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The Reaper
10-13-2006, 03:15 PM
I'm a actor myself. The last 5 years of watching customers comming throught the haunted house I have seen some stuff that just irks me.

1) I'll sue you if you touch me
2) How much do you get paid
3)Stand there with a cell phone and want to check messages.
4) Yell at/in the actors face or ear
5) marriage proposals- sometimes not too bad.

You see where I'm going with this. Where do these idiots come from.

Empressnightshade
10-14-2006, 02:19 AM
Yeah, Reaper.

I talk to my crew members all the time and they can come up with some lulus that customers have laid on them. No respect at all. The actors job is a difficult one. Of this I know.

Veneficus
10-14-2006, 01:18 PM
Yeah, we had a couple of people last night come through that were like that. It drives me crazy. I guess you just have to deal with it. Because usually after a couple of those groups, you get a really good group that is there to be scared and not ruin everyone's time.

Jim Warfield
11-29-2006, 12:27 AM
As soon as the room was full a young female voice hollers out:"I'm suing if anyone does anything to me!"
I turned up the lights looked her in the eye and said, "The door is right there, you may leave right now if that is your attitude."
She calmed down very quickly and reversed herself quietly.
I guess I'm a little more sensitive to this sort of BS because I am not treating people here with any aggressiveness or in-the-face nastiness.
After meeting me in the first room and they see me doing all or most of their tour myself I like to think a certain amount of respect, me for them as shown by my behavior therefore they should treat me the same.
This actually is what happens here the majority of the time and this is how I want it to be, it eliminates so many potential problems before they even get a toehold.
Of course there are always some customers who forget this or don't notice it or forget where they are and act aggressive and overtly stupid to me, but they do this mostly towards my seasonal helpers who they probably do not feel as comfortable with.
The customers talking between themselves as I am trying to entertain them is very distracting and doesn't set well with the rest of the paying customers after awhile but young girls do this (I think?) to create an artificial mental place for them to hide within whereas their present haunted surroundings have them too scared, in other words they don't want to be here confronted with the potential fears, so they stare into their friend's eyes and re-hash study hall and a note a boy sent to them, ex cetra loud enough for most of us to hear.
I have married two women who met me coming through my haunted house........scary, huh?
I guess that I'll do almost anything to try to scare somebody?

wipp
01-24-2007, 02:18 PM
dam jim you have 2 wives?i think i must be in the right bissiness then

NightMareManor
01-24-2007, 04:11 PM
one time some kid said to me "if you touch me I'll sue you" I said,"who's sue? Your big fat mother!" The kid never said another word while I was doing my room.

Jim Warfield
01-24-2007, 07:45 PM
If he said he was going to "Sue" you, this could have meant a secks-change operation for you!
Johnny cash sang it, "A Boy Named Sue!"
Next time just tell them that your lawyer is I.M. Satan Jr. and their lawyer doesn't stand a chance in heL.

Hell American Freak
02-03-2007, 11:05 PM
You just can't let those types of guests discourage you from doing your best. For every guest that heckles you, there is 10 more waiting to urinate themselves. Focus on the positive ones.

Warren Vanderdark
02-06-2007, 07:12 AM
I've developed a reply for the little Princesses who always toss out that "If anyone touches me, I'll sue!" line:

"If you'd like to find a lawyer, we have several piled next to the
crematory..."

Jim Warfield
02-06-2007, 09:47 AM
..and their new nubby horns are sprouting on their skulls as we speak!

Nicole
02-08-2007, 09:58 PM
Yep, we compiled a list of "Snappy comebacks for stupid comments" a while back... it was pretty funny the ACTUAL stupid comments that patrons said... and even funnier the hilarious comebacks haunt actors had to burn them back with! It's here somewhere in the hauntworld archives (I think?)

Jim Warfield
02-09-2007, 12:46 AM
A friend was working in Mamouth Cave and the employees there have an actual book they keep track of the most stupid statements customers make.
The absolute best one was:"Is all of this cave underground?"
My response would have been :"Yes, except for the part that whips way up into the air about 150 feet."

DR.kalise
09-18-2007, 10:07 PM
what i cant stand is when ppl try to jump back at you after you have tryed to scare them its like what do you expect you going to get scared

the most and far most thing im pritty certin is if you get punched in the face "accidentally" as some put it pisses me off cuz ruins your night as well as the ppl in that group.

or drunk ppl thay are the worst cuz some that i have encountered have ether broke a prop or swung at me

well it comes with the fact of being an actor got to take good with the bad

Dr kalise

drfrightner
09-19-2007, 03:16 AM
Customers like hitting our actors, its something they live with. Its terrible for sure...not much you can do about it. Its the life and times of a haunted house actor.

