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REVIEW: Delusion presents "Reaper's Remorse"For the past decade, Delusion has been the frontrunner in the world of inter...
09/21/2021

REVIEW: Delusion presents "Reaper's Remorse"

For the past decade, Delusion has been the frontrunner in the world of interactive theater. The event’s creator, Jon Braver, is a master of this genre as he combines aspects of Victorian horror, suspense, sci-fi, stunts, special effects, and puzzle solving to truly immerse you into a world that holds his unmistakable signature.

This year's play, “Reaper’s Remorse”, is Delusion’s first location outside of the major Los Angeles area. Taking place in the historic Phillips Mansion in Pomona, Reaper’s Remorse takes you deep into the world of Esther Phillips (a character named after the widow of the Phillips Mansion). Esther is a strange collector who invites you to her party where things go downhill very quickly.

Everything about Reaper’s Remorse was top-notch. Throughout this extensive production you interact with superbly talented actors and witness dazzling effects all the while travelling through a dilapidated mansion in order to find your way out. Braver’s crew of actors suspend all disbelief as you feel like you are in their world, being dragged around fantastic sets that blur the line between reality and fabrication. Throughout your travels you will be immersed in special effects that combine perfectly synchronized light and sound in order to make the illusion that more real. We won’t give too much away because we hope that everyone can enjoy this experience for themselves.

While we loved Braver's previous production,The Blue Blade, which took place at Club Fais Do-Do in the West Adams district; we feel that Braver’s creativity really thrives in creepy old mansions like the Phillips historic house. It was wonderful to enjoy the feel of Delusion’s earlier incarnations with the added experience and knowledge that Braver has accrued with newer productions. Our night at Reaper’s Remorse was absolutely incredible and we greatly urge everyone to go. Ticket prices are on the high end, but if you can afford to spend the money we guarantee that you will enjoy a night out that will give you a lasting sense of otherworldliness and exhilaration.

VC
September 20, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#delusion #jonbraver #hauntsofla

REVIEW: Delusion presents "Reaper's Remorse"

For the past decade, Delusion has been the frontrunner in the world of interactive theater. The event’s creator, Jon Braver, is a master of this genre as he combines aspects of Victorian horror, suspense, sci-fi, stunts, special effects, and puzzle solving to truly immerse you into a world that holds his unmistakable signature.

This year's play, “Reaper’s Remorse”, is Delusion’s first location outside of the major Los Angeles area. Taking place in the historic Phillips Mansion in Pomona, Reaper’s Remorse takes you deep into the world of Esther Phillips (a character named after the widow of the Phillips Mansion). Esther is a strange collector who invites you to her party where things go downhill very quickly.

Everything about Reaper’s Remorse was top-notch. Throughout this extensive production you interact with superbly talented actors and witness dazzling effects all the while travelling through a dilapidated mansion in order to find your way out. Braver’s crew of actors suspend all disbelief as you feel like you are in their world, being dragged around fantastic sets that blur the line between reality and fabrication. Throughout your travels you will be immersed in special effects that combine perfectly synchronized light and sound in order to make the illusion that more real. We won’t give too much away because we hope that everyone can enjoy this experience for themselves.

While we loved Braver's previous production,The Blue Blade, which took place at Club Fais Do-Do in the West Adams district; we feel that Braver’s creativity really thrives in creepy old mansions like the Phillips historic house. It was wonderful to enjoy the feel of Delusion’s earlier incarnations with the added experience and knowledge that Braver has accrued with newer productions. Our night at Reaper’s Remorse was absolutely incredible and we greatly urge everyone to go. Ticket prices are on the high end, but if you can afford to spend the money we guarantee that you will enjoy a night out that will give you a lasting sense of otherworldliness and exhilaration.

VC
September 20, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#delusion #jonbraver #hauntsofla

REVIEW: Universal Studio's Halloween Horror NightsLast year, due to the pandemic, everyone was forced to abandon what wo...
09/19/2021

REVIEW: Universal Studio's Halloween Horror Nights

Last year, due to the pandemic, everyone was forced to abandon what would have been a normal Halloween season filled with wonderful mazes that showcased the incredible talent that exists in Los Angeles. The uncertainty of the pandemic left many creators scrambling at the last minute or just going dark. There were some notable yard displays and events in 2020, but we really felt the absence of those who were missing.

