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The Thing at The Great Horror Movie Night

I had heard about the Great Horror Movie night from a newsletter that went out from Ten Thirtyone Productions, the company behind the LA Haunted Hayride and Great Horror Campout events. While the idea of going out to Griffith Park’s Old Zoo and watching a classic horror flick on a big screen sounded like a lot of fun, my schedule just never permitted getting out to LA on a Friday evening. Then it happened: Friday, March 3 was free and the folks at the Great Horror Movie night invited us to come out to see what it was all about. The best part of the screening was that it was a screening of John Carpenter’s seminal horror classic, The Thing!

We drove out to LA in the late afternoon/early evening and arrived at the designated parking areas about 5:45 PM. The “doors” (remember, it’s a park) open at 6:00 PM, so we were right on time to camp out a good sitting spot. the area designated for seating is spacious and at an incline so that no matter where you sit, you have a very clear view of the large, inflatable projector screen. We were lucky enough to get tickets for the reserved seating area right in front, but would have been completely happy even if we were in the back. Seating is on a lawn and you should definitely bring some blankets, pillows, or small chairs to sit upon. There are chair requirements for everyone’s viewing enjoyment. Chairs can’t be taller than 21 inches at the seat back and a maximum of 6 inches off the ground at the seat. Taller chairs are not prohibited outright, but you would be asked to move them to the side of the viewing area so you don’t block anyone’s vantage.

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At 7:30 PM, the movie was set to start and, about that time, the headmaster (who is a character from the Great Horror Campout) came out in front of the screen and entertained the crowd with some trivia games and prize giveaways. Prizes included candy, other snacks, and even free tickets to upcoming Great Horror Movie Nights! After introducing the movie, the lighting was dimmed and the movie began with some original, campy trailers (showing the upcoming films of the Great Horror Movie Night). After the screening, the headmaster came back out and thanked everyone for coming out.

Snacks and other concessions were available at the old zoo’s “caves” which, a long time ago, used to house animals for the enjoyment of zoo guests. Concessions were decent, and I would recommend supporting the event by purchasing them on-site. For those of you nervous about being out in the Old Zoo after dark, the event made sure to have security and other staff on-site to keep everything running smoothly.

Every Great Horror Movie Night also features something a little special – it could be a scare, an activity, maybe both! For The Thing, the Great Horror Movie Night had a pop up tent in which a small team of scientists performed DNA tests to see who was infected by a strange new alien organism… And those that were still human. Fortunately, I was human, but there were many “things” out there that were not!

The Great Horror Movie Night is an extremely fun and rewarding time if you are a fan of horror movies. Sitting with hundreds of fellow horror fans in the dark, watching a scary movie, and eating some popcorn while monsters periodically roam the crowds is amazing. Tickets are $17 dollars per movie online and $25 dollars at the door. If you want to jump in the deep end, $89 dollars will wrangle you a season pass! You can check out all the details at the Great Horror Movie Night’s official website. Oh – you might want to bring a flash light as, while there is some lighting put out, the trail leading up to the Old Zoo seating area is a bit dark. A flash light is always a smart move!

Great Horror Campout Announces The Exorcist Movie Night


Los Angeles, CA – March 26​, 2015 – The creators of The Great Horror Campout announced today a second outdoor movie night for their fans with a screening of The Exorcist on April 17th in Griffith Park.

The Great Horror Campout, which debuted in 2013 as a 12-hour overnight immersive horror camping adventure, is bringing interactive filmmaking to its fans for a second time in 2015.  The first Friday the 13th screening was widely received at their first Griffith Park movie night, selling out in 6 days.  None other thanThe Great Horror Campout’s, Camp Headmaster, will host the upcoming event.

“Horror isn’t a seasonal experience,” said Melissa Carbone, CEO of Ten Thirty One Productions.  “We want to pull people’s brains out of that seasonal cage because there is nothing more exhilarating than the adrenaline rush that comes from this genre.  Let’s feel that all year round and let’s take the action off the screens and bring it into people’s personal space a little more than an average movie. Nobody can do that better than the Great Horror Campout, Camp Headmaster.”