Larry

Warren Vanderdark
09-19-2007, 09:08 AM
I've long been an advocate of issuing billy clubs to cast members. After all, who's going to notice a few extra blood splatters here and there?...

Jim Warfield
09-19-2007, 09:50 AM
I have never been punched while taking people through my haunted house-unaceptable behavior!
I was almost stabbed through the eye once with an ice pick. Only my quickness and anticipation saved me that time, the kid was goofy from a tremendous growth-spurt he was in at the moment, he was huge for his age and acting strangely before he got inside the house.
The ice pick was stuck in a skeleton on display here-no more!
Ever think of the potential weapons availble to customers as taken from your own displays? It could be a real concern.
If you don't want to be punched scare from people's right side, since most are right handed(except for hardened criminals) an effectively swung punch via the unco-ordinated hand will not be as strong or as well aimed.
I tell my people to remain arm's length away at all times and be prepared to retreat into the dark or blind the attacker with the light of your flashlight.
Don't put on a furry coat and a werewolf mask and crawl around to scare people, this is how one guy (at another haunt) got his ribs kicked-in! ? Go Figure?)

minetruly
09-19-2007, 08:24 PM
1) I'll sue you if you touch me
2) How much do you get paid
3)Stand there with a cell phone and want to check messages.
4) Yell at/in the actors face or ear
5) marriage proposals- sometimes not too bad.

1.) "I promise you NOTHING will touch you. If anyone IS touching you, it is a member of your own group... lucky you."
2.) "All the wax I can eat!" [my house had a Wax Museum theme.]
3.) I hiss "light! light!," freak out, invade their personal space, and try to eat it. I have actually bitten cellphones.
4.) Don't flinch, then do the same thing to them.
5.) "Necrophile!"

minetruly
09-19-2007, 08:29 PM
Actors at my house have been hit. I've been advised to stay out of arms' length, but since that makes for a weaker scare, I usually size up the people I'll be jumping on and decide how big of a risk it would be to get within inches of them. If they look like they might swing or flail, I keep my distance.

You also need to keep the safety of the GUESTS in mind-- once, I cut it so close and had so much momentum, I came within an inch of slamming a woman's head into a wall.

The saddest thing about people who punch is that one of the creepiest things I've seen in a haunted house is those big-masked guys who follow right behind you. Faceless scares who get right over your shoulder are also much creepier than the jump-and-scream scares IMHO.

Barry
09-19-2007, 08:38 PM
Here ya go Nicole:

http://www.hauntedhousemagazine.com/articles-snappy-comebacks.php

Still out there :D

Taena
09-26-2007, 07:18 AM
If he said he was going to "Sue" you, this could have meant a secks-change operation for you!
Johnny cash sang it, "A Boy Named Sue!"
Next time just tell them that your lawyer is I.M. Satan Jr. and their lawyer doesn't stand a chance in heL.

I love that line I will have to use that ... See I don't understand how they know we are just acting and we are just like them but they still get so scared .. the ones I hate are the drunks that get scared and then get mad that my crew scared them and then go after my actors I had one get her knee broke and was tossed out of her scare box and another get her arm broke... I mean come on I got told when I first started working in haunted houses if a drunk comes in and you can't scare them do something to make them laugh they will laugh through the rest of the house.

Taena
09-26-2007, 07:21 AM
one other thing I hate / love is when I find a BF/GF in my black maze and the woman is going down on her man I will sneak up and scare the shit out of her .. he regrets it later. =)~

Jim Warfield
09-27-2007, 06:49 AM
One time a smallish man snuck into the house all by himself and was wandering around under the influence of some animal traquilizers.
He pulled a nailed shut door open with his bare hands! The nails were very long and nailed directly into a 2 by 4 frame.
Lucky for me I had the absolutely right employee right there who talked to him, calmed him down and escourted him out.
What do I mean by "the absolutely right employee"? He is a very calm, intelligent man who later (about a year later) became a Minister, then a missionary in India, later China, he and his whole family, Wife, two kids.
My son who has worked as a security guard in a hospital for 14 years has told me it sometimes takes a room full of Policemen to subdue one scrawny little guy who happens to be on animal tranqs!
Be so carefull out there!
(It seems like the little guys are always the punchers too!?)

