Haunts That Touch You

REVIEW: The Uninvited: Awakening Skeleton Key Experience

The Uninvited: Awakening / Skeleton Key Experience
151 W 116th Street
New York, NY

The Uninvited: The Awakening is an immersive experience in the style of Sleep No More. Boasting a uniquely creepy environment within the historic architecture of Harlem’s Graham Court Building, the Uninvited takes place in the seemingly unchanged cellar, which was once used as a turn-of-the-last-century stable. The vast basement is filled with a variety of horror sets from a room filled entirely with antique baby dolls to a dig-your-own grave room. The spirits trapped there provide you with company ranging from darkly comedic to chillingly uncomfortable. The immersive experience has a choose your own adventure feel to it and requires you to really explore your surroundings to get the most out of your time there.

The Skeleton Key Experience takes things to a more extreme level. The 2-hour experience begins like a general admission ticket, but after 45-min you are kidnapped by one of the spirits and locked into one of the many rooms. There are a variety of Skeleton Key Experiences, but they all incorporate an intensely dramatic monologue into an uncomfortable or terrifying activity. Depending on who kidnaps you, you might face being buried alive, strangled, or submerged in cold water.


According to the Official Website: “Yes. Our intentions are to give you nightmares for months to come. However, everyone’s interpretation of scary is different- so it will vary per victim. However, we strive to make you jump out of your skin.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: The Uninvited has created an experience that can be tailored to the individual. From the biggest chicken to the bravest soul, the Uninvited: Awakening has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking to be entertained or terrified is up to you.


Chatting with the Lillians and the creepy static-electricity-loving clown will easily put you on edge. Look forward to getting up close and personal with the spirits hiding in the seemingly empty long dark underground hallways. Other highlights include the Skeleton Key Experience, the Antique Doll Room, and having your Tarot Cards read.


The historic basement environment was so amazing that I wished that the sets were more interactive and that there was more to explore. It would have been amazing if every drawer you encountered contained something repulsive or mysterious inside.

The Skeleton Key Experience would have been even more over the top if you were able to experience more than one “kidnapping.” The experiences were so varied that you left wishing you got to experience more than one, but at the $100+ price point it is unlikely that many people will be willing/able to return for more.


The Uninvited succeeds in creating a uniquely terrifying environment that allows visitors to choose the level of horror that they wish to experience. It is a ghastly good time.



September 29 – November 5


General Admission:  $45.00 – $55.00

Student Tickets: $30.00

VIP Skeleton Key Experience: $100.00 – $125.00




“You must be at least 13 years old to attend. No one under the age of 18 may attend without a parent or legal guardian accompanying them into the experience.”


“Yes. Our experience is full contact, and the spirits so desperately crave to feel life once more. You will be touched. You will not, however, be intentionally harmed or touched in an inappropriate manner.”



Why We Find Extreme Haunted Houses Empowering

A response to Stephanie Sylverne’s article “Extreme Haunted Houses Aren’t Cool – They’re inhumane.”

We love Halloween. All of it – the history, the whimsy of pumpkin picking and bobbing for apples, and the ability to make yourself feel more alive by stepping outside of your comfort zone. We freely admit that we are adrenaline junkies. We love the adrenaline rush we get from performing on stage and we love the adrenaline rush we get from extreme haunted houses.

Extreme haunted houses provide a safe environment to test your physical and mental limitations within the realm of a fictional immersive theater experience. We have attended many extreme haunted houses (including the infamous off-season events of Blackout Haunted House) and we have never been placed in any real danger.

That being said, we are both women in our early 30s (one of us is even a mom) and we take our safety very seriously. We do not sky dive, bungee jump, or participate in events like the Tough Mudder extreme obstacle mud run because we are unwilling to risk our safety.

Extreme Haunted houses like Blackout and Freakling Bros create the illusion of an out of control experience, but the reality is that every moment is precisely planned and monitored. The actors are trained to handle different scenarios and many have backgrounds in stage combat and professional wrestling. This illusion allows you to push your boundaries and face your darkest fears in a safe environment where no real harm will come to you. Nearly all extreme haunts have a safe word. If the experience becomes too much for you then you say the safe word and it’s over. McKamey Manor is the one exception. They do not have a safe word and all participants are aware of that fact before they enter. No one enters an extreme haunt against their will.

The psychological aspect of these experiences allows you to project your deepest fears on the subject matter, which can be very personal and unsettling, so it is perfectly understandable that survivors of abuse like Ms. Sylverne might find the thought of these simulated experiences appalling.

