One of Chattanooga’s premier haunted houses opens this weekend, and organizers are promising it will be scarier than ever before.
The story of Blowing Screams Farm is like something out of Stephen King novel.
It’s really scary, in other words.
According to legend, a corporation called BSF Global invaded the abandoned farm in Flintstone, Ga., to set up a makeshift lab for their "experiments."
The company has since fled the property, leaving behind these "experiments" and possibly something even more sinister.
Now, the property is condemned—the labs and endless corridors are falling to decay—but is the property silent?
People have seen things—monstrosities beyond imagination—and others keep hearing unsettling noises coming from the property …
The rumor around Flintstone has it that the old farmhouse is still active with the results of those terrible experiments.
Could it be that test subjects still wander the locked hallways? Are they still mutating and feeding on whatever they can find?
This weekend, Blowing Screams Farm will open to the public for explorations. Tickets are available here. General admission is $16, but an "All You Can Scream" pass is $25 and awards access to the farm for the entire 2013 season.
In addition, the grounds will feature bonfires, Black Forest makeovers, roving monsters, music, food and other activities.
The farm will be open every Friday and Saturday night in October.
The haunted geniuses
Blowing Screams Farm is scary, in part, because a lot of talented people have spent countless hours making it that way.
Matthew Dutton, art specialist for Rock City Gardens, said the 2013 version of the attraction will be the scariest yet after working for several years on the project. He spearheaded the operations, adding more features to this year's attractions, including grisly sounds.
"It’s finally being realized," he said. "We’ve added localized sound elements into certain locations: rats infesting the walls and water lab sounds. We’re hoping to play with that extra sense."
The main walkthrough will take about 20 minutes, he said. It includes winding tunnels and switchbacks that make it "seem much longer."
He said part of the walkthrough will include terrifying revelations of the results of careless experimentation.
Dutton worked with Will Jackson, his design partner for the haunt. Mitch Brown, Jessica Brown and Sara Gard are the costume and actor leads. His build technicians are Jordan Kendrick, Jacob Arthur and Brandon Murphree.
Overall, the crew includes up to 30 people every night. Many of them are costumed as either biohazard monsters or disgusting mutations.
Dutton said there is a lot of love that goes into the high-intensity haunt.
"I’m an artist and sculptor," he said. "So we make everything involved with the haunt. We don’t buy anything. I could easily go and buy stuff, but where’s the fun in that?"
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