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Title: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on February 15, 2010, 09:51:51 AM
And so it begins..... It seems just like yesterday that we were getting ready for the 2009 season. To all of the Freight Seekers, I have been lurking and listening to all of your thought and opinions on what you would like to see in haunts and look forward to giving you all, the freights of your lives this year. I Hope to keep the progress updated better this year than last year and again , a  big thank you to all that came out.


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Karmakrazy13 on February 16, 2010, 01:45:03 PM
that is awesome that you are taking user feedback and applying it to the planning process


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on February 26, 2010, 01:36:23 PM
that is awesome that you are taking user feedback and applying it to the planning process
Absolutely. I look at it this way, we (Haunters) don't know everything, can't read minds, etc...It's awesome to hear what people (who take Going to haunts seriously)have to say. You guys get around....haunts that is  ;).. and know what you are looking for. Of course, everything can't be applied and I , As I am sure others don't always agree on someones take, but that's no reason to ignore it and look into it and see what the possible benefits could be . Of course we have to also keep in mind that the general public looks for . :)


Update:...it's been COLD!!!! ;)


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on February 28, 2010, 04:01:13 PM
I'm not really the biggest fan of movie characters in haunts, but I was watching House of 1000 Corpses the other day and thought it would be cool to see some of those characters like Otis or Cpt. Spaulding in a haunt.


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on March 01, 2010, 04:25:15 PM
I'm not really the biggest fan of movie characters in haunts, but I was watching House of 1000 Corpses the other day and thought it would be cool to see some of those characters like Otis or Cpt. Spaulding in a haunt.
Yes, that would be wicked cool....those, my friend are some freaky characters!!

My take on Movie Characters in haunts can be deemed flip-flopish..The FAN,  In me  personally enjoys  them, with the proper setting, proper actor(I'm guilty of doing the opposite ) and limited to just a couple of them, I think they can work.......  The  " Wanting to keep everything as close to Original thoughts  as possible haunter" ..in me feels they should be left in hollywood ;). One thing I have found is, they can be fun to have in a haunt...Actually, from the 'General public' that visit's haunts, they are almost demanded. I am asked every year...Is Micheal Myers going to be in the haunt?..is Jason? Leatherface? I am still amazed at how the General haunt goer still gets creeped out by those fellas..And I am amazed how much I enjoy seeing them scare people year after year by just Being.. lol!!I don't get it, but I guess somethings just can't be explained   ???


Status up date...It's still Cold :p


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Cousin Levi Slaughter on March 05, 2010, 10:31:59 PM
[quote  I am asked every year...Is Micheal Myers going to be in the haunt?..is Jason? Leatherface? I am still amazed at how the General haunt goer still gets creeped out by those fellas..And I am amazed how much I enjoy seeing them scare people year after year by just Being.. lol!!I don't get it, but I guess somethings just can't be explained   ??[/quote]
 In years past I had the same thing happen year after year.. & also didn't understand it Midway. I was totaly closed minded about it for a while, but came around to use some of the "Big Guys" mixed in with some of our own characters... it was a good move for us because our customers enjoy it. I even started a thread on this topic  here a few weeks back to see how other "haunt owners" felt about it , & I got  ripped... but I guess we are all different and have different styles. I think it's great that you are using customer feedback to make your haunt better.  you can see some  of our haunt at http://www.theslaughterhousehorror.com Thanks!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on March 16, 2010, 02:06:58 PM
[quote  I am asked every year...Is Micheal Myers going to be in the haunt?..is Jason? Leatherface? I am still amazed at how the General haunt goer still gets creeped out by those fellas..And I am amazed how much I enjoy seeing them scare people year after year by just Being.. lol!!I don't get it, but I guess somethings just can't be explained   ??
In years past I had the same thing happen year after year.. & also didn't understand it Midway. I was totaly closed minded about it for a while, but came around to use some of the "Big Guys" mixed in with some of our own characters... it was a good move for us because our customers enjoy it. I even started a thread on this topic  here a few weeks back to see how other "haunt owners" felt about it , & I got  ripped... but I guess we are all different and have different styles. I think it's great that you are using customer feedback to make your haunt better.  you can see some  of our haunt at http://www.theslaughterhousehorror.com Thanks!
[/quote] Checked out your site..Nice work!!

I personally see the "SERIOUS" haunters side of the Non-Hollywood characters..they want originality in every thing, and I totally respect that and understand..They want something they haven't seen and not some rehashed theme's they have seen a 100 times. When I visit other haunts I personally want to see what " Madness" others have come up with. I don't think they were "ripping " you perse' but I think they are so use to ..again..no originality in some haunts, that their knee jerk reaction to hearing 'Hollywood Characters' mentioned ... sends them into convulsions lol!!! again, I'm guessing  ;D


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Slappy on March 31, 2010, 06:30:26 PM
Here's my opinion on the whole thing...