Extreme Haunted Houses are not for everyone. Fear is subjective and affects everyone differently. I sleep just fine after visiting an extreme haunted house, but I can’t watch horror movies like Hostel, Silent Hill, or the Saw franchise because they give me nightmares. So, I believe that it’s inaccurate to suggest that extreme haunted houses exist solely because our society has become desensitized and dead inside. Everyone is different and it’s important to know your limits before you participate in any kind of extreme activity.

Extreme Haunted Houses are what you make of them. We find it very empowering that we are able to withstand the simulated violence and horror scenarios that others cannot. The adrenaline rush you get from playing the role of the lone survivor in a simulated horror movie comes with a sense of accomplishment and pride for having challenged your fears. Standing up to our fears makes us feel powerful and we’d like to think that in some small way our experiences in extreme haunted houses might help us to remain calm in dangerous real life situations. And it’s fun. Because it’s not real. It’s make believe, but when it’s over you return to your life with perspective and a deeper understanding of who you are.

In the future, we encourage news publications and journalists writing about these events to contact the haunt owners directly or speak to someone who actually participated when it comes to the content of these shows. Just because you think something happened, doesn’t necessarily mean that it did. There are numerous theatrical tricks that can be used to create illusions and the haunt owners can discuss how they safely create the moments that feel very dangerous.

REVIEW: Nyctophobia

Long Island, NY

Nyctophobia 2014 was like stepping into a Lynchian nightmare where garbled sounds and blurred visuals gave way suddenly to eerie scenes that drove forward themes of loss, longing, regret and obsession. An interrogation scene managed to get under my skin without being intimidating, but by forcing eye contact while probing my thoughts on love and failure.  I couldn’t help but feel vulnerable throughout the haunt, though a highlight was being guided through an open field with my vision impaired by scratched goggles.

While Nyctophobia deprived me of my senses to make me uneasy, it also directly assaulted them with great success. The smell… oh the smell of one gentleman I encountered inside the haunt…  just awful. And this is coming from someone who lives in NYC (subways, cab drivers, hipsters!) If I was not thoroughly creeped out by the first 90% of the haunt, the ending climax was enough to push me over the edge with understated acting that ranks with the best that I’ve experienced.

Final Thoughts

Nyctophobia is an intense immersive experience, but the intensity comes from the subject matter, from playing with your senses, and from the terrific performances inside the haunt.  It was never overly aggressive, nor did it rely on jump scares, but it was still one of the more affecting haunts of the 2014 season.

Nyctophobia’s 2014 Season

October 10 – October 26

Age Requirements

Not appropriate for children. No one under 16 permitted. You must enter in pairs, but you will be separated.

Additional Information



Nightmare: New York
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

Nightmare Haunted House has a new theme after retiring two years of serial killers. This year the scares are inspired by the real life horror and urban legends of New York City. Journey back in time to be cursed by the Lenni Lenape indians and fight your way through the crazy homeless people, drug dealers, and sexual predators of Ed Koch’s New York. Along your way you’ll also encounter mole people, Typhoid Mary, sewer alligators, and giant rats.  

Is It Scary?

According to the Official Website: “Yes. This isn’t a theme park ride. The whole purpose is to scare you. We have worked long and hard to create the most horrifying experience possible. Get ready for your adrenaline fix.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Nightmare: New York brilliantly displays the real and imagined situations that keep your relatives in fear of the visiting the big city.

What We Loved

The 1980s subway car set and the Dakota room are both gorgeous and filled with compelling actors to put you on edge. Opting to have a bloody red X painted on your forehead will allow the actors to touch you. Look forward to getting up close and personal with Typhoid Mary and the Headless Horseman.  

Other highlights include a sensory deprivation maze, Uncle Touchy’s Tunnel of Love, and meeting the giant Rat King.  

What Could Be Better

The amazing subway set is just asking to be the scene of a mugging. Throughout that entire scene I just kept asking myself, “Why is no one getting mugged?” That would be scary. 

Another missed opportunity is not dedicating a room to every New Yorker’s worst fear: BED BUGS. Forget roaches! Imagine a room covered in faux bed bugs and then the lights go out and oatmeal (or literally anything) is sprinkled on you as if you might be taking some of them home with you. Chills. 

Final Thoughts

Nightmare: New York is another solid offering from creator Timothy Haskell. History and urban legend combine to put you face to face with your worst inner city nightmares.

