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  1. Ivan Taptrip
    September 9, 2013

    Interesting. I don’t think I would do it. But, interesting. 😀

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 9, 2013

      Go for it! You should try Blackout once… it’s scary but you’ll feel proud you made it after 🙂

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  2. Charu
    September 14, 2013

    Never! I don’t do scary stuff! Disney movies only!

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 15, 2013

      This sure isn’t Disney! 😉

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  3. Traveling Ted
    September 15, 2013

    Sounds interesting, but I think I would pass on getting licked through a plastic bag. Good to know there is a Chicago one in case I get the itch.

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 15, 2013

      No plastic bag kissing in the cards for you, Ted? What if it was a lady? lol. Yeah, Blackout is a unique experience and definitely not for everyone.

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  4. Montgomery Gray
    September 15, 2013

    “Your experience will depend on the time of day”
    I hope that’s not true, I’d hate to think I’m paying $65 for a watered down experience because I bought 8:00 tickets. I live in PA and It’ll be about a 5 hour commute both ways, I would have gotten a later ticket but I didn’t feel like driving on strange roads at 3:00 am if I didn’t have to.

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 15, 2013

      Thanks for your comment! The point I was making is that the Blackout experience is not cookie cutter– it is based on interactions with performers. Therefore, no 2 performances/experiences are alike. I’m sure you will be fine whether you book a 7pm or 10pm session. I’ve spoken to attendees from earlier sessions and they had similarly creepy but not exactly the same experiences. Also, my husband also went at 10:30pm (same time as me) and his experience in the house was slightly different than mine. Hope you post a comment after you attend and let us know how it goes!

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  5. Mike
    September 17, 2013

    Leslie, this is awesome! I live in Reno and would love to time a trip to New York to be able go this. Yikes on $65! I have no problem paying that but I wonder how long the trek of horror takes? I’m in my late 40’s and love stuff like this. I thing a good, haunted house scare is as good for the sould as a great laugh! Thank you for the post! 🙂

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 17, 2013

      It is definitely a unique experience! I was in the house about 25 min; I think 20-30 min is typical. They really cram a lot of activity into that time period! If you do go, leave a comment after and let me know how it goes 🙂

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  6. Montgomery Gray
    September 21, 2013

    I went through Blackout last night and it was just stupid bad, it started out great but quickly became cheesy and stupid. I can’t say this will be everyone’s experience, but this was mine. I’m actually embarrassed that I spent $70 on this. Here’s why:

    (Spoilers!)

    !.) Everyone asking me “A or B” just through me completely out of the action and killed whatever tension was built up. And “A or B” doesn’t mean anything to the “victim”, there’s no point to it. If I was asked “are you going to do this or that” and actually knew what the options were, the decision making aspects would make sense. but all it did was making every room they asked me “A or B” seem super fake, and it happened in almost every room.

    2.) There were only 2 actors in my run, neither of which were at all threatening or scary. One smeared Vaseline all over my face and made me put a shoe on him in a VERY childlike fashion, not in any threatening way, it was just awkward and weird. The other was a woman who kept making me touch her, she would literally grab my hand and force it on her shoulder and then scream “don’t rape me”. Then she would force my hand on her waist and again scream “don’t rape me”, it was awkward and weird because she was in complete, obvious control and she would (honestly, badly) act like she wasn’t. If I walked into a room and she was tied up or something, and she screamed that and she wasn’t visibly in control, then it would be creepy and unsettling. All that was after she brought me into a small room, got on her hands and knees and begged me to sit on her, which I refused but was eventually forced to do it (to move the action along) while she awkwardly moaned. Every moment with her was awkward as hell. Everyone else in the action wore Blackout T-shirts, which broke my suspension of disbelief and really pounded into my head that I was in a haunted house attraction.

    3.) This is a minor thing, but it had absolutely nothing to do with elements. I would think the “elements” was a metaphor or something, but I read an interview with the main guy in charge of the attraction explaining that the elements were “earth, fire, water, and air”, only one of which I encountered (water in a rain section, which was the coolest part of the experience because it was almost impossible to see.)