Jim Warfield
10-01-2007, 12:49 AM
When customers try to pee in the wine cellar we often times scare them at the same time and they end up wetting alot of their own clothing!
Of course the perfect such scare has the guy trying to quickly hide his naked, exposed manly unit but the zipper teeth find their cruel meal as the secret entrance closes!
This should result in a lesson learned, wouldn't you think so guys?
Pain accomplishes such things.

Taena
10-03-2007, 02:54 AM
We had a woman come through Sat. night I wanted to beat this chick anyways she came in and right away my house leader pulled me aside and told me I needed to show her through with the flashlight becuase she had a 2month old baby and a 2 year old with her. Then the woman got mad and tryed to demand that she get her money back becuase no one would scare her ... I really wish some ppl could be gagged and tied and tossed over a bridge when they do things like that I mean find someone to watch your kids for 2 hours why you go... it is not that hard.

Jim Warfield
10-03-2007, 08:56 PM
The 5 yr. old boy enters the house looks scared , refuses to do a certain somethings like walk down a dark hallway, whatever?
He takes this option numerous times, then as he exits the house developes a strut and proclaims:"This house couldn't scare me!" For a whole parking lot full of people to hear.
I had to rain on his little parade and loudly remind him of each and every one of the things he decided to pass on rather than try when he was just in the house.
I did have alot of peculair fun with him when he was inside making fun of the kid as I did sort of a W.C. Fields impersonation as I wise-cracked concerning his phobias.
Ever seen W.C. with a small child? He was pretty funny.

Warren Vanderdark
10-05-2007, 07:22 AM
On the flip side, I've long made it a personal rule that if a young child (12 and under) is showing signs of being overly scared, I'll back-off. Last night at The Baxter Avenue Morgue, there was a guy bringing through his two young sons and two of their friends. The two sons of course, had their dad with them, but the other two kids were basically 'flying solo" and were scared to the point of tears. A debate ensued for nearly 10 minutes (thankfully, Thursdays are our slow night) about how the two should "toughen up" and go along and how they were "never being invited to come along ever again" for wanting to leave. (One of the boys went along with "Mr. Parent-of-the Year" and his sons while the more frightened of the pair was escorted to our souvenir tent to await the others.)

I'm usually slow to anger, but I was THIS-CLOSE to stepping out of character and grabbing "Mister Macho" by the t-shirt and shaking some sense into him (granted, I'd probably still be shaking him come this time NEXT year with still no noticeable effect). For Christ's sake, lose $15 now and try again next year, or spend $1,500 on therapy 5 years down the road. As I've said before, I'm there to entertain, not emotionally scar some kid... (Stepping down off my cobwebbed sopabox)

undertaker
10-05-2007, 09:40 AM
On the flip side, I've long made it a personal rule that if a young child (12 and under) is showing signs of being overly scared, I'll back-off. Last night at The Baxter Avenue Morgue, there was a guy bringing through his two young sons and two of their friends. The two sons of course, had their dad with them, but the other two kids were basically 'flying solo" and were scared to the point of tears. A debate ensued for nearly 10 minutes (thankfully, Thursdays are our slow night) about how the two should "toughen up" and go along and how they were "never being invited to come along ever again" for wanting to leave. (One of the boys went along with "Mr. Parent-of-the Year" and his sons while the more frightened of the pair was escorted to our souvenir tent to await the others.)

I'm usually slow to anger, but I was THIS-CLOSE to stepping out of character and grabbing "Mister Macho" by the t-shirt and shaking some sense into him (granted, I'd probably still be shaking him come this time NEXT year with still no noticeable effect). For Christ's sake, lose $15 now and try again next year, or spend $1,500 on therapy 5 years down the road. As I've said before, I'm there to entertain, not emotionally scar some kid... (Stepping down off my cobwebbed sopabox)

Yeah my dad took my brother and i to a haunt one time and a dude jumped out and scared the S### out of him. The dude immediately broke character and said it's only a mask. We laughed it off pretty much.

Some people are just suited from haunted houses, my brothers gone to very few since then.

screamshow
10-05-2007, 10:56 AM
We get paid to entertain people. They hand us their $15 so they can enjoy a scary show -- with the key word being enjoy.

When I get an oblivious parent with a terrified kid, I generally take the option away from macho-dad by interceding myself. When I see someone approaching (or in) panic I will simply step in and offer to show them the way out. The kid is usually saying hell yeah, get me out of here. (It is relatively rare that macho-dad will refuse, but it happens. Some parent's seem to take perverse delight in dragging their horrified kids along with them.)