We hoped that the amount of time that had passed since the 2019 Halloween would have created a fertile ground for creativity and the exploration of new realms. In particular, we were looking forward to seeing what Universal Hollywood came up with for this Halloween season since they were dark in 2020. Our hopes for a grand return were quickly dashed. Though Halloween Horror Nights (HHN) is the most highly attended (and therefore most well-funded) Halloween event in the Los Angeles area, our experience left us feeling very underwhelmed. The energy was lackluster and the space more constrained - overall feeling like the ball was really dropped this year. The recycled mazes, the terrible (and shorter) terror tram, the lack of printed programs, and the endless lines altogether made the price of this event - for the majority of people who had general admission - not worthwhile.

Let’s start off on a positive note and show our appreciation for the Horror Nights employees who don’t get to share the spotlight with Hollywood's creative director John Murdy. The scare actors did fantastic work with their acting, especially considering that they have to work during a Covid Delta surge with thousands of visitors who don’t keep their masks on indoors. Our favorite maze might have been “Universal Monsters: The Bride of Frankenstein Lives” in which the actors interacted with the crowd in an engaging and seamless manner. Multiple cast members portrayed The Bride’s main characters - offering uniform and consistent performances that felt like you were seeing the same actors throughout the maze. We really hope that Universal incorporates more of their classic Monsters again into future events.

We also loved the production of the mazes: the design, the lighting, and the sound effects. (The immense budget of Universal certainly helps to bring creative visions to life on a grand scale.) We found ourselves happily immersed in the black lit world of “The Curse of Pandora’s Box'' - which felt more immersive than most of the other mazes. The team also did a great job recreating Regan MacNeil’s bedroom for “The Exorcist” maze - where at one point Regan’s head spins as she vomits towards the audience. The sound engineers did an excellent job with perfectly synchronizing the timing of the sound effects in the mazes - though sometimes the sound level was way too loud. Also, the inclusion of Dubstep music in The Bride of Frankenstein maze was awful and completely broke the mood.

Our biggest complaint would be Universal Hollywood’s constant recycling of maze designs year after year. Once again, the “boo boxes” were everywhere. Boo boxes are when you turn a corner and hear a loud sound accompanied by a bright flash of light out of a corner as a monster peeks out. This trick quickly wears thin and becomes predictable throughout the night - especially if you are someone who has attended Horror Nights in previous years. There are also areas of the mazes that are wasted potential - like the numerous dark hallways in The Exorcist.

And it goes without saying - the lines were completely unbearable. We made a deliberate choice to not go as Media in order to give an honest review of Horror Nights. (Universal gives free passes to Media and influencers in exchange for favorable posts and reviews). As general admission ticket holders, we had to wait in the regular lines like most people who attend this overcrowded event. The wait in most lines was over an hour. If you don’t have a plan for how to tackle this event, you might spend most of your night waiting in lines. We made a specific plan which began with arriving at Universal before the 6 pm, unannounced magic hour. Then, we ran to the lower lot and queued up for The Exorcist and then did The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We completed both mazes before most people arrived. If you start off your night with the lower lot, and then make a plan for when you go back upstairs, you should be able to experience all of Horror Nights. Keep in mind that the mazes have different opening times, between 6:15 pm and 8:00 pm. Go with a plan otherwise you are not going to see much.

We understand that a lot of people love John Murdy, however we have been consistently disappointed by what he brings to Universal Studios Hollywood. Murdy lacks the vision and imagination that Universal Orlando’s Michael Aiello holds. Aiello brings to life original characters and creates enthralling mazes - offering an overall more satisfying visitor experience. It’s frustrating to think that Murdy could do so much better with his exceptional creative team and limitless budget however he just delivers the same lukewarm event year after year.