Nightmare: New York 2014 Season

September 26  – November 1

Ticket Information

Timed Ticketing:  $30.00 Online  |  $35.00 At The Door

VIP (Front of the line access): $50.00 Online  |  $60.00 At The Door


  • $20 Student Rush Tickets Available 1 Hour Prior to Listed Start Times.
  • Sunday, October 5th: Military Night – half off for all military personnel all night long at the Box Office.
  • Wednesday, October 8th: Public Servants Night – half off for all police, FDNY, EMT, etc at the Box Office.
  • 50% Off Timed Ticketing & VIP Tickets – Click Here!

Age Requirements

Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted. 

Additional Information


Blood Manor
163 Varick Street
New York, NY

Blood Manor is celebrating its 10th year of terror this October, with the usual dose of ghouls, gore, and good times, along with some new twists!  Conveniently located on Varick Street, Blood Manor opens this Friday, October 3rd.  We were lucky enough to get an early look at the haunt at their Media Preview event.

Is It Scary?

According to their Official Website: “Yes.  Blood Manor is designed to be the most intense, creepy and ‘scream inducing’ haunted house attraction in the New York tri-state area.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: If you’re looking to get into the Halloween spirit with a classic, group walk-through style haunted house with lots of blood, incredible makeup, top notch sets, and 3-D effects, then Blood Manor is for you.

What We Loved

The look of the monsters was outstanding with real attention to detail paid to each actor’s makeup.  Even when interacting up close at the media event with better lighting than inside the house, they still looked terrific.  The characters also varied their approach to interacting with me.  One zombie took the classic ‘be threatening and scary tact’ and whispered in my ear that she wanted to drink the blood out of my heart like it was tea (which I assume means with some half and half and a twist of lemon).  Other characters injected some humor, while still lingering in your personal space to make you uncomfortable.  We met a foul mouthed blonde named “Tiffany” (don’t tell anyone, but I think Tiffany was a man) who asked “D” if he wanted to be her new boyfriend.  The role was available because she had killed her last boyfriend in a way that would have made Lorena Bobbitt blush.  Since he’s married, “D” unfortunately had to reject the offer.  He made a promise that only his wife is allowed to murder him through genital dismemberment.

What Could Be Better

There were some characters who seemed to really enjoy interacting with the Manor’s guests and played off of the crowd well.  Others jumped out and then didn’t offer much beyond the initial scare.  Since a group walks through a room at their own pace, being able to sustain creepiness after that initial jump scare is key.

Final Thoughts

Blood Manor continues to bring grade A presentation and classic haunt style to NYC.  This year, they’ve added ‘Touch Me Thursdays’ where you can opt to be touched by the actors, and Blackout Nights (November 7th and 8th) where they turn down the lights and you have to walk through with only a glow stick – both promise to up the fear factor.  There is also a new timed line system to reduce your wait to get in. 

Blood Manor Runs

October 3rd – November 8th

Ticket Information

  • General Admission (Online): $33.50

  • General Admission (At the Door): $35.00

  • R.I.P. Express Entry (Online): $53.50 (comes with free t-shirt!)

  • R.I.P. Express Entry (At the Door): $60.00 (also comes with free t-shirt!)

Discount Tickets

  • 50% Off General Admisison & RIP Tickets – Click Here

Age Requirements

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. 

Additional Information



Long Island, NY

What is Nyctophobia?  Nyctophobia began as a haunted house and has grown into its own unique brand of immersive promenade theater. Every year it is completely different. We had the pleasure of visiting Nyctophobia in 2011 for its brick and mortar haunted house beginnings. (Read our review of Nyctophobia 2011.)


When we returned in 2012 for their invite-only event, we were thrilled to discover that Nyctophobia had become a story driven immersive theater experience. You had to enter alone and play an active part in the story. This required problem solving and following directions as a rookie investigator of a company called LI Ghosts, that was looking into the disappearance of a young girl. After an initial job interview, you were blindfolded and transported to an actual motel where a detective explained the case and directed you to the crime scene. Different motel rooms were used to create flashbacks and show you what had happened to the missing girl and a mysterious entity encountered in the restroom forcefully gave instructions on how to avoid a similar fate. A highlight was trying to steal a key from around then neck of a sleeping man. When he awoke, he chased you into the parking lot where the detective screamed for you to jump into a van to be whisked back to safety. There’s nothing like running for your life amongst complete strangers.