When the show allows, once I get the kid away from the parent I ask if they want to help me try and scare their parent's. That usually cheers them up.

s.fc90
10-05-2007, 11:22 PM
I'm not a haunt actor (although I'd like to try it, hopefully next year...I wanted to do it this year at a local haunt but I didn't have the time :( )

Anyway, everytime I go through haunts I always here the "I'll sue!", "How much do you get paid" and yelling back at them.

It totally RUINS everything. It ruins the suspense, tension, and scares all the time. I'm scared when I'm walking through there and so is everyone else and then you get the 1 dickhead who thinks he's the tough guy and spoils the whole moment. Well, I think that

And then you get that whiny b!tch. Why do people get so offended and so up in arms? EVERYTHING is solved by suing or threating to. It all stems for their greediness. I rememeber when I went through haunts where they would touch you. And I wish they still did.

Do they not touch anymore because of people like that? Or is it different. The touch thing was scary.

I once went through a maze where we zigzagged back and forth in pitch black through long black curtains and in between the 2 sides of curtains people were hiding and they would grab your leg (not hard or intent to make you fall, just a touch) or arm. So what? Are you gonna die now because of it?

I think that should be a rule. No saying stupid shit to the actors (well, worder differently) or you'll be ejected immediatly right then and there, no refund. Maybe that'll get idiots to stop. Next time I hear anyone say any of those things above, I'm yelling out STFU because it ruins it for me. So, heads up to anyone working at ESP or Fright Factory, don't kick me out! haha


How about responses to the "I'll sue" line

"Greedy little mortal! You can't sue me!"
if its a girl....
"I dont touch tainted meat!"
or
"I only touch the pretty ones!" or "I only touch the dead ones!"

and if its a guy

"You know you want me to!"
or
"It's ok, I only scare men!" (i tried not to say i only touch men because then that backfires haha - this way it just seems like he's a pussy)

floater
10-10-2007, 12:36 AM
I had one kid say "if anyone touches me, my dad's a lawyer..." I replied "My brother's a judge and he eats lawyers for breakfast!" No reply...

We had our "greeters" dressed as Gypsies several years ago (looked great!), and some dingbat girl actually said "We're Christians, so we don't believe in Gypsies!" That one still has me shaking my head.

There's always some idiot who wants to prove his manhood and take on a spook like they're real! They're usually Jr High boys, am I right??

Ya gotta love people who bring much-too-young kids to haunts - what other horrible things do they make them do? My ghouls and I always pull back when freaked-out little kids come through.

Working security one year, I was a little worried the two tough bikers in leathers might cause problems. Just before the haunt door creaked open, one says, "Are you going in first?" To which the other says "No way, you're first!" I had to leave so I didn't laugh in their faces! No worries there!

I love dressing all in black with flowing robes down to the floor. My boots and headgear make me a full 6' 6" tall! All I do is hang out in a dark corner and wait for someone "cool" to come strolling by. All I do is step out silently when they're not looking - sends 'em screaming to the ground every time!! I've even freaked out co-workers in the haunt, mostly NOT on purpose!!

There are the people that make haunting difficult, but luckily they are few and far between!!

The big question - "Is it scary?" Hell, yeah!!!

Jim Warfield
10-10-2007, 02:39 AM
There were some big bikers who cruised passed my house on Sunday afternoons for several years, not daring to come in and check it out.
Then that one fatefull sunday as I was talking with them(and they were still hesitant, couldn't decide, a local family of very young blondie-headed little girls came running down the street waving their ticket money saying, "We're coming in the haunted house!"
The girls were maybe 4, 6, 9 years old.
The big biker sort of gulped and said, "OK, I guess we will come in."

Most bikers are just out for the ride and stop to eat buy a beer and that's about all. To "abandon" their bike in my lonely parking lot is too terrifing to consider for many of them.....
....even though the parking lot is located at the end of a dead end street with no houses nearby (except mine)
99.9% of the time the bike parked here might get sunburnt or rust up long before anything else bad would ever happen to it.

Smiley
10-10-2007, 11:51 PM
One type of customer I can't stand is the guy(s)-who-try-to-sneak-in. I encountered a trio of em' just last week. I was peering around a corner to see if a new group had come in. Well, a group did come in, but something was a miss.....they had no guide. I went back into a nearby corner of the hall I was peering out of and did my best manequin impression under a dim light. After a bit of waiting, they eventually got to where I was. "Is it real? The shadow moved right?" They spent the next 12 seconds staring at me; until they decided to move on. Though the eye holes of my mask I could see one of them turn around and give me one more look, "Wait, is it moving!?" At this time I took it upon myself to jump out and stick my landing with a large *THUD*. Needless to say, they didn't stick around for very long.

