A brand-new, fully immersive haunted attraction, called Terror Vault, is set to open this October at The San Francisco Mint.
Terror Vault will be a combination of theater, haunted mazes, escape rooms and special effects, and feature some of San Francisco’s top performers and scareactors.
Horror junkies and thrill seekers can uncover the dark history of The San Francisco Mint when they travel on an unforgettable journey that will bring them face-to-face with the horrors that terrorize the venue and its vaults.
Inspired by the City and The Mint, local producers, artists, designers and veteran fear experts have combined actual history with modern technological effects to create this interactive haunt experience.
“I’ve been obsessed with going to haunted houses and watching horror movies since I was a kid, so being able to bring this vision to reality as an adult is beyond exciting for me,” said Peaches Christ, one of the creative minds behind Terror Vault. “I love San Francisco history, especially the dark history, and it’s an incredible opportunity to bring something all-new and never done before here to the city – and what better place than in the ‘Granite Lady’ herself.”
Guests will be able to enter the Terror Vault from Wednesday, Oct. 10 – Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018. The experience lasts approximately 45 minutes in groups up to 12, with tickets available every half hour between 6:30 – 10 p.m.
The brave souls seeking to enter the vault can enjoy the full liquor cash bar before or after their allotted experience time, and the bar will be open every night of the production. Guests must be ages 21 or over to experience the Terror Vault, and tickets are $60 per person.
The experience begins after guests have had a bit of liquid courage from the bar, and are broken up into small groups before meeting Tina, their tour guide for the night. Tina will lead her guests into the dark, narrow back staircase of The Mint where they will interact with a number of terrifying characters who, as the story goes, were once kept in a secret prison in the dungeons below ground.
Guests who aren’t comfortable interacting with the Vault’s more murderous inhabitants can opt-out anytime by wearing a special neon necklace which signals to the scareactors that the guest does not wish to interact with them and lets the guest experience the story as it unfolds around them.
“Having this attraction within The San Francisco Mint enables us to really let our creativity run wild, fusing the natural history with the space and the scare factor these old vaults have on their own,” said David Flower, another creator of Terror Vault. “Then we can come in and build upon it. Terror Vault features new technology and veteran tricks of the trade for a terrifying experience unlike any other.”
In addition to Terror Vault, In the Dark will also introduce another attraction at The Mint, an interactive game called Dead Zone: Zombie Tag. Dead Zone will use technology put into a small device that players will wear on their shirts. The tag will display a green light as long as the player hasn’t come into contact with a zombie. Once a player is bitten, though, they only have seconds to live!
Dead Zone: Zombie Tag will be located on the main level of the building and open from 7-11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturday from Oct. 12 – Nov. 3. Tickets are $19.95 each, and participants must be ages 10 or older.
To learn more about Terror Vault and Dead Zone, visit IntoTheDarkSF.com.