So, I wanted to wait until after the Blackout Haunted House - LA Off season was complete before posting my experience. They bill themselves as the most intense haunted house in the world - it’s so crazy that you have to have a safe word and sign a release that allows them the right to physically assault you. A team of psychologist, ex-military interrogators and “fear experts” design it. And, most frightening to me, it’s in pitch dark and you have to go in alone.
I went last year and it was as intense as billed - they even punched my friend in the face - but I wasn’t scared. I felt like the experience was a “creepy day spa” with all the foot licking and being groped. It wasn’t that they lacked in scares - every one else I went with were completely terrified and most of them used the safe word. It would scare 99% percent of people. I’m just one of those people that is a scardey cat about cheesy jump scares and totally non-plussed about simulated violence.
This time was billed as a “longer and more personalized experience” and they completely delivered on that. First off, they didn’t email you until the day of the event. Here is the full text of what they sent:
In absolute agreement - slow build, darkened rooms, and seeing a scare coming at me tends to keep me from suspending my disbelief. I especially identify with the first room in which the white noise is being played. I’d be relieved to have someone touch me. I get bored and feel like my time is being wasted in those instances. However, the latex gloves keeping me from being able to steady myself and suffocation would absolutely frighten me, more so the gloves which is pretty damn funny.
Pretty interesting concept, especially that there is some legalese that covers being able to hit people. I think the military has to even be careful about that stuff now. But I think if you have the ability to touch people and hit them, it would be wiser to constantly push people down slides or into other rooms and build momentum into some climax, rather than humiliate and create weird sub/dom experiences over and over.
As they said though, it’s a whole new concept each season I guess.