Call it nightmare on Suffolk Street. The haunted house "Nightmare" marks its 10th anniversary this season with all new ways to terrify and torment its visitors. NY1's Stephanie Simon filed the following report.
"Nightmare Killers" is back at its old "Haunt."
The serial killer-themed haunted house is back at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center on the Lower East Side with a new crop of notorious killers, including Charles Manson and H.H. Holmes. Even the prep work seems pretty spooky.
Actor Lulu Kramer: Well, I was crawling through the hotel of H.H. Holmes, I'm one of his victims, and so I just kind of got messed up all over the place.
If backstage seems scary, well, the real thing is absolutely terrifying.
After several terrifying encounters, it seems I was going to be Holmes' next victim.
Then, there's the most recognizable killer among us: Charles Manson.
"It's definitely a lot of energy playing it. All the footage you see of Manson, it's like, he's pretty manic," says Eric Macierowski, the actor playing Charles Manson. "So you just have to keep that momentum going."
Before there was #DEAD, there was just dead, and no one did it better than Nightmare Haunted House, which Timothy Haskell started as a theater piece 10 years ago before the proliferation of haunted houses in the city.
"I collaborated with a bunch of different theater companies, and each room was like a little vignette of scariness, and people would go from one room to another and they'd watch some horror story unfold," Haskell says.
It's evolved into a more traditional haunted house. Despite criticism last season from some family members of victims, Haskell says this is a real theater piece.
"We present them for what they are, which is terrifying and horrific and monstrous. There is no reenactment of an actual crime. It's mostly like, you're the, you're immersed in their world," he says. "And that's why it's terrifying."
So terrifying that even the players admit to being frightened.
The house is located at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center at 107 Suffolk Street, between Rivington and Delancey Streets. It runs through November 2. Tickets start at $30. For more information, visit nightmarenyc.com.