Beyond the presentations and crazy costumes of ScareLA was an exhibit hall filled with monsters being made up, haunted attraction walkthroughs and previews, and plenty of products for sale. A fantastic assortment of Halloween goodies, the ScareLA show floor featured a taste of all things terror.
ScareLA Attractions and Entertainment
Several California haunted attractions brought samples of their experiences to ScareLA. None of them featured their full frights, but they did offer some scares in brief haunted houses along with the results of lots of artistic talent.
Fear Station’s Freakshow of Fears
This haunted house preview featured a circus/freak show theme on the ScareLA show floor as a sneak peek into Fear Station’s larger attraction opening this October in Stanton, CA.
This walkthrough was visually appealing and had a few good startle scares. Not bad for a free experience at a convention.
Perdition Home Haunt
A Southern California home haunt brought a sampling of their experience, which has been around since 2008.
These home haunters have done well in putting together a coherent experience with some professional level props.
The Curse of Devil Swamp preview
An upcoming home haunt, The Curse of the Devil Swamp offered a preview of their evil black waters.
The lengthy introduction paid off with the great window moment seen in the video above. It was dark enough throughout the rest of the small maze to achieve some good startle scares.
The Hellevator from the Field of Screams Haunted Stadium
This two minute motion simulated “elevator” ride was presented by The Bloodshed Brothers and The Field of Screams Haunted Stadium, a rocking and bouncing experience that featured a couple quick scares – but mostly just fun in the dark.
BLKMGC Creative Arts
Not a haunted house but rather a demonstration of artistic ability, this small walkthrough from BLKMGC Creative Arts offered a glimpse into what this new horror production collective is capable of creating.
Many were confused by this experience, thinking it would be a haunted house. But its goal was to show off what this company can do.
Zombie Shooting Range from Haunted Hollywood Sports
Armed with an airsoft rifle and limited ammunition, ScareLA attendees were able to shoot at the undead in this quick experience that drew the longest lines on the show floor.
This experience wasn’t exactly thrilling, especially after a long wait. But it was just a small (and rather tame) sampling of what Haunted Hollywood Sports has to offer during Halloween season.
Cold Storage and Buried Alive by Terror Trucks
No video recording was allowed inside the Terror Trucks, but these two short side-by-side experiences outside the exhibit hall packed quite a punch. The experience of Buried Alive was mostly spent sitting down in a shocking (literally – there was electricity) bouncing “elevator” of sorts. It wasn’t particularly fun. Fortunately, Cold Storage was the better of the two, offering a rather elaborate walkthrough experience, surprisingly long for being contained within a trailer.
Terror Trucks is apparently working on a deal with a major production company to develop similar attractions for a well known property. They expect a big announcement to be made soon.
A hot spot of the show floor was definitely the booth for Alone, the roughly 10-15 minute experience set up on a separate floor. Attendees had to sign up online in advance of the convention and then check in throughout the weekend to experience this unique attraction. Unfortunately, many were shut out due to technical issues and scheduling problems, leaving some attendees quite irate. Those who did get to experience it had nothing but good things to say.
We’ll have a full report of the Alone experience in a separate post soon.
Urban Death from Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group
Zombie Joe brought a 30-minute version of his popular Urban Death show to ScareLA with fantastic results. We’ve reviewed the full show before. It’s a series of short vignettes, each more bizarre than the last. The lights go out in this theater in the round and when they come back on the audience never knows what they’ll see in the center. It could be a crazed axe murderer in just a flash of light, a psychotic old woman brushing her teeth in great pain, a man wildly slapping himself to a peculiar rhythm, or even a jumble of naked ladies giving “birth” to a crying man – just to name a few. Each lasts just 10-15 seconds before moving on to the next, some funny, some creepy, some simply weird. But it all evokes emotion and is ultimately an enjoyable show.
Decayed Brigade Slider Show
Sliders are popular parts of many haunted attractions and at ScareLA they had their own designated area of the show floor in which they could perform their wild routine.
Unfortunately despite all the crazy characters, the show itself was rather dull – an endless loop of people sliding across a white vinyl floor. It had its choice moments of acrobatics, but spent far too much time on an extended limbo contest. More daring “horror” and less “slip and slide” would have made it better.
Throughout the ScareLA weekend, a variety of short films and other videos were shown to attendees, including our own Missing in the Mansion – which thankfully got a lot of laughs and applause.
Workshops and Classes
A variety of “how to” sessions were held from professionals and home haunters alike to showcase methods to create horror fun for Halloween.
ScareLA Products and Booths
Those looking to pick up some artwork, props, special effects, masks, or just about anything else Halloween related could find it at ScareLA within nearly 100 different booths and exhibits, highlights of which are featured in the video and photos below, also including a preview of this year’s Delusion haunted play.
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(Photos by Calvin Barrie and Ricky Brigante)