Austin, Texas, has been home to a great many things. It has been called the live music capital of the world, become a pleasant alternative to Hollywood madness, and even been the home of the United States’ first serial killer. Between the years of 1988 and 1994, Austin had another distinction, the home of the worlds most famous haunted house attraction. During those seven years, Richard Garriott, known throughout Austin for earning billions in the software business, opened his home to the public on Halloween in what became known as the greatest haunted house attraction in the USA.
Calling his Gothic castle Britannia Manor, Garriott was known to spend more than $100,000 transforming his home into the ultimate interactive fright fest. Visitors lined up at the start of the season, knowing full well that if they didn’t, they had no prayer of getting in. Then, at the end of the 1994 season, Britannia Manor closed its doors.
Steve the Bum Productions followed in Garriott’s footsteps by forming the best haunted house feature in the form of the Mansion of Terror (see behind the scenes story), but never forgot the man who inspired them. Toward that end, they are offering a mini-documentary about Britannia Manor to the horror public for free on DVD.
While the “mini-documentary” can be downloaded from YouTube and clocks in at just over three minutes, those who order the DVD get a twenty-minute guided tour of Britannia Manor, as well as looks at the actors getting into makeup that is amazingly elaborate for a haunted house feature. Those who want the DVD pay eight dollars shipping.
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