Moviegoers can expect pre movie festivities, prizes, character interaction and much more. Guests are encouraged to pack picnic baskets and blankets and to come early to get into the spirit of being scared.   Additionally, Hellmasters (the elite campers who have won the coveted title at a past Great Horror Campout) will receive a special “Buy One Get One” discount and also receive reserved seating when they arrive on site wearing their Hellmaster Sash.  Ticket’s are on sale for $15 per person.

Ten Thirty One’s Production of The Great Horror Campout is due to return to Los Angeles on June 5-6, 2015.   The company is offering a $10 ticket discount to the upcoming production if you purchase your GHC ticket on or before April 17th, using the PROMO CODE: Exorcist.  Get tickets now at http://www.greathorrorcampout.com/.

Please note: We are expecting to sell out very quickly, so advanced ticket purchase is highly recommended. Seating is general admission and first come, first serve.  Blankets or low ground chairs are suggested as courtesy to other guests. Masks, face paint and prop weapons are prohibited for all guests safety. Film and pre-show content may not be suitable for all ages. Please read more about movie ratings at www.mpaa.org/film-rating.

The Great Horror Campout 2014 Review

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This isn’t your typical summer camp.  You won’t be singing songs around the campfire and roasting marshmallows here. As horror enthusiasts and former scare actors, my companion and I are rarely left with an element of surprise at these types of events. Thankfully, the Great Horror Campout has revived the suspense and the excitement of fear for us once more.

Nestled on the backside of the hills that host the famous Hollywood sign, the old LA Zoo was the perfect area to host this haunted event.  The location is very woodsy. So much that you don’t feel like you’re anywhere near Los Angeles. There were moments where we felt that we’d gone off of the path, only to find we were being watched and hunted by beasts!  It was absolutely heart dropping.  My heart is racing just thinking about it.

We attended the event on the opening night of their second season. While relatively remote (by Los Angeles standards), the location was easy to get to and parking was easy to find. The line was buzzing with excitement as new campers met experienced campers who had attended the previous year. Everyone was really careful not to say too much or ruin any surprises. It seems like there’s a social contract to keep things a secret because the thrill of this event is in not knowing and figuring your way through the whole experience. NO SPOILERS! Thus, we won’t be spoiling anything today.

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One of the things that makes the Great Horror Campout unique is the Hell Hunt. Scattered around the event are S.C.A.G. (Stuff Campers All Get); items that the campers have to collect. They range from severed tongues to earning a mark on your body and they are all incredibly creepy to come across! Some are hidden in plain sight, others require you to get creative in order to find or earn. Whoever finds all of the S.C.A.G. becomes the Hellmaster and receives extra VIP perks on their future visits. Unfortunately, we underestimated the popularity of the Hell Hunt so while we leisurely climbed the hill looking for a scare, everyone else had run ahead and grabbed up all the S.C.A.G.!! In the entire night, my companion never found a piece of it and I only found three (one of which turned out to be just a torn piece of packing foam – not official S.C.A.G.). It was annoying and frustrating at first but after a couple of hours of searching high and low, we gave up on it entirely. As a couple monster fanatics, we were much more interested in the show elements and scares than the competition so we had an incredible time without taking part.

Another exciting element of the Great Horror Campout is that they make it very clear that the monsters WILL touch you. They will jostle you, move you, pull you, and generally invade all of what used to be your personal space. They are VERY good at it. Hosted by “The Headmaster” and managed by the hillbilly family of Camp Counselors, you will find terrifying monsters in every square foot of the camp grounds. There is no safe place in the event for you to take a break from the terror, not even in your own tent! There is one section of the camp grounds that are designated as a “safe zone”. But who wants to be a pussy? Unfortunately, we were assigned to the “safe zone” tents and we were a bit disappointed that we didn’t get the full experience. I’m sure that they didn’t know that they had a couple of hardcore haunters on their hands!

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Horror movies are messy and by the end of the night, you will look like you waded through the most unimaginable filth. The Great Horror Campout drags you kicking and screaming through almost a dozen nightmares and I’ve never had a better time! What we loved was that each area was so unique and would give you an entirely new feeling of fear. Big Creature Country will bring out the primal fear of realizing that you have become prey and the confusing assault at The Dumpsters. There were a wide range of experiences to be immersed in that shocked one’s senses to the limits of what the scare actors think they can get away with! One thing that really impressed us was how they used the existing landscape to their advantage. Each was removed and isolated from anything else so you never got bleed over lights or sounds from other areas (except for the occasional screams in the night).

