European immersive horror in 2019 – Preview.

The end of another year of immersive horror. The Faceless Ventures team flew over to LA for two intense and emotional nights of Cracked vs Heretic. Next to that, they produced a second Cracked show, where attendees got a glimpse of Blake Ciccone’s past and future, collaborated with the LA-based HVRTING for a tongue-in-cheek extreme card game, and with the Belgium-based Quietus Horror for Intérieur. Quietus was a newcomer this year, emerging on the scene early 2018 and creating several versions of Facsimile, an experience where participants explored a house and met the twisted mind that lived within. Speaking about twisted minds, October saw Heretic Haunted House flying in and working alongside Brutality in Switzerland once again, treating their guests to a warped nightmare for almost eight hours in VIVISEKTION: The Invitation. Read More

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2018-10-13 – Brutality x Heretic – The Invitation: VIVISEKTION

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I remember train tracks and overpasses, graffiti clad walls and construction sites. Headlights, smiling faces greeting us as old friends, warm hugs and generous welcomes. I remember mouthing the words to Les Champs-Elysées, gently swaying my head along to the tune. I remember champagne, hors d’oeuvres, Italian wine, casual conversation, holiday plans, stories about the kids. I also remember a slight unease in the air. The discourse being slightly forced. Lingering silences. The smiles, maybe, being a bit too friendly. I remember the music warping, the atmosphere changing. I remember it all going black. Read More

2018-06-09 – Cracked – The Ciccone Tapes (Private Show)

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Close your eyes. Ten. Nine. Eight. A moldy shed, the light filtering through cracks in the wall, illuminating a pattern of floating dust particles. Face down, six bodies, dead on the concrete floor. In front, an altar. Seven. Six. Five. More victims. A masked man, dressed in camouflage gear, slumped against the wall. Four. Three. Another, all in white, a gas mask obscuring his face. Count backwards. Two. One. Open your eyes. Read More

European Immersive Horror in 2018 – Preview.

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There were some pretty big leaps for European immersive horror last year. Fraternity made ripples with its original execution as the first ARX in Europe. The notorious LA-based Heretic Haunted House flew over and co-produced events with Faceless Ventures in the UK, and the completely new Brutality Horror Simulation in Switzerland. Snuffhouse saw its conclusion with a final run of intense After Dark shows in Scare Kingdom Scream Park. In October, Faceless Ventures created a one-of-a-kind emotional experience with Diary of a Deceased. Now – this trend doesn’t seem to be slowing down –  let’s have a quick rundown of what 2018 already has to offer, in terms of original ideas, immersive horror and extreme events. Read More

2017-10-30 – Rogue Artists Ensemble – Kaidan Project

 

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I find myself in an office, littered with artefacts and memorabilia, potential clues as to what might have happened to Kana – an old friend who had gone missing. Origami figures, fox masks, bizarre notes scribbled down. Lights flicker, the phone rings – it’s her. A message to trust the guardians. Then, an old freight elevator comes down, along with a peculiar robed figure, its face covered by a huge reed basket, beckoning us inside. The shutters close, and we are transported up, to the fifth floor. Read More

2017-10-28 – Apartment 213

 

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Few things scare people more than the unknown. So, it makes sense that when a new group raises its head in the immersive horror landscape, it creates some ripples. What will their vision and style be? How far will they go? More importantly, who the hell are these people? Without any comfort of existing reviews or friends having gone through before, participating in these experiences really means throwing yourself into a vast hole of nothing. For the group itself, it must be daunting as well – this is where they draw the lines. So, leave your doubts at the door, and enter Apartment 213. Read More

2017-10-28 – Night Shift DTLA

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Starting a new job can be exciting, but rather stressful. I’m wearing overalls, shifting boxes around in a grimy packing warehouse with the manager breathing down my neck. Clearly, it’s not been his week – not our fault, mind, but he surely is taking it out on us, screaming in our faces, showering us in his spit. Missing shipments, employees disappearing, the place is in disarray and it would apparently come down to us to sort out the mess. I swear, these jobs through temp agencies, you can find yourself in some weird situations. Read More