Southern California haunted attractions company, Sinister Pointe, is hosting a big warehouse sale on April 22 and April 23 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM at their location in Brea, CA. The warehouse sale will be an opportunity for the company to clean house and make way for bigger and better things coming down the pipe. At the sale, you will find video projectors, masks, costumes, speakers, lighting equipment, smoke machines, and a whole lot more.
For those of you still needing your Halloween fix, take note that Sinister Pointe’s Fear the Mark is running November 4, 5, 11 and 12 in Fullerton. The Sinister Pointe haunted attractions is open from 7 PM to midnight and tickets run from $24 dollars each.
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This year’s Sinister Pointe haunted attraction is titled “Fear the Mark” and, in the narrative, takes place right after their very entertaining, pre-season “Seance” haunted experience. Apparently, the resident medium opened a portal into four hell dimensions and it’s up to you to find your way through to safety. Depending on which demon you get “assigned” in a small Tarot card reading moment, you will get access to special “key rooms” just for that demon throughout the haunted attraction. This means that you have four possible configurations of the attraction to experience. This is a great concept, and when I first heard about it back at Midsummer Scream I was excited because of its ingenuity.
We got the chance to go through each of the demon experiences during our visit to Sinister Pointe. Our favorite of the four configurations was the demon “Rebus” – so if your medium pulls that Tarot card for you, expect fun things. Each of the demon paths offer something different in their special key rooms, some requiring guests to crawl, move through tight spaces, sometimes a combination of the two – and more. In typical Sinister Pointe fashion, they manage to pull a couple cool tricks out of their bag that I had not seen before in other haunted attractions.
Unfortunately, a few big problems plague the 2016 Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction. The first of these is a strange disparity of of high and low production value when it comes to rooms inside the maze. Some look absolutely great – in fact, the first real room you enter has a creepy medium hand you a Tarot-style card with one of the four demons featured on it. This room has amazing decoration and design and was a high mark to set when just entering the experience. However, some rooms look really bad – mostly when considering the level of work Sinister Pointe is capable of (and has delivered) in past experiences. The best of the worst example for this is a central room that resembles a sort of skate park with a wedge/ramp in the middle that a monster can slide across. The walls of this black light lit room feature haphazardly spray-painted neon outlines of doors, not making a whole lot of sense. I don’t know if they just ran out of time or money or whatever – but this disparity of quality definitely shows. Finally, it didn’t feel as though there were many monsters in the maze – I would like to see more in there to scare guests. To their credit, the monsters that were inside the maze were doing their very best and delivering good creep-factor and jump scares where able, so big kudos to them as those monsters are going to make or break Sinister Pointe’s attraction this year.
A ticket for one time through the Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction can be purchased for about $24 dollars. An “all-night”, pass which allows trips throughout every demon key room configuration, can be purchased for about $34 dollars. When we break down the cost of the all night ticket, it comes out to about $8 per demon – a really nice value considering the cost of one demon ticket is $24 dollars. Also, please note that tickets are sold in the front side of the shopping center that Sinister Pointe is located in while the actual entrance to the haunted attraction is located around the back of the center.
Overall, Sinister Pointe’s 2016 haunted attraction is an entertaining time so long as you pick up up the ticket allowing you access to all four demon paths in the maze. It’s a bit more expensive than the one-time through ticket, but well worth it as you will see all the special key rooms they have to offer.
Sinister Pointe 1851 W. Orangethorpe Ave. Fullerton, California
October 6, 2016 – Completely new for 2016, Sinister Pointe is fully immersive, interactive maze offering a “choose your own adventure” style walkthrough. The large-scale single maze breaks off at various points leading guests through one of four different experiences, where they will be branded with that dimension’s mark of the damned.
Sinister Pointe has opened a portal between our world and the next. Upon multiple experimentations we have discovered four separate dimensions within this dark and vast oblivion. Enter this world cautiously for the BRANDER lurks beyond the walls. If you are caught in his grasp, you WILL BE MARKED. Once marked, there is no escape! Your path through this dark and decrepit world has been chosen for you. Stray from your chosen path and you will be banished from the world we know for eternity.
Sinister Pointe Haunted Attraction contains interactive elements that may include contact with Ouija Boards, Tarot Cards, Crawling, Total Darkness, Tight Spaces & Possible Moments of Being ALONE!
Dates and Times:
Sinister Pointe will be open on the following dates in October and November. Hours are 7:00 pm to 12:00 am on Fridays and Saturdays, and 7:00 pm – 11:00 pm on all other days of the week.
Tickets are limited and sold in one-hour time slots.
Tickets range from $18 – $44 based on ticket option and date.
Attendees can purchase a general ticket to go through the maze once, or an all night pass which will allow multiple walkthroughs to experience each of the four realms. There are also Scream (front of the line) passes available.
November 1st is always a depressing day for me. Halloween, one of the biggest nights of the year, is now over. No more haunted houses, kids trick or treating, or ghosts and goblins for a whole year. So, we have changed our site back from its more ghoulish-look and will resume our regularly-scheduled program. However, we had fantastic fun at various events like the LA Haunted Hayride, Universal’s Halloween Horror Nights, and Knott’s Scary Farm – to name just a few. What’s next? Thanksgiving, the December commercial-religious holiday of your particular persuasion, and New Year’s. We would like to thank @IsItOctoberYet for helping us gather a lot of this coverage (they are some awesome people we love working with) and we look forward to what next year’s twister “haunt minds” think up next! Until then, BOO!
