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Scariest Top 13 Horror Movies of All Time
Tue, September 23, 2014
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Well before I was editor of Hauntworld, I was always interested in the haunted houses, horror and science fiction. As a kid I watched everything from Bela Lugosi Dracula or Christopher Lee to Frankenstein or Mummy. My all-time favorite horror creature is Lon Chaney Jr. in his portrayal as The Wolfman. I would watch him battle Frankenstein over and over hoping for a different outcome each time!

Horror movies have changed a lot from the infancy when Universal made Dracula, Frankenstein, Wolfman, Mummy or the cult classic Creature From The Black Lagoon. I believe slasher movies like Texas Chainsaw Massacre made people afraid to enter an old house. Films like The Exorcist created fear of the devil and demonic possessions. Perhaps many of todays best horror movies can be traced back to Texas Chainsaw Massacre and The Exorcist.

For many Americans, watching a good scary movie is a favorite pastime and great for a first date or a way to celebrate the Halloween season. We love horror movies and now I present our top 13 bone chilling, scream machine horror movies that will make your skin crawl and give you nightmares.  Share your top 10 or top 13 scariest horror movies on our facebook page.  CLICK HERE TO JOIN OUR FACEBOOK PAGE

1) The Exorcist : This is the film that gave folks nightmares, sent people running to church to find God and invoked fear of demonic possessed. This is the most celebrated horror movies of all time for a reason; it causes fear of something people believe CAN happen!

2) Sinister: A sequel for this film is finally on the way. This movie more or less found its fame on home video like many horror films. I think most of the scariest films are supernatural, and this film reminds me in many ways of Sixth Sense just scarier with its many twists and turns. Sinister might be one of the scariest movies ever made.

3) Insidious: This is a good old fashion modern version of classic film making with no CGI, no frills, just hard core supernatural screams! Insidious is another film in the Exorcist vein and something that perhaps could happen to you, which makes us all the more frightened. Insidious also features an amazing sound track that adds to the screams.

4) Texas Chainsaw Massacre: This is the first non-supernatural film on the list. This flick is simply BLOODY. Plus, the title and marketing of this movie had people thinking it was based on a true story, making it all the more horrific. When a film takes on a life of its own and builds its own mythology, then its a classic. Texas Chainsaw Massacre launched a new genre of slasher films, but it still ranks as BEST.

5) Trick R Treat: This film is a combination of supernatural and slasher, mixed with anthologymeaning several stories wrapped into one story. Trick R Treat was never released theatrically which made NO SENSE to me, and I would definitely rank this as THE #1 BEST horror movie that never released on the big screen. Trick R Treat mixes all the best elements of horror and was done in a very stylish way. Im one of many who are hoping for a sequel.

6) The Conjuring: This is a more recent movie that borrows from many films too, including Insidious, Sinister, & Exorcist. With the backdrop of ghost hunters helping to solve supernatural mysteries, this film has a special charm and a very high scare factor.

7) Halloween: Who isnt afraid of a man in a mask (especially one so simple as a plain William Shatner mask)? This film sticks with movie goers, because we can easily understand the fear of a serial killer. Running around, breaking into houses and killing people for amusement, Michael Myers had no rules, making him all the more terrifying. Leatherface in Texas Chainsaw Massacre was a serial killer too, but Michael Myers is a serial killer who possesses almost supernatural elements to him like Freddy, Jason, Pinhead, Candyman and many others who followed Michael Myers.

8) Alien: This film is the only science fiction movie on the list, but its a horror movie also. This movie is very much unlike the sequel Alien movies, because we have people trying to survive against a creature they have no weapons to fight, no way of escaping and no knowledge of what is actually trying to kill them. The Alien appears in the movie very little which keeps movie goers on the edge of their seat.

9) The Shinning: This is another supernatural movie, and many make the case that its possibly the best of the bunch. Its the story of a man losing his mind while left alone in an old haunted hotel. The idea that no one can hear you scream, no one knows youre in danger, youre all alone with creepy supernatural house gueststhats scary. Undoubtedly, the acting in this film is the best of any of the films on this list.

10) The Grudge: Its another supernatural film, resides in the RING family. Several movies where produced close to each other (all based on Japanese films) and this one makes the list as the best of the bunch. This movie is simply creepy. Spirits drive the main characters to the brink of insanity and death. Scary!!

