We created this section to help you with new rooms. Feel free to alter the room to how you feel suitable. The room ideas and designs I have given are simple, easy to do, and will leave your guests shocked and disturbed if not running and screaming.
Chainsaw Chase + Trapped Victims
The first thing they will see is a huge wall made of 5-inch wide sheets of wood, nailed horizontally, with a 7-inch gap between them. This creates a fenced / caged in area.
You can have people behind these walls screaming and begging for help. They draw the attention of the guests over to them. Or you can just have fake arms and limbs hanging through this wall.
The room is lit with a dim blue strobe set on a low flicker, facing a bloody mangled corpse hanging on a blood-splattered wall. In a corner of the room, hang bloody clear sheets of plastic close to where the guests enter or near the exit.
As the guests have their attention set on the people in caged, they will never pay close attention to the bloody clear plastic. Behind the plastic, should be an actor with a chainsaw. The actor should burst out with the chainsaw running on full. This will chase the guests out of the haunted house.
Idea by Billy and Shawn
I already gave details about how to make the forest here. The forest is a good idea to have set up for a Crystal Lake scene to include Jason or some sort of creature. Make the forest a wide and long area with little light and little fog. Don’t over do the lighting and fog or it will be hard to enjoy. You can also set up a cemetery in this area. If you wish, you can have a chainsaw chase here in the darkness of the trees. Just be careful with the tree limbs.
In this room, the first thing seen is a table with a body stretch out and a doctor ripping away at the skin. The skin being ripped away is created by latex (or Cheap Fake Skin). Or you can have it set so he is ripping out the insides of the victim.
In the corner of the room, there will be a small boxed-in-area created by clear plastic. Behind the clear plastic will be a strobe on low flicker, and a person standing inside. The plastic should be pulled as tightly as possible, giving it a glass appearance. (You can use 2x4's to make this area if you need to. 6'4" tall and 3ft wide.)
As people pass through this room, they will see an image of a person clawing at the plastic and leaving a bloody trail while screaming in pain. You can have a bit of fog in this boxed-in -area to give it a feel of a homemade gas chamber. (Leave the back open so it vents out for the actor)
The person doing the operation on the living persons, should not stop to do any sort of talking of any matter. If you want him to interact with the guests, have him move from behind the table with a circular saw. (Without the blade) He can press the trigger on the circular saw making it turn on as he nears the guests.
The guide should NOT spend more than a few seconds in this room.
My Dearest Child
In this room, the guests enter to see a wall of tattered sheets and drawings covered in blood. The strobe light is dimmed with a blue tint set on a low flicker. The room should appear normal without anything major about it. On the floor near the bed, lies mutilated remains from humans. Near the corner of the room, sits a little girl on a blood soaked bed (or mattress or chair) Her face is hard to see in the darkness. Her clothing is dusty and dirty white. She sits with her back slightly turned to the guests while she brushes a dolls hair.
As they get closer to her, she turns around slowly only to stare at them with a blank expression. She can say something such as "It will only hurt when he finds you" or just let her stay quiet while watching them. (Sometimes silence is golden)
As they near the exit of this room, another actor can appear hidden in the corner in a crouching position. As they notice him, he can stand and start to make his way toward them with a weapon of choice.
If you have this, you can add air-cannons to the sides of the hallways to give a slight jump to the guests. Which ever you see more fitting. Air-cannons can be made from leaf blowers with someone throwing the switch. Always keep them hidden under the plastic so the guests can’t see them.
Butcher It Up (Chainsaw Chase)
The guests can hear the pounding of a hammer as they start behind him. Suddenly he will stop as the guests continue through. Then he will turn off the light and silence will strike. As the guests panic in the dark, wondering where the man went, what’s going to happen - a chainsaw will start against the clear plastic near the legs of the guests chasing them to the end of the clear plastic. The plastic should span at least 10ft from the entrance of this room into a long-run hallway where blood covers the walls, corpses hang mutilated, and body parts are scattered everywhere. (Just make sure they’re not scattered in the running path of the guests.)
The man with the chainsaw will be right out in the open with them now instead of behind plastic. The only lighting in this part will be on the floor created by a small strobe flashing on high as he chases them to the exit of the haunted house.
You can also buy a mask for this effect if you want it to appear that their face is horribly mangled and disfigured by the blast.
The best lighting effect for this scene would be to have a small strobe light above the man in the chair, flashing down on the blood-covered wall. This will give the effect that he's moving in slow motion.
Near the front of the room, there should be a hidden strobe either hanging near the ceiling, or hidden under a severed limb. As the group nears mid-center, they should see slight movement of a body bag as if something is pushing it. As they set their attention on this movement, most will become eager to move on and quickly start to panic.
Behind the body bag should be an actor with a large weapon that he can drag on the ground. A weapon such as a sledgehammer or axe (fake of course.) As he appears, he should move as if he is in great pain along with letting out loud groans of suffering and bloody screams. The group will set their focus onto this person as he nears them. Some will start to push the guide to move ahead and to exit quickly. Some may freeze on spot.
As the actor gets closer, he should be badly injured and covered in blood but having a demented smile on his face as he slowly moves the weapon to his side. By this time, the guide should be moving to the next room as the guests still stare in panic of him screaming while lifting the large weapon. Any other actions you may prefer he do is completely up to you.
