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HalloweenHaunts
03-21-2008, 02:20 PM
Just putting the last touches on our "House" plans and wanted a little input. Went to forty haunted attractions this past season and pretty much the SAME exit scene of the chainsaw was utilized in 98% of them. Anyone using or have seen a proven EXIT scene ,besides the chainsaw, that still gives the audience that BANG for their buck, that they so much are craving? The 2% exit scenes not using the chainsaw were a let down to the customers interviewed on their way out. Just curious?
Ken

JamBam
03-21-2008, 02:57 PM
We can't use chain saws indoors and outside our exit is not really an option.

So, we may buy one of those electric saws we have drooled over for a few years finally this year. But, what we are going to do as our exit scare is to have the clowns hit them, then have some hanging clowns to wade through as they exit through a claustrophobia style set up. It will trun 180 degrees as well. Yes, we will have an alternative route to allow the chickens and our staff to get around it quickly.

Brett Molitor
JamBam/Huntington Jaycees Haunted Hotel-13th Floor
www.HauntedHuntington.com
www.myspace.com/the_haunted_hotel

Jim Warfield
03-21-2008, 06:58 PM
Sign up for my seminar, buy my book! Buy my dvdvdvdvd!
"What exit strategy would there be to avoid the customers being let down or disappointed?
It is so simple, really, don't allow them to leave! No exit= no exit disappointment!
See how incredibly simple it is!
Create a mind-boggling array of ever changing situational rooms and obstacles and make them have to escape, they won't be leaving then, instead the thrill and challenges of figuring out the escape will be a great full-bodied substitute for any old saw with chains hanging from it.
Then suddenly, surprisingly, they are out in the parking lot!?
What was the last thing in the tour? Them becoming a struggling survivor and winning!
Of course the ones that can't figure it out and are still rambling around in circles can be part of the mad asylum acting crew for next season.

You're Welcome.

icarian
03-23-2008, 01:24 PM
im very rarely impressed by chainsaw use in haunts... its so redundant, everyone does it, everyone has seen it... think of something new already, or at least utilize the chainsaw in an exciting, NEW, way... ya know?

a few years back i saw a fairly impressive exit scene that DID use a chainsaw, but it was very creatively done. (this was WAY before i became involved in haunting so i really have yet to figure out all of the logistics...)

pretty much, it was a corridor of jaggedly-askew, almost maze-like, slat walling (cant think of the actual term for it...) plenty of fog, and TONS of bodies slamming against the walls.... most were props, but a few were actors... anywho... the room was set up so that you felt you were always one step behind the chainsaw maniac on the other side of the wall (who wasnt really even there)... they had bodies that popped down out of the cieling (also slats of various sized boards) and a few walls with (im guessing) prop chainsaws that appeared to be cutting their way through the walls. the whole corridor was back-lit by very dim red lighting until something slammed violently against the wall, or there was a chainsaw coming at you, and then things were lit by strobe. Finnally you reach the end of the corridor and you come face to face with the maniac that has been "chasing" you through the maze... idk if this sounds more complex than it was, but all in all i have to award these people with a "best creative use of a chanisaw maniac" award... the room was AWESOME, and scary as hell, even if it used a tired staple of the haunt industry.

probably not much help here, but if you dont find anything else, its always a fun idea to take what others have done and "super-size" it.... think of how many patrons will be dicussing your "super" chainsaw room vs. the competitions. ;)

Ratbitw
03-23-2008, 01:36 PM
had several members of local dance troop, work in a graveyard....dead zombies break into a Thriller dance. Not scary , but everyone liked it.

Jim Warfield
03-23-2008, 01:55 PM
I end my tours with me opening the exit door and saying:"Thank you very much, I hope that you had a good time here, It gives you something to talk about when you are locked up in the nursing home someday."
Gregg thought this was hysterical when he was here. Of course what made it funnier was the group I was saying this to were all little boys 8 to 10 years old.

lurker
03-23-2008, 06:28 PM
We are a no-chainsaw haunt as well. I have thought about incorporating one into the show, but every time I even mention it one of my creative team screams “NO CHAINSAW!”. And, I’m glad they do. We have avoided it for this long, so it would be sad to ruin the trend.
Endings, of all sorts, can be difficult. I’ve noticed that by the end of most haunts, mine and others, that most patrons are pretty desensitized to most scares. One of the best things you can do is to make them think it is over, so they drop their guard, and then hit them with a scare.
To be honest, we have been hit and miss in the ending department the last few years. We’ve had a narrow cave passage at the end of our haunt for the past two years. That has limited our options on scares. This year we are transforming the end into a larger room where we can put on a little more of a show. I think that will help, but if we can’t scare them at least we will entertain them.

