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Episode 131: Jordan Patton Talks FaceOff and DeadNecks

Jordan Patton, a competitor from Syfy’s FaceOff, sits down with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” Dudas to discuss FaceOff, his early beginnings at ScareHouse, and DeadNecks. Jordan discusses his time on FaceOff and what the process is like on the show How being on the TV show has changed his day to day life How Jordan got his start in FX and making masks Jordan’s first experience with ScareHouse Learning how to make masks at a young age Discussing Monsterpalooza, special effects...


Episode 130: Pittsburgh Movie Behind the Scenes Legend Steve Parys

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" chat with Assistant Director and Pittsburgh native Steve Parys. Steve has worked on television shows and movies filmed in Pittsburgh and around the world including Silence of the Lambs, Fear the Walking Dead, and Outsiders. Steve discusses his diverse background and experiences and even shares an incredible story from the set of Silence of the Lambs. Scott talks about how he met Steve. How Steve ended up doing almost everything on the...


Episode 129: Fan Q&A with Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders"

Before Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" left for Transworld, they recorded a live Q&A podcast where they answered fan questions at Sorgatron Media Studios. Fans submitted questions beforehand on Facebook and live during the recording on Facebook and Instagram. What's the most fun part of our jobs. What the team does the rest of the year. The boring paperwork behind running a haunted house. How much of our budget is spent on marketing. ...


Episode 128: Poison Props Adam Johnston

Poison Props has been creating fast, durable haunt house animatronics for 11 years. ScareHouse has at least one Poison Props animatronic in each of their haunts. You must be willing to learn and get feedback from your client to run a successful business. The importance of scalability. Adam discusses starting out in a one car garage and his sound design background. What it's like to prep for a major trade show. Serendipity and finding your life's passion. How sound can set the mood and...


Episode 127: Themed Attractions Legend Robbi Lepre

Creative Director Scott Simmons introduces Katie "Dudders" to the amazing and inspiring live entertainment shows and events legend, Robbi Lepre. Robbi talks about her almost 40 years of experience in the industry, learning from other haunted attraction experts at trade shows, celebration Robbiween, and the importance of positive connections. You can support Robbi's wellness fund at Robbi discusses her almost 40 years of experience in the...


Episode 126: Basement Managers Tracy and Kevin

Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” visit Basement Manager Tracy’s house to chat with her and Basement Assistant Manager (BAM) Kevin about last season of The Basement, transitioning from actor to manager, and planning for Valentine’s Day in The Basement. Wigz, The Basement character Patti’s cat, makes a special guest appearance. Tracy discusses the inspiration behind her character Patti from The Basement 2016. Why the first character you meet from The Basement is the most...


Episode 125: 2017 ScareHouse Season Recap with Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders”

The 2017 ScareHouse season was filled with wild moments that included a German television crew, flugtag, Pittsburgh Steelers, and Star Wars. Creative Director Scott Simmons and Katie “Dudders” look back on 2017 and talk about what’s next for ScareHouse in 2018. Scott and Dudders are joined by Producers Mike and Missy Sorg at Sorgatron Media Studios to discuss the 2017 ScareHouse season Mike Sorg discusses his first visit to The BasementOld school marketing can help you stand out from the...


Episode 104: The Basement, Studio Wrestling, and Bad Sports Analogies: A Chat with ScareHouse Veteran Christine Mancini

ScareHouse veteran actress, Christine Mancini, got her first lesson on sarcasm from a nun and her acting chops from studio wrestling. She has a unique voice and large presence that ScareHouse and Basement customers remember long after they leave. Creative Director Scott Simmons, Katie "Dudders", and Mancini talk about horror, studio wrestling, and acting in The Basement. Available on iTunes, Google Play Music, Stitcher, Spreaker, and PlayerFM.


Episode 103: Fog, Snow, and Smell with Chris Markgraf from Froggy's Fog

Froggy's Fog provides fog, haze, snow, bubbles, and even smells for haunted houses across the country (and probably the world). The company started in the roller skating industry then expanded to haunts, mega-churches, emergency and military personnel trainings, and even airshows. During last year's Midwest Haunters Convention, Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" sat down with Chris Markgraf, one of the founders of Froggy's Fog. Froggy's Fog...


Episode 101: Saying Goodbye to our Director of Operations Crystal

Our Director of Operations, Crystal, is leaving us for sunny California (and who can blame her right now.) She sat down with Creative Director Scott Simmons and Director of Sales and Marketing Katie "Dudders" to reflect on her last 9 years with ScareHouse, the 2016 season, and why we call her our "Dream Killer". ScareHouse has been around since 1999 and really blew up in 2007 when they moved to Etna. Crystal joined the team in 2008 so she has seen the haunt grow into the major production...