VC
September 19, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#hhn #hhn2021 #universalstudios #halloweenhorrornights #hauntedhouse #hauntedmaze #losangeles #hauntsofla

We’ve recently updated our Haunts Of LA website http://www.hauntsofla.com with our growing list of 2021 haunt reviews. W...
08/24/2021

We’ve recently updated our Haunts Of LA website http://www.hauntsofla.com with our growing list of 2021 haunt reviews. We’ve also added 2 new features to the site: an interactive map of haunt locations and a search bar feature. The map of haunts will be updated as we find out which haunts will be active this year. If you have a haunt you would like added to the map and our section of “2021 HAUNTS TO VISIT”, please DM us. The search bar feature (in the “ABOUT” section) offers a way to search through over 180 archived haunt reviews. Our archives offer a window into past incarnations of current haunts along with a way to experience haunts that are no longer here. Thank you, as always, for being with us as we explore the many ways in which SoCal residents manifest the creativity and joy of the Halloween Spirit.

Archival photos included in this post:

1. Boney Island (2018)

2. Where IT Lives (2017)

3. Mables 6 Feet Under (2017)

4. Ghost Train (2017)

5. Jordan's High Desert Haunted House (2016)

REVIEW: Horrorworld presents the Texas Chainsaw MassacreLocal legends Larry and Cheryl Bones, otherwise known as Boneyar...
08/21/2021

REVIEW: Horrorworld presents the Texas Chainsaw Massacre

Local legends Larry and Cheryl Bones, otherwise known as Boneyard Effects, have a deep history in the Southern California haunt scene. For over two decades they have been in the haunt business, starting off by working with local haunt institutions (e.g. Halloween Horror Nights) to creating their own unique and otherworldly haunt experiences. For this 2021 pre-Halloween season they are hosting a pop-up haunt, “Horrorworld”, that is a tribute to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre in their new(ish) location.

Horrorworld is located in the food court of Rancho Cucamonga’s Haven City Market. The space that used to be a large storefront has now been transformed into an extensive and very detailed haunt maze. As you travel through the haunt you will encounter Texas Chainsaw Massacre franchise favorites, Leatherface and Grandpa Sawyer, who excel at catching you by surprise as they gruesomely torture their victims. The maze is chillingly silent, only to be disrupted every so often by quiet sounds that slowly build the suspense which Boneyard is infamous for. This silence, accompanied by an intricate set design and heavily shadowed atmosphere, breathes new life into a familiar cult film narrative.

Horrorworld is hosting this temporary haunt to hold visitors over until Boneyard’s “Into the Black” haunt returns this fall. We loved our experience at Horrorworld and its epic tribute to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre. We highly recommend you visit this haunt, which will be active for the next couple of weekends, to hold you over until Halloween season gets into full swing next month.

VC
August 21, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#horrorworld #hauntedmaze #hauntedhouse #halloween #boneyardfx #hauntsofla

REVIEW: Midsummer Scream Presents: Awaken the SpiritsUnder usual circumstances Halloween season would officially kick of...
08/21/2021

REVIEW: Midsummer Scream Presents: Awaken the Spirits

Under usual circumstances Halloween season would officially kick off with the Midsummer Scream convention at the Long Beach Convention Center. However, since we are still living in an unstable pandemic environment, the Midsummer Scream team decided to create a smaller convention at the Pasadena Convention Center appropriately entitled “Awaken the Spirits”.

While this convention was missing the Midsummer Scream core attraction of multiple haunts/mazes, aka “The Hall of Shadows”, we still greatly enjoyed our experience and were delighted to see new and familiar faces. Victoria Manor Haunted House (aka Jordan’s High Desert Haunt) was selling creepy wares and Fear Farm, L.A. Haunted Hayride, and Horrorworld were hosting haunt preview booths. We loved the panels, the amazing cosplayers (especially our favorite @creepycutejaylah who was lurking around the @arts_sideshow display), and the small pop-up preview maze of Pandora’s Box (Halloween Horror Nights).

As usual Midsummer Scream did a masterful job at curating the official start to the Halloween season. We look forward to seeing all of our fellow haunters in the coming months - with an ending celebration at Midsummer Scream's winter convention, “Season’s Screamings”, in December.

