New York City’s Nightmare Haunted House celebrates its 10th year with Nightmare: KILLERS 2, a continuation of Tim Haskell and Steve Kopelman’s smash hit serial killer haunted house. Expect terrifying encounters with a whole new cast of psychopaths, including Harrison Graham, Aileen Wournos and Charles Manson. KILLERS 2 opens September 27th and runs through November 2, 2013 in NYC.
We are thrilled to announce that Nightmare NYC will be awarding a ticket to one very luck reader of The Raven & Black Cat.
This infamous adults-only haunted house draws from the horrors of real life. You must sign a waiver. You must go through alone. There is a safe word and they will touch you. You won’t find more extreme Halloween entertainment.
A terrifyingly theatrical haunt inspired by the monsters that walk among us: serial killers. Having them touch you is optional. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.
A theater and two themed bars keep Manhattan’s only year-round haunted house company at Times Scare. Stop by for a creepy cocktail and a scare and stay for Silence! The Musical and Dan Sperry’s Magic Show.
The Bronx Haunted Warehouse stores the most terrifying monsters from Nightmare’s past and a gaggle of grotesque zombies. Children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.
Dirty Work At The Wax Works is a demented story told by the 1970’s Night Watchman of Coney Island’s infamous Presidential Wax Works. This after hours tour though the Hall of Presidents is peppered with excessive swearing and encounters with excessive graphic violence. A perfect mash-up of Halloween Horror & Horrifying Presidents!
This trip to Wonderland explores the dark psychological elements of Lewis Carroll’s famous tale in an immersive non-linear multi-sensory theatrical adventure. Sheer perfection for those looking for an elegant blood-free way to celebrate Halloween.
Try to escape a 1940s era Gateway Playhouse without contracting a deadly virus that is driving everyone insane. This year’s offering is very theatrical and very scary. Visit their festive outdoor bar for some liquid courage.
“Dance the night away beneath the majestic Neo-Gothic arches of Riverside Church in an elegantly deranged celebration of all things whimsical, dark, and Edward Gorey. This legendary Halloween stomp features the hot jazz syncopations of Brian Carpenter’s GHOST TRAIN ORCHESTRA, digital art by VJ HOLLY DAGGERS, and an ominous all-star cast.”
“A marvellous and mysterious event…a Halloween celebration of the extravagant and the grotesque…an all-night spectacle of atmosphere, costumery and diverse entertainments…an explosion of live music, dancing, circus arts, fire and late-night revelry, snake-charmed into an absinthe-fueled early-morning speakeasy.”
“This is a LIVE + SOUND + CINEMA event! MORRICONE YOUTH play live music & soundscape for NOSFERATU: A Symphony of Horror. Pre-show by Morricone Youth includes classic horror movie scores set to a horror montage, costume contest, prizes, and candy!”
For 2012, Timothy Haskell has teamed up with Steve Kopelman to create what they describe as “a horrifying, immersive, haunted house experience.”
Is It Scary?
According to their Official Website: “The most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.”
The Raven & Black Cat says: Damn straight. Last year, when Nightmare asked us to write down what we find most terrifying, we gave them a tip: serial killers. The contrast of brutal, methodical, carefully crafted murders perpetrated by someone who could be the clean-cut boy-next-door, is enough to send us to bed clutching a security blanket and kitchen knife. The intense creepiness of these real-life monsters, portrayed by top-notch actors in detailed, realistic settings combined with some very effective startle scares, is a state-of-the-art design for nightmares.
What We Loved
When you visit haunted houses night after night, you tend to see a lot of similar rooms and themes. “Killers” is unlike any other attraction. It provides a starkly real glimpse into the life and mind of a cold-blooded killer and invites you to play the victim. You don’t have to imagine the terror of Jack the Ripper grabbing your throat, pushing you up against the walls of dark alley. Here, the actual sensation is available. It’s always a touchy subject in the haunt world, but giving individuals a choice of whether or not they will be touched ensures the right combination of safe and edgy for everyone. And those who choose to allow touching will appreciate how sparingly it is applied. The haunt designers know well that the anticipation is as important to the experience as the actual moment you are physically drawn into the action.
The costumes, sets and makeup are unnervingly realistic, especially John Wayne Gacy’s house. Nothing is exaggerated for dramatic effect. From the outside it could have been any house in Middle America…until you’re behind closed doors. When you’re dealing with real-life horror you have to walk a fine line and Nightmare is careful not to sensationalize or glorify these tragic events. In one room, a victim’s mother asks “Why did you come here? These are real people. Why are you here?” and for a moment, your heart really does break. Despite the theatrical focus, Nightmare still includes some shocking special effects and fun startle scares. Our favorite moments include a trash bag full of body parts hitting the floor, the Jeffrey Dahmer trial, and a, shall we say “whacky” grand finale that will send you running for the exit.
What Could Be Better
In the Andrew Fish section, the audio recording is nearly impossible to hear over the noise in the other rooms. Our group huddled in the corner and missed the video while trying to figure out what was going on. This could be avoided by having an actor tell the story or using additional speakers. I would love to briefly smell something foul when Pogo opens the trap door. If you’re hiding 26 bodies beneath the floor, it’s certainly going to provide some sensory evidence. For any audience members not familiar with the killer, this would provide a clue as to what’s really going on down there.
We love and respect that Nightmare is willing to take risks. Last year, Fairy Tales was incredibly fun but more performance art, than haunted house. This year, Nightmare has combined a top-notch theatrical experience with the scream-inducing horror their audiences have come to expect. It’s intelligent, artistic, terrifying and hopefully, a blueprint for the haunted house of the future.
Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House Runs
September 28th – November 3rd
Timed Ticketing: $30 (online) or $35 (at the door)
VIP (Front of the Line Access): $50 (online) or $60 (at the door)