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Scarefest13
08-12-2008, 09:30 AM
Hello everyone,

I am making an asylum haunt this year, its my very first one so i almost have everything down...except decoration, what should i put around my haunt!!!!!!!!!! what should i hang on walls etc etc. any decoration ideas would be appreciated!!!!!


Thank you!

-Scarefest13

MMManiac
08-12-2008, 09:42 AM
Google Mental hopitals, insain asylums and what not. Look at what really was on the walls. You can always go the bloody gore route but in im opinion being authentic is the way to go.

Jim Warfield
08-12-2008, 12:33 PM
urine and feces would probably be the most common wall drippings, er coverings.

Scarefest13
08-12-2008, 01:19 PM
haha very funny...keep the ideas flowin

FearSeeker
08-12-2008, 06:21 PM
Have you heard of a skeleton tree? Totally kidding. Sorry, but I just couldn't resist. :cool:

Killer Katie
08-12-2008, 07:35 PM
Nothing says insanity like that pale mint green paint on the walls, ripped up medical/anatomy charts, fecal matter (smeared of course), bloody hand prints (a few good head smashes and smeared to the ground would do nicely) all accompanied by a slowly flickering lightbulb. Go to garage sales and thrift stores and find some outdated anatomy books amd rip out the pages! Or go to teacher supply stores. Mmmmmm..... tasty craziness!

Scarefest13
08-12-2008, 10:04 PM
Katie those are awesommeeeesss ideas will definetly be using some of those thanks for helpin!

Killer Katie
08-13-2008, 04:39 PM
We did an asylum a couple years ago - and I insisted on the green walls! LOL Good luck and post pics! If I think of some other idea, I'll post!

Kevin Dells
08-13-2008, 04:48 PM
The mint green room is actually the color of an operating room but i as well like to paint any mental hospital walls with it. Even though it really dosen't belong it does make you immediatley think Hospital of some sort over and other color.

If you can find any x-rays it's always a cool effect to build a box with a small wattage light behind them and hang that on a wall.

Check the local salvage yeard for any used hospital equipment, we just found dozens of gynecologist beds. We only took one, but man that would be freaky to enter a room and see dozens of gyne tables on both sides.

I won't go into deep explanation as we do have some women aboard, use your imagination.

Kevin Dells
08-13-2008, 04:48 PM
The mint green room is actually the color of an operating room but i as well like to paint any mental hospital walls with it. Even though it really dosen't belong it does make you immediatley think Hospital of some sort over and other color.

If you can find any x-rays it's always a cool effect to build a box with a small wattage light behind them and hang that on a wall.

Check the local salvage yeard for any used hospital equipment, we just found dozens of gynecologist beds. We only took one, but man that would be freaky to enter a room and see dozens of gyne tables on both sides.

I won't go into deep explanation as we do have some women aboard, use your imagination.

gadget-evilusions
08-13-2008, 06:38 PM
We did an asylum a couple years ago - and I insisted on the green walls! LOL Good luck and post pics! If I think of some other idea, I'll post!


Is that what that was. I thought you just liked to wipe poop on the wall Katie.

Slow flickering light bulb, that was allllll me. Green walls, all katie!

Jim Warfield
08-13-2008, 06:45 PM
I visited a nursing home/nut house and their walls were built around 1880 and they were wall papered and very stinky, heavilly into urine, very old urine, stains too.
Someone was going to make a haunted house out of it but I was told it turned out to be too haunted! (Or maybe it was just an incredible amount of WORK!?)
I think it sure would be.

Killer Katie
08-13-2008, 06:49 PM
Whether it's "accurate" or not - I still think green is creepier than white walls. Thats' my story and I'm stickin to it! :) It was cheap and still gave a great institution feel.

Gadget - i try to keep my poop smearing to myself... thanks for outing me! LOL I did get some strange looks with a bunch of sprayfoam turds drying on my front porch... good times! You go on flicker light man! :)

Oh yeah.. one other thing! Don't forget to have insane ramblings written in blood or feces. I used inspiratiojn from what I thought the patients would hear everyday, several times. Along the lines of "Take your meds, take your meds!" Don't forget to flush, it only hurts for a minute, pills pills pills, "time for medication!" I also had cave drawings and little kids drawings in both feces and blood. :) Use some stuff that's totally of the wall (the monkey ate my pillow, don't look at me, "I am not crazy - repeated over and over)

Jim Warfield
08-13-2008, 07:23 PM
I think..the "Pillow Ate My Monkey" would be much better.
And just to add to the autheticity have banana peels in the bed.
Maybe some dark, coarse hair and his tail, this might be effective, a little tail in bed?

