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HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE trailer takes an intensely fun look at haunts

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We all love great haunts, right? Like, even the scaredy cats among us love the idea of a good haunted house in some way shape or form. I’ve been to some pretty gnarly ones over the years, some mediocre and some that made me question reality and almost take a trip to pee-pee pants city. I’ve always been fascinated with exactly why we enjoy putting ourselves through experiences that border somewhere between fun and traumatizing. Welp, you guys. HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE looks like it takes a deep examination of exactly that.

This intensely fun documentary focuses on the light side and the dark side of haunts, and takes a look at the people running them as well as the people running for their lives through them.

This documentary will take you behind-the-screams with the people who sacrifice everything to create the most popular and polarizing haunted houses for Halloween – from boo-scare mazes to a controversial new subculture of extreme terror experiences. What started as a successfully funded Kickstarter campaign (backed by Neil Patrick Harris) became a 4-year journey for director Jon Schnitzer to bring audiences deeper into the Halloween subculture than ever before with unprecedented access. HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE also uncovers how Halloween, haunts and horror have always thrived during times of chaos, political uncertainty, and war because people use horror and haunts as a form of therapy or “scare-apy” to confront their worst fears. But how far is too far?

HAUNTERS: THE ART OF THE SCARE will celebrate its world premiere at this years Fantastic Fest and will be out on digital and Blu-ray Oct. 3.