11) The Thing: This movie is definitely one of my favorite horror movies of all time. Its scary, fun, exciting, and filled with AMAZING MONSTERS! Unlike the CGI & FX filled movies of today, The Thing produced practice monsters made just for the film. The movie is gross, disgusting, scary, and the actingsimply amazing! The Thing is one of the best outright horror movies ever made. More recently a prequel was made by Universal, and I give that movie high marks as well, but nothing stacks up to John Carpenters The Thing.

12) Poltergeist: You can really trace many of todays movies like Paranormal Activity & Insidious back toPoltergeist. Some say it was actually directed by Steven Spielberg but credited to Tobe Hooper. (Based on the films Tobe Hooper would direct later, I might agree that Steven Spielberg might have actually directed this classic.) Regardless, Poltergeist is the original breakout hit about a house which is haunted. Amityville Horror shortly preceded this film, however Poltergeist got it right with classic lines like theyre here. After watching Poltergeist, everyone was afraid to look under their bed.

13) Dracula: Universal Studios original Dracula film has withstood the test of time. Many might disagree, but if you look back at history and the hysteria this film created, you must concur. Very few films ever created that degree of public hysteria and utter fear Jaws did for sharks, The Exorcist did for demons, And YES Dracula and Bela Lugosi did for vampires. Following the release of this movie, people had true fears of vampires. Think about how many vampire based movies and shows have been made since. They can ALL be traced back to the original vampire horror movie, Dracula. Dracula had people covering their windows with garlic. It created real fear, real hysteria about vampires. People actually began believing in vampires after watching this movie. Dracula is
not that scary today, but its the film that started horror as we know it now!

NOW SHARE YOUR TOP 13 LIST! We feel strongly that haunted houses are scarier than a movie these days but horror movies played a huge role in the creation of the haunted house industry.  Hauntworld pays its homage to the horror movie industry and continues to be inspired by these films.
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Haunted House in Chicago Illinois - 13th Floor
Thu, September 18, 2014
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Chicago, Illinois - 13th Floor Haunted House

By Hauntworld Magazine

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Illinois Haunted Houses are some of the scariest and best in America!  Hauntworld.com rates and review the best and Scariest haunted houses, haunted attractions, and Halloween events in America!  13th Floor is located in Chicago, Illinois and has one of the scariest haunted houses in America!  Prepare to scream!  This Halloween you can't miss the scariest and best haunted attraction in the entire state of Illinois, 13th Floor. Their attraction features some of the scariest actors, crazies scenes, and amazing set design.  FINALLY CHICAGO you have a first class super scary, very realistic, over the top, monster infested, haunted house to call your own!
Now sit back and read all about the best haunted house in the the Chicago area, 13th Floor.
To learn more about Illinois' 13th Floor visit their websit below:

www.13thfloorchicago.com


 

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In 2014, many haunted houses will be opening in the Windy City but one stands out as Chicago’s finest. Among a myriad of attractions ranging from small productions to corn mazes to celebrity endorsed installations, 13th Floor Chicago is a leader among all.

Chicago has a rich history of haunted houses and over the past 20 years, some have been major attractions, others have been smaller productions and few have continued to press on through the years. 2014 marks a new chapter for Chicagoland haunted houses and fans. This year, the landscape of haunted houses in Chicago will transform as new organizations and alternative concepts enter the marketplace. The most notable is Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group’s flagship attraction, 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago.

Hauntworld Magazine encourages you to visit each and every haunted house in your city. If you can’t go to all of them, go to as many as you can because each haunted house provides a different experience and has something new to offer. If you’re in Chicago this haunt season and you are looking to get a great scare, Hauntworld Magazine recommends the 13th Floor. In a city that raises the bar for entertainment, 13th Floor fits perfectly as it sets a new benchmark for haunted houses in the Chicago area. Hauntworld Magazine doesn't take its recommendations lightly and in a city like Chicago, with many haunted house options, it’s often difficult to decide. Here are 3 reasons why you should check out the World Famous 13th Floor Haunted House Chicago:
 

