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Castle of Chaos
The haunted house just got interactive!
Haunted attractions are big Central Europe and took place inside a real medieval castle in Belgium.
business in the United States This live action footage is fused with CGI content and eerie music
but this Halloween visitors to composed especially for the attraction by a silent film pianist.
Branson, Missouri, were able to The storyline revolves around Carli Winepeg, who mysteriously
experience the next generation disappeared from a castle whilst shooting a horror movie in the 1920s.
of haunted house. Combining original 3D Sat in themed seats resembling tombstones, players hear the voice of
movie content, 4D effects, a game and live animatronics, Castle Stan Kablowski, an eccentric billionaire so obsessed with Carli he
of Chaos is the first attraction of its kind from Alterface and shipped the castle over to North America. A battle ensues for control of
Clostermann Design …and it’s been scaring audiences witless! the castle, as the audience is whisked from one screen to another in
complete darkness.
M
arketed by its creators as TheHouse, this exciting new The high definition 3D images create the illusion of new rooms
multimedia attraction soft opened this summer as part of opening up in front of the players, and creatures coming out to attack.
Branson’s Hollywood Wax Museum, but really came into its own Some actually do. Flies buzz around the room, bats emerge from the
over the recent Halloween period. ceiling, a dog leaps through a door, a body bound in chains writhes
Key to the experience is a rotating 30-seat platform and four walls of around on a wall, and zombies do what zombies do.
action, three of which are used as backdrop for rear-projected horror Perched uneasily on the edge of their seats, audience members are
movie content. The remaining wall is packed with gruesome subjected to a torrent of effects including leg ticklers, neck ticklers, “butt
animatronics. kickers” and in-theatre lightning flashes, water, wind and low smoke. As the
The attraction exploits the technical expertise of Alterface, the Belgian frightful face of Carli appears from the dark, foul smells circulate the room.
firm famed for its Desperados interactive theatres, and combines it with But players also get a chance to fight back. Armed with a revolver, they
Clostermann’s theming and animatronic skills. By finding an operator take shot at targets on screen and watch insects explode, candle flames
with the same vision they have been able to realise Castle of Chaos less flicker, and see the scenery wobble. When the ordeal is over, each
than 12 months after the original model of The House was shown at player’s score is displayed next to their photograph on screen, a common
IAAPA Attractions Expo in Orlando. feature in each of Alterface’s interactive games.
For over 50 years, Branson has been a major Mid-America tourist “This attraction brings together everything we can do in one room,”
destination, a slower-paced Las Vegas famed for its live shows and highlights Alterface CEO Benoit Cornet. “The market for haunted houses
country music revues (and free of gambling). Opening an intense, in the United States is huge, but this creates a new world of interactivity.”
scream-your-pants-off experience in this environment was a deliberate Clearly any attraction boasting this level of technology requires a
decision for the Wax Museum’s owner, Kuvera Attractions. Castle of significant investment, but it also offers operators some efficiencies. It
Chaos sits inside a new building next door, and is designed to coax a requires only a limited space (less than 200 square metres), and also
younger crowd over to the “strip.” strips away the largest single running cost of most haunted attractions –
"The merging of 3D film, an interactive game, special effects and a live actors. And, as the operators of Castle of Chaos know only too well,
rotating platform in a haunted house is a unique achievement,” highlights there won’t be another attraction like it for miles – at Halloween or any
Kuvera Entertainment’s Tej Sundhers. “All our visitors are guests are highly other time of year.
impressed. The opinions from the first visitors in an exit satisfaction survey
make it clear: they love it!” See more at www.castleofchaosbranson.com or view the digital version of
The film shoot for TheHouse involved professional actors from across this magazine at www.parkworld-online.com for video content
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