A History of Blackout – 2009-2019 – A Video Interview with Josh Randall

Celebrating its ten-year anniversary, Blackout is responsible for the genesis of the immersive horror genre. Yet, the mystery and obfuscation surrounding the theater company has prevented a clear description of each experience, as well as a timeline of their events in one location. Today, for the first time ever, Haunting further pulls back the curtain, giving audiences a look at the influences, inspirations, and motivations behind Blackout’s immersive experiences. This is a History of Blackout. 


Below is the full hour-and-three-minute interview with Josh Randall, co-founder of Blackout. Whether you listen to this interview as a podcast, watch it in multiple sittings, or binge it while hanging onto every word, just listen to it any way you can. We recommend watching it because we’ve included pictures from some of the Blackout community, clips from previous Blackout videos, and more. So, grab a snack, and settle in for a clear picture of the evolution of Blackout from 2009 to 2019.

For easy navigation, skip to the following timestamps:

  • 00:00 A History of Blackout: 2009-2019
  • 02:37 2009: Midsummer Nightmare
  • 14:14 2010: A Continuing Nightmare
  • 21:17 2011: It’s Never Over
  • 25:25 2012: Transworld
  • 29:51 2012: Los Angeles
  • 34:22 2013: Elements
  • 39:35 2014: House
  • 43:14 2014: Home Visit
  • 46:24 2015/2016: Hell in the Armory
  • 51:43 2015/0ngoing: Twenty-one
  • 55:24 2016: RV
  • 58:21 2017/2018: Overlook Film Festival
  • 01:00:54 2019: BLACKOUT10NYC

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About The Author

Taylor Winters
Taylor has loved immersive theater since his first experience at ALONE in 2013. Since then, he has written, produced, & directed immersive theater, consulted for numerous immersive companies, acted in others, and attended even more. He has his PhD in Bioengineering, an MBA in Organization Leadership, and currently works at Medtronic fixing broken hearts.

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