Haunters: The Art of the Scare
Directed by Jon Schnitzer
A mind-blowing documentary about how haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a controversial subculture of full-contact terror simulations. Go inside the most notorious extreme haunt in the world and ask yourself - how far is too far?
A mind-blowing documentary about how haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a controversial subculture of full-contact terror simulations.
Cast: Jason Blum, John Murdy, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Russ McKamey
Very interesting documentary, it was really cool to hear actors/creators experiences and perspectives of how the haunts are done and the varying ways in which they are done. Like many people, I also had the issue of the primary focus of McKamey Manor as it doesn't seem like it's actually a haunt and more of an excuse for the owner to take people beyond their psychological and physical limits (the fact that he films everyone for a youtube just doesn't sit too well with me and I'm sure a lot of other people get those same weird vibes [particularly "hiring" underage performers and actual skinheads.] But those are issues I take with the individual rather than the documentary itself.) It would have been really cool to hear more actors experiences and delve into the other haunts as thoroughly, I loved the exploration of the more theatrical based attractions and would have loved to have had them be a bigger focus. All in all, it was quite enjoyable to watch!
Really, really, fascinating to see some behind the scenes of how haunts are done. My only real issue - and one that a lot of people seem to have - is the focus on McKamey Manor. It was more interesting when it was more focused on the actors and traditional haunts. Still definitely worth watching, though.
Interesting documentary. definitely worth watching.. I would however have liked to see a more diverse selection of haunts included... I felt like McKamey Manor was the pivotal focus because of the extreme shock value and would have liked to be shown more.
Incredible and enlightening. The interviewees sacrifice a lot for their art and it was cool to hear them talk about their passion.
Great doc, fuck you Russ, 10/10