Nyctophobia 2012

Nyctophobia 2012

Nyctophobia 2012

Nyctophobia 2012

Nyctophobia 2012

Nyctophobia 2012


For 2013, Nyctophobia became a 4 person team experience. Each team drove to a starting location and then with the aide of clues and a map made their way to four nearby locations. Each location provided a piece of the story and your team had to put the clues together to figure out what happened. The various locations included a ghost photographer by the side of the road, a car abandoned near train tracks, a campsite in the woods, and a corpse dumped near a lake. A highlight was running through the woods trying not to attract the attention of blind zombie-like monsters. We encountered a little confusion trying to finding locations and debating clues with teammates, but overall we had a great time.  


Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Nyctophobia 2013

Final Thoughts

Nyctophobia continues to be one of the most unique haunted attractions in New York. Creator, Eric Striffler isn’t afraid to take risks and the ever-changing format is exciting and full of imagination. The interactive element combined with the fact that the actors can touch you makes for an unnerving and spine chilling experience. We can’t wait to see what they have planned for 2014. 


Nyctophobia’s 2014 Season

October 10 – October 26

Tickets Go On Sale: Friday, October 1, 2014 @ 7:00pm


Age Requirements

No one under 16 permitted. You must enter in pairs, but you will be separated.


Additional Information

Extreme Haunted Houses: Meet the Creators
Blackout Haunted House

Blackout Haunted House

McKamey Manor

McKamey Manor

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows

Freakling Bros. Horror Shows

The creators of the three most extreme haunted houses in America were interviewed by Rick West (Theme Park Adventure) for “Extreme Mazes: Pushing the Limits of Terror” at the 2013 ScareLA Haunt Convention. Watch and enjoy the evil genius of JT Mollner (Freakling Brothers), Russ McKamey (McKamey
), and Josh Randall (Blackout). 

Videos courtesy of McKamey Manor.

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The 7 Most Extreme Haunted Houses in America (Updated 2015)

UPDATED 2015: We seek out the craziest most extreme haunted attractions in the country. The haunted houses on our list cater to adult audiences and involve waivers, extreme physical contact, safe words, abduction, violence, nudity and electric shock. The 7 haunts below shatter the traditional rules and limitations of haunted attractions to provide the scariest, most intense experience the haunt industry has to offer. 


7. Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres

Pataskala, Ohio  |  Official Website   |  $25 – $45  |  Parental Advisory Explicit Content

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact.

When we attended the Haunted Hoochie at Dead Acres an actor threw me over his shoulder and carried me off into a different room where he spun me around several times and then pushed me back in with my group. We were also cornered by men with chainsaws and one of us got hit in the head.  

A sign at the entrance of the haunt warns, “ATTENTION: Entering Dead Acres entails known and unanticipated risks that could result in physical or emotional injury. Risks may include among other things, slipping falling, collision with fixed objects or other participants…This may be the best haunted house you’ve ever experienced. Have Fun.”



6. D E A D  OF  N I G H T

Long Island, New York  |  Official Website   |   ?   |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Submersion in Water, Humiliation, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

In 2013, DEAD OF NIGHT on Long Island had one of the most brilliant haunt openings I’ve ever seen. Everyone waited in lines listening to a calming “we are here for your protection” recording, which was interrupted at intervals by an air raid siren and men in gas masks and suits, who each grabbed an unsuspecting patron and dragged them into the haunt.  Some people were dragged in, one girl was zipped into a body bag, and I was thrown over someone’s shoulder and carried inside. The haunt opened with this very strong abduction scenario, then the focus shifted to humiliation, the smearing of strange substances, and hitting people in the face with laughably large and painfully heavy fake penises. The experience has evolved quite a bit since 2013 and the theme changes every year.



ScareHouse, located in Pittsburgh, PA, is an elaborate haunted house attraction inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. ScareHouse offers 3 differently themed haunts for just one price this Halloween season: The Forsaken, Creepo's Christmas in 3-D, and Pittsburgh Zombies.   New for 2013! Limited tickets available for "The Basement" – an intense, immersive, and interactive experience underneath ScareHouse.  No one under 18 will be admitted due to subject matter.   Tickets and more information about Pittsburgh's Ultimate Haunted House is available at www.scarehouse.com

5. ScareHouse: The Basement

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania  |  Official Website   |  $35 – $50  |  Adults 18+ Only 

Features: Violence, Sexual Undertones, Extreme Physical Contact, Electric Shock, Religious Themes, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word.

The Basement at ScareHouse is an intense, immersive, and interactive experience inside a nearly 100-year-old historic and haunted building. You may enter in pairs or alone. I chose to enter alone. It was a spectacular experience. There is a great deal of improvisation and dialogue with the actors as you make your way through each scene of your own personal horror movie. The actors were incredibly creative and fun to talk to as they doled out electric shocks and extreme physical contact. The Basement is a collaborative immersive theatre experience peppered with elements of extreme horror.



