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Alone: Index of Diffusion Review

July 1, 2015

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I recently attended the first of four Alone events to be held this year.  This installment: Index of Diffusion is based on how light diffuses:through objects.  Alone, created by Lawrence Lewis and Devon Paulson plays on psychological fears rather than the blood and guts found in most haunts.

To keep the low-key reputation of the event (the location is always undisclosed) we won’t give away to many spoilers.  The whole thing takes about 40 minutes and starts with a well acted witchcraft scene from “The crucible”.  I was one of the last people to actually enter where the haunt begins so I was lucky enough to see most of the scene.

After crawling through a dark tunnel a woman grabbed me, walked be back and forth and spun me around.  She whispered about the properties of light and said, “go to the room with all the ribbons.  Tie them around as many people as you can and don’t stop”.  The room was one of the weirder experiences as, after being alone for awhile, you enter it and see it’s filled with other people.  Strobe lights are flashing all around and creepy music plays on a piano.  I tied the strings on a few people and had others tie some on me.  It was a strange experience playing on social anxiety.  Before that though I was led into a pitch-black room.

A woman spoke over a speaker talking about what I might see in the room and told me to lie down.  She said, “They will touch you but it won’t be people”.  The voice then says to,”stand up, shake it off and find your way through the door you came from”.  I couldn’t find the door.  Instead I got stuck in this dark room for what seems at least 15 minutes.  i kept running into dead-ends and finally opened what I thought was the door only to find out it was a bathroom stall.  I thought I might have gone to the wrong place and for a few minutes actually got some anxiety.  I banged on the wall and yelled out “hello”!  Eventually someone grabbed me and took me to the “ribbon room”.

There were other strange experiences, but I won’t give them away.  The whole thing seemed like an occult initiation.  If you’ve ever been a member of a mystery school you know what I’m talking about.  Overall it wasn’t really scary, but it wasn’t marketed to be.  Everything seemed more psychedelic than anything else.  The haunt was well done and all the actors did a great job.  I look forward to seeing what other adventures Alone has in store.

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The ALONE Experience Expands Their Immersive Horror Theatre in Los Angeles To Include 4 New Shows For 2015 Starting This June

June 16, 2015

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Los Angeles, CA  – June 10, 2015 – ALONE (an existential haunting), the infamous Los Angeles ‘October Haunt,” has expanded its showings to include 3 additional separate, but inclusive, experiences in 2015: Diffusion (in June), Refraction (in August), Reflection (in September) and their grand finale Absorption (in October).   ALONE was named “Scariest Haunt” – 2013 Golden State Haunts and Events, called “a stroke of genius” – L.A. Weekly, “truly a personal experience … a winner” – Fangoria and “beautifully constructed” – LAist.

This year’s theme for ALONE is “Unweave the Rainbow” which is four experiments in human emotion that explore interaction. When light encounters an object, one of four actions occur; diffusion, refraction, reflection and absorption. The experiences will proceed through the Index of Diffusion in June, to the Index of Refraction in August, then to the Index of Reflection in September. After the three Indices constitutive of a rainbow occur, light is finally consumed within the Index of Absorption in October.

Part one of ALONE: Unweave The Rainbow will be taking place over three nights in June.  The Index of Diffusion will unfold in a limited run from June 25th, ,26th and 27th at an undisclosed location in Hollywood, CA.  Tickets are currently on sale for Diffusion at: http://aloneexperience.ticketleap.com/alone-diffusion.  Tickets for Refraction, Reflection and Absorption will be available in the coming months to the general public and early sales available to subscribers of the ALONE Insider’s List.  To sign up for the ALONE Insider’s List, you can enter your email address at www.thealoneexperience.com.  By becoming a member of the ALONE Insider’s List you will receive exclusive offers and updates, early/discounted ticket offers and much more.

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The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor Returns to the Infamously Haunted Ship October 1 with New Maze Lullaby

June 15, 2015

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New Side Show of Freaks and Oddities, attractions, monsters and more thrills explore the deepest depths of fear

LONG BEACH, Calif., (June 15, 2015) –The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor rises once again from the deep history of the infamously haunted ship October 1 – November 1, 2015. Dark Harbor is thrilled to unveil the horrific new maze, Lullaby, that tells the tale of the ship’s youngest soul, Scary Mary. The chilling new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities, new attractions and new monsters will be orchestrated by The Ringmaster and all of the ghoulish spirits of the Queen for its most frightful season of thrills yet.

