Video: The Alone Experience press night

Last night, Hollywood Gothique attended the press preview for Alone: An Existential Haunting, which officially opens this evening. Cameras were not allowed inside, but we did grab a video interview with Johanna Atilano (Theme Park Adventure) and Lora Ivanova (ScareLA), both of whom extolled the virtues of Alone, despite the damage it may have done to their wardrobe (Alone's website warns you to wear comfortable shoes and clothes you are not afraid to get dirty).

Unfortunately, we chickened out. After signing in at the check-in table, we grabbed a drink to steel our nerves while waiting our turn to experience Alone. We notice someone in the crowd whom we did not expect to see at this kind of event. When we asked whether he had been through, he said, "No, because I don't want to shit all over me." Pointing toward a small cluster of people, he added, "Look at her - she's got shit all over her."

To our chagrin and regret, we took this statement literally and took a pass when the reception told us it was our turn. In fact, it turned out that the pasty white face in the crowd, smeared with red, belonged not to members of the cast (as we had thought) but to guests who had gone through the experience, which apparently involved liberal doses of flour and face paint.

Anyway, the result of our misinterpreting metaphor for reality was that we were too scared to risk taking the Alone Experience.

This Halloween's installment of Alone is subtitled "Index of Absorption" - the fourth installment in a series, titled "Unweave the Rainbow," which has been running since June. Dates are October 17-18, 21-15, 28-31, and November 1.Tickets are $65 for General Admission, $80 for Priority Access. No one under 18 is allowed. You will be required to sign a waiver. Street parking is available but difficult; Alone recommends you use the Luxe on-demand valet app. Learn more here.

Steve Biodrowski, Administrator

A graduate of USC film school, Steve Biodrowski has worked as a film critic, journalist, and editor at Movieline, Premiere, Le Cinephage, The Dark Side., Cinefantastique magazine, Fandom.com, and Cinescape Online. He is currently Managing Editor of Cinefantastique Online and owner-operator of Hollywood Gothique.