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    Scare camera earns Niagara Falls haunted house worldwide recognition

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    From 680 News:

    Laughing at others scared out of their wits is translating into big business and worldwide recognition for a Niagara Falls haunted house.

    Millions have clicked on the photos posted by Nightmares Fear Factory and their infamous scare camera — soldiers gripping each other in panic, a husband pushing his terrified wife in front of him for protection, mouths agape and eyes popping out.

    Owner Frank LaPenna couldn’t be happier at others’ terror.

    “I really wanted them to be shared,” he said of the photos. “I really wanted people to take them home and show their friends and that’s how it took off from there.”

    Tourism operator credits casino patrol unit

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    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    An incident that occurred during the long weekend at an attraction on Clifton Hill is just another example of how important the Niagara Regional Police’s casino patrol unit is to the Niagara Falls tourism core, says Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland.

    Burland, whose family has owned property on the north side of Clifton Hill for about 90 years, said fire alarms at his haunted house attraction went off around 1:40 a.m. Saturday.

    Burland said he has hundreds of security cameras throughout his properties and footage showed one male in a group of young men grabbed a fire extinguisher in the middle of the haunted house and shot it off.

    Mirror maze attraction coming to Clifton Hill

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    Note: The Review is a little slow on this one. I posted about this back at the beginning of June. Of course, they were able to get more details than I posted.

    From the Niagara Falls Review:

    Construction has begun on a $3-million circus-themed mirror and laser-maze attraction on Clifton Hill.

    It will replace the former Brick City, which was a giant mini city of Legos.

    That attraction was demolished last fall after a fire in the attic of the Haunted House next door in August 2014 caused water and smoke damage.

    “It was a gift store that was built in 1960, and then it had a Cinema 180 movie theatre on top of it, which then became Brick City,” said Niagara Clifton Group president Charlie Burland…

    He said construction on the 2,500-square-foot Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze attraction began right after Labour Day, and the aim is to open between April and June.

    He said the Big Top Amazing Mirror and Laser Maze will cost around $3 million.

    New attraction coming to Clifton Hill in place of Brick City

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    A couple of days ago I noticed some new banners/signs along the fencing where Brick City used to be. You may recall that there was a fire almost two years ago in the Haunted House attraction (see here, here or here) and Brick City ended up with a lot of water damage. The ended up tearing the place down and it has been empty for a year or so. Now it appears they are finally going to move ahead with a new development… The Big Top Amazing Mirror & Laser Maze.

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    My travel guilty pleasure? Niagara Falls!

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    From the Globe and Mail:

    Niagara Falls, Ont., is tacky, brash and vulgar, as subtle as a punch in the nose, as un-Canadian as a drunken brawl at a PTA meeting. This is precisely why it is so magnificent.

    It is a town full of casinos, cut-price cocktails, slightly mildewed carpets, haunted houses and dubious waxworks. There is nothing organic, artisanal or locavore in its streets. I have never seen a ukulele, though I have visited many times, and I once spent an afternoon searching in vain for hummus. It is bursting at the seams with gluten. It must never change.

    Hilarious photos capture terrified faces at the exact moment visitors are scared witless at Nightmares Fear Factory

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    From the UK Daily Mail (including pictures):

    There’s something perversely hilarious about watching others have the pants scared off them, which is precisely what happens in the Nightmares Fear Factory.

    The haunted house in Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada, uses actors, noises and spooky lighting – though it’s almost always pitch black – in the experience that takes between 10 and 15 minutes.

    While it’s more subtle in its approach to inducing fear, with more of a what you don’t know could hurt you-style thriller scare than blood and gore, the reactions are still priceless.

    Is Screamers closed?

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    It is possible that it has been like this for a while and I just missed it, but the other day I noticed that the signs on the front of Screamers House of Horrors are gone. For those who don’t know, Screamers is/was a haunted house attraction on Victoria Avenue. I don’t know if they are going to be undergoing some renovations, or if they are now closed. Their website is still operational.

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    How These Photos Of ‘Scared Bros At A Haunted House’ Became The Biggest Viral Campaign Of The Season

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    You may have seen a few posts this week from Graham and myself about the photos showing up on the internet for Nightmares Fear Factory. Business Insider has an article about this.

    It’s no wonder that the awe-inspiring photos of “Scared Bros at a Haunted House” went insanely viral first in 2011 and then again in 2012.  Did it grab your attention? It sure did mine.

    World tunes in to Fear Factory faces

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    From the Welland Tribune:

    When Frank LaPenna received a text message saying the website for his business was seeing some unusually high numbers, he didn’t think too much of it. One of his employees wanted to let him know that the Nightmares Fear Factory website, which was typically getting 600 hits per day, had received 750 by mid-morning.

    By the time LaPenna got into the office of the Victoria Ave. haunted house 15 minutes later, however, that number had skyrocketed. “We said, ‘I think something is going on here.’ And then the analytics just went crazy,” he said.

    What LaPenna didn’t know at the time was that he and his director of sales and marketing, Vee Popat, had just hit the social media lottery.

    I saw these sorts of articles from many sites around the world. Here is one from the UK:

    • UK Daily Mail – The moment haunted house visitors encounter the scariest sight of all… their own faces (caught on hidden cameras)

    I also saw links from other places including Texas and Arizona.

    It even made it on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno!

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