|Sue Nichols, center, as a gypsy woman, Juliet Duncan, right as a dead woman, and Dave Cutler wearing a voodoo mask, behind. Halloween, 1986.|
"We did those Haunted Houses for ...what...3-4 years...? (Yah, I was around after graduation to see the tradition carried on.) Best room ever was the year we ended the maze with Jim Reardon in a small dark room with a baseball bat and bullhorn. People would rise up out of the maze into a seemingly safe room. Jim would blow the rrrrrreally loud horn as Rich Moore flashed a light on him and opened the door. The scared people fell out into the hall ... right into the middle of the line of people waiting to go in. Screaming people falling over themselves to rush out of the haunted house put the waiting virgins into a state of panic! They were in the right state of freak before they even entered the maze. Anything we did would make them scream after that. Awesome idea! And of course the screaming people had to save face and never admitted that they jumped at the sound of a horn. They made the house sound scarier than it was to the line of waiting guests. Egos make great PR.
mannequin or prop. Was it a chimp in a costume?
"What the hell is that?" Dan and I said in unison.
Then the thing began to run toward us! "Oh shit!" Dan shouted, putting it in reverse. He slammed into me, and I slammed into someone behind me and we were all freaked out for a second until someone shouted "It's Broose! It's Broose!"
Broose Johnson was a student with prosthetic legs. He had simply removed them and was walking on his hands in costume. It was very effective. He ran right up to Dan's face, paused, then casually walked back around the corner, leaving us in a dark tunnel that now smelled like farts.
Sue recalled Broose's antics:
Brenda Chapman played the Bride of Frankenstein with Alan Smart as the mad doctor. She recalled the tunnel:
Sue Nichols elaborated: