A basic, run-of-the-mill haunted house in your parents’ garage this
Which is ironic, really, because its creative team, The Fright
Gallery, started 23 years ago as a group of friends putting on
increasingly elaborate Halloween shows in their front yard. The
current show, “Experiments in Terror,” at the Burbank Media City
Center, is an imaginative and exhilarating 20-minute haunted
What is unusual about this haunted-house experience is the solid
plot line and 40 convincing actors who guide you through this science
experiment gone awry.
Scientists with the esteemed Institute of Paranormal Research have
reconstructed the spooky Hazelwood Manor, legendary for the gruesome
deaths of its prior inhabitants.
Using top-notch science equipment, or rather, delightfully kooky
props with knobs and flashing lights, they test for signs of
paranormal activity. The scientists in lab coats struggle to keep
their hapless visitors safe inside the spirit-saturated manor.
While they use age-old scare tactics, such as dark-eyed ghouls
jumping out at you, it’s the special effects that alarm and mystify.
Lighting, sound, visual surprises and tactile sensations create an
atmosphere both frightening and amusing.
Would I take a child to this show? It depends upon the child. My
8-year-old would be terrified of the sudden plunges into pitch
darkness. But others said their 8-year-olds loved it.
For the little ones, there are special matinee walk-throughs.
Candy-dispensing scientists guide them through the manor, lights on,
weaving a less-frightening tale.
Don’t expect a slick, theme-park attraction for your steep $15
admission. At times, it’s hard to hear the frantic guides above the
din and it does end rather abruptly. However, throughout the show the
crowd giggled hysterically and frequently screamed out loud.
Everything you could ask for in a haunted house.