With this room, there’s a bed sitting against the wall. A very dim light is the only light source in the room. With blood splashed walls and a few dead bodies, you can place an actor under the bed. The actors cheekbone’s should be shadowed to appear larger and giving a sunk appearance of his cheeks. His mouth and chest should be covered in blood and appearing to be fresh from the dead bodies in the room.
Very slightly visible, the guests are able to see only his head peeking out. Have the actor wait til the guests are in the center before making his move. If they don’t see him, have him scream in pain as he slowly starts to crawl out from under the bed, nearly dragging himself. This will bring a great startle to the group. Have him do a shrieking deep sound as he moves.
What Do You See?
As the guests get closer, they see large scratch marks on the actors face near his eyes. With a scream of pain, he starts to violently pull on the restraints and shake the chair from side to side as if trying to break free. Have him screaming things such as "Make it go away! Make them stop watching me!"
Place a bit of fake blood on some of the inkblots hanging on the wall to give it more of a horror feel. Even feel free to add an actor to this scene with bloody hand prints in the form on inkblots on his own face and body.
In an area of this room, a table should sit a few tools scattered about with fake human limbs dowsed in blood. On the walls, which you can use white sheets to cover and stain, should contain bloody hand prints and words "We’re watching you."
The room should have very dim lighting near the sheets. You can also place a hidden strobe in the room toward a group of mannequins facing the group as they enter. The strobe should be placed on slow to medium speed. I suggest using a red or blue filter for the strobe. This can give the effect of the mannequins moving.
As the group gets closer, a mannequin near a small pile of bloody sheets, should fall face first on the sheets (make sure its a soft spot the mannequin lands.) In the dark corner of this room behind a few mannequins, an actor should be wearing a mannequin-like-mask. The person playing this part has to remain perfectly still until the right moment to make their move with a large weapon of choice. They’ll never see it coming unless the person is in plain view or wearing bright colored clothing.
If you want more startling and scaring in this room, add another actor as a near-dead victim hidden in the corner behind a few mannequins. Let them get in the room and focused before he lets out his scream of pain.
Trapped in Chainsaw Hallway
The trick to this area is another exit hidden on the wall. It's not completely invisible, it's just low lit or a blacked out hallway they enter to get to safety. This hallway should be long enough for the groups to be rushed without getting crammed inside. The second person also enters through a hidden passage just inside the doorway as the group is focused on the person in the strobe light.
The Final Chase
They rushed them from behind screaming as the chainsaws surrounded the guests. This makes the guests all rush towards the exit as fast as possible in a panic. Be careful with this scene because if it's in a large enough open area, some of the guests will run in different directions. We even had some jump our fence to escape. The sounds of screams and loud noises in a dark forest-like area always causes panic especially if it's coming up right behind them from broken silence.
Hallway of Zombies
We used the zombie design from both Quarantine, 28 Days Later, and Dawn of The Dead (Remake). In other words, we used the fast moving, aggressive zombies. When they rush the fence, the light for the path lights up what it is attacking clearly for a good, rushed scare. Make sure the fence can push inwards toward the hallway for a good claustrophobic scare but leave plenty of room for the guests to get through without any problems.
You can also cut holes in the fence for the zombies to reach through. Make sure the holes you cut out are clear of any sharp parts to keep from getting anyone cut. You can also place electrical tape on the fence around the holes to ensure no one gets cut.
Silent Hill Nurses
This effect is great if you can get them on both sides of the group. The nurses continue towards them as some smack the ground or items around them with their weapons causing loud booms to show the weapons are real (the pipes).
Autopsy on The Living
As they enter, they hear medical sounds such as a heart monitor and whispers. The man will start to scream in pain and barely move his arms while trying to scream out for help. If you have an actor that can use contacts and you or they have them, they can wear white-out (blind) contacts for this scare. They will look directly at the guests begging for help as the doctor comes in with a real circular saw. The saw is missing its blade of course. This is the part we added to make the guests move. The circular saw starts, hitting the prop and causing water to mist the guests. This is why this room uses a red light.
You can have the man on the table to have something hidden that mists water onto them as the saw "cuts into him." Or if you have any ideas for a better rigging (such as a hidden spray bottle under the table used by the doctor), you can use that.
This effect can be made with a fake prop body that's laying on the table with the person sticking out only their arms, and head. You'll have to make a fake table for this so the prop will lay on the table with the guy's real body hidden beneath it. This is required if you wish to have the body fully visibly hollowed out. Otherwise, you can just have an actor with a ripped shirt and organs hanging above him with a few connected inside the cut shirt.
The scene with the hollowed body was spawned from a movie called Autopsy. You can see the trailer for this movie on Youtube.
A Room of Psychos
As the guests enter the room with them, they continue their play until they're near the middle. Once they get to the middle, the psychopaths all go silent, focus on the group, then begin to scream out in horror. The psychopaths can rush them while screaming violently or continue watching them. What they do is completely up to you. This is also a place for a chainsaw wielding psychopath if you prefer.
The actors in this room all have weapons except the ones whom are being eaten alive by bugs. If you wish, you can give the bug victims a fake blade to be "cutting away" at the bugs. The weapons can range from pipes, 2x4's, and even folding chairs. All of them are bloody and some can wear surgical masks or bandages around their heads. The ink blots are easily made with black paint and paper. Just splash black paint onto one side of the paper then fold it in half.