In Brief

The Steampunk Haunted House is a different spin on the usually gore-and-blood cliches that permeate most haunted houses and also gives visitors a unique view into historical and aestheticcuriosities from a long-gone time.

No one does Halloween like NYC. Though the parade usually steals the spotlight, this year stylish New Yorkers might want to add a haunted house or two to their weekend agenda- especially the Steam Punk themed house being put on by Third Rail Projects at the Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side. According to the website:

“This Halloween, enter an immersive world of churning gears, mechanical monstrosities, and steam-powered cyborgs as the Abrons Arts Center’s historic Playhouse and catacombs are transformed into New York’s first Steampunk Haunted House. The aesthetic of steampunk offers a fresh, romanticized spin on technology and fashion, creating an alternate, anachronistic Victorian-era that retains a pre-industrial elegance. The Steampunk Haunted House is like no other Halloween experience in the city, exploiting the more sinister aspects of the Playhouse’s early 20th-Century architecture to create a maze of science fictions. Clockwork spiders, legions of half-man/half-machine drones, and mechanized monsters and misfits manifest in eerie parlors, laboratories, and boiler rooms. Navigating dark, narrow hallways, corridors, and caverns, the audience is met with startling, stunning terrors around every turn.”

This event seems to be a nice spin on the usually gore-and-blood cliches that permeate most haunted houses and also gives visitors a unique view into historical and aesthetic curiosities from a long-gone time. Designing the project is Bessie Award winner Zach Morris, along with his team of fright installationists and visual effects purveyors (which extends to a mysterious “choreographed” performance).

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