THE BLOODSHED BROTHERS
The Bloodshed Brothers have been staples of the Inland Empire haunted attraction community for years, having previously taken up residence in Lake Elsinore’s Storm Stadium for the Halloween season’s Field of Screams event. Now calling Perris home for the haunt season, the Temecula-based twin brothers have primarily served up traditional haunted walkthrough attractions, with enthusiastic scare actors but no extreme elements to speak of.
- Location varies each year: Temecula, Lake Elsinore, Perris
- Traditional walk-through haunted mazes
- No intentional touch from actors
- Strong themes and passionate actors
- Special Effects including strobe lights & fog
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For just a hint over a decade now, identical twins Zachary and Jeromy Ball have been making their nightmares a reality. Known collectively as the Bloodshed Brothers, the duo have made various parts of the Inland Empire their home. But while certain parts of the 951 have small pockets of haunts, like Ontario or Corona, the Brothers tend to stake their claim in underserved areas like Lake Elsinore or Perris.
In their infancy, from 2008 to 2010, the Bloodshed Brothers were home haunters, having created Hyde Street Massacre under their very own roof. The scale of the attraction was awe-inspiring, and comparisons to home haunt mainstays like Rotten Apple 907 or The Backwoods wouldn’t be unwarranted.
However, in 2011, the Bloodshed Brothers stepped up to the big leagues of haunting, so to speak, taking control of Lake Elsinore’s Field of Screams event in the concourse of the Lake Elisnore Storm’s Storm Stadium. For the next several years, the Bloodshed Brothers would create a variety of walkthrough mazes inside the minor league baseball stadium, providing a terrifying beacon for an area not quite as dense in haunts as Los Angeles, Orange County or other neighboring areas.
In 2018, the Bloodshed Brothers made their debut on the floor of Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows, impressing thousands with their Hyde Street Massacre mini-haunt. After receiving reviews as glowing as the pumpkins they hung from their ceiling, they would go on to return for the 2019 iteration, turning up the volume on their bite-sized horror experience. Where before, there were spooky jack-o-lanterns and general spooky Halloween cheer, there stood in its place a much more intense attraction, replete with blood, gore and body parts.
Live actors awaited their prey in nearly every room in this fictitious dwelling on Hyde Street, waiting for their unsuspecting victims. As eager (or perhaps anxious) hauntgoers entered a dimly lit living room, the trap would be sprung, drawing their attention to the impressive array of props used by the Bloodshed Brothers to flesh out their cannibal’s den.
After taking a break for 2018, for the 2019 Halloween season, the Bloodshed Brothers present two separate mazes as part of the Terror in Train Town event, taking place at Perris’s Southern California Railway Museum. Both mazes will be familiar to guests who have attended Field of Screams in the past, as Terror in Train Town plays host to both the fan-favorite Hyde Street Massacre, as well as The Darkness, which took up residence at Storm Stadium in years past.
Terror in Train Town may be comprised of pre-existing walkthrough attractions, but its residency at the Southern California Railway Museum is a brand new partnership, and if their miniature haunted houses at Midsummer Scream are any indication, then hungry haunters would do well to take a drive on the I-215 and experience what the Bloodshed Brothers are cooking up for the 2019 season. More information can be found on the Railway Museum’s website, at www.oerm.org.
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