TheLaundress
10-11-2007, 01:56 AM
I've gotten a couple of good ones so far this year. At the top of the list has to be a girl running through the body bags near my room screaming "suck my big toe!", followed by "I've got aids, don't touch me". I've been smacked on the butt, had one person walk over and poke my forehead to see if I was real, had two pat me on the head and say "Aww, aren't you cute", and one ten year old boy threaten to put me through a wall. I also had a girl ask me to follow her through the house even though she was obviously scared of me, and another ask "is that a girl or a ghost" when I was all of two inches from her face. Best of all was the woman who saw my mop darting around the corner and refused to go through!

jack
10-11-2007, 12:31 PM
I've always been fond of answering the 'how much do you get paid line with 'all I can eat' followed by a snarling advance.

If the person making propositions is of age, stay in character, but smile and leer. Use lines like 'I'd love to see you stripped of that skin'

I look at most of these lines as nervous bravado--something that can be exploited.

I was going to say I hated being touched, but that'd be a lie. I like to do the still pose, mimicking something fake.

Sometimes it gets me poked and even slapped. Know how hard it is to stay still after getting whacked in the face...just long enough to cement the idea in the head of the person who smacked you that there's no way you're real.

I don't like people who try to pick fights with the animatronics

Warren Vanderdark
10-17-2007, 06:45 AM
A new thing that's become more prevalent this year among our patrons is the annoying belief that since I have a handlebar moustache (both in character and in real life) that it must be a fake. Since I'm fairly up close with the customers when I talk to them, there are people who want to poke at it or try to tug at it. I've already drawn up plans for a new t-shirt for next year, with a picture of my moustache and the words, "Yes it's real and NO, you can't touch it!"

floater
10-18-2007, 11:20 PM
I'm reminded of a haunt some 10 years or so ago when I worked as a tech and "security" (sure was a surprise to me!). The other techs and I would trade off going through the house and manning a highly visual spot in the house just to keep an eye on things.
So this ditzy woman approaches me asking what I'm supposed to be. She couldn't tell from the "civvies", radio, ID badge and flashlight that I was working there - "I'm security". Then she starts sticking her finger in my once-full beard (a HUGE personal space violation!) asking "what's this?" All I could do is look annoyed and say "It's called a beard".

Some people are so clueless!!!

undertaker
10-19-2007, 10:19 AM
Don't you just hate it when the intoxicated female customer who isn't bad looking gives the guy in the electric chair a lap dance and not you? :)

Happened last saturday, at least she tried to make out with my mask so it's not like i didn't get any action.

Smiley
10-20-2007, 01:57 PM
Ah, the drunks, forgot about them. Last night I ran into one, kinda wish I hadn't.

Man, she was a mess. Her husband had vise-like grip on her shoulders, perhaps to keep her from falling down. "Hey, hey, whattar you suppose to be? Ah, he's not scaury. I bet I could scare hem. Oogalago!" On top of that, she was wearing thrice as much make-up as me!

http://img220.imageshack.us/img220/7953/toomuchmakeupwo6.jpg


Now, that's scary.

Kamakize
10-22-2007, 12:22 PM
Smiley your right we get the drunk in there.. Guiding them around you can smell it on thier breath. I just hope they are not driving themselves..

Again you can tell which ones are always on 'something else' when they hit strobe lights!

floater
10-22-2007, 11:02 PM
Oh, Gawd! The absolute worst!!
A few years back, this one drunk chick - and isn't that sooo attractive? - who was on a blind date (I believe, lucky him) with her sister and her guy, came though our haunt which was set up at the end of the hayride. She could hardly stand, let alone walk. Completely embarassed her companions to the point where they just ditched her, leaving us to take care of her, thankyouverymuch! Not even 1/4 way through the house she asks one of our actors "yuh wanna make out?" Then promptly threw up in the scene. My, my, who could resist that?
We let the cops take care of her lodging. We may have just left her in the enormous swamp surrounding the haunt!

undertaker
10-23-2007, 04:24 PM
Don't you just hate it when a 7 or 8 year old threatens to murder you. :)

It was pretty funny, i jumped out at him, you could tell he was scared. He then proceeded to say that he'd murder me.

