Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows 2019 Excites us for the Haunt Season – Recap

Below are short, bite-sized reviews of the eleven haunts from Midsummer Scream’s Hall of Shadows 2019. Read and watch our walk-through videos – and then add these haunts to your Halloween Season calendar!  Thank you to Melissa Howland and Taylor Winters for helping with this article, Kevin Hsu for filming the walk-throughs, and Jon Kobryn […]

Cross Roads Escape Games at Midsummer Scream 2019 – A Pair of Interactive Experiences – Video

Thank you to Erik Blair for helping with this article, Kevin Hsu for filming the experience, and Jon Kobryn for editing the video! Read on to learn more about Cross Roads Escape Games’ The Box and The Séance at Midsummer Scream 2019.    Cross Roads Escape Games in Anaheim, California, is home to one of […]

Blackout’s Josh Randall Teaches Us About Physical Touch In Immersive Theater

At Midsummer Scream, Josh Randall, co-creator of Blackout, sat down to teach his first ever class on the use of touch in extreme haunts. Below are key points from that class, lessons from Blackout’s past, and a description of the basic tenets of safety they use. While this is not applicable to all experiences and […]

Midsummer Scream 2018: Stash House Sends Us Undercover to Give Up the Ghost

It’s a hot, sticky day down at Midsummer Scream 2018 in Long Beach, and Ray Jones needs our help. We’d met briefly before, when I helped him with some…well…contraband disposal over in Koreatown, but now he’s in a bind.  Through a mutual contact, he tells us he’s trying to make a deal with someone known […]

Midsummer Scream 2018 – Hollywood Goes Immersive Panel

Below is the full recording of the "Hollywood Goes Immersive" panel at Midsummer Scream 2018. Huge thanks to Kevin Hsu for filming this excellent video and Jon Kobryn for his editing skills!  With more and more Hollywood studios creating expansive and detailed immersive activations as a means of marketing and promotion, some of the best creators sit [...]

Midsummer Scream 2018: Shine On Collective Delves into Memory with “Echoes in the Dark”

In a dark corner of a loud, smoky room at this year’s Midsummer Scream Convention, Shine On Collective has hidden a secret.  In a small space, half the size of a bedroom, words and images scrawled across the walls—amongst the nonsensical letters and numbers, the word “alone” stands out.  A man’s troubled memories are shouted [...]

Midsummer Scream 2018 – Immersive Horror: New Trends Outside the Box Panel

Below is the full recording of the "Immersive Horror: New Trends Outside the Box" panel at Midsummer Scream 2018. Huge thanks to Kevin Hsu for filming this excellent video and Jon Kobryn for his editing skills!  As a form of entertainment still in its beginning stages, the trends in immersive horror are constantly evolving. In this panel [...]

Midsummer Scream 2018: Bamfer Productions’ “The Meet-Up” Features Real (Funny) Monsters

Within the crowded halls lined with ensanguined props and demonic masks, a more friendly, more nostalgic, and more sarcastic monster invited guests to a corner of the convention. With a hand full of paper, he invited guests to sit down, to listen, and to reminisce. You may remember him; he lived under your bed. His […]

Midsummer Scream Offers an Opportunity to Escape

Along with traditional haunts and immersive entertainment (Prologue, Shine On, Captivated, and others), Midsummer Scream provides an outlet for escape room companies to advertise with 10-minute mini-games. Below are short reviews of the two escape rooms at this year’s Midsummer Scream. Thank you to Cristen Brinkerhoff for her contribution to this article.   The Asylum – […]

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