CreepLA. I don’t even know if there are words to express the experience I went through last night. Interactive, intense, shocking, sexual, horrific, and satisfying. CreepLA is unlike anything I’ve ever done before, a whirlwind of visuals translated into meticulous set design with incredible detail to makeup and costumes. I was touched, I was man-handled, I was whispered to and I was propositioned and yet, I wanted more. CreepLA has awoken something within me and allowed me to push myself in a way that I had yet to experience.
When I arrived at my destination, which seemed to be a large warehouse, I checked in and waited for my group to be called. From the outside, nothing was shown to give any indication of what was to be expected. A man approached us, with what looked like a mask, but a very life-like mask, beckoned us to move inside where we were then greeted by three women. Two of them, seductively asked us to sign our waivers, while the third whimpered and shivered behind bars. It was apparent that whatever was going on was a lot darker than we could have imagined. After we signed our lives away, we were told to wait in a lounge area, that was dimly lit with a red overcast, until our group was called to enter. Sprinkled throughout the guests were Creep actors who did an incredible job of interacting with the patrons. The women of Creep slinked about, caressing the faces of men and cuddling up with the women, taking sips of our drinks and intoxicating us with their eyes. Some of the men of Creep walked about with flair and confidence but there always was a hint of darkness behind their eyes. One took me aside and whispered “I think we are safe here, I don’t think anyone will find us, be careful of the darkness” before snapping back to reality and running off. Did I mention that we have yet to actually enter the haunt? For a pre-show, this was fascinating and mesmerizing. I was glued to my chair watching the guests interact with the actors and hearing stories from those around me. Once again, the man who took me aside earlier, sat with me and whispered, “I can hear your thoughts” and before I knew it, it was time to enter the attraction.
A little background on CreepLA before we go further. This is only their second year and my first time attending and damn was I impressed. Their immersive haunt had a continuous story that starts from the moment you sign the waiver till long after you leave. The background centered on the enigmatic and controversial artist Erebus Burwyk who has set out to explore the dark side of humanity which may have resulted in his disappearance. Since then, a cult following has formed to spread the word of Erebus work with sinister consequences. Audio recordings are the only thing left of Erebus, and his followers want us to listen. At this point our group (there were 7 of us but groups can go up to 8 people) was granted entry and we proceeded to spiral into the darkness to behold the final creation of Erebus Burwyk.
I don’t even know how to describe what happened next, but for the next 45 minutes, I feel as though my life changed. The designer part of my brain was exploding with euphoria as each vignette of the story was put together in such a beautiful way that I couldn’t help but grin from ear to ear. Each “follower” that I encountered made sure to interact with each and every person which allowed for very intimate and personal experiences. Sometimes, parts of our group would just disappear only to reappear later on. It was fascinating and nerve wracking as you were never sure if you were going to be chosen next to go into the darkness alone. As for the “followers” themselves, they took on their character as if it was an extension of themselves. Every single person was spot on and this is not an exaggeration. I’ve never been to a haunt in which every single actor was on point. To say I was impressed would be an understatement. As we continued down the labyrinth of halls and rooms I found myself mesmerized by how the entire story of Erebus Burwyk came together so seamlessly. There was even one point, when a “follower” had her hands on my head, caressing my hair, that I thought, yes, I’m ready to succumb to the darkness.
Overall, CreepLA is going to be one of the hardest haunts to beat in terms of quality, design, acting, and story. They nailed everything and creator Justin Fix and his team should applaud themselves for creating such a tremendously brilliant experience for guests. My only complaint was that I wish it was longer, which is saying something, since the run time is between 45 min - 1 hour. I can’t praise CreepLA enough, I have fallen in love with this production and I can’t wait to see it grow and thrive as the years go on. I know it’s early in the haunt season and there are so many amazing things to be done, but I implore you to make sure you put CreepLA on your radar and make sure to check it out before their events sell out. You will not be disappointed.