3 Reasons Why 13th Floor Chicago Will Be Chicagoland’s Best Haunted House

1. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group
Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group, is the nation's (and potentially the world's) largest haunted house production, management and promotion company. Already producing six of America’s top haunted houses each year, 13th Floor Chicago will be the seventh major attraction for the growing industry heavyweight. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group manages this accomplishment by employing 20 of the industry’s top professionals year round and 1,000 people seasonally to execute its singular core mission: produce incredible haunted houses and guest experiences. Their fulltime team of 20 includes: Artists, Craftsmen, Designers, Marketers and Managers with backgrounds ranging from film and television production to commercial construction and banking. When this talented group of minds focus their efforts on a single purpose, they create big budget haunted houses that rival theme parks and movies in production value and scale. While the Windy City is home to a handful of large haunted houses, no other haunted house producer comes within arm's reach of Thirteenth Floor and the scale of its production capabilities. Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group has brought it’s “A” game with this new permanent installation and the producers have called this haunted house, “Our most ambitious and incredible project to date,” which says a lot considering Thirteenth Floor Entertainment Group also produces:

House of Torment in Austin, TX
13th Floor Haunted House in Denver, CO
13th Floor Haunted House in Phoenix, AZ
13th Floor Haunted House in San Antonio, TX
Asylum Haunted House in Denver, CO
Fear Farm in Phoenix, AZ

 
 
2. A Product Centric Approach
Haunted houses pride themselves on different things and sometimes seem to get caught up in gimmicks. Some focus on having multiple attractions, "10 at one location for one low price." Some focus on offensive content and the extreme, "Only come if you’re over 18 and be prepared to have your night ruined." Some hope their endorsements are enough to carry them through and some simply focus on one unique element, "Corn is scary and there are acres of corn." Some of these gimmicks may work, others may not, but 13th Floor Chicago’s approach departs from all of the noise. Instead, 13th Floor’s energy and effort is put into being the best at one thing, the product.

The “product” to the 13th Floor is the guest experience and its relationship to its attractions and monsters. It’s the social exercise of getting your friends together, getting your tickets and spending your night visiting an incredible haunted house. You and your friends even have multiple ticket options to choose from including: waiting, you don’t mind waiting for a little while and you hate waiting and want to go in immediately. 13th Floor’s entire guest experience is built around thrilling entertainment and it’s all by design.

At 13th Floor Chicago you are entertained and scared from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave. Monsters and creatures from outofthisworld interact with you while you wait in line. The haunted attractions you experience at 13th Floor Chicago are built on a scale like no other and from a designer’s perspective are, “drop dead gorgeous and awe inspiring.” From the architectural detail on the massive facades to the thoughtful set pieces in every room, it’s easy to tell that the scenic work was executed by veteran set dressers and designers from Hollywood to New York sound stages. Customer’s can see the depth of engineering and design that went into the construction of the massive environments the lighting and sound design is spot on creating a space where the detail of the setting can be appreciated, where the mood is properly set. However, the stars of the show are the performers that interact with and scare you. They reach, grab, slide, vault and drop in with impressive performance sequences and stunts. The scares are innovative, creative, unexpected and the performance style jumps between offthecharts intensity to bits of wellplaced theatrical dialogue that unravel a story throughout your journey. When you are done, you're out of breath, excited, thrilled and terrified. You've had a great time with your friends and you feel like you just experienced not only a good haunted house but a memorable experience.
 


3. Production Value
13th Floor Chicago features 2 attractions that span 30,000 square feet: The Rising and The Dead End District. Each carries a different theme and is anchored by an original Icon Character and large cast of monsters and creatures. Though thematically different, each of the two attractions has one major thing in common: production value, production value and more production value. It’s as if the producers of 13th Floor watched the film Super 8 and took all of the dialogue about production value as scripture. Hauntworld Magazine was able to sit down with Daniel McCullough, one of the partners and producers of 13th Floor Chicago, and talk about production value and how they pulled it off.

HW: This place is pretty incredible. Some of these sets are the largest I’ve seen in a haunted house. Tell me about how you approached this design.
DM: I knew that coming into Chicago we’d need to do something over the top. Back in Texas, where I’m from, the saying around the shop is, “Go big or go home.” In Chicago, I think we took that to the extreme in our design and in our execution. I love building massive sets with incredible scenic work. I think at this point in my career, it’s expected of me.

