Massacre Manor, 2012
Massacre Manor is Halloween attraction themed as a Southern Antebellum plantation which was placed under a Voodoo curse by one of the owner’s mistreated and vengeful servants.
The maze was built in 2012 for California’s Great America’s Halloween Haunt. I was given the task of creating a new maze for the 2012 season which had a theme that would stand out among the rest of Great America's unique Halloween attractions. I developed this project from earliest conception, through production and on to final construction and operation. My role was to develop a theme and story for the new maze, establish the look and feel of the attraction, determine which props, special effects and animatronics would be required and handle the logistics of construction, including the layout of the maze within the confines of an empty warehouse.
Something I really strove for in this attraction was to eliminate gore and dead people. Great America already had a number of haunted attractions that focused on blood and guts but none that incorporated magic as a potential threat. Therefore, Massacre Manor is inhabited by two distinct types of people - the original inhabitants of the mansion, those who were placed under the Voodoo curse, and the practitioners of Voodoo who threaten to place all unwelcome visitors under the curse. In Massacre Manor the presence of Voodoo magic is represented by the use of black lights and authentic Voodoo runes painted with florescent paint. The maze uses a combination of practical lighting, theatrical lighting and black lights to create an eerie mood.