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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.

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:

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.



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)

Inventive Scenes, Lush Environments Highlight Slaughtered at Sundown

Posted in 2013, Review, Slaughtered at Sundown with tags , , , , , , , , , , on November 11, 2013 by bluefall8

The air had grown cold and the hour late as the headlights of our vehicle cut a swath through the rich blackness. John and I arrived at Slaughtered at Sundown just prior to closing time — the hayride had already ended for the night and considering the biting winds, I couldn’t blame the operators.

A fair amount of patrons were already waiting in line for their chance to enter the haunted house when we stepped into the queue area. WRIF was on hand for the night and while the rock music was a welcome addition, some hot chocolate or roving ghouls would have made the lengthy wait more bearable. We did chat briefly with a family in front of us who had toured Slaughtered at Sundown previously.

Interestingly, our journey began and ended with nearly identical scares and oddly the effect was very well executed. Both the first and last rooms in Slaughtered at Sundown are covered in streaks and splats of neon colored paint, it looked as if a radioactive rainbow had entered the area and spewed bile in spasmodic fits. An actor in a blackout suit which had been painted accordingly lurked in the shadows and jolted guests with lightning quick startles.

Slaughtered at Sundown offered a good balance of haunt fundamentals and old school tactics mixed with modern props and technology. This provided an ideal setting for the actors who performed admirably, one memorable monster was dressed as Pyramid Head from Silent Hill, the costume was finely detailed and highly convincing complete with elongated angles and over-sized knife.

We also enjoyed a dark hallway that featured a spongy floor, our feet sank with each step which created a mild sensation of floating. Soon thereafter we turned into a hall which used lasers and mirrors to create misdirection and disorientation.

The most detailed scenes were saved for the second half of the attraction. Inside a lifeless nursery, a bony corpse rocked an infant to eternal sleep and later we came upon a wall that resembled a honeycomb but there was no sweet nectar to be had. As we approached the structure a pair of undead arms reached out of the wall and attempted to draw us inside.

The scene was visually striking and something we hadn’t quite seen before; it reminded me of the brief, but jarring dream sequence in 1985’s Day of the Dead when a dozen pair of zombie arms burst from a dormitory wall and clutched at one of the main characters.

Slaughtered at Sundown also featured an excellent swamp full of fog and was inhabited by a mangy Skunk Ape who harassed any who dared to traverse the bridge that spanned the bogland. There was also a greatly detailed cave which even had a thick layer of sand spread across the floor.

Our only complaint fell to the group in front of us which was a family of 6-8 people who now hold the record for the slowest group to ever traverse a haunted attraction. On at least three occasions we attempted to separate ourselves from them but they moved at such a snail pace it was impossible without creating a traffic jam behind us as well. Due to the size of their group and the fact that they entered each room ahead of us, the family commanded the lion’s share of attention from the actors and that was detrimental to our experience.

Aside from that, Slaughtered at Sundown did a great many things right — the detailed scenes and shifting environments kept things interesting. A touch more intensity and improvisation would suit this cast very well.

Rating: 3.5 stars