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Hold Your Breath!

October 27, 2013

UD2If you aren’t cheating you aren’t trying hard enough. I cheated at the Urban Death Tour of Terror and still fell over in fear. I’m a veteran audience member of Zombie Joe’s Underground Theatre Group, I cut my teeth writing my first review on a showing of Urban Death. I was still unprepared for the labyrinth of fear they designed.

Urban Death Tour of Terror is a haunted maze, and a play! You begin with a flashlight intentionally taped up to make it almost useless. Then you make your way through a maze. This isn’t the cheap thrills maze where things pop up to startle you. This is a macabre nightmare designed to make you feel uneasy. The walkway is narrow as can be, adding a layer of claustrophobia to the experience. Try as you might you can’t sweep the flashlight around fast enough to keep track of all that goes around you.

After the maze you make your way to the stage proper, a solid black room with police tape along the floor. Don’t cross the tape, lest you vanish forever. The Play portion of the Tour of Terror runs approximately 15 minutes, and is composed of several vignettes. Each as disturbing as the previous. It covers the themes of Urban Death. That is all the ways you can die in an urban landscape, sometimes you can die and still live…

The fine folks at Zombie Joe’s specialize in the macabre, they put all their expertise together for this performance. Tour of Terror is so much more than a haunted maze. Anyone can put a maze together. When you bring a talented group of thespians who devote their craft to the more charnel aspects of theatre; you wind up with something far greater than a haunted maze. You wind up bringing fear to life, make it palpable.

The maze and the stage play resonate with each other. Creating the effect of purgatory, rather than hell. Purgatory can be far worse than hell, as the good and damned suffer there. I could go on, but I won’t. Urban Death Tour of Terror is something to be experienced for yourself. I don’t want to spoil the shocks you will receive. I will say this, brace yourself against your wildest nightmares, they might just come to life.

Urban Death Tour of Terror Haunted Theatre Attraction! (directed by Zombie Joe and Jana Wimer) runs Friday and Saturday through November 2nd.

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