ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – An Albuquerque woman said the actors at a haunted house went way beyond scaring her. She claims how they touched her, and what they said to her, left her feeling violated.
Pillow cases are thrown over people’s heads, creepy characters touching; the New Mexico Slaughterhouse in Albuquerque admits they’re extreme. However, one woman who doesn’t want to be identified, told KRQE News 13 she feels some actors crossed the line.
According to their website, NM Slaughterhouse claims it’s the most “terrifying experience you’ll ever encounter.” But it was not at all what one woman expected.
“I felt gross,” she said.
The woman said each person in her group was separated at the beginning, and claimed a leather-face character threw a pillow case over her head, covered her mouth, pinned her against a wall and grabbed her waist.
“He put his hand over my neck and put pressure like on my chest, and he was telling me horrible things, like ‘do you like this, you like this don’t you?’ And I said ‘no I don’t actually,’ and he said ‘your boyfriend doesn’t do these things to you, does he?'”
When he finally let her go, she said another character singled her out, and stuck a fake bone in her mouth.
“He told me to bite it and tell him that it tasted good, it was very, it was like sexually driven, for me at least,” the woman said.
News 13 asked the Slaughterhouse just how far their actors will go to scare someone.
“We are suggested rated R,” said Daniel, Production Manager for the NM Slaughterhouse. “This is something that you would find in any horror flick, and this is what we’re trying to do is put you in the experience.”
Organizers said all actors are volunteers, most of them high-schoolers. The production manager said each volunteer goes through a two-hour orientation, but they do not require background checks. Customers are given a safe word to stop the action at any time, and touching is allowed, but not for clientele.
“We do take it to the extreme in regards to our scare factor,” Daniel said.
Thrill-seekers are forced to crawl, and vulgar language is used. Warning signs are posted before entering.
The woman came out of the Slaughterhouse to learn her friends didn’t have the same experience as she did. She said she hasn’t been able to shake it.
“Grabbing your hips when you’re facing a wall, that just doesn’t feel right,” she said. “That’s not Halloween.”
Organizers said hundreds of people go through the Slaughterhouse every night they’re open, at $25 a piece. The haunted attraction also takes pride in the number of people that do forfeit by using their safe word. Daniel said their record for those who forfeit so far is 192 people in one night.
The woman said she did not forfeit because she figured all her friends were getting the same experience, and she paid $25. When she found out they didn’t get treated the same way she did, she said she felt even more troubled by it.
The Slaughterhouse said they have different levels of scares for different audiences.