While being careful to not spoil a single surprise, we have to take a moment to gush about the talent at this event. The scare actors went so far beyond our expectations at every turn. With diverse scare tactics, stunning make up, exquisite costuming, and unrelenting interactions, the scares never stopped with this group. Every kind of bogey man was there and they were ready to bully you if they couldn’t scare you. My companion and I got separated for a couple hours because be both got… redirected. They are not shy about messing with your well laid plans to get all of the S.C.A.G. by putting a bag over your head and dragging you away- seriously!

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The great stand out at this event were The Nest and Labyrinth. The Nest is an intensely interactive experience that mixes fun with terror. It’s physically challenging and the spider babes who live there won’t make it easy for you to survive. Labyrinth really blew us away with it’s intense brooding and puzzle solving. You’d be well served to read the dossier provided to make your way though this maze to the incredibly intimidating ending. I wasn’t able to experience The Witches’ Circle because I didn’t have any S.C.A.G. to trade but my companion was able to get in while we were separated (it must be awesome to be a pretty girl). If you have the right items to trade, don’t miss this one. The witches are absolutely sinister. The sweetest of sins and dark deeds will get you a special surprise.

Despite failing to even make a dent in the Hell Hunt, we could not have had a more memorable experience at the Great Horror Campout. This haunted event has made it’s mark in the growing halloween and horror fandom. The talent creates intense interactions that you will remember in your nightmares for ages. There are so many great moments that will stand out in your memory for years. If you want to spend the night trying to survive your own personal horror movie, you MUST attend the Great Horror Campout!!!

You can get tickets and see the full schedule of Great Horror Campout locations at the event’s official website. Ticket prices range from $99 to $139 dollars per person, depending on what tent location you choose. It is important to note that this event lasts all night long, so you are getting your money’s worth.

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The Great Horror Campout Media Event


On Saturday, June 8th, several journalists were invited to a one hour, behind-the-scenes look at Ten Thirtyone Productions Great Horror Campout. The Great Horror Campout is a twelve hour long haunted event meant to put attendees into their very own version of a Friday the 13th-like experience. Throughout the event, campers could participate in activities like ghost story telling and horror movie watching ’round a campfire. They would even be provided with meals! However, while that may all seem like a fun, easy-going evening, darkness awaits. The campers are not alone and are terrorized throughout the night by a band of monsters, inbreeds, and more – even being possibly hogtied, bagged, and thrown into a cage for a random length of time. The Great Horror Campout took place at the Los Angeles State Historic Park in Los Angeles, CA.

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According to event personnel, the first night of the Great Horror Campout proved very intense. Out of the 600 campers who attended, 1 person fainted and roughly 275 people ended up using the safe word to stop the scares from continuing. One disturbing gimmick which terrorizes guests is a creepy-looking van that will randomly pull up next to campers. A group of scare actors will jump out, grab them, and drive off with them! While there are various events and things for attendees to do throughout the night, they must always be on the lookout for “scare swag”, or as the event calls it, “SCAG”. SCAG is basically the currency of the event and can be something as “simple” as a severed ear or key or even a vial of blood. These are collected both by finding them randomly and performing various tasks, such as a very bloody tug of war game or completing a voodoo-style ritual. If you are bagged and caged, the only way to get out is to barter with some of your SCAG items. That being said, if you collect enough SCAG, you could be named a “Hell Master”. Those who complete this task earn a free “golden ticket” to this year’s LA Haunted Hayride, which provides unlimited access!


To further make the night complicated, there is the mysterious “Camp Headmaster” who will change up all the rules at random times. In once instance, a group won a tug of war game only to find out that, at the Camp Headmaster’s whim, they weren’t “worthy” of winning and lost, much to their dismay. These rule changes are considered law, so be fore-warned! The event features a variety of scare zones (although one could argue it’s all one big scare zone) – with the Labyrinth at the North end of the camp being the most extreme. One really awesome twist on a haunt maze was a Chupacabra-themed one where unlucky participants must pass through hordes of the creatures, undetected. How? Well, these creatures can only see you when you move, so the attraction is a big game of “red light/green light” – a novel idea for a haunted maze. If successful, participants must brave some seriously tight quarters in an underground space they have dug out.