4. The Cult

North Conway, New Hampshire  |  Official Website   |  N/A  |  Adults Only  | No Longer Exists

Features: 18+, Must Enter Alone, Encounter Live Animals, Edibles, Extreme Violence, Sexual Undertones, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.

Our visit to The Cult involved drinking faux urine, being bound and gagged and getting crawled on by cockroaches! Read a complete walk through of our experience here. 

**UPDATE: Cranmore Mountain Resort chose not to bring back The Cult for the 2013+2014+2015 season. Ask The Ghoullog Creators to bring back The Cult in 2016! Contact them now on Facebook or Twitter!** 


3. Blackout Haunted House

New York/California  |  Official Website   |  $45 – $150  |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Full Frontal Nudity, Sexual Situations, Must Enter Alone, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, There is a Safe Word.

Blackout Haunted House earns the #3 spot for their extreme OFF-SEASON EVENTS which combine their unique brand of immersive horror theater with elements that due to a gag order I am not permitted to disclose.  Their annual October haunt and exclusive off-season events are infamous. In the 7 events I have attended since 2010, I have been abducted in a van, faux-water-boardedrolled naked in a sheet of plastic and forced to walk barefoot down a used condom covered hallway. Blackout is never predictable. The experience is always shocking, upsetting, and exhilarating.

INFERNO is currently running in San Francisco Armory.

Blackout Reviews & Walk-Throughs

Blackout Off-Season Event Reviews & Walk-Throughs



2. Freakling Bros: Victim Experience III

Las Vegas, Nevada  |  Official Website   |  $100 – $150  |  Adults 18+ Only

Features: 18+, Extreme Violence, Deeply Personal Experience, Sexual Undertones, Partial Nudity, Submersion in Water, Electric Shock, Must Sign a Waiver, There is a Safe Word, Extreme Physical Contact.

The Victim Experience III is an uncensored, more extreme way to experience their 18+ Gates of Hell attraction. The Victim Experience is incredibly intense and you must go through alone. Participants will experience extreme physical contact, light torture, simulated drowning, and more. A member of our team made it all the way through and described the Victim Experience as, “intensely personal …more intense, scary and painful than the most intense Off-Season Blackout experience I have ever had.” 

Boy, do we believe him! We attended just the regular 18+ Gates of Hell attraction back in 2012 (before they started the Victim Experience) and that was deliciously intense! I watched a camouflaged attacker appear out of nowhere, grab my colleague by the foot, then knock her down and drag her away down a long hallway. I was left alone in the darkness until the attacker came back for me and threw me over his shoulder. We also faced electric shocks, professional wrestlers, and a firing squad. Read more about our experience here. Coming Soon: a no-spoilers account of what it’s like to survive the Victim Experience. 


and the Most Extreme (Possibly Unsafe) Haunted House in America is…

1. McKamey Manor

San Diego, California  |  Official Website   |  Dog Food Donation  |  Adults 21+ Only

Features: 21+, Extreme Violence, Small Enclosed Spaces, Edibles, Submersion in Water, Haircut, Covered in Blood, Must Sign a Waiver, Extreme Physical Contact, 4-7 Hour Experience.

McKamey Manor is the only attraction on the list that we have not personally experienced. This insanely extreme home haunt tops our list because it can use scare tactics that are off limits to professional attractions. We’re also not sure that what they’re doing is 100% safe. Participants are covered in blood, forced to eat disgusting things, threatened with power tools, stuffed into a clothes dryer, submerged in water, physically assaulted, and given a haircut. Don’t believe us? Just watch their 2013 promotional video below. Did we mention the experience lasts for 4-7 hours?! This one is too insane for even us!

Did we miss one? Let us know if there is a haunt that we should consider adding to the list!


Nightmare: Killers 2
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

Nightmare Haunted House celebrates its 10th year in New York
City with Nightmare: KILLERS 2, a continuation of Tim Haskell and Steve
Kopelman’s smash hit serial killer haunted house. Killers 2 features a new cast
of real and fictional mass murderers. The new lineup is joined by a few
holdovers from last season. If you’re feeling brave, volunteer to be marked
with a bloody “X” and be touched and manhandled by the cast of psychopaths. New
for 2013, is the Dos Equis – sponsored Killer Stage Acts. Every hour a new
performer takes the stage to entertain those waiting in line. During our visit,
we watched a masked woman play creepy horror movie underscoring on the violin.    