VC
August 10, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#midsummerscream #jordanshighdeserthaunt #fearfarm #lahauntedhayride #horrorworld #uhhn #hhn #halloweenhorrornights #maze #hauntedhouse #halloween #hauntsofla

REVIEW: Shook!Throughout the years, Los Angeles has had a surprisingly great amount of LGBTQIA haunted houses including ...
06/25/2021

REVIEW: Shook!

Throughout the years, Los Angeles has had a surprisingly great amount of LGBTQIA haunted houses including ReachLA’s “Reach Beyond Terror” and the infamous 2015 feminist le***an haunted house “Killjoy’s Kastle”. These notable creations now include a Pride pop-up haunted maze, “Shook!”, brought to you by the innovative minds of Murder House Productions (MHP) and Twisted Haunts.

Both MHP and Twisted are famous for their memorable DIY haunts that have been, for the most part, housed within garages and sections of homes. This year, however, both haunt entities have joined forces to create a world of exquisite nightmares hosted within a large commercial space. “Shook!” celebrates camp and horror, featuring q***r icon Babadook and famous scenes from the horror films “Carrie” and “Sleepaway Camp”.

Visitors are allowed to roam the haunt freely - exploring the intimate details of the sets and their meticulous decor. (We highly encourage everyone to really take their time in order to soak in as much as possible.) The superb quality of the set designs is equally matched by the actors, who are beautifully chilling and willing to take part in photo ops. The sets and actors, combined with the expert sound and lighting, create an immersive experience within every single room - leaving you with a gratification that will hold you over until the start of the Halloween haunt season.

While it took some time to wait in line (soothed by a great soundtrack of songs including Yeah Yeah Yeahs, PC Music, and Poppy), we would like to state that it was well worth it. Once inside the haunt, we never felt rushed and could really take our time to savor the experience. “Shook!” felt like it was made especially for the enjoyment of each and every visitor thanks to MHP and Twisted Haunts pouring their hearts and souls into this production. This is the perfect way to celebrate the month of Pride, and we hope that you're among the lucky people who got tickets for the upcoming sold-out shows this weekend.

VC
June 24, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#murderhouseproductions #twistedmindsproductions #mhphaunt #pride #hauntedhouse #haunt #maze #halloween #carrie #sleepawaycamp #babado

REVIEW: Reign of TerrorWe went to our last haunt in 2019, and a lot has changed since the pandemic wrecked the plans of ...
05/08/2021

REVIEW: Reign of Terror

We went to our last haunt in 2019, and a lot has changed since the pandemic wrecked the plans of hundreds of haunted houses. This year’s haunt season will bring some big surprises and new adventures, and we were fortunate to get an early peek with Reign of Terror’s “Halfway to Halloween” celebration last weekend.

For those who don’t already know, Reign of Terror has become one of the most legendary Southern California haunts since its inception in 1999. Along with its peers, like Rotten Apple 907 and Beware the Dark Realm, RoT has continuously raised the bar for what a haunted house experience should be. RoT’s founder, Bruce Stanton, has a unique vision and an industrious production ethic - creating a world of suspense and horror that spans across 125 rooms within 9 themed sections. Stanton’s use of lighting, olfactory effects, original characters, animatronics, and superb art direction takes you on a wild adventure that lasts over half an hour.

In 2019, RoT moved into a new space inside of their home at Janss Marketplace in Thousand Oaks. There was an attempt to premiere their new location in 2020, but the event was cancelled. Therefore, we were even more eager to see what new scares were in store for us this year. We loved the additional room layouts and the restructuring of the mazes, along with many new surprises which we won’t spoil for you.

What makes Reign of Terror superior to larger scale haunts like Universal is that it offers a voyage through a world unique to Stanton and his team’s imagination. Without the interference of IP’s or sponsors, who tend to get in the way of what makes haunted houses so special, Reign of Terror is free to perpetually create new worlds within its domain - entertaining and enthralling visitors year after year.

VC
May 02, 2021
Hauntsofla.com

#reignofterror #rothauntedhouse #haubtedhouse #hauntedmaze #haunt #maze #halloween #thousandoaks #losangeles #hauntsofla

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