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Do You Make A Kickass Homemade Haunted House? The Makers Of BEST WORST MOVIE Want To Hear About It!

Nordling here.

I love this as an idea for a documentary.  The people behind BEST WORST MOVIE, the TROLL 2 documentary, want to make a film on the best homemade haunted houses around the country and the people behind them.  These people work the whole year to make something fun for the kids and it takes a special kind of devotion (or insanity, depending on how you look at it) to do this year after year.  And if you're one of those people, you might wind up in a documentary!  The filmmakers are looking for that extra-special something and if you've got what it takes you can apply to be in the film.  Here's the press release:

Magic Stone Productions and Brainstorm Media to Produce Haunted House Feature Documentary
The Untitled Haunted House Feature is Now Casting
Los Angeles, Calif. – August 17, 2011 – Magic Stone Productions and Brainstorm Media announced today that they have signed a deal to produce an Untitled Haunted House feature documentary for an NBCUniversal cable network. The production is currently accepting submissions for documentary cast here --
October 31 has been the target for mischief, monsters and – above all – FUN. This dedication to Halloween mayhem isn’t just carried out by costumed children and prank-crazed teens.The feature documentary will provide a fun and intimate look into the lives of devoted adults who go to fantastic and frightening lengths to create the ultimate homemade haunted house.
Magic Stone Productions is searching for passionate Halloween die-hards who live to scare through creating amateur haunts and would like to share their creations with the world. Casting and submission information can be found by visiting
The Untitled Haunted House feature documentary Is being produced by Meyer Shwarzstein of Brainstorm Media alongside Michael Stephenson and Lindsay Stephenson under their Magic Stone Productions banner. Long-time Magic Stone collaborators, Andrew Matthews, Katie Graham and Brad Klopman are also tapped for integral roles in the production. Screenwriter and Alamo Drafthouse film programmer Zack Carlson recently joined the Magic Stone team as a writer and associate producer. Michael Stephenson will direct.

Magic Stone Productions
Magic Stone Productions, based in Los Angeles, is an award-winning film and TV production company co-founded by husband-and-wife duo Michael and Lindsay Stephenson. The Company recently produced the critically acclaimed feature documentary Best Worst Movie. Upcoming productions include Destroy, a fast-paced dark comedy written by Zack Carlson and Bryan Connolly, directed by Michael Stephenson alongside producers Lindsay Stephenson and Jennifer Roth (Black Swan; The Wrestler; The Details) and Zero Charisma, an independent comedy directed by Andrew Matthews and Katie Graham. To learn more visit
Brainstorm Media
Brainstorm Media is the leading independent aggregator of feature films for Video on Demand and television in the United States. The company has an extensive library with recent films including The Joneses, Best Worst Movie and Scar 3D, the first film made available on VOD stereoscopically.  Past and current clients include Lionsgate, Blockbuster, BMG, The Samuel Goldwyn Company, Magnolia Pictures, Roadside Attractions and more. The company also develops and produces feature films, documentaries and series. Brainstorm is currently in production on A Liar’s Autobiography, a 3D animated feature film based on the memoir of the late Monty Python member, Graham Chapman. For more information please visit

Good luck to all who apply.  This sounds like a very interesting subject for a documentary and I look forward to seeing the finished film.  Nordling, out.

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  • Aug. 22, 2011, 8:44 a.m. CST


    by JethroBodine


  • Aug. 22, 2011, 8:57 a.m. CST

    Considering submitting but not sure...

    by Terrormaster

    Not sure if I have time for the distraction. It's already crunch time for this year's season and I'm way behind as it is. Besides I do more of just a front yard display of original scares than the traditional room-by-room walkthrough kinda thing.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 9:31 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    Is this competition open to Dojo's or just houses? I'm sure the ghost of Ralph Macchio's career is lurking about somewhere.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 9:34 a.m. CST

    by Cobra--Kai

    I heard that Richard Garriot the multi-millionaire behind the Ultima video games does a spectacular haunted house each year. If the docu makers are checking this thread then they should try and get in touch with him.

  • I think I may have a shot at this!

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 10:54 a.m. CST

    Dig that idea. My folks used to do on every year for charity.

    by impossibledreamers

    And I set up my own as kid growing up after being too big for trick or treat.

  • Harry will back me up on this. Right, Harry? I've seen Bob's Halloween documentary, and it's amazing! Bob is the original house haunter, and over a period of 20 some years, he and "the best crew in the business" put on some of the best home haunts ever created. Alien! The Exorcist! The Thing! Creature from the Black Lagoon! Kogar Escapes! War of the Worlds! All in Bob's yard and house! He only had to stop because the crowds got too big! If this documentary fails to include footage and stories from BOB BURN'S Halloween home haunts amid the legion of other home haunters, then it has failed before it even gets started. Right, Harry?

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 11:24 a.m. CST

    The Bob Burn's Haunted Houses doc needs to be released on disc --

    by MooseMalloy

    -- but I'm sure it never will because of all the different studio properties that are present in it. The "Black Lagoon" portion is amazing.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 11:26 a.m. CST

    Damn, I'm kind of an expert in this area. They should call me too!

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    He he he. I love Halloween. I've got a DVD of footage of that crazy guy in Texas, Richard Garriott, who put on Britannia Manor from 1988-1994 who spent over $100,000 per year decking out his estate and its catacombs to put on a "full contact" haunted house that involved climbing, swinging, crawling and you name it in a role playing type of adventure with clues, treasures and weapons. People would camp out for weeks in the Texas October rain for a chance to go through his haunt. I can also offer information about a neighborhood here in Louisville, KY called Hillcrest where everyone in a several block section goes absolutely nuts with yard haunts. Last year, the city was threatening to shut them down because they were getting around 200,000 visitors during the week of Halloween which was was causing gridlock and security concerns in the area. It's not an official event. The neighbors just do it out of the love of Halloween.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 12:08 p.m. CST

    Christian Hell Houses... THE ULTIMATE IN JESUS-FUCKING TERROR!!!

    by DickBallsworth

    Some assholes will be offended by this. Everyone else will have teh lulz.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 1:47 p.m. CST

    The easiest way to make a home-made Haunted House?

    by Grant

    Invite a bunch of people over to your house, then murder them.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 7:35 p.m. CST


    by nolan bautista

    lol..good one..consider me lulzing..

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 10:23 p.m. CST

    Harry will back me up on my Bob Burns Halloween rant? Right? Hello?

    by The Reluctant Austinite

    Back my ass up, Harry! Wait----that sounded all kinds of wrong.

  • Aug. 22, 2011, 11:38 p.m. CST

    Sweet...been doing this for years...

    by John Johnson

    Sounds like it could be cool to enter

  • Aug. 23, 2011, 7:40 a.m. CST

    *PUMPKINROT* Is The ULTIMATE Home-Haunter!

    by Graphix67

    A true artist. This guy is off the scales when it comes to home-made/custom props, figures and decorations. He creates the kind of stuff that most of us can only dream about...