This is the sort of thing that I think is completely awesome, because it’s something that would’ve never occurred to me. China has just opened their first haunted house. Sometimes I take for granted certain things in Western culture like haunted houses and McBurgers, but it’s awesome when they’re exported.
The house is called Shanghai Nightmare, and it was constructed out of a 107-year-old warehouse. Wow. Just typing that is creepy. What were they doing with 107-year-old warehouses, instead of making them into haunted houses? Lord knows the neighborhood children were already avoiding it, throwing rocks at it, that sort of thing. Annoying the previous tenants who used to squat there. “Oh, that? That’s crazy old man, Ling-Ling. He’s been here, claiming he was a part of the Boxer Rebellion and scaring the neighborhood kids.” Gan Quan, the co-creator, had this to say:
“When I came to Shanghai last year, it was right before Halloween. And I just thought (about it) in the States. I grew up in the States and we have Halloween traditions. And over here, there’s something missing. People go party, they go drinking, they go to the bars, but there’s still that one part of Halloween that didn’t exist. And we thought, what perfect way to combine our efforts than to put a haunted house in Shanghai.”
Right on, Gan Quan. So far, lines have been out the door, the response, amazingly positive. The house comes complete with 13 chambers of terror, and if I were in China right now, I’d totally go check it out.