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THE "I CAN'T SEE" HORROR EXPERIENCE

Written by Karin Crighton

In anticipation of the spookiest night of the year, Timothy Haskell and Paul Smithyman presents “I Can’t See”, an interactive horror experience unlike any other. Stripped of your senses, you simply must survive a harmless little challenge. What could go wrong?

Entering on Greenwich Street in New York City, you have discovered Optecs, an innovative company that will free you from your fears. As long as you don’t die. Blindfolded, your imagination is free to follow the story you are being fed through your noise-cancelling headset. Stay on the path, do what your friends in your ears are telling you, go with them, and hold on. Obey the instructions, and you will survive the night.

"I Can’t See" is truly unique in the realm of haunted houses. After signing a waiver promising you don’t have allergies and won’t die in the middle of your journey, you are [gently] handled and given things to ingest. Following the path set for you and attended by “friends”, you live a night out in various locations with set dressing, scents, and tactile props all while never seeing a thing.

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Being without sight is absolutely terrifying. It feels silly, but if you’ve ever been pranked by your friends as a kid when you closed your eyes, Optecs really is forcing you to confront your fears. My life’s motto is “don’t trust anyone”, so putting my trust in the cast of “I Can’t See” was a huge and terrifying leap of faith. It’s easy to drive yourself insane when you don’t know what you’re going to face with eyes closed and ears shut.

Very fortunately, the anticipation is more fearful than the experience, which is flat out fun for anyone who even mildly enjoys Halloween and doesn’t mind a brief rain shower. It’s tough to admit that our worst fears are really our own insecurities, but having something pleasant happen when you let down your guard is surprisingly comfortable for a haunted house.

There’s no way to explain the experience without spoiling it for those who have not yet faced their fears, so I have to leave it as a mystery. I will only say: it’s worth having to take a local train to get there.

Also I didn’t make it out alive. I hope you have better luck…

"I Can't See" runs through November 3rd, 2019. Head on over to their page for more info.

About The Author
Karin Crighton 01
Staff Writer | Lunatic
Karin doesn't know anything about movies, but has a lot of time and opinions to yell into the void. When she's not directing plays in and around NYC, she's watching every horror movie on every streaming service. And probably talking to a cat.
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