Is It Scary? 

According to the Official Website“Yes.
This isn’t a theme park ride. The whole purpose is to scare you. We have worked
long and hard to create the most horrifying experience possible. Get ready for
your adrenaline fix.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Killers 2 presents real-life horror that will make you think twice about offering to help that injured man move a couch into his van.   

What We Loved

Our run in with Harrison Graham was particularly shocking. Make sure to
read up on him before you go. We also enjoyed getting hit on by coked up
psychopath Patrick Bateman. His twisted compliments are to die for. Other
highlights include an opening warning from a parent, a room with
three doors and a brain splattering surprise.    

The detailed sets and costumes are appropriately disturbing and a creepy soundtrack of original music by Chris Thomas completes each scene perfectly.

What Could Be Better

We loved encountering Patrick Bateman and his blood
splattered business cards, so the next day I tried calling the phone number printed
on the card.  I was hoping that it would
lead to a voicemail message of Patrick Bateman yelling over chainsaw background
noise. I was disappointed when a generic operator announced “your call has been
forwarded to an automatic voice message system…”

We loved last year’s Lizzie Borden ending and wish that
Killers 2 had a bigger final scare to chase you out of the haunt. 

Final Thoughts

Killers 2 offers a second dose of real-life horror that is
just as deadly as the first. 

Nightmare: Killers 2 Runs

September 27 – November 2

Ticket Information

Timed Ticketing:  $30.00 Online  |  $35.00 At The Door

VIP (Front of the line access): $50.00 Online  |  $60.00 At The Door




  • $20 Student Rush Tickets Available 1 Hour Prior to Listed
    Start Times.
  • Service Men and Women Night (Military, Policeman,
    Firefighter, EMT, ect.): Thurs., October 10th – Flash your Badge to get $10 Off
    All Night Long.
  • 50% Off Timed Ticketing & VIP Tickets – Click Here!
  • Age Requirements

    Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent
    or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted. 

    Additional Information


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    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Anathema Photography

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Anathema Photography

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason

    Nightmare: Killers 2 / Photo Credit: Jeff Eason


    The Cult
    1 Skimobile Road
    North Conway, NH

    Mount Cranmore just became your worst nightmare. After years
    of producing the traditional walk through haunt, The Ghoullog, creator Lance Davis debuts an extreme, personalized haunt on the top of the mountain. The Cult is an hour-long  haunted attraction. You must walk
    through alone. You will encounter violent and sexual situations. You will be
    touched. It’s 18+ and requires you to sign a waiver.

    Is it Scary?

    Creator Lance Davis says, “The Cult is the ultimate in terror. It’s not for everyone, just for
    the die hard. It’s for those who want the true experience of ‘real life terror’
    to test your fears.”

    The Raven and Black Cat
    : I was one breath away from giving up my safety card and going home. I’ve
    never been so uncomfortable in a haunt. Well done. 

    2012 Walk Through

    This is the experience as I can remember:

    It’s the end of September, but it feels like the dead of winter
    as I wait to be let into The Cult. I’ve been to extreme haunts before, but I’ve
    never been to one at the top of a mountain. The bone chilling weather is slowly stealing my confidence and I’m getting nervous about what I’m about to experience. A military man approaches the gate and brings us to a debriefing area. We give him our
    personal items and are told to sit. The man asks if we have any problems with
    the following: darkness, heights, claustrophobia, eels, rats, bugs, needles,
    being fully submerged in water… what the hell am I getting myself into?

    given a red card on a lanyard. If we decide the experience is too much, we can give
    up our “safety pass” and the experience will be over. One by one we’re asked to
    walk towards the chair lift and follow the path. I board the chairlift and attempt
    to prepare myself for the long, cold ride. The anticipation is killer. It feels
    like the chair is moving at 2mph, did I mention I’m freezing?! It’s 24 degrees
    out and all I can think about is how awful it will be to ride back down the
    lift after being fully submerged in water. They won’t really do that, right?

    I finally reach the top and stumble off the lift. I gaze to
    the right- at the end of a dirt path there is a dimly lit cabin. I realize
    someone is calling my name and hurry towards the front porch. I’m blinded by a
    flashlight shining in my face. A man asks if I’ve ever done anything like this
    before, and I say, “Yes.” Immediately I’m reprimanded for replying. I’m only
    allowed to answer if the haunter says, ‘speak.’ Good to know. He shoves me into
    a booth and faces me towards the wall. Headphones are placed on my head. “Don’t.
    Fucking. Move.”  I can tell that there
    are others in the booths next to me because every few minutes he’ll scream at
    someone else to stop moving or drag someone inside.

