HAUNTERS: The Art Of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people’s nightmares into reality, and how far is too far? Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial full-contact haunt of all time… in his own backyard. Also featuring John Murdy (Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights), Jon Braver (Delusion), Josh Randall (Blackout), Eric Lowther (Haunted Overload), Bruce Stanton (Reign of Terror), Sylvia & Jen Soska (AMERICAN MARY & GSN’s HELLEVATOR), Jessica Cameron (TRUTH OR DARE) and many more talented artists.
This documentary takes you behind-the-screams with the people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween – from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences. What started as a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign (backed by Neil Patrick Harris) became a 4-year journey for director Jon Schnitzer to bring audiences deeper into the Halloween subculture than ever before with unprecedented access. HAUNTERS: The Art of the Scare also uncovers how Halloween, haunts, and horror have always thrived during times of chaos, political uncertainty, and war because people use horror and haunts as a form of therapy or “scare-apy” to confront their worst fears. But how far is too far?
Director Jon Schnitzer will be joining us for a post-screening Q&A following the Canadian Premiere of HAUNTERS!
“Jon Schnitzer is one hell of documentarian and he has struck gold with Haunters. You will not be able to look away. A crazy good film… 9 out of 10!” (Film Threat)
“Shockingly entertaining!” (Dread Central)
“HAUNTERS is a highly entertaining documentary that contains more heart than you would expect.” (Bloody Disgusting)
Friday, October 20
Doors 5:45 pm | Movie 6:15 pm *SHARP! Please arrive on time.
Advance tickets $10 HERE | $12 at the door
*Must be 19+ w/ID for entry and bar service.
**Groupons and passes OK! Please redeem at the door.
HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE (Jon Schnitzer, 2017 / 88 mins) HAUNTERS is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween – from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences.