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  1. Default Best scare for EXIT scene? 
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    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
     

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    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
     

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    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.
     

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    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.
     

  5. Talking last year we 
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    had several members of local dance troop, work in a graveyard....dead zombies break into a Thriller dance. Not scary , but everyone liked it.
    Whoa.........that was spooky!:twisted::evil::shock:
     

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    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.
     

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    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, Im 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. Ive 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. Weve 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 cant scare them at least we will entertain them.

    Louis Brown
    Owner, operator, and dish washer
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    DarkWood Manor
     

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    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!
     

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    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
     

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    My large bursts of startling air usually drag some stainers with them.
     

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