Wednesday, January 12, 2011

SETTING THE MOOD

One of the most frightening things about approaching an outdoor haunt or walking through a haunted house is the background ambient music or creepy sounds effects being used. These sounds effects set the stage for themed rooms and outdoor haunts. The right music can send shivers up and down your spine even before you've set foot inside.

Try watching John Carpenter's Halloween movie without the sound, it's just not scary! Then listen to the music and background ambient sounds that were created for this movie and you'll know why it's one of the scariest horror movies created.

I'm always looking to improve my haunt every year, so this year I've decided to stop playing generic Halloween music and go for creepy sound effects instead.

Imagine yourself walking up to a cemetery theme outdoor haunt and you see an old rod iron fence with tomb stones behind it, a mausoleum, corpses coming out of the ground, fog rolling across the landscape, low lighting, and then you hear generic Halloween music being played in the background that you recognize from other haunts you've already visited.

Now take that music out of the same haunt and add the sound of wind howling in the background, crows screeching above in the trees, corpses moaning as they clime out of their graves, and a church bell ringing in the distance. This to me seems more realistic and creates a spookier ambiance.



Gore Galore Cd's I received in the mail this week.

The goal of every haunted attraction should be the suspension of disbelief by your patrons. Look no further, I've found some killer sound effects through Gore Galore.

Their Cd's or digital downloads from HauntAudio.com are designed to help you achieve this through your patron's auditory senses by making them believe what they are hearing is as real as it gets.

I've personally purchased many copies of their CD sound effects and never been disappointed; they are by far the best I've found in the haunt industry. Check out their web site, they also manufacture haunted house props, costumes and much more.

2 comments:

The Frog Queen said...

Completely agree with you. We removed our soundtrack a few years back. Every area of the display has its own sounds to match where you are standing. It was a lot of work, but definately worth it.

Looking forward to seeing what you create!

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