Horror movie characters can be used if, and only if, you have the proper setting and proper person to portray it.  I've been to haunts in the past where a kid that was no more than 10 was playing Jason Vorhees.  But then I've been to haunts where the "classics" have been used very well.

There used to be a haunted house in Kernersville.  It was held in an old, abandoned house right along the main stretch.  Michael Myers was there every year, and the guy was HUGE, and the character fit in the setting.  That was awesome!

But a lot of haunts have gone completely "original," and with great success.  I love seeing new characters, especially ones that are well developed.  But it takes a lot of imagination not only from the owner, but also from the actors to put together a unique character, and to stick with it. 

I know that running a haunt is a lot of trial and error, just like anything else in life.  If it works, run with it.  If not, don't try to push it.  Use your imagination, you'd be surprised what you can come up with.

And be sure to keep us updated Midway!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on April 01, 2010, 09:17:53 AM
Here's my opinion on the whole thing...

Horror movie characters can be used if, and only if, you have the proper setting and proper person to portray it.  I've been to haunts in the past where a kid that was no more than 10 was playing Jason Vorhees.  But then I've been to haunts where the "classics" have been used very well.

There used to be a haunted house in Kernersville.  It was held in an old, abandoned house right along the main stretch.  Michael Myers was there every year, and the guy was HUGE, and the character fit in the setting.  That was awesome!

But a lot of haunts have gone completely "original," and with great success.  I love seeing new characters, especially ones that are well developed.  But it takes a lot of imagination not only from the owner, but also from the actors to put together a unique character, and to stick with it. 

I know that running a haunt is a lot of trial and error, just like anything else in life.  If it works, run with it.  If not, don't try to push it.  Use your imagination, you'd be surprised what you can come up with.

And be sure to keep us updated Midway!

Very well, said Mr.Slappy!!

update... it's getting warmer ;) ...lol!! no real update coming soon!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on September 14, 2010, 12:33:47 PM
Howdy! First let me say that I profusely apologize for not keeping updated as I had said and promised, so for that I am sorry!   Things have been happening that has not allowed me to keep updating as I would have liked....and sometimes I was just too darn lazy  :P..  we are down too tweaking  things on the trail to better scare the Yell out of you. We have extended the trail a bit and 94% of the trail/rooms are  different and of the remaining 6% 3% of that ,those rooms,we have added a fewlittle Extra's to get your blood pumping. As for the other 3% that is the same, well, lets just say they were requested so..... ;D.. Our  opening Night will Be OCT 1st . the rest of the schedule will be posted soon. The reason for that delay is that one of the owners lost her beloved Mother and has had a lot to handle on that end..:(  And the other owner has had heart problems, but doing better than ever (still don't know if that's good or not ) lol!! Look forward to seeing you guys this year as I am looking forward to visiting other Haunts and check out all the Goodies they have in store for us!!! Happy Haunting you guys!!!!!!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Slappy on September 14, 2010, 01:18:25 PM
Good to see you back, Midway.  I'm sorry for your loss, and hope everyone else is doing well.  Just keep us posted when you can, I'm sure everyone on here can understand how hard it is to keep everything together sometimes. 


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on September 14, 2010, 01:20:15 PM
Good to see you back man.


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: packbacker on September 14, 2010, 02:13:20 PM
Sorry to hear about all the troubles.  Take care of you and yours first!  Look forward to visiting again this year.



Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Karmakrazy13 on September 14, 2010, 04:07:41 PM
Midway Welcome back! I look forward to hearing updates, and seeing what you all have up your sleeve


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Julie on October 17, 2010, 08:21:20 PM
Awesome job this year...definitely 2 thumbs up!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on October 17, 2010, 10:54:29 PM
you guys need to come back and see the newest creature at the woods ;D


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on October 18, 2010, 08:54:26 AM
And he's pretty dang good!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on October 18, 2010, 11:11:57 PM
Why thank you. He's pretty handsome too ;) great big smile on his face.


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Slappy on October 19, 2010, 10:21:10 AM
Wow...


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on October 19, 2010, 12:17:07 PM
He's also extremely Modest too lol!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on October 19, 2010, 01:19:21 PM
Wow...
hahaha


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Badger on October 19, 2010, 01:34:46 PM
Quote
[quote  I am asked every year...Is Micheal Myers going to be in the haunt?..is Jason? Leatherface? I am still amazed at how the General haunt goer still gets creeped out by those fellas..And I am amazed how much I enjoy seeing them scare people year after year by just Being.. lol!!I don't get it, but I guess somethings just can't be explained   ??
In years past I had the same thing happen year after year.. & also didn't understand it Midway. I was totaly closed minded about it for a while, but came around to use some of the "Big Guys" mixed in with some of our own characters... it was a good move for us because our customers enjoy it. I even started a thread on this topic  here a few weeks back to see how other "haunt owners" felt about it , & I got  ripped... but I guess we are all different and have different styles. I think it's great that you are using customer feedback to make your haunt better.  you can see some  of our haunt at http://www.theslaughterhousehorror.com Thanks!
Checked out your site..Nice work!!

