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ResHallHaunter
09-01-2010, 08:26 PM
Hey guys,

Our Haunt has a new theme this year. We had several people throw out ideas of a hotel, a circus, a hospital all of which we have done in some way before. Then someone came up with the idea of a haunted cruise ship which can incorporate pieces of each theme previously suggested.

I'm looking for some prop ideas for a cruise ship haunt.

The first thing to note is that the haunt is actually in a very large basement at a local university every year so we will be turning a basement into a ship.

Has anyone ever done a cruise ship or boat theme before? If so how did it turn out?

I need some good scare ideas for such a haunt design.

BruiseMuse
09-01-2010, 08:33 PM
I've seen haunted ships, but never a haunted cruise ship (I think it is such a fun theme).

These are some room ideas:
- Bar area (nasty rotting drinks on the bar, a bartender offering you something gruseome, etc)
- Restaurant (because gross food is easy and effective)
- Storage Hull (large crates, trunks, etc)
- The Bridge (Massive wheel, gear panels with flashing lights)
- Club (Stage with some sort of dead performers, ghoulish couples slow dancing)
- Quarters (small claustrophobic rooms with bunk beds)

jakprintsHAUNT
09-02-2010, 04:05 AM
You also have some of these that could work:



Ballroom
Engine Room
Portholes with water behind them
Kitchen
Maybe a kid's play area/nursery kind of room?
Storage room with bodies of crew and/or passengers piled up (tie in with a theme of a killer on the ship)



Other than these and the stuff Katie mentioned, cant think of a lot of others...watch Titanic! That may be of some help? Maybe even have some rooms where everything is wet and post sunken looking...


Mike "Pogo" Hach

soultrkr
09-02-2010, 06:54 AM
I suggest watching the movie ghost ship it may help get the creative juices flowing.

Octoberalles
09-02-2010, 06:55 AM
Hey Pogo..remember the Titanic room??? haha Epic Fail +1

Badger
09-02-2010, 07:57 AM
Watch episodes of "The Love Boat" and have zombie Gavin McLeod and Ted Baxter as staff...

BruiseMuse
09-02-2010, 08:21 AM
Ugh, I remember the Titanic room. Proving that trying to tie a theme in with the latest cool movie can backfire terribly. The portholes from that scene were actually still up until last year.

soultrkr
09-02-2010, 10:01 AM
Watch episodes of "The Love Boat" and have zombie Gavin McLeod and Ted Baxter as staff...

I love this idea just the thought of the entire love boat cast as zombies warms the cackles of my heart.

Octoberalles
09-02-2010, 12:42 PM
to bruisemuse:
Ha! I voted against that idea from the second it became thought. I was with The Nightmare Society and got out voted, Pogo probably remembers. That started the decline of my participation actually...I never understood the rationale behind such an ill-conceived room ( the creator is a good guy, but the design, thought process etc was terrible).

I'm glad to hear its been gutted and potentially restored to something disturbing/easier to develop characters within.

The student actors were limited to....well, there wasnt much that could be done in that room lol.

+1 for it not being there anymore!

jakprintsHAUNT
09-02-2010, 01:27 PM
Hey Pogo..remember the Titanic room??? haha Epic Fail +1


When Tilt became "Shipwreck"? And Cave became "Underwater Kingdom" when we went through 10 cans of neon spray paint in an enclosed room, no respirators....Im sure we all took 5 years off our life with that one! Two examples of how not to do such a theme....the follies of youth...lol.

But in retrospect had it been done correctly it could work if the whole thing was properly themed with a budget and time.

While it was actually a ship....did you get to see Nautical Nightmare while it was in Ohio? That was a pretty good setup for the space and size. I had a lot of fun acting there the couple nights I did.

Mike "Pogo" Hach

BruiseMuse
09-02-2010, 02:03 PM
I remember going through the underwater kingdom room as a customer and seeing a sad out of place demon sitting amongst the neon glow.

