Tag: Tim Haskell


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.
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Age Requirements

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

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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. 

Read Our Review of Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House (2012) 


The deadline to enter is 12:00 AM on October 4, 2013.


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Nightmare: KILLERS 2


(107 Suffolk Street, NYC)

September 27 – November 2

Tickets: $30.00 – $60.00

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We are still mourning the cancellation of Camp Nightmare, which would have taken place this past Friday and Saturday. The event was cancelled on June 28th due to a lack of ticket sales. You can read about what would have been in a Fangoria interview with creator Tim Haskell. There is still hope that this event will happen someday. Below is an excerpt from the cancellation email. 

We like the idea of this event very much, and we know that what we had planned was going to knock your socks off, so we are going to recalibrate what we could have done differently so that someday we can mount Camp Nightmare and treat you to the scares you deserve.


According to Tim Haskell’s blog, Nightmare Haunted House will present a 15-hour overnight Horror Camping Experience July 12th + 13th complete with campfire dinner, overnight accomodations and horror surprises that will keep you up all night. The camp site will be located about 2 hours outside NYC in Lexington, NY. The camper deemed the sole “survivor” will win a big prize.  More details coming soon….  

Do you have what it takes to survive Camp Nightmare?

“No Electricity. No Cell Service. No one to hear you Scream.”


Nightmare (Before Christmas): The Experiment
Los Kabayitos Laboratorio
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

To celebrate the holidays, Nightmare creator Tim Haskell is presenting Nightmare (Before Christmas): The Experiment, an extended and revamped version of the second part of October’s Nightmare Fairy Tales. What was a 15-minute assault on the senses is now a 50-minute interactive theatre performance that manages to involve nearly the entire audience in a series of 10 fear-based experiments. As the performance progresses, a strange sense of community develops in the room full of strangers as each audience member becomes a lab rat.

Is it Scary?

According to their website: ” It will be like being in one room in a very scary haunted house that you get tormented in for 50 minutes.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Fear is subjective, but you are pretty much guaranteed to cringe, gag, shudder, and/or squirm uncomfortably in your seat.

What I Loved

There is a lot to love. Not only are the experiments delightfully creepy, but the performance is infused with humor. Many of the funniest moments are courtesy of the research team’s “corporate sponsors.” Other highlights include: a brief (but amazing!) video, a unique take on Santa Claus, and watching the reactions of fellow audience members.

What Could Be Better

We noticed some small opening weekend hiccups, but overall this unique interactive theatre piece is holiday horror perfection. We hope that Nightmare (before Christmas) becomes an annual event. We’d love to see a walk-through style haunted house with a Christmas theme.  

Final Thoughts

The Experiment combines humor and fear to create repulsive holiday fun. Don’t miss this special holiday gift.

The Experiment Runs

December 9 – 23rd

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Admission: $20.00

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  • $12 Admission with Promo Code: FB1 
  • $12 Admission with Promo Code: LABRAT

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Nightmare: Z-Day
1157 Commerce Avenue
Bronx, NY

 “S” and I kicked off our first ever Triple Feature Friday with a visit to the Bronx for Nightmare: Z-Day, a traditional walk-through-style haunted house, co-created by Tim Haskell and Bobby Ferrara. This brilliant little attraction is exactly what you want in a haunted house. It’s clever, scary, and guaranteed to make you jump. You start your journey in the lab of the crazed scientist responsible for the zombie epidemic. “Come meet my children…” he bellows and invites you to begin your tour through the depths of his undead-infested facilities. What follows is a 15-minute  zombie bombardment as you try to keep your brains from becoming a midnight snack.

Is it Scary?

The official answer on their website: “Yes. This isn’t a theme park ride. The whole purpose is to scare you. We have worked long and hard to created the most horrifying experience possible. Get ready for your adrenaline fix.”

The Raven & Black Cat says: Yes. This journey through zombie land is chock full of startle scares and clever moments of misdirection. If zombies jumping out at you from every direction gives you the creeps then this is definitely for you. 

What I Loved

Some of the most effective moments of Z-Day employ techniques to confuse, disorient, and all but gift-wrap you for the horde of hungry zombies. Keep an eye out for some familiar friends from Nightmares past and a glorious use of baby dolls.

What Could Be Better

This haunt is wildly entertaining as is, but after the first two rooms it felt like the actors were just sitting around waiting for the startle scare. They were very effective startle scares, but it meant that the action in the room didn’t begin until we entered. It would have had more impact if the characters in each room were engaged in an action or activity before we arrived. Then it would provide an opportunity for them to react to being interrupted or create suspense for patrons if they were not immediately noticed. Adding detail and further developing the characters would help the actors move with intention. It would also add depth to the scenes depicted and take Nightmare: Z-Day to a whole new level.  

