The University has its fair share of haunted stories and paranormal cites, but from Oct. 30 – 31, the campus theatres saw a spike in zombies, killer clowns, and killers from iconic horror movies. Alpha Psi Omega and Footlights held “What’s Your Favorite Scary Movie?,” a live haunted house experience that altered the Speech building, Little Theatre, and Jones Auditorium into a tour fitting for the Halloween weekend.
Upon entering the Speech Building, guests are greeted by two ushers reminiscent of Jigsaw from the Saw franchise, who guide you everywhere from Leatherface’s torture chamber, to one of Freddy Kruger’s created nightmares. The two ushers were freshman, Victoria Wilson and junior Marketing Major, Bianca White Thomas.
“The haunted theatre is being put on by two separate organizations” Said Thomas. “One is a theatre honor fraternity and the other is a theatre organization.”
APO (Alpha Psi Omega) has been in charge of conjuring what is needed to create the haunted theatre since it was recharted in 2011, and Footlights has been a theatre associated club with members that contribute their time and talent to bringing these ghoulish characters to life.
“Its for Halloween and is also a fund raiser for us to raise money for props and to build better stage sets so we may have our own plays” Added Wilson.
Jesse Cadena, Junior Fashion major, Business Manager and head of the fundraising committee for APO and for Footlights, was the mastermind behind the haunted theatre’s layout and its central theme. The theme, being primarily based off of cult slasher films, made for a cinematic like walkthrough.
“There was a few ideas tossed around at first, there was a zombie theme and ultimately we decided that we should do a classic slasher.” Said Cadena. “It started out as a basic slasher with Jason, Leatherface, and some new movies like Sinister and Smiley.”
The organizations came to the conclusion that mixing some of the classic slashers along with modern horror films would make for an all around better atmosphere with characters that those who enter would recognize.
“I like the idea of using different slasher movies from different points of cinematic history,” Said Cadena. “We used modern monsters like Silent Hill nurses, and characters people would recognize, like Freddy Kruger.”
The haunted theatre had an awesome turnout of over a hundred victims enter the living campus nightmare during its time located at Homecoming week’s Fall Carnival and on Halloween weekend all thanks to the 25 students who participated.
Now, until next year, the halls of the Speech building and back stages of the theatres belong only to the ghosts who reside there year around.