LA CASA DE SATANAS
La Casa de Satanas, one of Chicago’s most extreme attractions, brings a gritty energy to the Midwestern haunt scene.
- Chicago & New York experiences
- Solo and group shows
- Must be 18 or older
- Full contact, nudity, restraint, sexual situations
- Very limited runs: only open a few nights per year
- Safe word provided
More on La Casa de Satanas
La Casa de Satanas has been around for several years, but you wouldn’t know it unless you’re in the know. The Chicagoland area has numerous walkthrough no-touch attractions, but extreme haunts in Illinois are confined to Miasma and La Casa de Satanas. The latter is the more underground of the two, though it deserves just as much attention as its rival.
They describe themselves as the following: “La Casa de Satanas is a highly interactive, performance art based haunted house. Performances are topical, current, visually and aurally stunning, and provocative. Expect to sign a waiver. Violence, nudity, sexual content, gore? Of course. Absolutely no one under the age of 18 will be permitted. Due to the intensely intimate nature of the performance tickets are extremely limited.”
In their 2018 October show, Sovereign, participants applied to join the Royal Sovereign Republic of Satanas, an anarchist “sovereign citizens” militia committed to violently resisting the government and taxation. Potential recruits were subjected to a barrage of endurance tests—involving restraint, sensory deprivation, sensory overload, and simulated kidnapping—to determine their resilience and commitment to the movement.
La Casa de Satanas has also produced one-or-two-night-only extreme Valentine’s Day shows, including a 2018 run in Brooklyn.
Themes—including Powerless and Bad Blood—change every year and sometimes only loosely structure the experiences. While they maintain a commitment to intense physicality and disorientation across its shows, they do not seem to pride themselves on making guests “safety” out. But don’t think that means you’ll make it through unscathed because this is a tough show that will push you in intense ways.
This is reinforced by a clear warning on their main page:
WARNING: NO TRIGGER WARNINGS, THIS IS NOT A “SAFE SPACE”, YOU MAY BE TOUCHED, BOUND, BLIND FOLDED OR HANDLED. YOU WILL GET SOME DIRT ON YOU. YOU MUST SIGN A WAIVER, THERE IS A SAFE WORD. PLEASE WEAR COMFORTABLE CLOTHING AND SHOES. YOU MUST FOLLOW ALL INSTRUCTIONS GIVEN TO YOU TO PARTICIPATE. IF YOU SHOW UP WASTED YOU WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN. THERE ARE NO REFUNDS IF YOU ARE EJECTED FOR UNRULY BEHAVIOR OR CALLING SAFETY.
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