One of Fright Nights creators, Craig McIness, was on hand before opening weekend, and New Times asked him what makes a really good house: The details are really important. In Country Bills youre in an alleyway and therere tires, an old porch, a meat case thats filled with different goods we try to take it as close to reality as we can, McIness says. Likewise, if were doing something thats more nightmare-ish, we really try to crank the screws. To this end, McIness and his creative companions, Jeremy Schroader and Brad Cain, put a lot of artistic touches into the houses, crafting sights, sounds, and even smells designed to mess with your senses. Were all visual artists, so we lean towards making them look as phenomenal as we want to look. If we make it look great, we can put an actor in there and really give them the tools to pull off a good scare.
In addition to the houses, Fright Nights will have a midway carnival, packed with rides, good eats, an amazing freakshow by the Brothers Grim, and horror film screenings courtesy of Regal Cinemas. It all goes down every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through the end of October (plus October 31) at the South Florida Fairgrounds (9067 Southern Blvd., West Palm Beach). Tickets cost $25 for unlimited access to the midway rides and haunted houses, $15 for one visit to each house (order online to save $5). Call 561-793-0333 or visit www.frightnights.net.
Thursdays-Saturdays; Wed., Oct. 31. Starts: Oct. 12. Continues through Oct. 27, 2007