Damien Warwick
03-10-2008, 02:32 PM
My room is where the master of the haunt skinned his victims. therefore, being a 4D haunt, we use the scent of rotting flesh...I get some fun ones that I cant stand anymore

1. Did you s*** yourself?
2. You smell like feet! (scary that most people compare rotting flesh to feet)

And dont you love the drunks and crackheads. I had to fill in for the lead once and (our haunt uses 3 d glasses that react with our makeup) we had a guy so high that he tried to run away from me...through a completely full closet....I ADMIT IT...I broke the no touch rule there....drunk bikers are so fun there....got in a fight with them lol...good times...I especially love it since my character is completely harmless...oh well it comes with the territory lol

Smiley
03-10-2008, 06:29 PM
Ah, here's a few more chaps I forgot to mention:

Mr. Hey-If-Someone-Can-Sue-Over-Hot-Coffee-I-Can-Make-An-Buck-In-Here. When I hear about this kind of person in haunts, I don't think of him being a bratty 14 year old. Well, surprised was I when I saw him walk in.

I was peering out of the make-up room door to see if anyone was around. Didn't want patrons to see "behind the scenes" when I open the door to walk out. There was a small group of three Jr. High kids being lead by one of our guides just outside the door. The only guy of the group said, "Your eyes, they're so fake. See how fake they are?" (referring to the guide's prosthetic). The guide then told him that if he continues to disrupt the tour, he would be lead out of the haunt. "I swear if anyone touches me, I'll sue. I'll sue and then they'll be sorry."

Once they left, so did I. After I walked through the haunt's "actor shortcuts" I got into a new spot to scare; next to the strobe/collapsing hallway. I would stand behind a corner, wait until I saw them coming, turn the corner, and try to go through them. "Out of my way, out of the way!" Cheap now that I think about it, but has worked in the past.

Soon after I got into position, I heard the chatter of a group walking down the hallway. So I did just what I planned, but in my haste under the strobe lighting I brushed up against someone by accident (our haunt has a no-touching rule). As I ran out of the hallway I hear, "That's it! I'm suing!". It was the same kid as earlier. Huh, imagine that.

So, did he go through with his lawsuit? Of course not. All bark and no bite. HA!

While we're on the subject of so called "tough guys":

In the last section of the haunt, I was chasing a group out the exit. When a kid, possibly 8 or 9, turns back and spouts, "You're retarrrrrrded. R-E-tarded." Isn't that rude....Well, I'm going to have teach this kid a lesson in manners. So I charge straight for him with my voice growling up something fierce. He jumps back and nearly trips over his parents feet. He collects himself and says, "Y-yeah!? Well...come on. Scratch me, right here." pointing at his cheek. So I ape-walk over to this tiny guy and lunge my "claws" an inch from his face. "Ahh!" *pant* *pant*

Seems like he didn't like that.....good. :)

Jim Warfield
03-22-2008, 05:55 PM
One fine summer afternoon I was talking with the parents beside my house as their strange son was petting or trying to pet Mr. Tuxedo (spookhouse cat)
To get his need for his parent's attention filled, the boy runs over to us and tells us the cat scratched him!!!
I looked at his skin, no blood, not even a mark of any kind. I said, "did he scratch you like this?" I took my hand and moved it like a cat's claw might move.
"Yes, that's it, that is how he clawed me!"
Then I told them that Mr. Tuxedo had no front claws (which he doesn't)
The kid got this shocked and perplexed expression across his face, he knew that he had been caught!
I should have sung him a song from my childhood, "liar,liar, pants on fire!"
Mr. Tuxedo would get blamed for that too, even though there was no smoke or fire.
Maybe a wolf could follow him home? "Wolf" as in"the little boy who cried"?

film_actor
09-08-2008, 02:48 PM
I REALLY hate when I get proposals and asked how much I get paid (which is nothing =[ ) !!!! I mean its quite funny but from my area, i can't see any of the audience cuz of the bright lights shinning on me...so i cant even see the people who propose haha. But it deffinatly ruins it for the rest of the paying customers and the actors as well. It makes me feel so out of character..i'm trying to BE the character and they just broke that barrier you know. lol o well, what can you do? =/

Smiley
09-08-2008, 10:18 PM
I REALLY hate when I get proposals and asked how much I get paid (which is nothing =[ ) !!!! I mean its quite funny but from my area, i can't see any of the audience cuz of the bright lights shinning on me...so i cant even see the people who propose haha. But it deffinatly ruins it for the rest of the paying customers and the actors as well. It makes me feel so out of character..i'm trying to BE the character and they just broke that barrier you know. lol o well, what can you do? =/

Well, we can't deny him an honest answer. "What do you get paid?" "The brains of anyone who asks me stupid questions, and my, look who decided to volunteer...Goodie."

FrightWorld
09-09-2008, 08:55 AM
Dude i have to listen to that crap all the time. Everyone does. But it's apart of the job haha.

