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HauntedIllinois.com's
2009 Transworld Overview

Transworld Haunt & Attractions Haunt Show St. Louis Missouri 

This year, the Transworld Haunt Show was moved to the America's Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Since this was the first year that the Haunt Show was separate from the Halloween, Costume & Party show, I wasn't sure how the turnout would be.  I'll have to admit that I was a bit skeptical, but all of my fears vanished when I walked out on the show floor Friday morning.  Yes, the show itself was much smaller than it had been in the past (due to the split of the Halloween and Haunt Shows), but even so, there were still more buyers and vendors on the show floor than I had anticipated.  By Saturday afternoon, the aisles were packed with buyers.  As for the vendors, they really brought some innovative products this year.  Here are just a few of my personal favorites:

 

Dark Raven Designs came to the show with a couple of great animations.  "Zombie Guard Dog" is a chained-up zombie dog with oozing, torn flesh.  When activated, the dog lunges out, jerking against the chain violently.  They also had a couple of creepy "Vine Creature" animations that would work well in a swamp or jungle scene.     

"Gargoyle Shock", by Distortions Unlimited, is a combination animation/costume that will take your patrons by surprise.  As they watch this Gargoyle animation start to spread its wings, it suddenly springs to life and the costumed actor lunges out at them.  "Zombie Birth Extreme" is a high-impact, startling animatronic that features a pregnant woman on a hospital bed.  When the effect is triggered, the zombie baby explosively escapes with fog, strobe lights and a huge blast of air.     

Gore Galore introduced the "Creature Cart" system.  Up until now, due to their size, Gore Galore's large costumes were limited to use as queue line entertainment.  Well, now that has all changed.  The new Creature Cart system allows you to use their costumes as a 100% actor operated, cart-mounted puppet system.  Regardless of size or strength, any actor can use the cart system to easily operate one of Gore Galore's huge costumes with smooth, fluid movements. 

Nightmares Inc., well known for their line of Sinister Scents, introduced a great new line of costumes.  With a diverse collection of characters including a nurse, mummy and zombie, these costumes are incredibly detailed and realistic. The one that really seemed to stand out from the rest was their stilted Crushorn character.   

Nightscream Studios had a very creative costume call the "Scare Chair", which is a large creature costume fitted over a wheelchair.  There are two versions of Scare Chairs, the "Pumpkin" and the "Chomper", which is an evil-looking creature with red eyes and sharp, bloody teeth.  I also liked their "Wolf Pack", which is a set of 4 animated wolves with 17 different movements.  

Pale Night Productions also came to the show with some great products.  The two that seemed to be getting the most "buzz" on the show floor were the "Drowning Tank" and the "Asylum Door".   The Drowning Tank is a six foot tall metal tank filled with water.  When triggered, the girl inside begins thrashing around violently while blowing bubbles from her mouth.  The Asylum Door integrates CGI with an animatronic, to create a truly unique effect.  When triggered, a ghoul is seen coming down the hallway.  She then attempts to break through the glass before hacking at the door with her axe, which leaves actual dents in the door. 

As usual, Scarefactory came to the show with quite an array of animations.  The "Body Snatcher Climber" is a goblin animatronic with realistic arm and leg movements, to make it appear that it is climbing up & down a rope.  They also had a number of great vampyre animations.  The "Flying Vampyre Bat" features flapping wings with a 15' wingspan and the "Leaping Vampyre Bat" springs up from ground-level to 14' high above your audience.  The "Trophy Buck Blaster"  is the bloody head of a trophy buck mounted on the wall.  When activated, the rest of the deer's body jumps through the hole in the wall, thrashing around, as if it had been skinned alive.  Those were just a few of the many new props they brought to the show.     

You can see all of the props mentioned above in the picture / video sections of this overview.  

Anyway, I hope you enjoy the overview!  Throughout the next several pages you will find more than 350 pictures taken on the show floor, at the haunt tours and more!  ALL of the pictures taken on the show floor are labeled with company names, with hyperlinks to their websites, so you can find out more information about the products & services that these companies have to offer.  We've also included more than 20 video clips of some great animations and visual effects that were seen at the show.  So, what do you think?  Feel free to send me an email and let me know what you thought of the overview.  

Happy Haunting,

Adam Drendel
Webmaster of HauntedIllinois.com

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