Alone: An Existential Haunt 2014 Review

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This year Alone wasn’t quite as extreme as it seemed last year, however, that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have its startle and scare moments.  This year’s edition of the minimalist haunted attraction actually told the story of the Enola Foundation, something that it didn’t seem to portray as pronounced last year.  The haunt takes you in and out of a nondescript building in Downtown Los Angeles that at first glimpse some people might miss.  The actual address is a clothing store on Olympic Boulevard, but walking down the alley on the side of the building one can see where they’re set up.  They use the building extensively bringing visitors in and and out of it, creating some fear inspiring confusion.

We don’t want to give any spoilers as the attraction plays on one’s fears for what is seen as well as what isn’t.  Some moments are spooky or disturbing while others are actually comical, such as a scene where one will find themselves dancing in a small room with a strange, costumed character.

One of the people we went with on media night thought the haunt was incredible.  They mentioned a few of the scenes were really cool and that they loved the background music.  The music as well as the setting really played well on the whole Enola theme which seems to be some kind of pseudo research society.  Before going through the haunt, participants must fill out a sheet which asks questions such as, have you ever had an out-of-body experience?  When first starting the walk-through a lady asks everyone to do deep breathing exercise and meditation.  This it seems is to get you open for what comes next and plays with the overall theme which we think has to do with some kind of spiritualism or psychic experiment.

Alone is an experience that plays on the edge of the psyche.  There are parts that are really scary, but it leaves you feeling really good at the end, once you get past the creepy ending which will have you questioning everything.

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