey but other than that no speaking is aloud. The premise is raw and from the reviews I’ve read the experience sounds primal. A couple of reviewers commented that the experience were as if they had become a participant is a sick game straight out of Saw. The website does state that guests will engage in certain scenes where participation in disgusting or uncomfortable activities is required.

The whole affair certainly sounds interesting and darkly seductive. I can’t say for sure whether or not I’d go to an a attraction such as this if there were one close to home but I’d definitely consider it. Blackout does indeed sound as if they’ve taken the approach employed at Demonic Demons to another level, as Zioptis first suggested.