AnandaHexen
09-09-2008, 12:30 PM
"Customers like hitting our actors, its something they live with. Its terrible for sure...not much you can do about it. Its the life and times of a haunted house actor."


I just stumbled on this thread and thus the above quote. The quote was from Sept of '07, so hopefully it is not something that would be repeated again, especially from a haunt owner.

The apathy of that statement scares me more than whatever dumb things our customers do and say. This thread began as a well-earned vent from actors and turned into an amusing back and forth with stories and advice for how to react to the stupidity of customers. The fact that none of the actors on here replied to the above quote amazed me. How can you, the actor who is at risk, not reply to a haunt owner saying there is nothing we can do about it and we should just live with it? I have been acting since 1993 and was hit ONCE because frankly, once was enough to teach me quite a few lessons. It is absolutely the responsibility of the haunt owners and managers to teach their actors how to deal with the many things the customers throw at us and it is the responsibility of the actors to put their safety before the scare. Some things we just can't prepare for, but to say there isn't much to do about it is irresponsible and very much a symptom of the problem of being a haunt actor and why our job has become more difficult and less enjoyable despite the growth of the haunt industry as a whole.

Please continue to exchange stories and advice with other actors, but unless the owners, managers and operators are reading and heeding what is being said then not much is going to change.

Jim Warfield
09-09-2008, 04:51 PM
Haunt owners may be more guilty of getting their helpers abused when they don't look the guests over at all before allowing them entery to see if they are drunk, aggressive.
Things I don't want to have go on in my house have always happened from either drunk customers or from too many people in a group (Greedy?)
It's sort of like over driving your car. Emergency stopping at 60mph is one thing, emergency stopping at 100mph is a totally different thing isn't it?
Having a crowd of solid, wall to wall paying bodies shuffling through the house means money (usually at the sacrifice of the scare or the show) more people, more potential for something to happen, along with that October vandal mentality of being an azzhole because they feel ripped off or owed something more than they feel they are getting, so steal,or break something to get "even".

A haunt actor accepting getting punched would be like a carpenter accepting cutting off a finger...every week? Just one per year? Would not that be acceptable? "Oh come on, I'm paying you! What is your problem, Stubbs?"

Jim Warfield
09-09-2008, 06:45 PM
Getting punched is not always a thing that can be easily shrugged off.
Teeth leave your mouth if you don't protect them correctly.
Jaw hinges can be mis-alined causing years of discomfort.
There is really no place on the human face designed to take a punch in my opinion.
Concussions are huge time wasters in one's life when you have other things to do besides lay in a bed sleeping for several days, feeling like Chitt!
People with numerous head injurys are also shown to be more prone to epilleptic fits later in life.
When I was a kid, the TV cop shows showed some characters on a show get knocked unconscious every week! (Not a reality based premiss)
I heard one of the three stooges died from head injurys from one of their little movies.
It's only "funny" when abuse is not happening to us or someone we care about.
You really don't have to stick your head down someone else's pants to scare them.

AnandaHexen
09-10-2008, 08:10 AM
Both posts were well said, Jim.
I'm sure greed leading to overcrowding has caused much of the "hey, it happens and we can't really do anything about it" mentality.
You're right and I didn't really think about it, but one hit in the wrong spot on the wrong kid could cause a world of hurt for both the actor and the owner.

People are dumb and I realize that it is difficult to counteract that at times, but if you can drive defensively, you can run your haunt defensively and teach your actors that are making your haunt what it is to act defensively.

SpFXChic
09-11-2008, 05:24 PM
"Customers like hitting our actors, its something they live with. Its terrible for sure...not much you can do about it. Its the life and times of a haunted house actor."


I just stumbled on this thread and thus the above quote. The quote was from Sept of '07, so hopefully it is not something that would be repeated again, especially from a haunt owner.

The apathy of that statement scares me more than whatever dumb things our customers do and say. This thread began as a well-earned vent from actors and turned into an amusing back and forth with stories and advice for how to react to the stupidity of customers. The fact that none of the actors on here replied to the above quote amazed me. How can you, the actor who is at risk, not reply to a haunt owner saying there is nothing we can do about it and we should just live with it? I have been acting since 1993 and was hit ONCE because frankly, once was enough to teach me quite a few lessons. It is absolutely the responsibility of the haunt owners and managers to teach their actors how to deal with the many things the customers throw at us and it is the responsibility of the actors to put their safety before the scare. Some things we just can't prepare for, but to say there isn't much to do about it is irresponsible and very much a symptom of the problem of being a haunt actor and why our job has become more difficult and less enjoyable despite the growth of the haunt industry as a whole.