Scarefest13
08-13-2008, 08:33 PM
HAHAHA Jim u are way to funny

Jim Warfield
08-14-2008, 12:19 AM
I am way too funny?
I've barely scratched the circus!

I had one tour tonight for a family from the local campground, Mom, Dad, Older Sister, young Brother.
The boy was nervous so I tested his bravery and his humor at the same time.
Humor replaces bravery when need be.
"The psychic said there are 37 ghosts in this house and some people see strange looking ghosts but I think maybe they have a mental predisposition to see certain things and maybe this is like one of those ink-blot tests? For instance YOU might have a problem if you would happen to see a ghost of "TONY THE TIGER!"
I shout as a 3 foot tall likeness of Tony the Tiger quickly appears infront of them then vanishes.
The kid was laughing too.

FearSeeker
08-14-2008, 12:41 AM
I am way too funny?
I've barely scratched the circus!

Jim, yes, you are way too funny.

And it must have been a FLEA circus if it required scratching! :cool:

Haunting Copy
08-14-2008, 10:06 PM
Katie, did you take any pics of your asylum? Those would be
great to see. :)

Sarah

gadget-evilusions
08-15-2008, 06:45 AM
Katie, did you take any pics of your asylum? Those would be
great to see. :)

Sarah

If she doesn't, I have an entire daylight video walk thru that I took that year.

Katie, figures that year, I took video of every house except for my factory house with all my pneumatics.

Scarefest13
08-15-2008, 08:13 AM
Then what are you waiting for!!!! post post post!

Killer Katie
08-15-2008, 10:54 PM
Gadget post away! You know me - never remeber to take pictures of ANYTHING I do - have years of experience and what do I have to show for it???? NADA!!!
And apparently you had my brain that year! LOL

gadget-evilusions
08-16-2008, 10:46 AM
Katie,

I will see what I can do about Diana cutting that part of the video out so I can put it up on you tube. I will post a link here when I get it done.

Killer Katie
08-16-2008, 01:05 PM
thanks! IF you can that would be cool! I know you guys are really busy though!

maliciousstudios
08-17-2008, 04:36 AM
you might know where to find these maybe not.... but if memory serves me Dapper Cadaver.com has allot of cool stuff... I.e. x-rays, mouth openers, etc. theres allot of cool stuff out there on the net. One idea that I had for a scene is to build a cage that is up on one side of a wall with a few crazies inside. they escape as the patrons walk by one side of the metal cage opens slamming the cage wall down just over the patrons heads. This allows the crazy actors to run around on that wall and onto some of the cage ceiling across some of the haunt.... dunno....sounded cool to me.... ( Anyways ) a asylum is kickaxx if done right.... post some photos when ya get it done or better yet video from the year when the season is over....

Jim Warfield
08-17-2008, 08:27 AM
The thought just occurred to me, has anyone ever done asylum acting portraying the meek, insecure patient who remains institutionalised because they are hiding from the rest of the world behind those bars and walls?
Who knows, it might even create a more reastic base/backround for the crazy potentially violent actors?
Of course what is "acting"?
Real acting isn't just pretending to be someone else(or something else) it is also showing change from one mood or persona to another and keeping it as realistic as you can do this.
So the meek might be metamorphing into something else opening up a whole playground of fun!
Insecure people I know hide IN bars, self-medicated, as long as the money holds out or somebody is buying.

Killer Katie
08-17-2008, 08:52 PM
One of my favorite "insane" character was a completely silent one that wrung her hands constantly and mumbled the lords prayer under her breath. I would get really close and make people uncomfortable. The other was a mumbler as well, I walked with slow, heavy steps, twitching scratching and when someone got too close, I raised my bloody high heel shoe and screeched and ran after them - I miss Agnes... *sniff
But short story long, lol, I think Jim may be onto an actor idea~!