It’s the end of an era, as Universal Orlando Resort announced this morning that Bill and Ted are setting off on their Farewell Tour this year at Halloween Horror Nights, after 26 years of Excellent Halloween Adventures. [Read more…]
The Saw series makes its return to Halloween Horror Nights this year, bringing the most terrifying traps to life in an all-new original maze at Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando. [Read more…]
Four of the most famous slasher film fiends — Freddy Krueger, Jason Voorhees, Leatherface and Chucky — are teaming up in two all-new “Titans of Terror” experiences at Universal Studios Hollywood’s 2017 Halloween Horror Nights event, starting Friday, September 15. [Read more…]
A new haunted maze called Feast, featuring the voracious spirit Chef, has been announced for the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor 2017 Halloween event, which opens September 28. [Read more…]
New details about the haunts and shows at Knott’s Scary Farm 2017 were recently revealed at the Midsummer Scream horror convention.
A new house has been announced for this year’s Universal Studios Halloween Horror Nights at Universal Orlando Resort and Universal Studios Hollywood: “Ash vs Evil Dead,” the hit television series from Starz based upon the original “Evil Dead” films. [Read more…]
Halloween at Disneyland Resort is bringing more tricks and treats as the celebration expands into Disney California Adventure, from Sept. 15 through Oct. 31, 2017. [Read more…]
Over 8,000 fans showed up for the debut of the Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival last year, and this year’s festival is set to be bigger and better, with more scares and all things horror coming to the Long Beach Convention Center from July 29-30. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando fans who are willing to do anything for Halloween Horror Nights 27 information can now ‘Sacrifice Their Souls’ and join HHN 27’s ‘Soul Collectors’ for exclusive updates and rewards. [Read more…]
FX’s fan favorite fright series from Ryan Murphy is returning to Halloween Horror Nights this year as Universal Studios Hollywood has announced a haunted maze themed around American Horror Story: Roanoke. [Read more…]
Universal Orlando Resort has released all ticket and vacation packages for this year’s Halloween Horror Nights. Guests can now enjoy offers like Halloween Horror Nights vacation packages, Flex Tickets, and more to help them plan their visit more easily. [Read more…]
For the first time ever, ‘The Shining’ will bring terror to Halloween Horror Nights in new mazes at both Universal Studios Hollywood and Universal Orlando Resort beginning this September. [Read more…]
The Midsummer Scream Halloween Festival horror convention, which returns to the Long Beach Convention Center on July 29-30, has announced the 14 home and professional haunters who will create mini haunted houses for their 2017 Hall of Shadows. [Read more…]
The hit FX television show American Horror Story is returning to Universal Orlando this fall as the first haunted house revealed for Halloween Horror Nights 27. [Read more…]
Halloween season is still half a year away, but you can stay scared during the spring at the Spooky Empire Mid-Season convention, which has announced a roster of “retro” guests including Malcolm McDowell and Dee Snyder. [Read more…]
Get ready for more nights of fright at Universal Orlando than ever before, because Halloween Horror Nights 2017 dates have been announced, and select tickets and vacation packages are now on sale. [Read more…]
Like a zombie rising from the dead, the October 2016 Spooky Empire horror convention that was canceled due to Hurricane Matthew has been reschedule for December 2-4 at Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center. [Read more…]
By Andy Haynes
Catharsis is an all new immersive haunted experience currently unsettling guests in the Orlando area. The experience was created by Pseudonym Productions, the company who brought us “When Shadows Fall,” and indeed, takes place in the same venue. Without giving too much away, there are even some references to the story of When Shadows Fall throughout Catharsis.
Catharsis bills itself as “unlike anything Florida as ever encountered” and for me at least, that was definitely true. It’s hard to talk too much about it without giving away any spoilers, since not knowing exactly what to expect is the crux of the experience.
After we arrived at the venue and signed in, we found our way to the deadly sins bar to enjoy a drink and sign a wavier. We were then summoned to the back and our trip through Catharsis began. The whole experience from arrival at the venue to unceremonious departure lasts about an hour, after which you are asked to leave immediately. This makes sense due to the attraction’s fast turnaround and the limited parking available at the venue.
Without going into detail, the experience itself involved a lot of uncomfortable situations and invasion of personal space all of which served to underline the unsettling nature of Catharsis. There is a story that underscores the event although on our trip through we were a bit confused about exactly what it was and left wondering if we had missed something. It was ultimately unnecessary though as the individual moments in Catharsis are what made the experience unique. Again, I don’t want to spoil it, but I don’t think I’ve ever gotten quite that up close and personal with actors as I did at Catharsis!
Due to its location and immersive features, Catharsis will definitely draw some comparisons to When Shadows Fall. Although similar, the two events had very striking differences. The open-ended freedom to explore that was offered in When Shadows Fall doesn’t show up in Catharsis, as you are led by the hand (sometimes quite literally) through the structured environment. This leads to a loss of control by the audience and actually allowed greater enjoyment by those seeking a more passive experience. That’s not to say you won’t be moving around and getting your hands dirty, but just that most of the active decision making that defined When Shadows Fall is absent from Catharsis. Another unique feature of the attraction is the ability to go through in small groups or even alone. This is in sharp contrast to the conga line style of Halloween Horror Nights and the free-for-all feel of When Shadows Fall. I do have to compliment the designers on this, as at no time throughout the experience was did I feel the presence of other audience members beyond my group. The whole event felt very personal and isolating.
In the end, I will say I enjoyed Catharsis. I would recommend this for someone looking for a more immersive experience and something different from the jump scares of a traditional haunted house. I think experiencing it alone is definitely the way to go since having less people in the group heightened the attraction. Wear comfortable shoes and prepare to be pushed outside of your comfort zone!
Catharsis runs select nights through Oct. 30. Tickets are $24 for standard entry and $34 for the private experience. For more information or to make a reservation, visit fearcatharsis.com.
The Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor is back featuring six mazes and a new cantankerous resident spirit, Iron Master. [Read more…]
Brick or Treat, the Halloween party built for kids, is back at Legoland Florida Resort, featuring a lineup of activities and extended park hours. [Read more…]