 Lullaby will take fear-seekers on a terrifying voyage with Dark Harbor’s youngest soul, Scary Mary, who has haunted the Queen Mary ever since her horrific drowning in the poolroom in 1952. Mary was a bad seed from birth. Before her death, mysterious tragedies and unexplained occurrences seemed to follow in Mary’s wake.  She isn’t looking for just one playmate; she wants a whole playground of souls to play with in the afterlife.  She can be spotted through out Dark Harbor, but the poolroom of the ship is her playroom. One must proceed through Lullaby with caution, as it may be the last journey through Dark Harbor as a mortal soul.

 Dark Harbor will introduce the new Side Show of Freaks and Oddities that will take guests through an immersive experience into the grotesque world of freaks like never before imagined.  Enjoy a specialty cocktail at the Side Show Bar for an up-close and personal look behind the Side Show curtain and catch an exclusively freaky live Side Show performance.

 Dark Harbor guests will get lost in the depths of the Queen Mary’s haunted history through the Deadrise, Soulmate and B340 mazes as well as visit the feared Voodoo Priestess in her Voodoo Village with dark magic gypsies in a setting wrought with shrunken heads and voodoo dolls.

 The Ringmaster will orchestrate the freaks and monsters of the Circus maze and its terrifying mad house that will disorient illusions through horrific magic, paranormal wonders and spirited thrills. The Ringmaster, The Captain and their band of spirits including Samuel the Savage, Graceful Gale, Half-Hatch Henry and of course Scary Mary will haunt the grounds of Dark Harbor nightly.  

Dark Harbor brings the true haunted tales of The Queen Mary to life, offering the most authentically frightening experience available. The annual event begins October 1 and continues to scare those who dare through November 1. Ticket prices start at just $20 online, with Fast Fright, VIP Passes, and lodging packages available. For more information or to purchase tickets online, visit www.queenmary.com/dark-harbor.

About the Queen Mary

Located in the Port of Long Beach, the Queen Mary features a rich maritime history, authentic Art Deco décor, and stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and Long Beach city skyline. At the time of her maiden voyage in May of 1936, she was considered the grandest ocean liner ever built. The Queen Mary’s signature restaurants include the award-winning Sir Winston’s and Chelsea Chowder House & Bar as well as a weekly Champagne Sunday Brunch served in the ship’s Grand Salon. History buffs enjoy the ship’s museum and Glory Days tour, guests of all ages love the Ghosts and Legends show, and the ship is currently featuring the renowned Diana: Legacy of a Princess exhibit and Tea Room. The Queen Mary features 80,000 square feet of event space in 17 remarkable Art Deco salons as well as a tri-level, 45,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall. The Queen Mary boasts 346 staterooms including nine full suites. For more information or for reservations, see www.queenmary.com or call (800) 437-2934. The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach.

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TEN THIRTY ONE PRODUCTIONS ANNOUNCES UPCOMING DATES FOR THE GREAT HORROR CAMPOUT

December 13, 2014

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Ten Thirty One Productions (TTO), the worldwide leader in producing live horror attractions, recently announced the return of The Great Horror Campout. The production will begin touring in June 2015.

Kicking off its run in Los Angeles on June 5th and 6th, the production is a 12-hour, overnight, interactive horror
camping adventure, unlike any other in the horror themed events genre. The tickets will go on sale on
November 28, 2014. Just in time for the upcoming holiday season, the tickets are the perfect gift for your
friends and family who enjoy distinctive and one of a kind experiences.

“We can’t wait to unveil the next chapter of Campout which is why we’re turning Black Friday into our
Bloody Friday Sales Event which will give campers the most discounted ticket offer of the year,” says Melissa
Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions. “We are developing a night that is packed with layered
interactive content to provide our campers an experience that they will never forget. This chapter will again
continue to push the envelope and kill the spectator sport status quo in the live attraction space. Campers will
leave feeling like they have been fully submerged in the experience for the entire night.”

“This year’s Campout will be the best yet,” added Carbone. “Our goal is to get campers to go further and
further down the rabbit hole. The further they go, the more they engage, the bloodier, scarier, more challenging
the experience will get. The content and characters will be unmatched. At it’s core, Campout is just fun where
there is something for everyone. Campers can choose their level of scare.”

More cities and dates will be announced in the upcoming months. Stay current on the latest
developments through social media, including:
• Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/GreatHorrorCampout)
• Twitter (https://twitter.com/greathorrorcamp)
• Instagram (http://instagram.com/GreatHorrorCampout)
Members of the media should visit Tenthirtyoneproductions.com for more information.

