photo manipulations by nacrowe
photos by si advance
a little over a year ago in partnership with local concert promoter RICK RISPOLI, DEER GOD conceived of and created an interactive HALLOWEEN experience at the the KREISCHER MANSION called CANNIBAL HOUSE. looking back with some clarity on the situation, in many ways the whole thing was a labor of love and marks the first time we really had our extended core of friends (MAGIE of DOLLTITS, KRISTIN from MAKERPARKRADIO.NYC, local composer/musician SKYE DOMINO) involved in a single collaborative project. for me that was the value of the experience, not the bullshit that came with pulling of an event of that size which i have no interest in repeating.
the premise of CANNIBAL HOUSE was that participants would be given a tour of the mansion that has gone horribly wrong. a knowledgeable host meets you at the door and gives some background on the history of the mansion and original owner BALTHAZAR KREISCHER, when a fellow guest is snatched from the group and all hell breaks out. the house is actually a trap. throw in some torture, menstrual blood, chainsaws, a chicken coop with small children and you had the makings of an on-point, completely demented HALLOWEEN for the ages.
i played that host and i felt the irony of being the only non-performer having the most public role in an three day public event. i hated it. i am by no means someone who craves attention, much preferring being in the background, but necessity dictated i pull it off. so i did. what amazed me was just how obnoxious and demeaning many of the guests were. i'll spare details but STATEN ISLAND truly did live up to its reputation. this resulted in my "character" becoming more and more aggressive as the three days moved forward. due to unforeseen high demand we were at this for 5-6 hours nonstop. it became a grind, in many ways a fun grind when people got creeped-out with extreme frightened reactions, but a grind nonetheless. i doubt there will be a next time, but i'd definitely hire actors.
check out the promo and in-attraction "surveillance footage" below, the making-of which was my favorite part of the whole event and i still think holds up a year later.