Jim Warfield
03-23-2008, 06:47 PM
That is sort of sad that so many become desensitized . I really feel that the way I present my house does the opposite with most people, except for 13 to 15 year old squealy girls who can't stop screaming or talking about boyfriend "Biff" in study hall.
I do not have any sound track(s) playing in my place , this might help the growth of rational thought? My distractions are usually more verbal , allowing them the time to comprehend what I am attempting to communicate to them, THEN I scare them!
Then I re-engage their thinking process with some new goofy concept, then I scare them again, over and over it plays........
As I have said here before, some laugh the entire time they are here, often begging for me to "Stop" because they can't breath or their stomach hurts.
This is all a good distraction from the supernatural events here, which are not regular, dependable events.
We almost have completed a new E-book telling all about this house's Haunted History, as told room by room. I still can't believe how much typing this has taken so far!

N2SPOOKINU
03-23-2008, 08:59 PM
We have also used the chainsaws at the end of our events but the thing that has worked best for us is to use an air cannon machine gun hidden in the bushes. They think they are finished and start to sigh and talk with each other about their experience and then we hit them with it. The sound of the cannon plus the large bursts of air startle EVERYONE! It works great for us so you might try it for yours. No actor is needed just use a sensor. Greg

Jim Warfield
03-23-2008, 10:02 PM
My large bursts of startling air usually drag some stainers with them.

Murphy
03-23-2008, 10:47 PM
"not impressed with chainsaws" (what!?!?!) I can see not using a saw at the end if you are trying to be different, but if you don't have a saw on the property simply because you are "not impressed" or don't want to be a "cliche" then you're cheating your public. (my opinion) You can't beat the look on the faces of the next group to walk in when they all hear the Chainsaw roar inside the house. (I think I just pee'd a little with excitement). As far as a last room, for a couple of years we had a chalkboard drop. It was a good sized drop window with chalkboard spray coating on it. We also had a sign above it that said " Did The Shadow's Edge......" and on the chalkboard we spilt it down the middle and had "Rocked" on one side and "Sucked" on the other. We even had already marked up the board and had chalk sticks glued down in a tray in front of it. When the "tough guy" of the group reached for the chalk to mark his own opinion we would drop the chalkboard for one last blast. It worked great, but i think we went back to a chainsaw. I guess we are just predictable scum.

icarian
03-23-2008, 11:09 PM
what im NOT impressed about ARE the cliche uses of chainsaws... party city masks on teenage boys weilding a chainsaw at the exit door is just BORING to me... and thats what i've encountered at 98% of the haunts ive been to that use a chainsaw ending scene. Last season, actually, i went to a haunt that has a GREAT reputation in the area, and i was severely let down... no themeing, no scenes, just tent after tent of party-city-mask-wearing-chainsaw-maniacs (6 of them to be exact... spaced throughout the haunt) and they didnt even move really... just started up the chainsaw and moved their arms around a little, then shut it off...

its just sad. Chainsaws can be an excellent prop, but thats what they are... a prop... give the scene that utilizes that prop a little more substance, and you've got a winner.... Don't avoid using them for fear of becoming a cliche, use them in ways that others havent... (AKA DONT BE THE CLICHE IF YOU USE THEM!)

thats all im getting at.

JamBam
03-24-2008, 09:22 AM
Hey Warfield,
I would have to say that the year you and Leonard put the TW tour together, the exit from the Ravens Grin Inn out of the trunk of the Hudson suddenly onto the street was great. Just when we were expecting, heck I don't know, we were climbing out of the trunk from the cool tunnel onto the cold street, and wham, it was over.

Of course, your idea of no exit at all has occurred to me a few times, especially the one time we came through and one of our friends made a comment when we were in the sub-basement. She told you you were WIERD!!!. And you came back with a true Warfield comment, while we wondered if she had sealed our fate, our car to disappear, and no one know where we really were. And we become part of the future of the Inn.


Three time visitor... pondering a fourth.. nah.. not just yet.

Brett Molitor
JamBam/Huntington Jaycees Haunted Hotel-13th Floor
www.HauntedHuntington.com
www.MySpace.com/the_haunted_hotel

Jakluk
03-24-2008, 09:53 AM
We went into last year not wanting to use chainsaws or clowns. We didn't use chainsaws. A clown somehow snuck onto the property and stayed for the entire month. Oh well.