    After what seems like
    eternity, the headphones are yanked off my skull and I’m being pushed into the
    cabin. A doctor is in the entryway. He asks, “How much do you weigh?” When I
    tell him he asks, “Are you lying?” I shake my head as he grabs a vial. He opens
    my mouth and shoots liquid into it. Instantly, a bag is over my head and I’m
    swept off my feet. I’m being carried completely perpendicular to the ground.
    The attacker carries me outside and slams me up against a wall. My legs are
    spread uncomfortably wide, and a man tells me not to move. I freeze, listening
    for any signs of my torturer. Suddenly, he presses his entire body into mine –
    so hard that all the breath is squeezed from my lungs. My heart begins to
    pound. I’m finally released and placed on a chair. Construction ear muffs are thrust
    on my head. I hear the sloshing of water. Suddenly I’m being sprayed and my
    gloves are soaked. I wait. When it seems my attacker has disappeared, I
    experience a terrifyingly loud thud as someone smacks the earmuffs.

    The earmuffs and bag are removed and I’m being forced back
    inside.  A girl says, “follow the string.”
    I’m shoved forward to follow it through a tunnel and into a different medical
    office. Straight ahead a television plays static. To my right is a table with
    medical instruments, urine and blood samples. The doctor asks me to take a
    seat. A camera is pointed towards my chair- I’m being filmed. He pours
    something into a Dixie cup and says, “Drink.” It’s warm, salty and utterly
    disgusting. My gaze wanders towards the urine samples as I gag.  I hear the snapping of latex gloves; he opens
    my mouth and uses his fingers to poke and prod at my gums. Soggy cotton balls are
    shoved into each side of my mouth. A plastic bag is placed over my head. The
    light of the camera combined with the fog from my breath makes it impossible to
    see what he’s doing. I feel my sleeve being lifted and a slight pinch on my
    arm. Blood is smeared across the plastic bag and my arm is bandaged. The doctor
    whispers, “Whatever he says, whatever he does – Don’t tell him where I put it!”
    He asks me to pick a number, I choose two. He removes the bag and shoves me
    through the second door in the hallway.

     I wait in the small,
    dark space hoping my eyes will adjust to the darkness. I feel someone approach
    me from behind. They begin to gently caress me, getting closer, smelling my
    hair, my neck. I’m shoved out another door and into an S&M chamber. Death
    metal is blasting. Another victim is handcuffed to a pole in the corner with a
    bag over his head. My captor is a shirtless man wearing an S&M dog mask,
    with a collar and a leash. I’m thrown onto a dirty bed and my attacker crawls
    on top of me. He tells me there’s two ways to survive, “Give up your card or
    fuck the devil.”  He asks, “Where did they
    hide it?” My silence causes him to search my body. He gives up and pulls a bag
    over my head.  I feel him bind my wrists,
    the cuffs are looped through a ring over the bed. He whispers, “Are you afraid
    of bugs?” I shake my head no, hoping that might be a deterrent to what torture
    he has in store for me. “You’re going to enjoy this.” The bag is lifted off of
    me and my captor is holding a cage of cockroaches. He grabs one and thrusts it
    towards my face. I close my eyes and the hood is pulled back over my head. My
    shoe and sock are removed. I’m immediately aware of the cockroach crawling up
    and down my leg. Fuuuuuck. I’m freaking out, and trying to keep it together. I
    begin to breathe when he finally removes the bug. My hood is pulled up, and he
    asks for my card again. I shake my head no and the hood is immediately pulled back
    on. This time the cockroach is placed under the hood! It’s crawling on my neck.
    I lose it. Expletives are erupting from my mouth. My torturer reminds me that
    speaking is not permitted and rips a band aid off his nipple and places it on
    my mouth to emphasize the point. I switch tactics. Remaining as still as I can
    actually seems to work! He removes the cockroach and starts to untie me. I’m
    lifted off the bed and pushed up against a wall. The hood is removed and I see a tunnel. Inside is my boot and sock. I crawl in put them on and enter
    into a kitchen scene.