HW: How were you able to acquire such a variety of set pieces and in such large quantity?
DM: There were three major contributing factors. First, doing a series of top notch medical scenes was high on my priority list. My Senior Project Manager found a guy selling an old decrepit hospital. We made a deal and for about a week after that, our team went on a horror version of American Pickers on steroids. We filled up several box trucks with lots of amazing pieces. Second, a similar situation occurred in Las Vegas with Eli Roth’s Goretorium. It was rumored to be a $10 million dollar build out, but who really knows. The year round concept didn’t work for them and when they closed down they reached out to us. We made a deal and the following week we filled up seven tractor trailers with more amazing pieces. Third, our Managing Partner also brought some really great stuff to the table including multiple facades and set pieces that had recently been used on Broadway in some big productions. All of these acquisitions really enabled us to create our best haunted houses ever.

HW: An abandoned hospital, a multimillion dollar production in Las Vegas, Broadway…that’s impressive. How hard was it to incorporate those elements into your design?
DM: It really wasn’t hard and the design evolved along the way to incorporate them. In fact, it really just enabled my production team to focus more time on doing their best scenic work to date instead of spending countless hours searching items like these out. I think because we were able to make these incredible acquisitions, we were given the opportunity to do all of the over the top set construction you see around us.

HW: What advice would you give other haunted house owners on creating production value like this in their attractions?
DM: You need two things: people and money. The people that work for me are the most important asset in our company. If you want your haunted house to look like this, go find some people to work with that used to work in Hollywood or New York on major motion pictures. If you want to execute a project like this, go find some of the top folks in the industry and partner with them or work with them. Then be prepared to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars and then some more after that.

HW: Anything else you’d like to add about the show?
DM: I’ve been doing this for 12 years and have built some of the top haunted houses in the country. This is the most impressive haunted house my team and I have ever built and I can’t wait for the people of Chicago to experience it this fall.

HW: What's in store for the future?
DM: In regards to our future, my business partners and I share a common vision. To quote Walt Disney, “Around here, however, we don't look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening up new doors and doing new things, because we're curious...and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”


 
 
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Tips to Build Your Own Haunted House
Wed, September 03, 2014
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Five Tips for Haunting Your House this Halloween
 
 (StatePoint) Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.
 
You can make more of your Halloween spending with a few spooky tips. Larry Kirchner, operator of the world’s number-one rated haunted house, “The Darkness” in St. Louis, Missouri and owner of Hauntworld.com -- a resource for building haunts, and a national directory of haunted houses, corn mazes, hayrides, and pumpkin patches -- offers advice from his 25 years of experience building professional Halloween attractions.
 
Spooky Façade
Give your home’s façade the abandoned, dusty look by spinning cobwebs and creepifying doors and windows. Hang aged and shredded curtains and add lights to each window. Change outdoor lights with flicker bulbs. Add spooky sounds for atmosphere. Lastly, you can purchase affordable computer graphic effects from HauntedHouseSupplies.com and with a TV pressed into your window, add anything from ghosts to werewolves to ghouls to your haunt.
 
Cemetery
Let the leaves collect for a few weeks in your yard. Add a gothic fence and a few zombies popping up through the ground. Add jute material or aged cheesecloth to your fence. Adding dead bodies under trees or creepy birds helps set the scene. Make gravestones by using a hot knife to carve foam into shapes, and even add an epitaph. To give the tombstone a real stone look, coat in plaster or lightweight concrete. Two simple doll rods driven into the ground can hold the tombstone in place. For a coffin, nail together 1x6 and 2x2 pine boards. For the extra effect, add mulch in front of the tombstones or use paving bricks in the shape of a grave filled with mulch.
 
Spooky Maze
Empty the garage and set up walls to create two to three scary scenes. If your garage isn’t big enough, start the attraction inside and have it exit into the backyard graveyard. Start by sketching a design. You can build simple walls from plywood or drywall. For the old rotting look, cut odd shapes into the walls and screw in thin slats of wood behind the cut out holes. For best results, cake on plaster between the slats, then use raised wallpaper for the rest. Paint the entire wall one color and add some watered down black paint for an aged look.
 
Eerie Effects
Spooky sounds, special effects and lighting make all the difference. Play a spooky soundtrack from a movie or find music online. Buy a couple of cheap skeleton speakers, available online for as low as $10. For home haunters on a budget, air cannons or any loud noise are great for scares. Create special effects with fog machines and air compressors. Finally, dress up in your spookiest costume and make your guests scream for candy!
 
To prepare for next year, stock up on deeply discounted props the day after Halloween. For more inspiration on Halloween or haunted houses, visit www.HauntWorld.com.
 
This year, go beyond the basics and give your neighborhood a real scare!
 
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