    4.) I looked at my watch before and after my run, and whole thing only lasted 23 minutes, and from what I’ve read after going through Blackout, it lasted about 45mins in past years and cost less, it was also way more intense then what I went through. So I feel like I paid more for less and had a watered down experience.

    5.) Before I went in, they pounded into my head 2 main rules that are not to be broken, “don’t talk” and “don’t touch the actors, EVER”, but I was forced to break at least one of these rules in almost every room. Which made things confusing and slowed down the action because I wasn’t expecting to talk or touch anyone, so when I was prompted to do one of these by the actors or t-shirt wearing crew (don’t know what else to call them) I was slow to do so (especially the touching part, that’s why the actress above forced me to do it). It just made everything seem unorganized.

    6.)The only people on staff who were even remotely into it was the bearded man who screamed at me if I understood the rules and the two at the very beginning who grabbed me after I turned the first corner, threw me on the hard ground and tapped trash bags to my feet. Those two were really forceful and made things seem “real” and frightening, everyone else was who was supposed to be forceful was gentle in comparison and it made everyone else seem fake.

    7.) The “ending” really brought home how fake everything was. I was put in front of a kneeling woman and given a cheap airsoft gun and was told to shoot her in the face. At first I thought this was a decision making area, so I didn’t do anything. But after having two t-shirt wearing crew scream at me for 3 minutes to pull the trigger, I got really bored (I didn’t know it was the ending and wanted the action to move on) and pointed the the thing away from her and fired it. There was the expected “click” (it was empty? Gasp!) and then the two screamed at me “You were going to shoot her! You’re a monster!” when the barrel of the “gun” wasn’t even pointed in her direction. It was just stupid and fake. I was then gently thrown into another room which turned out to be the nearly empty lobby. Where I then awkwardly took off the trash bags tapped to my feet as the bored lobby staff looked on.

    (End of Spoilers!)

    This was my experience, I’m sure others who went through Blackout had a great time. But my actors were awful and ruined the experience for me.

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    • Leslie Koch
      September 22, 2013

      Thanks for sharing your experience! While I didn’t have the same experience (notably, I was not told not to talk or not to touch performers) but it’s helpful to hear your feedback.

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  7. John Martin
    September 24, 2013

    very very scary place..

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    • Leslie Koch
      October 20, 2013

      Definitely. I think the scariest part of Blackout is having the courage to go in and do it!

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  8. Gina
    October 6, 2013

    I’m going for the first time ever this Friday. I’m terrified and refuse to use the safety word! I have searched high and low for reviews and spoilers just to psychologically prepare as best I could but there is really nothing posted to really help prepare….

    I will bring a change of clothes! Have a cocktail prior to entering to calm the nerves a bit, and perhaps a pair of depends as I may need them!

    Thanks for a great review!

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    • Leslie Koch
      October 7, 2013

      Enjoy your first time at Blackout! That is always the scariest 🙂 Trust me, you’ll feel a sense of accomplishment when you finish. Please let us know how your experience goes!

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  9. Dev
    October 9, 2013

    I went through this haunt last year, and I have to agree with monty. As much as I wish this wasn’t the case I really wasn’t even close to as nervous inside as my first time through the year before.

    Last year I was almost manhandled in every room and was terrified about what the next room would contain. This year not so much. Again, agreeing with monty, I loved the first two and also the rain room. I ended up walking straight into the actor because I couldn’t see anything with my tiny glowstick while water was pouring all over me. But after the strobelight room it just really didn’t feel scary/real anymore..

    The guy that made it was there and asked me if I went through the year before and asked my fav part. He again talked to me once I was thrown out of the last room and asked which year I liked better..and I obviously told him last year.

    Im really not sure what the deal was.. apparently all the other years were terrifying. This year not so much.
    Meh… my .02$
    -Dev

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    • Leslie Koch
      October 10, 2013

      Thanks for sharing your experience Dev! I agree I felt last year’s haunt was “scarier”– but it was also my first time at Blackout so I’m sure that played a role. There were elements of the haunt this year that were amazing– the water and crawling for example– but I also have some critiques about the flow. I continue to be impressed by the Blackout performers, who have to stay totally committed to their roles 100% of the time and adapt their performance to each guest– often putting themselves in really vulnerable positions alone in a room with an unpredictable stranger. That’s something that no other NYC haunt can boast. If you think about the flip side, Blackout is probably the “scariest” haunt for the performers as well as the visitors.

