Psycho Clan, producers of NIGHTMARE, New York's most horrifying haunted house and the resounding critical and popular success of its most recent incarnation KILLERS: A NIGHTMARE HAUNTED HOUSE have announced that they will bring back the sensory assaulting theatre experience THE EXPERIMENT to the Lower East Side of Manhattan for a second year. A special holiday version of NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT will run December 7 through December 23, 2012 at Los Kabayitos Laboratorio at the Clemente Soto Velez Cultural Center (CSV), 107 Suffolk Street between Rivington and Delancey.
Studies have shown that the anxiety of the holiday season, coupled with seasonal depression, heightens the neurotransmitters associated with feelings of fear. The Psycho Clan plans on exploiting those levels of fear for an adrenaline rushing 50 minutes of twisted holiday pleasure, with NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT. This year has been expanded with all new experiments while taking old ones to a more intense level in this terrifying (and entertaining) examination into the limits of fear.
THE EXPERIMENT takes place in a small lab putting the audience through 10 intense experiments testing a broad range of common fears that people experience. The audience plays the subject in this case study for research on the threshold of fear. Will YOUR limits be hit?
"Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time. For too many, it just isn't. If you don't always feel joy during the holidays, a good scare will trigger those senses," says Co-Director Timothy Haskell. "The same endorphins that are released during moments of joy and pleasure are the same ones coursing through your nervous system during times of great fright. So let fear ignite your holiday spirit!"
John Harlacher, Co-Director adds that "in creating NIGHTMARE each year, we often come up with incredibly twisted scare ideas that are too complicated to inflict onto a very large number of people within the spaces we occupy. This time, we're able to do it."
NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT has been created by the Psycho Clan members: Timothy Haskell, John Harlacher, Paul Smithyman and David Hinkle.
Performances are on December 7,8,9,14,15,16,18,19,20,21,22 and 23 all at 7 and 9 pm, as well as Family Friendly performances on December 22nd, and 23rd at 3 pm.
Tickets for NIGHTMARE (BEFORE CHRISTMAS): THE EXPERIMENT are $30 for regular performances, and $15 for the family friendly performances on December 22nd and 23rd at 3 pm and are available at www.hauntedhousenyc.com, or by calling 212.352.3101 or at the box office 1-hour prior to each performance.