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Tunnel of Terror Conjures Ghost of Halloween Past

Posted in 2015, Review, Tunnel of Terror with tags , , , on October 23, 2015 by bluefall8


We toured the Tunnel of Terror on just the second night of operation and while it was admittedly light on actors the Rochester Jaycees long-running trailer haunt did induce a nostalgia for the humble heyday of the haunted attraction industry.

The Tunnel of Terror featured a guided tour of sorts; a trickster ghoul haphazardly led us through the coiling darkness by the sound of his voice and with the aid of a small flashlight. He disappeared more often than not to shout basic orders and offer humorous, albeit deliberately obtuse observations.

The trek was punctuated by oppressive, pitch black halls and several jump scares; I was pleasantly surprised to hear a sound system in use which is too frequently ignored at non-profit organizations.

The Tunnel of Terror was a brief haunted attraction that clocked in at under five minutes and due to space limitations did not showcase many scenes but we did like a small toxic waste area that emitted an eerie glow and also enjoyed a creepy doll room; although an inventive scare or interesting character in the latter would’ve smacked an excellent exclamation point on the whole experience.

Rating: 3 stars

Horrorlust Radio Episode #016

Posted in Horrorlust Radio with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on October 14, 2015 by bluefall8

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In episode #016 of Horrorlust Radio, I’m joined once again by fellow haunted attraction enthusiast, Mike Marvel.

In this installment of Horrorlust Radio, Mike and I continued our discussion of haunted houses, specifically how such attractions can succeed or fail on the strength of a finale.

This edition of Horrorlust Radio also featured interviews with the cast and crew of TNT Productions stage performance of Night of the Living Dead. Also included is an interview with Corey from Past Tense After Dark.

I’m actively seeking sponsors for Horrorlust Radio, if you own or operate a haunted attraction or are otherwise involved or connected to the haunt industry and are interested in such an opportunity you can contact me at the following email address:

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



Thank you to the latest sponsor of Horrorlust Radio, Krazy Hilda’s!


Join me for Night of the Living Dead this Saturday at James R. Desana Center for Arts & Culture located at 81 Chestnut Street in Wyandotte!


Halloween III: Season of the Witch may not feature the iconic Michael Myers but it did introduce a generation of impressionable youths to the hypnotic tune of the Silver Shamrock commercial. As a child I was quite horrified by the images of those masks that rotted the heads of countless unsuspecting kids.


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

“Monster Mash” by Bobby “Boris” Pickett & The Crypt-Kickers (Single, 1962)

Halloween III: Season of the Witch Theatrical Trailer, 1982

“Night Wraiths” by Nox Arcana (Grimm Tales, 2008)

Silver Shamrock Commercial from Halloween III: Season of the Witch, 1982

“Darkly Everafter” by Nox Arcana (Grimm, 2008)



Past Tense After Dark Delivers the Fright Stuff

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , on October 11, 2015 by bluefall8

Following another Saturday night in the great month of October, we placed two more notches in the old belt after maiden visits to Tunnel of Terror in Rochester and Past Tense After Dark in Lapeer.

Tunnel of Terror brought me back to my youth with an old school trailer haunt that pressed in on us from all sides. The pitch black passages and sparse scenery struck the right tone and left me brimming with ideas. Past Tense After Dark was a pure delight which exceeded expectations with a professional cast, superior detailing and a penchant for humor. The House of Horrors, in particular, succeeded on several fronts and rocketed to the top of the best of list for 2015.

Full reviews to be posted in the coming weeks, of course. Thanks to Paul and Dan at the Tunnel of Terror as well as Nick and Corey at Past Tense After Dark for being gracious and knowledgeable hosts. It’s always fun to talk haunts and I enjoyed picking your brains. Corey even shared a great local ghost story — you can’t beat that!

Crisp Air, Fresh Haunts

Posted in Preludes and Nocturnes with tags , , , , , , , , , , on October 10, 2015 by bluefall8

It will be a night of first time visits for us tonight and I don’t think there’s anything more exciting during the month of October than the chance to tour never-before-seen haunted attractions.

First, we’ll check in with the Rochester Jaycees at the Tunnel of Terror! The Tunnel of Terror is a so-called trailer or modular haunt and quite frankly I have a bit of a thing for trailer haunts. The trailer haunt and other scrappy volunteer efforts formed the very foundation that the haunted house industry was built on, so any time I discover one I relish the opportunity to pass through its halls. There simply aren’t that many trailer haunts left in this area; I believe the last time I paid one a visit was four years ago.

We plan to cap the night off at Past Tense After Dark in Lapeer which boasts three attractions — Hayride of Despair, Cornmaze of Fear and The House of Horrors. Past Tense After Dark is one of a handful of attractions that I’ve yearned to visit for a couple of years now and I’m happy to finally see a trip manifest.

Originally, I had hoped we could also visit Scott’s Haunted Corn Maze, Hayride and Rooms of Terror but given the number of attractions between it and Past Tense After Dark, I think we’d be cutting it a bit too close. It’s a shame as we will pass Oxford on our way to and from Lapeer but such is the life of a haunter.