If you wish to go to the current Fangoria site, you may click the top logo, "Home" or "News" links. Or click here.
The month of October is a frightening one indeed: ghosts,
ghouls, goblins, breast cancer awareness. And contrary to popular belief, the
festivities of the month only get better with age, like a fine wine. As kids we
went door to door, trick-or-treating and bobbing for apples while donning the
disguises of our favorite Saturday-morning anthropomorphic animal fighting
teams. As we transitioned into adulthood, we’ve donned the outfits of promiscuous
maids and zombie versions of celebrities who have died in the past year, and
are all the better for it. In recent years, the time-honored tradition of the
Halloween haunted house has shifted its appeal toward an older demographic,
offering suggestive themes and graphic entertainment geared toward adult
audiences—and in New York City, it’s no exception. Among the best offered this
year is Vortex Productions’ new Blackout.
Blackout Haunted House (located on 54 West 39th Street
between 5th and 6th Avenues) is the latest horror-themed attraction to be
offered by the creators of A Midsummer Nightmare and last year’s NYC Halloween
Haunted House, and is unique in its ability to toy with taboos, play on your
paranoia, strip you from your comfort zone and embellish on your imagination
(not to mention your gag reflex)—which, when compared the sterile existence of
everyday life, are all positives and should not be shied away from. The house
(see its website here) has a unique set of rules that
set it apart from other haunted attractions. All participants must walk though
alone (mostly in dark-to-pitch-black conditions) with no exceptions, you must
be over 18, you must stay on the marked path, etc.
Another element that sets Blackout apart from the rest is
the level of participation that you, as an individual traversing through the
house, engage in throughout the experience. This isn’t merely a makeshift
amusement-park ride were you’re bombarded by cheesy props and have no
involvement. Rather, the actors lurking within call you to action and engage
you in ordeals that aren’t always the most pleasant, and are often downright
horrific; but remember, that’s the idea.
Not much more can be said without spoiling the fun and
ambiance of the attraction; experiences such as this thrive on the element of
surprise, and be assured, you will be surprised. Much like THE MATRIX, Blackout
isn’t something you can be told about, but is rather something you have to
experience for yourself—and unlike the MATRIX sequels, it will not leave you
disappointed. It’s terrifying and exciting, and NYC-area horror fans cannot
afford to stay in the dark during this Blackout.
JOIN OUR COMMUNITY AND BE THE FIRST TO KNOW ABOUT NEWS, CONTESTS, EVENTS AND MORE!
All contents © 2011 Fangoria Entertainment