Monday, October 14, 2013

Operate a Haunted House! (PART THREE)

The final set of frightfully fun room designs and horror illusions from the great How to Operate a Financially Successful Haunted House book (click links for more info in parts one and parts two!) If these scans influence anyone to actually try this stuff, PLEASE take photos or shoot video and email 'em to me, I'd love to do a side-by-side comparison post some day! As you can see, this book is essential for the truly adventurous horror hound showman, and the book still has TONS to offer on the subject matter within its many other informative chapters not presented here (can't give you the whole book, now can I?) FYI: Ebay has 5 or 6 copies listed right now, and yes it isn't cheap, but it most certainly is worth every penny! So get to work fiends! Start scaring your friends and neighborhood-- to blood curdling death!





















15 comments:

Mr. Cavin said...

Man, I would love to see some of this stuff in action. I know the idea is to pick out just the rooms that fit within each location's means, but it's hard to believe that anyone would be able to pull off "outdoor" rooms like the swamp and the graveyard, or all those science labs (how many? The Fly, Dr. Jekyll, and Frankenstein rooms all take place in lab sets), without chewing through the whole damn budget. I'd love to see what workarounds and effects people came up with in real life.

My contribution: I did a (Halloween?) play sometime between second and fourth grades. It was the Jekyll into Hyde thing, a team-workshopped effort, but I was the only person on stage. It was basically like the room in the book here, but I got the idea from some "movie effects magic" book (and as I recall, somebody did film it all on a Super 8 camera I borrowed from my grandfather, but I have no idea what might have happened to that footage). We had a stage area behind the gym, and we staged the transformation in the round, operated in the classic way by changing the colored lights from blue to red, turning the pale blue makeup already on my face into hideous purple veins as the concoction I was drinking began to "take effect." I remember it all working really well.

Thanks again for all this, Karswell. Fantastic book!

Karswell said...

Man I'd love to see that footage of you transforming, Mr C!! I have pics of me in our 2nd grade stage rendition of The Bewitched Bookshop where I played a disco dancing Prince Charming in his mom's boots n blouse.

Mr. Cavin said...

Ha! That's awesome. I hope you put those up where I can see them some day.

Karswell said...

Pretty sure they're in one of my endless Facebook photo folders... I'll check

Craftypants Carol said...

i'd like to attempt a z scale model of the Ghoul Restaurant! i don't know if i'll ever have the room for my own life sized haunted house though.

thanks for posting all of this!

Karswell said...

Ghoul Trailer!

Craftypants Carol said...

oh man

JMR777 said...

Fantastic (or should I say Fangtastic?)
You saved the best for last Karswell.
Heck, you could make a comic book or coloring book out of this and have the ultimate Halloween funfest for ghouls young or old.

JMR777 said...

I'm a bit reluctant to post this, but consider it a haunted house that gets an A for effort but only a c+ for execution...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C6BDH4zXZ-w

Karswell said...

If anyone wants to color these pages I'd sure love to see the finished version!

Karswell said...

Haha, still cool

Mr. Cavin said...

Man, I really liked that, JMR777. It seems very much in the spirit of the tricks in this book--perhaps a little underfunded, but with a lot of heart. I particularly liked the part when Prince Vlad said "Goodness. That is very scary" to the television.

KL from NYC said...

Thanks. I doubt I'll need to see the entire book. These 56 scans are probably the pages I'd be interested in.

JMR777 said...

On a whim, I decided to color in a few of the pages. Do you want me to email them to you Karswell?

Karswell said...

You bet! karswell@hotmail.com