ABOUT TEN THIRTY ONE PRODUCTIONS
Ten Thirty One Productions, LLC is an Entertainment Company that creates, owns, and produces live
attractions in the Horror space. Launching one of the most popular Halloween attractions in LA, “Los Angeles
Haunted Hayride” in 2009, TTO has quickly grown as one of the premiere horror genre attractions companies in
the country. Appearing on ABC’s Shark Tank in 2013, TTO secured the largest investment in the history of the
show and brought Mark Cuban on board as a partner. Shortly after, entertainment giant, Live Nation became a
shareholder that provoked a large expansion in 2014. A major component in the business model has and will
always be a strong social awareness element that is integrated into the content of the attractions. Be it
environmental conservation to animal welfare, Ten Thirty One Productions finds creative ways to raise
consciousness in every production.

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Raymond Hill Mortuary Review

October 26, 2014

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Now in it’s second year running, the haunt at the Fremont Centre Theatre has raised the bar for what a scary haunt should be.  This year’s theme goes back to the building’s roots as a mortuary.  The maze portrays the theme well with everything from a waiting and viewing room to a pyre and crypt.

The haunt is interactive and will have you crawling over dead bodies, entering a coffin and interacting with the recently deceased.  The maze doesn’t use many hi-tech animatronics or props, but it doesn’t need it.  The newly themed attraction catches every detail and the energy of the haunted building adds a spookiness to the atmosphere.

Many reviews have stated the Raymond Hill Mortuary is one of the scariest haunts around and we have to agree.  We have to admit we were startled and spooked on more than one occasion.  There are many pitch black areas where you don’t know what’s around the corner until a ghost or ghoul jumps out at you to scare you.  The reality of the sets is amazing and like we previously stated, the natural environment feels haunted and will have you wondering what’s real.

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Sherwood Scare Will Possess You

October 26, 2014

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Sherwood Scare takes visitors into Stage 23 of Sherwood Studios where they will see a news clip from the 1930’s.  The clip shows the young Hollywood child star Hildy Cotter who while on one of her films people say became possessed.  A series of unsolved murders broke out and Hildy disappeared.  People talked about not going into the basement of Stage 23, saying that it was haunted by the young girl.

That is the theme of the this year’s Sherwood Scare, one of the most impressive home haunts you will find anywhere.  The haunt takes you room-to-room throughout Stage 23, such as the dressing room, the editing room, the screening room and of course the basement.  The haunt pays careful attention to detail and is just as scary as any of the mazes you’ll find at the theme parks, if not more.

We were impressed with the theme and how each room progresses you further and further into the story.  There’s a lot of classic scares inside, as well as some new ones.  If you were at Sherwood Scare last year you know how well these people put together a maze and you will definitely not want to miss this year.  The haunt is also for a good cause as all proceeds go to Big Worm’s Cystic Fibrosis Life Foundation.

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Reign of Terror Review

October 26, 2014

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Recently we visited Reign of Terror located in Thousand Oaks, California,  We weren’t able to go last year so we were able to see all the new elements added over the past two years.  Needless to say we were impressed with everything we saw.

ROT is a 15,000 sq foot haunt that seems much larger.  This is due to the creative use of the space and the many twists and turns that are inside it.  The maze is actually composed of five different sections.  They are in order: The Haunted Mine Shack, The Victorian Haunted House, Blood Manor, Quarantine and the Asylum,  These themes take up seventy rooms in the haunt.

Not only do the monsters, ghosts and ghouls come at you from the sides, but also from behind you and on top of you as well.  The scares are well placed with the actors constantly hitting  their marks and the reality and attention to detail of the sets.  Both the Victorian Haunted House and Blood Manor are two of the most realistic haunted house themes we have ever seen.

The Haunted Mine Shack has you exploring a haunted mine with deceased miners all around you.  The Victorian Haunted House recreates that abandoned home down the street that you were dared to go into when you were younger.  Blood Manor is another haunted house, but it has more of a chainsaw theme, with disfigured creatures and granny herself.  Quarantine is some kind of experimental lab where experiments have gone seriously wrong and the Asylum has a mental hospital theme complete with doctors doing terrible things to the patients.

Reign of Terror continues to be one of our favorite haunts and we highly suggest you check it out.  Lines can get very long, so we suggest you consider the VIP ticket which at $25 is a reasonable price for this haunt that takes at least 20 minutes.  As one of the people we were with said, “This should be a $50 maze”.

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