This haunted house is offensive!

by  on Nov.11, 2014, under Haunted Houses, Rant

gacy2I’ve seen a lot of haunters losing their minds over haunts that they deem to be far too extreme.  They’re offended that there’s a haunt that’s for adults only with intense sexuality and nudity.  They’re put off that a haunt in New York actually involves the customer in the scenes and gives them a fairly terrifying or psychologically abusive experience. Their jumping on a band wagon to condemn a haunted house for using real serial killers in Chicago as part of their event.  Something that’s been done over and over again in haunts all over the country for decades.

While I’m not sold on the more extreme haunts where people are literally tortured by actors, I’m all for them being in operation and out there.  Its not my cup of tea but obviously it is for some.  These are events that do lower numbers and have, no doubt, lots of legal waivers they make customers sign off on.  I’m not really offended by this but I can see how the public might be, however haunters should know better than to publicly denounce another haunt as offensive.

Its a the job of horror and haunted houses for that matter to push boundaries.  Haunts should take people to places they may find uncomfortable and scary.  That’s the whole point right?  I’m pretty sure it is.  So what’s wrong with making people uncomfortable with a guy dressed as John Wayne Gacy, or terrifying a customer by pulling them into the story and making them do something in order to get out? Is it in band taste? Hell yes!  It will offend some, thrill others, and scare the rest! This is what a haunted house can and should do if the owners are so inclined.  There’s no rule that says all haunted houses have to be sensitive happy places.  There’s plenty of room for both spicy haunts and mild ones.

“Haunts should take people to places they may find uncomfortable and scary.  That’s the whole point right?”

The adult only haunts with nudity seem to be on the rise and you have to be an adult to go through it.  If I choose to go to something like this and pay my money for the ticket then I have a right to do so.  Just like the owners have a right to sell me the ticket.  Is it extreme and sleazy?  Sure it will be seen that way by many people but clearly that haunt is not trying to appeal to a broad audience and they won’t have the kind of attendance a haunt that eschews these themes will.  They have to contend with the same issues as any haunt. Safety codes, fire codes, complaining neighbors, bad press, good press, and the like.  Will it take down the haunt industry? No I don’t think so.

“Safety should be our top concern not content!”

Unfortunately 2014 reminded everyone the real danger is haunted events that don’t take safety seriously and that’s what can possibly take down the industry.  This year saw at least 3 people die in haunted hayride accidents and in all cases it was a lack of safety and oversight that caused these deaths.  No one should ever get hurt at a haunted event let alone die!  The industry as a whole should be far less concerned about what they find offensive about certain haunts and instead be concerned with making a concerted effort to make haunted houses safe!  This should be the goal of any and all haunted house associations.  They shouldn’t be commenting on haunts they think are offensive. Instead they should be out there putting together some type of safety code to protect not only the customers but the haunted house owners and actors.   Safety should be our top concern not content!

I realize the states and cities are expected to make sure these haunts are up to code and I know that most are pretty tough  and expect a lot of safety protocols in place.  But there are still places out there that don’t put safety first and clearly the haunt industry should be taking a stand together to do something about it!  This has been the biggest issue in the industry for as long as I have been involved in it and now is the time to get in front of it before it gets spun out of control by the media next season.  Lets make 2015 all about keeping customers safe so our industry has a long future ahead of it.

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Video For Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare

by  on Sep.11, 2013, under haunted house commercials, Rob Zombie, trailers

A while back I made a video for Rob Zombie’s Great American Nightmare and it finally dropped to the public yesterday.  Today its everywhere and its kind of overwhelming!  Its on Rob Zombie’s website among many others and as of this post its at nearly 14,000 views in less than 24 hours.  Seeing something I worked on getting this type of publicity is pretty trippy.  For something that is mostly pieced together with clips from Rob’s movies and stuff I’ve shot myself its came out well!  I’m flying out next month to shoot the actual haunt so there will be more photos and videos of this event coming by October 13th!  So stay tuned for that in the coming weeks!

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Photos from Los Angeles Haunted Hayride

by  on Oct.25, 2012, under Canon 5D Mark III, Haunted Houses, HDR photography

Last week I was in Los Angeles to shoot video and photos for Los Angeles Haunted Hayride! It was a fun weekend and the creative team behind LAHH were a lot of fun to hang out with! LAHH is one of the best hayrides I’ve seen! The sets are amazing and the actors do a phenomenal job of scaring the crap out of the hayride groups. My favorite scene was the satanic church complete with satan and cultists that come to life and chase after you! LAHH is also one of the only haunts I’ve experienced that uses a custom soundtrack created by a professional composer name Chris Thomas. The music perfectly fits with the action of the scenes and just gives it that extra something that really pushed it over the top for me! I highly recommend the attraction if your out in LA so go see it!

Check out the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride Photos here!

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Night Terrors Haunted House 2011 Trailer

by  on Sep.26, 2011, under Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies

Just finished this 2011 Trailer for Night Terrors haunted house. The video was provided by Night Terrors and then we edited it all together and added all the music and titles. Its a great example of what we can do when clients provide us with some great video! Check it out below:

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2011 Rogues Hollow Promo Reel

by  on Mar.16, 2011, under Canon 5D Mark II, Halloween, Haunted Houses, HDSLR Filmmaking, horror movies, Slasher Movies

If you were at Transworld this past weekend you likely saw at least a little of this as you past by my booth. As you know the show floor isn’t really conducive to focusing your attention on any one thing so, here’s the Rogues Hollow 2011 Promo Reel for you to enjoy!

Rogues Hollow Promo Reel 2011 from Christopher Brielmaier on Vimeo.

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