Haunted houses are an awesome Halloween tradition. But the problem is, once youâ€™ve been to a few, they start to blend together. You know that mannequin is going to come to life, and you know thereâ€™s at least one more scare after you think the tour is over â€“ and thatâ€™s where youâ€™ll lose your cool in front of your date.
But BRAT Productions is taking the conventional structure of haunted houses and turning it on its severed head, adding elements from one of the coolest Halloween staples out there â€“ Edgar Allan Poe. The theater company is presenting â€œHaunted Poe,â€ a production that combines theater, literature, illusion and a downright terrifying stroll through a stroll through a 10,000 square foot South Philly warehouse.
The showâ€™s premise is that Edgar Allan Poeâ€™s remains are being brought to Philadelphia (their proper resting place) to commemorate the 200th anniversary of his death. But upon returning to the city where he wrote so many of his classic works, he is revived and leads guests through the retelling of 11 of his haunting stories, including â€œThe Tell-Tale Heart,â€ â€œThe Cask of Amontilladoâ€ and â€œThe Pit and the Pendulum.â€
The production runs from Oct. 1 to Nov. 1, and the players behind it couldnâ€™t be any more qualified. Philadelphiaâ€™s resident Poe expert, Edward Pettit, lent his Poe-expertise to the show and designed a bunch of kiosks on Poeâ€™s life and lasting legacy for attendees to check out after the haunted stroll. Plus, Brad Helm, a former designer and technical director for Eastern State Penitentiaryâ€™s â€œTerror Behind the Walls,â€ offered his mastery of the macabre to the production.
The show promises to be chillingly scary â€“ and it means business. BRAT says the production is meant for those 13 years and older. Thatâ€™s too bad for kids who might be able to stomach to terror, but it means itâ€™s going to be that much more terrifying and awesome for adult thrill seekers.