The Great Horror Campout is only set for these couple Summer season days (will more be nights be announced before the season ends?) – and they will not repeat it this October (most likely because they will be focusing on their LA Haunted Hayride). The biggest thing we hope the production company remedies if they do another Great Horror Campout next Summer is the event’s location. The Los Angeles State Historic Park is surrounded by industrial buildings and in plain view of the LA skyline. To complete the look of being trapped at a Friday the 13th style campground, we hope they use a location more woodsy. Perhaps The Old Zoo at Griffith Park where they put on their annual LA Haunted Hayride event? From talking with several attendees of the first night’s run, that’s what they would have changed too. Otherwise, they claim to have had a great time and, after attending our behind-the-scenes look, we can see why!

We would like to thank Ten Thirtyone Productions for allowing us access to the Great Horror Campout media hour.

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Great Horror Campout Tickets On Sale Now

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Los Angeles, CA – March 19th, 2013  New in 2013, the Great Horror Campout will bring a unique kind of camping experience to Los Angeles.  From Ten Thirty One Productions (creators of the popular Los Angeles Haunted Hayride), the Great Horror Campout will be an overnight, twelve-hour experience that puts campers into an immersive horror camping adventure jam packed with content.

Campers can choose the intensity of their adventure, however, whether they decide to stay in their tents with friends or venture into the darkness is all fair game.  And unlike the LA Haunted Hayride, the performers at Great Horror Campout may touch you.

With a slogan that promises, “Only the Dawning Sun Will Save You,” tents, horror movies, bonfires and marshmallow roasting are only the beginning.  Campers wanting an even more extreme horror experience can participate in the Hell Hunt, an interactive experience that will bring campers face to face with their worst nightmares in order to retrieve the items for which they are hunting.  The Hell Hunt will send campers bathing in the blood of a “Pope Lick,” partaking in a sacrificial voodoo ritual, digging through road kill amongst “Beasts of Bray” and tons more. Campers will have to use creative thinking and problem solving to find the most coveted items and compete for the title of “Hell Master.”  Campers who complete the Hell Hunt will receive a “Golden Ticket” to the LA Haunted Hayride good for unlimited rides during the 2013 Halloween season.

“The first rule is that we can change the rules… when we want, for any reason we want, and without notice.  Campers will need to be listening for the Camp Headmasters announcements for rule changes if they plan on escaping elimination from the Hell Hunt.” said Ten Thirty One Productions, President, Melissa Carbone.

Campers will report to the Great Horror Campout, Base Camp at 8pm where they will meet the Camp Headmaster for the first time, receive dinner, tent assignments, Hell Hunt Bags and more.

“Even the campers who want to stay in their tents with friends or hang at the bonfire for movies will get ruined…just not as ruined as those who think they’re tough enough for the Hell Hunt. We’re beyond excited.”  Carbone added.

The Great Horror Campout takes place June 7th & 8th at the Los Angeles State Historic Park, 1245 N. Spring St, LA, CA 90012.  Tickets On Sale Now at www.greathorrorcampout.com.  Space is limited and based on availability.  Campers will select their tent space online during the purchase process. Persons Under 18 years of age will not be admitted. Ticket Price is $149 per person and includes: One-night tent accommodations, Dinner, Continental Breakfast, Parking, Hell Hunt Experience, Canvas Hell Hunt Bag, Horror Movies, & Marshmallows. Items not included: Sleeping Bags, Pillows, Flashlights, Drinks (other than at Dinner/Breakfast).

Disclaimer: During Great Horror Campout you may be forcibly handled, moved, bound, hooded, chained and subjected to simulated torture by our actors. You may witness strong verbal content, which may be considered offensive in nature. This content is part of the experience and is presented for entertainment purposes only.

Great Horror Campout is a Fur Free Attraction and brought to you by “TEN.  Great Taste. Only 10 Calories. Get BOTH” and the Los Angeles Haunted Hayride.