Usually I cover a list of events and for Halloween, but this year, it’s all about CreepLA, the ultimate haunt. That’s because it’s the biggest psychological mind thriller that I’ve experienced since Blumhouse’s The Purge: Fear the Night. CreepLA’s brilliant Justin Fix and his team created one of the sexiest, most stylish and deranged haunts that has ever crept into Los Angeles.
This is no ordinary haunted house. In its sophomore year, CreepLA provides a different type of maze than Universal Horror Nights, Knott’s Scary Farm and my favorite of the large scale haunts, the Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor. CreepLA leads you through a fully immersive experience that takes everything to the next level and tows the line of physical and emotional boundaries. The set design and production value are unparalleled and the actors don’t just lunge and shriek at you—they tell a captivating story that haunts you for days.
From the moment you enter the “bar,” you’re greeted with creepy weirdness provided by a cast of eclectic, ghoulish “Guides.” You can take photos, sip drinks and mingle while you wait for the experience to begin. From there, you’re led into a room where you’re covered with vintage lace sheets and essentially stripped of your identity while your Guides chant and summon the dark spirits set to come next. Just as I slipped into a meditative trance, I was abruptly ripped away from my friends, blindfolded and thrust into the next part of my adventure.
Maybe they actors sensed that I’m a horror film writer and more difficult to scare, so they gave me a bigger push from the get go. Somehow they startled me into a space where I completely detached from my usually brave face—and that rarely happens. After I was released from a tiny closet I unknowingly got locked into, I was in a new mood—electric, on edge and titillated. I was ready for what was next but not 100 percent. What is so next level and incredible about the experience is that it’s almost like the Guides were provided with everyone’s personal dossier, complete with all neuroses and phobias. They tap into things known only by those closest to you; it’s as if they actually sense where you need to go next.
Guests are split up at certain times, as everyone’s journey is completely different. I went with a few of my favorite, fun girlfriends who are down for everything horror. One was previously my pole dancing instructor at an elite fitness studio back in the day—she was chosen to receive a crazy, homoerotic lap dance from two sexy-yet-horrific creatures. I have a propensity for all things beautiful and at times can be too superficial—I was thrust into a room with a psychotic entity obsessed with his own melting face and decaying beauty.
The experience is incredibly bonding—you’re ripped away from your friends, only to make new ones. You’ll literally grab onto people you don’t know, sharing their fear while they face their own macabre and terrifying path. By the end of the experience, we were a cohesive group, holding onto each other so no one got left behind.
As my friend Jackie said, “This was Silent Hill come to life, wonderfully creepy and full of dread. It was like living out a horror movie that taught me a lot about myself.” Amy, a former model, discovered things about herself too. At times, she felt “Creepier than the creeps,” and was disconcerted because she actually felt calm and considered taking a nap when she got locked into a small box.
If you’re looking for the most innovative and immersive experience in all of Southern California, do not miss CreepLA. The memories—if not the nightmares it inspires—will keep you entertained for days.
CreepLA is located at Imperial Art Studios, 2316 N. San Fernando Road, Los Angeles, 90065.
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