For our final scene the customers walk down a dark hallway and make a 90 degree turn at the end into a brightly lit room with the stairs to the exit. We didn't do anything to the room, in fact we stored extra equipment in the corner. Everyone assumed it was over, then an actor in a SPFX zombie mask came out of a doorway behind them and chased them upstairs.

We had a hidey hole with a view on this room so management could watch the fun. The best was listening to people when they walked into the lighted nonscary room. You could actually hear some people sigh, like it was finally over and they could relax. You knew you had them when everyone in the group would start gabbering about everything they had just scene and what they liked and what scared them.

Jim Warfield
03-24-2008, 10:23 AM
Who are your customers?
I think if they are 13 to 17 year olds many of which have never been to haunted attractions or have been to only one or two of them them the chainsaw attack is fine. .
I'm not kidding when I tell you that even slightly older customers really do not appreciate a chainsaw at all, not the noise, nor smell nor potential for someone to trip and hit you with a possibly hot , heavy metal device.
I decided long ago that I would pander to the older groups and it has worked out for me and what I do here. Bottom line:Whatever works for you...works.
I just love the little subtle things I do here that creates sometimes massive reactions, as last night, the first slight , small thing that I did to the people as they were walking up to my house had very loud screams coming out of them, echoing across the parking lot all the way over to the city graveyard on the opposite hill.
I wonder if my dead relatives heard them?
Could Have! (insert evil laugh ~here)

tkaska
03-24-2008, 03:02 PM
Our haunt is outdoors, in a 10 ft tall cornfield maze that we fog heavily, but we have our actors (with chainsaws - we're in Texas, and for some reason that scare is almost mandatory for some folks), about three or four guys dressed all in black, criss-cross through the dimly lit path and alongside our patrons. Our customers can hear them rustling through the crop, smell the chainsaw fluid smoking, and feel as though they are being stalked...then, we give them a break. Things get eerily quite and still. The guys turn the saws off. The only thing you can hear is the wind in the cornstalks, footsteps, and a low hissing/whispering soundtrack we created (my 10 year old and some friends!) They wander on a bit into a predictable scare, they think they are home free -- by then, there's usually a nervous giggle or two (Gotta love the 13 yr olds!) and our huge, bubba of a guy, 6ft actor all bloodied and nasty, crazy looking in his hillbilly garb fires up the chainsaw on the path in front of them, back lit by a red light. We shoot compressed air at them at the same time and they RUN SCREAMING to the only exit they can see, just behind the chainsaw guy. It's a classic, yes even cliche -- but something about it gets a great response each time. People tell our ticket girls that they're back and bringing their friends for the chainsaw guy....

Bill Schnell
03-24-2008, 08:34 PM
Our first year, I was set on not having any chainsaws in our haunted house. After the first weekend, the most common complaint from our customers was that we did not have a chainsaw. Its great to be original and creative, but you have to give customers what they want. There is a reason that hollywood keeps putting out the same plots over and over (and even just directly re-making movies). We used the chalk board drop down for a couple of years and it definitely worked great. I think the best way to do an ending is to use a chainsaw in a good last scene (giving them what they want), then the customers go into a room that leads them to believe that the haunt is over, then you hit them again when their guard is down (air cannon, drop down, whatever).

lurker
03-24-2008, 09:58 PM
I heard that complaint my first year too, but rarely have I heard it since. It is pointless for us to add a chain saw to our haunt when every haunted house and cornfield around us is using them in droves. I don't think customers necessarily demand chainsaws, I think they have just come to expect it. What they demand is to be entertained. And as long as you do that then you don't have to hold on to the "got to have a chain saw" theory like it is the gospel according to Leatherface.
That is just my humble opinion. In the end ya just got to do what works for you the best.
Haunting has a lot of room for experimentation.
And don't get me started on Hollywood plots and remakes. Those guys rather sell the same old rehashed stuff over and over for fear of loosing a buck. I think they are currently on the verge of driving the recent resurgence of horror movies into the ground with the same old crap. They are remaking Prom Night! How much more can we bear? lol

Jim Warfield
03-24-2008, 10:22 PM
Everybody does what they feel will work for their customers. I have had the following conversation 1.000's of times over the last 20 years with potential customers either on the phone or in person:"Do you use chainsaws in your haunted house?"
"No I don't."
"Do you have gory, bloody displays."
"No, I don't do Crime Scenes or Murder Houses"

"Are you going to scare me so much I wet myself?"
"I sure don't try to do anything like that."
"Is something going to grab me in there?"
"I can't promise this won't happen because one of the
people coming in with you might touch you."

