The Purge: Fear of the Night is not your average haunted-house experience.
For one, there are no ghosts or monsters or men in gore-tastic makeup jumping out at you. Second, and most notably, rather than being a spectator to scary events, you’re part of one. That was the goal from the start, according to Jason Blum, who was one of the producers on the 2013 film that inspired the live-action event, taking place now in Los Angeles. “We wanted to try something new and different,” says Blum, who is currently in pre-production on the fifth Paranormal Activity movie.
This is not the first year Blum has brought real-life scares to the area. Last year, he presented the inaugural Blumhouse of Horrors, which was received so positively, they returned for a second year.
In this new experience, which runs through Nov. 2, the audience is taken through what director Josh Randall calls “part haunted house, part immersive theater” that has its own spin-off storyline. “It takes elements from a traditional haunted-house setting and puts it within the world of The Purge, which is a very realistic world. This isn’t a world with vampires or monsters; it’s actually just real people doing some crazy, bad things,” says Randall, who is also co-founder of the Blackout Haunted House.
And if you haven’t seen The Purge , don’t fret. All involved emphasize that you can enjoy the experience even if you haven’t see the 2022-set thriller, which imagines a United States in which residents have an annual 12-hour period to commit consequence-free crimes. For a deeper look into the show, click below, and information on tickets is available here.