Long Beach Convention Center, Long Beach, CA
Last but not least, we take a look at Knott's Scary Farm's Midsummer Scream panel, which closed out the event on Sunday. Interestingly, similar to Saturday's headlining Halloween Horror Nights panel, the Knott's Scary Farm presentation was a little light on major surprises. Although there was an announcement on a new offering--four standalone Skeleton Key rooms that would no longer be integrated with any maze but instead offer their own interactive experience utilizing various forms of radio controlled and augmented reality technology--there were no maze announcements or the reveal of what is probably the worst kept secret about this year's Halloween Haunt (which I won't reveal either, but suffice to say that if you know someone working Knott's Scary Farm this year, you probably know the secret).
Instead, Jeff Tucker, Adam Hankinson, Jon Cooke, and Ian Barnette discussed the evolution of Scary Farm technology, from the old days where everything was pretty much on par with basic homemade quality products to today's use of sophisticated, movie studio level systems. Of particular humorous note was Adam's discussion on the fascinating (that's mostly sarcasm) world of audio--a highly important role of any maze or scare zone, no doubt, but not necessarily one that required twenty minutes of rambling (by his own words) and a dozen slides showing various audio media, playback screens, and other information. Although at least it was a highly entertaining segment--a testament to Adams's charismatic, self-depreciating humor and voice. On the other hand, an audio nerd like Jim (and probably some of our readers) probably would have been genuinely enraptured.
Jon Cooke followed by discussing how interactive mazes have come along, from primitive days of Dark Realm: Laser Rage to the laser tag of Alien Annihilation to the Infected series of the past few years. Jeff Tucker pitched in with his offerings on Trapped--interactivity on a participation scale. And Ian... poor Ian literally never got to say a thing during the entire presentation--a fact that a fan actually pointed out during the Q&A session, much to everyone's amusement.
Here are all the slides displayed during the Haunt presentation:
Architect. Photographer. Disney nerd. Haunt enthusiast. Travel bugged. Concert fiend. Asian.