Check In To Ward 13


Upon arriving at Raymond Hill Sanitarium you’re given instructions by the one of the asylum guards which include not to look into the patients eyes as they may take it as a sign of aggression.  As you walk down a hallway an emergency occurs which the guards aren’t too sure of.  After being put into a pitch black safety zone you’re let out only to be thrust right into the Sanitarium.

Inside you’ll find patients, nurses and doctors who you’ll interact with as you journey through Raymond Hill.  Each scene is a different room in the asylum and you may find yourself in a patient’s room showing you her artwork or taking a pill at the dispensary.  The patients though aren’t the only ones you’ll have to worry about.

You’ll crawl through dark passage ways, some of which are in unsuspecting locations, or find yourself getting your own shock therapy.  There’s one really cool experience where you’ll find yourself “taking a ride” in the outdoor rec yard.  All hell breaks loose at this point and the only way to escape is to go through the notorious Ward 13 which you’re warned is dangerous and high security.

Ward 13 in a way is an addendum to the first part of the maze at it’s in here where the patients are even more out of control than you even could imagine.  It’s in Ward 13 where you’ll find the doctors and nurses taking care of the most aggressive.  You’ll find a nurse giving a rather extreme lobotomy, but not before administering a giant needle which might contain a surprise.  One lucky visitor might actually be asked to administer shock therapy.  Oh ya, there’s also the possibility that one or more of the patients might actually be possessed.

We’ve gone to every experience Evil Twin Studios (the parent company of the haunt) have put on and have loved every one.  There’s always unique concepts you won’t find in any other haunt and this is no exception.  You might be “absorbed” in a painting or have to “hide” under a bed.  The children’s ward is especially creepy and uses actual children who by playing childhood games in this type of setting, some might actually find scary.  Like Raymond Hill Mortuary, there is no cohesive story other than to become a part of the actually setting.  The sanitarium, with all of its different rooms is very lifelike and makes you actually feel like you’re in and out-of-control and maybe even haunted asylum (we don’t want to give anything away).

The haunt ends next weekend so we definitely recommend you try to make some time to visit.  It’s a great value and the experience lasts about twenty minutes (depending on how fast you can escape).


Fans Pack ScareLA in Pasadena


Over 10,000 horror,haunt and Halloween enthusiasts convened upon the Pasadena Convention Center this past weekend in Pasadena, California.  The well organized event was a huge success with buzzing vendors, panels, movies, haunt displays and other special events.  Of course the big news came from Universal Halloween Horror Nights who announced the return of a Michael Myers Halloween maze and Knott’s Scary Farm announcing their first new maze, The Dead of Winter, a maze featuring undead Viking Warriors as well as the Ice Queen.  Also announced by Knott’s was the return of Elvira in an all new show called Elvira’s Asylum.

Of course there was so much to do that we weren’t able to do it all.  We did get to visit all the vendors, attend a few panels, see part of the Bates Motel movie and get a special VIP preview of the first 37 minutes of the haunt attraction documentary “Haunters”.  We also were able to go through all the mini-haunts and experience Alone.  The mini-haunts were The Haunted Stadium’s Exorcism, The Curse of the Devil Swamp, Spooky Hollow’s “Legends of the Swamp”, Drunken Devil’s Production “Hell’s Bells”, Fear Station’s “The Birth of the Windigo” and Figment Foundry’s “Goblin Underground”.  Evil Twin Studios also had their “Vault of Darkness”.

Alone had their 2nd of 4 installments this year called “Index of Refraction”.  After signing up at their booth you were giving a piece of paper with the first of two clues as to how to find the experience.  You had to finding a roaming, black mass that looked more like a giant umbrella.  After finding it, you go under an attached curtain where someone tells you a little poem and then to “head East in the courtyard and find the pink triangle”.

We liked Index of Refraction more than their June event.  After waiting in line groups are brought in 30 at a time and then led to a room where individuals are placed lying down and covered head-to-toe by a white sheet while actors talk about some weird stuff where a deep bass soundtrack plays in the background.  Some of the things you experience are crawling through a pitch black tunnel with straw in it and having string tied around you.  Alone continues to separate itself by offering an unusual experience.

The panels we went to were Extreme Haunt Survivors featuring Russ McKamey (McKamey Manor), Josh Randall (Blackout) and JT Mollner (Freakling Bros. Victim Experience).  They were joined on stage by survivors Hannah Kaplan, Russell Eaton and Tal Beauvais.   We also went to Making Monsters featuring the art directors from Universal Studio’s Halloween Horror Nights, Six Flags Magic Mountain’s Fright Fest, Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor and Knott’s Scary Farm.

Two of the highlights of my experience at ScareLA were meeting Russ from McKamey and being personally invited to the Manor.  Also, seeing my friend Jon Condit from Dread Central and him telling me that my episode of Ghost Adventures from the Yost Theater was his favorite.

We want to thank Producers David Markland, Lora Ivanova, Rick West and Johanna Atilano for inviting us to attend the event.

To see pictures from ScareLA please visit our Facebook page at Golden State Haunts and Events

Raymond Hill Mortuary Haunted House We deal in the DEAD


Evil Twin Studios’ Haunted House “Resurrected” at South Pasadena’s Fremont
Centre Theatre (South Pasadena, CA)
This Halloween season, Evil Twin Studios will transform South Pasadena’s Fremont
Centre Theatre back to its original mortuary roots, where the operators of the Raymond
Hill Mortuary have a very, shall we say, “unique” way of dealing with the dead.
The Raymond Hill Mortuary is a follow-up to Evil Twin Studios’ “Theatre of Terror”
which was ranked as one of LA’s top ten haunts in 2013. It garnered rave reviews online
and received extensive coverage in mainstream media including KIIS FM and
KCBS/KCAL News. The haunting industry has embraced Evil Twin Studios as a rising
star, inviting them to speak at the New Haunts Panel at ScareLA, Southern California’s
premiere Halloween convention. Continue reading

Fremont Centre Theatre in South Pasadena to Welcome New Haunt this Halloween


Evil Twin Studios will be bringing the most terrifying haunt of this Halloween season (Theatre of Terror) to South Pasadena’s Fremont Centre Theatre  in support of the South Pasadena Art Council (SPARK).  Like it’s neighbor, Old Town Haunt in Pasadena, this haunted house is reported to be located in a place that is truly haunted.  The building was once a mortuary and theatrical plays are presented in a small theater where family members once gathered to view their deceased.  We’ll definitely be adding this to our list or haunts to visit this year.

For more information visit their website as they’ll be releasing more information as Halloween draws near.  Also, Like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter ​for exclusive updates, including information on when tickets will go on sale!