Thursday, June 25, 2009
Haunted Video Review Thursday
Fun-To-Know: Create A Halloween Haunted House
I ordered this on a whim before I joined Netflix but am still glad that I bought it. Hosted by some people that I have no idea who they are including a mega-melodramatic goth chick and a red headed guy that desperately needs a hot oil treatment in his hair (comb your hair dude, you're on camera!), this is basically a do-it-yourself haunted house guide that leans more towards the startle scare and gore side of haunting (see, didn't leave you all out!).
As an overview, this DVD has some very good pointers on prop construction, although they are guidelines and not a strict take-you-by-the-hand-this-is-how-you-do-it sort of instructions and it expects you to know how to use hand and power tools and have a basic grasp of electrical wiring. The ideas on the electric chair are really innovative but would have like to have had a little more information on coffin construction aside from "put a couple of old boards together". However, the electrified sparking chainsaw idea alone is worth the DVD. I am fairly well versed in electrical practice and theory and know that it's probably fairly safe but it would still make me nervous hooking a car battery up to a chainsaw blade and running it across a fence where the other wire is connected for a shower of sparks. But it does look cool and probably could make a couple of kids lose bladder control!
If you have Netflix, rent this DVD. It has a bunch of great ideas and inspiration for the classic startle scare haunt. Buy it if you have the money laying around, I feel it's a good investment for both the novice and the pro.