I'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...

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  I flew out to Los Angeles to shoot the very cool and unique Los Angeles Haunted Hayride just a couple weeks ago.  This event is always a treat to check out and simply one of the best Haunted Hayrides out there!  Hayrides are fairly difficult to make scary because the audience is sitting in a hayrack and fairly safe from the monsters and creatures in the scenes.  But LA Hayride manages to make people scream every year with their amazing scenes and intense actors!  This year was no different! The theme is called "Tales from the Rift" and it all deals with the underworld and the apocalypse.  The scenes range from spooky to outright terrifying and they ramp up in intensity as they go.  One scene has these women carrying babies around the hayrack while wailing and crying.  They take the babies and give them in sacrifice to a demon in...

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Opening weekend at Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare in Chicago was an awesome experience!  I was invited out to shoot photos and video of the opening night where Rob Zombie himself played to a sold out crowd!  The concert was amazing even though Rob wasn't able to do some of his more advanced stage effects such as the pyrotechnics but it was still an amazing show!  I think regardless of whether or not you like Rob's music you'll still love his show. He's a true entertainer and really gets into his performances!  The night was a little extra special since it was Shari Moon Zombie's Birthday as well! The haunts are of course stunning and highly detailed!  The murder ride features all the murderer's from House of 1000 corpses and then some including John Wayne Gacy which has been causing quite a stir in the Chicago area since that's where the...

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I had the opportunity to fly out to Arizona for the opening weekend of Rob Zombie's Great American Nightmare Scottsdale in September.  For 2014 The Great American Nightmare expanded to two locations, One in Scottsdale AZ and one in Chicago IL, more on the Chicago location later in the week.  The Scottsdale location has 3 attractions including The Lords of Salem in Blackout, Captain Spaulding's Clown School, and the Devils Rejects.  The Lords of Salem Blackout is the only attraction that was also used last year in LA but its been update with a much better intro and a facade that looks like the apartment building from the film.  The Clown School is an all new 3D attraction that combines the crude humor of Captain Spaulding with amazing cutting edge 3D effects and props. My favorite attraction however had to be the Devils Rejects.  This attraction follows the film closely and...

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I had the honor of going to a haunt I've always wanted to see for 15 years! The House of Shock in New Orleans has been one of those infamous haunts that has had more than its share of controversy due to its themes of Satanism.  Its also one of those haunts that's just as well known for its amazing sets and awesome stage show with pyrotechnics!  It was a real honor to get asked to come out and shoot some photos this year, their final year, for use on their site and promotions.  I have to say the show lives up to its legend! When you first visit the House of Shock you're treated to a stage show that is mind blowing! Its something out of the most intense heavy metal concert ever seen.  Lord Belial, the satanic priest comes out and talks about how the Antichrist was born at...

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New Video trailer we shot for Tagsylvania Haunted Houses in New York state.  This is a great event with one of my favorite haunted trails!  There's some very creative things going on here with the set  design including a real crashed plane that someone died in!  Creepy Dolls, amazing make up and one of the best 3D scenes I've ever witnessed in person!  Its well worth your time if you live near Big Flats NY! httpvh://youtu.be/vchNcuyiUrg...

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Here's another new video I shot on site at The Indiana Fear Farm last October. It was one of the final events I went to that season and it was a breath of fresh air!  I had been to several big budget big name events with major effects and Indiana Fear Farm was a nice home spun event that did amazing things with its location.  The hayride featured actors on ziplines, dancing skeletons, evil possessed pick up trucks, exploding gas stations and of course a headless horseman that chased down the hay rack!  Its a creative and smart event that does so much with custom made props an sets. If you live in the Indianapolis area I can't recommend this one enough! Go check it out and be charmed and terrified by a truly fun and unique haunted house! ...

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So there seems to be a growing trend in the Haunted House industry to do silly funny videos in hopes of becoming the next "Gangnam Style" or "Harlem Shake" viral sensation. I've done videos before in hopes of them becoming viral and I've pretty much given up on it. I've actually listened to so called "web professionals" offer advice on doing viral style videos to let more people know about your business. In the past I've done videos with the intention of creating something funny that might go viral. I can tell you now this is exactly the wrong approach for any video project!   First the most OBVIOUS reason: The chances of your video going viral are astronomical. There's very little you can personally do to facilitate a video going viral. It all depends on chance. I hear professionals say that all it takes is one person spreading it to some...

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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...

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