Wednesday, October 28, 2015

in your eyes I see the eyes of somebody I knew before, long ago

So, heard about a mini-hunt in a haunted house at Halloween Town, thought I'd check it out.


When one arrives in Halloween Town, there's a walk past several stores, leading down to the house itself. Which looks very much like it emerged out of Beetlejuice's miniature town model.



Once inside, arrows point you towards your path to travel, but you move through several individual movie "sets". This one? Silence of the Lambs. Very well done.



Seeing this was, hands down, one of the coolest things I've ever seen in SL. Imagine: standing in a darkened movie theatre. The Shining is playing on the screen. Words scroll up that say, when you see Danny on the screen, you can walk into the screen and experience the film. So you walk in...and you do. Wild effect.



I cheated a bit for some of these images; not anything against ToS, just that, because taking pictures in mouselook is difficult, I'd pop in and out of enforced view to snap an image. I fully recommend you just sit and stay for the whole experience, and disregard photos on the tour portions.



It also didn't hurt that they covered The Blair Witch Project. Since I'm one of those fans for all things Blair Witch-related, I really got into this portion.



And a lot of this comes down to the little details. Like this etched witch figure, or the bloody childrens' handprints inside the cabin. The exact carpet used in Kubrick's Shining. The absolute faithful reproduction of Silence of the Lambs' jail cage. Those are the things that take a haunt to the next level.



Oh, this is never good to see...Of course, they included The Ring.



It does? I mean, up next was The Exorcist, and also really well done as a set piece. Also, scattered throughout--in addition to little prizes in various rooms--are several opportunities to "join the action", so to speak. Photo opportunities abound.



Taking a picture of this room reduces it to stillness. When you're there, standing in the room, with everything moving, it's much more intense, and a whole lot of fun.



And don't get eaten by the shark!

This is only about half of what the haunt contains, there's just so much more. It's worth the time it will take to explore, and it's such a faithful tribute to all things horror that any fan of either Halloween or horror films in general, really should make time for this one. Highly recommended, I am definitely going back again!

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