The last few years I’ve been fortunate enough to experience several different haunts dedicated to Halloween. From major to minor I’m always impressed with the amount of creativity and effort put into giving people an exhilarating if not downright scary experience. The premise typically involves a maze you navigate while any number of “creatures” wait for you to turn a blind corner and scare the crap out of you. The faster you move the quicker you get to the next turn and the more scares you get. It’s an adrenaline filled, heart pounding adventure that keeps audiences coming back year after year. But what if you decided to do things differently? What if you built a maze on suspense rather than adrenaline? One where you heard the creatures long before ever laying your eyes on them and once spotted they recoiled and ran past you, letting you only catch glimpses before returning to the dark, leaving you to wonder if you really saw what you think you saw. And what if, when you finally reached your destination, things really got creepy? No, you wouldn’t be in your own personal hell, you’d be in the Urban Death Tour of Terror.
Located at Zombie Joe’s in North Hollywood, Urban Death is a haunt meant to affect the mind more than the heart. Through a combination of maze and performance they’ve created an experience that is dark and unsettling but most of all brilliant! Since the space is first and foremost a theater, their production is grounded in story, played out through a series of macabre and, at moments, savage vignettes. The eeriness is heightened with a soundtrack that is chilling and subject matter that will challenge your sense of decency; nothing here is taboo. Experiencing it felt like witnessing a sequence of deranged psychotic fantasies in the mind of a madman. It was both haunting and fantastic.
However, this is a fairly graphic experience with moments of nudity so it might not be for everyone. But if you can handle that be ready for one of the most unique and affecting haunts of Halloween. For tickets and more information head over to: