Amid the loading docks and truck terminals of the West Bottoms, Kansas Citys haunted-house district continues its spooky expansion with two new attractions. This year, Full Moon Productions debuts the Macabre Cinema
(1222 West 12th Street) and disinters an old haunt called The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe
(1100 Santa Fe).
Full Moon Vice President Amber Arnett-Bequeaith says, The concept of the Macabre Cinema is a haunted movie theater. As you move down the center aisle, you notice that the film is just flipping through its reel, not projecting, but the film is playing. And then you cross over into the scenes of the film its our move into the film horror genres. The Macabre Cinema is an open-ended experience through a huge, mazelike space. It will take some visitors an hour to find their way out, Arnett-Bequeaith says.
The Chambers of Edgar Allan Poe, a resurrected attraction from 34 years ago, consists of re-creations of many of the authors suspense tales, including The Fall of the House of Usher, Murders in the Rue Morgue and, of course, the poem The Raven.
Lots of Poes stories are about enclosed spaces and claustrophobia people are always getting buried, or sealed up in walls. We work on peoples phobias from that angle, Arnett-Bequeaith says.
Both attractions are fundraisers for the Variety Club of Kansas City, a childrens charity operated by members of the entertainment industry. Tickets cost $20 at both venues. For details, see fullmoonprod.com
Thursdays-Sundays; Oct. 25-Nov. 3. Starts: Sept. 27. Continues through Oct. 21, 2007