through a pitch-black maze and could smell the gas of the chainsaw roaring
behind me. A polar bear was spitting blood on the wall, a girl was hanging
from a shower rod and the television was all static, on channel 13.
There was a seven foot goat stalking me. This was not an acid trip at
Marilyn Manson's house. This was 21,000 square feet of barely controlled
mayhem at the Galleria Mall.
running through a gothic and bloody dream, the House of Horrors sprung
from the imagination of Tim Bunch. An ex roadie for the Misfits and
acquaintance to other shock-rock/punk prop and gore bands like Gwar
and Marilyn Manson, Tim supervises his creation with a pair of night
many years have you been doing this?
3, this is our second year at the mall.
How many people have crapped their pants?
2 [this year]. One person ran to the bathroom and didn't quite make
it. It was gross, everywhere.
impressed with the local offerings of haunted houses, Tim decided to
realize his horrific vision in the most banal of settings, a shopping
mall. Despite the fact that the current House of Horror already takes
a half hour to get through Tim has considered moving to a bigger space,
"I have two semi trailors full of stuff I'm not even using."
do you get your ideas from? Did you fall in a well when you were a kid,
and I wasn't dropped on my head
. I guess you can blame
it on my dad.
his father beat him in an abandoned barn? Was he chained in a basement,
forced to watch unspeakable acts by local Kiwanis members? No. "My
mother wouldn't let me watch horror movies, but my dad would. She'd
come in and I'd turn my head to the wall. 'He's not watching anything.'"
explains all the references to horror film in the House of Horrors,
including scenes from Poltergeist and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
And of course there are the teenagers, dressed in black, who can hear
and see you coming, while they hide in corners, with masks on.
that gnome freaked me out," said Karen, who I went through with
and made a decent human shield. "He pointed us the wrong way (toward
another masked volunteer)." Tim laughed "Yeah, if you can't
trust the gnomes in a haunted house who can you trust?" Good question.
it's not all voyeuristic giggling, for Tim. Running a haunted maze this
size does present logistical problems. " We lose shoes every night.
People go all the way through without their shoes, then ask for them
back at the end
. One girl freaked out, when she lost her big gold
hoop earring that said 'Sharleese' on it."
earring was found.]
are you doing Halloween?
Hopefully not getting out of here too late, get a costume on and go
out... Last year a friend of mine brought a (chainless) chainsaw down
to Chippewa and started chasing people down the middle of the street.
People were falling in the road. The cops came with their lights on.
They were like, 'Somebody's down here with a chainsaw chopping people
Chudd, drummer for the Misfits will be signing CDs at the House of Horrors
Oct. 29th, check www.houseofhorrorsbuffalo.com for details.