Then after the tour they might tell me their personally upsetting,embarrassing history within another haunted attraction. Then they add, "And I NEVER went back there again!" (And never took any friends there either.) If it is an adult telling me this they usually never allowed their kids to go to a haunt either.
So anybody want to try to mathematically calculate how much business and how many dollars were lost over just, say a ten year period of time?
This afternoon I had a tour for a Dad and his two young girls. I showed then a lights on tour mostly and gave away every potential scare, they are only maybe 7 and 5 yr. old girls, they loved it and I asked them if they had a good time, weren't scared? Then I said " maybe someday you would like to come back here then? What a concept! Doing what I enjoy, treating the customers as patrons and being able to pay your bills and not have to stand in the free cheese line! (sucking in cheesefarts.)

Gravely
03-25-2008, 09:21 AM
Our strategy is to let them think the tour is over one scene early. we stop them, talk to them a bit, then say happy halloween and send them out thru a small scene/hallway.
they are so off guard at that point that simple popups and air cannons do the job fine to have them running and screaming out into the courtyard

Jim Warfield
03-25-2008, 12:07 PM
That is Lovely! Gravely!
I can't stop doing this either, that's how a tour through my house ends up taking 90 minutes!!
Too much FUN for JIM! hahahaha!
Distracting them, calming them, this is mainly resetting them for the next one, making it a roller coaster ride.
I keep finding new ways to have this fun. This winter has been very extreme. I saw 5 inches of water on the floor of the wine cellar, then it froze the first inch making walking over it like walking on glass, breaking glass! Fun! Lucky I got rid of this by the next night before the word got out and everybody would be demanding the breaking glass-effect for their tour!
So we were walking through the exit tunnel when a customer sees a push button mounted on a box above his head.."what does that do?" "Go ahead and push it."
He pushes it, the lights go out and in this quick darkness I scream!
Of course everyone jumps!
All this from an 89cent push-button !
Simple scary fun bordering on the immensely idiotic!!!~~

After 20 years I still laugh a lot during each tour of my house!

HauntedWebby
03-26-2008, 01:10 PM
im very rarely impressed by chainsaw use in haunts... its so redundant, everyone does it, everyone has seen it... think of something new already, or at least utilize the chainsaw in an exciting, NEW, way... ya know?

I agree. At one time one of the local haunts (not me) had 9 chainsaws in their attraction. Talk about over kill (no pun).

We do have one, and it's in the middle. The character has it because our story calls for it. If the story didn't call for it, we wouldn't have one.

shawnc
03-26-2008, 03:07 PM
Fellow haunters or people who just want to be scared? Yes, it's a cliche but it is effective. It doesn't fit with the last and next theme I have so I won't be using it, but I would if I could. I don't care if anyone looks down their nose at me for being uncreative. It works, people expect it, and are still scared by it. So the reason not to do it is........?

Smiley
03-26-2008, 06:17 PM
I also agree that the idea of a chainsaw weilding marathon man is old; very old to us haunters. To customers that come one once (or twice, or any other single digit number) a year to experience the haunt, the concept isn't so..."stale". Hey, as long as actors get reactions out of people with the gig, I doubt it'll fade. Since it hasen't already, I guess patrons still get a kick out of it.




But between you and me, I'd like to some "variety" with those saws. ;)

