We’re mere days away from October and the official launch of the Halloween season; it’s basically Christmas time for horror fans! In addition to a cornucopia of genre-themed programming and horror movie retrospectives, October is Haunt season, with professional and amateur scare zones popping up across the country.
From Mom and Pop operations to corporate powerhouses, the Haunt phenomenon is explored in depth in Jon Schnitzer documentary Haunters: The Art of the Scare, released in 2017. If you missed the film (or want to give it a second spin) you can watch Haunters tomorrow on Netflix as part of a watch party organized in conjunction with Dead Meat on YouTube.
Here’s the full scoop from this weekend’s press release:
HAUNTERS WATCH PARTY
Tues September 25th 6 pm [PST] on the Dead Meat James YouTube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2IYWWifoIht9T47z1Z5lJw
Watch Haunters: The Art of The Scare on Netflix with the director, stars of the documentary and special guests! Ask them questions throughout the film on the Dead Meat James YouTube Channel and they’ll answer you and you might even win a prize!
We’ll be inside the notorious The 17th Door Haunted House with: Darren Lynn Bousman creator of live immersive horror attractions The Tension Experience, Theatre Macabre & director Saw 2-4, Haunters director Jon Schnitzer, legendary scare actor Shar Mayer, maze designer Donald Julson, survivors of McKamey Manor, the haunters of the 17th Door and more surprise guests.
Message your questions during the event and the best questions will WIN prizes like autographed Haunters movie posters, DVD’s with 30 minutes of bonus features, tickets to haunts we love – and more!
ABOUT THE FILM
Haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a subculture of extreme full-contact terror experiences. But how far is too far?
Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of legendary scare actor Shar Mayer, maze designer Donald Julson, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial extreme haunt of all time… in his own backyard.
Haunters was a successfully funded Kickstarter project, is now streaming on Netflix with 100% on Rotten Tomatoes & has received critical acclaim since premiering at Fantastic Fest (2017): “9 out of 10!”; – Film Threat, “Genuinely petrifying”; – Bloody Disgusting, “Amazing & Fascinating”- Blumhouse’s Shock Waves Podcast, “A roller coaster of emotions” – Modern Horrors, “An absolute blast” – iHorror, “An intoxicating study about our relationship with fear” – JOBLO, “A must-see for all haunt fans.” – Fangoria
This groundbreaking documentary also uncovers how Halloween, haunts, and horror have always thrived during times of chaos, political uncertainty, and war because people use horror
and haunts as a form of therapy to confront their worst fears. Last year the Halloween industry made the most amount of money to date with $9.3 Billion (according to the National Retail Federation). And this year is most likely going to beat out last year.
Haunters also features interviews with notable horror filmmaker Jason Blum (producer of The Purge, Insidious, Split, Get Out), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & the upcoming re-make of David Cronenberg’s Rabid) and the creators of the most famous traditional and extreme horror attractions in the world.
Haunters has a killer soundtrack with songs from Dead Man’s Bones (Ryan Gosling & Zach Shields who’s also from the band Night Things and co-writer of the films Krampus and the upcoming Godzilla), Emptyset, Original Score by Jonathan Snipes (Room 237, The Nightmare, and Clipping.), Original Score by Alexander Burke (has recorded with Fiona Apple, David Lynch, Mr. Little Jeans and scored the documentary series Mortified) and Neil Baldock (recorded with Kanye West, Radiohead and Wilco).
Haunters is the first documentary to ever get a merchandise deal with Fright Rags, the #1 shop for horror franchise merchandise. Official Haunters shirts and enamel pins now available: https://www.fright-rags.com/collections/haunters-the-art-of-the-scare
DIRECTOR / PRODUCER BIO
As co-owner of The Brain Factory, Jon Schnitzer has created horror attractions, VR and immersive experiences for clients such as Tim Burton, YouTube Red Studios, and TASCHEN Books, and produced 3D ghost illusions for President Obama’s 1st Halloween Party at The White House. Jon directed/produced FLATLINE EXPERIENCE, a Virtual Reality project that gives audiences the ability to become active participants in an actual near-death experience. “I was profoundly affected” – The Huffington Post
Are you a fan of immersive horror? Have you seen Haunters? Are you planning to participate in the watch-party tomorrow (September 25th) at 6 pm (PST)? Sound off in the comments below or on Facebook, Twitter, and/or Instagram!