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twohlgemuth
07-21-2009, 11:39 AM
Hi Haunters,

I was so inspired by the 13th Gate tour last year that I had to create arches in my haunt. Here is how we build around trees deep inside the Spookywoods! This set is not finished yet with the detailing and tourture devices hanging over head, but you get the idea. If you don't know Spookywoods main attraction is inside an over grown Christmas tree farm with trees planted in rows.

http://spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze4.JPG

http://spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze3.JPG

http://spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze6.JPG

http://spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze8.JPG

poison
07-21-2009, 11:55 AM
Great work Man!

The before and after pics really make you appreciate the work and detail.

Jim Warfield
07-21-2009, 02:14 PM
Do the tops of the arches shed rain? They might become rather heavy if they are open on top and water couldn't find it's way out.
Did you frame up some of them with thicker lumber so displays or actors could be above the patrons?
They remind me of the basement of a really old structure.
There is something about an arch that says "Old".
Maybe it's the time and effort that they require to make? Old times people had more time to do trickier work.
Rain here today and most of my possible work would have be bucking the rain, not always a thing to be doing..going against the natural flow of things.

freak 'n' stein
07-21-2009, 04:04 PM
Hi Haunters,

I was so inspired by the 13th Gate tour last year that I had to create arches in my haunt. Here is how we build around trees deep inside the Spookywoods! This set is not finished yet with the detailing and tourture devices hanging over head, but you get the idea. If you don't know Spookywoods main attraction is inside an over grown Christmas tree farm with trees planted in rows.


First I'm really inspired by the castle facade, now your maze. A-MAZE-ing...lol, sorry, couldn't help that one. Are these columns and arches built out of the same material the facade is made of? I know this is a pro haunt chat, but is a step-by-step or tutorial coming?

Speculo
07-21-2009, 07:41 PM
That is fantastic Tony! We were similarly inspired by Dwayne, this is our Sewer from last year... We are working on a mirror version of the concept...we will see how that goes!

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h212/Speculo/WebSewer.jpg

http://i65.photobucket.com/albums/h212/Speculo/CellarDwellerweb.jpg

brad
07-21-2009, 09:23 PM
First I'm really inspired by the castle facade, now your maze. A-MAZE-ing...lol, sorry, couldn't help that one. Are these columns and arches built out of the same material the facade is made of? I know this is a pro haunt chat, but is a step-by-step or tutorial coming?

I'd really like to find this out also. What was it made out of?

twohlgemuth
07-23-2009, 07:32 PM
Hi Guys,

We built the arches out of plywood and the rocks are facuform. I used the VFI 711 foam to hide the edges of the rocks to blend the look.

I find it very cool how several of us have adopted the arch look from the 13th Gate. Ben, the sewer set is rocking! I would expect nothing less from the masters!

I have a web page setup with more information on this build. www.spookywoods.com/archmaze.htm (http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze.htm)

Here is a shot of the moving walls as you enter this scene with facuform coffins.

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/swingingcoffin1.JPG

Allen H
07-23-2009, 08:53 PM
Great and inspiring work both of you, this may get me off of my butt and post some set pics of my own. Currently Im working on revamping SCREAMS's asylum haunt and 1/3 of their castle/dungeon haunt. There is never enough time to do everything we want but you guys sure do some knock out work!
good job abd thanks for sharing.
Allen H

scarygoat
07-23-2009, 09:46 PM
Looks awesome! Thank you for showing us the pics, awesome detail, love the vines. Hey Allen did you get my PM?

Jim Warfield
07-23-2009, 10:56 PM
And too stupid and cheap to buy styrofoam and that stuff, I use real rocks and bricks and mortar and cement.
Being open every night of the year for the last 20 years and being a tourist attraction I need durability of the actual product and I have had very good luck doing things this way.
When I swing a door made out of real bricks, rocks, I also have to create one hell of a good hinge but I also know not to build such things above ground level because of the weight considerations.
Real brick arches are fun! I love building them. They look just like the crypts in the above-ground graveyards in New Orleans when done.
All the nice pictures of the work you guys have done are very inspiring and awesome and should really impress your patrons this October. Excellant work!

shawnc
07-24-2009, 12:05 AM
Amazing job.

Here's a helpful hint for next time: Cut those Christmas trees before they get that big. You'll find they fit into houses much easier that way. :)

RJ Productions
07-29-2009, 07:51 PM
Hey Tony,

Awesome job as usual!! You said the coffins were vacuform? Where did you get them?

WIth the right lighting that place is gonna rock!

Rich

twohlgemuth
07-30-2009, 01:02 AM
Hi Rich,

Thanks for the comments. Night Scream Productions took over the distribution of the facuform panels.

MisfitsSpookhouse
07-30-2009, 03:04 AM
Wow! Tony and Ben, very impressive!

twohlgemuth
08-08-2009, 10:42 PM
Here are some updated photos after Joh Harp and his team of scream got their entire bodies covered in paint this past weekend.

