Alone: Absorption – A Review of the Final Unweave the Rainbow Installment

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We’ve completed the Unweave the Rainbow series that Alone has created with its final installment called Absorption.  During this journey we have been immersed in a surreal experience where we learned about ourselves and the properties of light.  Absorption is the interception of radiant energy or sound waves.  This is a much darker experience that takes you even deeper into your self.

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The event takes place at a facility that was once used for film processing and the location is used to perfection.  Alone centers itself with the locations it uses.  Through the 45 minute experience you’ll go through the different rooms and passageways of the building seeing a different scene.  Some of them were scary while others were slightly disturbing or even funny.

From what we got out of our experience is that you become an employee of Alone or bigger yet, The Enola Foundation.  We won’t give anything away, but you’re put to different tests, shown a few clips that talk about being alone and the properties of light, then receive a company mission statement.  Like Alone experiences in the past, most of the characters within aren’t even in makeup or costume, but there are some that have taken on a rather mysterious persona including being dressed as corporate employees.

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This is a much darker experience than the past few Alone installments and you will be touched, grabbed, pushed around and even danced with.  They’ve incorporated some really cool elements which include an interaction with an unseen voice and the creative use of a chair.

This was one of our favorite experiences at Alone, only being beat out by the first year.  But maybe that’s because we got a chance to do a paranormal investigation at the location it was held at before we went through.  This location as well has a weird vibe and sorry to use the pun, but at times when there’s no one else around you’ll actually feel like you’re not alone.

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Before you even go through Absorption you have the chance to unlock a clue that will take you into another room.  The acting in the scene is incredible, as is all the acting in Alone.  Although at times creepy, the experience is absolutely beautiful and spellbinding.  Not only is it a haunt, but rather a living art piece that explores the human element.  You have one more week to check it out and we say that it is must!  We can’t wait to see what they have in store next time around.

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Alone: Index of Reflection Has You Look Inside

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Index of Reflection is the third of four installments under the Unweave the Rainbow experiment.

“| REFLECTION | An amount of energy thrown back by a body without absorption; a thing that is a consequence of or arises from something else.  Index of Reflection is an exploration of light, sound, self and surrounding. It is a multi-site, real world experience.

Before you begin the experience you are given a link to download or stream seven tracks that will help you with the event.  They mostly feature binaural beats, but also clues you will need along the way and commentary on energy and light.

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The journey takes you to several locations in the Hollywood area as well as Downtown.  To get to each location you will need to solve a clue or puzzle that you obtain along the way.  How long the event lasts depends on how quick you’re able to solve them.

Although there are a few jump scares along the way, Reflection plays out more like The Amazing Race.  When you’re not going through a dark passage in a building you’re outside running into actors strategically placed.  It’s impressive with how many locations Alone was able to get to cooperate.

One interesting aspect was running into a lady who asked us to meditate on a fish in a see-through container.  She asked us to imagine being the fish and if we had the opportunity would we stay in the container or take a chance and jump out.  There are other parts as well where you’re asked to contemplate things or reflect (hence Index of Reflection).  Near the end you’re asked by a girl in a bar to remember you’re earliest childhood memory.  She tells you it’s time to go home and to reflect on that memory as she leads you to a set of stairs that you assume will take you out of the building.  But, that’s when the experience gets a little more extreme.  You’re grabbed by someone and taken to a dark room where you’re told to stand with a big box over your head.  All the while loud binaural beats and bangs play above you.  After what seems like a long time you’re grabbed again and brought to a couch where you’re given a mirror.  This is where more of the Reflection theme comes into play as you’re expected to stare into the mirror.  Your reflection is barely all that can be seen in the dark room.

In the end, you walk down a flight of stairs in an almost pitch black room, not knowing what to expect.  When you reach the bottom you’re met by a girl who gives you a vanilla cookie.  Then two other people come out of the darkness and everyone gives you a big group hug.  That’s when the experience ends.

We walked all over Hollywood and Downtown and were covered in sweat after what must have been a 2-3 hour experience.  The whole time was a bonding experience with other haunt goers and everyone helped each with solving the clues.  Index of Reflection did have a few jump scares, but relied more on psychology with none of the actors even wearing much of a costume and no masks.  This was more than a haunted house, but rather a psychological experience that is lived.