Haunted Hotel 2004
Immediately, you can
sense something is not right with this hotel. The boards at the front are
rotting and broken and around you are the inhuman moans and screams emanating
from the upstairs bedroom. You can cut your fear with a knife, yet you continue
on knowing that there is no turning back now. Your heart pounds hard in your
chest as you think you see what looks like a ghostly apparition floating before
you up ahead. Before you can turn and run, the door slams behind you and the
terrified screams of your friends echo all around you. It is clear, you will
not be going anywhere tonight.
And so goes another
successful night at the New York City College of Technology's Haunted
Hotel, a volunteer haunted house put on by the students and
technicians at City Tech College in downtown Brooklyn. The hotel, which has
been a favorite over the past few Halloween seasons, is full of good old
fashioned scares and surprises fueled by dozens of atmospheric lighting and
sound effects run in part by Stage Research's SFX.
Behind all the ghoulish
delight is City Tech volunteer Sound Designer, Josh Flower. Flower, along with
his crew, took on the ghastly task of bringing to life all the undead guests of
the Haunted Hotel.
"The story behind the
hotel is that it is an old hotel out by Coney Island. There are guests that
have come through and died here, and also service people who have taken the
long walk off the short wharf. (Because of that) there's an animatronic pirate
at a broken down wharf that tells a story of how he got there and encourages
visitors to venture onward through the hotel."
"In one of the rooms, I
threw in an out-of-place music clip that was like elevator-type jazz music.
This room was supposed to be the receptionist area where the dead bell hop
would take your baggage and show you to your room. In this bedroom there are a
bunch of moving set pieces, from a dresser to a door. When the door into this
room was opened, SFX played a cue of a wooden door creaking.
When the door closed another cue was triggered, this was of a door slamming
with that large hollow room sound, like you would see in a scary movie."
"Throughout the whole maze and the house, people can sit and watch themselves and others go through the hotel on a video screen. SFX played an underlying track of music created by David B. Smith specifically for the hotel which was able to heighten the dramatic experience of the whole event and creep-out the visitors even more."
All in all, the Haunted Hotel did it's job: scaring customers and leaving enough tingle to have even more dying to get in for next year.