In honor of my favorite holiday, let’s look back on some of our Halloween season coverage:
The Sinister Pointe crew is at it again this Halloween season, bringing their annual offering of shrieks and creeks to entertain and scare guests. Based in a Brea, CA warehouse, the haunted attraction boasts some seriously cool frights and one of the most interesting “rooms” I have ever seen in a haunted house before. Without spoiling anything, I will say you might get a little water splashed on you… The 10,000 square foot maze features several interactive elements as well – although not as many as seen in years past. As always, their maze set design, construction, and haunted house music are very professional and impressive. A note for the claustrophobic: There are several narrow places in the maze where you could have a bit of an issue. If you feel like this could be a problem, ask the talent at the start of these areas to route you around. One of my group was claustrophobic and the talent graciously helped out. The “monsters” of Sinister Pointe did a good job of staying in character and bringing intensity to their scares and should be commended for their talent. Despite the new sections of the maze, a lot of the attraction felt re-used from previous years. Hopefully, they will be able to do a full remodel at some point in order to “shake things up”.
Outside the maze, in the warehouse’s parking area, the event housed several tents with food and merchandise vendors. This smaller version of Sinister Pointe’s “Dark Market” was a very smart move on the event’s part and offered a place to relax after our harrowing experience. My cohort even picked up a cool bit of zombie swag to take home.
Overall, this year’s Sinister Pointe features some cool new stuff, some neat old stuff, and a lot of fun to go around. Checkout their official website for ticket and date information.
The good people at Sinister Pointe, one of our favorite year-round haunted attractions, have started up their own Kickstarter fund. If I had the extra dough to spend, I would definitely do the $5,000 donation – spending the night in the haunted house with 13 friends would be crazy! In any case, checkout the fund page for more information on the various donation levels.
Haunted attraction and venue, Sinister Pointe, has announced their next event. The Dark Market and Haunted House will take place on April 21st at their location in Fullerton, CA. The market will feature various vendors and exhibits. Checkout the official Sinister Pointe website for more information.
The good people at Sinister Pointe, a year-round Southern California haunted event and attraction company, has announced a special Valentine’s Day dinner event. On the evenings of February 14th and February 18th, 2012 they will be offering a three-course meal and two-hour show featuring scares, magic, food, and more. Checkout the flier above for more information or head on over to the event’s official website!
You may recall back in October when we posted our review of Sinister Pointe’s Haunted Attraction that the event’s creator, Jeff Schiefelbein, mentioned wanting to do haunted events at other times of the year. Well, now is that time! The Sinister Pointe Not-So Holiday Haunted Attraction is running in a limited engagement this weekend (December 9th through 11th). For the holiday season, Sinister Pointe has had a Wintery makeover, complete with snow, Santas, and more!
Brief IR (Nightvision) Clip of the Inner-Lobby
Walking up to the Sinister Pointe building in Brea, CA, the queue line was adorned with red and green lights, Christmas Trees, and even some holiday specials running on projector system. A couple of monsters worked the crowd, some sliding on the concrete to jump up at unsuspecting guests while others relied on jumping about in more straightforward scares. All the monsters outside seemed pumped to get to perform again and their enthusiasm showed. Tickets are reasonably-priced at $15 dollars for a standard pass and $23 dollars for a front-of-the-line, VIP pass. After grabbing our tickets, we went on into the maze hoping for a fun, creepy time.
The maze decor is very well-constructed, with the hillbilly home from the Halloween event all decked out for Christmas time. If you experienced their Halloween attraction, chances are that a lot of the maze will look familiar, even in its Holiday-state. Despite this, the layout of the maze has changed somewhat, ditching the multiple path decision-making and adding a few new and nasty surprises which will creep-out and/or scare new guests as well as veterans of the event.
Character costuming was great, with monsters wearing reds and greens, stripes, and other holiday apparel. There are even some cool costuming homages to a classic holiday flick which I will leave for your discovery (HINT: It has something to do with carrots). On the topic of characters, monsters had much more of an evil, creepy-factor than the scaring they did during the Halloween event. This new attitude of malicious whimsy fits the Holiday season a lot better and it was a good decision to change it up (this is not to say that there are not straight-up scares to be had, but the mood change is definitely a good thing).
One shining aspect of the experience was its soundtrack. Unlike the actual maze itself, which has to be physically-altered in order to change, the audio was completely new and different, featuring creepy carols, voice overs, and more thanks to haunted attraction musician and audio engineer, Jon Autopsy. Autopsy also created the soundtrack for the event’s Halloween incarnation.
Overall, if you are a fan of Halloween or just looking to start a new and twisted Holiday tradition, I can’t recommend Sinister Pointe’s Not So Holiday Haunt enough. Get out there and experience it – it is only here through Sunday night! I hope this weekend does well enough that they extend the event a bit, but we shall see!