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze9.jpg

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze10.jpg

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze11.jpg

Allen H
08-08-2009, 10:59 PM
What kind of creature will roam this maze? It really has me remembering Medusa's lair from Clash of the titans.
Allen H

twohlgemuth
08-08-2009, 11:02 PM
We need to come up with some sort of creature that roams the dark dungeon. There will be devices of torture hanging over head, so a victom could also be the actor in this area.

There are two columes that are hiding spots that allow the actor to come out behind the flow of guests. We will be installing the bars in the maze this weekend.

SomeThingInTheIce
08-09-2009, 07:15 AM
Wow, that Rocks.lol. It looks great!

Midnight13
08-09-2009, 11:18 AM
Looks great Tony! The paint job came out great on the arches.

Dwayne

twohlgemuth
08-09-2009, 05:51 PM
We have completed the build today in the 90 degree plus NC heat. Now it's up to the sound and lighting crew to do their magic. I still have the torture devices being made at a fabricator, so those are going up in the air soon as well.

If you want to see the complete progress build you can view the special page I made for haunters at http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze.htm

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze13.jpg

http://www.spookywoods.com/archmaze2009/archmaze14.jpg

Jim Warfield
08-09-2009, 08:54 PM
One a normal but slipping personality who then totally vanishes as the transformation into the Oliver Reed Hammer /Wolfman.
Dress the actors alike of course. Have a hiding place where the actors can be swapped for one another , the audience turns their back, looks away and are suddenly in close company with fangcity!
Next time build taller thinner arches, flood it slightly for effect and you could have Sean Connery as James Bond under old Istanbul again. (Was that a "set"?)

shawnc
08-09-2009, 09:33 PM
Next time build taller thinner arches, flood it slightly for effect and you could have Sean Connery as James Bond under old Istanbul again. (Was that a "set"?)

Oh yeah! Can you just picture patrons wading through knee-deep murky water, with things moving in the water? That might actually be a little too scary, if there is such a thing.

This set looks absolutely amazing. The before and after pictures are proof that you can set up a great haunt absolutely anywhere.

Jim Warfield
08-09-2009, 11:50 PM
Was the situation when I got my house, so two feet of clear, beautiful rain water awaited me in the wine cellar. It reflected the stone arch ceiling, making that water appear to be a half filled "tunnel" full, which then logically would have been about 12 feet of water, even though it was actually just 2 feet.
Neat things can be done with a little water..and "What's under the water" is one of mankind's basic fears.
There was a haunt 80 miles from here, many years ago that would remove the customer's shoes and socks, slide a garbage bag over the lower half of their body, then send them down a slide into a dark place that had a couple of feet of water waiting for them.
For a little more possible halloween fun red food dye was in the water along with latex body parts!

Raycliff Manor
08-10-2009, 10:05 AM
Tony, you and your crew never cease to amaze me! When are you guys going to offer construction services?!?! I'd love to have a maze like this on our Raycliff property! Freakin AWESOME!!!

Kel

freak 'n' stein
08-10-2009, 03:17 PM
This maze is freaking awesome, as I've commented before. I'd love to have those arches and make this a mirror maze at my own attraction. For some reason, I just REALLY want a mirror maze. And I think this "theme" would be great for one.

twohlgemuth
08-10-2009, 03:22 PM
I got a quote to make the mirror illusion of a endless tunnel for this set. Total cost was $800.00, I decided we could add this next year to keep it fresh the next season. Hiding actors in top of the arches is also an option along with the two that are 3 sided to allow the actor to come out behind the flow of traffic. I'm still looking into what type of character to but in the jail cell. Any ideas guys?

Thanks for the comments, my build crew deserves all the credit. All I did was pay for it all and some of the destressing.

SomeThingInTheIce
08-10-2009, 04:37 PM
How about just a person, torn dirty clothes, they could be calling out for help and telling everyone to "Get out or you could end up in here". Then the scare can come from behind.

I got a quote to make the mirror illusion of a endless tunnel for this set. Total cost was $800.00, I decided we could add this next year to keep it fresh the next season. Hiding actors in top of the arches is also an option along with the two that are 3 sided to allow the actor to come out behind the flow of traffic. I'm still looking into what type of character to but in the jail cell. Any ideas guys?

Thanks for the comments, my build crew deserves all the credit. All I did was pay for it all and some of the destressing.

Darkangel
08-10-2009, 06:59 PM
Tony,

Incredible job you guys all did. How did you make those prison cell bars in the newest pics?

Nice!

Darkangel

twohlgemuth
10-19-2009, 09:39 PM
See the final product of our Arch Maze build on FOX News as we took a behind the scenes walk through this morning.

Jlbincs2Pro

shawnc
10-19-2009, 10:31 PM
It looks even more realistic on video than in the still photos. Great set!

SomeThingInTheIce
10-21-2009, 02:11 PM
Nice, I'm happy that the new maze is working out for you, I know that a lot of work had to go into it. He// the reporter was scared and nothing was even going on that says a lot about the set (just the look of it scares people).

Raycliff Manor
10-21-2009, 02:18 PM
Tony, you never cease to amaze me with what you and your team do out there! FREAKIN AWESOME!!!

Kel