The release date and new trailer for HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE was announced today. The film will celebrate its World Premiere at Fantastic Fest in Austin. HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE features interviews with notable horror filmmaker Jason Blum (producer of The PurgeInsidiousSplitGet Out), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & GSN’s HELLEVATOR), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), and the creators of the most popular and controversial haunts in the world. This documentary also has a killer soundtrack with songs from Dead Man’s Bones (Ryan Gosling & Zach Shields who’s also from the band Night Things and co-writer of the films Krampus and the upcoming Godzilla), Emptyset, Original Score by Jonathan Snipes (ROOM 237The Nightmare), Original Score by Alexander Burke (has recorded with Fiona Apple, David Lynch and Mr. Little Jeans) and Neil Baldock (recorded with Kanye West, Radiohead, and Wilco).

This documentary will take you behind-the-screams with the people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween – from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences. What started as a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign (backed by Neil Patrick Harris) became a 4-year journey for director Jon Schnitzer to bring audiences deeper into the Halloween subculture than ever before with unprecedented access. HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE also uncovers how Halloween, haunts, and horror has always thrived during times of chaos, political uncertainty, and war because people use horror and haunts as a form of therapy or “scare-apy” to confront their worst fears. But how far is too far?


Director: Jon Schnitzer

Starring: Jason Blum, John Murdy, Jen Soska, Sylvia Soska, Russ McKamey, Donald Julson, Shar Mayer, Jessica Cameron, Jon Braver, Larry Bones, Eric Lowther, Diane Meyer, Preston Meyer.

Runtime: 88 minutes






Haunters: The Art Of The Scare is a heart-warming and heart-stopping documentary about how family-friendly haunted houses for Halloween have spawned a growing subculture of extreme horror simulations. What kind of person dedicates their life to turning other people’s nightmares into reality, and how far is too far?  Explore the rise of terror as entertainment, by going behind-the-screams and into the lives of Shar Mayer, legendary scare actor, Donald Julson, a traditional boo-scare maze designer, and the infamous Russ McKamey, as he creates the most controversial full-contact haunt of all time… in his own backyard.  Also featuring John Murdy (Universal Hollywood Halloween Horror Nights), Jon Braver (Delusion), Josh Randall (Blackout), Eric Lowther (Haunted Overload), Bruce Stanton (Reign of Terror), Sylvia & Jen Soska (American Mary & GSN’s HELLEVATOR), Jessica Cameron (Truth or Dare), and many more talented artists.

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