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[Offbeat]: Scream Shanghai

Three haunted houses based off Thai horror movies. Monsters, ghosts, zombie babies, oh my.
2016-07-11 18:25:39
"It's okay for you to put these pictures on your website? It's a bit... much for the other medias," said our guide as we stood over the [REDACTED] in the haunted house.

Yeah, it's okay. Totally.

Because here at SmartShanghai.com, we know what you want, dear readers. We know what you like. You want to see blood. You want to see guts. You want to see pain, suffering, and misery. You're sick! You need help!

But yeah, whatever, we're cool with that, here you go...

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Back in 2014, we visited a Haunted Hospital at Pulupulu that had undergone a pretty serious zombie outbreak. The hospital is no more, but now taking it's place at the same location is the newly opened "Scream Shanghai". It features three haunted attractions based off the popular Thai horror movies Shutter (2004), Countdown (2012), and Pee Mak (2013) from GTH productions.

Asian horror movies are cripplingly frightening with the mutilated young women, tangled black hair in their faces, and demonic zombie babies, screaming out in agony -- all that fun stuff. Scream Shanghai has all that. Yay! Dear lord...

Shutter





The story of Shutter follows a young photographer and his girlfriend who discover a mysterious shadow appearing in their photographs...



Something begins haunting them and bit by bit, the girlfriend begins to learn about the photographer's past and his previous girlfriend...



Actually the story of the movie isn't all that important. Here's a jar baby.



It's a lot of giggling and screaming young women, covered in blood, appearing at you and in your blind spots from hidden passages when you least expect it. It generates the same effect even if you don't have the back story.



The floors here were the worst part. Sometimes they were covered with bloody rags (nothing like stepping on soft material to put you ill at ease) or these creepy face things (also soft, and very much causing ill ease).



Strobe lights were flashing on and off heightening the tenson. There's this one room in the house where a giant monster blocks your path. It's completely dark except for the strobing light.

And if you stare directly into her eyes when the light flashes...



It looks like this.



Won't spoil how you're supposed to get past or what happens. Needless to say, it's fucking terrifying. And also very Evil Dead-y.


-Interlude-



So, the attractions are separated into three zones, and when you finish one you get to take "horror breaks" which kind of de-escalates the horror a bit. Instead of an hour of nonstop terror, you get to experience it in three 15 to 25 minute sessions.



But maybe that's on purpose. At any time you can cross your arms into an "X" at any of the several cameras positioned throughout the attractions to signal "NOOOPPPPEE DEAL-BREAKER" and they'll immediately remove you. You can only do it once, though, and you won't get your money back. Organizers say that it happens five or six times a day, and a lot of people end up crying. Delightful.

Alright, let's get back into it.

Pee Mak





Pee Mak is a comedy horror film about a young man, joined by his four friends, who returns from war to his wife and baby...



Um... yeah, as you can guess, things aren't so great when he gets back.

The friends learn that the rumor in the village is the wife had died during childbirth... and then a bunch of insane scary things happen.



Really high production values throughout.



At one point, you get to crawl through this vulva-esque looking thing. The path is extremely narrow, and maybe only fits 50% of the (non-American) population. It's a bit more psychologically and physically awkward than scary.



Most of the trip, you're staring down silhouettes cloaked in darkness, trying to figure out if it's a moving thing or just a mannequin, while some other ghost or monster ambushes you from the opposite direction.




Countdown





Alright friends, we're almost done. The final haunted house comes with 3D glasses -- apparently, characters in the movie get super high while they're tormented by a drug dealer.



The actors and actresses really did a good job throughout. They would wait until the opportune time to make an appearance, coming from below and above. If there was one complaint, it was that their screams could get a little loud as they followed you.

But you definitely didn't catch them scrolling Tantan or WeChat. They really did seem in it to eat your soul.



There's one room somewhere in here that appears mostly empty except for a strobing light (those lights!), then as you try to get to the exit, you're joined by three others...



Hey look, someone started a daycare in here.



Couldn't really figure out what was happening in here.



But we won't spoil the ending...

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Prices: 98rmb for a single haunted house and 188rmb for all three on weekdays. It's 118rmb for a single tour and 248rmb for all three on weekends. Runs from 10am to 10pm every day. Tickets and more pricing info on Gewara. You'll be given lockers to store your items. Phones and cameras are not allowed inside. (We did a media pass thing to get our photographer in.)

If you only want to visit one attraction, go with Shutter. It's the longest and by far the scariest. But there isn't really much to do near Pulupulu other than the Power Station of Art that's down the block, so if you're going to make the trip out there, you might as well visit all three, and if you do, save the scariest for last. Good for a date or a small group of friends.

Scream Shanghai runs until September 4.

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