I personally see the "SERIOUS" haunters side of the Non-Hollywood characters..they want originality in every thing, and I totally respect that and understand..They want something they haven't seen and not some rehashed theme's they have seen a 100 times. When I visit other haunts I personally want to see what " Madness" others have come up with. I don't think they were "ripping " you perse' but I think they are so use to ..again..no originality in some haunts, that their knee jerk reaction to hearing 'Hollywood Characters' mentioned ... sends them into convulsions lol!!! again, I'm guessing  ;D
[/quote]

Just an FYI: Using trademarked characters in a for-profit haunt IS considered illegal without expressed written permission from the movie studio.  Over the past few years, entertainment lawyers have been cracking down on the larger haunts for using trademarked characters as it violates copyright laws.  I would assume that the medium and smaller haunts are next.  All it takes is one attorney walking through a haunt to make it happen.  You will notice that the larger nationally-known haunts have all stopped using these characters unless they are affiliated with the movie studios.  Carowinds stopped putting actors in Jason masks when Paramount sold the park to Cedar Fair...

Just be aware if you use Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Pinhead, etc...


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: MidwayHaunter on October 19, 2010, 01:59:30 PM
Quote
[quote  I am asked every year...Is Micheal Myers going to be in the haunt?..is Jason? Leatherface? I am still amazed at how the General haunt goer still gets creeped out by those fellas..And I am amazed how much I enjoy seeing them scare people year after year by just Being.. lol!!I don't get it, but I guess somethings just can't be explained   ??
In years past I had the same thing happen year after year.. & also didn't understand it Midway. I was totaly closed minded about it for a while, but came around to use some of the "Big Guys" mixed in with some of our own characters... it was a good move for us because our customers enjoy it. I even started a thread on this topic  here a few weeks back to see how other "haunt owners" felt about it , & I got  ripped... but I guess we are all different and have different styles. I think it's great that you are using customer feedback to make your haunt better.  you can see some  of our haunt at http://www.theslaughterhousehorror.com Thanks!
Checked out your site..Nice work!!

I personally see the "SERIOUS" haunters side of the Non-Hollywood characters..they want originality in every thing, and I totally respect that and understand..They want something they haven't seen and not some rehashed theme's they have seen a 100 times. When I visit other haunts I personally want to see what " Madness" others have come up with. I don't think they were "ripping " you perse' but I think they are so use to ..again..no originality in some haunts, that their knee jerk reaction to hearing 'Hollywood Characters' mentioned ... sends them into convulsions lol!!! again, I'm guessing  ;D

Just an FYI: Using trademarked characters in a for-profit haunt IS considered illegal without expressed written permission from the movie studio.  Over the past few years, entertainment lawyers have been cracking down on the larger haunts for using trademarked characters as it violates copyright laws.  I would assume that the medium and smaller haunts are next.  All it takes is one attorney walking through a haunt to make it happen.  You will notice that the larger nationally-known haunts have all stopped using these characters unless they are affiliated with the movie studios.  Carowinds stopped putting actors in Jason masks when Paramount sold the park to Cedar Fair...

Just be aware if you use Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Pinhead, etc...
[/quote] Yup!!


Title: Re: 2010
Post by: Cousin Levi Slaughter on October 22, 2010, 09:39:33 AM


Just an FYI: Using trademarked characters in a for-profit haunt IS considered illegal without expressed written permission from the movie studio.  Over the past few years, entertainment lawyers have been cracking down on the larger haunts for using trademarked characters as it violates copyright laws.  I would assume that the medium and smaller haunts are next.  All it takes is one attorney walking through a haunt to make it happen.  You will notice that the larger nationally-known haunts have all stopped using these characters unless they are affiliated with the movie studios.  Carowinds stopped putting actors in Jason masks when Paramount sold the park to Cedar Fair...

Just be aware if you use Freddy, Jason, Michael, Leatherface, Pinhead, etc...
[/quote] Yup!!

I fully understand why the studios would go after "big" time haunted attractions, there is HUGE money made at those parks, but my question is where is the line? I mean people can "attempt" to sue someone for anything.
Do they try to sue every company that makes a hockey mask, or every company that makes a mask that has the look of fresh stitched together, or even a blank white mask...how can someone copyright that? If want to sue someone it should be the people making money off manufacturing the items used to create the likeness of their characters, or people making personal appearances as such characters in independent films, but smaller haunts ... really? Wouldn't even be worth their time. Just ANOTHER example how big time money is Ruining Halloween!
My 2 cent's, I'm sure others will vary.
Slaughter
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Title: Re: 2010
Post by: krb187 on October 22, 2010, 04:14:50 PM
Horror movie characters are cool and all, but I think original characters with there own story lines incorporated in the haunt just makes the experience better. Like and insane flannel-clad clown...  ;D