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  10. Devin Troy
    October 9, 2013

    completely agree with you bud. I was tossed around in every room last year and was generally terrified about what the next room would contain. Not so much this year.

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  11. Tom D
    October 11, 2013

    This is a REALLY insightful comment that people seldom realize and generally never post! Your appreciation of these performers and this experience is outstanding and very encouraging for those who are on the fence about attending!

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  12. Complete Waste – Save Your $$
    October 15, 2013

    @ Montgomery Gray…I agree. This wasn’t the least bit scary.
    I feel like I talked and touched (both of which you aren’t allowed to do – per “Rules” ) each character and the walls which was very confusing and makes the experience weird. Many times I stared awkwardly at the actors as they tried to interact physically and vocally with me.

    FYI…Choosing A or B makes no difference to how everything plays out. I say this because I went there with 4 other guys who had the same experience.

    (spoiler)
    Initially you are told to sign a waiver by Girl 1 which is very difficult to read especially in the dark and fog from the fog machines. After handing over the waiver Girl1 directs each participant to a corner and tells you to stare at the wall and “count the dots”. Once your turn does come up to start you are told to walk down a dark hallway at which point a Man 1 grabs you and forces you to crawl and lay down looking into a 2 feet deep hole in the ground. I thought we’d have to go through that but nope…just look at it while Man1 tapes plastic bags to your feet. He then proceeds to force you up and shoves you against the wall. I’m not a homophobe but this part got really uncomfortable. I didn’t need to be patted on my crotch, be kissed on the cheek, sniffed vigorously, or what basically felt like getting my beard braided (I have a full beard) by this individual… After he is done coping a feel you are told to walk down a dark hallway.
    At one point you are told to put on a raincoat/poncho and told to walk straight. Here you encounter yet another dark hallway with dripping water from above and a puddle of water a few inches deep. I guess this is where the plastic bags are supposed to keep your shoes/socks/pants dry. But Man 1 failed to properly secure them so needless to say…I need to buy new sneakers because by the end of the whole haunted house they were disgusting and smelly. You walk towards Man 2 who, for a few minutes, just stares aimlessly into a void of what he has now realizes this entire Haunted House. He does eventually notice you and says “Choose A or B…choose wisely”. You go through more plywood constructed hallways. At one point you are given a glow stick to help you navigate in the dark…it’s basically useless. There is a section where a guy asks you if you understood the ‘Rules’ but maybe he failed to realize these ‘Rules’ say no talking to the actors. You will come to a section where 2 girls confront you and yet again ask you “A or B” – I stuck with B the whole way. One of the girls, Girl 3, then takes you and basically dry humps you for a few minutes then again takes you into another room where she takes your hand and stabs herself with a fake syringe and convulses. Again dry humps you and leads you to another room where you have a guy put a plastic bag over your head…pokes some holes in it so you can see and breathe. He gives you fake pistol and attempts to shoot Girl3 with it.
    Before you know it you are walking down another hallway and where do you end up? Right back in the main room where you filled out your waiver. Yup folks that’s it! All together the whole walk through was about 15-20 minutes. There was no scary music/sounds (whatever that is)…I don’t think the banging on the walls and having heavy metal-esk music they had really loud qualifies. At no point are you ever scared. At no point are you provided a “protective mask” or a “flashlight” as stated in the ‘Rules’. It was just extremely awkward and not the least bit frightening. Maybe the one in LA or Chicago are/will be different but NY one was atrocious!! Skip it if you are thinking of going. You will probably have a scarier time walking up the stairs in your house with the lights out.

    Thanks BHH for ruining what could have been a great experience and charging $65/ticket. They should pay you to walk through this disaster. Bit of a rant but that’s my $.02.

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