The Great Horror Campout Provides A First-Hand Slasher Movie Experience

By Eric Eisenberg 2013-03-21 23:55:57discussion comments
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There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush you get from watching a scary movie, but I living through a slasher movie naturally sounds like an awful experience. Sure, you get the same kind of thrill that the cinematic experience provides, but getting hacked to death with a chainsaw and having a psycho play with your organs isn't exactly fun. But what if you could have all the thrills of a scary movie minus all of the actual dying thing? Well, that's exactly what the Great Horror Campout hopes to provide.

Blastr has discovered the existence of the cool event, which is being hosted in Los Angeles this June and presented by the creators of the city's famous Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. For $149, campers will get the chance to participate in a 12-hour "immersive horror experience" in the 32-acre Los Angeles State Historic Park, and take part in what's called a Hell Hunt: a scavenger hunt in the woods that will send participants racing from prizes while avoiding "elimination." But as the event's official site notes, it's not as straight forward as you may think.
First Rule: We can change the rules. When we want, for any reason we want and without any notice. You’ll need to be listening for the camp announcements for the rule changes if you have any hope of escaping elimination. The interactive “Hell Hunt” experience will give campers whom wish for a more extreme experience a run for their money as they come face to face (and closer) with their worst nightmares in order to retrieve the items for which they are hunting. The Hell Hunt will be an extremely high-octane hunt for items that will send campers bathing in the blood of a “Pope Lick,” partaking in a sacrificial voodoo ritual, digging through road kill amongst “Beasts of Bray” and more. Campers will have to use creative thinking and problem solving to find the most coveted items. Those “Hell Hunters” who complete the task will go home with a Golden Ticket to LA’s Most Popular Halloween Attraction, Los Angeles Haunted Hayride. The bearer of a Golden Ticket allows unlimited rides at LA Haunted Hayride 2013.

But if you're not in the mood for being truly terrified, be warned that the organizers of the event take it very seriously, and including a disclaimer on their site that reads,
During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors. You may witness strong verbal content, which may be considered offensive in nature. This content is part of the experience and is presented for entertainment purposes only.

The premise actually reminds me a lot of an episode of the USA series Psych where the two main characters, played by James Roday and Dule Hull, are tricked into participating in a similar event, but think it's real. Of course, that episode takes a horrific twist when it turns out that there is a real murderer on the loose killing people, but hopefully the Great Horror Campout will leave that part out.
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