The Great Horror Campout is an event designed for anyone who’s ever wanted to experience being the main character in a horror movie–without the pesky side effect of getting murdered. Fusion correspondent Jessica Roy braved it for a night and lived to tell the tale.
If you’re a fan of ABC’s “Shark Tank,” you might remember this being pitched on the show last fall. (Note: ABC is also a parent company of Fusion.) Melissa Carbone came on behalf of Ten Thirty One Productions and talked about wanting to expand their work from only being seasonal Halloween events. She dreamed of an immersive camping experience for fans of silver-screen classics like “Friday the 13th” and “Lake Placid.” She got an investment from Mark Cuban, and they launched the camp in summer 2013.
Basically, it’s an overnight summer camp. There are lots of traditional camp activities: S’mores, skits, a scavenger hunt and lots of running from murderous creatures in the woods. Actors dressed up as everything from Bigfoot to festering ghouls to zombie hillbillies who terrorize you as you hunt for thematically appropriate items like severed (plastic) fingers, missing child posters and bags of vomit.
All campers receive a dossier prior to the camp that explains how to get away from various monsters: Bloody Mary needs to hear her name said backward three times, the chupacabra’s vision is based on movement, and the guy with a giant hook for a hand can be lulled to sleep with a song. The monsters are allowed to touch you, grab you and wait for you inside your tent.
There are only two things that guarantee your safety: Renting a tent in the “chicken zone,” and waiting for the sun to come up. The people who collect the most items from the scavenger hunt compete the next morning to become “Hellmaster,” which comes with a sash, perks for the next year, and some serious bragging rights.
VIDEO CREDIT: Hector Batista