The following information is about Killers Haunted House (fall of 2012′s haunted house in the lower east side) that will be updated soon to represent this fall’s event KILLERS2.
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Two of the nation’s most creative forces within the Haunted House industry have announced plans for a major collaboration in New York City this fall. Timothy Haskell, Creator of NIGHTMARE, and Steve Kopelman, producer of THE NEST (named ABC News / Good Morning America’s “Scariest Place in America”) will present KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE - a horrifying, immersive haunted house experience about our obsession and fascination with serial killers both real and fictional. KILLERS will run September 28 through November 3, 2012 at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center, 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey on Manhattan’s Lower East Side.
Visitors navigating the tormenting labyrinth of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE will encounter various psychopaths, including Ted Bundy, Albert Fish and the Zodiac killer, among others – who are neither sexy or cool – but rather presented for what they are… scary as hell! Focusing on both the perpetrators and their victims, both historical and contemporary, KILLERS sets out to prove that the most haunting experiences are those that are real. There is nothing more frightening than the monsters that walk among us.
As an entree to the larger attraction of KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE, a one of its kind gallery exhibit featuring artwork, memorabilia and personal possessions belonging to the worlds most notorious serial killers will be on display.
Timothy Haskell (Creator and Co-Director) recently directed Sex You (I’m Gonna) by Nathan Phillips at the ACE Hotel and then in the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this past summer. Other credits include Off-Broadway’s Stitching (The Wild Project and The Elephant in Los Angeles), The Jaded Assassin (Ohio Theatre), Fatal Attraction: A Greek Tragedy starring Corey Feldman at the Classic Stage Company, Corporate Rock (Blue Heron Arts Center), the Paris Hilton spoof I Love Paris by Doug Fields also at the Blue Heron Arts Center as well as the Nightmare off-shoot The Experiment: A Nightmare Before Christmas which had an extended run last December. He also co-curated and produced the first ever Fight Festival at The Brick Theatre premiering Last Life that later transferred to the Ohio Theatre. He is perhaps best known for creating and directing the cult hit Road House: The Stage Play, which transferred from Off-Off Broadway to Off-Broadway at the Barrow Street Theatre. Mr. Haskell is also the creator and director of the annual Nightmare: New York’s Most Horrifying Haunted House which has run each fall for the past nine years. The most recent installation was Nightmare: Fairy Tales.
Steve Kopelman (Producer) has produced more haunted attractions in more cities than anyone else. His productions have been featured on all major networks, The Travel Channel, MTV, Food Network, DIY, CNN, MSN, AOL and Fox News. Past productions include The Nest Haunted House, selected by ABC News and Good Morning America as “The Scariest Place in America” and Alice Cooper’s Nightmare.
John Harlacher (Co-Director,) is an actor and director. Recent acting work includes the indie feature Love Simple, directed by Mark von Sternberg; Off-Broadway’s Dog Day Afternoon, adapted by Francisco Solorzano; and the revival of Israel Horovitz’s Rats. Both stage productions were produced by The Barefoot Theatre Company, of which he is a member. Directing work includes Cats Can See The Devil,written by Tom X. Chao; the Miami version of Nightmare: Ghost Stories, created by Timothy Haskell and the feature film Urchin, which he also wrote. Released theatrically and distributed worldwide, Urchin was banned in Malaysia as a “threat to culture.”
Paul Smithyman (Production Designer) A 15 year veteran of Off-Off, Off Broadway and Broadway. Works as a director, producer, scenic designer and production manager. Resident designer for NIGHTMARE for the past six years. Design credits include Ruin Those Pretty Hands by Carla Sarr, Roadhouse created by Tim Haskell, Illumination Rounds by Josh Liveright, 33 to Nothing by Grant James Varjas, Viva Patshiva by David Jenness, Alternative Methods by Patricia Davis and Last Life by Eric Sanders. Directing credits include Triggers by Gerald Cosgrove & Paul Smithyman, The Memory of Love’s Refrain by Brett C. Leonard, Lapis Blue Blood Redby Cathy Caplan, Illumination Rounds by Josh Liveright and Viva Patshiva by David Jenness. Was Co-Artistic Director of The Interart Development Series from 1994-2004 with over 30 productions produced. Has over 100 production credits at Lincoln Center Theater including South Pacific, Coast of Utopia and Contact.
Justin Haskell (Co-Art Director) has been involved in the art department for nightmare haunted house since its inception in 2003. During this reign of terror he graduated from Pratt Institute with a BFA, and has also worked in other theatre productions’ scenic art departments. Some credits include: Lincoln Center’s production of Warhorse, Shakespeare Theatre in the Park’s production of The Merchant of Venice, and Barrow Street Theatre’s production of Roadhouse: A Stage Play. He would like to thank the talented, amazing crew that he has worked alongside with over the last 10 years.
David Hinkle (Co-Art Director/ Production Manager) is a painter, writer and director. After three years working as a scenic painter for Seaside Music Theater, he moved to New York to attend art school. As recent graduate of Pratt Institute he has done set design, and set dressing for theater and film productions. He is a member of Hurt Prone Productions, which produces short experimental films.
Candice Thompson (Costume Design) is a Brooklyn-based artist, costume and dancewear designer. Her designs for theatre have been featured in venues such as HERE Arts Center, the Ohio Theatre, the Player’s Theatre, the 45th Street Theatre, the American Place Theatre, the Brick Theatre, the Crown Point Festival, the NY International Fringe Festival and the Williamstown Theatre Festival and her designs for dance have been seen at such varied companies and places as the New Chamber Ballet at City Center Studios; Laura Peterson Company; Philippa Kaye Company’s Humorphous; Milwaukee Ballet company, James Sewell Ballet, ad hoc Ballet, Owen Marks, SUNY Purchase, Harvard and the Rock School for Dance Education. Her leotard designs for LOLAstretch are worn by professional dancers and students in dance companies around the world, including the popular show So You Think You Can Dance?
Garin Marschall(Lighting Design) Mr. Marschall has designed lighting and/or scenery for numerous Off-Broadway and way-off Broadway productions. He has worked with Mr. Haskell and the Nightmare design team on houses dating back to 2007. He now works for an architectural lighting firm, ONELUXstudio.
David Roy (Sound)