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.