I agree that the rooms could have worked (especially if there would have been nasty dead mermaids, rotting pirates, and other sea monsters with over the top costuming).

Octoberalles
09-02-2010, 02:17 PM
I think I went to Nautical Nightmare before. I remember going to a steamship and also remember that it seemed very wide-open, almost like an empty ship with wisps of decayed cloth hanging everywhere. If its the same place, the atmosphere was amazing, we went on a slow night so we had it to ourselves. The actors were rather worn out or un-interested, but the atmosphere was enveloping and creepy.

Now Titanic gave more to a stage play than a haunt. I remember the creator of the room standing at the rails as we'd pass by, trying to think of some dialogue and nothing was ever really effective lol. So if the guy who brought the idea to the table couldn't work the room, it was just a matter of time before it was reduced to a startle effect area. which it really became...or a staging area for other exploits after coming in the front door. I remember the look on the face of the student actors when they were assigned to Titanic...it was like stunned perplexity.


And I 1000% agree that with funding, time, and execution that a ship theme would be amazing! I love the movie Ghost Ship (even though its basically Event Horizon on water, both excellent) and think that it would be awesome to walk through the feelings of desolation, claustrophobia and panic that it could create.


keeping the actors in your haunt in appropriate cruising attire would be a nice touch, captain, porters etc and all having various states of rot and decay would be cool to see. Buy a ton of the moss from a craftstore soak it and its fairly consistent with seaweed strands (at least nasty lake erie seaweed).

I think soundtrack would add alot to the illusion of being at sea too, seagulls/waves crashing on overhead speakers mixed with appropriately creepy effects.

Make them walk the plank in a section too!

Octoberalles
09-02-2010, 02:28 PM
[QUOTE=BruiseMuse;99742]I remember going through the underwater kingdom room as a customer and seeing a sad out of place demon sitting amongst the neon glow.

haha, I guess everyone refused to give up on Darkness, even if it meant putting a demon in a disco!

ResHallHaunter
09-04-2010, 09:51 AM
Thanks for all the great ideas. Now I can start developing my rooms. I know it seems like I'm late in planning my haunt but the way we do it we only have a week to set up each year and all my help doesn't arrive until the end of August so we can't start building props until right about now.

Octoberalles
09-04-2010, 01:56 PM
good luck! post pics, i'd love to see the finished haunt!

jakprintsHAUNT
09-04-2010, 02:46 PM
Thanks for all the great ideas. Now I can start developing my rooms. I know it seems like I'm late in planning my haunt but the way we do it we only have a week to set up each year and all my help doesn't arrive until the end of August so we can't start building props until right about now.


You may be behind some, but still ahead of others. One haunt I help with doesnt start putting up walls till next week.

Mike "Pogo" Hach

actscared
09-04-2010, 05:41 PM
Definately go with tight quarters, lots of cramped hallways lined with wide pvc pipe with heavy paint apps. Have a couple of areas where the "pipes" can emit a sudden burst of water or fog steam. Line another hallway with the faces of drowning victims looking through the portholes. Pick the most disturbing actor to play the role of captain and have the customers visit his/her quarters for a little one on one and "dinner" with the captain. You could have a seesaw room and make all your measurements for doorways and walls a little askew so you create a sense of everything being off kilter to mimic the feeling of seasickness. Tentacles and shark attacks are always fun too.

Jim Warfield
09-04-2010, 11:33 PM
A very masculine looking male, bearded, dressed as a Mermaid!
"Fish-heads, fish-heads rolly-polly Fish-heads! Eat them up-yum!"

Octoberalles
09-05-2010, 08:03 AM
I used to walk around as a toddler singing that Fish Heads song..it used to drive my parents crazy!

Turkey TV was AWESOME!

Jim Warfield
09-06-2010, 04:40 PM
Did they ever give you any fish-heads? My Granny's second husband had rotten ones to eat when he was a POW of the Japanese..he didn't like the menu.

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09-10-2010, 07:05 PM
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