Finally a haunted house worth going to, I got tired of the basic fake blood, fake characters, the phoniness of Halloween and it’s festivities are what cause me to turn my nose up, but this haunted house is packed with all of the most famous killers of all time. Hit the jump for more.
A Manhattan haunted house based on the real-life crimes of famous serial killers is already drawing gasps of horror — from victims’ advocates.
Scare impresario Timothy Haskell said he didn’t think it was “insensitive” to include modern homicidal maniacs like Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy and Ted Bundy in his spectacle.
But the mother of one of Dahmer’s victims burst into tears when she heard about the theme of “Killers: A Nightmare Haunted House,” which costs $30 to $60 for a 25-minute tour.
“I don’t now why someone would do something like that,” said Dorothy Straughter, whose 19-year-old son Curtis was butchered by the Milwaukee cannibal.
Dan Levey, executive director of Parents of Murdered Children, was disturbed that the gruesome fright-fest draws on true crimes and that an associated gallery displays artifacts like Dahmer’s autopsy photos and one of Gacy’s creepy clown paintings.
“To me, it appears to be another way to glorify murder,” Levey said Thursday. “It’s insensitive to victims and survivors of these horrendous crimes. “They have a hard enough time surviving without making celebrities out of victims.”
Haskell, 38, who stages a different type of haunted house each Halloween on the Lower East Side, said his goal isn’t to glamorize the killers.
“I don’t think they’re sexy cool and fun,” he said.
“But there’s nothing scarier than reality, and nothing scarier than the real monsters who walk among us.”