The original idea started out with three people, but now that we have started on our own it is four of us in the main crew.
In total we have fourteen members in the crew at this date.
How long have you been putting on your haunt production?
There was originally a group of people working at a youth center that started up our project in 2010. It was three people who made a 10 meter long plastic hallway. Then someone was standing at the end saying "boo". You can say we have gone in much bigger scale since then.
Are your actors volunteers or paid?
All the people in out group is volunteers (Thanks you all, you are all awesome!)
In the US haunting is a big business. Is that the case in Norway? Do people associate the Halloween season with going to a local haunted house?
We are actually the first group in Norway doing a haunt with live actors (that we know of).
Halloween here in Norway has slowly starting to go from "wohoo, another exuse to party", to "wohooo, we can party in costumes!". So I think it is safe to say it is not associated with any local haunted houses (yet!).
Do you find that the guests that come to your attraction have a preconceived notion of what to expect or are you surprising them with the show and content?
We are so lucky to be the first to do this over here, so I don't think our guests have the highest of expectations to our haunt. They are used to going in to one of those trailers set up at the local fair. So we try to make something that will surprise people.
What influences the haunt experience your team puts on, Movies…music…literature…current events?
We are mainly using themes etc from movies. And there is no secret that we steal alot of ideas from the US.
The Norwegians are generally not easy to spook, and if you go through our litterature about trolls etc and draw inspiration from them, the Norwegians would think they went to "adventure land" and they would enjoy themself immensely.
This year we will have a more actor oriented attraction with the help of some props, The last time we did this we had both actors and single standing props.
Do your actors create their own costumes and do their own makeup or do you have artists for those things?
We have assigned a costume team who makes the costumes, but our actors practice so they can do their own makeup.
Is the location of your attraction permanent or does it change from year to year?
After the pallet maze of 2013 we decided that for as long as we can, we would not use another pallet. It is time consuming and we can't build for months, just to tear it down again a week later.
So we are building a mobile haunt solution that we are going to use inside this year. So now we can start to move around a bit.
Do you have a set story or does that change as well?
We are not doing a set story this year, but we have an idea of making a more story based haunt in the coming years. This year we are focusing on what we know scares people the most, such as clowns, dead young girls in hallways, noises etc. We are also going to try out smells this year and are going to surprise people with that.
Well we had to "invent the gunpowder again" as we like to say. So we had mainly 2-3 guys working on the construction, and it took us about 2 months making the maze, airpressure mechanics, electronics and program the whole thing. That was a steap learning curve for us.
The picture is just an overview of about two thirds of our maze, before we made a roof and put black plastic on all the walls.
I know that the maze is outdoors. Is the rest of the haunt indoors?
The rest of the haunt in 2013 was also outside, but under a "garage roof". We were so lucky that it did not snow before 2 days later that year.
Do you utilize prop/set builders locally or do you purchase from outside of Norway? What countries?
We build everything we feel we know how to build ourself. Sculpting etc. is not our cup of tea.(but we plan to learn a little) So if we need some dolls, or props that has to look a special way, we have ordered some from the US. But we try to make the pneumatics, electronics, lighting and the haunt itself. The problem for us with ordering things from the US is that we have the metric system and 230Volts
Describe your average visitor, (age, gender, personality).
I have never thought about that one. But if I should guess it is from 12-18 years of age, any gender and is "exited" a personality? :p I really don't know any better answer to your question. The average visitor is people that are curious about what this is, and others who have read or heard about this for US and thinks this is an awesome opportunity. We have one night who is dedicated to the younger visitors, that night we have the lights of so the kids and their parents can see the effects and actors, but it won’t happened anything that can scare them more than them like to. Reason for that is that the first time we did this we had an unpleasant smell in our hallways ;).
Have in mind that we live in a small town with 12.000 people. And Halloween is not as big here as it is over in the US. So if we get 200 it would be a decent night. (yes I know the number is low, we are working on promoting)
What is the biggest “scare effect” in your haunt?
This year I really do not know yet this year`s haunt is still in the building process. But I would have to say all our actors. (if I am allowed to say that?)
What do you hope to see with the production the future?
I hope we can get a place we can build and grow on. Not to be a mobile haunt. And if possible get our haunt to be inside an amusement park.
What can a visitor expect when they come to your haunt?
The visitors can expect that there are a lot of dedicated people trying to scare them as much as they can. We are also trying to give people a new experience that they not are expecting.
For someone who has never been to a haunt, in 10 words or less how would you persuade them to come to Mortemmania?
Can you go through the whole haunt without getting scared?
Finally, can you tell me the weirdest, most surreal moment you’ve had on in the haunt business?
One moment was when a person went in alone and he had told us before he went in that he wasn’t scared at all! That until he ran into our Grudge girl! He ran into the wall so plastic and woodsplinters was all over, and we had to take a long break to put it back up again.
We have also had some really strange smell`s in our hallways.
Here's wishing Odin and the folks at Mortemmania an awesome 2016 season!
Thank you, Odin!