Nightmare: Fairy Tales -- New York's Most Horrifying Haunted House
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The last date listed for Nightmare: Fairy Tales was Saturday November 5, 2011 / Various Times.
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The New York Botanical Garden presents its annual Holiday Train Show. At this popular family event, model trains and trolleys travel through a quarter mile of fantastic landscape featuring twinkling lights and detailed scale models of more than 140 New York landmarks -- from the Empire State Building to Yankee Stadium -- composed of orange slices, cinnamon sticks, pine cones and more. The event also features a variety of other activities for children and families to enjoy. Please see the full event description for more information about seasonal activities and special events. Learn More
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Featured review from Deborah R. Clark
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My daughter and I arrived at the Clemente Soto Velez Center at around 7:00 p.m. prior to our appointment of 8:30 p.m. We waited outside on this long line. We did not enter the building until 8:30 p.m. just to get on another long line. After reaching the front of the line it was after 9:30 p.m. We were blindfolded and led into a hallway where the silliness started. This was a big joke. It wasn’t scary at all it was very much overrated. After going through the first part I was ready to leave but my granddaughter told me there was two parts to this event. I was never so humiliated in my life as we had to sit down and be questioned as to when was the first time you had your menstrual cycle and at what age did you have diarrhea. All of this we had to go through because they wanted you to wait to get your pictures at the end. We didn’t leave there until after 11:00 p.m. We did not get home until after 12:00 in the morning. All they kept saying is we are sorry. We were going to eat dinner after that but that never happen. I wouldn’t do this event again.
Quotes & Highlights
- “Clever, meticulously designed and slyly cast. It works on old anxieties, tweaked just enough to make something new. The most terrifying haunted houses mix the traditional with inventive showbiz intelligence.” —New York Times
- “Sick. Deliciously, awesomely sick!” --Time Out New York
- “A brilliantly conceived spookhouse” --The Village Voice
- Nightmare is AOL Cityguide's No. 1 rated haunted attraction in America.
- "This year the theme takes the once happy fairy tales and sickly converts them to horrific and gruesome variations." --TheNYNightLife.com
- "A fabulously interactive and varied journey, Nightmare forces visitors to don blindfolds, isolates members of groups for some quality alone time and utilizes seriously cool puppetry in addition to the physical performers." --Fangoria
In what is perhaps the most stylistic Nightmare to date, this year’s theme is Fairy Tales. Under the direction of Creator and Co-Director Timothy Haskell, Nightmare: Fairy Tales stages the original versions of well-known (and some lesser known) fairy tales at their most gruesome and horrific. Over the centuries many of these fables have evolved into sanitized entertainment for children, but they began as racy and violent tales intended to keep children from misbehaving.
Get lost in a dark forest and wander through the woods while becoming the characters and reliving the terrifying experiences extracted from over a dozen twisted stories handed down by The Brothers Grimm, Aesop, Hans Christian Andersen and more. Try and stay on the path as you go from cottage to cottage - each housing a familiar tale told in the way they were intended - to scare the wits out of you! Each cottage gets more and more intense until you reach the climactic conclusion. Then you have to find your way home. Be careful, though, there are hidden cottages to explore.
"The original purpose for virtually all fairy tales was to scare children straight, so they wouldn't do anything dangerous, bad or amoral," says co-director and creator Timothy Haskell. "We are going to teach those same lessons to our audiences! The narratives of the Fairy Tales chosen lend themselves to Nightmare's unique theatricality, while giving opportunities for fantastical scenarios and set pieces."
Another component to this year’s Nightmare will be a sensory assaulting 5-D theater experience called The Experiment created and directed by John Harlacher and Timothy Haskell. Unlike year’s past where the second event was a much smaller prelude to the main event, The Experiment is actually Full-on, every bit as satisfying and experiential as the haunted house. Experienced from your chair in a small lab, you are a subject in a case study for research on the threshold of fear.