REVIEW: The IT Experience

REVIEW: The IT Experience

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REVIEW: The IT Experience

It’s the end of summer - kids are back in school, the weather is cooling off, and it’s time to start another festive haunt season! We
kicked 2017 off with SCARELA and just visited “It’s Where It Lives” - an impressive pop-up haunt located in the center of Hollywood (on Vine) to promote the Warner Bros.’ remake of “It”.

First off, we were impressed that they were able to land the location - right beside the metro station and at a major intersection of
Los Angeles. The design of this two story haunt is breathtaking and is crafted by some very talented people. A job well done with some classic scares mirroring everything from the film itself to the immersive experience of Delusion. Details such as light coming
out from under doors, or the dead weeds located on the exterior, show an extreme attention to detail. The costuming and decor were precisely executed. “It’s Where It Lives” is a really great promo idea created by Warner Bros., and is made that much better
by offering free admission to the public.

Do yourself the favor of going to check out “It’s Where It Lives” at Hollywood and Vine. The theme is more fun than scary so it can
be enjoyed by those who are frightened easily, as well. It does have an age restriction of 18 and even tho reservations are sold out there is a walk-up line (that takes 1-2 hours to get in). Check out this once in a lifetime haunt before it’s gone forever!

August 18, 2017

#hauntsofla #haunts #hauntedhouse #itswhereitlives#thatswhereitlives #itmovie #whereitlives#itexperience #ithollywood #hollywoodandvine
#neibolthouse #stephenking#neibolthousehollywood #it



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ScareLA had another legendary run at the Los Angeles convention center. Bringing us a variety of pop up haunts, spooky booths and entertainment. As always, it was a lovely look at the upcoming haunt season (which is a mere one month away!) The curation was thoughtful and included a great performance by the infamous sliders, The Decayed Bridge, along with pop-ups from the Haunted Hayride, Hotel 6 Ft Under, and Reyes of El Serino. Spotted hanging out with fans was one of our favorite characters from The Victoria Manor: Stitchface. We also chatted with our youtube favorite: Adamthewoo!

The best booth was Kim Gottlieb Walker, who was John Carpenter’s personal on-set photographer. She was selling her amazing book of stills from Halloween and had on display her incredible pop-up photo gallery. I hope next year they incorporate more iconic booths like this (and maybe give her a panel!!!) We’d be lying if we didn’t say that the event was missing a lot Haunted L.A.’s finest such as Backwoods, Rotten Apple, or Sherwood. There might have been reasons they were left out of the convention's line-up, but the lackluster VR experience The Summoning (which was a hassle of downloading an app that didn't work) certainly didn’t make up for their absence.

Kudos to ScareLA for another AMAZING year. We are thankful for all of the work they do to give us a "halloween in the summer"! -JC
August 12, 2017

#hauntsofla #hauntedmaze #hauntedhouses #halloween #scarela #spooky#losangeles #horror


  • Our short review of Universal's Halloween Horror Nights 2016 season:

    The Exorcist, Krampus and American Horror Story mazes were all executed well.
    AHS was especially impressive due to the amount of detail in 1920s set and art design.
    When you consider what a horrible film Krampus was, it's a surprise that they were able to create one of the more superb mazes out of it.

    The ridiculous 1-2 hour waits for each maze has to piss off those who can not afford the efficient front of the line passes.
    Even Starbucks has a one hour wait.
    Harry Potter world is also not open, which doesn't make sense considering how overcrowded the whole park is during Horror Nights. The greed is obvious as they wish for you to come back during day hours to visit what is arguably the best wing of the park.
    Also don't waste your time with the Terror Tram attraction- it is not organized and is definitely the worst year to experience it. We observed multiple almost fist fights between groups of drunk people confused, and perhaps intentionally, taking other peoples seats while boarding the tram.
    The most underwhelming mazes would be Halloween, Freddy vs Jason, the Purge, and Texas Chainsaw Massacre which are all worth skipping.
    In closing Universal has the most funded set of haunts in the country yet year after year they're use the same ideas in every maze (ex. You can always count on a loud sound coinciding with a flashing blue light as the main character hops out of that same dark window). To those paying attention it can come across as a bit uninspired with a sense of being constricted creatively.
    Lastly it's 2016 and someone should tell that creative director of HHN, papa Murdy, to cut it out with all that corny dubstep. It make you feel like you walking into Warped Tour (circa 2010) instead of amulti million dollar set of haunts.

  • -J. Madison
    October 02, 2016