Darkblood
03-26-2008, 07:19 PM
Chainsaws...hmm...well...
In my small town my business partner, Terry, and I started helping the Lions over 10 years ago and they had no chainsaw...they did use a circular saw (no blade obviously...or not so obviously...)...
My first year they asked us young'ins to do the final room and we promised to send them off with a bang...so Terry got the Leatherface outfit made up and grabbed his saw and I was the distraction/victim...it was a small room (walk in...sheet for a wall and turn left...small table with head body/parts on it and immediate right...) and I'd be in the corner or behind the sheet...I'd get behind them and scare them forward and Terry'd be in the doorway out...well, they'd jump back and smash into me...so he hid behind the sheet and I'd be in corner in front of them...they'd think I was going to get them and he'd jump out behind them and out the door, through the 15 foot dark tunnel exit...most would keep running the 20 plus feet smack dab into the wall of the building...it worked!
They kept this year after year until they sold the stuff to us...
Well a local charity started a haunt 2 years ago (we started our own one last year) and they had a guy who helped us as the room evolved into a full scale dinner scene from the Texas Chainsaw movie...he told them he created the chainsaw scare and scene (he did fill in for Terry once or twice a year) and they did a copycat thing...
This past year they were doing it again and we did ours...Terry's nephew brought his chainsaw and it had no muffler on it...you could hear it a mile away...the folks loved it and said ours was better than the other...that was a nice compliment...
But it works here in my 'hick town'...hehehe...
We have people at the door jump and look like they almost wet themselves when they hear the saw inside...
We also utilized an electric one halfway in a foggy body part room with a light pointed at the customers...lean forward with it into their vision and they scream...thinking the chainsaw bit is over...hehehe!
We're trying to not use it this year, but people stand outside yelling "Hey Chainsaw Guy!" We don't want to disappoint!
That's my take!

Kirk

icarian
03-27-2008, 12:24 AM
We do have one, and it's in the middle. The character has it because our story calls for it. If the story didn't call for it, we wouldn't have one.

THANK YOU! this is the type of usage i'm trying to promote! too many people just throw one in, with no regards to the rest of their haunt....

Jim Warfield
03-27-2008, 12:26 AM
"I just drove 100 miles to get here and I only have a dollar left. If I can't see your house for a dollar, I will go home disappointed. You don't want to disappoint me now do you?"

So what if you guys came up with something a lot better than a chainsaw ballet?
Will you have enough time to come up with something else if you spend all your time copying that old movie for the next ten years?
This is where the real loss or personal tragedy of human life falls, we find our comfort zone, what seems to "work" and we all get lazy, life passes us by, we are forced out of being an active, inventive person and then it's too late.
You will know that you have done something right when you discover that others are copying you..and if you hadn't done it first..nobody would have been able to do the particular thing, figured out by you!
I have quite an advantage here being open every night. I think of something, I try it, if it doesn't work or work as well as I had hoped I can try it with slight variations and sometimes the final success comes into the picture from a customer's response to it, inspiring me to respond with something I normally would not have thought of or seen it quite that way.
our lives CAN be as stimulating or as stale as we want them to be, the theater of haunted performing is such an incredible place for expression..yet too many waste time simply trying to be that other guy, you know, that guy from that movie, whatshisname?
Is that also your name? whatshisname?
Too many whatshisnames already.

GraveStalker
03-27-2008, 06:28 AM
"I just drove 100 miles to get here and I only have a dollar left. If I can't see your house for a dollar, I will go home disappointed. You don't want to disappoint me now do you?"

"This is where the real loss or personal tragedy of human life falls, we find our comfort zone, what seems to "work" and we all get lazy, life passes us by, we are forced out of being an active, inventive person and then it's too late.
"


Well put Jim!!! I believe that MOST haunted attractions I have visited are very predictable (to some degree) in what I expect to see. I believe this creates a comfort zone that is counterproductive to the intent of the haunt. Let me just say there was very little comfort zone at Raven's Grin when I recently visited. I am a big fan of keeping people off balance - utilizing the idea that almost anyone's imagination inspired by fear is scarier than any prop created.

On that note, thanks Jim for an outstanding evening at the Raven's Grin Inn. We appreciate your effort and had a great time!!!

Jim Warfield
03-27-2008, 07:35 AM
Thank You Very Much!
You just invented a new haunting term, or maybe it should be just a popular abbreviation? VLCZ
Very Little Comfort Zone.
Let's all say this abbreviation quickly a few times , feel how slickly it rolls from your tongue(using someone else's tongue is cheating,especially if you have a whole pan full of fresh ones!)
"VLCZ"
"VLCZ"
VLCZ"!!!!

My style of diminished customer comfort zone doesn't rely upon deafening noises (for the most part) or blinding strobes or real guiliotines. My method may require much more time and effort but after their long drive to get here I'd better be doing the best that I can to give them a memorable experience:
"It gives you something to talk about when you are locked up in the nursing home someday."----My Motto. Promising future fun conversations, something to regale in one's old age.

lurker
03-27-2008, 10:16 AM
I thought of a few ideas that could put a twist on the old chainsaw.

