Haunted Houses

Hey, fellow Halloweenies, look what’s up out on the opposite coast:

haunted house

Intriguing!  Tell me more, Los Angeles Times:

After signing a waiver and getting locked inside the 17th Door haunted experience, you’ll need to remember three things: Each of the 17 rooms is more intense than the last, the monsters will touch you and the safe word is “mercy.”

And what lies behind the 17th Door? Your greatest fears – and one of the most anticipated haunted experiences of the Halloween season in Southern California.

Southern Californians Robbie and Heather Luther are the masterminds behind The 17th Door.  Neither have any horror background, but they had a dream of creating an immersive haunted house experience after visits to several haunted mazes.  Their intent, as quoted in the LA Times, is to disturb, terrify, and occasionally offend visitors.  Judging by the articles I’ve read, they’re succeeding.

The set-up, again from the Times:

Set at a medical college, the 17th Door’s well-developed backstory follows a troubled student named Paula who battles a host of demons ranging from drug abuse and an eating disorder to bullying and suicide. Paula’s personal demons show up as physical manifestations in the college’s classrooms, dormitories, cafeteria, library and locker room. Sometimes Paula is in the room with you and other times you view the scene from Paula’s point of view.

The 30-minute experience unfolds in 17 locked rooms that rival movie sets for their intense attention to detail. Visitors will be pulsed through in small groups of approximately eight people and spend about 90 seconds in each room. And there’s a good chance you will get wet – either from a putrid toilet or by a monster’s tongue.

Ew.  Too spooky for me.  I’d rather sit at home and read haunted house stories.  I like my thrills and chills at a safe remove and without any tongues.  If you feel the same way, here’s a post from a couple Halloweens ago which talks about ghosts and haunted house stories. You could also check out my posts about The Unseen by Alexandra SokoloffRooms by Lauren Oliver, and The House of Small Shadows by Adam Nevill.  I’ve also just finished a wonderful haunted house story by Sarah Langan, called Audrey’s Door.  I hope to have a post up about it this week!

The rest of you braver souls can have a look at the website for The 17th Door.  Find it here.  You don’t need to sign anything, but brace yourself for creepy imagery.

–Marie

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