It’s coming close to that time of the year when you start seeing yards decorated with tombstones, skeletons, and body parts. But while the amateur’s transform their cookie cutter suburban homes into haunted grave yards, there are another breed of people lurking in the darkest corners of every town. Of course, we’re talking about Haunted Houses, creating and putting on Haunted Houses has become a lifestyle in many people’s lives and every year it seems like there are more and more attractions popping up. Which always left me wondering about how much work really went into doing and why these people get into this weird world of haunts. Well don’t strain your brain too much, because there’s a new documentary coming out October 3, 2017 called Haunters: The Art of the Scare. This documentary follows those individuals who literally sacrifice everything to create the most popular, scary, and immersive haunted houses. Coming out before Halloween, so this is going to be a must watch film for the season. You can also pre-order the film on Blu-ray on Amazon
“Haunters is a documentary that goes behind-the-screams with the visionaries who create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween – from family-friendly mazes, to a controversial new subculture of full-contact extreme horror simulations. What’s behind the rise of terror as entertainment – and how far is too far?” (hauntersmovie.com) Haunters: The Art of the Scare will be the first feature to ever take an audience and expose them to the extensive sub-culture world of extreme horror attractions and unravel the mystery of the reasons behind the increasing obsession with haunted houses and the utter demand for immersive entertainment. “We filmed hundreds of hours of behind-the-scenes and personal footage of professional and home-haunters, their families, the monsters, the fans who love them, horror icons, and scientists as they conduct an experiment to discover why we love to scare and be scared.” (hauntersmovie.com) Haunters: The Art of the Scare is directed and produced by Jon Schitzer and has gained exclusive access to some of the biggest haunted attraction names in America. Just to give you an idea of how incredible this film is going to be, Jon and his crew went into such haunts like: Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights, McKamey Manor, Delusion, and Blackout.
Below we’ve added some awesome Special Features that will be included this film.
1) Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights: The John Murdy Story
John Murdy shares his journey from his first Star Wars home haunt in the ‘70’s to Creative Director of Universal Studios HHN, the most glamorous job in the haunt industry with the budget of a major studio behind it.
2) Knott’s Scary Farm: Scare School
Find out what it takes to become a monster at Knott’s Scary Farm, and watch as the haunt designers direct and inspire their cast of scare actors.
3) The Soska Sisters: Cosplay
Cult horror twins Sylvia and Jen Soska share insights and photos of their lifelong love of Halloween, horror and cosplay.
4) Haunted Overload
Meet Eric Lowther and Wallace Valley, the lovable haunters behind one of the most massive and beautiful haunts in the world. Haunted Overload won first prize on ABC’s Fright Fight and after watching this, you’ll agree that they really deserved it.
5) Delusion: Creating Interactive Horror
Get a backstage pass to the groundbreaking Delusion Interactive Play, with innovator John Braver who combines storytelling with role playing games and epic Hollywood stunts.
6) Blackout Meets Blumhouse
Hear the untold – and surprising – genesis story of Blackout and how the co-creators teamed up with Jason Blum on a live horror experience of The Purge.
7) Ten Thirty One Productions: LA Haunted Hayride
Watch the creative process of the most popular hayride in America, run by Melissa Carbone of “Shark Tank” fame who closed the biggest deal on the show ever.