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  1. Talking Best Scare!!! 
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    Hello All,

    What was the best scare you had? The one you still think about and it makes you chuckle?

    My “Best” was about 10 years ago or so working at the “The Asylum Experience” in Berwyn IL (Great Haunt).

    The patrons would walk into Frankenstein’s lab onto the vibrating walkway and wait to watch this scene. At the end of the walk way was a gate. Then at the end of the scene I would open the gate and bring the patrons to the next room. Not a big scare part but needed to be done to control the flow.

    Well…. One time a group was walking onto the walkway and stopped at the gate to watch the scene. I decided to hide behind the corner so no one could see me. As the scene started the patrons were mesmerized and had no clue I was sneaking up to them. I opened the gate and was right in their face. The end hit where the floor would vibrate and some props would go off and the people thought that was it. They turned and I was standing right in their face.. the first girl jump so high…out of one of her shoes (that’s the truth) and almost knocked down half the group.

    This story still makes me chuckle every time I think about that girls face.

    Hope it helped your day!

    Peter T
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    Perfect example of little things counting for a lot. Sometimes you can scare someone without even trying.
     

  3. Default Best room/best scare....SO FAR!! 
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    About 4 years ago I built a room to look like a crypt. When the group enters the room they walk into a seemingly empty room about 8ft x 10ft, all black walls, with just a strobe light pointed at them from the oposit end. Most groups were usually wondering what was going on cause they just entered an empty room, not even a prop or character in it. From hereing some of them talk, they were alittle dissapointed that nothing was done with the room.

    Just then as they get locked in the room, the strobe light goes out. And now in the total darkness, all the walls around the room begin to lower to the ground. You can here a screaching from the pulleys in the cieling turning and thats it. As the walls drop as many and 7 characters lean out of there tombs, which were previously hidden. The group at this point still is clueless to what is going on around them. Just then as the walls reach the floor, some stage lighting comes on lighting up the set and I $^&* you not, all HELL would break loose.

    When this group of I believe 3 teenage girls entered the room, one right after the other, hanging on to eachother, they walked in and turned to the right and just stared at one of the walls not knowing what to do. Eventually the lights go out. Us characters could here them talking to themselves wondering what was going on and how nervous they were.

    After about 15-20 seconds (the time it took to lower the walls) the lights came on and with a character inches from the leading girls face, she screamed like hell and darted to her left for safety only to find another group of charaters reaching out at her. She and the girls clinging to her continued the rotation to the left searching for relief, but........another wall gone and characters there for the attack. After the girls making a complete counterclockwise rotation in I swear less than a second they all fell to the floor in total panic.

    It was intense as hell being there part of it. And it was so funny going back and watching my recording on my TV!! That room was like that nearly all night long, everynight we were open. FUN....FUN....FUN....room to do.

    Time after time people would leave they room talking about how great a scare it was. Lot of great comments!

    Kelly Anderson
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    Hey Kelly,

    That room sounds great!

    I would love to see video of it in action.

    Would you care to share your favorite scare?!!

    Tom.
     

  5. Default best scare/best room 
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    Hey IHAUNT,

    I'de love to show the video clip if I can find it. Plus its on VHS tape. Not sure how to upload that. Ill try and figure something out to show.

    I was thinking of another time in the same room that was very memorable. As the walls were coming down in the total darkness, the patrons can't see us, we cant see them either. All we can go off of to know where they are is to listen to them talk or even as they are breathing. I knew the room was pretty much full of people cause they were making alot of noise talking. The wall was coming down and I was leaning out very slowly so I wouldnt hit anyone.

    I heard people saying "Whats that noise", talking about the pullys screaching. Then I felt the tip of my nose touched some guy right on the cheak. This guy whom was so quiet I didnt even know he was there, all the sudden started yelling "What the &$^$ was that!!" over and over. Just then the lights come back on and this guy about pissed himself. I about died laughing myself!!

    Great thread. Cant wait to here more of your guys best scares. LOL

    Kelly Anderson
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  6. Default "Go Hide In The Maze!" 
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    I told the guy , we were having a hide & seek here, this guy had been through the house numerous times for the regular tour, now he and his friends were going about hiding themselves here.
    He took off running through the maze, turned maybe 5 corners, then he came to a complete , quick Stop.
    His one leg was stretched out behind him..how could I know this?
    Because wearing knee-lentgh moccassins I was right behind him step-for-step and I was now straddling that back leg! (but making no physical contact with it)
    He slowly turned just his head to look behind him.. and we were face-to-face!
    I had just accomplished what must have seemed like a physical impossibility to him!
    Luck also had something to do with it!
     

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    How about I share my worst scare, I have far to many great ones to pick a favorite.
    I was 15 and working at a haunted house at a teen club in MD. I normally played the wolf man and ran around the whole place getting great scares. One night my friend and I switched and I played "ricko mc sicko" a ronald mc donald rip off in a terrible fast food scene. The scare was at the top of a carpeted set of steps, I was wearing clown shoes with that costume and I would normally yell at the coming group from the top of the steps then dash back to my spot (as best as one can dash in clown shoes). But when I yelled the group screamed so I pretended to lunge at them, Well...the length of the slippery plastic clown show was longer than the distance between the top corners of the steps so I skied down thirty feet of steps (amazing the speed you can build that way) screaming at the top of my lungs because I thought I was going to die, they froze and were also screaming. Time seemed to pass in slow motion as I raced towards them. I hit the first person and he hit the second, and so on and so forth till we were in a pile at the bottom of the steps. They were screaming like crazy and I was lucky to land up on top of the pile. I extricated myself and then maneuvered backwards up the stairs (almost impossible to ascend a set of stairs forwards in clown shoes) to my room unhurt. It seemed like the group took forever to get up stairs and I was pretty sure I killed one or two of them. Eventually they made it by me but they ran all the way out of the haunt, there was some damaged drywall but amazingly none of them complained about injuries.
    I was very glad to don my wolfman garb again the next night, and since then i have always cut the bottoms out of any clown shoes I or my actors wear.
    Allen H
     

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    The clown shoes always seem to be an issue. great idea to cut the under part off. I loved every ones stories. I would love to see any ones videos of their scares. Def the room with the lowering walls and see their faces... sounds fantastic!!

    Jim I have heard you can move like a gazelle so I am not surprised.. Loved the story.

    Hope everyone had a great weekend, I know I did.

    Keep up with the stories.

    Peter T
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  9. Default wall drop/crypt 
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    Hope this works. Videos crappy.

    This isnt the exact scare I had wrote about, I havent found it yet. But this will give a bit of an idea what the room was like. 3 of the 4 walls were able to drop to the floor leaving a 4ft knee wall. The guests walk into an empty room. The strobe light goes out. And then the walls drop without them knowing. Eventually the lights come back on and this is what you get. I LUV IT!!

    I believe there were two characters to the right of the screne and three characters to the left along with the one you can see.

    It was recorded in 2004. Its a night vision camera recording on a VHS tape. I had to play the tape on my tv and record it with my digital camera. I know. Hi tech.

    In 2007 I rebuilt this room again, only I was able to add the fourth wall all the way to the back to be able to drop. The problem I had to contend with was the area the winch was ankored to raise and lower the walls.




    Kelly Anderson
    Last edited by Kelly Anderson; 08-16-2009 at 10:28 PM.
     

  10. Talking  
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    HAHAHAHAHAH!!!! Nice Scare!!!

    Love it!!!

    Peter T
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