1)Have the customers enter a room where they see a leatherface type character desperately trying to start a chainsaw. He quickly gets frustrated, and the customers laugh at him. He takes his worthless chainsaw and smacks it against the wall. A loud crack is heard, the actor looks at the customers and says, “oops!”. Then a fake wall or ceiling fall scare occurs. This would freak people out cause they would think it was a real accidental set failure.

2)How about having a chainsaw guy trying to start a chainsaw, but it won’t start. Just as he gives up in frustration someone in a giant fluffy evil bunny costume comes out and attacks him with a carrot.

3)Build a fake giant chainsaw that is big enough to have an actor pop out of it

4)Just before chainsaw room post a sign with the current gas prices, and then have the chainsaw guy chasing people with the chainsaw while just making chainsaw noises with his mouth.

Infoamtek
03-27-2008, 10:41 AM
We would drop the ceiling for the last room scare. Very effective.

slash
03-27-2008, 11:14 AM
We try and change the last scene every year.

One time we did the evil clown with a spark fence

The year before we built the last scene to look exactly like the first. The people thought they were back at the beginning, where a dummy was standing. But this time it was a real actor there. This really got them

slash
03-27-2008, 11:17 AM
We would drop the ceiling for the last room scare. Very effective.

Could you reply with details on this?Or send me a PM? We were looking into making soemthing like this.

Jim Warfield
03-27-2008, 12:27 PM
Usually a "Drop Pants" effect is cheaper though. just don't accidentally pull all of them down.
Anything suspended above customers should also have safety steel cables or chains to catch everything if something else comes loose and try to have a different point where these are secured rather than the same beam the rest of it is hung from.

M&MHauntingCo.
03-30-2008, 07:13 PM
Just putting the last touches on our "House" plans and wanted a little input. Went to forty haunted attractions this past season and pretty much the SAME exit scene of the chainsaw was utilized in 98% of them. Anyone using or have seen a proven EXIT scene ,besides the chainsaw, that still gives the audience that BANG for their buck, that they so much are craving? The 2% exit scenes not using the chainsaw were a let down to the customers interviewed on their way out. Just curious?
Ken

Ken,
We are going to use the chainsaw this year for our haunted house but here is another good suggestion. Build a very small room from wood (home depot or lowes etc.) Then place actors in front of the room. As soon as the victims come out there are at least 5 monsters in front of them. They can get in the patrons personal space or just chase them off. The monsters should not let them out of the room. Hope it helps!

Mitch

Jim Warfield
03-31-2008, 07:15 AM
"Monsters" pretending to be statues of course!
Don't forget the faux- pigeon pooh for realism.

RJ Productions
04-04-2008, 03:34 AM
I hate chainsaws! They cost me a lot of money each year. Do I use them? Unfortunately. Why, because the customer wants them!

Cliché? absolutely! But then again so are dark hallways, blood, monsters, vampires, corpses, skeletons, and yes even clowns! I use a cahin saw, others in my market don't. I hear customers talk about my competitors and say " yeah, their haunt was OK but they didn't have a chain saw".

I always wanted to have a final scare where you see broken chainsaws strewn about, the "chainsaw guy" stuck to the wall in mid stride with machetes. Maybe spray painted over with big lettering saying "No CHAINSAW!" Then you chase them out with a leaf blower!!! They'll still run, then laugh!!!

Two years ago we allowed the daughter of a fellow haunter work our haunt. She had a gutted nonworking chainsaw. She hid near the exit. Regular BIG Chainsaw Dude chases them down the long exit hallway. He stops and she chases them out the door! The audience and others in the group are now laughing going "SHE chased you out!!! You sissy!!!" They wouldn't do it with every group, usually just picked on the groups with a big "macho" guy at the end. It was a good effect. Entertaining (well maybe not to the big guy who got ribbed for running from a 4 foot girl in a dress with a chainsaw!)

I'd LOVE not to use a chainsaw,but smart business says the customer is always right!

Monster-Tronics
04-04-2008, 09:41 AM
What haunter doesn’t have a love/hate relationship with the all mighty chainsaw???

Rich, that is the funniest gag I’ve heard of in a long time, great idea!!!

I think I would give the girl one of those really crappy toy chainsaws that you can get for $15.

Do you have her dressed up like she was going to Sunday school too with cute little ribbons in her hair?

Jim Warfield
04-04-2008, 01:07 PM
As some of you know I do a very different "chainsaw" routine. It must have impressed another haunted house, I mean, why else would they have copied my routine? I'm not sure they took the time to do it right though because everything we do here takes time to make it happen anywhere near "right", meaning fully-effective.