Final Thoughts

Nightmare: Z-Day has all the horror you’ve come to expect from the Nightmare series. If Nightmare: Fairy Tales wasn’t scary enough for you then take a trip to the Bronx. You won’t be disappointed.

Nightmare: Z-Day Runs

October 7th – 31st

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Full Price Ticket Prices
General Admission: $20 (Oct. 21-31)
VIP Ticket: $40 (Oct. 21-31)

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  • $5 discount until October 21st with Promo Code: tweet1
  • $5 discount until October 23rd with Promo Code: Zombie1

Age requirements

Children under the age of 14 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. No children under 10 will be admitted.

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Nightmare: Fairy Tales
107 Suffolk Street
New York, NY

I have attended Tim Haskell’s Nightmare Haunted House for 4 consecutive years. I loved Nightmare: Ghost Stories in 2008, Nightmare: Vampires was a treat for those with sanguivoriphobia in 2009 and last year’s Nightmare: Superstitions struck fear into the hearts of superstitious New Yorkers. Nightmare: Fairy Tales is unlike anything you’ve ever seen. 

“S” and I arrived at 9pm last Thursday for a journey through the depths of fairy tale hell. I wore one of my favorite woot shirts: ‘Revenge of the Damsels’ in honor of the trip. We picked up our VIP tickets at the box office (get half price VIP Tickets HERE) and happily bypassed a rather long line. We were given small cards to fill out. The information requested? Our first name and our biggest fear. Then we were lined up, blindfolded, and led into the darkness with only Rapunzel’s long braided hair to guide us. ‘Fairy Tales’ is spooky interactive performance art. The sets by Paul Smithyman are highly stylized to look like pages of a pop-up book and Candice Thompson’s imaginative costumes add an element of anonymity to familiar characters. It is an unconventional haunted attraction, but one that is theatrically exciting and full of artistic merit.    

After emerging from the fairy tale, a second attraction waits for you upstairs. ‘The Experiment’ is led by a group of scientists who are conducting a study on fear. They claim to be unafilliated with the haunted house below and thank you for participating. What follows is a display of different objects and situations intended to trigger common fears. My group was unable to experience the entire presentation due to technical difficulties caused by a bad mix of liquid and electronics.        

Is it Scary?

The official answer on their website: “Yes. but this year is more theatrical than most. Our goal is to scare you, no question, but this year could also be described as moody, creepy, eerie and twisted. A disturbing experience”

The Raven & Black Cat says: It’s not nearly as scary as previous years. The inhabitants of this twisted storybook will make you jump, but don’t expect a typical haunted house. Prepare yourself to be immersed in creepy performance art.  

Here’s A Tip

When you arrive at the haunt, use your phone to “check-in” on facebook here then show your phone to the box office. They will give you a map to help you find a secret room. Follow @NightmareNYC on twitter for secret words that will get actors to do different things (even give you prizes!).

What I Loved

I love the haunted house as interactive immersion theater concept and I applaud Tim Haskell for taking such a risk this year with Nightmare. His dark fairy tale land is a fun house of sinister characters, eerie atmosphere, and startle scares wrapped tight in a haze of childhood memories.         

What Could Be Better

There were a few behind the scenes/management issues the evening that I attended Nightmare: Fairy Tales. The first being that we had no idea where to go after we exited the Fairy Tale world. We looked around and then were about to leave when someone came up to us and asked if we had gone through the second attraction. When we made it upstairs we were added to a different larger group (I think our original group may have left by mistake.) and we missed the first Q & A portion of ‘The Experiment.’  It was also disappointing that the headphones and video portion wasn’t working. Since we experienced an abridged version in a group of 15, ‘The Experiment’ didn’t pack the punch that it could have.

A Letter to Rumplestiltskin

Dear Rumplestiltskin,

Please be more aware of those around you. You banged into my shoulder when you sat down and it really hurt.  

Thank you,

The Raven & Black Cat

Final Thoughts

Nightmare: Fairy Tales is perfect for those looking for a more artistic style of haunted house that favors theatrics over horror clichés. I would like to point out, however, that the Nightmare: Fairy Tales website does not reflect this change in presentation. It is misleading to advertise Nightmare: Fairy Tales as “New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House.” It is not the most horrifying, but by reinventing itself every year it is certainly New York’s Most Innovative Haunted House.       

Nightmare: Fairy Tales Runs

September 30th – November 5th

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Full Price Ticket Prices
General Admission: $35 at the door ($30 in advance)
VIP Ticket: $60
Super VIP Ticket: $100

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  • Student Rush: $15-$20 Reg. Admission w/ Student ID at Box Office 1 Hr Before Opening. 
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  • $20 Reg. Admission, $45 VIP Tickets, $75 Super VIP Tickets (for certain dates) use Promo Code: FAIRY1

Age requirements

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

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