The Future of Fear: How the creators of Blackout are bringing the extreme haunted house into your living room

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Audiences associate the word “horror” with scary movies or terrifying novels. But over the past half-decade, live theater and haunted house exhibits have merged, bringing new life to the genre with interactive, real-world experiences that let audiences step through the screen and into their own personal tales of terror. In The Future of Fear, we’re talking to the creators of some of the most striking, immersive horror experiences to see how they’re inventing a new artistic medium to take the genre in directions it’s never gone before.

The phone calls started around 2:30 in the morning.

There were just noises on the other end at first: the lurching, churning sounds of distant machinery. But the next night there were screams,…

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