Anyone who knows me knows that I absolutely love horror movies, Halloween and all things spooky. One of my favorite Youtube Channels is Dead Meat (if you haven’t checked them out yet you should they are great and their podcast is amazing! ) and they were talking about this documentary that can be found on Netflix. Naturally, I had to see this for myself and it was not at all what I was expecting.
It took a real look at haunted houses and how extreme they are becoming to provide that visceral fear instinct as you go through them. It included small haunts that neighbors visit, haunts that have safe words if things go too crazy and even an extreme one where there is no safe word and full-on contact and (in my opinion) torture happens.
It really gave a deep look into why people not only made the haunts but why people actually would go to these haunts. It is a great watch but be warned it’s not for the faint of heart as it does include video of people who go through the extreme haunt and it is brutal.
They did also bring up a point about how scaring people has changed through the years, back in the day, someone popping out at you and yelling “BOO!” was enough to scare someone but it has now morphed into something else. The scares need to be bigger and grander and sometimes even real, to elicit any emotion and that may not all be good. The topic of how extreme haunts have become and how the ante is always upped every year to get that scare also brought to mind a Chuck Palahniuk quote from Choke to my mind :
“ People had been working for so many years to make the world a safe, organized place. Nobody realized how boring it would become. With the whole world property-lined and speed-limited and zoned and taxed and regulated, with everyone tested and registered and addressed and recorded. Nobody had left much room for adventure, except maybe the kind you could buy. On a roller coaster. At a movie. Still, it would always be that kind of faux excitement. You know the dinosaurs aren’t going to eat the kids. The test audiences have outvoted any chance of even a major faux disaster. And because there’s no possibility of real disaster, real risk, we’re left with no chance for real salvation. Real elation. Real excitement. Joy. Discovery. Invention. The laws that keep us safe, these same laws condemn us to boredom. Without access to true chaos, we’ll never have true peace. Unless everything can get worse, it won’t get any better.
This was a great documentary into what goes into making these haunted houses and the people behind them.
Do you like to go to haunted houses? Have you seen this documentary? Let me know what you think about these extreme haunted houses. Ever been to one?