Sinister Pointe has something new in store for jaded fright fans this October. The first Halloween attraction in Southern California to feature interactive elements (problem solving, multiple paths), has seen other haunts appropriate its strategy, but Sinister Pointe continues to innovate, staying one step ahead of the competition. For Halloween 2015, the haunt challenges guest to "choose and perish" - confronting personal terrors in a new experience titled "Fear the Darkness." Visitors select from four categories of frights: Clowns, the Living Dead, Deranged, and Possession. Then as part of a 30-minute challenge, each guest will encounter his or her chosen fear in complete darkness, for ten minutes, guided only by a friend in a control booth, equipped with infrared cameras. Obviously, you want to make sure that you trust your chosen partner!
Hollywood Gothique has stumbled through other blackout mazes. They can be challenging, but the anticipation tends to be more frightening than the experience, which can be more frustrating than terrifying as you wander around groping for an exit, bumping into people even lost than you. Sinister Pointe's spin on the concept sounds unique and fascinating, with a great potential for fear and fun (though we can easily imagine a little after-haunt acrimony if the victim feels his guide did a poor job of directing him through the darkness).
Fear the Darkness will run on October 8-11, 15-18, 22-25, 29-31, November 1, 5-8, from 6pm to 10pm on Thursdays and Sundays, and from 6pm until midnight on Fridays and Saturdays.
Prices at the door will be $25 for General Admission and $35 for Fast Pass; there is a $5-discount for advance online purchases, with an additional $2-off for the promo code "Fear."
The address for this year's show is 220 South Brea Boulevard in Brea, California 92821. Call 714-927-DEAD for more information; email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit the official website: www.sinisterpointe.com.
Read the description of Fear the Darkness from the Sinister Pointe website:
A TERRIFYINGLY UNIQUE EXPERIENCE, WHERE YOU ALONG WITH A SINGLE GUEST WILL ENCOUNTER A NEARLY 30-MINUTE FEAR CHALLENGE THAT WILL REQUIRE COMPLETE TRUST FROM YOUR PARTNER.
UPON ENTERING THE DIMLY LIT FACILITY, YOU ARE ESCORTED UPSTAIRS. ONE AT A TIME YOU WILL EACH ENTER COMPLETELY BLACKED OUT QUARTERS. DEPENDING ON THE FEAR YOU HAVE CHOSEN, YOU MAY ENCOUNTER EVIL CLOWNS, THE POSSESSED, THE DERANGED OR THE LIVING DEAD!
YOU WILL SPEND AN ANTAGONIZING 10-MINUTES IN THIS REALM ATTEMPTING TO NAVIGATE THROUGH IT IN TOTAL DARKNESS … ALONE!
BUT, THERE IS HOPE! YOUR PARTNER WILL BE JUST OUTSIDE IN A CONTROL BOOTH WATCHING YOUR EVERY MOVE ON A MONITOR USING INFRARED CAMERAS LOCATED WITHIN THE WORLD THAT YOU INHABIT. THEY WILL SEE YOUR EVERY MOVE AND EVERYTHING ELSE POSSIBLY LURKING BESIDE YOU.
YOUR GOAL, AS A BRAVE SOUL, WILL BE TO USE YOUR PARTNER’S EYES AS THEY NAVIGATE YOU TO COLLECT SURVIVAL COINS. UPON SUCCESSFUL SURVIVAL, THE GAME IS THEN REVERSED. YOUR PARTNER WILL THEN ENTER A COMPLETELY DIFFERENT REALM, AND YOU WILL BE RESPONSIBLE FOR NAVIGATING THEM THROUGH THE TERROR.
IMAGINE THE ABILITY TO SEE WHAT IS ABOUT TO UNFOLD RIGHT IN FRONT OF YOUR PARTNER’S EYES, YET THEY HAVE ABSOLUTELY NO AWARENESS OF THE EVIL BEFORE THEM. WILL YOU GUIDE THEM TO VICTORY? OR WILL YOU USE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO SEEK REVENGE? YOU DECIDE!!!
THIS ATTRACTION WAS DESIGNED SPECIFICALLY FOR GROUPS OF 2 BUT CAN ACCOMMODATE UP TO 4 GUESTS FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO JUST CAN NOT BARE TO BE ALONE!