Episode 100: Serpentine: Ayne Terceira from Uncumber Theatrics' Newest Immersive and Alternative Reality Game

"Serpentine is a film-noir style Alternate Reality Game that examines a true Pittsburgh cold case. Be prepared to travel to different Pittsburgh locales in search of clues, meet up with different characters, collaborate with fellow participants, and influence an unfolding month-long story whose conclusion will be based on your discoveries." Scott and Dudders sit down with Basement OG actor and Uncumber Theatrics founder, Ayne Terceira. Ayne has been a part of ScareHouse family for four...


Episode 99: Gaming Geeks Dreams Come True: PAPA & ReplayFX in Carnegie, PA

Scott and Dudders visit the PAPA (Professional & Amateur Pinball Association) warehouse to chat with Special Events Director of ReplayFX, Fred Cochran. The warehouse contains 506 pinball and 300 video games from the 1950s to today. Fred, Scott, and Dudders discuss how their love of arcade games began at Showbiz Pizza Place, Pizza Hut, and the Century III mall. Fred explains how the PAPA tournaments ended up in Pittsburgh and the creation of ReplayFX as a way to share their love of arcade...


Episode 98: Atrocity Event Preview 2016 with Macabre & Morose: The Infamous Aaron Doctor & Doing Terrible Things in Beautiful Ways

"Morose & Macabre's annual cavalcade of the beautiful and bizarre. The Atrocity Exhibition promises to create an immersive theater experience that tells one horribly wonderful story through the art of nationally recognized sideshow, burlesque, and cabaret entertainers. The Atrocity Exhibition is also host to an array of exhibiting artists and artisans for those of a darker sensibility. This year, the event takes us to a place where innocence is lost, nothing is as it seems, no one can...


Episode 96: Valentine's Day in The Basement: Murder Castle

Darkness. Obsession. Murder. It's time for Valentine's Day in The Basement. This all new production is based on the true story of America's first serial killer, H.H. Holmes. This year guests will step into our own version of his murder castle. Podcast Guests: Dr. Margee Kerr and Dave Malehorn Dudders, Margee, and Dave discuss America's first known serial killer, H.H. Holmes and his murder castle. They dissect his childhood, time as a medical student, his murders, capture, and influence...


Episode 95: The Forest: Movie & Facts with Fear Expert Margee Kerr

Fear Expert Margee Kerr joins ScareHouse team members Scott Simmons and Katie "Dudders" Dudas to discuss The Forest and the facts and sociological elements that influenced the movie. Margee visited Aokigahara Forest at the base of Mt. Fuji as part of her adventures for her book Scream. **This podcast may contain some movie spoilers** ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House Attractions (Travel Channel) - featured on Good Morning America, Late...


Episode 94: ScareHouse Tech Experts Nino and Maryanne

They are the masterminds that bring Hollywood quality effects to live each and every night of our season, without the benefits of editing or 2nd takes. From turning Michael Dougherty's Halloween classic Trick r Treat into an immersive pop-up-book, to bringing Krampus and his minions to life, Nino Ballisteri and Maryann Kimbler reveal the secrets to terrorizing haunt fans with state-of-the-art technology. ScareHouse, in Pittsburgh PA, is one of America's Scariest Halloween Haunted House...


Episode 93: Krampus Comes To ScareHouse

This season the ScareHouse design team partnered with LEGENDARY to create two all-new attractions based on the twisted imagination of Michael Dougherty, the writer/director of the films Trick ‘r Treat and the upcoming film Krampus. ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons and Art Director Macabre Noir share the secrets and challenges they faced in bringing so many of Krampus’ mischievous underlings from the upcoming film to life - what it was like to work directly with the creators of...


Episode 92: A Strange Escape with Amy Bruni

The ScareHouse podcast is back! ScareHouse's Kate Dudas and Nicole Conniff return from a weekend of paranormal investigations at Gettysburg with our friend and Ghost Hunters' star Amy Bruni! Kate and Nicole talk with ScareHouse Creative Director Scott Simmons about the technology, philosophy, and community that thrives among fellow fans of the paranormal when they gather together for a weekend at one of of America's most haunted locations. Plus, Amy Bruni shares a truly creepy experience...


Episode 91: 30 Years of Fears with Ed Gannon

Ed Gannon has been in the Haunted house industry for almost 30 years designing, acting and building haunted attractions all over the country! As Director of Attractions and Development for Massachusetts' Spooky World, he designed, built, and managed all entertainment aspects of "America's Halloween Theme Park" for 12 years of operation. He has also created special effects, props, costuming, and makeup for several other Pro haunts, TV commercials & corporate videos. Ed joins ScareHouse...


Episode 90: Creepy Collection

Looking for zombies? Clowns? Demon dolls? We got a guy. Brookyn born artist, entrepeuneur, and hustler (compliment) Jerry Dalessandro joins ScareHouse Director of Operations Crystal Rupp to talk about Creepy Collection - recorded at the Midwest Haunters Convention 2015. Creepy Collection's ever growing army of zombies, dolls, demons, clowns, and other nightmare props fill the halls of ScareHouse and other haunted attractions all over the world. Their work has also have been in the horror...