REVIEW: INTO THE BLACK
In the Pomona Fairplex lies the most surprising haunt of the season: Into the Black. This maze and VR experience is created by Bone Yard Effects - the genius minds that have been the best part of Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights. Being seasoned fx and set design masters, they are likely responsible for all of your favorite sights from Horror Nights of the past decade.
Into the Black is an original creation and is based on their film of the same title. The multiple scaractors, like characters in the film, have the most beautifully detailed costumes, prosthetics, and makeup. Each performer has been individually fitted for its own unique character, so that what is worn has been perfectly matched to their body. This great attention to detail, along with demonic vocalizations which form a common language, create an immersive and otherworldly experience. You feel like you are stepping foot inside of a Clive Barker film. Like Barker’s universe, Bone Yard Effects has created a world with such a refined aesthetic that you can FEEL the world that they take you through.
In the maze you travel alone and therefore have a lot of time with each character. Being isolated means that you have to constantly look behind you because there will be performers lurking in the shadows. I’m sure that its creators saw how the customer experience at places like Horror Nights suffered due to gigantic crowds and a lack of intimacy. Into the Black’s approach gives you time to soak in the beautiful details and plot that otherwise would be easily missed. The passion and detail Bone Yard put into every room is incredible and captivating.
Before the haunt, you get to enjoy a virtual reality short film. While I usually roll my eyes when people try to incorporate VR into anything - this one was done just right. The film contains a great plot in which the VR is perfectly utilized. With a bigger budget I can see this film expanding into 4D shows like what is seen at Disney’s El Capitan Theatre.
Into The Black is an idea fully realized and perfectly executed. Bone Yard Effects dedicated a great amount of work and time to making their world completely immersive. Their success is a result of both their professional background and innate magical abilities. This incredible show is only running for 6 more nights. Make a trip to Pomona and don't miss out on this incredible experience.
October 23, 2017
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