    A 50’s style housewife is setting up for a tea party.
    Children’s drawings decorate the walls. She keeps trying to have a conversation
    with me but I can’t speak, so the scene seems pointless. She announces that
    it’s time for tea, so we pretend to sip tea out of demitasse cups. She asks
    if I’d like milk and cookies. I nod and she brings out a plate of cookies
    covered in fake cockroaches. It’s a completely lame attempt after the real
    cockroaches in the last room. Suddenly a man appears with a syringe of milk. He
    throws a bag over my head, lifts my sleeve and I feel a pinch as I’m given my
    ‘shot’ of milk.

    I’m ushered into a dark room. The hood is removed and a
    flashlight shines on a handwritten note. It says,          

    Find the Bowl

     2. Get the Key

     3. Unlock the Door”

    I love this! I confirm that I understand and the light goes
    out. I drop to my hands and knees and start searching for a key. The floor is
    covered in dirt. I run into a person who yells, “wrong way!” I turn and place
    my hand on something small, hairy and mouse-like. Finally, I find the bowl.
    It’s filled with fake worms. As soon as I get my fingers on the key, someone
    yanks it out of my hand and shoves me through the door.

    A girl opens 2 trap doors and leads me into an underground
    coffin. As I crawl inside, I glimpse fake spiders. The doors are slammed shut
    and I’m left in the dark to ponder if there are any real spiders inside with
    me.  Just in case, I hold my head above
    the ground. I’m not sure why I think that will help me, but if feels like the
    right thing to do. A few minutes later there’s a loud banging from underneath
    the coffin floor. I feel the coffin rolling and I emerge in a different room. A
    girl pulls me out and tells me to get on the floor and crawl over to a chair. There’s
    a table with a telephone and a few objects under a sheet. They ask for my pass,
    and when I refuse they say, “Then we’ll have to mark you.” The sheet is rolled
    back to reveal a machete, a blowtorch and a branding iron. The girl lights the
    blowtorch and begins to heat up the iron. The guy grabs my neck and asks if I’m
    sure I want to go through with it. I nod. As the iron approaches, a bag is
    pulled over my head and what feels like a staple gun is pushed up against my
    neck. The guy whispers, “If you ever tell anyone what happened here, we’ll find
    you and kill you.” I’m pushed into the freezing air. The hood is ripped off my
    head and the man shouts, “Get off my mountain! GO!” I stumble back toward the
    chairlift to ride back down to safety…and the bar. 

    What We Loved

    The Cult skillfully builds anticipation before the haunt begins. Having a list of possible scenarios that I had to agree to (both
    on the waiver and verbally) really had my imagination going. I spent almost the
    entire chair lift ride imagining how terrible it will be if I had to ride back
    down after being fully submerged in water…with eels. I love it when I’m given a
    task in a haunt. Having to find the key was challenging and interrupting me before
    I completed all the tasks made the startle scare more effective. I don’t think
    I’ve ever had to ingest anything for a haunt. Even though I saw the urine samples
    on the table, it never occurred to me that the Dixie cup would be filled with a
    warm, salty, DISGUSTING beverage. It was both shocking and disturbing. The
    cockroaches were TERRIFYING. I’m not even really afraid of bugs, but I
    definitely don’t want them crawling on me. I loved that I was given battle
    wounds; the staple gun was dipped in ink, leaving a black mark on my neck, and
    the ‘injection site’ was covered with a ‘bloody’ bandage.   

    What Could Be Better

    I liked the idea of the hidden medical implant and keeping
    it a secret, but certain scenes – particularly the 1950’s housewife scene – muddled
    the plot. Be clear about why we’re going through the experience, it grounds all
    the craziness in reality. In the beginning, there should be music/static in the
    headphones to block out outside noises. I could hear what was happening with
    other victims and as a result knew what to expect. I loved the idea of ‘marking
    us’ with a branding iron, and the blowtorch was definitely intimidating, but as
    soon as the staple gun touched my neck it was clear I wasn’t being burned. Use
    ice to make the gun so cold that it feels hot on the skin. I think there was a
    missed startle scare opportunity: after you take the chair lift back down you
    have to walk through a dark field back to the haunt area and it would be the
    perfect moment for one final scare after victims think the experience is over.

    Final Thoughts

    The setting is terrifying, the actors are committed and the
    scares are uniquely disturbing. If you’re looking for an extreme haunted
    experience, The Cult is everything you’ve been waiting for.

    The Cult 2012 Season

    September 28 – October 28

    Ticket Information

    General Admission: $30.00

    Age Requirements

    No one under 18 permitted and you must walk through alone.

    2013 Update

    Cranmore Mountain Resort chose not to bring back The Cult for the 2013 season. Ask The Ghoullog Creators to bring back The Cult in 2014!

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