Last weekend we made an epic trek down to Orange County to check out some of their independent haunts and even though the night consisted of about 250 miles of driving we were treated to some amazing events.
The first one we'll be looking at is Motel 6 Feet Under ...
Last year when this Haunt debuted it was universally praised not for gore or big time in your face "extreme" haunt, but for just being a fun Haunted House.
Unfortunately we didn't make it last year to do a full review but this was at the top of our list of "must visits" for 2016. And we're so glad we were able to experience it.
If you're looking for a fun "not too scary, not at all gory, not at all gonna freaking shock you with a taser" event, this is the one you should check out. We guarantee you'll have a lot of fun at Motel 6 Feet Under.
We did get invited to take pictures inside the maze (and a maze it is) but we were afraid that we'd spoil the fun if we took too many pictures.
The maze starts off in an old looking "motel lobby" where there are some amazing effects and one that was very cool (that again, we won't spoil).
They let people in VERY small groups (our group of 4 was alone the entire time and we never saw anybody else in the maze). As you enter you are greeted by a bellhop where you are led into the event. And where you go into the first room is not where you come out.
As you venture into Motel 6 Feet under you are going to encounter ghouls of many sorts, dead ends, moving walls and all sorts of crazy things that make this a truly unique haunt.
This is an event that would be a great "starter" maze, you aren't going to get shocked or abused in any way, what you are going to have is an amazing time experiencing all of the effects and illusions that are so well done.
The event is located just on the other side of the 5 Freeway from Disneyland (if you've run the Disneyland Half Marathon you've run by the location). There is PLENTY of free street parking but we suggest going early as it does get busy.
With Halloween weekend coming up this event (and pretty much EVERY event) is going to be busy.
So Motel 6 Feet Under has thought ahead and will actually be open the weekend AFTER Halloween as well. So if you're all booked up this weekend, don't worry, you still have another weekend to experience this great event.
You can find more information on Motel 6 Feet Under on their website. This is definitely one of the most recommended events of the year. You'll have an amazing time.
Warning: This update and event is VERY adult oriented. Read this update at your own risk!!
A few months ago at Midsummer Scream we got to check out a lot of Haunt previews in their amazing Hall of Shadows. One that left an impression on most of us was a teaser of an all new Haunt, Gorlesque. Three years in the making this fun event really impressed everybody in attendance at their media night.
Written by Gregg Condon
Located in the Fashion District in Downtown LA in one of those cool old buildings with lots of stairs (don't worry, there is an elevator as well)
The story is very cohesive and contains a pretty solid pre-show to explain the experience
Something about a woman in uniform ...
Are you perfect?
As we enter the experience something has gone very wrong. Good thing there's an instruction manual.
Entering the portal ...
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As we proceed something is definitely not right
Definitely not right
Turns out the Society isn't all it's advertised to be
Maybe not so wrong. ;)
The talent and acting at this event is top notch and SO much fun
There's another scene here that's so fantastic, so well done, so adult oriented that we've chosen to not include pictures of it here ... but it was acted out absolutely amazingly and is so much fun.
Trust us ...
Are you perfect? Find out behind this curtain when you experience Gorlesque.
Overall we had an amazingly fun time at Gorlesque. We got to experience the haunt first before going in and getting pictures, but it feels almost wrong to call this a "haunt". It's more of a walk-through theater experience which definitely makes it unique and something that a lot of smaller events are now going for. Some pull it off, some don't, Gorlesque does.
For more information on Gorlesque be sure to check out their website and get tickets. We'd suggest the "next available departure" tickets as they only let about 5-6 people through the experience at a time.
Today we've got a very special treat as Rose reviews what is essentially the hottest Halloween ticket in Southern California, Delusion. This has been consistently ranked as the best "haunt" in Southern California and this year it seems like it's the best year yet.
Below is our review, does contain a spoiler or two if you haven't experienced this year. Normally we'd post a link for tickets, but this event sold out so quick not even all of us were able to get tickets. :(
Written by Rose Costello
Once again the hottest ticket in town is for Delusion His Crimson Queen. I managed to obtain tickets during the limited pre-sale since I had signed up to be notified by email when they would go on sale. They nearly sold out before even going on sale to the general public. The initial run lasts until mid November but if they get an extension then the there is a great possibility that they will open up more dates and tickets. Delusion is unlike anything else. It is an interactive play of sorts where you play an important part of the story.
This year after having to take a year off revolves around the subject of vampires. I do not want to give away spoilers of any kind for those who have tickets or even those who don't in hopes they will extend the run. I give a round of applause to Jon Braver for this magnificent and compelling story. There are no I repeat no sparkly vampires. These vampires will burn in the sunlight. Also several characters names I really feel have come from other sources and are very familiar sounding yet bare no resemblance.
Our group was 10 and I felt was just right in size. Any bigger and I feel that we would not have had the experience we did. Plus it seemed that everyone for the most part including yours truly played their part. Sometimes you are brave enough to step up. Other times you will be picked. (At one point in the storyline no one wanted to do one thing so I stepped up and played my part taking one for our team.) I will be talking about it for a very long time to come.
I must say that you do need to lose yourself and your mindset and just have fun with it. There are stunts and effects that I had my mouth open wide at just staring at disbelief especially the ending. I do not want to give it away but this year there is an actual ending. The cast is beyond brilliant and the storyline easy to follow. I felt each character as they tried to come across to all of us.
The storyline is that we are adult children of Burke and Selene Sullivan. In fact our father Burke writes us a letter dated October 4, 1933. We are asked to come to this villa in search of answers regarding our mother Selene who supposedly perished in a tragic fire. We are half human half vampire children with supernatural powers.
I do not want to give away too much else. There are times where the entire group must work together (think escape room type scenario) but it is easy if there is cooperation. Also there is another point where I thought was so clever genius.
I still wish I could capture what my eyes witnessed during the final scene. Way more than just a haunted house or even Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights. I personally can't stop raving since I am a huge vampire fan in particular to The Vampire Diaries and The Originals. This had some of that plus Vampire Academy, as well as Interview With The Vampire touches.
The mansion inside is huge so much so that at times I couldn't figure out if I was upstairs or down. There are multiple levels and this was the longest Delusion yet. I believe at or just around an hour. I think our group took a little over an hour because of certain things that needed to be solved or done in order to proceed. All in all nothing will compare to Delusion His Crimson Queen. I'm tempted if it gets extended to try to go again but we shall see.