Please continue to exchange stories and advice with other actors, but unless the owners, managers and operators are reading and heeding what is being said then not much is going to change.

BRAVO!!! Well said! That deserves a standing ovation! I started out as a haunt actor (working my way into everything else, of course) in 1992. I got hit a few times...and learned a few lessons, as well. We've trained our actors & staff on what to do in case they find themselves in a situation, as well as what NOT to do. More importantly, our owners handle any issue that may arise on a case by case basis, no matter who was at fault. I definitely applaud them for that!

Damien Warwick
09-26-2008, 09:43 PM
read my new post in the "punched and kicked" thread...it says it all....if its assault and i feel threatened its on and you better hope security gets their fast...I wont try and hurt you, but any thing you try to do to me will be counted and that will hurt.

AnandaHexen
09-29-2008, 10:45 AM
Damien,
I will read your post in the thread, but frankly what you just typed sounds like the kind of stereotype that I'm against in this industry. Nobody wants to get hit. When I was a waitress I couldn't yell at the customers if they yelled at me and the same applies for being hit as a haunt actor.

Damien Warwick
10-10-2008, 10:58 AM
now I dont react that way with people doing it as a nervous reaction...the only time I've ever done that was with this group of bikers who came in...saw me ( i wasnt the scare so i wasnt doing anything to them or about them) and they came after me aggressively and swinging...thats the only time I've ever defended myself against a patron.

WickedWoodsHaunt
10-13-2008, 10:35 AM
As far as getting sued, it would cost the patron so much money, and as long as your haunt follows rules and is pro, it would never hold up in court. I just smile at them and say " I will enjoy eating your innards" it shut's them up. Not to say we do it here but maybe consider building your props from fiberglass that happens to have spikes built into the design and splinters under the masks (it's the way fiberglass is). Punching a spike may teach people not to punch your hard work (or sometimes living people) also, I'd love to eventually make props out of steel frames.. punch that you jerkoff LOL It may sound extreme, but didn't we warn them not to act violent in the first place?

I know the Punched and Kicked thread this is covered, but are legally we allowed to restrain a patron if they are violent?

CacklestheClown
05-20-2009, 10:01 AM
I both hate and love the drunk people that come through the haunt. I hate that it is impossible to scare them! I also hate the stupid things they do.

I am positioned in the kitchen. There is a completely gutted refrigerator in there that used to be used as a hiding place for a scare (we found out that it was waaaaay to obvious, and now use it only as a decoration). One night, I hear a group come in, and get ready to spring out at them as they pass. Two minutes later, I'm still waiting so I stick my head out (I'm in a place where I can't see the people until they pass me) and see this HUGE guy with his head in the fridge! I asked what he was doing. He stood up, slammed the door so hard that it knocked the fridge over, and yelled "I'M LOOKING FOR A BEER!"

I'm thinking "Oh crap, this guy's gonna kill me!" He walks up to me, bends down to get in my face (and I'm six feet tall, so that's saying something!) and asks "You got one?" I say "No, sorry." And he stands up and leaves. And I thought I was scary!

My favorite time that a drunk person came in was the same year. The woman was so drunk that her husband had to hold her up! Another worker had come along a couple minutes before to tell me about her, and that I might not want to scare her, but, of course, I did anyway. The minute I saw her, I leapt out and screamed. She just turned her bleary eyes on me, and said, so slurred I could barely understand her, "Hi mom." How weird is that?

Badger
05-21-2009, 01:29 PM
The ones I absolutely hate are the 'tough' guys who come up to you dragging their (obviously terrified) dates behind, prop her up in front of you and say very loudly, "SCARE HER".


Jerks...:mad:

BruiseMuse
05-21-2009, 04:11 PM
The ones I absolutely hate are the 'tough' guys who come up to you dragging their (obviously terrified) dates behind, prop her up in front of you and say very loudly, "SCARE HER".


Jerks...:mad:

Those are as bad as the men that use their small children as human shields.

Jim Warfield
05-21-2009, 05:54 PM
Is not cost effective, figuring they are smaller than an adult, you need more of them.
Strap them on your back, sides, front, if they go limp and quiet either they took a bullet for you or they got bored and dozed off.
I once wanted to use Brooke Shields as my human shield, or maybe more like a blanket than a shield? A security blanket. To keep away the monsters.

Dr. Giggles
05-27-2009, 06:13 PM
Good point Jim...if wanted a human shield Gunner Hansen would do the job for me i think. That is a rather large man. Oh and i think i spelled his name wrong. But i am perfectly ok with it.