Miasma: Into Great Silence broke open the 2018 haunt season early in the Midwest. Based in Chicago, this immersive terror experience has spent the last few years building a solid reputation for intense dramatic sequences, surreal mood shifts and incorporating extreme haunt elements. Creator Justin Brink and his team created an adrenaline-laced robbery-gone-wrong narrative that forced the patrons to face some squirm inducing decisions.
Russell first attended Miasma in 2016 and returned this year. However, he didn’t return as a patron. Instead he stepped behind the scenes and into the darkness to become part of the crew and to assist in the terror.
Afterwards, he sat down with Justin to ask a few questions. This quick interview covers the journey to this year’s show and explores the dynamics of forming a trusted team of players that can unite to present intensely dark, challenging shows.
It’s that time of year again! In this episode, we head to the Magic Castle to see the New Bad Boys of Magic perform there for the first time. We also check out “Dirty Tricks” without the Bad Boys, but still with the “dirty”. Russell experiences “Echoes in the Dark” from the Shine On Collective then travels to Chicago to help out with Miasma: Into Great Silence. Then we head to see Chapter 6 of The Speakeasy Society‘s Kansas Collection, called “The Witch” and gives us an unexpected emotional impact. We go to the first haunt of the season at Queen Mary’s Dark Harbor! Haunts on a haunted ship…what could be better? There’s also a couple of remounts we’re excited about: #bedrumplai and Doctor Zomba’s Ghost Show of Terror!
As we’re about to jump in head first to haunt season, we catch you up on the things we’ve done since the last podcast. Russell traveled to Mississippi again, but were able to do some things before, during, and after that! We took part in an “Experiment” by Get The F Out Rooms. Russell goes “Dark” with Force of Nature‘s “Fallen Saints”. We attend THE wedding of the year with Speakeasy Society‘s “The Vow”. We attended a Secret Thing, opened some mail with Box of Dread, and got to experience Live In Theater. We felt loved with #bedrumplai and Mike finally makes it to Zak Bagan’s Haunted Museum, Majestic Repertory show, and then attends this year’s ScareLA.