Fright Room Productions is proud to present our all new web store appropriately titled What Nightmares Are Made Of…
We have planty of great new products for 2012. They are already selling out so act fact! We have decided to keep our new products seperate from the haunt work on this site. But rest assured, when you shop at What Nightmares Are Made Of… you will be getting the same great quality products you have come to expect from Fright Room Productions.
For 2012 we are introducing a new line of gore displays with everything from sliced open autopsy pigs to severd body parts on cutting boards. These items look painfully realistic and won’t disappoint!
We also do custom work so don’t hesitate to contact us with special orders or custom alterations to existing products.
So this past Friday night (May 11, 2012) I got the chance to see Rob Zombie at PNC Bank Arts Center. To say he put on a great show would be an understatement! This is second time I saw Zombie live and he did not disappoint! Lacuna Coil was there to open and Megedeth was also on the bill. A good night was had…
Lacuna Coil – Somehow I didn’t know they were opening so this was a pleasant surprise! I’m a fan but not too familiar with their entire discography. It was cool seeing them live and they’re full of great energy. The highlight of their performance was seeing Cristina Scabbia come off the stage and sit in a seat with the audience while performing a song. Very cool!
Megadeth – I’ll be honest, I’m not much of a fan. I was there to see Zombie but I still thought it would be cool to see Dave Mustaine live. The show was pretty straightforward. No crazy theatrics like Zombie, just the band, basic lighting and some high energy music. If you watch this band live you could easily mistake the moment for the 80′s. It’s like nothing has changed. I guess that’s a good thing if you’re a fan. I enjoyed the show and give credit to Mustaine for sticking to what he does best…
Rob Zombie – I waited all night and when he finally came on it was breathtaking! The show was at 110% from the moment they started to the very last song. They played all of the hits – Living Dead Girl, More Human Than Human, Scum of the Earth, Dragula, and Thunder Kiss ’65 just to name a few! Each song featured several big screen monitors playing the usual Zombie-esque videos, lots of pyrotechnics, and over-sized monsters running around the stage.
The seats we had were 11 rows from the stage. There’s no pit are at PNC so that’s pretty damn close! You could smell the pyro and feel the heat from some of the flames. The show is mesmerizing and you cant look away. The band is bursting with energy and Rob was eager to get the crowd involved. I actually don’t think he was happy with the response from the crowd when he tried to get everyone pumped up. But that didn’t stop him from giving it his all.
This past weekend I was heading to a business meeting with one of my vendor friends and conveniently it coincided with the National Haunters Convention. So I took a few hours to walk around and check out what they had to offer. The show, much like 2011, was not as large as I had hoped. This year it was moved into the larger Expo Center which allowed for more vendors and higher ceilings for bigger props. Unfortunately they didn’t really have more vendors and bigger props (although the larger space did allow for the two indoor haunts and the ScAir Structure sample). Still, it was good to catch up with some of the people I work with and other familiar faces from last year.
Here’s a quick rundown of highlights! Corresponding photos for each item are in the photo gallery at the bottom of this post.
Opening Ceremony: Co-owner Michael Bruner got married moments before they opened the doors. There’s nothing like zombies at your wedding
Classes: I had the privilege of participating in Allen Hopps’ class “Turning Your Actors Into A Team.” Allen who runs Stiltbeast Studios has been an inspiration of mine for a while now and I use many of his techniques in my haunt work. I was admittedly a bit of a gushing fan but he was still nice enough to take a photo with me. So cool! [Visit Stiltbeast Studios]
Haunted Handyman: This is the type of merchandise I wish they had more of. Pete makes all of this stuff on his own and they’re all unique air powered props. I know his items went over well in 2011 and it was good to see him return in 2012. [Visit Haunted Handyman]
Creepy Collection: These guys are known for their gory clowns and zombies and this year they did not disappoint! Unfortunately the air system was down so I couldn’t take a video of their animatronics but they still looked great without even being turned on! [Visit Creepy Collection Props]
Indoor Haunts: The Psycho Trail setup two mini haunts on the showroom floor. The first was “The Infected” which is a zombie themed wasteland. The layout was something new to me and it definitely inspired me to make some changes to my haunt this year! The second haunt was “Big Top Mayhem” which is a 3D Clown maze. I didn’t get to experience this one with live actors but I could appreciate the potential!
Specter Studios: This was one of my favorite booth from the show. I formed a great relationship with the owner Mark back in 2011 at this same show. I ended up using his zombie and clown costumes in my 2011 haunt and they were big hits! Although I wasn’t at the show for long, I’m happy I got to meet with him face to face again. I’m definitely looking forward to working more with the Specter Studios team in the future! [Visit Specter Studios]
All Scare: I first met the team from All Scare at the 2011 show and I was happy to see them return. The booth was larger this time and they had even more animatronics. I love the concept of the universal frame. [Visit All Scare]
ScAir Structures: I’ve heard so much about ScAir Structures but I had never had the chance to see one in person – until now! The material was a lot stronger than I expected and I could see actually using this in the future. I wish they had posted a rep from the company so I could ask questions and get to know them. It was basically just an empty setup that you could walk through and examine… [Visit ScAir Structures]
After a looooong wait, the video for Fright Room Productions’ 2011 haunted house video is here. It’s incredible to see how things have evolved from the first small scare haunt in 2006. Let’s hope for even bigger and better in 2012! (You can also follow Fright Room on Facebook!)
In 2008 I did something big… I setup a haunted house… A big haunted house… A 2,000 square foot haunted house to be exact… And it was good… Real good…
Of all my past productions, it’s the one that gets the most questions and comments. It’s the most photographed and documented project to date. People are impressed when I tell them I planned, designed, setup and executed everything for this haunt on my own – all after my 9-5 job. Don’t even get me started on the process of taking it all down!
I have and will continue to talk a lot about this haunt and the good times I had managing it. The countless guests that were frightened to enter are a testament to the hard work that went into it.
So in the spirit of the upcoming Halloween season, I bring you a list of stats for the project. I’ve had these stashed away since wrapping up production and I think it’s about time they see the light of day. Some item are funny, some are serious, but all are true…
2008 Haunted House Stats
Number of hooks used: Dozens
Number of pins used: Hundreds
Number of staples used: Thousands
Feet of blackout craft paper: Maybe I should count the paper cuts instead…
Number of black shower curtains from the dollar store: They know me by name…
Cost of creating this haunt: Hahahahahaha
Number of times I electrocuted myself: Twice (yes, really)
Number of times I fell off a ladder: Three… but no broken bones
Number of times I worked so late I started seeing things: Twice
Number of times I accidentally killed the lights and got freaked out and ran to safety in the nearby kitchen: Twice
Number of times I stapled myself: Three (It hurts worse than being electrocuted)
Number of hours I slept before opening day: One (5-6am.) I was up until 5am doing finishing touches
Number of live actors: It varied each showing but roughly seven
Number of children that cried: Zero. (Unlike 2007′s haunt, I didn’t allow children this year)
And that’s the 2008 Haunted House Stats List. I can only imagine what this year will bring…
I just wrapped up work on the first of several promo videos to help promote Fright Room Productions. Things are finally coming together and I’m happy with the results. The good news is there’s more on the way!